February 12, 2001

'In Concert' Honors Evans

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With faces both solemn and smiling, Cornellians gathered this past weekend for a concert to remember and honor junior Michelle Evans and to celebrate diversity. “In Concert,” Health Awareness Week’s final event, was held in the Statler Auditorium last Friday.

Though the performance was free, donations were collected for Kodaikanal College in Kombaikadu, India, where Evans taught children to speak English in the summer of 1999. Evans, who was struck and killed by a bus on campus last spring, was remembered by Danielle Brown ’01, who gave the opening speech.

Evans’ family attended the event and Paget Evans, Evans’ father, spoke some moving words as well, leaving the audience with this thought before the concert began, “[Michelle] was always busy, every hour, every day, she had no wasted time. I take some comfort knowing she reached so many people in her 21 years.”

The Chordials, one of Cornell’s co-ed a cappella groups, sporting matching red and black attire, opened the show with four songs, including renditions of songs by Madonna.

“I like performing with different types of art, like song and dance, and especially if it is for a good cause,” said Chordials member, Chris Forster ’02.

Hip-hop dance group Prolific Soul shook the audience with their club-style moves, music and lighting. Asian American Playhouse (AAP), a theater arts troupe dedicated to questioning the clich