Inaugural Events Mark A New Era of Presidency

By Amy Gu

Southwestern alumni, students, faculty and community members celebrated the inauguration of Southwestern University’s 15th President, Dr. Edward B. Burger. The inauguration ceremony and presidential speech occurred on March 25 followed by a part on the Academic Mall.

The ceremony opened with the students ringing the Rutersville Bell, a traditional initiation of Southwestern gatherings such as the inaugural ceremony. A processional of faculty and student leaders was led by Sociology professor Dr. Edward Kain and Political Science professor Dr. Eric Selbin, carrying the University mace, a symbol of authority donated by previous president JNR Score’s wife and son and adorned with the university seal and names of all university regents and presidents.

“At first I wasn’t sure if was going to attend the inauguration, but then I thought to myself, ‘When would I ever get another change to go to something like this?” said junior Areli Guitierrez. “I enjoyed [President Burger's speech] – especially the jokes he peppered in and how he brought everything together to focus on what makes Southwestern great. The ceremony as a whole really gave me a sense of the tradition that Southwestern carries with it.”

After Southwestern members proceeded, the SU chorale welcomed the audience with a musical selection of ‘Jaunchzetdem Herren’ by Heinrich Schutz. Afterwards, representatives of the Higher Education Community, the United Methodist Church, the Georgetown Community, Southwestern alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and Board of Trustees presented individual greetings and welcomed the new president.

“I think [President Burger] is a very intelligent, inspiring, energetic president and I think that he’s going to take us to new heights in relation to academics, faculty development, and students being successful in their classes and on our campus,” said education professor Dr. Angela Moore.

After welcoming him, Burger confirmed his presidency during the investiture process, including the presentation of the charters that document the four root colleges and their unity, the university mace, a ring and medallion. Afterwards, Dr. Burger gave his inagurual speech, titled “Our Paideia Moment.”

In his speech, Burger led the audience through a Paideia moment in which an active learner locates connections between various disciplines.

Burger first introduced the math expression that appeared on various advertisements for the inauguration and explained the significance of numbers and symbols in the equation. The number 15 represented the number of presidents who have led Southwestern and 1840 signified the year of the university’s origin. The Greek symbols pi and e represented the unity of SU’s members and continual growth. Burger then introduce the Greek term yvwon, pronounced paw-thay-uh, meaning knowledge. This term stemmed the Paideia program at Southwestern as well as all interdisciplinary goals at Su and the origins of “Paideia connections.” Finally, he revealed the solution to the math problem as roughly 365, which represents Southwestern members’ constant, year-long acquisition of knowledge.

“It was really cool that President Burger incorporated different departments and different experiences at Southwestern so we can have collective Paideia moments and individual Paideia moments, which is especially interesting for those of us who aren’t in Paideia. The speech helped emphasize how Paideia is a cornerstone of our university,” sophomore Brooke Taylor said.

The ceremony closed with a communal singing of the Alma Mater and a recessional party on the Mall where the community enjoyed dinner provided by Austin-area food trucks, ambient music from the SU Jazz Band, and a surprise appearance by President Barcus.

Chorale Set to Perform Latin Church Pieces in Chapel

The Southwestern University Chorale has spent the semester preparing for their fall concert. The concert will be held in the Chapel this semester, and will primarily feature Latin music from the Renaissance.
“I’m really looking forward to singing this concert in the chapel,” senior and alto section leader Allie Bryan said. “The acoustics in the chapel make it such a great place to sing and the setting also fits the style of music we will be performing.”

The Chorale has traditionally held their concerts in the Alma Thomas Theatre, but by using the chapel the music will have a better sound and the choir can use the organ for accompaniment. The music features sacred pieces by composers such as Giovanni Gabrielli, Palestrina, and Claudio Monteverdi.

The program is also structured around the Liturgical calendar. The pieces are themed around the seasons starting with Advent and ending with Easter.

“This will be an inspiring concert because the chorale breathes new life into old Italian classics,” senior and soprano section leader Melanie Bonevac said.

The concert lineup features different songs that were originally composed for a church setting. One piece, “Missa Brevis,” contains different elements of a traditional Roman Catholic Mass.

