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A s women, we are often put into places where
we’re walking on eggshells, whether we’re
aware of this or not. I have seen women silence
themselves accepting the bare minimum and I
often ask myself “why?” When did we as women
get so comfortable with shutting up? Are we
really even comfortable or just ok with being yes
women? So conformed to society that we’re
scared to be women.
Recently I was given the opportunity to attend
an event with many sessions filled with
women in journalism but not limited to. During
one of these sessions, the Speaker was Gail
Sheehy an American author, journalist, and
lecturer, who opened up the floor for women to
share a moment where femininity made her feel
powerful. The women started to jump up one
after the other with completely different stories
however I couldn’t help but notice the similarity
Most of the women kept... more
Often times people doubt those who end up in the prison system
and begin to lose faith that the people who end up in these types
of situations, can rewrite the narrative for themselves.
However, Meek Mill decided to take the pen and personally
see that his story not have a tragic-cliffhanger ending. In late
August, he donated over 6,000 book bags to low-income stu-
dents, grades pre-k to 12th grade, in 12 different Philadelphia
schools. He not only proved that he could change, but he also
showed that his community is of utmost importance to him and
his legacy. Within his actions, he also created a sense of hope
and understanding of life for people who are also in his shoes or
similar situations, that create a blockade for progress.
He demonstrates to them that no matter how horrible their situ-
ations are or were, they can still make a positive name for them-
selves. Meek Mill is showing why the... more
The all-new Horticulture Club of CCP is putting the “commu-
nity” in community college. For this environmentally focused
club, emphasis has been put on inclusion. The club aims to foster
a new generation of horticulturalists, aid in environmental con-
servation, combat food insecurities for CCP students, all through
the power of gardening.
Aaron Abeyta, Vice President of the Horticulture Club, and oth-
ers plan to accomplish their goals by educating students on hor-
ticulture, a practice not many are familiar with. They also seek
to provide students with healthy, organic food options by start-
ing a greenhouse and community garden on campus. Club mem-
bers will be taught the basics of gardening and engage in many
agriculture-related events. Abeyta, who is extremely passionate
about horticulture, explains revolutionary gardening practices
such as aquaponics with ease.
Thanks to efforts... more
If you’re a veteran or affiliated with the U.S. military, getting a ride to appointments can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you are severely disabled. One veteran understands this and he created a new mobile app called MotrPool to fix that problem. Community College of Philadelphia student, veteran, and creator of the ride-sharing service bearing that name, Jason DiPietro created an app (two years in the making) in order to give veterans an Uber/Lyft-esque ride-sharing service, without an uncomfortable experience. Any more information? I talked to DiPietro about his app and here’s what he had to say.
On a day when he had no car available, the disabled veteran had to take an Uber to the VA hospital and during the wait, he thought “why isn’t there a ride-sharing service exclusively for veterans?” DiPietro felt this idea would help on a couple of factors, such as helping veterans find employment and help veterans with severe disabilities get to the appointments they need... more
The Community College of Philadelphia’s Fall 2018 production, Fox/Hollow, is a new show that leaves so much to the imagination when leaving the black box theater. Directed by Jonathan Pappas, professor in the English department at CCP, he and his cast of students caught lightning in a bottle with the play by its memorable characters, colorful costumes, use of puppetry, and engaging story. The show feels like a variant of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, where our hero is caught in a place completely out of the ordinary, but does it satisfy?
It does if runtime is important. Fox/Hollow ran an hour long with a single act as most CCP shows do, but at the end of the show, I left wanting more. Specifically, I wanted to see it continue past the end. I want to see how Fox dealt with getting what she wanted. I want to see how the scrapper Egg turned out after being hunted down. I want to see exactly why the police officer wasn’t the one to share a body with Janel Murphy-Cobbs’... more
For my Survey of American Literature class, I’m reading the novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward, who came to the college this past January for a reading and interview about her gold sticker prize donned book. In analyzing literature with professor Markovitz, who acted as the Q&A moderator for this event, has taught me anything, it’s that context matters before opening a book. Just peering into the lives of writers gives you a better understanding of why they wrote what they wrote and more info when studying their work with whatever literary lens you use. It’s what I and other curious questionaires, the ones who’ve read, are reading, and haven’t read asked Ward gave us her words.
“Black men are so maligned in the public imagination. They’re killed and put on trial for their own deaths,” Ward said, in response to a question about the male protagonist in her novel. “In my work, what I want to do is write against that and write about black men, women, and children... more
“Making me human again by connecting me with another human” which is possibly a reason why Jeffrey Markovitz chose to teach. The professor at the Community College of Philadelphia published his second novel “Permanent for Now”, a project ten years in the making. Markovitz has done extensive research to the creation of his story, including a trip to Europe to learn more about what would be in his creation and he was able to reveal a significant amount of it at his release event at A Novel Idea bookstore in south Philadelphia.
“’Permanent for Now’, I like the fact that its an oxymoron,” Markovitz said. “In the Holocaust, the Nazis actually referred to the prisoners that they didn’t immediately execute as ‘permanents’”. With this fact, Markovitz took the idea of the “permanent” Jews and used it as a paradox, almost as a way of hope for the main character, a Holocaust survivor. “I think of that title as a theme in the book, the notion of what we think of as permanent something... more