Purim, done GC styleBy MEREDITH RIGBY
Monday, March 1 was the first of hopefully many celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Purim at Georgetown College. Gathered around tables in the Hall of Fame room, students, faculty and guests sipped coffee and snacked on hamantaschen, the traditional Purim cookies which are triangle- shaped and filled with jelly. Emily Brandon welcomed the participants and introduced Dr. Diane Svarlien, who would be leading the event.
Svarlien, adorned with a colorful jester’s hat, seemed very excited to be participating in this event. After thanking the many sponsors, who include UNG (Georgetown’s international club), the Religion department, the Women’s Studies department and international programs, Dr. Svarlien explained some of the background of Purim. The holiday was instituted by the Jews to commemorate the events in the book of Esther, also called the Megillah. It is celebrated on the 14th and 15th of the month of Adar (this year April 30 and March 1). Traditions include reading the Megillah, sending food baskets to friends, and giving to the poor. She also explained the importance of noisemakers, called ra’ashan, scattered on the tables. During the reading of the Megillah on Purim, participants twirl the noisemakers whenever the villain, Haman’s, name is pronounced.
She had everyone practice listening for the name as she sang a Hebrew Purim song. Svarlien then proceeded to read the story of Esther. From the crowning of Esther to her daring plea to the king for her people’s lives to the triumphant, albeit violent, ending where Haman was executed and the Jews celebrated victory, the audience members listened alertly for Haman’s name, eagerly rattling noisemakers whenever it was mentioned. Although many of the audience members had heard the story before, it had probably never been so interesting. The end of the story, which tells how the Jews established the holiday of Purim, is rarely ever heard. It gives a fascinating insight into Jewish culture and religion. It is exciting that Georgetown held an event like this, and they are looking forward to similar cross-cultural events in the future.
Hunnicutt shines, even when the lights go outBy EVAN HARRELL
Last Thursday, Feb. 25, Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, soprano, gave her first faculty recital of the semester. With a wonderful stage presence and a beautiful voice, she performed famous, historical works from composers such as Mozart, Handel and Liszt in German, Italian and French. Contemporary pieces by William Bolcom, Celius Dougherty and others complemented her repertoire. The recital also included a duet with junior Michael Cannon, tenor, for the song “Ah, fors’ è lui… Sempre libera” from La traviata.
There was, however, a slight malfunction during the recital. In the piece “Nuvoletta” by Samuel Barber, on the line “Oh, how it was dusk,” the lights in John L. Hill Chapel went out as if on cue. In a professional manner, Hunnicutt and her pianist Rob Vanover continued the performance uninterrupted. “I had to flip the switch back on and rush to get lighting back on stage,” says Chuck Harris who was operating the soundboard that night. “The malfunction at Dr. Hunnicutt’s recital was the biggest thing that’s happened in a while. The entire light board shut itself off. I know it couldn’t have been me because my hands were on the soundboard.”
Harris says this is not the first appearance the opera ghost has made. Last semester, during the Lyric Theatre Society’s final, filmed performance of “The Secret Marriage,” the projector which showed an English translation of the lyrics to the audience suddenly stopped receiving signal from the computer. Harris is unsure whether there is indeed an opera ghost but does concede that “these things are more than just random coincidences.” What is not a coincidence, however, is that even through technical malfunctions, Hunnicutt never lost her composure, and her voice never quavered throughout the entirety of the performance. With that level of talent and professionalism, anyone would have enjoyed this recital no matter their level of inclination to music.
Redding gives Danford LectureBy HILLARY THORNTON
Dr. Rogers Redding was selected to speak to the Georgetown College student body this past Tuesday at the Danford Thomas Lecture. The Danford Thomas Lecture, endowed by the Danford Thomas Memorial Lecture Foundation, is an annual event that’s been held on the campus of Georgetown College since 1927. The lecture honors the memory of one of the college’s first permanent faculty members. Redding was sincerely honored to be the selected speaker for this lecture.
While Redding did not personally attend Georgetown College, he has deep ties to the college. His father was a part of Georgetown’s faculty for approximately 30 years. The majority of Redding’s family followed in his father’s footsteps and attended school at Georgetown College. Redding jokingly said, “I’m the only member of my family who did not attend Georgetown College.” Redding was a college physics professor for numerous years. He also worked as a collegiate football official and the coordinator of officials for the Southeastern Conference.
