Yes! I’m a Feminist!

Shannon HoytOn Thursday, April 7, UW-Stout’s Women and Gender Studies program held their first ever “Yes! I’m a Feminist!” The fundraiser, hosted by the Raw Deal, will help provide more opportunities for students minoring in the program.

Cultivated by Glenda Jones, associate professor of English, the occasion presented a chance for local feminists and community members to connect and communicate. Coinciding perfectly with Women’s History Month, the fundraiser and celebration offered an evening of feminism, food and music featuring QuinnElizabeth.

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With a successful turn out, the administrators hope to make “Yes! I’m a Feminist!” an annual event.

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Budget Cuts and Donations

With external factors prompting people to find other means of support, Tina Lee, Kate Thomas, Glenda Jones and other program administrators were determined to keep their minor afloat.

“Essentially what happened is funding for administrative support, travel and supplies for the Women and Gender Studies program was cut,” said Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tina Lee.

However, donations were plentiful during the event. According to Emily Wermund, the Foundation’s Board of Directors would match UW-Stout faculty and staff contributions of $125 or more.

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Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies was intended to better educate students on gender and women’s experience as of importance to the traditional college curriculum.

“The minor really just aims to help students have a perspective of how much gender really impacts our lives, our work, impacts science, impacts pretty much everything,” added Lee.

The minor offers a new outlook on sexuality, gender identity and fluidity. Lee and other program administrators hope to ingrain feminism as it pertains to all students in all areas of education.

“Feminism is something that everybody can be proud of, and it’s really just the working towards equality for all people,” said Lee.

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BDP’s Triple Threat Week of Events

Blue Devil Production’s tagline of “music, comedy, films” was met to a “T “this week as BDP provided a sweet slice of everything. The events kicked off on Wednesday, with Matt Bellassai from Buzzfeed; the indie bands Portage with Porch Knights on Thursday; and also tonight with the campus premiere of Pixar’s, The Good Dinosaur.

Let’s do a quick recap of what’s happened so far:

The Buzzfeed star of “Whine About It”: Matt Bellassai

On Wednesday night, the Great Hall in the MSC was packed. When I say every seat was filled, I literally mean every single seat. The show was sold out with 807 people traveling from near and far, eagerly anticipating the Buzzfeed man on campus.

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As part of the BDP team, my job was to greet people and scan tickets at the door. That was insane. It all went so fast, but looking back now, it felt like about 95 percent of the attendees all showed up at the same time. In fact I think they actually did! I can summarize the experience as not only seeing our hard work pay off, but fully experiencing the result of our hard work by being able to smile and greet everyone who bought a ticket to support the event, the artist, and or our organization.

Anyway, the show could not have gone any better. The room was constantly erupting with laughter as Matt told stories we could all relate to. The conversation was facilitated by one of UW-Stout’s own, Eric Huse, the current President of Stout Student Association.

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I want to thank everyone who made this event a success, including the BDP brains behind the operation, Annalecia Vallafskey; the entire BDP exec board, street team and advisor, Emily Ascher; not to mention, the MSC building managers and staff, the Event Technology Crew, and the folks with university ticketing. Thank you to everyone who came!

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Headliner Portage, with help from the Porch Knights.

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The perfect way to recover from a crazy night of Bellassai was to listen to some chill indie music from Portage and Porch Knights. When I’m not volunteering, my favorite thing is to go to these Thursday night shows and grab a nice comfy spot in a booth that’s in perfect view of the stage; so that I can tune into the action, while still plugging away at homework.

Tonight: The Good Dinosaur

According to movie reviews, The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s best film yet. If you think about it, that’s really saying a lot! Fortunately, you can still catch it on a big screen tonight (April 1) in Applied Arts, room 210 at either 6 or 9 pm.

Grab some snacks and your footie pajamas and I’ll see you there!

Don’t know what the movie is about? Check out the movie trailer!

Have a great weekend, Stout!

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Learn to love yourself with the Spreading Beautiful Body Summit

Ryan BallweberIf you are like me, or anyone else in the world, you may have struggled with some body issues in the past. For almost all my life there has been that little voice in my head that tells me that I am too fat, too skinny, too ugly and so on.

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You could imagine my excitement when I read about the Spreading Beautiful campaign. The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is the brain child of the one and only, Katie Quinn. Katie Quinn had the idea of the body summit when she was in middle school. When she started working with Ally Initiatives, she realized her dream could come true.

