They Call Me Q: A review of Qurrat Ann Kadwani’s one-woman show



Photo taken by Haley Dick, Gull Life Editor.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Holloway Hall’s auditorium, Qurrat Ann Kadwani performed her one-woman show, “They Call Me Q.”

Kadwani is an established actress, teacher, producer, writer and the founding artistic director of eyeBLINK, a nonprofit arts organization promoting social change and conversation through the mediums of theater and dance. She has been featured on numerous television shows such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” ABC’s “What Would You Do?” and “All My Children.”

“They Call Me Q” is a show Kadwani wrote over the course of 4 years, which is an autobiographical monologue involving 13 different characters who had an impact on her life as she found her way as an Indian immigrant growing up in the Bronx.

Born in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995), Kadwani’s parents moved to New York City when she was young, resulting in a cultural divide she would struggle with throughout her childhood and adolescence. Her parents are traditional in their Indian and Muslim customs and had high expectations, and when she lived up to those expectations, the other kids noticed and took issue with her, resulting in multiple fights and social issues at school.

Kadwani’s imitations of her mother, teacher and the schoolyard bullies were funny on the surface, receiving laughs from the audience, but on a deeper level they demonstrated the tear between the two cultures she did not fully fit into.

The story takes Kadwani through high school and college, where she impersonates a few of the friends she made: an electric girl named Beanie who loved to go to clubs but committed suicide suddenly, a fellow Bronx kid with radical ideas about the world and a pot smoking yogi/dancer who advises her to go back to visit India if that is what she truly wants to do.

She decides to go, and her trip takes her through the looking glass of what her life could have been as she reunites with an old friend who lives with her family and allows her parents to make decisions such as what she does and who she will marry. Kadwani’s fate could have been very similar to that of her friend’s if her family had stayed in India. It is clear that she does not look down on or pity her friend for having a different, more traditional lifestyle, but simply acknowledges that it is different from her own situation; it is a reminder to appreciate the freedom she has and the way she lives her life in the United States of America.

Upon her return to the states, the narrative comes full circle and Kadwani seems to have found some peace with the life she was given and she embraces both cultures that previously tore her apart. She allows her experiences to define her without putting her in any particular box, and although the people in her life still pull her in different directions, she has managed to find her own way to embrace both worlds that make her who she is.

When asked what the biggest takeaway from the show was, student Amy Wojtowicz said, “It’s important to appreciate where you come from, even if you don’t live there anymore, because it shapes who you are.”

During the Q and A after the show, a young boy asked Kadwani who her favorite character to play is, and she responded that she loved playing her friend from India because she is very complex. She noted how a lot of people think the friend is repressed, and that they feel sorry for her because she seems like a bird in a golden cage; however, the reality is that the audience does not actually know her, and our definition of independence might be very different from hers. The friend does wonder during the show, perhaps with envy, what could have happened if her life was more like Kadwani’s—but Kadwani wonders the same thing about her.

Also brought up during the Q and A portion was the fact that the show was brought to Salisbury to encourage productive conversation about diversity. The show contained themes of power, gender roles, stereotypes and the individual vs. the institutional.

Kadwani asked the audience how people in this area tend to feel about these themes and the way things are, particularly in the country today, and the overwhelming response was that most people just accept it, even if they do not like it. She seemed surprised at the unanimity of the answer, and gave some parting words of wisdom: everyone has a voice that they can use to create change, and everyone can use their voice in whatever way works best for them—theatre, dance, music, art, writing, debate—and use it to create the change they want to see in the world.


5 Things To Do In Salisbury To Get Rid Of The Rainy Day Blues


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Photo by Haley Dick

In a small college town, it may be hard to find something to do when the weather is not so great. Luckily, Salisbury has some great indoor activities to help keep you occupied and entertained on a rainy day.

1. Like To Bowl?

Southbound Alley is just over a mile from campus and an excellent source of entertainment. Bring your friends and spend the afternoon bowling! With 20 lanes to bowl, an arcade and billiards tables, it is easy to spend multiple hours having fun inside while it rains outside. Southbound Alley offers student discounts, too; check out their website for exact hours and pricing.

2. Shop ‘Til You Drop

The Centre at Salisbury is an indoor mall located on North Salisbury Boulevard. The mall offers a great escape from the rainy day blues. This 862,000 square-foot facility is filled with 100 stores and franchises from restaurants such as Chick-Fil-A, Ruby Tuesdays and Auntie Anne’s to retail stores such as American Eagle, Express, Pacsun and Macy’s. The Centre at Salisbury also features Regal Cinemas, a movie theater with 16 rooms showing the newest and most popular movies.

3. Give Back To The Community

Consider donating some of your time to community service. The Maryland Food Bank- Eastern Shore Branch located in Salisbury is always looking for volunteers to help sort, pack and distribute food donated by community members. They accept walk-ins and are grateful for any help they receive! Volunteering in the warehouse will not only be a great indoor activity on a rainy day, but you will feel great afterwards knowing that you helped those less fortunate within our community.

4. The Perfect Night In

If transportation is hard to come across, stay in your dorm and have a movie day with your best friends. On Netflix, continue binging one of your favorite series or watch a movie. But what if you get hungry? Many restaurants in town deliver to campus and you may even get lucky and get a nice delivery man/woman that will deliver the food right to your dorm so you do not have to walk to the parking lot in the rain. Pat’s Pizzeria, located across the street from campus, has a wide variety of food options, including pizza, pasta, salads and more. Subrunners, a local sub shop, will bring you the pizza, sub or wrap of your choice with a $1 delivery fee. The food options in Salisbury are endless and you are sure to find a place that will satiate your hunger.

5. Kick Back and Relax

Maybe this awful weather came after a long stressful week of homework and classes. Take time for yourself to unwind! Yoga is always a great option to relax your muscles and calm your mind. Try these simple yoga poses posted by Buzzfeed. If yoga is not quite “your thing,” find new songs on Youtube, create a website showcasing your personal photography or Google search “cute puppy videos.” There are plenty of ways to de-stress, and what better time to do it than on a rainy day?

And, of course, you could always use the lousy weather as an excuse to catch up on upcoming homework, projects and papers… but where is the fun in that?

How to be trendy on a college budget



Clothing combinations by Theresa Tumminello.

Staff Writer

Back in the day, it was all about keeping up with the Joneses. In this day and age, it is all about keeping up with the Kardashians. We have all of the latest trends available at our fingertips; as soon as we open our phones, we see celebrity news and fashion all over social media. So, how do you keep up with the Kardashians when you are on an M.C. Hammer budget?

  1. Get thrifty

The ’90s are coming back! Being different is the style now; you do not want to be seen walking down the street looking “basic.” So, pull out that old jean jacket you have had for five years—it will be trendy because no one will have the same one.

  1. Shop smart

It is okay to buy labels, but you do not have to pay top dollar for them. T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and the outlets are your best friends in college. You can get the same styles and labels for way cheaper. A budget of $100 can go a long way when you shop smart.

  1. Mix and match

Being trendy nowadays means mixing different pieces together and making them work. You do not need a full closet to have a great wardrobe. The best way to be stylish is to get a couple of plain shirts, mix them with some old jeans, add a statement piece and rock those converses. You will look like a New Yorker in a New York minute.

  1. Spend time on your face, not money

Makeup videos on YouTube are lifesavers to women these days. They help women stay updated on the latest makeup styles as well as teaching viewers how to apply the makeup. To stay trendy, you do not have to get that MAC pallet or spend all of your money at Sephora. You can find similar quality, if not better, at Walmart or Target. Elf and NYX are very affordable, and they also keep your face healthy with minerals and  do not test on animals!

