Campus Roundup: March 25-April 8

Posted: April 8, 2013

A-Team Annual Carnival: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

The Scripps College Activities Team (A-Team) transformed Alumnae Field behind the Tiernan Field House into Las Vegas last Friday evening for their annual spring Carnival. Following the weekend’s “Spring Fling” theme, the Carnival brought Vegas to Claremont for those who didn’t make it there over spring break. The Carnival featured casino tables, inflatable slides and bouncy castles, arts and crafts, lots of free food and drinks, and even a wedding chapel with a stand-up of Elvis as officiate and Ring Pops to tie the knot. This year’s Carnival was perhaps the best yet, as community members and students from all the colleges enjoyed the food and events while boasting balloon animals, crowns, henna and face paint.

Claremont Colleges Relay for Life

Students bonded together under hope for a cure during twenty-four hours of taking a stand against cancer. Claremont Colleges Relay For Life, the 24-hour event raising money for the American Cancer Society (ACS), ran from Saturday, April 6 at 11:00am until 11:00am the following day at the CMC Track.

According to co-event chair Lauren Prince ’14, the event raised more than $30,000 with over 250 student participants.

At closing ceremonies dozens of tired students heard from cancer survivors. One Pitzer student shared his story of discovering he had leukemia while home on break during his first year. As a survivor, he thanked the crowd for helping others by raising funds for research and support for cancer patients, saying, “When you have cancer, it does not take a break. It is a 24 hour a day, seven day a week fight. So thank you for doing this event for 24 hours.”

Prince said, “Our goal was to bring people together to fight for something bigger than us and we did it.”

Scripps College Green Fair

Scripps hosted their 3rd annual Green Fair on Friday, April 5, serving sustainable foods from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Elm Tree Lawn. Numerous students came to picnic on the lawn and enjoy a sustainable salad bar, lemonade made from Scripps lemons, and fresh strawberries. Each student separated out the compostable elements of their meal as part of the effort to make Scripps more eco-friendly.

“The food was delicious and it felt great knowing that all our food waste is being composted,” Rachel Grate ’15 said. “It’s always nice to enjoy a picnic with friends in the Scripps sunshine.”

Noon Academy: Jill D’ Alessandro ’90

Jill D’ Alessandro ’90, curator of Costumes and Textiles at the DeYoung Museum, spoke in the Hampton Room of Malott Commons on April 2 as part of the Spring 2013 Noon Academy series. The DeYoung is the second largest space in the United States for showcasing costumes and textile arts, and has hosted exhibitions of designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gautier, and Vivienne Westwood. D’ Alessandro touched upon these exhibitions, sharing behind-the- scenes knowledge of what goes into their conceptualization and development and addressed the changing role of fashion in the museum world.

D’ Alessandro majored in Fine Art and minored in Anthropology while at Scripps, and received her MA in Textile Arts from Tyler School of Art. She also received a Fulbright fellowship in 1998, and travelled to South Korea where she focused on traditional hand crafting techniques and their application in contemporary art. D’ Alessandro attributed her successful career to the “foundation Scripps gave [her],” and said her decision to move to the West Coast and take the job at the DeYoung was, in part, to “reclaim the woman [she] was at Scripps.”


German Ill and IV /IB-AP students from Claremont High School (CHS) gathered in Balch Auditorium on March 25 in celebration of German language literature. Founded in 2000 by professor emeritus Roswitha Burwick and Dr. Carolyn Spanier-Ladwig, Gartenfest is the high school’s annual German poetry festival.

This year’s Gartenfest was a huge success, with more than 40 students selecting, memorizing, and performing poems by famous German writers such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Bertolt Brecht, and Anfrid Astel. There were also group poetry recitations, musical performances, and a student translation of a song by J.R.R. Tolkien. The event was attended by a representative of the German consulate and a member of the Goethe-lnstitut, who spoke of the importance of learning foreign languages at a young age and the ability of poetry to bring people together.

Mellon Fellow: Annie Fukushima

Visiting lecturer Annie Fukushima will attend Rutgers University this fall as the recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, in collaboration with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women.

A history and American studies instructor while at Scripps, Fukushima’s areas of expertise include ethnic studies with an emphasis on women, gender, and sexuality, with special interest in the theoretical frameworks of transnational, decolonial, and women of color feminists. Her two years at Rutgers will allow her to further that research while she works on her dissertation.

The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Rutgers is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is a prestigious fellowship with the aim to support and strengthen scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

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