Arts & Leisure

  • Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novelist Colson Whitehead Speaks at Centre College
    BY ROOP PATEL - STAFF WRITER Renowned author Colson Whitehead delivered a convocation on October 2nd to discuss his award-winning sixth novel, The Underground Railroad. This year the First-Year Book Committee, comprised of six Centre College faculty, chose The Underground Railroad for the New Student Book Discussion. The novel follows Cora—a young slave on a…
  • Honesty in Comedy: DramaCentre Brings The Odd Couple: Female Version to Campus
    BY KIT HAIST - STAFF WRITER Even if you aren’t familiar with Neil Simon’s oeuvre, you’ve still probably heard the phrase “Odd Couple.” It’s a fairly simple concept.  “It’s two people living together who are complete opposites,” said Jonathan Hunt ’18, director of The Odd Couple: Female Version. Simon’s original play about “complete opposites” follows…
  • Centre Hosts Myanmar Art Exhibit in JVAC Through October 21
    BY CHLOE GAMES - STAFF WRITER It is early autumn in Danville; leaves and cool temperatures are beginning to fall about the gnat-infested walkways of Centre College. For many students at Centre, fall is a time to wholeheartedly jump back into college life. As students become involved in their academic and social communities, the world…
  • A Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Goff, New Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts
    BY RACHEL BISCHOFF - STAFF WRITER Joining Centre’s faculty this fall is new Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts, Dr. Jennifer Goff—or as her students like to call her (with her enthusiastic permission), Jen. Jen is the first new faculty member to the Dramatic Arts department in two decades, comprising a third of the department’s main…
  • Kentucky Actor Harry Dean Stanton Honored in Annual Festival at Kentucky Theatre
    BY JUSTIN KLINE - STAFF WRITER The night of September 28 would have seemed surreal to any regular, passing attendant of the Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington. Opened 95 years ago, the cinematic and cultural hub of Lexington has built its present following on its repertory of niche films. It showcases foreign arthouse, classic films,…
  • Chelsea Handler Brings Trump and Trouble to Netflix
    BY MORGAN UNDERWOOD - STAFF WRITER TV personality, talk show host, and comedian Chelsea Handler has been turning TV on its head since her beginnings on the E Network with her show “Chelsea Lately”. Now with her new show “Chelsea,” which will be premiering its second season on Netflix May 5, she is changing the…
  • Alternative Spring Break
    BY STEWART COARD - STAFF WRITER A group of Centre students and faculty traveled up to Chicago this March to spend spring break volunteering and learning about poverty. The Alternative Spring Break Program provides students with the opportunity to use their free time to not only benefit others, but explore issues relating to poverty, immigration,…
  • Spotlight On: Vantage Point
    BY OLIVIA MURRELL - STAFF WRITER What is Vantage Point? Vantage Point Literary Magazine is a student-run, student-written, and student-illustrated literary magazine that comes out once a semester, sometimes including Centre Term. The Centre Term issues are still run by students, but feature faculty and staff writings and illustrations. Vantage Point accepts writing from students…
  • Faculty Recommended Reads
    BY KERSEY REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Dr. Helen Emmitt, J. Rice Cowan Professor of English, Chair of the English Department “I generally love books, so it isn't very easy for me to choose favorites or even those most influential to me.  I do know that the two authors who made me go to graduate school…
  • Dancing With a Purpose
    BY COLLEEN COYLE - STAFF WRITER Finals are fast approaching and the air of tension as students bustle from class to class and lock themselves in the library for hours at night has never been so high. Few people would imagine that two weeks ago on March 31st these very same stressed out students were…
  • Meet Kirby Fitzpatrick: SGA's New President
    BY STEWART COARD - STAFF WRITER The Cento sat down with Kirby Fitzpatrick, president elect for the Student Government Association (SGA) in the 2017-2018 school year. We discussed her goals and vision for the school next year, as well as how she wanted the student body to be involved in new changes. What are your…
  • Faculty Recommended Reads
    BY OLIVIA MURRELL - STAFF WRITER Dr. Matthew Klooster, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies When I asked him about his favorite book, Dr. Klooster responded that he reads so much scientific literature, it’s hard to think back to a real book he read for pleasure. A Separate Peace by John Knowles was the first…
  • Spotlight on: STAND
    BY ZAMIRAH HUSSAIN - STAFF WRITER Stand is one of the many clubs on campus yet most people don’t know what it is. In an interview with club president Hannah Gibbs she clarifies what the club is for and what they have done so far this year. 1) What exactly is STAND and what do the…
  • Phenomenal Women: Why the Red and Purple?
