Vol. 91, No. 6 December 4, 2013
Magicians of the Gods:
An evening with Graham Hancock by Jessica Quah
Graham Hancock in action at GC.
Photos courtesy of Kim Thore
November 11 saw Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building filled with an audience ready to hear from an internationally acclaimed writer and archaeological theorist. In an event made possible by Dr. Jon Epstein, visiting associate professor of sociology, Graham Hancock arrived at Greensboro College to speak about his most recent published work, War God: Nights of the Witch, a novel of historical fiction set during the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, as well as his controversial work in the field of archaeology and prehistoric research. The key lecture of the day, “Magicians of the Gods,” built on the foundational theory that Hancock first introduced in his book Fingerprints of the Gods 18 years ago. Positing that mankind’s predecessors actually existed more than 12,000 years ago, Hancock guided the audience through physical evidence that could point to an ancient civilization, one that left a message or time-mark through various monuments and significant constructions. Although his work has been the topic of heated debate in both the scientific and religious communities, Hancock
himself is a highly articulate, engaging speaker, and the evening he spent at GC was definitely a memorable occasion. The evening closed with a reception and book signing event, which saw tremendous support and generated a strong positive response from the audience. Through hosting events such as this lecture, Greensboro College continues to promote open-mindedness and encourage the discussion of issues pertinent to today’s culture and ideas.
Dr. Paul Leslie speaks with Graham Hancock at the booksigning reception.
Music students visit music capital by Sara Scott
The National Association for Music Educators, also known as NAfME holds conferences all over the United States. This year, the Music Educators of North Carolina, Greensboro College chapter, decided to travel to the music capital of the United States, Nashville Tennessee for the annual NAfME conference. Greensboro College has not attended in years, but this fall, four very lucky students were able to represent our school in Nashville. The conference lasted five days. The students from GC left early Sunday morning, and returned Tuesday night, very late, staying for three of those days. The conference was intense to say the least. The first night the students attended a concert at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The atmosphere was amazing. To think of how many famous country musicians and musicians of all types had been on that stage was truly astounding. Sunday night’s free concert consisted of many artists; however, the main event was when American Idol star Casey James stepped on stage. As he played
his guitar and sang, he lit up the stage, setting the tone for the rest of the amazing few days to follow. The second day, Monday, the students attended the conference center in Nashville. Not only did the place have a five star hotel inside, but also several high-end restaurants, and botanical gardens. The center itself was truly beautiful. Looking like a large plantation of sorts, everything about it put the students in a state of awe. The students attended many workshops and concerts. Conferences are so important not only to get students’ feet in the door, get them around people doing what their major is intended for, but to show them all possibilities of things they could do in their field. Upon the students’ exit of gorgeous Nashville, the students decided to make a stop at the Nashville Music Hall of Fame. They decided it would be a shame to come all this way and not stop at a place so historically significant. Being there, where everyone who has ever been significant in country music was listed, really hit home with the Music Education students about why they were doing all of
(L-R) Anthony Marino, Sara Scott, Nicole Cox, Asannee Gaspard and Dr. McKinney.
this. The museum, the Nashville Music Hall of Fame was there to educate people about music, to teach them about the past and the possibilities of the future; that’s what Music Educators
were meant to do, to educate about the past, and the future of music. The few days spent in such a musical culture opened the student’s eyes to the possibilities of music in more than
Photos courtesy of Sara Scott
just one way, and gave them a window for hope and light as they look toward pursuing their dreams.
December 4, 2013
My legacy at Greensboro College
All good things at some point must come to an end. My journey at Greensboro College is winding down, and I can honestly say it is bitter sweet. Since this is my last editorial, I thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on my life and time at Greensboro College. Towards the middle of last year, I came to the realization that I had enough credits to graduate a semester early. I talked to my advisor and parents and analyzed the positives and negatives. I was disappointed that I would miss out on all the activities in the spring semester. I even knew I would miss seeing my friends on a daily basis. But the opportunity to save money and prepare for grad school was something I couldn’t pass up. So, I will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Studies. Although I will technically be done in December, I will come back in May and walk for graduation. That is one moment and opportunity that I will cherish. My time here ended shorter than expected, but it is my time. My goal is to be in graduate school starting this summer or next fall pursuing a Master’s in broadcast journalism. These years at GC truly flew by. It seems like yesterday
Jonathan Hunter Editor
I was an incoming freshmen about to move into West Hall. I believe I came into college with raw potential and have grown and matured into a young adult. I started writing for the newspaper my freshmen year in the middle of the fall semester in 2010. I never imagined that a few years later I would be the guy calling the shots. I really honed my writing skills because at first much of my work had a lot of red marks for revisions. Now, as the editor, I’m one of the people making those revisions for others. I bounced around and tried different organizations, such as the UAAS, Pride Productions and
