Coz McNooz Fall 2019

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L E T T E R FROM THE DIRE CTOR Dear Johnston Alums, Greetings from Johnston, a place (as always) with lots of ups and downs. In this issue of the Coz, we are overjoyed to celebrate the accomplishments of Johnston Alums through the Kathryn Green series, Professor Fran Grace’s book tour, the upcoming McDonald/Middleton summer seminar “Sigmund Freud’s ‘Dora’ case and its Consequences Across Culture,” Vintage Johnston 2019, and other Johnston happenings from the fall semester. This semester has come with some big changes in Johnston as well. Our beloved Johnston Registrar of 25 years, Saint Teresa Area, retired this October. As I think you all know, Teresa has been a constant support for students and alums alike. She practiced her own Johnston emphasis, “Love,” in her role as Johnston Registrar. We will miss Teresa enormously and wish her well on her upcoming endeavors: helping those in need, holding babies, and spending time with her family... especially those cutie-pie grand-kids! Most difficult to report this semester are the all-to-early departures of three Johnston alums. It’s so hard to share that we lost Jackson Reavis (’19), Anthony Walker (’09), and Ben Groseclose (’99) this year. Additionally, the College lost senior Jacob Green (’20) this semester. Jacob was very active in Campus Diversity and Inclusion, and his loss is felt strongly among the many Johnston students and alumni who loved him. We are also heart-broken to report the passing of Professor Monty Hempel, Environmental Studies. Monty mentored many Johnston students, and he will be missed. Hold your friends and family close as we enter into the new year. Julie Townsend, Director


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KATHRYN GREEN: SAM CORSO FROM JOHNSTON TO THE IVY LEAGUE Do you have any advice about the Johnston community? - Tim Sieber The more you put in, the more you get out. I left with such a great appreciation for it [Johnston], because of how much I put into my passions. Being surrounded by lots of beautiful people constantly pushing their limits really pushed me to grow as an individual… [Grad school is] a lot less like Johnston, and more like a full time job. I chose the ‘best’ school and not the best school for me. Things change as you change, be easy on yourself. You took dance, psychology, and much more. How did that carry into grad school? - Julie Townsend It’s very intuitive. But, I got so focused on the cerebral that I forget about the entire rest of the human body. What differentiates therapy from a friend? A friend will be empathetic, but a therapist will broaden your perspective on life... In order to talk about human life, you have to have a life of your own. If we [Johnston] know anything, we know how to turn sh*t into a sh*t into a sh*t sandwich… The no’s made me want to work a lot harder at what I was passionate about. Talk about your in-between college and grad school experience. - Fred Robinowitz It’s important for therapists to travel—to see how different cultures work with each other. I was in a culture that wasn’t my own [Vietnam], so I learned to avoid forcing my views on them. That experience gave me a unique perspective on mortality. In New York City, another culture different than my own, I had $400, a couch I could sleep on, and I made it work... I encourage everyone to work in the service industry—it’s important to work with people and see how they treat other people. If you can juggle different people’s needs and address each individual you can definitely be a good practitioner. What’s next for you? - Kelly Hankin In New York City, you need 3,000 hours of clinical work in a certain position (under a limited permit). After that, you eventually become a licensed therapist. I’m definitely looking for jobs right now. I’m looking to work in crisis intervention. I like working in systems I despise in order to make it better. It’s really rewarding. I’m also being recruited by FBI.




Samantha “Sam” Corso ’15 (Emphasis: Performing Arts & Expressive Therapist) was an extremely active member in not only the Johnston community but the Redlands community as a whole. Throughout her time here, she was an active member in R.E.A.C.H. (Read, Empower, Attain, Create, Hope program), Community Intern, an actress in various stage productions, a dancer, an advocate for Johnston’s Internal Transfers, co-founder of a sorority and so much more. Post-graduation, Corso attended Columbia University and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Engaging her in conversation during the Kathryn Green Lecture was Professor Fred Robinowitz.




