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T H E CO L L E G E

If you poke, twist and stretch the word “art” enough, it can, like a piece of clay,

become almost anything.

“Art” can be something as small and seemingly insignificant as a doodle in the

margins of a notebook or as large and impressive as a skyscraper.

It can be an oil painting that took years to make and contains thousands of tiny

strokes or it can be a piece of garbage that was found in the street and dropped

in a gallery in a minute.

It can be an orchestral composition that has four movements, includes poetry

and is performed by more than one hundred musicians or it can be nothing but

several minutes of complete silence.

“Art” can also simply be a way of describing the skill required to do something

like “the art of pitching,” “the art of teaching” or, unfortunately, “the art of war.”

Thus, the question “What is art?” lost its luster a long time ago. The more interest-

ing inquiry is, “What can art do?”

As evidenced by the “ARTS@Lyco” the answer is: a lot.

As you read our arts-centered issue, you’ll see how art can grow from isolated

experimentation, otherwise known as “play,” to become an agent of change. You’ll

see how art not only can help people rediscover their passions and create new be-

ginnings, but also uncover the past and present it in fresh and exciting ways. You’ll

see how art can set people apart — acting as a springboard to impressive careers

— and how it can bring them together, bridging the gap between communities

regardless of age, race or gender.

Finally, and most importantly considering the context, you’ll also see how art

can transform the college experience for Lycoming students, faculty and staff,

and, by extension, enrich the lives of friends both near and far.

Sincerely,

Matthew Parrish ’06

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FEATURE

J. STANLEY

Dr. N. J. Stanley, or simply J. to

anyone who has known her for

more than 20 seconds, wears

lightly and with melodic grace, the

accent of her native New Orleans.

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FEATURE

JOINING THE AVENUE

OF THE ARTS

LYCOMING OPENS NEW ART

GALLERY DOWNTOWN

Lycoming College unveiled its new

first-class art gallery.

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FEATURES

20 FOR COLORED GIRLS...

21 THE ART OF COMMEDIA

DELL’ARTE

26 A STITCH IN TIME

28 BLACK HERITAGE PROJECT

29 CHOOSE YOUR OWN

ADVENTURE

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DEPARTMENTS

36 WARRIOR NEWS

38 ALUMNI NEWS

40 CLASS NOTES

FROM THE GUEST

EDITOR

In the fall issue, we consistently misspelled the name of Lycoming’s 11th President,

John G. Detwiler. Our sincerest apologies to the Detwiler family.

In our table of contents, we misspelled the name of alumnus Scott Grisby ’84.

In that same entry we spared no expense and purchased too many vowels in the

word “Effect.”

Corrections

30 ANOTHER CHANCE TO PLAY

31 THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC

32 EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECT:

LINDA MURDOCK ’69

34 WOMEN’S HISTORY

COMES ALIVE

35 DCOM FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL