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Faculty changes roles, features pieces in art exhibit By Maira Garcia The University Star
he professors in the department of art and design do more than teach students about art. They create it as well. In an eﬀort to showcase to students the faculty’s work, art of various mediums has been displayed in Galleries I and II of Joann Cole Mitte Art Building. Mary Mikel Stump, gallery curator and lecturer, said the exhibition is important because it allows students and the university community get an inside look at the creative works being produced by professors. “It serves as a frame of reference because these are the people critiquing students’ works,” she said. “It is important for professors to develop these relationships and show students what they are doing.” Stump said each faculty member brings a piece that is representative of his or her most current work. Stump spent six hours arranging the art. She said the pieces connect because the faculty members unconsciously inﬂuence each other. “Unlike a lot of shows where I curate and know what will be displayed because I selected it, I have no idea what’s coming,” she said. “Still, there are relationships with the works because there seems to be some sort of collective consciousness.” Lecturer William Tolan submitted his c-print photographs “Playing Doctor” and “Untitled” for the exhibit, the latter part of a series titled “Grampa”. Much of Tolan’s work concerns images of his family members and the relationships among them, according to the artist’s statement.
“I am a documentary photographer and photographer of real life. I hope it speaks to the experiences and emotions that as human beings we all experience,” he said. The aptly titled “Playing Doctor” shows his niece surrounded by other children as they investigate her plastic cast. “My niece Alice was being a good little patient, holding her left arm and hand. She was concentrating on the medicine — which was a vial of orange juice — they were about to give her,” Tolan said. Stump also submitted her own work, titled “nest [home reconstructed]” which she describes as symbolization of home. “I had a bunch of old windows when we bought a house in the historic district (of San Marcos) and I didn’t know what to do with them. I started taking them apart — I thought I would use the glass for something— and I saw what was left,” she said. “I deconstructed the windows and reconstructed them into this form put together by nails.” The result was a diﬀerent sort of bird’s nest; one made from the pieces of another home. “I was really interested in how birds use just about anything to make their homes and then I saw these pieces reminiscent of home.” The faculty exhibition will be on display until Feb. 15. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cotton Miller/Star photo FACULTY EXHIBITION: Kristin Underwood, communication design senior, looks at professor Neal Wilson’s acrylic painting “Vail of Isis” Monday at the JCM Gallery. The exhibition will be on display until Feb. 15th.
Texas State professor member of two-time Grammy-nominated group Conspirare By Todd Schaaf The University Star The choral ensemble Conspirare, one of the country’s premiere vocal groups, has been nominated for two Grammys including Best Choral Performance. Cynthia Gonzales, assistant professor in the school of music, is a member. The Austin-based ensemble began in 1991 as The New Texas Festival. The group then began performing annually and in 1999 started performing yearround. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Gonzales Gonzales became part of Conspirare in 2004 and can be heard on the WORKING WITH MASTERS: The Texas State group’s latest release, the Grammynominated Requiem. In addition to Best Choir will perform alongside Conspirare, of Choral Performance, the album was which assistant music professor Cynthia Gonnominated for Best Engineered Album, zales is a member, at the Grammy-nominated Classical. Requiem was recorded at the group’s festival this weekend in Austin. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in downtown Troy, N.Y. “When they built the building they put a music hall on the second story, and it’s known for its wonderful acoustics,” Gonzales said.
The acoustics did come at a cost, however. “During the day we couldn’t record because some street noises could ﬁlter in. So we would arrive at the bank at about 4 o’clock, do a little bit of rehearsal, wait for the evening traﬃc to go, and then record from about 7 to 1 or 2 o’clock,” she said. Gonzales said she is passionate about singing. “Choral music is about community. To me there is something about the music that is communicating something beyond just ‘that’s pretty,’” Gonzales said. Recently Conspirare was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts to host a festival as part of its American Masterpieces program. The festival will begin this weekend in Austin and include many workshops and events throughout the week. Weston Noble, nationally acclaimed conductor of the Nordic Choir of Luther College, will also visit Texas State. Noble will give a workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Music Building. The festival, titled Crossing the Di-
vide: Exploring Inﬂuence and Finding our Voice, will feature Conspirare as well as the Texas State University choir and two other collegiate choirs. Performance junior Will Hearn said he looks forward to performing with Conspirare. “They get to work with the director of Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, all the time. To me, it’s like ‘what a treat — what a privilege it is to work with musicians like that.’ It’s an honor; you don’t just get these kinds of opportunities. I think that’s what separates our school from some of the others,” Hearn said. The Texas State choir will perform between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday with several other regional choirs. Conspirare will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. at the festival on Saturday. Both ensembles will also sing at the Saint Matthews Sanctuary in Austin.
