​Summer Music: Kilkenny at Helm of Festival

by Kevin Cummings, Messenger Staff Writer
As spring begins to pluck at winter’s frets, some in the Sewanee music world are already looking forward to summer.
John Kilkenny, an assistant professor at George Mason University, is one of those warm-weather melody makers. The new interim director for the 2018 Sewanee Summer Music Festival (SSMF), scheduled for June 23–July 22, said he plans to uphold a rich tradition.
“Sewanee is a special place, and I believe our community can expect the same high-level festival we have enjoyed here on the Mountain for the past 63 years,” he said. “The traditions of SSMF will continue, including our July 4 celebration, concerto competition and world class faculty artist series.”
The current festival evolved from the Cumberland Forest Festival in 1950-51, according to the SSMF website, and today boasts a multitude of orchestra and chamber music performances, as well as a plethora of educational opportunities.
“We expect to have more than 200 students from all around the world with us this summer on the Mountain,” Kilkenny said.
Among the guest conductors for the festival will be Sewanee favorites Robert Moody and Gene Moon, along with new guests Jacomo Bairos, director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony, and Daniel Boothe, director and conductor of the Symphonicity Orchestra in Virginia Beach, Kilkenny said. Sewanee’s own César Leal will lead the Cumberland Orchestra.
The former director of SSMF, Evelyn Loehrlein, resigned in the fall to pursue other opportunities, said Terry Papillon, academic dean at the University of the South. Papillon said he expects to appoint a permanent director this year, but Kilkenny is a great fit for 2018.
“Professor Kilkenny has already brought a huge amount of energy to the festival,” Papillon said. “He is a longtime faculty member of the festival, and so brings a knowledge of the faculty and much of the operations; this will make the interim status work much more smoothly. The faculty have been enthusiastic about his appointment.”
Papillon noted that he is excited that Kilkenny has started a “Friends of the SSMF” group that will bring community members together “to increase awareness and involvement in the festival.”
Kilkenny, 41, will remain at George Mason University, where he is director of percussion and associate director of bands. This year he will also lead the Delaware All-State Band and serve as a clinician for the Music for All National Percussion Festival, he said.
“He has been a tremendous addition to the life of the festival in this new capacity,” said Hilary Ward, assistant director of the SSMF. “I so very much look forward to our upcoming season and am excited to share it with our surrounding community members and hope to see new faces at concerts on the Mountain.”
In his spare time, his interests include swimming, politics and hiking the Domain during SSMF—but he doesn’t expect to have much time for that this summer.
“Sewanee has been a huge part of my professional life—I am still a little amazed to have this opportunity,” he said.

