Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grab The World By The Horns

Kimberly Caporale in Peru feeding a llama.
Photo Credit- Lindsay MeGill

Grab The World By The Horns
Editorial By: Kimberly Caporale

College is the perfect time to embrace all sorts of things, like learning to keep yourself organized, what is important and what’s not, becoming part of a new organization and taking classes that might actually interest you.  Something that seems to fall by the wayside though, is traveling. 

Traveling, even within the U.S., opens your eyes to all sorts of things.  Like different types of food, different leisure activities, different dialect, but more important than all that in the sense of independence that comes from traveling. 

I know a lot of people who have never even left the state and honestly that is shocking to me since most of my family vacations were to FL or to visit family up north.  But some people have never had a reason to go anywhere with the beach and mountains being so close, what more could one want?

In high school, I traveled with a group from school to Peru.  It was the most enlightening experience my parents could have ever given me.  It opened my eyes to an entirely different way of life that existed just a few hours away via airplane.  In ten days I saw so many different things that are still to this day indescribable. 

Traveling to Peru started my love affair with going to different places and trying new things.  I’ve flown to Florida by myself multiple times along with Chicago and New York.  Being immersed in the hustle of airports, trying to find a gate, or in a new city attempting to find this great place to eat that someone told you about. 

Sure it may seem daunting, but at the same time it is the best feeling in the world and also eye opening, widening your view point of the world, which is what a liberal arts education is all about. 

Going somewhere new may be too much for a student, which is alright.  But there are other opportunities out there.  Different departments organize trips to many places.  Sometimes this requires taking a specific class and other times it only requires that you inquire about it.  Some clubs do trips so students can attend a particular conference, which links you with others who have the same interests as you or who are in the same field. 

Take these opportunities that are practically being handed to you.  There may never be another eye opening experiences like these next four years offered to you again.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Creative Chaos on Campus!

Students in the FYE "Creative Chaos" class display their creative side through spontaneous graffiti on campus!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Not Your Average Violin Player to Appear at LRU

The second concert of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Concert Series will host innovative composer, performer, violinist, and bandleader Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Centrum on campus. His unique sound is unlike any that has visited L-R before. DBR will perform music from his most recent album, “Woodbox Beats & Balladry.”

The concert is free of charge and is open to Lenoir-Rhyne students as well as the entire Hickory community. DBR will also perform his Voodoo Concerto No. 1 on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 p.m., with the Western Piedmont Symphony on the second Masterworks concert of their season. Contact the Symphony directly for ticket information for the Saturday show, 828-324-8603.

DBR is a Haitian-American violinist, composer, performer, re-mixer, and bandleader who has established himself as one of the most relevant artists on the contemporary classical music scene. He is known worldwide for his fearless exploration through his extended violin techniques, often infused with electronics. His eclectic style is exposed in “Woodbox Beats & Balladry,” which encompasses his musical elements of classical minimalism, dance club beats, traditional ballads, and thick distorted noise.

"Woodbox Beats & Balladry is an amalgam of what contemporary composers are doing and where contemporary classical music might be going," says DBR.

His career is varied as he has performed with artists such as pop-singer Lady Gaga, the Seattle and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, dancers Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover, composers Philip Glass and Derek Bermel, DJs Radar, Scientific and Spooky, jazz-singer Cassandra Wilson, and the infamous 2 Live Crew.

The core of the performance is DBR's signature custom 6-string amplified violin, which utilizes an array of extended techniques, effect pedals, and additional MAC-based processing.

DBR's frequent aggressive, percussive lower-string bowing (an extra two strings are added to his instrument for bass lines) makes his violin a compelling sonic and compositional force.

The Lair WLRZ 99.3 Campus Radio Schedule Announced

One-on-One with the Doc
Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. & Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Sports Talk with Ryan Pegarsch & Randolph Carroll
Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. & Friday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Nightcap with Boogie Watson
Monday from 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Fuzzy Creatures featuring Boogie Watson, Big Bear, and the Penguin
Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The Gun Show with Pragmatic Pegelow & Foxy Fox
Tuesday & Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Variety Show with Laura Diane Greene
Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00-10:30 p.m.