food

San Antonio’s Ice Cream Scene

Summer is here and people are looking for a way to overcome the scorching Texas heat. Well look no further! San Antonio is filled with many different ice cream places that offers creamy, frozen treats that are bound to turn a miserably hot summer day into an enjoyable one.

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Kuma Ice cream, on Babcock Rd, specializes in unordinary ice cream with an extraordinary taste. Every trip to Kuma is an adventure that starts with choosing an ice cream flavor. Choose between eclectic flavors including unicorn-rainbow vanilla, cookies and cream, and plum wine. The next step is choosing a topping where the possibilities include fresh fruit, mini donuts, marshmallows, cereal, and of course, sprinkles. The last step is choosing a sauce to top off a delectable treat put together inside a Japanese waffle. A Japanese waffle is Kuma’s substitute for a cone which makes their ice cream unique compared to any place else.

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San Antonio is popular for the classic, cold, delicious, and spicy mangonada. 210 Ice Cream is the perfect spot to get one. Mangoes blended into a cold and creamy treat and topped off with chili powder and whatever your heart desires is best enjoyed inside the kitschy and colorful atmosphere of 210 Ice Cream. However, mangonadas are not all that 210 offers. Ice cream floats, milkshakes, and anything covered in chamoy are also on the menu.

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Escape to Italy while still staying in San Antonio with gelato from Paciugo. They offer a wide range of flavors including Taro flavored gelato. I highly recommend the Taro flavor, which can also be mixed with other delicious flavors such as wedding cake. A more adventurous choice is a macaron gelato sandwich. The friendly staff offers many free samples. This makes picking a flavor from their wide variety a little easier.

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An island getaway is not so hard to achieve at Oasis Tropical Fruiteria. Enjoy an agua fresca on a hot day in the best flavors including sandia (watermelon) or pina (pineapple). Even better, try a raspa, otherwise known as a snocone, in any flavor imaginable. The best way to overcome San Antonio heat is at Oasis Tropical Fruiteria. Just make sure that the raspa is eaten fast. Delicious! Just be careful of a brain freeze.

 


 

Location: Kuma Ice Cream: 6565 Babcock Rd. Ste 17 San Antonio, TX 78249

Hours: 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. Mon. – Wed.

6:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thurs. – Sat.

Sunday – Closed

Location: 210 Ice Cream: 7126 Bandera Rd. San Antonio, TX 78238

Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Paciugo: 999 E Basse Rd Ste 197 San Antonio, TX 78209

Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fri. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Location: Oasis Tropical Fruiteria: 2316 S Laredo St. San Antonio, TX 78207

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 11: 30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sun. 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

This post was originally written in May 2017 for a Free Lance Writing course at St. Mary’s University

 

 

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Travel

Goliad: A Hidden Treasure

Goliad, Texas is known for it’s rustic charm, rich history, and small town feel that almost resembles the set of Footloose. Goliad is loved by locals, but is unheard of by outsiders. This delightful town is so small that it is unfortunately overlooked. I like to see it as a hidden treasure of Texas.

Taken from the perspective of a local, Danielle Garza, what makes this town extraordinary is, “the history and the culture for sure. There is a historical marker probably within like every square mile. It’s a forgotten part of Texas history that is really neat to witness. The hospitality is very prominent too since it’s a small town culture. It just has the small town, cozy feel that is hard to experience else where.”

I visited Goliad as an outsider. I had never even heard of Goliad until I met Danielle. I am from the big city of Dallas, Texas. Imagine going from a city that has a population of over 1,000,000 people to a small town with a population of a little over 1,000 people. In Dallas there are skyscrapers and traffic. In Goliad, the biggest building is a courthouse and there is not even a highway to have traffic on. To say the least, it is quite a drastic difference.

However, I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the experience was despite the major differences between the two cities. After a weekend filled with sightseeing, good food, and meeting some locals, this place felt like home.

