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For those who don’t know, Love Actually is a film that revolves around an ensemble cast, with around ten separate but interconnected plot lines, set primarily in London, England around Christmas time. While the film’s action involves Christmas and holiday activities, it isn’t quite fair to call the film a Christmas movie. It does not necessarily have a meaning pertaining directly to Christmas, at least in the way a Christmas special would, nor would it have to be set during the holiday season. I believe the film is aided by this though, given the stressful and hectic time of year we’re all used to experiencing.
I want to address the writing of the film first and foremost. A number of the points my friends who didn’t enjoy the movie have made touch on Richard Curtis’ writing. In fairness, some elements of the plot are sketchy. But in even the brief exchanges that the characters have, like a stepfather and a stepson, we see not only their emotional struggle, but also that of their own motivations:
“Daniel: [laughs] Aren’t you a bit young to be in love?
Daniel: Oh, well, okay… right. Well, I mean, I’m a little relieved.
Daniel: Well, because I thought it would be something worse.
Sam: [incredulous] Worse than the total agony of being in love?
Daniel: Oh. No, you’re right. Yeah, total agony.”
In my eyes, this exchange is not only touching, but also powerful. A caring stepfather wants to make sure that his stepson isn’t reeling from loss and grief after the death of his mother, and thus he is consoled in knowing that the young boy is dealing with an entirely different struggle. Sure, loving the most popular girl in school isn’t an easy task, but it’s wonderful that a young boy can respect his own sense of loss while being able to go out and love others as well.
Furthermore, Curtis’ capacity to tell ten stories, encapsulating at least some narrative arc in each, with a sense of interconnectedness is absolutely a feat of writing prowess. While it may seem simple, this map shows the level to which each of the characters are connected, an accomplishment which is undoubtedly difficult given the number of films that have since tried this formula and failed (in my opinion) such as Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve.
The general attacks on the film Love Actually surround the nature of the relationships in the film, that the love is superficial and or sappy, that friendships are basic and that the whole film is anti-romantic. Defending each and every one of the narratives would be a long, drawn out task, so hopefully I can speak to the more general feel of the film and why it still resonates with me. Examples of why the film is anti-romantic or unrealistic usually touch of elements of the film that are sad or disheartening. The relationship between Alan Rickman and Emma Thompsons’s characters is heartbreaking, as a marriage falls apart before our eyes. Laura Linney’s inability to find a balance between romantic and familial love is tear-jerking. Nevertheless, these stories should be taken in with the same respect as the more ridiculous plotlines (an British man traveling to America to get with American women, for instance). Why is that? Because love, in its formation between friends, colleagues, teachers and lovers is a powerful, beautiful emotion.
It’s okay to believe in it. Not only that, it’s okay to be a hopeful (hopeless?), gooey, sappy romantic. Sure, you can tell me no one is coming to my door, professing their love with a set of signs and caroling music. Absolutely, you can tell me I can’t learn the drums just to impress a crush. You could even tell me that I couldn’t learn Portuguese just to be able to propose to someone whom I love but have never spoken a word of my own language to. All those things are likely true. Yet, from every touching YouTube-level video marriage proposal to the simplest of hugs between friends, I would contend that love truly is all around us. You can absolutely harp on the less successful relationships: there are plenty of them – both in the film and in life. But, when it comes down to it, I would much rather see a film that touches on so many of these types of love, whether skimming the surface or going deep, and then ties them together with the same, loving sentiment.
I will end with this: IMDB establishes that “The airport greeting footage at the beginning and end of the film is real. Richard Curtis had a team of cameramen film at Heathrow airport for a week, and whenever they saw something that would fit in they asked the people involved for permission to use the footage.“ Sure, it’s no surprise that people are happy to see one another in an airport. No less surprising is it that this is accentuated during the holiday season. But for those of you who never have come home at a time like that, returning comfortably to the loving arms of friends or family, I ask that you give me this moment. Because truly, there is very little in my mind as simple as the joy I get when seeing my family or friends in this situation. The ups and downs (literally) of travel, getting to where you’re going, the trek out to the airport by whomever is picking you up, these all fade as the gates open and as embraces begin. Nevertheless, in my eyes, Love Actually doesn’t tell us what love looks like for each and everyone one of us: It tells us to open ourselves to the love that surrounds us, whatever form that takes.]]>
1: “You were born for this” -Miracle
Easily one of the best sports movies of all time. This speech is legendary and leaves you with chills down your spine, making you want to go out and do something extraordinary (and Google the 1980 Olympics for hours on end).
