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Student Organization Spotlight – Green Action Club cleans up AC

The Green Action Club works on both the Adrian College campus as well as in the community. They work to promote recycling on campus including putting recycling bins in buildings as well as giving students the option to recycle in dorms.

Have you ever wondered how to reduce your impact on the environment or even help save it? If so, then the Green Action Club is for you. This club is made up of people who care about the environment and who are striving to reduce their carbon footprint and help make a positive impact on the world.

“As a group, our main goal, so far in the semester, has been to bring awareness to the environmental impact that we are making on a day to day basis,” said sophomore club president Jordan Zalenko. Zalenko serves as the club president.

GAC was started on AC campus in 2009. The group’s main goal was to implement green programs on AC’s campus after noting a lack of environmentally friendly initiatives. The group has been working to further this goal ever since.

They also made it possible for residents in the dorms to recycle. If a resident wants to recycle, they can ask their RA for the green recycling bags. Once the resident’s bags are full, they should take them to their trash room, and plant will separate them out when they collect the trash.

The recycling program includes education on what can be placed in the new bins, and to have the bins placed not only around the main areas of campus, but also in residence halls. These green recycling bins can be seen in places like Caine Student Center and the library.

The club has several things planned for next semester. They plan on introducing the concept and practice of composting to the campus. One of their biggest things they have planned for next semester would be their presentation in front of President Docking to talk about incorporating cost effective and greener hand dryers to the campus bathrooms.

Every year the club strives to teach the campus population a new way to be greener and how to help save the planet. The Green Action Club does not only implement aspects of being green on campus, but they also do volunteer work in the community, more specifically with the Humane Society  of Lenawee County.

Last year the organization hosted an event at Cancun.  Adrian College students, staff, and faculty were asked to go to the local restaurant to help raise money for the GAC.

Throughout the fundraiser, 25% of the profits made went to the GAC and their efforts to make AC a greener place. More specifically, the money helped the GAC fund hand-dryers for the bathrooms around campus, which reduces the amount of paper towels wasted. The group raised 170 dollars during the fundraiser.

A study found on www.environment-green.com said, “For every one ton of plastic that is recycled, we save an equivalent of two peoples energy use for one year, the amount of water used by one person in two months time, and almost 2000 pounds of oil.”

For more information on the club feel free to contact the president Jordan Zalenko at jzalenko@adrian.edu. The club meets every Wednesday at 8pm in the Alumni Skybox.  The organization is open to anyone interested in joining and learning more about helping the environment.

Chem dept. celebrates Chemistry Week

This past week, the Adrian College Chemistry Club and faculty of the Chemistry Department celebrated National Chemistry Week. Each day during the week of Oct. 22-27, the Chemistry Club hosted an activity that promoted chemistry.

All events were open to the public and included a variety of events from chemistry demonstrations to guest lecturers to dinner with faculty of the department.

“I think the week went great,” said senior Logan Plath, who is the president of the club.  “We did an event every day and have had good turnouts and response.”

The week kicked off with a guest speaker. Dr. Ruth Smith, a professor from MSU, presented on her research in the field of forensic chemistry.  On Tuesday during lunch hour in front of Ritchie, the Chemistry club hosted an Elephant Toothpaste Puking Pumpkins demonstration. This involved members of the club pouring compounds in the pumpkins, which caused the pumpkins to react and foam up and out of the pumpkins, making it look like the pumpkins were puking.

“The puking pumpkins demonstration was my favorite event of the week,” said junior Alex Anstett, who is the club’s treasurer. “We got to show people what we do, and that was a lot of fun.”

Wednesday, the club hosted a Meet the Faculty of the Chemistry Department at the World of Wings Café above the Arrington Ice Arena. Students who attended had the opportunity to meet faculty in a relaxed and informal environment.

Students also got to ask questions about the Chemistry Department, Chemistry Club, or any other general questions they had about chemistry.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, the club hosted a Tie-Dye event. Students were encouraged to bring their own shirts to dye, and the Chemistry club would help students to tie-dye the shirts.

The club dedicated Friday to taking a trip to a local corn maze. Although the event was not necessarily chemistry-related, it offered a time for club members to participate in bonding activities.

The club wrapped up the week in collaboration with the Huron Valley American Chemical Society in a Demo Day for local kids at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor. They spent the day teaching kids about the joys of chemistry.

