Arts & Culture

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...

Vea Ki-Tokelau Molitika Nov 2, 2017 12:59 pm

The Role of Poetry: Lullaby, Truth, or Therapy?

I started writing poetry when I left my home country. I compiled journal upon journal with free-write material (writing about anything and everything), inspired by my roots and the new routes I created for myself, as I tried to understand the shift to a new place. But time after time, I...

Mitchell Boulden Peiffer Oct 19, 2017 2:19 pm

Something for Everyone

A large crowd of smiling students were gathered around a table with a colorful posterboard and fast-paced Spanish music blaring. I went over to see what all the buzz was about, and someone told me that a club was announcing its dance schedules for the semester. A smiling upperclassman pointed me to...

Heidi Specht Oct 17, 2017 11:50 am

Standing Up to End Rape Culture

#MeToo. The hashtag, which represents victims of sexual harassment or assault, has gone viral worldwide after several women broke their silence in allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. #MeToo posts popped up all over social media as woman after woman came forward...

Doriane Feinstein Jan 12, 2017 9:37 am

What an Actor Discovered Working Behind the Curtain

I consider theatre to be my home. The universe of theatre has always been a place where I felt like I could truly be myself. Despite loving all aspects of theatre, acting is the one I’ve identified with the most. I never gave any other part of theatre the chance to bring me joy the same...

Marcella Haddad Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Scotland's Novel Inspirations

“Is no one else freaking out about this pun?” My question was met with silence. We were walking to The Settle Inn, a pub in Stirling, Scotland. I couldn’t stop thinking about the name. “The Settle Inn!” I said again. “It’s so clever! Does no one else think this is amazing? Guys...

Marcella Haddad Nov 30, 2014 7:00 pm

Monsters in the Museum

  There is a room in the Philadelphia Museum of Art that is a replica of a French abbey, complete with a running fountain. It’s the most peaceful, beautiful, serene place in the world—unless hordes of rowdy college students are stomping through it on free admission day. “Why...

Marcella Haddad Oct 29, 2014 8:00 pm

Reality Check

Everyone has a point in their lives where they realize that they have to grow up and stop believing in fairies and magic. For me, that point just happened to be halfway through my first semester of college. It had been building up for weeks. We’d been reading nothing but realistic fiction in...