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Observing the moon. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasamarshall/6276653210/">NASA</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Observing the moon. Photo: NASA, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Let the moon be your guide

So much to see in the sky these nights, including a view into the center of our galaxy. That's where radio astronomers can see a bunch of stars orbiting the big black hole at its heart.

St. Lawrence University physics professor and astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue gives Martha Foley the low down on the summer sky. Planets: Mars, Saturn and Venus; constellations: Scorpius and Sagittarius; and stars: Antares, Arcturus, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, among others.

She says the Moon is our guide for lots of the highlights, once the evening light fades. It lingers long these days. Enjoy while you can; we're just past the latest sunset of the year and we should notice a real "gain" in darkness in the coming weeks.  Go to full article
A group of students and staff from St. Lawrence University's Kenya Semester Program in 2013. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence University
A group of students and staff from St. Lawrence University's Kenya Semester Program in 2013. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University suspends its 40-year-old Kenya program

Earlier this month, we reported on one of the longest running study abroad programs to Africa, based right here in the North Country: St. Lawrence University's Kenya Semester program, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Over 2000 students have travelled to Kenya with the program.  Go to full article
It was a tense game to watch in the Winston Room at St. Lawrence University. Photo: David Sommerstein
It was a tense game to watch in the Winston Room at St. Lawrence University. Photo: David Sommerstein

Soccer fans savor victory in Canton

American soccer fans are rejoicing after their team slipped through the so-called "Group of Death" in the World Cup. Even though USA lost to Germany, 1 to 0, on Thursday, the team exceeded expectations and moves on to the elimination round.

The World Cup is a far cry from, say, the Super Bowl as far as American sports viewing events. But David Sommerstein found a decent sized group watching yesterday's match at St. Lawrence University in Canton.

Click listen to hear Chris Custer, Eileen Coyle, Emily DePoy, Caroline Crandell, all involved with soccer at St. Lawrence University.

The USA soccer team moves on to the elimination round and will almost certainly face a powerful Belgian team next Tuesday at 4pm.  Go to full article
Gunnison Chapel last week. Photo: Kelly Bartlett
Gunnison Chapel last week. Photo: Kelly Bartlett

St. Lawrence U's Gunnison Chapel repairs getting underway

A spokesperson from St. Lawrence University says that work is starting this month on St. Lawrence University's Gunnison Chapel, which was heavily damaged in a fire last October.  Go to full article
Summer solstice sunset at Stonehenge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/houseofcards/1361466718/">Alex Clark</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Summer solstice sunset at Stonehenge. Photo: Alex Clark, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

In the summer night sky: Solstice, aphelion, planets and skywatching events

The Summer Solstice is this Saturday, and there's plenty to see in the summer night sky. St. Lawrence University astronomer Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue joins Todd Moe for a chat about the start of summer and a great season to view various planets in the pre-dawn and dusk skies.  Go to full article
The first group of St. Lawrence students to travel to Kenya, in January of 1972. Furthest to right: Peter French; Anne Chene os next to him. Paul Gilbert is sixth from the right. Photo: St. Lawrence University, Special Collections and Vance University Archives
The first group of St. Lawrence students to travel to Kenya, in January of 1972. Furthest to right: Peter French; Anne Chene os next to him. Paul Gilbert is sixth from the right. Photo: St. Lawrence University, Special Collections and Vance University Archives

How a North Country college + an African country = community

This past weekend St. Lawrence University saw a record turnout for its alumni reunion. On top of the usual festivities, this year marked another big moment in St. Lawrence history: the 40th anniversary of its study abroad program in Kenya. The first group of students travelled from Canton to Nairobi in 1972, for a two-week program, but since 1974 it's been a semester-long experience. And the connection to the East African country runs even deeper--each year since the mid-'80s, St. Lawrence has been awarding two Kenyan students full scholarships to come and do their four years of college here in the North Country.

Alumni in attendance included two members of Kenya's parliament, as well as several founders and CEOs of nonprofits devoted to bettering the lives of people in Kenya.  Go to full article
A St. Lawrence University student making music and playing guitar with Kenyans on the side of a country road. Photo: St. Lawrence University, Special Collections and Vance University Archives
A St. Lawrence University student making music and playing guitar with Kenyans on the side of a country road. Photo: St. Lawrence University, Special Collections and Vance University Archives

What Kenya and Canton have in common: SLU celebrates 40-year program anniversary

This weekend St. Lawrence University expects a record turnout for its alumni reunion. And on top of the usual festivities, this year marks another big moment in St. Lawrence history: the 40th anniversary of its study abroad program in Kenya.

The program is one of the oldest college study abroad programs in the world. Since 1972, 2,000 students have spent a semester in Kenya. And the school's connection to the East African country runs even deeper: Each year since the mid-Eighties, the university's been awarding two Kenyan students full scholarships to attend St. Lawrence.  Go to full article
Louise Gava, Coordinator of Sustainability Projects at St. Lawrence University, talks strategy with SLU ReUse employees and volunteers. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Louise Gava, Coordinator of Sustainability Projects at St. Lawrence University, talks strategy with SLU ReUse employees and volunteers. Photo: Zach Hirsch

SLU crew rescues graduation goodies

It's graduation season, and all over the country there's a mass exodus out of the dorms. Students often leave a lot of stuff behind - things like futons, lamps, TVs, and other items that are difficult to pack.

At St. Lawrence University, one group is trying to rescue those items before they get tossed in the dumpster. SLU ReUse salvages, donates, and resells students' leftovers. They've even opened a small thrift store on campus.

Zach Hirsch tagged along with the SLU ReUse team on the big senior move-out day, and he produced this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Half the planets are visible right now--the back row (Jupiter and Saturn) and the front (Mars and Mercury). Aileen says five are visible, actually, if you just look down. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Size_planets_comparison.jpg">Lsmpascal</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Half the planets are visible right now--the back row (Jupiter and Saturn) and the front (Mars and Mercury). Aileen says five are visible, actually, if you just look down. Photo: Lsmpascal, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Planets, planets, planets: who's up and where

St. Lawrence University physicist Aileen O'Donoghue says the planets are the big news of the night sky just now. Between Mercury (just up in the northwest), Jupiter in the west, Saturn in the east, and Mars in the middle, there are four visible these nights. And Earth (just look down, she says) makes five.

This, plus how we're losing dark as spring gives over to summer next month, and much more from Aileen's monthly stop in our studios this morning.  Go to full article

Edwards theatre event explores technology, memory, with banjo!

"Now at the Uncertain Hour" is an intriguing new theatrical event for live performance, online streaming, and radio. The show takes the audience on a journey through the landscape of a soldier's memory as a collector attempts to make sense of what will be left behind.

In the midst of the relentless currents of time, the play asks what we can take hold of that will go on, that will not be lost. The collector combs through the soldier's memories as captured on an old reel-to-reel tape as they blend with the sounds of old time banjo and modular synthesizer to create a unique listening experience.
Todd Moe stopped by a rehearsal last week at St. Lawrence University to talk with cast members Megan MacDonald, Wes Kline, Camilla Ammirati and director Charlie Pepiton.  Go to full article

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