l Freshman David Hare was walking from Medlin Hall to Deacon Jones when hit
HARRISON KEELY News Editor At approximately 5:45 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 29, Lee freshman David Hare was struck by a vehicle while walking to dinner. According to campus safety, Hare was on the Ocoee St. crosswalk that connects Medlin Hall to the rest of campus when a northbound Kia hit him. “The student crossed in front of the car,” Director of Campus Safety Ashley Mew said. “The car struck him in the leg, knocking him to the ground.” Mew described that there were several witnesses to the incident and that Cleveland Police arrived on the scene soon afterward. Hare gave his account of the situation. “I was walking with Jonathan Grajales. I looked to the left -- There was a decent break in traffic. Most of the time people stop. Jonathan heard a squeal of brakes and noticed a car sliding down toward us in the rain. He turned to me to tell me to get out of the way. I was one step from the other side of the road when I hit the front of her bumper and was pushed to the ground. I rolled two or three times.” Having a brother who served in the EMT for 10 years, Hare said he knew not to move as Grajales tried to help. “I was walking back from the recreation center and I saw cop lights in the distance. Matt Bayer told me ‘first floor Dave got hit by a car’ and I said ‘dude, that’s

Student struck by car while crossing Ocoee

Photo courtsey of Austin Smith
BLOOD BATHED: Lee freshman David Hare is recovering after colliding with a Kia on the way to eat.

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my roommate,’” Hare’s roommate, Andy Hale, said. Hale said that when he arrived there was a crowd and that Hare was being placed on a stretcher. Witnesses to the event included Medlin residents Eric Strong and Ben Tyler. “I was walking toward the crosswalk to go back to Medlin and all of a sudden I heard a loud squealing of tires,” Strong said.

Theft on campus
l A special report on campus safety
ADRIENNE MOREHEAD Staff Writer Several Bowdle Hall residents returned from Thanksgiving Break to find items missing from their dorm rooms. Earlier this semester, a suspect was identified in connection with a string of thefts in Medlin Hall. School officials are still looking into similar incidences of theft in Nora Chambers Hall in which Resident Assistants (RAs) recently reported personal effects stolen. In Tharp Hall, several residents who have lost valuables due to theft have even started taking matters into their own hands by conducting their own investigation of fellow dormmates. “I think it’s really unfortunate that this is occurring on campus, especially since college students don’t have a lot of money. I know campus safety has put forth a lot of effort into catching these thieves, and I’m confident that they will continue to do a great job. I think the best thing residents can do is continue to lock their doors and be aware of who is in their halls,” said Resident Director of Nora Chambers Alyssa Olson. Campus Safety exists to keep the students safe, but they cannot always protect the property in each respective dorm room against perpetrators lurking in the hallways. Ashley Mew, director of campus safety, could not be reached for comment, but some student speculation has indicated that several strong leads are being currently explored in the residence hall thefts. In order to prevent hindering the ongoing investigation, Vice President for Student Life

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Students voice opinion on Lee Greek clubs
l Students give suggestions for improvements, changes in Lee University’s Greek system
HARRISON KEELY News Editor After Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn announced new regulations for Greek club inductions at Lee University, it has seemed as if everyone on campus has had an opinion. In the last issue of the Clarion members of the faculty responded to the changes and gave opinions. Now it’s the students turn. One-hundred Lee students took part in a survey to determine general opinion on Greek clubs. As it turns out, most students either like Greek clubs or they don’t. According to results, 75 percent believed the organizations have a place on Lee’s campus. In other words, one out of every four students are against the clubs. Nearly 70 percent of those who don’t like Greek clubs have attended a Lee Greek event since they’ve been at college.

RUSS McDONALD Staff Writer Lee displayed its talent in the Red Clay Theater Nov. 2930. The Directors Showcase, showing for first time in the Red Clay Theater, featured 10 plays directed by and starring some of Lee’s most talented students. The first production was “The Actor’s Nightmare,” directed by Jonathon Moots. “Nightmare” featured Joshua Hatfield as George, a hapless accountant who accidentally wanders into a starring role in a stage performance. Completing the cast were Cara Bohan, Christian Hall, Katie Carroll, Harrison Keely, and Scott Crawford. Next was “The Universal Language,” directed by Lauren Hayes. Michael DeBacker plays Don, the male lead, with eccentric electricity in one of the night‘s highlight performances. “Language” also stars Sarah Shealy as Dawn, who comes to Don to learn the universal language, which sounds like some barely intelligible English diluted in vaguely foreign-sounding jargon, random song-and-dance numbers, and non sequitir nonsense. Jonathon Zajas is featured in a small part. Then came “Joe and Stew’s Theatre of Brotherly Love and Financial Success,” directed by Renee Yaddow. This play starred David Wise and Michelle Hinson as two roaches who survive a nuclear attack. Following was “Butterflies are Free,” another of the night’s highlights. Jordan Duke starred as Don, a blind musician who falls in love with his neighbor, the flirtatious Jill, played by Jennifer Ervin. The play also featured Julie Gibson and Michael Reid. Lauren Hayes directed two short plays by scribe David Ives, who also penned “The Universal Language.” The first, “Sure Thing,” starred Josh Peterson, Anna Cook, and Kristen Alexander. •Continued on Page 3 See “Directors...” ...”

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RAINY AFTERNOON: Actors Marianne Hall and Derrick Milligan (right) perform on the second night of Lee’s Directors Showcase at the Red Clay Theater. The Rainy Afternoon was directed by Sarah Moore.

Lee Clarion/ Brandon Spell

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l Sharp, Davis and Hughes Hall face water problems that stop toilets and showers, turns water brown and floods three floors
vember 28, were the result of pranks. “I got a phone call around eleven,” Hughes Hall Resident Director Joe Martinez said. “One person from each floor called. Nothing would flush, all we had was trickling water.” Martinez contacted campus safety, which called maintenance. The reply was that the problem was that someone had turned off the water valve outside the dorm. “I knew I couldn’t take a shower and when I went to brush my teeth this morning the wa-ter was brown,” Jared Hamilton, a freshmen, said. Hughes Hall proved only to be the tip of the iceberg, however. According to Davis Hall Resident Director Elizabeth Costa, water problems began for the Sharp/Davis complex at midnight. Absolutely no water would work within the building, forcing residents to seek restrooms at other locations on campus and around town. One group carpooled to the local Wal-greens to visit the throne. “People were taking showers in Cross and Tharp,” Sharp Hall resident Andi DradElizabeth Costa dy said. “That night was the one night I decided to go to bed early,” Sharp Hall Resident Director Cara Bain said. “I got to bed before midnight. Around 1:15 I got a call.” Third floor resident assistant Cheryl Rogers had called to report the water problem. Bain made the de-cision to wait until morning to handle it, but after the phone call she changed her mind and met with Costa, who called campus safety. Most residents were asleep when water returned to the dorm between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning, but when it returned, it came with Cara Bain full force due to a problem with water pressure within the building’s system. Costa awoke at 5:15a.m. and discovered that the toilets in the basement lobby were automatically flushing on a cycle. “My toilet just ran all night long,” she

Flooded, flushed, fooled: pranks cause damage at three Lee dorms
said. A phone call awoke Bain at 7a.m. Second floor resident assistant Victoria Knight reported that there was water leaking from the ceiling in some of the rooms and bath-rooms. Knight also called Rogers to alert her of the danger. “The whole room above had two inches of water, seeping out into the hallway. I had to move everything out of their room,” Rogers said. “I called campus safety again,” Bain said. “Campus safety became really familiar with us within 24 hours.” The flooding on the third floor originated in the suites of Abby Black, Sarah Baker, Dara Killian and Elise Scoggins.

SINKING SHARP: Water problems crippled over 100 residents.

HARRISON KEELY News Editor It wasn’t raindrops falling on the heads of several Lee students last week when the water prob-

lems consumed and confused the residents of several dorms on campus. Officials believe the plumbing problems, which began late in the evening No-

Lee Clarion/ Harrison Keely

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006




Former Lee students write, film for TV
l Ben Thompson produces TV shows and film shorts for F/X and Starz
RUSS McDONALD Staff Writer When Ben Thompson, a former Lee University student, was approached by a former high school classmate, she offered him an opportunity to work on his dreams. “She knew me from high school and she said that she had always liked my ideas,” said Thompson. “So when she had an opportunity to help support my ideas, she called me.” When he got this opportunity, he asked his friends Jim Morrison and Brad Beglind, whom he met in Medlin in 2002, to join him in his new business. So, he started this Mayco, based out of Atlanta, and began to write and produce television shows and film shorts for channels such as F/X and Starz. Even though he had these ideas since grade school, Thompson had never considered writing for television before. “I wanted to be a novelist,” said Thompson. “But I was just too detailed, I just wasn’t a good novelist.” Morrison, however, cannot see himself in another career. “It was pretty much this or a waiter,” Morrison said. “And I’m through with being a waiter.” Once they started, however, the opportunities began to come in. “It was really a God thing,” said Thompson. “The opportunities just kept coming in.” And the projects have continued. They presented two cartoon series, “Supercat” and “Bill Winky,” to the Cartoon Network. “The lady we showed them to didn’t like them,” said Morrison. “But her assistant loved them.” The cartoons might get a second chance at life at Cartoon Network, since the assistant will soon be taking his boss’ position. Another opportunity is “Back in Thirty,” a sit-com under development for F/X. The most tangible evidence of their work is some short parodies of action movies bought by Starz Network for an action marathon that will be playing at the end of 2007. Thompson had worked in Nashville as a songwriter, and this has had a profound effect on his work ethic. “In songwriting, nobody just writes one song and that’s it,” Thompson said. “You have to keep working, keep putting out ideas.” Also, his background in music will find its way into Mayco. According to Morrison, they plan to extend Mayco into more than just animation and shorts. There are plans to add a recording studio, essentially creating a label. “I also want to make sure to extend an invitation,” says Thompson. “If anyone wants to become involved, we are always looking for sales people.”


• U.S. government has private
“terror scores” on citizens
Over the last four years, millions of American travelers have been assigned a “terror score,” generated by the US government without knowledge. The government claims that these ratings are crucial to national security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Citizens are not allowed to challenge or fight these scores, which the government plans to keep on file for forty years.

“Considering that the 9/11 attacks weren’t carried out by U.S. citizens, maybe we shouldn’t be focusing on Americans.”

-Jessica Mason, sophomore

• Wii and PlayStation 3 debut
Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii have hit stores only two days apart and both gaming systems have caused chaos and disorder across the U.S. Each company says that they will not catch up with the U.S. demand for the systems until sometime next year. While Sony claims to have one million more systems ready by the end of the year, Nintendo reports they’ll have four million more in the same time period.

Student struck by car on way to dinner
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“I looked up just in time to see [David] get hit by a car and thrown onto the sidewalk,” Strong continued. “It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to see. [He looked like] a rag doll that got thrown every-which-way. All of the cars stopped and a lady screamed ‘I have a cell phone!’” Hare said the driver who hit him pulled over and was quick to apologize, saying she did not see him. “She even called later when I was in the emergency room and asked if there was anything she could do,” he said. The EMS transported Hare to the local hospital where, he said, “It seemed like time flew by.” Medlin Resident Director Todd Humbert and his wife, Michelle, were the first to visit soon after Hare arrived for treatment. Other visitors included Resident Assistant Jason Collier, Campus Pastor Jimmy Harper and Dean of Students Alan McClung. “Every nurse told me that God had His hand in this, that I was lucky, and that it could have been a whole lot worse. They had to dig [asphalt] out of my head,” Hare said. Humbert transported Hare back to campus an hour before midnight. Humbert said that he had no broken bones but had been placed on crutches. Hare said, “I was holding an umbrella. Some of the guys told me it was totally demolished. My knee is kind of swollen, I can’t put any weight on it.” “Three weeks ago I almost got hit by a car I didn’t see,” Hare continued. “My dad told me to watch out for traffic after that. God had put it on my dad’s heart to warn me. The Lord led me up here. I changed my major He mentioned that the campus to theology a week or two ago. safety department continually I know God’s got me up here works with the city of Clevefor a purpose and I know that land to improve the cross whatever it is, Satan doesn’t walks at Lee. Improvements want me here. But I know God made include extra lighting, let [the accident] happen for a caution lights, pedestrian signs reason.” Hare said very nurse told me that that he needs God has His hand in to be able to this, that I was lucky and laugh at what has happened. that it could have been a He said that afwhole lot worse.” ter he returned —David Hare from the hospital the evening of the crash, he joined a and crossing markings. He also Facebook group titled “I hope said that there had been ongoI don’t get hit by a car crossing ing discussion about constructOcoee Street” and was quickly ing a bridge across Ocoee St. appointed to the officer posi- Mew offered three steps to tion of “survivor.” safety: 1. Stay in the crosswalk, “[Accidents have] happened 2. Pedestrians should always there before. That has been a yield to traffic and 3. Wait unproblem location for pedes- til vehicles come to a complete trians in the past,” Mew said. stop.

