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2010 CONNECT Magazine


Student bios............................................................................................................................................................6
My Life is Belmont.................................................................................................................................................8
Become a convo-holic...................................................................................................................................... 10
First-year Seminar: more than just a class................................................................................................. 11
Dorm life: It’s all in the family......................................................................................................................... 12
Extreme Makeover Dorm Edition................................................................................................................. 13
Campus organizations: Find the right fit.................................................................................................... 14
Going Greek?....................................................................................................................................................... 15
Go for the burn at the Beaman...................................................................................................................... 16
Wallyball? Intramurals at BU........................................................................................................................... 17
Worship and service.......................................................................................................................................... 18
Look outside the box: honors program...................................................................................................... 20
Battle of the Boulevard..................................................................................................................................... 22

When digital media fail.................................................................................................................................... 24
Real world, real help: counseling services.................................................................................................. 26
Campus clinic good for your health............................................................................................................ 27
Surviving without a car.................................................................................................................................... 28
Study like there is no tomorrow................................................................................................................... 30
Don’t be throwin’ money around................................................................................................................. 32
To be or not to be … organic......................................................................................................................... 33


12 South and Hillsboro Village...................................................................................................................... 34
How far can your BUID get you?................................................................................................................... 36
Count your lucky stars...................................................................................................................................... 37
Wake up! Coffee is a’brewing......................................................................................................................... 38
Nashville: It ain’t your average sports town.............................................................................................. 40
Nearby Nashville parks..................................................................................................................................... 42
Music City festivals............................................................................................................................................. 43
Welcome friends, family to the city.............................................................................................................. 44
Volunteer state venture................................................................................................................................... 45

The cover of Connect represents tradition and energy of Belmont, its

historic setting, innovative vision and contemporary students. The
cover design is by Meredith Kane (’09) and photography is by Hannah
Hendricks (’13).

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Student Bios
Born and raised in East Tennessee, Nashville native Hannah Hyde is
small-town girl Paige Chappell is no no stranger to the written word.
stranger to the big city. After living A freshman journalism major and
in Nashville only a year and a half, obsessive magazine collector, she
she’s certain she’ll be calling Nashville spends as much time reading and
home in three more years. Chappell writing as, well, breathing. She
is a sophomore journalism major hopes one day to be fluent in French
with an emphasis in broadcast. One and own a pug aptly named “The
day, she aspires to be a sports news Love Pug.” She enjoys painting
director for Channel 5. When she isn’t ceramics, making collages, baking
slaving away over a computer, writing things with unnecessary amounts
story after story, she enjoys watching and playing sports, hiking, of sugar, and traveling the world. Hannah hopes to one day
camping, shopping and spending time with her Phi Mu sisters. live in England, France, and India… all at the same time.
Olivia Christian is a journalism A transplant to Tennessee by way
major because that is the only of too many states to name, Julie
thing she is any good at. And she Kenny fell into Belmont’s Public
likes doing it, most of the time. Relations program and graduated
Olivia came to Belmont in the fall of May 2010. A certified news junkie,
2009 and now can’t imagine going she found Belmont to be a perfect
anyplace else where boys don’t fit with a state-of-the-art media
wear tight jeans or scarves. Even studies program. She hopes to be
though Olivia is lactose intolerant, plugging away for a non-profit
her favorite foods are macaroni one day and enjoying being
and cheese and ice cream, and this out of school for a change.
basically describes her personality. She ultimately wants to
write for Rolling Stone, live in California, and maybe have a Tara Knott is a writer and coffee
Brangelina arrangement with fewer kids and more cowbell. addict from Chicago. She fell in love
with journalism when she was 4,
Robert Duke is a homegrown pretending to read the newspaper
boy from the city of Nashville. He with her granddad while listening to
works at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, big band music. Twenty-one years
and thus plays for free. So let him later, she still writes to the sounds of
know if you want to get in some the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and she
free golf, seriously. He went to never wants to stop. (That’s where the
David Lipscomb High School, but caffeine comes in.) Her favorite words
realized the error of his ways; when are “papilionaceous” (like a butterfly),
it was time to choose a college, it “effervescent,” and “pertinacious” because they’re fun to say, but
was Belmont. Robert is currently she hopes they’ll be a good description of her someday, too.
majoring in journalism and expects
to graduate with the Class of 2013. Madison Moquin, a freshman, is a
journalism major. She is originally
East Tennessee had no idea what from all over, being raised in the
was coming when Brittany Fletcher military, but now feels she can safely
was born. The hardheaded young call Clarksville, Tenn. home. Living
woman, a member of the Class of so close to Nashville, Madison has
2013, expects to be ready to venture fallen in love with the city and all
out in the world. Her passion for it has to offer. Madison is also an
journalism comes right before active member of Phi Mu and writes
her addiction to anything coffee for The Vision. She is passionate
related. Not only does she write in about writing and the possibilities
a journalistic manner, but she also it holds for her future. Since she was a child, Madison has
dabbles in creative writing. Other dreamed of writing for Time, her favorite magazine.
pleasures include photography, music, piercings and sarcasm.
Sarah Norton, 20, is a junior in the
Hannah Hendricks is a 19-year-old Honors Program majoring in public
journalism major who hails from the relations and minoring in journalism.
family-friendly town of Clarksville, A proud native of the Sunshine State,
Tenn., but because of a recent move, she spends her time baking for her
she now calls Dallas home. She thrives friends, organizing intramurals and
on all things magazines and her dream enjoying her Netflix subscription.
is to work for TV Guide or Seventeen. Always armed with her to-do list
She loves the thrill of journalism and her headphones, she’s
and wouldn’t mind being the next ready to plan her way into
Oprah Winfrey or Katie Couric. In grad school and beyond.
the meantime, she’s enjoying her four years at Belmont, where
she can often be found having a dance party in her dorm.

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Once you get past her tricky name Jen Todd was born and raised in this
and slight Southern drawl, you’ll magical city we call home, Nashville.
find out that Glennese Patterson A 19-year-old sophomore journalism
is a Nashville-loving journalism major, she hopes to change the
major. Hailing from the rural town world, whether through storytelling
of Union City, Tenn., she is a fan of or some other means she hasn’t
arts and crafts, comedic genius, and yet discovered. She loves making
pop culture trivia. She is incredibly someone’s day and making faces. Her
close to her family and considers motto is, “Life is made up of stories
her parents as her best friends. As a so make your experiences good.”
lover of all things literary, Glennese
hopes to pursue a career in journalism or possibly librarianship, Brian Wilson, a freshman journalism major from McMinnville,
where she can promote the power of words to others. Tenn., is a born-and raised, lifelong
citizen of the Volunteer State.
Jessica Plowman is a proud Belmont Therefore, he can’t be blamed when
freshman who’s still in love with her he blurts out the occasional “y’all”
hometown, Petersburg, Ill.  She’s or “a’int.” He is a diehard sports fan,
majoring in journalism because and tries to go to as many Bruins
“nothing you can do with it doesn’t games as he can. Don’t be surprised
sound fun.”  At Belmont, she spends when he starts a conversation
most of her time practicing speech about anything or everything
and debate or working for Youth sports. When not at a game or
Speaks Nashville.  Outside of those, trying to pass his classes, you’ll
she loves nature, music, theater, and probably find him on a tennis court, working a Program
writing.  Last November she wrote Board event, or hanging out with friends.
the first draft of a novel, which she is currently revising.
Amanda Short is a sophomore
journalism major and music minor
from Maryville, Tenn., and is interested
in pursuing a career in broadcast
journalism. She enjoys staying busy
with greek life, the Towering Traditions
orientation program, the Belmont Wind
Ensemble and Belmont Symphony
Orchestra. A success-driven and
values-centered individual, she is
passionate about pursuing excellence,
giving her best, and connecting with others. Whether she
is playing the oboe, hanging out with friends or using her
artistic skills for her personalized design business, you can
always find her proudly sporting polka dots and pearls.
Jessie Stockton is a freshman
journalism major from Lebanon, Tenn.
A child at heart, Jessie loves Pixar
movies and Hello Kitty. When her
television is on she will most likely
be watching “Glee” or “The Office.”
She checks her Facebook too many
times a day but lacks the skills for
status updating. She is also a proud
parent of a sea monkey named
PePé and Yorkshire terrier, Spunkie.
Her dream is to be the next Katie Couric.
Dustin Stout is a sophomore
journalism major from a tiny town
in West Tennessee. Dustin’s love for
writing comes from the country music
he grew up listening to – storytelling
personified, in his opinion. With a
minor in music business, he hopes
one day to make a career in country
music as an entertainment journalist.
He loves tidiness, philosophical
questions, Lady Antebellum, Twitter
and his 3-year-old brother Brayden. His Southern roots have
instilled in him an unwavering love of family. That’s why his
biggest goal in life is to raise one of his very own someday.
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My life isn’t just average, my life is Belmont.

What does that exactly mean? Well, it can mean a variety of things, from receiving a rose from Bruiser
the Bruin at a basketball game to seeing students bust out in a Beyonce dance routine in the Beaman
Student Life Center.
Mostly, it’s just living the typical college life at Belmont University, which as current students, we know
can be far from average.
So take a look below at examples of everyday things that occur on campus and see what it means to
eat, breathe and sleep Belmont. MLIB.

Today I went to the Belmont men’s basketball game. Instead of getting a rose from a handsome college
student, I got a rose from a 6-foot mass of fur known as Bruiser, my school’s mascot. Best part? “Hey
baby” was playing in the background while the whole gymnasium watched. MLIB.

During men’s basketball games, Bruiser, our mascot, will serenade one lucky lady in the audience. Music
plays, the fans cheer, and a very special someone receives a rose from the only and only Bruiser.
“I always wish that Bruiser would pick me for that,” said Sami Hodge, a freshman undecided major. “It’s
seriously one of my favorite parts of being at the game!”MLIB

Today I went to the Beaman to do some homework. I settled in for a night of hard work to suddenly
hear “Ego” by Beyonce playing nearby. I glanced up to see students doing the dance from the music
video in perfect unison. At the end, they all sat down like nothing ever happened. MLIB.

“I am one of those people dancing to ‘Ego’,” said Brianna Howard, a freshman psychology major. “I not
only started the song, but I also joined in on the dance.”
Students collaborating on performances isn’t a rare thing at Belmont. It happens all the time. One
person starts dancing or playing the guitar and before you know it there are five other students joining
in. It’s a part of Belmont life and the music culture that encompasses the campus.
“I love when I’m walking around and people are sitting in the gazebos and singing songs to one
another,” Hodge added. MLIB.

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Today I ate lunch in the cafeteria. I was having a pretty rough day until I got my student ID swiped.
Why? Ms. Tonya was there to greet me with a “Hey baby! How are you doing baby? Enjoy your meal
baby!” Never had I felt so loved while getting food.
“Oh, Ms. Tonya! I can’t help but smile when she calls me baby girl,” said Hodge with a laugh. “It melts
my heart.”
The love for Ms. Tonya is a general consensus around campus. Along with Ms. Tonya, the cafeteria staff
at Belmont is a group of people you’ll enjoy seeing at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“She literally makes my day. It’s like having a mom here. She remembers what we talk about and I love
it,” said James Allen, a freshman biology major. MLIB.

Today I sang in perfect unison with over 100 other students. No, we weren’t singing at a concert
performance. We were singing “Belmont Till I Die” at a basketball game, at the top of our lungs, with
Vince Gill and Amy Grant sitting on the other side of the gymnasium.
A new tradition taking hold on campus is the “Belmont Till I Die” chant sung by students during athletic
“I think that’s a really cool tradition because it’s just now taking hold and it’s cool to be a part of
something like that,” said Hodge.
The student section has prided itself this year on having more school spirit than ever before and the
chant is another way to show that as a student body we truly are Belmont till we die.
“I ran through the hallways singing “Belmont Till I Die” because we won homecoming,” said Hailey
Lance, a freshman music education major, about her enthusiasm for the new chant. MLIB.

Today I went to Bongo Java to grab coffee and a muffin with friends. I tried to go to the farthest room
from the door to get a quiet space for me and my friends to chat. Instead, I was told I couldn’t use that
room because Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were having lunch.
“I feel like we’re always hearing or seeing someone famous here,” Allen said.
At Belmont seeing stars isn’t a rare thing. It can happen at Belmont basketball games, local coffee
places, even the local mall. The toughest thing is being in the right place at the right time.
“I missed Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban by five minutes because I had just left my dorm,” a
disappointed Hodge said. MLIB.

Over the course of your freshman year, you’ll probably experience the majority of these examples in
one form or another. So, take them in and understand what it truly means to be a student at Belmont
because it’s an experience unlike any other, and the best part is seeing and living it for yourself. MLIB.

