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Head basketball coach resigns
STEVEN EVANS Sports Editor Athletics Director Todd Brooks announced that Vikings Head Basketball Coach Jeff Haarlow has officially resigned from his coaching position effective immediately. This was Haarlow’s 11th year as head coach at Berry College, and he accumulated a 137-181 (.430) record during his time coaching at Berry. Haarlow will remain a faculty member at Berry and will continue to carry on his academic duties on campus. Assistant basketball Coach Derek Taylor will take on the role of interim head coach through the end of this season. While Haarlow and many of the players declined to comment on the reasons surrounding Haarlow’s mid-season resignation, Haarlow did reflect on highlights of his coaching career at Berry.
Fall 2013 admissions increases
BONNY HARPER Editor-in-Chief Admissions for next semester is looking up, showing definitive increases from last year’s numbers at this time. As of Friday, Jan. 25, Berry has received a total of 3,309 applications, a 12 percent increase from last year on that date, Vice President of Enrollment Management Gary Waters said. Of those 3,309 applications, 1,694 are Berry online applications—a 15 percent increase from this time last year—144 are mailed-in paper applications and 1,471 are applications received through larger application databases, or “common applications.” This is a 13 percent increase from last year’s number, Waters said. “What’s notable about that is that the rate of increase of common applications, at the expense of (specifically Berry) online applications, has slowed significantly this year,” Waters said. Waters also said Berry is up 11 percent on overall deposits, with 18 more deposits received than at this time last year. Berry has also seen a 33 percent increase on male commitments compared to this time last year, with 52 deposits as opposed to 39 last January. “And with the addition of football this year we feel confident that we’ll have some success in moving that number (of male commitments) up,” Waters added. The target number for the incoming class is between 610 and 620, and an additional 45 transfer students, Waters said. The target number for the incoming class of 2012 was 585, and the final number at the start of the semester was 618, so Waters said this year’s goal should also not be too far off the mark. “We’ve had successful years where we recruited more than we expected, and two years ago came in a few under what we expected,” Waters said, “but by and large, we have exceeded our goal by more than we fell short.” However, Waters said the existence of a target number for the incoming class does not indicate any pressure on the institution to recruit as many students as possible.
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“I feel like I have experienced a wonderful opportunity to get to know and mentor a lot of great friends, [form] a lot of great memories,” Haarlow said. “Some of the many individuals whom I have really established relationships with and would love to thank includes Tom Carver, Janna Johnson, Stephanie Dunn
and Todd Brooks. Todd has been a really great friend in my time here.” Before becoming the head coach at Berry, Haarlow spent four years as an assistant to Brooks when he was the head coach of the Vikings. Haarlow played golf and basketball during his undergraduate
tenure at Berry. During his senior year season in 1996, he was awarded NAIA All-American honors in golf. Other coaches contacted were unavailable to comment. Berry will undergo a national search at the end of the 2012-2013 season in order to find a Vikings basketball head coach.
Massive storm hits Berry
PAUL WATSON News Editor Accompanied by wind gusts up to 22 miles per hour, nearly 2.5 inches of rain fell at Berry on Wednesday. Physical Plant Director Mark Hopkins said Berry experienced minimal damage. “We had only rain, no wind damage, no trees down that I have been told of,” Hopkins said. “There was a lot of ponding water, because a lot of places on main campus are very flat. The storm drains were open and flowing; they just could not
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handle that volume of water in that quick a time period. The mountain campus and Oak Hill are fine, no damage reported.” Hopkins said he is grateful for what little damage Berry experienced. “We had a few minor roof leaks, actually more water blowing in around windows, but again very minor compared to the volume of rain,” Hopkins said. “We are very thankful that apparently the wind went over us.” The 1,000-mile storm system affected a large portion of northwest and middle Georgia, including a tornado that tore through Adairsville and killed one person, according to CNN.
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Students received an email Tuesday, January 29 from Director of News and Editorial Services Chris Reinolds Kozelle announcing the birth of the Berry College eaglets. While the eaglets are too small to be seen, Director of Sustainability Eddie Elsberry and Assistant Professor of Biology Renee Carleton concluded they had hatched after witnessing the female eagle tearing apart a squirrel to feed to her young. Elsberry and Carleton as well as senior biology major Stuart Barrow will be featured on FOX 5 Good Day Atlanta on Thursday morning.
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“We’re reaching the point where there is greater demand for Berry than there has been in the past,” Waters said, “so instead of just trying to recruit as many students as we can to fill a class, we are getting to that point where we need to recruit the right number of students to fill the class.” Waters said recruiting the right number of students does not mean that Berry is lowering the bar for admission. “If you go back to the freshman class of 2008, we brought in 447 freshmen,” Waters said. “That was a year when we were trying to recruit as many qualified students as we could. The total number of applications that year was 2,361.” One of the goals for admissions this year, Waters said, is to recruit more incoming students into the three schools other than the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. “For all the right reasons, that school has attracted a high percentage of students in the recent years, but it’s important to the health of the institution that we have balance across all four schools, and that’s something we’re focusing on this year,” Waters said. “Progress would be very gradual, and be a multi-year strategy, but it’s an objective we’re committed to.” Noting that financial difficulty is one of the most prevalent problems for students who either don’t choose Berry or transfer away, Waters said Berry is working to resolve that. “One of the options we’re working with the Business Office on is to expand the payment plan options for students to 10-12 months,” Waters said. “We haven’t finalized it yet, but right now you can
Admissions numbers for fall 2013 show increase compared to this time last year, Waters says; upperclassman retention rates are also on the rise, Bressette says
make four payments for each semester. We’re trying to spread out an annual bill over 10-12 months to assist families with planning their finances better.” Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Services Andrew Bressette said overall enrollment is not solely about admission; it’s also based on retention. “[Retention] is about the students we bring in and the things we do once they’re here,” Bressette said. “Admissions’ job is not just to get them in the door; the goal is to admit really great students, and then support them while they’re here.” Bressette said Berry is currently doing well in retaining its students, with 100 more students on campus this spring than there were last spring. Last year’s freshman class retention decreased by two percent, falling from 78 percent to 76 percent. Bressette noted that one percent is about five students. Last year there was an increase in retention of the sophomores-to-juniors and the juniors-to-seniors, and a five percent increase in students graduating in four years, which is more than Berry has seen before, Bressette said. As far as the goal for retention for the coming school year, Bressette said Berry “would love to break the 80 percent bar.” “We’re really close,” Bressette said. “We’ve been oscillating in that 78 to 79 to 77 range.” Student work on campus, experiential learning and campus activities are all methods of encouraging retention, Bressette said. “We do so much of that already that I don’t think retention is going to focus on a
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program; it’s going to focus on the individual,” Bressette said. Bressette said Berry uses the freshman mentors, student advisors and work supervisors to reach the students on an individual basis. “One of the things we’ve really tried to do is think about how to use the mentors and the campus community to reach out
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to the freshman all year,” Bressette said. “We establish that personal connection with the mentors and the advisors in the beginning of the year, but we look at how to continue that throughout the year.” Waters said there was a total of 2,040 undergraduates at the beginning of this academic year, and Berry intends to stabilize at 2,100.
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1,000-mile long storm cell tears through west and north Georgia as well as Metro Atlanta; Berry and Shorter receive nearly 2.5 inches of rain, but minimal damage
the woods close to a parking lot, Taylor said. While it may have been an inconvenience, Taylor said the students were still able to eat in the dining hall. “[The power outage] changed the schedule of our dining hall, but we have a generator running that is helping the cooks,” Taylor said. Shorter sophomore Mary Kate Mangum said that the power outage was a surprise. “Everyone was in the hallway cutting up,” Mangum said. “But when the lights suddenly went out, people got weirded out. It got more real.” Some of the more delicate residents of Berry, the newly hatched eaglets, were most likely unharmed by the storm, according to Director of Agriculture Operations and Sustainability Eddie Elsberry. “We have no reason to believe they were harmed,” Elsberry said. “We have to believe that they will survive here as they do in inclement weather in other nests from Alaska to Florida.”
Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for Gordon and Bartow counties after reports of up to 100 homes damaged and 17 people injured, according to WSB-TV. The storm also wreaked havoc on Interstate 75, with reports of damage to the actual interstate and dozens of overturned cars near Adairsville exit 306. About 21,000 are without power in north and west Georgia and the metropolitan Atlanta area, according to CNN. One of the customers without power is Shorter University. According to Shorter Assistant Vice President for Facilities Dick Taylor, Shorter lost power around midday on Wednesday. “We did have a power pole down that feeds the campus,” Taylor said. “The power went out around 11 a.m. and will remain down until around 9 p.m. while repairs are made by Georgia Power.” The pole did not do damage to any buildings; it fell in
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JANUARY 31, 2013
Panel teaches students to “love one another”
KELLY DICKERSON Managing Editor Buddhist Rod Owens and Christian Chris Glaser told their stories of reconciling their faith and homosexuality on Tuesday in the Science Auditorium. The first speaker was Glaser, a Presbyterian minister and the author of 12 books. Some titles of his works include “Coming Out to God” and “As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage.” Glaser said as a Christian he struggled to find a way to accept his sexuality. “I prayed to God to change me, to be healed,” Glaser said. “I thought it was my cross to bear.” Glaser came out while attending Yale Divinity School and served as the only openly gay member of the Presbyterian Task Force to Study Homosexuality. Even though the majority of the members voted to allow the ordination of homosexual candidates, the recommendation was rejected and Glaser was dropped as a candidate for ordination. Glaser became director of the Lazarus Project, a ministry that seeks to reconcile the Church and LGBT community. Glaser said the name is appropriate because “Lazarus felt called from the tomb even as we felt called from the closet.” Glaser called his sexuality a gift from God, and recognized it as something that makes him more sensitive to others’ struggle for acceptance and reconciliation. The second speaker, Owens, is a Berry alumnus (02) who participated in a variety of activities on campus including the Forensics team and the Carrier, and worked as a peer educator. He also became the leader of Rainbow Berry, the LGBT organization on campus that preceded LISTEN. Owens said he spent an emotionally taxing four years at Berry. “When I left Berry, I felt angry, disappointed, disillusioned, and in many ways I regretted Berry,” Résumé Workshop: CV focus Students can come to Krannert 250 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday Jan. 31 to learn about the differences between a CV and a résumé as well as other important questions. Free AIDS Testing The AIDS Resource Center will be at the Ladd Center Thursday Jan. 31 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. using a new technology for AIDS testing. Students can get results of their tests in 20 minutes. SWITCH ENERGY PROJECT: A Documentary Come listen to SWITCH energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker explore the world’s leading energy sites from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday Jan. 31 in the McAllister Auditorium. (CE) KCAB’s Skate Night Berry students get free admission to KCAB’s Skate Night at Fun Wheels from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday Feb. 1. CSA’s Catholic Q&A Students can come to Krannert 346 Monday Feb. 4 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. to discuss with the presenters what the Catholic Church believes about modern day issues. Students of all faiths are welcome. (CE) SGA Meeting All students are welcome to attend Tuesday Feb. 5 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Spruill Ballroom to hear about various things happening on campus. Black History Month Trivia Come to Krannert Ballroom C Wednesday Feb. 6 from 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. for trivia on historical black figures presented by BSA.
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Buddhist Rod Owens speaks at the “Spiritual Journeys of Gay Religious Leaders” panel on Tuesday. Owens said. He attributed his negative feelings to the challenge of being black on a predominantly white campus, and his struggle to reconcile his faith and sexuality. “I was on time-out with God,” Owens said. “I still believed in God, but we couldn’t communicate. I felt like I couldn’t reconcile.” Owens started practicing meditation after living in Boston for a few years. He realized that things like unhealthy foods and violent television programming were negatively affecting him. “I became aware of the poison I was taking in on a daily basis, even my own negativity,” Owens said. Eventually Owens made the decision to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk, or “lama.” The process includes a three-year retreat of silence, which he completed at the Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery in New York. Owens shared that during his retreat of silence he made peace with his time spent at Berry. Owens said that sometimes Christians are told to “love the sinner; hate the sin.” However, based on his background in Buddhism, Owens said that any hate at all is the seed to hating other things. Owens said that Buddha did not teach on homosexuality. “There is no such thing as gender or sexuality in Buddhism,” Owens said. “The whole point is to love one another.” After Glaser and Owens introduced themselves, audience members were allowed to ask questions. Glaser said he believes Christians do not accept homosexuality because of cultural prejudice. He also said there is a “pitifully small” amount of evidence against it in scripture. “I see [the Bible] as a spiritual guide book, not a rule book,” Glaser said. Glaser and Owens discussed their large roles in activist groups. Glaser was involved in the Lazarus Project and Owens was involved in the Catholic Worker community in Boston. The Catholic Worker community works to challenge systems that create violence and poverty. “Activism itself can be a form of prayer,” Glaser said. After the discussion ended, senior and member of the Interfaith Council and The Fellowship Anna Miles said she believes it is important to hold these kinds of events on campus, especially now that LISTEN has been recognized. Co-president of LISTEN Tamara Shook said she enjoyed that Glaser and Owens emphasized the positivity of their experiences. Both Glaser and Owens encouraged students struggling with spirituality and/or sexuality to take advantage of the resources on campus like the Counseling Center and LISTEN. Glaser also said the Internet, specifically the Human Rights Campaign website, is a great resource for students.
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Experience or résumé fodder?
We have all heard Berry’s slogan “experience it firsthand” more times than we could care to count. The exhortation itself is typically understood to mean something like, “Do absolutely everything you can. Everything. All the time.” So we do, and in general, Berry students have impressive résumés full of extracurricular activities and clubs that scream to potential employers, “Well rounded!” Of course the desire to appeal to employers, to present oneself competitively to grad schools or internships, drives many students to fill their schedules to the brim. It is also possible that pressure from the learning environment at Berry is another motivator toward extracurricular activities. If it seems that the entire campus is busy with at least one club for every hour of the day, a student may feel awkward or even guilty for having too much time not necessarily devoted to anything. Some students, in order to fluff résumés or “keep up” with their peers, may join clubs and organizations out of motives other than their personal interest therein. Some may even join these clubs with little desire to actually participate in them, missing meeting times and avoiding engagement in the organization. Initially this membership for the sake of résumé embellishment, this presentation of oneself as an engaged member of an organization without having actually attended its meetings, seems dishonest. However, with the pressure to end our college careers with a list of accomplishments behind us that will propel us into our bright and beautiful futures, who would not forgive us for improving reality on our résumés? People lie on résumés and in interviews all the time. Is it such a crime to join a club merely for another notch on the résumé? After all, if a club requires fees, than it benefits from anyone joining whether they participate or not. Also, many clubs will evict members if they do not show up to their meetings. There is, therefore, not much external motivation to avoid using clubs as no more than résumé fodder. It is unlikely that a student doing so will be caught or penalized. It may be, however, important to consider how that kind of participation impacts one’s experience in college. Joining clubs without any intention to participate in them may never get anyone in trouble. But it very well may get in the way of engaging in activities and programs that one actually enjoys. Perhaps it is too much idealism, but maybe it is in fact possible to participate in things one genuinely cares about and still end college with a satisfying (and honest) résumé.
Facing fears of the future
before I even get to the place that allows me to explore my options? I thought college was AUTUMN CLARKE supposed to let students experiFeatures Editor ment, explore a wide variety of opportunities and figure out what they didn’t want to do before finally narrowing it I’m just going to come right down to their top pick. Considout and say it: I am not 100 ering I got dead-even scores in percent sure what I want to do all sections of the SAT, deciding with my life. what I’m most interested in has Seeing how I didn’t get never been exactly black and struck by lightning after that white. statement, I’m assuming this is If you ask me, it almost actually okay. Honestly, how seems that students go to colmany college students know lege now in order to get a exactly what they want to do career. After venting to a numwith their lives? I mean, really ber of adults I often confide in, have it all mapped out in their they all assured me that at one heads—what they want to do, time not too terribly long ago, how they’re going to accom- college was simply higher eduplish it and so on? Because if cation. People attended college you ask me, it seems like every- to achieve the highest caliber one and their brother has every of education they could and if minute of the rest of their life they knew exactly where they planned out while I just sit here, wanted to work upon gradureading books, writing a few ation, great, but if not, they things and riding horses. would at least be educated. I remember nearing the end Other than these rare conof my high school career and versations, it seems like any being forced to talk to school time I tell an advisor, teacher counselors about our post- or other adult that I’m not comgraduation plans. Advisor after pletely sure what career to puradvisor would sit me down, ask sue, they launch into a lecture me how everything was going about how I need to get my act and then pop the question, “So together and need to be careful Autumn, what career are you and responsible during this cruthinking is a good fit for you?” cial time. I may be wrong, but Hold the phone. I’m in high I’m pretty sure my uncertainty school and you’re seriously about what I want to do with asking me what career I want my life isn’t going to be the sole to pursue? I agree it’s a good cause for the apocalypse or the thing to be thinking about, downfall of America. but why do I have to choose I don’t know exactly what
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career I want to pursue after school, but I’m only halfway done, so I’m assuming there’s still time to figure it out. Even then, despite the countless lectures I’ve received about needing to plan my life right this very moment, I have run into a few adults who say they still don’t know what they want to do after college. They simply work hard at the job they have in order to support themselves or their family and at the end of the day, they’re pretty happy with their lives. I’m not worried about the future. I’m anxious about it, but I believe it’s healthy. I’m excited to see what life has in store for me and I’m unsure of where it’ll take me, but I’m far from scared. Being afraid of the future isn’t going to stop it from coming anyway, so there’s really no sense in spending the extra energy on it. I’m going to be fine, and on the chance there’s anybody else going through this, you will be too. I’m going to graduate college and be well read and well spoken. As far as my bipolar academic self goes, sure, most people have a specific strong point and aren’t mediocre at every subject, but I’m going to go with the claim that it makes me well rounded. Predictions for the future are rarely correct anyway, so I’m sticking to the best piece of advice my mother ever gave me: if you work hard and do what you love, great things
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JANUARY 31, 2013
Female super heroes
GRACE DUNKLIN Staff Reporter
Comic book superheroes are a huge part of mainstream culture these days. Batman is seen on everything from notebooks to socks, Captain America graces our T-shirts and backpacks and Iron Man can be found lurking among the fruit snacks at the supermarket. Little boys can be seen running around in capes and masks, wielding Mjolnir, Thor’s mighty hammer. That is all fine and well. Superheroes are an admirable thing for children to look up to. However, there is a problem with this picture. Where are the women? Where are the little girls dressed as Wonder Woman and Black Widow? Why are there no SpiderGirl costumes hanging next to the princess dresses? It is simply this: No mother wants to let her five-year-old dress like a skank. Sure, her brother can be Superman, with his underwear on the outside of his clothes, but she cannot be seen with a skirt that flashes her bum every time she takes a tumble on the playground or a top that requires fake breasts to even remotely resemble the superheroine the little girl wants to be. Any shirt that has a reference to a female superhero costume more than likely is designed to emphasize the breast area and not much else. All the merchandise featuring female superheroes has them contorted into impossible poses, obviously catering to the men of the world and ignoring the little girls who need a strong female role model. There are a few out there who have openly mocked this trend in female superheroes, most notably the Hawkeye Initiative, an offshoot of an Internet meme that mocks the ridiculous poses female superheroes tend to find themselves in. In the Hawkeye Initiative, the male superhero Hawkeye is drawn in poses mimicking the super-sexualized depictions of his female counterparts. While good for a few chuckles, it also proves a point. A male superhero would never be taken seriously if he constantly
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The fight against gun control Dear Ms. Turnbuckle,
“The right of through the to I hope you made it the citizenholkeep and with your niece not be iday seasonbear arms must alright, infringed if liberty in advice! because I really need yourAmerica is to survive.” past this years, Icome Over the No, few didn’t have from a gun-slinging redneck; the started to make friends with all this came from one of woodland creatures.America’s mostloved presidents,favorite of them all My particular Ronald Reagan. As many say, numbers don’t lie. is named Barry. He is the most adorThe United States will ever see. He able squirrel that youhas the highest number of guns per capita, with 88 has the fluffiest tail and whenever I guns per 100 people. So naturally, feed him, he sits with me and listens the U.S. has the highest number of to all my hopes and dreams. We’re best gun-related murders, right? friends! Wrong. The U.S. is 28th in the Earlier this week though, the most world thing happened: While by terrible in number of homicides we firearm per our lunch, this large were enjoying100,000 people—and has lower percentage of number eagleacame down and scooped up my of homicides poor Barry! by firearm than even Switzerland. her all the way to the I followed So why do we need them. Cage parking lot, but then I lostguns? Time for a history lesson. Quick, Do you think Barry is okay? think of the I do? What should greatest civilizations throughout history. Here’s Sincerely, a commonWorried in the Woodlands thread through most, if not all of them: A tyrant/dictator came to the Woodlands, Dear Worried in power, generally with a military, and it became the Yes, I am still intact. My dear peoples’ responsibility to tear him niece Penelope was quite irked down and restore order. through with me, but we bondedHow are people supposed to fight against a the experience. Every cloud truly tyrant if they are not allowed to be does have a silver lining! armed? for your dilemma. Now, No, of all, let me applaud you First America is not a tyranny (and it won’t be to time soon, in your endeavors anybefriend the much to creatures. Nowadays woodland the relief [or disappointment] of Obama-haters). it’s increasingly difficult to find a But it is the “greatest civilizayoung person still interested in the tion” and on world right this fauna, in the a campus like now and, if history rings true, a tyrant one, that truly is a crying shame. will come of all, to answer your Second to power one way or another. I question... personally want to protect myself from dear, I’m afraid I My poor, poor that, don’t you? Yes, background checks impart. have some terrible news toare necessary. Yes, we need to on TuesAll of Berry was informedmandate registering guns. But bald eagle day that the mother just because some nuts got their hands on had been spotted...well, feeding guns and to her new eaglets, and a squirrel murdered fellow human beings does not mean I am not that in quite a gruesome manner. able to handle having a gun. I will spare you the gory details; Guns will be bought and they will only increase your grief. traded, whether legally or on a Do not bear the weight of your black market. Therefore, it seems sorrow alone; remember there are more logical to keep help you, resources available to guns legal in order to Counseling Center, such as the more easily regulate them and have a better chance of and perhaps other squirrels. I’m keeping them out will need your sure Barry’s familyof the hands of psychos. support during this difficult time as well. Hugs and vegetarian dishes, Ms. Turnbuckle
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looked like a human pretzel, so why are female superheroes drawn in such a manner? The answer is simple, and somewhat disheartening. Female superheroes are primarily there for the male comic book readers. They do not exist to vanquish evil on their own, but rather exist as an object to be lusted after. Male superheroes do all the work, leaving nothing for the women but to stand around and look pretty. Now, I love male superheroes as much as the next person, and adhere strongly to the maxim “Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.” But then, I am atypical. Girls don’t usually grow up wanting to be cowboys; they want to be princesses and heroines. If those heroines are super-sexualized and meant only as eye candy, they are no role model for a young girl. It is only recently that female superheroes have become stronger in their own right, and not merely existing as sex objects. Black Widow is an obvious example; the depiction of this character in the recent Marvel films has been that of a strong, independent woman and not a subservient sidekick. She still wears a skin-tight suit, but is not as glaringly over-sexualized as past incarnations of the character were. Some would say that the comic book industry should turn the tables and oversexualize the male characters in retaliation, but this would only further the problem. Superheroes are not about who can flaunt their body the most egregiously, but have a much deeper meaning. Superheroes are just that: heroes. Though fictional, they hold the same place as firemen and policemen, nurses and teachers. Superheroes should be something all children can aspire to be, instead of just the boys. Until female superheroes are on the same level of propriety that male superheroes hold, it will be difficult for these heroines to become something girls can aspire to be. The characters will remain eye candy for the male comic book readers, not suitable role models for little girls in princess dresses. So I guess I shall continue to be Batman, instead of Wonder Woman, the human pretzel.
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The Lion King.”
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Beauty and the Beast.”
Moving on and remembering
KELLY DICKERSON Managing Editor
That test next week. That big presentation in a few days. Frantically trying to line up a summer internship or job. It seems like we are constantly focused on the future. Recently it has gotten much worse for me because this is my last semester at Berry. The future is constantly on my mind and most of the time it feels overwhelming. However, last week I attended the talk given by Dr. Beverly Smith and Ms. Evelyn Hamilton, the first African American students to graduate from Berry. The powerful stories the two of them shared captivated me. Ms. Hamilton recalled being walked to class her first few weeks at Berry. Dr. Smith recalled only a few professors that made eye contact with her. She still vividly remembers the insults and racial slurs that were sometimes shouted at her. Ms. Hamilton remembered being farther behind than the other students when she started taking classes at Berry. Dr. Smith, the first African American student to live on campus, noticed that girls who were friendly towards her inside the dorm walls often wouldn’t behave the same way outside the dorm. Hearing Ms. Hamilton and Dr. Smith speak reminded me of the reality and importance of the Civil Rights movement. Protests and violence were commonplace. However, Dr. Smith mentioned the security she felt inside the “Berry bubble.” There was no violence committed against her, even though it was common at many other schools that were integrating at the same time. Ms. Hamilton also expressed that she felt safe during her time at Berry. I was pleasantly surprised to see that parallel between Berry then and now. Of course, Berry (and the rest of the country) is still experiencing racial tension. Berry is not exactly known for its diverse student body, so how could there not still be tension on campus? The Civil Rights movement is still not over, even if lots of progress has been made. In the words of Dr. Smith, “We’ve come far, but Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has still not been fully realized.” The perseverance Ms. Hamilton and Dr. Smith showed during their time at Berry is truly inspirational. Their stories of success after Berry show that courage is rewarded. They were pioneers in one of the biggest civil movements of our country and I am grateful I had the opportunity to hear them share their experiences. But there is another important message I left the event with: in a society focused on preparing for the future, it is essential that we take the time to remember the past. It’s important to remember where we come from. Major events, like the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s Suffrage movement, or the writing of the Constitution, and the stories that go with them get lost in the past too easily. That’s not to say that we need to get stuck in the past. Dwelling on past failures, bad memories, or times when people have treated us badly won’t do any good. But it’s important to spend a little time reflecting instead of sprinting headlong into the future. Remembering the past can take many different forms. It may mean going to an event like the one I attended. It may mean reading up on some history. It may mean talking to family members about their past or reflecting on your own. If we take the time to discover it, the past can give us hope and inspiration for the future.
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1. Never give out a home address. If somebody asks for your address online, this should raise a red flag. They might try to disguise it by saying they want to send you gifts or surprise you for your birthday. No matter how sincere he/she appears, do not give them this information. 2. Keep it public. If you agree to meet, go to a public place. Tell people where you’re going, who you’ll be with and when you’ll be there, and keep your cell phone with you. Staying in public is just as important as meeting in public places. Don’t go back to your date’s home or yours on the first date. If your date tries to pressure you, end the date and leave. 3. Stay sober. Avoid anything that could potentially impair your judgment when meeting your date for the first time. If you happen to run into a predator, they could try to take advantage of you. 4. Drive yourself. Always drive yourself to the first meeting, even if your date offers to pick you up somewhere. If you move to a different location during the date, still drive yourself. This way, if things don’t work out well, you’ll have a ride home as soon as you need it. 5. Use live webcams. If the person you’re dating refuses chatting over live video, such as Skype or ooVoo, this should immediately raise suspicions. Don’t settle for just phone calls. It’s easy for scammers to disguise their voices, or even use a second person for the conversations. 6. Never give financial information or money online.
Sometimes scammers will beg for money, claiming they’re in a dire emergency or they may just “need a little help for rent this month.” They may ask you to forward a package to another country or claim they’ve been subject to a mugging or robbery. Regardless, never fall for these tricks. Once you send them money, they’ll continue to ask for money and their promise to reimburse you will most likely fall short time after time.
Tips for safe online DaTing
Online dating has been a topic of mixed opinions for several years. While technology now allows people to connect in more ways than ever before, users tend to forget that sitting behind a computer screen does not make it okay to say or do whatever their hearts desire. With just some basic personal information and a few clicks of the mouse, a predator can access information to countless aspects of their victims’ lives. Once something is on the Internet, it’s up there forever and even if somebody takes a post down, it is still possible to recover it. On the other hand, there have been numerous success stories with online dating. It’s difficult to watch TV or listen to the radio without coming across an advertisement for websites such as eHarmony and match.com, both of which take credit for the marriages of thousands of couples each year. With the rapid growth of technology in recent years, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into people’s relationships as well. Regardless of your views of online dating, use your common sense whenever you interact with anyone online. That one tool could save your pride and your life. AUTUMN CLARKE Features Editor OLIVIA BROWN Asst. Features Editor
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It all started with a 2010 documentary by the title of “Catfish.” A couple of young filmmakers decided to document a growing Facebook friendship that their colleague, Yaniv Schulman, had with a young woman he had never met before. After some research through mutual friends and “friends of friends,” Schulman discovered this young woman was far from what he believed. The “catfish,” in this case, created the account to build a fantasy world in order to make up for her growing boredom and stress with her real life. A couple years later, November 2012 marked the beginning of MTV’s show based on and named after the documentary. The TV show, hosted by Schulman, is about the truths and lies of online dating. Catfishing is no new scam. However, it has quickly become a topic of heated discussion ever since Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o fell victim to a “catfish.” Te’o made the claim in September 2012 that his girlfriend, Lennay Kukua, had died of leukemia. Te’o admitted that he discovered his girlfriend didn’t exist toward the end of 2012, but was unsure of how to handle the situation. In early
What is "Catfishing"?
December 2012, a California resident named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo confessed to being the “catfish” responsible for creating Te’o’s false girlfriend. A report by deadspin.com was released on Jan. 16 stating that a girl by the name of Lennay Kukua had never attended Stanford University, lived, died or gone through any other claims Te’o had made throughout the duration of their relationship. The term “catfishing” refers to anyone who creates a false profile online with the intention of tricking others into developing relationships with them. The origins for this term trace back to shipping cod overseas. When live cod were originally shipped in large vats from the United States to Asia, the fish weren’t able to be as active as normal, ultimately causing them to lose their firmness and palatability during shipping. Handlers eventually discovered that catfish would chase the cod when placed in the shipping vats and this alteration was just enough to increase the cod's activity level while en route to their destination. Like the catfish do to the cod, the online scammers keep everyone guessing and on their toledoblade.com toes.
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Family Feud creates friendly fighting
LYNDSEY HERMAN Staff Reporter
JANUARY 31, 2013
Family Feud: the number one activity that happened at Berry on Saturday night. KCAB programmers Connor Garrett and Katie Sisk brought Family Feud to the Spruill Ballroom, cash prizes and all. Junior KCAB member Walid Naseri said KCAB Vice President Amy Funk decided with Director of Student Activities Cecily Crow that a game show would attract a variety students, rather than a niche audience. Crow and Funk discovered the Family Feud hosts at the National Association of Campus Activities Convention, according to Naseri. This is a programming convention that KCAB attends each year. They decided that it would be a Berryappropriate event that would be fun and out of the ordinary. Many of the students who attended signed up in teams to participate, while others acted as audience members. The teams were randomly brought to the stage where they competed against one another. At the end, the teams with the highest scores were reconvened to battle for the prizes. The 1st place team, “Sweater Thrashers,” won $120. Coming in 2nd and collecting $80 was “No Name Team.” Wrapping up the winnings in 3rd place, “Kit’s Crew” took home $50. In the first team to compete, junior Ashley West said she had a lot of fun.
“My favorite part was listening to people answering questions,” West said. “Sometimes they have dumb answers and it’s funny.” She had fun competing despite being a little nervous, and was glad that her team’s questions were easy compared to some of the later questions. Freshman Allie Thornton was an active audience member but did not participate. She found the event funny and entertaining, though she said she only somewhat knew the answers to the questions. Thornton said she would recommend KCAB host another game show “if they make it a little shorter” next time. Despite Family Feud being a new event, around 120 students attended. Naseri said KCAB was pleased with the turnout. “When you bring in a new event, you don’t expect a good turnout because people don’t know what it is,” said Naseri. “It doesn’t have a tradition. But I think we did well with publicity.” The hired hosts were also extremely helpful and fun to work with, Naseri recounted. They brought and set up their own backdrops and props. They held a preshow, enticing students around Krannert to come to the game show. They even dressed the part; one host wore a silver sequined jacket and the other plaid. “It’s really fun to watch peers having fun and enjoying themselves at our events,” Naseri said.
Candler Hobbs (right) and Arlen Ivey (left) perform at the Koffeehouse this past Friday.
NATHAN SUTTON, Staff PhotograPher
Coffee, music the
COMMENTARY BY JOSH WILLIS Staff Reporter Students gathered in the beautiful Jewel Box at Morgan Hall last Friday night for the KCAB & FH4Y Koffeehouse. There, they socialized, drank a wide assortment of Pal’s Coffee and listened to musical performances from talented guest artists. Judging from student responses, the event was a success as they seemed to enjoy the relaxed environment and entertaining concerts, not to mention the delicious refreshments. Coming in from the cold rain, students warmed themselves by sipping hot apple cider and sampling some of the flavored coffees such as vanilla and Snickers lattes. Once revived, they chatted among friends and turned their attention to Candler Hobbs, the opening act. Hobbs, an alumnus and an emerging singer-songwriter, performed a charming set filled with both original compositions and covers of classic folk songs by artists such as Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor. The audience particularly enjoyed his sensitive interpretations of “Fire and Rain” and “The Boxer.” After this enjoyable opening, The Iveys, the main act, took the stage. Based in El Paso, Texas, the band consists of three siblings: bandleader Arlen Ivey and sisters Jessica and Jillian Ivey. Like Hobbs, The Iveys mixed their own material with classic covers. Yet no matter what they sang, the band employed a rich vocal harmony that was easily their best and most distinctive feature. Highlights of their set included a soaring reinterpretation of the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and a fun cover of “3 AM” by Matchbox 20. Between the songs, the band members bantered playfully and told stories of sibling rivalries, adding to the charm of the concert. Freshman Heather Pharis appreciated the efforts that KCAB put into the Koffeehouse and particularly enjoyed its atmosphere. “I thought that KCAB did a great job with [the Koffeehouse],” Pharis said. “Everything sort of had that cool coffee shop vibe to it. I really enjoyed how laid back and welcoming everything was.” She also felt the choice of the Jewel Box was an inspired one. “It was the perfect place. It had enough room for everyone in there, but it also had the right
atmosphere,” Pharis said. “I’m a huge fan of the Jewel Box in general, but seeing it as a ‘coffee shop’ made me love it even more.” Aaron Ogletree, senior, found the musical performances entertaining, that of The Iveys in particular. “The Iveys kept the audience interested through a mix of humor and music that can be best described as ‘easy listening.’ I thought the Koffeehouse was great,” Ogletree said. The performances and the setting were the best part of the night for freshman Alex Arzenshek. “I really enjoyed the fact that it was held in the Jewel Box because it is a beautiful environment; it adds to the experience of the music and coffee,” she said. “My favorite part of the performance was definitely some of the songs that the band played, such as ‘Home’ and ‘Hey Ho.’” Arzenskek enjoyed the night, but she did offer one piece of advice for future Koffeehouses. “Though [the Jewel Box] is a great space to hold future performances, they definitely need more seating next time,” Arzenskek said.
Students go on stage to answer questions for cash prizes at KCAB’s first ever Family Feud event on Saturday.
WILL MILLER, Staff PhotograPher
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COMMENTARY BY ALI MCINTOSH Asst. Entertainment Editor
In light of the recent success of the show “Catfishing” and the general growth of online dating, I decided to do an investigation into what Internet dating is really like for college students in Rome. Here is Week One of Gone Fishing: A Romantic Exploration.
So that is how I ended up creating an account on the infamous OKCupid.com, answering questions in the style of the “typical Berry girl”—family-focused, interested in the outdoors, Christian, a reader of some good books. One of the creators, Chris Coyne, gives a set of facts in his welcome message to new members: 1. OKCupid is free. 2. For best results, show off your personality. 3. As a woman, you are totally awesome but not exempt from contacting others. 4. Finally, why we’re getting famous - OKCupid is powered only by YOUR personality. Upon reading this initial message, I knew I was in trouble. Women have to be told to send messages? Are there people who come to online dating to hide their personality? And after blogs like OKCEnemies.tumblr.com (which features photos and choice sentences from the most interesting/hateful/racist/ignorant/poorly-spelled profiles) have cropped up on the blogsphere, I was under the impression that OKCupid was famous for allowing the Internet’s least desirable to send creepy messages to pretty girls. This was going to be interesting. With permission, I chose a profile picture of our Photo Editor, Parker Sealy, to be the literal face of my fake self, Ashley. (Right.) Upon creating the account shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, I expected to get a few messages before I turned in for the night. The reality is that nearly 30 separate men, most of them over 30, had sent “Ashley” a message. I average at 111 views a week, according to the site.
Photo used for the fake OKCupid profile
The best part about OKCupid is the questions. The more you answer, the more effective the site is at giving you matches based on likes and dislikes, preferences, values, and even intelligence (for some of the questions, there is a “correct” answer). You also tell what your ideal partner would say, and how important their response is to you. Some of the men who checked out Ashley’s profile have some very…colorful responses.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit I hate ants and I once got chased by a rooster lol [There are no words.] Do you have a problem with racist jokes? Yes Im not racist at all ... i have plenty of friends from other races. [Wait... what?] How do you think your sex drive compares to what is typical for other people of your age and gender? My sex drive is higher than average. I have above average control over it as well [Well… that’s good to know. I was worried for a second there.] Have you ever had a sexual encounter with someone of the same sex? No, and I would never. I am most defintly as straight as they come ha! [AND THE BESTEST SPELLER] Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food Movies-Batman,Star Wars, Sherlock Home [Sherlock Home? A decorating show for consulting detectives?] [And then there is this guy.] My self-summary This guy is the swing for the fences type. When he was born, he slapped the doctor! Jogging is merely spinning the world on his feet. Dr. Phil comes to him for advice. He firmly believing that knowledge is power. If he fails the first time, his response is “ Double or nothing!”. If he fails the second time, he wakes up to realize it was all just a dream. A zombie bit him once & the zombie became incredibly awesome just like him. He makes more money then Ben Bernanke. His weak sauce is hotter than ghost peppers. The chicken crossed the road to be on his side. [If only there were words.]
