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March 27, 2014
Berry student debt below national average
With graduation approaching, many students are focusing on their plans after college, especially how to address the issue of debt. Sixty-one percent of Berry graduates who graduated between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 borrowed federal student loans, director of financial aid Marcia McConnell said. However, Sue Tarpley, director of the Career Center, said 95 percent of these graduates either found a job or attended graduate school within one year of graduation, 72 percent found employment and 23 percent attended graduate school. Working and going to graduate school helps in paying back or deferring these loans. McConnell said the average cumulative loan amount that students take out at Berry is $25,335, and Berry students’ debt is less than the national average. “According to CNN Money, December 2013, the average student loan debt was $29,400 for the graduating class of 2012,” McConnell said. “The article goes on to share that seven of 10 seniors graduate with student loan debt.” In addition, Berry students are well below the national average for defaulting on their loans. McConnell said Berry graduates’ SEE 3 default rate is 3.8“DEBT,” percent P. versus
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of Berry graduates attend graduate school.
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percentage of Berry graduates who received a degree between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 and borrowed federal loans
Department of Labor statistics report that of the class of 2011,
of Berry graduates are employed or attending school within a year of graduating.
of recent graduates are employed, but it doesn’t specify whether these jobs were in the graduate’s desired ﬁeld.
percentage of seniors who graduate with student loan debt nationally.
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Berry organizing walk for Affordable Care Act Multiple Sclerosis research deadline extended
Berry is sponsoring its 12th annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk on campus on April 5 at 10 a.m. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects the central nervous system and the flow of information throughout the body. Symptoms include blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, challenges with memory and possible paralysis. It is not contagious nor necessarily genetic, and it affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. No cure has been found yet. This walk is a national event that started in 1988. Berry hosts the northwest Georgia district’s walk for the Rome and Floyd County community. The walk, which is held to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and fundraise for research and medication, is being led by A New Year A New You, Berry College Volunteer Services, head football coach Tony Kunczewski, associate vice president of student affairs Julie Bumpus, and former Berry professor Kay Gardner. Bumpus said Berry hopes to raise $5,000 with an ultimate goal of $17,000 for the Rome and Floyd County community. Berry also hopes to have at least 100 students participate in the walk. So far, 65 students have signed up. Kunczewski said many will also find personal meaning with the walk. “This event is a great opportunity for people to honor loved ones who have dealt with or are dealing with MS,” Kunczewski said. Bumpus said the walk will help fund important research to find a cure for MS. “The best thing we can do is raise awareness and help fund the needed research to help make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering or know people who are or have suffered with MS,” Bumpus said. The first 100 students or faculty who sign up and participate in the event will receive a free T-shirt. For more information on MS and for students or faculty who would like to register, go to nationalmssociety.org/goto/berrycollege.
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Federal officials announced Tuesday that anyone seeking to apply for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension. The deadline had previously been March 31. People will be able to qualify for an extension by going to healthcare.gov and checking a box indicating that they tried to apply before the deadline. However, Brad Reeder, Berry’s director of financial planning, said the ACA, also known as Obamacare, will not affect Berry as much as it will affect other institutions or companies because Berry already offers employees insurance. All full-time Berry employees are offered medical, dental, prescription, life and disability insurance at no cost to the employee, Reeder said. Part-time employees are offered these benefits as well, but there is a cost. Berry students are currently required to report their insurance information to the school. This is done to ensure that Berry will be able to provide students’ insurance information to offcampus hospitals or healthcare providers in the case of an emergency or if the student does not have the information readily available, Anita Errickson, director of the Health and Wellness Center, said. Students are not required to have health insurance or pay a copay to use the services at the Health and Wellness Center. “The only thing that the Health and Wellness Center charges for is the gynecological services,” Errickson said. SEE “HEALTHCARE,” P. 2
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Errickson said about 10 percent of students each year report being uninsured. While senior Koby Boatright is not in this 10 percent, he believes the law can be overwhelming or confusing. “Most people try and talk about it as though they understand it, but the simple fact of the matter is that a law that big is kind of a behemoth,” Boatright said. The ACA provides people with the opportunity to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until they turn 26, which allows many college students to maintain insurance benefits after leaving home and even after graduating college. Errickson said the ACA also protects people who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, who may be denied insurance otherwise.
