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Acid Reign

Finishing on a loud note...

photo of Russell BriggsAssociate Professor Russell D. Briggs ended the semester on a different note for the students in his soils class.

Briggs traded his tie for a leather vest, brought his guitar into the new lecture hall in Baker Laboratory and gathered six band mates for a rock ’n’ roll concert.

"The students get to see a side of a professor they don’t see very much," said Briggs.

The band played eight songs, ranging from the classic rock of the Allman Brothers Band to the more recent sounds of the Smashing Pumpkins. Joining Briggs were college web coordinator Paul Otteson on keyboards, student Nicole Spossey on vocals, and assorted friends and neighbors of Briggs, including his 15-year-old son.

The annual concert concludes the semester for the 80 to 100 students who take the course each fall. They have studied the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil and participated in a number of field trips under the tutelage of Briggs, who researches numerous aspects of soil science. Some of his work has centered on the effects of acid deposition on soils.

His band’s name? Acid Reign.