The Canvas of Southeastern Culture
Explore the legend of Bigfoot in modern culture pg. 12 Oldest college in Tennessee revamps appearance pg. 30
Volume II Issue II Spring 2013
Melissa Mauceri Junior, journalism major Mauceri is a junior journalism major with a creative writing minor at Tusculum College. Sheâ€™s a cheerleader and enjoys writing about and studying fashion in her spare time. Her dream is to work for a fashion magazine as a fashion journalist after graduation.
Destini Wingerter Inside art contributions by: Junior, Junior, journalism major journalism major
Miller is currently a transfer junior at Tusculum College Forrest Lane from Charlotte, North Carolina. Jacenta Holtsclaw Lane currently He is majoring resides in Morin journalism ristown, Tenn. and professional and takes pride in writing while also the region he lives being a member in. He works as of the Tusculum a local photogra- Pioneer baseball pher and aims to team. capture the beauty Kate Kolodi of East Tennessee in every way possible. Graduate of Walters State Community College, Lane plans to use his photography to express his dedication to his roots. Hilary Nowatzki
Wingerter is currently a junior at Tusculum College and majoring in English with a concentration in journalism and professional writing. When she graduates she plans to pursue a career in medical writing or public relations.
Junior, digita media major
Angel West Junior, literature major West is a junior English major with a concentration in literature and a minor in creative writing. After graduating from Tusculum College, she plans on editing for a major publishing company. Aside from writing for the Frontier Magazine, she is president of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority on campus and enjoys reading 19th Century British literature.
Capel is a junior from Waverly, Tenn. She majors in digital media and is minoring in journalism. Capel is also a member of Tusculumâ€™s soccer team. She plans on attending graduate school to get a masters degree in communication and media.
4 Wonderworks 8 Tennessee roots 12 Finding Bigfoot 16 Regional artwork 20 abingdon, va 26 Middlesboro 30 Construction Pigeon Forge expands, offers spectacular views to the region.
Lane captures the essence of East Tennessee in photography.
Myths buried in the hills of the Smoky Mountains revealed.
Students creatively express the beauty of the Southeast.
History meets superstition in this small Virginia town.
West explores Kentuckyâ€™s scenic Cumberland Gap.
Oldest college in Tennessee looks toward the future.
Frontier Editors: Jonathan Nash, Senior Editor Alec Cunningham, Assistant Editor Mariah Serrano, Online Editor Front and back cover images by Alec Cunningham.
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The Skyâ€™s the Limit: Pigeon Forge expands attractions to new heights and views
By Melissa Mauceri
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Paris, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Aerophile has operated some of its balloons in Europe and the United States for more than 18 years, and has flown more than 2 million passengers in its own balloons. According to Jérôme Giacomoni, president of Aerophile, the Wonders of Flight balloon is environmentally friendly and perfectly silent thanks to its permanently inflated helium envelope and a hydro-electric winch. “The system consumes no more energy than an elevator and is completely noiseless,” said Giacomoni. The balloon’s designer also says the 360-degree view of the Smokies cannot be beat. “This is probably one of the best we did so far because nowhere else have we had such beauty of nature around us.” WonderWorks management says they’re excited to offer the new attraction, one of only two of its kind in the Southeast. “They can’t get it anywhere else. It’s going to be a totally different view of the area,” said WonderWorks General Manager Ed Shaffer. “You see all these trees, all this green, all these mountains. It’s like you’re in a cocoon. It’s absolutely gorgeous,” Giacomoni said. The greatness of the Aerophile group can be viewed on their website, www.aerophile.com. Valda Harveston, a resident of Pigeon Forge, got the exciting opportunity to ride the balloon at Wonders of Flight when the company she works for had a business gathering there. Harveston described her experience riding the balloon as “absolutely breathtaking.” She continued to say that “the view of the mountains and of the city from up in the balloon was absolutely beautiful and took my breath away.” From the height of the balloon you will be able to take pictures of the beautiful scenery surrounding you from every angle. Houses will look like tiny dots, and people will look like the eyes of needles slowly moving across the pavement. What makes this unique experience even better is the friendly staff that greets you upon arrival at Wonders of Flight. They will provide you with useful hints and safety tips before you board the balloon for your ride. Wonders of Flight is located at 100 Music Road Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, behind WonderWorks on The Parkway in Pigeon Forge. They welcome group outings and weddings, just as well as the adventurous. They offer daily flight opportunities year round with hours in the daytime and evening, opening at 10:00 a.m., how-
“It’s going to be a totally different view of the area,” -Ed Shaffer
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ast Tennessee’s fun-packed town of Pigeon Forge has a brand new attraction that will have you soaring high above the town. Right in the middle of the Parkway stands a tilted and upside-down building that is nestled directly in front of a giant blue and green striped hot air balloon. The Parkway is a five-mile strip that runs through the city. It is lined with businesses of all sorts. The Parkway is covered with so many restaurants, shops, and attractions that there is something for everyone. They say that there is so much to do on the Parkway that it is not possible to do everything in an entire week. To find more information about what the Parkway holds, visit www.mypigeonforge.com. This hot air balloon will add to the allure of Pigeon Forge, which already brings in 10 million tourists every year with attractions such as Dollywood, music theaters and the Titanic museum. In Pigeon Forge, there is never any shortage of things to do to stay entertained, but if you find any spare time in your vacation schedule, there is a new and unique form of fun that will have its visitors feeling intrigued, enchanted, and serene all at the same time. Wonders of Flight opened Friday Sept. 21 2012 after four months of delaying opening due to a national helium shortage. They describe themselves as “An unforgettable experience for all ages!” When visiting this exciting new attraction, guests are able to fly on a giant, tethered balloon that soars 400 feet into the air. While riding on what is referred to as the “open air gondola,” riders feel the sensation of riding on a flying balcony. Guests board the gondola beneath the enormous helium-filled balloon. The gondola can hold up to an outrageous number of 30 guests at one time, and the ride is said to be silent and without any vibrations. This balloon ride will enchant riders with its 360 degree panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and even beyond that span out over 100 miles. No matter if it is day or night, there is a fantastic view to be seen. Each balloon ride typically lasts between five to ten minutes, but could last up to 15 depending on the wind and weather conditions. The 72-foot diameter balloon was manufactured by Aerophile in France, which has been the world leader in tethered gas balloons since 1993. Aerophile has sold more than 60 balloons in 27 countries, and is responsible for balloons such as the ones at Disneyland in
