PHILADELPHIA (August 25, 2014) – As the first week of classes begins, the class of 2018 is being welcomed to Saint Joseph’s University, their home (hopefully) for the next four years. David Ryan ’17 and roommate Peter Born ’17 reflect on the experience of being new on campus.
“I’m totally torqued,” says Ryan, a political science major, “to not be in their shoes anymore.”
Freshmen are required to live on campus, have a full meal plan, and participate in first-year activities, in addition to the general bewilderment that comes with starting college. These rules are less restricting for upperclassmen.
“Our apartment is sick,” adds Born. “Girls live on our floor now, and our RA doesn’t care if we smoke weed. Now, we just have to find a way to get alcohol in.”
CHERRY HILL – (August 2, 2014) Incoming freshmen Danielle Joseph ’18 of Cherry Hill, New Jersey was turned away today at her area Bed, Bath and Beyond when her mother’s Discover Card was declined.
Joseph, a hopeful environmental science major, has had her list of dorm essentials made for weeks, complete with the extra-large mesh shower caddy.
“I have a lot of hair care products,” says Joseph, “and I am not about to leave them in the dorm bathroom for others to use. The biggest shower caddy was essential.”
Yet, Joseph came to regret this necessity as she stood at Brett Williams’ checkout counter, where her order was unable to be processed.
“We see this all the time,” says Williams, 20, who has worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond since 2012. “New college students get a little ahead of themselves and have to learn the hard way. It’s just the worst when they cry, though.”
“It was humiliating,” says Joseph. “I need all of these things to be a successful college student, and it is absurd that things could not go my way.”
Joseph handled the affront with dignity, by leaving all of her items on the counter for Williams to put back.
“I’m glad she had the extra-large shower caddy,” he said. “It was a big help.”
PHILADELPHIA (July 21, 2014) – New Hawks Jeffrey Davis ’18 and Michael Smith ’18, who attended the fourth orientation session at Saint Joseph’s University on July 15 and 16, have become best friends. Both placed in the plum group, the two hit it off and have decided to live together during the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.
Davis, a resident of Moorestown, New Jersey, says he and Smith first began talking on Tuesday afternoon during the ice breaker games. “Mike said his only vacation this summer was to the Firefly Music Festival,” says Davis. “I went too, so I had to pull him aside to talk about how sick Outkast’s set was.”
The two stuck together for the rest of the day’s field games and activities and even stood in the same non-dancing circle during the black light dance.
“I knew Jeff was chill during the dance,” says Smith of Washington, D.C. “He totally had my back and kept me from getting with an uggo.”
After a sad departure to their respective rooms Tuesday night, Davis popped the question during Wednesday’s breakfast in the Campion Student Center. “I figured it was safer than rooming with a stranger,” he added.
The two plan to live in Villiger Residence Hall, the most recent addition to the SJU campus. Although they are both coming into the University as undeclared business majors, both Smith and Davis hope to major in Sports Marketing.
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