March 30, 2011 Vol. LXXX No. 23
‘Diverse Voices’ bringing guest authors to Concord Press Release
expressed in this program do not necessarily represent Athens, W.Va. those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Concord University will T.J. Anderson III, Ph.D., ashost a Guest Author Se- sociate professor of English at ries, “Diverse Voices,” dur- Hollins University, will speak ing the month of April 2011. Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. This project is being pre- on the University’s Subway sented by the Concord Univer- Stage. Anderson’s publications sity Languages and Literature include “At Last Round Up,” Department with financial as- “River to Cross” and “Notes to sistance from The West Vir- Make the Sound Come Right.” Press Photo ginia Humanities Council, a A jazz poet, Anderson will Dr. TJ Anderson will speak state affiliate of the National also perform his poetry with Monday at Subway Stage. Endowment for the Humani- the Concord University Jazz ties. Any views, findings, con- Band and with his own perclusions or recommendations cussion accompaniment. An-
derson’s appearance will be followed by an open mic. Denise Giardina, writer-inresidence at West Virginia State University, will speak Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Wilkes Family Chapel at University Point. Giardina’s works include “The Unquiet Earth,” “Emily’s Ghost,” “Saints and Villains,” “Good King Henry” and “Storming Heaven.” A reception will be held following Giardina’s presentation in the Alumni Lounge at University Point. Novelist Zakes Mda, Ph.D. will appear at Concord as
part of the series on Friday, April 29. He is scheduled to read from his work at 1 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s main theater. A professor at Ohio University, Mda’s publications include “The Hill,” “Ways of Dying,” “Black Diamond,” “The Whale Caller” and “The Heart of Redness.” All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Katherine Arnoldi, Concord University instructor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-384-5988.
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Nickelodeon to bring back ‘90s classics
By Samantha Ricketts
told Entertainment Weekly. “It was ground-breaking, and for Editor-in-Chief the young viewers, a powerful and pivotal time in their lives. After years of complain- Those kids who are now 22, 23 ing, kids from the ‘90s will and 24 want to bring that back.” finally get their wish: NickNickelodeon decided to bring elodeon will be airing its about this change after noticclassic cartoons and sitcoms ing a decrease in ratings since again beginning this fall. their days of ‘90s cartoons. The shows will be aired “We have noticed a signififrom midnight to 2 a.m. on cant drop in ratings since our Nickelodeon’s sister station, shows from the late 1990’s. TeenNick, in a block called We have strayed from our car“The ‘90s are All That.” toons and we believe that was Although Nickelodeon has our biggest mistake,” Cyma not yet released the official line- Zarghami, who runs the teleup, there is hope for sitcom and vision station, said. “We have sketch comedy shows like “The contacted the producers from Adventures of Pete and Pete,” these shows and we were able “Clarissa Explains It All,” “All to work out a deal to get them That,” and “Kenan and Kel,” as back to making new episodes.” well as cartoons like “Rocko’s This information implies that Modern Life,” “The Angry not only will the old episodes Beavers,” “Doug,” “Ahh! Real be re-aired, but the station will Monsters,” and many more. also be adding new episodes Because the children who to the beloved classic shows. grew up loving these shows With more information yet to are now in college, the station be released, keep your eyes out decided to bring them back in a for news on your favorite childlate-night block geared toward hood shows. In the meantime, old fans. “At the time, we were you can get your classic TV fix Photos from Nickelodeon completely devoted to that au- by joining the group “I Want dience ages 9, 10, and 11,” my 90’s Nickelodeon Back,” Popular Nickelodeon shows from the ‘90s will be aired on the TeenNick station beginning in the fall. Keith Dawkins, senior VP and which currently has over one general manager of TeenNick, million fans, on Facebook.
SGA finalizes spring fling, approves budgets By Kelly Connors
because of the religious holiday of Good Friday. Opinions Editor Vice President Blankenship stated that this year Senator Ronald Miller will there will be twice as many hopefully be attending this prizes handed out, so evweek’s SGA meeting because eryone should attend as he was unable to visit with the many events as possible. Higher Education committee Three scholarships are bewhile they were in Charles- ing planned to give out, one ton. Students are encouraged for $500 where applicants to attend this and all future must submit no less than SGA meetings, and are ad- a two-page essay on what vised to wear business attire Concord means to the writer, as this is a formal meeting. one for $350 where students This year’s spring fling must submit a work of art schedule has been final- on what Concord means to ized, and spring fling will them, and a third for $250, take place the week af- which will be awarded to ter Greek week (April 18- the winner of a drawing. 21). There are no events In order to get their names planned for Friday, the 22nd into the drawing for the third
scholarship, students will be given cards that can be stamped when they attend each planned event. Students that attended all the events or the majority of events will have their cards placed in a drawing for the scholarship. The events are as follows: • Shirt give-away on Monday • Crazy bingo on Monday • Late night Game Show on Tuesday • Picnic, DJ, and band all in the Valley on Wednesday • World’s fastest Hypnotist on Wednesday • Build a bear on Thursday • Non-alcoholic mixer on Thursday • Black-light casino night on Thursday
Three budgets were approved for funding last week for a total of about $3,000. The budgets were from CMENC, SAC, and the Game Room. The new total for the amount of money the SGA has left to allocate is roughly $9,000, so all organizations that are applicable should apply for funding as soon as they know how much they need. The housing committee is attempting to get the new card readers installed on washing and drying machines so that students no longer have to hoard quarters throughout the semester if they value the
cleanliness of their clothes. The card readers were first installed on several drink machines throughout campus as a test in order to see if students would use their credit or debit cards instead of cash. There were several appointments and resignations made last week in order to fill Senatorial and Chair positions. Tim Brown was appointed to Technology chair, Derek Cline was appointed to the position of Commuter Senator, and Senator Ball resigned. Two positions are now open and the SGA is taking applications for the position of Senator and Constitutional Reform Chair.
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Kudos Corner: Dr. Kwon Concordian Staff By Jeremy Sallie
cally management has been an interest of mine since I Staff Writer was young,” Kwon said.
The mission of Concord University is to provide quality, liberal arts-based education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community. It takes hard work and dedication from faculty and staff to live up to those expectations. Each week The Concordian will bring its readers a firsthand look at those who go beyond the call of duty.
This week’s issue focuses on Associate Professor of Business, Dr. Kwon, H.B., and his work at the university level. Kwon joined the Business Division at Concord in 2008, when he made his transition from electrical engineering to business.
“Studying the interworking of business, specifi-
As a member of the Korean Air Force, Kwon was forced to study engineering in order to meet his educational obligations to the military; however, his experiences in that field were along the lines of production and quality management.
Once his obligations were fulfilled, Kwon took his interests in business to the education system, earning an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. Upon joining Concord, he was published in the Benchmarking: An International Journal for his work on Measuring Relative Efficiencies and Merger Impacts of Wireless Communication Companies. Since then, he has re-
mained active in his research in areas, including: global operations and supply chain management, performance measurement, and innovation management.
Dr. Kwon recognizes the importance of research for professors at the academic level. “Research helps improves my knowledge, which can then be transposed to students in the classroom,” he said, emphasizing the importance of not just theory, but also the practical application of that theory. In February, Kwon was published as a corresponding author in the International Journal of Procurement Management for his research in procurement. Professors often attend conferences as a form of continuing education to remain up-to-date on changing trends in their fields. Dr. Kwon is an active presenter in the Western Decision Sciences In-
stitute with annual regional conferences in April and nationalconferencesinNovember. This year, Kwon will present his research on Measuring Comparative Efficiencies of Rail Road Companies at this year’s conference held at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Currently, Kwon ing research and ment strategies Apple and Nokia, ing Apple’s surge larity to Nokia’s
is studydevelopbetween researchin popudecline.
