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Springhillian Volume 97 Issue 1

Sept. 12, 2013

Locked out of Langan Hall

See Locked Out of Langan Hall on page 3



Issue 1

Sept. 12, 2013


Inside this issue: News:

Freshman Enrollment Reaches a Record High page 3

Life on the Hill: Badger Snapshots pages 6 and 7


Mobile Fashion Week page 8


Women’s Rugby Introduced to Spring Hill page 11

Springhillian Staff Events of the Week Editors

Aislinn Shevlin Natalie Finnorn Advisor Stuart Babington Reporters Megan St. Germain Demi Jordan Tiffany Thomas Caroline Rodrigue Daniel Ochoa Lauren Rubin Germine McCarthy Anna DeWine

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9/13 Team Trivia

Residence Life, Student Affairs and Center for Student Involvement are hosting a trivia night. Students will have the opportunity to compete on teams for prizes. Where: McKinney’s at the Hill When: 10 p.m.

9/16 Women’s Soccer vs.Tenessee Temple

Come out and support the women’s soccer team this Monday as they host Tenessee Temple. Where: Library Field When: 2 p.m.

9/17 Badger Game Night

Enjoy playing board games and socializing with friends? If so, atted Badger Game Night this Tuesday. Where: Student Center Lobby When: 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.




Sept. 12, 2013


Locked out of Langan Hall

Upperclassmen forced to relocate on campus due to apartment closure By AislinnSHEVLIN A combination of the largest freshman class at Spring Hill and the unforeseen closing of one of the Fairway Apartments derailed housing plans for numerous upperclassmen this past summer. Each summer, after students have vacated the premises, routine housing inspections are conducted to ensure proper maintenance and assess any damages in the buildings. During this summer’s thorough inspection, water damage was found in all three of the Fairway Apartment buildings. Further inspection and examination from an engineering firm determined that Langan Hall had incurred damage too extensive to repair for the present school year. This meant that for many rising seniors, dreams of an apartment overlooking the golf course were dashed. Senior Caitlyn LaChute was understandably surprised by the news. She said, “There were rumors go-

ing around about water damage to some apartments but I didn’t think much of it until I got the email saying our building was condemned and we would have to relocate.” According to Dan Roberts, Director of Residence Life, the school decided to only inform students when the suspicions about Langan Hall were confirmed. Roberts said, “We knew from the beginning we wanted to provide facts and only facts, so what students might have perceived as hesitation was simply our commitment to providing accurate information once we received it.” An email was sent out to all Langan residents informing them of the new situation and plans that were put into place to relocate them on campus. Spring Hill guarantees and requires oncampus housing all four years and the closing of Langan Hall did not deter that rule from remaining in place. Joe Deighton, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students explained, “We

are committed to being a residential campus and all the positive living/learning experiences that can exist within such a campus. We would not shy away from our residential requirement unless we could not provide quality housing for our students on campus.” On Spring Hill’s webpage dedicated to housing relocated students, it states, “We will not consider requests for any exemptions from our current residency policy and students will still need to live on campus.” Some relocated students expressed their distaste for the four-year rule though, considering the recent developments. Senior Severin Chambers said, “Spring Hill has grown a lot in the past few years and I think this situation proves that it’s time to upgrade the rulebook. I definitely think there should have been considerations made.” The lottery system used during the housing selection process in the spring semester was utilized again during the relocation process,

although students kept their original numbers to keep it as fair as possible. LaChute ended up being relocated to an apartment in Walsh Hall, a spot that holds some significance for her. She stated, “It’s also funny in a way to live here for our last year because we lived here freshman year as well so our housing experience started with Walsh and now it’s ending with Walsh.” While LaChute and her roommates were placed in Walsh Hall under special circumstances, most upperclassmen who had planned to reside in Walsh’s “super singles” were also relocated due to the burgeoning freshmen class. Deighton stressed, “We regret the disappointment and the frustration this situation has caused for some of our students. I believe the Residence Life department did an outstanding job managing a difficult situation and did the best they could in meeting the needs of our students.” No other residences on campus have private kitch-

