From May 10 to May 18, I – armed with a small piece of luggage, two brilliant traveling companions and a travel scholarship from UNC Wilmington – explored one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Here’s a riddle for you: What do kayaking in seriously gnarly ocean swells and UNC Wilmington’s creative nonfiction writing department have in common? It’s a weird concept, but the answer is Virginia Holman.
For recently published author Ben Miller, growing up near the Mississippi River meant collecting a multitude of experiences—experiences that resembled intertwining streams that would eventually coalesce into a memoir.
A laboratory is a place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests and investigations. It was also the theme of Randall Library’s annual Flash Fiction contest and award ceremony held Tuesday, April 16.
Peter W. Schuhmann, a professor of economics in the Cameron School of Business, received the 19th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina system’s board of governors.
University students all over the country are creating open group pages that allow students of the schools to anonymously post about their campus confessions and latest love interests. Three females at UNCW have created their own for the dub: UNCW Crushes & Stalkers.
UNC Wilmington has seen its share of famous people by virtue of its location in the middle of “Hollywood East,” but students were afforded a particularly sweet opportunity when Academy Award-winning screenwriters Nat Faxonand Jim Rash came to give a special showing of their unreleased film, "The Way, Way Back."
Author of the highly successful book and film “The Silver Linings Playbook,” Matthew Quick had much advice to give to the students and public who attended his lecture and book signing Tuesday, March 26.
“A big ol’ melting pot” is a traditional metaphor for describing the U.S. as the home of different cultures blending into one, homogenous society. According to Sonia Nieto, this is also the mindset many teachers adopt when going into classrooms.
In August of 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, NY. On March 15, 2013, on the courtyard of the UNCW Suites, the Woodstock-inspired festival, Schwoodstock made campus history.
Three UNCW students—Quinten Johnson, Josh Cohen and RickieSmalls – participated in the production of the upcoming feature film “Frat Brothers,” produced by local company Swirl Films and starring popular TV and music star, Lil’ Romeo.
Shelby Knox is best known as the subject of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival’s award-winning documentary called “The Education of Shelby Knox,” which profiles her life in conservative, small-town Lubbock, Texas, as a young activist for comprehensive sex education and gay rights.
Hypothetically, let’s say you eat Cook-Out every Saturday afternoon. It’s cheap and hey, you went to the gym today (or last week sometime). No one will ever know about the cheeseburger with fries. That is unless Dr. Laurie Reitsema gets a sample of your bones.
Starting a successful small business is hard for anyone, let alone a full time student- but Whitney Vass has managed to pull it off. This UNCW marketing major operates her own graphic design business, lovingly named Heart and Arrow Design. It has given her a voice in the world of entrepreneurs and made her into a master juggler of crafts.
People who have heard of Sarah Weddington usually only associate here with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that legalized first-trimester abortion in all 50 states. This never-met-a-stranger kind of woman is more than a well-known attorney though. Weddington's also an author, a professor, a former assistant to Jimmy Carter, a three-time member of Texas legislature and an authority on leadership.
The story of one refugee who wants to work without fear
In 2011, the U.S. had 12.2 million refugees, more than the population of North Carolina alone. They are forcibly displaced from their homes in corrupted countries all over the globe, sometimes leaving behind their families and loved ones in search of something very simple–safety. 27-year-old refugee Stevens Muriel of Colombia spent nearly four years trying to find his safe haven.
“The Final Gift,” a documentary by Therese Bartholomew, showed recently and followed the murder of the film-maker’s brother and the personal form of justice she sought in finding the man who killed him. The documentary focused on the power of forgiveness and restorative justice, a concept in Criminology many academics see as a more constructive form of punishment.
Accomplished photographer Ashley Hicks just made her sculpture debut in Boseman Gallery’s Elegance of Steelexhibit. She moved to UNCW to spread her creative wings, and now she’s sharing her artistic ambition with the Port City, in several different mediums.
The average age women in the United States lose their virginity is 17.4 and 16.9 for their male counterparts, according to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. So that means many college students are beginning their freshman year already having had sex and possibly a decent amount of it. But everyone’s expectations of college romance are different. College virgins do exist, and they aren’t as rare as you’d think.
The UNCW Creative Writing Department held a reading for authors Karen Bender and MalenaMörling on Thursday, Jan. 31. Bender showcased her second novel "A Town of Empty Rooms," and Mörling read several of her personal poems, as well as translated poems from Edith Södergran’s "On Foot I Wandered Through the Solar Systems."
UNCW professors Donna King and Shannon Silva wrote, directed and produced “It’s a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood”, a documentary that explores the creation, exploitation and commoditization of the "tween" demographic.
Student ambassador recruitment recently finished up, with final decisions on new members determined on Jan. 27th. This year, 101 applicants applied to the group, a large amount considering the organization has a 60-member capacity.
For UNCW graduates Jay Roberts and Brett Garner, beer pong has become more than a typical college house-party game. Earlier this month, they traveled to Las Vegas for their second World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) tournament. They quickly learned how to balance their schoolwork and the professional beer pong sport.
Founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, Larry Smith, came up with the concept of the Six-Word Memoir project in order to indulge ambitious writers in their creativity. He felt as though everyone has a story to tell and that everyone needed a place to tell it. The focus of the project was on the question, "Could you tell your life story in six words?" For this article, UNCW students and professors were asked the question, "How would you describe your experience at UNCW in six words?"
Balance, tension, focus and skill are the keywords when describing one of the newest editions to UNCW’s repertoire of clubs and organizations. The UNCWslackline club is, as of Oct. 11, officially recognized as a campus organization.
Art department assistant professor, Courtney Johnson currently has an exhibit of underwater photographs titled "Light Lure: Underwater Pinhole Photographs of North Carolina Piers," in the Cultural Arts Building Art Gallery through Feb. 22.
The recent spurt of warm weather has many UNCW students loading up their cars with all the beach necessities and taking off to the shore. Recently, another must-have item was added to the mix- hammocks.
While giving her acceptance speech for this year’s Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award, actress Jodie Foster made some rambling remarks that we are still trying to sort out almost a week later. It seems that the big question is “Did she give a coming out speech?” Well, the answer to that: sort of.
Papadeas moved to the U.S. when he was 16 to finish high school and go to a university. While balancing his engineering work with his love for literature, Papadeas collected Hellenic books as he traveled across the country for business and back to his homeland of Athens, Greece. After more than 50 years of hunting, he has now donated his 100-plus piece Greek literature collection to UNCW’s Randall Library.
Sheri’s Bath Bakery, a company based in the 5x5 tool shed outside Jordan’s home, makes all organic products. She offers everything from wax candles, handcrafted soaps made with essential aloe and coconut oils, long lasting roll-on perfumes and colognes, lotions wrapped in bows, and anything made special to order.
The annual senior art exhibition, ConTEXT, recently opened in the Cultural Arts Building Mezzanine Gallery. The show is based on the interpretation of words, text, and typographic symbols in art. Students from UNCW, Cape Fear Community College and Coastal Carolina Community College contributed to the collection.
The award winning documentary “Egypt: The Story Behind The Revolution” was shown Nov. 13 at Lumina Theater. Director KhaledSayed was in attendance and spoke to the audience after the documentary was screened.
Over the last six years, UNCW has experienced a notable rise in the number of international students attending UNCW. Amy Mabey, UNCW's Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services, explains the steady increase.
Inspiring students and locals to write out their hopes and dreams in chalk
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center combined efforts with Candy Chang's "Before I Die..." campaign in order to engage students and locals by having them write out in chalk the hopes and dreams they want to accomplish before they die. The board has been brought to the Cape Fear Community College and is now located here on the UNCW campus.
Laughter, giggles and even a few snorts escaped the doors of the Burney Center on Nov. 15. Writer and comedian Grant Lyon warmed the crowd with comments about the seating arrangements. “This is a strange seating arrangement,” he said before he began mimicking thoughts of groups within the audience.