On Friday, Danielle and I left the hectic college environment and drove to the calm city of Goliad. When we got there, Danielle took me on a tour of the town which lasted a solid five minutes. As cars were passing by she told me, “I probably know everyone driving in those cars because that’s just how a small town is.”

The next day was Saturday where we spent the morning walking dogs on the trails of Goliad State Park. Just walking the trail, I saw many historical landmarks including the Presidio La Bahia, Angel of Goliad trail, and the Mission. That is where I learned the history of the Goliad Massacre. I got a history lesson in those two miles we walked from another local, Sami Garza. Luckily, she is a history major who knows Goliad, and all of it’s history, inside and out. She told me about the interesting facts and stories behind every landmark we passed.

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Presidio La Bahia Constructed in 1721. The Goliad Massacre occured here in 1836 where 342 men were killed by the Mexican troops under the command of Colonel Portilla and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
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Mission that is also a part of Presidio La Bahia
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The Angel of Goliad Trail The Angel of Goliad also known as Francita Alavez brought men out of the fort the evening before the Goliad Masacre on this trail. She also hid them which saved the lives of many hence the name, the Angel of Goliad.
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Flags outside of the Presidio La Bahia

After a nice walk, we enjoyed lunch at the Blue Quail Deli. I walked in and immediately inhaled the aroma of sour pickles and potato soup. For some people, this may be unappealing, but for me it made me excited to eat there. This place is a popular lunch spot for locals that serves delicious sandwiches, soups, and sometimes burgers (only on Thursdays) on their menu. I got a hot pastrami sandwich and a cup of potato blue cheese bacon soup which was delicious, as expected. However, they are known for their award winning jalapeno soup (which is perfect for dipping your sandwich in). Sami told me that every day in highschool she would go there for lunch because even though they only had thirty minutes to go and come back, it was worth it. She was right, it definitely was worth it.

After a busy Saturday, it was nice to have a relaxing Sunday that started off with yummy donuts from The Donut Palace and ended with finger-licking BBQ. I had a glazed donut and a strawberry frosted donut (with sprinkle, of course). Biting into that donut made it explode with flavor into my mouth. To say the least, my taste buds were very satisfied with that breakfast. The BBQ was not from a restaurant, but made from the kitchen of local people who were selling boxes of BBQ meals to support the relay for life. Let me be the first to say that the people who made that BBQ should have their own restaurant because the chicken was so tender that it basically fell apart in my mouth.

Danielle decided that she needed to show me the stadium where the rodeo is hosted every year, so we took a two minute trip from her house there. She told me all about the rodeo and how her and her friends are able to sit in the very front row, to where they can almost feel the sweat of the bull riders. This was interesting to me because the Fort Worth rodeo, a few minutes outside of Dallas, was so big that sitting in the front row was unheard of. She also said that everyone in town goes to the rodeo, including people from surrounding small towns. I loved hearing about how the entire community comes together for this event as well as so many other events held at the stadium such as concerts of local bands, two stepping, and BBQ dinners.

We also drove through the town square so we could pass by some more must-see landmarks. The town square consists of the courthouse in the center surrounded by restaurants, boutiques, and offices all in buildings as old as the town (which is very old). The famous hanging tree where lynchings used to be carried out is what made me feel like I was a part of history. The town square as a whole made me feel like I was inside a history book. It also made me feel like I was truly in Texas, mainly because there were some people riding their horse around for transportation rather than a car.  

The town of Goliad is a town of friendly faces, historical sites, and tasty food. Whether you are a native Texan or a tourist looking for a place to visit, I highly recommend Goliad, Texas. Going to Goliad made me realize that just because a town is small does not mean it is boring. I also now realize why Danielle talks so much about this place because it truly is a special place that is well worth the trip.

