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dehned SurreaIism as
“the chance encounter of
a seving machine and an
umbreIIa on a disseclion
Strange things on
student and faculty
In lhese unslabIe economic limes, unempIov-
menl isn'l lhe onIv lhing increasing. Tviller use
has grovn 1382 percenl lhis pasl vear.
According lo a March 2OO9 NieIsen sludv, lhe
Iargesl age group of Tveelers represenled vere
lhose belveen lhe ages of 35 and 49. The sludv
said lhal 62 percenl access lhe Tviller Web sile
vhiIe al vork and onIv 35 percenl from home.
WhiIe lhe age group 18-24 vas under-repre-
senled in lhe sludv, lhere are manv peopIe on
campus vho use lhe sociaI nelvorking sile.
Senior TavIor Iackson said he sel up a Tviller
accounl for ModeI IN and one caIIed Georgia
AIerls lhal provides vealher varnings and lraf-
hc aIerls lo ils foIIovers.
Iackson said he Iikes lhe mobiIilv of Tviller.
¨ßecause ceII phones are Iinked, il's Iike send-
ing mass lexl messages,¨ he said.
In an inlerviev conducled over Tviller, se-
nior Lauren Wrighl said she Iikes lhe connec-
lions lhal Tviller provides.
¨Il's Iike Iacebook slaluses over and over. I
can keep up vilh friends, breaking nevs and
hnd Iinks shared bv designers,¨ she lveeled.
Despile lhe looI's groving popuIarilv, Associ-
ale Irofessor of Governmenl and InlernalionaI
Sludies Kirslen TavIor said she's sliII lrving lo
hgure oul ils polenliaI in lhe cIassroom. She said
she uses il lo galher nevs updales from various
nevs organizalions and specihcaIIv used il lo
foIIov lhe Iniled Nalions GeneraI AssembIv.
¨I usuaIIv use a nevs aggregalor lo gel nevs,
bul Tviller updales loId me vhal vas going on
righl lhen÷Iike Mvanmar is speaking in 2O min-
ules,¨ she said.
Iackson said he aIso used il lo foIIov lhe Ira-
nian eIeclions bv searching for lveels from II
(Inlernel IrolocoI) addresses in Iran.
¨You couId see lhe rav emolion coming
lhrough lhal vasn'l from a nevs organizalion,¨
Tviller is nol onIv a sociaI nelvorking looI
for individuaIs bul aIso for companies and
Irofessor of Communicalion Kalhv ßrillain
Richardson said Tviller is lhe number one lopic
in pubIic reIalions. She said bolh non-prohl and
for-prohl organizalions are using il÷from Habi-
lal for Humanilv and lhe American Red Cross lo
Slarbucks and Coca-CoIa.
¨Thev see il as a vav of buiIding diaIogue,
vhich is lhe basis of good IR, and lechnoIogv
provides a Iol of vavs lo do lhal,¨ she said.
Communicalion Deparlmenl Chair ßob Irank
said he lhinks Tviller has a Iimiled bul signih-
canl roIe in |ournaIism as il is used lo gel nevs
oul in shorl form.
He said he sees Tviller's usefuIness as a com-
municalion looI. If lhere are manv |ournaIisls
covering one evenl Iike a poIilicaI convenlion,
lhen lhe |ournaIisls couId use Tviller lo aIerl
each olher vhere lhev're going or vhal lhev're
Iormer ßerrv sludenls have used Tviller lo
communicale vilh lheir former cIassmales.
Amanda Irisbee (O8C) said she prefers Tvil-
ler over Iacebook as a sociaI nelvorking looI.
¨Tviller reaIIv puls sociaI nelvorking di-
reclIv inlo our hands÷IileraIIv, if vou have an
iIhone or gel device updales÷vhich makes il
easier and more convenienl lo connecl vilh foI-
Iovers and lhose vou foIIov,¨ she said.
CIeve MiIIer (O9C) said he uses Tviller in
much the same way.
¨I have basicaIIv been using il lo keep up lo
speed vilh aII mv friends and in lurn keep lhem
up lo speed on vhal's going on in mv Iife,¨ he
Laura Sullon (O9C) said Tviller heIps her
knov vhal her friends are doing even if lhev
don'l have lime lo laIk everv dav.
¨Tviller is a greal vav lo feeI connecled lo
peopIe vhen vou're gelling used lo nol being
around lhem aII lhe lime,¨ she said.
In addilion lo individuaI sludenls, AIum-
ni ReIalions is aIso capilaIizing on Tviller's
ßecause a Iol of aIumni and parenls couIdn'l
allend lhe Mounlain Dav feslivilies, Chris Wal-
lers, direclor of aIumni reIalions, said lhev vanl-
ed lo creale somelhing lhal vouId make lhem
feeI lhal lhev couId sliII parlicipale. Rick Wood-
aII, direclor of pubIic reIalions, vilh lhe heIp of
L-communicalions, crealed lhe Iive video feed
of lhe Grand March and crealed lhe Tviller con-
versalion (~mlndavO9) so lhal peopIe vho vere
allending Mounlain Dav as veII as lhose vho
veren'l abIe lo allend couId be lveeling aboul
¨Il's so imporlanl, especiaIIv vilh aIumni, for
lhem lo feeI Iike lhev're sliII a parl of lhe ßerrv
communilv even lhough lhev're far avav,¨ Wal-
She said lhal Tviller is |usl one componenl
lo lhe overaII communicalion slralegv lo voung
Lach lveeler averaged 24O lveels for lhe Iasl
quarler of 2OO8, according lo lhe NeiIsen sludv,
and lhe number of lveelers is expecled onIv lo
increase in lhe coming monlhs.
Iackson said he is Iooking forvard lo seeing
hov Tviller viII be used in lhe fulure poIilicaI
Irank said he eslimaled lhal 95 percenl of
lveeling is a simpIe diversion.
¨Il's anolher vav lo vasle vour lime,¨ he
So vhelher lveelers lveel lo hnd rav nevs,
keep up vilh friends or |usl lo vasle lime, il's
undeniabIe lhal lhe sile is groving in lvil-
luIarilv. Nov, if peopIe couId onIv agree on lhe
your fall break
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Twitter speak: the language of Twitter
tweeter/twitterer: someone who posts to Twitter
@reply: a tweet sent to another tweeter
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mistweet: a tweet one regrets later
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PAGE 2, CAMPUS CARRIER OCTOBER 8, 2009
Despite leading campus gossip blog
JuicyCampus.com being squeezed out
last February, the emergence of new
gossip sites indicate that college gos-
sip is still a ripe business for anony-
JuicyCampus shut down due to lack
of funding and advertising issues, but
currently leading the pack of online
gossip columns are Campus Gossip
and College ACB (Anonymous Con-
fession Board), both of which allow
students to post gossip anonymously
under designated pages for most every
college and university in the country.
Posts run the gamut of discussion
threads about fraternity and sorority
pledge rivalries to contact informa-
who can supply cannabis.
Campus Gossip even allows stu-
dents to post images and video and
has an 18-and-older “RAW” page for
content too racy for the public campus
As campus gossip sites continue to
grow, issues of privacy, libel, gender
lawsuits and school administrations’
involvement and intervention in what
is posted on these sites also becomes a
While some schools have attempted
to ban the sites on campus, shut down
the sites completely or create Inter-
net conduct policies for student bod-
ies, Dean of Students Debbie Heida
said administrators at Berry have not
talked about creating an Internet con-
duct policy and will not try to monitor
campus gossip blogs.
“With the explosion of social
media, it’s just impossible to police
the peripheries of students posting
on the Web,” Heida said. “We’re not
going to try to control something that
is impossible to control.”
