October 14, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 5

Memories made, two students
reflect on Chorale tour

Contributing Writer

The Chorale members enjoyed many attractions in St. Louis including the famous Art Museum.

How was your Fall Break? Mine was one that I will never forget. I am a freshman and I had the chance to go on tour with Georgetown’s Chorale. I was one of four freshmen that went, out of a choir of 19 members. At the beginning of the trip, the upperclassmen explained all of the traditions that they had on tour. I didn’t realize I had so much to learn.

I was introduced to “Secret Pals,” a gift-giving game similar to Secret Santa. Saying the blessing before a meal was unique on tour, because we sing it—yes, even in restaurants. The Georgetown Chorale is never ashamed to sing in public and will always sing upon request. For example, while we were eating at Patti’s 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers, an elderly man asked us to sing “Happy Birthday” to his wife who turned 74 that day. We sat our forks down without hesitation and sang to her. Shortly afterward, a lady came over to our table asking for us to sing to her too, even though it wasn’t her birthday. So while we were waiting for dessert to arrive, we performed a miniature concert.

I also learned that tour is a time for overeating; we were fed heartily by each church where we performed, not to mention the two inch pork chop and “Mile High” chocolate pie, complete with six inches of meringue, at Patti’s. After swearing that we would never eat again, we tried to squeeze into dresses and tuxes for the next performance.

We performed at four churches and one high school with standing ovations at every performance. At the end of each concert, we always stayed to talk with the audience, even if we didn’t have much time. This was the most rewarding part of performing. People shook our hands and even hugged us as they told us how much they had enjoyed the concert. It made the whole performance worthwhile when I realized the effect we had on the listening audience.

By the end of the tour, as we were heading back from St. Louis toward Owensboro, something changed. The upperclassmen stopped calling me “freshman.” I was now Caitlin and had learned all of the traditions, habits and inside jokes that made up Chorale. I was not new anymore; I was a part of the choir and always would be. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to sing with such talented people and that I can call myself a true member of the Georgetown Chorale.

Public Liaison

Members of the Chorale also spent time visiting the historic Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

For the second year in a row, I spent my Fall Break sleeping in strangers’ homes while being fed a vast amount of food, riding and sleeping in a huge bus, being surrounded by an amazing group of people and doing some singing here and there. That sounds a lot like Chorale Tour to me.

This year we trekked to St. Louis, hitting up Louisville and Paducah on the way there and stopping by Owensboro and Elizabethtown coming back. Over the course of five days, the 19 singers that make up the Georgetown College Chorale made memories that will definitely last a lifetime.

I’m going to be honest here: Chorale tour is probably one of the most exhausting times of the year, since we sing a full performance one to two times a day, are constantly going from one place to another and sightseeing here and there as well. However, it is also one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Georgetown. Only on tour can you sing on Lake Barkley and almost bring a fisherman to tears. Only on tour can you sing the blessing at your table before you eat and get requested to not only sing Happy Birthday to Noretta who turned 74 years old but also serenade a church group in the same restaurant. Only on tour can you experience true hospitality of people willing to offer time, money and their homes to a group of college students staying for the night.

Chorale tour has been one of my most cherished memories at Georgetown, and one that I found myself looking forward to every year. The connections that are made and the friendships that are reinforced (or formed in some cases) cannot be matched. Our St. Louis adventure was no different. I really enjoyed talking to people who went on tour for the first time and seeing how they felt about it. The general consensus this year: can’t wait for next year’s trip.



Extreme Makeover: Theater Edition

Staff Writer

Patrons of the Theatres of Georgetown will enjoy the recent renovations to the local cinema.

During fall break, most students had the opportunity to visit home, go on fancy trips or simply relax. Although I would not exactly call my break relaxing, I did stay on campus, worked, caught up on my sleep and got a lot of work done on my senior thesis. During my four days of being on the deserted campus, I decided I would catch up on some current movies at the local theater. To my surprise, I was presented with some recent renovations to the Theatres of Georgetown.

