RJSC Newsletter

November & December 2013

Welcome back to our newsletter!

Hello, RJSC! Welcome to the November edition of the newsletter. Winter is slowly approaching, and so are finals! We wish you luck and hope that you still have time to attend the variety of events that we will be offering this month. Not only will this be an opportunity to expand your college experiences, it is also an opportunity to win Panda Bucks for our upcoming drawing!

Are you interested in submitting a short article or a piece of artwork to the newsletter? Contact the editors or your RA!


Pictures of past events can be seen above. Since mid-October we have had complex bike rides, a study abroad info session, plenty of halloween movie nights, a poker tournament, a panda bucks drawing, a complex variety show, tRAC or Treat for local children, SafeZone LGBT Ally training, halloween weekend, a complex trick-or-treat, a rape culture round table discussion with the faculty-in-residence, DARS info session, Hallowpalooza, Coolville food pantry volunteering, Thanksgiving craft night, a personal finance program, Supersize Me, a Native American heritage program, and plenty of hall council meetings. More upcoming events are listed below!

  • 11/16 Morgan/Kaitlyn floor section Soccer Game (1-2p)
  • 11/16 International Dinner (Purchase tickets from RAs Duy or Kaitlyn, 6-9p)
  • 11/17 Duy's Floor Section Soccer Game (6p)
  • 11/18 Austin's Floor Student Debt program (Copeland Hall, 8p)
  • 11/18 Cole's Floor SPENT poverty simulation (Read 204, 8p)
  • 11/18 Jessica's Floor Game Night (Read 2nd floor Lounge, 8:30p)
  • 11/20 Hall Council Meeting- all are welcome (Read Rec Room, 9p)
  • 11/22 Senior Dance Performance with hors d'oeuvres, mocktails and discussion with Faculty-in-Residence (Lincoln Hall Lobby, 8:30-11p)
  • 11/24 Camille's floor Bob Evans and Pet Store outing (11a-1:30p)
  • 11/24 RJSC Alternative Thanksgiving dinner (7-8p)
  • 11/24 Katie's floor Popcorn and Pillows program (Read Rec Room, 9-10p)
  • 11/27 Hall Council Meeting- all are welcome (Read Rec Room, 9-10p)
  • 12/4 Hall Council Meeting- all are welcome (Read Rec Room, 9-10p)
  • PANDA BUCKS DRAWING TBA (fill 'em out and turn 'em in!)

Check with your RA for updated information on individual floor section programming and events!


Kaitlyn Camp, RA

As leaves carpet the ground and we wake up to a layer of snow, it's clear that the end of the semester is drawing closer. For many, this semester signaled the beginning of autonomous self-discovery, and for others, it was simply another step. This transition has been true for me as well. This past Sunday, as I watched my friend Matt recording my friend Kasey working on a photography project, it hit me- I realized how far we've all come since our freshman year. From our first self-conscious steps into college life to our confident ones now, we have all changed dramatically without being aware of it. We've read, talked, laughed, cried, explored, created--we've learned. I'm proud to have been able to grow alongside the RJSC complex this semester, and I hope that everyone continues to grow and succeed as the holidays approach. Good luck on your finals, and keep up the great work!

Resident Spotlight

Seth Archer

"I am a first year student studying journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. I am set to graduate in 2017 and I would like my journalism degree to be supplemented by a minor in economics and a specialization in political science. I started this year as a stringer photographer for The Post, the on campus daily newspaper. After getting started in the photo department, I broadened my horizons to begin writing for the campus staff as well. Besides my work for the paper, I am also a member of the National Press Photographer Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Both are on campus clubs with nationally recognized organizations. I have been published in a variety of publications, including the nationally distributed Dirt Rag Magazine, and the Active Times."

Check out Seth's website and gallery below!

Staff Spotlight

Jessica Lindner, RA

Jessica is the second floor women's RA in Read Hall. She is a second year RA for Read-Johnson and she is currently a Junior in the Honors Tutorial College where she studies environmental and plant biology. She has been a co-author of two academic publications through her research at Ohio University, and she has been involved in the training course for other Resident Assistants for the past two years.

Jessica was selected as RA Of The Month for all of East Green! Congratulations Jessica, we're proud to have you as one or our own!

Faculty in Residence Spotlight

Jefferson Hall: Glidden Visiting Professor Tom Costello

"As a proud 1975 graduate of Ohio University, I was looking for ways in which I could share my background and experiences with the students, faculty and staff of my alma mater. In January of this year, I applied, with the backing of The Scripps College of Communication, Regional Higher Education, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to serve as the 2013-2014 Glidden Visiting Professor. The position was created by past Ohio President Robert Glidden and his wife. My hope during this academic year is to serve as a resource to the University community on the issues of diversity, access, and equity, especially around the issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, ableism and ethnicity. I also hope to provide the University community my perspective and experience regarding issues of diversity and inclusion and civil rights and social justice.

