On February 27, Hong Kong Student Association hosted their very first event, HKSA Movie Night, where they played a 2012 Hong Kong action film called Cold War(寒戰).

Cold War is a Hong Kong police thriller film starring Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka-fai, and guest starring Andy Lau. This movie was the opening film of the 17th Busan International Film Festival and it won nine awards, including Best Film, Best Original Film Score, and Best Screenplay at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Award.

The movie was screened in Cantonese with English subtitles. Dim sum and drinks were served throughout the event. A lot of guests said it was a great show, some commented they want more siu mai. Many were able to learn more about the Judiciary of Hong Kong from the movie, and the objectives of ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption). The president of HKSA, Ryan, was very happy and excited that they had a full house for their first event.

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The Hong Kong Student Assoication (HKSA) is a cultural student group that provides a place for OSU students to get to know with each other, and learn Hong Kong culture. Find out more about HKSA by visiting their Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/hkosu/ or email them at hongkongstudentassociation@oregonstate.edu.

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Joyce Lam
SEAC Event Specialist

Winter Term 2015 is winding down…

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Whether you are in a semester or quarter system, this school year is half way done. Yeah, better believe it.

It’s hard to pull through, especially when you know the end of the term is so close. You’re probably thinking that you’re so over this term already and want to be done with it. But, don’t close those books just yet! This is crunch time! There’s still hope to get those studying done and make sure you get the grades that you want for all your classes.

We know it’s hard to have any motivation right now to study and get those projects or final papers done. But think for your own benefit. What good will it do to not keep trying when you already made it this far!

Spring break is around the corner and we’ll have a better break when we know we tried our best in finishing our classes strong this winter term.

So Beavs, best of luck on all your studying! Keep up the good work. And most of all, don’t give up! #beBEAVERBOLD

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L. 

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The impact of service to others strengthens civic responsibility, unites people from diverse backgrounds and is an investment to the community. It nurtures personal growth in learning more about life from different perspectives, humility and purpose. So where do we go from here? How do we become more involved? Community service can start right here, with the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE) in Corvallis. A non-profit organization dedicated to providing local food to food banks, soup kitchens, and families in the community.

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From the Corvallis Environmental Center, Edible Corvallis Initiative program, SAGE – a one acre community garden that donates three to four tons of organically-grown produce every year. Produce that is sustainably grown through the engagement and help of volunteers through weekly drop-ins and group parties. Every year more than 500 people contribute to collectively grow and harvest the produce. In the process they learn about local food issues and sustainable agricultural practices. The garden itself not only serves as a resource to provide for those in need, but the staff contributes their wealth of knowledge to educate communities on food security.

Being a part of Phi Sigma Rho, an engineering sorority, I have actively participated every fall to harvest produce and distribute mulch over agriculture beds. Mulch, a decomposed substance, is used to provide protection against weeds and erosion while increasing water retention in the soil. This creates a lower ecological footprint and utilizes recycled decompose leaves. How do I know about this? Just a little bit of knowledge I picked up from my volunteer work. Other tasks we embark on are harvesting cabbages and sun tomatoes; even the opportunity to build a storage site for mulch using reusable crates. It took some effort to secure it, but we completed it! Our reward was a treat in sampling fresh produce around the garden, learning about what produce is more suitable to what season, recipes that could be utilized and additional information on how the food benefits the community around us. It only takes a few hours of work, but already it has impacted our bonds as sisters and understanding of how we can continue to sustainably help provide for our community.

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The completion of the mulch storage.

Community service does not have to be extended projects to develop water infrastructures to third world countries. It can be done here in your neighborhood, community, local churches and schools. Even the smallest difference changes the lives of others. So make this world a better place, become a better person, and start getting involved. You’ll step a little lighter with a heart a bit warmer.

What are ways you can help your local community be more sustainable? To learn more about how to get involved, visit the SAGE link below and check out the other amazing programs Corvallis Environmental Center is doing!

http://www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org/edible-corvallis-initiative/getinvloved/ecivolunteer/

By Meyee Cha (SEAC Event Specialist) 

It’s that time of the term!

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Don’t forget to register for Spring term! Hopefully by now you all know when your registration dates are as Phase 1 of Registration Week is coming to an end!

If you didn’t get into the classes for your major or the ones you were planning to take, keep on the lookout for any opening as everybody is switching on and off. Talk to your professors and adviser if there’s one particular class that you must get into this coming Spring term. Planning ahead is also important in determining to get a spot in a class. If it’s not your time to register yet, look up the CRN# for the classes so that you have them handy when it’s your time to go in. It’ll be just a click away!

