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2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Children and their families will see Little Red Riding Hood’s Wolf in an entirely new light when The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.) in Branchburg presents Windmill Theatre’s production of Big Bad Wolf. The infamous Big Bad Wolf is the most misunderstood character in fairytale history.

Put simply, he has no friends — just incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene. Luckily, Heidi Hood, the second cousin twice removed of Little Red, is brave enough to see past this Wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. This hilarious, table-turning tale — complete with puppetry, a poetry competition, and plenty of dancing — will have audience members wondering why they were so scared in the first place. The Age has called Windmill Theatre’s Big Bad Wolf, “A clever, warmhearted parable that...lights up the imaginations of its target audience. It’s an ideal introduction to theatre.”

Lincoln Land Community College (Ill.) cut the ribbon on a new structure that will house the college’s bird banding research program. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns. The 36-by- 24-foot building with a porch and overhang was built by LLCC construction trades students, a program funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. LLCC is the only community college in Illinois with a bird banding research project on site. Biology Professor Tony Rothering noted that the partnership between academic and workforce programs at the college provides students in both programs with a hands-on, realworld learning experience. Construction trades students, who have previously built structures at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, Southwind Park and elsewhere on the LLCC campus, were involved in all phases of constructing the bird banding station. Special thanks were extended to several local unions: Operating Engineers Local Union #965, which assisted in preparing the site for the build, and the Operative Plasters and Cement Masons Local #18, which helped in pouring the building foundation. Also assisting were the LLCC facilities and athletics departments.

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