ever, the flight times are subject to change due to inclement weather. The only reason they cannot fly the balloon is in snow or if it is minus 10 degrees Celsius. For a single flight, rates run at $15.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids 12 and under. Children 36” and under fly free with an accompanying adult. Wonders of Flight offers group rates for pre-booked groups of 15 or more. If you are interested in taking a sky-high adventure unlike any other you have before, then Wonders of Flight is the attraction for you. For more information on this unique getaway, you can visit the Wonders of Flight website at www.wondersofflight.com, or call them at 865-868-1800. You can also like Wonders of Flight on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. After you visit Wonders of Flight, if you are still feeling up for more excitement, you will not have to venture far. Just in front of Wonders of Flight is another unique, and what some might call mind-altering fun attraction. WonderWorks’ slogan is “Let Your Imagination Run Wild,” which is exactly what will happen when your mind enters this whole new world of brain altering activity. WonderWorks is the completely upside-down building which hosts more than 100 hands-on exhibits. It is also referred to as the upside-down “amusement park for the mind.” The building design was created by architect
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Terry Nicholson to look as if it were picked up by severe weather and dropped upside-down on an existing building. Exhibits such as the Inversion Tunnel, Disaster Zone, Challenge Zone, Fun with Lights and Sound, Space Zone, Bed of Nails, Wonder Park, Wonder Coasters, Bubble Lab, Mind Ball, and Far Out Illusion Gallery will provide guests with fun in ways they never imagined. In the Inversion Tunnel, guest will defy gravity and have their orientation inverted in order to play with all of the upside-down exhibits inside of WonderWorks. At the Disaster Zone exhibit, guests can relive the San Francisco earthquake of 1989, and feel exactly what an earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter Scale really feels like. The Challenge Zone includes an indoor rock-climbing wall as well as 360 bikes guests can ride to the extreme. If you plan to do either activity in the Challenge zone, be sure to wear closed-toed shoes. At Fun with Lights and Sound you can experience 3-D sound in the Sound Lab, dance to colors, and play in the Wonder Dome. In addition, you can take pictures of your shadows as you pose, and play Virtual Air Hockey. In the Space Zone, you can have your photograph taken in a replica of an astronaut space suit or the Mercury Capsule. Have you ever laid on a bed of 3,500 nails? At the Bed of Nails, learn why it is possible to lay on a bed of nails without feeling any pain. At Wonder Park, you can
ed Chavez College of Magic in California. Evanswood’s show has accrued five out of five circles on trip advisor. It is ranked second of 59 attractions rated in Pigeon Forge. If you are curious about how visitors have felt about The Wonders of Magic, just visit www.tripadvisor.com and see all of the wonderful comments that guests of the magic show have posted. You will not be disappointed. The Wonders of Magic is a 75 minute magical variety show for all ages that includes comedy, music, illusions, impersonations, Houdini style escapes and of course, magic. Evanswood holds the award for magic that is equivalent to an Oscar. It is called the Merlin Award and is presented by the International Magicians Society. Evanswood now has his own museum of magic located inside of WonderWorks called Hall of Magic. Inside Hall of Magic, you can view magic’s history and learn about the magicians of the past. You can view artifacts, costumes, autographs, and props as well as memorabilia from an intriguing collection of magicians that includes Thurston, Blackstone, and even the Great Houdini himself. Evanswood serves as the audio tour guide through the museum. The most delightful part is that anyone may view the Hall of Magic museum free of charge. Call and order your tickets today for The Wonders of Magic at 865-868-1800. Tickets are only $14.99 plus tax for people of any age. Children 4-12 and seniors 55 and up can visit WonderWorks for just $14.99 also. Adult tickets are $22.99. Combo packages are also available. Their “Lazer Combo” includes one general admission into WonderWorks and one laser tag game. The magic combo includes the WonderWorks ticket and entry into the magic show. The ultimate combo is the full package, including WonderWorks admission as well as admission into the magic show and one laser tag game. WonderWorks opens daily at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 12 a.m. Visit to order your tickets today. A magical trip awaits you!
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pretend to be a Major League Baseball player pitching to a number of players such as Barry Bonds or Lance Berkman. The screen will display the speed of your pitch afterwards. Wonder Coasters is a virtual ride, but the best part of this ride is that you design the roller coaster yourself. At the Bubble Lab you can create your own gigantic bubble and then put yourself inside of it. Mind Ball is a challenging mental game in which two players wear a headband with electrodes and must relax their minds in order to move the ball across the table. The key is for the players to remain calm. The technology used in Mind Ball is the same used by cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Last but not least, the Far Out Illusion Gallery will show you how perception and perspective can help you see the world in a whole new fashion. Wonderworks holds a new and popular feature entertainment show called “The Wonders of Magic” featuring Terry Evanswood. Evanswood is the most awarded entertainer in Pigeon Forge, which is no surprise considering he has been in the area for over 14 seasons and has intrigued over a million guests with his magic tricks and illusions. In fact, I have been watching Evanswood’s magic shows since I was a child myself. I recall being astonished as I watched him saw his beautiful young assistant that he had placed in a long horizontal box clear in half, yet she emerged calm and free of injuries. I watched as Evanswood swallowed fire on the end of a torch and did not burn himself. I remember watching Evanswood make doves appear out of hats and sleeves of his jacket. Most intriguing of all, I remember tricks that involved both a tiger and a snake. It is clear that Evanswood not only has a way of mesmerizing people with his illusions, but he has a way with animals as well. Evanswood has been performing magic professionally since he was 10 years old. He has performed on television as well as on international stages. He has even been invited to perform at The White House twice. He attend-
By Forrest Lane
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inding the energy of your location: that’s what being a photographer is all about. I’ve spent my entire life here in East Tennessee, and everyone around here will tell you, “There’s no place like it,” but they are right. I’ve had the privilege since I first picked up a camera to capture all the beautiful things that grow here. From the friends growing up and moving on to the buildings we erect and tear down; from the vibrant flowers we grow in our backyards to the plants that have been here longer than I’ve been alive, I take pride in capturing everything I find beautiful about this part of our country, and there’s so much to take in. I want to always remember my roots, and they are planted right here in East Tennessee.
