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Runner Magazine Issue 1 Editors in Chief Kelcey Bridges and Erik Medrano Writing Staff Brittany Coleman, Chris DeGroff, KeyAnn Gladden, Stephanie Johnson, Glenda Murray-Kelly, Tanya Marlin and Hope Sutton Layout and Design Erik Medrano Photography Staff Brittany Coleman and Chris DeGroff Contributing Photographers Joe Calandra and Josiah Marroquin Faculty Advisor Professor Michael Finch

Equality for All Still an unattainable Dream Kelcey Bridges Perhaps writer Anne Sexton said it best when she stated in her poem, “Abortion,” “Somebody who should have been born is gone.” She didn’t beat around the bush or paint the picture to appear a little less grim – she simply told the truth. Straightforward and to the point, she did not mince words. In our society we are not only missing one life, or a few hundred, or even merely 5,000; since the passing of the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, over 45 million abortions have taken place in America. That is 45 million people who should have been given the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. We speak so heavily of “human rights” in this country, yet many fail to see the rights that belong to the most innocent of all creatures: an unborn child. On January 19th, we praised the mighty efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, a man who devoted his life to the cause of equality for all man kind. The following day, January 20th, we witnessed history as America’s first African American President took the oath of office. On that day, American’s were reminded of how important it is to treat each other with dignity , respect and value. Yet two days later, January 22nd, marked the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision – a verdict that has since murdered over 45 million innocent lives. There is a Civil Rights Movement in this country that is still waiting to have its voice heard. The silent cries of small unborn babies drive the movement forward. Unfortunately, the unborn cannot speak for themselves. Their only hope for a chance at life comes from strangers, who live outside of the womb – you.

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INAUGRATION 09 Where or Where Not to Celebrate


LAKE MOD PROJECT Construction on Our Campus

music 10


LOCAL SCENE Your Guide to Virginia Beach Tunes


CLUB RELEVANT Literally Down the Road


life 15



TOP 10 Phd Brain Fitness


BRIDGING THE AGE GAP Maturity Levels at Regent



FILM CLUB Tackling a Cult Classic


THE PAIN OF ABORTION 22 Weeks & Natalie Wenninger


CLASSIC MOVIE CORNER Film Classics of Yester Year


School 28

8 WEEK vs 16 WEEK Classroom Debate





FISHY BUSINESS Betta Water 101


Regent Meets World Regent Resource




Holiday Line Up 31


Inauguration 2009Glenda Murray-Kelly

Photography: Brittany Coleman

ON TUESDAY, November 4th, the citizens of the United States elected their 44th President. Barack Obama won with 365 electoral votes and a 53% overall popular vote of 66,882,230. “The victory we achieved on November 4 means so much to so many — but to all of us, it is a stirring affirmation of our country’s most fundamental promise: America is a place where anything — anything we choose to dream together, anything for which we choose to work together — is possible,” wrote Barack

and Michelle Obama in a timely letter. The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States marked the first time in 44 years that a majority of Virginians voted to elect a Democrat for President. The Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia (DBCV) is proud to announce a grassroots celebration of this historic 2008 election by hosting the 44/44 Grassroots Pre-Inaugural Ball. They are happy and proud to be joined by The Virginia Association

“America is a place where anything - anything we choose to dream together, anything for which we choose to work together - is possible” -Barack Obama

This event is a reward for the strength, hard work and deter-

Grassroots VIP $130 - 1 ticket if purchased by December 17, 2008, Grassroots VIP Couples $250 - 2 tickets if purchased by December 17, 2008. Tickets purchased December 18, 2009, or later will be $150.00 each. Individual tickets cost $150. The

final date to purchase tickets is January 5, 2009 or until sold out.


VADC believe that those who worked to make these two historic events possible deserve to be part of the inaugural celebration. Therefore, they have joined to bring you a lower cost event that still has all the pomp and circumstance, and lots of elected officials in attendance.

mination of Virginia’s Democrats, joined by Republicans and Independentswho supported Obama in this historic election. Guests will celebrate in the elegant Arlington Ballroom of the Crystal Gateway Marriott at 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

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of Democratic Chairs (VADC) as hosts. Together they invite guests for great food, music and dancing on January 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm.

lake mod project Construction at Regent Erik Medrano

REGENT UNIVERSITY and its new Undergraduate program continue to develop and expand in a range of different ways. In Academia, minors were introduced to the School of Communication. Rumor has it 8 week courses are going extinct and Reel Dreams attracted a whole new breed of artists to the school. But what about the actual campus? Where will all these students live? In the Summer of 2008, an arched stone bridge connected

student housing to the rest of Regent’s campus. However, with such an elegant bridge of precisely executed architecture, one can’t help but notice the rather murky water living in the lake. The body of water was originialy built in 2002 with the addition of the Communications Building. A Chesapeake Bay protection act required buildings exceeding a certain size to include a storm water run off in the schematics before the construction was ever approved. In an effort to concentrate on

“Students will be able to get closer to the water and see fish swimming or a turtle resting on a rock.” -Richard W. Jemiola

