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Presentation by Economist William Luther To Ask “Will Bitcoin Survive?”

April 23, 2014 – Economist William Luther will present a talk on the past, present and future of bitcoin at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 in Quigley Hall auditorium at Allegheny College. The talk — titled “Will Bitcoin Survive?” — is open to the public.

Four years ago, the cryptocurrency bitcoin was little more than a curiosity among techno-utopians, anarcho-capitalists and monetary economists. Today it is commonly the subject of mainstream media reports. What is bitcoin? Why do people accept it? And will bitcoin survive? Luther will consider the prospects of the most widely accepted cryptocurrency to date–and the digital alternatives it has spawned.

William Luther teaches in the Department of Economics at Kenyon College. He holds a B.A. from Capital University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from George Mason University. He has been a fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the American Institute for Economic Research. He is primarily interested in questions of currency acceptance and the role governments play in determining commonly accepted media of exchange.

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EPA Recognizes Allegheny College for Largest Green Power Use Among North Coast Athletic Conference Schools

April 21, 2014 — Allegheny College has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2013-2014 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has the largest individual use of green power within a qualifying conference.

Allegheny College beat its conference rivals by using 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Allegheny is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Constellation NewEnergy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Purchasing RECs also halves the campus carbon footprint and advances progress toward the college’s goal of climate neutrality by 2020. (more…)

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Soprano Sara St. Peter To Present Senior Voice Recital

April 21, 2014 — Sara St. Peter, soprano, will present a senior voice recital on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. She will perform a variety of arias and art songs by Haydn, Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Bach, Grieg and Mozart.

Joining her in duets will be Allegheny students Andrew Daigle, tenor; Breana Gallagher, soprano; and John Knobel, baritone.

St. Peter, who studies voice with Vicki Jamison, is a member of the Chamber Singers, Chamber Choir, College Choir and Women’s Ensemble at Allegheny. She also sings in the church choir of First Presbyterian Church in Meadville.

A Distinguished Alden Scholar at Allegheny College, St. Peter also is one of 10 recipients of this year’s Cornerstone Awards, which recognize contributions to the college community. She is the president of the Allegheny chapter of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. In addition, she was the only student to serve on Governor Corbett’s Commission on Higher Education.

Allegheny College Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble To Present Free Concert

April 21, 2014 — The Allegheny College Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, both under the direction of Ronald Stitt, will present a free concert at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 in Shafer Auditorium.

The Wind Symphony program will include the Emperata Overture by Claude Smith, “Puszta” by Jan Van der Roost, “Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland and “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” by John Philip Sousa, among other works.

The Wind Ensemble will perform Donald Hunsberger’s “Dancin’ Into the 20’s” and will feature senior bassoonist Scott Kirk performing von Weber’s “Hungarian Rondo.”

Senior Art Show Opens at Allegheny College

PublicityPhotoApril 18, 2014 – The Department of Art at Allegheny College will open the annual Senior Projects Exhibition in the Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Galleries with a public reception in the galleries on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. The show is an opportunity for graduating Studio Art and Art & Technology majors, as well as majors in the junior seminar, to present to the public their art works.

The Spring 2014 Senior Art Show features the work of five graduating artists: Ali Abramowitz, Lance Claflin, Jessica Duvall, Brennan Maine and Yishi Xie. Senior Projects represent the culmination of the students’ studies, with an emphasis on creation of original art works. (more…)

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Student Musicians Will Be Showcased in Percussion Ensemble Concert

April 17, 2014 — The Allegheny College Percussion Ensemble will perform their annual spring concert on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m. on the stage of Shafer Auditorium. The concert is free.

The program will include compositions from the Renaissance, body percussion, classical, jazz and contemporary. Audience seating will be on the stage, in the round.

The Percussion Ensemble features four student performers from the college’s music department: Madeline Becker, Yue Lu, Kyle Murphy and Breanna Whiting.

