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College President Stephen R. Briggs an-nounced to faculty and staff Tuesday thathe has been working through a medicalcondition known as myasthenia gravis(MG) since mid-August.The announcement was made at 3:20p.m. via an email entitled “Personal Letterfrom Steve Briggs to the Berry Faculty-Staff Community.”MG, according to the Myasthenia GravisFoundation of America, Inc. (MGFA), is a“chronic autoimmune neuromuscular dis-
order that is characterized by uctuating
weakness of the voluntary muscle groups”and, as stated in Briggs’ email, is not con-sidered “degenerative or life-threatening.Briggs added that MG does not causeany pain or numbness, nor does it impair brain functioning. However, it does result
in “signicant muscular weakness.”
“At present, I am working with special-ists at the Harbin Clinic and the Universityof Alabama Birmingham Medical School toinitiate and sustain remission,” Briggs saidin the email. “The process has been encour-aging, and the doctors are optimistic that astable remission can be achieved by 2013.”The symptoms of MG, which can followa pattern of remissions and relapses, aretypically treated with daily medication tomanage muscle weakness.
Briggs said he rst dealt with MG when
symptoms of it occurred in 1986, whenhe was 30 years old. The symptoms “pro-gressed rapidly over the course of severalmonths,” but he underwent surgery to re-move a tumor of the thymus gland, whichresulted in complete remission in 1988. Thisremission lasted for more than 20 years.This year, however, the symptomsreturned.“In January of this year, I experiencedsome minor eye symptoms (double-visionand a droopy eyelid) that all but disap-peared by mid-July. In mid-August, myMG symptoms returned in a generalizedform, involving rapid muscle fatigue andmotor weakness,” Briggs told faculty andstaff. “Currently, day-to-day challengescenter on my arms, hands and upper legs,whereas complications in the openingweeks of school involved more my voice,eyes and general fatigue.”Despite these complications, Briggs saidhe has remained active at work “with somemodest adjustments.”“In general, the adjustments have in-volved sharing on-campus responsibilitiesand speaking roles with members of mycabinet and other campus leaders so that Ican focus my efforts on the college’s com-prehensive campaign and related priori-ties,” Briggs said.This sharing of responsibilities entailsintentional planning with Briggs’ schedule,to ensure that other college leaders—suchas vice presidents, deans and others—are
present at each event, so that any uctua
-tion in Briggs’ strength will not interfere.“These leaders are all gifted and deeplycommitted to Berry, and perhaps the bestthing that has happened this fall is thatthey have been able to step forward andshare in these opportunities,” Briggs said.“I have realized that we are professionallystronger as a team today because of myphysical weakness these last two months.”Vice President for Student Affairs andDean of Students Debbie Heida said the biggest change as a result of Briggs’ MGwill be that he may not be seen as oftenaround campus.“He is one of the most involved campuspresidents in the life of the campus I haveever known,” Heida said. “And in this pe-riod of healing for him and recovery, youwon’t see him as often.”Heida added, however, that Briggs hasalready been working with this conditionfor two months, which is indicative of whatthings will continue to look like.“If you haven’t seen much differencein how the college has been functioningsince (the middle of August), and how hehas been interacting since then, it’s a goodindication we still have his leadership, hispresence and he’ll do what he can,” Heidasaid.
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Fact of the Week:
The lion used inthe original MGMmovie logo killed itstrainer and two as-sistants the day after
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President supported through medical condition
Stadium receives name, frst donation
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 Managing Editor
Berry alumnus Stephen J. Cage (74) haspledged $2.5 million to kick off fundraisingfor construction of the new football stadium.Cage, also the major benefactor of the CageCenter, announced his donation at the Boardof Trustees meeting Saturday, Oct. 20.
