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Lyon Christmas Festival Joey Gartin Staff Writer On Friday, Dec. 2nd, at 6:45 p.m., dozens of Lyon students, faculty, and Batesville residents surrounded the front steps of Brown Chapel, all gathered to listen to the Lyon College Concert Band perform Christmas songs before the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. Directed by Dr. Joel Plaag, the band played familiar holiday carols including ―The Christmas Song‖ and ―Greensleeves,‖ as well as a Christmas medley featuring junior vocalist Diana Turnbo. Reverend McSpadden led the

crowd in prayer, urging that the ―lights of this tree [should] remind us of the lights of the world.‖ President Donald Weatherman then ushered in the lighting of the tree, humorously suggesting that the ―wonderful spirit‖ of the lights would get students through the grueling week of finals. The audience then moved into Brown Chapel to hear a combined concert from the band, the Lyon College Concert Chorale, and the Batesville Choral Society, jointly directly by Dr. Plaag. Featuring pieces from the entire group in addition to

I N S I D E T HI S IS S UE : solo pieces by Lyon students and Choral Society member Dr. Han Ong, the performance ended with the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, for which audience members were invited to join the choir on stage to sing along. With the holiday season officially started at Lyon, there are less than two weeks left until students return to their homes for Christmas Break. As the official start of winter grows closer, there is only one more thing standing in the way of students’ three weeks of cheer and joy: finals.

Lyon hires new campus safety director Samantha Jones Sub-Editor This isn’t Kimeron ―Brody‖ Hubbard’s – Lyon’s new head of campus safety – first experience with the Lyon College community. Hubbard actually attended Lyon from 1982 to 1984. While he graduated from another college, his love of Lyon’s close-knit community transferred to his family. His son graduated from Lyon in 2010, and he said that his other son looks to play baseball when he graduates from high school. ―I have always loved this college,‖ Hubbard said, ―When I saw the position open, I jumped at the chance to again become a part of the Lyon community.‖ Hubbard claimed that

Lyon’s ―general environment bard said. He has been deis very different than one in a ployed to the World Trade Cenlarger school.‖ ter in 2001, nuIt is, in fact, merous hurri“I jumped at the Lyon’s inticanes, aircraft chance to again mate, suppordisasters, Ameritive atmoscan Samoa tsubecome a part of the phere that nami, the Haiti Lyon community.” ―made [him] earthquake, and want to come most recently, the back.‖ Joplin tornado Hubbard is currently the response. His primary role now logistics chief within the Deis heading three morgues that partment of Homeland Secuare staged across the U.S. rity. This job involves natural Along with his role in the disasters or nationally signifiDepartment of Homeland Secucant events, such as Republirity, Hubbard is a practicing can/Democrat National Conparamedic and works part-time ventions or Presidential Inaufor Vital Link. He recently guration. When one of these retired from the fire and police events occurs, Hubbard deservice in Newport after 30 ploys to the region to move years of service. people and equipment into the Regarding his current job, affected area. Hubbard is optimistic. He said ―We set up MASH-style that the campus safety staff has field hospitals and morgues been ―very receptive to the and staff those facilities,‖ Hub- change of command‖ and that

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everyone at Lyon ―has made [him] feel welcome that [he] is a part of the family.‖ ―Their goal is the same as mine,‖ he said in regards to the campus safety team, ―to keep Lyon a safe and secure environment and to provide assistance to the campus community. Writing tickets is a very, very small part of the job. We mainly are here to help folks.‖

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SGA drops proposed to raise activity fee The Lyon College Student Government Association (SGA) dropped a proposal to raise the student activity fee by $100 per year at its Nov. 22 meeting. The proposed increase would have provided funding for hiring a full time Director of Student Activities. According to the proposal, the new director ―would be in charge of student activities, new student orientation, and Greek life.‖ The additional funding of $50 per semester would have also provided ―additional funding to support a wider range of student activities,‖ according to the letter.

Dean of Students Bruce Johnston had submitted the proposal to the association at its Nov. 8 meeting in the form of a letter. SGA Treasurer Landon Downing introduced the proposal to the council. SGA discussed the proposal briefly at the Nov. 8 meeting, and President Jacob Didion encouraged the association members to talk to their constituents about the proposed increase. At the following meeting, most SGA members reported a negative response from their constituents. Citing student reaction, Didion suggested that the association drop the pro-

posal. SGA meets in Derby 16; its next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6.

