The Last Dance

BY BRITTANY JENNINGS // MAY 2, 2012 //

The Annual Dance Performances will be held this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Keith Auditorium at Curry College. Admission is free, but you need to arrive early to get a great seat.

At the end of each spring semester the Department of Fine and Applied Arts presents a dance performance with students enrolled in dance courses, such as Classical Ballet II, Introduction to Jazz, Modern I, Introduction to Choreography, and Dance Performance.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY COLLEGE

This event gives students the opportunity to make the transition from classroom to stage and provides an exciting and productive experience. For seniors and those with a minor in dance, this performance represents the culmination of four years of study.

This year, Modern I, Introduction to Choreography and Dance Performance will be exhibiting the work they have choreographed throughout the spring semester. If you are enrolled in either Modern I, Introduction to Choreography, or Ballet II, you are eligible to enroll in Dance Performance.

As someone who has been dancing since I was 3, I’ve continued to dance throughout college. This is a great experience to learn to choreograph dance pieces. The dance program is very diverse. Every dancer comes from a different dancing background and has studied various styles—modern, Irish step, salsa, ballet, tap and jazz—prior to attending Curry.

Also, the dancers who have focused on a different type of dance have stepped out of their comfort zones by learning new dance styles and techniques. The dances that are in the show have been choreographed by Curry students enrolled in the dance classes.

Chris Herren, Former NBA Player, Speaks About Addiction

BY BRITTANY JENNINGS // APRIL 11, 2012 //  

Chris Herren, a boy from Fall River, Mass., had big dreams. He played guard at Durfee High School and was a star on the court. He later scored 2,073 career points, was Boston Globe’s Massachusetts Player of the year in 1992, and was inducted into the Durgee Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Before any professional fame, Herren attended to Boston College, but transfered to Fresno State University where he was ranked fifth in the nation for assists in 1998-99. He was 2nd on the schools career assists with 465 as well as 7th with 138 career steals. He had it all as a college athlete.

In 1999, he was the 2nd round pick in the NBA draft and went on to play for the Denver Nuggets from 1999-2000, then played for the Boston Celtics from 2000-2001. Herren has a Career-high of 18 points for the Celtics against the Dallas Mavericks on 4/6/00. The star also played in Europe for Turkey and in China until 2003.

Herren will be at Curry tonight, Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 P.M., in the Student Center Gymnasium.

Many may think that becoming a professional athlete is a perfect life, but for Herren it wasn’t. He struggled with substance abuse for most of his career, and every year it seemed to get worse. Alcohol abuse turned into cocaine adiction and eventually heroin, the worst of all.

A turning point in Herren’s life was when he was found unconscious with a heroin needle hanging from his arm in the driver’s seat of his car. He attended rehab and has been drug and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008.

In May of 2011 his memoir, Basketball Junkie written with Bill Reynolds, was released. There was also a film documentary on ESPN about Herrens addiction.

Herren will be at Curry tonight, Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 P.M., in the Student Center Gymnasium.

I encourage all students and faculty to attend this event. Herren lived a life of incredible highs and lows. Herren turned around in triumph and has been sober since 2008.

This event will be sponsored by R.A.G.E., Alcohol & Drug Awareness, Residence Life & Housing, Student Activities, Athletics, First Year Studies, and Fitness & Recreation.

Curry Speaks

BRITTANY JENNINGS // FEB. 24, 2012 //  

“Painting in the Margins” is an event Curry College is hosting on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Hafer Parents Lounge at 7 p.m. It will feature Thaer Abdallah, a Palestinian artist and human rights activist who grew up in Iraq.

As a Palestinian in Iraq, he isn’t free, and he doesn’t have citizenship. There, he says he has feared kidnapping, torture, imprisonment and assassination all of his life. While living in Iraq, Abdallah was a victim of torture. Since then, he helped guide many threatened Palestinian families out of Iraq to live in a refugee camp in Syria.

Finding peace in paiting, Thaer Abdallah works in his Dorchester gallery. // PHOTO COURTESY OF THAER ABDALLAH

Helping others became a passion and he soon began working on behalf of the refugees. Even though he was helping out others who were also living in fear, Abdallah says Syrian police put him in prison, tortured him and deported him back to Iraq, from where he eventually fled again and ended up in the United States.

Abdallah had drawn and painted since he was a child. Now, he uses art to express an opinion and his emotions. He believes painting gives him strength and peace, and is inspired by his former community in Baghdad to continue to paint. He has studied painting at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts and The Cambridge Center for Adult Education. His artwork has been shown all over Boston and he now has a studio in Dorchester.

I looked into his paintings and they are beautiful. His work shows a lot of detail, and they are also colorful and bright. As someone viewing his paintings, it feels as though you are there inside of it.

Curry’s Fine Arts, Applied Arts and the Politics and History departments will co-sponsor “Painting in the Margins: Displacement and the Refugee Experience.” Abdallah will speak at the event, take questions, and there will also be an exhibition of his paintings.