Vol. 91, No. 9 March 5, 2014
Open Mic Night: Break the silence to end the violence
by Danielle Leslie
A small gathering of people met together in Mane Stage at Reynolds Center for the “Break the Silence to End the Violence” open mic night. GC’s counselor, Emily Holmes, put together a wonderful night that hosted a various number of performers. The night started with a screening of short news clips about dating violence. Associate Dean for Students, Brian Haack was the night’s emcee. Performances included musician Kelsey Ledbetter, poet Adonis Archie, and two poets from UNCG – Lauren La Melle and Taylor Cope. Greensboro College students, Sharon Dei-tumi, Warren Scott and Julian Cinotti also graced the stage with their own last minute entries. Kelsey Ledbetter was the night’s opening act and serenaded the audience with two of her very own songs, titled “All I’ve Got” and “Forever More.” Adonis Archie followed her performance with three aweinspiring original pieces that discussed a powerful message. The first poem was a Martin Luther King Jr. inspired “I Have a Dream” speech and he concluded with a Trayvon Martin speech. Trying to stay true to the night’s topic, he also performed a piece he had written about marriage and its negative potential.
The two poets, Lauren and Taylor, also performed amazing original pieces that included Lauren’s “Letters in the Attic,” and Taylor’s poems honoring Black History Month and a poem about domestic violence. Greensboro College student Ryan Johnson provided the audience with a bit of comic relief by performing ten minutes of stand-up comedy.
A brief intermission was held, allowing the attendees to enjoy the free hot beverages and snacks provided. After the break, Sharon Dei-tumi delighted the crowd with an acoustic rendition of Christina Perri’s hit song “Jar of Hearts.” The night closed with Julian Cinotti and Warren Scott performing their version of Mario’s “Let Me Love You.”
Kelsey Ledbetter on stage.
Open mic night was wonderful. There was a feeling of acceptance in the air. It was a chance for people to gather
The three poets of the evening.
together and enjoy each other’s talents while raising awareness for a worthy cause.
Photos by Danielle Leslie
Insight through ‘Carrie: The Musical’ by Scotty Inyama
Stephen King’s first published novel, “Carrie,” made it to Broadway decades ago. After five performances, the curtain closed on the production and it was coined a flop. A 2012 offBroadway production and revival of the play put new life into the twisted story of Carrie White, and it is the offBroadway production that has made its way to GC. The story of Carrie White is pretty familiar. Shy, unpopular girl with hidden abilities causes chaos at her high school prom because of bullies. Most people have seen one of the movies based on the epistolary novel. Whether Carrie is remembered as Sissy Spacek or Chloe Grace Mortiz, Carrie is recognizable. So what can the play offer that the two movies haven’t? Carrie was given a voice in this play that she was not able to have in either film. There are great moments when Carrie and her mother are able to have a dialogue, though it is all for naught, seeing as Carrie is still stabbed in the end. But, what is important here is that the audience gets to hear the title character
say more than that she doesn’t like being tricked. Carrie getting a voice through the music could possibly be the main reason for the thriller movie being adapted for the stage. The play is a bit campy at times, but the message is very much still there. Bullying is never okay. This is where the relevance of the entire work comes into play. Bullying is a hot button issue these days. The tale of a girl getting revenge on bullies seems like the perfect hero story. But, it tells the ugly truth about bullying and bullies; nothing good results from the experience on either party’s side. The ending of the play dramatically summed up the message. As Carrie lay dead or dying, the black-clad cast members who caused Carrie’s destruction stood over her asking the audience for a name. With the media light on the issue, many can name a victim of bullying from the tops of our heads. At the end of the play, we are forced to deal with just how much our actions can affect another. Carrie White might be a fictional character with supernatural powers, but her story is real.
Carrie (sophomore Emily Mazelin, left) has a moment of revelation with castmember Nicole Swofford.
Sue (Hensom Milam) in the finale of “Carrie.”
March 5, 2014
Is too much technology possible?
I only celebrated my 22nd birthday in January, but I felt pretty outdated when I read about the Chromebook, which apparently functions like a tablet being acknowledged for what it really is: a portable device for app download and internet access. Given the advent and popularity of smartphones, it’s not surprising that sales of Chromebooks are expected to at least double in 2014. Chromebooks have actually been around since 2011, and are released by large names like Acer, HP and Toshiba. Their usage is limited compared to the functionality of a laptop; Chromebooks mainly perform online tasks and are reliant on internet access, because files and data are synced to the cloud. However, many apps can be used offline and the affordability of these lightweight laptops – that come with both touchscreens and keyboards – is just
Spring break is almost here. As a student, the only thing on my mind right now is vacation. All I can think about is the beach, the sun, and an excessive amount of sleep. Reynolds has been busy lately with everyone trying to get in shape for spring break trips. Classrooms are full of daydreaming students who are thinking about the upcoming week of rest. Even for those who aren’t going anywhere for Spring Break just the thought of being able to take a break and maybe go home can be refreshing. Spring break begins March 10 so it is hard to stay focused on anything else, but before its time to pack a bag and unpack the sunglasses there is something that requires a bit of attention, midterms.
