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Copy Editor
As cursors and keyboards replace
cursive and chalkboards, college stu-
dents’ handwriting takes a downward
Students, faculty and staff said com-
puters and the necessity and profession-
alism of typing content supersedes the
importance of perfectly-formed hand-
writing. Current college students repre-
sent one of the last few generations that
are products of strict importance for
perfect cursive form taught in elemen-
tary school. Some students said they
haven’t used cursive in years.
“I honestly don’t even know if I
could write the whole cursive alpha-
bet,” freshman Rob Banks said. “I mean
I could probably do a good part of it, but
it might take awhile to remember, and I
Students’ lack of handwriting prac-
say tests. Associate Professor of English,
Rhetoric and Writing Mark Taylor said
his students’ essays are sometimes illeg-
ible due to bad handwriting, so the way
he grades in-class essays differs on some
levels simply by whether or not the es-
says are typed or hand written.
“It’s a real challenge to read students’
handwritten essays sometimes,” Tay-
lor said. “For hand written essays you
get a real meatball style of writing and
reading—that is to say, I read much less
for cohesion, and there’s a high level of
generality so I do more spot-checking
for key vocab words and quotations I
can pick out. If there’s a paragraph that
is completely illegible, I’ll try to pick out
key words, but I generally read through
it more quickly.”
However students said the ink is not
necessarily greener on the other side.
time reading professors’ writing, espe-
cially professors’ shorthand and abbre-
viations, across multiple disciplines.
“Reading professors’ handwriting
seems to always be a struggle no mat-
ter what class it is,” said freshman Laura
Briggs. “There have been several times
when I’ve had to visit a professor dur-
plain their notes on my assignments. I
usually just try to do the best I can read-
ing them.”
Taylor said he tries to adopt a hand-
writing that is legible for students and is
what he considers to be a more “public
handwriting.” He said he writes in an
all-caps style when responding to stu-
dents’ papers in an effort to make his
comments most legible.
On a different academic level, el-
ementary schools are adjusting their
teaching of cursive handwriting to ad-
dress the realities of computers and
word processing programs. Lori Freder-
ick, third grade teacher at Berry College
Elementary School, said there is not as
much emphasis on perfect cursive form
as there was when she was in elemen-
tary school. She said that students be-
yond the fourth grade are not required
to write in cursive but are allowed to
choose what form in which to complete
their assignments. She said most stu-
dents choose to type their assignments
“When I was taught, everything had
to be formed absolutely correctly. I mean
you could miss recess if your cursive
‘s’ wasn’t formed perfectly,” Frederick
said. “Now we teach them the basics,
but there isn’t near as much emphasis
on perfect form. “
She said Berry Elementary teaches
cursive mainly in third grade, but stu-
dents begin learning in second grade
because they are curious. Frederick said
teachers introduce cursive in second
grade so as to avoid allowing bad habits
to form when kids learning to write cur-
sive on their own. Frederick said some
students do struggle with cursive.
“If there are students who have per-
petually messy handwriting, we’ll work
with them,” Frederick said. “But we also
know that eventually there probably
won’t be that same necessity to write
neatly and correctly as they will prob-
ably be typing most everything in the
As students move further and further
away from handwritten work, some
educators and professors said teaching
and learning will change gradually.
Taylor said that some of the oldest
biblical manuscripts used for university
students centuries ago purposely had
wide margins, which were intended for
students to write and make notes on the
material while they learned it—similar
to how students make notes on material
in this century. But he said as students
rely more on typed notes, the learning
process changes.
“If students aren’t writing anymore
and not writing while they’re reading,
then they are engaging with the text in
a different way, and this affects the way
they think,” Taylor said. The changing
modes of handwriting not only affect
learning and academics, but a differ-
ent department that is not necessarily
directly academic in nature—the post
Manager of Mailing Service Tammi
King said Berry repeatedly receives mis-
directed mail that is supposed to go to
places with similar zip codes, such as
Kennesaw. She said addresses that are
handwritten all have to go through a
clerk, who manually assigns the mail a
bar code after entering the zip code. If a
number on the zip code is unreadable,
mail is often misdirected. King said the
out of Berry or inter-campus mail fairly
“We generally have a lot more trouble
reading campus mail, but generally we
tended for because we know everyone’s
box numbers and rosters,” King said.
“We very rarely misdeliver mail and
we’re pretty good about paying close at-
tention to where things go. Faculty and
staff are usually easier to place.”
Even with the quality and use of
handwriting tending to be on the de-
cline, many said handwriting still has
an important use for sending snail mail
and keeping class notes and personal
“I write in a mix of cursive and print-
ing, which makes it really helpful for
taking notes in class when a professor
is speaking really fast,” sophomore Mi-
chelle Jackson said. “In fast, stressful
situations I think handwriting is still a
really important part of our lives.”
Jackson and Briggs both said they
use handwriting for personal notes to
family and friends, especially since be-
ing in college makes those personal
hand-written notes more meaningful to
stay in touch with people back home.
King said she sends a personal, hand-
written note to her college-aged daugh-
ter every day without fail.
“I never miss a day,” she said.
Taylor said when he makes personal
notes for himself, he writes in a 16th-
century secretarial script. He wrote all
of his undergraduate essays in calligra-
phy and even part of the early revisions
of his master’s thesis before converting
to the word processor. He said he still
uses writing as a way to get started and
Keyboarding may not be as far re-
moved from original scriptorial writ-
ing than we might think. Aengus Ward,
senior lecturer of Hispanic Studies at
Birmingham University in Birmingham,
England said the backwards ‘P’ Micro-
soft Word uses is the same symbol used
for indicating new paragraphs in medi-
eval manuscripts.
Even with handwriting’s medium
giving way to the computer age, the
keyboard and more traditional hand-
writing forms continue to be preserved
in somewhat similar form.
of students said they take
handwritten notes.
of students said they
sometimes have trouble
reading their own class
of students said they
practice their signature
Information gathered through in a
link sent to all students. Results were tabulated based on
100 student responses. The other 8 percent in the chart
responded they used handwriting less than once a week.
How often do you
use handwriting?
47% 22% 20% 4%
Keyboards overwrite student penmanship
New Green Teams promote recycling awareness
Staff Writer
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” echoes throughout the cam-
pus as Berry establishes a Green Team with efforts toward
student involvement in waste reduction, recycling and
Dean of Students Debbie Heida said she began a Stu-
dent Sustainability Program called the Green Team with
junior Keiko Stobaeus.
Stobaeus works as the Student Sustainability Program
coordinator, supervising six student eco-representatives
who have the responsibility for green/sustainability edu-
cation and awareness in each residence hall area and for
coordination of student recycling programs.
“Their major job is education with the end goal to have
every single person on Berry on board,” Heida said.
Most every building and residence hall on campus is
supplied with recycling bins or an area to bring recycling.
Stobaeus said she feels that students are making a consci-
entious effort to recycle. However, Director of Residence
Life Lindsay Taylor and Stobaeus both agree that, on occa-
sion, trash is mixed with items to be recycled because some
may not know exactly what can be recycled.
The Green Team meets every week to discuss different
possibilities to improve Berry’s eco-friendliness. The team
is working to develop awareness and educational pro-
grams including bulletin boards and marketing materials
for the residence hall recycling program and campus sus-
tainability programs. Because the team is still very new, the
doing now to contribute. Currently research is being done
to look at ways to conserve water and electricity.
“We are still doing the research, and we will continue
because it’s a learning process all the time,” Stobaeus said.
their part. Centennial Residence Hall held a recycling bin
decoration party on Monday night. Students provided
small receptacles and paints for anyone who wanted to
come and decorate their own recycling bin. Junior Amber
Price, one of the party planners, said out of her years at
emphasis on recycling. Junior Anna Sons said that her fam-
ily always recycled and helped her realize its importance.
