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WDVX’s world-class bluegrass lights up Clayton Center

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

The WDVX World Class Bluegrass show certainly lived up to its name when it graced the stage of Maryville College’s Clayton Center for the Arts. The night was opened by Jesse Gregory and the band Faultline. Their performance was a great example of the direction bluegrass is taking as a genre— younger performers keeping the sound of the classic banjo/mandolin/guitar/fiddle/bass quintet and giving it a twist of their own. Most notable of their performances was Jessie’s song, “Sincerely Julie Ann,” which was written as a “reply” to Del McCoury’s famous heartbroken-boyfriend song “Julie Ann.” The second performers of the night were Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, veritable legends in the bluegrass world. Lawson is not known for inertia, as he’s been performing for over 30 years; and, although Quicksilver’s lineup has changed, its quality has remained the same. Lawson’s jacket...

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Dorm cooking 101: Holiday foods made easy

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

The holidays are a great time of year for food. Everyone has their favorite holiday treat, and somehow, it always tastes better. In my mom’s house, it’s baking and candy season. I’m personally a fan of haystacks, chow mein noodles and peanuts stirred into melted butterscotch chips and spooned out in dollops. But there are some candies which are easy and fun to make, even in a dorm room. You usually don’t need anything more complex than a bowl in which to melt chocolate and a microwave. Hockey pucks are something we’ve always made around the holidays. Made with chocolate or white chocolate, they’re quite good and easy to make. All you need are buttery crackers (think Ritz-type), peanut butter, and chocolate. Make a dozen or so peanut-butter-crackers, and then melt the chocolate. Usually, a pound of semi-sweet chocolate...

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Dorm cooking 101: Shopping locally

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Nothing is better than finding how to locally source your food for both freshness and supporting your local economy. Buying locally can be a bit more time-consuming, as you won’t always find everything in one spot like you might in a supermarket, but it’s rewarding to be able to get the exact cut of meat you want or to know that your strawberries were raised by a family farm down the road in South Carolina. You also know that your meat is fresher when you buy from a butcher. When your produce is local, you know it’s not been shipped via plane, train and automobile to get to you. Maryville is lucky enough to have several stores that can cater to those who want to shop fresh and local. The two specializing in produce are Amburn’s Produce on Church...

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Dorm cooking 101: Healthy snacking

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

One of my friends mentioned last week that she’d love to see me cover eating healthy in a dorm room. Lacking ways to cook can certainly put a crimp on the hot meal front, but that isn’t the biggest problem most college students face when they want to eat healthy. Usually, students eat less healthy for snacks. It’s far easier to pop open a bag of chips or a pack of Pop-Tarts than it is to make a healthy fruit salad. That doesn’t mean you can’t snack healthily. Here are some easy-to-store, easy-to-make options to help with that. Nuts: Whole or chopped and sprinkled onto yogurt, nuts are a great source of protein. From Brazil nuts to walnuts, there’s a nut out there for everyone. Make sure to avoid nuts that have been smothered in chocolate, salt or a...

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Author Ron Rash opens 26th annual Appalachian Lecture Series

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Ron Rash delivered a powerful set of readings to his audience Thursday, Sept. 12, at the kickoff of Maryville College’s 26th annual Appalachian Lecture series. Rash, a writer from North Carolina, was introduced by Dr. Susan Schneibel, professor of comparative literature at Maryville College. He read excerpts from various poetry collections, as well as from his novel “Serena,” which will be released as a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper later this year. During the reading, Rash presented his poem, “The Exchange.” It was based on a tale told within his family about the way a pair of his forebears had met during a trip to Virginia. He then shared a story, “Cherokee,” from his collection “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” The narrative details a trip of a young married couple to the casino in Cherokee, during which they...

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