Volume 104 ∙ November 15, 2012 ∙ Number 10

Students take risks to succeed
Despite potential consequences students are dealing ADHD medications to focus in class
KIM TREESE News Editor ALEXANDRIA WISNER Staff Reporter As finals draw closer and stress levels heighten, some students are illegally buying and selling “good grade pills” to get an edge on their school work. With finals nearing and stress levels heightening, the illegal distribution of the “good grade pill” is becoming seemingly more present on college campuses, even at Berry. The “good grade pill” refers to the prescriptive drug Adderall used to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a psychiatric and neurobehavioral disorder that causes individuals to suffer from hyperactivity, impulsiveness and the inability to maintain attention. Adderall treats the symptoms of ADHD by interfering with brain-flow stimulation and activity, causing those who take it to become extremely “tuned in” to their current tasks, especially homework. Adderall is also used to treat narcolepsy and is classified by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a class two controlled substance because it is highly addictive. Cocaine and morphine are two other examples of a class two substance. Although the selling of class two substances is considered a felony by law, students are still willing to do it. Junior Daniel Warner was approached by a man in the li-

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brary who wanted to buy Adderall. “I was in the library minding my own business at a computer station and in walks this guy—let’s call him Skylark—and he asks me apprehensively if I have an Adderall,” Warner said. Warner said the man claimed to need it because it was mid-term week and he needed the extra focus. “I wasn’t flattered that he asked me, and I told him that I didn’t have any,” Warner said. “He asked if I knew any-

one, and I said ‘maybe, but I don’t really want to say it’ and then he left.” Warner was not the only one approached by a student wanting to buy Adderall. Senior Taylor Hill had a similar experience. “Once I was in a study group and a girl came up and asked the group if anyone had some Adderall she could buy, and when my friend said he didn’t have any she left,” Hill said.

Outreach group focuses on homelessness and hunger
MICAH BHACHECH Staff Reporter National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) is Nov. 10-18. The national event is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless website. The Awareness Week at Berry is presented by the Hunger and Homelessness Outreach Programs and Education (HHOPE). Several organizations aided in the awareness week, and they were organized under a group that collaborated in order to provide unique events throughout the week. Senior Anna Miles, president of Berry’s Presbyterian Student Fellowship (PSF), was a part of that group. Miles said the group of organizers for the week’s events includes–aside from herself– President of HHOPE Ruth Ogbemudia and Sydney Hulebak of Berry College Volunteer Services (BCVS “We three got together in September to try to see how we could help each other to make this whole thing work and that way different groups would not be putting on the same events,” Miles said. According to the email to students sent by HHOPE on Tuesday, donation boxes were placed in the residence halls for dorm residents and Krannert for faculty and alternative housing Monday through Friday. These donation boxes were for toys, clothes and canned goods for the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center for abused children. The dorm that donates the most wins the Dorm Wars Drive and will receive a party from HHOPE. At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, HHOPE and the Sociology Department presented the film “Seven Pounds” followed by a discussion. Today HHOPE will collaborate with Religion in Student Enterprise (RISE), The Fellowship and BCVS to present a Hunger Banquet. According HHOPE’s email, “starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Ford Dining Hall, students can pay to have a catered, lifechanging dinner and listen to a speaker talk about real issues involving homelessness and breaking the many stereotypes existing today.” Tickets for the banquet are $5 and the price at the door is $7. Miles said of the Hunger Banquet, “I also can’t reveal too many details about the Hunger Banquet because part of the fun is the surprise when you get there. Just know that your ticket is paying for your meal and the opportunity to share in a unique experience with others.” Miles also said the event “Homeless for a Night” is new to Berry. “It will be interesting if it does really well. I would love for it to be a staple part of the week every year,” said Miles. Miles said little about the “Homeless for a Night” event as well. The handout for the “Homeless for a Night” interest meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 advertised that attendees should bring blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothes and a cardboard box. No electronic devices are allowed at the event. The night is scheduled to provide an experience that approximates that of local homeless. Constructed narratives will explain the “bathroom privileges” provided for attendees. The handout states that, “A local church has graciously opened its doors to the homeless of the area and is allowing them to use its restrooms for a time today.”

Students get ‘LinkedIn’


LinkedIn is a professional network with over 175 million members, and Berry students have a unique advantage in getting a head start with the Student Work Experience Program. Dean of Student Work Rufus Massey compared Facebook to a cocktail party and LinkedIn to a professional networking event. “LinkedIn is a place where people reveal things about themselves that they want another professional, organization or company to know where they might be interested to work,” Massey said. “It’s an application platform where a person can share their professional attributes, skills and background with the hope of either preparing themselves for a potential career change or promoting others for a career change.” The LinkedIn experience is different for students than it is for post-graduate adults who have already begun their careers. Career Center Director Sue Tarpley said LinkedIn becomes more powerful with a greater number of contacts.

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The students aren’t the only ones enjoying the cool weather. As winter quickly approaches, the deer are taking full advantage of the last bit of fall by lounging in the grassy fields around campus. Watch out for groups of deer crossing the roads during the cold season while driving on campus.

NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Deer take a break and enjoy the cool weather


A student reported that their bicycle was stolen from outside the townhouses on Nov. 7.


A student reported that their vehicle was tampered with while it was parked in the West Dana parking lot on Nov. 11.

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A student reported that property was damaged in Dana Hall.


Faculty and staff give students advice on LinkedIn- how to use LinkedIn to their advantage Hunger
“Obviously, the more people you are connected with, the richer the experience is going to be,” Tarpley said. “People can use it for job search and for businesses in order to make appropriate sales transactions. So obviously college students are starting with a much smaller base, but they can use it in the same way.” Massey said LinkedIn is an opportunity for college students to see how their connections got to their current positions. “I think it gives you the first step at beginning to understand what people are doing, what types of careers that professionals have and the path they took to get there,” Massey said. “If you connect with someone, you see their history from college to their current position. So you can begin to see their path to their current situation, and that might help you see how they got there.” Director of the Berry Enterprise Student Team (BEST) Mary Chambers said she uses LinkedIn to her advantage by building on the connections she makes at Berry. “Right now I’m trying to just get connected with everyone I meet, and I have recommendations from people I’ve worked with,” Chambers said. “So I’m just building that network so that hopefully when I graduate, if an employer wants to know more about me than my application and resume, they can go on there and see who I know and maybe talk to one of those people or look at those recommendations.” Tarpley said one of the benefits LinkedIn offers that she thinks students do not use often enough is the group feature. “If you join a group, you’re automatically connecting with people in your area of expertise,” Tarpley said. “As you listen to conversation, you’re learning and developing vocabulary for your field, hearing about current trends and seeing better practices, so you’re a better-prepared individual when it comes to interviewing.” Massey said that Berry has an unofficial LinkedIn group that was started by an alum as well as an official group that was started approximately six months ago and is run by Berry’s Public Relations department. “Do some research and find some groups and see what they’re talking about,” Massey said. “It will generate ideas in terms of what you want to do with your career, and you may find people who want to hire you.” Massey said his advice to students would be to use LinkedIn as a research tool to figure out where opportunities are. “It helps you get potential names and contacts with how you would apply for jobs,” Massey said. “It’s true that for most jobs in the world, it boils down to who you know and your connections. It’s a way to make sure your resume gets to the right place.” Tarpley said approximately 80 percent of employers look at applicants’ online presence, and that students with professional and prepared profiles stand better chances of getting jobs. “Your profile is essentially your online resume,” Tarpley said. “There’s a feature where you can just upload your resume, and it will create your profile for you, but you can also tailor it to how you want it to look.” The Career Center website has a section about how to use LinkedIn, including tutorials, a learning center, tools, features and tips. Tarpley said one suggestion on the site is weekly status updates. “If you’re constantly updating, then people know you’re doing great things, making smart comments based on other people’s posts and that this is something important to you,” Tarpley said. “And it keeps your name and face in front of people.” Massey said that rather than connecting with strangers, LinkedIn is best used for connecting with people whom you have already met. “There has to be some kind of relationship in advance for that to really work,” Massey said. “It should be an extension of what you already have.”

