Taylor Tracy – Student Life and Arts Editor
What is Asexuality?
“I honestly do not know what it means.” Jael Estrada (’18)
“It’s someone identify with a sexual romantic preference.” Ivana Mitic (’17)
“I don’t know the exact definition…without sexuality?” Bishoy Awadalla (’16)
“Someone who doesn’t experience sexual attraction.” Katie Marak (’19)
“Asexuality is a gender identity that people align with which essentially means that said a person does not wish to engage in sexual activity with others regardless of a reason. This, however, does not mean that they would not get into a relationship.” Hector Maldonado (’19)
“We have to unite with the asexual people because their concerns are similar to ours. It’s having little or no sexual attraction or wanting to engage in sexual behavior.” Andy Bates (’19)
Drew Commuters Association
- What does the club do?
DCA (Drew Commuters Association) is a club created for commuters by commuters. Our primary purposes are to answer to commuter concerns and strengthen the commuter community at Drew.
- What events do you have coming up?
Our next event will be “DCA Trunk or Treat.” During “DCA Trunk or Treat” all members of the Drew community (commuters and residents alike) will have the opportunity to trick or treat from the trunks of several commuter cars parked near Baldwin Hall (the location of Res Life Halloween).
- What event has been your favorite?
Although we had a club trip to the New York Car Show last year, my favorite event was a pizza night we had two semesters ago. It was a fun, relaxing way to meet other commuters and get to know the previous DCA executive board.
- When do you meet?
We have yet to finalize a regular meeting time, however, the board is working on determining what time best suits our members. Because we are a club for commuters and know that many of our members cannot attend late night meetings, we are trying to set reasonable times that accommodate busy students.
- Why should people join the club?
Although I could list countless reasons why people should join DCA, for the sake of brevity, I will narrow it down to two. First off, DCA meetings provide a great platform for discussing commuter problems/suggestions such as making improvements to the commuter lounge and granting commuters easier access to buildings on campus. DCA believes in giving a voice to ALL members of the Drew community. In addition to bettering commuter life at Drew, joining DCA gives you the chance to meet new people, commuters and residents outside of the classroom. DCA recognizes that commuters do not have as many chances to make friends as residents do, so we try to hold events which allow commuters to socialize with one another and with residents.
- Do you know the history of the Drew Commuters Association? If so, what is it?
Because DCA is a relatively new club, we do not have much of a history. The club was started by a group of commuters about two years ago to address problems faced by the commuter community at Drew. Since its founding, the club has been instrumental in improving the commuter lounge, hosting events targeted primarily for commuters and welcoming new commuters to Drew.
Laura Brown – Contributing Writer
This past weekend, the Concert Hall at Drew hosted a performance by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. Their concert, “You Are My Rhapsody in Blue,” featured Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue,” an exquisite classic known by any lover of American classical music.
The orchestra, conducted by David Wroe and accompanied by pianist Michael Fennelly, was matched only in supreme dynamism by the Harmonium Choral Society, who sang along to “Rhapsody.” This gave Gershwin’s work a new spin, bringing even more life to what was already a vibrant piece.
Hoping to match such musical mastery, the Concert Hall is proud to bring back Wu Han, world-renowned pianist, as a part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concert series. Sponsored by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the concert series will kick off its 2016 season with an evening of music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Schumann played by some of the Chamber Music Society’s most prominent artists.
The concert will feature Wu Han, whose career as a concert pianist, recording artist, arts administrator, and educator has propelled her into the highest ranks of classical musicians in the world today.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 19 preceding it is a pre-concert chat with the artists at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $45, and student rush tickets are available for a discounted price when purchased in person.
Catherine King – Contributing Writer
Drewids, are you tired of eating at the Commons or EC but are too broke to go into town or order delivery? Or maybe you are cramming for your midterm and cannot leave your room for fear of the distracting outside world? Well, if you have a mug and a few dollars to spare, you can create a warm meal right in your microwave. If you do not have a mug, kindly borrow one from your roommate.
Drewids can start the day with a simple 2-Minute French Toast. This is actually a really simple recipe that can be easily adjusted to your personal tastes. The basic recipe calls for:
- Two to three pieces of bread
- A spoonful of butter
- One egg
- Three tablespoons of milk
- A dash of cinnamon (optional)
- Some vanilla extract (optional)
- And, of course, a microwave-safe mug
A second mug or bowl might be necessary. Start by buttering the inside of the mug. You can either spread the butter with a spoon or microwave the butter for a few seconds and slosh it around. Next, cut the bread into cubes. You can easily rip the bread into bite-sized pieces as well. Insert the bread into your trusty mug. In separate container, mix the egg, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Douse the bread with this mixture, slosh it around and let it soak for a minute. You may now microwave your mug for a minute, adding ten seconds until the egg is no longer runny. Carefully remove the mug, add some syrup and bon appetit.
