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Archive for September, 2013

Strangest Movie Ever

Being John Malkovich by Charlie Kaufman is one of the most perplexing movies that I have ever seen.  After watching the movie and discussing it in my writing class, it’s still impossible to fully explain the plot, structure, and meaning of this movie.

In two particular scenes, when Malkovich enters his own mind and when Elijah is in the jungle, confusion is conveyed in a comical and odd way. These scenes oppose the unconscious is inaccessible to the conscious mind, yet promote that the unconscious affects behavior and emotions. I plan to explore Sigmund Freud’s writings to understand the relationship between the unconscious and conscious mind.

In another scene Maxine and Craig sell ‘trips’ into John Malkovich’s mind by advertising with the slogan, “Would you like to be someone for 15 minutes?  I’ve realized that Craig and Maxine are ultimately selling a way to escape the plainness of everyday life. I’m curious as why people  may want to free themselves from their own reality and intend on reading into Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis to shed light upon the subject.

In one scene Craig passionately dances after he discovered he is able to manipulate Malkovich like his puppets.  The realization that the portal allows Craig to become a puppet and prompts him to express himself freely in Malkovich’s body driven by his erratic emotions. I’m interested in discovering how emotions and actions are influenced by the fantasies of a person. To discover whether fantasies construct reality or reality construct fantasies, I aim to investigate Sigmund Freud’s outlook on a fantasy as a defense mechanism. Furthermore, I plan to comprehend read into Freud’s reality principle, which describes reality as the ability of the mind to assess the external world.

Throughout this movie actions or activities result from outside forces and factors, such as Craig’s actions and thoughts controlling John Malkovich. The thoughts and actions of John were not actually his but rather that of another person. This raises one more interesting question, what motivates an individual’s behavior and is there a purpose behind his or her actions? To learn more about the influence of others, I plan to writing of Carl Jung who proposed concepts of the collective unconscious, and possibly read into the impact of archetypes.

This movie illustrates several scenes that have raised questions, which I hope have impacted my audience to engage in a conversation about the movie.  I’m intrigued with various concepts of psychology and interested in discovering answers to my curiosity.

 

 

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What do I stand for?!

Dear Chancellor Daniele C. Struppa,

Chapman University is ranked in the U.S. News and World Report‘s top-tier of western region colleges and universities, and Newsweek Magazine picked Chapman as the third most beautiful campus in the U.S for 2013.  Despite the top-tier and beauty of Chapman University, The Schmid College of Science and Technology is lacking a quality learning environment and adequate classroom facilities within the Hashinger Science Center.

Hashinger Science Center

The ideology of this letter involves views against the minority, such that the shortfall of science majors on campus hinders the significance of updating and refurbishing the Schmid College of Science and Technology.  As a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major at Chapman University, I have relevant experience with this issue because the majority of my time is spent within the HSC.  My knowledge of this subject can be noted from personal experiences and opinions, thoughts, and impressions of other individuals associated with the HSC.  The values in this open letter portray equality in all majors on campus, such that there is a financial awareness and equal distribution of funds throughout the campus. The desire to revamp Chapman University’s science department stems from a majority of under-privileged individuals, such as individuals who financially lack money to donate for refurbishing The Schmid College of Science and Technology to begin construction immediately. This letter addresses several priorities, such as influencing discussion and prompting action to be taken to satisfy the science community at Chapman University.

The the quality of the classrooms and laboratories within the HSC are substandard and can be considered unacceptable, since the disrepairs and insufficient instruments hinder students ability to preform superior. The outdated instruments (pH meter, pipets, and light absorbency meters to name a few) are inconsistent and do not project accurate data students can utilize in their lab reports. Moreover, the inaccurate results can prompt students to formulate incorrect conclusions and attain imprudent comprehension. In particular the time spent in beginning labs, such as Chem 140 and 150, is wasted away by sifting through broken and lost tools to start the project. The lack of supplies and computers prohibits students from keeping their focus on the main experiment because their attention is required to find working devices. Sharing apparatuses lengthens the time in the lab, thus prompting students to become anxious and annoyed which eventually leads to carelessness.  The students then throw away precious time that could have been spent creating quality bonds with their professors and mastering the subject material.

