Why Merrimack College Wants You To Love Your Melon

Why Merrimack College Wants You To Love Your Melon

And why everyone else should, too.

As many of us know all too well, Cancer is a terrible disease that takes the lives of millions every year. Cancer doesn’t discriminate against gender, race, or status, and especially not on the basis of age. Approximately 700 new people under the age of 20 are affected with cancer every day. That’s almost 256,000 kids every year. While there are ways to treat many types of cancer, no remedy is comfortable or enjoyable, and none are a guaranteed fix.

In October of 2012, college students Brian Keller and Zachary Quinn set out to make this process a tiny bit easier for these patients. Their goal was to provide every child battling cancer with a hat, and they have done so ever since. They appropriately named their organization Love Your Melon.

After it’s launch in late 2012, Love Your Melon has provided over 45,000 hats to children battling cancer. They do this through their “buy one, give one” style of business, where customers purchase a hat for themselves from Love Your Melon, and the company hand delivers one to a child in need. To do so, Love Your Melon has affiliated themselves with colleges across the United States. More than 2,500 ambassadors from over 225 schools have brought the campaign to their colleges, which has increased childhood cancer awareness and purchases for Love Your Melon. Of course, the real objective is to provide even more children with hats. Campus crew members dress up as superheroes and hand deliver each hat to every child. Love Your Melon has partnered with The Pinky Swear Foundation and CureSearch, and donates 50 percent of the profit from each hat to childhood cancer research.

Merrimack College is one of the many across the nation who have joined in the effort to spread the mission of Love Your Melon to their school and community. After hearing about it through friends and seeing it on social media, junior Chris Hynes decided to join the fight and bring the organization to Merrimack. As Captain of this campus crew, Chris is joined by Vice Captain Catherine Cohen, Public Relations Manager Thomas Drover, and Secretary Tori Bethoney. Twenty official members are also affiliated with the crew, but all are encouraged to join and contribute.

After asking Chris and Catherine what made them want to bring Love Your Melon to Merrimack, I learned that the two were a united front. Chris said that he “loves the concept of it, and wants to work for a non-profit after college.” He agrees that it is a good experience and an amazing cause that he can see growing immensely in the community at Merrimack. Since introduced at Merrimack on Tuesday, Oct. 20 2015, Love Your Melon has quickly made its way around campus. In the first week alone, Love Your Melon has seen 44 sales from Merrimack’s affiliation. Merrimack was nominated the top selling crew in the North East Region in their first week of operation. In addition to passing out flyers, the campus crew plans on doing more tabling, holiday giveaways, and additional promotional events. To become involved, the campus crew encourages anyone and everyone to approach them to talk, join their mailing list, and attend weekly informational meetings on campus.

Although awareness is half the battle, your efforts cannot stop there. Now that you know about the movement on campus, make your own moves by ordering hats and apparel from LoveYourMelon.com. Tell your mom, dad, brother, sister, cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors to join the fight against childhood cancer and help provide each patient with a hat. When placing your order, be sure to choose Merrimack College as your campus crew so that our ambassadors can have the opportunity to deliver hats to children battling this horrible disease.

To stay informed and keep up with the latest information and events, follow the crew on the platforms below:

Twitter: loveyourmelonmc

Instagram: loveyourmelonmc

Facebook: Love Your Melon Crew at Merrimack College

Sources: www.loveyourmelon.com


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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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