Community Service Profile: Futuro Latino Learning Center

Madeline St. John

Staff Writer

On Saturday, September 13th, the Futuro Latino Learning Center (FLLC) opened for its first classes of the year.

It was a rain-soaked morning and from outside, the academic quad appeared silent and empty. In Van Meter, however, the classrooms were well-lit and inviting. A buzz of English and Spanish filled the air. It was break time, so students and teachers chatted next to a table spread with appetizers. “Bienvenidos,” said their smiles. Welcome.

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Music Review

Noah Kahan

Staff Writer

“Souled Out,” released on Tuesday, September 9th by Jhene Aiko, is a beautiful work that epitomizes PBR&B done right. For those unfamiliar, PBR&B is a recent subgenre of rhythm and blues that focuses on soulless electronic music. The vocals, however, are deeply sensual and soulful, which creates a unique contrast. Jhene Aiko’s album strikes a perfect balance between electronic minimalism and soulful, inspired vocals, making it a riveting listen. The entire album sounds like a lullaby (in the best way possible). Yet, her lyrics themselves reveal a deeply heartbroken singer. On “Lyin King,” a song that sounds sensual and sleepy, Aiko sings, “Mr. Serial Lover/I wish your mother/Loved you like I could have/That way you would’ve known how to love a woman.” Similar lyrics are sprinkled throughout the album. But what makes Souled Out even more effective than other PBR&B albums is the fact that the lyrics are the only dark or angry elements of Aiko’s sound. One of the fathers of PBR&B, The Weeknd, is a fantastic artist. Jhene Aiko, by making her lyrics and music clash, brings the sonic and lyrical contrast of PBR&B even further, to the point where, were someone to listen to the music alone, they might mistake the album’s content for typical pop music. But by sprinkling in some angry, vengeful lyrics as frequently as she does, and introducing subtle, dark elements into otherwise relaxed music, Aiko subverts the tropes of pop. However, one significant drawback of the album that must be mentioned is that the songs themselves sometimes seem to blend together. While this can be good, at times she blurs the lines between songs too significantly.

Pre-departure thoughts: Moving out and moving on

Jordan Javert

Contributing Editor

My bedroom floor is currently a mosaic of my past memories.

I am in the process of packing up my possessions before I take the long journey across the ocean to England, where I will spend the next nine months. But anyone who has tried to pack a large volume of miscellaneous items into square boxes knows that half the process is spreading things out in order to see how they might all fit together. It’s like putting together a puzzle made out of past memories embedded in the objects that you choose to pack, and right now, those memories are spread out all over the floor, staring up at me.

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Transportation abroad: The perils of the Kigali bus system

Katherine Carnevale

Contributor

The fastest way to initiate yourself to the city of Kigali is to attempt to navigate the bus system. One of first activities here was called ‘drop-off.’ Our leaders gave us topics to gather more information about while in Kigali and told us we were to report back in about four hours. Size wise, Rwanda is comparable to Maryland and Kigali is a little bit smaller than Austin, Texas and is covered in hills. So “walkable” is not the word that comes to mind. Our group made our way down to the closest bus hub while all manically reciting the name of our separate destinations in Kinyarwanda. The possibility of mixing up Kacyiru for Kicukiro is very real and extremely inconvenient.

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Reel Talk with Annie: “Bill Cunningham New York”

Annie Schwartz

Staff Writer

Browsing the photos from this year’s New York Fashion Week, the only thing more eye-catching than the decadent ready-to-wear outfits on the streets of New York was Bill Cunningham in his signature blue uniform, who was getting up close and personal at the high-brow runway shows and exclusive parties. How could I not then write about one of my favorite documentaries, “Bill Cunningham New York.” For those who do not know, Cunningham is an iconic fashion photographer for the New York Times, known best for his street photography of fashionistas going about their day in the city. Since the late 70s, Cunningham has taken pictures for the Times, displaying his work in the columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.”

Richard Press directed the film, which spanned the course of two years and shows Cunningham in his natural habitat (riding his bicycle around New York City)  and chronicles the changes in fashion over the decades. I should also care to mention that Cunningham is now 85 years old, still working tirelessly everyday to find the greatest living, breathing masterpiece of the city. While everybody loves Cunningham for his work ethic and artistic eye (including Anna Wintour and Michael Kors), nobody truly knows who this man is. It was Press’ goal to reveal the mysterious man behind the camera, exposing his infectious personality and the history that has shaped it.

The reason why I love this film is because it shows Cunningham’s raw passion for photography and fashion. This obsession has only enhanced with age, something that does not limit Cunningham from producing more fantastic images. Observing him in his studio apartment (kitchen and bathroom not included), surrounded by stacks of photographs, you realize that Cunningham is not doing this work for the money. Surrounded by gorgeous socialites and aristocrats, Cunningham strives to remain in the shadows in order to capture the most candid shot. While everybody loves to see Cunningham at an event, he would prefer not to be noticed. He insists that it is the clothing that should remain the center of attention, not himself.

This sense of solitude is a large theme in the film. While Cunningham in many ways lives a secluded life, it is a life dedicated to a single pursuit. Because most of us are not able to focus on a goal with such “religious fervor,” Cunningham’s character is viewed as both unique and awe-inspiring. Carina Chocano of the New York Times, states that, “Cunningham has molded himself into the designated noticer and interpreter of the city, a kind of Lorax of New York fashion,” and I would have to agree with her. Even Anna Wintour admits that, “we all get dressed for Bill.” He observes from a distance, camera in hand, waiting to see what speaks to him, and perhaps one day you will be reading the Times to find yourself included in a collage of dyed faux furs or bedazzled backpacks created by the loveable grandfather of fashion himself.

Tilling it Like it Is: Old green meets new green

Todd Troester

Staff Writer

In 2012, four environmental clubs came together to create the first Environmental Coalition at Goucher College. The group included Ag Co-op, GEAR, Earth Works and the Green House. Together, the Environmental Coalition organized and planned events like Earth Day, Harvest Fest, and Sustainable Beer and Wine night. Unfortunately, as the leaders graduated or went abroad, the Coalition fell apart and each of the clubs went back to their own activities.

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Imagining Baltimore: Political Science Style

Sarah Callander

Features Co-Editor

As students of PSC 249 look at their syllabus for the next six weeks they will notice that no class will be held during its usual meeting time on Wednesday nights. While the Julia Rogers classroom is well lit, clean, and convenient, teachers of the Imagine Baltimore course thought student would get more valuable experience by actually going into the Baltimore city. “We recognized that the Political Science department was lacking opportunities for students to systematically explore these city experiences,” explained Political Science/IR professor Eric Singer. “We wanted students first to examine their own preconceptions about Baltimore city and urban spaces and then process their own observations when exploring the city.”

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