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Volume 107 - Issue 4

December/January 2012

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Looking ahead

50 years of hard work pays off

Photo Credit: Tiffany Fields Senior quarterback Reuben Haynes ran the ball to score his last touchdown against Carson-Newman in round two of NCAA playoffs.

By Tiffany Fields Assistant Editor Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was president of the United States, gas cost 28 cents per gallon and Neill McGeachy was a sophomore at Lenoir-Rhyne College. And 50 years ago the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears made it to the playoffs. On Saturday they did it again. a L-R hosted the first round of Division II NCAA playoffs in Moretz Stadium. The stands were covered in maroon and black and full of school spirit. Cheers echoed throughout campus as the team earned their eighth win in a row, and a spot in round two of the playoffs. Last week was the end of conference play for the Bears, and they finished on top. Their seventh consecutive win against Catawba brought home the SAC Championship title, for the second year in a row. “Our team really established two goals. The first was to repeat as conference champions,” said Head Coach Mike Houston. “The second was our seniors really wanted to make the playoffs.” Winning that final game against Catawba brought these

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By: Calvin Caldwell Staff Writer Lenoir-Rhyne football, welcome to the top. The Bears recently made history by finishing the season as back- to- back SAC champs. In addition to that, the Bears landed their first ever NCAA playoff invitation. As the Bears get set to embark on their playoff journey, a few fans seem to be looking ahead to a possible three-peat. For as many question marks as Lenoir-Rhyne’s football team will have next season, they have just as many answers to those questions. The Bears will be dealing with the graduation of many topnotch players on both sides of the ball, but their team style of play implies that they won’t have a problem adjusting and putting another good season together. Looking at the depth, the team should be successful for years to come. Two-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year Mike Houston has made the Lenoir-Rhyne football squad into a well oiled machine constructed with hard work, unity, and discipline. These principles that have been instilled within the make up of the program should carry the team for years to come. “We have a good thing going” said sophomore running back Jarrod Spears. “I just feel blessed to be a part of it.” When the Bears turn their focus to next season and go for the three-peat, they’ll be doing See Football, on pg 7

goals to life. “It was just a great feeling Saturday once the clock ran down and we had won it,” said senior quarterback Reuben Haynes. “And it’s just a better feeling to know that we still got another opportunity to play in the playoffs.” The road to victory was not an easy one for the Bears, though. They got off to a rough start this season at 1-2. “We had so many injuries early in the year,” Houston said. “We battled them from the beginning of preseason and really just could not get healthy.” Even with so many injured players, including their starting quarterback, the Bears didn’t give up. “Once we got healthy our players really were in a good state of mind, they stayed together. I think their character and their unity really allowed them to overcome those obstacles,” Houston said. Working together got them this far, and they hope it will take them all the way to a national title. “Coach always makes a big deal about our unity and us being together,” said Chris Carter, senior linebacker for L-R. “I think that’s a real huge factor in us being able to win and pull off seven games in a row.” The Bears have a lot of strong players on the field, but the seniors really stood out this season. “What our senior class did from a leadership standpoint, really that’s the most meaningful thing to me,” Houston said. “All of the seniors are just a great group of guys, and all of us are good leaders,” Haynes said. L-R finished the season with a record of 8-2, taking control of the SAC. “To end it on my senior year winning two back to back SAC Championships is unreal,” Carter said.

Coach Houston

Photo Credit: Tiffany Fields L-R students cheer on the football team in the second round of playoffs at Carson-Newman.

Mike Houston is awarded coach of the year for the second time. He leads the Bears with high expectations going into next season.

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Dear Kelsey Dear Kelsey, I always struggle with chapped lips the most in the cold weather. As a girl, chapped lips just aren’t. I’ve tried Vaseline and herbal balms but nothing works. Are there any products you would suggest me use? -- I Love My Lips Dear I Love My Lips, Chapped lips? What a pain! I’m sure there’s a remedy for you. But you should also be aware of some every day activities that might be advancing your pain. Things like licking your lips too often, dehydration, and smoking increase the vulnerability of your lips to chapping. Lip licking strips the natural oils from your lips, and smoking evaporates those oils. Even simply living in a dry environment or not drinking enough water during the Kelsey Smith day can affect the health of your lips. Spending a lot of time in the outdoors in harsh conditions, using certain cosmetic products, and some medications can also contribute to the problem. Try using a lip balm with SPF in it during outdoor activities. Be careful of the contents of your cosmetics and ask your physician about what medicines you’re taking that could be contributing to your lip problem. So maybe your lips aren’t quite at Lucille Ball level, and maybe they aren’t quiet as plump as the pair of lips on Nicki Minaj. But don’t fear. Just be more conscious of those daily activities and keep some balm on your lips at all times! --Kelsey

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The freaks come out at night Black Friday through the eyes of a human consumer By: Jamie Frye Editor-in-Chief As we wrap our way into Christmas and New Years and out of Turk-mas, it is the time of year when people are likely the most vicious and the most understanding. Black Friday shopping deals brought many people out of their comfort zone and into the danger zone. I, too, participated in the shopping festivities. But the critical thinker in me prevailed, and as I walked through WalMart, I could not help but begin to think about the truly animalistic side of humanity that society attempts Jamie Frye to put to bed: except on Black Friday. Now that I think about it, it might have been the overwhelming smell of urine that plagued WalMart this Black Friday that provoked the thoughts contained herein. Or, it could have been the people ripping open the plastic to horde precious commodities two hours before they could even leave with the items. Now, if you’ve never participated in Black Friday before, you have no idea what you’re missing. Truthfully, it is an

experience almost as vital to a fulfilled life as childbirth. I know of only one way to recreate it: take just a moment to imagine yourself observing (from a treetop, preferably) a pack of several cheetahs approaching one common destination which is a small, enclosed space such as a waterhole. You will probably ask yourself, “why are there so many cheetahs running for that waterhole?” Well, that’s because today only, the water is supposed to give eternal life to whomever drinks it. Oh, and it’s purple, so it must be grapeflavored. That’s nice too. As if that wasn’t enough, there are three self-contained, quiet cheetahs just drinking from the waterhole as peacefully as can be, but of course they’re causing a huge problem—they’re drinking all the water for themselves! This gives the cheetahs the internal drive to rampage in from all sides and ambush the three peaceful cheetahs so that they can drink from what’s left of the oasis of eternal life that, don’t forget, supposedly only exists once a year. And then, before anyone can even understand what’s just happened, half of the cheetahs are attacking other cheetahs who drank from the water before they did. What’s so wrong with that? My friends, the water is now depleted. A cheetah’s

got a right to be angry if he came all that way for some life-changing water and there is no more once-in-a-lifetime water to be had. Now, you should give yourself a pat on the back—if you were able to picture this scenario, you have now witnessed the closest substitute for the viciousness and bloodlust that is Black Friday. Honestly, the most important thing to remember this and all holiday seasons is that we all have one life to live, and one chance to live it with the people we love and cherish, not with material things. Who am I kidding: Forget the family! Obviously, the best option this holiday season is to sit at your kitchen table for your holiday meal with your iPad, laptop, or even desktop computer and shop, shop, shop ‘til you drop! The true lesson this holiday season is to keep in mind that not even a family dinner is more important than saving a dollar fifty on your new, used or refurbished [insert ridiculously expensive crappy consumer product that no one really needs here]. Am I right? Of course I’m right. Oh, but don’t forget to be tactical in your shopping experiences, my eager readers: You wouldn’t like a cheetah when he’s angry.

