On March 16th, 2012 the Haverford College Exhibitions Program entered all 1,920 Haverford students, faculty, and staff into a single-elimination skee-ball tournament. In the opening weeks 729 played competitive games. On April 20th, after 7 rounds, only sixteen remained. Before nearly 100 spectators, The Sweet Sixteen—thirteen students, three staff members, and one member of the faculty—competed for the top prize: 12 pledges made by over one-hundred 5th round players and a trip to Greensboro, NC, to be feted by artist Lee Walton and friends. At 1:15pm, the final game was played: Nick Kahn ’14, a double-major in English and French, versus Director of Communications and Haverford alumnus, Chris Mills ’82. With Chris on lane 1 and Nick on lane 3, they began their round together. Chris finished first with a score of 290; Nick had one ball left and a score of 260. Read More >
Tomorrow, John Muse and I depart for Portland, OR to once again attend the Open Engagement conference held at Portland State University, a yearly gathering of social practice artists, theorists, and enthusiasts. Last year we attended the conference to talk through our ideas for what was then And the Winner is… with curators, artists, and other interested individuals. In Portland we received a ton of wonderful feedback and encouragement. We’re looking forward to going back to Portland to share our stories about And the Winner is Nick Kahn and to cook up new ideas for future projects. However, before we take off for Portland once more we should thank those people from last year’s conference who were so kind to give their time, insight, and assistance to our grand idea. Thank you Jennifer Delos Reyes, Harrell Fletcher, Pato Hebert, Catherine Greenblatt, and Jesikah Maria Ross!
This is my room-mate and friend, David Robinson, serving my custom-mixed sauce and drink. He did remember the ice cubes. Some other highlights include him having to peel at least 6 oranges for everyone present. This is funny because he is notorious for asking outrageous favors, one of his favorites being to ask others to peel his oranges so that he can eat them. I also asked him to go to the chicken tenders and ask the server for an entire plate. He returned with a mountainous pile of tenders which we all shared. For dessert I requested a root beer float, which he made very well.
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Yesterday, Nick Kahn sent me the following report on his Friday, May 11th experience with Professor Alex Norquist, who had pledged “to spend 30 minutes blowing stuff up” with the winner:
Hey John, I did a little write-up on the plane. Sorry it’s so long; as Mark Twain said, I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
I met Professor Norquist in his office, and after having congratulated me (which still makes me feel strange), he took me downstairs into a sort of garage that the INSC has. He had already loaded up a cart full of fun explosives. (More …)
The graduating seniors presented Joanne Creighton with a gift during commencement yesterday. They accepted their diplomas with one hand and presented her with a puzzle piece with the other. And the image? An afternoon in the gallery playing skee-ball.
I’m still trying to get used to saying “And the Winner Is Nick Kahn.” Fortunately, it rolls off the tongue quite nicely. Now to get the official title into the heads of the community, which is still buzzing about the tournament!
Nick has chosen his other prizes, items pledged during the 5th round of the competition. (More …)