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College of Ilium hosts its medieval spring festival

Draven Jackson Staff Writer The College of Ilium hosted its “Spring has Sprung” festival, which showcased activities reminiscent of the Middle Ages and featured classes on jewelry making, dancing and illumination Saturday, April 22. Each member present was decked out in a period-appropriate costume on the Shackelford Quad. To begin, Madison Jordan, a freshman biology education major, gave a class on illumination, which is the type of script writing used to make the “Once Upon a Time” openings in fairy tale movies. Jordan explained that medieval writers used to cover […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Bringing theater outdoors: ‘Once On This Island’ musical premieres at amphitheater

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer Troy’s theater department will be presenting its first production on the amphitheater stage behind the New Residence Hall beginning Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. “This show is extremely theatrical—it has themes and imagery that tie in very closely with nature,” said Tommy Newman, lecturer of musical theater and playwriting. “I felt that it would be beautiful to tell this story in this brand new, gorgeous space. . . it all works together very well.” “Once On This Island,” a musical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s […]

by · April 27, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Collegiate singers to deliver end-of-year performance; will sing about death, vanity, finding peace

Draven Jackson Staff Writer The Collegiate Choir Concert will be in the band room of Long Hall on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Audience members should come with an open mind and “expect to have their emotions stirred,” according to James Brown, conductor of Collegiate Singers. According to Brown, assistant professor of choral music, the first song, “The Corner of Disappearing Names” by Kevin Bobo, is dark and is supposed to make the audience feel uncomfortable. If audience members listen closely, they may be able to catch the names […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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‘Rick and Morty’: students analyze underlying philosophical implications

Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer Troy Philosophy Society and Students for Liberty got together to discuss the philosophical implications of a popular TV show on Wednesday, April 19. “Rick and Morty” is an adult sci-fi animation that covers various ethical and philosophical ideas around science and human nature, according to Jeremiah Baky, a senior political science major from Dauphin Island and the president of the Students for Liberty. Baky led the discussion on the second episode that was screened during the event, “The Ricks must be crazy” on Kantian ethics. “Particularly, […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
UAC to test $2 movie night event

UAC to test $2 movie night event

Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor The University Activities Council will host its first $2 movie night event on Wednesday, April 26, its last movie night event of the semester. The spin on a popular Troy University-sponsored event is a result of a resolution UAC made to reserve more money in its budget to host other “big events” for students, according to UAC president Amy Russo. “We are looking for a way to cut back some costs, given that we pay the difference for every single movie ticket,” said Russo, […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Students express themselves through poetry at annual event

  Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer The Troy University English department held its annual poetry reading event on Tuesday in the library. The event is organized in observance of National Poetry Month and coincides with the release of the Alabama Literary Review. There was an open mic for anyone interested to read out poems they had either come across or written themselves. Students and faculty read aloud poems written by Robert Frost, Alfred Tennyson and Alfred Housman, among others. Patricia Waters, an associate professor of English, said the event went as […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Gospel choir to perform spring show this week

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer The Troy University Gospel Singers will present its spring concert this weekend. “Grateful,” a show featuring contemporary gospel music, will be held in the Long Hall Band Room this on Good Friday, at 7 p.m. Led by James Brown, assistant professor of choral music, the gospel choir and the accompanying band are composed of students from different majors and classifications. These students rehearse in class every Tuesday and Thursday and perform memorized material in a concert at the end of every semester. Brown said while the […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Humans v. Zombies begins spring campaign, receive missions

  Lacey Alexander Staff Writer The “Humans Vs. Zombies” organization at Troy University kicked off its spring campaign this week. “Humans Vs. Zombies,” or HvZ, was created in 2005 at Goucher College and has since spread to universities nationwide. The Troy HvZ is led by Matthew Engelman, a senior English major from Foley and president, and has a campaign every semester. The game allows players to divide into “humans” and “zombies.” The zombie players attempt to tag the human players while the humans fulfill certain missions that are assigned to […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Students discuss Odyssey changes: pros, cons

Draven Jackson Staff Writer Writing for the Odyssey may seem like a creative and fun pastime, but content creators, present and former, say it can be hard work and compensation isn’t always on par with effort or good content. Odyssey is an online publication where writers can submit articles, poems, short stories or videos, and share unique experiences. Odyssey’s website states that Odyssey “democratizes content, giving people the opportunity to share what’s most important to them and their communities, enriching everyone with broader, more honest perspectives on topics they care […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Pianist brings wit, music to campus

Pradyot Sharma Staff Writer The Troy Arts Council hosted pianist Julian Gargiulo, who performed at a concert titled “Roll over Beethoven” at the Claudia Crosby Theater on Tuesday. Gargiulo, whose stage name is “Julian G,” is a pianist, composer and recording artist, according to his website. The concert began with Gargiulo performing “Fire Dance” composed by Manuel de Falla. Gargiulo went on to play a variety of pieces, composed by distinguished composers including Beethoven and Chopin. He also played two pieces he had written and composed titled “Tango of the […]