Cornell College Events

Thursday, May 3rd

Time Event Title
9:00 am-10:00 amStaff Campus Currents Thomas Commons
The Block 8 Campus Currents meeting will be held from 9-10 a.m. only, in Hall-Perrine. Staff may close offices during this time in order to attend. Topics: • Tuition Exchange for Employees - presentation on new benefit • In Kahoots with ResLife (o Optional Residence Hall tour) • Golden Shoe- Wellness Challenge Award • Purple Rock Award • Additional Announcements
9:30 am-10:00 amStory Time Cole Library
Story Time continues each Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.
11:10 am-12:00 pmSIG Lecture: Do we want local officials with higher political ambitions? West Science
Politics Professor Hans Hassell presents the Science Interest Group lecture "Do we want local officials with higher political ambitions?" Does political ambition affect how public officials represent and respond to their constituents? While political science theory has long reasoned that representatives are responsive to constituents because they are interested in obtaining re-election and advancing their political careers, to our knowledge whether ambition affects constituent services has not been directly tested. In this research, I and my co-authors present our findings from a field experiment where local public officials receive both an electorally related service request and a generic service request. We combine these responses with data from a survey that these public officials had previously taken about their political ambition in seeking higher office. We find that politically ambitious officials are more responsive to electorally oriented service requests. We provide greater insight into how the political ambition of democratically elected representatives affects the job that these representatives do and the services they perform for their constituents.
11:15 amAlcoholics Anonymous (AA) Allee Chapel
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA), Thursdays 11:15 to Noon in Allee Chapel (except during breaks). Offering support. Living the 12 Steps. Open to students, faculty, staff, and townspeople. For more info. email scoleman. ~Sponsored by Chaplain & Spiritual Life
11:15 am-12:45 pmStress Free Zone Orange Carpet
Color, get info about healthy stress management, and/or get a free 10-minute chair massage from a Hands in Harmony massage therapist! Students, sign up at the Counseling Center to reserve your spot!
4:00 pmReserve Baseball vs. Ellsworth CC Mount Vernon
6:00 pmReserve Baseball vs. Ellsworth CC Mount Vernon
7:30 pm-May 5thTheatre Production: August: Osage County Kimmel Theatre
By Tracy Letts; Director: Jay Edelnant, guest director from the University of Northern Iowa May 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. Their titles are firmly set in memory. Often, they are the great plays you saw or read. You know them: the How-Dysfunctional-Can-a-Family-Get plays. Start at the beginning: Agamemnon, Oedipus, Medea, King Lear, Macbeth, Richard the Third, Three Sisters, A Doll House, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman, Little Foxes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf . . . What’s the attraction? Is it sitting in the dark thinking: “OMG, maybe I don’t have it so tough at home after all!” or even better: “How did they know that—that’s my mother up there!” The appeal is enormous. As Tolstoy said: “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." And the Westons, of Osage County, Oklahoma not only echo the great themes of the towering unhappy families but make their unhappiness uniquely American and contemporary. Tracy Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 5 Tony Awards for August and followed it up with a Tony in 2012 for his performance as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. His early plays, Killer Joe and Bug are bloody and provocative. His later work, The Man from Nebraska, August, Superior Donuts (yes, the one ripped off for the TV sit-com) are more contemplative and evocative. You’ve seen him on Seinfeld, Homeland, The Big Short, and Divorce. He’s been a company member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since 2002. You spent the holidays with your family. Spend May Day with the Westons. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors/students/youth, and free for Cornell College faculty, staff, and students with ID. Tickets can be reserved at 319.895.4293 or **Auditions for this production are open to the public. See the Department of Theatre and Dance web site at for more information.

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