All posts by Kenyon Tarquinio

Go BAMO

Zug Memorial Hall, the oldest building on the E-town college campus, houses many campus offices.

Anchor: I’m outside Zug Memorial Hall. This is a place that house Elizabethtown College’s business office, Hess gallery, and financial aid department; but in the basement, few people have found that there’s a vibrant community.

The basement houses the college music department. In addition to music studies, classrooms can also be used by the various music clubs, specifically the Bachelor of Arts in Music Organization, BAMO for short. BAMO has garnered quite the campus fanbase over the years. I sat down with the club president, Steven Roldan, to learn about BAMO’s mission.

Steven Roldan, president: Well, BAMO’s mission is to spread music and provide opportunities for musicians on campus to execute music.

BAMO has an open-door policy, meaning students of any major can join.

Noah Abbe, secretariat: It used to be that we would just do BAMO for music people, but now it’s anyone who does music.

The club is currently rehearsing for their Night in the City concert, scheduled on March 28th.

Roldan: Also, we go out into the community and we try and either play music people. Maybe for ourselves or maybe for other people. And, we also just want to have all the memes.

In Elizabethtown, Kenyon Tarquinio, wetown.org.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon

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Elizabethtown College is celebrating the works of a beloved Beat artist in their newest exhibition.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a Beat-generation poet, artist, and publicist has had a career spanning nearly 80 years. Ferlinghetti’s most notable works are his collection of poems, “A Coney Island of the Mind,” which has sold over one million copies, and his publication of the poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsburg.

Exhibition curator, Professor Milt Friedly, spoke about the influence of Ferlinghetti’s poetry on America.

Professor Milt Friedly: “I think of the biggest influences is that he wrote poetry that was understandable, for one thing.

It was very direct so that anyone could pick it up. You didn’t have to be a scholar, you didn’t have to know a lot about poetry or writing, but you could pick it up and relate to it.

And it was about American culture, but the work was also very universal.”

In addition to the exhibit, Elizabethtown College also sponsored a showing of the documentary “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder” by filmmaker Christopher Felver and reading of Ferlinghetti’s poetry in the Bower’s Writers House.

Felver attended the movie viewing and spoke of his long-time friendship with Ferlinghetti, even receiving a call from the 99-year-old poet.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (over the phone): “He’s been working on that film for many, many years.”

The exhibit will be in Lyet gallery until November 18th and is sponsored by George Krevsky, ’62, Professor Milt Friedly and Professor Jesse Waters. In Elizabethtown, I’m Kenyon Tarquinio, wetown.org.

Humans of Etown: Arthur Gaudreau

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Introducing AJ…

Arthur Gaudreau (also known as AJ, ÀJ or The Almighty Gaudreau) is sophomore music therapy major at Elizabethtown College. His primary instrument is voice and he is a baritone.

Home life-

Anyone that knows AJ knows he’s from Maine. AJ hails from South Portland, Maine where he lives on Main street. He lives with his mother and two younger brothers, Noah and Benjamin, and his dog, Sadie.

Elizabethtown-

AJ found Elizabethtown through AMTA’s (American Music Therapy Association) list of approved college programs. He was looking for schools in Pennsylvania and Etown was one of the first on the alphabetized list. He’s not sure why he had such a fascination with Pennsylvania when picking colleges.

Music-

AJ started singing classical repertoire in 5th grade with choir, but began taking vocal lessons in high school. He likes to sing in German, specifically Schubert and Brahms. A lot of the pieces he sings were written in the Romantic era.

Music Therapy-

AJ enjoys the sense of community among the profession. The National AMTA Conference, which the department attends annually, introduced him to this community. It showed him that the profession was a very open, accepting, and a passionate field.

Currently, AJ hopes to work with children in the hospital setting, either a children’s hospital or pediatric care. He wants to use his personality as an entertainer and as a caregiver to be there for a child going through medical assistance.

Free time-

AJ is a member of Phalanx, where he enjoys taking a break from his classical repertoire. He will be an RA in Ober next year. When he’s not working, he enjoys getting to know others. He also likes to play video games and sleep when he can.

Humans of Etown: Ryan Sagedy

“Ok, now I know that you’ve grown up having two younger brothers, so how would you define brotherhood based off of those experiences?”

 

“I view myself as more of a role model for them. I’ve let them make their own mistakes throughout their entire lives simply because that’s how I think people should be raised. I think, in essence, brotherhood is loving each other no matter what your differences are and being accepting of differences even though you have the same blood relatives. Knowing that even if you don’t talk to them all the time, they’re always gonna be there for you and that you’re always gonna be there for them. And I’ve tried to not let me being a role model detract from that, but I think it’s, kind of, strengthened it a little bit, too. Which is good. And also just being able to be open and goofy with each other, that’s a really important part of *[brotherhood.]”

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Humans of Etown: Kevin Hughes

“I was told at the end of my junior year that I should try and apply for a Fulbright [Scholarship] and I was like, “Oh, that’s very exciting!” At the beginning of my senior year, I got in touch with Joel in the Office of Prestigious Scholarships and he helped me go in the direction I needed to to apply for the Fulbright…and there’s a lot to do the apply for the Fulbright, in a very short amount of time. I’m scrambling to get everything in by Oct. 27, I think was the deadline. After that, it was very much a hurry-up-and-wait process. I had all my information in. Joel said I had a very competitive application. I was very excited for it and I knew exactly what I wanted to do, where I wanted to do it, and all that.

 

And then I had to wait. I had to wait until March to hear whether or not I was a finalist, and I was. Eventually they were like, “Congratulations, you’ve moved up to the final round of determining things.” So that means the American committee had selected me, now the German committee has to select me. Then in late April, I found out I didn’t make the cut on the other side. It wasn’t as big of a deal as I thought it was because I can always apply again and I was selected from a pool of 10,000 applicants. So for me to have, at least, made it to the semi-finalist round must have meant something.”