‘Rocky Horror’ to encourage interaction and getting ‘weird’

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. living and arts editor 

It’s time to do the time warp again as Susquehanna’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance will present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in Isaac’s Auditorium on April 28 at 8 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m.

Based on the 1973 production, with Susquehanna’s per- formance directed by sophomore Aly Morris, the show tells the tale of a newly engaged couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, that end up lost with a flat tire on a stormy night.

When the couple approaches a castle to use the telephone, they are met by colorful costumes, dance numbers and a mad scientist who is actually an alien transvestite.

The show parodies science fiction and horror B-movies and has developed a cult following. It is common for a “shadow cast” to perform alongside the film, where attendees act out the plot while the film is playing.

The production was also popularized by a 1975 film adaptation, which starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick.

The cast of “Rocky Horror” includes first-years Kelsey Dowling, Alaina Johansson, Sarena Pollock, J.J. Saunders and Tate Avey, sophomores Angie Poole, Izzie Hawthorne and Morris and seniors Sam McCoy and Meaghan Wilson.

Dowling, who plays the mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter, offered advice to audience members who have never seen the show before.

“Don’t stop and question it,” Dowling said. “Just let it happen. That’s what live shows, specifically for ‘Rocky Horror,’ are about.”

One of the most unique aspects of “Rocky Horror” is that it is interactional theatre.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume and bring props to the show, such as newspapers, water guns, rice, confetti and toast.

Sophomore Angie Poole, who plays Brad Majors, seconded Dowling’s sentiment and encouraged the audience to respond to the show.

“Have a good time,” Poole said. “Yell the callouts, play the virgin games, enjoy yourself and have a good time.”

Poole also emphasized the importance of audience mem- bers being true to themselves during the show.

“‘Rocky’’s this thing where you get to be weird and nobody can judge you for it, because we’re on stage dancing in lin- gerie,” Poole continued. “So the audience can be as weird as they want and it’s great.”

Dowling said the show is a favorite of theirs, being one of the first rock musicals they had ever seen. They had attended multiple movie showings and shadow casts and even attempted to make costumes in the past.

“It has been so much fun to bring to life this show that I absolutely adore with my friends,” Dowling said.

Dowling noted that one of their favorite cast members to work with is Poole, whose character interacts frequently with Dowling’s character. Dowling said that together, it is “so fun to watch [them] both be in [their] element.”

Poole and Dowling will also share a scene of intimacy together, with one of the main themes of the show being to not be afraid to give in to pleasure.

“I’m close friends with both [actors who play] Brad and Janet,” Dowling said. “You just kind of get normalized to having sex and doing sexual things on stage.”

Poole also praised multiple aspects of the production.

“The costumes are a lot of fun,” Poole said. “Doing the dancing is a lot of fun. It’s a fun time.”

The show features multiple musical numbers, such as “I Can Make You a Man,” “The Time Warp,” “Rose Tint My World” and “Sweet Transvestite,” which Dowling says is their personal favorite to perform.

“There’s only so many times in your life where you can rip off a cape and be in lacy lingerie underneath and have everyone applaud,” Dowling said. “This is one of them and I get to do it twice in front of all my friends.”

Tickets for the show will be on sale for three dollars. Those interested will have the opportunity to buy a ticket and a prop bag for five dollars.

Senior discusses diversity requirements

By Justus Sturtevant, Staff writer

Susquehanna needs to get serious about its diversity education.

I know that is a harsh assessment from a student who has not taken the vast majority of diversity classes at the uni- versity, but hear me out.

Thursday morning I was part of a discussion about racism in my business ethics class. For a class full of seniors who have all taken both diversity and diversity intensive classes, the discussion was very underwhelming.

At one point, the professor asked the class how we could use what we had learned about diversity at Susquehanna to address systemic racial issues in the world of business. After a few minutes of silence, there were several mumbled responses about judging people based on character rather than race.

Is that the best we can do? I recognize that race conversations in an 8:15 a.m. class full of predominantly white business majors will always be incomplete, but it still seems like we could have done a little better.

The discussion made me think back to the classes I took to fulfill the diversity and diversity intensive requirements of the central curriculum at Susquehanna. This was where my real issues with Susquehanna’s curriculum began.

