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IRON BLADE Vol. 61, No. 3

SINCE 1955

61 Years of Ferrum College News

October , 2016

Ferrum's Own Trollville Turned Thetaville

by AnnGardner Eubank Alumni, students, and even urban dictionary, all have a similar response to the question, “what is there to do at Ferrum on the weekends?” The typical response: Trollville. Trollville was owned by a fraternity and ultimately became the weekend hot spot for years. The building hosted many college memories and experiences for the students at Ferrum College. David Eubank, class of 1971, recalls spending many of his college nights in Trollville. “My buddies and I didn’t want to always have to drive up to Roanoke or elsewhere to find a good time. There were definitely some wild times at that place.” Eubank, who was raised on the Georgia coast, had grown up spending most of his days and nights on the beach side, much different than his college surroundings at Ferrum. “Ferrum is a small town. Just like today, there’s not much to do unless you make your own fun. And that is what we did. It truly was something that made the school memorable for past students like myself. I’m still good pals with my roommate, and we laugh about the crazy times we had there,” Eubank said. With dangerous activity in the house just a mile off of campus last year, Trollville was ultimately shut down. “It’s a sad thing. It’s sad when something that was such a big part of the college experience to students was abused, and that where I had great memories is now a reminder of sad and unfortunate events.” Eubank said. “I think a lot of it now has to do with social media and how quickly word is spread. In my day, people went to Trollville just to have fun, and we didn’t have anything to prove. Now it’s like everyone is trying to one up each other in harmful ways just for a photo or a tweet. It’s upsetting to hear that Trollville is no longer the place it was.” While the iconic party house had been shut down, another fraternity has recently purchased the property. While it is inevitable that more precautions will be taken to this source at a good time at Ferrum, it is safe to say the icon hasn’t gone away forever.

(above) Trollville, which was previously owned by the disbanded fraternity SAK, has recently been purchased by OXE, which lost its prior house in the summer of 2015. Trollville has been a Ferrum landmark for years, and was recently the site of several scandals, including the stabbing that took place during a routine party in the fall semester of 2015.

Last year, the scene at Trollville was not the safest. Almost a year ago, a stabbing occurred on Halloween night at the scene, which did not result in any deaths, but put the house off limits for the remainder of the semester. In April of the following semester, six students were charged with hazing and two with providing alcohol to a minor after the death of Ferrum student Michael Walker. All six students were associated with the local fraternity housed by Trollville, Sigma Alpha Kappa. After the incident, the fraternity was disbanded and Trollville was shut down. However, another fraternity, OXE, has recently bought out the property and renamed the spot “Thetaville.” James Wilson, a junior and member of OXE said, “Thetaville is something new from Trollville.” “It’s cleaned up,” Wilson said. “I think a lot of people are going to come since there isn’t much to do. It’s different because there is no alcohol or drugs allowed at all.” With the loss of Trollville,

Photos by AnnGardner Eubank

it almost seemed like Greek life in Ferrum was going to become much less prominent on campus. “Greek life adds something to Ferrum. It’s such a big part of social life, especially at such a small school. Trollville played a big part in Greek life. We had a house and they had a house, so a lot of the social scene was either at our house or theirs. It was just somewhere fun to be,” Wilson said. OXE, however, hasn’t always had the cleanest reputation either. Due to some “technicalities,” Wilson said, the fraternity cannot have any new pledges for the first semester of the year. Also, the

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Ferrum College Involved In Biomass Lawsuit by Patrick Duggan Ferrum College has been sued by English Biomass Partners for allegedly failing to meet the terms of its contract. EBP is responsible for the Biomass Energy and Research Facility located just off campus, near Bassett Hall. The property was leased by FC for 10 years in 2010. The facility there includes two boilers purposed to burn sustainable fuels; the primary boiler runs off wood chips provided by local lumber-yards, and the smaller boiler is designed to combust wood and process other alternative energy sources. According to information in a press release, the facility was initially intended to provide thermal energy, electricity, and edu-

cational opportunities to FC students. However, the college decided the project was too costly, and entered a new agreement in which EBP would build and operate the facility while the college payed it for thermal energy and electricity. In October of 2011, the college announced that around 65 percent of heat and hot water on campus would be provided by the facility. EBP claims that the college has only partially paid its bill for the heating period of October 2015 to April 2016, for which they demand $534,589.36 in damages. The press release also states that FC has neither purchased nor received electricity for the facility, seeking $1.75 million in damages. The college has been offered a way out of the

contract under the condition that it pay $5 million in damages. FC has shown public enthusiasm for the biomass facility in the past. Since 2011, three separate articles about the facility have been published on the college’s website, outlining the function of the facility and its advantages over non-renewable fuel sources. In April of 2015, the college announced the facility had begun heating seventeen buildings on campus and called itself “one of the greenest private colleges in Virginia.” The lawsuit cites “a change in leadership” as a possible factor in the contract breach. President Joseph “Jody” Spooner, who is in the midst of his first semester at FC, declined to comment.

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Ferrum Outdoors Events

by C.J. Reed Being a student at Ferrum College consists of being surrounded by countryside, trees, farm animals and most importantly, mountains. Living at Ferrum means that you must interact with the outdoors in some fashion. Ferrum Outdoors allows you to connect with nature and all of the fun activities that they take on. Here you can learn outdoor leadership skills and learn how to lead groups who want to learn about the outdoors. It is a great way to get connected with the students and even others in the community. There are activities led by experienced faculty, staff, and students that show the fun you can experience in the wilderness, as well as safety tips that one may want to know in case of a sticky situation. There is equipment provided for any person who wants to be involved with Ferrum Outdoors to make sure everyone is safe and out of harm’s way.

As well as learning leadership skills and how to operate outdoors, Ferrum Outdoors also offers many other activities such as caving, disc golf, mountain biking, a ropes course, and more. These activities are open to Ferrum College students and the community and these sites are located right on Ferrum’s campus. All you need to do is contact Ferrum Outdoors to learn more information about how to get involved. Jake Irvin, who is a student as well as an employee of Ferrum Outdoors, said “it’s a great experience to be involved with Ferrum Outdoors. To actually be employed here gives me more of an insight as to what is actually going on and what they are striving to do”. Irvin also stated “it’s a great opportunity for people who love the outdoors to come and experience what we have to offer”. This is a great way for students to be able to enjoy life outside of school work and partying. The Ferrum Outdoors

building is located very close to campus, near the Ferrum Mercantile on Route 40. Here you can learn all about the many miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that are right on Ferrum’s campus. Here is a list of upcoming events Ferrum Outdoors has planned.

Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Scott

Adventure Challenge

Get a team of four friends together and you have the formula to participate in this mind and body challenge. Teams must consist of four members and at least one must be of the opposite gender. Limited to fifteen teams. Pizza and by Graceanne Gershner Prizes! Recent 2016 Ferrum graduate Rachel Scott caught up with the Iron Blade this past week. During her time at Fly Fishing Fish for native Brook Ferrum, Scott was involved in numerous campus groups, two trout and Stocked trout out of of which were the women’s soccer team and the women’s two different streams. Learn lacrosse team. She played soccer for three years and played fly fishing techniques from lacrosse during her final semester at Ferrum. Scott says, “I the experienced guides of wish I could have played both sports for the three years that Angler's Lane at their private I was here. Even though I am disappointed that I only got to fishing lodge, Rivenridge. play lacrosse for one semester, I am very grateful that I got Transportation, equipment, that opportunity. Especially so late in my collegiate career.” breakfast and lunch provided. Scott now plays in an adult recreational soccer league during her spare time; her team is called Cool Runnings and it is located in Roanoke. Aside from the rec league, she says she doesn’t forget to pick up her lacrosse stick and throw every now and then. The psychology major is putting her studies to good Staff Writers, Photographers, and Other Contributors use; she works 15 minutes down the road from campus at Support Systems, Inc. Her official title identifies her as a Co-Editors: Kaitlin Roeper & Patrick Duggan qualified mental health professional. Scott works with individuals in the community who struggle with mental health Design Team: Kaitlin Roeper, Patrick Duggan & Amani Fuller issues. She aids them in developing their personal skills so they are able to remain part of the community and avoid outside interventions. After this year, Scott plans to further Sports Editor: Hunter Ferguson her education a few hours away. She wants to apply for the Clinical Counseling program at Radford in January. After Online Editor: Sofia Hernandez she gets her masters at Radford, Scott intends to head to Blacksburg and earn her PhD at Virginia Tech. Scott aspires Staff: Nia Pettiford, Graceanne Gershner, CJ Reed, to be a professor in psychology and shows a huge interest in staying and teaching here at Ferrum. Kayla McMillan, Chris Rogers, AnnGardner Eubank, Aleysia To wrap it up, Scott had a few words for the freshGoodley, TJ Olmo, Bobbi Guire, Joey Pride, man class of 2020. She said, “Find a good friend that’s there Jacob Rich for you. College can be amazing, but it can also be hard at times, so it is good to have someone you can consistently rely on”. Letters Policy and Publication Details:


