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  1. Photos: Pasta, Poetry and Prose

    April 10, 2014

    Every year, a careful and meticulous staff led by Professor Karen Hufford assembles a collection of writings and artwork into a literary magazine titled The Review. Submissions, which are welcome from any Southern Virginia student, are entered into one of three main categories: visual art, poetry, and prose. After the judging and the design are complete, copies of The Review are given out completely free.

    The whole process is done for the love of art. Many students and faculty dedicate hours on end to the production of The Review expecting nothing in return. The return for all the sacrifice, I think, comes with the final product and being able to distribute the wonderful work it contains to the student body. Each issue of Southern Virginia’s literary magazine marks and records a set of works specific to the particular semester, and since no two semesters are alike, each issue really becomes a precious document of history and recorded talent.

    On Friday night, the staff of The Review put together an event called “Pasta, Poetry & Prose.” It was a fundraiser for the expenses that next year’s issue will require. As the title suggests — and I’m not going to mention the alliteration — the night included spaghetti and readings of poetry and prose both original and classic. Students were even given a discounted ticket price if they volunteered to read at the podium. Poetry and prose, I suppose, just go naturally with pasta — and once again, I’m not making reference to the alliteration in their names. It’s like an variation of dinner and a movie, and it’s also a fantastic idea for a fancy and inexpensive date.

    Not only was it for a good cause, but we were served delicious pasta while being entertained by the poetic words of the scheduled readers. During the night, the selections of texts presented ranged from humorous haikus to excerpts from short stories and poetry. The readers were really enthusiastic and passionate about their choices, and the audience received each piece with a heartwarming and well-deserved applause. Then of course there was open microphone time and yes, more pasta!

    I’m glad that the staff put together the night of entertainment, and I’m glad it was well-supported by those who attended. I’m looking forward to the next issue of The Review even though I’m still perusing the first; I know it will be filled with more moving art and writing! I definitely hope the next issue brings along with it another entertaining fundraiser too.

    (Post by Brian Caycho ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  2. Photos: Multicultural Festival

    November 20, 2013

    Last Saturday, Southern Virginia’s Multicultural Club hosted it’s first Multicultural Festival in the Stoddard Activities Center. Walking in, I wasn’t expecting anything beyond the ordinary; instead, I was blown away.

    There was a glorious array of cultures. Everywhere I looked, someone was dressed in traditional clothing — an Indian sari, an Ugandan gomesi, a Bulgarian nosia — and tables lined the walls, which were covered with flags and country names. Each table had information about a certain country, and many of them offered traditional food to passersby and inquiring students.

    For example, I gorged myself on rice and beans from the Dominican Republic and then drank half my body weight’s worth of horchata from the Mexican booth. Such a great night.

    Once students had their fill of food and information, they were invited to stay and watch a presentation given by various members of the club. Performances ranged from a traditional Parisian ballet to a group Haka from the Maori people of New Zealand to a Native American dance. Malia Falavai, the Multicultural Club president, showcased her Tongan heritage by performing the tauʻolunga, a traditional dance young women perform right before their wedding day.

    But the Multicultural Club didn’t end the night with the performances.

    In the Activities Center, the university displays a plethora of flags, which are supposed to  represent the diverse student population. The Multicultural Club took it upon themselves to fill the ranks with some of the missing flags, and donate them to the school. Students with a connection to the donated flag carried it up to the stage and gathered together, forming a patchwork quilt of cultures and ethnicities.

    The Multicultural Festival was a huge success; not only for the club, but for the university. On that one night, students and faculty were able to showcase and teach their peers about their different heritages, and all of us could celebrate each other. It was strikingly beautiful, eye-opening and wonderfully indicative of what we have to offer. Southern Virginia has a culture of its own, but it would be nothing without the students that make it.

     (Post by Erin Seage ’16. Photos by Victoria Johnson ’13.)

  3. Dance Company Spring Recital 2012

    May 2, 2012

    Southern Virginia University’s Dance Company has really come into its own during the last few years, and it showed in their Spring Recital last month in Chandler Hall. The school year began with a record number of students at dance company auditions and finished with an impressive spring recital for the group.

    What brought about such a successful year? It comes down to the dancers and their captain, Nikelle Mantle. They’re dedicated to performing their best and they take care of each other like family. Every opportunity to visit their practice is a treat. They also have a spiritual focus, with prayers and spiritual thoughts to start and end their practices. Mantle made it a goal at the beginning of the year to have a spiritual focus coupled with an open learning environment.

    Kelly Belt, who became a member of the dance company this year, said, “It gives all of us dancers a place where we learn and grow from one another. Plus, it’s a ridiculous amount of fun.”

    The fun and growth have been evident. Lead choreographers Sarah Meyers, Rachael Jerome and Nikelle Mantle have had the opportunity to create intricate, passionate and highly technical dances that pull the audience in. Many audience members commented after last month’s recital that the creativity of the dances was inspiring and powerful, and made them want to get up and dance too!

    The recital showcased a variety of styles from high energy hip hop, jazz, krump, flag, and kick numbers to the more introspective contemporary, lyrical and spiritual variety. A favorite group number was “Nerd Hop,” a hip hop dance taking us back to the 80’s and 90’s and celebrating everything nerd. You could tell the dancers were having the time of their lives in their hilarious nerd costumes. Another great number featured Rachael Jerome as a curious girl who ventures into an attic and meets mysterious dolls who whisk her away into their world.

    The night was supplemented by a variety of guest dancers including Gloria and Jon Bowden, and Caitlyn Schillemat, who performed traditional Irish dance that had us clapping our hands and stomping our feet. Additionally, the recital included beautiful lyrical pieces by Desiree Gentry and Callan Burnett, and hilarious and mesmerizing freestyle by Taylor Ellsworth.

    At the end of the recital as the dancers performed their spiritual contemporary piece that has become a tradition for Dance Company, I couldn’t help but think how far they’ve come and how much farther they can go. I’m so excited to see what level they’ll take it to next year and what fantastic new choreography will come about!

    For all of the dancers out there, auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and everyone on campus is invited to attend the open practice hip hop night.To learn more about Dance Company email Captain Nikelle Mantle at

    (Post by Cimone Furler ’10. Photos by Amanda Hite, Lisa Hoover ’14 and Cameron Leavitt ’14.)

  4. The One About The Review

    April 3, 2012

    Last week, “The Review,” Southern Virginia University’s annual literary magazine, was released. Do you know what that means? Why yes, dear reader, it means you should pick up a copy. They’re plenty easy to find, just look around Durham or Main Hall. I’m ninety-seven percent sure you’ll find something to tickle your fancy. Ninety seven! I think those are good odds.

    “The Review” showcases artwork, poetry and short stories written by students and alumni. All of the selections were submitted back in November and judged by the staff of “The Review,” with the author of each work remaining anonymous during judging.

    (Post by Mika McIntosh ‘13.)