“If you were born with something … if you have a chronic condition that you deal with all the time, that can no longer be held against you when you search out new insurance,” Errickson said. Also under the ACA, all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods are covered by insurance, as well as preventive services such as screening for HIV, diabetes and depression. Anyone who is uninsured will need to pay a penalty of either one percent of their household income for the year or $95 per adult each year, whichever amount is higher. People who are uninsured will also be required to cover the costs of their own medical care. Reeder said open enrollment for Berry’s benefit plans will begin on April 1. Representatives from insurance carriers will be available to answer questions about coverage and benefits.
Field catches ﬁre near Possum Trot
A student was charged with underage alcohol consumption on March 22.
Two students were charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana on March 22.
A field near Possum Trot on Mountain Campus caught on fire Tuesday afternoon after a student attempted to drive through the grass. Sophomore Blake Hudson was driving on a service road off of Possum Trot Road when his car started a brush fire. About three acres of grass were burned, chief of campus police Bobby Abrams said. “I was driving and then there was smoke, so I got out and saw that there was a fire under my car,” Hudson said. He got back in his car and backed it out of the burning brush. He attempted to put out the flames, but because of the high winds, the fire spread quickly. Rome Fire Department put out the flames before any more damage was done. “[My car] just smokes sometimes. As bad as it sounds, I am not very surprised that it would do this,” Hudson said. He believes that something was stuck in the undercarriage of his car, creating enough friction to start the fire. No one was injured from the incident.
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A FIELD ON MOUNTAIN CAMPUS CATCHES fire on Tuesday after a student drove through the grass, starting the brush fire. About three acres of grass were burned, but the Rome Fire Department extinguished the fire before anyone was injured.
A student and two guests were removed from the WinShape Gym after hours on March 23.
Officers responded to two medical assist calls, one in Dana Hall and the other at Laughlin lawn, on March 23.
Obscene Phone Calls
An investigation about obscene phone calls began on March 25.
There was a report of taillight damage in the Morton Lemley parking lot.
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Faculty panel discusses feminism
CAROLINE LEE, staff photojournalist
VICTOR BISSONNETTE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, JULIA BARNES, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SPANISH AND TASHA TOY, DIRECTOR OF MULTICULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS, DISCUSS their experiences as feminists and how they came to be feminists as part of the F Word Panel on March 20. They also asked the audience what feminism meant to them, how feminism is perceived both positively and negatively, especially among college students,and how all groups of people are oppressed.
Battle on the Mountain
A bull riding event hosted by Block and Bridle will be held on March 28 with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. and bull riding starting at 8 p.m. at the Gunby Center on Mountain Campus.
Rave in the Library
KCAB is hosting the final cosmic bowling event of the semester on March 28 at Floyd Lanes from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free for students.
Residence Life is hosting a rave on March 28 from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Memorial Library lobby. Donations of $5 or $10 for Relay for Life will be required for entry to the rave.
Half Marathon, 10K and 5K
The Berry Half Marathon will be held on March 29 at 8 a.m. Shuttles for overflow parking will be available at Mount Berry Square Mall starting at 6 a.m.
Berry College Alternate Realities is hosting this event on March 29 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and March 30 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Krannert Center Ballroom. Activities will include panels, charity auctions, prize raffles, video game contests and more.
Graduate School Meeting
The Career Center will be hosting a meeting, entitled “Getting a Jump on Graduate School,” on April 3 at 5 p.m. in Krannert 250.
Steve Gehrke, a published poet from the University of Nevada, will read and discuss his poetry on April 4 at 4 p.m. in McAllister Hall 119 Auditorium. CE
Spring Break Retake
Dana and Thomas Berry halls are hosting this late night event at the Cage Center Pool from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on April 4.
Arts and Crafts Festival
The Art Society is hosting this festival on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Moon Building lawn.
Music and Dance Festival
Empower is hosting the annual rendition of monologues celebrating women and their struggles. Shows are on April 4 at 10 p.m. and April 5 at 8 p.m. in Krannert Underground. CE
Religion In Student Experience is hosting the 9th Annual World Music Festival on April 5 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Clara Bowl.
