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the magazine for residential learning communities Appalachian State University | V3 Q3 | March 2012


Looking Back to Thanksgiv

Pre-Health Professions SI-R EDITOR IN CHIEF| Heather Kloeker Graduate Assistant of Academic Initiatives kloekerhm@appstate.edu 828.262.2161 EDITOR| Corinne Smith Coordinator of Academic Initiatives and Residential Learning Communities smithmc3@appstate.edu 828.262.8656 University Housing ASU Box 32111, Boone, NC 28608

Art Cannot Exist without Ro Art Haus RLC

From Around the World Language & Culture RLC

An English Summer Creative Writing SI-RLC

Upward Bound and Beyon Hand ’n’ Hand SI-RLC

Central Office 828.262.2160 housing.appstate.edu

Speak Out against Poverty

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Artistic Exploration in New

Aching for Adequacy SI-R

Art Haus RLC

15 Hours of Dance

Aching for Adequacy & Hand [on the cover] Aching for Adequacy SI-RLC & Hand ‘n’ Hand SI-RLC at Dance

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Looking Back to Thanksgiving Dinner

Margo

The Pre-health Professions RLC is the busyness of the school week to just made up of eight students interested in

hang out and get to know everyone even

pursuing a career in the health field. Typ- better. The community initially bonded ically, their events focus on preparing for over similar career interests, but since their futures, but they make time to bond then has become a close group of and have fun as well. They have tailgated friends, which is great to see,” says Meand gone to football games together,

ghan Kusper, one of the Student Coordi-

watched movies, and on Thursday, No-

nators of the RLC.

vember 10, they had a big Thanksgiving

Besides socializing, the Pre-Health

dinner with all of the members and the

Professions community has shared many

faculty advisor, Celeste Crowe. One

health career related events. The students

member, Jessie Wozniak, said, “It was

participate in a biweekly study group as

nice having all of us together. Everyone

they prepare for their MCAT, PCAT,

brought a dish, and it felt like we were a GRE, and other professional school exfamily. I can’t wait to do something simi- ams. They also held a Health Communilar for Christmas!” The event started ear- cation Workshop earlier in the semester, ly afternoon when Jessie prepared our 14 which looked into the ability of provid-pound turkey and put it in the oven to

ers to communicate and how that can

bake for several hours.

have an unexpectedly large effect on

After that, we had members in and health care outcomes. The students out of the apartment making casseroles,

learned through movie clips and interac-

pumpkin pies, and cookies. When every- tive activities some of the major points thing was ready, we ate and socialized.

of health communication. The presenter,

Afterwards, we watched movies togeth-

Dr. Jennifer Gray, was only able to skim

er. “It was really fun to take a break from the surface of health communication

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o Prey & Meghan Kusper complexities, but introduced many stu-

members were not previously in an RLC,

dents to the importance of communica-

these students are learning the im-

tion in health care.

portance of community and friendship in

Overall, while the Pre-Health Pro- a tight knit group of students experiencfessions community works hard, they al- ing similar classes, majors, and life so like to have a lot of fun! As one of the goals. first upperclassmen communities where

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Art cannot exist without room

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Art cannot exist without room to breathe. That's what the Art Haus Art Show was for. By Jon Dantzler Art Haus RLC

Too many times, artists are tempted weird it is, every last bit of it deserves to to keep their work all to themselves. We

shine. We wanted to encourage this for

often deify the process of creation, elevat- our Art Haus residents, so we gave them ing it to some personal, overly intimate

an opportunity to let their works see the

thing that our tender little artsy souls just light of day for the whole building. With can't bear to show anyone else. While art

close to 50 people in attendance, some of

is mystical, and making art is often magi-

whom were from other buildings, we'd

cal, and every single little process sur-

like to think we succeeded.

rounding the final product has a tinge of

There were around 20-25 pieces of

whimsy and wizardry and other cool-

physical work exhibited, along with a

sounding words, that's simply not true.

reading, an entire CD of orchestral music,

Art is public. Art deserves to be heard. No matter how personal it is, no matter how crazy it is, no matter how

and several other live musical performances. The Eggers lobby has never looked so alive.