“I’m thinking about getting one. I’ve played the Wii. Some of the stuff is pretty amazing. I haven’t had experience with the PS3.”

-Mario Barahona, sophomore


before his wedding ceremony
Groom-to-be Sean Bell was hit after several NYPD officers opened fire on his car. The NYPD say that the men were leaving a strip club in Queens after celebrating Bell’s bachelor party. The police, who were sent on an investigation, shot at the moving car, against state law, and at the unarmed men inside.

• Groom-to-be shot by NYPD

“Maybe there’s a reason he was shot. There are some dirty cops out there. Cops are dirty, dirty little things. But not all cops are bad.”

-Angel Every, sophomore

Theft is a problem to be aware of at Lee
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ins, the University decided not to renew its lease on the apartments. Page 1 After returning from ThanksDr. Walt Mauldin has asked giving Break, Hall noticed her to reserve his comments on this bicycle, which she kept behind matter for a later date. Any student traced to these her apartment, was missing. “It’s or other thefts will be subject kind of ironic because my neighto grave consequences. The bor had said it might be a good Student Handbook includes a idea to bring it inside a couple brief statement pertaining to days before I saw it was missLee’s disciplinary policy on ing,” said Hall. “Even though it theft. It reads, “Stealing will was chained up and locked and result in severe disciplinary everything, they were still able measures including the possibil- to take it. I guess they were really adamant heft at Lee has doubled about it. It wasn’t just a bike to get in the last year...” me around. It —Joanne Beckford was a really nice mountain bike.” Not only is ity of suspension or expulsion.” theft a problem in the dormitoTheft on campus is not exclusively committed by Lee ries at Lee, but also in the food students. Occasionally, because service industry. For years SoLee is an open campus, outsiders dexho employees have struggled to the Lee community find their to prevent students from sneakway into the dormitories due to ing into the dining hall without propped-open doors or simply paying, leaving the cafeteria with by entering behind an inattentive cups and utensils, and stealing resident. Several years ago, a from the PCSU eatery. In fact, a homeless man was discovered in portion of the yearly budget for O’Bannon-Bowdle Hall, and on Dining Services is set aside to occasion, locals and even stray compensate for loses due to theft. “Theft at Lee has doubled in animals have been found wanthe last year and especially for dering through the dorms of Lee. Senior Communications major the utensils and food in the DinSara Hall currently lives in the ing Hall,” said Joanne BeckHodnett apartments located just ford, Administrative Assistant off campus, behind Mayfield El- for Campus Sodexho Services. Students often collect cafementary. The townhouses were eteria dishes, particularly cups once part of Lee auxiliary housing until, after a series of break- and utensils, to keep in their dorm rooms and apartments. Aware of this trend, Sodexho has, in the past, placed boxes in residence halls and outside the cafeteria to encourage students to return any dinnerware they had taken. Toward the end of the year, many students

300 in Philippines

• Typhoon kills more than

The Philippines fears typhoons each year. The country’s latest fight with typhoon Durian killed about 300 citizens. Each typhoon that hits causes more destruction than the last and it continues to raise the nation’s death toll. Durian was the fourth large storm to hit the country in four months.

did, in fact, return the items. If you have any information that would lead to the apprehension of anyone involved in the theft incidents mentioned in this article, please contact the Campus Safety office as soon as possible.



“I’m sure they experienced a lot. It’s a tragic loss, though in every event of sorrow there is also joy. Events like tat can bring out the best in people.”


The majority of Lee students can recite it, but do they know where the

college benediction is found in the Bible??

-Ian Tallackson, sophomore

• Nativity Story hits theaters
On Dec. 1, from director Catherine Hardwicke and writer Mike Rich, Nativity Story was released in theaters. The PG rated film was made for children and families so that Americans will remember that Jesus is the story behind Christmas. The film retells the story of Jesus’ birth and the controversy around a 16-yearold virgin becoming pregnant.

“I’m excited. I’m going to see it this weekend. It looks like it’s really authentic. It looks like they tell the story truthfully.”

-Erin Weeks, freshman

Results were tallied from 100 student responses collected by Harrison Keely from around the dining hall. Only one vote was “yes.” The verse is found in Psalm 19:14. Some inital reactions included “that’s in the Bible?” and “it’s on the wall in the Humanities Center.”

Operation Christmas Child breaks record
l Lee University sends over one-thousand shoeboxes to needy children
LANA BEGLEY Staff Writer


Wednesday, December 6, 2006



According to Mike Hayes, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, this year’s Operation Christmas Child (OCC) reached a level of success unprecedented at Lee University. A campus-wide email about the event reported “an amazing effort from our campus family.” Lee University sent an astounding 1,214 donation boxes to Life Care, an orga-

Flood damage rocks Sharp Hall
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Black said that she was awake when the water shut off and noticed it return around 2AM when the toilet originated a water cycle. “I fell asleep to the toilet still flushing. It was a relaxing sound. When the alarm went off at 7:30 I heard water but I thought my suitemate was taking a shower.” “I woke up and said, ‘Oh no, Abby I spilled my water bottle everywhere. Abby, we have water everywhere,’” Black’s roommate and cousin, Baker, said. She then entered the restroom, realized that water was flowing out of the commode into room 311 and went to alert the RA and check the rooms below. DROPS IN THE BUCKETS:Molly Hoeweler used buckets to collect water pouring from the ceiling in her dorm room. Room 211 already had buckets filled with water dripping stairs. The RD arrived on the closet,” roommate Adrienne ter system in Sharp-Davis.” from the ceiling above. scene and directed Black and Roden said. She reported that “Fortunately, there wasn’t a “I woke up and there was all Baker to move all of their room 111 had problems with whole lot of damage that hapthis water pouring down near soaked belongings out to the overflowing toilets as well. the window and on my pillow. It room across the hall. The only “Water seeped through the floor pened. The ceilings will have to be repaired and the carpet was dripping on my hair so my remnants left in the room were by my bathroom and closet.” treated so it will not mold,” face was a little bit wet. We had beds and furniture. Despite the excitement of an Bain said. “I was never upset to move my bed away,” second Like a ship sinking from indoor water world, Lee Unifloor victim Molly Hoeweler above, the water did not stop versity’s maintenance depart- or angry at anyone, though the girls were a little put out when said. The water soaked her on the top two floors. ment was not pleased. they couldn’t use their toilets computer, de-stroyed her pic“We woke up to rain falling “We’re almost positive it was tures, and washed her clothes. on my head -- actually, toilet a prank,” Dwight Hamilton, for the evening” Hamilton did offer a kind “The whole entire length of the water falling on my head,” Jen- who has spent 22 years workview of the perpetrators. “They wall had water pouring down nifer Versluis, the resident/vic- ing for Lee, it.” tim of room 111, said. said. “There is t’s almost terrorism, Black took Hoeweler to see “There were patches of wet- no telling how the cause of the damage up- ness above her bed and by my much this will but [the pranksters] cost. It’s almost wouldn’t believe that. terrorism, but They thought it would be [the pranksters] cute.” wouldn’t believe that. They —Dwight Hamilton thought it would be cute. The girls wouldn’t have water for showmight be decent students. It ers.... 120 toilets not worksounds harmless just to shut ing....” someone’s water off.” Hamilton said that the reason Sharp Hall’s cleaning lady, Hughes did not have a flooding Nikki Moore, summed it up problem was that the plumbing best: “I’m glad it’s over.” there was reworked two years ago. “It’s a totally different waLEAKING CEILING:Toilet water seeps through the top of a Sharp Hall room.

nization that delivers goods to needy children around the world. Hayes reported, “This is the first year we’ve collected above 1,000 boxes, and as you can see, we far surpassed that mark.” Hayes has been long at work cultivating this success. With the start of OCC, his office awarded money for a pizza party to the Gateway class that donated the most boxes. Last year he upgraded the prize to $100 for the winning class.

Gateway classes take the event not as just fun competition, however, but as a serious ministry. The curriculum sets aside a full day to discuss OCC, buy donations and pack boxes. Peer leaders are closely involved in organizing the event. Teachers also work to get their classes excited about OCC. This year Dr. Robert Debelak’s class bought enough donations to fill just under 120 boxes for OCC. Earlier this semester, a class

led by Dr. Johnny Evans turned down a rafting trip in order to spend the prize money on OCC donations. Miles Huff, head of the Student Leadership Council’s community service committee, recounted the cohesive feel of this year’s OCC. “It was amazing to see the campus get so involved and excited about OCC,” he said. “It truly was a campus-wide event.”


Special events, upcoming meetings and other useful information


Anyone wishing to publish their organization’s event in future issues of the Lee Clarion can email a short summary to


WHAT: End of the semester rush party WHO: Omega Alpha Phi WHERE: Dixon Center Lobby WHEN: 7:00 p.m. WHY: Take a break from studying, rush a Greek club WHAT: Lee University Wrestling Club WHO: For students who have wrestled in high school or have a passion for wrestling. WHEN: 6:00 p.m. WHERE: 3rd floor cluster of Bowdle Hall. WHY: To learn about the sport and to be a part of something new at Lee WHAT: Textbook buyback begins WHEN: Dec. 6 - Dec. 13 TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Bookstore, lower level, student union WHY: Get money back for textbooks you won’t use next semester.

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Photo courtsey of Andi Draddy



WHAT: Final Exams begin WHEN: Dec. 7-8, 11-12 HOW: See the final exam schedule, visit


Photo courtsey of Andi Draddy

WHAT: Tara McKinney & Charity Lusk in concert WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: The House WHY: A fundraising event with a night of music, worship, laughter and inspiration. COST: $3 for Lee students and $5 for guests, at the door


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The second was “English Made Simple,” which also featured Peterson and Cook, as well as John D. Moore. Both plays involved the way two young people communicate and both featured uproarious performances from the cast. The second night’s performances began with “Mother Figure,” directed by Jocelyn Jones. This starred Stacy Cohl as the frighteningly maternal Lucy, as well as featuring Kathleen Hawkins and Joshua Wadell. “The Rainy Afternoon,” directed by Sarah Moore, starred Marianne Hall, Rebecca Ogle, and Derrick Milligan in a story of childhood innocence and the loss thereof. The Showcase’s lone drama, Arthur Miller‘s “Death of a Salesman,” was directed by Laura Northcutt. It starred Andrew Morrow, Tony Lance, Tyler Spears, Harrison Keely, and Rachel Petrillo. The final play was “The Maker of Dreams,” directed by Oliphant Down. This story of unrequited love starred Bethany Dukes, Chris Bissell, and Linsey Retcofsky as the title character.
Lee Clarion/ Brandon Spell

WHAT: Residence halls close WHEN: 5:00 p.m.