Jessica Quah Co-Editor another plus point for techies. With inventions like the Chromebook making internet access and technological progress even more widely available, younger generations of the human race (or at least the
Western world, maybe) should be reaching greater heights all the time, right? Or am I not alone in viewing new toys like the Chromebook with some degree of suspicion? Yahoo! writer Dan Tynan stated that the Chromebook would be an ideal laptop for school-goers because of its inexpensive pricing and network-connectivity convenience. Now, maybe I’m old-fashioned because I grew up with public schools in Malaysia, where laptops weren’t allowed in classrooms, but I suspect that a large percentage of Chromebooks will be used as platforms for Facebook and Angry Birds at least as much as for writing papers and working on projects. Don’t take this to mean that I’m a Luddite or technophobe, because I adore my laptop and my smartphone helps me select my daily wardrobe much faster. I’m as much a fan of fun time-
wasters as the next college student, but I do feel like it takes extra effort to push through the distractions and get work done – and that’s functioning at something close to a tertiary-level education standard of attention. In a world that is increasingly concerned with issues like discipline problems, materialism and things being taken for granted, tools like the Chromebook can be great for the productive student, but they can also be terrible gifts for those who lack self-motivation and organizational skills. All the technology in the world can’t instill strong study habits in someone without a good work ethic. And do we really need that project or that website to be “right there?” Increasing use of mobile devices like Blackberries and smartphones has been linked to lower levels of interpersonal communication
Keep calm and study
Briana Thomas Co-Editor Yes, I know just the sound of the word makes you cringe. The minute my professor told me I had a midterm coming up I immediately snapped out of
my Cancun fantasy and crept into a reality of lengthy essays and boring multiple choice responses. Then my professor started lecturing on reviewing notes and studying all of the material we have worked on so far. After, I had a mini panic attack and my hands stopped sweating I remembered that a midterm is just like any other test or quiz. Midterm (as intimidating as it may sound) is just one big accumulative exam of most likely all of the quizzes and tests that have already been taken and hopefully already passed. So there is no need to be nervous. Plan to pass. Collect all of the past exams and review the correct answers, use the past tests as a study guide for what will be on the midterm. Some profes-
sors might like to scare students or keep students on their toes with pop quizzes, but the upside to a midterm is that it is planned. Therefore, as students we can plan to be successful by studying well in advance. Studying can be time consuming, but cramming is stressful and normally results in a poor grade. So get with a group of friends, order pizza, and have a study night. An important concept of studying is to not overload yourself, make sure you do not over study. In other words don’t pile yourself down with textbooks, notes, flash cards, post it notes, annotations, definitions, and unnecessary research. Make a checklist of the things you must know, that way you can eliminate the
and less intimate relationships; Chromebooks are just another one of the many gadgets contributing to that situation. Especially in the area of technological innovation, where there’s always something better, faster, lighter, or prettier, it’s important to remember that there’s a fine line between ‘want’ and ‘need’ and oftentimes that line is blurred. I’m not against the Chromebook as an affordable substitute for a laptop; I’m just saying that if you already have a laptop, you probably don’t need a Chromebook. Jessica Quah is a junior music/English double major at GC. She thinks Facebook is a necessary evil. In order to focus on upcoming academic projects, Jessica will be taking some time away from editorial duties but hopes to resume those responsibilities in a future issue.
busy work. Also, give yourself breaks in between study sessions. Reading and scanning a textbook for four hours will probably end up in a failure. After about the second hour you will find yourself rereading the same sentence over and over again. So take breaks, grab a bite to eat, or watch a few minutes of T.V. Most importantly do not stress, after all it is just a test not the end of the world. If you study hard and stay confident you will surely pass the test and be on the way to a wonderful Spring break! “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
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The Collegian Staff
Jessica Quah and Briana Thomas, Co-Editors Danielle Leslie, Managing Editor Holly Jones, Photographer
Ajoya Long Addison Poole
Scotty Inyama Danielle Leslie Paige Brown
Rodrigo Lagos, Jr., Social Media Editor Ashleigh Benoit Xzavier Dale William Thomas
DeMario Smith Jennifer Lynn Cockman
Wayne Johns, Faculty Advisor Graphic Design by Carol Brooks
March 5, 2014
Ukraine’s battle for democracy
by Ashleigh Benoit
At this point most of us are relatively desensitized to violence and bloodshed. Clips on the news from war-torn countries, violent protests, bombings, shootings, etc. do not seem to faze us anymore, especially with regard to the Middle East. The conflict there has persisted for longer than anyone can remember and will probably never end. After being bombarded with scenes and stories of this warfare for as long as we have been alive, our senses have been numbed to the fighting. But looming over the omnipresent battle in the Middle East is the passion of the Ukrainian people.
