Campus News in Brief

Students to explore spirituality

November is Spiritual Development Month at Carnegie Mellon, part of the university’s Spiritual and Meaning Program, a division of the Office of Student Affairs. The goal of the month is to highlight the importance of students’ self-knowledge. Scheduled events include trips to various houses of worship, lectures on different aspects of religion, and opportunities for the interfaith community of Carnegie Mellon to come together and discuss current issues of spirituality and faith.

Spirituality Month will end with four more events in the next two weeks.

Today, the university is hosting a campus-wide Thanksgiving celebration to provide an opportunity for the campus community to gather to give thanks. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Rangos Hall.

On Nov. 27, there will be a panel conversation titled “Faith: What Difference Does it Make to You?” Students will have the opportunity to ask faith-related questions and engage in discussion with a diverse group of religious and spiritual leaders. The conversation is sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Interfaith Council, “a body of religious and lay leaders organized around supporting and encouraging religious and spiritual life within the campus community,” according to the Student Development website. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in Danforth Lounge in the University Center.

On Nov. 28, Interfaith Explorers will sponsor a movie night, starting at 7 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium. On Nov. 30, students are invited to attend Shabbat at Hillel. Participants should meet at the Morewood Gardens turnaround at 4:30 p.m.

Madrigal dinner to be held Dec. 1

Carnegie Mellon will host a madrigal dinner for all members of the Pittsburgh community Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will feature a night of music and entertainment.

Performers will include the Carnegie Mellon Madrigal Singers (directed by Robert Page, Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of choral studies in the School of Music), a juggler, stilt walker, mime, and harpsichord player. An undisclosed member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty will also perform a magic act.

Dinner is included and guests are invited to dress in traditional Renaissance costumes, although they are not required. The provided cuisine includes wassail, mixed salad greens, braided loaves, braised beef, and other foods of the period.

The event is sponsored by the School of Music, Student Senate, Student Affairs, and Activities Board Special Events.

The night starts at 7:30 p.m. in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the University Center.

Tickets are now on sale at the University Center Information Desk. The event is $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Carnegie Mellon students pay $12 for entry, but students may also use meal blocks and DineXtra to purchase tickets.