ens and washer/dryers like the Fairway Apartments do, which adds to their appeal for a lot of students. Chambers noted that the social culture of the apartments is not the main draw in living there. He said, “Apartments offer seniors a place to feel like they’re in the real world. Some people may say it’s all about the parties and such but in all reality it’s about being able to wake up in the morning and cook your own breakfast and not having to share your laundry facilities with the entire building.” The work needed to repair Langan Hall is still being determined so as of now, there is no exact plan or timeline in place for when the building will be able to house students again. Chambers concluded, “I love my school and this whole situation was disappointing, but I hope that both students and faculty can come to strengthen Spring Hill through whatever decisions come in the future.”

Spring Hill College is excited to welcome a record breaking freshman class By TiffanyTHOMAS A record breaking 476 first year students have joined Spring Hill’s campus this fall. These numbers far exceeded the goals set by the Admissions Office in January of this year, which were to enroll at least 350 freshmen and 35 transfers. Admissions planned to expand SHC’s media presence in hopes of attracting potential Badgers, but according to Robert Stewart, Vice President of Admissions, social media was not the linchpin of this year’s success. Spring Hill is a campus that needs to be experienced in person to be

understood, which is why Admissions made it their goal to get prospective students to Mobile. They succeeded in attracting 1800 visitors, 1200 of them being seniors to tour campus over the past year. “There is no magic campus wand,” Stewart explained. “The Admissions staff worked tirelessly and the entire campus helped recruit: our office, the professors, public safety, and athletics. The student representatives too: Ambassadors, RAs, and Orientation Leaders, even the students that smiled at tour groups.” Relentless recruiting to get prospective students on campus certainly proved

successful. Spring Hill welcomed 433 freshmen and 50 transfers this fall, but none of Spring Hill’s scholastic standards were sacrificed in acquiring so many new students. The Admissions Office was just as selective as they have always been and the class of 2017 is just as strong academically and athletically as any other class of Badgers. More students were accepted this year than ever before at Spring Hill, but more students were rejected as well. “Campus is feeling pretty crowded these days,” says junior and Badger Connection Guide Val

Bergeron. “After meeting all of the new freshmen, I’m excited for this upcoming school year.” The Hill may seem crowded, but it has actually always had the capacity to grow. The large incoming class balanced out the low enrollment in recent years, but it is not just in numbers that the class of 2017 has made a difference. All of campus is made livelier by its newest additions. Stewart describes the Hill as “buzzing with energy.” Alyssa Fontela, Resident Advisor for the Service in the Ignatian Spirit Learning Community, agreed. “It’s wonderful to get to know

so many new, enthusiastic students - the class of 2017 is already making a positive impact.” Hopes are high for the class of 2017. As a group that grew close over their Facebook page before the fall semester began, Stewart believes they can offer the necessary support and encouragement to each other for these next four years: “We don’t recruit students. We recruit graduates.” But are there any drawbacks to having so many new students? “Well,” Stewart admitted, “it

is a tighter squeeze in the Cafe.”




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SHC celebrates milestones for Fathers Kitten and Borbridge By AnnaDEWINE The Spring Hill College community celebrated milestones of two beloved faces on campus, Rev. Marvin Kitten, S.J. and Rev. David Borbridge, S.J., at Sunday, Sept. 8 morning mass in St. Joseph Chapel. This year marks Kitth ten’s 60 year in the Society of Jesus, and Borbridge’s 50th year in the priesthood. President Richard P. Salmi, S.J., presided over the 11 a.m. Jubilee Mass, in which he stressed the importance of “putting Jesus first.” “Today, we celebrate two men who have done just that,” he said. “The Society of Jesus and Spring Hill College are happy to celebrate their lives and their anniversaries.” A reception immediately followed, where students, faculty, and community members congratulated and thanked the honorees. The first time Kitten heard about the Jesuits was while he was an undergrad at Texas Tech University. “They sounded interesting to me. They lived in a community. Their world was their ministry. They valued education. And they were always on the cutting edge of things — they

