For John Lautenslager, owner of Lautenslage-Lipsey appliance store in downtown Albion, business has been good. In recent weeks, the business has experienced an increase in customers rushing to purchase analog-to-digital converter boxes to prepare for the upcoming digital transmission. Now, owners of analog TV sets have more time to prepare for the switch over.
An entire season’s worth of hard work, early morning practices and record-breaking performances comes to an end next weekend when the Albion swim and dive teams travel to the University of Notre Dame to compete in the MIAA championships.
Since 1990, the Albion College men’s basketball team has had only one losing record. Opening the 2008-2009 season however, the Britons went 5-5 in non-conference play and dropped their first two games against MIAA teams. Jody May, rookie head coach, knew he would face challenges in his first season behind the bench, but he faced more hardships when three players were placed on the inactive list. Chris Farr, Walled Lake junior, David Bunn, Lansing senior, and week seven MIAA Player of the Week Drew Yancey, Okemos senior, are all out with injuries.
Doreen Carden, women’s varsity basketball coach, is no stranger to adversity. From the time she first began coaching at Albion, Carden led the team from 4-21 to a 17-9 record and has since taken the reins to a program posting seven straight winning seasons. With a strengthening conference and the issues of coping with a young roster, however, Carden faces what could be her biggest challenge yet: the possibility of her first losing season.
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When Kieran Lynch, 18, of Dunfermline, Scotland, and Eoghann Stephens, 18, of Portsmouth, England sat in London’s Heathrow airport, they only knew two things about each other: they were about to embark into a year-long foreign exchange program somewhere in the United Sates, and they both had a love for basketball.
On Jan. 12, Albion student snorkelers were exploring off of the coast of the Dry Tortugas, a group of seven islands located 78 miles from Key West, as part of their January-term biology course (the reporter was a student in the course). With high visibility in the warm coastal waters, biology professor Jeffrey Carrier, course instructor, pointed out fire coral to avoid and a sea cucumber to inspect. Suddenly, calls of “Shark, shark!” filled the air: Kelyn Carlson, Grand Rapids junior, had spotted a nurse shark pup, or “neonate,” in the shallow grass beds.