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You Wear It Well

You Wear It Well

Emma Brentjens, Contributor
January 30, 2017
Filed under Student Life

A name on the most basic level is a term one is assigned or chooses for the purpose of identification.  It not only identifies a person, but also links that person to a family, culture, religion, or era.  A name is an integral part of one's personality.  Humans attach them to faces to remember people...

Dress Code VS. Dress Code

Dress Code VS. Dress Code

Brook Sillart, Student Writer
January 30, 2017
Filed under Student Life

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year SEM students and faculty created a committee to revamp the dress code and clear up any confusions with the rules. Monday January 23 the new rules were put into place.  There are now clearer guidelines to follow that still let students have the ability...

Women’s March in Buffalo

Women’s March in Buffalo

Abby Collins '18, Contributor
January 29, 2017
Filed under News, Student Life

January 21, 2017 was a historical day.  It marked the first full day of Donald J. Trump's presidency which is a story in itself, but it also was the epic Women's March. In Washington, D.C. the Woman's March had the largest turnouts in the nation. There were three times the attendees in  D.C. compared...

More Than What Meets the Eye

More Than What Meets the Eye

Emma Brentjens, Contributor
January 23, 2017
Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, Residential Life

It was September 1, 2015.  The new residential students in Lipke house sat in nervous silence.  "Go around and say your name, grade, and where you're from."  Slowly we went down the line: Germany, U.S., China, Germany, Korea, U.S. and U.S.   We were a small but diverse group.  Soon after that ...

Senior Presentation Advice Column

Tessa Pszonak, Contributor
January 23, 2017
Filed under Student Life

Advice for the Underclassmen: “Tell a story that means something to you. Don’t be afraid to let your personality come out in your presentation. You’re presenting to a room full of supportive people who want to hear something about you that they wouldn’t know otherwise. By the end, you won’...

The Mysteries of Senior Presentations Revealed

The Mysteries of Senior Presentations Revealed

Tessa Pszonak, Contributor
January 22, 2017
Filed under Student Life

8:00 a.m. The Chapel. Morning Meeting. The president of Student Government Association (SGA) announces "And now we have a senior presentation by." The senior walks up the steps of the stage. Once at the podium her presentation begins. It is her time to shine. Every student who first walks into...

How Does SEM Affect Its Students?

Abby Collins '18, Contributor
January 16, 2017
Filed under Student Life

Throughout life it is inevitable that people change drastically. However, one's behavior can be greatly influenced by one's environment. Since teenagers spend most of their day in school they can be majorly affected by their surrounding academic atmosphere. How do the students think the SEM experie...

Difficult Dialogue: SEM Students Dive into Diversity

Difficult Dialogue: SEM Students Dive into Diversity

Morgan Baker, Contributor
January 16, 2017
Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, News, Student Life

The evening of Thursday, January 12, high school students from private schools across Western New York gathered in the Nichols School Flickinger Performing Arts Center for the opening of the third annual Nichols School Inclusivity Conference sponsored by Education Collaborative of Western New York....

The Path to Decision

The Path to Decision

Brook Sillart, Student Writer
January 13, 2017
Filed under Student Life

College it isn’t just a school where you spend the next four years of your life but instead will be your home. During the college process, depending on the college, you can the option of applying early decision, early action, regular decision or rolling decision. All of these options are fine when...

Debutante Ball

Debutante Ball

Christina Siragusa, Contributor
December 19, 2016
Filed under Student Life

Two of SEM’s juniors, Nia and Kai Ellis, were recently formally presented into society at the 2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Phi Omega Chapter, 2016 Debutante Ball at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. On Saturday December 3, the two girls spent the day getting ready for this six...

Acknowledge Arab-Americans

Sarah Hamdan '18, Contributor
December 5, 2016
Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, Opinion

For many years, the Arab-American community has been expected to document themselves as “white” for race/ethnicity on any and all legal documents and for census bureaus is inaccurate. With no selection for people of Middle Eastern heritage, America casts us aside and denies us acknowledgement. A “white”...

Senior Privileges

Brooke Gannon, Contributor
November 27, 2016
Filed under Student Life

At Buffalo Seminary, students are expected to follow certain traditions that have been part of SEM’s history since 1851. A good majority of these traditions are only for seniors like senior presentations and senior privileges. Some traditions are official and some are custom. Besides graduatio...

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