Additionally, the lower level of HSC yields an incompetent and unsatisfactory learning environment.  The basement has been renamed “the dungeon” because the sound of the stairwell door slamming resembles that of being locked in an underground prison cell.  The downstairs computer lab has been renamed “the ice box” because the uncontrollable thermostat floods the room with a cold chill. Working in this space, students have difficulty focusing because the uncomfortable blue chairs in the computer lab and arrangements of the desks away from the projector screen encourage a lack of attention to the professor.

In regards to campus beauty, the Hashinger Science Center (HSC) is the most despairing and unappealing building on campus.  At first glance this building is disguised beyond trees, however with a closer look the building appears to resembles a jail.  Although a prisoner would rather remain in a penal institution than spend time in HCS’s  frigid atmosphere and frighting presence.  The iron bars around the three balconies and large metal classroom doors project “do not enter, you’ll be locked in forever.”

Walking around HCS’s surroundings plants cover the ground, however, dead, shriveled pedals cover the walk way.  As a student walking to class, this reminds me of how I’m not going to see the living beauty around me because once inside the windowless classrooms, no sunlight enters. The atmosphere of this HSC is depressing and appears lifeless in the artificial light.  My enthusiasm and cheerful attitude eludes as I approach my classroom, thus causing a lack of attention and focus during my courses.

In contrast to expressing a strong discontent to The Schmid College of Science and Technology, I am highly satisfied with the faculty members that work in HSC. The opportunities provided to undergraduate students interested in research are high-ranking, because the opportunity prepares science majors with proficient techniques and experience within the laboratory and field.  The HSC requires updated technology and advanced instruments to foster professional excellence, because the mediocrity of the HSC does not fit the professional approach of the faculty, colleagues, and students. I appreciate the motivated and dedicated professors at HSC, however, the negative drawbacks of The Schmid College of Science & Technology out-weight the advantage of undergraduate research opportunities.

To perhaps offset the negative drawbacks, the development of a new science and technology building in 2018 should start construction this upcoming summer in 2014 to promote Chapman’s new building developments in a positive connotation instead of demoted implications associated with the construction of the performing arts center.

Chapman University officially broke ground for the  Musco Center for the Arts on September 6, 2012, and more than a year later there still appears to be a massive dirt hole. The impeding impression on how long it takes to complete the Musco Center for the Arts, implies the construction on this new building is discontinued. To heighten once lowered opinions on Chapman University’s expanding establishments, the science and technology center should begin fabrication on designs immediately and push to build by summer 2014. The establishment of a new science and technology center for Fall 2014 would authorize the lack of construction labor for the performing arts center and prove Chapman University follows through with what is stated in terms of new developments.

As a surprise to the Chapman community, an earlier start on the construction for the science and technology center would lead to cheerfulness and satisfaction for individuals involved in science this new school year (2014-2015).  Furthermore, the earlier that construction begins on the new science and technology center, the more likely science majors will achieve greater academic advancements at Chapman University.

New Science and Technology Center

With a new science and technology center in fall 2014, current students (freshman and sophomores) could experience redesigned teaching laboratories that could promote problem-based learning grounded in real world scenarios rather than prescribed, cookbook lab exercises.  The newest technological advances within classrooms along with an updated exterior structure of the new building could unify Chapman’s campus.

A new complex with modernized research laboratories, technologically sophisticated classrooms, and energy efficient design features associated with energy, sustainability, and efficiency can elevate Chapman University towards additional titles and higher rankings in news reports and magazines. The extra attention may draw more extraordinary students, thus allowing Chapman University to demote Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University from their standings and prompt Chapman University to attain a superior standing.

I hope this letter influences discussions about taking immediate action and advancing the science and technology center developmental plans this upcoming summer in 2014. The earlier the development on strengthening and improving the science department, the sooner Chapman University’s ranking in various magazines and new reports will appear as number one.

Thank you for your consideration and time,

Kristin Gabriel

Response to Open Letter

Dear Fellow Readers,

I recently read an open letter written by Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 16, 1963 titled “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, and argues to the white clergy and critics that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.