“We joined the Huron Valley Local Section of the American Chemical Society to do a demonstration for the local community,” said David Bartley, an advisor for the club. “We also got to partner with the ACS Student Chapters from U of M, Eastern, and U of M Dearborn at Leslie Nature Center in Ann Arbor to do chemistry demonstration for the local community.”

All of the events were free of charge and open to the student body. Students did not have to be a chemistry major or minor to attend the events; all students had to do was take the time.

Though National Chemistry Week is only once a year, the Chemistry Club is always looking for new members, and members do not have to be chemistry majors or minors. All that is needed is an interest in cool demos and community service.

Anyone interested in being in the chemistry club should take their lunch and head over to Peelle 309 on Nov. 14 at noon. The club meets every other Wednesday.

Adrian’s Robinson Planetarium recently upgraded

The Robinson Planetarium has been on Adrian College’s campus since the 1960s, but has since fallen out of the public spotlight. Since acquiring several new renovations, that has all changed.

“I think the planetarium looks amazing,” said sophomore Kassy White. “There is a big difference from what it was before, and the full dome projection system is amazing.”

This summer, the Robinson Planetarium received several grants totaling to over $100,000, which allowed for several major upgrades to the planetarium itself and the equipment inside it.

The upgrades included redoing the floor, repainting the walls, installing new seats, correcting the dents in the overhead dome, and installing a new stereo system.

“The speakers were the original speakers from 1966,” said Sarah Hanson, planetarium director and professor of geology. “With the new stereo system, we have 1000 watts of wonderfulness.”

The largest upgrade to the planetarium was the installation of the new full dome projection system, which allows videos to be shown on 360 degrees of the planetarium dome, providing the audience with a whole new viewing experience in the planetarium.

The projection system was overhauled during the summer, and there are more plans for upgrading the planetarium.

“I wish they had upgraded it when I still went here,” said AC Alum Jai Sawyer. “When I went here, the planetarium was crappy, and no one ever used it. Now it’s all fancy and pretty, and now I can’t go to any of the shows, and that’s unfair.”

The most recent addition to the planetarium is a lift system that will allow the star ball to be lowered and raised so that during shows that don’t involve the star ball, it can be raised out of the way, so its shadow is not on the screen.

Most of the money granted to the planetarium came from the Maurice & Dorothy Stubnitz Foundation, which provided $62,500 in grants.

The Stubnitz Foundation has provided grants to many local area non-profit organizations, including the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and the Humane Society.

Various grants and foundations provided additional funds.

The planetarium is also hoping for another $100,000 in grants and donations in order to buy more shows for the new projection system, for all different age groups. They are also hoping to do more for school groups.

This year, the planetarium is offering a variety of shows that showcase the new projection system and the star ball.

For more information on the planetarium, contact planetarium director Sarah Hanson at slhanson@adrian.edu or resident astronomer Mark Fairclough at  mfairclough@adrian.edu. You can also check out the Robinson Planetarium link on the AC website for more information.

Siegfried Ramler reveals his life story

On Oct. 4, Adrian College hosted a guest speaker, Siegfried Ramler. Ramler was invited to AC to share his incredible life story.

“I think he is a wonderful human being,” said Dr. John Eipper, Spanish professor and President of the World Association for International Studies. “I wanted him to come speak here at Adrian College because he is a living connection to history, and students could then have the chance to say that they met one of the translators from Nuremburg.”

Ramler was born in Vienna before World War II. He was transported out of Vienna to England when Vienna was being annexed by Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. During his time in London, he survived the German Blitz on London.

Once the war was over, Ramler became a translator and interrogator in the famous Nuremburg Trials. As a translator for the trials, Ramler had headphones on that played what was going on in the court room in German. While he was listening to the German court proceedings, he had to speak simultaneously in English over a microphone so the English speaking population of the world would know what was going on. This was the first time Simultaneous Translation had ever happened.

“In 1945, the trials were a media event,” said Ramler. “There was no living family that wasn’t affected in some way by the war. Everyone wanted to know what was happening with these German officers that were put on trial.”

The challenges Ramler faced during his time as translator were many. For instance, German language and sentence structure is set up differently than English. Ramler had to use a lot of neutral sentences that didn’t involve verbs. In German, verbs are at the end of the sentence, whereas in English, they are at the beginning.