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Brian Mann: Offensive Rookie Of The Week For The Fifth Week In A Row

by Hunter Ferguson & Chris Rogers Rushing for 777 yards in 5 games, top ten in the country in rushing, 9 touchdowns and 5 consecutive offensive rookie of the week awards. You would think that these are all stats and awards are for a 6’2, 215lb football player. These numbers represent the numbers of 5’10, 170lb freshman running back, Brian Mann. Mann is one of two children in his family. Giles, Virginia is where the rookie sensation is from and while he loves to be outdoors and go fishing, he and has always been inspired to play football. “I started playing flag football when I was in the second grade, and have played ever since. I have always been fascinated by the sport and wanted to play.” Even before Mann played the game, he had no desire to do anything else with his life besides football. Giles County isn’t too far away from Ferrum and Mann likes that, “I want to stay near home after college, but if the opportunity

presents itself, I would play football after college.” At the halfway mark of the semester in his first year at school, Mann has not yet decided exactly what academic path he wants to pursue, but he is trying a couple different fields out to find his niche, “I am undecided right now, but I plan on doing something in the business or science field.” Mann joked after the statement about how the two fields can be so opposite sometimes. Ferrum is 3-2 on the season, with the most recent result being a tough loss in Alabama against Huntingdon. Mann still accumulated over 120 yards rushing. The quarterback was being hit and sacked a lot throughout the game, and Mann found it difficult to run at some times, but the recent inconsistency from the offensive line doesn’t stop his optimism. “The offensive line is the main reason towards my success. Every now and then they’ll make a mistake, but nobody is perfect. I try to use my vision the best I can to make the defense off balance and run as hard as I can.”

Brian Mann is on pace right now to break Chris Warren’s season rushing record of 1,443 yards set in 1988. It’s worth noting that Chris Warren set this record his senior year, it’s also worth noting Chris Warren was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 4th round and played professional football for a decade. Nobody is saying Mann will be drafted, yet. But if he finishes the second half of the season, the way he started, heads are going to start turning. Mann and the Panthers go to battle again, Sat. Oct. 15 when the black hats host USA South rival Maryville College (4-1) at 1 pm.

photo courtesy of Ferrum Athletics

(left) Brian, along with his mother and sister, accept a football award from his high school coach and athletic director.

photo courtesy of Brian Mann

With The Final Stretch Of Fall Sports Right Around The Corner, Teams Look To Finish Strong

Men's Soccer

by Joey Pride The struggles have yet to dissipate for the men’s soccer team, as their record currently stands at 4-10. Recently, they have suffered losses to NC Wesleyan, Averett , and Virginia Wesleyan, while defeating Methodist in two overtimes. On the bright side, the team is led by Freshman Shamarr Perry with eight goals, followed by Moore Dolue and Kyle Simpkins with four goals each. Derek Thomas is also the team’s top goalkeeper with 96 saves and three clean sheets. The Panthers have a tough upcoming away trip, going to Piedmont College (7-4-1) on Friday and Covenant College (3-8-2) on Sat. Oct. 15.

Sophomore goalkeeper Derek Thomas punts the ball back into play.