Don’t forget!
Friday, Nov. 16 is the last day to withdraw with a W or W/F from full-term and 2nd seven week classes.

Similar changes in the situation accompanied by fictional explanations designed to replicate the experience of homeless people will continue throughout the night until 5:30 a.m. The proceeds from the week will go to a homeless shelter for local families, Serving Others Worldwide (SOW). SOW was closed recently, but the proceeds will still go towards its scheduled reopening next year. According to Miles, “The proceeds from the Hunger Banquet are still going to SOW and there will also be a donation jar at Homeless for a Night. From what I’ve heard the Buddhist Studies Group also put together a donation box to help us out at their event Monday. From what I understand there are plans to reopen next year.” Miles expressed her hope about the financial success of the week. “The week itself is always pretty successful,” Miles said. “Berry students by nature have a heart for service and that comes out when you sponsor a whole week of opportunities like this. The group is new this year and we are excited to see if numbers change as a result.”

Lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today.
Learning disabilities, hearing loss, speech delays, violent behavior and, in rare cases, seizures and even death: these are just some of the effects lead paint poisoning has on young children. If your home was built before 1978, lead paint on your walls, doors, windows and sills may be dangerous. And it’s not just large paint chips that can cause damage. In fact, three granules of lead dust are enough to poison your child. Let’s make all kids lead-free kids. To learn more about the simple steps you can take to safeguard your family, log on to LEADFREEKIDS.org or call 800-424-LEAD.

NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Students glimpse other cultures
MICAH BHACHECH Staff Reporter The International Programs Office has been hosting International Education Week this week, Nov. 12-16, to promote experiences and cultures abroad. The week has already featured a variety of events, including an international photo contest, a Lunchtime Odyssey where students spoke about their experiences abroad, a flamenco dance demonstration and a showing of an Italian film. An awards ceremony was held Monday evening to showcase photos and accompanying captions submitted by students from their experiences abroad in the past year and answering the question posed in the title of the contest, “What is Culture?” International Programs Office worker and sophomore Whitney Duffie, who submitted a photo for last year’s contest, was in charge of the photo contest this year and said three winners were chosen from the 39 submissions for the “What is Culture?” photo contest. Freshman Tiffany Rockwell was the first place winner. Rockwell visited Guatemala in the summer of 2010 and 2011 for service trips organized by her high school in Powder Springs, Ga. The trips involved working in orphanages and building community centers. Rockwell took her photo while at the orphanage. She said the boy in the photo looked like “he wasn’t having any of it.” “I came in thinking they (the Guatemalans) were going to be super receptive to us…but no culture is superior to another,” Rockwell said. “You still have to earn the right to be heard and earn respect.” The second and third place winners were junior Julia Kolodziej—who is currently studying abroad and sent her photo from Scotland—and junior Jenn Fortnash, respectively. The Lunchtime Odyssey was held Tuesday and featured four students who elaborated on their experiences with either service learning or studying abroad. Sophomore Al Harding was one of the four speakers. He went on two separate service learning trips to Guatemala this summer. Harding, who went on a scholarship from the International Programs Office and with a group called Volunteers for InterculHurricane Sandy Relief Come by the Krannert lobby Thursday Nov. 15 - Tuesday Nov. 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to support the Red Cross in helping with Hurricane Sandy relief. The goal is to raise $5,000 by Thanksgiving. Hunger Banquet Students can pay $5 in advance or $7 at the door to have a lifechanging catered dinner and listen to a speaker talk about real issues involving homelessness on Thursday Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Ford Dining Hall. Proceeds go to Serving Others Worldwide (SOW). PRSSA Meeting Wendy Davis, a Berry alum and independent political PR consultant, will be speaking Thursday Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Krannert 217. Letters to Sala Based on a true story, this is a riveting drama revolving around the 352 letters Sala Garncarz Kirschner collected during her time in Nazi work camps. Come see it in the E.H. Young Theatre Thursday Nov. 15 - Saturday Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. (CE) Homeless for a Night Bring your friends and a cardboard box to Clara Bowl Friday Nov. 16 from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. to raise awareness about homelessness by living it for a night. KCAB’s Cash Attack Come to the Spruill Ballroom Friday Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. for KCAB’s Cash Attack Game Show and win cash prizes. Fall Arts and Crafts Fair Come by the Moon building Saturday Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to see all of the arts and crafts that Berry students, faculty and alumni have for sale. KCAB’s Indoor Movie Bring your friends to the Spruill Ballroom Saturday Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. to watch “The Amazing Spiderman.” SGA Meeting All students are welcome to attend Tuesday Nov. 20 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Spruill Ballroom to hear about various things happening on campus. Movie and Discussion: Crash! Come to the Evans Auditorium Monday Nov. 26 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. for a movie and discussion presented by Tina Bucher that will promote discussion of understanding other people, cultures, races and backgrounds. (CE) In Our Own Voice Come by the Spruill Ballroom Wednesday Nov. 28 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness, a program focused on spreading the message of recovery by living examples.




ADHD- Students use ADHD medicine to focus in class
Unlike the others, senior Caycee Creamer was not asked if she had any in the library but rather if she wished to buy some. “A stranger offered it to me once in the library,” Creamer said. “I assume it was a student, but I’m not sure.” The fact that the dealing of Adderall happens on campus is no secret. Many students reported hearing about it through word of mouth. “One guy was talking about how he sold some for an exorbitant price,” Hill said. Although Adderall may be dealt illegally among students, some students have access to it from a prescription. Junior, Jon Jensen takes Vyvanse, an alternative to Adderall, for his ADHD and says that the drug does help his attention span. “It enables me to focus on the task at hand without getting sidetracked or forgetting what I need to do,” Jensen said. “My personality doesn’t change all that much, but sometimes it’ll seem like I’m less creative or less talkative than usual.” The increase in the access to and availability of Adderall on campuses is often credited to poor diagnostic procedures. Since there is no way to physically “see” the disorder, doctors prescribe the medication based off a series of evaluative tests or questions. “In some cases doctors won’t even bother testing you before writing out a prescription,” said Jensen. “They’ll ask a series of questions and if they see a correlation between your symptoms and what’s commonly diagnosed as being ADD/ADHD, that may

tural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA), said his group set up day clinics in several villages in Guatemala, spending about two days with the clinics at each village. “Half our days are spent providing treatment for free to the villagers, and then the other half is spent experiencing their culture,” Harding said. “So we went to ceremonies, watched them make traditional garments… We went ziplining through the rain forests and cliff diving.”

be sufficient enough.” According to a study by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the number of ADHD prescriptions increased 46 percent between 2002 and 2010. While the good grades in the near future may look ideal, the long term dependency and addiction that can result from abuse may not be worth the risk. “I know a lot of people who are prescribed medications for ADD/ ADHD; I really couldn’t give you a number, but it’s certainly not uncommon,” Jensen said. “If you consistently find yourself taking it and you feel like you’re benefitting from it, then you should talk to your doctor about whether or not you have ADD/ADHD and see about getting your own prescription.”

Harding said he thought the Lunchtime Odyssey went well, especially because the attendees received a good variety of stories from both service-based trips and studies abroad, as well as stories branching across several cultures. Duffie said the flamenco dance demonstration on Wednesday afternoon was “very dramatic and forceful” and “definitely an authentic experience.” The Italian film shown Wednesday evening was Cinema Paradiso, spoken in Italian with English subtitles. Duffie said at least 10 people attended the film, and some went straight from the flamenco event to the film. Duffie said a benefit of International Education Week is raising awareness about experiences abroad. “We kind of bring that experience to the students and that can spark their interest while they’re here at Berry,” Duffie said. Rockwell said she believes it is important to travel abroad. “It teaches the value of culture, community and tradition,” Rockwell said. “I think sometimes we take it for granted. When we visit other places we learn to value our own culture and traditions more.” Harding said service learning or studying abroad is a good way for students to gain perspective on their own living conditions in comparison to those of others. “The perspective you get from studying abroad, it just—it changes you,” Harding said.



NOVEMBER 15, 2012

When the going gets tough...run away?
Everything really is bigger in Texas, including their political ego. Just days after President Barack Obama won re-election, citizens in Texas created a petition to secede from the Union on the “We The People” section of the White House website. Louisiana citizens were the first to file a petition on “We The People.” The website requires the petition to gain 25,000 signatures before it is reviewed, a requirement Texas surpassed on Tuesday. There are now citizens of 47 states who have posted petitions to secede on the White House website, including the state of Georgia. Not all of Texas is willing to secede, however. Citizens of Austin, Texas have also posted a petition, stating that they would allow the President to “peacefully grant the city of Austin, Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas and remain part of the United States.” There are also petitions to deport, strip citizenship from or exile everyone who signed a petition to withdraw their state from the Union. But how legitimate are these petitions? Really, how is a state like Delaware going to sustain itself if granted peaceful secession? Texas may be able to, as the state alone has the 15th-largest economy in the world. These states are ignoring the fact that Obama won in a fair election (fairness being a point that could be argued at another time). The same situation happened in 2000 when George W. Bush barely beat out Al Gore in one of the closest elections in American history. It is unfair to say that “states” are petitioning to secede. Rather, disgruntled citizens of these states are trying to break away from the Union. In fact, Texas governor Rick Perry has stated that he is against the idea of seceding from the Union. These disgruntled citizens might as well be moody teenagers. If things aren’t exactly the way they want them, they threaten to run away and find a better mommy. In their petition, Texans did cite issues such as neglect to reform domestic and international spending. Yes, these are legitimate concerns, but “running away” from everything really doesn’t seem like a legitimate way to handle your concerns. But if they’re just set on it, let these states secede. In their stead, allow Puerto Rico to become a state. Now there’s a good trade-off.

The gamer in all of us
adults. This can alienate people, because for some, gaming is like reading. I wouldn’t tell someone to give up Sudoku any more than GRACE DUNKLIN I would want to be told to give up Staff Reporter “Half-Life.” Another misconception is that gaming is just for people who are geeks or nerds. If that were “I’m a gamer.” the case, why are sports games This comment can be heard made? Why aren’t games made of from many people: young or old, only swords and magic? Games jock or geek, male or female. And are made for all kinds of people, yet, what springs to mind? For with many different preferences many, it’s a 20-something-year- in mind. Sure, geeks may enjoy old guy who lives in his parents’ shooting games, but there are basement, getting his tan lines also non-geeks who enjoy a good from the glow of a monitor and sword fight now and then. his sustenance from day-old I have been told many times pizza. that I cannot be a gamer because That may be true in some I’m a girl. I can be a girl that extreme cases, but what is a games, but never a gamer. Being gamer, truly? Is it the guy who a gamer is a guy’s domain. Some gets together with his friends to of that stems from the fact that so play “Call of Duty”? Is it the girl many games are violent and war who logs into Facebook every day based. Women are not seen as just to play “Gardens of Time”? Is enjoying this violence, since the it the sister who plays massively traditional view of women is that multiplayer online roleplaying we are delicate creatures. That games (MMORPGs) just to spend opens a whole new can of worms, time with her brother? Is it the but perhaps I should move on to grandmother who obsessively the next stereotype of gaming: collects animals in “FarmVille” or genre. the mother who plays nothing but I think there are three separate “JewelQuest”? gamer genres. First, there are the I would say all of them are hard-core gamers. These are the gamers—some more obvious gamers who play until they have than others, sure, but they are all every achievement and have done gamers. A gamer is someone who every quest. They have racked up plays a game. It doesn’t matter the specialized kills and collected why they play, who they are or all the artifacts. They can tell you what system they use. the backstory of that one random But there are skeptics. People shopkeeper on the first level. have their own, personalized Usually, these gamers play things views of who a gamer actually is. like “World of Warcraft,” “Call of Gaming is sometimes seen as Duty,” “Kingdom Hearts” and the realm of youth. I know older “Assassin’s Creed.” They are gamers who have been mocked what other people envision when because they refuse to put up they say “gamer.” their “toys” and “grow up.” Some In the middle are what I like people simply see gaming as a to call the vanilla gamers. They way to pass the time in child- play a lot of different games from hood and then expect others to across the entire spectrum. One give up gaming once they are day they may spend hours runPaul Watson Opinions Editor Ryder McEntyre Graphics Editor Emily Faulkner Entertainment Editor Caroline Claffey Deputy News Editor Olivia Brown Asst. Features Editor Christian Turner Asst. Photo Editor Olivia Donnally Asst. Sports Editor Jordyn Hebert Asst. Online Editor Lacey Anderson Asst. Graphics Editor Andy Plott Business Manager Rachel Shin Asst. Business Manager Ali McIntosh Asst. Entertainment Editor Kaitlyn Pierce Cartoonist Kevin Kleine Adviser ning about shooting aliens and the next they might play several short, indie Adobe Flash-based games. I belong to this group. I could spend one afternoon on “Lord of the Rings Online,” and the next mindlessly on “Escape the Room” on addictinggames.com. These are the most flexible of gamers. Sometimes they can be lumped in with hard-core gamers, simply because they play the same games, but hard-core gamers rarely devote much time to the smaller Flash-based games that make up the next genre. On the opposite end of the spectrum from hard-core gamers, one can find casual gamers. These gamers may dabble in the extensive and time-consuming games of the hard-core gamers, but for the most part they stick to Facebook games and Flash-based game sites. People who belong to this particular genre of gamer are often overlooked and not considered gamers at all, but since they play games, should they not be included? These different classifications are by no means set in stone. People shift between these groups all the time. My mother, for example, was once a hard-core gamer who knew everything there was to know about the “Space Quest” games. Now she’s a casual gamer who prefers solitaire and matchthree games to classic actionadventure. I’ve shifted between all three groups, going from dress-up games to exclusively massively multiplayer online games before finding a happy medium that juggles Flash-based games and action games. Being a gamer is about the experience. It’s not about the game itself or even the person playing the game. What truly matters is whether or not you feel like a gamer. After that, who cares what others think?

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NOVEMBER 15, 2012

For the love of words
CHELSEA FRYAR Copy Editor ences, contests and other venues that allow the Berry community to express their talent, but I can’t help but think there’s a tragic lack of slam/performance poetry. Although there aren’t that many opportunities to perform poetry, some do exist, like the Ramifications Poetry Night which happens every semester and is a great introduction to slam poetry. The stereotype attached to the idea of “slam poetry” is a dark, smoky coffee shop filled with grungy hippy-types suffering from bad relationships reciting even worse rhymes to the sound of bongos and snapping from the audience. I have to admit that I sort of bought into this stereotype myself until last year when I heard a Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference Talk given by a slam poet named Sarah Kay who performed her poem “B” (you should check it out—it’s beautiful). I was amazed. I had no idea that spoken words could have that kind of powerful effect on me. Since then, I’ve been addicted to YouTube videos of various slam poets— Phil Kaye, Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali, The Nuyorican Poetry Café, The Bowery Poetry Club and many more. Their voices draw you into the poem and you fall into a kind of dance with the music and cadence of the well-chosen words, the perfectly timed gestures, and there is a new dimension to the meaning of the poem that you can’t find in reading silently the words written on a page. If you’ve never heard spoken word or slam poetry before, go look it up right now. I can almost guarantee you’ll be hooked. Slam poets manage to use humor and rhythm and rhyme all at once to say something real about the way life works and how it hurts and how it’s beautiful. Something about hearing a story out loud resonates with us as humans, perhaps because it’s easier to connect with a voice that boldly expresses what the voice inside of each of us is trying to say.



Dear Ms. Turnbuckle, It’s coming to the end of the semester and I just have tons to do. I have papers, projects and homework galore! The only problem is: I don’t have the interest to do any of it anymore. The thought of doing any sort of work makes me extremely upset and I usually end up online or texting my friends nonstop. Can you give me a push to get over this hump and on my way to finals week? I’m afraid that if I don’t get over this funk, I won’t end up doing well in my classes. Sincerely, Utterly Unmotivated Dear Utterly Unmotivated, You must have known I would be an excellent source for this query, as I hold academia to be of the finest, worthiest pursuits of man (or woman). Just look at that considerable tome I’m holding in my photo; it’s not merely for decoration, I can assure you. This condition typically occurs twice a year (once a semester) for students. For my dear niece Penelope, it happens about once a week. She reads “Cosmo” when she should be reading Poe. She sculpts mashed potato mountains when she should be sculpting clay bowls for her pottery course. She writes long, grammatically incorrect and generally obnoxious posts on her friends’ Facebook walls when she should be writing essays. If any of this is what you’ve been up to, Unmotivated, simply know you are not alone. And why have I made a point to tell you you’re not alone? Because now you know how to have even more fun when you’re not doing your schoolwork! Find those who are in the same boat as you are and gallivant with them. You are only young once, I always say. So take advantage of your youth and do whatever pleases you. As far as receiving good marks at the end of the semester, when I was in college, I found the motivation to do what was required of me at the end of the semester, just when I needed it. And I feel certain you will too. Hugs and chocolate malts, Ms. Turnbuckle
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Kids’ movies aren’t just for kids
AUSTIN SUMTER Online Editor the movie. With Simba’s struggles with Scar, the deception and secret alliances made with the enemy hyenas that follow, “The Lion King” sounds like an English historical drama, just without all of the really steamy bits. Kids’ movies love to talk about friendship. How to make friends, how to deal with friends who betray you, how to treat your friends, etc. Movies that aren’t for the young’uns make the friendship into love because love makes everything just a bit spicier. Because young boys think of love as icky, friendship is a good way to make a movie both boys and girls can enjoy. Many kids’ movies also talk about the power of friendship: the entire “Land Before Time” series, “Oliver and Company” and “Monsters Inc.,” to name a few. But I believe the tale of friendship that is the truest is “The Fox and the Hound.” An oldie but a goodie, this movie follows the friendship of an orphaned baby fox and a hound puppy who try to find a way to be together in spite of their warring owners. It is one of the few Disney movies I know of with a bittersweet ending. It’s just like “Romeo and Juliet,” but with a less tragic ending—and the two main characters aren’t in love with each other. Kids’ movies are generally expected to be really awesome if you’re a kid and tolerable if you’re over the age of 12 and not a girl. But take a closer look at the storyline of the next kids’ movie you see and you might just find that it has more to it than you think.

When I was in fourth grade I discovered poetry. Since then I have grown to love everything about the art of words. I believe poetry is life. For it to be any good at all, it needs to be full of life. It needs to make its readers laugh or cry or yell or sigh—they need to feel something. Poetry comes from the heart, whether you’re writing about love lost or about Popsicles. It comes from that place deep inside that craves vibrancy, color, knowledge, beauty and passion. It comes from the same place in a person that loves to be scared at Halloween, that loves the adrenaline and thrill of roller coasters or driving too fast, that needs to be listened to and appreciated, that secretly enjoys being lost just a tiny bit for that sense of adventure and the unknown and that revels in the butterflies-in-the-tummy feeling and being in love. The best poetry awakens in the reader something that craves a more full, alive life and makes them go out and find it in the sunshine or in a jog or in laughing for hours with a friend. It teaches them something about themselves or the world that they didn’t know before. It combines words with senses in such a way that is seductive and sensual and paints the most beautiful, colorful pictures. It takes something old and worn out like a phrase or sentiment or scene and makes it fresh and new. Needless to say, poetry is something that I really love. I love all kinds—free verse, form and especially performance poetry or slam poetry. Since coming to Berry, I’ve been really impressed with the number of poetry readings, confer-

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Kids’ movies are fun. But that’s really kind of the point. Something you feel comfortable sitting your little rugrat in front of for an hour or two to get them out of your hair while you do something productive like laundry, calling Aunt Harriet, etc. But if you ever have the time, watch a nice PG or G movie like “Brave” instead of “Lincoln.” I know, I know. The only people over the age of 10 in that theater are going to be parents who wish they could be somewhere else. But it would be fun. Trust me. Kids’ movies are not all only about the nerdy underdog ditching his inhaler to beat the bully and get the girl or about impossibly perfect princesses finding their impossibly perfect princes. There are a couple of thrillers, dramas and bittersweet tales about friendship out there. Kids’ movies are normally happy affairs because no one wants to deal with crying children or potential emotional scarring. But some kids’ movies are just depressing. Well, the first half anyway. If the movie ends on a sad note, then all the child remembers at the end is the depressing part and not the fun parts. “The Lion King” is famous for the death of Mufasa in the first half of


