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September 18, 2009

Volume 64, Issue 3

Campus Connection podcast premieres Two years after establishing the Lee Clarion’s online presence, the student media organization is announcing the launch of its newest multimedia initiative, Lee Clarion’s Campus Connection podcast. By MICHELLE BOLLMAN Managing Editor

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Talk it up: Daniel Diffenderfer hosts the new podcast.

Campus Connection, with host Daniel Diffenderfer, will be a weekly podcast, aimed at showing students how to get involved with different groups and clubs across campus. “[The podcast] is a much more dynamic media outlet than a straight

New technology soon to debut campus-wide A new version of Portico and the exploration of alternatives to ANGEL, have Lee students examining Lee University’s new technology initiatives. By KATE MERLONKO Staff Writer and CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer Portico is Lee’s information database for students, faculty and staff, while ANGEL is “a web-based course management and collaboration portal that enables educators to manage course material and communicate with students” according to the company’s Web site. Portico to take advantage of new technology Returning students were greeted with an e-mail inviting them to “test-drive” the new Portico system before classes started this fall. The new Portico system introduces the campus to some new features, while seeking to refine

some existing ones. Students will now have the ability to check chapel attendance. In addition, students can now change passwords through Portico. RSS feeds of Lee news have been added as well. Lee’s Department of Information Services and Technology (IS&T) has also sought to improve the way Portico uses email, its Web site navigation and its integration with WebAdvisor. There will be new features added as the semester progresses, said Associate Director of Information Services & Technology Nathaniel Tucker. Upcoming features slated for the new Portico include a “truly all-inclusive university calendar that includes all campus activities, specialized departmental activities for students and administration [and] a student organization collaboration Web site.” One of the main reasons for Portico’s new changes stems See CAMPUS-WIDE on page 3

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information portal: Portico is in the process of revamping.

news print or online story,” Diffenderfer said. “It’s very three-dimensional; through podcasting, you get a different take on news that you wouldn’t get through a traditional print story.” The Lee Clarion, now in its 64th year of print, began adding multimedia with the introduction of video last year. Adding a multimedia editor to the staff as well as telecommunication practicum students brought a new facet of video to the student media organization. "Multimedia has given students the ability and opportunity to have their work published and other people to view it," Beecher Reuning, Lee Clarion's multimedia editor said. "It has given the Lee Clarion more See PREMIERES on page 2

Lady Flames serve it up Lee’s volleyball team prepares for a season full of potential Falling just short of nationals a year ago, the Lady Flames volleyball team is back on the court and working hard with their sights set on the national tournament. By BLAKE JOINER Staff Writer The current conference champions are off to a winning start this season posting six wins in their first nine matches. The Lady Flames are led by three seniors: Milica Krsmanovic, Gorana Maric, and Vedrana Krsmanovic. Vedrana, a middle blocker and four-year member of the team, recalls the feeling she had when the team made it to nationals her freshman year and wants to experience that one last time in her final season playing collegiate volleyball. “We have a well-rounded team this year,” Vedrana said. “I believe that we have what it takes to make it to nationals.” In seasons past, the team has been has been led by one or two marquee players, this year’s team consists of contributions

Lee prepares for flu season

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TOP LEFT: Kelsey Leffew reaches to send the ball over the net.

Top Right: The Lady Flames prepare for another match.

Bottom LEFT: Gretchen Higdon spikes the ball as her teammates look on from the sidelines

Bottom Right: Stephanie Todd goes in for a dig.

from all positions and players. Though the Lady Flames secured the conference championship last season with a decisive victory over Shorter College (Ga.), the regular season championship eluded them. “Our goal this year is to win both the regular season conference championship and the conference tournament championship,” said third-year transfer Kayla Carlisle. “This is a spe-

cial team and I’m excited to be a part of it.” The month of September provides a challenging schedule for the team as the Lady Flames host their annual mid-season tournament, the Lee Invitation. This year’s tournament, consisting of Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.), Embry Riddle, Mobile and Lubbock Christian, is sure to provide a daunting test for the Lady

“We are a wellrounded team this year...I believe that we have what it takes to make it to nationals.” Vedrana Krsmanovic, Volleyball senior Flames as two of the four teams boast national top 25 rankings, and the other two fall just outside the top 25. The Lady Flames are led by coaching duo Andrea and Kevin Hudson. Their hope for this year’s team mirrors those of their athletes, a birth at nationals and a trip to the Elite 8. “I have high hopes for this talSee SERVE IT UP on page 9

Social justice clubs form CORE Clubs plan to work together to promote awareness

Acting on Aids, International Justice Mission (IJM) and Invisible Children are coming together to form a club called the Council of Revolutionary Endeavors (CORE). By OLUWANIFEMI AFELUMO Staff Writer

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health conscious: Extra precaution advised this flu season. The influenza virus has come to Lee, but the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, has yet to be detected. By JOYANNA WEBER News Editor The swine flu virus is a mutation of the seasonal flu

virus that circulates each fall and winter. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a swine flu pandemic due to the spreadable nature of the virus and its ability to spread without regard to season. Mickey Moore, director of the Health Clinic, said that there are no confirmed cases

of the H1N1 virus on Lee’s campus. “If we are concerned that it might be swine flu we send it…to be tested,” Moore said. So far, every sample has come back negative. However, some students have had the seasonal flu strain. See SEASON on page 2

The three presidents of the social justice clubs, Taylor Mobley, Jaynese Thorton and Ellie Morse, respectively, came together since they had the same goal: “advancing social justice and serving the poor internationally,” Morse said. The clubs decided to come together to have an official council where they could work together in unity even though each club had their own perspective mission, Morse said. “We are trying to pool our effort to accomplish more by bring people together on cam-

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come together: CORE combines the three social justice clubs. pus who have a heart for humanitarian issues to help situations and raise awareness about it,” Thorton said. “During last semester’s Justice Week, we realized we were weak when separated but got together since we had similar

events,” Mobley said. “This made it easier for some students who wanted to be in the three clubs at the same time.” Mobley said Mike Hayes, who is the sponsor, is working to make the club structured and See CORE on page 2

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Continued from page 1 One such student is Jake Barry. Barry had missed class because he was not feeling well and went to the Health Clinic to get a doctor’s note. The professional he saw told him that he had seasonal influenza. “I had no clue I had [seasonal flu],” Barry said. “They basically just said to rest, I’d be better in a couple of days.” However, the health clinic did ask him to stay in his room until then. The health clinic now has available a vaccine for the seasonal flu strain, and the vaccine for H1N1 is expected by midOctober. The cost for the H1N1 vaccine is yet to be determined by the federal government, but indications are that it may be free. Moore said that the side effects to this vaccine, which is currently being tested at Vanderbilt, are no different than a typical flu shot. Dr. Walt Mauldin, vice president of student life, said Lee will not require students to get the vaccine. However, students are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccine and the novel H1N1 vaccine. Barry said he would only recommend the vaccine for people who have “a weak immune system.” “I was better in three or four days,” Barry said. Moore said that the original concern with swine flu was that there was no one who had an immunity to it. “Everything from the CDC says seasonal flu is worse” due to complications, he said. Moore said that the three primary symptoms of the swine flu are coughing, sore throat and a fever over 100 degrees. For those confirmed as having seasonal flu within 48 hours of the start of symptoms, the health clinic prescribes an antiviral medication. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people have recovered without medical attention. However, “hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred,” according to the CDC Web site. E-mail Joyanna at joyanna.


Continued from page 1 teaching on how to create leadership. “The CORE is a social justice club coming together under a common purpose to work together and sponsor some activities on campus,” Hayes said. The club focuses on social justice such as human trafficking, aids epidemic, sex slave, invisible children in Africa and AIDS awareness services locally. Beginning next semester, the CORE plans to do a number of events on campus such as Justice Week and other events to raise awareness and money. “It’s great that students on campus are grasping the ideas of social justice,” Hayes said. “I love the vision and I would do whatever I can do to support them” The CORE meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Mayfield Building. During the meetings each club talks about their plans and what they are doing, Mobley said. E-mail Oluwanifemi at oluwanifemi.afelumo@leeclarion. com.

 The Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recently recognized Lee University Alumna Allison Campbell as the recipient of the annual “Communicator of the Year” award.Campbell, Executive Director of the Heart of Florida Hope Foundation since 2007, received this year’s “Communicator” award for an individual.

 Violinists and sisters, Ani and Ida Kavafian will perform on September 17 at Lee University’s Dixon Center for the first event in what promises to be a spectacular 2009-10 Presidential Concert Series. The concert will also feature violinist Bella Hristova and Gloria Chien on piano.

 Lee University’s Voices of Lee will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a concert on September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Conn Center. Since its debut in September 1994, Voices of Lee has captivated audiences worldwide. Directed by Danny Murray, this sixteen-member group is characterized by its unique variety of lush vocal harmonies.

Lee University once again achieved a “top tier” spot in the 2010 “Best Colleges” rankings of US News and World Report, which were announced in this week’s September special issue. Lee was ranked in the category of “master’s universities – South”, the third year in a row it has gained top-tier status in the university category.

Cry Out America draws citizens of all ages to county courthouse steps

Lee University welcomes six new full-time faculty members this fall: Wendy J. Steinberg, psychology; Jeff Ringer, English; Mark A. Proctor, theology; Loralee Songer, vocal music, and La-Juan Stout and Reba H. Barkley, special education.

Lee Clarion The Lee Clarion is a studentproduced and universitysponsored publication of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Managing Editor Michelle Bollman News Editor Joyanna Weber Life Editor Nathan McKay OPINIONs EDITOR Sara Dawson Sports Editor Saralyn Norkus Copy Editor Sara Dawson

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pray for america: Bradley County residents, including Lee students, gather for prayer on the anniversary of Sept. 11. The courthouse steps in downtown Cleveland, Tenn., were the gathering point for more than 400 Bradley County residents on Sept. 11, 2009. By RICHARD YEAKLEY Staff Writer “Cry Out America” was marketed as a time of worship and repentance for Christians from all denominations across America. Courthouses in cities across the nation held “Cry Out America” rallies. Many of those who attended the service in Cleveland left broken and inspired. One woman, Dawn Lloyd,

canceled an appointment in order to attend the rally. She and Rodney Plumley were holding a sign with the slogan, “Amend America with Jesus.” “The only help for this nation is in Jesus Christ,” Lloyd said, who stated that the Lord had given her the slogan in 1983. She has since participated in many rallies and in 1988 went to Washington, D.C. with her sign and motto. One of the volunteers passing out programs was Lee alumnus Norman Wojcik. Wojcik graduated in 1973. Wojcik, who has worked in the Bradley County school systems for 35 years, wore a Lee

University shirt in support of the school and the main musical presence at the rally, the Lee Singers. “It’s an honor and privilege,” said Ana Trebino, a freshman sociology major and member of Lee Singers, about what this performance meant to her. “It’s nice to take time and remember, to pray.” Trebino showed her commitment by missing class in order to attend this prayer gathering. There were also 23 Lee students not associated with the Lee Singers in attendance. Spiritual and civic leaders from all parts of the Bradley County community participat-

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ed in the gathering. Chief Wes Snyder, Reverend Kay Horner, Mayor Gary Davis and Senator Dewayne Bunch were some of the many leaders scheduled to participate in the prayer gathering. “Cleveland should be an example to the rest of the USA,” Reverend Daniel Sylverston said in the opening address. “Will America experience a change?” asked Reverend Kay Horner in his closing address. The answer from the crowd was a resounding “Yes.” E-mail Richard at richard.

