CreateHER launches new initiatives for spring semester

Larissa Lamarca

Contributing Writer

Entering the new year, createHER is looking to connect with students and spread their mission. Many students have not yet heard of the group or are uncertain about its goals. Therefore, as the group continues to make its mark on the Wooster community, it aims to open up safe spaces that include everyone. 

The groups name reflects one of the missions of building each other up and not tearing others down. As said by Entrepreneurship Intern Dana Smith ’18, “We want to not only inspire women to lead, but to lay the foundation for students who participate in createHER to feel comfortable encouraging those around them to be more confident, take more chances and support the women around them.” At two years old, createHER is still a young group and continuously looking for new ways to shape what they represent. For one, the group is getting more people involved through the new Campus Advocate program, which has less of a time commitment than the Leadership Team but still has students taking important initiatives within the group.

The official mission statement for the organization is as follows: “CreateHER’s mission is to inspire women to become leaders in both their professional and personal lives through education and mentorship. CreateHER accomplishes this by connecting young women with trusted advisors and resources in a safe and supportive environment and is committed to helping the next generation of women leaders succeed.” It is primarily about helping women become strong leaders but fosters an open space for everyone.

Marina Rosales ’15 is the founder of createHER. She began the project in the fall of 2017 out of the Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are astounded and grateful for the support we’ve received from the Wooster student community over the last year and a half. I think something that makes createHER special is that it’s not necessarily a club or group — it really is this mindset that we want to promote on campus and for students to learn to carry with them as they graduate and go out to make their mark in their own communities,” Smith said.

 There are currently nine students on the Leadership Team. These students play a vital part in planning events and helping connect createHER with the community. This semester, there will be many events, including a personal and a professional event each month. There will also be an open monthly meeting where topics such as gender-neutral inclusion on campus will be discussed. Additionally, there is an Internship and Funding Workshop off campus which includes a “meet, greet and eat with an alum, Galentine’s Day Karaoke and two spring break programs focused specifically on women’s experiences in the workplace and starting their own businesses,” said Smith.

The biggest event of the year will be createHER Day, on Saturday, April 13, which is an annual conference where female community leaders and business owners run workshops for students and share their stories. It will take place in Williams Hall with speaker Kimothy Joy, an artist and social activist and the group’s first keynote speaker. For more information on events, createHER can be followed on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

CWAM presents Doug McGlumphy’s “monumental”

Korri Palmer

Contributing Writer

With the semester in full swing, it is time for The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) to provide its community with more beauty for consumption. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Doug McGlumphy presented his collection of  work titled “monumental” based on materials that remind him of political events in our current climate. McGlumphy’s career is in full swing; he is currently the preparator and collections manager at CWAM, as well as the director of the Olin Fine Arts Gallery and an art instructor at Washington and Jefferson College.  At Wooster, Kitty Zurko, the director and curator of the Museum, applauds Doug for “his dedication to teaching and his many years supporting other artists by making their work look amazing in the CWAM galleries.” McGlumphy’s exhibit is modeled after his “travels on the backroads and byways to and from Tuscarawas County” where he created the art on his family farm. His fresh use of positionality allows viewers to see the world through his experience and even observe his connections to current politics.

 McGlumpy’s “monumental” offers a feeling of familiarity with the materials used in the exhibition, but also challenges viewers to question the positionality of his individual works. This familiarity can be seen in some of his works, which include “Migrant,” “Glass Ceiling” and “Broad(side).” These pieces of art are created from everyday materials such as the shipping pallet, produce boxes, chicken-and-egg crates featured in “Migrant” or the barn siding, tobacco leaves and deer head trophy used within “Broad(side).” 

When asked why his artwork holds importance, McGlumphy said, “in our time of hyper-partisanship, it is important to view political perspectives with a sense of humor through materiality.” This humor can be seen through his pieces such as “Broad(side),” which references the common farm phrase “you can’t hit the broad side of the barn.” This phrase is often said to describe a person who has poor aim, which can be seen with politicians who use complicated rhetoric to confuse their audience. 

This exhibit will be available for viewing in Sussel Gallery until March 7. McGlumpy will be at the opening reception on Jan. 31 to discuss his artwork from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with a gallery talk at 7:00 p.m.. 

The museum will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. So I suggest you put on your best viewing eyes and prepare to get a little political with McGlumphy’s latest works of art. 

