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Volume 64, Issue 2
Superchick rocks Conn Center stage
Two girls, three guys, and some rocking music was the scene at U-Church on Aug. 31 as Superchick took over the Conn Center stage. By ERIN FAITH Music Critic and JOYANNA WEBER News Editor Although this was the band’s first concert at Lee University, it was not lead singer Tricia Brock’s first time on campus. During the concert, Tricia told the crowd that she had been accepted to Lee as a voice major. However, Tricia never attended Lee; she chose to join Superchick instead. The band consists of Melissa Brock, Tricia Brock, Clayton Hunt, Matt Dally, Max Hsu and Dave Ghazarian. Tricia and Melissa said that
the band was started by Hsu and Ghazarian. “They were in a band called the Church of Rhythm; it was kind of Max’s vision, but Dave was also there before any of us were. They were looking for girls [to front the band], and people who sort of saw their vision for this need for a band for the youth,” Tricia said. Dally said Melissa and Tricia were at a Church of Rhythm concert when they were touring with the Newsboys. Ghazarian and Hsu accidentally sat in Tricia and Melissa’s seats. Melissa knew the drummer and they started talking. Hsu told them about his new project, Superchick. Six months later, the sisters became a part of it. Superchick has been touring for 11 years, and Tricia, Melissa and Dally agree that the band is See STAGE on page 2
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Rock what you got: Sisters Tricia and Melissa Brock front the band Superchick. The band has been touring for eleven years.
Enrollment climbs in spite of recession Clean Access is no more
With a slightly smaller freshman class, Lee’s enrollment numbers still increased significantly this fall. By MICHELLE BOLLMAN Managing Editor
The total student enrollment after fall registration sits at 4,262 students; the number has raised by 115 from 4,147 students enrolled a year ago. “Based upon the economy and the environment at private colleges and university at other schools, we were unsure what the enrollment
would yield,” Phil Cook, assistant vice president for enrollment, said. “However, this amount of new students and the quality of the freshman class is a great accomplishment.” The number of freshmen enrolled this fall is down by 16 students, making the total new freshman enrollment 832. Lee saw its biggest freshman class in history last fall with 848 enrolled. The new freshman class is now the second biggest in Lee’s history. Although the freshman class didn’t reach Lee’s record books based on the number, the class boasts the highest entering ACT scores and the highest entering high school GPA for any Lee freshman class. See ENROLLMENT on page 2
University housing extends to auxilary Coming back to begin a new semester is always a stressful time, but imagine returning to Cleveland with your car filled to the brim with all your belongings only to learn that you’re technically homeless. By TAYLOR MOBLEY Staff Writer
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Finally Home: More students are calling auxillary housing ‘home’ after residence halls filled to capacity earlier than usual.
For approximately 65 students, this feeling became a reality upon returning to Lee this fall and finding out that their assigned housing was not ready yet, residential life reported. Every year there is always a certain amount of uncertainty in the Residential Life office concerning the number of students who will return
to occupy their assigned oncampus housing, especially this year with the precarious economic situation. Tracy Carlson, director of Residential Life, said it is impossible to completely confirm housing situations until everyone has checked in. Alyssa Coleman, a senior, had been assigned to Livingston Hall. However, she was later told by Residental Life that it was full. Coleman said she was then reassigned to Wingate Inn. The temporarily homeless students were spread out among three hotels in Cleveland: Wingate Inn, Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn. “I really did not mind the situation," Coleman said. See AUXILARY on page 2
IS&T cuts required filter to access the Internet from campus networks; new system possibly to come Sick of Cisco Clean Access? So is Lee University. By OLUWANIFEMI AFELUMO Staff Writer Due to outdated material, Lee University’s IS&T decided last week the required use of Cisco’s Clean Access Agent is no longer necessary. Cisco no longer provides support and updates for Clean Access, making the continued use of the program troublesome. The Clean Access software was previously needed in order to access any internet services across Lee’s campus. “The Clean Access Agent was created on Lee University’s campus approximately two years ago to ensure that all those logging into the network have sufficient virus protection and to keep track on what students viewed on the internet,” IS&T member Dustin Humann said. The Clean Access
filter served as a middle man between the Internet and the computer, scanning and restricting students from viewing some sites on the Internet. Now that there is no filter, the university can not keep track of what students view on campus. Presently, there is no filter on campus, but the school is looking for the best alternative software that does the same thing as Clean Access, yet is current and easy to use, Humann said. “[Clean Access] is not user friendly… That’s why I think they are looking for another alternative,” Humann said. Students are not necessarily sad at the discontinuation of Clean Access. Sophmore Kyle Dusina thought Clean Access was a good idea but caused “more trouble than it did good,” even though it protected computers from virus outbreaks. “I really don’t mind if Clean Access is gone,” Lee student Matthew Bell said. However, Bell also thought “it was See NO MORE on page 2
Two of first chapel services filled to overflowing The first full week of classes also included two full chapel services to the Conn and Dixon Centers
When Lacy Anderson headed for chapel after her class in the School of Religion on Aug. 25, the senior didn’t expect to have any problems finding a seat. By SARA DAWSON Opinions/Copy Editor “I was there 10 minutes before, and [Conn Center] was already full,” she said. Anderson found a seat in the back of the balcony, but students who showed up much later were directed over to the Dixon Center chapel service because of a lack of seating. No direct reason or explanation for the sudden crowds in chapel have been pinpointed. But, enrollment numbers released on Sept. 1 showed Lee’s enrollment up 115 students, to total 4,262. See OVERFLOWING on page 2
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Full House: Students gathered in a packed Conn Center for fall 2009’s first chapel. Dixon Center served as overflow seating.
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“I feel like they admitted too many freshmen or something,” sophomore Christina Techentin said. Other students are simply frustrated by the crowds. “It was frustrating that you had to get there 20 minutes early to get a good seat,” freshman Sarah Haratine said. In spite of the seating dilemma, Campus Pastor Jimmy Harper said that overcrowding in chapel is not a negative thing. “We are currently working on some overflow options to help us deal with the large crowds… in hopes that the large numbers do continue,” Harper said. Sophomore Julie Michael expressed concern about fulfilling the chapel requirement each month when students are turned away at the doors because there are no seats left. “They shouldn’t turn people away and still expect us to keep our 70 percent,” she said. “We want to make a way for all of our students to attend chapel,” Harper said, adding that the large numbers make him hopeful that student involvement in chapel will increase. “We believe the large numbers indicate an excitement and an expectancy within the students about what God is doing and will do in our lives over the course of the semester and year.” E-mail Sara at sara.dawson@ leeclarion.com.
Continued from page 1 good because it was secure.” “I hated it… It was really unnecessary,” Alyssa Aldana, a of protection, I think they could have found a simpler way to do it. I like it better now.” “It’s a set back because it’s… slow to connect if you need to get something done. It’s more of a liability than a benefit in terms of time and efficiency,” junior Cordero Minnis said. Minnis said he liked that Clean Access protected him from viruses. However, he felt that there was a “more effective way to do it.” E-mail Oluwanifemi at oluwanifemi.afelumo@leeclarion. com.
Continued from page 1 “Not only are we thrilled with the quantity,” Cook said, “but we’re excited about the academic quality represented with the new students.” Lee’s new student transfer number of 259 students was also up from last year. For the third year in a row, Lee’s freshman to sophomore retention rate increased. This years retention rate was 73 percent, up one percent from last year’s rate of 72 percent. “Last year we showed an intentional effort to increase the retention rate and we are pleased with the results,” Cook said. The push included a special freshman chapel, with students’ first year reflections and a postchapel cookout, complete with bags and T-shirts for students welcoming them to the “30+ club.” The highest number of student transfers is seen between a student’s first and second year at a college. That’s not just a Lee statistic, it’s a national statistic, Cook added. The faculty were instrumental in helping to increase the retention rate, Cook said. E-mail Michelle at michelle. firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Lee University faculty member, Lisa Stephenson, recently received her Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Now an assistant professor of theology, Stephenson teaches several theology classes in the School of Religion. Lee’s Department of Theology welcomed Stephenson as a full-time instructor in the fall of 2007.