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Katie Quinn, UW-Stout Ally Initiatives

“I thought it would be really cool if there was a place where everyone was taught how to love themselves and counter the voices in their heads telling them that they aren’t good enough.”

The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is a half day workshop that was started last year. The purpose of the summit is to help eliminate bad body image, because all bodies are beautiful.

When I went to the summit last year, I was incredibly moved. The most powerful moment that sparked a change in how I thought about myself was one of the large group activities.

We stood in a circle in the room, and then we stepped forward if the statement that was read out loud resonated with us. Being intimate with others and seeing that I was not the only one to feel these ways was really moving. It really started a complete change in my thought process. The rest of the summit involved how to start to change how you feel, and also how to help others through tough times.

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This year there are some exciting new plans for the summit!

This year there will be a keynote speaker, Amber Krzys. Amber Krzys is the founder of the bodyheart campaign, Ted Talk presenter, and has been on Broadway.

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Amber Krzys, keynote speaker

Another change to come this year is the fact that the summit will NOT have a focus on any gender. This summit will be focused on everyone and anyone who identifies in any way and to help them find their beauty within and to help them with their struggles with body image.

To register follow the link below:

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To purchase tickets visit http://uwstout.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp or stop by the service center in the lower level MSC.

You must register by February 29th, so get you tickets now!

Dance-A-Thon: Dancing for a cause

Shannon HoytOn February 19 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., the UW-Stout fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi, Swing Club and Dance Ensemble co-sponsored a Dance-A-Thon to raise money for two foundations.

“We were approached by some of the leaders of Pi Lambda Phi,” said Meghan Olson, representative from Swing Club. “[The Dance-A-Thon] is something that they do on other campuses in the U.S. and it’s gotten to be really successful.”

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Over $1,700 dollars was raised for the foundations, The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Elimination of Prejudice.

Just Dance!

The event took place in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, where the floor was cleared for swing dancing, Zumba and freestyle. Dancers of all kinds hit the floor, shaking, jumping and spinning for a cause.

Two screens lit up the back of the room, presenting quotes, information about the foundations, and a schedule for the night.

 

 

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Pi Lambda Phi is a UW-Stout fraternity that focuses on community service and other activities. They strive to be, in their own words, the gentlemen of UW-Stout. Alex Schuette, member of the fraternity, explained that the organization aims to enrich students academically and to achieve a higher level of leadership qualities.

 

Learn more about how you can get involved with projects, charities and campus events like the Dance-A-Thon at www.uwstout.edu/involvement.

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UW-Stout’s New Performing Arts Minor

Eric KrauseIf you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, UW-Stout has a new performing arts minor. If you took part in band, choir or theatre in high school, you might want to take a look.

The minor has a minimum requirement of eighteen credits. The first set of courses has a three-credit minimum and are repeatable courses. It includes band, choir, and forensic classes.

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The lower division course has a nine-credit minimum of classes that are focused on the academics of music. This includes classes such as history of rock, fundamentals of music, and music in media.

Finally, the upper division courses require six credits. The upper division has classes such as music theory, digital sound studio and contemporary theatre.

I talked to student Anna Gaede, a student pursuing the performing arts minor, and she said “The whole purpose of college is preparation, and the performance art minor can give you good skills to have for the future.” She then went on to speak about how this minor pushes you to think creatively, and practice good time management skills.

I also spoke with band director Aaron Durst who said “There are many students who want to learn more about the performance arts, but do not want to make it their prime focus of their study. Instead, this minor allows them to engage in the performance arts in a way of enhancing their major.”

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The performing arts minor interests me a lot. I’m someone who has a deep love of music, and also enjoys performing on stage (as long as there’s a saxophone in my hands). I plan on being in the Blue Devil Jazz orchestra for quite some time, so adding a few more credits won’t be difficult. I highly suggest the minor to anyone already taking some of the classes required for the minor, because the extra courses you’ll have to take to complete the minor should still be a lot of fun.

If your at all interested in the performing arts minor, you can email the minor adviser Jerry Hui at huic@uwstout.edu for more information.

Until next time, I’ll see you at rehearsal!

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JACKAL: This show was insane

Annalise MarkUsually BDP’s Thursday Night Out Concert located in the Memorial Student Center, Terrace. However, this week we amped up the venue, lights, and volume; taking the massive EDM show to the Great Hall in honor of UW-Stout’s 125th celebration.

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Headliner JACKAL with opener MadRushin, took on a crowd of about 450 students who were just as excited to be there as the DJs were to perform.

This show was insane.

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