Cabot University is proud to announce a new writing award program open
to university students, faculty, staff and alumni. An annual prize of
$250 will be awarded for the best editorial published here in the
student newspaper, The Matthew Online.
Albert Walker Fuller Prize in Communication will be open and available
for the upcoming year. More information will be forthcoming in
January of 2009 on campus and here.
ROME, Nov. 18 - The Museo di Roma in Trastevere is featuring this month an exhibit of photographer Lisette Model’s work –“Lisette Model and her Successors- photographs from 1937-2002,” a collection that spans Model’s fascinating career as well as those of her former students.
Model was once quoted as saying, “I am a passionate lover of the snapshot, because of all the photographic images, it comes closest to the truth… the snap shooter’s pictures have an apparent disorder and imperfection which is exactly their appeal and style.” Model’s ability to candidly capture humanity represented the essence of individuals from Paris to New York for over sixty years.
Model’s understanding of personal style is what makes her images so powerful and appealing. The photos possess a raw quality that spans the artist’s life, her passion capturing the world around her. Everyday activities documented through her lens are bestowed new adoration through the romanticism of black-and-white photography.
The Matthew asked Professor Steven Colatrella, chair of John Cabot University's Political and Social Sciences Department, about the significance of last week's election victory by Barack Obama. Here's what he had to say:
When I was 20 years old, about
the age of most JCU students today, I watched the map of the United
States fill up with red as Ronald Reagan won state after state against
President Jimmy Carter. The reaction of my friends and I was grim -
frankly, we knew that our futures had just been hijacked. When I graduated
college, in 1982, the economy was in the midst of its worst recession
since the 1930s. While graduates today will also face a very bleak economy,
the difference is that your generation has reason to hope, where my
generation had reason to either despair or to become cynical.
philosophy that government had no responsibility to its citizens to
do something to improve conditions, or to provide more opportunity,
or to keep making progress in achieving equality, came into power in
the 1980 election. The combination of a reactionary administration
and an economic recession gutted the industrial manufacturing base of
the United States which is partly to blame as a long-term cause of our
current troubles, such as buying things from China that we used to make
ourselves. Not to mention the breaking of unions begun by Reagan
which is responsible for the decline in American incomes which again
is a long-term cause of the housing crisis at the root of the economic
crisis of today. That political philosophy has now been repudiated by
the American people resoundingly.
years after the memorable exhibition on Antonello da Messina, the Scuderie
del Quirinale has opened its doors to the works of another Renaissance
artist, Giovanni Bellini. The Venetian painter, also called “Giambellino,”
lived in the second half of the 15th Century and is regarded
as the forerunner to Leonardo da Vinci.
Considered as “the best of
all painters” by Albrecht Dürer, the pre-eminent German painter and
printmaker best known for his Apocalypse woodcuts, Bellini introduced
a more systematic use of oil paint, which was already commonplace in
the art of Dürer’s Northern Europe. Bellini is the one who conferred
to his paintings soft colours and warm atmospheres, which will later
be perfected by Giorgione and Titian. Bellini is the one who gave feelings
to a landscape and painted human figures in harmony with nature, and
has earned widespread acclaim as Leonardo da Vinci’s precursor.
Rome's Trastevere has changed in the
last few weeks. Maybe you’ve noticed. If not, well, sniff around.
You’ll find out about it.
I’m talking about birds,
lots of birds. European Starlings to be exact. They bring a certain
something to the neighborhood. Just don’t out out a welcome mat for
them just yet.
Even so, the birds can’t
be that bad. Mozart had one as a pet. They are described as beautiful
birds, with green and purple iridescent feathers that, as Jonathan Rosen
of the New York Times will attest, can even, “occasionally bring down
ROME, Nov. 13, 2008 - “Men Anpil Chay pa Loul.” This Hatian phrase meaning "many hands make the weight lighter," has become a theme on the campus of John Cabot University this school year as students raise money and awareness for the Haiti Mission.
The spirit was evident at the recent JCU event, International Night, to help the “Don Bosco” mission in the Haitian province of Hinche.
The connection for JCU with Haiti began years ago. Sister Mariangela, a Salesian nun based at one time in an order housed where the JCU campus stands today, set out to help the poorest of the poor and was sent by her order to Haiti. Helping the children of Haiti was always the highest priority because they represent the future of the country. One of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti currently has a very high child morality rate. In Haiti, there is always a constant struggle to find water and shelter; secondary is the need to provide public education. Knowing this in a period of five years she has proceeded to open up a series of several schools in the country.
The project officially started a year ago at JCU after Student Government and various departments at the university began raising money.
This semester a series of events have been dedicated to raise not only donations but awareness for Haiti. So far, Student Government has raised money through International Night, selling Halloween candy and again at '50s Night. They also plan to have other events including Battle of the Bands, which is also sponsored by the Business Club, that will raise donations for the Haiti Project.
Through these donations, the Don Bosco school of the Salesian Order will receive aid for the building project as well as aid to provide the school and community water through building a cistern. The project also hopes to have “long-distance adoptions" where for about 300 euros a year any individual can support a child and his/her family.
“I believe that being an education institution we should be most involved in choosing the furthering of education as one of our community service projects...it has opened up a window for us into the desperate need and beauty of the children of Haiti,” said Francesca Gleason, coordinator of Academic Programs at JCU.
With involvement from multiple JCU clubs including Business Club, STAND, and Student Government there are many hands helping this cause. Participating in these clubs has become a way of also helping children in Haiti.
ROME, Nov. 11 2008 - John Cabot University students
ate and danced the night away at the first 1950s night hosted by
Student Government on Monday night.
The Aula Magna auditorium was filled with 50s-inspired decorations, food and swing music. The event, hosted by Student
Government was organized to engage American students studying at JCU in an American
classic themed night of fun and festivities.
Last week, Student Government held International
Night, and Treasurer of Student Government, MaiAda Carpano, thought
this American-themed night could cater to the big population of American study-abroad students at JCU. Food was provided by nearby steak-and-burgers restaurant, T-Bone Station.
The fare was typically Yank; hamburgers,
cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken fingers and hot dogs were on the menu. For dessert,
there was make your own milkshakes, apple pie and coke floats.
to dinner, Student Government hired a professional swing dancer to come
in and give lessons. Kristen Mapes, president of JCU Student Government,
said, “this is the first year we have done 1950s night and so far
it has been a success! We sold about 50 tickets which is a great outcome.
We aren’t sure if we are going to make it an annual event or not but
it turned out really well!”
Stengel, 20, a JCU study-abroad student, said, “this was the first Student
Government event I have attended at JCU and it was so much fun! The
7 euros was totally worth it and I want to make sure I go to the next
events they host like 'Battle of the bands.'” Although the money for
50s night went towards the food and swing dance lessons, the money
from International Night went straight to donations for Haiti. The Battle of the Bands event will be scheduled for next week in conjunction with JCU's Business
Club and STAND; all proceeds will also be donated to Haiti;
For more information, students can access Student Government’s Internal website at www.jcustugov.co.nr.