The concert is also preparation for some of the students. Next spring semester, twenty-seven members of the Chorale will be participating in a tour of Italy. They will perform some of the pieces sung in historic places in Venice and Rome.

The group will also be able to sing Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

“I cannot believe that we have been given the opportunity to sing in such magnificent places such as St. Marks in Venice,” senior Anne Fenley said.

“All of the music we are singing was written specifically for these venues and it is an incredible honor to sing there. It’s also an amazing experience to hear the music the way the composer meant it to sound.”

The Chorale is comprised of over forty students who went through an audition process to join. They have been practicing every Monday through Thursday since the beginning of the semester for this concert.

“I feel that everyone in the Chorale has worked really hard on this concert,” junior Quinlyn Morrow said. “Everyone has put in a lot of effort and it will definitely show. I think the audience will enjoy the concert.”

The concert will be held in the Lois Perkins Chapel at 7 pm. Admission is free.

Students Give ACL First-Timers Advice

By Elizabeth Stewart

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is just around the corner, with Jack White,
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers”, “The Black Keys”, and “Avicii” headlining with one hundred other
ACL 2012 is a huge musical experience, but with live music comes the challenge of navigating through massive crowds and spending an entire day without air conditioning. For any Austin City Limits newcomers, Southwestern veterans offer some advice and strategies for beating the heat and getting the most out of the ACL experience.
“Wear comfortable shoes or be prepared to take off your shoes,” senior Kate Steinbach said.
“I’ve seen lots of girls wear heels. I don’t understand that. Also, wear something that you’re cool with sitting on the ground in.” Along with proper attire, keeping hydrated will help to keep cool.
“Invest in sunscreen and a nalgene,” junior Jacob Brown said. “You’ll thank yourself
when you’re hot and thirsty.” A water bottle saves the ACL goer from paying for drinks, but all other food must be purchased inside Zilker Park.
“Bring food money,” junior Kyrie Cassin said. “You can’t bring snacks, because security will search your bag.” Multiple businesses will provide a variety of food options inside the festival.
“The Mighty Cone food trailer is really good,” Steinbach said. “There’s also a place that has really good green chili pork tacos. The food trailers are totally worth it.”
A smartphone app can help ACL attendees to navigate through the crowds and find their way around the multiple stages..
“Check out the official ACL app!,” junior Edward Yu said. “It has the schedule for all three days, as well as a map of Zilker park. It’s really useful.”
Even after locating the correct stage, students express concern about dealing with another potential difficulty: pushing through the crowd to the front.
“There’s definitely a strategy, elbows up, keep jumping, and don’t let people walk all
over you, because they will do that,” Cassin said.
Festival goers can choose to see a favorite band up close, or hang on the outskirts of
the crowd to take a break after hours of hiking from one stage to another.
“There’s nothing wrong with sitting at the back of an audience and just taking it all
in,” junior Nicole Ross said. “Sometimes that’s even more fun than struggling and pushing your way to the front to stand in a mass of sweaty, smelly, people you’ve never met.”

ACL offers a chance to see not only familiar artists, but also a whole host of new acts and performers.
“See bands you’ve never seen before,” Brown said. “I saw Rosehill Drive in
2008 and they were amazing, they were right up my alley, and that’s a band that I never
would have experienced had I not just gone off the schedule and explored a little bit.”

SU Hosts Art Conference

By Rebecca Wilson

Earlier this week, the American Society for Shufa Calligraphy Education hosted their annual conference here at Southwestern. Students, artists, and master calligraphers from around the world attended the event, and was the society’s eighth conference. Professor Carl Robertson, an associate professor of Chinese, organized the conference with the help of students from his First Year Seminar “Body and Brush: Writing Chinese Glyphs” as well as students from his Chinese independent study class.

This year’s conference focused on the transformation of Shufa, East Asian calligraphy, as it has been incorporated within different cultures. The main feature of the conference was the “Crisscross 24” exhibit, which was put together by students with the help of exhibition coordinator Kristen Van Patten.

The exhibit was on display for 24 hours, October 9th to 10th, and displayed a collection of work produced by the calligraphy masters who attended the conference.
On October 9, these masters gave students a demonstration of Shufa calligraphy at a reception in the Fine Arts Building gallery, assisted by Professor Robertson’s students. These demonstrations were designed to give attendees a greater sense of what writing Shufa entails.

