Arts & Entertainment

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Fairy tale opera shines light on student talent

Draven Jackson Staff Writer Students of Troy’s Opera Workshop class performed a fairy tale opera in Claudia Crosby Theater on Friday, Feb. 24. In “The Magic Flute,” an opera written by Mozart around 1791, Prince Tamino is saved from death by three dark ladies who work for the Queen of the Night. The queen promises Tamino he can marry her daughter, Pamina, if he can save her from Sarastro, her father, who has captured her. Sarah Hunt, a senior theater major from Huntsville, portrayed the character of Princess Pamina. She […]

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Troy Art Day: students connect, learn, express themselves

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer Nearly 400 middle and high school students from Alabama participated in the fourth annual Trojan Art Day on Friday, Feb. 24. Twenty-four counties were represented at the event, and students stayed on Troy’s campus from 8:15 a.m. to roughly 2 p.m. The students participated in workshops, classes, tours and an award ceremony that closed the event. Larry Percy, associate professor of art at Troy, lead Trojan Art Day. “This was our fourth year, and I think it was probably our biggest and best,” Percy said. “Each […]

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Philosophical society talks artist’s role amid political and social unrest

Draven Jackson Staff Writer “The Armchair,” a discussion group centered on philosophical premises, hosted a forum discussing the artist’s role in an atmosphere of prominent social dissent and divisive political ideologies. Beverly Leach, lecturer of art and design, was the speaker during the forum. She says her choice of talking about art and dissent was inspired by the social unrest of the nation right now. “When Dr. Valentine asked me if I would speak to the Philosophy Society, I decided I wanted to link together different kinds of art in […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Students to act in ‘iconic’ play: ‘Glass Menagerie’

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer The department of theater and dance will present a popular memory play for its first performance of the semester, debuting Thursday. “The Glass Menagerie,” a play comprised of four student actors, deals with differing perspectives of hopelessness in reality. Tori Lee Averett, chair of the theater and dance department, said the decision to produce the play was based on the idea that it is an “iconic piece of southern and American literature.” “It’s like a treasure,” Averett said. “Our students need exposure to this play.” “The […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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English forum explores disillusion in media narratives

Lacey Alexander Staff Writer The English department hosted a forum joining in on the national discussion of trustworthiness in the media.  Nearly 50 students and faculty were in attendance on Wednesday, Feb. 15, when the English department presented its 44th Forum on Language and Literature with a panel of professors from three departments. English professors Patricia Waters, Festus Ndeh and Priya Menon joined political science professor Richard Ledet and music professor Bret Woods for a panel discussion on a multitude of topics. The professors treated the forum as a panel, […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Students advertise social initiative with flier: ‘We’ll skate with anyone’

Sable Riley Arts & Entertainment Editor Lizz Robb Copy Editor A flier posted in various places campuswide invites amateur skateboarders to come as they are, as long as they have a board and drive to ride. “If you have a penny board, nickel board, longboard or even a Rip-Stik and want a good group of friends to ride the streets of Troy with, well then you’re reading the right poster,” reads the opening paragraph of the flier. James Shipma, a freshman graphic design major from Huntsville, and some friends loosely […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Movie screening addresses, combats mental illness stigma

Kelvin Hawkins Staff Writer Troy’s department of civic engagement featured a documentary about former WNBA player, Chamique Holdsclaw, and her battle with mental illness as part of its Southern Film Circuit series. The department presented the film “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” in Claudia Crosby Theater on Monday, Feb. 6. The film told the story of the professional basketball player and how she struggled with mental illness in her personal life and career. The event was organized by Jonathan Cellon, associate dean of first-year studies, with support from […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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‘Split’: not accurate portrayal of DID, according to professors

Draven Jackson Staff Writer Since its release on Jan. 20 of this year, the film “Split” has been topping the box office and receiving positive critical feedback, despite controversial content. In the film, three girls are abducted by Kevin Crumb, a man with severe dissociative identity disorder. He keeps them locked in a small room, and they are confronted with many of his 24 personalities. “Split” plays with some dark content, mainly that of child abuse. Kevin’s multiple personalities came about in response to the abuse he experienced from his […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Piddlers remind crowd why they ‘came into this room’

Kelvin Hawkins Staff Writer  This past weekend Troy University hosted the 11th annual Pike Piddlers storytelling event for students and local residents. The show took place in the Trojan Center Theater on Friday and Saturday, and featured four experienced performers. Friday’s event featured a single, free performance, while Saturday comprised three separate sessions open to the public. Many students were encouraged to attend the performance by professors of journalism and communication, such as Maryjo Cochran, professor of broadcast journalism and communication studies. “This is a wonderful opportunity that we (did) […]

by · February 2, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment
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Student artwork inspired by dreams, illuminated by light

Lizz Robb Copy Editor Malone Gallery is currently housing two student projects, designed to capitalize on the participating students’ strengths, while also pushing them past their comfort level. From now until Tuesday, Feb. 14, Malone Hall will be exhibiting student artwork from classes taught by Larry Percy, associate professor of art and design. Currently housed are two separate projects: “Dreams, Paths, Threats” and “Samurai Helmets.” At first glance, the gallery exhibits many beautiful colors and designs that have unique, eye-catching qualities. On the left side of the room, the “Dreams, […]

by · February 2, 2017 · Arts & Entertainment