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  1. Photos: Pasta, Prose and Poetry

    March 27, 2015

    Besides the obvious benefit of having a title that can be rearranged in any number of ways to reference the event, Pasta, Prose and Poetry is a great opportunity to have a decent meal in an art-focused environment on a budget. Organized yearly by staff of “The Review,” the university’s literary magazine, the event promotes the exploration of literary ideas and marks the beginning of the season of excitement for the publication, given that it’s about to be released. Between the good food, the close friends and the expressive written art, the experience was phenomenal and one that I wouldn’t suggest that anyone miss next year.

    (Post and photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  2. Shenanigans for the New Year

    February 9, 2015

    Improv. Hilarious. There you have it. I have successfully summed up last Saturday’s Shenanigans performance in two words.

    In all seriousness (or at least a bit more seriousness), though, Shenanigans is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the Southern Virginia experience. I know that doesn’t sound like a very high recommendation coming from the girl who confessed in her last blog post that her ideal Friday evening is spent at home reading a book, but it’s true nonetheless. Shenanigans is simply irresistible. This irresistibility was made clear by the fact that they’ve had to relocate to a larger venue, and they still managed to fill that.

    Last Saturday, the talented bunch of intelligent and enthusiastic goofballs kept the entire crowd roaring with laughter. It seems we just never tire of seeing John-John Leake picked up. Plus, one has to admire Spencer Franco for his excellent imitation of a Holmes-ian detective (“That stain in the rug obviously came from a bottle of grape juice because neither of us drinks alcohol because we’re secretly Mormons”).

    If you haven’t yet attended a Shenanigans show, I urge you to do so upon the next opportunity. By then, they might have filled the entirety of the Stoddard Activities Center, though — so come early.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  3. Shenanigans: Elmo Vacations in Narnia

    November 20, 2014

    First of all, I think it only appropriate that we take a minute to think about what a great word “Shenanigans” really is.

    It’s pretty fantastic. It’s an eleven letter word with only six different letters and four syllables. It’s even more fun than the word “banana,” which I already enjoy saying.

    Word aside, I had the pleasure of attending the first Shenanigans show of the academic year on Saturday, Nov. 15. Shenanigans is a student-run improv group and is lead by senior Justin Winslow (’15). This is his final Shenanigans show, and I must say that he went out with a satisfying … plunge.

    The show consisted of a number of various set-ups, from having a number of the members strike strange poses and having two others relate what they see to a vacation to Narnia to forcing the members to act out a scenario without using the letter “M” — which proved particularly difficult when the scenario revolved around a “Tickle Me Elmo” toy. The whole scene got pretty violent, actually, as the various characters demanded that the toy was “This guy’s!” (Not unlike the actual battles over Tickle Me Elmos back in 1996. Elmo-mania was a real thing, folks.)

    The entire ballroom was packed (I made the grave mistake of arriving a few minutes late and struggled to find a seat) and the audience consisted of people of all ages. The popularity of Shenanigans is certainly not in question, and I have little doubt that the group’s newer members will be able to keep the absurdity coming in waves.

    Why do I have that impression? Well, when a person (in this case, a Spencer Franco) can look at a bunch of people in a pose, knowing only that what they say must relate to Narnia, and somehow find the opportunity to say, “I, one time, had a run-in with some satyrs, back in England. And I owed them some cash,” you know you’re onto some quality humor.

    As the show came to a close, the members presented Justin Winslow with an honorary plunger, a traditional “goodbye” for graduating members of Shenanigans. Overall, it was a night full of laughter and goofiness and quality entertainment. And maybe a dash of the ridiculous, but who doesn’t go for that every now and again?

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  4. Art After Dark

    November 7, 2014

    Let’s be candid. A Friday night event about reading poetry and prose while admiring art doesn’t exactly set the standard for students interested in the party scene. But that didn’t stop Southern Virginia’s literary magazine from producing an enjoyable and refreshing night of entertainment and refinement in the form of their second annual Art After Dark.

    Hosted by The Review and the Von Canon Library, Art After Dark is an opportunity for students to share their work, whether in writing or art.

    “The event’s purpose was to raise awareness about the literary magazine,” said Ruth Crook, editor-in-chief of The Review. “Really, our mission is to help students realize their ambition of being published in a professional magazine. Art After Dark prepares students to submit their work.”

    Essentially, Art After Dark is an opportunity for Southern Virginia students to come together to share ideas, refine thoughts, and inspire one another.

    (Post and Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  5. Zion’s Camp 2014: Week One

    July 1, 2014

    When I sat down to write a post on Zion’s Camp last year, I was at a bit of a loss. I hadn’t really been involved with the camp myself. In order to genuinely describe it, I ended up interviewing my younger brother who had attended. Since then, my brother has repeatedly told me how much he enjoyed the camp, piquing my curiosity. When Jordan was assigned to photograph as much of the Zion’s Camp activities as possible, I offered to help him out just so I could tag along and see what was going on.

    I wasn’t disappointed. The purpose of Zion’s Camp is to prepare youth to serve as missionaries, and from my perspective it was the perfect place to do just that. As they arrived, each participant was sorted into a district by putting on a magic hat. Wait, that was Hogwarts; I’m always getting that confused. What I meant is that when the youth arrived at Zion’s Camp, they each received a “mission call” that assigned them to a district and to a companion. Each district was named after a country (France, Korea, Mexico, and England) so that these future missionaries could prepare as if they already had received a call.

    Every day was filled with activities. There were district and zone meetings where they discussed the Gospel and how it can be taught. There were opportunities to practice teaching with investigators. One morning they hiked up a mountain where, after a wonderful devotional, they each spent a little time alone with the Spirit. They played all sorts of games where they learned to have fun and work together. They learned, as Elaine S. Dalton, former Young Women General President, taught in General Conference a few years ago, that not only can they do hard things, but that “in the strength of the Lord, [they] can do all things.”

    While they were on campus, each district stayed in one of the modular houses at Carriage. My favorite part of each day was when all the participants went back to their houses to make dinner. Jordan and I would go to photograph them and we’d have some time to talk with them and get to know them. What impressed me were the districts that would work together to make dinner. You could feel the love they had for each other and for the Gospel that bound them together.

    I’m glad that I got to get a closer look at Zion’s Camp. I can’t wait until the other sessions later this summer. Here’s a shoutout to all the future missionaries who participated. You guys are awesome! Thanks for being willing and worthy to carry on the work of the Gospel.

    (Post by Alec Johnson ’14. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)