vol. 104.


October 10. 2013

Student affected by government shutdown
deputy news editor
The recent government shutdown has affected many people across the United States. One of the many people affected by the shutdown is a student at Berry. Senior Lauren Young has been impacted by the government shutdown because her father, a government employee, is being furloughed due to the shutdown. “My dad is a government worker, and so with the government being shut down he is not working, so for right now he is currently not getting paid,” Young said. “My family currently has no income coming in.” Peter Lawler, Dana Professor of Government, said the shutdown was caused because of disagreements between political parties, specifically dealing with the Republican Party’s view on Obamacare. “The Republicans desire to get the president to agree to delay the implementation of Obamacare and he wouldn’t do it, and so Congress wouldn’t appropriate money,” Lawler said. USA Today further explained the reasoning behind the shutdown. Their website explains that when a spending bill cannot be chosen, Congress has no legal authority to spend money, thus leading to a government shutdown. Young’s father is a retired member of the U.S. Army and is now working for the Department of Army as a civilian worker. He is the Division Chief for the Army’s Modeling and Simulation Division. Because of the shutdown, Young’s father was deemed a nonessential worker and is therefore currently being furloughed and is working without pay. With her father being out of work, Young is impacted financially, having to rethink certain financial matters. “It’s affected me because I’ve had to kind of adjust the way that I think about my finances because my family helps me with some of that,” Young said. “We’ve had to kind of re-take a look at all of that in case we lose a bunch of money.” In the past, a bill has been passed to allow government employees to continue to be paid during government shutdowns.

Deer, deer, everywhere!


Is everything about looks? p.4

The console wars p.8

Lady Vikings win another match p.10


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“Life and Calling” p.2



Berry could donate land for new tennis facility
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Depending on a Nov. 5 vote, Berry may donate 30 acres of land for what would be the largest tennis facility in the Southeast. The 82-court facility would be located northwest of Mount Berry Square Mall. Floyd County’s special-purpose localoption sales tax (SPLOST) would  finance the construction of this facility, said Vice President of Student Affairs Debbie Heida. According to floydcountyga.org, the deciding vote will allocate $11 million of SPLOST funding for the building of the “Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College.” Apart from the tennis facility, there are 26 other improvements and projects for Rome and Floyd County SPLOST including trail expansion, an upgrade to The Forum, additional resources for the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center and countywide sewer improvements. The largest portion of SPLOST funding would go to the construction of the “Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College.” Floyd County voters will decide on the measures on Nov. 5. This facility would be an amazing revenue generator for the economic structure of Rome and Floyd County, Heida said.  “Mobile, Ala. has a large tennis center, not as large as the one we’re talking about, and it generates about $50 million in annual revenue,” Heida said. Rome already hosts many tennis tournaments, and a central location would increase the quantity and scale of tournaments, bringing further revenue to our community, Clay Hightower, Berry head men’s and women’s tennis coach, said. “We’re doing well already, but if we had a large complex where all the matches could happen at one place, it would put Rome in the mix to host big tournaments,” Hightower said. “It would allow Berry in the future to host regional tournaments, if not get into the mix of hosting Division III nationals because it’s going to be a great facility,” Hightower said. Despite the promise of new courts, Hightower said the majority of tennis practices and matches would be played on campus. “[The campus courts] are very convenient. It’s easy to walk over from the dorms and practice, play our matches here so we can have some fans come, watch a bid on their way to the intramural fields,” Hightower said. “We definitely want to have the campus courts to still be our main venue. I can see us playing one match a year or a conference match and playing at the new facilities, however.” Though the Berry tennis program would primarily use the campus courts, a new facility would further help Berry by aiding in the recruitment process, Hightower said. Despite the benefits for the Rome community and Berry, local attitudes about this specific use of SPLOST funding may conflict with other possible allocation opportunities, including improvements to Floyd’s infrastructure and a new animal control shelter, Hightower said. SPLOST is a financing method for funding projects, such as the building of parks, schools and other public facilities, through an optional one percent sales tax. This particular SPLOST vote has generated some controversy in the Rome and Floyd County community. “The enthusiasm has died down a bit around town,” Hightower said. “There is definitely a portion of the community that doesn’t play tennis, so they view the whole package for the tennis players in the area only. They’ll vote no just for that.”

“We want to be good partners with Rome and the Floyd County area because it’s Berry’s home.”
-Debbie Heida
Berry College President Stephen R. Briggs, who is supportive of SPLOST, said the tennis center would support current business by bringing more people to Rome. “We create our own tourist attractions,” he said.   “We want to be good partners and good collaborators with Rome and the Floyd County area because it’s Berry’s home. This is a way we could contribute,” Heida said. Though Berry would not make a profit from the tennis courts, this project would still serve the interests of Berry, Briggs said. “One of the advantages to Berry is that it would give another fabulous place that is very close by for student work opportunities,” Heida said. Apart from work opportunities, construction of this facility would give Berry the chance to host various tournaments.

