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Systems Librarian Brenda Breezeel checks oil for a student.

Systems Librarian Brenda Breezeel checks oil for a student.

I usually check chapel announcements on Pipeline daily to know what is happening on campus. There were only four today, but they blessed me because of the messages they conveyed. They follow:

  • Students, take your cars to the GAC parking lot today or tomorrow (weather permitting) between 3 and 6 p.m. where faculty and staff will help you check tires, oil and other basics before you drive home for Thanksgiving break.
  • The Red Cross blood drive will continue through Thursday. The donor coaches will be parked in the Benson parking lot and will be open from 1-7 p.m.
  • Chi Kappa Rho, Phi Kappa Delta and GATA invite all who are interested in Spring Sing to attend an interest meeting today in McInteer 150 from 4-5:30 p.m.
  • The SA invites you to a prayer service, which will focus on those suffering after the Paris attack. Join them at 11 p.m. tonight in the McInteer Rotunda.

It is great to know that faculty and staff at the University where I work care enough about students to help them get their vehicles ready for their trips home for the upcoming holiday. As a Red Cross blood donor as a student, it is good to see this tradition of helping others continues today. Spring Sing plans are beginning where students will give their winnings to help organizations they believe in. And people suffering elsewhere are not forgotten with a prayer service for Paris.

Sometimes with all the bad in this world we read about daily, it’s nice to be reminded, even through chapel announcements, our University is still serving, helping, giving and praying.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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With the theme “Famous For Fifteen,” Spring Sing was a wonderful show.

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I love athletic celebration photos, and Spring Sing celebration photos are no different. TNT and Zeta Rho and friends won the John H. Ryan Award this years with their show “Charlie and the Chocolate Tragedy.”

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Each club picks a charity to support with their winnings and “Charlie and the Chocolate Tragedy” won $2000 for Jacob’s Place, a homeless shelter in Searcy.

Jeff Montgomery, photographer

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One of my jobs at Harding is being responsible for the content that goes on the Harding Instagram page. Last week we started using the #SpringatHarding hashtag on our photos to promote community and hopefully get students involved in sharing their photos. I love shooting the campus flowers in the spring. The pansies like the red one above have been here all winter, but after the snow and ice, they can look a little sad. As the temperatures warm up, they revive, and the colors of the blooms are just amazing.

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I have to admit that the photography teacher in me took this photo. Nothing like some warm-cool color contrast to make an image jump off the screen. Visually speaking the bright warm color of the daffodil seems to come forward in the image while the cool dark colors recede even deeper into the background.

enhanceThe weeping cherry tree blooms only for a few days but what an amazing show it puts on.
Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.07.45 AMThe Bradford Pear trees are all around the campus.

04-01-2015-Dogwood trees are my favorite spring bloomer on campus. and they seem to bloom overnight.

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.18.12 AMHannah Owens used this dogwood photo for this week’s Friday photo verse that we put out on Facebook and Twitter.

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.08.25 AMLots of other things happen in spring beside flowers blooming. This week we had several home baseball and softball games and those events also fall under #SpringatHarding.

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This weekend we add #SpringSing15  to the hashtag list.  I have already seen the show twice, and it is outstanding.

I hope you will come to campus and enjoy the spring flowers and Spring Sing and also that you will use the hashtags and share your photos with us.

Jeff Montgomery, photographer

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Famous for FifteenThis morning on the way to work, “The Final Countdown” started playing on the radio. How appropriate. While our alma mater is typically the anthem associated with Harding, this next week is a different story — next week is “The Final Countdown.”

It’s crunch time for many on campus involved in Spring Sing to get the final details of choreography cleaned up, to finish the final touches on props and costumes, and make sure lighting, sound and graphics are perfected.

On another side of campus is another final countdown: the new Harding website. While the countdown to the website involves more coding than excess glitter, Spring Sing and the website both bring visitors to our campus, so I’d make the claim that they both serve an important purpose.

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.53.06 AMBut through my time on The Bison newspaper staff, in my internships and now in the Office of Public Relations, I’ve learned that strenuous deadlines are when people amaze you the most. It could be a project that has moved along like molasses until that deadline sneaks up on you, and then magically all the brilliant ideas you’ve been waiting for come out of the woodwork. It’s then when you see that every person involved has enough motivation and determination to run a marathon while playing the guitar and conducting an orchestra.

Please note: If you actually know someone who can do these three things at once, please send their information. I’d like to interview them.

Regardless — it’s go time, and exciting things are happening on Harding’s campus.