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Color Me Berry Run returns
Color Me Berry Trail Run is a 5K created by head program coordinator for A New Year, A New You (ANY ANY), senior Madison Chandler. It will take place on April 12 at 10 a.m. in the Morgan and Deerfield field. The event is sponsored by Firsthand4You, ANY ANY and the senior class. Runners will have various colored powders thrown at them throughout the route, so when they finish, they will be covered in color. Associate vice president of student affairs Julie Bumpus said the event has two purposes. The first is to encourage students, faculty and staff to live a healthier lifestyle and to improve physical and spiritual health. The second purpose is to raise money for visually impaired children of Floyd County, specifically for a space camp where kids can learn about space with other visually impaired children. Some children from this organization will be part of the run. “The run is a way to celebrate something we take for granted, [to] be able to see, and we want to recognize that through this event,” Chandler said. “We want to give people an opportunity to have fun and stay healthy while helping a good cause.” The first annual Color Me Berry 5K trail run happened last year. About 200 people participated and around $2,000 was raised. This year the organization wants to make it
bigger by having 400 participants and collecting over $3,000. For its outstanding outcome last year, the event was awarded with the Best Service Event Collaboration from the Leadership and Service Awards. “People can expect to get a lot of paint all over and have lots of fun,” Bumpus said. Senior class president Amanda Hearn said participants can expect to enjoy themselves. “Participants can expect to have a laid back day, a good exercise and a great time,” Hearn said. People must register online by April 12th to participate. The cost of the run is $20 and includes the event shirt and package with paint. Following the run there is a celebration with music, outdoor games, a photographer and more paint.
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making payments or to temporarily reduce the amount paid. McConnell also said that her best advice to undergraduates who worry about debt is to prepare a plan by budgeting and communicating directly with the loan service provider. Often, loan consolidation and other repayment option plans significantly reduce the stress of students. Unfortunately, many students do not have these conversations as undergraduates and feel unprepared once they leave Berry to enter the workforce. “To sum it all up, I feel lost and I’m nervous I’ll do something wrong, but I don’t know who to go to for answers, and I wish I had asked someone before I left school,” Diggs said. “I don’t know if that’s financial aid’s fault, or if I just didn’t take advantage of them.” To take steps against this unfortunate reality, students can be proactive by seeking counsel from the Office of Financial Aid on how to best deal with debt.
McConnell said Berry graduates’ default rate is 3.8 percent versus the national average of 10 percent. This might come as a surprise to many students who have seen Berry’s tuition rise each year. “The official increase is expected to be announced the week when [Berry College President Stephen R. Briggs] issues his annual letter to students,” Brad Reeder, assistant vice president for financial services, said. “At that time, the rates for tuition, room and board will be posted to Berry’s website as well.” This announcement should be made in the next couple of weeks. Living with student debt has become a reality for the majority of students who want to graduate with a college degree. “I have lots of student debt, and I know that I will have to start paying on that soon, but I don’t know how much or exactly when, or how long it will take to pay it all off,” alumna Leigh Diggs (13C) said. Student debt can be a deterrent to students, especially those who
look at private colleges like Berry and are worried about the price. However, private institutions often have more money to give away than public schools. McConnell said because Berry is a private institution, the college has funds above the federal and state financial aid that students might get. “Over the last six years, the budget of the Office of Financial Aid for students has grown from $32 million to over $54 million,” McConnell said. “The greatest percentage of increased funding has come from the institutional dollars. From the generous gifts of our donors, we are hopeful that next year the figure will be even larger.” McConnell also gave several suggestions for graduates dealing with debt after leaving school. McConnell said students who are not employed after graduation should contact their loan servicer immediately to determine if they qualify for a deferment or forbearance. This might allow the student to temporarily postpone
March 27, 2014
Medical marijuana bill in flames
Georgia’s efforts to legalize medical marijuana unfortunately got smoked out this week, despite both houses voting in favor of it. The autism provision would increase insurance for small businesses, which gave them less incentive to pass it. This bill could’ve eventually expanded to help a larger community of people with specific mental and health conditions. The call for this legalization came from parents whose children need medication for autism and seizures. Other medications offered weren’t helping in the same way or as well as liquid cannabis (CBD) would. State Rep. Allen Peake of Macon, Ga. looked further and took up the cause after learning about Haleigh Cox, a 4-year-old who suffers from frequent seizures. Her parents wanted their daughter to be treated with the liquid form of cannabis, so her seizures would decrease. On the last day of the court’s session, the Senate approved House Bill 885, but an ammendment was added: insurance coverage for treatment of autism in children. The bill didn’t end up passing because with the autism provision, “it’s seen as increasing the cost of health insurance for small businesses.” Even though this law would’ve been specific to children with autism and/or seizures, there remains the possibility of the community of people being broadened in the future. It eventually wouldn’t have been limited to a niche of people. So in time, more people will be hurt from this not passing. People with mental and health conditions who need the liquid cannabis, are limited to where they can live, like Colorado. Thankfully, the Senate endorsed a committee to continue to study the issue. Since this bill wasn’t passed because of the autism provision, hopefully they will find a way for a decrease in the cost of health insurance for small businesses. This might not have passed this week, but that might change later in Georgia’s future.
