Why the archive isn’t just for alumni

What it is and how to use it

By Ashley Klann

We’ve been stickin’ it to the man since 1927, but over the decades, The Scarlet has changed in many ways since it was first published. But then again, some things never change. “From the Archives” will be a semester-long look at when things were different and how The Scarlet became what it is today. Clarkies of the past have Spreed like the best of us, enjoyed nice weather on the Green, and sweated to death in the JC, and although we are all intrinsically linked by our alma mater, Clark and its students have changed over the years. And The Scarlet has served both as a record and a changing entity of its own.

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So, what else is Clark’s archive of Scarlets used for, besides to amuse editors and readers? According to the resident archivist, Fordyce Williams, people look through the old issues more often than you think and it’s quite a task to assemble.

“The Scarlets get a lot of use. That’s why I save them. I know that someone, someday will want to look back and use them.”

Alumni come in, especially as Alumni Weekend nears. Curious students visit to ask what campus was like before their time. Professors, like Art Historian Kristina Wilson, use the past issues as an aid for pulling together things like the Clarkitecture show.

Since she was hired in 2003, Williams has seen the archive come in handy more times than one. Continue reading


An artistic survey of how Clark campus has changed

By CCN News
Contributing Source

On March 14th, Associate Professor of Art History Kristina Wilson will premier her exhibit The Life of A Campus: Clark Buildings Then and Now, or, as it is better known, Clarkitecture.  “It’s basically an

Kristina Wilson posing in front of Goddard Library, Photo courtesy of CCN

architectural history of the campus, using the architecture to describe how our community has grown, …[and] what the different priorities of the school have been over the course of its 125 years.”

Speaking in the Goddard Library (one of her favorite buildings) and overlooking the recent addition of the Academic Commons, Wilson mused, “In 1887 there was actually nothing here; this was basically an open plot of land.” Indeed, a surprising amount of our campus is newer than it might seem. When the school first opened, its only building was Jonas Clark Hall. “It opened in 1889, and that was the first time there were students on campus.” Since then, Clark has added dozens of facilities, and the Academic Commons is one of the newest.

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“Black Is….Complicated”

Melissa Harris-Perry speaks at Clark as part of the President’s Lecture Series

By Rezwana Hoque
Scarlet Staff

“Black is what Black does,” said Professor Ravi Perry, quoting James Baldwin during his introduction of “Black is…Complicated,” a lecture by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry in the President’s Series.

Dr. Harris-Perry is a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University and a columnist for The Nation, among other things. Photo courtesy of http://www.mediaite.com

But what does it mean to be black within the smaller context of a local community or within the larger context of the global society? Well the definition is…complicated.

Clark University had the honor of hosting Dr. Harris-Perry on February 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Daniels Theater. Dr. Harris-Perry is a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University; Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South; columnist for The Nation; and future host of her own MSNBC weekend program. In celebration of Black History month, Dr. Harris-Perry used her enthusiasm and humor to invoke the audience to think deeply about what it means to be Black today.

Clark University student Darie-Ward Cherry said, “I was so happy to find out that Dr. Harris-Perry was coming to Clark to lecture during our Black History Month Celebration. As expected, her lecture was truly powerful and inspiring throughout.”

Dr. Harris-Perry began her talk by introducing Intersectionality Peace, an idea proposed by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw of UCLA, which considers how nonconforming individuals are excluded from society. The norm in society is to be straight, white, male, and able-bodied, while homosexuals, people of color, women, and disabled people are placed on the opposing spectrum. “Black is not one simple category,” Harris-Perry said. Continue reading

The Clark Bars at ICCAs

A taste of Clark’s new a cappella blend 

By David Prentice
Contributing Writer

A Cappella has always been a staple of the college experience, and Clark is no exception. The Clark Bars, Clark’s one and only coed a cappella group, has been performing instrument-less vocal jams since 1989. Last Saturday, February 11th, at the Immanuel Congregation Church in Hartford, the group participated for the first time in the International Championships of A Cappella, the most definitive competition for collegiate a cappella groups.

The Clark Bars at the International Collegiate Competition of A Capella Quarterfinals, Image courtesy of their Facebook page

In a short set that clocked in a few seconds short of twelve minutes, the Bars introduced a new style, demonstrating that within a few months, they have begun to synthesize a distinctive blend of a cappella that they can call their own.

Their repertoire, for example, draws upon a wide range of adventurous pieces. The set began with the funky drive of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” (arranged by Eiji Miura ‘12), flowed seamlessly into the pools of harmony of Bon Iver’s ethereal indie ballad “Perth” (arranged by Josh Trumm ‘13), and concluded with Swedish pop star Robyn’s “Get Myself Together” (arranged by Dan Deutsch ’13) – which cleverly wove segments of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” into the song’s fist-pumping electro fabric.

Even while authentically rendering different genres, their style exhibits identifiable hallmarks. Their tone, for example, sounds simultaneously choral and instrumental. Their sophisticated harmonic sensibility is evident in precisely blended jazz voicings, glinting harmonic clusters and wide intervallic arrays that juxtapose pure high tones with sonorous bass. Continue reading

Celebrating diversity

Office of Intercultural Affairs holds fashion show

By Shalmali Ghate
Scarlet Staff

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Diversity on a college campus enriches the educational experience in many ways. It provides a platform for people from different backgrounds to get together and learn about each other. It also acts as a tool to promote a healthy society. Clark is well known for its diverse campus. This diversity could be witnessed in an event organized by the Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) last Friday in the Grind; a fashion show which included Clarkies from various parts of the world exhibiting their traditional dress. At intervals there were performances showcasing the talents of Clarkies together with an incredible performance by the Salsa club on campus. Events like these provide a wonderful learning experience and help students to be more familiar with the world around them.

