Visual Rhetoric Blog

We had a Spirit Week?

March 22nd, 2011

That must have been the most ninja spirit week ever. While I don’t live on campus, I was around on campus more than I usually am last week, and I had no idea that there was a spirit week going on.¬† I walked over much of the campus last week and didn’t see anything for this. Maybe I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it seems like Spirit Week should be something that’s heavily advertised and promoted across the university. I didn’t see a single flier, and no one mentioned it— none of my professors or fellow students. There haven’t been any changes in my classes or the attitudes of people around me, and the only reason I even knew we had a Spirit Week was because of this assignment.

Photo Assignment 3: Bus Exhibit

February 15th, 2011

This picture sums up my impression of the bus exhibit. I think it’s a nice gesture, but that it’s aiming too high. That’s not to say I don’t think the Freedom Rides shouldn’t be commemorated; I certainly believe they are very important and should be remembered and honored. However, outside of James Farmer being a faculty member here, I feel that UMW does not have much connection to them. Fredericksburg wasn’t a site of a major event then, nor did the university really have anything to do with them at the time, so I feel like while it’s an admirable effort, it’s not particularly applicable or the right fit for this university to be doing. I think it’s trying too hard to push diversity and action, when in reality— UMW is not very diverse, nor very politically active. For that reason, it seems like they’re trying too hard, and in doing so, overshooting their community. They shouldn’t be trying to force the university’s image into something the university is not. They could have done an equally good exhibit on something that happened more locally, and therefore gotten a bigger connection with the community.

A photo that defines UMW

January 21st, 2011

This is the front of my car. I chose it for this assignment two reasons. On a more literal, personal level, it defines UMW for me because¬† I transferred to UMW in my sophomore year and I am a commuter student. I don’t live on or near campus, so I’m not really involved in campus life at all;¬† I pretty much just drive to campus, go to class, and come home, and I like it that way. I am an individual traveler on a highway full of other people, who are going in the same general direction. That is what UMW is for me. On a more metaphorical (and perhaps cliched) level, I think of UMW as a place to start the rest of my life. The education I acquire will help carry me through the rest of my life’s journey. And for a slightly ironic twist, my car is a Thunderbird and reflected the sky with perfect blue and white, along with the trees, which are my favorite part of the UMW campus.

A photo that defines me

January 12th, 2011

My passion in life is writing and I believe it is a good metaphor for me as a whole. I view my life as a constant work in progress, growing steadily each year. Sometimes, I have to do some editing or discarding of things that keep me from progressing. Writing is often a solitary profession, and likewise, I am often a solitary person. It is meticulous work and requires great dedication to the task, not unlike the shaping of an individual identity.

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