even came to a few Spanish Club meetings. I realized those organizations were not really a good fit. During my junior year I had a clear-cut direction of how I could make my mark at Greensboro. I became a Student Ambassador and worked with the Sports Information Department. As an Ambassador I did my best to communicate with perspective students and families, touring them around campus. With the Sports Information Department, I got my first true test of broadcasting sporting events. I learned basic skills to do play by play for multiple sporting teams. I joined Student Government as the Publications Senator and loved the experience. Being on SGA you get to voice your opinion and be a voice for the student body. I even decided to join Campus Crusade, which is a campus outreach ministry that meets every Thursday. During my senior year I continued with my involvement and also took on the task of becoming the editor of The Collegian. I had served as an assistant editor and as managing editor, so I was prepared for the task. I even became a leader for Campus Crusade. So this semester was the busiest semester I’ve had, but I believe I man-
aged everything well along with doing my school work I can honestly say that I have been pleased with The Collegian the last few years. The quality of writing and the stories have been superb. I even believe we have improved our communication to the students, faculty and staff about when our new issues come out. Through all of my involvement in various organizations around campus I believe I have made a positive impact on the GC community. I wanted to prove that I’m hard working and reliable. If you give me a job to do I will do it to the best of my abilities. I also want to thank people that have been instrumental to me during my time here. I want to say thanks to Dr. Johns for assisting me with recommendation letters and being a huge support. I want to say thanks to Dr. Keating who has been a great advisor for me. I even would like to thank Dr. Dutch and Mr. Atwater for their assistance with my internship endeavors. On The Collegian, I don’t know even know where to start. I want to thank Jeremy Rains and Dylan Wimberley for holding down the sports section this semester and covering campus sports. I would like to
thank Addison Poole and Ajoya Long who jumped on board this semester after being a part of Dr. Johns’ Media Writing and Ethics course. I have been very appreciative of Kady Evans and her creative poems over the last year. I would like to thank Scotty Inyama and Quentin Jones who came on board this year as first time contributors, as well as Zachary Reck and Sara Scott. They have been valuable additions to the staff. Last but not least I want to thank the editorial staff, including Hillary Savoy, Jessica Quah, Briana Thomas and Nikki Gatlin. They are a reliable and a talented group that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I will also mention that the Student Government has been very supportive of the publication as well. Serving as editor has been an honor and I did my best to run a high quality newspaper. My plan is to go home and work before I head to grad school. I might do some freelance writing or even go back to my previous internship during that time. I am exploring all possible avenues. Each year former editors are contacted and asked to contribute guest editorials. Who knows? My writing could end up back in The Collegian in the near future.
Looking at the bigger picture
When I sat in front of my laptop trying to think of what to write for my last editorial of the semester, I realized that my semester has centered around one concept, “thinking big.” I started the semester off a little nervous about how it would turn out. The people close to me were struggling with prioritizing and looking to me for advice. So I was unsure if I could stay focused while trying to support the people I love as well. My family, my crew, my team, we all knew it was time to make a decision, to choose a path; it was time to grow up. Living for the moment is great, but I’ve learned that you also have to be aware of the moments to come. You have to look at the bigger picture. Focusing on the present is important, but you have to look ahead. Because most things are temporary, we
Briana Thomas Managing Editor
have to concentrate on what will last. This relates to relationships, friendships, professions, school, as well as general everyday decisions like, am I going to go to the club tonight or finish this 10-page paper?
In order to plan for the future you have to think big. Find what you love to do and pursue it. Don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your goal. No dream is too big if you are willing to work hard and believe in yourself. People always ask me what I want to do after college and I always tell them I plan on being a boss. They always laugh and insist that I’m out of my mind, but I’m very serious. I love to write, I know I want to continue with broadcasting, I know my interests, and I’ve recognized my dislikes. Yet I am not exactly sure what my calling in life is. All I know so far is that when I do fulfill my calling, I’ll be the boss of whatever I’m pursuing at that time. I attended the C.R.E.A.M. Bible study on November 14. William Thomas, the founder and President of C.R.E.A.M., was teaching about greatness.
He said, “God destined us to be great.” He spoke on personal experiences when he had to make the decision to choose God over everything else, even things that he had wanted to do since he was a small child. He made the decision to walk in his calling to be a youth pastor. He said it was the hardest decision of his life so far, but it was worth it because God has so much in store for him. “God is just waiting for you to choose him, to put him first,” said Thomas. He gave a testimony about his football career: “I came from a team that won only two games in three years; needless to say, getting recruited was difficult.” Thomas went on to talk about how his peers and coaches doubted that he could play college football, but he never gave up. He worked hard and now he is an All-Conference
college football player. Faith combined with hard work is an unstoppable force. This semester I have seen God move in the lives of people all around me. I have witnessed several different blessings, and have a few testimonies of my own. This semester has been extremely successful: my grades are great and I survived another cheerleading season. I have so much to be thankful for that it would be impossible to write it all down. I’m looking forward to next semester. A few of my friends are graduating this December so things will be different next year, but change can be good. Goodbye to my graduating friends. I hope you all remember to think big and continue to be wonderful people.
