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SpringHillian the

February 25, 2010

Volume 90, Number 4 Mobile’s 1st Collegiate Newspaper

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The new student center is scheduled to open in June KENDRICK DUNKLIN News Editor

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)certified Spring Hill College student center is scheduled for completion in May 2009, according to John Kerr, Director of Communications and Marketing. “As the ‘living room’ of the College, the student center serves as the gathering place for the entire Spring Hill College community. The new student center will be the primary facility on campus that promotes intentional interactions among students, faculty and staff in an effort

Courtesy of John Kerr

to foster out-of-class learning, social, and leadership development, as well as community building,” said Kerr. In addition to a new

dining area and Cloister, the student center will also include the following amenities: •Student Affairs Administrative Offices

•Campus Ministry •Game room •Lockers (for commuter students) •Information center •Computer center that

Source: Space 301 Web site

The Mobile Experience: Space 301

DEMARCO WILLS Ads Editor/Staff Reporter

The Space 301 gallery in Cathedral Square in Mobile represents the first phase in the transformation of a downtown landmark into the city’s newest attraction. In August 2003, the Press-Register donated its former building to the non-profit Centre for the Living Arts. It

then converted the rear warehouse into an 8,000 square-foot showcase for contemporary art. Space 301 is a noncollecting, non-profit gallery space dedicated to presenting and originating high quality exhibitions of the work of living artists. It aims to cultivate a greater understanding of contemporary art and culture through innovative

educational programs related to the changing exhibitions. Space 301 seeks to engage a broad and diverse audience and be a vital regional arts center forming dynamic relationships between artists, their work and the community. Kimberly Stevens, a teacher and tour guide at Space 301 said, “The word museum implies that we were only showing off something old and that’s not what we’re doing. We are trying to introduce new realms of artistic expression. There’s nothing wrong with recognizing the amazing accomplishments of the past, but today’s artist need the same exposure which is what Space 301 stands behind.” Unlike museums,

which feature mostly paintings and formal works of art, Space 301 is a wide-open area in terms of the building’s physical layout and the exhibits it features. There are not any hallways or doors that place visitors on a given path. People kind of just wander off in their own direction. “I love how this place is setup. It feels like I can go anywhere. I just let my eyes lead me around.” Spring Hill freshman, Rochelle Brown said. Space 301 embraces the area of contemporary arts. Paintings are not the only thing featured in the space; artist use forms of media such as televisions and working mechanical sculptures to See SPACE page 2

accommodates wireless communications •Offices for student organizations including the Student Government Association •Several meeting rooms available to the campus community. •The Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and •Multi-purpose rooms for both educational and social programs Most of the occupants of the new student center will transition to the building starting the week after graduation, the week of May 10, and summer students and the entire campus community will be able to See STUDENT page 4

The cost to attend Spring Hill will increase KENDRICK DUNKLIN News Editor

Spring Hill College students will see an increase in tuition, room, and board for next year, according to a Fox 10 broadcast report. Fr. Salmi announced via letter that the Spring Hill Board of Trustees approved an increase in tuition, room, and board of approximately five percent in each category. The cost of attending Spring Hill College for a resident student will rise to approximately $37,000 a year. “This increase, along See SPRING page 5


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Kendrick Dunklin News Editor

Campus Space 301 offers view of contemporary art Briefs Continued from page 1

CAE needs math tutors The CAE has begun the process of hiring Peer Math tutors for the fall. If you were unable to download the application from the previous e-mail, you make pick one up from the help desk in Burke Library. Applications are due to Mrs. Mayo on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 by 3 p.m. in AB 280. Applications for CPB officers are available Applications for the Campus Programming Board for the 2010-11 school year are available. Applications need to be turned in to the Office of Student Activities by March 5 at 4:30 p.m. These are paid positions and only those serious about the various jobs need to apply. If you have any questions, e-mail Carlos Serrano at The Bookstore returning unpurchased books The Bookstore will be returning any unpurchased Spring Textbooks beginning March 1st. If there are required course materials that you still need for your classes, please purchase them now. Improv Comedy Underground to perform at Arlene Mitchell Theater Improv Comedy Underground will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Arlene Mitchell Theater. In the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” the show is a fast-paced and unpredictable comedy in which the audience’s input makes each performance different. Visit www.improvcomedyunderground. com.

