When it comes to violins and other stringed instruments, the artistry isn’t just in the way they’re played. It’s also in how they’re made. Both of those aspects of the violin captured Thomas Sparks as a boy growing up in northern New Jersey. There was something about the instrument’s sound and shape that immediately appealed to him. “It’s the king of the string instruments,” he said. “It’s pretty appealing with the sound and the voice. The way it is able to project is amazing.” The violin has fascinated Sparks ever since. For nearly 30 years, the visiting lecturer in instrument
It’s all about the holy trinity of Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa, which replaces Michigan, in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
Once again, four Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Sunday. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes? | View your team’s homepage ] Defending national champion Ohio State remains No. 1 and is receiving 87 of 125 first-place
The beat goes on for Iowa, which can smell perfection from here. Purdue finally tasted Big Ten victory, while the unimaginable hard times continue for Nebraska. As for Minnesota … that loss to Michigan is gonna leave a mark.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. Check out the BTN analyst's 140-character Week 9 takes inside.
Week 9 was a light one, with just five games on the slate, but it was a productive one. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes? | View your team’s homepage ] Iowa dropped Maryland to move to 8-0 and keep itself
The Michigan men’s cross country team won its 10th Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championship, and first since 1998, on Sunday with a total of 63 points and three runners among the top nine at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago. [ MORE: Penn State wins 2015 Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Championships ] Purdue senior Matt McClintock finished first individually, crossing the 8K finish line in a time of 23:12.1, breaking the Big Ten Championships record of 23:18 set by Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed in 2011. McClintock is the first Boilermaker to earn medalist honors since Eddie Ericsson
The Penn State women’s cross country program won its second Big Ten Championship on Sunday with 53 points, placing three runners in the top nine at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course. [ MORE: Michigan wins 2015 Big Ten Cross Country Championships ] The Nittany Lions, who won their first crown since 2009, were led by senior Tori Gerlach with a time of 20:04.9 (4th place), followed by Elizabeth Chikotas (6th place) and Jillian Hunsberger (9th place). Michigan junior Erin Finn won her second career Big Ten Championships title with a 6K time of 19:44.9, helping the Wolverines to second
One thing that characterizes great journalists is the ability to get to the bottom of a problem. And for two former Northwestern University journalism students, their ability to do that led to more than just a great story. It prompted them to create a philanthropic organization that’s changing lives in one of the poorest countries on Earth. With a shared interest in international reporting, Lauren Bohn and Zoe Fox turned their passion toward an investigation into why the African nation of Malawi was mired in poverty. In their inquiries, they arrived at an interesting conclusion: that bikes could give a
With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.