Program explores faith’s role in finding a calling
news editor
The Life and Calling program is helping students and faculty discover their callings and explore how their Christian faith influences their lives, particularly their vocations. The program is organized by the Chaplain’s Office and Thomas Kennedy, Dean of the Evans School. It began last semester after Kennedy applied for a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). Berry received the grant, and Kennedy and Jonathan Huggins, college chaplain, formed the Life and Calling program. Students are involved with a weekly book club, which meets every Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Chaplain’s Office. The book club will meet until Nov. 14. The selection for this semester is “The Shape of Living” by David F. Ford, a professor at the University of Cambridge who has written over twenty books about life as a Christian. “The Shape of Living” is about prioritizing faith and finding meaning in a hectic life riddled with worries about work, finances and other distractions. Huggins, who facilitates the book club, said this book was chosen because college students should find its message relatable. “[The book] addresses how life’s multiple overwhelmings can contribute to a sense of the shape one’s life should take,” Huggins said. “Being overwhelmed is a common feeling in college, so we at least can launch from a starting point that makes sense.” Huggins said he hopes that the program will give students a “deeper sense of what life is all about” and encourage them to “not simply be thinking about getting a job that


On Oct. 3 officers responded to a medical assist call at Clara Hall.

On Oct. 4 officers responded to a medical assist call at Pilgrim Hall.


On Oct. 7 a student reported that her vehicle had been struck by an unknown vehicle in the baseball parking lot.


BRAD TILKA, photojournalist

On Oct. 7 a student living in Morgan Hall reported that when she returned from the weekend her door was ajar and someone had gone through the clothing in her dresser drawers. Nothing was reported stolen at the time of the report.

JONATHAN HUGGINS, COLLEGE CHAPLAIN, LEADS students in a weekly book club which explores faith’s role in daily life, particularly in choosing a vocation.
gets the most money or just pleasing themselves.” Sophomore Katie Johnson participated in the program last semester. She said that she believes the program was “really impactful.” Johnson said she was unsure about her major when she joined the program. The program gave her the “resources” to choose her career path, and she then decided to change her major from communication to psychology. Johnson said she joined the program because she thought it would be “a good way to combine what my career goals are and then also what the Lord calls me to do.” Kennedy leads the faculty portion of the program. Last spring, he led a faculty seminar which met every morning for a week to discuss the nature of vocation and encourage faculty to think about their own callings in life. He will also be leading a faculty seminar this semester to continue the discussion. Kennedy said he hopes students will benefit from the program by learning to reflect on their own lives and discover the difference between a job and their true calling.

Random Fact of the Week: There is a statue of George Washington in Britain that sits on soil imported from Virginia, due to Washington exclaiming, “I will never set foot on British soil again!”


Brian Hicks Reading
Brian Hicks will be reading from his book “Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, Major Ridge and the Battle for the Cherokee Nation” on Oct. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Krannert Ballroom E. CE

Troy Roberts Quintet
The Troy Roberts Quintet, a jazz music group, will be performing on Oct. 10 from 8 to 10 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. Admission is free. CE

Peace Corps Info
An information session about the Peace Corps will be held in Krannert 217 on Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government.

The Black Student Association is hosting a movie night and discussion in Evans Auditorium on Oct. 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. “Philadelphia” is about a lawyer living with AIDS. CE

Fatal Vision Obstacle Course
Students will participate in activities such as root beer pong and a buried treasure dig while wearing fatal vision goggles. The course will be on Krannert lawn on Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hyunjung Rachel Chung Recital
Hyunjung Rachel Chung will be performing in a guest artist piano recital on Oct. 17 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Ford Auditorium. CE

Mario Kart
KCAB will be hosting a live action Mario Kart event on Oct. 18 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Cage parking lot. Students can dress as their favorite character and race against their friends on tricycles.

Haunted History Tours
Tours will show students the haunted side of Berry. Two tours will be held on Oct. 18 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and will start in the parking lot behing Hermann Hall.

Melting Pot
The Berry International Club will be providing students with foods and drinks from around the world in Krannert lobby on Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Festival
Students, faculty, staff and alumni will be selling jewelry, paintings and pottery, among other artwork, on the lawn in front of the Moon Building on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blood Drive
SGA will be sponsoring a blood drive on Oct. 21 from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Krannert ballroom.

Berry math majors place among nation’s best Shutdown
staff reporter
Berry math majors are in the 97th percentile nationwide after receiving scores last month from a standardized math exam they took last spring. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test is used as an assessment of comprehension and critical understanding for graduating college seniors in their particular field of study. Five Berry seniors took the math exam in the spring, and their collective scores have placed Berry well above where it has ranked in any previous year. Much like the SAT, the Major Field Test allows for performance comparison between colleges and individuals to gauge the effectiveness of a school’s curriculum. The math Major Field Test specifically involves 50 questions from five branches of math: algebra, calculus, routine, nonroutine and applied problems. Berry students are not specifically prepped for the exam, but instead are expected to have a thorough understanding of the subject matter. The thought behind this is to allow results to accurately reflect how well Berry students have mastered the curriculum instead of simply how well they can prepare for a standardized test, said Eric McDowell, Chair of Berry’s Math and Computer Science Department. McDowell said the five students who took the exam are “very strong” students individually. He also said the heightened scores may also be reflective of a department-wide shift toward “active learning” over the last ten years. This transition means professors are changing their courses and teaching style to put more of an emphasis on active, daily student involvement and participation in place of more traditional lecture-style courses.

