Vol. XXX IV, No. 1 | September 21, 2012
An outlet of Triangle news group, Bryan College
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BC keeping an EYE on you Very superstitious: Bryan athletes reveal rituals
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From the Editor
The new look of Triangle
Soddy-Daisy nuclear plant looks at recycling Uranium 238
By Alex Green | Editor in Chief Since sometime in May, I have been so anxiously waiting for the first print edition of the new Triangle to hit print. That’s a long stinkin’ time to wait. As last year wound down and Triangle beefed up with color, increased pages and flat out better design, the wheels in my head began to turn, and I started to worry about how I was going to carry on the groundbreaking work that Cat Rogers had done as Editor-in-Chief. So I decided to transition the entire print edition into a monthly, beefier news magazine … for some reason. But there we were, at some point in July, with a grand new plan for a content-heavy website and a gorgeous magazine but hurdles in reaching both. Mr. Carpenter and I found Chinese food to be a good drawing board as we worked through these questions. Fast forward to now, and here we are, with a print edition that looks, I think, pretty dad-gum good and is filled with quality content. For that, I have to give praise to my editors, especially my right and left arms, Anna Kat Thomas and Dan Jackson. Even now, the plan hasn’t completely come together, though. We’re headed for a pretty cool online presence with all new sorts of video content. Soon we’ll be producing – and when I say we, I mean Clari Stewart, David Blanchard and Maddie Mondell – a weekly news short that covers things from Bryan to Bahrain. It’s all in the early stages, and as with all things, there are bumps. If Triangle were a vehicle, we would have basically gone through a set of tires in the past four months. But we’re resilient, and we are committed to serving Bryan College with excellence, because that’s our purpose. It is why we’re here. We exist solely to serve our school and peers and faculty, staff and alumni. There are good things in store. I promise.
Story by Dan Jackson
Christian Ministry major adds Worship Arts option
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They’re always watching (the school, that is)
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Following the Bryan Lions Josiah Newport
BC athletes’ superstitions, Jedi and all
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Golden said TVA has not made a decision whether or not they will use the MOX fuel, and they will not make a decision for a while. “TVA will only go forward with use of MOX fuel if it is: safe; lower cost; NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) approved; environmentally acceptable,” said Scott Brooks, TVA spokesman. McConaha said MOX fuel is an established part of nuclear technology. Over 30 commercial reactors worldwide use MOX fuel to power their reactors. The program in the U.S. is based off French technology. Converting plutonium into MOX fuel is the only way to permanently dispose of the element so it cannot be used as a weapon Photo courtesy of tva.com in the future, said the DOE. The plan to convert plutonium reactors in the United States. into MOX grew out of talks beThe DOE said this is their pre- tween Russia and the U.S. about ferred plan for dealing with the nonproliferation of nuclear maweaponized plutonium that was terials worldwide. Together, the stockpiled during the Cold War two countries agreed to dispose and they list the Tennessee Valley of 36 metric tons of plutonium, Authority as a cooperating agen- enough material to manufacture cy with their plans. 17,000 warheads. However, TVA spokesman Ray CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Sequoyah plant considers cold war plutonium
By Dan Jackson | News Editor The Sequoyah Nuclear Power plant in Soddy Daisy might be one of the sites where the U.S. government uses plutonium to provide energy to the South. This plutonium was originally designed for warheads. The U.S. Department of Energy describes the project on
their website as the 21st Century equivalent of beating swords into plowshares. DOE spokesman Joshua McConaha said the government plans to take the weapons grade plutonium, mix it with uranium to make Mixed Oxide fuel, or MOX, and use it to fuel nuclear
Library provides applications for voter registration By Maddie Mondell | Staff Reporter While most Bryan students will spend Election Tuesday on the hill attending classes, the Bryan College Library is helping students vote in the November 6 Presidential election. The library will provide voter registration applications for all students who are eligible to vote. Applications can be picked up at the library up until early voting ends on October 6, one month before Election Day. Connie Sanders, special projects librarian, is spearheading the operation and providing the applications. “It’s surprising the amount of students who don’t know about absentee voting,” Sanders said. Students can download absentee ballots from
their home states’ government page and mail them in after they have registered to vote. As students of Rhea County, they can also send in an absentee ballot for Tennessee. To do so, the student has to be registered to vote in the state of Tennessee. In order to qualify for absentee voting a student must be outside of the county of registration during early voting and all day on Election Day, must be a full-time student at an accredited college or university, or are serving as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission. Sanders said this election is an important election for many Bryan students because this... CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
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Security ‘We are not in the business of snooping.’ Doug Schott, director
of the physical plant, said the installation of 36 new security cameras around campus was precautionary, not retaliation. The cameras are used to keep watch over students and faculty and to guard them from wrongdoing—without becoming “Big Brother.” “We are not in the business of snooping,” said Schott. “We walk our faith. On the rare occasion of an infraction, we speak to the responsible party so that action can be taken.” In nearly every situation, the college accessed the security camera footage post-infraction. For example, during a routine check of the cameras, the I.T. Department found a camera that had been twisted 90 degrees from where it was set. Tim Hostetler, vice president
By Meredith Kreigh | Triangle Reporter
of operations, said the I.T. Department reviewed the footage and discovered that a young man stared into the camera pensively before tampering with the device. The college found damage around the camera and while it was not unlawful, according to Hostetler, the college did take action against the perpetrator. Hostetler said the camera’s installation was not because of incidents in the past, but rather to prevent future violations. Bryan installed the cameras because an insurance audit came back urging the college to invest in them to avoid complications with liability and crime. The college installed security cameras at all exits and entrances, along with major public areas. Resident Directors, I.T. service employees and select
The worship arts
the Music department and the Spiritual Formation Office,” said Jeff Eenigenburg, director of By Tim Baldi | Copy Editor worship arts. “A student in this This semester, the Christian program is getting a solid musiMinistry major has added the cal foundation courtesy of coursWorship Arts option for stu- es from the Music department, dents to pursue. vital theological understanding “This degree is the result of a and ministry training courtesy partnership between the Chris- of the Christian Studies division, tian Ministries department, and practical experience through
members to the faculty can access the video streams. Additionally, the Dayton Police Department assigns officers the duty of ensuring that all cameras are completely functional, continuing to serve their safety purposes and being accessed correctly. Bryan I.T. staff worked commendably, said Hostetler, completing the installation and networking of all cameras this past summer efficiently. Still, this is a work in progress. Hostetler mentioned that one of the most difficult tasks has been making the means of access more expedient. At this point, approximately 80 to 90 percent of the cameras are correlated with one another. The remainder is not streaming video footage to the same place. Kim Crowe-Tuttle, resident
director of Robinson Hall, said that she was thrilled upon receiving notice of the security cameras. They provide students with a secure atmosphere, whether they think about it or not, she said. All too often, students do not perceive the possible danger of propping open a door or allowing access to unknown and perhaps dangerous persons, according to Crowe-Tuttle. Furthermore, when students believe that they are in a safe environment, they are more able to cultivate those things that brought them to college in the first place: building relationships, focusing on academics and growing into responsible adults. “I want my girls to feel that they are in a safe environment,” she added.
chapel involvement through the Spiritual Formation Office.” This semester, Eenigenburg is teaching Worship Technology. “This course focuses on developing knowledge, hands-on skill, and a sense of aesthetics with a range of presentational technologies often used in worship services in American... churches,” said Eenigenburg “The course will cover graphic
design, video loop creation, live sound and studio engineering, projection systems, and lighting technologies,” said Eenigenburg. “A significant part of the course is not only knowing how to use these technologies but also developing a philosophy of worship that helps one discern when technology is serving the purpose of worship CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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Wheezing through Warriors Day By Will Jones | Staff Reporter ing, bringing new meaning to the slogan “the few, the proud.” Ten cones and a single chin-up bar comprised all the equipment on the field. In a very few minutes, I found out why. After chinning ourselves and pressing ammo cans for a warmup, we went straight into a flurry of pushups, squats, sit-ups and bear-crawls. Staff Sergeant Jenkins completed each exercise along with us, occasionally barking commands, but mostly just laughing good-naturedly as we choked through each rep. By the end of the circuit, I was beat. Will Jones, staff reporter, pushes through the warrior challenge. Burkett spoke to the importance of taking such physical tests before deciding to enlist: DISARMAMENT “We’re not looking to recruit; CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 we’re looking to select. We ex“The effort to dispose of sur- and develop new approaches not pect a lot because a lot is expect- plus weapons grade plutonium tied to use of costly experimental ed from us, physically, emotion- through MOX fuel was critical to plutonium fuel.” ally, mentally.” obtaining Russian cooperation If TVA decides it does not “Indeed,” I said, and prompt- to eliminate their weapons grade want to use MOX fuel in their ly puked. plutonium,” said McConaha. reactors, the DOE said other Petitte stated that though the The Alliance of Nuclear Ac- utility companies have said they challenges of training should countability criticizes the plan were interested in using the not be taken lightly, there because they believe the infra- MOX fuel. were also many advantages structure is not in place for the “The Department is confident for those who chose to enlist: nuclear reactors to accept the that we will have utilities under “I personally think the Marine MOX fuel. Even though compa- contract when the MOX faciliCorps has the very best pro- nies have used MOX fuel in their ty is complete and prepared to grams available in the Armed reactors, no one has ever used provide fuel,” said McConaha. Forces for Bryan students that plutonium made for weapons Golden said local residents I’m aware of.” before. Current plans for MOX would see their electricity bills Captain Taren Burkett, of- use do not include testing for the decrease if TVA decides to use ficer selection officer repre- new fuel. MOX fuel in their reactors. senting the Marine Corps for “Given the significant obstaThe company tries to develop Warrior Day cautioned that the cles that confront this program a secure energy balance. Besides discipline and precision of dai- as now conceived,” said Tom using nuclear power, TVA uses ly life with the Corps is not for Clements, Nonproliferation hydroelectric power, green eneveryone. “We’re looking for a Policy Director for the alliance, ergy and coal. Golden said the very specific kind of person,” “DOE must begin a full review company does this in order to Burkett stated. of plutonium disposition options keep costs secure. Photo courtesy of Tom Davis
On September 19, students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the United States Marine Corps. In addition to informational meetings and individual consultations with soldiers, students were given for the first time ever the chance to puff and puke through a session of real Marine training. Col. Ronald Petitte, head over the Politics and Government Department, chose to bring Warrior Day to Bryan in order to give students, particularly those thinking about enlisting, a realistic assessment of their own ability before they made any quick decisions about their future. “I broached the subject with the recruiter and asked if there were any way we could have a training session to put students in touch with themselves?” Petitte said. Petitte stressed that the intensity of life as a Marine was not for everyone, and that a taste of their physical training would allow students to see for themselves if they could stomach the rigors of being a Marine: “What is offered here is real Marine Corps physical training, some of the best in the world, free to students—no cost and no obligation.” But just how much is expected? That was when I, Will Jones, of sound mind and sound(ish) body decided to put on my investigative journalist cap and mosey down to the practice soccer fields to find out. Only three students, including myself, showed up for the train-
Internet policy of the 21st century By Dan Jackson | News Editor games on the internet. The college changed its internet use policy in the student handbook to allow students to
Sean Bunger, senior, plays Darksiders. The administration allowed for online gaming, and is considering opening Xbox Live.
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Now, for the first time, Bryan College students are officially allowed to watch Youtube videos, post to Facebook and play
recreationally use the internet. In the past, the college told students the internet could only be used for school work but the policy was changed to reflect a neutral position on internet recreation, specifically online gaming. “The floodgates aren’t totally open yet, but we are trying to accommodate a more realistic use of the internet with the resources we have,” said Director of IT Services Steve Paulson. The former internet policy was created before Wi-Fi was created and used old computer terminology like “remote node,” according to Paulson. The policy was changed after the IT department looked at several other colleges’ internet use policies. The IT department and the Office of Student Life are now considering unblocking the internet to allow students to play Xbox Live. “It’s a conversation we’re having with OSL,” said Paulson, adding that students have approached Office of Student Life asking the college to unblock gaming sites. Bruce Morgan, dean of student life, declined to speak to Triangle and said he would talk after a policy has been decided. However, Tim Hostetler, vice president of Operations, said the college will not open the internet for online gaming. “That’s still not in the purpose of why we have an internet,” he said. Opening up the ports to allow
students to game is a security risk for the college, Hostetler said. Allowing more access to and from the college servers allows more doors for a potential hacker to enter the Bryan system. Unlike a hotel, Bryan keeps information on its servers, said Hostetler. “We have to protect the information we’ve got,” he added Hostetler said adding gaming would max out the downloading speeds of the internet. The college routinely meets the maximum of the download speed of 100 megabits per second. Allowing gaming would only strain the internet, he said. The college could allow for gaming, but then the college would need to purchase more internet. That cost is passed onto the student body through tuition fees. But Paulson said not all internet games are created in the same way. Xbox Live, for example, takes up very little internet because the computers only have to communicate where the players are and what they are doing. The graphics are created on the players’ Xboxes. Other games that are played on the internet itself, like Crysis, take up more of the internet and might present a problem, said Paulson. Hostetler said the college pays tens of thousands of dollars a year for the internet on campus. “More than one student exists on campus solely to pay for the internet,” he said.
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Mandated healthcare and ... religion? Bryan College President Stephen Livesay said the college is not taking any direct action about the health reform law—“Obamacare”—but all options in fighting the mandate will be considered. Many Christian colleges believe the mandate violates their first amendment right to the free practice of religion. Although no immediate course of action has been determined yet, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) has been contacted to know how Bryan College should proceed. Bryan College has a one-year grace period to organize and make arrangements. “Nothing has been decided for certain, but we have gone through the mandate and compiled some possible scenarios.” Livesay said, “The real question for Bryan College is what we are prepared to do. We need to stop this at the door.” Livesay did not provide any information about specific courses of action that the board is considering at this time and but is convinced that there will be a decision by the end of the grace period. Since the HHS Man-
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date’s enactment, private colleges, Catholic and Christian alike, have been protesting and filing lawsuits against the mandate in claim of violation of their first amendment rights. This mandate forces private colleges and small businesses to provide for contraceptives and preventative measures for pregnancy at no additional cost to their insurance. In August 2011 the Health and Human Services Mandate was added to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.” The mandate covers all preventative measures and contraceptives that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) according to the FDA’s website. Such measures include morning after pills and Plan B which some believe to be “abortion pills” that go against religious beliefs. Colleges like Wheaton College, Colorado Christian University, Geneva College, and Louisiana College have filed lawsuits in claim that this mandate violates their first amendment rights as dictated in the U.S. Constitution dealing
ties on colleges that don’t comply, said Livesay. Livesay spoke of religious freedom and how Bryan College must choose their next battles; this is a conflict that will not be overlooked. When asked about the board’s decision Livesay said that he told them that this should be resolved within the next year because there are too many Christians who will not stand for this kind of vi-
olation of their religious rights. Most people see this as a bigger issue than just a mandate; they see it as the government attempting to gain more control, Livesay said. Certain congressmen are getting involved because they see the “bigger picture” according to Livesay. No specific congressmen were named. “People may say that I’m an alarmist. Well, I think we need to be alarmed.”
with the right to religious freedom. The HHS mandate grants one year of safe harbor to colleges and businesses for them to make the necessary accommodations for the mandate. According to the mandate, religious organizations can be exempt from having to meet the requirements. Bryan College does not qualify for the exemption. Although Bryan College is a Christian institution, they are not affiliated with a specific denomination or connected to a specific religious organization. Bryan College professes a Christian Worldview, but students are not required to share the same worldview. “I am not going to abridge my religious freedom on an issue like this,” Livesay said. “Religious freedom is fundamental to any other freedom. That’s why we’re here in the U.S.” Livesay said that several regulations on private schools have been trickling through the system over the past three years. The government seems intent on having greater control, which is showDr. Gregory Thompson protested the contraceptive ing through in this most mandate in Jefferson City, Mo., last June. Bryan is recent action by the govstill deciding how to respond to the law. ernment, placing penal-
Futbol Press Pass By Josiah Newport | Sports Editor This past week was a busy one for the Bryan Lion’s men’s and women’s soccer teams. Last Tuesday, the Lady Lion’s traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to face the Lady Trojans of Trevecca Nazarene University. They lost 3-0, falling to 1-5 on the season. Junior keeper Stephanie Gagnon recorded eight saves for the Lady Lions. That same day, the men’s team traveled up the road to Cleveland, Tenn., where they had their annual battle against the #18 ranked Flames of Lee University. Last year, the Flames downed the Lions 3-0 at Bryan, but the Lions had different agenda for this season. The game started slow, but in the 28th minute Senior Johannes Muller finished a through ball from fellow Senior Tom Hemmings to put the Lions in front. Goals from Seniors Tom Hemmings and Nate Adams, Junior Gustavo Angel Tamayo, and Freshman Miles
Christian secured the Lions a 5-0 victory over the #18 Flames. The Lions recorded 13 shots, with 8 on goal, while the Flames also recorded 13 shots, 6 on goal. Sophomore keeper Josh Oldroyd was a force between the sticks for the Lions, recording 5 saves for his second shutout of the year. On Saturday, Point University, from Atlanta, Ga., traveled to Bryan for match-ups between the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s teams kicked off in the 5 p.m. game. The Lions started strong, with Junior Jorge Gonzalez finishing a loose ball in the box in the 6th minute. However, they failed to put the game out of reach until midway through the second half. Adams and fellow Senior Andrew Knighten both scored to give the Lions a 3-0 victory. Oldroyd recorded his third shutout. The Lions’ shot count was 36, with 21 on goal. The Skyhawks managed just 7 shots, with only 4 on goal.
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ress up and down the pitch, or field, is achieved grudgingly and usually in short chunks. There is extensive contact and a lot of tackling. Rugby for Dummies “Unlike other sports, rugby Rugby is a physical game in doesn’t have sissy time outs,” which 15 players try to advance a said Michael Palmer, associate professor of communications ball toward a goal line, while the 15 players of the and rugby faculty sponsor, when opposing team attempt to stop asked about the game. “Rugby is a very basic level of them. It sounds a lot like AmerBy Dhember Viera | Staff Reporter Aside from a beautiful view ican football on the surface. Un- war without weapons,” Palmer added. One of the most beautiful around campus and chilly nights, like American football, there are Both Palmer and Col. Ron Petimes of the year is approaching. fall brings forward many dif- no downs and the ball is in con- titte, club parent, are experienced Leaves are slowly changing col- ferent things to do and sporting tinuous play. In fact, possession rugby players and express a pasors and falling, and the scent of events to attend, Bryan College is exchanged often and quickly. There are few long, sustained sion for the game, even taking pumpkin-spice latté is lingering rugby being one. The Rugby Club returns this drives toward the in-goal area, or through Mercer. Fall is ofﬁcially CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 year with a team of 22 eager end zone to American fans. Proghere. guys excited to knock one another around and come full force against other schools on the pitch.
Free throws & Jedi braids Have you ever seen the fi-
Freshman golfer Erryn Brewnal rounds of a golf tournament er doesn’t let people touch her and wondered why Tiger Woods clubs after she warms up and always wears a red shirt? Or only changes the ball after a bad questioned why Olympic swim- hole. mer Michael Phelps walks to the Freshman volleyball player block, takes off his headphones, Kelsea Knudson feels like she swings his arms three times, and plays better when she wear a then steps on the block before certain pair of socks. She always every race? One word: supersti- washes them before a home tion. game. Woods and Phelps are among Junior volleyball player Corrie a throng of professional ath- Walker always wears the same letes with superstitions. Many headband, does the same handhear about the professionals’ shake with other players before superstitions, especially since each game, and puts a Jedi braid the Olympics were this year, but in her hair for every home game. have you ever wondered if any of Freshman cross country runthe Bryan athletes have supersti- ner Sarah White has to have tions? Believe it or not, some do. her hair back in a ponytail, and Sophomore basketball player before getting set for a race she Rachel Meredith always has to always checks to make sure her dribble the ball four times before hair is back and tight. shooting a free throw. Baseball, in general, has a
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plethora of superstitions the whole team follows. Some of these include not stepping on the white line, never talking about a no-hitter, not washing your uniform after a win, and having the same warm-up routine. Freshman Kyler Hagler says he always has to wear two pair of socks, while fellow freshman Easton Arterburn always sings while warming up. What we call superstition some members of the men’s soccer team call routine. Freshman midfielder Alan da Costa starts the game with his right foot, senior midfielder Johannes Muller shaves before every game and listens to the same German rap song before playing, and senior defender Richard Kirk always waits until the last minute to change out of his travel jersey.
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Today’s athletes are not the only ones who have superstitions. Cross country coach Bryson Harper says as an athlete in both high school and college his shoes had to be tied a certain way with the laces tucked under, he said a prayer before a race then punched the ground, and always had to have oatmeal with peanut butter and honey for breakfast on a race day. Before you think that these athletes, and others, are crazy for having superstitions, sport psychologists, like Andrew Lane from Britain’s Wolverhampton University, say that these routines or superstitions help relieve stress the athlete might have before competing and keep them level-headed. So, for athletes, superstition could be a good thing.
FEATURES APPLICATIONS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 ...election will be the first presidential race in which they can vote. The library set out a display in honor of Constitution Day on September 17. The display included voter registration applications, available for pickup. Students are encouraged to stop by and get more information about registration and absentee voting. Sanders mentioned volunteer
opportunities for students that are available. Any student who wishes to help with the polling process on November 6 can contact their local election commission and be assigned a precinct. Volunteers will be able to aid the voting process and also be paid $100 for their work. For more information, contact the Tennessee Election Assistance Commission at 615-741-1278. Photo courtesy of Gwen’s River City Images via Flickr
knees bent awkwardly beneath his contorted hips. The girls placed By Corrie Walker | Reporter Bo in strategic It seems that as the years go by, locations around Bryan College pranking has become less and less campus in hopes of scaring unof a college pastime at Bryan. suspecting students. His favorite In the ’80s the chandelier in hangout spots included women’s Rudd was frequently covered bathrooms and behind open winwith ladies’ underwear. Student dows. night watch workers were bombed “We would leave him in places with water balloons and surprised and be waiting around the corner when their headlights illuminated because we wanted to hear them the figures of naked boys dashing scream,” said Alison Williams, across the road. Class of 2011. However, Bryan College prank Bo Jennings, named after Wilactivity will most likely decrease liam Jennings Bryan, got around due to the installment of security campus so much that even the faccameras across campus this sum- ulty knew of him. mer. Although Bo disappeared a few The security cameras will pro- years ago, people still wish him vide an ever-watchful eye for thiev- happy birthday each year on Faceery and vandalism. However, the book. Who knows? Maybe one cameras will also record any prac- day Bo will grace Bryan College tical jokes performed. with his presence once again. Though these pranks from the Another memorable prank ’80s that violate Bryan’s rulebook pulled by members of our own are now nearly impossible to ac- generation involved the “Fabulous complish without getting caught, 50.” practical jokes of a cleaner fashion In the spring of 2008, several are still possible. guys hid in Mercer until after curOne of the most memorable few. Then, they removed the 50 characters to grace Bryan College paintings of the state capitals and with his presence was Bo Jennings. replaced them with pictures of the Several Bryan ladies found Bo 50 “hottest” girls on campus. The behind a dumpster back in 2007. original paintings were hidden on His Facebook profile “about Mercer third. me” section reads the following, By the time classes rolled around “My name is Bo. I’m about 6 ft. in that day, the fake 50 had been reheight with an ‘athletic’ build. My moved from the walls, but word life is a ‘rags to riches’ story. Lit- about the prank spread like wilderally brought out from dumpster fire. The paintings were placed life, I’ve made my way to a colle- back in their proper positions giate campus where I’m surround- shortly after. ed by beautiful women.” The prank was a hit with stuBo was a mannequin, and a very dents; however, the administraodd looking one at that. The girls tion was not happy. Several of the suspected that he was once an un- paintings were removed less than derwear model. His arms locked gently, a few having been ripped in an out-stretched position, his straight out of the wall.
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CONTINUED OSL and the evolution of dance (at Bryan) By Jonathan Warner | Columnist
Worship arts CONT. FROM PAGE 4 ... and when it causes interference.” The Worship Arts program has two extracurricular programs called the Worship Leadership Team and the Worship Leadership Forum. Eenigenburg is leading the Worship Leadership team, which is scheduled to become a one credit hour course next semester as part of the Worship Arts curriculum. According to Eenigenburg, the Worship Leadership Team meets weekly to coordinate the behind the scenes chapel preparations and to prepare to lead on stage. “The Worship Leadership Forum is a larger group that meets once a month to worship together, pray for the campus and have significant discussions about worship and how to lead it well,” said Eenigenburg. “If someone is interested in helping with things in chapel--whether on stage or behind the scenes, this is a great opportunity to connect to what is happening. If anyone wants to find out the schedule for the Worship Leadership Forum discussions, they should email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be sure they know about the meetings,” he added. Five students are registered as Worship Arts majors and one new student is pursuing a minor according to Eenigenburg. According to sophomore Dakota Thacker, the Worship Arts major lines up with what God is putting on his heart and allows him to use his music skills to worship God. Though he does not want worship to become a job or “unworshipful worship,” Thacker says the training for chapel makes worship much more skilled. Thacker added that he enjoys having a music focus while taking more Bible courses.
Swing dancing on Sunday nights in Centennial Park in downtown Dayton is a long held and much cherished tradition here at Bryan. On September 2, circumstances conspired to stop the occasion as the clouds unleashed a downpour. At the request of swing dancing leader Paul Coblintz, Vice President of Student Life Tim Shetter gave special permission for dancing to occur in Rudd due to the
inclement weather. According to Shetter the decision was “not indicative of a change in philosophy” in regards to the dancing rule. He said that part of his reasoning is that swing dancing is “similar to choreographed dancing.” He stated that this kind of permission due to bad weather “won’t always be granted.” For the folks of swing dancing that Sunday, it was a happy exception.
CONT. FROM PAGE 4 time to coach the Bryan College club. From off the hill, licensed referee Gareth Daves from Knoxville, Tenn., has been coming once per week to help teach fundamentals and tactics of the game. Bryan College alumni and former rugby team captain, Clayton Schmidt, is current manager for the team and is dedicating a lot of time and helping administer the team. Unlike many of the team sports and clubs at Bryan, the college does not fund the Bryan College Rugby Club. It is not considered a varsity sport and does not have a budget, nor paid coaches and trainers due to the fact that rugby is such a
Dancing has traditionally been a hot button issue here at Bryan. The current Student Handbook states that, “Respecting the varying convictions among Christians, dancing (with the exception of choreography in stage productions) is not allowed for on-campus or college sponsored events.” Changes to the current dancing rule saw some hope last year in a proposal submitted by Senate to the Student Life Council.
heavy contact sport and carries a higher risk of liability. One of the unique things about this team is that it has been around for seven years, making it the longest running club at Bryan. How do they do it without any school funding? The guys on the team are extremely dedicated, and when it comes to fundraising events, they have been willing to do whatever it takes. They also seek sponsorships from Dayton businesses. “I give full credit to the boys,” said Palmer. “They work so hard to be able to do this.” With the money they earn, the club pays league fees and purchase necessary equipment and uniforms. The
The proposal was tabled and not brought up again. I spoke to the current student body Vice President Joseph Murphy, who was also a part of last year’s Senate, about the dancing rule. Murphy said that Senate is planning to submit a large number of proposals this year and that one similar to last year’s dancing rule change is likely to be on the table. He encouraged students to “be patient with rule changes.”
rugby club meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. at either open grassy areas around campus or at Cedar Point Park, at the foot of Bryan Hill. Games are held either at the Rhea Family YMCA football field or the Delaware Avenue Sports Complex in Dayton. The rugby club is always recruiting. If any men on campus are in the mood to tackle somebody, or want to be a part of the brotherhood and camaraderie that comes with being on a sports team, talk to Palmer, Petitte or any of the current team members. There is an upcoming alumni game under the lights at the YMCA field on Oct. 5.
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Markie the unicorn rides shotgun. There are a few rules in this class that are more important than others: no cell phones – a common prohibition, but one of the things that drives Markie’s owner particularly nuts; it’s sort of a pet peeve, he says. “We must be aggressive with ideas but gentle with one another,” he reads. It’s on the syllabus, a usually cut-and-dry document with the “do’s” and “dont’s,” the “what time’s” and the “what date’s.” This one has photos and calligraphic font. The instructor went another step when he made it. His name is Jason Truett Glen, and he is from Colorado, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Chattanooga and now Dayton. His hair is red, and his beard – enviable in its fullness – matches. His eyes search from behind small rectangular lenses. Because of the glasses, even after several lengthy conversations, I can’t remember his eye color. He likes college campuses, fall leaves, pumpkins, his wife’s pie, mountain biking, Coldplay and Thomas Kinkade paintings. The class knows because he opens himself up a little bit through PowerPoint. He can be tough to get along with, and he knows it. He is the son of a political hawk and a pastor. It was conservatism and evangelism at the dinner table. He is the younger brother of a National Guard enlistee. He is a commercial surveillance system installation veteran and an ex-home remodeler.
Jason Glen keeps this note written on a napkin by a stranger in his “box of mysteries.” He is a Texas A&M alum and a graduate of its famous ROTC program. He is a former Marines officer candidate and waiter at a Chinese restaurant. He is now shaping Bryan’s worldview. All of the past home states are sites where the Glen family lighted while Howard Glen, father and husband, preached. Every two or three years, Howard was fired for bringing real-world sinners into the middle-class church. “Every time he got fired, we moved to a new state. I don’t know why he couldn’t go to work somewhere else inside the state,” Glen says. Howard died in 2009, while Glen was transitioning through blue-collar jobs in construction and commercial surveillance system installation. Twelve years earlier, the Glen family thought they had already lost their father and husband when Howard
was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, Jason was in Quantico, Va., at The Officer Candidates School of the United States Marines. He was fresh out of the ROTC program at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, where he had spent almost four years in the ROTC program before being kicked out for – in his words – verbally abusing two cadets until they quit the program. Upperclassmen in the program had “extensive influence and power” over their younger peers, said Glen. “ I was simply not mature enough to handle that appropriately.” At Quantico in 1997, Howard Glen was prepping for cancer removal surgery, and his youngest son was on disciplinary lockdown for expressing his opinion about poor leadership at the Marines school hundreds of miles away. On lockdown and stuck, Glen opened a Bible.