In the fall of my sophomore year, I fulfilled the diversity requirement with Comparative Government and Politics.

One year later, I checked off the diversity intensive box with Management and Organizational Behavior.

Recently, I decided to take a closer look at the course catalog to see what other courses fulfilled these requirements. What I found was an odd mixture. Some classes seemed incredibly relevant to current conversations about diversity.

These included: Intro to Asian Religions; Race, Ethnicity & Minorities; Jewish Literature; Middle East Politics and Society; Introduction to Islam; Social Stratification.

Others seemed far less relevant. Under the list of current courses that fulfill diversity and diversity intensive require- ments I found the following selections: Oceanography; Intermediate German II; Intermediate French II; Dramatic Literature; Forms of Writing: Novel.

I may be completely out of line in suggesting these courses are not true diversity classes based solely on the name and department, but there certainly are some questions that need to be asked about the requirements of course that fulfill diversity at Susquehanna.

After all, the “diversity” courses I have taken at Susquehanna-Comparative Government and Politics, Management and Organizational Behavior and Legal Environment-were all courses designed with other focuses in mind. I would not claim to have much knowledge about diversity after having taken any of these classes.

I am proud of the fact that our school believes diversity to be an important part of its central curriculum; many of the classes that address diversity issues seem fantastic.

On the other hand, it seems to me that many of the courses students can use to fulfill diversity requirements were not designed with diversity in mind but had the diversity fulfillment attached to them to encourage students to take the course or to help students with that major.

As someone earning a dual degree who has overloaded every semester this is very helpful. As someone who sees the need for more comprehensive discussions of diversity on our campus it is very concerning.

There have been an alarming number of racially-charged incidents at Susquehanna in the last year. Perhaps it is time our curriculum reflected this and actually prioritized diversity in education.

Forum editor writes about The Quill

By Matthew Dooley, Forum editor 

When the next school year rolls in, so will a new assortment of students. Still untested in the college setting, these new personalities will begin to make their mark on campus. They will be able to find their niche amongst the variety of clubs and organizations Susquehanna University offers.

One such organization they may choose to frequent on campus is the campus newspaper, The Quill. At the paper, students can write to their hearts content.

Whether they have a preference for news, sports, the arts, or a personalized editorial, The Quill offers a space for their writing.

However, any interested writers or aspiring journalists can show up to a meeting and receive an assignment.

I remember walking into the meeting room the first day; I didn’t know where my life was taking me. I wanted to write, although I didn’t know precisely what I wanted to write. The Quill gave me a space.

On a weekly basis, I would pump out article after article. With each article I would interview a variety of fun and interesting people. Everyone I interviewed had a story to tell and as a journalist it was my duty to effectively bring those stories to print.

As the new forum editor, I am excited to work with the variety of writers and artists who would wish to grace the Forum page.

I have some big ideas and a whole year to see those ideas to come to fruition. If anyone is interested in being apart of The Quill’s journey to build a successful weekly publication, come to a meeting and experience journalistic bliss.

Susquehanna University is a breeding ground for creativity and leadership. I feel it is the duty for upperclassmen to be welcoming and to show these new students the way. Whether that be in writing for The Quill, which is always an option, or in any other endeavors where the path of a first year and upperclassmen may cross.

The Quill is a paper that will work with students. For any future Quill writers, we present you a word of advice.

Do not be afraid of the editors. We do not bite. If your running a bit late with an article tell us. An editor needs to edit like how a writer needs to write. Without any contact from the writer, the editor has no idea if the article will even be completed.

The deadline for each article is every Monday. New assignments are given on Tuesday.

Thursday is the last day editors are able to edit and place the articles on the pages. Afterwards, the paper is de- livered to the university news racks on Friday morning.

Student looks for silver lining in Scotland

By Justice Bufford, Abroad writer

I remember looking forward to this experience for the past two years. Susquehanna requires all undergraduates to go abroad during either a full semester or over the winter or summer break. I opted for the full semester. It is a nice change of pace from my home university and I do not have to stress too much over my grades.

I thought that I would have the time of my life while I was here. I always heard people say how great an experience it was and that they had so much fun. They would travel all throughout Europe or throughout the country and make friends quickly.

It was like a dream to me. An adventure that I could not wait to go on. It turns out that their words were tinged with hindsight.