“We got to teach other students how to write in calligraphy in close proximity of the calligraphy masters nearby,” first year and a member of Robertson’s FYS Taylor Hutchison said. “It’s kind of unnerving, because they’re the masters, and I’m sure we were teaching them wrong.”

The conference was designed to give students an opportunity to connect with the masters and learn about calligraphy and Chinese culture through experience. In addition to hosting workshops and the Crisscross 24 reception, the masters took a tour around the campus, and learned about the university.

Throughout the year professional calligraphers will continue to visit Southwestern to speak to students and teach workshops as a follow up to the conference and calligraphy exhibits.

UPC Showcases FNL Events: Students Perform in the Friday Lineup

Sarah Cook plays her guitar in the Cove for a FNL event. The lineupthis semester includes student performers in addition to a variety of other acts. Photo by Elissa Graham

By Olivia Stephenson

Sophomore Sarah Cook performed with her guitar and ukulele in front of a cheering crowd of supporters. Cook’s performance was one of many student talent showcases that the University Planning Council (UPC) will feature throughout the semester as part of the new Friday Night Live (FNL) series.

UPC made the choice to combine the Cove Concerts series and Friday Night Live events in an effort to present shows that cater to the interests of the students.

The incorporation of the Cove Concert Series allows student performers to have a larger audience and more publicity with the support of UPC. Students will perform at the SU Showcase event in October.

So far, the entertainment that has occurred this semester has drawn large numbers of attendees due to the lineup and the personal involvement of the student body.

The performers this semester have include the bluegrass country group “Whiskey Shivers”, indie-folk singer Dana Falconberry, comedian Wil Sylvince, and Sarah Cook.

The remaining acts will include a variety of events including a slam poet, the Step and Stroll Exhibition, and the annual Casino Night.

“We’re really excited about this semester’s lineup because it was chosen completely by students,” Assistant Director of Student Activities Lisa De la Cruz said. “A survey was taken this summer, and students’ top choices are represented, for the most part. I think Garfunkel and Oates [female musical comedy duo] are definitely the most anticipated act.”

“UPC always works incredibly hard to find a variety of performers who will cater to the student body’s different preferences and tastes-and this year is no exception,” Daniel Dumitru, member of UPC’s executive council, said. “From spoken word artists, to a step and stroll exhibition, to magicians, we have it all this year. Those who come to Friday Night Live events will be far from disappointed.”

2012 google play

On March 6, Android users turned on their smart phones and discovered that a blue and red triangle had replaced the little green robot for the App Store.

Google has re-branded Android Market as Google Play, rolling in a new icon and merging all content under one service. Music and eBooks, each formerly separated under Google Music and the Google eBookstore can now be all found under Google Play.

Milly Arcovedo, a senior majoring in both French and Spanish, uses an Android phone.

“The name changed the idea of what the applications provide. Having ‘play’ in the word appeals to a more youthful crowd,” Arcovedo said.  “‘Market’ sounded more professional but also more of a setting of commerce and trade.”

The name puts more of an emphasis on an inclusive market, with apps, books, music, and movies all available in one place. For other countries outside of the U.S., Google Play offers a more limited selection, but the company does have plans to launch movies and books to them over time.

A significant addition is the new website, which allows people to access Google Play not only from their Android device, but also from their computers. A quick link can be found on the black bar hovering at the top of all Google pages. All the apps and content bought can be accessed either way, due to the free cloud syncing technology between devices.

Android user and student Jascha Jimenez noted that this change allowed Android to compete with Apple.

“It is a smart move,” Jimenez said. “Google Play gives Android users something that is similar to the iTunes store that I can access on my computer.”

The content itself has not changed, only the presentation and the format of the market place. Android users will not lose any of their previous purchases; it will simply be shifted under Google Play. All Android accounts are untouched, with the only difference being the app name change.

Other changes include a tab that allows users to see a list of every single application bought on that account, even after deleting it. Reviews can also now be sorted by phone, making it easier to filter out issues that do not affect your phone.

Some students seem rather indifferent about the changes made by Google.