According to a press release from the ofce
of public relations, Cage has named the sta-dium “Valhalla” after the Great Hall of Vikingwarriors according to Norse mythology.Dean of Students Debbie Heida said shewill be working with the Student GovernmentAssociation (SGA) to coordinate an effort torename the Valhalla meal area in Krannert.“We’re planning on creating a contest forstudents to come up with a new name for thecurrent Valhalla,” Heida said.The planned stadium will seat 1,200 andwill include concessions, viewing and press boxes. The stadium will also feature Clark Track, named for Board of Trustees memberand alumnus Bert Clark (82), who has com- bined his donations with fellow board mem- ber and alumnus Roger Lusby (79), in antici-
pation of adding a track and eld team in the
future. Heida said there are plans to start a
track and eld team in fall 2014.
The date that construction will begin will bedetermined after the location for the stadium
is nalized and more donations are secured.
The construction project will also includea renovation of Richards Gymnasium into a
football practice eld house with a weight
-room, locker rooms and a neighboring prac-
tice eld.
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Stephen R. Briggs announces relapse of non-life-threatening myasthenia gravis to faculty, staff 
Staff Reporter
Berry’s annual HIV/AIDSAwareness Week sponsored bythe Black Student Association(BSA) was last Wednesday Oct. 17to Saturday Oct. 20. BSA co-pres-ident and junior Nina Pelletiersaid that in years past, BSA raisedmoney to pay for a trip to Atlantafor the annual AIDS walk, but thisyear the walk fell on Berry’s fall break. Instead, on campus eventsfor fundraising and educating
took place. This marks the rst
year that the BSA has conductedan on campus Awareness Week within the Berry community.This year’s HIV/AIDS Aware-ness Week was also separatefrom those in the past because of its collaboration with the Romecommunity.
Bert Clark, Roger Lusby, Victor and Steve Cage gather
in front of the Cage Center afterannouncing their donations to the stadium and track.
“I have realized that we are professionally stronger as ateam today because of my physical weakness these last two months.” 
-President Briggs
Last minute Halloweencostumes
Obama v. Romney
Drug Possession
Twostudents were charged withmisdemeanor possession of marijuana on Oct. 18.
A bicycle stolenfrom Ford was located andreturned on Oct. 18.
Wildlife Injury
Aninjured deer was reported onExit Drive on Oct. 18.
A bicycle wasreported stolen from Dana onOct. 19.
An investigation isongoing following a reportof cash taken from a wallet atKrannert on Oct. 22.
A bicycle wasreported stolen from Dana onOct. 23.
A bicycle wasreported stolen from Dana onOct. 24.
A studentreported that their vehiclewas tampered with at Danaon Oct. 24.
Briggs agreed that the effects of his MGhave been minimal this fall.“I’ve been able to attend most events asI would normally. The biggest differencesso far are probably that I don’t walk across/around campus as much as I would usually,and I’ve been eating fewer lunches in D-Hallthis fall,” Briggs said. “I am not as spontane-ous or ‘spur of the moment’ as I’d like to be, but that’s a small inconvenience.”Briggs said his dealings with MG have been learning experiences for him.“It’s not something you would choose foryourself, and certainly not for anyone else,”Briggs said. “At the same time, I’m learningthings I could not, or would not, learn oth-erwise. In a profound and direct way, it hasmade me acutely aware of all the ordinarythings that we take for granted on a daily,hourly basis.”He also said that his eyes have beenopened to things that people might not typi-cally notice.“We have so much to be grateful for that wesimply overlook because things come to us soeasily and naturally,” Briggs said. “When it’snot as easy and things move slower, you cansometimes also see more clearly.”Briggs added that this lesson is biblical.“As a Christian, I have known that thistruth and this paradox is at the heart of  Jesus’ gospel/teaching—meaning the mes-sage of the ‘poor in spirit’ and ‘humble inheart’ and ‘being last’ and ‘dead to yourself,’and Jesus emptying himself in Philippians2,” Briggs said. “Now I’m coming to tastethis ‘gospel’ paradox and absorb it in newways. Thus, my current physical weakness isstrengthening me spiritually, relationally andprofessionally.”Heida said the college’s response to Briggs’announcement should be support and prayer.“Berry should respond as Berry alwaysresponds to someone who needs our support,and I think they will,” Heida said. “This is aplace that cares about people who are part of the Berry family.”In agreement with Heida, Chair of theFaculty Assembly and Associate Professorof Psychology Alan Hughes said the facultywish Briggs the best and a quick recovery.“The faculty appreciate the president’swillingness to openly share with the col-lege community something that personally
must be very difcult,” Hughes said. “Our
thoughts are with him and his family during
what is certainly a very difcult time.”
