March 29, 2012 •
Appalachian Spring Dance Ensemble features new pieces by HAYDEN KEZIAH Intern Lifestyles Reporter
Photos by Maggie Cozens | The Appalachian
Student dancers rehearse for the Spring Dance Ensemble. The show, taking place Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday March 31 in Valborg Theater, features Appalachian dancers performing original choreography and various styles of dance.
ednesday marked the opening night of the Appalachian Spring Dance Ensemble, which featured two faculty pieces and five student numbers and showcased the collaboration of 110 dancers and seven choreographers. For the various students participating in the showcase, each piece had a different - and often personal - meaning. Senior business marketing and dance studies major Jordan Melton choreographed her piece, titled “Romans 12:2” to reflect “getting sidetracked, then coming back to what’s best for you,” she said. “Romans 12:2” is Melton’s first time choreographing her own number, though she has been dancing since the age of four. “It’s been a challenge and a blessing all at once,” she said. “I have eight beautiful, dedicated dancers and I’m very excited for the ending product,” Coming up with ideas can be difficult when choreographing a routine, Melton said. “Road blocks do come up,” she said. “But I was inspired most when I was stressed out and went into the studio and just started moving.” she said. Melton said her piece conveys her personal convictions in faith. “I put my faith in God because that is what keeps me going every day,” she said.
The dance is broken up into two parts, the beginning featuring a frail faith and ending with developing a fervent faith. The reverse of the opening part of the dance places emphasis on “worldly possessions and the wrong people and things,” she said. One of the featured faculty dance numbers is choreographed by theatre and dance professor Sherone Price, whose piece is a Mendiani African dance featuring a capella music and live drum playing. The piece is called “Binyé,” which is an African term for “respect.” It features the use of masks in African culture and coveys the message that not every mask is of an evil or bad nature. Price’s specialty is African dance, although modern dance is his first love. “I’ve been teaching African dance for three years, but I wanted to wait for the right opportunity and to make sure the students will have the right technique,” Price said. Like Melton, Price has been dancing for many years - since his sophomore year in high school. The Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble runs until Saturday, March 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Valborg Theatre. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $8 for faculty, staff and seniors and $15 for adults.
Annual Art Expo showcases categories of student work by JAKE DUCKWALL Intern Lifestyles Reporter
Appalachian State University’s annual Art Expo opened Tuesday at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium. Art students, faculty members and jurors chose 50 works to be featured in the expo from approximately 600 entries, said juror Ken Lambla, who is the dean of arts and architecture at UNC Charlotte. Artwork of all mediums are on display, including paintings, sculptures and comic strips. The works were divided into nine categories: social and political concerns, narrative, formal matters, process and materials, written word, natural world, functionality, on/of/in the body and time. “The categories were different this year,” said senior graphic design major Caitlin McCormick who designed a cover of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the narrative category. “I had trouble looking at my artwork and seeing how it fits into the categories.” Organizers changed the way work is submitted to “engage the students in thinking harder about the meaning of the work,” Lambla said. “They wanted to stop choosing work by medium,” he said. Ben Wesemann, the acting director of the Catherine J. Smith Gallery, curated this year’s expo. “I think it’s a really strong show,” Wesemann said. “There’s been a lot of positive feedback.” Wesemann, who has been involved with the expo for seven years, agreed the new categories have given the gallery a fresh look. “It was nice to see a change from the way it’s been,” Wesemann said. “We’re very lucky to have juror Ken Lambla.” The Art Expo is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 16. A reception and award ceremony will take place Friday, April 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception will feature live music as well as food catered by Appalachian Food Services.
Review: Madonna’s new dance album ‘MDNA’ fails by Hayden Keziah Intern Lifestyles Reporter
Editor’s Note: The following reflects the opinions of the author.
The Queen of Pop, The Material Girl, Madge - whatever you want to call her, Madonna is back. She dropped her latest album, “MDNA,” on Monday. Madonna has come a long way since her earlier days - and most of our parents’ days - of iconic pop songs, including “Like a Virgin” and “Like a Prayer.” She’s now transitioning quickly into danceelectronic tracks like “I’m a Sinner” and “I F--ked Up”. Sounds like something went wrong since the 80s. And since this is her twelfth studio album, it makes sense that Madonna’s sound has changed a little, but it should hardly be thrown so far off the tracks as it is in “MDNA.” At the age of 58, Madonna manages to produce an album that is almost unbearable to listen to, with the hit single “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” featuring Nicki Minaj and MIA. It’s no surprise that “Give Me All Your Luvin” was the most successful track on this album. It was produced by Martin Solveig, the mastermind behind the incessantly annoying and popular electronic song “Hello” with Dragonette, heard in teenage clothing stores and on radio stations incessantly just a few months ago. Madonna’s song sounds almost identical to Solveig’s “Hello,” which can ironically be supported in her lyrics for the track “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” “Every record sounds the same/ You’ve got to step into my world.” It’s just not clear what kind of world Madonna is currently in these days. One song that has some merit: “Love Spent,” which gives off slight Phantogram and Lady Gaga vibes. It’s catchy, but it’s certainly nothing special. It’s a ballad that is better used for background noise. “MDNA” pales in comparison to Madonna’s previous albums, like 2008’s “Hard Candy” in 2008, which produced a decent hit with“4 Minutes.” She also seems to have lost her sound since her 2005 album “Confessions On a Dance Floor,” which really had some decent tracks which stayed true to her image and were identifiable as purely Madonna. So, inevitably, the Material Girl’s attempt at stealing the popular party drug MDMA’s acronym failed miserably. Madonna may never fade away, even after albums like this. When someone’s been around for this long, fans tend to stick by them. However, that doesn’t change the fact that “MDNA” is generic, boring and not up to typical Madonna standards at all.
1 out of 4 stars Jessica Schreck | The Appalachian
The annual Art Expo opened Tuesday in Catherine J. Smith Gallery, located in Farthing Auditorium.
In need of funds for summer trip, student sets up lemonade stand by WILL GREENE Intern Lifestyles Reporter
For today’s college student, times are tough and travel opportunities may be hard to come by. But Chelsea Stone won’t let that stop her from taking a summer trip to the United Kingdom with Outdoor Programs. The junior middle grades education major was short on cash, so she set up an old-fashioned lemonade stand on King Street. “Boone is such a happy place filled with friendly people that are willing to help a girl like me out,” said Stone, who set up her first stand Monday near The Bead Box. “I thought that the idea related to the spirit of the town.” Stone’s best friend, sophomore English secondary education major Blakelee
Boring, spent some time at the stand on Monday and recalled its beginnings. “Chelsea came to me and said, ‘I have the best idea ever,’” Boring said. “She wanted to find a fun way of raising the money for her trip this summer and the idea of a lemonade stand hit her as genius.” Stone, who set up a Facebook page to spread the word, plans to keep the stand in occasional operation until she’s raised the $400 she needs to live in Wales this summer. “I love doing this to raise money,” she said. “It’s fun and I get to meet a lot of cool people who are excited about my upcoming summer.” Stone plans to set up the stand again Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the same location.
Paul Heckert | The Appalachian
Junior education major Chelsea Stone pours a passerby a cup of lemonade. Stone is selling lemonade on King Street to raise money for a trip she will take in May to Wales.