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Fall graduation
preparations begin
as semester ends
NathaN JoNes
Staff Reporter
Saturday, Dec. 10 , in the Ste-
phen J. Cage Athletics and Recre-
ation Center, approximately 121
Berry students will graduate and
move on to the next stage of their
Noreen Salmon, adminis-
trative assistant to the Provost,
is in charge of the graduation
Tickets to attend the gradua-
tion ceremony are not required.
Tickets are only required for grad-
uation in the spring.
“The more the merrier,” Salm-
on said.
The commencement ceremony
will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Cage,
with Karen Holley Horrell, the
Chair of the Board of Trustees, as
the graduation speaker. A recep-
tion for graduation attendees will
be held immediately afterwards.
Brittany Shadburne, a senior re-
ligion and philosophy major, said
she is excited to be graduating.
“I’m just happy to be done
with school for a semester and a
half,” Shadburne said.
Gabrielle Bell, a biology ma-
jor, is even happier, comparing
graduating in two weeks to be-
ing born, and is already counting
down the days till graduation.
“It’s the most awesome feeling
I could ever describe in my life,”
Bell said.
After graduating, Bell said she
wants to work for the Georgia Bu-
reau of Investigation, and hopes
that the bureau will pay for medi-
cal school. She plans to become a
forensics pathologist, perform au-
topsies and catalogue diseases.
“It’s my ultimate goal in life,”
Bell said.
Shadburne, however, will con-
tinue to be involved with Berry af-
ter she switches her cap’s tassel.
Shadburne said she will be
working with Berry College
in the Department of Human
Shaburne will later enter
graduate school at Berry seeking
a Masters of Arts and Teaching,
and will be focusing on middle
grades’ math and science.
Salmon said slight changes in
the graduating class and ceremo-
ny, such as more students being
added to the graduating list and
others remaining for another se-
mester, are expected.
“It’ll be tweaked a bit between
now and then,” said Salmon.
The graduation activities start
at 10:30 in the morning with the
baccalaureate service in College
Chapel. The address will be de-
livered by Rev. Jonathan Hug-
gins, Berry’s interim chaplain.
A graduation buffet will be held
afterwards from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in
Despite rumors that the fall
graduation’s time and date had
changed, Salmon said that only
the spring graduation’s had.
“All spring graduation cer-
emonies will be at 10 a.m., unless
they change it again, of course,”
Salmon said.
Students and professors
value course evaluations
Matt PuLFord
Guest Writer
With Berry in the midst of course evaluations,
individuals on both sides of the student-faculty line
consider these evaluations worthwhile.
Toward the end of each semester students receive
notifcations on their student VikingWeb accounts re-
minding them to complete their course evaluations.
These evaluations range from open-ended questions
concerning the course in general to questions evalu-
ating the professor. All of this is done anonymously.
Jim Watkins, associate professor of english, rheto-
ric and writing, said he feels that these evaluations
are effective.
“Students get to give their opinion with knowl-
edge that their anonymity is protected,” Watkins
Mirna Ogrizovic-Ciric, orchestra director and
visiting professor, said that as a teacher she takes
these evaluations to heart for the betterment of her
“I always read them and consider everything and
try to change if there is a trend,” Ogrizovic-Ciric
said. “Sometimes it’s not possible, but I try to change
things that are repeated.”
Apart from helping the professors adjust any
possible course changes, these evaluations go up
through the hierarchy to the department chair and
dean. Annual evaluations are also compared with
those from the previous year, Watkins said. Then
they are compared to the department average, the
school average and the college average.
Both Watkins and Ogrizovic-Ciric expressed their
mutual eagerness for students to complete their
course evaluations. Watkins said professors like
to see a high rate of response. Because of this some
professors hound their students to complete their
Like Watkins and Orgizovic-Ciric, students had
positive input concerning the course evaluation
Junior Clint Parsons, a biology major, has seven
evaluations to complete this fall, and said that he
has always completed his evaluations. He said, if the
faculty actually take time to read them then they are
effective in developing better classes at Berry.
“It gives me a chance to vent without it being
awkward or let them know what really helped me,”
Parsons said.
coNtributed by PubLic reLatioNs
Karen Horrell is the Chair of
the Board of Trustees and will be
speaking at the fall graduation
Parker seaLy, Photo Editor
Melissa Wallace is the student
speaker for the fall graduation
crystaL ward, Staff Photographer
PAGe 2, CAMPUs CARRIeR deCeMbeR 1, 2011
continued from pg. 1
Junior Hannah ward, an art major, also
said she believes the evaluations are a use-
ful tool.
“It’s the one chance to give an honest cri-
tique without worrying about them treat-
ing you differently in class,” ward said.
despite the effectiveness and the gen-
eral positive attitude regarding course
evaluations, professors have shared what
changes they think should be made.
watkins said there should be more
opportunity for narrative comments
and questions pertaining to student
Ogrizovic-Ciric said these general eval-
uations are not specifc enough to be perti-
nent to each major.
“A couple of questions are not appli-
cable to music department classes,” Ogri-
zovic-Ciric said.
The last day to complete course evalu-
ations is Friday dec. 2. students with dif-
fculty accessing the evaluations should
use a library or computer lab computer to
24-hour runner raises money for adoption
Kristen sellers
Deputy News Editor
Pastor of Leadership development for Connect Rome
City Church drew burnett ran on berry’s campus for 24
hours from 8 a.m. nov. 19 to 8 a.m. nov. 20 with a goal of
100 miles to raise money and awareness for adoption.
All of the proceeds went directly to the newly estab-
lished, non proft 501c3 organization, The Nest Adoption
Group, which is headed by Connect Rome City Church.
burnett said the number one factor that prevents families
from adopting is the lack of funding. The mission of The
nest Adoption Group is to make it simple for local fami-
lies to adopt children. The mission came from a verse from
the book of James in the bible. James 1:27 reads, “Religion
that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to
keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
With the beginning of the non proft organization,
money needed to be raised in order to fulfll the purpose
of helping local families in the adoption process. burnett
is passionate about long-distance running and adoption.
With these two passions combined for the beneft of others,
burnett said his 24 hour run was much more meaningful
and joyful.
In the weeks leading up to the run, burnett said he kept
a consistent running schedule, taking runs of fve hours
or more. In addition to frequently running, he also kept a
strict diet. despite the physical preparation, burnett said
that for extended races, that is not the main thing to pre-
pare for.
“In these runs it becomes more mental than it is physi-
cal,” burnett said.
Before the race, Burnett said he was confdent to over-
come the mental game because it is easier with support
from others.
Throughout the duration of the race, burnett said there
were around 60 supporters. burnett said he greatly appre-
ciated every supporter whether they were counting laps,
running with him simply supporting by being there.
“I was blown away by the support I received and it
made it so much easier,” burnett said.
Runners who joined burnett ran anywhere from one lap
to 40 miles with him. Regardless of the amount, burnett
said he enjoyed everyone’s company.
“I was very fortunate to have so many people run with
me,” burnett said.
Burnett exceeded his goal, running 103 miles.