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the school that would put Regent University on every aspiring artists’ radar, the runoff took a back seat to the beloved Communication and Arts building. In the end, the muddy waters that separate the Commons from the rest of campus acted more as a moat guarding our education rather than an actual lake. In the late Fall of 2008, the water level of the lake was drained at least a foot and a big yellow excavator was spotted shuffling mounds of dirt around the bridge. Regent University had begun work on what is

known as the ‘Lake Mod Project.’ “The Lake Mod Project will bring an enhanced habitat, brilliant aesthetics and functionality to Regent’s Campus,” Director of Facilities and Engineering Richard W. Jemiola said. “The lake is driven by a future student housing project thats being planned right now. We plan to raise the water level a foot and a half, reshape and deepen the lake, put landscaping, extend the brick barbeque area around the bridge, and incorporate a bench design. What that

does is create a water life habitat in the lake. Students will be able to get closer to the water and see fish swimming or a turtle resting on a rock,” Jemiola said. Jemiola said the University plans to build a fountain in the lake which will serve several purposes. The fountain will pump oxygen into the lake, ensure cleanliness and add style to the body of water. Jemiola has been with the University since it was first

Photography: Chris Degroff

A semi-finished lake project is predicted in May of 2009. Expect large boulders to be added later in the year. As far as student housing phase 2, hopes are for 2010.


“As human beings we are drawn to the water. Aesthetics is a very important consideration with all the buildings we build here at Regent. We’ve always believed in saving the natural resources that God put here, including trees and grazes of open areas. We’ve always kept space between our buildings, and left trees standing that other contractors would have torn down,”

Jemiola said.

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built in the early 80s. He’s been known to fight for preserving the natural look of the campus, while incorporating attractive victorian style buildings.


Local Scene VA Beach Tunes Brit any Coleman

Photography: Brie Alsbury

MUSIC HAS been around since the beginning of time. The Bible is filled with people who felt, thought, and experienced things through the power of music. Music is a universal language of the soul, a gift from God that unites us all. In the Community of Hampton Roads there are many venues, both large and small, which offer events for music lovers to take part in. Hampton Roads’ most famous

venue, The Norva, will be headlining “Taking Back Sunday” on December 16, with opening band “Envy on the Coast.” The Norva has a great line up for the months of December and January. Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has a busy season ahead, performingat several locations in Hampton Roads. VSO will present “Holiday Classics” at Virginia Beach’s Chrysler Hall, “Ride of the Valkyries” at Sandler Center, and “Handel’s

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music”

Psalm 57:7

and a no-pressure venue where students are free to display their talents and enjoy others. Oasis, a worship service, also provides a great chance to hear music that is God-centered. There, students play live music on the first Friday of every month. Another great opportunity to listen to worship music is during Regent’s on-campus chapel, every Wednesday at noon in Robertson Hall. The School of Communication

also has it’s very own chapel, 14:21, which gathers every Monday at noon in the Communication schools’ Screening Room A. Don’t miss out on these amazing opportunities to take part in God’s beautiful gift of music.


atmosphere that is great for a night out. At Regent University there are many opportunities to experience music on-campus as well. There are several weekly events that give gifted student musicians the chance to showcase their abilities at events around campus. A new weekly event called “The neXt” takes place on Sunday nights at 7 in the Regent Ordinary. “The neXt” has a coffee shop atmosphere

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Messiah” at our very own Regent University. A smaller venue that is near and dear to the community is The Jewish Mother. It is located on the corner of Laskin Road and Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. Not only does The Jewish Mother feature unbelievable food, but it offers unique local flavor musically by giving small bands the opportunity to play at a real venue. It provides an exciting and lively

Club Relevant KeyAnn Gladden

THE WORD “nightclub” often brings to mind alcohol, loud music, and men and women engaging in close proximal movement emulating dance to provocative lyrics. One can expect to experience music ranging from live bands such as techno,house music, heavy metal, garage, hiphop, or salsa, in a room lined with aesthetic décor, lighting and effects including flashing colored lights, moving light beams, laser light shows, strobe lights, mirror-covered disco balls, or foam and smoke machines. For God fearing Christians

there has not been a place where we can have the same atmosphere without the alcohol, and provocative lyrics. In past years this kind of place was pretty much unimaginable. But many Christians are very aware of what’s in, and want a place to unwind without subjecting themselves to secular habits. Here in Hampton Roads there is a nightclub for Christians to go and fellowship, while enjoying the nightlife atmosphere. Club Relevant is a concert venue that offers access to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake,

“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all youth not just those who claim a Christian background” - Pastor Mike Osborn

