Archive for February, 2014

Hillsdale College music department offers off-campus opportunities

By Vivian Hughbanks

From the Howard basement to the national main stage, the Hillsdale College Department of Music connects talented students with opportunities outside the Hillsdale bubble to sharpen their abilities and compete with others in their field.

Closely following his recent Hillsdale Concerto Competition win, senior Jacob Martin entered Bowling Green State University’s Double Reed Day Oboe and Bassoon Solo Competition. Martin’s former oboe instructor Nermis Mieses, now an assistant professor at BGSU, notified him of the opportunity and encouraged him to enter. He submitted a recording of the third movement of Bohuslav Martinů’s concerto for oboe.

“Classical musicians, especially students, need more industry showcases. Music programs should also be sure to invite industry executives from other fields like film. There is far too much talent that is not getting the attention it deserves.”

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Fashion show promotes arts and innovation on UM campus

By Bire Winnega

Student models donning undergrad-produced designs stomped down the runway Saturday night.

EnspiRED, a student organization that aims to promote artistic expression at the University, hosted the fashion show. Taking place in the Biomedical Science Research Building, it also featured pieces from artists nationwide.

“Institutions ought to brand these sorts of events as talent scouting opportunites for executives in the industry. We need to drop any hints of putting on a out-of-date talent shows for our campus. We already know our students are talented. We need to promote them in such a way to get them jobs.”

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Music education for creativity, not test scores

By Sarah McCammon

In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.

“Everybody repeat after me,” he says. “Wade in the water.” Kids sing back, “Wade in the water.”

“Is creativity often ignored because it is so difficult to attribute a score to it, or are scores attributed to work simply because we are too uncreative in how we evaluate student performance?”

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Women in Film aspire to hold Campus MovieFest

By Michelle Xi

Started two years ago as a discussion-based group and support system for women interested in film, Wesleyan Women in Film is now looking to extend its reach to students of all backgrounds and filmmaking experiences by bringing the largest student film festival in the country, Campus MovieFest, to the University.

Campus MovieFest is a weeklong program during which students are encouraged to form teams to create a movie no longer than five minutes in a campus-wide film competition. A panel of staff and students at the participating college or university acts as judges. The top films at each institution are invited to compete nationally with student productions from other institutions at Campus MovieFest’s film summit in Hollywood. At the summit, student filmmakers can network and participate in workshops with industry professionals.

“We would love seeing Wesleyan Women in Film reach out to similar organizations on other campuses so that a larger network, and audience, can be built.”

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Spirit Lake Review literary magazine celebrates 10 years

By Annie Getsinger

“Spirit Lake Review,” the literary magazine of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, will celebrate its 10th year in publication this spring. The magazine began as an after-school project advised by instructors Kelly Dwyer and Mike O’Connell.

“It wasn’t even a club, much less a class,” said Dwyer, now a senior lecturer at the university.

“This is a great example for anyone hoping to develop a campus literary magazine. We hope Spirit Lake Review finds many, many copycats.”

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Banksy work sells at Miami auction for $575,000

By Ula Ilnytzky

One of three works by the elusive British street artist Banksy offered Tuesday at a Miami auction sold for $575,000.

An anonymous buyer purchased “Kissing Coppers,” spray-painted in 2005 on the Prince Albert Pub in Brighton, England, and removed from the side of the building to stand alone. The piece was expected to sell anywhere from $500,000 to $700,000.

“It amazes us how Banksy can still be ‘underground’ yet still be so much on everyone’s radar. It will be interesting to see if he moves off this vague line and more in one direction or the other. Will his voice mean less if more people openly accept it?”

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Learning to silence my inner editor

By Jessie Ren Marshall

I am trained to be a critic. After several years of graduate school, I started to enjoy pointing out flaws in people’s writing, a ruthless activity with all the destructive pleasure of picking at a scab. The voice of my inner editor had become so powerful that it almost kept me from finding the love of my life.

The summer after graduation I had a temporary job teaching, but no idea of what to do next. Meanwhile, I lectured my writing students on the power of words: “Beware the thoughtless adjective. Beware the vague pronoun.”

“It is refreshing to see a practitioner recognize how being pedantic often kills the intent of one’s efforts. We all need to lighten up from time to time.”

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Providence schools win $3-million grant to teach ‘soft’ skills

By Linda Borg

The latest buzz in public education revolves around teaching students the “soft” skills they need to be successful in school and beyond.

Using a program called “Mind in the Making,” children will be taught the “seven life skills every child needs to be successful.” Those skills include focus and self-control, critical thinking, taking on challenges and communicating.

“Having technical skill without the proper soft skills attached ensure graduating students little more than constant frustration and short periods of employment. We hope this effort yields great results and that other school systems stop ignoring the importance of teaching soft skills.”

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Future unclear for TWBA TAFE’s visual art courses

By Gen Kennedy

There are no guarantees for the future of visual art courses at Toowoomba’s TAFE campus.

While current students in the Certificate III in Visual Arts program will be able to complete their course, there are no certainties for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Visual Art courses, with a decision yet to be made on whether or not to run them, based on demand.

“What about the future salaries of the campus administration? We doubt that they are as unclear as the status of the programs they ‘lead’? It is a shame that poor predicitve processes in the admissions department negatively impact the choices of prospective students.”

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Glass House Rocks shines spotlight on Columbia U. dance groups

By Tola Oniyangi

For some, Glass House Rocks may be an opportunity for free food and swag, but the annual event also serves to transform the Lerner Hall ramps into a stage.

On Thursday, at 8 p.m., the annual showcase of dance performances and student groups in Lerner, will mark its ninth anniversary with an Under the Sea theme.

“It is amazing that more institutions do not use such events to not only highlight the talents of their students, but also to bring together their entire campus community, even if for just one night.”

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