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College Republicans raise awareness for deficit by appealing to American sweet tooth Cleveland citizens invited to buy a “brownie for the deficit” Lee University’s College Republicans found a new way to raise awareness of the national deficit on campus and throughout Cleveland: “pay off the deficit” by selling brownies doorto-door. By KATE MERLANKO Staff Writer The club baked several batches of brownies, then went into different stores and local neighborhoods selling the goodies and telling people about the growth of the national deficit. According to their research, every second the national debt increases $60,000. The members of the College Republicans tried to explain to people that every brownie they were going to buy would buy them one 1.85 trillionth of the deficit.


Zack German, a sophomore political science major and vice chairman of College Republicans, explained that the purpose of the brownies was to give the people a tangible illustration. “It’s hard to grasp the expanse of trillions of dollars,” German said. “So people may fail to recognize how massive the financial burden is that the federal government is creating for us.” Almost everyone they asked donated a dollar, but not many people actually took the brownies. Participants made a video about their experiences and posted it on YouTube for anyone to watch. “Our purpose in making the video was to raise public awareness about the national deficit in a humorous way, in hopes that it may catch fire on the Internet,”

Continued from page 1 depth and more diversity as to how people can get their news." Podcasting is yet another form of multimedia. A podcast is traditionally an audio file recorded in episodes that are available to download through syndication using programs such as iTunes. “Podcasting has really taken the media outlet by storm, every major news outlet out there has a podcast of some form; the market for podcasting has exploded with iTunes and programs of that sort,” Diffenderfer said. The 10 to 12 minute-long podcast includes news updates, an in-studio interview with a guest and campus announcements.

German said. The next step would be sending the video and the money they raised to Washington D.C. “I thought it was a great idea,” said Mikhela Ephrussi, a sophmore early education major who joined the club last semester. “They were really into the project, and it also showed people that the young people care about issues going on in the world.” “I love the project… it was a lot of fun, although it was a little nerve-wracking approaching strangers to sell them brownies for the national deficit,” German said. College Republicans is in-

Guests so far have included Oh So Caviler, including a live performance; Nicholas Cupp, coach of Shenanigans Lee’s improv team; and Rochelle Mayberry, Crossover Feeding Ministries coordinator. “It connects you to Lee University in ways that you might never be connected before,” Diffenderfer said. “I'll be interviewing everyone from school officials to cafeteria workers to presidents of clubs. It will give you a new medium to connect to Lee University.” Lee Clarion's campus connection podcast is able to be listened to on Lee Clarion's Web site, and is also available for download through iTunes. Expanding the multimedia capabilities of the Lee Clarion opens doors not only for readership, but also for the students to

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vo l ve d in different debates, discussions and presentations throughout

gain practical experience with equipment and programs. “I had to get familiar with the audio production software,” Diffenderfer said. “I’ve had a little experience, but the studio has been a new experience for me.” “One thing that has been interesting is from the time I walk in the lab and sit in front of the microphone, to the time it goes online, I’m responsible for every step in the process,” he said. “From interviewing to producing, it’s a fair amount of responsibility, but I’m always up for a challenge.” Diffenderfer drafted a proposal for a Lee Clarion podcast last fall, but because of the steps to develop a podcast, nothing was done with the proposal until w“At Lee University, it’s important that we har-

the year. During these debates, they have an opportunity to travel all around the United States and share their experience and opinions on a variety of political topics. E-mail Kate at

ness and capture the idea of the podcast,” Diffenderfer said. “It’s a market that we don’t want to slip away, we need to use our content in the podcasting world also.” For Diffenderfer, the interest in radio broadcasting has always been a part of his life. “Growing up, I was always incredibly interested in the media outlet that talk radio provided,” Diffenderfer said. “I would spend hours and hours listening to talk radio shows, so that’s what brought up my interest in broadcast journalism.” “Podcasting is our generations version of talk radio,” he said. “It is something that will continue to grow and expand with our generation.” E-mail Michelle at michelle.bollman@

september 18, 2009 | Lee Clarion WASHINGTON — Democrats feel they are getting closer to a bipartisan agreement on health care. A proposal will be written in time for the deadline. The Finance panel of three Democrats and three Republicans has been working on a solution. However, the Republicans may not support the proposal.


SAN FRANCISCO — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will not pass a bill that would require one-third of California power to be from renewable resources such as solar power. However, the governor is still in favor of using renewable resources. He plans to pass an executive order that will accomplish the same goal, while leaving open the option of getting power from out of state.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The body of Yale graduate student and lab assistant Annie Le was found in the wall of a science building. Le went missing less than a week before she was supposed to be married. Police are looking for a suspect. The fiance has cooperated with the police and is not being seen as a suspect.

WASHINGTON — Democrats want to pass a resolution against Republican Rep. Joe Wilson for an outburst accusing the President of being a liar during a meeting of the House of Representatives. However, precedent on this issue is unclear. Although certain outbursts are forbidden during debates some disagree that Wilson’s comment falls into one of these categories

TRENTON, N.J. — Three teenage boys claimed that their constitutional rights were violated when they were asked to leave a minor league stadium. The boys were allegedly asked to leave after refusing to stand during the song “God Bless America.” The boys have sued co-owner of the stadium, Thomas Cetnar, who they say made them leave.

Alumni seek jobs to match their degrees Many students that graduate from Lee go into fields completely unrelated to their majors. In today’s difficult economic situation, jobs are scarce.

writing experience.” Some portions of Pemberton’s job utilize his writing skills, such as developing Habitat for Humanity’s newsletter, but he hopes that eventually his current work will serve as a stepping-stone to help him achieve his other goals. “In reality, once I was done with college I had no idea what I wanted to do,” Pemberton said. “I felt like at this point in my life it would be best to dedicate some of myself to helping others.” According to Suzy Deaton in the Counseling Center, there are currently 351 students at Lee with undeclared majors. “For any Lee student who is undecided about their major, my advice is this: find what you love and stick with it,” Coy said, “Statistics show that most people do not work in the major in which they study.” Amanda Tashnick is working in her major, but is still looking for a full time job. “It has been an interesting search for a full time teaching position but I know that God has me right where he wants me. This summer after graduating has been a learning experience and God has been teaching me… how to trust and rest in him!” Trashnick said. Tashnick is substitute teaching and planning on tutoring in an after school program. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers as of May 6, 19.7% of the class of 2009 that had applied for a job had one. However, only 59% of the class of 2009 had begun looking for a job. E-mail Taylor at

By TAYLOR MOBLEY Staff Writer For Summer Coy, the declining job market is a familiar obstacle. Coy graduated form Lee in May with a degree in English-Writing and Business and Communication minors. During her time at Lee, Coy involved herself with extracurricular activities such as writing for the Lee Clarion and working in the Writing Center to make herself more marketable with the hope of landing a job in the journalism or publishing fields after graduation. Now, four months after graduation, Coy has yet to find a steady job. “Currently I’m in transition. I’ve been doing different temp jobs for people in the clerical field,” Coy said. “Most of it involves a lot of filing and keeping track of information which doesn’t require any of the writing, editing or computer skills I learned in college.” Similarly, another May graduate, Dave Pemberton, was unable to find any work in his field of English Writing. Pemberton hoped to continue to grad school or find a job involving traveling, but now finds himself working for Habitat for Humanity in Chattanooga. “I attempted to get any job that I could….There really wasn’t any job out there that specifically asked for a writing major,” Pemberton said.”In fact, a writing job depends more on

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Science students settle into new home

New building gains positive feedback from science and math students

Future of German program unsure

The new science wing of the Math and Science Complex has already impacted the students who attend classes in its halls. By RICHARD YEAKLEY Staff Writer Students agree that the building, which opened at the beginning of this semester, boasts larger class sizes, more specialized rooms and nicer equipment. “There is just room to think,” said Michael Puccinelli, a sophomore pre-med/biochemistry major. Puccinelli, who had three classes in the Beach Building last year, said that the new facilities were “definitely better.” "It's easier for math majors. The larger rooms allow for more boards for classes," said Brian Ball, sophomore math education major. A recurring theme in students’ opinions of the building was the pleasure of more specialized rooms. “In the past, genetics and biology would share a lab,” said

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Test it out: Science students make use of the new lab facility. Rachel Sawyer, a junior biology pre-med major. Sawyer said she had been concerned about cross contamination of experiments. Each level of the facility, like the rooms, are also specialized. “On the bottom floor there are mostly chemistry classes, biology in the middle, physics on the third,” said Sandhya Sharma, a sophomore pre-med biochemistry major. Many students who spend regular time in the science department were thrilled with the addition of a computer lab. Sawyer said the number of computers available to students in the old Beach Building was insufficient. The classrooms are not the

only aspect of this building attracting attention. The exterior is equally accepted and enjoyed. “It will look awesome when it’s done," said Jake Barry, a sophomore business administration major. "Quite possibly one of the prettiest buildings on campus.” Many science majors showed their joy at having a nice, wellfurnished building of their own. “[The building] makes us feel like we are science majors," Sharma said, "Religion students have a building of their own, so do humanities. Now we have a nice building of our own too." E-mail Richard at richard.

At a Glance: Voices in Violence

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Speaking out: English students present monologues to promote domestic violence awareness.

