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Mount Berry Church celebrates 100 years
Kristen sellers Deputy News Editor Mount Berry Church will be holding a special service on Sunday Feb. 19 inviting students and alumni to celebrate the 100th year of church services in the Berry College Chapel. Interim Chaplain Jon Huggins said this special service has been in the works since the summer. While Huggins was reading over Mount Berry Church history, he saw the very first service date, Feb. 22 1912 and thought it to be appropriate to begin the planning process for a celebration. Students and alumni will participate in leading the service through scripture readings and leading worship. Adjunct instructor Allyson Chambers is a native of Rome, Ga. and grew up in Mount Berry Church. During the service she will be sharing the history of the church. The special guest speaker for the celebration is Will Willimon, former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. With the service so soon, Huggins said he is excited for the whole experience. “I have a really strong sense of history and significance of the moment. This is what makes being at Berry so special. Being a part of a historic story that we can all be proud of- the story that begins with Martha Berry,” Huggins said. Huggins said how Martha Berry decided to start the church on campus. “It was her Christian faith to live a life of benevolent purpose for the good of others. In addition to education, she felt that students needed spiritual formation. So in addition to starting Berry schools she founded the church,” Huggins said. Before College Chapel was built and Mount Berry Church existed, Martha Berry would load up wagons and take the students to church in the community, rotating denominations each week. This began the foundation for an interdenominational church on Berry’s campus. Once College Chapel was built and services began, Martha Berry kept the service open as interdenominational. Associate Professor of Sociology and former Chaplain Dale McConkey said one time when a band came to lead worship one Sunday at Mount Berry Church they commented that the outside of the church looks Baptist, the inside looks Episcopalian and the hymnals look Evangelical. McConkey said that is a prime demonstration that Mount Berry Church as always been interdenominational where students of different backgrounds can come together as one body. “It’s really cool to me that the church has been around for 100 years. In my life it has been a really big impact being able to fellowship with other students at Berry, “ staff supervisor of the Chaplain’s Office senior Sarah Thomas said. Director of worship at Mount Berry Church, junior Lisa Anders, said Mount Berry Church has provided a place where all students can come where there is no denomination affiliation and they get to know and fellow believers. “I feel really privileged to have a part in the 100th service. It is cool to know that for 100 years people have worshiped at Berry College in the chapel and we can now celebrate the faithfulness of the Lord and of the people at Berry,” Anders said. “Even though many things have changed about the format of the worship services, the continuity of students having the opportunity to express their faith on campus for 100 years is definitely worth celebrating,” McConkey said. Huggins said he hopes students will come and be a part of the moment. The 100th anniversary service of Mount Berry Church is Sunday Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in College Chapel.
New HOPE scholarship eligibility standards, budget determinants
Kelly dickerson News Editor The HOPE scholarship program has been under recent pressure due to the inability of Georgia lottery revenue to keep pace with the program. Students were initially required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain their HOPE scholarship. Now, if students want the fulltuition scholarship, called the Zell Miller Scholarship, they must graduate as valedictorian, salutatorian, or have at least a 3.7 high school GPA and a 1200 SAT score and they must maintain a 3.5 GPA while in college. This year students with a 3.0 GPA received about $500 less per semester.
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New York Times columnist to speak at Berry
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Kelly Dickerson News Editor New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will speak about “Bad Religion and American Public Life Today,” Thursday at 7 p.m. in Spruill Ballroom. Douthat joined the New York Times as an op-ed columnist in April 2009. He is the youngest op-ed columnist to ever work at the New York Times. He also the author of “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” and co-author of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.” Douthat’s latest book “Bad Religion: How
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We Became a Nation of Heretics” covers the 1950s to present and examines how the Christian faith has declined over time. Douthat will be in the Science Auditorium at 4 p.m. tomorrow to answer questions and comment on the 2012 election. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Before the New York Times, Douthat worked as senior editor of the Atlantic and as a blogger for theatlantic.com. Douthat is originally from Conneticut but now lives in Washington D.C. His latest book has been described as “a powerful and original critique of how American Christianity has gone astray—and the deeply troubling consequences for American life and politics.”
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The Last Night of Ballyhoo
The Berry College Theatre Company is performing the play “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”, starting Feb. 16. Senior Alex Middleton and junior Darren Barnet (above) are two of the students starring in the play. For the full story see Entertainment pg. 9.
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the future of the nation,” Large said. “They are making it harder for people to get an education.” Georgia officials said last year they believed the HOPE program would go broke by 2013 if changes to the program were not made. The amount given to students was based on tuition increases, however awards given through HOPE now will be adjusted annually based on lottery revenue. Changes made last year require technical college students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in an effort to save money. Because of this new requirement, there has been a 12 percent decrease in the number of students enrolled in technical schools. Georgia State Representative Stacey Evans is sponsoring a bill that would lower the GPA requirement to 2.5 so that more people will be able to finance a technical degree. Current students will not be grandfathered into the new program; they will have to earn the scholarship based on the new terms. The Tennessee scholarship is facing similar problems to the HOPE budget and is looking to make comparable changes in its policy and eligibility requirements.