express their artistic vision. “All of the art here is conceptual. Meaning it’s not art necessarily based on technique but based on an idea that an artist wants to convey.” Stevens said. Along a wall, four television sets were lined up, each displaying blurring images that sometimes looked like brick walls, cement sidewalks and other random things. This was the artist rendering of what he saw every day on his way to work. The caption next to the display said he traveled this route in New Orleans many times on his way to work. One day he just started taking snapshots of the things he saw, and sounds he heard. Then, he compiled them all together creating these blurry yet distinct images and sounds of his daily trip. “Not all artists are classically trained. It is works like these that sometimes get overlooked because they don’t fit a niche. This is what we’re about, creating a place to spur new forms of expression.” Stevens said. Currently, the featured exhibit at Space 301 is Moving Vehicles. The artists featured in this show use their work to tell a story through mechanically inspired means. Many of the works mirror society. Man-made inventions are used as a means for communication, while others take a more

personal approach letting the viewer into the private thoughts of the artist. There is a play between the natural and the mechanical utilizing the process of documentation that makes us aware of where we came from, and where we’re going. Mia Kaplan, a guest curator, commented, “When we think of “Moving Vehicles”, we think of something mechanical, or of transportation. We become aware of the presence of something that is in motion, driven by a mysterious science. How often do we think of each other? Each one of us is a moving vehicle in our own right—an entity that is similarly mechanical, driven by events, beliefs, propaganda, goals and an array of possibilities. What evidence has been left of these experiences? What vehicles have we created on our own, both literally and with the metaphor provided, that have taken us to where we are now?” This show gives some examples of the way the mechanical and the organic begin to mimic one another. One invention requires a viewer to rotate a weighted handle in order to hear the prerecorded phrase “I love you” as a wooden face mouths the words. “I really enjoyed the exhibits. Some of the stuff here really sent me for a loop, but you enjoy the little artistic twist in them all.” Spring Hill freshman, Beunka Whittaker said. Space 301 provides the Mobile area with

engaging educational programs that are interwoven with the varied, changing exhibitions. Through tours, symposia, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, performances and community/school outreach programs, the education department provides the general public with opportunities to directly experience the work and ideas of living artists and to understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. The educational mission of Space 301 is to expand the interest in and understanding of contemporary art through excellent educational programs aimed at increasingly broad and diverse audiences. Stevens said, “Our public art classes for adults and children offer something fun for everyone. Whether you are a pure beginner or just want to improve your skills, there is a class or

workshop that’s right for you. Classes will be offered four terms each year so check frequently for the latest class schedule on our Web site. Centre for the Living Arts members receive tuition discounts. Gift certificates are also available.” “There are many opportunities for people to learn. You can schedule to have someone here walk you through and explain each of the pieces. Then, we offer all kinds of classes for people to participate in. In fact, there’s a basket weaving class going on right now.” Space 301 does not charge a fee to view the exhibits. It is open on Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and major holidays. For more information, visit Space 301’s Web site at www.

Source: Space 301 Web site

“No, Seriously: Humor and Happiness in Contemporary Art” is a past exhibition at Space 301.

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Coming up this week on campus...



Contact Person

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Praise and Worship

9:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Chapel

Campus Ministry

Friday, February 26, 2010

Philosophy Club Movie Night Badgers on the Town: Extreme Bowling

7 p.m. 10 p.m.

New Hall 229 AMF Florida Lanes

Phillip Bressie, Office of Student Activities

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday in Service

New Hall

Campus Ministry

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Community Mass Student Mass

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 11 a.m. 9 p.m.

St. Joseph Chapel St. Joseph Chapel

Campus Ministry Campus Ministry

Monday, March 1, 2010

Meditation Group Meeting

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Outside of St. Joseph Chapel

Heather Salazar,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SGA Elections



Nick Rayburn,

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CPB Meeting SGA Meeting

5 p.m. 9 p.m.

New Hall 137 Burke Library Conference Room

CPB, Colby Melvin,

Special Notices • • • • •

Get your 21st annual American Cancer Society Chilli Cook-Off tickets in advance for only $10 ($15 at the gate) from Dr. Sharee Broussard. This event is Feb. 27th in Bienville Square/LoDa. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be Friday April. 16 at the University of South Alabama Jag Gym. For more information on joining a team or helping out, contact Kat Renik at Group Stafford Exit Counseling Session for graduating students will be held Wednesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. in the Gautrelet room. The YoMo Spring Stroll will be held Friday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Downtown Mobile. Come stroll through the great streets of Downtown Mobile and learn about professional networking opportunities while enjoying local art and entertainment. The Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality announced the 2010 schedule. Dates for the event are Session I: May 30 – June 5 and Session II: June 6-12. A silent, 5- or 8- day directed retreat will precede the sessions. For more information including full course descriptions, faculty biographies, times and costs, please visit our Web site,, or contact us by phone at (251) 380-4458 or via e-mail,

Dr. Robert Baldwin discusses the death penalty in Christus Lecture MEGAN WIGAL-HARRISON Staff Reporter

