Browse Exhibits (14 total)

Restaurant Receipts


Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much.

This collection of restaurant check receipts were collected by my co-workers and I, ranging from dissatisfied to satisfied guests who have dined mostly at Canopy Road Cafe, as I have included a receipt from another restaurant as well. Those who have not previously worked as waitress's or waiters wouldn't understand just how detremential these little annotations can be to a servers reputation and own personal self-confidence. However, the effectiveness of the notes can also heavily depend on the guest themself and the interactions that were held during their visit.  

Finding these types of notes are typical during shifts and provide us with personal feedback where we can learn where we can improve or where our areas of strength are. The categories that these notes can be put into are many, though I have limited it down to the top main ones: positive, negative, and flirtation. These tend to be the most reoccuring notation style that I have noitced over the years.

*keep in mind that these notes are from a variety of employee's in the restaurant  

Poetry, My Name is Dad

Poetry is known for its creative ingenuity, and as an engine of expression. Poems can be written for a myriad of reasons, but they hold a technical level that is more complex, in some respects, to other forms of circulated works: such as novels, short stories or essays. As a tool of everyday writing, poems can represent this definition through non-academic or work-related creation. Poetry is an abstract art that can discern the identity of the individual: the artist. Through poetry, culture and personal identity can be revealed through form and content.

This exhibit wishes to showcase the poems of a single individual: Roshan Ramhit. Roshan Ramhit was born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. This island is located off the coast of South America in the Caribbean; the island is shaped like a boot. He grew up on the island and spent his youth there. It was only during his university years that he left Trinidad and moved to New York.

His works are written during his college years, and show off his identity to me as a father. As a man of distinct cultural background, his poems are also capable of enlightening on his childhood experiences and the culture he grew up in.

Several themes throughout his poetry are that of loneliness and homesickness. Roshan Ramhit explained, “Yeah, from home to school there was an hour of travel. So it [writing poetry] was to wait the time away. Also moving to a new environment [from Trinidad to New York], leaving my friends behind…, it was lonely. It was to take out frustration, loneliness and whatever else.”

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Annotated Elementary Books


"Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch." But what about our words? Better yet, what about our annotations. We use annotations in literature to highlight important concepts, ideas, beliefs, and values. The give a subject perspective into reading. This exhibit gives further insight into the annotations of young elementary schoolers from Barbara Skulszki's class.

Annotations are important in everyday life to help you correctly and coherently understand books. Harvard library regards this in the statement “Annotating puts you actively and immediately in a ‘dialogue’ with an author and the issues and ideas you encounter in a written text. It's also a way to have an ongoing conversation with yourself as you move through the text and to record what that encounter was like for you.” Annotations are more than a way to remember a sentence or phrase, annotations help you live through the book.

This exhibit focuses on annotation: a note added by way of comment or explanation. This exhibit is based on everyday writing in books. It focuses on select students from an Elementary school. Annotations are subjective, they are your interpretation of a story and can range from doodles to words that help you understand the story better. 

In gradeschool we were always taught never to write in books. They were considered property and it was shuned upon to "destroy" someone else's property. This exhibit shy's away from that steroype and promotes gradeschool children to annotate books. 

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Protest Signs: #NoBanNoWall

Since the election and inauguration of Donald Trump, there have been a number of protests in Tallahassee concerning different executive orders and policy changes he has spoken of. This includes his ideas for the southern border wall, his ban on immigration from a number of majority muslim coutries, the new healthcare plan proposal, the public statements he has made degrading women/minorities/transgender people/people that deal with weight issues, statements on and by cabinet appointees/ etc. 

People come out for protests so often that some have turned to signs that can stand true at any protest. Others spend some extra money on poster paper and markers and have something specific to every issue. These are photos specifically from a protest that was organized right after his executive order that suspended entry of all refugees -- those who want to resettle in the United States -- for 120 days and barred refugees from Syria indefinitely. The ban also prohibited nearly all citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days.

This was ultimately deemed unconstitutional in court, as was his second attempt at the travel ban a little while later. 

It seems a very common rhetorical tactic in the creation of protest signs is to have it respond to a well known statement or arguemnt of the opposing side. There was no intention for this exhibit to feature these types of protest signs specifically, but that is what has happened. Perhaps this just reenforces something about the genre altogether- protests are in response to something.