Category Archives: On The Hill

Slingshot Hip Hop

Slingshot Hip Hop is an award winning documentary featuring hip hop in Palestine as an effort to gather young people to work towards having peace between Israel and Palestine. The documentary is about the performers and how they discovered American hip hop and used it to create their own new versions to perform. The film follows several different artists but focuses on the group DAM. These artists are from different parts of Palestine and speak out about the issues of their country. The film is part of the Art With Impact program. This organizations mission is to “connect people to global issues through art and media and provide opportunities to share their voices in meaningful ways”. They hope to bridge the gap between the potential for change and opportunities to act.
This is a great way to learn about the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. The film explains the conflict but keeps it interesting with the focus on the hip hop movement in the area.
There will be a screening of the documentary followed by a Q&A with DAM and the director of the film, Jackie Reem Salloum along with some performance. This is a cultural event put on by the Fischer Institute on Sunday November 13th at 2:00pm in the Auditorium. This is worth 2 CULTURAL CREDITS!!
This is a trailer of the movie:

Slingshot Hip Hop Trailer from Art With Impact on Vimeo.

If you would like to learn more about Art With Impact visit
Also visit for links to artists involved in the film.

The Ultimate Magic Extravaganza

On Thursday, September 15th, Nichols Campus Activities Board (CAB) sponsored the Ultimate Magic Extravaganza a magic show featuring Daniel Martin, Brian Brushwood and Nate Staniforth.
Daniel Martin came to campus this past spring semester and CAB was excited to have him back this semester and even more excited to have Brian and Nate come too. They are three good friends and don’t always get to perform together so it was a special treat for Nichols and for them to perform together.
The guys arrived on campus early and headed to the Dining Hall for some teasers before the show.

Being a Chair person on CAB I was there to work the event doing the lights and sound which was more in depth than the usual events we have where only a microphone is needed. Each of them had at least one microphone and some type of media whether it was a dvd, laptop or ipod set up. They also had a few queues where I had to change the lighting during the show. It was a great experience for me getting to learn some new things in the sound booth.
Daniel, Brian, and Nate were all amazing. From card tricks to fire eating it was definitely a show worth attending.

Photos by Marion Knight

In Memory of September 11

We all remember where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001. For me I was in 6th grade sitting in French class. The principal made an announcement to the whole school briefly saying what had happened. Our class decided on having a moment of silence at that very moment. During the rest of the day most teachers had the TV in the classroom on so they would know what was going on, it got to the point they had to turn the TVs off to not worry the students and to try keeping everyone on task. I remember some kids in my class being worried but our teachers did a good job at keeping everyone calm. What had happened hadn’t fully sunk in for me until I got home and watched the news with my mom.

Throughout the morning on Friday September 9, 2011 Nichols students, faculty and staff were handed American flags outside of Davis and Academy Halls. Then they could make their way to a map of the United States which had been painted on the campus green in front of Academy. Everyone was encouraged to place their flag somewhere in the map that was meaningful to them whether it was where they are from or just somewhere they want to go. The map started to fill up as people gathered around some taking pictures, some observing and some sharing with friends where they were ten years ago.

The other part of the day on Friday was the short ceremony that took place also on the campus green that afternoon. Many were gathered outside as the bells from Academy started to ring out. Everyone who was outside taking part in the various activities stopped and gathered in silence around the map full of flags. The ceremony started with a short speech from Senior class president Andrew Gresenz, who also organized the event. Andrew then led everyone in a moment of silence. He then handed things over to Ed Baia, Student Government President, for a poem reading. Sophomore Carina Walker rounded things out with a touching rendition of the National Anthem there were chills running through people as they stood reflecting back to that day.

The ceremony was brief but very meaningful, touching all who attended.

Also, a shout out to Andrew for putting it all together, giving us all a moment to reflect.