MACALESTER COLLEGE The Mosaic Fall 2010 The Newsletter of the Department of Multicultural Life, Macalester College Volume 8, Issue 1 Editors: Karla Benson Rutten & Afifa Benwahoud The Context For and Against Bullying By Tommy Woon Bias, harassment, hate, and her family lived. She went to classes in as unwor- bullying continue. This isn’t her elementary, middle, and high thy of news to people who experience school where she received permission respect or them every day. What’s new is from teachers to conduct a survey. equality. that bullying is getting more She wrote “China” on the black board When attention in the media and ex- (before white boards existed) and children posing something that’s been asked students to write their reactions. in par- Orientation Lunch for happening forever. What is At every level there were many hateful ticular Students of not getting into the news is an responses such as “Chinese multiply learn be- Color/Multiracial analysis of the ways the climate like rabbits, we should gather them all ing gay is Students for bullying is created and can together, and drop an atomic bomb on a sin, be overcome. them.” She was stunned because her pathological, or unnatural In early 1980’s I spon- town didn’t have any Asians living in in places where moral au- sored a project by a college stu- it. At this time we were not at war thority is assumed, attacking dent who conducted a survey of with China nor was China any threat gays can easily lead to at- children’s views of China. This in any real way. tacks on gays in person. student went to schools in the People who bully learn some- small rural community where thing that allows them to treat people Cont. Page 4 Mad- Cultural House Mad-lib By the C-House Residents Inside this issue: This semester, we, the cultural net neutrality and danced (verb-ed) to DML Programs 2-3 house residents, got to know each other protect it. We love org programs! They Tapas/Soup & and tried to learn a new skill together— help us bond epically (adv) over leftover Substance/ Xpressions/ writing a Mad Lib. We weren’t so suc- midnight snacks. Alina is our highlighter Cultural House cessful, but we hope you enjoy it: (n). Every Tuesday cultural orgs come to the kitchen to cook nation state (n). Last New Organiza- 4 Living in the Cultural House is tion on Campus: fuzzy (adj). The C-House rooms are so Tuesday I ate a deep-fried ski lift MR M noble (adj) compared to the dorm (n). Our favorite YouTube video is “I play (v) my hair back and Poem: 5 rooms and my house-mates are ridicu- “Collective” lous (adj). We host many giant (adj) forth.” Everyone is welcome to come visit the C-House! You can get in with Remembering 6 programs! During my favorite program I Carnaval... got to skipping (v). Someone was glit- your D-tooth (n). We hope you’ll look tery (adj) at the block party. Hollaback out for our upcoming events. Snapshots from 7 DML Programs Café was gnarly and different (adj). All COME TO THE POETRY the participants were spicy (adj) about SLAM ON NOV. 12! Xpressions: Snap That! By Lucy Chen ‘12 and Rose Huey ‘13 On September 28th and 30th gram staff, and many students who individuals from 12-1PM, Xpressions invited the were previously unaware of the in one Macalester community to navigate DML’s presence on campus. piece was a new spaces and explore other realities We were very lucky to have formidable through the use of photographs. We beautiful weather during the two challenge. posted ourselves outside the Leonard days that this event was held, and The fin- and Campus Center, inviting people many community members seemed ished piece “Snap That!” Exhibit at the to use the disposable cameras pro- eager to participate. The pictures was a won- Lealtad-Suzuki Center vided to capture a manifested as peo- derful re- new perspective, ple climbing trees, minder that although every individ- and solidify mo- “Our intention was to have ual has a different way of perceiving sitting in plants, mentary thoughts, people challenge their way of taking pictures up campus, we are all united through feelings, and emo- thinking…” our physical surroundings. close, being near tions. Our inten- the ground and So far, we have heard of tion was to have people challenge taking pictures of the sky, and some many positive opinions expressed their way of thinking, by projecting even took pictures while riding tan- about the event and the photo com- their younger/older self, aspirations, dem on a bicycle! We found that and fears anonymously through the the process of creating the final pilation. Our hopes for the future pictures. Through our event we suc- compilation to be the most reward- of this piece is to have it travel cessfully engaged much of the ing part of our jobs as