CHRIS PEPINO Documentary filmmaker, musician, and restaurant owner of the exquisite Caprice Café in Redlands, Chris Pepino wears many hats as a Johnston alumnus. As a student he was initially interested in being pre-med until he landed on third floor Holt in Johnston. Exposed to the close-knit artist community there, Chris realized a typical “9 to 5” job wasn’t going to do it for him. He decided to pursue a film, creative writing, and music composition emphasis. “When I got here, there wasn’t a film program or anything, but Yash Owada brought all kinds of people here to help me out.” When asked for advice about working in film, Pepino said, “Start off doing things for free, or just getting underpaid in general and work your way up from go from job to job and make connections as you go along. And you never know where your connections will lead you.” For example Pepino said, “Out of no where last week someone from New York wanted to feature one of my films in a festival. It was totally unexpected.” After graduating from Johnston and moving to New York City, Chris worked in the commercial industry. But Redlands eventually called him home to work on his independent films and manage Caprice Café. The skills Chris learned at Caprice tied into his collaborative work as a director. “I had to learn how to seem calm and relaxed even when I was stressed out. I’m definitely a shy person, so working in the service industry comes with a lot of acting. The biggest thing for me was learning how to delegate responsibilities and depend on people; getting along with everyone; being encouraging with everyone’s strengths.” Pepino forged these strong interpersonal skills in the Johnston community during the late 1990s. During that time he created films with his peers, played piano in Holt Lobby, and made many life-long friends, including the late Lukas Soliunas. Chris reflected, “Many of the murals that were painted on third floor Holt were done the year I graduated. There is this one mural of a guy named Lukas, who was my roommate and best friend... He went back home over spring break and that was it.” Lukas passed away from an overdose in Chicago. Chris continued, “At the time, he was the star of a comedic film we were working on; we had to finish it without him.” 6


Life doesn’t really change when you leave Johnston; you just don’t have the same community or resources.

After Pepino’s lecture, he visited third floor Holt. Examining the murals, Chris remembered the art process Mattias Bannon ‘01 engineered in painting the portrait of Lukas. Bannon magnified a transfer image of a photo of Lukas on an old-school projector and outlined the image of Lukas smiling. Reflecting on the tragic loss of Lukas in the Johnston community, Chris said, “The transition to college is always difficult. There’s always people that don’t know how to balance.” An important message for students to always hear.







Palabras, Se Las Lleva El Viento”


Elpidia Carrillo, artist, activist, filmmaker, and mother of a current Johnston student visited us for a very special Kathryn Green Lecture in November. Born in the mountains of the Purépecha communities, Elpidia is an award-winning actress and founder of the international film school and festival, Cine Sin Cines #ArtWithoutBorders in the indigenous communities of México. Elpidia’s idea of filmmaking is, “We all have a story to tell,” and we all need to be listened to. Carrillo, whom you may recognize from the classic ‘80s film “Predator” or the current TV series, “Mayans M.C.” is a dynamic Los Angeles artist. Carrillo began her talk with a sage cleansing on Holt’s smoking patio for all of the attendees to give thanks to their ancestors and to begin with deep, intentional breaths. From there, Carrillo led the group of students back into the lobby where she spoke about her past through external perceptions, keeping the audience deeply engaged at her every word. Echoing back to Johnston College professor Don Miller’s psychodrama seminars, Carrillo invited students to participate in an experimental acting activity followed by a healing circle. Many students were moved to tears afterward, apropos to the title of her talk, “Las Palabras, Se Las Lleva El Viento” (the wind takes the words). To learn more about Elpidia Carrillo’s powerful work, look-up her IMDB page or Festival Internacional de Cine sin Cines, an organization she founded in the mountains of the Purépecha Indigenous communities in Mexico where she was born. The mission of this organization is “ empower communities to produce and tell their own stories by learning about cinema from every corner of the world. Integrating filmmakers from all latitudes.” –Festival Internacional de Cine sin Cines via facebook.



Ben Groseclose ‘99 Memorial By Mardhavi “Mardi” Sakuntala Ben Groseclose loved everything Sri Lankan about me. Even though I’m not the most religious person, I decided to give him a traditional Sri Lankan Buddhist memorial service. I’ve done the water-pouring ritual a thousand times, but it was really special to do this for Ben with his friends and a few Buddhist monks in Holt basement. This space is where Ben and I spent so much time vibing together while he was running sound for events. The basement has changed so much; it used to be super dark and grimy, but that is where my relationship with Ben started over two decades ago. Right: Childhood friends Kate Emmons, Jackson Reavis, and Charlotte Minor on Bekins porch in 2015. The trio graduated from Johnston in 2019, less than two mon-


ths before Jackson passed away tragically in a motorcycle accident near his family’s home in Seattle.