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Sprechen sie deutsch?: Students who took elementary German will receive credit for their intermediate language. The Department of English and Modern Foreign Language discontinued its core classes for the German language this semester. By RICHARD YEAKLEY Staff Writer Dr. Grant Henley, who had been in the process of building Lee’s German program, transferred to a different university, leaving Lee University in search of another professor for the German department. “We are in the lag time,” Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, the vice president of academic affairs, said. “We don’t yet know what will be funded.” Dirksen continued discussing the possibility of reestablishing the program in the future. Dirksen explained that each year the chairs, deans and vice presidents must present a list of courses or subjects to be funded based on interest, class size and cost. The list for next year will include German; however, details will be determined at a later date, she said. Not all subjects will be funded. The end of the German department created several complications. In order for a student to fulfill their core language they must have two semesters of an intermediate language. The 25 students who had taken introductory German courses were given credit for their intermediate core. “We are here to help…them

complete whatever they want to with German,” stated Dr. Jean Eledge, the chair of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, in reference to the nine students who had been through Intermediate German and had desires to continue. Dr. Eledge was pleased with students understanding after word was released about the end of German Department. “Lee has not offered a German major,” continued Dr. Eledge. Some students at Lee such as William Hurst, a junior Biblical and Theological studies major, still have concerns. “If Lee doesn’t have languages close to the top of the list it needs to get there… If you are going to get a Ph.D., German is a necessity,” stated Hurst who plans on attending graduate school after graduation. Hurst, who had been registered for Introductory German, adjusted his schedule to take Latin. Incoming students, such as Maria Gerecke a freshmen elementary education major, must now choose another language. “I will not be able to go to Germany and teach English,” stated Maria, who had previously considered this option. Students who have a background in German can still take a German proficiency exam for their language credit through the Department of English and Modern Foreign Language. E-mail Richard at richard.



PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The bail for Phillip Garrido arrested for allegedly kidnapping Jaycee Dugard has been set at $30 million. Dugard had been missing for almost 20 years. During that time she was hidden by her kidnapper in his backyard full of tents and sheds. Garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping and other charges.

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from a necessity to simplify the way IS&T manages it. “We decided to make a new Portico system so that we could take advantage of the new technologies offered with Microsoft’s Office SharePoint Server,” Tucker said. “We want one location that can service all university constituent needs over the Internet.” The new server allows IST to use its built-in functions to piece together the new Portico without having to write all the original programming code to make the new features available to students, faculty and staff. “In addition, it will allow us to develop applications much faster; thus, improving the student and employee experience,” Tucker said. “Unlike the new Portico, the old Portico was not built upon an existing application framework and requires everything to be integrated manually, thus taking a much longer time for turning around projects.” However, Portico is not the only widely used service being changed. How students use Web-enabled courses may also change. The future of Web-enabled learning A New Global Environment for Learning, popularly known as ANGEL, can be used for both on-campus classes and online courses. Students and faculty can use ANGEL for tests, surveys and quizzes, as well as to exchange messages, post discussions, upload homework and check grades for every course. “Students really like ANGEL because it is easy to use and you can find the information you need in one place,” said Dr. Michael Sturgeon, the director of instructional technology. Sturgeon said he likes ANGEL because it is user friendly. He also said ANGEL is easier for the faculty to use versus “something … more technical that will require more time.” Sturgeon also said that although ANGEL is a very good program annually, it is very expensive so they are trying to look at other alternatives. One of the possible alternatives is called Moodle. Moodle is very similar to ANGEL but is more technical. Dr. Christine Williams has been testing Moodle in her directing class and she is not very happy with this new Web-based course. “I like ANGEL better,” Williams said. “I have not used it [Moodle] for a long time because I have a problem with this program,” Williams said. ” I cannot access it when I am off campus.” Williams also said that Moodle is very hard to use and that she usually uses WebAdvisor or email to talk to her students. But there are some people on the Lee campus who do not think ANGEL is very useful. “ I think ANGEL is a good idea in theory,” said Morgan Kerns, a sophomore elementary education major, “but I communicate through e-mail with my teachers because half of my professors don’t have ANGEL.” Another student had a positive opinion about ANGEL. “I think it’s useful if you check it,” Amy Ford, a freshman youth ministry major, said. “Some people don’t do it.” Lee University will have to wait and see what happens to ANGEL. Most likely the university will replace ANGEL with a new program for Web-enhanced courses sometime in the next year or two. E-mail Kate at kate.merlonko@ or Christy at




first Ten “fashions” to avoid You know that feeling when you’re driving down a road, its late and dark outside, and all of a sudden you can see a red sign in the distance. By ANDREA MOWERY Fashion Columnist The closer you get, your lights cast an eerie glow off the white letters that read “Warning.” All of a sudden a deer pops out of the woods and you swerve out of the way so as not to hit it; your car skids a bit and you come to a stop with your heart pounding. Yeah, that’s kind of what these fashion faux pax are like. 1. Guy newsboy hats- Unfortunately these aren’t giving off the “emotional, coffee shop, deep personality” vibe that you want to give off. When these hats first came out, they were sweet-looking, but now everyone owns one. 2. 80’s style /bright matchy colors- The whole bright hoops, chunky neon bracelets and crazy teased hair has been done, and done, and done, and done. 3. PJs to class – These have never graced the fashion pages. It just makes you appear sloppy and kind of dirty. Also, no one thinks your Tweety Bird pants are precious; just you. 4. Too much camo- I know I might get in trouble for this one since we are in the South, but someone had to say it. 5. Winter apparel in summerSummer is almost over, but let’s not pretend its winter just yet, even if the classrooms are freezing. 6. I heart NYC t-shirts – We all know, we’ve all been there and we all love the Big Apple but we don’t really care if you do – we’re over it. 7. Gypsy get-ups or overflowy skirts – The bells and smells are a little too distracting in the middle of class. The many trailing ruffles don’t bring out the best of anyone’s figure either. 8. Guys dressing as girls – Don’t try to outdress us. We are supposed to be the pretty ones. No girl wants to have to worry about her boyfriend stealing her jeans and tees. 9. Disney apparel or kid backpacks – This is college, not a theme park. I know every girl wants to be a fairy princess or Tinker Bell, but keep those images in your daydreams not your wardrobe. 10. Smelling bad is never good – Grease is not fashionable, no matter how indie you think you might be. When you get up in the morning, you smell that coffee brewing and you open your closet to pick out your outfit for the dayavoid the deer. E-mail Andrea at andrea.


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Friday, Sept. 11, a crowd gathered in the Conn Center for a night of music to support the ministry of Contact Helpline, a 24/& crisis hot line agency that offers anonymous and confidential help to people in need.

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By ARIELLE WILLIAMS Staff Writer Contact Helpline volunteers greeted fans and handed out fliers as they entered the Conn Center. The fliers included information about their hot line numbers for Bradley, Polk, McMinn, Meigs and Monroe counties and offered ways for people to get involved in their organization through prayer, volunteering and giving. The kickoff opened with surprise guest: singer and guitarist Phillip Larue. Larue’s inspiring songs, some of which will be heard on One Tree Hill, emphasized Contact Helpline’s message of hope with honest songs that encourage perseverance through pain. The second part of the concert began as Shane Barnard and Shane Everett, otherwise known as Shane and Shane walked nonchalantly onto the stage. This duo, which started out in Texas, strives to lead fans into genuine worship of God. Wearing casual clothes and joking with the crowd, their intentions of putting God first and not themselves was obvious. They sang an array of songs from “Burn Us Up” to “Yearn” as well as their own rendition of “Happy Birthday” after summoning people with Sept. 11 birthdays to the stage. They also sang some new songs that might be on the new record they are trying to finish. Fans sang, clapped, raised hands and jumped while Barnard and Everett’s rich voices harmonized along with the guitar.

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for the cause: Shane & Shane took the stage in support of Contact Helplines. The duo also took requests from a few shouting fans, including a song about Spam that was a satire of an old hymn. The concert ended with a encore performance after the crowded shouted for one more song, which Shane and Shane said they had only done three times before in all their years touring. Barnard and Everett met in Texas at a church they both attended and began singing together in 1998. Shane and Shane have sold hundreds of thousands of records and have received three Dove award nominations. Their passion for scripture and people have brought them to places all over the country and world to venues like churches, conventions and colleges like Lee University.

All ticket proceeds from this event were donated to Contact Helpline. E-mail Arielle at

Get Involved Contact Helplines Numbers: McMinn/Meigs Co. 423.745.9111 Monroe Co. 423.337.3800 Bradley/Polk Co. 432.338.0041 To volunteer for the 24/7 helpline: 432.745.1042 the next training session will begin on Sept. 15 in Athens, Tenn. To give, mail to P.O. Box 69, Athens, TN 37371-0069

Indie comedy not to be overlooked

“Bottle Rocket” proves that obscurity is not an indicator of quality Wes Anderson has become known as the writer/director of star-studded films such as “The Darjeeling Limited,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and his newest film, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” premiering on Thanksgiving day, but his first creation was a mustsee, independent comedy: “Bottle Rocket.” By KEVIN BROWN Staff Writer

— bringing up the past to haunt the present and entertaining the idea that most people are episodic in their own quirky way. Anderson displays his signature writing/directing style right away in “Bottle Rocket.” Corrupt and broken families are portrayed, wide angled lenses are used, and sarcastic quips are planted throughout the entire script. The Wilson brothers’ also premiere their

First produced as a short film in 1992, “Bottle Rocket” received a full-length treatment in 1996 and was the debut feature of actors Owen and Luke Wilson; Owen was the co-writer. The story centers around two aimless men, Dignan, played by Owen, and Anthony, played by Luke, who resort to burglary as a source of income and way of life. Dignan regains his membership to the Lawn Wrangler’s, a lawn crew that also pulls off heists, led by Mr. Henry, played by James Caan. After a small time robbery at a bookstore, Dignan, Anthony and their used rich friend Bob, go on the run. What ensues is a drive across the state of Texas, finding love and getting ripped off. Like all of Anderson’s films, he plays with character development as if it were a novel

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obvious talent in comedy for what would later become a lucrative transition into Hollywood films. Their chemistry together supports a main reason why Anderson can pull off such well-made, appreciated films. Anderson has a knack for tailoring roles for actors and making the most out of them. Bill Murray, for instance, appeared in 5 of Anderson’s 6 feature films. “Bottle Rocket” is no exception, utilizing every minimal character with one-liners and hilarious presence. “Bottle Rocket” is a prime example of just how far independent films have come from being minimally viewed cult films to being displayed as Hollywood features with A-list actors. To say Anderson was an originator of this transition in Hollywood would not be far from the truth. If you have enjoyed any of Anderson’s films, you will surely appreciate the film that started it all. Although lacking in star power and over a decade old, it still ranks higher than most of Anderson’s filmography and contains some of his most memorable dialogue. Perhaps Anderson’s least seen film, “Bottle Rocket” deserves to be one of the most well-known. E-mail Kevin at kevin.brown@leeclarion. com.