“I’ve grown up valuing the environment and trying
to protect it, so it’s especially encouraging for me to be a
part of more and more people coming together and being
enthusiastic about protecting the environment through
recycling,” Sons said.
Students who feel confused about what can and can-
not be recycled, can look to the Green Team, as well as
other on-campus environmentally conscious organiza-
tions and programs, such as S.A.V.E. (Students Against
Violating the Earth). Junior Nathan Schwartz, president of
S.A.V.E., said Berry recycles aluminum, glass, newspaper,
cardboard, magazines, paper and plastics with codes one
through seven. These codes are found on the bottom of the
plastic item; one being the easiest to recycle and seven, the
become clearer to students.
Taylor said students might not realize, as far as energy
conservancy, that leaving cell phone chargers, lamps and
appliances like coffee makers plugged in use energy even
when those items are not in use. She said it seems that the
little things such as this are what turn around to affect the
big picture. So, for now, these small things that can be done
individually are the focus for the Green Team. The little
things we are taught now will always be with us.
“If people pay attention here, they’ll pay attention when
they’re off campus,” Heida said.
The Green Team and the Environmental Compli-
ance and Sustainability Committee look to the very near
future of coming together to learn how they can work
toward furthering Berry’s environmental awareness and
With people and plans put into place, the Student Sus-
waste and recycle. The overall goal is steadfast, to reduce
Berry’s carbon footprint and instill an understanding of
conservation and sustainability.
“I am proud to be a part of such a great school where
many people are making obvious efforts to care not only
for our campus but for the world in general,” Stobaeus
Staff Writer
Gas, tuition, room and board are all part
of what makes getting a college degree so
expensive. But there is a growing alterna-
tive to living on campus or driving to class:
online courses.
Online classes are accessible 24 hours a
day seven days a week. As a result, people
can “attend” class at the time that is most
convenient for them. It is a fact that online
classes are cheaper to produce for colleges.
The pay for the instructors is a fraction of
the normal amount, and the cost of build-
ing the classroom in which the course will
be taught vanishes. The cost of an online
degree will only continue to go down as
colleges and universities compete with one
another. However, according to the U.S.
Distance Learning Association and Sloan
Consortium it is estimated that online edu-
cation revenue will exceed $69 billion by
There is of course the argument that
online classes are not equal in quality to the
face-to-face classroom setting.
“You can’t learn as much from an online
class. A lot of ideas and information comes
from other students in the class,” freshman
Ann Ryden said.
Also many students believe that pursu-
ing an online degree takes away from the
college experience as a whole.
“You wouldn’t be able to make any
friends or be part of the college experi-
ence,” freshman Elizabeth Parsons said.
But online courses are becoming so pop-
ular that one in particular, Bryant & Stratton
College, held a special virtual graduation in
June for online students. Many colleges are
increasing the number of courses offered
online, and some courses are only offered
online. For instance, at the University of
Phoenix students may take “Feel the Force:
How to Train the Jedi Way” or “The Art of
Many students are taking advantage
of the online option. A recent survey con-
ducted by the Primary Research Group
said 82 percent of undergraduates have
or are taking at least one online class. It is
especially convenient for older adults who
want to earn a degree without the discom-
fort of being among much younger adults.
But even younger adults are beginning to
opt for an online degree due to it’s favor-
able schedule. Online courses can even be
“Online classes teach you responsibil-
ity. You have to motivate yourself in order
to get them done,” freshman Callie Spivey
However, many students still reject the
idea of online courses.
“I’d rather take an actual physical class
than online class anyday,” freshman Rachel
Lemcke said
Online enrollments are rising and will
likely continue to increase. Whether or not
the quality of online instruction is on par
with the traditional approach is a question
still up for debate.
Senior Shawn Regan uses his computer and the Internet to complete homework assign-
ments on a regular basis. Many colleges are are now offering online classes, furthering the
reliance of students on the Ìnternet to fnish coursework.
Quality of online classes debated

- Turning off the lights when no one is there.
- Turning off your T.V. or computer when you will be
gone for more than 10 minutes.
- Only taking the food you will eat.
- Taking 5-minute showers by lathering
before turning on the shower.
- Writing on both sides of paper.

- Using plastic shopping bags as small trash can
- Emptying old folders and binders and reusing
- Keeping old worn-out shoes for muddy adventures.
- Use a water bottle instead of buying throw away
- Giving old items to charity.

- Aluminum is the most economical thing to recycle
- Berry recycles: glass, newspaper, cardboard, maga
zines, paper, and plastics (1-7)
- There’s an E-waste cleanup every spring so do not
just throw away old electronics.
Visit these sites for more information
and facts about recycling:
Student Sustainability Program aims to reduce carbon footprint
through an emphasis on recycling initiatives in residence halls
FNL: Student Koffeehouse
Listen to students share
their music on Oct. 23 at
9 p.m. in the Krannert
Underground. Sponsored
by KCAB.
Rock out with Copeland on
Memorial Library’s Lawn
at 9 p.m. on Oct. 24. Spon-
sored by KCAB.
MILK and Cookies
“MILK” on Oct. 28 in the
Science Auditorium at 7
p.m. There will be a discus-
sion lead by Tina Bucher,
associate professor of Eng-
lish, rhetoric and writing,
after the movie. CE Credit.
Berry College Concert
Series – Elem Eley
Enjoy baritone Elem Eley
singing in the Ford Audi-
torium on Oct. 29 at 7:30
p.m. Sponsored by Berry
Fine Arts Department. CE

Pumpkin Carving for
Help support Breast Can-
cer Research while carving
a pumpkin on the Moon
Lawn from 6 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. on Oct. 30.
Colleges Against Caner:
Scare Away Breast Cancer
Trail Run
Run to raise awareness of
Breast Caner on Oct. 31
at 7:30 a.m. starting in the
Clara Bowl. Registration is
$10 for the 5K and will be in
Krannert. Be prepared for a
Graveyard Gala Hallow-
een Dance
Show off your costume
while doing the monster
mash at the Halloween
Dance in the Ford Gym at
9 p.m. on Oct. 31. Spon-
sored by Interfaith Council.
Wicca: Fact vs. Fantasy
Learn about Wiccan history
and talk about myths that
surround Wicca with Angie
Handley, third degree Wic-
can High Priestess. The
event is going to be held in
the Interfaith Center at 7
p.m. on Nov. 2. Sponsored
by Interfaith Counicl. CE
Check out the
calendar at
edu to get the
inside scoop.
News Editor
Six-year-olds aren’t the only ones experi-
menting with weather equipment. Berry stu-
dents are also trying their hand at predicting
The site has been operating for about a
year after students and professors collected
years of data. The site updates every 10 min-
utes and provides information about high
and low temperatures, weather patterns, pre-
cipitation levels and the times of sunrise and
Assistant Professor of Geology Tamie
Jovanelly said they’re working on getting
a link to the weather site on the main Berry
Web site.
“I hope the site will eventually allow stu-
dents to look at a week up to six months of
weather data,” she said.
She said the information has been avail-
able to students as long as they’ve had the
weather station at the observatory, but with
the creation of the Web site, students are able
to access the information more easily.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and
Computer Science Steven Benzel’s computer
science class built the Web page as one of the
class assignments.
Before Jovanelly came to Berry, the college
had the weather station, but it was not fully
Jovanelly was classically trained as a
hydrologist so she took on the project to help
the weather station reach its full potential.
weather information useful and interesting
as everyone needs to know what the weather
is—whether they’re planning their schedule
or wardrobe for the day.
“You’ll know if you need to wear boots in
the morning,” she said.
She said she is interested, in her personal
ences weather patterns.
Jovanelly said that out west, there is a
much larger scale of an impact because the
Rocky Mountains create what’s known as
the rain shadow effect. The Rockies have a
large-scale change in topography while the
Ancestral Rockies have a small-scale change
in weather patterns.