For those who are unfamiliar or have no idea what’s going on, here is a brief recap of what lead to the upheaval. Viktor Yanukovych, a Ukrainian politician, ran for president in 2004 and won. His victory was tainted with allegations of fraud, and pressure to re-do the vote spawned the “Orange Revolution”. Yanukovych lost in the second round of voting but ran again in 2010 and won. Yanukovych had little support from Ukrainians in the west of the country, who viewed him as corrupt and tyrannical. In November, he accepted a 15 billion dollar “bailout” from Russian president Vladimir Putin, simultaneously rejecting
a deal for greater integration with the European Union. Upset Ukrainians began to protest that Yanukovych had sold their country to the Kremlin. As demonstrations amplified, Yanukovych signed a set of “anti-protest” laws in mid-January that severely constrained everything from free speech to the media. This incensed people and the protests grew, not subsiding even though the laws were mostly repealed. On Saturday, protestors seized the capital and parliament voted to remove Yanukovych and set new elections for May 25. As the authoritarian leader’s reign comes to an end all eyes remain on the Ukraine. The conflict has brought forth the sharp
Dash cam saves NJ man by Paige Brown
In 2012 Bloomfield, N.J., resident, Marcus Jeter was arrested and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. But Marcus Jeter did not elude police, resist arrest, nor did he assault anyone. Prior to these allegations police officers were called to Jeter’s home and after briefly talking the officers left without any charges being filed. Following this encounter, Jeter left in his car and was soon stopped by police officers Orlando Trinidad and Sean Courter. Jeter pulled over to the side of the road. Both officers got out of their car and approached Jeter with guns drawn. It’s important to note here that these officers had pulled over Marcus Jeter without cause and drawn their guns for no reason as well. Although Jeter put his hands up in the air, Trinidad and Courter proceeded to break the car window and punch and wrestle him to the
ground. After all of this, officers put the blame on Jeter saying he was the one at fault. In trial with no substantial evidence other than the two officer’s words, Marcus Jeter was found guilty. The original term for Jeter was five years but after serving one year his attorney filed a request for records where a video from a dash cam in the police car was turned over and seen by prosecutors for the first time. This video proved that Marcus Jeter was not guilty and although this video saved Jeter from years in prison why did it take so long to come by? The Bloomfield police department should have turned over the video without having to be asked. Prosecutors immediately dropped the charges against Jeter once the video was seen. Without the video, an innocent man would be sitting in jail. Maybe dash cams are more important than we ever realized. I’m sure Marcus Jeter would agree.
Photos courtesy of dailymail.co.uk
contrasts amongst the people, the pro-Russian East and the proEuropean West. Yanukovych came from the Russian-speaking East, which never sat well with the Ukrainian-speaking West. The disagreement between Ukrainians on what kind of country they want to become has shaped their politics. As a well-established country with its independence well in the past as well as its civil war, it is difficult for Americans to comprehend the extreme importance of this pivotal moment for Ukraine. Ukraine gained its independence in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR. That may seem like long enough for a country to get itself together, but it isn’t. The Ukraine
has been divided for hundreds of years, beginning with the “Russifying” of the Eastern half of the country by Catherine the Great in the 16th century. Over time, this has driven a wedge between the Ukrainian people, half of whom speak Russian and are pro-Russia, while the other half speak Ukrainian and are pro-Europe. This conflict has augmented their differences and put the country on the verge of a precipice. Fears of a complicated fragmentation of Ukraine have erupted, but it is possible (likely, even) for them to achieve unification instead.
Loud music trial by Xzavier Dale
Could you imagine your life being ended over loud music? I know I couldn’t, but for Jordan Davis, that is his sad reality, a reality his family and friends will have to deal with the rest of their lives. On Nov. 22, 2012, a group of teens were confronted at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida about their loud music being too loud. Michael Dunn, who had pulled into a gas station next to their car did not approve of the “rap crap” they were playing so he asked them to turn it down. At this point, the story blurs. According to Dunn, the teens became disrespectful and refused his request. Upset that he would even approach them, they begin to threaten his life. He believed he saw Davis reach for a gun and proceeded to fire his, in an attempt to protect himself. He was standing his ground and defending himself. However, the prosecution tells a different story. Dunn was the one who lost control, upset that the boys would not do what he asked. Regardless of how the altercation started, it ended with Dunn firing off a total of 10 shots into the car, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn says that he expressed grief over what was done but his actions prove otherwise. After shooting, he expressed no concern over the wellbeing of his victims. Instead he went to the bed and breakfast he and his girlfriend were staying at, walked his dog, ordered pizza, and had a drink. Not once did he alert the authorities. This not only challenges the grief he claimed to express but his complete state of mind. These are just not the actions of someone who was shaken up and feared for his life, nor are they the actions of a man concerned for his victim. Dunn claimed his intentions were never to end a life; it was to stop the attack on his life. However, his girlfriend, who accompanied him the night of the incident, admitted that she does not believe he felt his life was in danger. She stated that he did not claim to see a gun or any weapon that would have ended or threatened his life. That piece of the story never surfaced until she was questioned by the police. Even with a death on his hands Dunn still sees himself as a victim. He believes that he was doing everyone a favor by telling them to turn it down, and that although it shouldn’t have escalated the way it did, he was the good guy. He’s convinced that those boys were nothing but trouble and was astonished to find that they didn’t even have a police record, saying they probably just hadn’t gotten caught yet. His view of his victims adds to the belief that this was an issue of race. He was a white man who saw a group of black teens listening
to vulgar “black” music. In his mind, they were up to no good anyway. It was an altercation he was more than happy to start. Regardless as to how the public may view it; this was a man who attacked a group of teens over something JORDAN DAVIS that could have been completely avoided. He did not even have to approach them at all. However since he did, after they refused to acquiesce, he could have walked away, and regardless of how threatened he felt, there is no excuse for firing MICHAEL DUNN so many shots, and continuing to shoot even as the teens were attempting to leave. That is not self-defense and the jury seemed to agree. The jury found Dunn guilty of four charges. Three of these charges are of second-degree murder, which hold a weight of at least 20 years each. Unfortunately, they found themselves deadlocked on the most important charge, the murder of Jordan Davis. A mistrial was declared for the murder charge. Although Dunn will probably spend life in prison, there is still a feeling of emptiness for Jordan Davis’ family and supporters. Although Dunn will serve at least 60 years in prison, Davis needs justice. It has already been said that prosecution will press for a new trial on the murder charge. Many have linked this case to the Zimmerman case. The Zimmerman case sent out a message that a person can take an innocent life based on stereotypes and racial profiling. There have been a couple of new cases with the defense claims of “self-defense” and “standing your ground.” However, even with a hung jury on this murder case, Dunn will spend his life in prison. He will not get the privilege of living his life in freedom after taking the life of someone else.