A talk about the death penalty, given by Dr. Robert Baldwin at the Christus Lecture, took place at Byrne Memorial Hall on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Baldwin gave his reason on why he is against the death penalty. He said that he had grown up thinking that the death penalty was okay, but his view on capital punishment completely changed when he found God. Baldwin was diagnosed with a neurological disorder in 1997, and then cancer. During this time, he was out of work and had nothing else to do except think. Baldwin had many questions, and he found the answers to his questions in

the pages of the Bible. He realized that money and the things that he had did not matter. Life was not about him being a doctor, but about living a life fully devoted to God. Being devoted to God meant loving everyone as God would love them, including prisoners. Baldwin said we should love “not just those that live in Spring Hill, but those that live across the track.” Baldwin said that prisoners should not be given capital punishment, but should be given a chance to learn from their actions. Baldwin said that “even Paul [from the Bible] said that one minute you are something and the next minute you are something else. Do we have the right to interfere with God’s way of trying to change some-

one?” About living in prison, Baldwin said, “It is punishment because you have lost your freedom.” “You don’t learn much if you don’t learn from experience,” Baldwin said. Baldwin stated that there were 22 cases of capital punishment by stoning in the Bible. Some of these took place because of a child disobeying their parents. He posed the questions: “Should those who disobey their parents still be killed today? For those who say that the people on death row deserve to be there, then what about the tobacco executives? They killed thousands of people and are not even in prison.” There are other methods than the death penalty, such as there are other

methods besides spanking a child. A statistic says that states with the death penalty have a 40 percent higher murder rate than states that are against the death penalty. Baldwin also said that 75 percent of inmates convicted of a capital crime are there because of something that happened during a spur of the moment action and 10 percent are there due to a psychological disorder. Alabama is one of the states that has capital punishment, and it is one of three states where a judge can override a decision without having to give an explanation. Within the last year, there were six executions last year in Alabama. Alabama is number three in the U.S. for sentencing juveniles to death

in prison. But Baldwin said that these statistics could change dramatically if the death penalty was abolished in Alabama. Freshman Conor Reilly said “I thought the talk was well-intentioned.” When asked what Baldwin could have talked more about Reilly said, “New ideas how the system can be better dealt with.” Baldwin grew up in Mobile, in the Toulminville area. He attended Spring Hill College in the 1960s. He wrote a book titled “Life and Death Matters: Seeking the Truth about Capital Punishment.” Baldwin ended the talk by simply telling the audience that the death penalty is not necessary and that there are other forms of punishment that can help inmates to make a change for the better.


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Dr. Michael Kaffer discusses being a risk-taker in inaugural ‘Last’ Lecture HEATHER BOZANT Contributing Writer

Alpha Sigma Nu introduced the Last Lecture Series to Spring Hill College on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Byrne Library. Dr. Michael Kaffer, professor and chair of English, gave the inaugural lecture, answering the question of what would he say to students if it were his last time giving a lecture. Having been at Spring Hill since 1962, Dr. Kaffer presented his life in two segments, professional and personal. Delving into the question of why he chose to pursue literature, Dr. Kaffer asserted that literature leads to a balanced perspective: “it helps us to develop a perspective of ourselves.” Citing a num-

ber of literary works, he went on to say that literature leads from despair to doubt, from evaluation and synthesis to wisdom, and from wisdom to faith, and, ultimately, hope. On a personal note, Dr. Kaffer touched on three pieces of advice that he wished to pass on to students. First, he advised that students “be comfortable inside your own skins. ”If students learn anything from their years of college, they should learn to be satisfied with their selves. “Every decision I’ve made, for better or worse, has made me who I am today […] and I am happy with who I am,” said Dr. Kaffer. Moving into career advice, Dr. Kaffer emphasized his passion for

teaching. “Whatever your career path may be, do something you love,” explained Dr. Kaffer. Advising against those who pursue careers solely for the amount of money they can make, he said that money is never enough: “Every day, even at my 8:15 class, I enjoy coming to work.” Finally, he situated himself as a risk-taker, encouraging students to take risks. Dr. Kaffer began his undergraduate career as chemistry major, then he “saw the light” and switched to English. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be, so I fulfilled a life-long dream and became a Navy pilot. That was a risk. I’d never been in a plane until I was flying one.” As a professor at

Spring Hill, Dr. Kaffer also took a risk by becoming moderator for The SpringHillian. With his only qualification being a member of his high school newspaper staff, Dr. Kaffer took on the job. “Life will give you opportunities,” said Dr. Kaffer. “Prepare yourself to go through as many doors as you can with as much education as you can.” Ending his “last” lecture, Dr. Kaffer decided to try a different style, resorting to help from senior Kendrick Dunklin as he rapped an original poem to the beat of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s theme song. Alluding to Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” Dr. Kaffer ended his lecture on a positive note:

“I’ll always be grateful for the [road] I took.” The Last Lecture Series has become a popular series at colleges across the country. It was made popular by Dr. Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, who gave his last lecture on Sept. 18, 2007. While Pasuch’s lecture was, indeed, his last, the lectures are not meant to be the professors’ final lecture; rather, it is meant to highlight the advice the professor would most want to share with his or her students if the event was the professor’s final opportunity to lecture. Alpha Sigma Nu will be sponsoring the second Last Lecture on March 2, featuring Spring Hill’s president, Fr. Richard Salmi.

