November 30, 2011- Issue 11 News

By CAITLIN KNOX

Copy Editor

“We are going to try the make this the funniest Nexus event that you have ever seen,” said Ed Smith, director of the upcoming play entitled “Merry Freakin’ Christmas.” Not only the funniest, but the shortest— the show will run at 45 minutes tops. All for the price of $5 for adults, $3 for students. After seeing a part of rehearsal, I would pay more than $5 to see the final performance. It will premiere on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. and continue through Sunday and the following weekend at the same times.

It is straight comedy the whole way through; comparable to a show on “Saturday Night Live,” except this time, you know the actors personally, and it’s a much shorter walk to the Wilson Lab Theatre than it is to the studio in New York! The show is about a news station putting on a Christmas special. The top news anchor for “Channel 10 News at 10” is Justine Tom, played by Meredith Cave. This gorgeous lady is super smart, majoring in theatre and political science, but in this production she plays the ditzy, extremely dumb type. She hides it well on camera, using her “big-girl voice,” but once she’s off-air she is as dumb as a box of rocks. She is joined by a cast of around 20 talented students, some making their first appearance in a theater production at Georgetown.

News reporters include Cheryl Brumley and Austin Conway, who are sent out on awkward and frigidly cold missions to find out more about Santa Claus. Brumley’s character is comparable to Barbara Walters when she interviews a man who changed his name to Kris Kringle and has a degree in “Holidayology,” played by Ethan Smith. Brumley also plays Flip Crabbemagic, Channel 10’s chief meteorologist. There is also Charlene, played by Amanda Williamson, who tries very hard to plan a Christmas party for the news cast but keeps having complications. Becca Cason is playing the stage manager at Channel 10, who is always strictly business.

Stories range from visits to the North Pole, to how reindeer are treated by Santa and the elves, to Santa himself coming to the show and answering letters to children. And to make the news cast even more authentic, they have added commercials. These are just as hilarious as the reporting, including a special appearance from Billy Mays, played by freshman Sam Adams. “Yulestra” is a medication advertised that will calm your nerves during the hectic Christmas season.

“Merry Freaking Christmas” is starting to become a Georgetown tradition. This will be the third time it has been performed. The last two were five and six years ago, with a few different sketches. It is a collaboration of stories that were put together by Ed Smith, which makes him writer, director, and also cast member. He will be playing the camera man. When asked about the title, he said that the play “shows what a freak show Christmas really can be.”

Source: Ed Smith A Salvation Army bell ringer, Liz Duccilli, is beaten by disgruntled Christmas shoppers.
Source: Ed Smith Amanda Williamson, left, explains the plans for the company Christmas party to Meredith Cave and Becca Cason.

Fair provides ethical gifts

By CALIESHA COMLEY
Staff Writer

This Thursday, Dec. 1, the entire first floor of the LRC will be filled with holiday spirit as the college welcomes many Fair Trade certified vendors to campus to provide an alternative shopping choice to GC students and the Georgetown community. Fair Trade is a movement that promotes fair wages and working conditions to laborers around the world, as well sustainability. Buying fair trade ensures the products that consumers buy have been ethically produced without the use of slave labor and in the absence of practices harmful to both workers and the environment. The market is an event that provides opportunities to shop, eat and learn about fair trade.

The largest part of the event, the Vendor Market, will take place in the Ward Room of the LRC and will be open from 7 – 9 p.m. All of the products available in the market are either fair trade certified, 100% ethically produced or are locally sourced. Organizations that will be represented in the market include Lock and Key, Ten Thousand Villages, PeaceCraft from Berea, Equal Exchange teas and chocolate, In His Image Designs, Lucia’s and Georgetown alum Alix Davidson’s jewelry. Good Foods will also be present to hand out samples of local food and fair trade lotion, as well as Beadsfor-Life, a jewelry making initiative from Uganda that employs women to help eradicate poverty in the region.

In addition to the Vendor Market, the fair trade event will hold three chocolate tastings throughout the evening to compare the quality of fair trade chocolate to that of non fair trade. You’re invited to come judge for yourself whether fair trade chocolate passes the test! Free fair trade coffee, provided by Alltech’s Café Citadel will also be available for you to enjoy, as well as other homemade, fair trade snacks.

The event will also feature media and resource rooms in which you can learn more about fair trade as well as fighting modern-day slavery. In the Media a short film released by Unearthed Pictures, “Jacob’s Story,” about a trafficking victim turned rescuer will be shown with a Q&A session to follow. The film is also an opportunity to earn Nexus credit. The Resource room will host representatives of organizations active in fair trade and in the fight against modern-day slavery who will be available to share their missions and answer any questions.

Dr. Singer, who is organizing the market, hopes that the event can help “educate the campus and community about where they can make more responsible purchases this holiday season.” You are welcome to contact her for any additional information or with questions you may have about the event. Mark the date—Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the LRC.

Come and check out all of the fair trade deals you can find as the holiday season nears.

Campus gears up for three traditions

By MORGAN FRALICK
Staff Writer

The Chorale Christmas Concert this year is on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. This performance will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church and will be open to the entire community.

Along with the traditional Christmas hymns, the Chorale will also be performing a series of non-traditional songs that will easily become your new favorite tunes. The concert will also be featuring the Chapel Brass Ensemble, a hand bell choir and select soloists from the Chorale.

Messiah Sing! is a concert performed by the Georgetown Concert Choir at the John L. Hill Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Every other year, the two choirs come together and sing a selection of short songs from Handel’s “Messiah” in the form of a sing-a-long. Like the Chorale Concert, this performance will also feature a number of soloists and instrumentalists, but the best part about this concert is you can be featured in it as well. Everyone in the community of Georgetown is invited to chime in.

One of the top ten favored traditions at Georgetown is the Hanging of the Green. Every year, students, faculty, family and friends are invited to come together at John L. Hill Chapel to celebrate the beginning of the Advent season. There will be a small service which will include lighting the Advent Wreath and decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments that represent every organization and group on campus, and it will close with a candlelight circling on Giddings Lawn. This year, rather than being held on the first Monday of the month, the event will be on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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