were alive, not dead,” Kitten recalled. During Kitten’s senior year, the director of campus ministry, Fr. Bud Powers, asked Kitten to consider the priesthood, but Kitten decided to take a job in California instead. After graduation, Powers continued to write him letters concerning the priesthood. Eventually his roommate told him that if the priesthood was still weighing on his mind, he should give it a try. Kitten took his roommate’s advice and subscribed to America Magazine, published by the Jesuits. “I wrote to the editor. He got me in contact with a Jesuit provincial in San Francisco. And as they say, the rest is history,” Kitten explained. At 23 years old, Kitten entered the Jesuit novitiate in Grand Coteau, Louisiana on July 30, 1953. He was ordained in Mobile on June 7, 1965, where Powers surprised him and attended the service. Kitten presided over his very first mass in Spring Hill College’s Sodality Chapel a day later. Kitten served as a teacher, counselor, director of freshmen, campus minister, and vocations director at vari-

ous schools until he made his way back to Spring Hill in 2008, where he now serves as a campus minister. “I made two good decisions. The first was to check out the Jesuits. The second was to choose Spring Hill for my assignment,” Kitten said. “It is a happy place.” David Borbridge, too, has been accustomed to “life on the hill” for many years. According to a press release from the SHC Office of Communications, Borbridge entered the Society of Jesus in 1950 while enrolled at Loyola University of New Orleans. He completed his studies at Spring Hill, graduating with a dual degree in history and philosophy. He was ordained in 1963. After his ordination, Borbridge taught at several institutions before he came to Spring Hill. He taught on the hill from 1983 to 1989, when he was called to teach in Brazil for seven years. He also spent time studying and teaching in Germany, Puerto Rico, and India. In 1997, he returned to Spring Hill, where he has been a professor ever since.

Borbridge’s research field specializes in church-state relations in 19th century Latin America. Some of the courses he offers include Latin American History, Asian History, World Cultures, Honors History, and Western Civilization. Borbridge is also involved in the Spring Hill College chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society for students and

professors of history. “Between the two of them,” Salmi said, “there are 123 years of service for the Society of Jesus.” He ended his homily, addressing the students and community members in the pews before him, “It is an amazing commitment — one that I hope will inspire us today.”

Greek life expands with the addition of Sigma Kappa sorority By CarolineRODRIGUE Spring Hill College recently welcomed a record number of 476 new students, so it is no wonder that Greek Life on campus is also expanding. Spring Hillʼs latest addition to the Greek community, sorority Sigma Kappa, will begin their campaign to inform the student body of their presence with visits from Sigma Kappaʼs Leadership Consultants throughout the semester. Sigma Kappaʼs fall campaign centers around the installation of Team Sigma Kappa. This core group of Spring Hill students will serve

as Sigma Kappaʼs on-campus energy efficiency. Another moting the sorority, as well as foundation allowing for all philanthropy Sigma Kappa open talks about their philancurrent Greek affiliates to supports is Maine Seacoast thropy and general interest assist with the promotion and Mission, which will be a great meetings. Following formal support of Sigma Kappa. addition to the previously ex- recruitment and bid day for Sigma Kappaʼs phiisting organizations dedicated the three standing chapters lanthropy introduces several to preserving the beauty of (Delta Gamma, Phi Mu, and new Tri Delta), Sigma Kappa causes Sigma Kappa’s recruitment process will then “turn the camfor the pus lavender” and hold a will go into full effect next Spring recruitment of their own Hill – keeping true to Spring semester... comHillʼs recruitment style. muProspective members nity to support. For example, the Gulf Coast. will have a chance to talk to The Sigma Kappa Foundation Sigma Kappaʼs representatives and have an which funnels support for recruitment process will go opportunity to learn about Alzheimer’s disease Research into full effect next semester, their philanthropy. They will and Inherit the Earth which where they will begin with also be given the chance to promotes recycling and two and a half weeks of prosee what it is like to be a part



