Student Spotlight – Joseph Vadala: Band Leader
Joseph Vadala, leader of the band Highland, turns life’s discord into rock music.
When his long-distance girlfriend blindsided him with a break-up, he wept and watched “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He stayed in his room. He didn’t eat or drink for 50 hours.
Finally, he went to his keyboard, and within 30 minutes he had written a song called “Won’t Be Tonight.”
“The verses are very much my tears on paper,” said Vadala, a senior and computer science major.
That song ...
Student Spotlight – Kyria Luxon: Photographer
Kyria Luxon makes people smile, then snaps a picture.
“I was photographed by her once for a project,” said Brian McCray, a junior graphic design major and classmate of Luxon. “She seems to get energy from people. I think she enjoys photographing other people for that reason.”
Luxon said enthusiasm makes her photo shoots successful.
“A lot of people say that they’re camera shy, that they don’t like being photographed,” Luxon said. “But I tend to get so excited ...
Style Blog Not Just About Clothes
It took six Cedarville students just one weekend last November to launch a style blog that’s now attracted readers from several states.
Cedarville students Beth Julca and Jennifer Langton had the idea to highlight people with interesting style around campus in some sort of online media. Langton, a junior, said she and Julca, who graduated in December, shared their idea with four other students. And when the weekend was over, the group of six had created and published “The Village.”
Student Spotlight – Jonathan Bitner: Paper Architect
Freshman Jonathan Bitner makes origami. But it’s not only a casual hobby – he’s even recreated famous monuments.
Bitner was first introduced to origami during his sophomore year of high school. His class was doing a project to raise money for people affected by the tsunami in Japan by making 1,000 paper cranes. The cranes were then sent to different organizations that would donate $1-$2 to Japan for every crane.
During this time, Bitner made about 500 cranes, and his interest in ...
Student Spotlight – Lesley Nash: Colonial Dancer
Senior Lesley Nash went from Yellowstone scenery to Ohio cornfields and found it hard to cope. So she taught colonial dancing.
Nash, a history education major, picked up this hobby during her time at Jackson Hole Bible College, a one-year Bible school near Jackson, Wyo.
“We were kind of in the middle of nowhere – tiny, tiny school,” Nash said. “Not much to do on nights when you’ve just finished a class.”
Nash said an alumnus who was also a professional dance caller in ...
Student Spotlight – Brian McCray: Caricature Artist
For student artist Brian McCray, art is the expression of what humans feel and observe, he says. In fact, humans are the basis for McCray’s most famous work on campus.
With his sketchbook in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, McCray was ready to go to work, even though he was about to sit down for an interview. A sophomore graphic design major from Beavercreek, Ohio, his real claim to fame on campus is his ink pen caricatures.
For many Cedarville students, their first ...
Student Spotlight – Student Witnesses Using the Arts
The class of 2016 may know her as the girl who sang a piece of “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” at last fall’s small group game show competition.
Alisha Symington, a sophomore from Knoxville, Tenn., double-majoring in music and theatre, said she was caught a little by surprise with the performance.
“I was like, ‘Oh, so this is the first time I’m going to sing in front of Cedarville University,’”she said.
Although spontaneous, Symington’s game show performance would ...