A symphonic reaction: Bridging the gap between science and music

Most people wouldn’t think music and science go together, but senior biochemistry and piano performance double major Alex Danielson is proving that’s not the case. Danielson is a fifth year at Miami and currently in the process of interviewing for medical schools. He started playing the piano at the age of five, starting off with lessons from his grandmother. His parents encouraged him to continue taking lessons, and, in his senior year of high school, he made the decision to pursue piano further in college. “It was kind of a last minute decision, but I really wanted to keep it a part of my life,” said Danielson. Medicine was also a long-term love for Danielson. He knew he’d wanted to become a doctor since eighth grade when his mother, who is a primary care doctor, encouraged him to shadow an orthopedic surgeon to fulfill requirements for a school project. Many of his family members are also doctors, which allowed Danielson to gain a good idea of what it means to be a doctor. “I think I want to go into orthopedics, but it’s hard to say before actually going through med school,” said Danielson. “People usually don’t decide until around their third year. I may go into primary care, because it’s in high demand right now and I just want to go where I’m needed.” Biochemistry and piano performance...

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Students share their culture at ‘A Night in India’

Armstrong’s Pavilion C filled with the sound of popular Indian music, laughter and conversation. The smell of traditional Indian paneer tikka permeated the room while some ate, some played trivia games and others received henna tattoos. Some were even wearing traditional Indian clothing. The Indian Students Association held its second-annual “A Night in India” event on Saturday night with the goal of spreading awareness and understanding of Indian culture. The room was filled with different stations with information on the country of India and the organization’s philanthropy projects, henna tattoos, a photo booth and a table of traditional Indian...

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Trevor Noah’s Family Weekend performance balanced the serious and the silly

Trevor Noah heard screams of excitement and joy as he walked out onto the stage at his nearly sold-out performance in Millett Hall on Saturday evening. As part of Miami University’s annual Family Weekend, students and parents alike waited anxiously to see the young comedian, who has become a household name since his immigration to the United States in 2011. Noah is a South African television host and comedian, most popular as the successor of Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” After starting on a South African soap opera at the age of 18, Noah has gone...

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Miami orchestra plays ‘The Symphony of the Dance’

Miami University’s Symphony Orchestra performed the first concert of its 101st season on Friday, October 6.  The concert, titled “The Symphony of the Dance,” featured a diverse program of music, with all the pieces centered around the theme of fighting for freedom.  This year’s theme comes from the concert’s dedication to Daniel Pearl’s World Music Days. Daniel​ ​Pearl​ ​was​ ​an​ ​American​ ​journalist​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Wall​ ​Street​ ​Journal​ ​who​ ​was murdered​ ​by​ ​terrorists​ ​while​ ​on​ ​assignment​ ​in​ ​Pakistan​ ​in​ ​2002.​ ​In response to the tragedy, his family and friends created World​ ​Music​ ​Days, an annual​ ​series​ ​of​ ​orchestral​ ​concerts​, as...

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