Jovanelly said no one has looked at the
small-scale mountains of the Appalachians so
she is focusing her research and data collec-
tion on Lavender Mountain in Rome by using
the weather station at the observatory.
There are 12 rain gauges that go up and
across Lavender Mountain. There is a new
rain gauge at every 50-foot change in eleva-
tion. Jovanelly and the students helping her
have tracked how much precipitation falls
and where it falls.
She said so far it looks like the weather pat-
terns run parallel to the ridge, unlike the rain
shadow effect. She said the House o’ Dreams
has the least amount of precipitation at the
top of the mountain while the areas on either
side of the mountain have greater amounts of
Instead of going up and over the moun-
tains like the rain shadow effect, this new
discovery would potentially raise ques-
tions about vegetation patterns, erosion and
If students are interested in helping with
this project by setting up internships or shad-
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Staff Writer
On Sept. 17, the House of Rep-
resentatives passed a bill that
could take out the middleman, and
if passed in the Senate, restructure
the student loan system.
The primary objective of the bill
is that all loans will go through the
federal government rather than
through another lender. The bill
could save taxpayers $87 billion
over the next decade, according to
Now the bill is awaiting revision
and approval in the Senate.
cial aid, said that there is little
for students to worry about if the
change occurs.
“The switch will be as smooth
as possible for the students. It
will practically be invisible,” she
The biggest change this bill
would invoke is the change in
lenders, Little said. Rather than
getting loans through CitiBank
or other banks, students would
apply directly to the government
for loans, but what most students
do not realize is that the govern-
ment already owns about 60 per-
cent of student loans.
Camille Lucas, a student
she has had her bank resell her
loan to the government. There
was some confusion, so she called
the company for more informa-
tion. In the end, she said, the pro-
merely made a few minor changes
in her account for her loan, and
everything was settled.
adjustment for Berry students,”
Little said. “Their loans will have
the same amount, payment and
interest. Students can still do
their bills online — they will just
be using a different site and per-
haps a different log-in.”
“It is just like shopping at
Sam’s versus shopping at Kroger,”
she said. “It is the same bread,
the same price – just a different
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Of course you’re not a worka-
holic. The fact that you wake up
at 3 a.m. wondering why your
light is still on while you snuggle
with your laptop in bed certainly
doesn’t mean that; nor does the
reality that you will be up the
remaining hve hours before cIass
hnishing lhe 15-page paper lhal
is currently full of Zzzzz’s from
where your forehead mashed
the “Z” key during an hour of
unintentional sleep. All that indi-
cates is that you are a dedicated,
driven, laudable, ambitious
worker. Denial.
Some might be quick to call
the majority of college students’
lack of sleep attributable to pro-
crastination, and no doubt the
procrastination plague is ram-
pant on college campuses. But
how do we explain being com-
pletely booked from 8 a.m. to
10 p.m. some days with classes,
work and club meetings? That’s
not even counting time for
The formula for collegiate
and post-graduation success
seems to be that if an opportu-
nity arises, seize it and say, “This
would look good on my resume.”
Repeat until you are spread so
thinly that you literally have no
free hour in your week.
Certainly we do have higher
goals, dreams and aspirations for
personal noble causes to make a
difference. But what so many fail
to realize is that there is a bal-
ance, which is often lost when
we lose the inspiration that once
fueled them to long hours behind
a desk, nights with no sleep and
canceled time with friends for
the sake of work.
Job and graduate school
requirements and the culture of
“worth ethic” we live in require
us to be perpetual resume-build-
ers. This competition among stu-
dents to see who can be the most
“well-rounded” creates students
who are not “well-rounded,” but
instead, “spread thin.”
The societal standards we are
judged against probably won’t
change any time soon, but it’s
important for us to realize the
distinction between ‘dreams’
and the workaholic hours we put
in to achieving them.
In light of the predicament of
American workaholics, I offer
the beginnings of my own Work-
aholics Anonymous—a recovery
program with baby steps we
can do on a daily basis to break
workaholic habits before we get
into the career world.
ª ßudgel vour lime for each
assignment; give yourself hourly
ª Trv lo see hov Iong vou
can go without moving your car
for a week. In other words, walk
everywhere. Walking to class
builds in time to wake up for
class (and therefore be more pro-
ductive), and walking allows you
a quiel momenl lo reßecl, brain-
storm and think more creatively.
ª Take lhe 'home' oul of
homework. Work doesn’t have
to be done at home—or as is the
case for most of us, in the dorm.
Create separate spaces for work
and living/sleeping.
ª Refrain from checking
your work or school e-mail on
ª Sel one nighl aside during
the week (besides Fridays) that
you do something fun with your
friends, even if it’s something as
simpIe as Chick-hI-A Tuesdav.
ª Lven on veekends, vhen
you have a million things to do
block off an afternoon or a day
to go somewhere and do some-
thing fun. Even on those week-
ends that you’re supposed to be
highly “productive,” you end up
spending the equivalent of six
hours on Facebook, watching
movies, napping, etc. If you’re
not getting your work done any-
ways, you might as well plan
something and get off campus
for some fresh air.
ª Work vhen vou're on lhe
clock. Using your job hours to
get homework done and telling
yourself you’ll make up your
job projects at home for the same
amount of hours only puts you
behind and makes you tired.
ª Sel a bed lime. This forces
you to prioritize your assign-
ments and complete what actu-
ally has to get done.
ª ReaIize lhal vour case isn'l
really any different or worse
than anyone else’s. Everyone is
stressed. Competing for “woe is
me rights” to who has the most
tests or papers due in one week
doesn’t accomplish anything;
instead, be positive and support-
ive to those around you when
you can knowing that they’ve
got a lot on their plates, too.
College athletes may be
seen as individuals who get
unnecessary special privileges,
but they must meet the same
expectations as other students.
Student-athletes not only have
a responsibiIilv lo fuIhII schooI
requiremenls, bul aIso lo fuIhII
their athletic duties. Despite
this additional obligation,
Berry and the athletic depart-
ment make it their responsibil-
ity to hold athletes to the same
standards as other students.
As a part of NCAA stan-
dards, student-athletes must
maintain a Berry GPA of at least
a 2.0, otherwise they are ineligi-
ble to compete. To the athletes’
credit, last spring the average
GPA for student-athletes was
The athletic department
requires alhIeles lo hII oul
“blue forms” every semester
at mid-term to be turned into
their professors. These forms
help track the progress of stu-
dents academically. If athletes
fall behind, they are encour-
aged to get help from a tutor
or speak with their professors.
Most teams provide study hall
and encourage or require their
athletes to attend.
Although at major universi-
ties there are entire buildings
dedicated to providing services
to athletes, Berry should be
commended for providing all
its students academic services
through the math and writing
lab as well as tutors.
With out-of-town games
or competitions, maintaining
good attendance is a high pri-
ority for the athletic depart-
ment and Berry. Athletes are
expected to miss as little class
as possible, although being
absent may be unavoidable at
times. Coaches have limits on
how many competitions teams
can compete in per season, so
coaches must create a schedule
that best meets the needs for
their student-athletes.
Though professors are
understanding and are more
than happy to assist athletes
who miss class, encouraging
attendance makes professors’
jobs less complicated. Addition-
ally, by being in class non-ath-
letes do not have unnecessary
burdens with group projects or
essays. Overall, we do see that
student-athletes have a good
work ethic.
With the creation of Ath-
letes Bettering the Commu-
nity (ABC) in 2000, by Janna
Johnson, associate director of
the athletic department, and a
group of student-athletes, ath-
letes are able to reach out to the
local Rome community. This
encourages and provides an
outlet for athletes to volunteer
when they may not have been
as involved otherwise.
Even though the Career
Center is available to all, last
year the athletes were required
to attend a career and resume
seminar provided by careerath- This type of lecture
may be provided again this
year but is still in the process
of being discussed. This semi-
nar emphasized to student-
athletes the need to maintain
their grades and get involved
in other activities and clubs to
be well-rounded.
