October 18, 2012 •
The Tech Talk
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As he leaned against thewooden pole, Mark Murpheysighed and smiled while helooked around at the studentssigning up to participate in thehorseless rodeo.“A horseless rodeo is rodeo-type activities without a horse,”said Murphey, an associateproessor o animal science.“There are some roping eventson oot and un games like anegg toss.”He said this is the ourth yearthat Tech has had a horselessrodeo.“The Block and Bridle Clubworks with other ag clubs,” hesaid. “It’s just un and only takesa couple o hours in the ater-noon.”When the Block and BridleClub decided to frst start hav-ing horseless rodeos, their in-tentions were not to raise mon-ey but to beneft the students o Tech, Murphey said.“The purpose o it is to havea un time and get to know peo-ple you don’t know,” he said.“Not to always sit in your dormand study, but to get outsidewith some activities and take a break.”Tanner Roberts, a sopho-more animal science major,said she loves participating inthe dierent events the rodeohas to oer.“It’s just un,” she said. “Inthe cal scramble, it’s such anadrenaline rush and it’s justriendly competition.”Students are partnered oreach event, Roberts said, andsometimes they get partneredwith someone they have nevermet beore.“It’s a great way to meetpeople,” she said. “Last yearwas my frst year so I just askedsomeone to be my partner andmade a new riend.”Everyone is welcome tocome out and to participate inthe annual horseless rodeo, shesaid.The atmosphere o being onsouth campus and participatingin an enjoyable event is what at-tracted sophomore agricultureeducation major, Vincent Bahm.“I grew up on a arm,” hesaid. “The atmosphere and el-lowship o the rodeo makes meeel right at home.”Bahm said he was hookedrom the frst time he set oot onsouth campus.“I participated in the horse-less rodeo my reshman year,”he said. “I ell in love with theevent.”To the participants, it is notabout harsh competition orwinning, said Sarah Cook, asophomore pre-vet major, it isabout the experience.“I participated a little last year but this year I participat-ed in every event,” she said. “Ienjoy the time spent with myriends while we have a goodtime.”The horseless rodeo is de-signed to accommodate every-one, even those who may not be interested in rodeos, saidMurphy Colvin, a junior pre-vetmajor.“We have the cal scramble,where you and your teammatehave to bring a 600-poundsteer to the ground and take alivestock sticker o o his ore-head,” he said. “Then we havean egg toss, which really isn’t arodeo event, but we just wanteveryone to have un.”Cameron White, a sopho-more pre-vet major, said thesame thing.“My avorite event was thecal scramble because it wassuch an adrenaline rush,” Whitesaid.All o these participantssaid the one thing they agreeon is the good time they knowthey will have while participat-ing. Like Murphey said, a good,un time was the sole intention behind the development o thehorseless rodeo.The Block and Bridle Club ishappy to sponsor such a light-hearted event or students, Rob-erts said.Colvin, White, Cook andBahm said they are all activemembers o the club and have been involved since their resh-man year. They said the event issomething they look orward toeach year.“Anything I can do to spendtime with the Tech amily Ilove,” Bahm said. “I will do it.”
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Kenneth Robbins hasstepped aside as director o the School o Perorming Artsater 15 years in the position.Mark Guinn, theater proessorand production manager orthe department o theater, hastaken his place as the director.The director o the Schoolo Perorming Arts is responsi-le or management and lead-ership o the school.“It’s quite an exciting jobopportunity or me, steppingup rom production coordina-tor with the department o theater and overseeing the en-tire school,” Guinn said.Guinn had been workingwith the department o music,ut now he will be supervisingthe entire school.“It’s cool because it’s goingto give us the opportunity togrow and develop,” Guinn said.Guinn also serves as one o only 17 working certifed stagecombat trainers in the nationwith the Society o AmericanFight Directors as well as acertifed teacher or the BritishAcademy o Stage and ScreenCombat. Guinn teaches stagecombat as a fght master withthe Society o American FightDirectors, an organizationdedicated to the training andaesthetics o stage combat inperormance, Guinn said.These two sides o Guinn’sproession coincide during his22 years at Tech.“In the frst year, I organizedwith Tech Theater Players theStage Combat Workshop atTech which has grown intoone o the oldest and well-respected regional stage com- bat workshops in the nation,”Guinn said.Guinn said he had never in-tended to work in theater untilhis junior year at Center Col-lege in Danville, Ky.“I started o with ull inten-tions o being a wildlie bota-nist,” Guinn said.As part o his general edu-cation requirements, however,Guinn took an art class wherehe had to do a sculpture andhe enjoyed it so much that hetook several more art classes.“That’s how I kind o gothooked,” Guinn said. “I endedup in theater where I realizedit was nothing more than a bigol’ laboratory where you got toplay with lights and I discoverdmy love o light as a orm o sculpture.”The summer ater his dis-covery o his love o light andtheater, he got his frst proes-sional job at an outdoor dramain Ohio called Blue JacketOutdoor Drama.He worked there rom itsopening season until theyclosed their doors 28 years lat-er. It was at Blue Jacket whereGuinn ound his calling.“In the middle o all this, Iwas like ‘Oh my God, I didn’tknow that I could make moneydoing this kind o stu.’ That’swhere my interest piqued,”Guinn said.Guinn began training withthe Society o American Fight-er Directors during this time,as well as pursuing urther edu-cation. He received his gradu-ate degree at Memphis StateUniversity.Guinn also spent time work-ing or a lighting company outo Los Angeles in the late ‘80s.This provided him with the op-portunity to go on big-nametours. He traveled alongsideMadonna on her Blonde Am- bition Tour and went on threeseparate tours alongside BobDylan, though he never got tomeet these musical icons.“I was sitting outside o his[Dylan’s] door one time be-cause they knew I was swash- buckler and Bob wanted tolearn how to sling steel, but itnever happened,” said Guinn.Guinn has since taught atrespected national workshops,such as the British NationalScreen Combat Workshopand the National Screen Com- bat Workshop. Guinn said hegreatly appreciates his promo-tion. He said he knows thathard work and maybe a bit o luck are to thank or the cata-pult to his new position.“I have been lucky, I think, but a large part o that luck was based on endeavor andhard work,” Guinn said.
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Photo by Shradha Bhandari SharmaPhoto by Grace Moore
Mark Guinn instructs the stage technicians on how to adjust thelighting on the stage.
Fight master takescharge of school
Students encouragerodeo participation
Kendyl Balentine attempts to rope in a sheep in a scramble event.
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“They asked i we wantedto advertise on the Jumbotron,”he said. “No. It would kill us. Wecan’t serve that many people.”Lubbert said credit card ma-chines cost $10,000 and spend-ing such a great amount orfve days a year simply is notworth it. Aramark does bringmachines rom main campusto the games, and the stands doaccept Tech Express.“It’s a tricky operation,”he said. “Currently, it’s notequipped to satisy the volume.”Game day is a long processor Aramark, Lubbert said. Theytypically cater a reception atthe president’s home, maintainthe caeteria and provide or thestands all in one main-campuskitchen.“In an ideal world everythingwould be prepared on premise,ut right now, only popcorn is,”he said.Aramark vans bring oodrom the Student Center to thestadium. The delay rom trafcand parking can compromisethe ood, Lubbert said.Anderson suggested threemain areas the concessionstands could improve.“I’d like to see conveniencein pay,” Anderson said. “Theyneed more modern ood displayand ood choice. I’d like to seethe souvenir cups back.”Lubbert said Aramark plansto fx all these areas. They haveopened up additional check-outlines and allowed third-partyvendors to supplement theirood. Pizza, unnel cakes, hotchocolate and sno-balls are justsome o the additions these businesses provide.“I they want to have othervendors, that’s fne,” Andersonsaid. “I think the ood choicesshould be more inventive andhelp them make more money.”The souvenir cups will beaddressed hopeully by the nexthome game, Lubbert said. Acollection eaturing ormer oot- ball players is on its way.Aramark’s best chance o im-proving the concession stands,he said, is in the blueprints.The new acility planned orthe south end zone and unded by the sel-assessed ee passed by students last year will haveathletic ofces, a banquet roomand, hopeully, a kitchen.“For the puzzle to come to-gether, it has to have a kitchenin the new center to be able toprovide ood or that acility,”Lubbert said. “It will add to thequality and help us produceood or the concession standon premise.”
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