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Vol. 108, Issue 12

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Student’s final project a walk for unity Avery Boulware news editor Freshman Joanna Hill held a walk this morning to restore unity on campus. Hill spoke Wednesday about her inspiration and hope for the walk, which is a final project for her BCC 100’s colloquium class “Walking a Line,” taught by Brad Adams, associate professor of fine arts. “The class has been a lot about the art of walking and how walking is important,” Hill said. “We’ve taken walks in the class and done reflections on them.” Adams took his class on walks to various locations around Berry and the Rome community, including Oak Hill, Rome’s Labyrinth and Martha Berry’s grave. The final project for the class simply had to pertain somehow to walking. “I thought it would be interesting to do a walk on campus as a peaceful demonstration,” Hill said. While she did not directly organize the walk as a response to the chalkings, Hill says they are definitely related. “I didn’t even connect it when I was thinking about it,”



Hill said. “But after I had the event in mind, I thought about in the future. “It is a positive message, trying to make people on how, because of the election and the chalk, people at Berry kind of got divided, so (the Berry’s campus aware of the diversity on campus, the need walk) would be a unifying for equality and to unify us experience.” Hill said she did not market after some of the struggles the event as widely as she we have faced in the past would have hoped, but still couple of months,” Hill said. “I don’t want there to be any hopes that students will show negativity at the event. I think up to peacefully demonstrate. “I don’t think it’ll be too the community will respond well to it.” large of a turnout, which is fine.,” she said. “I’m just Hill encouraged students to make signs supporting happy if people see me there, by myself, holding a sign minority groups and wear Joanna Hill trying to promote equality.” clothing that may represent Besides the Black Lives these groups. She designed the Matter gathering in front of Hermann Hall several weeks ago, walk to go from Morton-Lemley to Krannert. “I intend for this to be a very peaceful event,” Hill said. “I there have been few demonstrations on Berry’s campus. Hill hopes that her walk will set a precedent for peaceful speech just want it to be a positive and fun event.”


I thought about how, because of the election and the chalk, people at Berry kind of got divided, so (the walk) would be a unifying experience.




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Berry food initiative helps feed Rome Jessie Goodson reporter With the help of student and administration volunteers, a new food waste initiative has taken over Berry College. Food Connection began with an idea from sophomore Gracie Siegrist. Siegrist is a Bonner Scholar as well as a member of Berry College Volunteer Services (BCVS). Siegrist has always been passionate about helping people. “My biggest thing has always been feeding people,” Siegrist said. “If you don’t have food, you don’t have energy to do things. And if you don’t have the energy to do things, you can’t get back on your feet.” Siegrist spoke to Brenda Briggs, wife of College President Stephen R. Briggs, over a year ago about her idea. Shortly after, they began the project. Food Connection has been hard at work this semester to eliminate food waste at Berry College and in Rome. Siegrist partnered with BCVS and has been working closely with Ellen Hearn, assistant director of Residence Life. “We’re in a place of privilege here, in this community that we’re in, the resources we have available to us,” Hearn said,” and that’s not necessarily representative of Floyd County.” Food Connection has also partnered with Panera Bread and Food Lion. They take leftovers and donations from these businesses and bring them to charitable places in the Rome community, such as Community Kitchen,

Salvation Army and Cancer Navigators. “We’re able to enhance our services and help our clients because of the program,” said Capt. Jason Smith, Salvation Army. “It is a great asset to our mission.” Food Connection hopes to take more waste from Berry’s dining hall and repurpose that food as well. “It’s just redistributing food that would otherwise go to a landfill,” Siegrist said. Food Connection and BCVS are always on the lookout for volunteers to help with things like pick-ups and drop-offs. Students who volunteer will be able to connect with the greater Rome and Floyd County communities through Food Connection. Dean of Students Debbie Heida has been helping with the initiative as well and said that Berry is a place for all students to get engaged. “We’re living out our mission and our motto,” Heida said. Siegrist hopes to eventually grow the initiative to work on things such as composting. Siegrist and Hearn have been meeting with several on-campus groups about partnerships and further help. “The vision is really, how do we get that extra food that would normally be wasted into the hands of the people that really need it?” Hearn said. Food Connection has begun to close the gap between the other food waste initiatives on campus and will continue to reach toward their goal of ending waste in the Berry and Rome communities.

PHOTO COUTESY OF GRACIE SIEGRIST Panera Bread donates bagels, rolls and other food items through Food Connection, who distributes the donations to charities around Rome.

Weatherizing your vehicle: steps for winter maintenance Maggie Stansell staff writer

With winter fast approaching, it is necessary to take steps to prepare your vehicle, even here in the South. According to this season’s Farmer’s Almanac, the upcoming weeks do not show deep freezes. Even projections further into the winter explain that it is anticipated to be mild until January, when the temperatures are expected to drop lower than normal. While the upcoming months may be mild, it is still important to ensure your vehicle is prepared for the winter months, especially if you are traveling to the northern areas of the United States where snow is already falling. Starr Boylan, senior admissions counselor at Berry and resident auto expert, advises using “a thinner viscosity of oil because oil thickens in cold temperature.” This will make sure the oil continues to lubricate the engine well so that it can function properly. Some students let their cars idle after a long cold night in order to warm up the vehicle before driving. Boylan says this is not necessary in newer vehicles; however older vehicles could potentially benefit from letting the car warm up, especially diesel vehicles. She also encourages a change in windshield wipers since higher precipitation is common in the winter. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, higher precipitation is anticipated for the upcoming winter months and a change in windshield wipers would help make sure you are safe on the roads. Rain-X, a common windshield wiper brand, recommends that blades should be changed every six months, especially if the blades are beginning to smear. Boylan also cautions on driving over bridges when the temperatures freeze, since bridges are more likely to freeze first. Tire wear is also a concern when the winter months are approaching. If your treads are beginning to bald, it is essential to change your tires to make sure they are safe on wet or icy roads. In addition, make sure your tires have the proper air pressure. Colder temperatures cause the air pressure in your tires to drop. A sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door or the owner’s manual can explain the proper airing for your car.

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According to Boylan, it is important to make sure your car battery is working properly. Inspect the battery to make sure there is no corrosion, which would look like a white, green or orange-tinged substance. A solution of baking soda and water can be applied with a toothbrush in order to get rid of the corrosion, which could damage the battery to connection. In January of 2014 when the famous “Snowpocalypse” hit Atlanta, people were stranded within the city in their cars. School was canceled, but leaving the building became treacherous due to dangerous driving conditions. Therefore, Boylan recommends keeping a pack in your car in order to make sure that, if you are stranded, you will have water, a flashlight, snacks, a blanket and other emergency supplies. Most importantly, properly maintaining a vehicle year-round will make sure that your car is ready to run in the winter months and will save you money in the long run. Since Berry College is in the South, the mild winter should not cause too many issues for Berry students. However, a little extra precaution will ensure that you have a safe winter.

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7:30 p.m. BCTC’s A Charlie Brown Christmas in Spruill Ballroom

7:30 p.m. BCTC’s A Charlie Brown Christmas in Spruill Ballroom

2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. BCTC’s A Charlie Brown Christmas in Spruill Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Jazz Christmas Concert in Ford Auditorium

9:00 p.m. KCAB’s Holiday Koffeehouse in Krannert Underground

7:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols in College Chapel

9:00 p.m. SGA’s Food for Finals in Spruill Ballroom


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POD produces conflicting reactions Jessie Goodson reporter Lauren Fiorillo editor Berry students no longer have to venture outside the library to grab food during a long night of studying. Provisions On Demand (POD) was opened in Memorial Library in September. It provides food options at a low price for students and operates alongside the existing Java City coffee shop. The POD and Java City are conjoined and have collaboratively adapted the environment of the library. Administration began to notice an increase in student activity and sales in the evenings at Java City and wanted to add something to give students access to food faster than walking to Krannert. Even though the POD in the library is similar to the one in Krannert, offering various food and drink options to students for longer hours has not impacted its sales and both have continued to thrive. Aramark General Manager Fraser Pearson said that the POD adds to the whole Java City experience and makes the library more wellrounded. Pearson also said that having the POD in the library benefits students living in dorms on that side of the campus and gives them quicker access to snacks and drinks. “We know that a vibrant combination of social and academic atmosphere is what is successful with students,” Library Director Sherre Harrington said. The POD stays open with Java City and both share a cash register. They have longer hours for student convenience and stay open until midnight on weeknights. POD employee Phillip McClure said that the central register keeps good flow and prevents crowd build up. Some students do not agree and have had a harder time adjusting to the new environment. “The POD took up one of my favorite study spots,” sophomore Benjamin Minor said. The library took out several tables and study spaces when they built the POD. This causes more movement on the first floor. The POD also causes more trash in the library that makes extra work for housekeeping services. Some students complain that the Java City line is now somewhat awkward and crowded, but the dining services employees say that it is the most efficient way to combine the two. Not only does the POD make the library busier, it also makes it louder. “I think that it adds noise and unnecessary foot traffic,” freshman Blake Dean said. Even though opinions about the POD vary, the Berry dining staff

