Author Archives: Maggie

2015: become a solutionary.



Resolutions are like bad boyfriends.

Everyone knows you have one. Your friends and family are just simply biding their time until you break the news. Then, they politely comfort you when it comes to a halt, even though you were daydreaming of reaching that one-year mark. Resolutions are like bad boyfriends.

Fortunately, there is more to a New Year then one-month gym memberships and fat-free salad dressing. After I woke on Jan. 1, completely missing the ball drop and also my opportunity to form solid resolutions for 2015, I recognized that the New Year is no more a chance for me to make a change than any of the other 364 days. More than that, I have an opportunity each day to put emphasis on the things I believe in – the things I also believe need the most change.

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Advocate: Women Watch 2014

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Maggie Stark is the Founding President of the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club for Systemic Change

Today a little over 25 students, faculty, staff and Ursuline Sisters gathered to recognize the 51 women and children murdered in Cuyahoga County since last year’s event.

As we walked the half-mile loop of red silhouettes, I noticed that the figure I was holding had the name of a 22 year old girl. Being only one year older than her, I couldn’t possibly imagine leaving this world so soon, so tragically.

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Behind-the-scenes: Senior Art Show 2014


Njobvu. March 2014. Photograph by Maggie Stark. © 2014

Well, it’s official. The Senior Art Show is scheduled for April 25th– May 16th, with the opening reception on April 25th from 5 – 9pm. 

Time flew by uber quick. I still remember the exact seat I plopped down on for the first day of my first art class I ever took! Now, I can call myself a real artist – focusing on a body of work & preparing for my big show!

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Experiencing Google Glass

Being one of the first in Ursuline’s Community to use Google Glass, I felt privileged to put them on and see campus through Glass. To be honest, I watched a few hundred promotional and Explorer Program Youtube Videos to prepare myself. I hoped that the first time I said, “Ok, Glass” I would do something spectacular.

I won’t lie; I fumbled with adjusting Glass around my hair and ended up taking a few photos of the ceiling. But after a few minutes I asked Glass to store notes and then connect to 131010110040-2Facebook, Fieldtrip, Tumblr and Twitter. Glass technology is certainly innovative. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years we see the general population wearing Glass to work, the grocery store or surfing the internet while waiting in line at Starbucks. It is very much like Siri, without her talking back.

The information I ask for is shown to me in a rectangular projection in my upper, right hand vision. While I was watching a YouTube video on how to make a paper crane over lunch, I could hear the instructions but my neighbors didn’t notice a thing. I’m impressed with the sleekness of the overall interface and how well Glass responds to common language commands.

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Ursuline Celebrates Feast of St. Angela Merici


When stepping foot on Ursuline’s campus – no matter the snow, rain, or blessed sunshine – St. Angela Merici’s statue is first to greet you.

St. Angela Merici is the foundress of the Order of Ursuline Sisters. She is  known as a forward-thinker, social activist and champion of women’s education.

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College in CLE: Cultural Cuisine

You may know of my wanderlust or read about my interminable desire to explore the vast cultural culinary dishes this world has to offer. Well, after visiting The Algebra Tea House, I had an idea to dine out once a month with a group of friends at a new ethnic food restaurant.

I’ve been craving Indian ever since I returned home from London this summer. The UK offers the most expansive Indian delicacies (outside of India, of course) due to their deep roots in the spice trade centuries ago. So, it was a must that our first group outing was to the Taj India Palace.

I won’t lie, when everyone sat down, we realized we had absolutely no idea what to order. It was luck that recent Ursuline graduates Brandi McCormick and Cossette Ghanem were dining out and gave us some wonderful tips. They suggested we order the Thali & Masala Dosai. The food was absolutely phenomenal and we ended up having a group share of all the dishes. I find it incredibly interesting how flavorful Indian food can be. I’ve experienced nothing like it!

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Out Smart the Winter Break Freeze: Real Life Clue to Footloose

Are the days lolling together, lounging in your pajamas until late in the afternoon? Or did you make a ridiculously long Winter Break To-Do List and barely took a breather this break?

