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Friday, September 14, 2007

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, September 14, 2007

In this message:

- Minimum Payment for fall
- Peace Fellowship - First Meeting
- New Mail Room Hours
- Black Student Fellowship
- Listen to the Wilson Chapel Architect - Monday 9/17
- Evening Prayer Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
- Wireless access improvements at ANTS
- Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!

Minimum Payment for fall
Students who register for the fall term must have paid (and/or have had credited to their student accounts from student loans, ANTS financial aid, or outside aid) at least 25% of their total charges for fall, by September 28, 2007, or they will risk being dropped from their fall courses. Resident students who fail to meet the 25% requirement may also lose their privilege to stay in ANTS housing. Please contact Peter Gibson in the Business Office (617 964 1100 x218; if you have questions about the amount you owe on your bill for fall.

Peace Fellowship - First Meeting
ANTS students for Peace and Justice are invited to join the Peace Fellowship
at dinner on Monday, September 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 in the ANTS cafeteria.
We welcome back returning students, introduce new students and renew the
discussion of how we may be able to effect an enduring justice through radical love in
our community and beyond. We will discuss actions already planned and actions yet to be
fully envisioned.

For questions or if you can not make it but would like to be aded to the
Peace Fellowship Mailing list, please contact Kurt Walker at

New Mail Room Hours
Fall * Winter
Mail Room Hours
September 15, 2008

Monday 11 * 4
Tuesday 11 * 4, 5 * 7:30
Wednesday 11 * 2, 5 * 7:30
Thursday 11 * 4
Friday 11 * 4
Saturday 11 * 4

All mail will be in your boxes by 1:30 each day.
Packages may be picked up any time the mailroom is open.

Black Student Fellowship
ANTS students of African descent are invited to share their lunch hour, 12-1pm, on Wednesday, September 19th, in the ANTS cafeteria. We will renew connections, meet and welcome new students, and organize the BSF for service and action during the 2007-08 school year.

Please plan to attend the Chapel Service immediately following the meeting, from 1-2pm.

Questions? Contact Regina Boyd;

Listen to the Wilson Chapel Architect - Monday 9/17
Brett Donham, architect for the Wilson Chapel, will be in the chapel between 11 and 12 on Monday,September 17, discussing his thought process in designing the Wilson Chapel with the Theological Aesthetics class. All are welcome to come and listen. A great opportunity to understand the creative process that yeilded our chapel!
Priscilla Deck.

UU SPIRITUAL DIRECTION GROUPS - we still have room for one more participant in the UU Spiritual Direction Group that begins meeting on 9/20/2007. For more information contact Carmen Emerson at or 617-923-1311.

Evening Prayer Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
You are warmly invited to evening prayer (Compline) in the Episcopal tradition.
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
9:00-9:20 p.m.
Prayer Room, downstairs in the Wilson Chapel
Hosted by the Episcopal Student Fellowship
All are welcome!

Wireless access improvements at ANTS
Over the summer the wireless network at ANTS was expanded and improved.
Residence hall networks will stay the same but the all student wireless network has been expanded.
Sites for the all student wireless network now include:
The Library
Sturtevant Hall
Upper Noyes Student Center
Lower Noyes Cafeteria
Wilson Chapel
All Davis Classrooms

The all student wireless network is also now simply listed as "ANTS" instead of listing individual building networks.
For more information or questions call the Helpdesk and x314
Please note, that if your computer accessed the wireless network last year, it is already registered in the new wireless system.

Thank You,

Sign up for Community Day, Sept. 25!
Dear Community Members,

On Tuesday, September 25 we will be holding our fall Community Day in lieu of classes. I encourage all of you to participate. The activities will begin at 9:00 am in the Wilson Chapel sanctuary. After a worship service and some general instructions we will head out for the day. We should return to campus by 4:30 or 5 pm, and dinner will follow. For those who wish, we will be having some teams involved in projects on campus that are relatively sedentary. If you prefer to be involved in this, just let me know. Please RSVP directly to me at if you plan to attend any part of Community Day. Lunch and dinner will be provided for all participants.

This fall we are partnering with the City of Newton on a project to plant trees in Newton Centre. On Tuesday, Sept. 25th we will plant 40 trees, providing aesthetic and health-related improvements to Newton and the surrounding region. Newton mayor David B. Cohen will join us at some point during the day. (On Saturday, Sept. 29 another group will be planting more trees.)

All participants will be divided into teams. If you would like to be a team leader you will need to attend a 2 hour training session (please see schedule below). Each team leader will instruct his/her group on the steps involved in planting the tree. Each group will plant 4 trees, and we will need 10 groups of 5-6 people each to get this job done. If you would like to lead a team please let me know what training session you plan to attend.

Training Dates & Times:
Saturday, Sept. 15 10:00am-12:00noon

Tuesday, Sept. 18 12:00noon-2:00pm

Wednesday, Sept. 19 5:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday, Sept. 20 12:00noon-2:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 22 2:00pm-4:00pm

All training sessions will be on campus. Please choose a time to attend and let me know so facilitators can plan accordingly.

The project is funded by the MassReLeaf Ministry which is a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the United Church of Christ. The school received funding from the MassReLeaf Ministry. This was due to the work of Christina Cabrerra, our student Ecology Minister. The MassReLeaf Ministry mission is to provide funding and technical support to religious organizations and their municipal partners for real, hands-on tree-planting projects in public areas across Massachusetts. The Newton city arborist is also providing funding (and a back hoe to dig the holes for the trees).

Although Hebrew College will not be joining us for the fall Community Day (the 25th is the 2nd day of their fall semester and the eve of Sukkot), they will join us in the spring (Tuesday, April 15). However, we will be joined on the 25th by volunteers from various local churches.

I look forward to your involvement on Community Day!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life