  1. Manicures at home

Nail salons can be very overpriced at times. Manicures should be a treat to women and not a chore you have to do every two to three weeks. If you have a steady hand and love to save money, invest in your favorite Essie color and get to painting. This is great because you can switch up your nail color as much as you want FOR FREE!

Staying up-to-date on fashion trends should be easy and not stressful. Take what you already have and just add a little something different that is in style. Shop smarter and go for the bargain instead of spending an arm and a leg on one shirt. Follow YouTube videos on how to do different makeup styles and give yourself at-home manicures as much as you want. Follow these simple steps and you will always be rich and trendy!


French Film Screening: La Cour de Babel explores the life of immigrants in Paris


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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Dr. Derya Kulavuz-Onal presented “La Cour de Babel,” a film showcasing a special education class at La Grange aux Belles as immigrants in junior high adjust to a new society in Paris. Through a course called “reception class,” the students learn the French language in a welcoming environment.

The film begins with students demonstrating how to say hello in their native language. Immediately, we see a diverse array of nationalities, including children from China, Egypt, Serbia, Romania, England, Ireland, Chile, Venezuela and Ukraine.

An argument erupts about religion, and conflict develops soon after due to the language differences.

The translations from French to English subtitles were not always grammatically correct. Of course, these students had learned French only recently so they were not always using the correct tense. Nevertheless, they spoke quickly and conversed well with their peers in French.

The immediate goal of this “reception class” was to teach French to the immigrants. Presumably, the viewer would observe a glimpse of students in the classroom scene as they learn to speak a new language.

The film offered insight into the everyday struggles of someone integrating not only into a new society, but a new life. Connections blossomed and bonds were forged between students sharing similarities as immigrants.

It was soon revealed that one student immigrated from Serbia for political asylum. His family was persecuted by a neo-nazi group. A student from China explained she had not seen her mother for 10 years before arriving in Paris. Classmate Djenabou started crying. “That’s tough,” she said.

Naminata had a hard time adjusting with the class because of attitude issues. “My father’s family didn’t let me go to school. I was mistreated. I would like to be a doctor,” she stated.

Naminata comes from a Muslim family. When her mother converted to Christianity, she attended both the church and the mosque, leaving her confused. Choosing among the two, she decided to remain devoted to Christianity. This is an extremely conflicting situation, as she was forced to commit to a religion at only 12 years of age. I could not imagine the gravity of such a predicament.

Throughout the filming of this movie, the class produced a documentary of their own which was showcased at a festival in Chartes, France. In the video, the students were able to display their colorful backgrounds while sharing their similarities as human beings.

On the last day of school, the tearful students gathered for a final hug goodbye. It was emotional, even for the audience present.

When the film ended, Dr. Claire Kew and Dr. Derya Kulavuz-Onal opened the stage for questions. An interactive discussion began around the effectiveness of such programs which help immigrants transition to new settings.

Kulavuz-Onal reasoned this is a good program for social learning which should be included in addition to the subject material students typically approach at their age, such as math and science.

During the film we observed the problems the students faced, such as fitting in with the local French students. Kew explained later, saying, “They are seen as stupid because they can’t express themselves.”

We explored the issues of agency and access which arise for immigrants. Most of the children did not have very many resources at home. Family was often elsewhere, or in another part of the world. In addition, we watched as students were located to different residences, including hostels, hotels and apartments. Stability seemed to be another issue.

These children faced unimaginable difficulties. While maintaining their past identity in a new locale, they had to become educated in a new language, make friends, perform well in school and assume an identity that can assimilate to their new life.

Among the audience was Angela Benedicts, a substitute teacher for Wicomico county, though originally from Nigeria. She worked with a Haitian student who learned to speak English through music.

“He learned through cognates,” Benedicts explains.

Additionally, she speaks of an experience working at James M. Bennett High school.

“When I open my mouth, they start laughing. I tell them, ‘Laugh as much as you want. This voice is going to stick with you today.’ Some of them laugh, but I don’t care.”

People often experience adversity for their diversity. It is a sad reality that is only increasingly relevant today.