Berry has also been sup-
portive of athletes’ health
needs with an athletic training
department since 1988. The
department provides medical
coverage for student-athletes in
the Ford Gym and the Steven. J.
Cage Athletics and Recreation
Center with two full-time certi-
hed alhIelic lrainers, lvo grad-
uate assistant positions and a
student staff. Berry considers
the intense work that athletes
do to support their teams and
represent the college, and as
a result it supplies the neces-
sary assistance to keep them
Overall, Berry and the ath-
letic department keep student-
athletes up to par in their per-
formances in and out of the
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to complete tasks
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I found a deer
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Perform some
controversial play
somewhere I’m not
supposed to be.”
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I would send
people to ask for help,
and when they are
led to the emergency,
it will actually be
a satirical re-enact-
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in real life.”
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Michael Marie Hall
Exorcism reports lack comparative depth
Return to youthful roots for guiltless fall holiday
Dignitaries boasting champagne to
classical music and conversations over
24-karat, gold-rimmed china: this is the
image that comes to mind when think-
ing of our world leaders celebrating
the accomplishments of distinguished
individuals of societies.
On the other hand, in Sudan a child
curls up to their mother in the bush,
and witnesses the capture of a 12-year-
old brother, who like many other young
boys, are to become minions of the rebel
groups and contribute to many dev-
astating massacres. What have these
“accomplished” people really done for
others in countries under mass destruc-
tion by their fellow humans?
This made me think of the situation
regarding the Nobel Peace Prize recipi-
ent President Barack Obama, who is
under much scrutiny for receiving the
2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts of
cooperative approach to international
issues and treaties.
I believe Obama is an excellent
change in the world, but do “efforts”
really deserve an honorary award such
as the Nobel Peace Prize? Others who
have received the honor have been
humanitarians like Mother Teresa, Nel-
son Mandela, and Martin Luther King
Jr. Their efforts brought change to the
welfare of those following their beliefs
and even those who have never seen
their faces. Their attempts and accom-
plishments went further than personal
appearances and beyond television
I’m not denouncing President
Obama’s ideas or visions for the world
to become a better place, but receiving
the Nobel should be a reward for dem-
onstration, not explanation.
I do not agree with the Norwegian
Nobel Committee decision for giving
the President such a prestigious award
so early on in his career because this
away at the president with comments.
For example, Chairman Michael Steele
of the Republican National Committee
released a statement that critiqued the
president’s award.
“The real question Americans are
asking is, ‘What has President Obama
actually accomplished?’ It is unfortu-
nate that the president’s star power
has outshined tireless advocates who
have made real achievements work-
ing towards peace and human rights,”
Steele said. “One thing is certain –
President Obama won’t be receiving
any awards from Americans for job
ing up rhetoric with concrete action.”
Many must admit that Steele does
make a good point. What has Obama
really done so far that has effectively
changed anything? This does not
mean he will not achieve what he aims
for, but in the mean time he should
step back and let the deserved get their
It is also important to understand
that Obama agrees with many who say
that he did not necessarily deserve the
“To be honest, I do not feel that I
deserve to be in the company of so
who’ve been honored by this prize—
men and women who have inspired me
and inspired the entire world through
their courageous pursuit of peace.”
Very well said, President Obama.
Staff Writer
Let’s be honest, how many of us
with candy, dressed in a cliché Hal-
loween costume, whether pumpkins or
some sort of animal, that our parents
shoved us in at a young age?
While Halloween may have origi-
nated from many different spiritual
ideals, it has evolved into a wonder-
ful holiday full of giving and receiving
candy while dressed in ridiculous out-
and stuff themselves with candy, which
is often the source of “trade” later on in
the evening.
Over the years, we slowly grow up
and often abandon our classic idea of a
good time. Halloween loses its candy-
sweet morals, and leaves us with, well,
As people grow up, Halloween
has become more about “skanky” cos-
tumes and wild parties than anything
else. Not to say what constitutes a cele-
bration and what does not, but it seems
people discount that the old tradition
may still be a great way to spend the
Who said there is an age limit to
trick-or-treating? Halloween should
be celebrated the way you want, if that
includes dressing up as a food product,
so be it. Never be afraid to hold on to
your childhood as far as holidays are
Sure, Halloween was a fun memory
as a child; why not live it up as a college
student? You will be rewarded further
with candy and loads of laughs rather
than partying up so much so that you
do not even remember your Hallow-
een. Have fun the way you want, but
never forget to stay young while you
Staff Writer
Approximately a week after an
alleged exorcism took place at Win-
Shape, the Atlanta news sources began
alternative paper, and the Atlanta Jour-
nal-Constitution decided to cover this
“rare occurrence.” Also, don’t forget the
blog entries on U.S. News and World
Report. Even atheist Richard Dawkin’s
blog had commentary posted about the
incident on his site.
The problem I found was not the
“exorcism,” but the way news sources
use their “reporting” skills. The stories
were on the surface level and looked as
though they simply copied and pasted
many of the quotes from Viking Fusion
and the Campus Carrier article. Viking
it had more than a thousand hits— but
didn’t seem to get much credit. Not to
mention, the other news stories were
full of bias.
I thought the newspaper was sup-
posed to be a credible news source, but
I was mistaken. I want to dissect a cou-
ple things the AJC decided to mention
in their biased piece. Online the title
reads, “Exorcism stirs debate among
Berry College students, faculty,” and
there is room to interpret this headline
but it was more of a silent debate. Then
they said it was a “mutual agreement”
between Nathan Mallory and faculty,
meaning no debate at all? I didn’t hear
anyone voice much concern, only “no
comment” from much of WinShape as
well as faculty. As I continued to read
the article, nothing really changed from
the Fusion piece nor from junior Kyler
Post’s news article.
Let’s start at the beginning. They
said, “the debate about religion’s role in
the liberal arts institution,” but it didn’t
have much to deal with the institution.
It was just a student who thought he
reading, the ending stated:
recognize a gay student organization,
claiming Berry does not endorse sin-
gle-issue advocacy groups. Opponents
pointed out that the school funds orga-
nizations representing African-Ameri-
cans, Hispanics and Baptists.”
This inclusion was not necessary.
What are they trying to do, make Berry
look super conservative as well as
completely against gays and lesbians?
This publicity is one thing our trust-
ees and faculty probably didn’t want.
There seems to be no reason as to place
background information on a topic that
doesn’t have any relevancy with the
topic being discussed.
The conclusion is also weak. I
the piece was shoddy to the point of
Fox News Atlanta did handle the
title better with “Exorcism Contro-
versy” and “Ga. College Student Per-
forms Exorcism;” both are acceptable
because they are stating what hap-
pened. Although the bias by Fox 5
Atlanta was not as direct as in the AJC
dent. Their video was mediocre because
some clips were rather pointless, and
the photo of Mallory was blurry. Little
things matter, especially to audiences,
as each article or video creates a differ-
ent feeling within viewers.
a sense of humor to their biased piece,
with “Did the devil indeed come down
visit our swell aquarium?” There is a
hidden bias within the story, especially
lightening up the subject matter with
adjectives and placing it in a humorous
Did any of the news sources try to
contact the subject of this exorcism? I’m
not sure, but Fusion surely did a couple
days later, posting a story about what
the subject of the exorcism had to say.
Maybe the “prominent” news sources
should try not to skim the surface.
Peace prize creates new criticism window
Staff Writer
OCTOBER 22, 2009
What should you buy in the fall?
1. Fall is the best time of the year to buy a new car. New-model cars have been parked in dealership lots since
September, and salespeople are eager to get rid of the others in October and November. Expect to save at least 10
percent—and probably more—on the previous year's model.
