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Page Turners to discuss “Perks of Being a Wallflower” at College of DuPage

 

The Page Turners are a book club that read books and have discussions about them to further their knowledge and understanding. The group used to read one to three books a semester but now usually only read one so people can find the time to finish it. They only have two meetings every semester. At the first meeting they plan what book to read and decide the date that they will discuss it. Then there is a discussion meeting where anyone who has read the book is welcome to join.

The club began in 2004. Lisa Higgins, the club’s advisor, said the books they read are “sometimes classical, bestsellers, science-fiction, children’s books, and one time we did a graphic novel.” Some of the books they have discussed in the past include: Pride and Prejudice, The Screwtape Letters, Jennifer Government, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Diary of Anne Frank.

In addition to reading books, Higgins said they also “like to collaborate with other clubs and talk about things that interest both of us, and we try to co-sponsor some readings.”

Last year they collaborated with the Spanish club where some students read a book in English and some read it in Spanish.

This year they will be discussing Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Student Services Center, Room 3245.

They chose this book because someone suggested it at the planning meeting.

The event is “an open discussion, whatever themes or topics you want to bring up we’ll talk about, we go with the flow of conversation” said Maria Perez, President of Page Turners. She also said “I always find the time to read. If you really enjoy reading, it’s not very hard to find the time for it.”

 

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COD students to show off ballet, jazz, contemporary styles at upcoming dance recital

The college’s dance program will be holding a dance showcase on Friday, November 16 at Lemont High School’s Arts Center at 8p.m. Katherine Skleba, the co-artistic director of the dance program, described it as “a college dance showcase featuring student choreography as well as dance faculty choreography.”  She also said student choreography auditions are held the second or third week of the fall semester and are open to any students who want to choreograph. Skleba said the showcase will include “a ballet piece, a flamenco dance piece, contemporary and jazz.”

There will be another dance show in the spring semester, which Skleba says is a “more formal dance concert. We are more selective with what student choreography works. It’s more concert dance.”

She says the show on Friday “really is a fusion of all dance styles and there is emphasis on student choreography instead of faculty.” The student choreographers learn about the process of choreography and collaborate with costume and lighting designers.

Auditions will be held in the spring for a second show. Skleba said choreographer “present a snippet of what they’d like to put on stage” and a panel chooses some choreographers. “Later we have dancer auditions, they don’t have to be a dance student, they could be majoring in something else but enjoy dance.” Skleba said they received about 30 dancer auditions.

This showcase will feature 7 dance pieces, which each practice once a week.  Sarah Fugate, choreographer and dancer, said, “We have had about 8 weeks to prepare. We have been rehearsing our pieces once a week for an hour and a half time slot.”

Fugate described the piece she’s choreographing as “a combination of jazz and contemporary hip-hop.”

Skleba says, “the dance program has been growing since about 6 years ago, we’ve been working really hard on creating a college dance program and preparing students for dancing at a university level.”

Skleba hopes “to be able to become an accredited program where students can get an ASA with an emphasis in dance.”

Fugate said, “I’m excited for everyone to see our pieces we’ve worked so hard on this semester. I’ve choreographed in previous years and I love being able to create new pieces and share them with my dancers and the audience.”