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February 16, 2011

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DePauw Opera Puts on Successful Show

The DePauw Opera wrapped this weekend after four showings of The Old Maid and the Thief and L'enfant et les Sortilèges. Despite some minor troubles with preparing for the first performance due to the hazardous weather conditions, the cast was able to put on a successful show. Music Director Orcenith Smith said the operas were performed in English to benefit a DePauw audience.

SMITH: "We realize that we service mostly the University community, the undergraduate student, that’s, you know, between the ages of 18 and 22 and they may not have been exposed to Opera at all in their context coming from high school or whatever towns they have come from, and so, we are a teaching institution from that standpoint in that everything that we should be doing is on behalf of the students."

Music Director, Orcenith Smith said that the choice to put on two operas came from the large amount talented music students wanting to be involved.

Greencastle Public Works Meets

The Greencastle Board of Public Works meeting was moved to Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. after there were scheduling conflicts for two of the three board members. The biggest issue the board faced was what to do with an older wastewater treatment plant that has old equipment that is no longer being used. They decided that getting an appraisal and selling the equipment would be the best option. Other issues covered included water adjustments for those citizens who potentially had leaks since they were using less water in the past. The board adjusted these bills so that they were similar to past bills. The board finished off their grant cycle with the People Pathways project and worked through the standard departmental reports. The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 16th.

North African Revolutions discussed at DePauw

Students and faculty congregated earlier this week in the DePauw UB ballroom to discuss recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Five select faculty members discussed the uprisings from each of their standpoints. All panelists agreed on the fact that unrest in Egypt had been mounting for decades. Visiting Professor of Journalism R. B. Brenner believes that social media and social networking helped to mobilize the youth of Egypt. The well-educated Egyptian youth were angry about the lack of economic opportunity in their country. Political Science Professor Rebekah Tromble inquired about what will happen now that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. When the discussion opened to the floor students immediately began posing questions. Panel members were unable to answer with great confidence, but one thing was certain: Students are witnessing the beginning of something that will cause profound and long lasting changes in their world.

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