Current Issue

Apr. 28, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 12

The Chapel organ – known as the Mander organ for the company that restored it in 1991 – has four keyboards, or manuals. From the top, they’re the Solo, the Swell, the Great, and the Choir. The Great sounds the loudest, while the Swell operates pipes in a huge box with movable blinds on one side. Though it plays at a single volume, when the blinds are opened the sound swells dramatically.

‘Most miraculous organ’

Published in the Apr. 28, 2010, issue

Mozart called the organ the “king of instruments,” which is true but doesn’t do the organ full justice. Organs — at least the thundering, celestial kind found in the world’s great cathedrals — are massive contraptions of mind-boggling complex­ity. And they...Read more
Kira Gnesdiloff ’98: Afghanistan, 2005

Choosing danger:

Why do some people willingly work in conflict zones, when they have so many other options?

Published in the Apr. 28, 2010, issue

“What have I gotten myself into?”   That’s what Kira Gnesdiloff ’98 found herself thinking in 2004, after she landed in Kabul to start a yearlong assignment for a French nongovernmental organization. This was after Gnesdiloff, a politics major, had spent two...Read more
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