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The College's annual magazine, Ask (art+science=knowledge), provides a look back on the events and achievements of the past year and highlights some of the impressive members of the CoAS community. We invite you to read the current issue on our website at askmagazine.org or download pdfs of the issues below. If you would like to receive future print editions of the magazine, please sign up here.
Ask Issue 2016
AGENTS OF CHANGE: There are people who accept things the way they are, and there are those who demand more. Those people — the action takers, change makers, innovators and leaders — are exactly what the world needs to make those “better tomorrows” a reality. The five CoAS alums, students and faculty featured in this issue not only possess a drive to shape our future, but also a passion to help others. No matter their mission, they are powerful reminders of what is possible when empathy meets action.
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Ask Issue 2015
TWENTY-FIVE FACES/25 YEARS: IN THE YEAR 1990, Madonna’s “Vogue” topped the Billboard charts, the Internet was still in its infancy, and then-Drexel President Richard Breslin announced that the College of Sciences and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences would merge, creating the home we now know today as the College of Arts and Sciences. Though the College may be young, many of our programs date back to Drexel’s beginnings. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we shared the stories of 25 unique members of our community — a mix of students, alumni, faculty and staff from across the decades who have made these years so memorable.
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Ask Issue 2014
The story of how Flying Fish founder Gene Muller turned a blog into a brewery; a conversation with the students who helped unearth the most complete supermassive dinosaur skeleton ever discovered; Drexel's social scientists’ insights into our environmental problems; a psychology professor who’s changing the way our nation approaches juvenile justice; and one graduate student’s mission to change the faces of science — starting with an after-school program in South Philly.
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Ask Issue 2013
A conversation on race with Africana Studies’ Co-Director Yaba Blay, PhD; a new psychological intervention Drexel researchers are using to help patients live with their “monsters”; the storied career of Women’s Studies Director Rose Corrigan, PhD, and her work as a rape care advocate; four profs’ extracurricular exploits that may surprise you; communication alum Kevin Brooks’ secret weapon for good; and the magical double life of philosophy major Douglas Stafford.
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Ask Issue 2012
A preview of the College’s new “BEES” department; the promising future of Elias Okwara, an international area studies student; an alum profile of distinguished researcher and scientist Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD; a look at the co-editor of Painted Bride Quarterly’s love affair with language; and one professor’s journey as the spokesperson for the play “movement.”
Ask Issue 2011
A conversation with Drexel University President John Fry; a look back at psychology alumnus Casey Swegman’s journey to international humanitarian; a glimpse into the life of Jacob Russell, PhD, the scientist who still plays with bugs; one physics major’s odyssey around the globe; and a jam session with Elias Spiliotis, PhD, the cell biologist whose veins pulse with rock and roll.
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The Department of English and Philosophy offers undergraduates firsthand experience and faculty mentorship in the fields of writing, editing and publishing via the Drexel Publishing Group and its many publications. The department also exposes students to various genres of writing and publishing at the annual Week of Writing celebration. Numerous contests and awards are held throughout the year to honor undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in critical, creative and academic writing. Students also have the opportunity to compete for a spot in Master Classes with visiting authors and editors. Additionally, faculty in the department serve as editors of numerous publications.
Drexel Publishing Group
The Drexel Publishing Group (DPG) oversees three literary publications at Drexel University, including 5027 Mac, The 33rd and Painted Bride Quarterly. These publications highlight outstanding writing from Drexel students and faculty, as well as international authors. Students can also work with Maya, Drexel’s student-run, undergraduate literary magazine.
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The 33rd is a multi-genre anthology of inter-disciplinary student and faculty writing. It incorporates the winners of the Freshman Writing Contest, the Publishing Group Essay Contest, and the Week of Writing contest. The published pieces include student personal and research essays, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, humor, and opinion/editorial, along with works by current Drexel University faculty members.
Released annually in the fall term, The 33rd is being used as a teaching tool in the freshman writing curriculum. The student staff involved in the publication of The 33rd share responsibilities like assisting in submission management of writing contests and faculty writing, promoting and advertising for the contests, copy-editing and completing other organizational, pre-publication tasks, as well as distributing the anthology.
The Painted Bride Quarterly
Established in 1973, The Painted Bride Quarterly is a community-based, independent, non-profit literary magazine published quarterly online and annually in print, PBQ‘s main agenda is to maintain and grow a venue for the highest quality literature that best represents the individual voice. PBQ publishes emerging and established regional authors in the context of their peers from across the country and around the world. PBQ works to continually surprise its readers. The combination of PBQ‘s dual-city editorial tables and the ever-changing student staff make its voice unique. Housed at Drexel University, PBQ offers student staffers the opportunity to view submissions analytically and actively contribute to the magazine with their personal opinions and ideas. Throughout the year, staffers are also exposed to professional-level experiences ranging from press releases and event planning to copy editing and book design. Additionally, PBQ‘s ever-expanding website creates opportunities for students whose interests and skill sets lean toward video, audio, and graphic art.
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For over 40 years, Maya has been Drexel University’s student-run, undergraduate literary magazine, publishing student poetry, prose, short fiction and non-fiction pieces, as well as graphics, illustrations, photography and other art. Maya provides the student body the opportunity to get their work published, and additionally, by having a student staff, we offer those interested in writing, publishing, public relations, and design the chance to gain valuable hands-on experience. By being both within and yet not run by the university, Maya creates an atmosphere of artistic freedom that allows individual creativity to thrive. Maya holds an annual release party for each issue produced in late spring, as well as various events and open mics throughout the year to promote the publication. Maya holds an annual Fall Writing contest where undergraduate writers can submit their work in the following categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. In addition to the Fall Writing contest, Maya accepts submissions all year. Maya‘s editorial staff is comprised of Drexel undergraduates from various majors and educational backgrounds. Staff members are responsible for collecting submissions, attending editorial meetings, fundraising, organizing events, designing and promoting each annual issue, and day-to-day operations of the magazine. Maya is a recognized Drexel student organization; its academic advisor is Kathleen Volk Miller.