The End of the World as We Know It: Albion Professors Dissect '12/21'
It's not a news flash, say Albion physics professor Nicolle Zellner and anthropology professor Brad Chase: the world will not end on December 21, 2012. The pair recently teamed up for a public presentation of how research and science make the case for December 22, this year and years to come.
Berkey Takes a Bow After 35 (and a Half) Great Years
Professor of sociology Len Berkey distinctly remembers where his career path started, at a community pool in Washington, Pennsylvania. "I was 15 years old, sitting with some friends and looking at girls," he recalls. "There were hundreds of people, and suddenly everyone got out of the pool when three little African-American kids came to swim. That left a mark—I just had to figure this out and do something about it. It's driven me my whole career."
Whitehouse Nature Center Sponsors Holiday Craft Fun
Celebrating winter and the holiday season, Albion College's Whitehouse Nature Center hosts a natural crafts open house Saturday, December 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Featured crafts include "pioneer lightbulbs" (also known as candle-dipping), grapevine wreath making and paper-making. "These are sustainable crafts and decorations that anyone can make," said Nature Center director David Green.
This event is free and open to the public and there is no charge for materials. For more information, contact Green at 517/629-0582 or
Students Roll Out Hand-Built Chariot in Demonstration
A group of Albion College first-year students have built a real Egyptian chariot for their seminar course Equus: The Horse in Western Culture taught by English professor Ian MacInnes. The Bronze Age vehicle will be put through its final paces in a public demonstration Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at the College's Held Equestrian Center, located on 29 Mile Road just south of the Albion-Concord Road intersection.
To create their chariot, students researched ancient source materials to create their own design, which they built with the assistance of skilled craftsmen and a harness maker. Once complete, the students used the chariot while attempting to shoot targets with arrows, evaluating the skill needed to use the chariot in battle.
For the December 2 demonstration, the chariot will be driven with a pair of ponies at the Equestrian Center.
This event is free and open to the public. For more contact MacInnes at