Some people might be put off by the idea of making this or lack hope that it will come out good but will find this recipe to be a surprising treat. With a little syrup, Drewids can enjoy a quick cup of French toast.
A quick and easy lunch or dinner is the Instant Mug Mac n’ Cheese. This recipe calls for:
- ⅓ cup of pasta
- ½ cup of water
- ¼ cup of milk
- and ½ cup of shredded cheese
Begin by putting the pasta and water into your mug. Microwave at two minute intervals stirring in between for up to six minutes in total or until pasta is at the desired consistency. You may need to add some extra water if you go past six mintues. Carefully watch mug as the water may sometimes overflow. Some might prefer to use a bowl instead. Pour milk and cheese onto the pasta and microwave for another minute. Stir the pasta thoroughly and dig in. To add a little green, throw in some broccoli or spinach.
This recipe might sound easy but disappoints. The Kraft’s instant mac-and-cheese is better. The cheese does not melt correctly, and the pasta does not cook properly. To create a better mac-and-cheese, use a tad bit more water and milk. The great thing about this recipe is that it is versatile and can be easily adapted to your needs.
Another dish that can double as a snack or a dessert is the Banana Bread in a Mug. To create this delicious treat, go forth and gather:
- 3 tbsp and 1 tsp of flour
- 2 tsp of sugar (or 1 packet)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ⅛ tsp of salt
- ⅛ tsp of baking soda
- ⅛ tsp of baking powder
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp of milk
- half a banana, mashed
- ⅓ cup of chocolate chips (or a crushed Hershey’s bar) (optional)
- A sprinkle of cinnamon (optional).
Begin by spraying your mug with non-stick spray. Combine your dry ingredients together in the mug. Mix in your egg thoroughly and then add the vanilla extract, oil, milk, and mashed banana. Throw in the chocolate chips. Finally, microwave for 1½ to 3 minutes. Let your banana bread cool and go bananas.
The banana bread is the perfect snack for when you begin to crave something a little sweet in the middle of the night. It requires more ingredients than the other two recipes, but some of the ingredients you can easily grab in the Commons, such as the bananas and the sugar. Also, you do not necessarily need the brown sugar. It is a little more work for something delicious.
Aidan Antonelli – Contributing Writer
This past week, Dr. Minjoon Kouh led a practice for the Traditional Korean Drum Ensemble, as he does every Thursday evening in the Simon Forum. Eight drummers sat in a circle including Kouh’s wife, Yumi, his sons and daughter, and other student and faculty members.
Before the practice began Bella Dapilma (’16) spoke briefly about her introduction to the club. She said, “I have been here from day one,” she said. “I saw an advert in Drew Today and forced a couple of friends to come with me. I’ve been coming ever since.”
As the practice unfolded it became apparent that the rhythms were easy to pick up (even for someone who’s musically challenged), playing as loud as possible was a necessity and Kouh along with the rest of the club were more than happy to explain both the origins, as well as the significance, of Pungmul, the style to which the group adheres.
Pungmul is a type of percussion, a style of music that traces its roots back to rural farming communities in late Fourteenth Century Korea. It held many communal roles, from religious ceremonies to work hymns. Pungmul is only based around four percussion instruments, the Janggu and Buk drums, and a pair of gongs, the Kkwaenggwari and the Jing. Each instrument is played with a slight variation in stroke rhythms. Improvisations are encouraged as long as the core beat is unimpeded.
The club itself was formed as a way for students and faculty to connect with a facet of Korean culture not often seen on Drew’s campus. Thanks to an Andrew Mellon Grant, Kouh purchased an assortment of the formerly mentioned instruments, and has since made them available to a wide range of Drew and non-Drew affiliated members. Kouh said, “We have had CLA and theology students, staff, faculty, young kids and community members (e.g., students from St. Elizabeth), who practiced and performed with us in the past two years.”
According to Kouh, the club has been meeting every Thursday this semester, although they are exploring more time slots in order to accommodate member schedules. The club also travels around to numerous venues in the area to participate in cultural exhibitions, including Saint Elizabeth’s College, where they will be headed next week for a cultural exposition.
The drumming started off as a simplistic exercise in hand-ear coordination, but quickly evolved into a connection with the other members of the club. The room was filled with a palpable energy, a combination of kinetic energy in the form the sound and action of the members, and a potential energy produced in the anticipation of the changing rhythm. What seemed simple at first became anything but, all the while maintaining a guise of several drum taps and the occasional vocalization from a group member.
Anyone looking for a casual, yet stimulating, means of blowing off steam need look no further, as this club offers catharsis in the form of slamming a wooden mallet into your choice of a drum, head or a gong, in time with the others of course. For others the draw could be anything from camaraderie to a connection with cultural roots. The options are seemingly endless.Anyone interested in finding more details pertaining to the Traditional Korean Drum Club should email Dr. Minjoon Kouh at firstname.lastname@example.org, as this club is truly one of Drew’s hidden gems.