Robinson Planetarium announces shows for March

Adrian College’s Robinson Planetarium has announced the following programs for March. Trip Through Space — Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. This program will take you on an exciting tour through the Solar System and beyond. This journey through the night sky will include glimpses of several winter and early spring constellations, the Solar System, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more. This program is great for families and kids of all ages. IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System — Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. This program follows the scientists and engineers who developed NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Continue Reading

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Watch Adrian College students’ tribute to Pi Benio

Students in an art history class at Adrian College recently put together this video tribute to Pi Benio, recently retired art professor whose projects include Art-A-Licious, the Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts, the Adrian College Community Clay program, and the Empty Bowls fundraiser to fight hunger. (Click here if the video doesn’t play.)

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Country musician Easton Corbin will perform at Adrian College in March.

Country singer Easton Corbin to perform at Adrian College in March

Country singer Easton Corbin will perform at Adrian College’s annual spring concert on March 14. Corbin, whose hits include “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” will headline a lineup that also includes country acts Dylan Scott and Old Dominion. Scott made his debut on the charts in 2013 with “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy.” The members of Old Dominion, including Michigan native Trevor Rosen, are known not just as performers but for having had some of their songs recorded by artists like The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and Craig Morgan. Past performers at Adrian College’s spring concert have included Neon Trees, Owl City, Sean Kingston, Little Big Town, Switchfoot, the Zac Brown Band and Jake Owen. Tickets for the general public are $30, with a discounted rate of $20 offered for students of other schools. Continue Reading

Members of the Zeta Lambda chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Adrian College were recognized in front of the Adrian City Commission on Jan. 20.

Adrian College Pikes recognized for service to city

Members of the Zeta Lambda chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity — also known as the Adrian College Pikes — were recognized at tonight’s Adrian City Commission meeting when Mayor Jim Berryman presented them with the inaugural Mayor’s Community Service Award. Berryman said the Pikes “came to us, called me and said ‘What can we do in the city of Adrian?'” Their community service activities have included helping with a fall cleanup, the Comstock Christmas Riverwalk, graffiti cleanup and the city’s food drive. Berryman said the Mayor’s Community Service Award is something he plans to continue presenting on an occasional basis. Continue Reading

The front page of former city engineer Kristin Bauer's lawsuit against the city of Adrian and Adrian College.

City engineer’s whistleblower lawsuit could still be a year from resolution

The case of a former Adrian city engineer who says she was fired for displeasing Adrian College could still be a year away from legal resolution. Kristin Bauer, who was dismissed from her job in March, filed a whistleblower lawsuit on June 2, naming the city, Mayor Jim Berryman, city administrator Shane Horn, Adrian College, and college president Jeffrey Docking as defendants. The lawsuit is scheduled to come to trial exactly one year from today, on Jan. 12, 2016. The text of Bauer’s lawsuit and both defendants’ responses can be viewed below, but here’s a short summary of the controversy. Continue Reading


City discusses Adrian College entryway off U.S. 223

A proposed new entrance for Adrian College — something that’s been on the college’s wish list for the past several years, with formal study having been going on since 2010 — was the topic of discussion at an Adrian City Commission work session Monday night. College administrators Frank Hribar and Troy Schmidli were joined by representatives of URS, the consulting company that’s conducting an environmental impact study on the college’s behalf. The entrance would come off of U.S. 223 across from Industrial Drive, turning that spot from a three-way to a four-way intersection. Here’s an overview of what’s happened so far and the details of Monday night’s discussion. What’s happened already

The college commissioned a traffic impact study that was completed late in 2010. Continue Reading


Adrian College’s Service of Lessons and Carols is tonight

An annual tradition at Adrian College, the Service of Lessons and Carols, will take place tonight in Herrick Chapel. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with the student orchestra performing a variety of familiar carols, followed by the formal service. The Adrian College Choir and Chamber Choir will both be featured. The service is free and open to the public. Click here or on the video above to see a sample from a past Service of Lessons and Carols. Continue Reading

A NASA rendering of the Orion spacecraft, which is scheduled for a test flight Thursday, Dec. 4.

Watch the Orion launch and learn about the winter sky at the Adrian College planetarium

If you love stepping outside on a winter night and looking up into a clear sky, the Robinson Planetarium at Adrian College has a lineup you won’t want to miss this December. It starts on Thursday, Dec. 4, when the planetarium will host live coverage of the launch of Orion, NASA’s next-generation exploration spacecraft. The craft is scheduled for its first test flight that day, when, if all goes well, it will orbit the earth twice in a four-hour flight. Planetarium visitors are welcome to drop in at any time between 6:30 a.m and 11 a.m. to watch NASA’s live feed and discuss the launch of Orion, which is intended to push manned spaceflight to Mars and beyond. Continue Reading

People coming downtown after today will notice the familiar red bows on the light posts.

Photos: Getting downtown ready for the holidays

City employees and students from Adrian College and Siena Heights University are out in force downtown today, picking up leaves and changing decorations to get ready for the Christmas season. Mayor Jim Berryman said another group is down at Comstock Park, cleaning up the park and driving stakes for the Comstock Christmas Riverwalk. Continue Reading

Members of the Fair Trade Committee at Adrian College are pictured with some of the items now sold in the bookstore. Pictured in front are: Emily Toupalik, Maddie Fox, Michaela Barnhart, Magenta Binion and Carolyn Wirtz. In the back are: Jennifer Ellsworth, Deborah Field and Chris Momany.

Students’ and faculty members’ activism brings Fair Trade products to college

What is “fair trade” and why is it important? Deborah Field, a history professor at Adrian College, is passionate about the answer. “I think it’s important because, whether or not we realize it, our choices do have an impact on the rest of the world,” Field said.  “’Fair trade’ is a way to ensure that we are supporting sustainability and fair wages, rather than the exploitation of other people and the environment.”

Field’s enthusiasm is shared by a number of students, faculty and staff. Senior writing major Emily Toupalik recalled getting involved in the Fair Trade cause through another organization, “Not For Sale.”

“Before I came to Adrian College, I was completely unaware that slavery was still a foundation for a lot of industries today and that the legislation in place wasn’t effective,” Toupalik said. Continue Reading