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Student Contemporary Jazz Ensemble Perform Fall Concert

Rebecca Munday, Staff Writer

The 1960s. That’s usually the decade that most people think of when they think of Jazz music. However, for the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, “We concentrated on music written after 1970,” Dr. Stephen Primatic, the director of the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, said.

The event was held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and featured six pieces all written or co-written by Pat Metheny in the late 1980s or early 1990s.


Six students played in the concert. Chase Burmester played the alto and tenor saxophones. Eliza DeRienzo played flute, synthesizer and piano. Marshall Henderson played guitar. Andrew Lukin played vibes, marimba and piano. Christopher Nguyen played drums. Lukas Sweeney played soprano saxophone and also introduced the pieces to the audience.

A few students said they came out to support their friends.

“My friend is in the ensemble,” Bryan Bell said.

“We’re in percussion ensemble and we love to come out and see other groups play,” Erikah Spriggs said.

Other students attended the event because they could get credit for their respective classes.

“Honestly, it was just for my music appreciation class,” Abbey Peek said.

“I’m here because of a class,” Kado Dang said.

“Mostly it’s for a grade, butIdolikejazzsoit’sa win-win,” Pablo Chirino said.

The first two pieces “Have You Heard” and “Every Summer Night” were released on Metheny’s album “Letters from Home” in 1989.

For these two pieces, DeRienzo played the flute and Lukin played the piano.

“Every Summer Night” started out with an ominous tune that one might hear at the beginning of a scary scene in a movie, then the music picked up into a more upbeat tune. The song switched back and forth between those two moods for the rest of the song.


“Last Train Home” and “(It’s Just) Talk” were released on Metheny’s “Still Life (Talking)” album in 1987.

“‘Last Train Home’ is used in multiple TV commercials,” Sweeney said when he introduced the piece.

During “Last Train Home,” Lukin played the vibes while DeRienzo played the piano.

Then, the music slowed down a bit with a piece from Metheny’s “Secret Story” album from 1992 called “Always and Forever.”

“For the last piece, we’ll be welcoming Dr. Primatic to the stage,” Sweeney said as the musicians prepared to play “Minuano (Six- Eight),” which was also from the album “Still Life (Talking).”

Dr. Primatic played piano. DeRienzo played flute and Lukin played the marimba.


While the musicians performed, audience members were moving their heads to the music. Some audience members clapped at particularly impressive parts of the song even when the song wasn’t over.

When the concert concluded, audience members spoke highly of the performance.

“Fantastic, professional,” Seryne Flewellen said.

“I know nothing of jazz music, but I thought it was really good,” Hannah Davis said.

“It’s great that there are so many talented musicians at our school,” Olivia O’Driscoll said.

Letter from the Editor: Farewell Armstrong

Madison Watkins, Editor-in-Chief

There were many times I’ve thought to myself, “graduation will never come.” Now, it’s days away and I still can’t believe it. A graduation in December is strange enough, but the fact that I’ll actually get to walk across the stage is even stranger.

If you had told the wide-eyed freshman who came here in the fall of 2015 she would be running the school newspaper by the time she graduated, she would have shaken her head in disbelief and said, “that’ll never happen.”

I’ve been a theater major through my whole college career so working on the paper definitely wasn’t on the agenda. But I had always enjoyed writing and I had heard we’d get paid $10 a story so I figured why not, it’d be a good way to pass the time.

“Besides, nothing too crazy happens on this campus anyway,” I thought and we all know how that worked out.

I’m so glad I decided to attend a writers meeting in January 2017. Through working at The Inkwell, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful students and faculty members, learn how to operate in a workplace, handle a leadership position and travel to Minneapolis and New York City.

Moving up from Staff Writer, to Arts & Entertainment Editor, to Editor-in-Chief (EIC) has been an incredible experience.

Since becoming EIC, there were a few times where I thought there’s no way I can handle all of this and get the paper out on time. But, with a lot of help from others and taking it one day at a time, a paper has been published every week.

Working as an EIC is challenging to say the least, but it’s helped me grow so much as a person.

Students on this campus have faced more than their fair share of challenges over the last few years, but I hope the hardships have helped the students and the school become stronger.

I’m excited to see where the new EIC will take this paper next semester and I hope the staff will stay true to the standards of journalism, freedom of the press, giving all students a voice and holding those in power accountable.

My last piece of advice is: students, leave your rooms. Make time for yourself and friends. Go to that event that you’ve seen a flyer for a hundred times in a week. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities you’ll find.

I’m forever grateful for everything I’ve learned here and I’m excited to walk across that stage now as an actress, a director, a writer and a chief.