Jonathan Cutrell, a Lee University communications studies major, has won a Silver Student Addy for his web design in the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Chattanooga Addy competition.His Silver Addy is in Interactive Design (Category 8A) for his website jonathancutrell. com, which features videos, designs, and original photography. Cutrell is a junior communication student from Dothan, Ala.
Lee University is offering eight new specially-designed minicourses under its Encore Program, which allows individuals 60 and over to attend university courses for a small fee.With only a $25 fee for up to two courses, the Encore Courses will include Acting; The Book of Joel; Profiles of Life, Faith, and Politics in the Middle East; Conversational Spanish; Global Perspectives and a range of computer classes.
Lee University’s Graduate Counseling Program, is undergoing a renovation. Under the leadership of program director, Dr. Trevor Milliron, the graduate program is being reinvented to better fit the needs of graduate students and the worldwide community. Two degrees are currently offered: the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Science in School Counseling.
Cleveland provides affordable homes Cleveland, Tenn., was recently ranked in the top ten cheapest locations to live in by Business Week. By RICHARD YEAKLEY Staff Writer
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UP FOR GRABS : Affordable housing can be found abundantly.
Continued from page 1 "Our hotel had a pool, hot tub, queen sized beds and even a fridge. That’s way better than any dorm they could have given us.” The Residential Life office provided students staying in hotels with several different storage options. “Thankfully, I didn’t really have any heavy furniture or anything with me." Coleman said. "I know several people had their belongings spread out among several different storage locations.” There are more students than ever in auxiliary housing this year. The situation has turned the Residential Life office into a even busier place than usual. Auxiliary housing options have been in place for years. Students placed in auxiliary housing are assigned to a corresponding dorm, have room checks, curfew checks and abide by all other Lee University Residential Life rules, but the accommodations are usually apartments on the outskirts of the Lee's campus. “Growth always provides some tensions and requires flexibility and patience." Carlson said. "We really appreciate the patience students have had with this process.” Currently, all female students have received their permanent housing assignments, while a few male residents are still waiting. “Even though I was only living at the Wingate for four days, it was stressful being without a place to call home," Coleman said. "I almost felt displaced.” Lee University is not the only university struggling with housing issues. Other schools such as Baylor University in Texas and North Carolina State University have had similar issues this semester. To solve the problem, Balyor offered students $2,000 to students who would give up on campus housing and move off campus, Baylor's student newspaper The Lariat reported. Staff writer Sarah Rafigue of UWIRE contributed to this report. E-mail Taylor at taylor. email@example.com.
The study examined the cost to rent a home in contrast with the cost to owning and maintaining a home in cities across the country. It found cities where it was almost as inexpensive to buy as to rent. Cleveland was found to be the sixth cheapest city with the cost of owning a home being only 19 percent more than the cost of renting. “Cleveland is a nice place… [the cost of housing] would have been a consideration,” stated David Jackson, an engaged Lee student discussing his future in Cleveland after discovering the research. There are two distinct factors which have created this phenomenon: a drop in housing prices and a rise in the cost of rent. According to Business Week , the average cost of renting a home has risen to nearly $8400, while the cost of ownership now rests at just under $10,000. For Lee University students, the rising cost of renting and inability to invest in property has
driven many upperclassmen onto campus. In addition to the already cheap housing situation, the cost of living in Cleveland is only 92 percent of the national average, according to the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce. This is lower than many of the major industrial centers around the country and just slightly above the average of cities in Tennessee. Several of the other cities included in the top ten study by Business Week are Memphis, Tennessee; Providence, Rhode Island; and Dallas, Texas. The two cities where owning a house is cheaper than renting are Detroit and Pittsburgh. The Bradley County area is home to 12 Fortune 500 companies, according to the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce. It further reports that there is, as of the most recent county survey, only a six and a half percent unemployment rate. The ability to purchase a home in Cleveland, along with many job opportunities including Whirlpool, Mars and Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling has caused many married and engaged students, like Jackson, to consider remaining in Cleveland following graduation. E-mail Richard at richard. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lee University student Shuntrece Noel Byrd recently learned that she is a winner of the Most Promising Minority Student Scholarship. This national scholarship is provided by the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism and the Home Depot. Fourteen $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year to deserving minority students.
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september 4, 2009 | Lee Clarion LOS ANGELES — Disney is going to buy Marvel Comics. Disney will make more programming geared toward boys after the buy out. The deal is set to be finalized by the end of the year.
BOSTON — Speculates are being made as to who will fill the Senate seat left by Sen. Ted Kennedy to finish out his term. His wife has said she does not want to finish out his term. Some think that Kennedy’s nephew, Joseph Kennedy II, may finish out Ted Kennedy’s term. Before he died, Ted Kennedy said that he wanted an interim Senator to finish out his term.
DES MOINES, IOWA — Many are still hoping that a bipartisan health care reform proposal will be made. The committee is agreeing that the original proposed public option will not be a part of the final bill. Some feel that this is the result of the public outcry at numerous town hall meetings. The death of Ted Kennedy may also play a role in the direction that the bill goes.
LOS ANGELES — Two firefighters died in a fire in Angeles National Park . Arnie Quinones and Ted hall had lead everyone to shelter, however, the fire was still raging. The two men left to find a way to get there team around the fire. However, they could not see in the smoke and drove off the road and down the mountain side.
NEW YORK — Apple will be having an event in San Francisco on Sept. 9. They are expected to release a new product in its iPod line. These assumptions are based on Apple’s past events which always happen around this time of year.
NEW YORK — Consumers are becoming more interested in where their gasoline comes from. Some want the government to force gas stations to give this information. This stems from concern about how much money the U.S. is sending overseas to pay for oil. These people want the U.S. to produce more of its own oil and keep a little more U.S. money on U.S. soil.
Betty Baldree, ‘Voice of Lee University,’ retires The “Voice of Lee University” is retiring after 46 years of being the point of contact for many prospective students and their parents. By JOYANNA WEBER News Editor Betty Baldree is leaving her position as a receptionist and switchboard operator in the Higginbotham Administration Building at the end of August. In 1963, the same year that the administration building was constructed, Baldree started as a full time switchboard assistant with Lee. Baldree came to Lee looking for a job to supplement her husband’s income. At the time her husband was a teacher here, and they had two children. Since she answers the phone for Lee’s main number, it is hard to count how many people Baldree talks with on an average day. “There’s no way of telling,” she said, estimating more than 1,000. Baldree said she has enjoyed her job over the years. However, she really enjoyed the closeness Lee had when it was a smaller school. Baldree said that during her time at Lee she has most enjoyed the people. “Lee has been like a family.” As she retires, Baldree takes with her “a lot of good memories.” Stefanie Billings has known Baldree since 2006. Billings also has worked with Baldree since Aug. 10. “I will continue to see her at church …but I will still miss her classic ‘Lee University, how can I help you?’ voice ,”Billings said. Baldree made the decision to retire in early May, stating that she wants “more time with family while able.”
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Hello, Good bye: After 46 years of service, Betty Baldree has answered the Lee University phone for the last time. However, she said that if she had not made her decision in early May, the decision would have been influenced by the heart attack she had on May 28. Baldree said she needs to slow down and let her body catch up. “[The] Lee family is very supportive,” Baldree said. “They’ve been there for me.” When she retires, Baldree hopes to be more spontaneous, taking more short trips and vacations.
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“I plan to have fun with friends and family.” Baldree said. Baldree also plans to be more involved with the senior group at her church. She would also like to “get involved in some kind of Bible study”. She also hopes to spend more time reading inspirational and Christian novels. Email Joyanna at email@example.com.
Facebook, a social networking Web site designed to help college students stay connected , has recently been banned in China. By BROOKE DORRIS Contributing Writer
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A Lee University building has been pictured on the cover of the Cleveland Yellow Pages for the third time. By JOYANNA WEBER News Editor AT&T has chosen the School of Religion building to be on the cover of the new Cleveland telephone book. Dr. Terry Cross, Dean of the School of Religion, said he had only found out a few weeks ago that the School of Religion would be on the cover. “I was thrilled to see the final product and I am especially pleased that the SOR building at Lee University will be in over 80,000 homes and offices in this area,” Cross said. Cross said he felt the School of Religion was chosen for the cover because Lee is a central part of the Cleveland community. He said the SOR building was a “logical choice” because it was the most recent site of completed construction. For Cross, the cover “reminds the community and us about the importance of religion for our cultural and social lives.” There was an unveiling of the new Cleveland Yellow Pages on Friday, Aug. 14. in of the School of Religion building. “About 50 people from the community and the university came to see the front cover unveiled,” Cross said. “The mayor, Tom Rowland, and President Conn were given framed copies of the cover.” Other community leaders were also present. During the unveiling, a representative of from
AT&T “described the importance of Lee University for this community and expressed excitement about the cover,” Cross said. Cross said the unveiling was coordinated by Gary Ray, vice president for administration and his staff. However, Ray said Craig Grey worked with AT&T to get the building on the cover. Ray said that three out of the last four Cleveland Yellow Pages have featured Lee University buildings. The Paul Conn Student Union and the Center for the Humanities have also been featured on the front of the Cleveland Yellow Pages. Ray said having a Lee building on the front of the phone book is a good way to “facilitate relationship between Lee and the community.” Lee also has other connections with AT&T such as the AT&T scholarship given away at Lee Day. E-mail Joyanna at joyanna.weber@ leeclarion.com.
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“After the riot in China earlier this summer over the issue of job security, China’s central government decided to put a ban on a various number of social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all Google services that allow access to open communication. We either use proxy to access banned websites or we use the Chinese equivalent for the site,” said Elliot Li, a Lee student from China. The government assessed that putting a limit on social interaction and reducing the spread of the news of the riot would be a crucial step in the prevention of further outbreaks of violence. In China, many people use a website called renren.com and youku.com which are Chinese equivalents to Facebook and YouTube, respectively. The people of China are not struggling to interact with each other. It is possible that since the government is aware of these alternative Web sites, they were not trying to ban their citizens from all online communication but rather those that allowed interaction with people outside of the country in order to prevent further outbreaks of violence. “For many friends of mine who live in Mainland China they are happy and content using renren and youku,” Elliot said. “I rarely hear them complain.” E-mail Brooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Glittery hippies and musical snobs
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“Everything is glitter, it’s all glitter! I’m so glad I can share this with you!”
By MATTHEW YOUNG Tech Columnist
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“THE TIME IS NOW”: Dave Ghazarian, bass guitarist for Superchick, sings “Hero” from the Conn Center stage during U-Church on Aug. 30. like family. “We have at least one fight a year, which I think is healthy,” Dally said. Superchick lives up to its name with lyrics that encourage and empower women. Their music is a throwback to the female-driven electro-pop with a modern twist of punk/rock . Tricia said Superchick wants to make positive music “that a kid could think is cool enough to share with their friends.” “The 80’s is what I loved, especially the women… like Pat Benatar and Blondie and Cindy Lauper, they just grabbed this power thing vocally.” Tricia said However, Melissa said, “it wasn’t really a sexy kind of thing.” Trish agreed, adding that the “strong woman” in that era “had the kind of songs that made girls want to sing along.” Hsu handles their production, and the boys write most of the music. Melissa and Tricia said they have brainstorming sessions with Hsu in the studio. “I don’t feel like much of a songwriter yet, but Max takes our thoughts and makes them rhyme…or not,” Tricia said. This high energy band interacts with the audience throughout the performance. “I love the songs when the crowd goes crazy,” Dally said. Tricia said her favorite song to perform is “Rock What You Got.” “I feel like its one of the first songs we wrote that when I sing it on stage…I feel like I have to dance,”
Superchick’s recipe for a band 1. Mix creative personalities with good songs. 2. Add one responsible person and a good manager. 3. Have a lot of determination and love ready to be used. 4. Work through problems, become like a family. 5. Then you’ve got your band. Listen to Superchick’s complete interview and see photo gallery with the Lee Clarion at LeeClarion.com. Tricia said. “The crowd is forced to move.”. Songs like “One Girl Revolution” and “Me Against the World” have been used in movies such as Disney’s “Cadet Kelly” and the Legally Blonde movies. “Rock What You’ve Got” became the #2 song on iTunes after it was featured on ABC’s “Make It or Break It.” In September, Superchick will be touring with Barlow Girl, the infamous all-girl band that sparked their first single “Barlow Girl.” Fans have been wanting the combined tour for years, Mellisa said. “And its fun to do an all-girl tour.” E-mail Erin at email@example.com or Joyanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Game Review
“Dragons” sets new trend in American RPGs Sept. 9, “Dungeons & Dragons Online” will become the first free-to-play game developed in North America, establishing a new trend in marketing for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. By NATHAN MCKAY Life Editor “Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach” (Dragons) was released in Feb. 2006 by developer Turbine, the company who produced critically acclaimed “The Lord of the Rings Online.” “Turbine is blazing a new trail with an innovative new pricing structure that will deliver a new era of choice for the growing
market of online gamers, and we are very excited to invite players to work with us in the DDO Unlimited Beta program as we redefine how people play and pay for MMOs,” said Fernando Paiz, executive producer. Paiz was right. If the launch proves successful, a new trend could easily emerge in North American design, a trend which would drastically alter the traditional concept of paying for these tremendous multimillion dollar games. While the trend has yet to affect North American designers, free-to-play games are already the next generation in other countries such as Korea and Russia, where they dominate 90 percent of the gaming market.
But the simple question remains — how are the companies going to make money from these free games when they require such massive investment costs? Free-to-play developers generate revenue by selling in-game items that significantly enhance the player’s in-game experience. A common technique used by developers of these games is for the items to have a time limit, and after this expires, the item must be repurchased before use can continue. Turbine is introducing a similar
concept, where subscribers who pay monthly for service have access to all of the game’s features and extras, in addition to full customer support, whereas free players are restricted in many of the game’s features and do not have customer support. “Dungeons & Dragons Online” is the video game adaptation to the widely popular and classic fantasy role-playing “Dungeons & Dragons” currently produced by Wizards of the Coast. E-mail Nathan at email@example.com. Cover Art
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Chevron announced Friday that it would be installing 7,000 solar mirrors in Coalinga, Calif., during the next year.
By ERIN FAITH Music Critic You can imagine my inability to stifle a giggle when a fan ran up to me in the ladies bathroom, expressing her excitement of a glittery world. I left the hippie dancing in circles near the t-shirt stands and returned to my lawn seating at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Ga., where last weekend I enjoyed my first concert viewing of Ghostland Observatory. The concert was actually a headline for Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9), but miraculously Ghostland was opening for them, along with Bass Nector and a few other bands that were lame and not worth mentioning. I should really go to concerts more often. The fans alone are worth the 2-hour drive. I went to an arts high school, so when I say that I’ve never in my life seen so many hippies, it carries some weight. But of course these are “trance hippies,” most of whom are harmless, and almost all use the title as an excuse to get by with as few clothes as possible. Bass Nector was a series of layered sounds that only served to provide a background static to talk around. STS9 is a delightful mix of trippy jam band and blues progressions, but definitely not why I bought the ticket. I was there for Ghostland Observatory, my new 80’s-electronic-pop obsession. Imagine the beats of Flock of Seagulls (without the hair, although Ghostland is known for performing in capes), the loops of Daft Punk, but the vocal range of Freddy Mercury. And while Pitchfork.com called Ghostland the “Daft Punk for frat boys,” I’d like to hang my hat of musical snobbery on one simple fact: It’s fun. If you’ve secretly had Britney Spears’ “Toxic” stuck in your head for years, if you get a mischievous pleasure from singing 3OH!3 and MGMT songs; leave it alone, and just enjoy it. E-mail Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instead of absorbing the sun’s energy and converting it into power, these solar mirrors will be aimed at a single tower. The concentrated heat from the combined panels will evaporate a water supply held inside the tower. The steam generated by this reaction will be pumped underground to heat up heavy oil reserves, making the extraction process easier. These different energy-generating mechanisms are employed because it creates the best balance of efficiency, production and environmental impact. Chevron is currently using natural gas for this process. Once the installation is built, it will free up the gas for other needs. Not only will this decrease the cost of oil extraction, it will also decrease the pollution generated by employing renewable energy sources. Some critics of this plan say that these mirrors would be better used to hold solar cells to generate electricity rather than continue a reliance on oil. The problem with this theory is that solar energy is still extremely inefficient and expensive. The next logical step is to ask why drill for oil when the steam could be used to power a turbine. Unfortunately, the amount of steam available is not enough for such a device in California, but in other places that’s exactly what it’s used for. Solar energy is much more efficient when it is used in conjunction with other energy sources. Other critics also point out that the water used to create the steam will be removed from the natural ecosystem that it was originally part of. This is not quite true. The water expended underground will seep back into wells and underground reservoirs, placing it back into the ecosystem. Although the end goal is still oil, it’s important to acknowledge that the energy market is looking for alternative energy. Solar energy is not efficient by itself, but it has aided the oil extraction process greatly. Clean, renewable energy is something that would be wonderful if it were readily accessible. Many people concerned about the environment cry out for more investment in solar and wind power, but so far that simply is not plausible. Solar energy is one of the most inefficient ways of generating electricity, and wind turbines cause massive amounts of erosion damage to the environment. Oil is still by far one of the cheapest energy-dense materials available to man and, until a good alternative is found, must be used. E-mail Matthew at matthew. email@example.com.
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“NEVER SAW IT COMING”: John Cotton and Jake Barry of Oh So Cavalier play at the Mayfield Commons on Aug. 28.
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LOVE The 10-day romance: Don’t do it
It’s the beginning of the school year and with that comes the addition of new members to your friend circle. By BEN JONES Love Columnist Like it or not, these invaders will subvert a long-standing member of the fellowship into inviting them along and upset the current accepted social order among you and your friends. Will she take your place as the cute one? Will he oust you as the alpha male? The consequences can be numerous and sometimes quite unforeseen. There is always a silver-lining to the ominous cloud of an upset social order. Because when a new member enters the group, new possibilities enter the group as well. If we’re completely honest with each other, we’ll admit that when a new person comes along, it doesn’t take us long to begin wondering if this person is someone that we could date. And now I reach the thesis of today’s argument (which since this paper is only published every two weeks, is actually 14 days worth of theses). Everyone likes everyone for at least 10 days. Why 10 days you might ask? Because anyone is willing to brush their teeth and floss for 10 days, but sooner or later flossing becomes what it has always been – the bane of hygienic existence. People are willing to work to impress one another for a period of 10 days, but after that the floss hits the fan. There are very few people on the planet who are unable to keep their cool for at least 10 days. But during these 10 days, all of the things they are irked by are slowly building up inside of them. If you’ve ever read the label of a two-liter, there’s a warning that says something like this: “contents under pressure – point away from people when opening to avoid bodily injury.” After 10 days of shaking the bottle, people are bound to explode and it’s not going to be pretty when they do. (For a visual demonstration of this metaphor, purchase a can of baked beans and place them, unopened, on the eye of your stove and once they are sufficiently hot, attempt to open them. Then duck.) Ten days is just long enough to not know anything important about a person. To find out who they are, you need to hang around a little longer. There’s a saying that maintains that “only fools rush in,” and this is without a doubt the most helpful warning I can offer. Take time to get to know a person before you decide that you want to pursue them. There’s this general fear that another shark might come in and steal away the object of your affection if you wait too long, but the person who you would like to pursue will be incredibly thankful that you were sure you wanted to make things happen before you asked them to be “Facebook official.” And waiting more than 10 days to open the beans gives the can a chance to cool down. I told you to duck. E-mail Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animals are a huge part of the circle of life and our daily lives. Many of us grew up with pets, have a favorite animal and love anything that has fur, gives you kisses and lets you guide it around with a leash. (Don’t you wish your boyfriend was that great? Minus the fur.) By ANDREA MOWERY Activism Columnist Man’s best friend just got better. The Hollywood idea of Lassie helping little Timmy out of the well is a real-life concept for organization Helping Paws Healing Hearts. This new non-profit organization was started by Amy Hicks who has her educational specialist degree (Ed. S) in administration and supervision and a master’s degree in counseling. Combining her background in mental health and education with her passion for helping children through animal-assisted activities, she began Helping Paws. The unique and special part of Helping Paws is Hick’s co-workers Larry and Daryl: two black labs with big hearts. The Helping Paws Healing Hearts Web site has a page where Larry describes “himself” and how he came to be a therapy dog. He relates an amusing story of his accident with a car with the moral being “do not chase things unless you are sure you want to catch them. What you are chasing might turn around and chase you, then what?” Daryl’s story is just as sweet with more background information of how the dogs were adopted and sent to manners school to become therapy dogs: “They say we are therapy dogs but we really do not know
what that means. All we know is that we love to meet new friends. Sometimes the kids seem sad but after my brother and I love on them they usually find a smile.” Helping Paws’ mission statement is “to enrich the lives of children by providing unconditional love through educational and social programming.” Hicks, Larry and Daryl go into classrooms and help the children to learn and play with the use of the dogs to keep them interested. Between visiting schools, Larry and Daryl visit their favorite Alzheimer’s hospital weekly to see their friends. These dogs have a had a great impact everywhere they go, with children writing poems and letters to the dogs after they leave thanking them and saying how they hope to they come back. Hicks has also just written a book called Character Tales: Learning to Respect the Rules. Also, to learn more about the organization, read The Lemonade Stand, by David Justus, x includes stories about multiple nonprofit organizations including Helping Paws and Healing Hearts. The sales of these books help to cover some costs of the program and all the good is does for our children in the area. To help Hicks, Larry and Daryl continue what they are doing, donations can be made at their Web site: http://www.helpingpawshealinghearts.com. If you don’t want to donate money, they also accept time and support. Just send Hicks an e-mail asking if you can help in any way or encouragement can brighten anyone’s day. Stop by the Web site to look at all the adorable pictures of Larry and Daryl and find out more information about Helping Paws Healing Hearts. E-mail Andrea at email@example.com.
Tarantino returns to revenge with “Inglourious Basterds” You haven’t seen the best film this fall until you’ve seen Quentin Tarantino’s return to the big screen with “Inglourious Basterds.”
who kills her entire family. She seeks refuge in Lieutenant Aldo Raine and his Basterds. He Paris, changes her name to Emmanuelle Mim- takes his troupe throughout France, putting fear ieux and becomes the owner of a cinema. in the Nazi party by performing violent killings Emmanuelle and her cinema become the in- on any Nazi that gets in their way, including vioterest of Nazi war hero Frederick lent and graphic scalpings. Zoller, who has recently become During this time, the British are the lead actor in the film of his informed of the film premiere in Parown war story. He convinces the is and find it a golden opportunity to director to change the premiere of take down many Nazi officials. The the film to Emmanuelle’s small group aligns with British Lieutenant cinema. At this premiere will be Archie Hicox and actress-turnedmany high-ranking officers of the secret agent, Bridget von HammersNazi party, including Hitler himmark to access the cinema and kill as self, Emmanuelle sees this as the many Nazis as possible. perfect opportunity to seek her Email Kevin at kevin.brown@leerevenge. clarion.com. The other story centers around Promotional Poster
By KEVIN BROWN Staff Writer Tarantino sticks to his roots by producing a non-chronological, multi-story arc approach at war and re-writing history. Without giving anything away, the film, set in Nazi occupied France during World War II, revolves around two basic story lines with two major plot points: getting revenge and dissolving the Nazi party. The story of revenge revolves around Shoshanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish girl who survives an attack by S.S. Colonel Hans Landa,
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Book explores patriarchy and the power of love “The Poisonwood Bible” has been the subject of many literary critics, mostly portrayed in a positive light. By JENNIFER MARTIN Book Critic Barbara Kingsolver, mostly known for her books about civil right issues, went out of her way to create a different and unique kind of novel. And this is precisely why it’s her bestselling novel to date. The plot centers on the Price family, their mission to the Congo in the 1960s and the family’s subsequent downfall over three decades. Nathan Price is a controlling, abusive, close-minded preacher who sees his mission to save the “heathens” of Africa greater than anything else. To an extent, his character represents the overtaking of African nations by Europe, and parallels the independence of Congo from Belgium. His wife Orleanna is a passive woman who is not respected by anyone. Their four daughters – Rachel, twins Leah and Adah, and Ruth May are as different as can be. Rachel, the oldest, is a materialistic, vain beauty. She resents being in Africa and wants nothing more than to live in comfort and wealth. Leah and Adah are both gifted, though Leah is a perky, optimistic tomboy who desperately wants to please her father, while Adah is a cynical, mute, detached, brilliant hemiplegic. Ruth May, the youngest, brings a voice of innocence to the twisted lives of the Price family. She has the most spirit, and of all the family, she alone manages to befriend the natives. The novel is divided into various sections – Genesis, The
Revelation, Judges, Bel and the Serpent, Exodus, and the Song of the Three Children and The Eyes in the Trees. All references to the actual Bible. Each chapter within the section is told in first person from the perspective of a different sister, and a handful of beginning sections are told from the perspective of the mother, well after the Congo. Other than the beginning chapters of each section, the book is still in chronological order to display the unfortunate downfall of the Price family in the Congo. Kingsolver’s ability to write from five very different perspectives reveals her talents more than anything else. Adah’s chapters in particular showed her power to manipulate the English language (and a little of Congolese and French) – she wrote in palindromes, poems, and riddles. It was a pleasure to read, and inspiring to boot. “The Poisonwood Bible” may seem like a bit of a sacrilegious title. The book is in no way religious, but it’s not quite sacrilegious either. It just demonstrates the importance of understanding other cultures, the horrors of American ethnocentrism, and the horrible tragedies of disease and famine in the Congo, where Kingsolver herself lived as a child. It’s a fairly heavy novel to take in, and it was very emotionally taxing to read, but it wasn’t a completely tragic tale. The book shows the triumph over fierce patriarchy, the power of love (however much of a cliché theme that might be) and ultimately, the enlightenment that being in touch with creation can bring. E-mail Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover Art
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Chris Brown says he still loves Rihanna, even after biting, hitting and choking her. A judge ordered five years of probation, a year of domestic violence counseling and six months of community labor. “What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t me...”
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office released a report on Aug. 28 concluding that Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray will most likely be charged with the manslaughter case due to his involvement with administering sedatives to Jackson.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing in accepting bribes for Obama’s vacant Senate seat. It continues to amaze as the publicly impeached former governor claims that he was innocent, despite direct evidence.
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Editorial Board Michelle Bollman • Joyanna Weber • nathan mckay saralyn norkus • sara dawson • Beecher Reuning Brady Callahan
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Embrace Lee’s diverse opportunities Lee University has many elements that make it unique. However, the one that is most widely appreciated is its diversity. Lee is different from many Christian universities because it does not require students to believe a certain way in order to attend. Lee accepts people from every denomination and non-denomination, and students who are still figuring out exactly what they believe. Lee is also diverse in other ways. Multiple countries are represented by the students here. Many professors also come from other countries to teach. This diversity gives students the chance to experience another culture even before they go on their cross cultural trip. There are many ways that can do this. One way to experience a friend’s culture is simply by asking them to tell one about their culture. Lee also has multiple diversity clubs. This clubs provide a great opportunity for students to learn about and experience other cultures while meeting new people. Find out which professors are from cultures that you are interested in learning about, especially if you have to take a foreign language. Even if the course does not seem to give them opportunity to talk about their culture, one can be sure that it will come up some time. Appreciating other cultures is important is today’s society and workplace which often involves international companies. Also knowing about other cultures can make a student feel more comfortable in a variety of situations.
Narcissism in American media The media seems more fascinated with the death of Michael Jackson than the details of the most expensive legislation in the history of the United States. Simply put, most people can tell you more about Michael Jackson’s death than they can tell you about the stimulus bill, political tensions in Latin America, or the war in Iraq. Quite frankly, this kind of sensationalized coverage is reflective of America’s ever-increasing narcissism. Why focus on real-life events or situations that will powerfully impact and shape the history of the next generation when we can mourn the death of America’s beloved pop star for the next few months? People who dwell on sensationalized media have a frightening tendency to believe what they see or hear, regardless of its legitimacy. If you were told day after day that something is true when you know it to be false, wouldn’t you doubt what you believe? In 1938, panic and outrage raced across the United States when thousands of people were deceptively led to believe that Earth was encountering an invasion from Mars. The broadcast, which excluded commercial breaks to enhance the supposed dramatic effect, presented the story in a news bulletin format. While this sounds completely ridiculous, the public was outraged when they learned the truth. Deception by mainstream media sources is not farfetched.
Vigilante justice is not justice “...the tactics of certain protest groups were viel and unncessary.” Hypocrisy is a unique, but not unfamiliar, flavor in the world of politics and religion. By MORGAN GRAY Liberal Columnist Recently, George Tiller, a highprofile doctor who performed late term abortions, was murdered. He was shot at point-blank range, in the face, at a Lutheran church in Kansas. The irony is palpable. I’m sorry, but I was under the impression that Christians upheld the Ten Commandments. There’s this one that really sticks out in my mind. Oh, right: “Thou shalt not kill!” I’m fairly certain that this is the argument many anti-abortion, prolife activists scream at the women who have to literally dash through a downpour of slanderous insults to reach the abortion clinic. Personally, I am pro-choice. I don’t feel that is the government’s duty to place Christian morals on a nation. However, even if I were prolife, I would think that the tactics of certain protest groups were vile and unnecessary. For example, the protesters outside of Tiller’s clinic, and the clinic operated by his friend, LeRoy Carhart, drive around a van with the image of dismembered fetus parts plastered on the side of it. Anti-abortion activists call these vehicles “Truth Trucks.” Well, truthfully, that is one disgusting way of making a point. Those images are just as offensive as an image of a naked woman, and honestly, more nauseating. But, for the sake of making a point, these images are allowed. These images are free speech. The images aren’t pornographic, but
necessary to make a point. The Christians who do this feel that they are justified by God Himself. I’m sure that the person who slaughtered George Tiller felt justified in doing so. The Ten Commandments are not conditional. God didn’t tell Moses, “Thou shalt not kill, unless the person you want to kill has done a really bad thing. Then, by all means, spill his brains in my house. That’s totally kosher.” The real thing that concerns me is that these protesters expect to reach people with their violent testimony. In an ideal world, people would be able to share their opinions peacefully, and without fear of persecution. Even if others disagreed, they should be able to do so in love. Honestly, nothing is going to push someone away from the kingdom of God quite like condemning them to Hell as they walk into an abortion clinic. And nothing reeks of hypocrisy quite like murdering a man in the name of God. What it all boils down to is this: justice is not the job of the Christian population. Justice is not the job of vigilantes. Justice is the job of the government, and Tiller was doing something completely legal in the eyes of the law. What he did, or didn’t do, should have been left between him and God. So, let’s leave justice up to the government on earth and up to God in heaven. I hope both of them have something to say to the guilty parties in Tiller’s murder. I can’t imagine someone being rewarded for murder, either in heaven or on earth. E-mail Morgan at morgan. email@example.com.
Kelsy Black “It’s way hotter here than it is in Atlanta. You leave your dorm with your hair straight and it turns into a Chia Pet.”
Angie McCain “The people in Atkins-Ellis have the most wonderful RD: Jubilee Criswell. And she has the most adorable son, Damien! First evens RA Rachael White is the bomb, too!”
Editor’s Inbox A lesson in law
I am one of the Encore students that your university has allowed to continue their education. I also walk across your campus daily, accompanied by my two dogs, on a three mile a day walk to downtown Cleveland for exercise of my 70-yearold body. I am always happy to see and chat with students but have noticed a disturbing trend among many of them. They are withdrawing from personal contact into the technology of text messaging, ear buds and cell phones.
In addition, some of the students are violating local laws that help protect pedestrians. The students are using bicycles on sidewalks without consideration for courtesy, safety or the local laws. I was struck from behind on a sidewalk by a careless bicycling students las year and am particularly sensitive to this issue. Last evening I was startled by a bicyclist who rolled by me on the sidewalk, in the dark and from the rear, at maximum speed along Parker Street. Then two more students, riding side by side blocked the sidewalk for
Lacy Anderson my passage. Cleveland municipal code section 16-108 reads that it is, “…unlawful for any person…to ride, push, or place any vehicle across or upon any sidewalk in such manner as to unreasonably interferes with or inconveniences pedestrians using the sidewalk…” I have also noticed that many of you who drive automobiles on or near the campus are now running the stop signs. Let us hope that you are not sent home in a box or cause some other family grief. Gene McNeill
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“It is with this zeal that Kennedy demonstrated a spirit of bipartisanship throughout his career and in every public venture he attempted.”
Kennedy’s legacy defines bipartisanship While the vast majority of the late Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy’s legislative objectives would likely be regarded as liberal in terms of political ideology, many Democrats and Republicans alike often overlook the conscientious attitude of bipartisanship he demonstrated during his more than four decades in the United States Senate. By JUSTIN WALLACE Moderate Columnist Despite some of his earlier setbacks and pitfalls, including the infamous incident at Chappaquiddick and a number of other personal misfortunes, Ted Kennedy was a voice of rallying decisiveness to his colleagues, allies and rivals. Regardless of individual political motives or preferences, let us take a moment to examine the professional accomplishments of the man who came to be known as the “lion of the Senate.” Throughout his tenure, Kennedy was best known as one of the most forthright and compelling Senate proponents of liberal causes and bills; he was a champion for healthcare reform (particularly in defending the mentally ill and economically disadvantaged), equal rights, education, border security and anti-war advocacy. Through many of his other successes, such as reforming and later activating the abolition of the national draft, Kennedy demonstrated a life of public service. Although he ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1980, Kennedy was a man who desired to affirm the better nature of politics, a
desire to improve the quality of life of every American through his work in Washington, D.C., and in Massachusetts. Perhaps one of Kennedy’s most important insights was that he saw the new direction of American politics, and, even though he strongly differed from the mainstream conservative agenda, he nonetheless attempted to achieve important legislative goals by crossing the aisle and working, albeit steadily, to enact progressive social change. Many of his colleagues will admit Sen. Kennedy was a man of unyielding dedication to his work and to his party. He simultaneously strove to work with a sense of mediation for the good of the nation. It is with this zeal that Kennedy demonstrated a spirit of bipartisanship throughout his career and in every public venture he attempted. For instance, although colleague John McCain openly disagreed with many of Ted Kennedy’s policies and political philosophies, the senator and 2008 Republican candidate for president remarked positively on Kennedy’s endless determination as an advocate. “A great part of the legacy of Ted Kennedy is his passionate advocacy,” McCain said. “Whether he won or lost, he was always in the game.” Regardless of one’s own ideological preferences or preconceptions about Kennedy, it is important that we recognize his legacy as a United States senator and as a man who, despite a few moral shortcomings and pitfalls and terminal illness in the last year of his service as senator, was a courageous advocate for countless issues whose work inevitably benefited many Americans. E-mail Justin at email@example.com.
Recycle. Rethink. Republican. “We should never support mindless environmental policies...” At times, the political culture at Lee University is truly ironic. By DANIEL DIFFENDERFER Conservative Columnist On one hand, we’ve had entire seminars and lectures discussing our environmental responsibility towards curbing Global Warming, yet we miss some of the most basic fundamental tasks of using our natural resources responsibly. Perhaps the most glaring issue on campus is in regards to recycling. While there are several paper recycling bins around campus, we don’t have a single readily accessible bin to recycle plastic bottles. The average American produces around five pounds of waste a day. With the emergence of bottled water as an increasingly trendy option, the matter is only exacerbated. The bottom line is this: our landfills are simply not getting any
emptier. When I was elected chairman of Lee University’s College Republicans, one of our goals was to shift the way conservatives on campus view certain fundamental issues, that includes the environment. Of every plastic bottle used, only 25 percent of them actually get recycled. However, considering that Lee doesn’t offer its students any sort of recycling options at the moment, it’s safe to assume that most students simply discard their empty bottles in the trash. The average American will throw away nearly 125 plastic bottles in a single year. With just over 4000 students attending Lee, that means we at Lee University alone produce approximately 500,000 plastic bottles that go directly into landfills. Even if Lee’s recycling program only proved to be 50 percent successful, we’d still be looking at
saving 250,000 bottles from being needlessly wasted. We should never support mindless environmental policies that obviously support certain political agendas, we shouldn’t be afraid to examine the facts and pursue those facts to their logical ends. As a conservative Republican, it is my belief that we should use our natural resources as responsibly as possible. Recycling and other such programs that have a tangible, positive impact on the environment should be embraced and not shunned by the conservative movement. Let’s support real environmental solutions to real environmental problems. Daniel Diffenderfer is a sophomore political science major and was recently elected chairman of Lee University’s College Republicans. E-mail Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fantasy becomes a Reality SEAT
Six former Lee baseball These are the glory days for Lee University baseball and for head coach Mark Brew. By ZACH SOUTHARD Staff Writer On Thursday June 11, 2009, only two years after former infielder Lance Zawadski put Lee on the map for Major League teams, pitcher Jeff Ibarra was selected in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball first year player draft by the San Diego Padres. That was just the beginning. Five days later on June 16, utility infielder Brian Bistagne signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins, followed by the Padres signing of outfielder Julian Alvarez. Pitchers Pablo Lopez and Josh Rose, as well as first baseman Chris Warters all signed Independent League contracts for the River City Rascals. While the professional signing of six players from a smaller, private school like Lee may come as a shock to many, Brew was never caught off guard. “We sort of anticipated some of our guys would get taken, so it was certainly special to be able to hear Jeff’s name get called,” said Brew. “We had to wait a couple of days for Julian and Brian to work out their contracts, so it was a bit more trying for them.” Ibarra, a 6’6” southpaw credits Brew for really putting his name out there. Padres scout Ashley Lawson really took note of the lefty and Alvarez. “The first thing you notice is body. Julian has a physical body, and he looks good in uniform,” said Lawson. “Jeff has the body and the arm angle. To make it as a pitcher you have to have some-
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thing different, and Jeff definitely has that advantage being a left hander.” Ibarra, currently with the Eugene Emeralds, has posted a 1-3 record so far this season, but has struck out a remarkable 36 batters through 38.2 innings of work out of the bullpen with a dismal 10 walks. Alvarez, who has already moved up one level to class A out of Lake Elsinore, has tallied a .203 average with 1 home run and 7 RBIs. Bistagne, who spent two seasons with the Flames and emulates the defensive style of his childhood idol Cal Ripken, couldn’t be happier playing for the franchise that signed him. “The Twins is a great organization to be a part of,” Bistagne said. “They do a great job in developing their young players, and moving them along the minor league system.” Through 34 games, Bistagne has totaled a .218 average with 9 RBI’s and two stolen bases with the Twins Gulf Coast Rookie League team, but it may be his defense that continues to impress: he has posted an .857 fielding percentage. Brew believes a player like Bistagne is important for any franchise because of his utility to play both positions in the middle infield. “Versatility is a key for him,” Brew said. “There are a lot of guys who have hung the big leagues for a long time because they are versatile.” By signing free agent contracts, players like Bistagne and Alvarez may have to work increasingly harder to get their shot at the big leagues, but Rose, Warters and Lopez might have the toughest road of them. All three are starting in
the Independent League, which has no affiliation to any Major League team yet includes former marquee big league players such as Rickey Henderson, Darryl Strawberry and J.D. Drew. Rose, a 2004 18th round draft pick out of high school by the Twins, spent two seasons with the Flames and credits both Brew’s strong Christian values and the coaching staff for helping him reach the pinnacle of his game so far. “Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be here without them and the extra effort the coaches put in,” Rose said. “Coaches that were Christian helped me more. Other colleges tend to go after the better player not necessarily the person.” Through 32.1 innings of work with the Rascals, Rose has posted a 1-2 record out of the bullpen with 30 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .258 average. What the Flames may miss most this season is the leadership role the six players provided the team. The loss of players like Lopez, whom Brew described as being “just a winner” for the club, and Warters, who leaves a heavy hole in the middle of the lineup as well as first base, has the club in a tight spot for now. “It’s going to hurt, it hurts anytime you lose a good group of guys like that,” said Brew, “And it helps when that leadership comes from your better players, and I think they did a good job of that, that was something they brought to the table.” Brew describes these “example guys” as players who show offthe-field leadership as well as an on-field presence. “They just go out and get their work done and show the model,” said Brew. The signing of these six players
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IN FULL SWING: Former Lee player Brian Bistagne now plays with the Twins. may make the attracting the at- all 30 Major League teams will be tention of pro scouts easier in the represented. future, especially with scouts like “It says a lot about our program Lawson, a former Tennessee Wes- because not too long ago, maybe leyan coach, who enjoy targeting six or seven years ago we’d have some of the smaller programs. maybe half the teams at our scout “It takes a lot to go ut to the day,” Brew said. “It shows that we smaller schools and evaluate play- do have the players that have the ers,” said Lawson. “Anyone can go ability that they’re looking at to out and scout the guys up at UT, advance forward. When you have but a lot of people shy away from three guys in a year sign a pro congoing to the smaller schools, so I tract, that gets their attention.” see that as an opportunity.” E-mail Zach at zach.southard@ Sept. 22, Brew will be holding a leeclarion.com. scout day at Olympic Field where
At a Glace: Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country Aug. 29: Lee Invitational vs. Tenn. Wesleyan 20-35, TWC Men’s Cross Country Aug. 29: Lee Invitational vs. Tenn. Wesleyan 15-50, TWC
Men’s Soccer 2-0-1 Aug. 22: Win, 3-0 vs. Truett-McConell Aug. 22: Tie, 0-0 in 2 OT vs. Bethel College Aug. 29: Win, 1-0 vs. Lindenwood University
Q. What has been your past golfing experience? A. My past golfing experience includes playing collegiately at Berry College in Rome, Ga. I was fortunate enough to participate in 3 national championships and be on a team that finished fifth at the national tournament. I also received all-conference and all-region honors individually. Since then I have continued to play tournament golf and have had success playing amateur golf during the summers. I think this really helps me relate to my players and what they are going through. Q. When did you realize that you were interested in golf? A. Actually, my dad played college golf and played a lot of tournament golf when I was growing up, so I was always around it, but I really started getting interested in golf around the age of 10 when my Dad took me to a Masters practice round, and after that experience I was hooked! Q. When did you realize that you were interested in becoming a golf coach? A. Well, I think most golfers who play in college have some aspirations to one day play professionally and it was no different for me. However, after my junior year of college I went and worked at the University of Georgia golf camp and it really opened my eyes to the possibility of being a college golf coach. Also, I consider myself somewhat of a sports nut and I have always been intrigued by recruiting and the impact a coach can have with his or her players. Q. What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received? A. That’s a pretty tough choice, but I have always been told that “you can be whatever you resolve yourself to be.” That has always encouraged me to chase my dreams and work hard at whatever it is you want to do.
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Taking initiative: Linn Christensen and the Lady Flames defeated Emory University, 4-0. All eyes are on the Lady Flames soccer team worked to adjust and fit into the soccer program,” this year after they finished 24-1-1 last season Achten said. and won the school’s first national championship Achten has high goals for the team this season, last year. as well as herself. She tore her ACL in the semifinal game last year and was unable to play in the By BRYAN SANDERS national championship game. Staff Writer “It was really hard to sit and watch because I really wanted to play, but I’m just happy to be After graduating only two players last year, back and looking forward to getting back to the most of the team’s starters are returning in ad- championship, ”Achten said. “I want us all to dition to a promising class of freshman players. work together to produce a team that’s even more Some of those players include Kim Conrad, successful [than last year] on and off the field and Louise Fensome, Amy Cochran, Claire Lanter win back-to-back national championships.” and Kim Muratta. The Lady Flames began their season playing “I knew I was going to have to work hard. The away in the Cougar Classic, against Azusa Paexpectations from the coaches as well as the oth- cific and California Baptist. They returned home er players is that you put forth your best effort,” to Cleveland with a 2-1 record, having beaten says freshman keeper Leah Wilson. Azusa Pacific 1-0, lost to California Baptist 0-1 Senior midfielder and captain, Jenna Achten, in two overtimes, and recently won against Emhas been encouraged by the potential of the new- ory University, 4-0. comers. E-mail Bryan at bryan.sanders@leeclarion. “I’ve been impressed with the way they’ve com.
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Pressing on: Nathan Bennett pushes toward the finish line at the Lee Invitational. Lee University's men's and women's cross country teams started the season with decisive victories against Tennessee Wesleyan College on Aug. 29 at the Lee Invitational in Fletcher Park. Individually, the Flames dominated the top seven with four Lee runners tying for first place at 27:19.21. The first five Flames runners all broke the course record of 27:41. The Lady Flames swept second through sixth place, and both teams took first place overall. For details and highlights of the meet, watch the video available at LeeClarion.com.
Women’s Soccer 1-1 Aug. 27: Win, 1-0 vs. Azusa Pacific Aug. 29: Lost, 0-1 in 2 OT vs. California Baptist
Women’s Soccer 2-3 Aug. 28: Win, 3-0 vs. Point Loma Aug. 29: Lost, 1-3 vs. Vanguard Sept. 1: Win, 2-3 vs. Alabama Huntsville
Q. How did you come to be the coach at Lee University? A. While I was playing golf at Berry College I competed against Lee a lot, so I became somewhat familiar with the school and the conference. After a semester of graduate school I found out that Coach Souther was retiring and I knew this was a position I would be interested in. I applied to for the job and was fortunate enough to get an interview. I have family in both Cleveland and Chattanooga, and I am from Tennessee as well, so I was familiar with the area. For the extended version of this article visit LeeClarion. com. Women’s Golf Placed 3rd in the Lindsey Wilson Invitational
Lee Clarion | september 4, 2009 SPORTS fitness Lee students find entertainment away from campus 8
Stay healthy all winter long
Just because you all may be storing away all those summer clothes and swimsuits, doesn’t mean you have to store away your healthy habits as well.
race away: Dirt track racing can offer entertainment.
By ISABELLE SLICK Fitness Columnist I am obliged to give a few general health tips that you can carry on with you into the spectacular fall semester: Check ingredients/Read the labels: Hello?! We’re in college, Isabelle, we have no money and when there is food in front of our faces, we’re gonna take advantage of it. Well, don’t! Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a free ticket for you to starve yourselves. All I’m saying is be attentive of the types of food that you are taking into your body. Try to steer clear of hydrogenated oils(trans fat), sodium nitrate (did you know that without this, hot dogs and bacon would look gray? Gross) and foods with artificial coloring. Watch your portions: Even if your sleep schedule is way out of whack, try to watch how much food you are eating at every meal. I would suggest eating approximately 5-6 times per day eating smaller portions rather eating 2-3 times per day consuming a meal prepared for three. Don’t allow yourself to get overly hungry. Bring snacks with you to class, professors don’t mind. Snack ideas: dry almonds, raisins, fruit, veggies, crackers (watch the sodium levels) or protein bars (I especially like Clif Bars and Luna bars). Exercise, even if it’s as simple as walking: Think about it, walking to class is exercise. If you are not really into the whole gym scene, you can still get your daily dose of physical activity. Here are a few things you can do. Park farther away. It may be simple, but trust me, it makes a difference. Say your class is in Walker Memorial, park your car near the library or the new Mayfield building. And to give yourself a challenge, power walk! Hey, it wouldn’t hurt to burn a few more calories, right? Do planks; planks are a holding exercise that targets your core muscles. Get in a push up position then drop your forearms to the ground and hold. Now, try not to allow your back to curve. Really engage your core and feel the burn while you do this! For starters, hold this position for approximately 20 seconds. Each time you do this, add 5 seconds. Well, I hope these tips are of some assistance to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! Good luck and I wish you the best! Isabelle Slick is currently a trainer at The Rush Fitness Complex. E-mail Isabelle at email@example.com.
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Wet and wild: Rafting on the Ocoee River is a popular pastime for Lee students.
