Category Archives: Campus Life

Campus Life: Big Orange Drumline

You may have heard the group playing at home athletic events last year, and with the Big Orange pep band this year. The drumline exists as a separate group from the pep band and was established in the fall of 2020, led by Dr. Jason Kihle, who is always looking for more students to join. You don’t need to be a band student or start with any familiarity with playing drums. The drumline meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 4:50. Members of the group learn percussion techniques and play pieces ranging from pep band chants to complex ensemble performances. Henry Kersey-Russell is a new member of the drumline. When asked what he likes about being a member of the group he said, “I like learning rhythm. As a music major, it’s a good thing that I’m in the drumline now because now I can get better at staying on-beat and counting. It will help me with my career.” 

The drumline plays for a variety of home athletic events, including football, hockey, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Each spring the group is featured on a full concert performing idiomatic works for the ensemble; This past spring the group performed Dr. Kihle’s original composition, “The Rise of the Roman Empire.” Dr. Kihle says that the title and subject for the spring concert will be revealed later this fall. The spring concert is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 3rd in the DeNault Auditorium in the Reiland Fine Arts Center. The Pride of the Big Orange drumline will also be playing after the band at the Homecoming concert at 7:30 pm next Friday, October 8th

Campus Life, J.A.B

J.A.B will be hosting small activities and events, such as knockerball, spike ball, and many more weekly! All events will be held on Allen Field, right across from Watson hall unless told otherwise. Be sure you bring your student ID for a chance to win free goodies and even T-shirts! Stay on the the lookout for the next activity J.A.B is putting on and get involved! 

Free Books At Raugust Library

By Phyllis Bratton

Who doesn’t like getting something for nothing?

In this case, all you need to do is walk over to the Raugust Library lobby and take a look at a book truck full of items you can carry away!

Since we didn’t have our annual book sale last April, our basement is overflowing with gift books that we can’t use and books that we have withdrawn from the collection. So we are GIVING them away!

Every Monday until Spring Break we will be putting out a truck of NEW old books – feel free to take as many as you can carry.

With any luck, we will be able to hold our book sale this spring, starting April 26. This year, all proceeds will go to the local food pantry, and you will also be able to trade food donations for books. More information about this later.

Until then come and browse the freebees.

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