​Sewanee Village Update: Bookstore, Drainage, Second Homes

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer
In his monthly meeting updating the community on the Sewanee Village Plan, Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor Frank Gladu discussed the new bookstore conceptual design, drainage and the controversial second homeowners issue.
The regents approved the conceptual design for the new bookstore slated for location between the post office and Tower Community Bank. The artist’s rendering shows two gabled buildings connected in back, one building for a community book store and the other offering Sewanee logo gifts and apparel. The design calls for tables out front and minimal food service, hot and cold beverages and perhaps pastry. The book store isn’t intended as “an eating destination,” Gladu stressed.
The house presently on the bookstore site will likely be razed, Gladu said. “It’s 20 feet high, so it couldn’t be moved far and the mover couldn’t find a buyer.” Relocation costs, a new foundation and renovation expenses combined to make moving the house financially impractical, he explained.
Turning to the subject of drainage, Gladu said development in downtown would “increase impervious surfaces.” A storm-water study currently underway proposes “to figure out ways to deal with the runoff.” While some of the water could be “piped,” Gladu cautioned simply moving it faster downstream could cause erosion. “We’re looking for ways to slow the water down,” he said, citing the possibility of holding basins.
Data from engineers and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation working to identify features in a wet area slated for cottage court style housing might warrant “altering plans,” Gladu said. “I don’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer unless ‘no’ really is ‘no.’” He pointed to the stream landscaped with rocks in Elliot Park as a potential drainage solution for the cottage court, or, variously, “we might make a park there.”
Sewanee resident Diane Fielding asked about plans for single family homes in the downtown area. Gladu said the cottage court housing would be small, single family residences built by a developer. Plans for downtown only included five or six lots where individuals could build homes.
“We live on Tennessee Ave., and we feel like we’re being priced out of the community by second home owners who don’t contribute to community life,” Fielding said. She and her faculty husband moved to Sewanee three years ago from Colorado. They have two young children and desperately need a larger home, but they can’t afford any of the homes offered for sale.
Fielding noted changes since moving here. “There are so many empty homes now,” she said. Otey Parish’s vibrant youth program dwindled to just a small handful of participants, and it had gotten difficult to find enough children for a soccer team.
“Other young faculty families who came here at the same time as us are moving to surrounding communities and sending their children to preschool in Chattanooga and Tullahoma,” Fielding observed. “Young faculty up for tenure wonder where they will live and if they should leave.”
Gladu sympathized with Fielding’s plight. He said Parsons Green, with its permanent resident requirement, was intended as reasonably priced faculty and staff housing, but there was no cap put on the price that could be asked when the homes resell. University housing policy isn’t producing “the desired results,” Gladu said.
He cited a suggestion that the University limit the number of single family homes that can be purchased by second homeowners, perhaps a 20 percent to 80 percent ratio.
Fielding would like to see the University incentivize permanent residents, whether faculty or not. She noted the lease fee was only waived for University employees, a bonus that might be extended to all permanent residents.
Gladu favors the downtown area housing having a permanent resident requirement.

​School Board Will Request Middle School Funding; Discusses Disposition of Townsend Property

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer
Following lengthy debate at the March 5 working session, the Franklin County School Board charged Director of Schools Stanley Bean with setting up a meeting with the Franklin County Commission. This meeting will assess whether the commission favored building a single consolidated middle school or two separate middle schools to replace the two aging structures currently in use. Last May, the board passed a resolution asking the commission to authorize a $37.5 million bond to fund construction of a consolidated middle school. The board never delivered the resolution request.
Momentum stalled when the board could not identify a suitable location for the school. “One property we looked at was extremely expensive, and the owners didn’t want to sell,” explained Board Chair CleiJo Walker. “The other four properties posed exorbitant infrastructure expenses.”
“The feedback I’m getting now is in favor of two schools,” said board member Gary Hanger.
Board member Sara Liechty concurred. To calm objections to 1,000 plus students at a single school, Liechty proposed a magnet school at the South Middle School location to divert some of the students from the proposed consolidated school.
“Students are leaving us to be educated elsewhere,” Liechty argued. “Will we sit back and watch charter schools take our money away?”
Liechty cited research showing a magnet school would enhance the school district’s image, attract quality teachers and improve ACT scores.
Students from Cowan, Sewanee and Sherwood not selected for attending the magnet school would pass the site en route to the consolidated school located a long way from where they lived, Sewanee school board representative Adam Tucker objected.
Liechty pointed out the same situation could occur if the county were rezoned to balance enrollment in the event the county decided to build two middle schools.
“We don’t know what we can build until we know how much money we can get,” board member Chris Guess stressed, expressing dismay the board never presented the county commission the resolution requesting funding.
Tucker reminded his colleagues the county commission indicated it was not willing to fund two schools, estimated cost between $48-$52 million. “I can get behind two schools if that’s what the commission wants and is willing to pay for,” Tucker said.
“The complexion of the county commission changed in August,” Walker noted.
Tucker and Guess both spoke out against renovating the schools. The mold in the schools was so bad it made some students sick, Guess said.
Bean will set up a special called meeting in early April with the county commission, the engineers who drafted the schools’ assessment, and the financial advisor who addressed the board on funding options.
Revisiting the discussion about Townsend School and the adjoining property, Bean recommended the empty 5.2-acres lot be declared surplus and put up for bid. Several interested parties have contacted Bean about purchasing the property. The board concurred with Bean’s recommendation. Bean will contact a nearby land owner to determine a minimum bid value. The property has not been appraised since purchased in 1952 for $1,312.50.
Turning to the 6-acre Townsend School site, Bean recommended the school district keep the football field and gym, and donate the other buildings along with 1.8-acres to Franklin County. The county had options for business development there, Bean said, and might want to use the annex for office space.
School board member Lance Williams expressed concern about donating the property to the county. “If they plan to donate it to another group, I’m not okay with that,” Williams insisted. “That would be giving away tax payer property.”
Several groups have asked the school system to donate the site to them, Williams pointed out, but legally the school system can’t donate property to a private entity, while the county could.
“We’d have no control over how the county used it,” said board member Linda Jones.
“If we put it up for bid, we’d have even less control over what goes on there,” Bean countered.
Tucker proposed if the board donated the property to the county, they might be able to put a restrictive covenant on the deed, qualifying future use. Tucker cited the example of the Sewanee Elementary School deed mandating ownership reverts to the University if the property will no longer be used for a school.
Tucker will research the restrictive covenant possibility and present his findings at the next board meeting March 12.

​MADD: A Community Testimony to Caring

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer
At elementary schools across the Plateau, students, parents and community volunteers came together on March 3, to make a difference, engaging in activities ranging from mundane tasks such as cleaning air vents to painting murals and constructing picnic tables and bike shelters. The Make a Difference Day (MADD) program sponsored by the South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) made $1,000 in funding available at each school for projects of the schools’ choosing, to be completed by community volunteers. Approximately 400 people pitched in to help.
“It’s good for the kids to know it takes a lot of people to get this stuff done,” said Sewanee Elementary (SES) parent Katie McGhee. “That’s really a good message.”
The SCCF initiated the Make a Difference Day program in the fall of 2015 said committee chair Bonnie McCardell. A SCCF competition asked students, “If you had $1,000, how would you improve your community?” with the winning proposals receiving $1,000 in funding. At the high school level, the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School project to help with the Fiery Gizzard reroute won. At the elementary school level, SES and Coalmont Elementary School (CES) tied. SES planted fruit trees, while CES planted a community garden and created little free libraries.
“The MADD committee didn’t feel like competition between the schools was a good long-term direction,” McCardell said. Last year the committee offered funding to all the Plateau area elementary schools, with the amount varying depending on the projects proposed. This year the committee decided it was “fairer” to provide all the schools with the same amount.
At SES, in addition to constructing and painting picnic tables and clearing the nature trail, volunteers mulched and weeded flower and vegetable beds, made bird feeders, painted rocks for the rock sanctuary, and set up for the book fair. McCardell praised Sarah Marhevsky and the Sewanee Parents Organization (SPO) for their work behind the scenes coordinating projects.
“Transforming the library into a bookstore takes a lot of effort,” said SES librarian Kathryn Bruce, who oversaw volunteers unpacking books from cartons and setting up table displays. The chore usually falls to SPO volunteers according to Bruce. Coordinating the book fair setup with MADD involved new families in the project.
At Monteagle Elementary (MES), in addition to constructing a bike shelter, volunteers cleared privet and honeysuckle from the fence row and mounted cabinets in the art room.
“I’m really pleased with the turnout,” said MES Principal Janet Lane. Volunteers lined up to register at MES extended from the hallway into the parking lot.
“We ran out of the right size T-shirts,” said Tim Moser, MES VISTA coordinator.
The MADD committee assigned a VISTA volunteer to each school, McCardell said, extending gratitude to the VISTAs for their help in coordinating the event. With a goal of eradicating poverty, the nonprofit AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) sponsors volunteers who live and work alongside community members to advance local solutions.
“Twice as many people showed up as we expected,” said Tracy City Elementary School VISTA Emily Senefeld.
More than 80 people registered at TCES. “People will finish one thing and come to me asking, ‘What can we do now?’” said Principal Glenda Dykes.
The TCES mural designed by Megan Roberts of Sewanee depicts the transformation of eighth graders from Tracy City Eagles to Grundy County Hornets, the Grundy County High School mascot.
Other Tracy City projects included planting pine trees to camouflage the sanitation plant pumping station, cleaning the gym and hallway air vents, painting stepping stones for the flower garden, and releasing the butterflies the students had watched change from lava to chrysalis to winged beauties.
The cool weather prevented SES from painting a U.S. map on the pavement at the rear of the school, said VISTA Emily Heid. “The temperature needs to stay above 50 degrees for 24 hours for the paint to dry properly,” Heid explained.
The U.S. map is on the list for the future. At MES the wish list includes refurbishing the fence, while TCES wants to paint the gym.
The most frequent answer people gave when asked why they came was, “I wanted to help the school.”
Said MES volunteer David Campbell, “We need to be invested in the children’s lives. It’s good to see such a big turnout. It shows that people care.”

​SCFP Forms Due April 1

The Sewanee Community Funding Project (SCFP) is seeking proposals for physical improvements and amenities on the Domain that will enhance the community and improve the quality of life in Sewanee when completed.

The SCFP is funded by the University of the South and is sponsored by the Community Council. The committee is composed of community council representatives and members of the community.
The forms are available at the Sewanee Post Office, Regions Bank and the Sewanee Community Center. The form is also available here: SCFP Form. These forms are due April 1.
Nonprofit groups, organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Email completed forms to <sewaneecfproject@gmail.com> or mail to Pixie Dozier at 133 Carriage Lane, Sewanee TN 37375.

​Community Council Announces Crosswalks Relocation

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer

A round of applause greeted the announcement at the Feb. 26 Sewanee Community Council meeting that the crosswalk installations at the Blue Chair and Senior Citizens Center would be relocated to dangerous crossing sites on the Mountain Goat Trail. The council adamantly objected to the pushbutton crosswalks when they first appeared in August 2015 echoing residents’ complaints the installations were “obtrusive” and reduced already inadequate parking. Vice-Chancellor John McCardell heralded the crosswalk relocation as illustrative of the council’s ability to “get things done.”
The council agreed with McCardell’s suggestion the council pass a resolution thanking Franklin County Highway Commissioner Joe David McBee and others who worked to address the issue. McCardell’s office will draft a resolution for the council’s review.
“This will benefit the entire community,” said University Superintendant of Leases Sallie Green, who had met with McBee, Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Executive Director Patrick Dean and William Shealy, University Superintendent of Landscape Planning & Operations, to review possible relocation sites on the trail. The group agreed on the Hawkins Lane and Airport Road crossings as new homes for the push-button crosswalks.
Council representative June Weber cheered the relocation sites commenting, “People are like a target crossing at Airport Road.”
The push-button crosswalks at the Senior Center and Blue Chair will be replaced with “cone variety” crosswalks like others on campus, Green said. Parking will be restored in front of the Blue Chair and the curb lines repainted. At the Senior Center, the wider crosswalk designation will remain as a convenience to seniors.
Turning to an issue raised by council representative Cindy Potter, Provost Nancy Berner addressed concerns about unsightly dead brush and trees left standing beneath power lines and the environmental impact of the herbicide used to kill power-line right of way vegetation.
“The brush used to be cut,” Potter said, “and I understand that,” agreeing with the importance of inhibiting tree growth beneath power lines.
Berner said she consulted with Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC). DREMC minimizes growth with both brush clearing and herbicides. Cut growth is removed; brush and trees killed with herbicide are left standing. Independent contractors carryout right of way vegetative management for DREMC, for chemical control using the herbicides Escort and Garlon 3A.
Director of Physical Plant Services Mike Gardner will investigate the environmental impact of the herbicides used.
If there is a need, “DREMC will address the council,” Berner said. Berner will direct council members who want to pursue the discussion to the appropriate DREMC contact.
University student Will Murphy presented an overview of the Relay for Life fundraiser scheduled for next fall to raise awareness and help fund American Cancer Society efforts to provide information and assistance to those battling the disease. Rotaract, a student group recently chartered by Sewanee-Monteagle Rotary, will host the Oct. 6 Relay for Life. Participating teams accept the challenge of their donating sponsors to have at least one team member on the track for the duration of the 10 hour event.
“It’s encouraging the campaign is starting early,” McCardell said, proposing the council sponsor a team.
To register and for more information contact Murphy at (781) 336-8262 or murphw1@sewanee.edu.
Revisiting the January discussion about Project Funding awards, the council approved five community service project grant requests. Please see the sidebar to the right with the Project Funding Award recipients..
The council meets next on March 26.

​SUD Discusses Tap Fees, Commercial Leak Insurance

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer

At the Feb. 27 meeting, the Board of Commissioners of the Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties resumed a discussion about the high cost of tap fees.
“It would behoove us to address what we want to accomplish with our tap fee policy,” SUD manager Ben Beavers said.
Tap fees increased dramatically following the drought of 2016, Beavers explained. The reason for the increase was to cover the cost of the $10,000 per year contract entered into with the University to draw water from Lake Dimmick in a drought emergency. In addition to the annual fee, SUD would have also been assessed at a .35 per thousand gallon charge for the water withdrawn.
SUD never drew water from Lake Dimmick, and in September 2013 the board decided the $10,000 per year fee was excessive and cancelled the contract. The tap fee continued at the same rate, the greatest portion of which is the $2,615 Water Resources Fee dedicated to maintaining an adequate water supply. At present, SUD’s only option in a drought emergency is to purchase water from other utilities.
“There needs to be a discussion about Lake Dimmick,” Beavers said. If SUD had access to Lake Dimmick, the tap fee could be cut by as much as half.
Beavers also cited the expansion called for in the Sewanee Village Plan as a possible source of increased demand on SUD’s water supply.
The University has built four or five dorms since 2006 Beavers pointed out. “If the tap fee hadn’t increased, they would have saved $150,000.”
“How much would a pump station at Lake Dimmick cost?” asked Board President Charlie Smith.
For short-term emergency situations, Beavers recommended using the pump from Lake Jackson. He estimated the cost of pipe at $25,000.
The board encouraged Beavers to pursue the Lake Dimmick discussion.
The board also authorized Beavers to investigate the level of interest in commercial customer leak insurance. ServLine, the utility district’s residential customer leak insurance provider, also offers insurance to commercial customers, but SUD doesn’t subscribe to the commercial customer program at this time. Since SUD initiated the residential leak insurance program in August, several commercial customers had inquired about obtaining leak insurance, Beavers said. The cost to commercial customers would be $4 per month. The insurance would be available to commercial customers with 2 inch or less size meters.
Reporting on the advice of the Tennessee Comptroller regarding hiring a part-time office employee to ensure adequate financial oversight, Beavers suggested the board review the comptroller’s list of duties and select those they wanted the new employee to perform. In general, the comptroller recommended reviewing bank statements, cash receipts and cash disbursements.
“We don’t have cash disbursements,” Beavers pointed out. “We could have them review bank statements and spot check invoices.”
The comptroller’s guidelines called for five office employees. SUD has three, and consequently as with many small utilities, the annual audit cites SUD for “inadequate segregation of duties.” The comptroller advised SUD to respond they were “making an effort to comply.”
Three people have expressed interest in the part-time position. Smith said he preferred waiting to get advice on “how to streamline the process” from newly elected Commissioner Paul Evans who holds a degree in accounting. Evans could not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Returning to a discussion about collection of expired or unneeded pharmaceuticals, Smith said Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Tennessee collected all medications except opioids, vetted them for efficacy, and redistributed still viable medications to needy patients. Beavers will bring the Volunteers in Medicine program to the attention of the SUD wetlands project researchers who hosted a pharmaceutical collection day last fall.
SUD meets next on March 27.

