Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Coming to Washington College October 13, 2001...

8:00 p.m.
Lifetime Fitness Center
Washington College
Chestertown, MD, July 25, 2001 — Counting Crows, whose 1993 album August and Everything After redefined roots-rock for a new generation, will perform Saturday, October 13, 2001, at 8:00 p.m. in Washington College's Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center. Doors open at 7 p.m.
All tickets for this performance are sold out as of September 25, 2001.
Born in the music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, Counting Crows was formed in 1990 by singer and lyricist Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson, taking their group's name from an old English divination rhyme. By 1991, the duo grew to include Matt Malley (bass), Charles Gillingham (keyboards) and Steve Bowman (drums). With an undeniable chemistry, the band started performing at San Francisco clubs and by April 1992 signed with DGC Records. Through the fall of 1992 and winter of 1993, Counting Crows recorded their debut album, August and Everything After, at a rented mansion in the Hollywood Hills.
Produced by T-Bone Burnett, August and Everything After was hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the best rock releases of the year" and remained on the Billboard 200 chart for 93 weeks, topping at No. 4.
In 1994, Counting Crows joined The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge Tour as special guests and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in a Video for "Mr. Jones." The band's second album, Recovering the Satellites, was released in 1996, debuting on the Billboard 200 at #1 and eventually reaching double platinum sales. In 1998 the band's first live album, Across a Wire-Live in New York, was released, and Counting Crows began writing and recording their third studio, This Desert Life, released in November 1999. In January 2000, the band released the first of a series of official bootlegs titled By the Time We Got to Woodstock, followed up by Faced the Promised Land in May 2000.
For more information on Counting Crows, visit their official website

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Senior Maliha Hashmi one of Nation's Top 20 College Women

Chestertown, MD, July 17, 2001 — Washington College senior Maliha Hashmi has been named one of the nation's Top 20 College Women by Glamour magazine. Hashmi was chosen by the editors of Glamour from thousands of applicants to be a finalist in the magazine's 2001 Top 10 College Women contest. The final results will be announced inGlamour's September issue.
Finalists were chosen based on outstanding grades, involvement in campus life and activities, volunteer work, an essay, and a final interview with the Glamour staff. A premed student at Washington College, Hashmi is a biology major and a chemistry and psychology minor with plans to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.
Seeking as broad an experience as possible for her premed studies, Hashmi has volunteered at the University of Pennsylvania Children's Hospital and at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. She also has worked at the King Fahd Hospital and the Nora Hospital of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. In December 2000, her Junior Fellows project took her to the Mayo Hospital in Lehore, Pakistan. This summer, Hashmi is assisting with a neurological research program at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital.
"The College is very proud of Maliha's academic accomplishments, and we are not surprised at her being chosen as a finalist in this competition," said Mark Hoesly, Assistant Dean of Academic Services. "She is an excellent, focused, high-achieving student as well as an outstanding member of the Washington College community. She is actively involved on campus as a peer adviser, a peer tutor and as a student representative on College committees, and her commitment to service of others extends well beyond campus, as is exemplified by her many volunteer activities."

Country Crooner Eddy Arnold to Be Honored at College's Fall Convocation

Chestertown, MD, July 17, 2001 — Washington College will honor country crooner Eddy Arnold at its Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 6, 2001, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Gibson Performing Arts Center's Tawes Theatre. Arnold will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the College. The Convocation is free and open to the public.

Eddy Arnold holds the distinction of being the only singer to achieve Billboard chart hits in seven separate decades. Long before today's country pop revolution, Arnold became the original country crossover, bringing the country sound into the mainstream of popular American music.
Arnold was born on May 15, 1918 in Henderson, Tennessee. During his childhood, he suffered through the death of his father and the loss of the family farm. When he turned 18, he left home to make his mark in the music world. Arnold's formative musical years included early struggles to gain recognition until he landed a job as the lead male vocalist for the Pee Wee King Band. By 1943 Arnold was a solo star on the Grand Ole Opry. He was signed by RCA and in December of 1944 cut his first record. Although all of his early records sold well, his big hit did not come until 1946 with "That's How Much I Love You."
Managed by Col. Tom Parker, who later went on to manage the career of Elvis Presley, Arnold began to dominate country music. In 1947-48 he had 13 of the top 20 songs. In 1955 Arnold upset many in the country music establishment by going to New York to record with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra. The pop-oriented arrangements of "Cattle Call" and "The Richest Man (In the World)" expanded Arnold's appeal and made country music a mainstay of popular American music.
With the advent of Rock and Roll, Arnold's record sales dipped in the late 1950s, but after Jerry Purcell became his manager in 1964, Arnold embarked on a "second career" that surpassed the success of the first one and, in the process, realized his dream of carrying his music to a more diverse audience. Having already been recorded by several other artists, "Make the World Go Away" was just another song until it received the Arnold touch. Under the direction of producer Chet Atkins, and showcased by Bill Walker's arrangement, and the talents of the Anita Kerr Singers and pianist Floyd Cramer, Arnold's soaring rendition of "Make The World Go Away" became an international hit. Bill Walker's precise, intricate arrangements of the Nashville sound musicians provided the lush background for 16 straight Arnold hits through the late 1960s, and Arnold started performing with symphony orchestras in virtually every major city.
Arnold differed from many country singers of his time. He sang from his diaphragm, not through his nose. He avoided honky-tonk themes and preferred to sing songs that explored the intricacies of love. Steve Sholes, who produced all of Arnold's early hits, called Arnold a natural singer, comparing him to the likes of Bing Crosby and Caruso. Arnold's 60-year-long career has earned him induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Monday, July 2, 2001

In Memoriam: Dr. Margaret W. Horsley

Chestertown, MD, July 2, 2001 — Margaret W. Horsley, former Professor and Chairman of the Sociology Department, passed away last night.
Maggie, as she was known to friends and colleagues, was a native of Globe, Arizona. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California and her PhD from Columbia University. Her disseration was on the anti-Chinese attitudes in the Philippines. From 1951-52 she was a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Philippines on leave from Hofstra University, where she began teaching as an Instructor of Sociology and Anthropology immediately upon receiving her doctorate at Columbia. She was on the faculty of Hofstra for three years.
In 1956, Dr. Horsley began a thirty-year teaching career at Washington College. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1959. In 1960 she was named Dean of Women and served in that capacity until 1965 when she was promoted to Professor and named Chair of the Department of Sociology. In 1977 she was a recipient of the Gold Pentagon Award, given by the Washington College chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa in recognition of meritorious service to the College. She retired from Washington College in 1986 with the rank of Professor Emerita. Each year the College awards The Margaret Horsley Award to the graduating major who, in the opinion of the faculty and students of the Department of Sociology and Anthroplogy, has shown in his or her work the clearest understanding of human behavior.
Dr. Horsley was a member of the American Anthropological Association, the American Ethnological Society, and the Society for Applied Anthropology. During World War II, she was a member of the Women's Army Corps (WAC), and served as a staff sargent in Army Intelligence in the Pacific Theatre.
An avid reader and self-confessed "Baker Street Irregular", Maggie Horsley was especially fond of the English mystery. She was an avid cook who liked to experiment with recipes and to cook for friends. Her enthusiasm for cooking was related to her interest in nutritional problems in anthropology.
At this time there are no announced plans for a memorial service. As a veteran, Dr. Horsley's ashes will be enurned at Arlington Cemetery.