Open mic night, other events slated for weekend at Soldotna campus

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2004

The KPC Student Union presents another open mic night from 7 to 10 Thursday in the commons at the Soldotna campus. The fun-filled evening will feature a variety of readings and music.

If you are interested in performing (don't be shy, this is the chance to try out that new material you have been working on) or would like more information, contact Z. Durham in the KPC Student Union at 262-0339. The event will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with the admission request of two cans of food or two packages of dry goods.

Persons under the age of 13 will be admitted with adults only, and the public can expect that mature material may be presented. Take advantage of this "night out" and enjoy the smoke-free atmosphere of the campus commons.

A touch of the Blarney Stone

Authentic Irish music returns to KPC at 7 p.m. Friday in the Brockel Building at the Soldotna campus. The KPC Multi-Cultural Consortium and KPC Showcase present an evening of traditional Irish folk music featuring "Setanta," a fast-paced duo delivering the sounds of Ireland to the great state of Alaska.

A suggested donation of $8 is requested at the door. This event is made possible in part by the Anna Fossett Goodrich Memorial Fund of the Damon Foun-dation.

War, War, What Is It Good For?

The film "The War" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday in room 110 at KPC in Soldotna.

Set in Mississippi in the 1970s, this remarkable film depicts war writ small. Kevin Costner plays a Vietnam veteran turned pacifist because of what he saw in the war. His struggles enrich the film, but the main plot concerns a conflict between two groups of children over a tree house. The conflict builds and finally gets out of hand in a terrifying battle that shows the kids how pointless their fighting really was. Along the way the film explores combat stress, the nature of conflict, moral choice under fire and many other themes.

Following the film there will be an optional discussion. This event is sponsored by Alaskans for Peace and Justice. Admission to the film is free. For more information, contact Chris Gehrett at 262-0367 or by e-mail at ifckg@uaa.alaska. edu.

Calling for submissions

Dr. Barbara Christian, editor of Driftwood, KPC's literary and art magazine, has announced a call for manuscript submissions. Poetry and prose works of no more than 2,500 words will be accepted. Fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir pieces are welcomed. Students, as well as members of the public, statewide are encouraged to participate. Works should be submitted by the end of March. Depending on the number of suitable submissions, a second call may be announced next fall. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Art works for the magazine will be received by invitation of the KPC art department only.

Manuscripts should be sent to Dr. Barbara Christian, Driftwood Editor, 34820 College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669.

The next issue of Driftwood is scheduled for publication in late fall of 2004 or early spring of 2005. Driftwood has been published approximately every two years since 1989 and has gained a reputation as one of the leading literary magazines in Alaska.

Government heads south

The annual Legislative Conference in Juneau is approaching and Student Union representatives Cara Steadman and Z Durham are preparing to be heard. They will attend the conference Friday through Tuesday as part of the Coalition of Student Leaders campaign to advocate for a 5 percent increase in the University of Alaska budget and a 5 percent increase each fiscal year Gov. Frank Murkowski remains in office.

As part of the Coalition of Student Leaders campaign, the Student Union has been gathering student signatures on a giant puzzle piece that physically represents part of Alaska. When the student representatives meet in Juneau they will reconstruct the huge puzzle shaped like Alaska that reflects the thousands of signatures gathered from students across the state.

This will be Steadman and Durham's first visit to the state Legislature representing the KPC student body.

Durham, the new productions officer, takes this responsibility very seriously and said, "It will be a challenge to speak for the entire student body, but it will be exciting to see the capitol and participate in the legislative process."

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College. Vicki Steik and KPC Student Union communications officer John Lagoutaris contributed to the column.

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