​Monteagle Council Approves Rezoning, Updating Building Codes

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff Writer

At the Feb. 26 meeting, the Monteagle Town Council approved, on first reading, a request to rezone a tract of land on Highway 41 from R-3 High-Density Residential to C-2 Highway Commercial. Planning Commission chair Ron Terrill said the owner, Roy Walsingham, wanted to erect a building and sell mulch by the bag and truckload. Traveling south on Hwy. 41, the property is located on the left just past Laurel Trails Road.
The council also approved, on first reading, an ordinance updating the Building Codes regulations to the 2012 standard used by the state. Both the rezoning and building codes ordinances will be presented for a second reading granting final approval at the council meeting in March.
Utility Systems Supervisor John Condra reported the Utility Department received a near perfect score of 98 in the recent inspection. “We lost points for our fire hydrant flushing program not being active enough,” Condra said.
“We have all the equipment we need,” Condra noted, and said Utility Department personnel were being trained on the hydrant flushing task.
Condra requested permission to sell two sludge boxes purchased seven years ago before the new sewer plant was constructed. The Utility Department outsources sludge disposal now. Condra has received calls from individuals wanting to purchase the sludge boxes, which cost $30,000 each when new.
“I wouldn’t advise selling the boxes for less than $15,000 each,” Condra said.
The council voted to declare the sludge boxes surplus so they could be sold.
Community resident Carole Manganaro asked if proceeds from sale of the boxes could be used to fund the fire department’s equipment and gear needs.
“You can’t mix funds between departments,” Mayor David Sampley said.
The fire department has applied for two FEMA grants, one for a new engine and the other for protective gear. Grant awards are made on a rolling basis, said Fire Chief Mike Holmes. “We won’t know the result of our application until May or later.”
Alderman Kenneth Gipson asked if city hall hours could be extended to 5 p.m. Sampley said his experience had been that when the office stayed open later than 4 p.m., no one came.
Vice Mayor Jessica Blalock reported erecting the playground equipment purchased for Harton Park would require hiring an independent contractor specializing in playset installations. Blalock has received a bid of $7,000 and is researching pricing from other installers. The cost of erecting the playground equipment has delayed the project. The council meets next on March 26.