His lips curled up so big his eyes crinkled Fist covering his mouth when the snicker came out Almost like a hiss of laughter, Then the dolphin laugh A mouth-wide crescendo That bubbled And ricocheted off his throat like a bouncy ball. I saw him in the hospital. Swollen. His hair soft like an otter’s Felt grief swoop around me and grab my heart from the right side Squeezed so tight I forgot to breathe—

Jackson Coe Reavis Día de los Muertos banner lovingly made by his printmaking professor, Anna Gaitan

He had a side-eyed smirk that made you roll your eyes and smile The unspoken knowing that led to shared laughter His reminders to be proud, to slow down, to enjoy. He felt with intensity For himself and for others Rambled with passion Thought deeply Loved strong He eagerly awaits us in our dreams and meets us in our memories. We’ve loved him for a long time And we’ll love him till we meet again. Wish you were here You’re forever on our minds Miss you, Jacku I’ll wait for you on a brighter day. Don’t know why you had to go away. Why couldn’t you have stayed. --Kate Emmons ’19



Two Friends Remember Anthony Walker ‘09 By Matt Greene ’11 and Jake Kandlhoft ‘11

Anthony was one-of-a-kind. I don’t remember my first impression of him. Maybe he was boxing his roommate in the grass behind Holt, demanding passerbys fight him. Maybe he sat in the shade of a tree and read out loud. It may well have been at the Johnston table at the Commons, where he talked with anyone and everyone and no topic was off the table. Anthony knew how to push limits—how to push buttons, how to push a person out of their comfort zone. He challenged our fundamental beliefs and ideas with complete sincerity and authenticity. Once, on a long car trip, he said Johnston was a failure because dancers didn’t dance on the Bekins Lawn while poets read original work and scientists conducted experiments on the porch. It was an absurd thing to say and he meant it completely, if for no other reason than he wanted his peers to give him as much of themselves as he offered them, to live loudly by the standards of their ideals and passions. He lived a life of the mind, from Don Quixote to the Bible. There’s learning-by-doing, and there’s Anthony—who for years became Don Quixote more fully than maybe even character itself. He had strong and uncompromising ideals that made the world strange and difficult, but also fresh and beautiful. Every car trip was an adventure, every obstacle, academic or otherwise, a step in his development. Spending time with Anthony was a joy because he endowed life with a sense of purpose. There was some impossible goal deep beyond the horizon—a friend he wanted to see in Santa Barbara or lunch in Texas—but then there was also the immanent texture of the world around us—dry beans and paper cups and made into mancala on his kitchen table, two loose bricks he wanted me to smash together so he’d have something to dance to, or even just a bag of chin chin from the corner store. And he didn’t compromise—maybe not ever in the whole time I knew him. He wanted to push a shopping cart to the ocean and we all said okay, and then he realized it would hurt his mom and there was no talking him into it. That feeling in my stomach when I set off for another day making pizzas the summer between my last years of college, the dread of commodifying my time, my labor, just to survive—Anthony refused it. He lived his life exactly as he could, and no different. And what breaks my heart is that if a man so sincere, so loving, so full of joy cannot make it in this world, I don’t if any of us can, not really. He was right that the world owed him more, owed him everything, and failed him. – Matt Greene



Anthony Walker was always in search of the authentic, always on the hunt to emulate the purity of nature around him. In his final Earthly years he would sign-off on his correspondence to me as “Ant Honey Walker,” a trifecta of trueness. Johnston was a rare oasis for Anthony. It is a place where he thrived and was able to explore freely. “The way God intended,” as he often said when ascertaining an ideal. He practiced what he preached and couldn’t find his nourishment in the mortal realm, so he decided to leave to be with “His Father”. I visited Anthony in Los Angeles some two weeks before he left. He had been contemplating “crossing the River of Jordan” perhaps six months before I knew it. He knew that I knew it. We never spoke about it. We didn’t need to. He is done and has moved over to the “Promised Land”. He contemplated the most righteous way to cross. He refused to ingest any toxin, shed any blood, or harm any beings by his actions. I have yet to meet another soul who lives with such honesty and as loudly as Anthony. My times with Anthony were always extraordinary and worthy of remembrance. The following story is transcribed from an audio recording I did, probably in 2008. The exact date is lost to time (which I find fitting). Anthony viewed time not as a commodity, but as an endless brawl which was best ignored. The story goes… We were riding our shopping carts, the way God intended, down Colton Avenue on our way to Redlands Thrift. Tuesdays was ten books for a dollar. I asked Anthony what books he was hoping to find. He excitedly said, “I’ve been studying blackbirds… pigeons… hawks… squirrels… turtles… It’s just a matter of putting it all together and making the connections. You hear Mike Tyson watches pigeons?!” The intersection was clear and we blew through the red light on our downhill descent. A police officer spotted us from the Stardust Motel parking lot and pulled us over. He said it was unlawful to use a non-motorized wheeled craft in a traffic lane and asked us to use our carts on the sidewalk. Anthony pointed to the janky sidewalk and in a respectful tone replied, “God always wins. Have you ever seen the roots of a tree conquer concrete?” The officer continued to explain how we were wrong and asked why we were giving him a hard time. Anthony pointed upward and said, “I’m not doing anything, HE is doing it all.” Anthony insisted the officer “… had no right to put man’s law above the creations of God.” The confounded cop allowed us to continue as we were but insisted that we try to be safer. We continued rolling on. Anthony said, “The way I remember the Gospels, Jesus said focus on natural things and not so much spiritual things. His parables are of natural phenomena, which reveal spiritual truths. For example, He said to have faith like a grain of mustard seed. What does that mean to you?” – Jake Kandlhoft



