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Theatre Department hosts “Uncle Vanya”

This past weekend the Adrian College Theatre Department put on the play “Uncle Vanya.” “Uncle Vanya” was written by Anton Chekhov and was adapted by Brian Friel. The play premiered on April 7th at 8 p.m. and went until Saturday. The play was directed by Michael Allen and contained ten cast members.

Junior Brian Crawford played Alexander Serebryakov, an older professor who is married to Elana, played by junior, Gabrielle Piazza. Elana is the young trophy wife to Alexander. Sonya, played by junior Alisha Brink, is Elana’s step daughter and is in love Mikhail Astrov, played by freshman Mat Pecek. Mikhail is a doctor who is really in love with Elana, not Sonya. Senior Kyle Bucholz played Vanya Voynitsky. Vanya is Alexander’s brother in law from his previous marriage, but is in love with his new wife Elana. Ilya telegin was played by sophomore T.J Behling. Ilya is the comic relief of the show that has a pock marked face. Junior Breanne Stokes played Maria Voynitsky which is Vayna’s mother. She enjoyed the company of her son-in-law Alexander rather than her real son Vanya. Junior Shelley DeHosse played the elderly nanny Marina who seemed to be the only person to help Alexander. Freshman Kellie Fisher played Yefim, the singing night watchman and freshman Amber Nethercott played Labourer.

The unique set design of Kyle Bucholz added to the atmosphere of observing a living space rather than watching a show. This kept the audience more at ease while not making them become the part of the action.

This show’s set and over all plot was a deep contrast from the previous show played in downs hall, “The Blood Thirsty Theatrics of the Grand Guinol.” This shows the dynamic acting skills of Adrian College theatre department’s actors. From dark dungeons in “Blood Thirsty Theatrics,” to a motel room in “Unnecessary Farce,” to a Russian country estate in the 1800’s in “Uncle Vanya,” AC’s theatre department never ceases to rise to any occasion.

The costume designs of junior Cambray Sampson received a Certificate of Merit from ACTF (American College Theatre Foundation).  This is a great honor in any occasion, but it was especially honorably for Sampson because she picked costumes that were between eras and places switching from an American Show, such as “Blood Thirsty Theatrics” or “Unnecessary Farce,” to a classic work of genius by Chekov. Kellie Fisher and Amber Nethercott were not only actress’s in this show, but also worked back stage.

Fisher said, “Working on stage and off stage at the same time is a great experience for any actor, especially because a lot of times we walk on stage feeling as if everything that has come to this point has been all our doing when really we would fall apart without our crew. I would never say that I am a crew member before an actor but I am always grateful for everything that they do. Being a part of the crew during this show as well as being an actor was a fulfilling experience.”

Throughout the show, one performer stood out.  Bucholz received the ACTF Certificate of Merit for a performer as Uncle Vanya in this production. This honor has not been bestowed upon AC for many years. It is such an honor, and the AC community should congratulate him on this achievement as well as the rest of the cast and crew on this outstanding performance of “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov.

 

Phi’s host annual 5K

On Saturday, Alpha Phi kicked off their annual Move Your Phi’t event. Registration was $5 and participants took part in a 5k run. There were shirts being sold for $7 that had been hand tie-dyed by the sisters of the Delta Eta chapter of Alpha Phi.

“All the money raised today goes towards the Alpha Phi Foundation,” said sophomore Delaney Andrews, vice president of marketing. “We are trying to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, and doing something as little as walking everyday can help prevent it.”

Junior Amanda Lambert is in charge of marketing Alpha Phi, and helped organize the event.

“The event went well despite the weather. We had a bunch of sisters and parents there. My favorite part was tie-dying the 100 t-shirts for the event,” said Lambert.

Another person that was very much involved in the event was junior Muffy Lavens, the director of philanthropy.

“I think the event was successful overall,” Lavens said. “It was great to see our alumni there and members of fraternities on campus. It’s really great knowing they support us and our philanthropy.”

The Alpha Phi Foundation is an organization that helps support research in heart disease, and to get the word out about the importance of cardiac care and a heart healthy lifestyle.

The Alpha Phi Foundation also offers several different opportunities that aren’t directly related to heart disease research, however.

“The Alpha Phi Foundation helps both members in our fraternity and non-members,” said Andrews. “The Alpha Phi Foundation has many scholarships that they give out that anybody can apply for.”

On top of the 5k event, there was cornhole and a refreshments table.

“Move Your Phi’t was a good way to get up and moving with my sisters, because we are always big on heart health,” said sophomore Cheri Anderson.

Chi-O’s grant a wish

Last Friday was the third Annual Make-A-Wish Mystery Dinner hosted by the Mu Zeta chapter of Chi Omega. Make-A-Wish is an organization that grants children with life threatening condition’s wishes. This year, Chi Omega granted a seven-year-old boy named Grant’s wish to go to Disney World. Grant is from Onsted, Michigan and has Rhabdomyosarcoma, which is a terminal cancer that affects muscle tissue.

Junior Laura Ashley Greer is the community service director for Chi Omega. As Make-A-Wish chair, Greer planned the event. The performance was a short, comedic one-act play called “Monkeys in the Morning” featuring students from around campus. A Chi-O alumni, Karen Thompson, wrote the piece.

They also had electronic donations online available through the Make a Wish Foundations website. Additional money was also raised through ticket sales and silent auction items throughout the night.

Overall, the chapter raised over $7000 to send Grant to Disney World. Chi Omega set the goal to double what they made at last year’s Make-A-Wish. Last year, they raised $2000. The chapter more than tripled that amount.

Because of the amount of money they raised, the Mu Zeta chapter will be put on the map as one of the largest profiting chapters of their sorority by ratio of actives to goal.

“The Mystery Dinner will forever be one of the greatest events I will have ever planned, and has left such a huge footprint on my heart because of the huge amounts of joy that were on Grant’s face,” said Greer.

Sophomore and Chi Omega president, Sarah Nietupski said, “I am so proud of each and everyone one of our members, advisors, and alumni for all that they do. I have been able to grow in my position because of the amazing foundation that was set before me, and I just hope that I can live up to what we have been doing.”

The chapter is looking forward to planning future philanthrophy events.

 

Mortar board taps new members

This past month, juniors across the campus have been anxiously waiting to find out if they were chosen to be a part of one of the most elite honor societies on campus, Mortar Board. Over the past few days, many juniors have been “tapped” into this national honor society which recognizes college seniors for their excellent achievements in scholarship, leadership and services to the school and local community. Only 35 students were selected.

Mortar Board is a unique organization. Since it was founded in 1918, Mortar Board has expanded to meet the needs of its 200 chapters nationwide with over 240,000 members. Adrian College’s chapter is the Golden Gavel Chapter of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.

“Our members are chosen from hundreds of applications each year from the top 35% of the junior class. New members are chosen for leadership, scholarship, and involvement; we continue to hold ourselves to these high standards once we are initiated,” said Barbara Trotter, senior and director of communications and social chairperson.

Being a part of Mortar Board provides all members with outstanding opportunities to excel in their lives. They seek to honor the best of the best by selecting first-rate students on campus. Not only do members get the honor of being a part of in this organization, but they also get to participate in national philanthropies. Members are very involved with community service. Mortar Board’s national project is “Reading is Leading.” A group of members volunteers their time to help tutor a local preschool in reading. The Golden Gavel chapter holds an annual book drive. Mortar Board members are active and involved, accepting the responsibility and obligation to be devoted to their chapters and communities.

Mortar Board is governed entirely by the students who were selected. Current chapter officers are all seniors. They are resident Paige Groomes, vice president Rebecca Smith, membership chairperson Sarah King, secretary Diana Galia, treasurer Katelyn Johnson, director of communications and social chairperson Barbara Trotter, historian Crystal Cieslak, director of community service Greg Bartosch and alumni relations chair is junior Jessica Saunders. These students receive the opportunity to annually set the purpose and direct the organization by participation at the national conference. Mortar Board’s chapter advisor is assistant professor of art history and director of women’s studies Carissa Massey.

“Mortar Board is an excellent organization on campus! We strive to find members that excel in scholarship, leadership and service. We have members in many organizations on campus so it is easy to spread our name and get people involved in fundraising. Last month we had a Spotted Cow mixer that was a lot of fun since I love ice cream,” said Groomes.