I love Scotland. This is true. It is really green here even though spring has yet to appear. The air is clean, but I can not stand the wind. I am meeting different people and I have successfully blended to university life here.

I do not know if it is that I am unwilling to find something more exciting or what, but it is like I am just living my life here. I quite seriously think that is the point.

However, every student I talk with about their abroad experience, talk about how much they traveled while abroad.

I decided to stay in Scotland and experience where I am. That is really the only way to learn about a culture. You have to connect with it in genuine moments of human interactions. Anything outside of that is staged.

And while I think cultural festivals and the like have their place in the world, although I do not think that is experiencing another culture.

I am convinced that to actually experience a culture you have to live it. I have lived in Scotland for a few months now and I have acclimated to my surroundings. Sometimes I go shopping. I am planning on going to a Chinese restaurant within the week.

There is a coffee shop that I will probably go to again. The church in town has questionable doctrine but really awe- some tea. I have never liked partying or going out, so I am not inclined to pub crawl. It is like I live here.

At the end of the day, I am still me even if I’m in another country. My life and the interests and the culture that I am a part of are only as exciting as I perceive my own life.

The value of my experiences are dependent on what I put in, but I can not bring myself to change my mindset.

At that point, my time here would seem disingenuous to the intended purpose of experiencing a new culture.

I am sure there is a silver lining somewhere. What that is, I have yet to discover.

SU seniors showcase work on scholar’s day

By Matt Dooley, Forum editor

Senior Scholar’s Day, held on April 25, is an annual event giving seniors the opportunity to present their research to an audience of peers and other interested students. “It has been going on for 30 years,” remarked Tish Showers, an administrative assistant at the Career Development Center and organizer of the event.

“[Senior Scholar’s day] is a day when seniors and occasion- ally a few juniors have the opportunity to present the projects they have been working on,” Showers said. “Whether it be something scholarly, research and we also have music and arts students who are technically participants of the day.”

The event had presentations that ranged from the sciences to the theatrics. The day began around 12 p.m. with an early reception before the presentations began. The event took place in Degenstein Campus Center and Cunningham Cen- ter for Music and Arts.

Oral presentations were done in Shearer and Weber Dining Rooms on a rotating schedule as each group would only need 20 minutes to do their presentations. Physical presentations, where the student needed to hang up a poster, were done in Mellon Lounge.

“I imagine it has to do more with the kind of work that they did,” Showers said. “More students are more likely to post their findings on the poster and do a little presentation out [in Mellon Lounge]. It does not mean they hang the poster and that is it. They stay with their poster and answer questions of their peers and staff.”

As Showers said, “The whole day goes from noon to around six. This has grown a little bit over the last few years. In the past it was over by five because we only had two sets of poster presentations. But we had so many more students sign upforitsowehadtoaddathird poster session. So, there is a session at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and it is over at 6 p.m.”

At different intervals during the day, students would set up their presentations in Mellon Lounge. Lined down the center were grey boards the students would attach their research to.

Shannon Kinney, a senior neuroscience major, said,“ It is pretty similar to what we expected. We had to come in the past for lower level biology courses [that] require you to come and listen to different presentations. So it is pretty similar to what we have seen in the past.”

Senior neuroscience major Olivia Souder continued, “We have presented to probably 10 different groups of people. So it has been a lot of people, a lot of traffic. It has been pret- ty much what we expected…. It’s been fun.”

When describing present- ing at the fair, senior Noah Diaz-Portalatin said, “The day was pretty fun. I was able to talk about my research, which we’ve been working on all year, to all types of people: students of different years and majors and faculty from different departments.”

Environmentally friendly Trax party

By Samantha McCoy, Staff writer 

The Johnson Center for Community Engagement finished off Earth Week by hosting the Silent Earth party at Trax this past Saturday.

The environmentally-friendly theme was combined with the Silent DJ Party that Trax started last year. It was paired with the phrase “the earth has music for those who listen” serving as the tagline for the event.

Eyana Walker, a junior public relations major and Trax’s marketing manager, said that Trax wanted to advocate for sustainability and awareness during the party.

“We tried to advocate by getting eco-friendly cups and organic food,” said Walker. “We had a live stream of the world through the space station on the television, and one of our biggest things was to decrease our power usage.”

