Sharia Law Confronts Covenant
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A HALL FOR A HALL Third North of Carter Hall is giving up their turf in exchange for a brand-new Third South, which received renovations such as a new paint job, tiled floors, and plumbing. by Adrienne Belz Halls Third South in Carter and Gallery in Founders have been closed all year long. Next year, Third South is reopening with a fresh paint job, new tiled floors and plumbing, and repaired wiring. Third North will be vacated and renovated in the next year in its stead. Gallery and Third South were initially closed because of a combination of unnecessary space and need for repairs. For now, Gallery will remain closed until further notice, commented Emily Ford, Assistant Dean of Students, who lauded the girls of Third North for remaining mature in the news of their hall closing. Ford and others from Student Development have been making such decisions in the past few weeks, but she said that decisions are fluid and unpredictable. “I want to be quick to communicate but I don’t want to have to go back on what I said,” Ford said. News of the closing broke right after spring break. While it surprised the Third
North girls, they received squatting rights to “The renovation of Ghetto would be a Third South, and junior Becky Valkenberg, part of the next phase of the Carter Hall next year’s RA of Third North, pointed out Renovation,” David Northcutt, Director that it would be bad stewardship to wish of Facilities and Planning, said. “Funds the girls were on their current hall with a are still being raised for this portion so a newly-refurbished Third South nearby. timeframe has not yet been determined.” According to freshman Gabi Washburn, Two years ago, Andreas was built in the one major downside to moving to anticipation of the spillover from Carter Third South is that the hall has only one Hall’s complete closing and renovation. A four-man room while Third North has huge influx in students put renovations on three four-mans. hold and filled up both halls, according to With differences aside, Third North’s Ford. attitude remains positive. “Third South Last year the student population tapered could become kind of a ghost town if a bit allowing the school to close up a few they left it for another year--there’d be halls, saving money, hassle, and breathing no identity,” Valkenberg points out. She room. also hopes to make sure the supplanted Despite setbacks, Ford called the closed members from Third North bring their halls in the midst of the swine flu season traditions in and enjoy the mixed feel “blessings.” They’ve served as quarantine without making new freshmen feel out of halls as well as testing rooms. the loop. Meanwhile, Valkenberg hopes to get at Ford says that the college hopes to renovate least eleven of the girls who are on Third Second, Third, and Fourth South in Carter North now to settle in on Third South in this summer. With the prospect of these halls’ the fall. new make over, Ghetto and Third North become the last to receive rennovations. firstname.lastname@example.org
When Americans think of Islam post9/11, it is far too easy to think solely of radical extremists who wish to destroy the United States along with anything else Western. In an effort to counter this way of thinking, Islamic scholar Salem Salem al-Hasi was invited to Covenant to lecture on the legal fundamentals of his religion. Over 100 people packed into Mills 270/280 to hear him speak on March 26. Mr. Salem earned his master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, VA. He has participated in numerous seminars and workshops related to Islam and Arabic and spends much of his time lecturing to non-Muslim audiences about the fundamentals of his faith. Junior Gareth Jones, President of Covenant’s Pre-Law Society, worked to bring Mr. Salem to campus. “I’ve noticed a lot of interest in Islam on campus,” Jones said, “but also a lot of ignorance and misunderstanding about what Islam is really about. By bringing in an Islamic scholar who is himself a Muslim, I hoped to give students a clearer perspective of just what Islam is about.” Professor of Education Daphne Haddad echoed Jones’ feelings in her introduction to the evening. “Most of us are fairly ignorant of Islam,” she warned. “We are here to be learners, not to demonize.” As the evening progressed, all of Mr. Salem’s remarks and student questions seemed to coalesce around a central issue: who gets to speak for Islam—and, for that matter, for Christianity—the radicals, or the moderates? Mr. Salem began by addressing the frustration many Christians experience when the American media interviews Christians who poorly articulate their faith. This frustration goes both ways, however, as the American media often unfairly portrays Islam as backward or medieval. He emphasized that Sharia is not a medieval law, but rather a divine law which is sadly applied by some radicals with medieval methodology. Mr. Salem also cited the idea of “pick and choose hermeneutics,” which is selecting passages out of context and
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America Closest to Implementation of Sharia Law continued from page one
Living and Learning Houses for Focused Living by Lindsay Burkholder Starting Fall Semester of 2011, there will be new options for residence here on Covenant’s campus. Emily Ford, Associate Dean of Students, is working on creating Living and Learning Houses for students who want to live in an intentional community centered around their area of study or a common subject. The idea supports the goal of the Strategic Plan to create “an environment of holistic living and intercultural competence that. . . enriches our educational experience.” Ford has formed a committee with Carter RD Abby Sherratt, Founders ARD Meredith Hall, and Andreas ARD Kathryn Wilkins to take the idea to the next stage. Ford would like to include faculty
members and students in the process as well. “It’s all about their idea, their passion,” she said. “People who are interested in a common subject matter could live together pursuing conversation about that topic,” Sherratt said. For example, people who are interested in social justice could explore the idea together by working on projects such as involvement in the local Food Bank and coming up with goals to achieve together. “The hope is that it’s student initiated,” Sherratt said, “that they come up with the outcomes, curriculum, and program.” Each hall would be under the oversight of a faculty member chosen by the students participating, and together they would develop a curriculum for the year, outlining their goals and intentions. Stu-
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dents could take classes together or schedule special speakers and lay out topics for discussion throughout the semesters that they live together. “You may live on a hall currently with common interests, but there isn’t one hall dedicated to the pursuit of one idea. It gives physical and philosophical structure to that idea,” Sherratt said. The committee has not met yet, though, and the idea is still just an idea, and hasn’t really been fleshed out. “Step one is research,” said Ford, “but I feel like it would work really well at Covenant because of the strong emphasis on academics and the strong emphasis on community.”
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reading them as book truth—as a root of misunderstanding about Islam. Many Americans and radical Muslims take Quranic passages like “kill the infidel” out of context and take them as illustrative of Islam. Mr. Salem informed his listeners that just as orthodox Christians try to read Scripture as a cohesive whole, most moderate Muslims likewise strive to consider the “constructive unity” of the Quran. Most of Mr. Salem’s talk, however, dealt with the specifics of Islamic law. “In the United States,” he said, “one thinks in two ways. Either something is legal, or it is illegal.” In Islamic law, on the other hand, actions are divided into five categories-obligatory, recommended, permissible, disliked or frowned upon, and prohibited. Each of these categories is informed by the four sources of the Islamic law--the Quran, the Hadith, the Ijma, and Qiyas. The Quran provides the most general guidelines of Islamic law, but most Islamic law is derived from the Hadith, the traditional collections of the sayings of contemporary contexts. try in the world, including Saudi Arabia.” a Muslim, it will be more powerful and Muhammad, and the Sunna, the record Mr. Salem discussed how the United “Muslims are rational beings,” Jones hopefully will stick with us longer.” of his daily life. Yet the Hadith needs States is so pervaded by a value system said. “They are not simply emotional interpretation. This comes through the based on Christianity as to be a veritable radicals but they are intelligent and fully Ijma, the consensus of the community of “Islamic state.” able to articulate and defend their beliefs. firstname.lastname@example.org Muslims, or the Qiyas, using reason to “America,” he said, “is closer to having While Mr. Salem’s was not a unique email@example.com determine how the law should apply in implemented Sharia law than any coun- spective, I hope that by hearing from him,
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by Lindsay Burkholder If you are a student trying to decide where to live next year, it’s important for you to know as much as possible about the different options that are available: the residence halls, the student apartments, and off-campus. Each choice comes with its own list of pros and cons that touch on matters like finances, social life, and studies, and it’s important to take these factors into account when making the final decision. Residence Hall life is an experience that is unique to college. “It’s a good time to give back,” says Carter RD Abby Sherratt. Living on a hall in a residence building often fosters a strong sense of community and fellowship, and creates a network of support that living in the student apartments or off-campus might not of- son, RA of the student apartments. fer. “I love life in the residence hall…surrounded Room and board ranges from $3735 to $3013 a by so many girls, I really love the community and semester for on-campus housing, while the student the bonds of sisterhood that form,” says sophomore apartments cost $1,190. (For more information Emma St. John. about the cost of room and board visit http://www. “I think living on campus is an opportunity that covenant.edu/admissions/undergrad/costs/tuition.) you won’t have any other point in your life,” adds The student apartments do not come with a mealAssociate Dean of Students Emily Ford. “It’s some- plan, though, so the cost of groceries is not factored thing that many people miss once they’ve graduated. in. Students that choose to live in the apartments So much of what makes Covenant who we are is our can cook for themselves or purchase a non-board campus life--I believe that the education we provide dining plan that offers a few meals a week. doesn’t just happen in the classroom, but in the resiThere are hidden costs, however, that come with dence halls and across campus as well.” off-campus living. Groceries, rent, utilities, and gas Also, the library and academic buildings are easily to get to and from campus all have to be paid for. “It accessible to on-campus students, and dinner is just looks cheaper than it is,” says Sherratt. a quick walk to the Great Hall. Another factor to consider is the study environHowever, living on campus can be expensive. ment. “I find it harder to study at home than at Many students decide to live in the student apart- school,” says senior Molly Gardner, who lives in a ments or off-campus to lower the cost of attending. house near campus with five other girls. “However, I “The apartments have definitely been easier on my do get a lot done at school and random coffee shops family and me financially,” says senior Elise David- around Chattanooga. I find myself working on
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A Room of One’s Own ...Or Not?
school stuff more around campus.” Davidson has a different opinion, however: “For the most part I have found it easier to study. There is more quiet in my home, in general, than in the dorms, and for the most part it tends to be quieter at night too. This all depends on your roommates and your neighbors though.” Finally, a student contemplating off-campus housing should think about the distance from the Covenant community. Davidson and Gardner both expressed feeling disconnected from the student body. However, the bonds they made with their roommates made up for this, at least in part. Choosing where to live is a big decision that will impact many areas of your personal and academic life, so be sure to take all of the above into account. Living off-campus involves much more responsibility than living in a residence hall. “Why rush it?” asks Sherratt, “life after college has enough responsibility.”
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It’s almost time for the Broad Street Film Festival and my question for you is, will you be there? If you just answered no to that question, I have two more questions. 1) Why aren’t you going? 2) Why are you such a lame wad? Student films from Covenant, Bryan, Southern Adventist University, and UTC will be shown at the Majestic theater on Thursday, April 22, followed by a kickin’ award ceremony at the Tivoli theater on Saturday, April 24. The award ceremony will feature musical acts from Covenant which include The Tough Customers, Joel Harris and the 2nd Brigade, and Jonathan Cate’s rocktastic extravaganza. Also there will be award presentations from the likes of Mathew Trexler, Chloe Payne, Paul “my brother” Smallman, Jacob Davis, Geneva Stegall, Ginny Somerville and Bryce Wilkins. And last but not even close to least, there will be a massive after party at Mosaic on 412 Market Street. We
are bringing in DJ Nastique from Birmingham and she and our very own DJ Acronym are going to make the entire block shake with rediculously delicious beats. So let’s review. Many of you spend $10 on the movies all the time. Many of you also spent $18 (or $36 if you were lucky enough to score a hot date) on Spring Formal and I know that I have personally seen a TON of Covenant students spend $10 to get into Bangers Ball dance parties this year (and if you didn’t know, DJ Nastique headlined a Bangers Ball earlier this year). This is all three of those rolled into one really low price. $10 gets you into all 3 events and let’s be honest here, you will spend twice that much doing other boring stuff all weekend if you don’t come. Get a ticket today at Broadstreetfilmfestival.com or at the Memorial Auditorium box office. -Isaiah Smallman, Film Club President
Broad Street Film Festival Film Screenings on April 22 at 7 and 9 pm. Awards ceremony at Tivoli at 8pm on Saturday After party featuring DJ Nastique. Tickets available online at broadstreetfilmfestival.com for $10.
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by Kaitlin Fender Letters to God, from the director of Facing the Giants and Fireproof, follows the story of an eight-year-old boy with cancer, Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire), who writes letters to God that are received by a postman, Brady McDaniels (Jeffrey Johnson). Jeffrey Johnson answered some questions about the movie, which he described as “really beautiful” in a phone interview with The Bagpipe. Letters to God, by Possibility Pictures and Vivendi Entertainment, premiered in theatres on April 9. BP: What have you been up to before
Letters to God? JJ: I take jobs as they come, I’ve done commercials and voice-overs. I write songs and a little bit of music to keep myself sane in the down time.