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Burglar Alarm The Memorial Library basement motion alarm was set off by a student who had remained after hours.

November 22 Andrea Hill | CAMPUS CARRIER Berry College Dining Services employee Phillip McClure waits to ring up students’ snack purchases while in the library. has made an effort to keep students’ needs in mind. Pearson researched the top 25 list of food items most frequently purchased at Berry for inspiration. They then used that information to stock the POD. These most popular items include grab-and-go sandwiches and Chex Mix snacks. Students spend hours on end in the library, and now they won’t have to leave to get a meal. Java City also benefits from the POD and gets more exposure when students come to get food. Dining services and the library administrators are open to student suggestions in an effort to continue to improve the POD.

Old Mill Trespassing An officer found two individuals on top of the wheel of the Old Mill and one individual taking pictures of them.

November 29

Property Damage “The Wall is Coming Amigos Its (sic) Gonna be Huge” was written on a shower door on the second floor of Morgan Hall.

November 29

Fire Alarm The fire alarm in Morgan Hall was activated due to the heater being turned on.

Berry College Campus Safety For emergencies, call (706) 236-2262 For non-emergencies, call (706) 368-6999

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Give of yourself this holiday season

Our View

The Carrier’s editorial opinion represents the views of the senior members of the Campus Carrier and Viking Fusions’ news staff.

Even though most of America has caught the holiday fever, this time of year can be an empty time for many people, especially college students. Not everyone looks forward to spending a month in close quarters with their immediate family for a month while the same Hallmark movies play on repeat. The reason people often feel empty during this time of the year is because all of their attention is focused on idealizing how the holidays should look and then being disappointed when not everything looks like those pictureperfect Hallmark movies. In short, people often focus too much on themselves during the holiday season. A fix for this is taking the focus off of trying to make your holiday the best it can be and to put your attention on your community. No matter where you are returning to after finishing exams, your city needs your help. Many men, women and children will be spending the holidays on the streets, in a shelter or in a home with little to no food or gifts. Realizing the reality of poverty in your city and around the world can be paralyzing, especially as a broke college student like yourself. But the good news is that giving your time is often more valuable to charities than giving money. Your local food bank would love your help organizing boxes and stacking cans for families that otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas dinner. Volunteering at a community kitchen is a great way to see poverty face-to-face and make a tangible impact. Putting a face to charity is incredibly important if you want to make true, meaningful change. But don’t forget about service after the holidays are over. Even though, according to BusinessWire, charitable donations increase by 42 percent during the last two months of the year, your city’s problems won’t be solved by Dec. 31. Form a relationship with a charity or

nonprofit organization, whether in your city or here in Rome. Go once a week, twice a month or whenever you can. But make time in your schedule to give back to your community, even after coming back to Berry. There are so many places in Rome that need volunteers. Open Door Children’s Home, which provides for neglected children in Rome and Floyd County, has openings for volunteers to come visit with children as well as do work projects such as painting and beautification around their facilities. The Hospitality House, an emergency and outreach resource center for women that have been victims of domestic violence, fund their work through a thrift store in West Rome where volunteers can organize donations and help customers in the store. Action Ministries has many ways to help Romans living in poverty be able to feed their families, including food pantries and Backpack Buddies, which provides elementary-aged children with groceries while they are home for the weekend without school meals. Serving is important during the holidays because it takes your attention away from frantically trying to create a great holiday season. It provides you with a way to make sure others in your community have the same chance of having a safe, warm and healthy holiday season that you do. But serving is just as important throughout the year, because poverty won’t disappear overnight. It is important to remember the needs of your community all year long. It will give you a sense of purpose as well as making Rome, or whatever city you are serving, a better place. So make some calls and give your time. Reach out to your own city over winter break, and connect with a charity here in Rome when you return in January. Make it a priority. If you don’t, who will?