Kiani Mohica

Field Hockey

by Graceanne Gershner Ferrum College’s field hockey team suffered a four game losing streak after their first conference win against Sewanee. The team traveled to Kentucky for back to back games on Sept. 24 and 25.They played Transylvania University and Centre College. The lady Panthers lost 2-0 in overtime at Transylvania and 7-0 at Centre. After eight days off, the girls faced Bridgewater on Oct. 2 at home and lost 4-0. Two days later they faced Shenandoah University and were defeated 7-0. Midfielder, Kiani Mohica (junior) says, “Obviously being on a losing streak is disappointing and it makes it hard to stay positive sometimes, but we go out to every practice and every game determined to get better. We still have a few more games left in our conference before

we travel to the number one seed for the tournament. We have a lot of faith that we can win a few more games and we know how much potential we have and how good we can be. We just have to get the pieces put together and with time it will come.” Ferrum will take on Swarthmore College (4-9) on Oct. 11 at home at 2pm.

Women's Soccer

by Jacob Rich Women’s soccer conference record is now (6-2-1). With an overall record of (8-5-1). Forward Payton Stuart was named Rookie Player of the Week in the USA South conference on Oct. 3. The Panther’s also picked up another non-conference loss 1-0 on Oct 5. at Roanoke College. Payton Stuart scored a goal in the 7th minute to lead the panthers to a 2-0 victory over William Peace University on Oct. 7. On Oct. 9 the Panther’s picked up their first draw of the season with a 2-2 tie against Greensboro College. The Panther’s look to better Ferrum Golf Team their record with an upcoming game at Mary Baldwin College on Oct. 12. Golf Following that contest is two home by Hunter Ferguson Ferrum’s golf team finished games. One is against N.C. Wesleyan 11th in the annual Royal Lakes in- College on Oct. 15, and the other vitational on Oct.3 and Oct.4. Their is against Methodist University on final stroke count was 612, which Oct 16. was 41 strokes behind the winning team, Greensboro. Individually, no Ferrum golfer finished higher than 32nd. The golf team is back in action on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 at the Ted Keller Memorial being hosted by Randolph Macon College. Chloe Hudson

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Volleyball, Cross Country Making Most Of Remaining Season Cross Country

by Nia Pettiford On Sat. Oct. 1 Ferrum’s Women and Men’s Cross Country teams competed in the 2016 Hagan Stone Classic at Hagan Stone Park. Both the women’s team and the men’s team came in ninth place. The teams will return on Sat., Oct. 29, at the USA South Athletic Conference Championships hosted at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.

Men's and Women's Cross Country teams.


by C.J. Reed The volleyball team is sitting at 10-16 overall record, with just a handful of matches left. But this past weekend, one panther wowed the entire gym by breaking an NCAA record. Sophomore Cheyenne Strickland served 25 straight points in the first set of Ferrum's 3-0 win over the Wolves, a 25-0, 25-10, 25-7 league win played at Meredith College. Ferrum Woman’s volleyball took a tough loss against Averett University on Wednesday Oct. 5. The Panthers lost the match 0-3 (1025), (17-25), (19-25) to the cougars who are undefeated in the USA South Conference. Ferrum showed signs of improvement throughout the

game but could not pull through for a victory. There were several Panthers who lead the team in kills, blocks, assists, and digs. Jessica Turner had 7 kills, Ebony Crawford had 2 blocks, Cheyenne Strickland had 24 assists, and Sarah Hendrix added with a team high 14 digs. On Saturday Oct. 8, the Panthers hosted N.C. Wesleyan College and Eastern Mennonite University.

Ferrum were able to pull out two wins defeating the Battling Bishops 3-2 (30-28), (25-20), (16-25), (2125), (15-10) and also defeating EMU 3-0 (25-15), (25-23), (25-20). Ferrum moves to 10-15 overall and 5-6 in the conference. They will look to continue their winnings ways against the Maroons of Roanoke College 12-5 (3-4) on Monday Oct. 10.

Cheyenne Strickland

Jessica Turner

Fall Annual Academic Majors Fair

by AnnGardner Eubank Each fall, Ferrum College puts on the Academic Majors Fair, an event designed to serve students in learning about the different college majors Ferrum has to offer. “The purpose of the fair is for students to meet faculty and other people who are involved in whatever major they are interested in,” said Dr. Bryan Faulkner, a math professor at Ferrum College. “The most valuable resources here are the professors and other students who are here talking about the courses required for the major.” With a wide variety of majors represented at the fair and a large turnout, there were definitely a lot of people to speak to and find out helpful information about different majors. “A really important part of the fair is students can get a good idea about what classes they should begin to think about scheduling for second semester. It also especially helps freshmen advisors who might not