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Portsmouth and Suffolk areas. Here you will find encouraging innovative artist who are looking to express their talents and expand their musical influence. Relevant night club encompasses all the inner-workings of a nightclub while still providing a safe haven for teens and youth in Hampton Roads. This venue is hosted by a local church in Virginia Beach and provides an alcohol free environment, complete with live entertainment for youth and people of all ages. Club Relevant is run by those who profess a Christian

faith. “Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all youth not just those who claim a Christian background,” Harvest Assembly Pastor Mike Osborn said. Club Relevant is one of the Student Ministries formed by Harvest Assembly of God of Chesapeake. Their ministry prides itself on authentic Biblical principals, providing a place where one can be honest about their struggles and failures. “We desire to be simple and

real. If you are looking for a complicated plan or strategy, then Relevant Ministries is most likely not the right place for you,” Pastor Osborn said. Harvest Assembly’s ministries include “The Atmosphere”, “The Gathering”, “Jolt 180 Cafe”, and “Club Relevant” “The goal is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength,“ Pastor Osborn said. “The Atmosphere” is a small tight-knit group. “The Atmo

Photography: Joe Calandra

If you are living in the Hampton Roads area or just visiting, take some time out for yourself and experience one, if not all of these ministries. Each event has something uniquely different to

Relevant Ministries Club Relevant 929 LEVEL GREEN BLVD VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23464 Call Pastor Mike Osborn:757.714-9874 for more info.


“The Gathering” is a Sunday night Celebration at the church in Chesapeake. It is a place where one can come alone or invite family and friends to enjoy fellowship.

offer, providing oppritunities for Christians to love one another and fellowship in the glory of Christ.

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sphere” is comprised of small groups that gather at various locations including homes, schools, restaurants, etc…


Josiah Marroquin

Photography: Josiah Marroquin




. Mark Stibich, wrote an article on the “Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Brain Fitness”:

Challenge your brain with games, such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and electronic games that improve the speed and memory.


Learn new skills. Read Shakespeare, cooking a variety of foods possibly from other cultures and building with unconventional materials like building a houseout of toothpicks.


Meditation creates a new state for the mind, both relaxing and exercising the brain simultaneously.


Take a break from television which can stress and overwhelm the brain.


Engage in brain training exercises.


Change challenges your brain and forces your brain to ‘wake up from habits and pay attention again

Cracking the books Glenda Murray-Kelly

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Cracking is the use of “study drugs,” often a mix of prescription medications that give students hours of almost superhuman focus and concentration. In order to stay awake and study, students are taking prescriptions such as Ritalin and Adderall. These drugs are used to treat those diagnosed with attention deficit hyperac-

Eat healthy fats that specifically target the brain such as fish oils, nuts, seeds and olive oil.


Learn story telling techniques which improves the memory and Exercising imhelps interpret events proves muscle skills and balance. A variety clearly. This technique is being used to help of exercising people with Alzheimer challenges the brain. disease.


IT IS HARD to believe that a student at Regent University could be accused of “cracking,” but according to ABC News, college students at prestigious universities are participating in “cracking.”


tivity disorder. Although there have not been any known cases of this happening at Regent University, it could be a possibility. Instead of cracking, students must become addicted to our books and studies in order to meet the challenges set forth for us at Regent. Here are a few tips for studying from : • Know yourself - work at your own pace and in your own style, if you worry about meeting deadlines, give yourself plenty of time to do the work. • Make the most of the


Read a variety of writings such as foreign authors, classical works, and different cultures. This also helps to tell different stories.

range of ways that university offers to learn – attend lectures as well as tutorials and get to know your lecturers. • Take a break - if you’re losing concentration or have writers’ block, walk away from the work and have a coffee or read the paper to help refocus. • Plan periods when you don’t study - make the most of it by doing something you enjoy – don’t spend all your non-study time sitting with others moaning about the course. Regent University requires different GPA’s for the various graduate schools on campus. The School of Communication and Arts requires a 3.3 GPA for incoming graduate students who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree in Journalism. The field of Journalism is considered to be a specialized field of the study and you must have a passion to write. This goes to show you that for much is given, much will be required.

Bridging the Age Gap

The Youth at Regent

Returning Regent student Regina Jones, 31, is working on an M.A. in Education. She is at Regent to make herself more marketable in the labor force. She said the age gap here at Regent is unnoticeable due to the maturity level of the younger

students. Even though Jones is a Graduate Student, she expressed a desire to integrate activies between the undergraduate and graduate students.

looks forward to mentoring the traditional students. He believes the younger students bring a fresh perspective to campus and he enjoys their company.

Although studies illustrate developments and trends showing the growing differences between the age groups, at Regent the traditional younger students’ motivations appear to line up with the older students. Both desire to be taken just as seriously.

In most cases it is true that there are goal differences between traditional student the adult learner. Traditional students are more likely to change their major a number of times over the course of their college years, whereas the adult learner knows what they want when they enter the program.

Ed Paul, a 33 year old, Captain in United States Army National Guard, is a graduate student at Regent seeking his M.A. in Practical Theology. He is aspiring to become an Army National Guard Chaplain, and

With the advancement of technology, employers are requiring their employees to pursue more advanced career skills.

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RESEARCH SHOWS the non-traditional adult returning to college is faced with more challenges than the average traditional student coming out of high school. Students are considered non-traditional if they are 25 or older and have been out of school for a number of years. With the growing tendency to go back to college, some say there can even be resentment towards the younger students.


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film club Tackling a cult classic Hope Sutton

ON A FRIDAY night typically known for going to the movies, a small group of students from the School of the Communication and the Arts gathered to watch “The Day the Earth Stood Still” – the original version made in 1951. This was not just a gathering; it was a meeting, a Film Club meeting. Regent University’s Film Club, in its beginning stages, is a combination of education and enthusiasm. The film club was birthed out of the heart of Kenneth Trombley, a student in the School of Communications and the Arts.

“I was thinking of suggesting a film club when Dr. Wales asked for volunteers so I answered the call,” Trombley said. Trombley along with Greg Beck, another Comm. Arts student, lead the club with the guidance of Professor J. Dennis Bounds. Not your usual club, it is an informal gathering. There is no President, no Treasurer, no Secretary, just a group people coming together for the love of film. “The mission of the club is to

“The mission of the club is to broaden one’s view of film. It is an educational endeavor” -Professor Bounds

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broaden one’s view of film. It is an educational endeavor,” Prof. Bounds said. Student generated, the club selects what film will be viewed in a democratic manner. Someone “champions” (suggests) a film to be viewed. Prior to the viewing there is a brief synopsis of the film and then a discussion follows the viewing. Based on general knowledge and research, the discussion usually involves certain aspects of the film such as cinematography, directing, the storyline and the actors, and trivia. Multiple topics are open

for discussion. That night, the featured film “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” was viewed in anticipation of the remake to be released a week later. The Sci-fi drama, based on the short story Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates, was directed by Robert Wise who won Academy Awards for The Sound of Music and West Side Story. The film’s most notable actors were Academy Award winning actress, Patricia Neal and Emmy Award winning actress, Frances Bavier, best known for her role

as Aunt Bee Taylor in the Andy Griffith Show – a popular television show of the 1960’s. Following the screening, Bounds lead a discussion that included the history of the film and Biblical symbolism that appeared to be woven throughout. Bounds commented that the movie’s theme was centered on the Cold War, but throughout the conversation he and the group repeatedly pointed out the multiple Biblical references. The main character, Klaatu was compared to Jesus. He ap

The discussion led to the com-

The film club is open to all Regent students. “The club is for anyone with an “interest in movies, anyone drawn to film”, Bounds said.


parison of the original and the remake. All agreed that the most recent film would be completely different from the original because of the enormous advance in technology over the past 57 years.

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peared on the earth to save man from self destruction. Klaayu healed himself from a gunshot wound that was inflicted upon him by those who did not understand Him. Other Biblical references noted were God’s grace and His judgment. One character was even compared to Judas Iscariot, as he betrayed Klaatu by turning him into the authorities. Bounds and those in attendance were able to find numerous metaphors and Biblical references throughout the entire movie.

The pain of abortion What would you do?

Brit any Coleman

WHAT WOULD you do if you found yourself locked in a bathroom, face-to-face with the one decision that could change your life forever? In a World Net Daily article written by Ron Strom, the weight of one woman’s abortion story is tragically retold. After reading this particular article, filmmaker and director Angel Manuel Soto found it his calling to turn this horrifically true story into an informative and life-changing film. Angel, along with Ashley Shuck, wrote the screenplay which takes viewers on a journey of epic pro-

portions. The film is based on the true story Ron Strom wrote, as well as the real life victim’s testimonies and 911 calls. “22 Weeks” tells the story of a young rape victim who made a decision that altered her life. She finds herself locked in the bathroom of an abortion clinic after her aborted baby is born alive. It is a film about decisions, their effects, and what one can learn from their decisions. The short film also boldly confronts the lies that many organizations and doctors tell their clients.

The portrayal of this woman’s story is acted by Natalie Wenninger. Natalie’s life has demonstrated what it means to have faith in God’s promises, while defending the truth. Natalie has been acting and auditioning ever since she can remember. When she moved to Virginia Beach her life became more spiritual and the Lord began to speak to her.

Natalie acted in several Regent films, including a short film by Joy Francis, where she protrayed a character who had an abortion. She also worked for New Dominion Pictures and acted for Regent directing classes - all before graduating high school. Natalie was planning on going to an acting school in London, but once again the Lord spoke to her and she ended up at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) doing a 6 month internship. IHOP allowed Natalie to “discover [her] identity outside of

‘the actress.’” During a span of 5 years Natalie did not act at all. The only exception occurred when she played a girl who had an abortion in a Christian haunted house. It was during this performance that Natalie began to feel God had called her to be an intercessor for all the women who have had abortions. Natalie felt her purpose was to go in place of these women and take on their pain before the Lord. At an IHOP intercession meeting, Natalie was praying intensely when someone ap

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“22 Weeks” asks the controversial and timeless question, what would you do?


