“Perhaps they kept her plain because they knew she was lethal.” It was the first thought in my head when I stumbled upon the infamous portrait. [Pictured Left] Girl With The Pearl Earring, an oil painting created in 1665 by Johannes Vermeer during the Dutch Golden Age, is a reminder that as women we must not just fight for equal power, but give ourselves permission to empower ourselves.Read More
Growing up female in the 70s was confusing. On the one hand, we were free to do anything men could do. I remember Weekly Reader, Scholastic’s news magazine for schools, featuring an article about women in male occupations, with photos of female truck drivers and such. On the other hand, I was constantly aware that we couldn’t really do anything men could. Years before the Weekly Readerarticle, I had learned what rape was from an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealermagazine section that I wasn’t supposed to read, and from painful experience I learned that the boys who sat behind me on the bus and pulled my hair or snatched my lunch could hit me harder than I could hit them.Read More
I typically don’t trust men.
When I walked alone on campus last year and saw a man headed towards me, I would look down to the pavement and walk past him, quickening my pace. The longer I’ve been on campus, however, the more desensitized I have become to the idea of sexual assault. I no longer walk on campus in fear, although I’m just as likely to be sexually assaulted now as I was a year ago. Rape is all too common on campuses, yet anymore I find that I ignore the threat, accepting my fate as a future rape victim.Read More
There are not enough words to describe how inspiring حنان لويس (Hanaan Louis) is to me; as a creative, a friend and a human being. Without a doubt, she is one of the most profound conversationalists to have recently entered my life, and I am incredibly grateful for her presence. I hope by reading this piece, you will have a different perspective on the moving Muslim faith and how we take into account our roots of humanities perspective.Read More
Saying that E.H. Petropulos is a charismatic, vibrant, and beautiful personality is an understatement. Instantly when meeting her, you are filled with immense joy and gratefulness for a light that she holds so gracefully. We derived so much meaningful conversation despite our laughter every five seconds. She is immeasurably theatrical and fun. Her stories and journey from Manhattan, Kansas, to Manhattan, New York, are quite moving, and I hope it resonates with you as it did with me.
In two short days, E.H. will start her well-deserved position at Broadway's new production, Be More Chill, as Assistant Wig Supervisor at the Lyceum Theatre. However, like many others, the road to our dream-living situation and/or job can be a bumpy one, sparking challenges of mental health. In this article, we touch on a topic I hope everyone takes with them—understanding your self-value, dreams, and removing toxic people from your lives. E.H. started her theatre journey in high school as a lost boy in a Peter Pan production. E.H. laughs and explains, "Embarrassing, but true—I watched High School Musical and said I want to do that." We laughed so hard I could barely hear the recording. Thank you, Troy Bolton.Read More