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I’m not the only one who notices the sun at 8:27
A.M. on a Wednesday morning. Carol Bankerd does too, especially in
vast contrast to the more-than-familiar cement blocks. The instructor, but
preferred team player, articulates the mentality of society as this: “the
sun is up, the day begins. The sun is down, the day is over.” Regardless
of the sun’s position, we don’t have to stop working, but it regulates
us more than we sometimes realize. A student interjects with an even
more profound statement, “Are you the same person in the morning
as you may be in the afternoon?” So contrasting is the mere conver-
sation, let alone extreme excitement of the students, with the bleakness of where they study
weekly. To think that such a question is not only welcomed but considered brilliant in a class-
room is exactly what makes programs like the Crossover class the reason so many of us chose
Purchase, either months or several years ago, to become part of our futures.
Time is the selected topic of this semester’s class, and the students
have investigated it in such great depth at this point that it may be diffi-
cult to grasp for some. I was told to come into the class with an open mind,
and that if I could accomplish that mentality of openness everything would fall
into place. Scanning the room, my gaze falls upon the journal of Kelsey
Bozler, a Senior Photography major. A simple phrase, “willingness to won-
der,” is written there in script, and with those three words, the whole point
of Crossover begins to unfold.
There have been few times I’ve encountered a group of young,
talented people, especially in a classroom setting, who aren’t in some
way or another essentially competing. However, this is a different
situation entirely. Here, no one is trying to outdo one another. In this
class, it’s standard to indulge in the personal stories of each and every
specific student, seeing as there are only eleven total. Acceptance re-
quires not only good grades and transcripts, but a knockout interview
to prove your mind is going to collaborate with the others selected.
The articulation of the students is extraordinary. Kyle Pollard,
Junior Studio Composition major, says Crossover has influenced him
to pay “acute attention to form and how it affects the aesthetic.” He
claims that he is now more conscious of where his ideas come from
Photo is of the Crossover
Class 10 years ago
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