Capture the Moment

Julian Kiyabu '23

 

The Two Islands Podcast is a project my friend, Richard Desir '23, and I began during quarantine. 'Two Islands' is a metaphor for the bridging of perspectives of those coming from different backgrounds, as I'm from Hawaii and Richie is of Haitian descent. With Two Islands we intend to create a comfortable, conversational space for those learning and those clarifying their opinions on certain issues to navigate their own thoughts and hear the opinions of others. Our intention is not to change people's opinions, rather opening their eyes to the experiences of others and shifting their perspective. Bridging perspectives, cultures and people; this is the essence of Two Islands. 

Vi Tran '23

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Vi Tran is a '23 from San Jose, California. She studies Computer Science and Economics.

"I'm just a young woman who loves to learn and use that knowledge to make a positive impact. Witnessing the current racial injustice, I decided that I wanted to provide an easier and quicker way for the people to communicate with their representatives. Hence, I created a user friendly program that sends prewritten emails to representatives in cities where injustice is rampant. This way, we will be able to reach more representatives in a shorter time."

Armond Dorsey '20

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Armond is a graduating senior pursuing a major in Music modified with Neuroscience and a minor in African and African-American Studies. Armond not only graces the stage as a spoken word poet and classically-trained clarinetist of 11 years but also writes for the stage as a playwright and composer. Dartmouth has been a world of artistic firsts for Armond--where he first received clarinet lessons and first began writing. As a musician, Armond performs to spread the joy of music and aspires to design scientifically-informed music therapies to treat neurological conditions. As a writer, Armond creates original poems and plays centered on storytelling, Black masculinity, sexuality, and being. After Dartmouth, Armond intends to study in the United Kingdom, attaining his MA in Music at the University of Birmingham. Armond aspires to become a physician-advocate and design music interventions to increase access to care in marginalized communities while advocating against violence, health inequality, and environmental racism using arts activism.

 

"The Black Boy Quotidian is a chapbook--a collection of spoken word poems--that draws upon the underlying complexities in the Black mundane (A Checklist for Black Men), pays homage to the Black and Latinx folks who have died at the hands of police brutality (Memoriam for Melanated Men), encourages dreaming in spite of these circumstances (Black Boys Dream), and embraces the joy we hope for in the future (Black Joy). Altogether, The Black Boy Quotidian represents life, death, sleep, and joy for Black boys while acknowledging the societal panopticism and fine lines each of these processes entails."

Yazmin Ochoa Flores '21

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Yazmin is a '21 from Salinas, CA. She studies Geography modified with LALACS and Global Health and Environmental Studies.

"An orange sunset. The lot across my house is empty therefore this allows for the viewing of gorgeous California sunsets. The other day I captured this image and it just made me feel so peaceful in these times. Although this term is now what we were expecting I am very thankful that I get views like these almost everyday."

 

Patrick Iradukunda '19

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Patrick Iradukunda is a Dartmouth '19 majoring in Computer Science from Kigali, Rwanda. Patrick shares how he has taken advantage of this time to rediscover some old hobbies, including drawing, and how drawing has given him a new perspective.

"During this global crisis and lockdown, I have been lucky to be at home with my family and on break from school. Thus, it provided me with ample time to focus on my well-being and to rediscover some old hobbies, especially drawing. Since I was a kid, I enjoyed drawing. Recently, I joined an online drawing challenge to draw daily for 5 days. Above are the various drawings I have done as part of the challenge. I enjoyed expanding my drawing and imagination abilities to new mediums such as rocks and a wall. The drawing process has also helped me put into perspective the uncertainty most of us are currently facing: one's imagination of a drawing before the beginning usually is not the way it turns out at the end, but one holds onto the vision while constantly adjusting the target. So, while the current crisis may make us feel helpless, we are endowed with the ability to adjust our targets in this fast evolving environment." — Patrick Iradukunda '19 (Kigali, Rwanda.) 

Senior Sundays

Paula Lenart ' 20

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Paul Lenart is a Dartmouth '20 who will be graduating with an engineering degree modified with studio art. She mentions that until her first year at Dartmouth she had never actually tried drawing or painting.

