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Volume 92, Number 5 February 24, 2011 Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Features Cougars: on the prowl? 11

what rhymes with Orange? see oranGe 12

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McKinney’s: the new Cloister 3 Pujols: good for ten years? 14

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Senior Jay Kiger has worn orange every single day since 2005. So he is not lacking in the orange clothing department. Photo taken by Keli Mazza.

EVENTSfortheweek 2/25/FRIDAY

Masquerade! Ball

Buses leave at time stated on ticket.


Celebration Of The Arts/8PM/Student Center Spring Hill College’s annual Black History Program


STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS it’s an ONLINE ELECTION: Check your email that day for your voting code.


Juried Chapel Exhibition The deadline for entries in the Juried Chapel Exhibition is March 14, 12:30pm, not March 9 as previously announced. March 9 falls during spring break. Students may enter up to three works in any medium. All works must be ready to hang, works on paper must be framed

and matted (white or off white mats), paintings must be wired. Students can bring works to Wanda Sullivan, Fine Arts 221 now through March 14, 12:30pm. 1st place will receive $200, 2nd place is $100 and 3rd is $50. Email or call Wanda Sullivan for questions.


On February 14, 2011, a student reported that someone had stolen stereo equipment from within his unlocked vehicle which had been parked in the Viragh Hall/Skip’s Place parking lot. On February 14, 2011, a student reported that someone had stolen an IPOD and a watch from within his vehicle which was parked in the Mobile Hall parking lot. Entry was reportedly made by someone having broken the latch on the rear window of the vehicle. On February 17, 2011, a student reported that someone had dented his vehicle which had been parked in the New Hall parking lot. On February 18, 2011, a student reported that someone had stolen her purse and a cell phone charger from within her unlocked vehicle which was parked in the Toolen Hall parking lot. The Mobile Police Department is conducting an investigation. On February 18, 2011, a student reported that someone had stolen his IPOD, an FM transmitter, and a GPS device from within his vehicle which was parked in the New Hall parking lot. Entry was reportedly made by someone cutting through the vehicle’s convertible top. The Mobile Police Department is conducting an investigation. On February 18, 2011, a visitor to campus reported that someone had stolen her laptop computer and luggage w/contents from within her vehicle which was parked at the Mobile Hall parking lot. Entry was reportedly made by the trunk of the vehicle being left ajar. The Mobile Police Department is conducting an investigation.

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KatelynGARDNER News Editor Students, faculty, and staff will travel to Belize, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Punta Gorda, trading in their Spring Break for a chance to immerse themselves into different cultures. Spring Hill’s Campus Ministry has been coordinating immersion trips since 2004 when a group of students helped out in Belize City. The trip has since expanded to additional sites where students can travel and work on projects such as building houses and engaging with the surrounding communities. Sr. Patty Huffman of Campus Ministry says that the immersion trips allow students “a time to get to know

the people of that culture on a one-on-one basis.” Senior John Koch said that the immersion trip was an amazing experience. Koch was glad he got to work within the community because it gave him a chance to give back. By immersing themselves physically and mentally, students are enthralled and amazed at how they can learn from others by serving them as well. Each location provides a different type of service. In Belize City and Nicaragua, students will build a wood house in three to four days time. In Punta Gorda, they will build cement block churches for the community. Through the El Salvador immersion trip, participants will visit the University of Central America and visit places where Jesucourtesy of Campus Ministry its once stood. SHC students spend their Mardi Gras break building a house and interacting with the locals. see SPRING 5

Creative geniuses represent Spring Hill AliciaReeves Co-Editor

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Students Alicia Reeves, Jimmy Sumpter, and Jessie Sumpter receive Mobile ADDY award.

Spring Hill College may be a small school and the graphic design department may be even smaller, but they are definitely not lacking in talent. Graphic design students from Spring Hill recently entered design pieces into the local AAF Mobile Bay ADDY Awards. The local level includes schools from the surrounding area, including the University of South Alabama and the University of Mobile. On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 graphic design advisor, Janden Richards, was

beyond ecstatic when three Spring Hill students were recognized as ADDY Award winners at a luncheon held by the local AAF Mobile Bay. The Sumpter siblings cleaned up this year’s Student ADDYs as Junior Jessie Sumpter walked away with a Gold ADDY for her amazing entry “Triangle Sandwiches,” and the creative talent runs in the family as her brother, Senior Jimmy Sumpter, received a Silver ADDY for his incredible, hand-drawn poster illustration “Introducing Wes Wilson”. Then, returning for a repeat after last year’s competition, Senior Alicia Reeves took another Gold ADDY and see ADDY 4



Alumnus and trustee gives $1 million gift Mobile, Ala.—The new student center at Spring Hill College holds many amenities for students and the campus community. The new center, like the old one, is the living room of the college, a place for relaxation and fellowship, as well as learning. SHC alumnus and chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, James McKinney ‘69, fondly recalls good friends gathering for food and camaraderie in the old student center during his college days-- so much so that his gift to the college of $1 million will now place the McKinney family name on the center’s new grille and eatery. “McKinney’s at the Hill” will be officially unveiled on Thursday, February 24 when the trustees gather for their winter meeting. “The student center has always been the hub of campus life,” said McKinney. “I’m just one of thousands of students who recall the old days, and while they were fun, we

were in a tired old building. Our new center with modern facilities like the grille is something Spring Hill students can be very proud of.” McKinney is Principal and Manager of Fixed Income Department at William Blair & Company, L.L.C. in Chicago, Ill. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2002. “I am grateful to Jim McKinney for not only for his generosity but also for his leadership and dedication as a member of our Board of Trustees and presently as our board chair,” said Spring Hill president Rev. Richard Salmi, S.J. “The college is honored to acknowledge his wonderful gift by naming this facility McKinney’s at the Hill.” McKinney’s at the Hill, located on the first floor of the student center has a pub like atmosphere with several large screen TV’s along with a pool table and offers a variety of food and beverages for students faculty and staff. ##

photo rendering of future Cloister courtesy of Department of Communication and Institutional Marketing

McKinney’s at the Hill is a place where students will relax, socialize, and indulge in capmus life.

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the Student Best of Show for her 38-page “Guide to Louisville”. Winning an ADDY Award is a very prestigious honor for a graphic designer. Jessie Sumpter is really proud of her accomplishments. Not only will it look good on her resume but Jessie is pretty excited as well. “It was awesome winning the ADDY! It’s really nice for my work to be recognized and labeled as an award winning design. Winning this has only made me realize how much I have learned and the potential I

have for the future. The gold recipients will automatically advance to the next District level, which ups the competition level. They will not be competing with schools ranging from Baton Rouge(LSU), up to Nashville (Art Institute) and over to Savanna, Georgia (SCAD). For the many who don’t know what an ADDY is, here’s your official description from the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed

specially for college students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country. The student competition is run in conjunction with the professional ADDY Awards which is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 50,000 entries every year in local ADDY competitions.

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Winning this has only made me realize how much I have learned and the potential I have for the future. -Junior Jessie Sumpter

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Got beef? the Caf has new ways to reach the student body KatelynGARDNER news editor

Students who have seen the realm of cafeteria food should be excited to see a change in the cafeteria this semester. In a few weeks, students will be able to view the cafeteria menu from the kiosk located across from the salad bar. This kiosk allows for students to view the menu for up to two weeks in advance. Once the kiosk is set up, students will be able to view the cafeteria food’s nutritional value. The kiosk will also offer an update on Cloister, Java City and Golf Course Snack Shop activities. David Reiley, Director of Aramark Dining Services, is advertising the food service committee meetings that are held every other Tuesday at noon in an attempt to receive more student responses. These meetings are held in the dining room and attendance is open to everyone. In addition to the meetings, there is

also a Facebook page and a suggestion box that will be set up to allow students to state their concerns. Also, if students call (251) 380-3897, they will be able to hear a recorded menu of what the cafeteria is serving on that day. Since students are unable to view the menu online, Aramark provides a voice recording that mentions all of the selections provided. Reiley is open to discussions and student feedback stating, “Any student is welcome to stop by our office which is just beyond the serving line on the left side of the line.” By using these resources, students can interact with the Aramark Dining Staff on a professional level. Instead of being disappointed and dissatisfied, Reiley tells students to approach him whenever he is patrolling the cafeteria. Reiley stated, “Just stop and talk to photo by Katelyn Gardner me,” offering the students a new way to con- Patrick Green heads to the sandwich line for an early dinner. trol their on-campus experience.

Spring break: experiencing an immersion trip

Continued from page 3 This will be the first time that the immersion program is offering a trip to Ecuador. Students will be working with Rostro de Christo, an international Catholic-based volunteer program which strives for participants to “be with the people rather than do for them.” In Ecuador, the group will experience Ecuadorian life, assist the community in building projects, travel to Duran, and share in the daily life of the people. In addition to service opportunities, students will also have the opportunity to experience the culture of the different cities. For instance, in Belize City, students visit the Mayan ruins while in Nicaragua the group takes a trip to the Pacific Ocean and has even visited active volcano

sites. Also, in El Salvador, the group will learn about Jesuit history by visiting museums and sites where Jesuit martyrs gave their lives. The experience brings together many aspects of learning through service, personal interaction with the people, as well as cultural perspectives. Senior Emily Stauss stated that the immersion experience will “change yor life.” Stauss stated “My entire view of the world is different,” commenting on her experiences in the Dominican Republic. Through community building activities such as prayer and reflection, students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of different cultures by not only giving back to their neighbors but also learning from them.

Celebrating Black History Month KatelynGARDNER news editor

The Spring Hill College’s Cultural Impulse Step Team will participate in the annual Black History event, Celebration of the Arts, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 in the Cafeteria. Alicia Manzie, Captain of the step team, stated, “The step team has hosted a black history program every year since we formed in 2008. We just want to introduce the SHC community to something new.”

The Theta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha from University of South Alabama will be performing at the Celebration of the Arts. The event will include both SHC and USA students who will sing, dance, and do spoken word. SHC’s jazz band will also be performing with the step team in a few numbers. Manzie hopes to educate students about diversity and the beauty of Black History Month. The ultimate goal of the event is to present a fun, innovative way to “educate our ADVERTISEMENT

diverse community about the rich heritage of African Americans,” stated Manzie. The step team has always promoted cultural unity throughout all their campus programs. By hosting the Celebration of the Arts, the team hopes to continue in its efforts to inform, engage, and enlighten the campus during Black History Month. Attendance is open to everyone and the team is hoping for a big turn out on Monday. Refreshments will be provided.



Swagga of a College Kid GreenberryTaylor Contributor

I’ve never been this high before. Slow your roll, Badgers; I’m on an airplane, not an acid trip. In a couple of hours the plane will land at an undisclosed location in Florida. I’ll get off this metal bird, grab my bag, hop in a taxi and arrive at my temporary living quarters. The final item on my todo list is most crucial. If not done right, everything could turn out disastrous. All of my hopes, dreams and aspirations of admittance into graduate school hang on this one thing. Luckily, the last item has been 24 years in the making, so I’m not too worried about it – I’m talking about my swagger. Everyone possesses certain x-factors, which make you unique. I know you’ve heard the talk about personality blah, blah, blah; personality is for the birds, swagger is what makes you, YOU. How many people do you know that are “sweet” or “funny” or “kind hearted?” I’m guessing the numbers fluctuate, but are you catching my drift? There are tons of people who have those personality traits, but how people use those traits defines their swagger. Think about this for a second. Let it work, gyrate and mull around in remaining brain cells left over from the weekend. Still not pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down? How about an example to get your motor runnin’? A prime example of swag is senior Evan Lindley. Lindley and I go way back. The first thing she ever said to me was, “Tripp McNeely! Nothing is more American than raw meat, beer and baseball.” My name isn’t Tripp McNelly and I had never met this girl before in my life. But, it felt comfortable and I couldn’t help but embrace it. It was (insert dramatic pause and loud drums), the power, of the swag. There’s no doubt in my mind Lindley is a master of the swag. She uses every quality about her, both good and bad (which, there are very few), to define herself, to create her own swagger. From the gear she sports, to the phrases she trademarks, Lindley is herself 100 percent of the time. And that, my friends, is the definition of swagger.

Being you and doing you 24/7. When I got to my hotel, I decided to snag a quick shower. Quick meaning shorter than 30 minutes; I love a good shower. In the shower I performed Ryan Adam’s, Notorious B.I.G. and other fly-spittin’ artists for my imaginary water-soaked audience. Just warmin’ up the swag, baby. Just warmin’ up the swag. Sitting in the graduate office, smellin’ fresh to def, of a prestigious journalism school, waiting to be interviewed, I laughed thinking of Lindley’s first words to me, and I thought: college is the perfect nurturing and breeding ground for swag. I knew I would have to answer questions regarding my GPA, my fluctuating academic performance and so on. I wished I would’ve studied more, gone to the library more and put in my full effort for every class. But, I didn’t, which has left me holding a


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transcript with average grades, and for a brief moment, a head full of regrets. Suddenly, I remembered all of the great people I’d met and all of the adventures I had with them. I probably wouldn’t know these people if my head would have been buried in books all the time, and the adventures would just be dreams if I hadn’t skipped out on library time. I rolled the dice and ended up with an unrivaled swagger. A hand extended towards me while seated in the lobby. “You must be…” the voice started to say. “Greenberry Taylor,” I said with a grin on my face and thought to myself, time to turn the swag on. Grades are remembered, but a swagger never dies. Authors note: This article was inspired and is dedicated to Evan Lindley.


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Graduate School?

