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Flames basketball prepare for new season

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Frequent crashes on campus
In the last three weeks alone, three traffic collisions have occurred on 8th Street. Check out leeclarion.com for more information on these collisions.

Volume 66, Issue 4

By Caroline Eaton Staff Writer caroline.eaton@leeclarion.com

octboer 14, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month reaches Lee campus

Jamie Achten breaks the assist record
Gavin Markham Staff Writer gavin.markham@leeclarion.com

Local businesses offer discounts to Lee students
Local businesses, including Perkits, Razzbery’z Gifts and Farmhouse offer special discounts to students attending Lee University. Whether Lee students get a craving for frozen yogurt, home-cooked food or need to find the perfect birthday present for a friend, businesses in the Cleveland community have awarded student loyalty with discounts.

Baseball Service Saturday
The men’s baseball team will assist in packaging over 60,000 meals for Run for Food International on Saturday. The team will be working at the First Baptist Annex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10/14 Intramural Softball Championship Souther Field @ 7 p.m. 10/15 String Invitational Concert Church Street Annex @ 1:30 p.m. Joint 10/17

ctober was proclaimed the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the American Cancer Society as a way to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer organizations around the U.S. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was first established in 1885 with the objective of promoting mammogram X-rays as a powerful weapon against the disease. The X-rays are used to detect breast cancer in early stages of development. Women from the ages of 50-74 are encouraged to undergo a mammogram X-ray every two years. Breast cancer is currently the second most common cancer type in the U.S., directly behind colon cancer. As of July, the National Cancer Institute estimated 230,480 new cases of breast cancer in 2011 with 39,520 fatalities. Courtney Myrick, a freshman journalism and environmental science double major, experienced the tragedy of breast cancer first-hand when she lost her great-aunt to the disease. “My great-aunt Judy was diagnosed when I was really little,” Myrick said. “She underwent chemotherapy treatments for a year before she was cured, but she lost her trademark long hair.” After being in remission for five years, Myrick’s great-aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. This time, however, the chemotherapy was unsuccessful, and it was too late for surgery. She lived with the disease for six months before passing away. “I will never forget the funeral,” Myrick said. “My greatgrandmother turned to the whole family and told us that a parent should never have to bury their kids.” Myrick said that cancer is prominent on both sides of her family. Her father was recently cured of testicular and lymphatic cancer, and other family members have battled pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and brain tumors. “I plan on giving a lot of my funds to cancer research once I’m stable in a career,” Myrick said. Myrick claims that she would go to any event that supports cancer awareness on campus. Luckily for her, Zeta Chi Lambda will be raising awareness with various events and fundraisers throughout the month of October, all of which lead up to their annual Volley for the Cure on Nov. 4-5. Zeta President Julie Riche said that the club will sell baked goods, host a pink party and serve at a survivors’ luncheon in order to advertise their event. The money raised during this time will be donated to the MaryEllen Locher Foundation in Chattanooga. “Zeta has partnered with the Cleveland community to host Volley for a Cure for the past three years,” Riche said. “Since Zeta was founded in 2008, we have realized the importance of reaching out to the community to make a difference through service.” The two-day event will consist of a silent auction and pink party before ending with a volleyball game. The proceeds that are raised will be given to multiple breast cancer charities. Students can learn more about breast cancer by going to www.breastcancer.org. They can also visit www.thebreastcancersite.com to participate in the Click to Give fundraiser, become a Pink Ribbon Warrior, and purchase clothing and accessories from their online store. Each option raises funds for breast cancer research.

Zacharias speaks to community
By Richard Yeakley Managing Editor richard.yeakley@leeclarion.com

Chorale/Percussion Ensemble Concert Church Street Annex @ 7:30 p.m. Presidential 10/24 Concert Conn Center @ 7:30 p.m. Symphony Conn Center @ 7:30 p.m. 10/28 Masquerade on the Mall Ped Mall @ 7 p.m. 10/27

Orchestra Concert

Ravi Zacharias’ appearance at U-Church was a defining moment in the semesters of many Lee students. For one community lady, however, a decade-long dream was fulfilled on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Peggy Johnson, the chair of evangelism at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Tenn., has worked for the past 10 years to see the well-known Christian apologist come to Bradley County. “I was on cloud nine,” Johnson said after attending the sermon. “It was truly a dream come true for me.” Zacharias was brought to Lee University’s Conn Center through a cooperative effort between the university and Broad Street United Methodist. The church provided the funds through the Prayer Evangelism Memorial Fund, which was started after the passing of long-time church member and Clevelandnative Connie Day, and Lee provided the location for the event, Johnson said. Johnson and life-long friend Day had begun to discuss the possibility of bringing Zacharias to Cleveland before Day passed away in 2002. Students and community members filled the Conn Center to capacity to hear Zacharias speak.

The response from the student body to the Christian thinker and speaker was positive. Susan Peckous, a senior intercultural studies major who owns several of Zacharias’ books, was delighted to see the speaker. “He was so good. He was like a human apologetic encyclopedia,” Peckous said. “The man had an answer for everything.” An apologetic is the reasoned argument in the justification of something, and in Zacharias’ case, it is a reasoned argument that justifies the Christian faith. Peckous was especially taken with Zacharias’ response to a question posed by a recognized Lee University associate professor of historical theology, Skip Jenkins. Zacharias, who currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, was born in India before moving to Canada when he was 20. The scholar is an author of many well-known books, including “The Grand Weaver” and “Deliver Us From Evil,” and is heard nation-wide on a weekly radio show titled “Let My People Think.” It was in 2008 that Johnson first proposed the idea of Zacharias to Lee’s administration, and she said that they have been nothing but helpful throughout the entire process. Lee went as far as to reserve the center floor seats in the Conn Center for parishioners of Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Few athletes have accomplished what women’s soccer senior forward Jamie Achten has in her time at Lee University. On Oct. 8, 2011, Achten broke the all-time record for assists with her own 71st assist. The record was previously held by former Lady Flame Jodie McGucken, who had 70 assists. During the match against Faulkner University (Ala.), she assisted Ashley Aragona in the 32 minute mark. Achten also edged her way into the runner-up position in the all-time record for goals. Earlier this season, she passed former Lady Flame Michelle Hubbard with her 68th career goal. She will sit alone in the second spot behind former Lee Flame Janaina Novaes, who will be difficult to pass at No. 1 with 118 career goals. She tied the record for assists during last Thursday’s 2-0 win against AuburnMontgomery (Ala.) when she assisted Danielle Ciabattone during the 51st minute. “It was fun to break [the record],” Achten said. “My coach told me about it before the game; I didn’t know I was close until a week ago.” The Lady Flames have been very supportive of Achten’s career accomplishments thus far, but she has been unconcerned with setting records unless it helps the team to win games. Teammates say that Achten is a team leader who exhibits a Christ-like character on and off the field. “Jamie is a role model; I admire her so much. It’s pretty obvious that she is an amazing soccer player, but, more importantly, she is a remarkable person off the field,” junior goalkeeper Leah Wilson said. “She is a great leader and friend who cares so much about our team.” Her career marks should come as no surprise as she has helped the team win three straight National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships. She has also averaged 20 goals and 20 assists in all three years that she has played. In addition to her playing career, Achten has maintained the tough nature of being a scholar and an athlete with a 3.97 grade point average. She has identified the perfect model of balancing school and athletics. “Lee has produced hundreds of student athletes over the years, but Jamie Achten certainly has to rank right up there with the best, on and off the playing field,” Sports Information Director George Starr said. “[There is] no doubt she’s going to be a four-time NAIA All-American, but, more importantly, [she] has a shot at helping the Lady Flames become the first NAIA women’s soccer team to win four straight national titles.” Currently, after 85 career games, Achten has 73 assists and 71 goals with a potential for 15 more games, including the post season. There is no doubt that her No. 2 jersey will be hanging from the Walker Arena rafters shortly after her career is finished in November.

Lee Clarion Photo by Paul Howard



Chad Schrock, assistant professor of English at Lee University, recently received prestigious literary honors. This summer, he was accepted into the National Humanities Center Summer Institute on T.S. Eliot and was awarded the LindsayYoung Fellowship at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lee University’s School of Music will host the 3rd annual String Invitational on Thursday Oct. 13-Saturday Oct. 15. The 2011 String Invitational begins with the newly established Rising Star Solo Competition, Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Squires Recital Hall (Humanities Center). Lee University’s Humanities Coalition and the Department of History and Political Science announced the first event in the 20112012 Arts and Culture Series. Mary McCampbell spoke on “The Arts, Faith, and the Apocalyptic Imagination.”

The Lee University School of Music was pleased to welcome renowned musician Miles Osland as part of the Squires Hall Recital Series. This talented jazz saxophonist performed in the Squires Recital Hall on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m

OctOber 14, 2011
Gloria Chien, an internationally acclaimed pianist and an associate professor of music at Lee University, was recently presented an honor from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to participate in their highly competitive Chamber Music Society Two program.

The Lee Clarion is a student-produced and university-sponsored publication of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. MANAGING EDITOR Richard Yeakley NEWS EDITOR Jessilyn Justice LIFE EDITOR Meagan Bateman SPORTS EDITOR Zach Southard COPY EDITOR Kelsie Bowman ONLINE EDITOR Christina Techentin DESIGN EDITOR Lance Buchanan MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jamie Caulk MANAGING PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Lauren Carroll FACULTY ADVISER Dr. Rebecca Brinkmann © 2011 Lee University Student Media All opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Lee University or the Church of God. P.O. Box 3450 Cleveland, Tenn. 37320 letters@leeclarion.com www.leeclarion.com

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Business seminars led by professor from Rome

By Megan Gobble Staff Writer megan.gobble@leeclarion.com

Lee’s Business Department hosted Gianpaolo Abatecola, a professor who came all the way from Rome, to share his experience in a three-day seminar on the topic of organizational evolution on Oct. 5-7. Abatecola is the assistant professor of business management at Tor Vergata University of Rome in Italy. This was his first seminar conducted in the United States. “We are pleased that Dr. Abatecola was able to share with our students regarding enterprise management. It is a rare opportunity [that] our students have [to hear] someone with extensive, comprehensive international experience,” Dewayne Thompson, professor of business administration and chair of the Business Department, said. Abatecola has conducted

many research publications in the fields of organizational evolution, decision making and business reconstructing of energy, and automotive and real estate industries. Abatecola is the future cochair and organizational coordinator for the European Academy of Management for 2012. He is on the track of “Darwinism, Organizational Evolution and Survival.” The lectures given were based from this track topic. Students were given information on some of Abatecola’s publications as well as publications written by his colleagues on the topic of organizational evolution. Abatecola gave an introduction to his topic of research by explaining the way that organizations adapt to their environment in terms of competition and general society. Abatecola began the seminars by explaining the differences that exist between the

way living beings adapt and evolve, and then he related it to and explained the way firms go through the process. Abatecola discussed the personality factor on the second day. He explained the way that personalities of top managers affect their strategic decision making. The second seminar was concluded with the concept of natural selection for firms and organizations. Students looked at problems that firms have to cope with in the first years of its life cycle. This topic is a subfield of the organizational evolution debate that has been originated on the seminar prepositions by the famous American sociologist, Aurthur Stimchombe. Abatecola concluded the seminar with the topic of corporate failure and business crisis. The students looked at ordinary cases of failures and crisis, and afterward, they examined why it happened. The seminar closed with in-

terpretations about the decision making process. The seminars also gave students a worldwide view on these issues in business. “Only if you compare things in other countries [can you] better help your country,” Abatecola said. “If you stay just to reality, you will continue to see things just [as] they are without [seeing what] kind of improvement things can present.” Abatecola has been a member of the American Academy of Management, European Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society for three years. As a member, he attends several conferences, presents papers and participates in projects that are aimed at creating a community of scholars and practitioners who are interested in management topics. This was Abatecola’s third visit to the United States, and it was his first visit to Lee