Student Government Association Presi-dent Jacob Stubbs also offered his support forBriggs.“SGA and the student body wish PresidentBriggs a quick recovery and will keep him inour thoughts and prayers,” Stubbs said.Chair of the Berry Board of Trustees andBerry alumna (74) Karen Holley Horrell saidthe Board wishes “to let Dr. Briggs, his leader-ship team and the entire campus know of (the
Board’s) condence and support.”
She also said Berry can be thankful for thequality of Berry’s leaders.“Berry College is fortunate to have strongleadership in place,” Horrell said. “The Berrycommunity can feel gratitude for (Briggs’)courage and open communications in sharingthe news as he takes the best interests of Berryto heart. Strong leaders lead through others,and the college can also be grateful that Dr.Briggs has a talented, committed and sup-portive leadership team working with him.”Briggs said he and his wife Brenda havealready experienced the support of many.
 Ally Week shows support for LGBT community
Last week, LISTEN partici-pated in Ally Week, a time to rec-ognize and demonstrate supportfor those within the lesbian/gay/ bisexual/transgender (LGBT)community.LISTEN Vice President and junior Charley Bates said LISTEN brought the event to Berry as away to educate students on issuesconcerning the LGBT community.“Ally Week is a week thatGay, Lesbian and Straight Educa-tion Network (GLSEN) and gay-straight alliances get together andpetition against bullying of theLGBT community in schools,”Bates said.All last week, LISTEN held aninformational booth in Krannertto inform students on problemswithin the LGBT community andhow they can show support.Bullying is the main reason behind Ally Week, so the boothheld pledges asking for studentsto petition against bullying andanti-gay harassment in schools.LISTEN Public Relations Man-ager and junior Devon Estevezsaid the booth held petitions forpeople to not only sign a pledgeagainst bullying, but to gain fur-ther support from those that arenot knowledgeable of the causeor what it seeks to do for society.“It is to promote you are anally and try to get people topledge to be allies…that they willwork against bullying and not letit happen in their environment,”Estevez said.Estevez wanted to create pub-licity for Ally Week’s main event,Spirit Day, which recognizedthose that are allies of LGBTmembers.“Friday was Spirit Day,” Este-vez said. “It is a day where peoplewear purple to show that they areagainst bullying.”LISTEN chose the event as away to encourage student partici-pation. The event was not solelytargeted toward straight students, but to those within the LGBTcommunity as well.It was for all students to cometogether and show others thatthey are a support system againstthe way some of society tends totreat LGBT members.“Wearing the purple shirts saidyou were an ally, and to let peopleknow that you support them andequality,” Bates said.Although LISTEN is just get-ting into the swing of things, theywanted to do as much as possibleto support the cause.“We feel like this year it washard because we didn’t know
if we would get ofcial status,”
Estevez said. “We couldn’t planthings… It was really improvisedand we rushed things out.”LISTEN President and juniorRebekah Ingram said it was a bigstep to take part of this and thatGay & Lesbian Alliance AgainstDefamation (GLAAD) askedthem to guest-write a blog fortheir website.“GLAAD actually reached outto us asking if we would guest- blog about LISTEN becoming
ofcial and what we were doing
for Spirit Day, so that was excit-ing,” Ingram said.LISTEN is planning on mak-ing Ally Week an annual eventand hopes to make more of animpact.
“Since we just became an of
-cial group, we are more reactiverather than proactive towardevents,” Ingram said. “We learnedabout it and we wanted to makesure we did something. So nextyear it will be bigger.”
