By Brett Hartmann, Eppie Kyles, Becky Nieber, and Tom Siburg
As we finally returned to classes after fall break all we could think about was the amount of work we had yet to do, along with the realization that we only have one and half (1½) more months until we’re officially home again, having to soon say goodbye to all the new friends we’ve made.
It the midst of a very busy academic week most of us spent our Wednesday afternoon and evening working behind the scenes and starring in a Fashion Show to raise money for a future center in Northern Namibia. Behind the scenes specialists included Becky and Megan on hair and makeup, Heidi and Rachel on merchandise, Eppie on music, and Danielle and Alana behind their lens’ on photography. Melissa and Lauren gave an epic performance as the MC’s for the evening, giving well delivered jokes when staling for the next models to walk. Brett and Paul started the event with musical performances on the guitar and vocals. And to put it all together, Jessica, Liz, Eppie, Brittany, LaTrease, Thomas, Brett, Paul, Jason, and our fabulous intern Anna all worked the runway and strutted their stuff as international models wearing clothes all handmade by Taura, half of which were all made from recycled material. Jason looked especially great in his garbage bag jumpsuit.
You may be wondering how in the world we got involved in a Fashion Show in downtown
The following morning, history class was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We actually wanted to be there for the entire four hours. The class gave presentations about racism. Most people chose to do autobiographical projects, but some students researched other race-related topics. This was one of the best classes we have had since coming to
Often times I do not realize how serious of an issue race is, probably because I am a white male that lives in the
During the creation of our presentations we had the chance to speculate about what we would have done if we had lived under apartheid. This was extremely scary for me being a white person. I decided that I probably would have just gone along with the system because it was the norm here. If you tried to be a hero and voice the concern on your conscience about the injustice of apartheid, you were ostracized from the white community. Dr. Byers Naudé was one of the standup whites under apartheid. He was a pastor who criticized the apartheid laws. Eventually, he was pushed away from the white community and all that he was familiar with. That takes courage. I do not know if I would have been that brave. I like to think I would be, but I doubt it.
It looked like a star studded event from
- Make-up artist Becky putting make-up on a model during the fashion show. Taken by Alana
- Fierce poses from the models for the fashion show. Taken by Megan Lee
- Models Anna and Liz in recycled wear. Taken by Megan Lee
- Brett, Paul, and Taura perform a song at the fashion show. Taken by Alana
- Group Halloween Shot