March 5, 2014
C.R.E.A.M. column: Faith over fear
by William Thomas
What is your fear? Is fear something we naturally face? Fear isn’t natural to the body of Christ. In 2 Timothy 1:7 It says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” God did not give us a spirit of fear; he gave us power, love, and a sound mind. In Genesis 1:26 it shows us that God created man to have dominion over all and fear nothing. God doesn’t even understand fear. In Mark 4:35-41 – the story of Jesus commanding the storm – a storm arose and the disciples began to fear so they woke Jesus up in a panic for help. Jesus was baffled and confused and calmed the storm by saying, “Peace, be still,” but Jesus was also confused at why the
disciples were afraid and said, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” When problems arise in our life we can’t allow the storm to take over and let fear set in. Also, we definitely can’t speak things into existence like the disciples did! So for example, if you lose your job, don’t get mad and become fearful and say things like, “how am I going to pay this bill. I’m never going to find another job. I’m going to lose everything.” NO! Because when we speak these things we open the door to let fear set in and we know that “death and life are in the power of the tongue,” (Proverbs 18:21) so we have to watch what we say. Instead, speak words of faith and edification: “I’m not only going to get another job, I’m going to get a better job.
It’s okay because God supplies all my needs so all my needs are met.” We can’t allow for doubt, worry, or fear to set into our lives. Habakkuk 2:4 says, “The Just shall live by faith,” that’s what we have to live by … faith, not fear! Thank you for reading this issue of The C.R.E.A.M. Column on Faith
over Fear. I pray that now you know to never fall victim to fear or doubt but to live by faith. For more inspiration and weekly word join C.R.E.A.M. for fun and fellowship on Thursday nights in the Alumni Dining Hall at 7:30 p.m. See you there!
Chapel Band by Jennifer Cockman
Robert Brewer is in his ninth year of leading worship as the chaplain at Greensboro College. The weekly communion services are held Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12 noon. The students and faculty come together for praise and worship during this time and Brewer says, “It’s a beautiful time to just pause, reflect and all be together.” The chapel band started with his supervision in 2007. Students of varying interests, backgrounds and majors help with the communion and lead the band in various tunes. Some of them have majors in music and biology. “(You) do not necessarily have to be a religion major in order to lead and help in the services,” Dr. Brewer explained. “I have a really good time being in chapel band,” said Joe Richardson, a music major and chapel band member. “For starters, all my really good friends are in the chapel band so we really all lead it together, and it’s a blast. Also, I met new people through chapel band, and it has been a really good experience in learning how to lead and worship, because that’s what I want to do for my career.” All students are invited to chapel to hear heartfelt messages from Dr. Brewer and also to hear songs of rejoice and redemption from the chapel band. Services are held in Finch Chapel for praise, prayer and music. It is a time to gather through love and fellowship. As Dr. Brewer pointed out, it’s important for people to “find a community of people and friends where you can feel loved, accepted, so that they can realize how much they are loved and be able to share that love with other people,” and chapel service is a great opportunity for the community on GC to do exactly that.
Chapel band members (left to right, top to bottom) Joe Richardson, Davis Cahill, Melanie Smith, Christopher Trogdon and Sharon Dei-Tumi.
On the Prowl … Spring Break Plans
Colin Leshinger Senior “I am going to Panama City Beach, Florida. It’s my senior year and I plan on doing it big. Clubs, casinos and cool weather!”
Melanie Smith Freshman “I am going on the alternative spring break trip to Washington, D.C. We are going to help the homeless and hungry and also spend time exploring D.C., which includes a trip to the White House. I have never been to D.C., so I’m excited.”
Jennifer Lynn Cockman Junior “I’m going to St. Augustine, Florida. There is a lot of history around that area, so I look forward to seeing that.”
Ashleigh Benoit Senior “I’m going to Phoenix, Arizona. It’s going to be warm and wonderful. I get to wear shorts!”