✯FYI To find out more about Conspirare or its festival, Crossing the Divide, visit www.Conspirare.org.
Charges against students pirating music becoming more frequent By Eric Stern McClatchy Newspapers College students who illegally download music and movies have been sued. They’ve had Internet access shut oﬀ or threatened, and they’ve been warned to never do it again. But the threat of a letter in a permanent ﬁle doesn’t hold as much sway as it used to. Complaints of copyright violations remain steady at campuses across California — and are even going up in some cases. “As far as illegal goes, it’s not really a concern for most people — it’s like buckling up or not buckling up,” said Meghan Moyle, a UC Davis student from Reno. The culture of downloading music without paying for it is so pervasive that two-thirds of college students say they don’t care if the music is copyrighted, according to a 2006 study by the University of Richmond law school. The study concludes that the “confrontational approach” is not working. Moyle said she has paid for about 60 percent of the music on her iPod. The rest of the tunes came from friends. “You don’t know who got it ﬁrst,” added Rex Pham, a UC Davis student from
San Jose, who estimates 70 percent of his music was passed along by friends or online forums. Super-fast Internet connections in the freshman dorms at Davis made it even easier to share music, Pham said. “It takes a second to send a song. It takes three minutes to get a whole album,” he said. Amanda Morgan, a UC Davis student from Sacramento, recalled how dorm residents swapped music by setting up ﬁle-sharing programs on internal dorm networks dubbed “ourTunes,” a play oﬀ of Apple’s iTunes. “It’s very easy to stay under the radar,” she said. Hundreds of the students ate lunch one recent afternoon around the Memorial Union at UC Davis — a good half of them wearing the ubiquitous, corddangling iPod earbuds. For now, the kids may have a leg up on the adults. But the media industry takes copyrights seriously. Record companies, movie studios and video game companies routinely scan the Internet for their stolen wares and send complaints of alleged copyright violations to universities. Federal law requires universities to cut oﬀ Internet
access of students who get caught for repeatedly downloading and passing along copyrighted material. University of California campuses received more than 1,500 notices last year. California State University, with fewer students living in dorms, draws at least 700 copyright violation notices a year. UC Davis ﬁelded 310 complaints in the 2005-06 school year and is on pace for more than 400 this year. “We’re on track to shatter the record,” said Jan Carmikle, an attorney and former programmer who oversees copyright issues for UC Davis. University and industry oﬃcials said the number of copyright violations could reﬂect more aggressive monitoring. However, no one thinks that illegal downloading is dropping oﬀ. “This isn’t a situation that’s going to change overnight,” said Rich Taylor, a spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America. He said there’s still a naive sense of invincibility that you can’t be caught, but the good news is that he sees a very low rate of recidivism when folks are caught the ﬁrst time. Nearly all complaints are resolved
with a warning to students, UC and CSU oﬃcials said. In 2005, four unnamed UC Davis students were snared in a copyright lawsuit by the music industry, accused of copying and distributing songs from the Smashing Pumpkins to Smash Mouth. Songs by Eminem, Ja Rule, Linkin Park and Usher also were spotted by the recording industry’s Internet watchers — even some oldies by Pink Floyd and the Eagles. The claims against the UC Davis students were dropped a few months later, after the students presumably settled for several thousand dollars, campus oﬃcials said. “They were very frightened,” said Jeanne Wilson, director of student judicial aﬀairs at UC Davis. Kenneth C. Green, a visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University who studies campus computing issues, said the targeting of students as “digital pirates” is misplaced. College dorms used to be one of the few places with high-speed Internet, but now millions of households can just as easily swipe music and movies through broadband connections provided by cable and telephone providers, he said. “This eﬀort to constantly villainize
college students as the only culprits is just oﬀ the mark,” Green said. But college administrators remain under pressure. Faced with waves of increasingly Web-savvy students, they continue to ratchet up information campaigns about campus-downloading policies. And they’ve brokered deals with legitimate downloading services that oﬀer free music to students. UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento, partnered with the Cdigix downloading service last fall and are beginning to make it available. Students can download music to a computer for free but not to a portable device like an iPod without paying for it. Movies and TV shows are not included. The California Research and Education Network, the state’s ﬁber optic backbone for K-12 schools, community colleges and public universities, also inked deals late last year with Cdigix and Ruckus to encourage legal downloading, said Janis Cortese, a spokeswoman for the network. “The best way for us to address the issue is to redirect students’ behavior,” said Kris Hafner, a technology oﬃcial at University of California system headquarters in Oakland.