The Collegian Staff Jonathan Hunter, Editor
Managing Editor – Briana Thomas Assistant Editors – Jessica Quah and Hillary Savoy Copy Editor – Nikki Gatlin
Kady Evans Dylan Wimberley Jeremy Rains
Ajoya Long Quentin Jones Addison Poole
Zachary Reck Sara Scott Scotty Inyama
Rodrigo Lagos, Jr. Holly Jones
Wayne Johns, Faculty Advisor Graphic Design by Carol Brooks
December 4, 2013
Typhoon in the Philippines by Ajoya Long
On November 8, a deadly typhoon came through the Philippines, killing over 3,000 people. The typhoon, named Haiyan, is deemed the world’s strongest. The storm first ravaged the island of Samar located on the eastern edge of the Philippines. Then it made its way across the island in the center of the country. According to the Nation’s Disaster Agency, nine million people were affected in 44 provinces, 536 municipals and 55 cities. Nearly four million are displaced, with some 350,000 living in 1,500 evacuation centers. The death toll could still climb higher, with an additional 1,000 cadaver bags sent to provinces, the disaster council announced as search-andrescue operations continued in Tacloban City. The Philippines News Association reported Friday that five-person teams that include a forensic expert and photographer would begin using a
“quick system” for the bodies on Saturday. The public will not be allowed to view the identification process, but relatives would be asked to participate in the final identification process. Each team will be required to handle 40 corpses per day. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that photos will be taken, identifying marks will be documented, and belongings and tissue samples for possible use in DNA testing will be collected, when practical. A senior U.S. military official said approximately 9,000 U.S. troops are supporting the operation in the Philippines. U.S. military assets have delivered approximately 623,000 pounds of relief supplies. The Tacloban Convention Center, a basketball stadium, is now filled with about 2,500 people who lost their homes in the storm. About 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance. “The evacuation centers are an increasing concern,” said Matthew Cochrane, spokesman for the United Nations
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “The most pressing need is food,” he said. The World Bank has offered the Philippines a $500-million emergency loan to help it construct buildings able to withstand high winds and severe flooding. The loan would sup-
Five things you should know by Jonathan Hunter
1. The CIAA Championship game between the Winston-Salem Rams and Virginia State Trojans was cancelled because of a bathroom altercation. Multiple reports say that six players attacked quarterback Rudy Johnson in the bathroom during a luncheon on the eve of the championship game. Only one of the Virginia State players is currently facing criminal charges. The Rams automatically advanced to the tournament because of the incident. 2. Sunday, November 16, devastating tornadoes ripped through central and northern Illinois. Many families were forced to evacuate and were just allowed back in their neighborhoods after the storm. The reason for the strict rules is to make sure no looting takes place. The severe weather halted the Ravens and Bears football game in Chicago for almost two hours. 3. Legendary basketball coach Dean Smith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday November 20. Smith was unable to attend the ceremony because of illness, but his wife accepted the award on his behalf. Smith is the former coach of the UNC Tar Heels and is known for recruiting the first African American in the basketball programs history. 4. Former South African president Nelson Mandela is no longer able to speak. He has tubes in his lungs preventing any unwanted fluids. At this time he is very sensitive to germs. Doctors are trying their best to hopefully recover his voice. Mandela is 95, and is communicating by facial expressions, according to his wife. 5. WFMY News 2 annual “Winter Fest” is back. The location is at the Price Bryan Performance Place at Festival Park, 200 N. Davie Street in Greensboro. There is an outside ice skating rink and ice slide, similar to a mini roller coaster ride. For more info call 207-5216.
port rebuilding of buildings that can withstand winds of 150 to 170 mph and resist severe flooding, it said. Philippine Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla pledged to restore power to the storm-ravaged region by Dec. 24, mentioning that he would resign if he didn’t succeed. The presi-
dent, Benigno Aquino III also promised on Sunday that he would stay in typhoon-battered Leyte province until he sees more progress in the aid effort. He is also expected to set up camp in Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province that was almost completely destroyed by the typhoon.
Bullying in the NFL by Addison Poole
Don’t think for a minute that professional athletes, many of whom are of superior size and strength, are impervious to bullying. In the past decade, our country has had this social issue under the microscope, but is enough being done about it? That is the question that seems to be most important. Not ‘why is this happening,’ because we know the answer to that; there are simply just nasty people out there who thrive on this kind of behavior, and unfortunately, many times it goes unchecked. This issue is of utmost importance and when it happens on a stage like this – our country’s most popular sport – it is really brought to our attention. If you are a sports fan like I am, you can expect this issue to go the full 12 rounds. For those who are unaware of the situation down in Miami, it is quite a sticky mess. Last month, the bullying scandal that involved Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin made headlines around the country and left us with plenty to talk about. The story has it that Richie Incognito had been harassing his fellow teammate for months and finally it reached the boiling point. Martin turned over his cell phone messages as evidence to the NFL last month, which contained several voicemails from Richie where he used racial slurs and threatened Martin and his family. The fact of the matter is that this is a violent sport and there is plenty of excess testosterone in the locker room. Things are said to get under players’ skins, sometimes with the intention of lighting the proverbial fire under someone or to get them riled up. But there is no room in sports (or in life for that matter) for behavior like this and what makes it so unusual is that this is a team sport. This is supposed to be his support group, these guys are supposed to have each other’s backs and this is absolutely disgusting. These “teammates” and coaches of Martin claim to not have known about the problem but that is incredibly hard to believe considering how much time they all spend together. Now it is common knowledge that hazing of rookies, to some extent, goes on in most team sports but as I said earlier, a line must be drawn. As many of you know, maybe from watching the HBO Sports series “Hard
Former Miami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
Knocks,” these players will have to endure quite a lot to gain the respect of their teammates. Sometimes they are shaken down for money, like paying for dinners and things of that nature; they are forced to carry pads and equipment, and are subject to embarrassing karaoke contests, but nothing should ever reach the magnitude of this story. This may be an example of someone who needed to be toughened up, but somewhere along the way it got completely out of control. It’s very possible that someone up on the chain of command, maybe a coach, told Incognito to toughen him up but apparently they chose the wrong person to do so. They could have given Richie a pack of matches to start the fire but he came back with a blowtorch. Bullying in the locker room is a big topic and has now placed the Miami Dolphins coach and administration on the hot seat. From what I have seen, there are two sides to this story. There are those who are sympathetic to Martin’s situation and there are those who believe that hazing has a purpose. There may be a principle behind it, but threatening his family and dropping racial slurs is simply taking it too far. What we may end up seeing in the near future is the NFL placing strict guidelines on hazing.