BP: You were formerly in television shows like proud of.” CSI, Criminal Minds, and Without a Trace. So BP: Tell me about your character, Brady why this movie? McDaniels, the postman. JJ: It started out as just an audition and the JJ: He’s a massive alcoholic, he’s down and manager said it was a faith-based movie. I thought out, totally lonely, totally broken. This little kid BP: You’re an ordained minister? Is that right? it was going to be about moonbeams and stuff— gives him some hope, which is weird, because JJ: Yeah, that’s right. Ordained in Universal didn’t realize it was going to be such a moving he’s done some pretty bad things. This little kid Life Church. I’ve done ten weddings. People story. It’s a real gift to be able to do something Tyler shows him that he can live a life of peace keep on asking me to be their minister and I like this. You can do cookie-cutter cop movies, and harmony if he just gives himself a chance. keep on saying yes. but it’s not all that often you get so do something BP: What was the filming process like – the BP: Does that play into your acting? so inspirational that’ll mean something to so set, the actors, etc? JJ: My acting definitely helps the weddings. many people. I was sitting down with Tanner JJ: Fantastic. We all got along famously. I’ve got a big mouth and I talk about love. You [Tanner Maguire, who plays Tyler Doherty] and Everyone believed in what we were doing kind of have to perform, and it’s a study in I said “Hey, listen buddy, but this’ll be something different cultures and different people. 10 or 20 years down the road that you’ll be really continued on page five
The Theology of the Body is a Slippery Thing by Rachel Dahl “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of nudes.” —Dr. Foreman, deliberately misquoting Acts 17:16. So why weren’t you at the panel on nudity? On Wednesday, March 24, the lecture series begun by Professor of Art Jeff Morton on “Minding the Audience” continued as the panelists Professor of Theatre and Film Studies Camille Hallstrom, Professor of English Cliff Foreman, and Associate Professor of Art Kayb Carpenter Joseph discussed the problem of the body as it is portrayed, and often revealed, in their various disciplines. Their respective departments are Theater, English (Literature and Film), and Art (Sculpture), all of which have to deal with the appropriate use of and the misconceptions about embodiment, nudity, and portrayal of the body. The “Nudity in the Arts” panel gathered a wide audience of student and faculty and community members.
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Edward Knippers’ painting The Foot Washing (Christ and his Disciples)
Hope Is Contagious: An Interview with Jeffrey Johnson
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Nudity issues surface continued from page four
by Daniel Tucker Fellow movie-goers, if you must see Clash of the Titans in theaters, then refrain from seeing it in 3D. If one were to take off his glasses during the remake of the 80s cult classic, he would realize that he paid five extra dollars for a 3D experience that is nonexistent. Rarely do images leap towards the viewer, nor does anything stand out in comparison to other things on the screen. In short, you’re getting a 2D movie and special plastic glasses for the price of a 3D movie. I have been told by many who refused to fork out the cash for the 3D experience that the 2D version of Clash of the Titans was actually very enjoyable. I will be the first to admit that I can be overly critical of movies, but I simply cannot find much to redeem in this film. It is a dull film that’s easily forgotten on the way out. The only thing you’ll remember is the void left in your pocketbook. Forking up $13 for a film that was a huge disappointment only makes you hate it even more. Dialogue is only employed to set up the next action sequence, which are often saturated with special effects. It is what 300 would look like if it was directed by Michael Bay. In a normal review, a writer will spend a healthy amount of time devoted to laying out the plot. Doing this with a movie like Clash of the Titans is nearly impossible, so I will keep it brief. Citizens of the ancient Greek city of Argos are fed up with the gods. They meddle in the affairs of men, do-
ing more harm than good. They knock down a statue dedicated to the gods, which starts a war between gods and men. The only person who can save mankind is a demi-god named Perseus, son of Zeus and a human female. To do this, our hero must partake in pointless action sequences and engage in painful dialogue. Such is his destiny. I think it’s only fair to say that Clash of the Titans had great potential for a movie, regardless of what dimension one viewed it in. The film is packed to the brim with action scenes that would have been even more exciting in 3D. Take for example the scene where Perseus and his men venture into Medusa’s lair. Their mission is to behead the goddess without looking her in the eye, lest they be turned to stone. The scene is executed with magnificent technical mastery, thanks to director Louis Leterrier finding a perfect balance between adrenaline-inducing action and nailbiting suspense. It is the most memorable scene in the film, but it would have been even more so had more time been spent on 3D. It’s been announced that Warner Brothers is planning to turn the premise into a trilogy. Since the next two sequels are likely to be another byproduct of the latest 3D craze, is it too much to ask that the 3D in the films be worth the money?
