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The Dolphin

The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Long-Unused Courtyard to Finally Reopen as a Community Space
Long-Unused Courtyard to Finally Reopen as a Community Space
Annie Hubert, Guest Writer • April 13, 2024

Riddled with cracked cement and overgrown weeds, the courtyard that lies between Grewen and Reilly halls has been left untouched by the Le Moyne...

‘It Felt Like a Gift From God’: Le Moyne Students and Surrounding Community React to Eclipse
‘It Felt Like a Gift From God’: Le Moyne Students and Surrounding Community React to Eclipse
CMM-274 Class, Guest Writers • April 11, 2024

Amanda Wood started her day off in a taciturn mood at Le Moyne College, underwhelmed by all the talk of the big event. Monday was just any other...

Le Moyne College Responds to Surge in Campus Car Break-ins
Le Moyne College Responds to Surge in Campus Car Break-ins
La Quida Cummings, Guest Writer • April 10, 2024

In response to a recent series of car break-ins across campus, Derek McGork, director of Security, used a recent interview with The Dolphin to...

Spotlight: Cellist Jordan Gunns Musical Journey
Spotlight: Cellist Jordan Gunn's Musical Journey
Daniel Mondelli April 9, 2024

This Wednesday, April 10th, Le Moyne will host a performance by cellist Jordan Gunn in the Panasci Family Chapel at 7:30 pm and will be accompanied...

Flags and Acknowledgements: Le Moyne Takes Steps Toward Reconciliation with the Haudenosaunee
Flags and Acknowledgements: Le Moyne Takes Steps Toward Reconciliation with the Haudenosaunee
Isabella Allen and Carly Nicolai April 5, 2024

“We honor the Onondaga Nation, the original people on whose land Le Moyne College stands.” You may have heard this recited at school-sponsored...

Le Moyne Schedules First “Wellness Day” for this Wednesday

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Dominique Cimini, ’25

Dominique Cimini, a junior psychology major at Le Moyne College, had an immediate reaction when asked about Wednesday’s first-ever Wellness Day at the school, where almost no classes will be held.

“Oh my God,” she said. “Big yes.”

Cimini said she works 30 hours a week outside of her classes, and she said the combined pressures of her life can often feel like “three tons of weight.” Her big plans for Wednesday:

She’s hoping to sleep in until at least 1 p.m.

The idea for the Wellness Day came from a group of students in 2021 that recommended the event and several other ideas for looking after the mental health of fellow students after a suicide devastated the Le Moyne community, according to Anne
Kearney, dean of student well-being.

There will be no classes held on the Wellness Day, Kearney said. She said, however, that throughout the day there will be activities available around campus, courtesy of the Wellness Center, intended to help students relax.

These events include a “stress free zone” that will be located in James Commons from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., and a mindfulness for beginners session in the Palony Studio from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The regularly scheduled classes in spin and yoga that are held by the Wellness Center in the Athletic Center will still be available, Kearney said.

The main goal of this Wellness Day is for the students of the college to step back from their classroom burdens, she emphasized.

According to Kearney, “We are hoping that students will really give themselves permission to take a day off and do a check in with themselves to discern what it is they really need to do on that day.”

While many students appreciate the thought, they said the extra day to study helps relieve stress from the classroom, in itself. For instance, Nayeliz Ramirez, a freshman, said she is grateful for the day off because she hopes to use the time to prepare for an exam in history.

However, while most students have the day off from classes, this doesn’t apply to sports practices and many extracurricular meetings or obligations that remain scheduled for the day, which several students – knowing they have to honor those commitments – said detracts from the goal of the Wellness Day.

In an email, Kearney wrote that with the event so new, it might be that “not everyone is on the same page.” She wondered if a solution might be in having the Le Moyne Student Government Association take up the question of what constitutes a Wellness Day, maybe by having the SGA’s mental health section “address it with college leadership.”

Cimini, for her part, said the Wellness Day is a welcome addition to the schedule. Since the pandemic, she said, the demands of life often seem like “you’re climbing a hill and once you get up it you see another hill and then another hill after that.”

So she appreciates this Wellness Day, in a major way, and she has a suggestion for Le Moyne:

She hopes there will be even more Wellness Days, with each new semester.

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