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From Around the World Jasmine Johnson Language & Culture RLC

going? We’re here for you going? We’re here for you when you need us!'” Further elaborating upon her experiences with her mentor, Malec states, “I definitely hit it off with my mentor; we hang out all the time and I hang out with all her friends.” While not all Language and Culture freshman become best friends with their mentors, those freshmen are still supported and reassured in knowing that they “have that person to go to if they have question; there's somebody looking over them and making sure they’re doing what they need to be doing in case they forget something.”

The Language and Culture Community is made up of a group of students, both American and International, who have a love for just that, languages and culture. Though small in number, this community of students has a desire to expand upon their knowledge and share After the sense of with their peers like family within the no other group of students. They group is established, the commubegin this process from the inside nity progresses in hosting events out. by planning during their bimonthly meetings. The Language The Language and Culture and Culture Community held a Community welcomes their incom- Glow-in-the-Dark Frisbee event foing freshmen with a mentor, cused around Ultimate Frisbee someone who is there for them on late in September, and recently both an academic and personal hosted and International Coffee level. Ariel Malec, a freshman Lan- House themed around celebraguage and Culture student, extions similar to Halloween, such pressed her appreciation for as The Day of the Dead. The “having someone there the first group looks forward to planning day to kind of say ‘Hey, how’s it more events to come! 10


An English Summer Cheyenne Smith Creative Writing SI-RLC

He whispered words pitter-patter like rain, An attempt to protect me from good-bye. Comforting me and assuaging my pain, Knowing of a love that would never die. But as he spoke of an english summer then did my skeptic's heart begin to beat. Those were scenes to be lived in my slumber. I knew it was again we'd never meet. I realized twas his heart I'd never win. All he'd given were promises broken. A cold reality crept it's way in, And from my warm daydream I was woken. Though he still lives, when he left he was lost. I'd loved in vain, and heartbreak was my cost.

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Upward Bound and Beyo Jessica Gary, Hand ‘n’ Hand SI-RLC A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure different decisions that they made could

meal in

of working once again with sophomores

change the outcome of their bank bal-

Student

of Upward Bound. This time around we

ance. After a short break and some lunch sit back

focused on real life scenarios; the stu-

it was time to go visit the Physics clubs

tional s

dents were randomly assigned an educa-

where the kids learned about lasers and

for Upw

tion degree (high school dropout, college

their different uses. Once the laser fun

we “trav

student, and college grad), a job, and a

was done and over it was time to get

learn ab

living space. They were then given real life down to business.

ally fasc

problems such as your air conditioning

Super 8

We helped the students set up ac-

broke pay $200 to get it fixed, or bonus

counts on CFNC.com; they then took a

at work add $50 dollars to your bank ac-

preference test and priority test, which

count. However it was not all fixed the

gave them a list of careers that might suit

students were allowed to pick where they

them. The rest of the afternoon was spent

lived, what their mode of transportation

researching those careers and colleges

was and how much insurance they had. At the end of the game we talked about how 12

that give majors in their areas of interest. It was then time for another wonderful

dents g tion on

day. It w

head ho

filling a

over ag


ond

n central and some downtime in the

t Union. It was now time for us to

k and relax because the interna-

students had prepared a program

ward Bound. Alongside the students

veled� around to different tables to

bout different countries, it was re-

cinating. We spent the night at the

8 and in the morning all of the stu-

got into group and gave presentawhat they learned the following

was then time for everybody to

ome. The weekend was very ful-

and tons of fun, I would do it all

gain in a heart beat.

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Story: EMMALEE ZUPO, Senior Lifestyles Reporter article can be found at http://www.theappalachianonline.com/lifestyles/8397aching-for-adequacy-rlc-hosts-forum-speaks-out-about-poverty

Appalachian State University's Aching for Adequacy Residential Living Community (RLC) hosted a poverty forum Thursday in Plemmons Student Union's Roan Mountain room.

Roy-Carey recommended the Hospitality House, the Casting Bread, Inc. Food Pantry and Appalachian's Hunger and Homelessness Week as opportunities to get started.

