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KYLER POST Managing Editor In a time of year when families search through groves of trees to pick out the perfect one, Berry has picked more than 130 to be planted on campus later this month. The trees will be planted, beginning Nov. 30, along the paved path that begins in front of monument near Victory Lake. The project will cost more than $50,000, a sum donated to the school by an anonymous donor. Vice President of Finance Brian Erb said the trees are being planted to replace the unhealthy and, in some cases, dead trees on either side of the pathway. the past few years, we’ve already lost about said. “So it’s important that we start replacing
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Recyclable clothing hits runway
CLAUDIA HAGAN Asst. News Editor Kermit said it best – “It’s not Kermit would be happy to know that Project greenBERRY has helped begin to change the perception of what it means to be “Most people think that it’s [the environmental movement] just about a lot of things they have Letcher. Project greenBERRY has combined fashion and innovation to showcase a new side of recycling in a fashion show on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Krannert Ballroom. Seventh and eighth graders at Berry College Middle School created the project. “We started meeting in Octoent volunteer. “We met once or twice a week and talked about it [Project greenBERRY] outside of The students found the main focus of the project after a trip to Marglen Industries. Atkinson said the company converts plastic bottles into materials for rugs. “One sort of outcome is to get people to put their plastic bottles Atkinson said she has been amazed at the middle schoolers’ dedication and desire to learn. “I think that anything those kids do that opens their eyes is Turner, retired director of the Rome/Floyd Recycling Center. “This is something that is fun. It helps them realize that there is The show is not only about fashion, but it is also about the importance of reusing materials. The middle school students have placed restrictions on the fabric of items in the fashion show. out of 75 percent of recycled maSupplies that are being used cling centers.
oaks, while a few are willow oaks. Erb said the new trees will all be willow oaks because they have a longer average life span than the water oaks. In addition to planting the new trees, about scheduled to be removed. Select Trees, a wholesaler of large trees based in Athens, is supplying the trees for the project. According to the company’s Web site, company is known for producing trees with foliage that is highly impenetrable to disease and insects. The new trees will be back-planted around be planted in-between and slightly behind the
The new willow oaks will be planted Hall and ending at Victory Lake. The trees will be planted in-between and slightly behind the existing trees in an effort to maintain the canopy landscape of the area.
trees space to grow taller and fuller with time. Each new oak stands between 15 and 20 feet in height and weighs more than 2,000 pounds each. Erb said they should reach around 35 reach their peak height in 10 years’ time. As is the case with most of the trees on campus, these oaks were planted long ago and The trees were planted in the 1920s during the construction of Victory Lake. The path was in memory of the 11 Berry students killed during World War I.
The trees lined on both sides of the path with the shadows of the trees covering the road, creating the illusion that you are walking underneath a canopy as you proceed down the path. This effect is a common feature on campus, and Erb said it is part of what stands out about Berry’s landscape. he said. “It’s something people remember when they visit here and something they come
Connect Rome Church affected by bar closing
KYLER POST Managing Editor “At this point, I have no idea where we’re meeting, but I do These were the sentiments of Connect Rome Pastor Josh Roberts after he discovered that his church, known around town as hold their weekly services. McCrobie’s, the downtown bar that, for seven months, has been the home of Connect Rome, closed Nov. 13 after failing to pay over 15 months. The bar’s license to sell alcohol was revoked by the state. McCrobie’s reopened Wednesday, serving only food. Roberts said last week’s events did not take him by surprise. he said. “So we’ve been talking about what to do for a while For the short term, Roberts said Connect Rome would continue to meet at McCrobie’s until a decision is made as to the future of the bar Nov. 27. Beyond that, Roberts said he has discussed moving services to 333 On Broad, another downtown restaurant. While the restaurant would be a step down with regard to space, Roberts said the upcoming holiday season should cause a dip in attendance, making church at 333 more feasible. “It’s obviously a much smaller that about 150 of the people that come to Connect Rome are gonna be going home for Christmas, we Roberts also said he hoped to keep the church downtown to accommodate the attendees who have no mode of transportation. “We have a lot of people come to Connect Rome that are homein the downtown area so that they don’t have far to come to go to Roberts’ assistant, senior Jeannene Parsons, said she and Roberts have been in constant discussions with venues since news of the bar’s closing came in. “When we found out, Josh and I immediately wanted to “We knew it was coming, but I was just shocked that it actually Roberts also said he has been in discussions with the Rome city auditorium about holding Sunday services there. The building seats 1,000. “The city auditorium is our lem of not having enough open
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CONT. FROM PG. 1 Connect Rome has been meeting at McCrobie’s since late last year and has even used the bar as part of their marketing campaign. T-shirts, bumper stickers and other items have been distributed across campus and throughout town with the words “church in a bar” displayed across a frothy mug. The church’s Web site (churchinabar. com) even incorporates the bar theme. But without a bar, Roberts said the church would obviously have to rethink its publicity technique. “Everything we do, the bar, rock music, free drinks, is part of a strategy,” Roberts said. “And everything has to have a ‘purple cow,’ something that people identify with that group or organization. The bar was our ‘purple cow.’” Roberts also said that, while the strategy may have to changed, the core principles upon which Connect Rome was founded will remain the same. “We’ve made it clear that our vision isn’t revolving around church in a bar, it’s about making it simpler for people to connect to God,” he said. “Our vision doesn’t change.” Parsons also said she believes the move from the bar won’t have a negative effect on the church itself. “The slogan (“church in a bar”) is a gimmick, and it has helped bring in a different crowd,” she said. “But wherever we move, people are going to follow because we have created an atmosphere where people feel comfortable and can connect to God. It’s never been about the building.” since the beginning of the semester, said she will continue to support the church, no matter what. “I love the atmosphere there and the people in charge,” she said. “I’ll follow it wherever they decide to go.” Sophomore Jordan Hester said he was worried when he heard the news about McCrobie’s. “I was worried because I didn’t know if they [Connect Rome] had a backup plan,” he said. “But God is providing.” One important factor in the move, Roberts said, is money. Currently the church is meeting in McCrobie’s free of charge. A move from the bar will likely mean a monthly
More than 350 people attend Connect Rome each Sunday. Two services are held, one at 9:45 a.m. and another at 11:15 a.m. While no permanent plan is in place for a new venue, pastor Josh Roberts said the church will continue to meet at McCrobie’s as long as possible. fee for the church. Roberts said the average churchgoer contributes around $20 a week to their respective church. The average member of a church plant, a relatively young church analogous to Connect Rome, gives $10 per week. Roberts said, on average, the 350 regular attendees of the church contribute about $5 a week. This means the church operates on a budget of just $8,000 per month. “Until now, we’ve been giving almost every penny we get away to local charity organizations and people who really need the money,” Roberts said. “Just last week the we had $53 in the bank and not to spend any money.” lenges, Roberts said the people of his church will work to make ends meet. “What we lack in money, we make up for with a huge resource of people who are willing to work,” he said. “Every Sunday, more than 100 people work to help make Connect Rome happen, and those are the people that will continue to work to make Connect Rome happen.” Roberts said those interested in keeping up with Connect Rome’s search for a new venue can visit www. whereisconnectrome.com. “As for now, we’re still meeting at the bar,” Roberts said. “And we’ll keep meeting there until we absolutely can’t. We’ll meet in my house if that’s what it takes, but
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together. We are using a lot of twine and aluminum to bring it all together.” Letcher said SAVE also has helped with the advertisement of Project greenBERRY around campus. stuff,” Letcher said. Several groups on campus have helped with the production of Project greenBERRY such as Green Teams. The Green Teams were created to encourage residence halls to be environmentally friendly. The middle school students reached out to all of Floyd County and have partnered with multiple environmental organizations in the area for the
show. Turner, a judge for the fashion show, said she is excited to see what people have created. judged. Participants have been placed in one of four age groups that begin that range from elementary age up. Atkinson said the show has attracted people of all ages. “People love doing this, and it’s a lot of fun,” Atkinson said. Butler said she has enjoyed making her piece for the show and that she was drawn to Project greenBERRY. “I really like clothes, fashion and the
“My piece is all newspaper,” said senior Erin Butler. “It’s kind of like a cocktail dress.” Groups or individuals could enter the fashion show. Students Against Violating the Earth (SAVE) has submitted two women. “We used a lot of newspaper and bottle caps,” Letcher said. “We have had issues with things to use to bring the pieces
green movement,” Butler said. “This is a great way to do all three things.” Letcher said Project greenBERRY was a “really innovative idea.” “I really like creativity, and there haven’t been a lot of creative outlets in the environmental movement,” Letcher said. “It’s a fun way to enjoy it.” There are six $25 prizes to be given out with other awards. Tickets are $5 at the door and $2 for students with their college IDs. Proceeds from the show will -
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Berry milk production temporarily put on hold
KATIE O’KELLEY News Editor For the time being, The Berry Farms Jersey Milk Enterprise is down to their last jug of milk. Cagle’s Dairy, the company that handles the processing for the milk produced from the Rollins Dairy on campus since March 2009, has had to liquidate all of its milk processing assets and will no longer be able to provide processing for Berry. This means that milk produced by Berry cows will be sent to another processor — Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) to be bottled, homogenized and pasteurized. Until now, 10 percent of milk produced by Berry Jersey cows had been processed by Cagle’s and 90 percent had been sent to DFA. When the milk was sent to DFA, the milk from Berry cows was combined with milk from other farms and bottled together. By using Cagle’s Dairy to process the milk, Berry was able to have the milk bottled and labeled as 100 percent Berry milk. Junior Amelia Teague is the Milk Quality Manager and Operations Manager of the Milk Enterprise. She said they are currently in the process of researching to see if there are other processing facilities nearby that Berry can use but they are also looking into the possibility of processing the milk on campus. “We’re very hopeful of the opportunity but sad that we’re not producing milk on our own label,” Teague said. Teague said they’re able to explore opportunities to further the future of Berry milk production because of the positive feedback from the community of customers. She said they had about 20 weekly customers and more than 200 customers total. She said those numbers don’t include the number of orders that came through other campus events like SOAR, Discover Berry, Board of Trustees, alumni-related activities and off-campus vendors. Dairy Supervisor Ben Wilson said this is actually a positive situ“The fact that we’ve had the last seven months available to
Berry Wind Ensemble Fall Concert Marvel at the talent of the Berry Wind Ensemble during their fall concert in the Ford Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. CE Credit. FNL: Florez Concert Make sure to venture to the Ford Auditorium on Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. to hear the band Florez perform. Sponsored by KCAB. FFH Praise Concert Lift up praises with FFH on Nov. 22 in the College Chapel at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Mount Berry Church. Thanksgiving Break Enjoy the much-needed of classes. Residence halls close at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24 and will reopen on Sunday afternoon. Lessons and Carols Celebrate the holiday season with the tradition of the Service of Lessons and Carols in the College Chapel at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. CE Credit. Writing Center Click on the Writing Center link via the Quick Links menu on the Berry homepage to register to make an appointment with a peer tutor online. The Center is located in Evans 233, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursdays in the Seminar Room of the library. Winshape Rock Room Go try out your rock climbing and bouldering skills from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight at the Winshape Rock Room on Mountain Campus.
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us to learn how to sell and if we can sell, we’ve determined there’s a real market. We know people are willing to buy Berry milk, so that’s positive,” he said. Wilson also said the Berry students as well because they were able to be involved in each step. “It’s pretty neat—it goes from the cow eating out in the pasture to the glass of milk sitting on the supper table. Students had their hand in each part of the process,” he said. Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Advancement Rufus Massey said they are motivated to research future possibilities even with this setback because of the had on students. “Because the start-up phase was so successful and students are getting a lot out of it, we should continue if we can,” Massey said. He said Berry thinks this is a worthwhile program to look at in detail. “The process of doing this on campus is something we’ve
explored, and we want to spend more time looking at it in detail,” Massey said. Massey said because it provides work opportunities and increased levels, then the school views it more favorably because the dairy is helping the school with institutional strategies. Wilson said there are opportunities where students can get involved that don’t require muddy boots. He said they need students for marketing and publicity among other things. Teague said the milk produced by Berry’s cows is richer than many other dairy cows because of the type of cows Berry uses. Berry uses Jersey cows instead of Holsteins. While Holsteins produce a larger volume of milk and are the driving force of the dairy industry, their milk only has 3.5 percent butterfat. However, Jersey cows have 4.5 to 5 percent butterfat, making their milk much more rich and creamy and also yields better butter and ice cream. “If we were to get our own processing plant, we’d be able to make more products, constantly
get milk—not just one day a week. There will be more opportunity to buy milk, work at the plant and learn how to run a business,” she said. Teague said working for the enterprise has helped her learn the skills necessary to achieve her personal goals of owning a vet clinic. She said she came to Berry with no business experience. “I started working for the enterprise and learned so much about a business but also organization,” she said. “Even though the enterprise is not processing milk anymore, I still am learning about how to work out a business plan and researching to start a business.” Wilson said he is grateful that Cagle’s worked with them. “If they didn’t want to work with us, we wouldn’t know anything we know now. A lot of the programs,” he said. “It’s all positive. We know what we can do, and anyone who’s started up a business has gone through challenges, and we’ll see how it can be worked through.”
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Molding multilingual Americans
An estimated 19.6 percent of people 5-years-old and older speak a language other than English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With a large number of people not solely speaking English, there may be a need to expand the language skills and cultural understanding of Englishspeaking monolinguals. The United States is known as a “melting pot” with 33.5 million foreign born, representing 11.7 percent of the U.S. population according to the U.S. Census Bureau as of March 2003. Being adaptable is important and learning another language can put us on a more equal level with other countries. being at a functional level to at least understand what may be meant can put both parties at ease. Not only does a little comprehension of another language create a more wellrounded, accepting person, but knowing another language can make you more marketable as an employee. Whether on the search for career employment or simply working at a summer job, knowing Spanish or another language may be an advantage. Employers may look for a more internationally savvy employee or it may give you the leg up on other applicants. Spanish is the most common foreign language, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It may be valuable for the present and the future. However, there is a difference between foreigners who are simply traveling and visiting versus those who are working or are citizens. While traveling in foreign countries there may be universal signs to assist in navigation or a helpful native that may be willing to spare a moment of their time to answer a question. The same goes for the United States; although we would appreciate people who knew some English, we should not expect visitors to know the language. On the other hand, foreigners obviously cannot gain citizenship without a proper knowledge of the English language. As for those with work visas, to be functional in society it may be necessary to learn the essentials of English. It would non-native English speakers to learn English because of the need to interact with the non-native speakers at work. formance may make comprehending English essential. It’s not necessary for the person to completely leave behind their culture or language, but to get by, it would be advantageous to learn English. For native English speakers, learning another language is not just about communication but also about understanding, accepting and having an open mind. Considering English as the center of languages or that American culture is the best is a narrow outlook. Becoming accustomed or introduced to another culture can open eyes and create a more worldly perspective. For others to be understanding of us, we have to be understanding as well. Although we do not have to like another culture better than our own, we can make comparisons without false assumptions and at the same time make new friends. If we expect others to learn some English, the least we can do is take the time to understand a little of their culture and language as well. Despite having language requirements in our high school or college education, to put these foreign language skills to use may ultimately create more accepting and generous people. Meeting halfway on the language scale leaves no one out to dry.
Losing sight of deserved admiration
KATIE O’KELLEY News Editor son present. But what gets me most of all is America’s blind enthusiasm at looking past the fact that he was involved in some really shady situations. It seemed like everyone was perfectly ready—and even looking for a reason—to forget that he was charged with child molestation. Child molestation, people. Do those words not make everyone’s blood boil and their skin crawl? So why in the world did Al Sharpton, an American Baptist minister, say in his speech at Jackson’s memorial to Jackson’s own children, “There wasn’t anything strange about your daddy. What was strange was what he had to deal with.” Now, I understand that people get wrongly accused of things every day, but with so much evidence stacked against him? Slumber parties? Porn? Alcohol? Come on. The jury found him not guilty in 2005, and when he announced his “come back” tour in 2009, the tickets sold out within hours. Nielsen estimated that 31.1 million Americans watched his memorial service while an estimated 35.1 million watched President Ronald Reagan’s burial in 2004 and an estimated 33.1 million watched Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral. Does this mean that if you’re famous enough, if you get paid enough, it doesn’t matter what
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Frankly, I have had enough of Michael Jackson. I’ve seen enough news coverage—newspaper, magazine and broadcast tributes—and seen more of his videos and dance moves than I ever wanted to in my life. Because I’ve reached my boiling point, I’m going to tell you the way he makes me feel. I am not going to debate with you on whatever musical or dance talents you may feel he possesses. I’ll even concede this point: his music is good. Instead, I’m going to tell you how nauseated I am by America’s obsession with a man and their willingness to look past his “past.” I was in Los Angeles this past summer for an internship. The day he died, you would have thought someone had killed our president. Within minutes, people were lining up at his various residences, posting things online about the King of Pop and selling tribute T-shirts on the street corners that they undoubtedly printed in their Winnebagos. People from all around were claiming to have had some kind of meaningful experience with Jackson—mind you, most of those meaningful experiences happened while listening to his albums, not actually with Jack-
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you do because your fans will always be there? What does this teach future generations? And what does this teach the people in other countries who learn of American culture by watching our news coverage and our soap operas? Going by those two things, I’d think that America looks a lot like Ancient Rome, and we know how that story ended. Even though I cringe every time I hear his music, I’m not suggesting you should. Listen to his music, learn his dances and even talk about what a great performer he was. But please, for Heaven’s sake, don’t idolize him. He was a human just like everyone else. And idolizing him hurts our society by showing the bad guys that if they make enough money, they can do whatever they want. See Kobe Bryant.
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dismiss this as a lame excuse, I feel it’s a point of valid reason. As I understand it, it takes a ridiculous amount of bandwidth to support online gaming on a college campus, leaving those of us with strong minds and weak thumbs out of luck when attempting to do academic work. some of you to understand, but in the real world, people are less concerned about leveling up their ancient warlock with one push of a button and more interested in maintaining a decent GPA far more important, constructive things to do on the Internet. I mean, we’re all above the age of 18. We all should have, by now, moved to the point in our lives where we can survive without having our hands glued to a video game controller. That’s a fancy way of telling all of you playing video games to grow up. But since growing up might be a hard prospect for our little “gamers,” let me suggest a punishment my parents tried on me when I acted like a child and kept others from accomplishing their goals: restriction. The college has made it clear that education is their primary area of focus—not recreation. With that principle established, I believe the college should at least severely limit, if not completely restrict, online gaming on campus. I know each individual has the right to play these games and numb their minds, but I also have a right to receive the education I am paying so dearly for. It wouldn’t drastically change the dynamic of the campus to enact a gaming restriction, and I believe it would campus-wide. I do think a restriction on online gaming is a viable option. You have to remember that your rights end where the rights of another begin. But until such a ban exists, I’m beseeching our gaming brethren to curb their virtual enthusiasm temporarily. Finals week is quickly approaching. You gamers can think of this as the “last level” of the semester. Berry gamers should keep in mind that they are in the minority, and no amount of violent video gaming could prepare you for the real-life massacre that could ensue if your playtime continues to interfere with our work.
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Back off gaming for real Internet needs
KYLER POST Managing Editor
It’s quickly becoming a common college experience. You’re sitting at your desk, staring at either a turning hourglass or a spinning rainbow wheel of despair on your computer screen. What you’re not staring at is the last key source in your annotated bibliography or the site holding the solution to the last problem in your physics lab. While you may think this is just another rant attacking our friends in the IT department, my primary issue lies elsewhere. Because, you see, while the majority of us are stuck watching a download bar creep across the screen slower than an escapee at a nursing home, some among us are using the Internet for completely recreational purposes. No, porn fans, I’m not talking to you. One of the common answers to the questions about slow Internet on campus has been the excessive use of online gaming. While some of you may
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Communication key to healthy sex
Robert Plant.” KATHERINE LAVEY Staff Writer business. However, one major consideration is promiscuity. We all can do what we want with our bodies but fair warning—it can come with some baggage. Your friends may judge you, but you are more or less damaging your ego, disrespecting yourself or worse. Research and multiple medical sites have explained that having multiple sex partners increases the risk of contracting and spreading sexually transmitted infections. On Nov. 16, the Associated Press published an article stating STIs are on the rise, and the Center for Disease Control reported that 19 million new STIs occur each year for 15 to 24-year-olds. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common STIs; it can be contracted by sexual activities as well as sex. Ladies, make sure you get the three-shot xseries of the Gardasil vaccinations as it may help prevent against HPV and cervical cancer. Guys can’t get tested for it, but there are long-term effects, not only genital warts (treatable), but also penile cancer. We should all take the necessary precautions by learning and informing others. Berry does have information on sex available to students, but it’s only in the Health and Wellness Center which has pamphlets about the infections. The Health and Wellness Center does provide testing for STIs, such as syphilis, Chlamydia and gonorrhea but not all STIs. A doctor on staff can provide help for females and offers services for a fee for one year. Free HIV testing has also been given in the past, so watch out for e-mails. However, Berry could always do more, such as providing seminars for safe sex or providing condoms around campus. We also have cultural events dealing with sex, STIs or AIDS, but these are only once a year. More discussion seems necessary since there is such an increasing problem, especially on college campuses. The stigma with STIs and even sex can change, especially if you stay protected or at least think logically about your body. Check out the CDC Web site if you have any questions. A mid-sex, “Hey have you gotten checked out recently,” may be too late. You can be causal, but make sure you talk about it. Gentlemen, be responsible, and, ladies, make sure you stay safe as well. Just because you might take birth control doesn’t mean you are safe against infections. “Business time” is a serious issue, not just for being considerate to your roommates but also for the longterm effects it can have on your body. If you can remember to put a sock, tie or bandana on the door, you can remember the other necessary precautions. Jesse Burnette Sophomore
What do a sock, tie and bandana all have in common? They are three ways in which college students communicate to their roommates they are in the middle of some “business time.” Thank you, Flight of the Concords for their song “Business Time,” which gave sex the ultimate synonym. No matter your sexual orientation, gay, straight, bisexual or transgender, sex can be used not only as an expression of love between people, but as a stress reliever and as casual pleasure. Sometimes we all just have to accept it. For some, it can happen occasionally or all the time, and some even take time to schedule it like anything else in our busy lives. It doesn’t matter if you in a sexual encounter is necessary. And sometimes roommates play a crucial role in organizing “business time.” Let them know and they probably will do the same for you. It all comes down to some communication, even if it’s with objects on the doors or notes on a board. “Business time” is serious
My mom— just because no matter what’s coming her way, she’s really strong and wise.”
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Continue appreciation for life beyond holidays
LAUREN NATION Staff Writer we are where we are for a reason. I am not saying there is no room to wish we were in a certain situation, but why not be thankful for the situation you are in? Even if it may not be the most desirable at the time, these situations can change our lives. We can grow from our imperfection and learn from our surroundings. No one wants to be told, “Well, at least you have…” but you will not have to be told this if you simply live in a more gracious way. There are two ways you can live: to hate what you have been given and miss out on the opportunities of the current situations you are in, or acknowledge that everything has a purpose and dive into life excited for the outcomes. Thanksgiving is right around the corner; it’s a perfect time to be thankful for what you have. The magic of holidays, such as Thanksgiving, is that people try to make the best of whatever is in their life to have a great day. It is a tradition for people to do their best to be happy for the sake of the holiday. What if you lived everyday as a tiny Thanksgiving in your own heart? That joy would only spread, making the lives of others who are down a little brighter. We can make the world a better place simply by delving in the riches of situations we are personally placed in on a daily basis. We only live once, might as well give it all the joy you can. Jack Bauer.”
We live in an imperfect world, and even in the most ideal situations, occurrences happen that tend to bother us. Someone else is always going to have it “better,” and it is so easy today for people to stare at their Facebook friend’s photos and moan, why isn’t that them? Well, maybe because you are right where you are supposed to be. You may not believe in destiny or any divine forces of nature, but honestly
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Reality TV: Trashy or Treasure?
NICOLE NESMITH Asst. Features Editor Tacky, tasteless or just harmless fun? It has seeped into countless living rooms in the U.S., stealing the hearts of millions. Lacking of sweet, innocent natures, it’s the gritty, often insane world of reality television. This genre of television utilizes sensational situations to feature seemingly “ordinary people.” People ranging from teenagers to the over-50 audience seem to be obsessed with this rising genre of television. People imagine a variety of scenes from sneaky roommates on "Big Brother" to belting singers on "American Idol" to catty may be, there is something for everyone to love and hate. Reality television is most associated with “trashy” shows that may combine vulgarSophomore Tristan Harrison said she views these shows quite often—preferably anything that ends with “of love.” “It is really hilarious and funny. It requires no thought and it is a good way to take your mind off things. It is also really easy to keep up with because it is always on TV,” Harrison said. watch more noteworthy reality television such as “True Life,” “Obsession” and "The Locator” which engage in more serious issues such as obesity, abuse and depression. “I like the reality shows that are more meaningful and not cheesy. I think people like to not relate,” Talbot said. The argument that reality television could have this much power is absurd, Harrison said. “If reality television has the ability to lower your intelligence, then you are pretty stupid to begin with. If I watched ‘The Girls Next Door’ and started acting like Kendra [a character on the show], it is probably more of a personality issue than reality television,” Harrison said. Despite the arguments on its merits, reality television is a rising trend that appears to be unstoppable. Its presence in TV is almost omniscient and has become more and more popular since 2000. the viewer is looking for. “People like to identify others that are going through arduous tasks,” Talbot said. “Some people watch it for a temporary escape and some people need a good laugh.” Information outlets like CNN, Fox and NBC give viewers the news, which is often engulfed by grave issues. Harrison said that while she enjoys news, reality television gives her a completely different feeling. “Everything going on in the world is not lighthearted and funny,” Harrison said. “Reality television is that dose of lighthearted fun in a serious world.” Stances toward reality television are widely varied, and while some may want them gone off the air, they are here to stay for now. “Reality television is always there for you,” Harrison said. “It’s like a warm blanket on the end of your bed on a cold day.”
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is a reality competition
It is hard to relate to the “dating” genre such “I hate those [shows]. I just think they are “ I would consider them trashy. I think people are drawn to it because maybe everyone has a little trashiness in them.” Often reality television is more of a secret indulgence. Sophomore George Talbot was obsessed with shows like "Rock Star INXS" in high school. He said that he would sit down in his living room each night it came on, and he followed it religiously. “During the course of the show, I had several favorites and people I would hope would get eliminated. I was really drawn to it,” Talbot said. Talbot said that along with the more popular shows like "Big Brother" and "American Idol," he also enjoyed “Tool Academy” on VH1. “It’s entertaining to watch people who seem like absolute scumbags try to jump through hoops to try to better themselves,” Talbot said. Although these guilty pleasures are enjoyed by viewers across the globe, many people have raised the assumption that it may lower one’s intelligence. Talbot said reality television does not lower intelligence, but it does sometimes provide negative social feedback. “People can get too hung up on reality television and take it too seriously, which may give the impression that they are of ‘lower intelligence’ to someone who does not care and does
Fuller. It debuted on June 11, 2002 on Fox and has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. The program seeks to discover the best singer in the country through auditions held throughout the country. Many would not consider "American Idol" a reality show, but it belongs to the family of competitionbased reality shows.
The Real World
is the longest
1992. The show focuses on the lives of a group of strangers who audition to live together in a house for several months as cameras record their interpersonal relationships. The show moves to a different city each season. It will soon be embarking on its 23rd season this December.
Rock of Love
is a reality dating show that features Bret Michaels from the band Poison. The show included challenges that would reward each winner with a special date. It produced a variety of spinoffs that included "Daisy of Love," "I Love Money," "Charm School: Rock of Love" and
is a reality television show in which a group of people are isolated from the outside world and watched by television cameras. There are usually fewer than 15 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.
maroons a group of strangers (as one or more tribes) in a desolate locale, where for themselves while competing in challenges to earn either a reward or immunity. The show has branched out into countless spinoffs.
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Every year for Thanksgiving students head home to enjoy the company of others, but Thanksgiving is more about spending time as a family than the food that is on the table.
LAURA DIEPENBROCK Asst. Entertainment Editor
As a native Turk, junior Alyssa Ethridge grew up spending her Thanksgivings abroad in Izmir, Turkey with her family and neighbors. She and her family view the holiday as a time to invite the entire neighborhood over to build community with one another. “Thanksgiving is our chance to get everyone in our compound together for a big meal,” Ethridge said. “We always have a fun time together.” and her parents start gathering ingredients for the dinner up to six months in advance. “My parents are missionaries, and so each time some of our missionary friends go back to the United States, we ask them to grab certain ingredients for us,” Ethridge said. The most unique thing about Ethridge’s holiday may be what’s on the menu. “We eat chicken instead of turkey on Thanksgiving because it’s not a good idea to eat turkey in Turkey,” she said.
The right piece
There’s one thing that freshman Dana Wenger thinks of when it comes to the Thanksgiving holiday: puzzles. Instead of looking forward to gathering around the table comes together through putting together puzzles with her entire family. “Ever since I can remember, my mom and I have put together huge puzzles over the holiday,” Wenger said. “Once we start a puzzle the whole family starts to pitch in, and we have a great time.” Wenger most enjoys the ability that putting together puzzles has to relax and unite her family members. “We always have a great time together,” Wenger said.
Shopping the day away
Instead of gathering around the television set to watch football with the guys, senior Catherine Rice anticipates of her family. “Every year my mother, sisters and two nieces wake up said. “We visit all the large department stores and places like Target and Wal-Mart.” Rice enjoys shopping with her family because the experience blends all of the different personalities of the women in her family together. of us together,” Rice said. “I love getting a chance to be around all the different women in my family.” rest of the day. “It’s a great feeling to relax after we’ve gotten great deals on all of our purchases,” Rice said.
KIM HARBRECHT Editor-in-Chief
The recent release of the movie “Amelia,” featuring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, revived the world’s fascination with the amazing and mysterious life of aviator Amelia Earhart. solo over the Atlantic, forever engraving her name in history. Her achievements
built up on the plane during storms, forcous waters. Earhart brought many aviation books to donate to the library when she came to en’s rights in regard to professions and careers. “I wish we all would consider people in positions according to their individual aptitude and not at all regarding their sex,” she said. “The government, in licensing pilots, makes no differentiation between whether only as to whether the person’s health and eyesight and capabilities meet the tests. There are some 700 licensed women pilots,” she said. newspaper of the time, Earhart received a standing ovation for her speech. honorary degrees from Oglethorpe Univerpeared only two years later. In a letter to George Putnam, Earhart’s would send a motor vehicle for her to come back and visit. While many students, faculty and staff do not realize that Earhart visited the camrational to the students,” and the college has held onto one quote in particular from her speech. It is engraved on a plaque that lines Memory Lane, the old Opportunity Drive leading to the Hoge building. “Many girls should be wielding carpenters’ hammers, and many boys would be better off making pies.”
“Amelia” opened Oct. 23 to theaters across the country. The movie has grossed more than $13 million to date, but what the movie does not include is Earhart’s connecIn 1934, Earhart was on a solo motor tour giving speeches at different venues and college students about women’s rights “It is a great privilege and honor to have the world’s greatest woman aviator to introducing Earhart to the students. Earhart originally planned to be a doc-
the Berry campus in 1934 to speek to the students about women’s rights in the College Chapel. The movie “Amelia” (right) starring Hilary Swank was released on Oct. 23, telling the story of Earhart and her achievements.
hart said, “I knew that I would have to be air.” night so she could see the Ireland shore by day. She also experienced hardships along the way, including large amounts of ice that
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NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Adding to the saga, ‘New Moon’
because it could expose Edward and his family. It pretty much is a replication of “Romeo and Juliet,” but it contains blood-sucking an introduction of the two lovers and how they met, but it also gives a little prelude of what is to come in the second movie, especially the developing relationship between Bella and her best friend, Jacob Black, (Taylor Lautner), who has his own secrets to expose. “New Moon” shifts the story around when Edward and his family decide to leave Forks to protect Bella from dangers that may arise because she knows their secret. This occurs right after her 18th birthday; what a nice belated birthday gift, right? She feels alone and cold, which allows her best friend Jacob, who looks even more buff and beautiful in this movie than in the last, to come and help heal her broken heart. Surprisingly, Jacob also has a secret of his own. His Quileute tribe contains werewolves that protect people from the “cold ones” or “pale faces,” and he is one of the werewolves. While Edward is away being down ‘n’ out and invading Bella’s thoughts, Jacob is protecting Bella. Soon enough, Bella and Edward reunite when Edward visits the Volturi to try and kill himself because he feels as though Bella has died … sounds familiar right … however, Bella keeps him from suffering such a fate. Having the two back together creates
All right my fellow Twi-guys and girls, arrived…“New Moon.” The second installment of the “Twilight” saga is set to be out in theaters Friday, but if you are an avid fan, such as me, than you already swooped up tickets weeks in advance for the midnight showing on Thursday. If you are not a Twi-fan than let me lead you into the light to experience the awkward teenage romance and abnormal, human action. It is assumed to say that if you are planning on seeing “New Moon,” then you are already a Twilight fan, but if not then I am going to make you want to go to Blockbuster, buy the DVD, yes buy, not rent because you will want to watch the movie over and over again, and hurry to a theater to see what happens next like the thrill of getting to the next chapter in a book. The “Twilight” saga tells the story of an out-of-place teenage girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Their love seems almost forbidden
Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner star in “New Moon” as Bella Swan and Jacob Black. They are best friends while their relationship continues to develop throughout the movie. a love triangle between Jacob, Bella and Edward. Who will she choose? If you the books, which will give you more details than what the movie can or you are encouraged to check out “New Moon.” Both are preferred. This movie contains more action scenes with vampires vs. vampires as well as werewolves vs. vampires. The lighting is tons better than “Twilight,” which is something I noticed right off the bat, and the graphics are freaking awesome in the previews. Can we say “bigger budget?” Also, did I mention seeing Taylor Lautner, who put on 30 Pattinson shirtless?
Dunham transforms into ‘prime time television star’
AMANDA GRISWELL Entertainment Editor
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He is one of the few people that can make a living from talking, arguing and making fun of himself. Jeff Dunham, known for his stand-up comedy, is pressing his luck as a prime time television star. Dunham has a reputation of being a sought-out ventriloquist that has his friends living in a suit case. I was happy to see familiar faces from the beginning of the show. Fans of his stand-up will be happy to see Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J., Walter, Sweet Daddy Dee, Peanut and Jose Jalapeno on a stick on Comedy Central weekly. These characters make the show. He has new material for each episode that keeps the audiences’ attention and is funny. The characters up comedy that many are looking for. The show opens with Dunham performing a few minutes of his stand-up with one of his characters before going away from his traditional style of comedy. This is what he seems most comfortable with and what I wanted to see. Before each skit there is a stand-up introduction with the character that will be the star of the next segment. After a stand-up section, the show transitions into putting the characters into real-life situations. There are other actors involved and they also speak to the shows that Dunham usually performs. These skits are strange because Dunham is not always present. The puppets acting without Dunham is not as impressive because I was not watching a ventriloquist anymore. This loses some of the novelty of his comedy. The segments still bring laughs because the characters do not lose their personalities. I could not help but laugh when Walter went to the therapist with
Jeff Dunham puts his puppets into real life situations weekly on Comedy Central. All the characters from his stand-up are present including Walter and Achmed the Dead Terroist. Dunham or when Achmed was shopping for his The material and the characters are still entertaining but putting them in indivudal situations does not work. I enjoy watching Dunham perform with his various characters even in this television show setting. I would like to see more of the stand-up style instead of the skits, though. I think that Dunham should stick with stand-up comedy instead of trying to make it work in a television show.
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NOVEMBER 19, 2009
Golf 101: learning about clubs
PHOTOS BY CANDLER HOBBS, Asst. Photo Editor
MATT STOKES Staff Writer
Sports equipment can be short and to the point. Consider basketball. All you need is a jersey, shorts, basketball shoes and ankle supports. The only things a soccer player needs are a uniform, a ball, cleats and two feet. At the opposite end of the spectrum is golf. Reynolds said the golf bag consists of a driver, two woods, seven irons, four wedges and a putter, each used for different distance shots and different situations. Wedges (not pictured here) are used for chip shots and are designed to give the ball lift. With 14 different clubs, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Junior golfer Chadd Reynolds explained (in layman’s terms) what’s in the bag and the purpose of each club.
used on the only on green, crucial to short game green
average striking distance: 270 yards most expensive has the biggest head, longest club in the bag
typical iron set varies from 3-9 irons average striking distance: 145-195 yards, depending on the number of the iron the lower the number of the iron, the shorter the loft of the ball lower the number of the iron, the longer the club
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Continuing the cycle
PHOTOS BY JESSICA GILKER, Staff Photographer
ASHLEY MCINTYRE Sports Editor
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And the winner is...
Amber Price What is Culture? Photo Contest
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“One day, our group visited some students that survived an earthquake in their hometown, where a famous Chinese singer then took them in to live with her, training them to sing and to play instruments. From the prominent color of red, which is said to symbolize “good luck,” to their traditional costumes, it was amazing to see how immersed the Chinese were in their culture, can be recognized as “traditional” Chinese traditions, I believe that this scene effectively and accurately captures the state that China is, and probably will always be in.”
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