Arthur Parks was also among the viewers present on Wednesday night. During the discussion, he mentioned that “the way you adjust is to imitate. You see how they talk and act and you do the same.”

Kew commented that “the language is a small part. Every single part of your life is different. It’s important to make them express their culture. It has to be life-relevant to some extent.”

Dr. Claire Kew was awarded the Tournées grant from the French cultural embassy, allowing the rights to screen this film along with five others at Salisbury University.

Dr. Kulavuz-Onal presented this film on behalf of the English department for its connection to education.

The next film will be presented Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 pm in Fulton Hall room 111 by Dr. Arnaud Perret of the Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies department. Produced in 1965, the film is titled “Pierrot Le Fou,” and you can learn more about the event at





Habitat for Humanity: A Personal Account of the NOLA Winter Break Experience


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Walking into the fall 2016 Salisbury University Activities Fair with an open mind, I perused the many booths aligned in the gym all trying to persuade eager students with the same goal. The Volunteer Center’s booth caught my eye, offering a volunteer trip with Habitat for Humanity to New Orleans, Louisiana. If you are unsure about what Habitat for Humanity stands for, they are a nonprofit group that gathers workers and volunteers to help construct a house for someone in need of a home, or a new safe home.

That night I convinced my mom that taking this trip was necessary, for it was always my dream to travel and work with something as big as Habitat. A month later, my first check payment was in and there was no turning back.

The good thing about my Habitat NOLA trip was that it was over winter break, though there is also one offered over spring break. The trip was at that perfect time during winter break when I was getting bored at home and eager to head back to Salisbury. On the morning of our trip, I woke up with a mix of excitement and nervous anxiety. I was excited for the trip but unsure of what I was getting myself into; I only knew one person on the trip and I had no idea how to build a house. Still, all the seemingly reasonable fears I had wound up meaning nothing when I got there.

For the six days spent in Louisiana, you are given a ton of free time to explore the notorious French Quarter. Then, on weekdays, you work with Habitat during the day and then can use your free time at night to explore the city.

Don’t fret about running out of things to do in New Orleans; the friends I had made on the trip and I explored as much as we could and still did not check everything off our list.  From getting beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde, exploring New Orleans Botanical Gardens, walking Bourbon Street, visiting the voodoo, Mardi Gras, and Hurricane Katrina museums, seeing the Mississippi River for the first time or getting the baby in the king cake, there is something for everyone.

Through volunteering with Rhino, the church that sponsors Habitat in NOLA, you learn about the history of Hurricane Katrina and the true impact it had on New Orleans. With knowledge of hurricane damage and the city, building the house feels more important than it did before.

Some of the most rewarding feelings from the trip were painting a house, learning how to side a house, and laying laminate flooring, all of which you are taught to do, so there is no need to worry if you have no experience. Also, meeting the owner of the house or other people who are putting in their volunteer hours for their homes really made the experience feel complete.

At the end of the trip, I remember wanting to feel excited to work on the house, but all I could feel was sadness due to the fact that it was time to leave and go back and face reality. The whole experience was life changing, providing a whole new perspective and broadening your mind. This trip not only benefits you mentally and personally, but is something to add to your resumes for future jobs.

If you are having doubts about the trip because you do not have any experience in building a house or you do not know anyone who is signed up, remember that this is the perfect time in your life to experience this. Do not let fear get in the way of doing something that you wish to do, for college is a place to learn how to step out of your shell, take risks and gain experience. NOLA 2016 will be a memory I have forever, and would not trade for anything.


SU students give real definition to the name “New Zoo”


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A depiction of the aftermath of a party in “New Zoo,” courtesy of local resident John D. Robinson Sr. on his Facebook post.

The residents of the local Salisbury community were agitated by the trash that flooded the ground in what is known to SU students as “New Zoo,” consisting of Cedar Crossing and Varsity Lane.

Partying is a well-known staple in the college experience. Movies such as “Blue Mountain State,” “Neighbors” and many others promote the excess participation in drugs and alcohol.