“My hope is that millions of people would see it and God would grip their hearts for life, and life would take priority, not a backseat in people’s politics, that we wouldn’t sacrifice our babies on the altar of convenience.” -Natalie Wenninger

proached her and said that God had anointed her to pray for the cause of abortion. “God was preparing me to stand up in our work and say abortion is wrong, I believe in Life,” Natalie said. It was during this time at IHOP that Natalie discovered her love of acting could be used for God’s glory, or “Holy Spirit acting,” as she calls it. Natalie came to meet Angel Soto on that fateful day at IHOP. Angel was involved in the same

internship that Natalie herself had done, but he was soon promoted to the camera man position for IHOP. One day they were talking and discovered that they shared similar passions. When Angel adapted the “22 Weeks” story, he made a leap of faith by asking Natalie to play the main role. Natalie felt that God was telling her “you were born to do this part.” At the time, Natalie just happened to be 24 weeks pregnant

with her son, Abel, when she was asked to do the film. The story the film tells is particularly important to Natalie. Having suffered four miscarriages herself, the significance of the life of a child holds even more value to her. When Natalie found out she was expecting Abel and was past the initial trimester, she felt extremely nervous about taking on the part. The doctors reassured her that the baby would be fine, but that didn’t lighten the intensity and high emotional

Photography: Brittany Coleman

Choose Life: Music inspired by Life, Justice, and the film 22 Weeks:

strain that the scenes demanded of her. Natalie had friends pray over her daily, and went weekly to the IHOP pre-natal prayer room. However, Natalie refused to believe there would be health complications. “I’m not going to be afraid, this baby is in the palm of God’s hand. I ended up being perfect,” Natalie said. After the film was in post-production, Natalie became overwhelmed with questions, “What now?” and “What if?” Natalie began asking the Lord to pro-

mote the film, but she felt that God was telling her she wasn’t asking enough. “My hope is that millions of People would see it and God would grip their hearts for life, and life would take priority, not a backseat in people’s politics, that we wouldn’t sacrifice our babies on the alter of convenience,” Natalie said. Natalie sums up the “22 weeks” saying it’s about choices and consequences. Everyone in the film had a choice to make.

“Everyday we make choices. This is a choice that is passed over like any other, but some have severe consequences. More than being pro-life, it’s about how much one choice can affect us. It is a sacrifice, sacrificing someone’s life,” Natalie said. “22 Weeks” has many upcoming showings in cities across the United States and Puerto Rico. Visit www.22weeksthemovie. com, to get the latest info.


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IN AN AGE where remakes, ill-faded fads and juvenile humor rule the box-office, it is refreshing to be reminded of the films that stand the test of time. Rewind to the days of Hollywood glamour, where classic movies such as “Gone With the Wind,” “Citizen Kane” and “Singing in the Rain” were king. Actors and actresses in classic movies had talent – they could spit out dialogue faster than you could text message. They relied upon their acting abilities to capture and hold your attention, rather than relying

upon something drastic to seize your interest. “The Philadelphia Story” is on the menu for this month’s edition of the Classic Movie Corner. Made in 1940, “The Philadelphia Story” is based on the Broadway play Katharine Hepburn had previously starred in. The play itself is said to have been written specifically for Hepburn by playwright, Phillip Barry, in hopes of literally wooing Hepburn back to the stage after her Broadway play, “The Lake,” fizzled. “The Philadelphia Story”

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“Actors and actresses in classic movies had talent – they could spit out dialogue faster than you could text message.”

turned out to be a true box office hit, so much so that MGM decided to remake it in 1956. However, this time around the film had a little twist to it. Renamed “High Society” it was packaged as a musical and was surprisingly well recieved by moviegoers.

story about Mr. Lord (Tracy’s father), blackmails the family into allowing two reporters, Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) and Macaulay Connor (James Stewart), to cover Tracy’s impending nuptials in the sleazy tabloid, Spy Magazine.

“The Philadelphia Story” stars Cary Grant as C.K. Dexter Haven, ex-husband of millionaire Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn). Dexter just happens to come back into town the very day before Tracy’s high profile wedding to society man, George Kittredge. On top of that, a false

Directed by George Cukor, this film was astonishingly shot in only eight weeks, and not a single shot required a retake! That explains why in certain scenes you can actually see an actor trying to keep themselves from laughing. This is extremely apparent in the scene where

James Stewart has the hiccups. The loud noises heard spiraling out of Stewart’s mouth were not in the script; therefore Cary Grant was not prepared to hear the hiccups coming from his costar. It is obvious that Grant was caught off guard, as he replies, “Excuse me,” to Stewart, and then slightly laughs while trying to regain his composure. It is instances such as this that enhance the overall enjoyment of the film. Jimmy Stewart was actually nominated for an Oscar for his

Even though Grant chose the less dominant character, he still requested that his salary for the film be raised to $1,000,000 – a huge price for an actor at that time. Still, Grant proved that his intentions were not in the least bit selfish – he donated his entire salary to the British War Relief Fund.

Besides the superb acting, one of the major qualities of “The Philadelphia Story” is the ultra witty dialogue that supports the depth of the film in its entirety. If you ever get the chance be sure to check out “The Philadelphia Story,” and don’t forget “High Society” too – just for kicks.