New club sparks a more diverse hip-hop community

Holly Engel

A&E Editor

Dance is a language we all speak, whether we’re popping and locking like a pro or showing off our best version of the Macarena. Often, dance is how we connect across countries and cultures, which is why Chasing Hip-hop Dance Team was formed in October of last year by its co-presidents, Mika Yonaha ’21 and Cloud Chang ’21. The student-run team, which focuses on hip-hop style dance and music from across the globe, is due to be chartered as an official club this semester, much to the excitement of its members. “I think our team will educate the community about hip-hop dance and the dances from different cultures, such as African, Latino and Asian,” Chang commented when expressing the goals of the club. “We also hope to provide a friendly space for students who are passionate about dancing and are willing to take the responsibility of being a member of the team.”

Chasing’s music and dance styles contribute to its uniqueness, but what is most important about the team is its members. “We emphasize team diversity, so we have members from various countries,” Chang said. Yonaha agreed, saying that the “various backgrounds” represented by the team’s members contribute to Chasing’s emphasis on the importance of diversity. As a result, Yonaha is always excited to see new members join. “When we performed at the Culture Show, we only had three members, but [Chasing] has been getting bigger and bigger. Now, we have seven dancers on our team!” Yonha said. 

Despite the importance of Chasing’s individuals, group effort is a key factor to the team’s success, according to team member Aubry Miller ’22. “For me, Chasing is a group of people who genuinely love dance and enjoy sharing their passion for it. This team makes it easy for our unique talents to shine and enhance the group as a whole (independent minds, dancing together),” Miller said. Member Bang Nguyen ’22 especially enjoys Chasing’s charismatic and welcoming atmosphere. “Practicing for the dances is not an intense activity, but an enjoyable time, as our members are really funny and quick learners. Everyone is welcomed and treated with respect and care,” Nguyen said. Nguyen also mentioned that the team likes to celebrate their performances with “good-job parties,” where the members make good food together and have fun.

According to Chang, Chasing hopes to attend hip-hop competitions, so practices will be held every week. Showcases will also occur throughout the semester so the team can gain more experience onstage. General dance workshops will also be held this semester, the first one likely to take place in February.

If anyone is interested in Chasing or would like more information about practices, showcases or workshops, contact Mika Yonaha (MYonaha21@wooster.edu) or Cloud Chang (LChang21@wooster.edu).

(Photo courtesy Cloud Chang)

Toby joins as new program coordinator, UG to reopen

Samuel Casey

News Editor

In an update to Student Life and the Underground (UG), Sarah Toby was announced as the new program coordinator for Lowry Center and Student Activities, with her first day being Tuesday, Jan. 22. She previously held a position in Residence Life at Ashland University, but was interested in being involved with student activities. “When I was a student, I was on our campus activities board … so I always knew I wanted to [focus on] the student activities side,” Toby said.  She added that she was drawn to the position at the College because it is important to have fun while working. “Getting the opportunity to supervise the UG, Common Grounds and some late-night programing was something that I was [excited] about,” she said.

While Toby has not been around long, she has a positive outlook of the College so far. “From my interview and from being here, it has a really nice feel to it.  It isn’t a huge campus where … you might walk on campus and not see the same faces all the time,” she said. “Coming from Ashland which was similar in size, it will be a really easy transition with that atmosphere,” she said.

Toby makes it clear, however, that not all students who go to small schools are the same. “I’m excited to get to know what kind of students are here because College of Wooster students are very different from Ashland students.”

She also acknowledges that there will be several challenges, the biggest one being the learning curve of coming to a new program.  “I have background in planning activities and doing programming, but I have to learn what is it like here at The College of Wooster. Learning what students at The College of Wooster like, what are they interested in and just figuring that out,” Toby said.

Knowing that there will be new experiences, Toby says she will frequently ask questions to find out what works now and what could possibly be improved. She adds, “It will be a lot of talking to the managers of Common Grounds and the UG and understanding what things they have been doing, what things they really love that are working well and what things they want to change.”

Anthony Cisneros ’19, a staff member at the UG, is looking forward to meeting Toby and has high hopes for the reopening after being closed this past semester due to the lack of staff required to oversee the facility.  “I’m hoping she’s open to how things used to be but also open to how things can change,” Cisneros said. “Hopefully with this new opening we can have a rebranding of the space to make it [more popular].”

Kennedy McKain ’19, editor in chief of The Goliard, is also excited about the reopening of the UG because it has been the host of Covers in the past. 

The Goliard has hosted Covers back and forth between Douglass basement and the UG for years.  We enjoy the performance atmosphere it gives musicians versus playing in just another basement,” McKain said. “We also appreciate the student crew and all of the help they lend to us with set-up, tear-down and clean-up,” she said.