According to Christopher Ingraham with The Washington Post, a “survey found that roughly 59.8 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank at least monthly.”

College and partying almost seem to be synonymous in our society today, though it is agreed that not all college students are lumped into this category, as depicted in the survey results above.  However, at SU, the partying and noise complaints of one incident have stemmed to pollution.

It has been brought to the attention of social media that several party-goers, typically college students flocking from SU, have been leaving their empty beer cans and red solo cups along the road in the streets of New Zoo, particularly on Cedar Crossing, including the parking lots of the developments and the sidewalks.

John D. Robinson Sr., a resident of the town of Salisbury, has gotten 138 likes and 421 shares on Facebook regarding his disgust with the litter.

“SU students. This is beyond ridiculous!! Clean up your mess and whoever owns these properties should be ashamed.”

Robinson’s post sparked a conversation within the comments that was mostly in agreement with his point of view. Commenters were describing the students who consciously left the trash on the ground as spoiled, disrespectful and unacceptable.

Throughout the commenters were also individuals defending the student population who did not participate in the pollution.

Melissa Cullen, a resident of Salisbury, commented, “I must say that this year, the students that live near the college in my neighborhood have been awesome! No trash issue what so ever and they are great young adults! Friendly additions to our community!”

Jacob Day, mayor of Salisbury, has heard the voices of the community and addressed the issue of concern.

“This is the first major gathering that we have had at that location in some time. It was something that needed a quick response and received it, but, of course, we prefer to not have this sort of situation.”

Day indicated that the Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) issued 25 citations to the landlord, one to each of the 25 units where there was litter on the ground. Each citation had the potential of being fined $1,000 a day after 24 hours of no clean-up action being taken, but there was a quick, cooperative turnaround from the management company resulting in a full-scale clean up and all fines being dissolved.

For decades, there has been major conflict between Salisbury University students and the neighborhoods in which they live. Mayor Day commented on how the situation has changed.

“In the last two years, we have not seen any of those concerns from the neighbors. It has dramatically turned around; things are different and so much better. There is a fantastic relationship between students and the Camden and university neighborhoods, and the major difference was that the university changed its punishments for off-campus parties, with the consequences becoming more severe. It has been effective.”

Day’s final remarks touched upon the importance of the University and its students to the city of Salisbury as a whole.

“My aspirations for our community are really dependent upon us being a place where students not only want to come to school, but where young educated entrepreneurs want to stay after college. This place can be that, and we are already on our way.”

Mayor Day also emphasized the golden rule, which is how important it is for us to remember to treat everyone with respect, no matter our age.

“I think we have seen a lot of that, and this is just one incident that is not unusual in a college town, but something that we can all learn from to do better.”

Do College Better with Time Management


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With the start of a new year and a new semester, it is easy to get lost in the empty promises often made about social life, personal health and school work. New classes, new teachers, new faces and fresh notebooks and binders can all help to get in the mindset for the best possible time managing. Keeping up with growing social circles, family and friends back home, a job on- or off-campus, a heavy class load and a decent amount of sleep at night may seem impossible to balance on a tight schedule.

Put together a plan that will best fit your physical, mental and emotional needs this semester.

College Board says to “make a to-do list every day. Put the most important tasks at the top, even if they’re things you’re dreading, and tackle them first.”

Setting a defined schedule for the day can help you accomplish important daily activities such as writing a paper, meeting with a professor or going to the gym. Implement some kind of system for yourself. There are many applications such as Google Calendar or the calendar on a smartphone that can be updated easily and quickly.

School work can be one of the hardest tasks to adapt to coming off of a long break. When it comes to papers and large assignments, many of us students are notorious for waiting until the last minute.

When asked how she plans to manage her time this semester, Shannon Owens, graduating in 2020, said, “I plan to treat school like I would treat a job, dedicating 8 hours every day to classes, homework and studying.”