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The fridges in Valhalla are interesting devices. These wall-sized fridges seem to have an endless supply of plastic bottles filled with whatever beverage your heart desires. The supply may dwindle down some by the end of the day, but by the next morning, they’re filled back up again. Nobody really thinks about where they come from or where the empty bottles go after we chuck them through the small hole in the trash or recycling

bins. What happens to the recycled bottles? Where will they go if we toss them in the garbage rather than the recycling bin? What if we dispose of it without finishing our drink? It’s easy to view it as irrelevant. How much impact can one little bottle have on the world anyway? The main problem is that there are simply too many people who have this same perspective. Sure, one person isn’t going to cause an environAUTUMN CLARKE Features Editor

mental catastrophe, but when you multiply these thoughts and actions to count for most of America and then the world, suddenly you have a much greater problem. So how do we make a change? Thankfully, your friends at The Carrier have come up with a few easy ways to make small changes in your life that, when multiplied by the masses, have the potential to make our environment a safer place for all living beings. OLIVIA BROWN Asst. Features Editor

One of the easiest ways to care for the environment is to practice recycling. There are a few rules to follow, such as being sure all food and liquids are out of containers before placing them in the recycling bin, but not including foodstained materials, such as oily pizza boxes. A lesser-known rule is not to recycle plastic bottle caps. The caps to plastic bottles are made of a

Is everything recyclable?

different type of plastic from the bottle and they can ruin an entire batch of recyclable material. However, many people aren’t even sure what is considered recyclable and what belongs in the garbage. So for any doubters out there, The Carrier’s handy dandy recycling guide will erase any uncertainty so you can go on changing the world, one bottle at a time.

Recycling by the Numbers


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tons of extra waste are produced between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.

landfills in the southern United States.

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tons of food waste are produced each year.

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bottles and jars thrown out by Americans every year.

aluminum cans placed in landfills in 2011 had a scrap value of over $600 million. of the price of a bottle of water goes toward materials and labor for the bottle.



pounds of total material were recycled over a course of 7 weeks during Recyclemania in Spring 2012 at Berry.
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Compos t is an organic material that can be used to enhance or subs titute soil. It can eliminate the need for chemical fer tilizers and clean up contaminated soil. It also proves to be a cos t effective method to reuse material that would normally be th rown out. In order to effectively make compos t, you’ll need th ree things: “browns,” including mate rial such as dead leaves and twigs, “greens,” such as grass clippings, vegetable or fr uit was te or coffee grounds and water. When making compos t, you should aim to have equal amounts of greens and browns while alternating layers of materials used by size. Brown materials provide carbon while greens contribute nitrogen and water facilitates the breakdown of organic mat ter. The firs t s tep to compos ting is to at tain a compos t bin . These can either be bought or cons tr ucted at home. In order to build one on you r own, take a large trash can and place a brick on the bot tom , covering the base


around the brick with mulch or wood chips. Nex t, d rill holes one -half inch in diameter in the base of a smaller trash can . Place the smaller trash can inside the larger trash can on top of the brick. Add a layer of insulation to the outside of the container, cover with a top and you r compos t bin is complete. There are several ways to compos t as long as a few basic r ules are met. Layer the mate rials used by size when adding to you r compos t bin and larger pieces of material should be chopped up. Water should also be added until greens and browns are damp as they ’re being layered in the bin . If these r ules are followed and the compos t bin is accu rately cons tr ucted and maintained, compos t should be ready within two to five weeks. For more in formation on compos ting and how it can benefit the environment, visit h t t p://w w w.epa .gov/epawa s te/con ser ve/r r r/ compos ting/index.htm .

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Trashion Show 2012

Unite for Green Living
COMMENTARY BY SAM WATKINS Staff Reporter Currently the biggest problem we face as the human race is the rapidly declining health of our planet. But, let’s be real, it’s not our fault as individual people in the world. A single person’s waste cannot harm such a huge planet. However, all of us together with each of our small contributions take a serious toll on our natural world. There are over 300 million people going about their day-to-day lives in the United States alone. We wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush our teeth, take a shower and go to work or school. Admittedly most of us have pretty busy days. And we are focused on just that: getting through the day. Most people don’t stop along the way and take note of how much food they didn’t finish on their plate or how many plastic wrappers they threw away. Why? Because this is how life is; we consume things as does everyone, we live in a consumer-driven society. There just isn’t enough time to grow your own vegetables, convert a truck to biodiesel, compost, make and pack snacks for an entire day, recycle every bit of paper that’s no longer needed, generate electricity with a stationary bike, never get fast food and car pool while being an independent, hardworking student. So how can we become environmentally responsible while balancing life? We all must become environmentally conscious. Just as we should attempt to transform ourselves into ethically responsible people in the context of day-to-day interactions with others using kindness, compassion, acknowledging selfworth and the importance of every individual, we should also understand that the relationships shared with people are not just limited to social interaction, but every interaction. Those boundaries are superficially drawn because just as you share a room with a roommate and expect respect and courtesy of the space by keeping it tidy for the other, members of society interact with each other through our communal resources and space. These deserve the same respect. Our living space includes the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ground we walk on and the diversity of life, all of which fall under the aesthetics of our environment. To respect and improve this space is to encourage altruism in others to enhance your own life and the lives of all. Admittedly, the society and the world we live in as a whole are more complex than this, but on an essential level this is how the world works through the notion of reciprocity. Being environmentally conscious is a state of mind that is reflected through actions. Knowing that an old metal can thrown into Victory Lake could potentially kill a duck, turtle or frog should deter you. Knowing that someone might come along on a beautiful day and see trash obstructing an otherwise beautiful view of Victory Lake should keep you from doing it. Simply taking a second to consider how polluting or needlessly wasting could ripple effect should be motivation not to do so. Our actions in this world have far-reaching consequences. Along these same lines, we all should consider how much waste we create. Then perhaps we start looking deeper into the issue, what types of food are the most sustainable. Buy those foods that take less energy to create. Take small steps toward the goal of self-sustainability. Take larger steps and buy a Prius. We may live in a consumer-driven society, but that doesn’t mean we have to let the marketers have control. Dictate to the planners and producers of corporations what is important to you. In the end, a small change of mind in a large number of people can lead to big changes in the well-being of the environment. When individuals are working on all fronts to change the status quo, it leads to organizational changes, which lead to policy changes. This is called synchronized system change and this constant disruptive force on society from many sources is what causes change. In the near future it will pay off; the richest investors will begin to use their money to start environmentally responsible services because they know people want them. Who knows—with the right innovative minds working toward the goal of sustainability, perhaps we can lessen our dependency on fossil fuels with cars that run on electricity harvested from massive solar panel fields. As a country, we have the technological means to accomplish this, we just need the support. Admittedly this movement is an uphill battle and some people ask, what’s the point? The point is: This world is our livelihood, so let’s make it as beautiful as possible and thrive as human beings. Try being environmentally conscious, its not hard and it does make a difference.


Photos By Lacey anderson, Asst. GrAphics Editor

Turning Berry Green
AUTUMN CLARKE Features Editor Ask junior Emma Childs about her job and she’ll happily open your eyes to a new world. She’ll be able to shed a light on our Earth from a perspective many students don’t bother to take for an extended amount of time, if at all. As coordinator of the Green Team at Berry, Childs is constantly working to not only make Berry a more environmentally friendly campus, but to educate students while showing that a green approach to life is simple and plausible for everyone. “We’re a team of six students as paid staff, and while we’re still in the developing stages for sure, we serve as a campus resource for educating students on what it means to live sustainably,” Childs said. “I applied for this position last spring because I was looking to switch jobs since I had changed my major to Interdisciplinary Studies, combining animal science, environmental science and sociology. I wanted to be involved in something that allowed me to interact with students and that involves my major. I was drawn to the creative potential here since we’re a newer work team on campus. There’s a lot of room to grow, branch out, try new things and really get it up and running our way.” Once a week, this group of students meets to collaborate on ways to make sustainable living more accessible for Berry students. The Green Team began as a plan to establish recycling in Berry dorms, but in recent years, it has grown to become an influential resource for students. “There’s a lot of collaboration, looking forward and planning programs that will last not just this year but one, two or even five years down the road,” Childs said. “So far, we’re in charge of a lot of recycling for events. We arrange for bins to be delivered and have the recycling picked up afterwards. We’ve done some focus on food issues this year as well. On Oct. 24 we partnered with seasons harvest and did a produce sale and we talked about where it comes from, whether or not workers are being compensated and why locally grown food can be a better option. Of course, we also help put on the Trashion Show.” When it comes to the environment, there’s an endless list of ways to improve its current condition. While there’s no shortage of potential hazards facing the environment today, Childs thought carefully over her opinion on the largest threat currently facing the environment. “Just from my experience, I think people’s perceptions of the earth is the largest threat. So many of us view it as a resource that’s at our fingertips just to use at our will and you can’t make people change their minds. Some people will always feel entitled to the earth and all it offers, but you need to recognize that your impact on the environment affects everyone; it’s not just confined to this bubble that only affects you or your community. If you care for humanity at all, you in turn care for the environment. Even though it may not seem like it, little things added up over time in Georgia can become large enough to affect somebody all the way in Africa.” There is where the Green Team’s mission begins. The task of convincing the students and faculty of Berry to change their ways and adopt a greener approach to life can appear to be daunting. Too little effort can cause the topic seem, insignificant or team members come across as indifferent, but too much information thrown at listeners can make it seem as though the community is being force-fed these ideas. Thus a happy medium becomes the ultimate goal for spreading the word on the environment. “We’re slowly just trying to reach one person at a time without making them think we’re trying to force ideas on them,” Childs said. “We go little by little and eventually they all add up and start to encourage some life changes. I grew up just recycling and that was the extent of it, but I’ve gotten to the point where this past summer I worked at a ranch where they composted all of the food and everything was self-sustaining. Then you come back and wonder where all this stuff in your life comes from. A lot of people at Berry seem to care about the environment, even if they don’t realize it. They come here with ENO hammocks and Chacos and wanting to hike and enjoy the outdoors. It really all starts with this appreciation of nature and that’s where the potential is. You start out just appreciating nature and it turns into nurturing nature and trying to make the environment safer and a better place.”

‘Red Dawn’ more than just action film
COMMENTARY BY: PARKER SEALY Photo Editor Welcome to the home of the brave. No, not the Atlanta Braves, the brave teens of a small town in Washington State. A remake of the 1984 classic of the same name, “Red Dawn” is a film about an invasion by North Koreans in Washington and a group of teenagers who come together to save their hometown and their country. The film starts off at a football game, giving us a chance to meet the main characters. Once we have had that chance, the action and the plot truly begins. Within the first 15 minutes, there are people descending in parachutes, plane crashes, bombs going off and car chases. Instead of their action being purely for entertainment purposes, it serves as a way to draw you into the plot. It sucks you in by forcing you to feel the fear that the characters feel amongst the chaos. Though it is considered an “action” film, it also has some elements of comedy as well as romance. Both were meant to give you a sense of hope even as things go wrong. The Wolverines, the name the group of teens goes by, needed to show some sense of hope as they tried to take back their home from the Koreans. It is more realistic to go for the comic relief as well as weaving in a love story rather than just avoiding struggle. This way, you are more convinced that they could actually succeed, which draws you in more. The cinematography is also designed to keep you engaged. While at times it was hard to see what was going on, the “shaky-cam” approach was used to heighten the chaos. In this film, it is not always necessary to see everything but to make you feel as if you are there within the film. For the characters, they are unable to see everything that is happening because it is happening too fast and therefore, it makes sense that we too would not be able to see all that is occurring but to feel the chaos of it all happening at once. The film stars Josh Peck, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Adrianne Palicki. Each actor does a great job of convincing us that they are a Wolverine, while also bringing something new to the film. Peck is best known for his comedy shows on Nickelodeon in the 90s but was convincing as the hardheaded younger brother of Chris Hemsworth’s character who was forced to “man-up” as the world around him quickly changed. Hemsworth is known for his action and did not fail to deliver. Palicki and Hutcherson played the supporting characters, amongst others. They were there to add the comic relief and romance aspects and did not disappoint. From start to finish, “Red Dawn” captures the audience and keeps them engaged. The action hooks you, then the plot keeps you in the story while also allowing for you to become involved in the characters’ development. There is not a moment when you will want to look at your watch to know the time or when you will want to leave the room. “Red Dawn” has the ability to appeal to a wide audience and successfully draws the audience in to feel what the characters are feeling.



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No-Shave November: love or hate?
“I love baby faces! Why must there be so much facial hair this month?”
EMILY FAULKNER Entertainment Editor


“I like men who look like lumberjacks! The manlier the better!”
ALI MCINTOSH Asst. Entertainment Editor
Berry College student email survey; 100 students; non-scientific

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Documentary tells story of lost language
ALI MCINTOSH Asst. Entertainment Editor Native American Heritage Month was celebrated Friday, with a showing of the documentary “We Still Live Here” in Evans Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Timothy Knowlton, assistant professor of anthropology, spoke before the film, which was sponsored by the Department of Anthropology. He asked the audience to keep in mind an important upcoming American holiday: Thanksgiving. “It was a celebration of the Pilgrims surviving their first season in the New World,” Kowlton said. “They could not have done so without the Indians.” This contradicted, he suggested, the actions colonists later took to wipe out Indian culture and language. The hour-long film told the story of one woman’s journey to recover the Wampanoag language. Textual records remain to this day, but until the work of Jessie, a Wampanoag mother and student, in conjunction with professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, no living fluent speakers existed. Her research and linguistic study brought to life a dead language, and through this, she revived elements of a culture lost to the seas of time. Now she is working to teach the language to the next generation of Wampanoag children. “We Still Live Here” also told the story of the Wampanoag tribe and their dealings with colonists. It detailed the importance of a written language to a culture dealing in contracts with new Americans who sought their land, and presented personal profiles of current members of the tribe, who now seek to reconnect with the culture of their ancestors. The documentary hit themes of heritage and pride, emphasizing the importance of family, tradition and culture. Although not every student in the audience was of Native American descent, the themes of the film turned their focus to the culture of their ancestors. Freshman Elischa Pierre noted the connection between her Haitian heritage and the Native Americans in the film. “My family is from Haiti, so at one point, way, way, way back when, we were Indians, too,” Pierre said. Freshman Kyra Clark’s grandmother preached on a Native American reservation for a time years ago, and the film sparked a renewed interest in her grandmother’s experience. “I’m kind of interested to know if they still have their own language,” Clark said. Scout Josey, also a freshman, recalled visiting a Cherokee reservation in North Carolina as a child. “I was really little, but I just remember loving seeing them dance and sing, and seeing the outfits they wore,” Josey said. “I just loved seeing their culture.” Josey found the subject compelling, and expressed a desire to share this newfound knowledge. “I think I’ll definitely share it with other people, because I think it’s really interesting,” Josey said. “I think it’s a really big thing. It must be really hard to go back and figure out.” Pierre felt that she might return home and ask a few more questions about her heritage. “I know a little bit of the [Haitian] language and stuff because they [my family] have taught me, but now that makes me want to make sure I know the language so that I can teach my kids,” she said.


Symphony Orchestra ensemble premieres with variety of music
GRACE DUNKLIN Staff Reporter Almost every seat in Ford Auditorium was full Monday night as the Berry College Symphony Orchestra presented their fall concert. With music ranging from the traditional tones of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 to the African-American-inspired Dvorak’s New World Symphony, the orchestra played pieces from larger works that illustrated their capabilities. Beginning the program was a new facet of the orchestra, the Berry College String Quartet, with a piece by Alexander Borodin. Mirna Ogrizovic, instructor and director of the Berry College Symphony Orchestra, has high hopes for the new ensemble. “The Berry String Quartet is a new thing here at Berry, started this year,” Ogrizovic said. “We hope it’s going to build and have really good performances in the future.” Ogrizovic said it is very hard to select pieces for the orchestra to play. She has to wait until she knows which students are signed up for the class before she can start deciding on the music for the semester. “Once I see who exactly has registered, once I see what instruments we have... what kind of players we have... if I have some really good players I’ll probably pick a piece that is emphasizing that instrument,” Ogrizovic said. “We had a great freshman clarinet player, Jarod Holland… The Offenbach piece has a great clarinet solo,” Ogrizovic said. “So that was one of the things I picked, thinking of him.” Ogrizovic went on to say she has to pick music that highlights the strengths of orchestra because, depending on the semester, certain sections may be weaker than others. “I’ve tried to find pieces that are emphasizing instruments that are strong with current people and I’ve tried to hide anything that has to be hidden,” said Ogrizovic. There were a few guest performers, some from the Rome Symphony Orchestra, that helped strengthen the Berry College Symphony Orchestra for the performance. “It was great for the students to have the strong players next to them,” said Ogrizovic. “They get that confidence boost, feel that they can do this. We practiced a lot, but when you have somebody who is a really confident and strong player then it’s really fun to play with those people.” Favorite pieces differed between the members of the orchestra. Senior Erin Coughlin, who plays the cello for the orchestra, said, “I think the Dvorak was my favorite, because it has a lot of cello parts and there is a lot of emotional intensity in the piece. You really have to play with all your might.” Coughlin, a fifth-year senior graduating in December, said this concert was a good way to end her college career at Berry. Ben Auger, a Berry Alum (12), came to the performance to support one of his friends. He said he was glad that the performance was open to the Rome community. “I think it’s important that Berry College continues to expand its influence in the Rome community and that adequate funds are given to the art and music departments to continue to allow students the opportunity to perform and continue to expand their knowledge,” Auger said. Ogrizovic was pleased with the students’ performances. “This is kind of a turning point for the orchestra,” Ogrizovic said. “The fact that we did so well really makes me happy. I was really excited before the concert; I knew it was going to be good and now I’m really proud.”

The Berry Symphony Orchestra performed a wide variety of music for their annual fall concert. They also introduced a new ensemble, the Berry String Quartet.

Equestrian rider competes at national level
STEVEN EVANS Sports Editor The Lady Vikings equestrian teams are looking strong, nearing the end of the season with all first-place finishes. As for an even more prestigious honor, junior Western rider Andrea Smith competed in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show in the Collegiate Challenge in Oklahoma City, Okla. last night, and represented the Lady Vikings well. The events for the AQHA World Show run from Nov. 2 through Nov. 17. Smith entered the American Quarter Horse World Show ranked in the top 16 of all collegiate riders in the nation, and showed in the Horsemanship event. During the regular season, the riders get to use their own school horse, who they have spent time getting to know and train. However in the AQHA World Show, riders have to draw a random horse to even the handicap. “The horse I drew was so much fun,” Smith said. “We had a big stumble in the first pattern and the judges granted me a re-ride. The second pattern went great and I was happy with my rail. He was such a talented horse.” Smith did not end up qualifying for the top eight, but she feels fortunate to have even made it as a part of the 16 best Horsemanship riders in the country. “I went into the show hoping to do my best,” she said. “I knew I had a chance, but I didn’t make the top eight.” Smith will not find out the official scores until today. “For all I know, I could have made the ninth place and been close to qualifying for the top eight,” Smith said. “Either way, I did feel that the other riders who did make the top eight were more deserving.” Despite the outcome, Smith felt she learned a lot due to her opportunity, and is looking forward to sharing what she learned with her teammates. “I’m excited to share my experience with the team,” she said. “Just by watching the top-ranked NCAA riders, I could tell a difference in the performance level from all other riders I had observed all year. They always had a set



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game plan, and while my team and have game plans, the top-ranked players had great confidence and aggressiveness and had every move planned out.” Smith stressed the importance of being confident and knowing the “feel” of the routines. “A few more things that I learned that I want to stress to other riders is that feel and confidence are most important,” she said. “I learned that you have to pick up things when they fall down, keep moving on with confidence.” The Lady Vikings Equestrian Western team will show as a team again on Dec. 1 at the West Virginia Western Invitational at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va. The West Virginia Western Invitational will be the Lady Vikings final show of the semester, but they will be back in action on Feb. 16 at Judson College in Marion, Ala. The English team will show again at the University of Georgia on Feb. 9 in Athens, Ga. “I am so grateful for my supportive teammates, I love them so much and I can’t wait to start next semester with a bang,” Smith said.

Two Lady Vikings soccer players awarded honors
OLIVIA DONNALLY Asst. Sports Editor The 2012 Lady Vikings soccer season has come to an end and two Vikings, senior Lib Lockett and junior Kimberly Fischer, earned SAA All-Conference honors. Lockett has played as a central defender and is a four-year starter for Berry. Lockett graduated from Lassiter High School in 2009 where she played three years of varsity soccer and was the captain of her team her senior year. Lockett has played 14 years of soccer and came to Berry for an opportunity to continue playing on the field and be a part of Berry’s animal science program in order to pursue her interest in becoming a veterinarian. “I have loved having the opportunity to play for Berry,” Lockett said. “I’ve primarily enjoyed getting to know my teammates and getting to spend so much time with them all. I have been given the opportunity to play with some very high-quality players.” Lockett played in seven matches her freshman year. Her playing time increased her sophomore year when she played in all 16 games and played as a starter in 15. That year, she was a major contributor to a defensive lineup that only let in 14 goals out of 119 attempted shots. Her junior year she started all 16 games. Lockett and her fellow SAA All-Conference winner, Fischer, were the only two non-seniors on Berry’s 2011 team that year who had made that many starting appearances. That year Lockett contributed to the defensive line that only let up nine goals in the whole season. After she graduates, Lockett plans on heading overseas to China to work as a missionary and teach English in schools. She will be there for a year and then plans on attending vet school. Fischer earned the SAA Conference honor. Fischer plays as central midfielder and is a three-year starter. Fischer graduated from Evans High School in 2012 where she was a four-year starter on Evans’ varsity soccer team and was the captain her senior year.