Staff Reporter
Berry College has changed itspre-registration schedule for thissemester.In the past, seniors and juniorsregistered on Sunday and Mon-day, and sophomores and fresh-men registered on Wednesdayand Thursday. This semester,seniors and juniors will registeron Sunday, Nov. 4, sophomoreswill register on Sunday, Nov. 11and freshmen will register onMonday, Nov. 12.Associate Provost AndrewBressette said the change wasmade in an effort to give under-classmen a better chance of regis-tering for classes they may need.“The goal is that once theupper classes have registered,the department chairs have moretime to look at enrollments inupper level classes and whatother classes have been taken,”Bressette said. “Then they can seeif there are some changes theymight be able to make in order tomake it as open and available aspossible for the freshmen.”Bressette also said that thisweek-long gap between theupper- and underclassmen is theonly change that was made to thepre-registration schedule.“We didn’t change the order,”Bressette said. “Athletes who areeligible to register early still regis-ter in the same time frame as theyhave in past years.”Students can see their pre-reg-istration times as well as the fullpre-registration schedule underthe Course Registration tab onVikingWeb.
Class pre-registrationchanges announced
by Provost’s Ofce
Deputy News Editor
SOUP attracts students
Kevin Shepherd, Eric Miller, David Lillie, Michaela Grass, McKenzie Reeves and Alesa Ham-maker show
their support of the SOUP organization. All proceeds go to benet orphans in Uganda.
Don’t Forget!Oct. 31 is the lastday to withdrawwith a W gradefrom the second 7week classes.
Assistant Photo Editor
Scary Berry
Come out to Hermann HallOct. 26-27 Friday and Saturdaynights 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. for a hayride to and from a haunted trail.Admission is $5 for all Berryand Shorter students, facultyand staff with IDs.
KCAB’s Halloween Movie
Kick off the Halloween week-end Friday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. inthe Ford Dining Hall for a show-ing of “Chernobyl Diaries.”
Cosmic Bowling
Come enjoy cosmic bowlingwith your friends at FloydBowling Lanes Friday Oct. 26from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Make a Difference Day
 Join other Berry students inmaking a difference throughvarious community serviceprojects during BCVS’s largestservice day of the year, spon-sored by “USA Today” maga-zine. Meet in the Krannert Ball-room Saturday Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.
Corn Maize
Come out to a haunted cornmaze in Flinstone, GA SaturdayOct. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is$20 per person.
KCAB’s Halloween Dance
Put on your best costume andcome out to celebrate in theSpruill Ballroom Saturday Oct.27 from 9 p.m.-midnight for acostume contest, DJ and more.
Haunted House
Haunted asylum hearse ridesare available from the danceto the haunted house SaturdayOct. 27 from 9 p.m.-12:15 a.m.in the underground at RichardsGym.
No Shave November
Guys, now is the time to sim-ply stop shaving throughoutNovember to raise awarenessfor prostate, colon and otherforms of male cancer.
Mississipi State UniversityCollege of Veterinary Medi-cine Information Session
Students of all majors interestedin veterinary school are wel-come to come to Westcott room112 from 11 a.m. - noon onThursday Nov. 1 to hear aboutMississippi State’s veterinaryprogram.
KCAB’s Miss Berry Pageant
Come out to Ford AuditoriumSaturday Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. to seewho will take home the crown.
BCVS organizes ‘Alternative Fall Break’
Berry College Volunteer Ser-vices (BCVS) provided an alterna-tive trip for students to serve hur-ricane victims in Louisiana fromFriday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct.15.BCVS took a group of 10 stu-dents to take part in the Alterna-tive Fall Break Service Trip, wherethey participated in service activi-ties to help the people of NewOrleans and surrounding areaswho have been affected by dam-aging hurricanes.Partnering with an organiza-tion called Camp Restore, thegroup helped in mainly two areas,
the rst an elderly couple’s home
in Braithwaite, La., whose househad been severely damaged ear-lier in the year by Hurricane Isaac.In the home of Mack andVita Lauga, the group helped inmany much-needed ways, fromremoving wet and muddy itemsfrom kitchen cabinets to remov-ing damaged appliances fromthe house and removing drywallfrom the house by shoveling itinto wheelbarrows.Caroline Tait, a ResidenceLife intern at Berry, accompaniedBCVS and helped with all thetasks involved with the family.“On breaks our team wasspending time with Mrs. Vita andMr. Mack,” Tait said. “They lis-tened to the family’s stories andhad such a compassionate heartfor the family. Mrs. Vita pulledme aside and expressed her grati-tude for what we did for her andher husband, explaining at theirage the work would have beenimpossible.”The second location in whichthe group found themselves wasthe heart of New Orleans, wherethey worked with the Food andFarm Network, an organizationthat helps farmers in the area get back on their feet. Here the groupworked at a local garden, wherethey weeded a plot of land to helpgrow crops that are sold to manyrestaurants in the most devas-tatingly damaged part of NewOrleans by Katrina: the NinthWard.“I truly believe that the servicedone on this trip and the impactthat these students had on thelives of those that they came incontact with in New Orleans isa true statement to the quality of people that come to Berry and theservant’s hearts that is instilled inthem,” Tait said.
