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JILLIAN GRIFFITH Assistant Student Life & Arts Editor

Prepare to bid farewell to 14 budding artists in the Forest. Professor of Art Raymond Stein’s current senior art students will, in short time, be leaving Drew to pursue career diverse paths that will incorporate their experiences in studio art.

The senior art studio is a one-year class, taken consecutively in the fall and spring. About its structure, Stein said, “It is a full year where they work with me for an entire year developing their portfolio.”

Stein singled out two learning goals for the process. He said, “The first thing is craft. Week to week, we want to see improvement in the quality of the artwork.” He added, “The second learning outcome is developing content and meaning within the work.”

Stein identified this second goal to be the harder of the two because it requires the students to work independently outside of assignments. He said, “This is the first time where they’ve been asked to develop their own work and develop meaning in a body of work.”

Brittney Lyons (’15) has been working on art pieces that focus on illustrating the spirituality in nature through mixed media and painting. “I am inspired by the history of how humans have explored their relationships to nature through spiritual rituals or transformative experiences,” Lyons said. While Lyons works primarily as a painter, her artwork also mixes collage with other elements to create mixed media compositions.  Her future plans include attending a post-baccalaureate program this fall at the School of Art Institute in Chicago.

Anthony Tamburro (’15) has been working on sculptures, drawings and paintings that are centered around sexual trauma and the cognitive dissonance that lies within the realm of fundamental Christianity pertaining to homosexuality.

“My work has recently shifted to becoming an expression of the survivor’s guilt sometimes experienced by victims of trauma,” Tamburro said. Post-Drew, he plans on taking a year off from academic studies to work independently.

Jacqueline LaBrutto (’15) and Allie Willis (’15) are two more students that have done exquisite work this semester. LaBrutto’s work was inspired by the devastating Hurricane Sandy. “This body of my work follows both a documentary style and is also compositionally driven work,” LaBrutto said. She will be graduating with a major in studio art and a triple minor in business studies, Italian and photography.

Willis’s art is a reflection on relationships, both romantic and within the human body. “I work in mediums of etching, painting, drawing and sculpture.” Post-graduation, she plans to become an art conservationist and restorationist.

One thing that made this year’s senior studio different was artist-in-residence Valerie Hegarty, who sat in on classes and worked individually with each of the students. On her involvement, Stein said, “This is really vital because getting a variety of opinions and perspectives is part of being a well-rounded artist.”

The artwork will be displayed throughout the DoYo in the senior studio, drawing and painting studios upstairs in addition to the hallways, media lab and Korn Gallery. The work will be on display until May 8. There will be reception today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Tyler Metteer – Contributing Writer

Liv Rutler – Contributing Writer

Last Sunday, Joe Grosso and Nikki Hodulik presented the final senior recital of the year together. They sang pieces in Italian, German, French and English, all from various time periods. At the very end, Grosso and Hodulik came together to sing Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “First Date, Last Night,” a quirky quasi-love song. Their voices and performances were strong, and the audience unanimously acknowledged that with a standing ovation.

On Sunday evening, the Jazz Ensemble took the stage and performed a set of pieces that had the audience tapping their feet and swaying along. The director, Professor James Saltzman, gave brief descriptions of each piece and periodically counted the band off to start the music. Ensemble members took turns producing solos during each song and passed along the spotlight with ease. The student musicians kept eye contact and signaled to each other when to end all while delivering exceptional music.

Only one weekend of classes remains, and it’s a packed one. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., the Drew Orchestra performs its final concert of the year. Following that, on Sunday at 3 p.m., is the Flute Orchestra’s spring concert, and at 7 p.m., the Jill Spurr Titus Scholars present their spring concert as well. Finally, on Monday at 9 p.m., the a cappella groups host End of Classes, their final performance of the semester.

You can plan ahead for next year’s events by following our blog at concerthallatdrew.tumblr.com or liking the Concert Hall at Drew University on Facebook.

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Allison Estremera – Staff Writer

Most Drewids seem to have a good idea of who they are and where they came from. However, at the DNA Kit Event hosted by Bridging Our Anthropology Students (!BOAS), curious Drewids were able to trace their maternal ancestry through kits raffled off from the biotechnology company 23andMe.

The event began with a presentation by Professor of Anthropology Dr. Linda Van Blerkom about the various components of cells that make each person unique, including their mitochondrial DNA. Van Blerkom also briefly traced the various species of humans that preceded those that walk the Earth today.

Van Blerkom said of the passing of traits, “It’s all about the luck of the draw and what genes get passed.”

Sophia Olivera (’16) was one of the lucky Drewids to receive a DNA kit from 23andMe and obtained some interesting results. She said, “I actually found out I’m Native American.”

This was not the only finding that Olivera discovered through the DNA kit, as she also found Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. She added, “The Ashkenazi is really weird to me. No one in my family is Jewish.”

The experience proved to be an enlightening one for Olivera, who was unaware of her more diverse heritage. She said, “I come from a family that’s very hesitant to talk about race and ethnicity.”