No Thanks! CaitlinTEAHAN Contributor

I began my senior year thinking I didn’t want to go or need graduate school. I was convinced it was totally unnecessary and that a job should be my first priority. Then one morning in September I woke up realizing I had to go, not only for personal reasons but to better my chances on climbing the corporate ladder some day. Graduate school had been mentioned occasionally in a few classes but I had no idea how to really go about applying or figuring out what I would need. All I knew was that when you applied to undergraduate school, your teachers sent in letters of recommendation and you filled out an application

7 online. I became panicked hearing how some of my peers had been taking the GRE since their junior year and had their school of choice picked out. That’s when Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio had announced her graduate school workshop. It couldn’t have come at a better time and I must say that I truly can’t say that I would have applied to graduate school without her. Her workshop answered all of my questions and showed me how to get organized, even though I was behind. All of her examples and notes were online through Badger Web and she was always available to meet. Dr. J was an invaluable resource and wealth of knowledge. Because she previously had worked at a larger school with graduate students, she was able to show me what I needed to do to make this horribly stressful and rushed process easier. All of her information regarding graduate school is still online. I think the reason most people don’t apply is because they think it is a complicated process and they are ‘over’ school. They’re right, it is complicated. But having the proper tools made it that much easier. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be wishing for school by next spring and that you had applied. Some master’s degrees take only a year and can increase your salary and job opportunities. Many


programs also allow you to defer acceptance for over a year in case you change your mind! Resources are easy to come by if you are looking for them. There are some pre-professional development classes available. But a once a week class should be required in all majors that not only focus on professional development but graduate school. So, what is my advice? Here are some musts to get the ball rolling: 1. Decide whether or not you want to go now or maybe in a year from now and consider that you may defer your acceptance. 2. Pick a professor or advisor you are close with that is willing to help guide you through the process from everything to honing your concentration to writing statements of purpose. 3. Be organized! Make checklists and charts that are always handy by your computer. Use them to prepare information about each school you are interested in including testing and contact information. This will save tons of time when you actually apply. 4. Apply to school you actually have a genuine interest in. If you don’t your statements of purpose will reflect that and your wallet will be a little less empty. Start thinking about it now, before it becomes too overwhelming!

Penny for your thoughts

AliciaREEVES Co-editor As the power was out in my apartment for four hours this past Sunday afternoon, probably the result of the “Legen-wait for it-dary” weekend, I had a lot to free time to think. So sit back and relax as I share some thoughts with you.

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Badger Brawl

Top Right: South Jordan preforms this past Friday night at the Badger Brawl pep rally. Center Right: Ashley Tuite and Courtney Edmundson hangout at the pep rally as they wait for South Jordan to take the stage. Center Left: Ronlesa Mack and Simone Lampkin brought their badger pride to the Badger Brawl game this past weekend. The University of Mobile ultimately defeated both the men’s and women’s teams. Bottom: Spirited fans at the Badger Brawl game cheer on the Men’s Basketball team as they face University of Mobile.

All photos by Keli Mazza


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Show that BAdger Spirit Top right: Senior Dani Arce celebrates after she won the half-time raffle prize of an iPad. Top Left: Freshman Robert Robinson is shocked after hearing his raffle ticket number announced at the Badger Brawl game. Robert won a new xBox 360 Kinect. Bottom right: Senior Lynne Fritscher shows support for Men’s Basketball Senior Sly Twiggs at the game versus the University of Mobile. Below: Freshman girls enjoyed the evening by rocking out to the cool sound of South Jordan. All photos by Keli Mazza

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FRESHMAN Arnold Dobac

SENIOR Justin Phares


How much do you work out a week?

I can’t keep track of the time I spend watching Justin Phares pump that iron.


How big are your biceps?

Did Justin come up with this question? He knows I can’t compete with perfection.


6 days a week, too often

Both 17 inches

What’s your favorite thing about Spring Hill?

That the hospital is so close

The relationships you have with professors and faculty. Only here could I go surfing with Dr. Wilson.

The Hill rocks out to South Jordan KeliMAZZA Reporter

For those of you who did not attend Friday night’s pep rally, you missed out on a great concert from an up and coming band, South Jordan. Originally out of Indiana, the band made the 9 hour drive from Tennessee to Mobile for a performance at Spring Hill College. South Jordan met three years ago on South Jordan Avenue on the campus of Indiana University and have been trying to make it big ever since. They signed eight months ago with Island Def Jam Records and have begun collaborating with many producers including Claude Kelly and Toby Gad. Kelly has worked with stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears. Gad has worked with Fergie along with collaborating with Amund Bjorklund who has worked with Train and Beyonce. They hope to have a

record out later this year and guarantee it will be something that you will want to listen to over and over again. South Jordan is made up of Michael David Hall on lead vocals, Bobby Campbell on keyboard, Mike Chan on guitar and synthesizer, Eric Brengle on guitar, Jesse Feister on drums, and David Witucki on bass guitar. Along with their tour manager Eric Martinez these six fun loving guys bring a musical style similar to One Republic and Maroon 5. With their catchy tunes and Hall’s fun and funky dance moves, the band keeps the audience on their feet and enjoying the fun, light heartedness of their songs. Their down-to-earth personalities and desire to live out their dream really bring together all the right elements to make up a great live show. As for the guys, they each have their own unique style and personalities. As Hall describes it “we are every-

thing from the band geeks to the popular kids, but we all share the love of music.” While attending Indiana University, they majored in everything from recording arts and telecommunications to liberal arts, communication, and culture. While visiting “The Hill” they enjoyed playing Frisbee on the lawn with students and chilling with people in the apartments. Hall says “We’ve been writing and recording in the studio for the past 8 months. Spring Hill was such an incredibly important experience for us. We had the most fun. Can’t wait to return.” As for what’s next for them, more studio time and hopefully more shows. For more information on South Jordan, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Get ready for some really big things in the near future from these guys and you might be able to say “I was there!”




Mix it, shake it, stir it, no matter how you make it these are my TOP 5 cocktails. Bottoms up.

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Jack & Coke

As if there ever was any doubt. Jack is a man’s drink. Coke is a man’s soda. A Jack and Coke is a man’s cocktail.

Long Island Iced Tea

The drink may look as innocent as iced tea, but it packs a major wallop. Drink more than one or two and you can count on a hangover.

Irish Car Bomb

It will taste like chocolate milk, but if you wait too long, it will curdle. That’s why you need to chug.


One of the most famous New Orleans cocktails. Its a fruit punch that comes with a punch to your face after a few.

Sex on the Beach

When you see a girl without a drink in her hand get her one of these and see what that gets you


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Cougars conquer the strenuous terrain of the Hill MattBOSARGE & KeliMAZZA

As many Badgers are just crawling out of bed and heading to class every morning, there is a variety of Cougars on the prowl throughout the campus. No, these women are not just returning from a night of “hunting,” and they don’t exactly live up to the title of older women searching for younger men as designated by society. Cleverly nicknamed by the student body, the women are anything but “Cougars”. That is if the of-

ficial definition of cougar was getting your daily exercise. These women are a different breed of cougars. They mostly have families and may once even have roamed the campus as students. Others have lived in the area forever and enjoy the safety the Spring Hill campus provides along with its beautiful scenery. Whether running in a pack or with their fluffy dogs, they enjoy every aspect of the campus and have watched the campus change over the year, causing them to alter

their path as new buildings have gone up. “It’s truly a great place to exercise at, except for when you have some people speeding [in their vehicles] through here. And they don’t even work here!” A statement from one of the first runners we encountered last week. Apparently, some people need to watch their speed while driving on campus in the morning. Many of the women that we interviewed also talked about the challenges of the terrain provided by Spring Hill’s campus. One

woman said, “It’s got wonderful hills that are a challenge, and then we can end our runs at places where it is more flat.” These runners have created a daily routine and some even find time to make a stop at the church some days to pray and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of their run. These cougars are not on the hunt nor in attack mode, so the next time you see them don’t be fearful but take the time to say “Hello” or even better become a “Cougar” yourself.

photo by Keli Mazza

“Cougars” take their daily morning walk around campus. They find the terrain of SHC beneficial to their workouts.

MoonPies and beads: Mardi Gras in Mobile

MaryRIES lifestyle editor

Between dodging MoonPies and ducking from a bead toss, Mardi Gras in Mobile is worth checking out. To much surprise, Mardi Gras did not originate in New Orleans. In fact, Mardi Gras began in Mobile, Ala. in 1703. This year’s Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile kicked off on Feb. 5 with the Krewe De La Dauphine Parade on Dauphin Island. If you have ever been to a downtown Mobile Mardi Gras parade, you should have noticed the MoonPies. According to the Mobile Press-Register, whichever flavor of MoonPie the masked observer catches indicates what the next few weeks of Mardi Gras celebrations will be like. A mint MoonPie indicates a fresh and new Mardi Gras celebration. A peanut butter flavored MoonPie means that the celebration is bound to get crazier than ever. However, a banana MoonPie signifies a calm Mardi Gras, and a chocolate MoonPie indicates that you will experience a lot of self-indulgence. This past weekend, the masked observer caught a mint flavored MoonPie.

photo by Kaitlyn Ikner

Locals wave their hands in the air attempting to catch beads or MoonPies.

