Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WHWS to Broadcast Geneva's MLK Service

This year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Colleges will again participate in a number of activities within the Geneva community and host events on campus to remember the civil rights leader. As the capstone to events dedicated to Dr. King, the Colleges will sponsor a keynote speech by Circuit Court Judge Helen Shores Lee titled, "From Dynamite Hill to Birmingham's Hall of Justice: Celebrating Past Accomplishments & Embracing the Future."

The speech will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room. Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend. Prior to the speech, there will be a lunch and community dialogue on race in the Seneca Room at 12 p.m. A conversation and book signing reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Wasey Room of the Scandling Campus Center.

Lee, daughter of the late famed Birmingham lawyer and Civil Rights leader, Arthur Shores, was born and raised in Birmingham and experienced firsthand the difficulties associated with living in the south as an African American in the turbulent 50s and 60s.
She captures her family's struggles and fight for freedom in her book, "The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family's Fight for Civil Rights."

Lee is now a circuit court judge in Jefferson County, Alabama. In addition, she serves as a trustee for Leadership Birmingham and on the advisory board of Cumberland Law School. She also served as a member of the Alabama State Ethics Commission and as its chair from 1999-2000.

She attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she received a B. A. in psychology. Lee also holds a masters of arts in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and graduated from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada.

Members of the HWS community will take part in a number of other events, including the annual MLK Day parade through Geneva. The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Public Safety Building and will be followed by a program at the Presbyterian Church which will feature music by the MLK Memorial Choir, an announcement of the winners of the 2014 MLK Art and Poetry Contest and a fellowship dinner. WHWS 105.7 FM will broadcast the MLK Service live from the Presbyterian Church.

On Friday, Jan. 24, the Colleges will participate in their annual Day of Service, which will send 100 students to volunteer in the greater-Geneva community. Those interested in volunteering can contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at 315-781-3825 or serve@hws.edu

On Monday, Jan. 27, the film "Four Little Girls" drected by Spike Lee will be shown in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion led by Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Rose.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

O.A.R Coming To the Smith - Listen To WHWS To Win Tickets!

Mainstream rock band O.A.R. will take the stage at the Smith Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 8. The band, whose official name is Of a Revolution, is well known for its live shows and maintains an extensive tour schedule. They have released a number of records of their live performances including most recently, of the July 2012 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., titled "Live on Red Rocks." The concert is sponsored by the office of student activities.

Student tickets are currently available online at the College Store's website, and are payable by credit card or student charge. No ticket sales will be available in-store. The student price is $15, or $20 at the door the day of the concert.

General Admission (all non-students and guests of students) will be available at the Smith Opera House and its website for $30 in advance or $35 at the door the day of the concert. General Admission tickets go on sale Jan. 13.
In a review in The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh wrote, "It's hard to imagine a more mainstream rock band than O.A.R., the hugely popular group that came to New York on Saturday night. O.A.R.'s music is a genial blend of straightforward rock and light reggae (or, mathematically: Matchbox Twenty plus Maroon 5 plus UB40). The members exude professionalism, running the band like a small corporation. And Saturday's concert was proof that this approach has worked: O.A.R. sold out Madison Square Garden."

O.A.R.'s band members attended high school together in Rockville, Md., first getting together in drummer Chris Culos' basement. The band released its first album, "The Wanderer," prior to graduating. The members stayed together throughout college with all attending The Ohio State University, and recorded two more albums before leaving Columbus. By the end of 2008, O.A.R. had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs.

To date the band has sold close to two million albums and more than two million concert tickets, including three sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Their most recent studio album, "King," debuted in 2011 at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, three on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and was three at iTunes on the day of the release. The album was the follow-up to the band's 2008 release, "All Sides," which contains the platinum hit radio single "Shattered."

More information about O.A. R. is available on the band's website.

At the end of last semester, the Concert Advisory Committee hosted a scavenger hunt throughout the week of Dec. 2, asking students to find hidden oars on campus for a chance to win tickets to the concert.