“We’re trying to commit ourselves to moving away from just lecturing.”
-Ron Taylor
“As a department, we’re trying to commit ourselves to moving away from just lecturing,” said Ron Taylor, Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. “[We are] consciously thinking about how to get out of the way and put the focus on the connection between the student’s head and the material.” Although some other colleges are working with similar ideas, active learning is not necessarily a nationwide movement yet. Berry’s “interactive teaching style”

is still distinct in comparison with most programs throughout the country, said Jill Cochran, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and it is part of what helps make Berry students successful. The shift has been generally well received by students, although professors admit that there is usually an adjustment period as students are forced to approach their classes and learning habits in a new way. The first ‘active learning’ course a student takes is usually difficult, but after a second or third semester of active learning, students “don’t want to do it any other way,” McDowell said. Although he is excited about this year’s results, McDowell said he wants to wait to receive this year’s test results to see if they are indicative of a broader upward shift in Berry’s math scores, or are just the result of the class of 2013 testing particularly well.


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That bill has not been passed at this point, but Young’s father is still being asked to come in to work. “They are all kind of working for free right now, which kind of frustrates me a little bit,” Young said. Young and her family are not the only ones affected by the shutdown. CNN lists 39 different government agencies that are completely shut down, including agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Other government agencies are partially functioning, with only some employees being furloughed. In regards to the shutdown, Lawler said that the Republicans could have handled the topic of Obamacare without shutting the entire government down. “So the Republicans should suck it up and rally around the next election,” Lawler said. Lawler said that the shutdown has affected the economy, but not in an extreme manner. He also said that the real concern was default on the national debt. Lawler said that programs were not cut in the proper manner but instead at random. “There are some programs that we really need that were stupidly cut,” Lawler said. For now, the government shutdown continues and no word has been released as to when the shutdown might end.


The next issue of the Carrier will be published on Oct. 31.

October 10, 2013


Look past beauty when hiring
Statistically, attractive people are more likely to be hired, promoted and have more success. Italian researchers Giovanni Busetta and Fabio Fiorillo conducted an experiment to see if attractive people got more call backs than less attractive people. The women seen as “unattractive” had a 7% callback rate while the men deemed “unattractive” had a 26% rate. For attractive women it was 54%, and 47% for attractive men. To put it simply, good-looking people have an easier life. This isn’t fair and it also shouldn’t be happening so frequently. Work ethic and work experience should be what gets a higher callback rate, but for the most part, that usually isn’t the case. The standard of hiring needs to be addressed so it can be changed. The clothing store American Apparel has a handbook for how their employees should look. If their employees look like models, it’s totally ethical to hire someone because they’re hot, right? Wrong. The problem is that American Apparel isn’t the only company guilty of hiring people that are generally more good looking. Usually, if there is a group of people being interviewed for a job, the one that trumps the numbers on the beauty rating scale, like Kate Upton or Ryan Gosling, gets the job even if they have less experience. This is the unfortunate truth. So, what’s the solution to this problem? What we really need is a complete cultural change, but how do we get there? We have to go step-by-step in all societies to change the mindset that people’s beauty is the most important factor. We have to go through and change this in media, advertising, policies, etc. This could take decades to accomplish unfortunately. The solution isn’t to make yourself unattractive if you are generally seen as good-looking. The solution is to be aware of the issue and remember

that hard working people should be the most ideal ones to get a job interview or promotion.

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I got the chance to photograph the bands Local Natives and Walk The Moon this past week. I really love concert photography, and I’ve somehow amassed quite a few bigger names in my portfolio. It was not an easy process — starting off, that is. Getting a photo pass to a show requires that you work for some publication, have previously shot shows or that you somehow know the band. How do you give the management a portfolio of your work because you’ve never shot shows because you can’t get a pass because you’ve never shot? Getting started was really hard for me because of this vicious cycle. However, I waited patiently and I took any shoots I could. It’s funny how someone with little experience can end up having an opportunity to take big shoots. I know everyone says that, but it’s hard for younger photographers to believe what the pros are saying because they’re established and have been for a while. It’s easy for people who’ve made it throw out advice like “follow your dreams!” or “never give up!” However, that is completely useless to someone starting off. They need some advice that will push them on. So I got some for you: Create work. Put it out.  Seriously. What I’m figuring out with photography is that this is not going to be easy at all. I question it, then I question it more. I think, “It’s not too late to just back out altogether and pick up something else.” And I really don’t want to be cheesy, but I don’t think I can. I can’t remember what I used to do or think about before photography. One of my favorite photographers, Ryan Brenizer, spoke about how photographers see the world differently. He also said that he or she can see a picture anytime they walk into a room, in almost any scenario. Our eyes work differently and we learn to see the world differently, more fully. Light becomes