of the Sigma Kappa sisterhood. Pan-Hellenic, the governing organization of women’s fraternities on campus, is thrilled to welcome this new addition. Kimberley Stevens, Director of InterFraternal Relations for PanHellenic, exclaimed, “I am pumped about them being on campus! It will give the freshmen more variety, and it will also help keep our chapter sizes small and intimate. We could not have found a better match!” Welcome to campus Sigma Kappa!




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Miley mayhem By AislinnSHEVLIN Student Editor

If you’ve been on the Internet in the past couple of weeks, chances are you probably saw or heard about Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music “Awards.” The one where she danced with giant teddy bears, took her clothes off, twerked and broke Twitter. I put Awards in quotes, because the Video Music Awards are as much about the awards as MTV is about the music. It’s not an awards show, it’s a spectacle that has encouraged and thrived off the hyper-sexualization of pop princesses since the very first ceremony in 1984 when Madonna

opened the show with her hit, “Like a Virgin” in a wedding gown/lingerie concoction. I guess that’s why my problem with Miley Cyrus is less about her performance and more about the fact that she thinks her recent transition into wearing less and singing worse is actually original and “making history.” It’s not original or historic. She’s following the same formula that Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, to name a few, have all utilized which is that if you want to distinguish yourself as an adult artist, you have to show the world that you’re not a child anymore. And apparently the best way to not look childish is to express yourself as a sexual being by wearing less clothes, dancing provocatively, and singing lazy, suggestive lyrics. Cyrus is really enthusiastic about the wearing less clothes part, in fact

Monday she debuted a new video for her song, “Wrecking Ball” in which she replaces Robin Thicke dressed up as the hamburglar with an actual wrecking ball and substitutes straddling for twerking. Yes, the video shows Cyrus without any clothes on, but it’s almost satirical in its explicitness, or maybe I think that because I can’t imagine a scenario where the dozens of people watching on set weren’t laughing out loud at its preposterousness. Maybe she’s just messing with us, maybe she’s just being Miley, or maybe she’s just young and stupid and trying things out like the rest of us. One of the things that bothered me most about her VMA performance was how outraged people were over the same cringe-worthy objectification that MTV spews out every year. When are we going to stop falling for it and stop tweeting

300,000 tweets per minute about something that’s about as useful or newsworthy as someone making a spectacle of themselves at a college party? I watched it with my three female roommates, all of whom, including myself, gasped in shock and horror, and then, like many, used some derogatory synonyms for promiscuous girls. On the news too, it seemed like most of the criticism came from other women, whereas men like Justin Timberlake defended her behavior. Are the rest of us impervious to bad dancing and outrageous behavior? I can’t fathom a setting where people around Cyrus’ age act a little crazy and make fools of themselves once in a while, oh wait yes I totally can. Granted, broadcasting your embarrassing antics on national television is different than doing it at a party, but why then did my friends and I have the same reaction to Cyrus that we have to party


girls every weekend? Do we just have a problem with attention-seeking behavior? Maybe what actually bothers us is Cyrus’ lack of shame. As she relishes in her scandalously garnered attention, we are sheepishly detagging our own unflattering photos. The truth is that girl-on-girl hate fuels this cycle of competition and slut-shaming and perhaps Cyrus’ advice is right. Maybe we should just “forget the haterz.”


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Is student loan forgiveness the answer?

By NatalieFINNORN Design Editor

As students attending a private institution that costs over $30,000 a year, most of us know that in the near future we will be burdened with student loans. This financial anxiety is shared by current and former college students across the country. Accord-

ing to a study conducted by Fidelity Investments, of the 70 percent of the students in the graduating class of 2013 who graduated with student loans, the average student loan debt was $35,200. This average includes federal, state and private loans as well as credit card debt and debt owed to family. This is up from the average student debt in 2012 of $25,250. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, outstanding debt owed by current student borrowers is nearing $1.2 trillion as of May 2013. Additionally, the bureau estimates that student loans now guaranteed or held by the federal government exceed $1 trillion. In an attempt to help students pay back student loans, President Obama has

recently spoken in support of expanding the repayment plan known as Pay As You Earn. According to the Department of Education, the current Pay As You Earn repayment plan requires that you be a new borrower as of Oct. 1, 2007 with no outstanding balance on a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan when you received a new loan on or after Oct. 1, 2007. Payment of loans is based on your income. Monthly payments are ten percent of your discretionary income. After 20 years if you make your payments on time and meet certain other requirements, any remaining balance will be forgiven. Those who are employed by a public service organization may be eligible to receive loan forgiveness after ten years.

Obama is proposing to expand the availability of the Pay As You Earn repayment plan to all eligible borrowers including those before 2007. According to the April 2013 budget proposal, the U.S. government estimates the expansion will cost $6 billion over ten years. It has not been disclosed how the expansion plan will be funded. So is this the way to go about alleviating the student debt burden? If student loans are forgiven by the government, who will pay back these debts? The government has to pay the educational institutions out of the money loaned out to students. So what happens when the money is not being paid back? Ultimately, taxpayers will end up paying the cost. The federal govern-

ment should not expand the program simply because it cannot afford to do so. In addition, when you sign for a loan, you commit to paying back what you borrow to fund your education. It is therefore your responsibility to repay the loan. The government should hold citizens to these commitments and instill a sense of responsibility in constituents. Forgiving loans removes the incentive for prospective students to evaluate college affordability knowing they won’t have to pay back what they borrowed. I would argue that attempting to lower college tuition costs would be a more effective way to help students. Students would be able to borrow less and thus graduate with less debt.





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Photo by LaurenRUBIN

Sophomore Patrick Lameka tells junior Jesse Augustine about the SGA’s First Annual Purple for a Purpose 5K on the Hill September 22nd.

Junior Salva Sanchis dribbles past his defender during a home game against Delta State. Photo by KivaTALTY

Seniors Erin Murphy, Mary Kathryn Romero and Julia Berner enjoy lunch in the Student Center during common hour on Tuesday. Photo by LaurenRUBIN





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Photo by AnnaDEWINE

SHC Cross Country team throws their badger claws up after their first muddy race in New Orleans, LA.

Baseball head coach Frank Sims and Bowling head coach Ben Hoefs have a quick lunch in the student center Tuesday afternoon.

Badgers came out to watch the womens soccer team beat Judson College Sunday afternoon 9-0. Photo by KivaTALTY

Photo by LaurenRUBIN

Coach McVey gives sophomore Phillip Travis some advice after his first race of the season in New Orleans, LA.

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Fashion Week ready to hit the streets of downtown


Mobile Fashion Week will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 28. Mobile Fashion Week showcases local designers and boutiques while benefitting Camp Rap-A-Hope, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Eye Heart World and Childhood Cancer Awareness. Executive director Richard McGill founded the event in 2011. After returning to Mobile from Los Angeles, McGill found that many artistic locals — namely designers, make-up artists, and hairstylists — pursue careers elsewhere because they do not feel they have a creative outlet in Mobile. This discovery led McGill to come up with the idea of hosting a fashion week in Mobile. He put together a small board, and secured MAC Cosmetics as a make-up sponsor. With the support he needed, McGill was able to kick-start Mobile’s first fashion week. Mobile Fashion Week is an outlet where creative minds can do what they love without having to move to New York or Paris. “We host a class for design programs around Mobile giving students the opportunity to talk with designers, magazines and editors. Interested individuals learn the different aspects of fashion production,” said McGill. In addition to establishing a creative outlet for Mobile locals, McGill worked toward a goal of fashion with a cause. “I wanted Mobile Fashion Week to be a fashion week benefitting charities,” he said. This year, proceeds from the event will go toward Camp Rap-A-Hope and Eye Heart

Photos courtesy of Richard McGill

World. In addition, the event promotes Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Childhood Cancer Awareness. Camp Rap-A-Hope is a free camp at Camp Beckwith for kids ranging from ages 7 to 17 suffering from cancer. The kids get to enjoy a week free from treatments and chemotherapy and filled with fun activities. Eye Heart World is a nonprofit organization that promotes the awareness of social issues. Its current cause is human trafficking. There will be a hair show on Thursday promoting Beautiful Lengths, a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society dedicated to providing free wigs to cancer patients. Beautiful Lengths gives individuals the opportunity to donate their hair to help these individuals. The kick-off show on Sept. 22 is going to be inspired by gold in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness. Every look will have a touch of gold to promote Childhood Cancer Awareness. This year’s show is going to feature local and regional designers including Isabel Thomas, Anna Victoria, William Bradley, and Destiny Hoffman. Local boutiques to be featured include Private Gallery, Lotus Boutique and Apricot Lane. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy the clothes straight off the runway at the pop-up shops at each event.

“The pop-up shops are really cool because you have the opportunity to be the first and only person to wear an item. Designers only have that one piece they have showed since it has yet to be mass produced,” said McGill. McGill believes Mobile Fashion Week is a wonderful opportunity to help establish Mobile, AL as one of the fashion capitals of the South, while supporting charities at the same time. McGill encourages Spring Hill students to attend the free kick-off party on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. held at the Mobile Arts Council. Discounted tickets will be sold at the ArtWalk on Sept. 13 for $10 in front of the Mobile Arts Council. Students can purchase tickets or week passes and find out more information by going to




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Is vinyl making a comeback? By GermainMCCARTHY

Music artists and lovers have recently taken a renewed interest in the art of vinyl. The resurgence could be attributed to many different outlying factors, but it is most recently attributed to music industry gimmicks. In an advertisement for his latest album, “The Heist,” Multiplatinum Indie recording artist, Ben “Macklemore” Haggerty says, “Music, it used to be something that came in a package, something that gave it a personality, it gave it a style, it had a font, it had a physicality that you would pick up, take the rapper off, pull the booklet out, and you got to know the artist better. Now a days, it’s just a download. We wanted to create something different...” For those unfamiliar with “The Heist,” Macklemore and his team essentially created a CD/vinyl hybrid made from faux-gator skin. Seeing your favorite artist or band live is probably the best and easiest way to connect with them, unless you somehow get lucky and run into them on the street or win a backstage pass on the radio. Fortunately, vinyl also provides an outlet to form close relationships between fans and the artists. In agreement with Macklemore’s view on the music industry, junior Jack Watkins said, “Indie music culture is about having an experience, a complete dedication to an artist or album, and it is about connecting with the artist through chapters of their life or albums.” In the very impersonal culture we live in today, it’s no wonder that the indie trend has taken art, fashion, and music by storm. It is difficult to identify the essence of underground music, but when asked, sophomore Clare Wojda said, “Indie is simply being less known.” Likewise, Watkins followed up Wodja’s statement by saying, “Indie is all about being different, exclusive, and cool.” Macklemore and his team figured out that vinyl is not only one of the best ways to connect to an artist,

but vinyl is also the furthest medium from iTunes. Can indie be mainstream? “It’s a contradiction. Indie seems to be a gimmick at times,” says Wojda. As of September, Macklemore has managed to sell over a million copies of The Heist while technically remaining indie. The CD/ vinyl hybrid, “The Heist,” allowed Macklemore to attract hipster fans that wanted to have something different and vintage like a vinyl, but also allowed him to create a new mainstream product that would let people buy into the indie movement, because at the end of the day his music has wide appeal. Macklemore goes on to say, “They wanted to do something that stood out, something that had weight, it had a body, that was different from just a normal jewel case, that was different from a cardboard sleeve, something that had a personality.” The box’s design and gator skin makes it a unique product, one that has expanded on vinyl culture. Why vinyl? “The music on albums lends itself to a whole complete project. It’s tangible. As a graphic designer, vinyl is just so creative. It’s an art on its own. Also the sound quality is outstanding. It’s a whole project,” Watkins explains. The concept in Macklemore’s advertisement is directly targeted to the indie crowd. In the advertisement, Macklemore describes the appeal of vinyl and emphasizes that his box is more different than, “just a cardboard sleeve.” Macklemore and other mainstream indie artists have been very successful at putting the concepts behind vinyl at the forefront of their marketing plans. Successful indie artists, lesser known indie artists, and indie labels have all adopted the “indie” trend for which vinyl is a facet. To them, vinyl has less to do with the quality, tangibility, or even artistr of te medium and more to do with its appeal to hipster and undergroud culture.

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Social media showdown Team Instagram: Megan vs Team Facebook: Lauren By LaurenRUBIN and MeganST.GERMAIN

Instagram’s It: · It’s more private. With less of an “About Me” section, users of Instagram don’t put as much personal information out as they would on Facebook. · It’s more direct. Instead of posting pictures to an album, you can post one from an event or make a collage, making it less time consuming for a follower to look through. · It’s at your fingertips. Really…no computer needed. You can access the entire app through your portable devices. Without the need to use a computer, Instagram is more appealing to users “on the go” who just want to show their life in different snap shots. · It’s all pictures. Instead of “Shared Posts” and the ever-popular “ranting Facebook friend”, a user just browses through pictures making the social media experience quicker and more aesthetically pleasing. · You become a photography expert. With the option of editing pictures and adding filters, you can take a snapshot and make great art almost instantly.

Favoring Facebook: · It has many different ways to communicate with your friends via wall posts, comments, messages, instant chats, instead of just posting photos to followers on Instagram. · Combines pictures with “About Me” information to keep others updated on your life at any moment in time. · You can access it both on a computer or portable device, whereas Instagram can only be accessed on portable devices. · It allows you to update your location with a “Check-in” or thought you have with a “Status” to give your friends from anywhere in the world an instant update on your life. · You can make groups that are either public or private and post just in the group any information that only group members can see.

· It has the hashtags. Like Twitter, it uses the “hashtag” feature to help users search for other pictures of a similar topic or independently search for topics that interest them.

· You are able to see when your friends are on Facebook through the chat tool and instantly talk with them no matter where they are, making it easy to talk with other users around the world in seconds

· Instead of a resume style, Instagram can be used as a portfolio to attract potential employers through an online presence.

· You can make your page an online resume, by updating jobs, skills, goals, or interests, which potential employers can view just by searching for you.

· It’s less of a distraction. Although users can be addicted, there is not as much to browse through since there is only one main stream of photos and no other outlets.

· Facebook allows you to share other people’s posts that you find interesting giving users the opportunity to see posts from other users they are not friends with.

· It’s self-advertising. You are promoting yourself, or business, through what you post to your followers. The best part is that it’s free advertising. · It appeals to a wide variety of ages. The reason it’s so appealing is because it’s safe for younger children to have, due to privacy settings, and is still entertaining for older users.

· It can be a source of entertainment for hours on end because there are so many different outlets to lead your viewing in millions of directions. · It is an updated version of Yellow Pages allowing you to look up any person or business in a matter of seconds.





