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Taylor Tracy – Student Life and Arts Editor

 

 

Final exams and papers might not get hung up in a gallery at the end of the semester, but work from every art class this semester will. The fall student art show, which opens in the Korn Gallery today, is a way to see the progress Drewids have made as they tackle a new medium or learn more advanced techniques in upper level classes.

 

About the value of the art show to the students individually and as a whole, Adjunct Professor of Art Jason Karolak said, “It is important for the students to look back at all of the hard work they have done this semester.” He added, “Collectively, they can see a nice body of work that they have accumulated.”

 

On having a painting of a cactus from her Painting I class in the show this year, Valerie Drake (’15), a theatre arts major, said, “I’m super excited to have my work in the Korn gallery. It’s really nice to have your work recognized.”

 

Additionally, the show is a chance not only to see the works of individual students, but the collective works of classes, of mediums, of the Drew visual arts community and the artistic process as a whole

 

Drake said, “I think the student show is fantastic. It gives students an opportunity to show off their hard work from the semester.”

 

About the artistic process students experience through the art department, Assistant Professor of Art Rebecca Soderholm said, “Creativity, especially for beginning artists, often requires certain kinds of risk-taking.” She added, “Students jump bravely into a creative encounter, and if they work hard, those risks are rewarded with unique expressions of themselves as artists.”

 

Karolak also touched upon the risks students take in the art classes, risks that result in the works that will be on display in the gallery. He said, “It is a pleasure to see a student make big leaps in building an artistic language, even within one semester.”

Offering a student perspective on the learning process in the art studios, Drake said, “I’ve seen a few students who don’t have traditionally perfect art talents, but the professors take the time to work with them and help them find the confidence in their work.”

 

On a similar note, Soderholm said, “It’s satisfying to see students take what you’ve given them and discover their own capabilities through that medium.”

 

He also noted the challenges of picking works to show from each student in his class when he said, “It is challenging to narrow the work down sometimes.”

 

About the progress of students in her photography class, Soderholm said, “On the first day of Photography I, most students are intimidated by their cameras.” She added, “By the end of the semester, they are using their camera instinctively to express their interests, passions or concerns.”

 

Zoe Braiterman | Business Manager | At the opening reception today, artwork such as cardboard sculptures, photographs and ceramics were on display in the Korn Gallery and in other areas of the DoYo’s Arts wing.

Zoe Braiterman | Business Manager | At the opening reception today, artwork such as cardboard sculptures, photographs and ceramics were on display in the Korn Gallery and in other areas of the DoYo’s Arts wing.

Karolak noted what he hoped his students would receive from seeing their work in the show when he said, “Hopefully, my students have more confidence in what they can do and see.”

 

Also noting the benefits of the student art show, Drake said, “It gives art class students a chance to show their work and it also gets different people into the department. Some students are more likely to visit the DoYo if it’s in support of their friends.”

 

About the benefits of having non-art majors display work in the Korn Gallery, Soderholm said, “It’s great to see students from all majors proudly show their work to their friends and family.”

 

Adding to why non-art majors should take art classes in the Forest and display their work, Drake said, “It’s important for people to know that they can create something beautiful.”

The student art show will be on display in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts until Dec. 12. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30 – 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held today from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

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Allison Estremera- Contributing Writer

 

It’s a question as old as time, one that divides Drewids to this day: Which of Madison’s pizzerias serves the most delicious slice of pizza?

 

The Cultural Italian American Organization (C.I.A.O.) offered a chance to finally set the record straight on campus Monday in The Space. The club allowed Drewids to sample slices from four of the big name pizzerias in town and place votes for their favorite.

 

The contenders were Romanelli’s, Urban Fire, Nicky’s Firehouse and Chianti Pizzeria. The club extended invitations to all Drewids to attend in order to enjoy free pizza and offer their thoughts. Carolina Caicedo (’15) said,“It’s always good to have free food.”

 

The brainchild of C.I.A.O President Sabrina La-Bianca (’15), and organized by club board members Frank Minio (’15) and Allie Willis (’15), the event generated a great amount of attention despite some issues behind the scenes.

