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Project lets freshmen explore self and society

November 13, 2015

First-year students took to Vine to express themselves and how they fit into society as part of a class-wide project.

Vine is a social app that allows users to combine images, videos, text and sound to create six-second videos that continuously loop.

All freshmen are required to take a First-Year Experience class. While all are focused on self and society, each section has a unique theme.

Yesterday, students and faculty from all FYE classes came together in Windsor Auditorium to share select Vines and talk about the project.

Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut’s class is focused on personal passions, creativity and leadership. One of her students, Stephanie LeBlanc, merged her passion for art with her love of dogs, creating a colorful Vine that shows puppies being painted different colors.

Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, assistant professor of health science, is using her FYE class to educate students on societal issues as they relate to health and wellness. Mariah Homan used her vine to show the effects of stress on eating habits.

Several students challenged images in popular culture such as women’s magazines and movies, proving in six seconds that appearance does not reflect reality.

Harli Harris took a different approach, using an albino hedgehog to show how “living up to society’s standards creates a fake you.” The hedgehog, lodged with insults, conducts an online search for how he’s supposed to look, only to transform into a stuffed hedgehog.

Savannah Thibault, a student in Lee Heinz’s Shakespeare-themed FYE class, created a vine of herself playing soccer with the “some are born great. Some achieve great. And some have greatness thrust upon them,” a quote from Twelfth Night.

This is the second year FYE students have created vines for class.

"The idea is that students can use this platform to make short videos that explore how their FYE courses have shaped their view of themselves and their society" said Associate Professor Mark Thompson.

One of his students, Jesse Roan, created a video showing the evolution of women from the 1950s through today, ending with a photo of Stephens President Dianne Lynch. She told the group she wanted to portray that mothers can do more than stay at home.

“I ended with Dianne Lynch because she does have a teenage daughter,” Roan said, “but she also runs all of this.”

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