know too much about some majors jor in agriculture, but after talking had a successful turnout to inform their freshmen are interested in,” with professors about the forensic and educate students about potential science programs here, I think it’s majors. The fair is a great resource Faulkner said. Most of the freshman gateway definitely something I’d be inter- to meet faculty, help plan courses for professors required their students to ested in, so who knows, my major the following semester, and figure attend the fair so they could have an might change,” Barksdale said. out different career paths from each The Academic Majors Fair major. idea of what classes their major requires and potentially meet some professors in their field of study. Freshman Tyler Barksdale said, “I was able to learn a lot about different majors I was always interested in but didn’t know too much about.” With the majority of majors represented at the fair, there was something for everyone. The fair is also a great place to discover majors students may not have thought about before. “I came to Ferrum photo by AnnGardner Eubank thinking I would ma- Senior Jovon Miller is stationed at the Heatlh & Human Perfomance table in the academic majors fair.

Ultimate Blowout In Panther's Den

photos by Sofia Hernandez

Diamon Keys & Imani Brayboy record a musical video in front of a green screen.

Students play video games at the Ultimate Blowout event, which was held for free in the Panther's Den.

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Ferrum College Holds Annual Eterm Fair by Aleysia Goodley E-term is a three week course taken through spring semester. This is a required course that must be taken during your four years here at Ferrum. Some of these classes are abroad, while others do local traveling. Most classes will also have a fee. ENG 213: Literature and Film of the American Frontier: Focuses on Western and anti-western novels, along with western and revolutionary film. This course is three credits and aimed towards sophomore literature, with a local traveling fee of $95. ART 217: Introduction to Photography and Intermediate Photography: This course takes place in Mexico, where you will learn about the culture. You will also be working heavily with children and visiting lots of historical places such as museums and archaeological sites. You will also be able to visit local marketplaces, artists and artist landscapes. This course requires you to have a passport and a camera. These combined classes are both three credits with a fee of $2,700. REL 207: Vocation, Calling and Practice in the Methodist Tradition and HHP 149: Finding Vocation through Spiritual Wellness: This course mainly focuses on the history of Ferrum college’s roots in Methodism, the connection between physical wellness and spiritual wellness, social justice, and accountability within the Methodist religion. Course includes lectures, reading, community engagement, yoga, meditation, cardio, and outdoor activities. This course travels to North Carolina and Washington DC with a fee of $2000, and requires you to sign up for both classes in order to get the full four credits. ENG 210: World Folktales and Literature: This course focuses on the literary, social, and cultural impact of Folktales throughout the world. During this course you will watch films, meet with authors, visit museums and archives, and observe storytellers. This is a sophomore literature class that fills three credits, with local traveling and a fee of $95. COM 211: Radio Broadcasting Methods: This course requires your complete and utter devotion. You will learn how to structure, design, and produce radio programs with developmental writing and practical, on-air experience. You will also analyze radio programs and design your own daily broadcasts and commercial programming schedule. This course has no traveling, with three credit hours and a fee of $85. ENG 203: British Literature I: This course will take place mostly in England, where you will be visiting the shrine of St. Thomas Becket, hiking the Canterbury pilgrimage, watching one of Shakespeare’s