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By Tyler Miller
hroughout history, the general public has wanted to believe in far-off fairy tales and ideas that have created hysteria among the masses, beginning with the idea that the world is flat, and extending all the way through the belief that the world would come to its demise in December 2012. When the conversation of legends and myths is at hand, it cannot be completed without bringing up the mythical, mysterious Bigfoot. It is a creature that has long been an apple of the American public eye, with hikers and explorers alike trying their hardest to locate the famous creature. But as with all legends, Bigfoot has always been one giant footprint ahead of all his would be pursuers. Although the word “Bigfoot” itself is a relatively new term coined at around 1958, the idea and belief that we are joined on this planet by a giant hairy Sasquatch has been prevalent for centuries. Depictions of Sasquatch go as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh in which a potter created the so-called “Wildman” out of clay. Even though it is speculated as to whether the story was based on reality, the idea of wild, hairy creatures with distinct human-like features and movements was a vital part in the development of the 4,000 year old story. The idea of hairy creatures of the wild appeared again around 500 B.C. when the historian, Herodotus, wrote about hairy monsters in Libya. Roman and Greek stories depict images of half man half beast creatures as well. These stories portray an image of several creatures that often times had several human-like features or actions which can easily be compared with today’s Bigfoot. Medieval Europe had its fair share of Sasquatch -like creatures come up throughout the short history in the form of illustrations. However, experts debate as to whether they can take any medieval examples and look to them as a basis for further research on Sasquatches because there is
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The Truths Behind the Myth of so little evidence as to what the origin of the illustrations are. A piece of information generally accepted and shared among ‘Squatch experts is the first written account of interaction between man and beast. This account was written down during the expeditions made by Leif Erikson in 986 A.D. when he and his men first arrived on North American soil. It was here that the Norse men encountered overly large, ugly, and hairy creatures with small beady black eyes. Some experts believed that what these Nordic explorers met was in fact Native Americans that lived in these newly discovered regions. But what stands out is the fact that the Norse were already very hairy men themselves, so why would they call Indians hairy when, comparatively, the Vikings had much more hair? As with all legends, the pieces of the puzzle do not quite fit. However, the legend of Bigfoot had been established long before the arrival of the white man to the New World. The Coastal Indian tribes of British Columbia, more specifically the Kwakliutls, had long been believers of the Sasquatch legend. Many of the natives’ totem poles had carved faces of what appeared to be a hairy “man beast,” which they referred to as Bukwas, or wild man of the woods. Similarly, the Hoopa Indians of Northern California warn of the Omah. According to their legend, the Omah lives deep out in the mountains and never dares to come down into the valleys. The Indians have such respect for the creature that they refer to the creature as the boss of the woods, living in complete fear and awe of the fearful creature. The Shalish tribes of British Columbia originally referred to Bigfoot as “Sasquatch,” literally meaning wild man of the woods, and there are legends of wild “stick men” who lived among the mountains of Washington. As the years continued so did the number of Bigfoot sightings and encounters, with numbers skyrocketing in
Logging Foreman Jerry Crew said, “I’ve seen hundreds of these footprints in the past few weeks...Every morning we find his footprints in the fresh earth we’ve moved the day before.” Jerry Crew then made a plaster cast of one of these footprints and took it to his local newspaper. The newspaper editor commentated on it being a ‘big’ foot, and ran the story with the word ‘Bigfoot’ used for the first time. The resulting news story was picked up by the Associated Press wire, and Bigfoot was officially famous. Some nine years later the legend of Bigfoot took another twisted turn in the form of the greatest video evidence to ever be assembled for the Sasquatch. Again at Bluff Creek, two amateur hikers, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, captured video evidence of what they claimed to be a female Bigfoot. The video captures what certainly appears to be a Bigfoot walking through the woods, surprisingly close to the men, even turning around to glance at the camera. Little did they know, that this piece of film, often referred to as the Patterson Film, would become the most controversial piece of evidence supporting Bigfoot. Countless books and documentaries have been made in regards to this amateur video in attempts to disprove its legitimacy. None have successfully proven its validity, but one thing that is certain; Bigfoot has eluded the public eye all across the nation for several decades. A mistake made by Bigfoot newcomers across the world is their comparison of Sasquatches to the evil step sister the Yeti, an association which is strictly forbidden in the inner circles of the Bigfoot brotherhood. Yetis, as an entire species, have come to be known as violent creatures who intimidate their prey. Much like all mammals, both Yetis and Bigfoots are territorial in nature and will get hostile when disturbed in their natural habitats. All the legends tell that Yetis live high up in the snowy mountain peaks
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the mid to late 1900’s. In the early 1900’s there were stories of loggers and huntsmen staying in cabins and being disturbed late at night by rocks being thrown at windows and giant tracks being found. One story even told of a larger group of hunters that decided to enter the woods with rifles and lanterns in hand. When a couple of hunters went missing from the group, the others continued to look for them until they found themselves at a brutal scene of disparity. With blood still dripping from tree limbs and several trees uprooted, the hunters found their fellow comrades torn to pieces with no sign of the attacker except for giant tracks leading deeper into the woods. In 1924 came a chilling story recalling the detailed account of Albert Ostman who found himself held captive by an entire family of Bigfoots. In this rather intimate encounter with Bigfoots, Ostman claims he was simply held captive by the mother and children while the father retrieved food for the family. He says that the creatures only ate greens and roots and never once made a move to attack him. Ostman lived in captivity for a little over a week until he managed to escape. The golden years for Bigfoot occurred around the mid 1950’s with the opening of the remote Bluff Creek area of Northern California. With the opening of this large, open area for logging, Bigfoot entered into the mainstream culture of America. Each morning loggers would return to sites to find heavy equipment disturbed and big 50 gallon fuel drums tossed around as if empty. Giant tracks were found all around the sites ranging from along the roads and near actual logging sites to several miles away from any particular sites. The tracks left behind were all about 16 inches long and eight inches wide, leaving about an inch deep impression in the earth while heavy logger’s boots left barely an impression on the same soil.
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of the globe and are dark cave dwellers. When mountain climbers are attacked by the treacherous Yeti, legend has it that the victim will be drug back to the hidden cave deep within the mountain. Bigfoot, though, is believed to enjoy the great outdoors and the warm sunlight. Although it is easy to imagine where a Bigfoot would set up shop perhaps deep in the woods with trees high above - actually determining this location and finding it is another story. Experts generally agree with the fact that it is extremely difficult to determine where Bigfoots call home since they have been spotted in hundreds of locations all across the United States. Sightings have varied from deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, to the mountains and foothills of the eastern coast, and all the way down to the swampy marshes of the Florida coast. Although difficult to track and spot, they can leave some tangible evidence behind that helps researchers to track and categorize evidence found in locations throughout Northern America. The areas in which the creatures can be found vary in distinctions and can be several thousands of miles apart, making research often times difficult to establish and conclusions difficult to formuate. The top three states with the most recent Bigfoot sightings include Washington, 528, California, 425, and Oregon, 227, for a total of 1,180 sightings compared to the 1,467 total for the remainder of the top 15 states. The Pacific Northwest in general includes both Washington and Oregon, with several counties being claimed as Bigfoot hot spots. Washington areas with Bigfoot sighting potential include the Olympic Peninsula, the Cascade Mountains, and Skamia County. These places have recorded more sightings than any other region in the country mostly due to the fact that the weather remains
constantly cool coupled with the abundance of thick, dense forests. The hills and mountains give the ‘Squatches the optimum amount of distance from human contact as well as prime coverage from the elements and hunters. The number two state in the top 15 is California, and for good reason. Not only is California extremely large in size with a wide variety of landscapes spanning from snow covered mountains to thick foothills and sandy beaches, but the climate is one of the mildest climates in all of America. California is home to the selfproclaimed Bigfoot sighting capital of the world, Willow Creek, Calif. This sleepy old town claims to have more Bigfoot sightings in the area than any other town in America, and to prove their commitment they have a life-sized statue, a hotel, and a museum dedicated entirely to Bigfoot. Every year the town celebrates their love and passion for Bigfoot by having a parade with an ice cream social as well as a Fireman’s barbeque. Number five in most recent Bigfoot sightings is the beautiful southern climate of Florida with 207 recent sightings. The general consensus among legends is the fact that Sasquatches were only found in the treacherous terrain of the mountains and cliffs. However, that is incorrect. Many claims throughout the entire country state that they saw a Sasquatch-like creature running through open fields or watery marshes. These types of flat lands make it easier for the ’Squatches to locate food and fresh water sources, as well as move about from location to location. Bigfoots can sometimes be found in these flat, swampy areas because of the plentiful shrubbery and water sources as well as the sheer vastness of the swamps. This type of land makes it difficult for outsiders to make their way into the natural habitats
hard evidence found by researchers today is impossible. When 43 Tusculum students were asked whether or not they believed Bigfoot was real, 31 of them responded with yes. One student, Nick Smiley, said that he always believed in Bigfoot. “Bigfoot fascinated me, even as a kid. I use to search around my house for footprints and spent hours in the woods searching for Bigfoot. I never did find anything, but that doesn’t stop me from believing in it. It’s crazy to think something like that is really out there.” One student who refused to believe the myth was Tony Ford. Ford said, “There is no such thing [as Bigfoot]. There is no possible way; otherwise someone would have found one by now. It is obvious that all the videos out now are just fakes and Bigfoot is not real. I don’t understand how people can support something or believe in it when there literally is no evidence in favor of it.” Many people have these same feelings in regards to Bigfoot and as usual, the debate continues on and gets even hotter. The legend of Bigfoot may never be resolved and the great creature of the wilderness may remain in hiding forever. The publicity of Bigfoots seems to increase with every new sighting, creating exciting new evidence for researchers to explore. Each sighting brings a little more hope to the Bigfoot supporters, while the naysayers continue to believe it to be a hoax. This is a debate that probably never will be solved and will continue to rage on over the years. Bigfoot has grabbed the attention of the nation without ever having really done anything - nothing that anyone has ever witnessed at least.
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of hundreds of types of animals, including the Bigfoot. Coming in at number 13 of 15 is the state of Tennessee. Right before Tennessee at number 12 is Kentucky, while number 14 is North Carolina. It is clear to see that the upper Southeast of the United States is a hot bed for Sasquatch activity. Common areas between these three states include the massive amount of forests that can be found in regions throughout. Tennessee is known for its woodlands located all through the state, including many places on and around mountains. The question between experts and enthusiasts alike is whether the creature is in fact a living, breathing mammal. Or is it all a myth? Both sides of the debate are strongly entrenched in their beliefs and theories, which vary greatly between sources across the world. On one hand you have your non-believers. How can it be possible that something, a real living creature, actually in fact lives in the forests of America and has evaded numerous coaxing attempts for so many years? The hard evidence of footprints and other natural findings can easily be explained by discoveries made throughout the years. Disapprovers of the myth believe that there are just too many questions that do not have sufficient evidence to support the actual reality of a living, breathing Bigfoot. On the other hand, there are the supporters of Bigfoot who strongly believe that the creature is in reality a real mammal. Supporters believe that these creatures are out in the wild today and can be traced and found with the proper equipment and the right skill set at hand. Devotees of Bigfoot argue that disaproving of the
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Old Oak By Jacenta Holtsclaw cs.tusculum.edu/~jholtsclaw/project1/index.html
The Good Old Days By Tanner Malone TM_arts@hotmail.com
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Droplets By Jacenta Holtsclaw
A Delicate Decay By Kate Kolodi email@example.com
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Rural Remnants By Jacenta Holtsclaw
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Historical Abingdon: A Stamp in Time
By Destini Wingerter
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eep in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a truly unique community where imagination flourishes and a love for the arts is cherished all around. You will find inspiration in the beauty of nature and from actors who shine in the spotlight at the world famous Barter Theatre. Historical Abingdon, a small, elegant community is tucked in the beautiful, rolling hills of southwest Virginia. Abingdon, Virginia located off of Interstate 81, near the Virginia/Tennessee border, lying between two main forks of the Holston River, and in the shadow of Mount Rodgers, Virginia’s highest peak, existed through farming and eventually retained an interesting history. Historic Abingdon has a rich and vibrant history and has long been the center of both commerce and culture. Abingdon’s culture traces its modern roots to 1750, with the first assembly to have been established and in 1776, the Assembly of Virginia created Washington County in honor of General George Wash-
ington. In 1778, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Walker, the Virginia Assembly passed an act to incorporate the new town, naming it Abingdon, Virginia. The name is thought to be in honor of Martha Washington’s ancestral home of Abingdon Parish in England. Abingdon became the first English speaking settlement to be incorporated in the watershed of the Mississippi. Along with this, Abingdon became a major distributive point for mail and supplies on “the Great Road” west. The town also became known for its love of the arts, concerts, operatic performances and theatre. These aspects all became an important part of life in early Abingdon. That affinity for the arts still survives today as modern amenities flourish alongside venerable antiquities. Despite several fires that destroyed portions of the town, Abingdon still retains buildings from each decade of its first 100 years. Many of the historic buildings still standing today are included in a walking tour of Abing-
educational and cultural experiment for the purpose of giving the people of Virginia and its many tourists an opportunity to observe some of the works of the world’s most distinguished playwrights performed by competent artists. The Barter Theatre pledges itself to combat the evils that would destroy culture and enlightenment of the world by giving the best of its strength and devotion to the cause of truth, beauty and spiritual nourishment of the human soul. Moving into its 80th year of providing valuable experience to aspiring performers, Barter is a living, growing monument and a wealth of Southern charm. The Barter Theatre consists of two main stages, both of which offer an experience you will never forget. Barter Main Stage accommodates up to 506 patrons. The proscenium stage offers a traditional perspective, with seating downstairs in the orchestra or upstairs in the balcony. Big musicals and more traditional works are typically produced in this space. Barter’s main gift shop is featured in the lobby. Barter Stage II (formally known as the Barter Playhouse) is right across the street from Main Stage and brings the action up close. In this space, a smaller, more intimate stage is ground level, while stadium style seating allows for a viewing experience completely unique to Stage II. Newer works and edgier plays are typically produced here, as well as most of The Barter Players’ shows. Barter Stage II also houses The Barter Café and Stage II gift shop.