2: ”2005 Stanford Commencement” -Steve Jobs
Jobs delivers this speech shortly after finding out he has terminal cancer. The message he delivers encourages everyone to do something earnest in their life and to truly live. This is one of the most uplifting addresses that discusses the realness of how to live with meaning.
3: “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’” -The Shawshank Redemption
Not only is Shawshank one of my favorite films of all time, this speech is truly powerful. Spoken from someone who seemingly has no time left to live, it sparks a certain hope within oneself to figure out if complacency is an actual killer. It is the perfect pick-me-up at 2 AM in Poppa when you just need that extra something to keep you motivated.
4: “Fighting the Culture of Bullshit” -Jon Lovett
This gem comes from our neighbors at Pitzer (who I’m secretly in love with). Their commencement speaker last year absolutely nailed the problem with today’s society. Imploring us to be honest with ourselves, Lovett conveys the proper way that Generation Y should look at the world.
5: “Megan and Annie’s Talk” -Bridesmaids
A bit of comic relief, but still an important instigator for success. If Megan can survive high school with explosives being thrown at her head, then passing your Econ final is achievable.
6: “Carpe Diem” -Dead Poets Society
Another cinematic classic, this film focuses on creating moments that encapsulate just more that what they seem on the surface. Robin Williams urges his students to make the most of the little things and captain their fate. This speech will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and desire to create something extraordinary from your day.
So, go get ‘em CMC and hopefully these speeches made you less stressed and ready to take on whatever finals week hurls your way!]]>
The round table aimed to engage students in a productive dialogue regarding the relationships between students and administrators, students’ expectations from administration, and the role of personal and social responsibility with regard to campus climate. Organizers hoped the discussion would inform leaders, both students and administrators, of problems with and solutions to the current campus climate, as well as allow students to author solutions to ameliorate issues with CMC’s social culture.
President Chodosh launched the conversation with a short address, centered on three big national debates and controversies that are particularly relevant to CMC students. The first of these debates is about the issue of financial aid aimed at ensuring accessibility of education and quality students. Chodosh explained he was working with the Financial Aid Office to launch a $100 million “student imperative fund” within the next year to help alleviate the cost for students to attend CMC.
The second hot-button issue is about the role of liberal arts in higher education. Chodosh said the student body and administrators need to articulate why specific actions are taken. While some argue that students should seek knowledge for knowledge’s sake, others contend that education is aimed at securing a job in the workforce with a sustainable income. Chodosh called upon the “three C’s of creativity, collaboration, and courage” as integral characteristics for CMC’s liberal arts education to cultivate in students.
Finally, Chodosh addressed the national dialogue on alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault. On a federal level, the government has consistently instituted more stringent policies. For example, the Clery Act requires that colleges disclose information about campus crime in order to protect an safe educational environment. While Chodosh recognizes the importance of an open and inclusive environment, he underscored the challenge of balancing excess and moderation.
Chodosh ended by demystifying false rumors about a changing alcohol policy or the administration’s direction to externalize risk. Many specifics about CMC’s alcohol policy, event protocol and registration, and safety were detailed in Social Climate Fact Sheet given to round table attendees.
Following the address, students broke into small group discussions to discuss social climate problems and solutions. The discussion was focused on social events on campus, substance abuse, sexual assault, communication, and education.
Social Events on Campus: Students were conflicted on whether to separate wet and dry events or integrate them together. While some wanted a “regular alternative to your typical bump and grind type of party” such as “Thursday Night Basketball,” others saw a separation between wet and dry events as “damaging and fracturing to CMC’s inclusive social culture.” Proponents of the former argument discussed the difficulty of organizing “one event that caters to everyone.” On the other hand, proponents of the latter argument cited examples of the positive nature of sober activities at wet events, such as the mechanical bull at the Wild Wild West Party or the Pool Party earlier this semester.
Students also discussed the lack of clear information about party registration as well as explicit reasons for limitations placed on event registrations. While rules are readily available in the Guide to Student Life, students suggested including a fact sheet related to social policies that all students must read. Moreover, some students wanted punishments for infringing policies to be upheld, such as the fine for broken glass.