Art for the Masses is an event that provides an opportunity for local artists of all kinds to showcase and sell their artwork. This year’s event, held on Nov. 17, was the 10th Anniversary and the turnout was incredible. Both the Burney and Warwick Centers were filled with over 150 artists displaying unique pieces. One of the most interesting aspects to this showcase was that our very own UNCW students had the opportunity to present their work.
Twenty-one year old University of Iowa student Zach Wahls was a typical college student when he delivered a speech at an Iowa public hearing seeking to ban gay marriage. However, he was catapulted to fame when a three minute YouTubevideo of the speech went viral. Wahls recently came to UNCW to talk about his speech and what it was like being raised by gay parents.
While growing up we’re taught to eat with our mouths closed, always obey the rules, and never keep secrets. Well, Cameron Johnson, one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs of his time, decided to bend the rules a little, and the outcome was way more than he expected.
Carey and Chad Hayes speak with students about the in's and out's of filmmaking
Carey and Chad Hayes, filmmakers and screenwriters of Hollywood blockbusters “House of Wax,” “The Reaping,” and “Whiteout,” took time to speak with UNCW students in one-on-one advising sessions last week.
UNCW faculty in the philosophy and religion department may become the subject of a new televised documentary series by producing and twin brothers Chad and Carey Hayes. The Hayes brothers are also the screenwriters behind the horror movies “The Reaping,” “House of Wax” and the recently Wilmington-filmed movie, “The Conjuring.”
This past June, six-year-old Baylee Adkins was diagnosed with brain cancer. With the help of the UNCW women's soccer team, Adkins has been able to keep her spirits up while supporting her 35 big sisters.
Recently, UNCW students had the privilege to attend a lecture at Lumina Theater given by an incredible woman: acclaimed writer, Ann Hood. Author of 13 books, Hood has a way with words- a quality that makes her a captivating public speaker.
UNCW’s substance abuse prevention and education program, CROSSROADS, hosted its third annual event “Voices of Recovery” program which gives students a chance to share their personal stories of healing.
A current assistant professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago, Spinner spent 14 years reporting for the Washington Post as a combat journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan. She repeatedly risked her life for the sake of the story, and visited UNCW Sept. 28 to share her perilous experiences reporting on war.
Author and social justice activist, Robert V. Taylor, gave a lecture Sept. 24 collectively sponsored by the Graduate School, the Department of Public and International Affairs and the graduate programs in Conflict Management and Resolution, calling out the American people, and the global community, for being jaded, inactive participants in politics.
Jazz Writer and Radio Personality, Larry ReniThomas, presented “The Carolina Jazz Connection” Sept. 20in the Upperman African American Cultural Center. Thomas spoke of racial segregation, black male lynchings, the “Black Church” and the Blues as factors that all led up and fed into the creation of jazz music.
Grad student, Matt McCarthy, has recently received the Walter B. Jones award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This award recognizes students and student organizations for their contributions in helping to maintain coastal and oceanic resources in correspondence with the needs of humans.
People’s lives continue through social media even after they’re over.
Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter recently established policies concerning the death of their users. These policies were created due to the constant pain users had when exposed to pictures or friend requests from deceased loved ones and friends.
Local businesswoman, Wilma Daniels, picked Johnson to be Keynote Speaker at the Wilma Daniels Distinguished Lecture Promoting Diversity and Tolerance. She was drawn to Johnson’s drive and charitable nature.
If you have been keeping up with politics (or at least turned on “Comedy Central” to watch “The Daily Show”), you’ve probably seen the interview, or parodies of the interview, and heard the comment of “legitimate rape” made by Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative from Missouri. If you haven’t seen it, Akin was asked about his views on abortion after a woman is raped.
It’s the first week of classes, which for most students means the end of a steady cash flow from a summer job. We have to start thinking about how we’re going to manage our bi-weekly trips to Fuzzy Peach, parking at the beach when the free lots are full, the cover charge at Dirty Mega, and those 2 a.m. stints at Cook-Out—all on a fixed budget.