MOTHER FIGURE: Lee students Joshua Waddell and Stacy Cohl act in the second night of the Directors Showcase on the stage of Red Clay Theater.

WHAT: Lee Universtiy Winter Commencement WHERE: Conn Center WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHY: Don’t miss all of the graduating seniors saying farewell to Lee one last time!

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Students give thoughts and opinions on Greek clubs
Everything they propose as their
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Wednesday, December 6, 2006



are things that Christianity is responsible for anyway. They are utterly



from the

from the


it’s hard to understand.


Greek clubs are the

whole point of college...

I wouldn’t go to Lee if they

and when they rushed a club they were

there haveproblems been a lot of girls with
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of those problems because they are in a group of that love them


Are Greek clubs really that

‘college life?’

The number of Greek event attendees rises to almost 75 percent among the entire student population. Six percent of all non-Greek survey respondents had rushed clubs but never made it in. “I question...” wrote one student, “Are Greek clubs really that essential for college students on a Christian campus to ‘experience’ this supposed ‘college life?’” That brings up a good question: why do we have Greek clubs and why do people love or hate them? “Greek clubs are the whole point of college... I wouldn’t go to Lee if they disappeared,” said freshman Carrie Ivester. “I love Greek clubs because they are amazing. Epsilon is raising $26,000 for Leukemia research,” wrote junior Christina Peters, who is studying Psychology. “They let the people who feel they need to pay for friends do so,” replied an unnamed respondent. Junior Sheena Wozniak, a pastoral ministry major, suggested, “They don’t share Christ-like love.” “I like Greek clubs because they are goal oriented and bring competition to raise the level of success,” Mitchell Harper, a Psychology and Music major, said. “Is there anything exclusive about Christ? I don’t think so,” wrote Michael Brasher, a senior Bible and Theology major. “Even if they are not ethically questionable and don’t reinforce insecurities (which you would be naive to believe), even if they are all good, at the very least, why not let everybody in? It’s egregious and ridiculous. Lee is a hypocrite, we have Foundations for Benevolence when we don’t even practice it with our social policies. Get rid of Greek clubs. Everything they propose as their purpose are things that Christianity is responsible for anyway. They are utterly unnecessary.” “Greek clubs help people get ideas and plans started that they normally wouldn’t be able to do by themselves; there is power among Greek clubs,” junior Chris Gates, a Telecommunications and Youth Ministry major, said. “The clubs end up being more of a popularity contest than actual service groups,” wrote Bethany Freesen. Among Lee students, 44 percent say that at least one of their five closest friends is in a Greek club. Even though 75 percent of those on campus approve of the clubs, 60 percent of students are not convinced that they are really service-oriented. “The girls are service-oriented but the guys aren’t,” Andrew Rowland, a sophomore Business major, wrote. Another respondent wrote, “Greek clubs have to be [service-oriented], otherwise they would be seen as really unethical.” “If they are really service-oriented why don’t they let anyone join? Why do people have to rush and do crazy things?” commented Wozniak. Pi Kappa Pi is by far the club with the worst reputation according to students. It captured 36 percent of the vote. Upsilon Xi and Alpha Gamma Chi tied for second with 21 percent while Delta Zeta Tau caught 17 percent and Sigma Nu Sigma had six percent.


The REAL Greek Clubs:
Facebook groups at Lee I Hate Greek Clubs

54 Members Administrator: Gabriel Fidler

Alpha Sigma Sigma

31 Members Creator: Alyssa Coleman

Upsilon Omega Kappa

29 Members Creator: Christie Westerfield

Fraternity of Nok Su Cow
13 Members Creator: Patrick Milligan

Alpha Pi (Apple Pie!)
12 Members Creator: Melissa Snyder

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Students give opinions on Greeks OTHER STUDENT
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“They need not segregate themselves so much,” said Page 4 Christy Jerin, a sophomore Many respondents wrote that Sociology major. all Greek clubs had a negative “Obviously some things reputation while some focused need to change among the mainly on the male groups. Greek clubs. In order for the Junior Kelli Gandy, a Psyreputations of the Greek clubs chology major, attempted to to change, I believe that the explain why Greek clubs gennon-Greek club people need erally had bad reputations. to let go of their idea of what “People are human and make the Greek clubs are. Like any mistakes. They cannot be exclub in America there are pros pected to be perfect. Just beand cons,” wrote Gates. cause they’re in the limelight The survey asked students does not make them any better what the best thing about than the rest of us. Yet, some Greek clubs were. “Having people place unattainable exsomething to make fun of,” pectations on a club and when replied freshman Melissa Snythey fail to reach them, those der. Ben Hastings, a freshman, people spread gossip.” wrote that “They provide the Bad reputations don’t keep campus with free food and people from rushing. In fact, beverage every couple of 38 percent of nonweeks!” Greek respondents “We raise the liveliness of said they have considthis campus,” said Peters. ered rushing a Greek One female student said club on campus. that “there have been a lot of “I wanted to see what girls with problems and when they were about, and it they rushed a club they were seemed like I would be healed of those problems bemissing out on something cause they are in a group of if I didn’t,” wrote one surpraying girls that love them. vey respondent. Some of them never had famiMany said they would be lies or friends, but coming into more likely to rush under that particular group helped certain conditions. 25 perthem. A Greek club has helped cent said they would if they people in many different ways had more time. 19 percent just like a teacher or a musical said they would if their friends group. I do not see why they were in Greek clubs and 19 are any different.” percent said they would if Many Greek Lee students there was no money required. were excited to share why they 14 percent of respondents said joined their respective clubs: they would be more likely to “I was attracted to Pi Kappa rush if they knew the inducPi because of the charisma of tion process or had nothing to the club and their love towards be afraid of. 12 percent said Christ and each other,” said Harper “Alpha Gamma f you’re not in a Chi is the most Greek club you don’t real when it comes understand .... the move of to the truth about God in an induction.” life. When I saw —Mitchell Harper Chi I saw the natural leaders around campus,” replied they would if they knew they one person. Another student would be chosen. Finally, just said, “I’m in Epsilon because 10 percent said they would I saw the heart of the girls and join a Greek club if there was really fit in with their ideas no induction process. and standards.” Now that rules regarding “I’m in Delta Zeta Tau beinduction have changed, the cause it’s a sisterhood that Clarion’s survey asked how values Christian morals and students would affect the protheir heart to serve is real and cess themselves if they were in it’s not just for show,” wrote control. One student who was one student. Finally, “I’m in not in a Greek club wrote that Kappa Psi Nu because they Lee should “revert to the old do a lot of community service, tap night and inductions.” there is friendship, and there is “I don’t think that it would a community.” matter. Greek clubs wouldn’t Greek club members also atfollow the new restrictions,” tempted to explain what those wrote another. left out of the loop did not un“There should be no inducderstand. tion,” said Wozniak, while “If you’re not in a Greek Harper argued the process club you don’t understand should be “more spiritually fohow much they bring to camcused.” Peters said that Greeks pus, and competition of sports, should “teach the lessons unand the move of God in an inder a different light.” duction,” Harper wrote. Eighty-five percent of stu“From the outside it’s hard dents in Greek clubs at Lee to understand,” said Peters. have no other family in clubs. “From the inside it’s unexOf those who do, 45 percent plainably amazing.” said their fathers were Greek, “People who aren’t in Greek 25 percent had Greek mothclubs have heard things about ers, 20 percent had sisters in other clubs and think it applies Greek clubs and 10 percent to all of them,” wrote one had Greek brothers. member. Another wrote that The average amount of time outsiders don’t get “the imGreek club members reported pact a club has on a member’s they devote to activities for or life.” with their club was just over “If someone is not a part 20 hours per month. of a Greek club they have no The survey also asked sturight to bash it,” wrote anothdents what Greek clubs need er member. Finally, “People to improve. don’t understand anything “They may want to be more about Greek clubs. That’s the careful about the image that point. If everyone understood, they do present to students,” why would anyone join?” wrote Gandy. • They are known for being immoral and promiscuous. • They’re known for drinking, stupidity (lighting the gazebo on fire) and poor attitudes. • Greek clubs only have bad reputations because people are jealous. • Beer, sex and rock & roll. • Greek clubs are portrayed as a popularity contest with no real purpose. • They are snobby and they expect everyone to look the same.


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Why do Greek clubs have bad reputations?

Why should Greek clubs exist at Lee?
• They put on awesome activities and they help keep members’ GPAs up. • Some students only fit in there. • Without Greek clubs, Lee would be boring. They put on events, provide services and give people a reason to come back for homecoming. • They encourage fellowship and promote accountability. • They get you plugged into campus and friendships that go beyond convenience. • They give a good sense of community. • It’s something to keep people involved; a social outlet.

Why shouldn’t Greek clubs exist at Lee?
• In Greek clubs not all people are equal. • From what I’ve seen, they can’t even do all the things real Greek clubs can. What’s the point? • I think the exclusivity of Greek clubs only perpetuates seperation/segregation on our campus. • I really feel that if you’re in a Greek club you get special treatment. • They classify people into certain levels or stages. Upper-class and lower-class. • They create cliques on campus and get crazy sometimes. • I think they promote elitism. • They have no national ties, thus they have no true supervisor. • National Greek organizations would be better. They have stricter rules and policies. • If they really are service-oriented they would reflect well on the school. • Everyone should have the freedom to join if they want to.


How would you change the induction process?
• I would make it so that everyone can join. • The new restrictions are stupid!! What are they going to do now, play monopoly??? I mean, seriously. • The GPA requirements. • Less severe and harsh physical treatment during induction. • I would make it so it’s not so violent! Maybe more Christian based. • I like the new restrictions. The harmful ways should have been done away with long ago. • I don’t think that it would matter. They wouldn’t follow the new restrictions. • Get more national societies to avoid the hazing and peganistic rituals for induction. • Just make sure that no one gets hurt. • I would make it a series of multiple choice and true or false questions. • Just don’t be so ridiculously mean and humiliating. There is no point in that. • Quit calling it induction, the word has a negative connotation. • Make the focus more spiritual and emphasize the unity. • Not so intense, less money for membership. • I would control physical challenges but would allow everything else. • The inductions could just be fun- a good night with your new brothers and sisters. •Who cares? As long as people don’t break bones or die. • Get rid of the new process...someone’s gonna end up hurt even worse because of the new rules. • Better events, less violence and stuckupness. • They need to do more community service. • They need to get rid of the secret stuff. • Their Christian example. • Integrity. • They need to be more of a brotherhood or sisterhood and less like a popularity contest. • Their image and their leadership. • Maybe better advertisement with their events. • Emphasis on inclusion instead of exclusion. • The rejection process- tell people why they were rejected. • Off campus parties, clothing and attitudes. • How they interact with non-Greek members. • They need to tell those who aren’t in the Lee community or who aren’t participants of Greek clubs what their individual purposes are. • Um... the matching tees? • Service hours. • The work they do behind the scenes that no one sees. • The hot girls. • They provide the parties on campus. • The events they put on. • Community and accountability. • There’s a lot of Lee history and school spirit. • They provide funding for many good organizations. • They play a role as a representation of community services. • A sense of belonging. • People find a group of very influential friends to help develop them emotionally and spiritually.


What do Greek clubs need to improve?

What is the best thing about Greek clubs?

Thrifty gift ideas for college students
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Shopping during the holidays can be stressful for everyone, especially for those of us with skinny wallets. Don’t fret though, Christmas gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive to get the point across. Here are some cheap gift ideas for those of us who can’t afford to buy a Nintendo Wii for all our friends with our minimum wage, part-time jobs. First off, homemade gifts are probably your best bet for the most money saving gifts. It’s been said a thousand times before but, it really is the thought that counts. Especially when it comes to homemade gifts—because you actually spend time on your friends, rather than just walking into a clothing store and picking up the first sweater you see and hoping it’s the right size.