Dr. Hideko Sera (center) and Dean Kendrick Brown (center right) demonstrating the administration of fun, at table one

Debbie Heap, Johnston College alumna and Board of Trustees member catches up with alumnus and wine making wizard, Wes Hagen 14


Introducing... Johnston’s class of 2020!



Prof. Tim Seiber ‘04 cracking-up Erica Moorer while Prof. Youna Kwak catches up with Donovan Smith ‘19

Provost Kathy Ogren, ready for the raffle!

Maestros of Vintage, Bill McDonald & John Slater share a laugh before the guests arrive







Johnston and the office of Diversity Initiatives hosted a queer celebration of dance, hip hop, and theater in the School of Music on October 24, 2019. While on campus, artists, José “Richard” Aviles, MSW and Figgy Baby also lead a free choreography and writing workshop in Holt Lobby. Richard, a frequent participant at Race on Campus, was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Their passion circulates around performing queer femme dance and recognizing the forgotten narratives of queer bodies of color. Aviles collaborates with rapper Figgy Baby (recently features in BBC News), whose interests include questioning and exploring toxic masculinity through his songwriting. Johnston sophomore Jacinta Navas-Galdamez ‘22, who attended said, “Richard and Figgy Baby’s performances were very personal and incorporated many aspects about growing up in an immigrant household and being from Los Angeles. This continued into the workshops where we were told to be introspective in our work. Figgy had us write with different prompts and each time was nonstop.” Figgy facilitates monthly Masculinity Healing Meetings in Los Angeles where he practices safe, artistic community building for personal growth. This work carried over into the workshop where students flourished. Jacita said, “It was intense, to say the least, but it was beautiful to see everyone’s pieces come together into a single performance.” Meanwhile, Richard brought a sense of radical celebration to the workshop. As someone who takes advantage of every opportunity to unapologetically dance in front of diverse audiences, Richard’s message is everybody has a body that’s beautiful and deserves a chance to shine on stage. If you have ever attended a Race on Campus open mic, you may have experienced the uplifting effect of Richard’s message in person. This spring, Richard will continue collaborating with Johnston students as a guest lecturer, teaching “Choreographing the City” a course that bridges art, urban planning, and the built environment.



Below: Blueprints of Johnston College (front) and something called a “Community Centre� (back) that was not completed.

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From The Archives To close-out our historic 50th year, the Armacost Library invited Johnston to create a new exhibit. Now on view until early January 2020 is “1969: A Year of Revolution in Redlands and Across the U.S.” a collection library books on the 1960s/1970s cultural revolutions paired with Johnston College archives. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of the tumultuous, historical time when Johnston College was born. The hope is current students will draw some connections to current times. The exhibit was curated by M. G. Maloney ’03, MLIS (Johnston’s Assistant Director) with design consultation by Trisha Aurelio, Armacost Library’s Technical Services Supervisor, and sublime archival assistance by Pici Dennon ’21, Johnston’s Digital Projects Assistant. For more information about Johnston’s collection of archives, please contact M. G. at or call (909) 748-8393. To learn more about Johnston’s history check-out our latest book, Snapshot/50: Johnston Community 1969-2019, available for online purchase at the campus bookstore:




Rhythm, which had previously moved only in the simplest zig-zag pattern,now loosened its limbs for a Bacchanalian dance; musical sounds rang out, no longer in ghost-like attenuation, but in the thou sand fold intensification of the mass and in the accompaniment of deep-voiced wind instruments. And the most mysterious thing of all occurred: here harmony was born. --FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, THE DIONYSIACWORLD VIEW, 129 In its conception and practice, Johnston is a tenuous assemblage of moving parts that are on the verge of flying apart. It is fueled by a wildness that constantly threatens to drive the machine into obliteration. By design, the creativity that imbues its ethos of self-directed learning and living also erodes all foundational principles that would fix it in one place or another. And, its primary beneficiaries--those students in the midst of this educational adventure--are blissfully unaware of this ever-present existential risk. (If itever did come to light, a panicked exodus would surely ensue.) On paper, the whole experiment looks preposterous: attract and recruit a couple hundred diverse, creative, independent, eighteen-year-old minds who are averse to authority; pile them into the tight (and occasionally dilapidated) confines of two buildings adjacent to a ‘normal’ liberal arts university; hand them the keys to negotiate guidelines for living and learning together throughconsensus (!); give them the authority to concoct and negotiate their own courses and emphases; cross your fingers that everything will go smoothly. Fortunately, for Johnston and all of us who have benefited from this miraculous milieu of creativity of the last 25 years, there has been a lone figure who keeps the chaos at bay without extinguishing it. In my opinion, Teresa Area, is responsible for a significant portion of the on going consummation of this institutional curiosity. For most of us who were caughtup in the torrents of the day-to-day living/learning madness of Johnston, there came a moment of crisis: we were not going to graduate; we had neglected something crucial--probably a math or science credit; our lives were over. Following tradition, we would sprint up the steps of the Admin Building in a panic.



It was Teresa, in her endlessly patient and calming manner, who would sit down with us and find a way to rescue our Graduation Contract and get us to the Review. Little did we know, she had been paying attention all along; she’d been expecting the visit. Teresa is the patron “saint” of Johnston because she preserves the forum for our experience there, whether we realized it at the time or not. Teresa allows students to lose themselves in the experience of Johnston while ensuring we are meeting the sparsely laid out milestones for completing the journey. There are other semblances of structure and advising and mentorship, of course, but Teresa has served as the invaluable liaison between the institutional parameters necessary to keep Johnston accredited, and the creative genius behind letting students build their own educations. In Nietzsche’s many discussions of the Greeks, he outlines a symbiotic relationship between the Dyonisian and Apollonian worldviews. The Dyonisian is the chaotic tendency to melt divisions and tear down temples of meaning, often losing oneself in the process. Johnston is four years of Dyonisiac dreaming. But, it cannot exist without a counter part--a steadfast and responsible guide to mark off the space for such an experience. Teresa has served dutifully as the Appolonian artist, whose dedication has given countless Johnston students the chance to thrive in the experiment and emerge with a degree. In order to harness the creative energy of Dyonisus, it requires an Appolonian counterpart exemplified by Teresa. The “image of Apollo must [...] include that delicate line which must not overstep if its effect is not to become pathological, [...] it must include that measured limitation, that freedom from wilder impulses, that wise calm of the image-making god. [Her] eye must be ‘sun-like’ and calm; even when it is angry and shows displeasure, the consecrated aura of lovely semblance surrounds it.” (Nietzsche 1999: 120) Johnston owes its prosperity to lots of people. Kevin and Bill and Kathy and Daniel and Kelly and Pat and Fred were all central figures when I was there. But I don’t think any single person has been responsible for more Johnston students’ success at Redlands over the last 25 years than Teresa, and their success translates into the success and persistence of the great experiment. I know I speak on behalf of a lot of Johnston students who would not have made it without her when I say: Thank you, Teresa, for everything.



ON THE ROAD WITH THE POWER OF LOVE Professor Fran Grace hit the road this summer with her new book, The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World (Inner Pathway, 2019). One of Fran’s goals for the book tour was to, “Be supportive of our Alumnae by highlighting them and their work in the world.” By doing so, Fran reconnected with a handful of Johnston alumni across the U.S. Highlights include—Santa Fe, New Mexico where Fran was joined in conversation with alumna Keziah Baltz, who transcribed Fran’s research on Indigenous Grandmothers for the book. The U of R’s new partner institution, the San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) in Marin where Fran invited Nina Newman ’17 and Amber Rose Bauer ’19 to join her in conversation with graduates from the new SFTS Mental Health and Spirituality program. The St.Louis Public Library where Fran conversed with Liz Ricks-Aherne ’09, a social worker who serves children and family who grieve the anticipated death of a loved one. Along the road, Fran ran into more Johnston alums like Kathryn Arthur in Santa Barbara, Emily Pepin in Santa Fe, and the cross-country road trip trio: Molly Bermet, Olivia Fore, and Charlotte Minor at Pappy’s Smokehouse where Fran happened to be speaking at a fundraiser for Gratitude House, a sober-living home for women in St. Louis. What a whirlwind book tour, led by The Power of Love! From left-to-right: Lakshmi LaPine ‘09, Amber Rose Baurer ‘19, Nina Newman ‘17, Prof. Fran Grace, Jordan Decker (SFTS), Rev. Simeon Whitney (SFTS). 22