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continued from pg. 1 Other changes made last year to the scholarship include putting a limit on total family income for eligibility for the scholarship. Junior Courtney Large said she thinks education scholarships are not what should be cut to save money. “I think its sad that they always make budget cuts in education; it’s sacrificing
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Ross Douthat Seminar Hear a seminar on today’s politics, the state and organization of the Republican Party and the 2012 election by columnist, conservative blogger and former senior editor of The Atlantic Ross Douthat Thursday Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium or at 7 p.m. in Spruill Ballroom. CE credit offered. Poetry Reading Hear poet Allison Joseph, who has written six books of poetry, discuss and read some of her work Friday Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. CE credit offered. From Harm to Home Enjoy a benefit concert to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and learn more about the work of IRC, Georgia’s relocated refugees, and how to help Friday Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Ford Auditorium. CE credit offered. Mission Improvable Have fun watching the number one touring improv comedy act in the nation Saturday Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. in Spruill Ballroom. Mime-matics Explore mathematical ideas through the art of miming Sunday Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. CE credit offered. Irish Film Series Watch “Bloody Sunday” as the next installment in the Irish film series Sunday Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Blackstone 200. CE credit offered. The Not So Wild, Wild West Hear Professor of Economics Emeritus at Wheaton College Peter Hill present his lecture on property rights, development and evolution during the settlement of the West Monday Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. CE credit offered. Markets and Morality Hear Professor of Economics Emeritus at Wheaton College Peter Hill lecture on markets and morality Tuesday Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Evans Auditorium. CE credit offered. Lumen Lecture Series Hear Bishop of the Methodist Church Dr. Will Willimon speak on issues of faith and life Tuesday Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Spruill Ballroom. CE credit offered.
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Social awkwardness: the safari guide We all know the phrase “It’s only awkward if you make it awkward!” just isn’t true. Sometimes, it just is awkward. And there are simply awkward people in this world who, no matter how hard you try, always seem to make the situation awkward beyond imagining. Due to the frequent occurrence of this—particularly here on campus—below you’ll find an excerpt from the “G” section of The Carrier’s safari guide for not only how to spot an inherently awkward person, but how to deal with them accordingly. Spotting Tip #1: Gait. “Gait” is simply a word referring to how a person walks, or their stride. If a person is shuffling along, stomping about or inexplicably hustling to their seemingly ordinary destination, awkwardness may be a part of their innate composition. How to deal with this: If they are shuffling, fall into stride with them, strike up a conversation and attempt to pick up the pace. Oftentimes, they will catch on to the cue and walk a bit more normally with you. If they are stomping, move all of your valuables which may be within their stomping grounds. And if they are sprinting, by all means, don’t get in their way. Spotting Tip #2: Gibberish. If what the person is saying seems in no way to correlate to what you’re saying (such as them bringing up their ailing great-aunt while you’re raving about a basketball game), it is a generally a good indication that the person is awkward. How to deal with this: Be resolute. You finish that conversation with all the semblance of order that you can muster. And at the end, perhaps discuss that ailing great-aunt. Spotting Tip #3: Gaze. If a person avoids eye contact or engages in too much eye contact when you address them, it isn’t your fault that you feel awkward. How to deal with this: If the person is avoiding eye contact, do your best to continue the conversation, perhaps while bobbing your head along to keep their eyes on you. Hopefully they’ll realize what they’re doing and attempt to correct it. If the person engages in too much eye contact, look away and point out something behind the person. While they’re turned to look at it, you’ve at least gained a moment to take a breath and collect yourself while you think of what else to do.
Abe Lincoln: Vampire hunter?
Paul Watson Sports Editor States’ leader, Jefferson Davis, was praised in the South. Lincoln considered the South to still be part of the Union throughout the war. In this line of thinking, Lincoln’s army fought itself—a snake eating its own body, if you will. There was virtually no criticism of either leader in their respective “nations.” This is because both severely censored the press. That’s right, good ol’ Honest Abe was only as honest as he allowed the press to say he was. Though he didn’t hunt vampires, he hunted the press with more efficiency than any vampire hunter could dream of. Wartime censorship has been used to “protect” national security interests. The words “clear and present danger” are the yardstick by which censorship rights of government—as opposed to freespeech rights of individuals—are measured in times of crisis. President Abraham Lincoln used this type of censorship during the Civil War. First Amendment freedoms and protections were secondary, according to Lincoln, to the preservation of the nation. He believed in the “ends justify the means” argument in preserving all the laws. The Civil War alterations to the protections guaranteed under the First Amendment consisted of opening mail and censoring antiUnion newspapers. This censorship was epitomized in the penultimate year of the war. By May 1864, Lincoln’s patience with the press ran out. Two New York papers published a fake story reporting a presidential proclamation that claimed Lincoln was about to draft 400,000 men. Lincoln ordered the two newspapers be shut down and their publishers imprisoned. The Independent Telegraph System,
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If you ask even the most ignorant American to name an important United States president, Abraham Lincoln will surely be at the top of the list. After all, he freed the slaves and ended the Civil War. Why wouldn’t he be the greatest? Seth Grahame-Smith recently published a novel called “Abraham Lincoln, Zombie Hunter,” which is being adapted for film. In this novel, Grahame-Smith retells the life of Lincoln, from birth to assassination, supplemented with “secret diaries” of Lincoln to reveal his central role in a world-wide struggle against vampirism. Though this story is fictional, it isn’t far from the real Abe Lincoln. Thomas Jefferson once claimed, “A democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.” The control that Honest Abe imposed upon the press was nothing short of why Americans nowadays cry out against the governments of China and North Korea. If we are to truly respect and honor our right to speak out against the government, if we are to truly be free, we must look back on our leaders who hindered that right and make sure history does not repeat itself. Man should be free to keep his government in check. Unfortunately, the man regarded as one of the greatest leaders in our nation’s history robbed his people of that right. During the Civil War, Lincoln was praised for leadership in the North, and the Confederate Bonny Harper Opinions Editor Ryder McEntyre Graphics Editor Heather Barger Entertainment Editor Kristen Sellers Deputy News Editor Sydney Kelly Asst. Features Editor Christian Turner Asst. Photo Editor Steven Evans Asst. Sports Editor Austin Sumter Asst. Online Editor
which dispersed the story, was taken over by the military. Another misconception of Lincoln is his all-revered Emancipation Proclamation. This document, considered one of the most important in American history, was, for all intents and purposes, a failure. To start with, this document was published two years before the war ended and proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the 10 states then in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. at that time. That would be like Mexico coming in during the Civil War and freeing the slaves. As the Confederate States of America established its own government and drafted its own constitution, it was considered its own nation, even if unrecognized by the Union. Therefore, Lincoln had no power to free slaves in the Confederacy. Second, the Proclamation only addressed the South— over 900,000 slaves remained in ownership of their masters in the North and West. The Proclamation also simply freed slaves. By doing so, all Lincoln did was basically declare that slaves were actually humans, not property. It did not address their citizenship status or what rights they had otherwise. I argue the real significance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was merely a piece of propaganda that actually freed no slaves. I question whether Americans understand the man to whom they refer as the greatest president. If we still glaze over the facts that he fought a war against a nation he didn’t recognize as an independent country, wrote laws that were inconsequential and tried to destroy the value of the First Amendment, we don’t deserve to be free in our ignorance.
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Formula for greatness?
Brin Enterkin Guest Writer This summer I traveled through India and very briefly met an American man who simply didn’t fit into the mold of a typical “American abroad.” He wore dilapidated clothing and walked covered in dirt and grease from head to toe. He moved to India years ago to live in the slums and minister to the locals. However, he first left the United States, sold most of his belongings and learned Hindi. He moved to Mumbai, purchased a small piece of land and built a life within the confines of economic devastation. He slept on the ground and worked in an iron factory. This man, he is greatness. He left everything, everyone, in order to pursue something greater than himself. Yet no one will ever remember his name. For hundreds of years scholars have reflected on the question: Is there a formula for greatness? Works of art like Machiavelli’s “The Prince” all the way to Jim Collins’ book, “Good to Great,” provide individual methodologies for achieving such a lofty goal. People consume media, read books and partake in conversations to truly investigate ways to achieve greatness. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests that “greatness” is found at the very top of the pyramid, as a component of self-actualization. I think the lesson to be learned from the story of the man I met in India is the key. It’s not pursuing an individual or even idealist approach to greatness— that’s merely the world’s standard. It’s
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Dear Ms. Turnbuckle, I have been having the most outrageous problem. I seem to be incredibly infatuated with men that I have never met before in real life. Yes, I am talking about online men. It seems like every time I go on my computer, I get the urge to go to YouTube and watch these men for hours on end. I decided to create a Twitter account to talk to these men, and I have even gone so far as to pay almost a thousand dollars just to fly to California and meet them in real life. Is this infatuation close to obsession? Sincerely, Slave to the Internet
Dear Slave to the Internet, This problem is becoming more and more frequent in today’s times. In fact, now that you mention it, this might just explain my dear niece Penelope’s sudden vacation to California last summer. First, I’ll answer the question you posed at the end, and, well dear, the answer to that is certainly a resounding yes. In fact, I would argue that “infatuation” and “obsession” are synonymous, and any amount of debate you may have over word choice would simply be a result of being in denial about your problem. But I won’t just leave you with that simple answer to your simple question. I want to help you. The solution to your issue is simply this: First, you must give nearly all of your money to various charities and/or the poor. That way, you won’t have enough left to spend it on such things as plane tickets and the like. Then, you must bake endless batches of mud brownies (because mud is free, and you have no money) and send them to these online men. If they like them, they’ll gain weight and become unappealing to you, and if they don’t like them, they’ll cease to find you appealing (After all, what man wants a woman who can’t bake good brownies?) Either way: Problem solved! Hugs and cheesecake squares, Ms. Turnbuckle
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‘Dry’ policy leads to drinking and driving
Kimberly Treese Features Editor
going far beyond that. It’s living for something greater than ourselves (in his case, God). This pursuit is not always conscious, but it still manages to dictate many parts of a person’s life. It could translate into scoring the highest grade on a test, making the most money, being the most attractive, finding the best spouse or pursing the happiest lifestyle. We have misconstrued the idea of greatness by forcing it into an individual pursuit. We have defined greatness as something achieved by accomplishing an individualistic objective. No longer do people achieve this quality silently or behind closed doors, but rather in a way that brings about recognition and glory. When I picture greatness, I see an extremely successful businessperson or the president of a nation. I envision the Dalai Lama or King Solomon. Yet these people, though individually great, only play into the idea of socially constructed greatness. The more I pull away from this worldly idea, the more I realize how wrong my definition once was. My mother also fits this mold, someone who gave up her career as well as her wishes to no longer seek something that coincides with the world’s definition of “great.” People who achieve this standard often do so without even knowing. It is simply beautiful. You may know a few of these individuals yourself. Indeed, greatness is an subjective definition. However, I find it imperative that if we choose to seek greatness we must lay down our individual pursuits. We must first pursue something much larger than ourselves, regardless of how exactly you define that.
