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Cruz Receives 2014 McColl Award

Performing artist CarlosAlexis Cruz is the 2014 McColl Award winner. An assistant professor of voice and movement in the College of Arts + Architecture, Cruz received the honor for the project "Nouveau Sud, Nouveau Cirque," which translates to "New South, New Circus." Presented by the Arts & Science Council, the McColl Award is named in honor of Hugh and Jane McColl; it is given every three years. The award comes with a $25,000 grant that Cruz will use to implement his project.

Cruz will learn and incorporate "underground" dance, acrobatic and physical theater scenes that thrive within local ethnic communities into cirque-style performances. The project will include neighborhood residencies expected to take place between January and December 2015 and a main stage production in the spring of 2016.

"Nothing like this has ever been done in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, so we are excited to see what Carlos creates," said ASC President Robert Bush. "It’s something that will bring our community together in the truest sense – not only will Carlos bring talented underground performers to the forefront, but his project will tie their stories and traditions to the larger story of our city and county."

Students Win National College Fishing Title

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker recently teamed to win the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship held at Chatuge Reservoir in Georgia.

Helms, a junior marketing major from Monroe, and Whitaker, a senior civil engineering major from Fairview, caught 15 fish during the three-day team event. Their total catch weight of 38 pounds and 9 ounces topped the second-place finishers by 8 ounces.

Whitaker said winning the championship would help the UNC Charlotte Bass Fishing Club, known as the Bass Rats, as well as the entire sport club program on campus. "I’ve had a great experience at UNC Charlotte and getting to represent my school at a national level and win doing something I enjoy is something I will always treasure."