Heida said the administration cur-
rently does not monitor Berry stu-
dents’ Facebook posts and would not
attempt to shut down sites such as
campus gossip blogs. However, Heida
said Berry would respond to students
who felt threatened as a result of a
post by another student.
“If there is a case in which a stu-
dent at Berry feels threatened because
of something posted on the Web, and
if they can provide us with proof, then
we will respond to those cases,” Heida
Institutional intervention did occur
in January after the mother of a female
student at Hofstra University in Long
Island, N.Y., reported to the univer-
sity administration that her daughter
was called a “slut” and “whore” on
JuicyCampus. She said the institution
had a responsibility to block campus
access to JuicyCampus. When the uni-
versity refused, the mother brought a
case against the U.S. Department of
the grounds that the university had
a responsibility to respond to a stu-
The ruling on the case came in
August but said the university had
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to the student in part due to the ano-
nymity of the post.
Professor of Communication
Kathy Brittain Richardson said the
laws on anonymous blog postings,
libel and defaming individuals is an
“This is relatively new law; there
haven’t been many cases to set a prec-
edent,” Richardson said. “But I think
we will begin to see more of a prec-
edent being built within 10 years. A
big question will be who should be
held responsible, whether that’s the
publisher or proprietor of the site,
or whether they will try to trace the
source for anonymous posts.”
While pinpointing accountability
for posts and laying blame for the
defamatory remarks may take some
time to work out, Richardson said the
media laws for libel apply the same if
it were a gossip column in a college
newspaper or a gossip site online.
“Publication is publication regard-
less of venue,” Richardson said.
But Richardson also said the sever-
ity of the libel could be slightly dif-
ferent from strictly print circulation
in that what circulates on the Web is
accessible to anybody for extremely
long period of time. Even after sites are
inactive, one can still view archived
Assistant Professor of Sociology
and Anthropology Carrie Baker said
the permanence of these sites, coupled
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of female students, creates a problem
as damaging photos and commentary
might be still online when that student
starts making career choices.
“These sites take sexual labeling
and magnify it exponentially because
the Internet is a wider distribution
base, there’s more potential to be
damaging because of its permanency
and most anyone can access it,” Baker
said. “This is especially damaging to
girls’ futures if they decide to run for
are out there.”
As with the female student from
Hofstra University, gender issues
these sites raise with regard to images
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advertising affect the way girls see
and understand themselves contrib-
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these types of sites.
“The images and discussion threads
on these sites are furthering very tra-
ditional notions about the commodi-
see the sexualization of girls in how
they imitate tawdry, girls-gone-wild
Baker said the tag line of these sites
as campus “gossip” sites probably
draws out these types of discussions
and images of girls on campuses, and
the anonymity of the posts makes
it more likely that bloggers would
abuse the public forum and post
“But at the same time, having an
anonymous forum would allow peo-
ple who normally would be afraid
to speak out about something voice
their opinion. For example a member
of LISTEN or an untenured faculty
member might have something to say,
but then they just don’t say it because
they fear the administration.”
Heida said the anonymity of the
postings on these sites detracts from
the thinking skills and accountability
fostered at Berry.
“Speaking from my own teaching
philosophy for me personally, I think
anonymous posting goes against
teaching students to think critically, to
own what they say, be accountable for
their words and be respectful of what
we say and do,” Heida said.
So far nothing has been posted
under Berry on CampusGossip.com
nor on CollegeACB.com. Viewer dis-
cretion is advised when visiting these
Campus gossip blogs continue to
raise legal, gender concerns
Posted by Heather Scheel, Senior
I’ve never really heard of these types of sites.
It’s not something I really have time or care to
keep up with.
Posted by Abigail Morgan, Sophomore
Gossip blogs sound like an interesting concept,
Posted by Mary Webb, Freshman
I think maybe sometimes gossip sites could be
fun, but I’m not sure what that would lead to,
especially with people posting stuff about oth-
ers without them knowing.
Posted by Morgan Long, Freshman
creepy, especially with people posting photos.
You never know what could go up there.
Posted by Anna Blankenship, Freshman
I really don’t like the idea of someone post-
ing photos for anybody to see. Privacy is a big
issue. At least with sites like Facebook, I feel
more comfortable because there are privacy
settings I set. But with these gossip sites, it
would be wide open.
Posted by Carissa Rundle, Junior
I really don’t read that kind of stuff on gossip
sites. Ever since high school, I’ve kind of put
rumors and gossip behind me; it’s just not that
important to me anymore. But if someone were
to put a photo or something up on one of these
to know where they got it because I don’t really
dress in anything scandalous, and secondly, I
For photo highlights of Mountain Day and Marthapalooza
as well as a story featuring Berry students’ tattoos,
OCTOBER 8, 2009 CAMPUS CARRIER PAGE 3
Entering the Music Busi-
ness: From Bedroom to
Pick up tips about getting
a foot in the music busi-
ness door on Oct. 8 from 8
p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Col-
lege Chapel. CE credit. Josh
Huggins, Shawn Regan and
Tribb Robison will speak
as well as perform music
An Introduction to Eastern
Make sure to be in the Sci-
ence Auditorium Oct. 8 at
7 p.m. to hear Father Fred-
erick Watson speak in the
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on the differences between
East and West “Christian
History.” The second part
of the series, “Thinking
Theologically,” will be Oct.
15 at 7 p.m. in the Science
Auditorium. CE Credit.
Enjoy the break. No classes
Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.
Learn about study, intern-
ship and service opportu-
nities outside the United
States on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. on Kran-
nert Lawn. There will be
drawings for prizes and
Comedian: Ben Kronberg
Laugh at comedian Ben
Kronberg in the Jewel Box
Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. to 10:30
p.m. Admission is free.
Berry College Concert
Series: Alabama Sym-
phony String Quartet
Earn CE credit while listen-
ing to the splendid cham-
ber music by the Alabama
Symphony String Quartet
Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Check out the
edu to get the
Correction: In the “Win-
Shape student performs
alleged exorcism” story in
the Oct. 1 issue of The Car-
rier, the date of the exorcism
was incorrectly printed. The
actual date was Sept. 21.
Attending the same classes in the same
location can become mundane, but students
can easily stir up the routine by taking advan-
tage of opportunities to see the world.
On Thursday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30
p.m., students will have the opportunity to
attend the International Opportunities Fair
on Krannert lawn, hosted by International
Programs, the Career Center, the Bonner Cen-
recruited different organizations to host tables
at the fair, ranging from the Peace Corps to
traditional study abroad trip representatives.
“We are trying to expand it from previ-
ous years,” said Sarah Egerer, director of
international programs to provide student
At the fair, former study abroad partici-
pants will be in attendance to talk with stu-
dents about their experience.
“It’s an opportunity to study, work and
serve abroad,” Egerer said.
The International Opportunities Fair pro-
vides the chance to see all options available
to students. Many Berry students have taken
advantage of this, including senior Bethany
Battig, global ambassador for International
Battig spent the fall of 2008 studying
abroad in Mexico, Peru and Argentina. While
attending local universities, Battig said tak-
ing courses taught in Spanish was not the
was the time spent outside of the classroom
“The language in the classroom wasn’t
that hard because you could always raise
your hand and ask questions,” she said. “The
hardest part was on the streets.”
But said she she did not let this obstacle
prevent her from making the most out of her
experience. Battig often traveled to get a full
in Peru in which I was on an airplane every
weekend,” she said.
Battig visited many historical and famous
sites, such as Machu Picchu, and credited uni-
versity professors’ knowledge and local tour
guide companies with suggestions of where
to visit on a budget. By using more “home-
grown” companies, she said she was able to
travel to more places on a cheaper budget.
