A miscellany of the new, the intriguing, and the obscure.

A miscellany of the new, the intriguing, and the obscure.

Trick or Treat, Meet an Athlete

When does everyone agree that orange and black are the niftiest colors in the land? On Halloween night, of course. This fall, 50 Lewis & Clark athletes donned the school colors and hit the streets of Dunthorpe to protect the neighborhood’s littlest ghosts and goblins. Members of the Pio Patrol, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, passed out sweets and helped kids cross streets safely. Local TV news crews were on hand to cover the event.

A Spirited Initiative

The Chapel office has been rechristened the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, with Mark Duntley as its dean. Duntley hopes to expand the scope and breadth of spiritual life on campus by focusing on interfaith initiatives, meditation and spiritual inquiry groups, and action and reflection on justice and service. Godspeed.

Beethoven’s Ears

Beethoven could hear only a fraction of the music he wrote—and none of what he composed during the final decades of his life. In an effort to better understand this music and malady connection, Lewis & Clark hosted a unique concert in November. William Martin, professor of otolaryngology at Oregon Health & Science University, discussed Beethoven’s deafness, including what impact it may have had on his music. And Dorien de Leon and Susan DeWitt Smith, members of the music faculty— and the Oregon String Quartet—performed a few of Beethoven’s works for strings. The program was music to all ears.

Heard on campus

The 2012–13 academic year kicked off with a stellar lineup of campus speakers, including Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, who spoke about the importance of the press in our democracy; Michael Chertoff, former secretary of Homeland Security, who discussed the challenges of fighting terrorism in a post-9/11 world; and Lisa Randall, Harvard physicist and author, who spoke on the nature of scientific thinking, with an emphasis on the roles of scale and creativity. And that was just the docket for September!

Paradise Found

Those who happened by the Frank Manor House in late October found a little piece of paradise among the welcoming atmosphere of Armstrong Lounge. Professor Jerry Harp’s Milton class sponsored a four-night public reading of the epic poem Paradise Lost, which chronicles the devilish demise of Adam and Eve. Apples, of course, were provided.

Czech This Out

Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, an award-winning Czech theatre troupe, stopped at Lewis & Clark for two performances and a student workshop as part of its U.S. tour. The company’s mission is to use inspiration from the European Baroque era to create new theatre pieces for the 21st century. The troupe performed The Miser and The Stilt Trilogy (the latter with actual stilts), while the workshop focused on Italian Commedia Del Arte, including work with masks.


—Megan Morin CAS ’13 contributed to Buzz.