Regardless of you current state of mind, we only have a few precious days left of our beloved Winter Break. So, I’ve gathered some full proof ways to spend your days indoor, avoiding the bitter cold but also evading harrowing boredom.

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Winter Break… On a Budget

So it’s happened, Christmas and New Year’s have finally come… and now passed.

I know I’m thinking, “What on Earth do I do for the next few weeks before my life is ruled by my planner and consumed with school again.”

Well, here’s a few fun, exciting and most importantly inexpensive things to do in the Cleveland area over break:

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How will you welcome 2014?

One un-crossed line on my bucket list is to ‘Watch The Ball Drop in New York City.’ But as I pondered the possibility of road-tripping 9 hours to NYC, I wondered what other cool New Year’s Eve traditions are out there.

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Q&A with an Artist: Diane Pinchot

Diane Pinchot, OSU is a professor in the Studio Art Program at Ursuline College. She’s been teaching for 40 years now, in which time Diane has acted as Chair of the Art Department while showing internationally as an artist. We checked in with Diane to get her thoughts about the art program, her inspiration and influence and the role of artists in the future. 

As an artist yourself, what’s your inspiration and influences?
I am still inspired by simple and beautiful form; in the last 20 years, advocacy has been important in my art. But mostly, I work from deep inside, letting my intuition guide me.

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve created?
The international work I did in El Salvador, helping to build an altar on the spot where the 4 Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave, really changed the way I work and create. It really changed my life. Working with the craftspeople in El Salvador, opened up a new way of seeing and working, I began to understand what it means to work in and on a sacred space and what it means to make sacred art – it certainly did not have anything to do with money or power tools. But with the simplest material and form, sacred work can be made in a most beautiful manner.


In your opinion, what’s the future for art and artists?
Artists are key players for the future, I would almost call them prophets. Artists are usually 50 years ahead of their time, coming up with creative interactive art work that takes us into the future. Many of our art students at Ursuline have gone on to graduate school, becoming teachers and art therapists. But, they also have become directors and community organizers, they have volunteered in the Peace Core and Americore, become delegates to developing countries, have become artists and designers within companies and large corporations.

Artists are the connectors, holding up the mirror for us to see ourselves… They help us change the systems when we don’t like what we see, and helps us see the beauty in our lives when we can’t see it for ourselves. Artists are motivators and inspire us to move forward and live a joyful life. Artists are advocates for the truth. In history, when you want to know what a civilization was thinking, just look at their art, especially there ceramic sculptures… it’s very telling.

How has the art program evolved over time? How will it change in the future?
I went to Ursuline College as a student. I have seen a wide spectrum of change. But some of the qualities I loved about Ursuline then, I still try to keep in the program. I remember feeling so secure in the studios that I could risk making new and large paintings and sculptures, we were encouraged to toss around new ideas and expressions, be authentic, so these are the qualities we have all tried to maintain, here at Ursuline College. The difference, of course, is certainly all the new technology we have now, this opens up such a wealth of new possibilities for us to blend and mix with all the old traditional ways of making a painting, design, sculpture, installation and time based art.

Give us your thoughts on the senior art show? Why is it important for a college to showcase students’ works?
The most important thing for me to do is to support the creative process of my students while working in any class, but especially as they are preparing to make a body of artwork for the senior show. Nurturing and guiding what is really already present within the student, is my main goal. Sometimes students don’t realize they already have all that they need right inside of them. Their expression is just waiting to be tapped into. My job is to encourage them to see their gifts and their passion. Every student showing their body of art work makes the world a richer more beautiful place to be. The students encourage all of us with their insightful views of society and their passion for making art.Time after time I am inspired by my students. That’s why I continue to teach.

What support does the studio art program provide to students?
The studios in the art department provides a safe space where students learn to express themselves authentically,ask questions, learn technique and skill, and then risk making art that will give voice to their own expression.

In one word describe the feeling you experience when you are creating art?
Obedient would be the word… the explanation would be my ability to listen to my intuition and own ground of knowing and create authentically from this ground.

Diane Pinchot from Ursuline College on Vimeo.