Author Archives: Brittney

“And there’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be”


Selena Quintanilla-Pérez would have turned 43 today; instead, the “Queen of Tejano Music” was killed by the president of her fan club at age 23.

Selena was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, and made her recording debut in the ’80s, going on to become an award-winning recording artist in the Latin music scene. Her hit albums include “Amor Prohibido,” “Selena Live” and her last album “Dreaming of You,” which was released posthumously in 1995. Her life story was popularized int he movie Selena starring Jennifer Lopez.

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Op-Ed: the gender wage gap

Gloria Steinem

By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law, in response to Women in Ohio made only 76.9 cents for every $1 men made; wage gap much wider for minority women published by April 15, 2014.

Years ago, I was on a panel with the iconic Gloria Steinem. We found commonality in trying to convince people of the need for an Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) which sought to remove the institutional obstacles American women face in many aspects of life. She commented to me after the program that women were earning 60 cents for every dollar men earned doing the same job. This idea seemed outrageous to me at the time. It seems outrageous today. The effort to pass the ERA went up in smoke, but it would have avoided the need for President Obama to sign several executive order guaranteeing equal pay for women from federal contractors.

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Commit to wellness with Ursuline’s Arrows Walking Club

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By Ralph White, Ursuline College Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

When I came to Ursuline to coach cross country and track and field in 2012, I saw a small school with a close-knit community who cares about helping each and every student. I also saw a community that cares about helping those less fortunate through prayer and service. My son has long been an advocate and activist for clean water and sanitation initiatives in Africa, and I saw an opportunity to help this worthy cause, get the name of Ursuline College out, engage the community, and benefit the health and wellness of our own community through a fundraising race. This idea became Ursuline’s annual Walk for Water, and from that idea the Arrows Walking Club was launched.

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Education alumna Neha Mehra ’13 working to enhance lives of Cleveland youth


Most people remember forever one teacher that made an impressionable difference in their lives. A few years into a career in human resources, Ursuline College alumna Neha Mehra ’13 decided she wanted to be this person for Cleveland children. This is when Mehra entered Ursuline College’s Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP).

With a deep commitment to urban teaching, Mehra began student teaching during her first semester at Citizen’s Academy with the Cleveland Urban Teacher Residency Placement (CUTR). This program is a partnership between Ursuline and Breakthrough Charter Schools.

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Women Watch: remembering women and children, victims of violent crimes


The Ursuline College community will gather at 2:30 PM Monday, Mar 31 for Women Watch, an annual tribute to the women and children in Cuyahoga County who have died violently during the past year, and Sr. Joanne Marie Mascha who was murdered in a wooded area on campus by a mentally ill neighbor in 1995. Women Watch is hosted annually by the student-run Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club and Student Art Organization.

“We walk to remember those who have died violent deaths but also to remember to be nonviolent,” Ursuline Art Department professor Sr. Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A., said.

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Gina Messina-Dysert: continuing to claim a feminist identity

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Originally published August 21, 2013 by Feminism and Religion.

Recently Susan Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist and her response left many asking if perhaps we are moving towards a post-feminist world. Of course, the very fact that Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist well demonstrates that gender politics continue (certainly, men are not asked such questions).

According to Sarandon, “I think of myself as a humanist because I think it’s less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident bitches.”  She went on to explain that “feminist” is an “old-fashioned word” and is actually used to minimize women and girls.

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Civil and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height would have turned 102-years-old today

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Did you notice Google’s doodle for today? It’s commemorating Dorothy Height’s birthday, a hero of the civil rights and women’s rights movements, and credited for bridging the gap between the two. She helped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organize the March on Washington and co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with International Women’s Panel March 31


The College is hosting a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights” at 6 PM March 31 in the Mullen Little Theater, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124. The discussion is free and open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception.

“The theme for Women’s History Month 2014 is Women of Courage, Character and Commitment. Ursuline College, through its women-focused identity and mission, seeks to educate and encourage such women and prepare them to participate bravely and passionately in a global society,” Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of Ursuline College’s Ursuline Studies Program, said.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014


International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. Take time today to remember the progress and sacrifices women have made, and still make everyday, to better the world. Don’t forget to also celebrate, admire and show gratitude to influential women in your own life.

Below are some of the Ursuline Marketing Department’s favorite quotes about women, social justice, education and empowerment. Today, please share your favorite quotes about women, empowerment, education and the like on social media using the hashtag #WomensDay2014.

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Ursuline Fashion students to ‘Rock the Runway’ in Kent State University’s annual fashion show March 8


Kent Student Center Programming ‘Rock the Runway 2014′ Press Release: 

The 10th annual Rock the Runway fashion show is on Saturday, March 8th in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Fashion is merely the catalyst to create a show that is fun and entertaining, while allowing Kent State students of all different majors an opportunity to showcase their talents. This year’s design theme is The Second British Invasion featuring New Wave music by British artists.  Contestants will submit a line consisting of three pieces inspired by the theme. At least one representation of the British flag must be present in the line.

A total of 15 designers will rock this year’s runway, including a guest line from the Ursuline College fashion program. Under the direction of fashion program chair and Kent State alumni, Dr. Constance Korosec, the students will collaborate on the designs and model their line in the show.

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