by BRANDON UTLEY
Set the scene: sunny Orlando, Florida. The expansive Orange County Convention Center. Science nerds everywhere.
That is what myself and fellow students Andy Frantz, Meredith Boes, Halie Copley, and Mary Bernard, along with our faculty advisor Dr. Mark Sabo, got to experience when we attended the 257th annual National Conference of the American Chemical Society from March 30 through April 2.
Attending this meeting comes with many benefits for undergraduate students. The events at this conference involve students in professional work and career preparation. During the undergraduate session of the conference, students can attend certain speakers and expos geared toward chemistry, graduate school, and careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Mark Sabo said that the conference offers over 10,000 scientists and educators from throughout North America a forum for sharing new ideas, innovations, and methodologies that not only advance industrial and academic research applications but have an impact on chemistry as it applies to our world.”
In addition to a vast number of presentations, the conference format offers opportunities to participate in group and divisional business meetings, professional development workshops, and an exposition.
“This program gives Tiffin University students the opportunity to interact, discuss new ideas, and learn about the chemistry profession with other students,” Sabo said.
At this meeting, there was a student chapter poster exposition, where student chapters of ACS from around the country could show off the work their organization has done over the past year. Our chapter here at TU has performed a number of science-based outreach programs this past year to engage the local Tiffin Columbian students.
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by LOGAN JACKSON
Special to The Tystenac
Attitude, popularity, and hours of rehearsal. Tiffin University held its first-ever musical, Heathers, which was “like, totally not for kids.”
Originally released in 1989, Heather’s can sometimes be considered the foundation of Mean Girls. The show follows the storyline of the three most popular girls in school, along with Veronica, who adjusts her lifestyle to impress her new friends. This show is known for humor, drama, and fantastic music.
Opening night was Feb. 15th and it kicked the weekend off with a successful show. Most students involved spent countless hours in rehearsal and their hard work paid off afterward. Nearly all music students volunteered to help in any way they could, including lights, sound, and ushering.
Not shown is Aly Horn, the director of the musical. Horn chose this as TU’s first musical because “the music and requirements fit all of the cast accordingly and well.”
Horn is a professor in the Music Department. She has experience with Vocal Coaching, directing Higher Ground (Tiffin’s previous all-female a capella group), the Pop Choir, and she is also a professor for a number of Music Fundamental classes. Although this isn’t her first time directing a musical, this is her first as part of the TU family.
Senior cast member, Layla Pollock, was asked what her favorite part of being involved was. She initially stated that it was difficult to choose, due to the many good things. overall, “getting to witness everybody coming out of their shell, also piecing every scene together into a whole act”.
Another great part Pollock mentioned she was proud of how students involved were actually creating characters, rather than a college student imitating a character, making the act more believable. Among the cast, Chloe Holt and Darla Arnette are first-year students and they made a phenomenal impression.
More photos and remarks available across Tiffin Music’s social media platforms.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Imagine this. You are sitting in your room this weekend with nothing to do. Netflix is boring, homework is done, and you have already eaten all of your Ben & Jerry’s and discount Valentine’s Day chocolate. What do you do?
Come to the Performing Arts Lab Friday February 15 & Saturday February 16 at 7pm and Sunday February 17 at 2pm to see Heathers: The Musical.
The show is centered around Veronica Sawyer, a naïve teenage girl who just wants to fit in with the popular kids, “The Heathers.” Her plans get turned upside down when she meets the mysterious outcast Jason Dean. Follow these two as they navigate the treacherous trail of desire, lust, drama, and death.
The show does feature scenes of extreme violence, language, suicide, sexual orientation, and murder so it is totally like… not for kids.
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