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Remembering Dr. Konrad

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community joined together in Foellinger Great Hall to celebrate the life of Kent Conrad. Conrad died unexpectedly on Sept. 5.
November 4, 2014

On the first day of his 2005 trip to Italy with his local community choir, Dr. Kent Conrad performed on the organ in front of a crowded St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.  Holly Jordan, a close friend...

Pun-Loving Costumes

Pun-Loving Costumes
October 30, 2014

Stretch your linguistic muscles and don’t be afraid to look like an idiom this Halloween — all you need is some craftiness, and you’ll be sew ready to show off your threads (and leave your friends...

Italian-American stereotypes still persist in film

April 24, 2014

The late and great film critic Roger Ebert, a local boy who did good (in both senses), loved Italy, Italian culture and Italian-Americans. He visited the country frequently, admired filmmaker Federico...

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes
December 10, 2013

When my Jewish dad married into my mom’s crazy Italian family, I think he was hoping for something similar to “The Sopranos” (his favorite TV show). To his disappointment, my mom’s rambunctious...

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