Summer Theatre I, II, III: This class requires previous experience in theatre, where students will focus on practical and sound approaches to theatre techniques. There is no traveling in this course, but there is a fee of $395. ESC 205: Tropical and Marine Ecology: Introduction to the history and ecology of the tropical island St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This course requires hands-on experience for two weeks living in rustic cottages on the beach and studying the terrestrial and marine ecosystems. You will need to have basic swimming skills for snorkeling to observe sampling techniques. Students will prepare for this class in the college swimming pool. This is a limited opening class that offers four credit hours and requires a fee of $2700. AGS 290: Introduction to Equine-assisted activities and therapies. This course introduces a multitude of occupations in the Equine industry, with studies in many departments and majors. This is a limited opening course with four credit hours and a fee of $850. MTH 105: Fundamentals of Mathematics: This course goes over a multitude of topics, such as Number systems, Algebra, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics. This class will improve analysis, problem solving, critical thinking and use of mathematical skills and tools. This course provides three credit hours with no fee and no traveling. MTH 106: Math Manipulatives: This course uses a hand-on approach, teaching Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus through presentations and demonstrations that. This course is three credit hours and has no fee or traveling. CHM 405: Advanced Chemistry Laboratory: This course engages with laboratories using biochemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and instructional analysis. It will also require intensive research projects, formal laboratory reports and in-class presentations. This course includes traveling to regional laboratories to extend your experience. This course is only two credit hours, with a fee of $100. BIO 123: Introduction to Entomology- Insects and Society: This outdoor course requires on-campus Photo courtesy of Professor Patricia Suppes insect hunting and identification. The Photography & Spanish Eterm explores Mexico, visits archeological sites, helps Students will also develop their children and emmerses students into local Mexican Culture. own insect collection with visits to films to investigate how and why Virginia Tech’s Entomology Departhours with costs a fee of $3500. REL 207: Globalizing Re- the holocaust developed under Nazi ment, Novozymes Biologicals Inc ligion: Ritual and Pilgrimage to control. Students will look at the mo- at Salem, and Virginia’s Museum of Canterbury: This course studies the tivations on the East European Jews Natural History in Martinsville. This historical context, theology, mate- and other groups under Hitler. This course is four credit hours with a fee rial artifacts and rituals of medieval course equals to three credit hours as of $215. pilgrimaging. This course will also a sophomore literature course, it inCont. on Page 7 focus on ancient and modern literary cludes local travel with a fee of $375. THA 205, 305, 405: Applied accounts. You will visit museums, plays at the Globe Theatre, visiting the graves of famous writers and so much more. This course is paired with REL 207, a sophomore literature course, and requires a passport. The course is worth three credit

monuments, and famous works of art. This course is three credit hours with a fee of $3500. ENG 207: Representations of the Holocaust through Literature and Film: This course uses literature and

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Spanish Club Attends Annual Latino Festival The Spanish Club gathered at the annual Roanoke Latino Festival on Sunday, October 9. Right, dancers from North Cross school perform La Marinera, a traditional Peruvian dance.

Left, Mexico native Juan Fuentes performs traditional Mexican songs. On the lower right, sophomore Derek Thomas eats a mango with lemon and chili powder, which is a traditional Mexican street food. On the lower left, Iniciativa Folklórica performs a traditional Costa Rican dance.

Photos courtesy Patricia Sagasti Suppes

Above, Venezuelan musical performance group Venezuela Tricolor de 7 Estrellas presents the Venezuelan flag. People from the audience joined them for a song dedicated to the people of Venezuela, who are in the midst of a severe economic crisis.

Left, José Manuel Gutiérrez, sophomore Kate Anderson, sophomore Derek Thomas, freshman Sofia Hernandez, and spanish professor Patricia Sagasti Suppes watch performances at the festival.

DPhiE Raises Cash For Philantropies

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by Kaitlin Roeper Now that the semester is in full swing, so is Greek life. Greek life isn’t just about making friends and participating in fun activities, but the act of giving back as well. Fraternities and sororities on any campus are required to participate in philanthropic activities and help raise awareness and funds for different organizations. Delta Phi Epsilon raises money for Cystic Fibrosis and ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.) In fact, ANAD and Delta Phi Epsilon have had a long philanthropic partnership on college campuses nationwide. They hold activities every year to raise money and sometimes even spend a week dedicated to raising eating disorder awareness. Recently, they participated in “Pie A Deepher” to raise money for Cycstic Fibrosis, allowing anyone on campus to throw a pie in the face of a DPE sister for $1. They raised $100 during the three-hour event. Also the new members of the sisterhood went door to door asking for spare change from students in every dorm and they raised $317. photos by Graceanne Gershner

(left to right) Iesha Taylor, Mariah Banks, Kat Boxley, Alexis Toliver, Connor Matherly, Sarah Hodges, Mallory Hall raised $315 for ANAD.