A suggestion was also made to institute a “jury duty system for cleanup” such that students are selected each week to be in charge of cleanup at some point during their CMC career.
Substance Abuse: Regarding campus safety, people recommended that a formal conversation take place between Campus Security Officers, Resident Assistants, and the Dean of Students in order to delineate the shared and separate responsibilities of each party. Some students expressed concern that the fencing policy promotes binge drinking and “Camp Sec is apathetic” to helping students. People drew on the distinction between a safer campus versus a safer box, arguing that “fencing only creates a safer area not a safer campus.”
Sexual Assault: On the issue of sexual assault, students brought up the issue of unlit areas. More lighting on Sixth Street and better lighting at parties was advised to prevent sexual assault.
Communication: Round table attendees wanted the “administration to be more open and honest” as well as “more accessible” in order to ensure open lines of communication and dialogue between students and administrators. Many people suggested that the Deans conduct weekly Office Hours to talk and consult with students or visit dorms on a weekly rotational basis to hear students’ concerns. Much like professors are evaluated on a yearly basis, students recommended student evaluations of the Deans in order to “get student input on their performance and understand how receptive they were of students the past semester.” Students also wanted to “review implementation changes,” by giving input and feedback on adjustments of policy. This review process would help for two reasons: first, it would allow administrators to work directly with students to understand their viewpoint and second, it would provide an opportunity to rectify policies going forward.
Education: A huge portion of the discussion revolved around instituting better systems to educate students on safe and healthy conduct. Some individuals said that education could be most effective and efficient at the freshman level, by including alcohol and safety education into WOA and sports training or organizing a panel discussion between seniors and freshmen at a mandatory Ath dinner. The existing mandatory alcohol education was analyzed as ineffective because it leaves out a discussion of hard drugs, substance abuse, and sexual violence.
The formal document of solutions will be sent to the student body, the Dean of Students, and other administrators via e-mail later this week. Implementation strategies coming out of this discussion will be further discussed in the Mirza Summit of Personal and Social Responsibility next semester.]]>
This sounds silly on the surface. What about the “Macarena,” or that time your Dad made you dance to The Beatles in front of your whole extended family? What about the countless number of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s and high school dances that you had no choice but to attend?
The truth is that dancing kind of sucks when you’re younger. It’s a thing that people do, and so you also do it. But you don’t really experience it in the way it’s supposed to be experienced. And so you go through the motions, but you never really dance.
Then one day, you dance– without any care in the world about how ridiculous you look (and believe me, unless you’re Fred Astaire or MJ, you look ridiculous) or who’s watching. And that whole world– where people dance for the sake of dancing- finally makes sense. And for a brief period, even if it’s a minute or two, you’re entranced in a state of thoughtlessness.
Perhaps you experienced this feeling of euphoria earlier on in life, and I was just late for the party. Maybe you’re an actual dancer who is scoffing at the idea that dance is all attitude and enjoyment and no form.
But I’m going to stop there, because this isn’t really an article about dancing. It’s about epiphanies, and about coming to understand things that at one time may not have been clear, or made sense.
I recall another memorable period of my life: the last two to three months of sophomore year, when I was preparing for my summer internship, the Washington Program, and what I thought at the time would be the rest of my life.
Day after day, I’d research internships, email cover letters, and fantasize about my future self: a campaign manager, a policy wonk, an elected official. All in all I just wanted to feel like I was putting myself on a path toward becoming an important person, someone who is recognized and who makes a difference in their field.
Every morning, I would wake up, drink coffee, and breeze through Politico and Real Clear Politics. I watched the West Wing religiously. I was, for all intents and purposes, obsessed, less with politics than with the idea of politics.
Later I realized that my obsession was merely a product of boredom. I couldn’t find meaning or fun anywhere else, so I turned to envisioning my future important self.
This is, unfortunately, what we sometimes turn to– especially at prestigious schools- when we feel empty or unfulfilled. Something is wrong, and instead of confronting what’s wrong we turn to the future; all my problems will be solved when I get this internship, or when I’m a high-powered such and such. Because we’re smart, and go to schools that people recognize for being terrific, we bask in our glorious futures, full of comfort and happiness and free of problems, without trying to reconcile the present: our fears and doubts, our relationships with others, our passions and hobbies.