2. The best time to buy fruits and vegetables is when they are in season. This month and through November, apples,
cranberries, oranges, broccoIi, cauIißover, mushrooms and spinach, aIong vilh manv olher fruils and vegelabIes,
will be in season and less pricey than exotic fruits and vegetables stores have to import to keep on shelves.
3. The best time of the year to buy toys is no longer right around Christmas. Stores put popular toys on sale in early
November and sometimes before Halloween to lure shoppers with the hope that they'll return in December to do
more of their Christmas shopping.
4. Many stores begin putting electronics on sale in early November to lengthen the Christmas shopping season, but
the day after Thanksgiving is still the best day of the year to buy electronics. Expect the best discounts of the year on
Black Friday. Keep in mind that these items often sell out fast.
5. Jeans are more likely to go on sale in the fall during years when denim is not expected to be a major trend. One
should shop in November and December, when stores are less crowded and are trying to boost their end-of-the-year
sales. It will be easier to negotiate bargains.
Where should you travel in the fall?
1. Atlanta is a perennial rejuvenator, with modern
style, charm and a unique blend of history, dining,
shopping and adventure. It has modern-day attractions
and an up-and-coming art scene.
Why go in fall? With the summer heat gone, fall in
Atlanta makes for enjoyable sightseeing.
2. New England / Cape Cod's quaint villages,
hundreds of miles of beaches and "sand dunes and salty
air" are a relaxing retreat.

Why go in fall? As the summer crowds retreat, it
becomes much easier to navigate. It is perfect for a walk on
the beach whereas other regions will not permit it because
of cold weather.
3. Colorado is not only full of beautiful mountains and
landscapes, but it is also a land of thriving cosmopolitan
towns like Denver, which offers outdoor adventures such
as hiking, skiing and rafting.
Why go in fall? Fall weather is pleasant for sightseeing
in Denver, which is accompanied by scenic foliage.
Fashion Forward

For more information on fall trends, check out these Websites! ª ª ª ª
Features Editor Asst. Features Editor
Utilize Layers
Nothing is worse than only
wearing a large, thick sweater and
expecting it to be freezing, only to
hnd mid-aflernoon lo have nice
weather, leaving one sweating and
burning up. Try wearing a sweater
that is not as thick with a warmer
jacket on top.
Hats and Scarves
They come in countless colors and
styles, so there is something for
absolutely everybody. A hat and scarf
will not only shield one from the cold,
but could also potentially add a fun,
stylish look to a plain sweater.
Plaid is In
Plaid was a hot trend last fall, and this year is
no exception. Even though it's not the newest
fashion statement, it's a classic we can't stop
loving. The key to wearing plaid is layering.
It's generally safe to stick with one plaid piece
per oulhl. Iair vour chosen pIaid piece vilh
solids that compliment the color scheme and
don'l overvheIm lhe oulhl. NeulraI coIors vork
best with plaids because they add warmth and
simplicity to the busy fabric.
The color palettes for fall/winter are surprisingly versatile and able
to transcend seasons. The secret for a stylish, sophisticated and
timeless look is to choose colors in the same tonal palette. Red and
bIue hues are aIso ßallering lo mosl skin lones.
Red —Don’t go overboard so it is neither harsh nor over-the- ª
top. It is designed to suit all skin tones. If one chooses a warm
but robust hue, it can be blended with almost any shade.
Rose/Pink —This shade represents all that is new and fresh ª
about this fall’s designs. This shade not only has nurturing and
feminine tones, but it also plays upon vibrancy. If one would
like to opt for a more adventurous pink, try a more a pinkish,
earthy orange. It is warm and comforting and probably the
most fall-like.
Blue — Leaning toward a cross between teal and purpilish ª
tones will add an exotic feel.
LiIac ÷ This rehned lone is sofl and sensuaI. ª
Warm Olive —This color is a rich, yellowy green, which tends ª
to make colors come alive.
Honey Yellow —Awarm and welcoming yellow can be easily ª
partnered with an earthy pink.
Black —This can serve as a grounding color for all other tones. ª
Light Gray — Agreat color to offset more robust fall colors. ª
Crème Brûlée — It’s a mixture of gray and light beige, and ª
although it's known as a delicious French dessert, it also easily
catches the eye as one of fall’s best neutrals.
It's all in the Jeans
They are comfortable.
They are versatile. They
are often blue. What
are they? Jeans. Casual,
with the potential to be
dressy at the same time,
jeans offer an array of
possibilities. The best
thing about them is that
they are an inexpensive
option that can easily
contribute to a great
On their fall tour, the band Copeland is
making a stop at Berry College as part of
KCAB’s new Concert Series this Saturday,
Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. Their new CD, “You Are
My Sunshine” is in stores now.
“I’ve been listening to their music for
John Demonbreun said. “Their music has
evolved. Each CD has a different style—
they reinvent their music.”
In spring 2008 KCAB hosted a Ben Folds
concert and another in fall 2008 with the
band NeedToBreathe. With the success of
those concerts, 2009-2010 has brought an
opportunity for KCAB to pioneer a concert
series, consisting of six concerts occurring
in different locations around campus. The
Copeland show is being modeled after the
NeedToBreathe concert, which took place
on the Memorial Library Lawn and had
over 400 guests in attendance.
“By bringing the artists to the Berry
campus KCAB hopes students will take
advantage of up-and-coming musicians
performing just steps away from their liv-
ing spaces,” Student Activities Coordinator
Lydia Salcedo said.
Students are offered more reasons to
stay on campus by having a concert about
once a month.
“Rather than spending time and money
to travel to Atlanta, Chattanooga or other
surrounding cities, students can experience
a concert about once a month right here on
campus,” Salcedo said. “Providing these
types of events for students gives every-
one something a little extra to look forward
to throughout the semester. Where other
schools just provide one large spring show
for their students, Berry is giving [their stu-
dents] six.”
Salcedo said planning for KCAB’s Con-
cert Series was a pretty lengthy process,
taking most of the summer.
“Students on KCAB spent the sum-
mer listening to the artists and speaking
with agent after agent checking on artist
cost, availability, tour dates and contract/
rider [artist’s requests for backstage needs]
requirements,” Salcedo said. “It was an
extremely lengthy process and weeks of
narrowing down performers based on
KCAB’s budget and what suits Berry Col-
lege students the best.”
KCAB took into consideration what the
students wanted to see. There were many
possibilities, but Copeland was found to be
the right choice.
“Copeland was selected from a mass list
of up-and-coming artists that was created
from student suggestion [last year and over
the summer], music sites and concert pro-
duction lists,” Salcedo said.
Sophomore KCAB member Megan
Hodder is on the artist series committee
of KCAB. She has had the opportunity to
work at length preparing for the Copeland
“Bringing a big name to campus has
have imagined,” Hodder said. “KCAB as a
whole has to be conscious of making sure
that we accommodate the needs of the
band as well as their agency so their con-
cert at Berry can be successful and leave a
good impression.”
The performance is a closed show for
Berry College; however, KCAB is not put-
ting any special restrictions on attendance
other than what is regular campus policy.
All guests must be accompanied by a
Berry student, faculty or staff member and
students should follow the regular proce-
dures at the gatehouse when guests enter
after dark. KCAB wants to provide a fun
nitely encourages students to help make
this possible.
“I’ve liked Copeland for the past three
years, and I’ve always gone to see them in
concert, so I’m excited it’s free at Berry,”
senior Mary Magoni said. “It’s neat that
someone I love is coming to campus.”
KCAB will see you at the Memorial
Library Lawn to have some hot chocolate
and enjoy the sounds of Copeland under
the stars. In the event that the show needs
to be moved inside due to bad weather
conditions, free tickets will be available
dent Information Desk in Krannert. Tickets
will be limited as the rain site is scheduled
for Ford Auditorium. KCAB will send an
e-mail out on Friday with those details.
“It’s exciting bringing a name that
people recognize and appreciate because
it gives us a chance to meet the desires of
the campus as a whole—which is KCAB’s
main purpose,” Hodder said.
Every Thursday at Opi’s Waterfront Bar and Grill, you
can get a taste of a young, local talent who has a passion for
his music and audience.
Foundations of a musician
Russ Maddux, a 21-year-old from Trion, Ga., has a fam-
ily-oriented musical background, with his uncle being one
inspiration for his music.
“My uncle has been playing since I can remember,”
Maddux said. “I guess just growing up and watching him
play at all his shows [inspired me].”
Currently, his inspiration would be one of his favor-
ite bands, Incubus. Maddux started playing the guitar at
around 12-years-old with the help of his grandfather. After
that, he got on the Internet and took the initiative to begin
to learn more songs and, out of interest, started singing
about a year ago.
Old Crow Medicine Show. Once he began singing, he went
to work writing his own songs, which he has about six to
his name now.
Creating a local name and unique sound
Maddux received the opportunity to play at Opi’s this
past Cinco de Mayo, when the artists Buck and Duke
invited him to play with them. Originally, Maddux played
at the location on Mondays and also played at the Opi’s
in Shannon, Ga., but has moved to Thursday, which has a
larger audience turnout.
Once he started having his own shows, Maddux started
learning even more songs and now has a repertoire of
around 60 songs. With every latest song comes a new pre-
ferred piece, Maddux said.
“[My favorite song] changes; it’s usually whatever new
song I learn to play,” Maddux said. “But it would be one of
my originals called ‘Why?’”
impression of the Goo Goo Dolls or even Creed, which
seemed surprising coming from the young musician. He
describes his music as being along the lines of “alternative
‘90s music.”
At a recent show at Opi’s, Maddux began the evening
with a toned down “What I Got,” by Sublime, exemplify-
ing a “rock” roughness to his singing voice.
Maddux played the top melody on guitar while his
friend Wes Brooks played the bass. He also played “The
Joker” by the Steve Miller Band and gave “Sweet Home
Alabama” a good rock twist including a few instrumental
interludes to exhibit the talented combination of the two
tifully performed, accompanied by harmonica. Maddux’s
variation of “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston made it
almost unrecognizable as a slower rock, love song.
Maddux impresses with his skill on the guitar, although
his rough voice may be liked or disliked depending on
one’s taste. By adding his own passionate touch to well-
known songs, Maddux made the show at Opi’s not only
relaxing, but also energetic and entertaining.
It’s casual, local fun that keeps the crowd happy as
Maddux plays as many requested songs he knows. Mad-
dux simply loves the music and enjoys having a good time
playing for the audience.
“The guitar always seems to make things better,” Mad-
dux said.
Future musical aspirations
Although Maddux is pleased with playing locally,
eventually getting a record deal is one of his goals, Mad-
dux said.
life,” Maddux said.
Without a doubt, I look forward to the possibility of
having Maddux’s music on a CD, though a local live show
cannot be beat.
Singer Russ Maddux takes the stage with a guitar in hand
at Opi’s Waterfront Bar and Grill on Thursday night. He is a
local musician from Trion, Ga.
Local artist offers new sound
KCAB Chair
Concert series, Copeland to light up stage
Singer-songwriter Russ Maddux gives covers new life and introduces Rome to
original songs on Thursday nights at Opi’s Waterfront Bar and Grill.
Coming soon to Rome
112 W 2nd Avenue
(706) 528-4082
The newly remodeled Opi`s has a 1,000 square foot dance foor,
stage and special lighting that highlights the performance area.
Buck & Duke as well as other regional country artists will perform
on the new stage on Saturday nights.
-Special events planned each week
-New menu and drink specials
-Free convenient parking
Wednesday: Karaoke
Friday: Live music with Buck -n- Duke
Saturday: Live Music with Buck -n- Duke
the Jager Girls
Prizes and Giveaways
Next Friday: Backwater Band
Next Saturday: Halloween Bash
Costume Contest
Buck -n- Duke
Do YOU want to get paid to
write for The Carrier?
Come to the next meeting Monday,
Oct. 26.
Regina: what you see is what you get
On Oct. 6 I was given the opportunity to see the
redheaded, Russian-born Regina Spektor at “The
Tabernacle” in Atlanta.
Afler silling in lrafhc and gelling a free meaI oul
of our hour-and-a-half long wait for dinner due to
the sold out U2 concert at the Georgia Dome, my boy-
friend and I hnaIIv managed lo make il inside |usl in
time for Spektor to take the stage.
I didn’t know how many people to expect to see
lhere because, Iel's |usl face il, vho vouIdn'l vanl
to see Bono live? However, when we arrived I was
pleasantly surprised to see a packed house of mostly
college students with a few high schoolers and older
couples thrown in the mix.
As soon as Spektor took the stage, the audience
went wild. Accompanied by a cellist, violinist and
drummer, she was all business and went straight into
her performance. It’s usually the other way around,
but Spektor sounds even better in concert than she
does on her albums or in videos. She is a breath of
fresh air in an age of voice-overs and remixes. What
you see is what you get.
To Spektor’s delight, the responsive audience sang
along to every vibrant ballad and gleefully chimed in
to sing each one of her zany lyrics. At the same time,
during her quieter songs, the crowd treated her per-
formance almost like a classical music concert.
Except for the occasional bits of laughter during
the quirky song “Silly Eye Color Generalizations,”
during which Spektor sings about the meanings
behind boys’ eye colors, you could have heard a pin
Spektor has the ability to build a personal relation-
ship with her fans as her sweet, petite frame pokes
out from the back of her grand piano. She seemed to
genuineIv en|ov |oking and Iaughing vilh lhe crovd,
and vou couId dehnileIv leII lhal she had been cIassi-
cally trained as a musician. As a fan, her performance
seemed nearIv ßavIess.
Some highlights from the evening included her
performance of “Poor Little Rich Boy,” with only the
accompaniment of a drumstick and a wooden chair
and “That Time,” in which she played a bright tur-
quoise electric guitar as the audience eagerly sang
aIong lo lhe Ivrics, ¨So cheap and |uicv!¨
After the show was over, the crowd almost imme-
diately called for an encore performance. The last 20
minutes of the show were extraordinary. We sang
along to some of her most well-known pieces such as
“Fidelity” and “Us.”
Whether from personal experience or imagina-
tion, Spektor’s songs have the ability to make you
feel like she wrote the song with you in mind. By
mixing styles of folk, blues and pop, Spektor creates
an obscure genre that sets her apart from many musi-
cians today.
Songs I would recommend checking out are “Fold-
ing Chair,” “Hotel Song” and “Fidelity.”
Asst. Entertainment
Regina Spektor impressed the audience with her unique sound at the
Tabernacle on Oct. 6.
Oct. 24-25
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sponsored by the
Chiaha Guild of Arts
and Crafts
For more information visit
Haunted Inn Murder Mystery Presented
by A.R.T. Acts of Random Theatre
Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7 p.m.
Tickets $30: dinner and show at 333 On Broad
Free movie outdoors at Bridgepoint Plaza
“A Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”
Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
Sports Editor
It’s cold. There’s no arguing with 46
degrees and winds gusting at 15 miles per
hour. Regardless of how many layers I’m
wearing, the wind will gladly cut right
through me. And laugh about it. It seems
like the gray, dreary clouds overhead are
mocking the fact that there is supposed
to be a competition today. The persistent
drizzle spurs the question “Why on earth
am I here?”, while the rain takes another
crack at my skin. Lip balm will be a hot
commodity in a few hours. The waves
are high, rain is falling and the course has
been shortened by 250 meters to compen-
sate. I’m starting to think that shivering
is going to tire me out more than the race
On Saturday, Oct. 17 in Huntsville, Ala.,
Viking Crev compeled in il's hrsl regalla of
the season. The team traveled to Alabama in
two college buses and two cars and spent the
night in a church. The entire team woke up
at 6 a.m. and after the traditional pre-regatta
meal, bagels and cream cheese, drove out to
the venue, the Ditto Landing Marina. The
Hobbs Island Regatta was located in the Ten-
nessee River and hosted by the Rocket City
rowing club, the only recreational rowing
club in the state of Alabama.
