Friday, April 4, 2008

Faculty Revue showcases staff talent

By Lauren Rothering
Cardinal Staff

Poetry readings, guitar ballads, and an impromptu harmonica performance were featured at the second Faculty Revue held in the Common Room on March 27. The Revue, sponsored by the junior class, featured nine faculty and staff acts, which showcased their hidden, and sometimes not-so-hidden, talents.

The show began with a lively guitar performance from Chris Kendall, vice president for student development, accompanied by friend Mark Gunderson on bass. The show moved to feature poetry readings from staff members Holly Richard, director of the Saint Theresa Leadership and Service Institute, and Lance Thompson, hall director of Benilde and Saint Yon’s. Professors Scott Sorvaag and Steven Schild also read original poems.

One of the most enjoyable acts of the evening came from Dave Hajoglou, Ek Family Village/Watters Hall apartment manager and systems administrator for the department of computer science. Hajoglou intended on playing piano, but due to technical difficulties with the keyboard, he quickly improvised. Pulling a harmonica out of his pocket, claiming to have it because he was “preparing for an upcoming show,” Hajoglou delighted the crowd with a few folk songs, such as “You Are My Sunshine” and “Oh Shannon Doe.”

The Revue was not limited to faculty and staff members, however. Freshman Joe Mazzuca and junior Neil Leibundguth played alongside English professor John Kerr, whose performance included a musical interpretation of a passage from William Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night.”

Also featured were guitar performances from Davey Warner, outdoor leadership coordinator, and history professor Tycho DeBoer.

The junior class will use the proceeds to help fund next year’s senior week activities.

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