Students interested in this or other areas of his research should contact Dr. Kwon at email@example.com. We would like to thank Dr. Kwon for his efforts in helping mold Concord University into what it is today, the Campus Beautiful.
Look to the next issue of The Concordian to recognize other outstanding faculty and staff at Concord University.
The staff of The Concordian welcomes feedback on every article and the newspaper as a whole. Please share your thoughts, insights, compliments, or complaints at www.cunewspaper.com or Concordian Campus Box C45.
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The Concordian Announcements Board. All organizations, individuals, and departments are encouraged to submit short announcements about events on campus or requests from the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit an announcement or to inquire for further information. Attention Accounting Majors: Concord University Accounting Society An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m. in RH 103 to discuss the development of the CUAS and the scheduled Becker Trip to West Virginia State University. Food will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact: Jeremy Sallie at email@example.com On Wednesday, March 30th, the Student Government Association will host a special Senate meeting featuring West Virginia State Senator Ronald Miller. The meeting will have an open-floor format where Concord students will have the opportunity to ask questions, share opinions and voice their concerns to Senator Miller. The event will be formal, so please dress accordingly. The meeting will take place in the State Room on the second floor of the Student Center at 4pm. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail SGA Higher Ed Chair John Fair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us to watch newly released “The Fighter” on Friday, April 1st at 9pm in A237. Free popcorn will be provided.
P4P Seminar “Flexibility Don’t leave home without it” with Dr. Joe Beckett on Wednesday, March 30th noon-1pm in the Stateroom The Concord Carillon wants The seminar will be informato hear from you! If you have tive, interactive and fun! We a request that you’d like to are looking forward to seeing hear played on the bells, send you there! it to email@example.com! The Greenbier Classic promises to be the most exciting stop on the PGA TOUR FedExCup Series. From record-setting finishes to megastar concerts, The Greenbrier Classic will be the envy of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Series.
Please join in congratulating Ms. Anna Mills Hardy for her appointment as the Director of the Student Center and Student Activities. Anna has been serving as Interim Director since September of 2009. Prior to assuming her duties in the Student Center and with Student Activities, Anna served as the Resident Director for Sarvay and Wilson Residence Halls. A Concord University alumnus, Anna earned her Masters of Social Work degree from West Virginia University and is a licensed social worker. Anna’s contact information: Ext. 5311; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Campus Mail, D-130; Student Center Office 203. We are thrilled to have Anna as the Director of the Student Center and Student Activities. The Spanish Program and the Division of Languages and Literature at Concord University is happy to present Portafolio. Portafolio is an online magazine that showcases critical and creative perspectives composed by Concord students on issues surrounding Hispanic or Latino Spanish communities. The purpose of this publication is to create a forum for an interdisciplinary discussion in both English and Spanish about contemporary social, political and cultural issues of importance to the Hispanic world. In this the inaugural edition, the editorial committee asks for submissions that directly deal with notions of social, political, cultural, and/or sexual difference and debate. This call is open to all genres of artistic creation and may include, but is not restricted to, short story, essay, and photography and other plastic art forms. All entries will be reviewed by an outside committee and all participants will be notified. A selection of entries will be chosen for publication. The entry the selection names as the feature will receive a monetary award. For more information, contact: Matthew Edwards Ph.D., email@example.com File your FAFSA now!! Go to fafsa.ed.gov The WVHEG (West Virginia Higher Ed Grant) has a priority deadline of April 15th. The sooner you file, the more aid you may be eligible to receive. For assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office (304384-6069, 2nd floor Student Center, firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Academic Success Center (304-384-6074, Admin332, email@example.com).
There will be recycling bins available for aluminum cans and plastic bottles in North and South Tower lobbies and trash chute areas from March 25-April 22 in order to kick start Concord’s Earth Day activities. P4P Seminar “Flexibility Don’t leave home without it” with Dr. Joe Beckett on Wednesday, March 30th noon-1pm in the Stateroom The seminar will be informative, interactive and fun! We are looking forward to seeing you there!
The Student Government Association (SGA) has regular meetings Wednesdays at 4p.m. in the Stateroom. All students are invited to attend. SMARTHINKING is a free online tutoring service available 24/7 for most classes and paper editing. For help with SMARTHINKING, contact the ASC in Admin332, asc@concord. edu, or phone 304-384-6074.
The Bonner House is pleased to announce that registration for the Annual Box City has begun. Box City is a fundraiser Concord University’s Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for in which participants will live in a makeshift box city on the Monday, April 18, 2011 from 8-4 p.m. Bonner House lawn for 24 hours starting April 8th into April Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Volunteers are 9th. Funds raised by the project will be sent to Scottie’s encouraged to adopt an ‘earth friendly’ service project for the Place, a camp for homeless children. Boxes will cost $20.00 day. for up to 7 participants per box. Discounts will be made to Projects will be available on campus, at Athens School, and in groups that would like multiple boxes. This event is open to the Town of Athens. The Office of Special Events has a list all students, organizations, staff, and faculty of Concord UniDon’t miss your opportunity to be apart of the biggest and of available projects, please contact me for more information: versity. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 6, 2011. most exciting stop on the PGA TOUR this summer. Buy your Kati Whittaker, (304) 384-6286 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact email@example.com or call Alex Hosseini weekly badges today! at (304) 384-6023. Check out the event on Facebook by searching “Bonner House Annual Box City”. Mid term grades of inadequate progress (D and F grades) have been posted by the faculty to your MyCU account. Please Thank you. access your account to see if you have any mid-term grades. If you have any uncertainty about how you are doing in your classes, please speak to your instructors regardless of whether you have a posted midterm or not. The last day to drop a class Concord Color Fridays--Show Your Concord Spirit! with a grade of “w” is Wednesday, March 30, by 4 p.m. Wear maroon and gray or your Concord gear on The last day to withdraw from Concord University for the Spring 2011 semester is Friday, May 6, 2011 by 4 p.m. Fridays! Go CU! Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions.
Complimentary admission to the 2011 Greenbrier Classic Concert Series are available with the purchase of your weekly badge package. Concert tickets are not sold separately. This year’s line-up includes Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan performing on Thursday, July 28th and capping off an exciting week of golf with Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert performing on Saturday, July 30th 2011.
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April Fool’s Day: A closer look
By Sara Cameron
essary requirements, you will be eligible to receive $760 to Staff Writer put towards your tuition and or help pay off loans. Sounds Do you think that we’re great, doesn’t it? Too bad paying too much for tuition?! that it’s not really happenWell, guess what. There is ing. April Fool’s is though! some exciting breaking news! Ah, April Fool’s Day. Concord University has deIt’s one of those holidays cided to decrease tuition by 10 that we follow and pracpercent! It may not be much, but, hey, it’s something! But, tice its traditions but probthat’s not all. There is also a ably have no idea why. To start off, April Fool’s Day new scholarship available for those who have complet- is also known asAll Fool’s Day. ed two semesters and have The history of the holiday maintained a 3.0 GPA. From is a bit unclear, but it is said our understanding, the schol- to have started in France arship will be available start- in 1582 with the reform of ing the fall 2011 term. Once the calendar under Charles you have completed the nec-
IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was moved from March 21st to April 1st.
