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Diane Orlofsky, professor of music and director of Troy’s Concert Chorale, plays the piano for Andrea Gallman, a senior elementary education major from Gadsden; Madison Smith, a junior vocal music education major from Montgomery; Skylar Baxley, a senior music education major form Slocomb; and Ben Huston, a sophomore music education major from Niceville, Florida, in preparation for the Concert Chorale on Sunday, April 2, at Bush Memorial Baptist Church at 3 p.m.(PHOTO/ Chloe Lyle)

Concert Chorale: Journey to 10th year

Katie Miller Staff Writer In celebration of the Troy University Concert Chorale’s 10 years in performance, Diane Orlofsky, professor of music and director of Troy’s Concert Chorale, will be conducting the choir in several pieces chosen by the alumni of the group. “It’s kind of symbolic of the journey that the School of Music has taken through the years,” Orlofsky said. The pieces chosen for the concert represent a journey through each artist’s life. “It’s like tracing the steps of a favorite town that you’ve been to lots, and then […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Dress is centerpiece of art show portraying skewed societal perceptions of news media

Kelvin Hawkins Contributor Artist Rachael Strain showcased her work Monday at the Troy campus library as a presentation for Women’s History Month. She presented her piece along with a video explaining her inspiration. Strain, an art studies major from Newton at Wallace Community College, brought a single work titled “Miss Represented,” a collage of tabloid, newspaper and magazine clippings arranged to form a dress. The clippings themselves are sections of news featuring serious and thought-provoking articles about worldly matters like sex trafficking and hard labor conditions. “I thought if I […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Admin explains Netflix block, and other connectivity problems

Draven Jackson Staff Writer Students who regularly use Wi-Fi on Troy’s main campus are familiar with the blocked-website message or applications running so slowly, they often don’t work at all. Kayle Weeks, a junior graphic design major from Troy, has encountered many of these roadblocks. “I am an artist, and I use a lot of references from the internet, so a lot of times I will Google search for a model, like the female figure or something, and I’m not trying to be pornographic or anything, and it will be […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Clarinet Day fine-tuned for Saturday

Draven Jackson Staff Writer Troy University’s Clarinet Studio will be hosting the tenth annual Clarinet Day on Saturday, March 25 in Long Hall. Clarinet Day brings together college and high school clarinet players to play in a large clarinet concert, and learn more about the clarinet and playing the clarinet from guest artists and clarinet specialists. Timothy Phillips, associate professor of clarinet, began Clarinet Day 10 years ago in order to give high school students an opportunity to come to the Troy campus and see exciting clarinet performances. “Clarinet Day […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment

‘Beauty and the Beast:’ live-action remake ‘magical’

Draven Jackson Staff Writer The new “Beauty and the Beast” is yet another successful notch in Disney’s live-action remake belt. The film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, definitely lives up to the hype. Not only does it retain the original wonder and magic from the 1991 animated movie; it also inflames that old admiration with new and revamped songs, beautiful costumes and diverse and interesting characters. While the filmmakers kept fan favorites like “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” new beautiful songs were also added to the story, like “Evermore,” […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment

Troy dance faculty welcomes seasoned professional

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer The dance department at Troy University welcomed an internationally experienced dance professor to its list of faculty this semester. Preston Swovelin, a native of Los Angeles, signed on as an adjunct dance professor at the beginning of this semester. Swovelin teaches ballet, contemporary, improvisation and composition classes at the University. He will also be choreographing and performing in Troy’s spring dance show “Shine On.” Deborah Hicks, coordinator of dance at Troy, said that Swovelin’s hire will help the dance department immensely for the semester. “Preston began […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment

Trojans snap back at Fallon joke, launch Twitter movement with #igotoTroy

  Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor “Who is Jimmy Fallon anyways?” said Demarcus Ware, Super Bowl champion, in a video he tweeted addressed to Troy’s men’s and women’s basketball teams in support of Troy’s Twitter movement #igotoTroy. The initiative started in response to a bit on Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” that aired on Wednesday, March 15, poking light-hearted fun at Troy’s virtual obscurity in the men’s basketball world. In the bit, Fallon, mocking Shaquille O’Neal’s recent video filling out his March Madness bracket, used Shaq’s guise to taunt many […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Don’t blame Disney

Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor It is not Disney’s inherent responsibility to uphold perceived moral or ethical principles. As we often see in the entertainment industry, film is often a reflection of the ideals of a society. The industry, in fact, often prides itself in its comfort at the edge of culture, walking further into the peculiar, the feared, the reprehensible than its predecessor and leaving breadcrumbs for others to follow. Disney’s only loyalty lies in itself as a corporation—a money-making machine. Society is no longer content with the […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Cinema society hosts first international indie film festival

Draven Jackson Staff Writer The Cinematography Society will be hosting Troy’s first Indie Film Festival on Wednesday, March 29, in Claudia Crosby Theater. The Indie Film Festival will consist of short films submitted from all over the world. “Since Troy is such an international university, we want to embrace the international idea, so we have submissions from France, Brazil and all across America,” said Hope Rangel, a sophomore computer science major from Decatur. “We are hoping it will be something people will enjoy and something that’s a little different.” Rangel […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Janoska Ensemble begins U.S. tour in Troy

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer A Vienna-based musical ensemble will start its U.S. tour with a concert in Troy on Friday. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the Troy Arts Council will be hosting The Janoska Ensemble, which consists of three brothers and their brother-in-law. Ondrej and Roman Janoska each play violin, Frantisk Janoska plays piano and Julius Darvas plays the double bass. The Janoska Ensemble describes its genre as “classical music with a twist,” with its website stating that the music draws from the genres of classical, jazz, pop, tango […]

by · March 16, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment