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March 8, 2012
A Student Publication of Union University
Volume 96, Issue 8
Unionites read works at conference ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY STUDENTS CHOSEN TO SHOWCASE WRITINGS IN NEW ORLEANS By Kathryn Flippin Life Editor
Three Union students were chosen from more than 1,000 entrees to present their literary pieces Feb. 29-March 3 at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in New Orleans. In addition to achieving academic excellence, the members of STD, an international English
honor society, strive to promote interest in English literature, writing and languages on college campuses. The STD convention unites chapters from around the world to cultivate conversations with other writers, readers and thinkers. “We renew our sense of ourselves, of what it means to love literature and language,” said Dr.
Shannin Schroeder, 2012 convention chair, about the gathering. This year’s convention theme, “Reawaken,” concentrated on words and understanding what an author might mean by them. For each of the works highlighted during the convention, students and faculty members presented a view that encouraged the “Re-
awaken” focus. Whitney Williams, junior English and philosophy double major, read her paper in the “Heaven and Hell in World Literature” series. The series featured four critical analysis pieces comparing how literature and religion work together. “The words authors use help us to understand what their focus is,” Williams said. “In my particular piece, I looked at how the words related to religion. “It was great to receive
feedback and participate in an ongoing discussion about how religion links with literature.” Environments that challenge the way one thinks help nurture any creative’s mind, said Michael O’Malley, junior English major who also read the short story, “Achilles,” in the original fiction category at the convention. “One of the main reasons conferences like these are important is because they help expand how we think about English,” O’Malley said.
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James L. Walker, Union alumnus from 1950 and retired educator, votes Tuesday in the primary election held at the Jackson-Madison County Board of Education office on North Parkway.
Romney leads race News Editor
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney solidified his delegate lead with a strong Super Tuesday showing, squeaking past former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in battleground Ohio to move one step closer to the Republican nomination. In Tennessee, Santorum captured 37 percent of the vote, garnering 40.86 percent in Madison County. He claimed 22 of Tennessee’s 35 delegates, Romney took eight delegates, and Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, won five.
“It’s a long road until ahead of us, but tonight November, and we’ll have is definitely an exciting to keep working,” said moment for us.” Trevor Sewell, freshman Romney captured 28 music and percent of Christian the votes studies in TennesPrimary Election double see, folSpecial Coverage major and lowed by See Page A2 for county Gingrich organizer with 24 more stories: for the p e rc e n t, • New voter ID Rick Sanand Rep. law torum for Ron Paul • More on Super President of Texas, campaign. with 9 Tuesday “Should percent. • More on he beBeyond redistricting come the Te n n e s nominee see, Sanand go torum won onto the general election North Dakota and Oklaagainst President Obama, homa. Romney captured we still have a lot of work Virginia, Massachusetts,
Vermont, Idaho, Alaska, and Ohio. Gingrich snatched Georgia. Santorum, a Catholic, appeals to West Tennesseans like Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, did in the 2008 presidential election, said Steve Maroney, Madison County chairman for Romney’s campaign. “It is not surprising that Santorum would do well in the same areas that Huckabee did well, especially with evangelicals,” Maroney said. “I’m actually encouraged that Romney did well in some of the major population
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Mini Boston Marathon raises funds for GO trip By Kathryn Moore Staff Writer
More than 1,200 miles away from the starting line of the Boston Marathon, Jackson community members gathered March 3 at the inaugural Mini Boston Marathon, a fundraiser for GO Boston teams 1 and 2. T.R. Parker, assistant professor of library services and leader of the Boston 1 trip, formed the idea of a race on campus. He ran the Boston Marathon in 2009 and 2010 and said he wanted to connect GO Boston’s patrons with the city by referring to one of America’s most famous footraces. “The actual Boston Marathon is 26.2 miles,” Parker said. “We just moved the decimal to
make this a smaller version of the big race.” The 2.62-mile race led more than 120 runners around Union’s campus. The race’s top male finisher was Logan Smith, junior English major, and the top female finisher was MaryAnn McClendon, sophomore music major. The GO team members liked Parker’s idea because it was different than other fundraisers they had previously done, said Lara Meeks, sophomore accounting major and GO Boston 1 team member. “We knew it would be easy to get people to participate because there are lots of people on campus who enjoy running,” Meeks said. The GO Boston team
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GPS in phones quickens 911 response times
By Grace Ferrell
“I think at any university there’s a sort of ‘critical bubble’ of people and ideas you interact with, and conventions like this one let us get out of that sphere to interact with people who have different ideas about things, whether it’s morals or narrative structure or the writing process or whatever. “It’s nice to get fresh perspectives.” Josh Garcia, senior English major, who was
After a year of preparation, technicians have installed GPS technology in every landline telephone on campus, a move that will help emergency officials pinpoint a caller’s location. Carson Hawkins, director of Safety and Security for Union’s campus, said the previous address of any emergency call from campus was simply 1050 Union University Drive. “Rather than being blanketed by the 1050 address, each emergency call is given its own standalone address,” Hawkins said. As of December 2011, when someone places an emergency phone call, a 911 dispatcher can access critical information he or she previously would have had to ask the caller, such as his number, campus building and office number. Digital phones made the new tracking system possible. Previously unnamed roads on campus received names, including Bulldog Drive, Mary J. Craig Drive, UU Street, Lanese Dockery Drive, Faith Drive and Hope Road. Each office phone is outfitted and tested in order make sure there are no misconnections
with the system. These new locations were passed to Paytech, Union’s telephone service provider, and to Madison County’s 911 dispatchers. Hawkins said setting up the new landline system is just another step to maximize the safety of everyone on campus. Hawkins also mentioned looking at wireless applications for the system. One of the most common systems on college campuses are the emergency blue phones. However, these would be more sparse than a regular landline and can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 apiece to install. The new GPS coordinates involved adding 58 new addresses to Union’s campus. Safety and Security worked with 911 Communications District for Madison County to plot these 58 new locations as GPS coordinates on campus. Elizabeth Cooke, junior media communications major, recently transferred to Union from Austin Peay State University. “I think it’s a good thing,” she said. “I’m still getting used to everything on the campus and if an emergency situation ever arose that would be a big help to a new student like myself.”
Tennessee redistricting creates GOP advantage By Alex Brown Editor-in-Chief
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The Mini Boston Marathon raised funds Saturday for the GO Boston 1 and 2 teams that will travel on mission trips during Union’s spring break.
performed race-day duties such as registering participants, making banners, directing runners on the course and cheering at the finish line. Team members received a share of the race’s proceeds for volunteering and encouraging others to sign up for the run. “We are not expecting everyone to run the race,” Meeks said. “They can hop, walk, crawl or skip. We just want it
to be a fun experience for everyone.” GO Boston 1, led by Parker, will assist City on a Hill Church and serve the Boston community through volunteering in social-service areas. The Boston 2 team, led by Taylor Worley, associate dean for spiritual life and assistant professor of Christian thought and tradition, will assist a Russian church plant and minister to international students in Boston.
As Republican presidential candidates traverse the country in their efforts to win the party’s support, legislators closer to home are preparing for the November elections by reaching out to new constituents in realigned districts Tennessee legislators set new boundaries for congressional, state House and state Senate districts early in the year, and Gov. Bill Haslam signed the maps into law Jan. 26. The maps passed the GOP-controlled state legislature by a wide margin and would seem to bolster Republican gains, packing Dem-
ocratic-leaning precincts into marginalized districts and making GOP-held districts less competitive. The maps include changes to all three districts in which Union lies: congressional District 8, state House District 73 and state Senate District 27. Not surprisingly, the legislators from each state district — one a Republican and one a Democrat — are split in their assessment of the results. “I’m happy with it,” said state Rep. Jimmy Eldridge, a Republican who represents District 73. “It was very fair. The whole process was very
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bases in Tennessee.” While Romney’s campaign hoped to have a better turnout in Madison County, Maroney said the governor is “in it for the long haul.” Delegates for the national convention are selected from the results of Super Tuesday’s elections. A candidate will need 1,114 delegates to receive the Republican nomination for president at this August’s national convention in Tampa. A total of 419 delegate slots were up for grabs
Tuesday. Romney walked away with 179 delegates, Santorum got 64, Gingrich won 52 from Georgia and Paul received 14. Super Tuesday represents a high point for Santorum’s campaign, said Caraline Rickard, senior history and political science double major and Tennessee College Democrats president. “He will probably make a good showing in other Southern states because it is a more religious and conservative area,” Rickard said. “But once we get out of the South and out of the sort of climate that
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Mitt Romney has gained 361 delegates, followed by Rick Santorum, 112; Newt Gingrich, 80; and Ron Paul, 24.
Rick Santorum thrives in — that religious-based conservatism — he is going to lose (support).” However, a matchup between Obama and
Santorum would tip the scales in the president’s favor, Rickard said. “In the long run, I think it will be Romney, and he will be a harder match
(for Obama) than Santorum,” Rickard said. No matter which of the candidates is named the Republican nominee, Maroney said Super Tuesday
voters seemed excited to get started on the process of voting Obama out of the White House. Final figures from Alaska were unavailable at press time.
New state law requires proper photo identification before voting at polls By Whitney Jones News Editor Graphic/TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Tennessee legislatures voted Jan. 26 to adopt new congressional district boundaries. District 8, where Union is located, is distinguished in dark yellow.
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tors did not put enough time and care into the fair. It’s a very complex planning. process, but it moved “(Democrats) drew along rather smoothly.” lines (in past years) to State Sen. Lowe Finney, benefit their party,” Ela Democrat from District dridge said. “(This year’s 27, said the redistricting redistricting) was not process was rushed, al- rushed. The process bethough he was not upset gan over the summer. with the overall results. Maybe in one district, He said a slower process we left out a county. Anywould have been more body can make a mistake, thorough and fair. but we corrected it.” “My concern was one Tipton County was acof process more than cidentally omitted from product,” Finney said. the original plans and “I was presented with was added with a later a map and told, ‘Here’s amendment, a move what your district is.’ ... Finney said signified the I would have preferred haste of the process. a more open, Eldridge slower prosaid that y concern cess that complaint would have is baseless was one of engaged memand said the bers of the process more support the than product. I public more.” plan received Of the lo- was presented from some cal districts, with a map and Democrats Finney’s saw proves the the most dras- told, ‘Here’s what process was tic changes. your district is.’ conducted The Jack– Lowe Finney fairly. son resident Eldridge’s re p re s e n t e d District 73 Madison, Gibhas seen its son and Carfair share of emocrats roll counties change, and drew lines prior to the he said he redistricting, (in past years) thinks the but his new to benefit their realignment district con- party. (This year’s will benefit sists of Madihis district. son, Crockett, redistricting) was Much of L a u d e rd a l e , not rushed. northern Dyer and Lake – Jimmy Eldridge M a d i s o n counties. County was Finney, who divided unis not up for re-election der the previous alignuntil 2014, said he is not ment, including areas sure if he will seek to near Union. retain his seat but said Pipkin Road served as the changes to his dis- part of the dividing line trict would not affect his for Districts 73 and 82, decision. but District 73 will now He declined to spec- take on a greater portion ulate on what the re- of the county’s northaligned district would western area. mean for his campaign Eldridge also will gain chances, saying he is a small tract across the accustomed to winning U.S. 45 Bypass from despite long odds. Union that had belonged “Both of my cam- to District 80. paigns were uphill “It’s a win-win for the battles,” Finney said. “I citizens of Madison Counthink you win re-election ty, and it’s a win-win for if you demonstrate to me,” Eldridge said. “I’m people that you’re work- happy with it, (and) the ing on things that they majority of my colleagues care about.” are happy with it.” Eldridge is no stranger Eldridge said he was to the redistricting pro- excited to gain constitucess and said Republi- ents in northern Madicans approached the pro- son County, especially cess with more fairness given the circumstances than the Democratic ef- of his first election win forts in 2002. in 2002. He rejected Finney’s The Democrat-led reassertion that legisla- districting plans enacted
earlier in the year placed some of northern Madison County in District 80, including Eldridge’s residence on White Plains Drive. Eldridge, undeterred, moved three miles east to Emerald Lake Drive, back within District 73. “(Democrats) carved me out of my district, so I turned around and bought a house in District 73,” Eldridge said. “I had to move back into my district to run. Was that fair?” Now that much of that area has been reclaimed by District 73, Eldridge said he is happy to have northern Madison County back in the fold. He emphasized that regardless of his electorate, he “represents everyone in Tennessee.” On the national scale, U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher’s District 8 did not change boundaries near Union, but it did trade some precincts with District 9 in the North Memphis area. According to analysis by the Daily Kos, a progressive blog, District 8 gained largely white precincts while giving up heavily black precincts, swinging the district further to the right. Fincher did not respond to requests for comment, but Eldridge denied that Republicans were trying to marginalize black voters or use racial demographics for political gain. “Racial issues didn’t have anything to do with it,” Eldridge said. “That was just the way it happened.” Finney declined to speculate on the motivation behind the mapping but said a more open process would have helped avoid the issue. He also said it is incumbent on the party in power to consider the effects of redistricting on minority communities. Despite the disagreements and accusations that accompanied the redistricting process, legislators say they are eager to move forward with their new districts. “I look forward to representing (my new) counties,” Finney said. “I’ve got a lot of miles to drive and a lot of people to meet.”
On Super Tuesday, the largest day of voting for primary elections, those without proper photo identification may have run into some problems because of a new state law. Tennessee now requires residents to show a photo ID to prevent voting fraud, but having a Union ID is not enough. Students must have a government-issued photo ID, which includes driver’s licenses, passports, state-issued handgun permits and military IDs. “(The voting ID law) is designed to prevent a specific fraud known as voter impersonation, when someone goes into the polls and tries to vote in another person’s name,” said Blake Fontenay, communications director for the Tennessee Department of State. By requiring a state-issued form of ID, the law prevents people from illegal actions such as looking in the obituaries on voting day and using a name from that list to cast extra votes,
Fontenay said. Some people, including Caraline Rickard, senior history and political science double major, oppose the law because they say it makes voting more difficult for college students who do not have a driver’s license, the elderly and others. “Most people who don’t have driver’s licenses (or) photo IDs are minorities, young people, college students and poor people…” she said. “It impacts those groups unfairly.” In contrast, Fontenay said he does not think the law will prevent certain people from voting. Many exemptions to the law exist that accommodate people who have difficulties obtaining a photo ID, he said. For example, college students living outside the county where they are registered and voters older than 65 can vote absentee without a photo ID, according to the Tennessee State Department website. Fontenay said other exemptions to the law include people living in a nursing home or hospital who are allowed to
vote without a photo ID at the facility where they reside. People without an ID can obtain one free at any Department of Motor Vehicles site in Tennessee. Rickard noted that while this option does provide a way for some to get a proper ID, many people without a driver’s license could not drive to a DMV location. She also said that out of the state’s 95 counties, only about half have a DMV site. However, Fontenay said people also can obtain proper IDs at certain county clerk offices, which are listed on the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security website. A difficulty Union students living on campus might face is that obtaining a photo ID requires two proofs of residency to show that they do indeed live within the county, Rickard said. For more information on the new law and how to obtain proper identification, visit www.govotetn.com, or call (877) 850-4959.
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‘Hidden crime’ local problem By Katherine Pullen Staff Writer
“Jackson is one of the many parts of our state where, right now, there are people enslaved to human trafficking,” reads the front of the bulletin for a conference hosted March 1 by the School of Social Work. About 200 students, social work and law enforcement professionals and community advocates attended the “Human Trafficking: Seeing-Responding” conference. Speakers came from various agencies and backgrounds. “We brought together a lot of different experts, people who ... had strategies and ideas,” said Dr. Elizabeth E. Wilson, associate professor of social work and chairwoman of the conference planning committee. “What we wanted to see (was) that people connected with each other and thought about how, even in Jackson, they could reach
out to these women who are being trafficked.” The conference, sponsored by the School of Social Work, End Slavery Tennessee and the Southwest Council on Children and Youth, highlighted the plight of 27 million slaves worldwide and emphasized that trafficking is not just a global problem but also a local one. “A lot of people don’t think that trafficking is a big deal and that it’s not very prevalent where we are, so it’s really great that we’re raising awareness,” said Megan Miller, junior social work and Spanish double major. Miller said she appreciated the practical strategies emphasized by the speakers, such as signs of a possible victim of trafficking. Jonathan Skrmetti, assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, talked about the law enforcement perspective on trafficking. “Through really tight
Running trails bulldozed By Cari Phillips
said Dr. Kimberly Thornbury, dean of students, Union allowed Jackson Union owns about 75 Energy Authority to acacres of land across Pleas- cess the sewer lines loant Plains Drive, where cated on the acreage. students and staff utilize “They did confirm an extensive network of that they were there for running and biking trails access to the sewer that recently have been pipes,” she said. “I also disturbed by bulldozers think they have a new reand machines. alization how much the “I run on the trails trails are being used as about two or opposed to a three times year ago.” have always a week,” said Thornbury Natalie Huth, and the adenjoyed getting senior nurs- to run in the great ministration ing major. “I contacted have always outdoors. It’s a JEA about enjoyed get- little sad to see the trails, and ting to run the trails being leadership in the great was unaware tampered with. outdoors. It’s trees were – Natalie Huth being a little sad to cut see the trails down, which being tampered with.” is not normal procedure. Lee Wilson, director “JEA certainly wanted of discipleship, runs to work with Union to acthe trails often and was commodate our trail usone of the first to raise ers, and they are going to concern about their look and see if any trees condition. are in the pathways,” “It was a bit of a shock Thornbury said. to go on a run in the pris“JEA has been an intine woods and then, credible partner and all of a sudden, splin- friend to Union, and tered trees, bulldozer Union will be in contact tracks and the trail had with JEA leadership to vanished.” find out further details When Union expanded about the work being the campus in 1999-2000, done on the trails.” Staff Writer
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Becca Stephens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, urges conference attendees to make a difference in the lives of trafficked women.
cooperation with various NGOs, with all the law-enforcement agencies working together and with very aggressive leadership from the U.S. attorney’s office and the U.S. attorney, we’ve really been able to make these (sex trafficking) cases happen,” Skrmetti said. “Any time we catch a whiff of one, we will investigate it to the ends of the earth if we have to (in order) to make sure we can make a case.” Skrmetti said trafficking is a “hidden crime” because many of the activities associated with it are not explicitly illegal, making the crime diffi-
cult to identify and stop. He said he hopes increasing awareness of trafficking and training people to look for it will lead to more prosecutions and less victims affected by it each year. “The biggest takeaway (from the conference) is, in the context of many of these social workers and soon-to-be social workers, that they keep an eye out for indications of trafficking,” Skrmetti said. “A lot of the vulnerable young women who are forced into trafficking come from backgrounds that put them in contact with social workers.”
Speaker lauds Constantine By Beth Byrd Staff Writer
“Why should we be concerned about Constantine?” said Dr. Peter Leithart, senior fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College in his guest lecture Monday in the Carl Grant Events Center. While Constantine lived centuries ago, Leithart revealed the Roman emperor’s political and religious significance through the lecture, “The Metapolitics of Christendom: Constantine and the Transformation of Rome.” Leithart drew from his most recent book, “Defending Constantine,” for his lecture. The lecture focused on Constantine’s conversion, his role in changing the Western world and Constantine’s influence both on the church and state of ancient Rome. “My book is called ‘Defending Constantine,’ but it is not defending Constantine at all costs,”
Leithart said. “He had plenty of faults.” Leithart first focused on how Constantine’s behavior showed signs of having religious faith. Constantine refused to offer sacrifices to the god Jupiter after professing to be a Christian. During a time when people lacked religious freedom, he allowed generals to choose whether they would participate in ritual sacrifices, which allowed Christians to join political and military ranks without having to compromise loyalty to God. In addition Constantine prayed, read Scripture and changed the signs on currency and military gear to Christian symbols. Leithart talked about what he believes were some of Constantine’s faults as well, which included a domineering personality and a brutal lifestyle. Many people believe Constantine was a political actor who manipulated the growing
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Peter Leithart (right), senior theology scholar, talks with Jimmy Davis, vice president for the regional campuses, following his lecture. movement of Christianity for his personal gain, he said. Constantine thought church arguments directly affected his success as emperor, because he believed God provided blessings based on the church’s unity, Leithart said.
Leithart linked Constantine’s life with contemporary issues facing the church. He challenged Christians to evaluate their roles in church and to consider whether their loyalties lie primarily with the nation or with Christ. Leithart also gave a
lecture titled, “Monsters of Ingratitude,” Tuesday at the Grant Center and spoke during chapel hour Wednesday in G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel. Leithart and his family live in Moscow, Idaho, where he works as a minister, author, editor and professor.
Scholarship banquet to feature Gates The 15th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 4 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center will feature Robert M. Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense for George W. Bush and Barack Obama and former president of Texas A&M University. Gates worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for almost 27 years. He has been awarded numerous medals, including the National Security Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal. Dr. David S. Dockery, university president, said in a press release, “It will be helpful for all aspects of the Union constituency to hear from a person who has led one of the country’s great public universities, who has served in government and who also has been a leader in the private sector. For all of us, it will truly be a genuine privilege to host Secretary Robert Gates for Union University’s annual Scholarship Banquet in the fall of 2012.”
Resident adviser applications reach record high By Grace Ferrell News Editor
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Whitney Williams, senior English major, presents an original literary work Feb. 21 in preparation for Sigma Tau Delta’s national convention.
Students present original writings at convention » Continued from Page A1 the only student to attend last year also read two original pieces. One is a series, called “America,” about different places he has traveled. The other is an abstract piece called “Mother Ocean Son.” All three students presented their pieces at a mock reading the week before the convention. The students and faculty from the English Department say they are grateful when students can share original pieces because they say it encourages them in their
own work. “Union has a good track record of students participating in past conventions,” said Roger Stanley, assistant professor of English and Union’s STD sponsor. “It is a big deal this year in particular because of how competitive it was. Three is a great representation of how strong our department is.” Stanley holds the position of southern regent for STD chapters in the South. He said he was honored that his students were chosen from this region.
They make brownies during finals, they usher students into the closest shelters during foul weather and they file maintenance requests when a student breaks the microwave. They are Union University’s residence advisers, and this year a record number of students applied to become part of their team. Ken Litscher, director of residence life, said he was shocked and slightly overwhelmed to find 78 applications, 31 more than last year. “It’s exciting, and we are thankful. It is a good problem to have,” Litscher said. “It’s unfortunate on the one hand that there are so many qualified people and so few spots. At the same time, for us we get to really try and find the people that we think will be the best fit on a team, building or staff.” Residence Life employs 33 students, and 19 positions are open for the current applicants. The struggling economy and the good performance of the current
residence life staff could more than just enforcexplain the number of ing open-dorm hours. applicants, Litscher said. Rachel Harkins, junior “It is the highest-paid intercultural studies mastudent job on campus,” jor and an RA of Ayers, Litscher said. “That’s recalled having to learn obviously a to use a fire big help. But extinguisher hopefully it for the first eing an RA also reflects time. is definitely the current “I don’t job the RAs more work think (appliand resident than I expected cants) know directors are coming in, but it how selfdoing that sacrificing is also way more students (being an want to be a rewarding. The RA) is,” Simpart of it.” mons said. “I most difficult Still stu- aspect was at the don’t think dents should they know not vie for beginning when that they are the position I was trying to going to be purely for its intentionally seek in the emerpay, said Elle gency room S i m m o n s , out around 54 at night with Heritage resi- residents. people or dence comthey – Rachel Harkins that plex resident aren’t going director. to get sleep “If they say to an RA, and (that they will) get ‘I’d love to be an RA. calls constantly. They How much does it pay?’ are never off duty.” it is a red flag because Harkins said she did you’re not really getting not anticipate personal paid for how much you growth when she took do,” Simmons said. on the position. Most applicants know “Being an RA is defiwhat they are getting nitely more work than I themselves into when expected coming in, but they apply to be an RA, it is also way more reSimmons said. However, warding,” Harkins said. the job does require “The most difficult as-
pect was at the beginning when I was trying to intentionally seek out around 54 residents.” Emily Georgoulis, freshman math education major who advanced to the second round of interviews, said the financial benefit of the positions occurred to her after she applied. “I applied to be an RA because I love making relationships with people,” Georgoulis said. “I love supporting and encouraging others to grow in their relationships with Christ.” The sheer number of applicants forced the residence life staff to redesign the two rounds of interviews this year. In the past, if a student met the basic requirements, he or she interviewed with his or her RD, assistant RD, RA and another RA before moving to the next round or cut. However, during this year’s first round of interviews, students were combined into groups for a “speed interview,” Litscher said. Thirty applicants advanced to the next round of interviews. The final decisions will be announced March 14.
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Tornadoes devastate Midwest
UNION STUDENTS AID IN HOMETOWN CLEAN-UP, RELIEF By Courtney Searcy Online Editor
When a tornado tore through the small town of Harrisburg, Ill., Feb. 29, four Union students woke up to the news that their hometown had been devastated. While their daughters were sound asleep in Jackson, the Welborn family was just rising for the day when the tornado hit just before 5 a.m. The tornado ripped the roof off their home, blew in the windows and turned the garage on its side. The family was unharmed, despite the uninhabitable state of their home. A few hundred miles away in Jackson, Cassie Welborn Robbers, sophomore art major, and Emily Welborn, senior social work major, woke up to a text message: “We’re fine. Love you.” After Robbers heard the news, she woke up her roommate Kayla Oxford, a sophomore journalism major also from Harrisburg. Oxford said she was not too concerned at first — she
Tornado Outbreak Other cities majorly affected by the tornado outbreak include: •Harveyville, Kansas •Buffalo, Mo. •Cottage Grove, Ill. •Ridgway, Ill. •Harvyville, Ind. •Marysville, Ind. •New Pekin, Ind. •East Bernstadt, Ky. •Metro Piner, Ky. •Dallas, Ga. •Ooltewah, Tenn. •Harrison, Tenn. •Harvest, Ala. •Toney, Ala. •Athens, Ala. •Huntsville, Ala. remembered previous storms blowing through her town and leaving behind minimal damage. Oxford logged onto Facebook, and over the course of the next few hours realized the disaster was much worse than she originally thought. Six people died in the storms. They were family friends, classmates
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Residents of Harrisburg, Ill., sit on a rooftop torn from an apartment building March 2, after a tornado tore through their town. The storm hit the area Feb. 29, destroying homes and businesses. and members of her community. The next day, Oxford and Robbers traveled home to see the damage and participate in relief efforts. Caleb Thompson, freshman Biblical studies major from Harrisburg, also went home to participate in his church’s disaster relief efforts. “It broke your heart
at first, but at the same time, I look forward to the opportunity to serve others and share the Gospel,” Thompson said. “They were very brokenhearted, but also open to a message of hope.” Robbers said she was thankful her family members’ lives were spared. “It was scary, especially seeing the house that
my parents were in,” Robbers said. “It was a reality check that every day is a gift.” Both Oxford and Robbers gave blood and served food to tornado survivors and volunteers. “It was amazing to be able to love on people and pray for them and let them know that they’re not alone,” Robbers said.
Tornadoes also hit other cities across the country Feb. 29 and the following weekend, and relief efforts are ongoing. “My community wasn’t the only one affected,” Robbers said. “(Students should) be constantly aware that there is always someone in need, not only when there is a disaster.”
Hundley leaves lasting impression By Grace Ferrell News Editor
Dr. Tom Cooper, author of “Fast Media/Media Fast,” discusses the need for a balanced media life and dangers of being immersed in mass media.
Lecture series explores role, impact of media in political life, democracy By Gabe Farmer and Whitney Jones
Cooper, who is a professor of visual and media arts at Boston’s Emerson Journalism is not only College. “How could you about keeping people up prove thought wasn’t to date with politics or imported intravenously police reports but also by some medium or anabout informing and other when you were four serving its readers as a years old?” watchdog and advocate, Steve Coffman, execuwhich was the theme of tive editor and director this semester’s Town & of content and audience Gown lecture series. development at The JackDr. Michael Chute, pro- son Sun, followed Cooper fessor of journalism and and discussed the role of director of the Center newspapers that serve for Media, Faith and Cul- smaller communities. He ture, said he organized added that newspapers the lectures, which were have a responsibility to open to students and the not just point out probpublic, to shed some light lems but provide soluon the agenda tions for their and focus of readership. hat we do reliable jourIn another has a great nalists. session Feb. Dr. Tom impact on what 27, two ChrisCooper, au- people believe, tian journalthor of “Fast think and do. ists, a phoMedia/Media for – Aaron Hardin tographer Fast,” spoke The Jackson at the final Sun and an lecture March 5 about award-winning videogpeople tapping into their rapher for USA TODAY, conscience to make deci- spoke about the influence sions for themselves in- of American journalism. stead of relying on mass Aaron Hardin, photomedia and news analysis. journalist for The Jackson He suggested fasting for Sun, and Union alumnus, brief periods from any said how most Ameriform of media, whether cans live out ChristianFacebook or Fox News. ity — believing in money “In our education, and economics instead most if not all of us were of acting out Scripture — encouraged to be in- will not impact their comdependent, individual munities. critical thinkers … yet in“What will impact our creasingly and currently community is if you bewhen I ask some of my lieve in Christ and do colleagues from many dif- what he says,” he said. ferent institutions, ‘Have Hardin said with the you ever had an origi- influence of journalism, nal thought?’ most are there is also a greater hard-pressed to prove to need for responsibility me that the thought is from the journalists. genuinely original,” said “Our pictures shape
what people think of our community,” he said. “What we do has a great impact on what people believe, think and do.” USA TODAY visual journalist Garrett Hubbard, also spoke on the importance of the media, saying that news organizations show the masses what is happening to other viewers. He added that reporting convinces people to fight for change. Hubbard used the example of USA TODAY’s reporting on military Humvees that were death traps to soldiers inside. Soldiers made officials aware of their concerns, he said, but when USA TODAY reported on it, sturdier, mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles were deployed. “This report led to the lives of about 40,000 soldiers being much safer,” Hubbard said. The lecture series focused on teaching people to listen to reliable sources of information and analyze the source of the news they consume every day. “The reason I selected this particular topic was to get at this idea that journalists are somehow monolithic and that we all somehow have biases and … are sort of feeding people a line, which isn’t true,” Chute said. “We’re hoping that this breaks down those barriers, and people start seeing who journalists are and what they’re about. They’re really just about trying to build community and make it a better place.”
Bob Hundley’s black, baby-grand piano sits in the Heritage Hall of the Carl Grant Events Center, just one of many tokens he and his wife gave to Union before his death last month at 88. Hundley died Feb. 24. “Five years ago, Bob Hundley had a stroke that took away his ability to express himself clearly,” said Dr. Carla Sanderson, provost and executive vice president at Union, who also attended church with Hundley for 32 years at First Baptist Church of Jackson. “Last year, his wife gave Union his beloved piano. It will always be a reminder
of Bob’s love for Union to those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.” Bob and Mary Ruth Hundley sprang into action in 2005 by funding the creation of an academic support center for Union. Students can now journey up the spiral staircase in the Emma Waters Summar Library and into the Hundley Center to find a quiet space to study or receive free tutoring. “Their gift to create the Hundley Center was a perfect reflection of their devotion to students and Union University,” Sanderson said. Hundley and his wife pitched in time and effort at Union whenever possible, even if it meant
stuffing envelopes. “He and Mrs. Hundley worked on a retirees work team every time Union had a big mailing to go out,” Sanderson said. “This very intelligent and accomplished individual came regularly and often to stuff envelopes and (carry) mailings to the post office.” The Hundley Center will remain in Bob Hundley’s name and continue his legacy at the university. Hundley graduated from Union in 1948, then obtained a master of arts degree from George Peabody College in Nasvhille. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in North Africa, Italy and Austria.
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Culture appeals to grads By Abby Ott Staff Writer
Birmingham may be known for its racially charged past, but today the city also is recognized for quality restaurants, eclectic shops, hospitable locals and a small-town feel. Hunter Bragg, Union alumnus, returned to Birmingham, his hometown, after graduation to attend Beeson Divinity School. Bragg said moving back gave him the opportunity to see a different side of the city than what he saw growing up. “I enjoy Birmingham because it seems to be a mix between a big city and a small town,” Bragg said. “It’s a fun place to live. To me it’s a classic Southern city— modern and lively, yet hospitable.” Some of Bragg’s favorite ways to spend time include attending concerts at Workplay, a small music venue, listening to speakers at Samford University, relaxing at urban parks and eating
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Birmingham’s cityscape appeals to those looking for local businesses, hole-in-the wall places to eat, coffee shops and neat stores, said Union alumnus Dwight Davis, after visiting on a trip. at local restaurants such as Urban Standard and Tip Top Grill. He also suggests visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute downtown to better understand Birmingham’s past. “Birmingham has a lot of history that has affected it, especially when it comes to racial issues,” Bragg said. “The city still has a lot of work to do to
move forward from its past. That certainly contributes to its character.” The complexity of Birmingham’s past is one of the reasons Dwight Davis, Union alumnus, wants to move there. “(My wife and I) have a passion for cities, and when we think about our mission as a couple, it is always wrapped up in city life,” Davis said. “Ideas
and cultural impact happen in the city centers. Birmingham is a centrally located city that has a lot of neat stores and a cool culture, but there is so much to be done in the area of racial reconciliation, and that is what we see as our mission.” Davis and his wife, Pamela, have enjoyed many other aspects of the city during their visits, such
as hole-in-the-wall places to eat, coffee shops and bookstores. The city has a reputation for its restaurants. Local chefs such as Frank Stitt of Bottega, Chez Fon Fon and Highlands Bar and Grill, and Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club are often recognized for their excellence at ceremonies such as the James Beard Foundation
Awards in New York City. Drawn to Birmingham’s diversity and appeal, Ashlin Woodard, senior education major, said she also is planning to move to the city when she graduates in May. Woodard has done some research on housing, and she said plenty of affordable places to live are available. “It is such a lovely place,” Woodard said. “I have yet to find an ugly area. It has pros and cons like any city, but I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons when you look at the city as a whole.” According to a U.S. News and World Report article, “The 11 Most Dangerous Cities,” published in February 2011, Birmingham tied with Orlando as the third most dangerous city in America. However, Bragg, Davis and Woodard expressed little concern regarding safety issues. Therefore, know what areas to avoid when in Birmingham, and one will most likely not encounter any trouble. “In Birmingham you won’t feel like you are lost among masses of people,” Bragg said. “There are opportunities to build relationships, and there are plenty of ways to invest in the city and the community to make it a better place.”
Spring fashion preview: SGA supports Bright colors dominate
By Abby Ott Staff Writer
Shows at MercedesBenz Fashion Week, where designers presented their fall 2012 collections, included a mixture of fabric textures, dark colors and extreme layers. However, before fall becomes the main focus, spring is just ahead and new trends to explore within the next few months abound. “For spring there is a weird ‘80s color scheme with inspiration from ‘70s-style clothing,” said Marlie Richardson, women’s clothing buyer at Westwin Clothiers, a men’s and women’s boutique in Jackson. “For example, flair-leg jeans and flowy tops, but in highlighter yellow.” Pairing mismatched patterned items, wearing similar colors throughout an ensemble and sporting bright neon colors will soon become the normal for those who keep up with recent trends. While at times the ideas and clothing that come flowing down the runway seem to some exotic and unrelatable, a few fashion experts in Jackson argue otherwise. “All runway trends are translatable,” said Haley Gallagher, Union alumnae and stylist at Mam’selle, a women’s boutique. “You just have to water them down.”
