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.
Matthew Parrish ’06
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.
JOINING THE AVENUE
OF THE ARTS
LYCOMING OPENS NEW ART
Lycoming College unveiled its new
first-class art gallery.
20 FOR COLORED GIRLS...
21 THE ART OF COMMEDIA
26 A STITCH IN TIME
28 BLACK HERITAGE PROJECT
29 CHOOSE YOUR OWN
36 WARRIOR NEWS
38 ALUMNI NEWS
40 CLASS NOTES
FROM THE GUEST
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
30 ANOTHER CHANCE TO PLAY
31 THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC
32 EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECT:
LINDA MURDOCK ’69
34 WOMEN’S HISTORY
35 DCOM FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL