Women Gather to Watch “Miss Representation” Documentary

MissRepStoryWinner-712x310Female students filled Newport Mesa Church on Nov. 6 for an all girls movie night; however, unlike the setup would suggest, this was no romantic comedy.

Filing in for the 8:30 p.m. show time, women took their seats as the documentary “Miss Representation” prepared to start. Tackling the pervasive world of media and its inaccurate depiction of women, “Miss Representation” shows audiences the common theme that underlies all of the media’s interactions with women: disrespect. Reels and reels of advertisements, reality shows, movies, news clips, magazines and multiple other forms of media flash across the screen with images and sound bites of women being misrepresented and disrespected.

Lifting the veil, “Miss Representation” removes the media’s façade of equality and normalcy to reveal their over-sexualized, untrue image of women. The film points out the many issues that arise as young girls, and boys, continue to be fed this very inaccurate view of women. After attending the screening, junior Jackie Kong said she appreciated that “it wasn’t afraid to show what media is really like.”

After the documentary ended, Kong and others went to The Bridge for snacks and a small discussion. Looking back on the discussion time, Kong said: “I hope all these girls didn’t keep the discussion to themselves.” She said she was glad that the film opened up the conversation and she would like to see the men of Vanguard being educated on the issue as well. It’s important that “we don’t allow the over-sexualization or the media to control us,” Kong said. As a psychology major and women’s studies minor, Kong said: “This issue is something that I’ve been passionate about for such a long time.”

In a final note, Kong said that anyone interested in learning more about that topic and others like it should check out the women’s studies minor. To learn more about Vanguard’s women’s studies minor, click here. To learn more about “Miss Representation,” watch it here.

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“Nomads” Visit to Share Message of Hope for North Korea

Event_POSTERS-5[3]On Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., “Nomads” from the organization Liberty in North Korea will speak about their work rescuing and resettling refugees from North Korea.

Held in Vanguard University’s Needham Chapel, the chapel-accredited, dinner event will offer an opportunity for students to learn about Liberty in North Korea’s mission and how they can get involved. The chapel will feature some of the organization’s interns, “Nomads”, sharing stories and showing videos of North Korean college students who have been successfully resettled. The “Nomads” will also share about ways that students can take part in the mission.

Helping North Korean refugees reach freedom and thrive in their resettlement is Liberty in North Korea’s mission. Their “Nomads” visit schools and chapels throughout America and Canada to spread awareness about the issue and the opportunity people have to play a part in combatting it.

Having previously worked for Liberty in North Korea, Susie DiLauria, one of Vanguard’s marketing and communications specialists, provided the connection for Liberty in North Korea to have an event at Vanguard. DiLauria spent a semester working as one of the organization’s “Nomads” and then went on to work as a full-time staff member for a year and a half. Hosting the event, with the help of Vanguard’s Asian Pacific Islander Club and VU Rise Club, DiLauria said that the issue of rescuing, resettling and empowering people of North Korea is something she is very passionate about.

When discussing the importance of the organization and its crucial work in North Korea, DiLauria said: “I think North Korea is an issue that is widely misunderstood.” Most of the conversations do not adequately address the reality of the oppression that the people of North Korea are experiencing, she said. The members of Liberty in North Korea do a great job of unmasking the reality of the issue and the part Americans can play in bringing freedom and empowerment to North Korean refugees, she said.

Looking forward to the event, DiLauria said she is excited to see it “put a face to North Korea, the face of a college student, a face that is relatable.” Whether it inspires students to join in the efforts of Liberty in North Korea or in another world-bettering organization, DiLauria said she hopes that it “helps VU students broaden their worldview.”

To learn more about Liberty in North Korea, click here.


Christena Cleveland Shared Stirring Message on Unity and Diversity at Late Night

ChristenaClevelandA voice for unity and reconciliation, special speaker Christena Cleveland spoke at Vanguard University in a Thursday morning chapel and at the second Late Night event of the year on Nov. 6.

Speaking on the many underlying issues that lead to disunity, Cleveland mentioned three specifically: low self-esteem, the “us vs. them” mentality, and the general belief of people that their “other” does not want to know or be around them. She used experience and research to dissect each issue. She shared how these issues encourage people to separate further rather than come together.

Touching on low self-esteem and its hand in causing disunity, Cleveland described the classic bully mentality: put them down to put me up. She described a research study that found that when people with low self-esteem degrade another person, it boosts their personal self-esteem. So, when people experience low self-esteem, they are more likely to act prejudicial and unkind to someone different than them.

When addressing how to combat these issues of inequality, Cleveland said: “Make their story matter to you.” She described a relationship she shares with one of her neighbors who comes from a very different life situation than her and how she learns so much during her times with that neighbor. She said that it is crucial that we learn from those who are different than us to gain a more full, diverse perspective on life. We have to love our neighbor as Jesus did, she said.