A regatta consists of plenty of hur-
rying and its fair share of waiting. Some
races started at 9:30 a.m., and others
didn'l slarl unliI 2:4Op.m. The hrsl lhing
that takes place is a coxswain’s meeting.
The coxswain is the person who sits in
the stern (or front) of the boat, steers and
gives direction and motivation. It’s ben-
ehciaI for a coxsvain lo be Iighlveighl,
so the rowers have a lighter load to carry.
Coxswain’s meetings are led by the host
team and report on weather conditions,
hazards in the water, as well as the course
In the meantime, the rest of the team is
responsible for getting the boats and oars
off of the trailer and preparing them for
the race, which includes attaching riggers
and seats to the boats. A few brave souls
battled the cold, wind and rain to assem-
ble the boats; the rest of us shivered inside
the buses. The team brought two four-
person boats to this regatta, named Daisy
and Gloria, with help from the Darlington
Prep School.
The Hobbs IsIand Regalla vas hve kiIo-
meters long (3.1 miles), but unlike most
other kinds of races, we essentially had to
row the course twice. The starting line is
exactly 3.1 miles away, so the boats row to
the starting line, turn around and race to
lhe hnish, for a lolaI of 6.2 miIes.
I rowed with the women’s varsity boat,
in place of a team member who was under
the weather. On the way up, we warmed
up the best we could and focused on tech-
nique and balance. Despite our efforts, a
combination of rain and high waves put
over a half gallon of water in the boat. I
hadn’t rowed in a long time, but it was just
like riding a bike. A beautiful thing about
exercise and the cold is that you totally
forget about it once you get moving. And
it was awesome. Muscles I forgot existed
burned like crazy, but it actually felt great.
We placed fourth in our race, with a time
of 21 minutes and 17 seconds.
The men's varsilv boal pIaced hflh
with a time of 19 minutes and 21 seconds,
while the men’s novice boat placed third
in their race with a time of 22 minutes and
35 seconds. Seniors Conrad Beckman and
Mark Furst rented a two-person boat and
rowed the 5K in 18 minutes and 13 sec-
onds. Women’s novice A placed third and
rowed a time of 24 minutes and 11 seconds
and novice ß hnished in 26 minules and
12 seconds. Women's novice C hnished in
26 minutes and 18 seconds, novice D was
Unlike most other teams at Berry,
Viking Crew regularly competes against
big name schools, NCAA Division I
schools. This past weekend, we competed
against Auburn University, the University
of Alabama, Northwestern State, Murray
State, Louisiana State University, Georgia
State and Vanderbilt University.
The leam is cIassihed as a cIub sporl al
Berry, which means that they are not regu-
lated by a collegiate conference. However,
all rowers have to be registered with the
U.S. Rowing Association for insurance
purposes. The crew team is split up by
skill level; the experienced rowers are
considered “varsity” while beginners are
known as “novices”.
They practice seven days a week, sepa-
rated by boats. Workouts consist of time in
the gym as well as on the water. Time on
the water has to be carefully delegated, as
there are three boats that need to be shared
by at least seven groups.
Viking Crew will compete again on
Nov. 7 at the Head of the Hooch regatta in
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Asst. Sports Editor
Students have created Berry’s newest club team, The
Viking Rugby Club.
The Viking Rugby Club was started by sophomore co-
captains Grant Walter and Matt Higdon in order to have a
IillIe exlra phvsicaI aclivilv and hlness on campus.
“I just thought it would be fun to get some guys together
and play. I love the game, and I just thought that I’d share,”
Walter said.
Walter played rugby three years in high school where he
says the sport is beginning to grow in popularity. He has
also played with various men’s club teams this past year.
The two tried to create the club team last year but were
unsuccessful in creating it due to the lack of student par-
ticipation. This year the team has 14 dedicated players with
a few other students who come less regularly. Walter says
the team needs 15 players but would like around 17 to be
“The freshman class is a little bigger this year. That’s why
I think more people got in on it,” Walter said.
The Viking Rugby Club plans to pay dues and join a
league in the spring. The league is very organized and the
club team will be able to play other college teams such as
the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw
State University. The team will also be able to play other
men’s teams such as the Atlanta Renegades, one of the most
renowned rugby teams in the state. The league also consists
of tournaments and a championship at the end of the sea-
son. The team is currently setting up a scrimmage against
Gwinnett College.
Walter said many people have a lack of knowledge about
the sport. As many people already know, rugby is a very
physical sport, often described as a cross between football
and soccer.
“I joined the team because I needed a good workout to
stay in shape. It has been great and physically demanding,”
said senior Sean Saunders, a member on the club team.
Grant says although there is a lot of tackling and running
in rugby, it is a misconception that rugby is a lot of chaos. It’s
actually organized, with plays and structure.
Many people fear this physical sport because of the lack
of padding. Grant says the sport is not as dangerous as it
seems. Walter said in rugby they teach the proper techniques
of how to tackle in order to avoid injuries as much as pos-
sible. There is a lot of contact, but a lot of it is group hitting
and team pushing. Although he has not been hurt, Saunders
said he is sore sometimes after practice.
“If you learn it right, it’s not the safest sport out there but
it is a pretty safe sport. I’ve gotten injured once or twice in
my three year career of playing,” Walter said.
Walter said there are aspects in rugby that make it com-
pletely different than other sports.
“My favorite thing about rugby is that it is not a huge
rivalry where you really want to beat the other person
throughout the game. You talk with your opponent through-
out the entire match and you get to know them and laugh
the entire game,” Walter said.
There are also women’s rugby leagues being formed for
female students at Berry.
“Since there are more women here I was actually expect-
ing a vomen's leam lo gel slarled hrsl. So if lhev vanled lo
get to a team together they could,” Walter said.
The leam praclices Wednesdavs al lhe inlramuraI heIds
and Iridavs al eilher lhe inlramuraI heIds or lhe MAC
gym in the Cage at 6 p.m. Practices are open to all Berry
To get more information, check out the Viking Rugby
Club group on Facebook, or e-mail Walter at
Sports Editor
The Lady Vikings equestrian team puts
hours of work into preparing themselves for
shows, but this weekend, they will be able to
see it all unfold at their home arena.
On Saturday and Sunday the Lady Vikings
equestrian team will be hosting the Berry
Shov, lheir hrsl home compelilion of lhe sea-
son. The show will exhibit Hunter and Eng-
lish events. Preparation started as early as last
week and is a team effort. The Lady Vikings
are expecled lo heIp prepare Gunbv Lquine
Cenler, lhe horses and lhemseIves lo compele
in the show.
The day before a home show, the team
spends three to four hours preparing the
faciIilv. Coach Margarel Knighl said lhal she
divides lhe leam inlo commillees: |umps, con-
cessions, lack, lrash, secrelaries and horse care.
The group in charge of |umps is in responsibIe
for cIeaning up lhe arena, bIeachers, lhe |udge
sland and lhe |umps. (Iumps are comparabIe
lo hurdIes in lrack and heId evenls). The Ladv
Vikings aIso manage lhe concession sland,
cIean lhe kilchen and sel lhe prices. The lack
commillee prepares lhe equipmenl for lhe
veekend, incIuding saddIes, bridIes, saddIe
pads, bils and Iead ropes. The lrash commillee
sels up garbage cans and ensures lhal garbage
doesn'l overßov lhroughoul lhe course of lhe
Riders vho are on lhe secrelaries commil-
tee are responsible for the horse draw, fees
from olher leams and keeping lrack of leam
points throughout the show. The horse draw
delermines vhich rider is lo compele on vhich
horse, and 2OO lo 3OO chips vilh riders' names
on them are drawn out of a hat.
