Tiger Thanksgiving TraditionsBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
hanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that GC students, faculty and staff alike are preparing to eat turkey dinners, watch football games and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, catch up on their napping and decorate for Christmas.
There might be some wishing on wishbones, coloring hand-turkeys and, of course, giving thanks for blessings. But some folks in the GC community celebrate Turkey Day with more unique holiday traditions.
Nearly everyone is familiar with the famous scene in “A Christmas Story” when Ralphie and the rest of the Parker family go to a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner.
LRC Library Technician Kyle Potter’s Thanksgiving tradition might bring that scene to mind.
Each year, he gathers with friends who aren’t traveling for the holiday and they go out for a non-traditional meal at Masala Indian Cuisine in Lexington.
Last year’s Thanksgiving dinner included an Indianstyle turkey dish that the restaurant owners were very pleased with, according to Potter. The best part? He doesn’t have to wash any dishes afterwards.
2010 Georgetown College graduate Jacob Day greets Thanksgiving Day by looking back on the last major holiday in the U.S. All his family members get together for a unique (and somewhat violent) tradition.
“We get old jack-o-lanterns from Halloween, sit them at the far end of my aunt’s yard and throw hatchets at them,” said Day. “We don’t have very good aim, so we eventually get frustrated and go at it up close and destroy the jack-o-lanterns.”
Junior Laura Strange has a few unique Thanksgiving traditions as well. Over the break, she and her boyfriend Jeremy Sheaffer bake and decorate cookies shaped like turkeys. They then make surprise deliveries of these holiday cookies to their friends and family at their homes and places of work.
During the Thanksgiving break of her freshman year, Strange and Sheaffer handed out turkey cookies at a Wendy’s drive thru and Kroger check-out lane during a ninehour cookie delivery trip.
“At some stops people would join in with us and continue to the next stops,” Strange added. After a long day of cookie deliveries, she relaxes by playing the board game Clue with anyone who made it to the final stop.
Another tradition for many Americans takes place the day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday bargain hunting.
Among those who will be waking up early to do some Black Friday shopping this year is sophomore Cameron Nixon. Nixon, who has never had an iPod of his own, plans to head out to stores and purchase his first Apple-brand media player—specifically a black iPod Nano.
He’s also saving up for a pair of high-quality headphones, usually priced around $100, and hopes to find a good deal on those, as well. As for Thanksgiving Day, Nixon plans to sleep until dinner is ready, eat and go back to sleep.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL NGBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Daniel Ng has not had a typical college experience. He began college as a Piano Performance major at the University of Kentucky but left after three years to come back home and ended up getting a job in Georgetown.
He began to take general education classes at Georgetown College part time just to keep up with his studies, but found that he really liked the people on campus and could see that “there was a much brighter light at the end of the tunnel,” meaning that he knew he would get a lot of performance opportunities.
He started full-time in the spring of 2008 because of the Music Department, where he is now a Vocal Performance major and a Collaborative Piano minor.
When asked why he chose his major, Daniel said, “I love singing, simple as that, and I love performing. On top of that I also LOVE working with singers and accompanying, and having that major can bring me closer to understanding the troubles and problems of singing, thus helping other fellow singers out!”
After arriving on the Georgetown scene, Daniel found many opportunities to get involved on campus, both within the Music Department and outside of it as a President’s Ambassador. He has held offices in the Lyric Theatre Society (Historian and Student Pianist), SNATS (President) and Chorale (Social Chair).
Not only is he involved in several campus clubs, but he also serves as a student accompanist, which he says is one of his favorite things to do.
He has also been involved in many musical productions, wearing many hats, such as Musical Director of “The Secret Marriage” (he played the piano for the whole thing and coached all the singers). He has been in three Opera Workshops where he not only had his own primary scenes but has also been an assistant director and director, he has played Mr. Bluff in “The Impressario” and Guiseppe in the recent LTS production, “The Gondoliers.”
His favorite role was playing Figaro in “The Barber of Seville” in Opera Workshop. He will take the stage as a student one last time on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. to give his Senior Recital.
His hero is Dr. Daniel Tilford. “He was my piano teacher for a few years when I was in high school, and I believe he gave me the push I needed to take music seriously. His personality is second to none; I have very rarely seen him without a smile on his face. He has taught me so much in my life, both in music and about life in general.”
He also has a deep appreciation for Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, who “has been my biggest help getting through my collegiate career. Being my voice teacher she has had to deal with my great days and my nightmare days, days when I’ll listen to everything and days when I won’t listen to anything. We’ve worked together as singer/pianist (faculty recitals), producer/ director (Opera Workshop), stage director/music director (the LTS production of “The Secret Marriage” a few years back), and of course student and teacher. If she is available she always has her door open, letting her students drone on to her about their lives. She’s always willing to listen, which is something that can’t be taught, just admired.”
This Scott County native is actually a second-generation Georgetown College student and musician – his father, who came here from Hong Kong to study physics in 1963, is a violinist, so he has been exposed to music his whole life and it’s no surprise that he wants music to be his career.
When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, Daniel said, “Being a vocal coach at the Metropolitan Opera House would be the ultimate job, but if I couldn’t do that then becoming a conductor of either a good orchestra or choir would probably be my next choice. As long as I’m working with someone in music, I think I’ll be alright!”
As for his after-graduation plans, he said, “Right now I am working on getting into a graduate music program, furthering my education and draining my bank account to do so. I’m also looking for a steady job at a good school to up the ol’ resume, making me more marketable. If both fail to happen then you’ll probably hear a news report of me beginning my search for the Fountain of Youth…” His sense of humor is also much appreciated in the Music Department.
When asked what he is most passionate about, Daniel said, “making others happy, either through music or with laughter.” He is serious about making music, but today he doesn’t take it as seriously as he once did.
As “a freshman, my only interest was in piano, so I secluded myself from most social events and just worried about getting straight A’s and learning the next piece. Over the years however I’ve found out that college is not just about what classes you take and what you get accomplished, but it’s what you do with your life and who you get to know. Friends are just as important, if not more so, than that little piece of paper you get at the end of the road.”
Speaking of friends, one of his best friends from college, Hagan Hill (‘10), says of Daniel, “I believe that Dan is a man of many talents. Not only gifted in musical and theatrical performance, but a natural leader and a charismatic individual. I have utmost respect for him and his abilities and i know he will surpass all expectations in the paths and goals he chooses.”
His advice for underclassmen is, “As Pa (my grandfather) used to tell me when I was just a youngin’, ‘Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things!’
Take advantage of the time you have here, because no one can learn this stuff for you. Also get to know as many people as you can, because in college you will meet your best friends, your role models and, possibly your future mate. Its not just academics that you learn here, you learn how to be a better person with a brighter future.”