ALBION, Mich. — One of Japan’s most popular and important cultural
festivals, Obon, will be celebrated with games, crafts and food on
Sunday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Albion College Kellogg
Center. The event is sponsored annually by the College’s Asian
Participants can enjoy a variety of games and crafts, including
creating a luminaria in memory of a loved one, Dance Dance Revolution,
and karaoke. Sushi tasting, including the opportunity to make-your-own
sushi, will also be offered. A traditional dance performance, known as
tinikiling, takes center stage.
“Obon, a celebration in memory of ancestors, is an important part of
Buddhist culture,” said AAG co-president Rami Imam. “Our Obon is a good
way for people to experience a little bit of another culture.”
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Imam at 517/629-1543 or .
Education Invites Public to 'Cultural Competence' Capstone Lecture
Distinguished educator Raymond Terrell discusses 'Becoming a Culturally
Competent Educator' as Albion College's Education department and
Shurmur Education Institute's 2008 Capstone lecturer, Thursday, May
ALBION, Mich. — In support of soldiers in Iraq, Albion College's Alpha
Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity hosts a 'Tunes for Troops' drive
through Sunday, April 27. The group is collecting new or used audio CDs
and DVDs, which will go to U.S. troops overseas.
"T this is a new and fun way to support the troops!" said APO member
Bekah McCafferty, who is organizing the drive. "APO is also looking for
new and fun ways to help others, so I thought this would be something
good we could do."
CD and DVD donations can be dropped off at the Albion District Library
during its open hours. Donations to help with postage are also accepted.
For more information, contact McCafferty at .
Senior Tribute Presented During 'Jazz in the Stack'
By Quinn Vokes, '09
ALBION, Mich. — Albion College Jazz Ensemble’s last performance of the
year features not only great music and a fun atmosphere, but also a
tribute to its graduating seniors. The concert takes place on
Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. in Albion College’s Kellogg Center
Gerstacker Commons, or "Stack."
Senior members of the group include Brandon Girard, Nick Fish, Rachel
Lippert, Dave Demert and Mike Stout. “Each senior is featured on a song
of their choice to show off their talent,” stated ensemble director
James Ball. Songs in order of seniors include “Shuffle Stop Boogie” by
Charles Mingus, “Skylark” by Jonny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, “It
Isn’t Easy Bein’ Green” by Joe Raposo and arranged by J. Ball, “Moanin’
by Charles Mingus, and “I Should Have Known” by Bill Washut. “I am very
proud of each of these talented musicians. It has been a privilege
working with them,” reflected Ball.
The ensemble also includes a few of their other standard tunes, such as
“Straight Ahead” by Count Basie and “Fire Shaker” by Maynard Ferguson
and Chris Braymen, arranged by B. Lowden. They are also doing a piece
called “Onion Chicken” by Ron Leviotts. It is sure to be a swinging
night, so do not miss out on the fun!
This performance is free and open to the public. For a schedule of
upcoming concerts visit our website at www.albion.edu/music or contact
the Albion College Music department at 517/629-0481 or .