Artistry hosts first student art exhibition

Visit Artistry’s website

The members of Artistry hosted their first student-run exhibition this Friday in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University (NU) to raise awareness about the publication and the artists it features.

Artistry is a club that publishes two publications a semester – one dedicated to art-related events around Boston and the other showcasing art created by the NU community. They feature the works of students, faculty and alumni and review art in and around Boston.

“We wanted to host this event to showcase the talent of Northeastern artists and raise awareness about our club,” said club president Michelle Chan.

Chan collaborated with Artistry to plan and execute the exhibit, which featured 19 artists displaying over 30 pieces.

Attendees of the event were able to browse the art featured while snacking on complementary cheese, cracks, cookies and other snacks placed around the venue. The crowd included a mix of first-time exhibition goers, Artistry members, and the artists featured in the event.

“These are all really cool pieces,” said attendee NU student Dominic Yamarone. “The impact of some of them are just amazing.”

Yamarone and a friend learned about the event through the club’s Facebook page. It was his first time attending an event like that at NU.

Another attendee, NU student Ryan Tan, thought that the exhibition could be a way for Artistry to promote artists while also promoting their club.

“They could host future events to promote artists more,” said Tan. “I know a lot of artists who would love this kind of opportunity.”

Hannah Groudas, a graduate student at NU, had a sculptural work displayed which she titled on-the-spot “Untitled #1,” a piece featuring a raised sculptural pattern on canvas. She said the club contacted her about displaying her art for this new event.

“It was cool they reached out to me,” said Groudas. “It’s nice to know my stuff is out there.”

Groudas also agreed that the event could be the beginning of a more widespread awareness of the arts at NU.

“Because the College of Art, Media and Design is so small and there’s a limited amount of student artists, this should make people more aware of the art that’s being made by content creators here,” said Groudas.

The club offered copies of their literary magazine to attendees as well as an e-mail listing to receive updates from the club in the future.



Holocaust survivor shares story with Northeastern community


Aron Greenfield, a survivor of the Polish ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust, spoke Tuesday at Northeastern University (NU) about the importance of sharing his story.

Greenfield was born in 1927 and raised in Szczakowa, Poland in a family of nine. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Greenfield said he was separated from his family and spent the war living in ghettos. He was then imprisoned in nine different concentration camps within Poland.

Greenfield and his sister, Sarah, were the only two members of his family to survive. His methods of survival as he moved from camp to camp involved making sure he looked older and was able to work.

“They looked at you like an animal, to see if you could still walk or run,” said Greenfield.

Greenfield believes it was every German’s responsibility to speak up against what was happening.

“When someone from Germany tells you they never knew, call them a liar,” said Greenfield.

Greenfield touched upon the issue of faith among Holocaust survivors. He said that many previously religious Jews lost their faith after experiencing the camps and ghettos.

“Many Holocaust survivors are not strong believers,” said Greenfield.

A slideshow presented photographs of Greenfield, his mother and his sister before and after the war. The final photograph was of Greenfield’s current family: a daughter, a son-in-law, and three young grandchildren.

The oldest grandchild at age ten, Greenfield said, is not ready to hear about what his family went through. However, the survivor hopes that he can pass on what he can to the community at large.

Some students in attendance appreciated hearing Greenfield’s story as a part of NU’s Holocaust Awareness Week.

“I was really glad Greenfield donated his time,” said NU freshman Janette Ebbers. “I think it’s very important to remember events like these especially with the way the political climate is today.”

One student valued the experience after going on a Dialogue of Civilizations based on learning about the Holocaust in Germany and Poland.

“Ever since my Dialogue, I’ve had an interest in learning about the Holocaust,” said NU senior Emma Vukelic. “I come to these events to remind myself what I experienced there rather than losing that piece of history.”

Boston Globe: ‘She didn’t deserve this,’ friend says after woman is killed in Dorchester

Read the story here

This story provides an insight into the emotional, personal effect that a shooting had on a community. The article’s lead describes the scene and where it took place, and sets up the rest of the article to be focused on how the loved ones of Brianna Hardy are dealing with her unexpected death.

The reporter was able to get some good quotes from the mourners as well. The emotion from the quotes adds to the story and conveys the emotional turmoil of an unsolved case, especially as brutal as this.

Personally I think this is a good article and a type that I don’t read often, at least not involving crime that occurs in lower wage areas. I feel like crime gets brushed aside as a common thing in these communities, but based on the feelings of this group this was a freak accident that isn’t getting the coverage it deserves. That’s why I think that more coverage of these areas and what’s actually going on is what a paper is suppose to do.

Boston Globe: Boston Jewish groups condemn Trump immigration policy

Read the story here

This article gives a brief insight into a statement released by the Jewish Community Relations Council on behalf of 17 organizations in New England. It opens with a succinct lead and goes on to explain the main points of the statement. The quotes chosen from the statement I think successfully structure the story and provide valuable information.

What I would have liked to see would have been quotes from more sources, like members of the groups or Jewish authorities in Boston. An explanation or hyperlink to a relevant article regarding what is going on with the refugees would have also been appreciated. I know what’s going on, but maybe some people who are seeing this article first don’t.

Boston Globe: Charlie Baker wasn’t at the Boston protest. Here’s why.

Read the story here

As a whole, this article deals with criticisms that Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker received after not acknowledging the marches this past Saturday. The quotes in this article from him are strangely casual and what I would assume might be common place for this political figure.

The story goes through the issue by presenting Baker’s preoccupation, his opposition’s statement, and then how his approval rating is at the moment.

The reporter does a good job not making any speculations. His transitions are based in fact and his quotes seem to be reputable and adding content to the story.

However, this story doesn’t seem as sensational as the headline makes it out to be. Baker’s absence could’ve been chalked up to scheduling conflicts, but this headlines makes it seem like it was some sort of elaborate answer that people were dying to hear.

I do think it’s important though to say publicly that he was not involved in the marches. They were such a huge event in the United States’ political history that I think for a politician like him to not be there was a mistake.

I think since the reporter chose to include the governor’s current approval rating, he should have reached out to Massachusetts citizens who were either involved in the march or had an opinion on the matter to see if the disposition towards Baker changed. But then again, how big is this story if Baker just claims he was busy at a meeting? Maybe more investigating is in order.

Boston Globe: Worcester man accused of kidnapping, human trafficking, and sexual assault

Read the story here

First off, I just want to commend reporters who have to cover events like this. Although this is not an in depth investigation of these accusations, which can arguably not be the journalist’s job, but the detective’s, this article provides succinct coverage of an all too tragic reality.

Correspondent Maddie Kilgannon provides the appropriate lead for the story with a satisfying spread of the facts, clearing indicating the sources of information and that this issue is still based in accusations and not convictions.

Kilgannon does a good job staying separate from the conflict. Her choice of words does not seem overtly cold or overly sympathetic. It rides the line of provided a service to the reader in informing them of what’s important to the story: who the victim was, how the perpetrator did it, and what has happened to both him and her.

The only quotes in the story are provided by a police statement. In most cases this would be a huge red flag, but with these kinds of stories it’s understandable. The victim is a minor, and a minor from a foreign country. Getting a statement from her would be, in my opinion, unethical and wouldn’t add to the story.