Archive for April, 2008

Blount Drama Club Reaches for the Stars, and Makes It Big!

by Leah Hall

Eight members of the Drama Club of the Blount County campus are going to New York.

They raised $4,000 to pay for tickets to the Broadway show “Wicked,” hotel rooms for four nights, bus fare and other touring expenses.

In New York, members will see a Broadway play as well as visit the Museum of Modern Art, The Statue of Liberty and Yankee Stadium.

Dorothy Donaldson, a Drama Club advisor and mentor, said students worked together to achieve their goal. “I was impressed by everyone’s maturity and people skills,” she said. “People not able to go on the trip were also willing to work and help others. We had fun.”

Members sold coffee and donuts, pizza, Valentine’s Day chocolates, and hot dogs. They also had a bake sale, a yard sale and a car wash.

Club president Sabrina Runyon said, “Our members have worked extremely hard…they have faced many ups and downs, but have overcome to reach our main goal, and never lost focus.”

Donaldson said the club often meets to do theater exercises and games and have dinner together. Last semester club members joined to go to four different theatrical productions in the area.

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Festival Of Cultures Turnout “Great”

by Danny Butler

“The turn out has been great!” said Lee Baker, commenting on the community, faculty , and student support for the Festival of Cultures on April 18.

The night had performances by Hindustani classical musicians Indrajit Banerjee and Gourisankar Karmakar, and the East Tennessee Chinese School Dancers performed as well. The event also featured booths focused on African, Asian, European, and South American cultures.

“The community response to this event has been great,” said Baker. “The students were excited when they heard learned about tonight’s program.”

Gayle Wood of the Access and Diversity department said “People are milling around and are getting a taste of everything that is around here, and I think that is wonderful.”

Although there is no word on this becoming an annual event, Wood said that many people have asked her if that could be possible.

The Festival of Cultures was sponsored by the Multi-Cultural Awareness Club and Access and Diversity Office.

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Magnolia Drama Club to do Shakespeare

by Leah Hall

The Magnolia Drama club is alive and well and working on Shakespeare.

This semester, the group performed “Cowboys Don’t Look Down” by John Briggs with a cast of four.

With a larger cast they will be performing “Shakespeare Night” on April 24 and 25 in the campus courtyard at 7pm. The show features pieces from plays like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and The Merchants of Venice.

“It’s a really good experience. You get to meet a lot of people you wouldn’t normally meet,” said Katie Cole, president of the club.

Ben Ward, who played Mark in “Cowboys Don’t Look Down” said after the first performance, “It’s great to see that there are students on the campus that would put this kind of time and commitment into a production.”

Roger Alleyne, the club treasurer, says the club is planning to put together some performances for the community in the fall semester.

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Variations Choir Returns to Rossini Festival

By Landon Doane

The Pellissippi Variations Choir will be performing at the annual Rossini Festival on April 19.

The Rossini Festival is a street fair patterned after the Rossini festival in Italy and is sponsored by the Knoxville Opera Company each spring. Associate Professor of Music Bill Brewer will direct the 36 member choir.

The Variations choir has performed at the Rossini Festival before. “This will be our fourth year to sing for the festival,” said Brewer. Despite this being nothing new for Variations, Brewer is excited nonetheless.

“This festival is a premier event in Knoxville every spring. There is thousands of people downtown for this event. It is a wonderful opportunity to get exposure for the school. Besides that it is just a really festive and fun venue for singing,” stated Brewer.

The Variations choir will be joined by the Knoxville Choral Society’s Chamber Chorale, also directed by Brewer. Variations’ set will start at 4:00 p.m. on the main stage at the corner of Gay Street and Union Street.

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Chinese Culture Preserved by Local School

By Jill Underwood

For over 10 years now, Pellissippi State has opened its doors every Sunday to a school that strives to preserve Chinese culture for the next generation.

The Chinese school, known as the Cultural School of Knoxville, meets in designated buildings and classrooms on the Hardin Valley campus.

Most of the students are children between the ages of 6 and 12.

The classes, which include dance, language, food preparation and cultural history, are taught by members of the Chinese community.

“They’re trying to maintain the elements of their heritage,” said Allen Edwards. Edwards also said that he believes these classes have a positive effect on the City of Knoxville and that Pellissippi will continue to host them. “Our job is to serve the community,” he said.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

The Civil War Comes to Pellissippi

By Jessica Barbour

Is it another war between the states?

April 11 and 12 reenactment soldiers from the 63rd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry and the 8th Tennessee U.S. are putting on a living history demonstration.

This is one of many events tied to Sharpshooter by David Madden, which is the Common Book for Pellissippi this year.

These groups will behave like they were living in 1863. All clothing, weapons and food have to be exactly what a solider would have during the war between the states. “If the soldiers wanted coffee they would have to grind up beans with the end of their riffles,” said Pellissippi State’s Charles Walker.

Women involved are also to act their part. Before 4 p.m. women must not to show their necks or ankles but after 4 p.m. women may wear clothing that accents their features.

During the weekend the groups will demonstrate the life of a soldier in that time by putting on drills (marching presentations) and firing demos. This will show the students an aspect of what life was like during the 1860’s.

The reenactment groups will receive a honorarium for the time they are at the college reenacting.

Guest are encouraged to come and talk to the “soldiers,” but the soldiers are not to know anything that happened after April 1863.

Sunday, April 6th, 2008