|Brooke Gabriel Nolan dengan mengenakan akseosoris adat khas NTT menjelaskan tentang masalah perbatasan perairan RI yang berada di Pulau Rote, NTT dengan pihak Australia.|
The Coordinator of UMM ACICIS, Prof. Dr. M. Mas’ud Said, stated that those five students’ researches reached almost all over Indonesia. They even went to Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara to do the research. “Their research are getting more interesting, and even challeging,” said Mas’ud.
Those five students were Thomas Edward Flemons from England who did research on the traditional theatre based on the novel by Romo Mangunwijaya, Durga/Umayi; Madison Nicole Richardson fro the US researched on the agriculture adopting evaluation; Benita Kali Chudligh from Australia with his research about the boarding schools curriculum in East Java; Lisa Clare Mapson from Australia did on Reog Ponorogo which was stolen by Malaysia; and Brooke Gabriel Nolan from Australia with her research on the Rote’s fishermen life.
Lisa’s research was the most challenging, for she was brave to take a provocative title “Malingsia: Kasus Pencurian Reog Ponorogo”. The term “Malingsia”, according to Lisa, was related to the Malaysian attitude which said that Reog Ponorogo was part of their cultures. This research was oriented on the responses of the people in Ponorogo toward the phenomenon.
The research resulted that Reog Ponorogo was not only an art, but also something sacred for the people in Ponorogo. “It affects the youth there. They have so much passion to play it now,” said Lisa.
“Some sources stated that Reog Ponorogo is allowed to be performed everywhere as long as they ask for it to the people in Ponorogo. I think, the most important thing is not the Reog itself, but Ponorogo,” Lisa added. According to Mas’ud, the people in Ponorogo were angry because of the values, beliefs, and respects contained in Reog.
Thomas Edward Flemons’s research was also interesting. He did on traditional theatre which based on the novel by Romo Mangunwijaya titled “Durga/Umayi”. According to him, Mangunwijaya’s novels were so famous that people in his country knew them well. “But, many Indonesian do not know him,” said he.
While Benita Kali Chudleigh’s research got many critics from the participants of seminar. Those critics were about the boarding schools curriculum in East Java. Benita was so surprised first time she knew that Nurul Jadid boarding school was not a traditional one for it had seculer subjects, such as English subject. “Your title is boarding school curriculum, but you explain much about Madrasah curriculum. They are totally different,” asked Sugeng Puji Leksono, one of the participants.
“Benita focussed on whether or not a traditional boarding school will still remain traditional,” said Benita’s advisor, Dr. Achmad Habib. To complete her research, Benita was suggested to do research on An-Nur boarding school.
While Madison Nicole Richadson was interested in having research on System Rice Implication (SRI) in Indonesia, which cooperated with Sampoerna. Madison underlined on the big question that SRI was not applied in whole part of East Java. In fact, SRI was better than a traditional system to improve the crop.
Brooke Gabriel Nolan, the last presenter, did research on the water borderline issue between Indonesia at Rote Island with Australia. The MoU which was agreed by Indonesia-Australia had not been clear yet for the fishermen in Rote Island. Most of them were poor, so there were many fishermen arrested by the Australian polices related to the fish theft issue. The fishermen were depent on the sea. That problem made Brooke interested in doing her research. (rwp/zpd/t_ris)