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Nine, the Musical

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

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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

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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

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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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2014 New Play Festival

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

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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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Raising Adoption Awareness

In Event, Students on November 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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By Suzanne Hudd, Professor and Chair of Sociology

It’s an issue that affects six million people directly – 1.6 million of them under the age of eighteen. And yet for many, it remains invisible. November is National Adoption awareness month, and this past week in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Quinnipiac’s Sociology and Social Services students hosted an adoption information table with the goal of raising awareness about the facts surrounding adoption.

There are roughly half a million children in the foster care system and about 20-25% of these children are available to be adopted. The National Adoption Attitudes survey reports that 63% of Americans hold positive attitudes toward adoption and 78% of Americans think that we could do more to increase the number of adoptions and raise awareness. Surveys reveal that nearly 40% of American adults have considered adopting. So how to reduce the waiting list and increase the number of adoptions annually?

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Giving Back to Our Community

In Event, Faculty on April 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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By Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

In the spirit of community action, service and initiative we hope to see in our students, several Quinnipiac faculty members including Jill Martin, Deborah Clark, Diane Ariza, Xi Chen, Nancy Burns, Karen Bliss, Courtney Marchese, and Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox came together to give back to the community as part of the Big Event on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

The Big Event is a day of service organized and run by students in universities and colleges across the nation to express gratitude to the local community. The students form teams that participate in a variety of largely non-profit community organizations dedicated to issues such as social justice, children and elderly services, and health initiatives, among others. We hope this day provides students with more than an artificial engagement with community action. Perhaps instead this will be one of many opportunities for students to become involved in their local community, understand the importance of community action, and grasp the reality that so many community members are struggling to meet the most basic needs.

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The Witch of Little Italy

In Event, Faculty on March 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

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By Suzanne Palmieri, Adjunct Professor of Sociology

I’ve always wanted to write. To string words together in lacey ways. The power of language itself is what drew me into the field of Sociology. When I was young, too young, my life was derailed (so I thought!) by a pregnancy and for a period of time I had to go on social assistance programs. I used that experience to pick myself up and finish college. Then I went to Graduate School for Sociology. Many have asked why not an MFA? (By that time…I’d forgotten about my dreams. All I wanted was to make a life for my daughter) Ten years went by. So fast. And that life I dreamed for her came true. That’s when I started writing again. THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY is released today! And I have another novel co-authored coming out in May from another publishing house. I am currently hard at work on two more novels that will be published in 2014. Here is a list of events that are currently scheduled. I hope you can be there. Any of you. Because without the support and love of Quinnipiac University, I wouldn’t have been able to get on my feet QUITE so quickly!

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2013 Model African Union

In Event, Faculty, Students on March 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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By Fodei Batty, Assistant Professor of Political Science

A student delegation recently returned to campus after attending the 2013 Model African Union in Washington D.C. The delegation of 11 students was accompanied by Professors Fodei Batty and Colleen Driscoll of the Department of Philosophy and Political Science. Each year, students from universities across the country meet on the campus of Howard University and the Washington Plaza hotel to simulate the activities of the African Union. Faculty members serve as facilitators and students preside over all the meetings. Although it’s only the second time they are attending the Model, students from Quinnipiac University excelled at this year’s conference. Cole Goodman, a senior majoring in Political Science won two prizes for outstanding delegation and outstanding committee leadership. The delegation consisted of Jesse Macera, Sara McKersie, Cole Goodman, Jessica Mineo, Anthony Santi, Rebecca Maioriello, Courtney Seymour, Jeffrey Timberlake, Jamar Paris, Elizabeth Walker and Danielle Susi.

“Yawp!” Poetry Series

In Art, Event on February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

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By Karun Karri, Creative Minds in Action Spring Intern

Recently, the creative writing program at Quinnipiac announced their initiation of a brand new poetry showcase. The goal of this semester-long program is to expose members of the Quinnipiac community to fantastic pieces written by local poets. Last Tuesday was the first of four “Yawp!” Poetry readings. Marilyn Nelson, the former poet laureate of Connecticut (2001-2006) and recipient of the Frost Medal of Poetry visited the Mount Carmel Campus to read select poems from some of her more recent works. Nelson’s work deals primarily with African American historical fiction. The readings that she chose to focus on were from her new book, “Faster than Light: New and Selected Poems.” Unfortunately, Marilyn arrived late to campus and was only able to read for half an hour. Nevertheless, her works were both beautiful in language and theme. Many of her poems dealt with the social and political attitudes towards African Americans in the later half of the nineteenth century.

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Presenting Conference Papers

In Event, Students on February 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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by Glenda Pritchett, assistant professor of English

Three Quinnipiac students presented papers at the Seventh Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, on Saturday, December 1st. Kelsey Brown (left in photo) presented “Exposing the Wife of Bath’s Façade,” based on a paper for Prof. Glenda Pritchett (EN341). Rachel Corso (right) presented “The Wife of Bath’s Joie de Vivre is the Pursuit of Power,” based on a paper for Prof. Glenda Pritchett (EN341). Andrew Lavoie (center) presented “Kingmakers: Warwick and the City of London,” based on his senior thesis for Prof. Jill Fehleison (HS408).

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