With the expectation of a new and fresh Mardi Gras for this year, checkout the Order of the Inca parade this Friday night at 6:30p.m. or the Order of the Butterfly Maidens parade on Saturday night at 7:00p.m. Also, don’t forget to checkout the Joe Cain parade on Sunday, March 6 at 2:30p.m. There are parades practically every day from now until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. No matter which parade you decide to attend, the experience of Mardi Gras in Mobile is different than any other. So grab a MoonPie and party on!

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Celebrating the color orange since ‘05

The story of Jay Kiger’s passion for the color orange HollySHULTIS Contributor

You’ve seen him around campus. Maybe you don’t know his name, but you’ve seen the orange. The question isn’t who is Jay Kiger, it’s why. Why does Kiger wear orange every day? You could ask him and he would tell you. He wouldn’t tell you the right answer, but he would tell you an answer. Kiger’s friends have heard every explanation in the book. Everything from the orange colored clothes are always on the clearance racks or because his mother loves the color orange. Or even because when he was a kid orange was his favorite color, and he couldn’t bear to part with his childhood love. All bogus explanations aside, no one actually knows what has driven Kiger to wear at least one article of orange cloth-

ing, every day of the week, since February 24, 2005. Apparently out of the blue (or should I say orange), when Kiger was a sophomore in high school, he made a decision to wear orange. That event may not have been so poignant if Jay had since decided to stop. Perhaps it is this element of mystery that has created such a following for Kiger. In fact, he has created an entire orange day, granted, every day for Kiger is orange day. However, he actually convinced other people to wear orange on this particular day. As odd as this sounds, maybe there’s something to Kiger and what he stands for. And no, it’s not “freedom” as he salutes to every weekend with a cold can, but maybe it’s along those lines. Kiger has unbelievable capabilities of bringing people together; even if it’s just to celebrate

the color orange. For one day, no one is silently judging the person next to him, unless they are not dressed in orange of course. For someone to pick something as arbitrary as the color orange and to let it define their lives and a portion of the lives of people around them, is nothing short of amazing. The question still remains; is Jay Kiger some sort of maniacal genius or does the Spring Hill community just relate to the need for life to mean something? For one day, Kiger defined a specific purpose that is frivolous but empowering at the same time. You may not yet know what that means to our student body or why he has gained such a celebrated following, but I can say one thing for certain. If you see me this Saturday on Orange Day, I will be wearing orange.

How to have fun in the sun on the Hill Mary RIES lifestyle editor

With warm weather coming our way, the Hill seems to come alive. However you like to spend your sunny days, consider trying out one of these new ideas on how to enjoy the warm southern air. A popular sunny day destination is the beach. However, try to spice up your beach trip with more than just laying out. Bring along an iPod dock and create a playlist specifically for the beach. Then, hold a dance-off competition on the beach. Put the playlist on shuffle and whichever song comes on is the song you have to dance to. Whoever has the best dance, wins the competition. Who knows, maybe you can even challenge fellow beach goers. If going to the beach isn’t your thing, try enjoying the outdoors in a different way by taking a walk down to the Mobile Museum of Art. The walk is about two miles long and the museum is only $6 for students. Walking down

to the museum is a great opportunity to get a good workout in and checkout artwork all at the same time. If you are more into sports, try hanging out at a home Rugby match or Baseball game. With both sports in season, it is a perfect excuse to grab a blanket, a group of your buds and head out to support the Badgers. You are guaranteed to have a great time cheering on the team and enjoying the beautiful day. Even if you think you have too much homework to enjoy the gorgeous weather, think again. Take your homework outdoors. Sit outside of the Caf or Cloister and catch some rays while studying, or grab a blanket and do your homework at Rydex Commons in the grass. Either way, you don’t have to feel like you are wasting away your weekend in the library and missing out on the nice weather. There are many ways for you to enjoy the nice weather on the Hill. Whichever you decide to do, the key to enjoying the nice weather is by having fun while doing it.

Oscar Predictions KeliMAZZA Movie Critic

It’s almost that time of year again for the Oscars and this year has been a unique one for films. Deciding who is going to which each award is difficult so here are my picks for this year’s Oscar winners:

Best Picture: Black Swan Best leading actor: Colin Firth Best supporting actor: Geoffrey Rush Best leading actress: Natalie Portman Best supporting actress: Hailee Steinfeld animated feature film: Toy Story 3 To make your own picks for the Oscars go to and vote. Then tune in this Sunday night, February, 27 at 7pm on ABC to see how you faired.



Carter says leadership is the key MattBOSARGE sports editor After a 0-3 start, the Spring Hill College baseball team got back on track winning two of their last three. I sat down with senior pitcher Joe Carter and asked him a few questions concerning the season ahead for the Badgers.

q: You guys are 2-0 at

home and 0-4 on the road to start the season? Do you think the team feels more comfortable at home or has the competition just been tougher on the road so far?


photo by Keli Mazza

The competition has been a little tougher on the road I guess, but we really feed off of our fans and definitely play better at home.