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don’s Downtown Historic District which includes the following: The John Barr House; St. James Fields/Penn House, built in the 1830’s; St. General Francis Preston House/ Martha Washington Inn, built in 1832; The Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II, formally known as the Barter Play House, built in 1831. Among these, the Barter Theatre is the highlight of the walking tour. The Barter Theatre, known as the longest-running professional resident theatre in America, is known to Abingdon residents as a shrine to uncompromising beliefs in dreams and the importance of cultural enrichment. Its beginnings trace back to the bleakest of all eras for America and the theatre: the depression. During the depression, Robert Porterfield spawned the idea of a “Barter Theatre.” By persuading a company of 22 unemployed and hungry New York actors to follow him to Abingdon and exchange culture and entertainment for food, Porterfield transformed his idea into reality. On June 10, 1933, the Barter Theatre opened to a packed house. Since the success of the opening act in 1933 and the enthusiastic support from the Abingdon community, the Barter Theatre built a foundation that still remains today. As stated on the plaque in front of the Barter, the original idea of the Barter Theatre was to bring together the hungry actor and the farmer with a surplus of produce. The Barter Theatre of Virginia, Inc. serves as a non-profit,
The Barter Theatre (Main Stage and Stage II) presents an incredible 16-17 productions per week, year-round. The schedule ranges from as many as five shows per day. With plays such as To Kill a Mocking Bird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Life of Patsy Cline, and Forever Plaid, it is no surprise as to why the Barter’s attendance continues to increase each year and gain a lasting legacy. Otho Anderson, a resident of Bluff City, Tenn. said, “I have been going to the Barter for over 40 years and I love every minute of it. It is hard to get reservations unless they are made early.” Anderson said that the Barter has an abundance of good actors and actresses and he enjoys a wide variety of plays such as musicals and dramas. “You definitely get your money’s worth when you attend a play at the Barter,” says Anderson. “Before Bob Porterfield passed away, I had the pleasure of seeing him speak before the play and state the familiar curtain call, ‘If you like us, talk about us. If you don’t, just keep your mouth shut.’” Carol Gouge, a resident of Bristol, Tenn. said that her Pre-K class at Highland View Elementary School in Bristol, Va. visited Barter Theatre to see the play; All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth. “The staff at the Barter was very cordial and helpful with our students,” says Gouge. She also says that one of her students even shared his experience as being a favorite field trip in their published book entitled, “Pre-K Is.” Like Gouge, Amber
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Hayden, a resident of Bristol, Tenn. enjoyed the staff as well as the many plays she has attended. Hayden said that she enjoyed the play I’ll Never be Hungry Again and because of its popularity, the Barter is going to bring it back within the next few months. “My mom and I have season tickets and we go as often as we can” says Hayden. “We will try and go at least twice a month and if the shows are not booked, go every Friday.” She said that her and her mom also love going to the café located in the Barter Theatre. “It is such a quaint and cute place. They serve sandwiches, soups and daily specials. The Barter not only has captivating plays but unique shops and eateries,” says Hayden. Among the many plays produced at the Barter, Vada Kirby, a resident of Marion, Va. said to have enjoyed comedy. “I have attended the Barter for the past few years and one of the comedic performances was so memorable, when I still think about a particular scene, I laugh out loud,” says Kirby. Kirby says that it is unusual to find a world famous theatre located in such a small home town like Abingdon. “I would recommend the Barter to anyone wanting to intrigue themselves in great acting. It is a unique and enjoyable experience,” said Kirby. Aside from the distinctive experience that the Barter portrays there is also an atmosphere created in the Barter Theatre in which the supernatural thrives. Amber Bird, an employee at the Barter Theatre, said, “When Barter’s
story is one you hear around Abingdon from a lot of people. As with most paranormal incidences, some people will always believe the Barter is haunted while others will completely shun the theory. “The ghostly encounters make this historic theatre unique and spiritual. I feel safe at the Barter and I love being a part of it,” said Bird. The Barter Theatre serves as a major trademark for Abingdon and is the heart of their culture. It has survived the test of time and is still shining bright. The Barter Theatre is scheduled to have many plays next fall, including Cinderella, Little House on the Prairie and one of the most loved musicals of all time, Les Miserables. Aside from the Barter Theatre, the Martha Washington Inn serves as another main feature of Historical Abingdon. The Martha Washington Hotel was originally built in 1832 and served as a magnificent Southern mansion to house General Francis Preston, his wife, Sarah Buchanan Preston, and nine children. Born in Virginia, General Preston attended law school at William and Mary College, served in Congress and was a member of the Virginia Assembly until 1797. In 1820, Preston was appointed a Brigadier General. Ten years later, construction began on the Preston mansion. General Preston died in 1835, with his wife remaining in the Preston home until 1858. The mansion was eventually purchased from the Preston family at an incredible price of $21,000 and soon
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stage is deserted and no other surrounding activity is present, you will see on stage a standing white ghost light burning. The theory being, if any ghosts are lurking, they will be drawn to the ghost light and not bother anyone else.” Most theatres have always been notorious for ghost sightings and the Barter is no exception. Invariably since 1971, individuals have said to have had experiences connected with the Barter. “There have been many actresses and actors who have reported unusual occurrences and happenings while they were in the dressing room,” said Bird. Bird said that it has been reported many times that Bob Porterfield has been seen in numerous settings and attitudes throughout the theatre – the upstairs lobby, seated downstairs, backstage, and in the dressing room. Doris Stickley, a former employee of Barter Theatre said to have seen Bob Porterfield on more than one occasion. “I was working late and had just shut down the theatre,” says Stickley. “As I began to leave, the lights flickered and as I looked back I saw the drapes on the second floor move. There was a figure that raised his hand and waved goodbye. I immediately saw the face of Bob Porterfield.” Stickley said that she has also had more occurrences with Porterfield in the upstairs lobby and in the dressing room. She said that it should be noted that in the Barter Theatre itself, nothing tragic or malicious has ever been attributed to supernatural occurrences. Bird says that this
became an upscale college for young women called Martha Washington College. The college operated for over 70 years but the Great Depression and a declining enrollment eventually took its toll. For a period of time in 1934, the facility was used to house aspiring actors who would appear at the renowned Barter Theatre. Around 1935, The Martha was opened as a true hotel and throughout the years saw many renovations as well as memorable visi-