“What is the biggest way to tell when someone’s awkward?”
Not talking in conversations and not offering feedback when you say something to them.”
Justin Boyd Freshman
Body language, like darty eyes or being fidgety.”
Sadie Jones Sophomore
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In last week’s issue of The Carrier, there was a news release in the “Police Beat” which read: “Car Accident—On Feb. 7 at approximately 1:15 a.m. officers responded to an accident near the Cook Building. Officers determined the driver was under the influence and arrested her for DUI.” I believe that this incident is a perfect example of why alcohol should be legal on campus. I understand that the actions of the individual were irresponsible and I especially believe that everyone who chooses to drink should have a designated driver, but I also think that Berry’s policy encourages such poor decisions. For example, say you’re 21 years old and you really want to just have a fun relaxing night with some friends and a few alcoholic beverages. You have two options: Drink illegally on campus and hope you don’t get caught or drink off campus and hope you can convince someone dependable to be your DD. Option two sounds ideal to avoid disciplinary action, but what happens if you can’t find a DD or while you are out, something comes up and your DD bails? Then you are already intoxicated with no safe way back to school, so what are you left to do? The only thing you can do besides sleep at an off-campus apartment (and few students have off-campus-residing friends), which is drive back under the influence. The fact of the matter is, Berry’s dry campus policy is founded in good faith and meant to help students uphold a
certain character, but when the week is over and the tests are done, we’re still college kids at heart. Whether college students’ habits are a good or bad thing is highly debatable but nevertheless still prevalent. For some people it’s all part of the college experience. Furthermore, with the addition of football next year, is having a dry campus really a practical policy? Tailgating, barbecuing and drinking are a large part of the college football atmosphere—so much so, I’m willing to bet at most big schools, people can tell you about certain game nights and who they were with in every minute detail but not what the final score was at the end of the game. The tailgating before the game is a social event and drinking during the game is customary. Some of the best and most well-supported football teams like LSU, UGA and Auburn are at schools with some sort of party atmosphere, good or bad. So how do you expect a football team to be supported when you have no scholarship athletes and a dry campus? By enticing them with a hotdog and root beer float tailgate event? If anything, it will probably lead to a student-designated, off-campus spot for tailgating events and an increase in drunk drivers before and after the game. I’m not condoning drinking, and I’m especially not condoning drinking and driving. I’m merely trying to point out that this policy which is meant to guide the character of students may lead to the physical harm of many students in the future. I understand that, as students, it is our responsibility to have a DD if we wish to go out and drink, but I also believe that Berry’s policy prevents us from making the more responsible decision: to drink and stay in.
When you’re in a group of people and they’re just creeping on the outside of the group and trying to insert themselves into the conversation.” Alexandria Wisner Junior
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Battling Racial Stereotypes
Kimberly Treese Features Editor Sydney Kelly Asst. Features Editor
February 16, 2012
Despite America being a melting pot of cultures and races, stereotyping is still a prevalent issue in the United States today. People of different religious faiths, communities and traditions are frequently met with judgment and misunderstanding. Often these misunderstandings are founded on a broad oversimplification of a people’s viewpoint or culture, even among the students at Berry. These experiences can have dramatic emotional and psychological effects on victims could carry with them through the rest of their lives. Stereotyping can range anywhere from overgeneralizations to direct racism and can be enforced unconsciously or with malicious intent. Here are some of the stereotypes that multi-national students have faced on campus, in the media and throughout their daily lives.
The below demographics were obtained from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. Due to polling techniques, numbers do not add to 100 percent. More information can be found at www.census.gov.
