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Canton resident Betty Peckham at the Unitarian Universalist Church, where students are cleaning up after the weekly Campus Kitchens dinner. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Canton resident Betty Peckham at the Unitarian Universalist Church, where students are cleaning up after the weekly Campus Kitchens dinner. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Campus Kitchens: free food and companionship in Canton

Campus Kitchens is a nation-wide program, run by college students, that feeds the needy. In Canton, St. Lawrence University students started their own branch a few years ago.

Every Monday, volunteers cook a meal and serve it for free. But people don't just come for the food.  Go to full article

Watch: 92nd annual Candlelight Service in Canton

St. Lawrence University held its 92nd Annual Candlelight Service in Leithead Fieldhouse on the university's Canton, NY campus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

The service features traditional Christmas carols and special music by the Laurentian Singers, the University Chorus and a Community Children's Chorus. This year's readings focused on the theme of journeying. The service was relocated due to a fire that damaged the chapel on Oct. 6. The chapel remains closed and under repair. Watch the entire service in this NCPR video.  Go to full article

Books: "Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life"

For over a century, first memories have been the subject of hundreds of investigations and academic studies. The age of a person's earliest recollections, the content of those memories and various other topics are of enduring interest to lots of people. Experts say early recollections yield deep insights into an individual's personality and ways of perceiving life.

In his new book, Dawn of Memories, St. Lawrence University professor Arthur Clark focuses on tapping into strengths and "an awareness of potentialities" that emerge from early recollections. Clark spoke with Todd Moe about his latest book and how early recollections can influence us throughout life.  Go to full article
Time lapse of Comet ISON's slingshot around the sun (white circle) on Thanksgiving Day. After the close encounter, not much was left. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soho_c3_timelapse.jpg">NASA</a>
Time lapse of Comet ISON's slingshot around the sun (white circle) on Thanksgiving Day. After the close encounter, not much was left. Photo: NASA

In the night sky as winter approaches

Astronomy Aileen O'Donoghue talks with Martha Foley about the late fall sky.

Comet ISON's anticipated big display fizzled after a too-close encounter with the sun.

The winter solstice (and the longest night of the year will occur on December 21. You can uncork your solstice party at 12:11 pm. But the earliest sunset of the year will be on December 9 at 4:20 pm.

Jupiter will be the brightest thing in the eastern sky after sunset. It will be crossing the constellation Gemini, and then will recross it in retrograde motion early in the winter.

Look for Venus in the southwest just after sunset near the moon until December 20. It will reappear in the morning sky starting in January.  Go to full article
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, <i>Lungs Full of Noise</i>, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU.  Her book is published by University of Iowa Press.  Photo: Tessa Mellas
Tessa Mellas will read from and talk about her awarding winning collection of short stories, Lungs Full of Noise, on Thursday night (7 pm) at Dean-Eaton Formal Lounge at SLU. Her book is published by University of Iowa Press. Photo: Tessa Mellas

Ogdensburg native Tessa Mellas wins Iowa Short Fiction Award

Ogdensburg native and St. Lawrence University graduate Tessa Mellas returns to campus this week to read some of her award-winning stories. Tessa Mellas recently won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for her collection of a dozen short stories in Lungs Full of Noise.

Mellas was a 2001 English and Music major at St. Lawrence, and grew up skating at ice rinks around the North Country. Appleton Arena is one of her favorite rinks. She spoke with Todd Moe about her writing style -- realistic fiction with fantastic elements -- and what it's like to be a professional writer. She also reads from the story, "Mariposa Girls", in Lungs Full of Noise.  Go to full article
Comet ISON as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. Photo: NASA
Comet ISON as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. Photo: NASA

In the night sky: planets, stars, even a comet on the way

We're "gaining dark" as winter approaches. That's good news for astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue. There's just more and more time to get outside and see the stars and planets now in the night sky.

On the list of highlights in her conversation with Martha Foley today: Venus in the evening (with the waxing crescent moon tonight); winter constellations Orion, notably) rising; Jupiter, Leo and Mars in the morning; and a comet, ISON, on its way this month.

(Aileen teaches physics at St. Lawrence University and stops by the NCPR studios every month or so.)  Go to full article
Rangoli decorations, made using coloured powder, are popular during Diwali.  Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Rangoli_of_Lights.jpg">Subharnab Majumdar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rangoli decorations, made using coloured powder, are popular during Diwali. Photo: Subharnab Majumdar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

SLU hosts Diwali celebration

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, began last night and is celebrated around the world. The five-day event is one of the biggest festivals in India, and often includes food, dancing, parties and lots of colorful lights. The festival symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil.

St. Lawrence University's Asia Club, which helps raise the awareness of Asian culture on campus, is hosting a Diwali celebration on Saturday, November 9 at 5 pm in Eben Holden Hall. Todd Moe spoke with two of the student organizers.  Go to full article
The Alexander String Quartet during a live broadcast from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU this morning.  Photo: Joel Hurd
The Alexander String Quartet during a live broadcast from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU this morning. Photo: Joel Hurd

Live Music Friday: Alexander String Quartet at SLU

The Alexander String Quartet will present a free concert at noon in St. Lawrence University's Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. The San Francisco-based quartet consists of Zakarias Grafilo, violin, Frederick Lifsitz, violin, Paul Yarbrough, viola, and Sandy Wilson, cello.

The ensemble spent this week visiting a number of classes at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University, including First-Year Programs, arts, literature, and printmaking courses. And they joined us with their brand of classical music during The Eight O'clock Hour this morning.  Go to full article
Students gather on short notice to remember the Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Students gather on short notice to remember the Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Students hold impromptu service at Gunnison

St. Lawrence University held a formal gathering last evening honoring Gunnison Chapel and its carillon- damaged in a fire early Sunday. There were speeches, and choral groups sang.

But Tuesday was too long to wait for some. The university's Outing Club organized an impromptu gathering Monday at 5, just when the bells would have begun their daily concert.

Students gathered near the chapel. In the background, a recorded version of the bells played from the burnt spire. In the foreground: cowbells.  Go to full article
In the Gunnison bell tower Alex Merrill (left) a member of the St. Lawrence Class of  2013 and the fifth in three generations of his family to be a "chimer," plays with Robert Gould (1955) and Danica Cunningham (2013) during commencement weekend.  Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives
In the Gunnison bell tower Alex Merrill (left) a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2013 and the fifth in three generations of his family to be a "chimer," plays with Robert Gould (1955) and Danica Cunningham (2013) during commencement weekend. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives

Listen again: hitting a high note in SLU's musical tower

Sunday morning's fire in Gunnison Memorial Chapel heavily damaged the bell tower, but the ten bells of the carillon were spared. Built in 1926, the chapel's tolling bells have been a staple of St. Lawrence campus and community life. During the fire, the wooden beam that held the bells burned, but luckily the bells came to rest on the tower's concrete floor. St. Lawrence University will pay tribute to the bells with a community gathering near the chapel at 5 o'clock this afternoon. "The Bells will Ring Again" will include musical tributes to the chapel bells.

In December 2003, Todd Moe climbed the bell tower for an up close look and listen to the bells and the student ringers.  Go to full article

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