Video Game Review Arkham Asylum named “Most Critically Acclaimed” Following a long history of sadly disappointing Batman video games, a new release, “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” has literally broken the record by earning the title for “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever” by Guinness World Records. By CHRIS FOOTE Video Game Critic From the Nintendo Entertainment System to the Nintendo 64, Batman games, unlike their film predecessors, have enjoyed little success or popularity. But this is no surprise: it’s a widely known fact in the industry that film-to-video game adaptations tend to be cheap quality flops. There are exceptions, however. “GoldenEye 007” and, recently, “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” are both games that have enjoyed critical success and acclaim. Paul Dini, award winning comic book writer, wrote the story for “Asylum,” which places the player in the infamous asylum amidst a massive jailbreak. Classic villains such as The Joker and his sycophantic girlfriend Harley Quinn play a role, along with a particularly terrifying incarnation of Scarecrow, the massive Killer Croc, and a number of others. The game play is undoubtBox Art

edly the game’s best feature. Never has a video game done such a spectacular job of making the player feel like they truly are who they’re playing. The brawling controls are easy to learn and even more fun to master, and the silent predator mode, in which the player stealthily takes out armed thugs one-by-one, is a blast. The game truly embraces all aspects of Batman’s skills, especially capitalizing on his unofficial title of “The World’s Greatest Detective.” In the asylum, the detective mode, a visual addition that highlights clues and the position of enemies and allows for crime scene investigation, is highly useful. While slightly predictable, the story remains quite original and strongly rooted in the Batman mythos. For truly devoted Batfans, there are innumerable references to other Dark Knight stories and villains hidden throughout the asylum to be found. The main storyline immerses the player for twelve or more hours, but between the Riddler’s hidden challenges and the unlockable challenge rooms, players will find themselves spending a bit more time on Arkham Island. The game is even further strengthened by powerful vocal performances. Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their roles from the Emmy-winning animated series to great effect as the Joker and Batman, respectively. Overall, Arkham Asylum is a clever and fun journey into the world of Gotham City that is absolutely worth playing. The game received an ESRB rating of T for Teen for alcohol and tobacco references, blood, mild language, suggestive themes and violence, so be warned that this it is more The Dark Knight than Adam West’s E-mail Chris at

By MATTHEW YOUNG Tech Columnist The Ares I is designed to put the Orion capsule, carrying astronauts, into space, while the Ares V is designed for heavier cargo. The shuttle program is due to be retired within one or two years, but NASA does not have the funding to complete the Constellation program for another decade or more. This would mean that the United States would have to rely on a Russian vehicle to travel to and from the Space Station. However, the Constellation project has broader implications than the Space Station. NASA is planning to put its new Altair Lunar Lander into space for new missions to the moon, including a permanent base of operations, and eventually missions to Mars. This isn’t an idealistic dream, this is NASA’s plan. Some ask why bother to fund NASA, an organization that has spent billions in tax dollars. The Cold War is over, right? Can we live without Hubble’s crystal clear images or new studies on weather? Of course we can, but the bottom line is that NASA is fun. The idea of space travel fascinates us in a way that makes the nation want to throw billions of dollars into it. Is this spending a waste of tax payers’ dollars? Could these dollars go towards anything better? No! The Earth seems smaller every day, but space seems to become more mysterious at a similar pace. When the X-ray was first invented, the developers had no practical use for it. Now, we can’t imagine a hospital without one. We can’t say that space exploration and aeronautics have nothing to offer if we don’t fully understand the subjects. However, there are ways that NASA has contributed to our daily life beyond that of space. NASA technology is responsible for the artificial heart, the insulation in your home, and many other medical and technological breakthroughs. NASA brings a wealth of knowledge to our doorsteps whether it comes from the stars or not. NASA is not vital to our lives, but the spirit of exploration is worth every penny. Details and images are available at E-mail Matthew at matthew.


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LOVE Fishing out that perfect somebody

We’ve all heard the analogy that there are “lots of fish in the sea.” This typically has a negative connotation to it simply because it is associated with the types of conversations you have with those who have recently lost a loved one (to break-up, not death). By BEN JONES Love Columnist On the flip side, however, there’s another way to look at this age-old adage that raises entirely new questions for us. If there are lots of fish in the sea, how am I supposed to choose which one I want to reel in? The possibilities for the type of fillet one might have are nearly endless. Smoked salmon? Deviled crab? Calamari (for the ritzier among us) with a nice dip on the side? The only way to know what kind of fish you prefer most is to have tried them all at some point or another. A common theme that I’ve noticed here at Lee is that people who go out on a date tend to feel obligated to make a decision about each other soon after they’ve had their first date. If you go on a second date, then all of a sudden you’re “talking.” By the fourth date, things are rapidly approaching serious. At this point, if the other person were to see you going somewhere with someone else, they’d more than likely be irked by it and feel as though you had somehow violated your nonexistent commitment to them. So what’s my suggestion then? Be willing to date multiple people before deciding on the one you want to be with. There’s an inexplicable rush at Lee to “pull in the net” and take a fish from the first haul you bring in. Fishing is a game of patience (that I fell, fully clothed, into a lake attempting earlier this year). If you rush into it, drop your line in the water, and take the first bite that hits, there’s no telling what kind of bone you’ll choke on when you try to cook it (I hope you all appreciate these extended metaphors that I work tirelessly to provide). Filleting a fish is a commitment, and as the outdoorsmen among us know, it can quite literally be a bloody mess. Once you slice into the thing, there’s no turning back. As you move forward in dating and relationships this year, be willing to leave the line in the water for a while before seeing what’s on the end of it. And always keep in mind, some fish are much happier being free, so there’s nothing wrong with a little catch-and-release from time to time. E-mail Ben at

Wedding planning free for students While weddings are an exciting time of life, planning for one can be quite stressful, not to mention costly. By NATHAN MCKAY Life Editor Clark and Kristen Campbell, Lee alumni and college pastors at North Cleveland Church of God, extended their ministry in June 2008 to include wedding planning. The couple took over a local wedding store and established their own business, Swank & Savvy, or S & S. “Your party is our business” became their motto, which they’ve applied to parties and events all of kinds; weddings, however, are their expertise. As a way to connect with young people and offer the best kind of deal, S & S provides free wedding planning for anyone who is enrolled at Lee. According to, the average cost in 2008 for full service wedding planning in the Cleveland

metro area was $1,882, a service S & S is offering free of charge. “The majority of brides end up using a wedding coordinator,” Mrs. Campbell said. “Most students don’t have the time, money or experience to plan their own wedding, so offering free wedding planning is a blessing to the student, as it alleviates stress and is our way to reach out to local college students.” In addition,they will provide the student with a MacBook for them to assist in the planning of the wedding loaded with their own innovative software: the Interactive Planning Guide. “Interactive Planning Guide is a modern approach to planning weddings and events,” Mrs. Campbell said. “Your experience at S & S will not be a handful of business cards; rather, with the IPG, you will utilize simple presentation software to walk you through all local vendors, services, budget options and Web sites in one sitting.” Lee student Andrea Matthews has

been engaged for a year and is in the process of planning her own wedding, but she has some help. Her friends, cousin and mother have taken on the role of wedding planners, and just by chance, she happens to know people like DJs and photographers; however, it is unlikely most people have those kinds of connections. Still, she opted not to use a coordinator simply because she loves to plan. “I really love to plan and really want to keep a lot of those duties for myself,” Matthews said. For anyone who doesn’t have connections or the love of planning, contact S & S at http://www., or stop by their shop on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Spring Creek Plaza, on the north side of APD 40 just east of 25th Street. E-mail Nathan at nathan.mckay@



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Lost in a strange world An editor’s transition to Lee University

I am from Detroit, Michigan. By NATHAN MCKAY Life Editor As I order my Chick-fil-A sandwich with two moist pickles, I realize how far away from home I really am. As a transfer student, I am at odds with my peers. Academically, I am junior with an associate’s degree, yet socially I feel like a freshman, confused, curious, and often alone. On my first day as Life Editor for the Lee Clarion, I became the laughingstock of my peers when it was discovered that I did not know the names of any buildings on Lee. I’ve also been subject to famous freshman antics, such as asking, “When is chapel?” “Why can’t I log on to my computers?” “Where is Room 102?” and “Why is there no parking?” Speaking of freshman, I have the joy of taking a few freshman classes that didn’t transfer with my credits. My Foundations of Western Culture class is quite the trip. I feel slightly powerful yet slightly stupid as I sit in a class with recent high school graduates who have never taken a college course. Being new to the Cleveland area doesn’t help the situation. I find myself occasionally lost in this strange new world. I don’t know where anything is, and even if I did I couldn’t remember how to get there. Knowledge of important places like shopping centers, barber


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shops, car washes and faster ways to get to school seem to elude me. Back home, everything was as fast as the busy city streets, people coming and going everywhere, rain, sleet or snow. But here, people here aren’t in a rush to go anywhere, and the slow driving bothers me to no end. Even if I am the only one making fun of your driving on the way to school, it gives me pride to remember what life used to be like, and to remember that I am from Detroit, where the weak are killed and eaten. I came to Lee because as a kid I knew that’s where I wanted to go. My home church hired a Lee singer as our worship pastor, and since then, many young people in our church went to Lee. As I got older, I didn’t even look for other places to go. Now I am here, at a crossroads between graduation and orientation. I’m halfway done, but I just started. E-mail Nathan at nathan.mckay@leeclarion. com.

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Mind the gap: Life editor and transfer student Nathan McKay is transitioning to at Lee. Patrick Swayze, “Dirty Dancing” star and lead actor in underrated films “Red Dawn” and “The Outsiders,” died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. Swayze was one of the very few Hollywood actors who actually remained married to his first wife all the way until his death.

Drew Barrymore, star of “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” recently directed her own film, “Whip It,” a story of one young woman’s defiance to become a beauty queen to pursue roller derby, a sport no one has ever heard of.

After the infamous throwing of a shoe at former U.S. President George W. Bush by an Iraqi journalist, black and brown leather lace-up shoes have become the popular fashion in Bangladesh.

Ukraine denied an adoption from music legend Elton John because, according to the legal system, a foreigner cannot adopt a child unless they are married. Ukraine does not recognize homosexual marriage, which is bound to attract attention from equal rights activists to the situation.

For his 50 years of service working at the very first McDonald’s in Missouri, the owners baked Leonard Rhomberg a cake.