By Liston Pennington
venient in any way possible.” The introduction of the new machines encouraged McReynolds because they supported one of his goals as a senator: convenience. He elaborated on the new convenience by explaining the benefits of the machines for students, staff, and faculty. “I think the benefits are twofold. First, and probably most obvious, the luxury of paperless money. Which seems to be the ever-growing trend around the world. And, we don’t have to carry around jingling change in our pockets. And second, no longer does the ‘USE CORRECT CHANGE’ message force us to scrounge up the exact amount just to get the soda fix we need.” The introduction of the credit vending machines has increased optimism by students towards the technological advances on campus. McReynolds expressed his upward outlook in concluding that these machines are a definite positive step. “This technology isn’t exactly cheap. I believe we have made headway in getting this far. The soda machines and snack machines are operated by different companies. It
Obviously, back then, communication traveled slowly and sometimes it took up to years for people to be informed of change.
While people were told several years later, some people refused to acknowledge the change, and continued to celebrate on the last day of the celebration, April first. So, the general public were labeled fools. False invitations were sent to nonexistent parties and
numerous additional practical jokes were played. The victims of the jokes became known as “poison d’avril” or “April fish,” because a young, naïve fish is caught easily. A common practical joke was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone’s shirt. This has since clearly became a tradition of April the first.
The custom spread to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced in the American colonies by the English and French. April Fool’s Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating in their own way. An ex-
ample being England, who is notorious for spoofs, and this day is called Tailey Day. The butt of the jokes is identified as April ‘Gowk,’ another name for a cuckoo bird.
The origin of the ‘kick me sign’ can be traced back to Scotland. Also, in England, jokes are only played in the morning. The fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobbys’ and the victim of the joke is called a ‘noodle.’ The day is known as Festival of Hilaria. This is in celebration of the God Attis. The festival is on March 25th and can be referred to as “Roman Laughing Day.”
falls on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. During this celebration, people usually throw flour at their friends.
The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31st in India, where they play jokes and smear colors on each other in celebration of the arrival of spring.
So, this April Fool’s Day, spice it up a little, and throw flour at your roommate as they do in Portugal or be original and stick a kickme sign on the back of your professor. Eh, maybe you shouldn’t… do either of those.
In Portugal, April Fool’s
Good credit means more convenient soda Staff Writer Recently, there has been a slight change on campus that has been celebrated by most, noticed in passing by some, and gone unnoticed by others. The change was one of convenience that has allowed Concord to catch up with the electronic movement sweeping the nation: the introduction of credit based vending machines. The university has seen the introduction of new Pepsi brand soda machines that accept the use of credit cards and bank debit cards in numerous locations on campus, including the residence halls, student center, and administration building. The change in scenery and the introduction of the new technology can be accredited to SGA Senator Travis McReynolds. McReynolds explained the idea as being driven simply by thirst. “Honestly, I was at work one day and was very thirsty. I don’t do water. I had no cash money on me, only a bank card. I have seen plenty of the card readers on soda machines in surrounding areas so I natu-
rally wondered if this technology could be put to use here on campus. I ran the idea past my boss, Loran Morgan, and she pointed me to Gary Hylton in the Procurement Office. My job position has allowed me to become acquainted with a great number of those who keep the university running smoothly. So I had no problem asking Mr. Hylton about the technology. He was more than helpful and got back to me with an answer the very next day.” The availability of the credit vending machines were dependent upon the fact that PepsiCola uses AT&T to support their card reader systems in our area, which meant Pepsi needed to ensure that Athens had a decent signal. Fortunately, they did and within a couple of weeks the new machines started arriving on campus, and students began using the new option available to them. McReynolds explained the tie between this accomplishment and his office, “Having been an active member of the SGA Senate my freshman and part of my sophomore years, I have a desire to help my fellow students and do my part in making campus life more con-
Last Artist Lecture Series event of the semester does not disappoint By Zack Sowder
the crowd by bringing along esteemed vocalist Robert Staff Writer Sims, who accompanied the group multiple times throughThe Georgia Guitar Quartet out the set, and added a great frequents the town of Athens set of vocals to the quartet. quite often; in fact, they are The highlights had to be right from there. Fortunately last before the first intermission, week they got the opportunity with the Peanuts rendition of to meet another town of Ath- “Linus and Lucy.” Any perens, this time in West Virginia. son who has grown up listenThe Georgia Guitar Quar- ing to Charlie Brown would tet proved they could fit have absolutely loved the any genre from classical to upbeat style the quartet used. modern, playing music from The show only got better, Schubert and Chopin to Bob however, especially if you Dylan. All of them were great. have taken Literature 203 and The quartet includes mem- read Don Quixote. Once again bers Kyle Dawkins, Brian Robert Sims came out and deSmith, Phil Snyder and Ja- livered a great accompaniment son Solomon, all of whom to the Georgia Guitar Quartet, proved to own their instru- and the beautiful and playful ments all through the night. songs of the book came to life. They group also entertained After everyone got settled in
after intermission, the second half began and left nothing to be desired. Once again the Georgia Guitar Quartet played music such as Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and one of their own pieces written by Smith, entitled, “Summertime.” Without a doubt, they were a great addition to the Artist Lecture Series. This unfortunately will be the last Artist Lecture Series event until next year. Students should take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy the great music. For more information on the Georgia Guitar Quartet and to purchase CDs or to listen to their music, please visit: http:// www.georgiaguitarquartet. com or http://www.myspace. com/thegeorgiaguitarquartet.
The staff of The Concordian sincerely apologizes for printing the incorrect information about the ‘Diverse Voices’ series in the previous edition.
Photo by Liston Pennington Concord has implemented new credit-friendly vending machines on campus.
would be nice to see this technology on the snack machines also. And hopefully we will see it in the future if it works
out on the soda machines.” Though the future of the credit vending machines on campus depends on the stu-
dents, it appears as though the implementation of technology for everyday convenience is a trend that will continue to grow.
CU band to perform Multicultural Benefit Concert April 1 Press Release
Athens, W.Va. The Concord University Band will perform a Multicultural Benefit Concert on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Alexander Fine Arts Center Theater. The concert will be based on a selection of music from around the world including America, England, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Italy and France. Band Director Laura Zamzow said the audience can “look forward to a mul-
ticultural trip through time.” The Band will perform American standards like “The Thunderer” and modern songs like “Shortcut Home” as well as a Spanish piece called “Malagueña” and Renaissance pieces Ms. Zamzow has transcribed for band. Concord University music student Thomas Hilliker from Wytheville, Va., will be conducting “Malagueña.” Proceeds from the event will help fund the Band’s participation in a New York University clinic taught by Dr. Matt Sullivan. Band members will experience New York City’s
culture and history and perform at the South Street Seaport. The New York trip is planned for April 7-10, 2011. Tickets for the Multicultural Benefit Concert can be reserved through the Concord University Box Office at www.ConcordUEvents.com and by calling (304) 384-5101 or emailing BoxOffice@concord.edu. Tickets are $5 for adults and admission is free for all students under age 18. The University Box Office will open an hour before the performance for ticket sales.
March 4, 2011, the Friday morning before Spring Break, an altercation occurred between a Concord student and an officer of the Concord University Police Department. This altercation brought charges against the student by the CUPD and claims of excessive force from the student. Details of the event are unavailable at this time, as both parties have declined to respond with an interview due to the legal issues pending. As more details are released, The Concordian will continue to follow the developments.
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MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ is nothing more than Reality TV gone wild
be a decent journalist, I can’t be biased. Thus, I did my reStaff Writer search and forced myself to watch a complete episode of How do you feel about realJersey Shore. I read on the ity television? No. Let me reMTV website that in the next phrase that. How do you feel episode, Snooki asks Vinny to about Jersey Shore? About not bring a girl home from the three weeks ago, my roomclub so they can snuggle. I’m mate was watching Jersey not 100% sure what the situaShore. I’m sitting there, doing tion is here, but when a person my own thing, when I decide on TV asks another individual to look up and see if the oh so not to bring a girl home, so famous Snooks has anything they snuggle… well, I honinteresting to say. When I look estly believe this is why our at the TV, I see this guy. Which society is the way it is today. one he was, I couldn’t tell you. Let me point this out also. He was wearing a t-shirt that As I watched the first epiread “Kill Your TV.” HE’S ON sode of the first season, I had TV! That right there should be enough to write a story perenough to dispose of any intertaining to the program at 3 est in watching this show! minutes and 40 seconds into Anyways, I start to think it. That is absurd. It didn’t take about reality television toeven five minutes and the cast day and how much it has dihad cursed like sailors, dressed gressed. Not to mention the similar to… well it’s easier to many ways that it is affecting say that they didn’t bother to society. I had watched Jersey get dressed. Referred to sexual Shore twice since MTV decidintercourse with phrases such ed to broadcast the nonsense. as ‘get with’ and ‘hook up’ Neither time lasted for more possibly 20 different times and than five minutes. Now to said “Guido” at least 50 times.
By Sara Cameron
I do not mean that using the term is wrong, but it tends to get obnoxious when you use the word every five seconds following the use of profanity. I have met Italians who are proud of their heritage and they DO NOT find it necessary to tan 10 times a day and to walk around half naked. Okay, As I said before, I pushed myself to watch an episode to be able to point out the appalling way they act on the show and how it is affecting society today. I wasn’t lying when I said I had a sufficient amount of research to compose a story in five minutes. The excessive amount of profanity is ridiculous. I can’t say that I don’t curse. It slips up every now and then, but I’m pretty positive that I am able to refrain from spitting out the ‘f-bomb’ after every word. I swear that the Jersey Shore cast swears 10 times in 60 seconds or less. That’s crazy. In the opening of every episode, Snooki introduces her-
self by saying, “I’m on the Jersey Shore, b****!“ I mean… REALLY? When teenagers watch this rubbish they’re watching a group of friends who curse, drink, party, have excessive sexual intercourse, AND get paid to do so! Okay, so maybe some of it’s just acting, but my point is, whether they are acting like they are drinking beer - their viewers see the beer bottle, not what is inside of it. Young people watch this and can potentially get the impression that that is what you do in order to be “cool.” The clothes, or lack thereof, are not a good example for the young crowd, or any crowd at that. The four girls on the show dress very inappropriately. If a young person is flipping through channels and stops on MTV and Jersey Shore happens to be on they are going to see the disgusting things that they do on the show and either think this is okay to do or have these awful images
imprinted in their head. In the first episode, there is a scene where the guys are in the hot tub with girls that are naked. My first thought was, “What the heck!? Why in the world should this program be allowed on television?!” And to make it worse, this reality TV show has a room for sexual intercourse that is referred to as the ‘smush’ room! What in the world?! I’m just going to say it is disgusting and absurd and refrain from continuing to speak further on the subject. Like any other reality television show on today, there is a ridiculous amount of drama. There are hundreds of viewers who watch this show every week, so they must find something enjoyable about it. But honestly, if Jersey Shore was cancelled, along with every other horrible show similar to it, and these were replaced with decent programs, what would happen? Society would either accept this new trend and watch the decent shows or
still go out and party like they do it on the shore. My point being, this show, along with the many others, is insane, ridiculous, ignorant, and absurd. Picture this: your grandparents ask you what your favorite television show is. You respond with, “Jersey Shore!” They continue by asking you what the program is about. What are you going to say? This group of friends who party, have a ‘smush’ room, and use profanity like they’ll earn more money the more they say it. REALLY? Do you really want this to be a show you enjoy watching? Yes? Okay, whatever floats your boat, just don’t request me as a friend on Facebook and post a Jersey Shore-related status or I will ‘unfriend’ you. I’m coming to the end of my rant, I promise. I do apologize if I have offended you by insulting this TV show. If you have enjoyed reading my opinion article, let me know, and I’ll be sure to rant again soon!
Biblically speaking, get your sins straight By Sara Cameron
God’s Word. And, even if you Staff Writer don’t do any of those, I’ll bet you if I wanted to be a creepy Lynn Lavner once said, stalker for just one day, I could “The Bible contains six ad- find something that you do monishments to homosexu- that God wouldn’t approve of, als and 362 admonishments according to the Bible. to heterosexuals. That doesn’t Now, yes, clearly a man mean that God doesn’t love and a woman’s body were deheterosexuals. It’s just that signed to be with each other. they need more supervision.” I’m not going to argue that. In If you look up the definition the book of Leviticus, chapfor ‘gay,’ you clearly see that ter 18:22 it does clearly state, it means carefree, happy, or “You shall not lie with a male bright and showy. And, hey, as with a woman. It is an being happy in life sounds re- abomination.” But, if you conspectable to me! tinue to read, the same book I have taken the liberty to in chapter 19, verse 28, it also ask several students how they clearly states that: You shall feel about homosexuality and not make any cuttings in your if they do oppose of it, why flesh for the dead, nor tattoo so. All that were opposed to any marks on you. the thought of homosexuality Maybe you don’t have a tatdid say that it was because it is too or a facial piercing, but Biblically wrong. I went on to chances are you have your ears remind the ones who oppose pierced. This also is an abomiof homosexuality, that sexual nation to God’s Word. Did you intercourse, drinking, cursing, know that God’s Word has etc. are also abolishments to both encouragement and ad-
monishments concerning the struggle with weight control? The Bible, speaking for moderation and against gluttony, condemns over-indulgence. I’m quoting from my Bible, as I say this, “Scripture speaks especially harshly about gluttony - linking it to poverty.” So, doesn’t that make Thanksgiving a sin? I could pull out several more verses, but I’m going to stop myself. You could look at it like this: Let’s say gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals are born this way. Ever think that God created them like that to make them stronger, knowing that ignorant people would criticize them? I think we have all gone through something major in life that helps make us who we are. We all have our demons. When it comes down to it, the point is, who are we to judge or criticize them, when more
than likely you did something that ‘wasn’t right’ in the last 24 hours. Let’s pretend you are perfect. You never do anything wrong. But, still, you’re not God or whoever or whatever you believe in. You have no right to look down upon something just because it’s not what you would do. Love is love. Maybe Biblically it is wrong, but so is -insert your reckless behavior here-. Times have changed. I hear that so much. I mean, yeah, they have. But, doesn’t God see all sins as equal admonishments? That would make that hair cut you got last month just as wrong as homosexuality. I think I have proved my point here. Don’t get me wrong, God’s a cool guy, but I’m not discussing my beliefs. My point is to remind you that the next time you call someone a derogatory term, look in the mirror first.
Students should speak up in the classroom By Jeremey Sallie
Staff Writer “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and dramatist of the 20th century, said. If this is true, then I question how bright the fire shines at Concord University.
As a soon-to-be graduate of the university, I have spent countless hours in its classrooms. I have encountered a diverse range of students and professors, each with varying personalities. However, what seems to remain almost constant is the silence in the classrooms. Students seem to be passive, rather than active participants. Studies show that this type of classroom environment is common at the university level. According to Discussion in the College Classroom: Triangulating Observational and Survey Results, only one minute for every 40 minutes is devoted to student participation. This means that the
majority of time students spend in class is used passively listening to a professor lecture. It is this kind of environment that can make going to class a chore. We have all seen it: a room full of unengaged students patiently waiting for class to conclude, some eyes open, some closed. It is that silence that fills the room after a professor asks a question, students knowing that if they hold out, the professor will simply answer their own question and continue lecturing. Class will end when the time comes and students will be one day closer to attaining that degree. I can tell you now, I am close to attaining that degree and I question if I have learned enough to be prepared for the workforce. My time spent at college may have been nothing more than time management and learning a bit about myself along the way. Spending my closing
days at this university, it is difficult to bear these silent classrooms. The reason students do not actively engage in classroom discussions has yet to be pinpointed. One argument is that this lack of participation comes from the students being unprepared for class. In a study published in Teaching Sociology, 71 percent of professors believed that students remained silent because they had not completed the assigned readings; when only 36.5 percent of students indicated that they would not participate because they were unprepared. Another reason for the silence looks at the students own confidence. Polly Fassinger, writer of Understanding Classroom Interaction: Students’ and Professors’ Contributions to Students’ Silence, students remain unengaged in the classroom for fear of appearing unintelligent in front of their peers. This is much like the Spiral of
Silence theory, defined on as a fear of social isolation causing people to remain silent when they fear their opinions are the minority. I am not here to ask why students remain silent in the classroom, I am more concerned with what we are going to do about it. As a university, we market that we have a small professor-to-student ratio. I question as to what level that ratio is being utilized and hope the bar will be raised for future graduates. Change is difficult, but I feel that something must be done. Because I believe your time spent at a university is not just about jumping through hoops and sitting through lectures to earn a degree. It is about learning who you are and preparing yourself for the future. When that day comes and you walk away from this university, and the classroom becomes much larger, do not remain silent. Thank you.
The First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
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Unpopular Opinion: The Big ‘Least’ By Zack Sowder
Staff Writer With Concord being in a state where the majority of citizens don the gold and blue on every game day, I am sure this article may not draw great reviews. But it needed to be written, if for no reason other than a check on the national sports media. Of course, this article will not change how any committee member or media journalist views the Big East, but since I have the space and time, why not try. The Big East has been coined a super conference, especially since the addition of five teams (Marquette, Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida and DePaul) in 2003. The 16-team conference has then been hailed as the best conference in the land time
and time again. I cannot sit here and tell you there is not some merit to their argument. Big East teams do have a great out of conference record, and they do play quality basketball.
However, you measure your season on the postseason. The grade you would have to give the Big East in the big dance would have to be close to failing. The Big East has only secured six Final Four appearances in the last seven years, not including this year. Five teams out of 24. During that same time period, the Big 10 has had the same amount of teams in the Final Four, the ACC has had four. Are they that head and shoulders above the rest? You also have to consider the fact that in those last six years, the Big East has not had a team win the National
Championship. To be the best do you not have to beat the best? How can we constantly crown a conference if they cannot come through in the playoffs? Look at this year: the Big East has fared miserably, even though having by far the best chance of having multiple teams making a run deep into the playoffs with the 11 teams from their conference that made the tournament. However, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame a 1 and 2 seed, respectively, and widely considered the Big East’s best teams, couldn’t make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Big East Tournament runner-up Louisville lost in the first round to a Morehead State team, in a game they should not have lost with the lead they built late in the game. Furthermore, in the first round Louisville, Georgetown, and St. John’s
all lost to double-digit seeds.
The Big East would go on to do just as bad in the second round. In fact, only two of the 11 would make the Sweet Sixteen. The worst part though is that both teams (Marquette, UCONN) beat teams from their own conference (Syracuse, Cincinnati) to get into the Sweet Sixteen. Would they have gotten in if they would have played an ACC team or other foe? Connecticut would most likely have beaten any team with the streak they are on, no denying that. But Marquette was thumped by a young UNC team who rarely plays defense. Marquette would only score 15 points in the first half, when UNC would give up 44 and 42 points to Washington and Long Island State earlier in the tournament. The game was never close.
But why does this matter? When the selection committee goes to pick who is in and who is out, is there a bias from the constant compliments that they hear about the Big East? The first person I have heard all year to talk about the Big East being overrated is Charles Barkley. That is not who I would want to lead a campaign. But, keeping teams in the top 25 when they probably shouldn’t increases the strength of schedule, and gives mediocre teams in the Big East a chance to get a top 25 win in the conference, when in reality the team may not be in the top 25 at all. I think that there has to be a bias; would any other conference have teams make the tournament that lost 10 of their last 15, and six in a row?
all year, would you not pick more teams from their conference? But I hope the committee continued to pay attention to the tournament after they made their selections. The Big East only came up with one upset the entire tournament, against another Big East team. Maybe they pick Big East teams to get upset. Nevertheless, you have to wonder if another Butler or VCU is lurking out there, and you have to wonder if the greatest show on earth according to many will make it seven years without a National Championship. Until the Big East can win a National Championship or dominate the tournament, they will have to be coined the Big “L”east.
Granted, when you hear how good a conference is
Concord University Basketball Intramurals now in full swing
By Jeremy Sallie
Staff Writer Last week started the CoEd 5-on-5 Basketball Intramurals at Concord. Games start at 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Enough teams registered this year to allow two brackets, a Monday/Wednesday and a Tuesday/Thursday bracket. The brackets were split in order to best create equal competition during the regular season. Overall, this year’s 5-on-5 basketball intramurals consists of 16 teams, eight in each bracket. The Monday/ Wednesday bracket includes: Taylor Gang, The Commuters, Kush, Chuck Norris, Golden Boys and a Girl, Ball Models, Chi Omega Psi, and Nameless, with The Commuters and Chuck Norris leading the pack for their division. The Tuesday/Thursday bracket includes: Coach K’s Boys, MVP’s, The Nose
Photos by Sterling Snyder
Left: Senior Dan Miloy plays defense Right: Freshman Leanne Watson drives the lane
Pickers, Swisher Sweets, Nameless, LIG, Phi Sig Raiders, and Faculty Team. Currently, Coach K’s Boys and MVP’s lead that division. Each game consists of two
12 minute halves, with the possibility of a tie during the regular season, which concludes on Tuesday, April 12th. That Thursday has been set aside for any tie-breaking games neces-
Concord Softball: Game One
By Kyle Cooper
top of the 4th. Brooke Bowling led off with a double, went Sports Information to third on a fly ball to right, Concord’s Softball team and scored on a wild pitch. The Lady Lions re-started defeated one opponent Wednesday afternoon. their rally with two outs. But another had far too Sheila Davies singled to much power to overcome. right and Rachel Mack The Lady Lions took a bunted for a single. Ericka dramatic extra-inning vic- Davies hit a ground ball tory in the first game of to shortstop, but Tech first their scheduled non-confer- baseman Jessica Stapleton ence doubleheader at WVU dropped the throw. The error Tech. But both CU and scored Sheila Davies and althe Golden Bears fell vic- lowed Mack to move to third tim to the weather, which and Ericka Davies to second. washed out the nightcap.
CU won the first game 6-5 in eight innings, and in game two held a 2-0 lead in the top of the 4th when a springtime squall forced the contest to be cancelled. GAME
Stephanie Sang put WVU Tech in front with an RBI single in the bottom of the 1st, then added to it with a three-run home run in the 3rd that pushed the Bears’ advantage to 4-0. Concord responded in the
Tiffany Kobordo made the Golden Bears pay by scalding a full-count single to right, bringing in Mack and Davies and tying the game at 4-4. Tech took a 5-4 lead on Ali Holmes’ RBI single in the top of the 5th. They had a chance to add on, with runners on second and third with one out, but CU pitcher Rachel Mack (above left) got out of the jam. Keeping a one-run margin proved to be critical.
In the top of the 7th, Becca Gleason crushed a one-out solo home run to left (above)
to tie the game at 5-5.
Tech would get a runner to third with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Mack slammed the door again. The game went to the international tie-breaker in the top of the 8th, with a runner placed at second to start the inning.
Stephanie Harper led off the top of the inning with a single, lifting CU to a 6-5 lead. Mack threw a wild pitch on her first offering in the bottom of the inning, advancing Bears’ base runner Ali Holmes to third. One out later, Holmes tried to score on a passed ball, but CU catcher Katelyn Williams pounced the ball and fired to Mack, who tagged out Holmes at the plate. Mack then out Whitney to secure the
struck Patrick victory.
Rachel Mack got the pitching victory in relief, giving up just one run on three hits in six innings.
sary to determine the top eight seeds for the playoffs.
Concord Cornerbacks Coach Tracy Gravely heads the staff for the intramural games, which includes: Katrina Nagy, Cassandra Fortino, Horace Daughtry, Nikki Ricks, Keith Huff, Larry Thompson, and Joseph Tonlay. After calling another successful game with the help of his staff, Coach Gravely
spoke about intramurals, “It gets people involved who cannot devote enough time to play on a college team.” Even some of the faculty joins in on the fun. The Faculty Team consists of Dr. Aloia, Dr. Brichford, and Dr. Becker, along with several others. “The focus for our team is on moral victories, not what ends of up on the score card,” Dr. Brichford said.
Students enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while still remaining competitive. Vashawn Wood, playing for team MVP’s says, “Everyone is just out here having fun.”
For more information, contact Intramurals Coordinator Bill Fraley at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook group Concord University Intramurals.
Concord Baseball does work By Kyle Cooper
Sports Information Sometimes in baseball, it can be a matter of “he who rallies last rallies best.” In game that featured several multi-run innings, Salem International’s four-run rally in the top of the 9th inning helped them hold off Concord, 16-11, Sunday afternoon at Anderson Field. The defeat prevented CU from sweeping the three-game weekend series. The Mountain Lions had swept a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
Concord scored its first run in the bottom of the 2nd. Zach Cloxton led off with a triple and scored on Josh Wenger’s sacrifice fly. But SIU held a
3-1 lead after four innings, and added to it with fourrun rallies in the 5th and 6th.
Down 11-1, the Mountain Lions got themselves back in the game by erupting for eight runs in the bottom of the 7th.
Bret Blevins ignited the outburst with a leadoff double, and would add a tworun single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Jacob Mays also added a two-run single as the Mountain Lions wound up sending 12 men to the plate. Salem International countered with a run in the top of the 8th, but CU answered in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Randy Beard tripled and Ian Humphrey singled to drive him home, drawing Concord within 12-10.
However, a one-out error triggered SIU’s decisive 9th inning rally, which also included a hit batsman, two bases-loaded walks and two sacrifice flies. Sydnor’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th ended the scoring.
Blevins and Cloxton paced the Concord offense with three hits each.
Salem International outhit Concord 16-11. Jason Barnes led the Tigers by going 3-4 with six RBIs, including a three-run home run in the 6th. Up next for Concord is a WVIAC doubleheader against league power Shepherd, on Tuesday, March 29 at Anderson Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm. Admission is free.
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Arts and Entertainment
Jackass guys getting old, literally Limitless gets a good review By TJ Meadows News Editor Jackass 3D Rated R Starring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera 7 out of 10 Jackass, in its own right, has become one of the most iconic pop culture phenomena to happen within this generation. From that ever recognizable guitar lick, to the skull and crutches logo, Jackass is identifiable as dirty, cheap humor that stems from the commissary of others. Jackass 3D followed their tried and true method of humor, but with a bigger budget, and a less thrilling adventure. Jackass has been around for years, and the guys are starting to show the long term effects of their shenanigans.
Much of the pain-induced humor has been abandoned, as the guys seem to hurt far more easily than before. They try to make up for this with some of the crudest humor they’ve ever tried, such as a guy that can fart on command, with mixed results. While still funny at times, the stunts that are being performed just seem very lackluster compared to the dangerously comical events of the second film. Playing tetherball with a beehive may be humorous, but jumping a creek on a motor scooter just isn’t that exciting any more. Jackass has abandoned much of the bombast that made Jackass… well, Jackass. A lot of the stunts that take place in this film are reminiscent of high-jinks that 20-something college dudes could get into
and the film’s pacing feels boring, which was almost shocking considering the amount of crazy that took place in the first two films. Some of the golden bits of Jackass 3D are the pranks that the various members play on each other. The “Rockies” (basically a glass of water to the face followed by a right hook) bring laughs and make use of the high speed camera very well. Most of the high speed footage is absolutely wonderful, but the use of the camera was overdone, and the DVD just doesn’t do it any justice in comparison to the theatre. Is it worth Red Box-ing? Absolutely. Is it worth owning? Probably not. The laughs are fairly steady throughout the film, but unless Jackass is your thing, you don’t need to spend the money to keep the movie forever.
Jazz Poet T. J. Anderson to perform at Concord on April 4 for ‘Diverse Voices’ series
Athens, W.Va. Concord University will host esteemed jazz poet Dr. T. J. Anderson, III on Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. He will perform his poetry on the Subway Sides Stage in the Student Center as part of Concord University’s “Diverse Voices” Guest Author Series. Anderson, a professor of English at Hollins University, has multiple published works including “At Last Round Up,” “River to Cross,” and “Notes to Make the Sound Come Right.” He will perform his works accompanied by the Concord University Jazz Band as well as his own percussion music. An open mi-
crophone session will follow. Acclaimed author Khaled Mattawa said Anderson’s writing is “fueled with ecstatic rage and syncopated with jazzed-up pistons.” Anderson’s enthusiasm for his work promises to give the community and students at Concord a show that will entertain and inspire the entire audience.
The “Diverse Voices” series is presented by the Concord University Languages and Literature Department with financial assistance from The West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Arnoldi, Concord University instructor of English, at email@example.com or 304-384-5988.
Denise Giardina to speak at Concord on April 6 for ‘Diverse Voices’ series
Athens, W.Va. Denise Giardina will speak in the Wilkes Family Chapel at Concord’s University Point on Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. as part of the University’s “Diverse Voices” Guest Author Series. Giardina was born and raised in West Virginia and is often labeled an Appalachian writer and historical novelist. Her works include “The Unquiet Earth,” “Emily’s Ghost,” “Saints and Villains,” “Good King Henry” and “Storming Heaven.” A writer-in-residence at West Virginia State University, Giardina’s novels explore faith through the trials
and tribulations of her literary characters. She brings historical characters and events to life, making history a colorful learning experience for her audience. The “Diverse Voices” series is presented by the Concord University Languages and Literature Department with financial assistance from The West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in the Alumni Lounge
By Jeremy Sallie
Staff Writer “…I was blind but now I see,” John 9:25. That is what Eddie Morra (played by Bradley Cooper) in the film Limitless said after taking the a mysterious new drug called NZT, a drug said to unlock the other 80 percent of the human brain. The thriller/mystery Limitless, released on March 18th, takes place in modern day New York City and features stars including: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel, and Johnny Whitworth. The story follows the pitiful middle-aged writer Bradley Cooper, who is handed the opportunity of a lifetime that completely changes his life as he becomes smarter, richer, and hotter. It takes you on a fast-paced rollercoaster as Cooper utilizes the full power of a magical drug known as NZT. The pill allows our writer to finish an entire book in four days; though, his thirst for power did not end there. Looking for the real money, he met with corporate giant Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), giving him the capital to use Wall Street as a money generator. Within days, Cooper was living a life exceeding his most lavish dreams. Fast cars and beautiful women: he experienced it all. He
learned entire languages after only hearing them briefly. The world was suddenly unlocked. However, the saying “more money, more problems,” held true for our star. It was clear that everyone wanted a piece of Cooper’s power, from a street thug named Gennady (Andrew Howard), to his business partner-turned-competitor Carl Van Loon, “Your powers are not earned; you’re careless with those powers.” A carelessness that would send our writer-
turned-superhero into limitless situations, seemingly too difficult for anyone to think their way out of. Limitless is a fun movie that allows us to experience a life where obstacles are merely minor bumps in a road taking us wherever we want to go. It asks the question, “How many of us ever know what it is to become the perfect version of ourselves?” After watching the movie, I felt that anything was possible. I give it a seven out of ten.
Student not entertained by A Pair of Nuts By Joel Hagy A&E Editor Monday night at 9 p.m. A Pair of Nuts performed at CU. The duo is an act that does sketch comedy, which is a form of comedy performance where the persons performing act more than they just sit there and tell a joke. When the show started I was expecting the name to be their first joke, and to have
them run with it for quite a while, but they only used up about a minute of their time with that before telling the front row that they were in the 3D section of the crowd then gesturing as such by moving close to the audience. After about two minutes of watching the duo make fun of the commercials about lawyers that are so common on TV, I decided that it was in my best interest to leave because I could find no humor
in their act and did not wish to ruin the show for anyone else. I do not stand alone in my perception. Fellow student from Concord, Basel Barghouthi, said, “It was wacky, tacky, and I think it sucked.” Maybe if these two nuts would have started out a little faster and did something a little more appealing I would have been able to have enjoyed the show, and so would the other students who left along with me.
at University Point following Giardina’s speech. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Arnoldi, Concord University instructor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-384-5988.
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What Do You Think...
about the vending machines now accepting credit cards? By Liston Pennington
“It’s a good idea because
“I think it’s a good idea
“Not many people carry
“Bad idea. Having a credit
I never have money on
because students don’t al-
cash on them, so I guess more
card takes a lot of responsi-
me, only a card. It’s more
ways have cash on them. I
people will be buying soda.”
bility. You use a credit card
convenient that way.”
think we’ll be drinking a lot
on something bigger like a
more soda than before.”
car or house, not on soda.”
CU band fundraises for NYC trip You know you’re in college when... By Sam Dobson
Guest Writer Friday, April 1st, the band is having a multicultural benefit concert to raise money for their trip to New York City. The price is $5 for admission but free for students under 18 with a paying adult. The music for the program comes from multiple different cultures including America, England, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and France.
After the program there will be a multicultural bake/ food sale where tacos, baklavah, and other various cultural foods will be sold. All have with
students should recieved an e-mail more information.
The Concord University Band has been fundraising for this trip since September.
Last semester, the band sold spirit beads at sporting events, had a spirit night at Chik-fila, held a tag day (where you
literally just beg for money in Press Release a popular area) at the Walmart thatwasfunny.com in Pearisburg, and sold candy grams on Halloween. High school started before This semester the band is 8am, but now anything before putting on the benefit con- noon is considered “early”. cert and doing a Penny Pinch. Weekends start on Thursday. The penny pinch is still ongoing, by collecting any spare 6am is when you go to change that people have. sleep, not when you wake up. If anyone would like to make Instead of falling asleep a donation to the Concord in class, you stay in bed. University Band to help out You check Facebook they should contact Professor more than once a day. Laura Zamzow. Any donation You get drunk dialed would be greatly appreciated. on any night of the week.
Delta Zeta sells flip flops for charity
provides hearing aides to young children whose parOpinions Editor ents can’t afford to buy them. The sorority sold about 50 The ladies of Delta Zeta flip-flops within three days. had a fundraiser last week to “We sold to a little bit raise money for one of their national philanthropies, The of everyone, from profesStarkey Foundation, which sors to friends, with lots of
By Kelly Connors
wash dishes in bathroom sink.
sororities and fraternities You’ve fallen off a loft bed. in between,” says Ashley You talk about beer Wade, Delta Zeta member. pong like it’s a sport. The sorority sold the Your trash is overflowing flip flops Monday through and your bank account isn’t. Wednesday on the bottom floor of the student center, Your breakfast consists right across from the Game of a coke or cereal bar on Room and the Bookstore. the way to class… anything with caffeine will do.
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Your idea of feeding the poor is buying yourself some ramen noodles. You YOU
people what last night.
Certain things are now deemed “Facebook worthy.” When friends take pictures of you, you wonder how long it will take them to post them.
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You go home to do your laundry because you’re too poor to pay the $2.50, or too lazy to go to a change machine.
You pay $100 for a book you don’t read once, return it four months later, and get $7. You throw out bowls and plates because you don’t feel like washing them. Going to the library is a social event.
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You start joining clubs because of the free food. Visits home depend on how
much money you have for gas.
You skip one class to write a paper for another. You have no idea where your tuition money is going… technology fees? I think not. Bicycles don’t seem as lame as they did in high school. You stay up late to finish homework then sleep through the class in which it was due. Girls: You’ve balanced your foot on a shampoo bottle to shave. Your ing
backpack is givyou scoliosis.
Your bill in the bookstore will be comparable to tuition. Going to the mailbox becomes an ego booster/breaker. You never realized so many people are smarter than you. You never realized so many people are dumber than you.
You meet the type of people you thought only existed in movies. Printers break only when you perately need Anything cooked in
can be microwave.
Going to the grocery store at midnight is completely normal.
You can’t imagine life without your computer/cell phone/ i-pod. A canceled class is almost as exciting as Christmas.
Taking a nap in the library is perfectly acceptable. Your professors speak English… as a second language.
Your teachers swear in class and no one cares. Candles in your dorm room are considered contraband, but cigarettes are ok.
You take condiment packets and napkins from fast food restaurants – hey, they’re free. The elevators take forever but you’ll wait 10 minutes just so you don’t have to climb stairs.
You press the automatic door opener instead of sim-
ply grabbing the handle when you approach a door. Class bles on
You are no longer thankful that fire alarms are here to protect you.
There’s always a “question kid” in at least one of your classes, and you really wish someone would just tell him/her to shut the hell up. Laundry is an all-day event.
You no longer find it uncool to take naps. In fact, you quite enjoy them.
You find your list of acceptable napping places expanding daily to increasingly uncomfortable locations. You fill out credit card applications for the free food. You’ve eaten cereal out of a cup… with a fork.
Dressing up for Halloween becomes cool again. You know at least one person who has dropped his/ her cell phone into a toilet.
You hang multiple shirts on the same hanger to save space/money. You become increasingly annoyed with the “old” people in class – props to them for going back to college but they generally ask really, really annoying questions. You admire people’s alcohol bottle shrines. You set your clock 5-10 minutes ahead so you can potentially make it to class on time. You check ratemyprofessor.com (or something of the like) before choosing your class schedule.
You text faster than you type.
You actually start using coupons, especially those school coupon books. You have numbers in your phone with labels like “Sketchy Steve” and “Alcohol Guy.” You finish reading this and wonder how you can procrastinate next.
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MyEdu makes fall 2011 class registration easier than ever Press Release
Athens, W.Va. Registration is stressful and each semester students struggle to find courses with great professors that fit into their schedule and fulfill degree requirements. With MyEdu’s upgraded registration tools, Concord University students can do exactly this. MyEdu is now 100% free and posts the official Con-
cord University professor grade histories (number of A’s – F’s and drop rate) and detailed professor reviews and ratings to make schedule planning a breeze. “I don’t register without MyEdu” said MyEdu student user, Jill Dunn. “I prefer professors with papers and presentations over multiple choice exams so I use the site to find the best-fitting courses.” The site now also features a new textbook com-
parison engine that automatically finds the best textbook prices based on a student’s class schedule. To find textbook prices, MyEdu uses official university course textbook lists and automatically shows which books are required for registered classes. Students then have the option to rent or buy textbooks at specially discounted prices from Amazon, Chegg, eBay and more. “This semester I bought all seven of my required
Upcoming Career Related Webinar Series
Just in case you haven’t been following what’s happening in the employment world today, be advised that finding a job following the completion of a college degree, is highly competitive. Students need to start early in their college career to develop and hone job search skills to be a competitive candidate upon graduation. The Career/Advancement Services Office will be hosting a series of free webinars for all Concord students and anyone else interested in learning more about proven job search techniques. All webinars will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in B19-Library. The topics for the seminars are as follows: Wednesday, March 30
Wednesday, April 6 LinkedIn
Wednesday, April 13 Interviewing
Scott Zimmerman/Carl Rakich
Wednesday, April 20
Wednesday, April 27
Susan Whitcomb Mark Goulston
Wednesday, May 4 Networking
Wednesday, May 11 Career Strategy
Wednesday, May 18 Job Search
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textbooks through MyEdu for $180 which is less than half the amount I would’ve paid at the campus book store” Dunn stated.
Other free tools available for students now include: • Degree Planner: Interactive tool to understand required courses for degree completion • Credit Manager: Track college courses and see how credits transfer from one major to the next
• Degree Timeline: Semester-by-semester plan to spread out difficult classes for balanced workload • Course Fit: Analyze course data, reviews and professor grades for the best-fitting class selection
“Students can look up a class they need to take, and compare different professors teaching it based on student reviews and grade breakdowns, all before they register” said Karen Holst, VP
of Corporate Marketing for MyEdu. “We also have an automatic schedule planner that can build a perfect schedule based on the best professor ratings or classed offered at a certain time of day.” MyEdu is the only free resource that combines course schedule data, official textbook lists, professor reviews and grade records for Concord University students to utilize.
‘An Evening of Dining Etiquette’ Workshop planned
Athens, W.Va. Aramark Dining Services and the Career/Advancement Services Office are teaming up to offer ‘An Evening of Dining Etiquette’ to be held on Monday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the State Room. Over the years this program has become one of the most highly ranked career preparation programs offered on campus. Seating is limited to 50 Concord students and reservations are required by calling 304-384-5325 or emailing:
careerservices@concord. edu by Tuesday, March 29. It is very common in today’s world to have a job interview include a meal. Many college students feel unprepared relevant to their dining skills. This program will cover basics of dining etiquette in a relaxed environment. Participants will be expected to wear business casual or business professional attire. To create a more “real” environment there will be a seating chart for students allowing them to perhaps meet some new students, helping to develop
their “table talk” skills . Aramark Dining Services staff create a fabulous menu and graciously donate the meal so that Concord students can be better prepared to enter the professional ranks. Tammy Monk, Director of Career/Advancement Services will guide the students through basic dining rules. Ms. Monk completed an etiquette trainer certification program with At Ease Inc. If you have any questions about the evening or wish to make your reservation today, please contact Career/ Advancement Services now.
Increase length and quality of life at the CU Fitness Center
By Cody Vinson
Guest Writer The Fitness Center at Concord University is a facility that offers everything that students, faculty, and staff need to raise the level of fitness in their lives. From top of the line treadmills and exercise bikes to Nautilus equipment that targets specific body parts, the CU Fitness Center has what you need to dramatically increase the quality and length of your life. Functional-Fitness-Facts. com describes an eight-year study of 20,000 people, where the ones that were unfit had twice the risk of death as
those who were lean and fit.
As you can see, physical fitness is directly related to longevity of life.
Many people complain that they don’t have enough energy and time to exercise regularly.
Studies from the same site show that people who worked out for one year became 27 percent more active in their daily routines. This, in turn, will make people feel like they can accomplish more tasks in less time. This also directly relates to study habits and will allow students to perform better in classes, and faculty and staff to perform their jobs more efficiently.
Three balanced workouts a week in the CU Fitness Center will allow you to achieve and maintain a satisfactory level of physical fitness, increase the longevity of your life, and become more active in your daily routine. Of course, you can always visit more often for optimal results.
The CU Fitness Center, located in the lobby of North Tower, is open Monday to Friday from 6am-11pm, Saturday from 12pm-6pm, and Sunday from 12pm11pm. This fantastic facility is available free of charge to students, faculty, and staff at Concord University.
WV Geographic Bee to take place on CU campus Press Release
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Concord University plays host to the 2011 West Virginia Geographic Bee on Friday, April 1. The event begins with registration at 10 a.m. in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center. While youngsters are competing at Concord, other students in grades four through eight will participate in state bees across the United States and U.S. territories that same day. State winners will advance to the national competition in Washington, D.C. May 24-25, 2011. Organized by the National Geographic Society, this year’s Geographic Bee is sponsored by Google Inc. At the state level, the Bee is also sponsored by Plum Creek.
The contest’s goal, according to the National Geographic Society, is to inspire students’ interest in geography, to enhance its study in the classroom and to ex-
pand the general public’s knowledge of geography.
The West Virginia Geographic Bee has been held in Charleston since 1993 according to Dr. Joseph Manzo, professor of geography at Concord University and cocoordinator of the West Virginia Geographic Alliance.
“This is the first time it’s ever come to a campus,” he said. “We are pleased to host it and are glad people from other parts of the state can experience our neighborliness. Students, parents and teachers will enjoy our traditional Concord hospitality. We hope everyone has a good time.” Each state winner will receive $100, “The Complete National Geographic” on DVD and an all-expensespaid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals in May and the chance to be crowned National Geographic Bee champion.
First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the
National Geographic Society. Second- and thirdplace finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Additionally, the national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the islands. Travel for the Galápagos trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The top 10 national finalists from both 2010 and 2011 are eligible to be selected for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National Geographic World Championship to be held at various locales in the San Francisco area in July 2011, with the finals taking place at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for additional information on the National Geographic Bee.
Published on Mar 31, 2011