A week after its launch, the Campus Climate Survey is in full swing. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a campus-wide survey in regards to Saint Mary’s current climate. (Image Courtesy of Writer).
By Isabelle Delostrinos
On September 27th, Saint Mary’s launched the Campus Climate Survey, giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to use their voice and be part of future change on campus. With diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind, Saint Mary’s is looking forward to creating a more welcoming and safe space for all members of the community. This open survey demonstrates Saint Mary’s mission to support community members with mutual understanding and respect. By taking in honest feedback and concerns, the administration is willing to learn and improve the environment and attitudes on campus.
The Campus Climate Survey has been in development since March of 2021. Saint Mary’s Climate Study Working Group has chosen to work in partnership with an external consultant, Rankin & Associates Consulting, to maximize the survey’s most valuable information. From creating the survey, analyzing the data, and forming a plan of action, Rankin & Associates Consulting will be part of the process every step of the way to ensure all possible perspectives will be accounted for, as well as to eliminate any biases or conflicts of interest.
Another benefit of an external partner is the complete confidentiality of the survey. The twenty to thirty minute survey is taken off site from Saint Mary’s associated databases and answers are sent directly to the third party partner. Because of this complete anonymity, participants are encouraged to be as honest as possible with their opinions and concerns of their place in the community. Your participation is essential to the future of life on campus. You can share feedback on things you have loved about Saint Mary’s, like the measures they have taken after the past two transformative years the world went through. Or, take this time to address the not-so-great moments and experiences you have gone through on campus. Saint Mary’s cannot improve the campus climate without your stories and experiences. This is your time to bring any issues you may have to the table. As the survey touches on sensitive and personal topics, resources are readily available for you throughout the process, such as the SMC 24/7 CARE Line.
By April of 2022, analysis of the results and data will be shared in a campus town hall meeting with Rankin & Associates. Implementation of action plans will begin the following May. All participation is valued, even from those who may no longer be on campus when plans are enforced. Everyone is encouraged to be part of the change Saint Mary’s is seeking. Once you’ve completed the survey, you have the opportunity to be entered in a weekly raffle. A link will be provided at the end of the survey, which will take you back to the Saint Mary’s website to input your email. Again, confidentiality is important and there will be no connection of your identity from the raffle entry back to the survey. Every Friday you’ll be in the running for free SMC swag, an Amazon gift card, and even an iPad.
The survey is open to all students, faculty and staff until October 29th. You can access the survey at rankinsurveys3.com/stmarys-ca/, or by scanning the QR code at the bottom of any Campus Climate Survey flyer. It can be completed on a laptop, phone, or tablet. To learn more about the survey, head to www.stmarys-ca.edu/campus-climate-survey. The mini site includes frequently asked questions, a timeline of the survey, members of the Climate Study Working Group, resources, and more. To discuss any questions, comments or concerns in person, Dr. Kathy Littles and students are available outside of Cafe Louis from 1 PM to 2:30 PM every Wednesday.
*The 24/7 CARE Line (925-878-9207) is available via phone call/text for support/resources related to sexual assault and violence during the academic year.
You can’t miss the SMC Theatre’s production of Jacobs-Jenkins’ show Everybody.
By: Dylan Cazin
If you’ve been missing live theatre, you’re in luck. Everybody, a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, marks the return of live performances for the Saint Mary’s Theatre Program. A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Everybody is a playful riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman. The Saint Mary’s production will be performed in the Redwood Grove, a magical natural setting and an iconic location for both students and alumni. Guest director Daniel Larlham explains, “Audiences who come to see Everybody should expect to be surprised; it is an unusual offering, a site-specific environmental show. As the action follows an ordinary person on the journey towards life’s greatest mystery—mortality itself—our production will be timed to map onto the setting of the sun and the coming of darkness.” This is something that has never been done before in Saint Mary’s history!
In another twist on typical theatre, the lead character, “Everybody,” is being played by three different actors: Aero England, Naomi Kalter, and Xavier Romero. Who will play “Everybody” on any given night will be determined by a lottery at the start of each performance.
For these Theatre majors, the production is especially meaningful. After the challenges posed to live theatre during the pandemic, all are eager to get back to what they love doing. Senior Naomi Kalter is enthusiastic about “rehearsing in the fresh air and being together as a cast.” “The energy at rehearsals feels different,” she says, “because everyone is so thankful to be on stage again and to have this opportunity to perform for a live audience.” The company of student actors and crew members are adapting to a new way of theatre and performance during their time rehearsing outdoors.
Third-year student Xavier Romero has called this “an adjustment,” but adds, “The actors have connected in a way that wasn’t possible on Zoom or in our virtual classrooms.”
Senior Aero England notes that Everybody is different from any show they’ve previously been part of. “I’ve never done anything this existential before,” England says. “I believe it’s going to make audience members think a lot about their own lives, as well as about death and its inevitability—themes extremely relevant given everything we’ve been through since 2020.”
Director Daniel Larlham’s recent productions (Dance Nation, Lysistrata, and Twelfth Night) were lively performances and expressive pieces of art. Larlham and his actors are finding humor and great wisdom in Jacobs-Jenkins’ script. “Audiences should expect a very vital, boisterous, and funny play,” says Larlham, “one that’s full of life and ends with a sense of poignancy and gravity that will touch their hearts.”
With in-person performances from Wednesday, Nov. 3rd through Sunday, Nov. 7th, and a pre-recorded video available on-demand on November 14th, there are six chances to see the show. “We felt that it was important to have a streaming option,” explains Theatre Program Director Deanna Zibello, “because some people may not feel comfortable yet being in a crowd.” With two ways to watch—as part of an adventurous (masked) live audience or from the comfort of your couch—you can’t miss this performance!
In-person performance dates:
Wednesday, November 3 (5 pm)
Thursday, November 4 (5 pm)
Friday, November 5 (5 pm)
Saturday, November 6 (5 pm)
Sunday, November 7 (4 pm)
Pre-recorded streaming option:
Sunday, November 14 (12:15 am to 11:45 pm)
Tickets limited – reserve early.
For tickets or more info, please visit stmarys-ca.edu/everybody or call (925) 631-4670. $8 Students; $12 SMC Faculty/Staff/Non-SMC Students; $15 General
Please dress warmly and bring blankets. Masks will be required for the audience, and Covid-19 regulations will be followed.
Harry Styles’ tour is a highly anticipated event that many fans have been looking forward to for over a year. (Image Courtesy of Writer)
By Remy Zerber
Harry Styles is one of the most successful English musicians of this generation. He was in one of the most successful boy bands ever, One Direction, which was formed on the X Factor in 2010. After they split, all the band members went on to pursue solo careers, with Harry Styles becoming one of the most successful former One Direction members. He has recently embarked on his Love On Tour to promote his second album, Fine Line. While on tour, Harry has already had some interesting things happen on his tour like a fan asking for dating advice, Harry doing a gender reveal for a couple, a sighting of former 1D member Louis Tomlinson by a fan, and much more.
Harry Styles played cupid for a fan at a show in Minnesota when he offered her some relationship advice. When he saw a fan holding a sign that said “Should I text him?” he responded by asking the fan if the guy was nice to her and the fan’s friend replied “no.” The crowd booed and Harry explained "in my opinion, if you should [text him], this isn't even a question," he said. When sharing what he would do in the situation, he said, "My personal opinion is that if there's any sort of games, trash! Trash! Trash! Not for you!" His response was something that sounded like it was from The Notebook, which gained a lot of attention on social media to the point where “TRASH, TRASH, TRASH!” was trending on Twitter.
At a show in Chicago, Harry gave out even more love advice when he saw a sign that said “Help me get my boyfriend to propose to me.” After the sign caught his attention, Styles asked the couple how long they’ve been together and noted, “Seven years, oh, I can’t help you. … What’s the hold up, Lucas? It’s a thing, you know, you love each other and you’re best friends.” He added with a shrug, “Just do it. It’s fine, you don’t have to do it now, but she’s your best friend, just do it, you know what I mean? Just give her what she wants!” After looking into Lucas’ eyes, he concluded, “Yeah, he’s going to do it.”