New chef’s first semester at Lyon: Joseph Elias Joey Gartin Staff Writer Lyon’s first semester with the Temp as its main dining hall is nearly done, and a lot of changes have been made in the past few months. Students have gotten to know the college’s new head chef, Joseph Elias, whether by talking with him directly or, more likely, by eating any of the many dishes available at lunch or dinner. He’s only been here for a semester, but his influences have made five

months in a temporary dining facility both comfortable and tasty. The Temp’s menu is an eclectic mix of Elias’s wide culinary background. Hailing from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas, Elias cites his broad influences as Justin Wilson (the Ragin’ Cajun) all the way to Gordon Ramsey (Hell’s Kitchen). Paula Zagata, manager of the Temp, says that Elias loves to cook food from scratch, or ―from the soul,‖ as the chef believes that ―food is all about love.‖ Aside from knowing that he is a culinary expert, students may have noticed that Elias

is a big lover of music—his favorite songs can often be heard playing in the Temp. The chef is a veteran of the Army, having served for four years, and has been cooking ―since he was old enough to stand up at the stove.‖ Elias and the rest of the Temp’s crew are currently looking forward to relocating to a new, permanent dining facility by next year, which is currently being built on the site where Edward Commons once stood. In addition to his tasty meals, Elias can be found any day at the Temp—just look for the man in the chef’s hat.

Scots basketball Molly Young Staff Writer Lyon’s women basketball team defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan University Thursday night, Dec. 1, at Becknell Gymnasium (6351). The Scots defeated OWU once this season (50-46), and Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange felt that both teams knew to expect a close match. ―This was a tough team,‖ she recalled and hoped that the Scots would keep a

level head after their previous victory against Columbia College, ranked 18th in the NAIA conference. Senior Lauren Ramsey started the game with the first goal. OWU returned with a swift baseline pass and layup. The game was just as StewartLange predicted. The Scots gave OWU no rest with a tough full court press. Both teams played hard defenPhoto Credit: Dr. David Thomas

sively, making the shot clock an obstacle for both teams. Ramsey continued to lead offensively with 15 points for the night. She was closely followed by juniors Debbie Onukwube with 12 points and Phagen Altom with 9 points. The Scots shot an impressive 100% from the free-throw line. After the game, Mark Molder, OWU’s head coach, commented, ―Lyon is a good team.‖ He stated that some of the factors which make Lyon such a powerful opponent are ―a good coach like Coach Lange‖ and the Scots’ basketball ―tradition.‖ As for OWU, Molder stated, ―I’m proud of our girls.‖ This is Molder’s first season coaching at OWU. Stewart-Lange stated postgame that the match was ―no surprise.‖ Continued on page 5



Students host art show downtown Madison Gallagher Staff Writer Wednesday Nov. 30th, the Advanced Concepts art class held a one-night-only gallery on Main Street in downtown Batesville. The show, titled ―Perspectives‖, featured a variety of styles and media from watercolors to ink on television screens. At first glance, some of these pieces may not seem to make sense. One may wonder about the origins of such work. Upon closer inspection of the artist statements – a paragraph or two written by the artist that describes the ideas that inspired their work – one can see that the works all pertained to the influences that our cultural environment has on each person..

Matthew Boyd’s ink on television screens (pictured above) was perhaps the most atypical medium chosen. His artist’s statement provides some enlightenment on his choice of format. ―The work that I am doing,‖ said Boyd, ―is seeking to identify the influence that television has on us as a culture, and question the merit of its function.‖ The purpose of the class is to teach students to ―develop the conceptual dimensions of their work through research on contemporary art‖ according to the course catalog description. The perspectives varied from the way our culture interprets anxiety disorders to

Made in America: Some see Americanmade goods as key to US job problem

a personal journey of immigration and finding one’s place in society. This one-night event was definitely a rare opportunity. If you get the chance to drop by the next show, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the class and the inspiration of fellow students.

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part to create a majority that buys products made in America, locally available,‖ she said. Love said that only when a majority of consumers buy American-made Following two years of high unemployment rates, some Americans have focused goods would the concept truly catch on. For those, like Love, looking to buy their efforts on buying American-made goods in an attempt to jump-start the strug- American-made products, there are some resources to make the hunt a little easier. gling manufacturing sector of the AmeriAn interactive map on the Made in can economy. Among this group of Americans seeking America page at pinpoints a number of products from across the to promote domestic manufacturing, the United States. By clicking a state, users hunt is on for ―Made in America,‖ and are able to see a list of manufacturing individuals like Nancy Love, a senior at Lyon College, are doing their part by buy- companies in that state. Similarly, Fast Company magazine’s ing American-made goods. United States of Design iPad application Love said she is always aware of where allows users to see American-made prodthe products she is considering for purchase were made. ―Before I buy anything, ucts by state. The application features a and I mean anything,‖ she said in an email, variety of American-made products, from wooden glasses to wool blankets. ―I check to see if it is made in America.‖ Another application, which is actually Like many Americans, Love is oftencalled Made in America, allows users to times forced to buy foreign-made goods scan the barcode of an item using the because of the their lesser cost. Sometimes, however, Love said she still chooses camera feature of any iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The application, sold by Interdiscito buy the more expensive goods made in plinary Design for $0.99, then tells the the U.S. ―If I can afford to,‖ Love said, ―I user where the product was made. will spend a few extra dollars for the These tools are but the latest in a reAmerican made version of a product.‖ Not only does Love buy American-made newed campaign to rejuvenate American manufacturing and to accelerate job goods herself, but she also encourages others to do the same. ―I’m trying to do my growth in the United States. Staff Writer

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Art Student Society Samantha Jones Sub-Editor According to the Art Student Society’s (ASS) president, Matt Boyd, Lyon hasn’t always had such an ambitious group of leaders within the club. Boyd credits this as the reason for his primary goal for the club: to boost the interest in art and members of the art program at Lyon. Boyd has taken many measures to reach this goal, including a recent art gallery at Morningside Coffee House. ASS hosted a Halloween party at which Lyon students could perform and browse a selection of art from members of the college. The party also included a raffle, which Boyd notes as an indication of the Bates-

ville community’s support of Lyon’s art program. ASS’s next move is the SGC International Printmaking Conference, to be held in New Orleans. Professor Dustyn Bork, advisor of the society, will sponsor the trip. According to Boyd, this conference is very skill-based and specific to one type of art. He said that the trip, which he took last year, allows students to ―learn about various techniques and what’s going on in art right now in general.‖ He also noted that the conference helps art students make important contacts, such as graduate schools and other possible employment after college. Boyd also mentioned another conference held in Los Angeles, CA. He said that this conference, the biggest art conference of the year, is more lecture-

based than the print-making conference. Professor Margaret LeJeune will sponsor the event. Ashley Mott, the secretary of the club, plans to hold another art show sometime in the spring semester. ―The club introduced me to other art majors,‖ she said. ―Being involved in it has allowed me to form close relationships with others interested in art, as well as make connections that will come in handy after college.‖ ASS will sell Valentine’s Day cards next spring as a fundraiser and plans to sell student artwork during the annual Scottish Fest as well. Of the club, Boyd said, ―I enjoy it. I’m just trying to use this time to help better the art department.‖