facilitators. throughout campus for short exhib- Macalester community from students Finding a cohesive stream of vision, its, while ultimately ending up at familiar with the Department of Mul- and presenting the work of many the Cultural House as a permanent ticultural Life, to faculty, campus pro- fixture. By Gaby Deal-Marquez ’12 and Tapas Series: Conversing Across Differences Katie Hinkfuss ‘13 "E(race)ing Identities?: Por- had towards Islam in general at this ics of a U.S. trajectory of racializing trayals of Muslims in the Media," was point in time, and how this was Muslims and those perceived to be the opening program for the Tapas receiving so much press. It made us Muslims. Series 2010-2011, sponsored by the wonder about the portrayals of Mus- Sources used to generate Lealtad-Suzuki Center. Drawing from lims in the media and how this may discussion ranged from clips from different media sources, the conversa- news broadcasts to documentary tion explored different ways that Mus- “Our title stemmed out of these footage. We placed special emphasis lim identities are portrayed in the me- on examining how these portrayals broader conversations on dia, both negatively and positively. have been affected since 9/11, and representation toward the We came up with the topic in light of the recent debates over while discussing the recent debates specifics of a U.S. trajectory of the Islamic Center in New York over the Islamic Center in NYC, that racializing Muslims…” City. The great turn out of students we had both followed pretty closely and faculty of different back- over the Summer, and were intrigued have changed with certain events grounds contributed to a unique by how different news sources were such as (more historically) 9/11 or conversation. We hope the event covering the debates while choosing (more recently) debates over the encouraged people to use dialogue to highlight certain issues over oth- Islamic Center. Our title stemmed as a way to explore issues that may ers. We were also perplexed about out of these broader conversations be hard to talk about, but are preva- the negative feelings many Americans on representation toward the specif- lent in our society. Page 2 Soup & Substance: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality Outside the Mac Bubble" By Jon Cole ‘12 In the middle of October, from there, it gets complicated to nic part of around forty members of the Mac explain that part of herself to peo- yourself.” community came together in the ple from outside her country. In the “I basement of Kagin for Soup and Czech language there are two hope that Substance. The purpose of the equivalent words for the English by the end event was to reflect on identity in use of “nationality.” There’s the of the four and out of the “nationality” of a years I am October’s Mac bubble, with state with bor- seen as “Soup & Substance” regards to the “I think of my nationality as for ders. There is also Vera. It [my experiences of the sure Czech.” But from there, it “nationality” as identity] is not that same as before, panelists. One of gets complicated…” the many identi- because I’ve changed.” She’s made the panelists was ties and ethnici- many friends, and “In some close Mac senior Vera Sidlova ‘11. ties within a state. relationships my Czech identity has If you don’t know Vera, Transition to living in the United become tangible.” That is to say, she’s an animated talker and pas- States involved a lot of challenges “As relationships become deeper, sionate thinker about whatever top- and triumphs for Vera. Reminiscing what Czech means to me becomes ics cross her path. about her first year she remembers, apparent to them.” Vera, in reflec- Vera sat down with me for “You want to preserve a part of tion of her time at Mac, feels that an interview on the same topic as yourself.” Eventually Vera came to internally and externally it can be Soup and Substance. She is upfront realize that there are many parts of apparent that, “Czech and Vera, about her identity, “I think of my one’s identity, and the piece you none is a total image of the other.” nationality as for sure Czech.” But retain “doesn’t have to be the eth- Cultural House ‘s Haiku By Rebecca Jackson ‘13 -Lavender Reception - -Hollaback Café on Net Neutrality- LGBTQ Save the Internet! and allies, making buttons, Fight corporate greed, protect talking, eating yum. Online equality. -C-House Block Party- -C-House Poetry Slam- C-House Block Party Music, snow-cones, chalk, Fall 2010 Is gonna be tight! popcorn and love. Water fight. Speak of the invisible. Love this bright Partaaaaaay! Speak for all to see. -ITKW The C-House- Food from all of us warm, happy kitchen. Crazed but The New Face to the Glad to see you all. Cultural House