It’s a funny part of human psychology that it’s when we are the most fragmented and unsure about ourselves (i.e. right now) that we seem to pretend we’re the opposite: cohesive and figured out, a finished product.
It’s also funny how the work world and academia seem to push us toward this same extreme. Job interviews reward the ability to market oneself as the “perfect fit” even though we almost never are. Classroom discussions teach us to talk in ways and with words that make us seem like experts, even though we rarely ever are.
There’s a cosmic irony to it all, to job interviews and classroom conversations and growing up, that can’t be looked past.
And the irony is that the “finished product” we supposedly are (or are pretending to be) may become undone. Perhaps you view something differently than you once did, or meet a person that totally changes your life. Maybe you go abroad and realize that you like another country more than you like your own.
And then it’s back to square one.
The truth is that you can’t avoid the classroom or job interviews. What you can do is change your approach toward them. You can go to class a curious student, humble and aware of your inexperience and limited knowledge, instead of a pseudo-expert who throws out facts and empty academic buzzwords (I’ve been that person. You don’t want to be that person). And you can interview for a job, keeping in mind that while it may be a part of what you do, it says little about you as a person. Your interview self, you realize, is probably different from your real self, who may be less of a perfect fit, but let’s face it, is way cooler.
What’s more, it’s our ability, as young people free of the responsibilities that we may someday have (kids, for one), to take advantage of opportunities that may not be there down the road: to try new things, to meet new people, to remain open-minded about everything and everyone. There’s a reason these clichés are clichéd.
Just last week, I took part in a play for the first time since 6th grade. I was scared that I wouldn’t be up for it, and that I’d fare terribly. I did fine. And even if I had done terribly, that would have been okay too (at least in theory). The week before, I followed in my Washington Program footsteps, partaking in a debate with CMC professors on the government shutdown. On Wednesdays, I am a part of a writing group that meets at the library. My writing, at best, is amateurish. Again though, what’s important is that I’m doing it.
I’ve really spread myself thin this semester. I’ve taken on too much. But I guess that’s been kind of the point, and part of the larger takeaway: I’m twenty-two, an expert at nothing, and interested in everything. And I’m dying to dance again.]]>
Biden Travels to the No-Man’s Land, Just After Hostage Release: Vice President Joe Biden traveled to the border of North Korea and South Korea this Saturday as part of his week-long tour of Asia. Biden’s trip to the border occurred just after the release of Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old tourist and Korean War veteran who had been detained by the North Korean government since earlier this year. Attention has now shifted to Kenneth Bae, another American who is being detained by the North Korean government. Biden visited South Korea this Friday to meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and discuss the growing tensions in the region. Geun-hye expressed particular concern over increased aggression from China, as well as the constant threat of North Korea. Biden also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier in the week to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program. Biden and Jinping discussed strategies for pressuring the South Korean enemy to abandon their nuclear program.
Monumental Steps in the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: Iran and a number of major world powers will meet next week to begin discussing concrete plans for curbing the Iranian nuclear program to allow solely for energy production and prevent weapon capabilities. On November 24, Iran and the United States, as well as France, Germany, Russia, China, and Britain, signed an interim accord to end the program, which is a monumental first step towards resolving the tensions in the region. Iranian representatives have already stated that the agreement is not legally binding, and that, should the other countries fail to uphold their ends of the bargain, they will do the same. This sentiment is a reflection of the extreme distrust that characterizes the relations between Iran and the Western nations.
Pension Fund Ruling in Detroit May Set a Precedent: A judge ruled last week that the city pension fund could be cut as the city restructures its programs with bankruptcy in mind. Some believe that this ruling will prove significant in the coming year, as struggling states such as Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California begin to examine their own underfunded pension programs. Many argue that this will provide more of a basis for cities to cut their own pension programs, and some cities may even use bankruptcy to evade paying pension plans.
Merger between American Airlines and US Airways Will Result in the Largest Airline in the Industry: This Monday, the merger between American Airlines and US Airways will result in the creation of what is expected to be the largest airline in the industry. The companies have managed to continue with the merger in spite of a number of setbacks, including an incident with the Justice Department this past fall that involved an antitrust lawsuit. The companies managed to settle the lawsuit, with the condition that they relinquish some access to major airports, which the Justice Department believes will allow smaller airlines to compete. The merger also overcame a threat from a consumer group, although the Supreme Court declined to review the case, which held that the merger would result in inflated prices and fewer options for consumers.]]>
If I’m organized and plan ahead, I can get home for $59 in less than three hours door-to-door, so I recognize that I’m very lucky. I’m not complaining. But with school, clubs, sports and those special weekends I just can’t bear to miss, it’s hard to coordinate.