Safe sex, to protect your soul By: Gustav Meyners & Randolph Carroll Staff Writer & Sports Editor If public schools have taught us anything, it’s that safe sex is the only sex. Many people, however, continue to live on the edge, failing to be safe in their sexual encounters. What they fail to realize is that safe sex is for more people than just porn stars and prostitutes. Everyone needs to know, if you do not already, that safe sex isn’t meant to protect against pregnancy. It protects your soul. Because failure to practice safe sex is a one way ticket to hell. Sex education has failed to stress this to young kids. They teach that sex outside of marriage is wrong. We’re not here to say when sex is right or wrong, only that it’ll send you to hell if practiced unprotected. Now, to define hell in practical terms. To do this, we must examine the consequences of partaking in unsafe sex. Pregnancy is the first consequence, and pregnancy is obviously hell. No

one wants to put up with the mood swings that come during pregnancy, nor the screaming demon that comes with birth. Say goodbye to sanity, people. Pregnancy is hell. Another consequence of unsafe sex is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). I know a guy that had sex for the first time and didn’t protect himself. The next day he learned he had herpes. Nothing says hell like a constant burning sensation when you urinate. And if the consequences of unsafe sex are hell, the unsafe sex must be hell. If the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, the hell is clearly derived from hell. That’s just simple logic. These days, many frown upon sexual intercourse outside of marriage. These people are starting to see the big picture. They realize the dangers of not practicing safe sex. What they fail to realize is that safe sex must be accounted for during marriage as well. No matter how much someone loves the person that they marry, it will inevitably lead to pregnancy, which has already been determined as hell. We

cannot speak as to whether this correlates to marriage being hell, but the parallels could be drawn. We can, nevertheless, say that unsafe sex will send you to hell. Safe sex has been practiced for thousands of years starting with some of the earliest civilizations. The ancient Egyptians used crocodile dung as a form of birth control. The ancient Greeks used plant materials to prevent pregnancy. If ancient cultures started practicing safe sex, then it must have some great significance. Obviously, safe sex must have some effect on the afterlife. The Greeks and Egyptians were extremely worried about their afterlife. They had their possessions buried with them. They preserved their bodies. They would never jeopardize their afterlife by practicing unsafe sex. Even in their time, they realized that a lack of safe sex would send them to hell. So remember, practicing safe sex is not just about preventing unwanted pregnancies or stopping the spread of STIs; it’s about saving your soul. Because a soul that engages in unsafe sex is a soul bound for hell.

discipline - not being able to focus on one task long enough to complete it. Taking this habit from college to the “real world” could be a downfall. Checks Facebook. Employers are not going to think highly of someone who finishes a weekly report in two weeks. There are many different things that can be done to stop procrastination. It’s not rocket science. Sends a tweet to Tom Brady. One suggestion to end procrastination is to set an earlier deadline. If you know that your paper for Research Methods is due January 3 make a plan to have it finished around December 29. Sends Snapchat. Doing this will help you in more ways than one. It will be easier to focus with the deadline moved closer. This also allows time to proof read everything and make sure the paper is perfect. Plans a wedding on Pinterest. Another great idea to end procrastination is to stay accountable. This is a way to keep yourself and others on top of class work. Rents ‘Magic Mike’ from Redbox. Organize a punishment system that you follow when you or your friends fall through on modified deadlines. Didn’t

finish your current events homework for Tuesday? As punishment, you have to be the designated driver for your roommates on Wednesday. Having these punishments will help you push through assignments. Lastly, to stop procrastinating you must not plan to procrastinate. Goes to Starbucks. Sitting down to do homework and then think about a handful of other things you can be doing doesn’t help anything. Calls grandma for the first time in weeks. Most of the time when you put tasks to the side, the other things that you complete are pointless. By the time you finish doing pointless things, your homework could have been completed. Even though it’s already senior year, it’s not too late to try and stop putting tasks off to the side. Cleans out empty hall closet. Ending procrastination is not an easy road to travel; it’s just like anything else. If it’s worth something, it won’t come easy. Just start small and work your way up. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Once you get started everything will become much easier.

Due tomorrow, do tomorrow By Allison Floyd Staff Writer Procrastination. We all do it. Sometimes other things can seem more important to do, but procrastination isn’t always the best policy. The definition of ‘procrastinate’ according to Webster’s Dictionary is to delay or postpone something. I’m sure that as seniors in college, there is no need for a dictionary to define this term. Opens Safari. In high school, going downtown to the local restaurants, playing video games and even making a trip to Wal-Mart were all great ways to get out of doing schoolwork. If there was anything that Allison Floyd could be done, even tedious chores, to avoid homework, it would come first. Procrastination, for the most part, is a negative trait. Pulls up Pandora. Procrastinating shows a lack of self-

Tis the Season By Corron Boston Staff Writer With Christmas being right around the corner, the most popular face that we will begin to see will be the good Ole’ Saint Nick. Chiming in all stealthily with his rosyred cheeks, black boots, and over-sized toboggan, Santa Claus has definitely stolen the show (emphasis on stolen). So the true Christmas spirit, allow me share a reCorron Boston ally quick story: Last season, I got into a little bit of a daily discussion about the use of the term “X-mas.” Today, we know and acknowledge this phrase as and abbreviation for the word “Christmas,” but why? Some people have tried to convince me that the term derived from early Christians in the Greek native who were being persecuted for having Christian gatherings. In Greek the term or representation for Christos or Christ, is XP, and a “mas” is short for the English term mass, like a social gathering of people. In essence, the term “X-mas” should stand for a gathering of Christians, or X-tians.