White (Not Hispanic) 63.7% White 72.4% Hispanic or Latino 16.3%
Two or more races 2.9%
Native American and Inuit .9%
African American 12.6% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Asian .2% 4.8%
Multicultural Groups on Campus
Orgullo, the Spanish word for ‘pride’, is an organization built to promote awareness of the Hispanic culture in the Berry and Rome community.
The Black Student Berry International Alliance Club
The Black Student Alliance (BSA) is a group of students who work to promote the integration of black culture with Berry’s social, academic and religious environment. The Berry International Club is a student organization dedicated to the unity, fellowship and cultural exchange across Berry’s campus and in the Rome community.
Founded in 2003, the Interfaith Council is a collection of faculty and students to build a context in which members of different faiths can feel welcomed. The council exists to spread awareness and assist in a dialogue about the major religious and cultural groups on Berry’s Campus and in the Rome community.
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Profiling at Berry: A first-hand account
Ahmad Walid Naseri
Sophomore Ahmad Naseri simply goes by Walid. Among his array of activities, Naseri is a KCAB programmer, a member of International Club and the Bonner Leadership Team, and the Club Soccer Captain. He is also the event coordinator for the Berry Muslim Group, a new religion-in-life group that aims to bring religious diversity to Berry’s campus. The story of his youth is as diverse and surprising as many multicultural people living in America today. Naseri was born in Afghanistan and lived there for the first six years of his life. His family moved to Belarus, Russia and resided there for another seven years before finally moving to the United States when he was 13. As a result, Naseri speaks four languages including Arabic and Russian. Like so many Middle Eastern people in the United States today, Naseri has faced racial stereotyping on more than one occasion. Everywhere from the airport, where he says he’s almost always pulled aside to be fully frisked, to a Berry classroom, where a derogatory comment was made about his country of origin, has presented Naseri with situations of racial discrimination. “It just feels like they think of you as less than a human,” Naseri said. “It’s not my fault I’m from Afghanistan, grew up in Russia and my first name is Ahmad, but they blame me.” Naseri accepts that many people paint an incorrect picture of people of a different race or culture. He overcomes these experiences by choosing to move on and be as true to himself as possible. “You have to let people see you're not who they think you are,” Naseri said.
Sophomore Josy Roman spent a majority of her childhood in Houston, Texas speaking Spanish as a first language with her parents. Her family was originally from Puebla, a small village in southern Mexico and moved to the United States a few years before she was born. In the second grade, her family moved to Peachtree City, Ga. so that her mother could be closer to her sister. At Berry, Roman said she has only one experience with racial discrimination. A cultural event on campus addressed the issue of illegal immigration. “The guys behind me were so rude,” Roman said. “Basically, the woman’s point was that immigrants are people too and they keep shouting things like ‘No! We should throw them outta the country!’ and ‘They're draining all our tax dollars!’” Despite this incidence, Roman expressed that the most prevalent form of racism she has experienced has been within the Latina community. The higher-level of income her family, her father’s position at Chick-fil-a and her attendance at Berry have all contributed to a negative image of her family among other Hispanic peoples. “They look at me as a ‘higher-up Latina’ because we’re not ‘with them,’” Roman said. Roman continues to thrive as an employee at Viking Fusion and an active member of the Berry community, despite these moments of stereotyping. She said her group of friends embrace her heritage and cultural traditions with understanding and humor. “The other day we threw a party and they signed the card for me,” Roman said laughing. “It was card with a row of different kinds of dogs and they said ‘Don’t worry, we didn’t sign your name above the Chihuahua because we thought it would upset you.’”
Sophomore Antonio Thurmond has struggled with racial stereotypes since he was a young child. After moving to Statham, Ga. in the third grade, his mother enrolled him in an after-school program. “Once the head of the after-school program realized we were African-American, she explained to my mom that they didn’t ‘want to have any trouble in after-school,’” Thurmond said. “She was hesitant to enroll us until my mom explained that our cousin was in after-school as well, and then she was more willing to let us in.” Thurmond said he understands that stereotyping is often part of a greater initiative to be humorous, but he points out that a belief that the stereotypes are true is a sign of ignorance. "I honestly think it has to do with the environment you grew up in,” Thurmond said. “If you grew up somewhere where the only experience to diversity was what you see on television and what others in your environment have told you, you’ll believe that the stereotypes are actual fact.” Thurmond said racial discrimination has had a major effect on his romantic life more than any other social relationships. “I’ve only dated one girl out of my race in my life and when we did, her family could not know,” Thurmond said. “I had several white friends, both male and female, tell me that if they dated someone black or Hispanic, their families would disown them.” Despite these moments of discrimination, Thurmond continues to succeed on Berry’s campus. He takes his experiences and resolves to not make the same mistakes and encourages others to do the same. “Don’t think just because some people you meet are one way that every person of that group is that way,” Thurmond said.