Page 3 The Context For and Against Bullying...continued It ture. He reminds us that survivors licensed as both a psychologist and is not hard to imagine children bul- may be trapped by abuse in the a marriage and family therapist. He lying when they absorb unchal- home or other inescapable situa- is the author of numerous books. lenged stereotypes and ignorance in tions. In such instances he offers His private practice is in Saint Paul, their families and communities. A seven practical strategies with valu- Minnesota, where he lives with his need for useful context for survivors wife. His most recent book, Honor is equally important. “It is not hard to imagine children Betrayed: Sexual Abuse In America’s bullying when they absorb Military addresses, among other Recently, a Macalester unchallenged stereotypes and alumnus, Dr. Mic Hunter ’79 wrote things, the mistreatment of gays and ignorance in their families and lesbians. His forth-coming book, “Advice to GLBT Kids Coping with communities.” Bullies” and is asking for help to Back To The Source: The Spiritual circulate it. I encourage you to read Principles Of Jesus, will be released in his work. He provides additional able context to help survivors and late 2010 or early 2011. In it he context as well as practical advice. allies to overcome bullying. addresses the mistreatment of He warns it isn’t helpful just to en- It’s great to see a local Mac women, gays, and lesbians. courage victims of bullying to cope alumnus such as Dr. Mic Hunter by imagining a better life in the fu- doing such wonderful work. He is New Organization on Campus: MR M By Jon Cole ‘12 is, sexism harms men as well as der-violence we would love to have women, and all people have a stake your help: in dismantling a cultural system • Speak Out against violence in any biased towards men. form. At MR M we are working • Challenge Stereotypes that frame to create a model of masculinity men and women as opposites, that is enemies, or having positive, “natural” gender t h a t “A big part of our mission is to address traits. I wanted to let you know a s h o w s how restrictive notions of masculinity little about a new organization on r e s p e c t can negatively affect the everyday lives • Join Up with a of Mac students.” community anti- campus called: Macalester Reclaims- for all people sexist organization Masculinity: MR M. MR M with words and deeds, without op- like MR M, FIA*STARSA, or (pronounced “Mister Em”) is de- pressing any persons. Obviously, Queer Union. voted to eradicating sexual violence on campus by addressing the role of we’ve got a long way to go in this • Read Up to learn more about men as perpetrators. world of ours, and need all the help what you can do in your personal we can get from people of all gen- or political life. A big part of our mission is ders. to address how restrictive notions of masculinity can negatively affect the If you’ve got a stake in cul- everyday lives of Mac students. That tural change around gender or gen- Page 4 C o lle c ti ve we are all collectors of memories acquire sleepovers and game nights, pillow-fights and movie marathons, By Spero Walkowiak ‘13 parties, concerts, and acquire laughter acquire midterms and stress break-ups, break-downs, and insults crying, the shoulder of a friend, and acquire sorrow we are all collections of identities be skin color, be sexuality be woman, man domestic, international be target and survivor faith, non-faith, weather insults and intolerance athlete, academic, artist make yourself a center you can stand in be genuine and know what you stand for you will always be more than ignorance will make you out to be be amazement we are all collectors of memories and collections of identities remember who you are and love that wholly Page 5 Studying Abroad in São Paulo, Brazil: Remembering Carnaval By Angela Gutierrez ‘11 While the twin cities have ber when my host mom invited me lots to offer in the worlds of art, cui- to participate in a citywide parade sine and music, São Paulo, a city with that happens every year during car- just under 19 million inhabitants, nival. The parade is a competition feels like a revolving door of cultural between the various samba schools events that seem last all through the that are traditionally associated with night and happen all year long. I ar- a particular neighborhood, and can rived there in January, and after a be very competitive. Angela in her beautiful outfit month of adjusting to the language, I had no idea what I was the noise, getting into until I Four hours later, after danc- the attended one of the ing my feet off and singing the “I knew it was going to be an experience crowds rehearsals at the school’s anthem over and over, I to remember when my host