Interestingly enough, Cary Grant was given the choice of which character he wanted to play – Dexter Haven, or Jimmy Stewart’s character, Macaulay Connor. As we know now, Grant chose to play Dex, however one

can only wonder if Grant had taken the opposite role – would he have walked away with Oscar gold? (Cary Grant never won an Oscar throughout his career, and was only nominated for an Oscar only twice).

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role in “The Philadelphia Story,” yet he had no intentions of actually attending the award ceremony. However, that changed when a friend called him and strongly “advised” him that he should indeed attend. It’s a good thing he did – at the end of the night he ended up walking away with the Oscar statuette.


8 week vs 16 week Classroom Debate Hope Sutton

Today, Regent offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in an on-line format as well as the traditional classroom setting.

traditional classroom setting. From the start, the degree completion program was offered on-line in eight week sessions. For many nontraditional students – adults with families and jobs – online courses were more accommodating. This program was designed for those students with busy lives, but had a desire to complete a degree they may have started and due to lives circumstances were unable to finish.

According to Dr. Pamela Lee, Associate Dean of Students, for these students, eight week sessions available on-line offered convenience, focus and structure. The one challenge she sited was that on-line courses tend to be a hindrance to some of the older non-traditional students who are not as technologically astute as those who were born in this era of websites, blogs and MySpace. They prefer face to face contact

with a professor. But, for the most part, the students love it and the professors like the diversity of age, background and geography of the students they teach on-line. Dr. Robert Hill, an adjunct professor in the School of Divinity, was a part of that core group that designed the degree completion program. He was tasked with breaking a 16 week course down to an eight week session. Initially, he had mixed feelings. He felt


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the universityadded degrees in Education, Business, Divinity, Law, Psychology and Counseling, Leadership Studies, Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, all at the graduate level. In 2000, Regent launched an on-line degree completion program, giving non-traditional students the opportunity to earn undergraduate degrees at an accelerated pace. Today, Regent offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in an on-line format as well as the

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REGENT UNIVERSITY maintains its rich Christian values, but is motivated to change with the times. In this age of ever evolving technology and highly competitive colleges and universities, Regent keeps up with educational demands by offering diversity in learning. Initially called CBN University, it opened its doors in 1978 with enrollment in the School of Communication and the Arts. Since its inception,

that the breakdown was not as complete or as focused as the regular 16 weeks, but felt that it did offered more structure. Undergrads tend to get distracted when it comes to the longer session; too much time allows the student to procrastinate about getting assignments done as opposed to the shorter session where assignments and deadlines come at a much faster pace. He stated that with a shorter timeframe to complete

assignments the students are more focused and less distracted, “you give all you’ve got and go for it”. Whether teaching an eight week session or a 16 week session, Dr. Hill said it did not affect the way he taught, but on a personal level, he preferred the 16 weeks. Eight weeks is not long enough to connect with the student. 16 weeks allows the instructor and the students to build a strong rapport.

“Mentor to student is more relational. Eight weeks is not long enough to manage a teacher-student relationship”, Dr. Hill said. What started as an online acceleration program has evolved into full-fledged undergraduate programs. Derived from the growth of the on-line program and a desire from younger students for the traditional classroom setting, the campus stepped

“Eight weeks is not long enough to connect with the student. 16 weeks allows the instructor and the students to build a strong rapport.”

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- Dr. Hill

up to meet the needs of a thriving University. Today, a typical undergrad course load includes a combination of eight week sessions and 16 week sessions. Eight week sessions are knowledge based; general education courses like Math, Science and English. The longer sessions consist of courses that make up the core curriculum of the students chosen undergrad program. Some students in the School of the Communication and

the Arts have mixed feelings about having to take both eight and sixteen week sessions. Shawn Parker thinks that eight weeks is not designed for people who work. “The pace is too fast. The only plus about eight weeks sessions is it frees up your time”, Parker said. Scott Wilhitte, could site no pros regarding the combination of the shorter session and the longer session in

one semester. He said that the workload of the eight week session is too high and conflicts with the 16 week courses. He went on to say that the shorter session seems to start before the semester begins. This becomes a problem if you are not able to purchase textbooks until the start of the semester or shortly after; that causes you to fall behind in assignments and readings because of the weekly deadlines.

three credit hours, “I can take two eight week courses in one semester and accumulate six credit hours,” Fairchild said. Regent University is a school with a willingness to offer diverse educational formats to accommodate the demands of traditional and non-traditional students.

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Heather Fairchild has a completely different opinion. She received an Associate’s degree from ECPI where the courses were only five weeks long. She likes the idea of taking two eight week courses within a 16 week timeframe. For her, taking shorter sessions within the 16 week semester allows her to accumulate more credit hours at a faster pace. Instead of taking one class for 16 weeks and earning


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Brain 101 THE JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE conducted a study on 93 elderly volunteers who were matched with a younger group to learn three ball juggling over a three month period. The study measured the ability of the elderly to train the brain to learn new information. J. Novick, writer for the National Health Association and the American Natural Hygiene Society followed this study and explained, “Learning to juggle requires coordination and control of visual, sensory, and motor information all at the same time.” The Journal of Neuroscience confirmed their findings at the end of the study; the elderly did indeed grow the same amount of brain grey matter as their younger counterparts showing no difference in their ability to learn. Education Today Online mentioned that some school districts have reported that juggling improves students’ academic performance, behavior, concentration, eye-hand coordination and self-esteem.