    BY EMMA PRESBERG - STAFF WRITER Traveling to class on Wednesday, March 8, you may have noticed an unnatural number of people wearing red or purple clothes. Then, if you were walking between Young and Crounse around 11:20 a.m., you may have noticed a large gathering of students and teachers. These were just two ways…
  • Faculty Recommended Reads
    BY ZAMIRAH HUSSAIN - STAFF WRITER Books can leave a very profound impact on a person’s life. A book you read as a 7-year old can evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder ten years later.  Literature and the arts is a way of exploring what you don’t know and what you’d like to know. My…
  • The Norton Center: An Artistic Hub in the Heart of Kentucky
    BY MORGAN UNDERWOOD - STAFF WRITER Centre College, as we all know, is a little gem residing in the heart of central Kentucky, but Centre has a gem of its very own: the Norton Center for the Arts. Although located in the relatively remote community of Danville, Kentucky, the Norton Center is constantly filling its…
  • Spotlight on: Alpha Phi Omega
    BY STEWART COARD - STAFF WRITER While volunteering at Soups-on-Us one Saturday morning, sophomore David Kim noticed that a large portion of the student volunteers belonged to Centre’s co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO). “I thought these people were pretty cool to be spending their weekend helping others,” Kim said. Inspired by their values,…
  • DramaCentre Presents: Love 95 Times
    BY EMILY INNES - ARTS AND LEISURE EDITOR DramaCentre’s most recent production, which took place this past weekend, is Love 95 Times, the program’s second FARM Theater collaboration project. The FARM theater company, located in New York, is designed to help early career (and usually female) playwrights get their shows on their feet. The playwright…
  • Black History Month
    BY ZAMIRAH HUSSAIN- ARTS AND LEISURE EDITOR In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, African-American historian, author, and journalist, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This organization later became the driving force behind the establishment of Black History Month. Originally “Negro History Week,” the leaders of the ASNLH chose the…
  • Refugee Resettlement: Kentucky's Stories
    BY EMILY INNES - ARTS AND LEISURE EDITOR Last year, Centre College inaugurated the Creative Thinking Immersion Program (CTIP), a component of the Creative Centre initiative designed to have students create their own research projects with faculty mentorship and creative thinking and problem solving. Junior Emma Jackson and sophomore Hibah Siddiqui took an immediate interest…
  • Artivism Festival: Timely, Profound, and Unforgettable.
    BY GABRIELA CIPOLLA - ARTS & LEISURE EDITOR  “To be an artist is to believe in life,” quotes artist Henry Moore. “And that’s the entire point of art,” senior environmental studies major, Mariah Harrod, states, “it inspires people to believe in something and gives their passion to others.” Harrod and her peers recently coordinated an…
  • From Ministry to Computer Science: Dr. Tom Allen’s Journey to Centre College
    BY GABRIELA CIPOLLA - ARTS & LEISURE EDITOR  The path to academia is not always filled with professorial tweed and elbow patches from the beginning. At least, not for Tom Allen--Centre’s newest Computer Science professor. Dr. Allen recently completed his doctoral studies this past spring at the University of Kentucky, but his journey to Centre…
  • Big View of a Little Rock
    BY BECKY FULTON - STAFF WRITER   Thus far, 2016 has been a year with many turbulent events, even including a few instances where the moon seems to be bigger in the night sky. Monday marked the peak of an unusually big and bright Moon, commonly referred to as a “supermoon,” appearing 30 percent bigger…
  • A Dually Delectible Experience: Chocolate and Tea
      BY JASON PINTO - STAFF WRITER  Tea is an art shared by numerous cultures since the 3rd century C.E. Its preparation and consumption is a ritual that relaxes the body and mind and intrigues the senses with its combination of simplicity and aromatic complexity. Chocolate was invented in 1900 B.C.E. but is now widely…
  • Movember: It's a Hairy Situation
    BY EMILY INNES - STAFF WRITER  It’s that time of year again. Your guy friends start having more stubble, that one kid seemed to have grown a beard overnight… It can only mean one thing: Movember is here. While many are more familiar with the “No-Shave November” concept, Movember is a nonprofit campaign that encourages…
  • Hecuba: Representing Refugees From Ancient Greece to Today
    BY SHRUTI RAM - COPY CHIEF Next week DramaCentre will be running their fall production, Hecuba, a Greek tragedy set in 424 BC. The play was originally written by Euripedes, the famous Greek tragedian, and will be directed by Tony Haigh. Junior Rachel Kent will be playing the titular character, Hecuba, returning to the stage…
  • Farming Up Fall Fun
    BY JASON PINTO - STAFF WRITER The fall season has arrived, and there is no better way to immerse yourself in the true spirit of the harvest than by visiting a pumpkin patch. Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Harrodsburg is a prime spot for snagging a nice pumpkin, watching children get lost in…
  • Stress Relief
    BY EMILY INNES - STAFF WRITER It’s that time of year again! Fall break is quickly approaching, which means that midterms are just around the corner! As usual, the atmosphere at Centre will soon become filled with the stress of students finishing projects, writing papers, and studying for exams. Students practice a variety of methods…
  • Norton Center Delivers with Comedic Duo
    BY JASON PINTO - STAFF WRITER The Norton Center presented one of its most anticipated shows with the comedy duo of Howie Mandel and Nick Cannon on Friday, September 24. Nick Cannon opened the show with a much different look and coarser filter than most are used to seeing him with. Nick almost immediately dismissed…
  • DramaCentre Presents: Proof
    BY EMILY INNES - STAFF WRITER  DramaCentre’s annual performance is one of the highlights of Centre’s Family Weekend, and this year David Auburn’s play, Proof, takes the spotlight. Senior Sean Fannin is making his directing debut, a fact that has made the show all the more appealing to the actors. The opportunity to work with…
  • Happy Trails: Fall Hiking in Kentucky
    BY GABRIELA CIPOLLA - ARTS AND LEISURE EDITOR  With fall approaching quickly, it is hard not to feel the excitement that the season brings on Centre’s campus. The trees in front of Old Centre are starting to shed their leaves, and stepping outside and feeling a cool breeze instead of a blanket of humidity is…
  • Pottery Painting: Community Arts Center
    BY BECKY FULTON - STAFF WRITER  Tucked away under the back staircase in Danville’s Community Arts Center lies a colorfully renovated pottery studio open to the public. Run by Education Director Maggie Haskett, the ceramics program includes the Paint Your Own Pottery (POP) Studio and ceramics classes for kids and adults. “We have two adult…
  • DramaCentre's 'Assassins' to run April 20-23
    BY CATHERINE HINES - STAFF WRITER Next week marks the premiere of DramaCentre’s musical production, Assassins, written by Stephen Sondheim. Dr. Patrick Kagan-Moore, Charles T. Hazelrigg Professor of Dramatic Arts, is directing the production, alongside Dr. Jaemi Loeb as Musical Director, Rebecca Stephenson as Dance Instructor, and Professor Matthew Hallock as Scenic and Lighting Designer.…
  • Senior fine arts majors share triumphs, tribulations before graduation
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Even though Centre College is a liberal arts college, it is ironic how little we talk about majors in the fine arts. Financial Economics is currently the most popular major at Centre, and art majors, including music and studio art, are less prevalent. For example, there are only three…
  • Danville’s newest restaurant, the Danville Bistro
    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY - STAFF WRITER Earlier this year, Danville welcomed a new addition to the restaurant community that has Centre students rejoicing—The Danville Bistro. Not only is the Bistro within walking distance of campus but it fills the void of a Chipotle-style eatery the city was lacking, with a touch of local flare. The…
  • Unique Spring Break plans
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER There are only a few days left until Spring Break is finally upon us, and Centre students can finally get the sleep, rest and relaxation they’ve been wanting all semester. Well…in theory. Any discussion about Spring Break plans usually end up going in one direction or the other—Centre students…
  • Cooking on campus
    BY DANA REYNOLDS - STAFF WRITER Tired of eating Easy Mac, ramen noodles, Cowan, and pizza? You’re not alone. It turns out several Centre students have come up with cheap, quick, fun and easy alternatives to the boring old standards. First year Haley Varnadoe has a stir-fry dish that she likes to cook when she…
  • 'Vantage Point' gears up for new submission season
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Most publications at Centre are largely student-run, and Vantage Point is no exception. The publication is one that students do not hear about often, as only one issue is usually published every semester, but it is a great showcase for creativity for the students at Centre, whether it be…