University. “I hope to be able to come back soon,” Abatecola said. “I was accepted exceptionally by everyone here, and they made me feel at home.” The cross-cultural business trip to Italy has been visiting Abatecola’s University for the past three years for senior research seminars. “I would like to thank all the faculty members at Lee University for everything they have done for me,” Abatecola said. “I have enjoyed the beautiful views here of the buildings and the greens. The only thing that would make it better is if I found a coffee machine with espressos.” Abatecola returned to Rome to begin teaching his course in the Master of Science and Business Administration at the University of Tor Vergata on some of the topics he covered in the seminars.

Inman Street Coffeehouse opens
By Brandon Lancaster Staff Writer brandon.landcaster@leeclarion.com

The Salvation Army’s Inman Street Coffeehouse had their grand opening on Oct. 7, 2011. The opening night was celebrated with a concert, which featured Rusty Clanton and The Mailboxes, both of which are made up of students who attend Lee University. The night attracted the local Cleveland community, the area’s high school students as well as students from Lee. Local photography and art was also showcased on the walls of the coffee shop. Joel Rogers, the manager of Inman Street Coffeehouse, said that Friday night’s grand opening was a success. “We went through over a week’s worth of supplies in a single night,” Rogers said. Rogers also said that he is optimistic about the future of the establishment, and he is expecting Lee students to contribute to its success. “We are definitely targeting Lee students and wanting to cater to them as much as possible,” Rogers said. “There are not a lot of places to go in Cleveland, and students don’t always want to spend money or go to Chattanooga, so we want to create an atmosphere that al-

lows people to just hang out.” Over 30 percent of product sales from opening weekend were from Lee students, Rogers said. Rogers said that he wants to cater to the artistic community at Lee and in Cleveland; it is a community that he feels often goes unnoticed. “Music is huge; it’s artistic expression for people who don’t always get a chance at it,” Rogers said. “The concept here ... from the art on the walls to the music playing, is that we use local talent that hasn’t really had a chance to shine, and we help them shine.” Students already seem to appreciate the effort that Inman Street Coffeehouse has made to showcase local talent. John Hite, a senior business major at Lee, was in attendance at the grand opening. “I am a friend of Rusty’s and have been wanting him to play a show around here for a long time, so I’m glad this place gave him the opportunity to play,” Hite said. “It was a really great night.” The Salvation Army owns Inman Street Coffeehouse, and all proceeds from sales go to help fund the Salvation Army and its involvement in Cleveland. See more photos on LeeClarion.com.

New system to take the place of JustReLEEsed
By Caleb Bell Staff Writer caleb.bell@leeclarion.com

Photo courtesy of Shashank Shrestha

There it is, sitting in your inbox for the third time today. It’s another JustReLEEsed email written by some poor student who lost his flash drive. Soon, though, the pestering will lessen. Information Technology Systems is planning to launch a new notification system that will allow students to choose how they are notified about the goings-on around campus. Nate Tucker, director of IT Systems, said that the new system is designed to alleviate some of the annoyance that JustReLEEsed has caused to the Lee community. “JustReLEEsed has become a point of frustration for students,” Tucker said. Senior telecommunications major Depreena Robertson described the emails as “excessive.” “I’m just waiting for the day when I receive personal updates from people via [Dean of Students Alan] McClung,” Robertson said. Joseph Carasquillo, a sophomore business major and music minor, also

voiced his dissatisfaction with the system. “I’m constantly getting different trip emails from different teachers. I’ve gotten three in a day from different professors, and that kind of gets annoying when you’re having to delete all of them from your inbox,” Carasquillo said. While the emails will not be disappearing, Tucker said that students will be able to choose how they receive the notifications. The emails will be categorized under headings such as campus and event announcements, lost and found, etc. Students will be able to access the categories, and they can choose if they want emails to be sent to them instantaneously or if they want to receive one email a day that contains a certain category’s happenings. New sections will also be included, including athletics, news and classifieds. The new system will be run through Portico and have all notifications posted through the site, Tucker said. IT Systems expects to introduce the system within the next few weeks.


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Sugar ‘n Spice offers relaxing cafe for students
By Jordan Davis Staff Writer jordan.davis@leeclarion.com

With its home-cooked food and quintessential atmosphere, Sugar ‘n Spice has become a community favorite in Cleveland. Located in downtown Cleveland, Sugar ‘n Spice has been serving meals to the Bradley County community for over a year. Scott McGowan, the owner of the small, hometown café, opened the restaurant with quality in mind. “We believe in quality food and quality service,” McGowan said. “Sugar ‘n Spice offers customers a locally-owned, unique atmosphere.” McGowan is also the proud owner of Old Fort, another popular restaurant in the Cleveland community. Because Sugar ‘n Spice does not look like your average café, one might pass this small venue and assume that it is just another downtown home. However, one step through the front door reveals a homelike café that is complete with a cozy atmosphere, decorative, art-covered walls and a grand fireplace. The seating consists of indoor as well as outdoor chairs and tables, which gives customers more of an option when choosing a seat, especially when the weather is fair. The local café was inspired by McGowan’s mother. McGowan said that she always wanted to own a café-style restaurant. With the space already owned by the family, McGowan decided to make his mother’s dream come true. Because he had previous restaurant experience, McGowan said that the process of opening Sugar ‘n Spice was easier on him, especially

in creating the items on the menu. Sugar ‘n Spice offers a wide variety of soups and salads as well as different types of coffee and other beverages. The café also provides a variation of specialty items. “We offer unique homemade items that you do not see much of in this area,” McGowan said. All of the items on the Sugar ‘n Spice menu are made from scratch, and they are made out of fresh ingredients. According to McGowan, the two most popular items on the menu include the chicken salad and the quiche. Another popular menu item is the tomato pie, a specialty at the restaurant. The crowd at Sugar ‘n Spice consists mainly of college students as well as a crowd of regulars from the community. “We appreciate the support of Lee students, and we help support them whenever we can,” McGowan said. The atmosphere of Sugar ‘n Spice allows for both a place to get together with friends to socialize as well as a place to snack while studying. Freshman physical education major Scott Murray said that he loves Sugar ‘n Spice for its food and its atmosphere. “There’s not a better place to get a greattasting lunch or a cup of coffee,” Murray said. “It’s nice enough to go with friends and quiet enough to study for a little while if I have to.” Whether students are looking for a unique lunch spot, a coffee break between classes or a fresh place to study, Sugar ‘n Spice offers a distinctive atmosphere for all. Sugar ‘n Spice is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Lee Clarion Photo by Lauren Carroll

Social media in the classroom
By Brannon Roberts Contributing Writer brannon.roberts@leeclarion.com

For students, social networking has become second nature. Because so many students rely on social network sites for their information, professors are now beginning to question whether or not implementing social networking sites would be beneficial to the classroom. While not all professors agree that jumping on the social network bandwagon for classes is a good idea, several professors in Lee University’s Communication Arts Department see the benefits of social network sites. Christie Kleinmann and Rebecca Brinkmann, both assistant professors of communication, are among the first Lee professors to venture out into the land of social networks in order to contact and work with their students. Kleinmann said that she believes that social networking can be beneficial in the classroom. “When you can incorporate [social media] into class content, it works really well,” Kleinmann said. Kleinmann said that she plans to start incorporating

social media into her classes next semester, and she also expects that Twitter will most likely dominate over Facebook. Twitter will fit course content, Kleinmann said, and it relates more to journalists. However, Kleinmann stated that she understands that some classes are not suited for social media use.

emails,” Mahan said. “The social aspect of it only makes it more fun to communicate with other people.” Although these social networks may facilitate communication between professor and students, Brinkmann brings another communication device to the spotlight. “I actually prefer texting,” Brinkmann said. “It’s the best

I actually prefer texting . It’s the best way to communicate with me because it’s instant. If you text me, I’ll respond right away.
Rebecca Brinkman Assistant Professor of Communication
“Not every course is made for integrating social media,” Kleinmann said. Stacia Mahan, senior intercultural studies major, said that she thinks incorporating social media into the classroom will make it easier to stay in contact with professors. “It’s a great idea because it would make communication with professors easier, and [we could] avoid having to sort through all other way to communicate with me because it’s instant. If you text me, I’ll respond right away.” As a journalism professor, Brinkmann implied that it makes the most sense to utilize networks like Twitter in the classroom. In fact, Brinkmann already selectively uses Twitter for a class in which she asks her students to submit current articles to their designated hashtag, #SOME365. Brinkmann said that she

may incorporate Twitter into the classroom on a more regular basis in the future. “Twitter would be one social network that I would use with all of my classes in the future,” Brinkmann said. Currently, Brinkmann said that she uses the site Twitterfall.com, which is a social media site that streams hashtags from Twitter, but it does so more frequently. Through Twitterfall, Brinkmann said that she is able to receive her students’ submitted articles in a more organized way. Brinkmann also said that she believes there are going to be professors that want to maintain the division between social networks and the more traditional ways of communicating with students. Both Kleinmann and Brinkmann are willing to broaden the classroom’s means of communication, specifically in regards to the use of today’s most popular social networks. Likewise, there are certainly students who would gladly turn from the burden of checking their emails to receiving their schoolwork updates in this convenient fashion.

By Emily Day Columnist emily.day@leeclarion.com

DIARY of a

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ear Lee, When most people find out that I am from California, I am often asked, “Why did you come all the way out here to Tennessee?” A lot of people add, “California is so beautiful!” My reply is “Yes, California is beautiful, but so is Tennessee!” It possesses a kind of beauty that Santa Barbara will never hold for me. To be clear, I love my hometown, but I know God spent time in other areas of the world, and I have always planned on seeing those places in person. I want to take a minute to describe my hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif., before I talk about the amazing things I have seen here in Tennessee. I grew up less than five minutes away from the beach. Beach parties are common in Santa Barbara; barbeques and hang-outs with friends are usually hosted at our favorite beach spots. I learned to surf at an early age, and I still enjoy taking my board out with friends. My backyard has a sweeping view of the mountains, and sometimes, in the winter, we can see a dusting of snow around the peaks. The weather tends to hover around the mid-70s and rarely drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. We do not have seasons back home, so on Christmas day, we can usually wear shorts and a Tshirt when we go outside. Occasionally we have foggy days, and sometimes it rains, but many associate Santa Barbara with mild, mostly-sunny weather. Yes, I am aware that Santa Barbara is a beautiful and unique place to call home. I know I am blessed to have come from such a lovely area, but the beauty I have seen in the last few months in Tennessee is so different than what I am used to back home. I have seen things here that I have never seen in California. Last weekend, for instance, a bunch of girls from my hall piled into the car and headed out to Dentville, Tenn., for a camping trip at a farm owned by the family of one of my hall-mates. The view from the farm-


house was spectacular. Instead of an ocean, I saw large expanses of farmland that were sprinkled with different colors of flowers and crops. Instead of massive mountain peaks, I saw hills that seemed to roll forever into the horizon, and each hill was defined by a different color tone. In the late afternoon, before setting up camp, we walked down a grassy hill to a riverbank where we got our feet wet. As I waded out into the shallows, my attention was turned to the direction of the setting sun. The trees blocked most of the light just enough that we weren’t blinded by its rays. The light bounced off the water, and I was captivated by the image before me. I spent that night wideawake by the campfire, laughing and talking with the small group of girls. We stayed up for most of the night and into the morning. We kept our eyes open long enough to see the sun rise over the hills. I have never seen a sunrise in Santa Barbara like the sunrise that I witnessed coming up over the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I watched the beams from the sun touch down on the farmland and rolling, multicolored hills. Slowly the light grew, racing with speed and blanketing the ground until it made its way to our campsite. The warmth permeated my skin, warming my face, and I was once again overwhelmed by beauty. In just my first month of being in Tennessee, I have accumulated a mass amount of mental images that I know will stick with me for life. I am so excited to be in Tennessee to experience seasons. Back home, the leaves don’t change the way they do here. Most leaves stay green all year, and we don’t see them fall. I have yet to experience a real autumn. It is October now, and autumn has just begun; the leaves have already begun their transformation. I am so excited to see all the colors paint the campus and town as the season continues. I am glad to be here. I am glad to be immersed in a culture different from the one I have known all of my life. I am enjoying new experiences, new friendships, new blessings and new dreams for the future. God has blessed me with a beautiful home to go back to, and a beautiful new place to call home while I’m here. Sincerely, Emily Day

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Educating the Masses
By Micah Gibson Conservative Columnist micah.gibson@leeclarion.com

Conservative Column LEE CLARION
strained, and most often the expansion of government authority or scope is in proportion to a reduction of individual liberty. One of the unique benefits of a democratic form of government is the ability of the citizenry to restrict or reverse the expansion of their own government. This constraint upon the government, however, requires a citizenry that is intentionally critical of their government’s actions for the purpose of the preservation of their liberties. It therefore seems to be very dangerous to trust the government to educate its own citizenry, especially in a system like that of the United States, which requires its citizens to make critical decisions of its leaders in an effort to preserve liberty. It is not in the long-term self-interest of the government’s tendencies to provide its citizens the tools with which to restrain it. This is the inherent danger in public education: the people run the risk of being conformed into whatever image the government desires for them through the process of education. After all, uncritical citizens are no threat to a state’s desires for expansion and growth. This concern may appear to some to be a bit apocalyptic and extreme, but history teaches us that individuals in power are not above using whatever means necessary to retain and extend that power. Ignorance can be a very powerful tool if properly used, and people that cannot think are not a threat to those who would exploit them. Freedom is not free, and a part of its price is the intentional driving out of personal ignorance for the purpose of liberty’s protection from those who would subvert.


Daven Haskett

While I was watching a recent Republican primary debate, one of the questions asked of the candidates was, “If you had the opportunity to completely eliminate one of the many departments of the federal government, which would you choose?” I no longer recall the individual responses of each candidate, but, ultimately, what interested me more was what came next. The same question was posed to the viewers of the debate in an online poll, and later the results were displayed to the audience, and 47 percent of those who responded had chosen the Department of Education. This was far and away the “winner” of the poll, which surprised me and also gave me a great sense of hope as this is the department I would choose as well. While I am as big a supporter of the Constitution as you could probably find, appealing to the lack of Constitutional authority for the federal government’s actions on this issue is not the most convincing argument for me. Please do not misunderstand; that argument is there, needs to be made and is valid, but, personally, the issue is deeper than a breach of our governing document. Governments of all kinds tend to pursue greater and greater power for its own sake. Some kinds may be slower than others in this process, but I believe one can observe, in almost every case, that governments tend to expand rather than contract if left uncon-

From the editor: Think
By Richard Yeakley Managing Editor richard.yeakley@leeclarion.com

Andrés F. Valencia

At a Glance: Service Week

Alli Wilson

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FLOODED: Heavy rains throughout September have caused many students headaches, but for some students the rains provided unique ways to have fun.

I guess I have finally found my editorial style. I seem to always start with an interesting quote. “Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school, every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it,” as penned by William Haley, a British writer. This statement by Haley, I feel, is discussing critical thinking, and Lee University is a school that is centered on critical thinking. What does that mean? Think about it. The administration and faculty of Lee University infuse every classroom setting and every interaction with students with a desire to teach critical thinking. Why do they do this? Is critical thinking really that important? What is it, anyway? The answer to this last question is quite simple. Lee breaks the task of thinking critically into five skills. Skill #1: Learning for Understanding and Retention Skill #2: Identifying Sources and Determining Their Reliability Skill #3: Explaining Causes Skill #4: Critical Analysis, Synthesis and Assessment Skill #5: Decision Making and Problem Solving So what does that mean for you, for me and for all

the students who have chosen to join Lee University in its enterprise of shaping the minds of students. I think students at Lee University will graduate as far more prepared individuals if they engage in the critical thinking journey that the university has built for them. Furthermore, I believe that students are able to improve their understanding of critical thinking if they practice two simple steps. First, students must practice. So, stop. Pick a topic. A problem in your life. A hope that you have or a conundrum that you can’t wrestle away. Think about it. Practice the powers of thinking critically. Ask hard questions of yourself. Don’t settle on a basic or superficial answer to your concerns, but look for the best way to solve a problem. Second, students must be open. Although I absolutely agree with Alexander Hamilton’s famous words, “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything,” we are doing ourselves a disservice when we enter a discussion or subject of study with the attitude that we are irrevocably sure that we know every answer. Being open is a necessary step to thinking critically. A closed mind doesn’t need to wrestle. So soak in the opportunity to improve your critical thinking while at Lee, and, as a senior, I promise that you will gain from it.