By making something, your friends will be impressed that you actually spent time and work on them, even something as simple as making them a Christmas card. It means a lot more than walking into a drugstore and picking out a card with some funny punch line that you didn’t write and then signing your name under it as if to say, “Yeah, I’d probably say something that funny and witty to you.” Feel free to use macaroni on the card as well. There’s nothing that shows you care more than a Christmas card that declares, “I would much rather use all of my Easy-Mac to spell out Merry Christmas on your card than eat for the next month.” Another way to save money is not to use store bought wrapping paper. It’s just going to get ripped to shreds anyways, so instead, you might as well use some old newspaper, toilet paper or any other useless paper products sitting around

your house, such as English papers or Gateway textbooks. If you don’t have any of those things around your house you can always choose to use the cheapest wrapping paper possible that requires no work which is the “Okay, close your eyes and hold out your hands” invisible wrapping paper. Your friends and family should CARDS WITH CHARACTER: Instead of Hallmark, try creating your own holiday cards this year. Not only are homemade cards be happy that cheaper, they show your friends that you care enough about them to spend quality time personalizing their festive cards. you saved them about 15 seconds odds and ends. lection of used DVDs, CDs, classics as Spank Them Or of strenuous manual labor. Most used clothing isn’t VHS, books and video games Not?: The Easy Step-By-Step Besides, wrapping paper just that bad after you wash the for sale and even includes Guide to Raising Your Chilgets in the way, anyways. musty smell of the thrift store some TV show box sets. dren and Reconnecting With If you do decide to actu- out of it. But if you still don’t want Ourselves: New Age Philosoally buy something for your But if your sister absolutely to spend any money you can phy in a Post-Modern World. friends and family, buy used has to have that second season search through the “Free You’re bound to find somegifts. Thrift stores can pro- of Friends, try shopping for it Bin” of books and pamphlets thing there for every one on vide some of the greatest at McKay’s in Chattanooga. outside the front door of the your Christmas list. finds for clothing and other McKay’s has a very large se- store, which includes such


stand his relationship with Arielle. “My family is from the deep south in Georgia,” said Norman. “They wanted to know why I was dating a white girl.” According to Cornell University Chronicle online, the number Interracial dating and marriage, a common trend in today’s society, of interracial marriages involving whites, blacks and Hispanics exposes new ideas and concerns for students on Lee campus. Chris Norman and Arielle Mobley, known by friends as the cutest each year in the United States has jumped tenfold since the 1960s, couple on campus, have been dating for a year and half. Their relation- but the older individuals are, the less likely they are to partner ship may offend some people, but they’re not concerned with outside with someone of a different race, finds the new study in 2005. Karen Mundy, Sociology professor, believes that interracial reopinions. “We haven’t faced any opposition [from] students on campus,” said lationships are being accepted and becoming a trend among all ethic groups. Norman. “The acceptance [of interracial relationships] comes from a deChris and Arielle both smiled at each other as they begin to talk cline in ethnicity,” said Mundy. “[People] tend to be more open to about their relationship as an interracial couple. “We have a pretty big group of friends,” said Norman. “Our friends other ethnic groups with exposure and travel.” Moreover, the U.S Census Bureau finds that four percent of accept our relationship.” With the increase in interracial couples, the acceptance issues from whites between the ages of 20-34 in 2000 married non-white spouses. Interracial marriage percentage rates are higher among society may depend on the skin color. Murl Dirksen, department chair of History and Politcal Science, said American minorities, nine percent for African Americans and that he thinks that acceptance of interracial couples depend on skin about 39 percent for Hispanics, 56 percent for American Indians and 59 percent for Asian Americans. color. Eduard Munoz is from Barcelona, Spain, and Victoria Dezern is from “We’re in a color coded society,” said Dirksen, “When there’s a conVirginia, and they said that their parents are excited about their relatrast...people react to it.” tionship. “My parents found our relationship interesting,” said Dezern. “They motivated us and encouraged our relationship.” Eduard and Victoria, who have been dating for almost four years, say that they haven’t experienced racial discrimination as a couple on campus or off campus. “Our friends love it,” said Munoz. With the growing number of interracial couples on campus, students seem to have accepted and appreciated seeing interracial couples. “I think that it’s great that our generation is embracing [interracial couples],” said Sophomore Bible Theology and Sociology major Ashley Liston. “I don’t have a problem with interracial couples.” Serah Njoroge, senior Telecommunications major, said that interracial couples teach society about diversity. “I think that interracial couples help this campus realize that there’s nothing wrong with diversity,” SMILING STUDENTS: Eduard Munoz and Victoria Dezern pose on campus. Munoz and Dezern have said Nijorge. “Interracial relationships teach us to see beyond race.” been dating for about four years. They say that their parents are supportive of their relationship. “I’m not against interracial relationships...I’m not The couple said they haven’t experienced any racial opposition on going to judge someone if they’re dating outside their race,” said senior campus, but off campus Cleveland residents seem to have a problem Human Development with a Business emphasis major Erin Braaten. “ Sometimes it’s not about’s about the person and who they are with their relationship. “We were standing in front of Wal-Mart... when this guy said that and what they have to offer.” However, some students say that they don’t see too many interracial black and white isn’t right,” said Norman, with a smile on his face. “It couples on campus. was funny.” “There’s not many interracial couples on campus...I don’t know what The couple’s racial opposition not only comes from the public, but from family members. “My dad is very opposite to the relationship,” the cause is,” said Junior Psychology major Johnna Ehprussi. “But, the said Mobley. “My mom is OK with the relationship, since she’s met couples that are on campus... I don’t see anything wrong with’s just another couple.” Chris.” Norman says that some of his extended family members don’t under-

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Based on information from Ashley Mew, Director of Do you ever have trouble finding a parking spot? It’s the Campus Safety, there CURBSIDE CHAOS: Students get tired of searching for parking places and wind up parking their cars just about anywhere. This student chose the grassy curb as opposed to parking in a further empty lot and walking an extra five minutes. same routine every day: you get to campus on time, but you are about 3,206 cars end up driving around in circles for ten minutes before finally registered, which insmall. By relatively, I mean that the distance around every finding a spot across the street from the Humanities Center. cludes 2,439 students, 682 staff and faculty and 85 registered educational building (where classes are held) on campus is It’s so crowded. We need more parking. I can’t believe I to Sodexho employees. And there are about 2,597 parking only about one mile. But how often do you have to walk in a have to park so far away. spaces available. big circle around campus? Thoughts like these fly through your head on your two-minNow you may think that is a big difference; there are 609 I used to waste my time perusing for the closest spots, but I ute walk to class. You might even rant to your friends later on more cars registered than there are parking spaces available. got sick of idling along behind the row of seven cars doing the about Lee’s ridiculous parking problem. But is there really even the slightest chance that every regis- exact same thing. So I found a lot that I know will always be Well, I’m sorry that you couldn’t park in one of the forty tered car will be fighting simultaneously for a spot? open – the one across from North Cleveland Church of God. angled spots directly behind the Humanities Building, but “Not all of the people registered will be on campus at the During daytime hours, North Cleveland permits Lee students honestly... get over it. same time,” said Mew. “That’s not going to happen. It shifts, to park in the lot adjacent to their building and in the lot across as far as the scheduling and from their main entrance. people being on campus.” The DeVos Center for the Humanities, Curtsinger Music Think about it – many stu- Building, Paul Conn Student Union, Walker Memorial, Vest dents don’t have class every- Building and DeVos Educational Building are all within oneday, whether they grouped their tenths to three-tenths of a mile from the parking lot across from classes into two days or built a NCCOG. Time wise, you can walk to any of these buildings free day into their schedules. within about two to eight minutes. Then, some students choose Still think parking is a problem? Well, consider the alternato take night classes. And are tives: building a parking garage. First of all, this probably all of the 682 staff and faculty won’t happen. Second, the project wouldn’t be completed members ever on campus at while you’re still a student, so it’s not a solution that will help the same time? Doubtful. you. “We have some staff that Another alternative: disallow freshmen to bring their cars to park at the First Baptist Church school. At many public universities, freshmen aren’t even al[parking lot], and we shuttle lowed to have a car on campus. Of the approximated fall 2006 them in,” said Mew. First enrollment of 4,012 students, 812 were freshmen. Eliminating Baptist and North Cleveland their parking privileges seems like a beneficial option. But Church of God have opened they aren’t even permitted to park in the “good” lots. So reup their parking lots to Lee. ally, that wouldn’t help. All lots are within walking A final alternative that you should probably just accept: indistance of campus, especially stead of driving around the completely occupied lots, head suitable for classes held in the straight to the empty ones. No one will be challenging you for VEHICLE VACANCY: North Cleveland Church of God permits Lee students to park in any of their parking lots during the daytime. Most students do not take advantage of these vacant lots that add just a few minutes to their Dixon Center, Walker Memo- a spot; you won’t have to worry about not finding one or about walk. Students park illegally on curbs and in handicapped places rather than parking in these vacant lots. rial or Vest Building. being late for class. And maybe you won’t have so much to Lee’s campus is relatively complain about.

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Student builds over 100 Christmas boxes

It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, even at 2 a.m., Casey Dean can be found in the hallways of Keeble keeping her commitment to assembling shoebox-size Christmas packages to send to Panama. Without the help of an organization, Dean, a senior Intercultural Studies major, has orchestrated her own Christmas charity this year. Her drive for assembling these packages originated from an ISP internship to Panama led by Dr. Cuellar last summer from May to mid July. She was given two options when deciding where to take her internship- Bangkok or Panama. Swayed by an interest in Hispanic culture, she chose Panama and then she and three other students embarked on their 5-week internship to a small Indian village. Never having previously been out of the country, Dean did not know what to expect, so she focused on the group mission while there- to teach English to the natives. She recalls the impact the natives had on her life while she was there as a pleasant surprise. When asked what motivates her to donate countless hours to assembling hundreds of Christmas gift-

boxes for the village where she once taught English, she explains, “The people gave so much to us spiritually and personally, so I decided to try my best to give back.” “I feel like I walked away with more than the people we were there to help, even though we were there to give to them. The most life changing time of the whole trip for me was the two weeks we spent in (the village name). It was spiritually moving,” she recounts. “The lesson we learned was how to live in community with those around us while effectively sharing the love of Christ, regardless of our differences in religious views. They showed us how to live in community by warmly accepting us. The Panama pastor we worked with while there, Navas, said before we left to return to The States that he was amazed at how they had opened up.” While interacting with the natives, some of them asked to be in photos and videos with the (interns), which is rare, because they normally don’t like foreigners to take their pictures. “They even let me do their native dance with them. They laughed hysterically, but it was all in good fun,” she said. In fact, the natives were so

fond of Dean and the other Lee students that they gave them nicknames. Dean was called Niskua, which means “Star.” She and the other students who went on the trip still refer to each other by the nicknames the natives gave to them. “This has taken more time than I thought it would take... The hardest thing has been sorting through the boxes of

donations and picking what is suitable to ship and assorting by age appropriation,” she says. Finding the materials took a lot of effort as well. By making a few phone calls to churches and schools in her home state of Kentucky, she has been given over 100 shipments of everything from shampoo and soap to shoes, clothing, fabric, toys, school supplies, Bibles, fishing line,

and even medical supplies. She is truly determined to give back and encourages others to do the same because she knows it will bring so much joy to children and their families. Dean and Navas have gotten permission from Silas, the village’s Indian Chief, to preach the message of Christ’s birth this year for the first time in front of the entire

village. Navas has prepared a message for the delivering of the gifts. “Hopefully this will go nicely along with presenting the gospel. I’m very excited about this because it will be the first time the entire village will hear a message preached at one time and it’s a great message” she said.


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Three residence halls got open dorm right. No guy could ask for anything more than finally being able to get lost in the maze known as Narp Simbers for free. Residents put a lot of work into beautifying the halls for Christmas and making free food for visitors, including Dr. Conn.

The dynamic duo donned their best acting skills to perform in Lee’s 2006 Directors Showcase. With the hit skit “The Universal Language” audiences laughed and kept on laughing.

The Sharp/Davis fire alarm system has been acting up. The unit control box in the lobby has had fits of random beeping and buzzing since Nov. 27 and the company that made the system is no longer in business, sending maintenance men scratching their heads. In addition, a prankster sprayed a Bowdle Hall stairwell with a fire extinguisher recently.

With more than 74 members in the “I admit that I move (or think about moving) the School of Music carolers” Facebook group, it’s safe to guess that the midget statues are hot items. Christmas decorations turned tourist attraction turned photography game, it had become “fun” to place the carolers in odd places (like restrooms or elevators) and snap a photo with them. David Tahere created the wildly sneaky group.

It might just be crazy. Or it might just be crazy. On certain days it becomes unclear whether the pedestrian mall is really for students or just a parking place for unused golf carts. Sometimes it seems as if the machines are procreating and there’s just not enough room on campus to hold them.

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LIFE Lee student publishes inspired book

Wednesday, December 6, 2006



Three years ago, Eric Neely took his notebook and pen into his prayer closet to write in his journal. “In my prayer closet God spoke to me, and [he said] ‘Whenever you pray I want you to get a notebook and pen, write down everything I say,’” said Neely. “At this point, I wasn’t thinking about writing a book.” Neely, who is passionate about writing about God and His word, never thought that his journaling would publish into his first book. “The Holy Spirit would speak to me, and I would write down,” said Neely. At 22, Neely published his first book, “Dying to the Flesh,” a spiritual transformation book. “The cover means that we need to die to the flesh,” said Neely. “The caterpillar in the shell is dying to become something new.” Neely took his inspirations for “Dying to the Flesh” from Jesus’ life. “I like to look at the story about Jesus Christ in the wilderness and how Satan continued to tempt him,” said Neely. “[Satan] continues to tempt us today; my book gives believers the ways

to avoid Satan’s multiplication.” Although Neely says his inspirations are from Jesus and the Holy Spirit, he also said that writing and publishing the book was a hard task. “Writing Dying to the Flesh was not easy,” said Neely. “As a Christian writer, I could not just write alone; I had to write with constant prayer attached to it.” JUSTIFIED JOURNALING: What began as a personal journal eventually became a published novel. Eric Neely said that publishing com- Neely poses with his book Dying to the Flesh on Lee’s campus. panies did take him serious, but he continued to trust God. God itself, because God motions towards the one praying also, “For me to worry about the situation was out of the ques- thus, causing a direct connection.” tion,” said Neely. In the future, Neely plans to start working on a Christian “God plainly spoke to me, commanding me to write this fictional book, and later he plans to get involved with Christian book and He shared with me this verse, Habakkuk 2:2-3.” screenwriting. In Dying to the Flesh, Neely describes prayer as communica“God has given me the passion for writing and it is a spiritual tion between God and man. gift that is a part of me,” said Neely. “ To me, writing is like “Prayer is the connection between the one ho is praying and breathing.” God,” said Neely. Dying to the Flesh was published in October 2006 through “It is not enough to affirm that prayer is a motion towards Derek Press, a subsidiary of Pathway Press.
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Students find heavenly treats on Inman Street

Prayers were answered when Mrs. Diane Taylor moved from her home kitchen to downtown Inman St. in hopes of expanding her specialty bakery, “A Slice of Heaven.” The name says it all; A Slice of Heaven is seven layers of chocolate icing and chocolate cake that melts in your mouth. This signature dish is surrounded by many other spe-

cialty cakes and pastries that Diana and son Corey bake from family recipes. Grandma Harden’s Apple stack cake and Dovie’s four layer coconut cake does delicious justice to honoring a close family member and long time friend. “My life has always been centered around food,” said Taylor. “Since I was four years old I have been making pies. It is practice and prayer that makes the perfect dish.” With a strong passion and

family encouragement, Diana continued to pray for her calling “What can I do with these hands to glorify you, Lord, and make a living? In His time you ask and you shall receive. I love my job and I am thankful for my blessings.” Custom design cakes for all occasions and in various sizes, wedding cakes, cookies, cupcakes, fudge and other old fashioned desserts can be ordered with a day in advance prep time. Purchase carrot cake, Ger-

man chocolate cake, pumpkin or pecan pie by the slice available daily for the moderate price of $4.99 a “chunk.” A Slice of Heaven is now serving a variety of deli sandwich lunch combos with chips and a slice of cake for only $5. Holiday orders may be placed anytime throughout the season. Holiday platters of macaroon and Grandma Hall’s chocolate oatmeal pecan cookies will be the specialty of Diana’s first season open.

Pre-packaged old fashioned peanut butter balls and select variety of fudge will also be available for convenient pick up. Customized desserts make great gifts for family members and corporate events. The staff at A Slice of Heaven would like to thank their current clientele for helping their dreams come true. Taylor especially enjoys the company of the Lee family. “Lee students are welcome all the time; they are clean, nice, and they say their prayers

before they eat,” said Taylor. “That is the home-like atmosphere I have always wanted to provide.” A Slice of Heaven is located in downtown Cleveland at 241 Inman Street East, across from the Museum Five Points. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone number is (423) 614-5558.

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Putting a proper perspective on the role of politics
convinced me that I’m either crazy or getting there. A few times I’ve felt like a hypocrite, shouting “get involved, get involved” at the top of my lungs while at the same time fighting off the disillusionment and cynicism that comes with exhaustion. But, I had the little warm-fuzzy moment that put everything back into perspective. It was the last grassroots, made-for-television event of the 2006 campaign, a “bus tour” stop with one of the Senate candidates (I’m not going to even pretend to be nonpartisan, it was Bob Corker) and several other notables – one of whom was the 3rd most powerful man in America, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. I digress for a moment to explain to those of you who have political aspirations or enjoy watching from the sidelines the vast importance of a bus. They look cheesy, and they are, but they’re a powerful public relations ploy and, to some extent, a status symbol. After you’ve spent millions and millions of dollars on media buys and commercial production, nothing says “I love you, Average Joe Voter, so much that I’m coming to see you” like an 18-wheel diesel powered tour bus with a paint job. I spent some time this summer helping the leader of the effort to pass Tennessee’s Marriage Protection Amendment as he worked to get his organization started and ran into him at this event. “I should have brought my bus,” he stated wistfully. I laughed, and he continued. “You knew I had a bus, didn’t you? It’s not as nice as his, but the Amendment has a bus. We had it fun to see how close he could out last week. Should’a brought get, congratulating himself on it today.” He nodded his head, in his cleverness over that of the pure disappointment in himself adults crammed in front of the over a missed opportunity. stage. Crammed on a small platform My interest was piqued when were those the media turned out it became obvious that the to see: the local Congressman Senate Majority Leader’s Secret (“rising star!”), a Senator from Service detail noticed him. One a neighboring state (“rising mumbled into his shirtsleeve, star!”), the candidate (“your and his partner a few feet away next senator!”), and both current cut his eyes toward the tree. senators from (“The Great State They looked at each other, of”) Tennessee. each wanting the other to make Another note to future the call. The second guy raised politicians: your state is always his eyebrows, and the other “The Great State of ______.” shrugged his shoulders. They Don’t forget it, it helps with the went back to scanning the crowd. cadence of your speech and gives you olitics get a bad rap, a couple of that can’t be denied. more seconds to raise your But we all have a role that voice to a we are more than qualified near scream, to play, and it’s my hope which you that in due time we all take need to get our turn at playing it. the proper response from your audience – otherwise you run Yes! I thought. Way to go, kid, the risk of pulling a Howard you’re in! Dean. The moral of this story, Then it got good. Seemingly applicable to all political out of nowhere, the opportunistic speeches: draw it out. little kid pulled out a cell phone So I stood there listening to the and started snapping pictures: same speeches I’d heard several the nostalgic, red-white-andtimes already that same week blue vista of campaign signs and and that’s when I noticed him. shirts before him, maybe – the Perched in a small tree just balding politicians’ heads right over the heads of the VIPs was below him, probably, I mean, a little boy who couldn’t have he was laughing at something. been older than six. He wasn’t I saw him reach down but my even trying to hide – his red view was blocked by one of sweater plastered with Corker the audio speakers. He pulled for Senate stickers wasn’t quite himself back up with another cancelled out with slow, stealthy camera and started snapping movements. To the contrary, he away, then disappeared again was in and out of the tree twice and came back with another. before he decided it would be People were catching on –

KELLEY MCNABB Clarion Columnist It has not been my intent to preach politics every single time I get the chance to submit an article to The Lee Clarion, but, for this last issue of 2006, I wanted to do something slightly different. Without starting an editorial fight “to be continued” in 2007 or calling out other columnists and reaming them out over our opposing views, I wanted to somehow communicate the one point I hope I’ve always made. Politics get a bad rap, that can’t be denied. But we all have a role that we are more than qualified to play, and it’s my hope that in due time we all take our turn at playing it. Maybe it’s in the holiday spirit, but this is an observation I made just a while back when things were a bit more active on the political scene. Maybe I’m an idealist or maybe I’m just naïve, but I have a feeling things would be a little different if we could look past the stereotypes and check out what’s going on in the background. I’m the first to admit that these last few months of balancing a full course load here at school and real responsibilities in a federal campaign have, at times,


there was a veritable conveyor belt of cameras being passed to and from the kid with the bird’s eye view. He was having a blast. Almost without thinking, I focused him in the frame of my own camera and took a picture of him. The kid reminded me of a lengthy conversation I had the week before with a favorite professor. I was explaining to him why I’m a history major versus the always-presumed political science major, while trying to trudge through the murky waters of my draw to politics in the first place. “What is it you like about it?” he asked. I didn’t think I had an answer, but one came out anyway. It’s the direct connection to history. The stuff we’ve read about and our children will read about in the archives and textbooks of tomorrow right there, in front of us, begging for our attention and asking for our direct involvement. I love it for those rare moments when a little kid, allAmerican in his red shirt and mischievousness, places himself among the noted statesmen. He may not realize it now, but that’s exactly where he belongs. Not on the sidelines, not standing nonchalantly in the background, but right there, in the middle of it all. This kid understands politics. I hope he doesn’t grow out of it.
Kelley McNabb is a sophomore History major from Chattanooga. She is active in local politics and has worked in campaign communcations for Congressman Zach Wamp since high school. She can be e-mailed at