Playing the college game isn’t for the faint of heart. To get ready for the curve balls UNCW will throw you, we’ve put together 30 insider tips from members of the senior class. With advice for finding good burgers and more, we give you our secrets.
I began my Scotland study abroad experience with zero expectations of the European countries I planned to visit and the way I would feel when I returned home. Attending a university in Scotland was the easy part—traveling was a little trickier.
Edith Pearlman and John Rybicki, two of Lookout’s four authors, read on April 15 to an audience of eager listeners who may or may not have been expecting to be in the company of “Two of the best writer’s in the country,” said Ben Georde, Lookout Books co-founder.
UNCW alumnus and faculty member, Shane Fernando, was recently named as director of Life Arts and Programs. The Seahawk caught up with Fernando to learn a little bit more about him and what he hopes to bring to the university.
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Any elementary school student can tell you that. But Charles C. Mann’s books “1491” and “1493” will broaden anyone’s perspective on Columbus’s impact on the Americas, discussing the Americas before Columbus and the Americas after Columbus.
For the second year, the Visions Film Festival and Conference will be held Fri., March 30, at UNCW where award-winning student filmmakers will present their films. Visions is sponsored by UNCW’s Film Department and is the first international film festival and conference showcasing only undergraduate filmmakers and scholars together in one forum.
In front of the white stone steps of Kenan Hall, freshman Rhema Easley is first in line to see Gym Class Heroes, the band ACE booked for this year’s spring show at UNCW. She’s been first for almost four hours. There are almost 200 people lined up behind her, and half of those were here over an hour early. Many are students, but there are others in the crowd, older and younger. The gang’s all here.
Media has used multiple images of women in skimpy clothing to manipulate audiences into thinking that women are just attraction pieces without power or a brain. Advertisements on television use these demeaning images to make men attracted to the product because it will make women flock to him if he uses it.
Here’s the question we all want to know: did UNCW student Ryan Trimble win a million dollars on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Well, the answer is no, he did not. But to him, there was much more to the experience than just winning money.
There comes a time in everyone's life when they are forced to make a choice—go to class or skip it, call the girl who sits in front of you in English Lit or let her go date someone else, carpe diem or don't. Ultimately there is something to be said about every choice we make, but when they are boiled down, all seemingly mundane forks along the proverbial path of life come to one point:
On Saturday, Feb. 5, 40 runners joined the brothers of UNCW's Delta Tau Delta fraternity to remember a fallen brother and participate in a 5k run and walk. Among its participants were Zeta Tau alumni, campus faculty and students both within and outside the Greek community.
The night of the 2012 UNCW Alumni Film Series, presented by Lumina Theater, started out slowly, with only a small crowd scattered throughout the movie-theater seats. The films, however, were not at all small-scale. Two of the six directors whose work was presented were able to be at the show.
The polka; the rumba; Tennessee waltz and bunny hop: the dance styles of a different generation. Over 100 seniors and 200 student volunteers danced the night away to such tunes at UNCW's 18th annual Young at Heart social on Feb. 9, 2012.
We hear stories every day about the injustices committed throughout the world, many of these injustices committed by human against a fellow human. It's easy to think, "I'm just one person and I can't make a difference." However, here at UNCW, each of us can make a difference. Sometimes, just one of us can make all the difference in the world.
Across the dining halls on campus, mentally-handicapped employees can be found performing duties and jobs that go along with the protocol of running a successful college eatery. Students often acknowledge the fact that the handicapped work at the school and ponder as to why and how they obtain and perform on the job. After digging deeper and discovering details about the program that employees these workers, the process is not all that complicated.
Flash fiction is a style of fictional writing or a short form of storytelling that requires extreme conciseness. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some self-described markets for flash fiction impose caps as low as 300 words, while others consider stories as long as 1000 words to be flash fiction.
UNCW, affectionately known as The Dub, has the reputation of a big, bad brother. He gets up around noon to work out so his V shows up well while he's on his surfboard until dinner. He runs to a class around five, late with wet hair and sandals. He starts drinking at nine and doesn't stop until he has to sober up so he can drive to class.