Author: Tori Cromer

Unmasking the villain and creating hope

In 2005, when the movie V for Vendetta was released into theaters, V became the modern-day vigilante. But according to Matthew A. Jonossaint, because V keeps his mask on, he never fully succeeds as a vigilante. Many people who enjoy V for Vendetta like it for the sense of anti-government messages it sends and the revolution that is created in the film. On Dec. 3, Jonossaint broke down the film into what he found within the portrayed messages, at the “Contours of Knowledge” conference. Jonossaint addressed several topics in his discussion about V for Vendetta; one of which was how the character V describes a revolution taking place that will cause a radical change within an oppressive society. In the eyes of the people being oppressed, V became an iconic symbol, representing “one last inch of hope,” as said by Jonossaint. But in the end, V remains a masked character, which undermines his efforts at revolution. Though Jonossaint described many likable traits in the film, he described how V for Vendetta focuses on a revolution that does not fully succeed. Instead, it is only continued by the public, who, like V, keep masking their own private...

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Redefining general education

As the world changes, education needs to adapt with it. That is what the Association of American Colleges and Universities hopes to accomplish with their new program. This university was selected to become one of the higher education institutions that will participate in General Education for a Global Century. By participating in GEGC, the current general education will be altered in minor ways that would create major effects. Since the change will be coming while the university is still in its developing years, any alterations made to programs now will play their biggest roles in future Wolverine generations. Outlined within the program are the set of principles that list expected changes for each of the chosen institutions. The overview can be found on the AAC&U website. Other institutions that were selected include Carnegie Mellon University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University and College of William and Mary. They have started the process of integrating the GEGC program, which is planned to go from 2010-12, into their schools. The Association of American Colleges and Universities hopes that by implementing this program into schools, it will create students who are prepared for life in many aspects. In a press release concerning the program, they claim that it will “prepare today’s college students to grapple with big global challenges and thrive in a globalized economy as socially responsible and engaged citizens and...

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