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Empty Bowls Dinner Combats Hunger

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. — Albion College’s Art/Art History Department joins forces with student clubs and Davan’s Restaurant to bring the Empty Bowls dinner to the Albion Community. The event takes place this Tuesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tennant Hall of the Albion’s First United Methodist Church.

A variety of soups, including a vegetarian soup, and bread are all provided by Albion’s Davan’s Restaurant. Dinner is served in one-of-a-kind bowls, made by advanced ceramics students at Albion College. The bowl is included in the purchase price of a dinner ticket.

All proceeds from the dinner support local food banks and other feeding programs in the Albion area. Albion College student groups Alpha Phi Omega and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity are also sponsoring the event. “My students have been making some beautiful bowls,” said Art/Art History department chair Lynne Chytilo, who brought Empty Bowls to Albion. “This is a project that we all really wanted to see happen on campus.”

Tickets for Empty Bowls are $8, which includes the choice of a bowl to keep. Additional bowls may be purchased for $4. Ticket reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made by contacting the Albion Art/Art History department, 517/629-0246 or .

Albion College Senior Thesis Presents Theatre for Youth

ALBION, Mich. —  The pressures and drama of adolescence are presented in “The Wrestling Season,” an Albion College student theatre production. The play, which is especially intended for a youth audience, will be staged Tuesday, April 24, through Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. each evening in the International House Auditorium (corner of Hannah and East Erie Streets).

“The Wrestling Season” touches on issues involving friendships, rivalries, rumors and cliques, focusing on two wrestling teammates accused of being lovers. It was researched and staged by theatre major Jordan Parsons as part of his senior thesis. “Putting theatre and education together is so powerful and effective in reaching out to youth and is truly fulfilling,” said Parsons. “I believe in educational theatre so much, that I will be pursuing a master’s degree in the field.”

This production is free and open to the public, although it is not intended for children under 10. Tickets are not required. For more information, contact Parsons at 517/629-1896 or .

Spring Dance Performance Bids Farewell to Longtime Director Wyss

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. – This year’s Albion College Spring Dance Performance marks the end of a notable career for dance instructor Missy Wyss, with an exceptional display of artistry on many levels. Beatles music, the Armenian genocide, sculpture, original music and professional guest choreographers all contribute to four powerful and exciting shows, on Wednesday, April 25, at 8 p.m.; Thursday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. All shows take place in the Herrick Theatre, located in the College’s Dow Center complex at Hannah and East Erie Streets.

Detroit Dance Collective director Barbara Selinger worked with the students on feature dance “Journey’s End,” set to music by the Beatles. “I saw this piece several years ago, and it’s stuck with me since then,” Wyss remarked. “It’s great to see it again and the students are doing really well with it.”

The performance also includes pieces created by students from their off-campus experiences and backgrounds. Senior Kristy Clement worked with a composer and visual artist to develop “Free Play: An Exercise in Equanimity.” Students from the Bahamas and India perform pieces based on dances from their homelands, and student Melanie Markarian took her family’s history, in the Armenian genocide, to develop her piece.

“Through the years, I have tried to include diversity of dance, the arts and history in our performances, because those are things I feel are important for us to share with the community,” said Wyss, reflecting on her 34-year tenure with Albion College. Wyss has overseen the evolution of dance from a class offering to an established program and now, an academic minor at Albion College.

“I have a large group of seniors this year and when you work with students that closely for four years, they become your friends,” said Wyss. “They’ve worked hard and they’ve all developed during their time here. This show is a great demonstration of their talents and their interests.”

Tickets are $3 for students, staff, faculty and seniors and $4 for general admission. All performances are expected to sell out, so reserve tickets are strongly encouraged. For information or to reserve tickets, please contact the Albion College Theatre and Dance Department, 517-629-0344.

Eco Club Hosts City Walking Tour Wednesday

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. — A walking tour of Albion focusing on the city’s past, present and future uses of energy will enlighten and exercise the entire community, as “Step it Up” comes to Albion. Sponsored by Albion College’s Ecological Awareness Club, the approximately two-mile walk takes place this Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 5 p.m. in front of Albion College’s Kellogg Center, on Hannah Street. At the conclusion of the walk, refreshments will be served, and a screening of the Academy-Award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” takes place at 7 p.m.

Eco Club members and Albion history professor Wes Dick will lead the tour around the downtown area, the train station, and former site of Union Steel. “We’re looking at energy use, emissions standards and climate change, on a local level,” said walk organizer Erica Monday, April 23, 2007. “This is our way of being involved in ‘Step it Up,” a nationwide effort to get communities to bring awareness of local environmental issues. “We’re using Albion’s history with energy to educate people.”

Tauzer stressed that the walk will be at a slow pace, on paved surfaces, and is suitable for all ages. The event is free and the public is encouraged to participate. It will be cancelled in case of bad weather. For further information, contact Tauzer at 906/399-7501 or .

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