“I don’t mind that it is different,” Jimenez said. “It surprised me at first but now I think it is just interesting. It has more choices available now too which is cool.”

All in all, Google Play emphasizes a more open market with a greater range of applications to buy and the opportunity to access them even without an Android device.

Choir to Perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah

By Lauren Fellers

Students can spend this weekend enjoying the arts at a show put on by their peers. On April 14 the Southwestern Chorale will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s celebrated oratorio Elijah with the San Gabriel Choir.

The show will take place in the Alma Thomas Theater at 7 p.m., and students may attend free of charge provided they bring their SU ID. Any non-students wishing to attend will have to pay a $20 entrance fee. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance.

Dr. Kenny Sheppard, Professor of Music and the conductor of the university Chorale, has been rehearsing with students throughout the year and is enthusiastic about the upcoming performance.

“[Elijah] is one of Mendelssohn’s greatest works, and we are all thrilled to be performing it. The audience may recognize such favorites as “He watching over Israel,” “If with all your hearts,” and “Lift thine eyes,” Dr. Sheppard said.

The performance is particularly important to senior Ethan Lane-Miller, who will be performing for his last time before graduation.

“We’ve been rehearsing for literally the entire semester. It’s a pretty big deal and I fully expect the final performance to be amazing, ” Lane-Miller said.

This production of Elijah is, at its heart, a collaborative performance: in addition to the San Gabriel Choir, the Chorale will be accompanied by a professional orchestra. Among those members of Southwestern who will be performing solos are Professor of Music Dr. Bruce Cain, in the role of Elijah, and students Katie De La Vega, Melanie Bonevac, Keeley Hooker, Allie Bryan, Anne Fenley, Melissa Krueger, Joe Kraft, and Cris Luna.

Lane-Mille anticipates that the effort invested in organizing Elijah will pay off in full.

“The sheer amount of work and energy that the Chorale and Dr. Sheppard have put into
preparing this is astounding, and I really hope it shows in our performance,” Lane-Miller said.


Student Art Featured in Grant Exhibit at Korouva

By Adrianna Haradon

From March 25 to 28, Korouva Milkbar hosted the Interdisciplinary Craft as Art Project, an exhibit funded by the King Creativity Fund featuring the work of student and faculty artists. The exhibit was the brainchild of Emily Manning, Andja Budincich, and Mary Alyson Atkins. The opening of the exhibit culminated a semester long project emphasizing craft as an interdisciplinary medium of communication.

“The Interdisciplinary Craft as Art Project (ICAP) is a project… that wanted to explore interdisciplinary thinking,” student artist Andja Budincich said. “By displaying the pieces as art, even though they were made by traditional craft mediums, we sought to question what makes something art, and how do we define it.”

The location of the exhibit reinforced these themes.

“I think that the space in which the exhibit is being displayed is an important part of understanding the goal of the project as a whole,”  Budincich said. “Korouva is obviously not a gallery.  It’s kind of grungy, and was definitely a bit of a challenge to work with at first. But I think what makes it so perfect for this project is that since the art was of a subversive nature (because it was craft), it follows that the space shouldn’t be a traditional space for art.”

This type of project can provide an outlet for artists on campus to express personal and social issues they find important to the campus community.

“My piece was called Identity Jacket. I was inspired to create it because the issue of personal identity is one that I see as being especially relevant for college students,” Budincich said.

She went on to explain her ideas on the flexibility of identity.

“Identity is fluid, something that changes minute by minute as we interact with our environment. The identity I chose to present when I designed the image to embroider looks different than what I would design today to express identity, and both of these would be different from what I might design in two weeks, or two months, or two years.”

Another work included  a vase made by junior Kate Steinbach.

“My piece was inspired by Nietzsche’s essay ‘On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral Sense,’” Steinbach said. “The primary way that humans communicate is through a series of metaphors which abstract reality into symbols, the primary example being language. I try to communicate  in my vase this through invoking three of the metaphors; the actual physical object, the drawing on it, and the written label.”

Other works were created by was featured included Emily Manning, Mary Alyson Atkins and Jordan Hutchinson, as well as faculty members Glenda Carl, Fumika Futamura and Sandi Nenga.



Hunger Game Premiere

By Kylie Chesser

Georgetown’s City Lights Theater almost couldn’t hold the crowd last week as The Hunger Games fans lined up and poured in throughout Thursday afternoon leading up to the midnight premiere. Students sacrificed sleep for the opportunity to see it with their friends before anyone else, with some even dressing up and throwing pre-movie parties for the occasion.

“I had so much homework due the next day, and a work shift to cover too,” Laura Steed said. “I was forced to pull an all-nighter because of the premiere, but it was worth it—the excitement in the crowd helped wake me up, and the movie was awesome. I’m glad I went.”

Other cinemas across the country were packed that night and on through the next day: box office reports praised the film as a record-breaking success, raking in a $155 million debut.

The Hunger Games turnout surprised me,” Nick Kellogg said. “I saw it the day after the release, and showings were still selling out on through Sunday. I was lucky to get a ticket at all.”

Fans of the book series by Suzanne Collins proved worthy of rivaling ‘twi-hards’ and Harry Potter lovers, as opening weekend ticket sales came third of all-time domestic records only behind The Deathly Hallows, Part II and The Dark Knight.

“I’ve never been to a midnight showing before,” Carina Rubalcava said on the drive to the theater. “Not even for Harry Potter. I still have homework to do, but this should be worth it—I’m so excited!”

Though pieces of the book had to be left out of the film, the movie remained true to the spirit of the series and stayed in line with its author.

“I’m so happy that the director stuck to the book,” Steed said. “They cut Madge and the backstory of the mockingjay out of the film, but it was executed very well. The cuts made perfect sense and the story line flowed nicely. So many book-based movies aren’t successful with that kind of thing. I am very happy with the outcome. They really got the feeling of the characters and settings.”

The contemporary filming style surprised some, helping bring out the intensity of the games with various new methods.

“The camera shook a lot during fighting scenes, cutting from Katniss to Clove and that kind of thing,” Kellogg said. “It’s a very clever tactic. The director really puts his audience into the fight, without needing to show any gore to get the intense rhythm of the brawl across. And during running scenes, you don’t hear music—instead, there’s a sound that makes you feel like your ears are ringing, which is very realistic. Overall, the movie was filmed really well, and I loved it.”

The next installment, Catching Fire, is set to release November of next year. If the box office pattern continues, the sequel will be even more successful than The Hunger Games, according to the L.A. Times.

“I absolutely loved the movie,” Andrew Tully said. “I went to the premiere after reading the first book, and I wasn’t disappointed. I wish they had done a few things differently, like depicting Haymitch more accurately, but overall it was done very well. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing it next year.”




Clusterfest Ping Pong Drop

By Arianna Haradon

On March 2, Southwestern students gathered in the Bishops Lounge to await the announcement of the 2012 Clusterfest lineup. Accompanying the lineup announcement was the seventh annual Ping Pong Drop.


Clusterfest is Southwestern’s spring music festival. Clusterfest will take place on April 20. This year’s lineup includes Dream Shake, The Staylyns, Jasmine Saygan, Sarah Cook, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Mother Falcon, The Frontier Brothers, Sleigh Bells, Future Islands, Suzanna Choffel, and Whiskey Shivers.

Members of the University Pr

ogram Council unfurled banners revealing the lineup and then threw individually numbered ping pong balls off the third story of the McCombs Campus Center. Students attempted to catch the ping pong balls in special Clusterfest 2012 cups given away by the University Program Council. The numbers on the ping pong balls corresponded to prizes promoting Clusterfest 2012, such as band merchandise. The prizes were given away by the University Program Council.



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Feburary Movie Reviews

By Anne Bransford

The Woman in Black

“The Woman in Black” features Daniel Radcliffe in a classic horror movie. As a Victorian lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) heads to Eel Marsh House, a foggy and mysterious manor where evil things have been happening. With faces in the window and wind-up toys that start themselves, the atmosphere of the entire movie looks to be creepy enough to keep you on edge the entire time. The center of the ghost story is the belligerent Woman in Black, the late owner of Eel Marsh House. Providing an alternative to more cuddly Valentine’s flicks, the movie is now playing.