Stay tuned for the website redesign launch coming March 31, and join us for Spring Sing “Famous for Fifteen” April 2-4.

Bethany Aspey, web content manager

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More than 1,000 students and hundreds of faculty and production crew members made Spring Sing 2014 a success. Twenty-four social clubs participated in eight different shows.
After a 14-year hiatus from Spring Sing, 67 members of the men’s social club Knights returned, swept each category and won the John H. Ryan sweepstakes award. Knights chose to give the $2,000 prize to their charity of choice, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
 
The final results: 
First: “The Show Heard ‘Round the World” by Knights, performing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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Second: “There’s Gnome Place Like Home” by TNT, ZP and friends, performing for Ty 2 Foundation and Jacob’s Place.
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Third: “Just a Bunch of Cell-Outs” by XEA, Regina, OEGE, & Sigma Phi Mu and friends, performing for Searcy Children’s Home.

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Fourth: “Freckles and Fur” by Delta Nu, PTP, GSP and friends, performing for CASA. 

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Jeff Montgomery/photographer

 

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Junior Sarah Harris, Spring Sing student assistant director, works on creating the cue book for the production.

Junior Sarah Harris, Spring Sing student assistant director, works on creating the cue book for the production.

It’s here! It’s finally here, and I’m so excited. No, I’m not talking about Spring Sing. I’m talking about the time where we’re putting the finishing touches on our spring edition of Harding magazine. But since you brought it up …

Campus is buzzing with exciting activity right now as Spring Sing weekend is in full throttle. With a few rehearsals and one performance in the bag, there are still three performances left, including the big finale announcing the winner Saturday night.

Spring Sing is an event so many people look forward to. Sitting in the audience, you see bright lights and shiny costumes, and you hear familiar songs with not-so-familiar lyrics. But there are things you don’t see, and the May Harding magazine features an up close view you won’t want to miss.

In preparation of our coverage, I took a trip across campus to Benson Auditorium with University photographer Jeff Montgomery to shoot photos for the feature. As I stepped on the stage, I imagined what it might feel like to be in the middle of all the Spring Sing energy. I felt heat on my face from all the lights pointed at the stage. I stepped up onto the curved platforms that had been built, and I wondered how people are able to move around at an angle like this.

When we arrived at the Benson, I met junior Sarah Harris, student assistant director for Spring Sing. She was working on the cue book, a detailed, step-by-step, instructional manual that lists every single technical action that needs to happen at just the right time during this three-hour production. Starting with nothing, there’s so much that goes into creating a show with lights, music, costumes, choreography, a hundred fellow classmates, and all the typical Spring Sing elements.

You can find our feature on “Spring Sing Up Close” in the May Harding magazine. There’s so much more to it than the incredible productions we see on stage.

Hannah Beall Owens, news director

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Spring Sing hostess Lindsey Sloan (far left) smiles for a selfie with her fellow hosts and hostesses during Spring Sing 2013.

Spring Sing hostess Lindsey Sloan (far left) smiles for a selfie with her fellow hosts and hostesses during Spring Sing 2013.

Upon graduating high school, you are constantly being convinced your college years are some of the best years of your life. When reflecting on the past four years of my life, I can honestly say that truer words have never been spoken. On Aug. 19, 2010, I left everything that I had ever known in small town Willard, Mo., to embark on what has been one of the single greatest blessings I have ever received; I began my time at Harding University.

After pledging Zeta Rho during the fall semester of my freshman year, I chose to participate in Spring Sing with TNT, Zeta Rho and friends. This was such a great avenue for forming new and lasting friendships, and, little did I know, would also hold such a huge place in the make up of my Harding experience. I was elected to direct my club’s Spring Sing show my sophomore year and was selected as a hostess for Spring Sing both my junior and senior year.

The lessons, friendships, growth, love and memories that have come as a result of this annual event are immeasurable and even more irreplaceable. To have the opportunity to participate in an event that is so much bigger than all of us is more than I could have ever asked for but is something that I am forever grateful to have received.

— Lindsey Sloan, senior communication sciences and disorders major

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The monitor on my car this morning read, “Ice possible. Drive with care.” The temperature monitor revealed 33˚. I‘m wearing a sweater and winter coat. Can it really be Spring Sing this weekend?

I took the schedule of events to the printer this morning, and I’m sure the dates of March 28-31 on the front are correct. While it may feel more like we need to rename it Winter Sing this year, the 40th anniversary show of Spring Sing is almost here with the theme “Larger Than Life.” You can feel the excitement on campus as months of preparation come to an end.

