August 14, 2012
Contributed by: Brad Fuller
Yesterday, I was able to participate in an Underground Railroad simulation with all of the Wilmington College resident assistants, peer advisors, and orientation assistants at Camp Joy in Clarksville, OH. Camp Joy is an outdoor education center that hosts many summer camps, as well as other miscellaneous groups year round. Their mission is, “Helping People Grow & Succeed Through Life-long Experience Based Learning.” At the simulation, they referred to it as a unique type of play, where the participants played an active role. At the beginning, we went through a mock slave trade where we were all sold into different groups. Each group then proceeded on a journey where they were “escaping” from slavery. In the end, my group was caught trying to escape from a crowded crawlspace. While parts of the simulation are intense and powerful, it is a completely safe zone. Participants wear a bandana on their head, and if it is pulled down or removed, the actors know that you are no longer a part of the play (temporarily, if desired). The actors also do not touch any participants, they do not curse or use derogatory terms, all weapons are fake and never pointed in the direction of a person, and individual threats are never made. The experience allows everyone to learn about the darkest time in American history and reflect on the current time period. For me personally, it allowed me to think of the current situation of the world. While slavery does not exist in America today, it still exists in many parts of the world. Many Americans are not aware of this fact because we live a comfortable life in this country. While the play allows participants to reflect on the past, I would encourage anyone (whether you have participated or not) to reflect on social injustices throughout the world. I’m not going to rant on how I feel about the clothing, food, or commercial goods industries (I probably will in later blogs ☺), but I challenge you to think about every decision you make and realize everything that had to be done for that decision to be made. For example, lets say you buy an apple. Think of everything that needed to be done for that apple to get into your stomach (growing the plant, shipping, selling, etc…). Once you begin to think of things slightly more complex than an apple, the process begins to become more complex as well, creating a higher potential for injustice somewhere in this chain of events.
Now listening: Burial – untrue
October 20, 2011
Contributed By Brad Fuller
On Monday and Tuesday of this week and next, my Wilmington College Athletic Training observation hours were at Dayton Sports Medicine Institute (DSMI). The facility is about 40 minutes from campus, and is home to our sports orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Saunders) and two of our Athletic Trainers that are on campus every day. The facility at DSMI is incredible; they have any type of rehab equipment and strength training device you would ever need. The facility is located in a very large combined room; one end of the room contains the strength training facility in which athletes and regular people come in order to improve their fitness. Athletic trainers and exercise physiologists run the facility, so the exercises are appropriate for the individual and rehabilitative exercises are available from the athletic trainers. The middle of the facility houses physical therapists (which I have not observed yet) and the other end houses the hand therapists. During my observation with the hand therapists, I got to see some hand injuries that I would not normally see in the athletic training room on campus. Another positive about going to DSMI is that it is located right next to Chipotle Mexican Grill, the greatest food service establishment in the country! All in all, it is a great off campus experience that I will be looking forward to again next week.
October 03, 2011
Queen Rachel Kent and King Quatez Scott
Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan
This past weekend was Homecoming Weekend at Wilmington College. Friday night we had a hypnotist come and put on a show at the TOP. The TOP is the name of the cafeteria at Wilmington College. It is located on top of the Pyle Center, which is the second floor. Saturday was the big day of the weekend! In the morning we had Greek (frats & sororities) bed races where the Greeks race beds and compete against each other! After that we had the judging of the homecoming banners and then the football game at two o'clock. Unfortunately our Quakers did not win, But it still fun to see the homecoming king and queen at halftime! Later on that night there was a homecoming dance in the McCoy building, next to the Watson Library, that was put on by APB which is an organization that puts on many events and activities for the students of Wilmington College. After the homecoming dance I went to one of the frat houses, Sigma Zeta house, which most students just shorten down to the Sig house. Finally the weekend had to come to an end. Sunday, I went home to visit and hang out with my family, get some laundry done and catch up on some homework. I had a great homecoming weekend. Stay tuned and keep updated with mine and other student bloggers posts to see what happening at Wilmington College.
September 28, 2011
Team photo of the women's soccer team. Their record so far this season is 2-4-2.
Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan
Today was such a great little break in the week! It felt like I had been
so busy, but yesterday I only had two classes, human nutrition and
racquetball. After I was all done with classes I got lunch and then took
a two hour nap! Now I'm looking into buying another camera not that I am
in full swing in my Graphic Design major. Photography is one of my true
loves and the fact they have a Graphic Design major at Wilmington was
one of the reason I came here. I have two cameras, one is a film camera
that you have to check the lighting, wind, film and then focus it by
hand before taking the picture. I also have a small digital one as well.
The camera I'm interested in now is a bigger digital with different
lenses, but that's a lot of money. I am going to need to work more and
save some additional money. I waitress on the weekends, in Cincinnati
near my home, and this weekend I will be working in the morning on
Saturday. Thankfully I won't miss the homecoming activities. Homecoming
is a big deal around here.
On campus there is always something to do. Tonight there is a women's
soccer game at 7pm. They play Waynesburg. If I finish up with a little
more of my homework, I might make an appearance at the game to cheer on
some Lady Quakers!
Keep coming back for updates from myself and my fellow student bloggers!
Homecoming is coming up this weekend along with lots of events in the
town in Wilmington.
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