Student Center will be a LEED-certified ‘green’ complex Continued from page 1

utilize the facilities as soon as the center opens on June 1, according to Joseph Deighton, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Summer students and others will be able to eat in the new dining room at that time. Until that point, everyone will need to continue to use the temporary cafeteria in the Outlaw Center. There may be a week or two where people will need to use Java City or the Golf Course Club House as alternative dining locations while the transition to the new Student Center occurs,” stated Deighton. Once dining services is placed into the new student center, the pool in the Outlaw Recreation Center will not be re-

stored. “No, the pool is not going to return to operation. Options for use of that space are being considered by the athletic director and the president,” said Deighton. “Please remember that the local YMCA has been very generous in allowing our students to use their pool at a greatly discounted rate and we will attempt to continue that arrangement with them.” The new student center will be a LEED certified “green” complex, which uses resources more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings and often provides healthier work and living environments, according to the LEED Web site. The student center will directly reflect a ma-

jor goal in Spring Hill’s strategic plan to build and maintain the infrastructure with respect for the environment while sustaining a culture of learning, according to Kerr. The student center will achieve the prestigious LEED certification by: •Reducing facility’s energy needs by 14 percent •Use of recycled building materials •Recycling 95 percent Photo courtesy of John Kerr of construction waste The Cloister is part of the featuers of the new student cen •Providing thermal ter, which is scheduled to open June 1. controls for individual •Use of water efficient pus recycling initiative offices landscaping (paper, aluminum, glass, •Use of low-VOC (vol •Planting trees to pro- plastic). atile organic compound) vide shade and promote With the student paint and coatings biodiversity center opening in June, •Connecting users •Protection of vegetait will be used for the with exterior environtion from construction three Preview Programs ment via vast windows activities and planned in that month, •Installation of effi •Incorporating camaccording to Deighton. cient plumbing fixtures


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WHIL offering free classical concert series ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter

WHIL, the radio station housed on the second floor of the Rev. Gregory Lucey Administration Building at Spring Hill College, has begun a series of free classical music concerts. The series includes four live concerts in the Gautrelet Room on campus. Each show is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to The primary target of these shows is WHIL’s membership and those who listen to the station regularly, but anyone is welcome. “Essentially anyone who enjoys classical music…or thinks they might enjoy it… is welcome. Age is unimportant,” said Mario Mazza, General Manager of the radio station. WHIL hopes to

bring the community together through these concerts that were made possible by the Larkins Foundation of Mobile and a sponsorship by local car dealership, Costal Ford, according to Mazza. The station pays the musicians, who are a mixture of local musicians and nationally acclaimed musicians (who are known in this area). “The first concert, Feb. 14, was an octet – eight players – from the Mobile Symphony wind section, led by JC Barker, a clarinetist of some national and international note,” said Mazza. According to WHIL’s Web site, WHIL features a wide variety of classical music along with Morning Edition and hourly newscasts from National Public Radio, business news

from Public Radio International’s acclaimed Marketplace, and up-todate information on the people and events that enrich the cultural life of our community. Part of WHIL’s mission is “to promote the arts and arts education to our listeners with the goal of making a better community through the creation and appreciation of art in all forms.” The upcoming shows for these concerts include The USA Trio featuring violinist Enen Yu on May 16, harpist Katie Ott on Sept. 12 and pianist Dr. Robert Holm on Dec. 12. More information for these shows and seat reservations can be found through Mandi Moore, WHIL’s Office Manager at or 251-3804685.

Spring Hill’s donations are down Continued from page 1

with a reduction in institutional aid will help address the deficit in our operating budget,” Salmi said in the letter. A factor in the increase of tuition is because charitable contributions to Spring Hill College declined during the 2009 fiscal year. “Our fundraising was down last year, and it was due in large part to the economy and also to a couple of very large gifts that we got in the previous year that were for a one-time project that we didn’t repeat,” stated Edward Overbey, Vice President of Advancement.

A survey, done by the New York-based Council for Aid to Education, reported that charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States declined by 11.9 percent to $27.85 billion during the 2009 fiscal year, the steepest drop in survey history. Spring Hill’s contributions dropped from $9.6 million to $5.2 million, according to the Press-Register. Overbey said that the Spring Hill College community has already seen the impact from the decline of charitable contributions. Ann E. Kaplan, di-

rector of the Council for Aid to Education, said the decline in contributions was expected, given the recent economic conditions. “Charitable contributions to education institutions facilitate the objectives of both donors and institutions in a relationship that has endured through a variety of economic circumstances. Historical patterns indicate that as the economy recovers, contributions will rise again. However, 2009 was a difficult year for colleges and universities and, indeed, also for the individuals and institutions that care about them.”