From left to right: Ms. Tonya; Brianna Howard; Caitlyn Dum; Hillary Merwin, Samantha Hodge, Bryce
Cockerill, Joel Emerson, Lauren McFadden, and Grant Prettyman; Hillary Merwin

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By Tara Knott since his topic changes each year, many students come back
whenever he’s on campus.
“Do you have to go to church every day?” While some students desperately try to fulfill the require-
That’s the reaction you’ll get from a lot of people when ment senior year, sophomore Amanda Stravinsky is a true
they first learn you go to a Christian school. And in the past, convo-holic. The journalism major from New Jersey already
Belmont students were required to attend a chapel service, has 77 credits. “They’re really easy to get. I don’t understand
but since the mid-1990s, the convocation program, which is why people wait until the last minute because they’re so easy
run by the Office of Student Affairs., replaced the required and there’s so many,” she said.
chapel attendance. Stravinsky was initially overwhelmed by the convocation
“They wanted to do a more holistic experience, so in- requirement, but instead of ignoring it, she just started going
stead of just developing a person’s faith during their time in to events whenever she could.
college, they said, ‘Why don’t we just develop all parts of a “Honestly, I didn’t even think about it,” she said. “They
person?’” said Heather Pierce, the “convo intern” for Student were interesting, and I was like, ‘I’ll just go get my card
Affairs. scanned,’ and lo and behold, at the end of freshman year, I

The staff developed their vision for what they wanted had like 60 some-odd. How the heck

n v o-h
students to take away from Belmont, and this inspired five did

Become a c o
concrete categories: Faith and De-

that happen?”
And Stravinsky said she’s actually enjoyed the
velopment, Culture events she’s attended so far. She loves theatre and often
and Arts, Academic Lectures, Professional Growth, reviews campus productions for the Belmont Vision, so the
and Community Service. Now Belmont students must attend Culture and Arts category was easy for her.
10 events in each category and 10 electives in whatever cat- For Faith and Development, Stravinsky said University
egories they choose before they can graduate. Ministries often sponsors week-long lecture series that can
“It’s been recognized as a great program because it’s very net five or more convocation credits. “When they have
unique,” Pierce said. “Anybody with a Belmont degree leaves specials like that, people really need to take advantage and go
with all those pieces.” to them,” Stravinsky said.
And Pierce should know — she just graduated in Decem- But even though she has attended all the events she needs
ber with a degree in political science. to graduate, Stravinsky said she’s not done racking up those
Her sisters both attended schools with required chapel, convo credits yet. “I’m going to break 128; that’s my goal.
so Pierce said she felt lucky to have the convocation program They’ll put my name on plaque,” she joked.
instead. “It gave me an excuse to go to stuff,” she said. “It gets Of course, not everybody has to be quite as devoted to
people out of their shell.” convo as Stravinsky. Pierce recommended students look at
Pierce remembered rounding up her new friends during the convo calendar on the Belmont Intranet Connection, or
her freshman year and going to fun events like “Everything BIC, to develop a “plan of attack” and figure out which events
You Always Wanted to Know about The Opposite Sex” with work with their schedules.
award-winning speaker Dr. Lori Ebert, who comes to campus During the 2009-2010 school year, Belmont offered more
every year. In 2010, she’ll speak on the first day of school, than 1,250 convocation programs and 1,300 hours of com-
Aug. 25, in the Curb Event Center. munity service opportunities, but if absolutely none of those
You should also things interest you, why
mark your calendars not take matters into
for a convo lecture your own hands?
with Barry Drake, a Anyone can create
music history expert a convocation event
who focuses on a simply by e-mailing
different decade Pierce at convointern@
every time he talks
to Belmont stu- Between the in-
dents. At 7 p.m. teresting speakers, the
on Sept. 27 in the events you’ll be required
Massey Performing to attend for classes, and
Arts Center, he’ll the convos you invent,
talk about ‘80s rock it won’t take long before
music. His talk is you’re a convo-holic,
so popular that stu- too!
dents get there early
to reserve seats, and

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First-year Seminar
More than just a class
By Sarah Norton “My Name is Asher Lev,” the 2010-2011 common book, is
a coming of age story about a young man trying to balance his
“Why, why, why?” passion for art with his family’s traditional values. The book
That’s the question freshman students are taught to ask is perhaps the most noted work of Chaim Potok, an American
during their first-year seminar courses, the initial segment of author and a rabbi.
the general education core at The common text, as well
Belmont. as a common film and some
“The course is meant to be a accompanying assignments,
general education class focused provides a way for all of the
on the ways of knowing, that first-year seminar classes to be
will hopefully provide tools for connected, even with different
students to develop their own themes.
understanding of ideas as they Previous texts have included
enter college,” said Ken Spring, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,”
co-coordinator of first-year “The Curious Incident of the
seminar. Dog in the Nighttime” and “The
The goal is to teach students Spirit Catches You and You Fall
to think critically during the first Down.”
semester of college so they are “There are multiple ways of
ready to learn and question their learning, and we try to use all of
education for the rest of their them in the first-year seminar
time at the university. courses,” said Regine Schwarz-
“First-year seminar helps meier, co-coordinator of first-
students to connect with each year seminar. “The book, film
other, to grow academically and conversations in class will
and personally, while challeng- allow all students, whether they
ing them to see the world from learn visually, by reading or by
many different perspectives,” listening, to challenge what they
said Alex Stuerke, a junior from learn and establish their own
Overland Park, Kan. “I still opinions.”
question what I am learning, New students will receive
and I use the teamwork skills I course descriptions of all the
learned as freshman now, three years later.” first-year seminar courses during Towering Traditions and will
There will be more than 50 sections of first-year seminar be able to register for the class.
during the, which means there will be lots of choices of per- “Our goal is to help students work toward becoming
spectives for students. Professors from across campus teach worldly individuals as they become a part of the Belmont
the class, focusing on the different ways of knowing rather community,” said Spring.
than their own subject area. All of the classes are connected Courses like first-year seminar are a way for new students
not only by theme, but by the common book. to do just that.


First Common
Year + Book +
Film +
Discussion = Learning
Seminar Experience

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’s all in the family
Dorm lif e : It
By Dustin Stout “We try to create an atmosphere so fresh-
men know it’s so much more than just living in
You’ve heard the horror stories – the room- a dorm. It’s more than just where you sleep. It’s
mate struggles, the size constraints, the all- home,” Donovan said.
around misery that comes with living in a dorm Ask any student the best part of living in a
your freshman year of college. And it scares you residence hall and all the answers seem to have a
to death. common thread: that sense of community each
You’ve never had to share a room before. In dorm exemplifies.
fact, you’re an only “My favorite part of living in the dorm has
child; you’re used to been the relationships I have built with my hall
having all the space mates and my roommate,” sophomore Shelby
you could possibly Comstock said. “We have become a very tightly
need. Making new knit group who takes care of each other.”
friends isn’t your forte Comstock is always running into new faces
either and living with and building new friendships because all of the
a complete stranger freshman dorms are now centralized on Bel-
– well, that’s just mont’s campus.
absolutely absurd. So With the completion of Maple Hall in 2008
you begin to wonder and the university’s newest residence hall sched-
how your parents, in uled to open in the fall, all freshmen will have
their right mind, could the advantage of living in the middle of campus,
leave you here in this in close proximity to academic buildings and
big, new place to fend other freshmen as well.
for yourself. “It gets you in the center of the college
Right? experience and really gets you into the swing of
Wrong. You’re things,” sophomore Bethany Martocci said about
at Belmont Univer- the togetherness of freshman dorms.
sity now. Here, it’s our Belmont’s newest dorm will do more than
intention to ease the place all freshmen in the heart of campus. The
transition all freshmen common space of the new dorm will further
experience, as they establish essential and indispensable community
become not only Bel- among freshmen.
mont students but also “Our hope is the space in the new dorm will
Belmont residents. revert back to community building. It will offer
“It’s about creat- space for students to gather and just be together,”
ing a positive experi- Donovan said.
ence,” said Anthony Comstock thinks being together with a
Donovan, director of roommate is just as easy but has some simple
Residence Life. advice about living with another person.
The Residence Life “Take your friendship with your roommate
On move-in day, students
staff starts engaging with freshmen as soon as slow because you will be living with that person
say good-bye to parents and
orientation is over. the entire year. You will want the friendship to be
join a community of more
“We have what we call signature kickoff based on real connections rather than frivolous
than 5,000 others to make
events. Our complexes pair up to host events on chitchat you say just to fill the awkward gaps,”
up “the Belmont family.”
a much bigger scale. That gets us off on the right Comstock said.
Michael Krouskop/Belmont Photo
start,” Donovan said. Donovan’s insight for freshmen is to venture
There are also community builders that the out more than you might normally under differ-
resident assistants of each dorm plan for the ent circumstances.
hall. Like the kickoff events, these activities help These circumstances, after all, concern your
students adjust more easily to life in college. life, your dorm life. So when your parents leave
Decorations on every student’s door help you to fend for yourself, where is the help you’ll
to personalize the space and further create the need to ease the all-important transition into
community that’s so prevalent in Belmont’s college? It’s in residence life. It’s all in the family.

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By Amanda Short shelves fit snugly into the walls, which means no nails were
The classic college conundrum: how to make your 16x16- For Roberts, moving to Kennedy Hall her sophomore year
foot white-walled college dorm room feel spacious, remain or- brought on the new challenge of coping without a closet.
ganized and still have that designer flair. Welcome to “Extreme “Since I’m from Texas and wouldn’t be able to come home
Makeover: Dorm Edition,” where these Belmont students offer as often, I knew I wouldn’t have enough space for all of my
the most essential, practical tips for living with style in the clothes. I went to The Container Store and saw that they had
freshman residence halls. a lot of different options for makeshift closets that were both
“College is a difficult transition to begin with,” said Belmont decorative and functional.”
sophomore Chandler Roberts, “but when you decorate your
space and make it your own, it becomes easier to make the #2: Maximize space
college dorm feel like home.”
To create a more open floor plan, roommates Kaitlin Askvig
#1: Think Outside the Box and Alyson McHargue lofted their beds halfway and used the
space underneath for their chests of drawers and other stor-
To solve her Wright Hall woes her freshman year, Roberts age. “This layout works perfectly for us because it leaves the
used plywood to double the shelving in her closet, add a most open space in the room,” McHargue said.
bookshelf for her desk and build a unit to house a television In addition to changing the floor plan, other ways to maxi-
above the sink area, complete with an attached power strip to mize space include keeping seasonal clothes neatly stowed
provide extra outlets. “You can’t be afraid to think outside the away in bins and using small storage bins or cabinets for food,
box,” Roberts said. books and other necessities.
She and her roommates turned their unit above the sink
into a custom art piece by decorating each side with magazine #3: Make the List and Check it Twice
clippings and scrapbook papers. And no need to worry, the
added shelving adheres to Residence Life policies because the Aside from the basic essentials—bedding, clothes, per-
sonal items, etc—here are 10 items you might not think of, but
don’t want to forget:
BEST PLACES FOR DORM SHOPPING ON A BUDGET: †† 1. Storage bins/storage cubes
1. Target (3 locations) †† 2. Area rug
26 White Bridge Road, Nashville
6814 Charlotte Pike, Nashville †† 3. Floor lamp
780 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood †† 4. Multi-tiered hangers to maximize
2. Wal-mart closet space
5824 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
3. Bed Bath and Beyond †† 5. Set of dishes and silverware
5824 Nolensville Pike, Nashville †† 6. 3M hooks
4. TJ Maxx (3 locations)
440 Thompson Lane #8, Nashville †† 7. 3-pronged power strips and
330 Franklin Pike Rd, Brentwood 3-pronged extensions cords
545 Cool Springs Blvd #170, Franklin 
†† 8. Extra shelving or cabinetry
5. The Container Store †† 9. Tension rods and curtains
6. IKEA †† 10. Bulletin boards or fabric boards

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Upon moving to Belmont’s campus, it is easy
to see that the school isn’t solely based on study-
ing. If you are eager to succeed both academically
and socially at Belmont, your best bet is to get
plugged in to one of the many student organiza-
When choosing which organization is best for
you, decide what area of service you most enjoy
and how you want to give back to Belmont.

Bruin Recruiters
Bruin Recruiters are the first faces that you see
when you visit Belmont, whether it be Academ-
ics Option or Preview Days, or just a regular visit.
They work closely with the Office of Admissions
to help prospective students by giving tours,
working the welcome desk, telethons and much
“Bruin Recruiters was the only club I joined
my freshman year,” said Dana Paré, a current
member. “It was my ‘in’ and helped me connect
to other people, get to know my department and
professors more and meet people out of my major
on campus.”

Student Government Association

Student Government Association is made
up of representatives that represent all kinds of Belmont students enjoy Bruin Den Day as much as the neighborhood children who participate.
Belmont students. Just like our nation’s govern-
ment, SGA is made up of three branches: judicial,

Story and photo By Jessie Stockton

Campus organizations
With many options, find the right fit
legislative and executive. They host many events every year University Ministries
like activities for the Battle of the Boulevard, Bruin Den Day, University Ministries is Belmont’s own community to
Mistletoe Ball and Homecoming festivities. worship and reach out to students and the Nashville com-
“SGA allows me to take part in changing Belmont, while munity. UM has two opportunities each week for worship
also offering me great network opportunities,” said Taylor including Synodia, a student-led worship service open to stu-
Herron, a newcomer to SGA this year. dents from all backgrounds, and Chapel, a time of worship,
SGA also offers a special program for incoming fresh- prayer, meditation and reflection.
men called Executive Leadership Program. ELP is a yearlong “I like being in UM because I like being involved with
program that helps build leadership and teambuilding skills ministry while on campus,” said Michelle Brooks, a member
in their participants for their life at Belmont and beyond. It of UM and Spiritual Life Assistant to incoming freshmen.
also has many community service opportunities. “The people are so nice and always willing to help others. The
UM is great for freshmen who want to connect with other
Program Board Christians. It’s convenient and they have lots of connections
Program Board is Belmont’s main event planning orga- to other programs like RUF and churches around Nashville.”
nization, providing activities that will entertain, educate, Special events that UM hosts are EMERGE, Justice and
excite, and engage students. Some of the main projects that Missions Week, and Sex and the Soul Week. Into Nashville is
Program Board puts together are movie nights, concerts, also a popular community service event provided by UM that
comedian shows and their signature event, Fall Follies. This can get you convo credit while reaching beyond Belmont’s
annual show has some of Belmont’s finest comedic students campus.
performing upbeat skits about campus life and students.