I miss my parents. It’s not because our relationship has always been perfect, and it’s not that people at CMC aren’t wonderful. But sometimes I just need to be around my dad, whom I always, always know will say “gesundheit” with gusto every time I sneeze. And sometimes I need my mom to get intensely involved in my academic and personal lives, at least just for a minute, and to spend some time worrying as much about my upcoming research paper as I am.
Freshman year, I spent a lot of time thinking I was weird for wanting to talk to my mom and dad on the phone every day. I sat in the now non-existent second floor Phillips study lounge, slightly ashamed at the amount of time I spent with my cracked, data-less, red Blackberry Curve (ancient times, freshmen) pushed up against my ear. Oftentimes, my parents would get frustrated with me for calling them and then “not saying anything.” But this is only because there were so many times when I just wanted to hear their voices; I just wanted to feel a connection to three months earlier, when I could have walked into the kitchen and sassed them from there instead. This aspect of the high school lifestyle is hard to let go of. Questions about important issues, such as the best way to get rid of ants without making my room smell, or the proper etiquette for thanking an older family friend for their advice about an internship, suddenly seemed so impersonal. There is something so comfortable to me about asking my mom these questions by screaming them down a flight of stairs and hearing her yell back that she can’t hear me, and then running downstairs in my socks, almost falling, to harass her on her way out the door.
This does not mean that I wasn’t happy to spread my wings and fly briskly from the “nest.” I was excited, and I still love the independence. I love making my own schedule and having space. That being said, call your family today. Here are a few reasons why:
1. That question you were going to type into Google? Take an extra five minutes and call your mom or dad or uncle or aunt and ask them instead. They’ll like to hear from you, and there is no better feeling than letting them know that they can help.
2. You can brag to them without feeling guilty or annoying. No parent or grandparent will ever be bitter to hear about the A you got on your paper or the position or recognition you earned on campus.
3. Heck, you may even be able to FaceTime with your dog.
4. They give the best advice. Whether or not they will be as good as your roommate as decoding your crush’s emoji-filled texts, or know a lot about Labor Economics, they have a few years under their belts, and they know you.
5. More than anything, nobody ever looks back on their young life and says, “Wow, I really regret how often I talked to my family.”
So take that five minutes on the walk from Pitzer lunch to Kravis and call your family. You won’t regret it.]]>
The character of Wonder Woman, despite her years of controversial costume changes, is a character that embodies female empowerment. Wonder Woman, or Diana Prince (her alter-ego), fights alongside the best of the DC Universes’ male heroes and is just as, if not even more, effective in stopping crime and evil as her male counterparts. She is a strong female character who has traditionally been represented as such in the DC comics universe, as well as in the 1970s TV show starring Lynda Carter. So it only makes sense for a contemporary telling of Wonder Woman to adhere to the previous representations and portray Wonder Woman as the realistic strong female character that she is. After all, Wonder Woman was originally described in Wonder Woman #105 as “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury”.
Wonder Woman is an Amazonian warrior princess – she grew up in a culture where women reign supreme, an idea of feminine power that has devastatingly become subordinate to a western obsession with a particular definition of beauty. In a culture where blogs praise unhealthy eating habits, a time where film and television are increasingly becoming more predictable in their themes and utilization of gender roles, and in a culture where the classic (super)hero narrative dominates the box office – it is time for young girls to have a female superhero admire. This hero should represent female empowerment as Wonder Woman originally embodied it – empowerment that is based on something far deeper than physical appearance. Wonder Woman should demonstrate that being a hero is not inherently tied with popular ideas of beauty that hinge on women being skinny and flawless. By casting someone that looks like Gal Gadot – a 5’9”, size 0, 110 pound woman – Warner Brothers sends the message that in order to be a hero, one must look like Gadot. Skeletal and sexy. Instead of taking the chance to create a meaningful and strong role model for young women, WB is perpetuating the tradition of the hypersexualization of leading female roles that originate from the straight-male perspective of most mainstream action and sci-fi movies.