However, it doesn’t. In order for the word or term to make sense, our cute little “X-mas” cards need to say XP-mas to stand for Christmas. When we use the term “X-mas” we are essentially doing nothing more than taking the Christ out of Christmas. Now, isn’t that ironic with the whole “Santa Claus” age? Hmmm... I smell a rat! For a Holiday made to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the savior of the world, who on earth thought it was okay to invite Saint Nick to the party? What is going on here? Has the world seemed to embrace a more secular Christmas than before? I miss the old Christmas, where I grew up watching the kids do the stage plays of the birth of Christ. I miss the Silent Night days, where complete strangers came together in perfect harmony, not the Jingle Bell Rock age. And what about the sweet spirit of Joy where everyone was being cheerful, thankful and compassionate to each other? It seems now that Christmas is more like how many people get trampled, cursed out, or cut off at the nearest toy store. If only there were a couple people on this earth who could join hands in a vision to give Christ back his season. This is my desire and it could become yours as well. Let us all hope for peace, joy, and most of all Christ this season! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good…luck on your exams!

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Settled in at L-R By: Anna Harris Staff Writer Every freshman gets worried about that first semester of college, and I was definitely in that bunch. I remember driving up to the school and feeling like a million butterflies were about to burst out of my stomach. Settling in was not a problem. I had my freshman orientation with my roommate and met many new friends. The first week of school was almost like a daze, I couldn’t believe it was happening. Once classes started I had to get my mind into school work and less into socializing. It was, difficult to get Anna Harris used to the class schedule I had. I was getting up about the same time I would be sitting in a classroom in high school. I enjoyed the professors and worked hard in every class I had. As the semester went on there was drama, things happened and I lost touch with some of my friends from the beginning of the year, but with this loss I gained new friends in my dorm. Dorm life was also something to get used to. I was not used to small showers and I could hear neighbors through the paper thin walls. Sleep schedules got messed up and I was pulling nights where I didn’t go to bed until 2 a.m. and had to get up for a 9 a.m.class. Now that we are nearing the end of the semester I cannot believe how fast it has gone. So much has happened and I have grown to know myself more this semester than ever before. I have signed up for my spring semester classes and am looking forward to starting them and beginning the route to my future. College is an experience worth having.

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Eating fire by night, igniting it by day Kimberly Edmisten makes a difference in Caldwell County By: Kelsey Smith Copy Editor “There’s a fire in my belly to roll up my sleeves and do work,” says Kimberly Edmisten with a glimmer in her eye and a passion in her voice. While the smoke coming from her mouth after eating fire would suggest that she has, quite literally, that fire in her belly, what is most impressive is the fire she is, igniting in her community. But it is important to note that Edmisten’s hard work has been evident since her days at Lenoir-Rhyne College. She graduated in just three years with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Edmisten was a part of the centennial graduating class of 1991. After graduating college, Edmisten worked for a short time in radio and video before working for Broyhill in the forecasting

department. She then took a job with March of Dimes, serving as the Western North Carolina Communications Coordinator. Then Edmisten got the chance to work for another not for profit organization, but this time it was in the community where she grew up at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Lenoir, a neighboring city to Hickory is best known for its furniture heritage. Yet it is exactly the industry that made the city so well known that also ended up delivering the biggest blow to the area. Community members were devastated when the factories began shutting down just a few years ago. Men and women were left without jobs and a way to support their families. Yet, when everything seemed to be falling apart, See Fire, on pg 4 one thing continues to stand strong. That is Caldwell

Photo Credit: Kelsey Smith Kimberly Edmisten works to better the community by day, and eats fire by night.

December Commencement Graduates from L-R move forward into the future By: Jimmy Hilton Staff Wrtier As the semester is winding down, some students are not only getting ready for finals, but also for graduation. Students at Lenoir-Rhyne University have the opportunity to graduate at the end of the fall semester if they meet the requirements of their degree and it is approved by the school. “I am graduating in December because I can,” said senior Mark Noble. However, there are steps that students take before they walk across that stage. Students must receive notification from the school that they have completed everything they need to graduate. Once approved, students begin the graduation process. Students get their cap and gowns, tassels, and announcements/invitations ready while they consider getting a class ring. Sending out those announcements/ invitations to friends and family to see you walk across that stage to receive what you have worked so hard for is a big payoff at the end of this journey. Students also acknowledge it. “Now graduation is upon me and the thought of the

final ceremony in December incites so many emotions, particularly that of gratitude towards the amazing professors that I have had the pleasure of working with in the English and Psychology department,” said senior Jennifer Townsend. Before they graduate, students should have a plan for the future. To do this, they work on their resumes to give employers an idea of what achievements they have earned through college. Students also work on preparing to go off to graduate school to continue their education. This comes after working hard on placement tests such as the GRE, letters of recommendation and the whole application process. “My plans for after graduation are to find a temporary job in my hometown, finish up my graduate school applications and begin planning my wedding for next fall,” said senior Kendall Woodard. “My plans for moving forward are to join a Clinical Psychology Program that is set on a Doctoral Track and I will be applying to a number of institutions in NC, VA, and TN within the next month,” Townsend, said. Despite all the planning, it’s an exciting time for everyone. “My family and I are especially excited about my

upcoming graduation because I am a first-generation college graduate,” Woodard, said. “I am really overwhelmed constantly, but it’s worth it in the long run,” Noble, said. The fall commencement will take place on December 14 in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium. The graduation is for both undergraduate and graduate students. The event is open to the public. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Heller, Professor of English and the 2012 Raymond M. Bost Professor-of-the-Year. Both pictures and videos can be taken from the audience or in a designated area by the stage. Carolina Photography will take pictures of each graduate receiving their diploma. Interpreters will also be provided for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. If you can’t manage to walk up the steps on the stage or are unable to march in the processional, contact Sherry Proctor before the event for assistance. Students will receive gold, silver, and white honor cords as they line up for the processional. Students will also be allowed to wear other cords/pins/medallions that are symbolic of campus-wide and programmatic academic achievements.

Greek women come together for God weekly

Middle school invasion

Photo Credit: Tiffany Fields Middle School kids get the chance to be on the radio on Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus.

Jukebox graduates take their love of Springsteen to the next level By: Tiffany Fields Assistant Editor

Photo Credit: Jamie Frye Greek women come together to talk about the word of God every week at Lenoir Rhyne University.

By: Jamie Frye, Editor-in-Chief What is Greek Impact? “Greek Impact allows women to come together and feel comfortable being vulnerable and honest about themselves. Also, it provides the opportunity for sorority women to learn how to stand out and share their faith intentionally with their sorority sisters,” said Greek Impact leader Jesse Waycaster. The organization’s purpose, which is to provide a community for all Greek

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women, has been very successful and has grown rapidly in the past year. For the group, however, there is a bond on another level in addition to that of “sorority sister” that holds these women together. Impact leader Molly Haynes shared how much work is put into keeping the message relevant to its audience. “We do a study that most girls can relate to rather than just sitting and analyzing the Bible. We try to reach out and study topics that most Greek ladies would want to learn more about,” said Haynes. Greek Impact leader Jesse

Waycaster contributes to leading the group on a regular basis, along with fellow Impact members and sorority sisters Molly Haynes and Chelsea Watts. The Greek Impact is an active organization on campus, even aside from their regular weekly meetings. “At the beginning of this semester the women involved in Greek Impact walked around Greek Village and the other units associated with Greek life and prayed for all sororities and fraternities. Also, a couple of weeks ago for community bonding, the See Greeks, on pg 4

Tuning into to 99.3 WLRZ the Lair, you expect to hear the voices of college students. What you might not expect to hear are the voices of middle school and high school students. Every other Wednesday, the Jukebox Graduates bring their middle school invasion to L-R’s campus. The Jukebox Graduates, the Granite Falls Bruce Springsteen club, has been around for 5 years. It all began when middle school teacher Mike Telesca took a group of 63 students to see Bruce Springsteen live. Telesca, known as Mr. T, saw the impact that this trip had on his students and decided to prolong the experience. “I believe that experiences outside of the classroom are every bit as important as what goes on in the classroom,” he said. Since the first show, the kids have produced over 100 editions of the Springsteen Hour, a radio show dedicated to the Boss. They play the best of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, alternate versions, live cuts, and covers of the music as well. “It’s amazing what this group of kids has accomplished,” Mr. T said. Sirius XM radio, based in New York City, contacted the club to be featured on their show as well. The group recorded 116 different intros and was broadcast throughout the Big Apple for an entire weekend. Their message has reached even further than that, too. One of the editions of the Springsteen Hour was dedicated to an elementary school in South Africa, and even made the papers. Springsteen was popular long before their time, but the kids are huge fans of his music today. Mr.

T continues to take the students to as many concerts as he can. They all love the experience. “When people ask me why I love Bruce, I kind of think it’s a rhetorical question,” said one of Jukebox Graduate’s first members, Jodie Buff. “Because there are so many reasons.” The club isn’t just about the power of music and jamming out, though. It’s become what the members consider to be a family. “I was alone, trying to find my way home, to a place where I could fit in. I wanted to be in a place where I could let go and stop trying to be something I’m not,” said Brianna Bumgarner, another early member of Jukebox Graduates. “The club taught me that it’s OK to stand out, and I actually wanted to go to school.” This is just the beginning for Jukebox Graduates and these young Springsteen fans. Several months ago Mr. T received an e-mail from Svana Gisla inviting them to participate in a great upcoming project. “We listen to your radio shows, and they’re awesome,” she wrote. Gisla is the producer for the upcoming documentary, “Springsteen and I” set to hit theatres in 2013. The project, a collaboration from Scot Free London, Ridley Scott, and Black Dog Films, will feature Springsteen fans from around the world. Fans have been asked to send in their footage to be compiled into this feature film. The Jukebox Graduates were one of the first groups contacted to participate and will be an integral part of the piece. Students in L-R’s communication department along with Dr. Richter have helped to produce footage that will be seen in theatres around the world.

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Living together, learning together

L-R students prepare capstone presentations By: Katharine Coleman Layout and Design Editor

Photo Credit: Gustav Meyners Justin and Katie Lunsford sit outside on the bench on Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus. They are one of the

L-R students tie the knot while still hitting the books By Tiffany Fields Assistant Editor “To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.” These words echoed through the log cabin chapel as Justin and Katie Lunsford made their lifelong commitment to one another. “We did a lot of DIY wedding things,” said Katie Lunsford, a junior education major. “It had all of our personality in it and it was just like the perfect wedding for us.” The Lunsfords tied the knot last May. They are learning that marriage is much more than a white dress and a wedding band, especially for two full-time students. “The first year of marriage is always the hardest,” she said. “I think that just spending time together is the most important thing.” Katie is married to Justin Lunsford, a senior education major here at L-R. “We have set times that we know nothing goes on and we don’t see other friends,” he said. ”It’s just our time.” The Lunsfords have been dating since high school. They spent their first few years at L-R

The stress of marriage hasn’t hurt their academics, though. In fact, they spend quite a bit of their time studying together. Having someone to help keep him accountable for schoolwork has been a big help according to Justin. Their major also allows them to share some of the same classes, which makes it easy for these newlyweds to help each other out. “I absolutely love being Photo Credit: sumitted photo Justin and Katie Lunsford on their married. Once you get married wedding day. you’re able to see that person completely transparently,” Justin together, but they say that being said. married and being in school is Married life is a rollercoaster very different. for any couple, and college life “I think it’s just really different isn’t always a breeze. Tackling that I have a husband now that I these two things at once is a big have to add into the equation of risk, but both of the Lunsford’s everything,” Katie said. say they wouldn’t have it any “It’s a completely different other way. lifestyle,” Justin said. “Just “You live every moment simply coming to school of every day with someone,” every day is an issue because he said. “You’re able to love our schedules are completely someone not for the great things, different.” because I love Katie for her Both Justin and Katie stay beauty and for her intelligence active on L-R’s campus. They and her athleticism, but also for are members of several campus the little things that get on my organizations, including Theta nerves.” Xi and Zeta Tau Alpha. Justin graduates this May “When you’re married and plans to teach at a local you not only have to pour high school. Katie will continue yourself into your activities and studying here at Lenoir-Rhyne, organizations you’re involved in, pursuing a masters in deaf but also into another person and education. Their life as college building that relationship daily,” students is wrapping up, but their Justin said. life together is just beginning.

relate to others who were very conscious of their struggles. women went out Finally, these women states to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings.  during Greek Impact that Another activity we plan on they now possess a strong doing is writing encouraging willingness to “live out” verses or words around the gospel they are sharing campus with sidewalk chalk,” with others to share it most Waycaster, said. effectively. To Waycaster, Waycaster’s role with the though, this story is yet group has allowed her to another way of seeing God’s witness change in the lives of love manifest itself in the lives the women she leads in study. of the women in ways that are Specifically, the “impact” not even discussed. found itself to be manifested in “The funny thing to me was two women called to a higher that the topic we were talking and better life. These women about did not necessarily have wished to remain anonymous, to do with drinking, but it was but were open to their story awesome to see the way the being shared with The Lord was working on their Rhynean. “Recently, two girls hearts and seeking them out involved in a sorority opened specifically and originally,” up in Greek Impact about Waycaster, said. their desire to get away from Though some may deem drinking as much,” Waycaster, its existence controversial, said. it’s easy to see that this Drinking in her room and organization is not going deciding to walk out into the anywhere anytime soon. hall, one of the women ran into “Although it is not a friend who also attends Greek necessarily socially acceptable Impact. She was incriminated around campus for all of and felt “embarrassed and these women to join together, shameful at the fact that she they are all learning just how was not living out the way that similar they actually are.  It has she talked,” Waycaster, said. been absolutely amazing for This woman, in cooperation me to see how largely the Lord with another woman who has has been working in Greek also struggled with drinking life this past year! Greek life is recently, made their struggle just another sweet reminder,” known to some members Waycaster, said. of the Impact group who If you are interested in immediately began supporting becoming a part of the Impact, both of their decisions and the women meet on Mondays struggles. at 8:30 or 9 p.m. All women The women were more involved in Greek life are comfortable with sharing the welcome to come to the second struggle between one another or third floor lobby of Fritzbecause, as members of Conrad Residence Hall for the sororities, they were able to meetings.

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Photo Credit: James Frye Greek women huddle together to not only share the word of God, but fellowship as well.

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For two years now, students at L-R have been in charge of presenting capstone projects to the school’s student body. Students are to work over a whole semester to get ready for their unique presentations. Capstone projects were created so that students could bring everything they have learned and put it together to form a cohesive presentation. Students are required to do a capstone project in one of the two Level II classes they take. The Level II classes consist of humanities, health and social behavior, and natural science. Students choose from two classes that are not in their major so they may diversify their studies. In the natural science course, students are working on things such as increasing recycling, figuring out which car has the best gas mileage, and solving problems likehow to will feed the world in 50 years. Humanities has several courses that students can choose from: Banned Books,

Fire from pg 3 Memorial Hospital where Edmisten now serves as Public Relations Director. “My personal mission is to help people realize no matter how tough things get, we have an amazing community with great people and leaders, and together, we can do anything,” said Edmisten. In addition to the demands of her job as PR Director, Edmisten still makes a point to involve herself in numerous community organizations that all work at promoting a better standard of living. At this time, Edmisten is involved in more than eight organizations. These include her role as Co-Chair of Leadership Caldwell, Vice President of Administration at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce, and being a member of Lenoir Service League and the Children’s Advocacy Council. In her spare time (when there is some) Edmisten relaxes through the art of eating fire. Along with her good friend, Becky Shook,

Evil Lives, Use and Abuse of the Exodus Narrative, and Faith, Values, and Ethics. “For the [Banned Books] capstone project, students are expanding upon the research they conducted for an earlier paper, to think about the broader questions of the class,” said Humanities Professor Julie Voss. Health and Social Behavior had two courses to choose from this semester: Faith and Citizenship, and An American Culture of Violence. This program is fairly new and many students are still confused as to what they need to do in order to do these capstone projects. Some professors also share in this confusion and are still struggling with how to organize a Level II class. “We are still figuring out how to balance what we want to teach and the project,” said Professor Erin Seiling. Capstone projects will be presented Dec. 3 during convo hour all around campus. Students who attend these presentations will receive convocation credit.

Edmisten took proper courses for fire performance as well as safety courses. It was more thantwo years before they even lit a prop. There are very clear rules when performing and she is sure to never break them. “The first time I did it, I was hooked,” said Edmisten. “Not only it is my favorite hobby. It truly is the greatest stress release because I can’t concentrate on anything else.” One of the biggest lessons she has learned in both her career and through community involvement, is a person does not necessarily have to be the head of a company to be a leader. Though Edmisten had the desire to be influential, it took time for her to realize the true potential she had to positively impassion her community. “Leadership isn’t something you have to be born into or elected to do,” said Edmisten. “I didn’t think I could make a difference. I learned that not only could I, but it is my responsibility.”

Vandalism Continues Shattered windows put students on edge

Five cars are vandalized Nov. 13 on Lenoir-Rhyne’s campus.

By: Katharine Coleman Layout and Design Editor Egging, break-ins, and spraypainting occurred late Tuesday, Nov. 13 when windows were shattered out of five cars by drive-by shooters at LenoirRhyne University. And the list continues. The incident appears to be random and with no intent to steal anything from the cars. The five cars were located on both sixth Ave and eighth Ave, both public roads on L-R’s campus. The broken windows looked as if they were shattered using a BB gun or a pellet gun according to security. There are many cameras located around campus, but none were pointed towards where the cars were vandalized. Hickory Police investigated the damage and security stated they ‘may or may not have a suspect in custody.’ L-R has always had a problem with vandalism to cars, including several break-ins, and spray paint damage stated security. With many cars forced to park on

the public roads around school, cars are more apt to be messed with by the passing traffic. This year alone, there have been both eggings and break-ins on campus. “After having my car both egged and broken into, I wish that the school would not only put in cameras for our safety, but create a parking lot for the students who live in the LLC so we don’t have to park on the road,” said junior Brittany Stanton. With the growing number of vandalisms around campus, students are beginning to feel anxious when they walk outside at night. “I don’t feel safe at night walking alone, especially after I get back from work really late,” Stanton, said. There are no plans to put up cameras along sixth Ave at this time. Security urges students to make sure that nothing important is kept in their cars to avoid break-ins. “Usually if the person can’t see anything important in your car, they will leave you alone,” said Stuart Blackmon, security

Photo Credit: Sumitted photo

guard. “Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Just hope you’re in the right place in the right time.” L-R is not liable for any damage sustained to the vehicle while on the public streets. Security patrols around campus during the night to try to keep the vandalism to a minimum, but security has never caught anyone who has vandalized the cars at L-R. When these things happen on campus, L-R security helpsas much as they can. “They had already filed a police report and gave me a copy of the case number and reporting officer. Security also called a glass company to get an estimate on repairing the window,” said senior Barbara Woodcock. “Although it is very unfortunate that my window was broken, security was definitely helpful.” As for now, students are warned to be aware of their surroundings when walking outside. “Be careful,” Blackmon, said. “Be looking over your shoulder at all times.”

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How far we’ve come

Photo Credit: Rhynean Archives Joe Bear has been a part of Lenoir-Rhyne for a long time. In 1960, he was still a new addition.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Fields Today, Joe Bear is still making appearances at athletic events and other school functions wearing a newer fur coat.

Feeling helpless

Final Exam Schedule

Friday, Dec. 7

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Saturday, Dec. 8 Photo Credit: Facebook More than 2 million customers lost power, and more than 50 people died, as a result of Hurricane

L-R students deal with results of hurricane Sandy By: Gustav Meyners Staff Writer In October, Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern America, affecting thousands of people. It was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, causing billions of dollars in damages and affecting millions of people. Those people include students at Lenoir-Rhyne University. One of those is Taylor Oliver, a junior elementary education major. “It was so horrifying to see it because no one expected it to be that bad,” Oliver said. She is from Seaside Park, an island on the southern coast of New Jersey. Her family has lived in that area her whole life, and her house is half a block from the beach. Oliver spent the days after the hurricane worried about her home. Her family was evacuated the Sunday before the hurricane hit, but she didn’t know if her house was safe, or even existed anymore. “I felt so helpless down here,” Oliver said. Cell phone

service was bad in the area, so she had a hard time contacting her parents for details about her life in Seaside Park. She had to rely on the news for most of her information about her community. Since then, Oliver has learned that her house was spared from the flooding in the area. The floods did damage houses down the street though. Her family has been able to return to the island to collect their belongings, but cannot live in their home anymore. The whole island community has been shut down for at least six months because of the damages done to the gas lines. Oliver’s family has had to find a house in Forked River, New Jersey, a community about 30 minutes from Seaside Park. For now, that is where they will be living. Oliver is lucky. Her family normally goes to South Carolina for Thanksgiving, so even if her home had been destroyed she wouldn’t have to worry about her plans for the holidays.