Staff Reporter
This year’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Week was also different from those in the past because of its collaboration with the Romecommunity. BSA worked alongside the AIDSResource Council (ARC) in Rome for theirAwareness Week programs.
On the rst day of the Awareness Week,
BSA began its fundraising.“During the week we were raising moneyfor the AIDS Research Council here in Rome,”Pelletier said. “We wanted to keep it local thisyear. So we did a bake sale and raised moneyon Wednesday.”BSA Secretary and junior ChardonnayCopeland described the fundraising andeducational objectives and efforts of Berry’sAwareness Week.“Our goal this week was to raise moneyfor the AIDS Resource Council here in Rome,”Copeland said. “We decided to do somethinghere at Berry to raise awareness about HIVand AIDS, and so we coordinated with theARC to have speakers come to just spreadawareness, to get it on people’s minds.”Copeland said the ARC orators who cameon Oct. 16 spoke about HIV and AIDS andits introduction in the United States 30 yearsago. They also described the purpose of theARC and provided students with informa-tion on locations to be tested for HIV andAIDS.The following Thursday, Oct. 18, the BSA
showed the lm, “The Announcement,” a
documentary about NBA player Magic John-son’s announcement in 1991 that he had con-tracted HIV.Friday, Oct. 19 was another fundraisingeffort, the Revel in Red dance. The Red Walk on Saturday, Oct. 20 was the capstone forAwareness Week, and all week long the BSAaccepted donations.Pelletier said of the Red Walk, “We didn’thave as many (attendees) as we would like, because I don’t think we did a very good job advertising it. We did it up at Ford Gym,and we had a couple people from the com-munity come… We just set up some tables inthe gym. LISTEN, they had a table, the PeerEducators had a table and a representativefrom the ARC had a table. They had a bunchof information about HIV and AIDS. We hada DJ… There was food, and people madedonations.”Pelletier was not the only BSA memberthat noticed a small number of attendees dur-ing the Awareness Week.BSA’s advisor, Director of the Dean of 
Student’s Ofce Tasha Toy, also noted, “The
turnout was very moderate.”Copeland said the number of participantsthroughout the week “could have been bet-ter. But it was a learning experience. Weknow what to do for next year…This year, it
was our rst time, so turnout wasn’t exactly
what we expected. But the main goal was toraise money, and that’s what we did.”From Wednesday to Saturday, the BSAraised a total of $182, Copeland said.Copeland also mentioned that in futureyears, the BSA hopes to involve Berry andthe local community more in its AIDS Aware-ness Week.Heida said while the date thestadium construction will begin isstill unknown, locker rooms and a
practice eld will be built by next
school year.“It will be possible to havegame days off-campus, but we
will denitely need a practiceeld and locker rooms by fall
2013,” Heida said.Cage has not only donatedto the athletics department, buthas also established a CampbellSchool of Business scholarshipthat pays full tuition for two juniors and two seniors each year.
Plant Trees!Plant Trees!
Don’t forget!Seniors and juniorspre-register forspring semesterclasses on Sunday,Nov. 4, sophomoreson Sunday, Nov. 11and freshmen onMonday, Nov. 12.

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