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Teach respect, not objectification DARIAN KUXHOUSE opinions editor I check the back seat of my car before I get in. I also look over my shoulder about every 15 seconds if I am walking alone, especially in the dark. As a girl, I am taught to be fearful. In middle school, I was sent to the office for having “NIKE” written across the back of my baggy sweatpants. I missed three classes that day because the principal wouldn’t let me leave until my mother left work and brought me new pants. Having “NIKE” written on your butt was provocative. In high school, I wore cardigans to cover my shoulders. I tightened my bra straps enough to leave red depressions behind at the end of the day after a teacher told me I was being inappropriate when a bra strap fell and was visible below the sleeve of my t-shirt. I tested hemlines against my fingertips and my too long arms and legs that prevented any skirt, dress or shorts from being in dress code. As a girl, I was taught to hide and be ashamed of my body. In comparison, boys aren’t usually aware of their school’s dress code. Girls are taught that they have to abide by it for the boys’ sake. It isn’t OK that from an early age, girls have to think about their body in relation to how it affects boys. It is even more appalling that instead of the general population teaching their boys to behave properly, schools and society enforce rules, that tell girls to hide their body, so that boys won’t get distracted or give them unwanted attention. Why is it that girls are taught not to expect decency and respect regardless of the clothes they wear? Why is it that most girls can relate to the experiences I shared above, and can add in more horrific ones? And why is it considered normal to objectify and sexualize the female body? We live in a society that says it’s OK to tell little

girls to keep their legs shut when they sit down while forgetting to tell the boys not to look. We tell girls that it’s OK when a boy is mean to you and snaps your bra strap because it means he likes you instead of teaching the boys consent, respect and boundaries. Boys are taught that society doesn’t believe that they can control themselves when that is anything but true. This leads to boys who don’t respect “no,” boys who grab, slap and smack. It leads to objectification, disregard and catcalls. It leads to conversations with boys about why catcalls aren’t a compliment and conversations with girls who were told by boys that catcalls are compliments. The general population needs to know that unsolicited catcalls are not a compliment. Teaching boys that they can’t be counted on to control themselves leads them to make a natural conclusion – they must be blameless. So who, in a society that loves to place blame, is accountable for the crimes these boys commit? Their victims. This brings it back to school dress codes. If a girl is physically or verbally assaulted, one of the first questions out of someone’s mouth is, “what was she wearing?” This is sickening. Regardless of if the girl is wearing a short dress, overalls, sweatpants or nothing at all, that doesn’t give anyone the right to assault her. This also doesn’t give anyone the right to blame her. It’s time, and has been time, to stop placing the responsibility of boys’ actions on the shoulders of girls. We should not be held accountable for boys’ wandering gazes, for their unwarranted and unconsented touches, for their bra strap snaps, “locker room” talk and lack of control. They have the ability to respect and understand consent, but first society, parents and teachers need to do the same.

“I like volunteering at the children’s ministries at my church and investing in other people, not just myself.”

“My family picks a kid in the foster care system and gets gifts for them.”

Hannah Draut freshman

Jackie McGivney junior


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Scholarships for Cherokee descendants MICHAEL BAILEY associate professor of government and international studies When I first moved to Rome, I knew in a nebulous way that the Cherokee Trail of Tears was somehow connected to Georgia. But only recently have I begun to absorb the density of its connection to our collective backyard here at Berry College— to where I sit at this moment and type these words. You know the outlines of the story. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson pushed through Congress the “Indian Removal Act,” which authorized the federal government to pursue treaties with the “Five Civilized Tribes” for the purpose of prompting these nations to move from their land. A few Cherokee leaders, including Major Ridge, believed that removal was the only option available to save the Cherokee peoples from certain destruction, and so they signed such a treaty. Cherokees were rounded up by American soldiers, sometimes without the opportunity to gather personal belongings. They were imprisoned in makeshift removal camps (essentially internment camps). By 1839, around 15,000 Cherokees were rounded up and marched nearly a thousand miles to Oklahoma. Their journey was later described as the Trail of Tears. The toll of the march was devastating, both during and after, and thousands perished. Floyd County was an area of intense military activity in the removal. Fort Means was located roughly halfway between Berry College and Kingston, about ten miles away from Berry College. Letters suggest Fort Means briefly held nearly 500 Cherokee before they were marched northward. Camp Malone was also located in Floyd County. It is thought to have held 70 prisoners. A National Park Service map places its location quite possibly on today’s Berry College property. These prisoners, along with others from the Cedar Town Encampment,

were marched north along an established Cherokee north-south trail. Established Cherokee trail— let’s put that trail, and thus the march, into a perspective that all of us here at Berry College can appreciate. The trail these Cherokees followed later became the route for Highway 27, more commonly referred to in these parts as Martha Berry Boulevard. It is haunting to contemplate hundreds of Cherokee—families, with aged grandparents and babies—marching north on a path straddled by what today is Berry’s main campus and the President’s home. It is sobering to consider that Major Ridge’s home, “Chieftains Museum,” is located across the river from Martha Berry’s home, Oak Hill. It is painful to consider that Berry College’s most notable claim to fame, our thousands of acres in this beautiful corner of the world, is land the College holds on account of a grievously tragic national transgression.

I propose that Berry College endow two scholarships a year to descendants of the tribal nations that were evicted from their lands. There is no remedying this wrong. It is one of those moral shames that, once concluded, can only be remembered, never remedied. And yet that does not mean we cannot acknowledge—

meaningfully acknowledge—our debt. Nor does it mean we cannot make our remembrance more meaningful, more authentic, by attaching it to deeds. So what I offer here for your consideration, as a member of the Berry College community, is the following proposal: I propose that Berry College establish an endowment that grants two scholarships a year to academically qualified descendants of the tribal nations that were evicted from their lands during this period. Preference, when possible, ought to go to a Cherokee descendent. The scholarship should amount to a full ride—tuition, room and board, and fees. In a four-year cycle, eight students would be beneficiaries of this scholarship. This proposal is expensive. Assuming that the cost would be roughly 50,000 dollars a year per student, this scholarship would entail a four hundred thousand dollar a year commitment. Paying this through interest drawn on the fund’s principal would entail an investment of many millions of dollars, possibly twenty million dollars. It is also the case that the Berry College endowment presently is roughly 800 million dollars, a fair portion of it derived from land—land available ultimately on account of the eviction of an innocent people. I do not conceive this proposal as a form of reparation. The misdeeds of 1838-1839 were too monstrous, too enormous in magnitude, too removed in time, to flatter ourselves that any number of scholarships—or even selling the college and donating the proceeds to the Cherokee peoples—could remotely rebalance the scales of justice. Moreover the descendants of the Cherokee Nation do not view themselves as broken victims but as strong survivors who

“I’ve done ministries with my family. We helped organize an event where families donated toys.”

“Me and my mom make stockings and send them to the orphanage in my hometown.”

Marc Saboura sophomore

Hannah West freshman

have proudly overcome every imaginable adversity.

Adopting this proposal will help us as a community to bear empathetic witness to a people whose own anguish made possible our beloved college. I make this proposal rather because I believe it is good for Berry College. Tennis courts and retirement villages are terrific, but they should not define us, no matter how alluring their branding potential. The proposal I advance strengthens our Berry College identity because it emerges from our belief in the liberal arts, in the belief that the “mystic chords of memory” link us to time and place and lead us along the path IVY WRIGHT to self-understanding. Adopting guest columnist this proposal will help us as a community to bear empathetic witness to a people whose own anguish made possible our beloved college. There are plenty of reasons not to adopt this proposal. Take your pick. Obviously money. Logistics is another. And aren’t we indebted to other wronged peoples as well? Significant objections, all. But there is always a ready supply of reasons not to do the right thing. History, taken seriously, is neither abstract nor irrelevant. As Faulkner reminds us, it is not even past. Let’s acknowledge our history, and therefore who we are by adopting this manageable but meaningful gesture.



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Campus organizations give back during holidays, year round Jameson Filston Online Editor

Christmas is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. Christmas is the season of tinsel, candy canes and light shows, but along with those fun traditions comes a far more meaningful tradition – giving. Madison Hubbard, a sophomore Bonner scholar, said that many of the non-profit organizations for which she volunteers get a huge boost in donations and participation during the holiday season. “This is the biggest time for donations and people wanting to help,” Hubbard said. Berry College Volunteer Services (BCVS) facilitates student and faculty service opportunities such as a Salvation Army bell ringing and donating winter clothes. The Chaplain’s Office helped students take advantage of Operation Christmas Child, an annual event held by Samaritan’s Purse that allows people to fill shoeboxes with items for children in need, by tabling in Krannert to publicize Maya the program and get students started on their boxes. Mount Berry Church has a giving project every month. These giving projects support a local charity and are a great way to give back to the Rome community. The church believes that this is a great way to foster a sense of cooperation in the community. The church sponsors other events instead of

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creating their own for that very reason. “Our church is always trying to do stuff to identify different events and opportunities on campus,” senior Maya Dillard, the Service and Community Coordinator for the Chaplain’s Office, said. “We do this as a way to build relationships on campus.” While this is the season for giving, service is a year round opportunity. Lydia Schlitt, senior and co-president of the Canterbury Club, says that participation in their service events has increased over her time at Berry. Not only do they participate in Operation Christmas Child, but they work with partners in the community such as the Rome Floyd Community Soup Kitchen and the Boys and Girls Club. Schlitt said that the club has diversified as people seek to follow their passions, and participation seems to be growing. “Students just seem to care more about wanting to give back,” Schlitt said. BCVS also promotes giving outside of the Christmas season. Their service days encourage students to give back to the community. “We get a lot of student participation and club participation,” senior Caroline Lee, student supervisor at Dillard BCVS, said. BCVS also works to match up students with opportunities that would interest them. “This year we have had a more targeted approach in trying to communicate with students,” Lee said. There are plenty of opportunities to give on-campus, and the Christmas season highlights many opportunities.

Our church is always trying to do stuff to identify different events and opportunities on campus. We do this as a way to build relationships on campus.

Firearms Deer Hunt Season began Wednesday and continues through Saturday on the Berry College WMA. The Berry College Land Resources Department has posted the necessary signage regarding the firearms deer hunt.

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RLT’s Production of Into The Woods • 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. • Rome Little Theatre RLT will put on James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods.’

December 3-4

PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX Commentary by Darian Kuxhouse Opinions Editor

Growing up with the Gilmore girls was wonderful. I watched Rory, a fellow book lover, grow up and achieve goals that I would soon adopt. I likened my relationship with my mother to Rory and Lorelai’s, as I later found out many girls did. I sat cross-legged in front of the TV when season seven came to a close, and prayed that it wasn’t really the end. Thankfully, nine years later, I was able to pretend that I lived in Stars Hollow once again. This four part Netflix revival has sparked a frenzy of nostalgia for ‘Gilmore Girls’ fans. “A Year in the Life” has paid tribute to the past in a beautiful way while still acknowledging that time has passed, and things have changed. (Spoilers to follow.) Lorelai is still a walking treasure trove of pop culture references that span from David Cronenberg

to Marvel movies. Luke still harasses his customers, but with a new set of rules that now includes “no man buns” and “no texting while ordering.” The revival does a great job expanding characters’ lives rather than playing on nostalgia. Rory, who was an arguably flat character during a good portion of the original series, is going through quite a bit of character development in the revival. Her character accentuates real fears and troubles that a lot of millennials have to deal with today. Rory claimed to have “a lot of irons in the fire,” yet was turned down for three different job opportunities. She’s broke, has to move back home and is working at the Stars Hollow Gazette for free as a placeholder. The overwhelming question surrounding her is, what next? This is fantastic because Rory was such an idealized character, the picture of perfection, and we’re now being shown that no one is perfect, not even Rory. While the revival did a great job catering to massive fan

requests to bring back Rory’s old boyfriends, her story line with Logan fell extremely flat for me. At the end of season seven, she turned down Logan’s proposal, and we were left with a Rory free to follow her passions without worrying about her love life. In the revival, we follow Rory as she has a boyfriend that she keeps forgetting about while having an affair with Logan, who is engaged to another woman. I want a story line that stops trying to define Rory by the man she’s with. I want Rory to focus on herself, her baby and her book before she focuses on the various men who inevitably fall for her. This being said, I am, and will always be, Team Jess. They should just fall in love again after Rory gets herself in a better place. Let’s talk about the other Gilmore gals. Lorelai finally got married to Luke, and Emily, Lorelai’s mother, finally kept a maid. The death of Lorelai’s father propelled this mini-series forward for Lorelai and Emily’s characters, which was evident in emotional scenes such as when Lorelai told Emily about the best birthday with her father. It was also great seeing Emily finally feel free from her high society