Covenant College has had embattled discourse and violent reactions to nudity in the arts (and one can argue, on the chapel lawn) in past years. The 2008 controversy surrounding the public display of Lauren Cox’s SIP sculpture of a nude woman in the patio area behind Carter remains fresh in the school’s mind. Not so fresh is the memory fourteen years ago of a Chattanooga resident’s desecration of renowned Christian painter Edward Knippers’ painting of Christ hanging nude from the cross. Both of these art works were included as examples of nudes whose bare bodies have been shamed, whether by exclusion or by violence. The panelists were insistent in the differing properties of media, ranging from immediate (or “warm”) to mediated (“cool”) media, suggesting, for instance, that a nude painting or sculpture is different from a photograph of a nude or from a live, theatrical performance containing nudity. Hallstrom stressed the nature of her discipline as humans using themselves as the medium, and thus precautions and preparations of acting would vary from the process of interpretation through materials of the human body. No matter the medium, in the age of the image Christians must learn to treat the body with dignity, whether through advertisements, art, or the bodies around them, including the one they inhabit. This is the crux of our present struggle as the Church embodied. We are swamped with images and yet have little training in dealing with them. Furthermore, the increasingly sexualized culture we help create divorces a function of the
body for selfish gain to everyone’s denigration. Anyone, female or male, who has been ogled or felt threatened by someone else’s lust can attest to the reduction of self that occurs. Instead, Hallstrom, Foreman, and Joseph all talk of “the loving gaze,” the “sanctified gaze,” the “pure gaze,” that through the power of the Holy Spirit and our choice we can see God’s image in our brothers and sisters. If one looks upon any human body as the creation God made to be like Him, and as one of the humans that He chose to become in the Incarnation, evils and troubles that arise because of our physical bodies like pornography, objectification, sexualization, dehumanization, genocide, racism, discrimination, sexism, abortion, murder, eating disorders, gluttony, selfmutilation, and suicide can be combated with a loving view and consideration of our selves. Seeing our bodies as images of God in the midst of our routine defecations, urinations, erections, and menstruations, our eating, drinking, and sleeping, can be a struggle in daily life, where we clumsily navigate the tension between our mortality and immortality. However, whether we engage in business, medicine, art, or engineering, our practice will benefit and our souls will mature as we contemplate the Incarnation of Christ and the truth that we are both material and immaterial beings who have great power over each other through our physical contact, uttered words, and spiritual presence. Let us contemplate the theology of the Body, knowing that our hearts and eyes are connected intimately as we gaze upon each other.
Letters to God, On To Something continued from page four people weren’t just pulling paychecks. Sometimes work is just work, but is something that everyone felt in their bones that we were doing something special. They had prayer meetings every morning, and it really set the tone. BP: What do you think is the best thing about this movie? JJ: It’s just about hope, and everyone needs hope. Doesn’t matter if it’s a Christian film or a Buddhist film, everyone needs it. And if you’ve got some, you could use some more. Crazy story: I was in an interview with the directors and I said “hope is contagious”—I had never said that before in my life. And the directors started whispering because that’s the tag of the movie. And it was nowhere in my script. I’m not sure if they knew then that they wanted to hire me, but that’s when I knew we were on to something.
