Our photo is of the NCAA football trophy from when Alabama won it a few years ago. This was actually taken down at Alabama's football complex/athletic building. As you can see it is sitting up on a second floor inside a big window. They are doing this to show that they have a winning culture. It was in a part of campus that many athletes would see when walking by. Since football is the main revenue sport, it can be regarded as the most prestigious trophy in collegiate athletics. Hopefully some day the U can bring one home!
This picture represents the culture at the University of Minnesota in a couple different ways. The statue pictured is located near the engineering buildings on the East Bank of campus. This an example of how people can express themselves through art all over campus, even in areas where the students aren't studying the subject. There is also chalk writing on the bottom, showing that people can use a centrally located object like the statue to communicate with their peers. This contributes to college-like atmosphere and culture because things like this are less common in other places.View image
The NCAA Championship Banners reflect the University's Swimming Program legacy. This is a symbolic artifact that are most commonly found in arenas or sport venues that convey the message about the team, individual, or organization. In this case it is winning conference titles or national championships.
Jay KressView image
Fitness still plays an important factor in the decisions of many students on campus. With the parking lots near capacity people still need a quick ride to class and across campus. Bike racks all across campus house many of these sweet rides. Biking is a timeless hobby that many people participate in each and every day. View image
Walking around the University of Minnesota, there are many symbols, rituals, and ceremonies that occur all the time that help to establish a culture on campus. The symbols and ceremonies are usually put in place to promote the ideals and beliefs of the campus or organization they are representing. In the case of the University of Minnesota, the common theme that strings together symbols, icons, and ceremonies and rituals are success. During sporting events, a common ritual that happens are award ceremonies for unrelated sports (such as awarding the volleyball team at halftime during a football game). The University does this in order to promote other sports and also to display the success and strength of the athletic program as a whole. While walking through campus on a sidewalk surrounding Williams Arena, we discovered large photos of student athletes. These photos had the appearance of posters that were framed and slightly elevated so as to catch the eye of all who were to walk past on the sidewalk. The University selected photos of student athletes who were competing and had a determined or "winning look" to show how University athletics are both competitive and striving to be #1. By displaying posters and hanging them around campus, the University of Minnesota is attempting to create a student-body (culture) of interest in an athletic program that wins. Although the program here at the University typically does not win, creating an image of success using pictures is an attempt to highlight star athletes and show how University of Minnesota athletics are competitive and successful.
Comi Sharif and Carter Blatz BerkelmanView image
Teresa is a good example of bringing a different culture to the United States. She is partaking in bringing the world closer together. Learning how to interact is a life changing experience. The flag resembles her nationality. In Spain, it's common for citizens to hold or wear their national flag with pride when their country wins a sporting event. For example, when Spain won the World Cup, Teresa wore her national flag for an entire week. Also, when Spain wins a huge sporting event, its a ritual to gather at the fountains to celebrate.
When Teresa leaves the State, she will be bringing back a different culture to her home country of Spain. It's about building bridges with other countries. In other words, mixing countries together.
Nathan Jobe, Mag Wiecha, Teresa Puga, Becca Barber
The Greek system on campus is a life of its own. From parties, to ceremonies, to secret rituals of initiation, the Greek system has set a tone for life on campus. This is cultural because every frat house lives on the same row, as well as each individual house has their own ceremonies for initiation, graduation, and pledges. A house is also categorized as a culture within in a culture for each house has their own "symbols" that make up their name. In addition to their own colors the Greek life also has very specific logos that differentiate one from another.
Some people start their days at the gym, some end their days at the gym, and others work their way to the gym during lunch or between meetings. We decided to take a picture of the student workers at the University of Minnesota rec workout area to show the culture of fitness and healthy life styles. We believe that they health is important, especially to students in the Sport Management and Kinesiology programs. These students represent the face of the rec center on Monday mornings and to that we are forever indebted. Thanks you students workers at the rec for providing a comfortable and fun culture at the rec center!View image
The University Rec Center is a prime spot for culture in our society because alot of people like to workout at least a few times during the week and on campus, the Rec Center is the place to go. There are workout rooms, gyms for basketball or volleyball, and racquet ball courts for people to exercise in. Not only is the rec center a gathering place for working out but it is also a gathering place for students to work on assignments and projects. There are many tables in the Rec Center for people to sit down and get work done. The Rec Center is a great place for culture whether you are going there to workout or do homework.
Ryan McCann, Lakesha Gladney, Nathan Jobe, Kelly Bodine
Our second conflict was the Albert Pujols contract situation. Our conflict is a vertical conflict because is is occuring between Cardinal's management and a player. The conflict is perceived because no one really knows the inner workings of the contract dispute, but the media has made it out to be a true conflict. Sources of conflict are differentiation between they clearly have different views on how valuable Pujols is worth. The conflict will be managed through negotiating between Pujols and Cardinals' management. We do not think this conflict is unqiue, because player contracts are conflicts all the time, but the size of the contract Pujols wants does make the conflict unique since it potentially could be the largest ever.