No matter what happens, we hope you guys could get into the classes that you need for Spring term!

Stay motivated as we are approaching the end of the term! #beBEAVERBOLD

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L.

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Many times when we look to do community service, we come in thinking we are doing some great and heroic service to a community in need. But what happens when the community does a service to our learning and our growth in a way that catches us off guard and follows us everywhere we go in each and every interaction we have?

When I was in high school, I received an amazing opportunity to go Nan Colo, Haiti with my church and family to help rebuild a community bathroom – bearing four walls, a roof, and a hole in the ground – that was used by approximately two hundred people. We also collected and donated shoes and clothes for kids, most of whom had worn down their shoes with years of scrapping them and beating them over rough rocks as they traveled back and forth to school and played soccer in the uneven grounds of the mountainsides.  With very little education on the history behind this strong and beautiful country, I knew it was one of the most impoverished places I could go.  I also knew I was committed to being there, feet planted on the soil and anxious to gain a month of experiential knowledge of what it is like to be in a third world country.

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Walking through the streets of Port Au Prince, I was surprised to actually see concrete buildings holding up like worn out sponges with so many porous fifty caliber holes soaked through it. I became more and more proud of the people of Haiti for their continued strength and resistance despite everything they had gone through. AfteH2r making the longest journey through white rock riverbeds, the searing heat of the reflecting sun felt like razors cutting back into my skin (For those of you who know me, understand that this was some serious heat on my back).  In arriving to the village in the mountains, I could already imagine the national geographic or discovery channel episode – sweeping mountains of emerald green overlooking the small capital I had just come from. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life and yet this beauty was not separate from the people or the degradation that both, the land and the people, had been through.

What most changed me were my efforts to change the people. To attempt to at least momentarily take away the pain by gifting them with our recycled clothes and valuables. Initially, I patted myself on the back and crudely expected this moment to be a life changing moment for them.  While I do not doubt that they appreciated the so-called “community service” that we offered, their faces did not brighten up the same way as after I had spent weeks with them trying to understand and learn their language, their politics and the shibboleths of their culture.  I sat down with kids that were just around my age. When I listened, I heard them talking about similar struggles – boyfriends and girlfriends, parents in their ear, school.  This is not to say they were all the same as me, but that we could connect with each other by taking out the time to listen and understand each other. We could connect despite living in different countries, with different cultures and even religions. It became such a moving experience because they came out of people’s voices, into the reality of my fingers and more so, my conversations.

The service that the Nan Colo and Haitian community offered me, was to learn to understand people.  Connecting with people on a deeper relational level is important whether we are listening to the people of Nancolo, Haiti or students on campus.  Reflecting on this life changing experience and the conversations I had in Haiti makes me think about how I am on campus now. My perspective in how I show up in various spaces or when I meet new students, start a new class or join a new committee has been changed.  While there are many differences among us I now know I must first take initiative by working to listen to what is going on around me.

What are the conversations that are being had or need to take place?   Hopefully you too will engage in what matters to you and share your experiences.

Anderson DuBoise – SEAC Event Specialist

CHECK OUT BEAVS HELPING KIDS FOR THIS WEEK’S STUDENT ORG SPOTLIGHT!!! Congrats on their accomplishments within the community!

  1. Name: Beavs Helping Kids (BHK)
  2. Reason for recognition: BHK is an organization at Oregon State University run by students who donate their time and energy into raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). Everything this organization does is to help kids in the NICU and Pediatric ward at their local CMNH. Not many students are as selfless and dedicated as the ones within this organization. There are no words to describe the feeling of what it’s like to contribute in making miracles for children and their families.
  3. Background of the club: Beavs Helping Kids was started about four years ago by former OSU students. This organization was started here at OSU several years ago and it failed, however,  Beavs Helping Kids has brought this cause back. BeaverTHON is also known as Dance Marathon which is a national event at several universities who all raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Some schools raise millions of dollars for their local CMNH. Beavs Helping Kids is looking to get our cause out into the OSU community and make our beaverTHON as successful as it can possibly be.
  4. Purpose of the club: The purpose of this organization is to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Sacred Heart at Riverbend Medical Center.
  5. Involvement and achievement in the community: Their organization plans several fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for CMNH. They’ve put on a 5k for the last two years here on campus; they have done several Krispy Kreme donut fundraisers as well as several community fundraisers at local businesses such as Yogurt Extreme and Panda Express; and their latest fundraiser was a day of Zumba. BHK’s next fundraiser that’s coming up is a Dodgeball tournament. The biggest fundraiser they’ve put on and spend all year planning is the beaverTHON. This is an all-day event that consists of dancing, prizes, games, food, fundraising, and miracle families coming to share their stories. This year’s beaverTHON will be on April 18, 2015 from 3pm to 9pm. All of these fundraisers allow them to reach out to students and the community and relay information about their cause. The more people they can recruit to help them meet their fundraising goal, the more miracles are possible.
  6. Interesting facts: Beavs Helping Kids is filled with a great group of students looking to make a difference. Using the funds they raise, they get the privilege of making miracles for kids and families at the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. They even get to meet and interact with some of the children and families when they get out of the hospital.
  7. Contact: If anyone would like to join their club or find out more information, email them at beavshelpingkids@gmail.com. If anyone would like to register for their upcoming beaverTHON, visit their event page at http://events.dancemarathon.com/event/beaverTHON/

