Richard StanislawRichard and Becky Stanislaw present “Songs that Stick” — the last presentation of the Ocean City Historical Museum’s Thursday night Series — 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 4) at the Ocean City Historical Museum.The lecture is free and open to the public.The Stanislaws will look at music that “everybody knows” and examine why it has sticking power. The audience will sing these tunes with them and learn the reasons for their popularity.Selections include a wide range of styles, including: “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Proud To Be An American (God Bless the USA),” “God Bless America,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Amazing Grace,” “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and even “Happy Birthday.”Musicologist Richard Stanislaw and English Professor Becky Stanislaw, who each hold doctoral degrees, will lead the singing and examine why people tend to know these melodies.Richard recently retired as president of the Ocean City Tabernacle. Prior to that, he was a music professor and administrator at Waynesburg University and earlier at Taylor University and Bloomsburg University. Becky, now a real estate agent with Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty, before coming to Ocean City, taught English at California University of Pennsylvania and Ball State University. So, the discussion will include both music and texts that influence these sticky songs.Ocean City Historical Museum has an extensive collection of memorabilia from residences and businesses in Ocean City, dating from the first regular vacationers tenting at the “Camp Meeting” to the present. Come a little early to allow time to walk around the Museum, located in the Community Center (the Library) at 17th and Simpson.
An initiative to prevent domestic violence has helped 13 Saint Mary’s students so far this school year, director of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) Connie Adams said. Adams presented to the Student Government Association (SGA) at its meeting Wednesday to discuss the Green Dot program, an initiative to help prevent domestic violence. BAVO began its office this year at the College, and the fact that students have used it shows the need for this kind of action on campus, Adams said. “There is such a need here and these are issues that affect all of us,” she said. The Green Dot Initiative encourages people to not ignore violence or situations that may lead to violence when they see it, Adams said. “Green dots are very simple decisions, very simple actions we can take in our everyday lives,” she said. “[Green dots are] those times when you witness something that doesn’t seem quite right [and] finding ways when you see those things happen that you can really do something about it, taking that extra step.” Adams said there are many different motives why people avoid these situations, even when they suspect violence may be an issue. “There are a lot of reasons we don’t take that extra step; we’re embarrassed, we wonder if what we see is really what we see, or we’re shy and don’t want to get noticed,” she said. According to Adams, one in four women will experience violence in their lifetime, which creates red dots, or acts of violence that she said do not need to be the case. “If we do nothing it is an acceptance of what is happening and every time we accept it, it’s a red dot,” she said. For students interested in helping with the program can attend an informational meeting in the basement of Holy Cross today at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a training session on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for students. Adams said there are limited slots, so students should RSVP if they are interested. Students who are interested can contact her at [email protected] Rachael Chesley, student body president, also discussed two new SGA initiatives being launched next week; the Board’s new website and its Discount Program, which will provide student discounts at select vendors when they are out in the South Bend community. Chesley said the Board will be working to market the website to students and hopefully making it part of the “Quicklinks” on the main Saint Mary’s site. “We want to try to get students to utilize it now so it becomes more habitual and they use it all the time,” Chesley said. Information about the Discount Program will be included on the new website. Students will be able to use their ID cards to receive the discounts. “[Students] don’t have to register for it,” Chesley said. “It’s just a benefit for students.”