Tidbits

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Zombies Not Invited

You would think that a college campus, of all places, would not need to have an event called Brain Awareness Week. But it’s not quite what it sounds like. This April collection of events on our bossiest organ, hosted by the student neurology club, BrainWashed, was part of a global campaign to increase public awareness of brain research. Events included a Brain Faire on the North Lawn, which offered the chance to play with an electroencephalogram, drunk goggles, and remote-controlled cockroaches. There were brain-decorated cupcakes too. Talk about food for thought.

The Bard in the Buff

Students in the male and female Naked Shakespeare troupes spiced up the end of the semester by performing Romeo and Julietand Henry IV, respectively. The single-gender thing makes sense: in the Bard’s day, men regularly performed women’s roles; why shouldn’t the ladies get a turn too? Though some audience members may have been disappointed that the name reflects the groups’ pared-down aesthetic rather than their costuming choices, we were relieved that no one had to look at Juliet's junk.

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Gryphons Rule the Pool

The women’s swimming team took first place at the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference swimming championships on January 29. Who knew having the head of an eagle and body of a lion could result in such aquatic prowess?

Folk Friday the Thirteenth

The fifth annual Sarah Lawrence Folk Festival began on Friday, April 13, dispelling the myth that fiddlers kill puppies. The student-run event enticed audience members with a bevy of acoustic performers from around the country, a barn dance featuring the SLC’s own bluegrass ensemble, and free homemade baklava. (It goes well with the moonshine.)
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Party Like It's 1869

Lauren Stern ’12 had a ball—literally—as part of her independent study project on the use of dance in 19th century literature. Wearing a period ball gown she made especially for the event, she taught 20 students and faculty to bust a move à la Jane Austen, dancing the Virginia Reel, Empire Quadrille, and Pop Goes the Weasel. Work it, young lady!
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Dance, Dance (Therapy) Revolution

Do you feel the duty to shake your booty—and help others cope with physical and mental illnesses at the same time? If so, maybe it’s time for graduate school. This fall, SLC launched a master of science degree program in dance/movement therapy, preparing students to exploit the mind/body connection and harness the healing power of dance in a therapeutic setting. Sounds way more fun than psychoanalysis!

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Watch Your Fingers

Over spring break, Rosie Sofen ’15 learned the finer points of operating a table saw. Sofen was one of 10 students who traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia, this March on a trip led by the Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning. The group spent the week working with Habitat for Humanity to finish a home—installing insulation, siding, and floor boards, and then painting the house. 

At night, the group slept in a church (whose walls displayed a few hundred pictures of Jesus). They also found time to enjoy $1 movies and go tubing at an artificial downhill skiing facility covered with turf usually found on soccer fields. It was “shockingly similar to real snow,” Sofen reports.

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Good News for Us All

“Raymond Chandler didn’t write a single word of any consequence until his 40s. Julia Child learned to cook at 40! Clint Eastwood directed his first film at 41. Don’t be afraid to be a late bloomer. Repeatedly.” So said Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, in his commencement address in May. He concluded, “You have time to mess up. You have time to try again. 

And when you mess that up, you still have time.” His speech was declared one of the “18 Best Commencement Speeches of 2012” by ABC News. Read it online—or watch the video.

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Sundance Star

Jessie Ennis ’13 (above, right) was the youngest filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival. She and her two co-directors won a Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling for their short film, “The Arm.” The first-time directors made the film with $800 and a cast of friends and family. The film, about teen relationship misadventures, proves that death by texting can be quite amusing when handled correctly.

International Summer

Study abroad isn’t just for the school year anymore. SLC offered two new programs this summer: Summer Arts in Berlin and Trans-lation in Buenos Aires. German faculty Roland Dollinger shepherded 11 students as they studied dance, visual arts, architecture, and German. In the southern hemisphere, Maria Negroni (Spanish) brought eight students to her native Argentina for a course on the finer points of translation. 
Bravo and 
Gluckwunsche!
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Going Out with a Bang

Days before classes ended, Larry Hoffman, the director of public safety, warned the campus about incipient gunfire sounds coming from Reisinger. “Please do not be alarmed,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The sound will be coming from a theatrical firearm shooting blanks.” Apparently the stage-combat students who were punching and stabbing each other in our spring issue decided to take things to the next level. A security officer was stationed outside the fake-gun safety event; as a result, no one went ballistic over the noise.

New Trustees

The Board of Trustees welcomed David Netto ’92 and John Lilly to their ranks in May. Netto, who lives in Los Angeles, is an interior designer and architectural historian who writes about design for the Wall Street Journal. (The rise of his line of modernist baby furniture was chronicled in our fall 2008 issue.) 

Lilly resides in Wayzata, Minnesota, and is the former CEO of The Pillsbury Company. With over 30 years in the consumer products industry at Pillsbury and P&G, he has been responsible for more than 50 familiar consumer brands in 25 countries. He’s now president of John Lilly Strategic Insights, LLC. Lilly and his wife, Katherine Moore-Lilly, have twin college-age children, one of whom, Christopher, is a junior at SLC.

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The Hackers Aren't Slackers

All-nighters are a collegiate rite of passage—but they’re not usually endorsed by faculty. At SLC, new media teachers Angela Ferraiolo and Una Chung instigated the Artist/Hacker Throwdown—24 hours of nonstop creative productivity for programmers and artists. On April 6, 20 people answered the call to hunker down in Heimbold and make “out-there music videos, movies adrift in the cosmos, outlandish performance pieces, and existential game shows,” using digital tools and techniques most of us have never heard of. (What’s a datamosh?) We look forward to the debut of “Family Futility.”