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A Zombie Perspective

Imagine finally taking a break from a busy and work-oriented life, going to a party…and getting attacked by zombies! After stumbling upon the CW show iZombie, I began to shift my perspective on life. Sometimes we need to take a break and enjoy what is right in front of us because things change fast and the future is unpredictable. While I highly doubt we will undergo a zombie Apocalypse, our lives will drastically change after graduation and we need to learn to enjoy the little moments of freedom in between studying and working.

The show iZombie caught my interest because while it is set a world of fantasy and the undead, the main character, Liv Moore, bring the subtlety of reality and facing life one moment at a time to the show. It is also ironic that her name is Liv Moore as she wants to be able to live more after realizing she had been infected with the zombie disease and is now classified as the undead. As a zombie, Liv works in a morgue and only eats the brain of the dead; she refuses to harm of infect any of the living. Every time Liv eats part of a brain, she assumes the characteristics of that person. She uses her zombie abilities to help solve murders and gain new perspectives on the world.

All in all, the show brings about an acknowledgement of the various ways humans perceive the world. It provides insight that can only be gained by walking in someone else’s shoes and looking at the world through their eyes. While the show is highly entertaining, it also makes you think about life, where you are going, and what those around you may be dealing with; the show provides viewers with a broader perspective of the world and is definitely worth watching!

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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Trans Goddess

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This is a photo manipulation of Amiyah Scott, a famous trans actress who plays the role of Cotton on the show Star. When I first met her, I had no idea that she transitioned into a female. I didn’t even know she was a celebrity from a TV show, since I never keep up with shows or celebrities. I saw her instagram recently since the last time we met and came across one photo that inspired me to make an edit of her. Because her photo looks like she’s in a desert, I added sand effects. I also added electricity because of her eye color. I then added my usual “mascara” on her left eye, because it looks pretty cool, and because I wanted to give her a slightly Egyptian appearance. The colors in the original looked so well with her brown skin, and that alluring look she makes in the photo reminds me of mystical/mischievous beings such as Mystique from X-Men or Enchantress from the DC comics. I might take a step forward and take her hair, delete it’s background, and re position it on the rest of her head to make it look like it’s being whipped up by the energy she emanates. But for now I’m content with what I have now.

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The Evil Eye

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I’m pretty sure most of you have seen this popular symbol many times, and for those who haven’t, you’re most likely too eventually. But what’s most fascinating, is the deep and meaningful history of the evil eye symbol, and what it’s capable of.

The evil eye is basically a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”. In Turkey, the most common form of a protective object is the evil eye. Knowing locally as the Blue eye, it may be worn as a decoration, carried as a key ring, hung in a car or bus, or placed in a house.

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Some evil eye amulets are combined with other protective symbols, promising a double protection. There are, for instance, the Hamsa hand with a blue eye in the center of the palm as shown in the picture above. These variations appear to be recent and are probably aimed more at the tourist trade than the local inhabitants, who seem to prefer to hang up a single, large, dramatically simple evil eye made of shiny glass.

I personally love the evil eye. I have several placed in my room and a few on my necklaces and bracelets. I do believe they possess the power to protect you from certain ill wishes and is why I keep using them.

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Falling Into Destiny

Rain

Claribel Alegría, 1924

As the falling rain

trickles among the stones

memories come bubbling out.

It’s as if the rain had pierced my temples.

Streaming

streaming chaotically

come memories:

the reedy voice

of the servant

telling me tales

of ghosts.

They sat beside me

the ghosts

and the bed creaked

that purple-dark afternoon

when I learned you were leaving forever,

a gleaming pebble

from constant rubbing

becomes a comet.

Rain is falling

falling

and memories keep flooding by

they show me a senseless

world 

a voracious

world–abyss

ambush

whirlwind

spur

but I keep loving it

because I do

because of my five senses

because of my amazement

because every morning, 

because forever,

I have loved it without knowing why.

As classes begin to end, and graduation soon approaches, I think it is important to look back at all of our college memories and realize that we have so many possibilities for our futures ahead of us. We worked hard, we studied, we made friends, we developed new hobbies and interests, and we made so many new memories over the course of the last four years. It may be confusing and frightening to imagine stepping out into the career path you have chosen and trying to map out the rest of your life, but you have acquired all of the tools and skills needed to do so.

In Claribel Alegria’s poem “Rain” the speaker states, “memories keep flooding by they show me a senseless /world / a voracious / world–abyss / ambush / whirlwind / spur / but I keep loving it.” Yes, our memories may be rushing towards us like falling rain as we begin to close the last chapter of our lives as undergraduate students, but as the speaker of the poem states, “a gleaming pebble / from constant rubbing / becomes a comet,” we too our comets shining in the success of who we have molded ourselves to become. We have pushed our minds to exceed even our own expectations, and by doing to we have become a better version of our former selves; a version that is ready for whatever life may throw at us. We have planned for success for the last four years, and now that we are graduating, it is time to achieve it.

For those that are still on their journey towards completed an undergraduate degree, a word of advice: chase your interests and your passions, and cherish the memories you make and the people you meet while striving towards a brighter future. It may be terrifying not to know for sure what will happen next, but like the speaker of Alegria’s poem “Rain,” enjoy the whirlwind of options awaiting your decisions and love the choices you make for they are the choices that will lead you towards becoming the person you are working towards being today. We are all searching for our destiny’s and hoping we can make a difference in the world and in ourselves, and we are fully capable of doing both. Good luck!

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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Two-Spirit

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I call this image Two-Spirit because I made this around the time I looked further into the term and related to it on many levels. A person who is Two-Spirit is both masculine and feminine in nature, or is spiritually the embodiment of male and female. I related to the term because I happen to be feminine and masculine in nature. I based this manipulation off of the concept of fusion, where two personalities combine to make an entirely new being (in my case, a masculine being fusing with a feminine being to form someone who’s a blend of both). It also is based off my thoughts of what I would be like if I were a gem fusion. I also added a second pair of eyes to myself to combine two of my 3 favorite colors (Blue and Silver), and to show the colors of the characteristics that make up who I am (Blue for feminine, Silver for masculine, although it can be seen interchangeably). I added Blue Diamond’s mural as a symbol so fellow Steven Universe fans know who my favorite Diamond is. My gemstones would be located on top of my left and right forearm, which is why it’s not visible in the photo. I would be a Neptunite because many of my edits use water. The two gems that make me up would be an Aquamarine (because it’s my gemstone) and a Silver Leaf Jasper (because it looks appealing, and it looks like I get my black ringed silver pair of eyes from the stone).