by Briana Thomas
I have had the pleasure of working alongside some talented people during my years as a journalist for The Collegian, two people in particular. Our editor, Jonathan Hunter, and assistant editor Hilary Savoy are graduating this December. The two of them have contributed so much to the newspaper over the course of their college careers. The Collegian staff greatly appreciates your hard work. Hilary Savoy has written many different articles, but she is known for her crafty “Hidden Places of Greensboro” findings. Her articles are usually on the Around Campus page. Savoy visits neat places in Greensboro that may not be very popular to the Pride community. She goes to a lot of cool places like restaurants, parks, and downtown hot spots. Savoy switched up her style in the September 11 issue when she wrote a “Hidden Places of Greensboro” on the City Center
Park. Instead of her usual small local places she surprised readers with a location in the middle of downtown. Savoy’s article featured a list of events that take place at the park. She pointed out the musical events and gave a detailed itinerary. She even gave movie viewing recommendations: “Grab a blanket, some friends, and bring a snack to watch this free showing.” That is just a portion of one of Savoy’s entertaining pieces. There are plenty others, so feel free to go through past issues and find some “Hidden Places.” A major supporter of The Collegian is editor, Jonathan Hunter. He works day and night to provide fresh news and great literature for Greensboro College’s students and faculty. Hunter has shown his skills as an all-around journalist with his variety of articles. Hunter has written sports, news, entertainment, campus activities, and editorial articles. He is not afraid to branch out to different topics and categories. As a leader
Hunter is very involved on campus with groups like CRU and SGA (to name a few). In the September 25 issue, Hunter wrote an article on the film, “The Butler.” Instead of writing a basic movie review Hunter took what he learned from the movie and applied it to his daily life. Hunter encouraged readers to stand up for what is right and to make an impact on the world around us. “… a person in any position has the ability to influence decisions. No matter what your occupation, you still have the ability to make an impact.” On behalf of The Collegian, I want to say goodbye. We will definitely miss you both. Continue to exercise your talents and make us proud. Earning a bachelor’s degree is an amazing accomplishment so thank you for being role models as well. Remember to stay focused and stay positive! Your Collegian legend is only the beginning.
December 4, 2013
Why sports? by Dylan Wimberley
Why am I a sports writer? I love everything about sports: passion, competition, bliss, pain, community, and nothing beats the feeling of a championship. Growing up, I was an extremely smart kid, but refused to be the kid who could not relate to others because he was too smart. To stop this from happening I chose something that others could relate to and that would help build my social skills – sports. When I am interested in something, I learn everything I can about it. What was first a way to relate to other people became an obsession. I became involved in sports, started watching sports, and started devoting everything to sports. Sports are a great way to express yourself and meet people who share your experiences and love. I would encourage everyone to be involved with a sport at some level because it will make you a better person. Without sports I would not be who I am today. I would like to thank The Collegian for giving me the opportunity and an outlet to express my feelings on sports whether it is major professional sports or our very own Pride Athletics. Finally, I would like to thank the readers of my articles whether you agreed with my position or not you cared enough to read. Why am I a sports writer? Because there is nothing better.
Giving the gift of music
by Jessica Quah
It’s that time of year again – and it’s more than likely that presents are as big a problem as they are a reason to be excited. In recent times, the whole “Happy Xmas, here’s a new record/ tape/CD” deal has gone down the drain, replaced by the whole “Happy Xmas, here’s a(n) iTunes/Amazon/preloaded debit card” shindig. Truthfully, that’s a practical approach to gift giving, because the recipient can go get something he/she has a much higher chance of wanting. But, also truthfully, it might mean more to go and get something you think he/she will like. Like a CD or record (whether virtual or vinyl) that would go with their kind of playlist. Yes, it will probably take more time, but music is such a personal thing for most people that they’ll appreciate how you took the effort to factor personality, preference and taste for adventure into this Christmas celebration. So, here’s a little shopping list that could help make your Yuletide season more fun and memorable. 1. Compilation albums This is a great way to get around not being sure of what someone would like. There are plenty of cool compilations out there, so you can get a collection of songs in your recipient’s favourite genre, or a “best of” collection from his/her favourite artist. These days, you could possibly even get an album of covers (instrumental, acoustic, metal, you name it) of someone’s favourite songs, a soundtrack to a favourite game/movie, or a collection of songs an artist is featured on. 2. Live show recordings Not everyone is a fan of live shows, but if you know the one concert someone wishes he/she could have gone to, you’re on the right path. Also, it would
definitely be worthwhile to get the unplugged sessions of a favourite artist (a la MTV) on CD, or one of the earliest tour shows from an artist’s career – just for the fun of seeing how a band or individual musician has evolved.
videos, artist interviews, behind-thescenes shots and sometimes studio recordings/demos.
out which albums they already have, they’ll love you for expanding their horizons while adding to their genre collection. 5. Christmas albums Okay, I said it. You can get Christmas music as a gift for people other than your enemies. Many artists in popular genres have some form of Christmas music out there, and Christmas music tends to become quite listenable when performed by musicians we love. If in doubt, listen to Harry Connick Jr.’s Christmas collection, and be enlightened. 6. Something new And in some cases, you may want to get something completely new and different! It may not always be wise to do this, but you’ll probably know whether it’s a good idea or not; it’s just a good way to say, “I thought you might find this interesting!” Don’t get too drastic with it – don’t give a rap album to a folk/indie listener – but with a little research, there’s no reason not to encourage some experimentation. You have the power to make an introduction that people will thank you for years later.
3. DVDs These are brilliant presents, because when it comes to concerts, there’s a healthy measure of relief in seeing the spectacle of it all whenever you want, without having to compete with thousands of other fans. Along with a band T-shirt, posters or other collectible gear, DVDs are high on the list of presents that have immense potential to impress and bring joy. DVDs include bonus material: music
4. Vintage/retro A little riskier but with an equal amount of potential to be wonderful is the present of a classic album or a staple in a particular genre. For instance, country music lovers are unlikely to look down on a Johnny Cash album, just as glam rockers might be quite happy to get one of the first Thirty Seconds to Mars albums. Know a pop/ Americana fan? Surprise them with a Beach Boys album! While the trickiest part about this gift is trying to figure
Remember that your musical gift doesn’t have to be the most recent release, just something you think they’ll enjoy. If you have a good reason to pick out a certain artist or compilation, your recipient will almost certainly appreciate the thought more than they’ll like the gift. Most of all, pick something that you can imagine them listening to, and don’t worry too much about getting it wrong – when you know someone well enough to be getting him/her something as personal as an album of music, you probably won’t be too far off track. Happy gift getting, and happy gift giving!
December 4, 2013
Entertainment The Collegian
by Nikki Gatlin
As the title track of their newest album suggests, the guys of One Direction are all for making “Midnight Memories,” but they couldn’t have been prepared for the midnight mayhem surrounding the release of their album. Or could they? It was the sound heard ‘round the world – literally. At around midnight on November 18, exactly one week before the official release date, Directioners – fans of the band – were staggered when a single song from the new album was leaked and shared on the Internet, including popular social networking site Tumblr. Then came the flood. Just minutes after the first tune hit the web, the entire 18-track deluxe edition of the band’s third album poured out. Fans who were online when this happened – mostly the American followers, considering the late hour in the UK – seized the opportunity to hear the album early. Many found themselves in a frenzy as they hurried to gather the tracks while the management team rushed to pull them off the internet as quickly as possible. Though many of the links to the leaked album were effectively removed, it was still too late. So the question here is: how did the album leak? There is much speculation
via social networking and articles and many blame iTunes for the error. Seems like a mighty big error with a mighty popular band, if you ask me. Which then begs another question: was it planned? Theorists – or, rather, folks perusing the web have suggested the leak was a publicity stunt and there appears to be a lot of supporting information. In late October, the One Direction VEVO on YouTube released teaser videos for the band’s “Story of My Life” music video. These short teasers included a screen counting down the days until the release. But, instead of posting the video to show there were two days left, VEVO “accidentally” uploaded the actual, full edition of the video. The video was quickly removed in an effort to rectify the situation, but not before it was seen and downloaded by eager fans who posted it to Tumblr. Two huge companies responsible for this music’s release and both make a massive error so close to the release of their respective material? It certainly sounds a bit suspect. Now, to be fair, Directioners are absurdly good at finding ways to obtain information surrounding the guys, even down to somehow acquiring their passport photos. What is being pointed out is that the album was supposedly incredibly secure and it was still leaked, but it has
The Best Man Holiday by Ajoya Long Betrayal, forgiveness and death are all underlying themes of the movie, The Best Man Holiday. Debuted on November 15, “The Best Man Holiday” is the sequel to Director Malcolm D. Lee’s “The Best Man.” After 14 years, a group of friends reunite for Christmas at the home of professional football player Lance Sullivan (played by Morris Chestnut). A bitter feud still exists between old friends Lance and Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) over Harper having once slept with Lance’s now wife, Mia (Monica Calhoun). But the reunion is not completely innocent when Harper, a struggling author decides to write an autobiography about Lance’s football career. Lance, already annoyed of Harper’s presence welcomes him anyway into his home along with his expectant wife Robin (Sanaa Lathan). Lance can barely stand to be in the same room with Harper let alone engage in a conversation with him. So Harper finds it difficult to ask Lance’s permission to write the book but decides to dig into his life anyway, on the sly of course. After 14 years, Lance seems to have even more anger built inside of him; a rage within him that causes one to wonder, is it deeper than an old falling out? And, eventually what seemed at first a friendly gathering turns into a somber holiday. Harper uncovers the hidden truth; Lance’s wife is
been impossible to find a torrent copy of their summer film, “This Is Us.” Even the best of the best hackers and torrent finders have come up empty. Which absolutely adds to the conspiracy theories – if the management is able to keep unofficial copies of the film which was in theaters and much more publicly accessible off of the internet, how were they not able to stop the Midnight Memories leak? Fans were conflicted: listen to the leaked album, or wait until the official November 25 release? At a book signing the following day, the members of One Direction addressed the situation. Though Harry Styles admitted he would probably listen if an album by a band he liked was leaked, all the band members agreed there was a certain disappointment in everyone not getting to hear it at the same time at its planned release. Louis Tomlinson expressed this agitation by saying, “It’s just frustrating when you work so hard on an album and you kind of want everyone to hear it at the same time. Some select fans won’t listen to it until it’s out, which is great. But there are others who obviously can’t help themselves.” Liam Payne voiced his concern that the leak would affect sales and therefore jeopardize the band’s shot at another number one. Though an understandable worry, there doesn’t seem to be
dying of cancer. Other fresh face cast members include Terrence Howard as Quentin, who plays a macho womanizer yet loyal sidekick of Harper. His love-hate relationship with Melissa De Sousa (Shelby), a sassy, ego driven, devious single mom brings comic relief and a not-too shocking outcome near the end. The two’s over dramatic denial of attraction to one another cannot even fool a blind person. Nia Long (Jordan Armstrong) is the epitome of an independent black woman. A television producer, she stands strong during conference calls and has a “take no mess attitude.” Surprisingly enough, she does have a boyfriend … a white boyfriend that is, Brian, played by Eddie Cibrian. Having a companion proves difficult for Jordan and her one woman band. Although they are not the only ones to have a share of problems, Regina Hall (Cadace) married to Julian (Harold Perrineau) and a mother of two has a deep dark secret. A video of her as a onetime stripper gets passed around among the friends. With one knowing and the other not, a surge of awkwardness exudes between the couple. About the longest awaited sequel to have come out, “The Best Man Holiday” is a movie of reflection of the good and bad times with family and friends; tests of faith and loyalty. Perfect timing indeed, the holidays are among us.