Joe Carter is ready for his senior season on the diamond

and makes the pitcher work, and we all know what that does for the rest of the team. He’s not an easy out.


In what ways do you think this year’s team is better than last year’s?


No doubt, it’s got to be leadership. We have some seniors on this team, like myself, that know what it takes to win at this level.


Favorite moment at Spring Hill in terms of baseball?


It has to be signing my scholarship. I signed it out of a summer league and it was my only offer at the time. I was told Coach Sims wanted me and that felt great.



How did that complete game shutout feel?


some. I only threw 63 pitches and had great defense behind me. I definitely give all

Who do you expect to have a breakout season this year?

Wayne Huell. It’s all about his tenacity at the plate. He sees a lot of pitches

Joe: Man, that felt awe-

the credit to my teammates on that one.


When did you start playing baseball?


I remember playing tee-ball when I was real young. I lived in Texas at the time and eventually moved to Alabama.


What is your best baseball memory before college?


I threw a kid out at first base from left-center field one time when I was 14 years old. He was on the heavy side, but it was still cool.


Are you more of a Jessica Alba or Jessica Biel kind of guy?


Jessica Alba. Just look at the smile.

Badgers fall 65-53 to Rams MattBOSARGE sports editor

As the clock ran down in the first half of Saturday night’s contest between Spring Hill College and the University of Mobile, guard Ji Kimbrough marched down the court and stuck a falling-away three pointer for the Rams just as time expired. Kimbrough’s shot gave Mobile an 8 point lead heading into half and seemed to stick a knife in the Badger crowd as Mobile went onto a 65-53 victory.

Spring Hill had trouble finding its rhythm offensively throughout the game, mostly due to Mobile’s press defense. Center Nick Brown, the Badgers’ leading scorer, struggled to consistently get the ball in a position to score; only racking up 11 points. Guard Charles Gordon had the most success scoring for Spring Hill as he dropped 15 on the Rams. Dontae Walker, Mobile’s leading scorer for the season was kept in check for most of the night, only scoring 9

points. However the Rams’ sensational sophomore Ji Kimbrough made up for Walker’s struggles and some as he single-handedly made Spring Hill’s night worse by making back-breaking jumper after back-breaking jumper in the second half. Kimbrough ended the night with 27 points on 9 of 16 shooting. Coach Thompson’s Badgers will try to bounce back Thursday at Belhaven University. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

photo by Keli Mazza

Tyler Schwab defends the Mobile guard during Saturday’s game.



Pujols’ last year as a Cardinal?

MattBOSARGE Sports Editor

According to many baseball analysts and sports writers, Albert Pujols is on his way to being the greatest first baseman in the history of the game. To say that is quite the compliment would be an understatement considering Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, and Willie McCovey all played first base on their way to Hall of Fame careers. While Pujols still has a little way to go before catching up to Gehrig and company, he is well on his way barring injuries or a sudden drop in performance. Now most casual baseball fans are thinking to themselves, “If Pujols is truly one of the best of all-time, why are the Cardinals not

giving Albert whatever he asks for in order to keep him in St. Louis for the remainder of his career?” Like many personnel decisions in professional sports, this deal is not as simple as it looks. According to ESPN, Albert is seeking a ten year deal worth up to $300 million. At this point, contract negotiations are at a standstill between Pujols and St. Louis as Albert says he does not want these discussions to distract his team this season (good luck with that). Obviously both sides could start discussing the new contract at any time, but right now, the Cardinals’ slugger is headed toward a free agency following the 2011 season. The main issue with this deal for the Cardinals is that management doesn’t know

just how productive Pujols will be at the back-end of a 10-year contract. Albert is arguably the best hitter in the league at the age of 31. Most players that don’t have the aid of performance enhancing drugs (something that Pujols has miraculously not been connected to) see a drop in production once they reach their late 30s. The St. Louis Cardinals must make a decision. Is Albert Pujols worth the risk of a 10-year contract, making him the highest paid player in the game? Or are the Cards willing to let one of the alltime greats, and current face of the franchise walk-off into the sunset and wear another team’s jersey? Only time will tell.

photo from

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols up to bat.