  • The 'Hamilton' phenomenon
    BY HAYLEY HOFFMAN - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF How does the story of Alexander Hamilton go on and on, grow into more of a phenomenon? This question, asked in part by Aaron Burr halfway through the first act of the musical Hamilton, addresses what has been on the mind of many as of late. Hamilton, which tells the…
  • Annual performance of 'The Vagina Monologues'
    BY MORGAN KING - COPY CHIEF On Feb. 10-11, Centre College Feminists in conjunction with DramaCentre performed Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. The Monologues are a collection of interviews from women with diverse backgrounds as recorded by Ensler. Some monologues are about a single woman, while others are pulled from the voices of many. Each…
  • New Norton Center House Manager, Sarah Fall
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Centre College students are familiar with the Norton Center for the Arts—or, at least, with the convocations it puts on regularly—but less so with what goes on behind the scenes of these events. Like with any major production or project, there is always someone in charge, making sure everything…
  • Review: DramaCentre puts up 'very moving' production of 'These Shining Lives'
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER DramaCentre set the bar high for theatrical productions this semester with a visually stunning Moby Dick, and an immersive student-run production of Dracula, so expectations were high for the fall play, Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives. The production, which ran Nov. 11-14, surpassed these high expectations by far, and…
  • Deck the Walls: Decorating your dorm for the holidays
    BY CHANDLER GARLAND - STAFF WRITER With the passing of Halloween comes the beginning of the holiday season, and that means it’s time to tear down the spider webs and put up the tinsel. You can go all out like Beta Theta Pi and put a full-sized Christmas tree in your suite, house or Brockman,…
  • For some students, a hobby of Netflix binge-watching
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Netflix. It’s safe to assume that the word doesn’t bring confusion or unfamiliarity—in fact, you are probably thinking about your favorite show to binge watch right now. Millions of subscribers consider watching Netflix religiously a hobby, and Centre College students are no exception. One would be hard-pressed to find…
  • Photography: An easy artsy hobby
    BY CHANDLER GARLAND - STAFF WRITER Whether you major in physics or dramatic arts, your schedule is more than likely jam-packed with classes, homework, sports practices and meetings for student organizations. It is hard to find time to even sleep, let alone do the hobbies you love. Yet some pastimes are easier to incorporate into…
  • For Halloween, 'Dracula' provides 'opportunity to become part of the performance'
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER Halloween weekend at Centre was full of fun events and great costumes, but no one on campus was busier than the cast and crew of Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu. The completely student-run production had two shows on Halloween night, both of which had a full house. “It’s been…
  • Spooktacular DIY Costumes
    BY: CHANDLER GARLAND - STAFF WRITER Halloween is upon us once again. If you are going to celebrate this spooky holiday the right way you have to have one of the most crucial parts: a rocking costume. Now that we are older, costumes are more elaborate, more varied, and more expensive. The average pirate costume…
  • Kentucky’s Favorite Instrument: Why you should play the banjo
    BY SHRUTI RAM - STAFF WRITER When you think of Bluegrass music, it’s impossible to not think of the banjo. The instrument is synonymous with the south and is making its way into popular music as folk and country music gain more popularity and are incorporated into other genres. Not only is it one of…
  • A New Fall Tradition: Raintree International Film Festival
    BY SARAH HOLLOWAY - STAFF WRITER Fall is upon us here in Kentucky, and the staple activities of the season are in full swing. From corn mazes to hot cocoa, hayrides to haunted houses, there’s an autumn festivity for everyone to enjoy. A great addition to this year’s local fall fun is the Danville Community…
  • Tips for dorm room workouts
    BY CHANDLER GARLAND - STAFF WRITER Staying fit is one of the key ways to live happily and healthily, especially on campus. Yet we all struggle with finding a sufficient amount of time to devote to fitness. If you’re anything like me, you’ll tell yourself in the middle of the day that tonight is the…
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