By Simon Hurvitz
The spring semester is almost done, and finals are approaching. With this in mind, students have been feeling a lot of pressure and anxiety. Fortunately AJU has provided fun events so students can take a break from writing papers and studying for exams.
One of those events is Cymbals. Cymbals is a class offered at AJU; in this class students produce AJU’s annual literary magazine. On Monday, April 30, the Cymbals class hosted the annual Cymbals Underground, an event where students had the opportunity to perform music and present original short stories and poems.
Junior Brittany Domb said, “I am very excited for everyone to see what we have been working hard on all semester.” The Cymbals magazine will be released to the AJU student body and faculty on Monday, May 14.
Another AJU event was the Pasadena trip; on the Pasadena trip, students had the opportunity to take a break from studying and tour the Norton Simon Museum. At the museum, students spent the day looking at a wide variety of different artwork.
Sophomore Matt Hogan commented, “ It was a very relaxing day.”
Another event that took place at AJU was the service learning gardening project. The idea of this project was conceived in the Politics of Food class at AJU. The students decided to learn how to plant a garden and then applied their learning by working on the garden with others students, teaching them about community agriculture in the process.
Commented sophomore Zach Morrow, “ The garden was a long, arduous process that ultimately resulted in a service learning project that is not only used by AJU students but by other schools as well.”
Another activity at AJU was the school play, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which involved 12 cast members in addition to students who dedicated their time and effort backstage. The play, performed on May 9-10 in the Gindi at 7:30 p.m., is about a drama critic who debates whether to marry the woman he loves, all while dealing with his two homicidal aunts and the local police.
Senior Hannah Bernstein portrayed Martha Brewster, one of the female leads: “Martha Brewster is a very fun role to play, and I really enjoy working with the talented cast at AJU. I think the audience will find ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to be very entertaining.”
After enjoying the foregoing end-of-year activities as a much-needed break from studying, we are now one week away from the end of the semester. Have a great summer, and we thank everyone for keeping up with the Casiano Chronicle this year – more to come in the fall!