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What is the greatest need on this campus? Is it better classes on theology and philosophy? Though these may be valid concerns but the most needed element at this school is spiritual awakening! We do not need more chapel meetings. What we need is some prayer meetings. We do not need to learn another foreign language. We need to pray in our heavenly languages. We do not need a class on divine healing but we need to have healing meetings in the Conn Center. Revival is not just a bunch of meetings but it is an awakening of theology in practice. We can not have just a creed but we also need to have an experience of that creed. Signs and wonders is not a doctrine but a lifestyle. Jesus left us with a commission to take the power of God to the hellish world in which we live. Lee is a school that is in relationship with Church of God. That means we are a Pentecostal school. In the quest to become a popular school in this region, we have lost our ability to be that. We no longer express our values such as tongues, interpretation, healing, deliverance, and angelic visitations. These were the hallmarks of late 19th century Church of God. We cannot continue to walk in complete rebellion to our heritage as Pentecostals. At some point, we have to get honest with ourselves and return to the divine pattern of contending for the power no matter what it cost us, even if it our repetition among the academic world. We use to be the training center for radical Pentecostal preachers and missionaries but we have departed training preachers and focus on the school’s culture of theology. Argentina is a country that has experienced revival constantly since 1954. One of the major voices of renewal is Juan Carlos Ortiz. He said this once, “What is theology? Theos means God, and so it is study of God Himself…What we study in seminaries is not theology but ‘bible-ology’…. A theologian is not one who studies but one who prays…Only the Holy Spirit can teach you theology.” Are you becoming theologians or merely bibligians? Jenzten Franklin says, “You can know the book but not know the author.” It is time we look deep within ourselves and ask the hard questions. Are we going to be Pentecostal or not? Do we really want God no matter the cost? How would we respond if Jesus came in full glory to our chapel service? The question in my mind is how many students will gather in the Conn Center after the rapture happens? Are there foolish virgins in our midst? (See Matthew 25:1-13) The next question we need to examine is what we are doing with Ephesus 4:1, “I urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received.” If you are born of the Kingdom of God, you are called to be a people of prayer, worship, and evangelism above all else. Are we as a corporate gathering, living worthy of the calling to be Pentecostal witnesses of prayer? Do we pray more or study more? Our studying of God’s word should be done on our knees. What would happen in people were studying Azusa Street and the same anointing that fell back then, hit these students and they were travailing in the middle of the Pentecostal Resource Center? Holy Spirit, teach us to carry your glory! Are we living worthy of the call to be Pentecostal worshippers? We have to get back to “dancing on injustice.” Early Pentecostals would sing in tongues for hours and the glory of the Lord will fall until everyone was transformed by His presence. Where has the ability to tarry for power gone? We need to worship the Lord in the Spirit and truth with NO regret for our schedules or the clock. Pentecostal fire fall on us! Are we living worthy of the calling of evangelism through signs and wonders? Early Pentecostals expected the sick to be healed, demons to be cast out and the lost saved. They lived out the great commission of Jesus, “ You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8) We are called to receive dunamis power which means, “power for performing miracles, moral excellence, supernatural provision and influence, anointing to gather people, militant spirit” (Taken from Strong’s #1411) We are called to be fireballs for Jesus doing what He did: healing the sick, kicking out devils and raising the dead. This is not reserved for Jesus because He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these.” (John 14:12) You are not called to just do what Jesus did. You are to do greater things than even He did. He reserved the greater works for us! It is time to contend for Pentecost fire to fall in our midst. We need to be a people who are so committed to intimacy with Jesus that signs and wonders are merely a bi-product of that intimacy. It is possible and urgently needed to be a people who emptied of self that our shadow will do miracles. That is not reserved for biblical times. If it is in Acts, it is a blueprint for us today. We can have everything they had multiplied. The question is how bad do we want it? Sincerely, Peter Vandever

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006



Let’s go back to the future, Marty
JACK DAVIS I’m Not Crazy I have traveled far and wide along the information superhighway, visiting many mysterious lands of both horror and joy. For every bright light throughout the history of humanity, there is a shadow cast far and wide. The Internet is hidden entirely in this shadow. Sure, the Internet can be colorful and innocent on the surface, but deep down inside it is slimy with unknown fluids. But recently, all of this changed for me. Something jumped out from the depths of the Internet and revealed itself to me. That something, my friends, is the truth. In the years spanning all the way from 2000 until 2001, a mysterious man who said his name was John Titor began posting messages on Internet bulletin boards, asking for any information on the whereabouts of an IBM 5100. What did this mysterious man need an old computer for? When asked this question, Titor began to share his own story. You see, he was born in 1998 and … Wait, what? John Titor is not a two-year old technological wizard. John Titor is a man from the future, the year 2036 to be exact. He was sent back on a mission by his president, everyone, a mission to chat on the Internet and find an old computer to help fix the new computers in the future. Throughout his many months conversing with some sort of group of Internet scientists, John Titor began to speak about his future, and what it holds in store for us. In 2005, a large and second civil war will break out in America. It will be between the urban and rural communities, and obviously the urban communities will be winning the battle based on superior numbers and probably intelligence. Sorry, Cleveland. The battling goes on for about ten years or so, until Russia unleashes a nuclear attack by bombing many major American, European, and Asian cities. That is when living in Cleveland pays off. Naturally, World War III begins, and three billion people die. Now everything is kind of in shambles, and the United States have changed drastically. The community of survivors now lives in communities surrounding once-major universities, only in a more rural setting. The United States have been split into five different regions, each having their own President but working together. The capital has been moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Nearly everyone is involved in the military service in some way. In the case of Titor, he is 38 years old and attended Fort Florida, better known today as the University of Florida, when he was 33 and after graduating has been sent on this timetraveling mission. Titor spent a lot of time on these message boards, and a lot of people tried to pick his brain, either to expose the hoax or get a better idea of what the future has in store. He had an answer and a story for every one of them. Religion is a much more central part of life in the year 2036, the Ten Commandments are honored as they should have been, and worship takes place on Saturdays. Yes, the Seventh Day Adventists prevailed, and all it took was a nuclear holocaust. Somehow, the environment is still managing fairly well, considering the radiation and all. Clean water is pretty hard to come by but that is easy to ignore when you have sodas, but global warming pretty much had no effect. It was a scam. Mad cow disease has devastated society, because everyone is all about some steroid-pumping, cow-eating cows these days. Titor blames our society for pretty much everything. But I guess if I lived in a war-torn future brought about by hippies in the 1960s and 1970s and was a given the opportunity to go back in time and chat with them over some weed in a mud pit, I would be upset with them too. Stinky hippies. What does this have to do with anything? More importantly, why does it matter what John Titor has said? It’s almost 2007, and there still has been no civil war. If one of his claims is easily falsifiable, then shouldn’t it be easy to classify the story of John Titor as an elaborate hoax? This is where the genius of Titor’s story comes into play, and what makes it perhaps my favorite thing to ever have happened. John Titor knew his claims would be disputed, and his response to the doubt was the multiverse theory. Multiverse theory is the theory that anything that can possibly happen, has happened in some world line. For example, it is possible for dinosaurs to have survived whatever killed them (My vote is for Jurassic Park III because I think the poor script-writing killed their spirit) and then lived peacefully with humans. In some alternate dimension, this is how day-to-day life is. It is also possible for maybe “Weird” Al to, instead of being weird, be hilarious or even profitable. This also has happened in some far-off dimension. When John Titor time travels to our world line, he can’t even go back to his exact dimension, but with the help of science he can get close enough that he would never really know the difference. And another John Titor from a different world line would probably go back to his original one, as to not leave them high and dry waiting for old computers. Don’t ask me about it, I’m not a scientist. The most unusual thing is some of his predictions actually have come true. Anti-viruses are being used to try and kill cancer cells, the existence of dark matter has been confirmed by NASA, and Stephen Hawking has been studying the physics of black holes, which are going to someday be man-made and maybe allow for time travel. Five years ago, the discussions with John Titor seemed entirely science fiction. Now, science is kind of sort of backing up a lot of his ridiculous claims. It was found just a year or so ago that the IBM 5100, for example, really does have a feature that, if the computer is worked on a little, can be used to debug more modern computing systems. Is everyone buying in on the John Titor hype, or is everyone buying the John Titor truth? Jim Inhofe, the senator for Oklahoma, even said global warming is a hoax. Sure, even if it is a hoax, I can’t think of a possible reason to be against cutting down air pollution. Regardless, it is just one more believer in the Internet’s most famous time traveler. Every single post made by Titor is actually brilliantly composed; he is like a wussy poet delicately weaving a scarf of crazy. It could go down as the greatest mystery or hoax of all time, right behind Bigfoot (and I guess, global warming. That one would be a pretty epic hoax, as well), or it could end with us all wishing we’d have paid more

John Titor’s Ten Commandments to Prepare for Life in the Future:
1. Do not eat or use any products from an animal that is fed and eats parts of its own dead. 2. Do not kiss or have intimate relations with anyone you do not know. 3. Learn basic sanitation and water purification. 4. Be comfortable around firearms. Learn how to shoot and clean a gun. 5. Get a good first aid kit and learn to use it. 6. Find five people within 100 miles of you that you trust with your life and stay in contact with them. 7. Get a copy of the U.S. Constitution and read it. 8. Eat less. 9. Get a bicycle and two or three sets of spare tires. Ride it at least ten miles a week. 10. Consider what you would bring with you if you had to leave your home in ten minutes and never return. attention. Every post Titor made is well documented on the very same cyberspaces we fear and despise., in particular, can satisfy your curiosity. You can decide for yourself.
Jack Davis is seriously not crazy. Dude, you gotta believe him. It’s a conspiracy, man. He can be emailed at


Moving on to supposedly greener pastures
Arches World Peace Theory (which states that the spread of McDonald’s will inevitably bring about world peace). In between, I have touched on the craziness of creationism, the societal necessity for athletic competition and the undeniable fact that, as a man who lives in perpetual fear of social interaction, I represent an oppressed minority. Due to a momentary lapse in my own sanity, I maligned another student by calling him “legitimately insane.” Due to reasons that no one can quite figure out, I caused the entire Leonard Center to hate me. I have chronicled my visits to both the remnants of Auschwitz and the sands of the Sahara, made athletic predictions that have proven completely incorrect, and shared the most memorable stories of my life-changing semester in Spain. Through all of this, every word of every column of every issue of every semester, one constant has held true: I hate writing this thing. Each time I sit down to put my fingers to this keyboard I feel dread. Constantly overwhelmed by the pressure to be funny, profound, or both all at once, I have developed a disdain for this column, viewing it as little more than an example of my need for approval from my peers. I hate writing it. That said, at the end of the day, I love reading it. Sign of a true narcissist, huh? I have grown with this column, and as a result, it has grown into me. It is my identity on this campus, defining me in a way that nothing else does. By some stroke of luck or epidemic of boredom, people actually read this thing every now and then. Their perception of me is directly linked to these words, and they associate me with it more than


JORDAN CONN Editor in Chief This is the 34th column I have written for the Lee Clarion. It will also be my last. During my three years as a columnist, I have written about everything ranging from the lunacy of the religious right to the validity of the Golden

read it. I guess I’m left with this: never be complacent. Contentment can be vital but complacency can be devastating. Never embrace it. Never lose sight of your purpose. Seek that purpose, as vague or as hate writing it. That said, specific as it may be, and at the end of the day, I then pursue it love reading it. Sign of a relentlessly. true narcissist, huh? Never stop challenging yourself, never anything else in my life. stop pushing yourself, and Either way, it’s all over now, never stop driving yourself to as I am leaving the Lee Clarion do more, see more, know more for bigger and scarier things. So and ultimately, be more. Never now I’m left wondering what to waste a moment; never waste say as my final message in my an opportunity to come closer final chance to deliver a sermon to fulfilling the potential and the of sorts to whoever decides to purpose instilled in you by your

creator. I truly believe that one of the purposes assigned to me over the last three years has been the writing of this column. I’ve made many mistakes through it. Hopefully I’ve done some good through it as well. I know very little about the actual impact this column has had, but I do know that even now, its true spirit has remains intact because of this: I have no idea what I’m saying.
Jordan Conn is a senior Journalism major at Lee and the Lee Clarion’s editor in chief. He has accepted a full-time position with the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, and this will be his final issue on the Lee Clarion’s staff. He will graduate in May and can be emailed at

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Lack of mascot doesn’t dampen the Flames fan’s spirit
Imagine it is the Lee University versus Tennessee Temple University basketball game. There are tons of teenagers at this game, the score is neck and neck, there are five seconds left in the game, and a Lee player is dribbling Commentary the basket- TABITHA NEWELL ball down the Staff Writer court. What is heard throughout the stands? Temple’s student section is screaming trying to throw the offense off, but what is Lee’s student section shouting? “Flames! Flames! Flames!” That’s right. They’re cheering their team name. Why the team name and not the mascots? Unlike most schools, Lee University does not have a mascot. We are the “flames” which makes it hard to have a mascot backing that up. Women’s soccer freshman mid-fielder Stephanie Barrios, made the comment, “You can’t exactly dress a person up as a flame and have them dancing around the court or field. We honestly don’t need a mascot. The students’ school spirit is already well-grounded anyway. The support of our students is pretty high already. A mascot really wouldn’t make a difference.” Mascot comes from the French slang word “mascotte,’ which actually means “witch.” A French composer, Edmond Audran, wrote a series of operettas, including one entitled “La Mascotte.” This was about a farm girl who, if she stayed pure, would bring good luck to whoever was in charge of her. When the play was translated to English it became “The Mascot” and this is how a mascot became known as a person, animal, or thing bringing good luck came about. Humans have always had an admiration for the wild beasts

“I am so honored to represent our school name on a jersey. I am so glad to be out there, whether it’s playing or sitting on the bench. To be able to play for a school that is giving me the opportunity to play is something that I am so thankful for,” said Barrios. So whether or not Lee University ever gets a school mascot one thing is for sure: The students body at Lee already has school pride and they are going to be supportive of their teams.

that they hunt; the grace and power of big cats, persistence of the wolf, intelligence of a fox, and sheer power of the bear. These animals all make fearsome opponents. This is perhaps why they are used as a symbol of a team’s strength; for example, Bledsoe’s mascot the bobcat. School mascot? When those words are heard, what comes to mind? School spirit? School pride? As a school, we already have plenty of that.