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“I don’t even remember [what I read],” he says. “It was Psalms or Proverbs or something. But it convicted me.” Four weeks into the six-week program at OCS, Glen knew he had made a mistake. He went to the camp’s colonel and asked to be released from his contract, a document that gave the United States government ownership of the man. Glen told the commanding officer that he felt God pulling him in another direction. He told him about his dad potentially dying of cancer. He told him he was a Christian. “Well, you’re right,” Glen recalls the colonel telling him. “We do own you … but I’m a Christian as well, and I’m going to let you go.” As Glen tells it – with teary eyes to his fall 2011 Christian Worldview class – a flight attendant on his CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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...plane bound for Oklahoma and family was serving drinks on the flight. When his Coke was served, there was a hand-written message on the napkin. “What lies behind us and what lies before us is no match for what lies within us.” The napkin is folded like a paper football and kept in a small wooden “box of mysteries”. Glen pulled the napkin out during our interview. No napkin has ever known a happier fate. It’s held like a hundred-year-old document and promptly folded back up and replaced when its part is over. But then again, there are probably few napkins that have influenced a life or six lives or now thousands of lives like this one. Sometimes during class last year,
Glen would explain how he imagines himself living in one of Kinkade’s wholesome, glowing little cottages on the edge of some small village where horse-drawn sleighs leave ruts in the snowy cobbled streets. In a summer scene, he explains how he sits on the front porch of a small mountain cabin, rocking and looking out on a placid green pond. Some cat-tail weeds grow along one end. In a non-Bryan College life, he would be smoking a wooden pipe billowing out rich tobacco smoke. But only in a non-Bryan College world. Right now, it’s about forming the worldview of a generation of students. Markie the unicorn is a second-hand store rescue, by the way. Now he has a home at Bryan College. Maybe he isn’t the only one.
I am a senior headed into my fourth year here at Bryan, and for me it has become home. Even as I look ahead to graduation, I can’t help but feel deeply invested in what happens to this college. It is for this reason that I am going to be writing a regular column in Triangle this year. I want to discuss the good and the bad at Bryan in an effort to create conversation among the students, faculty, and administration that will help to move this community forward. Sounds like a lofty goal, right? Now I don’t say this with some false sense of my own importance. I am one student among many, but I have seen and experienced a lot in my time here. By way of background for those who don’t know me, I am a Politics and Government/ Communications double major. I have served on SGA as Sophomore Class Senator and Junior Class President. I also served as the President of SSTOP (Students Stopping the Trafficking of Persons) for two years. These experiences along with the fantastic friends and ac-
quaintances I have made have given me the chance to really absorb and to learn a great deal of the ins and outs of Bryan life. This little hill of ours sees a lot of action for being in a small city like Dayton. The drama and politics of campus life can be exciting for some, repugnant for others, but unquestionably frustrating for everyone at some point. The goal of this column is not to engage in pointless complaining or empty praise. My aim is not to dredge up dirt on Bryan, but rather engage in a thoughtful reflection and critique of various aspects of its culture. I want to give a voice to student opinions and concerns as a means to the end of growth. If, during the year, there is an issue or instance that you feel the Bryan Community could benefit from seeing brought to further light in this arena, please let me know; perhaps I will write about it. Also, whether or not you agree with my stance, I greatly desire your feedback on this column. Let me know what you think! - Jonathan
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Celebrate Hobbit Day and look to first of three ‘Hobbit’ films The first installment of Peter Jackson’s new J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogy, “The Hobbit,” will premiere in theaters Dec. 14. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” is set in Middle Earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy. Originally intended to be a twoparter, Jackson said recently of “The
Hobbit,” “Upon viewing a cut of the was an unreserved ‘yes.’ We know first film, and a chunk of the second, the strength of our cast and of the Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and I were very pleased with the way the story was coming together. We recognized that the richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, gave rise to a simple question: do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans
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characters they have brought to life. We know creatively how compelling and engaging the story can be and— lastly, and most importantly—we know how much of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur would remain untold if we did not fully realize this complex and wonderful adventure. I’m delighted that New Line, MGM and Warner Bros. are equally enthusiastic about bringing fans this expansive tale across three films.” The second film is scheduled for release on Dec. 13, 2013, and the third film slated for summer 2014. All three films will be released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Returning cast members from “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy also
Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers. Under Jackson’s direction, all three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Additional filming, as with principal photography, is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, UK, and on location around New Zealand. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and its successive installments are productions of New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production.
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