We are Team #1, Bianca and Kathy, responsible for setting up the Indiegogo account, deciding user permissions and setting up other authors as needed. We also have to place the text, photos, videos, perks, etc., on the fundraising page as they are received in from other teams, and communicate with other teams to ensure everything gets done in a timely matter. Together with Prof. Palana, we were to make sure the Paypal account was set up properly as well as make sure the Aura’s House linked page was good to go. Lastly, we were to make any necessary edits or changes to what was provided by the other teams, so as to make sure the project was unified and of high quality. Continue reading
When I began the search for the perfect documentary, I thought the film The Culture High, created just last year in 2014 with $240,022 funded on Kickstarter, was just another film about why marijuana should be legalized, but it proved to be so much more. Incarcerations, “Wars based on concepts,” militarization of police, prohibitions of all kinds, the race for more, the discovery of the motives behind the government, and money are just a few topics explained within The Culture High. Combining the use of animations and interviews with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifia, we also see very interesting and impactful interviews with medical professionals; former secret agents from various federal organizations; patients of diseases; former drug smugglers; experts on mental health and behavior; and even a few Neuropsychopharmacologists, we get a new view on the “War on Drugs” originally forged by Richard Nixon, through portrayals of very real proof of an ignorant nature displayed through very real video evidence. Continue reading
As we grow from a young age, we’re constantly told that college is a MUST. The force to attend college comes from all sources; parents, mentors, teachers, relatives, television, social media, and even the looming facts that no one without a college degree gets a high paying and mentally stimulating job. Ultimately, no degree equals no future. For as long as I can remember I was told I going to go to college, I was even going to become an Astronaut, “but not without your degree,” my grandfather would remind me. Getting accepted into University of Maryland-College Park was a dream come true. I’ll never forget opening my email, seeing the words (or word), “Congratulations,” and screaming my head off for about 20 minutes.
By: Kasey Wilcox
Of the many important philanthropic causes I find an interest in, I value childhood education as one of the most important. Not because fighting cancer or childhood obesity is any less a priority, but because I know that I would be not be the same without it. An alarming number of 250 million children around the world of primary age lack basic reading, writing, and math skills (Pencils of Promise, 2008). Thus, I have developed a deep connection and care for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that sends children to school with trained teachers with $250 scholarships.
The Kinkajou Microfilm Projector is a tool created by Design That Matters, a group of MIT students who partner with social entrepeneurs to create products that complement basic needs in developing nations. The nonprofit organization saw that literacy rates in countries such as Bali and Bangladesh were alarmingly low with 75% of the adult population unable to read or write. Of the adults who were able to receive an education and attend classes, it was most convenient for them to take night classes while balancing their families and what jobs they could maintain with the limited abilities they had.
Around 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. More than 6,000 people, mainly children, die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. Torben Vestergaard Frandsen has designed a revolutionary tool that will enable us to radically reduce the numbers stated in the statistics above. The Lifestraw is a portable, lightweight water purification tool that can convert any surface water into drinking water. It will provide people with some line of defence against water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhoea. Providing something as simple as safe drinking water changes people’s lives.
The LifeStraw was developed as a functional response to the billions of people who are still living without access to the most basic of human rights, water. If utilized correctly, I feel confident that this tool could prove to be one of the greatest life-savers in history. If we can find a sustainable way of manufacturing and distributing them to people in need, countless lives can be saved.
My name is Olivia Martin, I am a 20 year old junior resident student here at AUR. My presence here in Rome is the result of many unusual and unexpected circumstances coming together, but I have not looked back for a second. My older brother enrolled at AUR in 2012 and would not rest until he succeeded in commandeering me from my previously held life plans. He knew that Rome would provide the experience and education that I was frantically searching for back home in England.
Here at AUR I am characterised by two main traits. Firstly, I am one of only three English students, with an accent that seems to provide endless comedy to many of my peers. Secondly, I am known for being covered in paint on a regular basis due to my decision to study Fine Arts as my major. Painting has been a passion of mine from a very young age, but I was hesitant to pursue this through my studies. I originally enrolled at Southampton University to study Psychology, within three weeks it dawned on me that I had made a huge mistake. Upon returning home for Christmas in my first year, I was told that unfortunately my Grandfather had past away. For reasons I cannot explain, this was the push I needed to finally explain to my parents that I wanted to drop out of Southampton. I am so thankful that I made this monumental decision.
I feel secure in my decision to follow my instincts and my scepticism surrounding art as an occupation and my lack of confidence in my own artistic ability has gradually fallen away. I have come to realise that I have so much more to gain from studying something I love, and AUR has opened my eyes to the many opportunities available to me in this field. Like I say to everyone when they ask me what I study, where better to study art than in Rome?