C E L E B R A T I O
N O F S T U D EN T A C H I E V E M E N T
May 10, 2005
The College of New Rochelle
Each year, Women’s Studies sponsors the
Celebration of Student Achievement to honor the accomplishments of
students in all majors and disciplines in the School of Arts &
Sciences at the College of New Rochelle.
Dr. Roblyn Rawlins
Chair of Women’s
C H O O L O F A R T S & S C I E N C E
S S T U D E N T S
FEAR AND REVERENCE: THE REFLECTIONS OF A RED-BLEEDING AMERICAN
Through research and artistic process I have
explored a universal recurring event shrouded in mystery and suspicion:
women’s capacity to bleed. The corporeal and cyclical quality of
menstruation has been both feared and revered in folklore, mythology,
and religion through history. The dualistic belief in
menstruation’s creative and destructive powers still engenders profound
emotions surrounding the monthly occurrence and, thus, the theoretical
nature of woman herself. The menstrual rituals and taboos of
ancient culture seem a far cry from contemporary practices, yet as a
red-bleeding American I question the current ideological climate.
FU & ALANA RUPTAK
ARTS/INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & ART THERAPY
THE HEIFER PROJECT
This past fall, Claire & Alana initiated,
developed, and ran a fund-raising campaign for Heifer International, a
nonprofit organizations alleviating hunger, poverty, and environmental
degradation through gifts of food and income producing farm animals and
As a freshman, I was awarded a faculty-research
grant through the College of New Rochelle. This is the first year
that the award has been given. Dr. Kostel-Hughes and I are
working on a project with invasive earthworms in Rye, NY. We are
currently trying to discover some of the effects that the worms are
having in the marshlands and are possibly going to further our study to
involve wild turkeys.
NANCY HICKS & SHAMYKA STATEN
ORAL HISTORY OF
LATINO SENIOR CITIZENS
In Fall 2004, students in Dr. Gordon’s class
participated in a semester-long project with senior citizens from the
Doyle Center. Each student was assigned to a senior, allowing her
to learn and grow through the eyes of someone who has lived through
famous events. Through these oral histories, examples of
traditions, and emotions of happiness, sadness, and despair, we learned
how to become active listeners and actually give more back to the
seniors. At the end of the semester the students and seniors took
a trip to Grand Central Station to record the oral histories on a C.D.
to be placed in the Library of Congress. It was a way for us to
celebrate the lives of the uncelebrated.
“MOST OF US HERE HAVE VAGINAS, IT SHOULD BE OK TO TALK ABOUT THEM”:
CENSORSHIP VERSUS THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
In this paper, I explore the relationship between
academic censorship and freedom of speech/expression as they both
pertain to students; particularly college students. I researched
the major historical student movements and uprisings on various college
campuses, then analyzed the effects that they had on the learning
environment. I focused on a major incident of student unrest that
occurred right here at The College of New Rochelle. In refusing
to admit the presentation of a play entitled The Vagina Monologues by
Eve Ensler in December of 2002, a rift was created between the
authorities and the student body of the school, leading to media
criticism, student disapproval and a sense of resentment toward the
administration; all of which were detrimental to the academic community
which, in denying the performance, it intended to preserve.
"IT WAS JUST A
DREAM, A BAD DREAM...":
THE TRUTH ABOUT ACQUAINTANCE RAPE
Based on an interview with an actual victim, I
wrote about the issue of acquaintance rape. The paper was focused on
answering the following questions:
1. What is acquaintance rape?
2. Why does it happen?
3. What are the psychological effects?
4. How does life change for the victim?
"HOW THE CHRISTOPHER PITTMAN STORY POPULARIZES GENETIC DETERMINISM."
The idea that our genes determine our behavior
spreads rapidly throughout popular culture. The media is effective in
influencing how we think. TV commercials, magazines advertising,
movies, and newspaper articles often tell us that our fate is
determined our DNA. One means that accelerates this message of genetic
determines is the internet. This study shows how a boy’s story, found
on the web, can lead a “surfer” to the conclusion that our actions are
determined by our genes.
ART/ BFA ART
MAINELY A COMMODITY
EXHIBIT: “ON THE INSIDE”
MY WORK, PARTICULARLY THE PIECES EXHIBITED IN MY
SENIOR SHOW ON THE INSIDE EXPRESSES WITH VISUAL FORM AND DIALOGUE THE
RELATIONSHIP HAD BETWEEN MY PHYSICAL BODY AND MY EMOTIONS. IT IS
THROUGH MY BODY, INITIALLY EXPERIENCING AND THEN BEING REPRESENTED THAT
I AM ABLE TO RECOGNIZE AND COMPREHEND MY EMOTIONS. THROUGH MY PIECES
AND THEIR VISUAL TANGIBILITY I AM ABLE TO EXAMINE AND MORE FULLY
UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BODY AND EMOTION, BEING ABLE TO
ACCEPT MY EMOTIONS AS COHERENT AND INTRINSIC ASPECTS OF MY BEING, MUCH
AS I DO SKIN AND BONE. MY CREATIVE PROCESS STANDS AS HEALING TOOL
THROUGH WHICH I AM ABLE TO REALIZE AND CONFRONT, WORK THROUGH, AND
ULTIMATELY HEAL. IN HAVING TO CONCEPTUALIZE, VISUALIZE, AND THEN
MATERIALIZE MY ART MAKING FOSTERS THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS AND REWARDS. FOR
THIS REASON ON THE INSIDE REPRESENTED AN IMPORTANT PROCESS BOTH FOR MY
PERSONAL WELL-BEING AND FOR MY FUTURE PLANS AS AN ART
"love is blind"
THE TROJAN WOMEN
This semester in Honors Greek Tragedy, Dr. Ann
Raia asked our class to choose a play by one of the three major
tragedians---Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides---and perform their
work. The class came to the decision to perform The Trojan Women
by Euripides because it is not often that a Greek tragedy is typically
full of a predominantly female cast. The role of women in Greek
tragedy has fascinated our class throughout the semester. As the
director, I assisted in helping my classmates capture the "tragic"
aspect of their characters. Our production of The Trojan Women
was a collaborative effort and took place on Thursday, April 14.
It was very interesting to see how a Greek Tragedy comes to life
because it is one thing to read tragedy, but it is an entirely
different thing to perform and give voice to the actions.
As part of my Studio Art major, I exhibited my art
work in a group show entitled ‘Surfacing’ along with two other art
students that was on view February 21-March 14 in the Mooney Center
Gallery. The process that went into creating the show was an
extensive one that grew out of an experience I had living and studying
abroad in Paris, France for seven months during my junior year.
Drawing from my own experience, I explore through my art work different
facets of my own travels and the changes I underwent. The aspect
of motion, time, memory and transformation as they relate to the travel
experience are central to the body of work.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SELF THROUGH NOVEL EXPLORATION
I will be discussing the effects of the novel on
the development of my consciousness and the potential for intellectual
development the novel provides for other students.
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