L-R professor speeds things up By Matthew Watson Community Editor Dr. Bjarne Berg, associate professor of mathematics and computing science here at L-R, published a book last month regarding a new computer system. “SAP Hana: An Introduction,” introduces a concept which began in 2006. So what exactly is the SAP HANA? Berg describes it as “getting rid of file systems, databases, and magnetic hard drives from access media. As a result, you wind up with computer systems that are extremely high performance, and run up to ten thousand times faster than what you experience today.” Magnetic drives are the slowest parts of a computer, so getting rid of them was the idea behind the SAP HANA. “The next generation... iPhones, iPads...took all the stuff and put it in memory,” Berg said. “Why can’t we do the same? Why can’t we rip

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the hard drive out of computer systems, and put the whole thing in memory? Once we do that, we get all the speed out of the RAM.” Which bears the next question...what exactly would we use it for? Truthfully, they just don’t know yet. “It’s like 1844 when they invented the first working steam engine,” Berg said. “We just now know that we can do things we never even dreamed about.” He went on to explain that it could be used for things that require lots of data: anything from streaming movies to lots of users, to being used in the medical field. The first version (HANA 1.0) was released in summer 2011, and 800 have been sold so far. They are now working on HANA 1.5, which was later renamed to Service Pack 3. “It’s the fastest technology that I’m aware of,” Berg said, “that has ever been adopted into corporations.”

In total, there are 107 L-R students from areas affected by the hurricane. This includes Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. “If students had problems, we would have found a place for them to stay over Thanksgiving,” said Katie Fisher, Dean of Students at L-R. After emailing all 107 students, L-R only heard back from two of them, both of whom didn’t need any assistance. The federal government has been helping with the relief efforts in the states affected. On October 31, President Barack Obama told the Associated Press that the federal government is “here for the long haul.” Multiple groups have been working to restore the areas affected to what they used to be. However, for some like Oliver, these areas will never be the same. “Part of me wants to go back to see, but I don’t think I could handle it,” Oliver said. “That was my childhood.”

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Monday, Dec. 10

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Speeding Ticket Advice By: Christian Hicks Staff Writer Flashing blue and white lights appear in your rearview mirror. You pull off the road, a police officer steps out of the car and strolls over to your car. He asks for your license and registration and heads back to his patrol cruiser. A few minutes later he appears beside you and hands you back your license and registration. Unfortunately, he also hands you back a piece of paper and tells you that you have been caught speeding. He clocked you going 60 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. What do you do now? According to Michael Van Buren, a Catawba County Assistant District Attorney, there are two options. 1: Hire an attorney. 2: Represent yourself. When you hire an attorney, you don’t usually have to appear in court. Your lawyer will appear for you. However, attorney fees usually run anywhere from $150 to $300

– and you still have to pay the court costs that go along with the ticket – $188 if you got caught going 60 in a 45 zone. You’ll generally have to appear in court if you decide to represent yourself. However, with this option, you don’t have to pay for an attorney, and sometimes you can do the same thing to get out of your ticket as a lawyer would have done. “When a person is their own attorney, they need to go to the District Attorney’s office and talk with either the DA if he or she is available or talk to one of the ADAs. They DA or ADA will determine whether or not you can possibly take the Defensive Driving School or get your ticket reduced to only nine miles per hour over the speed limit,” Van Buren said. “We can generally help you if you were not going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, have no prior tickets in the last three years, or have not attended the Defensive Driving class in the last three years.”

“We generally will advise people we give tickets to go to the DA’s office and they can help them out,” said retired Hickory Police Officer Tom Lambert. When someone takes the Defensive Driving course, they will receive no insurance points, no driver’s license points and they don’t have to make a court appearance. “The DD course really helped me to realize that I need to be more of a defensive driver and that meant I needed to slow down,” said LenoirRhyne student Jason Lazo. “It also really helped me in getting out of my speeding ticket.” If you choose not to take the defensive driving course then you’ll have to go to court. This court will only consist of a clerk of court, a representative to the DA’s office, and you. “If you’re found guilty, you can choose to appeal the decision but very rarely does the ticket get overturned,” Van Buren said.

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Seriously Superstitious Subhead

Photo Credit: Will Greene Members of the football team always touch the bear statue as they run onto the field for home games.

By: Hannah Dixon Staff Writer

Photo Credit: SportsFotos The volleyball team celebrates their victory that landed them in the NCAA playoffs,

A Year to Remember Serving a Great Season

By: Hannah Dixon Staff Writer With the end of their season quickly approaching the volleyball girls take time to reflect on their season, as well as prepare to add a few more wins to their record. Usually, having a young and small team can hinder a program; however the Lady Bears made it work. Of the 11 players on the roster, there are only three juniors and seniors. “Having a small team, we got to know each other really well,” said Junior Anna Johnson. “Our team chemistry was a lot better, which made playing together, a lot better.” Being a small team gave the girls the ability to learn each other’s playing styles and to

build a relationship, not only as a team, but as a family. Senior, Meredith Lutz, has played on the team for four years and says that this is the most successful team she has played with. She believes they are not just a group of 11 players on the same court. They are a team of friends. “This season was a lot different from seasons in the past. There is a lot of chemistry and we are a ‘team’ not 11 individuals playing together,” said Lutz. The fact that the team consists of mostly underclassmen will play to the Bear’s advantage in the future. Having a team play together for multiple seasons allows the players to come together and create their own dynamic. This

will help in the next few seasons when the girls are hoping to go even further. “My expectations for next season are to improve. We are only losing one team member, so we should be okay. Plus, with some of the recruits we have coming in we should be really good,” Johnson said. Overall the girls had an amazing season, beginning the Food Lion SAC Tournament as the fourth seed. With a record of 19-10, the Lady Bears had a season for the books. “I am really happy with our season. We finished higher than what we were picked to finish and this is by far the best season I have had my whole four years on the team,” said Lutz. I could not be more proud of my team.”