Photos by Keith Necaise The WHIL free concert series includes four live concerts in the Gautrelet Room on campus. Each show is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to WHIL’s Web site.

SGA Briefs • The Freshmen class senators are looking to make the cemetery near Viragh Hall an official landmark of Mobile. • SGA President, Colby Melvin, visited with the Board of Trustees to discuss the council’s accomplishments last week. • Spring Hill’s contract with Yellow Cab was terminated to make way for the new Safe Ride changes. • The Community Accountability Board has completed training and will begin reviewing cases this week.

Public Safety Report • On Feb. 8, a Spring Hill College student reported that several items was missing from his room in Toolen Hall. The student advised that prior to the Thanksgiving holidays, he left his room and secured it. Later that day, he returned to his room. Upon entering his room, he discovered a black iPod missing from a drawer in his desk. He also found that the following item was missing: a gray/white iPod Nano (with the student’s name engraved on its back).

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Opinions & Editorials

Kelcee Smith Opinions & Editorials Editor

Spring Hill’s beauty is taken for granted »As the trash problem increases, Abby encourages students to clean up and keep the SHC campus beautiful

ABBY COWART Co Editor-in-Chief

For the past few weeks, all of this talk about the trash and van-

dalism in the residence halls has had me uneasy. Trust me, I hate being accused and lectured about what a dirty, destructive, young adult I am as much as the next person, but hear me out before you go running for the exits (or move on to the next article). The trash problem has become a big prob-

lem. As a resident of New Hall, I can verify that every day when I walk to class, I pass heaps of trash throughout the building. I can’t count on two hands how many pizza boxes and beer cans I have seen thrown about the building. Why are we acting like animals? Would we act like this at home? I don’t know about you, but

if I threw my trash around like that at my house, my mom would probably put me up for adoption. So why has trash become a problem? I have come up with three possible answers to that question. My first response would be that because the trash rooms got locked, everyone is just too lazy to walk their bags out to

the dumpster. My second guess would be that some people feel like taking out their trash isn’t really their responsibility. My third and final guess is that most people leave their trash around because they feel like its not a big deal and that leaving trash in the hallways isn’t See TAKE page 9

Let’s face it, healthy food is cheaper »Kelcee discovers through her personal experience that convenient options don’t always equal healthy ones


So I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard over and over again that eating healthy is difficult because it’s too expensive, among other reasons. I’ve had teachers tell me, I’ve heard it on radio podcasts and I’ve had discussions with many friends, and everyone seems to believe that eating healthy can’t be done on a budget. Well, I decided to solve this problem once and for all. Let’s pretend that a person, an average American, eats at a fastfood restaurant every day for one week. Let’s also say that this person spends an average of five dollars each time, ordering the typical burger, fries and coke. Simple

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math demonstrates that this person would spend $35 a week on seven meals. As many of us know in such a tight economy, $35 can go a long way, much further than seven meals. “Wait a minute,” you say, “I’m not the typical American. I order a salad and a diet drink when I go to a fast food restaurant.” Don’t forget about the dressing, fried chicken and croutons that go on top of the salad; they all have hidden calories, fat and sodium. The diet drink isn’t much better. Sure, there are fewer calories, but there are 28 milligrams of sodium and 125 milligrams of aspartame per 8 ounces according to the Coca-Cola Web site, and we all know that McDonald’s doesn’t serve 8 ounce portions. But let’s get back to the point. Even if the salad/diet drink meal is healthier at some places, the price is still outrageous and it is more ecoSpring Hill College 4000 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL 36608-1791

nomically advantageous to buy fresh foods. To prove this to myself, I went on a small expedition to every college kid’s favorite place: Wal-Mart. I took the same $35 that I could’ve spent on seven meals and bought enough food for about 20 meals (maybe more). With no coupons, special deals or employee discounts,

I was able to buy 3 packages of frozen vegetables, 5 bananas, a cantaloupe, a bag of spinach, a bag of potatoes, a bag of celery, a bag of carrots, a loaf of whole grain bread, frozen chicken breasts, a carton of organic milk, name brand cereal, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce and a tub of yogurt. Maybe you get my point. With a fully oper-

ating pantry, which most families have, endless numbers of nutritional dishes could be whipped up with these ingredients. In addition, WalMart is the most widespread grocery store in America. There is one within 15 miles of most people, and if not, there is surely a similar grocery chain with similar See SPEND page 8

How can we be held responsible for our actions? »The WIXY discusses vigilance of personal accountability and evolving moral standards as computer technolgreater understanding of In an increasingly secularized society, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern what is acceptable to do and what is taboo. What is right today is likely to be politically incorrect tomorrow. How are we to be expected to follow any set of moral standards when any kind of behavior or action could be seen as tolerable and conventional? A consistently changing, contemporarily deemed “evolving,” system of standards transforms as often

ogy and only confuses a society that has no idea of how to perfect itself. Perfection is a goal, whether it is actually attainable or not. However, with an ever-changing system of standards this goal becomes lost in a haze of uncertainty and individuals become indifferent as the perception of futility surrounds the goal of perfection. The norm now is not to learn from a personal mistake or wrongdoing in order to achieve a