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Lee student interns with Smithsonian

Almost every college student has packets of Ramen noodles. If your mom is anything like mine, she gives them to me in bulk. So when I need a quick easy dinner, I just pop the Ramen in the microwave and go. But, eventually, Ramen gets old and its hard to cook food in the dorm sometimes, so here are some ideas of what to with the your Ramen.

Katie Johnson, an anthropology student, had the experience of a lifetime this summer interning at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. By KRISTEN WOHLEBER Staff Writer After hearing about the internship opportunity online in the spring, she decided to apply and was extremely excited when she was offered the position. The focus of Folkways is ethnomusicology, the study of music of other cultures. They promote understanding and appreciation between cultures around the world through sound. Johnson had the opportunity to be a part of this by working in the marketing department, promoting albums from various cultures all over the world. Folkways aims to get the word about these albums out into the media through online social networking and other forms of publicity. Since Folkways is a non-profit organization, all of the proceeds went back to the artists. In this way they are able to benefit artists from other cultures. A specific project that was Johnson’s main focus during her internship was an album called “Blodeugerdd: Song of the Flowers,” a compilation of Welsh folk music. It was her job to spread the word about this album. Johnson contacted record stores in the United States and the United Kingdom to inquire if they would sell the album in their stores as well


Brittany Hoal’s Raging Ramen -Milk -Cheese -Ranch dressing -Ramen noodles Photo courtsey of Katie Johnson

Intern fun: Katie Johnson spent the summer interning with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. as radio stations that streamed online to get the word out. For Johnson, the most exciting part of the summer internship was the Folklife Music Festival, an annual festival that takes place outdoors on the national mall in Washington DC. It is held for two weeks each summer over the Fourth of July holiday and is typically divided into distinct programs featuring a particular nation or region. This year the three categories were Giving Voice, a display of African American culture; Las Americas, highlighting Latino culture; and Wales, which featured the music of the country. The festival is a unique and vibrant representation of diverse culture and it draws over one

million visitors each year. At the festival, Johnson met Ceri Matthews, producer of “Blodeugerdd,” the album she had been promoting. “It was a privilege to be able to speak with him and hear his vision and excitement about the music from his cultural heritage,” Johnson said. Johnson never would have imagined that she would have the experience of interning at the Smithsonian Institution; because of this, she wants to encourage Lee students to go after their dreams and take advantage of any opportunity that comes their way. E-mail Kristen at

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-Ramen -Spaghetti Sauce To Make: -Cook Ramen -Add spaghetti sauce

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husky entertainment: The design of this year’s corn maze is a tribute to the landscape of the nearby Ocoee River.


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To Make: -Brown beef, drain fat, add the Ramen seasoning -Cook ramen according to package -In a rectangular pan place drained ramen, spread ground beef on top, for the top layer spread the cheese over the meat. -Place in the oven at 400 degrees until cheese in melted

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Leap of faith: A Lee student attempts to climb a ledge at Little Rock City. The climbs at LRC are some of the hardest in the Southeast, ranking up to V10s. I watched as my friends attempted a dyno, flinging themselves off the rock and reaching with both hands for the next hold. What first started as a challenge soon escalated into a competition. Jumping again and again, the guys would burst from the rock, straining for more height. Out of the four, only one made the grab. Exhausted, we finally packed up and carrying the crash pads out like a bunch of walking books, we picked our way through the woods. Whether you are looking for a new place to escape to or a chance to experience the real thing, LRC is perfect. Once you’ve been there, you’ll be hooked. E-mail Julianne at

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To Make: -Cook Ramen -Combine milk and ranch to make a sauce -Add cheese and Ramen

At a Glance: Ocoee River Maze

Little Rock City provides venue for taking gym skills to the rocks

With a little imagination, I could find ourselves rowing across a lake, climbing a never ending stair case, or even punching a sorry sack of potatoes. Still, no matter how much it feels real, some things you just need to get out and actually experience it. If you are looking for a break from mundane workouts, look no further than Little Rock City (LRC) off of Chickamauga exit. This rock and woodland minefield is a seasoned climber’s sanctuary and a novice’s inspiration. Several of my friends and I drive to Soddy Daisy, only 45 minutes from Cleveland and climb for hours before cooling off in the river. At first glance this bouldering haven may seem anticlimactic with the lovely golf course just down the hill and the paved parking lot. However, once you start walking deeper into the woods, the whole scene changes. All around the countryside are strewn grey boulders and tall trees with gnarly roots that seem to hold them in place. The broken bits of mountain and scarred landscapes looks more like a temple ruin in Indiana Jones than a hiking trail. This past summer, the five of us took a trip up to LRC to try out the skills we learned in the gym. Making our way along the path, we brushed passed thin saplings and ducked under wedged stone arches. All over the rock white chalk smears covered handholds like markers leading climbers to the top. Once we found the routes, we set down our crash pads and gear and got ready. While everyone began chalking and taping their hands, I got my camera ready. After I climbed outdoors for a while, I realized quickly the importance of chalk for sweaty hands and tape for bloody knuckles. Today, though, I was the designated photographer. LRC is one of the most beautiful and unique places to see. You can hike up the ridge and perch on a boulder for hours, taking in view.

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Soybean fun: The soybean maze is open to the public each weekend, starting Sept. 19 and ending Nov. 1. Joe Fetzer’s farm off of the Ocoee River has been in his family for more than a century. Five years ago, Mr. Fetzer and his wife designed and operated their corn maze. Each year, they have added more features to their fall event. The Ocoee River Maze, located right off of U.S. 64 in Polk County includes a corn maze, soybean maze, hayrides and pumpkin patch. The Fetzers work with the largest corn maze organization, The Maize, who helps them conceptualized corn maze designs as well as stake our the corn to make the maze paths. To watch the audio slide show of the Lee Clarion’s exclusive flyover of the Ocoee River Maze, visit Lee

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To Make: -Put the vegetable oil in the cooking pan and heat it up -Put your noodles in the cooking pan. -Since ramen are dehydrated, you have to be careful not to burn them. Always gently shake the cooking pan. -Your noodles are ready once they have a nice brownish color. -Add the sliced almonds, dried cranberries and dried apricots.

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- 1 package of ramen noodles (crushed) - 1/2 cup dried cranberries - 1/4 cup sliced almonds - 1/4 cup dried apricot - 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (cooking)

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Editorial Board Michelle Bollman • Joyanna Weber • nathan mckay saralyn norkus • sara dawson • Beecher Reuning Brady Callahan

In less than 30 words, give us your thoughts

Reverse the negative stereotype “If they pray before they eat then you might as well kiss your tip goodbye.” This statement, muttered by many disgruntled restaurant servers may seem harmless, but when truly reflecting on it, a disturbing thought emerges. How is it that this small Christian act can be so negatively interpreted? As Christians it is our responsibility to demonstrate God’s love for others in our actions. While the concept is simple enough, it is the action that can at times prove tricky. Hypocritical “Christian” actions have left a sour taste in the mouths of believers and non-believers alike. No one is perfect, this we know, but there is nothing wrong with striving to prove others wrong. So the next time you are out and about, try to positively impact someones day. Thank your cashier the next time you check out at Wal-Mart. Yes the lines are long, and you may have been forced to waste your precious time staring at the back of someone’s head, but it is not always the cashier’s fault. Hold the door for someone who has his or her hands full. If you make eye contact with someone in passing, give him or her a smile. Be understanding when your steak isn’t cooked quite to your liking. Contrary to popular belief, the server was not the one who cooked it. Also, tip your servers more then a meager 10 percent. In case you were unaware, servers only make $2.13 an hour. Your tip money is their livelihood. It is the little things in life that can make or break someone’s day, and as Christians it should be our goal to shine the light of Jesus Christ into others lives by our positive actions. Treat others how you yourself would like to be treated. Remember that no good deed ever goes unnoticed in the eyes of our Creator.

Think outside the mall Have you ever spent a lot of money for a new shirt, and the day you wear it you see five other people wearing the same one? There is no need to face this problem any longer because there is a way the Lee students can save money and look diverse at the same time: thrift stores. Unknown to many students, the Cleveland area holds 10 thrift stores, each with their own variety of cheap but good looking clothing. As long as you are willing to look around and don’t mind wearing clothes that aren’t brand new, you can easily walk in one of these stores with $5 and leave with multiple clothing items that look great. And you don’t have to tell anyone they are from thrift stores. Many girls can be seen around campus wearing eye-catching thrift store outfits that look like they’re from the mall, and no one ever knows. Even if you aren’t looking for fashionable clothes, thrift stores always have those ridiculous looking shirts that get a laugh from friends. Thrift stores are famous for having great sweaters for ugly sweater parties as well as really odd gifts for friends. Many students at Lee who have found these stores, not only just go there occasionally, they will make an event of it. Thrift store shopping to many students is a fun, low-cost hobby they can do on weekends with a group of friends. So instead of going out and spending $30 on a shirt at the mall that everyone else has, go to a thrift store and spend 3 dollars on a shirt no one has. Be different and save money. It’s a win-win situation.

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Daniel Welker “Sodexo’s “international” station needs WAY more international food that’s not normally found here (Nigerian, Nepali, Bahamian, etc.), especially with so many internationals here. Omelets, pasta and stir fry don’t count.”