Don’t be afraid to create something and show the world
invigorating and composition and angles manifest themselves all the time. Seriously, it’s kind of weird. Now let’s get back to the topic we started on: Create work. Put it out. That’s it. Granted, there’s an infinite amount of work that goes along with that. I started off shooting anything and everything. When I bought my first camera I realized I had no idea how to shoot portraits. I had been shooting for the Carrier for the past couple years and I had only learned how to shoot photojournalistically. Now, if you were to put a person in front of me who stared and asked me “What do I do? How do I pose? What do I do with my hands?” I would stand there terrified when this happened, but I was determined to learn how to shoot portraits. So what did I do? I went out for two weeks straight, and I did a different portrait session every day. How else was I going to learn? I just dove right into it. I put out work that I’m now not proud of. It is work I won’t go back to and there are editing styles I won’t revert to. However, I put something out and people saw it. A friend of mine who had a small blog about music asked me if I’d like to shoot a show with him sometime. He saw some stupid photo I took of some stupid pose I made a friend do at some stupid location. But he saw it and liked it and gave me an opportunity, and I dove right in. With one show under the belt, I assumed everything else would just fall into place. That was not the case. I didn’t shoot another show for a long time, and I hated that because it’s probably one of the most exciting experiences I have had. I’m passionate about music and photography, so mixing the two is good for me. Instead, I went back to shooting mediocre portrait sessions. I let people know that I shoot. I couldn’t expect people to assume I wanted an opportunity to shoot something big if they don’t see me shooting anything at all. I know this sounds

mundane, but it’s so true. It’s what has continued to push me forward everyday, and it’s what I don’t see enough aspiring photographers doing. Then, I got another offer. The offer was to shoot a couple more shows. Future of Forestry did a free show at my church and I jumped on that opportunity. Phillip Phillips did a show here at Berry, but no one was allowed with cameras at the show. However, I knew the person in charge of communication with his manager, and they knew I shot. They’d seen my stuff and I got the hook-up to shoot him. It was nuts. So now anytime I want to shoot anyone I can preface it with saying that I have Phillip Phillips in my portfolio. The jump up to grab that rung of the ladder that was far and difficult to reach. I fell a couple times trying to grab it. So I waited, and shot other things. Then, I jumped when I knew I’d reach it that time, and the crazy thing is I did. But if I had just waited around and done nothing, wishing to shoot

great bands, I’d still be sitting at my computer, wishing and waiting. I want to see people create beautiful art; I want to create beautiful art.  But so far the journey seems incredibly daunting. I feel lost in the forest that lies on the outskirts next to the mountain, but I can see the light ahead, and I’m running. It feels like I’m limping sometimes, but at least I’m moving forward.  So please create work and put it out there. Also, be honest to yourself. Don’t try to “fake it until you make it.” Be honest about where you are, even if it’s lost in the forest because hey, I’m there too. Let’s encourage one another towards excellence. I believe that we were created to create, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

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I’ve been told that I don’t look like the kind of person who likes rap music. I do. When white people learn that about me, sometimes they say things to me like, “I didn’t know you were so black.” I think they mean that as a compliment. I’m not offended by that kind of statement, but I think that it is generally offensive. Being called “black” isn’t a bad thing in itself; however, the assertion implicit in a statement like that is the basis of racism and intolerance in general. I went to high school with a guy from Zambia. He hung out with white people. I heard lots of people describe Nathan as “the whitest black guy” they knew. I was listening to my iPod once and rapping along. Goofy hand motions were involved. A friend saw me, and I think he said that it was “the whitest I’d ever looked.” The problem with using the adjectives “black” and “white” in those kinds of ways is that it reinforces the idea that there is a fundamental, intrinsic difference between black people and white people. I don’t want to suggest that we ought to ignore important historical and cultural facts.

Anyone from any race is simply human
Black people in America have a painful history of marginalization and abuse that the white majority was largely responsible for. And that kind of racism and division is, unfortunately, not extinct; it would be stupid to ask you to pretend that those painful facts are not realities. However, when we use language that attributes to “blackness” something more than race, we subconsciously assent to the idea that the difference between black and white delves deeper than our skin. By referring to someone’s “blackness” or “whiteness” as anything other than a distinction in pigment concentration, we assert that there is a divisive difference between the races, that neither is simply human. Instead a black person can conform or fail to conform to the external standard for what “black” is. Conformity to that standard means that the white majority can accurately identify the black person as fundamentally different from themselves, thereby justifying injustice and racism. Contrarily, nonconformity means that “black culture” or those who do conform to the “black” standard will identify an outsider and criticize him for not being “black enough.” That idea, that external standard that attempts to explain what it means to belong to a particular race, is a fiction, a construct that does nothing for our society but help us alienate one another. It is only possible to “act black” or be “too white” because we have allowed those words to become shallow excuses to avoid meaningfully engaging with an individual. Instead we apply to them our preconceptions of what “blackness” and “whiteness” mean. That attempt to oversimplify the infinite complexity of each individual is of course not limited to something that white people do to black people or vice versa. We consistently oversimplify, assuming that modifiers like “gay” or “Mexican” communicate not just aspects of an individual but convey everything about the individual Perhaps I think that if we actively change the way that we talk about people, no longer using those kinds of easy, lazy and inaccurate adjectives, we can know people of all kinds on a deeper level more free of our own preconceptions of how they “ought” to be based on race or something equally trivial. Labels like that will always become borders between people and facilitate prejudice.

