Category: Culture

Memphis Stands with Science

By Lauren Jeu Image Above: Source     On March 16, President Donald Trump announced his blueprint plans to make America great again. His plan included budget cuts on the EPA, NIH, and NASA , which, as you can imagine, made those in the science community very unhappy and afraid for the future. In response to this upset, a nonpartisan group formed the March For Science which celebrates science and its role in everyday lives. On April 22, 610 cities across the world ... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 28

Unfiltered: Art That Speaks the Truth

By Lauren Jeu   There is a misconception that senior year is full of no work and all play. While underclassmen are complaining about their deadlines and tests and shouting that they “can’t wait for this school year to just be over,” seniors are spending their every moment finishing or perfecting their Senior projects, theses, and research. In the corner of Rosa Deal School of Arts, there are three particular seniors working hard in their private studios: the art... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Monday, Apr 24

Pints, Growlers, or Barrels: Galleon Staff Picks

By The Galleon Editorial Staff   Happy National Beer Day! Whether you toast by saying “Cheers,” “Saluti,” “Sláinte,” or “Gānbēi,” today is, as each day should be, one for celebration. Throughout this week, we have provided you with quality written material dealing with all things beer. Today, we simply want to share with you our recommendations and “staff picks” for our favorite beers in the hopes that you might... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 7

Beer Brewing Monks

By Anthony Maranise, OblSB Images used with permission from the Benedictine Order "For the King of Kings, I would wish a lake of finest ale." ~ St. Brigid of Kildare "The Good Lord has changed water into wine, how then, can drinking beer be a sin?" ~ Sign at the Entrance to a Belgian Monastery & Brewery As a Benedictine myself, I am personally thrilled to write this article. It is, after all, my religious order (of which I am an Oblate ), the Order of... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Apr 6

Beer For Those Who Hate Beer

By Lauren Jeu   As a 5’2”, 107 lbs. girl who suffers from the Asian Flush Syndrome , it should come as no surprise that alcohol and I don’t mix. Over the past year, I’ve found a few cocktails and wines that I enjoy (and can tolerate) but I just couldn’t understand how anyone could ever like beer. I hate it – the smell, the taste, the ­ after taste. I would be at parties, holding my Solo cup full of water while watching people get beer after... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Wednesday, Apr 5

Drinkin’ In Memphis – An Overview of Local Breweries

By Dominick Platt   I’m a born and raised Memphian. I know all the back roads and have been to about every local place you could think of, and some you can’t. However, even with my love for fantastic beer and my pride in our cuisine, I’ve neglected my knowledge of our local beer, the breweries that make them, and the culture that is growing around and from out of them. So when my team pitched the idea for articles during beer week, I thought this would be the perfect... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Tuesday, Apr 4

Where to Have a Beer ‘Round Here

Images and Words By Anthony Maranise   “What… what does this say?” I grumbled to myself. The sweat from my newly poured, yet nearly finished pint of crisp, delicious Brooklyn Belair Sour beer had apparently dripped onto my notepad and smudged my notes. I am, after all, as I write this piece, sitting outside on a patio on Highland enjoying a good, cold one as I pen this article. The idea came to me weeks ago when my good friend informed me that there is such a... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Tuesday, Apr 4

How ‘Bout a Pint? - A Crash Course in Beer Culture

By Mary Clark   C ulture are the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. By extension, culture also refers to something much more important, but also much more fundamental. Culture connects people, and what better way to connect than over an ice cold brew? Beer has been around since 9500 BC . It’s sold in convenience stores, grocery stores, some liquor stores,... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Monday, Apr 3

23 Buzzfeed Articles We Recommend for April Fool's Day

By The Galleon Editorial Staff Image Above: Source   The Galleon staff would like to wish you all a Happy April Fool's Day!   Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Saturday, Apr 1

On Tap Next Week: 2017 Galleon Beer Issue

The Galleon Staff would like to welcome you to the 2017 Galleon Beer Issue ! In honor of National Beer Day on April 7, we at the Galleon wanted to fully delve into the big topic: beer. There is an art to making and enjoying beer, lager, ale, brew, and whatever else you may call it. In Memphis, we recognize this art because of the amazing local beer scene, but we also recognize beer as more than a drink, but a culture. To celebrate this totally informal holiday, we have an interesting week... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Mar 31

Do You Have Your Green On?

