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Simmons World Challenge: Day 4 Reflection


Today was perhaps the most physically and mentally exhausting day of World Challenge thus far. My team and I worked ceaselessly from 10 to 5, breaking only to brainstorm over lunch. We did research, and really tried to think through every important detail of our Swap Meet from every angle. We were able to iron out a budget, potential stakeholders, and the communication strategy for our Swap Meet.

Praise creativity, don’t diminish it. Read about one team’s experiences with a big corporation, let’s just call them “Aramark” *wink wink*, and how our team is progressing on the idea of a sustainable swap meet. Enjoy!

Simmons World Challenge: Day 2 Reflection

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Good Guide is a website which allows you to check the health, social, and environmental products you buy. Sustainability is not just about doing more with less, but being conscious of what we consume. 

Read more about my exploration with conscious consumption here:

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #2


Garbage is definitely taboo. It’s gross and no one likes to think about where it goes after it hits our Hefty bags.

This is the second of three consumption scans I am doing for SWC. It encourages us to look at our waste and recycling, and determine what we can do better in the future. Also explored in this blog is the importance of recycling education, and mobilizing a new generation of global citizens.

The link to read this blog is:

Simmons World Challenge: A New Adventure

hands-on-world1As some of you may know, I am beginning a new journey ay Simmons College. Over the winter break, I will be participating in Simmons World Challenge, a program that can best be described as an exclusive opportunity for twenty students of the sophomore class (Class of 2017) to explore their world through a series of special lectures, field trips, and research opportunities.

This year’s World Challenge topic is sustainability as it relates to social justice. A lot of this program will require self-reflection, which will be done in a blog format.

I have attached the link to my blog designed especially for the Simmons World Challenge, so you can follow my growth and development on the subjects as I learn more about the topics (and myself!) in the next few months.

I will also post here, on my original blog, to update when I have posted in my World Challenge blog. Happy reading!

Syrian conflicts continue between government, rebels

Also from this week, at The Voice

The Simmons Voice

By Amanda Bibbins
Staff Writer

Syria has been the focus of international attention for months now, but among its list of political and military woes is President Bashar al-Assad regime’s new campaigns against rebel fighters.

The Syrian government is leading ground and air strikes against more than ten opposition fronts. These rebel groups do not include the threat presented by ISIS. With a coalition of countries including the U.S. now working to fight the Islamic State, the Assad government has turned its attention back to the rebel fighters that have presented a threat to the security of the regime for over 3 years.

This has caused confusion and concern as the United States aids the Syrian government in leading attacks against the Islamic State, where previously Assad was widely believed to be a war criminal. Some claim that the intervention to combat ISIS fighters has given the Assad regime more…

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Mass. governor race a toss-up

From this week, at The Voice

The Simmons Voice

By Amanda Bibbins
Staff Writer

With elections right approaching rapidly, it’s important to know the defining races that could determine the future of our political landscape.

Among the most pressing gubernatorial races is in Massachusetts. Democrat Martha Coakley, well known for being the Commonwealth’s first female Attorney General, is running against Republican candidate Charlie Baker.

Baker is known as a successful businessman in both the public and private sectors, having worked as a CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and former Secretary of Administration and Finance under previous governors.

Although Real Clear Politics’ poll average has Baker up by 4.5 points as of Sunday, the race has been declared a “toss up” by RCP, making this race among the most closely followed nationwide.

Real Clear Politics has 45 Democratic seats in the Senate listed as “safe or not up for election,” and 45 Republican seats listed the same. This leaves…

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Scottish independence, not today

Published in this week’s issue of The Voice

The Simmons Voice

By Amanda Bibbins
Staff Writer

Scotland –— Last week, on Sept. 18, Scotland held a referendum to see whether or not Scottish nationals wanted independence from Great Britain, and the votes came back with a resounding “no.” So far, the only short-term consequence of this decision is the resignation of Scotland’s pro-independence leader, Alex Salmond, who has since resigned his position as Minister.

Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron fought to convince Scottish nationals why it was in their best interests to remain a part of Great Britain, and why it was best to maintain the 300-year union with the United Kingdom. By the time the polls closed on Thursday, the Scottish population had been officially convinced.

Why did Scotland choose to remain in the politically complex union? The Scottish economy is aided by Great Britain quite significantly. In addition to being on the British form of currency, the pound…

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Terrorism around the world: The ISIS crisis

Dear Readers,
You may ask yourselves where I’ve been since my trip to Switzerland. And I must be honest, I have no better explanation than “I was taking a hiatus from writing”… I know, the seemingly unthinkable. But I have started writing for The Simmons Voice, and here’s the first piece I’ve written for them. It’s good to be back on the writing scene.
Happy autumn!

The Simmons Voice

By Amanda Bibbins
Contributing Writer

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 10, President Obama addressed the nation about the series of actions the United States will take against ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But this prompts questions for the nation, and most importantly, students like ourselves who are faced already with a tremendous national debt that we incur when we pay federal taxes.

It’s important to understand why the president is choosing this course of action. After all, what threat are we really facing? The crisis abroad has more to do with us than perhaps we thought possible, so we at The Voice would like to shed some light on what you may be reading or hearing in the news, in order to help separate fact from ordinary media bias.

ISIS, ISIL… Who can keep it all straight?

It’s important to look first at the…

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2012 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Motives and Me

Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger, in partnership with Market America, presents every day people with unique business opportunities. As a teen, I’ve begun spreading the word about this brilliant line in make up to my social circle, under the supervision of  my martial arts instructor, Rita Pasquale. Her team, composed of teens, distributors, and make up artists come together to revolutionize the world of cosmetics.

That’s right! No longer do women go door-to-door in hopes of selling make up. The industry has become a web of online networking. So with my new excitement over Motives, I decided to share it with you all in the blogosphere. I’ll encourage you to go to the website, and explore Loren Ridinger’s collections, and if you’re interested, you can also purchase through my portal (the below link.) Stay connected!

PS–The Motives and Me link can be found under the “Motives and Me” tab on my blog at any time.