Being a full-time student requires work to be done outside classroom hours to prepare for the next class. Do not fall victim to procrastination this semester; set up a planner with important due dates. Ditch spending late nights at the library the night before an assignment is due and work on whatever it may be little by little in the weeks leading up to the due date.

With all of this being said, do not forget to let your brain rest from time to time. Make sure to make time for yourself to workout, relax, sleep, call home, snack and socialize with friends. Consider joining a club, taking up a new hobby or reaching out to new people.

As the weather begins to get warmer, most people start to experience a lack of motivation. Thinking about anything other than beach trips and late night ice cream runs becomes almost impossible. Consider doing homework or going for a run outside to have a change of scenery and get some fresh air. This year, do not give into spring fever. End the school year with a bang. You will go into summer break feeling more confident and satisfied than ever.

Do not let the stress of school work, friends, a job and family overwhelm you this semester. Balance your time and prioritize activities in a way that will ensure success. Make the most of your time this semester. Your college experience is what you make of it, so make it great!

Pablo’s Bowls Brings Açai to Salisbury

By Val Petsche


Photo captured by Val Petsche.

Staff Writer

Pablo’s Bowls is the newest attraction at Sea Gull Square, offering delicious handmade açai bowls, smoothies and fresh juices.

Students can grab a seat among wooden tables inside this tropical bungalow-themed cafe. Upon entering, you are greeted by friendly workers while blenders can be heard buzzing nearby. Above lies an array of low hanging coil lights, and a towering chalk board displays the menu along a white brick wall.

Junior Megan Fulton, a frequent customer, says, “I love the atmosphere with the music and outgoing staff. They even remember my order!”

I ordered the dragonfruit bowl, which included pitaya and mango blended together and topped with granola, pineapple, strawberries, banana, blueberries, coconut and local honey. This bowl was just as beautiful as it was delicious, with a vibrant fuchsia pink color. The granola is the real deal.

The açai berry contains antioxidants, which help strengthen the immune system and prevent cancer, according to Everyday Health, Inc.

Student Somer Schaeffer reveals that her favorite item from Pablo’s is the trestles bowl—açai blended with chocolate almond milk and Pb lite over a layer of granola, then topped with fresh bananas, strawberries and local honey.

According to their Facebook page, each bowl contains one pound of fresh fruit and granola. The bowls are typically $11.95-$12.95.

Tyler Niblett, an employee at Pablo’s, explains that they “have specials on the bowls and smoothies that change every week.”

Their açai is fair trade, wild harvested from the Amazon rainforest, and yes, it is vegan.

Niblett wears a shirt that reads, “Ah-sigh-ee” to explain the word’s sometimes confused pronunciation, adding, “I love it here—the customers are great, and it’s not just students that come in. I see older adults after a workout and high schoolers too.”

The price may be expensive but this is definitely something worth saving for. As Miki Katna says, “it is exquisite, and sometimes you have to treat yo self.”

Pablo’s Bowls was started by Berlin Organics, the same company that founded the Juice Shack in Ocean City. It is great to know that we have more wholesome options in Salisbury, which says a lot about the values of our community members.

“I love having this on campus because it’s convenient and healthy. Everything is organic,” Fulton says.

The cafe provides several other products including kombucha, tea, coconut water and healthy snacks. Customers can also purchase the granola that is used to make the açai bowls, which is organic and non-GMO.

Pablo’s Bowls is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, ever since welcoming customers for the first time in December. They are located in Sea Gull Square next to Starbucks, and you can check them out on Facebook or Instagram for more information.

Are you really their Valentine?

By Alexis Gramates

Staff Writer

Red and pink hearts fill the air every year on Feb. 14, but it means something different to everyone. Some people spend their night with their significant other while others stuff their faces with chocolate and cry to “The Notebook.” Yet, there is always that one group of people who do not know what they are doing. They have someone, but that someone may not be the right one.

