The State of the Arts: Follow Up

Clarifications regarding the article The State of the Arts: Graphic Design may provide more insight into the piece.

In my previous article, published in the 10th issue of The Crescent, Senior Lehman Pekkola was quoted: “they teach style and communication arts, not what’s new and upcoming.” Pekkola has since clarified that the “communication arts” referenced in the quote refers to the publication, Communication Arts, which is regarded by many as the TIME Magazine of design. “It’s been around for a long time, but like older publications I feel like it’s lost its relevancy, but they still keep pushing it. It’s old fashioned, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It has its pros and cons. It’s important to know what used to be.” Pekkola said.

Sophomore Jordyn Dunseath was on the search committee for the new graphic design professor. The university hired Brandon Waybright to begin teaching starting in the Fall 2017 semester. “He’s awesome. He’s energetic, innovative, and conceptual. There’s going to be a lot of new wonderful classes,” she said.

In the previous article, the class Creative Suite I was mentioned. The class’s structure revolves around professor Bob Bredemeier’s tutorial videos, and Pekkola was quoted as saying “they should be teaching us what you can’t learn in videos.” Pekkola stand by his words, citing Google as an education landscape game-changer in recent times, but adds that “that’s not to discredit all the work he’s put into the videos. But also, in addition to the videos, I think we should be learning more concept.”

“The art department is very technically oriented right now, they’re training us to be technicians and then to think conceptually as we go out,” Pekkola said. He emphasized that this is not a negative, rather a personal preference to start conceptually and move to the technical side. On a similar note, regarding the quote “I’ve had to pave my own path,” Pekkola clarified that the reason for this is “because what I’m interested in is not necessarily what they offer.” Pekkola is interested in print publications, which could be considered more of a niche concentration. “I’m very thankful for all the opportunities the program has given me,” he said.

“The design world is constantly changing. And to keep up with it is very hard, especially for a university,” Pekkola added. However, freshman Allison Spoelhof points out, “they’re doing a good job of understanding what the program needs. With the new jobs coming into the market, especially in the art realm, it’s going to be really cool to see the diversity in the graphic design program.”





Enjoy the Spring Push

The final four weeks of spring term have begun.  Thankfully, I only have one more major project due in the next four weeks; however, some of my fellow students have more. I hear dread in their voices, see stress in their bent frames, and worry in their tired eyes.  My heart goes out to them.

Seniors are juggling many tasks as graduation grows closer.  Juniors going abroad are making sure they have everything ready to go while those not going prepare for their final year.  Sophomores are meeting with advisors to make sure they register for upper division classes for their major.  Freshman are experiencing the spring push for the first time.  Professors remind students of deadlines and penalties for incomplete work.  And, unfortunately, some professors will be packing up their offices and moving on.

Even with all these things GFU buzzes with new energy.  Students will soon be laying on the grass reading books.  The SUB will be crowded with students meeting for the group projects.  The ARC will be busy meeting with students who want to strengthen their papers.  Commuters will be staying on campus longer in order to make sure they are prepared for class.

Final art projects will grace the campus bringing smiles to those who take a brief minute to stop and reflect.  Vocalists will be heard across the quad as their divine voices carry from the top windows of Ross.  Squirrels will soon be scolding students for daring to walk off the path. Trees will blossom and flowers will bloom.

Time will slow down just long enough to forget the stress of final papers, presentations, and the million other things students have to do. So I encourage you to stop, breathe, and listen.  Take the time capture precious moments with friends or start reading a book for fun.

Take time to amply prepare for upcoming final projects and finals; but also take time to admire a flowering tree.  Make sure to send thank you letters to professors, fellow students, and staff.  Bring goodies for the fabulous staff of the Den, Bruin Bites, and Bon.

With the end of the semester approaching, promise to enjoy the final push, the sunny days, each professor’s class. Make memories with new friends, celebrate with family, talk with squirrels, and thank everyone who has impacted you during the year.  These moments will never come again.

Miss J: 7 ways to pay attention in a not-so-exciting class

Dear Miss J,

The classes that I am taking this semester are ones I am not excited to be enrolled in. Most of them deal with science and philosophy, subjects that are not apart of my forte. I find myself in these classes either daydreaming or drifting off. But, I want to be alert and awake in order to receive good grades this semester. Can you give me advice on ways I can pay attention in my classes?

Miss J’s Answer: I sometimes have that same problem. Math and science are not my strong suit. On top of that, it is so hard to pay attention in a class in which I have no interest. But, there are a couple of pointers I try to follow in order to keep my attention maintained on the subject. Choose one of these tips that you feel would best fit your style and make sure you always ask questions if you find yourself not understanding the class material.

1. Make sure you always eat breakfast before class.

Research shows that breakfast is the most important part of your day. Energize yourself in the morning by snacking on a granola bar or eating an apple. Your brain will thank you for it later.

2. Sit close to teachers when they are teaching.

This is not to say you have to sit in the very front row. Just sit close enough to where you will be able to hear and see what the material your teacher is presenting to the class.

3. Stay involved in class activities

Not only will you understand what the class material is about, but you will be connected with students who know the material as well. Ask them about what’s going on in the class.

4. Read over your notes before and after class; connect with other students and look over their notes.

If you read over your notes before class, you will probably get a better understanding of what the teacher has explained so far. In addition, whatever you don’t understand in your notes, you know the questions to ask in class

5. Take small breaks from listening.

It’s okay to take breaks from listening to your teacher. All that information they are filling your head with could make you explode. Take a five minute break from listening and then try to listen for a full ten minutes. Repeat.

6. Doodle about what you hear the teacher lecturing about.

If you’re a doodler, then this tip could really benefit you. When you doodle in class, doodle images about what your teacher is lecturing. This is a creative and artistic way of taking notes.

7. Go to class with a list of question already prepared.

You may just be plain confused about the material you are learning in the class. After completing the assigned reading or homework, write down several questions to ask your teacher during the next class time.