Page 1

S PRIN G 2 012, I SSUE 2

F E BRU ARY 23, 2012

Beloved baker signs cookbooks at reception Jon-Michael Poff

Paula Zagata, Hyatt “still doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about over her,” Beloved Lyon College baker adding, “but we all know the Brenda Hyatt, author of the truth—she’s the most benewly released Bakin’ with the loved person on campus! ‘B,’ signed copies of her cook“It means the world to have book at a reception on Tuesday, Brenda on staff with us here Feb. 7, in the Mabee-Simpson at Lyon,” said Zagata. “She’s Library. the one person that everyone Students, faculty, staff, and is sure to visit every day— community members turned out mainly because she makes us to celebrate the release of feel special.” Hyatt’s cookbook. Hyatt has Following the fire that sold about 70 cookbooks so far. destroyed Edwards ComAccording to Sodexo Dining mons in October 2010, Hyatt Services General Manager thought that all of her recipes Staff Writer

had burned along with the rest of the building. However, her recipes had in fact survived, and Hyatt compiled many of them in the new cookbook. The cookbook costs $20, Sodexo baker Brenda Hyatt signs a cookbook for Susan Dempsey. (Corey Burrow, photographer) and half of the profits will go toward the new campus center served!” Zagata said. “Bakin’ building fund. “Brenda gets the with the ‘B’” is for sale in The other half, which is richly de- Scot Shop.

Organizations host Valentine’s Day fundraisers and events Elizabeth Ellis Staff Writer Many Valentine’s Day activities occurred on the Lyon campus this year. The advanced art students conducted a Valentine’s Day card fundraiser. Alpha Xi Delta conducted the Tuxedo Strawberry fundraiser while Chi Omicron hosted a card making party. Assistant Professor of Art Dustyn Bork explains that the advanced art students

I N S I D E T HI S I S S UE : Scots Basketball


Body Shaming


Junior Etiquette Diner


Davy Rothbart


BSA Banquet


Hogwarts Day


New Fraternity Members


“designed and printed the cards themselves with the screen printing techniques and skill they learned in Printmaking II.” The students will use the money to attend the annual SGCI (Southern Graphic Council International) Printmaking conference, which will be held in New Orleans. “We raised just over $500 dollars,” Bork said. “This was much more than last year.” The art students sold 117 cards. According to Bork, “The most popular cards were the ‘Nerdy is the new sexy,’ ‘I Mustache you a question,’ and the dog sniffer.” Bork admitted that the least popular card was the one he designed with a skull on it. He says, “Apparently, people do not want to associate death with this romantic holiday.” Bork said that the “fundraiser was a huge success. It is a great opportunity for my students to see the impact that design and printmaking can have in terms of a marketable commodity, and is a great hands-on lesson in business. Being a little shy of their goal for their trip to New Orleans, Bork hopes to have another “exciting printmaking fundraiser

in the near future, maybe St. Patrick’s Day.” Alpha Xi Delta hosted their annual fundraiser for Autism Speaks, selling Tuxedo Strawberries. Students could buy six chocolate-dipped strawberries for five dollars. According to Hannah LaCombe, Alpha Xi Delta’s Philanthropy Chair, the sorority “raised approximately $250 for Autism Speaks.” LaCombe said that the “campus was very supportive. We are very thankful to everybody who supported us by either buying strawberries or donating [money].” The sisters of Chi Omicron invited the campus to an “impromptu Valentine’s Day party” where students could make their “own Valentine’s cards and eat yummy Valentine’s-themed snacks.” Their invitation said, “Celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for those you love, like, or even hate. Cupid doesn’t discriminate.” Molly Young attended the event and said, “The party was lots of fun! I got to make really cute cards for all my friends.”

S PRIN G 2 012, I SSUE 2


Conference loss leaves Scots 1-13 Molly Young

for the greater part of the game. Bethel’s junior Jarvis Palmer caused a few problems defensively as he stole possession Lyon’s men’s basketball team fell to several times; but despite their struggle to Bethel University during the teams’ sec- maintain possession, the Scots were able ond season matchup, 59 – 68. The Scots to stay ahead offensively and closed the first half with a three point lead, 35 – 32. are left 1 – 13 for the conference season.

the lead and with 34.1 seconds left, they were beating the Scots by five points and had possession. The Scots enacted a hard defensive press on Bethel, taking possession of the ball; but several fouls later, Bethel still held the lead and defeated the Scots by nine points.

With the opening of the second half, junior Slater Belew began scoring and was closely followed by Bethel’s Palmer who scored after stealing the ball again. The Scots maintained the lead for most of the half, but with less than seven minutes on the clock the score was tied. A timeout was called with 5:20 on the clock; Bethel led by four points.

After the game, freshman Marcus Williams stated, “We gave it a lot of effort. We just didn’t finish it out.” Sophomore Daniel Ritchie expressed a similar opinion, stating, “We just couldn’t close it.”

As the game continued, Bethel swept

Women’s basketball continued on page 7

Staff Writer

Lyon last played the Wildcats on their court in McKenzie, Tenn., losing by only three points (71-74). The game proved to be another close struggle for the lead throughout the night. Sophomore C.J. Blount set the tone for the suspenseful game, dunking the ball and posting night’s first points. Despite this aggressive start, seven minutes into the game the score remained tied as it had

The Lyon Scots will be playing FreedHardeman on the road, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.

Body shaming in today’s society Jess Phelps Guest Writer

Editor’s Note: February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month. Visit websites, such as, for more information. There are also multiple “National Eating Disorder Awareness Month” groups on Facebook and other websites. Our generation—and the several generations before us—has grown up trained to believe that the only way a woman can be considered attractive is if she retains her prepubescent body shape forever. In the past few years, plus-size and curvy women have gained more acceptance in the public sphere, with major beauty companies like Dove launching ad campaigns such as “Real Beauty,” which employ women of all sizes, shapes, and colors to put forward a very progressive face of body acceptance. In 2006, Fashion Week runways were made off-limits to models with Body Mass Indexes of less than 18. Regardless of what face is shown by the media or advertisers, the public has had the “thin is in” mentality beaten into their heads for so long that whatever rebellions

arise do so in an equally aggressive way, hence the body-shaming posts on social networking sites, which all seem to ignore the fact that healthy bodies can all look vastly different. Everyone is certainly allowed his or her own opinion about what makes a person attractive, but if we are to learn anything from the movement promoting curvy women, we must learn that accepting one body type doesn’t mean that other body types are inferior. The simple fact of the matter is that there is no perfect body. What’s attractive to one person won’t be held in such high regard by the next person. Just because someone doesn’t think a thin girl (or a thick girl, or an athletic girl, or a girl with pink hair, or a girl with tons of freckles) is attractive, that person has absolutely no right to proclaim that every girl fitting that description is fundamentally worth less than whatever type of girl he or she finds attractive. If we’re going to preach body acceptance, it would be downright stupid to pick and choose what bodies we “accept” instead of accepting all healthy forms across the board. Women have been mutilating their own bodies for centuries in order to

conform to society’s standards of beauty. Imposing any one person or group’s abstract idea of perfection onto all women is no less harmful than corsetry or footbinding, perhaps even more so, because while physical constraints impose outward restriction, societal body shaming cultivates a self-contained prison in the minds of women.