 

This was originally written for a Free Lance Writing course at St. Mary’s University

 

Entertainment

Bad Suns Climb the Ladder

 

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“This is way better than listening in my car,” a girl in the audience of the Bad Suns concert screamed. As lead singer Christo Bowman, drummer Miles Morris, guitarist Ray Libby, and bassist Gavin Bennett, entered the stage of the Paper Tiger in downtown San Antonio, the venue was immediately filled with similar screams. Bowman approached the microphone and introduced their set saying, “We are the Bad Suns.” That was followed with a single guitar strum that opened their first song, Disappear Here. The crowd included people of different genders from ages 16 to 60. They all sang along with the band to every lyric.

After topping the charts in 2014 with their popular album, Language and Perspective, the Bad Suns made a comeback with their 2016 album, Disappear Here. Bad Suns is infamous for their eclectic music style which is a mix of indie, rock, alternative, and contemporary.

The Bad Suns originated in Woodland Hills, California in 2012. After performing a majority of their shows in California, they went on tour around the United States in 2014. During that tour, they had gone to Dallas, Texas. They later returned to Dallas in 2015. However, two years later during their Heartbreaker tour in 2017, they decided to perform in San Antonio instead.

The lead vocalist, Christo Bowman, mentioned during that concert that none of the boys of Bad Suns had ever been to San Antonio before. The people of Dallas were disappointed that they changed their location, but that did not stop them from attending. In fact, people from all over Texas came out to the concert. There were people from Austin, Arlington, Denton, and even El Paso there. Keep in mind that the drive from El Paso to San Antonio is eight hours. The Bad Suns made such a large impact on their fans, that people made the trip regardless.

Both albums from the Bad Suns are rated five stars on itunes, but their music played on an electronic device is nothing compared to a live performance. Their energy kept the entire crowd entertained throughout the concert. Christo Bowman has an attractive face with an even more attractive singing voice which made the fans, especially the women, remain attentive throughout the entire show.

In between songs, the band even had conversations with the audience saying how much they love the audience or love the city. Most artists do that at their concerts, but for the Bad Suns, their comments were genuine because their fans mean so much to them. They are not very well known so they appreciate their audiences no matter how small they are. However, after their Heartbreaker tour, their fan base will most likely grow.

Their songs continue to be popular among fans of alternative or rock music. They have such a unique style of music that sounds unlike any other artist which appeals to a wider audience. Because their music is so alluring to a diverse group of people, their concerts attract much attention. Their concerts are so entertaining that they are even attractive to people who are not big fans.

Since they are not widely known, their concerts are pretty inexpensive. The low price attracted a lot of people who had never even heard of them to the concert just so they could have something to do. These people went to the concert not knowing what to expect and came out impressed. In fact, I interviewed a member of the audience who went to the concert with her friend, but had never even heard of the band. She said that, “I actually really liked them. I started playing their songs on the car ride home because I enjoyed it so much. Usually I don’t listen to this type of music, but their style of music is so different from anything I’ve ever heard which really attracted me.”

Not only are the Bad Suns incredible performers that are full of energy which keeps the concert entertaining, but also the lights and effects used during their performance enhances their talent. The colors used for the lights matched the mood of each song. Anytime they sang one of their more emotional songs, the stage would turn blue or red to symbolize the passion behind the meaning of the song. The technicians even used violet colors during their famous song, Violet. The best effects were seen at the end when the band sang one of their most popular songs, Salt.

All of the fans had been patiently waiting for that song since the beginning of the concert. When the audience heard the bass riff from Gavin Bennett that begins the song, the entire room erupted with cheers. Finally, Bowman made an impact on the audience by singing that song with so much passion that eventually everyone started singing along. Miles Morris kept the rhythm smooth with his perfectly timed drumming. The songs would be non existent without the smooth guitar playing of Ray Libby and the effortless bass playing of Bennett. 

The Bad Suns may be a small band with a small reputation, but their performance made a big impact on the city of San Antonio. The people who attended the concert in San Antonio along with the reviews on iTunes are proof that the Bad Suns are a talented band that is unfortunately overlooked.