Roadtripping Trio: Molly Bermet ‘19, Olivia Fore ‘19, Charlotte Rose Minor ‘19 with Fran Grace and friend at Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis.

Fran with alumni: Keziah, Emily, and Emily in Santa Fe.



Sigmund Freud’s “Dora” case and its Consequences Across Culture: A Johnston Alumni Travel Course in San Anselmo, CA By Kim Middleton ’94 and Bill McDonald

Johnston alums everywhere! The two of us are working up a new week-long alumni seminar for June 15-22, 2020. Our half dozen moveable feasts to date have ranged widely, from Ovid to Opera, and from Death in America to Shakespeare in Ashland, and we’re hoping to extend that range even further with “Sigmund Freud’s ‘Dora’ case and its Consequences Across Culture.” We’ll meet on the new campus of the U of R, the San Francisco Theological Seminary at San Anselmo in Marin County, CA. You may have read that the University’s entered into partnership with the Seminary. More information shortly as room availability and pricing are worked out. Now for the content: “A seminar on old Freud?” you ask, “Isn’t that about eighty years out of date?” Well and good, but here’s some thoughts. Freud—superannuated, obsolete, even despised —is everywhere in our culture; he is both in the wastebasket and in the air simultaneously. The unconscious, repression, subliminal memory, projection, transference, sublimation, the crucial importance of early childhood, childhood sexuality, family-narrative psychology: He’s become part of our common sense. “Dora,” Freud’s sessions with an eighteen year old woman named Ida Bauer (analysis 1900, published 1905), quickly became infamous for his aggressive interpretation of her “illness,” and for her resistance to it. We plan to have at least five closely interconnected areas: the “Dora” case itself; fictions that stretch its boundaries and unpack its significance (e.g., Heidi Julavitz, The Uses of Enchantment); a “Dora” film; current psychologists’ take on the case and its consequences, especially about transference; critical, especially feminist, writing about the case; and constant consideration of “interpretation” itself. In fact, “Dora” highlights much of what we are grappling with in the #MeToo era. It helps to reveal to us the complexities of our current moment, and perhaps offers some ways through the cultural thicket that we’re experiencing. All of these will be in play during our week. For the full proposal, and to express interest, please contact Bill and Kim. We’re capped at 20, so please don’t delay!



Pong for the People By Maxine Mchunguzi ‘20 Pong for the People was an event hosted by the activities team within the Johnston Innovation class. The aim of the event was to raise funds for Youth Hope, a local non-profit organization in Redlands that provides: housing, food, clothing, medical and counseling services, continuing education, and job training to homeless young adults ages 14-24. The funds raised were donated to the organization in hopes of providing those they help with more resources. The event consisted of a carnival inspired game, where patrons could purchase a number of ping pong balls with the aim of scoring within the different containers. The journey to this event started off with the Innovation class students assigned to solve a problem within our community, by addressing a specific need. The Johnston Innovation class was a seminar co-taught by professor of business, Mara Winick and senior Sharleen Mock ’20. Students learned different, concrete skills that help to facilitate innovation. Each week, students were given the opportunity to present on the week’s readings and create unique activities that aided in the class’s understanding of the course material. As the semester progressed, the class was expected to choose an issue in their local community and find innovative ways to solve them. Some of the concerns included: climate change, student success, and adult skills. Homelessness was eventually agreed upon as the actionable cause to champion. Students were divided into different groups as a means of solving the issue from different perspectives. The challenge was to create a way for the Redlands campus community to donate to the cause in an interesting way. Considering the majority of the campus is college students, the activities team decided to produce a game that was attractive that audience. The event was a success as we were able to raise funds that will be donated to Youth Hope. To learn more about Youth Hope, visit or call (909) 793-2345



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