Strong finish for Lee soccer programs
GABRIEL FIDLER Contributing Writer

USING HIS HEAD: Senior forward Erik Odour was honored as a Second Team All-American . He had 20 goals for his final season in college.

“ I am honored to be recognized by the other coaches in our association for this award, but I would like to gie credit back to my players for all that they have done for me in representing our program in such a fine fashion and allowing me to receive this recognition.”

-Matt Yelton, Women’s soccer head coach on winning NSCA’s Southest Region Coach of the Year

The Flames soccer team entered 2006 after the best campaign in Lee history. The 2005 squad tied a record with 20 wins, and was the first men’s soccer side to ever appear at nationals. However, Head Coach Henry Moyo was not content to rest on the collective laurels of the Flames, and prepared an extremely tough schedule for the Maroon and White. The Lee men completed the season with a stellar 17-4-1 record, translating to the secondbest winning percentage (81 percent) against the toughest competition in the program’s history. Included in that number is an impressive 7-3-1 mark against foes ranked in the NAIA poll. Easily the most notable of all those wins was an eye-opening 3-0 thrashing of the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Auburn-Montgomery , on AUM’s turf. Most importantly, the victory gave the Lee men their first-ever Region XIII title. Though the Flames were unable to advance past the first round of the national tourney, they did lose one of the closest games in NAIA tournament history. Lee was matched up against eighth-rated Azusa Pacific University, who progressed all the

way to the championship game. The match officially resulted in a draw, but APU advanced after claiming an incredible 98 margin on penalty kicks after the second overtime. Once again, Ricardo PierreLouis headed up a potent offense that unofficially was the highest-scoring in the NAIA. Pierre-Louis earned his second consecutive NAIA First Team All-American nod after collecting 33 goals (tied for most in the nation) and dispatching 11 assists. He also earned SSAC CoPlayer of the Year honors. Pierre-Louis is the only men’s soccer athlete to ever be named to the top All-American team and in two years is the third alltime leading scorer (72 goals). Stanley Nyazamba, also only a sophomore, was listed on the Second Team after dishing off 19 assists and scoring six times. He is second all-time with 40 career assists. Also notable were Erick Oduour 20 goals and a combined 22 assists from wingers Simon Sheppard and Phil Drummond.

The Lady Flames were equally as successful on the field.
After a run to the national title game in 2005, Head Coach Matt Yelton approached the schedule in the same fashion as Moyo, and the Lee women did not disappoint, winning six of 10 matches against teams in the

top 25, and finishing with a 19-4 record. In fact, all four losses were to teams that qualified for the National Championship semifinals. The Lady Flames’ season ended at the national tournament, as the squad rode eight consecutive shutouts to a 2-1 victory over 11th-ranked Carroll College ( Mont. ) in the first round. However, the team was again unable to get past Martin Methodist College, losing 3-1 in the second round after a defeat earlier in the season. The impressive team performance was driven by a strong offensive unit and the efforts of three-time NAIA All-American Janaina Novaes. The junior was recently awarded her second consecutive First Team honor after scoring 21 goals and assisting on 11 others. She put almost 60 percent of her shots on target and scored six game-winning goals. Novaes holds the top spot on the career scoring chart (82 goals) and is third all-time in assists (46). Defender Rachel Tuck and forward Jodie McGuckin led the list of five other All-American Lady Flames. Tuck was listed on the Second Team after another superb defensive campaign. The senior played a huge part in helping Lee record 15 shutouts, and even scored three goals, including a game-winner.

REACH: Forward Jan Dodson lays the ball up for two points against BrewtonParker.

Lady Flames advance past Brewton Parker, suffer slim loss to AUM
CORRIE MCGEE Sports Editor

Lee Clarion/ Josiah Kailing

Andrea Hudson takes her team to nationals
GABRIEL FIDLER Contributing Writer

set, individual players recognized by NAIA in 2006 season
versity, one Thornton. of the top Langner NCAA Diwas awarded vision III SSAC and teams. The Region XIII women rePlayer of the sponded with Year honors, three winwhile Thornning streaks ton was conof at least ference and nine games, region Setter and swept of the Year through the and SSAC conference TOGETHER: Ladies Volleyball has a moment of unity on their last home game. Tournament and regional The volleyball team made a trip to nationals while breaking records. MVP. Senior tournaments Ligia Zobolwithout li was also crowns) and Albertson College ( dropping a match. Idaho ), two of the top teams in named to the All-Region Team. After defeating archrival Berry the country. Langner set a Lee record by College for the region championaccumulating 847 career blocks, They did finish the season on ship, the squad moved on to na- a high note, defeating Cedarville 56 more than Lee great Katrina tionals, where they were bested University in four games. Chatfield. by California Baptist University She is also one of four Lady The team was led by the ef(winners of the last two NAIA forts of Bruna Langner and Katie Flames to ever reach the 1500
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The Lee volleyball squad finished their year at the NAIA National Tournament and completed the season with a 32-9 mark. Head Coach Andrea Hudson guided the team to her 13th conference championship, including the third straight since moving into the SSAC. She added a sixth region crown and won at least 20 games for the 15th straight year. Like the other Lee coaches, Hudson did not shy away from testing her ladies, as the Lady Flames played a tough schedule against most of the best teams in the southeast. The team also traveled to the Dordt College (Iowa) Tournament and played Emory Uni-

kill mark. Langner set a season record with 195 block assists, shattering the mark she set in 2004. She led the NAIA in blocks per game, with 1.8. Thornton had 988 assists and contributed solid blocking and attacking skills to the wellrounded team. Zobolli earned NAIA National Player of the Week honors after shattering a Lee record with 13 aces in one match on Sep. 12. In that match, she recorded a very rare triple-double with 13 kills and 10 digs to go along with the mark for aces. She also had a match with 33 digs (sixth-best all-time). Freshman Milica Krsmanovic also set a university record with two triple-doubles in one season.

With such a large class of new girls, fans were not sure what to expect, but coach Rowe has lead his team to a 6-1 record so far this season. His only loss was to No. 1 ranked Union University by a five point margin. The Lady Flames took on No. 23 Brewton-Parker College. Despite the gap in ranking the Lady Flames have failed to claim a victory during the past four match-ups. The game was the expected crowd-pleaser with five players in double figures. Among that five was Morgan McConico Lewis. “Morgan is playing a key role for our basketball team,” said Rowe. The Lady Flames did suffer a tough loss to Auburn Montgomery, who is currently on a five game winning streak. Uncharacteristic of this young team, they committed 20 turnovers and converted 3-of-14 free-throw attempts. With seven players shooting 70 percent and above from the foul line, the Lady Flames are likely to see an upturn. Keaton Bodiford is out for the season with a torn ACL and will be having surgery over Christmas break. Jessica Still and Allison Rader are still on the road to full recovery from pre-season injuries, but are playing well. “It is hard to make a full recovery when you play so many minutes. That is the case with most of our players,” said assistant coach Mindy Kiser. In other changes,Fallon Lee will suit up for the season in the Disney Classic and Marla Mlacnik will be redshirting.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Just for sport
Recently the younger sister of Jets rookie center, Nick Mangold’s sister Holly has been featured in the news for being a standout football player on her high school team in Kettering, OH. She said her father told her that girls just don’t play football and to that she replied, “ Well maybe they don’t, but this one does.” At least publicly her teammates support her, but this brings to light a question of not can a woman or girl play on a men’s team- should she? This debate hit the ceiling years ago when girls wanted to start wrestling at their school. Are these just pre-conceived notions of the past, lines that can,but shouldn’t be erased, Title IX at its worst? Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should, but what if it is all they have ever wanted?

Becoming an athlete:
Photo by Brandon Spell

It’s not just for professionals

Should girls be able to play on a guys team on any level?
Julia R. Bowman, Youth Ministry sophomore. “No, I think the separate teams are fine, if we mixed them, I think it would get too complicated.” Kara Hawley, Communications sophomore; Mixed, I think that girls should be able to play at any level, but on different teams. This is because of the natural difference between men and women, stature and size being the main reason.” Kevin Rockhold, Biology (Marine) sophomore, “Yes, If they can handle it then more power to them, but as with all mixed gendered things there will be problems. Especially with the highly emotional sports like football. So basically if the girl can handle the emotional, physical, and mental stress’s of the game then more power to them.” Richard Blackman, Athletic Training sophomore, “I am for it, but it depends on how much stress of the females are willing to handle. There are physiological differences, and different capacities/limints that the females can take on. If we could get over the sexism that would be involved from the get go, then things would be fine. Men and women are created differently for different reasons....but if females can take the stress then by all means they should be allowed to participate.” Danaea Cheuvront, Early Childhood Education and TESOL junior, “I am for women being able to play on a male team. If they can handle all the emotional, physical and mental than great. If they cannot not, than they should not be allowed, but I really think it depends on the individual.”

Dedication and confidence. According to most trained athletes, these are the two most important ingredients to becoming a successful competitor. That and the proper balance of nutrition and exercise, of course. However, for those of you who think the road to becoming a powerful machine of strength and agility comes easy, read on. Chevis Brooks, a former Lee Rugby player, recently competed in an Olympic weight lifting competition and according to him, “Nutrition is the number one important agent to success. Eighty percent of the way you look, feel and perform is eating right.” Most average college students would assume that eating right is ordering a salad at their favorite fast food restaurants once in a while. According to Brooks, it’s much more complicated than that. For example, Brooks’ daily routine entails six meals a day

that amounts up to an exact meals. count of 3,000 calories. 50 It’s all about finding the percent of those calories are proper balance. different kinds of carbohySo, the first step to true athdrates, such as rice and pota- leticism and reaching the peak toes for his starchy carbs, and of your physical potential is spinach, apples, and other eating like a champ. fruits and vegetables for his The next step is exerfiberous carbs. cise. Thirty perBrooks is cent of those actively incalories are volved in Most important proteins such training his components to as fresh fish body to be becomng a good with scales, among the athlete whole-skinstrongest, 1. Speed less chicken most elite 2. Agility breast, and athletes in 3. Balance small porthe world, tions of red Olympic lift4. Coordination meat. ers. 5. Flexiblity And finally, “Olym20 percent pic weight come from lifters burn fats, but not the type that are more calories than marathon in hamburgers and fries. These runners,” Brooks said. “That fats are in such things as olive is why getting your energy oils, almonds and flak-seed needs from eating right is so oil; all unsaturated fats. important. But the real work Of course, all of these food comes from the exercise.” items are not consumed six Olympic lifting is different times every day. than your average workout Some of them are taken though. It is centered around three or five times a week and building power as opposed to some only once a week, but strength. every day consists of a mix of Most exercises focus on these things adding up to six very explosive movements


to build faster reactions and more strength in a short amount of time. Most people are just concerned with staying in shape and looking fit, but Olympic lifting weights such as Brooks does is on an entirely different level. “The most important thing,” Brooks said, “is telling yourself everyday that you can do this. 90 percent of the time you’re going to feel more like lying around and giving your body a break rather than pushing it, but nothing gets accomplished that way.” In training for his most recent competition, Brooks worked out every single day for weeks at a time. Many of the things mentioned before are what Lee athletes live by everyday. Being a true athlete is much more than skill and natural talent. It takes long-term commitment, unyielding self-discipline and driving ambition. Mix all those things together with some rigorous exercise and proper nutrition and you’ll be on the right track to becoming a world class athlete.

