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November 22, 2011: Student News

Shop Scranton, Shop Local this Holiday Season

Want to reduce your carbon footprint, support downtown Scranton businesses and buy unique gifts this holiday season?  Shop Scranton, Shop Local!  The Office of Community Relations and several campus and community partners have teamed up to promote downtown and other local Scranton businesses, products and events.

Enjoy discounts at downtown shops, get in the spirit at special events and bring Scranton home with “Scranton-opoly” – available in the University bookstore in early December. Check-in to downtown locations using Foursquare and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Mall at Steamtown.

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Royal Ride Offers Service from Bus Station Sunday

Students returning to Scranton by bus and wondering how to get back to campus need to look no further than the University Public Safety Department. Public Safety is pleased to announce that the Royal Ride Safety Escort Van Service will be offered from the Martz Bus Station on Sunday, Nov. 27.

The Royal Ride van will be available in the parking lot of the Martz Station on Lackawanna Avenue between the hours of 3 p.m. and midnight. If you arrive outside those hours or arrive and find the bus not waiting, call 941-7888 and ask for the Royal Ride Safety Escort Van to transport you back to campus.

Thanksgiving Closing for On-Campus Housing

On-campus houses, apartments and residence halls will close on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at noon for Thanksgiving Break. On-campus housing reopens on Sunday, Nov. 27, at noon.

Dining Information
The Fresh Food Company (third floor of the DeNaples Center) closes on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 4:45 p.m. The first-floor food court closes on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m.

All residents are required to complete the following closing procedures:
  • Clean your room (i.e. remove trash/clean out personal refrigerators).
  • Remove any items that may spoil over break (i.e. milk, bread, etc.).
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Pull down and close blinds.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Close and lock room door.
  • Last person to leave, sign the "We're Outta Here" form and place on the outside of the bedroom or apartment door.
Residents are not permitted to stay on campus during the Thanksgiving Break. Graduate students living in graduate housing in Herold House and Dorothy Day Apts. are not required to leave for the break. Contact if you have questions.

On-Campus Housing December Break Information

All University of Scranton housing will be closed over the winter break from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, through noon on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Access to all buildings will be denied to any student who did not receive official written approval from the director of Residence Life. Students will not be permitted to return to campus prior to the regularly scheduled opening of the residence halls at noon on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, unless they have registered for intersession classes or received permission to return to campus for intersession housing due to extenuating circumstances (athletics, employment, internship, etc.). Intersession housing for those students opens at noon on Jan. 2, 2012.

As students prepare to check out of housing in December, they should consider the following information:

  • 24 Quiet Hours begin Monday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.
  • All students must check out within 24 hours of their last final.
  • Take home keys and Royal card and follow all closing instructions listed on "Outta Here" form posted by RA/CA.
  • The residential areas close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, except for graduate apartments in Dorothy Day and Herold House.
  • Contact a Residence Life staff member or email if you have questions.

January 2012 Travel Course Offered

The Department of Latin American Studies and Women's Studies (LA/W/S) is offering a January 2012 travel course, LAWS 395 Women and Development in Latin America, team-taught by Sharon Meagher, Ph.D., and Linda Ledford-Miller, Ph.D. This course engages students in thinking about the challenges of development in Latin America, with particular focus on the gendered dimensions of both development theory and practice. Students will travel to Puebla, Huehuetla, and Cuetzalan, Mexico, where they will learn from indigenous women who have formed in economic cooperatives. These are very safe locations in Mexico, far removed from the places of violence reported in the news.

We will stay in two eco-tourism centers founded and managed by such indigenous women's co-ops, and we will work side-by-side the women on some projects. The course requires some fall pre-trip class meetings, some online course work, and two weeks of travel to Mexico in January 2012. This course counts as a Latin American Studies and a Women’s Studies elective, and it fulfills cultural diversity (D) credits as well as Social Science (S) credits. The cost will be approximately $1,600 per student, covering airfare, accommodations, workshops and performances plus 1 credit tuition ($846) for the three-credit course (University discounted rate).

The course is open to students in all majors; students must apply by completing an application. Applications can be picked up from Mary Rafter, LA/W/S secretary, in LSC, room 235, or emailing Dr. Meagher, chair of LA/W/S at Dr. Meagher can also provide additional information and answer any questions that you may have.

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