Messages from Beyond
Most of the initial greeting messages were simple and to the point: “Hey”, “Hi how are you” or “you have a gorgeous smile :)”. But some had other things to say. The best and most memorable of the 65 (yes, you read that—65 messages in a week!) are here… in their original, creative spelling (with my comments, of course):
I had honestly never heard of crocheting before your profile so I had to google it ha.... [Knitters need not apply.] I hear those Berry Shorter feuds get heated whew! [… Do they?] You go to a school with more deer (which, lets be honest are just giant rats with long legs) than people and are terrified of rodents? How does that work? [Has judging girls worked for you before or...?] You sound absolutely amazing... why are you so far!!! Lol [Why are you yelling!!! Why did you message me if I’m so far!!! I admire your enthusiasm; however, I feel as if you are continually yelling at me!!! Good luck in your search!!!] Ohh piss... tell me you’ve read War and Peace? [What does Tolstoy have to do with urination? But, yes, I have.] I always have my friendly face on while snuggling next to a fire except when my friendly face becomes a roasted friendly face because I’ve managed to snuggle too close to the fire....just saying [Is he the Phantom of the Opera?]
I saved the best for last. He is 37 and the color of your average Jersey Shore contestant. He is also a fan of editing his own photos; his favorite technique is turning everything black and white except his jeans. He’s a catch.
Hellooo There... I know...I knooow. You’re gonna be like...who the hell does this guy think he is!? Soo...let me just get this out there since I’m sure you have never been complimented properly on your looks... ...but damnit...you are sooome kinda hot! Well OK...I’ll be honest...you’re at least cuter than a baby seal. And everyone knows that baby seals are really damn CUTE so thats a huge compliment. But hot sounds better right? lol Soo...you MUST give me your number so I can ask you out for drinks... or hot oily nekkidness... or to crash a wedding?...whatever sometime soon. Why? Because I’m awesome...and you suuure look like you need to talk to and hang out with someone awesome. ;) Name?..number please. Now really, how much of this did you take seriously? :) [I call this guy “DudeBro.” Also, what is this guy’s obsession with the letter “o”?]
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Ravens, 49ers clash in Super Bowl XLVII
JANUARY 31, 2013
Ravens have talent, experience to win
COMMENTARY BY PAUL WATSON News Editor Let’s get one thing straight: Colin Kaepernick is not that great of a quarterback. “But Paul, he’s in the Super Bowl! He’s like the best young quarterback ever!” Yeah, no. What Kaepernick has is a great offense, with receivers like Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis, who have great hands to catch some of Kaepernick’s ugly, ugly throws. Kaepernick simply relies on his legs too much. That’s how quarterbacks get hurt—just look at Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III. And the Ravens’ rushing defense is no pushover. They only allow an average of four yards per carry and are third in the league for fumbles forced, at 11 fumbles this season. Yeah, Kaepernick has a slightly higher pass percentage (62.4 percent versus Joe Flacco’s 59.7 percent). But that’s where his advantage ends. Flacco has over twice as many years of experience playing. Flacco has been consistently playing for five years. Kaepernick, on the other hand, has only played for two, and barely played his rookie season. That experience has allowed Flacco to gain a style that seems ridiculous, but is actually effective if you think about it. When Flacco throws deep, he throws deep enough that either his receiver catches it or no one does. Yes, it drops his accuracy rate, but it works. And that’s what matters.
COMMENTARY BY STEVEN EVANS Sports Editor This time last season, in the transitioning days leading up to the Super Bowl, both the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers were sitting at home after coming up short in their respective conference championships, eliminating their run for the coveted Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens, who lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game a year ago, were just a field goal away from putting a nail-biter into overtime. The 49ers suffered a similar fate in last years’ NFC championship game with multiple special teams mishaps to cause a self-destruct to the eventual Super Bowl XLVI champions, the New York Giants. This year tells a completely different story. In a similar fashion, the Ravens and 49ers took their respective teams into the AFC and NFC championships, but this time each team simply did what they could not do last year: win. The Ravens, coached by John Harbaugh, and led on defense by future hall of fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis in his last season, exacted revenge on the Patriots in this year’s championship game which ended up a 28-13 dismantling of the Patriot’s offense. On the other side, the 49ers, coached by John Harbaugh’s younger brother and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, erased an early 17-point deficit to defeat the NFC top-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game 28-24. While I could carry on for pages on the Harbaugh brothers, the milestones between the teams and other information that many
49ers will overpower Ravens to claim sixth Super Bowl title
readers may deem pointless, the purpose of this piece is to pick a winner, so I will proceed with just that. To begin, the Baltimore Ravens are loaded with a high-powered defense with the legendary likes of Ray Lewis, who, as previously mentioned, is set to retire after this season, and nine-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed. Alongside Reed and Lewis are a host of deadly defensive players who together are statistically the most “tiring” defense in the NFL. What this means is that the Ravens ‘defense has been on the field for 1,342 plays this season. That is the most for any defense since 2001. This has caused much fatigue on opposing offenses which gradually wears their opponents down mentally and physically. To compliment their defense, the Ravens’ offense ranks 10th in the league in points per game and rushing yards per game with 25 points and 118.8 yards respectively. Not to mention quarterback Joe Flacco boasts a 114.7 passer rating, and has thrown zero interceptions in the playoffs this year. Flacco also comes with the aid of halfback Ray Rice, who is one of the top runningbacks in the league and ran for over 130 yards against the Denver Broncos in the double-overtime thriller earlier in the playoffs. So, it’s settled then: the Ravens will take this? I don’t think so. The Ravens may be good, but I believe the 49ers have more than what it takes to defeat them. Let’s take a look at the defensive unit: San Francisco’s defensive unit ranked fourth in the NFL in passing defense, limiting opposing quarterbacks to just 200 yards per game. Additionally,
Ryder McEntyre, Photo Editor
Paul’s Pick: Ravens 27-21
Enough about quarterbacks; let’s look at the rest of the offense. As a team, the Ravens lead the 49ers in points per game. They also lead the 49ers in pass completions and passing yards, largely due to wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. Of course, Baltimore’s big power source is their defense. Ravens safety Ed Reed is tied for seventh in the league for interceptions. Then we come to Ray Lewis. He is a man of many words, and he has become the face of the Ravens. Yes, he had his issues in the past both on and off the field, but he’s cleaned up his act and shown himself to be a leader. In his last season, future Hall-of-Famer Lewis is sure to make a final stand against the 49ers. While the Ravens barely trail the 49ers in sacks this season (41 versus 38), they do lead the 49ers in yards lost on sacks. Quality over quantity. This season’s Ravens have been looking for a Super Bowl win since their last one in 2000. After showing up formidable opponents like the New England Patriots (twice) and the Pittsburgh Steelers twice, they have proved themselves this season. Don’t worry about consulting your Chinese Zodiac: this is the year of the Raven. The Ravens will end this Super Bowl with a perfect 2-0 record in the Super Bowl. I pick the Ravens to win a hard-fought battle 27-21. And Steven will not pick the exact score of the Super Bowl this year. It’s my time.