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Equality found in marriage
In early Christianity, women were sometimes seen in a negative light. They were seen as unable to minister, inferior, subordinate or the reason for the origins of original sin. Women were given two options: be a widow or be married. A widow had some authority within the church, but they still had restrictions and strict requirements. Married women had some advantages as well, but were not looked highly upon in their society. The question comes down to this: is more equality found when a woman dedicates her life to becoming a widow or when a woman marries and pro-creates? When a woman marries, there is more egalitarianism because she is not asked to construct herself to have male-like attributes and characteristics. Before Christ, widows were seen as righteous, so they were usually appointed to jobs of ministry, unlike married women— but there’s a catch. Although widows seemed to be granted more rights and positions, they could still be subordinate. There were many requirements to gain just some of the power that the men were automatically given. The requirements are, but not limited to: being over 60 years old, being married only once and living a life of chastity. Not only are these requirements difficult to maintain or achieve, official leaders of the church also didn’t feel comfortable with widows having leadership. Basically these women were only respected if they kept silent— which is a form of disrespect. When a woman committed to becoming the ideal widow, she had to undergo various changes to make herself into a “non-woman.” She had to change her characteristics and physical attributes to gain equality with men, which is essentially not egalitarianism at all. This just proves that regardless of a woman’s choice of living a celibate life or not, women were seen containing diminutive worth. One of the ridiculous requirements was that women had to get rid of their menstrual cycle so they would be incapable of bearing children. In order to attain this goal, a woman must fast, which puts a body into grave harm. A woman also had to make herself as unattractive as possible. This takes away the “femaleness” of the woman, which got her closer to becoming a man. But in marriage, the woman could be feminine and have equal power in her family. The married woman gained respect by not transitioning into her husband because “the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; likewise, the husband does not have authority over his body, but the wife does” (1 Corinthians 7). Marriage shows a high degree of equality with both of the genders being respected equally. The ideal was for marriages to exist and for the family to spend more time thinking of others instead of themselves. This created not only equality, but also more justice and service in the community. This was the ideal position for both genders. The union in a marriage promotes egalitarianism among the community because a woman does not have to “become a man” in order to be equal.

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October 10, 2013


deer in the spotlight
Faster than a running student; able to leap tall fences in a single bound; Is it a cow? Is it the class bus? No, it's the Berry deer! Everybody knows about the little white-tailed deer living on Berry campus. Love them or hate them, they are everywhere. They may make a mess and stop drivers’ hearts whenever they threaten to run in front of vehicles, but the Berry deer are part of what makes Berry feel like home. Apart from the occasional crazy story involving the deer, many people do not give too much thought to what happens with them. Interestingly enough, the deer living on campus cause more of a stir than people might imagine. Many studies have been conducted on our herds, and many myths concerning our deer have been debunked. A lot more goes on involving the deer than meets the eye.

What does deer season mean for students?
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There are many people on campus who have to work overtime because of the deer living on Berry property. George Gallagher, Dana Professor of Animal Science, heads up the primary research on the deer, while Bobby Abrams, Chief of Berry Police, and the Berry College Police Department (BCPD) have to keep an eye on the hunters who enter the Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) to ensure that there are no weapons in areas where students might be. Gallagher and many of his students study the deer in depth by tracing groups of the deer and doing extensive observations on their behavior and habits. It takes a lot of trouble to tag even one deer, with the difficulty of a capture varying depending on the location of the animal. Contrary to popular belief, the deer are not equally distributed all over campus, but rather they tend to live on or around main campus and mountain campus. There are regions in which an individual deer may live during its life and it really will not go too far outside of a given range. The deer provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about wildlife and conservation, while giving them a healthy respect for the power of the seemingly innocent creatures. Gallagher said that out of his entire group of 50 students, he had maybe two students who could fully hold and subdue a 50lb white-tailed deer. Even though they are small and apparently skittish animals, there is a lot of power pent up in a wild animal regardless of size. “A deer can really hurt you,” fear of them, which then makes them a hazard. There are roughly 1800-1900 deer at Berry according to Gallagher, debunking the traditional belief that there are absurd ratios of deer to students. The actual ratio is about 1:1, raising to almost 2:1 during fawning season, but dropping quickly because of the high mortality rate of white-tailed deer. Abrams of the BCPD interacts with the deer because he and the rest of the BCPD oversee the safety of students and hunters who hunt in the WMAs at Berry. He says that the BCPD “sees a lot of camouflage come on campus” and they have to check more of the vehicles that come through the gates for safety reasons. Abrams was very clear about the fact that weapons are never allowed on campus, even during hunting season because all hunting occurs in the WMAs. “Hunters have to check in at the check in station off of Old Summerville Road,” Abrams said. Abrams also said that there are no legal instances of hunting weapons on campus, and that individuals caught with weapons will receive citations and fines. There is a buffer zone to keep students safe on campus, and the only tangible way hunting affects students is that some of the hiking trails are closed during the times hunters are on campus. Signs are clearly posted to prevent students from entering hunting areas, reducing the risks of rifle accidents. “We increase law enforcement out here tremendously during the hunting season,” Abrams said. Students can rest assured that the BCPD keeps strict standards on the hunters who visit the WMAs on Berry property.