“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT

“Homestretch” Documentary

Kee’Ara Smith, Staff Writer

The lives of three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future in Chicago are showcased in the documentary “The Homestretch.”

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) began its Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with a screening of “Homestretch” on Nov. 20 in the Ogeechee Theater.

The PHSA used this week as a platform to promote the Captain’s Cupboard where students on or off campus are able to receive items they need such as canned goods, food, toiletries and more.

The three teens in the film are shown battling everyday struggles such as not having a high school diploma, mental health issues and lack of U.S. citizenship. Lucky for these three teens, those struggles didn’t follow them into adulthood.

One was still able to get into college although having a GPA lower than a 2.0 and no citizenship.

The other teen was able to get his GED and get a stable job to gain custody of his son. The last teen got the wellness check she needed and moved to a new city for a fresh start. She even planned on starting school soon.

At the end of the screening, many faculty, staff and students stood around and talked about the film. The PHSA posted two discussion posts in the back of the theatre where people were allowed to write questions they had at the end of the film.

“I found out about this movie through my FYE class but it wasn’t mandatory. I felt this film was interesting because I’ve experienced homelessness and it’s different to see how older people are affected and how much it can affect what they do next in life,” Mallory Mallett said.

“Nothing in this film surprised me. It just gave me better insight

into people’s everyday situations,” Mallett said.

There are a plethora of resources available if you or a loved one are experiencing hunger or homelessness.

Please contact the Public Health Student Association at phsa@

Must-Watch Christmas Movies

Thuy-Linh Dang, Staff Writer

Finals week is coming just around the corner. You know what else is coming up just around the corner? Christmas.

If you are anything like me, Christmas isn’t just a one-day holiday. It is a year-long holiday.

I have been excited and ready to celebrate Christmas since Dec. 26 of last year. While I am great at procrastinating, one thing I do not procrastinate is anything and everything Christmas-related.

So, with finals next week, you better bet I am procrastinating on everything finals-related by burying myself under cozy blankets and sipping on a nice mug of chocolatey hot chocolate with extra mini ‘mallows with this list of my must-watch Christmas movies.

Whether you’re a classic Christmas movie fanatic or a cheesy Christmas romantic like me, here is a must-watch list for everyone during this merry, jolly and bright/finals procrastinating season.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Before Taylor Momsen played the teen we loved to hate in “Gossip Girl”, she was the sweet Cindy Lou Who that warmed our hearts and the Grinch’s. This Christmas classic is a must watch every Christmas!


Everyone knows a Christmas must watch list is not complete without this Will Ferrell movie! This movie is the perfect movie to kick off the Christmas season!

“The Year Without a Santa Claus”

A Christmas must-watch list is not complete without having some of those claymations in the list. This one is an absolute favorite. You meet the Miser brothers and the whole Christmas gang.

“The Holiday Calendar”

These cheesy Netflix Christmas romance movies have become an absolute weakness of mine in the last year. This movie is just so sweet and the perfect movie to cuddle up with some warm blankets and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!

“A Christmas Prince”

Another one of those cheesy Netflix Christmas romance movies for the books and this one is a three-parter (the final installment will be released Dec. 5). What’s not to love about this movie? A journalist that lands herself in a castle and falls in love with a prince? Yes, please!

Let’s Get Mugged

Art Department Hosts Bi-Annual Pottery Sale

Rachel Hammond, Staff Writer

“We’ve been doing this thirty years!” said Professor John Jensen when about the Art Department’s bi-annual pottery sale.

Each semester, students in ceramics classes have the opportunity to share their work with potential customers and curious crowds.

As for the inspiration behind the event, Jensen says its main goal is to “give people incentive to make good quality pottery and have a little experience with what it’s like to actually sell some.”

“A lot of the pieces here are done by ceramics students here in the ceramics studio. That ranges from people who are just starting out or people who’ve been doing this for 20+ years,” Kimberly Barron, a Fine Arts major said.

A portion of the money raised from the sales goes to the pottery scholarship fund.

“It helps us provide travel money to go to specific ceramic events,” Barron said.

Additionally, it helps provide supplies to ceramic students.

As far as the unsold pieces, “they go back to the student or person who made the pottery or they can donate it to the ceramics studio to use it for next semester’s pottery sales,” Barron said.

Barron is currently working on a life-sized Buddha sculpture that she calls “Bad Buddha” and has a three-eyed cat sculpture in an art show in California.

The Art Department has a few events coming up including Raku Pizza Night in April where students can enjoy dinner and watch the Raku method of pottery-making.