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U.S. Government inconsistent with foreign affairs policy
Within its foreign affairs department, the U.S. government has not been stable. In some situations, we have intervened and provided aid in various forms. In other instances, we have tried to keep our hands clean of the situation and offered no assistance to the struggling country. So why have we been so wishy-washy in the way that we handle these affairs? I believe that we have been inconsistent in the area of foreign affairs because of our trepidation about the volatility of the country in question. In some instances, the trepidation is practical and not without merit, but in other instances we are leaving our fellow allies out to dry without so much as an explanation. There are a myriad of suitable examples that fit this model that have been set forth, and there are of course some instances where we have followed no serious plan of action. First we can take the most famous of these instances: September 11, 2001. In this instance, President George W. Bush and his congress took immediate, necessary action. Of course, there are people who disagree completely with his decision, and there are people who agree completely with his decision. Regardless of what political party that I claim to be, I agree with Bush’s immediate action. Whether the actual decision was correct is beside the point. He had a plan, took action on the plan and did not question his plan. September 11 is one of the few instances which we have taken immediate action without any hesitation. There have been multiple instances where we have either taken too long to act or have taken no action at all. A current issue, and one that could have a very big impact on the United States government, is the Ukraine conflict. This situation is very delicate in many ways. The most important one is the fact that it has to do directly with Russia. It is internationally known that Russia wants to contain their sphere of influence the countries that surround them. With the most land mass and largest economy, Ukraine is at the top of Russia’s list to keep contained. Vladimir Putin has not hidden his interest in the Ukraine, and certainly has never hidden his distaste for the United States and our foreign affairs policy. This makes this situation a very difficult one for our government. Whatever decision is made will have an immediate and prolonged impact on our relations in the Eastern European sphere. Obama has made empty threats. When he threatened to intervene if the situation could not be solved quickly, he instilled the idea that the United States believes that we are in control of that area’s dispute in Russia’s mind. This is not the mindset that we want to give to our Eastern counterparts, and it is surely not the way we want to handle decisions when Russia is involved. No matter which political party you claim to be a part of, and no matter which side you take in this, I think we can all agree that it is imperative our government make a quick and decisive call on what to do.
“New York Times” columnist David Brooks wrote a piece titled “The Deepest Self” on March 13 of this year in which he details the limitations of living with an evolutionary biological view of human nature. That evolutionary perspective includes two systems, the first and most ancient system being the instinctual one. That’s the system that contains our natural urges and needs and is primarily concerned with our survival. It has many influences over our active cognitive functioning in order to keep us alive. This basic layer system is what makes us animals. The second system, concerning rationality and conscious thought, is laid on top of our basic survival and impulsive behavior. Evolutionary biology asserts that this second system developed as a result of evolution which means the second system is much more recent. We
Macro sociocultural post-humanism
were at first animals, considering only our survival. Then, we started talking about the best ways to survive, and we built communities. After that, we started talking about the community we’ve constructed. Brooks goes further to explain how we consider someone to be “deep” and concludes by paraphrasing ideas from the theologian Paul Tillich, who “observes that during moments of suffering, people discover they are not what they appeared to be. The suffering scours away a floor inside themselves, exposing a deeper level, and then that floor gets scoured away and another deeper level is revealed. Finally, people get down to the core wounds and the core loves.” We often describe people as “deep,” and we qualify that with some acknowledgment that they have seen a good bit of suffering in their time on earth, and Tillich’s observations reinforce that idea. However, when a person knows that strife, they are aware, culturally and socially, that they have now been deemed “deeper” because through moments of suffering, they have dug further into their layers. Studying art last semester, I was exposed to an increasingly complex pattern evident in almost any form of artistic expression. As I studied the beginning of modernity in painting, sculpture, and especially southern literature, all the way to the postmodernity of “Seinfeld,” I felt like my eyes were really opened for the first time. Through studying human artistic expression, the socio-cultural construction of the world became much more clear to me, and I believe that evolutionary viewpoint is vital and it’s applications are in need of a wider scope. Art is the human expression of suffering, and often times, especially in developed nations, our suffering is the result of internal struggles between those two systems. We’ve invented the profession of “criticism,” in which a person’s entire life’s work revolves around examining and weighing the artistic expression of others, the self expression of others. That’s a huge step in a process which is undeveloping in front of us for the first time. Take expression out of the context of art, and we have social media, which is essentially a collection of tools we use to build relationships with one another. We’re all curating something, we’re all deciding what to post constantly, and with each submission to our profiles, we’re creating the expressions which are so telling about ourselves while reinforcing our long distance connections. We possess the ability to disseminate information instantly to everyone in the world with access to the Internet, and by that same avenue, we can immediately find out anything about anything with the same ease. What this boils down to is awareness, and most importantly, self-awareness on a specieswide scale. We’re the most aware civilization in history, naturally, but also artificially. We choose different causes to individually become passionate about because in an instant we can choose to join that cause’s respective community. We’ve created a world in the image of ourselves in the image of our evolutionary human nature. Globalized, connected society is hierarchically, and without choice, following the same structure to which individual humans have been adhering since the dawn of human cognizance. This increased awareness is happening at the forefront within our own millennial generation. We experienced early
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adolescence at the boom of personal computing, we’ve matured into young adults at the solidification of our seemingly ubiquitous need for immediate gratification, and now we’re moving into the workforce and leadership capacities as a people expecting to be constantly connected to those just like us. The media writ large is obsessed with talking about how individualized we are as millennials, but their coverage is blithely ignorant of the truth that, while we choose to not connect with those around us, we now have the choice to connect with people much more similar, much more identifiable, around the world, and given that choice, we’ve so far chosen the latter. The immediate social ramifications of this behavioral choice are obvious, but I see those ramifications as irrelevant. If evolutionary biology has taught us anything about ourselves, it has even more to teach us when we consider it as the modus operandi of humanity’s collective experience. Indeed I find Tillich’s words to ring truth to our connected society. As international, digital communities are built upon any number of self-defining characteristics, we’re inevitably brought to the same conclusion: We’re all suffering, and that suffering tells us something about us all as human beings, and now we’re able to be cognizant of every type of suffering experienced by everyone around us currently and those who came before us in history. I believe that one day in the near future, say in the next 50 years, there will be a time of almost ubiquitous awareness of every flavor of suffering. Just look at the recent success of websites like Upworthy.com, which posts (annoying) headlines highlighting social injustice. We might appear as more individualized than ever, but I believe that spike of individualism is merely a momentary retreat from the ever-evolving yet currently undeveloped global consciousness. We’ve stumbled out into the frightening and tumultuous frontier of global identification, and we were immediately overwhelmed. Imagine the overwhelming feeling of being blind for your entire life and then one day you wake up with eyesight. Imagine the cavemen who discovered fire, and were immediately afraid of its magical, destructive power that at that point you couldn’t help but misunderstand. Once we as millennial cavemen stop fearing that socio-cultural revolution in which the world mirrors the world within us, we’ll exit the cave and try our hands at that community fire once again, this time all the wiser.
“What’s your favorite part about spring?”
“Walking outside barefoot.”
Maddie Ludvik, Freshman
“How everything turns to growth.”
Shira Pollio, Sophomore
Clay Collins, Junior
“The changing color of the leaves.”
