Women’s History Month brings an interesting juxtaposition of exhibits to the Kennedy Union lobby. “Remembering Black Catholic Sisters,” displayed near the elevator, honors three black women who founded Catholic religious orders, as well as St. Catherine Drexel, who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for the education of Native Americans and African-Americans. Cecilia Moore of the UD religious studies department wrote the biographies for the exhibit, including that of Mother Mary Lange and her thoughts about being a woman of color and a woman religious.
Throughout the lobby, bright pink life-size silhouettes display the thoughts that UD women expressed about what it’s like to live in their bodies. The exhibit, “The UD Body Monologues,” is sponsored by the Women’s History Month committee and provides space for faculty, staff and students share stories such as surviving cancer and wearing one’s “jiggly thighs” with the same sense of pride as one wears one’s family name.No Comments
If you have been to a UD men’s basketball game in the last three years, you have probably seen him. Right around the end of half time, he is that student in the second or third row dancing like crazy to the techno hit “Sandstorm.”
The funny thing about senior Kevin Davidson is that he hates to dance. Davidson never goes out to dance and swears that he will never be seen dancing at a weekend party. But, he said, “if I hear ‘Sandstorm,’ it’s hard to stay in my seat. It just makes me dance.” (Click to see a Quicktime video taken during two January games.)
The whole thing started sophomore year when he tried using keys to distract opposing players during free throw shots and to get the crowd excited right before the second half. He abandoned this idea “because I kept hitting people in the face with the keys.”
Then last year, he noticed more and more people sitting, watching and clapping along with his dancing. A star was born.
Davidson’s dance has gained him great celebrity following.
“I have been stopped by people wanting my autograph; people have asked me to pose in pictures with their children, and one woman even asked me if I would dance at her daughter’s wedding,” said Davidson, who declined the invitation.
And if you’ve been ogling his red and blue pants, hoping for a pair of your own, it’s no use. They’re one of a kind – made by his mother.
“We happened to have the same colors at my high school so my mom made me a pair of red and blue pants,” Davidson said. “They happened to work well for UD too.”No Comments
Father Francois Rossier, SM, presides over the 10 a.m. Ash Wednesday service at the Immaculate Conception Chapel.No Comments
With a brain full of knowledge and jobs beginning to develop, I see that my career is not the thing to worry about most; tax season is a different story.
When I graduate in May, taxes are just one of the many wonders that will be thrust into my life. Enter my life as a “real person” (as I refer to those who make a significant contribution to our world): taxes, health plans, apartments and generally life beyond my parents.
Before attending a series of four sessions geared to graduating seniors, I only vaguely understood letters like PPO, HMO and IRA. The confusion of graduation is still there and, sure, I’ll be calling my parents often after school to answer questions about the “simple, stupid things,” as the speaker called it. At least now I don’t stare back blankly attempting to conceptualize the words when someone talks about these things.
I now walk in the direction of my future with some confidence that I’ll be able to do this, where ever that direction is… .
The series for graduating seniors was sponsored by the office of student involvement and leadership and the UD Mothers’ Club. To view more events like this for graduates, visit the student involvement Web site.No Comments
The Lackner Award, which honors faculty and staff who have made a significant contribution to the Catholic and Marianist character of UD, comes with a piece of original art, which recipients get to keep, and $5,000, which they don’t. They do get to donate the money to the UD endeavors of their choice. Between them, 2006 Lackner recipients Roberta Weaver and James Farrelly have nearly eight decades of service to UD and $10,000 to designate.
Weaver will give $1,000 to the Fitz Center to support its tutoring and mentoring program; $1,000 to the Dayton Early College Academy for books and materials and $3,000 to the School of Education and Allied Professions to support urban initiatives to prepare teachers and principals.
Farrelly sliced his pie into smaller wedges, dishing out $2,000 to Studio Theater for original productions — in honor of his UD alumni children, Mark Farrelly and Anne Farrelly; $1,000 to Sister Mary Louise Foley of campus ministry for outreach to single parents; $900 for scholarships to the Stratford Festival trip sponsored by the English department; $500 to the Library Advancement Association for music and literature, $500 for a cause he couldn’t remember; and $100 to endow the “chairs of the table of wisdom” (the long-serving UD folks who gather each day in the Barrett Dining room) with coffee for the month of March.