"I am sharing some paintings that capture my favorite places at Dartmouth. Since I am not able to say goodbye in person, this is my way of making up for senior spring. The other two are paintings are basically my fascination with spring blossoms. The beauty of nature is one thing that always keeps me positive during these uncertain times." - Paula Lenart '20 

Ivana Devic '22

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"I have been using art as an emotional outlet since I can remember. It helped me navigate through difficult parts of growing up. I brought some of the art supplies with me when I started college, but I could hardly get any free time to paint. I remember that I made my last drawing the night before my first midterm in college. 

The silver lining of my quarantine was taking the dust off my paintbrushes and painting again. Whether it was portraits of friends I miss or random doodles on the margins on my notes it helped me restore a sense of calmness and strength right when I needed it." - Ivana Devic '22

Senior Sundays

Yenny Dieguez '20

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Yenny Dieguez is a Dartmouth '20 from Miami, Florida who is majoring in Government and Studio Art. Yenny explains how working on her studio art senior project from home has led to some unexpected ways of working.

 

"My last term at Dartmouth before graduating was going to be largely dedicated to completing my senior project for the Studio Art Department. While that is still the case, my work has taken some unexpected turns since I no longer have access to the BVAC studios, where I had most of anything I needed right at my fingertips. My focus has always been on drawing and printmaking, but this term has pushed me to experiment with mixed-media—so far, I've used sand, charcoal, paint, ink, coffee, fabric, and eggshells. While I miss spending most of my days in the studio, I am glad that the quarantine has opened up other avenues for my work that I am excited to continue exploring." – Yenny Dieguez (Miami, Florida.)

Mubarak Idoko '23

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"This picture is a collage of some of the park benches in the Golf Course on campus. It struck me that they were all empty, but they seemed to be patiently waiting for when we would all be free to go out to the parks and enjoy the outside. Hence, they suggested hope for a period like this, that soon and very soon we would be able to go out and enjoy the beauty of nature, and our dear old park benches." - Mubarak Idoko '23

 

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Senior Sundays

Sabyne Pierre

 

Sabyne Pierre is a Dartmouth '20 from Newark, NJ who is majoring in Government. As someone who has always loved to write and read poetry, Sabyne explains how a conversation led up to this piece.

"A conversation with someone led to this attempt at trying to understand, even partially, the emotions I have been feeling during this collective experience of self-isolation and quarantine. This is the poem that came out of that." – Sabyne Pierre (Hanover, NH.)

Vi Nguyen '21

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"Painting is one of my favorite pastimes and form of self-care. When I moved my life to Hanover, I packed all my paint and paint brushes with me. Little did I know that they would just collect dust in my dorm room as I spent all my days running between classes, clubs, meetings, and other extracurricular activities. When I came home for my winter OFF term last November, I shipped my art supplies back, too, knowing I almost never used them on campus anyway -- and I'm so glad I did. With fewer commitments this Spring term and an increase in need for intentional and mindful living, I finally found time to paint again. The concentration and care that goes into each brush stroke is therapeutic and takes my mind to a place where nothing matters but the canvas. I have also found that it's a great way to relax away from a screen. Here's a simple painting of an orange branch that I spent a few nights of last week working on. Painting + light music = 10/10 way to spend a night." – Vi Nguyen '21 (Atlanta, Georgia.)

 

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Senior Sundays

Sunny Singh '20

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"In the middle of COVID-19, I've had to work two jobs (60 hours/wk) to keep my family afloat and keep my parents, who are addicted to Indian COVID-19 remedies they see on Whatsapp, at home as much as possible. Though my (and that of so many of my FGLI peers) circumstances are difficult, they aren't unique. FGLI students overcome these myriad of struggles when there is and when there isn't a global pandemic going on. At the same time, I've also found reason for optimism and meaningful appreciation. Brave individuals like healthcare workers on the frontlines and grocery store workers like my coworkers Billy and Genesis (pictured next to me) have embodied the spirit of supporting each other. For me, the FGLI community has similarly deepened its already earnest love and support." — Sunny Singh '20

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