I’m in the process of planning the end of the year banquet for the Choraleers and it’s all kinda bittersweet. I realize I only have one more year with this precious group of people. Sure, from time to time we get on each other’s nerves, but at the end of the day, we are a family that sticks together and encourage each other. We share laughs. We share heartaches. We share triumphs. We share failures. But at the end of the day the greatest thing we get to do as a group is minister to people and in turn get ministered to by the very people we’re singing for. I’m actually going to miss people next year. Let’s be real, sometimes people just get on your nerves. But for what it’s worth, I’ve shared a lot of nice moments with the seniors that are going to be leaving next year. Time goes by so fast and at a time like this I feel compelled to make better use of all the time I’ve been given with the people that God’s placed in my life. You can learn something from people if you just take the time to get to know them. You don’t always have to like the person, but we are called to love each other.

The banquet will be this Friday afternoon and I’m looking forward to it. We’ve got some great gifts prepared for our director and accompanist and the fellow officers. We’ve got a slideshow ready for people and are prepared for lots of laughter and reflection on past memories. It’s going to be a great time of fellowship.

SHOWing Off

Do you ever wish that you had one of those talents that you could show off to someone? Well, I do because most of my talents involve weird stuff that no one would probably care about. However, other folks here at Erskine have amazing qualities and creativity and express themselves in magnificent forms of art. I was able to experience the beauty of their talents this past Friday evening as the senior art majors hosted their senior exhibition: Juxtaposed Harmony, in the Bowie Arts Center Gallery.

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"EYEdentity" by Mary Alex Senn

Seven talented seniors worked diligently throughout their Erskine careers to assemble enough pieces to host this show as their time at college comes to an end. Not only do they take the time create each piece, but also to arrange their pieces to mirror their themes and personalities. Each student focused on a particular theme ranging from “Contrasting Realities” to “A Moment Magnified.” During this two hour opening, each artist was present to watch his work be admired as well as speak to the crowd about his inspirations.

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Works by Hannah Oates

Viewing the various art pieces hanging in the gallery was a memorable experience as I was able not only to enjoy wonderful works of art, but appreciate them even more by knowing the artists who created them. Many of the pieces contained people or places familiar to the Erskine campus and surrounding community which added a unique element to the show. Overall, I most enjoyed the excitement and happiness on the artists’ faces as they experienced the feelings of pride and accomplishment. Having seen them stress over the past month about preparing for this show, I was relieved for them and admired their final masterpieces!