Eric Eaton, Junior
“The pretty flowers.”
Carly Crider, Senior
March 27, 2014
Out of 20,928 undergraduates surveyed by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2008,
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What is your opinion on college students getting engaged or married before they graduate?
reported they were married.
I support it To each his/her own I disagree
DECREASING THE RISK OF DIVORCE
Having a college degree decreases the risk of divorce by
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A couple marrying over the age of 25 decreases the risk of divorce by
BERRY SURVEY DEMOGRAPHICS
600 total respondents 74% 26% female male 22% 29% freshman sophomore 24% junior 25% senior
Relationship statuses on campus:
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Experts say people who marry at age 21 or younger are more susceptible to divorce.
of married graduates attended the same college as their spouse.
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fewer than 6 months
At what point in the relationship is it appropriate to get engaged?
is the national average age at which people get married.
If you had the chance to get married on campus at one of the chapels, which one would you pick?
Whenever it feels right
If you had the chance, would you get married on campus at one of the chapels?
March 27, 2013
Muppets sequel does not disappoint
COMMENTARY BY AUSTIN SUMTER
“Muppets Most Wanted,” the sequel to the 2011 movie “The Muppets,” is enjoyable for all ages. Picking up right where the last movie ended, “Muppets Most Wanted” follows the gang on a tour around Europe doing a slew of shows to revive their stardom with new tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais). The catch is that Kermit has been replaced by Constantine, the most dangerous frog in the world, and is stuck in the Gulag of Siberia under the watchful eye of Warden Nadya (Tina Fey). While the plot gets pretty ridiculous at times, there is still an underlying message for children to take home: Getting what you want is not always what you need. The Muppets realize that they can not always do every skit and act the way they want if they want to have a good show. Sacrifice is needed to make the show the best it can be. Even though the plot is aimed at children, there are many humorous puns and jokes for older audience members, most referencing the movie making process, 90’s R&B music, the original Muppets show and European policy. Even though some of the jokes are aimed at the parents taking their children to the movie, the happy songs and dances, lame jokes, funny voices and bright colors are more than enough to keep the kids in their seats. Keeping with true Muppets fashion, there are numerous cameos. Some stars include Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”), Zach Galifinakis (“The Hangover”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”), James McAvoy (“X-Men: First Class”) and Lady Gaga. While the movie focuses mainly on the Muppets, there are many scene-stealing moments from the human cast members. Tina Fey’s (“30 Rock”) portrayal of Russian warden Nadya is the right mix of serious, lovable and ridiculous and will have you hating her, loving her and falling over with laughter in quick succession. Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) plays the stuffy and straight-laced Swiss Interpol officer working with the Muppet Sam the Eagle of the CIA to try to catch the nefarious Constantine. Burrell’s over-the-top European mannerisms bring the American view of the Europe and its policies to life in a farcical way. Lastly, Ricky Gervais (“The Office: UK”) plays the two-faced tour manager Dominic Badguy. All in all, this movie is wonderful and can be enjoyed by all.
Worth seeing in theaters.
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“Visions” brings variety
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Last weekend, the Berry College Dance Troupe put on “Visions,” their 17th annual dance concert, which featured more works from student choreographers than ever before. Of the 15 pieces, 12 were choreographed
by students who have completed a choreography class in the past. The show was nearly two hours long and ranged in a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop, tap and Latin dance. The Latin dance, “Sabor y Calor,” was taught to a group of students last year during a Maymester in Costa Rica. The performance was well received by students and Rome citizens alike. Freshman Miranda Flack said “it [had] a really nice
variety. I really liked the a capella dance.” The concert has been in the works for some time now. Junior Payton Campbell choreographed the piece “Oculus” and performed in five of the dances. “I’ve been working on this piece since last year, around the time of the last dance concert,” he said. “I also created the costumes themselves. I came up with the design over summer break and then started building them spring semester,” Campbell said.
Jeanne Schul, the artistic director the troupe, choreographed the piece “Longings.” She discusses the amount of work that the students choreographers have put into their dances over the past couple of months. “The most important thing is how committed the choreographers have been this year to the success of this show,” said Schul. “This is the 17th week they’ve been in rehearsal with their students,” she said. “That in itself is admirable. It’s a lot of work!”
PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN TURNER, photojournalism editor
JUNIOR HAYLEY BATCHELOR PERFORMS in the dance piece “Oculus” accompanied by the song “Hanging On” by Active Child and choreographed by junior Payton Campbell. The dances were accompanied by a range of different types of songs, including “Technologic” by Daft Punk, “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran and “Love the Way You Lie: Part III” by Skylar Grey.
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March 27, 2014
Lady Vikings softball sweeps Sewanee
Over the weekend, the Lady Vikings completed a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) four-game sweep over Sewanee: The University of the South Lady Tigers. The Vikings finished with a combined 22 hits in their last two games Sunday. Freshman infielder Katie Rowland led the offense after going 3-4 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Sophomore first baseman Shelby Smith went 2-2 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Smith said she was not surprised by her team’s success and said she felt they prepared well. “Looking at the scouting reports before the game, we knew it was important for us to use our bats and focus on having errorless defense,” Smith said. Although the games might not have been as intense as the Vikings wanted, the team was able to focus and improve individually and as a team. Senior outfielder Sara Vigue recorded her first homerun of the season Sunday. Vigue said she felt their coach prepared them well mentally. “Each weekend that we go into our games, Coach has encouraged us to focus on specific areas of our game,” Vigue said. “For this game she told us to focus a lot on keeping energy. When playing four games in a weekend, that can sometimes be challenging.” However challenging, the Vikings were able to make it look flawless, scoring four homeruns for the weekend and pitching 3-4 shutout games. Assistant coach Tonya Medders complimented the team’s success and their work ethic.
OLIVIA MURPHY, staff photojournalist
FRESHMAN CATCHER KENZIE FLEMING PREPARES to bat against Sewanee: The University of the South Tigers this weekend. The Vikings swept Sewanee across all four games they played.
“We have a team full of girls that want to improve and work hard.” Tonya said. “When you have a team like that it is hard to be surprised when you see success.” Vigue said the games against Sewanee were majorly beneficial in helping boost the team’s confidence. “We have a strong offensive team,
and Coach really had us focus on defense before we go in and play Millsaps.” Vigue said. The Vikings (17-5, 9-0) travel to play the Millsaps College Majors in a four-game series in Jackson, Miss. this weekend. They will play two games on Saturday, March 29 and the next two on Sunday, March 30.
Baseball loses three straight, wins on Wednesday
Thursday March 27
Women’s Tennis vs Huntingdon
asst. sports editor
The Berry baseball team played Birmingham Southern College on Sunday in the final game of a three-game series played over the weekend. The Vikings were defeated by the Panthers with a final score of 3-2. The low scoring game was a battle between both teams’ pitchers, both of whom did not allow any runs during the first seven innings. The Panthers scored the first run of the game in the eighth inning off of Berry’s sophomore pitcher TJ Montgomery, who scattered five hits during the game. The Panthers scored two more runs during the top of the ninth inning off of the Vikings sophomore relief pitcher Danny Parry. They finished the game with a total of seven hits. The Vikings scored both of their runs during the bottom of the ninth inning. Junior first basemen Alex McGill was the first to score for the Vikings, running home from a ground out by shortstop freshman Alfred Francis. Senior second basemen Austin Neely also scored for the Vikings, making it home after a single from senior catcher Will Heard, who had two of the seven hits for the Vikings during the game. The game ended when sophomore first baseman Doug Heath grounded out to third base. Following the game, the Vikings’ record moved to 16-7, with a 6-3 record in the Southern Athletic Association
Men’s Tennis vs Huntingdon
PAUL WATSON, editor-in-chief
JUNIOR OUTFIELDER KEVIN SCOTT hits a ball during a game last season. The Vikings have compiled a 17-7 record so far this season compared to the 18-24 overall record they ended with in 2013.