Compiled by Holly Jones
March 5, 2014
Entertainment The Collegian
Facing the music … video
by Jessica Quah
This is not about MTV and how it appears to be screening reality shows 75 percent of the time. No, this is bigger than MTV. This is about what makes a music video great, what makes it stand out and has viewers willing to wait to see it on the tube, even if it means enduring advertisements for those reality shows on MTV. Several polls and lists rank Michael Jackson’s hit “Thriller” video as the solid No. 1, despite the fact that it was released 30 years ago. And the King of Pop repeated this success, fans would argue, with the videos for “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black And White” and later, “You Rock My World.” In his signature style (trendsetter), MJ seemed to achieve the perfect balance of great backstory/setting – zombies before they were popular – as well as epic dance scenes, good camerawork and of course, a killer song. In terms of all those elements, MJ isn’t the only artist to have graced our TV screens with some pretty amazing videos. Making a MV is like making a movie in reverse: the soundtrack is the only thing you have to begin with, and everything else gets crafted around it. Some songs lend themselves to storylines better than others, and some songs are good to just go crazy with, but each song has to be portrayed with its own character. Tricky, especially since most movies generally have about half an hour to “make or break” their ratings with the audience, but MVs have only a fraction of that (even the ones that are four times as long as the song itself).
It’s not surprising, then, that some videos sneak in a famous celebrity for a cameo – Travis and Ben Stiller, MJ and Chris Tucker, Jack Johnson and Adam Sandler, the Gorillaz and Bruce Willis, Jamie Foxx and his crew of stars in “Blame It On The Alcohol.” Admittedly, most videos that feature a celebrity friend (or 10) are usually strong in other ways too. Sometimes, though, videos don’t need a famous helping hand – just a digital one. Animation is a good way to get around pesky technicalities and days of practice. What Peter Gabriel began with his award-winning video “Sledgehammer” has been continued by artists like Daft Punk and the Gorillaz, who have set a precedent of using animation to liven up what could otherwise be repetitive music. Also among the perks that digital animation brings to MVs is a way for the weird to get weirder. If you don’t believe that, you’ll believe some videos even less. While Lady Gaga comes to mind really fast, so do Gwen Stefani, Blur, and The Cure classic, “Friday I’m In Love,” where it looks like everyone got a memo saying, “we’re shooting a MV, come to work drunk.” The good old story-fashioned videos are still around, too. 30 Seconds to Mars go way out of their way to establish a highly original story in their MVs (though the narrative thread may not always be obvious), and Radiohead and Linkin Park have some severely emotional moments in theirs. Even Britney and Madonna had a moment of the whole storyline shindig in “Me Against The Music,” and Justin Timberlake brought
A music video is guaranteed to be epic when dance shoes are designed specifically for it.
a pleasant surprise to the world of narrative MVs with the artistic yet feelingfilled video for “Mirrors,” off his latest effort, “The 20/20 Experience.” JT is a link to the MV that gets remembered mostly for drama/spectacle. Think backup dancers and costume changes – lots of them. Along with Usher, Britney and Beyonce, JT certainly has his share of those, although it’s certainly clear that these people can dance! Just to prove that you don’t have to actively participate, OneRepublic accomplished some amazing shots in their “All The Right Moves” video, with gorgeous masquerade ball costumes and a host of professional dancers. Briefly: there are some MVs that I call “cop-outs,” that are entirely focused
on the artist(s) in the studio. It’s fine to splice in a few ‘recording session’ shots, but to completely centre the MV in one place either screams “budget cuts” or “lazy.” (Bruno Mars, we’re looking at you.) OneRepublic did it with “Apologize,” but the drumstick flip may have saved their first big video. All said, though, it’s hard to cram MVs into one article. There are some things you have to see for yourself, there are some things that shouldn’t be screened, period, and there’s no way to quickly categorize them all. But if you only watch one music video today, or tomorrow, or this week, watch Mutemath’s “Typical,” because I’d offer a prize to the person who can tell me how they filmed it.
Movie review: About Last Night by Briana Thomas
With a talented cast and a successful original screenplay “About Last Night” was a great movie to celebrate the last couple holiday weekends. The film premiered in theaters on February 14, it brought laughter and cheer to the cliché movie date night. Later the comedic film ranked in the box office at second place for President’s Day weekend. The movie was expectedly hilarious, but the success of the film does not lie wholly on edgy jokes and obnoxious bar scenes. The cast members expressed great chemistry. The acting was amazing each couple seemed as if they could actually date each other off set. In an interview with radio personality Russ Parr, the star of the film, Kevin Hart, expressed his feelings on his costar Regina Hall. “We have really good chemistry in this movie,” Hart said. “Regina did her thing and I think the audience is going to walk away with, not only relating to the characters but laughing to the point where you go, ‘WOW, they made real behavior funny.” Hart and Hall play the crazy, wild, and spontaneous Bernie and Joan. The two meet up at a bar for a first date. Trying to avoid the awkward-
ness of going on a first date alone, Bernie and Joan each decide to drag along their “boring” friends for moral support. After Bernie and Joan toss back a few drinks they run off with each other leaving Danny, played by Michael Ealy, and Debbie, played by Joy Bryant, alone at the table. This part of the plot is very predictable because of course Danny and Debbie instantly click and somehow find their way to the bedroom on the first night. As the title gives away the main plot the narrative unfolds based off of the one night stand. As a remake of the 1986 film “About Last Night,” which starred Demi Moore, the contemporary version keeps a similar narrative but strays from the original screenplay enough to bring a modern romance to the big screen, some forgetting all about the original movie. The film takes a look into relationships and friendships. It answers the questions about love and all of the confusing emotions that are attached with it. The film makes light of real life situations giving the audience a chance to giggle at the deep dark secrets we all have. “About Last Night” is a great film so go see it before it leaves the theaters. Oh, and spoiler alert, at the end of the movie the guy gets the girl!