much need for Payne’s woes: in spite of its two-day prior leak, their video for ”Story of My Life” not only broke VEVO records, there was so much traffic that it actually temporarily caused the site to shut down. In “Midnight Memories,” Niall Horan sings, “same old shhh but a different day,” and that seems to sum up One Direction’s luck with leaked music perfectly. The response to the four songs which have been officially released (“Best Song Ever,” “Story of My Life,” “Diana,” and “Midnight Memories” – a fifth and final was released November 22) had been ecstatic and those who have listened to the entire album have expressed nothing but positive responses. Whether the leak was accidental or a stunt of publicity, it seems safe to say the response to the album and its success will not be slighted.
Thor returns in a blaze of glory
by Rodrigo Lagos Jr.
The mighty son of Odin returns to the big screen in a climatic way, electrifying box office records and proving that superheroes are a force to be reckoned with. Marvel Studios surely knows what it’s doing, and it should. They aren’t one of the most successful companies in the world for nothing. This is the third appearance for the God of Thunder, (he appeared in 2011’s “Thor” and 2012’s “Avengers”), and it is safe to say that we haven’t seen the last of Thor, not by a long shot. So, how does this one stack up by comparison? Very well, actually. One of the many things I like about the Asgardian, is that he can stand on his own two feet. He doesn’t need the Avengers to have a terrific movie. The story is so rich with characters, and motives, and life that you will enjoy watching it all unfold. The film begins with Thor’s father, Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, telling us a tale of a time before the universe was filled with light. The Dark Elves led by their cold-blooded leader, Malekith, launch an all-out assault to obtain a dangerous source of power modified into a weapon, known as the Aether, so that they could maintain complete darkness over all the realms. Thor’s love interest, the scientist Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, accidently discovers the Aether. Because the Aether is a living organism, it needs a host in order to survive. Thor and company believe that Jane will be safe on Asgard, but Malekith can sense and track down the Aether’s location. When the vengeful leader brings his dark elves to wage war and retrieve the Aether for himself, the Asgardians find themselves outmatched and outgunned in almost every way. Odin orders a lockdown on Asgard. Thor has a plan, but he has no way of leaving the realm undetected. Unless … he asks the one person who would know of a secret pathway: Thor’s adopted brother, Loki. As you may recall from the “Avengers,” Loki was the one responsible for causing all the anarchy and deaths on Earth, and for
bringing an alien army of warriors to try and lay siege to the planet. Having been defeated by the combined efforts of the Avengers, Thor took Loki back to Asgard, where he ends up paying for his crimes in the dungeons. The movie starts out fast, but when Loki shows up, the pace quickens. There is something mesmerizing about the love/hate relationship of Thor and Loki. Whenever these two are on screen, you just can’t take your eyes away. Tom Hiddleston was perfect for the role of Loki, and Chris Hemsworth was born to play Thor, in the same way that Robert Downey Jr. was destined to play Iron Man. A lot of unanswered questions about Thor and Loki get answered in this movie, while presenting even more intriguing questions. (Which is fantastic, because those can always be addressed in the next big adventure.) This movie soared above my expectations. The story of Thor, Loki, and Asgard is on-going. I am glad Marvel Studios made this sequel. If the next one is as compelling as this one, audiences will be ready for more. If you are a fan of fantasy, suspense, humor, romance, and action/adventure, then this is the movie for you. I rate this film: 9.5 out of 10 stars.
by Jessica Quah
December 4, 2013
Art in odd places … literally
On November 1 and 2, Greensboro’s downtown area became host to a variety of artistic endeavors revolving around the central theme of numbers. But what might have normally been a series of exhibitions was elevated to an immersive artistic experience through the Art In Odd Places movement, which took contemporary steps to create a celebration of art that reaches out and fully embraces its audience. Along Elm Street, more than twenty venues presented works from over thirty artists during the two-day festival that coincided with the First Friday events of November. With the weekend’s great weather, it made for a walking tour of downtown Greensboro that was truly out of the ordinary. One striking piece of art was Christopher Cassidy’s “Walking the Years,” an interactive video projection on the sidewalk outside The Green Bean. With the use of
a motion sensor, the projected videos cycled through a collection of North Carolinian surfaces, changing from a rippling river to a concrete sidewalk, to an autumn yard and even the seaside, as passersby walked over the image. The vibrant lighting and interactive element of this artwork made it particularly charming on Friday night, and provided a creative glimpse into the heritage of North Carolina. More traditional art was also on show, such as the “Elm Street Memory” collection of paintings by Katey Austin, exhibited in the alleyway between Artistika and Civic Threads, and the installation of “10,000 Flowers for Willie Grimes” by Terry Hardy, comprising a large-scale floral arrangement of disposed graveyard flowers. In a mysterious twist, Pedro Lasch chalked “Who Are The Secret Nine?” on several stretches of sidewalk, inviting viewers to contextualize and imagine their own interpretations of numbers
10,000 flowers in Terry Hardy’s installation.