Since March 2008, I have served as the leader of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, a 71 year-old human rights and civil justice organization based in Detroit (www.miroundtable.org). Prior to my joining the Michigan Roundtable, I served as the chief legal officer of Compuware Corporation, a worldwide provider of information technology and services, for 24 years.

As an alumnus, I have served Ohio University as a member of its Diversity Alumni Advisory Board (DAAB) and I am currently its Chair. The DAAB’ s mission is to connect, inform, and serve the university community through strong leadership, dynamic programs, and effective communication that integrate diversity and inclusion initiatives into the daily policies, practices, curricula, and programs at Ohio University. I would welcome your thoughts on issues of diversity, access and equity on campus.

Along with Dr. Michael Hess of the School of Education, we are serving as a resource to the residential housing staff to develop multicultural dialogue programs and developmental opportunities for staff.

I have already lectured in a number of courses, seminars and other activities on campus. The discussions have demonstrated tremendous critical thinking on the part of our students and a great energy on campus on issues of social justice.

Current events such as the alleged rape on Court Street provide us with an opportunity to have a civil and thoughtful discussion on issues relating to rape culture, bystander intervention and dating violence. In our discussions, we must address stereotypes, gender oppression, power and privilege in a safe and respectful manner. My suggested reading on this topic is a book by Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Additionally, I encourage you to attend a program on bystander intervention and dating violence to be held on October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Jefferson Hall library. Bill Arnold from the Women’s Center will be our speaker."

RJSC Faculty in Residence Events

Be moved... Feel... Dance!

The Ohio University Dance Division in the School of Dance, Film and Theater presents its annual Fall Senior Dance Concert, Thursday, November 21st, Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00p.m and 9:00p.m in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre at Putnam Hall. Tickets are free for OU students with a valid OU ID.

The 7pm and 9pm times will be different performances. Below are select press announcements that sample what is to expect of both performances in terms of artistry, creative exploration, and movement making.

The following provide a synopsis of what you might see in either concert:

"Have you ever been stuck between an undeniable connection and a compelling reason to destroy that connection? Choreographer Kristopher Terry's piece Illicit explores the tender and intensely rigid relationship between three friends. Terry's unique movement style and dynamic performance of his dancers evokes empathy for the "dance" within a relationship and ensuing connections."

"Free at Best, choreographed by Irene Honora, explores mental and physical entrapment through the blend of gesture and full-bodied movement. Augmented by an original score from composer Tony void, the dark setting is created with themes of resentment, anger, liberation, and hope."

"Elizabeth Conway's solo work, Spitting Image, fuses live and video dance. Yielding to the containment of her 8' by 8' square, her subtle and decisive movements juxtapose the relationship between the real and virtual image."

"Memories, map-making, and drawing are the creative tools used to remember Emily Stepleton's grandmother in her solo work, Reconfiguration of Drumbeat Red. An original score by Alyssa Scabby blends rhythms of cooking instruments, waves of Lake Erie, and distorted Ernest R. Ball music scores."

"Emma W. Rumberg's work, Less than 500nm Seen at Full, explores the power and potential of the sun that exists within the human form. Seven dancers enliven images of solar flares that burst and lash out into space. These flares are fodder for tensility making up the sun potential of human interaction."

RJSC November-December Birthdays!

  • Joost L.
  • Patrick G.
  • Austin M.
  • Kaitlyn C.
  • Emily S.
  • Peyton M.
  • Zachary B.
  • Esteban R.
  • Kyle B.
  • Kevin D.
  • Cody M.
  • Matthew S.
  • Donovan S.
  • John H.
  • Allissa R.
  • Austin A.
  • Nicole C.
  • Matthew M.
  • John K.
  • Eric P.
  • Wesley W.
  • Samantha D.
  • Austin F.
  • Caleb K.
  • Jeremy H.
  • Matthew M.
  • Charlotte K.
  • Kalen R.
  • Claire S.
  • Brook K.
  • Tristan M.
  • Jennie C.
  • Sophia H.
  • Morgan H.
  • Bradley M.
  • Michael F.
  • Caroline W.
  • Kristen C.
  • Michael J.
  • Adam H.

This is the final newsletter of fall semester! Great job bobcats, you're almost there! Keep your head up through exams and have a fantastic holiday season. Have safe travels, and we'll see you back in January! Fill out the "Get In Touch" form below with questions or comments about the newsletter, or the complex in general! As always, your feedback is appreciated.

With much bobcat love,

Cole and Kaitlyn, the Editors

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