Steven’s Pick: 49ers 28-24
they also rank fourth in rushing defense, holding teams to only 94.2 yards per game. Additionally, the 49ers have the quarterback with the thirdhighest passer rating in the NFL with Alex Smith who holds a 70 percent winning record. The funny thing is: Smith is benched. The 49ers, in fact, run their offense under the wing of Smith’s oncebackup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After Smith suffered a concussion in the Week 10 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, coach Jim Harbaugh decided to invest in Kaepernick’s talent and move forward with him at the starting position, which has worked. Since starting Kaepernick, the 49ers have dismantled opponents’ defenses as they struggle to defend the versatility of Kaepernick with the read option. Kaepernick is one of the league’s top rushers as well. In Kaepernick’s first career postseason start, he set an NFL record for most yards rushed for by a quarterback in a single game with 181 yards in the 45-31 win against the Green Bay Packers. In addition to Kaepernick’s seemingly unstoppable running ability, Kaepernick is also quite an accurate quarterback as well, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,849 yards and ten touchdowns across just seven regular season games. Is this to say that the Ravens’ defense can’t stop the 49ers’ offense? No, but I am saying that the 49ers have the edge in this matchup, and I do predict the 49ers will come away with the win, despite Ray Lewis playing his final NFL game lights-out. It will be a close, hard-hitting game, but look for the 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII 28-24.
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Cross Country teams ready for spring season
OLIVIA DONNALLY Asst. Sports Editor Berry’s men’s and women’s cross country teams had winning seasons that led them to compete at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championship. Nationals took place in Lexington, Ky. on Dec. 9. The men’s cross country team placed 40th out of the 42 teams. Among all of the other teams racing, they were the youngest with six freshmen on the team. Six women from the cross country team qualified to run at the meet as well. Junior Charlotte Collins led the women along the course. “Running at Nationals was an awesome experience,” Collins said. “It’s the biggest race we had seen all season, and definitely the best competition. I had this moment on the line where I thought to myself, ‘This is going to be hard, but it’s cross country; it’s supposed to be.’” The course itself was incredibly muddy from rain the previous night and filled with hills. With all of these conditions, the girls clocked in between 23 and 28 minutes in the 5K. “This season required patience and a lot of hard work,” Collins said. “I’m nearly positive everyone ran a race with a personal record which is a huge accomplishment in a running team.” Head coach Paul Deaton has the team on a training regimen consisting of high mileage, double practices and long interval
Friday Jan. 25
Women’s Basketball at Birmingham-Southern L: 63-64 Men’s Basketball at Birmingham-Southern L: 62-88
Saturday Jan. 26
CONTRIBUTED BY CHARLOTTE COLLINS
The Lady Vikings Cross Country team prepares to compete in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championship in Lexington, Ky. this previous December. Both the women’s and men’s teams were very young in comparison to the teams they faced, with the men’s team having six freshman total on their team. The men’s team placed 40 out of 42 of the nation’s top collegiate teams. Both teams will race again on Feb. 16 at the Sewanee Indoor Invitational. workouts that help to build the endurance the runners need for the races. The same runners who compete for the Vikings cross country team also make up the track team. On Monday, they competed in Birmingham, Ala. for the first meet of the 2013 season at the Crossplex Invitational. Both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the mile, 400m, 800m and 5K. Three men ran personal records in this meet and Collins placed 3rd in her heat for her mile time of 5:47.12. Junior Brandon Davis for the men’s team also raced well in the mile, running a personal record of 4:35.07. “It felt great to start the season off with a new [personal record],” Davis said. Sophomores Annika Stryker and Nicole Fredette competed in the 800m race both clocking in with times that shaved a few seconds off their personal best. Freshman Rachel Dorris also ran a personal record in the 5000m run with a time of 20:11.91 The great success of the previous cross country season has acted as a major morale booster for the team. “I am so excited for this upcoming track season,” Collins said. “We’re sure to see even more personal records as the season continues. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how we stack up at conference again in April.” The men and women will race again on Feb. 16 at the Sewanee Indoor Invitational.
Equestrian (English) at Hunt Seat Invitational 4th out of 22
Sunday Jan. 27
Women’s Basketball at Millsaps L: 56-70 Men’s Basketball at Millsaps L: 53-72
Vikings Lacrosse trains for an explosive season
OLIVIA DONNALLY Asst. Sports Editor The 2013 season will be the third year of the Berry men’s lacrosse program. In the 2012 season the team consisted of only freshman and sophomore players. Sophomore goal-keeper Brandon Sanders was a member of that new team. “While we got off to a slow start we turned it around and started meshing as a team near the end and won some important games,” Sanders said. “It was a learning year which will contribute to our success this year.” This year the team has 22 returning players and seven new freshmen. While injuries have been relatively common, the players are looking to heal quickly and will be seeing the field very soon. “The freshmen are integrating well into the team and are certainly considered our brothers,” Sanders said. Sophomore Matt Steele is one of the players who was injured throughout last season. “Our highest team goal is conference champions,” Steele said. “We have great expecta-
Friday Feb. 1
Women’s Basketball vs Sewanee 6:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Sewanee 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 2
Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Milligan & Sewanee 12:00 p.m. Baseball vs Greensboro 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
CONTRIBUTED BY BRANDON SANDERS
tions to do well and are training hard to make that happen.” The Vikings look to improve through harder workouts and more frequent training. “Workouts have been much more intense this year,” Sanders said. “Throughout the fall
semester we had rigorous workouts for five days a week. But we’ve already seen huge improvements in strength and speed which will definitely help us in the spring season.” The Vikings will play their first game of the season on Feb. 16 at Transylvania University.
Sunday Feb. 3
Women’s Basketball vs. Centre 1:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Centre 3:00 p.m.
HUNGER KEEPS UP ON CURRENT EVENTS, TOO.
1 IN 6 AMERICANS STRUGGLES WITH HUNGER.
Monday Feb. 4
Baseball vs LaGrange 3:00 p.m.
Hunger is closer than you think. Reach out to your local food bank for ways to do your part. Visit FeedingAmerica.org today.
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JANUARY 31, 2013
PHOTOS BY PARKER SEALY, Photo Editor
Chinese New Year
The Multicultural and International Student Program held an event to celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Students were taught to make good luck knots and learned the art of Chinese paper cutting and Chinese paper folding. There were about 20 participants. This year, Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10.
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