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Spring Break plans for MC students

Barry McNamara
Although Spring Break is approaching, more than 150 Monmouth students will not be entering relaxation mode. The March 6-14 break will be a learning experience for some, while others will take to the stage or playing field for performances after weeks of practice.

Theatre faculty members Bill Wallace and Janeve West will lead a group of 14 students on a trip to Scotland that will include watching several theatre productions, touring theatres and, according to West, taking in “some of the long history of the arts in Scotland.” The group might even run into President Mauri Ditzler, who will also be in Scotland with a group of faculty members visiting campuses of the University of Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, one of MC’s newer off-campus study partners.
Two other faculty-led trips will head to the Grand Canyon, led by biology professor Ken Cramer, and to London and Barcelona, led by Don Capener of the business department and Louise Barbaro-Medrano of the modern foreign languages department. Twenty students will participate in the latter trip, including four who are completing an internship with the London-based firm, Marketing Advantage, Ltd. In addition to the Grand Canyon, the eight students with Cramer will also visit the Organ Pipe and Sonoran national monuments.
“We will be looking at both physical and metaphysical issues surrounding the desert wilderness,” said Cramer. “The students will learn how humans have used and abused the resources of the desert and what they have taken in a spiritual, religious or contemplative experience in wilderness.”
Service-oriented Alternative Spring Break trips continue to be popular, and this year’s destination is Nashville, Tenn. Fifteen students are expected to take part.
“They’ll be working with several different groups, and what’s exciting to me is that they’ll be doing more human service work than they’ve ever done before,” said Daniel Reck, assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement. “In the past, they’ve done more physical jobs. They’ll still be doing some of that, but they’re also going to work with some elementary school students and with some senior citizens.”
Reck said that another ASB group will stay in Monmouth for the week, performing community projects.
The 40-member Monmouth Chorale will sing in St. Louis on the evening of March 6, and then head to Florida for concerts in Winter Haven, Inverness and Longwood before heading back to campus, where they will present their annual spring concert on March 19.
Three Fighting Scots athletic teams will travel to Arizona during Spring Break. The baseball team is scheduled to play six games in six days, primarily in Chandler, while the softball team will cram seven games into three days in Tucson on March 9-11. Also competing in Tucson will be the men’s golf team.