Undergraduate Blog / Defining Your Babson

In the Midst of the Storm

This has been quite the winter, to say the very least. What did I sign up for when I decided to attend college in the Northeast: Boston has seen a record-breaking amount of snowfall, and Babson College had a total of 4.5 snow days over the course of three consecutive weeks!

Even while the snow continues to fall, our efforts  must not cease–that’s been the spirit with the Babson Up to Us team. On January 26th, five Babson Undergraduates (Joshua Boutin’17,Shatiek Gatin’16,  Josuel Plascencia’17, Derek Tu’18 and Yulkendy Valdez) joined a national campign competition–Up to Us. Up to Us is a national competition that encourages college students to raise awareness on their respective campus about the long-term national debt. It is backed by the Clinton Global Initiative University, Net Impact, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Throughout the campaign, the team has been engaging our campus community via our Facebook Page with relevant information regarding the national debt–an issue that impacts so many, but only a small few know/care about. We even had a chance to interview Kerry Healey, Babson College President and former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts.

Yesterday (February 12) was #MyTwoCentsDay, the national day of action for the campaign. The Babson Up to Us team invaded our campus center to interface with our campus community  and encourage them to take the pledge. Here are some photos  from the event. More on our Facebook page:

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It’s not over yet! While we’re still at the peak of winter and may be expecting more snow fall, the campaign continues. Join us next week as we invite Tedx Cambridge spekaer Colleen Macklin to campus for an interactive talk.

Colleen Macklin will discuss the idea of using games and game design as an active form of social change, in her exciting and interactive talk just a week from today Fiday, February 20th at Sorenson Theater from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. There will be food and refreshments served at the event, along a surprise activity including Biz E Beaver and selected guests.

Colleen’s a game designer and an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, where she founded PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab). She is currently a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and her work has been shown at Come Out and Play, The Whitney Museum for American Art, and Creative Time. More details here.