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Carrier 9:5

Carrier 9:5

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Published by Austiz Sumter
Including stories on: the new Viking drumline, the new White House plan to cut college costs, Dragon*Con, the Rome INternational Film Festival and much more.
Including stories on: the new Viking drumline, the new White House plan to cut college costs, Dragon*Con, the Rome INternational Film Festival and much more.

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Published by: Austiz Sumter on Sep 06, 2013
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Volume 105 ∙ September 5, 2013 ∙ Number 2
Please recycle our paper.
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Fact of the Week:
Viking football preview
The White Househas been valuedat $319,483,628.That’s $1,805,719per month in rent.
Drumline prepares for rst performance
App to track class bus routes in development
Staff Reporter
The Berry class buses can be difficult to locate, but a smart phone app is being developed whichwould help students track the buses.The app has been developed by two studentsto track the route and progress of the Berry class buses. However, this app is still in the prototypeand planning stages and is not yet available to thepublic.Cal Supik, a senior and co-designer of the pro-gram said initially this tracking system was to bestarted last spring.Though the tests worked, there were kinks andlogistics to work out before the app could be madewidely available. However, another attempt this fallis possible, Supik said.This Internet-based app would give the locationof the two class buses around campus.“Our application would track the bus[es] in realtime where [they] were on campus. We decided tohave a map for the users to see, and an icon that lit-erally moves as the bus moves,” Supik said.According to Campus Scheduling CoordinatorHelen Simmons, whose office manages bus routesand scheduling, the bus driver would sign in andthe icon would appear. The app would featurealerts if there were a flat tire, maintenance issue oran emergency situation, she said.Students would open a web browser, follow alink and then be able to track the buses. Each buswould have a designated color, Simmons said.“If you’re a student trying to catch the bus, youcan see where it is and you’ll know whether to turnleft or right to catch it,” Simmons said.Supik said there are several logistics that needto be worked out before this application can bemade available to the public. These changes includeswitching servers that the app runs on and decid-ing how best to track the individual buses, Supik added.Nadeem Hamid, associate professor of mathe-matics and computer science, supervised the classproject last spring, and according to him, the appwas hosted on the computer science server. Presum-ably, the app would be integrated into the IT de-partment and run on the Berry server, he said.In the prototype phases, the buses have beentracked by using the internal location of an iPhoneor Android device on the bus, Hamid said. The nextstep, according to Supik, is to decide whether to in-vest in a GPS tracking system or continue using thesignal from mobile devices.Once the application is made public, use of theclass buses is expected to increase.“Some people don’t know when and where the bus runs,Simmons said. “So having this informa-tion available to students will be huge. And in termsof having this resource information to students willincrease [use of the buses].”Several students have already expressed excite-ment at the proposition of this tracking application.Sophomore Brittany Jones frequently rides theclass buses as long as she can find them.“I don’t ride it in the mornings because I neverknow if one will be there or not,” Jones said.Katie Johnson, sophomore and mountain campusresident, shared similar sentiments and enthusiasmfor the app.“I’m really excited about it. A lot of times youget stuck on main campus for an hour if you’re notcertain on route times,” Johnson said.Even a Berry alumna affirmed the positivity of this new app. Erin Moniz, director of student min-istries and 2003 graduate, has been a long time sup-porter of public transportation, and she feels thatthis virtual locator will only increase bus use.“Most people don’t use the class buses because of lack of communication and schedule issues,” Monizsaid.A more easily located class bus might result inless individual car use, helping reduce our carbonfootprint, Moniz added.“We have a lot of cars on campus,” Moniz said.“We don’t want to have everyone drive their carseverywhere.”