In addition to the physical accomplishment, burnett said
he was very pleased with the funds that were raised. even
though the run is over donations are still being accepted.
The goal is to raise $24,000. donations can be made at Pal’s
Coffee and Company in Mount berry square Mall.
christian turner, Asst. Photo Editor
ryder mcentyre, Asst. Graphics Editor
Drew Burnett is the pastor for leadership development
at Connect Rome City Church.
December 1, 2011 cAmPUs cArrIer, PAGe 3
Presidential Nominations
Join political analyses on
the state of the presidential
primaries and how to im-
prove the process Thurs-
day Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in
the spruill ballroom. ce
credit offered.
Fall Concert
Hear the berry clarinet
ensemble, Flute choir and
saxophone ensemble’s
original and arranged
chamber works Thursday
Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Ford Auditorium. ce credit
Berry College Concert
Listen to one of the great
jazz trumpet players of this
time period, Terell stafford,
Friday Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in
the spruill ballroom. ce
credit offered.
A Very Berry Christmas
Join KcAb for goodies,
holiday crafts and a cap-
pella group Overboard
Friday Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in
the Ford Dining Hall.
Candles and Carols
see christmas lights, hear
christmas carols and visit
santa claus saturday Dec.
3 at 7 p.m. at Oak Hill.
CD Release Concert
Hear brad williams and
Lisa Anders during their
cD release concert satur-
day Dec. 3 at the HUb on
mountain campus.

Food For Finals
break away from the week-
end studying and join sGA
for a late night breakfast
sunday Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. in
the spruill ballroom.
Hot Chocolate Night
enjoy free hot chocolate
and apple cider Tuesday
Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in the
Krannert Lobby.
The last day of
Fall semester is
Friday Dec. 2.
Good Luck
on Final
exams, and
Your safety
Football not serious threat to Title IX
Guest Writer
Edited by: Kelly Dickerson
The newest addition of football raises many
questions, including whether or not berry will
remain Title IX compliant with the addition of
a men’s sport.
Title IX refers to federal law that mandates
a level of equality between the sexes in pro-
grams and activities across campuses all over
the U.s. Todd brooks, the athletic director at
berry, said that Title IX compliance will not be
an issue as long as the college spends about
the same amount of money on every athlete.
“As long as the per person cost remains the
same, football will not affect berry’s Title IX
compliance,” brooks said. “That consideration
of Title IX was taken seriously and football
makes us more conscious.”
According to federal law and the NcAA
rule book, in order for an institution to be Title
IX compliant, it must meet one of the three fol-
lowing standards: athletic opportunities must
be refective of their rates of male and female
enrollment, they have to have demonstrated
a history of trying to expand the program for
the underrepresented sex or they must accom-
modate the interests and abilities of the under-
represented sex.
brooks said berry meets the second and
third standard. This has not always been the
case. In 2002 a complaint was fled about Ber-
ry’s equality from a former female coach who
was replaced by a male. After that complaint
the Offce for Civil Rights conducted an audit
that ended in september 2010.
brooks said due to the audit berry has
taken steps to become compliant by adding
six female sports: golf, volleyball, swimming,
lacrosse, softball and the equestrian club
moved to team status.
According to the equality in Athletics Data
report, which gives a detailed description of
berry’s athletic participation numbers, as of
last year female athletes outnumber males 168
to 133.
Vice President of student Affairs and Dean
of students Debbie Heida said track and
feld will be following football to help with
“Track and feld was announced along with
football to continue to accommodate the inter-
est of athletes,” Heida said.
Head volleyball coach mika robinson con-
frmed what Heida said. Part of Robinson’s
job is to make sure the interests of the female
athletes are met.
“Track and feld is an obvious addition and
there has been a huge desire from the female
perspective to have track and feld,” Robinson
As a coach at berry, robinson said she feels
the addition of football will only help ensure
that Title IX is met because she has seen that
athletes at berry support each other.
“Anytime you add a large sport there are
challenges, but it will create another group to
support other teams,” robinson said.
while the addition of football will not affect
Title IX compliance, Heida said constant con-
sideration of the law is needed.
“Title IX is not ever a law you’re done with;
it’s an ongoing challenge to be fair and equi-
table,” Heida said.
Impact of smart phones at Berry
Guest Writer
Edited by: Bethany McDaniel
smart phones are becoming
more prevalent in today’s culture,
causing an expansion in the tech-
nology that could potentially aid
students and faculty at berry.
There are many reasons smart
phones have become more preva-
lent in the past years. cecily crow,
director of student Activities, said
this is due to the increasing uses
and affordability of smart phones.
In turn, colleges are beginning
to see the need of catering to the
smart phone generation.
Penny evans-Plant, berry col-
lege’s chief information offcer,
said this has been a rapid change.
“It’s been a very fast increase,
very similar, I think, to the switch
from desktops to lap tops,” evans-
Plant said.
crow said that one reason
for the increasing use of smart
phones might be that college stu-
dents tend to gravitate towards
new technology. she also said that
this could be both a good and bad
thing because while students are
using the technology for social
activities, they are also distracted
more often.
curt Hersey, instructor in
visual communication, said that
with smart phones, more students
are accessing information on the
go, without the use of computers.
“I haven’t really seen a shift
yet away from computers, I think
that eventually it will be interest-
ing to see if we start leaving com-
puters behind and switch over to
phones,” Hersey said.
Jerry Trammell, director of ber-
ry’s center for Instructional Tech-
nology said that his department
is working toward helping pro-
fessors integrate technology into
their classrooms. A few years ago,
Trammell said berry had devices
called “clickers” used to answer
questions anonymously in the
classroom. However, they were
expensive and diffcult to operate.
Trammell hopes smart phones
will be more successful because
students would already have the
technology in their phones. Thus,
the school would not have to buy
any new equipment.
sophomore courtney Gurley
thinks that while smart phones
could be useful in the classroom,
it would be more of a distraction
than a learning aid.
classrooms are not the only
place affected by smart phones.
KcAb and student Activities can
also use smart phones for certain
events and programs. For exam-
ple, there was a freshman scav-
enger hunt for bcc classes where
students became acclimated to
berry’s campus by receiving clues
on their smart phones in search
for prizes. events such as this are
now more accessible than ever
with the increasing speed of
information, evans-Plant said
that smart phones, and devices
like them, present challenges with
the infrastructure. Instant access
has become the expectation. cur-
rent and prospective students
want to have information at their
fngertips constantly. Evans-Plant
said one of the ways to do this is
through their smart phones.
To help solve this problem,
evans-Plant said that berry col-
lege’s e-communication services
are currently working on a mobile
web site for the school. Origi-
nally, she said, the plans were for
a mobile app, but after looking at
the idea, they decided it was more
cost effective to create a mobile
web site.
when the mobile berry site
goes live, the school hopes to
release a mobile Viking web as
well, most likely within the next
year, said evans-Plant.
