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Three Decade Teacher Reflects

          Judy Henriks moves her hand in a joyful manner and eagerly leans into the table, looking at a thick book full of inspiring artwork, smiling while giving her thoughts on a student’s final project. A quick story about her son’s third grade science project about ferns that wouldn’t die even when she deprived them of water and sunlight, quickly relates to the students project idea on flowers.

            Henriks is Elon University’s one constant in the art department. Henriks has been an art teacher at Elon University for about 30 years, “I’ve never taught anywhere else” Henriks claims in a happy, confident voice.

            One of her students Jen Hempel enjoys Henriks teaching style because of the “relaxed atmosphere and the creative projects.”

Not realizing she wanted to become an art teacher until grad school, Henriks has been thinking recently about her inspiration in the past eight to ten years.  A respectful smile appears on her face when she mentions her grandmothers.

‘‘They both had relatively difficult lives and yet they were very interested in my ability to draw as a little girl and very supportive” explains Henriks.

 

Prometheus by Judy Henriks

Prometheus by Judy Henriks

One of her grandmothers “thought I would be a hairdresser cause I was so good in anything kind of visual” laughs Henriks.

 

On her office wall there is a baby crocheted in what looks like a web. This talent is credited to her other grandmother who bought her a sewing machine and taught her how to crochet at a young age. Her parents and law even bought Henriks a table loom after college,

“And I started weaving, and in grad school I even thought I was going to go into Fibers.”

Going to a small liberal arts college, North Central College and University of Illinois-Chicago, Henriks majored in American and English Literature. The two drastic changes from small rural town to a big urban city is a pattern that Henriks has seen before, and it even carries into her artwork.

Growing up in western Pennsylvania and having the privilege to live in the middle of the Alleghany National Forest, Henriks remembers her childhood days roaming in the woods with out supervision.

“There’s just this part of me that loves that past, that kind of freedom that I had as a kid to roam.”

As a young adult Henriks worked as a case worker in Chicago where there where,

 “Very bad neighborhoods. The contrast from the very pastoral young life and then seeing that other side was a interesting conflict to resolve.”

When looking at Henriks’s artwork you see the two sides of her youth come out. There is the innocence of a baby doll that occurs in many of her drawings,

“But it’s usually physiologically darker though. ‘Cause Even though childhood has certain kinds pleasures and freedoms I think People often don’t realize or don’t want to look at the kinds of pressures and tensions and difficulties of children.”

Judy Henriks talks to a student about final projct

Judy Henriks talks to a student about final projct

 

 

Brooke Shore, another one of Henriks students notices the two differences in her artwork as well.

“One day in class we were drawing a self portrait with paint and she showed us the one she did from the day before and it was very dark and the one that she was in the process of drawing was light and pretty.”

Despite her somewhat dark or physiologically darker subjects Henriks admits that she,

“Was just thinking the other day how boring my life is,” Henriks comments with out any prompt.

She credits her most interesting event in her life to the birth of her children and loves to continue her passion for literature when not creating art.

Many of Henriks’s paintings and drawings have been in shows over the years, but currently her art is in the Andrew Martins and the Greensboro School of Painting at High Point University. Henriks does not seek exhibition shows but if something interests her or she is asked she will graciously display her work.

Henriks has had lots of experience with being an artists as well as a teacher. She gives some good advice:

 “Art making too is not restful. When students get frustrated, to me, I’m like why are you surprised. They assume that it’s recreational or restful. But its very difficult work, your always putting your gut on the line.”

Henriks puts her gut on the line for her art as well as helping her students improve in anyway possible. 

Remarkable Writing: Washington Post

I found this article concerning Mumbai’s recent terror attacks. I really like the author, Rama Lakshmi’s way of telling his angle of the story, how the government is reacting to the attacks.

Through out the article you can feel the tension that the public feels against the governments hesitant reactions to the deadliest terror attack in 15 years.

Lakshmi’s give the important information up front just like the beginning of the inverted pyramid. But I really thought it was interesting how he did not use a full quote till about the 5th paragraph.

Lakshmi also uses great adjectives and verbs such as “mounting”, “spilled onto the streets”, “distraught family members”.

Lakshmi writes a couple of paragraphs where he doesn’t use any direct quotations. But when Lakshmi uses quotes in the middle of a paragraph they really work well with the words around the quote and guide the reader along in the story to make them not lose interest.