DanceLab artists exploring the expressions of downtown Greensboro. and conspiracy. Keeping with the idea of Art In Odd Places, even these more “conservative” forms of artwork incorporated a con-
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temporary human element that took them well beyond the sphere of passive art appreciation and made for a fascinating blend of the familiar and the evolving concepts of art. Of course, interactive art was a large part of the weekend’s celebrations. Artists like Stacy Bloom Rexrode, “Green Bag Lady” Teresa van Hattan-Granath and Jennifer Schultz invited viewer participation – even distributing handiwork – in their artworks dealing with women’s health, environmental awareness and nostalgia (respectively). And the variable element in artwork was not limited to human participation: Thomas Asmuth’s sound installation ‘Otto’s Ghost’ used solar-powered sound units, craftily placed in trees, to create an atmosphere of chirps and warbles that changed with its surroundings. However, what really made
the weekend’s art festivities memorable were the roaming artists who walked, rode or drove around downtown Greensboro making live art in one of its most organic and spontaneous settings. Performance art pieces like Daniel Dean’s “RAD10” (music broadcast from his tricycle) and the Big Head Brigade, led by Megan Marlatt, transformed Elm Street with a whimsical touch of fantasy and surprise, while more organized performances like Elsewhere’s DanceLab collaboration (involving a troupe of musicians and dancers) made for engaging moments of sensory and emotional awareness. Art In Odd Places was a two-day event in downtown Greensboro, but it left a lasting mark, at least in this viewer’s mind, of how art can exist anywhere, especially where it is least expected – even in the oddest places.
On The Cheap: Eat out, eat right, eat healthy
By Zachary Reck and Sara Scott
Hidden Places of Greensboro: Winterfest Ice Rink by Hillary Savoy
On Wednesday November 20, Greensboro’s annual outdoor ice rink opened to the public. Located downtown next to Cafe Europa &The Children’s Museum, at 200 N. Davie St., it’s bound to be a main attraction this winter. The rink will be open daily until February and admission is $10. Good news for college students: Every Monday from 4-9 p.m. is YES! Weekly’s young
professional night. If you are between the ages of 20 and 39, you can show your ID at the skate shed and receive $2 off the regular ticket price. Skate hours vary: Mon.-Thurs. 4-9 p.m.; Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-7 p.m. When you get hungry, a snack bar serves hot chocolate, soda, bottled water, chips, candy bars and granola bars. Cash, credit and debit are all accepted. Go with a group of friends or bring a date – either way this ice rink is not something to miss!
Eating out while trying to eat right and eat healthy is a growing trend in the modern world, but so is eating at many small businesses and locally-owned shops. However, just because it’s not locally owned and has bit more of a global range does not mean that it is not any of these three. Ham’s, a restaurant well known to many people, is a popular franchise that offers great food, with somewhat healthier options as well as a sports bar and a very fun energetic atmosphere. The biggest problem with any franchise though, is that of price. Franchise-based restaurants are not always the best about keeping prices low. However, again, if you were to go out on a date or with a friend, and share something the bill becomes much cheaper. After all, the portions given are rather large for one person to attempt to consume all on their own. Having gone out for a date, we decided to split
the rather famous Ham’s club sandwich and an order of the homemade chips for our main dinner and then a cookie skillet for desert. This meal combined with our two soft drinks wound up less than twenty dollars easy, and if you are more of a water fan anyways, getting rid of the two dollar a piece drinks would cut another chunk out of the already fairly cheap price. So next time you are wanting a night out but don’t want to go digging for cheap prices at some local hole in the wall, consider sharing something with someone you care about at a restaurant like Ham’s.
December 4, 2013
Soccer ends successful year by Jeremy Rains
This year was a magnificent year for the men of the Pride soccer team. The men finished with a 13-6-2 overall record, going 6-3 in the USA South Conference, and reaching the NCAA tournament. The boys were matched up with Salisbury, No.15 in the nation, for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. A very tough opponent, Salisbury came into the match having only lost three times in 21 games this season. The scoring started off early in the first half as Salisbury got on the board first in the 24th minute from a strike
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by Stephen Boorman. The rest of the match was much of the same. Four minutes later, a free kick found the back of the net for Salisbury. A goal just before the half put Salisbury in front 3-0 and in complete control of the game. Salisbury would put another in during the second half and coast to a win 4-0 over the Pride. While this showing wasn’t how the men would have liked their season to end, they performed very well this year and have a lot to look forward to next year as the team will only lose seven seniors, and have plenty of returning underclassmen to make a run at another
NCAA Tournament bid. Unfortunately we do have to say goodbye to those seven seniors who will be missed. Manbi Nyepon, Sean Courtney, Giampier Oblach, Andre Fialho,
Football season ends with big loss by Dylan Wimberley
The Pride football season wrapped up in disappointing fashion as they fell to Maryville 47-15. The Pride was unable to get a comfortable flow on offense putting up 308 total yards. While Maryville only put up 379 yards of total offense, they were able to score seven touchdowns on the Pride defense. Not much went right for the Pride except on special teams where they were able to score twice, a punt-return touchdown and a 98-yard extra-point return. This game capped off a season in which the Pride went 2-8 with two separate three-game losing streaks. Ryan Throndset finished the season with 61.9 percent throwing accuracy, 2,416 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. The best offensive weapon for the Pride finished the season with 95 catches, 68 more than any other receiver. The leading defensive player for the Pride was Julian Cinotti who totaled 85 tackles (22 more than any other player), 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Unfortunately for the Pride, they lose the best player on both sides of the ball as Cinotti and Dexter Russell have played their final game in a Pride uniform. The Pride lacked depth at the skill positions, as the stats show that our offense was a three-man game that lacked balance. While the Pride stayed in the majority of their games all season, they just could not get it done in the clutch. After a season in which they finished 5-5, the future looked bright for the Pride but
those expectations came crashing down to Earth. The outlook for next season seems grim unless the team can get their heads straight in the offseason and come back next year with a sense of pride for the Pride. Throndset will return for his senior year and must set the tone from day one if the Pride wishes to avoid another disappointing year. There were bright spots throughout the season but large stretches of good football never materialized. I wish our seniors the best as they move forward in their life and careers and hope for a resurgence in Pride football next year. Roll Pride!