For a feasible way to make high-fashion trends attainable, Sarah Hill, intern at Westwin Clothiers, suggests pairing stylish pieces with basics. She stressed the importance of being confident when wearing outof-the-ordinary pieces. “Take a step back and realize that the designer is trying to put on a show,” Richardson said. “A lot of magazines take runway trends and show you how to apply them to individuals. It is also helpful to see how brands take trends from the runway to the stores.” Some pieces that retail experts such as Gallagher and Hill agree would be smart purchases this season include bright items to provide pop and excitement, neutrals to balance out the color and sheer blouses to give an airy feel to any look. Richardson said she feels strongly that jeans are a great investment this season. She said most women need one good pair of jeans in each style: skinny, straight-leg and boot cut. Color has stolen the scene this season, which may make it easier to put
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Rachel Jordan, sophomore public relations major, models neon colors, a spring fashion trend.
together outfits — questions such as, “Do these two shades of red go together?” and “Can I wear polka dots with stripes?” seem irrelevant. Try not to overthink the concept of “color blocking,” and simply pair items in the same color family. “Wear any and all colors together all the time,” Gallagher said. “Mix up your look by layering pieces you have
never worn together before. Put a slouchy sweater over a maxi dress.” The trends this spring are, above all, fun, but daring as well. If one is not interested in bright colors, patterns and a mesh of ‘70s and ‘80s vibes, take heart because fall is just around the corner, bringing rich colors and a darker mood with it.
Nutritional foods, herbs aid healthy living, save life By Jake Fain Staff Writer
Much of the time when a person thinks of a diet, he or she thinks of artificial, fat-free and low-sugar foods aimed at those with negative body images. Sometimes, however, a diet may be what saves a person’s life. In the case of Jackson resident Lynn Jackson, a cancer survivor, diet
meant everything. In 1996, doctors sent Jackson home to die. His body, having been ravaged by cancer, was in a fragile state. Jackson took a homeopathic approach, practicing a strictly organic diet while taking herbal supplements. “I figured that if I could boost my immune system enough that perhaps I could eat away the disease,” he said.
Jackson said he was up and walking in five weeks. He can usually find all of his organic food preferences at the local grocery store. However, Jackson normally resorts to ordering his herbal supplements by mail through an organization called Healing America. He now shares his experience with cancer patients in surrounding
cities such as Brownsville and Memphis. “If I hadn’t taken the steps I did, I surely wouldn’t be here today,” Jackson said. Heather Nicholas, senior theater major, said, “I do try to look for foods that have less chemicals and preservatives in them, just because it’s supposedly better for your body and its day-to-day functions.”
Students should expect to see baby bottles around campus in the coming weeks, but not for the reason one might think. The Student Government Association is teaming up with Birth Choice, a local pregnancy resource clinic, starting March 5-16 to raise donations that will go toward money for the clinic, sex education classes for young women and items needed for new mothers. During the two-week period, 40 baby bottles will be distributed across campus for students to collect coins. Students can also donate money at the SGA table in front of Brewer Dining Hall. SGA treasurer Savannah Hari, sophomore sports medicine major, and freshman co-chair, Erin Allen, freshman social work major, are heading up the project. “Something about it rested on my heart, and SGA was a way to make a difference bigger than me,” Hari said. “I’ve always been interested in Birth Choice. I got a tour there to see what it was about and saw the need they have. I thought it would be a cool way to bring SGA together to do something for this organization.”
This is the first time Union has gotten involved with Birth Choice, as well as the first time a college has helped set up donations for the center. Usually, it is churches helping. “Birth Choice was really surprised when we came to them, but excited,” Allen said. The clinic’s director, Chris Veteto, said churches in Jackson and Trenton, Tenn., help with their project, Change for Life. Last year the organization raised $44,000 in change alone. Birth Choice’s mission is to make sure young women are educated before becoming sexually active, and if they make that choice, to know all the options should they become pregnant. They also offer classes and medical services to pregnant women. Above all, Birth Choice is a pro-life organization that promotes abstinence. “Our goal is to minister to women in an unplanned pregnancy to offer truth in a loving way to them and their unborn baby,” Veteto said. “It can be a turning point in their lives.” Allen hopes to see the effort become a campuswide outreach project. “There’s an emphasis on getting everyone involved. It doesn’t have to be just an organization thing,” Allen said.
Life A6 Former soldier brings awareness
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WAITE WROTE BOOK, CAME TO UNION AFTER ARMY SERVICE By Katherine Burgess Asst. Design Editor
While the majority of those attending Union University come fresh out of high school, a small segment of students come after serving in the military. Some have even served overseas. Mark Waite, junior biblical languages major, is one of these students. Waite served in the army from July 2006 to May 2011, spending one year of that time deployed in Iraq. The transition from life in Iraq to life in the United States was difficult, Waite said. “Out of a 12-month deployment, the 13th month was the hardest — so the first month back,” Waite said. “When you’re readjusting (there are) a lot of emotions you’re going through. For me it was a lot of restlessness, kind of unsure of what to do with the free time I had all of a sudden.” Other aspects of life in Iraq also affected Waite’s
day-to-day routine at first. Seeing litter on the road would sometimes alarm him, Waite said, because in Iraq insurgents often used garbage to hide improvised explosion devices. “I found myself just scanning the street looking for wires, scanning the rooftops around me,” Waite said. “I kind of thought that was humorous, but at the same time I understood why I was doing it, and it just had to be worked out of my system.” After returning to the U.S., Waite went on a mission trip to the Aleutian Islands, an experience he said helped him to work through his feelings about his time in Iraq. Waite also took his stories and the stories of his friends and wrote a book, “Don’t Waste Your Deployment,” in which he wove together those stories with Scripture and encouragement. “The deployment to Iraq was the most difficult thing I have ever had to live through, and in that wilderness experience Jesus Christ proved himself over and over again to be a precious and faithful friend to me,” Waite said. “I wouldn’t trade the spiritual benefits and joy I
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Mark Waite, junior biblical languages major and Army veteran, studies in Barefoots Joe with Paul Ragon, junior business administration major.
Waite poses in his Army uniform as a sergeant on the 1-25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He served in the military four years before college.
reaped from Christ while deployed to Iraq for anything.” Two years after returning from Iraq and about three months after leaving the U.S. Army, Waite enrolled at Union. He chose the school on the recommendation of his pastor, a Union alumnus, and because people told him Union had a strong biblical studies program. Going from life in the military to life at Union was also a significant
gratitude. He also said the difference between his 24 years and the ages of most of his fellow students had been a good experience, one that led to him becoming a mentor to younger students. “In the military I was with people my own age, so it’s kind of neat to be here and to use life experience that I gained in the military to be able to help students who might be going through things that I went through several years ago,” he said.
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change, Waite said. He found his presence and actions could serve as a reminder of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in an American culture of forgetfulness. “I think there is a general forgetfulness or maybe a denial that there was Iraq and Afghanistan,” Waite said. “So officially people are really appreciative and thankful, but unless they’ve seen a soldier and know a soldier, it’s just at the back of their minds.”
Waite wore his uniform at Union on Veterans Day, after debating with himself whether or not he should. “I decided that I should wear my uniform on Veterans Day, just to bring awareness of the military to people here,” he said. Professors who saw his uniform expressed appreciation for the military’s service to our country, he said. Waite said the students with whom he discussed his military service also expressed their
Singles, students in relationships feel pressure By Kathryn Moore Staff Writer
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“Ring by spring” is a phrase that has become associated with young Christian singles actively seeking a spouse at Christian universities all over the country, including Union. A 2008 Pew Research Center study of 35,556 U.S. adults called “The States of Marriage and Divorce” reports the national median age for marriage is 28 for men and 26 for women. Therefore, the trend at Christian universities to marry at a young age is puzzling. Last year at Union, more than 15 undergraduate couples asked to live off campus or in married housing because they planned to marry by the fall semester. “Girls are told stories from
a young age about fairytale princesses who are waiting for their princes to come, and boys are told about heroically saving the princesses,” said Ashley Jackson, resident director of the female quads. “Even as young children, it is ingrained in us.” A common belief is that Christian universities place a significant emphasis on finding a spouse while attending school. Mabry Gardner, freshman social work major, is single and blames her relationship fever on the expectations she had before coming to college. “When I was in high school, people told me to expect to be engaged before graduation because I was attending a Christian university,” Gardner said. “Once I came
Tipping, restaurant etiquette affects servers, dining guests significantly By Samantha Adams
gratuity, I would say leave (your tip) at that unless you have an exAfter a meal at a sit- cellent server,” Robbers down restaurant, college said. “If gratuity is not students may be tempted added when you are in to economize on the tip a big group and one perthey leave their server in son is paying, everyone order to save money. else should throw in for Students now em- the tip. If everyone is ployed at nearby restau- paying separately, then rants have a new per- everyone should tip 20 spective on tipping and percent each.” restaurant etiquette. Trey Weise, junior phiCassie Welborn Rob- losophy major, said since bers, sophohe began more art major, working here are two works at Red at Ruby things that Robin in JackTuesday son and has make me happy in Jackson been a server with a table. he more at several differ- One of them is fully unent restaurants derstands the tip, but the since she was the extra 16. Robbers said other is having work a she has been friendly people large group “stiffed so many for a who are willing to makes times” by colserver. engage in friendly lege students. In adDr. Martha conversation. dition to Robinson, pro– Trey Weise m e e t i n g fessor of manhis cusagement at the tomers’ University of Memphis needs during the meal, Lambuth Campus, teach- he often has to split the es etiquette as part of checks, receive their paya business communica- ments via credit card or tion class. cash and return receipts Robinson said it is cus- and change to the table. tomary to tip 15 to 20 perWeise said he tends cent of the pre-tax bill. to tip more than 15 perWhen a large group cent when he eats dinner eats, servers often au- with a large group of peotomatically add a 15 to ple. For a $15 meal, that 20 percent tip, known as means tipping $3 instead gratuity, to each bill. of $2, he said. “If the server adds “(Leaving a slightly Asst. Life Editor
higher tip) is not that big of a difference to you, but it makes a huge difference to the server,” Weise said. “Giving an extra $1 is not a lot of difference for you, but if everyone in your group does that, the server will end up with $10 more at the end of the night than he would have otherwise. That’s the difference between making minimum wage and making higher than minimum wage.” Tipping well is not the only aspect of being polite to servers, Weise said. “There are two things that make me happy with a table,” Weise said. “One of them is the tip, but the other is having friendly people who are willing to engage in friendly conversation.” Weise said being polite to a server does not mean being afraid to ask for something. Also, it is acceptable to leave a reasonable mess at their table since they are paying for their meal and tipping the server, both Weise and Robbers said. “If you start practicing (restaurant etiquette) while you’re in college, it will become a natural part of who you are so you are not nervous or uncomfortable in a business setting,” Robbers said.
to Union, I noticed there was a lot of hype about relationships.” Relationship fever can quickly turn to an engagement expectation. Brett Botta, junior sports management major, said his male friends have told him he has time before he needs to settle down, while his girlfriend’s friends ask her when she is going to get a ring. “It puts a lot of pressure on me,” Botta said. Hannah Mahoney, a newly engaged junior nursing major, said she knows many women picture themselves coming out of college as a new housewife, while men imagine themselves as the head of a new family. “(My fiancé and I) didn’t think about the ‘ring by spring’ concept because
we knew we were following God’s perfect timing,” Mahoney said. Mahoney’s fiancé, Paul Christianson, junior biblical studies major, said he thinks college students should strive for contentedness whatever their relationship status. “The best thing anyone can do, single or in a relationship, is to learn how to be content in whatever season God has for you,” Christianson said. Jackson has noticed Union’s marriage pressure and is offering an informal, weekly small-group discussion for engaged undergraduate women. Jackson sent out personal invitations to women she knew were engaged, and they will meet throughout the semester.
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Volume 96, Issue 8
Lady Bulldogs win TranSouth By Bryn Younger Staff Writer
Students crammed in so tight seats were impossible to find. Cheering so loud a fan could not hear the referee’s whistle. Tension so high it kept everyone on edge. This was the scene at the women’s TranSouth championship basketball game Monday in the Fred DeLay Gymnasium, in the team’s 55-47 victory against the FreedHardeman Lady Lions. After the team beat Bethel University Friday in the semifinals, the Lady Bulldogs moved on to the championship game against Freed-Hardeman University. Union started strong, putting up a 10-2 run. The Lady Bulldogs only allowed the Lady Lions one lead in the first half. Union held onto a comfortable lead, but FreedHardeman closed the gap near the end of the half. Union still held on to the lead going into the half, up 27-21. The Lady Lions began the second half with a burst of momentum. A 9-0 run gave Freed-Hardeman a 30-27 lead over the Lady Bulldogs. A back-and-forth second half kept the game interesting. In the second half, the Lady Lions and Lady Bulldogs exchanged five lead changes and knotted up the game four times. A 12-0 run changed
the game and put Union back in control. The Lady Bulldogs clinched the championship with a final score of 55-47. “I’m grateful we had the opportunity to play in this atmosphere,” said Mark Campbell, head coach of the women’s basketball team. Lavanda Ross, senior social work major, led the team in scoring, reaching her career high with 30 points for the game. She was followed by freshman Amy Philamlee with eight points and Astrid Huttemann, freshman business management major, with a pair of three-pointers. This game, as well as other games this season, also allowed the team to prepare for what it is like to go up against difficult teams. Ross said the tough game against Freed-Hardeman allowed for them to practice their defensive skills. This win can also be attributed to hard work and a lot of practice. Campbell said the team recently had its 101st practice of the season, which is unusual for a college team. As soon as the game ended, representatives announced awards. Ross was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “Hard work paid off all season,” Ross said. “I feel like I wouldn’t have got-
ten the award if not for my team.” Shelby Ashcraft, sophomore nursing major, was named to the TranSouth All-Tournament Team, along with Ross. The women will move on to the next round, the NAIA national tournament, which begins March 14 in Frankfurt, Ky., and continues until March 20. “We’re going to prepare to play for all five games,” Campbell said. “This is what we’ve been preparing to build up to for this time of year.” Since the team would have made it into the NAIA tournament with or without the championship win, the benefit of winning the Freed-Hardeman game is the boost in confidence it gives the women. In past years, this game has served as a learning experience. “We’ve lost (the championship) game two years and went on to win the national championship,” Campbell said. “Either we learn from it or gain confidence from it. Even though we’re young, it’s a pretty mature team.” Union made its way to the NAIA championship game the past three years. Of the three, Union took two titles home. This will be their last opportunity to win an NAIA championship title before moving to the NCAA Division II.
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The Lady Bulldogs cheer after winning the TranSouth tournament championship game Monday against their rival Freed Hardeman Lady Lions.
Bulldogs fall in quarterfinals By James Summerlin Sports Editor
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Antoine Hall, senior digital media studies major, looks for an open teammate against Freed-Hardeman in the TranSouth tournament quarterfinals.
Union’s men’s basketball team saw its TranSouth Championship dreams and hope for an NAIA bid vanish after a heartbreaking 89-80 home loss to Freed-Hardeman in a TranSouth quarterfinals contest. When the game came down to the wire, the Bulldogs could not pull out a win in the final minutes. Disappointment filled the locker room. The team found trouble in finishing games in the season when it mattered. “We need to execute when the game is on the line,” said Dani Marti, forward and junior business major. “We were never able to pull it together
for a whole game. When the game is on the line, it seems we always come short.” The loss kept Union from any share of a TranSouth title, a title the team has received either in the regular season or in the tournament for the past three years. “We know what our potential was all season,” said Antoine Hall, guard and senior digital media studies major. “The stage was set in our favor. We let it get away from us. We fought back and got leads, and they took them back from us.” Freed-Hardeman hit its stride in the first half with a 16-4 run to put the Lions up 36-29. Union did fight back at the end of the second half. The Bull-
dogs pulled in a 6-0 run in the last two minutes of the half, capitalized by a buzzer-beating tip-in by Marti. Freed-Hardeman still led going into the locker room 39-37. The Lions came out strong and increased their lead at the start of the second half. The Lions boasted a 50-40 lead at the 3:30 mark of the second half. Union would not go quietly. A 14-2 run by the Bulldogs gave them a 5452 lead and quieted the Freed-Hardeman cheering section. The lead was short-lived, and the Lions roared back with multiple runs. Union could not retake a lead or a momentum swing with FreedHardeman in control. The clock ran out on their
season, and the Lions celebrated the win. Union finishes the season with an 18-13 record and a 11-5 TranSouth Conference record. The Bulldogs will no longer be able to compete for any championships in the next two years, as they are moving to the NCAA Division II. In the two-year probationary period, they will play a Gulf South Conference schedule. Skylar Vaden, senior sports management major, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points. Leventrice Gray, senior physical education major, put up 16 points. Marti earned a double-double for the night, grabbing 15 rebounds and putting up 11 points.
March Madness brackets bring out fans’ memorable, exciting moments By James Summerlin Sports Editor
Every March, people in schools, offices and dorm rooms line up sheets of paper trying to predict the outcome of one of the craziest tournaments on the planet. Thousands of contests revolve around picking the brackets. The mission is simple when picking games. From the 64-team field (excluding the playin games), participants fill in their picks for the winners of the 63 games to be played. It may sound easy, but the odds of picking the perfect bracket are slim to none. According to Vegas odds makers, the odds of picking every game right — which is going 63 of 63 — is 1 in 35,360,000,000. A person has a better shot at winning the lottery, or is more likely to be mauled by a grizzly bear. In order to perform well in these contests, a participant must play the odds correctly. The winning brackets take leaps
of faith, but they stay close to home on the scientific facts. So follow these steps when filling out a bracket, or it will be worth less than a counterfeit dollar.
• No. 1: Reach for the blue skies Having no knowledge of basketball should not stop anyone from picking a winning bracket. In picking the tournament champion, keeping an eye for color might actually help. Out of the past 20 champions, 17 teams don the color blue as their primary color. This is not just a recent phenomenon. College basketball powerhouses usually have blue jerseys. UCLA won 11 titles. Kentucky won seven. North Carolina owns five; Duke has four. Teams such as Kansas, Kentucky and Duke are always a safe bets when picking a bracket.
• No. 2: The upset specials The behavior of the 12-seed tends to sur-
prise many bracketeers. Since 1985, a 12-seeded team has upset a 5-seed team 36 times in the first round of play in the 64team field. That means it averages out to happen once a year. In the matchups between 1-seeds and 16-seeds, the 16-seed team has never won. Here’s the lesson. Play those odds when filling out a bracket.
• No. 3: Cinderella will attend the dance Since 1979, a team seeded 13 or lower has upset a higher seed 44 times. Teams that have no business winning games in the March tournament find themselves in the mix up to the Sweet 16. One team should make a run to the Sweet 16 with a double-digit seed.
• Tip 4: The clock will strike 12 for Cinderella Underdog tournament runs only go so far. The lowest seed to win the NCAA tournament since 1979 was eighth-seeded
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Villanova. This game was played before the shotclock era, so the Villanova game plan was to hold on to the ball as long as possible and to bore the favored Georgetown Hoyas to death. Furthermore, only three teams seeded below 11 have made a Final Four. Needless to say, a double-digit seed champion won’t happen again soon. Pick a team that actually has a decent chance of winning.
to the selection committee of their worth. Don’t doubt them. Despite the last tip, 1-seeds are the best teams, and one of them should end up in the Final Four. That does not mean it is socially acceptable to pick chalk (that is, to pick based on seeds alone). The 1-seeds have all met in the Final Four once. Odds are they will not meet again soon.
• No. 5: ‘One’ fine day
• No. 6: Go with your gut, not with your heart
Since 1979, a No. 1 seed has failed to reach the Final Four three times. Teams are 1-seeded for a reason. They proved
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” This
verse obviously does not refer to filling out NCAA brackets, but the point is that a person making decisions with his heart will cloud his judgment when he should be thinking it through. A participant’s favorite team may be Wofford, but that team probably won’t make it past the first round. That said, people tend to overthink their brackets. The first draft usually is the best draft. The first instincts tend to serve a person better than a second guess. With those tips and guidelines, any bracket should should go a long way for the traditional bracketeer.
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Elbow surgery sidelines Roof By Josh Brown Sports Editor
The last thing Derek Roof was thinking about when he threw the final pitch in the 2011 TranSouth Conference Tournament championship game was how sore his arm was. Instead, teammates exchanged high fives and congratulations after advancing to nationals for the third straight season. Roof did not get concerned about the soreness in his arm until the ride home that day, when he realized he had pitched 14 innings in just two days, including a 9-inning complete game effort in the championship. Fast forward to the 2012 season and Roof, junior exercise science major, is redshirted and sidelined by Tommy John surgery, a common elbow surgery among pitchers. Roof’s surgery was different from others. In many Tommy John surgeries a tendon is taken from the wrist, hamstring or some other part of the patient’s body and used to replace the damaged ligament in the elbow. In Roof’s case, the doctor replaced the ligament with a tendon from the hamstring of a cadaver rather than Roof’s own. “It is weird to think about,” Roof said. “The doctor did that so I wouldn’t have to rehab my leg, too, if it was taken from (my hamstring).” Roof said the pain in his elbow started after coming back in the fall from summer ball, but that stretch of 14 innings
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Derek Roof, junior exercise science major, pitches in the 2011 TranSouth baseball tournament against Bethel University. The next day he pitched a complete game in the championship win. at the end of last season could have sparked it. “I don’t say that’s what caused it, but that was the chain of events that could have set it off,” Roof said. “That was my choice. I came back the next day and told coach I could pitch against Martin Methodist in the championship game. If I could go back, I would do it again. You don’t get too many chances like that as a sophomore in college, to pitch in a conference championship game.” Roof had Tommy John surgery in December after attempting to play
in the fall, only to realize that his pain kept him from playing at 100 percent. After an MRI in November revealed a 70 percent tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, Roof could either start a six-month throwing program and hope the problem fixed itself or have the surgery. He decided on the latter and is now two months into the rehabilitation process. For Tommy John surgery patients, the typical timetable to return to pitching on a mound in game situations is 12 months or longer. Roof is
would rather be told I am not good enough to play than I am not (physically able) to play. It really gets to you and makes you feel like you don’t have a place. –Derek Roof on track with that return schedule. Despite some misconceptions among young athletes, pitchers do not simply get Tommy John surgery and come back throwing heat immediately. The rehab process calls for daily preparation and dedication. After having the cast removed Roof started
rehab by squeezing Silly Putty to work the muscles in his forearm. “The whole rehab process takes a while,” Roof said. “I just now completely got all feeling back in my pinky finger. The main thing that took a while was getting my forearm strength back. I got full range of motion back in about five weeks,
which is pretty fast, about two weeks earlier than I was scheduled.” Roof plans to start throwing again in June. He will miss this season, a loss head coach Brent Fronabarger said is a tough one. “You never want to lose anybody to injury,” Fronabarger said. “You can never have enough pitchers. Roof was a guy who was returning with a lot of experience. He won seven games for us last year and was real big in the conference tournament. That is hard to replace.” However, Fronabarger said other pitchers, such as Jacob Alexander, freshman English major, and Benjie Fesmire, junior business major, have stepped up to help fill that gap and have pitched well. Roof plans to be back on the mound next season, which will be the team’s first in the NCAA. He said the hardest part of being injured is not being able to play or help the team. “I would rather be told I am not good enough to play than I am not (physically able) to play,” Roof said. “It really gets to you and makes you feel like you don’t have a place.” However, Roof has recently found a way to help the team at home games by a little more than just cheering from the bench. He now calls out names of batters and substitutions from the press box. “Makes it feel like I am a little more useful,” Roof joked.
Softball team off to strong start By Hannah Lutz Staff Writer
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Brooke Thomas, junior athletic training major, pitches against William Woods University, Feb. 10.
Union’s softball team is ranked No. 17 in the NAIA Preseason Poll and has been picked No. 1 in the TranSouth Preseason Coaches’ Poll. “Our goal this year is to win the conference tournament and to perform at the national level,” head coach Heather Hall said. The team has 10 returning players and 11 new players, including nine freshmen. The two seniors are Ali Bozza, athletic training major, and Katie Davis, early childhood development major. Bozza is recovering from her fourth knee surgery, and the team is waiting to get her back in the lineup. “My personal goals are
to recover from a previous injury so I can get back to playing and to be a godly leader for the team,” Bozza said. “Davis is a utility player; she can catch, play third base, is a strong hitter and big producer of RBIs,” Hall said. Stephanie Saunders, junior sports medicine major, and Keaton Kirk, junior athletic training major, are expected to add power and be RBI producers on the offensive side. “Since it is the beginning of the season, the pitchers are usually stronger, and it takes a while for the hitters to catch up, but the hitters are strong,” Hall said. “We have a team full of hitters and great pitching and defense to go along with it,” Bozza said.
As for defense, the team’s infielders are experienced, while the outfielders are relativity new to the team. “We have excellent pitching, which helps us to stand out among the other teams in our conference,” said Sam Giesler, junior athletic training major. The coaching staff hired a strength and conditioning coach to help better the team’s game. “Our coaches put a lot of time and effort into our season, and we have outstanding leadership on our team that has also been a big contributing factor throughout this year,” Giesler said. Kirk will see more time in the outfield than in previous years because she is still recovering from a subscapularis tear in her
pitching arm. “Once we all get on the same page and used to playing with each other, we will do well and achieve all of our goals,” Hall said. Giesler said the team’s chemistry is better than it has ever been, which she hopes will help win a lot of games this year. “We pick each other up every step of the way, and that is a weapon most teams do not have,” Giesler said. The Lady Bulldogs have started the season with a 11-4 record. “We have a great group of girls who work hard, Bozza said. “We have worked hard all fall to get better and prepare for this spring season.” The team hosts the Union Softball Classic on March 9-10.
Faculty, students compete in ‘Noon Ball’ pickup games for fun, fellowship By Amanda Parrish Staff Writer
For many students and faculty, lunch is no longer the main priority for the noon hour. What began as a oneon-one basketball game has transformed into a long-standing tradition at Union. Noon, once an hour eagerly anticipated only for its promises of food, has now become known as a time of exercise, camaraderie and relationships. Noon Ball, as it has been dubbed, joins Unionites of all ages and departments at the Fred DeLay Gymnasium. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to approximately 1:40 p.m., faculty, staff and students play the well-loved game. Noon also is the hour of ultimate leveling in more ways than one. Not only does one team walk away in defeat, but also titles between faculty and
staff are removed. “We’re not even thinking about those distinctions,” said Dr. Paul Jackson, professor of biblical studies. “It’s just another guy out there playing.” Since 1993, Noon Ball takes over the gym three days a week. Jackson and Dr. George Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry professor of Bible, played basketball one-onone until word began to spread. Students gathered and more faculty members joined in the game. Today, numerous school departments are represented, and students from every classification pour in the gym to play ball. A variety of students have gathered to enjoy the game over the years. Basketball players in the off-season join in alongside intramural players; coaches also play beside teachers and students. For some, the game made an impact even
before starting at Union, and the game’s tradition continues. “My brother went to school here before me,” said Zach Buck, junior athletic training major. “He told me about it, so I started coming my freshman year.” Buck enjoys the team spirit among players. He said Noon Ball is like being on a team for those who attend regularly. Camaraderie is a common theme for participants. But students are not the only ones regularly enjoying the sport. Faculty from the sciences, across campus to political science and English and back again to theology and missions join in the Noon Ball games. Team bantering floods the locker rooms and hallways. Student-versus-faculty games are a favorite pastime for Jackson that brings out camaraderie among players.
“It’s always our goal to beat them,” Jackson said. “And we would, but we would get whipped, too.” These court-built relationships overflow into everyday life at Union. For Bryan Carrier, assistant dean of students, four years of playing Noon Ball has been important both for exercise and building lasting relationships with students and faculty members. “It’s a perfect picture of Union,” Carrier said. “It is the crossroads of Union where you meet students and faculty you would not have otherwise met.” A common bond is built between students, faculty and staff that crosses the lines of a normal college classroom experience. In nearly 20 years, Noon Ball’s reputation spread through the hallways, becoming an accepted weekly tradition for Unionites from many different perspectives.
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Dr. Paul Jackson, professor of biblical studies, attempts a free throw at the Fred DeLay Gymnasium in a pickup game with other faculty and students.
Perspectives B3 Love yields culture change
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We have all seen the reclaim the culture. Facebook posts and reIt is true, Christian ceived the forwarded voices often are marginalemails: The diaized, but we have tribes lamenting marginalized ourour backslidden selves. Maybe we culture, the outshould stop comcry against Chrisplaining about tians’ portrayal in being portrayed the media. as oversensitive, Our society is intolerant xenoone step away phobes. Maybe By Alex from Sodom and we should step Brown Gomorrah, they back and realize Editor-in-Chief say, and the proof that assessment is in the scandalous top often is not far from the movie at the box office or truth. If we want people the latest state’s efforts to stop making fun of us, to legalize gay marriage. we should stop adding Some of these rants claim fuel to the fire by becomthe end times are upon ing defensive every time us; others call for Chris- they do. tians to fight back. Either Too many times, Chrisway, the message is clear: tians are like the child Christians are being mar- who cries to his mother ginalized more every day, after being called a tattleand if we call attention tale. We constantly look to this problem fervently for any sign of a culture enough, maybe we can out to get us, then act regain our influence and shocked and offended
when we are portrayed as paranoid. It is hard to tell which caricature is more ridiculous, the media’s portrayal or our own response. Problems in our culture are not something we have to fight against or overthrow. They are a symptom of our own lack of positive engagement. Maybe if we spent less time writing petitions or condemning homosexuals, we would have more time to show God’s love to those around us. Maybe if we worried more about loving our neighbors — even if they do not share our beliefs — the stereotypes of hateful, sheltered Christians would die out. The problem is not with the distorted mirror society holds up. The problem is with our unwillingness to consult the
aybe we should stop complaining about being portrayed as oversensitive, intolerant xenophobes. Maybe we should step back and realize that assessment often is not far from the truth. If we want people to stop making fun of us, we should stop adding fuel to the fire by becoming defensive every time they do. most accurate mirror — Scripture — and honestly evaluate our shortcomings rather than deny the blemishes society ascribes to us. A flawed culture should not trouble us, and we should not expect society to be perfect. Those who condemn today’s age of tolerance and long for us to return to the values of our nation’s founders should consider whether slavery and misogyny are worth repeating. We do not live in a
perfect nation. We never will. But if we want to be serious about bettering our culture, we need to stop worrying about how it portrays us and evaluate what we are doing to impact its people. Our voice should not be one of self-defense. What appeal does Christianity have if its focus is its own mistreatment? If we offer culture our condemnation instead of our love, we only have ourselves to blame if it responds in kind.
Voters’ choices have local repercussions Knowing I will join My zealous attempt to Americans in voting for be an informed supera presidential candidate citizen began with good the first time this intentions, but it fall, I decided failed. The quest I should know got buried under more than a few the hectic schednames and party ule that a college associations bestudent trudges fore casting my through on an evballot. eryday basis. I opened a By Courtney Then a series news website, of events changed Searcy prepared to bemy perspective Online Editor come a fully incompletely — far formed voter. In my na- more than any political ïveté, I imagined I would speech or ad could. emerge knowing of all of Gunfire rang out at a the presidential candi- nightclub in Jackson, killdates and their stances ing one young person and on important issues, con- injuring 19 other people sequently changing the there. Hundreds of miles world with my newfound away, a few days after perspective on politics. the shooting in Jackson, About five minutes lat- a student fired a gun in er, I was completely over- an Ohio high school. Yet whelmed with how little I another life was taken too knew about politics and quickly. the politicians running Shootings plague the the show. When it really news in big cities as well came down to it, I did not as occasionally here in even know what the hot- what sometimes seems button issues of this elec- like the sleepy town of tion are. Jackson. The victims and
culprits often seem to be imaginary figures in a world of violence and heartbreak I have never known. However, the reality of the act sunk in this time when I saw it in the news. The victim was 19 years old — only a year younger than myself. He is just one of several people who were victims to violent crimes in Jackson in the last year. Just a few miles from my safe and comfortable dorm room, families are facing problems worlds apart from what I have been exposed to in my sheltered upbringing. The struggles of those living in inner-city neighborhoods are often whittled out of our minds and out of our way. We fall into the trap of staying safe and comfortable on our side of the city. As young voters, it is dangerous for us to begin insulating ourselves from the issues, ignoring con-
flicts in our community and assuming they will work themselves out. The shooting is not simply a matter of crime and punishment — it is an incident that is mirrored across the nation. The problems here in Jackson are a cross-section of the national issues our presidential candidates will have to confront. It seems the place to begin preparing for this election is not with politicians and political stances. Informed voting begins with knowing about and being pro-active about the issues in our community and in our nation, then seeking out the best candidate. More than asking what party a candidate sides with, we should be asking questions that address the concerns of our communities: How can we reduce gun violence? Are our gun policies effective? How can we keep youth from following pat-
terns of violence? Lastly, who is a candidate who has a history invested in resolving these kinds of issues? Because the United States is a democracy, we are all intricately connected to the welfare of our nation. The crime on the other side of the city is just as much our problem as it is theirs. I will begin my research again, but this time I will remember the candidate I vote for may make decisions about policies that mean life and death. I will remember that a young person just down the road from me died in a toxic mix of alcohol and conflict that could have been prevented. I will remember that while the government’s rules and regulations often fall short of delivering justice, “we the people” bear the consequences and responsibility to help our communities overcome adverse circumstances.
God’s will more important than occupation “Your life can be your For a while, I was conpassion — your job can vinced I was crazy. Somebe what pays for it.” thing just does not feel These wise right about not words were spohaving a dream. ken to me by the But the more I last person the opened up about average college all I was feeling, student goes to the more I realfor advice — my ized what I was mother. It was thinking was more January, senior By Margaret than normal. year of college, Half the seBrinson and I was crumniors I know do Managing Editor pled on the bed not have a clue like a used tissue, in the where they want to be afmiddle of an emotional ter the two short months crisis. After a lifetime of we have left before planning and four years graduation. of training, I had someI know I love my field, how made it this far only and I want to pursue a to realize I no longer had career using all I have a dream job ahead of me learned, but that is just or even an idea of what the problem: Sometimes I wanted to do when I it seems I have learned got out. too much, and it is im-
possible to pick just one Without a specific goal skill or area on which in sight, I felt lost, and to focus. Here at Union, that is when it hit me: our journalMy whole ism program life has been hope I do is in-depth, leading up to training us to this moment end up in an write, to make of what I will photographs environment I become, and and create love, but if that is no one has video and not in the cards, ever stopped audio multito ask instead I know that I will media piecwho I will es. Students still be OK, in the become. are taught center of God’s You hear it to work on will, living out on television the campus and we see n e w s p a p e r, whatever he has it in our nac o l l a b o r a t e in store for me. tion’s divorce with the Interrate: The national Misover worked sion Board on occasional and under-committed projects, work at intern- parent whose life is his or ships, and take classes her job, family falling to in opinion and magazine the wayside. If we know writing — and I love it all. this is an issue in our cul-
ture, why is it still being ingrained in the minds of our youth — the children whose families are torn apart by the same problem? I was lucky to have parents who recognize the flaws of our culture’s logic. I now know I am more than whatever job I can land post-graduation, and that a job is no more a part of my identity than all that defines who I am: daughter, sister, friend, mentor, child of God, creative being. I hope I do end up working in an environment I love, but if that is not in the cards I know I will still be OK, in the center of God’s will, living out whatever he has in store for me.
Church must challenge racism, discrimination today How many times have our upbringing that we you heard someone say, cannot return. We may “I’m not a racist?” Have claim these presupposed you said it yournotions about self? At a school people groups are like Union it is not necessarily easy to make the defined by color statement beitself, but the culcause of our globture that is mostly al perspective on associated with caring for others. that racial group. However, inside However this By Cari each of us is a discrimination Phillips deep-seated racis manifested, Staff Writer ism that, unless it is a barrier to addressed, will keep us the Christian witness. It from making the Gospel hides deep in our hearts known in our communi- and slips out in a quick ties. We all carry with comment, a judgmental us the burden of pre- glance at an action or supposition, a gift from decision, a house safely
tucked on the other side of town. Debate this idea and I will point you to our churches, to the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday, for proof of this evil’s existence. To take it a step further, the malice in racism is also found in more subtle forms of discrimination. Do you see a person in the grocery store wearing old shorts and flip-flops and picture a certain image about what his or her home looks like? Do you lock your doors when a group of people walk by dressed differently than you? Do you get frustrat-
ed when an older person cannot do something as efficiently as you can? It may be easier to suggest working toward reconciliation in our churches and towns than in our hearts. The thought process behind our actions and decisions is often hard to dissect and analyze, because it hurts and is painful to uncover. It is difficult to stop and think about our childhood and the things we may have seen or experienced that led to these specific presuppositions. I will never forget watching a child on the
playground in first grade get picked on and beat up because he was of a different race than the boys kicking him, and because he did not have enough money to buy good clothes and school supplies. I picked his shoe out of the mud and handed it to him, however silent I was to those who were persecuting him. That image, burned in my mind, is often how I handle things. I become outraged at the situation, lending a quick hand and then remain silent to the oppressor, mostly because the oppressor
often is just like us. Because it is us — all of us. The reconciliation needed to heal our cities and our churches must first come from within our hearts. It has tobegin between us and the broken marriages of our parents, the reckless ways of our siblings, the hurtful actions of our friends and in our relationships with racially diverse neighbors. Only after those relationships have been brought to the communion table, can we address the issues of racism and discrimination in the world.
