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Saint Mary’s art department featured different forms of social media through a variety of media arrangements Friday at The Sustainable Arts CafÃ© and Market at Dalloway’s Clubhouse. Dr. Adrienne Lyles Chockley, social justice program coordinator at Saint Mary’s, said when we think of social justice, art, poetry and music are not usually the first forms of expression to come to mind, but these mediums were at the forefront of last Friday’s event. “I wanted to have an installation of artworks created by students, and then [art professor] Julie [Tourtillotte] came up with the idea of having students sell their goods,” Chockley said. “Then the students chose to have all proceeds going to St. Margaret’s House, so it’s another way of promoting social justice by providing funding for a really important social program in downtown South Bend.” All of the featured media, from the artwork to the poetry, had an underlying theme of social justice, including the selection of free organic snacks and fair trade coffee and tea, Tourtillotte said. “You’re making sure that the coffee was produced in ways that were environmentally sound and also fair in terms of the people working are fairly treated both in terms of their wages and in terms of the kind of chemicals they might be exposed to in producing those products,” Tourtillotte said. Student-created pieces such as eco-dyed scarves, notecards and recycled denim paper were all made in Tourtillotte’s “Sustainable Textiles” course. She said Selected pieces were all on display for show and for purchase. “Everything from A-Z is the student’s work,” Tourtillotte said “They fashioned everything really from scratch.” The student-made pieces allowed the CafÃ© to increase awareness about the justice behind production of the things we consume, Chockley said. “People didn’t know all these things were available on campus,” Chockely said. ” Just knowing you have a choice is an important issue to be raised today. Contact Emilie Kefalas at [email protected] read more
Say goodbye to the Palace Theatre as you know it! According to the Wall Street Journal, the upcoming Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me will bring major changes to the theater in the form of a $200,000 renovation. The restructuring will create a much more intimate atmosphere for the audience of the musical inspired by the lyrics of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, which is set to begin preview performances on May 29. The ground-level orchestra seats have been changed into stadium-style seating, often found in movie theaters, reducing the theater’s capacity from 1,740 to 1,120. The renovations will also extend the stage out past the proscenium arch, covering the orchestra pit. The production will have to return the theater to its original state when it shutters. Written by Todd Kreidler, the non-biographical story of Holler If Ya Hear Me focuses on two childhood friends living in a poverty-stricken Midwestern industrial city, struggling to realize their dreams. The production will feature songs from throughout the late rap icon’s career, including “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Me Against the World” and, of course, the title song. The previously announced cast includes Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, Tony nominee John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Director Kenny Leon hopes that these changes will drive home the idea that audiences “will feel that we know these young people, and they’re no different from whoever our children are.” Scenic designer Edward Pierce added, “everybody in those first few rows can basically high-five the actors. They’re just that close.” Holler If Ya Hear Me View Comments read more
For the past couple of years, Wisconsin’s football team has exceeded its preseason expectations, and this year, it looks as though the Badgers are going to do it again.Just a quick flashback of UW football’s last two seasons:2004 — The reputation of head coach Barry Alvarez earned Wisconsin the 21st spot in the Coaches’ Poll, but the team faced many questions heading into the season, namely replacing Lee Evans, Alex Lewis and Jim Sorgi, among other key starters. However, the Badgers turned the nation’s heads around in John Stocco’s first season at quarterback, climbing all the way up to No. 4 in the polls. The smell of roses was in the air, but then UW choked on the road in the final two games (at unranked Michigan State and No. 17 Iowa). Nevertheless, an Outback Bowl bid was much higher than what was projected going into the year.2005 — After the ’04 season, Wisconsin’s defense took a major hit, losing its entire line, as well as Scott Starks and Jim Leonhard. What’s more impressive, the Badgers had to replace Anthony Davis — the school’s second all-time leading rusher — at running back with a transfer from Colorado who had sat out the previous year and a half. Luckily for the Badgers, that one-time Buffalo was Brian Calhoun, who helped take the team’s offense to new heights. Despite a heartbreaking loss to Northwestern in an old-fashioned shootout, Wisconsin earned a bid to the Capital One Bowl against No. 7 Auburn. Heading into the game as a 10-point underdog, the Badgers surprised many by dominating the top-ranked Tigers in a 24-10 victory.And this year, expectations were just as low, if not lower. Calhoun bolted for the NFL draft, Alvarez hung up his head coaching duties and the team’s top three wide receivers graduated. To make matters worse, starters Chris Pressley and Marcus Randle El sustained season-ending injuries before the year even started. In fact, the only position on offense in which the Badgers didn’t have a question mark was at quarterback and left tackle with seniors John Stocco and Joe Thomas returning — but even Thomas was adjusting early on after recovering from a serious right knee injury suffered in the Capitol One Bowl.Wisconsin was nowhere to be found in the preseason rankings, and rightfully so. This was a team predicted to finish, at best, fifth in the Big Ten — a conference that is having a down year to say the least.And the Badgers did nothing to help themselves in their non-conference schedule. While Wisconsin won each game, none was very convincing, especially considering they came against sub-par teams.But now with three games remaining on the schedule (four if you actually want to count the Buffalo game), Wisconsin’s football team is once again overachieving.Not counting the conference-opening loss to then-No. 6 Michigan, Wisconsin has routed every single Big Ten team, outscoring opponents in the last four games by an average of 31 points.The Badgers’ defense has done its part, too, holding their last three opponents to under 14 points and only giving up an average of 11.5 points per game.Sure, this defense was supposed to be solid, but to imagine that this unit would be among the top ten in the nation prior to this season would’ve just been plain absurd. Envisioning it holding Purdue to a mere field goal, the nation’s fourth-ranked offense heading into the matchup, would’ve been even more ludicrous.Even more unlikely, however, would’ve been Wisconsin being the third best team in the Big Ten, hands down. That is, the best team on a normal level and not that of No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan.So as the end of the season nears, the age-old question becomes, what Bowl bid are the Badgers most likely to earn?Unlike certain other publications on campus, I won’t give the annual speculation about Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl chances. We all know that is very unlikely with either the Buckeyes or Wolverines making the national title game and the other heading to Pasadena.Also, while the Badgers have surpassed expectations the last couple of years, they have also been known to fade at the end of the year, something first year head coach Bret Bielema is well aware of.”It’s not so much what you see in front of you right now,” Bielema said at his weekly press conference. “It’s what the big picture is, and our guys have understood what it means to finish.”With Penn State and a trip to Kinnick Stadium against Iowa still on the schedule, no Bowl game can be etched into stone as of yet.But at this point, it will probably be much more than anyone would’ve predicted it to be before the year began.Michael will be traveling to whatever Bowl game the Badgers make. If you’d like to take a road trip with him, you can reach him at [email protected] read more