Here is how to figure out if you are not their only valentine this year:

  1. They are constantly on their phone.

It is called quality time for a reason! Spend the time you have together; do not spend it talking to other people that are not there. Experiment: see if they will turn their phone off if you do. If not, something is fishy.

  1. They do not notice changes.

Women regularly paint their nails, change their hair and even switch up their style. Men may not notice the little polish change or a trim, but if he does not even notice a hair style change from long mermaid curls to a short bob then he is not noticing you the way he should. Same goes for the guys if she does not notice your trim or that you shaved then it is time to say “to the left.”

  1. They are making plans without you.

It is very normal for young people to spend a few nights on the town. However, having a guy’s or girl’s night does not mean going out to the bar and pretending to be single. Yes, go out and have fun, but do not bring back phone numbers.

  1. They flirt with other people.

Some may drink a little too much and get flirty with other people, but where does it cross the line? When they constantly are touchy-feely with another on a regular basis regardless of how much they drink, then they are going too far. Yet, remember that it does not mean they are flirting if they hug their friend in a platonic way. If you have a really strong intuition about something, then you should talk to them about it.

  1. They do not show interest.


When you have something great happen to you and you tell your significant other, do they listen to you or blow you off? If they blow you off with one word responses or changes to the subject then they are not listening. This hurts more than anything—you could be on cloud nine and your whole day is changed by this one little reaction. You do not deserve that type of negativity in your life.

Now, on to how to handle it like the adult you are. Make the decision that is best for you; if leaving them is the best decision for you, then leave. Do not go Jerry Springer on them! Be calm, cool and collected, and explain to them that you are not interested anymore and want to see other people. Do not feel like you have to keep a friendship or worry that you will lose a friend. If it is meant to be, then it will happen. Stay cordial, though—if you see them out, just smile and get on with your life. The best revenge is them seeing you happy.  Do not do anything that will come back to you. Remember, what goes around comes around.

French cinema rekindles at SU

By Haley Dick

Gull Life Editor

The French American Cultural Exchange Tournées Festival is bringing contemporary French cinema to Salisbury University through the Fulton School of Liberal Arts.

French cinema serves as a guiding force for directors and producers across the globe, and it is an inspiration to artists of many variations.

The website states, “For more than a century, France has been a major influence on cinema and continues to be one of the most important producers of film. The industry is heavily subsidized by the state and is supported by various initiatives that have been introduced by a succession of governments since the Second World War to promote diversity and counter the threats posed by television and Hollywood.”

While most Americans tend to stick to films produced through directors of the United States, there are organizations and venues across the country that host showings of French cinema, including the San Francisco Film Society, which had a listing of nine French films showing this past spring of 2016 at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. SU is among these venues this spring semester of 2017.

In total, six French films will be shown in Fulton room 111 at 7 pm, all of which are open to the public and free of admission.

The festival is sponsored by the Fulton School and Marteen Pereboom, dean of Fulton, as well as by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of the U.S., the French Cultural Fund, the Florence Gould Foundation, and many others.

Claire Kew with the Department of Modern Language and Intercultural Studies played an intricate role in facilitating the festival itself.

“Dr. Aurélie Van de Wiele and I were awarded the Tournées grant from the French Cultural Embassy. This grant allows us to obtain the rights to screen six French films on campus over the course of the semester. Dr. Van de Wiele and I knew from the start that we would each want to present a film during the film festival, and we sought other professors from various disciplines to present films related to their area of expertise,” Kew states.

Kulavuz-Onal shared her hope of what students will take away from the screenings. She was selected to introduce a film on behalf of the English department.

“I think this is not only about France or French cinema. I think that students should be exposed to foreign films all the time. I think from these screenings, students will especially take away new understandings on the relationships between language, culture, identity and belonging from immigrant experiences,” Dr. Kulavuz-Onal shares. “I hope that the screening will contribute to increased appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity in the world, in the United States, and in our immediate communities such as the SU campus.”

For the full schedule and more information on who will be announcing each film, visit SU’s News site or