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THE REFLECTOR

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LIFE EDITOR: DANIEL HART | life@reflector.msstate.edu

LIFE & ENTERTAINMENT

PROLIFIC PROFESSORS: BY ALIE DALEE Opinion Editor

One of the most understated relationships in a student’s daily life is the relation between student and professor — professors pour into students every day, positively alter their lives, feed them knowledge and shine light on their ideas. They have an unequivocal effect on students’ minds. Professors provide academic nourishment otherwise unavailable to students and color their minds with scholarship. Professors know students’ thoughts and ideas. Professors read, edit and critique the work produced by the minds they so diligently cultivate. Yet, the work of professors is often unknown territory to students without time spent carefully combing faculty websites in search of professors’ research and accolades. Professors continue to produce work outside of teaching to fulfill the research the university and professorship requires. However, some professors go beyond research requirements and continue to hone their craft while they teach. Catherine Pierce, co-director of Mississippi State University’s creative writing program, is the author of two volumes of poetry and is pub-

lished in a plethora of literary reviews. She said via email she finds her writing gives her a sense of camaraderie with the students she teaches. “I hope my students find it encouraging to know that I’m doing the same sort of work I’m asking them to do and that I’m facing the same kinds of challenges daily with regard to revising and generating new ideas,” Pierce said. Brent Funderburk is the fine arts thesis coordinator for MSU’s Department of Art. His work hangs at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Miss. He said as an artist he uses an extensive amount of his time to create, pretend and delve into ideas. “I just wanted to run away, to be alone and make things,” he said. “It was always a spiritual experience to be alone. I deeply long for that state — to be alone, to find things.” Funderburk finds part of his identity in his utilization of art as a creative outlet. He said there is also an equal part of him that identifies with students and yearns to help them understand the creation of art. He explained his underlying need to teach others art, paralleled with his introspective desire to create, leads him to be an introverted-extrovert and exhibit a need to converse with people who share the

MSU faculty produce projects behind the scenes as they foster student development

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Jacob Gines, professor of architecture, has sketches and architectural models in the “Exposing Faculty” gallery. The exhibit hangs in the Giles Hall gallery until Tuesday and features work by School of Architecture faculty. same ideas about art. He said it is this part of his person that led him to teach. “You can’t be still and quiet and working all at the same time, so I was encouraged to teach. I like to perform, so that was a stage where you can have a conversation,” Funderburk said. “The studio classroom is a place where you can

jam with your students. Their ideas, your ideas — everyone can play music together and orchestrate that classroom.” MSU’s School of Architecture makes significant strides to close the gap between professor and student this month. Tau Sigma Delta architectural honor society presents “Exposing Faculty,” a gallery ex-

hibit specifically geared to display the sketches, sculptures, models and other works produced by School of Architecture faculty. Housed in the peninsula of windows that make up Giles Gallery, Jacob Gines, visiting assistant professor of architecture and faculty adviser to TSD, has models and sketches in the exhibit that are some of the first to catch the eye upon entry. His sketchbooks display structures across Spain and America with minimalistic beauty in intricately illustrated pencil with watercolor overlay. His master’s thesis, “Hip-Hop in Architecture,” is on display and includes a book ranging from historical accounts of hip-hop to architecture models scaled after the beats of a Tupac Shakur song. Gines said the catalyst for part of his thesis is the similarities he sees between hip-hop music and the design of buildings. “I wanted to analyze them (hip-hop songs) based on the rhythms, and beats and patterns that existed. Architecture really deals with those same principles, rhythm and proportion and scale,” Gines said. “It’s very clear in hip-hop because those beats are expressed so clearly.” Gines said the “Exposing Faculty” gallery allows the architecture faculty an oppor-

tunity to display the creative work and models they produce outside the classroom. “At the School of Architecture, we interact with our students so directly all the time. We are constantly critiquing their work,” Gines said. “I think when the students see the work that we’re doing, they probably take us a bit more seriously.” David Lewis, fourth year architecture major and current president of TSD, is the student curator of the “Exposing Faculty” exhibit. To create the exhibit, he received instruction from the majority of professors featured in the exhibition. He said he gains invaluable inspiration from viewing his professors’ work. “I think it’s been really beneficial to be able to see that not only do the professors do architecture works, but they do other works. They can pursue other creative outlets,” Lewis said. “Plus it also gives us a really grounded sense. It establishes the credibility of our professors. To see these pretty incredible things that they’ve done gives us not only faith in the things that they know, but in the opportunities we have out there for us.” The “Exposing Faculty” exhibit is currently on display in the Giles Gallery on the third floor of Giles Hall until Oct. 15.

