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With more than 250 million users, even parents have
jumped on the bandwagon.
Out of 198 students surveyed at Berry, 85.8 percent of
students said at least one of their parents uses Facebook.
Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Mar-
keting Jeanne Mathews said she uses Facebook but initially
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Andrew, who was serving with the Marines in Iraq.
“It was pretty cool when he uploaded his pictures from
all these little villages. He was also able to see all of our
Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthday celebrations with-
out him,” Mathews said.
Mathews said she also has been able to get in touch with
her friends from high school, college and former co-work-
ers via Facebook.
“It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with people you
haven’t seen or heard from in years,” she said. “There’s
nothing like old friends.”
She said she created a page for her high school class and
was able to see people who got married or who lost parents
and could send them messages accordingly. She said they
were able to post pictures from their reunion so the people
who didn’t get to go could see pictures from the event.
Dean of Students Debbie Heida said she also uses Face-
book but started as a way to learn with her daughters how
to use the site.
Of the students surveyed, 14 percent said they did not
mind their parents’ Facebook presence.
Senior Jerry Therrel said he is happy for his parents to
“As a senior in college, I don’t feel like my parents are
an overbearing source of control any more. They aren’t out
to catch me doing anything wrong. They use Facebook
mostly for the same reasons that I do — just to keep up
with friends,” he said.
Therrel said he’s seen his parents reconnect with friends
who they haven’t heard from in years. He said he thinks
that they enjoy the novelty of that as much as someone in
college enjoys reconnecting with a grade-school friend.
Sophomore Claire Pierce said she likes having her mom
“My mom and I are really close, and I actually encour-
aged her to get a Facebook. I’m usually really busy and we
don’t always have time to talk, but I love that we have a
way to check up on each other,” she said.
Another 14 percent of the students who participated
in the survey said they didn’t like having their parents on
Assistant News Editor
It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday and junior
Randol Vick is watching a football game
in the Jewel Box at Morgan Hall. Just as
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hears a thud, “like something was hitting
“I looked over and didn’t see anything,”
Unfortunately, it is likely that Vick did
“Once things started to settle down and
people were in the building, students start-
sociate professor of biology, said.
Multiple species have been colliding
with Jewel Box windows. “They are pri-
marily hummingbirds, but we also had a
bluebird, and there have been some spar-
rows,” Carleton said.
The number of birds that have died from
than 40, Carleton said.
“A lot of times they are killed out-
right,” she said. “Sometimes they can just
be stunned and may lay on the ground a
know how many of those might be dying
They have been hitting all three sides of
the Jewel Box but mostly on the north side.
not have the ability to detect the glass. In-
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“We have a team of people looking for
resources to help the poor birds,” said Dean
of Students Debbie Heida.
There are several different aspects the
team is considering.
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down on the mirror effect of the glass,” Car-
leton said. “Another suggestion is to hang
some netting from the rafters. We have also
contacted the architect to see what their
suggestions will be.”
Heida said it is not uncommon for birds
to collide with windows.
“Emory had a similar problem when
they built a new environmental science
building that has a lot of glass,” Carleton
said. “Birds were getting killed the same
Emory uses netting and has seen a de-
crease in bird fatalities. Berry is getting in-
formation from Emory about the manufac-
ture of this netting.
“They [Emory] only leave the netting
up during migration, and of course, that’s
what’s happening right now,” Carleton
Carleton said whatever is decided upon,
it needs to be something that creates a vi-
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building still look the way it’s supposed to
look but not hurt the birds,” Carleton said.
should report it to the housekeeper or RA
so they can have a record of where it is hap-
pening, Carleton said.
“If they know the type of species that’s
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Junior Megan Benson said it’s frustrating to
have her parents on Facebook because her father
is a preacher. She said she has to be careful to edit
things out of her page including posts by friends
that might offend her parents.
Freshman Monique Masutier said she likes
having her parents on Facebook because it’s a
nice way to stay in touch while she’s away at
school without having to pick up the phone.
“They always like to leave me funny wall posts
or comment on my status, which shows that they
care and that they’re thinking of me while I’m
away,” she said.
The majority of the students — 72 percent —
said they did not care about their parents’ Face-
Senior Jimmy Story said while he doesn’t mind
that his mom is on Facebook, there is a drawback
to it as well.
“Sometimes I’ll have a status up that is overly
critical or outspoken about something, and she’ll
send me a Facebook message telling me I should
change it. At that point I kind of don’t know what
to do because yes, it’s my Facebook, but yes she’s
my mother too,” he said.
Mathews said she thinks both age groups can
benehl from lhe sile.
“I think people like me can co-exist with
young people like you if we stay out of each oth-
er’s way,” she said.
Freshman Aaron Ostrander said he thinks it
should be acceptable for parents to use the site.
Heida said she wants to urge students to think
about what they’re posting because while they are
in control of what they post, they have no control of
what is done with the information once it is
“You’re creating a public image. You can’t be
mad if people judge you for what you put up,”
Senior Rachel Leslie said she doesn’t put any-
thing on Facebook that she wouldn’t want pub-
“You can learn a lot about people from the
vav lheir prohIe Iooks and vhal lhev posl on il.
I vanl lo be conhdenl lhal vhoever Iooks al mv
prohIe, be il friends, famiIv, empIovers, or anv-
one eIse, viII nol hnd anvlhing lhal I reaIIv didn'l
want people to know about me or anything that
could hurt my reputation or relationships,” she
Benson said she has a friends list she called
“Bomb Squad” that has people (including adults
and young kids) with Facebook who she wants to
limit what they can see on her page.
“Another piece of advice is to call your parents
at least every couple of days. That way they’ll
know what’s going on with you, and they won’t
feel the need to get your attention through Face-
book as much,” she said.
Sophomore Hailey Purvis said having parents
on Facebook should remind people not to expose
“They’re kind of helping to guide you when
keeping stuff private,” she said.
According to Facebook, the fastest growing
Facebook demographic is those 35 years and
older, so odds are there will continue to be more
parents on Facebook.
Òne case of Tvpe A ßu vas
diagnosed yesterday in the Health
and Wellness Center.
Dean of Students Debbie Heida
said that is nothing to be alarmed
Though Tvpe A ßu is lhe slrain
of lhe ßu lhal H1N1 faIIs under,
having Tvpe A ßu doesn'l nec-
essarily mean that a person has
H1N1. The Center for Disease
Control will not test for H1N1
until there is a cluster of Type A
Heida said most of the symp-
toms are the same as the general
ßu, vhich lhev heIp sludenls vilh
throughout the year.
She said to stay healthy, stu-
dents should eat well, get plenty
of rest, exercise and wash their
hands more than they may think
is necessary. She also said that if a
student is going to the Health and
Wellness Center with a cough, put
a mask on because you don’t want
to spread whatever you have to
others in the center.
Director of the Health and
Wellness Center Anita Errick-
son said at this time, nothing has
changed about the H1N1 virus
or the vaccine but will notify stu-
dents as soon as she knows any
Errickson said while some
news reports are suggesting peo-
ple should stay at home and get
better if they think they may have
lhe ßu, she encourages sludenls lo
come get tested if they think they
may have it.
“That’s the decision we made
when we bought all of the test
kits,” she said. “On a campus like
this, it’s important to know.”
Heida said 71 students came to
the Health and Wellness Center on
Monday alone. Some had the typ-
ical seasonal infections like upper
respiratory and sinus infections.
“We do have a lot of sick peo-
ple,” Heida said. “So if you don’t
feel well, get checked out.”
The Health and Wellness Cen-
ter is located behind the Science
Building and open Monday to
Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If
students need help after hours,
their resident assistant or Campus
Safety (x2262) can connect them
with the nurse on-call.
We need you.
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Make sure to celebrate Con-
stitution Day by attending a
“Panel on Lincoln’s Consti-
tutional Thought and Prac-
tice” from 11 a.m. to 12:15
p.m. today in Evans. Then
later today drop by Evans to
hear about “Lincoln’s Seri-
ous Use of Humor” from 7
p.m. to 8 p.m. The best part
is CE credit is offered for
both sessions. Sponsored
by PALS and department of
WinShape Rock Room
Go try out your rock climb-
ing and bouldering skills
from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
tonight and Wednesday at
the WinShape Rock Room
on Mountain Campus.