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Dear Editor: It was an honor to have Senator Corker here a few weeks ago to hold a town meeting on health care reform. (If you have been around these past several months, you must know that President Obama is deep in the throes of trying to fix the broken parts of our health care delivery system.) At one point during the Q and A portion of the meeting, a gentleman stood and told an impassioned story about his recent, and past, visits to an emergency room to get care for his wife. She was suffering greatly at the time from a chronic and unfortunately terminal illness, and he was her primary caregiver. He said to the assembled crowd, “We’re avoiding the eighthundred pound gorilla sitting in the room (the offensive thing that nobody wants to talk about).” He said that his wife had to wait hours for care because the room was filled with about a hundred illegal immigrants carrying kids with runny noses. He said it wasn’t right for his wife, a U. S. citizen, taxpayer and insurance holder to have to wait for care when people, we assume, who neither earned nor deserved care were seen first. He’s right. His wife should not have had to wait for hours to receive care. But I cry at the assumption that some people are less deserving than others to receive this limited resource. When God caused us to be born in the U. S. or we obtained citizenship, we found ourselves in a highly privileged position compared with the vast majority of the world’s population. We probably didn’t earn this privilege. We probably don’t deserve it. But it is ours to use and enjoy. The immigrants who have fled poverty and injustice in their birthplaces have the same illnesses and accidents that we have. Their needs are the same as ours but they had the ill fortune to be born under governments that do not value health care for all and do precious little to care for the poor among their citizens. So they have come seeking something better for themselves and their children. It’s difficult to imagine why we have so much and they have so little unless we are meant to share our wealth and privilege with those less fortunate. Health care reform is certainly complex and frustrating to contemplate. So many groups have so many legitimate reasons for wanting change in our current system. There are many injustices in the way we provide and don’t provide essential services. We should figure these complexities out together, letting providers and patients reason the most effective and efficient ways to care for all. Happenstance of birthplace is an obstacle that generosity and grace can overcome. -Dr. Jeri Veenstra Associate professor of health sciences

Is justice vigilante? Dear Editor:

Thank you, Ms. Gray, for your insightful article in the Lee Clarion Sept. 4, 2009, Opinion page titled “Vigilante justice is not justice.” I am not one who usually makes comments to articles of any type; however, I think you make so many good points I could not resist commenting on a few. First, I feel Tiller’s death is a crime we call murder; however all human deaths caused by someone else are as tragic, and of course murder. But, I also feel that the law of the land must be upheld. So in that case, murder of the unborn (which was one considered murder when I was born, is now legal…accepted…no longer murder.) I don’t like that, but I guess I can live with it. (The choice selection for me right now is very limited!) So, we must accept death of innocent lives due to the law of the land. Your quote: “Let’s leave the justice up to the government” is quite true. Well, I agree in your article you described a tragedy on all sides, and it is. Journalists are killed under the law and you and I must approve. (I guess according to your reasoning, well… and the law) Ah, could you do me a favor? Under the banner of: “Let’s leave the justice up to the government”. Could you please write to the people of all these countries and tell them to submit to the following of the law of their land? Could we start with you writing to the Chinese government (of course, please move your office to Beijing first) about why they are right to shut down Facebook? (I got this aching feeling, they’re gonna use your “Let’s leave the justice up to the government” idea. Yes! You do have a great argument! Why couldn’t I see it before?) Oh, by the way…while you’re at it; don’t forget to mention all those underground “democratic twisted liberal journalists need to be killed as well. They must, yes, they must be brought to justice by the government as well! Finally, I’m sure your quote “Let’s leave the justice up to the government” would create a great impressionable smile on all their sweet little communist faces! Finally, vigilante justice – absolutely not! Government justice –Man! We are in a mess! As far as I’m concerned there will never be a law in any land that would make me kill human life! Or a price! -William Hiltz This letter to the editor was cut for space. The full letter can be read online at

Clean Access clear up Dear Editor: Allow me to correct the numerous errors in the article “Clean Access is no more” The one point of accuracy Clean Access has been discontinued. Clean Access is not a URL filter, it was not used to track student use of the internet. Its primary... purpose was to ensure that machines connected to the network were patched and active

“Jesus is against the death penalty. He said in John 8, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Are any of us without sin? No.” anti-virus software was installed and up to date. As a Christian campus we remain committed to filtering certain types of internet content and have outsourced the filtering process to our ISP vendor. Filtering is in place and will probably not change. CA-had been in place for over 3 years and was not being updated by the vendor. We agree with the students that it had become more trouble than it was worth. It was installed to reduce the superfluous use of bandwidth by virus traffic, and with it gone, we see (again) bandwidth consumed by viruses. It is our plan to replace CA with another product so look for that in the near future. -Craig Gray Director, Information Services and Technology

Abortion is not vigilante justice Dear Editor: May I ask you to consider a few things in your point of view in your article entitled “ Vigilante justice is not justice”? First and foremost I agree with you that the murder of the doctor is wrong and most definitely not the way to handle something. It is a violation of the commandment “ Thou shall not kill”. And I also agree that you can disagree in love and please accept my reply in that same sense. What the murderer portrayed was not the typical behavior of a sane and Christ-loving pro-lifer. His actions are those of an extremeist’s point of view. You are entitled to your own beliefs and opinions but may I ask you to reconsider your point of view in light of the commandment “Thou shall not kill.” You say that this man violated the commandment and you are correct. But what about the purpose of an abortion; isn’t it the same act only slightly disguised under the heading of what, as you call, the “earthly government”, terms a legal right to end a baby’s life. You said you wondered what God will say to the man who murdered the doctor, but I have to hand the question back to you and ask you to consider what God will say to the doctor as well. I believe both men were in the wrong and I believe that God would say to both men that they were guilty. What also bothered me was your portrayal of pro-life activists in front of clinics. It leads me to believe that either you’ve never been to a clinic and witnessed pro-lifers and their behavior and/ or you have accepted the opinions of some one else on how they act. I was raised pro-life and my mother was a strong believer in it as she had had some personal experience with it and knew the ins and outs of an abortion. As a child and young adult I participated in walks for life, marches, and have stood in front of many clinics. I have never screamed or seen anyone scream at women who enter and leave the clinics. We have talked to them, giving them information, provided options, and prayed with them. They still had

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Send your two cents on any subject to inbox@ the right to continue on their way and we did not force them to stop. If you did actually witness something like what you described in your article then what you saw was another degree of extremism. What we should be discussing is the right of an American to try to change a law that they are not satisfied with, the same way we have the right to change a government that we are not satisfied with. You also said the “Truth Trucks” are disgusting and that for the “sake of making a point, these images are allowed.” I agree that the images are horrible, but it is presenting a truth. They are not digitally altered photos or a dramatization. Use of pictures is no different then images shown on the news at times and in specials like 60 Minutes or in the documentaries put together about poverty stricken countries or war or other gruesome images. In a very simplitistic explanation, it’s a form of advertising. You present an image to generate a desired response. Maybe it’s got more to do with what’s behind the photos. We know that alot of that stuff shown on TV is fake, or computer generated images. Or we know there’s some trick of the camera, or we simply view some of it as entertainment only. Maybe we’re bothered by the images because we know that there is a truth in those pictures. Those pictures are shown to get people to stop and take a pause before they jump into anything, to stop and consider their actions and maybe even stop it from happening. If God were literally here in the flesh, I personally cannot say how he would do things. I believe that society has become numb to alot of things and maybe we need something to shock us to action every once and a while because we haven’t turned off the cell phones long enough to hear God speaking in the quiet depths of our hearts. (I’m not knocking cell phones, I’m just saying we’re a busy people. It might benefit us to stop and take a moment every once and a while.) I’m just trying to say that we have the right to protest what we don’t agree with, but violence is not the way and I’d appreciate it if you would stop and take the time to considerthe viewpoint opposite of yours every once and a while. -Lisa Hill This letter to the editor was cut for space. The full letter can be read online at

OPINIONS Obama urges students to ‘be responsible,’ parents outraged


“Arguably, students can learn civic responsibility from no better example than the president, perhaps whose most important role is to be a public servant.” Many parents were concerned that President Obama’s national address to public school students is a cause for alarm with regard to political rhetoric and discussion.

the nation’s school systems. This president has asked elementary and middle school students to ‘be responsible’ by staying in school and preparing for a productive life. As the head of state, the president’s duty is to lead the nation in a number of important capacities. What better way to decisively lead the next generation of Americans than to encourage them to be responsible and diligent? Arguably, students can learn civic responsibility from no better example than the president, perhaps whose most important role it is to be a public servant. This nation, with a pervasively silly attitude of fear and nearly-obligatory panic, has made the president into a man whose policies are outweighed, over-extended and usurped by self-serving rhetoric. While it may be true that President Obama is a rhetorician at heart, the notion that this national address would be used for anything other than a beneficial exercise of

By JUSTIN WALLACE Moderate Columnist Simply, a large percentage of Republican detractors as well as a handful of Democrats oppose the idea of an address to students because they claim the president may be interested in recharging his weakening voting base for 2012 by attracting education-minded constituents. The topic begs a serious question: What is so offensive about the President of the United States addressing public school students? President Obama has done nothing unlike what multiple administrations prior to his have done, including Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush, when they addressed

civic duty is somewhat outrageous. The president’s message was clearly impartial. The interpretation of Obama’s message cannot be said to have a divisive political agenda. The only political message here is one of a concerned president who wishes to focus on public education as one of his policy objectives. Like the vast majority of Americans, President Obama merely places considerable value on the education of our children, as they are the next generation. Perhaps there are more important topics about which parents should be alarmed. In a time when political engagement is depressingly low among young people, when voter turnout is practically non-existent in the 25-and-under demographic, we find ourselves complaining about a message of civic engagement and responsibility. That seems a little hypocritical. E-mail Justin at

War in Afghanistan remains important “We cannot idly stand by and expect challenges to be resolved in five years or less.” Several polls released this week show a remarkable shift in Americans’ view of our efforts in Afghanistan. For the first time in the history of the war, a majority of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan.

ly oppressive regime that had legitimate connections to Al Qaeda terrorists. Not only are we establishing democratic state, but we are doing so in an area of the world where oppression has been the norm. This is where the real fight for women’s rights is. This is where we can take a stand for a better world; however, our negative connotation for war and shortsightedness now leave America as the paper tiger superpower. We cannot idly stand by and expect challenges to be resolved within five years or less. Our enemies are patient, and the stand for freedom is one where we must remain vigilant, ever aware of the dangers. The efforts in Afghanistan are the intersection of the War on Terror, the fight for human rights and the future of democracy. Allowing another democratic state to fail in its infancy will only cause a power vacuum to be filled by Iran, Pakistan and Russia. Haven’t the Afghan people been through enough without being abandoned by the NATO leaders who initiated an (albeit legitimate) regime change? Long-term stability and true democracy in Afghanistan are goals we must achieve for the people of Afghanistan and for the future of the world we live in. E-mail Cameron at

By CAMERON PRUETTE Conservative Columnist This shift, though similar to modern American opinions on war, is disturbing on several points. Firstly, the United States has increasingly become the sole contributor to the efforts in Afghanistan. The former Taliban-governed country relies heavily on US troops and aid to restore order to many of its provinces. The recent elections represent a new opportunity for strengthening legitimacy in the Afghan government; however, lack of true oversight by international observers has caused a slew of charges of fraud to be presented. If these elections are not perceived as legitimate, there will be an even greater crisis in Afghanistan. These citizens, who have been at the mercy of Al Qaeda and tribal leaders since the 1980s, will now feel betrayed by the democratic system they fought to put in place. Our efforts there will be much harder, and our will to fight the just fight is dwindling. If any war is legitimate, why not Afghanistan? We toppled a tru-