OLIVIA MURPHY, photojournalist
Gallagher said. “They definitely are not as cute and fluffy as people think.” He advises that students never try to touch the deer or get too close even to young deer. It is obvious that the image of Bambi is somewhat deceptive. Even if students perceive the deer as being sweet, they are still wild animals. Most of the incidents of injuries involving deer occur between humans and rehabilitated deer. It is actually illegal to rehabilitate deer in the state of Georgia because of this very fact. When deer lose their fear of humans, they become very dangerous. Gallagher said nearly all of the fatal encounters humans have had with deer have occurred between people and rehabilitated deer. Deer quickly habituate to humans and they lose their

shaded region represents the area where one deer spent 95% of its time


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This data is based off of hundreds of observations using radio telemetry and/or geographic information systems. Data provided by George Gallagher, Dana Professor of Animal Science; map is not to scale.



What do you think the deer to student ratio is?

Laimey Battles, sopohomore


Janae King, sopohomore


Jordan West, junior


Shaylee Burningham, senior


Bryce Duke, freshman


Deer : Student
What does a deer say?
A deer can make 3 sounds

ratio is actually about
The average height of a deer is:
this is a snort which signals that there is danger in the area


Berry deer weigh around:


70-90 lbs
A deer can leap up to 10 ft. vertically

a deep sound that is similar to the bleet of a sheep or goat


Berry Deer Population

this sound is made by a male normally heard around mating season

Data from George Gallagher

A deer can jump forward 30 ft.

When deer & cars collide

per year on Berry's campus...

...In most cases, the

There are

Berry's campus has

12 miles of road

1 140
out of Georgia drivers will hit deer

deer hits the car
Berry data from George Gallagher

= average amount of damage caused to vehicles by deer in georgia Between july of 2012 and june of 2013



of all deer/vehicle accidents occur during the month of November. Source: Coosa Valley News

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Dueling companies to Hit TV series return release anew consoles JADE IZAGUIRRE
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After seven years of relative peace, another game console war will send electronic stores into turmoil this November as both Sony and Microsoft release their next generation consoles a mere week apart. Both consoles feature loads of new processing power as well as many new online and media-based features, aiming to enhance the living room experience in more ways than simply making “Call of Duty” look a little more realistic. Sony announced the Playstation 4 first, promising “more to offer than ever before,” according to Michael Denny, Sony’s VP of Worldwide Sales. The new gaming console, which will hit shelves on Nov. 15, features a powerful new processor, a 500 GB hard-drive for storing games and a brand new DualShock 4 controller. Aside from raw power, most of the PS4’s improvements come in the form of networking and social functionality. The new controller even features a dedicated “Share” button that allows gamers to brag about their latest triumphs or joke about hilarious failures. The system will even support live-streaming their gaming session through the popular streaming service UStream.

Microsoft will have their latest system on the market in time for the holidays, with its Xbox One going on sale on Nov. 22, exactly a week after the PS4. The set-top box features a more capable processor and an upgraded hard drive. This Xbox will also get a Blu-ray drive, a first in a Microsoft system. Microsoft’s latest showcases many new social features very similar to the PS4’s, including live video streaming. While both consoles feature many options for non-game related content, Microsoft is more directly billing the Xbox One as an allin-one entertainment system. It even allows users to send a live TV stream through the Xbox for an enhanced viewing experience. That said, all of the entertainment apps such as Netflix and Hulu on the Xbox One will require an Xbox Live subscription while the same sorts of apps will be available for free on the PS4. From the external design to the controllers to the silicon inside, both of these consoles are more evolutionary than revolutionary, but both Sony and Microsoft clearly want to own the living room. These systems are designed to be complete solutions for the TV rather than simple gameplayers. The Playstation 4 will cost $399 with the motion-capturing Playstation Eye selling separately for $59. The Xbox One will go for $499, which includes the updated HD Kinect accessory.

This fall, a variety of widely viewed television shows will be returning. Among them, “The Big Bang Theory” returned for its seventh season, “Parks and Recreation” for its sixth season, “Glee” for its fourth season and “Arrow” for its second season.

In past seasons, some of these series had high viewership rates and large fan bases. Critics are waiting to see if ratings continue to climb with several shows beginning new storylines and others switching up the cast of characters. Here is some information about what to expect this season from “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Scandal,” all of which are premiering this fall.