NBA All-Star Weekend brings out the stars in LA JoeROWE Sports Reporter

As all knowledgeable sports fans know, the NBA All-Star weekend was this past weekend and with it brought numerous events to entertain even the most die-hard NBA fans. On Friday, the action kicked off with the BBVA All-Star Celebrity game. The East took it 54-49 behind 17 points from Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. However, the bigger story was teen heartthrob Justin Beiber, who won MVP despite only scoring 8 points and playing on the losing team.        Saturday was the showcase for the skills competitions, the 3-Point Contest and the SlamDunk Competition.  In the 3-Point Contest, alltime leading 3-point shooter Ray Allen was upset in the final round of the contest by Miami Heat guard James Jones. After winning Jones quipped

You could tell... he wanted to get that MVP. He was not passing the ball at all. But that’s Kobe.

-New York forward Amare Stoudamire

to Allen, “We finally beat y’all in something”, referencing the Miami Heat’s 0-3 record against the East leading Celtics.          The massive hype that surrounded the Slam-Dunk Contest was more than met on Saturday Night. High flying Blake Griffin, of the Los Angeles Clippers ended up winning in front of the home crowd. He defeated Javale McGee of the Washington Wizards, whose dunks included dunking two and eventually three balls at once. Griffin won the event on a dunk in which he jumped over the hood of a Kia Optima (almost six feet long) and threw down a two-handed slam.            In the Rookies vs. Sophomores game on Saturday night, the Rookies won 148-140 largely due to the efforts of their MVP, John Wall. Wall, the #1 pick and starting point guard for the Washington Wizards, handed out 22 assists in a game that featured little defense. Most of these assists were to Demarcus Cousins, the troubled see Kobe



Kobe lights up the East

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but athletic power forward from the Sacramento Kings who scored a game high 33 points. As for the All-Star game itself, the city of Los Angeles and the Staples Center was taken over by a familiar name, Kobe Bryant. Bryant scored 37 points in capturing his fourth All-Star Game MVP and leading the West to a 148-143 victory over the East. Lebron James stole the spotlight for the East, scoring 29 points and recording only the second triple-double in All-Star Game history. Kobe, sometimes known as a selfish player, was somewhat criticized by his peers for his play. Amar’e Stoudamire was quoted as saying, ““You could tell he started out from the start, he wanted to get the MVP. He was not passing the ball at all. But that’s Kobe.” No matter his motivation, it could be said that Kobe winning the MVP was a Hollywood ending to a perfectly “scripted” weekend


this week in

SPORTS 2/24/Thursday

Women’s Basketball: Spring Hill @ Belhaven University 5:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball: Spring Hill @ Belhaven University 7:30 p.m. Women’s Tennis: Spring Hill @ William Carey 3:00 p.m. Men’s Tennis: Spring Hill @ William Carey 3:00 p.m.

2/25/Friday photo by

Kobe Bryant stands at the free throw line in the All-Star Game.

Baseball: Tougaloo College @ Spring Hill 4:00 p.m.

2/26/SATURDAY Baseball Doubleheader: Tougaloo College @ Spring Hill 11:00 a.m. Women’s Basketball: William Carey @ Spring Hill 2:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball William Carey @ Spring Hill 4:00 p.m.

Top left: Rachel Vadrine and Bree Blackwell enjoy the tailgate before the women’s and men’s game. Bottom right: Will Tillman, Carlos Hernandez, Alexander Hill, and Ryan Meisemann cheer on their badgers. All photos by Keli Mazza

Men’s Volleyball Auburn University @ Spring Hill 6:30 p.m.

organized chaos


On the Spot What is your favorite thing about America?

“Being able to say whatever I want.” CAITLINteahan senior

“NASCAR.“ PETEvanhorn sophomore

“Awesome holidays that have no real meaning.” NELLISHAgonzales senior


Jesus and Saint Peter are golfing. St. Peter steps up to the tee on a par three and hits one long and straight. It reaches the green. Jesus is up next. He slices it. It heads over the fence into traffic on an adjacent street. Bounces off a truck, onto the roof of a nearby shack and into the rain gutter, down the drain spout and onto a lilly pad at the edge of a lake. A frog jumps up and snatches the ball in his mouth. An eagle swoops down, grabs the frog. As the eagle flies over the green, the frog croaks and drops the ball. It’s in the hole. Saint Peter looks at Jesus, exasperated. “Are you gonna play golf?” he asks “Or are you just gonna mess around?”

Do you think there is good school spirit at athletic events?

89% no



next Week: Spring Break plans. Do you plan on spending it with friends or family? friends family

Join the new SpringHillian Facebook group and vote each week or tweet us @springhillian Participants will be entered in a random drawing for a gift card to Cold Snap. this week’s winner: junior Kim nichols.



LASTweek’s answers

“Barbecue.” MACKIEduhon senior

The SpringHillian, issue 5  

Issue 5, Feb. 26, 2011, of the Spring Hill College student newspaper

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