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how to become better but instead to explain it away, blaming others or one’s environment. Personal accountability and responsibility are seen as relics of the past in which social Darwinism prevailed and the strong preyed on the weak. This has been a trend in the modern world but how does it affect us? Personal responsibility is the cornerstone of a prosperous and just society,

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Opinions & Editorials

Decisions, decisions Student Reaction »Sometimes the right choices are pretty easy to make

LINDSEY WORLEY Co Editor-in-Chief

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities,” said the extremely wise Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series. This quote has followed me throughout my college career. I chose it for the coveted ‘senior quote’ that sits underneath my goofy drape picture from the high school yearbook. I needed something inspirational and interesting, but I think I just ended up looking dorkier than I already was. What I didn’t realize at the time, though, was how much it applies to me and so many others. At the Last Lecture series talk given last week, Dr. Kaffer mentioned that he started off at school as a chemistry major, but now he has been teaching English at Spring Hill for almost 50 years. Chemistry was Dr. Kaffer’s first pick when he came to Spring Hill because he wanted something practical and smart. He also said humorously that the first time he ever got on a plane was when he was flying one in the Navy. However, he chose Printer Signature Offset

English as his major and stuck with it. Since then, he has had the opportunity to be a founder of so many organizations and overseen so many students as they succeed in life. There was never any set plans that Dr. Kaffer had chosen to follow, and yet he said that he’s happy with what he chose, and with his life. When I myself came to Spring Hill, I was undecided about what major or career I was interested in, but I thought I would go into psychology. Yet I stayed undecided officially until sophomore year when I declared an English major. However, I grew more interested in writing, so once again I changed my major. Then, for no reason other than interest (and a little need to pump up my resume), I picked up a graphic design minor and realized I was pretty good at that, too. All of these seemingly random things that make up my life make me wonder about where my job search will end up taking me as I’m about to graduate. It also makes me remember the pressure society puts on young people to choose a career. How crazy is it that I, or any student, should know what we want to do for the next 60 years of our lives--at age 20? Life seems to be rushing by so fast, and yet by the time I graduate, it’s

expected that I get my life in order. But most of the older people you could talk to have ended up doing something they would have never imagined at our age. So maybe there’s some hope there. Just because we don’t know what’s going on now, doesn’t mean we won’t ever know. And it doesn’t mean we can’t go out and do something unexpected and great. So, for those of you who don’t know what you’re doing, or even for those who do, remember that times change and life changes in ways that we can never imagine. Let’s stop thinking about the pressure to succeed, and start embracing the pressure to simply make something of ourselves. It’s our choices, Professor Albus Dumbledore says, that makes us who we are—not our abilities which come and go with age or experience. We might not always be good at chemistry, or basketball or whatever we’re good at now. But choices, those follow you throughout life. We can never retract our choices (they’re like mistakes, only a better sounding word). Make choices that will get you somewhere in life. So while Harry Potter got into Hogwarts because of his magical abilities, it was his choices that took him through seven books of countless dangers and amazing adventures.

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Do you think that Mobile should follow the lead of many other Alabama cities in banning smoking from public places (including bars)? “Yes! I understand that people want the freedom to do as they please but smoking around others is harmful to them. I think that better, more pleasant smoking accommodations could be made for those who choose to smoke.” Mary Catherine Goodwin – Freshman “No. I do not personally like smoking in public places, but I don’t think it is right for the city to ban it in public places. It makes sense for private restaurants and bars to ban smoking, but banning smoking outdoors would be ridiculous.” James Burke – Sophomore

“Yes, as a smoker I realize that my habit may bother others. It may be a small inconvenience to me, but I can always just walk outside to smoke.” Nicole Hartman– Junior

“Yes! Smoking is a personal choice that ends up affecting others negatively. The haunting fact that people can die from secondhand smoke should be enough to keep the deadly habit out of public places. It is weird to hear the “Smoking or Non-smoking” question in Alabama!”

Lauren McCarthy – Junior

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OpiniOnS & ediTOrialS FDA battles with new cigarette technology »E-cigarettes are a hit in China and now the USA, so Ashley weighs in on the impact of these smokeless gadgets


Well, the epic battle between nonsmokers and smokers continues as new innovations in the market add a bit of electronic flare. What is now known as the electronic cigarette has stormed the Internet scene and has picked quite a brawl with the Food and Drug Administration.