life, even going so far as to call her previously beloved DAR group “bullshit” and walking out on them. I watched all 6 hours of the revival in one day. I laughed, cried and had a great time being immersed in the very distinctive world that the Gilmore girls inhabit. I think “A Year in the Life” was executed wonderfully, even though it does have a few issues. Die-hard fans like myself are going to love seeing Lorelai and Rory back together again, and I can’t wait to see if there will be another follow up. Here are some questions that I still have: • Who is Rory’s baby daddy? The wookie or Logan?? • If we’re left on that big of a cliffhanger, does that mean we could be getting another season? Because I need more. • Will Paul find someone who will remember him? • Why was a horrible 15-minutelong play included? Why not just a 30-second montage? We could have had more precious moments with Lorelai and Rory! • Why was Lane given such a bad story line? • Has Jess written any more books? • What is Luke’s actual Wi-Fi password??

Winter Art Market • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Rome Civic Center The annual Winter Art Market celebrates Georgia artists and crafters. There will be an expanded collection of gift foods and outdoor decor. There will be free admission and free parking. Visit their website for a list of artists and vendors.

December 7

Muletide Perkins (solo) • 10 p.m. • Moon Roof Bar Muletide Perkins performs solo acoustic sets of working man’s folk rock originals and a unique array of covers rooted in the context of the American dream.

December 10

A Rome Symphony & Friends Christmas • 7:30 p.m. • Rome Symphony Orchestra RSO Christmas will feature festive holiday favorites performed by the full Rome Symphony Orchestra. Special guests include the combined choirs from Thankful and Lovejoy Baptist Churches and Ahmad Hall and Friends who will join the RSO to perform Gospel Christmas selections.

Sports 10

Thursday Dec. 1, 2016

Personal trainers push students to succeed Haiden Widener Sports Editor Students in the kinesiology department are helping others engage in healthier lifestyles through the student-led personal training program. This program allows personal trainers to gain experience in a field of interest, and allows other students to gain health and fitness knowledge. Members of the Berry community can sign up for a personal trainer online, and are then assigned to a trainer based on availability. During one of their first meetings with the client, the trainer puts them through a variety of tests such as a maximum push-up test, flexibility test, aerobic fitness test and others. They then take the client’s body composition, height, weight, blood pressure and resting heart rate. They plug all of this information into a health assessment machine that ranks them on a fitness scale of one to 100 based on those similar to them in age and physical aspects. Senior Blake Phillips started working for the program during his sophomore year. “I enjoy seeing people get hooked on the whole fitness thing,” he said. In order to become qualified to work for the program, students who want to pursue personal training go through an interview process and are then required to pass the certified personal trainer exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). “The NSCA has one of the hardest test rates,” he said. “Their pass rate for personal trainers is below 60 percent, so you have to know your stuff.” After passing the test, the trainers are assigned three to five clients at a time. They meet with these clients for an hour twice a week for seven weeks. Because of the short amount of time they are given with their clients, they try to not only help them reach their goals, but teach them techniques that they can use even after the seven weeks is over. “I treat it more as teaching rather

Women’s Basketball Jan. 8 vs. Centre @ 1:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Lesli Marchese | CAMPUS CARRIER Personal trainer Jenn Leahy, right, working with her client Deja Williams-Mitchell. Through the personal training program they meet twice a week for seven weeks. Leahy teaches her clients exercises that will help them reach their goals. Leahy is also a certified nutritionist, helping clients eat healthily while on her workout plan. than trying to get results,” Phillips said. “I’ll tell them up front don’t expect to lose 20 pounds because I only see you twice a week.” Sophomore Deja WilliamsMitchell started working out through the program this semester with personal trainer junior Jenn Leahy. “She doesn’t just give me workouts, she tells me why I’m doing something and the purpose of it,” Williams-Mitchell said. “She isn’t just doing it for six weeks, she’s trying to build me up for a better lifestyle.” Leahy is an exercise science major and started working in the program as a sophomore. “I love working out myself,” Leahy said. “I love helping people live a healthier lifestyle through my love of lifting.” When trying to create specific workout plans for each client, the trainers look at the client’s goals,

