They’re Ba-a-a-ack! Spring Semester 2014: The Inundation Commences

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Students have arrived for the start of spring semester, and a full calendar beckons, academically and beyond.

Rob Hagerty ’15: Blue skies ahead!

“It’s the end of my laziness,” Rob Hagerty ’15 of Chevy Chase, Md., says with equal parts wistfulness and anticipation. “It’s the end of boredom on the one hand and the beginning of being inundated!” As a hall counselor, he’s enjoying the excitement of freshmen on his hall as they shuffle rooms, start a fresh class schedule, and in a few cases lament hometown-honey breakups over winter break. Rob is struck by the cohesion of Davidson’s ever-evolving freshman hall experience: “The guys are having a good time getting reconnected. They have a very real sense of camaraderie. There are not many cliques that I see, and there’s nobody who seems like the odd man out. People are doing their own little things, but they’re having fun together.”

Belk First East: Think, think, think.

A full campus calendar helps with that. Herewith, a sampling of just a few imminent highlights open to the public:

• On Friday, the popular “Musical Interludes” series kicks off the season with the first of many free Friday lunchtime concerts in Tyler-Tallman Hall at 12:30 p.m.

• Next Tuesday, an 11 a.m. lecture in Tyler-Tallman, “Public Dissonance,” takes a look at music through the lens of gender and sexuality studies.

• Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing offers a concert in Tyler-Tallman.

• In athletics, hoops and other sports are in full swing. Black Out Belk on Thursday at 7 p.m. as  the men’s basketball team takes on Elon. On Saturday starting at 1 p.m., Wildcat swimmers take on Gardner-Webb at the Baker Sports Complex Cannon Pool.

• Davidson celebrates Martin Luther King Day on Monday with a full range of activities, highlighted on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall with a talk by Benjamin T. Jealous, immediate past president and CEO of the NAACP.

• On Jan. 30, James Barrat ’83 will speak about his documentary film career at 11 a.m. in Lilly Gallery and at 7 p.m. in Hance Auditorium about his wave-making new book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. Check out his press page.

A few more teaser topics from January: Wrestling, tennis, Sochi, lunar new year, an Ai Weiwei exhibit, Dorothy Allison, the Reduced Shakespeare Company…. February and beyond: “Identifying Trust” with President Emeritus John Kuykendall ’59, violinist Jamie Laval, Aquila Theatre Company in Fahrenheit 451, “The History of the Universe from Beginning to End” with physics Nobel Laureate John Mather, “Dragnet Nation,” sustainable art, “Mr. Marmalade,” spring liederabend, Providence Gap

Bookmark the Davidson College calendar, and prepare to be “inundated” with good stuff!


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