By Mary Clark Image above: Source   The United States of America is a land built by immigrants. One of the most exciting things that comes from this foundation, is the way that all these immigrant cultures cohesively mix together in our society. Not only is this intermingling of cultures interesting and exciting, but also important to who we are as individuals in our own cultures, and in the nation as a whole. Among the greatest facets of cultures that mix together are... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Mar 17

Cajun Catholicism

By Anthony Maranise, OblSB In Southern Louisiana, deep in the bayou, there is a sacred place. Truth be told, while I wanted to visit this sacred place and speak with its caretakers for purposes of writing this article, I really wanted to make the visit a “pilgrimage.” For those unfamiliar with this concept, a pilgrimage is a visit to a sacred, holy, or religiously-associated place for purposes of spiritual maturity and clarity. In Islam, a pilgrimage is called a... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Mar 16

Memories of Mardi Gras' Past

By Chase Encalade Photo Above: Source Mardi Gras- Fat Tuesday- Shrove Tuesday- Carnival || All names for greatest free show on earth! Growing up around New Orleans culture is truly a gift. One way this gift manifests itself is through Mardi Gras. Filled with music, elegant balls, parades, and king cake; Mardi Gras is the time of year when all let loose, no matter what age. The people of Southern Louisiana will brave the cold, heat, rain, wind, and even sleet to celebrate in a... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Tuesday, Feb 28

Memphis & The Movies – Our Connection to The 2017 Oscars

By Dominick Platt Image Above: Source   The 2017 Oscars were bordered by two Memphian contributions to film: Justin Timberlake's “I Can’t Stop the Feeling” and the film “La La Land” who Molly Smith produced. Timberlake’s Oscar-nominated song opened the ceremony, owning the stage as he usually does. Ms. Smith’s produced film won six Oscars in total, breaking records as it earned trophy after trophy. This is a great accomplishment by... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Monday, Feb 27

What You Never Knew You Didn’t Know – Mardi Gras & New Orleans Culture Edition

Words and Images by Anthony Maranise   Photo Above: Source Let’s go ahead and address the elephant in the room, that is, the title you just read above. I know what you’re thinking… probably the same as our creative editor when I told her the title of this piece. She did a double-take. So, yes indeed, I know the title sounds slightly confusing. Bear with me because I have a point, I promise. On Magazine Street (Uptown) in beautiful New Orleans is a little... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Feb 24

A Reflection on Black History Month

By Maya Freeman This piece was originally published on the blog " Blaque Rhetoric ."   Black History Month (“/Blak//ˈhist(ə)rē//mənTH/”), also known as African-American History Month is one of the greatest times to celebrate important people of color and events in history of the  African diaspora . Not only is Black History Month a time for me to learn more about my culture, it is also a time to expose  Black Excellence . Before starting college... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Thursday, Feb 23

In Case You Didn’t Know—Why Black History Month Matters

By Mary Clark February is a special month. It's a time full of hearts, flowers, and love. It's the month of Valentine's Da y! Whether you love it or hate it, it's here, so we all have to be prepared. But February isn't just about all that stuff—it's a time to look back and recall a large group of history, and a group that is very much an important part of our present. I remember in third grade, specifically, leaving my classroom with all my friends and... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Feb 13

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, Postmodernism, and the Suffering of Christ in John Caputo's Lecture

By Anthony Maranise On Tuesday, February 2, 2017, the Christian Brothers University community was graced by the presence of the eminent philosopher, Dr. John Caputo , who delivered a lecture entitled, “The Cross & the Lynching Tree and a Postmodern Postscript.” His lecture hinged significantly on the work of Black Liberation Theologian James Cone , author of The Cross & the Lynching Tree . Throughout his lecture, Caputo applied the philosophical... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Feb 10

Sifting Through Real News, Alternative Facts, and Everything in Between

By: Kay Cunningham I am a librarian, and facts are important to me. Reliable information is important. Knowing how to find, identify, evaluate, and verify valid and reliable information and sources of information, to classify and organize them, and to deliver them into the hands of people who have questions is the work of all librarians, built into the ethical codes of our professional organizations and the Library Bill of Rights . Because of this, the currency of fake news and the... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Feb 10

Week One of Trump's America

Words: Anthony Maranise Images: Lauren Jeu and Josh Colfer Photo Above: Getty Images On January 20, 2017, perhaps the most controversial President of the United States of America was sworn into office, defying the odds in a never-before-seen campaign across the American political landscape. Beginning with his announcement on June 16, 2015 at the famed Trump Tower in New York, a plethora of news outlets immediately believed the press-conference to have either been a publicity stunt or... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Jan 27