Click the following link to view the letter: http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

This open letter refined my perceptions on the power of writing in such a manner, that I am explaining the various rhetorical techniques mentioned to draw further conclusions on how to write the mind and “voice” ones’ thoughts.  The “voice” of MLK, Jr. altered the harsh realities of the Negro community into an urgent need ultimately influencing the Civil Rights Movement.  I believe his “voice” compels a specific response.  I responded to the letter with empowerment, such that I understood words can evoke an audience in the same manner of actions.

I realized the power to shape the decision of the audience lies within the inartistic constraints.  The established credibility or ethos demonstrates MLK, Jr.’s knowledge to theology and his trustworthiness by siting his sources to acknowledge the author who first stated ideas.  When MLK, Jr. references Jesus and says “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,” he connects with readers that share similar beliefs. The ability to reach and influence an audience with similar values strengthens the appeal to pathos.  The choice of emotional appeal or pathos addressed the inartistic constraints that lead the audience to perceive with their hearts. One example of imagery or visual description he wrote portrays his younger daughter asking, “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?” This personal experience contributed authority to his argument by displaying the lack of childhood influenced by segregation is not rational.  The appeal to logic or logos by MLK, Jr. addresses the unjust laws, conveying “a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself.”  This reasoning prompts the audience to comprehend his explanation on the importance of eliminating segregation and furthermore evokes a capable audience to become changed by the message.

This letter taught me about the power of the self in rhetorical writing, and how to distinguish one’s essential being from the nature of others through expression of one’s own interests, hopes, dreams, and ambitions.

I am directing this response to anyone who has been influenced by words, and impacted to make a change in their life whether for themselves or another person.  I imagine my readers with a similar outlook, such that they are curious on how to write in a manner that has influenced themselves, such as not only addressing an audience but evoking the audience.

Comparable to my readers, I value the expression of thoughts, hopes, and aspirations and communicating meaningful views to speak what’s on one’s mind.  Just as Martin Luther King, Jr. voiced his thoughts and dreams for an end to the injustice,  by concentrating on beliefs, values, and fantasies manifested within one’s self, I aspire to best appeal to the inner being of oneself and impact an audience that can relate and become changed by my message.

The essence in my writing should address various constraints that shape my response depend on several factors, such as, the people, events, and objects associated with the power to shape decision through my words.  To have credibility, imagination, and logic represented in my compositions as MLK Jr. wrote in his open letter,  the form of my writing should embody imagination and prompt thoughts that encourage questions to ask oneself to further understand reality.  My purpose in writing provokes one’s self to harvest the daydreams flowing from the mind and comprehend the distractions from the present world.

Sincerely,

Kristin Gabriel

 

 

 

My Ambitions as a Writer

My main purpose in writing is to attract an audience beyond my classroom, such that their interest in my hopes, ambitions, and dreams encourages them to daydream and discover their fantasies.  The possible readers I’m attempting to reach could construct an interest in my writing and reach new conclusions from my compositions.  Potential readers interested and passionate about this daydreaming frame of mind will connect to my writing through my choices in language, style, examples, topic and analysis.  Various people captivated by this branch of wishful thinking can relate to their experience as I embark on a journey to enhance and project myself in a more imaginative way of thinking and writing.

As a writer, I plan to portray clear and concise thoughts in my writing by deleting the “word clutter” and eliminating the “sugar-coating”or “fluff” in my work.  I aim to organize my compositions by idea and avoid comments that appear unrelating to the main topic.  Another goal for my writing is to refrain from the structure of essays taught in my previous education, and focus on creating smoothly flowing trains of thought that make my composition a coherent “whole,” where the beginning invites the reader in and carries them along a journey to end with my final sentence.

I hope to achieve clarity within my writing to enlighten my audience with my propositions and conclusions and ultimately make a rememberable impression on readers.  I intend on improving creativity in my writing approach to influence my audience to discern a similar outlook on the topic.  In addition, I want to impress the reader with clever and dazzling ways of thinking, such as, portraying my perspective with an “out of the box” standpoint.

I want to discover inspiration in my writing and achieve expertise with communicating my thoughts in my mind exactly as presented in the text within this blog.  I can reach my goals by bridging the gap between what I am truly thinking and what I am conveying on paper.  Moreover, I can construct my “voice” to resemble a more thoughtful and imaginative character, whom recreates daydreams as if they are reality.

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