Conference. The Panthers’ record moved to 19-4, with an SAA record of 10-2. “We just need to focus on bringing the same intensity to every practice and game for the rest of the season,” Heard said. “We have great senior leadership and a lot of guys who are contributing in different roles.” Heard also said he believes the team has a new outlook on the season because of the postseason potential. “The team definitely has a different mentality than other teams in the past,” Heard said. “A lot of that has to do with it being the first year we can qualify for the NCAA tournament.” Head coach David Beasley said the key to a successful postseason in the NCAA tournament will be a good defense. “We have a good defensive club,” Beasley said. “Which is the key to what we are doing right this year. I think we are improving on defense compared to the past couple of years ... This is the first year that we are eligible for the postseason ... and we have taken a huge step that we need to in order to move on for the future.” The Vikings’ next game was played on Wednesday, March 26 at Maryville College. The Vikings finished with a 13-5 win, improving their record by bringing it to 17-7. Seniors outfielder Stephen Gaylor and catcher/third basemen Zach Farmer led the Vikings offensively, with Gaylor scoring two runs and stealing two bases and Farmer scoring three runs and one home run. The Vikings will next play at Millsaps College in Jackson Miss. on Saturday, March 29.
Saturday March 29
Men’s & Women’s Tennis vs. Centre 11 a.m.
SATURDAY MARCH 22 > SUNDAY MARCH 23 >
Softball vs. Sewanee Doubleheader W: 17-1 W: 13-0
Baseball vs. BSC Doubleheader L: 1-6 W: 5-4
Softball vs. Sewanee W: 11-0 Softball vs. Sewanee W: 11-0
Baseball vs. BSC L: 2-3
Comeback falls short, lacrosse loses to Centre 12-10
After being down by three goals, the Vikings battled back against the Centre College Colonels, only to have the win slip away in the final two minutes, resulting in a 12-10 loss. The Vikings had a slow start after an errant ball hit head coach Curtis Gilbert during warmups. He had to be transported to the hospital and did not return to the sidelines. Assistant coach Travis Glennon became acting head coach while Gilbert was recovering. Junior attacker Max Smerka said that this affected the teams focus resulting in the slow start. “We didn’t play very well; we were not as focused as we should have been,” Smerka said. “When Gilbert had a chance to watch the game footage, he said it was one of the worst games he had ever seen this team play.” “The team looked incredibly sloppy, The Vikings battled back as Byers led the way with five goals with the help of junior Men’s attacker, Corey Hall who had three goals. With six minutes left in the game, the Basketball Vikings were up by one goal. Centre’s senior at BSC attacker Peter Murphy tied the game with five minutes left. The Vikings gave up a quick goal, and their last effort was stopped by two penalties giving Centre a man up opportunity resulting in the 12-10 loss. Junior midfielder Grant Phillips and sophomore midfielder Christian Akers both scored goals for the Vikings. Akers had two assists, while Hall and attack Kyle Lombardi both had one assist. Senior goalkeeper Jordan Boreman saved 12 shots but allowed 12 goals. The Vikings’ next game is Friday at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. at 7 p.m. Gilbert said he will not be traveling this weekend as he will be having surgery on Friday due to the injury sustained during the game against Centre. He said he hopes to be back on the sideline coaching later next week when the team travels to Sewanee: The University of the South on Saturday, April 5.
CONTRIBUTED BY KAYLA SANNER
SENIOR MIDFIELDER BRYAN BYERS CRADLES the ball as he looks for a pass during a game earlier in the season.
undisciplined and unfocused,” Gilbert said. A goal in the final minute of the first quarter by senior midfielder Bryan Byers helped the Vikings gain momentum.
“The seniors really stepped up as leaders and got us back into the game,” senior midfielder Cal Supik said. “The first goal by [Byers] was huge.”
March 27, 2013
Celtic craze at the kissing cabin
The mountain campus late night event, “Ale Yeah,” was a night a Scottish-themed party that consisted of contra-dancing, a petting zoo, sheep-launching, “ale”-drinking, and a good old-fashioned tire toss.
FACE PAINTING IS borderline mandatory for students like sophomore Rhett Morrell and junior Amanda Wright who want to get fully into the spirit.
SOPHOMORE SHENANDOAH PHILLIPS CUDDLES a baby duck at the petting zoo by the kissing cabin.
SENIOR KEVIN SHEPHERD FLINGS a tire as far as he can to try to beat the other throwers before him.
CONTRA DANCING GETS all the students on their feet as they learn dances by following the caller’s commands.
PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN TURNER, photojournalism editor
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