Ramler also faced the challenges of figuring out which words fit the best in translated sentences and of making it understandable for everyone. Though Ramler spoke German, his audience didn’t, and they needed him to be clear in his translation in order to understand what was going on.

Ramler also took part in translating the pre-trials and the infamous Doctor’s Trial, in which the doctors of Nazi Germany, who performed sinister acts to Jewish prisoners of war, were put on trial for their crimes.

After the trials were over, Ramler met and married a young American court reporter whom he followed to Hawaii where he now spends his days.

Ramler became interested in linguistics early in his life. When he was in elementary school, he had to read, memorize, and recite poems of famous German authors in class. According to Ramler, German poetry inspired him and fueled his love for words and linguistics.

Now 89, Ramler has not slowed down at all. He works several jobs and is the Culture Ambassador to Asia. Ramler is also a Guest Lecturer, and he penned his own autobiography. During his life, Ramler was also one of the first people to visit Communist China. Ramler’s lecture left a lasting impact on all who attended.

“I thought it was fascinating,” said sophomore Chelsea Strawser. “I was entranced by the personal perspective and vivid accounts. The language differences and the problems it posed was an aspect I hadn’t thought about before.”

As he was signing copies of his autobiography, he offered a few last words as to what he hoped people got out of his lecture.

“I hope people take away new perspectives on harmonious global living,” Ramler said.

Planetarium to host show

Fall is here, and Halloween is right around the corner. The Robinson Planetarium and Observatory are kicking off their fall-themed shows. One such show is the “Star Talk: Spooky Halloween” show.

The show focuses mainly on what can be seen in the sky during this time of year. The planetarium staff will go over what planets are visible during the fall, as well as what constellations and bright stars you can see.

It will also focus on the legends associated with fall and Halloween, including some of the harvest legends and stories that have to do with the fall.

The show is a live presentation, so you will be able to see what can be seen in the sky at that exact moment with the help of the star projection system.

“The show is for people who are interested in Astronomy,” said planetarium director Sarah Hanson, professor of geology. “It’s also a show for people who are interested in legends and lores.”

The show will be held Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

The Halloween show is free admission and open to the public and will be held in the Robinson Planetarium and Observatory, which is located in the eastern end of Peelle Hall on Adrian College’s campus.

For more information about the show, upcoming shows, or how to make group reservations, feel free to contact planetarium director Sarah Hanson at  her email address slhanson@adrian.edu , or astronomer Mark Fairclough at mfarclough@adrian.edu.

Student Organization Spotlight – ISO helps students become cultured

Students practice their Salsa dancing skills during Salsa Night on the Terrace sponsored by ISO.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about a certain country’s culture? Maybe you would like to learn about different places to travel in the world. Or maybe you’d just like to learn about different countries of the world. If so, then the International Student Organization (ISO), is for you.

“ISO aims to unite students from different cultures and backgrounds,” said junior Brittknee Basch, who serves as the organizations Vice President. “It also aims to help students learn about the world around them and promote interaction between international and American students.”

Throughout the year, the club hosts many events to help spark interest in foreign countries. Recently, they hosted the wildly successful Salsa Night on the Terrace of Caine. Over 100 people came out to the event to learn a little bit on how to Salsa.

“I had a lot of fun,” said senior Hillary Waldron. “It was more fun than I thought it would be, and I had a blast.”

Students learned multiple Salsa steps including partner work. Over 100 students were in attendance.

Some other events ISO has sponsored in the past include trips to the Holocaust Museum, a Diversi-Tea Party, a Henna tattoo party, and a variety of guest speakers.

This semester’s events include a dodge ball tournament co-sponsored with ALPHA on Nov. 18, a fundraiser with ALPHA at Cancun Mexican Restaurant on Oct. 24, and the ever popular Global Food Fair on the main floor of Caine on Nov. 1. The Global Food fair features foods from many different nations including samples of desserts, meats, cheese, and beverages.

Despite the club’s name, to join, you do not have to be an international student or have plans to study abroad. The club is open to anyone who would like to join, learn more about international affairs and cultures, and to those willing to pay the one-time $10 membership dues.

Meetings for the club are held every other Monday. The next meeting for ISO is on Monday Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in Valade 107. The club offers a great experience to anyone who wishes to join.