 

“It’s hard planning events at the end of the semester,” Willis said. Obligations to classes often override obligations to clubs. A technical error also prevented the club from giving a brief presentation on the history of pizza and its place in Italian culture as an introduction to the event. However, these minor setbacks did not deter Drewids from participating wholeheartedly in the event, as The Space was filled with more than 25 hungry judges.

 

At first Urban Fire seemed to be the favorite to win, with its distinctive brick-oven flavor setting it apart from the others and garnering many votes. “It tasted the freshest,” Jeanea Walker said (C’13).  However, in a surprise twist, it was Romanelli’s that won over Drewids’ hearts and taste buds in the end.

 

Though lacking the advantage and appeal of the brick-oven, Romanelli’s pizza offers a more familiar and simple taste that left Drewids wanting more. Though not part of the pizza tasting competition, it should also be noted that Romanelli’s also has the advantage of a larger average pie size in comparison to the much more compact Urban Fire pie.

 

And while Urban Fire provides a nice sit-in atmosphere, Romanelli’s delivery service becomes a major convenience for Drewids who want quality food but do not have the time or the means to leave campus.

 

Despite Romanelli’s victory, it’s safe to say the debate over which Madison pizzeria deserves to be called the best will continue.

 

Though the semester is rapidly coming to a close, it’s not too late for Drewids to conduct individual taste tests and weigh in on this continuing debate before winter break. In addition to exploring the various pizzerias in town, Drewids should also take a look into the culture behind the food and keep an eye out for other C.I.A.O activities.

 

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Caitlin Phillips – Contributing Writer

  1. Get ahead with JanTerm classes.

If you want to knock off some GenEd breadth requirements and make your spring schedule lighter, take some classes in January. A wide selection of classes is offered, including robotics engineering (interdisciplinary, quantitative), political science courses (social science), philosophy (humanities, writing intensive) and music intensive (arts).

  1. Spend some time with old friends.

If you’re back in your hometown or on campus, go to some favorite hangouts with friends and catch up over some hot chocolate. If they’re a high school friend, make sure to bring your yearbook to enhance the nostalgia.

  1. Spend time relaxing after your fall semester.

Everyone deserves some relaxation time after finals. Spend whole days on your couch watching good movies with your favorite snacks, read your favorite books, jam out to the best songs and spend time with the people you love.

  1. Do all the things you meant to do, but put off.

Being busy is a given in college, so things get pushed to the back of your mind. Take the winter break to do those things you wanted to do but couldn’t, whether it’s finish (or start) a book, movie or TV series, learn a new skill or simply things that need to be crossed off your check-list. Now is the time to do them.

  1. Make the most of the season.

Wherever you are, enjoy the winter break by doing activities in the spirit of the season. Go skiing or snowboarding, drink some hot chocolate or hot apple cider, listen to some holiday music, decorate your house, bake some cookies, make some paper snowflakes or build an igloo.

 

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Catherine King – Contributing Writer

photo caption (feature): Drewids performed songs at Circle K’s benefit open mic night in the space. credit (feature): RYAN GENUALDI/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

photo caption (inside): Money raised from Circle K’s open mic night will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in Morristown, N.J.

credit (inside): RYAN GENUALDI/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Drewids flocked to the offers of free food and music last Monday. The best part—it was for a good cause. The Space was packed with Drewids who came together to sing, play their instruments or share their spoken word at Circle K’s open mic night.

 

About two dozen people attended the event and about half of them performed. A steady flow of people also came to check out the open mic.

 

During the event, Circle K also held a raffle for gift cards to the Cheesecake Factory and Chipotle. Each person who came to the event was given one ticket for the raffle. As  an incentive, participants received an extra two entries if they donated money to the Boys and Girls Club of Morristown. The club also provided a variety of snacks, pizza and soda to attract Drewids to the event.

 

Attendees enjoyed themselves at the open mic as friends or strangers shared their talents. A member of the audience shared his thoughts on the event.

 

Erdi Demirbulaki (’17) said, “I was blown away by the talent I saw. I would’ve like to see some poetry by Matt Sommer. It was a 10 out of 10.”