Season four of “The Walking Dead” will premier Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC. With season three killing off many of the main characters, viewers were left wondering what the future has in store for those who remain. This season will begin after a month of relative security that the survivors found in a prison; however, this safety quickly begins to fall apart when the walkers find their sanctuary. With rumors that many major characters are going to be killed off this season, die-hard “Walking Dead” fans will be crossing their fingers this Sunday, hoping that their favorite characters make it out alive. Just in time for the Halloween season, “American Horror Story: Coven” premiered Oct. 9 on FX. This season takes place at a school in New Orleans for young Salem witches called Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. There the students face a threat when a centuries old feud between Salem witches and Voodoo witches is re-ignited by the supreme witch Fiona, played by former cast member Jessica Lange. To follow the rest of the season tune in on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

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Now playing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC, “Scandal’s” 3rd season premiered Oct. 3. Last season ended with Olivia Pope being named as the president’s mistress, leaving viewers wondering who leaked the secret. This season picked up with Olivia Pope handling the fallout of being outed. While viewers were anxious through most of the first episode it revealed who leaked Olivia Pope’s name and brought with it many more questions.

Set to debut Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” will return with a spin off of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The main character, Alice, has been placed in a mental asylum by her father because of her stories about Wonderland. The series will follow Alice as she struggles to be with a genie named Cyrus with whom she fell in love on her first adventure in Wonderland.



Pumpkin spice culture goes far beyond lattes


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The season of changing leaves, crisp mornings, sweaters and hot beverages is upon us. For many, this change of seasons is not complete without one major component– pumpkin spice. I am not sure when the “pumpkin craze” began, but it seems to be escalating with each passing year. As soon as September arrives,

pumpkin fans of all ages come out of the woodwork and inundate social media with announcements about every pumpkin delicacy that they consume, with pumpkin spice lattes (now affectionately referred to as the PSL) being hailed as some sort of deity. Of course, the PSL is not the only pumpkin spice-spiked food. There are now pumpkin spice M&Ms, marshmallows, cookies, pancakes, candy corn, granola bars and pretzels. I think that you would be hard-pressed to visit any grocery store in this area and

not accidentally stumble across pumpkin-spiced something. If I am being completely honest here, I do not think that the majority of the people buying into the pumpkin craze actually like the flavor of pure pumpkin. After all, pumpkin is nothing more than a variety of squash. Who wants a squash-flavored latte or muffin? Nobody, that’s who. It is the spices that go along with the pumpkin that people love so dearly, or at least some chemical that mimics those spices that gives you the “warm fuzzies.”

My biggest question still remains. Why pumpkin spice? Why not apple pie or some other holiday flavor? My hypothesis is that people are drawn to pumpkinesque flavors because they “taste like home.” The flavor and aroma of pumpkin pie takes me back to Thanksgiving get-togethers with my whole family. It somehow feels peaceful, familiar, joyful and secure. I’m sure that I am not alone in this. If I could give any one piece of advice to the lovers of the PSL, it would be that there is better

pumpkin spice out there than the sickeningly sweet chemical compound that Starbucks tries to sell you. Next time you need a fix, check out a locally owned, smalltown coffee shop. Without fail, I find the taste to be far superior, and the experience to be more pleasant in general. So carry on, pumpkin spice lovers. Enjoy your favorite season and all that it has to offer. Just try not to get so caught up in the world of pumpkins that you forget about all of the other fantastic things about autumn.

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Talent show boasts variety

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SENIOR SAM ALEXANDER (LEFT) AND SENIOR BRIAN REGAN (RIGHT) PERFORMED as the first act in the 2013 Mountain Day Talent Show. This year, performers sang, danced and hula-hooped for a full house, as both the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows were sold out.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Mountain Day Talent Show! 1st Place: Thomas Orr and Jordan Epperson 2nd Place: The Riveters 3rd Place: Dan Harding, Jordan West, Alex Livingston and Cari Voutila

October 10, 2013


Volleyball loses one and wins one, now 14-4
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The Lady Vikings volleyball team’s seven-game winning streak was snapped last Saturday after losing to the Birmingham-Southern Panthers (13-4, 3-3) with a final match score of 2-3. The individual set scores were 18-25, 25-23, 23-25-25-17 and 12-15. Following the loss, the Lady Vikings stand at an overall record of 14-4, and are 6-1 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The loss to the BirminghamSouthern was the Lady Viking’s first conference loss since the team fell to the Centre College Colonels by a match score of 3-2 on Sept. 15, 2012. Sophomore middle blocker Katie O’Rourke recorded a season-high 17 kills and contributed two of the Lady Vikings’ three blocks against the Panthers. Junior outside hitter Kelsey Lochstampfor added 16 kills and sophomore outside hitter Emily Stromberg recorded 12. Despite the statistics, Stromberg said she was frustrated with the outcome of the game against the Panthers. “We didn’t play our game against Birmingham-Southern,” Stromberg said. “We lost our confidence, and let them rattle us. It was frustrating, but I’m glad we had that experience so that we can learn from it and move on.” Senior setter Stephanie Quinn tallied a game-high 47 assists. “The match versus BirminghamSouthern was a difficult loss,” sophomore libero Stephanie Steele said. “We have been on the road for the past three weeks and coming into the match we went to five sets with Millsaps [College] the night before, and we were determined not to have to go to five with another team in the conference. And after the match was over, it was tough to have our first loss in the conference, but we knew there was nothing we could do but work harder in practice and prepare for our next game.” The Lady Vikings traveled to Maryville Tenn. on Wednesday to play the Maryville College Scots and won the match in straight sets 3-0. The set scores were 25-23, 25-21 and 25-14. The Lady Vikings started off the game scoring back-and-forth with the Scots in the first set, but eventually pulled ahead and closed out the game. O’Rourke led the Lady Vikings with nine kills and added three blocks, while Stromberg tallied eight more kills and thirteen digs. Steele aced the Scots four times on serves. “The game against Maryville was a solid win,” Steele said. “We may not have started out strong, but we played calm and consistent the entire match. I am very proud of our team for being able to come back ready to win from a tough weekend.” The Lady Vikings will return to the court on Friday where they will face the Sewanee: The University of the South Tigers in Sewanee, Tenn. at 7 p.m. They will be on the road for the next four games as they complete their nine-game road trip. The team will return home on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they will play against the

