In Brief– Updates and upcoming events

Swim Teams Looks Forward to Pre-Season Scrimmage

Both the Albion College men and women’s swimming and diving teams will be kicking off the pre-season on Oct. 15 with a scrimmage against Central Michigan University’s club swim team.

The women’s swim team has a promising year ahead, said Holly Williams, Sylvania junior and one of the team’s captains.

“The women’s team is really excited for this scrimmage,” Williams said. “It’s the first one of the year, and it’ll be exciting to see how we do.”

Last year, the women’s team received fourth place in the MIAA and are looking to place third this season, Williams said.

The men’s team also is hoping for a successful season this year. The freshman class that came in this year has been showing a lot of potential, said Austin Bateman, Royal Oak first-year. Many of the first-years will be swimming in the relays, while the upperclassmen will be leading the team in the other events.

Since this meet is part of the pre-season, it will feature a high school meet lineup, which includes shorter, faster events. The meet will take place at the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Albion Scheduled to Host Intercollegiate Meeting, Discuss Retention

College presidents, student senate presidents, and members of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Colleges Foundation will be coming to Albion College Nov. 17 for the Michigan Colleges Foundation Van Andel Millenial Board (MCVAMB) meeting.

 MCVAMB’s objective is to contemplate ways to market and retain recruitment and retention efforts for the 14 private Michigan institutions, said Casey Hoffman, Student Senate president and chairperson of MCVAMB. The organization is composed of 14 student representatives appointed by the presidents of their respective institutions.

2010 is the first year the organization has been in existence. During the meeting, the organization will be creating a mission statement, vision statement, and bylaws.

“Because President Randall currently serves as chairperson of the Michigan Colleges Foundation President’s Council and I serve as chairperson of MCVAMB, I think Albion was viewed as a convenient location to have the meeting,” Hoffman said.

Early Birders’ Walk

Bird watchers can bring their binoculars—although extras will be provided—to Whitehouse Nature Center for an early morning bird walk on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

“It’s just the enjoyment of being outdoors and learning about the different birds that are found in the area,” said David Green, director of Whitehouse Nature Center. “We always find other stuff to learn about or see. Usually the fall and the spring, we get to see a lot of the regular (birds) but also get the treat of seeing a bird that might be migrating through.”

Some bird species to watch for include nuthatches and certain types of sparrows, which migrate through the nature center in the fall and spring. Woodpeckers and belted king fishers live in the center year round.

The next bird walk will be a Christmas bird count during the first week of January, Green said. Contact Green at or 517/629-0582.

Men’s Soccer Team Loses Third Straight, Hopes for Scoring Threat

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the men’s soccer team lost 3-0 to Kalamazoo College at Alumni Field. Albion has now lost their third straight game giving them an overall record of 4-9 and 1-6 in conference play.

The Britons produced five shots, one of which was on goal, against the Hornets, and fell behind 3-0 after the first half. The Britons were unable to score in the second half as well, resulting in their fifth shutout of the season.

 “The team is playing good as a unit, but we lack that big scorer,” said Khris Wright, Muskegon junior and defender.

The next game for the Britons is an away contest against Trine University on Saturday, Oct. 16.


Mortar Board Kicks Off “Last Lecture” Series

Dean McCurdy, associate professor of biology and coodirector of the Honors Program, is holding a lecture next week — but the subject matter isn’t invertebrates. The first in a series of “last lectures” hosted by Mortar Board, McCurdy will answer the question “If you had one last chance to speak, what would you want others to know?”

The lecture, “Twist the Throttle and Go!”, is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Norris 101.

Nationwide, chapters have found used the last lecture series to promote the ideal of scholarship, said Courtney Meyer, president of Mortar Board and Houghton Lake senior. In addition, Meyer hopes the lecture will intrigue attendees.

“Although our circumstances are not at all dramatic or heartwrenching (as was the original concept of the lecture when it was designed by Randy Pausch), we all agreed that it would provide an interesting way for students to see their professors in a new light and for professors to share insight about their lives so that we can get to know them as people and not merely instructors,” Meyer said.

Mortar Board currently has a tentative line-up of speakers, with plans for the next lecture to take place at the end of November.

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