This NFL season is winding down and teams already have their eyes toward postseason seeding. This year has given us so many storylines, good and bad alike, that have made this season memorable. One storyline that has flown under the radar is that we are witnessing the shattering of stereotypes right in front of our eyes. The Undefeated coined the phrase “The Year of the Black Quarterback” to explain the reimagining of what a franchise quarterback looks like. This isn’t the first year that a Black quarterback has been successful, Cam Newton and Patrick have both won league MVP this decade, and QBs like Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, and Warren Moon were all great in their respective eras. The reason why this year has been so important is because we have never seen this many Black QBs positioned as the face of franchises before, as of this season there are about five: Wilson, Mahomes, Jackson, Prescott, Watson.
On Nov. 19 – 24, Eastern’s Performing Arts Department and Drama Society presented the play “Our Town.” Created by Thornton Wilder and directed by Tim Golebiewski, “Our Town” is a production that takes place during the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries focusing on the lives of the townsfolk in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Inspired by the literature that represents old civilizations such as the trade documents of Babylon or the stories of Homer from Ancient Greece, Wilder wrote this play as a relic to depict how people lived their lives in the early twentieth century so that future societies will know what values people upheld in this time period.