When someone is entering an environment as an underrepresented minority, it can prove to be stressful and intimidating. The fear of facing biases and stereotypes can take a toll on one’s confidence in whatever they are doing, potentially leading to poor performance or giving up altogether. However, there is great power in someone knowing that they are not alone. Although being an underrepresented minority in any field or environment presents challenges, when someone has a support system of other minorities who can relate to the challenges, it can make facing them a little easier.
At the beginning of this year on Jan. 18, the third floor of the Ingram Library reopened after a long period of undergoing a remodel. With the reopening of the third floor the UWG Art Gallery was once again open to the school. At the beginning of February, multiple art students at UWG had the privilege of displaying their art in the gallery for the Annual Student Exhibition.
Students both in and out of the film department will get the opportunity on February 22nd to showcase their own movies this semester to other film students and professors. Later this month, the students can present their movies, documentaries and short films at the UWG Film Race. The film race is an event in which students can express their art. Students gather equipment and make movies for them to get recognition for their underrated talents.
For the next couple weeks, the Art Program at the University of West Georgia is holding its annual student art exhibition. The exhibition is juried this year by UWG alumni Brittany Watkins. Each year, the exhibition aims to honor the best artwork produced by UWG students throughout the year. They awarded Donavon Thomas with the prize for best work of the show for his Zen Sculpture.
The Inner Fraternity Council (IFC) is off to a blazing start this semester after hosting The 2024 IFC Chili Cook-Off. The event was held Wednesday February 7th at the Greek Village Pavilion. It is no secret that every fraternity and their members love some friendly competition and it was as fierce as ever. After a month of school underway, this is the first big event of the semester that the fraternities could compete against one another. Every fraternity apart from IFC was invited to participate and all eight showed up, which created an all-out battle.
The Biology Program and the Special Events Committee at the University of West Georgia held its second seminar of the spring 2024 Biology seminar series last Friday, which welcomed UWG alumni Gillian Barber back onto campus as a guest speaker.
Middle school is often a challenging and somewhat awkward time in life where young people are attempting to figure out who they are and where they fit in, all while navigating school assignments, extracurricular activities and responsibilities in their homes. The stresses of being in middle school may be overlooked by busy adults, and it is indeed possible that the physical and mental health of a middle school student may suffer due to the student’s preoccupation with other obligations and the lack of time the adults in their lives can spend addressing such matters.
UWG’s Garden Club offers opportunities for students and faculty members to learn about and cultivate horticulture skills. By hosting events and having meetings throughout the semester, the Garden Club’s goal is to teach others how to care for the particular vegetation that they might like to grow and how to help the environment as a whole.
It’s almost time for the University’s sixth annual Iron Wolf weightlifting competition exhibiting the resilience and endurance of student participants. While registration hasn’t opened for the competition, and said date has yet to be determined it’s never too early to get the word out.