 

Do you know a student org or club on campus who’s deserving to be in the spotlight? We need your help by nominating them!

Click here to nominate: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/webform/student-org-spotlight

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L. 

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We all know how precious the break is in the middle of a long lecture. Whether or not you are having a break during that class can affect your attitude towards the lecture.

We understand that not all lectures are interesting, but it’s important that you make the most of your time here. If you feel sleepy, drinking water is a great way to wake up.  Other drinks and snacks help too, so always keep some handy if you are prone to falling asleep in class.

Spring break is coming soon so hang in there! #beBEAVERBOLD

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L.

Congrats to this week’s Student Org Spotlight: Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. – Kappa Chapter!!! Watch their video interview or read more below to learn about their cool sorority chapter!

  1. Name: Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. – Kappa Chapter
  2. Reason for recognition: They are the first Native American Sorority founded in the continental United States. Their organization stands out because of the level of involvement each of the members takes on campus. They have three members who currently work in the Native American Longhouse Ena Haws and are heavily involved in serving the Native communities here at Oregon State University. Some of their sorority members has work on the ASOSU cabinet as well as serve their time in the office of Diversity Development as project or event coordinators. They have of other sisters who participate in the OSU annual Luau, with Athletic Programs, and with several other cultural resource centers on campus. They highly encourage their members to have self and school pride. They try to support the members in their service and involvement in campus activities and academic achievements.
  3. Background of the club: Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. was founded nationally on September 1, 1994 at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Alpha Pi Omega – Kappa Chapter was then established at Oregon State University on May 25, 2012 and received Chapter status on July 13, 2013. The sorority was founded based on key principles of Native American culture: traditionalism, education, spirituality, and contemporary issues. Although these are Native American core values, they are also shared values amongst many people. They have women who identify as not only Native American but as Jamaican, Tongan, Native Hawaiian, Vietnamese, and LBGTQ as well that share these values.
  4. Purpose of the club: The mission of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc. is to create a strong sisterhood that will serve as a support for college women in today’s society. The sisterhood shall support its members in their individual journeys towards a balanced life. The Alpha Pi Omega woman will always strive for greater scholarship, honesty, leadership, service, and personal integrity. The Sorority will work to preserve their Native American traditions and they become one with each other through celebration and practice of their cultural and spiritual heritage.
  5. Involvement and achievement in the community: Their Sorority is apart of the Unified Greek Council. This council is comprised mostly of Greek Organizations that identify themselves as multicultural or culturally based organizations. Their Alpha Pi Omega Chapter has done service work on campus as well as off campus. They participated in cultural celebrations such as the OSU Pow Wow, the annual OSU Luau, and the Salmon Bake. Additionally, they volunteered time with organizations such as Jackson Street Youth, CARDV, and the Habitat of Humanity; and each year they raise funds for the National Indian Education Association.
  6. Interesting facts: 
    • Their motto is “My Sister As Myself”
    • Kappa Chapter has more Native Hawaiian initiates than any other chapter.
    • Their sorority has more than 100 tribes represented nationwide.
    • Their national philanthropy is the National Indian Education Association.
    • As of Feb. 1, Kappa Chapter is the sorority’s western-most chapter.
    • They have professional chapters across the country that allow women the opportunity to be active after they complete a bachelor’s degree.
  7. Contact: Visit their National Website at http://alphapiomega.org/Home.html or the Kappa Chapter Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateAlphaPiOmega. For any and all other inquiries, feel free to reach them through their Chapter email: kappachapter@gmail.com.

Do you know a student org or club on campus who’s deserving to be in the spotlight? We need your help by nominating them!

Click here to nominate: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/webform/student-org-spotlight

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L.