and also the client’s needs that they both certified nutritionists. may be unaware of. The nutrition program is a “It’s a fine line between what separate program, with separate the client wants and what the certifications, but it ties in closely client needs,” Phillips said. “You with personal training. Trainers who have to weigh it are also certified out and usually nutritionists are you can reach a assigned clients compromise.” who want to Phillips has participate in found that most both programs. of the time girls Through this they come in with are able to teach goals such as their clients what losing weight foods are better and toning up, to eat while on and like to focus a workout plan. on leg exercises Eating healthier and cardio. Boys Deja Williams-Mitchell also helps the usually come in clients see better with goals such as results in the gaining muscle weight and like to weight room. focus on arm and chest exercises. This program is not only helping Teaching clients how to enhance clients lead healthier lifestyles, those areas is not the only thing that but is also preparing the personal Phillips and Leahy do, they are also trainers for futures in the field.

She isn’t just doing it for six weeks, she’s trying to build me up for a better lifestyle.

Jan. 8 vs. Centre @ 3:00 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Jan. 20 Invitational @ 5:00 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

Feb. 11 vs. Huntingdon @ 3:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

Feb. 25 vs. Hendrix @ 1:00 p.m.


Feb. 18 vs. Emory & Henry @ noon

Sports 11

Thursday Dec. 1, 2016

Soumahoro leads Berry’s defense to best season yet Adekale Ande Assistant Sports Editor This year’s football team finished the season at the top of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in almost every defensive category. The Vikings led the SAA in allowed points per game (20.2), rushing yards per game (66.6, 5th in Division III), and sacks (32). Junior Mamadou Soumahoro had an important role throughout this historical season. Soumahoro, a defensive lineman, led this year’s defense. He was named SAA Defensive Player of the Year for his record breaking level of play. He was one the top defensive standouts





in all of Division III football and guy to begin with,” Head Coach was a nominee for the Division III Tony Kunczewski said. “He has a defensive player of the year as well. unique combination of size, speed, Soumahoro strength and he’s led the nation in quite the athlete.” solo sacks with Berry has never 15, forced five had a big football fumbles (No. 4 culture, mainly in the nation) and because they didn’t recovered four have a team until fumbles (No. 2 four years ago. But in the nation). He Berry just finished even returned two its best season yet. of his recovered The team finished fumbles for tied for first in touchdowns. SAA conference Coach Kunczewski with a 9-1 record He recorded 20 tackles for loss, in only the fourth with 47 tackles total on the season. year of the program’s history. “Mamadou is pretty special. This team has been nurtured First of all, he’s a very humble under Kunczewki’s tutelage for the

He has a unique combination of size, speed, strength and he’s quite the athlete.

past year and they haven’t looked back since. Under Kunczewski, the Vikings are 18- 21 but have increased the wins each season. “It was a fitting end to the guys who helped start this program four years ago,” Kunczewski said. “To see them go from 0-9, to 2-8, to 7-3, then 9-1 and now they’re conference champions; it’s amazing. “ This 2016-2017 team was one for the records books, having 17 Vikings named to an AllConference team. Berry has now been to the top of the mountain, but Kunczewski says the hunger for the next challenge is already present in the players minds. “We want to build off of this; it’s not easy in our conference

because there are so many good programs in our conference in football,” Kunczewski said. “Our motivation now every year is to win a conference championship.” With graduation this year the Vikings will be losing 34 seniors, it is now up to the next class to step up and continue to perform on the field. There are definitely some huge shoes to fill, but the Vikings are up for the challenge. “We feel like we have a lot of talent returning,” Kunczewski said. “We need guys to step up and fill the leadership void because talent can only take you so far.” With Soumahoro returning next year to lead the defense, there is high excitement to see what he will accomplish.


Women’s Soccer

Men’s Soccer






Thursday December 1, 2016


Festive Memories Students are gearing up for the holidays with themed activities all over campus. On Tuesday alone, there was a Christmas party in the Ford Living Room, Christmas in Krannert, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus and a Winter Wonderland with snacks and games in the West Mary common area! Photos by Bailey Albertson | CAMPUS CARRIER


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