and exquisite taste. “The Martha has an array of beautiful antiques, all of which portray its extensive history,” said Louthen. Louthen said that the Martha has great hospitality and offers great amenities. “I would encourage anyone taking a trip to Abingdon to check out the Martha Washington Inn,” said Louthen. “It is a grand hotel and has a lot of unique history. It is definitely a prominent and historical feature worth attending.” Like the Barter Theatre, the Martha Washington Inn thrives with the supernatural. According to “Gale Cenage Learning,” the haunting music guests claim to hear coming from the third floor during the full moon supposedly comes from the fiddle of a young lady who nursed, and perhaps loved, a wounded Union soldier. She played for him throughout his time at the shelter and he called for her sweet music on his death bed. She succumbed to a fever soon after and died. Both are buried in Abingdon’s Green Springs Cemetery. It has also been stated that a soldier with no leg was spotted going through the hallway on a 2 a.m. round as well as Beth, a former maid who died of typhoid fever, making appearances on the hotel’s third floor. Other legends surround the historic hotel but there is more tangible evidence of its historic roots. Presently if visiting the world-renowned Martha Washington Inn, your attention will immediately be drawn to the “LOVE” artwork displayed in the front courtyard. Right away, it will bring to mind Virginia’s state slogan, “Virginia is for lovers.” Christopher Lowe, General Manager of the Martha said, “Before being placed at the Mar-
“It definitely gets your attention and draws interest,” -Christopher Lowe
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tors. Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and Elizabeth Taylor were just a few of the many famous guests to have visited at the hotel. Because of this, the hotel became filled with priceless gifts and furnishings such as the Dutch-Baroque grandfather clock, measuring over nine feet tall, which still works today. “The Martha” is a carefully restored 63-room hostelry that reflects the charm and history of Abingdon. From the street, the inn has an imposing facade consisting of a mansard-roof center block flanked on each side by tall, temple-like wings with columns and pediments in the Greek revival style. The wings, built in the early 20th century when the inn was a college, now contain the main dining room, a ballroom, and guest rooms. The center structure, which includes the reception area, parlors, gift shop, kitchen, “[The Martha] is definitely a and 11 guest rooms, is the oldest part of the inn, which dates back to 1832. prominent and historical feature Today, under the management of Camberley Hotel Company, The Marworth attending,” -Hazel Louthen tha captivates and intrigues in legendary hospitality and style. Camberley’s Martha Washington Hotel and Spa is rated as a Four Diamond Hotel. It has been ranked as one of the most successful properties in tha, the portable LOVE letters were located at the Barter the United States by “Lodging Hospitality.” The Martha Theatre.” Lowe says that there are a number of the LOVE is a sophisticated testimony to a flamboyant past. With a art letters and they can be moved and relocated upon rerecent eight million dollar renovation, the Martha pro- quest. “It definitely gets your attention and draws interest,” vides visitors with an extraordinary excellence and still says Lowe. Kevin Costello, director of tourism says that manages to preserve their treasures and captivating past. the art LOVE letters were a Virginia state tourism promoAccording to Hazel Louthen, a resident of Bluff City, the tion effort. They applied for and received a grant for the Martha Washington intrigues in Southern hospitality LOVE artwork and it can be moved around to different
connections sparking in Weisfield’s head. The biggest attraction at the Star Museum, “Waiting for Monroe: Marilyn & Co,” is a new exhibition which recognizes a year of intense pop culture interest in Marilyn Monroe. The exhibit assembles a mountainous trove of rare Monroe memorabilia that analyzes her fully. The Monroe exhibit, on display through September, also includes about 30 rare items of personal effects and studio wardrobe, amidst those of her leading men, directors, friends, enemies, rivals, and imitators. Monroe’s merlot-stained gown will debut in an upcoming exhibit that marks 50 years since the blonde bombshell’s death. The Star Museum is preparing to enter its fifth year. The museum observes regular hours after 1 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday but will accommodate other schedules. For tour reservations or more information, email email@example.com or visit Facebook/Star Museum. Historic Downtown Abingdon is a gem located in a small, peaceful and quaint town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by nature’s splendor. It is a unique town rich in the arts, heritage and filled with history brought back to life. Some of the star attractions are the unforgettable world-famous Barter Theatre (The State Theatre of Virginia), the beautiful 19th century treasure, The Martha Washington Inn (The Martha) and the interesting Star Museum. It is understandable that Abingdon was voted the American Dream Town in 2006. Treat yourself to a memorable visit to Historical Downtown Abingdon and step back in time. You will be left with feelings of love and serenity.
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locations. “Abingdon, Va. is known for its love of the arts,” says Costello. “Tourism is using the LOVE artwork for recognition by posting it on Facebook for viewing.” Through Costello’s doings, tourism helps bring awareness, which in turn creates interest, curiosity and the desire to learn more about the art and the town. As of today, The Martha Washington Inn still remains a memorable landmark. Another place of interest to visit while in Abingdon is the Star Museum, located on 170 East Main Street. It has hundreds of original autographs, performance and estate pieces from famous people ranging from Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra to many more. The Museum is in walking distance of the Barter Theatre, fine lodging and dining and tries to accommodate enthusiasts’ schedules with flexibility. Robert Weisfield, the owner of the Star Museum, was born in Abingdon. He later moved to New York City, spent years collecting Hollywood memorabilia, then moved back home, opening the Star Museum in 2007. Even though the space is rather small, the numerous amounts of artifacts, including Janis Joplin’s hippie dress and Alfred Hitchcock’s monogrammed tea towels, make the area feel huge and attract an abundant amount of visitors. At first glance, the Star Museum may seem cluttered, but Weisfield’s own personal tour reveals that in fact nearly every item is carefully placed by him to pick up a theme from whatever’s nearby. Weisfield changes his displays regularly, which means that the Star Museum is both a constantly evolving celebrity cavalcade and a window into the
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Cumberlandâ€™s Scenic Getaway
By Angel West
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f there ever was a town signified by beauty, it would be Middlesboro, Ky. Nestled between mountain ranges, Middlesboro offers views of three states in a quintessentially romantic atmosphere. Main street is filled with photogenic shops and antique markets, and there are plenty of walking trails for both young and old. It is a getaway town for those who want to get lost in the present while taking a step into the past.
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Tusculum Puts 15-Year Plan Into Action
By Katie Capel
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ust because you are the oldest college in Tennessee does not mean you have to look the part. Although it is a remarkable title to hold, many agree it is time for a change. Tusculum College is not trying to shed its significant historical background; they are embracing it. What better way to embrace the rich history of a school than to revive its beautiful campus? The College is moving forward in an effort to raise the standards of housing and academic vicinities around the campus. Over the next three years, Tusculum will be working diligently to build and renovate to help accommodate the recent growth spurt the college is going through. The school has been hard at work to fix certain areas that are in dire need of restoration. “This is wonderful for not only our incoming students, but also our existing students,” says Suzanne Richey, Tusculum’s director of college communications. “This revamping will really become an added selling point to the students interested in what Tusculum College has to offer,” says Richey. Most of the student population chose Tusculum for two primary reasons, athletics and the unique block system, allowing students to take one class at a time that lasts only three and a half weeks. This system is an ideal situation for student-athletes. Many athletes at other schools have
the hassle of scheduling their classes around practice or vice versa; at Tusculum, students only have to concern themselves with one class. The block system is also beneficial for the commuters to succeed in their studies, given that they have simply one class a day to attend. Many athletes attend Tusculum College for the luxury of having top-notch playing fields and courts. They are one of the main selling points for student-athletes. Athletic facilities on the college grounds are arguably some of the best in the South Atlantic Conference; it is time that the academic and residential facilities raised its standards also. Tusculum College commissioned the workings for a “road map” for the campus in 2000. This “road map” is a loose strategic plan of what the college hopes to accomplish over the years. Some of the changes in the plan include: an erection of the new math and science building, a new wing to Katherine Hall, a new Chapel, and an improvement on Shiloh Rd./Gilland Rd. One of the biggest changes that the college will see in the future is the remapping of Shiloh Rd. and Gilland St. The proposal is to remove the main road that runs throughout the campus and create parking on the outskirts of the grounds. The idea is to make the campus more pedes-
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trian-oriented to give the college more of a community comes the need to have an equal amount of progress feeling. This plan for Tusculum does not have a specific as far as facilities and housing goes. Since living off completion date. Also, the plans for the composition of campus is not an option unless you are a resident of the campus are flexible. This plan will help the col- Greeneville, Tenn., of a certain age, or are under special lege evolve into the close community it aspires to be. circumstances, where you live on campus is important Tusculum is wasting no time getting things done. to the students. So many of the students were happy to A renovation has already taken place in the lobby of the know two brand new residential halls were being built main co-ed dorm on campus, Katherine Hall. As part starting almost immediately. Construction on the two of an annual upgrade, Tusculum College started their new apartment style buildings has been taking place plans to refurbish the campus by restoring the dorm’s over the 2012-2013 school year. These two buildings lobby. The changes were purely cosmetic, but it has will be identical to the already established apartments, helped student life in the living area thus far. These housing five students in the four-roomed living space included freshly painted walls, giving the space an (two students sharing the largest room). The new resiuplifting look. Also, to provide a more relaxing hang- dences will be located behind Apartment A and behind out, new furniture was presented and even a new large Charles Oliver Grey West. During the “Housing Lotflat screen TV was installed. These changes offer an tery,” the event at which students are given their resescape for the overcrowded Katherine Hall residents. idence information for the following year, many stuThis past year has been a year of transition for dents were confused as to whom would be placed in incoming students. Since there has been such a rise in the newest apartments. Students had differing views on enrollment to Tusculum College without any additions whether or not they would like to live in the new addito the campus’s residential halls, overpopulation has tions to the apartments. Some argued that they would be become an issue on the grounds. The housing directors charged with any small damages at the end of the year, have had to resort to putting extra students in the rooms whereas some students were excited to live somewhere of the predominately freshman year dorm. This has new. Despite the hopes of the curious students, it will posed a problem that does not have a quick, easy fix. not be up to them where they live. Seniority is what will Tusculum has made an attempt to try to facilitate com- get students into the new apartments first. “The more pensation for the less than ideal living situation. The seniors an apartment holds, is what will give students an students living in the congested dorm were given extra opportunity to be placed into the new apartments,” says amenities as an attempt to compensate for the excess Richey. These buildings have an aggressive construcamount of students. Not only did the Katherine Hall tion plan that has an expected completion date for the residents receive a fall semester of newly renovated 2013. Both of lobby, but they these apartments “This is wonderful for not only our were also given a together will incoming students, but also our generous amount house 120 addiof extra “Perk tional students. existing students,” Points” to be used That will help -Suzanne Richey in The Perk, the lotremendously to cal coffee shop lostop the overcated on campus. crowding in othMany of the residents in Katherine Hall were prob- er areas like Katherine Hall, for at least another ably not expecting to have two to three other room- year. This construction will be a step in the right mates to share a normal sized dorm room with when direction for Tusculum’s growing population. they made the decision to become a Tusculum PioThe construction company in charge of the new neer. These gratuities and attempts of a quick fix are apartments is Burleson Construction Company, headed only to temporarily ease the tight living situations in by Tommy Burleson. Burleson Construction Company the dorm. This is why Tusculum has made it a top pri- is a family owned company out of Johnson City that ority for construction of more residential buildings. has been in business for over 60 years. Their main foTusculum College has been growing exponential- cus is on residential construction management. They ly in recent times. With a budding number of students have worked with Tusculum College in the past on
the construction of the first four apartment buildings. A non-residential renovation that has not yet commenced is planned for Tredway, the math and science building on the college grounds. “This academic building has been in desperate need of a face-lift,” said Richey. “However, the building will not have anything added on, only the inside will be updated.” The math and science building is a top priority to keep up to date with labs that have many safety and health code regulations. Also, this building, which was erected in 1930, was last renovated in 1980. Students are looking forward to the modernization of the academic building. “The majority of my classes are in Tredway, so I spend most of my time there,” said junior biology major Katie Chadwick. “It will be so nice to have an updated building to start fresh with in the fall.” The renewal of the historic building came just in time for the approval of the new chemistry major. The subject had been offered to students as merely a minor, but now students will have a choice of either a minor or a major in the field. This major will be available starting at the
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beginning of the academic semester in the fall of 2013. The acceptance of the new major was planned perfectly in line with the restoration of Tredway. The renovations will begin following Commencement in May and have an expected completion date of the beginning of fall 2013. Another major change that has taken place within this past year was the acceptance of the nursing program. The program officially started in August 2012 and their main classroom is located in the former studio located in Niswonger on the third floor. This produced a problem for the digital media department, which was moved out of the studio to make space for the incoming nursing program. The digital media department was moved to Rankin House, which is located across the street from the campus in between the Tusculum Eatery and the president’s house. This house is also occupied by the art department, which poses yet another overcrowding issue on campus. Likewise, Rankin House is another building on campus that is on the list to be renovated. However, there are no plans as of now for any renovations to the house. Taking
