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Fall activities in the Maryville community

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

Summer has ended, and cool weather is settling into East Tennessee. The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall, and Halloween decorations are starting to make an appearance again. For almost everyone this means two things:  it’s time to start bringing out the warm clothes again, and it’s time to find some more season-appropriate activities.      Swimming, sunbathing and fishing are all well and good summer fun, but now it’s getting to the point where it’s too cold to do any of those. Without any activities to do, life can get boring, which is why I’m here to tell you about a few options for entertainment to get you through the fall.     One of the most popular options for many people is to pay a visit to Cade’s Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While this is...

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No tricks; Fanboy Expo holding Halloween weekend event in Knoxville

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

A big treat is coming to the Knoxville area for Halloween weekend 2016. Fanboy Expo, the Knoxville Comic Con, will be setting up shop for a special Halloween weekend event. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 28 and running until Sunday, Oct. 30, the event is being held at the Knoxville Convention Center at 701 Henley Street in Downtown Knoxville. Event tickets can be pre-ordered or purchased at the door. Tickets, priced per person, are $22 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $17 for Sunday. A weekend pass can be purchased for $50. General VIP packages and Super VIP packages can be purchased for $99 and $399 respectively and include special opportunities and limited edition items, a full list of which can be found on the Fanboy Expo website,, under the ‘Event Tickets’ tab. Attendees of the Halloween Weekend con...

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Pets and Poetry: Finding the connection between writing and animals

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

  Maryville College’s January Term is well known for the experiential classes it offers both on and off campus.  For this J-Term I signed up for a course called Pets and Poetry, a course new to the J-Term schedule instructed by Ms. Christina Seymour, one of MC’s instructors of English. As the course title suggested, students signed up for the course were going to be working on poetry. However, because the course is experiential, the approach to writing of poetry was not entirely traditional. On the first day of J-Term the class met on campus where we went over the syllabus and watched an episode of Pitbulls and Parolees that helped to prepare us for what we would be doing for the duration of the class. For the experiential portion of the course all students who were signed up...

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Thanksgiving: A day for families

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in News, Perspectives | 0 comments

    The month of November is well known for several holidays and events. One of the most recognized is Thanksgiving. Across the United States Thanksgiving is celebrated by many people in different ways. Every family has their own traditions and spends the holiday following these traditions. My family and I have a few traditions that we’ve kept going and follow every year.     I begin my day, almost every Thanksgiving, waking up in time to catch the televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Something about seeing many of my favorite cartoon characters, like Snoopy, Jimmy Neutron, Shrek and Buzz Lightyear, floating through New York City always made me smile as a child, and I can not say that has changed at all.     Besides these oversized cartoon icons there were also all of the wonderful performances by musical guests. As a previous member...

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Newest member of MC Division of Fine Arts: Eric Simpson

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

    Eric Simpson is the newest member of Maryville College’s Division of Fine Arts. Beginning this semester Simpson has taken over the direction of the MC Community Concert Band and also has taken the responsibility of teaching the classes Music 321 and Music 324 .     Before coming to MC, Simpson worked as an assistant professor of music education at Texas Christian University. During his time at TCU, he also acted as an associate conductor of the concert band and coordinator of instrumental music. Simpson came to MC to be a part of a smaller, more close-knit community and to be closer to family.     “I’ve been at everything from four-thousand students to forty-thousand students to this and I really like the small thing better,” Simpson said, “I just didn’t like the big environment.”     And though he isn’t currently involved...

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