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They comprise nearly 13 percent of Belmont’s student population. orientation program, Bruin Recruiters and University Ministries.
They are involved in nearly every organization on campus. And they “I think you’d be hard pressed to find a student organization
pride themselves on scholarship, leadership and community service. that didn’t have greeks involved,” Noel said. “Joining a fraternity
They are “greeks,” members of the eight fraternities and sororities at or sorority is a great way to get your feet wet in campus life.”
Belmont. The greek community also promotes leadership, in addition
Mary Noel, Panhellenic secretary and treasurer, recognizes the dif- to service and involvement. “As a member you can hold offices
ferences that define greek life at the university: “Take everything you’ve that range from intramurals chair to president,” Noel said.
seen in movies or heard from your friends about greek life, and push it “These officer positions provide a great springboard into
aside. Belmont greeks have a strong focus on community service.” other leadership roles. They help you recognize your strengths
Members in individual chapters not only contribute to their national and teach you how to work together with others to plan events
philanthropic organizations, but also serve the Nashville community like fundraisers or formals.”
through Habitat for Humanity builds, the Nashville Area Rescue Mission That members see the importance in cultivating service-
and several other local initiatives. minded student leaders is directly reflective of the unique bonds
In spring 2009, Belmont Panhellenic sponsored a fundraising event of brotherhood and sisterhood within individual chapters and
called Up ‘til Dawn, and the Panhellenic community collectively raised

Going Greek?
more than $18,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“We just don’t fit the stereotypes,” said Alpha Sigma Tau president
Arielle Warner. “We don’t base our organization off of socializing—we
are a community based on service.”
Fraternities have the negative stereotype that “you party hard Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, By Amanda Short
and then you barely
make it through the
week,” said Alpha Tau
Omega member Kyle
Hardin. “Our stereo-
type at Belmont is
very different, and we
take pride in the way
we uphold and pres-
ent ourselves.”
The lack of greek
housing and Bel-
mont’s strict policies
against on-campus
alcohol consumption
contribute to individu-
al chapters’ focus on
consciously promot-
ing a positive image,
Hardin said.
“For some fraterni-
ties, it’s a competition
of who can throw the
best party,” Hardin
said. “For us, our orga-
nization holds giving
back to both the Belmont and Nashville communities to a J. Michael Krouskop/Belmont Photo
very high standard, and our grades are especially a big deal. Members of Belmont’s fraternities and sororities celebrate spring with “Greek Games.”
We all want to be the best.”
While socializing may not be the defining factor of
greek organizations, “social networking” may be an important benefit the greek community as a whole.
from being part of Belmont’s greek life. Non-greek Belmont sophomore Kathryn Roach sees the uni-
“I feel like being a member of greek life is the best way to feel con- fied community as an avenue to form lifelong bonds with other
nected not only to other Belmont students but to the school itself,” individuals who value similar ideals, but she also recognizes that
Warner said. “We are an amazing network of people, and we intertwine opinion differs campus-wide.
and work with each other better than most other schools do.” “While some see greek organizations as ‘cliquey,’ others see
Greek students actively support other organizations on campus strong bonds between brothers or sisters,” Roach said.
such as the Student Government Association, the Towering Traditions Although she feels welcomed and included by the greek
students she knows, Roach thinks she made the right decision
not to rush because of her major and additional volunteer work
MORE INFO in extracurricular activities. “I didn’t feel like I had time in my
schedule to be a fully involved member of a greek organization.”
“I was also concerned that with a group of 90 girls, conflicts
Additional information regarding Greek life and and personal issues would arise and lead to unnecessary drama.”
upcoming fall recruitment can be found at Belmont’s While it may not be for every student, becoming a part of
website. Go to and click greek life at Belmont is a unique experience that “gives students
the opportunity to be part of something larger than Belmont
on “greek.” and larger than themselves,” Noel said. “The benefits are just
hard to describe until you join.”

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Ben Maslyn, right, finds that the
indoor rock wall in the Beaman
always provides new challenges.
Kaitlyn White, far right, maps her
route as she surges onward. The
wall is generally open noon-10
p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
Hours may change during holidays
and special events, so check the B
Fit BU blog for updates.

Go for the burn

at the Beaman
Story and photos by Robert Duke instruction.
The schedule of classes is varied to provide
“The freshman 15.” Those are perhaps the sessions to make it easier to fit students’ class
most infamous three words you hear when schedules. Some of the classes also offer an op-
entering college. Unlimited food and naptimes portunity for a 1-credit course.
give you plenty of ways to live up to this chubby Downstairs, two racquetball courts are open
stereotype pound for pound. But making use of to all students and faculty, so challenge a profes-
the Beaman Student Center’s spaces for burning sor to racquetball sometime.
calories can take the dreaded phrase out of your The most noticeable part of the Beaman is
vocabulary. the rock wall that looms right out in front of the
The Beaman activities center, open 6 a.m to common area.
10 p.m, is at the center of campus and can help Rising junior Ben Maslyn is an avid climber
to accommodate any way you want to work out on the rock wall. “Climbing the wall is the best
or even help you find new ways to exercise. workout you can get without thinking about
Upstairs in the Beaman, a fully equipped working out,” he said.
fitness center offers free weights, treadmills, The rock wall is a good mental workout as
weight machines and ellipticals. Next door, the well. “You have to map out a route, trust the
recreation gym has pick-up basketball games person holding you, know you can do it, and
going on all day. And there’s also a dance room push through the pain,” Maslyn said. “It can
with group fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, step always be something different.”
classes, 10-minute abs, kickboxing, spinning, Not only can students work out in the Bea-
sculpting, boot camp and other supervised man but they can also work; on-site jobs are

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It’s at BU!
By Sarah Norton

Between the opportunities to play flag football,

basketball and even ultimate Frisbee, there are lots of
ways for students to get involved in intramural sports
at Belmont.
LT Moody, a freshman from Tullahoma, Tenn.,
first joined an intramural team that formed in Maple
Hall and now plays with the Alpha Tau Omega fra-
ternity team.
“I liked playing sports in high school and intra-
murals let me keep competing and having fun after
I started college,” he said. “It’s also a fun way to exer-
cise and hang out with friends.”
Each year, the intramural staff organizes games
and activities that include volleyball, tennis, wally-
ball, flag football, basketball and even water balloon
dodgeball. Some sports are played for a season that
lasts for a few weeks and others are organized as
weekend tournaments.
“Since I’m not a varsity athlete, I love that intra-
murals gives me plenty of options of sports to play,”
said Kaitlin Adams, a senior from Nashville. She has
been a member of the Hot Ballaz women’s team since
her freshman year. It was a team that formed in her
residence hall and the women have stuck together
through their time at Belmont, creating their own
jerseys and even winning the 2008-2009 Bruin Cup
Playing sports isn’t the only way that students
can be involved in intramurals. Each year, students
are hired as officials and scorekeepers for several of
the sports. Junior Jessica Bush from Normal, Ill., has
worked as a scorekeeper since her freshman year.
available for students with interests in fitness or for those who “I decided to work for intramurals because I
are unable to travel due to not having a car at Belmont. needed a campus job that was more interesting than
“It’s really a good environment to work out with peers and desk work,” she explained. “Meeting new people,
friends, it’s an open environment where everyone’s welcome,” both participants and other officials, has been a perk
said L.B Westrate, a rising sophomore, who works in the weight since day one.”
room. There is no cost for students to play intramurals.
But the opportunities to work out can take you well beyond Students can form their own teams or contact the in-
the Beaman. tramural staff about joining a team that is looking for
Graduate assistant Cyrus Eton heads the outdoor pursuits more players. Information about signing up for up-
in the Beaman. “We help students get plugged in and stay active coming events is always posted in the residence halls
more than anywhere else on campus,” he said. and in the Beaman Student Life Center, but all regis-
For anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and is new to the tration is done online through the Beaman’s website.
South, the offsite activities really show off the landscapes of Any full-time student is eligible to play intramurals if
Tennessee. In the Beaman you can sign up to go rafting, camp- they have not previously played the same sport as a
ing, backpacking, spelunking and climbing rock walls that aren’t varsity student-athlete or professional athlete.
Runners will find that Beaman offers programs to help train
for local races such as the Country Music Marathon (and half-
marathon, if 26 miles is a few too far) and the Race for the Cure.

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Worship and A Belmont look at
By Brian Wilson “Local churches are multi-generational,”
Chmieleski said. “Students will see those who have
Across the country, many college freshmen face a made it through a life of faith or a season they have
similar dilemma. When given a chance to worship or been in. They will also be around kids younger than
serve, they now have a choice whether to participate them. They can see what their faith might look like.”
or not. For many at Belmont however, faith doesn’t
“It’s definitely a change, and it’s somewhat by stop with worship. Service, whether in Nashville
design,” said Guy Chmieleski, university minister at or around the world, is also a key part of Belmont’s
Belmont. “Students are out ministry.
from their parents’ roofs. They “In many ways, Belmont doesn’t distinguish be-
have a choice to make faith a tween faith and service. It’s what people call putting
priority.” faith into action.” said Micah Weedman, director of
There are many ways stu- outreach for University Ministries.
dents can practice their faith, For senior Austin Sauerbrei, service goes beyond
whether through a time and the call of simply volunteering. Through multiple
place of worship, group studies opportunities to serve through Belmont, his per-
or other types of ministries, spective on service has changed.
Chmieleski said. “Service is more of a lifestyle now,” he said. “I’m
“We think it’s incredibly focused on how I can be committed on a daily basis.”
Chmieleski important for students to get One of the first opportunities students have
involved in faith formation to serve is through into.Nashville, a convocation
opportunities,” he said. project where students spend a day volunteering in
Several of these opportuni- Music City.
ties can be found at Belmont. “That’s our gateway to doing service the Nash-
University Ministries sponsors ville way,” Weedman said.
multiple Christian worship The program, which will occur eight times this
services and small group Bible fall, sends 10-15 students into the community to
studies throughout the week, help serve with a Nashville organization.
and other campus organiza- “This is beyond regular volunteering. We join
Weedman tions like Reformed University with them and do some of the service they do,”
Fellowship and Campus Campus Crusade for Christ Weedman said.
do the same. Chmieleski said these are all supple- These services, which range from gardening
ments to a strong church life. In a new community, with East Nashville Co-Op Ministries to assisting
finding that is not always an easy decision. crisis teens at the Oasis Center, end up helping the
“There seems to be a struggle for students to go students as much as the people they serve.
from a home church to a new experience,” he said. “I think it’s been awesome to meet new folks and
Despite the challenges, the benefits from a new go into the community,” said Sauerbrei, a student
church can be powerful. leader for into.Nashville. “We’re meeting folks who

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are actually involved in organizations and the community.”
The project and the theological discussion that follows
helps teach students about what service really is.
“Into.Nashville means beginning to learn the context the
people you serve and serve with, the people who are there
every day,” Weedman said. “It’s meant to educate and begin
the concept of Belmont students serving.”
The projects are already helping students make long-term
connections with organizations, one of the major goals of the
Belmont’s outreach ministry goes beyond the Nashville
city limits through short-term mission trips.
“What’s significant about it is that’s it’s entirely faith-
based,” Weedman said. “It’s based on the notion that Jesus
calls us to embody love to other people. It’s a radical kind of
Every trip, however, provides another chance for students
to serve and see how to put their own faith into action.
“I would daresay students get the most out of it,” Chmieles-
ki said. “We leave changed. We are given an opportunity to
intentionally interact with others. We invite Christ into this,
and He changes our lives and our priorities through this.”
Sauerbrei believes these trips highlight changes students
can make in their daily lives.
“The goal is how we can make this a learning experience
that really affects how we live,” he said.
Next year, Belmont is making massive changes to the way
they handle mission trips. During Spring Break 2011, Univer-
sity Ministries will send six groups on “immersion trips.” Each
trip will have a single, all-encompassing focus, such as a rural
immersion in South Dakota, a poverty immersion in Washing-
ton, D.C., or a relief immersion in Haiti.
They won’t be typical missions.
“It’s a kind of paradigm shift,” he said.
Chmieleski believes the intensity of these trips will help
students in their spiritual life.
“I think the more extreme the experience, the more likely
we will be transformed by it,” he said.

When a devastating flood struck Nashville May 1,

Belmont responded quickly as a Christian com-
munity of service. Students, faculty and staff made
their mission a local one to help those in need. For
Belmont, service at home, around the country and
abroad is evidence of faith in action.
J. Michael Krouskop/Belmont Photo
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s i d e t h e b o x
Look o u t iqu e le a r n in g o p p o rtunity
rs un
e d h o n o r s p r o g r am offe
Huma nities-bas
kitchen, or study in one of the cozy lounge areas.
And they certainly have a lot of studying to do.
Story and photos by Tara Knott “I’ve always been pretty good at time management, but
the honors program makes you ratchet that up to such an
Just around the corner from Bongo Java, tucked away on extreme that it’s really an occasion to rise to,” junior journal-
Compton Street, a quaint, cottage-style home quietly doubles ism major Erin Carson said.
as a clubhouse of sorts for the honors program. Carson, who also edits the Belmont Vision, the campus
“It’s really nothing like anything any student has ever had newspaper, said new honors students should remember two
coming in here,” Dr. Devon Boan, honors program director, key time management tips:
said. • Get some sleep — “While it’s very tempting to try and
Each year, 54 students from the incoming class are asked
to join the program, which replaces the normal general edu-
cation requirements with diverse humanities-based classes. “When you already have that
It’s especially good for students who want to explore expectation that you’re here to do
fields outside their majors. “The honors program can be
helpful because you have a lot of flexibility to pursue what really great stuff and you’re excited
you’re genuinely interested in,” honors freshman professor about learning, what could be
Dr. David Curtis said.
In addition to the special curriculum, honors students better than to have a class full of
are entitled to priority registration, making it easier to get a people like that?”
spot in popular classes for their majors. Of course, exclusive
access to the Honors House itself is also a bonus – students - Dr. David Curtis
can meet with professors, bake cookies in the fully-equipped

operate on like four, five, six hours

of sleep, you’re gone if you’re not
mentally at your best.”
• Get some help — “Don’t
at all be afraid to talk to your
classmates and work with them or
study with them. Everybody’s sort
of in the same boat.”
Through all the “study parties”
and last-minute cram sessions,
Carson was surprised how close
she and her classmates became.
“I think by nature we’re a really
social bunch, and we just came to
rely on each other,” she said.
Students can also rely on the
honors faculty.
“They care about the students.
If students ask, there’s always help
available,” Toma Kimbro said. Af-
fectionately known as “Ms. Toma,”
she has been the program’s official
administrative assistant and the
students’ unofficial counselor for
12 years.
Dr. Devon Boan directs Belmont’s honors program, which adds up to 54 freshmen each year.

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One of the benefits of the honors program is access to the Honors House, a Compton
Avenue cottage that provides study and meeting space. It’s also a place to sit down with
the program’s administrative assistant, Toma Kimbro, below.

She’s seen hundreds of students go through the program, but she said the
most successful students aren’t necessarily the ones who just have the highest
test scores. “I think it’s students that enjoy learning, students who like to
look outside the box,” Kimbro said.
Even the application is designed to push students beyond their comfort
zones. In 50 words or less, students must “give us some idea of what they’re
thinking about certain topics so that we can see if their mind is already think-
ing in an interdisciplinary way,” Boan said. The short answers give the honors
faculty “an undistilled look” at who the potential students really are, he said.
Once the students are accepted, Curtis has the responsibility to teach
them the skills they need to succeed in the rest of the program, and he said
it’s the best job on campus.
“It combines people who are very bright-eyed and optimistic and excited
about the college experience and entering into a new phase in their lives with
the students who have already achieved a tremendous amount coming in,”
Curtis said.
“When you already have that expectation that you’re here to do really
great stuff and you’re excited about learning, what could be better than to
have a class full of people like that?”
You can apply to the honors program by downloading and submitting the
questionnaire at

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The Battle o
“Each of these schools recruit some of the
same players, as well as students in the Nashville
area,” said Paul Nance, director of corporate
sponsorships for Lipscomb Athletics. “They
are very familiar with the other school and they
socialize with each other.”
Bruins head coach Rick Byrd said, “The
teams compete for the Atlantic Sun title, and
the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament at
the end of each season. I think it’s a very natural
rivalry, we’ve always been on the same level and
are playing for championships each year.”
“The geography of the two schools and the
fact we are playing each other at least twice a
year helps, it would be odd if it wasn’t a rivalry.”
It all started in 1953, the first time Lipscomb
played Belmont. Getting off to a strong start,
Belmont took the first six games in the new city
But some games are more noteworthy than
others. In 1990, the Belmont vs. Lipscomb
rivalry took a step up. Each team was in the top
five of the NAIA, National Association of In-
tercollegiate Athletics, and playing at a smaller
gym wasn’t enough to hold the crowd.
Belmont gave up its home court to play at
Memorial Gymnasium, the home court for the
Vanderbilt Commodores of the SEC.
“They were having to turn people away at the
door, people who had bought a ticket before-
hand were not allowed in, they were over capac-
ity,” Byrd said.
By Robert Duke The draw was the fact that each team had a

strong senior lineup; Belmont had upset Lipscomb a year
any colleges and universities across the coun- earlier. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital would receive a por-
try have bitter and storied basketball rivalries. tion of the revenue that night; and plain and simple, it was
Most notable are: Duke vs. UNC, Kansas vs. an event, the place to be. And that year, Belmont took the
Texas, Kentucky vs. Louisville and Indiana vs. victory by a score of 72-53.
Purdue. But there’s also one close by: Belmont vs. Lip- Every year the Belmont vs. Lipscomb game is the big-
scomb. Of all the intense rivalries in college basketball, the gest event on campus, bar none.
Bruins and Bisons are the closest in proximity. “It’s just a chance for everyone at school to get together
Just over two miles away, Lipscomb University is on
the same street as Belmont. Throughout the history of
the rivalry, these teams have faced off 126 times, making
“The Battle of the Boulevard” one of the most often played
There are several reasons why the game is so big for
each school.

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f the Boulevard: The Rivalry
and pull for a common goal; that means faculty, parents, Nashville, as well as many other Tennessee towns, has the
students, and fans. It’s the rowdiest and most exciting game opportunity to watch the rivalry broadcast every year. “This
of the year,” said Junior Calvin Malone, a member of the Phi is just a good game to talk about and look forward to, it helps
Delta Theta fraternity. put the spotlight on our programs,” Byrd said. “It’s the best
The Curb Event Center that houses the Bruins is packed to rivalry in the conference.”
capacity with 5,900 fans. Belmont, Lipscomb, and sports fans Talks start early every year about the Battle of the Boule-
in general all gather to watch the hometown rivalry. vard on both campuses; fliers for events will be plastered on
“More promotion goes into these games and each team each campus weeks before the game. The days leading up to
always has a packed house,” Nance said. “If a student were to the game create a buzz around campus that keeps mounting
go to only one game a year, it would be the Battle of the Boule- until tipoff. Then finally, the tipoff goes up, and the buildup of
vard”. a whole year is unleashed onto the court and into the stands.

Belmont basketball’s biggest in-town attendance is at the Battle of the Boulevard, which brings local rivals Belmont and Lipscomb to face each other in a
conference game twice each season. Belmont Vision file

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i t a l m e di a f a il
When dig in g s g o
) Where th e b re a k a b le th

By Jen Todd “What we will also do is not really a service that
we provide, but we will try to answer any questions
The paper is due tomorrow at 1 p.m. Four pages, if you may be having a software problem,” Kee said.
typed, double-spaced. 24 hours left to work on it. “Like if you’re having an OS issue and you just don’t
Two pages are written when the computer freezes. know what it is or how to describe it or who to turn
The screen is hazy. It suddenly shuts down. It won’t to we’ll take a look at it and see if we can tell you
turn on. Panic. What now? what to do next.”
Situations like this are almost destined. Society is Beyond virus problems, however, Belmont’s tech
so dependent on technology, but it is still a machine services cannot help. The next option is to search for
and at some point fails the owner. It may not be a help off campus.
computer that malfunctions; it might be a cell phone, For anything owned by Apple, a very popular op-
or a TV, or even an iPod. tion at Belmont, the Apple Store in Green Hills Mall,
Whatever the problem, whatever needs to be iRestore on West End Avenue, and Mac Authority on
fixed, there is a place in Nashville specifically for that Lindell Avenue may be able to fix the problem.
necessity. “If it’s no longer under warranty, your best bet
First in this situation, the paper needs to be writ- sometimes is to go to … a big name that you trust,”
ten. There are three computer labs on campus open Kee said.
to all students located in the library, the third floor of Big name stores in Nashville providing tech
Massey Business Center, and third floor of Wheeler services include Best Buy (Geek Squad), Staples,
Humanities Building. RadioShack and Electronic Express.
“A lot of students will get support through their If none of the above options work and the prob-
access through the labs like the Massey lab,” said lem cannot be fixed, the final solution may be to buy
Randall Reynolds, director of technological services. a new computer.
After the paper is finished, printed and turned in, Belmont student Angie Melgar got a virus on her
the computer still won’t work. If Googling the situa- PC and took it to the technicians at Best Buy, hoping
tion doesn’t help, Belmont has services on campus to the problem would be easy and fixable.
help with similar problems. “They told me, ‘Pretty much you’re screwed,’” she
The most basic tech help on campus is ResNet, said.
which solves problems and answers questions about She had to buy a new computer, a Mac this time,
Internet access, voicemail and cable TV for students from the Apple Store in Green Hills.
living on campus. The technicians in this service fo- One advantage of going to Belmont is that stu-
cus on issues with BIC accounts, Belmont’s Intranet dents can get discounts on new Dell and Mac com-
Connection, where students access email, sign up puters. This program is available to students new to
for classes, pay tuition, and look up assignments on Belmont and is charged to the student account.
BlackBoard. ResNet also perform laptop screenings. To get the discount, download and complete the
For difficulty with the student email account or any- form from the “Student Laptop Program” option on
thing related to BIC or Internet access, call ResNet at the ITS home page on the Belmont web site, then
extension 6214. mail the form to the Belmont address or fax the form
For slightly more complex computer problems, to 615.460.5685. The order must be made by the
Belmont’s Technology Services may be able to help. third week of July.
Located on the first floor of Fidelity Hall, Tech Ser- To find more information on these discounts or
vices helps with virus and malware related problems, any more information about tech services on cam-
network technician Andrew Kee said. pus, contact Randall Reynolds at 615.460.5471.

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Web site: Tony’s Shoe Service
Phone: 615.460.5471 23 Arcade
Apple Store
Address: 2126 Abbott Martin Road Peabody Shoe Repair
Space 134 in the Mall at Green Hills 1807 21st Ave. S.
Phone: 615.385.2189 615.292.5214
Computers are not the only breakable items lead- Good Neighbor Shell & Auto Service
ing to disaster. Other tools students may depend 1820 21st Ave. S.
on include methods of transportation, phones 615.298.2079
and clothing among other things. Here is a list of
repair places for other common necessities:
Cell phones Cumberland Transit
Cellular Renewal 2807 West End Ave. #C
4336 Kenilwood Drive 615.321.4069
Guitars and amps West End Alterations
Corner Music 3404 West End Ave.
2705 12th Ave. S. 615.292.0440

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By Dustin Stout

There’s a mysterious door in

the lobby of the Wright-Mad-
dox residence complex. Even
though the sign on the door
plainly reads “Belmont Univer-
sity Counseling Services,” many
students don’t know what’s on
the other side.
But those who do say the
sign on the door doesn’t begin
to describe what is, in fact,
available on the other side.
“Counseling has really
helped me find myself,” sopho-
more Joshua Farrell said.
Like quite a few students,
Farrell began attending coun-
seling his freshman year.
“A number of freshmen
feel overwhelmed by all of the
changes in their life as they
transition from home to the
larger world,” said Peg Leonard-
Martin, director of Counseling
Counseling Services helps
students develop healthy cop-
ing skills in times of transition
and emotional instability.
It also provides a safe place
for struggling freshmen to
come to just talk. No problem
is too big or too small for coun-
“We provide a safe place
for them to vent while we also
normalize their symptoms,
reassuring them that the acute
symptoms of homesickness,
anxiety or depression will get
better,” Leonard-Martin said.

Real world, real help

The misconception that

Counseling Services at Belmont

counseling means you are flawed or inadequate keeps some Starting counseling was a big step for Farrell because he
students from attending. thought students who attended counseling “thought about
“Despite years of effort regarding erasing the stigma, suicide.”
many people still fear counseling because they believe that “I was wrong about counseling,” Farrell said. “I have
they must somehow be seriously damaged as a human being learned that counseling isn’t for crazy people. Counseling
to need to talk to a therapist. This is simply not true,” Leon- Services is for anyone who wants to grow…personally and
ard-Martin said. mentally.”

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Senior Taylor Blackwell also attends counseling.
“They have helped me deal with situations
ranging from the grief of losing my grandmother CAMPUS CLINIC GOOD FOR HEALTH
to relationship issues,” Blackwell said. “They helped By Julie Kenny
me learn how to protect myself and set boundaries,
which is useful not only in intimate relationships but College is all about embracing your independence and newfound
in all interpersonal interactions.” freedom. But somewhere between staying up all night to study and a
Blackwell describes the counselors at Belmont as 24/7 social life, your immune system calls it quits.
non-judgmental. “Since we know that college kids live so closely together, we know
“That is the most important thing to know about that if the flu hits, it often goes all over campus,” Katy Wilson, director of
the Belmont counselors,” Blackwell said. “Whatever Student Health Services, said. She sees it happen every semester.
you have going on, they are completely impartial.” Luckily, Belmont University has an expanded clinic and a pharmacy
Confidentiality is also important to them. To scheduled to open fall semester for many of your health concerns.
Leonard-Martin, it’s the “bedrock of professional What has long been Student Health Services will move into a larger
standards.” “Confidentiality is sacred,” she said. “A facility in the new health sciences building beside the Inman Center.
person in distress cannot trust another person … The latest addition to Belmont will allow the clinic to expand hours and
with their private and deeply personal story unless services in addition to square feet.
they have absolute faith that their privacy will be Nationally certified nurse practitioners will continue to provide ac-
steadfastly protected.” cessible and low-cost care to the Belmont community for both walk-ins
The counselors do all they can to make counsel- and appointments to treat minor illnesses and injuries. From diagnos-
ing a safe, nonthreatening place, but the students ing strep throat to bandaging a sprained ankle, Health Services is the
who attend must do their part, too. closest clinic that provides such comprehensive service.
The Counseling Services website offers some “We are a really good place to start,” Wilson said. “If you have a
advice on how to make the most of a visit to coun- health concern and you’re not sure what to do about it, we want to see
seling. you.”
• Define your goals. With the new move comes the added benefit of an on-campus
Think about what you would like to get out of pharmacy. The state-of-the-art building will allow Student Health
counseling. Take time before each session to con- Services to work near and in conjunction with the new full-service
sider your expectations for that session. pharmacy staffed in part with students from the School of Pharmacy.
• Be an active participant. This provides gives them practical, real-life experience and is an added
Be honest with the counselor and give feedback convenience for all students.
about how you see the sessions progressing. But, there will inevitably be injuries or illnesses that happen after-
• Be patient with yourself. hours. To save time and gas, here are a few places that are close by,
All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and convenient and cater to the common ailments college students face.
self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced You can also find links to these and other medical centers on Health
over a long period of time, so change can be difficult Services web page, along with an interactive map.
and slow at times. For issues requiring ongoing treatment, Health Services can pro-
• Ask questions. vide referrals to a number of different doctors and specialists in Nash-
Ask questions about the counseling process, any ville. Stop by the clinic or call 460-5506 to schedule an appointment.
methods used by the counselor, or about any other
services offered.
JJ There are two CVS Minute Clinics within two miles of campus. These
• Follow your counselor’s recommendations.
big-box health centers are becoming more popular due to their
Counseling is intended to improve your life in
quick nature and across-the-board treatments. Accepting both in-
the “real world,” so making an effort to try out and
surance and self-pay patients, these stores are your best bet for get-
practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of
ting in and out, as well as getting treated, the fastest. Located at 426
thinking could be a crucial element to the success of
21st Ave. S., and 3801 Hillsboro Pike, both clinics are open Monday-
your counseling experience.
Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9-5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 10-5:30 p.m.
Leonard-Martin has some more advice for stu-
dents who still may be nervous to attend counseling. JJ If you have a more complicated illness or want a more personalized
“Everyone is a little afraid of coming to therapy,” approach, try Green Hills Medical Clinic, an urgent care facility at
she said. “We work very hard to engage the student 2001 Glen Echo Road They treat patients Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-
and to make them feel as comfortable as possible.  4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Be prepared to wait as they are
We remind them that they are not alone, that count- a first come, first served facility. They also accept most major insur-
less others have reached out to counseling and found ance and self-pay patients.
tremendous relief,”
Knowing that, Farrell thinks, should encourage JJ In the event of a true emergency, the closest hospital is Vanderbilt
struggling students to attend counseling, instead of University Medical Center at 1211 22nd Ave. S. Just a few blocks
remaining isolated in pain and fright. from Belmont, Vanderbilt is prepared to treat any crisis that may oc-
“I would encourage anyone to take advantage of cur. The wait times can vary as they treat patients depending on the
it while they are here at Belmont,” Farrell said. level of emergency. Insurance is not required, but expect to pay at
So next time you walk by that door in Wright- least a portion of the bill upon your release.
Maddox, knock on it. The people on the other side
aren’t that mysterious.

