“The Mind” comes to the Mansion

By Kendall Neil
December 5, 2002

Harold William Halbert

The latest edition of the “Woodcrest” was brought to life in the mansion on Monday, Nov. 26. Members of the magazine practicum sponsored a reading of selected works from the magazine, which will be out for distribution on Dec. 5. The theme of the magazine this year is “The Mind.” It is comprised of a collection of writing from Dr. Seth Frechie’s Com 320 Creative Writing course and a collection of photographs from student photographers. Frechie opened the reading by saying that he thought that this issue was “really the best issue ever produced.”

Senior Renee DiPietro kicked off the reading with a poem entitled “She’s Funny.” She continued and read a story titled “She Closed Her Eyes,” a story about a girl who is attending her brother’s funeral and a reflection on his death. DiPietro concluded with a story called “Adoption In China,” a reflection of the importance of baby boys in Chinese society and what becomes of the baby girls who are left.

Kat Pirrone read her piece next, a very unique look on one similar situation. Pirrone had “three separate but related readings.” The story focuses on Pirrone and how she feels in life, particularly focusing in on one particular incident. Through the reading you get to hear her point of view and then hear the story from both her mother’s and her father’s points of view.

Stacey Hanby told her story through the eyes of an 80-year-old man who is in the hospital being visited by his family. Through the story, the man fades in and out of telling stories from when he fought in the war and answering questions regarding his health from his family.

Kimberly Gormley continued the reading with “Left-handing Revolution: Review of Evasion,” a review done of a story she had read complete with comparisons from the story to present-day life. Angelina Wagner followed with her poem “Artistic Insomnia,” a round-about poem about the life of an artist.

Maria Chambers followed with a musical interlude. Chambers played her guitar and sang her poem about being a woman. Katie Reing concluded the reading with her story “Second-Hand Relations,” a story about not having enough time to do everything that needs to be done.

There will be another reading on Thursday, Dec. 5th at the Wayne Train Station. This will include more readings and photos that are showcased in the magazine.

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