March 5, 2014
A little Meldavian piano music
by Jessica Quah
The wonders of Meldavia are purported to be diverse and occasionally bizarre, but well worth the time one might spend traversing the galaxy to visit another planet. Fortunately, Dr. David Fox, one of the leading Earthly scholars on Meldavian
culture, is part of the faculty at Greensboro College, and provides a valuable conduit between the Meldavian community and Earthlings. Dr. Fox teaches piano studies, upper-level theory courses and introductory music classes at GC; along with professional musicians and instruc-
tors Melissa Reaves and Scott Sawyer, he is also a core member of the Meldavians, a band that made the 2013 Grammy ballots. His other endeavours include a number of jazz/prog ensembles, such as the Dave Fox Group and the Draves, and recently, a published novel, “The Illustrated Tales of Meldavia, Vol 1: The
Dr. Fox during a recent performance at the Altamont Theatre, Asheville.
Health panel by Holly Jones
On March 25, Career Exploration and Development and the Pre-Health Society will be co-sponsoring a health panel. This panel is open to anyone interested in a career in healthcare. The format will be similar to speed dating, with some modifications. There will be multiple health care professionals present from various areas of interest. Each professional will sit with a group of students for approximately 12 minutes. The professional will introduce himself/herself, the students will introduce themselves, and then
the students will have the opportunity to ask the professional informational interview questions about their work, background, and also ask for advice. Ideas for questions will be provided as a guide. After the 12 minutes are over, the students will rotate to the next healthcare professional and repeat the process. This will go on for five-six rotations. If you would like to pursue a career in healthcare, this is a great opportunity for you. Be on the lookout for more advertisements that have more details. We hope to see you there!
by Jessica Quah
You breathe, I imagine, in the shape of your vowels, taste the sound before its birth, feel the way it fills your mouth in the space usually reserved for another tongue even as your own pretends to trace the outline of words not yet given to voice. And you hesitate, first to desire, then to touch; you long for silence, all the better to tell yourself the truths that cannot become butterflies, while still I refuse to blame you for that which you will not say.
Summer of Isnon.” When not occupied with these numerous undertakings, Fox continues to establish himself as a composer and solo performer. It was in the capacity of these latter roles that Fox appeared on stage at Finch Chapel on February 18. Since February 8, he had been on a tour of several west coast locations, both as a featured solo performer and in collaboration with local musicians; after a successful performance tour, Fox returned to GC for the final night. Presenting a recital programme titled “A Survey of Meldavian Piano Literature from the Third Renaissance” (he went on to explain that the Third Renaissance in Meldavia spans the 6th-9th epochs of the Meldavian calendar), Fox opened the evening’s performance with a selection of familiar jazz classics in his own arrangements. His rendition of “It Don’t Mean a Thing” was especially well-received, combining the dynamic spirit of swing with the sophisticated touch of an experienced pianist. The next section, a collection of more pensive and philosophical pieces based on
the thoughts and teachings of Meldavian intellectuals, displayed Fox’s flexibility and virtuosic abilities. Through this series of his own compositions, including the sweeping yet tender grace of “We All Belong to the Sky,” and the soaring emotion of “Acclimation,” Fox showcased great expressiveness and a strong musical capacity for transcendence. A pair of preludes, also Fox’s compositions, concluded the evening’s performance and provided the audience with a glimpse into the technical skill and precision that continues to be the trademark of professional pianists. In response to their enthusiastic support, the audience received an encore performance: another Meldavian piece of wistful lyricism, “The Wysisong Ballad.” Overall, the execution of the evening’s repertoire represented the distinction and excellence of GC’s music faculty, but the conception and composition of each piece were testimony to the brilliance and creative genius inherent in the work of Dr. Fox – the best way to bear witness to Meldavian inspiration!
the campus buildings, including Reynolds and The Inn. Please call ahead as it may take as long as 10 minutes for your escort to arrive. It is important to remember that Greensboro College, like any college campus, is not immune to crime. The safety tips that follow require you to be alert and careful. Using these suggestions and your common sense will go a long way in keeping you safe at Greensboro College. • Always walk confidently, keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings. • Do not walk alone; walk with a friend or call the Campus Escort Service at 336-217-7245 or 336-272-7102 Ext. 245. • Stay in well-lit areas. Walk mid-point between curbs and buildings, away from bushes and entries; stay near people and avoid shortcuts. • Avoid working or studying alone in an academic building at night. Always have a friend present. • Do not leave, by yourself, with someone you have just met. • Lock your car and keep valuables out of sight. • Close and lock your residence or office door even if you are only going next door. • Lock your door when you are asleep or in your room alone. • Stay in control when you are out socializing. • Engrave your driver’s license number on valuables. Engravers are available from the Campus Safety and Security Department. • If you observe suspicious
behavior, do not pursue the suspicious person. Call Security immediately. • Call security if you enter your room or office and find a stranger–regardless of the explanation offered. • Do not prop open doors to buildings. • Do not lend anyone your keys or fob. • Do not leave your keys in public places, in a coat pocket or your knapsack when you are not present. • Verify that persons who request to enter your room to perform maintenance or housekeeping work are Greensboro College staff by asking to see identification(Staff Pride Card) or call Security. • Enroll in a self defense class. • Door to door soliciting is not permitted in campus residential facilities; report any incidents to Security.