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Is ‘Lin-sanity’ here to stay? “Lin-sanity” has swept suing a professional cathe nation. If you do not reer. After he was waived know what “Lin-sanity” is by the Golden State Warby now, you likely riors and the have not watched Houston RockSportsCenter at ets, the Knicks all the last few claimed Lin off weeks. Here’s a waivers, and he brief recap. was assigned to In short, the the lower-level New York Knicks Developmental were 8–15 and had League to work By Josh lost 11 of their on his game. Brown previous 13 games Faced with limSports Editor before Jeremy Lin ited options at came from nowhere and point guard, Knicks head took over the starting coach Mike D’Antoni gave point-guard spot. Now, Lin more minutes in the the Knicks are 18–20 and game against the Nets. creeping closer to a win- Lin shined, outscoring ning record since Lin first Nets All-Star point guard broke out against the Deron Williams. New Jersey Nets Feb. 4. Lin made his first start Lin played basketball the next game against at Harvard and graduated the Utah Jazz Feb. 6 and in 2010 with hopes of pur- shocked Madison Square
Model challenges perceptions, takes stand Some days I feel like I am walking a tightrope across a mineBy Katherine f i e l d . T h o u Pullen sands of Staff Writer pressureactivated mines lie below, waiting for my slightest stumble. I fight the pressure to be unbelievably thin, flawlessly gorgeous and intensely desirable to the opposite sex. With idealistically beautiful women flaunting their bodies on TV, in magazines and on roadside billboards, the pressure to be perfect threatens to blow up in my face — no matter how often I remind myself it is not real. Recently, however, I have found the encouragement I need to continue putting one foot in front of the other. Kylie Bisutti, a 21-year-old former Victoria’s Secret model, beat out more than 10,000 hopefuls to win the Victoria’s Secret Model Search competition in 2009. She thought she had reached the pinnacle of her career, but in an interview on “Fox and Friends” the married model said she found flaunting lingerie empty and unfulfilling. After beginning to read her Bible more, Bisutti felt convicted that her body should be reserved for her husband’s eyes only and used to bring honor to God. “I vowed to never pose for a men’s magazine again. I decided not to be seen in lingerie by any man but my husband. I decided to stop trying to become a sex symbol and to pursue being a wholesome, godly example!” Bisutti wrote on her website. Bisutti continues to model, but only for brands that allow her to stay modest. In the interview on “Fox and Friends,” Bisutti said she hopes she can play a role in changing the way girls and young women perceive beauty. In modeling full clothing, she finds her inner-beauty shines through. Up on my tightrope, with all the pressure to diet, tan, straighten, paint and pluck, Bisutti’s story encourages me to carry on and gives me hope for the future. God changes things. He changed Kylie Bisutti, he is changing me and he has the power to change our sex- and body-obsessed culture. Redemption is real.
Garden with a 28-point, eight-assist performance that led the Knicks to a win without stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. After the game D’Antoni was quoted as saying, “I’m riding (Lin) like ... Secretariat.” And so Lin-sanity was born. To say that Lin has had a breakout year is a serious understatement. Lin has brought a winning impact to a team that looked to be in shambles, but crazier still is the fact that he has scored more points in his first five starts than any other player since the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, according to basketball-reference.com. Michael Jordan, Sha-
quille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson? Lin scored more points than any of those guys did in their first five starts. Ever heard of LeBron James or Steve Nash? Lin scored more points in his first five starts than James and Nash did in theirs — combined. Lin’s success is absolutely unheard of. Add to all of this that Lin is an Asian-American and a professing Christian, and you have the cherries on top of a sundae that is an already “Lincredible” and “Linspirational” story. But what has been fun is simply watching Lin play. Even if you are not a Knicks fan, you cannot help but get excited and
invested in the games that Lin plays. The guy plays with an intensity level of someone who knows he is blessed to be in this situation and is playing as hard as he can while savoring every minute of it. Fans appreciate that level of play whether it is their team or not, and the NBA reaps the benefits of increased viewership and, for the Knicks, increased ticket sales. Lin’s story is an inspirational one for athletes everywhere working to one day make it to the pros. He provides a great example of how hard work and never giving up can pay off and, when finally given a shot, to make
the best of it. Lin has done just that, and the league now knows he is for real. Lin’s story inspires us to pursue our dreams and pursue them with everything we have. Only time will tell if Lin can keep up this run and work the offense effectively in New York with superstars Anthony and Stoudemire, but for now he looks legit. Opponents know they have more than just Melo to look out for in lategame, clutch situations. Just ask the Toronto Raptors how it felt when Lin hit the game-winning three-pointer against them Feb. 14. One fan’s poster said it all: “L-In Yo Face!”
Elders’ wisdom a blessing A friend and I used media network and she to spend Sunday after- wasn’t a fan of Bridge. noons sitting comfort- Her life was confined to ably in a parlor, a small apartment engaged in deep consisting mostly conversation of books, her haabout everyven from a chaotic thing from the and perplexing Depression to world. Visitors the value of old, seldom set foot dusty books. We in her tidy apartwould discuss ment, and she By Amelia our shared defelt far removed Krauss sires to traverse from the modern News Editor the world, to society that was meet new people and to ever-evolving and admake our lives matter. vancing right outside her We would laugh at our window. While the world own mistakes and con- continued to spin faster fide in one another about and faster out of control our deepest fears. Her — or so it seemed based wisdom was like a hid- on the news that leaked den treasure to me, and out of her little televiI will always be grateful sion — she harbored she shared with me the deep within her heart key. Maxine was 93 years hopes and dreams and old, and she was my life lessons from the past friend. 93 years. She was more Like many others her than eager to share all age, Maxine didn’t have a she had experienced. lot of friends. She didn’t But as is the case with own a computer, she many elderly people, she didn’t belong to a social rarely had the chance
to share her stories, because no one ever asked. As the modern world continues to advance and today’s young generation becomes more and more accustomed to having information always at its fingertips, the perceived value of the elderly diminishes. With the rise of the information age came a generational gap that seems to grow deeper and wider each day. Why talk to old people when Wikipedia tells you everything you need to know? Why carry on a conversation with a 93-year-old when an iPhone can give you insight into all your problems with the simple touch of a button? The more we rely on our technological tools, the more likely we are to forget that the 93-year-old woman we pass on the street is a deeper well of knowledge than any digital database could be.
The aged may seem far removed from the societal advancements of our day. They may not understand the point of social media or the purpose of an iPad, but they do know what it was like to live through the Great Depression, to fight to survive every day. They know what it was like to watch the world at war, to see walls of injustice built and then torn down. They have lived and loved and lost. Their stories and their friendships are more valuable than we could ever imagine. They have so much to offer us, and believe it or not, we have something to offer them too — energy, zeal for life, hopes and dreams and, most important, love and companionship. In a consumerist culture in which people’s worth is often measured by their usefulness and efficiency in society, the
elderly frequently suffer neglect, loneliness and isolation. But as we learn to give of ourselves to show them their worth, we can not only garner wisdom for a more fulfilled life, but also begin to bridge the generational gap that separates us from one another. I will never forget the Sunday afternoons I spent with my friend Maxine, reminiscing about the past, sharing hope for the future and learning from her counsel. The image of her weathered hands clasped loosely in front of her as she looked at me with wise blue eyes, encouraging me to pursue my dreams, will always be etched in my mind. The memory I will treasure most is her simple words of thanks for listening to her stories, for sitting with her in the parlor and for simply being her friend.
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Arts & Entertainment
REVIEWS Act of Valor Viewers literally view authenticity with actual Navy SEALs as the cast in this new military action flick. While this was a noble effort to have real SEALs that were left unnamed in the film, it is noticeable the men have not been through acting school. The story follows a team as they combat terrorism in the U.S. The SEALs bare themselves to true camaraderie in this action-packed thriller of jumping from airplanes and sacrificing themselves for their team. Leaving no room for sensitivity in their illustrations of graphic violence, jumping out of seats and covering of eyes may occur in order to prevent viewing scenes of torture or bloody deaths. — Katlyn Moncada
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David Conway, senior history major, rehearses a scene from ‘The Visit’ Feb. 29 with the Union University Players in the W.D. Powell Theatre. The play, a tragicomedy, will be performed through next Tuesday.
Tragicomedy entertains By Hannah Lutz Staff Writer
“The Visit,” which begins tonight and runs through Tuesday at the W.D. Powell Theater, is a modern answer to ancient questions of honor, forgiveness, sacrifice, loyalty and community. Playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt calls the play a tragic comedy. “The Visit” at Union is directed by Kevin Anderton, adjunct professor of theater. Originally titled, “The Visit of the Old Lady,” the play premiered in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1956. Within two years it was produced in England and America. Anderton has directed sev-
eral plays at Union, including “The Winter’s Tale.” “The play is a different style than a lot of us are used to, but Mr. Anderton pushes us to do our best,” said Allison Hearn, sophomore theater major. Hearn plays one of the citizens who represents the population of Güllen. The play — set in the 1950s after World War II in Europe — features an elderly woman, named Claire Zachanassian, who returns home to inflict vengeance on an old flame, Alfred Ill, the old woman’s former love. Through these characters, the audience will see a debate about the nature of justice, redemption and salvation.
“The style of the play is a German expressionism; it will have hilarious parts in it, and people shouldn’t take it too seriously and should look for the humor in it,” Hearn said. Zachanassian represents the richest woman in the world, enabled by her money. She visits the city, and the townspeople think she will help them pay their debts. She offers $1 billion for Ill’s life, but when the townspeople refuse her offer, she simply says, “I’ll just wait.” When the townspeople start to buy luxury items on credit, Ill panics, thinking they are going to kill him. He goes to his family, the mayor, police and church to plead
for Zachanassian’s arrest, but they reject his proposal. “There is a lot of hiding and fakeness of characters in this play,” said senior theater major Chad Hoy. “The audience should take away the importance of honesty in relationships.”
Schedule First performance tonight at 7:30. Performances Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Matinee Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday performances at 7:30 p.m. For more information call the box office at 661-5105.
Arts fundraiser supports GO Trips By Kayla Oxford Asst. A&E Editor
Participants in the Middle East and Central Asia Global Outreach trips will host Lights in the Dark March 8 at 7 p.m. to benefit summer missions. “GO Central Asia and GO Middle East are both hosting this event because we are both Focus International Trips,” said Courtney Allen, senior social work major. “All 10 of us are friends and are serving in similar ways for the entire summer, so we almost feel like we are one big team, while also understanding and appreciating the awesome bonds of our two separate teams.” Lights in the Dark will be held at City Fellowship church, located on East Lafayette Street in downtown Jackson. Admission is $10 per person, and all money
will go toward helping the student artwork, and retwo GO teams. freshments will be sold at “We are super excited inermission. about Lights in the Dark for “We hope that through a so many reaholistic methsons,” Allen od of affectll 10 of us are said. “It is a ing different friends and are fundraiser, so senses, the we are look- serving in similar Gospel will be ing forward to ways for the entire communicatthe help with summer, so we almost ed more thorraising supoughly and efport. But this feel like we are one fectively,” said event is go- big team, while also Zach Thomping to an awe- understanding and son, sophosome night to more Biblical further culti- appreciating the Studies and vate love for awesome bonds of History douthe Gospel, our two separate ble major. and the way Performers the Gospel is teams. at the event – Courtney Allen will include being told is through sevThompson, eral means Ally Mynatt, of art, which is something Michael Lewis, Kathryn I think Union students and Buncik, Ellen Cline, Abigail friends really appreciate.” Ebensberger, Flying Colours, The event will host bands Julie Hembree, Brady Heyen and a silent auction of Union and Collin Brown, Elaura
Highfield, Michael O’Malley, Cassie Osborn, Luke Pruett and Whitney Williams. Allen will be one of five traveling to Central Asia. Her team includes Trey Weise, junior philosophy major;, Danny Linton, junior Biblical languages major; Kate Weise, senior nursing major and Emily Smith, junior nursing major. Those traveling to the Middle East are Thompson, junior social work major Anna Marie Deschenes, senior biology major Michael Lewis, freshmen applied linguistics major Lucas Peiser and junior art major Allison Mynatt. “There is a part of me that wants to say I will never be ready, but I also feel that I am as ready as I will ever be,” Thompson said. “I am definitely excited to be a part of a team with such dedication to the Gospel.”
