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Flipsnacking: Nourishing Food for Thought or Junk Food for the Brain?

By Dr. Heather Harwood, Classics Department Head

Let me begin with a disclaimer:  I am not a Luddite. I genuinely like technology. I own a smart phone, a laptop, and an ipad. I have both a Twitter and a Facebook account.  I read the New York Times online and love that I can watch the videos that sometimes accompany the stories. I have a Netflix account and I’d be lost without my GPS (literally); I even sometimes Skype with my parents. As an educator, I was an early proponent of using technology to facilitate student learning.  In fact, despite its stuffy, antiquated reputation, Classics was one of the first of the Humanities’ disciplines to jump on the technology train, and I have been using it effectively in my classroom for (more…)

Revealing the Invisible and the Paradox of Genuine Self-Expression: A Critical Analysis of Véronique Doisneau by Jérôme Bel

By Candice Wang, VI Form

Commissioned by Opera National de Paris in 2004, Jerome Bel’s dance Veronique Doisneau contrasts an individual, the ballet dancer Veronique Doisneau, with an institution, the world of classical ballet and the dance company. The performance is named after the dancer Veronique Doisneau, who has years of experience working for the Ballet of the Opera de Paris as both a soloist and a member of the Corps de Ballet. By highlighting Doisneau, the dance exposes the touch of humanity and reality hidden behind the balletic illusion of effortlessness and perfection. As the choreographer Jerome Bel declares in an interview, the dance lays bare the language and (more…)

The Epic Hero: An Analysis of the Shields of Achilles and Aeneas in Comparison to Hesiod’s “Shield of Heracles”

By Matthew Flathers, VI Form

While the pseudo-Hesiodic Shield of Heracles is largely considered to be a poorly composed piece of poetry, criticized and deemed inauthentic by other antiquated authors[1], it is through its mimicry and plagiarism that it is able to provide valuable insight into Greek, and later Roman, heroism. This short, 450-lined recounting of the contest between Heracles and Cycnus is, as the title suggests, an ekphrastic work about the shield that Heracles bore in the fight. However, seeing as the poem is not particularly well written or unique, the focus of the work lies entirely in the description of the shield itself as opposed to the quality of the imagery used. While large portions of the text are paraphrased and even directly quoted sections of Homer’s Iliad,[2] other sections are indeed original


Tips on Finding a STEM Research Internship

By Julie Geng, VI Form


CatalystThis summer, I did a research internship with the Tang Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two months. I worked with a 4th-year graduate student on two projects in the field of medicinal chemistry. During the internship, I rented an apartment at Lucky Complex and lived by myself. Living on my own helped me develop many essential skills such as cooking, cleaning, and paying the monthly rent! Madison, WI has lovely weather in the (more…)

Global Citizenship In My Own Backyard

By Lindsay Nielsen, IV Form


Throughout my freshman year at St. Mark’s, I became very familiar with the term “Global Citizen” or “globally GCI LEO2responsible citizen.” I confess, however, that even though I was repeatedly hearing these terms, I did not have a real understanding of what they meant. I felt as though I was learning everything about the topic except for the definition of what it means to be a global citizen.
In addition, I had no idea how to apply what I knew to my own community.


Always Look Up

By Brady Loomer, Science Faculty

IMG_0405Human beings, especially modern human beings, have become quite adept at becoming absorbed in their own daily lives, focusing on what is in front of them, the cell phone in their hand, the watch on their wrist, or the person they’re about to collide with on the sidewalk. There is nothing wrong with this, as much of our lives are driven by scheduling, emails, and calendars. If we chose to avoid these things, we would probably fall behind the curve and struggle to catch up with the rest of our quickly paced world. Despite the necessity for these functions, falling into this pace of life and becoming absorbed in these earth-bound things has one major consequence; we fail to realize our world around us. Luckily for modern human beings, we (more…)