National Poetry Month
By: Madeline Vanden Branden
Get your notebook, cup of black coffee and start writing – April is National Poetry Month! Poetry isn’t dead; it is alive and well on USF’s campus, and reverberates rythmically within the student body. Professer Dean Rader of USF’s English department, and a published poet himself, explains how poetry is relevant to USF students, and why he loves National Poetry Month:
“Being a student means being a poet. In fact, the student years are, in many ways, the most poetic time of one’s life. Poetry is a way of knowing, of thinking, of articulating, of being. Reading and writing poetry overlaps perfectly with what education is really about. USF student writers are the best because they approach poetry with both humor and heart. Teaching poetry to undergraduates is the most rewarding thing I do. I love National Poetry Month because it reminds all of us of the many contributions poetry has made to our culture, and, best of all, it reminds us why we love it.”
Want to celebrate on campus poetry? Come to the Ignatian Launch Party, and celebrate USF’s own student literary magazine. Hear USF student writers read their newly published work on April 23 at 7 p.m on UC 4th floor lounge. The very next night, Gleeson Library is hosting a poetry reading on April 24 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
National Arab American Heritage Month
By: Michelle Doyle
To celebrate the long history that Arab Americans have had in the U.S., April marks the beginning of National Arab American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to honoring the contributions the Arab community has made to the U.S. This year the theme is “proud of our heritage, proud to be an American.” Sophomore international studies major Nureen Khadr, the event coordinator for the USF Arab Student Union, sees the Arab American Heritage month, as an opportunity to celebrate her culture.
“[Arab American Heritage Month] affords the opportunity for relevant groups and organizations to emphasize the lesser known aspects of Arab culture and its immersion in the United States,” said Khadr.
Want to celebrate Arab American heritage on campus? To learn about upcoming events or find out more information about the Arab Student Union, contact Nureen Khadr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also check out the USF Arab Student Union Facebook page for more updates! https://www.facebook.com/USFArabStudentUnion