“I’ve learned a lot about countries such as Lebanon, France, South Korea, Ireland, and many others that I didn’t know before,” said junior Stephanie Boehringer, who serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for ISO. “Being in ISO has given me the chance to meet the international students here at Adrian and it has given me the opportunity to make friends around the world, whom I still keep in contact with.”

For information on upcoming events, you can like the Adrian College International Student Organization page on Facebook. For more information on how to join the club or when the next meeting is, you can email ISO advisor, Idali Feliciano, at ifeliciano@adrian.edu, Bacsh, at bbasch@adrian.edu or Boehringer, at sboehringher@adrian.edu.

“Drowsy Chaperone” looks to bring laughs

Every year the Adrian College Theater Department puts on a series of plays and a Fall musical. This year the musical is “The Drowsy Chaperone” written by Bob Martin and Don McKellat with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The show has been described as a “musical within a comedy.” Its a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The show won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score and the Drama Desk award for  Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Book.

The show centers around an old man in his apartment as he gives, in detail, an account of his favorite musical from the 1920’s.  As he talks, the audience watches as the musical unfolds right in the old man’s apartment.

The show involves a wide variety of characters, including the man in the chair, the Drowsy Chaperone, Janet van de Graaff and Robert Martin. Others include a group of gangsters who are pretending to be pastry chefs, to producers, to brides and grooms. The show promises to make everyone who attends laugh at least once. It’s guaranteed to be a show that the audience won’t soon forget.

The show has also been described as, “Lots of laughs from beginning to end and its a show you won’t want to miss.”

The Drowsy Chaperone is currently in production and rehearsals are in progress. The show runs from Oct. 24-27. All performances are at 8 pm while the Oct. 27 show is a 1 pm matinee. As the time gets closer to the musical, look for ticket sales in Caine and Ritchie at dinner and lunch.

Performances will take place in Downs Hall Theater. For more information on the musical or how you can be involved in future theater productions, contact either Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay at amorgensen-lindsay@adrian.edu or Michael Allen at mallen@adrian.edu.

“MacBeth II” opens with a strong first

The Adrian College Theater Department and members of the theater fraternity Theta Alpha Phi have a busy semester and year ahead of them. During the upcoming year they have many great performances lined up for students, faculty and members of the community to enjoy. One such performance is that of “Macbeth II.”

“The show is funny and fantastic and written by a former student,” said senior Emily King, TAP President and Co-Producer of the show.

Macbeth II was written by recent AC graduate Alisha Michelle Kelley and directed by junior Matt Pecek. The play was the brainchild of Kelley, who wrote it for her senior project before graduating in April of this year. Theta Alpha Phi (TAP) decided to put the play on this year as the opener to their 2012-2013 season. The play, despite it’s name, offers not a continuation of the classic Shakespearian story of Macbeth, but a peak at the rarely seen world of “behind the scenes” production.

“I’ve seen it about 50 times already,” said junior Amber Netherscott who was the Costume Designer for the show. “It always makes me laugh, no matter how many times I see it.”

The show centers on two theater troupes, who were mistakenly given the rights to use a theater for the same days for the same production. One troupe is from England, while the other is an American troupe.  Due to this confusion in schedule there is a heated argument, in which both directors end up making a lot of assumptions about the culture of each troupe’s home country. The show offers a lot of underlying messages about stereotypes of the British and Americans and what each country thinks of the other, while mixing it with humor in an easy-to-understand way. For example, the British director keeps referring to the American director as “stupid,” while the American director refers to the British director as “stuck-up.” Audience members also have the joy of watching as each side tries and fails to make jokes and references to each other’s common used phrases and sayings.

The show also offers a small insight as to the origins of performing theater and personal lives of actors. The show lets people see the inner workings of theater troupes and how the people involved in them interact with each other and with “outsiders.” Audience members get to see how the relationship between director and lead actor works, among many other relationships. There are some conflicted relationships and new budding relationships.

“The show is awesome, and it was a lot of fun working on it,” said senior and House Manager Liz Kerr. “It was a great opportunity to work on it. Everyone should come see it.”

If you choose to go see the play, it runs from  Sept. 19 to Sept. 22 at 8:00 pm in Downs Hall. Tickets are being sold in Caine and Ritchie during the day at both lunch and dinner for $5. You can also buy a ticket at the door for the same price.