Groomes had the privilege of attending the annual Mortar Board National Conference in Chicago this past summer.

She said, “All chapter presidents attended. I met other students from all over the United States. I still keep in contact with my roommate who attends the University of Miami. It was a great experience and helped me improve my leadership skills.”

Initiation for the Golden Gavel Chapter of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society will be held for new members on Monday, April 9, 2011 in the Bulldog Room of the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center. The event will begin at 8:45 p.m.

For further information contact Groomes or Smith at pgroomes@adrian.edu or bsmith@adrian.edu.

 

Creativity flows in senior exhibitions

The senior exhibition is being displayed in the Valade art gallery room in front of the library. Four talented seniors, Jami Pugh, Ashley Dixon, Brittney Saull and Ashley Deuschle have put out their best work for the public to view.

Pugh has eleven pieces of art in the gallery room. The colors she uses are bright neon and her style is very hip. The materials she worked with were mainly acrylic on wood, acrylic on masonite, and acrylic and chalk pastel on wood or masonite.

“Beneath” is one of her unique works. It has a vibrant red and yellow background with a lime green mold of a face as the focus.

Another piece that sticks out is a work titled “From: Me To: You.” Its colors are bright green and purple; the image is of fingers with the middle finger standing at attention. This work is full of sarcasm due to the word “Gratitude” that is written next to the middle finger. It was clever and straight to the point.

Ashley Dixon has 15 pieces of art in the display room. Her inspiration came greatly from her family, so it is very fitting that her show be titled “The Root of my Existence.”

“I have taken my family tree and have broken it down into separate families within the family tree. Each circle in each piece represents one member of my family, using circles as circles are used as a representation of life,” said Dixon.

Because there are two sides to every story, she changes the lights between black light and white light to represent that in her work. The two sides also apply to people, because there is the person you are when you are all alone, and the person the world sees. Her art is very modern, thought provoking and fun. You have to go behind a curtain and enter a dark room, where her work is displayed. It is illuminated by black lights, causing her art to glow with pride.

Saull has 14 pictures displayed, and digital print is her chosen medium. She has a nice variety in her art. There are many pictures that appear to have a very thoughtful, deep meaning to them, while others are more innocent and care-free.

One specific work that stands out is a black and white picture entitled “Holy man, you don’t understand, the cuts on me, they run much deeper.” This is a collage of two women who are in their bra and underwear, standing in many various poses. One of the girls is covered in tattoos while the other looks alone and misunderstood. The word “Different” is written on one of the girls and ties in the theme of being misunderstood.

One of Saull’s more innocent digital pictures is titled “Anyone Home?” It is an image of a little blonde girl waiting by the door outside with her dog. It creates the idea that perhaps she wants to go inside and no one is answering. The picture really captures the sweetness and innocence of a small child.

Deuschle is the last artist to display her work. A note is posted prior to walking in to her display room, explaining her inspiration and motives for her senior project. She talks about how she has always had a love for animals of the ocean, and how being a marine biologist was a big dream of hers as a child. She says she wanted to let viewers keep an innocent view while observing her art.

Deuschle said, “Keeping my artwork in a sense, childish and cartoon-like, with a bit of fantasy, allows the viewer to drop their guard and come down to a safer level, where sometimes things are easier to understand or approach.”

Her love of marine animals shines through when you walk into her display room. It is an oceanic wonderland, with dozens of floating unfinished pictures surrounding the completed picture they make up. She hung her pictures by using fishing hooks and wire.

“This allows the clear acetate layers to wave in the air like water and invite the viewer to take a metaphorical swim,” said Deuschle. She used digital media and works with layers that can be peeled away from the whole picture they make up. This made her display feel very whimsical.

The Senior Exhibition is a must-see for everyone. The four ladies really did an excellent job this year, displaying art that is inspiring, entertaining portrays each one’s individual ideas very brilliantly.

