View Comments Meet Amy Spanger at Her Place August 24 at Joe’s PubSince Mondays stink worse than a Dumpster fire, you should always do something fun that day. Let’s start this week, shall we? In This Must Be the Place, Broadway star Amy Spanger (Chicago, Rock of Ages and soon in Matilda) sings some of the songs that made her famous—as well as rock, pop, and country numbers—and share “glamorous and not so glamorous tales” from her life. Click for tickets! Explore Broadway in Your PJs Begins August 25 on LifetimeWe need another reason other than steady employment and coffee for getting up early in the morning. For several weeks, we have one. Lifetime’s morning show, The Balancing Act, begins its second season of Broadway Balances America. This season features behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with the shows featured in Broadway Across America’s 2015-16 series nationwide, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Cabaret. Go Laugh It Up, Stare It Down Begins August 26 at Cherry Orchard Theatre Alan Hruska’s comedy Laugh It Up, Stare It Down isn’t the usual “two souls finding each other” story. No way, guys. Cleo and Joe’s journey to a deeper fulfillment involves the following: a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave and frozen pistou. If you’re not the least bit curious to see what this is all about, we’re pretty sure you hate fun in all forms. Click for tickets! Hey, you, crying uncontrollably over all the back-to-school commercials. Why so sad over jeans? Do you even go to school? Regardless, we have just what we need to chase those blues away, and it’s not a new Trapper Keeper. There’s Misty Copeland’s arrival to On the Town, Amy Spanger’s show at Joe’s Pub, and a new season of Broadway Balances America. Get ready: here come this week’s picks! See Misty Copeland Twirl in On the Town Begins August 25 at Lyric TheatreOn the Town may be coming to end, but it remains en pointe. Why the lousy ballet-influenced pun? The wonderful Misty Copeland, the first African-American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. She takes over as Ivy Smith in select performances before the highly entertaining Tony-nominated revival bids adieu on September 6. So allegro on over! We’ll stop now. Click for tickets! Have Wicked Fun with Willemijn Verkaik August 27 and 28 at 54 BelowIf you can’t get enough of Wicked—or great singing—you’re in luck. Willemijn Verkaik, the only actress to play Elphaba in more than one language, takes the stage at 54 Below for two nights. Plan on hearing rousing renditions from Wicked (maybe in a language or three), a guest appearance from Stephen Schwartz, and regret over sleeping through high school German. You could have been an international star! Ack! Click for tickets!
The Undergraduate Student Government unanimously approved a Senate resolution Tuesday night that proposes adding a two- to four-day October break to the academic calendar.USG uses resolutions to formally communicate its position on an issue to the administration.The break received overwhelming student support in an online survey conducted by USG earlier this year. Of the 905 respondents, 90 percent supported its addition.Of the top 25 schools on US News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2012, 13 have some form of a mid-semester fall break incorporated into their schedules, according to the resolution, which was authored by Residential Senator Aron Theising and former Residential Senator Susan Deng, who is currently studying abroad, and sponsored by Residential Senator Jordan Veira.USG Vice President Logan Lachman said the break would provide a much-needed time for students to unwind in the middle of the semester.“It would be a great way for students to rest since we do have such a rigorous academic calendar,” Lachman said.Though USC has more instructional days than many similar private universities, Lachman said, an additional fall break would possibly be offset with an extension of the academic year.The poll shows that students are generally split on extending the school year. Of the 905 survey respondents, 49 percent support starting the semester earlier, while about 40 percent support ending the semester later.Adrien Ortega, an undeclared sophomore, said the benefits of a fall break outweigh the drawbacks.“It doesn’t feel like the fall has enough time off,” Ortega said. “I would be willing to go for [an extension].”Other students, however, said the proposed break would be too short to have a substantial effect on relieving stress in the middle of the semester.“[A fall break] would not really make a big difference,” said Brianne Pallan, a sophomore with an undeclared major. “It’s not very long, so it wouldn’t really matter to me.”Though some students would rather see USG advocate for a weeklong Thanksgiving break, USG President Monish Tyagi said a fall break would more effectively break up the fall semester. There are no instructional breaks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving break, a time span of nearly three months.“The reason we were pushing for a break in October is it really does have benefits academically in the sense that you can pace your way through the fall semester … similar in placement to where spring break is,” Tyagi said.As the population of out-of-state students continues to grow, Tyagi, who is from Atlanta, said the fall break would provide students with enough time to travel home.“If you have a Thursday and Friday off, that’s enough time to make a quick trip home,” Tyagi said. “As USC becomes more diverse, in terms of the amount of out-of-state students we have, the break will be a benefit for those students as well.”Scott Lejfer, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he would use the break to travel home to Boston.“There are very few opportunities to go home,” Lejfer said. “All my friends on the East Coast have designated breaks to go home and I need that break to go home too.”Based on USG’s experience with adding an extra day to Thanksgiving Break, Lachman said changing the academic calendar would require a considerable amount of time.“The extension of Thanksgiving break was about three years in the making so these things do take time,” Lachman said.Tyagi said USG’s next step in pushing for a fall break is to present the proposal to senior administrators.“There are a lot of sides to be considered with this,” he said. “Students obviously have a huge stake in this, but also professors who have to adjust their schedule and the administration.”