The lecture was on a topic that faces much controversy and one that several college students deal with throughout their studies and experiences in society today. Redding titled his lecture “Faith of the Scientist.” He addressed and explained how science has become an issue within Christianity and how the two topics often clash. Redding stated his own personal beliefs simply but strongly. He views God as the creator, who was crucified and buried, then miraculously rose three days later. He then discussed the views of three prominent atheists, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. These three men believe that it is silly to believe in God, and say science has proven there is no God, that there is no life beyond death and nature is self-originated.
According to Redding, the beliefs of atheism are false and seem to be irrelevant to the argument. He explained how every little detail and equation in the makeup of our earth is complete and absolutely perfect. Otherwise, our earth would not operate like it does. The makeup of earth has so many details that have been crafted to specifically meet the needs of human beings. Atheists believe that this is just a happy accident. Redding argues that that is not a scientific argument. To sum it up, Redding explained that there is not the scientific means or ability to reach God and prove Him. This is because God isn’t in this universe, the universe is in Him. Consequently, the statement that science can’t prove God is irrelevant and does not hurt the belief that God is in fact the creator and very much a part of science.
The lecture was closed by Redding talking about miracles. He told the students, “To insist miracles aren’t possible is to deny there’s God…it just takes faith.” He left the students with the thought that he knows his family and friends love him, but how can he prove that? Can you test someone’s love for you? Can you provide evidence or measure love? You can’t put someone’s love for you into a mathematical equation. This is the same case as trying to prove that God is or is not in science, you simply must believe and have faith.
SGA proposes changesBy SHAKIR MACKEY
On Feb. 25, the Student Government Associaton discussed their plans for maintenance and student activities. The budget was set at $20,000 to address the needs of students and necessities on campus. Though discussed over and over, coming up with ideas for spending has been a challenge for student leaders. One suggestion that seems feasible is actually more costly than predicted: wireless internet over the entire campus. While this is costly and will be well over $20,000, SGA will be working with ITS to see if this can be a possibility in the near future. Another suggestion was that the campus have more lighting. This would be important for those students who study late and walk to and from long distances of their dorms. Unfortunately the added illuminations will be over $20,000 as well. Lynnesy Rowland, SGA president, said, “We are trying very hard to spend our money wisely, however it seems that we are very limited. This is why we are calling for more help one last time to ask for your opinion.” Options that are expected to cost more than $20,000 have already been ruled out. Here are some suggestions that can probably be accomplished:
—wireless on south campus
—more seating areas around campus
—more handicap installations such as more railing and bathroom equipment
—new classroom furniture in the basement of Knight Hall Chapel
—a revamped volleyball court area on south campus
—an endowed scholarship for new students
—a security camera in the Abyss
—computers in each dorm lobby with a printer
—more green initiatives such a replacing light bulbs and more recycling bins
Again, student input is much needed if we are to continue activities and campus improvement. This is our temporary home and it is up to us to make decisions regarding it. If you are interested in joining SGA applications for the Executive Council will be available March 29.
Around the WORLD!
—Tabasco hot sauce has been on the market for 148 years and is still going strong, holding an estimated 20-25 percent market share of all of the hot sauces in production. Before the sauce is ready to be distributed it, it is aged in Kentucky white oak bourbon barrels.
—The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka, recently chose to propose to a woman whose name reminds many of a form of canned meat they may have eaten in their childhood years. Vienna Girardi accepted the handsome pilot’s proposal, saying “Oh my God. Yes! Yes!”
—The Vancouver Winter Olympic games purportedly set a record recently when officials announced they had distributed over 100,000 condoms throughout the city during seventeen days of the games. This was the most condoms ever distributed in a setting such as this, and was done to promote AIDS and HIV awareness on a large scale.
—Utah is trying to put a piece of legislation into law that will make reckless behavior leading to a miscarriage illegal and punishable by law. This came out after a woman hired a man to beat her with the intent to kill her seven-month-along fetus.
—Over 5,000 naked people, including a naked woman who went straight to the hospital to give birth afterwards and a weatherman who showed more than usual on his Monday moring forecast, draped the steps of the Sydney Opera House recently to take a photo with famed American photographer Spencer Tunick as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration. The picture, of both gay and straight naked people, was taken to show that Australia supports equality among all its citizens.