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By AKOLADE OSHINUSI Ethics Columnist My mind was instantly swept into a sea of thoughts. I said to myself, “Am I worthy of God’s grace? Am I good enough for God’s decision to make it to September of 2009? Am I worthy?” I believe that this is a question that many of us face daily when we face challenges, when we face temptations(and sometimes we fail), when we face homework, when we face friends who have lost close ones, when our faith is challenged, we all end up asking ourselves, “Why has He chosen not to give up on me? Why has God placed me in such a spot? Am I worthy of his attention?” Consider Paul: He was once a sinner like all of us; he was even more wicked than most of us. He was once a religious fanatic, a zealous Judaist, a man who believed in the prosecution of Christians, a man who had no faith or trust whatsoever in the living God, a man who hated Christians with a passion. But one day, whilst he was on his way to round up some more Christians at Damascus, he was visited by the same person he had fought with. He himself was interrogated by the one whose authority he had undermined. He was blinded by an act of God, but the very same God sent Ananias to heal him. He was judged, the scales were weighed and Jesus pronounced Paul as one of his own sheep. I can only imagine what went

though Paul’s mind during the period of his conversion. I imagine it was something like, “How could Jesus have looked at me, in all my sin, and still pronounced me worthy to bear his name? How could God have provided me grace, even though I was constantly sinning? Why did God stretch his arm out over and over again to embrace me when I came running?” I imagine it was something like the questions that play over and over in our minds. The answer is simple. The answer is one that is so easy that it almost seems impossible. The only reason why we are worthy of God’s attention is He is God. He is far more than what we can ever imagine. His ways are light years from our ways, and His thoughts are infinitely higher than ours. He doesn’t look at the exterior, but he looks at the interior. He knows your potential. He knows, unlike us, that even the most wicked, ungodly person, can be saved by His power, He knows our future, and He cares deeply for us. He does not operate the way we do; he has never and will never operate the same way we do. He loves each and every one of us with a love that we can never be capable of. His arms are always outstretched. His mercies are renewed every day. He longs for a relationship with us. He awaits the day when we would run to Him and forsake our old ways. He wants to redeem us. When next you ask if you are worthy of His love, think of it this way: “He is my Father, and I am His son. Why wouldn’t He want me to be worthy of His love and attention?” E-mail Akolade at akolade.

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Intramural Insider


New rules introduced for 2009-2010 intramurals

With Andrea Hudson

As the 2009-2010 intramural season kicks into full swing, a new grading system will have individuals and teams more aware of their on-field behavior. By ZACH SOUTHARD Staff Writer

Lee Clarion photos by Allie Ward and Ben Hullet

Top right: Students participate in a table tennis tournament in the Rec Center. Top left: Billiards tournament participant prepares to break into a new game. Bottom left: One popular intramural sport is softball.

Lee’s intramural legacy continues Each new semester brings the continuance of a Lee University tradition: intramurals. By RYAN WILLIAMS Staff Writer Many participate in intramurals, but just how long have intramurals been a part of Lee University? The answer: approximately 40 years. Dr. Walt Mauldin, vice president of student life, was involved in intramurals as a student in 1972, but it wasn’t until the 1980s when Coach Jack Souther took over that intramurals began its rise in popularity. In 1982 Coach Souther came to Lee to coach women’s basketball and direct the intramurals program. He was allotted a $500 budget and would use a megaphone in the dining hall to announce the games for that evening. He officiated many of the contests and still to this day has the 1983 flag football rosters, which only consisted of six teams. The rosters for that year included names such as Campus Pastor Jimmy Harper, Vice President for Business and Finance Chris Conine, and Mark Harris of 4-Him fame. Souther gained notoriety for coaching Lee athletic teams for twenty-six years, but he is also known for his dedication to intramural activities. In nine years, he was able to get a large percentage of students participate. Hence, the intramurals field was

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Continued from page 1 ented team,” said Head Coach Andrea Hudson. With only three seniors and a hand full of transfers, the bulk of the Lady Flames roster consists of underclassmen. The underclassmen will indeed need to draw on the experience and leadership of their

named after him as a varsity and intramural sports honor. In 1993, the DeVos Recreational Center was opened, which provided a place for soon-to-come intramurals such as sand volleyball and indoor soccer. The Rec Center also provided an additional court for indoor volleyball and basketball. The center also became an epicenter for games like billiards, racquetball, table soccer (foosball), ping pong and air hockey. Intramurals received a face lift in 1995 when Lee hired Kevin Hudson to direct the Rec Center and lead intramurals. Hudson introduced sand volleyball and indoor/outdoor soccer to the intramural program. He also beefed up indoor volleyball and several other individual tournaments. In 1997, Eric Eledge was hired as Lee’s first intramural program director. Hudson remained the Rec Center director, but he now had Eledge who could devote 100% of his attention to the intramural programs. “Intramurals have continued to gain popularity with the spike in enrollment,” said Eledge. That growth is evident in 2009: every residence hall has one or more teams. Choirs and clubs have also formed teams to compete in the intramural scene. No matter the social scene, it seems everyone has a place in intramural. E-mail Ryan at

veteran upperclassman and seasoned coaches if a trip to the national tournament is to be in the cards for this season. With eight sophomores to provide the youthful spark to the team, the Lady Flames hope to continue their growth and retain their firm hold on conference dominance. E-mail Blake at

Adopted over the summer by the Department of Intramurals from James Madison University, the new intramural sports grading system also known as the “GPA” system now has participants more focused on their in-game actions as well as their in-game performance. “I think that the new system will improve sportsmanship and maybe some players will watch their attitudes and mouths,” said senior Brad Abernathy who officiates as well as plays. The system is modeled after a grade point average (GPA) system in which teams will be graded upon their sportsmanship during each game. After each match concludes, all officials will briefly meet to discuss the positives and negatives observed from both teams and come to a consensus on their grade. The grades, according to the intramural sports handbook, and like GPA, run all the way from a 4.0 (superior sportsmanship) to a .9 (poor conduct and sportsmanship). What may begin to raise some eyebrows though is that in order for any team to be eligible for a playoff spot, they must average a 3.0 during the regular season as well as no forfeited games, leaving open the very realistic possibility of a regular season champion not being eligible for playoff contention. In order for teams to keep a certain GPA, they cannot just show up and be quiet the entire game according to Eric Eledge, head of intramural sports. “Obviously a team can raise its sportsmanship by being positive verbally (with teammates, opponents, and officials) and performing the other sportsmanship ideals with excellence,” said Eledge. According to the intramural handbook, for teams to keep their GPA average at a high level they must not only abide by the code of conduct as they normally would, but they must show respect for all parties involved to keep from losing points. They must also be willing to accept all final decisions by officials, whether good or bad, which may be a cause for concern, especially for those who feel like they get the bum rap of calls. “I don’t see any bias among the refs,” said Carissa Jones, a junior scorekeeper. “We are taught not to be biased and the refs are not biased in any judgment calls. If it looks that way, it is not intended at all.” Any individual who is associated with a club or organization participating will not be allowed to

officiate a game behind home plate, but they have to be fair in any of their judgment calls should they still referee, Jones said. Students will also not be graded individually based on their own sportsmanship; anything one individual does will reflect the entire team. Students, who play at a normally high-intensity level for every game also know that emotions can be hard to swallow on the field. With the new rules though, it may feel to those certain individuals that more of a focus on sportsmanship will cause them to watch their attitude rather than their game play. “It puts more fun into the game when the players aren’t worried about their attitudes and are more focused on having fun,” said Josh Brown, a sophomore. “It’s great that they keep track of the grading system. It shows that only the teams willing to show good actions and sportsmanship want to make the playoffs. For an institution like Lee, where Christian morals are the standard, the fact that a sportsmanship grading system has not been in effect until this semester may come as a surprise to many who feel that it should have been implemented much earlier. Larger NCAA and NAIA schools have already adopted this method of good on field attitudes previous to this year, but some people believe that an institution built on Christianity should have set the standard on good sportsmanship before most secular schools. Abernathy believes that there was no better time than now for the grading system. Eledge, though, thinks the grading system should have been in place prior to this semester. “I wish we would have instituted some form of system before now,” Eledge said. “The overall sportsmanship has never been out of control here at Lee, but we certainly could have benefited from these parameters.” As for a possibility of more changes on the way, Eledge said that ideas are always welcome. “We are always open to improvements with any of our sports, systems and guidelines,” said Eledge. E-mail Zach at zach.southard@leeclarion. com.

At a Glance: From the sidelines

Q. How many seasons have you been with the Lady Flames Volleyball team? A. Currently I am in my 19th season as the coach of the women’s volleyball team. Q. What has it been like coaching with your husband for so many years? A. It has been such a blessing having an opportunity to coach with him the last 18 years. We understand each other, providing a great dynamic on the court and in the office. When I am tough on the girls, he is laid back and when he is laid back, I push the girls to be better. Q. Did you know anything about Lee University before you arrived as the volleyball coach? A. That’s actually a funny story. My father, who was married with three kids, came to Lee to complete his education. We lived in the marriage housing called Providence Hall, which at the time was located where the Conn Center currently stands. I returned a few years later as a student athlete playing basketball for the Lady Flames. Lee has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. Q. What was your reaction when Lee contacted you in regards to coaching the volleyball team? A. Honestly, I was shocked when I was contacted by Lee. I had coached volleyball at Ocoee Middle School but had no previous college volleyball coaching experience. The Lee volleyball program was only in its second year and looking for growth. I accepted the position and have loved it here ever since. Q. What is your most memorable volleyball experience? A. That’s a tough question; there have been so many wonderful experiences. I would have to say that it was during the 2003 season at Lee. We found ourselves in the in the regional finals in Georgetown Kentucky. We had never beaten Georgetown College on their home court and they were heavily favored that year. We came in with confidence and played awesome volleyball, beating them in 4 games and winning a berth into the national tournament.

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Watching intently: Girls rest up on the bench while remaining focused on the match.

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Q. What is the best advice you have ever been given? A. My father use to say the same thing every time we parted ways when I was younger. He would say be good if you can, try hard if you can’t. It has always stuck with me as a way to carry out my day. Q. What is the one lesson that you try to instill in your players every season above everything else? A. I have always tried to teach my girls to think of others before they think of themselves. To live selfless lives, removing themselves from daily distractions like cell phones and iPods and looking for ways to help others and make a difference on campus.