Chinese New Year, Explained

Photo Above: Source By: Mary Clark Ever since I was old enough to realize that all people didn’t look the same, sound the same, or like the same things, I have been fascinated by what made people different. One of my favorite words to use, think about, and write about is Culture , and one of the most telling and informative aspects of culture are the holidays that other cultures celebrate. While Americans and many other cultures across the world have already... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Jan 27

Responses from the Memphis Women's March

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, following an election fraught with deeply contrasted views of the man who promised to, among other things, defund Planned Parenthood , temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States , reduce the $18 trillion national debt , and sign an executive order seeking the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing a police officer . The following day, over 3 million people... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Jan 23

Top 10 Tips for Parents Looking to Take Care of Their College Student

By: Gabriela Morales Yes, it’s that time of year again. Winter break is almost here, which means that overly stressed college students are slowly migrating back home from their college campuses. If you know one of these tired college students, here is a list of the top ten things you can do to raise their spirits before the following semester destroys it: 1. Let them sleep. During that last week of finals, college student often forget to sleep in an attempt to learn a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Jan 3

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Brought Me Further into the Magical Potter World

By: Gabriela Morales Image above: Warner Bros. Back in the fall of 2015, my little humble heart was overfilled with joy as I found out that the one true queen, J.K. Rowling, was bringing the magical world of Harry Potter back to life by giving us all a gift : Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them . At the moment, I (along with hundreds of other people) was thrilled that I would be going to once again be able to immerse myself in the fantastical world that I had grown up with. I... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Dec 21

The Intersection of Theology and Lynching Tree in the African-American Tradition

By: Maya Freeman This article originally appeared in the blog, Blaque Rhetoric After reading James Cone’s  The Cross and The Lynching Tree , I realized that this book not only allowed me to further my education on African American history, but it also allowed me to enter scholarly discussions on the topics of the theological significance of the Lynching Tree as it pertains to the African American community, and as it relates to the images of Jesus Christ and the cross.... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Nov 9

To Exist, To Breathe, and Take Up Space

By: Gabriela Morales To all of the people who vote for Donald Trump, I need to say this: I’m sorry. I’m sorry because there is another place that I call home. Because my lungs fill with air to speak in a language that puts passion and intimacy into every rolled R that you can’t pronounce. Because salsa, merengue and plena control my body, making it sway to the rhythm of the Caribbean. Because my childhood heroes are Pedro Albizu Campos and Eugenio Maria de Hostos... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Nov 9

I'm Not Voting in This Election. I Can't. I'm Puerto Rican.

By: Gabriela Morales Back in November 2008, when I was about eleven years old, my dad woke my siblings and me up in the middle of the night to watch as Obama was declared the president of the United States of America.  At the time, I knew this was a big deal, but I’ll admit that I really had no idea as to why it was a big deal. Can you really blame me? I mean, what is an eleven year-old supposed to know about the economy, foreign policy, or social issues? I only knew it was... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Nov 7

Of Soldiers, Survivors, & Strength Unfailing

By: Anthony Maranise, OblSB Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Survivor’s Day event at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. After a keynote presentation and welcome, offered by St. Jude’s medical director, Dr. James Downing, the faculty of St. Jude’s After Completion of Therapy (ACT) clinic along with the director of cancer survivorship, commenced the annual survivorship pinning ceremony. The program began with a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Sep 22

Memphis Music and the Ambiguous Memphis Sound

By: Austin Essary  A while ago, on November 4, 2015 to be precise, something happened that sparked an idea for this article. Now unless that’s your birthday or your anniversary (which you probably forgot anyway), then you might not recall what happened that night. However, I can almost certainly guarantee that you were either watching it live, or like me, caught the highlights splattered across your Facebook and Twitter feeds the next day. The CMA Awards took place that Wednesday... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Sep 9

Seeing America, Part 4 – Chicago

By Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski. Photo above: Chicago Postcard Museum This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. The original can be found HERE Whenever I tell people that I love Chicago and that I used to live there, the most common response usually goes something like “Oh, I love the  Field Museum  /  Shedd Aquarium  /  Art Institute !” or, “You must love going to... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Jul 18

Finding Your People

By Emily Austin This article originally appeared in the blog,  The Waiting . I have always liked thinking about the relative simplicity of early humans. I imagine that they lacked the need to organize their peers into little piles like we do today: best friends, colleagues, schoolmates, hated enemies, people they drank with, people they prayed with. There was no hustle and bustle to meet with the disparate groups at dumb meetings. All the human interaction our distant... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Jul 14

Parenthood: It Doesn't Get Any Easier

By Emily Austin This article originally appeared in the blog, The Waiting . There is this interesting phenomena that occurs about six months into your stint as a parent. You’ll be sitting there, covered in spittup and running on the fumes of a microwaved cup of coffee that you made last Tuesday. You’ll reflect on the fact that you no longer bat an eye at the idea of eliminating your bowels in front of other people, and you’ll cry inside a little. The idea of... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Jul 6

The Transformative Rhetoric and Ideology Behind the Declaration of Independence

By: Dr. Karl Leib This Fourth of July, amidst barbeques and fireworks, I encourage everyone to take time to read the document behind the holiday. At one level, the Declaration of Independence is a straight-forward text, spelling out an impressive list of grievances against the British government and officially, if not effectively, establishing American independence. The true genius of the Declaration however lies in its famed second paragraph, quoted and requoted so frequently that its... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Jul 4

Seeing America, Part 3 – The Upper Peninsula of Michigan

By: Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. The original can be found HERE Full disclosure. I’m a  Yooper . I grew up on the southern shore of Lake Superior or as one of my friends once said, “So you’re basically Canadian?” In fact, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP) is so set apart from the rest of the country that it often doesn’t appear on... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Tuesday, Jun 28

Seeing America, Part 2: The Black Hills

By: Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. I realize now that I had a strange education growing up. In my home and school, we spoke regularly about the history and plight of Native Americans. My family read  Black Elk Speaks  aloud alongside the Bible and other religious texts. We learned about  Ojibwe customs in elementary school. Our Civics teacher taught us... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Jun 15

The Thin Blue Lines of Communication

By Cory Dugan This article originally appeared in the 2016 edition of Bell Tower Magazine Mike Freeman is a detective with the Memphis Police Department, who’s worked his way through the ranks during his 12-year career, starting as a PST (Police Service Technician) at the age of 18. He also graduated from Christian Brothers University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Psychology and a concentration in criminal justice from the College of Adult... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Jun 15

Seeing America, Part 1: What is Southern?

By: Dr. Alison Ann Lukowski This article is part of an ongoing series of reflections on history, America, culture, and travel throughout the summer. Two years ago, I decided to move to Memphis. When I told my friends and family, nearly all of whom are from great northern states, they were shocked. They said true and practical things like, “but you hate the heat” and “it’s so far away from home.” However, they also said some extremely biased things... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Jun 10

Christian Brothers College During the War Years

By: Josh Colfer Since the Civil War of the 1860s, not a single battle between a military force and the United States has taken place on American soil. Factious groups have attacked, yes, but full-on combat that we saw in Europe, Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East has not taken place in this country. Yet despite the absence of combat, the spirit of war has been intimately felt at every corner of our society throughout the twentieth century. Goods like tires, milk, meat, and other daily... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, May 30

A Meandering Journey Through Sorority Life

By: Morgan Harper A very smart friend once told me, "College gives you an education in professional skills and a bunch of other things that only matter when you graduate. But the best thing you can get out of these years is an education of yourself." As a stubborn, lighthearted freshman, this quote flew in one ear and burrowed itself deep in the dormant lobes of my memory, where it stayed until a few nights ago, when I had the typical chronologically-induced attack that everyone faces... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, May 12

Like Many Holidays in the U.S. Cinco de Mayo is Mostly Farce

By: Gabriela Gomez-Pedro According to Urban Dictionary Cinco de Mayo is… A beer-fest that occurs on May 5 of the year, with lots of tequila and margaritas. A mayonnaise extract that is a rare delicacy in the southern United States. It can also be used as a sobriety test. When a whole bunch of white college kids get together and have a kegger for reasons unbeknownst to them. Mexico’s Independence Day Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images   First... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, May 5

Misadventures in Understanding Autism

By: Morgan Harper April is an awesome month-the sun has finally come out, the days are shorter, and we’re getting so close to summer that we can practically smell the Australian Gold and chlorine in the air. It’s a special time of year for everyone, but especially for people involved with the autism spectrum disorder community. In 2007, April was declared the official Autism Awareness Month . Since then, people and organizations around the globe have taken action to raise awareness and... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Apr 29

Balancing Traditional and Modern Manhood and Authority

The following is an excerpt from MODERN MANHOOD AND THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA: CITIZENSHIP, RACE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 1910-1930 by Benjamin René Jordan. You can also watch this exclusive interview with the author on a previous post about the inspiration for the book HERE . Copyright © 2016 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher. The BSA’s Triumph Balancing Traditional and Modern Manhood and Authority At the... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Thursday, Apr 28

The Cost of Ignoring the Rape Kit Backlog in Memphis

By: Chase K. Encalade In the U.S. 1 out of 5 women and 1 out of 33 me n will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, yet only 3% of rapists’ country-wide will ever spend a day in jail for their crime. In a country where morality and justice supposedly ring true, how has rape gone so unpunished? One reason is that law enforcement agencies country-wide, fail to give the same amount of attention to sexual assault cases that they give to other violations. It simply is not seen as a... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Apr 25

Trash Talk

By Sean MacInnes   The 20 th century is already clearly visible in Earth’s geologic record. Archaeologists of the distant future won’t simply find cemeteries and buried cities; they’ll also find a massive and disgusting permanent layer of artifacts we call “garbage.” The world has a consumption problem and by extension a waste management problem. Our waste is an environmental disaster of global proportions caused from a gross negligence by the... Read More
Posted by Editorial Board at Friday, Apr 22

A Reflection on Art, History, and Travel Through Cambodia

Words: Dr. Emily A. Holmes Images: Dr. Mary Campbell During the first week of January, Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Sciences) and I travelled to Cambodia as part of a partnership between CBU and the Harpswell Foundatio n. Harpswell’s mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia, and they accomplish that mission through two dormitories and a leadership center for university women in Phnom Penh, along with a school in the village of Tramung Chrum, fifty miles from... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Apr 18

Golf's Greatest Weekend — The Masters

By Chase K. Encalade The Masters is without a doubt one of the greatest sporting events world-wide, drawing a television audience of over 11 million people just last year. From Amen Corner and Rae’s Creek, all the way down to its Honorary starters, the Masters is surely “a tradition unlike any other.” It’s no Final Four or Super Bowl-in fact, it’s just the opposite. The Masters marks the first major tournament of the year, ushering in the true beginning of golf season All of the... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Saturday, Apr 9

Equal Words, Unequal Quality

By Morgan Harper I'm not exactly a "lucky" girl. I hit every red light when I'm running 10 minutes late to work. I've never found a four-leaf clover or won anything in a raffle. I haven't dodged a traffic ticket since I was 15 and rammed my dad's car into the back of a church bus (seriously, Thank GOD). I hate going to sports events because there's about a 70% chance I'll get hit in the face with a ball if I go near one. Alanis Morrissette's "Ironic" is probably the most relatable song... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Wednesday, Apr 6

Disney Unveils Plans to Turn the Entire Island of Puerto Rico Into Adventure Park

By: Gabriela Morales Disney just announced that after a great deal of searching, they’ve finally found the ideal location to build their very first island adventure park: Puerto Rico. The island’s current governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, caught wind of Disney’s interests in an island-themed park earlier this year and thought it would be the perfect catalyst to revitalize Puerto Rico’s economy. After an extensive negotiation period, both the company and Governor came to an agreement... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Apr 1

Director Zach Snyder Announces Sequel, Batman Marries Superman

By: Josh Colfer Last Thursday, director Zach Snyder announced plans to embark on a sequel to the recently released Batman vs. Superman . Snyder held a press conference at Warner Brothers’ Burbank headquarters to a cheering crowd of reporters and superhero fanatics eager to hear news about the upcoming film. “Because of the success of both Batman vs. Superman and the legacy of these two superheroes over the last fifty years,” remarked Snyder with a glean in his eye, “We’re following... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Friday, Apr 1

13 Unanswered Questions in the Fuller House Reboot

By Morgan Harper. Photo: Netflix Last year, when news broke out about the Full House cast reuniting for a spin-off serie s, millennials went wild. American families’ favorite sitcom was coming back full fledged with a thirteen-episode, one-season contract as a Netflix original series. The show features the same cast and characters as the original series, which debuted 29 years ago. The show also introduces new actors, Elias Harger and Michael Campion, and actress Soni Nicole Bringas. The... Read More
Posted by Josh Colfer at Monday, Mar 14