(left) Delta Phi Epsilon sisters Lindsay Bolger, Cutler Blankenship, and Emily Hargrove (left to right) after being pied to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. (right) DPhiE sisters Emily Hargrove (left) and Ashley Wiles (right) pie each other to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

Ferrum College Holds Annual Eterm Fair Cont. Eterm

PSY 438: Science of Sleep: During this course students will experiment with the impacts of sleep deprivation on themselves. This will include debates, monitoring sleep routines, reviewing of literature and oral presentations. Students will also visit a sleep laboratory and clinic, where they will see the process of a sleep diagnostic and hear about the impacts of sleep on psychosis and other medical disorders. This course is a three hour credit with a fee of $250. REC 372: Eco-Adventure: This course is a case study of the relationships between tourism, recreation, history, the environment and its role in communities. This course requires students to physically contribute to this class, as it involves extensive exercise. Students will be involved in the cultural, historical and environmental promoting of tourism in local economic communities while visiting The James River. This course is a three hour credit with limited room and a fee of $1300. CJU 497: Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Topics in Institutional Corrections: Students will

watch a variety of films prior to class to examine prison culture, and then practice a play of the life of a prisoner and it’s impacts on their lives. From there on, students will visit prisons ranging from minimum to maximum security, including male, female and co-ed prisons. This course does local traveling, with limited space and a three hour credit. This course has a fee of $400. SWK 299: Introduction to Community Service: This course is a volunteer service that includes a class seminar. Students must be able to provide their own transportation, as it is an individual class where you will work with local agencies. You must have a placement interest form by February, attend a meeting with the instructor, pay a fee for a criminal background check by March, get tested for TB, get DMV checked, and be interviewed and accepted by an agency by mid-April. Some agencies will require a drug test. Students will also have to keep a daily journal of their experience, and also create a PowerPoint of your agency along with a few other assignments. This course is a three hour credit with a fee of

$45.00. CJU 375: Crime Scene Photography: For this course, students with be introduced to the theory and techniques of forensic photography, which will include digital photographic terminology, concepts, and the use of editing software. Students will learn how to write a forensic protocol, why photography is important in this field, light principles, and describe concepts of perspective, field of view, shutter speed, etc. This class provides you with a camera, no traveling and a fee of $1700. CSC 290: Data of Things and You: This course involves concepts and technologies dealing with the internet and cybersecurity. Students will learn about implications of data, national cyber security, and cyber threats. Students will also be educated on teamwork efficiency, visualization, and a multitude of subjects concerning cybersecurity and data along with real life applications. This course is a three hour credit with a fee of $1550. More information on E-term is provided by

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Black Student Union Holds Rap Battle by Kayla McMillan On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Black Student Union of Ferrum College held its first rap battle to see who is the best battle rapper on campus. Sophomore Quimirr “Q Realigion” Heyward and James “JayHero” Wilson battled head-to-head, both with and without instrumentals. There was a great turn out in Confetti’s and the crowd was in tune with the energy from the emcees. In the first round, the two rappers chose “heads or tails” to see who would go first. Heyward (Q Realigion) and Wilson (JayHero) battled a cappella, both coming for each other with their original raps.

Q Realigion went first as the crowd stood in a circle around the rappers. Each rap was about two minutes. During round two, the rappers freestyle over an instrumental for two minutes. Wilson went first this round. In his rap, he addressed issues in the Ferrum College community, the Black Lives Matter movement, and ended his rap with catchy puns, pleasing the crowd. Heyward approached this round differently. His flow was faster, his words catchier, ultimately connecting with the crowd. “The crowd got me hyped up,” Wilson said. “I been writing raps since high school and I’m excited

that I was able to show Ferrum College my talents.” The final round had both the crowd and the rappers on their toes. At this point in the rap battle, the winner could have been either one of them. Wilson and Heyward were given the option to do this round acapella or use an instrumental. As the rappers were deciding, the crowd was yelling for acapella. The final decision was to do the round acapella. Wilson again went first. This round he used many puns and rhymes to catch the audience’s attention. With everyone clapping to the beat, Wilson had the crowd intrigued and into his performance. Heyward

used creative metaphors and his performance got the crowd excited. Ferrum College senior Bobby Pope was an on looker in the audience. “I feel like this was a start of students now are taking more of taking an initiative of showing off their talents, that they can’t show in the classroom,” he said. He added that events like this will bring the student body together because they can connect on the love of music. Wilson took home the grand prize of a $25 gift card and earned bragging rights until the next cypher, when a new rapper will try to take his title from him.