The majority of athletes have them. From high school to professional athletes, they all have a ritual or a superstition they must perform before stepping onto the field or the court. Over the years, every athlete develops their own routine they perform before their games. One of the biggest pregame traditions on campus is performed by athletes on the football team. Before every game the players make sure they touch the bear that is perched on the wall in front of the end zone as they walk onto the field. This is an ongoing tradition that the players continue to perform. As individuals, many athletes have created their personalized rituals that they believe helps them perform during their games. Other teams on campus make a point to have team meals together on their game days. This provides for team unity and togetherness to get prepared for teamwork and a win. “Our coach takes us to Bojangles before our meets. You would not think that would be the best choice for runners, but it works for us,” said Gustav Meyners, a junior track runner. “I always make sure that

I am on the left side of the huddle on the outside when we are running onto the field,” said Zach Neumann, a football player. “Plus, every time we go on offense, I take two kicks into the net to prepare.” Many athletes have specific songs or playlists that they feel they must listen to on game day before they can be fully prepared to play. “I listen to the same playlist before my games. It pumps me up and gets me prepared for the game every time,” said junior lacrosse player Mike Schlegelmilch. While some athletes have superstitions about pre-game activities, others have rituals that include their clothing and meals. “Before every meet I have to eat a bagel. I’ve always done that,” said senior swim team captain Gina Glenn. “I also have a specific outfit I wear for the days of meets, and I always make sure I have my earrings on. I have to feel like I look presentable, even though I’m getting into the pool. It just gets me in the right mindset.” Whether it is an individual athlete performing their own personalized pre-game routine or a team ritual that they feel enhances their performance. When these superstitions are not are not acknowledged, some athletes believe that their game will suffer in return.

Basketball looks to new faces to contribute By Calvin Caldwell Staff Writer Basketball season is rolling around and anticipation is as high as ever for the LenoirRhyne’s men’s and women’s teams. Both teams ended last season on bitter losses and have used that as motivation to hopefully propel them to a winning campaign this season. Fans of last year’s basketball teams will have to get familiar with some new faces, as some newcomers are expected to contribute. The men’s team returns their top two returning scorers in junior forward Allan Jones and sophomore guard Denzel Dillingham. Those two will be looked to for even more of the offensive production due to the parting last year’s wing,

D.J. Blackmon. The Bears also return their leading rebounder in BJ Beasley, who looks contribute heavily as a defensive force inside. Junior post Matt Kuntz looks to team with Beasley as an inside scorer to solidify the paint. The Bears seem to have all the pieces to do well this season, but will need a point guard who can help put it all together. Last year’s point guard, Kevin Davis is gone due to graduating. It looks to be point guard by committee in the early going, until one of the players establishes themselves as the outright floor general. Jarvis Perry, RJ Mclure, and Trez Shuford all look to get a stab at the job. On the women’s side of things, they have a big task in replacing first team all- conference guard and leading scorer Cameron Sealy.

Grappling Club fights to gain new interest By: Hannah Dixon Staff Writer Flyers for the Lenoir-Rhyne Grappling Club have begun to appear across campus within recent weeks, but what exactly is the grappling club? A grappling club is a team that uses a variety of martial arts focused around the practice of Jiujitsu. They incorporate the usage of different martial arts and sports such as sambo, wrestling and aikido. Members compete in with other teams. “We do not allow striking of any kind, but we do submit our opponents using a variety of locks and submissions that cause significant pressure and pain if applied correctly,” said Matt Ollis, coach of the grappling club. Due to a low student attendance rate, the club has chosen to meet off campus at Area 13 MMA & Fitness. Being such a demanding sport causes 95 percent of students who begin to attend the club choose to not come back. Wes King began the team in the fall of 2007. Their first year as a club they competed at the Hayastan Grappling competition in Kentucky brought home two gold medals and a silver medal, with a team that only had five competitors. During his Junior year, Ollis was asked by the advisor Nick Jenkins to bring the team back to campus. Getting students to attend and continue participated however, still remained a problem. Moving the club off campus has given them the opportunity to include L-R students, as well as the community.

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In order to continue incorporating students, occasional practices are held on campus, but due to low retention rate and scheduling conflicts it has become easier for the members to meet off campus. Along with their equipment being misused by students who are not members of the club, it seemed in their best interest to find a new meeting spot with hopes to find members who were willing to give what it takes. “It takes a different type of person to participate in this sport, not just anyone can become comfortable with the idea of trying to submit an opponent through the use of potentially painful techniques while avoiding an opponent who has the same goal,” Ollis said. “Some people do not enjoy the full body contact that is required with a sport like this, some people are just adverse to being hurt, and others find our cardio/fitness training to be too extreme.” Last year L-R’s team brought home three gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the their competitions.

Interested? Contact Mathew Ollis 828-514-1604

For scoring, the Lady Bears will lean heavily upon senior guard Whitney Culler. Culler, who was named preseason allconference, will be helped out in the scoring department by last year’s SAC freshman team selection Jazmine Charles. Returning at point guard will be junior Daniell Bongiorno whose tenacious play and intensity gives the Bears a chance to win every time they tip off. Brittany Christain, Krystal Patton, and Jenni Gust should also contribute big minutes at guard while Nneka Awuruonye and Alexis Katt will be the primary post players. The Lady Bears are predicted to finish second in the conference this season behind Wingate, but are aiming for the conference’s coveted top spot nonetheless. Come support the Bears in their future games.

Photo Credit: SportsFotos Senior guard Whitley Culler gets into the paint for a score.

L-R women’s soccer is on a roll

By: Randy Carroll Sports Editor Over the past three years L-R’s Women’s Soccer has won their conference championship every year. Even with a coaching change and the graduation of a strong senior class the girls pulled off another championship this year. What is it about the women’s program here that keeps them reloading, not rebuilding? Women’s Soccer lost a huge graduating class last year that was vital in winning their first two of three conference championships. This class included an All-American, Catherine Hauck and an All-District player Elizabeth Hawes. Not to mention allState players like Laura Linehan and third team AllRegion player Kaelia-Frazier. After such huge losses, and a coaching change, the women’s team continued to step up to

win their third championship in a row. “To sum it up it was good recruiting and setting team goals” said senior goalkeeper Caitlyn Scruggs. Good recruiting definitely played a huge roll in this year’s championship, with SAC Freshman of the Year Leah Mullins producing a lot of the team’s offense. At one point in this year seven freshmen started a game. Winning a championship with a statistic like that shows L-R reloads: it does not rebuild. The freshmen knew coming in it was a winning program and did not accept less. “In the years before we had a core group of players and the bar was set high so the freshmen came in and did really well,” Scruggs said. Really well is an understatement - the two leading scorers were freshmen. Mullins led the team with 13 and fellow freshman Garcelle Alequine was second on the

team with eight. However, Freshmen weren’t the only new part of the team, the Bears brought home this year’s trophy under new head Coach Cally Morrill. “I think it helped because our new coach was more encouraging to the young players. She pushed everyone the right amount.” “This year we had a lot of talent with the freshmen, they just needed coaching,” said senior Dana Hillmann. She continued to note how this year’s team was different than the previous championship teams. “They were already very experienced from the years before and therefore were good leaders plus the good coaching made a winning team,” Hillmann said. At the end of the day though, both teams were champions. “We had the will, we wanted to do it and we did,” Hillman said.