 

Greek organizations celebrate 50 years

Last Saturday, active members and alumni of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, and Sigma Sigma Sigma gathered in the Adrian-Tobias Room to celebrate their 50th anniversaries of receiving their national charters. This was a very special occasion for all organizations involved, as it recognized their presence on campus and all the work that has gone into the past 50 years. It was an especially nice occasion, as some Greek members received special permission from the heads of their respective organizations in order to attend the event. It is not often that alumni and actives get to socialize in the kind of setting that the Golden Charter celebration provided.

Annette Camarati is an alumnus of Alpha Phi fraternity; she graduated in May of last year. She returned to Adrian College this past weekend especially for the Golden Charter event. Camarati felt especially connected to the celebration as she has a long line of AC Greek history. Her mother attended AC and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, and her older sister, Bethany Camarati, is an Alpha Phi alumna as well.

“I came to this event because as an Alpha Phi alumni, I wanted to support my fraternity. You only turn 50 once, and it’s a very special thing for all organizations celebrating tonight,” said Camarati. “It was nice to see other fraternity and sorority members. We ate, danced, and socialized. It was just a really great atmosphere where we could all appreciate the contributions each organization has made to campus, and Greek life in general.”

Current members were in attendance as well. Erin Laurell is a member of Alpha Phi and will be graduating this spring. She attended with her parents. Her father, Mike Laurell, is a TKE alumni and a current advisor for the fraternity. Vicki Laurell, her mother, is also an AC alum and a former member of Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Laurell said, “I thought it would be fun to meet some of the Alpha Phi alumnae in a formal-type setting. Basically, it was like a cocktail hour, where everyone could mingle with each other. There were actually quite a few people there, more than I had expected. My favorite part was when they had the oldest members of each sorority or fraternity get up and talk about campus life and greek life in 1961. That was really neat.”

“I learned that Ron Reeves loves to dance,” said senior and current TKE member Kourtney Price. “It was very fun and very exciting to learn about the histories of each of the four organizations. I also saw it as an honorable event and a way to make connections with the Phi’s, Chi-O’s, tri-Sigs, and tekes.”

The Golden Charter Greek Gala event provided the perfect setting for alumni to stick around and spend time mingling with current greek members and reminiscing about their days on AC campus. Each organization also offered other opportunities for their alumni to hang out.

Alpha Phi hosted its annual Move Your Phi’t event on Saturday morning, which was also open to the public. The next morning, they held an alumni event in Lowry where old members could snack, tour the house, and get to know current Phi’s better.

Chi Omega hosted its annual philanthropy event, the Make-A-Wish mystery dinner on Friday night. Saturday held more events for alumni, like an open house in Herrick Hall along with a members only luncheon. On Sunday, they hosted a memorial service and brunch.

Tau Kappa Epsilon went out for drinks and appetizers at ZZ’s on Friday night at 7 p.m. The actives treated their alumni to a Ritchie Marketplace lunch on Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon held a formal meeting and initiation in the Spencer Center for Music.

There’s no doubt that the weekend was full of excitement for actives and alumni of Greek alike. It was an excellent opportunity to celebrate 50 years on campus as well as reunite with members. Here’s to looking to the next charter celebration and the next 50 years, no matter what they have in store for these Greek organizations.

 

Seniors showcase their musical talents

The Adrian College music department was proud to host two senior recitals in Dawson Auditorium this past weekend.

Senior Nikki Baldwin had her music minor vocal recital Saturday afternoon. Baldwin, originally from Ludington, Mich., got into music at an early age because of her dad, and “found her niche” in seventh grade when she joined a bel canto choir. She sang throughout high school and wanted to minor in it.

“I decided to minor in music because I love to sing. It’s hard work, rewarding and something I am very passionate about,” said Baldwin. “Music is a universal language and can touch the hearts of people for different reasons; that makes it worthwhile and beautiful.”

Titling her recital, “Singing for a Cure,” Baldwin accepted donations for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation in honor of her aunt, who is currently battling the disease.

With light pink stage lights shining down, Baldwin opened with “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart’s opera, “The Marriage of Figaro,” with Michael Gartz, lecturer of music, accompanying her on piano. Baldwin was eventually joined by Brittany Ward, senior, to sing “Pie Jesu” by modern composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

After intermission, Baldwin dazzled the audience with more than her voice by changing her wardrobe during the break. Returning in a hot pink and sparkling gown, she continued her recital with style, class and flair.

