For Second Time In Two Months, Binghamton University Student Is Killed; Suspect Now In Custody

UPDATE: A suspect in the killing of Binghamton University student Joao Souza is now in custody. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Michael Roque, 20, of Massapequa, New York, was charged with second-degree murder. Roque pleaded not guilty and was remanded to the Broome County Jail. Roque is also a student at Binghamton University. He is accused of stabbing the victim multiple times with a knife.

Yellow-Spotted Salamander Migration

Yellow-Spotted Salamander photo: Nancy Coddington

When the spring temperatures begin to rise and the snow recedes, the first warm rainy night of spring brings a chorus of spring peepers, wood frogs and mole salamanders. The spring migration happens sometime between mid March and April when evening temperatures rise above 40ºF as the amphibians move from the upland wooded areas to vernal pools and ponds to find suitable mates. Spotted salamanders are usually a secretive critter living under rocks, in seeps or underground in small damp burrows, so this is the night to be able to see them in large numbers. https://youtu.be/X9b02qycESc

This migration of yellow-spotted salamanders, Ambystoma maculatum, is a right of passage for some Binghamton University students. Devin DiGiacopo is a third year Phd student in Jessica Hua’s lab at Binghamton University and is researching how road salt affects spotted salamanders.

The Summer Savoyards Present 'The Sorcerer"

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The Summer Savoyards of Binghamton present Gilbert and Sullivan’s early operetta ‘The Sorcerer’ in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus. An egotistical nobleman about to be married conspires with a hapless “Family Sorcerer” to administer a love potion to the entire village. Since it is a comedy, the plot goes hilariously wrong. WSKG’s Sam Goodyear chats with Music Director Sherri Strichman and with the Sorcerer himself, John Starks. http://wskg.org/audio/sorcerer.mp3

 

Photo credit: Kirsten Johnson for the Summer Savoyards

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Investing In Higher Ed Grows Jobs, Population

Among the winners in New York’s Regional Economic Development awards last month were colleges and universities. Binghamton University, Cornell University and Broome Community College combined to win nearly $700,000 through the economic development grants. The money will be spent on research labs, manufacturing and start-up business incubators. Amanda Knarr works for the American Institute for Economic Research. She said this kind of investment creates jobs.

Binghamton University Presents a Jazz 'Nutcracker'

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The Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting a Jazz Nutcracker.  Music of Duke Ellington is part of the fun as the traditional story of the Nutcracker is updated to the 1950s.  Choreographer JoEllen Kuhlman and Matt Pedersen, who dances the title role, talk about the fun of transforming this classic story. http://wskg.org/audio/jazznutmix.mp3

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department

Soprano Katherine Whyte and Pianist Joel Harder Present 'From Salon to Stage'

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The Binghamton University Music Department presents ‘From Salon to Stage’, a program of art songs by Gabriel Faure and Sergei Rachmaninoff on the first half, and cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and William Bolcom. Soprano Katherine Whyte and pianist Joel Harder perform on Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm in United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in Binghamton.  

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Soprano Katherine Whyte and Pianist Joel Harder Present ‘From Salon to Stage’

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The Binghamton University Music Department presents ‘From Salon to Stage’, a program of art songs by Gabriel Faure and Sergei Rachmaninoff on the first half, and cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and William Bolcom. Soprano Katherine Whyte and pianist Joel Harder perform on Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm in United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in Binghamton.  

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

A Concert Presents Old and New Piano Trios

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The Binghamton University Music Department presents ‘Piano Trio: Old Meets New’ on Sunday, September 25 in the Chamber Hall of the Anderson Center on the Binghamton University Campus. Violinist Uli Speth, cellist, Zachary Sweet, and pianist Joel Harder perform piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, Amy Beach, Paul Schoenfield, and Binghamton University composition professor Daniel Davis. http://wskg.org/audio/ulizach.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Binghamton University Hosts the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

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The Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus presents the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, performing ‘Play and Play, An Evening of Music and Movement’.  He joins us to talk about his early dance experiences at what was then Harpur College, and with Binghamton’s American Dance Asylum. “Recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones returns to his alma mater for a Homecoming weekend performance by his dance company. While attending Binghamton University, Bill T. studied classical ballet and modern dance. Binghamton is also where he started his first dance company in 1973.” http://wskg.org/audio/jonesmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company