This was originally written in May 2017 for a Free Lance Writing course at St. Mary’s University

 

 

Community

Not Just a News Director

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Bernice Kearney is popular among the San Antonio community for her many leadership positions that benefit the community. Her most well known position is that she is the news director of the local news station, KSAT 12. In order to improve on her leadership skills and her overall knowledge of San Antonio, as well as learn how to further help the community, she has recently joined a program called Leadership San Antonio.

Leading San Antonio

Leadership San Antonio is a joint program run by the San Antonio chamber of commerce and the Hispanic chamber of commerce. They specialize in dividing chosen people into different groups that help improve many different parts of the community. They teach these people help about the challenges that the San Antonio community faces and how they can be turned into opportunities moving forward.

Starting off

Kearney first got interested in joining this program after hearing about the positive experiences from her friends that were already in the program. She applied because she realized that she would be able to learn certain things about the city that she would have never known before. She also was curious to meet a diverse group of people from different backgrounds.

The application process for the program, according to Kearney, was lengthy. She had to have letters of recommendation from a group of people, including her boss. Once she got her letters approved, she was interviewed by a panel asking her about her leadership experiences and what she can contribute to the program for the betterment of San Antonio. After those steps, the “steering committee” finally approved her for the position and then placed her in the economic development group.

Keeping Busy

Kearney already had a demanding and hectic schedule with her work and home life. But now, she has an even more packed schedule because sometimes she has to be out of the office for an entire day so she can be with her group. Since her group specifically focuses on the economic development of San Antonio, they go on different trips around the city. For example, they all took a trip out to the missions so they could learn about how much money from tourism the city accumulates. These trips throughout San Antonio help them learn more about where the main source of money for the city generates from. She says that going on these trips and being in this group is her way of “peeking behind the curtain” to learn more about different organizations, programs, and opportunities in San Antonio.

Inspiring the Community

So far, she has enjoyed her experience in the program. She says “it’s not like a class I had in college where you are sitting there while constantly taking notes during a lecture . . . it’s more of an experience.” She learned so much so far. She has been able to see a different part of San Antonio from many different perspectives. She appreciates being able to not only learn a lot, but see a lot.

As Kearney continues with her leadership classes, she learns how to improve the community which benefits all the people of San Antonio. Despite her busy schedule, she still continues to help the San Antonio community which makes her a true leader.

Fact File:

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Fun fact: She has a dog named Zoila

When Kearney is not busy with her job or Leadership San Antonio, she enjoys cooking, going to Jazz clubs, travelling, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

This was originally written in May 2017 for a Free Lance Writing course at St. Mary’s University

 

Education

Lights, Camera, Silence – Behind the Scenes of KSAT 12 News Station

Hours before the cameras even start rolling, Leslie Mouton and Mark Austin arrive at KSAT 12 around 4:00 a.m. to debrief with Ellie Holmes, the producer, about what they’re going to do for the 7:00 a.m. show. Holmes sets up their markers so the anchors know where and when to go. She is the expert when it comes to visual elements. The studio is dark and empty. Besides Austin, Mouton, and Holmes, the only other person there is the receptionist.

The KSAT 12 building is in the middle of downtown, so they take security seriously. Just getting into the building is a whole process. First, press the button. Next, answer the receptionist. Once inside, the receptionist is sitting at her desk with a smile on her face and she greets with a nice cheerful hello. The next door is the entrance to the newsroom. The aroma of coffee overwhelms the newsroom. Coffee is what keeps everyone awake. Usually the room would be hectic because there is always something to be done. However, during the morning everyone is out reporting, interviewing, or searching for a new story so the room is empty.

The sunlight gleams through the big windows. This makes the building look the opposite of dark and dreary. The building looks lively especially when there are people working in the newsroom. They are all constantly going. The red ceiling and concrete floors give the building a comfortable yet kitschy look. There are also bright lights everywhere, especially in front of the desk that is used for show. Lighting is crucial while on camera.