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Tips for every kind of fitness goal

Okay, I don’t want to bombard you with a bunch of overwhelming fitness/nutritional mumbo jumbo. We’ll wait a few weeks into the semester for that. Anyways, I thought that I would just leave you with a few simple tips to help challenge you this week. By ISABELLE SLICK Fitness Columnist Set GOALS! This is so important. Probably the most vital step to living a healthier lifestyle. What is it that you are trying to achieve…lose weight? Tone up? Improve eating habits? The list goes on. After you have discovered your goals, write them down. Post them somewhere so you can see it everyday. Allow YOU to be your motivation. DOCUMENT your food intake! So, I can’t stress this enough: write down what you eat every single day…you think I’m kidding? (Guess what? I’m NOT!). Write the foods that eat you, the quantity, and the time. Use these records to allow you to modify your eating habits. Sometimes, while we eat, we don’t exactly realize if we should even be eating it in the first place. Take a red marker and cross out the foods/amount you should change, then be proactive! Don’t allow yourself to eat those five slices of pizza at the next post chapel mixer (harsh call out, but I know there are plenty of you that do!). Think MODERATION! Getting back into shape is not easy and I understand that. So, I would suggest being moderate with your changes/shifts in your diet and physical activity. Regarding your food intake, it may be easier for you make gradual changes. For example, if you are used to drinking three cokes (or any type of soda for that matter) per day, then go down to just two. For the next week, only stick to two every day. When the next week comes along, go down to just one. Ah ha! See how simple that is? I wish the best for all of you this week. Please, try and apply these tips to your life. Make them habits, not just tips. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I would be more than thrilled to answer them. God bless and good luck! Isabelle Slick is a trainer at the Rush fitness complex.

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Briefs From Lee University Sports Information

Club Focus

Men’s volleyball club seeks attention on campus They practice for hours at a time several days a week, with the goal of making it to nationals. By ZACH SOUTHARD Staff Writer They are a club sport open to all students, yet the men’s volleyball club is virtually unknown around campus. Since their inauguration six years ago, the Lee men’s volleyball club has taken a back seat position among students, who might be unaware of the fact that the club even exists. This something bound to change this season under the team’s new leadership of junior Josh Power, sophomore David Corwin, and junior Lindsay Shein, they said. Corwin, a sophomore, was very unaware of the team coming in as a freshman. “When I got to Lee I had no idea that there was a men’s club team,” Corwin said. “When I found out there was a team I was thrilled to be able to play volleyball and felt it was a true answer to prayer.” The squad plays in the United States Volleyball Association (USVA) and has already seen an increase in interest from the previous season according to Power. “We have about 15 to 20 players and some girls who are coming out to help out at practices,” Power said. “This is a huge spike compared to last year where we were struggling to keep the team going.” Currently practices are being held at the Mayfield Annex gym on Mondays from 8 p.m to 10 p.m, and from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Rec Center. “No previous experience is required,” Shein

said. “I have seen a number of guys with absolutely no experience make huge improvements.” Shein, who helped coach last year’s team and also plays on the women’s volleyball team, didn’t want to see the program fall apart because of a change in leadership, so she took up a leadership position on the team. To gain better recognition among students and faculty around campus, the team plans on sponsoring a tournament in which students can participate. There will also be home matches in Walker Arena against Covenant College, Tennessee Tech and Bryan College. The squad doesn’t shy away from bigger competition either, facing top “A League” NCAA schools like The University of North Carolina, The University of Georgia, and The University of Florida. They will also compete in tournaments at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Georgia Tech. For Power, the future of the team looks to be very bright and promising as the team moves away from its own dark age. “We’re excited to see what the future holds for men’s volleyball,” Power said. “We hope to start to gain a fan base here, as we begin to, in a way, rebuild.” Virtually every position will be up for grabs, as the team only returns four guys from last season, but Corwin sees great potential for this squad. “I believe that if the players on the team stay committed and want to get better, we will do very well,” Corwin said. “We have a lot more talent this year compared to last and if we can keep working on getting better I believe we can compete with any team.” E-mail Zach at zach.southard@leeclarion. com.

Del Potro stuns Federer to win U.S. Open men’s singles crown NEW YORK - In the tennis version of solving the Rubik's cube, 20-year-old Argentine Juan Martin del Potro Monday night figured out Roger Federer, diffusing the 15-time major tournament winner's magical powers with a poisonous forehand and mental steadiness to win the U.S. Open men's title in a physical five sets, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – In just over one season, sophomore Stephanie Todd has established herself as one of the top volleyball performers in the the conference. On Tuesday the native of Colorado Springs, Colo., was named the SSAC Player of the Week.

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Winners circle: Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s U.S. open on Monday, September 14, in Flushing Meadows, New York. whose chain-gang-strength forehand was turning big rocks into little rocks all night. It was at times a contentious match, with Federer using an expletive while complaining to the umpire that del Potro was allowed too much time to challenge a line call. The generous number of unforced errors by both men, 57 for del Potro and 56 for Federer, was more an indication of the pressure each was applying to the other. But ultimately, Federer began to spray more shots wildly as del Potro continued to pound him with the forehand. "I thought I had him under control for the first two sets," Federer said. "But I thought Juan Martin played great, and in the end, he was just too tough. It was great to see him so happy and emotional about it. He should enjoy it." Adding drama to the hill-andvalley performance, each man alternately clenching a fist in celebration and throwing back a head in frustration, were 37

break-point opportunities in the 4-hour, 6-minute duel. Del Potro converted 5 of 15 and Federer 5 of 23 and, in the end, del Potro's control of the two tiebreakers was the difference. Down a set and 2-0 in the second, del Potro kept forcing Federer through long games until, with Federer serving at 5-4, the five-time Open champion cracked just enough. A replay overrule of a del Potro forehand called out got him to break point _ by the fuzz on the ball. Del Potro ended the next rally with another big-gun forehand winner down the line, and the battle was joined. Federer kept finding new gears and wriggled his way out of several tight spots through the third set, but eventually fell off the high wire _ temporarily, anyway _ from which he has amazed and thrilled tennis for so long. "You know," he said, "you can't have them all and can't always play your best. It's acceptable. Life goes on. No problem."

BADIN, N.C. – The Lee University women’s golf team stands near the middle of the pack after the first day of the 2009 Lady Falcon/McNairy Invitational at the Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point. Amanda Martin was tops for the Lee squad. She fired a 39 on the front side and came in with a 42 for an 81 on the par 72 layout. She will enter Tuesday’s play tied for 24th place.

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – With Maggie Opelt leading the way, the Lee women’s cross country team finished a strong third in the annual Berry College Invitational on Saturday morning (Sept. 12). Opelt placed third in a field of 172 runners from 20 different colleges. She crossed the 5K finish line in fourth place with a time of 19:35. The Lady Flames and Opelt had plenty of support.


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on the field: Luke Cuthbert takes control of the ball in a recent game against University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).

Women’s rugby practices for spring “Building a Legacy of Elegant Chaos” is the theme for this year’s women’s rugby team. With 15 returning players and 30 new players, the girls are setting out to make a name for themselves in both the Lee and rugby community. By CHRISTIN WALKER Staff Writer

By JOHN JEANSONNE Newsday (MCT Campus) Del Potro thus became only the second South American man to win the U.S. title, after countryman Guillermo Vilas in 1977, accomplishing the weighty feat of taking a Grand Slam event in his championship final debut. And he prevented a 16th major title for Federer, who already has the record at 15 and whose success at the Open has been staggering: five straight titles, a 40-match win streak before Monday night that dates to 2003, 22 consecutive advances at least to the semifinals in Grand Slam events. By the second set, del Potro had a huge portion of the 24,821 Arthur Ashe Stadium fans chanting "Ole! Ole! Ole!" And any regrets about the tournament having lost its so-called dream final of Federer and rival Rafael Nadal were quickly forgotten as del Potro began to match Federer's anticipation and shot-making. "I did my dream and it's unbelievable moment," del Potro said. "Everything is perfect. I don't know if I can explain. It's my best sensation ever in my life. It's too early to explain. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, I will believe in this. The crowd was so exciting, so respectful of both players. They made a good show for everyone." What began as another exhibition of Federer legerdemain - impossible gets, lovely angled volleys, Houdini-worthy escapes _ was soon enough turned into hard labor by the rangy 6-6 del Potro,

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“We have so many new athletes this season who are picking up the game quickly with the help of our veteran players and some of the guys from the men’s team,” said Christina Fullerton, president of the girls’ rugby team. Rugby is a social game that is all about camaraderie, said Fullerton. There is a competitive atmosphere with an infusion of mutual respect and support among teams. “We can all beat each other up during a game, but after it’s all over we’ll be like, ‘Hey great tackle out there,’ and give each other pointers on how to improve our game,” said Fullerton. Rugby is a mix of football and soccer with no padding or protection, other than a mouth guard. There are 15 people from each team on the field at a time. The teams are each divided into packs and backs. The pack is made up of the stronger players, while the faster players make up the back. The teams face off in what’s called the “scrum,” an arrangement that looks similar to the set up of linebackers in football. A team scores by placing the ball on the ground over a designated goal line. The act of scoring in rugby is called a “try.” A try is worth five points, and the kick afterward is worth two. To move the ball down the field, a player can run with it, pass it backwards to a teammate or kick

it. The goal for the defense is to tackle the player with the ball, disallow forward progress, and attempt to regain possession of the ball. “It’s really not as difficult as it sounds, but things can get pretty crazy out there,” player Lindsay Beacham said. The women’s rugby team plays year-round, but the official season is in the spring. The team plays in the fall to allow newer players to gain hands-on practice, knowledge and skills of the game. Last spring, the team became an official club on the Lee University campus and began competing in the Matrix league, playing powerhouse teams like the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Arkansas. “It’s great that a small school like Lee can compete on the same level with such large universities,” said Beacham. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the team scrimmaged an older, more experienced team in Chattanooga. The rookies got a lot of playing time to give them a feel for what the game is really like. They lost the game but gained experience, and that’s exactly what a scrimmage is supposed to accomplish, so it was a successful endeavor. “We played our first game yesterday, against a senior women’s team from Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville. We took a mixture of new and returning players, and everyone got some playing time. I think we will have a great year, and I expect the standard of play to keep heading upwards. Come check out our home game on Sept. 26th against Western Kentucky,” said coach Dr. Michael Freake. E-mail Christin at christin.

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Go to MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Lee University men’s cross country team placed fifth in the annual Berry College Invitational on Saturday morning (Sept. 12). Battling an injury and cramps, the Flames ran against a strong field of 174 runners from 20 different colleges. Mike Walker was Lee’s top finisher in the 8K run with a seventh place finish (26:25.57).

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Coach Matt Yelton is in the midst of his eighth season at Lee University. He has enjoyed more than his share of success as the leader of the Lady Flames soccer program. However, most freely admit that they have never witnessed him as frustrated as he was after 1-0 loss to Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday evening.

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