mom invited on the samba school, Rosas felt like I had just been a part of metro me to participate in a citywide parade…” de Ouro (Golden something amazing. During the pa- and living Roses). Expecting a rade, among giant floats and cheer- with a host family, I got my first taste formal rehearsal where we learned ing crowds and huge, ridiculous of the fervor and excitement that specific steps, I was definitely mis- costumes, I felt like I had been came to define my experience in Bra- taken when I arrived at the school transported to another world. I was zil. and several hundred people were delighted to hear when the winners Carnival is an event that is milling around amongst beer and were announced that the Rosas de celebrated all over the world in differ- food vendors. When the music Ouro had placed first in the compe- ent cultural forms, but Brazil’s version started, everyone began to dance tition! It was only the beginning of is perhaps the most famous. I wasn’t and sing along to words that, by the what would come to be an incredi- sure what to expect, but I knew it was end of the night, I knew by heart. ble experience of cultural participa- going to be an experience to remem- tion in Brazil. Playing Pretend Is Not Just For Kids By Jon Cole ‘12 On a Friday night I like noth- you had fun, you won! ling. Not every role-playing experi- ing better than getting together with To me, role-playing is not ence is as literal; in the game Dogs in friends to play a game over drinks. all fun and games. It’s entertaining the Vineyard, players make-believe as The drinks in this case are milkshakes of course, but role-playing is not Wild West gunslingers, but the at The Neighborhood Café, and the simply thoughtless escapism. As a game is functionally about making game is Dungeons and Dragons or oth- personal way to interact with new moral choices in situations without ers like it. That’s right, I am unasham- ideas and think about how I might clear answers. edly a nerd, one who likes to role-play relate to unfamiliar experiences, it is To be sure, role-playing is on the weekend. As role-playing unparalleled in my experience. An like any art form with its high and games have evolved since their genesis illustration can be found in the low points—you have your Do The in the 1980s, this way of playing pre- game Steal Away Jordan, a sober Right Thing games, and your Con Air tend has become an adult activity (not meditation of the lives of enslaved games. Role-playing, my favorite like that) which involves chatting Africans in the 19th Century United cinema of the imagination, is as around a table more often than wav- States. Each player steps into an broad as a valley and deep as a sea ing foam swords. The make-believe experience that is as much a history trench. Why not try it out some- events take place in the mind’s eye lesson as it is collaborative storytel- time? and the game play is collaborative—if Page 6 Snapshots from our various Programs “Tapas Series” “Host Family Program “ October 2010 2010-2011 MSA Iftar September 2010 “Pluralism & Unity Program” “Soup & Substance “ 2010-2011 November 2010 Orientation Lunch Lealtad-Suzuki Center Lavender Reception Fall 2010 Open House 2010 Fall 2010 Lealtad-Suzuki Center’s Staff Cultural House Staff 2010-2011 DML Staff 2010-2011 2010-2011 Fall Events of the Department of Multicultural Life November 4: “Soup & Substance: Class Dynamics Outside the Mac Bubble” November 06: “Host Family Program Pot Luck” November 10: “Tapas: Culture Shock! Language, Taboo, and Identity” November 18: “Xpressions: Mobile Me” December 2: “Soup & Substance: The Politics of Religion and Spirituality Outside the Mac Bubble” Please send submissions for the next edition of The Mosaic to firstname.lastname@example.org 2010-2011 Pluralism and Unity Department of Multicultural Life Staff Program Facilitators • Tommy L. Woon, Dean of Multicultural Life • Karla Benson Rutten, Director Lealtad-Suzuki Center • Karla Benson Rutten, Director, Lealtad-Suzuki Center • Alina Wong, Assistant Director Lealtad-Suzuki Center • Ryan Prosser, Hall Director, Residential Life • Afifa Benwahoud, Department Coordinator • Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, Associate Director Campus Programs • Sedric McClure, Multicultural Counselor, MAX Center • Marlon James, Assistant Professor, English www.macalester.edu/multiculturalism Macalester College 1600 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 For more information on the services of the Lealtad—Suzuki Center and the Department of Multicultural Life: Visit our office on the 1st Floor of Kagin Commons and/or call us at (651) 696-6243 You can find our websites at www.macalester.edu/multiculturalism and www.macalester.edu/lealtad-suzuki.