“I have been given the opportunity to play with some very high-quality players.” - Lib Lockett
Her freshman year at Berry, Fischer started 15 of the 16 games played. During that season she averaged 1.62 shots per game and scored 3 goals over the course of the season. Fischer’s sophomore year comprised of 16 out of 16 starting appearances and she scored a total of six goals and four assists throughout the season. Fischer had 37 shots with 16 on goal and six scored. Fischer is also on the Lady Vikings lacrosse team and is looking into nursing after graduation.
CHRISTIAN TURNER, Asst. Photo Editor

Above: Senior Lady Viking Lib Lockett prepares for a shot against an opponent in a game earlier in the season. Lockett played the central defender position on the team and was named to the SAA All-Conference defensive team. Left: Junior Kimberly Fischer practices with the ball durng an unofficial scrimmage match earlier in the year. Fischer, who plays the midfield position, also earned SAA AllConference honors. Fischer, along with Lockett, has started all games over the past two years.


NOVEMBER 15, 2012

Vikings soccer team earns SAA awards, honors
STEVEN EVANS Sports Editor After a record-breaking season in which the Vikings soccer team brought home a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championship, players from the team were awarded nine honors and two players earned major awards. In his 11th season at Berry, Vikings soccer coach Richard Vardy was named SAA Coach of the Year. Vardy has put together a record of 155 wins, 53 losses and 13 ties. This season, he led the Vikings to a 14-3-2 record, including a perfect 8-0 record at home for the season. The Vikings also led the league in corner kicks, shots on goal and fewest goals allowed. Much of the success at the fewest goals allowed category came from the efforts of freshman goalkeeper Logan Hill. Hill amassed a SAA-best .886 save percentage along with a goals-against average of only .64, also a league-best. “It feels good to earn the award, as a freshman,” Hill said. “Obviously I have to give a lot of the credit to the great field players on the team.” Vikings senior midfielder Leo Gutierrez was named Defensive Player of the Year. Gutierrez was the team captain and field general for the Vikings, and helped them reach their .64 goals-against average for the season. His defensive effort not only kept the opponents out of the goal, but allowed the offensive players to hold their side of the field in order to make their shots. In doing this, Gutierrez only took four shots on the season, and found the goal on two of those attempts. Coinciding with the award, Gutierrez was named to the SAA All-Conference first team alongside sophomore midfielder Zak Wallingford and junior midfielder Josh Hughes.



Saturday Nov. 10

Men’s Swimming & Diving @ Panther Invitational Placed 2nd of 4 Women’s Swimming & Diving @ Panther Invitational Placed 2nd of 4


Vikings forward Caleb Lucas keeps the ball away from his opponent in the SAA championship. Caleb Lucas scored seven goals for the season, and was named to the SAA All-Conference second team. Wallingford amassed six goals for the season and truly had to earn a spot on the team,” Seib and added one assist to aid the Vikings in their said. “The fact that I have been recognized by championship season. Hughes scored one the other coaches within the conference as a goal and had four assists. consistent and solid player really makes me Freshman forward Caleb Lucas and junior want to work twice as hard for my team going midfielder Matt Seib were named to the SAA into my senior season with the opportunity All-Conference second team. Lucas scored to regain our conference title and earn a berth seven goals and added two assists for the within the national tournament and hopefully team, while Seib had one goal, one assist and win it.” scored the game-winning penalty kick to Sophomore defender Matt Williams joined claim the SAA title. Hill for SAA Honorable Mention. Williams “This award really means a lot to me. Com- also played a part in the Vikings’ goals-against ing into Berry I was not recruited as a part of average of .64 and helped the team post 10 the team, I was only a walk-on to the team shutouts for the season.

Thursday Nov. 15
Men’s Basketball vs. Covenant 7 p.m.

Friday Nov. 16

Students show basketball spirit at Hoop Madness
OLIVIA DONNALLY Asst. Sports Editor On Friday students filled the Cage Center to take part in the annual Berry tradition, Hoop Madness, to rally for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball season. The pep rally opened up with music playing, T-shirts flying and Victor the Viking pumping up the crowd as the 2012-2013 men’s and women’s basketball teams flooded into the gym to showcase this years’ current teams. The men’s team is comprised of eight freshmen on a team with 15 players. The women’s team only has three additional players with a large majority of returners. Junior Alden Procopio is a huge supporter of Berry basketball and is looking forward to the opening of the season. “I feel like basketball is a main sport at Berry and a significant amount of people really enjoy going to the games,” Procopio said. “I’m very excited for this year’s basketball season. Hopefully they can continue what next day, while we were all sitting in the locker room, that it would be something for us to shoot for too,” Randolph said. “We have a new and revamped team with a lot of new and returning talent. There is no reason for us not to set our sights on taking the conference.” The women’s team is in the same position with most of the starting players returning. The Lady Vikings are looking to follow suit with the men and make the conference championship a future goal. “The teams both look very good,” freshman fan Duncan Ingram said. “Both teams looked very strong and ready to start the new season.” The men’s first game will be hosted at home against Covenant College today at 7 p.m. They will also be playing this Saturday at LaGrange. The women will be playing their first game on Friday against Howard Payne in the Zaxby’s Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament and their second game Saturday against Mississippi College.

Men’s Swimming & Diving @ Brenau College Invitational 4 p.m. Women’s Swimming & Diving @ Brenau College Invitational 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Howard Payne 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Nov. 17

Men’s Swimming & Diving @ Brenau College Invitational 9 a.m. Women’s Swimming & Diving @ Brenau College Invitational 9 a.m. Women’s Basketball @ Mississippi College 4 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ LaGrange 8 p.m.

LACEY ANDERSON, Asst. Graphics Editor

Vikings basketball guard Mac Whelan runs through cheerleaders’ tunnel as he takes the court during KCAB’s Hoop Madness. Whelan is a junior and scored 273 total points last season, being the team’s lead scorer in three games. The Vikings will play their first game of the season today at 7 p.m. the volleyball and soccer teams started and bring us home another conference championship.” Sophomore guard Zach Randolph is equally excited for Berry’s next conference championship. “When the men’s basketball team first heard of volleyball and soccer winning their conference championships we decided the

Sunday Nov. 18

Plant Trees!

Track vs. Philadelphia Half Marathon

Tuesday Nov. 20
Men’s Basketball @ Emory 7 p.m.


Berry’s International Programs hosted a flamenco demonstration and lesson Wednesday, Nov. 14. Approximately 30 students were taught by Julie Baggenstoss, a professional dancer from the Atlanta area.

Flamenco Lessons


NOVEMBER 15, 2012


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