¨Òur riders have an advanlage because
lhev knov lhe horses lhev're riding,¨ Knighl
said. “It’s a lot of extra work, though; people
are tired by the end of the weekend.”
According lo senior caplain RacheI ßesch,
the Lady Vikings have improved at running
shows by themselves over the years.
¨We've dehnileIv gollen more organized
each vear since mv freshman vear,¨ ßesch
The horses are a cruciaI parl of lhe compeli-
lion and have a commillee aII lo lhemseIves.
ßefore lhe shov, lhe horse care commillee
makes sure that they’re prepared.
¨We're each assigned a horse lo make sure
il's neal and prellv,¨ |unior AIIie Iones said.
Since lhe hosl schooI suppIies lhe horses
lhal viII be used for compelilion, aboul 3O
horses and their stalls have to be tended to.
During lhe compelilion, lhe Ladv Vikings
manage lhe horses, and il can be difhcuIl: 3O
horses have lo accommodale a veekend's
vorlh of compelilion.
¨Horses can'l go back-lo-back, some can'l
ride in cerlain cIasses, and lhere are veighl
reslriclions for cerlain horses,¨ Iones said.
“They have to be kept warm during the show;
ve'II vaIk lhem around in a big circIe lo keep
them warm.”
The rider’s lessons before shows, home or
avav, are usuaIIv Iighl and basic.
¨You don'l vanl lo inlroduce a bunch of
nev lhings before a shov,¨ Knighl said. ¨We'II
praclice basics, presence |in fronl of lhe |udges]
and what they’re doing in the show.”
Iones said she rides lvice lhe veek before a
shov and vorks oul once, using lhe machines
in the Cage or pool running.
The Ladv Vikings' nexl compelilion viII be
a Hunter seat show hosted by Clemson Uni-
versilv on Òcl. 31 lhrough Nov. 1.
Intra-squad tests swimmers
Being one of the two newest teams at Berry,
along with the women’s softball team, the
swimming and diving team has already taken
a dip into the pressures that unfold with being
the best.
The Blue and White Intra-Squad meet will
be held at Berry Saturday at 9 a.m. This meet
viII consisl of lhe svimming and diving leam
members compeling againsl one anolher.
Iunior DvIan MiddIelon had much lo sav
about the meet.
¨This is a good opporlunilv lo shovcase
hov far ve have come since iniliaIIv slarl-
ing last semester, and it’ll be fun and friendly
compelilion lhal viII uIlimaleIv bring lhe
leam cIoser logelher and pinpoinl areas lhal
need improvement,” she said.
The swimmers said they are training harder
lhan ever lhese davs because lhev vanl lo
prove to Berry students they are worthy of
being considered a parl of ßerrv AlhIelics.
Both the men’s and women’s teams said they
hope lhal such hard vork viII pav off in lhe
ßecause lhis is svimming and diving's hrsl
vear compeling al ßerrv, lhev said lhal lhev
have been treading up and down the pool at
lhe Sleven I. Cage AlhIelics and Recrealion
Cenler in preparalion for vhal is lo come. The
members of the team said they are not quite
sure vhal lo expecl of lheir opponenls, bul
are aIso conhdenl enough in lheir skiIIs and
abilities to surpass any team. They have set a
fair amounl of goaIs and said lhev anlicipale
hnishing oul lheir season having von mosl aII
of their meets.
Ireshman KavIa Sanner said she knovs if
lhev conlinue lo praclice al lhe rale lhev are
going, lhev viII conlinue lo improve as lhe
season goes on. She said she has made it her
own individual goal to improve her times in
the meets this year by polishing her strokes
and cIeaning up her lechnique.
“I hope to drop time in the events I will be
swimming,” Sanner said.
Sanner said she is looking forward to
debuting her abilities and demonstrating her
talents at the Intra-Squad meet the team is
parlicipaling in lhis Salurdav.
The members of the team said they are anx-
iousIv availing lhe hrsl ofhciaI meel lhal viII
be heId al ßerrv on Òcl. 31, al 1O:3O a.m. Thev
viII be compeling againsl LaGrange CoIIege.
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HACKENSACK, N.J. _ Students on college campuses
are clamoring for environmentally friendly classes, all the
better to prepare for an expected wave of green-collar jobs.
“Students are very interested in sustainability issues,” said
Ramapo College (N.J.) President Peter Mercer. “It starts
in their own lives, with recycling and their own use of
resources. That, in turn, has led them to focus on sustain-
ability in the job market.”
It’s more than solar panels and installing the latest water-
hIlralion svslem. Sludenls al aII IeveIs of higher educalion are
combining environmental concerns with science, technology
and political know-how to prepare for the changes ahead.
Anticipated new “green” jobs will range from construction
and architecture to legal services and government.
As the U.S. pours billions into sustainable construction
_ incIuding lhrough lhe hscaI slimuIus package _ such
employment is expected to grow. One estimate, by the
U.S. Conference of Mayors, projects 4.2 million green jobs
nationwide by 2028, compared with750,000 today.
At Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J., a new
catalog declares “Bergen Goes Green.”
The school partnered with a local electrical workers
union to create a solar-energy class to teach licensed elec-
tricians to install and service solar panels. Bergen also has
inlroduced cIasses in energv-efhcienl home conslruclion
and sustainable interior design, said Walter Hecht, the
school’s dean of continuing education.
A new four-week class aimed at real estate agents and
home inspectors covers the state’s environmental rules,
including lectures on underground storage tanks, radon
testing and off-gassing from those sought-after granite
countertops. The college will soon offer test-prep classes
for conlraclors vho vanl lo be cerlihed in environmenlaIIv
sensitive “LEED” building practices.
Interest is high, Hecht said.
“The federal government has put an emphasis on it for
stimulus dollars, and people want to be on that cutting
edge,” he said. “The technology is changing so quickly,
and it’s hard for people to keep up on their own. These
are new skills that they need. Their customers are asking
for this.”
The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark
recently created a “green careers” database and job search
for its career services department. Students can click
through all 100-plus college majors to search what green
careers they lead to, as well as search listings of current
“Our students are interested in green everything,” said
Gregory Mass, executive director for career development
services at NJIT. “The students who come here are very
career-minded, and this really has become a way of life and
a value that they hold very much that carries forward into
their life’s work.”
Sludenl Lori-Ann Sciachilano, 28, is hnishing up a
degree in science, technology and society at NJIT in New-
ark. She said her classmates are going green, with an eye
on the job market.
“Green technology is the future of technology,” she said.
“If we’re not taught the most leading technologies, we’re
not going to be able to compete with students who are.”
Students engaged in postgraduate study also are com-
bining hard science with the social sciences in new “sus-
tainability” degree programs. Sustainability science stud-
ies the interaction of humans and their environment in the
hopes of inßuencing business praclices and pubIic poIicv.
The goal: graduates who can link human practices with
their ecological effects and handle new business and gov-
ernment demands for sustainable practices. Such practices
provide goods and services without degrading natural
resources, such as bv using efhcienl nev lechnoIogies,
non-polluting manufacturing processes or easily replaced
Ramapo, in Mahwah, N.J., is about to open a new
sustainability education center on campus, and is await-
ing approval for a new master’s degree in sustainability
studies. Kean University in Union recently introduced a
new bachelor’s degree in sustainability. And at Montclair
Slale Iniversilv in LillIe IaIIs, ofhciaIs are deveIoping nev
undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability
science. Doctoral candidates there recently began a new
Ph.D.program in environmental management.
“We humans are interested in maintaining our way and
quality of life _ but how do we balance our ecology and
economy?” said Michael Weinstein, director of the Insti-
tute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University
in Little Falls. “The big issue for this century is reconciling
human use of natural resources with the ability of the natu-
ral ecosystem to provide those resources.”
Green is color of future for college students

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