PAGe 4, CAMPUs CARRIeR deCeMbeR 1, 2011
-Offcers took possession of a Sentry fre safe after it was dis-
covered in the woods on Nov. 19. It was discovered that the fre
safe contained a small amount of marijuana and drug related
-A woods fre was reported in the area of the Old Mill on
Nov. 19. Fire was extinguished by members of the Berry Col-
lege Land Resource Department.
-An I-Pod player was turned in to the department on Nov. 24
after being found near the refection pools at the Ford Com-
-A digital camera was turned in to the department on Nov. 25
after being found near the Old Mill waterwheel.
-A student reported on Nov. 28 that she had received threats
over her cellphone from a blocked telephone number. She
listed a suspect. Investigation continues.
Clear all ice and frost from your vehicle’s
windshield and windows before driving.
Viking Fusion fnalist for best
college journalism website
Viking Fusion was nominated for Best College University
Journalism Website for this year’s EPPY Awards. Viking
Fusion Executive Director Brittany Regan said she was
grateful for the nomination.
“It was really nice to be recognized for all the hard work
we do at Viking Fusion and to be recognized on such a
large scale,” Regan said.
The EPPY Awards are from the Editor & Publisher Journal
(E&P). The journal was launched in 1901 and covers all
aspects of the newspaper industry like circulation, mar-
keting, technology, and newsroom.
“I think we didn’t win because we are such a unique
website,” Regan said. “We balance news and entertain-
ment and also put viewer submitted content into the mix
as well so we are not a traditional journalism website.”
Viking Fusion was one of fve fnalists chosen. The other
fnalists included DePaul University, Central Michigan
University, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and
Temple University. The winner was Central Michigan
E&P staff and 54 additional judges voted to select the fnal-
ists for each category of the competition. More information
can be found at
December 1, 2011 cAmPUs cArrIer, PAGe 5
Academic Progress
How To Keep Your
Financial Aid
The Offce of Financial Aid would
like to issue this reminder and policy
update: To remain eligible for federal,
state and Berry College fnancial aid,
students must show they are progress-
ing through their academic program
toward a degree at a reasonable pace.
Our satisfactory Academic Progress
Policy has been revised to review your
academic progress after each semester
beginning with fall 2011 and measure
your progress in these three ways:
sAP standard 1: students must main-
tain a cumulative career GPA of at
least 2.0 in academic work accepted
by berry toward their degree.
sAP standard 2: students must earn 80
percent of their cumulative attempted
credit hours.
sAP standard 3: students may receive
federal fnancial aid for no more
than 150 percent of the credit hours
required to earn their degree. berry
college scholarships and grants are
limited to eight semesters.
-what if a student fails to meet sAP
this fall? The student is placed on
‘Financial Aid warning’ status and
continues to receive fnancial aid for
one semester.
-what if a student on warning status
fails to meet sAP at the end of their
next semester? The student is placed
on ‘Financial Aid suspension’ and is
ineligible for federal, state, berry and
private loan aid until sAP is met.
-If placed on ‘Financial Aid suspen-
sion,’ can the student appeal? In exten-
uating circumstances (such as death in
family, injury or illness), an appeal can
be fled with documentation. Access
the full sAP Policy and appeal details
at or contact
Continued storm cleanup
Despite rumors circulating on campus, construction on the planned football stadium has not begun yet. In the area behind
the Cage where the football stadium is going to be built, damage from the storm at the end of last Spring semester is still being
cleaned up. Dean of Students Debbie Heida said construction on the stadium probably will not start until January of next year.
Heida said that funding for the stadium will have to be raised frst but after the fund-raising, construction of the actual stadium
should not take long.
CryStAl wArd, Staff Photographer
“A Very Berry Christmas”
“The Santaland Diaries” (CE)
Candles & Carols
Christmas Swing & Ballroom Dance
One Loud Night
Hot Chocolate Night
12/2- 8 p.m.
12/2-8 p.m.
12/3- 7 p.m.
12/3- 7:30 p.m.
12/4- 8 p.m.
12/6- 8 p.m.
Ford Dining Hall
E.H. Young Theatre
Oak Hill
College Chapel
Krannert Lobby
Christmas Events
kim treeSe, Graphics Editor

The Carrier editorial reflects a consensus of the The Carrier’s editorial board.
Studying etiquette, where have you gone?
Ashley McIntyre
Elizabeth Petrey
Managing Editor
Rachel Childs
Copy Editor
Kelly Dickerson
News Editor
Rachel Greene
Features Editor
Heather Barger
Entertainment Editor
Parker Sealy
Photo Editor
Paul Watson
Sports Editor
Kimberly Treese
Graphics Editor
Bonny Harper
Opinions Editor
Ana Hadas
Online Editor
Kristen Sellers
Deputy News Editor
Nana Linge
Asst. Entertainment Editor
Christian Turner
Asst. Photo Editor
Steven Evans
Asst. Sports Editor
Ryder McEntyre
Asst. Graphics Editor
Kaitlyn Pierce
Dino Ceric
Marketing and Public
Relations Director
Andy Plott
Business Manager
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Asst. Business Manager
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Ah, the dying art of
studying etiquette. now-
adays it seems impossi-
ble to fnd a truly study-
conducive place, doesn’t
it? Well, The Carrier is
here to help.
We’ve preached at you a
few times this semester about
other basic human courtesies
(sidewalk, football game and
movie-going etiquette, to name
a few), and now, at this time of
the semester, it behooves us to
preach at you one last time, if
only on behalf of every hard-
working, studious student on
this campus.
Whatever happened to the
days in elementary school,
when a library was actually
what it was supposed to be:
quiet? The Memorial Library
here at berry is never so, even
especially in the clearly labeled
“Quiet Zones.” For example,
the Microforms room in the
back of the frst foor, despite
its “Quiet Zone” location,
seems to be a place for every-
one to meet and chatter end-
lessly at record-breaking vol-
umes. How is one supposed to
write a paper, work or study
in such an environment? And
the little student worker moni-
tor person back there certainly
doesn’t do a single thing
to stop this disruptive rule
it wouldn’t be so bad if
these loud individuals were at
least talking about something
school-related (though even
then this behavior is rather
inexcusable). However, all too
often the subject of their ban-
ter is the farthest thing from
academia. Do we all need to
know about each and every
text you’re sending and receiv-
ing from your crush or your
enemy? Really?
On that note, phones—
whether ringing or vibrat-
ing—certainly do not help
matters. it’s common courtesy
to turn your phone on silent
when you’re in a designated
quiet area—especially where
others are feverishly study-
ing and working on their last
assignments and exams of the
semester. “Well, this paragraph
doesn’t apply to me, because
i always have my phone on
vibrate,” you retort. but let’s
be honest: We all know how
audible the vibration of a
phone on a hard desk or table
is. not only is it especially
annoying for anyone sharing
the table with you who has to
feel every reverberation, but
everyone in your vicinity can
be distracted by it as well.
if you’re having a texting
conversation, that’s fne and
dandy—as long as your phone
is on silent. “but how am i
supposed to know when i’ve
received a text?” you whine.
Come on. it’s a conversation.
You know another text is com-
ing; just check your phone.
And even if you don’t know, it
won’t be the end of the world
if you don’t notice a text until
fve or ten minutes after you’ve
received it.
The same thing goes for any
other technological devices as
well. There’s a reason they
invented earbuds to go with
your ipod: so the rest of us
don’t have to hear it. if you
blast your music loud enough
that anyone within 15 feet
of you can bob their head to
the rhythm, don’t you think
it defeats the purpose of the
Finally, just be respectful
of the areas where others are
studying. This means no play-
ing tag or poker or what-have-
you in the area. We’re on the
largest college campus in the
world, people. surely you can
fnd another place to frolic.
Of course, this is not an
exhaustive list of all the things
you must consider when
you’re in a study area, but
hopefully this will at least get
you thinking of more ways
to be considerate of those
around you—particularly in
the library.
Internet connec-
tion prolongs efforts
to complete tasks
They’re everywhere.
They walk with you, they eat in
the Dining Hall with you and they
live with you. They raised you,
they appear on your television,
they run berry College or they
wrote your favorite book. You
may even be one of them and not
realize it. They’re not superheroes;
they’re role models and they come
in every form. These are not just
berry’s spectacular student lead-
ers, level fve student workers or
club presidents. They’re fellow stu-
dents, friends and acquaintances
whose talents, tenacity, sense of
humor, style or commitment to
service is admirable. And we’re all
well-aware that we are role models
for our younger family members
and friends. but you don’t have to
be prominent or over-involved to
be a role model.
How often are you in a con-
versation with someone, anyone
on campus, and fnd yourself
thinking, “i’m impressed by her
willpower. i don’t know how this
person manages to keep her life in
order so well.”
i have found myself inspired
by people on campus over the
years, to work a little bit harder,
stay up a little bit later and think
a little further outside of the box—
just emulate someone whose work
or character i really admire. if this
person works hard to get these
great results, who’s to say i can’t
too? i have even managed to keep
my harsh and unnecessary opin-
ions to myself and maintain a
classier disposition based on how
i have observed someone else act.
Knowing this, how do you think
you look to others who see you
every day?
i believe it’s important to
choose your role models wisely,
because not only do people judge
you by the company you keep, but
they also judge you by the com-
pany you admire. personally, i
would love to grow up to be a con-
glomerate of my mother, Oprah,
Condoleezza Rice and Marilyn
Monroe. it’s idealistic, but doesn’t
sound like a bad existence.
And i completely understand
that choosing who you look up to
is a deeply personal decision, but
keep it classy, America. if you’ve
ever met me, you know this: nicki
Minaj makes me want to scream.
I don’t fnd her cute, inspirational,
stylish or admirable. The Young
Money rapper is furthering her
career on catchy hooks and a wild
wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong;
i think she’s a beautiful girl with
talent but she uses all these antics
to get attention. i appreciate her
need to stay true to herself in this
crazy world. A sense of “realness”
is something that people gravi-
tate toward, and when she adorns
herself in all this synthetic mad-
ness, all it does is make her look
insecure. she’s not much different
from Lady Gaga, if you’re a fan.
but when did she become some-
thing that people want to emulate?
i absolutely don’t understand it.
is a giant white and green wig or
head-to-toe leopard print neces-
sary to feel important? As some-
one in a position of prominence, i
honestly hoped that she would use
her power in an empowering way;
fnally, our generation’s female
rapper arrives and she proclaims
herself to be barbie. And she’s an
island baby too? Great.
i have always thought that
people who are fortunate enough
to be in the public spotlight need
to be mindful of their status and
the power that comes with it.
Fewer things are more pathetic
and uncomfortable than watching
someone with the public’s atten-
tion who has no idea what to do
with it.
be mindful of your actions,
because whether you know it or
not, someone out there is liable to
observe your actions, and maybe
mimic them. When i was in mid-
dle school, i heard some advice:
Act like you would if someone
was writing a book about you and
recording your every move for
posterity. Would you want those
actions to tell your story for gen-
erations to come?
i think my mom’s advice says it
better though: Don’t write a check
that your butt can’t cash.
The highest form of fattery
December 1, 2011 pAGe 7, cAmpUs cArrier
We eat dinner at 6:30 and
then when the sky dark-
ens, we drive to Lake
Lanier to view the lights!
When we get home, we
watch ‘How the Grinch
stole christmas’. once
that’s over, we are given
one gift to open. but my
niece and i always peek
at the gifts while every-
one’s asleep.”
“What are your family’s
christmas eve traditions?”
We open one pres-
ent. Then, the second
the 24 hours of ‘A
christmas story’ come
on TV, my brother and
i watch it until we fall
asleep. Then we watch
it all the next day, so
we end up watching it
eight or nine times. ” Ryder McEntyre
Asst. Graphics Editor

We eat
oyster stew.”
Rachel Childs
Copy Editor
my family opens
one present on the
night of christmas
eve. it’s always our
pJ’s that we’ll wear
for christmas Day.
We wear them all
day. Then we watch
‘it’s a Wonder-
ful Life’ on TV.”
We used to pile into
our minivan search for the
perfect christmas tree. We
The greatest feeling in the
world was being the child
that found ‘the one’. in
2001 my parents decided
to ‘observe Jewish tradi-
tion’, so we now celebrate
Hanukkah. We traded in
the tree for a menorah.
but we aren’t Jewish...”
Rachel Greene
Features Editor
Letter SubmiSSion PoLicy
Letters to the editor must include a name, address and
phone number, along with the writer’s class year or
title. The carrier reserves the right to edit for length,
style, grammar and libel.
Anna Curtis
Asst. Business Manager
Heather Barger
Entertainment Editor
Don’t you just hate it when someone
thinks they’re so smart that they just have
to show off their self-proclaimed intelli-
gence to the world? it’s especially annoy-
ing when, no matter how hard you try,
you just can’t get away from this annoying
brag show.
but the person just being intelligent
isn’t the problem. even being subjected to
their conspicuous displays of intelligence
(written, or in whatever other form that
may be) is somewhat bearable—so long as
the person’s written work has a few key
First, if you’re super smart and you’re
wanting the whole world to know it via
your stellar writing, that’s fne, but at least
make sure your work is relevant. no one
wants to sit and read something that was
written solely to nitpick someone’s work
and show off the writer’s smarts. in fact,
i’ll warrant that other people will rarely
fnish reading such a pompous letter.
second, choose your battles. is it really
necessary to attack other people’s work
all the time just for the purpose of build-
ing yourself up? it’s like the “boy Who
cried Wolf” story when you harp on so
many issues, rather than one or two real
ones—meaning that if you harp on too
many things, people are soon going to
stop caring.
Third, for Pete’s sake, fnd some con-
structive way to use your intelligence! Yes,
yes, we all know: You are smart. it’s unde-
niable. You win on that score. but must
you continually use that intelligence to tear
others down? Why not use your knowl-
edge in your vocation? There are plenty of
organizations which will not only encour-
age, but also pay you for, your efforts. As
s. Truett cathy once said, “Learn to love
your work, and you will never have to
‘work’ again.”
Fourth, if you insist on repeatedly
bashing people who obviously have abso-
lutely zero ill intent, do us all a favor and
check your sources before you base your
entire argument off a piece of utterly false
information. We all know your oh-so-
high opinion of yourself, but let’s take it
down a few notches, okay? Just go back
and review the work you’re critiquing so
tactlessly. If the frst and last sentences
(and consequently, nearly everything in
between them) of your response to it claim
that the author said something that, upon
further inspection of his or her original
work, he or she absolutely did not say,
you should probably just give up. You’re
all worked up over something that’s not
true in the frst place.
so there you have it. Four useful things
to check before attempting to faunt
your brilliance to the world: relevance,
selectiveness, constructiveness and cor-
rectness. if your work lacks any or all of
these things, your attempt to faunt your
brilliance has merely fopped, and unfor-
tunately all you’re left with is the world’s
laughter at your idiocy.
if you’ve checked for all these things
and everything still appears to be in order,
good for you. but maybe you should use a
bit of discretion and bite your tongue any-
way, because as long as you’re after other
people, no one’s going to be your fan.
Dear Ms. Turnbuckle,
I’ve been struggling with my self-
You see, I have too much. It just
makes me entirely too happy and con-
tent with life.
I’m worried that I don’t worry.
I’m nervous that I don’t get nervous.
I’m afraid that I...well, don’t fear
What am I to do? Isn’t it unnatu-
ral to be so confdent and optimistic?
Wipe this smile off my face, would
Thriving in Georgia
Dear Thriving in Georgia,
You seem to have come down
with a bad case of contentivitis.
This disease is most commonly
known to crop up during the holi-
day season, what with most peo-
ple giving and receiving gifts and
spending time with their loved
ones more than usual.
There have been extensive stud-
ies on this condition, and it is still
unknown whether or not a cure is
necessary. However, you are not
the frst to complain (an admit-
tedly curious word choice, in light
of the nature of this sickness) of the
symptoms, so the search goes on
for an of-yet-unobtainable cure.
so far, the treatment that has
worked best has been the perusal
of precisely 18 volumes of either
my dear niece penelope’s favor-
ite magazine, Cosmo, or Playboy
(depending on what gender you
are), followed by the consump-
tion of much less food than that to
which you are accustomed. Then
you must sleep for half the time
you usually do, and that on a foor
of some sort—hardwood, ideally.
The individuals who continued
this lifestyle for just two to three
days all noted a remarkable differ-
ence in their outlooks on life. They
claimed to suddenly see the world
for the dark, cruel place it allegedly
is, and to have a drastically changed
(for the worse) disposition.
Thus, this is my recommen-
dation to you. it wouldn’t hurt,
though, to consider that you may
in fact be fortunate to have such a
cheery perspective on life.
Hugs and apple cider,
ms. Turnbuckle
ASk VioLA turnbuckLe
ms. Turnbuckle wants to hear your
woes! be a dear and send her your
burdens, secrets or questions at her
personal email, violaturnbuckle@ or fnd Viola Turnbuckle
on Facebook and ask her there! no
matter the method of inquiry, she’ll do
her best to respond promptly (and, of
course, humorously) right here in the
opinions section of The carrier.
Bonny HARpER
Opinions Editor

Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to Bonny Harper’s editorial, “It’s
2 a.m. and all’s unwell” in the Nov. 17 issue of The Carrier.
Why should the memorial Library open its doors for 24 hours to students simply
because they pay (or are even willing to pay) more for a berry college education?
should we ask for better grades too? You are hoping for changes that would only make
your education meaningless. To the students who have trouble fnishing their essays
at the last possible moment, you have my deepest sympathy (i too was once there) for
displaying poor prudence in planning your lives—although it was courageous of the
author to admit it. Learning from that mistake would probably be better than demand-
ing more from berry.
coincidentally, this comes at a time when professor of social and political ethics at
the University of chicago Jean elshtain recently gave a talk at berry about the problem
of technology driving higher education into focusing less on moral and political edu-
cation, which could temper the consumerist attitude. if education is simply a product
for consumption like ice cream or vegetables (or used like cell phones and computers),
then the relationships of a student with his or her institution, professors and peers are
meaningless—would they not all simply be subjected to what you can get out of them
with the money in your pockets? is that really how students perceive higher education
today? is that not troubling even for christians?
There is a problem with the consumerist view of education. i have often heard the
following phrase: “i pay this amount to berry, so i am entitled to XYZ—all A’s, the best
meal plan in the world, the best services to help me when i am late with an assign-
ment—because it’s not my fault and the administrators are getting my money.”
obviously, they must have buried virtue underneath economic principles so that
happiness is no longer about completion, but rather maximizing benefts from the least
possible cost. Therefore, the demands for more services refect the rising cost of higher
education and the discontent with the returns on the investments made. paying more
each year does lead students to hope their education becomes more valuable and ser-
vices are better. This is an aimless hope that christianity praises, which in turn fuels the
consumerist attitude toward education. but hope in light of the scarcity of seats in col-
lege provides no practical guide for making more careful and worthwhile decisions.
i was surprised elshtain did not recommend letting students wait longer before they
attend college. statistically, colleges are full of young people, ages 18-24, who love tech-
nological commodities too much and lack engaging political world experience where
they are forced to make moral decisions. she should have suggested a moral or politi-
cal experience for secondary school graduates before they attend higher education to
moderate the technological and market imperatives that fuel the consumerist attitude
about education. instead of demanding more commoditized services from their admin-
istrators or institutions, i think students would gain more from their education if they
pause and start to refect on what they want from college and how they plan to achieve
it, before they make a hefty investment and a decision about where to attend.
So, stop and think about what Berry and others have given to you frst before you go
demanding fxes for your lack of virtue like a proud consumerist.
—Fan Xiong, Junior
rose Gregoire, Junior
Take your smarts elsewhere
Letter to the editor
Correction: Ehsan Rabbani, rather than Naing Oo, should have been quoted in
the Nov. 17 issue in the article “Homosexuality and Faith discussed”.
You know you go to BERRY COLLEGE...
PaGe 8, CaMPus CarrIer deCeMber 1, 2011
Graphics By ryder Mcentyre, Asst. Graphics Editor
rebecca-Lyn sokolove, senior
Gabe steinmeyer, senior
carmen Barbay, senior christian turner, sophomore
story and photos By r. Greene, Features Editor
When you leave campus and you are surprised if the internet works the frst time.
When you spot someone driving around campus with a confused look on their face and
you stop them to see if they need directions.
When complaining about anything that goes wrong on campus, you end it with
“experience it frsthand”.
When you comment regularly on your professor’s personal facebook page.
When being a female senior is exciting on Mountain Day because you will fnally get a
chance to hold hands with a boy.
When housing week is more stressful than fnals week.
When you realize that you
will never again be impressed
by the sight of a deer. Ever.
When you go to Berry College.
You know you go to BERRY COLLEGE...
deCeMber 1, 2011
CaMPus CarrIer, PaGe 9
Jenevieve Kimmal, senior
rachel childs, senior
nai oo, Junior
nathan schwartz, senior
rebecca-Lyn sokolove, senior
When you hear Valhalla and instead of thinking about Nordic heaven, you think about
Chick-fl-A and a slushie.
When you are afraid that you won’t graduate because you haven’t been to enough “cul-
tural events”.
When you go to school events just to get the free T-shirt.
When your sibling visits you on Mountain day and their Facebook status update is “Gone
for the weekend, observing a cult in action.”
When you’ve gone out of your way to photo bomb someone’s senior portraits.
When you know more about your school’s founder and her history than you know about
When you've woken up to text
messages from your professors.
When you think that any
bike without a padlock is
fair game for a joyride.
PaGE 10, CamPUS CarriEr dECEmbEr 1, 2011
Justice system pampers celebrities

Joe ReischeR
Guest Writer
aubrey “drake” Graham invites us into his world as he sees it with his highly-antici-
pated second album “take Care.”
Where his frst album “Thank Me Later” felt more like a daydream where Drake could
explore his thoughts on the rise to fame, both the glorious highs and devastating lows,
Take Caretakes its own form, becoming a deep refection on life for Drake in this very
moment. With collaborations from the likes of Toronto-crooner The Weeknd, Chantal Kre-
viazuk, Jamie Smith of The xx, and the legendary Stevie Wonder the album packs plenty
of star power, and displays Drake’s growing experimentation and fexibility in creating
music. The album’s frst single “Headlines” reveals the prevailing confdence that reso-
nates throughout the album, as drake raps “i might be too strung out on compliments,
overdosed on confdence, started not to give a f*** and stop fearing the consequence” over
a barrage of spirited synths and snares.
Fans of Drake’s softer side will be equally satisfed. The “rapper who can sing” belts
a memorable and sincere ode to a past lover over somber, muted keys in “Shot For me”.
“Cameras” and “The Real Her” also showcase the Toronto-native’s singing prowess as
he ponders the role of various unnamed women in the fast-paced life of fame he has
embraced. Of course, there is no lack of mass appeal on the album, with tracks such as
“Take Care” featuring Rihanna, and “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj. “Take Care”
fnds Drake fully embracing stardom and all of its highs and lows (listen to “The Ride” for
his thoughts on this subject) while managing to craft music that speaks to his expansive
fan base.
Instead of aiming for mindless club-bangers, or shallow lyricism with catchy hooks,
Drake takes his time to paint a vivid picture of his situation, and he invites his audience
to join him. He confdently asserts himself as the dominant artist in the game today, and
he boldly dares anyone to try to take his position. All doubters, if there are any left, are
politely advised to take Care.
Deemed a paparazzi princess, Lindsay
Lohan has continuously made headlines,
but not as a leading lady, but as a rebellious
party girl who fnds herself in and out of
Lohan was recently sentenced to 30
days in jail for violating probation, but
served a mere six, due to overcrowding.
The judge warned Lohan that her sentence
could be extended if she chose to not com-
ply with the court’s rulings, but it is hard to
believe the judge will follow through with
the threats when the court has given warn-
ings like this before. Celebrities appear to
be given much leniency when it comes to
matters of the law; notable fgures include
Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Charlie
Junior Madison Harris fnds that celebs
retrieve special treatment for several
“One, there are celebs and two, their
[antics] cause more publicity…the more
times they are jailed, the more money off-
cials make. The whole [justice] system is
warped,” Harris said.
Sophomore alyson Childers thinks
celebs are held on a higher pedestal and
that is not justifed.
“the Constitution says we are consid-
ered equal. They [celebs] are not excluded
from that, and their actions are not justifed
just because they are famous,” Childers
For some people, seeing celebrities
going to jail has become another form of
entertainment. Harris said it is encouraged
in shows like Jersey Shore and Celeb rehab
where viewers are entertained by individu-
als behaving badly or getting in trouble.
“It is funny because it is not happening
to them [the viewer], “Childers said.
Senior Emma Schmidt said handling
celebrities lightheartedly can cause serious
effects on society.
“Celebrities are selling everything they
wear, say, and think, and I don’t think their
lifestyle is an exception. I don’t believe
there is a difference between infamous
and famous anymore. They [celebrities]
receive just as much attention, if not more
for what they do wrong and what they do
right,” Schmidt said. “I defnitely think it is
dangerous to society because citizens may
unknowingly adopt lifestyle traits from
celebrities into their own lives.”
Several students may become so
swamped by scandal that they may not
even realize that election year is just around
the corner.
“The sentence of Michael Jackson’s doc-
tor is main coverage, even though the pres-
idential election is soon,” Harris said.
Drake asks doubters to ‘Take Care’
NaNa LiNge
Asst. Entertainment Editor
Aubrey Graham, also known as Drake, released his sophomore album
“Take Care” after the debut of “Thank Me Later” a year and a half ago.
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PaGe 11, CamPUS Carrier deCember 1, 2011
Being mindful amidst the merriment
NaNa LiNge
Asst. Entertainment Editor
even though these activities sound enticing, the act can
causes health issues that many americans face. Just like
any substance, too much food can become a bad thing,
especially when combined with inactivity.
Consider trying:
1.) apple cider
2.) cornbread
3.) sweet potato
4.) turkey
1.) Portion control: Sweet potatoes and mashed pota-
toes are quite tasty, but make sure carb-loaded items such as these
make up a minimal portion of your plate. Load up on the collard greens, green
beans, or any other green vegetables frst and then reach for the other dishes. It possible,
try and have each item on your plate equal the size of your fst.
2.) don’t load up on bread: dinner rolls are quick and easy to grab, but they are usually
smothered with butter.
3.) One glass of punch: Holiday punch is packed with calories. i’m sure you would rather eat
150 calories than drink it.
4.) take breaks to avoid eating as much as possible in one sitting. this may seem like
the hardest part because our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. eat a little, take a
break and then go back for more if you are still hungry. Your food needs at least
30 minutes to digest.
5.) Keep moving: instead of laying down after eating, plan a time
to start a game that involves everyone like Wii---anything that
keeps you from sitting down.
the holidays are here once again when
families come together for merriment and joy
while bonding over delectable holiday foods
like mashed potatoes with gravy,
honey ham, macaroni and cheese, cranberry
sauce and stuffng.
these holiday foods taste sensational and many
people overeat, stuffng their bellies to the point
of combustion. the worst is when a person eats so
much that simply stretching causes pain and the only
solution is to lie on the couch and watch the game or
enjoy a movie.
1.) eggnog
2.) rolls
honey ham
instead of:

PaGE 12, CamPUS CarriEr dECEmbEr 1, 2011
Gifts even a Scrooge will love
For Girls:
Looking for last minute gift ideas for your friends and family but don’t have much money? Here’s a few inexpensive
ideas all under $25.
For All:
For Guys:
HeatHer BarGer, Entertainment Editor
Homemade Christmas ornaments or Christmas cards
Create your own Christmas ornaments out of oragami or popsicle
sticks or cards to give out to your loved ones. You can fnd lots of
ideas on
Collage of unique photos
take special photos from old memories and
make them into a collage to put into a picture
Savannah Bee Pucker Up Pouch ($15)
Every girl needs good lip balm in her purse
and Savannah bee carries the perfect trio of
lip balm made from beeswax.
“the Man Cave Book” ($10.19)
tips on how to build a man cave just right.
Space alien alarm Clock ($18)
this alarm clock is inspired by 80s video
games. it moves back and forth when the
alarm goes off and to activate the snooze you
have to shake it.
Crazysticks Solid Perfume from Crazy-
libellule and the Poppies ($10)
there are 21 different scents of perfume to
choose from and they are small enough to ft
in your purse. You can even mix the scents to
make a new scent.
Natural Life Charm Necklace ($14)
all of these necklaces have inspirational say-
ings and come in their own keepsake boxes.
Homemade breads or candies
bake pumpkin bread or holiday candy to pass
out to the people in your life. You can put
them in decorative bags.
Busted tees ($20)
these t-shirts are funny for everyone. there
are many different sayings to choose from.
Personalized Pop art Photo Poster
Upload a photo and turn it into modern art
andy Warhol-style! it will be the same photo
in four different colors.
Door Basketball Hoop ($14.37)
this hoop hangs over almost any door and
tosses the ball back to the shooter after a shot
is made.
Name Meaning Personalized Canvas
Each canvas shows the initial, name and the
meaning of the name set on top of colorful
Coffee Cup Warmer ($25)
Keeps your coffee, tea, hot chocolate or apple
cider warm until the last drop.
Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
make cookie mix and pass it out with the recipe attached for your
friends and family to make themselves.
Plant Tr ees! Plant Tr ees!
December 1, 2011 page 13, campuS carrier
Watching football yields extra credit
Paul Watson
Sports Editor
Homework for the weekend: read chapter 23, study for
the test on monday and watch the Florida versus Florida
State football game.
this is not the average thing one may hear from a his-
tory professor, but in associate professor of history christy
Snider’s history survey classes, this is normal for Fridays.
Snider offered both sections of her american History
from 1877 classes extra credit, based on the classes’ and
Snider’s own picks of the winners of six Ncaa football
games. each week, Snider picked the winner of three
games, and the class picked the winner of three differ-
ent games. Snider would get a point for every game she
called correctly, as well as a point for each game the class
predicted wrong. Similarly, the class would get a point for
each game they called correctly and a point for every game
Snider called incorrectly. if the class ends with a higher
score at the end of the semester, Snider gives the whole
class extra credit; if Snider wins, no extra credit is given.
Not only did Snider and the classes have to pick the
winners, but they would also have to “beat the spread.”
the spread was determined by experts from odds Shark
who predicted the number of points by which one team
would beat the other. For instance, if the university of Flor-
ida gators were supposed to beat the Florida State univer-
sity Seminoles by 12 points and Snider chose the gators,
the gators would have to win by at least 13 points in order
for her to beat the spread. because of the spread, it was
possible to tie on a game (like what would have happened
if the gators had only won by 12 points). No points were
awarded for a draw. She said using the spread made lop-
sided games like the university of georgia versus coastal
carolina university game more interesting. Snider’s source
for the spread was Yahoo! Sports.
Snider said the tradition of football picks goes back to
graduate school for her.
“as a grad student and ta (teaching assistant) at pur-
due [university], my professor did the football picks with
a 300-student class,” she said. “i enjoyed it, so i brought it
with me when i came to berry in 2000.”
Snider also said she chose college football over any
other sport because of its historical relevance.
“Football is a sport that grows between 1877 and 1990
(the time frame for the course material) and it was created
by colleges. plus, major college football games happen on
Saturdays, so the activity works out with technicalities,”
she said.
picking which games will be put on the list was a rela-
tively simple process. Snider said that she always picks
university of georgia and georgia tech games, since they
have a large majority of fans at berry. She also always picks
the games of purdue university, her alma mater. all the
other games are major games from the Southeastern con-
ference and the big ten conference, since “that’s what we
care about around here,” Snider said.
the section a class has already beaten Snider, since it is
mathematically impossible for Snider to beat the class in
the last weekend of the semester. that class became part
of the approximately 20 percent of total losses Snider has
faced since coming to berry. but Snider is doing one more
weekend of football picks for her section b class, since she
still has a chance of winning. this weekend’s games will
include the university of oklahoma vs. oklahoma State
university rivalry, the atlantic coast conference cham-
pionship game between Virginia tech and clemson uni-
versity, as well as the big ten conference championship
game between university of Wisconsin and michigan State
Freshman paulk parrish, in the section a class, said he
thought the football picks were an enjoyable part of class.
“i think it’s fun, and i like the extra credit part of it,” he
said. “every teacher has [his or her] way of giving extra
the extra credit was not the only reason for doing the
football picks though, said Snider.
“i like to do it because it’s a way to engage with my stu-
dents and creates a reason for students to show up to class
on Fridays,” she said. “as long as the students enjoy doing
it, i enjoy doing it too.”
Sophomore abby thomas, in the section b class, said
she also enjoys the football picks.
“the football picks didn’t determine my attendance,
but it defnitely gave me something to look forward to on
Fridays!” she said.
Snider said she was not sure whether she would include
berry football into the picks once berry’s team formed,
since there probably would not be a source for spreads
for the berry games. She also did not say how many extra
credit points will be given at the end of the term.
Parker sealy, Photo Editor
Dr. Snider offers her students the chance for extra credit
by correctly predicting the winners of upcoming NCAA foot-
ball games.
Walking is good medicine for your heart. In fact it’s great medicine. Did you know that
for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise we do, like brisk walking, we could live two
hours longer? Imagine, if we could walk to the moon and back, we could live forever.
Take your heart for a walk today. Join the Start! Movement at or call 1-800-AHA-USA-1. You could live longer.
NCAA Bowl season approaching
steven evans
Asst. Sports Editor
The 2011-2012 NCAA College Football season is reaching its close, with the fnal games
in regular season for many of the teams around the league this past weekend. For many,
all that remains are the conference championships and potentially bowl championship
Series (bcS) bowl games, as well as the smaller bowl games which all open up the stage
for the bcS National championship game.
the exciting post-season face-offs have existed since 1902, when pasadena, california
hosted the frst ever “Tournament East-West football game,” which is presently known
as the “rose bowl.” in this game, the michigan Wolverines trounced Stanford 49-0 and
claimed the national title. 1923 marked the frst time that the game was known as the Rose
bowl, when it was played in the newly constructed rose bowl Stadium. the rose bowl
continued to be the only major college bowl game until 1935, and by 1940 there were a
total of fve major college bowl games: the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl (1935), the Cotton
bowl classic (1937), the orange bowl (1935), and the Sun bowl (1935). throughout the
years a multitude of bowl games were added and many were removed, until 2010 when
the number of total bowl games (including bcS bowl games) peaked at 35. Since 2006,
there have been a total of four bcS bowl games, as well as the national championship. this
includes the rose bowl, the tostitos Fiesta bowl, the Fedex orange bowl and the allstate
Sugar bowl. the bcS system aims to match the most compatible teams against each other,
while having a set guideline as to which conferences can play each other for each bowl
game, ultimately matching the number one team and the number two team in the country,
according to their bcS standings, against each other.
With the 2011-2012 regular season at its peak, the bowl bids are virtually all in, and
after the fnal games on Dec. 1-3 are played, each eligible team will be awaiting their bowl
assignments for the postseason.
“i enjoy the bowl season and watching all the games, not just the National champion-
ship,” freshman thomas adolph said. “i’m especially looking forward to seeing who will
play michigan, [which is] one of my favorite teams, and seeing who will face Louisiana
State university in the national championship.”
Despite being a sentimental, fun time of the year for fans, the vast majority of the public
tends to want to scrap the bcS system, instead calling for a playoff system.
“i love college football as much as any other guy, but i just can’t stand the way the bcS
bowl system works,” freshman austin Drake said. “i believe that there should be a play-
off system, like all the other sports have, so that every team with considerable skill and a
respectable record has a chance at the National championship.”
although the majority of the fans want to do away with the bcS bowl system and are
pro-playoff system, the coaches seem to think quite contrarily.
Dick Weiss for the New York Daily News wrote “While the general public seems to
favor a playoff in college football, executive director grant teaff said at the american
Football coaches’ association convention in Florida that 71 percent of the 120 Division ia
coaches favor keeping the current bcS system.” He went on to add “a Quinnipiac poll
last month said 63 percent of [college football fans] surveyed wanted to do away with
the bcS and only 27 percent wanted to keep the current format for selecting a national
regardless of who thinks what when pertaining to the functionality of the bcS bowl
system, the bowl season is a time that almost every fan enjoys and looks forward to. the
postseason bowl games kick off on Dec. 17 with the gildan New mexico bowl at 2 p.m.,
the Famous idaho potato bowl at 5:30 p.m. and the r+L carriers New orleans bowl at
9 p.m., setting the stage for the bowl games and ultimately the National championship,
which will be held on Jan. 9, 2012.
ryder Mcentyre, Asst. Graphics Editor
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NBA owners, players reach tentative deal
PAul WAtsoN
Sports Editor
after 153 days of silence in professional basketball arenas across the nation, the National
basketball association is partly lifting the lockout and allowing teams back on the court
for training and practice today.
the lockout began at 12:01 eSt on July 1, 2011 because of debates between players and
owners over revenue shares and salary caps. the players and owners reached a tentative
agreement on Nov. 26, but neither the players nor owners have ratifed it. According to
eSpN, “a majority on each side is needed to approve the agreement. the Nba needs votes
from 15 of 29 owners. the [players’] union needs a simple majority of its 430-plus mem-
bers…they must drop their antitrust lawsuit in minnesota and re-form the union before
voting on the deal.”
even though there are a few more steps to be taken, most Nba executives have said
that they are certain the condensed 66-game season will start on christmas Day.
“We’re very pleased we’ve come this far,” Nba commissioner Howard Stern said to
eSpN. “there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
this is the second season in Nba history that has been shortened, and the fourth lock-
out overall. The frst was the 1998-99 season, which consisted of only 50 games because the
lockout went so far into the season.
the deal is set to run for six years. both sides have a mutual opt-out after this time.
according to the Washington post, there are 11 main issues that were in the deal. one of
the major issues explains that the revenues will be split 50-50, and players will receive
about 80.5 percent of their salary for this season, due to it being shortened. Next, teams
must come within 85 percent of their salary cap in the next two years, and reach 90 percent
of the cap in the remaining four years. Finally, salary increases will be set at 7.5 percent
for bird players (players that have been with a team for three or more years), and 4.5 per-
cent for non-bird players. these are only a few of the major components of the new Nba
Though the season has been set to start with fve games on Dec. 25, information on
which teams will be playing in these games has not been released.

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Vikings basketball teams
win one, lose one at home
SteVen eVanS
Asst. Sports Editor
the Vikings and Lady Vikings’
basketball teams have found a
rocky start to their 2011-2012
season, with 0-5 and 3-4 records
respectively. Despite these seem-
ingly lopsided records, the Vikings
and Lady Vikings each have
played very tough opponents, and
have put a strong showing in each
of their games to date. Last night,
both the Vikings and Lady Vikings
faced challenges at home. the
Lady Vikings opened up at 6 p.m.
against the oglethorpe university
Stormy petrels, and the Vikings
took the foor at 8 p.m. against the
maryville college Scots.
the Lady Vikings played strong,
and began the game with a com-
fortable 17-6 lead before ogletho-
rpe retaliated to take a halftime
lead 34-32. regardless, the Lady
Vikings, led by freshman chanlir
Segarra who led the team with 14
points, surged back into the game
to ultimately claim a 61-55 win
over their conference-rivals.
“Every win is a boost of conf-
dence,” sophomore guard alesa
Hammaker said. “We really
needed this win tonight. but every
game we realize what we need to
work on. We are a young team, and
[with] each game we get better with
working together and putting it all
together so we can get better.”
the Vikings came on to the
court hungry for a win, on a four
game losing-streak and winless
for the season. it wasn’t enough
to stop their tennessee opponents;
the Vikings couldn’t hold on to
their early lead and defensive
success. the Vikings remained
strong throughout the frst half,
even after having their three-point
lead snapped, and entered the
second half of the game trailing
21-27. Despite a hopeful show-
ing early on defense, the young
Vikings team eventually dropped
behind to as many as 25 points
before fnally falling 68-51. Fresh-
man Lake graham and sophomore
Hunter Smoak led the Vikings with
11 points each, followed by sopho-
more mac Whalen who accumu-
lated 10 points. Notwithstanding
the 0-5 record, including the loss
from last night, the Vikings are
staying optimistic and have seen
much improvement and maturity
throughout the team.
“We have improved a lot,”
junior guard cody marsh said.
“there’s still some improvement
that needs to happen, but i have
confdence, I think we will win
some games. We will just need to
work for it.”
regarding the team’s improve-
ment, senior guard michael Schulte
added, “We have been improving
each game. [However], we have
been struggling defensively. i think
we can win. We just need to come
out and be more patient on offense.
even after today’s game we walked
away with our heads up because
this game was another game that
helped us build and grow better as
a team.”
both the Vikings and Lady
Vikings play their next games away
from the cage on Saturday, Dec.
10. the Vikings play at Lagrange
college at 7:00 p.m., and the Lady
Vikings play at maryville college
at 2:00 p.m.
Megan Brand, Staff Photographer
CryStal Ward, Staff Photographer
PAGe 16, CAMPUs CARRIeR deCeMbeR 1, 2011
KCAb hosted the annual semi-for-
mal dance on nov. 18 in the Ford
dining Hall. students arrived to the
Italian-themed event decked out in their
snazziest attire and danced for hours to dJ
Glass dee’s mix.
photos by parker sealy, Photo Editor