Juniors attend etiquette dinner Jon-Michael Poff Staff Writer While most students dined in The Temp on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 2, some juniors enjoyed a five-course meal at the first ever Juniors Etiquette Dinner. Director of Alumni Services and Development Gina Garrett said in an email interview that the mission was three-fold: to educate students about proper etiquette, to connect current students with successful alumni, and to build class identity. The event was a combined effort of the President’s Office, Career Development, and Institutional Advancement. . “The dinner targeted juniors,” she said, “because they are beginning to think seriously about life after Lyon, and we designed this dinner to bolster skills that

would be especially helpful for grad school interviews, for job interviews, and for simply making the best first impression possible.” ` The evening’s keynote speaker, Dwayne Reliford, spoke about the increasing importance of networking in a global job market. Reliford, a marketing specialist from Houston, is a 1994 graduate of Arkansas College. ` Lyon College President Donald Weatherman was the master of ceremonies for the evening, and First Lady Lynn Weatherman spoke on the importance of table manners. ` Director of Career Development Vicki Webb spoke about business in a dining context, and Director of Enrollment Services Josh Manning and Enrollment Services Representative Scarlett Barnes

joined forces to explain men and women’s business attire. In addition, Lucy Yeager, a 1967 graduate of Arkansas College and the former director of alumni services for the college, closed the evening with advice on writing notes of thanks. ` While the dinner was for juniors only, Garrett says other special events are being planned to build class identity among the other classes. “We have a pizza party in the works for freshmen, a lunch coming up for sophomores still trying to decide upon a major, and a super special celebration for seniors later this spring. ` “I hope this experience helps eliminate some of the ‘fears of the unknown’ and build confidence within out students who attended,” Garrett said. “I sincerely hope they had fun and learned a little something in the process.”

“Truth really is stranger than fiction…” Molly Young Staff Writer Davy Rothbart, co-creator and cofounder of FOUND Magazine, shared some works from his unique publication with the Batesville community Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Nucor Auditorium. FOUND is “a collection… of anything people have found,” according to Rothbart. The idea for FOUND began with what Rothbart described as “a case of mistaken To yota Camr y.” One night in Chicago, he approached his parked car and found a note placed under the windshield. It was addressed to Mario and was written by an angry

individual. The note, embellished with several choice words and agitated script, accused Mario of being with an unnamed “Her” and ended with an optimistic “P.S. page me later.” ` As Rothbart shared this first find with his friends, he realized he was not the only one who prized such discoveries. ` On the Found website, the progression to commercialization is explained: “As a way for everyone to join forces and share their finds with everyone else, we decided to start a magazine called FOUND, a showcase for all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people’ve picked up.” Continued on page 7 Photo Credit: @Lyon

Student offers Microsoft Office training Jon-Michael Poff Staff Writer Freshman Tommie Ricker knows Microsoft Office inside and out, and for just a few dollars she is willing to help you learn Office too. ` In January, Ricker began advertising her tutoring service to Lyon students, offering training courses in all of the major Office programs. She is capable of helping any-

one—from someone seeking a crash course in Word to someone looking to simply brush up on PowerPoint skills. As Ricker explained, “Microsoft Office is essential to any college student. Whether it be writing a paper or making a PowerPoint presentation, knowledge of the program is vital. College is hard enough already -- why not take one stressor out of the equation by learning how to use Office?” `

Luckily for students, Ricker said her tutoring service is extremely affordable. In fact, “The payment system is actually a joke compared to most services out there,” Ricker said. Unlike expensive tutors that charge by the hour, Ricker charges by the program. “Slow leaners,” she said, “will not be charged extra.” Each program costs either $5 or $10, and the price includes even follow-up Continued on page 6