Stephen F. Corsi will conduct the ensemble. Pianist Wendy Plyler will accompany Corsi on the Sabre Dance.

Photo: Members of the Allegheny College Percussion Ensemble are, left to right, Yue Lu, Madeline Becker, Breanna Whiting and Kyle Murphy

Playshop Theatre To Present “The School for Lies”

Mary Lyon, Leanne Siwicki,Daniel KeitelApril 16, 2014 — The Allegheny Playshop Theatre concludes its 84th season with “The School for Lies” by David Ives. Directed by Mark Cosdon, the play will be performed April 24-27 in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The inspiration for Ives’ glittering romp is “The Misanthrope,” Molière’s comic masterpiece. With Louis XIV’s patronage, Molière was able to establish a satirical contemporary style of playwriting that included sharp criticism against his enemies. David Ives has loosely adapted those ideas and transposed them into 21st-century verse with humorously bawdy results.

Cosdon has staged the production by balancing its 17th-century location and culture of narcissism, greed and flashy fashion with 1980s America, a period of similar excess. The production underscores the idea that not being true to your own self is one of the largest obstacles to personal truth and love. (more…)

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Junior Erin Brown, Physics and Math Major, Selected for Goldwater Scholarship

April 14, 2014 — Erin Brown, a junior at Allegheny College, has been selected for a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. A second Allegheny student, neuroscience major Neal Shah, was selected for an Honorable Mention.

Brown, who was an honorable mention last year, is a double major in physics and mathematics. She is from Gainesville, Georgia.

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to only 300 students annually, from an applicant pool of 1,200 to 1,500. Applicants must have research experience, plan to attend graduate school and intend to prepare for a long-term research career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). A GPA of at least 3.7 is also required. Brown plans to earn her Ph.D. and then teach and conduct research at the university level.

Brown is president-elect of the Society of Physics Students and serves as a writing consultant for Allegheny’s Maytum Learning Commons. She has worked on research projects both with professors in the Allegheny physics department and at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. (more…)

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Allegheny College Musicians To Perform in Chamber Strings and Select Strings Concert

April 9, 2014 – Two ensembles at Allegheny College, the Chamber Strings and the Select Strings, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in the Campus Center lobby. The ensembles are under the direction of Robert A. Rudolph.

The Chamber Strings will perform “Kingsbridge March” by William Dyson; “Gaelic Castle” and “Medieval Kings” by Soon Hee Newbold; “Prairie Dance” and “Pizzicato Rock” by Gregory Kerkorian; and “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, arranged by Kerkorian.

The Select Strings will perform “Lord of the Dance” by Ronan Hardiman, arranged by Larry Moore; the Boccherini Minuet; Handel’s Chamber Suite in D, arranged by Carole Neuen-Rabinowicz; “Memphis Two-Step” by Carl Strommen; Purcell’s “Chacony,” arranged by H. Lyon; and Carlos Gardel’s “Por Una Cabeza,” arranged by E. Lyon.

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Allegheny Choirs To Present Spring Concert

April 7, 2014 — The Allegheny Choirs, under the direction of James D. Niblock, will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College. The Allegheny College Chorus, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble and Choir will perform individually and as a massed group.

The College Chorus, featuring Allegheny students and singers from Meadville and surrounding communities, will open the program with a short spiritual and several folk songs from the British Isles.

The Chamber Choir will offer unaccompanied selections ranging from the solemn motet “Absalon, fili mi” by Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez to contemporary settings based on light-hearted children’s poetry.

The Men’s Ensemble will touch on themes of fleeting youth and love before closing with a classic glee club setting of “Brothers, Sing On!”

Fresh from a concert in Punxsutawney, the Women’s Ensemble and College Choir will offer, in turns, portraits of whimsy, drama and solemnity. From François Gevaert’s penitential setting of “Our Father” to the rousing Witches Chorus that opens Verdi’s operatic setting of Macbeth, the Women’s Ensemble will highlight both nuance and power. (more…)