Humor Corner What’s the bomb dot com?
By Mitchell Capps Staff Writer mitchell.capps@leeclarion.com

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Out of our culture’s many different ways of christening someone as “cool,” calling someone the “bomb dot com” is perhaps the one that best jives with the evolution of eras. For example, bragging on someone as being the “bee’s knees” is nothing more than telling them they are an anatomical mutation on an otherwise jointless hymenopterous insect. We can take on the antiadjective approach by using negative words to describe positive personas, such as bad, wicked and sick. If someone is “far out,” we are assuming that any differentiation is a good thing. As the Hitlers and the Lady Gagas would seem to tell us, that isn’t always true. The adjective, “radical,” follows the same principle. If we even leave it at “the bomb,” what have we but an explosive that is either meant to murder or to be a maiden to the mischief of youthful boys? That’s not cool. However, with the additive of “dot com,” everything changes. The Internet is relevant, and relevant is cool. It’s the most common domain name, so it relates to everyone, and relating is cool. It abandons the etiquette of “www dot,” which makes it a rebel, and rebels are cool. The “com” is traditionally

short for commercial, which means it represents everything that we need to make our life complete. The question may surface, “Is there a real bomb.com?” This would be solved simply with a cursor and a few taps of the keys in the address bar. Maybe it’s not so easy, of course, for those who fear the detonation of viruses by such a site. For this reason, those in the Lee Clarion publication lab do the dirty work for you. The URL, www.bomb. com, routes to a site with a masthead that contains a beach scene and a few categorized links below. The domain name is actually available for purchase. You could own the bomb.com. It could route to your picture. To make things much more uncool, there is actually a www.bombdotcom.net. “Dot net!” What nerve! “Dot net” is not cool. It is nothing but an amateur filmmaking blog. Networks ... sheesh. For now, we can give up hope of any actual World Wide Web hotspot called the “bomb dot com,” but there is plenty of room for that site in the colloquial crowd. If your online life has succumbed to researching the bomb.com, try out www. leeclarion.com as a refresher. It has the same qualities of cool. It’s relevant, relatable and rebellious. Maybe it, too, will catch on colloquially: “That’s the Lee Clarion dot com!” I can see it.

OctOber 14, 2011


Jillian Spears talks about her passion for music
By Bailey Rush Staff Writer bailey.rush@leeclarion.com

Fashion’s Most Wanted
By Megan Gobble Contributing Writer megan.gobble@leeclarion.com


Since a young age, Jillian Spears has had a love for all things musical. Spears, a junior theatre and art double major at Lee University, said that she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in music, especially when it comes to writing song lyrics. “I guess I’ve always written,” Spears said. Spears said that she never kept a journal when she was younger, but because her songs portray memories of her life, she considers them to be her own version of a journal. Spears has played piano since she was young. Currently, her instruments of choice are piano, ukulele and guitar. “I am terrible at guitar due to the fact that I don’t have calluses,” Spears said. “But I wish I had them just so I could play guitar.” Spears said that she was always involved in something that was related to music during her high school years. She joined her first band, The Mailboxes, in 2008. The Mailboxes consisted of Spears and Caleb Dykes,

son of renowned guitarist Doyle Dykes. Spears and Dykes also had various musicians play with their band from time to time. The days of The Mailboxes ended, however, after Spears graduated high school. When Spears first came to Lee, she decided to major in music because of her passion for it. “I had a rough first semester,” Spears said. “I just wanted to quit school and play music.” However, Spears stayed in school, and she eventually realized that music was not the only passion that she had. She soon discovered a love of theatre and art, two things that she decided to pursue while at Lee. Through her passion for theatre, Spears began acting with the Lee University’s theatre department. In spring 2011, Spears was cast as Eliza Doolittle for three of the performances of Lee’s production of “My Fair Lady.” Spears said that doing musical theatre had always been a dream for her, so getting to play Eliza was a dream come true. Even though Spears is busy with her schoolwork, she still finds time to write music. She said that writing lyrics is like writing letters to people she knows.

“I want my music to give people hope in dark circumstances,” Spears said. “I want people to see how they can change the world [and be] a catalyst of hope and change.” Worship music also plays a vital part in Spears’ writing. “I believe all music worships something,” Spears said. Spears said that her music is heavily influenced by musical artists such as Fiona Apple, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap and Sara Groves. Since creating The Mailboxes in high school, Spears has had the opportunity to play at several venues in Cleveland and Chattanooga. On Oct. 7, Spears had the opportunity to headline a grand opening show for Inman Street Coffee House. In her spare time, Spears teaches piano lessons to children in the community. She is also the pianist and youth worship leader for her church. Spears said that she has had multiple offers from different music labels as well as opportunities for collaborations with other artists. She has not signed with a label yet as she chooses to keep her options open. “At first, I worried about my career, but I am really wanting to learn to trust God with that,” Spears said. “I don’t really want to have a set idea of what I am going to do in the future ... I know what God has will be even better than that.”