It’s thirty minutes until the 9:00 a.m. show. It’s time for Leslie and Mark to go back to the makeup room to touch up their hair and makeup. Her eyeshadow is blended well. No hair frizz in sight. She’s wearing an orange shirt, white jeans, and tall brown wedges. Not the typical anchor outfit. Mark is wearing a suit where his jacket and pants match perfectly. No wrinkles. Once every shiny spot is blotted, it’s time to head out on set. One last look in the big mirror before entering the set. People are hustling, yet they are not stressed. They are placid. However, there is still tension felt throughout the station because everything has to be perfect. Everyone in the room is frantically on their iPad or iPhone to making sure there is no breaking news to report on. Ten minutes until the show.

It’s time for the second show of the morning: the 9:00 a.m. show. Leslie and Mark have five seconds. Five. Four. Three. Two. Red light is on. Everyone in the studio is silent. Leslie and Mark immediately have big smiles on their face. Then with a crisp and clean voice, Leslie says, “Good morning, San Antonio.”

The studio is filled with television screens. In fact, the entire back wall is just one big screen. That wall is where the actual newscast is shown for the anchors to see. There are six smaller television screens over to the side, next to the set. Those show other news channels like Good Morning America or other national newscasts so that way the anchors can watch them while on commercial break. Of course the most important screen is the teleprompter. The teleprompter is behind the camera and shows the anchors exactly what to say and at what pace. It even tells them how to react after they speak. The man that’s in charge of the teleprompter is sitting off to the side making sure that the teleprompter is constantly going so the anchors never get stuck because they do not want to make a mistake on live TV.

In the control room behind the studio, Ellie is making sure everything goes right. The control room is drastically different than the studio. First of all, there is no silence. Ellie and Kai, the editor, are cracking jokes in the back. Kai has control over everything with just the push of a button. The red one makes the whoosh sound. Chris is in charge of the robo cams. Unlike, Ellie and Kai, Chris doesn’t talk much because he’s too focused. The interns are sitting out of the way, off to the side, waiting for someone to give them a job. The clicks of their computer mouses are constant because they’re always doing something. Time for a commercial break. Kai counts down to commercial then takes off his head phones. Ellie starts checking her emails or her Instagram. Even when they are off-air, they have to continue working. The only break they get throughout the day are during commercial breaks.

Back in the studio, Leslie, Austin, and meteorologist Justin Horne are talking about the news they just reported on. Even when they are off camera, they are talking about the news. Commercial break is up. Time to count down again. Five. Four. Three. Two. Red light. Silence again. Leslie smoothly says, “Welcome back.” The anchors talk as if there is no script because the conversation is so effortless that the audience cannot even tell that there is a teleprompter.

Leslie and Mark end the show with “Thank you for joining us, we’ll see you next time.” That is Kai’s cue to push the button as he says “And we’re out.”  

Ellie claps her hands for everyone in the control room. “Good show everyone.” The show may have ended, but that does not mean the work has.

Back in the newsroom, there are more people around because now that the morning shows are over, it’s time to write stories for the website. Half of the room is filled with people frantically typing while taking small sips from their coffee cups in between paragraphs. The other half is filled with people constantly answering the phone. Leslie and Mark take a seat at their desks. Leslie kicks off her brown wedges.

Everyone’s desks are cluttered, but nicely decorated. Most of them have awards pinned up on their bulletin boards. Some of them also have pictures of their family. What differentiates their desks from the desks of people who work in other office settings is that each desk has large Mac computers. They use their computers for every part of their job. They can edit on them using the expensive editing software. Or they can write stories on them. Or even both at the same time. The advanced technology is mesmerising. The work ethic of the people working here is also mesmerising.

The inside of KSAT 12 gives an entirely new perspective on what kind of work actually goes into every part of the news from newscasts to articles. Watching the news from the living room television is nothing like watching the news from a chair inside the studio or control room. Behind the scenes in the newsroom, the reporters type up stories before they are edited and published. This may be an odd and unordinary way to watch the news, but seeing things from the outside looking in makes a difference. Whoever said the news is boring has clearly never seen the news happen behind the scenes.