S PRIN G 2 012, I SSUE 2


BSA banquet invites inspiring speaker Angelica Holmes

the Masters of Ceremony, and others read poems from famous African American writers. Jarret In Celebration of Black History Month, Franklin read “We Wear the Lyon’s Black Student Association (BSA) Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, held their annual banquet; this year’s A n g e l i c a H o l m e s r e a d theme was “Moving Forward.” “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, and Classie Watson read “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden. The guest speaker, Terrell King, graduated from Lyon in 2000 as BSA Freshman Angelica Holmes (left) and junior Debpresident, as well as presibie Onukwube (right) receive academic awards. dent of the Catholic Campus Ministries and his senior mentor younger kids in the community, class. He now works as principal and told first-hand accounts of turnin the Bastrop Independent arounds he has seen as a result of mentorSchool District in Texas. ing programs in his area. “Everyone has a He spoke of the importance of r o l e to play,” King said. education and mentoring those in Dean Johnston presented two BSA AcaDr. Weatherman, Dean Johnston and several other faculty and staff members need, and said, “Education remains a demic Achievement Awards to Angelica c e n t e r - Holmes and Debbie Onukwube for earnwere in attenpiece for ing above a 3.5 G.P.A. this past fall sedance, as well as m o v i n g mester. ` many members of forward BSA president, Raylon Wilson, is very the community, in the proud of the outcome of this year’s banincluding the A f r i c a n quet, saying the banquet was “a huge sucFriendship Baptist American cess.” ` Church choir, c o m m u Wilson continued, “We had a great turnwho sang two n i t y . ” out of students, alum, faculty, and the songs as a part of M r . community alike… [Terrell King’s] mesthe pro gr a m. K i n g sage of Moving Forward though education Many members of c h a l - has motivated me as well as others to be a BSA also atl e n g e d mentor to the youth and let them know tended: Daniel Ritchie and Mar- President Dr. Weatherman (left) and Dean Johnston the audi- they can do whatever they put their mind ence to to.” cus Williams were (right) with banquet speaker, Terrell King (middle). Staff Writer

New student center “topped out” at ceremony Jon-Michael Poff Staff Writer Almost four months after college officials broke ground on the new student center, construction workers “topped out” the building on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at a special ceremony. . The “topping out” ceremony commemorated the placement of the final beam at the top of the building. Students, faculty, and staff had been able to sign the beam, which had been painted white on one side, in the days leading up to the ceremony. . Lyon College President Donald Weatherman called the occasion a “very significant step in the progress” of the building.

“I was going to stand on [the beam] and ride up with it,” he joked, “ b u t … O S H A (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) might frown on that.” Instead, the beam was lifted up with the traditional American flag and evergreen tree on top. . Weatherman praised the architecture and construction firms responsible for the building. “They are about eight days behind Continued on page 8

Lyon College Campus Safety Director Brody Hubbard signs the topping out beam. (Chandra Huston, photographer)



Highlander hosts print-release reception This year’s Highlander staff brings print version of the newspaper to Lyon cam pus. Special thanks to all of the staff writers, as well as members of SGA and Lyon College faculty and staff!

Co-Editor Tyler Hudgens and staff writer Chelsea Guess talk with Dr. Terrell Tebbetts.

SGA members DeAnna Massey and Maci Powers chat with Highlander advisor, Dr. Han Ong.

The Highlander’s transition from online to print versions, available in Derby, Alphin, and Lyon buildings, as well as The Temp and the Mabee-Simpson Library.

Mortar Board hosts Hogwarts Day Madeline Roberts Staff Writer On Feb. 18, Lyon College’s senior honor society, Mortar Board, held its annual Hogwarts Day for the Batesville community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “It’s mostly to encourage literacy in the Batesville community and to get interested in reading,” explained Mortar Board member Maci Powers. “Mortar Board’s three ideals are scholarship, leadership and service, and this event is geared towards service.” Held in the Lyon Rotunda, Hogwarts

Day aimed to encourage “a love of reading” in Batesville’s youth. The students were separated into the four houses of Hogwarts and took part in reading inspired activities. Several organizations provided fun activities for the youth, utilizing with the theme of Hogwarts Day in mind. For example, the

Non-traditional Student Association set up a bookmark making table. ` Phi Mu Fraternity and Habitat for Humanity presented Herbology, and the American Chemical Society gave a presentation on Potions. For Potions, Powers said children “made putty and used different chemicals to change liquids from one color to another.” Continued on page 6

S PRIN G 2 012, I SSUE 2


Event Calendar February 21—March 11

Feb. 21. —Lyon Baseball vs. William’s Baptist College - 12 - 4 p.m. —Bike Clinic - 5 - 7 p.m. LEAP Building