JUSTIN DAVIS, asst. photojournalism editor AFTER DEFEATING DeSales College earlier in the season, the Lady Vikings huddle for postgame coaching. The Lady Vikings are now 14-4.
Hendrix College Warriors at 5 p.m. “This is the strongest the team has ever been coming out of preseason,” Steele said. “The schedule we have this season is packed with even better opponents than last year, reminding us that we have to work that much harder to compete. We also know that each game in our schedule is crucial because we are now eligible to receive a bid for the NCAA tournament for the first time ever in Berry history.” Steele said the theme for the season is “Leave a Legacy” because of the legacy left behind by the players who made the transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) to NCAA Division-III. “Without the players before us who stuck through the transition years from NAIA to NCAA Division-III, we would not have been able to even imagine working towards getting a bid,” Steele said. “We are very grateful for those players who helped get us here.”

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The Lady Vikings fell on Saturday to the Centre College Colonels 0-1 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opener. The Centre Colonels scored a second-half goal, causing Berry to drop to 7-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Freshman goalkeeper Casey Born said that Mountain Day had a big part in Saturday’s game. “I felt that we were rushed and tired,” Born said. “We didn’t have the mental preparation that we usually have.” Although the Lady Vikings faced another loss, the game proved to be a close match for both teams. Head coach Lorenzo Canalis said that the team did not play as well as they should have, but he believes that they played a good game.

Volleyball at Millsaps W: 3-2 Football at Washington L: 7-44 Cross Country (M) Hanover Pre-Nationals 14th of 20 Men’s Soccer vs. Centre W: 1-0 Cross Country (W) Hanover Pre-Nationals 17th of 18 Women’s Soccer vs. Centre L: 0-1 Women’s Golf BSC 10th of 12

Lady Vikings soccer falls in conference opener to Centre College 0-1
match against their SAA rival, the Hendrix College Warriors. He said that the team takes the season one game at a time. “Right now all of our focus has been on Hendrix, our next opponent,” Canalis said. “We know we have a good young team and we want to continue to develop and improve our play each training session.” Sophomore co-captain Sara Dillion said she believes that this season will be a great one and hopes to make it to the conference championship game in the final tournament. “I definitely think that Mountain Day had an effect on how we played overall this Saturday, “Dillion said. “But I believe wholeheartedly that we have grown more as a team together and will be playing at our absolute best by the time conference tournament rolls around. When we all play as one-the possibilities are endless.” The Lady Vikings will return to action this Friday against the Hendrix College Warriors in Conway, Ark. at 7 p.m.

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LADY VIKINGS SENIOR MIDFIELDER LINDSEY WILLIAMS PREPARES to pass the ball to an open striker downfield against Centre College. The Lady Vikings are 7-3 following the loss to Centre.
“The conference is very competitive and we are going to have many one-goal games,” Canalis said. “Eliminating defensive errors and finishing our chances will be the keys to our success.” Canalis said the Lady Vikings are not letting this loss stop them, as they will continue to train hard in order to prepare for the next


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The Great Berry Games

The 40th Berry College Mountain Day Olympics were held this past weekend Dorm spirit flooded the Library Lawn as Pilgrim won the Men’s Division and Clara took home the Women’s title.

ALTERNATIVE WON best float design and the Super Mario theme was sported by Junior Sydney Perry, Sophomore Rhett Morrell and Peyton Weigel-Kersey.

SOPHOMORE JORDAN EPPERSON SHOUTS to show his spirit when MoField’s float passed by during the parade.

THE WATER RELAY CHALLENGED students to work quickly yet carefully. It was one of the six events at the Olympics.

OLD ROME MEETS new as freshmen from Morton-Lemley line up and cheer on their float in the parade.

PILGRIM RESIDENTS CELEBRATE after having won the men’s division of the Mountain Day Olympics.

ALL PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN TURNER, photojournalism editor

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