Chrystalin Popp (’15) also found some interesting facts about her ancestry. She said of her discovery, “My group was from Africa and suggested that I have living relatives there.”

Though she found the results interesting, Popp noted that the results should be taken with a grain of salt, as the kits have no possible way of being entirely accurate. She said, “Although these aren’t the most accurate, because we’re still exploring DNA.”

Nevertheless, the kits gave Drewids the opportunity to rethink the way they identify themselves and see race and ethnicity. When asked whether or not the finds changed her perception of herself, Olivera noted, “Racially, I’m different, but culturally, I’m still the same.”

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Christiene tan – Contributing Writer

Anyone who loves Nutella knows how addictive it is. Nutella is consumed in nearly 75 countries worldwide as an essential part of their breakfast and/or snack. Enough Nutella is sold in a year to spread over more than a thousand soccer fields. One jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds.

Many Drew students grabbed the opportunity to have some free Nutella at CIAO’s Nutella Night. Haley Goldstein (’18) said, “I’ve been craving. I love Nutella!” Victoria Korn (’16) said, “I am the Nutella queen.” When asked why they came to Nutella night, Dalton Valette (’18), Zoe Camp (’18) and Katy Elizabeth (’18) answered in choral unison, “Delicious Nutellaaa!”

Nutella Night included a wide array of refreshments and combinations to add to Nutella like strawberries, s’mores, graham crackers, chocolate hazelnut and vanilla Pirouettes, pretzels sticks and bananas.

If you’re looking for some good Nutella combinations, some students have some tantalizing recipes. Zach Deziel (’18) said, “I just take a large spoonful and eat it like that. But a winning combination is Nutella with toast and blueberries.” Goldstein revealed her delicious recipe, “Heat up Nutella s’mores and graham crackers in the microwave and once it comes out, add in ice cream.” Camp said, “I like to mix peanut butter and Nutella in a sandwich.”

But what really brought all these students together was the opportunity to relax before next week’s incoming tide of finals and papers. C.I.A.O.

President Sabrina La Bianca (’15) said, “Nutella is important in Italian culture. They almost always eat it for breakfast, along with espresso. But we held Nutella night to give students the chance to de-stress, hang out with friends and maybe learn about the history of nutella” Goldstein said, “I wanted a snack and to relax. I’m very stressed out.” Deziel provided some words of wisdom when he pointed out, “You can’t study all the time!”

Valette said, “Nutella improves my quality of life. It motivates me to get through finals.” Overall, C.I.A.O. had a successful turnout for Nutella night and students left with a happy tummy.

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CAITLIN PHILLIPS – Staff Writer

Like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz says, there’s no place like home. The Newark Theatre Workshop Performance “If These Walls Could Talk,” held last Wednesday explored the idea of home along with family, identity and acceptance through poetry, skits and songs.

Christopher Ceraso, chair of the department of theatre and dance, said, “I don’t believe there is a message, per se, except that everyone’s story is interesting and meaningful, worth telling and worth listening to. When we both tell and listen, we grow together in compassion and understanding and are better able to look past the things that seem to separate us.”

The performance started with the members singing songs from their birth years and moved seamlessly into the theme of “If I Could Go Back.” Performers spoke about what they’d do if they had the chance to go back in time. Many plans involved family and visiting favorite places from their childhoods. One piece about family was a monologue from a Newark student about his grandmother giving him strength.

Themes of acceptance were also shown through acceptance from friends as well as accepting oneself. One such skit included siblings helping each other with stage-fright, while another showed a teenager liking the way he dresses rather than the expensive clothes his mother thinks he might want.

The Newark Theatre Program joins Drew students interested in theatre and dance with inner city kids from the public school of Newark. Many of the pieces performed were written by people in the workshop. Chelsea Imbimbo (’15) said, “The performance shows how much it means to express creativity and to help the Newark students grow as people.” Jessie Thiele (’15) said, “It was fun to work with the Newark students. They always wanted to do different things, and it was great to teach those kids art.”

Najah Johnson (’16) is from Newark, and said she loved to see the experience the kids had. “It was most fun to see them respond to the audience,” she said.

The Newark kids loved the parts they played in the performance. When asked what he liked, Kareem Merrill said, “The acting of course. And the unity and the message it related.” Saying he felt accomplished, he was happy to see the finished project. Along with Ayanna Adkins and Andre Lawrence, Merrill said the Drew students were warm and accepting. Adkins said she felt comfortable performing, and Lawrence said it was difficult at first, but as he progressed it got easier and more fun. Shakur McKenith, a fellow Newark performer, was excited about the performance, saying he’d be on Broadway one day.

Ceraso hopes that through this performance, people “see the value and vibrancy of theatre as it allows many voices to be heard, even those who may not have a social megaphone.” Rodney Gilbert, an adjunct lecturer of theatre arts, noted, “This is truly a breath of love and definitely about collaboration.”

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