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JILL GRIFFITH – Staff Writer

Get fit in the forest with Drew’s free fitness classes this semester. The following classes are hosted by Campus Recreation Services that are meant to be a fun, challenging and motivational way to fit exercise into anyone’s daily routine.

Class options include Zumba, Yoga, 5k Prep and Karate. These cardio/strength and mind/body classes can be an alternative or a compliment to any workout regimen. All classes are taught by certified instructors, whose experience in these activities makes them highly skilled. The Spring 2015 line-up and class schedule can be found on the Campus Recreation website at www.drew.edu/CampusRec/Fitness.

Classes are generally one hour in length and are a reflection of the latest trends in group fitness.  Leah Nadel (’18), who regularly attends the 5K Training Class, said, “It hurts, but I love it!” Another student, Kate Fisher (’15) said, “I really enjoyed Zumba–it gave me time to get some exercise in while also laughing at myself.”

While these classes do not count for academic credit, Drew offers physical education classes that do. Classes can be accessed through Treehouse by clicking “Look Up Classes” and selecting Physical Education from the drop down menu.

There are four level 100 classes and six level 200 classes to choose from.

The titles range from beginning golf and tennis to intermediate ballroom dance and martial arts self-defense.

There is also a care and prevention of athletic injury class that may be of interest to students who are involved in sporting activities or are looking to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Registration for fitness classes offered by Campus Recreation Services are always open to faculty, staff, graduate, theological and undergraduate students. As for the credit physical education courses, enrollment is required at the beginning of the semester.

Recreational services requires the submission of one form per class which includes your name, email address and the class you are signing up for. Registration is live and can be found online at www.drew.edu/CampRec/Fitness. It’s never too late in the semester to join the classes!

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If you were a squirrel for a day how would you spend it?

“Throwing nuts at people. I would definitely just sit in a tree and peg people.” -Jessica Fortier (’17)


“I’d follow my favorite professor around for a day.”  – Neil Malone (’18)


”I would climb the trees in the forest and I’d hide my nuts in them. I’d probably fall out of the tree and die.” -Maddie Spiess (’18)


“I’d probably get revenge and terrify everyone else for a change. The squirrels are nasty around here. These aren’t afraid of people.” -Felicia Sporazic (’16)


“I would be one of those squirrels that breaks into the residence halls and became the ‘squirrel-at-large.’” -Nathan Forster (’15)


“I’d probably try and find myself a squirrel boyfriend and we could gather nuts together.” -Alef Davis (’17)


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McKenzie Chapman – Contributing Writer

Audiences follow Mason (Ellar Coltrane) through his childhood, adolescence and early adulthood, chronicled in twelve years of painstaking filming. “Boyhood” (2014) recently won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and is poised to take the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year on Feb. 22.

“Boyhood” director Richard Linklater is known for his interest in how relationships progress over time. His “Before Sunrise” trilogy uniquely chronicles one couple’s relationship that spans decades. Similarly to this trilogy, “Boyhood” uses the same actors to tell a story spanning over a decade within a single film.

While many critics are firm in their belief that “Boyhood” rightly deserves to win best picture at the Academy Awards, other critics argue that besides the long production of the film it’s unremarkable. “Boyhood” is definitely not a suspenseful film.

It focuses on the ordinary, sometimes mundane, sometimes dramatic and often peculiarly complex moments that make up a life.

These moments aren’t boring, and are rather skillfully highlighted in a way that establishes a strong audience connection with the characters’ emotions throughout their lives.

Experiencing the characters age justifies the length of the film (165 minutes), and it doesn’t feel like a chore to watch.

Linklater values conversations, personalities, nostalgia and special moments. These things are often overlooked in life, and when Linklater emphasizes them they not only establish a connection with the characters by evoking our own memories, but also remind us to cherish the relationships we build and sometimes, let go.

However, while the ordinary subject matter is made beautiful through extraordinary filmmaking, “Boyhood” is not without its flaws.

The performances are amazing from every actor, specifically Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, who play Mason’s parents. It is not their performances that falter, but rather the way that the film portrays the parents.

The father is mostly absent while Mason and his sister grow up, but when he is present he is filled with sage advice. Meanwhile the mother is, although extremely hardworking, also nagging, she is not shown having the types of deep life conversations with her children that Mason’s father often has.