Lee University students do not lack a way to get involved with outdoor sports and activities while at school. By SARALYN NORKUS Sports Editor From getting involved in intramural and club sports to attending Lee Flames or Lady Flames games, the options offered to students are seemingly endless. On-campus activities are not the only possibilities for students as there are still many things to do around the vicinity. Outdoors aficionados rejoice; Lee’s campus is only a 25-minute drive away from the wilderness that makes up Cherokee National Forest. From hiking and biking trails to camping, Cherokee National Forest presents fun and sometimes challenging activities. The Ocoee River is located in the heart of the national forest and is the home to one of the 1996 U.S. Olympic sites.
The Ocoee offers the chance for adventure seekers to get up close and personal with the whitewater, be it through kayaking or whitewater rafting. 22-year-old Lee alumnus Jon Hall, is currently a river guide for O.A.R. (Outdoor Adventure Rafting). “I can’t believe they pay me for it,” said Hall. “It combines physical exercise, outdoor beauty, and heart-pounding adventure…the trifecta of fun.” The rafting outpost is still offering weekend trips at a discounted rate of $35-$40 per person, said Hall. A raft can hold six people and the river guide. “Rafting caters to everyone. Young, old, anyone can raft,” said Hall. “We’re only 25 minutes away from campus so why wouldn’t people try it?” Race fans looking to enjoy a dose of speed can journey 5-10 minutes down South Lee Highway to experience dirt track racing at the Cleveland Speedway. Races occur on Saturday evenings, and the cost is $12 for adults, unless there is a special event race planned.
Lee’s double threat Full-time volleyball player will also play with the Lady Flames basketball The Lee University athletic program has recently added a double threat to its line-up. By CHRISTIN WALKER Staff Writer Kayla Carlisle, a transfer student-athlete from Berry College, is a new addition to both the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams this year. Carlisle decided to transfer to Lee after Berry decided to move to NCAA Division 3 and could no longer support athletic scholarships or compete in post-season tournaments. “I also was never truly happy [at Berry], and I always felt like God had something much better out there for me,” Carlisle said. Transferring to a new school and juggling a two-sport schedule might sound tough, but Carlisle feels prepared for the work load. “All my life I have been involved in as many sports and activities as I could because, oddly enough, I love having a super busy schedule.” Carlisle is a fulltime volleyball player this fall, but she still works out with the basketball team and will begin practicing with them twice a week begin-
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Mohamed Aden scored with only 13 seconds remaining in the first half and the Lee men’s soccer team played excellent defense the rest of the way in posting a 1-0 victory over Lindenwood University (Mo.) on Saturday evening. They will return to action on Friday evening at 7 p.m. for a key Southern States Athletic Conference contest against Southern Polytechnic State University.
KNOCK OUT: MMA events at the National Guard Armory.
The next full schedule race will be Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a sport that has steadily risen in popularity over the past few years. Fans of MMA will be relieved to discover that Cleveland hosts cagefighting events from time to time. The National Guard Armory, off of Dalton Pike is the place to be on select Saturdays when area locals and others compete against each other in MMA cagefighting matches. These fights are also held at the National Guard Armory in Athens, which is 25 minute drive from campus. While this is an extremely physical sport, the brutality can be overshadowed by the sportsmanship and athleticism that is put forth by the competitors. Ringside seats are $30 when pre-ordered and $35 when purchased at the door, while general admission seats are $20 pre-ordered, $25 at the door. Be sure to look for scheduled MMA events coming to the area in future issues of the Lee Clarion. E-mail Saralyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLB Update: Regular season shifts into World Series play As the regular season winds down, excitement will continue when the MLB breaks from 105 years of tradition, and extends World Series play into November. By ZACH SOUTHARD Staff Writer
ning in September. She also participated in the basketball team’s summer mission trip to Costa Rica. The double-threat will only miss a total of seven to nine basketball games in the overlap of the basketball and volleyball schedules in November, said Marty Rowe, Lady Flames head basketball coach. Rowe is excited about the upcoming basketball sevason with Carlisle’s experience. “We lacked depth in the post last season, so Kayla will certainly add the intensity that we need in the paint with her rebounding and defending,” Rowe said. Carlisle also brings to the team the experience of participating in two national tournaments with the Berry basketball team. Rowe also noted that Carlisle has begun to fit in nicely with the Lee athletic community and seems to be enjoying herself so far. “Everyone is so nice and always willing to help,” Carlisle said. “It’s really nice to be on two teams because that gives me a solid group of friends as well.” E-mail Christin at christian.walker@leeKayla Carlisle clarion.com.
Two years after their miraculous run to the World Series, the Colorado Rockies are at it again. The Rockies are an astounding 51-26 under new interim manager Jim Tracy. They began the season 18-28 before firing manager Clint Hurdle, who led Colorado to their first World Series in 2007. Going into the weekend, the Rockies faced National League West rival the San Francisco Giants in a crucial battle to gain control of the NL wild card. The Rockies, currently in first place, had a three game lead over the second place Giants in the wild card. The Chicago Cubs, an early season favorite, currently trail the Rockies by seven games in the wild card. The St. Louis Cardinals lead the Cubs by eight games in the NL Central. This late in the season, it appears the Cardinals will run away with the lead as the third place Houston Astros trail by 10 games and the defending division champion Milwaukee Brewers trail by 10.5. The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies seem poised for a repeat run in the fall classic again this year. Currently, they lead the Atlanta Braves by 6.5 games in the NL East, but watch for Atlanta to make a late season run as they gun for their first post season appearance since 2005. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who appeared to have all but won the NL West at the All Star Break, face a critical stretch of play until the season finale on Oct. 4; they hold
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Lee University Lady Flames finished the Sea Lion Invitational Volleyball Tournament with a 1-3 record after defeating San Diego Christian 3-0 and losing to the Masters University 3-1 on Saturday. The two-day event was staged at Point Loma Nazarene University and Lee was matched against three of the top teams in the pre-season NAIA rankings.
COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lee University women’s golf team opened fall play on Monday and coach John Maupin’s young squad holds down third place in the Lindsey Wilson Invitational being hosted by the Pines Golf Club. Five freshmen represented the Lady Flames.Amanda Martin set the pace with a 79. In fact only seven strokes separated Lee’s five top scorers. Kristin Bourg followed with an 81.
a 3.5 game lead over the red hot Rockies as the week begins. In The American League, no division is separated by more than 7.5 games. With little time left, the Boston Red Sox cling to a 1-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the wild card. The Rangers face a must-win situation in their upcoming series against the New York Yankees. The Yankees, who hold a 7.5 game lead in the AL East, also hold the top record in the AL after taking the weekend series 2-1 over the Red Sox. The league defending champion Tampa Bay Rays sit 10.5 games behind the Yankees in the East but are only 3 games back to division rival Boston in the wild
card. The only American League division that appears to be within an arm’s reach is the Central Division. The defending division champs, the Chicago White Sox, trail the Detroit Tigers by 2.5 games and the Minnesota Twins trail by 5.5. The Tigers face current AL West leader the Los Angeles Angels in their next series. The Angels lead the upstart Rangers by 5.5 games. For a club that hasn’t finished a season above .500 since 2004, the Rangers appear to be a threat for post-season play. Email Zach at zach.southard@ leeclarion.com.
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PLAY BALL: Philadelphia Phillies Jayson Werth catches the third out of the first inning off san Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. AZUSA, Calif. – The NAIA’s longest winning streak for women’s soccer ended on Saturday afternoon when 8th ranked California Baptist University upset No. 1-ranked Lee University in the second round of the Cougar Classic, 1-0 in two overtimes. The Lady Flames had won 19 straight games going into Saturday’s play. Their last defeat came Sept. 24, 2008, when they lost to Lindsey Wilson College.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Not even a late afternoon rainstorm or a muddy course at Fletcher Park could slow the Lee University men’s cross country team on Saturday as they raced past visiting Tennessee Wesleyan College 15-50 in the annual Lee Invitational. Caleb Morgan, Will Jayroe, Mike Walker and Matt Mitchell ran together and finished in a four-way tie for first place. The 27:19 was a new Fletcher Park record.