The Week in Review : February 2-8

Posted: February 8, 2013

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer packed Garrison Theater February 7 as part of the annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program. A Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator, Krauthammer spoke about the ideological changes he believes President Obama seeks to enact during his second term, the historical significance of his presidency, and why he thinks center-right ideology will prevail in America. The talk concluded with a a question and answer session that went into overtime and featured numerous standing ovations; the energy in the room was overwhelming.

100 Days Until Graduation

The mixed emotions many seniors are feeling about graduation were put on hold February 7 for an evening of pure celebration at Viva Madrid in the Village. Organized by the Senior Class Gift Committee, the “100 Days Until Graduation” party was a way for the Class of 2013 to come together to not only enjoy tapas, drinks, and each other’s company, but also encourage donations to the senior class gift. The class gift goes towards the only scholarship at Scripps that is funded entirely by students.

With a competition between the 5Cs on the line (whichever school has the highest percentage of students donate wins Ellen the pig for the following year) and a future Scripps student would directly benefit from the challenge, practically every senior attending donated to the cause. And since 75% of seniors donated by the end of the night, President Lori Bettison-Varga agreed to also contribute $1,500 towards the fund.

Why a Women’s College?

Due to recent conversations on campus stemming from an article published on the CMC Forum questioning the benefits of a women’s college, SAS was compelled to organize the “Why Scripps? Why a Women’s College?” event on February 7. SAS representatives were on hand in Seal Court collecting responses to those very questions; students had the opportunity to write their thoughts on cards to be displayed in the Student Union.

“It was great to see people thinking about their experiences at Scripps,” says Meredith Kertzman ’13. “Some people answered very seriously and others took a light-hearted approach; the responses represent many different interpretations of the experience and value of a Scripps education.”

Career Chat

Barbara Friedmann ’97 came to campus February 8to speak to an intimate crowd of students at Career Planning and Resources about her career path at Hearst and the changing face of the magazine industry. Friedmann currently holds the Vice President of Publishing position at ELLE Décor after working at a wide range of publications, including Parenting, Vibe, and more.

Friedmann discussed the drastic changes occurring within the magazine industry and made a few predictions about what developments are on the horizon, such as retail stores creating their own content to connect customers with their products in new ways. Understandably, she expressed some skepticism of blogs and the excess of information available online.

Friedmann finished her talk by explaining a variety of positions within the industry, from copy editing to audience development. She emphasized the importance of her Scripps experience, and said she was able to make unique connections between ideas, think critically, and learn on the job because of her invaluable education at the College.

“If Your Body Could Speak”

The Humanities Institute hosted Rosario Sammartino February 6 for a three hour dance/movement workshop entitled, “If Your Body Could Speak: An Introduction to the Life/Art Process.” The workshop, which gave an introduction to art therapy through dance, drawing, and creative dialogue, took place in Vita Nova lecture hall and saw more than three dozen people come by to take part in the event.

Motley Music

A little rain didn’t dampen the mood at the Motley Friday night, as singer-songwriter Olivia Buntaine ’15 brought her talents to the coffeehouse. Captivating the audience with folk melodies and witty slam poetry, Buntaine performed a variety of songs from her debut album “Living in Abandoned Homes,” alternating between the mandolin, banjo, and ukulele.

“I’ve done open-mic night and opened for other acts before, but I am so grateful that the Motley gave me the opportunity to play my own show,” said Buntaine. “I had an amazing time, and think the crowd did too.”

– with contributions from Susan Bryant ’13, Elizabeth Crumpacker ’13, Megan Goldman ’14, Ann Mayhew ’13, and Alexandra Trimm ’14

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