Art on the go: Traveling exhibit’s MSU stop concludes with gallery tour Friday BY JAKE JONES Contributing Writer

A traveling collection of art hangs in the McComas Hall gallery this month but gets carried on to new walls at the week’s end. The exhibit “Herb and Dorothy: Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” in the McComas Hall gallery concludes with a guided gallery talk at 10 a.m. Friday. The exhibit features contemporary artwork given to the Mississippi Museum of Art by New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. The artwork includes pieces from contemporary artists Will Barnet, Claudia DeMonte, Cindy

Sherman and Richard Tuttle. Beth Batton, Mississippi Museum of Art curator, will lead the gallery talk. She said she will discuss the Vogels and how they compiled these works of art as well as the work that fills the Vogels’ collection. “I’ll talk a little about Herb and Dorothy Vogel, about why and how they collected art and stuffed and stacked it into their tiny New York apartment,” she said. “I’ll talk about some of the artists, like Cindy Sherman, and about conceptual art and minimalism.” Lori Neuenfeldt, gallery coordinator for the department of art, said she encourages students to attend the exhibit not

only to view the artwork, but to gather their opinions on the artwork and talk about the work with fellow patrons. “I want to see people get excited about art and the possibilities,” Neuenfeldt said. “I love watching people in galleries. I do more people watching than I do watching of artwork. I think in our field that sort of goes with it.” Neuenfeldt said the exhibit brings a cosmopolitan culture to MSU that can expand horizons and enrich MSU students and Starkvillians. “Hearing conversations and those independent discoveries made by people and then they take that into their own lives. It allows us to open up

Mitchell Memorial, music and movies

Library hosts American music and film series, starts Tuesday BY JAKE JONES ContributingWriter

Books fill Mitchell Memorial Library to the brim, but starting Tuesday at 7 p.m., the library displays moving pictures alongside pictures on paper. The library hosts the sec-

ond of a five-part film series about uniquely American music genres including blues, gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock `n roll, mambo and hip-hop. The series includes free viewings of documentaries that explain the history of American music. Following

each film showing Michael Brown, department head of music, will lead discussions of the film and the film’s musical subject. Brown said he will foster a discourse that brings out the common threads woven throughout the diverse styles of music. “What I try to do is draw

our own creative minds in our own world,” she said. “We are bringing part of the world to Starkville. I think that’s important for people to see.” Mississippi State University galleries have been an affiliate of the Mississippi Museum of Art for eight years. This affiliation allows MSU to have museum quality art exhibits in its galleries. Alex Vaughan, senior industrial engineering major, said she thinks it is important for students to attend galleries and view new, unfamiliar realms of art. “I think it’s important for us to have the art exhibit on campus because it exposes us to new mediums of art in

general,” Vaughan said. “We are exposed to a lot of writing in class and we hear music all the time, but a lot of times we

those similarities between all the different styles of musics to sort of connect everything,” Brown said. “They all have swing. They all have blues. They all have commercialism. They all have improvisation, just in different ways. They are all American and all unique to this country, but they’re not totally unique to each other.” Live music demonstrations from talented Starkville musicians will accompany each film screening. Each demonstration will include performances in the genre of music the film explores. Tara Warfield, assistant professor of voice and voice

area coordinator, demonstrates gospel music following tonight’s screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home.” Warfield said the films and performances provide chances for people to experience music they might not listen to otherwise. “I think everyone has their favorites, ‘I like country music, so I listen to country music only,’ or, ’My favorite is jazz, so I only listen to jazz,’” Warfield said. “This gives (attendees) an opportunity to experience something they are not normally exposed to

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The exhibit “Herb and Dorothy: Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” goes down Friday. The exhibit ends with a gallery talk by Mississippi Museum of Art Curator Beth Batton.

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and might find something that they like.” The event is a project from Tribeca Film Institute and is a collaboration between the library systems and the Department of Music. The series was brought to MSU through a $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for Humanities’s Exploring the Human Endeavor program. MSU is one of 50 sites chosen to host the film series. Stephen Cunetto, general library systems administrator, is the event coordinator and author of the grant written to bring the series to MSU. Cunetto said many of the films are based in Mississippi and he focused on the commonalities between the history of music and Mississippi to get the films to MSU. “There is so much history around Mississippi, and I wrote the grant that way to reflect that these are perfect tie-ins with where we are in Mississippi,” Cunetto said. “Because the blues came out of Mississippi. Much of the jazz came out of Mississippi.” As part of the grant, MSU received the films’ public viewing rights. Each film shown at the event is one part of a larger film series. The rest of the films will be available in the library for check out.

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