“We compared our usage from this year to last, and we decreased our power usage significantly compared to last year’s earth party,” Walker continued, “That’s the biggest thing, the university tests each building on how much usage, its a big reason why we have the motion-sensored lights, to decrease power usage and be more environmentally friendly.”

The party ran similarly to the Silent DJ party introduced by Trax last year. There were three DJs operating on a separate line, and each student received a pair of headphones that allow them to switch between the three DJs.

“Our slogan was ‘the earth has music for those who listen,’” said Walker. “It works wonderfully with the silent party theme. The theme of the party was that you’re listening carefully to the three DJ stations, such as you cannot hear the earth say that we are losing water or animals, you have to pay attention to the smaller details.”

The party was one of many events to occur in celebration of Earth Week at Susquehanna University. Walker said that it was also a good theme to start off the spring and summer seasons and to remember to reuse and conserve for the environment’s sake.

“The hardest part was to have access to the eco-friendly items,” said Walker. “Now we know the brands we used, so if students ask about organic food and cups we can tell them and help them out.”

Walker said that Susquehanna has a good reputation for being environmentally-friendly, with recycling bins in each building and using sustainable objects, but that there is more work to be done.

“What we should do instead of giving everyone a bunch of t-shirts on their first day is give them a reusable water bottle,” Walker said. She adds that it will reduce plastic usage on campus and will accompany the many refillable water fountains on campus.

The importance of Earth Week is to push people to be environmentally conscious all the time, according to Walker.

“We can’t have a beautiful campus and not be eco-friendly,” said Walker “We are dedicated to creating an environmentally- friendly campus and we are [going to] do our part in the manner.”

In ‘The Lorax’, one of the biggest quotes is ‘unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not’. We care enough, and we want to show it.”

Trax will be hosting the Spring Weekend party this Saturday, with the band 88mph returning to play on campus.

SU SERVE hosts over 350 students

By Sean Colvin, Staff writer 

The Johnson Center for Civic Engagement hosted its annual SU SERVE event on Saturday, April 22, in which more than 350 students volunteered there time doing community service work in the Selinsgrove area and ten surrounding communities.

SU SERVE is organized each year by the Johnson Center for Student Engagement as part of a month-long service initiative by the university in April.

According to Assistant Director of the JCCE, Pam Frontino, Susquehanna students volunteered over 700-hours of community service on Saturday alone in 29 different locations.

In addition, Susquehanna alumni also donated a number of service hours from service sites in New Jersey and New Hampshire. Frontino said that two students, Noah Diaz-Portalatin and Gabriella Marrero, were instrumental in the organization of this year’s SERVE event.

Marrero, who has served as the Community Partners’ Service Scholar for the JCCE since 2015, was responsible for both maintaining and establishing new connections with businesses and organizations in the community to find sites for students to work at.

Marrero said that this year the office reached out to new partners in the community like the Watsontown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the By Grace Woman’s Transitional Home.

“Making those connections with the partners shows that Susquehanna University cares about our community and we are more than willing to donate our time to those organizations,” she said.

Diaz-Portalatin works as the Extracurricular Service Scholar

for the JCCE, where he is responsible for organizing students into teams for their work assignments.

Being that over 300 of the 350 students who signed up were members of Greek organizations, Diaz-Portalatin said that one of his main goals was to split up students in a way that promoted inter-Greek mixing, with some sites having up to five different organizations represented.

Diaz-Portalatin said that one of the goals for next year’s SERVE event is to get more student organizations outside of Greek life involved, like the sports teams, or even teams from first-year residence halls. Also the JCCE would like to be more strategic in sending students to sites that are farther away in a timely manner.

One non-Greek student, Junior Desiree Muldoon, said that lack of communication made it so that she didn’t really understand the event, and did not sign up. She said, “It’s a shame that SU SERVE is not communicated as much to students that aren’t involved in Greek life.” Diaz-Portalatin said that with next years’ initiative, he thinks the event could reasonably draw 400 students next year.

“We are living within the community, so we should show a thank you for letting us occupy space. It’s a good way to give back,” said Diaz-Portalatin, who served this year at the Union City Historical Society.

Junior Maddy Carr, who volunteered at the Community Aid thrift store, said: “They were really glad to have us. It was their customer appreciation day, so it was a really busy day for them. They do a lot of good things for the community, so it was good to help them out.”