To learn more about Christena Cleveland, read her bio by clicking here.


Vanguard University Veterans Honored and Celebrated at Veterans Day Event

rsz_img_9909On Nov. 6, Vanguard University hosted the annual Veterans Day Event to honor veterans and celebrate the Vanguard Veterans Center.

Held in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor, the event hosted more than 100 attendees, which included veterans from Vanguard and the community, students, alumni, faculty, staff and other community members. After the presentation of the colors by the Total Force Blue Eagles Honor Guard, the national anthem and the invocation, Master of Ceremonies Ed Arnold, a Marine veteran, opened the ceremony. Following Arnold’s opening remarks, Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals, PhD, welcomed attendees.

For the first speech, former veterans resource coordinator Brent Theobald ’11 shared some of his story as a member of the US Marine Corps. Theobald also presented a community volunteer award to Allen Klorsz_img_0125sowski for his generosity in donating time, finances and support to Vanguard’s Veterans Center.

After Theobald, the veterans resource coordinator, Brian Burlingame, spoke about the history of Veterans Day, his gratitude for the service of all those present and the future of Vanguard’s Veterans Center. “We are here to honor our brave men and women who have proudly served this great nation, for they are the fabric from which our flag has been woven,” Burlingame said in his speech.

Reflecting on Vanguard’s event and Veterans Day in general, Burlingame said: “There should never be a time when we don’t honor veterans, including their families.” As a retired veteran with 30 years of service in the Marine Corps, Burlingame knows the life of a veteran. As the new veterans resource coordinator, Burlingame said: “I think there’s significant opportunity to continue the hard work of those who came before me.”

rsz_img_0005Looking to the future, Burlingame said he, along with the rest of the members of the Veterans Center, have many goals for the future of Vanguard’s wants to continue deepening their connection with the community. In his speech, he said: “When I think of success for our student Veterans, I want them to have the same pride and camaraderie here at Vanguard that was displayed by them in their years of service.”

To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Center, click here.


Ancient Myths Danced Across Vanguard University’s Lyceum Stage in Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses_FINALFor the final two weekends in October and the first weekend in November, Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theatre morphed into an ancient mythical world of enchantment and tragedy as “Metamorphoses” took the stage.

Combining multiple Greek myths, “Metamorphoses” surveys an array of love stories and tragedies from ancient mythology. The play opens and closes with the story of King Midas, his golden touch and the consequences of his greed. The many stories in between tackle challenging myths of true love lost, the consequences of disobedience and the recklessness of the gods.

Transforming the Lyceum stage physically and metaphorically, “Metamorphoses” used a unique and artistic set design as the setting for each story.  Physically, the theater production team created a set unlike any the Lyceum stage had seen before. They built rock walls, inserted aerial silk and, for the first time in Vanguard history, constructed a pool into the stage.

On Halloween, “Metamorphoses” hosted a free performance for students to attend. One attendee, junior music major Robbie McIntire, said the play surpassed any expectations he had. He praised the actors’ abilities to represent so many different Greek gods and characters. “There was elegance. There was beauty, but there was also ugliness and rigidness,” McIntire said as he described the actors’ portrayals of good and evil. McIntire ended his remarks saying: “Our theater department kicks butt.”

To learn more about Vanguard’s theater department and upcoming productions, click here.


Balport Haunted the Halls at the Annual Harvest Party

HarvestPart14-1This year’s annual Harvest Party came with a spooky, new addition: Balport’s Haunted House.

On October 30, Vanguard University’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the annual Harvest Party on the lawn between Newport Hall and the gym. With a carnival theme, the party featured games, food, a bounce house and for the first time, a haunted house.

Starting at 9:30 p.m., after the men’s basketball team won their first non-conference home game, the Harvest Party invited students to jump into multiple activities. Through the night, music played by the popcorn and cotton candy snack shack while students mingled, played games and took pictures. Carnival booths lined the outside wall of the gym featuring various games, including a basketball-shooting contest and a Ping-Pong ball toss to win a fish and the chance at a gift card. Along with the games and food, the night ended with students gathered around the outside of Balboa Hall to watch a huge pumpkin drop.

Throughout the evening, most party attendees, at one point or another, took a break from the games and joined the long line of students awaiting their chance to take the elevator up and into Balport’s Haunted House. In conjunction with the carnival theme, the haunted house took visitors through scenes of a scary story where masked figures jumped and crawled. From the first elevator ride with the tall lurking attendant to the room of mirrors with frightening faces, the house kept everyone on their toes.

Directed by the Balport resident assistants (RAs), the haunted house filled most of Newport Hall’s lounge areas. RAs and student volunteers made up the team of haunted house characters. Their efforts made for a night of laughter and screams as friends journeyed through haunted halls.

To learn more about SGA and Residence Life, visit the Student Life page by clicking here.