In addition to love, Harry has been supporting the LGBTQ+ community at his concerts in multiple ways. He frequently waves around LGBTQ+ pride and bisexual flags at his concerts, and wears different colors for every show. For example, he wore an orange outfit with an orange boa for his show in Nashville, which could be another nod to the LGBTQ+ community. Harry also waved the bisexual flag during a show in September, which is Bisexual Visibility month, to show support forthe Bi community.
Harry Styles always makes sure to include some funny and sweet moments on stage for his fans. During another show in Nashville, he did a gender reveal for a couple. As Harry opened the envelope decorated with blue and pink question marks, he said “don’t worry there’s another [blank piece of paper]. … Woo-hoo, you know, I revel in these moments because I know everything and you don’t.” After a countdown from the crowd, Harry revealed the fan would be having “a little baby girl.” As the audience started cheering, he began tearing up.
In addition to these more touching moments, Harry’s tour has also seen some funny moments. For example, when Harry was singing “Sign Of The Times,” he paused briefly to laugh at a joke a fan wrote on their sign. The fan recorded the moment and posted the video on Twitter, captioning it "HARRY LAUGHING AT MY JOKE OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME." Additionally, during Love On Tour, Harry started singing about a fan dressed as a banana. He first sang about this during his show in Detroit and has continued to sing about it during “Watermelon Sugar” ever since. Fans seem to love these new lyrics because they laugh every time he sings them. Harry is a great performer who knows how to get the crowd going and put on a show while leaving some easter eggs behind for fans to find.
Clearly, Harry’s tour is going to be an interesting and successful one. He has proven himself to be a relationship guru because he has offered love advice to fans many times during his tour. He has also proven that he supports all kinds of love between all different people, making everyone feel included at his shows. Harry creating these fun and adorable moments on stage for his fans to enjoy during his shows proves his talent as a natural born performer. Undoubtedly, Harry is an incredible artist who many people enjoy watching and he uses his shows to make people feel less alone.
This series has everyone asking "what the actual f**k is a Dalgona cookie?"
By Sarah Bagdon
The K-drama known as “Squid Game” has taken the world by storm. It has reached the No. 1 spot on Netflix in 90 different countries. It has completely dominated the Internet. We’ve all seen the TikToks: people attempting to make those traditional Dalgona cookies, people poking fun at Gen-Z if they participated in the games, cosplayers dressing up as the characters, even people who find player 067 very attractive.
Ahmed Twaij, a journalist, filmmaker, and doctor wrote an article for NBC, saying that on TikTok the hashtag “#SquidGame” has been used over 22.8 billion times. The real question is: is it over-hyped? The answer: Well, that depends on if you’ve seen the show or not. As someone who has recently finished the show, I can say that I’ve been left with many questions. Now don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers, but I can say that this show is filled with drama, plot twists, plot holes, and will leave you with so many questions.
A show about people in severe debt, playing childish games, and getting killed if they lose—how on Earth did it become an overnight sensation that completely dominates the Internet? The main character, Seong Gi-Hun, is in severe debt and tries his hardest to find a way to make money to save his sick mother and support his young daughter. He is the cliché kind of person who drinks away his problems and spends the little money that he has. He goes against any advice that anyone gives him, until it starts to really affect him. In the show, we learn that his sickly mother does not have medical insurance and he can’t afford the bills because he gambled all their money away, so he gets desperate. He begins to do whatever it will take to earn the money.
He’s so desperate that he agrees to play a children’s game with some stranger in a suit at the subway station. Now, why would he agree to play some game with a random person? The wager was 100,000 won (about $84 USD). Granted, in the U.S., that’s not much money, but it was almost enough for Gi-Hun to pay for his mother’s medical bills. Of course, the show couldn’t stop there, that was only the beginning. The strange man offers Gi-Hun that cursed card that we’ve all seen, the one with the circle, square, and triangle. A phone number is on the back, and as with all suspicious cards, it’s a suspicious number. But of course there would be no show without Gi-Hun calling the number and realizing that if he played some childish games and won, he’d earn a substantial amount of money.
6 games, 456 players, only one winner. As viewers, you’d think “eliminated” would mean sent home, but oh boy is that wrong. The first game, ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ is your typical juvenile game where someone says “green light,” and you move as far as you can, then they say “red light,” and you stop. If you move, you’re out. Little does the audience know that when someone’s out, that’s the end of the line… for good. You lose, you die. Each person that dies, means 100 million won (about $84,000 USD) added to the total. 45.6 billion won (about $38 million USD) is now at stake.
