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Issue 6, Fall 2010
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I Used To Think...,
   Larry Rosenstock
Eduation, Choice and Change,
   Howard Fuller
Throwing a Shoe Every Day,
   Lillian Hsu
Who Owns Pd?,
   Janie Griswold
Learning To Lead,
   Stacey Lopaz
Your Inner Warrior,
   Maria McTighe’s Class
Collaboration, Critique and
Classroom Culture
   Juli Ruff
Voices and Visions,
   Stephanie Lytle
Reclaiming Stupidity,
   Jeff Robin
A Hiring Bonanza,
   Ben Daley
Collegial Coaching,
   April Major & Angie Guerrero

1: DNA Barcoding Invasive Species
2: Wall of Resistance Project
3: Inner Nature Mask Project
4: Ancient Sailing and Seafarers
5: Conceptual Art Project
6: Economics Illustrated

Inner Nature Mask Project

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While much of the Western academic tradition focuses upon the external world, we shifted the paradigm and became “inner astronauts” in order to understand how our perceptual lenses influence that which we study. Integrating concepts from psychology, mythology, sociology and Eastern spirituality, we created masks as tangible representations of our lives, hopes and dreams.

—Students Michael Lung, Carter Muenchau, Emlyn Thompson

Student Artist Statement Excerpts
My idea was to show my life at school, and how I put on a white mask, but also that I’m breaking through it. This psychological repression will not last. Under the mask is myself which is black. It represents black stereotypical things I like to do, but can’t talk about at school. In creating this mask I realized I don’t want to hide myself. It’s a rude awakening.

—Iran Daresbourg

Women have been socially constructed to think being emotional is a bad thing. Living in this society, I too hide my true emotions. My mask portrays a person who has used smiles to cover up frowns, laughter to cover up tears, and jokes to cover up harsh words.

—Jewel Powe

My mask is made of plaster strips, four layers of Plaster of Paris, and two coats of Modge Podge. I am truly sensitive. Society ostracizes men who show the slightest bit of emotion, and so, over the years I have developed a hardened shell.

—Chris Connell

Teacher Reflection
Every action begins with a thought, and every thought rides upon a sensation. What if young people learned how to release negative thought patterns before they devolved into destructive behavior? The process begins with an honest acknowledgment of their inner landscape.

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