Safety and security
by Chief Gilmore
Whether it happens to you or you’re a witness, you are strongly encouraged to report a crime in a timely manner. If a crime occurs on or around campus, report it immediately to the Campus Safety and Security Department’s emergency number at 312-9911. Timely reporting of information assists us in apprehending suspects and sending out timely alerts and notifications. Please do not delay in calling. Reporting a crime When calling to report a crime, please be ready to give information such as: • A brief description of what occurred • Where the incident occurred • When the incident occurred • Whether the suspect(s) had a weapon • Where and when the suspect(s) were last seen • What the suspect(s) looked like: – Gender – Race – Age – Height – Weight – Hair color/length – Clothing, including shoes worn – Facial hair – Tattoos, scars Escort Service The walking escort service is available 24 hours a day. When you call, a security officer will escort you to your vehicle on campus or to any of
Please copy the Campus Safety and Security Department’s emergency number in your cellphone under the heading “ICE”: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CAMPUS EMERGENCY NUMBER – 312-9911 CAMPUS NONEMERGENCY 217-7245 or 272-7102 EXT. 224 GREENSBORO POLICE EMERGENCY – 911 GREENSBORO POLICE NON-EMERGENCY – 373-2222 MEDICAL EMERGENCY – 911
March 5, 2014
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Senior Honors thesis presentations by Holly Jones
The final semesters of the Honors curriculum at GC are spent completing an undergraduate thesis. The topics vary per the interest of each Honors student. The senior Honors students have worked very hard on their theses, so feel free to stop by and watch some of their presentations! The presentations are scheduled for March 24 and 25. The following presentations on March 24 will occur in the Campbell Lyceum: 2:00 p.m.
“Workouts and Contradictions”
“The Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Emergency Management, a Case Study of Hurricanes Andrew, Floyd, Katrina and Sandy”
“Nutrition Information for Pre-Diabetes Management”
“The Impact of a Diabetes Prevention Program on Exercise Habituation”
“The Effect of an Agility Program on High School Soccer Players”
“Connotation of Color as Represented in Idioms between Spanish and English Speakers”
The following presentations on March 25 will occur in the Cowan Lecture Hall: 2:00 p.m.
“The Influence of Structure, Stereochemistry, and PH of Acids on the Erosion of Tooth Enamel”
“Political Action Committee Spending: Scope Strategies and Consequences”
“Stereotypes Between English and American Citizens”
“What is in Your Food? Searching for Genetic Modification in Strawberries”
“A Psychological Diagnosis of Apostle Paul”
Book Review: Once Were Warriors
by Ashleigh Benoit
For the fortunate few who took Dr. Labbé’s post- colonial and immigrant literature course last spring, you may remember a film that we watched entitled “Once Were Warriors.” Now this is not a movie review but it was fantastic and I highly recommend it. As soon as I found out that the film was based on a book I immediately tracked down a copy. Being well down the line of my “books to read” list, I just finally got around to it. I’m definitely one of those people who enjoy reading the book before seeing the movie. In fact I’m extremely adamant about it, so it upsets my rigid policy to do this backwards, but I found that viewing the movie first did not detract from the value of the book. Alan Duff’s 1990 novel
Once Were Warriors is the basis of the movie, which follows the book closely. As anyone who has read Southern literature knows, stories written in dialect are often challenging to read. And though by now I am used to reading pieces written in a Southern dialect, I was not prepared to tackle the New Zealand Maori dialect that “Once Were Warriors” is written in. I stumbled over the first 10 or so pages trying to familiarize myself with the words and rereading everything to make sure I read it right and understood. On top of the dialect is Duff’s writing style, which is unique and a bit hard to follow at first, but fits so perfectly with the story of the Maoris. The novel is about Beth Heke, a Maori woman struggling to keep her family together in a hostile environment. The family lives off of welfare in a squal-
id housing project called Pine Block. Their lives, and those of the Maori community, are a miserable, cyclical existence. Violence, alcohol, and abuse are ubiquitous in this “Lost Tribe”. Beth Heke is aware of the poisonous atmosphere she’s raising her children in, but is powerless to do anything about it. I will not delve into details as I detest spoilers, but I will warn readers that in this novel there is rape, suicide, murder, and lots and lots of very colorful language. “Once Were Warriors” is intensely emotional and left me feeling heavy after finishing it. I would have very much liked to include a quote here but I found nothing appropriate that did not contain said colorful language. And I guess it doesn’t really matter if you see the movie or read the book first, either way you will have a very profound experience.
by Quentin Jones
Sun is a quiet killer. The harmful rays of the sun cause premature aging and even skin cancer. You should always protect yourself with sunscreen. Seek shade whenever possible. And always remember to stay hydrated. Next, your diet plays an important role in overall skin care. Some foods that will benefit your skin are low fat dairy products for the vitamin A, black, blue , and strawberries for the antioxidants, salmon , walnuts, and flax seed for essential fatty acids, and last but not
least whole-wheat bread, muffins, cereals, turkey, tuna and brazil nuts for mineral selenium. Never smoke. Smoking kills the natural collagen in your skin and promotes wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. When you smoke you are slowly but surely killing your skin. Lastly, stress. Stress causes aging of the skin. Stress also causes wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. You should find healthy ways to deal with stress to protect your skin. You only get one set of skin so take care of it before you ruin your first layer of protection and the largest organ on your body.