What you missed thissummer
Rome International Film Festival
Deputy News Editor
New to Berry, the Viking Drumlinearrived on the scene this fall and arepreparing for their first performance atthe inaugural Vikings football game.Headed by John David, visiting in-structor for the percussion and jazz en-semble, the process for member selec-tion began last May with a mass emailto all students inviting anyone inter-ested in drumline to a meeting. Thosewho were interested and went to themeeting attended a drum camp fromAug. 23-25 of this year. During camp,the line was chosen for the upcomingseason.For this year, the drumline will con-sist of four snare drums, three tenors,five basses, and four cymbals. David believes that this is a decent size for afirst year program.“Not a bad battery for…right out of the gate,” David said.Even though the line is new, Davidwants to set a high standard for theline. He hopes that the line will playat a high level, but in addition, enjoytheir time spent with the line.The Viking Drumline does not planto only perform at football games. In-stead, David said that the drumlinewill be the official music ensemble forBerry athletics, playing at multiplesporting events throughout the year.David is excited about the newdrumline, and believes that it is a goodthing for Berry. He also hopes thatthe drumline will promote the musicdepartment.“Even if you’re not a football fan,even if you’re not sure you’re endors-ing this whole change yet, a drumlineis cool and fun to listen to and it’s agood thing for our school,” David said.“It’s something that will hopefullyhelp generate interest in the music de-partment and help us recruit and just be a little more visible.Sophomore Jordan Epperson, asnare drummer for the Viking Drum-line, also believes that it is going to bea good year for the drumline and thatthe line is nearly prepared for their in-augural performance Saturday, eventhough the line has only been able topractice together for about two weeks.“Just given the time, we are doing apretty fair job,” Epperson said.Epperson is also excited about fu-ture years with the Viking Drumline.He said he hopes for growth of thedrumline not only in size but also inpopularity. He also said he has highhopes for the drumline and its impacton the community.“I’d like for not only the drumline, but Berry music to be kind of a stan-dard for this area…I’d like for Berry tokind of be like an integral part of thecommunity,” Epperson said.In regards to their upcoming Satur-day performance, Epperson did not re-veal what music the drumline is goingto play. Instead, he said that it was asurprise.Several students are excited aboutthe new drumline on campus. SeniorAlex Purdie believes that the newdrumline will be another way to showthe excellence of Berry.“I’m excited to see Berry develop adrumline, thus showing our willing-ness to adopt and become more thanwe were before,” Purdie said. “Berrytends to rise and become a standard of excellence for all we are involved in. Ican’t wait for the drumline to initiateanother example of that.”
Staff Photojournalist
The Viking Drumline has been practicing
and will be the ofcial music ensemble forBerry athletics.
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Welcome Back Weekend
Berry students celebrated Labor Day weekendwith Welcome Back Weekend activities coordinated by KCAB.On Friday Aug. 30, the Welcome Back Dance washeld in Krannert ballroom. The theme of the dancewas “True Colors,” and students came dressed intheir favorite color.The festivities continued on Saturday, Aug. 30. TheWinshape pool on mountain campus was open to allstudents to swim and cool off in the hot weather.
Worship Opportunities Fair
See all the different wor-ship opportunities on Ber-ry’s campus. It begins at11:00 a.m. on ThursdaySept. 5.
Student Involvement Fair
Stop by the Student Involve-ment Fair Friday Sept. 6from 5 to 7 p.m. on the
Cage lawn and nd out
more information on all theclubs, organizations andother interest groups Berryhas to offer.
Victory Day
Get your school spirit onand be ready to get ex-cited about Berry football.The fun begins on FridaySept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Cagearena.
KCAB Presents Good OldWar
 Join KCAB Friday Sept. 6 at9 p.m. in the Cage Center
as they present their rst
concert of the year featur-ing Good Old War.
First Year Service Day
Freshmen meet in theSpruill Ballroom SaturdaySept. 7 at 8:15 a.m. beforedeparting with their BCCclass to team up with localcommunity service organi-zations to engage in volun-teer projects.