Mark Wleh and Grey Baker will all be graduating. We wish you all the best of luck, thank you for your time here at GC and commend you for your efforts on the field. Well
done, gentlemen. Good luck to our seniors in their futures, and our returners in their effort to bring us a banner. Roll Pride!
Volleyball in Fall 2013 by Dylan Wimberley
With the fall sports season wrapping up, it is important to show some support for the sports that are usually ignored in the media. Our volleyball team’s season ended in disappointing fashion losing to Maryville 3-0 in the first round of the conference tournament. However, that was further than anyone had foreseen the Pride going. The preseason poll had the Pride missing the conference tournament due to young players and a transition of leadership. For the first time in a long time, Coach Lojko was not on the sidelines for our Volleyball team. Sha McDuffie’s first year as a head coach was a tough one finishing 13-20 (9-10). With any change on a team, it takes time to get used to. Coach McDuffie’s style isn’t quite the same as Coach Lojko and it took the players a while to get used to it. The growing pains were evident in some close games in which captain Liz Widenhouse felt the team should have pulled out a victory. When we look forward, however, the future for next year is bright. The Pride loses one senior, Megan Smith, and retains the rest of the team. They believe if they can bring in one or two missing pieces they will be a very good team. For the first time in three years the Volleyball team will be predominantly upperclassmen as we bring back the top three players in kills, assists and digs. Teams must go through growing pains to be champions and I feel this season was just that. Don’t be surprised if the Volleyball team competes for a Conference Championship as early as next season. Roll Pride!
Support the Pride. Come out to all the home games!
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December 4, 2013
Student Health Center services by Holly Jones
Some students may have filled out a survey about the Student Health Center (SHC) recently. Although there were some students who answered all of the questions correctly, many others did not. The SHC can provide a variety of acute services, including physicals, STD screenings, birth control for females, blood work and examinations of injuries. However, these are just a few examples of services the SHC can provide. Many of these services can be provided at no cost to the student. Over-the-counter medications can also be provided at no cost. We currently have a registered nurse (RN) who is in the SHC during its designated open hours. A physician assistant (PA) also comes in twice per week on Monday afternoons (12-3 p.m.) and Physician Assistant Sarah Weber
Thursday mornings (9 a.m.-12 p.m.). She is available by appointment or walk-ins if time allows. If the problem you come in for is more complex, the SHC can refer you to outside specialists or local Cone Health facilities. If you need urgent care, the SHC will recommend that you go to Urgent Medical and Family Care located at 102 Pomona Drive. No matter your medical need, always check in at the SHC and utilize the free services that are offered. The SHC is located on the first floor of Greensboro Hall, above the dining hall, and is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Swim meet will raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project Greensboro College’s men’s and women’s swim teams are turning their Jan. 24, 2014, swim meet into a “Salute the Troops” fundraiser for a nonprofit that helps wounded combat veterans. The Pride will host Guilford College, Hollins University and Hampden-Sydney College at the 6 p.m. event at the college’s Reynolds Center, 1015 W. Market St. in Greensboro. Proceeds and sponsorships will benefit the Wounded
Warrior Project. Sponsorships are $100. Sponsors will: • be acknowledged in all promotional materials, • be acknowledged in a publicaddress announcement at the meet, • be included in all news-media releases related to the event, and • receive a letter of recognition after the event. Sponsors to date include Wahoo’s Tavern, The Property Source, Lindley
Special Treatment for Students and Teachers Thrill of the Hunt announces special store discounts for all of your students and teachers through Christmas 2013. Your students and teachers get 20% Off all jewelry in the shop. This includes vintage costume jewelry, antique jewelry, contemporary jewelry and custom designs. Nothing held back! Established in 2003, we are known for handpainted furniture, vintage and antique jewelry, upcycled handmade objects and quirky décor. Upcycling … getting more use out of old furniture and objects by refreshing and combining them in new artful ways. Thrill of the Hunt is located at
604 S. Elm Street in historic South End, downtown Greensboro, and is open 10 am- 5 pm Tuesday- Saturday. Call 272-1189 with questions.
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Park Filling Station, and Emma Key’s Flat-Top Grill. If you know of a business interested in helping sponsor the event, contact Emma Phillips, assistant swim coach, at 919-357-6069 or email emma.phillips@greensboro. edu. Donations also can be made online at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/GCSaluteTheTroops.