For more information on upcoming Theater Department productions and how you can be a part of them, you can email theater professors either Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay at amorgensen-lindsay@adrian.edu or Michael Allen at mallen@adrian.edu.

Other upcoming shows in the Theater Department include the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” Oct. 24-26 in Downs Hall. Tickets for this show are $8 for students.

“It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.”

The drama “Doubt, a Parable” runs Nov. 28- Dec. 1 in Downs Hall.

“Doubt is set in a Catholic school in New York in the 1960s.  In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.”

These will be but a few of the shows that will be offered by AC’s Theater Department this year.

Let the dodging and diving begin!

On Friday, a Heroes vs. Villains dodgeball game was held to kick off Sibs and Kids Weekend. The event was open to anyone participating in the weekend’s activities, or anyone who just wanted to come and have fun. It was sponsored by Campus Activities Network (C.A.N.).
Before the game actually started, a Hero and Villain training session was held. The training consisted of everyone being allowed to practice for a little while before things were moved over to the Performance Gym for the actual game.

“It was a pretty good turnout for the first event,” said senior Shelby Pushies. “They were playing for prizes, so that helped to make it a little more competition, but overall it was fun.”

There were several rounds, but in the end, everyone was declared a winner. Everyone who participated in the game received a gift card to Family Video.

Children of all ages participated with their siblings or parents. They could choose from either a purple shirt and represent the Villains side or a blue shirt and represent the Hero side.

“I thought it was a lot of unstructured fun for the kids,” said junior Amanda Inks. “They all seemed to have a lot of fun.”

For more information on C.A.N, visit the Student Activities Office in Caine Student Center.

Student Organization Spotlight – Social Work Club aids community

Pictured above, some social work students recently traveled to Chicago for an academic trip. The Social Work Club is opened to anyone interested in pursuing a degree in social work or have already declared as a social work major.

Dictionary.com defines social work as “organized work directed toward the betterment of social conditions in the community, as by seeking to improve the condition of the poor, to promote the welfare of children, etc.” If you ask anyone in the Social Work Club, they will most likely say that this is a correct definition, but they will say that it is also more than that.

“The Social Work Club aims to promote awareness about things that aren’t regularly in the news or on the public’s mind,” said junior and president of the club Ashley Forker. “We try to get the false pretenses out of people heads as to what social work is. We try to educate people that there are a lot of different types of social work. We aren’t all just Child Protective Services (CPS) workers.”

Not all social work is based around removing children from unfit homes. There are several types of social work and the Social Work club aims to promote awareness about all of them. Some social workers work with veterans, as well as the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transsexual community. Some work in schools, while others work as political-social workers and license foster parents. There are also social workers that work to promote and advocate for the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves, especially those with mental handicaps.

Every year the Social Work Club hosts a variety of events to benefit local philanthropies and to raise awareness about social work. One such event was held last semester; the club hosted a movie night where they held a showing of “Adam”, a movie about a man with Aspergers. The club invited an employee from the HOPE Center, which is located here in Adrian, to speak about what the HOPE Center does and how social work helps with Disability Awareness.

Last semester the club also helped to raise awareness about hate crimes and to spread the word on how to end them. The club hosts a number of guest speakers throughout the year as well as movie screenings that help to raise awareness about different issues.

“The club does a lot to educate members on a lot of different topics, particularly through documentaries,” said senior Chris Quinlan. “I enjoy learning about things that I normally would not learn about in a different setting.”

The club is an asset to those who are either undecided about what they want to do and/or those who are on the fence as to whether or not they want to go into social work. The club provides a community of people who are in varying levels of the social work program. It helps to inform people about topics and different areas of social work that they may not have thought about prior to joining the club.

“I was brought into the club because I was on the fence as to if I wanted to be a social work major or not,” said senior Katherine VanArsdall. “The club is very useful to someone who is on the fence about it. I was brought in and I found out through the help of the club, that this is what I wanted to do.”

Although they haven’t been as active as they would have liked this semester, the club is already working on events for the fall 2012 semester. On April 12, the club is hosting a silent auction to benefit a local senior center.

For more information on the silent auction or the club in general, feel free to contact the club president Ashley Forker at aforker@adrian.edu. You can also contact the club advisor Susan Nichols at snichols@adrian.edu. The club meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in Valade 110. If you are interested in social work, are considering becoming a social worker or are already in the program, it is encouraged that you at least check out the club.