Student art show reigns in talent

Student Tim Nichols

Photography student Tim Nichols views his film, while choosing which ones to print.

Glendale Community College students are showcasing their art in the 47th annual student art exhibit, April 15-30 in the Student Union.

“The exhibit gives students real world experience. It also gives the opportunity for the public to share in the students’ success,” said GCC photography professor Brendan Regan.

The exhibition features artwork such as painting and watercolor, 2D artwork, photography, multimedia and animation, large sculpture and mixed media projects.

Many of the entries are from students in various art classes on campus. Some of the art is from various class projects and assignments.

Photography students Ani Tsarukyan and Tim Nichols prepared their photographs in Regan’s Intro to Photography class by choosing and matting their photos. Continue reading

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GCC’s “Splitting Issues” Provides Side-Splitting Comedy

After a Valentine’s Day filled with overpriced chocolates and forget-me-nots, it can be easy to become momentarily blinded by the silly issues brought on by even the dearest romantic relationships.

A comedic glimpse at the absurdities and trivialities of human relationships was brought to Glendale Community College courtesy of the Theatre Arts department’s production of “Splitting Issues (And Several Other Noteworthy Concerns)” this Feb. 22- March 2.

Written by Sam Brobrick and directed by GCC’s David Seitz, this comedy included nine short scenes varying in degree of romance, hilarity and outlandish situations.

From a frustrated couple arguing over the prominence of dip at a dinner party, a restaurant server flustered at the presence of a greedy ex-wife to a not-so-gentle-man who dwells in art museums to pick up women—this series of vignettes brought many issues to the eyes of audience members.

The cast was comprised of  fifteen GCC students who took on multiple roles, playing drastically different characters.

Actor JJ Hansen played the role of Wayne, a tricky neighbor, in “Dinner With Friendly Neighbors” as well as the role of Richard inside of a dimly-lit bar scene called “Purgatory.”

“My favorite scene to be in was  ‘Dinner with Friendly Neighbors.’ I got to play an outrageous, over-the-top Texan cowboy, so that one was really fun for me,” said Hansen.

One scene that stood out in its intelligent wit and humor was “Bingo-Bango,” which was a brief interaction between a woman who goes to art museums to admire the work and a man who scouts museums for attractive, single women. The interactions between the characters of Rosalind and Fred, played by Bailey Hall and Jared Queen, were quick-witted and surprising with each exchange of dialogue.

“My favorite scene to watch was ‘Bingo-Bango.’ Jared was amazing in that and so was Bailey; they worked that script to their fullest advantage,” said Hansen.

Having the same actors play multiple roles provided a variation of characters to be entertained by while seeing familiar faces. Often, noticing the same actor go from one colored wig to another became just as exciting as the new personality traits presented onstage.

“You get to experience everyone’s acting on a wider scale. Everyone pulls together a bit more because they are in more than one scene. It’s more of a team effort,” said Hansen.

For Hansen, “Splitting Issues” was not only entertaining; it was a learning experience.

“One of the good things about community college theatre is since its educational, our director will point out to us when we’re improving. It’s good for us to see the difference between opening night and closing night. We just constantly improve,” Hansen said.

The youngest members of the audience consisted of college-aged students, who remained most responsive throughout the comedic events within the play. With a hint of suggestive jokes and raunchy humor, “Splitting Issues” presented itself as a play for mature audiences.

Since the scenes within “Splitting Issues” did not follow one specific plotline, some audience members found it challenging to enjoy.

“People weren’t quite sure what to think because they are not used to vignettes. Some were thrown off by the whole thing, but other people found it really creative and great,” said Hansen after hearing some of the audience’s reactions.

The play took place within a small stage space, similar to the up-close, personal approach of a black box theater. One unique aspect of the set design was the digital background used throughout the play. Along with furniture and props, each vignette had a different background to enhance the atmosphere of the scene.

“Since we’re a community college, we have a lower budget yet we’re still able to make the best out of it with that budget. We can be creative with the stage set-up, and all the designers were able to adapt to it,” said Hansen.

In “Bingo-Bango,” a digital image of an art museum hallway was used to create a hyper-realistic portrayal of the environment. For not having opulent, large sets, this minimalistic approach worked very well in letting the audience focus more on the comedic interactions between characters.

“Some people were inspired by the fact that even though we had a small space and low budget, we were still able to put that much work into it and bring it to its fullest potential. Overall, the audience was really impressed with us,” Hansen said.

