For the Oscars, there were various themes that came up: Peplum, White, Black,and lots of colour. My favourite dresses were suprisingly not A list celebrities but mostly from TV hosts. My favourite of the night were dresses from the Vanity Fair’s Oscars after party and Elton John’s Oscars after party.
Some celebrities try to stand out with a unique design, however, when a celebrity chooses a dress that’s over the top and fits wrong, it’s always a disaster. I have to say, I was drawn to the glitter of dresses this year but Nina Garcia’s simple yet unique design from Jean-Paul Gauliter was my favourite. I absolutely adored Giuliana’s dress (future wedding dress please?). The shoulder details were perfect for her. Leslie Mann just look simple and chic and didn’t overdo the sparkles. The sequined dresses that Rose Byrne, Anna Faris and other celebrities chose just seemed too disco-esque…a matter of taste. Nancy O’ Dell looked nice but I think the dress would have looked better on a non-blonde. However, love the detailing and contrast.
Oscars 2012 Favourite Dresses - Nina Garcia in Jean-Paul Gaultier; Leslie Mann in Roberto Cavalli; Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward; Nancy O' Dell in Chagoury Couture (Left to Right).
Vanity Fair After Party 2012
I am in love. I want Kate Bosworth’s dress ASAP! I love that the tulle wasn’t layered to make a tutu like dress and I love that the accessories are minimal since the dress is glittery. Selena looked stunning and the details on the dress were lovely. One unique dress was Elizabeth Banks, I would not be brave enough to wear that (or pull it off), but it looks great for the blonde and fair skinned Elizabeth Banks. Love the feathering detail and polka dots.
Vanity Fair Oscar After Party 2012 - Kate Bosworth in Prabal Gurung; Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana; Elizabeth Banks in Chadwick Bell (Left to Right).
Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscars After Party 2012
Don’t know why but these two chose glitterific dresses that I loved. Maggie Grace looked stunning in a dress that seemed to be made of gold leaves wrapped around her body. She looked stunning with her golden hair. Danica Keller was a bit too prom queen for me but I couldn’t help but admire the way the beading falls in the center and sides.
Elton John's AIDS Foundation After Party 2012 - Danica Keller in Alberto Makali; Maggie Grace in Unknown (Left to Right).
The 2012 OCUFA conference kicked off my year of non-library conference participation. I have to say, it was an interesting conference to attend only because I could hear what faculty had to say about the crisis in higher education. While some celebrate Canada’s success in lower drop out rates in high school and high admissions and entrances to university, some pointed out the failings of Canadian higher education. Here is a very general summary of the concepts and debates discussed through the conference:
- Faculty need help developing stronger teaching skills
- Balancing research, professional services, teaching and applying to grants makes it difficult to focus on teaching
- Student and faculty relations are important
- Students lack engagement in learning and view degrees as a piece of paper
- Student class sizes and lack of in person (online courses) teaching can discourage students
- However, online tools can help engage students
Overall, I felt the conference discussed various points of views, which was interesting to someone like me who is not a faculty member. The faculty shared interesting tidbits and information about the life of a faculty member. I would encourage any librarian to attend next year. Although, I ‘m told the STLHE conference is much more in depth in content since there was such little time, we only got a quick snap shot of the current issues in teaching and learning for faculty and students.
One thing that kept popping in my mind was the lack of discussion of policy and the Ontario government. While we discuss the need for smaller class sizes and the need to engage faculty in professional development, more specifically emphasis on valuing teaching, much of the problem is rooted in the system, the way the Ontario government distributes funding to universities, thus leading to many of the issues discussed. Hopefully the STLHE conference will address these issues.