Reader Response: Do you think record setting athletes should be removed
from the books if they have used steroids?
“I don’t think it’s right for athletes who have set records to be punished later in their career or after over for something they supposedley did that can never be proven.” -Adam Phillips, Junior Business Major “If it’s proven that they’re guilty they should be completely taken out of the books. It’s completely unfair. Whether it is common knowledge or not they should be totally disqualified; they cheated the system. If it’s not proven there should be an indication, such as an asterisk that they were suspected at one time.” -Kristen Pace, Junio Communications Major

Freshmen finish well at NAIA race
Annie Houghton and Anna Hrushka, both freshmen, qualified for the prestigious race at the national tournament and earned several impressive awards. Houghton earned First Team All-Region and All-Conference honors, while Hrushka and senior Ashley Timmer were listed as All-Conference and Second Team All-Region. She won three races on the season, and also ran the fastest time by a female runner in university history. Houghton completed the University of the South Invitational at 19:27, breaking the previous mark by several seconds. She had five races of less than 20 minutes, the only time this feat has ever been accomplished. Hrushka was incredibly consistent over the course of the season, with her quickest and slowest times only 72 seconds apart. Timmer was almost as reliable, wavering less than two.

DANCING QUEENS: Members of the Lee cheer squad peform their dance, choreographed by sophomore cheerleader Tessa McGee.

Boxes and Briefs
Sports Shorts
Women’s Basketball
No. 8 Lee 84, Tennessee Wesleyan 59 Lee (4-1) Points leaders: Dodson 18,Still 14, Rader 13, Vorbeck 10 Rebounds: Vorbeck 8, Nelson 7, Bobo 6, Rader 6 Tennessee Wesleyan (4-2) Points leaders: Patterson 12, Cox 9, Nichols 8,Jackson 4 Rebounds: Cox 8, Crowe 3, Sitzler 3, Patterson 3 No. 8 Lee 64, Campbelsville 54 Lee (5-1) Points leaders: Nelson 13, Richmond 13, Rader 12, Dodson 8 Rebounds: Nelson 9, Dodson 4, Still, Richmond, Rader, Vorbeck, Lucas 2 Campbelsville (2-3) Points leaders: Danijela 14, Ensminger 12, Alves 8. Brown 5 Rebounds: Ensminger 7, Utvic 6, Ilic 4, Hedges 3

Men’s Basketball

Lee 91, Lambuth 81 Lee (6-2) Points leaders:Mason 20, Green 17, Harper 16, Johnson, Pickel 13 Rebounds:Johnson 10, Mason 9, Green 6, Rose, Griffin 4 Lambuth (6-1) Points leaders:Tobin 19, Jenkins 18, Weddle 14, Lovick 9 Rebounds: Campbell 5, Jenkins, Weddle, Woodsen 4 Lee 74, Brewton-Parker 41 Lee (7-2) Points leaders: Green, Pickel 14, Griffin 10, Mason 8 Rebounds: Green 11, Johnson, Griffin 5, Mason, Harper 4 Brewton-Parker (3-10) Points leaders: Beaulah 11, Deberry 9, Clay 5, Patrick 4 Rebounds: Wilson 6, Beaulah, Patrick, Holmes 4 Lee 75, Oakwood 72 Lee (8-2) Points leaders: Mason 22, Johnson 21, Green 10 , Harper 7 Rebounds: Kedrick 11, Griffin 6, Green, Harper 4 Oakwood (1-5) Points leaders: Adams 13, Henley 9, Doggette 8, Ford 7 Rebounds: Doggette 9, Adams, Ford, Henley 3

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No.8 Lee 75, Brewton-Parker 56 Lee (6-1) Points leaders:Nelson 18, Dodson 12, Rader 12, Still 11 Rebounds: Dodson 19, Still 6, McConico 6, Rader 5 Brewton-Parker (7-1) Points leaders: Martin 33, Kirkendoll 9, Braswell 5, Murray 3 Rebounds: Gatling 7, Martin 5, Pauling 2, Hunter 2

Current Record 6-2

Current Record 8-2

Photo by Kevin Rockhold



Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Out and About

Campus golf provides inexpensive recreation during winter months

SOUTHERN CHARM: Lee cheerleaders enjoy a little face time with southern charmer and movie star, Mathew Mcconaughey. The girls would get on set around 2:00 in the afternoon and get finished at 5:00 a.m., such is the life of a movie starr. Lee Cheerleaders, Kelly Kist, Aidra Ruckman, Carissa Grubb, Ashley Hacker, Lindsey Bunn and Allerie DeBussey pose with three other Moorehead Cheerleaders and Mcconaughey.

Lee cheerleaders land roles in the movie, “We are Marshall”
CORRIE MCGEE Sports Editor

For the most part, golf is pretty much a year-round sport, especially here in Cleveland. The problem is, it can get expensive. And usually doesn’t take top priority on that slim college budget. But if you love to golf, here is a new game you can try. Campus golf. Campus golf is played basically the same way as regular golf with only a few changes. First of all, instead of going out and paying to play on a course, you can do it here on campus. Second, you use wiffle golf ball instead of a normal golf ball. And thirdly, you only need one club, usually a mid-iron, instead of all your clubs. The game is played basically the same way. You just pick where you want to start out and where you want to finish. You can decide if you want to make it a long hole or a short hole, a hard hole or an easy hole. The best targets to shoot at are usually trees, but you are not limited to only that. Bushes and signs make great targets as well. Not only will this game satisfy some of your free time, it can also help improve your real golf game. The wiffle balls for the most part will react the same way regular golf balls do to slice and fade, just without the distance. So this can be a good way to work the kinks out of that golf swing for the next time you go out and play. But until then, this game can bring just as much enjoyment for a much lesser price. And remember, please replace your divots!

Contributed by Allerie DeBussey

Some people have to get agents and move to Los Angles, but for Lee cheerleader Allerie DeBussey all she had to be was a cheerleader to make it on the big screen. Debussey can be seen playing, what else, a cheerleader in the upcoming sports film, “ We are Marshall.” After sending in her resume and head shot in response to a casting advertisement in Altanta for the movie DeBussey was at the Lee’s cheer gym when she received the call that she was selected to play cheer captain of Moorehead University’s squad and that she could bring seven friends to complete the group. Along with two friends from home, DeBussey brought five current and former Lee cheerleaders: Lindsey Bunn, Ashley Hacker, Aidra Ruckman, Kelly Kist,and Carissa Grubb.

3 Keys in the Flames’ season sucess
CORRIE MCGEE Sports Editor

For a week straight, the girls left for the set at 2 p.m. and got home at 6 a.m. “We would get their and be first in line for hair and makeup. We actually got to make up our own routines for the squad,” said DeBussey. One day the squad had their own film crew and shot closeup scenes during Marshall’s first game after the crash. “ It’s funny because there is this guy on the field pretending to be the team and we have to react,” said DeBussey. The girls also got to see the stars of Marhsall up close and personal. “Mathew Mcconaughey walked passed us and started talking to us, so we asked if we could take a picture with him. He is such a nice guy. Actually he stays in character the whole time he is working on a picture,” said DeBussey. As if that weren’t enough, the

squad also got a photo with Lost star Mathew Fox. “ One day he was passing us and we asked if we could have a photo with him, he said yes, and everyone on set was so surprised because usually he goes straight to his dressing room. He is kind of a shy person.” DeBussey has had her face on screen before. Her first big break came as an extra in the sports classic, “ Remember the Titans.” She is in the scene when the mother enters the stadium after the accident. “You didn’t really know who the stars were because of the way they shot the film, so I was hanging out on set with Ryan Gosling and didn’t even know it.” She also did a little work on a smaller sports film involving stomp that is due out in January and got a call about doing a small part in a remake of Revenge of the Nerds.

Film is not her only area of expertise, DeBussey also did extra work in an episode of the Simple Life with her friend Ashley Barnard. When asked about Paris and Nicole, she divulged that the girls have cue cards for all their lines and they shoot scenes over and over again. “It makes me wonder about other reality shows,” said DeBussey. Although she has a decent resume of film work for not being interested, she is still apprehensive about her cheer role because this is the first time she will have some serious screen time. “I am so nervous about it. I know I am going to get calls from family and friends.” Her movie career takes a backseat to her future as a teacher. “I guess I’ll still do some stuff, but I don’t know if teachers should do that or not,” DeBussey said with a laugh.

Over Thanksgiving break, the Div-I AA football Championship helds its first round at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. Teams from all over the courntry came to play. The first round winners were: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Montana State, Illinois State, Appalachian State, and Youngstown State. The semi-finals were held on Dec. 2nd, but fans looking to hold tight to the fading college football season can catch some good competition at Finley on Dec. 9 and for those not heading home right after finals, the Championship game will be held on Fri. Dec. 15. Kickoff is 8 p.m.

Div I-AA football Championship held at UTC

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SKILLS: Sir-Lee is showing off his “skills” so far this season by leading the team in scoring and unexpectedly pulling down some key boards.

The Flames are a very young, as teams go. Even as new as this team is, there are a few elements they already have going for them. In a post game interview earlier this season head coach Tommy Brown called his team blue collar workers. While they may not be the most talented team, they have drive and at times that is better. This team has nearly outrebounded all of their opponents, which more often than not leads to victory. This team wants to prove themselves and fans can expect much. Two true blue collar play-


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ers are Kedrick “Modie” Johnson and Cole Rose. Johnson has posted double-doubles in nearly every game, is 61 percent from the field, 68 percent from the foul line,averages nine boards per game, and has 13 steals this season. Rose has also proved he is willing to work. Although his best work may not register in the books, he is responsible for keeping some top players shut down on defense. Veterans are willing to step up. Sir-Lee Mason leads with 78 percent at the line and 16 steals. He also leads by example. The little man has pulled down 33 boards-the team ranks 4th in the nation for defensive rebounds. Kellen Pickel started the season out without as much


bang as was expected, but he is catching up. While he may not lead on the board, his consistent play is a stabilizer for the team. He can make things happen when they get stuck and can get the ball to the boys in the paint. Not least is Bown himself. After losing an All-American he has restructed his POINTING THE WAY: Head coach Tommy Brown team’s attack to best fit the team he is building. He must keep all the se- Team Ranking: NAIA Division I Men crets on that paper he carries No. 4 in Defensive Rebounds per Game (29.778) No. 7 in Field Goal Pct Defense (0.387) during the game. No. 11 in Total Rebounds per Game (42.444)

At 6-foot-8 235 pounds, Harold Griffin is hardly a secret, but if he works hard, he could prove even more valuable in the paint. Kevin Green has been doing great, but he has got a lot more to come.

No. 13 in Assists per Game (17.778) No. 15 in Total Rebound Margin (9.000) No. 17 in Blocks per Game (3.889) No. 21 in 3-Pt Fg Pct Defense (0.309) No. 22 in Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.970) No. 27 in Scoring Defense per Game (67.333) No. 28 in Scoring Margin (8.778) No. 31 in Field Goal Pct (0.472) No. 36 in Offensive Rebounds per Game (12.667) No. 38 in Total Rebound Defense (33.444) No. 40 in Scoring Offense per Game (76.111) No. 42 in Steals per Game (7.889)

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