“Nikki looked beautiful and sounded amazing,” said Sarah King, senior. “Her selected songs highlighted her strong vocals.”

In addition to the duet with Ward, Baldwin also sang a piece by David Foster titled “The Prayer,” with former AC student Amanda Huether. As her recital was coming to a close, Baldwin was joined again by Ward for “The Flower Duet” by Leo Delibe. The pair glided off stage, singing arm-in-arm as the piece came to a close; an eloquent end to a lovely afternoon of spirit and song.

“I think that the concert expressed Nikki’s love for music, family, the color pink and her love of life overall,” said King. “Nikki’s genre of music is opera, and I was thrilled to see David Foster’s ‘The Prayer’ on the program as it is a personal favorite of mine. All things said, Nikki’s senior recital was well-supported by her family and friends, the cheer team, Alpha Phi and several members from Chi Omega and Alpha Sigma Alpha, as well as her musical colleagues.”

Baldwin raised $365 to donate in her aunt’s name.

Later that evening, senior Pam Wilkinson had her final recital at AC. Wilkinson, a clarinet performance major, is originally from San Antonio, Texas, but came to AC to pursue the arts.

“I originally came to Adrian as an arts management major, but as I got more involved in the music department, I realized that I didn’t see myself ever being at a point in my life when I didn’t want to play my instrument every day,” said Wilkinson. “Music is truly what I’m passionate about. I don’t think that I could quit if I tried.”

She opened her performance with a compelling “Brahms Sonata,” accompanied by Minjung Kim, professor of piano. Following this piece, Wilkinson welcomed senior Ruben Villegas to perform a clarinet-marimba duet composed for her by a friend from San Antonio.

“The duo I felt as a sort of amorphous dance of light. Kind of like the first part of ‘Fantasia,’” said Wilkinson.

After intermission, Wilkinson wowed the audience with works from modern composers Malcolm Arnold and Robert Muczynski. The first, “Fantasy for Clarinet,” was praised for its ability to “investigate the different colors and dramatic abilities accessible to the clarinet” and was unaccompanied.

“I see the ‘Fantasy’ as a dialogue between the upper and lower registers of the clarinet,” said Wilkinson. “I imagine a really big person and a really small person bickering over something ridiculous.”

In closing, Wilkinson played “Time Pieces” by Muczynski, a four-movement fandango of epic proportions and “a display of truly raw emotion ranging from insanity to grief to joy and back again,” said Wilkinson.

The composer said, “it has nothing to do with mechanical clocks or watches. It is not a play on words, but an awareness of the fact that everything exists in time: history, our lives and, in a special way, music.” Wilkinson viewed this piece as the biggest challenge of her recital.

“Pam performed this challenging repertoire with confidence and a very high level musicality,” said Shannon Ford, Wilkinson’s clarinet professor.

Wilkinson’s hard work and determination over her young career was truly conveyed during her performance.

“The teachers who have been most influential for me are the ones who have encouraged me to find a balance in my life. Music cannot be taken from a purely academic or technical standpoint…music is built on the performer (and composer’s) life experiences, because music is meant to express something of the human condition…it’s important to experience life for all that it’s worth because that will vastly influence the music you make. The best musicians that I, personally, have come into contact with are extremely well-rounded people, as well as being passionate and knowledgeable about music and they encourage their students to strive to do the same,” said Wilkinson.

Overall, it was a successful evening for both Baldwin and Wilkinson and a wonderful opportunity for friends, family and the AC community to experience what these seniors have been working on.

Conference educates on women’s rights

Last Saturday, Adrian College hosted the third annual Women’s Diversity Conference which took place in Ritchie Marketplace and Caine Student Center. Assistant professor of art history and director of women’s studies Carissa Massey, and director of multicultural programs Idali Feliciano organized the event.

The conference celebrated the diversity of women, as well as taking into account unequal treatments that still exists in American and world societies. Also, there were many different sessions of diverse topics. The event lasted from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Starting off the event, Massey gave an introduction, before giving the floor to the keynote speaker Tova Perlmutter.