I have seen the theater go through a lot of changes; from my freshman year, when it was the local theater we only went to it when heading to a nicer place in Lexington was not an option, to the period during my sophomore and junior years when the theater was closed for business and now, under a change of ownership, all of the changes have made the Theatres of Georgetown a local movie theater that we can be proud of. Included in the changes are both the physical look of the theater and the way that it is being run. The physical changes made to the theater include a new 3D screen, added to keep up with the changes being made in movie production and to keep up with other theaters in the area.

3D movies that once would not have been able to be viewed now can be seen at the local theater. This is one reason, I believe, that the theater has seen an increase in business. Movies that families would have driven all the way to Lexington for are now available right here. The second, and more noticeable, physical change to the theater is the face-lift that has taken place; this includes a repainting of the outside of the theater as well as some new light additions. This painting of the theater added eye-catching yellow, pink and teal strips as well as some lighting details. These changes are not the only ones affecting business for the theater.

Under new ownership we as a community have seen the theater making an effort to draw in business with popular offers such as free popcorn Tuesdays and e-mails containing movie times to those interested. The theater also has many special events going on with openings of special movies; these include giveaways, silent auctions to benefit local charities, contests and opening night special parties. Although the theater may not be as fancy or as nice as some of the larger chains located in Lexington, it does fulfill its purpose: to provide entertainment to the community at a decent price, with employees that are both friendly and knowledgeable. It is no longer necessary to drive more than 10 minutes to see a great movie.



Review: 39 reasons to see “Case 39”

Staff Writer

When I first saw the trailer for “Case 39” starring Renee Zellweger, I was so excited to see it. For one, little girls can sometimes be the creepiest characters, and this was no exception. I could not wait to see if it was original, and I was glad to find out that it was. Maybe a few clichés were thrown in there, but overall “Case 39” delivers chills that will send you reeling in your seat. It had moments of “jump scares,” but they were tactfully done and made the movie more enjoyable. Made up of a great cast, a truly frightening plot, and plenty of shocking moments, this is a delightfully scary flick. Renee Zellweger plays the role of Emily, a social worker overwhelmed by her job. When her boss throws an additional case on her desk, it catches her eye and she becomes interested in the situation.

Lilly, played wonderfully by Jodelle Ferland, is a young girl who is having trouble in school and at home. From the looks of things, the parents are neglectful and cruel to her, but it turns out there is much more to the story than we are led to believe. Emily sympathizes with Lilly and temporarily adopts her into her home and life. Regardless of the fact that Lilly is pleasant, and sickeningly sweet, it is not long until events happening around Emily begin to make her question her original impression of Lilly. From this point on, the viewers are thrown into a whirlwind of terror that seems to be unstoppable. Lilly reminds me of the girl in the 2009 film, “Orphan,” and is similar in the way it makes you actually fear a precious child. You cannot figure out what is really happening, and it is often hard to tell whom you should really believe. I love the suspense of horror movies and this one definitely does not fail to deliver that.

The overall originality in the storyline was there and it wasn’t too similar to anything I had ever seen. I was disappointed in the ending and found it too Hollywood. I also would have liked a little more explanation into the plot about why some things were happening. It did however give an opening for a sequel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I would like to see the story continued. The acting from Ferland was superb and she was the shining star of the film. From “The Hangover,” Bradley Cooper, whose character played Emily’s love interest and Lilly’s therapist, was also excellent and it was the first role I had seen him in where he was not a jerk. Zellweger, on the other hand, looked as if her lips had been stung by billions of bumblebees and spoke in a baby voice that irked me after a while. She has always been a favorite of mine, but her acting was not at its best. She played being frightened well, but a crying scene had me chuckling over how ridiculously fake it was.

Overall, the characters all worked well together. Zellweger and Ferland had great chemistry on screen that was enjoyable to watch. They were believable, and you could not help but root for them to do well together as a family. “Case 39” had excellent CGI effects and some parts looked way too real, thus adding terror to some disturbing scenes. Less gore than I anticipated was used, but the hornet scene with Cooper from the preview was one of the worst to watch. The “jump scenes” added to the film, and many were unexpected. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a spine-chilling movie to watch on a Friday night. Just in time for Halloween, “Case 39” is not one to miss. Get caught up in the case and be prepared to be scared.


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