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2015 June 9 - 05:07 am

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Innovation and expression took center stage when the Riverside Community College (Calif.) Dance Department presented Celebrate Dance, the annual studentchoreographed showcase. The concert featured eight pieces including seven choreographed by RCC Dance students. Twenty-year-old Michelle Nichols choreographed her first major performance, Open Process, featuring 16 dancers moving to the soaring piano and mournful vocals of “A Violent Sky” by Apparat. The students based their choreography on responses to the questions: What inspires you? What makes you move? What pushes you back? What stops you in your tracks? Nichols encouraged her dancers to explore those elements. Celebrate Dance is the highlight of the year for the dance faculty and the students, who had been rehearsing since January. Each aspiring student choreographer submitted a proposal in November. Nichols was surprised that she was selected because she had never gone through RCC’s choreography class sequence. Rita Chenoweth, RCC associate professor of dance, said even though Nichols had not taken the choreography courses, she had a substantial understanding of choreographic principles from her color guard and winter guard experiences. Nichols said her inspiration came from the relationships she has with the people around her—those who stay, those who go, and those who move in and out of her life.

Calling all makers of doodads and inventors of thingamajigs — everyone is welcome to submit his or her creations at Pellissippi State Community College’s (Tenn.) inaugural MakerPalooza. Sarah Graham is student success coach for the Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Center of East Tennessee grant at Pellissippi State and a planner of the event. Maker- Palooza brings together creative sorts of all ages to show off their work. Perhaps it’s a computer program or a 3D printed item. Or a painting or sculpture. Or a remotecontrolled vehicle, a hack, a rocket or a delicious cake. Bottom line:

If it’s original and created, fabricated or otherwise made by an individual, Pellissippi State welcomes the creator to register. Graham and Seth Giles, a student in the department, are planning MakerPalooza. They, along with Thanh Duong and Brenda Hale, also EMT students, recently participated at a similar event, Hack Tennessee in Nashville. There, the group “hacked” a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone into a weed trimmer. “Hack Tennessee was set up to help local people who had problems to ask teams of people, like our students from Pellissippi State, to help solve them. The man we helped needed a new way to use drones that had become technologically obsolete,” Hale said.

Pellissippi State’s team worked with a programmer to reprogram the drone to operate upside down, then used a 3D printer to turn the drone into their super-powered weed trimmer, which they named the “LawnShark.”

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