Learn how to contra dance
and acquire a CE credit at
the same time. Arrive at
the Ford Gym on Saturday
ready to dance from 7 p.m.
to 10:30 p.m. Sponsored by
the dance program.
Possum Trot Homecoming
Check out church at Pos-
sum Trot on Mountain
Campus at 11 a.m. on Sun-
day. Sponsored by Mount
Faculty Recital: Kris
Have the pleasure of hear-
ing Assistant Professor of
Music Kris Carlisle perform
works by various compos-
ers and earn CE credit. Be at
the Ford Auditorium at 7:30
p.m. on Wednesday ready
to listen. Sponsored by
Get a Berry Beefcakes calen-
dar at a cheaper price of $4.
Pre-sales are all next week
in Krannert from 11 a.m. to
Think Fast Game Show
Win prizes at this fun,
interactive game at Ford
Auditorium on Saturday
at 8 p.m. Sponsored by
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Viking Fusion Staff Writer
Berry’s chapter of Colleges Against Can-
cer continues to battle the spread of breast
cancer. They have raised more than $230 to
support walkers for the Breast Cancer 3-Day
Walk in October.
Head Artistic Director Bobby Stevens and
Master Barber Stylist Karen Whittington of
the King and Queen Salon plan to take part in
the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. They
intend to support their clients.
“We’ve had seven clients with breast can-
cer,” Stevens said. “It’s kind of become an in-
house thing for us.”
Dean of Students Debbie Heida said she
is a regular customer at the King and Queen
Salon and told Stevens about Berry’s Colleges
Against Cancer (CAC).
“Bobby told me he and Karen were walk-
ing in the 3-day, and I immediately thought
of CAC,” Heida said. “From the beginning
they always said they wanted to do more
than Relay for Life.”
Heida said she contacted sophomore Ian
Adams, the president of the CAC, with the
fundraising opportunity. Adams connected
with Stevens and organized last Sunday’s
“It’s a great way to support a cause,”
Heida said. “Particularly for a campus that’s
65 percent girls.”
Tickets for a haircut at the King and Queen
Salon were sold in the Krannert Lobby. All
proceeds went toward Stevens and Whitting-
ton’s registration fee for the 3-Day. In addi-
tion to ticket sales on Berry’s campus, walk-in
customers were offered the chance to contrib-
ute and participate in other small fundraisers
such as a bake sale.
Stevens said. “And we had places like Har-
vest Moon and such who donated some
Adams, himself a cancer survivor, has
been involved with CAC for two years. Before
he was involved with Berry’s chapter of the
CAC, Adams worked in Memorial Hermann
Hospital in Houston, Tx., volunteering for
Relay for Life.
Adams said while pleased with the level
of student involvement, he believes the fund-
raiser could have been more successful but
many factors contributed to the amount of
success that they had this week.
“School just got back in session so a lot of
people just got their hair cut,” Adams said.
“And there wasn’t a cancer crisis. A lot of peo-
ple put aside an issue until something major
happens like a celebrity getting cancer.”
Adams said he continues to hope that
Berry’s student awareness will increase. As
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
CAC will be hosting a trail run in order to
support the cause. Students will be able to
register for the Scare Aware Breast Cancer 5K
Trail Run starting Oct. 7 in Krannert.
“We’re going to have a run the morning
of Halloween, which I think will be fun,”
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Nov. 21 for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Adams said he expects this to be more social
than the CAC’s past events, but he is plan-
ning to include some speakers to come and
discuss the facts of lung cancer.
“I think it’s important, especially for col-
lege kids because some people pick up smok-
ing when they go to college,” Adams said. “It’s
important they know all the information.”
The CAC’s next meeting will be on Thurs-
day, Sept. 17 in Krannert 324. The students
said all students are welcome to attend and
Cutting hair for cancer research
Sunday service @ 10:45am
321 Launch is college night
every Wednesday at 6:30-8pm
Directions: Left out of Berry, 3.5 miles, and at the 3rd
light take a right (across from Armuchee High School)
MEREDITH MCDERMOTT, PHOTO EDITOR
Stylist Bobby Stevens trims Dean of Stu-
dents Debbie Heida’s bangs. She is a regu-
lar customer at King and Queen’s Salon and
informed the salon about Colleges Against
up to have their Berry student work pay-
check directly deposited into their personal
Payroll specialist Rhonda Hancock said
the free service will begin on the Oct. 9 pay-
day. Students will receive the deposit in their
bank account on Friday mornings—just like
they would if they were receiving their pay-
check in the mail.
While this does cut costs as checks don’t
have to be printed on the check paper with
the check-printing ink, it will not cut paper
use because students will receive a direct
deposit advice (also known as a paystub) in
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along with a voided check to Hancock’s
can void a check by simply taking a check
from their checkbooks and writing “VOID”
across the check. Students received the form
in an attachment of an e-mail about the ser-
vice earlier this week and the form is also
available in Hermann Hall.
Once the direct deposit service is active,
students cannot receive a regular check unless
they cancel the service altogether. If at any
time a student’s checking account changes,
they must bring a voided check from the new
account to update the direct deposit.
Direct deposit now available to students
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I have a love for cars. I’m
a complete motor head. This
is probably because I grew up
rebuilding classic cars with my
father and worked as a mechan-
ic’s assistant in high school.
Though new interests have
risen from my continuing expe-
rience at college, I can’t seem to
break away from occasionally
tinkering with engines.
With this love for cars comes
the appreciation for motor
sports. After all, how could a car
guy like myself not enjoy perfor-
mance racing, right? There are
many different kinds of racing,
but NASCAR is by far the most
popular in the South.
I have to admit I hadn’t
closely kept up with NASCAR
in years; however, on Labor Day
weekend that changed. A close
friend of mine invited me to
attend the Sunday night Sprint
Cup race at the Atlanta Motor
Speedway in Hampton, Ga.,
Although watching televi-
sion coverage of racing was a
big part of my childhood, I had
never been to a NASCAR race. I
gladly attended and soon expe-
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I went with the intentions that
it would probably get boring as
time went on; however, I found
myself easily entertained.
It is not every day that one
gets to witness 43 cars traveling
at speeds just shy of 190 mph.
Then there’s the noise of the
These highly-tuned racing
engines are turning almost 9,000
revolutions per minute and
pushing more than 800 horse-
power, which, as you can imag-
ine, makes an incredible amount
of noise. It’s a noise louder than
anything I had ever heard in my
The sound of the jets from the
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ing the singing of the national
anthem was nothing compared
to what was audible during the
There was not only a pleasing
sound of highly-tuned engines
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(as this would decrease perfor-
mance), but also a gust of wind
that would grace me with its
presence. Every time a large
pack of cars raced by, despite
sitting at the top of the grand-
stand, I would feel the rush. It
was unlike anything I have ever
What really added to the race
experience were the scanners
and headsets my friend and I
used to listen in on the differ-
ent radio frequencies of the race
teams. This not only softened
the noise from the cars but also
allowed us to hear the drivers
and crew chiefs communicate on
how things were going through-
out the race.
The true highlight of the scan-
ners, though, was having the
ability to listen to a team that was
not doing so well. I must admit
drivers say some funny things,
occasionally inappropriate, when
they are unhappy about a com-
petitor or the handling of their
race car. As for my friend and I,
this was quality entertainment.
I think what struck me the
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NASCAR race was the happiness
of the fans. I’m aware that many
of these individuals were intoxi-
cated, some more than others;
however, I don’t believe this was
the only reason for the smiles on
These NASCAR fans that I
was among truly loved their
racing. In fact their enthusiasm
started to rub off on me. I found
myself joining the crowd in
standing up and hollering every
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for a restart and when Dale
Earnhardt Jr., the crowd favorite,
advanced a position.
When I occasionally glanced at
the people around me, I couldn’t
help but think that many of them
probably had a relatively small
amount of disposable income.
Tickets were nowhere near
cheap, yet the grandstands were
almost sold out.
This says a lot about these fans
especially in today’s economy.
I’m sure that many of these indi-
viduals had to save in order to
buy tickets; therefore, I am even
more pleased that they were able
to attend and experience a great
night of racing.
