Live! From Wigg Hall! It’s Saturday Night!

Wicked SketchyThis spring's 1212 play brings another round of Saturday Night Live comedy to campus. Wicked Sketchy is an original production made up of 18 sketches, written and performed by students. Last spring's Wicked Sketchy production was so successful that Peter Parisi, performing arts department chair, thought it made sense to do it again. This time, Jake Daniels (I), Mack Makishima (II), Rick Dionne (I), Alex Gistis (II) and Minh-Anh Day (I) took on lead writing and directorial roles in this collaborative project. The 28-student cast pitched ideas to each other and wrote draft skits in small groups, eventually choosing the final 18, which each student had a hand in editing.

The tradition of Milton's 1212 Plays began over 30 years ago in room 1212 of Warren Hall. The performances evolved from play readings to fully staged productions under the direction of late faculty member Nina Seidenman. When Warren Hall was renovated, and room 1212 became an English classroom, the productions relocated to Wigg Hall. The space may have changed, but the philosophy is the same: intimate productions with small casts, minimal technical demands, and challenging material for both actors and audience.

The next performances of Wicked Sketchy begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

Confronting Contemporary Culture in the Nesto Gallery

Nesto Gallery ExhibitFive Milton graduates return to campus this Friday, May 1, for the opening reception of their Nesto Gallery exhibit, Confronting Contemporary Culture: the documentary in still and moving image. Through mediums ranging from 35mm and medium format film to digital still photography and digital video, photo and video journalists Scout Tufankjian '96, Sebastian Meyer '98, Ian Cheney '98, Mae Ryan '05, and Ciara Crocker '10 share intensely engaging stories of fascinating and disturbing aspects of human experience.

"Observing closely through direct confrontation and personal engagement, opening themselves to empathetic feeling and a quest for understanding, these journalists present their subjects through remarkably articulate use of this visual language," says art faculty member Bryan Cheney. "The stories explored in their work emerge from the tragedies of war and oppression, ethnic isolation and identity, the pathos of age and confinement, and questions of our ability to sustain our life on this beautiful planet."

The opening reception in the Nesto Gallery this Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Science Symposium: Science Fit for a Crowd

By Ariela Buxbaum-Grice '15

Science at MiltonMilton's fifth annual Science Symposium showcased advanced science students and their DYO (Design Your Own) experiments in the Pritzker Science Center. For students enrolled in advanced biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science, discussing independent projects that they've pursued over the last several weeks is their culminating work.

At the symposium, students presented posters and conducted demonstrations. For their DYO projects, students construct their own experiments based on, but not limited to, the material covered in class and their own personal interests in a specific area of study. The project is a long-term assignment, lasting for about a month, and is a chance for students to work independently of the curriculum without heavy guidance from a teacher. Most students perform their DYO with a partner, and the project requires time outside of class. 

Mark Balboni (I) is taking Advanced Biology. Over the past few weeks, he worked with E. coli bacteria cultures and tested the effect of pH on the bacteria's colony growth. Part of his experiment involved producing a lysogenic broth: a medium rich in nutrients ideal for bacteria growth. He injected each quantity of the medium with different amounts of citric acid, giving each treatment a wide range of pH values. He then placed a fixed amount of E. coli in each medium and observed their growth over time.

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Milton's Historians Honored for Outstanding Research

Bisbee TeaAt the Bisbee Tea, Bisbee prize-winner Deanna Ferrante (II) answers questions from peers and faculty about her research paper, "It's All Just Black and White: The Incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan." The Bisbee Prize honors and celebrates outstanding student research in U. S. history. Each year, Milton faculty members teaching the U.S. History and U.S. History in the Modern World courses select honorees from among their students. Deanna is one of 13 prize-winners whose research ranged from the Dawes Act of 1887 through the Free Speech Movement.

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Photo of the Day
In case you missed it: Watch video of Milton's musicians performing in the spring concert events. View more photos of the Spring Vocal Concert.

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Making it look easy: Head of School Todd Bland juggles a soccer ball with students on the quad.

In spider-like fashion, Izzy Dunn (I) scales the face of a rock during the Outdoor Program's trip to Rumney, New Hampshire.

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Bald never felt so good: In front of a crowd of supportive onlookers, a buzz cutter shaves students' heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers.

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Asian American Footsteps Conference: Eleven Miltonians joined over 100 students from 14 independent schools at this year's conference in Weston.

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