It could be argued that the film bringing to light the unbalanced role of the parents is good. The narrative shows how the mother has to sacrifice her life while the father has the privilege of freedom.

However, the film glorifies the father’s image and implies a bias towards his point of view. He even utters a line blaming the mother for things not working out between them because she “could have been more patient.”

The film is conscious of the imbalance in the roles of the mother and father, but fails to truly address the issue of the father’s lack of responsibility. This flaw doesn’t ruin “Boyhood,” but the potential for it to be a masterpiece is tainted by the total lack of attention to the film’s biased stance towards the father.

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“Some things can not be controlled, and you have to learn to find the positives in every situation. Five years ago I lived in Haiti, and when the massive earthquake happened, I was forced to move.  I never imagined I would be here. When that experience happened, I wasn’t positive, but once I got here, I tried my best to make the most of my situation, and find the positives in moving to the United States. There are positives in every situation, no matter how bad it is.” Danielle Dorvil (’17)

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Three writing contests are now accepting student entries


Winter is in full swing, and for the many creative writers on campus, being forced to hunker down in their dorms to escape frigid temperatures lends itself to hours of artistry.

With their poems written and short stories scribed at the fireside, those creative writers who wish to take up the gauntlet of entering their works in a contest now have the chance: Drew’s Spring Writing Contests have commenced.

Students can enter three different contests. One of these is the Chapman Prize in Poetry, which awards undergraduate achievement in poetry writing and is open to graduating seniors.

Courtney Zoffness, an adjunct lecturer of English and director pro tem of Drew’s creative writing program, explained, “The Chapman Prize in Poetry celebrates the legacy of Robert Chapman, a distinguished teacher, linguist, lexicographer, medievalist and poet.”

Submit entries to this contest to english@drew.edu with “Chapman Entry” in the subject line.

Also open to seniors is the Christopher Goin Memorial Prize in Creative Writing, which is endowed by New Jersey Bell colleagues and the family of Chris Goin (C’78). Participants can submit one short story, ten pages of poetry or a piece of creative non-fiction. Send entries to english@drew.edu with the subject line of “Goin Entry.”

The third contest which is open to all students is the American Academy of Poets Student Poetry Prize, for which potential entrants can submit 3–5 poems. All undergraduates are invited to submit entries to english@drew.edu with the subject line of “Academy Prize Entry.”

Regarding the contests, Zoffness said, “All winners of the three contests receive a cash prize and an invitation to participate in the annual Student Prize Reading on April 15, the final event of the Writers@Drew reading series. The winner of the third prize also receives a one-year membership to the American Academy of Poets.”

So why should students enter the contests? Shanna Salvador (C’14),  who won the 2014 Christopher Goin Memorial Writing Prize, said, “Why not? The very act of submitting is its own accomplishment, and if it does work out, then hey, you get to share your story with a bunch of people that want to know what it is.”

Zoffness commented with similar enthusiasm, “These are wonderful opportunities for students to gain recognition for their craft and have their voices heard. (And a little cash doesn’t hurt!)”

Salvador’s winning short story, “Nothing Serious,” was constructed around one sentence. She explained her writing process as follows: “I hear someone say something interesting, or see how someone does a particular task and then I desperately search for a pen and paper to get it all down before I lose it.”

Morissa Schwartz (’15), who won the 2014 Chapman Prize in Poetry, said, “It’s a great opportunity to share your talents and creative voice as a writer.” Her prize-winning poem was a zuihitsu that reflected the changes that transpire over the course of a single year. Zuihitsu is a Japanese literature genre that is comprised of personal essays that are loosely connected to one another and usually convey the author’s surroundings.

Schwartz explained, “Each stanza was essentially a snippet or short scene from a moment in a year and they all came together in the end to create this collage of a narrative poem.”For students entering the contests, the previous winners have some advice. Schwartz wished to remind everyone to “Be honest. When you write from your heart, your writing is that much better. Write what you would want to read and not what you think an audience would want to hear.”

Salvador offered a similar sentiment. She said, “You’re the only one who knows what you want to write about and you’re the only one with your point of you. So don’t go with the piece you think people want to read but instead go with the piece you want them to read. If you’re proud that your name’s on it, that’s really all it takes.”

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