Perlmutter is the executive director for the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice. Twenty-five years ago, Perlmutter was one of the first women’s studies majors in the country; now she is on the track of ensuring global equality. Her speech was entitled “Power and Privilege: Why Justice Demands More Than Diversity.” During her speech, she shared some ideas that she has found productive in her years of work. She informed the audience that businesses, in the earlier days of the equal rights movement, diversified their employees to gain more customers; it was not out of the U.S. law.

During a visit to Israel, she found there was an organization already dedicated to enforcing Palestinian equality. It was not just the inequality of women that was discussed, but the inequality of numerous people around the world. Within the U.S., there were reports of an activist environmental organization that seemed somewhat discriminatory. The issue was that most of the ideas from its white members were approved of more than those who were black.

After the speech, all attendants were invited to attend other presentations. For example, “Women and Finance” by Deb Elliot reviewed financial matters all should to know.

Additionally, TRIO, the federal program that provides educational opportunities to students of the middle class, with low income, or are disabled offered a presentation.

“Project Safety” gave a presentation for their upcoming training program on how to support victims of sexual violence, as well as how to prevent the crime itself. It is also important to note that it is a myth that men cannot be sexually assaulted. The project is called “The Clothes On Project.”

“This program could also be directed not only at the victims but the assaulters and bystanders,” said associate professor of history, Deborah Field.

Junior Cameron McDaniel said, “Sexual violence is a problem that everyone recognizes, but not everyone knows how to handle it.”

Massey presented a topic called “Pay Equity,” which explained what she learned from numerical data on the unequal pay of women in the workforce.

“Ally Project/Safe Place,” presented by Safe Place, trained participants to learn the importance of language, visibility and support of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer (GLBTQ) students and the impact such support has on student success.

“Self Defense Training” was set up by professor of biology and pre-health science advisor, Janet Salzwedel, to train participants in basic Tae Kwon Do for self-defense.

Lunch was held at noon in Ritchie Marketplace, accompanied by poetry readings.

“FEM-Poverty” was presented by members of the Feminist Empowerment Movement (FEM) FEM. It discussed poverty and the ways community members can combat local poverty.

“Catherine Cobb” by Claudia Moeller, discussed domestic and sexual assault. It also explored differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships and common misconceptions of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community.

“Community Garden,” by women’s studies students, introduced “Women to Women: Project Growth,” developed by the students in collaboration with the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter.

“Islam/Hijab,” also by women’s studies students, rose awareness about the hijab by introducing the hijab and Muslim women in the community. The hijab refers to a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women.

The day provided a great way for students to learn about women, an opportunity to better understand the inequalities and discrimination that still felt today, and the history behind women in all cultures.

 

Student Organization Spotlight: Circle K wins big awards

There are a lot of programs and clubs that promote leadership on the Adrian College campus; Circle K International (CKI) is no exception. CKI doesn’t only deal in leadership, they also deal with community service. They are the largest collegiate service organization in the world. CKI is part of Kiwanis International, a worldwide community service organization, and the AC chapter was actually the first chapter in the state of Michigan. On campus, the club has twenty-three members in total, and in the last two years, the club seems to have doubled in numbers.

Circle K does a lot of community service with the Lenawee County Humane Society, Lynwood Manor, Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter, the Salvation Army and the Habitat of Humanity ReStore, as well as at many other places. The club attends events and meetings for other Circle K groups in the area. For example, the club has helped out with the University of Michigan’s 24 Hours of Service. U of M has returned and helped with AC’s 24 Hours of Service.

Additionally, district events include all of the rest of the Michigan district and include the Fall Leadership Training Conference (FLTC), which is a long weekend event with team-building exercises. Snowpia is another event, which is a social and service event that happens in late November or early December. They also participate in Love Pit, which takes place in late January or early February.

The final event the group participated in was the District Convention (DCON) the weekend of March 12.

“DCON is basically an end of the year event where the clubs are awarded for their hard work, learn about new things to do in the club for next year, train the new officers and elect the district board,” said junior Muffy Lavens, president of Circle K.

The club came out of the event with seven awards, including Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Treasurer, Outstanding Bulletin Editor, Distinguished Club Achievement, Outstanding Club Improvement, the Kiwanis Sign Challenge and second place for their scrapbook.