The path untraveled By Randy Carroll Sports Editor L-R’s Men’s Soccer team finished this season with a weaker record than they did a year ago, one game under .500. That doesn’t mean that hopes are down for next year, though. The players have high hopes going into 2013. “We have already started working out, we are in the gym playing indoor,” said sophomore Conor Doherty. Seven games this season were lost by only one goal. The team is already preparing for next season in hopes that it will make that difference. “I think we are better off because we are not graduating a lot of players,” Doherty said. The men’s soccer team will say

farewell to seniors Joe Green, Oliver Worth, Colin Corpe, Mehmet Karakilnic and Chris Johnson. Of those five players there are 58 games started and eight goals scored, 27.5 percent of the Bears’ offense. The good news being 72.5 percent of the offense is returning, and they are young. Freshman Tobias Tobrant lead the team in scoring with eight goals and sophomore Mario Pinoes Garcia was tied for second on the team with four goals. This team strongly consists of young talent. Tobrant was the SAC Men’s Soccer Freshman of the Year and second team all-SAC and sophomore Tom Holland was first team all-SAC. With this year of experience,

another potential highly talented recruiting class and the mounting expectations, the Bears plan to finish on top of the SAC next season. “A lot of games were close this year. So we want to finish in the top three,” said Doherty. This focus on next year is to remove unnecessary mistakes, “cutting out small individual mistakes, like mistakes later on in the game,” said Doherty. Fixing those mistakes are as simple as increasing the team’s mental toughness and will be a focus for this offseason. Late game mistakes often result from either lack of focus or a lack of experience. The Bears are training hard for what looks to be a promising season in 2013.

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Arts & Entertainment A jazzy performance

Photo Credit: Gustav Meyners Guitarist Andy Page, an internationally known musician, joins L-R’s jazz ensemble to perform their fall concert.

Jazz ensemble packs out auditorium By: Gustav Meyners Staff Writer

Andy Paige helped the Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble begin the Christmas season at their annual semester concert. Paige, an internationally known jazz guitarist, played alongside the ensemble at their concert, performing various jazz pieces. The music ranged from music arranged by Duke

Ellington to a jazzy take on the Christmas classic, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”. Together, they performed a total of eight pieces of music for an auditorium full of people. A teacher of Applied Jazz Guitar at Appalachian State University, Paige has performed internationally at multiple festivals and workshops. He has played for former President Bill Clinton

and poet Maya Angelou. Directed by Patrick Brown, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble is composed of six L-R students and 11 members of the community. The group only meets once a week to practice, but is able to pull together for two performances a year. The Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble will perform again near the end of the spring semester.

Football from pg 1 it with a new quarterback for the third year in a row. Last year it was Major Herron, this year it was Reuben Haynes and next year it looks to be Teverrius Jones. For those who don’t know, the Bears’ triple option attack relies heavily on the decision-making, toughness, and leadership of its quarterback. Jones appears to be more than ready, especially after starting in Haynes’ absence several times this year and having played

Service Project

Mon. Dec. 3 First United 10:00-10:50 a.m. Methodist Church

Capstone Presentation

St. Andrews Lutheran Church

Chrismas at L-R

Mon. Dec. 3 7:30 p.m.


Tues. Dec. 4 Shuford Gym Lobby 10:00-2:30 p.m.

Blood Drive

Community Service

St. Andrews Lutheran Church Learning Wed. Dec. 5 Commons 6:30-8:30 p.m. Office 214 B

Christmas at L-R


Sorting for Stockings

Community Service

Tues. Dec. 4 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 8 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Corinth Reformed Church

Fri. Jan. 25 10:00-10:50 a.m. Belk Centrum

Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concert

Wayne DeLoriea: guest speaker

PPD = Personal and professional development ID = Intellectual Development CDE = Creative Development and Expression

The Rhynean asked, “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?”

“The Broncos, because their secondary is insane and their D-line is dope.” -Ed Guerin, Senior

Slowly but surely, LenoirRhyne’s campus continues to become more diverse. L-R has students from countless backgrounds that come from all corners of the States as well as a select few students who enrolled from out of the country. Diversity is something that many students are excited about, which is a large reason why despite differences, foreign and unique students do not have a problem fitting in. The growth of diversity on campus will help the university truly live up to its title as a liberal arts institution. The more diverse cultures are here, the more that definition can expand. One group that has been pushing diversity on campus for the last several years is the Spanish Club.

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“The Patriots, because Tom Brady has unbelievable control of the offense; its super human.” -Jake Chism, Junior

“The 49ers, because they are a wellrounded team.” -Rai Robinson, Senior

“The Packers, because Aaron Rodgers is still the MVP of the league and Clay Matthews is going to anchor down the defense until Charles woodson comes back.” -Read Brown, Junior


SD= Spiritual Development CD= Creative Development

The Spanish Club is a group that was founded in 2008 by current L-R senior Francisa Medina. “I first started the club because there weren’t a lot of Hispanics on campus when I first came to L-R. I wanted the Hispanics that were here to have a sense of community.” Since then the club has grown tremendously. There are now roughly 300 Hispanics on campus, largely due to how active the Spanish Club has been in Hickory lately. Every year the club does several community service projects with a non-profit organization here in town called Centro Latino. “Working with Centro really allows us to bond with one another, while working for a good cause in the community as well” said Medina.

“The Falcons, because of their high powered offense.” -Alex Askey, Senior


Spanish Club: taking first step diversity to campus life By: Calvin Caldwell Staff Writer

well. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Teverrius,” said sophomore full-back Austin Beaty, “I think we all do.” The defense has been ranked first in the conference the last two seasons, showing that there is truth in the saying “defense wins championships.” “We pride ourselves in our defense,” said senior linebacker Demetrius Green. “We play with more heart than most teams.” The Bears have a chance for the elusive three-peat next year.

Student on the Street

Dec. /Jan. Convo Schedule Sat. Dec. 1, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Belk Centrum


The Spanish Club also tutors students on campus who are struggling in the subject and welcomes students who want to grow more fluent by being around native speakers. Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to be Spanish to join and play a major role in the Spanish club. “Anyone can join. The more the merrier. We are growing rapidly every year. Families that visit have responded well to what we’re doing and I think we are playing a big part in growing the diversity here on campus.” In addition to what the Spanish Club has going on, there have been talks of a potential Spanish sorority starting on campus soon. The Spanish club has simply planted the seed to the future of diversity here at L-R. Get involved, be part of the growth.

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