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New Miller Director Knows Her Indie Music

In case you missed the Saturday Times, or don’t read those ancient things your parents call “newspapers,” receiving an extensive profile was none other than the new director of Miller Theater, Melissa Smey

Well, at least there’s an article partly about Ms. Smey, because much of the profile focuses on the legacy of the previous director and Smey’s mentor, George Steel, who left last fall for the Dallas Opera after a successful tenure. Alan Brinkley (yes, he’s still provost) told the Times, “Miller Theater over the last 8 to 10 years has become identified with the kind of new music that George Steel brought to it,” and later added “We have great confidence in Melissa that she’ll be able to carry this on.” So, you know, no pressure.

Perhaps of more interest to students are Smey’s listening habits, which apparently include indie rock poster children like the Yeah, Yeah Yeahs, the Arcade Fire, and that indie afro-pop group everyone used to talk about. Smey is apparently working on bringing “cool indie bands” to Miller to attract more students. Hey, it could work…for one type of student.

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  • fred says:

    @fred can we get wolfgang voigt to play miller theatre again?

  • WHAT THE FRICK says:

    @WHAT THE FRICK WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH ALL OF THESE SECURITY ALERTS LIKE OH MY GOD JUST STOP ROBBING THE POOR STUDENTS YOU HOODLUMS!!!

    1. Oh Columbia Security... says:

      @Oh Columbia Security... This is something Columbia (and Bwog?) should actually address, is that 6 robberies in two weeks? Welcome back, students, prepare to be mugged.

      1. actually says:

        @actually attempted mugged, by 5’8″ teenagers…

    2. mugging? says:

      @mugging? in this economy? who can afford a knife?

  • dear bwog says:

    @dear bwog cc and lit hum prof announced…

    1. so...? says:

      @so...? were you surprised by something?

  • it seems says:

    @it seems book culture has taken down the online coursebook ordering option which means they aren’t publishing booklists with isbns for easy copy/paste on amazon… =(

    1. This says:

      @This has nothing to do with anything.

      1. and your posting says:

        @and your posting about a post that has nothing to do with anything. how does that make sense? I’m sure he knew that he was posting off topic so you informing that he did is even more meaningless and really nobody fucking cares what you think.

        1. WHY. says:

          @WHY. Why would you order the hamburger with a side of plantains? I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND.

        2. This says:

          @This has even less to do with anything.

          1. Now THIS says:

            @Now THIS is something!

  • hungryyyyy says:

    @hungryyyyy CUEATS is dead!

  • c'09 says:

    @c'09 Also, while George Steel technically left for Dallas, he left that position soon after to take over at the New York City Opera. Bwog must have reported on this at the time.

  • YYY!!! says:

    @YYY!!! there’s no comma after the first “yeah.”

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