This is not to say I have anything against Ms. Gadot, but I do feel strongly against the way in which Wonder Woman will be presented in the upcoming movie. Wonder Woman is a character that presents the unique opportunity to bring forth a larger discussion about women’s rights, and be as much of a role model for young women as the boy scout Superman has been for young boys for 50 years (happy anniversary boy scout!). Moreover, portraying Wonder Woman as a tough as nails gal who is strong and is not ashamed of her muscles and strength could help encourage women to think about their bodies in a more healthy way, and hopefully decrease the negative body image that is so prevalent for women in culture today.
Wonder Woman is a badass. And being a badass does not have to mean you have won a beauty contest. It means that you are not afraid to stand up for what is right, to protect what you love, and to be proud of yourself and confident in your own skin. I want a Wonder Woman like that. I want a Wonder Woman who I would want my daughter to look up to. I want a Wonder Woman who women can be proud of.
We love strong female characters, and now with the likes of Katniss Everdeen and Tris (from the upcoming Divergent), they are finally getting their due, but it is not enough. I believe that the best way for Wonder Woman to be presented is in a television drama, not unlike Arrow or the soon to be introduced Flash. There Diana would have ample time to be developed as a hero, and would be a strong female hero that is visible every week on cable TV (CW are you listening to me?). The inclusion of Wonder Woman in the cadre of superhero movies that have been arriving in the past few years also poses the chance to attain gender equity in film. So why can’t we have a Wonder Woman that is beautiful and strong, and empowers young women today. Is it too much to ask for some muscles on my superheroes?]]>
Fleischer’s film portrays a wide array of peoples’ lives that are connected by their shared identity of being homeless. They do not always live on the street; Aric, a compulsive collector and brilliant bluegrass musician, lived in his van for almost 25 years. The family of Tracey and Flor live in a motel that charges $50 per week. Yet they all suffer from similar wounds brought on by the hardships of life. After Aric’s van was confiscated by the state government, “the house that he lives in” (instead of “his house”—Aric is very careful with his choice of words) was burnt down and his Banjo and collections destroyed. “My life is all in shattered pieces now,” Aric said in the film. Tracey struggled to pay the rent and was almost kicked out of the motel. Tina, who suffers from schizophrenia, turned to Fleischer for help because she was ignored by her social worker and couldn’t get her medicine.
Overall, Fleischer depicts the complex lives of the homeless people she profiles and their resulting deep psychological wounds. “Homeless” begins to seem like less of a tag for people without permanent housing, and more of a concrete mark of their struggles. The film is able to open the audience’s eyes to a world that most either truly neglect or choose to ignore.
During the Q&A session after the screening, Fleischer introduced the film’s background. After graduating from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, she first lived in New York for a year before she came back to Los Angeles to work. Throughout her life, Fleischer said, she always felt a strong connection to the homeless. “Disturbed, also fascinated and intrigued by the issue, I bought a camera, drove around LA and just talked to the homeless people,” she said. Working a full-time job, Fleischer spent almost five years shooting and another year and a half editing the film.
When asked what she thinks society should do to increase awareness about this issue and improve the lives of the homeless, Fleischer stressed the importance of simple interaction and respect. “It’s easy to think they are different from us, when they’re not. One thing I’m trying to show in the film is that they also have their stories and lives. Start by having some simple interaction that we take for granted—you have no idea how much this can mean to them,” she explained.
Fleischer also mentioned the need for economic and political efforts, adding that “their lives are not going to improve much until some concrete efforts are done.” Fleischer herself has been continually working on the issue, including launching a digital campaign called “What Can I Do?” to raise social awareness and compassion through works of art.
Anoush Baghdassarian ’17, who is interested in both theater arts and human rights advocacy, told the Forum that she found the movie and Fleischer’s talk to be inspirational. “It’s amazing how she pursued her dream right after college to fight for the homeless people,” she said. “Most of us don’t have the courage to do that.”
Elena Lopez ’15, the coordinator for the event, told the Forum why the CCE brought the film and Fleischer to CMC in the first place. “She’s just like most of us—graduated from a top school and had a loving family. It would be an eye-opening experience for the student body [to interact with her], especially since we live in this relatively perfect Claremont bubble.”
Fleischer said that she continues to keep up with the lives of the homeless people and give them help whenever she can.]]>