This show leaves viewers biting their nails and hanging on to the edge of their seats as 456 turns to 1. Unique main characters that each have a different story make for good television. Not only is each character special in their own way, but the writer, Hwang Dong-hyuk, created characters that are easy to get attached to and sympathize with. In this show’s case, it stirs strong emotions in the viewers as they watch players get eliminated throughout the course of nine episodes.
This morbid, dark, mysterious thriller K-drama has shocked and enticed audiences in over 90 countries. It has dominated almost every social media algorithm. It has everyone asking, “How do I make these cookies properly?”
But one question still remains: Is it over-hyped? Quite frankly, yes, but it’s making history before our very eyes as it inches closer to becoming the most streamed series on Netflix.
Lil Nas X continues to be a rising star in the music industry, despite facing controversy, homophobia and racism.
By Remy Zerber
Lil Nas X has become a cultural icon ever since his hit song “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. Some people don’t like him because he does very controversial things like dance nude in his music videos, or pretend to be pregnant even though he is male. He just released his first album titled Montero and it is doing pretty good, considering it debuted at number two on the Billboard album chart. Lil Nas X is quickly rising to fame and becoming a cultural icon in many ways.
Despite Lil Nas X being a rapper who is new to the music industry, he is very good at marketing himself. In one of his music videos, “That’s What I Want” he plays a football player, which is a smart marketing move because a lot of people like football, so this appeals to a certain masculine audience. Then in the same music video he kissed a guy while in a football uniform. This angered many people because of homophobia, but simultaneously markets himself to a LGBT+ audience.
Even with his good marketing, Lil Nas X is extremely controversial for many different reasons. For one thing, and most obviously, he is gay and people are homophobic. Another controversy of his is his music video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name), because he pole-dances with Satan and then steals his crown. Critics say this is inappropriate for children. His other controversy is about shoes he sold to promote the music video. Lil Nas X calls the shoes “Satan Shoes”, which are modified Nike Air Max 97s containing “one drop of human blood” in their soles. They are a collaboration with the streetwear label MSCHF, retailing for $1,018 and sellingout in under a minute when they launched. The backlash heightened because some people, mainly Republicans, think that this is “devil worship.”
Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of South Dakota, said: “This is outrageous, disgusting and perverted and on #PalmSunday no less. Somehow Lil Nas X thinks that Satanic worship should be mainstream and normal. I don’t think there have been better candidates to cancel than Lil Nas X and these shoes,” and claimed that the shoes prove the US is “in a fight for the soul of our nation.”Lil Nas X took the criticism well and defended his song by saying, “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope you are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.” In the end, he had the last laugh because his song became the highest trending music video on YouTube.
Lil Nas X’s clothes and costumes are controversial too. He made a clothing line that makes fun of the controversy about the shoes he sold. He designed and sold three different t-shirts. One t-shirt said “I [Heart] Jesus” in big bold letters in the style of “I [Heart] NY” shirts. It had a message in much smaller font that said “and that one part in the ‘Montero’ music video by Lil Nas X when he gets nasty with the devil because it was a cool form of self-expression and art.” This shirt comes in black and white. Another shirt said “I watched the ‘Montero’ video by Lil Nas X and all I got was this lousy shirt and now I’m also gay and love Satan,” with little icon images of Lil Nas X and Satan from the music video along the sides of the text.
As a result of the music industry being homophobic, Lil Nas X has faced homophobia and tried to combat it several times. Last Halloween when he dressed up as Nikki Minaj, Rapper 50 Cent tweeted, "what the f---, Nikki come get him !!! Lol." Another person tweeted "How much money u think Lil nas x is being paid to destroy the minds of young black kids to go against their God?”. In response to this tweet, Lil Nas X tweeted "yes because ur child is gonna say 'lil nas x dressed up as nicki minaj so why should i worship god anymore.'" Lil Nas X is quick to shut down homophobia on social media, and works at normalizing Black gay people in the media. For example, in his music video for “That’s What I Want,” there is a lot of Black and queer representation. Clearly, Lil Nas X is a genius and is becoming a cultural icon. While he has angered many people with his first album, Montero, (because most people are either homophobic or think he is making inappropriate content for kids), he has risen above the criticism. Lil Nas X is dominating the music industry despite the odds being against him.