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March 5, 2014
A different shade of red by Addison Poole
The Winter Olympics are a time for every country to put on display what they’re made of and this year’s games were no different. There was plenty of drama and controversy but when the puck hit the ice all else goes out the window. Hockey analysts from around the world had Canada, USA and Russia as their favorites to advance into the late rounds and for the most part they were right, except no one expected the home team to implode and take an early exit on this international stage. What did happen is what we have come to expect – Canada dominating and taking home the gold. Canada is home to some of the greatest talent the sport has ever known and they continue to flex their muscle, reminding us with every gut-wrenching goal why they are the best. With names such as Sidney Crosby, Carey Price, and Chris Kunitz, they have the talent and
sheer will to overpower the rest of the competition. Canada has now won three of the last four gold medals in hockey, quickly established who the real “Big Red Machine” is. You could almost hear the last breath of positivity seep right out of the building as Russia was eliminated in the quarterfinals at the hands of Finland, 3-1. As Russian President Vladimir Putin gazed on with his stoic look, deep down you know he was tormented and probably lost all interest at that very moment. It was almost as if many of the prayers, hopes, and dreams of a country in economic and social turmoil crashed down on center ice before our very eyes. Clearly, changes need to happen both on and off the ice for this country that has been able to compete at such a high level for as long as they have. The performance of Canada this year put into perspective why they are the best: both women and men took home the Gold. The Canadians handed an absolute
The Canadian Hockey team hold their gold medals following their victory at the Photo courtesy First Coast News Sochi Olympics.
beating to the Swedish in their 3-0 victory. It goes beyond just scoring goals because they are more than that, a team built on toughness. Playing through broken bones, teeth-knocked out, it doesn’t
matter … it’s simply routine for this group. They are a unit that has etched their names into hockey immortality and atop the mountain of international play.
New volleyball head coach: Kaci Loeffler by Ajoya Long
The Greensboro College community proudly welcomes new volleyball head coach, Kaci Loeffler. I met with the friendly, energetic coach who expressed much excitement about the upcoming season. Loffler wants to expound on the already talented team and to keep that momentum strong. “My vision is to base our success on improvement,” Loeffler said. For most sports, skills continuously have to be reshaped
and ultimately challenged through play and practice. Loeffler described the players as “positive” and hopes to sustain such energy. In doing so, Loeffler stated that she will, in one way, accomplish such by “forming relationships with the players now.” GC’s volleyball team are making off with a good start. Few needs are of major concern except for one. “Definitely, there are holes that need to be filled (position wise),” Loeffler said.
But it doesn’t take away the skills and enthusiasm that the school’s volleyball players possess. As head coach, Loeffler describes herself as a “student of the game.” By this, she actively engages in the game on a personal level. She strives to improve her own techniques as far as coaching and leading. With new players to train, the grounds of Greensboro College are of nothing new to Loeffler. Before her new position, Loffler was Hall Director for two years at GC.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Guilford College and completed her Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Here at Greensboro College, we wish coach Loeffler and the team a great season. Go Pride!
Pride lacrosse loses a hard-fought battle by DeMario Smith
On an early Saturday morning February 22, the men’s Pride lacrosse team took on Virginia Wesleyan at home. The Pride started off slow and the Marlins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to open the game. The Pride soon struck with a 3 consecutive with tough shots by Charles Stringfellow and Ryan Kissner to even the game at 3 going into the second quarter. The Pride meant business going into the second quarter. Jaegar Carlyle won a faceoff with a Marlin player and took it the distance to put the Pride on top 4-3. Yet, the Marlins came to play as well scoring a quick goal to even the game at 4.
The Pride was extremely aggressive by scoring two goals in response to the Marlins locking the game up at 4 and they now took the lead 6-4. Brodie Ceperich struck first, giving him his first goal. Kissner found the net as well for the second time in the day. The Marlins once again struck fast to bring themselves within one but The Pride weren’t having it. They quickly scored, going up 7-5. At intermission the game was knotted up at 7-7. Unlike the first half of the game, the third period was really quiet and full of a lot of defensive play with the first and only goal not coming until 1:30 to the Marlins putting themselves ahead by one 8-7 over
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our Pride. Going into the fourth, similar to the third, it was very quiet until a superb goal by Dennis Radcliffe locked the game up at 8 with little time left in regulation. Then, the unthinkable happened – the Marlins scored with
almost nothing left on the clock to seal the game with a 9-8 victory over our men’s lacrosse team. Ryan Kissner played extremely well for the Pride scoring 4 points, 2 by assist then 2 goals of his own.
Gianni Gonzalez in action against the Monarchs.
With the loss, The Pride fell to 0-3 but will soon turn it around. The men’s lacrosse earned their first win against Methodist University. On February 26, the Pride took on the Monarchs and defeated them 20-8 to earn their first win.
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