Feb. 25. —Honors Day 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 26. —LEAP Mountain Biking - 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

E N J OY I N G T H E HIGHLANDER IN PRINT?  Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

 Have a story idea that you Feb. 29. haven’t seen in the High—Big Dumb Fun Air lander? Students, faculty, Brush Tattoos - 12 - 6 p.m. and staff are welcome to submit ideas! —Lyon Softball vs. Union University - 1 - 6 p.m.  We also welcome guest —Zumba - 5:30 - 6:30 writers and photograp.m. - Small Gym Feb. 24. phers! —American Red Cross —Yoga - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  And don’t forget to check Platelet Bus - 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Brown Chapel out our interactive online version, available through Hogwarts Day, continued the school email and on our Facebook page! possible without help from other Lyon Continued from page 5 Feb. 22. —Zumba - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Small Gym —Yoga - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Brown Chapel

Mortar Board presented Transfiguration, in which children could face paint. Literacy Project provided information about their organization. RLS held a much awaited event at 2:30: a Quidditch match. ` Hogwarts Day could not have been

Students. ` “A big thanks to Amanda Klipp for all her help—she added energy and enthusiasm to the event!” said Powers. Powers continued, “It was a successful event with a great turnout, and it’s always great to see students interacting with community members.”

Microsoft Office training, continued Continued from page 3 support. “You pay me for the one time sit down, as many hours as it takes, and if you ever have questions after that, you're more than welcome to e-mail, call, or text me,” Ricker said. ‘ While her tutoring service is new to Lyon College, Ricker has actually offered

Microsoft Office training before. “The funny thing is,” she said, “a lot of my students have been teachers at my high school. It always starts with them asking a question about something (because I was a techie), which turned into them wanting to know more, and eventually just giving all-out lessons.” Ricker hopes to have experiences just

like that at Lyon, helping her fellow students navigate such important programs as Word and Excel. “Most people won’t realize just how many things you can do with Office until you’ve had the opportunity to learn,” she said. “I look forward to receiving requests in the future.”



Lady Scots claim victory over Wildcats Continued from page 2 Lyon’s women’s basketball team defeated Bethel University during the teams’ second season matchup, 57 – 47. The Scots advance to 8-6 for the conference season. . The last game between Lyon and Bethel was close with the Lady Wildcats winning by merely three points, 69 – 72. This time around on the Scots’ home court, the game remained just as evenly matched. While the Wildcats proved to be challenging down low, the Scots were just as difficult to defend, their offensive rebounding providing for multiple shots. Lyon quickly adapted with Bethel’s layup-oriented offense, avoiding the

threat of fouling which the close contact produced. The Scots accumulated three fouls within only the first two minutes of gameplay. . Senior Lauren Ramsey started the game offensively with a layup, closely followed by junior Phagen Altom contributing two points at the free-throw line. By halftime, the Scots stole the lead when freshman Whitney Keith scored a three-point shot, leaving the score 25-22. The Scots began scoring for the second half as well, taking a seven point lead within the first few possessions. Bethel took a one point lead with seven minutes on the clock but within the next possession sophomore Rachel Shellenberger reclaimed it with a 3-pointer.

Ramsey furthered the lead with another three points. With 51.4 seconds on the clock, the referee signaled a timeout; the Scots led by six points, 53-47. The Scots continued to score until the game ended and they held a ten point lead. After the game, Ramsey stated, “We ended our losing streak with a good game.” She also felt that with this victory, the team had become more prepared for upcoming games. “We’re getting focused.” . Altom added, “We have a really good chance of getting to nationals.” The Lady Scots will be playing FreedHardeman on the road, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.