“Splitting Issues” presented everyday human interactions in a successful way by letting the audience see how absurd and comedic relationships can be. With vignettes, the audience was able to see a variety of situations, all with the same common thread of laughable instances that people can relate to.

Altogether, “Splitting Issues” granted the audience two hours of being able to laugh at common eccentricities and imperfections—making it a successful comedy based on the absurdity of relationships in the human experience.

The End is Here

photo of a pencil filling out a testAs the end of the semester approaches, many students are preparing for final exams. This is the most stressful time of the year; Christmas is around the corner and final exams are looming.

It can be even more stressful when you have children to take care of as well. As a single mother that works and has two sons life can be very busy and chaotic this time of year; I know from personal experience how hard it can be to maintain good grades while maintaining a home and family. This is my last semester at GCC before I move on to NAU Extended Campuses for my bachelors. Like myself, many students will be moving on – either with their studies or careers. Having good study habits will only help your overall grades. Lets face it, studying is BORING, but there are ways to make it easier for yourself and keep your eyes open. Here are some tips I have found useful over the past couple years I have been at GCC.

Preparation is a key to success. Gather all your books, class notes, post-its, extra paper, pens, pencils and highlighters and any other materials you may need. Having these things ready and nearby makes studying much easier. Set aside a time that you will be undisturbed by outside noise (this is the hardest part for me). Let your children know what you are doing and ask them not to bother you with menial things. Turn off your cell phone to avoid being distracted by it and make sure you have snacks and drinks on hand.

Once you have your materials, make flashcards, and highlight important information using different colors. I also use post-its to write down key points and it is also good for a quick refresher right before the exam. Doing this has helped me retain the information better because I can associate certain things with the color pen or highlighter that I used. I have found that rewriting or typing up important notes from the textbook and in-class lectures, helps me remember more.

Organizing a study group can also be a useful tool. It is a way for classmates to teach each other and it is an environment in which most students feel more comfortable to ask questions about things they do not understand. If this is not appealing to you, worry not! You can teach what you know to your friends and family. If they are not willing, teach the information to your dog, cat, fish, hamster, whoever will sit and listen!

Make sure to take breaks often. This gives your brain a rest and revitalizes you so you can keep going! This does not mean just set your books down for a while. Get up and move around. Take the dog for a walk or find some quick exercise you can do like running in place or jumping jacks; these are good ways to get a burst of energy again.

Do not forget to eat! A stomach that is grumbling can be very distracting. Studies show it’s actually harder to learn when you’re hungry! So eat a good meal before you start your studying. Eating snacks like carrots or crackers can help keep hunger away and keeps me from getting bored while studying. I find that crunchy snacks work best for me, because the noise from chewing them keeps me awake.

Having music playing helps to keep you focused; as long as the music is not distracting. I find listening to classical music works best for me because it is soothing, which relaxes me, and it is not distracting because there are no words for me to sing along to. Music will also help to keep you awake while studying.

Be sure to get enough sleep before attempting a study session. I have found that when I try to study when I am tired I do not retain most of what I went over and I am constantly fighting to stay awake. A good night’s sleep can go a long way!

Most importantly I have learned that you must only study for one subject at a time. To do this I make a study schedule for my classes. I give each class 3-4 days of study time for finals. In my experience, if I study for multiple subjects in one sitting is too much information for my brain to handle and information can get jumbled and forgotten.

Many of us feel overwhelmed during these last few weeks of the semester, but if you prepare yourself adequately you will find that it is not as daunting as it seems. There are many other ways to help you with your finals, these tips are things that I have found helpful over the past two years at GCC.

Good luck on finals and in your future endeavors!

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NAU Connection Day

Since 1965 Glendale Community College has been offering certificates and associate degree programs for nearly half a million students. Did you know though that you can now keep learning without leaving through the NAU @ GCC program?

That’s right! You can now complete your bachelor’s degree program with NAU right here on the GCC campus. Benefits of this program include being close to home, never having to leave GCC, and being able to transfer more credits into your BA program to save you money.

You can discover how to complete your NAU bachelor’s degree here at GCC, or speak with an Undergraduate Admissions representative from Flagstaff about other transfer options 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 22 in Central Mall. This NAU Connection Day event will also include music, treats, fun and give aways. Can’t make it and have questions? Call 623-845-4784.