Netflix debuts a new documentary on Britney Spears and her fight to freedom. The film takes you into the reality of Spears’s career and analyzes confidential documents that were anonymously sent in.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
2019 was filled with memorable moments in pop culture such as Jordyn Woods’ betrayal of Kylie Jenner, Olivia Jade and her mom’s college admissions scandal, and Trump vs. Chrissy Tiegen on Twitter. But a more serious matter was brought to attention and is still relevant today. After a social media hiatus and a suspicious return to Instagram, longtime fans of Britney Spears knew something was wrong. Fans made it a point to spread awareness of Spears’s conservatorship, creating the #FreeBritney movement. Since then, Britney Spears, pop icon and once America’s Sweetheart, has been fighting for her freedom.
Britney Spears is undoubtedly one of the most iconic female pop stars of our time. From 1998 to 2003, Spears brought in over $73 million dollars in sales from different categories. In 2004 she was the biggest selling female artist of her generation. From dancing with a python at the VMAs, rocking latex bodysuits (before Kim Kardashian), and making a cameo on Glee, Spears’s artistry was a force to be reckoned with. Her happy places were in the studio working on choreography, recording new singles, or being on stage in front of millions of people. But like many celebrities in the limelight, external problems consumed her life. Stressors from her personal relationships affected her mental health, leading to numerous breakdowns and hospitalizations.
Britney vs. Spears brings light to the conservatorship and the reality of her career. Journalists Erin Lee Car and Jenny Eliscu share their findings and what led to the conservatorship. They mention some of the people that influenced Spears’s mental instability, such as ex-husband Kevin Federline and former manager Sam Lutfi. Events like a public divorce and child custody battle kept the artist from making music. Crowds of paparazzi followed her every move, constantly interrogating Spears while dangerously snapping photos. Lack of support from her parents caused her to turn to people that didn’t have her best interests in mind. After completely shaving her head and being admitted to a psych ward, a temporary conservatorship over Spears was signed.
What differentiates this documentary about Spears from the others is the evidence presented. Car and Eliscu reveal that an anonymous source sent confidential documents to them in hopes to tell the truth about Jamie Spears, the father and head conservator of Britney Spears. Spoiler alert: her father and psychiatrists determine that Britney Spears is not fit to run her life and is determined that she has symptoms of dementia. It’s odd to see dementia be diagnosed at 28, especially for someone who was working and writing her own music. She then loses complete control of her decisions. Spears could not contact anyone unless approved or accept work opportunities unless approved. At times she didn’t know what was going on because her father basically became her. When the conservatorship became permanent in 2009, her finances and estate were signed off and put under Jamie Spears.
While on this conservatorship, Spears gave the world the Circus Tour, Femme Fatale album and tour, and the Piece of Me Vegas residency that equated to a world tour. She has creatively directed the majority of her projects by herself, defying the claims that she is not stable enough to be part of decision making processes. During this time, Spears also made appearances on How I Met Your Mother and X Factor. What seemed like a joyful Britney Spears during these years was really an unhappy artist making money for other people. Her love for performing and creating was exploited through conservatorship. To learn more about the conservatorship and what Jamie Spears tried to hide from the world, watch Britney vs. Spears on Netflix. It is an informative, eye-opening documentary that sheds light on Spears’s reality.
As of September 29, Jamie Spears has been removed as head of the conservatorship, being replaced temporarily by a Californian accountant. The next court hearing will take place on November 12 to determine if the conservatorship should be terminated.
By: Remy Zerber
There are many students who will want to travel during Jan Term in 2022. People are extra eager to travel which is understandable, considering we have spent the past year in quarantine because of the coronavirus. However, even though some countries have opened up and people are allowed to travel now, there are still many safety precautions that need to be taken in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Even though travel for the long-anticipated JanTerm 2022 is open now, students and staff still need to follow safety protocols so no one gets COVID-19.