one thing at a time, Tusculum has decided to put its additional loan of $6 million to help pay for the new focus on the much-needed renovations for Tredway. apartments. Rural Development took a personal interest Although Tredway will be getting a makeover, in Tusculum’s situation because the college itself is loplans have been set to start on a new math and science cated in a rural area and many of the student population building. There is a large need for academic space and come from rural areas and backgrounds. The college this building will help provide a larger space. It will be also makes an effort to reach out to the community and located on the south side of campus next to the baseball get the students involved in Greeneville’s rural developfield. Two of the ment through the campus residenclasses, Theory tial theme houses and Practice of “It will be so nice to have an will be bulldozed Citizenship and updated building to start fresh to make room for Service Learning. this up-to-date In the classes, the with in the fall,” -Katie Chadwick structure. This students are asnew building will signed projects be three stories to aid in progtall, about 50,000 ress throughsquare feet, and the estimated cost is $15 million. A out Greene County and the surrounding area. $3.87 million donation was given to the college toward With change comes some difficulties; this is espethe building from Verna June Meen. The building will cially true for Tusculum’s makeover. Since the campus be named Dr. Ronald H. Meen and Verna June Meen is so small, only 140 acres, there is not much room left Center for Science and Math. This donation was given to build. This poses a problem when construction is goas a gift from Verna Meen in memory of her late hus- ing on right outside your window. “I am very excited band Ronald Meen. Ronald Meen was an accomplished about the new construction, but it has become my alarm chemist who worked for Eastman Chemical Company clock every morning,” said Corrine Absher, a sophowhere he was very successful. The plan for the de- more living in Charles Oliver Grey West (COG). The sign is still being worked on, but there will be at least noise of construction obviously brings both positive one auditorium style classroom in the building. “Just and negative connotations. One of the positive aspects because we will have an auditorium style classroom is the construction workers getting their job done to does not mean that we are transforming into a larger better the college’s campus. Numerous students comclassroom style college,” said Richey. Small, intimate mented on how fast the apartment buildings are comclasses will still be a priority at this private school. ing along. The construction workers begin each day With this new building dedicated specifically to when the sun comes up and finish around dusk each math and science, Tredway will become a multi-purpose evening. In the long scheme of things this is very benacademic building similar to the classrooms located in eficial to everyone in the Tusculum community. Howthe library. With this new building, new opportunities ever, there is a negative side to the construction, which will also arise, not only for students, but also for teach- includes the loud noises that prevent students from geters. “Professors will have more space to work in,” said ting their much-needed sleep and studying. Although Richey, “this way they can be more creative with their the noise creates discomfort among many of the resiteaching.” With an expansion such as this, Tusculum dential students, the end product of the construction College will be grabbing the attention of even more will hopefully prove worthy all of the disturbances. students who may be interested in a small, private colThe noise may be disturbing a portion of the resilege that provides an education through a block system. dential students, but one thing that is affecting everyThe initial gift of $3.89 million was a great start one who attends or works for Tusculum College is the to the science and math building. The rest of the build- significant loss in parking availability. “Parking has ing will be paid through a loan provided by the United been one of the biggest things that has affected not States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Through only students, but also faculty and staff,” said Richey. restructuring finances and paying off older loans, Tus- Many students have been skeptical of parking situaculum College formed a relationship with Rural De- tions, some resorting to parking on curbs and out of velopment. From this, Rural Development offered an designated parking areas. Nevertheless it seems that
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Tusculum’s campus security has been somewhat forgiving toward parking conditions. “We have not seen an increase in parking tickets around campus,” said Richey on the parking circumstances. However, this does not mean that students are able to park wherever they please. The campus security office has voiced that obvious parking violations will be ticketed because there are plenty of other places where one can park. Compared to other schools, Tusculum has more than enough parking for students. Approximately 120 parking spaces were taken by construction, some of which will be available again after construction has concluded. This still leaves a plethora of vacant spaces around the campus. For example, Tusculum Baptist Church has been very lenient on both residents and commuters using their lot during school hours. Also, the Indoor Practice Facility and the large parking lot behind Katherine Hall arrange for a couple hundred free spots for students. The “pit” as many call the gravel
parking lot located on either side of the maintenance building is also additional parking that can be taken advantage of when one is searching for places to park. There have also been some concerns as to where students are no longer allowed to park. The gravel lot between Apartment A and Apartment B is unavailable for parking due to the construction of one of the new apartments. In addition, students have made the mistake of parking in the maintenance faculty parking lot behind Apartment C. This space is only available for the faculty; students will be given tickets for parking here. Some students are apprehensive about these additional parking areas. Parking in the “pit” makes some drivers uneasy due to the lack of paving and video surveillance cameras. The location and lack of cameras makes it harder to safeguard against careless drivers. Students have also had issues with parking at night. Although Tusculum is considered a secure campus, some students have felt uncomfortable parking far from
Elliot, a senior digital media major feels this will be a positive change for the school, but there are some issues with the construction for him. “I’m glad to see expansion, but it has caused major inconveniences…loss of quality parking [paved parking] and early morning wake up calls due to construction are some of the more significant setbacks,” said Elliot. “As appreciative as I am that they are addressing the living situations being overcrowded, I feel that this move is reactive, not proactive.” Elliot is among many students who have been anticipating a transformation throughout the school. Tusculum College has high expectations for its future. Campus life is an important element for the makings of a successful college. Two new apartment buildings, renovations to Tredway, and a new math and science building will give the college a rejuvenated look. With all of these modifications occurring over the next couple of years, Tusculum will be making a new statement for an old college.
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their dorms/apartments due to lack of sufficient lighting around the college grounds. “I have gotten a ticket for parking in a reserved parking spot because I was uneasy walking in the dark back to my room,” said junior Amy Morford. “But I went to campus security’s office and they waived the ticket when I explained what happened.” Afterward though the security officers explained to Morford that they would provide an escort at any time if a student were in an uncomfortable situation. If any students have complaints similar to the dim lighting around campus, Richey recommends they file a formal complaint with Student Government Association (SGA) or the Student Affairs Office either of which will be more than willing to listen to any complications a student may have. “We do want students to be happy while they are here,” said Richey. Some students have a harder time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when they will not be here to enjoy the changes Tusculum is making. Hank
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