Category Archives: Activism

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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Study War No More: Our Right to Voice

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By Stephanie Pratt BA ’13, Graduate Admission Coordinator

For as long as I recall, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution included the right to speak freely and peacefully assemble. Today, however, I sit confused, staring at a plea made by Father Roy Bourgeois, leader of the SOA Watch. This plea is a result of a permit refusal and the silencing of a beautiful and necessary movement. This movement, which is very dear to my heart, as well as many others of the Ursuline community, is the progression to close the School of the Americas.

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Votes for Women on Trial

susan-b-anthonyVotesForWomen2On June 17-18, 1873, pioneering feminist Susan B. Anthony stood trial. The previous November, Anthony led a group of women who attempted to exercise their rights as citizens by voting in the presidential election in Rochester, New York.  Since voting for women was then considered illegal, Anthony was arrested on the charge of “criminal voting,” tried the following June, then fined $100, which she refused to pay.

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Today: #BringBackOurGirls march


Ursuline College will be participating in the global march on May 22nd to support the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign on campus, 4:30pm-5:30pm to call for the release of the kidnapped Nigerian girls and to demand that every person’s human rights be honored.  

“As the only women’s College in Ohio, we were eager to participate in the efforts to bring awareness to this issue, said Gina Messina-Dysert, Ursuline’s Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. According to Messina-Dysert, an alum thought Ursuline would be the perfect place to hold the march.

The march will begin on Ursuline’s campus in the quad. 

Why is “feminism” a four-letter word?


Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program 

The semester is coming to a close, and with it my course,  WS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies. It’s been an amazing journey for me, with 19 bright, opinionated, inquisitive, hard-working young women for travelling companions.

On the first day of class, I asked the group (by show of hands) who considered herself a feminist. Only one student raised her hand. I expected this response—as Lisa Maria Hogeland wrote in a 1994 article for Ms. titled “Fear of Feminism: Why Young Women Get the Willies,” young women distance themselves from that identity for a number of reasons, noting that “fear of feminism is fear of consequences.”

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Trending: #BringBackOurGirls and #RealMenDontBuyGirls


BBC – The hashtag #RealMenDontBuyGirls has been tweeted thousands of times in the past few days in connection with the abducted girls in Nigeria. It’s reported that Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the campaign, but things are not exactly as they first appear.

#RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in the US, Nigeria, Spain, the UK and elsewhere, and the vast majority of tweets call for the release of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. It’s being used widely together with #BringBackOurGirls, which has now been tweeted more than 1.6 million times globally.

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Share, make your own signs, spread the word – let’s #BringBackOurGirls


Nigeria abducted girls: Why hasn’t the rescue effort produced results?

CNN – With every passing day, the wait for the kidnapped Nigerian girls gets more agonizing.

Boko Haram seized the nearly 300 schoolgirls and vanished into a dense forest last month. Their abduction sparked a global movement as throngs took to the streets demanding their rescue.

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Ursuline supports #BringBackOurGirls


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One year ago this month, Boko Haram’s (“Western education is sin” in English) leader Abubakar Shekau released a video announcing a new front in its attempt at forced Islamism: his fighters will begin abducting girls and selling them.

It is the recent abductions of nearly 300 girls taken from a school in Nigeria that has spawned global outrage and horror. The girls taken from a school by armed militants are still missing, possibly sold into slavery or married off.  In an attempt to raise awareness, a #BringBackOurGirls campaign began on Twitter and has quickly spread with demonstrators taking to the streets around the world to demand action.

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Ursuline celebrates ‘Preservation Month’


Sarah and Hannah joined other HiPsters in presenting a booth at EarthFest 2014. Over 15,000 people attended Ohio’s premier environmental education event.

In Centennial, author James A. Michener asserts “During the few years allotted to each of us, we are the guardians of our earth, the custodians of our heritage, and the caretakers of our future.”

What an inspiring affirmation for preserving cultural memory and the intersections between Historic Preservation and environmental responsibility! The above statement encourages emphasis on the importance of the land and distinctive sense of place in our personal and national identity.

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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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