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Rugby breaks down gender walls By DemiJORDAN Never before in the history of Spring Hill College has there been a contact sport offered for women. This changed Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 when the college introduced their first ever women’s rugby team. The young women interested in learning to play rugby took the field outside Moorer Hall for their first practice. “I was surprised and pumped to see the number of ladies that came out,” said Head Rugby Coach Mollie McCarthy, “it’s definitely exciting to see so many ladies inter-

ested.” Women have long been denied the opportunity to play contact sports, but rugby is the only full contact sport for women. It is encouraging that Spring Hill is breaking down the gender walls and allowing women an opportunity to play the rough sport. Kära Baggett, a player for the women’s team, said, “It’s definitely a great privilege and opportunity for women to have.” This also allows SHC the chance to ease a few stereotypes about the sport. Esperanza Pace said, “I think the sport gives women an opportunity to

make history. It is the first sport that involves contact for women. It is usually seen as football without pads, but it is actually safer. I like rugby because it isn’t just for a particular body type. There is a position for everyone.” Rugby is a growing sport, but women’s college rugby has been exploding in recent years to record heights. A recent New York Times article counted more than 400 clubs in existence nationwide. Not to mention, the NCAA has officially declared that women’s rugby is an emerging sport. The success and

growth of rugby is what has ultimately led the college to invest in the necessary resources to improve the program. Coach McCarthy said, “This means that the college will be able to offer scholarships to incoming freshman that will commit to playing and hiring the first professional coach.” The women’s rugby team will be treated as a club sport and overseen by the athletic department. The women will practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Spring Hill will play both forms of rugby, 15’s and 7’s. The teams will primarily play


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15’s. The numbers represent the number of players for each team that will be on the field. The games will consist of two steady 40 minute halves and a 10 minute halftime. Coach McCarthy encourages anyone still interested in playing rugby to reach out to her; no previous experience is needed to join either the men’s or women’s teams. For more information contact Coach McCarthy at

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Badger athletics stepping up to the big leagues By DanielOCHOA

Spring Hill College Athletics is preparing for its biggest transition in recent school history. Starting next school year, Spring Hill College will be integrated into NCAA Division II. This move is not only a big step for the school, but for the sports teams and athletes involved. Spring Hill sports teams have been competing very well and they will have to embrace the changes that come with with transitioning to the NCAA in order to continue having success. The women’s volleyball team made it to the NAIA National Tournament

and has continued to progress in the past few years. The men’s soccer team has had a winning regular season record two years in a row. Many other teams doing big things are the men’s basketball team, as

well as the softball team. The softball team was runner-up in the NAIA National Tournament last season, an incredible feat, while the men’s basketball team just hired a new head coach and added many

new faces to their roster. This switch to NCAA will put Spring Hill College Athletics in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Joining this new conference means that Spring Hill athletic teams will be challenged with new opponents and new adjustments. The Badgers will be taking on unfamiliar teams like Delta State University and University of West Florida on a regular basis. Spring Hill will also have to deal with new rules and regulations that are followed in the new division. While Spring Hill College is making this transition, the sports teams involved will be banned for two years from

conference championships and National Tournament qualifications. This is an

trophy when it was discovered that he had received outlandish gifts while he was an undergraduate at The University of Southern California. This situation goes to show that NCAA rules should be followed unless the school and players are ready to deal with the consequences. The Badgers’ transition to NCAA Division II is a big change and will no doubt challenge the athletes, but the goal is that it will improve the level of competition that Spring Hill College has to offer its students and athletes. There are many great teams on this campus that have been gearing up for this transition. Make sure to come out next fall to see what all the talk is about.

[Their successes in the new division will pave the way for future Badger championships. ] unavoidable rule, but student athletes can still look forward to having a winning season. Their successes in the new division will pave the way for future Badger championships. A rule that is very strict and enforced by the NCAA is that college athletes are banned from receiving improper benefits like gifts or monetary payment. This past summer, Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was investigated over signing autographs for payment. And just a few years ago, NFL player Reggie Bush was stripped of his Heismann

Spring Hill College, issue 1, fall 2013  

Issue 1 of The SpringHillian, fall 2013

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