The principal of Nwolin Elementary in Missouri reported that his students work harder in the classroom and have “fewer discipline problems.” Teachers also reported improvement in their students performance academically and their ability to focus. Education Today noted that juggling helps in developing eye-hand coordination and memory. Florida schools reported similar success, claiming juggling improved their students’ improvement in eye-hand coordination, concentration, and self-esteem. A teacher at Alimacani Elementary said she had observed improvement in the children’s reading skills. Other benefits of juggling include burning off steam, building listening skills, following directions and building teamwork skills.

Learning a musical instrument is also known to exercise the brain by improving memory and help the brains ability to think more quickly and accurately. Canadian scientists did a study on children while learning a musical instrument and found that the students performing better in literacy and math testing. College Board conducted a study measuring the effect music lessons had on students before taking the SAT test. The results found higher points both in verbal and math. Countless studies show that music improved academic performance both in children and in adults in brain development.

Fishy Business Stephanie Johnson

“I was just going to be frank about my age and who I am. He was a reminder not to be rude, but frank,” Clark said. Within a day Frank died. Clark went back to the pet store with her fish and the water Frank died in. The pet store clerk told her the ammonia levels in the water were too high, and she had to use spring water for her second fish. However she began to wonder what the amonia levels in the water might be doing to her. “My teeth started to feel kind of funny, I thought it was just my tooth paste, then a girl I talk to down stairs said her tooth chipped off and she said her teeth were feeling kind of funny, too. My face was getting very dry and I could feel changes in my hair,” Clark said.

The water was tested, and the pH levels came back fine, but the ammonia level came back high on the charts. Information acquired from The World disinfectant residual Health Organization says throughout the distrithat, “Ammonia may be bution system so that present in drinking-water drinking water reas a result of disinfection mains safe as it travels with chloramines.” from the treatment faChloramine is a “disinfec- cility to the customer. tant used to treat drinking Chloramine has been water. It is formed by mix- used by water systems ing chlorine with ammonia. for almost 90 years, Although it is a weaker and its use is closely disinfectant than chlorine, regulated.” it is more stable and exChloramine is toxic tends disinfectant benefits to fish andamphibithroughout a water utilanss. If planning on ity’s distribution system. using normal drinking Some water systems use water for fish, be sure chloramine as a secondary to have it removed disinfectant to maintain a beforehand.

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THE WATER at the Regent Commons Apartments is making some weary, and it’s all due to a fish named Frank. Vera Clark a Regent University student decided to get a fish when she moved into the Regent Commons. When Clark moved in she had big plans to make her apartment her new home away from home. As it started to come together she looked around and realized she needed something else to fix up her single room. She walked about a mile down the road to the pet supply store and found a Beta fish, which if taken care of properly would last a long time. The store clerk told her if anything were to happen to the fish when she brought it home, she could bring it back and they would replace it. Clark went back home and set up her new fish in his fish bowl and decided to name him Frank as a reminder to herself to be honest.


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Regent Meets world Student Resource KeyAnn Gladden

IMAGINE getting exposure and experience with just a few clicks. That is exactly what can provide for you. Internet television is a thing of the present and will likely have immense value in the future. This year a major focus at Regent University is to reintroduce to new students in efforts to help fill the gap between new, old and alumni students. If you’re an innovative television producer or film maker, or a budding actor then internet television is a sure way to get your name into the Global

The station is practical, marketable in every culture, and made to influence forward thinking in all who plan to lead the way in new media technologies.

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market. Regent University School of Communication and the Arts launched on January 1st, 2005. The goal was to provide quality streaming, internet television programming, in addition to on demand video content and live TV. Regent University students are able to submit film projects and even post job openings for the crews they need. This website essentially places students work front and center to many of today’s industry professional’s worldwide.

Students who attend Regent would benefit a great deal from the experience of working alongside past, as well as present students on film and television projects. The ReelGood site is practical, marketable in every culture and made to influence forward thinking in all who plan to lead the way in new media technologies. The site provides a nurturing environment in which new students can team up with current students and alumni. They have the opportunity to also develop leadership and decision-making skills that maximize their educational experience.

While exploring the website, you as a student can expect to experience an interactive feel. One has the ability to watch movies, documentaries, read articles, view images, and listen to interviews. The website also caters to artists who may want to create a profile complete with resume, bio, and pictures. If you are looking to know the latest on what is new and current, or what is hot and what is not, you can read the reviews on student short films and major picture films. Aside

There is a database for cast


Everyone would agree that getting exposure in this industry can be difficult. However, submitting your work to ReelGood. tv helps bring the industry to you. The bonus to this kind of exposure is continuous 24 hour video stream of Regent student films.

and crews looking for potential work on movies and television. Through this database you can keep track of your visitors and those who may want to team up on their upcoming projects, which is a great way to network.