Q & A With Dr. Karl Roeper Of Communications Program by Hunter Ferguson *Interview held on September 23rd, 1:35pm Dr. Karl Roeper is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has been here a little over 5 years. Dr. Roeper is the Program Coordinator of Media & Communication. From the very beginning of his undergrad at IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) he knew that he wanted to study a form of communication. “I started my undergrad as a journalist, transitioned more into electronic media as a sophomore. Since then I have branched off a few different directions, while still having communication as my core subject.” Roeper said. While Dr. Roeper is all business during the work week, striving to get his advisees in the direction they want to be, he has some interesting hobbies that aren’t concerned with school. “If I had a Saturday afternoon with absolutely nothing to do, I would hop on my Harley and go catch some live music.” Roeper said. Although I am sure some people know about his love for music, motorcycles and teaching, there is something not everyone knows about Dr. Roeper; he is a military veteran. Initially, his military experience and his communication knowledge weren’t actually relevant to each other. “The two never really were combined. I decided to join boot camp for the marine core. As I was finishing boot camp, still thinking I was there for communication purposes, it was announced I would be a truck driver. When I got to my command, they offered me the position of truck mechanic. I found that more appealing, so I pursued that. The 2 fields never crossed after that.” Dr. Roeper's decision to pursue the marines branch of military were influenced by brothers, some blood and some fraternity. “I had two older brothers in the Navy, but my frat brothers helped sway me towards the marines. But really, the advertising of the marines helped pursue me to challenge myself.” Roeper said.

Luckily, Dr. Roeper’s skills with truck maintenance were never called upon the heat of combat. But there were times when Roeper took responsibility and risk when nobody else would. “Outside of training, the only thing was, I was forced to drive a truck (similar to a dump truck) over a hundred miles, with virtually no brakes. I did this because I didn’t want anyone else to take the risk.” While Dr. Roeper served over 20 years for the military, not all of it was active duty. But some of the service did require him to go overseas in the heart of the war with Iraq. “I had two tours in Iraq. I went in 2003 for 6 months, and my second tour started in August of 04’ and I returned in March of 05’, so just a little over 7 months. The second tour was during the battle of Fallujah, which historically, was a pretty big battle.” Roeper said. Years in the military have definitely influenced the way Dr. Roeper teaches in the classroom, but not changed it. “Yeah, I can’t just walk up to somebody in a classroom and say “Hey! You just screwed up, fix it!” I am continuing to be tolerable and encouraging in the classroom. In my military life, expectations are very high, excuses aren’t tolerable, and everyone was accountable for themselves and others. It’s all about what environment you came from and what environment you’re in now.” Roeper said. Although Dr. Roeper didn’t exactly say he has regrets from his time in the military, there are a few things he would have done differently on and off the battlefield. “Ironically, there are a lot of things I would’ve done differently. I’ve led a very reckless life. That carelessness has probably cost me a lot of opportunities,” Said Roeper. After learning a lot of new things about a side of Dr. Roeper that not many people might know about, I wanted to ask a final question about himself. “What would you like to do, or accomplish,

Ferrum's Own Trollville Turned Thetaville we were doing, but I don’t know for sure,” Wilson said. “The future of house that was owned by OXE was Greek life is looking up for us. We bought by the college and bulldozed aren’t worried about Thetaville, it’s off the property. “I’m honestly not just going to be a fun place. We just sure why that happened, we really have to be more cautious just like don’t know why. It was probably out the rest of greek life. We are really of spite because they didn’t like what staying on top of things. The school

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"On the roof of our maintenance shop, just after a "reaction force" drill. We would routinely practice rapid deployment to our defensive fighting positions, in case that our position came under enemy assault," Karl Roeper said.

with the rest of your life?” I asked. “With Ferrum, I would like to see the Media & Communication program grow with the vision I brought here 5 years ago. I hope to have many cross country motorcycle trip opportunities, visit a lot of places and take pictures. But, my big goal is to try to tour Ireland on a motorcycle, it is a beautiful place there,” Roeper said.

is just waiting for us to slip up, but we are really sticking to the rules we have set and are taking it very seriously so the students have a safe and fun place to go.” While Greek life will undoubtedly be different for Ferrum College, the fraternities and sorori-

ties remain a strong presence in the community. With their ambitions to keep the campus safe and fun for all students, the social scene is beginning to look up for Ferrum. *Note: David Eubank is AnnGardner's father.*

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