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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
The blaze early Sunday morning, as captured by a SLU student. Photo: Madeleine Young, courtesy St. Lawrence University
The blaze early Sunday morning, as captured by a SLU student. Photo: Madeleine Young, courtesy St. Lawrence University

Fire damages historic SLU steeple

UPDATE: St. Lawrence University officials confirm this morning that the fire-damaged steeple of Gunnison Memorial Chapel has fallen.

A festive weekend in Canton was marred early Sunday morning by a fire that severely damaged the steeple and bell tower of St. Lawrence University's historic chapel. No one was injured.  Go to full article
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpstanley/423720850/">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: Jeremy Stanley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Clear skies, longer nights offer great star-gazing

The days are getting shorter, by about three minutes every 24 hours now, and that's welcome news for Aileen O'Donoghue. It means more time for looking at the night sky.

O'Donoghue teaches physics, including astronomy, at St. Lawrence University, and stopped by the NCPR studios this morning to deliver an update on the current highlights in what she calls the wilderness above us.

She tells Martha Foley about Venus (hanging in the west at sundown), Saturn (nearby, but fainter and MUCH farther away), and the waning crescent, and Jupiter (both in the morning sky). And then there's the new crescent, coming Monday.  Go to full article
Bill Knoble in his studio in Chestertown in 2011.  Photo courtesy of Jim Carnahan.
Bill Knoble in his studio in Chestertown in 2011. Photo courtesy of Jim Carnahan.

Remembering potter, farmer Bill Knoble

Last week, one of the North Country's most celebrated artisans passed away.

Bill Knoble spent much of his career in Chestertown in Warren County and later moved to Dekalb in St. Lawrence County. He was a nationally-renowned potter.

He was also a respected outdoorsman, a farmer, a scholar, and a businessman. Brian Mann has our remembrance.  Go to full article
Susan Willson and The Gorilla. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Susan Willson and The Gorilla. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Cat collar scholar: SLU biologist examines a new way to curb songbird mortality

Right now in the Canton-Potsdam area, there are about 50 people dressing their cats in technicolored, fluffy, Elizabethan collars. But they're not doing this because they think it's cute, or because they're making the next viral cat video.

The pets and their owners are part of a new study that has big implications for cats and their prey. Zach Hirsch has more.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer watches as Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld addresses his employees in Massena in 2011.
Sen. Charles Schumer watches as Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld addresses his employees in Massena in 2011.

Should we care about Alcoa's Dow Jones demotion?

This week the Dow Jones industrial average announced it will drop Alcoa and two other companies from its roster, replacing them with Nike, Visa, and Goldman Sachs. It's the biggest change to the 30-firm roster in nine years.

The New York Times called Alcoa's exclusion "a symbolic comedown." And it sure seems like it - clunky old aluminum out, Michael Jordan and "the swoosh" in.

One North Country financial planner told us it was "a sad day for the North Country". Alcoa practically built Massena, and remains northern New York's largest private sector employer. About 1000 people work there now.

But does the slight from the vaunted Dow Jones really matter?  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: TED Conference, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tonight in Canton: author Pico Iyer

Writer and world traveler Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, is the first featured guest in this year's St. Lawrence Uiversity Writers Series. He will speak tonight at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the university campus in Canton, NY.

Yesterday he sat down with Readers & Writers co-host Chris Robinson. This is an excerpt of that conversation.

Robinson says, "No matter what subject Iyer is working on, I perceive in his quirky voice a deep message about how we should live."

You can listen to the complete interview with Pico Iyer here.  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: TED Conference, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pico Iyer: The man who is becoming a voice inside my head

I had a chance to chat with author and world traveler Pico Iyer prior to his visit to the St. Lawrence University campus as the first speaker in this year's Writer's Series. He will speak on Thursday, September 12 at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room.

No matter what subject Iyer is working on, whether it is the spiritual and political journey of the Dalai Lama, meeting his wife in Kyoto, or travelling to the far reaches of the earth to try the MacDonalds there, I perceive in his quirky voice a deep message about how we should live.  Go to full article

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