Ryan Genualdi- Staff Photographer | Money raised from Circle K’s open mic night will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in Morristown, N.J.

Ryan Genualdi- Staff Photographer | Money raised from Circle K’s open mic night will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in Morristown, N.J.

Even though there were a few performer cancellations, several students took the stage. Jeffrey Moorhead (’18), Maxwell Dolphin (’15), Taylor Gecsey (’15), Tatiana Fulmer (’16), Marc Cohen (’17) and Nika Lanzetta (’16) all showcased their talents.

 

The event even inspired a student to want to join Circle K and their endeavors. Brandon Lambiase (’18) said, “I got inspired to volunteer with Circle K and help those in need.”

 

Circle K is a club dedicated to off-campus volunteer work and raising money for a variety of organizations.

 

Drew’s Circle K is actually part of a much larger organization called Circle K International.

Gabriella Bottalico (’16), the president of Circle K, said, “We raise money and do projects for certain organizations.”

 

The club holds, participates in and raises awareness for a variety of events, causes and organizations such as the Eliminate Project, March of Dimes, Project Linus and the Six Cents Initiative. Circle K meets every other week on either Monday or Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Send questions to circlek@drew.edu.

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Jill Griffith- Contributing Writer

 

The Psychology Club’s annual career panel was held Wednesday night in LC28 and featured three Drew Alumni, including a current faculty member at the university. The panel showcased the diverse opportunities available in the field and each individual spoke briefly about their experience.

 

Jillian Lusk (C’11), who graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Drew, is currently a behavioral counselor in Summit, N.J. with a master’s from Kean University, where she is also pursuing her professional degree. On being a behavioral counselor, she remarked, “Everyone always thinks guidance counseling,” clarifying that she is “part of a child study team which is a team made up of a school psychologist, social worker, and a child psychologist.”  Coming from a family background of educators, Jillian knew that she liked the field of education, but decided to become a behavioral counselor in a school rather than a teacher.

 

To pursue this opportunity, she spoke about getting her master’s in three years at Kean, which gave her the hands on experience needed outside of the classroom to prepare her for future positions. In her first year, she shadowed a school psychologist and by the second year she says, “I was more proactive and administered tests.” Her third year has so far been spent doing a full time externship for grades K-12 in Summit. On that experience, she boasted, “What I really like is that you’re really making a difference in helping a student who is struggling and can’t understand why they’re struggling.”

 

Speaking about what she wishes she knew while studying in undergrad, “I wish someone had told me that you don’t have to get a doctorate fresh out of school […] if you really want to do something and you love learning you can always go back. You just have to have the motivation to do so.”

 

Kacey LaMorticella (C’14) is currently a behavioral case manager in Morris Plains, N.J. for Community Hope Inc. Originally, she said, her plan was to pursue an advanced degree after college: “I was one of those people who wanted to go right for a Ph.D. program,” and after setbacks she applied for her current position with Community Hope Inc.

 

On her experience in undergrad she said, “I always knew I wanted to be in a clinical setting. My dream job is [to work] in a brain injury unit.”

 

Lusk and LaMorticella were joined on the panel by Dr. Dan Water, an adjunct professor at Drew who holds an impressive resume. Born and raised in New Jersey, Water attended undergrad at the University of Alabama, and then New York University for his doctoral degree in sex therapy.

 

He taught at William Paterson University for 10 years and opened his own private practice on the side, which he then left to pursue his teaching position full time. Now his practice has expanded and encompasses several other practitioners in Parsippany, N.J. Together, these practitioners founded the Morris Psychological Group. Water is more than happy with how his career has turned out, saying, “If I had to do my career over I would do it exactly the same. I love doing it at the doctoral level.”

What should you keep in mind while pursuing your psychology degree? With so many options out there, Water said, “If you’re interested in specialty training you need to do postdoctoral training before you get you specialty certificate.” There is no rush to pursue a Ph.D. straight out of undergrad, as both Lusk and LaMorticella have been successful in acquiring positions without an advanced degree.

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