Student Spotlight: Raoul Noubissi cer at Chabot College, a community college in the Staff Writer San Francisco Bay area in California. He transferred here this fall to play for the Growing up in Cameroon, a small soccer team, and feels country in Central Africa, Lyon College blessed to be here. junior Raoul Noubissi was raised in a ―I think I’m lucky,‖ Raoul completely different environment than most other Lyon students. He is adjusting said. ―You can get a good education back home, but to the new atmosphere, though, and has here you have a better chance nothing but positive things to say about because you have all the Lyon. tools you need.‖ ―I like the school and the teachers,‖ Being in a new place hasn’t Raoul said. ―I think that the teachers are very qualified, and they’re smart and take been all easy though. Raoul has had to make some major adjustments to care of you. It’s not like a big school where the teachers don’t care. They really his new environment. ―Everything is so different from where I’m care about what you’re doing, and they from,‖ he said. ―The people, the culture, the give you good advice. And you have food, the music—all different. There are everything you need to succeed here. good and bad. You have to adapt.‖ Everything is just perfect.‖ One of the things he has enjoyed about the Raoul recognizes that there are some school, and America in general, is the intermajor differences between the schools action with different kinds of people. here and the schools in Cameroon. ―I like that you can see different races and ―Central Africa is still developing,‖ different types of people interacting with Raoul said. ―We have smart people who want to study, but we don’t have the right each other,‖ Raoul said. ―When you interact infrastructure and money to get all of the with people of different cultures, at the beginning you don’t know how to approach materials that we need. And the classes them—that’s how I felt at first. But now I are usually packed because there aren’t have Japanese friends, black friends, and enough buildings or schools.‖ white friends.‖ Raoul came to America from CamerAs for schoolwork, Raoul is adjusting oon two years ago, and was playing socAngelica Holmes

very well to Lyon’s workload. And he has big plans for the future. ―I’m majoring in chemistry and mathematics,‖ he said. ―I’m trying to do research in chemistry, but I still have a long way to go.‖ Raoul plans to continue his education after he graduates from Lyon. ―I’m going to go to grad school,‖ he said. ―I want to work on quantum chemistry. I’m still looking around for grad schools, though.‖ Though he loves it here in America, Raoul plans to go back to and work in Cameroon sometime down the road. ―I want to eventually go back and work there,‖ Raoul said. ―I’ve got to go and give back to my country.‖

Scot basketball continued Continued from page 2 ―They are a real physical ball club,‖ she stated of OWU. ―I was real proud of the way they [the Scots] stepped up during the second half.‖ The women’s basketball team plays Williams Baptist College Dec. 6 in Walnut Ridge, Ark., 6 p.m. Lyon’s men’s basketball team defeated Columbia College Nov. 29 in Becknell Gymnasium (78-64). Columbia is ranked 14th in the NAIA conference. The Scots, now 4-3

for the season, played hard all night. Though at halftime Columbia led 31-32, the Scots quickly took the lead, finishing on a 14-point advantage. Sophomore Daniel Ritchie led offensively with 15 points for the night, but he attributed the team’s victory to a strong defense. ―I feel like we played really good defense,‖ he stated. ―Once people play defense like we play defense, that’s the outcome.‖ Seniors Slater Belew and Brandon Cowart followed Ritchie

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offensively with 13 and 12 points respectively. Columbia’s lead scorer was senior Henrique Medieros with 14 points for the night. CJ Blount had five rebounds for the game. He is currently ranked 13th in the NAIA division 1 conference for offensive rebounds. The Scots more than doubled Columbia’s shooting average behind the arc with 70% for the night; Columbia shot 33%. From the field, Lyon shot a 56.5% and 58% from the free-throw line. The Columbia Cougar’s website attributed their loss to Lyon’s offensive strength, saying ―Columbia struggled offensively in the second half and could not keep pace with the hot shooting Scots, dropping the 14-point game.‖ The Scots play Williams Baptist College next, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., on their court.

Which Grinch will steal this Christmas?

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Elizabeth Ellis Staff Writer The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted 2011’s Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. Line-up began at 5 p.m. at Town Plaza Shopping Center, and the parade – which had the theme ―Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree‖ – started at 6 p.m. All of the floats were decorated with holiday spirit and lights. Even horses were part of the parade, many ridden

by parade participants. Santa’s float was the main event, fully decorated with Santa sitting in the center. The floats were judged in either the commercial or non profit/civic organization categories. All of the parade float winners were announced Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. All judges’ decisions will be fair, impartial, and final. The parade walkers handed out candy to people on the sides of the street. Two new events were added to the days’ festivities this

year. Future Fuel Chemical Company presented ―Rockin’ & Shoppin’ Christmas Craft Fair‖ held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church (located at 276 East Main Street inside Landers Theater). This Craft Fair had many crafty activities for everyone. The company also presented ―Christmas Parade Chili Bowl: Chili Cook-Off‖ held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Pocket Park on Main Street. This event featured live artists throughout the afternoon.

Happy Holidays and a relaxing break to all students, faculty, and staff from the Highlander staff!

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