May. 19, 2017
Indian Dance deserves practice space, too
If Drexel University truly supports diversity, then why is it that they only offer specific dance troupes their own practice space?
May. 5, 2017
Readers’ Theatre Alliance
There is a cloud over the land; it’s oppressive, dispiriting and frightening.
Nov. 4, 2016
Why diversity is more than just physical appearances
Diversity. What’s the first thing you think of? A group of people of different ethnicities and colors, of all different sizes and varying types of hair? But what do you really know about their backgrounds?
Jun. 3, 2016
Open panel discussion tackles tough questions
In life, there are always topics that seem taboo or off-limits. Bringing up these topics in conversation can often feel awkward or inconsiderate, but Drexel University senior Kashish Shamsi feels that from these conversations comes understanding. On May 19, in Bossone’s Mitchell Auditorium, Shamsi and Drexel’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter put together an event which invited panelists from minority groups to discuss these topics and questions that can sometimes be hard to ask.
May. 13, 2016
Laverne Cox gives talk on inclusion
On May 10, standing in a line stretching from Creese to MacAlister, students waited to hear “Orange Is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox speak in Mandell Theater.
Feb. 5, 2016
Voters too white lead to Oscars too white
In 1929, the Oscars were put in place to celebrate the best in the film industry both front of and behind the camera. The film industry has been changing rapidly thanks to technology like computer-generated imagery and motion capture. The internet has changed the face of film distribution and advertisement, so that films are now more universal and accessible than ever. Despite all these major advancements, one aspect of the film industry has been slow to change: racial inclusion.
Feb. 6, 2015
Chimpanzee subspecies found to be more genetically diverse than previously thought
A team of Drexel University scientists at the department of biology’s Gonder Lab has discovered more genetic diversity within a chimpanzee subspecies from Central Africa than previously thought to exist.
Apr. 18, 2014
Where’s the diversity?
In September 2013, the fashion industry was called out on its overall lack of racial diversity. Former model and founder of the Diversity Coalition Bethann Hardison penned an open letter to the directors of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as well as analogous organizations in London, Paris and Milan, where she cited numerous designers whose most recent runway shows and presentations consisted of white models only. Now that these designers have had a season to revamp their model wall and address the greater societal issues associated with their casting choices, where does the industry stand? Among the designers cited for their absence of a racially diverse cast were industry heavyweights such as Calvin Klein, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Donna Karen, along with brands such as Proenza Schouler and rag & bone. According to Fashionista, the aforementioned designers featured anywhere from six to eight models of color in the latest presentation. However, according to an infographic published by Jezebel, a resounding 78.69 percent of the outfits at New York Fashion Week for the fall/winter 2014 season were shown on white models. Trailing rather far behind was the percentage of black models at 9.75 percent, Asian models at 7.67 percent and an even more miniscule number of Latina models at only 2.12 percent. The greater issue associated with this racial imbalance is ultimately the contemporary notion of beauty. According to The New York Times, American designer Prabal Gurung assured that color is not a factor in his casting decisions, while Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown insisted that agencies with a more diverse roster encourage a more diverse cast. “Beauty is beauty, and I can honestly say I do not see color when making those decisions,” Gurung said. These numbers are even more perplexing when taking into account the percentage of business luxury goods firms have in nonwhite markets. According to the 10th Luxury Goods Worldwide Marketing Study conducted by U.S.-based marketing and consulting agency Bain & Co., China is poised to overtake the United States as the largest luxury goods market, and over 50 percent of luxury goods sales in European cities such as Paris and Milan are made by Asian tourists. Beyond the moral implications behind the lack of nonwhite models, the underutilization of Asian models could even be considered poor business practice. Hardison, who started working as a model in the late ‘60s, went on to own her own modeling agency where she made a personal effort to promote models of color. According to The New York Times, she founded the Diversity Coalition in the late ‘90s when she noticed that the trend for more individualized models shifted to a pattern of sameness. According to The New York Times, the goal of the coalition is to achieve more balance in the industry, and while Hardison has noted progress, that progress has not been stable or consistent. Now that awareness has been raised, it’s time for the industry to become accountable.
Apr. 10, 2014
The long shadow of Mumia Abu-Jamal
It’s been nearly 32 years since a 28-year-old taxicab driver was convicted of the murder of a Philadelphia police officer and sentenced to death. It might seem improbable to the point of impossibility that this case should have overturned the nomination of a highly regarded and apparently well-qualified nominee, Debo Adegbile, to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Yet that’s exactly what happened when the U.S. Senate rejected Adegbile March 5 by a vote of 52-47 in what Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin called “the lowest point that I think this Senate has descended into [sic] in my 30 years here.”
Oct. 25, 2013
LGBTQA center launches for support
A rainbow of ideas were shared at the opening of Drexel’s new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied Student Center, held Oct. 22 in Behrakis Grand Hall. The center is located on the ground level of the Creese Student Center.