OIA with the motto of developing and implementing educational and co curricular programs to help the students develop a better understanding about the world successfully organized the show besides making it educative. Such programs should be encouraged as they can be effective inputs in grooming Clarkies.

Editor’s Corner

Where everybody knows your name

By Gwen Walsh
Alumni Editor

I will never forget the first time I walked from Wright Hall to the bookstore – specifically, I will never forget the smell of the hot air which pours out of the vent on the Downing Street side of Annie’s. That smell of tater tots, fried eggs and greasy bacon which floods the corner everyday is one of the few things about Clark that hasn’t changed since my freshman year, making the scent that much sweeter.

I’ve visited Annie’s at 5:30 in the morning after a long night of parties on more occasions than I would like to count, and on the day of my undergraduate commencement ceremony I took my whole family and crammed them into a booth for a truly authentic Clark breakfast. A few years ago I interviewed Annie for a Scarlet article, which gave me a deeper view into this place, which for many students is the closest thing to a family kitchen during their four years here.

But it was today, just a regular Wednesday, that I realized how close Annie’s really is to my heart. I took some friends from home there for brunch, and not only were they blown away by the restaurant’s selection, quality, and price, but we were all engrossed in the personal photos on the walls, and felt welcomed by the atmosphere. And as I was leaving I realized that I said goodbye to every person in the place on a first name basis, which is not something you can say about Starbuck’s.

CUSC contemplates commuters

Cafeteria projector causes a minor budget disaster

By Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

This week’s student council meeting was not quite business as usual; there were a couple of quirks to this week’s assembly that broke the council’s regular routine. However, as usual, the Grants Committee Report started things off.

Grants initially recommended $768 out of a $960 request from CUBS, a Big Brother Big Sister organization that was planning on bringing its young students to the science museum in Boston. The original recommendation (eighty percent of CUBS’ request) was lowered because Grants is keeping in mind a low budget as the end of the semester nears. Regardless, the amount was raised to $960 and, CUBS received its full request.

Three Management 100 groups came to Council with requests to fund events. One group requested $750 for an event called “Games on a Screen,” in which participants would be able to play board games and video games in the Dining Hall. The goal of the event is to raise money for the Worcester Animal Rescue League. The money requested would be to cover prizes, and so only $150 was requested, which was the amount passed by Council. Continue reading

Nancy Chang’s, 372 Chandler Street

By Marc Kadushin
Scarlet Staff

This week I decided to delve back into the madcap world of all you can eat Chinese buffets. My avid readers will recall that such excursions have been met with mixed results. This time I heard a lot of recommendations for a Chinese food place called Nancy Chang’s and figured I’d give it a try.

Image courtesy of Nancy Chang's Facebook page.

The interior of Nancy Chang’s is nice, but it is definitely atypical for a Chinese food place. There are tile floors and brick walls. The walls have mood lights and drapes. There are also more fish tanks than in Wee-Bey’s house.

The prices are pretty typical for a Chinese food place. Soups and appetizers run between $2-5, while entrees go for $7-$15. They do have an extensive brunch buffet for only $10, which is a bargain.

I started off with the butterfly shrimp. They were basically normally sized popcorn shrimp. They were heavily breaded and didn’t really have much shrimp flavor. It felt like something out of a Red Lobster and not a Chinese restaurant.

Next up was the Beef Santa Fe. This dish consisted of squares of wonton dough with a beef filling. The dough had a light flavor and was chewy; the beef had a mild curry flavor to it. They were very tasty, but as about authentically Chinese as the Qing dynasty. Continue reading

News of the Weird

Five articles about weird whales

by Claire Tierney
Scarlet Staff

Whale War II

The Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco was faced with a pressing lawsuit against the Navy, which was filed in the name of some of San Francisco’s unrepresented residents, namely its marine mammals. The suit claimed that naval sonar disrupted their underwater communication. The case was ultimately dismissed, as the court ruled that federal environmental laws can only be challenged by people, not whales.

Don’t fart in the pool

The great scientists of the Australian Antarctic Division were recently on a research mission to attach tracking devices to whales in order to study their habits further. The satellite photos managed to capture what is believed to be a historical first photo, that is “the water pattern that results from the bubble when a huge whale releases flatulence.” Researcher Nick Gales reports, “It does stink.”

One night stand

New information about Beluga mating habits has surfaced; much to the delight of the general public I am sure. The male beluga signals his arousal by crashing into a female. If the female is inclined to mate, she turns to expose herself to the male, after which mating occurs for a matter of seconds. After this, the male leaves, never to be seen by the female again. Continue reading

Walking the walk in the right direction

A closer (less cynical, biased and partisan) look at Mass. Senator Scott Brown

By Justin P. Griffin
Contributing Writer

Remember the part in Animal House where Dean Wormer excoriates one of the Delta House brothers offering the following advice: “Son, fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life!”

While Dean Wormer’s words may be a bit harsh, they do ring true to some extent. This is exactly the advice I would provide to The Metro West Young Democrats on their recent criticisms of Senator Scott Brown regarding his efforts on job creation.

In a letter to the editor, the group cites Senator Brown’s opposition to the Obama “jobs bills” as an indication that he is somehow against the “99%” and in favor of tax breaks for millionaires. Senator Brown’s votes against the Obama jobs bills are in no way an attempt to provide “tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans,” on the contrary they are an attempt to stimulate growth in the private sector, and to create and protect jobs for those who need them. The fact of the matter is President Obama’s Jobs Bill would have raised taxes on small business and created an even heavier burden on an already struggling economy. This would not only exacerbate our already fragile economy, but lead to further unemployment. It is simply cynical, biased, and overly partisan to suggest that Senator Brown’s efforts could be construed in such a way. Continue reading