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Schaeffer on Sanctification Living actively passive amidst the moment by moment
by Ross Jelgerhuis Recently, I completed reading Francis Schaeffer’s well-known book True Spirituality. This book, to use the language of Dr. Ward, is worth its weight in gold! I would highly recommend it to any Christian for a variety of reasons, one of which I will touch upon in this article. I recommend Schaeffer’s work because of the subject it primarily focuses on: sanctification. Sanctification, the process by which one grows in holiness (i.e. is conformed more and more to the likeness of Christ), is an essential doctrine for Christians to understand and believe. Schaeffer goes so far to say that, “In certain ways, sanctification is the most important consideration for the Christian now.” In True Spirituality, Schaeffer indicates the difference between justification and sanctification, giving a detailed exposition on the latter. He explains that just as our justification operates on the basis of believing in the finished work of Christ for our salvation once-for-all at one moment, so too our sanctification operates on the same basis, but moment-by-moment. Sanctification therefore has the same base as justification (Christ’s work) and uses the same instrument (faith); yet one is once-for-all, and the other is moment by moment. Schaeffer says, “Life is only a succession of moments…single, historical moments. No one lives his whole life at a time…there is no other way to live but moment-by-moment.” However, he uses this basis then to explain how the Trinity works in our moment-by-moment life. The true momentby-moment life, he says, is done by practicing something he calls active passivity. To help illustrate active passivity, Schaeffer uses the example of Mary (Jesus’ mother) submitting to the call to bear God’s son. He states, “Mary...put herself as a bond-servant in the hands of God, for him to use her body in bringing forth the baby Jesus, virgin born. She was passive, in that she could not cause the birth of the Child, but she was active in that in faith she was obedient, and gave herself to God.” Though this action was in one moment, it demonstrates how one ought to live each moment: actively believing in God and raising the empty hands of faith to passively allow the agency of the
Covenant College Niada: A one-act play written and directed by Senior Alysha McCullough April 15-16, 8 p.m. in Sanderson 215. April 17, 2:30 p.m. in Sanderson 215. Mountain Air April 16, 8 p.m. in the Chapel. Movie on the Chapel Lawn: The Blind Side April 16, 10 p.m. on the Chapel Lawn. Bakertree Festival Holy Spirit to bring forth through us the fruit of the risen and glorified Christ. This and many more helpful ideas concerning sanctification are given in Schaeffer’s compelling work. He goes into depth on how to live actively passive in the many different areas of the daily Christian life. What is more important is that Schaeffer’s book is rooted deeper in grace than a Redwood is rooted in the soil. One does not finish the book feeling guilty for not bearing enough fruit in their life, but leaves the book encouraged to allow the Holy Spirit bear the fruit of Jesus through them each moment of the day, in all areas of life. Finally, Schaeffer’s work is saturated with Scripture. A significant portion of Scripture, elaborated tremendously, backs every point he makes. Though I admit that Schaeffer does not discuss a “ground breaking” idea in theology, he still takes a familiar doctrine and presents it in a fresh new way. Therefore, I commend this book to anyone interested in going deeper on the important doctrine of Christian sanctification.
Former Handbook Excerpts Reveal Some Crazy Rules Covenant College has come a long way since 1955. When the next generation of Covenant students look back at what Covenant is like today, I’m sure that many of the things we do will make them laugh. I hope that some future maven of antiquity takes the time to dig through old residence hall manuals and stumbles amusedly upon the current prohibitions against Christmas lights and toasters. But what I really hope they find is the following collection of excerpts from assorted Covenant College student handbooks dating back to the 1960’s. I have only one disclaimer: yes, these are all completely legitimate.
Concert 8 p.m. in the Chapel. Invisible Children Legacy Tour Screening with Guest Speaker Norman Okot and Special Performance by Raenbow Station April 23, 7 p.m. in the Chapel.
Downtown Broad Street Film Festival April 22-24, at the Tivoli
The Covenant I Never Knew by Zach McElrath
April 17, 1-7 p.m. on the Dottie Brock Gardens.
Every Christian needs a daily devotional reading of the Bible and prayer, the study of the Bible for classroom needs is not sufficient. To facilitate the development of regular habits, the rising bell will ring each morning at 6:30. Students should get up immediately so that they will have a full half-hour of quiet time with the Lord before breakfast (1960-61, p.7). At 10 p.m. on weekdays, college students will be in their own rooms. At 10:30 p.m. room checks by the dorm reps will occur. It is recommended that students be ready to retire at this hour (1960-61, p.18). Students in their freshman year should not have more than two dates in succession with the same person. Emotional attachments which can cause
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Chattanooga Swing at Lindsay Street Hall Monday nights 7:30-9:30 p.m. Carissa Brag April 17, 7 p.m. at the Mudpie AEC Independent Film Series: The White Ribbon April 16-22 at the Majestic. Show times vary. Run Kid Run April 19 at The Warehouse
