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Receiving & Giving in Consumer Society

In Students, Teaching on December 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm


By Sue Hudd, Professor of Sociology

Professor Sue Hudd’s Sociology 101 class, themed on consumerism has spent the past semester studying consumer culture. The course is designed to enable students to dissect messages we encounter daily that encourage us to “shop ‘til you drop’ using introductory concepts in Sociology. Hudd’s students spent the semester considering the various ways in which consumerism has become an integral component of American culture. They examined both the invisible forces that compel us to consume as well as the impact of consumerism on a wide range of social institutions. Throughout the semester, Hudd’s students also worked in discipline-based groups, with the goal of analyzing the effects of consumerism on their chosen field.

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Nine, the Musical

In Event, Theater on December 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm


By Drew Scott, Adjunct Professor of Theater, and Emily Scott

In the fall of 2010, two freshman auditioned for Theater for Community’s production of The Trojan Women. For the first time, they tread the boards of Buckman Theater among a company of upper- and underclassmen, bringing new life to characters created more than two thousand years ago. These young women went on to participate in every Theater for Community and student production over their four years here, working both on stage and behind the scenes to help create a variety of exciting shows ranging from drama to comedy to musical productions.

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Much Ado About Nothing

In Event, Theater on April 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm


By Tom Schwans, Adjunct Professor of Theater

From April 10th – 13th, Quinnipiac University Theater for Community was proud to present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Below is my director’s note from the production. A complete collection of photos by Melissa Mizell can be seen on the QU Theater for Community Facebook page.

Shakespeare didn’t know that he was “Shakespeare!” Our deifying of Shakespeare came long after his death and our study of his work as literature is relatively recent. Shakespeare was a playwright, he was an actor, and he was a theatre owner. In modern parlance, Shakespeare was a cheap hack who was trying to make a buck. There was money to be made in writing plays and charging admission, and Shakespeare made money. He did so by appealing to the masses. He wrote about love, about power, about sex, about death, about everything that it means to be human.

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The Aesthetics of Gameplay

In Event, Faculty on March 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm


By Greg Garvey, Professor of Game Design

The ACM SIGGRAPH DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC) sponsored online game art show (http://gameartshow.siggraph.org/gas/) showcases recent indie digital games from independent developers that are uniquely creative in putting together striking and distinctive aesthetics with engaging gameplay. Titles like Giant Sparrow’s Unfinished Swan or Flower by Thatgamecompany included in this exhibition, immediately come to mind as representative examples with their innovative use of visual mechanics fundamental to the gameplay. While those games are now available on the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN), all games in “The Aesthetics of Gameplay” have emerged from the indie game scene.

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The House That Edison Built

In Faculty on March 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm


By Stan Rothman, Professor of Mathematics

Spring recess at Quinnipiac University means my wife Tara and I make another trip to Naples, Florida to visit our granddaughters. On Friday, March 7 we decided to visit the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. I never anticipated what I discovered. Of course I knew about many of the inventions of Thomas Edison including the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera as well as improving the telegraph and telephone. In fact his 1,093 patents is the most by any person.

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Anatomy of Creative Writing

In Faculty, Students on March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm


By Dawn Colomb-Lippa, Instructor of Biology

In the world of anatomy there is an expected organized exactness. Is it possible that, in the precise and historically never-changing world of anatomy, one can be creative?

It is time for the BI211 writing assignment in the organ system module. Students from many other sections of lab will be completing case studies for their projects. These are scientifically based cases based on organ system diseases followed by questions which require research and appropriately written responses. It makes sense. It is a long standing and proven way to have students think about anatomy in their writing. It’s fitting for the course. It bores me to tears.

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Hip Hop and Urban Schools

In Faculty, Research on February 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm


By Don C. Sawyer III, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hip-hop is often blamed for the academic plight of students in urban schools. However, the use of hip-hop as a scapegoat is problematic when considering that many students in underserved areas face poverty, a lack of access to quality health care, hyper-surveillance by police, criminalization of educational spaces, faulty school reform efforts, etc. With increases in technology and student investment in popular/hip-hop culture, it is important for our understandings of urban youth/culture to be complicated and expanded. Finding ways to educate students in a manner that will keep them engaged and one that is current with new trends is a difficult task for educators (Morrell, 2002). However, an engagement with popular culture texts has the possibility of providing students with the tools to reframe, retell, or deconstruct dominant narratives as well as provide the opportunity for students to deal with existence in oppressive spaces. Schools often do not provide a space conducive to this critical development. Even though we know students are living in digital worlds outside of school, our standard school curricula do not allow students’ outside knowledge and practices to exist inside of the school setting (Vansudevan 2008; Kelner and Share, 2007).

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2014 New Play Festival

In Event, Students on February 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm


By Drew Scott, Adjunct Professor of Theatre

How often do beginning playwrights get the chance to have their first plays produced in New York at an Off-Broadway theatre? At least once a year if they are Quinnipiac students taking part in Theater for Community’s New Play Festival.

This year Theater for Community in partnership with Abingdon Theatre, a professional Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to developing and producing new plays by American playwrights, is launching an exciting endeavor for students, its first annual New Play Festival! The festival will be comprised entirely of plays written, directed, and performed by Quinnipiac students. For this first festival, seven original ten-minute plays have been chosen to be performed at Abingdon. As all the plays are set in a diner, the festival is being billed as The 2014 New Play Festival: The Diner Plays. The playwrights and plays which will be presented are Samantha Chasse, Emma; Marina Dugan, Diner of Eden; Yara Farahmand, Love At Corner Diner; Steph Fasano, Count; Alan Johnson, Three Musketeers; Jessica Lehman, The Lives We Lead; and David Piselli, Apocalypse Tonight.

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I Never Intended to Write a Book

In Faculty, Research on February 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm


By Stan Rothman, Professor of Mathematics

Part 1

In the spring of 2008, my colleague, Professor Larry Levine, knowing how much baseball was part of my life, suggested that I offer a course which introduces a student to the area of mathematics called sabermetrics. Sabermetrics uses statistics to replace subjective decisions in baseball with objective decisions. This course would be offered as part of our new sports minor at Quinnipiac. The idea intrigued me because it would give me an opportunity to teach an introductory statistics course wrapped around baseball data. Upon approval of the course, I began looking for a textbook. Unfortunately, although there are many books that use sabermetrics, I could not find a book that met my goal of teaching a true introductory statistics course applied to baseball data. In the summer of 2008, I began writing my lecture notes for my new course called Baseball and Statistics.

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Co-curriculars Draw Out Talent

In Faculty, Students on February 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm


By Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

I used to find myself questioning whether students would be motivated to engage in challenging assignments in the classroom if grades were not included as an artificial catalyst. Beginning the mock trial program made me realize that our students possess both the talent and the motivation to spend countless hours devoted to meaningful and rigorous academic work regardless of grades or official credit. It also connected me with students who were willing to spend the kind of time required to prepare for an intensive academic program of study. I have already observed noticeable differences in the articulation of concepts, and a willingness to speak up, by students who began the program quiet and reserved. These students now assert their opinions rather decidedly after winning awards and praise for mastery of their performance at tournaments. In fact, the students themselves have noticed a difference in their own engagement in other classes.

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