The event was designed to help students increase their Junior elementary education major Cindy Hiller said she awareness of poverty and how they can help, said Grant attended the event because she plans to teach at a Huether, sophomore middle grades education major and school in the Appalachian region. one of the RLC's founders. "I thought it would be good to see what a child's life "There are things you can do in the community," he said. might be like because of poverty," she said. "The area "It's just like helping out a friend. It's a serious problem, where I'm from, you don't really see it as much, but a lot but it's not necessarily a complicated solution." of areas in the mountains seem to have a high poverty rate." The event was modeled after poverty simulations the members of the RLC have encountered at other poverty As of 2010, 24.8 percent of Watauga County's populaawareness events. Instead of a lecture, the forum was tion is impoverished and 21.4 percent of children ages separated into four different stations. Each focused on a zero to 17 suffer from poverty. When combined with different group of people affected by poverty: men, wom- neighboring counties Avery, Ashe, Wilkes and Caldwell, en, children and families. Each station offered a skit, the High Country region has some of the highest rates of simulation or presentation that illustrated the effects of poverty in western North Carolina, according to data by poverty. the Economic Research Service. Sophomore political science major Keiko Roy-Carey, a member of the RLC, has herself experienced unexpected financial struggles. She said she wanted to put a face on poverty to help students understand the personal aspect of it.

Aching for Adequacy is a new upper-level RLC that branched out of the freshman-level Service and Leadership RLC. "We were approached with the opportunity to start an upperclassman RLC, so it kind of branched off of that," Roy-Carey said.

"It's really important to inspire that awareness that poverty can happen to anyone," Roy-Carey said. "You never The RLC, which strives to address and spread awareknow when your parents will lose their job or when you ness about poverty, was created by Huether and sophowill lose your job. It's important to educate yourself so more sociology major Lauren Berryhill. you can know where to go for help and it's important to 15 help others, because you recognize that this can happen to any of us."


Artistic Ex in New

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Art Haus Goes to NYC Jerry Jones Twelve students from the Art Haus RLC went on a trip to New York in the first weekend

guest lecture. From Mr. Sillin, we discovered

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the origin of our Art Haus RLC. The Bauhaus, a

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in November 2011. It was an enrichment trip for school from Germany that combined craft and le our freshmen seminar class, Art, Religion, & So-

fine arts, was the model and inspiration of Ap-

ciety, taught by Lillian Goudas.

palachian State professors collaborating to cre- d

We had a chance to explore four museums during the trip. The first museum was the

ate the Art Haus. Upon entering the Guggenheim, the

Jewish Museum. This visit was an eye opening

group took a particular interest to the innova-

experience for the students because of the

tive displays of the works of art. All the art work

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sheer magnitude of the amount of Jewish histo- was hanging by a string from the ceiling in the

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ry preserved in the museum. Next, the students

center. It was clever usage of Flank Lloyd

th

boarded the subway to visit to the Solomon R.

Wright’s rotunda shape museum. As all the stu-

sc

Guggenheim Museum. There, Professor Gou-

dents walked around the rotunda they saw the p

das had asked a colleague to join us from his

art from an array of possible perspectives.

teaching post in Maine, Peter Sillin, to present a 18

Later, we traveled to the Museum of

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Modern Art. The MoMA hosts many different

ro and the 9/11 Memorial. At this memorial,

pieces of non-conventional art that chal-

Professor Goudas had a former student named

enged the way the Art Haus students perceive Danny Mozzillo that was gracious enough to

what is art. This was a huge focus of the course

travel to meet us there. His brother was a first

during the semester and because of these les-

responder fire fighter that gave his life during

ons, Art Haus students were able to fully ap-

the 9/11 attacks. Through Danny, the Art Haus

preciate the works of art because of previous

students had exclusive access to the beautiful

case studies.

9/11 Memorial, and a first-hand encounter with

The next morning, we set out to visit the

its healing architecture through the story and

Museum of Biblical Art. Here, we learned about experience of one hero’s brother.

he history of the family Bible in America as a

During this trip, students received a once

crapbook and genealogical record. Also, saw in a lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand By: Jerry Jones paintings of Jerusalem and the “Holy Land� by how art intersects with Art, Religion, Art Haus and RLC Socie-

a 20 century Jewish painter. Later that day, the ty.

tudents had the opportunity to visit Ground Ze19


15 Hours of Dance!!!

Jessica Gary Hand ‘n’ Hand

Aching for Adequacy/ Hand ‘n’ Hand SI-RLC

won 3rd place!!!

Kasron Collins Service & Leadership

Service & Leadership RLC

w o n 1 s t P l ac e ! ! ! For the second year in a row

Aching for Adequacy & Hand ‘n’ Hand Grant Huether Aching for Adequacy

Over $25,000 raised!

20 Kelsey Woodford Hand ‘n’ Hand


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