Adults going back to school these days have many reasons for attending. Some because of job loss or career change; some because they just weren’t ready for college in their younger years. For Derek Madinger, 41, it was the latter.
“I just regretted not getting my degree,” said Madinger.
With over 47 different countries represented in the student body of Anderson University, Heritage Week is an engaging and insightful experience for the students, faculty, staff and the community of Anderson, Ind. This year, the “Passport to Freedom” theme intertwined with the campus theme of “Exercising Freedom.”
He’s surrounded by hundreds of people. Many are wearing headsets talking in codes and acronyms while others are racing between trailers. It’s hot and muggy, and underneath scores of bright lights, the temperature is almost unbearable. As if on cue, all the people stop what they’re doing and focus their attention on a few key individuals. This is what he’s studied for: to be on a major film set.
Ralph Winter was in his office, on the phone, battling through the final stages of the head cold that’s been going around this season.
“It’s probably the same one,” Winter sniffed.
Readers could be excused for not knowing who Winter is. Producers of Hollywood films are, by and large, an anonymous bunch to the public.
As Anderson Community Schools student Matt Killian fashioned a peace sign out of black and orange construction paper on a cardboard circle Thursday, his smile gave away his feelings about the day’s events.
Killian joined other ACS special education students Thursday for the 10th annual P.G. Gray Festival, an event designed to bring awareness of the arts to the students, who often don’t get to participate in the field trips their classmates do. Led by teaching artists from VSA Arts, the students spent the day learning about art, music, drama, dancing and movement.
The earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 did more than take lives and topple buildings. It exposed weaknesses is Haiti’s infrastructure, including its media.
Two Anderson radio pros have returned from a week in Haiti, where they used their expertise to improve communication there. General Manager Don Boggs and program director Matt Rust of WQME-FM worked with Radio Lumiere, a nine-station network serving a population facing a greater need than ever before.