Veteran's History Project wants your story

October 25, 2010

The Veteran’s History Project (VHP) was created by the United States Congress in 2000 with the objective to gather and preserve the personal accounts of American war veterans and to make them available to students and researchers.

A free information session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Oct. 26, in the Student Union Cooley Ballrooms B and C at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. This session will discuss ways veterans and non-veterans alike can contribute to the project. Download Full Image

The School of Letters and Sciences at ASU’s Polytechnic campus is a founding partner with the Library of Congress of the VHP. Larry Edmonds, faculty lecturer in communications, is the Central/Northern Arizona workshop facilitator. Edmonds has been involved with the project for more than 10 years and works to bring workshops and information sessions to the community.

The VHP collects firsthand accounts of U.S. veterans from both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. It also collects accounts from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“We need to have these stories for future generations, so they know and can better understand what happens in wars, why people enlist and what their experiences were,” says Edmonds.

The experiences of veterans are told in many ways. Narratives can be written, recorded or videotaped. Visual materials such as photographs, drawings and scrapbooks are another way. The correspondence of veterans, from letters and postcards to personal diaries, are invaluable in getting a glimpse into war-time life.

The VHP collections are housed in the Library of Congress. At this time, only 5 percent of the collections are digitized and can be viewed online.

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To reserve free seats for the information session on Oct. 26, send a note to ArizonaVHP">">

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Debunking college stereotypes

October 25, 2010

Throughout the semester, a select group of ASU freshmen will be blogging about their first year as Sun Devils. In the same way that graduation serves as a milestone marker for both students and the university, the freshman year experience is one of significant formation as it sets the foundation for academic excellence.  Download Full Image

Mark's blog:

As it is with all things, understanding is an eventuality of time. The light of comprehension begins to shine through the fog of ignorant stereotypes and clichés. Cutting through the manner in which college is typecast will take all of four years, I’m sure; however, at least a few sterotypes of university life have begun to melt away in the half-dozen weeks the Class of 2014 has been on campus.

Sterotype 1: “Who cares about lectures anyway?! Who even does those?"

Showing up for class seems optional to some, now that mommy and daddy no longer have to call us out of class. I mean, why not just grab a nap and some late lunch out on the quad? Well, my friends, the invention of the lecture quiz and “key test terms” have made it so your GPA won’t be too chipper. My advice? If your professor wants to call molecular compounds “combiballs,” make sure you come to every class and play ball. Thankfully, my favorite lecture class is quite bearable; inorganic chemistry with Dr. Briggs is almost as much fun as the movies.

Sterotype 2: “Everyone in college drinks all weekend.”

The party scene is the only way to go, right? Forty-eight hours of party-hopping is a must for anyone and everyone looking for something to do after class Thursday till ... mid-afternoon Sunday.

The truth is, my friends and I have found almost too many other ways to do the weekend right. Capture the Flag at Barrett on Thursday nights is a surefire way to get some exercise and a lil’ competition as the bells strikes midnight. The next day, when everyone is TGIFing, the gyms at the SRC or Barrett have been the best ways to relax and enjoy my friends company. Men’s and Women’s intramural football always makes an interesting spectacle if your pigskin cravings can’t hold out from Sunday to Sunday. Climbing “A" mountain for a great view of Tempe isn’t a bad idea either.

But hey, don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. Freshman year thus far has been a lot of hard work in the classes I love, keepin’ on my toes, and running myself ragged around campus with my pledge brothers and my roommate Jeff every spare second of the day. We’re all loving every minute of it so far.

Mark Krystinak is an incoming freshman who is majoring in biological sciences. He is originally from Schaumburg, Ill.