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Keep an eye out for fashion’s most wanted items: accessories. Accessories can do wonders for your wardrobe. They can spice it up, create a different look and make you stand out. Accessories are so small, yet so powerful. They are also a great investment, especially for college students because they can be inexpensive while easily creating 10 different looks with one ensemble. Pairing the right accessories with your outfit will naturally take your look up a notch. “Accessories can take the outfit that you love, that may not look the best on you, [and turn it] into a drop-dead gorgeous ensemble,” Pat Fuller, local fashion expert and owner of the Orange Blossom Boutique, said. Some of these most wanted items include jewelry, scarves and belts. Accessories are the finishing touch that brings the outfit together, so it is important to know where and how to wear them. When pairing jewels with your ensemble, it is important to not get overly zealous. Jewelry can make you look gaudy if you overdo it. Do not wear your jewelry as if you need to show off all that you have. Consistency is another key. You don’t want to pair small, dainty earrings with a large, bold pendant. If you want to wear bold jewelry, make that be the theme of all your jewelry pieces. Also, avoid mismatching two different styles of jewelry. You can mix and match your jewelry, and it could look stunning, but try not to mix two different styles, as this usually doesn’t work. If you decided to wear a cocktail ring, let that be the eye-catcher. Wearing other small, delicate rings would only take away from the glamour. Belts are the perfect way to introduce a chic pop of color, texture or bling to any outfit. It is important to keep your body’s proportions in mind when choosing a belt. An ultra-skinny belt might visually add weight to plus sized women, while a thicker medium width belt will create a more balanced look. At the waist, you can wear a thick or thin belt with a pair of high-waisted trousers, a pencil skirt or a dress to show off your feminine figure. You can also piece together separates such as tops, sweaters and pants by wearing a waist-hugging belt over light layers. Accentuate your curves with tailored jackets or structured shirts by adding a belt at the waist. Belts worn below the bustline should be skinny, simple and contrasting in color. Hip-hugging belts do wonders for tunics, casual shift dresses, low-rise jeans and boho skirts by adding a finishing touch of style and character to the outfit. When you put on a scarf, you want it to express a nonchalant flair, as if you just threw it on while running out the door. Scarves can either be worn close at the neck, like a piece of jewelry, or loosely. Make sure that you do not pair this style with a shirt that has overt neckline details. When wearing a sweater is too much of a cover-up, a shawl-sized scarf can add a stylish layer. Embroidery and fringe on the scarf will add texture and dimension to your look. These are only a few examples of how to utilize accessories. Accessories are anything that accents an outfit. Mixing and matching these ensemble extras are quick and easy ways to show off your personal style!


Flames’ basketball enters the unknown this season



OctOber 14, 2011

We’re just excited about the season, and we think that we are going to have a big one.
Steven Bennett Junior basketball player

By Benjamin Veazey Staff Writer benjamin.veazy@leeclarion.com



Photos courtesy of Sports Information

SPECIAL SHOT: The Flames basketball team participated in an inter-squad scrimage and slam dunk competition to excite students for their upcoming season. By Gavin Markham Staff Writer gavin.markham@leeclarion.com

There is a lot that remains unknown for the men’s basketball team in the upcoming season. Due to a combination of losing key players from last year’s team as well as introducing six new players to the program, Coach Tommy Brown and his staff are in a rebuilding mode. “It is quite the rebuilding process we have,” Brown said. “There is a great deal of unknown when you have as many young guys as we have right now.” The amount of youth that Brown has been provided with is unfamiliar to him as a coach. On a year-to-year basis, Brown has had an influx of experienced talent to work with. This year, only a handful of players returned, and

the rest came in as transfers or freshman. Only senior forward Josh Henley [Gardner-Webb University] transferred in from a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I school this year. NCAA transfers have become the staple in Brown’s teams each year. Current junior forward, Patrick Shaughnessy, was welcomed to the team last year after his transfer from The College of Charleston (S.C.). “We are going through a get-to-know-me process, and we are trying to figure out what our identity is going to be [in] this upcoming season,” Brown said. Less than a month remains until the opening game against National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II opponent, Milligan College. Brown likes the fact that he has recruited

an overall combination of players that can assist him in rebuilding the team, and he plans to start with the first game. “We felt like we have brought in a nice combination of freshman, junior college and [NCAA] Division I transfers,” Brown said. Brown’s fast-paced style of game has granted him solid players such as senior point guard and transfer Ryan Westbrooks, who came to Lee from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. “Once we get our chemistry together, I think we will be a pretty great team. We are hard-working and listen to our coach’s system; we will make it pretty far,” Westbrooks said. “I really enjoy the system; it’s a run-andgun system, and that’s why I chose Lee University [as well as] it being a beautiful Chris-

tian campus. Each member of the team has great aspirations to continue the establishment of success that Brown has instituted since 2005. Certainly, more than any year that Brown can remember, this season will be a learning experience as head coach. “One of the biggest things I like about the team is that they are family oriented; everybody has each other’s back, and we’re a group of guys that [are] willing to work hard out there on the floor,” junior transfer Steven Bennett said. “We’re just excited about the season, and we think that we are going to have a big one.” The men’s basketball season starts off on Saturday, Oct. 29 against Milligan College at 2 p.m.

Women’s basketball plans to go the distance
By Gavin Markham Staff Writer gavin.markham@leeclarion.com

After disappointing back-to-back losses to end the season in 2010, the Lee women’s basketball team is set to make a deep run of wins this season with 13 starters returning to the team. Coming off of a 25-7 season, the girls have been preparing for their homecoming season opener against Southern Wesleyan University. The players are beginning to believe that this is the year that they will be able to break through for Coach Marty Rowe. The team recently lost both key assistant coaches, Matt Sanders and Mindy Kiser, to head coaching opportunities. “We have experience back, so we have high expectations for the team,” Rowe said. The team added two new freshmen players this year, one of which is Jordan Newhart, who Rowe said is going to be a good player down the stretch. The other freshman is Jenna Adams, a 6-foot-2-inch forward that can score on any possession. Adams might be exactly what Rowe needs after the departure of Brooke McKinnon, a former leading scorer. “We have a lot of people coming back, and we expect them to be able to step in and continue to get better,” Rowe said. “We think we have a chance to be a pretty good team this year.”

