Marywood University News

Marywood Graphic Design Student Among Winners in Poster Competition

Marywood University student Danaé Drews, a junior graphic design major, is a winner in the international poster design competition, Typography Day, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Her work, selected from over 500 international entries, also will appear in a poster book.

The winners are entitled to free participation during the online Typography Conference and Workshop, November 18-19, 2022, hosted by IDC School of Design (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association (InDeAs ) and Aksharaya. The winning entries will be published and displayed in an exhibition during the event. To view all winning entries from the 2022 Typography Day poster design competition, visit

Marywood Associate Professor Publishes Research

Patrick Seffrin, Ph.D., associate professor of social science, along with his graduate research assistant, Joseph Teeple, recently had an article, titled “Making Drug Use Dangerous for Black Men: Race, Drugs, Violence, and Criminal Justice,” accepted for publication in the journal, Race and Justice. Dr. Seffrin teaches courses in the areas of sociology, criminology, and criminal justice at Marywood University.

This study examined links between drug use, violence, and criminal justice involvement among Black and White men. Differential treatment under the law has historically been the case for African Americans. According to the article abstract, “This study theorized that the War on Drugs, which was waged disproportionately in majority Black communities, had the unintended effect of making drug use riskier for Black men by limiting the supply of drugs to high-risk populations who commit far more serious and violent criminal offenses.”

The study revealed that drug use was found to be less prevalent, overall, for Black men, but its association with violence was greater for Black men than White men. Differential legal treatment for violence and drugs was found to be greater for Black men than White men and had diminishing returns for deterring violence and negative returns for drugs by predicting greater use. Accounting for differential legal treatment did not significantly reduce predicted racial disparities in violence or drug use, and implications of these findings are discussed in the study.