The Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir is used to performing at various campus events, but its sound can now resonate with a broader audience, as the group released its newest CD — titled “O Lux!” — on the Pro Organo label. Senior member of Women’s Choir Franny Wall said the recording process, which took place in the Church of Loretto last spring, was serendipitous.“It’s really expensive to do this, so if you’re going to make a CD, you have to be sure that it’s going to be … exactly what you want and everything is in shape,” Wall said. “We had a really good blend, everything sounded good and we were going on tour, so we had a lot of practice. We had a really diverse repertoire, and we sounded really good.”The group’s dynamic strengthened as a result of recording a CD together, Wall said.“Making music together, in general, bonds people,” she said. “Women’s Choir is pretty close to begin with, and then being together from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. really was a fun thing to do. You wouldn’t get that experience with any other friends you have, so I think it really brought us together.”Junior Grace Haase said crafting a CD provided her with more insight into the recording process and fortified the College’s values of persistence and dedication.“It’s not something I had done before, and it takes a lot of time to get it right,” Haase said. “I think it’s all about having a good work ethic and really committing to something. All the women in [Women’s] Choir are in it because they love to sing.”Haase said she feels proud to belong to such a successful group of women.“Having a CD really showcases how good of a choir that a small college in Indiana has,” she said. “We’re all super tight-knit. There’s a family aspect that we all have, and we’re all really close.”Wall said Nancy Menk, chair of the department of music, was thrilled with the dedication and talent of each member.“She was so happy with how everything went,” Wall said. “She prepared us beforehand and said, ‘This is going to be a very long and grueling process. We’re going to have to run things, and we’re going to have to cut things apart and redo them.’ But then … the first night we got through almost all of the a capella pieces, which is maybe half of the program. That’s a good memory.”Menk’s direction and expertise, Wall said, ensured the choir could perform at its full potential.“If she thought we were good enough and could make this happen, we didn’t really have to worry about anything,” Wall said. “She would know.”Haase said her involvement with Women’s Choir has sparked lasting friendships that have left permanent impressions on her.“It’s not a chore to have to go to all these extra rehearsals because you’re just there with all your friends,” she said.Women’s Choir extends its best effort to make Saint Mary’s a welcoming and uplifting atmosphere, Haase said.“Women’s Choir sings at all the important events,” she said. “It shows what a good choir we have and what good talent we have for being such a small school. Something Dr. Menk said when she listened to the recording was that she could not hear one person’s voice during the entire CD because we blended really well together. It’s about being conscious about how you interact with other people.”Wall said she feels fortunate to pursue a music major at Saint Mary’s, where the professors place individual attention on each student and care deeply about personal improvement.“You can tell [the music professors] want you to succeed and have fun while doing it or have it not be too stressful,” Wall said.Women’s Choir unites the student body, Wall said.“There’s a really special bond that happens with singing together and singing for an audience,” she said. “You’re sharing a part of yourself with the people listening.”“O Lux!” can be purchased at the Saint Mary’s bookstore, on Amazon or directly through the department of music in Moreau Hall.Tags: O Lux!, Pro Organo, Women’s Choir
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Undergraduate Student Government held a Lean In Circle Leader Workshop event on Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.360 degrees · Alana Victor, right, co-director of USG external relations, and junior Maggie McMahon, left, host a workshop event Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanLean In, a book authored by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, spurred the idea for “Lean In circles,” which primarily focuses on creating small group discourse to empower women and men on social issues. Lean In circles consist of eight to 10 group members who meet every month to discuss issues in a private setting. Wednesday night’s workshop, sponsored by USG Co-Director of External Affairs Alana Victor and Maggie McMahon, a Lean In circle leader and junior majoring in architecture, was designed to create a network of leaders who can build a presence for future groups on campus.By joining a Lean In circle, group members are encouraged to build on the facets of confidentiality, communication and commitment. According to Sandberg, Lean In circles were created to build upon the concept of peer support. In order to build peer support, Sandberg and Lean In circle leaders are asked to build the presence of circles across the nation by networking and sharing the concept of building relevant discourse among their peers to share personal struggles, thoughts and topics.USG Vice President Rini Sampath first became involved with the Lean In foundation last year.“I wrote a column for the Daily Trojan called ‘Leaning In,’ and it was picked up by Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In foundation and was recognized by them.”Since then, Sampath has been in communication with the organization. They then emailed her about the Lean In circles.“What the Lean In circles seek to do is establish these groups and communities of women on campuses all over the United States, everywhere in the country really, and foster a safe environment for us to discuss what it’s like to be a woman, how we can help each other succeed. ”Victor kicked off the event by showing members in attendance a brief video from Sheryl Sandberg entitled “Power of Circles.” Student Lean In circle leaders Victor and McMahon further elaborated on one of the key facets of Sandberg’s discourse, which promotes individuals to ask themselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”Students were then given the opportunity to take “connection cards,” which had them answer questions such as, “If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?” and, “What are you most proud of?” Victor further discussed the key components of Lean In circles by giving a brief presentation. Victor cited work from Sandberg’s website which discussed the critical importance of group trust, commitment, investment and attendance.McMahon encouraged her peers to establish a circle within their community of interest.“Statistics have shown that women involved in circles have been more confident and more able to use their skill sets in the workplace and in other areas of social life,” McMahon said.Victor said she envisions Lean In circles on campus becoming a hub for discussion in the future.“I think having a network of these Lean In circles on our campus is really going to create more discussion and more dialogue about empowering women … It really starts getting our students active and integrating these ideas into our daily lives, so by taking time once a month to have these discussions in small groups, it can really just start there,” Victor said.Many students who left the event indicated significant interest towards developing their own Lean In circles.Gillian Chugg, a sophomore majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, said she hoped to create a circle of her own.“I think that Lean In circles are a really powerful way to empower women,” Chugg said. “I think it’s really important that we do empower women especially at this current stage of modern life, and I am interested in starting my own Lean In circle, possibly with a group of girls from my sorority.”
– unarmed security officer was unable to assistAn unidentified man was on Saturday evening killed during the commissioning of an alleged robbery on Church Street, Georgetown.The body of the unidentified man lying on the road on Saturday eveningBased on information received, about 21:30h, the now dead man was being chased by the 24-year-old suspect and went to the security officer at the Office of the Opposition Leader for assistance.The security officer who is being provided by the State as protection for Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo does not carry a gun, baton, mobile phone or a radio set; hence, she was unable to call for assistance.Upon seeing the scuffle between the now dead man and the suspect, the female guard reportedly ran and hid out of fear that the suspect might have a gun.Guyana Times understands that the victim was severely beaten and eventually strangled to death with a belt belonging to the suspect.After committing the act, the suspect attempted to escape, but he was apprehended by public-spirited citizens and handed over to the Police when they arrived at the scene sometime later in the evening.While the victim’s identity is unknown, he was of African descent and was clad in a pair of short camouflage pants, blue jersey and a pair of fawn coloured “Clarks” footwear. It is not clear what items were taken away from the victim.The suspect is expected to be charged with the capital offence of murder this week.The Guyana Police Force is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the victim, whose body is at the Lyken Funeral Home. This is only one instance of the rise in crime although the Government remains reluctant to acknowledge the fact.Several robberies have been committed over the past few days as well as a few murders. In Georgetown, an elderly woman was found murdered in her Bourda home.On the Corentyne, two men were killed while two others are missing following a piracy attack on a fishing vessel.