Mark Goodson walked through the door with a smile ear-to-ear. His slim and tall stature reached almost to the top of the door frame. A retired businessman with a lengthy resume, who has chosen to spend one of his final eras of life as an Adrian College campus safety officer.
Each year during the excruciatingly long month of April, there is a shared sense of angst amongst college students near and far. The days get darker, the weather gets colder, and a matched sense of gloom makes its way into the library and various study spots across campus. The dreaded time has come: finals.
The show on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Downs Hall took on some hot topics but the execution was excellent. Before the show even started you could tell that it was going to be a good one with the layout and some more traditional Scottish songs playing. The production happened in a theater in the round where the audience sat around the stage and could be viewed from all angles. Once the show started it took off and kept going!
For Coumoundoruros, the debate culture of Adrian College is a continuation of the type of dialogue that first became prominent in Ancient Greece, when figures like Socrates encouraged discussion of deep philosophical questions like morality, happiness, and justice. “It’s about the pursuit of truth and being able to discuss hot-button issues in a civil manner, putting the knives away and just talking,” Professor Coumoundoruros says. Professor Goetting, on the other hand, says that he didn’t have Adrian’s history in mind in the creation of a debate series. “It’s a tremendous history, but debates should be taking place on any college campus, regardless of their history or traditions. If I worked at a college where there had never been a debate before, that’s something that I would always like to introduce,” Goetting says. For Goetting, learning to participate in a civic process in a mature way should be an objective of every college student. He expresses dismay at many colleges, in his opinion, depriving their students of the opportunity to witness debates on important issues. He and Coumoundoruros made a point to seek out what they describe as “accomplished, thoughtful professionals who knew about the issues in the topics they would be debating,” in order to present what they hoped would be a model for participating in civil debate for students at Adrian. While Goetting and Coumoundoruros hoped to find a female perspective to debate the topic of abortion, scheduling conflicts among those who they hoped would help debate made the debate occur between only two men, which led to some criticism. The debate series offered attending students a chance to challenge the speakers in a question-and-answer session. “When they opened up the floor, that’s when the atmosphere changed, because then you could see the preparedness change,” freshman Datoka Norris, who attended the abortion debate, says. “A guy in front of me brought up the word murder, and then the air just sort of left the room, but both speakers handled the debate pretty well. There’s a lot of interest among the student body coming to these debates, which I think is even better than enthusiasm,” Norris says. “So far, I think it’s gone very well, and I’ve been impressed with the questions that the students have asked. That’s the most joyous part of this process, is seeing how engaged the students have been,” Goetting says.
Many hearts were saddened on Mar. 16, 2022 when Professor Jill Ouellette announced that her time at Adrian College has come to an end. Meika Hinkle-Degroot, a sophomore fashion student said it best herself. “Professor Ouellette is one of the most passionate professors I’ve ever had. Her enthusiasm for developments in the fashion industry and concern for the environmental and humanitarian impact is clear in every class she teaches, and she works hard to instill that same passion and responsible concern in her students.”
Adrian College’s annual Ribbons of Excellence Conference was held entirely in person for the first time in three years. While last year's event was a hybrid between virtual and in-person attendance, this year, various classrooms around campus were filled once again with eager presenters and curious audience members.
I woke up early on Sunday morning, packed up my car and friends and headed to the train station to travel to Chicago, Illinois. The drive was exciting; full of hopes to experience the thrill of city life. As a fashion student, I looked forward to seeing a new side of the industry and broadening …
Downs Hall opens up April 6, 2022 for audiences to see a performance of Shakespeare’s MacBeth at 7:30p.m. The cast is excited to show off their hard work in preparing the play. Especially the combat scenes which they had the most fun in preparing.
It’s the start of a chilly Spring semester here at Adrian College, and no one on campus is more excited to see you than your very own Adrian campus squirrels! Though many college campuses boast about their squirrels, there is something particularly remarkable about the erratic, strange, and sometimes violent nature of these spectacular local critters that we get to call our own.
Sporting nearly one billion worldwide players, over half of these are adults who play regularly, chess is one of the world’s most popular hobbies. Despite this resounding popularity around the globe, organized chess is nonexistent in Lenawee County.