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Surviving without
By Jessica Plowman BUSES
Crowded. Noisy. Strict maps and hard-to-read sched-
There’s no rule at Belmont about whether or not fresh- ules. In all honesty, most students shy away from taking
men are allowed to have cars on campus, but regardless, a public buses unless they absolutely have to.
large portion choose to go through their first year on foot. However, the students’ take on Metro Transit is typi-
Some do it for the benefits – no gas, no insurance, no reg- cally uninformed. Reading a bus schedule simply takes
istration fees or parking tickets – yet there are a number practice. A strict time schedule can actually be a blessing
of disadvantages to being carless as well. in disguise. And with a few exceptions (dependent upon
How do you get your groceries and living supplies? route and time of day), the buses are not often crowded.
What if you get a job downtown? Even just exploring and Without a doubt, using the bus system is the best
settling into the Nashville area can be a challenge without way to get downtown without a car. Between the three
a vehicle. routes in easy walking distance from campus (Belmont,
But like much you will face in college, the problems Hillsboro, and 12th), you can expect to arrive downtown
are not without solutions and often you have several op- within 15 minutes of almost any appointment. And while
tions. Bikes, buses and, of course, even feet can turn your getting downtown opens up a world of opportunities to
lack of transportation into a survival experience you’ll experience the Nashville scene, buses may not be the best
remember with pride. option to travel elsewhere in the city. Transfers take time
and careful coordination, and often take you far out of
your way before you reach your destination.
BIKES Another concern for many people getting used to
When a car is not an option and walking seems too the public transit is that it’s unfamiliar terrain. If you’ve
slow, a bike becomes the perfect compromise. Small, in- arrived in Nashville from a small town, you may have
expensive, and trustworthy, a bike will get you where you gotten everywhere you wanted to go in a car with parents
need to go without any of the costs incurred by cars. and friends. But if you’ve arrived without said car, hop on
Jessica Harrelson brought her bike to Belmont when the bus and introduce yourself to the bus driver. They’re
she came in as a freshman in September 2009. She sees friendly and they get to know the people that are on their
many advantages to her decision not to bring a car. route.
“It’s free, aside from buying the bike,” she said. “You There is one more secret to riding the public bus line
get exercise, which of course makes you feel better. And as a Belmont student that makes it very worthwhile to
it’s way funner than a car. More adventuresome.” figure out – the bus fares. With your Belmont student
While these advantages make the use of a bike during ID, riding any line at any time with the Metro Transit
college quite attractive, there are other facts a serious bike Association is completely free. So it’s safer than trying to
owner needs to know, especially if the bike will be their bike or walk downtown or to Green Hills, it’s significantly
primary mode of transportation. faster, and it takes no money and far less energy than any
“You have to be smart about parking it, locking it up,” other option. In fact, public transit is definitely a mode of
Harrelson said. “Take care of your bike. It’s your car.” transportation you want to get acquainted with.
Harrelson added that using a bike frequently might
mean it will need some maintenance, but the cost benefits
of owning a bike still outweigh those of a car. Occasional BIPEDS
visits to a bike repair shop, just to check the brakes and Bipeds? What are those? As you probably know if
gears will keep you safe and on the road. And of course, you remember you high school biology class, a biped de-
the kind of bike will also affect the need for visits. scribes any creature with two feet – in other words, you.
“If you’re rocking a 10-speed, it’ll take a little more While bikes and buses make it possible to see a lot of the
care,” she said. “Always carry spare tires, a pump, and tire Nashville area, there are many places near campus that
levers,” Harrelson said. make college life much easier. And you can get there with
If you do decide to use a bike as your primary mode of nothing but your own two feet.
transportation, or even keep one on campus at all, it has Two important things to remember while walking
to be registered with campus security. To do this, simply are to never walk farther than you can walk back, and
log onto your BIC account at the beginning of the year always know where you are going. Many people can hike
and click “Register a Bike.” Once that is in the system, for miles and have no trouble getting back to where they
visit Campus Security and get your registered sticker and started. However, if you did not often go for long hikes
you’re all set. or walks before coming to Belmont, it’s not a good idea to

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a car

When your primary mode of transportation is your own two feet, you’ll develop a solid friendship with crosswalks. And when you’re driving again,
you’ll much more frequently brake for pedestrians.
presume you can make it downtown and still have enough en-
ergy to walk all the way back. Maybe you actually can make
it downtown without a problem, but if you run out of energy Many Belmont students choose alternative transporta-
then, you’re worse off than you started. tion (or the parental unit chooses for you, and you don’t
Secondly, always make sure you have a map on hand, or at have the option of bringing a car to school). Getting
least directions from a site like Google Maps or MapQuest. around without a car, however, is not nearly as difficult
No matter where you travel, you’re particularly vulnerable as some think. Here are some resources that you might
on foot, and if you don’t know exactly where you’re going find useful for non-auto transport:
and how to get there, walking can become an uncomfortable
experience. On the other hand, with an idea of how to get • For public transit in Nashville – which is spelled
to your destination and whether or not you’ll be able to get B-U-S, since there’s no underground system – go to
back, walking can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable to download bus schedules. But
responses to not having a car. don’t buy a ticket online because you can ride free
Not only is walking enjoyable, but it might be the most with a Belmont student ID.
convenient way to take care of some of your basic needs
during college life. If you have to run out and get shampoo, • Nashville’s only used bike shop is in the 12 South
soap, detergent, food, or any other number of living supplies, neighborhood that is in easy walking distance of
CVS, Harris Teeter, and Dollar General are all within walking Belmont. And whether you ride off with a used bike
distance from campus. But don’t buy more than you will be or push one in that needs repair, Halcyon can help.
able to carry back to your dorm and, like anywhere you have For info:
to walk, be sure to bring a map.

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By Hannah Hyde good food (and you get to use those Bruin Bucks!) and a
quieter charm, the Curb is a good place to multi-task.
College is not high school. There is no detention,
no curfew, and no penalty for skipping (except for your Wheeler Humanities Building
grades dropping letter by letter). Wheeler holds a host of aids to help you study. The
You don’t have your mom there to remind you to Language Learning Center is in Room 212 for help with
finish your English essay or study your chemistry notes. foreign languages. Check the schedule on the door so
Now, it is all up to you.

Study like th e re is n o t o m o r ro w
you can find help in the language you need.
Finding the perfect study atmosphere can be difficult, The Writing Center, also on the second floor, offers
especially with the procrastination temptations of your help with papers of any kind – but make sure to make an
dorm room, so here are a few places that might help you appointment so you can get the best assistance.
get in that productive, ready-to-focus mood.
Residence halls
ON CAMPUS Several of the dorms on campus have study rooms
on each floor. The lobbies also make good study spots –
Beaman with people flowing in and out, you just might find that
Pick the main lobby if you don’t mind being in the study buddy you need.
center of all the action. However, if you’re looking for
something a little quieter, pick a chair by any of the doors If you really need to cram
exiting on the side by the Curb Café. One area on the Pick any chair in any hall in any building on campus;
same level as the main lobby has nooks with upholstered in that final hour, anywhere will do. (Note: If you pick a
benches – great to study or nap. chair near your exam location, you can squeeze in about
eight extra study minutes – really handy for trying to
remember that last page of hastily written notes.)

When it is warm outside

Grab a blanket and stretch out on the quad (in front
of Heron, Hail and Pembroke) or the grassy knoll (in
front of Wright-Maddox). There are also seating areas in
front of Gabhart and next to the Curb Café.

With delicious food like smoked turkey with brie
sandwiches and grilled salmon (both for under $10!)
and a variety of seating, Fido is great for study groups
or if you just want to grab a coffee and read. It can get
really crowded around lunch and dinner, so if you plan
Beaman Student Center photo by Hannah Hendricks a group study, go in the off-hours. You’ll have more luck
finding a bigger table.
Lila D. Bunch Library
The classic study spot is the library– complete with Provence Breads & Cafe
books and computers should you forget anything in your With pastries and food galore like a lamb panini
room. The first level has comfy chairs and computers. with artichoke pesto (Monday’s sandwich of the day),
The second floor has group tables and study rooms, as Provence is a great place for a marathon study. It pro-
well as individual desks lining a wall. Go up to the third vides easy transition from breakfast to lunch to after-
floor for more individual desks and a really quiet atmo- noon snack. There is also a location in the Hill Center in
sphere. Green Hills (near Whole Foods).

Curb Café Panera Bread

If you’re in the mood to eat and study, but don’t want Farther north on 21st, Panera is another great place
all the busy-ness of the caf, then head to the Curb. With for study groups. It can get crowded around lunch and

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dinner, but the food is well worth it. They also have an outside eat-
ing space for those warmer (and not so windy!) times. 10 ESSENTIAL DESK ITEMS
There is another location on the intersection of West End and
29th, that is not as busy as the Hillsboro Village location. A desk lamp. You may think you don’t need one,
but when your roommates are turning the light off in
Whole Foods the middle of your midnight study cram, you’ll wish
Located at the intersection of Hillsboro Pike and Warfield you had one.
Drive, Whole Foods is not only an organic grocery store, but a A stapler and extra staples. Not every classroom
great place to relax and study as well. On the second floor, there is has a stapler, so you don’t want to be the one kid that
a spacious seating area where you can take your lunch and relax. has to fold the corners of your 10-page paper to keep
them together.
A multitude of pens/pencils/highlighters. Pens
and highlighters run out of ink. Pencils break. Have
extras and you will not disturb your notetaking.
A 3-hole-punch. Especially handy if you use
binders. Yes, it can cost like $20, but it is a good
Extra lined paper/ graph paper. People don’t
mind giving you one, maybe two sheets of paper,
but when you sit next to the same girl in history class
everyday, and constantly borrow paper – you might
find that person’s not so nice when it comes to shar-
ing her extensive notes.
Extra printer paper/ spare ink cartridge. Ever
tried to print something five minutes before class
was going to start and realize you have no paper
left or you just ran out of ink? Not a great feeling.
If you always have extras in your desk, you’ll never
have to experience the following chain of events:
the sprint from your residence to the library to print
Lila D. Bunch Library Michael Krouskop/Belmont Photo something, and then the realization you don’t have
enough change, so you ask the guy next to you. He
proceeds to give you a dirty look but gives you the
change. You print your paper, sprint to class, only
STUDENT STUDY SPOTS to get there and to find the door locked and you’re
stuck waiting for someone to open it. You walk in,
½½ In an informal survey, Belmont students said they studied and everyone stares at you and they (including your
most in these places: teacher) know what you’ve been doing because you
. their own beds/desks still have your freshly printed paper in your hand.
. the library Again, not a great feeling.
. dorm study rooms Granola bars/crackers/fruit or other power
. dorm hallways/ hallways of class buildings foods that will sustain your hunger while giving you
. the Beaman that extra boost to complete your paper at 3 a.m.
½½ Wright Hall resident adviser Cara Anderson suggested a few A dictionary/thesaurus/encyclopedia. Okay,
“secret” places she was willing to share: you can easily use the online ones, but just because
you’re not taking an English class doesn’t mean that
. The seating area in the basement of the library. you won’t be writing a multitude of papers. Teachers
. A window on the first floor of Inman on the side of the don’t really like it when you use the same word over
building away from Massey. and over again and you use it wrongly (or imperfect-
ly or unsuitably). So, when in doubt, look it up.
. Enter the Atrium from the main staircase in the Beaman Chapstick and hand lotion. How many times
lobby or the entrance by the parking garage. Walk to have you found yourself chewing on your lip or bit-
the staircase to the right/straight ahead and descend ing your fingernails because you have developed a
one floor. Make a u-turn and there is a seating area case of writer’s block? Dry lips and hands are no fun
behind the staircase itself. at all.
. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, there are few Random books and magazines that have noth-
classes at the 10 a.m. hour. If you have a 9 a.m. or an 11 ing to do with school. Sometimes, you just need to
a.m., check and see if the classroom you’re in is open, get your mind off homework. So if you have a good
and just take a seat and study. You either a) don’t have book or fun magazine lying around, those can be a
to pack your things to leave, or b) will already be in really nice to just relax for a moment in the midst of
place for your next class – no chance of being late! a lengthy biology study session.

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Don’t be throwin’ your
money around...
By Paige Chappell $100 in your account and you spend $30 of it on gas,
the price that your online banking account will show
The transition from high school to college brings is $99.”
many changes. And one hurdle is often dealing with That’s because banks have a contract with gas
money. No, I’m not talking about tuition. I’m talking stations, Gerard said. That contract says the bank
about the money you carry around for everyday use. will get $1 from the $30 you spent, until the transac-
Everyone likes to have money – that’s a given. tion goes through.
It gives us a sense of security, a sense of power and Getting information and keeping accurate re-
confidence. Well, what happens when all that money cords will make you more responsible. Once you are
is gone? aware of how banks operate, it’ll be a lot easier to
If there’s one thing that incoming freshmen tend manage your money.
to do once they get to college it’s spend money. However, there are Belmont students that don’t
“It’s the first time students have freedom,” Bob need to keep a written record because they don’t
Gerard, Fifth Third banks’ Membership Advantage have a bank account.
program coordinator said. “They are going to want “My parents want me to focus on school rather
to go out and do a lot.” than money,” freshman Ashley Stephens said.
What I’m about to tell you might come as a It doesn’t bother Stephens. She typically carries
shock, but please, take it to heart. Don’t spend all around $40 or less and she only spends on what she
your money – save it. needs – food.
Learning how to save is not easy. You’re going to There has been some debate on whether or not
want to say “yes” to everything and everyone. And college students should have a debit or credit card.
before you know it, that $100 your parents gave you “We (Fifth Third Bank) promote the usage of
at the beginning of the month is down to $30. debit cards, but not credit. College students don’t
But Belmont students have found ways to be need them,” Gerard said.
responsible with money. Domingues doesn’t think that college students,
“Only use money when absolutely necessary,” freshmen especially should have credit cards, just
sophomore Carolina Domingues said. “I’ve learned a debit card. There are some students who believe
to only spend money on things I need, and every freshman shouldn’t have either.
once in awhile want.” “Unless incoming freshmen have a job, there’s
Before you can spends for needs or wants, it’s no point for them to have a debit or credit card,”
important to master the task of actually knowing Stephens said.
how to manage your money. This is especially im- Along with other Fifth Third Bank employees
portant if you have a debit card or bank account. Gerard is very active on Belmont’s campus. If you
Let’s say you run into a convenience store; you haven’t noticed, there’s an ATM available just for
grab a soda and some candy. When you swipe your you if you bank with Fifth Third.
plastic card, do you record how much money you When Fifth Third bank is on Belmont’s campus,
just spent and subtract it from the amount you they push one topic among all college freshmen –
previously had? Don’t Be That Guy, a program that originated in
If you don’t, it’s time to start. You are in college Ohio by a Fifth Third employee.
now – learn how to be a responsible adult. Don’t be that guy who is always out of money.
Domingues said she’s aware of how much money Don’t be that guy who can’t go do things with
she spends because she uses the online banking friends because he already spent his money. Don’t
system. be that guy who doesn’t know how to manage
However, some banking experts say that the money.
online system does have flaws. As you being a new chapter in your life, ask
“It’s not always correct,” Gerard said. “If you have yourself: am I going to be THAT guy?

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The caf
Kyle Grover, general manager of the dining hall, said,
“We do have organic foods. The problem is that people
don’t know it… [and part of it] is our fault. We don’t do a
great job of marketing it.”
So, in reality, some things available in the dining hall
are organic – no, not all – but some are. Grover attributes
problems in providing more organic foods to three main
Availability: Many organic fruits and vegetables are
in their prime productivity in the summer – when there
aren’t any students to eat in the cafeteria.
Amount: The dining hall is responsible for producing
enough food to feed thousands of people – per day. Buy-
ing that much organic is close to impossible. Grover said
that very few organic/local farmers can provide the 4,000
Morris Robinson prepares a stir pounds of beef and 9,000 pounds of chicken needed per
fry entrée to order in Belmont’s month.
Story and photos by Hannah Hyde cafeteria. Acceptability: Grover said

c t h a t i s .
i ,
that in the fall
Aw, shucks, ma, not corn again…
In the fall of 2009, all freshman seminar
students were required to

b e … or g a n of

or n o t t o 2009, the caf did

have organic nights at the interna-

To be
tional food bar, but very few chose it. And because
the cost of organic foods is so high, he eliminated them
read The Omnivore’s because, well, no one seemed to want that option.
Dilemma. Author Michael Pollan The dining hall is very responsive to people with special
discussed aspects of today’s food industry that left diets. There are several students who have a gluten-free
many students wondering exactly how it applied to them. diet, and Grover said that the entire kitchen staff knows
In fact, what students learned is that it does apply to every them all by sight, so they can retrieve their foods from the
person who does the most basic of human acts – eat. kitchen. The reason these gluten-free products aren’t read-
Pollan wrote that much of the American diet contains the ily available in the serving area is the risk of cross-contami-
same ingredient: corn. nation. A mini-fridge in the caf is stocked with soy milk.
How can this be? Food options continue to evolve and Sodexo and
Well, corn is grown and either eaten naturally (corn- Belmont want to know about diners’ concern. If you have
on-the-cob, creamed corn, etc.), fed to livestock (chickens, something to say, here
cows, etc.), or processed into chemicals like ethanol and are three easy ways to
glucose. let it be heard:
Basically, corn, corn products and corn variations, are Fill out a comment
found in almost every processed food product. And the av- card. Grover personally
erage college student eats a lot of processed foods – from reads and initials every
lunch meat to frozen dinners to almost anything prepack- single one. If you have
aged and mass produced. Yet, there is the beginning of a problem, question or
a movement, a Slow Food movement, to change what is suggestions, fill one out
available for people to consume not only in local cities, and drop it in the box
including Nashville, but right here at Belmont as well. by the caf exit.
Fill out the surveys.
A student perspective There are two dining
hall surveys a year. Like
Marcella Noorman, ’13, is trying to change … food, that the comment cards,
is. every single one is read
“I just feel like we’re living in hypocrisy… [through] and taken into account.
reading this book, and attending all these convocations, we Bring in a recipe …
were told about what is really in our foods, yet we aren’t seriously. Grover and
given the opportunity to change what we eat,” Noorman the rest of the kitchen
said. staff want to make food
Noorman would like to see more food provided in people enjoy. So, take
the Belmont cafeteria to give students a greater variety of in a favorite recipe; it
healthy options – more soy products and more vegetarian might show up one Kate Singleton cut some tasty treats.
options. day on the menu.
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12 South and Hillsboro Village
Two trendy communities close to campus
By Jen Todd panels and furniture and the dim lighting set a relaxing
night-is-young atmosphere. It’s a good place to talk
Nashville is home to an abundant supply of small with friends, meet new people, or even do homework
neighborhood shopping areas, each with artistic flair or read a magazine both day and night.
and novel shops, cafés and restaurants. Belmont stu- “I like Fido a lot,” sophomore Chase Armstrong
dents have the advantage of living in proximity to two said. “It’s a lot like Bongo, but not as crowded.”
of the trendiest, Hillsboro Village and 12th Avenue Other breakfast and dessert restaurants include
South, aka 12 South, both within walking distance. Provence and the Pancake Pantry. A gourmet bakery,
Provence sells breads and decorative pastries and des-
HILLSBORO VILLAGE serts. The famous Pancake Pantry, with lines out the
A posh little community, Hillsboro Village is made door, is well worth the wait.
up of shops and restaurants crowded next to each “I’m obsessed with Pancake Pantry,” said fresh-
other on both sides of busy 21st Avenue. It’s a con- man Wen Tran. “You have to wait in line but if you’re
gregation of artists, graduated hippies, hipsters, coffee patient, you get your food really quickly.”
lovers, bookworms, trendsetters and others enjoying Pancake Pantry serves 22 varieties of pancakes.
city life. However, they also serve other scrumptious breakfast
For shoppers, Pangea, Fire Finch and Posh have foods such as omelets, French toast, and waffles.
pricey, but trendy and fashionable clothes and acces- Hillsboro Village also offers bars and restaurants to
sories. Posh is a chain and feels more official while choose from, such as Sam’s Sports Bar and Grill, The
Fire Finch and Pangea, both Nashville creations, give Villager Tavern and Jackson’s Bar and Bistro. Sam’s
more relaxed, welcome sentiments. Pangea also sells has plenty of TVs to enjoy a game, the Tavern has the
belts with bottle tops, beaded jewelry, odd books, tiny typical darts and foosball table, and Jackson’s has the
umbrellas for drinks and even Cinco de Mayo skeleton bar in a separate room for customers who just want
dolls. the food, not necessarily the bar scene. (Jackson’s also
Next to Pangea is Davis Cookware, then Book- serves cookie dough eggrolls served with vanilla ice
Man/BookWoman. While cream and fried Twinkies – whichever you choose, it’ll
Davis Cookware is a room be completely unhealthy, but delicious.)
filled with piled up cook- Hillsboro Village also holds a Nashville landmark,
ing utensils, BookMan/ the Belcourt Theater. Established in 1925, the theater
BookWoman is two rooms opened as a silent film house but even housed the
stuffed with bookshelves of Grand Ole Opry from 1934 to 1936. The theater is
thousands of used books, now used to show foreign and independent films, old
where one can find any- horror films, Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as
thing from cookbooks to live concerts.
how-to books to fiction.
Across 21st Avenue is A
Thousand Faces, an eclectic
store selling jewelry, cards,
pillows, soaps, garden orna- FOOD, DRINKS YOU GOTTA TRY
ments, paintings, and wax
seals and stamps. 1. Popsicles - Las Paletas, 12th Avenue
On the corner of 21st
2. The California - Frothy Monkey,
and Blakemore is Social
12th Avenue
Graces, a classy stationery
store. They specialize in 3. Rainforest Mocha - Portland Brew,
handmade cards for all oc- 12th Avenue
casions. 4. Cookie Dough Eggroll - Jackson’s,
The café Fido houses Hillsboro Village
all types, providing a wide
variety of cappuccinos and 5. Apple Cider - Fido, Hillsboro Village
Pancake Pantry in Hillsboro Village is a muffins, as well as actual
must for many Nashvillians. meals. The dark wooden

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From Belmont, walk toward Belmont Heights Baptist
Church on 15th Avenue, turn left on Ashwood and right on
12th Avenue South and enter a playground for young fashion
trendsetters, coffee and dessert addicts, and music lovers.
“It has a lot of good coffee shops, places to eat, a great
park, good popsicles,” said 12th Avenue resident Annie
The old brick buildings adjacent to the art deco ones house
diverse vintage shops and boutiques, delicious cafés and res-
taurants as well as art and photography galleries.
This community also has shops that are perfect for young
adults who enjoy mixing and matching unique clothes and ac-
cessories to form their own creative fashion style. For vintage
lovers there’s Local Honey and Savant Vintage Couture, which
sell used but fashionable clothing. Among the boutiques are
Serendipity, MODA and (n) habit. These stores carry cute
and funky yet high-end and pricey clothing.
For a bit cheaper but still fun clothing shop, My Sister’s
Closet is the alternative. This consignment shop has racks of
colorful clothes organized by size. They also sell cute shoes, Moda has trendy clothing in
bags, and other accessories. a trendy neighborhood, 12
An unusual style of clothing among all the boutiques South. Another popular stop
found in this neighborhood is western. Katy K’s western and in the area is the 12 South Tap-
vintage clothing has the typical cowboy hats, boots, fringe, big room and Grill, which blends
skirts, and everything else fitting the theme. Southern and south-of-the
The area also has local restaurants including Italian, border cuisine.
family-style restaurant Mafioza’s, best known for its gour-
met pizza, and 12th South Taproom and Grill, a bar serving ingredients, the flavors of the
chicken wings and sandwiches. popsicles include cookies ’n’
Of course, the neighborhood wouldn’t be complete with- cream, chocolate pepper and
out coffee shops. One can taste signature banana and choco- pineapple chili, some of which
late flavored coffee at the Frothy Monkey. may sound a bit odd for a
“Frothy Monkey is a cool coffee shop, it’s kind of groovy,” dessert, but the unexpected
said Belmont sophomore Dylan Fitch. combinations of flavor make
Frothy Monkey also serves coffee from around the world them delectable.
and meals such as the Californ IA (avocado, fried eggs and After shopping along the
salsa on toast.) Another coffee option is Portland Brew, which avenue, the park is a great
uses Ghiradelli chocolate and caramel sauce in some of their place to end the trip and eat
beverages. the popsicle just ordered from
For more sweets, Las Paletas serves hand-made, gour- Las Paletas. On the corner of
met Mexican popsicles. A tiny store hidden in a condo, Las 12th Avenue South and Kirkland is Sevier Park, a wonderful
Paletas offers not-your-average popsicles. Made with fesh and convenient place to enjoy those warm, sunny days.

Moda Local Honey

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2407 12th Ave. S. Pangaea
615.297.4242 1721 21st. Ave. S. 615.269.9665 Savant Vintage Couture
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com/ 615.385.0856
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615. 279.5570 1818 21st Ave. S. 615.385.5090

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w far can your BUID get you?
Just ho
By Olivia Christian Clothing X Change
Your beloved Belmont ID card can get you in to most 1817 21st Ave. S.
anywhere on campus. The Student Government Association One of Belmont’s favorite used and vintage clothing stores is
has worked to expand the reach of the BUID, and among the Clothing X Change. Located in Hillsboro Village within
its new uses it allows students that don’t live in Bruin Hills, walking distance of campus, the shop is a place for a student
Hillside, or Thrailkill to use their card during certain hours to to sell some clothes and buy some clothes at fairly inex-
open the gates so they can visit friends or pick someone up. pensive prices. On Sundays, Belmont students can take an
But what about in Nashville? additional 20 percent off of their purchase with a BUID.
Can these little cards featuring our terrible orientation
pictures get us anything else? Papa John’s Pizza
Yes, if you know where to look. 2316 West End Ave.
A Belmont student’s
late study hours often
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant require sustenance in
2015 Belmont Blvd. the form of junk food,
If you’re getting tired of the cafeteria and already ate your and since Papa John’s
way through your Bruin bucks, La Fiesta is the place for you. accepts Bruin bucks
Located between P.M. and ChaCha, it’s a short walk for any and is open late, many
student living on campus. La Fiesta’s already inexpensive BU students have the
prices make it easy on the broke BU student’s wallet, but Papa John’s on West
watch for the handwritten neon-poster-board signs – some- End on speed dial. Just
times they offer a 10 percent discount to students with a be sure to read them
BUID. the small number
under the barcode on
Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream Treatery your BUID, not your
2120 Green Hills Village Drive BUID number.
On any Monday through-
out the school year, your
Special savings
BUID can get you half-off For special opportunities to save – and some really great
the price of any ice cream deals – watch for announcements on the “Campus News”
at the Maggie Moo’s link on and on the BIC home page. You’ll find
in Green Hills. Many links to discounts on entertainment, sports, food and even
Belmont students get clothing. Last year, special offerings included a 25 percent
together after dinner at off at The Gap in Green Hills, big discounts on hockey tick-
the cafeteria and carpool ets for the Nashville Predators and musical and dramatic
there, so you’re bound events at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center – and even
to meet or see other BU one free concert at TPAC. And for even more, follow
students taking advantage @DwntwnNashville on Twitter.
of the discount. With a
large variety of delicious
ice creams and toppings, it’s any student’s Monday must.
San Antonio Taco Company
416 21st Ave. S.
This already popular Tex-Mex restaurant draws quite a
few Belmont students, but few know the secret to an even
cheaper meal. Satco, as many only recognize the restaurant
by, gives away any drink free with a meal as long as you pres-
ent your Belmont ID. Make sure you visit the original San
Antonio Taco Company on 21st to get your free drink and
experience one of Nashville’s favorite little restaurants.

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Count your lucky stars
Spotting celebrities in Nashville
By Paige Chappell

Nashville is a city that never sleeps. Nashville IDOL ETIQUETTE, NASHVILLE STYLE
is full of places to go and people to see. By
“people,” I mean celebrities. Like Hollywood Seeing celebrities can be really surprising and, to most,
and New York, Nashville can be considered a really overwhelming. Those who are new to the Nashville area
“hot spot” when it comes to spotting celebrities and aren’t used to seeing famous people on a day-to-day basis
– if you’re lucky. are the ones who are going to be more obvious than those
Some of the tricks? Know where to look and be in the who are used to seeing famous people.
right spot at the right time. “I know when people aren’t used to seeing celebrities,”
But if you just so happen to be in the right place at the sophomore Lindsay Brandt said. “They’re obnoxious and an-
right time, will you know how to act if you come face to face noying.”
with one of Nashville’s finest? Don’t let that be you. When you see a celebrity it’s OK to
As freshmen, it’s important to master the skills of how to get really excited. But there is a line.
act when you do encounter that singer, movie star or profes- Here’s a list of five Don’ts that every freshman should be
sional athlete. After all, you never know where or when you aware of:
might see them.
“My first week in Nashville I had breakfast next to Keith 1. DON’T approach them – they are trying to be normal
Urban at Pancake Pantry,” junior Mark Noel said. “I didn’t just like you and me.
know who he was at the time.” 2. If you do have the opportunity to talk to them, DON’T
In Nashville, however, you too could be chowing down pass it up. Take a chance. But don’t make a fool out of
on pancakes and sipping your coffee right next to country yourself in the process. Act like you’ve seen someone of
megastar Urban and his wife, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman. their stature before.
Restaurants, coffee shops and shopping outlets are prime
venues for celebrity sightings. Among the places that are 3. You can look at them, but DON’T make it creepy and
likely spots in Nashville are Café Coco, Cabana, Pancake stare.
Pantry, Target on White Bridge Road, Bongo Java, Sweet 4. DON’T think that just because you see someone famous
CeCe’s Yogurt and UPS. means you’re entitled to an autograph or picture with
Since many celebs live in Williamson County, Down- them. You’re not. In fact, you’re not even entitled to
town Franklin is another popular spot for sightings. In point your cell phone at them and take a picture.
shopping districts like Franklin’s Main Street and The Fac- 5. DON’T linger around them. After you’ve finished your
tory, you could just “randomly” bump into someone famous business wherever you are, just leave.
at Starbucks, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Merridee’s
Bakery, and lots of boutiques – Emmaline, Philanthrophy
and others.
But remember that celebrities are people first, and their Christian singer-songwriter Amy Grant, can often be seen at
lives are not completely different from yours. From time to Belmont basketball games, especially Battles of the Boule-
time, they too have to buy mouthwash and soap and prob- vard.
ably even a few cheap t-shirts. On any given Saturday, you could be standing in the same
“The most random encounter I had was with Ben Folds at line as Taylor Swift waiting to eat pancakes at the Pancake
Target,” sophomore Lindsay Brandt said. “It was weird, cause Pantry. After the “New Moon” premier (and when she was
I was telling my friends how I really wanted to see a celebrity dating Taylor Lautner) the two were seen having breakfast.
today and two minutes later, Ben Folds walked by.” Knowing where to find celebrities isn’t a hard task. It’s
Other celebs you might see include actress Ashley Judd common sense really.
and her husband, Indy race car driver Dario Franchitti; her “I just stalk them on Twitter – celebrities post everything
sister, Wynonna, and their mom, Naomi; and Harpeth Hall on there,” sophomore Cory Barger said. “That’s how I ran into
graduate and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon. And there Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert after a concert.”
are many people who only pass through now and then when While some have all the luck in the world, others struggle
they’re recording at a Nashville studio, so if you think the in the celebrity encounters department.
guy at the next table at Brown’s Diner is Eric Clapton, well, it “I’ve lived in Nashville for three years and I’ve only seen
might be. Keith Urban once and that was at Bongo Java,” senior Tom
Closer to home, though, don’t forget that Belmont is is Muellner said.
a favorite of many celebrities still residing in Nashville. For Don’t worry, though. You’ll see somebody. It’s exciting,
instance, country star Vince Gill and his wife, Contemporary unreal, and random and it’s totally Nashville.

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Wake Up
Story, Photos, and Page Design by Brittany Fletcher the other coffee shops in Nashville. “And
we have the best coffee in town,” Bowman
The only thing that gets said.
most students out of their Some of the popular drinks include:
beds in the morning for 9 Slick Willy (a simple latte with whipped
a.m. classes comes ground cream) and Thrillah (espresso mixed with white
up and mixed with water. chocolate, caramel sauce and milk).
Coffee. It’s also a brew that fuels A few blocks away, on 21st Avenue South in Hillsboro
marathon study sessions. And sometimes a trip to a coffee Village, is Bongo Java’s sister restaurant, Fido, about a
shop simply gets you out of the dorm. 15-minute walk from the Belmont campus.
Freshman Mandy Strader’s favorite is just across the If you plan to go to a coffee shop for a long study session,
street from Belmont at Bongo Java. “It’s a great place to go do not go to Fido. General manager John Stephenson said
relax and chat with friends, Strader said. “[Students] use it as a study hall and disrespect that we are a
Here’s a business. They get one cup of coffee and stay five hours. We
look at a few lose money on them.”
of the coffee Just to move folks along, Stephenson said, “During busy
shops from one hours, the Wi-Fi is turned off.”
“right across Even so, Fido is a great place to go for lunch. It has actu-
the street” to ally transformed from a typical coffee shop to a restaurant
several that are with full menu all day, where Bongo’s offerings are primarily
a little farther bagels, sandwiches, wraps and soups.
away. Two of Fido’s popular drinks are specialties based on the
basic latte. Milkbone is a latte with vanilla, honey and gra-
ham crackers. Rolo(ver) is a latte mixed with chocolate and
caramel sauces.
Bongo Java is the closest place for students to get a
tall “cup o’ Joe.” In walking 12th Avenue South
distance Moving south on 12th Avenue (and closer to Belmont),
Most of the there is Frothy Monkey. This coffee shop is within a de-
students at Belmont simply refer to the spot across from the cent walking
Beaman as “Bongo.” distance from
Bongo hasn’t always been a great study spot for college the campus,
students. It was one of the first coffeehouses in the city when although you
the world discovered that the best part of waking up was may be a little
NOT “Folger’s in your cup.” out of breath
With the passing years (and the addition of free Wi-Fi), once you get
Bongo Java has not only added to its reputation as a place for there.
coffee aficionados, but it has also become more of a study If you’re
spot. Employee T.R. Bowman attributes that to “the local planning to
culture and being so close to Belmont and Vanderbilt.” study at Frothy
The fact that Bongo has a large front porch and patio for Monkey, avoid
The atmosphere at Frothy Monkey gives customers
outdoor sipping and sittng helps set it apart from some of this scene dur-
a homey feel.

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p! Coffee is a’brewing
ing the crowded lunch hours. GET YOUR
You can get your espresso or latte
any way you like it, but Frothy Monkey’s CRAVING WITHOUT
original hot chocolate with banana flavor
is a standout among Nashville coffee GETTING LOST
shops’ non-coffee beverages.
About two blocks away is another
coffee shop, Portland Brew. PB is near Nashville is quite the
the intersection of Gilmore Avenue and expansive place even
12th. With Gilmore to your left, PB will if everything is jam
be on your right in a medium-sized gray packed together. If
building. (If you’re driving, go slow. You’ll If Portland Brew is a little crowded inside, feel free you’re looking for a nice
probably pass it first time through.) to sit outside and enjoy the sun. cup of caffeine, here
PB can sometimes be a bit crowded, are a few addresses so
but it has a homey feel. Employee Aron manner aside, and you’ll see that Casa- you don’t get lost. (And
Wright says, “It’s generally pretty quiet. blanca has a wide range of personalities in phone numbers in case
Most people just study or work. It’s a great both its employees and clientele. you do.)
place to meet new people.” Casablanca has just recently started
What makes PB stand out among the making specialty drinks so the employees Bongo Java
many coffee shops? They actually roast are promoting these drinks. One of the 2007 Belmont Blvd.
their coffee beans at their own location. most popular is the Honey Child made of 615.385.JAVA
“And we have the nicest staff,” Wright said. espresso and milk with honey, vanilla and
Popular drinks at PB include: an aver- a little cinnamon. Fido
age cup of coffee, PB’s original “latte art,“ 1812 21st Ave. S.
and the Rainforest Mocha made with Starbucks 615.777.FIDO
vanilla, coconut, banana and chocolate. All around Nashville there are plenty
of Starbucks, but around the Belmont Frothy Monkey
The Gulch campus three are within close range. West 2509 12th Ave. S.
Closer to downtown Nashville, there is End Avenue has two locations, one in the (615) 292-1808
Casablanca Coffee, on 12th Avenue near 2525 plaza and another (with a drive-
the Division intersection. thru) at 3005. Another one – and the clos- Portland Brew
Employees Ben Bowen and Aaron est to Belmont – is on 21st Avenue near 2605 12th Ave. S.
Carmona agree that Casablanca is a great Vanderbilt. 615.292.9004
place to go to study and hang out. These locations focus on being a
“It’s a good place to come in and read “3rd place environment.” The Starbucks Casablanca Coffee
for a while whether you have to work or website ( explains this as 602 12th Ave. S.
not,” Bowen said. an effort to be a place where people can 615.942.7666
Carmona described the setting as mel- go and relax regardless of who they are or
low. what they do, and they strive to customize Starbucks
“All coffee shops are different because drinks for customers. 402 21st Ave. S.
different people work there,” Bowen said. 615.340.9627.
But put the employee’s obviously joking
2525 West End Ave.

3005 West End Ave.

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you get to the bigger cities, you
have teams from a lot of different
With that many organizations,
some teams become bigger and

It ain’t your
more important to average fans.
“Here, it’s not like that. You
have the Preds, Titans, and

average sports town

Sounds. There’s no one dominant
team,” Tiner said.
The variety in professional and
collegiate teams allows fans to take
By Brian Wilson a special interest in teams, said
Belmont freshman Caleb Bum-
Records and lyrics. Singers and baugh.
songwriters. “The sports feeling is a lot
That’s what many people think more fanatical here. There are all
when Nashville comes to mind, and of the different teams you can root
rightfully so. The music industry for,” he said.
has been the city’s calling card for The Pennsylvania native sees
decades. the city’s sports atmosphere as a
Music City, however, is starting major plus in his college experi-
to be known as much for its flying ence.
footballs and speeding hockey pucks “It’s a huge bonus. What’s
as it is for the songs it produces. Yes, unique about Nashville is that
music lovers and country stars, Nash-
ville is becoming a sports town too.
Belmont University professor
and longtime Nashville resident Rich
Tiner thinks the number of different
teams and events in Music City gives
the city a unique sports scene.
“I think it’s the variety of teams
and sports that people have to choose
from that makes Nashville special,”
Tiner said. “In a lot of places, there’s
one team and that’s it. But when

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it’s a very supportive town. It’s finding of artists are big sports fans. You’ll see believes Music City still has great poten-
its niche, and is really coming along as a them at events like Titans games or even tial as a sports community.
sports town,” Bumbaugh said. at Belmont. And you’ll definitely have the “I think Nashville has a great future as
Nashville’s current sports appeal best national anthems in the country right a sports town,” Tiner said, noting future
wasn’t always this present. With the ad- here,” he said. events like the 1st and 2nd rounds of the
dition of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and From Bumbaugh’s perspective, live 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball tourna-
the NHL’s Nashville Predators in the late performances at sporting events are good ment, and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final
‘90s, Music City became home to two ma- for both industries. Four coming to Music City.
jor professional teams and gained a new “Nashville recognizes it’s a music town These opportunities, combined with
sense of respect as a sports community and incorporates it into their sports,” he Music City’s charming sports atmosphere,
from around the country. said. “There always is a huge focus on is sure to leave a good impression on visi-
“Nashville has changed so much since Music City.” tors and Nashvillians alike.
I came here,” said Tiner, a Texas native While the metropolitan area is still “It gives you a sense of pride of where
who moved to Nashville 15 years ago. “It’s growing, some believe Nashville has you live,” Bumbaugh said.
been nice to grow into being someone reached its peak as a sports town. It’s
from Nashville while the sports commu- doubtful the community will receive an-
nity has grown too.” other major sports franchise, Tiner said.
Nashville, despite its development, has “I sort of see Nashville as something
also kept track of its musical roots. Sports between a major league city and a minor
and music are integrated well in the city, league town. We’re not big enough to
Tiner said. have teams in every league,” he said.
“The two industries do interact. A lot Despite Nashville’s limitations, Tiner

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Predators: Flickr/Scot Ableman
Sounds jersey: Flickr /Nashville Jerseys
Sounds Statdium: Flickr/
Background: Flickr/xetark

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Nearby Nashville parks
By Julie Kenny day than Centennial. Within walking distance of Belmont
and two local coffee houses, it’s a great spot to study.
Whether you’re looking for a new place to study or es-
cape your roommate for a while, Nashville boasts more than DRAGON PARK
100 public parks, providing serenity throughout the city. Dragon Park, named for the mosaic dragon sculpture
Here are a few of the most popular ones convenient for in the center, is off of Wedgewood Avenue. Across from
Belmont students. Vanderbilt and adjacent to trendy 21st Avenue, it’s a great
place to take kids if you’re babysitting or have family visiting.
CENTENNIAL PARK It gets crowded quickly as children infatuated with the lizard
Located off stream in, followed by exhausted moms and nannies.
West End Avenue, “The first thing
Centennial Park is my son does is
renowned for being run to the dragon
home to the world’s because his favorite
only exact-size thing to do is climb
replica of the Greek all over it,” Laura
Parthenon. Built in Stewart, a junior at
1897 to celebrate Belmont said.
Tennessee’s 100 It’s not an ideal
years of statehood, location to write
the building in the that paper that’s
center of the park due tomorrow, but
is surrounded by definitely a must- Dragon Park
132 acres of land. see landmark.
Athena, a 42-foot tall
statue, resides inside of the Parthenon, along with historical MCCABE PARK
photographs and art. The city of Nashville owns and operates seven golf
Tours are available Tuesday-Saturday, from 9-4:30 p.m., courses that are open to the public. McCabe Golf Course, the
year-round with extended hours during summer months. closest to Belmont, is located just off of West End Avenue at
Tickets are $6 for adults but admiring the exterior crafts- 46th Avenue and Murphy Road. For $11-13 students can play
manship is free and well worth a visit. a round of nine holes or $23-25 for eighteen. The course is
Although famous for the Parthenon, Centennial Park is a open year-round though hours will vary by season.
popular spot among locals due to the variety of activities and
events offered throughout the year. With two dog parks— RADNOR LAKE
split between the small and large dogs—a walking loop and For students looking to escape the city, or just to feel like
free Wi-Fi, there’s plenty to see and do. they have, Radnor Lake is the perfect place to do so. Only
In addition to the daily activities, Centennial Park hosts 15 minutes away from Belmont’s campus, this secluded spot
festivals and free events throughout the year. There are two offers six miles of trails to hike, scenic vistas and wildlife to
annual craft fairs, taking place this year in May and Septem- watch. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. until dark.
ber, a variety of festivals, Shakespearean plays and movie
As is the case in all parks, alcohol and drugs are pro-
hibited as well as driving or parking on the grass. Unless
marked otherwise, most city parks close between 11 p.m.
and reopen a half-hour before sunrise.
Green spaces closer to campus include Sevier Park and
“Dragon Park,” (officially Fannie Mae Dees Park). Both are
great, but their atmospheres are completely different from
each other and it’s best to know that beforehand.

Sevier Park is off 12th Avenue South and Kirkwood Av-
enue. It’s typically a very tranquil area with plenty of shady
and sunny spots to choose from. Surrounded by houses, this
neighborhood park attracts a mellower crowd during the
Radnor Lake
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Music City jams out all
year to various fests
By Brittany Fletcher
featured artists Jay-Z and Nashville locals Kings of Leon.
Music, as everyone here knows, is a major part of the Lastly, is the Nashville Songwriters Festival. Held at
Belmont and Nashville community. There are a number the end of March along Music Row, Nashville natives
of ways to get involved in it too. Whether you play in a come out to hear (or play alongside) other natives work-
band or sing solo, or even just want to volunteer for a ing on their very own music.
music venue, there is something here for you to do. Moving on into the school year, in September there
All over Nashville and surrounding areas there are is the Annual Americana Music Festival. As the name
music festivals taking place. These are great places for suggests, this festival is dedicated to the Americana art-
newcomers to make new friends or hang out with old ists around Nashville. If you want to experience as much
friends. Also, you can find a number of new favorite Americana love as possible attend this four day event.
bands and artists. You can even do a little volunteer In spring, there are two more festivals for Nashvil-
work at a select few festivals. lians to attend -- Tin Pan South and Rites of Spring.
Although a lot of the festivals take place over sum- At the end of March/early April is another songwrit-
mer, they are still great to check out and travel back to ers event, Nashville Songwriters Association Interna-
Nashville and go to. tional holds the Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival.
Over the summer months there is the CMT Music (Yeah, that was a lot of the word ‘songwriter.’) This event
Awards, Bonnaroo, the CMA Music Festival, and the takes place all over downtown Nashville in nine differ-
Nashville Songwriters Festival. ent venues from Hard Rock Café on Broadway to Mercy
The CMT Music Awards are held at the Sommet Lounge on Cannery Row. The genres vary depending on
Center in downtown Nashville. Typically they are held in which venue you go to; for instance, the music at Mercy
early June. Even though this isn’t really a music festival, Lounge would be very different from that at the Bluebird
it is definitely a chance to see some of the big faces in Café. Also, some venues set a minimum age require-
country music … Especially those who may frequent ment. Check website for details (
Nashville. Drawing the school year to (almost) close, Vander-
Also in June there is the CMA Music Festival. This bilt University holds the Rites of Spring festival. This
event is held in Nashville at LP Field. The proceeds from festival features a two-day battle of the bands as well as
ticket sells go to the Keep the Music Playing foundation other “well-known” artists performing. The 2010 event
promoting children playing music and becoming aware featured artists Drake and Cold War Kids. The musi-
of the arts. The festival features a great number of big cal tastes obviously intertwine. The event is held on the
country names from Keith Urban to Tim McGraw. Alumni Lawn at Vanderbilt.
Bonnaroo which is held in Manchester (60 miles For anyone who loves music and meeting new peo-
southeast of Nashville) is an interesting mix of musical ple, they should definitely check into the music festivals
genres ranging from hip hop to rock. The 2010 show through out the year in and around Nashville.

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When hosting friends, the environment can be a little
By Jessie Stockton more relaxed, creative and, of course, cheaper. Laser Quest
on Second Avenue is a great way to have fun with a large
When you have settled into Belmont and begin to call it group, and so is ice-skating at the Centennial Sportsplex
your “home, sweet, home,” chances are that your family and during the winter months.
friends will want to visit. Belmont students are lucky to be If you are in the mood for shopping, Nashville is sure to
right on the edge of downtown, so you can impress visitors not disappoint. Opry Mills, Green Hills Mall, and 100 Oaks
by knowing all the hot spots around Music City. are all within 20 minutes of Nashville and offer some of
When family comes to visit, you will want to be on top of Tennessee’s greatest shopping. Also, near Opry Mills, there
your game, planning outings that will be sure to impress – is the Music Valley Wax Museum, which can be sure to
more than a typical dinner and a movie. guarantee some laughs.

At home in Nashville…
Welcome friends and families to the city in style
A trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on Broad- If you and your friends have a sweet tooth, Sweet CiCi’s
way could be just the ticket. “I love the Frist Center,” Anna or GiGi’s Cupcakes are definitely worth a visit. Sweet CiCi’s
Beth Purcell, an art education is a yogurt shop where you can choose as many toppings as
major, said. “You can spend you’d like and then pay by the ounce, and GiGi’s Cupcakes
hours checking out all of the are delectable treats piled high with butter cream icing.
exhibits and it’s a great place to And when in doubt, don’t forget that Nashville is home
take your family!” to many concert venues like Exit/In, Rocketown, the
The Frist Center offers tours Bridgestone Arena and the Ryman. “One of the best place
for adults every day and changes to take friends is a concert,” Krista Hurliman, a music busi-
exhibitions several times per ness major, said. “It really shows all that Nashville has to
year. There is even an exhibition offer and has a great atmosphere.”
running until October 24, 2010
called “From Post Office to Art
Frist Center
Center” that shows how the
Frist came to be.
Another great attraction to
visit with family is the Parthe- Frist Center for the Visual Arts – General Admission for adults is
non in Centennial Park. It is $7 and $6.50 for students. The Frist Center requests that
an astonishing replica of the tickets are reserved two weeks in advance. Payment is
original in ancient Athens and due at time of arrival. 615.244.3340
is home to over 63 sculptures Parthenon – Admission is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children
and American paintings dating ages 4- 17. 615.862 .8431
back to the nineteenth and early Adventure Science Center – Admission is $11 for adults, $9
Parthenon twentieth century. for children 3 – 12 and free for children under 2. With a
The Grand Ole Opry is also a student I.D. the price is $9. 615.862.5160
place to see what Nashville truly has to offer with shows and
different country music performers every week. Along with Nashville Zoo at Grassmere – Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for
the Grand Ole Opry, the Tennessee Performing Arts Cen- children 3-17 and free for children under 2. 615.833.1534
ter has a variety of shows that families would enjoy going to, Laser Quest – General admission is $8.50. 615.862.8480.
but friends might not have in their price range. Centennial Sportsplex Ice Skating – Admission is $6 for ages 13
You will also want to accommodate younger brothers and up, $5 for children 12 and under, and $2 skate rentals
and sisters with a trip to the Adventure Science Center. for all ages. 615.862. 8480
Kids can explore and learn about everything from the hu-
man body to space. The center also includes the Sudekum Music City Wax Museum – General admission is $13.
Planetarium, a three-story dome-shaped movie theater that 615.884.7876
features special shows about space. Grand Ole Opry – 615.87.6779
Nashville is also home to the Nashville Zoo at Grass-
mere, filled with all kinds of reptiles, mammals and birds Tennessee Performing Arts Center – 615.255.8722
that you or your little siblings would be sure to enjoy. Leah Exit/In – 615.321.3340
McKenna, a communications major, said, “when I took my Rocketown – 615.843.4001
family and younger sister to the zoo, they really enjoyed it.
And so did I!” Bridgestone Arena – 615.770. 2000

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By Glennese Patterson

Once you’ve achieved the delicate balance between homework, convocations,

and mastering the elusive art of laundry, you’re sure to grow restless in your less-

than-spacious dorm room. Fortunately, Tennessee is brimming with a distinct
mix of attractions, including legendary sites of musical revelations, one-of-a-kind
natural wonders, and historic hotspots that have helped to establish Tennessee’s
culture. So, pull out that stash of gas money and charge up the GPS, because here

are a few road-trip-worthy attractions.
Photo credits: Fall Creek Falls: Flickr/daneen vol; Graceland: Flickr/Pictophile; The Hermitage: Flickr/Traffik; Rock
City: Flickr/ (aka Brent); Great Smoky Mountains: Flickr/numbphoto; Bristol Speedway: Flickr/Matt
West Middle East Photo
If you’re a explore Reelfoot Lake in canoe down the Red River journey through Fall Creek Fall Creek Fall overlook
northwest Tennessee and be in Adams and visit the no- Falls State Park in Spencer to
nature- sure to scope out the bald toriously haunted Bell Witch explore waterfalls of enor-
lover ... eagles that make this lake Cave. mous heights.
their home.
take a picnic and your bike hike to the peak of Cling-
pack your binoculars to
for a ride along the Cumber- man’s Dome for an inspiring
admire the more than 300
land River Bicentennial Trail view of the Great Smokey
species of waterfowl at the
in Ashland City. Mountains National Park.
Tennessee National
Wildlife Refuge in Paris.
The musical a visit to Memphis’ Grace- admiring Nashville’s great- a performance of the Chatta- Graceland
land, the home of Elvis, and est at the Country Music Hall nooga Symphony and Opera.
must-sees Sun Studios as well as a stroll of Fame and discovering
include ... down historic Beale Street, up-and-coming artists in all a fun-filled day at Dollyood,
epicenter of blues and jazz genres at the Bluebird Café. country legend Dolly Parton’s
music that has hosted the musical amusement park in
likes of B.B King and Louis Pigeon Forge.
For the sports catch a Memphis Grizzlies cheer on Nashville’s teams, there’s always a stockcar race
professional basketball game whether it’s the NFL Tennes- at Bristol Speedway, birth-
fanatic ... at the Fedex Forum. see Titans or NHL Nashville place of NASCAR.
History buff? Memphis’ Civil Rights the notable Civil War the Cumberland Gap The Hermitage
Museum, located at the site battlefield of Shiloh National Historical Park, which was at
Check out ... of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Military Park one time used by pioneers
assassination and Civil War soldiers.
the Hermitage near Nashville,
or the Pink Palace’s exhibits, former home of President the military’s Oak Ridge
ranging through centuries of Andrew Jackson. National Laboratory.
Attention, art enjoy a day of artistic festivi- nearby in Nashville, there’s visit the many shops and Smoky Mountains
ties in Memphis at the Center Cheekwood Botanical Gar- galleries that comprise the
enthusiasts ... For Southern Folklore. dens & Museum Of Art is that Great Smoky Arts and Crafts
is full of unique outdoor art Community Trail.
look through the gallery of installations.
the West Tennessee Regional browse the collection of
Arts Center in Humboldt. take advantage of the Frist Hunter Museum of American
Museum’s free student ad- Art in Chattanooga.
Quirky and admire the jewelry made at bring plenty of pocket sail the Lost Sea in Sweetwa- See Rock City
North America’s only fresh- change to play your way ter, the only underground sea
fun to ... water pearl farm, located in through the Pinball Museum in North America.
Camden. in Bucksnort.
see Rock City near Chatta-
make way for the parade of take a tour of the one and nooga, a park full of wonder,
the Peabody Ducks at the only Jack Daniels Distillery of from Ruby Falls to Lookout
Memphis Peabody Hotel Lynchburg. Mountain.

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