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from movie reviews you can find out what awards student films have won. There is also a forum on the website for you to comment on and engage in productive conversation.

Photography Fetish Chris Degroff

Nikon D40 Of all the resources that the Regent University equipment office gives its students, the Nikon D40 is one that any resident photographer will be able to appreciate. I had the pleasure of using one recently and I am pleased to say that, all in all as a photographer and a long time Nikon enthusiast, it lived up to my expectations. The Nikon D40 seems to have been created with either relatively new photographers or the money conscious in mind. It lacks some of the frills of its predecessors. The LCD status display which one normally finds at the top of the typical NIKON D-SLR is no longer there which means that the user has to look at the rear display to make adjustments

for things like the aperture settings and shutter speed. It has fewer image presets than most other models, and by image presets, I mean automatic shooting modes that lend themselves to certain things such as landscape, direct print, or portrait shots. While the D40 may lack the Sharper, Landscape and Direct Print modes, it makes up for part of that by adding one that the D50 never had – Black and White. This is actually a very nice compensation because it adds a little more room for creativity on the part of the photographer without making him or her have to edit the photo to make it black and white after taking the shot.

All that being said, the D40 has quite a few great points to make up for its apparent lack of extra frills. It sports a bigger rear display screen which makes reviewing photos on the camera itself actually worth the time. Not only this, but it has the already mentioned Black and white shooting mode, it is more compact than the previous bulkier D50, and it is possible to shoot with an ISO of 3200 where 1600 was the highest one could squeeze out of the D50. The D40 is also less expensive than previous models. In addition to the fact that it is a little simpler to use than most

other models the cost makes it a great camera for beginners as well as more experienced users who want something that they can get used to quickly. All in all, this is a great, well rounded camera. I would highly recommend checking one out from the equipment office for those who are eligible.

h o l i day The Christmas season is a time for many things. Naturally, it is the time when we (depending on our beliefs) celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, it is simply a time to spend quality time with friends and family and enjoy the spirit of the season. While this is all true, it also has another special significance. The Christmas holiday season brings with it not only the release of new holiday movies, but re-runs of all the classic films as well. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than to go to the theaters and watch a holiday movie with family and friends. Most of us have watched movies such as, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Grinch who Stole Christmas,” and, of course, “The Santa Clause,” but there are others out there just waiting to be watched as well. These movies will have you laughing, crying and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

A Chistmas Story

will have everyone laughing.

This movie was released in November of 1983 and stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, and Ian Petrella. Set in the 1940’s, this story is about a young boy named Ralphie ( Peter Billingsley) who has his heart set on obtaining an official Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas despite the fact that he is constantly told “you’ll shoot your eye out!”

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Despite the fact that this movie was made in the early 1980’s, it has managed to stay popular. Of course the main plot of Ralphie trying to get his BB gun for Christmas is humorous in and of itself, but there are plenty of amusing subplots that keep the movie going as well. It is also a pretty clean movie. It has a PG rating which is mostly due to some language. That being said, it is a great movie to watch with the whole family and

As a 1996 remake of “The Bishop’s Wife,” I believe that this movie captures the magic of the original. It stars Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is the same story as with “The Bishop’s Wife,” just set in more modern times. Washington plays the angel, Dudley while Vance and Houston play the preacher and wife. While the original “Bishop’s Wife” makes a great family movie, this one seems to lend itself more to the married crowd as it seems to be more of a romance movie than the original was. It will make for an entertaining and heartwarming holiday movie for the family at a pinch.

l i Chrins DeGroff eup The Bishop’s Wife This is a great movie and a must see for any old school Cary Grant fans out there. It was filmed in 1948, and not only stars Cary Grant but, also Loretta Young and David Niven. Niven plays the part of a Bishop who is frustrated in his efforts to build a cathedral for his congregation during the Christmas season. After the Bishop prays for help, an angel named Dudley (played by Grant) visits him and offers him his services. Soon, Dudley has the Bishop’s entire household enjoying the spirit of Christmas except for the Bishop who must learn to prioritize his family over his dream of building the cathedral. This is definitely another film to add to the collection of great holiday family movies. It really has nothing objectionable in it at all. Besides being a great family movie, it would also make a great

movie to watch with a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. Four Christmases Not in a stay-at-home mood this holiday season and want to get out of the house? In that case, there are several Christmas themed movies in theaters that might fit the bill. “Four Christmases,” starring such big names as Vince Vauhgn, Reese Witherspoon, and Robert Duvall, is a hilarious tale of a young couple, Brad (Vauhgn) and Kate (Witherspoon) who end up having to spend the holidays with their dysfunctional families. This ends up being tricky as both of their parents are divorced, so they have to make four separate visits. Each visit is filled with non-stop laughs as Brad and Kate learn more about each other from their families while trying to keep their own relationship from falling apart in the process. While this

may not be a movie that is appropriate for the entire family (as made evident by its PG-13 rating for some sexual humor and language). It is a great movie for all the Vince Vauhgn fans out there. The movie is kept entertaining not only because of the humor, but also because of the rapid pace. It’s definitely a great flick to catch with a group of friends.

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