I think my experience at
Atlanta Motor Speedway re-
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racing and introduced me to a
big part of the sport: the dedi-
With graduation rising
on the horizon, a multitude
of questions and emotions
emerge, including one of the
more familiar inquiries, “what
are you doing after college?”
Some students may already
have a solid direction while
others may sit on the fence
wondering which side to jump
off. We don’t advise any rash
leaping, though, especially in
the case of deciding between
attending graduate school or
joining the working world.
Finding jobs in this econ-
omy can be a tough search, so if
offered a job through an intern-
ship or regular application,
it might be advisable to take
advantage of the available posi-
tion. According to USA Today,
Aug. 30, 2009, the college grad-
uate unemployment rate in
July was 4.7 percent. Although
you may not land your dream
job right away, gaining expe-
rience is important to add to
your skills and knowledge.
Work experience can prevent
those wavering on graduate
school from making the wrong
decision. By working, you may
narrow your interests or dis-
cover other passions. Take the
time to know what you want
and perhaps even save a little
money at the same time.
It would be unwise to attend
graduate school and rack up
student loans when a higher
degree is unnecessary or when
an employer offers to pay for a
higher degree. Insight into your
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ment can show whether a
more advanced degree is even
advisable. Those with graduate
or professional degrees have
debt ranging from $30,000 to
$120,000, according to Finaid.
org. With this amount of loans,
working next to someone with
an undergraduate degree while
you have a master’s degree and
getting paid the same leaves
you the one in the hole. Be cer-
tain to look at your career goals
school is worth the price when
obtaining experience may be
the best choice.
However, with the reces-
sion, employment opportuni-
ties may not be sitting on your
doorstep, and this might be the
prime time to look into gradu-
ate school. With some profes-
sions, such as doctors and
lawyers, graduate school may
unquestionably be the next
step. Additionally, if you know
your career route highly rec-
ommends a master’s or doctor-
ate degree to be successful, this
slump in the economy could
be your chance as an advanced
degree may put you ahead of
Often studies show that
those with graduate degrees
earn more than a worker with
an undergraduate degree.
According to the College
Board 2006 Education Pays
Second Update, “68 percent
of advanced degree-holders
earned more than the median
income for four-year college
graduates.” Although earning
a higher degree may not guar-
antee a better salary, especially
depending on loan payments
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graduate school to gain more
specialized and in-depth
Along with all the other
choices a young college gradu-
ate needs to make, the option
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graduate program requires
individual consideration and
research. Taking into account
debt versus earnings, stan-
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and whether more experience
or education will make you
more marketable, either an
advanced degree or stable job
is the proper choice depending
on personal needs and current
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Speedway sparks new passion
Generosity and compassion are
traits to be admired. Add on contribu-
tions to the community, and I’m in awe.
Often in our busy lives it can be hard to
hnd lime in belveen reguIar |obs, cIubs
or teams and classes to step into the
communilv lo Iend a heIping hand.
Fortunately for the Rome commu-
nilv, schoIarship programs, Iirsl-Year
Service Dav, AlhIeles ßellering lhe
Community and a variety of other
cIubs require and encourage commu-
nilv service. Wilh everv non-prohl,
hnding voIunleers is a difhcuIl lask,
bul ßerrv offers a slrong supporl pooI
lo non-prohls and, in lhe end, gives
the community an upper hand when it
comes lo providing services.
Òrganizalions nol onIv encourage
community involvement, but classes
are laking ¨service Iearning¨ more
seriously. In two of my classes, stu-
denls coIIaboraled lo assisl non-prohls
with their needs, for example prepar-
ing pubIic reIalions media, organizing
evenls or offering managemenl advice.
ßeing required lo heIp vilh non-
prohls is aIvavs good molivalion,
but it would be better if there were a
special passion for the cause or non-
prohl. I have researched non-prohls
near mv home so lhal upon gradua-
lion I can give back. Service Iearning
has inspired me lo lake an inleresl in
voIunleering in organizalions lhal are
With the end of Bonner Commu-
nilv Lngagemenl Week, lake lhe lime
lo lhink of a cause lhal vouId benehl
from your involvement.
SEMPTEMBER 17, 2009 CAMPUS CARRIER PAGE 5
I remember lhink-
ing, 'Whal an
idiot!’ That’s how
I react every time
Kanye West does
does is slupid.¨
¨Whal vas vour reaclion lo
Kanye West’s outburst on the
MTV Video Music Avards`¨
Dang, I can'l
believe he did that,
bul I lhoughl il
was true because
He’s very disre-
speclfuI. I lhink he's
sluck up, bul I lhink
his music is good.¨
The sheer audac-
ity that in today’s
society one can
on vou, Kanve.¨
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vord vas used in a heaviIv deroga-
lorv sense, especiaIIv during limes of
Nov, il seems as lhough lhe vord
has Iosl ils earIv meaning and has |usl
become as normaI as ¨hov do vou do`¨
or ¨hev.¨ This is parlicuIarIv appar-
enl among urban bIack voulh vho are
slrongIv inßuenced bv hip-hop music
that spits out the word nearly every
olher svIIabIe. Who gave bIacks lhe
righl lo use a vord so associaled vilh
hale and pain as a vav of idenlifving a
friend or greeling a feIIov member of
The pover of vords is amazing,
and lhrough lhe cenluries peopIe have
revised preconceived notions of some
of lhem in a posilive vav: hovever,
there are exceptions to the rule, and I
lhink lhis is one of lhem.
As a voung bIack voman, I lhink
using such a vord so freeIv does nol
make sense al aII. The hisloricaI sig-
nihcance of lhe ¨n-vord¨ lo our peopIe
is loo much for us lo |oke aboul. This
gives olher races lhe idea lhal using lhe
vord is acceplabIe vhen il is dehnileIv
In lhis case, bIacks shouId nol be
surprised when others try to mimic the
Iingo and caII lheir buds ¨mv n***a.¨
Some may say that we must use the
vord in a |oking manner lo heIp sup-
press the pain of its earlier use, but
lhis does nol lake avav from anvlhing.
You never see olher raciaI sIurs used
so nonchaIanlIv, for exampIe, ¨heIIo
mv feIIov, cracker,¨ ¨lop of lhe morn-
ing, brovnie¨ or ¨good dav, speckIes.¨
These types of word formations should
not be accepted by society.
InIess our generalion and foIIoving
generalions reconsider lhe meaning of
such vords, lhere viII sliII be negalive
uses aIong vilh casuaI usage. In lhe
efforl lo prevenl derogalorv use, lhe
word will need to be replaced entirely.
I knov il has become ingrained in
many of our vocabularies, but try eas-
ing vour vav oul of using il bv repIac-
ing il vilh random vords. You'II be
surprised at how creative one can be.
Mv personaI favorile is ¨nig-nog¨ or
¨dude,¨ so pul vour lhinking heImels
As lhe hrsl person in mv famiIv lo go
lo coIIege, I slepped onlo campus naïve
lo lhe coIIege Iife. So lo lhose vho are
|usl beginning lheir palh lhrough lhis
phase of their life, here is some advice
from a hopefully wiser senior.
When I hrsl came lo ßerrv I vish I
had knovn lhal vork experience in lhe
heId of mv ma|or is |usl as imporlanl, if
nol more imporlanl, lhan earning good
grades. I lhoughl il vas aII aboul scor-
ing high on lesls and gelling a greal
GIA. I knov nov lhal il's beller lo slarl
as earIv as possibIe vilh |ob experience
to build up your resume. When the
time comes to write a resume and you
hnd lhal vou have nolhing lo add lo il
excepl vour grades, vou're Iess IikeIv
lo be quaIihed lo appeaI lo empIovers
vho seek peopIe vho have hands-on
I hnd mvseIf, a fev semeslers avav
from gradualing, slruggIing lo cram in
as much reIevanl vork experience as
possibIe. I knov lhal baIancing vork
and cIasses is a hard lask, and I am nol
encouraging anvone lo sIack off: hov-
ever, at times it’s better to settle for B’s
inslead of A's if vou are gelling vaIu-
abIe vork experience al lhe same lime.
CongraluIalions if vou earn an A on
vour LngIish paper, bul don'l expecl
that to be the topic of conversation in
a |ob inlerviev.
Finally away from home in your
hrsl vear of coIIege, lhe freedom lo do
vhalever vou vanl is appeaIing. I'm
all for fun, but if you expect to turn
vour nevfound freedom inlo one huge
parlv, il mav backhre on vou Ialer.
AIlhough going oul on schooI nighls
vas en|ovabIe for me, I vouId suggesl
saving mosl of vour Iale-nighl oulings
for lhe veekend.
AIso, consider voIunleering: il's a
greal vav lo meel nev peopIe and add
more to your resume at the same time.
I wish I had involved myself more with
the community and the school.
AIong vilh Iiving avav from home,
vou are mosl IikeIv Iiving vilh a
slranger, vhich is vhv roommale con-
lracls shouId be laken seriousIv. Lven
if vour roommale and vou hil lhings
off greal vhen vou meel, don'l assume
lhings belveen lhe lvo of vou viII slav
that way for the whole semester, blow
off the roommate contract.
That is exactly what my roommate
and I did because ve seemed lo gel
aIong, and I lhoughl lhe roommale
contract was a waste of my time. About
a month later, we hated each other. Dis-
agreemenls are nol uncommon, espe-
cially when you live in one room with
someone vou |usl mel. If vou go lo an
RA to resolve your issues, he or she will
probably pull out your roommate con-
lracl, and if vou haven'l hIIed oul vour
conlracl, lhis viII make resoIving lhe
problem a little more complicated. Be
sure to establish a set of rules with each
other so that issues can be resolved.
AddilionaIIv, I lhink aII freshmen
shouId knov lhal vou shouId have
a back-up pIan! You chose ßerrv and
vou lhink vou viII be happv. Afler aII
ve have dorms lhal Iook Iike caslIes,
righl` WeII, vour experience here mav
not turn out to be a fairy tale and even-
luaIIv seeing herds of deer isn'l lhal
Think of olher schooIs lhal vou
would transfer to in case you discover
lhal ßerrv is |usl nol lhe schooI for vou.
HopefuIIv vou en|ov ßerrv, bul vou
von'l reaIIv knov for sure if ßerrv is
lhe righl schooI for vou unliI vou Iive
lhe ßerrv CoIIege Iife and lake cIasses
here. As a former transfer student from
the University of Connecticut, I can
lruIv sav lhal somelimes ve change
our minds and reaIize ve are nol al lhe
coIIege lhal ve lhoughl ve'd Iove.
Most importantly, do not expect
ßerrv lo keep vou in lhe knov on
every detail of your academics and
accounl: il's parlIv vour responsibiI-
ilv. The hnanciaI aid ofhce, regislrar's
ofhce or business ofhce deaI vilh manv
sludenls, so il is vise lo check up vilh
lhem everv so oflen lo make sure lhere
aren'l biIIs vou don'l knov vou have
or there’s not a hold on your account.
Keep lrack of vour hnances and aca-
demic credils vourseIf: never reIv
solely on other people to handle all this
business for you.
If vou are a lransfer sludenl, make
sure lhal lhe cIasses vou look al vour
previous coIIege vere lransferred cor-
rectly. Classes that were used only as
eIeclives mav pass as generaI educalion
courses lovard gradualion. To keep
on lrack or slav ahead, be cerlain lhal
vou don'l lake cIasses vou don'l need.
Since I needed one more math course
lo graduale from ßerrv, I look slalislics.
Only after I spent a whole semester in
statistics and met with a tutor for two
hours everv veek for lhis cIass did I
Ialer hnd oul mv malh cIass from mv
olher coIIege did counl as a generaI
AIlhough olher aspecls of coIIege
experience you will have to learn on
vour ovn, hopefuIIv bv Iearning aboul
mv experiences and mislakes viII heIp
vou skip some obslacIes and conlinue
more smoolhIv lhrough vour hrsl
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Asst. Features Editor
“Magic: The Gathering,” also known as
“Magic,” is a thriving example of the collectible
card game genre.
With 6 million existing players around the
world, the game can be played with two or
more players. Every player begins the game as a
“planeswalker,” or a very powerful wizard who
uses different magic spells, fantasy creatures and
other items to defeat their opponent. This game
mav seem Iike lhe lvpicaI fanlasv game al hrsl
glance, but Magic is singular in that it employs
more cards and complex rules than many other
card games. Although the rules require great at-
tention to detail, one could easily get a handle on
Positioned with seven cards in a hand, each
pIaver slarls off vilh 2O poinls and signihes lhe
beginningof the game. Aplayer canlose the game
when he or she is reduced to zero points or less.
Another way to defeat an opponent is to make
them “deck out” or run out of cards. The two ba-
sic card types present are “spells” and “lands,”
which provide a player with a magical fuel called
“Mana.” Some spells require additional resourc-
es (such as cards in play), and some have single,
one-time effects (sorceries and instants) while
others have lasting effects (enchantments and ar-
tifacts). However all of these rules are not set in
stone and do come with contradictions.
If a person is interested in playing this game,
he or she would need a deck of at least 60 cards,
hrsl purchasing an inlro pack and lhen purchas-
ing an additional booster pack. Deck building is
quite possibly the most important aspect of the
game. However, it is a pricy venture to build
decks because a sufhcienl deck vouId cosl near-
ly $100 and a good deck usually costs a couple
more hundred. It just depends on how much one
wants to build it. Because there are thousands of
cards to choose from, it is up to the player to ob-
serve power levels and other important factors
that would help defeat his or her opponent.
“I like outsmarting opponents by building a
special deck,” senior Aubrey Bowen said.
The process can be quite exhilarating at times
since players do not know what cards the other
opponents possess, which makes the process of
obtaining them even more special because of the
“Buying cards is really exciting because you
never know what you’re going to get,” senior
Andrew Hebert said.
There are many other reasons one might play
“Magic: The Gathering.” One reason might be
the detailed artwork on the cards, which is con-
sidered by many players to be beautiful at times
but also fairly cartoonish as well. The artistic vi-
sion is usually very closely aligned with what the
“The artwork is really nerdy, but I like it,” He-
Some players like “Magic” because it allows
them the opportunity to be competitive. That is
why many players like the venue of Legends on
Broad Street. Friday night “Magic” tournaments
start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday night “Magic” tourna-
ment times are determined by the players who
usually attend. The regulars consist of about
eight people, but on Saturdays it could end up
being a lot more. The tournaments have been a
regular occurrence for about 15 years.
The players at Legends are the epitome of
serious when enthralled in the game. A typical
game usually lasts 30 to 40 minutes, but when
large groups of people are involved, it could last
in the vicinity of two to three hours.
Gordon Lee, owner of Legends for 20 years,
plays the game rarely, but “everyone wants to
see what I have to offer,” he said. When asked
what his favorite aspect of the game is, he simply
said,“ the game.”
“It’s like asking, why do WOW[World of War-
craft] people play WOW? The difference is that I
can actually get up and put it down,” Lee said.
Although Legends has become a popular ven-
ue for “Magic “players in Rome, many people
have resorted to playing at Berry and have found
it quite rewarding.
“We play everywhere,” Bowen said. “ Wher-
ever lhere's a big, ßal space vilh mavbe some-
thing to eat, drink and a movie going on in the
The popularity of “Magic” started with small
groups throughout Berry, which then proceeded
to attract more people. “Magic” forces players
to interact with each other personally instead of
in cyberspace, allowing them to be comfortable
with each other and develop camaraderie.
“I just really like playing with people. It is just
like a board game,” Hebert said.
There are many aspects of “Magic: The Gath-
ering” that are appealing to players and the rea-
sons for starting are just as varied. Some started
playing when they were young and some started
at college because it was a fun, engaging activity.
Sometimes it is as simple as the feeling it gives a
“It is an escape from everything,” Bowen
(From top to bottom) Arthur Torres examines
his deck at Legends, a comic bookstore on Broad
Street. Chris Alred and Torres sit down for a
friendly game while Jeremy Morgan and sopho-
more Joey Stuart consider their options for play.
Andrew Hebert, Guest Photographer
in Your Life
For more on "Magic"
at Berry visit
Grab yourself a cup of coffee, sink into a comfy chair
and shine some light on this fall.
This fall season brings about some good reading choices.
Memoir is the word for the months to come as we turn the
pages of true tales from times we have never seen, past
political careers and amazing documentaries. This season
has also packed in a little adventure and a little comedy for
all you thrill-seekers and comedians.
First off, if you have not read them yet, there are books
lhal have aIreadv been reIeased lhal dehnileIv deserve a
glance for this fall. Be sure to check out Dan Brown’s follow-
up to “The Da Vinci Code,” “The Lost Symbol,” released
Sept. 15. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is forced to
dive into the dark secrets of the Masons after a mysterious
Masonic invitation and the kidnapping of a friend.
If you’re looking for a little comedy and some clever
insults, “I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls with-
out Burning Bridges,” will be on shelves in late Septem-
ber. ‘Roastmaster’ Jeffrey Ross gives a few tips on how to
burn your friends and roast your family. He talks about his
beginning in comedy when he performed with folks like
Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle, and he also takes readers
backslage of some of his hnesl roasls.
“Jeffrey Ross has a face for books, and I’m glad he’s
hnaIIv come lo lerms vilh lhal,¨ said CheIsea HandIer on
the Simon and Schuster Web site. Handler is the host of
“E!’s” late-night show “Chelsea Lately,”
Coming up in October, Helen Thomas and Craig Craw-
ford’s, “Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always
Wanted Your President to Know and Do” mixes keen
observation and direct wit to provide dozens of examples
of presidential careers that possessed qualities of ‘how to’
or ‘how not to’ be a successful leader. Thomas and Craw-
ford use these examples from past leaders to highlight
what Americans should expect from their president.
If you’re like me, real life is what fascinates you. So many
books this fall are about real people and real experiences.
One book I’m anticipating in October is “Miss O’Dell”
written by Chris O’Dell with a little help from Katherine
Ketcham. Chris O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the
most epic events in rock ‘n’ roll history. She knew the men
behind the bands, such as artists like the Rolling Stones,
Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. She was a col-
league, a friend and a love interest to some of the greatest
musicians of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Also in October, Jeanette Walls, author of “The Glass
Castle,” tells the story of her grandmother, “Lily Casey
Smilh¨ in ¨HaIf ßroke Horses¨ from an aulhenlic hrsl-
person perspective. In this dramatic true-life novel, Lily
endures everything from the Great Depression to natural
disasters to prejudices of all kinds.
December brings us the documentary by Greg Morten-
son “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books,
Not Bombs” about Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mortenson
is author of the bestseller “Three Cups of Tea,” which was
a precursor to “Stones into Schools.” This documentary
tells of Mortenson’s continued efforts to encourage peace
through education in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Edward M. Kennedy’s “True Compass: a Memoir” was
also released Sept. 14. Kennedy speaks of his extraordi-
narv Iife as one of nine chiIdren and expresses lhe inßu-
ence gained and terrible tragedy felt from his brothers in
life and after death. Kennedy writes of his beloved family
and his battle with a malignant brain tumor. This and his
memory are all the public now has left of him.
Making our hearts a little heavier, there are two other
book releases I’d like to mention, in memory of their
authors. Michael Crichton reminds me of younger days and
books like “Sphere” and “The Terminal Man.” It is unfor-
tunate that he will not be alive for the release of “Pirate
Latitudes” in November. “Pirate Latitudes” was written
by Crichton before he died and was found and published
after his death in November of last year. It’s an adventure
story set in 1665 off the coast of Jamaica. A captain gathers a
diverse and shabby crew that sets sights on a gold-bearing
galleon. Another author, or actor as we know him, won’t
get to see the release of his memoir. Patrick Swayze lost his
battle with pancreatic cancer Monday. But his life goes on
in words in “The Time of My Life,” coming out Sept. 29.
Together Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, wrote about his
life from his roots in Texas to his struggle with cancer.
Irom suspicion lo salire lo sadness, lhis faII is dehnileIv
delivering some great reading to bookshelves everywhere.
So curl up, stand up, have coffee or tea and indulge in this
season’s page turners.
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New way to ‘explore’ Web
Readers look forward to new season of books
Bing is the new search engine created by Microsoft that wants to be your
go-to search engine. This is an innovative layout that invites users to ‘explore’
the Web. Bing offers a design that prioritizes items in a search and puts the
are looking for through their search criteria. Take a tour of Bing to see the
new Microsoft search engine for yourself.
ª Inleraclive background lhal gives
users more options
ª ßackground image changes daiIv
with previous ones archived
ª Òuick facls embedded vilhin lhe
photo with links to related articles
ª Tvo highIighled arlicIes and a
“what’s popular now” article
ª Links lo images, videos, shopping,
news, maps and travel
ª Cheapesl airfair deaI on lhe lop of
ª Shopping made easv vilh revievs,
prices and pictures
ª LasiIv hnd arlicIes on heaIlh lopics
and local places to visit
ª IunclionaI Web sile lhal hnds vhal
users are looking for
ª Image resuIls are found on one page
with related images a click away
ª The ¨more¨ Iink aIIovs users lo gel
to know “bing”
MTV’s annual Video Music Awards once again
delivered a controversial and entertaining event that
aired Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. live in New York City. The
show opened with a touching, emotional speech
given by Madonna in memory of Michael Jackson.
She said he was “one of the greatest talents the world
has ever known,” to which the entire crowd gave a
standing ovation. She addressed the sad truth that
many forgot Jackson was not just a performer but
a human being and that “we allowed him to slip
through the cracks” while we were all busy passing
judgment on him.
I commend Madonna for a great, truthful speech
that served as an introduction to an amazing tribute
performance by his sister Janet Jackson. She kept her
part of the performance short and sweet, and she
nailed every dance number, which rightfully had
everyone in the crowd jumping to their feet.
Russel Brand hosted the event for the second year
in a row even though last year he caused a stir when
he made fun of the Jonas Brothers, criticized George
Bush and urged everyone to vote for Barack Obama.
This year he seemed to keep his comments relatively
less insulting but more profane.
I thought he made up for his unnecessary profan-
ity by announcing that the awards would be in mem-
ory of Michael Jackson and that everyone should
honor him that night by “loving one another in his
memory.” It seemed as if the show was starting off
as one of the best VMAs that MTV has aired in years.
Things changed when Taylor Swift began her accep-
tance speech for the Best Female Video”award.
Kanye West, who was photographed carrying a
bottle of Hennessy before the start of the show, came
up on stage and grabbed the microphone out of
Swift’s hands; it is unknown whether he was intoxi-
cated or not. He stopped her speech and declared
how he thought Beyonce had one of the best videos
of the year. Not only did he take away one of the best
moments of Swift’s musical career, but he embar-
rassed her as he left her standing behind him hold-
ing her award with a sad look on her face. This was
Besides the much talked about cruel act by Kanye,
there were more disappointing aspects of the night.
First, I would have to say Eminem’s re-appearance
was pathetic. His skit with Tracy Morgan was not
that funny, and it would have been more entertain-
ing if he did a surprise guest performance instead.
At least he seemed less angry this year. Pink is a
good performer, but her performance on Sunday
was more like a circus act that focused more on her
acrobatic moves than her singing.
Lady Gaga has a great voice, which is more
noticeable when she is not dancing. Most people
know she is very theatrical, and if you did not know
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robe. She pushes the limits, doesn’t care what other
people think about her and never bores people with
the hit song “Paparazzi” had good choreography.
However the fake blood all over her as she hung in
the air pretending to be dead took things too far. I
understood the message that she was trying to con-
vey; she sings in the beginning of her performance,
“I pray the fame won’t take my life,” but she should
still save the fake blood for Halloween. She was try-
ing too hard for attention this time.
Swift performed shortly after her diss from
Kanye West, yet she showed no sadness or anger
toward the situation that had just occurred, and she
put on a good show like a real professional. Later
in the night, Beyonce won over the viewers’ hearts
when she accepted the Best Video of the Year award
and gave up her acceptance speech time for Swift to
return to stage and have the moment she lost.
Britney Spears won the award for Best Pop
Video for “Womanizer” and thanked everyone via
video. Due to being on tour, she could not attend the
VMAs. It was good to see her looking normal and
happy as her dancers cheered her on during her vic-
Green Day rocked the VMAs with their per-
formance of “East Jesus Nowhere,” proving they
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Despite the disappointments, there were some mem-
in America, but last week the world watched as The Fab
Four took storm in a new form—virtual reality.
On Sept. 9, John, Paul, George and Ringo were reborn
as computer-generated stars in the video game “The Beat-
les: Rock Band.” Just like other “Rock Band” and “Guitar
Hero” games, players use mock instruments and micro-
phones while following on-screen lyrics and color-coded
patterns to move from one skill level to the next.
What makes this edition so unique from previous
games is how it follows the lives of The Beatles from the
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Apple Records in 1969. Players even travel alongside the
superstars as they give what is perhaps their most memo-
rable performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
While the live performances are accompanied by
audiences full of hysterical screaming fans, the studio
sequences feature transitions into impressive “dream-
scapes.” Each “dreamscape” is full of bursts of change
with each song the player is playing. These psychedelic
“dreamscapes” combined with the graphics of each of
The Beatles are sure to make players feel as if they have
gone back in time to become a part of Beatlemania.
“The Beatles: Rock Band” sells alone for $59.99 and
works with most “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” con-
trollers, but fanatics may want to think about investing in
authorized Beatles-replica instruments. Harmonix Music
Systems, the mind behind “Rock Band” and “Guitar
Hero,” gives gamers the choice of playing with The Beat-
les’ authentic instruments, such as Sir Paul McCartney’s
Hofner bass. A full set of instruments that include a gui-
tar, drums, software and microphone sells for $139.99.
For diehard Beatles fans, last week also brought hap-
piness through the form of CD upgrades. On Sept. 9 The
Beatles catalog, which includes all 13 British albums and
“Past Masters,” a compilation album that includes two
volumes of non-album singles, was reissued in upgraded
CD in 1987.
Each track in “The Beatles Remastered” 16-disc set
has been meticulously digitally remastered to offer clar-
ity that allows fans to hear elements of songs they have
never heard before, such as guitar lines that were lost in
the original all-analog releases. Acoustic guitars are sud-
denly more recognizable and electric guitars are much
The packaging has also improved along with the
sound quality. The new versions include new album art,
expanded liner notes, never-before-seen photographs
and short documentaries that give listeners a behind-the-
scenes look at the production of a handful of singles.
Outdated plastic CD cases have been eliminated and
replaced with smooth cardboard booklets. An essay also
accompanies each CD to set the historical context for the
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$260 list price too steep. You may want to stick to listen-
ing to older vinyl versions, but avid fans are encouraged
to invest in the set. “The Beatles Remastered” allows die-
hard fans to step back into time and is sure to cause new
listeners to tune in intuitively.
Whether it be forming a musical get-together with
your friends around “The Beatles: Rock Band” or simply
playing “The Beatles Remastered” through your car ste-
reo system, the release of these tributes to The Fab Four
are sure to make an enjoyable time for all.
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112 W 2nd Avenue
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
Thursday: College Night/ Live Acoustic
Performances by: Russ Maddox, Matt Chambers and
Friday: Live Music with FLH
(7- 9 p.m. Ladies Free, After 9 p.m. Half Off)
Performance by: Jeff Rodgers
Performance by: Buck and Duke
1st round free
w/ college ID
+ more college specials!
Asst. Entertainment Editor
to see RIFF footage
New Beatles releases: ‘ticket to ride’
Kanye steals show at VMAs
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Brothers reunited in running
Asst. Sports Editor
A young boy sees his older brother and fol-
lows him around. He carefully pays attention to
his every move. He imitates his dress, his hobbies,
his speech and his way of life. Why? The boy’s
admiration comes simply because he is his older
brother. The picture of a young sibling looking up
to his older brother plays out in many families.
The same case played out in the Clarke family.
James Clarke, 24, and Thomas Clarke, 21,
began running at a very young age. Their uncle,
Jerry Bagley, started Kennworth Track Club, a
youth track club mid-way between Kennesaw
and Acvorlh, vhere lhe lvo hrsl slarled lheir
track careers. James was 8 and ran on the 8-year-
old team. Thomas, then 5, was not old enough to
run but came out to all of the practices with his
brother. Eventually coaches bent the rules and
allowed Thomas to join the team.
“I basically started because he was doing it,
and I was the younger brother and wanted to do
anything he was doing,” Thomas said.
Since 1992, the two brothers ran for the same
club until James reached high school. They
rejoined the same team when Thomas became a
freshman and James was a senior. James gradu-
ated from Kennesaw Mountain High School in
2003. As he left high school and prepared for col-
lege, James realized that he didn’t like his choice
of colleges to run for, so he decided to end his run-
“I was offered a scholarship to Columbus State
but ended up at Kennesaw State and didn’t want
to run at KSU,” James said.
James attended Kennesaw State University but
soon left school and began to work.
Following his brother’s footsteps, Thomas
graduated from KMHS in 2006. He received a
scholarship to run for Berry’s cross country team,
where he is now consistently in the top seven run-
ners on his team. As a freshman he traveled with
the Vikings on their cross country nationals trip
and posted some of the team’s top times this past
cross country season.
James watched as Thomas ran for Berry. As
James’ running career ended and Thomas’ career
continued to the college level, James desired
to run in college – just like his younger brother.
Now, the older brother began to look up to his
In 2008, James went back to Kennesaw State
and brought up his grades. With his rediscov-
ered passion for running after seeing his younger
brother’s college success, he looked for a college
to run for. James transferred to Berry, and once
again the brothers were reunited.
“Our parents are really excited for us,” Thomas
“I think they’re going to cry every time they
see us together in uniform,” James said.
Now James and Thomas are both taking
classes and training at Berry. The two said they
are enjoying each other’s company on the team.
They said they like the fact that they don’t have
to worry about awkward silences when running.
James and Thomas also said they don’t feel overly
competitive when running together.
“We have never really been on the same level
to push each other physically. I was older than
him lhen, and nov he has had hve vears of lrain-
ing and I've had hve vears of vorking in a reslau-
rant,” James said.
Although they don’t necessarily push each
other physically, the two agree that they have
both greatly inspired and motivated each other
throughout their careers.
James and Thomas said they look forward to
the upcoming season. Thomas has goals to run a
25 minute, 30 second 8K, and James wants to get
in lop shape and en|ov his hrsl coIIege season.
This track season has a positive outlook for
the two especially since they have been running
together all of their lives.
With less than two months until
Berry’s inaugural swimming and div-
ing team hits the water in competition,
another important piece of the puzzle
was added at the end of August.
Josh Hersko was named the graduate
assistant swimming and diving coach on
Aug. 26. He is no stranger to swimming,
with more than 20 years of experience as
an athlete and as a coach. Herkso started
his swimming career at a young age,
continued through high school and was
a record-setting swimmer at the Geor-
gia Institute of Technology. As a varsity
swimmer at Georgia Tech from 1999
until 2003, Herkso set school records
in the 50, 100 and 200-meter freestyle
and earned All-Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence honors in the 100 meter freestyle.
He was also the school’s leading sprint
freestyler and one of the top sprinters in
“There isn’t just one individual expe-
rience that I would call my favorite or
my best,” Hersko said. “But swimming
through college taught me a lot about
sacrihce and dedicalion: il vas a greal
Hersko started coaching in high
school by helping out local teams dur-
ing lhe summer. He vorked as lhe hflh-
year student assistant coach at Georgia
Tech after he graduated. Hersko also
coached successful club organizations,
lending his expertise to the Capitol City
Country Club in metro Atlanta and with
SwimAtlanta in Roswell, Ga. Hersko
began working with SwimAtlanta after
“SwimAtlanta trains at Georgia Tech,
and they saw I was doing a good job and
asked me to coach with them,” Hersko
Hersko coached kids age 5 to 14 and
said that he really enjoyed it.
“Coaching the kids was awesome.
The kids bring so much energy and
excitement, and you have to match
that,” Hersko said.
Herkso graduated from Georgia Tech
with a bachelor’s degree in business
management and worked in business
consulting for three years. While coach-
ing the Vikings, Herkso will be pursing
his master’s degree in education.
“I’d like to teach high school science
or hislorv and dehnileIv conlinue coach-
ing,” he said. “There is a high demand
for high school science teachers, but I’m
really passionate about history.”
Hersko cited American history as his
“As I was talking with my academic
adviser, I found out that I’ve taken so
many history classes that I could teach
right now,” he said.
Hersko joins head coach Paul Flinch-
baugh, who said in a press release that he
was excited to have Hersko on board.
“His experience, both as an NCAA
division I swimmer as well as a
respected and successful club coach will
prove invaluable as we build a highly
competitive and respected program at
Berry,” Flinchbaugh said.
Although he hasn’t been here long,
Hersko said that he has settled in well.
“I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people
in the gym and in the weight room and
people around here seem really nice,”
The Vikings swimming and diving
leam viII compele for lhe hrsl lime on
Oct. 24 in a dual meet against LaGrange
College and Warren Wilson College in
the Cage Center.
Georgia Tech graduate to assist swim and dive team
BRITTANY HOWLES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
MEREDITH MCDERMOTT, PHOTO EDITOR
Brothers Thomas (left) and James Clarke (right) team up for cross country season.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 PAGE 11, CAMPUS CARRIER
Vikings running opens season at home
In lhe ßerrv InvilalionaI, lhe hrsl of onIv lvo home
meels, lhe Ladv Vikings cross counlrv leam hnished hrsl,
vhiIe lhe Vikings men pIaced fourlh.
ßerrv hosled lhe meel on Salurdav, Sepl. 13 vilh 2O
leams compeling and more lhan 17O runners racing.
The vomen's leam vas viclorious in lhe 5-K race,
Ied bv |unior Courlnev Cooper (19 minules, 19 seconds),
sophomore lransfer AIice CoughIin (19 minules, 36 sec-
onds), sophomore Iennifer Cook (2O minlues, 2 seconds),
sophomore Sara WaIcoll (2O minules, 14 seconds) and
|unior Anna Sons (2O minules, 45 seconds). Lven lhough
her squad von, senior Iacque Smilh said she couId see
room for improvemenl.
¨Il's nice vhen |lhe leam] can have a medium |as il did
on Salurdav] and sliII vin,¨ Smilh said.
The men's leam, vhich hnished a poinl in fronl of for-
mer SSAC rivaI Lee Iniversilv, raced an eighl-kiIomeler
race, Ied bv a sleIIar debul from freshman MichaeI Sexlon
(26 minules, 43 seconds), |unior ßradv ßennell (26 min-
ules, 56 seconds), |unior Ievlon HovaI (27 minules, 22
seconds), |unior Iosh Iones (27 minules, 52 seconds) and
|unior Ionalhan Horn (27 minules, 55 seconds).
Coach IauI Dealon said il vas good lhal lhe leam
didn'l peak in ils hrsl meel of lhe vear.
A chaIIenge for lhis vear's squad viII be lhe exlended
scheduIe, vhich concIudes veII inlo December due lo
lhe lransilion from NAIA lo NCAA's Division III. Sexlon
said verv fev members are happv aboul nol being abIe
lo compele in regionaIs or nalionaIs and, lhe change is
¨redehning goaIs.¨ ¨Lverv singIe race¨ is imporlanl lo lhe
leam because lhal's aII lhal lhe leam has lo gain, he said.
Iunior RosaIvn Huard said lhe Ionger season is a posi-
live because lhe leam can nov ¨run, race and improve
more¨ lhan lhev vouId in lhe pasl seasons vhen lhe
scheduIe vas shorler.
Dealon said lhal meeling lhis chaIIenge meanl his run-
ners vouId have lo ask lhemseIves, ¨Whv do ve run`¨
The ansver, he said, is lo earn a degree vhiIe pulling
one's ¨vhoIe hearl¨ inlo running because a vhoIe-hearled
efforl compIemenls lhe educalion.
In comparison lo Iasl vear's leam, Dealon said lhal bolh
squads are slarling oul slronger lhis vear. He described
lhe men's squad as ¨slrong and deep.¨ The vomen's vic-
lorv vas impressive as lhere vas a ¨15-poinl sving in
lhe Iasl haIf-miIe,¨ securing lhe vin for lhe vomen. The
men's squad relurns aII of ils members from Iasl vear and
gains a fev as veII, incIuding AII-American maralhoner
HovaI, vho look a vear off.
Despile nol being abIe lo compele in regionaIs or
nalionaIs, lhe leam is sliII pursuing goaIs. The biggesl of
lhese mav be vinning back MarceIIus, lhe slone busl of a
Roman soIdier lhal Shorler CoIIege and ßerrv annuaIIv
compele for. WhiIe Shorler von Iasl vear, Smilh said lhal
¨il's nol a maller of if bul vhen ve vin MarceIIus.¨
Shorler's men's leam pIaced lhird in Salurdav's meel,
Ied bv freshman Doug KaImbach's debul (26 minules, 17
seconds). Sexlon considers KaImbach a rivaI: lhev ran
logelher ßrookvood High SchooI in SneIIviIIe, Ga.
This vear, lhe vinner of MarceIIus viII be delermined
al lhe Soulheasl CIassic in Òclober.
Berry considers football
Rumor has il lhal Marlha ßerrv's viII spe-
cihcaIIv banned inlercoIIegiale varsilv foolbaII
from ever being pIaved al lhe ßerrv SchooIs.
WeII, il's nol lrue.
¨I've read Ms. ßerrv's viII,¨ CoIIege Iresidenl
Slephen R. ßriggs said. ¨And il's nol in lhere.¨
So vhv is lhal reIevanl nov` In Iighl of ßer-
rv's move lo NCAA's Division III, foolbaII aIong
vilh lrack and heId are nov being considered
as addilions lo lhe alhIelic program. Adding
lhose lvo sporls is parl of ßerrv's inilialive lo
expand lhe alhIelics program and, uIlimaleIv,
lhe inslilulion. IoolbaII vouId increase maIe
enroIImenl, somelhing lhe coIIege has been
vorking lo improve upon in recenl vears.
IoolbaII season in Georgia is fuII of lradilion
and vibrancv, vhich is undoubledIv unique lo
ßul foolbaII is compIicaled.
The coIIege viII be hiring a professionaI con-
suIlanl lo Iook al ßerrv ob|ecliveIv and deler-
mine lhe impacl a foolbaII leam vouId have on
¨IoolbaII reaIIv impacls a campus, and a
consuIlanl can lake a Iook al ßerrv from lhe oul-
side,¨ AlhIelic Direclor Todd ßrooks said.
Having a foolbaII leam couId open lhe door
for lhings Iike a marching band and a Iarger
cheerIeading squad. A sladium vouId aIso Iend
ilseIf lo a fuII-ßedged lrack and heId program
and provide a faciIilv for praclices and meels.
¨IoolbaII has been considered on and off for
vears, and moving lovards Division III makes
il more feasibIe hnanciaIIv since ve von'l be
offering schoIarships,¨ ßriggs said.
AIong vilh advice from a consuIlanl, ßerrv
viII aIso be laIking vilh olher Division III
schooIs lhal have added foolbaII programs in
Manv faclors viII be considered, incIuding
lhe cosl of supporling a leam, buiIding lhe faciI-
ilies, recruiling pIavers and coaches, housing
pIavers and mainlaining lhe baIance belveen
men's and vomen's sporls.
¨We have greal sporls al ßerrv, and ve don'l
vanl foolbaII lo undermine lhem because fool-
baII can lake over if vou're nol carefuI,¨ ßriggs
Supporling a foolbaII program isn'l cheap
eilher. According lo ncaa.org, a sludv on lhe
2OO5-2OO6 season shoved lhal inslilulions lhal
have foolbaII leams spend aImosl $1 miIIion
more on lheir alhIelics program versus schooIs
lhal do nol.
¨Like lhe decision lo move lo lhe NCAA,
lhis inilialive viII aIso lake some lime,¨
ßrooks said. Currenl sludenls, aIumni,
a commillee and schooI execulives viII
have lheir opinions aboul lhe issue in lime.
AIlhough Marlha ßerrv didn'l ban foolbaII
in her viII, she vrole a Ieller in 1925 lo members
of lhe execulive commillee prohibiling bovs
from praclicing foolbaII near lhe girIs' cam-
pus. A schooI-formed foolbaII leam compeled
vilh schooIs in lhe area in 19O6 unliI lhe ßerrv
SchooIs banned il as veII.
According lo Susan I. ßandv's (7OC) book
¨The Viking Tradilion,¨ Ms. ßerrv vas ¨.
opposed lo foolbaII, arguing lhal il, aIong vilh
olher nev cuIluraI experimenls such as |azz,
had negalive effecls upon schoIaslic ideaIs.¨ Ms.
ßerrv's Ieller lo lhe execulive commillee can be
found in ßandv's book.
¨Ms. ßerrv vas nol in favor of inlercoIIegiale
alhIelics because she lhoughl lhev vouId inler-
fere vilh lhe sludenl vork program,¨ ßriggs
Keep in mind lhal aII of lhis is sliII an inilia-
live: nolhing is dehnile.
¨We vanl lo bring in foolbaII on ßerrv's
lerms, nol have foolbaII diclale vhal ßerrv
becomes,¨ ßriggs said.
MEREDITH MCDERMOTT, PHOTO EDITOR
Sophomore Courtney Cooper nished second overall at the
Berry Invitational. The Lady Vikings won the meet by 20 points
over Shorter College.
Sept. 26 -Augusta State Invitational (Augusta, Ga.)
Oct. 10- Furman Invitational (Greensville, Sc.)
Oct. 24- Southeast Classic (Louisville, Ky.)
Nov. 6- Cavalier Invitational (Charlottesville, Va.)
Nov. 14- Berry Provisional (Berry)
Dec. 5-Birmigham Southern (Birmigham, Ala.)
Dec. 12- USATF Cross Country Nationals
PAGE 12, CAMPUS CARRIER SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
WASHINGTON—Senate Finance Committee Chair-
man Max Baucus’ $856 billion plan to overhaul the nation’s
health care system — a package that lacks the public
option that President Barack Obama favors — was greeted
Wednesday largely with skepticism and sometimes dis-
dain, even among fellow Democrats.
His package, which would create health care co-ops,
raise taxes on insurers and require companies to offer cov-
erage to nearly everyone, is the latest, perhaps last-ditch,
efforl lo hnd biparlisan agreemenl on Òbama's lop domes-
ßaucus underslands lhe difhcuIlv beller lhan anvone.
Ior monlhs, lhe Monlana senalor and hve olher commillee
members, three from each party, struggled to craft biparti-
san IegisIalion. Thev hnaIIv gave up, and ßaucus venl his
He still worked Wednesday to woo Republican support,
but only Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, seemed hopeful.
“The bill is a work in progress,” she said.
More typical was the view of Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyo-
ming, the top Senate health committee Republican, who
said he was “deeply disappointed” that the group of six, of
which he was one, couldn’t agree.
“The proposal released today still spends too much,
and it does too little to cut health care costs for those with
health insurance,” he said.
Four other committees—three in the House of Represen-
tatives and the Senate health panel—have written health
care bills. All were authored almost entirely by Democrats,
and all back a “public option,” a government-run plan that
would offer an alternative to private insurance.
Baucus thinks that such a plan can’t pass the Senate. He
stressed Wednesday that he made compromises aimed at
The biggest change from the other bills is the co-op idea,
which veers away from Obama’s plea to a joint session of
Congress last week that lawmakers seriously consider a
Instead, Baucus proposed a system of co-ops that can
operale al lhe slale, regionaI or nalionaI IeveI as nonprohl,
member-run health plans. He proposed spending $6 bil-
lion in federal money to get them started.
Supporters of co-ops maintain that negotiating rates
with hospitals, doctors and other providers collectively
would reduce health care costs, “without putting the gov-
ernment in charge of health care,” as Sen. Kent Conrad,
D-N.D., another one of the group of six, put it. He esti-
mated that Baucus’ plan would cover about 94 percent of
Many other Democrats and their supporters weren’t
pleased, however, and some were downright angry. AFL-
CIO President John Sweeney said the Baucus plan “abso-
lutely fails to meet the most basic health care needs of
working families and it fails to meet the expectations we
have set for our nation.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the second-rank-
ing Democrat on the Finance Committee, branded co-ops
“untested and unsubstantiated, and should not be consid-
ered as a national model for health insurance.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a tersely
“The House bill clearly does more to make coverage
affordable for more Americans and provides more compe-
tition to drive insurance companies to charge lower pre-
miums and improve coverage,” she said, adding that she
Iooked forvard lo ¨modihcalions.¨
Pelosi made it clear what she wants: “I believe the pub-
lic option is the best way to achieve that goal,” she said.
Others were more circumspect. At the White House,
spokesman Robert Gibbs called the Baucus plan “an
important building block,” while Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “Everyone should understand
it’s a beginning, a good beginning.”
The Senate Finance Committee, which has 13 Demo-
crals and 1O RepubIicans, is expecled lo hnish vriling ils
bill by the end of the month. It then would be combined
with the Senate health committee measure and be consid-
ered by the full Senate.
At roughly the same time, the House is expected to
vote on a consolidated bill melded from the three commit-
lee drafls. Then comes lhe hardesl parl: hnding common
ground between the House and Senate bills and producing
one piece of legislation.
Baucus’ proposal got one important boost Wednesday
from lhe nonparlisan CongressionaI ßudgel Òfhce and lhe
bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.
Their preliminary analysis found that Baucus’ plan
vouId mean a nel reduclion in lhe dehcil of $49 biIIion
over the next 10 years, as new spending is offset by a com-
bination of cuts in federal health programs, notably Medi-
care, as well as new taxes and fees.
Baucus proposes a nondeductible excise tax, starting
in 2013, of 35 percent on insurance companies and plan
administrators for any health insurance plan that charges
more than $8,000 for individuals and $21,000 for families.
The Joint Taxation Committee estimates that it would raise
about $214.9 billion over 10 years.
The plan faces two instant hurdles: House Democratic
leaders prefer an income tax surcharge on wealthy taxpay-
ers, which would raise an estimated $544 billion over 10
years, and the House legislation has considerably less in
In addition, Republicans will oppose almost any tax
increase. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of
Kentucky quickly set the tone, saying the Baucus bill
would “put massive new tax burdens on families and
Independent analysts said Wednesday that despite the
concerns, Baucus’ proposal has potential.
“What you’re seeing is people offering substantive
changes,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, the associate policy
director at the liberal New America Foundation’s Health
Baucus points to page after page in his 223-page plan
where most members of Congress agree. For instance,
insurers would have to issue coverage to nearly everyone,
regardless of health status. There would be “limited varia-
tion in premium rates” for tobacco use, age and family
Most consumers would have to buy coverage or face
penalties. If someone’s income were 100 to 300 percent of
lhe poverlv IeveI, he or she vouId be hned $75O per person,
up to a maximum of $1,500 per family. Wealthier people
would face penalties of $950 each, up to $3,800 per family.
Baucus aims to make coverage easier to obtain and less
expensive by creating health insurance exchanges via Web
portals that would show consumers all the available cover-
age in their ZIP codes.
People wouldn’t have to give up the insurance they now
have, and plans would be able to continue offering the cov-
erage they now provide to those who already have it.
The health insurance market would see four categories
for benehls: bronze, siIver, goId and pIalinum.
No policies could be issued that didn’t comply with the
requirements of at least one category. All policies would
have to provide a wide variety of basic services, and no
lifetime limits could be set.
All that is hardly new; the White House and other sena-
tors have been saying for months that they generally agree
on 80 percent of what must be done. It’s the other 20 per-
cent—including such crucial matters as how much a plan
would cost and how it would be paid for— that has stalled
It remained unclear Wednesday whether Baucus had
begun to break the ice. Almost all the key lawmakers were
“This is very complicated legislation, very comprehen-
sive,” said Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., a Finance Commit-
Obama tried to provide fresh momentum for the effort
with his speech last week to a joint session of Congress.
Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., wouldn’t say that the president
had done that, but he maintained that “at least the left
and right aren’t yelling at each other. The atmosphere has
Lnough lo hnd common ground on heaIlh care`
“We can do better,” Rockefeller said.
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