Arts & Culture

Olivia Armacost Nov 12, 2018 12:16 pm

Arcadia Exhibitions: Experience Art on Campus

Arcadia has hosted hundreds of art exhibitions and shows over the last 50 years, featuring a range of work— from local artist Astrid Bowlby's “When the Shadow Is Not Your Shadow,” to internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei's “Dropping the Urn,” to creations by University staff,...

Heidi Specht Nov 12, 2018 11:21 am

Expanding Cultural Understanding Through ASIA

This is the first year that I decided to attend the Asian Students in America (ASIA) Club. I was invited by my friend Seisuke, a Japanese exchange student at Arcadia whom I met over the summer at IPAL orientation. Ever since he heard that the first ASIA meeting would have free sushi, Seisuke was...

Caitlin Joyce Oct 29, 2018 1:39 pm

My Search for Toynbee Tiles

In the streets of Philadelphia, messages of science fiction and political propaganda lay hidden in plain sight, embedded in asphalt. Mysterious tiles that say “TOYNBEE IDEA IN MOViE `2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER” have been appearing overnight on crosswalks since the 1980s....

Kathryn Jones Oct 29, 2018 1:08 pm

Major Joy for a Music Minor

Music was my first passion. I grew up in a creative environment that allowed me to sing and play instruments from the time I knew how to talk. I was in choir and band since it was offered at my school in third grade, and I took every other opportunity to perform throughout my school...

Lashanna Bryant Oct 3, 2018 5:07 pm

Arcadia Meets Hollywood

When you go to the dentist or doctor’s office as a kid, there’s always the same question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” You make a yucky face at the phrase “grow up” because being an adult sounds gross. As the dentist brushes your teeth, you muster up an answer along the lines of...

Caitlin Joyce Mar 27, 2018 1:15 pm

Our Cosplay Community

Cosplay is moving toward the forefront of pop culture and the peak of ultrafan hobbies, yet it often baffles my relatives and others who haven’t been introduced to the lifestyle. To better explain the eccentric hobby, it’s best we run through some brief history. The word “cosplay” is a...

Kathryn Jones Mar 27, 2018 12:43 pm

Enchanted by London’s Theater Scene

I grew up in a very artistic household. Everyone in my family plays an instrument, we all are avid singers, my sister and I draw, and my father and I write. I was not only surrounded by creativity growing up, but I was actively encouraged to explore these artistic urges. And that’s what I’ve...

Shubhechha Dhar Mar 27, 2018 12:24 pm

India’s Festival of Colors Comes to Arcadia

Coming from a land that celebrates more than 50 festivals every year, I knew I would miss them once I moved overseas— especially Holi. Holi is one of India’s most popular and vibrant festivals, signifying the triumph of good over evil and celebrating the arrival of spring and harvests to...

Shivani Mansharamani Mar 13, 2018 4:23 pm

Arcadia, My Ideological Home

“How do you like it here?” It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked as a foreigner studying abroad. Most people expect me to answer with a comparison to India. What surprises everyone is that I identify more with my new culture than the one in which I grew up. As someone born into a...

Olivia Armacost Feb 26, 2018 4:12 pm

A Sisterhood of Women

The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler based on interviews she held privately and in groups with over 200 women. Twenty-two years after its premiere in 1996, I had the privilege of bringing one of these vignettes to life on the Stiteler stage at Arcadia University.   When I...

Doriane Feinstein Feb 23, 2018 4:29 pm

A Dramata-What?

Freshman year of college, I couldn’t tell you what a dramaturg was. After my first play, where we had a dramaturg as part of the production, I still couldn’t have told you what a dramaturg did. But now, since I have successfully been a dramaturg for a mainstage show at Arcadia, I can tell you....

Nicole Gieselman Dec 15, 2017 5:56 pm

Valuable Lessons Not Learned in Lecture

College is really just a stepping-stone, the slightly uncomfortable transition period from childhood to adult life. Hopefully, we’ll develop the social and academic skills in the next four (or five, or six…) years necessary for our future success. In reality, though, it’s easy to waste these...