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2016 February 29 - 10:39 am

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Aquila Theatre brings to life an all new production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the Macomb Center of the Performing Arts. (Mich.) Recognized world-wide as one of theater’s most iconic couples, Romeo and Juliet are the very archetype of tragic young lovers. Set against a backdrop of warring households, a young Romeo sneaks into a masked ball where he first beholds Juliet and is thunderstruck by Cupid’s arrow. As fate dictates, they succumb to the passion of forbidden love against the will of their powerful and unfor giving families. So ensues a story of romance, murder and tragedy, as famous as any that has graced the stage. Through Shakespeare’s beautiful prose, these star crossed lovers, in Aquila’s striking and moving adaption of The Bard’s classic tragedy, will take your breath away. The Aquila Theatre brings its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to Shakespeare’s most famous and heart-breaking play. The New Yorker has raved that Aquila Theatre productions are “Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”

They are not the type of wheels you would expect to see doing laps around the commercial truck school driving course at Houston Community College (Texas) Northeast, but they certainly attracted plenty of attention. Handling those wheels were dozens of racers, amateur and professional, local and national, who rolled through the track every Sunday in January to compete in the HCC Winter Criterium Series hosted by the HCC Cycling Club. “This is great exposure for HCC,” said Paul Negrete, assistant coach and adjunct professor at HCC. “We had family, friends, and students come out here. Many were surprised by the facilities that HCC offers.” Negrete and Armando Espinosa, Jr., started thge club in 2007. It is affiliated with USA Cycling.

Rowan College at Burlington County (N.J.) hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Burlington County native Gregory Pardlo for an evening conversation in the Enterprise Center Auditorium on the Mount Laurel campus. “We always enjoy hosting events that feature talented people from Burlington County who have made their mark on the world,” said RCBC President Paul Dray ton.

“It gives the students and community members a sense of what they can accomplish while showcasing the rich diversity of Burlington County.” Pardlo’s collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 N A A C P Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other Review/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in many publications such as The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, and Best American Poetry. Pardlo, who was raised in Willingboro, N.J., lives with his family in Brooklyn. “Homecomings like this…remind me of the vast opportunities we make possible by taking hold of our own education,” Pardlo said.

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