Junior Natalie Harris participated in SU SERVE for her first time on Saturday by spending time at the campus gardens on West Sassafras Street, which gives back by donating produce to the Meals for Seals program.

Harris said, “SU SERVE may have only taken up two and a half hours of our day, but the feeling I had throughout and after was definitely rewarding.” She continued, “I look forward to SU SERVE 2018.”

Greek Week rebounds well from a lack of ‘unity’ last year

By Jacquelyn Letizia, Staff writer

Throughout the week of April 22, the Susquehanna Greek community holds its annual Greek Week.

The week started with SU SERVE on Saturday, a campus wide day of service hosted by the JCCE. For SERVE, Greeks and non-Greeks joined together to do community service on campus and in the greater Selinsgrove community.

Each group also had to hang a banner for their respective organization on Monday, April 24. Banners were centered around the theme of Unity.

The next event was Trivia on Monday night. The team of sorority Alpha Delta Pi and fraternity Phi Mu Delta won, and the team of sorority Zeta Tau Alpha, and fraternities Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha coming in second after a tie breaking round.

The trivia included questions about pop culture, Susquehanna history, and Greek life in general. Monday night also featured the premiere of the Lip Sync music videos each organization created. Phi Mu Delta and Alpha Delta Pi won this event.

On April 26, the organizations participate in team games of kickball. After four games between four teams the duo of Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu Delta won again.

On Friday, April 28, Air Band will be held in Weber Chapel at 8 p.m. For Air Band, each team picks a theme and choreographs a five minute dance to a mix of songs sur- rounding the theme. Faculty and staff members will serve as judges.

On Saturday, April 29, there will be a donation drive, and on Sunday, April 30, the annual Greek Awards ceremony will be held.

This year, the theme for the week is Unity. This diverges from pervious themes because it focuses on a unifying characteristic rather than a movie or event like in the past.

Senior Paige Wagner, the Vice President of Programming for Panhel, explained the importance of this theme.

“I think that the theme of Unity will bring together fra- ternities and sororities that do not necessarily spend a lot of time together and to have some fun,” Wagner said.

“Hopefully, the teams will take this idea and run with it because by having more people on your team, there are more opportunities to get to meet others that you wouldn’t necessarily meet on a daily basis and to get out of your daily comfort zone.”

Wagner also explained the differences between this year’s Greek Week and previous ones.

“Last year was a rough year for the Greek community, so this year we have revamped with new ideas, new events but also focusing more on our schoolwork and course load at the same time,” she stated. “This theme is not meant to push everyone apart, it is solely meant to bring everyone together—hence the unity theme.”

According to Wagner, the teams allow Greeks to “meet new people, get to know what various organizations are like and have fun”

Sophomore Becca Wilson, Zeta Tau Alpha’s Panhellenic Delegate, agreed with much of what Wagner said.

“I think the theme of Unity will help us grow stronger to- gether, because we are better together,” Wilson explained. “This will show us the importance of supporting each other instead of competing against each other.”

“I think the teams are strong, and for what I have seen that are all working together quite well so far, and I am excited to see who comes out on top,” Wilson continued.

Wagner explained that Greek Week should be about bringing together Greek students rather than tearing them apart.

She continued, “Greek week is not all about competition and we should really be coming together and building each other up instead of tearing one another down!”

For this weekend the donation drive and the Greek Awards wrap up Greek Week. The donated goods’ station will be collected in Weber Chapel from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. The Greek Awards will be in Weber Chapel as well, with the event starting at 6 p.m.

Former alumni announced as Commencement Speaker

By Michael Bernaschina, Staff writer

John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial Inc., was announced to be Susquehanna’s keynote speaker for the 159th commencement to be hosted on May 17.

Strangfeld graduated from Susquehanna with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration in 1975, and continued to earn a master’s degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 1977.

In 1999, he joined Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees, where he served as chair for ten years before becoming an emeritus board member.

“He believes in the students,” said Angela Burrows, Chief Communications Officer at the Office of Communications. “He’s the one who coined the phrase ‘At Susquehanna, it’s all about the student,’ so he’s a big supporter of students here.”

