Mosaic Final Features: Lily M. Jones, A Taurus Story

Miscellaneous Profiles

Written for Mosaic by Kitty Williams & Michelle Karparis | Associate Editors

Remaining in the library after hosting a Mosaic Student Newspaper event, Lily Margaret Jones sits down for an interview and quickly offers up what she believes is important information: “I’m a Taurus.”

Jones identifies with typical Taurus traits of being decisive, emotional, materialistic, and loyal. Though when asked to describe herself in three words, she uses none of these, opting instead for “over the top.”

When asked to describe herself in three different words, the first thing Jones says is “hardworking.” Jones is an English Communications major at Salve Regina University with minors in Film Studies and Spanish. This year, she served as co-editor-in-chief of Mosaic Student Newspaper, president and executive producer of Salve Studios, and student organizer for the Spanish Film Festival. In addition to this, she recently completed an internship with CW Providence.

She also just gave her senior thesis presentation on Adaptation Theory in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann also directed Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, two of her favorite films.

With all of this and more on her plate, she feels burned out at the end of each semester. Jones attributes all of this to being an independent person. Not reaching out for help has made her constantly busy. “It’s been a really long time since I’ve walked on the cliff walk,” she says nostalgically. “Once I’m done with all of my work, I really just want to enjoy Newport.”

Despite all of this, she describes many of her experiences here at Salve as “invaluable.” Jones believes her greatest accomplishment has been co-writing two scripts for Salve Studios. She also cites her experience working with the Mosaic staff, whom she calls “like-minded,” and “talented.” Additionally, her relationships with fellow classmates and professors have been an important part of her college career.

At Salve, Jones describes herself as “loud,” but if asked three years ago, that would not have been the case. She transferred from the University of Connecticut her sophomore year and found that she was better suited for Salve’s environment. She recalls that back at UConn, “I could’ve disappeared and no one would have noticed.”

Something not many people know about Jones is that she has a sensitive side. She is very passionate about what she does, but that also comes with a lot of self-criticism. Despite this, she remembers always being a leader, even at home with her family.

“I’ve always been the controller of the household,” says Jones. As a child, she remembers being threatened when her younger sister, Anna, was born. She recalls thinking, “When is she going back?”

Jones spent a lot of time watching an inordinate amount of television when she was young. “Disney Channel had a very profound effect on me,” she says. It inspired her to write many creative stories in elementary school, and she can still remember every single theme song from her childhood. This love for television has stayed with Jones for her whole life, though now her favorites include the Real Housewives shows.

After graduating from Salve, she plans on moving back to her hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut and applying for jobs in both Stamford, Connecticut and New York City. She hopes to get a job in the video production field of communications. A goal of hers is to see her name on a movie or TV program’s opening credits as a producer.

Whenever confronted by people who don’t see the value of a communications degree, she reminds them that every business has a communications field. However, she notes that most people are starting to understand the importance of the field.

It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks anyway; she is a decisive Taurus. “I’m freaking insane, but I wouldn’t want to be anybody else.”

Dave Fairchild Profile: Taking Control

Miscellaneous Profiles

Written for Mosaic by Claire Latsko and Kitty Williams | Co-Editors-in-Chief

After climbing what seemed like an endless number of stairs up a twisting and narrow turret of an old white colonial house in Newport, we are finally greeted by Dave Fairchild at the door to his apartment. He welcomes us in with smiles, and excitedly jumps into giving us a tour of his humble abode. His skills as an on-campus tour guide shine through over the next few minutes.

The apartment embodies the classic Newport style, complete with framed maps, old rugs, cozy loft space, and rooftop deck with a view of both First Beach and the Pell Bridge. Fairchild finds so much happiness living in this space with two of his best friends. “I love this space,” he says. “It heals me.”

Fairchild lives in this apartment now only because he made an active decision to take control of his life over the past few months. Last year, as a Resident Advisor, he was required to live on campus. This year, however, Fairchild decided to step away from that role so he could live as a real Newport resident.

He was also elected to be President of SGA after running unopposed for the 2017-2018 school year. Fairchild decided to resign from that position early on this semester, though. Fairchild came back from summer vacation and had to be honest with himself about what he could handle. “I went a little overboard and decided to quit everything,” he says with a laugh, then pauses, adding, “I don’t feel regret for it.”

At the end of spring semester last year, Fairchild found himself going through a difficult time with his mental health. “I had been on this consistent down through college emotionally, even though I was on an exponential up in terms of my professional experience and academically what I was involved in,” he says.

While his mental health has been a sporadic struggle throughout his high school and college years, spring semester last year was when Fairchild hit a low that, for the first time, was a low everyone around him could see. “It was a very scary awakening for me, that people knew,” he says. “I didn’t want to be the person people worried about.”

He found that he needed to take time away from this pressure he was placing on himself and so he spent his summer at home in the Berkshires. “I don’t think people treat themselves well at all. I think we’re too busy to do it,” says Fairchild. “But the thing is, you can be less busy.” He began focusing in on music, photography, and nature- things he always said he was passionate about. “This is the reset button,” he reflects.

Fairchild would also make a point to get out with his camera at least once a week. “I’m not an artist by any means, but more and more I feel like creativity is one of the more important parts of my identity,” he says.

His summer job was as a program instructor and outdoor educator at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in his hometown. “It’s this wonderful little corner of Massachusetts where everything is different; slower,” says Fairchild. Here he was able to spend time in nature with those who had an equal admiration and fascination of the outdoors. “It’s all about teaching people about unity of self,” he says of his role there.

The positive and healthy choices he made this summer improved his sense of self and mental health. He credits all of these things for helping him rise from his semester of struggle. “I don’t think I had any reason to be bred an optimist but it happened,” Fairchild says. “I eat, pray, love the shit out of [life].”

Fairchild has formed a deep appreciation for Newport and Salve Regina. He is the only person in his family to not live in Massachusetts, and he is a first generation college student; both of which he is very proud of. “I remember going to orientation and wanting to cry,” says Fairchild. “Not from sadness or homesickness, but from this crazy realization that this thing I thought was just this stupid fantasy actually happened.”

Self-reflection is something Fairchild actively participates in. “I already kind of look back on my years in college,” he says. He notes the many changes he has gone through in college and how they have contributed to his growth.

Fairchild is confident his senior year will be a successful and happy one. “I’ve gone through a lot of growing pains and it’s resulted in this really consistent idea of who I want to be and who I can be.”