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considerable distress are all too easy to form. It is important that students be able to give full attention to their college work during the freshman year (1960-61, p.12). Students will not date for Sunday School and the morning church service unless they are engaged; ample opportunities are provided for dating at other times. Good taste requires that unengaged students not find it necessary to be dating for every activity (1960-61, p.12). Each school-day morning, all of the college family will gather for a half-hour of devotion and worship. Attendance of all students is mandatory. For unexcused absences from chapel in excess of five each semester, grade points will be deducted from the student’s GPA (1960-61, p.7). Any student group going out for Christian Service of any kind must first register with the Student Affairs office and be approved by them. All musical talent must be prepared for an audition with the chairman of the music department and must be approved by him before appearing in public. First semester freshmen are not permitted to go out in Christian Service on week nights (1964-65, p.8). Students are not allowed to marry during the school year. Any infraction of this rule will necessitate the students being dropped from school of the current and following semester (1964-65, p.17). No engagements are to be announced without permission from the Office of the Deans (1964-65, p.17). So that Covenant girls will appear dressed appropriately and in good taste, certain regulations are established in this area. For dinner each evening, girls are required to “dress.” This requires hose and heels. For the morning worship on Sundays, hats are recommended and are a sign of good taste and maturity (1966-67, p.13). Permission to visit in the home of a member of “Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.” the opposite sex requires a letter in advance from the - Friedrich Nietzsche mother of the friend, addressed to the Dean of Students confirming the invitation (1966-67, p.14). aristocratic morality: we should worship the tual, intellectual, and physical beings and Sweatshirts were designed for outdoor use and one who is smart, beautiful, and strong. For He redeems all these aspects of our natures. should not be worn to classes or meals, except on those who, like me, want to believe that they Things Christian subculture runs from, like Saturday (Men’s Handbook, 1966-67, p.9). are smart and beautiful and strong, this phi- physicality, intellectuality, the unity beRegular attendance in each class is expected of all losophy seems very persuasive. tween the spiritual and the physical, and students. Prolonging a holiday or vacation recess is That is exactly why we can’t uncritically the value of beauty, are good and valuable! not consistent with a commitment to the educaembrace Nietzsche and Rand; they exalt the God our Creator is the Omniscient One, tional process as part of the Lord’s service. Thus, each self-centered ruthlessness of the golden in- ultimately the Only Beautiful One and the student absent on the day immediately preceding dividual but neglect important virtues, like Only Strong One—the One who is worthy or immediately following a holiday period will be mercy and humility. Yet they give powerful of all our worship. counted as a double absence (1979-80, p.14). insights we can learn from, if we filter them It is the responsibility of the security guard to rethrough Scripture: God created us as email@example.com port to the Student Development Office the names of students who come in or who are up after hours (midnight on week nights and 1 a.m. on weekends), (1979-80, p.20). Rooms will be inspected daily between 9 and 11 a.m. Inspections will be made by the Resident Assistants or the Director of Housing in order to evaluate the cleanliness of rooms and bathrooms. Occupants not passing inspection will be fined $2.00 to $5.00 and have that amount deducted from their room deposit (1979-80, p.20). Special Quiet Halls have been designated to insure extreme quiet for those desiring such a living situation. These are: 3rd floor Belz for men, and 5th floor south, Carter Hall for women. (1979-80, p.24)
...is my CHOW class turning me into a pagan?
by Anna Wiersema
Photo by Garrett Reid
There are some things that as a Christian I’m supposed to hate, like public school, Karl Marx, sex, Ayn Rand, and Friedrich Nietzsche. I absolutely love them. I’m sure some of this has to do with my arrogant, idolatrous soul, but some of it comes from the fact that all these introduce a vividness that is lacking in Christian subculture. I recently read Nietzsche for CHOW II and immensely enjoyed it. Of course I was disgusted by his twisted analysis of the crucifixion and his neglect of the Glory of Christ and the Resurrection, but at certain times when I was reading the excerpts from his Genealogy of Morals and part of me was yelling “Yes and Amen!” My enthusiastic response to Nietzsche both delighted and disturbed me. If Nietzsche is as evil as I’ve heard, does that mean it’s wrong to enjoy and agree with some of his writing? I reflected on this and realized that even Nietzsche brings to light certain biblical truths. Because the Bible describes our struggle as flesh vs. spirit, many Christians throughout history have concluded that our bodies are evil, but our minds are spiritual and unpolluted. This is an outright lie that leads to the demonization of sexuality, the rejection of culture, and the