Different countries have different policies on traveling. Some countries are open and others have closed their borders. For example, travelers need permission to go to Anguilla but countries like Canada are open to US travelers. Every country has different policies for entering it. For example, some countries require everyone to be vaccinated and quarantine for any amount of time upon entering. Even though it may be difficult to travel, students will still do it because everyone misses traveling. The pandemic and quarantine have made everyone appreciate traveling so much more.
The risks of traveling during JanTerm 2022 are still high even though quarantine is over. Students can still get COVID-19 even if they follow their destination’s COVID-19 policies. There is no 100% guarantee that someone won’t get it. However, safety procedures are taken to keep everyone safe. In a recent update, the college has officially announced that travel is restricted this Jan term. Most students are disappointed by this news because we have not been able to travel for the last year and we miss traveling. Most students already paid the deposit to travel so it was especially disappointing when they could not go. Hopefully, it will open up again next year.
Another problem students might encounter when traveling is cost. Cost plays an important role when a student is deciding where to travel during JanTerm. Most trips are expensive so students will need to figure out how to pay for them. Students might be able to get a scholarship to pay for their trip but they will have to meet the deadlines.
Safety procedures still need to be followed in order for students to travel safely during JanTerm 2022. Countries have different policies regarding who is allowed to enter it. The risk of getting COVID-19 is still high even though quarantine is over now. Traveling for Jan Term is expensive so students might be able to get scholarships to pay for it.
The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards took place last Sunday, September 19th. Here’s a recap of the night’s most memorable moments.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards opened up with a singalong performance from host Cedric the Entertainer alongside LL Cool J, Lil Dicky, and Rita Wilson. The group performed a rendition of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend,” altering the lyrics to paint what the past year has been like in quarantine, and how the nominated shows kept us entertained. The infectious song and rhythm encouraged everyone to dance while the cameras highlighted actors in attendance such as Mandy Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Billy Porter. After last year’s virtual award show, the joy of gathering and celebrating in person with one another was evident in this opening act.
Not too long after the singalong song, Seth Rogen pointed out the uncertainty of the environment. He brought up the number of people in attendance and that the event didn’t actually feel like it was outdoors. Although the show was held outdoors in a tent, the roof was enclosed and guests were not wearing masks. But the Television Academy later noted that the event followed strict protocols, requiring proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test for guests to attend. Cedric the Entertainer also provided some comedic belief by calling Pfizer the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Once the COVID related worries were addressed and safety was reassured, the award show fully commenced.
Here’s a short list of some of the awards received throughout the night:
The winningest show of the night was Ted Lasso, breaking history by taking home eleven Emmys. Just based off of one season, the Apple TV show was awarded Outstanding Comedy Series. This win was a big statement as last year’s receiver, Schitt’s Creek, took six seasons to be recognized in this category. Actors from the show also received personal achievements such as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for Jason Sudeikis. It was Ted Lasso’s night and if you haven’t seen it yet, the Television Academy is telling you to watch it now. The show is currently in its second season with new episodes releasing weekly.
Aside from the show awards, this year’s Governor’s Award was awarded to Debbie Allen. The Television Academy recognized her contributions to the entertainment industry as a dancer, actress, producer, writer, and director along with her efforts to empower the youth through her dance academy. A video introduction highlighted moments throughout her career such as her work on A Different World, Grey’s Anatomy, and her iconic role in Fame. Her emotional speech encouraged women and youth across the nation as she urged “claim your power, claim your voice… to make this world a better place.”
This year’s award show was a statement from streaming platforms. Netflix and Apple TV proved their ability to keep up with primetime channels and create shows that the public fell in love with. Televised shows like Black-ish and This Is Us fell short to Ted Lasso and The Crown. These long running shows did not stand a chance. The future of television may be changing with the evolution of accessible streaming platforms, so don’t doubt the newest releases from Netflix or HBO Max. They might just be worth the watch.
Inspired by the story-telling blog Humans of NY, the Mission and Ministry Center created Humans of SMC. The new Instagram page looks to share students’ stories and experiences as we return to campus life and our SMC community.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
Have you ever sat down in a coffee shop and observed the people around you? Have you ever wondered about what their personality is like, where they came from, or why they even decided to be at the coffee shop? Every single day, we come across new people. From simple moments like walking past a stranger or meeting someone at a job interview, we have crossed paths with thousands of people over our lifetime. We tend to forget that the people around us are humans too. They’ve gone through things like heartbreak, happiness, successes, and failures, but constant focus on ourselves and our own struggles keeps us from celebrating our neighbors. There are millions of stories that people have to tell about their lives. Although we’ll never get to listen to all of them, Humans of NY inspires us to learn about the people around us.