In January, a federal judge ordered the FDA to stop blocking the importation of electronic cigarettes from China, the origin of this invention, and said that the devices should be regulated as tobacco products rather than drug or medical devices. The FDA claims there is not enough evidence provided by the makers of these products to prove they are safe. Although the electronic cigarettes have been tested in independent laboratories, the FDA refuses to accept their findings as evidence proving the safety of these products. This electronic cigarette, better known as the e-cigarette, was introduced

approximately seven years ago in China. According to Reuters, “China [is] home to 400 million smokers.” In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 43.4 million Americans smoke. It’s no wonder that China raced for the finish line with this invention. E-cigarettes are battery-powered tubes that heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor and are meant to simulate the taste of tobacco. It looks like a cigarette from a distance and even omits a vapor-like mist that emulates smoke. However, there is one major difference between regular cigarettes and the e-

cigarette; they do not harm others. There is no second hand smoke released. These devices also have less harmful addictives than regular cigarettes. What are critics saying about this new nicotine Blow Pop? Many believe that this is nothing like kicking the habit like most new nicotine products. Instead of chewing on a piece of gum and gradually becoming less addicted, this device allows you to change the amount of nicotine you inhale. Critics also say that the e-cigarette will still encourage children to start smoking and does not express the dangers of nicotine. The new device also has other industries

fretting about its impact. According to Green Smoke, a distributor of the new device, corporate interests may also be at play, as a higher demand for electronic cigarettes would affect profit gained by powerful tobacco companies and pharmaceutical makers of nicotine products. They also claim state governments would stand to lose tax revenue as well. As the fight continues and we have another item on our market with the label “Made in China” on it, at least we won’t have to worry about sitting in a smoking or nonsmoking section in a restaurant for much longer.

Respondents’ view: Students to blame for trash

Spend less, eat more

For respondents to last week’s Hillian poll, it was a slam dunk. The only way to explain the problem of trash accumulation along some residence halls was the irresponsibility of some residents of those buildings. All of the respondents chose irresponsibility over other options, which included the movement of some garbage cans away from the hall, and the need for more attention from cleaning crews.

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Check out next week’s poll at our Web site, The question for next week is: What concerns you the most about the news that some donations to the college have decreased during the recession? • That the decrease in giving might bring about an increase in higher tuition or other student fees? • That the decrease in giving might endanger the health of some academic programs at the college? • That the decrease in giving might endanger other programs such as athletics, student life, etc.?

cheaper, think again. Maybe using price as an could shop. People who excuse is just the easiest don’t live near Wal-Mart way out for most people, probably have it even betincluding those who are ter because they have more overweight or below the opportunities to buy from poverty line. Perhaps being local growers. creative with food, culi One local produce nary skill or lack of time stand that has lower prices are more truthful reasons than Wal-Mart is right for why people don’t eat as here in Mobile. Jimmy healthy as they could. Lowe’s Fruit Stand carries Don’t think that everything from tomatoes just because you don’t have to plums, even meats and a kitchen doesn’t mean cakes. Jimmy Lowe’s sells that you can’t eat healthy. as many locally grown Those of you who don’t fruits and vegetables as live in the apartments on possible, helping to supcampus can still buy more port local farmers. It can fruits and veggies for late be found on Old Shell night snacks, instead of Road near I-65 across chips and candy. from Dreamland Barbecue. The bottom line There is a second location is that eating healthier on Highway 90 as well. is cheaper. Fresh foods After realizing these are more nutritious and facts, it will take a lot of cheaper because there is contradictory evidence less processing and more to convince me that eatnatural vitamins. It was the ing poorly is cheaper. For way nature intended it. So those of you who thought skip the fries and go buy a that eating out or eatbag of carrots. Your wallet ing processed foods was will thank you.

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Responsibility is key to living an adult life in this world Continued from page 6

and we all must be held accountable for our actions. None of this is too say that we of The WIXY are meritorious examples of virtuous activity [even though we are]. It simply appears to us that there is a pervasive atmosphere that is infecting our institutions which seeks to remove all motivation for one to achieve more than mediocrity. The incentive for personal betterment is gone. Many of you, we are sure, are familiar with the term “rugged individualism.” This spirit could be

considered the zeitgeist reader. of early America. Every We (and the WIXY one was responsible for is included) complain endhimself, yet the culture lessly about regulations, held individuals to moral rules, laws, etc. without standards based in coditaking the one initiative fied law. Yes, the stanthat can counteract them: dards in society precede responsibility. It’s obviwritten law, but the laws “If you want to be treated solidify a society’s standards so that all may be like the adult you are, held responsible to these then start acting like it.” standards if they are a part of the society. Individuals ous the student body has fend for themselves and expressed its displeasure are entitled to nothing with some of the school’s save their own life, liberty, policies, most notably Res and property. This is of Life policies, but has yet course a generalized and to take on its own responidealistic representation, sibilities. For instance, if but the point is nonetheyou host a social event in less applicable to you our your apartment (because

let’s be honest, that’s where most of the problems originate) it is not your mother’s responsibility to clean up after you and your guests. It’s yours. It’s not your RA’s job to come tell you to respect your neighbors and turn down your music at 2 a.m. It’s yours. It’s not plant ops’ job to clean up your beer cans outside your balcony and porch. It’s yours. You can see where we’re going with this. If you want change, if you want the administration to take your demands seriously, if you want to be treated like the adult you are, then start

acting like it. Take responsibility for yourself, your neighbors and classmates. If you act like adults, there is no reason for the administration to treat you like children. We don’t need to be worried about evolving standards and moral relativism if we take care of ourselves. Responsibility is what makes liberty work, and just like liberty, responsibility requires eternal vigilance. Victory through Eternal Vigilance, We the Gentlemen of the WIXY,