Vadim Isakov

I had never really thought about what freedom meant to me or what physical object meant freedom to me. When Vadim Isakov asked our class, “What is the physical representation of freedom for you?” I responded with “Washington D.C, our nation’s capital”. Isakov is a journalist originally from Uzbekistan who moved to the United States around a year ago. He saw freedom in a different light.

Being a United States citizen, we have no idea what freedom feels like. Most of our generations were born with the freedom of press, freedom of speech, right to assemble and many other freedoms that come along with the First Amendment. 

When Isakov arrived in America he went to a local bookstore and stood in front of the political section. We have no idea what that freedom means, and it’s hard to feel that sense and that feeling since we have not had any experiences that make us realize really how amazing America is.

Isakov explained that, to be a journalist, you had to be accredited by the government, and be “a true patriot” of your country. That means that you can only write positive information about your country. There is a saying in Uzbekistan that is sad but true, “If you haven’t been beaten up your not a real journalist.”

Isakov said something that shocked me with his sincerity. 

“Your life doesn’t matter,” he said. “The public’s right to know is what matters.”

It’s remarkable that he could have such commitment to his job or his lifestyle of a journalist that he would sacrifice his life for the public’s knowledge.

“Mary and Max” open at Sundance

 

Claymation feature film "Mary and Max"

Claymation feature film

“Mary and Max” an animated film about an unlikely pen-pale friendship between a 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a “obese” 42-year-old man from New York. “Mary and Max” is the first film of its kind to open at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Voices are by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette.

Animator Adam Elliot produced an Oscar winning animation film which played at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Elliot said “It has been a whale of a pregnancy and we are so thrilled that the birth will be in Sundance.”

Virginia

Right now Virginia is 50/50 and I really hope my vote counts right now. Im really glad that I decided to use an absentee ballot. I never really realized that my vote would count this much.

Indiana and North Carolina are also pretty much battleground states that are also about 50/50.

I found these exit polls from Virginia that are pretty interesting. Divided into sex and age its interesting how the percentages different from McCain and Obama.

President
Virginia

2,466 Respondents

Vote by Sex
Total
 Obama
 McCain
 Other/No Answer
 
 
Male (46%)
51%
47%
2%
 
 
Female (54%)
53%
46%
1%
 
 
Vote by Age
Total
 Obama
 McCain
 Other/No Answer
 
 
18-29 (21%)
60%
39%
1%
 
 
30-44 (30%)
51%
47%
2%
 
 
45-64 (38%)
51%
48%
1%
 
 
65 and Older (11%)
46%
53%
1%
 

Broadcast Analysis

This CNN report was found on the home page of cnn.com, therefore making its importance visible to whoever visited the site. This report was of a home in West Hollywood that has a mannequin dressed up like Sarah Palin hanging from a noose, and John McCain coming out of a burning chimney.

Chad Michael Morrisette and his partner Meto, put them up all in good halloween fun. However, not all residents believe that. Some say that to have a “vice presidential candidate, with a noose around her neck, that to me, has gone to far.”

Morrisette knows however, that if they put Obama in the noose “people would have probably have thrown things through our window. The image of a hanged black man is alot more intense that an image of a hanged white woman. For our country and this history of our country.”

But others just laugh and say “what can you expect. This is West Hollywood after all.”

I thought that the reporter did a good job with giving the lede of the story right up front and picking people who told both opinions. He started the story with an interview which leaves the viewer wanting more and to continue to watch. The reporter let the interviewees tell the story more than he did which I think is okay because he guided the interview and helped them complete the report. The report was short and sweet and got right to the point.

nano-chromatic. The all-new iPod nano.

 

Apple has released a new line of iPod nanos in nine vibrant colors, curved aluminum outside, new technology, and available in 8GB and 16GB.

The new nanos come complete with the new Genius feature which suggests songs or artists that it thinks you would enjoy listening to.

With a built-in accelerometer, “you can rotate iPod nano to flip through album art with Cover Flow. Watch movies and TV shows in widescreen. And view photos in either portrait or landscape.” Too lazy to go back to the main menu to turn your nano on shuffle? Just give the nano a shake and your playlist is instantly in shuffle mode.

 

News and Press Release

The Chronicle and the Press Release describe the nano in about the same context. The Chronicle is more from a users point of view. It was written about a month after the press release announced the arrival of the new nano. They both include the price, the new features and compared it to the older versions of the nano.The Press release was easy to read like The Chronicle article.

The Boston Herald had a similar review, but unlike the Chronicle it had some specifics about the consideration it went into building the nano for the left handed and visually impaired. Also it included about upcoming features like the microphone that you can record voice memos on to your nano with.


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