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  Edited by Blake Rasmussen ’05 and Dawn Goodlove
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Nia Doherty provides the music at a Friday morning Soul Feast service in Allee Chapel.

Nia Doherty, musician for chaplain’s office
Senior from Stillwater, Minn.
Majors: Biology, environmental studies

I became interested in the harp after I listened to some of my father’s Irish music growing up. It’s the only instrument I’ve ever played, and I started taking lessons in the third grade.

I saw an advertisement looking for student musicians to play at the college services. I basically just play at various campus services, usually the Friday Soul Feast and the Sunday Evensong services. I also play at special services, such as memorials, peace vigils, Christmas, and Easter.

Some of the more challenging services I’ve played have been outdoor services because you have to transport the harp to the location, sometimes over rough terrain. Harps are very sensitive to changes in temperature and can easily go out of tune if it’s too cold or warm. Any kind of moisture can damage a wooden instrument, and even the slightest breeze will vibrate the strings, causing them to hum like wind chimes. It’s a very pretty sound, but it can be inconvenient when you’re trying to play a song.

Playing music is so enjoyable for me because it’s a gift I can share with people, no matter the occasion. Most people enjoy the sound of the harp, and I think it adds to the emotional experience of a service. For me, it’s an excellent way to express myself. I try to show what I’m feeling through my playing. I’m not pursuing music as a career, but I plan to keep it for a hobby.


Josh Schroeder assists first-year student Shelly Wellington at the scorers table during a wrestling meet.

Josh Schroeder, sports information
Senior from Kingsley, Iowa
Majors: Secondary education, politics

Before the games I work, officials are always trying to be cute by giving fake names. The first couple of times I was sent to retrieve their names, I was so nervous that I began writing before I even started listening. Only after I heard the officials chuckle did I stop and look at my note pad where I had written “Barney Rubble.”

I’ve done public address work at soccer, baseball, and softball games. I learned the hard way that it’s a good idea to check pronunciation before announcing names. And even then there are times that you butcher the name after spending a good five minutes
figuring it out. I’ve also read the wrong lineup or had the wrong lineup provided to me. At soccer matches,
wind and rain can be a major factor. My sophomore year, a gust of wind took a lineup right out of my hand as I was announcing it. Good thing I was reading Cornell’s lineup and I knew everybody.

There have been more than a few times when I have asked for everyone to stand for the national anthem, and then the CD player either doesn’t work or the volume has been turned way down. So as we stand there in a prolonged silence, I’m thinking, “please work, please work, please work!”

I’ve also done research on a specific sport to determine career and season records. This has meant long hours in Cole Library in front of a microfilm reader dissecting old issues of The Cornellian and the Sun. Call me crazy, but I like it.


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