This was originally written in May of 2017 for an Advanced Composition Course at St. Mary’s University.

 

Education

Blast From the Plath – the Effects of Sylvia Plath’s Traumatic Experiences

In a majority of Sylvia Plath’s writing, it is apparent that she had depression because of her tone, symbolism, and imagery within her poems and short stories. Because Sylvia Plath faced a lot of obstacles throughout her life, her internal struggles were shown in her writing. This began when he father died in 1940. His death is highlighted in her poem, Daddy, when she says, “Bit my pretty red heart in two/ I was ten when they buried you/ At twenty I tried to die/ And get back, back, back to you/ I thought even the bones would do.” When Plath was 20, she attempted suicide by slashing her legs, as said in the poem. After her first suicide attempt, she was treated with electroconvulsive therapy for her major depression. Unfortunately, the therapy did not help her. Plath continued to suffer throughout her life especially during her marriage to famous writer, Ted Hughes. Hughes had an affair with another woman while married to Plath which is rumored to have contributed greatly to her depression and even cause Plath’s suicide in 1963, ten years after her first suicide attempt. Plath gassed herself in her own kitchen after being clinically depressed for most of her adult life. Many of Sylvia Plath’s now famous poems address the struggles that she had to face throughout her life up until her death.

When Sylvia Plath committed suicide, all of her poetry and short stories began to make sense. Most of them revolved around the conflicts she faced in life. Since her death, literary audiences have begun seeing her poetry as a reflection of her suffering.

Mark Wunderlich writes in his article, Laying Blame: The Legacy of Sylvia Plath, “How was it that we had come to see her creative work as a sort of extended suicide note rather than as the work of an emerging poet whose career and output had been cut short by a tragic, early death?” Because Plath tragically committed suicide at the peak of her career, most people take her suicide into account when reading her work. Before her death, however, the real messages Plath was portraying were almost hidden from the reader’s eye. For example, in her poem entitled Wintering, on the surface it seemed like a poem about her experience with beekeeping, a hobby that she had taken up, and how it related to modern feminism. However, In the last stanza Plath writes, “Will the hive survive/ Will the gladiolas succeed in banking their fires/ To enter another year?/ What will they taste of, the Christmas roses?/ The bees are flying. They taste the spring.” This poem has a dreary tone that predicts a hopeless future. However, at the end, it talks about seeing spring once again. The winter was a long season to endure and there was no hope of survival and growth, yet spring will come again. This shows that Plath was indeed hoping for spring to come again. She had felt like she was in a long winter that was endlessly draining her. She emphasizes that despite all of that, she was still hopeful that one day everything around her will blossom and create a positive atmosphere for herself.

After Sylvia Plath’s death, she became a more famous and independent writer. For a majority of their marriage, Plath lived in the shadows of her husband, Ted Hughes. However, after all the published work that addresses her marriage with Hughes, it was almost impossible to read her work without thinking of him. In fact, Pamela R. Matthews points out in her article, Sylvia Plath Hughes: The Middle Ground in the New Millennium,  “Whether this strategy is a stroke of self-serving genius or a genuine search for the meanings of a complicated relationship, after Birthday Letters, it has seemed impossible to talk about Plath in isolation; Hughes must be taken into account.” Birthday Letters by Hughes was published in 1998 many years after the death of Plath. This story highlighted the problems within their marriage that were apparent in the poems written by Plath. In this story he broke silence and leaked facts about their complicated relationship. He even says in it, “nobody wanted your dance. Nobody wanted your strange glitter/ your floundering drowning life/ and your effort to save yourself/ Treading water/ Dancing the dark turmoil/ Looking for something to give.” It is palpable that Plath was in a depressing situation based on what he writes about her. Clearly she was never appreciated or encouraged to grow in her relationship with Hughes. In order for a person to flourish they need to be constantly reassured with love, encouragement, and admiration. Clearly she was not receiving any of those. Matthews also writes that, “Since that publication, it has seemed impossible to talk about Plath on her own, without ‘her husband’.” This shows the lack of independence that Plath had. The literary community can now understand why she felt so constrained in her relationship with Hughes.