College President Stephen R. Briggs said
he regrets not studying abroad when he was
in college, but added that it was not nearly as
“The immediacy of the world has changed
dramatically,” he said. “I envy students of
Berry faculty have only led study abroad
trips since 1972, a relatively new program in
comparison to the age of Berry.
With this opportunity available to stu-
dents, Marianna Wright, student organizer of
the fair, said students should take advantage
“It’s important for people to get out there
and explore,” she said.
Traveling half way across the world is not
always an easy accomplishment though.
“It was an intimidating challenge, but
it grew into an amazing opportunity,” Bat-
tig said. “I didn’t just learn about another
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The various trips can last anywhere from
two weeks to one year and allow students
to fully engage in a different culture, many
times having a sizeable impact on students.
“Study abroad is one of the most powerful
learning experiences,” Briggs said.
Last year, 129 students participated in
some type of study abroad experience.
To help students get a better feeling of
what it is like to study within a different cul-
ture, there is a current display in Memorial
Library of Battig’s photos from abroad.
“The pictures I chose were a combination
of reasons why I think people would want to
study abroad,” Battig said.
The photo display is a preview to what
students can expect during the week of Nov.
16-20, International Education Week, for the
“What is Culture?” photo display.
The photo contest is open to anyone who
has had a cultural experience abroad, not just
students who studied in another country.
Because one can feel “strange and isolated”
when studying abroad, Briggs recommended
students think about the trip beforehand.
“When you go, it’s best if you do some
preparations in advance,” he said.
In recent years, faculty-led trips have
included places such as Iceland, Bhutan and
Tanzania, but students are not limited to these
“Don’t worry about it,” Battig said. “Just
get out there; it doesn’t matter where you
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In a time of economic despair,
wouldn’t it be smart to explore
all possibilities that could ben-
ehl lhe nalion` Òne such oplion
lhal couId have manv benehls
and is almost always overlooked
is the legalization of marijuana.
Yes, marijuana is a drug, and
yes, there are plenty of negatives
that could be said about this.
The negatives are, in fact, what
everyone mainly focuses on, but
maybe it is time to start consider-
ing the positives. Maybe it’s time
for a changing nation to change
its views on marijuana.
Òne main benehl lhal vouId
come with the legalization of
marijuana is in the economic
point of view. In fact, more than
500 economists signed an open
letter to the president, Congress,
governors and state legislators
urging them to consider the
option of lifting the prohibition
of marijuana and instead regu-
late and tax it as a consumer
The plan that these econo-
mists suggest could save the gov-
ernment $7.7 billion each year in
federal and state expenditures.
In fact, if the government were
to tax marijuana like other con-
sumer goods it could produce
$2.4 billion annually, and if it
were taxed the same way as alco-
hol and tobacco, it could generate
$6.2 billion annually. Of course,
just because something would
make money doesn’t necessarily
mean it is a good thing, but what
aboul mari|uana is so laboo`
The Center for the Study of
Democratic Politics released a
reporl lhal slaled, ¨decIassihed
ÒvaI Òfhce lapes from 1971-
1972 (the Nixon Administration)
demonstrate that the foundation
of marijuana criminalization is
misinformation, culture war and
prejudice.” This misrepresenta-
tion has led to a negative ste-
reolvpe lhal is difhcuIl lo break:
however, some of the current
generation has different views
on the drug than previous gen-
erations. Our generation may be
lhe one lo reaIize lhe benehls of
marijuana and break the overly
In the medical world, mari-
|uana couId have manv benehls,
but often doctors prefer to pre-
scribe opiates. This is in part due
to research and development of
the drug, which is slow due to
the negative label that marijuana
In spite of this, opiates such as
morphine and OxyContin, which
are often prescribed for chronic
pain, can be highly addictive,
and the use of an addictive
medicine for long term use that
could cause severe harm to your
body just does not seem like a
good idea. Marijuana, on the
other hand, has no chemically
addictive properties, although
some do argue that it is socially
Another negative that comes
with the illegal status of mari-
juana is the stress that it places
on the penal system. The cur-
rent punishment for the posses-
sion of mari|uana is prison lime:
however, the prisons in the U.S.
are already overcrowded, and
this punishment is only making
it worse. The U.S. Department
of Justice reported 34,540 Ameri-
cans are imprisoned for mari-
|uana offenses. Is lhis elhicaI` Is
it right that an inmate incarcer-
ated for a violent crime will be
released to make room for non-
No, marijuana is not a cure-
all for the economy, the medical
community or the penal system,
bul il has benehls lhal mav heIp
all of the above. There may be
manv olher uses and benehls lhal
come with marijuana, but they
may never be known because of
the political and social negatives
that have been placed on it.
This is not encouragement to
go roll a joint or to declare that
marijuana has no downside, but,
hopefully, it has shed some light
on the positives that could come
with the legalization of mari-
juana and stimulate discussion
about why it currently is so taboo
and if that stereotype needs to be
Technology, reality televi-
sion and pop culture, in gen-
eral, capture our generation’s
attention with our rapid push
for innovation and change. The
new or quirky gains popularity,
leaving “classic culture” on the
back burner. Opera may not be
the way you want to spend your
evening, but the time appre-
ciating classic culture may be
worthwhile to learn about the
past and understand the intri-
cacies and hard work involved
while being entertained.
A couple weeks back, the
High Museum of Art in Atlanta
held a special college night
event. Berry sold discounted
tickets, and the event brought
a strong crowd of local college
students. The event catered
appropriately to young adults
with special activities and
music to increase attendance at
a location that may not be on
the top of most students’ list of
things to see.
Unfortunately, we feel
as though it might not have
been advertised early enough,
although this might be due to
lhe discounl conhrmalion. ßul
this is perhaps a good start to
cultural opportunities outside
of Berry. The college encour-
ages on-campus attendance
of “cultural” events, but what
about the opportunities pre-
sented in the Rome community,
AlIanla or Challanooga`
Although time and money
are always an issue with college
students, discounted events
promoted in a timely manner
will give students the chance to
enhance their cultural develop-
ment. Without a doubt a show
at the Fox Theatre or a concert
at the Woodruff Arts Cen-
ter would be worth the time,
but they are probably a little
too expensive for our wallets.
Perhaps if Berry offered more
discounts or promoted events
with student pricing, students
would be aware of and more
inclined to attend cultural
events outside those required
There are so many calendars
with a wide variety of events
lhal svamp sludenls: il's reaIIv
about what’s the most appeal-
ing. But, how are you supposed
to know that you’ll enjoy the
Rome Symphony Orchestra
if vou've never been` AIso,
maybe attending the Atlanta
Ballet’s “Nutcracker” could
turn into an annual tradition
to set the holiday season off
right. Take an already existing
interest, for example music or
dance, and expand the hori-
zons of your knowledge and
Even if attending a ballet
isn’t your idea of fun, being
able to say that you attended
one and respecting the beauty
and work behind it may put
you in a better position as a
critic or expand your perspec-
tive on culture. The Rome com-
munity has so many options
right in our backyard with the
Rome Little Theatre and Rome
History Museum, it’s conve-
nient to add a little color to
your “cultural line-up.”
With tight budgets and
schedules, students need to see
that it is still worth going to
such events. Fine art, classical
music, operas and ballets give
us a link to our past and other
cultures. Artists work hard to
maintain excellence, and, with
our support, the classics can be
preserved for future genera-
tions. A sense of appreciation
for the arts and how they mark
the changes in our history
should be instilled in all of us.
Although cultural activities
can be dehned differenlIv, and
popuIar cuIlure is vhal dehnes
our generation, stepping back
to appreciate the more classical
forms will only better us.
tion prolongs efforts
to complete tasks
Remove weed’s haze for clearly
understanding societal impact
OCTOBER 8, 2009 CAMPUS CARRIER PAGE 5
I went to Europe.”
“What is the last ‘cultural
event’ you attended outside of
I haven’t been
to one; I’ve been
stuck at Berry
I attended a sweat
lodge— a Native
LETTER SUBMISSION POLICY
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phone number, along with the writer’s class year or
title. The Carrier reserves the right to edit for length,
style, grammar and libel.
Texting builds, prevents relationships
Contribute compassion to world problems
We all know how the process works:
boy meets girl, walks girl to class and
the big step is the phone call at home
foIIoved bv lhe anlicipaled hrsl dale.
In dozens of TV shows, books and
movies, relationships have bloomed
from the incidental meeting, followed
by face-to-face conversation with that
It seems that in so many tales of our
parents’ past dating lives (even though
many of us choose not to think about
that), the school hallways or pews at
churches were the prime locations to
meet that next boyfriend or girlfriend.
That trend has in no way come to a
halt. Millions of teens still meet new
potential partners on a daily basis, but
it seems that things have become a lot
more complicated with the incredible
amount of technology we are using
minute by minute.
One of these “great complications”
would have to be texting. Think about
it. Imagine life without texting. For one
thing, we would all be a lot more awk-
ward in public situations, having noth-
ing to bury our face and fears in. I’m
not saying I’m not a part of this wave. I
constantly will text a few people ahead
of time before I arrive at an event. If I
know a limited number of people and
might have to actually put myself out
there, I am reassured knowing I can
connect with my friends right at the
end of mv hngerlips. And no one viII
I could be talking to one person; I
could be talking to 10. While it is abso-
lutely brilliant to be able to keep up
with the ones you love, think about the
effects it has when it comes to boy-girl
relationships, especially when meet-
ing someone new. It used to be that
when two people stood in the hallway
having a conversation, it was just the
two of you. Now, both inboxes could
be receiving texts from third, fourth or
How many of us have someone who
constantly texts us or receive a friendly
“catch-up” from an ex? These text
strings can end up holding us down. It
is so easy to be pulled along from text
to text and hold onto relationships that
should have been put on the shelf long
ago. Maybe it’s because it is so sim-
pIe lo be absurdIv ßirlv vhen lexling
and the fact that a mass text is rarely
Unfortunately, the new friend in
whom you are interested has no idea
that just inside your jacket pocket
could be the complications of past rela-
tionships tying you down. You could
be sinking from the weights of texts
in your inbox, and no one would ever
There is no solution to this; our
lives are going to be complicated with
or without the amount of texting we
do– that’s a given. What we need to
remember is to give new friends, or
possible love interests, a chance.
Keeping in touch with loved ones is
one thing, but there is no need be in the
lives of people who confuse you just
because it is so incredibly simple. Tex-
ting may be one of the greatest innova-
tions in regard to communication, but
we should not let it invade our lives to
the extent that it is preventing us from
moving on to new adventures.
Watching the documentary about
the child soldiers in Uganda, “The
Rescue” by Invisible Children, I could
not help but notice all the faces in the
room. One in particular that caught
my eye was that of my friend, Liz, who
was right beside me. She had been so
moved by the movie she could not
keep a dry eye throughout the entire
As she laid her head on my shoul-
der and clinched my arm and hand for
comfort, I set my eyes on everyone else
in the room. No one seemed to have
this intense emotion that Liz was show-
ing right next to me. This state of com-
plete shock and sadness had stricken
her heart and broken her down. It hurt
her so badly, but it seemed as though
no one else had really been affected to
the point of crying like my friend was.
I knew everyone felt so bad for the chil-
dren, but feeling only goes so far.
Afler lhe movie hnished and lhe
Invisible Children group gave more
information on how to contribute to
the cause, I wondered how many of
us would actually participate. Let’s be
honest, the majority of people who wit-
ness or view cases similar to the war in
Uganda do not do much in response.
We feel empathetic toward the cause,
but rarely do we donate money on a
regular basis or dedicate time to solve
these issues. As a society, empathy is a
universal sentiment toward our fellow
man in turmoil, but that seems to be as
far as it goes. Not many of us go that
extra mile to express that we truly care,
and that’s a sad issue in itself.
No matter how many times some-
one says they feel bad about a crisis
or such, it does not make up for the
energy they could’ve put forward to
get something done. I can honestly say,
I, too, am at fault for being this way.
The world has so many issues and
disasters, but we seem to do nothing
for things we feel “sorry” for or see as
“such a shame.” As long as others only
feel and not act upon these feelings, we
will always have the same issues and
see them growing and growing until
they become reoccurring incidents.
Taking action freed the slaves, res-
cued the Holocaust survivors, saved
more than 1,000 people in a Rwandan
hotel during a genocide, rebuilt a city
struck by terrorists and made countless
other positive changes that deserve to
be in history books. Make your mark
and give those after us something to be
We live and work on one of the
world’s largest, most beautiful college
campuses. And perhaps its noisiest.
On Oct. 1, the sidewalks and lawns
|usl oulside mv ofhce in LaughIin vere
air blown three different times by three
different people using three different
apparatuses (a hand-held air blower,
a lawn mower and a rider blower, one
of the noisiest machines in use here at
This morning, and I am not making
this up, the very same sidewalk was
vacuumed, by a large blue truck, then
blown again two hours later by the
noisiest machine in use here at Berry–
some sort of motorized orange air
blower. In between these blowings and
vacuumings, this same sidewalk and
abutting lawns were seeded, blown,
then fertilized and trimmed with a
So, silling in mv ofhce allempling
to grade midterms, my thoughts com-
peted with no fewer than six noise-
making machines, many of which
canceled each other out. At one point, I
ßed a gianl veed-ealer |usl oulside mv
windows to a bench outside of Moon.
This afforded me exactly 12 minutes of
relative peace before two hand-held air
blowers roared behind me in the small
parking lot next to Moon, a lot vacu-
umed AND blown again this morning.
The dehnilion of insanilv, as arlicu-
lated by my desk copy of “Funk & Wag-
nalls” includes the following: “extreme
folly or unreasonableness” or “some-
thing utterly foolish or unreasonable.”
ßv lhis dehnilion, one of us is insane.
Me for expecting even a few uninter-
rupled minules in mv ofhce in lhe
middle of a college campus, or those
responsible for unleashing the seem-
ingly unending torrent of dust, debris
and noise. Soon the distinction won’t
matter, for even if I am sane now ask-
ing this question, very soon I will have
been driven stark raving mad. But at
least the sidewalk will be clean.
- Brian Carroll
Associate Professor of Communication
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Frequent text messages help us keep in touch, but
our strong connection with the technological world
leads us to miss possible new relationships.
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OCTOBER 8, 2009
Asst. Features Editor
She got her start by showing off
her crouton burns but found a way
to rid her shyness.
Visiting Assistant Professor of
Communication Melanie Conrad, like
many teenagers around the U.S. at the
lime, vas hrsl empIoved lo vork in a
restaurant. At the age of 16 in a Nebraska
reslauranl ovned bv poIilician ßob
Kerrev, she vouId simpIv make saIads
and croulons lhal famiIies and coupIes
would enjoy before their main course.
In the summer of 2000, she took a
more interesting route job-wise. Every so
often, a census survey is sent out to each
househoId and eachis expecled lo hII il oul
promplIv and accuraleIv, bul aIas, lhis is
never the case. There are always countless
peopIe across lhe I.S. lhal do nol hII oul
lhe form and perhaps never even gIance
al lhe sheels of paper. ßecause of lhis,
lhere are peopIe appoinled lo relrieve
lhis informalion door lo door, in person.
Òne of lhese peopIe vas Conrad, and
her job consisted of asking some of the
mosl simpIe, bul off-lhe-vaII queslions lo
peopIe she had never mel before.
“I would have to ask everything from
‘how many toilets do you have?’ to ‘how
manv Ianguages do vou speak`'¨ Conrad
The peopIe lhal she mel vhiIe
asking lhe various queslions vere of aII
economic levels. Conrad said she came in
conlacl vilh verv kind peopIe such as a
man that lived in a trailer with three other
peopIe on a $2O,OOO income and a veaIlhv
coupIe lhal she lhoughl vere going lo be
snobs, but turned out to be very nice. On
the other hand, she came in contact with
peopIe vho vere nol nearIv as pIeasanl.
¨A person IileraIIv came oul vilh a
sholgun once,¨ Conrad said.
AIlhough il vas a ßuke gelling lhe |ob,
il heIped her lo gel over her shvness.
Conrad said, “I still look back and
realize that I would not have been able
lo knock on peopIe's doors vilhoul lhal
During college, she continued a job
that many view to be unglamorous. Her
sophomore vear of coIIege she slarled
back at McDonald’s, a job she had in high
school. By her senior year of college she
vas appoinled as a manager. Il vas her
ideaI |ob al lhe lime because il vas simpIv
“I liked it so much because I could
come in and turn my brain off... I needed
somelhing lhal vasn'l so compIicaled,¨
Although the job was easy enough,
she found out early on it was not for her.
She vas once loId lo ¨poIish lhe mop
buckels,¨ bul vhen she reaIized lhal she
would never want to do that herself she
told another manager named Dan to do
¨Il reaIIv expIains mv differenl allilude
than the other managers. I could never
go back to McDonald's or anything like
lhal,¨ Conrad said.
It turns out she did go back, but only
once more, a fev vears Ialer. She quil afler
Now a coach on the forensics team at
Berry, along with teaching classes, she
lakes a Iol of vhal she experienced al her
pasl |obs and appIies il.
“Working at McDonald's taught me to
be a reaIIv organized person. Nov I am
verv melhodicaI aboul lhe vav I approach
things class-wise. I’m also more willing to
engage in conßicl vilh peopIe,¨ Conrad
Overall, she said her jobs gave her a
verv posilive experience.
“I’m bettered because of it, but I would
never gel a |ob Iike lhal again,¨ Conrad
A psychologist in training with a
mind for people.
He started at the lowliest entry-level
vilh a slarling vage of $1.6O an hour.
Associate Professor of Psychology Victor
Bissonnette was none other than a bus
bov. Sixleen vears oId, al lhe peak of his
high school junior varsity baseball career,
ßissonnelle gave il aII up for spending
monev and a lasle of independence. He
did the basic service of bringing out the
food, pouring valer for cuslomers and
cIeaning up lhe labIes.
“You have such a low status, but
vou're a peopIe-valcher of lhe cuslomers.
I was already thinking of social roles and
hierarchies. Il vas aII aboul peopIe,¨ he
Bissonette came into college wanting
lo be a pholo|ournaIisl, bul afler laking a
socioIogv and psvchoIogv cIass he
became even more inleresled in peopIe
so much so that he eventually became a
However, he still held on to his love
He said, ¨Mv pholographv vas aII
His favorile kind of pholographv deaIl
with theater. He worked with many kinds
of peopIe ranging from a voung aclor lhal
was in a "tough guy" role to a business
lvpe in a suil and lie.
¨Il vas aboul capluring a personaIilv,
having lhe ßIG 5 personaIilv on a
pholograph,¨ ßissonnelle said.
Throughout all of his jobs, he said his
Iove for peopIe vas sleadv. As a sociaI
psvchoIogisl, il is his |ob lo reIale lo
peopIe, and he said he Ioves everv minule
¨WhenI gel upinlhe morning, I Iove lo
go lo vork," he said. "The mosl imporlanl
parl of mv |ob invoIves lhe reIalionships
I form with students. It’s all about the
rapporl lo heIp lhem undersland lhings.
CurrenlIv ßissonnelle's |ob empIovs
him to relate to students by teaching
and advising them in many ways. When
asked if his pasl |obs had a posilive effecl
on his Iife his response vas, "Thev are aII
parl of lhe foundalion.¨
¨In vour ups and dovns in |obs, vou
can learn a lot if you’re willing to look in
lhe mirror,¨ ßissonnelle said.
An unglamorous job that
employed the likes of an English
professor and Henry David
It started out as a summer job that
almost turned into a career. Associate
Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing
Jim Watkins was a land surveyor for six
years, and he certainly did not enjoy
“I loved woods, but after my job, there
veren'l anv voods Iefl,¨ Walkins said.
Afler lvo vears and a Iol of experience
in lhe heId, he dropped oul of coIIege.
“I had vague notions of becoming a
professionaI Iand survevor,¨ Walkins
Despile his lhoughls lhal he mighl
conlinue lhis profession, he heIped his
vife lhrough schooI hrsl and lhen venl
back to college. He continued to work as
a land surveyor, building subdivisions
where farms used to be while relating to
¨AII lhe coIorfuI peopIe vilhin lhe |ob,
like the crew chiefs, were like fathers to
me,¨ Walkins said.
Afler six vears of ¨coIorfuI peopIe¨
and many goodbyes to countless areas
of wood, he said farewell and headed to
graduale schooI. ÒveraII, lhe experience
vas posilive, bul he is gIad he is nol
doing it now.
¨I vish some of lhose farms I heIped
lurn inlo subdivisions vere sliII farms,¨
Because of this job, however, it made
lhe professor appreciale lhe salisfaclion
of doing any job correctly or well done.
¨ßecause of lhal |ob, I never ßoundered
as a graduate student…I knew what it
was like to work a hard job 50 hours a
veek,¨ Walkins said.
Professionally, Watkins is now an
adviser to many Berry students. He
also works with the Southern Women
Writers conference along many alumni
and donors. No matter what he does,
he considers his six-year job as a land
survevor lo be inßuenliaI.
“If anything, I learned that when you
don'l do a |ob veII, il shovs,¨ Walkins
It took him a long time to get to the
pIace and posilion he is in nov, bul il is a
job he will never forget.
“Henry David Thoreau started off as a
land surveyor, so I knew I wasn’t doing
anvlhing loo bad,¨ Walkins said.
Quirky Jobs Bring Lasting Memories
They faced angry costumers, rudeness, and bleak endings. Who are they? They are none other than
your fellow Berry professors and students. From Laughlin to Green, the professors speak of their past
job experiences while students compare their past experiences to what jobs they are doing now. From
the weird and quirky to the fun and fascinating, these jobs turn out to be some of the best memories.
Testing toilet paper leads to career path
When CI Reed leIIs peopIe he used lo lesl loiIel paper
as a summer |ob, lhev oflen repIv in lhe vicinilv of ¨Whal
does lhal mean exaclIv`¨ WeII, il's nol vhal vou lhink, lhal
is for sure.
Senior CJ Reed got an easy break when he asked his
dad, vho vas a chemisl for Georgia Iacihc, if lhere vere
anv |obs or inlernships open. Turns oul, lhere vere, and he
quickIv began lo coIIecl differenl resuIls for scienlisls.
¨I vas basicaIIv lhe Iab ral,¨ Reed said.
This job was not only interesting, so much so that he
kepl il everv summer in high schooI, bul he sliII appIies il lo
his studies here at Berry, where he works in the chemistry
deparlmenl preparing Iabs. ¨Il heIped me vilh mv cIasses and inlerpreling dala.
Il gol me more comforlabIe and heIped vilh mv career
palh,¨ Reed said.
Responsibility learned at a
young age through animals
She was a volunteer in the animal nutrition
kitchen at Zoo Atlanta for three years, fed a giraffe
and eIephanl and made a birlhdav cake for a bov
panda, Yang Yang. Ireshman Lindsav Hiner had
many students' dream job, or at least they think so.
¨There vere a Iol of responsibiIilies Iike going
oul lo gel hsh and lraining voIunleers. Il vas a
boring |ob somelimes,¨ Hiner said.
Hovever, il vas a verv posilive experience for
lhe sludenl vho nov vorks al lhe cashier's ofhce.
¨I dehnileIv Iearned hov lo be more responsibIe.
Il laughl me lo make lhe besl of vhal vou have,¨
A challenging journey to get the perfect shot
Iunior DanieIIe Hanihn is a sludio arl ma|or vilh a
Iove for pholographv. During lhe summer she vorked
for lvo pholographers vho focused soIeIv on horse shov
pholographv. Irom Mav lhrough Augusl lhev lraveIed
across New York and the Northeast to go to horse shows,
pholograph lhe enlire shov and seII images compelilors
¨Trv slanding in lhe same spol for hve or six hours
while trying to follow a horse’s movements with the
camera and capluring lhe righl momenl. Cuslomers viII
onIv buv lhe perfecl pholo. We vouId aIso have lo slav
up Iale and vake up earIv because everv cIass had lo be
pholographed aIong vilh ediling pholos digilaIIv and
seIIing pholos lo cuslomers,¨ Hanihn said.
Hanihn nov vorks al lhe alhIelic deparlmenl on
campus as a pholographer.
¨I appIv lhe sluff I Iearned from lhe |ob lhis summer
lo lhe |ob I have nov even lhough lhev are compIeleIv
differenl sporls,¨ Hanihn said.
Acostumed worker turned leader
Laura MilcheII, SGA execulive secrelarv, spenl six
monlhs as lhe Slalue of Liberlv. Irom 4 p.m. lo 8 p.m.
during high schooI, she dressed up in a green melaIIic
dress over a sweatshirt along with a foam crown for the
Liberlv Tax Companv.
¨When lhev slopped al lhe red Iighl I vouId sav 'Hev!
Come lhis vav lo gel vour laxes done!'¨
It might not seem like the most desirable job, but for
$8 an hour, she couId nol resisl. Hovever, she is gIad lo
be in her currenl posilion.
“If anything, it motivated me to get a job that had
quaIilv inleraclion vilh peopIe. You can'l aIvavs lake lhe
easv road,¨ MilcheII said.
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA MITCHELL
PHOTOS BY CANDLER HOBBS, ASST. PHOTO EDITOR
Are you staying in or going out? As fall break approaches
to lend us a little ‘TLC’ we’re no doubt thinking about the
best ways we could spend this long weekend recess. Stay-
ing in watching movies in sweatpants is nice, but given the
time of year, I say go out.
October is one of the most amazing months of the year:
warm sun, cool breezes, leaves start to shed green and
take on beautiful oranges and yellows. What better way
to clear our minds and exercise our muscles than to lace up
our boots and take a hike through autumn air?
While we live on one of the most beautiful campuses in
the nation, we also live in one of the most beautiful states.
Northwest Georgia offers some gorgeous parks, hiking
trails, campgrounds and waterfalls for the explorer in all
One of my favorite spots is Cloudland Canyon State
Park. About an hour and a half north of Rome, Cloudland
Canyon is located on the western edge of Lookout Moun-
tain. My words would do no justice to the amazing views
from the top of the canyon.
The Sitton Gulch Creek cuts in to the mountain creat-
ing a deep gorge. Stairs and trails lead you into the gorge,
where you can take a west rim trail or hike further down
and see the two waterfalls cascading into pools on the
gorge ßoor. CIoudIand Canvon offers collage renlaIs, vaIk-
on campsites, picnic shelters and tennis courts.
The trails at John’s Mountain also have amazing views.
At the start of the John’s Mountain trail there is a wooden
deck, a good spot for a cross-legged picnic, with a scenic
view of the ridges and valleys of northwest Georgia. The
rocky trail takes you along the wide ridge to the upper
Keown Falls overlook; but make sure you’re willing to
work because the hike back is a little demanding.
Neighbor to John’s Mountain is The Pocket in Chatta-
hoochee National Forest. The Pocket is a secluded camp-
site area cut down the middle by a stone-framed clear
water creek. It’s one of the most charming and most peace-
ful places I’ve seen. In the 1930s, The Pocket served as a
Civilian Conservation Corps camp, offering employment
to many young men out-of-work during the Depression.
You can read about the history of The Pocket on site. There
are two hiking trails, Pocket Loop Trail and Pocket Nature
Trail, both easy walks through the woods.
Maybe you’d like to get off your feet and into a boat.
Cedar Creek Park is a family-owned RV park in Cave
Spring that offers camping on Big Cedar Creek as well as
canoe, kayak, raft and tube rentals. The creek is easy to
maneuver even for beginners. The owners shuttle you and
your boat to a spot of the creek, help you into the creek and
see you off. Then you’re on your own until you loop right
back around lo lhe park. You'II ßoal lhrough lhe coIored
trees, past creek-side pastures and through small rapids.
So when deciding what to do on your fall break, keep
in mind your surroundings and their beauty. Go out and
get your boots muddy, discover new vistas, take pictures
of yellow leaves and wild mushrooms. We truly live in a
place worth exploring.
ENTERTAINMENT OCTOBER 8, 2009
PAGE 8, CAMPUS CARRIER
Road trip music guides beat of your fall break
During fall break many Berry students take trips. And what is a good
road trip without music? The Carrier has come up with its own play
list for this long weekend.
Joshua James Kim Harbrecht
Johnnie Comes Back James Taylor
Meccamputechture The Mars Volta Nicole NeSmith
Empire State of Mind Jay Z & Alicia Keys Laura Diepenbrock
'RQ·W:DVWH<RXU/LIH Lecrae Cory Pitts
Spirit of Radio Rush Gordie Murphy
Take it Home
:KLWH7LH$ӽDLU Ashley McIntyre
1RWKLQ·%XWD*RRG7LPH Poison Kyler Post
The Lonely Goatherd- Sound of Music
Maria and the Children Jessica Hoover
Whatcha Say Jason DeRulo
Satisfaction Benny Benassi
7DNLQ·%DFN0\/RYH Enrique Iglesias feat. Ciara Megan Gilker
Coal War - Joshua James
PAGE 9, CAMPUS CARRIER OCTOBER 8, 2009
With guitar in hand, he steps up to the microphone, and
the stage becomes his.
Senior visual communication major Josh Huggins set
out to become part of the music industry in January 2009.
With the encouragement and support of his father, Greg
In January, Josh Huggins began working with pro-
ducer Ben McRee, owner of “MusikWorks.” He introduced
McRee to his music by singing with a guitar, and then
McRee helped him work on structural changes of his songs
in order to begin the process of producing a CD.
“[We worked on] making them radio-friendly,” McRee
McRee and Josh Huggins co-produced this CD, work-
Josh Huggins brought his songs to McRee in order to
start the process. He was professional and worked hard on
his craft, which is not typical for people his age, McRee
The two brought musicians from Nashville to Rome
to have a full band. It included Lee Shealy on piano and
keyboard, Dow Tomlin on bass guitar and Mike Caputy on
drums, while Josh Huggins and McRee played guitars.
“First thing that gets recorded is bass and drum tracks,
and everything else is built off that,” Josh Huggins said.
On the CD, Josh played guitar, performed the vocal work
and wrote all of the songs. The original songs allowed Josh
Huggins to teach other musicians his work.
“Playing with Nashville musicians was the most fun
and humbling [because] you get to hear what the song is
becoming,” Josh Huggins said.
The all-original tracks are backed-up by a full band,
making each song different and unique. Josh Huggins said
it is hard to compare his style to other music, because it is
It has a “light rock feel with some blues and soul,” he
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but his music does have a mixture of acoustic, folk, pop
More has gone into making this CD than solely the
ducer, his dad and his desire for artistic expression.
“Ben is the producer who believed in me and believed
in my music,” Josh Huggins said. “[But] my father has
always been the biggest fan of my music.”
His father, Greg Huggins, supported him throughout
Greg Huggins said he was proud of his son for not being
afraid to try and make it in the music business and not
gins playing was at a harvest festival at church where his
band was playing. He encouraged him to give the music
industry a try and not hold back.
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drive to go through with this and give it a shot.”
Josh Huggins has been singing and playing the guitar
since before he came to Berry. He has followed his dreams
to get to this point and had people believe him, Greg Hug-
“Bill McRee saw potential in him back in high school,”
This project did not happen overnight and was not easy.
People have to start young and be able to avoid distrac-
tions, while making it a 24/7 job, McRee said.
Josh Huggins said he has had to work hard to get to
this point and he recognized that he was not a perfect
The hardest part of the process was “the patience that it
takes to wait for one of these [opportunities],” Josh Hug-
The process of making the CD has been a learning expe-
rience for Josh Huggins in understanding what he needed
“Always play with musicians that are better than you
and learn from them,” he said. “[Also], do as much of the
work yourself as you can and always work with people
Josh Huggins was also able to create and design all the
artwork while co-producing the CD.
Josh Huggins will speak tonight at his CD release party,
which has also been approved for CE credit entitled “Enter-
ing the Music Business: from Bedroom to iTunes.” He will
speak about the process of developing music and stepping
out into the music industry. He will also discuss what it
takes to form a business. There will be a concert follow-
To listen to an interview with
Josh Huggins visit
Taking ‘step one’ to make CD
Senior Josh Huggins will have a CD release party
tonight following a CE credit event entitled “Entering the
Music business: from Bedroom to iTunes.”
PAGE 10, CAMPUS CARRIER OCTOBER 8, 2009
With two solid tournaments behind
them, the Vikings and the Lady Vikings golf
teams are looking ahead to a competitive
The Vikings hosted their home tourna-
menl, lhe Chick-hI-A InvilalionaI, on Mon-
day and Tuesday at the Coosa Country Club
in Rome. The men’s team played in split-
squad fashion, inlo lvo leams of hve goIf-
ers. Par was set at 72 strokes. The Vikings
placed eighth with a score of 294-296—590
and were led by sophomore Sam Curtis, who
shot 68-72—140 and was four under par. He
hnished hflh in a heId of 1O2 pIavers. Iunior
Chadd Reynolds placed second on the Berry
“A” team with a score of 75-73—148, tied for
place, while sophomore Ryan Gambrell
shot 74-77—151 and was tied for 43
Senior Grey Haddon was 50
with a score
of 77-75÷152 and freshman Iohn HaII hil a
8O-76÷156 score lo hnish 69
The Vikings ¨ß¨ leam hnished 1O
a score of 297-303 — 600 and defeated their
split-team counterparts at Shorter College
). Sophomore Tim Kim led the B Team
and hnished 16
overall and shot an even
par during the tournament with a score
of 71-72—144. Freshman Alex Irvin shot
76-72—148 and tied teammate Reynolds
pIace. Ireshman Iason Terranova
tied for 43
with a score of 72-79—151,
freshman Iose Garcia came in 72
78-79—157, while senior David Simpson
shol 79-83÷162. Iared HaII pIaved lhe lour-
namenl as an individuaI and hnished vilh a
score of 84-85—169.
“We didn’t play well enough to com-
pete for the top spot, but it was good to
see everyone on the A and B teams playing
well,” Reynolds said.
The Lady Vikings also enjoyed a top-10
hnish al lhe Chick-hI-A InvilalionaI al lhe
Stonebridge Golf Course, led by junior Callie
Bennett, who placed third overall and shot
74-80—150. Par was also 72 strokes with a
heId of 74 pIavers. The Ladv Vikings scored
342-347÷689. Senior Iavne Curlis aIso con-
tributed to the Lady Viking’s seventh place
hnish and pIaced ninlh individuaIIv. She
scored 79-79—158, followed by freshman
Sara Blackmon-Hughes, who shot 87-82—
169 and pIaced 34lh. Iunior Lrica CrumIev
shot 102-106—208 for 64
place and fresh-
man Susan Doane shot 119-138—257 for 70
Both the Vikings and the Lady Vikings
said they expect to be competitive this sea-
son, regardless of the change in conference.
The move to Division III has not affected golf
as much as other varsity sports, although
they are still not allowed to compete for
championships. Reynolds said there are
different tournaments the Vikings are not
allowed to play in, but he said he is pleas-
antly surprised about how smoothly the
transition has been.
“Since we have a lot of young play-
ers, this season we’re going to try and get
everyone used to playing tournament golf,”
Reynolds said. “I’m expecting the team to
Bennett said the Lady Vikings are look-
ing forward to playing tough teams this sea-
son and performing well. Their challenging
opponents include the University of Mobile,
Embry-Riddle University and NAIA rival
“I feel like our team has a lot of potential,
and with a lot of hard work, we can improve
our statistics this season,” Bennett said.
Both teams are anticipating building on
their positives from last season.
Reynolds said that the Vikings had good
motivation last season, but he would like to
see more consistency out of his teammates.
“Consistency comes from trusting your-
self to play well, having the same attitude
every time and practicing well,” Reynolds
“The team did a good job of picking each
olher up and pIaving logelher,¨ Iavne Cur-
tis said. “Golf is a game where you are not
always going to play well; that is why it is
important to have teammates there to play
well when you are not playing well and vice
Vikings golf teams host tournament
MEREDITH MCDERMOTT, PHOTO EDITOR
Glossary of Golf Terms
Par: A number assigned to an individual hole and to the full collection of holes on a course that represents the expected number of strokes it should take to play each hole.
Round: A completed 18 holes of golf, or the score you recorded for those 18 holes.
Scoring: In golf, the lowest score wins. Take junior Callie Bennett’s score, 74-80—150. The number 74 represents the number of strokes it took her to finish all 18 holes during the first
day and 80 represents the second round. The Lady Vikings finished the tournament with a score of 342-347—689. The number 342 represents the number of strokes that the entire
team took to finish all 18 holes, which determines their overall placement.
Definitions from www.golf.about.com
Asst. Sports Editor
Quit the drugs and take the iPod.
Studies have shown that listening to music while
participating in athletic activity increases your athletic
Research suggests that if you want to complete a rigor-
ous workout and enjoy it, you should listen to music dur-
ing your workout.
In an LA Times article, sports psychologist Michelle
Cleere said that there are eight nerves coming from the ear.
The hnaI nerve connecls hearing vilh lhe cerebeIIum, lhe
part of the brain that manages balance and motor functions.
Therefore, doctors know that hearing affects athletic ability.
In fact, music is being incorporated into physical rehabili-
tation processes of patients recovering from strokes.
So how can listening to music help a workout?
First, studies show that listening to music distracts ath-
letes from fatigue.
“I like listening to music while working out because I
get zoned out, and that helps me to not think about how
tired I am,” said junior Tim Miles, a guard on the men’s
Have you made an extended drive, cut the music on
and not realized how far you’ve driven? The same scenario
takes place when you’re working out. Listening to the
music allows you to work out longer without consciously
thinking about it.
In a study conducted by Acadia University in Nova Sco-
tia, psychologists found that women who listened to music
while running ran one to two minutes longer than when
they did not listen to music. The women also said they felt
they used less energy in the same workout.
Another study, conducted by Southwestern University
in Texas, found that men cycling at a high intensity were
able to exercise longer while listening to fast-paced music
and even longer while listening to music they liked. This
is especially helpful to individuals who may not enjoy the
cardio portion of their workout. Need a good workout but
don’t enjoy the weight room or running? Grab the music.
Not only does music distract a person from the dis-
comfort of working out but the right music can actually
intensify your workout. A Russian study on weightlifters
concluded that the desired speed of the workout should be
matched with the beat of the music. Your body naturally
wants to move at the speed of the music you’re listening
to. Want an up-tempo workout? Listen to up-tempo music.
In fact, the study by Acadia University showed that the
female runners adjusted their strides to the music, leading
them to not only run for a longer time period but run more
Music also serves as a stress-reliever, which makes it the
perfect pregame activity for student-athletes.
“Music is a brain soother. It is like your brain is on a
rush before a game, and the music is there to put it right
back to the right state of mind,” said senior Lee Trebotich,
a forward on the men’s basketball team.
Athletes dealing with anxiety or stress should get into
the music they enjoy. Music calms the mind and allows it to
concentrate, which prepares players mentally before com-
petition. The effects may go unnoticed by fans, coaches and
players, but the music played for baseball player’s walk
up songs, during a timeout in a basketball game or during
a team’s pregame warm-ups are more than just entertain-
ment for the crowd.
Music has been proven to allow people to workout
harder, longer and feel less tired when working out. So
the next time you’re listening to the “Rocky” theme song
or “Eye of the Tiger” know that it is not just entertain-
ing but it is also mentally and physically enhancing your
Music can enhance ordinary workout routine
Sophomore Sam Curtis led the Vikings to a seveth place fnish earlier this week in the
Chick-fl-A Ìnvitational. Ìndividually, Curtis fnished ffth with a score of 68-72÷140.
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FORT WORTH, Texas _ Phil Banker said he “freaked
out” when he saw his bank account balance after buying
a $100 cell phone with his debit card. The receipt showed
that $1,919 was missing from his checking account.
The money was spent in the Baltimore area _ a place he
had never visited.
Banker, then a University of North Texas senior, called
Wells Fargo Bank, the company that issued his debit card.
He suspects that his debit card information was stolen
after he bought a textbook over the Internet in February
2008 from a company he didn’t completely trust.
“They were selling this textbook at a radical discount
from anywhere else,” Banker said. “So I took a chance, and
I got burned for it.”
Identity theft and scam investigators say they hear sto-
ries like this all the time. College-age Americans are not the
most likely age group to become victims of fraud _ those
ages 25 to 44 are, according to a 2004 Federal Trade Com-
mission report. But college students’ love affair with tech-
nology, and sometimes their naivete, makes them vulner-
able to some types of identity theft, experts say.
Colleges and universities add to the problem by issu-
ing sludenl idenlihcalion cards lhal doubIe as debil cards
or allowing credit card companies to market their prod-
ucts on campus, some say. And credit card companies are
expected to scramble this fall to sign up college students
before a new federal law takes effect in February that will
restrict their practices.
Experts urge students to take precautions as the new
school year gets under way. A little cynicism usually helps,
said Denise Owens, Comerica Bank’s Texas fraud and
identity theft investigator.
“If it seems too good to be true, it is,” Owens said.
Many scams against college students are hatched
online, experts said. Students often fall victim to work-
from-home, Inlernel saIes and idenlihcalion scams, said
Owens, who has investigated scams and identity theft for
18 years. These crimes tend to involve wiring or sending
money overseas or to other parts of the country.
“Because they’re on the Internet so often, and they do so
much of their stuff online, I do see them fall victim to a lot
of the Internet fraud scams,” Owens said.
Sometimes criminals posing as promoters persuade fra-
ternities or sports clubs to sign students up for credit cards.
No cards exist _ the goal is to open fraudulent accounts
using the students’ addresses, Social Security numbers
and birthdates from the so-called applications, said Betsy
Broder, assistant director of the Federal Trade Commis-
sion’s division of privacy and identity protection.
Some thieves don’t go to that trouble. College students
reveal all sorts of information about themselves on social-
networking sites, experts said. It all comes down to being
“If someone were to call them and ask them for per-
sonal information, they just provide that information,”
Owens said. “Unless they initiated the contact or they can
verify whom they’re speaking with, they shouldn’t give
oul personaI informalion. And hnanciaI inslilulions and
credit card companies will never ask them for their PIN
number or the security code on the back of their card.”
Students’ mailboxes will likely be stuffed with credit
card offers because of the federal Credit Card Account-
ability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009. Effective
Feb. 22, the law prevents credit card companies from giv-
ing students gifts in exchange for credit card applications
and from sending offers unless the student agreed to have
them sent, according to Consumers Union, publisher of
Consumers Report magazine. The law also requires col-
leges to publicly disclose any marketing contracts made
with credit card companies.
“This is the last season that credit card companies are
going to be able to actively market on campus, giving away
free T-shirts and all the other freebies,” said Lauren Bowne,
a Consumers Union attorney.
Banks and credit card companies pay schools to issue
student ID/debit cards and in some cases to solicit stu-
dents during certain times, such as orientation. To some
colleges, that adds up to millions of dollars a year, said
Lawrence Wilson, president of the Plano, Texas-based ID
Theft Victims Support Group of North America.
To Wilson, such debit cards open students to identity
theft. Thieves could access students’ bank accounts if they
hack into some school computer systems, or if students
lose their cards. “It basically paints a target on the backs of
our college students,” Wilson said.
Universities only recently got away from using Social
Security numbers throughout campus, said Mary Mona-
han, managing partner and research director at Javelin
Slralegv & Research, a CaIifornia-based hnanciaI services
research company. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to use ID
cards as debit cards,” she said.
But the FTC’s Broder said university debit cards are as
safe as any other debit card. She was not alarmed if secu-
rity precautions get taken. Wells Fargo has identity theft
prevention, detection and mitigation programs, but the
company did not want to provide details to protect secu-
rity. Sullivan said UT-Arlington has had no major prob-
lems with the cards and has no access to bank account
In Banker’s case, he said Wells Fargo cut access to his
account, replaced his cash and sent him a new card with
a new account number within a few days. A cousin in the
hnanciaI induslrv ran a search lhrough ßanker's credil his-
tory to see whether any other blips popped up. So far noth-
ing abnormal has occurred, he said.
If students fall victim to identity theft or scams, they
should notify police, their banks and credit card compa-
nies, said Debra Geister, director of fraud prevention and
compliance solutions at LexisNexis. They also should con-
tact credit bureaus and have them issue fraud alerts and
credit freezes on their accounts.
And lhev shouId hIe an idenlilv lhefl afhdavil vilh lhe
Federal Trade Commission, which they can do online or
through the mail, she added. By Nov. 1, the federal Red
Flags Rule requires that nonbank organizations that extend
credit, including colleges and universities, have an identity
theft prevention program, Geister said. Banks had to com-
ply last year.
Primarily, students need to give out as little personal
information as possible.
“We all tend to be trusting as human beings,” Geis-
ter said. “When our radar should go off, sometimes it
Many scams against college students are hatched online, experts say