Olivia Armacost

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,...

Olivia Armacost Oct 29, 2018 8:00 pm

I Finished Midterms. Now What?

Your feet are heavier. The days are longer. More time is spent staring at homework than finishing assignments. You know the feeling. Call it what you want, mid-semester slump, wintertime blues. All I know is it feels pretty bad when you’re in the thick of it. I know, I know. You’ve heard it all...

Olivia Armacost Oct 9, 2018 1:47 pm

Civility, Student Voice, and the Future of Arcadia

If you haven’t heard about Arcadia’s new president, Dr. Ajay Nair, just open your email— I guarantee you’ll find his name among the Canvas notifications. Okay, I’m exaggerating (kind of), but seriously— Dr. Nair, a new president, and an inauguration— it’s a big deal. Last week, I found out why...

Olivia Armacost Apr 10, 2018 1:42 pm

Meg Nolan, Citizen of the World

One of the greatest experiences of my life was when my husband and I took six months to travel around Europe and Northern Africa. We were young; I was in my late twenties. My husband was in a band with my brothers and a friend. They toured mostly around Brussels for a month, then...

Olivia Armacost Apr 6, 2018 5:06 pm

Demanding Civility

The civility flag is a symbol and tradition of Arcadia, so ingrained in the foundation of the campus and institution that it is a core piece of the University’s identity. The flag discourages bigotry and stands for respecting all members of the campus community, regardless of circumstance or...

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...

Olivia Armacost Feb 16, 2018 5:25 am

In Control— or Controlled?

“I am the one thing in life I can control.” Riding the train back to Arcadia for my second semester, this phrase found its way into my mind and lingered (courtesy of the superb lyrics of Lin Manuel Miranda and the ever-powerful delivery of Leslie Odom Jr. in Hamilton). A simple-but-true doctrine...

Olivia Armacost Dec 22, 2017 1:48 pm

Bailey Dickerson, Soon-to-Be Graduate at 19

What has your education been like thus far? When I first moved to North Carolina from Kansas, I went to my second semester of 8th grade. The high school I should have attended was in a rough part of town and not ideal. So instead, I decided to apply to what’s called a middle college...

Olivia Armacost Dec 13, 2017 12:16 pm

1,278 Miles

“I’m so ready to be home.” A year ago, I could have told you exactly what that meant. But when I moved to Arcadia, a lot more changed than my address. In my first months here, I have learned to be more independent, form my own opinions, manage my time by my own accord, as well as a...

Olivia Armacost Nov 15, 2017 1:21 pm

Experience That Fun High— No, Not That Kind

Fact: Not every college student likes to party. Now wait, before you X out, this is not a post to rag alcohol or irresponsible behavior. But for students who aren’t part of the party scene, there are alternatives for a different kind of entertainment that can get you that fun high without the, well...