It was because of the impediments from her marriage and different problems throughout her life that Plath created what people today call, “confessional poetry.” Charles Molesworth in his article, With Your Own Face On: Confessional Poetry, says that “a somnambulistic strian drifts through the tones of the confessional poet. This finds its fullest expression in Sylvia Plath, of course, where the voice of narcotic numbness mixes with a sort of slow-motion hallucination in poems.” The first insight that we get into her confessional poetry and her strain for life itself is in her infamous poem, Ariel. This poem was featured in a book also entitled Ariel which was published by Ted Hughes after her death. This book of poems offers a lot of clarity to her situation facing depression and the ending of her life. In Ariel, she paints a vivid picture for the reader by opening the poem with, “stasis in darkness/ Then the substanceless blue/ Pour of tor and distances.” Through her use of imagery, the reader is shown a scene of darkness that evolves into a red morning sky as the poem ends with, “into the red eye/ The cauldron of morning.” At the beginning of the poem, Plath, which is who we assume is the speaker, seems fearful of what is to come from the dark sky. Then she is jerked and “hauled through the air” on a crazy gallop through the wind. She develops a sense of appreciation for everything surrounding her as she, “unpeels” from the earth and then she loses control and has “dead hands, dead stringencies.” She talks about leaving her children when she says “the child’s cry/ melts in the wall/ and I/ Am the arrow/ The dew that flies.” She abruptly ends the poem when she says she is, “Suicidal, at one with the drive.” Because of the content of this poem, the reader can comprehend how she really felt and that she desperately wanted to commit suicide. This poem showed the incidents that she encountered which gave the audience a peek of the horrible psychological impact they had on her.

Sylvia Plath clearly encountered many obstacles throughout her life that stunted her growth into the individual she wanted to become. Her writing is the best source of proof since she writes of the many instances pertaining to the reasons she had depression. After reading poems that profoundly addressed the pain she was feeling and also reading the insights of critical sources, it is no wonder she committed suicide. Good writers write about their personal struggles and relate to their audience, but the best writers die trying to do so.

 

Research:

Matthews, Pamela R. “Sylvia Plath Hughes: The Middle Ground in the New Millennium.” South Central Review, vol. 23, no. 3, 2006, pp. 89–93. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40039946.

Molesworth, Charles. “With Your Own Face On’: Confessional Poetry.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Kathy D. Darrow, vol. 258, Gale, 2012. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 30 Apr. 2018. Originally published in The Fierce Embrace: A Study of Contemporary American Poetry, University of Missouri Press, 1979, pp. 61-76.

Plath, S. (1960). Ariel.

Plath S. (1960) Daddy.

Hughes, T. (1998) Birthday Letters.
Wunderlich, Mark. “Laying Blame: The Legacy of Sylvia Plath.Ebscohost.com, Accessed 30 Apr. 2018. 1 Sept. 2013,

Sorority

Delta Zeta Bid Day

 

Panhellenic Bid Day at St. Mary’s University took place on February 4, 2018. Bid Day is a day where after a long and somewhat stressful recruitment process, sororities are able to finally welcome their new members with open arms as they “run home.”

As a member of the Omicron Alpha chapter of Delta Zeta, this was my first recruitment from a different perspective. I was in the pledge class of Spring 2017 and got to participate in formal recruitment for Spring 2018. We met so many wonderful women throughout the entire process and got six new beautiful members.

After a fun day of welcoming the new members into my sisterhood, I spent the evening editing a video that really portrays the excitement of  Bid Day. This video was made with a Hero6 Go Pro and edited with the Quik edit app.

Click here to watch!

To see more of the beautiful photos featured in this article click here to visit photographer Rachel Cantu’s website.