George Mitchell '54
The NCAA has tapped former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell ’54 to serve as an independent athletics integrity monitor for Penn State University’s athletic program.
In that role, Mitchell will oversee compliance with the school’s agreement with the NCAA and the Big Ten in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Mitchell previously was commissioned by Major League Baseball to investigate the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport, releasing The Mitchell Report in December 2007.
Upward Bound student Brooke Smith, from Calais High School, learns guitar tuning techniques from her volunteer teacher, Israeli composer Noam Faingold.
As she labors to tune her guitar, Brooke Smith’s fingers stretch with the elegance of a slow-moving spider. “It’s hard to do just one string and not press down on the others,” she says.
“You’re doing fine,” says Israeli composer and musician Noam Faingold reassuringly. “Now just do the same thing with the next string.”
Smith, 15, is one of 20 Upward Bound students getting private music lessons taught by outstanding student-musicians participating in the Bowdoin International Music Festival (BIMF).
“I’ve wanted to play guitar since I was little,” says Smith, a student at Calais High School, “but there aren’t any guitar teachers in my area. When I found out we could take lessons here, I signed up right away.”
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Aleph Cervo ’14 Composes a Piano Quintet from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.
In this video, Cervo demonstrates how he improvises at the piano to explore musical ideas.
Aleph Cervo ’14 is trying to get out of a rut. And the strategy he’s using to break out of his routine and forgo his standard go-to solutions is to compose a 10- to 15-minute quintet for two violins, viola, cello and piano.
“When I’m composing I get stuck into patterns or repetitions,” Cervo said. “I build on a chunk of music that repeats and add layers. Now I’m trying to create a narrative that gets away from that — a musical story. It has its ups and downs, its climaxes and its resolutions.” Continue reading Video: Musical Student Composes a Piano Quintet
A Maine paper company is making lots of green on the best-selling romance novel series Fifty Shades of Grey. Random House Publishing has asked the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket to produce 3,000 tons of paper — the “Baxter Brite” variety — for copies of the book.