When “Titanic” was released in 1997, it swept the nation, won 11 Oscars and made $1.8 billion worldwide. Fifteen years later, James Cameron’s beloved romantic tragedy will be launched in 3-D format. Is Cameron vying for a fresh audience or is this just a strategy for moneymaking? Cameron is no stranger to 3-D. It was Cameron’s “Avatar” that was a first successful attempt at using 3-D effects. “Avatar” still has the No. 1 record for the best box-office earnings of all time. Since “Avatar,” films have sprouted in 3-D for almost every genre in efforts to beat the boxoffice record, but have been unsuccessful so far.
After “The Lion King” made $92.4 million at the box office, the Disney classic sparked the upand-coming trend of films reappearing in theaters. “Star Wars: Episode I” was the most recent to premiere in 3-D, and creator George Lucas has planned to reproduce all six films in this format. “The fact that ‘Star Wars’ — and other Disney classics — are being rereleased as 3-D versions of their original selves gives my generation a chance at reliving our childhood in the theater,” said Allison Bucknell, sophomore English major. “And the younger generation (receives) a chance to see the classics as if they were being released for the first time.” Even though classic, popular films like these received opportunity to
This Means War An attempt at making a romantic comedy that can satisfy both men and women, the story follows the adventures of two CIA agents as they vie for the affections of the same woman. With moments of comedy and romance followed by episodes of action, gunfire and fast cars, this mishmash of romance, action and comedy leave the plot feeling somewhat incomplete. If you are looking for a movie that will t keep you on the edge of your seat, “This Means War” is probably not it. However, with romance for her and action for him, it just might be the perfect date movie, if you plan to leave your brain at the ticket counter. — Juliana Robbins
Red Tails A true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black U.S. fighter-pilot squad in WWII that earned respect in the military. Directed by Anthony Hemingway and George Lucas, the film depicts racial prejudice within the military and tension in the squad. The plot is educational and inspiring, making the movie worthwhile. It follows several characters and shows numerous angles of the war, which causes the significance of the story to be lost in busyness. Overall, the film plays oddly like the second Star Wars trilogy. The special effects are far superior than Lucas’s earlier films, but the cockpit shots and cheesy exchanges between pilots during air battles make the scenes almost as unrealistic as Anakin Skywalker’s world. — Samantha Adams
Following her acquittal, Knox receives book deal
Films reappear in 3-D, box office makes bank By Katlyn Moncada
“Safe House” is an action-filled, destructive movie filled with twists and turns that leave the viewer guessing until the end. Tobin Frost is a rogue agent, played by Denzel Washington, suspected of committing felonies that can harm all major-world government agencies. Matt Weston, played by Ryan Reynolds, is the owner of the safe house. The house eventually comes under attack, and Weston is left to keep track of Frost. “Safe House” is filled with blood, violence and enough fight scenes to make Chuck Norris envious. This is definitely not a family flick, but rather a movie to see with the guys who like to enjoy action. — Grant Braden
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acquire a new fan base, 3-D remakes revealed apprehensions for some. “As a lover of film, this trend concerns me,” said Ben Wright, sophomore digital media studies major and Union Film Society president. “By rerunning previously successful movies in 3-D, (Hollywood is) making the declaration of profit over quality.” Wright also pointed out that some films could be worthwhile produced in 3-D. “Just because Avatar was acclaimed and successful in 3-D does not give the studios the right to just rerelease any blockbuster hit in 3-D,” Wright said. According to the Na-
tional Association of Theatre Owners, the average cost of a movie ticket in 2011 was $7.93. Currently, there is usually an extra $3 tacked on to the cost for 3-D movies in order to cover the cost of the glasses. These films are already well-liked by several people. Wright said many people already own these movies, but “for whatever reason they are willing to pay to watch it again with the 3-D effect.” Even though it seems Hollywood may be taking the easy route to make fast money by rereleasing classic films in 3-D, the audiences still wind up in the theater to watch them again on the big screen.
Amanda Knox, an American college student acquitted of murder charges in October in Italy, has secured a book deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir of her ordeal – worth $4 million, the publisher announced Feb. 16. Knox is determined to tell of the injustice she said she faced after the slaying of her British roommate while studying in Italy in 2007. “Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system,” HarperCollins said in a press release last Thursday. “Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox
will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates She will reveal never-beforetold details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life.” Until now, Knox has kept quiet about her imprisonment beyond an expression of gratitude to those involved with the overturn of her conviction. Dr. Pam Sutton, professor of English, said the public is always curious to hear different perspectives on a trial. “Regardless of the motive — to sensationalize the story or for justice — the public will read it,” Sutton said. The book is to be released in early 2013.
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Cardinal & Cream, March 8, 2012
Photojournalists capture Texas
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Amanda Parrish, senior journalism major, rides a horse while Katie Cooper, junior digital media studies major, shoots during the SWPJC weekend.
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Rachel Jordan, sophomore public relations major, kisses a horse while fellow students photograph her at the Parker County Cowboy Church in Aledo, Texas, during the SWPJC weekend.
For 20 years, visual storytellers have gathered from around the world for the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference, located at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. This year students and professionals came together to learn photography and business know-how from acclaimed speakers from some of the country’s top news outlets. A workshop offered a glimpse at Southern life at a cowboy church, Feb. 23.
USA TODAY’s Hubbard reveals visual knowledge By Margaret Brinson Managing Editor
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Garrett Hubbard, visual journalist for USA TODAY, speaks during the Town & Gown: Media, Politics & Democracy lecture series Feb. 27.
Visual journalism, like a multitude of other job markets in America, is ever-shrinking and increasingly competitive. Garrett Hubbard may be the best man in the business — as evidenced by a slew of recently announced awards by the White House News Photographers Association — but his unassuming ambience would never suggest it. Then again, they say a positive outlook is everything, and as someone who is always the first to offer a word of comfort or the flash of a jovial smile, Hubbard has attitude in the bag. Hubbard, a visual journalist for USA TODAY, spoke on campus Feb. 27 at the Town & Gown lecture “Media, Politics & Democracy.” He spoke with the Cardinal & Cream to answer questions on topics from the job market togetting started in the field and putting his faith into practice at a secular organization. On being awarded Video Editor of the Year:
Alumni display ‘whimsical’ art exhibit By Beth Byrd Staff Writer
Two Union graduates stumbled on an opportunity to display their artwork last month in a gallery at Freed-Hardeman University. The Troy Plunk Art Gallery in the Bulliner Clayton Visual Arts Center hosted a “Objects of Containment” Jan. 26–Feb. 24. Paige Ward, who graduated in December 2010 with an art degree, displayed ceramic narrative sculptures such as a dollsized chair and house. Kelsey Nagy, who graduated in May 2011 with an art degree, featured functional vessels including teacups and vases. “We are pleased to exhibit the work by Paige Ward and Kelsey Nagy,” said Dr. Barbara England, department chairwoman of fine arts at Freed-Hardeman. “It has a fun and whimsical character that all types of gallery visitors seem to respond to.” Lee Benson, professor of art and department chairman, learned from Laquita Thomson, FHU assistant professor, that she was looking for artwork to display in the gallery. Benson suggested Ward and Nagy’s work. Thomson said 45 people attended the night of the gallery opening, with at least another 150 people visiting by the end of February. Thomson, who
had met Ward prior to the medium there is.” art exhibit, said she was Ward grew up in Frog glad Ward and Nagy dis- Jump, a rural community played artwork because a in West Tennessee, but wide range she also spent of viewers time with her e are could regrandfather in late with Alamo, Tenn., pleased the pieces. where they built to exhibit the Nagy is a bookshelves and studio as- work by Paige desk caddies sistant and Ward and Kelsey from scrapwood. pottery in- Nagy. It has a fun Ward said structor at each of these Botbyl Pot- and whimsical experiences tery and character that all helped shaped Gallery in types of gallery the person who Humboldt, she is today, as Tenn. Ward visitors seem she wanted to is a shop to respond to. build houses and technician – Dr. Barbara make furniture and studio England when she was a assistant child. Ward said for Benson what she creates and teaches at the Mud- with ceramics is fulfilling slinger’s Studio Annex of her childhood dreams, the Dixie Carter Perform- just on a smaller scale. ing Arts Center in Hunt- Nagy was raised in Memingdon. phis, where she dreamed Although the two of becoming an artist. friends create different “Growing up, my mom types of art, Ward and Na- encouraged my sisters gy’s source of artistic in- and me to be creative,” spiration centers upon a Nagy said. “We were alcommon experience they ways drawing, coloring share – their childhood. and sewing. This empha“After being intro- sis on color is evident duced to ceramics and now in my work.” clay in high school, I imWhile discussing the mediately knew it was the similarities between the medium for me,” Ward sculptures and vases, said. “It reminded me of Ward and Nagy found my childhood, which was that both types of ceprimarily spent outdoors ramics were meant to building treehouses and hold things — whether underground forts. I have plants inside the vase always loved hard work or a doll sitting on the and making things with sculpted chair. my hands, and clay seems That revelation led to to be the most hands-on the show’s title.
I got a phone call in the car, and I’ve never gotten a call for an award — ever. So that was really fun. On working at USA TODAY: I’ve always felt like being given the opportunity to work at USA TODAY has been a gift, and I am to be a steward of it, and stewardship looks like working very hard, working smart, working collaboratively and working humbly and learning, always seeking feedback from other people on how to grow. It’s given me this large platform to share some stories. On getting started: In the summer of 2002, instead of going and finding a job for myself … I felt like I was supposed to serve in a different setting, in a cross-cultural way. So I went to South Africa, and I was there for nine weeks. I saw a lot and experienced a lot. … That whole time I learned a lot, and coming home I learned even more. And I came home with amateur photographs, trying to tell more people about
what we saw and what we experienced in this community development project. (And) … as people responded to these totally amateur photographs in really powerful ways, (I began to see photography) as a tool to communicate God’s heart for justice, God’s heart for healing and for freedom and for hope — and in the language that all of us know the best — and that’s through our eyes, through our heart. Visual literacy is so wellshaped and so well-defined in this culture. It’s one of the quickest ways to the heart. On faith and photojournalism: I think my relationship with God … shows me how to better relate to people and care for people and listen to people. … My faith allows me to listen with compassion and engage with encouragement and without altering the situation too much. Maybe that encouragement comes after the story’s done … after I’ve gotten what I’ve gotten for the story and the
cameras are down, but I think relating to people is the biggest way (I incorporate my faith into my job). At USA TODAY I wouldn’t say that my faith is guiding my editing, is guiding my selection … but I can’t go into USA TODAY and come in with a Jesus bias. I can live it in my life, but I can’t emphasize it and prioritize it in my work. A word to the wise: Know the answer to the “why” question: Why you do this. Once you have that down, then you have a purpose, and when you have that purpose you begin to know who you need to reach out to, who you need to look to for mentorship, who you need to look to for advice. … Working harder than any of your peers is a given, but that’s just the starting point. Reaching out to people, making the most of your instructors and the other people who are teaching you is huge. It’s not to be taken lightly.
Published on Mar 8, 2012