The Shipyard
 Join the excitement at thetailgating event of the sea-son. There will be food,games, music and fun! Theparty starts at 3:30 p.m. onSaturday Sept. 7 in frontof Barron Stadium. Don’tmiss it!
Berry’s Inaugural FootballGame
See the Vikings Football
team in their very rst
game against the MaryvilleScots. Come and cheer onthe Vikings at 6 p.m. onSaturday Sept. 7.
KCAB’s Outdoor Movie
Check out KCAB’s outdoormovie, “Monsters Univer-sity”, and enjoy this Dis-ney and Pixar classic. Themovie begins at 10 p.m. onSaturday Sept. 10.
Poster Sale
Beginning on MondaySept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Kran-nert lobby will be full of posters. You can buy your
ll of posters to decorate
your dorm.
Blood Drive
The Red Cross will be host-ing a blood drive beginingat 12 p.m. on Tuesday Sept.10. Come out and donate atKrannert Ballroom A/B.
$5.99 Lunch Specials Until 3 P.M.(Drink Included)
White House develops plan to cut college costs
News Editor
The White House released a statementlast week detailing a plan aimed at mak-ing college more affordable.The press release, published on Aug.22, stated that higher education is “thesingle most important investment stu-dents can make in their own futures” butthat getting an education “has never beenmore expensive.”Berry’s tuition is $1,440 higher thisacademic year than it was last year, whilethe average tuition at a four-year publicuniversity has increased by 250 percentover the past thirty years. However, theaverage income of a family has only risen16 percent, so many families are strug-gling to pay for college.Many students and their familieschoose to take out student loans to helpwith college costs. While loans do helpstudents afford college, many studentsare in debt after graduating. The average borrower now graduates with more than$26,000 in debt, according to the WhiteHouse press release.The Obama administration plans tohelp struggling college graduates byestablishing a Pay as You Earn program,which will cap student loan payments at10 percent of the borrower’s income. Thispayment plan would be available to any borrower who needs it.An enrollment campaign for this pro-gram will begin this fall, and the Depart-ment of Education will contact borrowerswho have fallen behind on their loan pay-ments and undergraduate borrowers withespecially high amounts of debt. Thiscampaign will continue into the future sothat students know what their options arewhen they need to repay their loans.76 percent of Berry students took outa federal student loan in 2012, MarciaMcConnell, director of financial aid, said.The student loan interest rate is cur-rently 3.86 percent for undergraduatestudents. Legislation passed last monthallows for the rate to increase with mar-ket rates, although the interest rate forundergraduates is capped at 8.25 percent.The rate had doubled from 3.4 percent to6.8 percent in July after Congress failedto reach an agreement. The new interestrate will apply to all loans taken out after Jul. 1.“I know students are wary of anincrease in the rate because they want to be able to pay back student loans, myself included,” sophomore Rachel Blair said.The press release also proposed estab-lishing a new college rating system by the2015 school year. Colleges will be rated onaffordability, graduation rates and gradu-ate earnings. These ratings are intendedto help students make informed decisionsabout which college to attend. Federal aidto colleges will also be based on this infor-mation, although Berry does not receivefederal aid because it is a private college.McConnell said she believes this ratingsystem will be beneficial to students try-ing to choose a college.“Anything that can be provided tostudents to give them a clear picture of the cost associated with colleges we’reencouraged by,” McConnell said. “Wedefinitely believe in consumer informa-tion and being able to educate studentson affordability.”Student aid will also be based on theseratings by 2018. Students attending highlyrated colleges could receive larger PellGrants and more affordable loans.Pell Grants are available to undergrad-uate students and do not have to be repaid.Eligibility is determined by the student’sexpected family contribution, which thestudent provides on their Free Applica-tion for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 25percent of Berry students received Pellgrants in 2012, McConnell said.Also, according to the White Housepress release, schools with high dropoutrates will be required to disburse studentaid over the course of the semester ratherthan in one lump sum at the beginning of the semester. This will help prevent thewaste of Pell dollars.
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