October 20, 2010
By Karl Ekstrom
The Raven’s Quill is devoted to helping students not only become better writers but also helping get students into the capable hands of a publishing company or agent as well as helping students hone their writing skills. This semester, we’re taking the first steps towards all of these; our advisor and chair of the English Department, Dr. Joshua Gidding, held a Screenwriting workshop in which he went over the basic points of writing a screenplay. For people interested in script writing, Dowling offers a series of classes centered on writing a screenplay, writing for television, and playwriting. Our focus this month is getting student works recognized among the student body. Our event this month is ‘Tales of Terror,’ in which students will be reading stories they’ve written with a Halloween theme.
November is National Novel Writing Month, in which one is invited to try to write a novel over the course of a month. We’ll be having two events surrounding that, the first being word wars: writing as much as one can, as fast as one can in a short time. The second event will be a write in, which is a group of students getting together and just writing for a period of time. These events are designed to help people who have ideas get them on paper and give them life. There’s also the possibility of getting your novel published. If you’re interested in this, you can visit the web site http://www.nanowrimo.org/ for more information. The final event of the semester will be an Author night in which various authors, literary agents and publishers will speak to the student body about the writing and publishing processes.
As president of the Raven’s Quill, my hope is that one of these events will get people to realize the potential that Dowling students have to become published. My goal is to have the college known for more than just churning out brilliant teachers and leaders in business but also published authors.
October 1, 2010
In order to increase student awareness of and interest in philosophy and in order to encourage contributions to the scholarly community, Dowling College Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies invites students to submit papers relating to any philosophical topic or period. Authors of accepted papers will be given the opportunity to present their work at Dowling College’s first undergraduate philosophy conference.
Deadline for Submissions: January 15th, 2011
1. Although papers must relate to a philosophical topic or period, that does not mean that other areas, such as psychology, sociology, neurology, biology, etc., are excluded. As long as the paper engages with its topic in a philosophical manner you are more than welcome to submit the paper. Presenters should plan on having 15 minutes to present their work (approx. 8–10 pages long). Time limits will be strictly enforced.
2. Attach a copy of your submission in .doc or .docx format to an email, and send it to Adam Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org and Christian Perring at email@example.com. Within the email, please include your name, email address, and college/university that you are affiliated with.
3. Please do not include your name on your paper, so that it may be reviewed “blind” by a committee of conference organizers.
4. Authors whose papers are accepted will be notified by Feb 15, 2011.
5. When you submit your paper, please indicate whether you would be interested acting as a discussant for another speaker’s paper. Please remember that you do not have to be a philosophy major to submit a paper! All currently enrolled undergraduates are welcome to submit their work. The Rudolph Campus of Dowling College is located in Oakdale, NY. This is 50 miles from NYC, and 25 minutes walk from the Oakdale LIRR train station. For more information contact Adam Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Melissa Theodorakatos
October 1, 2010
On Friday, September 24th, the Humanitarian club hosted its very own Midnight Bowl with the Dowling community. At 9PM, a shuttle arrived at Oakdale to pick up the first set of students eager to arrive at the Shirley bowling lanes for an amazing night.
After stopping at Brookhaven around 9:30PM, a bus full of students arrived at the lanes to meet with the club’s President, Melissa Pernier, and they began to check in at the event. The alley lit up with excitement when students grabbed their bowling shoes and took off towards the lanes to form teams and start the competition. Students laughed and encouraged each other throughout the two hours of unlimited bowling.
A few instances of friendly competition arose, which added to the energized spirit of the group and made the night that much more memorable for all who attended. When it was time to leave, most students were sad to go after such an amazing night. Everyone left the bowling lanes with a smile and stories to tell as they boarded the Dowling shuttle to travel back to each campus.
The Midnight Bowl was a complete success for President Melissa, raising the Humanitarian Club’s popularity and encouraging students to participate in new activities in the future.