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Highlights from the 2012 Grammys
Commentary by Emily Faulkner, Asst. Entertainment Editor
February 16, 2012
In case you were too busy doing homework or don’t have a television, here are a few things that you missed during this year’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Know Your Grammy Awards:
Album of the Year: Awarded to the performer and the production team of a full album. Record of the Year: Awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song.
Adele stole the show by winning a total of six Grammy awards. Her awards included Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance, Short Form Music Video, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year. She continued to amaze the crowd by giving her first live performance since her throat surgery.
There were lots of tears as Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Whitney Houston with her performance of ‘I Will Always Love You.’
Song of the Year: Awarded to the writer(s)/composer(s) of a single song. Best New Artist: Awarded to a performer who releases, during the eligibility year, the first recording that establishes the public identity of that artist (which is not necessarily their first proper release).
Nicki Minaj generated mixed reviews with her performance this year which included monks, a priest and even an exorcism.
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Bon Iver had an excellent night at his first Grammy Awards, winning Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album.
Genres at the Grammys:
Alternative Americana Bluegrass Blues Childrens Christian Comedy Country Dance Folk Gospel Instrumental Jazz Latin Mexican Musical Theatre New Age Pop R&B Rap Reggae Rock Roots Spoken Word World
Student benefit concert helps world health
Grace Dunklin Staff Reporter This year’s Hearts for Haiti benefit concert was held Saturday, Feb. 11 in the Spruill Ballroom to raise money for the Partners in Health Foundation. Seniors Joshua Stevenson and DeShon Battle started Hearts for Haiti during their freshman year as an effort to raise money for the Partners in Health Foundation to use how they see fit. The Partners in Health Foundation is dedicated to providing medical care and support for people in impoverished countries around the world. Haiti is just one of 12 countries in which Partners in Health has a current project running. “We called it ‘Hearts for Haiti’ because it’s right before Valentine’s Day every year, and it’s kind of a nice alternative for people who may not have these big, lavish plans for Valentine’s Day,” said Stevenson. Freshman Stacy Wells, sophomore Dillon Yost, senior Ariel Rainbow, freshmen Frankie Hudson and Christopher Valentine, senior Dakota Floyd and New Dawn contributed their time and efforts towards the concert. New Dawn is comprised of Stevenson on the keyboard, Battle on the saxophone and sophomore Bas Du Vuyst on drums. All of the performers brought different styles to the concert. Hudson and Valentine performed a duet adaptation of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables,” while New Dawn presented a version of Katy Perry’s “ET” with saxophone instead of vocals. Other songs performed at the concert were Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” and Flobots’ “Handlebars.” Floyd presented only original compositions he had written for his band when they tour.
February 16, 2012
Page 9, Campus Carrier
‘Ballyhoo’ explores Jewish culture
Commentary By Justin Davis Guest Writer The unlikely relationship between a Slavic New York Jew and a Jewish southern belle may seem a trivial thing, but “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” proves that it is no small matter. Berry College Theatre Company’s latest performance, opening on Thursday, attempts to jump through the intricate hoops of social relationships in southern Jewish culture on the dawn of World War II. From the debates of whether or not Jews should celebrate Christmas with or without a star on the tree to the importance of going to college, the play provides all sorts of insights to this different sort of society. Most teenage girls today worry about who will take them to prom, but Lala Levy, a college-age yet childish Jewish girl, wants to know who will take her to the Jewish festival Ballyhoo. Lala lives with her mother Boo Levy, her uncle Adolph Freitag and her aunt Reba Freitag. Both Lala’s father as well as her uncle Simon, Reba’s husband, have passed away, making for an interesting arrangement at home. Things only get more complicated when uncle Adolph brings home a charming new employee, Joe Farkas, just as Lala’s seemingly perfect cousin Sunny Freitag arrives home from college for the holidays. The girls start to wonder which girl Joe will choose. The tension in the air is hard to miss in some scenes, while others will have the audience rolling with laughter. Only a few minor points feel rushed, but the play is not boring by any means. Everything from the lights to a plate of fried chicken make the audience feel like they are in the house with the Levys and the Freitags. Many plays that explore this sort of tension seem to have trouble balancing lightheartedness with taking things too seriously. However, “Ballyhoo” does an excellent job of keeping things from getting too touchy while still paying the proper respect to Jewish culture, which really opens up
“I am really passionate about benefit shows, and this cause in particular is, I think, a great one, and so I felt like I would lend my time to their show,” Rainbow said. Rainbow said she has been singing ever since she can remember and has played the guitar for about 10 years. Her music is influenced greatly by many artists, including Ryan Adams and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Freshman Jane Hill said that she especially liked Yost’s performance because he had a lot of energy in his music. Yost’s songs ranged from Buddy Holly to several songs of his own composition. Hearts for Haiti raised a total of $411.93 to give to Partners in Health and there were over 60 people in Parker Sealy, Photo Editor attendance. Seniors Dakota Floyd, DeShon Battle, sophomore Dillon Yost and senior Ariel Rainbow sang at Hearts for Haiti on Feb. 11 in the Spruill Ballroom.