Big Miracle

“Big Miracle,” based on a true story, is a feel-good family flick on one level and yet an engaging gem of storytelling on another. In 1988, an Alaskan reporter (John Krasinski) desperate to break into the lower 48 discovers a family of three whales trapped in the ice. The reporter, his Greenpeace ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore), the town, the national news, the Reagan administration, oil executives and the Soviets all get involved in the rescue attempt. The characters are original and human, the comedy light and the situation poignant in many ways. “Big Miracle” is now playing.

Safe House

Ryan Reynolds, a frustrated CIA operative aspiring to be taken seriously as an agent, is responsible for holding an extremely dangerous fugitive (Denzel Washington) at a backwater safe house. In a classic action sequence, the safe house is attacked by mercenaries. Reynolds and Washington must team up to escape and find out whether the attackers were sent by terrorists or by the CIA itself in a clean-up attempt. “Safe House” is now playing.

The Vow

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams star in “The Vow” as couple Leo and Paige. In this romance, a woman loses her memory after a spectacularly choreographed car wreck. It becomes Leo’s job to “make his wife fall in love with him again,” a task that is complicated by the fact that Paige can only remember her ex-fiance. “The Vow” is sure to be an emotional roller-coaster with plenty of romance and heartbreak, out just in time for Valentine’s Day.
This Means War

“This Means War” is 2012’s Valentine’s Day romantic comedy. Tom Hardy and Chris Pine play CIA partners who must compete for Reese Witherspoon thanks to an online dating mishap. Full of explosive action scenes and touching romance, the comedy itself has been reviewed as genuinely funny, with the two agents whipping out their absurd high-tech devices and even some quick quips. Give “This Means War” a chance as a belated Valentines date.

Act of Valor

A wartime movie with a plot reminiscent of previous films such as “Saving Private Ryan” “Act of Valor” introduces a unique twist: Most of the footage used in the film shows active duty Navy Seals in action. This makes the film a must-see event, in addition to making it, in this reviewer’s opinion, one of the coolest war-inspired films ever. This movie has a sense of realism that will thrill and amaze. “Act of Valor” premieres February 24.

Juniors Make Directorial Debut: “Beirut” and “Night Maneuver” Premiere in Black Box Series

By Morgan Gribble

Juniors Alexis Gette and Abe Ramirez made their directorial debuts as a part of this year’s
Black Box Series, featuring two plays: “Beirut” and “Night Maneuver”.
“‘Beirut’ is about a young couple facing a deadly epidemic similar to that of the AIDS
outbreak in the 1980s in a nihilistic society stripped of individual liberties,” Gette said. “Those
infected are quarantined and those remaining are forced to live under extreme censorship. In this
search for happiness and truth, the two must learn to both embrace and deny the concepts of life
and death.”
“Beirut” features Katie Moss as Blue, a girl who crosses the quarantine line to be with her
lover Torch, played by Nick Kellogg, who is infected with the virus. Logan Raye also appears as
the Guard.

“I think the audience is going to enjoy seeing a true love story and the actors’ abilities to
take them on a journey,” Gette said. “It has something everyone can connect to, at some point.”
Ramirez’s play “Night Maneuver” is about two brothers, who both struggle for power and
an escape from their current position in life.

“It questions the term family and the bonds that are associated with it,” Ramirez said.
The two brothers, Lou and Tim, are portrayed by Phillip Smith and Chase Brewer, respectively. Each brother tries to understand their relationship, although they go about it in
different ways.

“I hope that this play makes audience members ask questions about their family ties,”
Ramirez said. “Use this as a reminder that family at the end of the day is all that we have.”
Both plays are the first time that Gette and Ramirez have directed and both have viewed this
opportunity optimistically.

For Gette, directing her first play was a learning experience.

“I have grown as a director and an artist immensely,” Gette said. “Directing in the theater is
what I enjoy in life, and having the chance to find my own style and create my own rules on stage
is like a dream come true.”

Ramirez shares Gette’s enthusiasm for directing.

“This is a process that I have been looking forward to doing for a long time,” Ramirez said.

“This is my passion and I am enjoying every last bit of it.”

Both “Beirut” and “Night Maneuver” are being performed in the Black Box Theatre, also
known as Heather Hall. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 and at 3 p.m. on Feb.
19. Students receive complementary tickets that can be picked up at the box office.