McKain adds that The Goliard is planning on hosting Covers in the UG once it is open, but they are still considering the state of the space.  She states that the equipment is not in the best of shape after years of use and that the atmosphere could be updated to be more inviting.  “Ultimately it just needs to be a priority of the students as well as the Student Activities Office for these things to happen,” McKain advises.

Toby wants to remind students that she has an open-door policy and encourages anyone to stop by her office in the Student Activities office. “I love face to face conversations … and I am excited to build relationships with students and actually see them grow in their leadership positions,” she said.  In terms of the UG, Toby does not have a specific timeline for the reopening but hopes to talk to student managers and others with the goal of opening up this semester. “I know students have been missing it and hopefully they are excited to see if things are going to change … and see how we can revive the UG and make it cool again,” she said.

Critically engage with candidates

A lesser-known, but equally powerful speech Martin Luther King Jr. made was delivered on June 11, 1967. Five years after King gave his “I Had a Dream” speech describing a general hope for the future, he painted a more detailed picture of what a hopeful future in America would look like. He describes how the government can disguise its old ways with a new cover. “The white establishment is skilled in flattering and cultivating emerging leaders. It presses its own image on them and finally, from imitation of manners, dress and style of living, a deeper strain of corruption develops,” he said.  

We see this being done today with many popular black political leaders, Democratic and Republican alike. One could argue this was the case with our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. It was amazing to have our first African American president, but ask yourself: What did Obama specifically do to make life better for African Americans? Martin Luther King Jr. goes on to say this: “The majority of Negro political leaders do not ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support. Although genuinely popular leaders are now emerging, most are still selected by white leadership, elevated to position, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control.” 

Do we honestly think that the 44th President of the United States would have become the 44th President of the United States without the support and control of white leadership? King says that although we might be suspicious in the beginning at the sight of a new black leader, we are easily persuaded by their presence. King says, “Tragically, he is in too many respects not a fighter for a new life but a figurehead of the old one. Hence, very few Negro political leaders are impressive or illustrious to their constituents.” King is warning us to not automatically trust the black political “leaders” given to us. It is important for us to do ample research on all candidates, whether they are black or not. 

This speech is just as important as it was in 1967. While America is struggling with Donald Trump as our president, the 2020 election is on its way, hopefully bringing a new President. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Kamala Harris, the junior United States Senator for California announced her campaign to run for President in the 2020 election. This announcement took place almost 50 years after Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for President, announced her campaign. While it is amazing that Kamala Harris is in the position to run for president, we cannot be blinded by the fact that she is a black woman. Do your research before you declare support for any candidate. Kamala Harris’ political campaign is already paying tribute to Shirley Chisholm, appealing to the majority of black voters. She flaunts how she attended Howard University, a historically black college, and how she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a historically black sorority. 

But what are her views on the prison-industrial complex? What has she done to change the system that has been implemented to keep the black community from moving forward? These are questions we need answers to before we give her our support. Kamala Harris does not deserve the black community’s support without an explanation for the political choices she has made throughout her career. I urge you to do your research before you support any candidate that decides to run in the 2020 presidential election. We cannot blindly support leaders just because they may look like us. All skin folk ain’t kinfolk. 

 

Madelyn Cobb, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at MCobb21@wooster.edu.

Global citizens have a responsibility to know history

The saying “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme” by writer Mark Twain rings true to this country’s actions. Since the beginning of time to the land which we stand on to this day which was stolen, numerous oppressive acts have been performed and such acts have been extremely detrimental to countless individuals, both in the United States and beyond. 

Throughout history, human beings have mimicked similar actions; however, it is our responsibility to know history. It is our responsibility as global citizens to know what individuals and our government have done before our existence. 

It was an absolute devastation when news reports shared with the public the administration’s decision to separate families due to their zero-tolerance policy for those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border undocumented.Those 3,000 children, whose ages had a wide range, experienced toxic shock one way or another and may continue to experience everlasting effects. 

Toxic stress is created when our body experiences multiple events after we recognize we are in danger. The stress begins in our brain and then alerts the rest of our body. Hormones flood our body and our heart begins to race. Then our blood pressure rises. All of these major changes within our body occur because our body is in the works of preparing for trauma. 

However, our body prepares for trauma more often than you think. The difference between the usual buildup for children and children within the detention centers was that there was no one to comfort them. The workers were not allowed to touch these children; therefore their bodies remained in toxic shock. 

Throughout the summer, I saw countless tweets, Facebook posts and articles saying that individuals have never heard of such a thing. Unfortunately, this was not the first time the United States government separated families. What is crucial is that we do not forget about these children and that we hold those responsible for this inhumane, heartless crime accountable. Because if we don’t, history will only repeat itself. 

 

Monét Davis, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at MDavis19@wooster.edu.