Davy Rothbart, continued Continued from page 3 Rothbart began the convocation with the the 8th page of a love letter written about a Javier. ` As his expressive voice allowed the audience to delve further and further into this anonymous love story, it became clear why Rothbart feels so passionately about FOUND magazine. He believes that through such finds, he is “getting a little glimpse into people’s lives.” ` Sometimes these glimpses are humorous, like a letter addressed to an Illinois mayor which argued the beneficial nature of a fully-nude bar or ransom note threatening a middle school child’s binder. Other stories are not valued for their humor, but for the surprising humanity and emotion which may be discovered. Rothbart admits that at times such finds affect him; “Sometimes I tear up.” Just such a sympathetic piece was found in a son’s letter to his mother. As the letter progresses, it becomes apparent that the child hasn’t seen his mother in

some time. He tells her about his best friend and how much the individual means to him. He goes on to tell her about this girl he has met and how much he loves her. ` He dwells on this for a while, sends his

FOUND is a “showcase for all the strange, hilarious

and heartbreaking things people’ve picked up.” love, and adds postscript that another individual misses her too. Rothbart’s voice remained solemn as the letter’s intimacy sunk in. ` Sometimes the best part of a find can be how the object was discovered. In the case of the previous letter, the story adds an even deeper meaning. The woman who sent in this find added a note describing the letter’s location. She found the letter tied to a balloon which was caught in a tree in a cemetery.

Rothbart imaged that this son had attempted to communicate with his dead mother. With these thoughts, the value of each find became more evident; each piece is some part of a person’s life. By preserving the finds, FOUND preserves fragmented treasures of humanity. Since FOUND began, Rothbart has also published some of his own writing in a collection of short stories, entitled The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. The title story was inspired by a kid he spotted in Montana, Kan., standing on a surfboard wedged between two tractors. He stated his fiction developed as he “imagin[ed] what would have happened if [their] lives had intersected.” Three stories from this collection are currently being made into a movie by Steve Buscemi. ` As a “community art project,” Rothbart encourages all individuals to submit anything they find. Submissions may be made by postal mail or via e-mail. Only two rules exist for submissions: “no dead animals” and “it has to be real.” To order a FOUND Magazine, visit; all magazines are $5.

Fraternities welcome new brothers The weekend of February 4th—5th each Lyon College fraternity welcomed several new members to their brotherhoods during the bi-annual Chapel Walk weekend.

The Highlander Newspaper

Alpha Psi Epsilon: Jarret Franklin, Marcus Williams

Lyon College 2300 Highland Dr., Box 821 Batesville, AR 72501

Kappa Sigma: Matthew Baltz, Brett Bloodworth, Jonathan Farrar, Hunter McQueen, Zebulon Schichtl, Matt Shelton, Zach Starr, Cody Statler, Adam Watkins

Lilly Hastings Editor-in-Chief

Tau Kappa Epsilon: Sheldon Jackson, Luke Kinder, Conor Lawrence, Jon Lee, Trenton Powell, Dylan Ray, Will Sonnier Samantha Jones Sub-Editor

Zeta Beta Tau: Brett Alexander, Cameron Bowden, Kacey Johns, Bruce Jordan, Stephen Rookey, James Spahr Tyler Hudgens Sub-Editor

Like us on Facebook! The Highlander Newspaper

Topping out ceremony (continued) Continued from page 4 because of rain,” he said, “but they have worked long days, they have worked Saturdays, and they have sneaked in here a couple of Sundays to work and get things done on time.” The ceremony had been scheduled for the previous Tuesday, but college officials delayed it because of weather. According to a press release, the $9.6 million structure will be 43,427 square feet and include a 352-seat dining hall, East Harding Construction workers put the last beam into place a kitchen, The Scot Shop, the at the new campus center. (Chandra Huston, photographer) game room, health and wellness facilities, the career de- offices for student life, resi- construction should be comvelopment center, meeting dence life, and student activi- pleted by the beginning of the ` fall 2012 semester. spaces, student mailboxes and ties. According to Weatherman, a bistro. It will also contain

Spring ISSUE 2  
Spring ISSUE 2  

Second Highlander issue of the Spring 2012 semester