Humans of NY was a project started by Brandon Stanton. After being laid off from his 9 to 5, Stanton left for New York City and decided to take a chance on photography full time. What began as a goal to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers later turned into a story-telling blog highlighting people from all over the world. Stanton would converse with every person he photographed. In the bustling streets of New York, it was difficult for Stanton to find an approachable person. But his friendly aura allowed people to share their most personal stories. Amazed by their experiences and the level of intimacy they shared, Stanton couldn’t help but spread the word about these people.
The impact of these interactions not only hit home for Stanton, but for the world as well. People were able to connect with strangers because of their similar experiences. Others learned life lessons by reading about different perspectives and outlooks on life. Since 2013, Humans of NY has been published into two books, produced into a docuseries on Facebook, and branched off into countries all over the world. Miniseries were also created to focus on specific groups, like prison inmates, pediatric cancer patients, Syrian Americans, and refugees. Its concept has been taken on by inspired readers and turned into things like Dogs of NY and has now reached our very own campus as Humans of SMC.
Humans of SMC was established this year by SMC’s Mission and Ministry Center. After the heat of the global pandemic, our Saint Mary’s campus is finally flourishing again with an open campus. The student body is back to rebuild the community and Humans of SMC hopes to be a part of the process.
Students will have the chance to share their stories and experiences about the pandemic, online learning, transitioning back to in-person classes, and more. The page looks to demonstrate intimacy and vulnerability as a reminder that our peers around campus are human too. Our classmates aren’t just people we have to do group projects with or people we just see walking across Chapel Lawn. They’re people with who we can connect and create relationships past the classroom.
Humans of SMC looks to create a safe space on campus for students to be open about what they’ve been through because it can be helpful to those around them. Storytelling is a powerful tool that can be used to create meaningful connections, stronger relationships, and awareness of what’s happening around us. To learn about the people around us, you can find the Humans of SMC page on Instagram @_humansofsmc_. To share your story, you can email email@example.com.
Check out Keith + Kari and Collective Memories Through December 12th
By Melanie Moyer
The Museum of Art (MOA) is welcoming the community back with two new exhibitions on view through December 12th. These original exhibitions are described as exploring “themes of narrative and memory” through painting, ceramics, print-making, and other multi-media platforms. The exhibitions are on view Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to all programs and events are free at MOA.
Keith + Kari features the work of ceramic artist, Kari Marboe responding through site-specific work to the environments painted by William Keith. MOA’s frequent visitors will recognize Keith as the landscape painter from the College’s Permanent Collection. The key questions addressed in this exhibition are ‘What has changed? What has stayed the same?’ in an exploration of environmental response informed through research.
In an interview with Marboe, she shared that it was really important to her to “connect to the the museum through these paintings and think about what had changed and what has stayed the same around these landscape paintings.” After visiting the sites depicted in Keith’s painting, she “responded to his works to generate new work of [her] own and also bring him back into the conversation.” Her work also aimed to bring Brother Cornelius’ work, which brought the collection of Keith’s paintings to SMC, “back into the consciousness of the student body.”
Collective Memories: Stonecuts from Cape Dorset is also on display at MOA. The exhibit “features contemporary graphic arts crafted by Inuit artists and printmakers during the early years of the 1960s and 1970s at a remote co-operative (co-op) post at Nunavut, Canada.” The exhibition pulls from the Permanent Collection at MOA, featuring stonecut prints gifted to the College in memory of the collector, Barbara Allen Burns. The exhibition was created with consultation from the Saint Mary's College of California Intercultural Center (IC) and the College Committee of Inclusive Excellence (CCIE).
MOA is open to the public and invites members of the community to their Third Thursday activities, which are resuming after they were cut short during online learning.
Stay tuned for an in-depth tour of the exhibitions in a future publication.
For more information on these new exhibitions, please visit this link: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/saint-marys-college-museum-of-art/fall-exhibitions-2021
Melanie Moyer '22,