Forewarning the attendees that his after-dinner remarks might last a bit longer than requested, Farrelly cheerfully encouraged them: “Deal with it. You got a big meal and a great dessert.”No Comments
When I asked my little brother if he would go see the UD Monologues with me, he quickly responded with, “I can’t. It’s part of women’s week, AJ. I can’t go. I’m not a woman.”
It was this stereotype specifically that Josh Richardt and Leslie Singel, the student directors of this past weekend’s Studio Theatre production, were trying to fight.
“This show is going to be something that we hope every student can relate to in some way, not just the women,” Singel said.
Issues ranging from body image, first loves, chick flicks, rape, Halloween and much more were told from a woman’s perspective, a man’s perspective, a teacher’s perspective and even a reporter’s perspective.
Men, women, faculty, students, parents and friends attended the show and each seemed to be touched in some personal way.
“Theater should be for the people. They should be able to relate,” Richardt said. “And that is why we are dealing with issues that happen right here on this campus.”
The entire show was student written, directed and performed. Each member of the cast was asked to write one original monologue. These, along with monologues collected from the student body and a few professors, were assembled into the show.
Watching, I couldn’t help but marvel at how real it all was. Each monologue touched me in some way. I either had gone through that, helped a friend through it or known someone dealing with the same thing.
At times I looked around and everyone seemed to be feeling the same thing — they knew this story, they had been a part of it at some point in their lives.
Many others, like my brother, realized this weekend that these weren’t just women’s issues, but issues that affect us all as members of the UD community.
“If I could leave UD with one thing when I graduate this would be it,” Richardt said, with the hope that this project will continue for years to come.No Comments
If it was made to evoke awareness, The Constant Gardener certainly succeeded.
As my roommates and I walked out of the Tuesday evening film screening at ArtStreet, we were engaged in conversation, fascinated by the lives of people living in these small African villages. We couldn’t believe the movie’s plot: Justin Quayle, played by Ralph Fiennes, pieces together the work of his deceased wife Tessa Quayle, played by Rachel Weisz. In the first moments of the film, the audience learns she was killed for her activism to gain public awareness for the testing of unapproved drugs on AIDS victims by large pharmaceutical conglomerates.
We found ourselves asking, “Does this really happen? Who is to blame? What can be done? What can we do?”
The movie was shown as part of the Citizens of the World events series, taking place in ArtStreet Feb. 13-March 10, designed to allow students to glimpse various world cultures. The series is sponsored by the Department of Languages, the film studies program, ArtStreet and the Center for International Programs.No Comments
With red Campbell’s soup cans representing the brick and white-labeled cans as the stonework, a team of chemical engineers re-created the Immaculate Conception Chapel in Torch Lounge Thursday during the Engineers’ Week can build.
Senior Chad Brajercik said he chose the chapel “because I want to win and I figured they’d give us points for school pride.” The team taped together cans of mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and Vienna sausages to make the cross topping the blue-papered dome.
Four teams representing the different departments used 1,200 cans to craft their structures, including a bridge (electrical and computer engineering), the Eiffel Tower (civil engineering) and the Gateway Arch of St. Louis (mechanical and aerospace engineering).
“Anyone can stack cans straight up,” said senior Richard Henkel, whose team built the arch design. With the help of packing and duct tape, the team used a slight angle when stacking the cans to create the curved structure. When the ceiling was too low to completely finish the curve, they added a keystone at the top to join the two tilting towers. With the leftover cans, Daniel Shellhuase ’05 — who came back to campus for the fun — and sophomore Thomas Robbins created a can catapult to help destroy the arch after the competition.
The cans, collected from the campus community and donated by Campbell’s Soup Co., will be donated to the House of Bread.No Comments
Jyoti Sharma (left), a first-year student, and Puneet Garg (right), a second-year student, both from New Delhi, India, work on a project on the second floor of Roesch Library.No Comments
The statue of Mary holding a Jesus on the front of the Immaculate Conception Chapel stands out against a gray February sky.No Comments