The loss of McKinnon presented the team with a more balanced approach to scoring this season, as they do not have a defining scoring threat. One player that can change that is sophomore guard Hollie German, who is the returning leading scorer at 9.8 points per game. “We think [German] has a chance to be really special and a really good player, and so we expect a lot out of her,” Rowe said. The lone seniors on the team are guards Kally Eldridge and Angela Spann, and Rowe hopes that both of them will make an impact. The two guards, combined with German and sophomore Madison Lee, made up 184 of the 265 three-point shots in 2010. Each of the Lady Flames is expecting to make a deep run in the national tournament, and all have very high expectations for the season. “We’re really close-knit on our team, and we really care about each other a lot,” Eldridge said. “Our hope is that we are going to live up to those expectations and hopefully bring home a national championship.” The Lady Flames open up an exhibition game against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, they plan to shift their focus to the regular season that begins on Nov. 4 at 12 p.m. in the Walker Arena.
Photos courtesy of Sports Information

Undefeated since 1918. That has been the saying on campus for as long as any student, staff, faculty or alumni can remember. As the saying goes, Lee has not lost a football game in about 93 years. This is quite an impressive feat that is unmatched by any other team in the history of game if, of course, you don’t take into account that Lee has never had a football team in those 93 years. In the past decade, Lee rapidly increased its performance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which has, in turn, begun a movement among students that calls for the school to move to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Women’s soccer won three straight national championships, and the volleyball team has become a staple for a final four run every season. Flames’ baseball has appeared in the College World Series every year since 2006, and both basketball clubs have been averaging close to 30 wins per season since the conference switch to the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2002. Why not football? Why not have Saturday afternoons devoted to watching a Lee football team? Football makes logical sense. Think about it, for example, in a geographic sense. Lee is located in the Southeastern United States. It’s no surprise that Southerners love football. There is no question that locals would come out to watch as they do in basketball season. I have lived in Cleveland all of my life, and I have heard members of the Cleveland community, who are not associated with Lee, talk of how much they would support a football program. They wouldn’t just support

it by regularly attending the games, they would support the program financially as well. The SSAC does not currently have football, but the NAIA does. The most logical choice of conference would be the South Atlantic Conference, or Lee could even become an independent institution. The SAC is made up of schools from only Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. It is also an NCAA Division II conference, meaning a switch from the NAIA to the NCAA would be necessary, but that’s an argument for another day. The question also arises, of course, of where a Flames football team would play. There are multiple facilities that come to mind, and the team would not have to start on campus, though eventually that would be necessary. Cleveland has the amenities of Raider Field at Cleveland High School, Bradley Field at Bradley Central High School, or even Mustang Field at Walker Valley High School to choose from. Raider Field makes for the most logical choice as it would seat more fans. After the team plays a year or so on one of those fields, an on-campus stadium could be developed. Lee also has the O’Bannon Field, the rugby pitch by Carroll Courts and and a good soccer field. The biggest roadblock to seeing a football team emerge any time soon might possibly be the money situation. Starting a football team is a huge financial responsibility, especially with scholarships to fulfill. Several NCAA Division I subdivision conferences, however, are made up of non-scholarship teams who compete each week without the addition of financial aid to their programs. Those schools, some not much larger than Lee, have survived on player commitment alone. So, why not bring football to Lee?

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SSAC Standings
Men’s Soccer Standings
SSAC: Overall: 8 William Carey 7-0 11-1 18 Auburn-Montgomery 7-1 9-4-1 9 Belhaven 6-1 10-1 4 Mobile 6-1 8-4-1 Spring Hill 5-3 10-3 17 Southern Polytechnic 4-2 8-2 Lee 3-4 7-5 Shorter 3-4 6-6 Southern Wesleyan 2-4 5-5 Brewton-Parker 1-6 4-6-1 Emmanuel 1-7 7-6 Faulkner 1-7 3-8-1 Truett-McConnell 0-6 1-10

Women’s Soccer Standings
SSAC: 7-0 Overall: 10-2

SSAC East: 5 Lee Shorter

Volleyball Standings
SSAC: 11-1 Overall: 18-2 21-6 18-9 10-12 8-10 14-12

2 Lee 9 Mobile

10/15/11 Women’s Soccer vs. Brenau 5:00 p.m. 10/15/11 Men’s Soccer vs. Southern Polytechnic 7:00 p.m. 10/18/11 Women’s Soccer vs. TruettMcConnell 5:00 p.m. 10/18/11 Men’s Soccer vs. TruettMcConnell 7:00 p.m. 10/15/11 Women’s Soccer vs. Brenau 5:00 p.m 10/20/11 Women’s Soccer vs. Martin Methodist 5:00 p.m 10/29/11 Women’s Soccer vs. BrewtonParker 2:00 p.m 10/29/11 Men’s Soccer vs. BrewtonParker 7:00 p.m

7-1 11-2-1 Auburn-Montgomery 6-2 7-6 Faulkner 5-3 7-4-1 William Carey 5-3 7-6 Brenau 4-2 4-4-3 Shorter 4-3 4-8 Spring Hill 4-4 7-7 Belhaven 3-5 5-8-1 Truett-McConnell 1-5 3-8-1 Emmanuel 1-6 6-7 Southern Wesleyan 0-6 2-9-1 Brewton-Parker 0-7 1-12

7-3 Southern Wesleyan 4-6 Brenau 3-7 Brewton-Parker 1-7 Emmanuel 0-10

SSAC West: SSAC: 21 Spring Hill 10-0 Loyola 7-3 Belhaven 5-5 Mobile 5-5 Faulkner 2-8 Overall: 27-0 13-8 18-7 14-10 16-12

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