He and his wife, Mary Kay, have donated money to the con- struction of the new admission building, and have provided Susquehanna with financial support on numerous occasions over the years. They’ve also sponsored master’s degree scholarship programs at Darden for military officers who are returning to life as a civilian.

“He’s a big supporter of diversity initiatives in his profes- sional life as well as making it a priority for Susquehanna,” she added. “So his own personal values are consistent with the values of the institution.”

Prior to becoming the chairman and CEO of Prudential, Strangfeld served as vice chairman and was responsible for Prudential’s investment and insurance divisions. He also held a number of senior investment positions at the company, both within the United States and abroad. Prudential is a financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Accord- ing to the Susquehanna website the cooperation was also recently ranked No. 1 in FORTUNE magazine for the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the “Insurance: Life and Health” category.

Strangfeld also holds the position of the chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, a vice chairman of the Geneva Association, and a member of the Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Career Center.

According to Burrows, Strangfeld was selected personally by President Lemons because of their longterm working relationship.

“He and President Lemons have worked together for a number of years,” she said. “So it was appropriate in President Lemons’ last year as president to have [Strangfeld], who’s been a partner of his as board chair, do the commencement address.”

During commencement ceremony, Strangfeld will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, as will Harold C. and Nancy M. O’Connor of State College, Pennsylvania. Like Strangfeld, Harold O’Connor served as a member of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees. He joined in the board 1981, and served as chair from 1986 to 1997.

The commencement ceremony, set for May 17, is the 159th in Susquehanna’s history and the last for President Lemons. It is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. in the Garrett Sports Complex.

At this year’s graduation, 460 students are expected to walk across the stage and receive their diploma.

The day before on April 16, the Baccalaureate will com- mence in a tent on Smith Field at 8 p.m. with a gala following in Degenstein Campus Center from 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble to Perform Modern Repertoire

By Kelsey Rogers, Assistant Living and Arts Editor

The Susquehanna University Percussion Ensemble will perform in Stretansky Concert Hall on April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble, directed by Gregory Alico, adjunct faculty music, will feature pieces from multiple genres, including classical and jazz.

First-year Milo Brooking, who is a member of the ensemble, said that the experience has been educational for him.

“The pieces we’ve done have been unlike any pieces I did in high school or other programs,” Brooking said. “Many of them are very modern, with changing beats and often no beat at all.”

Brooking also said the audience can expect a variety of genres from the ensemble.

“The set list definitely skews modern, but there are some great mallet pieces with jazz influence and a couple of more classical pieces,” Brooking said.

The pieces that will be performed are “Declarative Stances,” “An Indian Story,” “Gainsborough,” “Head Talk,” “Graceful Ghost,” “Ripeness,” “Guatemalan Folk Song” and “Cymbalectomy.”

“Declarative Stances,” written by Kansas percussionist Steve Riley, is a piece written for eight different instruments such as the xylophone, castanets, chimes and bongos.

“Indian Summer,” written by Ukrainian American composer George Perlman in 1938, tells the story of Indian warriors dancing in the sky. Their war paint eventually rubs off, causing the change of colors in the sky.

“Gainsborough” is a popular percussion piece that has been played all over the world. Written by Illinois musician Thomas Gauger, the piece features three different movements, consisting of marimbas, bells and a jazzy expression.

“Graceful Ghost” was originally written for piano by American composer William Bolcom and arranged for percussionists by Colorado musician Terry Smith. This piece takes a spin on ragtime and turns it into a more gentle tune, rather than the typical upbeat style.

“Ripeness,” written by percussionist Phillip Long, uses a tetrachord “to the point of annoyance” according to sheet music company C. Alan Publications. Other instruments that can be heard in the piece are bongos, cymbals and cowbells.

“Guatemalan Folk Song” has percussion elements that have a gentle sound with Latin-American roots. Arranged by Texas composer Emily Crocker, it tells the story of a parrot falling in love with a parakeet.

“Cymbalectomy,” written by American percussionist Chris Crockarell, is an all-cymbal piece featuring six members.

Members of the ensemble performing in the concert are Gus Black, Jacob Bodinger, Milo Brooking, Mike Kaminski, Will Meriney, Krystina Rodkey, Hayden Stacki and Carissa Sweet.

Admission to the concert is free to all students and members of the public.