It was a week to remember on campus, as Chestnut Hill College celebrated the Philadelphia Eagles going to the Super Bowl with a “Griffins Go Green Week.”
In addition to the many sights seen around campus in support of the now Super Bowl champion Eagles – Fournier Hall lit up with green lights, members of the campus community wearing Eagles gear, good luck messages from the sprint football team, hype videos, decorated offices and statues, and more – the college also used the week to bring awareness to the importance of living a ‘green’ lifestyle.
Thanks to the efforts of Chartwells and the Office of Student Life, the college, which has always been committed to being a steward of the environment, took the opportunity to “Go Green for the Eagles” in a sustainable way. Throughout the week, the college made efforts to educate and bring awareness to the importance of sustainable practices and ways in which students can use campus resources to live a greener life.
The week featured green salad options in the cafeteria, a free coffee day for anyone who brought their own mug, and a recycling event which allowed people to drop off batteries, plastic bags and more, as well as to learn about the importance of the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle.
The festivities continued through the weekend, as students packed McCaffery Lounge to watch the Eagles win their first Super Bowl. To celebrate the historic event, the college closed its offices on Thursday and provided shuttle transportation to train stations for students interested in attending the parade on Broad Street.
"There are times that call for universal celebration and the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory is such a time," Sister Carol Jean Vale, Ph.D., college president, wrote in an email to the campus community explaining the holiday. "When their star quarterback Carson Wentz was sidelined, the Eagles started Nick Foles, whose athletic prowess and natural resilience, rallied the team to demonstrate that together they were stronger than their opponents. In each instance when they could have lost heart, they summoned the faith and strength, not simply to prevail, but to improve and to excel. This is an historic moment for The Philadelphia Eagles and for the great city of Philadelphia, a city of neighborhoods and friends, a city of loyal sports’ fans and ardent enthusiasts. With them we celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory by closing the College on Thursday to seize and savor a moment now part of the city’s history."
—Marilee Gallagher ’14