Berry College Theatre Company presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” which portrays the life of two Jewish families. the audience to enjoy the story while still learning about the nuances of a different period in time. The play is well worth seeing. Some audience members may simply come away with a good laugh while the more attentive might gain a whole new perspective on how people interacted seventy years ago and just how serious religious discrimination was. Phenomenal acting carries the play brilliantly on an excellently designed set that literally makes the audience feel right at home. The play runs Feb. 16 through the 19 and Feb. 23 through the 26 at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will be $5 opening night and $7 for the rest of the performances.
Christian Turner, Asst. Photo Editor
February 16, 2012
page 10, campus carrier
1976 championship team honored
Paul Watson Sports Editor One of the most memorable moments in Berry sports history occurred the evening of March 27, 1976, when the Lady Vikings brought home Berry’s first ever national championship title. On Feb. 11, this championship team was honored during half time of the Lady Vikings basketball game against LaGrange College. In 1976, the Lady Vikings were led by women’s basketball head coach Kay James, who was confronted with one of the best problems a coach could have: She had to find playing time for her five returning players, as well as a host of very talented younger players. In 1976, James’ team, led by captains Nancy Parris (77), Sharon Adamson (77) and Barbara Struckoff (77) was highly unrecognized by the Berry and Rome community. At the beginning of the season, when the athletics programs went out, the mention of regional championships and beyond was left off. Yet the team turned the tide on March 27, 1976. The Lady Vikings traveled to Ashland, Ohio to play in the national championships against the University of West Georgia, whom they had already played in state and regional playoffs. The team flew to Ohio—a first for many on the team—then traveled in a 15-seater commuter bus to the arena. Half the team became sick on the bus. Nonetheless, they won the game 68-62, taking the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championship title. This was a highlight in many of the players’ career. “The championship was the only time in our career that we had radio coverage,” said Sharon Adamson Bass (78). “We didn’t have much support from the fans before the national championship.” Lisa Lynn Payne (79) said people who were not at the game were not aware of the win for a while. “With technology [in 1976], we sent Western Union telegrams when we won,” Payne said. The Lady Vikings were in for a big shock on their ride back into Georgia. Once they crossed the state border, a state trooper flashed his lights and got in front of the bus, scaring many of the teammates. “We started crying when we realized it was an escort and we weren’t getting pulled over,” said Margaret Downing (78). Then came one of the best memories Bass said she ever had at Berry. When they got back to Berry, there was a mass of people waiting to greet and cheer on the new champions. The community was also proud of the new champions. According to the Rome-News Tribune, G.L. Sutton, chairman of the Floyd County Board of Commissioners, declared March 28-Apr. 3 “Lady Vikings Week in Floyd County.
whether it be in academics or athletics, was still only four years old, so it had not taken full effect. In 1977 and 1978, the Lady Vikings finished third in the finals. This led to the team finally receiving new warm-ups and uniforms the year after, though they still had to buy their own socks and shoes (which were Adidas, not the traditional Chuck Taylor Converses), and they still had no locker room. The basketball team also had to play on the volleyball team to keep their athletic scholarships. Even living at Berry was much different than it is today. “We lived in trailers on campus, where the townhouses are now,” said Bass. Even through the hardships, the women played as a solid team. “We never felt jealousy,” said Paula Dean (78). “I was proud when Margaret scored because I was proud of her individual effort, which was part of the collective effort.” “Everyone was a star, and we used that for the team,” said Giordano. Pam Pinyan Thompson (78) said that the Lady Vikings were quite dominant against their opponents. “We didn’t have a three-point line, but we still averaged about 83 points a game,” she said. In her five years as head coach at Berry, James’ teams compiled an 85-30 record. She led the Lady Vikings, who had never won a state title, to three straight state and regional titles. She then moved to the University of Southern Mississippi. In her 22 seasons coaching the Southern Miss Lady Eagles, she became the all-time winningest coach in Lady Eagle history with 403 victories. In her 27 total seasons coaching, James recorded 488 wins and 244 losses. She is one of 46 coaches with 400-plus victories in NCAA Division I history. She also ranks in the top 25 of alltime Division I coaches in victories, seasons coached and games coached. Celeste Powell Giordano (78), said James was way ahead of her time and she took the team to the next level. “We really had a sisterhood. We played together very well without getting in cliques or anything,” Giordano said. “Coach James predetermined what she was doing with the team and instilled it in us.” Coming back to Berry, the championship team said they saw many changes, which were not all bad. “The biggest change is the Cage Center,” said Bass. “Even through all the changes, Berry hasn’t changed the openness and beauty of the school.” Dean said alumni have played a big part in the change. “A lot of alumni come back and give back through monetary donation,” she said. “All the things put on this campus for the students is great.” “Things change. Change for improvement is good,” said Dean. “We can’t just stick our heads in the sand.”
