By Carl Diethelm
Last month, four brave souls decided to sacrifice their dignity (and some clothes) in order to bring attention to the white elephant in Withey’s dining hall. On November 11, Pearl Hoogs, Jesse Brekelbaum, Mikayla Clarke and I allowed pre-consumer food waste from Chartwells to be dumped over our heads as part of a campaign drawing attention to food waste on campus. We came out covered in slop but proud of the crowd we had drawn and the success of this campaign to cut down waste.
A lot of our sustainability initiatives on campus are geared towards lessening our environmental impact on the world around our campus, but more care needs to be taken to improve our level of impact on the local scale. Two weeks before “The Dump,” the group met to tackle one facet of this issue: the large amount of potentially edible material that winds up considered as waste. The campaign was then geared towards limiting our post-consumer waste, which is made up of made up of whatever leaves our plates when we are full or lose our appetites, while pre-consumer waste is that which Chartwells staff overproduce and do not serve.
by Ana Caputo
The Laramie Project is a documentary-style, three-act play based on the true events surrounding the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepherd. The plot follows members of the Tectonic Theater Company who conducted a series of interviews over the course of two years with Shepherd’s classmates, friends, and community members.
As the name suggests, the play is set in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming in the late 1990s when the Gay Rights Movement had hardly gained steam in the Middle America. Many people still vocalized, safely in the majority, their beliefs that being gay was something to be condemned or at least a lifestyle to be hidden from the “normal” public. Matt Shepherd’s death and the trials of the two boys who beat him to death, Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, sparked outcry for hate crime legislation across the country.
By Yasmeen Najeebi
In the wake of sustained efforts by the Coalition for Students of Color to raise more awareness about race issues on campus, it is clear that certain groups are still being marginalized, as they have been historically. It is largely important to recognize that when we hold dialogues about oppression and discrimination on campus, we must not forget the most disadvantaged group of all time: white men.
Like any activist would, I took to Facebook in search of support for my underrepresented white male friends. Unsurprisingly there was an outpouring—even black female students, who we know to be the most represented and privileged group on campus, showed their support and sympathy, asking what more they could do to be allies for their white male counterparts.
By Forrest Richard
On Friday, November 20 GMC’s own Ava Marie opened for Bent Knee in the gorge. The show was referred to by many as Ana Marie’s final performance, the rumor being that the ensemble would be breaking up following the show.
The accuracy of these claims seems to depend on who you ask, though it feels clear that if Ava Marie is to continue it will hardly resemble versions of the band we have grown familiar with in the past. It has yet to be seen what, if anything, will rise from the ashes.
By Dillon Bryant
On April 8, wedding and documentary photographer Tasneem Alsultan gave a photography presentation and talk to students in the Documentary Studies and Photography classes. Alsultan is based in the United Arab Emirates in the city of Dubai. She has professionally shot over 120 international weddings, where the title of her presentation gets its name.
She is a completely self-taught photographer, having started as only a hobby. Alsultan used a film camera growing up and bought her own film. When considering photography as a career, her parents disapproved and encouraged her to pursue a “real job.” They viewed the profession instead as an “embarrassing job.” Alsultan has degrees in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Arabic Studies and Linguistics, and she has also been an educator teaching English to students in Saudi Arabia.