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 firstname.lastname@example.org 828.262.2161 EDITOR| Corinne Smith Coordinator of Academic Initiatives and Residential Learning Communities email@example.com 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
The RLC magazine is published twice each fall and spring semester. To share your feedback or change your mailing address, contact Corinne Smith.
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
Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal o cants, students, and employees. The university does not discrim ties, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of em 2 creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political af religion, tation. The university actively promotes divers
oom to Breath 6
d â€˜nâ€™ Hand SI -RLC
opportunity in education and employment to all appliinate in access to its educational programs and activimployment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, ffiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orien- 3 sity among students and employees.
Looking Back to Thanksgiving Dinner
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
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
Art cannot exist without room
6 art work can be found at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolacino/3162678059/sizes/m/in/photostream/
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.
And the Art Hausers? They want to do another one this semester. 8
art work can be found at: www.flickr.com/photos/ishmaelo/297908849/sizes/l/in/photostream/
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.
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
of working once again with sophomores
change the outcome of their bank bal-
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
dents were randomly assigned an educa-
where the kids learned about lasers and
tion degree (high school dropout, college
their different uses. Once the laser fun
student, and college grad), a job, and a
was done and over it was time to get
living space. They were then given real life down to business.
problems such as your air conditioning
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
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
veledâ€? 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.
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
photo can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nexeus_fatale/2744434851/sizes/l/in/photostream/
xploration w York
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
the origin of our Art Haus RLC. The Bauhaus, a
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
sheer magnitude of the amount of Jewish histo- was hanging by a string from the ceiling in the
ry preserved in the museum. Next, the students
center. It was clever usage of Flank Lloyd
boarded the subway to visit to the Solomon R.
Wrightâ€™s rotunda shape museum. As all the stu-
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
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
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 heroâ€™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 â€œHoly Landâ€? 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
RLC Magazine - March 2012, Appalachian State University