While Spring Sing is the star attraction, the schedule is full of activities including concerts, the play “Smash,” the Art and Design Branding Show, and even an Easter egg hunt for the little ones. It promises to be a busy and fun weekend even if Accuweather predicts cool and rainy weather. Hope you can make it.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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Hosts, hostesses and members of the Ensemble close out the last performance of Spring Sing Slightly Askew in the finale Saturday night, April 7.

Harding University’s Spring Sing 2012 came to a close Saturday, April 7. The 19 social clubs that participated in this year’s Slightly Askew production formed six different shows. These groups competed in areas of music, visuals and entertainment. The winning show was awarded $2,000 to go to the charity of their choice. The results are as follows: 

Music:

Winner: Comics, Star Trek, and Sci Fi… Oh My! (TNT, Zeta Rho and friends)
1st Runner Up: Haunted: Dead or Alive! (Chi Sigma Alpha, OEGE, Regina and friends)
2nd Runner Up: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe Again (Delta Nu, Gamma Sigma Phi, Iota Chi, Pi Theta Phi and friends)
3rd Runner Up: Cirque du Askew (Ju Go Ju, Ko Jo Kai and friends)

Visuals:
Winner: Haunted: Dead or Alive! (Chi Sigma Alpha, OEGE, Regina and friends)
1st Runner Up (TIE): Comics, Star Trek, and Sci Fi… Oh My! (TNT, Zeta Rho and friends)
1st Runner Up (TIE): Cirque du Askew (Ju Go Ju, Ko Jo Kai and friends)
3rd Runner Up: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe Again (Delta Nu, Gamma Sigma Phi, Iota Chi, Pi Theta Phi and friends)

Staging:
Winner: Comics, Star Trek, and Sci Fi… Oh My! (TNT, Zeta Rho and friends)
1st Runner Up: Haunted: Dead or Alive! (Chi Sigma Alpha, OEGE, Regina and friends)
2nd Runner Up: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe Again (Delta Nu, Gamma Sigma Phi, Iota Chi, Pi Theta Phi and friends)
3rd Runner Up: Twisted Sisters (Chi Omega Pi, Delta Gamma Rho, Zeta Pi Zeta and friends)

Entertainment:
Winner: Comics, Star Trek, and Sci Fi… Oh My! (TNT, Zeta Rho and friends)
1st Runner Up: Haunted: Dead or Alive! (Chi Sigma Alpha, OEGE, Regina and friends)
2nd Runner Up: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe Again (Delta Nu, Gamma Sigma Phi, Iota Chi, Pi Theta Phi and friends)
3rd Runner Up: Cirque du Askew (Ju Go Ju, Ko Jo Kai and friends)

John H. Ryan Sweepstakes Award:
Winner: Comics, Star Trek, and Sci Fi… Oh My! (TNT, Zeta Rho and friends)
1st Runner Up: Haunted: Dead or Alive! (Chi Sigma Alpha, OEGE, Regina and friends)
2nd Runner Up: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Tribe, Tribe, Tribe Again (Delta Nu, Gamma Sigma Phi, Iota Chi, Pi Theta Phi and friends)
3rd Runner Up: Cirque du Askew (Ju Go Ju, Ko Jo Kai and friends)

All of these performances made this year’s show one of the best yet! Congratulations to all who made this production possible. Your brilliance, hard work and creativity were very evident.

Hannah Beall, writer

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Two tigers and an acrobat, Spring Sing 2005. (I'm on the far right.)

Not growing up in the state of Arkansas or at a church that trekked long distances to come to Harding’s campus in the spring, I had never seen Spring Sing until I decided to be in it my freshman year.

A majority of the spring semester was dedicated to practicing the choreography and getting my fierce tiger looks just right (the show I was in was all about the circus). When the time came for our first big performance, I stood on the dark Benson stage in a slightly ill-fitting costume that made me look more like a prison escapee (an orange jumpsuit with spray-painted black stripes) with my face painted in matching detail. I felt more like a child trick-or-treating than a performer.

But then, the lights came up, our opening song started, and the show began. And although I know full and well that the Benson holds no true magical powers, something about being there singing a lyrically altered version of “Wild Thing” by The Troggs transformed me from sleep-deprived freshman to Broadway-performing tigress. (Although I won’t be auditioning for “Cats!” anytime soon.) My Spring Sing-required jazz hands were on point, and my growl was extremely authentic.

Campus has been crawling with this year’s performers scurrying about in makeup and costume, making last minute preparations for the weekend’s upcoming shows. I hope that their hard work and dedication pays off in many fond memories on which to look back. And plenty of jazz hands.

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer

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