Professor earns Guggenheim

Stephen DiRado speaks about his accomplishment and photography

By Ashley Klann

Clark professor of photography Stephen DiRado will join the 181 new Guggenheim fellows in 2012 for his work photographing naked hipsters at Martha’s Vineyard. Yes, you read that correctly.

The prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellow award goes to general scholars in many fields, including social science, science, humanities, and the arts.

“Our idea is to let people do their thing, do their work, to free them to create in ways they were meant to create,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in a video issued via their Facebook account.

Aquinnah, MA, Sage, 2011. Photo by Stephen DiRado.

DiRado’s work has earned him many accolades in the past, and with this new grant, he plans to continue his passion.

To what do you attribute this award?

SD: I submitted a proposal to continue and expand my photography work on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, particularly emphasizing portraits of hipsters. And also by expamding my horizons by way of making films of that same group of people. Like it is mentioned in that film by Hirsch on how the Guggenheim judges, I had to jump through a number of hoops before my request for a fellowship was approved. Continue reading

Responsibility on both sides

Students and President Angel participate in focus groups about campus safety

By Gwen Walsh
Alumni Editor

Last week students met with President Angel to share perspectives on and experiences with campus safety, and discuss possible measures to improve Clark’s security.

A University Police cruiser in the Clark parking garage. Photo by Ashley Klann.

The meetings came in the wake of several alarming campus crime incidents, including the sexual assault at Clark in February. Since these focus groups, UP issued a “safety notification” about Clark police pursuing and confiscating the property of three minors after a strictly verbal, non-physical altercation initiated by Clark students, which gave rise to questions about UP policy and jurisdiction.

The safety forum was organized by former CUSC Vice President and Project Playground Community Outreach Coordinator Ali Canino, and consisted of three one-hour-long sessions with three to six students each. Angel and Canino attended all three sessions.

“Safety is something that we need to be constantly improving on,” Canino said. “And students are the ones that are going to have to wave the red flag.”

The purpose of the forum was to create an open, non-judgmental environment for students to talk candidly about their opinions, so most respondents will remain anonymous throughout this article. Continue reading


An opinion on the soon to come Johnson Sanford Center

By Natalie Beale
Scarlet Staff

Come fall, there will be some major changes on campus, mainly around Downing Street. For students, the greatest of these changes will be the merging of Johnson and Sanford Halls into the “Johnson Sanford Center” (or “JSC”) with “improvements” to the Fuller Quadrangle.

Students have received a few emails detailing the changes, and the Residential Life and Housing pages on the Clark website state that “the end result will be a large mixed class residential center with ammenities (sic) similar to those found in recently renovated Wright and BullockHalls.

Janford in all its glory... if Clark were in a video game. Photo courtesy of

The Johnson Sanford Center will feature new social, study, and multimedia lounge spaces; new improved Laundry facilities; an outdoor Roof Terrace, and elevator access to all levels.”

The website hops confusingly between present and past tense, such as “The Johnson Sanford Center is only a minute walk from the the Kneller Athletic Center” or “The Johnson Sanford Center Hall will feature shared common space,” indicating the suddenness with which these renovations are happening. This was evident in the confusing housing lottery this year that left some students with only the expensive Blackstone Hall from which to choose. (At this juncture I will take the opportunity to say that “Blackstone Hall” sounds like the home of an evil aristocrat with very pointy canines).

There are no doubt welcome improvements in the changes to Johnson and Sanford, particularly elevators for improved accessibility, as well as updated laundry facilities – the machines in Johnson’s basement have broken more than once. Continue reading

New faces at CUSC meeting

Corey Coose resigns from Judiciary Committee

By Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

This week’s meeting of our esteemed elected representatives involved a number of personnel changes. First, Corey Coose, a respected member of the Judiciary Committee resigned in dramatic fashion, thanking Council members for their service and wishing everyone the best of luck, amidst the shrieking protests of his fellow Judiciary members.

The results of the April 16-17 elections are in, and CUSC swore in two new members as a result. Many other positions were contested but have resulted in ties or need to be sorted out otherwise. For the time being, Sharon Bort was sworn in as Hughes Hall Representative, and Tarikwa Leveille was sworn in as Minority Representative. CUSC also appointed a new webmaster, Michael Steele.

Four Grants Committee allocations were made this week. First, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) got $300 for an event this coming Sunday at the Dolan Field House. The event is called Wiffle Weekend, and the money is going towards shirts and pizza. They will be asking for donations for the Special Olympics at the event. Continue reading