​Faculty Senate Joins Call to Revoke Rose Degree

by Kevin Cummings, Messenger Staff Writer

The University of the South’s faculty Senate on Feb. 26 became the latest group amidst a flurry of protests to ask the Board of Regents to revoke the honorary degree awarded to embattled journalist Charlie Rose.
The Senate, which includes the full professors at the University, deans and other University leaders, unanimously voted to recommend the school’s Board of Regents rescind Rose’s degree immediately.
Vice Chancellor John McCardell said on the morning of Feb. 27 that the Board of Regents is not scheduled to meet again until June, but the board chair, Joseph DeLozier, has the authority to call a meeting at any time.
Jennifer Michael, chair of the English Department, made the initial motion to ask for the cancellation of Rose’s degree.
“My personal view is that Mr. Rose’s admitted actions, conducted in the workplace while he was doing the very work for which we honored him, are violations of human dignity, and that by continuing to honor him, the University implicitly condones those actions,” Michael said.
The Senate also unanimously voted to task the Honorary Degree Committee with creating a standard process for revoking honorary degrees, which currently does not exist.
Rose gave the commencement address to the University in May 2016, when he also received his honor. In November 2017, at least eight women publicly claimed that Rose had sexually harassed them. Rose acknowledged past inappropriate behavior, but also said not all claims were factual.
CBS fired Rose as an anchor of its morning program, while PBS also ended their relationship with Rose and his eponymous interview show was cancelled. In addition, several universities rescinded honorary degrees previously awarded to Rose.
The faculty Senate, according to University Ordinances, approves all honorary degrees, and the body approved Rose’s degree prior to the allegations being made public.
McCardell said awarding an honorary degree has an established process, but because revoking one does not, that decision requires “care and deliberation.”
“Revoking a degree has never happened in the 150-year history of the University,” he said. “That is not a decision to be made or taken lightly or in haste, especially in the absence of process or criteria. And we must assume that at some point there may be a need for reconsideration concerning other honorary degree recipients. That’s why a process is important. We cannot and should not improvise our way to so weighty a decision.”
On the afternoon of Feb. 27, McCardell issued an official statement on the Senate’s action, saying that the Honorary Degree Committee’s draft of the degree review process will be forwarded the Joint Regent-Senate Committee for consideration and eventual action.
The current turmoil began brewing after a Sewanee student petition and a request from student trustees that Rose’s degree be revoked. The Board of Regents recently stated in a letter that it would take no action on the degree and as an institution governed by the Episcopal Church, called for forgiveness of Rose and not condemnation of a sinner.
Following that letter, protests ramped up, including a student-led rally on Feb. 22 on the Quad at the University, poster campaigns, letters from the school of Theology professors, community members, and college faculty, staff and alumni. At least two different petitions also garnered more than 1,300 signatures combined calling for the Board of Regents to revoke the degree.
In addition, members of the Leadership Coalition, part of “Speak Up Sewanee,” called on students and faculty to refuse to wear their traditional academic gowns until the degree was removed.
“I am refusing to wear my gown, which is painful to me as an alumna as well as a professor,” Michael said. “A number of other faculty are doing so, but I don’t know how many exactly.”
In McCardell’s official release, he noted that the University stands against all sexual misconduct and has solid existing rules and procedures for dealing with the issue.
Ongoing efforts to fight sexual misconduct also include a task force co-chaired by dean Marichal Gentry and professor Kelly Malone to develop new recommendations, he said.

​Staged Reading of ‘The Hystericals’

Professional actors will read Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence Edith Freni’s play “The Hystericals” on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the Tennessee Williams Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and talk back will follow. This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

The staged reading will be directed by Jessica Holt, a freelance theater director based in New York, and read by actors Diany Rodriguez, Mary Lynn Owen, Olivia Dawson and Cara Mantella. Joining the cast will be Sewanee playwright and professor Elyzabeth Wilder.
In “The Hystericals,” a women’s support group becomes significantly less supportive after the abrupt and unexplained disappearance of the group’s de facto “mom.” “The Hystericals” is a very new play. The playwright will go into workshop this Friday with actors, a director, raw pages, and ideas. We invite you to join the creative process by enjoying the staged reading and then discussing the play during the talk back session that will follow. The playwright, director, and actors will be eager to discuss the new play and hear your feedback as its first audience.
Freni is the current Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at the University of the South. She holds her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and her work has been produced and developed in New York and nationally at theaters including Steppenwolf, LAByrinth Theater Company, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Profile Theatre in Portland, Ore.; City Theater in Miami, and Actor’s Express in Atlanta. Edith is a three-time nominee for the prestigious PONY Award and a two-time finalist for the Jerome Fellowship.

​Make a Difference Day March 3

The South Cumberland Community Fund’s (SCCF) second annual Make a Difference, a day of service focused on the eight elementary schools across the Plateau, will be on Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m.–noon.

Each of the schools, Sewanee Elementary, Monteagle Elementary, and the six elementary schools of Grundy County, has been allocated $1,000 for purchasing supplies for service projects to benefit the school. The projects range from gardening to organizing libraries to mural painting.
Make a Difference Day will be held rain or shine. All volunteers will receive T-shirts, and a light breakfast will be available.
Anyone interested in signing up or learning more about Make a Difference Day can visit southcumberlandcommunityfund.org/make-a-difference-2018, email sccfvista@gmail.com or contact Adele McAllister at (443) 812-076. Sign-up sheets are also available at the elementary schools.

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