“We were also recognized for District Incentive Planning, meaning we set goals for the year and accomplished them,” said Lavens.

Not only did the group win an amazing set of awards, but Lavens was also elected to be on the Michigan district executive board as the bulletin editor.

“Being on the district board means you’re overseeing and helping the other clubs in the district, giving them information about the other clubs and what’s happening at the international level,” said Lavens.

Eight of the twenty-three total members went to DCON. It was held at the Holiday Inn near Ann Arbor, where the club met at least nine different clubs in the district.

“It was a great experience,” said junior Cameron McDaniel. “The hosting University of Michigan Circle K presented us with some great workshops from different walks of life, such as a presentation by their Tae Kwon Do Club, demonstrating how teamwork can exist in different forms.”

That wasn’t the only thing the club learned – they also had the chance to talk with other officers in the district to learn what effective strategies others use, performed community services and had a masquerade ball where, as McDaniel recalls, some of the U of M guys choreographed a dance to ‘N Sync.

“Overall, it was a very fun and busy weekend,” said McDaniel.

The Circle K club meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Hickman Boardroom,and the meetings usually run until 9 p.m. For more information contact Muffy Lavens at mlavens@adrian.edu.

 

Chi-O’s set to host Make-A-Wish dinner

This coming Saturday, Chi Omega will be hosting its third annual Make-A-Wish Mystery Dinner at 6 p.m in the Adrian-Tobias Room. This philanthropic event offers a formal night of theatre and dinner. There will also be a silent auction. The event is hosted every year to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and to grant a child with a life-threatening illness a wish.

“The dinner is a gala event with all kinds of events going on inside of it. We will have a few words at the beginning and end from me, our Make-a-Wish Chair, Ashley Greer and a representative from the foundation,” said sophomore and president Sarah Nietupski. “This year, our actual Wish Kid will be there with his family so we can present him with his wish to go to Disney World. In addition, there will be a silent auction to help raise some last minute funds.”

Nietupski also said a full meal would be catered and provided by Sodexo.

“There’s food, a dinner theatre with [members from] Chi Omega, Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Kappa [Sigma],” said sophomore Stephanie Pridgeon. “One of our alumni, Karen Thompson, wrote the play. I actually play an old woman who hits on young men the whole time. Its going to be a really fun time, and its for a really good cause. Grant really wants to go to Disney World.”

This year Chi Omega will be granting the wish of a seven-year old boy named Grant. Grant’s wish is to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He enjoys playing video games, watching the Disney Channel and playing with Legos. He is from Onsted, Mich. and has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, which is a form of cancer that affects skeletal muscles.

Students, families and members of the community alike will be in attendance, such as Junior Scott Fisher. They are expecting record attendance of 220 people.

“I’m most looking forward to helping out a good cause. It’s really great that they are going grant this little boy’s wish and send him to Disney World,” said Fisher. “That’s really why I’m going. I like to support Greek life and Make-A-Wish is a great foundation.”

Nietupski said, “I love the variety that goes into the dinner. There is always something going on here, between the theater production, the silent auction and of course, the delicious food. Besides that, I just love the philanthropic nature of the dinner. We surround our whole year planning this one event, but it is all worth-while when we know we’ve granted a child’s wish.”

Chi Omega raised $5,000 in order to send Grant to Disney World. Junior Laura Ashley Greer is the planner and organization of the dinner.

“We have been so blessed with donations and all of the community support to make this wish come true,” said Greer.

This is a big event put on by Chi Omega, and takes a lot of time and planning from each and every one of the sisters.

“I think it is important for the community to focus on all of the hard work Chi Omega as a whole has put into making Make-A-Wish such an amazing national philanthropy to represent,” said Greer. “I have had an absolute blast planning this event and have met so many new people because of it. I hope everyone really enjoys themselves and are truly touched by sharing the power of a wish. It is absolutely the best feeling in the world!”

The event costs $15 for AC students with their ID, $30 for AC faculty and staff and $35 for outside guests. While the R.S.V.P. date has passed, Chi Omega will still be accepting donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Those interested should contact Greer at lgreer@adrian.edu.