Photos courtesy Berry Archives
For more pictures, check out vikingfusion.berry.edu/ “[The Lady Vikings] have every right to be proud, not only for themselves but also for the honor and recognition they have brought to Floyd County,” Sutton said, according to the Rome News-Tribune. “Not many communities can throw out its chest and say that it’s the home of a national champion.” But things still were not easy for the Lady Vikings—or any other women’s team—at Berry, even after the championship. Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in schools,
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Berry College Club Soccer wins first game
Lady Vikings equestrian team scrimmages against UGA
Steven Evans Asst. Sports Editor The Lady Vikings equestrian team has proven yet again that they can ride with the big shots. On Saturday, the University of Georgia (UGA), ranked second in NCAA Division I, equestrian team hosted the Berry equestrian team in a scrimmage at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. Both the Western and English teams competed in the scrimmage. “Berry College is a member of [the NCAA] and has been competing in the sport of equestrian,” UGA head coach Meghan Boenig, an alumna of Berry, said prior to the scrimmage. “We would like to do everything we can do help them learn the [National Collegiate Equestrian Association] format and advance the sport. This is a great opportunity expose Berry to the format and allows our riders to gain some additional experience.” The English team rode in the morning and the Western team rode in the afternoon at the scrimmage. For the scrimmage, each team was composed of six riders, and one rider from each team rode at a time. The teams were judged based off of execution of the maneuvers and positioning of patterns they had to run. The Berry team finished with he riders averaging a score of 67/70. Being a scrimmage, UGA’s score was not communicated to the Lady Vikings, however. “[We] went head to head with riders from UGA to gain experience on top-level horses and to expose ourselves to a different level of riding,” sophomore and Western team captain Ariel Robelen said. “We put up a good scrimmage and definitely gave a run for their money, but because it was a scrimmage there was no real emphasis on score, but we definitely gained that invaluable experience.” The Lady Vikings’ English team also attended a horse show hosted by the University of Georgia at Chateau Élan on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the University of South Carolina came in first place, and the Lady Vikings came in 5th overall. Freshman Brittney Conti got Reserve High Point rider at the show on Saturday, meaning she earned the second-highest number of points of any other rider. On Sunday, the Lady Vikings truly showed their potential and finished first place. Freshman Autumn Clark was awarded High Point rider, meaning she scored the highest of any other rider. Clark has also been awarded Berry College Athlete of the Week. In addition to Clark’s placing, sophomore rider Savannah Bleakly was awarded Reserve High Point rider on Sunday “Despite the freezing temperatures, we pulled through and made an impression at the show,” freshman Jessica Tabb said. “Not only am I proud of my first collegiate horse show performance, I am also proud of how my team performed. We never lost focus of the win, and worked tremendously well under difficult conditions.” Tabb came in second in the Walk/Trot/Canter event both days of the show. The Western team will show next at Judson College on Feb. 18, and the annual Spring Classic will take place at Berry on Feb. 24 and Feb 25. Both the English and Western teams will compete in shows during both days of the Spring Classic.
February 16, 2012
Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Track Vulcan Invitational Vikings Baseball vs. Emory: L 7-4
Vikings Baseball vs. Birmingham-Southern: W 10-7 Equestrian (Hunter Seat) UGA Men’s Basketball vs. LaGrange: W 105-95 Women’s Basketball vs. LaGrange: L 84-65
Equestrian (Hunter Seat) UGA
Courtesy Andrew Daubin
Berry College Club Soccer (BCCS) won their first game of the season at Grizzard Park this past Sunday. The team defeated the “Argentines,” a local club team that is 3-0. Forward Donavon Anderson, a Berry sophomore, led BCCS by scoring three goals. He connected 60% of his shots for goals and helped the offense cripple the opposing defense with 22 total shots. Berry took a total of 22 shots against the Argentines. Freshman defender Austin Mansour provided the leadership necessary to only allow three shots on the club’s goal. They will be returning to action this Sunday at 3 p.m. at at Grizzard Park.
Men’s Basketball vs. Birmingham-Southern: L 58-69
Men’s and Women’s Basketball vs. Shorter Feb. 16 starting at 6 p.m. Cage Center Women’s Lacrosse vs. Guilford Feb. 18 at 1:00 PM Ford Fields Vikings Baseball vs. Berea Feb. 18 at 1:00 PM Doubleheader Bowdoin Field Men’s Lacrosse vs. Birmingham-Southern Feb. 18 at 3:00 PM Ford Fields Vikings Baseball vs. Bates Feb. 21 at 2:00 PM Doubleheader Bowdoin Field Men’s and Women’s Basketball vs. Covenant Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. Cage Center Vikings Baseball vs. Bates Feb. 22 at 2:00 PM Bowdoin Field
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February 16, 2012
the Cutie Pie Show
photos by Parker Sealy, Photo Editor
The Easy Bake Improv team performed on Tuesday in the Krannert Underground. The audience was treated to a comedic show, called the Cutie Pie Show, without a script. The group performs every two weeks.
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