exile of emotions, among other things. But when the Bible refers to our fleshly nature it means our minds as well as our bodies—both alike are fallen (take Colossians 2:6-3:4 and Ephesians 4:17-19, for example). Likewise, in Geneology of Morals, Nietzsche asserts that people are not rational souls enslaved to matter, but really smart animals—our bodies are neither better nor worse than our minds. We’re not merely physical, of course, but after hundreds of years of pagan duality of spirit/mind and body, any explosion of this gnostic duality makes me want to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. I felt a similar exhilaration when I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. At once she smashes the gnostic duality and creates these incredibly sexy heroes who live authentic, glorious lives in the realms of art, business and bed. She also picks up on Nietzsche’s assumptions about
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8 | Sports
SCOTS COME UP SHORT
PHOTO BY GARRETT REID
Freshman Amanda Jane Saunders finished 18th overall in the Scots’ Reeder Cup last Monday and Tuesday. by Stephen Moore Covenant College hosted the Reeder Cup last Monday and Tuesday at the Lookout Mountain Golf Club. As students were returning from Easter Break, the men’s and women’s teams were competing in their only home match of the season. Although Covenant had the benefit of playing on their home course, they were unable to take advantage of it, finishing in last place. Covenant had three women compete
in the event, which was not enough to ten over on Monday and nine over on Tuesfill out a whole team. Sophomore Jordan day, which was good enough for fourteenth Agate finished in seventh place overall, overall. Junior Dave Wilkinson was second and only ten strokes out of third place. for the Scots, finishing just four strokes beFreshman Amanda Jane Saunders fin- hind Potts. ished eighteenth, with sophomore Sarah Although the weather was nice, the Heintz coming in thirty-ninth. West course conditions were not easy. The Georgia College took first place for the Lookout Mountain Golf Course is always women. a difficult course, and the windy condiOn the men’s side, Huntington College tions made it that much harder, lending to ran away with the tournament, winning the poor scores amongst both the men and by thirty-nine strokes. Covenant College women golfers. The greens were also firm was led by senior Trevor Potts, who shot and fast, making it difficult to stick the ball
on the green and putt. Although Covenant did not finish as well as they would have liked, the tournament was still a success. The Lookout Mountain Golf Club was very hospitable, and the weather was very nice. The Scots closed their season on Monday and Tuesday, with the men competing in an event at Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the weather women down in Prattville, Alabama.
Lady Scots Dismount Cavaliers by Greg Steele
PHOTO BY GARRETT REID
After losing their first twenty-three games, the Lady Scots had had enough. Riding the success of their first win of the season in Friday’s 15-1 slaughter of Virginia Intermont, the Scots swept the Montreat Cavaliers 2-0 and 2-0 in another double-header Saturday afternoon. Sophomore left-fielder Beth Harris and first baseman Courtney Wagoner, a freshman, led the team’s offensive attack, and sophomore pitcher Chelsea Krafft pitched two shutouts to lead the Scots to victory. The Lady Scots started out the day with a bizarre strikeout. With two strikes already, Montreat shortstop Priscilla Silva stepped out of the batter’s box to take a few more practice swings. Upon doing so, Sophomore Chelsea Krafft pitched the umpired ruled that Silva had struck two shut-outs last Saturday against out. Apparently, pitcher Chelsea Krafft Montreat. had already begun her pitching cycle, and
stepping out of the box constituted a strike for Silva. After this unusual incident, Krafft struck out the next batter, walked the next two, and struck out a third batter to end the inning. This superb start set the tone for the rest of the game. In the bottom of the first, the Scots’ Christine Core, a sophomore, hit a leadoff single to start the attack. After a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch advanced Core to third, Beth Harris hit an RBI single to put the Scots on the board. The rest of the game was fairly uneventful, except for a dropped pop-out in the 3rd inning, which allowed the Scots’ Harris to score. Krafft finished the game strong, recording back-to-back strikeouts to end the game. The second game progressed quickly, and most of the innings were 3-up, 3-down. During the bottom of the 5th, the Lady Scots rallied. With two outs, junior Kim Cuticchia singled up the middle, followed by Beth Harris and freshman Jennie Jobe
beating out grounders. Courtney Wagoner then hit a single down the right foul line, allowing Cuticchia and Harris to score. Once again, Chelsea Krafft finished the game strong, though not without the help of second baseman Kristen Walker who made a spectacular diving stop to help retire the second-to-last batter of the game. Center-fielder Christine Core caught a lazy fly-out to end the game. The Lady Scots were thrilled about their wins. “It feels great to start winning,” said designated player freshman Morgan Booker. “We’ve always had it in us; it was just about coming together as a team.” The Lady Scots hope to continue their success this weekend against Judson College and UVA-Wise. The game against Judson is this Friday at 4 p.m. here on Lookout Mountain. Come out and support your Lady Scots!