Devon Austermann, Tim Corbett, Kyle Jones, and Neilson Lea

Take trash challenge Keep your Lenten promises Continued from page 6

really a problem at all. Well for those people who fit in with the third group, let me be the first of many to tell you why it’s a huge problem. I get it. It’s not fun to have to walk outside in the cold to take a bag of trash to the dumpster, but I’ve experienced first hand what happens when you don’t, and it’s not pretty. When you’ve had to evacuate your room because swarms of gnats have flown from the overloaded trash room and taken residence in yours, you’ll understand why it’s a big problem. As for the people who fit into the first two groups, let’s get real. All that is asked of us is to clean up after ourselves. We make the trash, so we should throw it out. In the grand scheme of things, is that really asking too much? We should take pride in our school and strive to keep it look-

ing the best that we can. Compared to many other schools, Spring Hill has some of the newest and nicest facilities that college students could ask for. We need to show them a little gratitude and keep them up for the students to come. A brand new, quite expensive and much-anticipated student center is about to be completed on our campus, and I can only hope that we will grow up and clean up before its freshly painted doors open for the first time. In the past, we have taken for granted how beautiful this campus is and have abused the nice facilities that we are provided. But later this spring, the student body will have the opportunity to prove not only to the administration but also to itself that it is responsible enough to respect what this campus has to offer. So let’s make it our mission to keep Spring Hill beautiful. I’m up for the challenge, are you?

LINDSEY WORLEY Co Editor-in-Chief

After the streets of New Orleans and Mobile have been mostly cleared away of the beads and booze; after our hangovers have slightly passed; after our stomachs are full; it’s time for Ash Wednesday, and the start of forty days of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, I turned on my television to view Vice President Joe Biden sporting an ashy cross on his forehead as he gave a speech. And I thought about how strange he must look to those of other religions. One day while I was in the gym, running on the treadmill, I heard a

small group of friends talking about Lent. One of the guys said he was giving up alcohol, a common Lenten promise I’ve noticed—yet said that he would be allowed to drink during Spring Break and another school event. Now, I’m not trying to belittle this person in any way, but rather trying to make a point. Some of us make promises that we can’t keep. I like the idea of non-Catholics (or similar religions) giving up a vice or adding something good during Lent because we should all strive to be better people. But, at the same time, I don’t like the fact that others ‘give up’ something because that’s

just what is proper at the time. Sure, doing something healthy for yourself is a great idea, but the real meaning behind Lent is to become closer to God. But I guess I feel the same way about Lent as I do about Christmas. Following any tradition blindly does not help anyone. People complain about Christmas as though we forced the birth of Jesus upon them—and yet they follow the commercial holiday almost as though that were a religion. While Lent is not quite on the same level as Christmas, I hope you get my point. If you participate in Lent, do it for your faith and for your well-being. And don’t cheat—you’re only hurting yourself.

EDITORIAL POLICY The SpringHillian is published weekly from September to May, except during examination periods and vacations. The views expressed herein do not represent the views of Spring Hill College and are not the views of the faculty, administration, staff or students, but are the views of the individual columnists. SUBMISSIONS The SpringHillian publishes guest submissions at the discretion of the studenteditor and section editors. Submissions should be less than 500 words, and editors reserve the right to edit the submissions for length and content. Original writings should be mailed or delivered to: Student-editor, The SpringHillian, Communication Arts, Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36608.

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Katelyn Ikner Life & Culture Editor

The Mardi Gras Experience Student Spotlight: »Alicia discusses the many different Mardi Gras experiences in New Orleans ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is tradition. Beads hanging from the trees year-round and the array of stories students have upon their return is reason enough for making the two-hour trip into New Orleans for the festivities. The first impression of many students ranges from the ever popular question “Are people going to be flashing for beads left and right?” to “How many times am I going to have someone’s drink spilled on me?” But, for people who have never been to New Orleans, there’s no need to fret. Both occasions are few and far between, as well as many other reasons that would keep people away (or coming back!)

to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. There are many other places in New Orleans to have fun without the jostle of

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people to and fro. Many parades were familyfriendly, and provide entertainment and plenty of beads without the worry of being flashed.

The truth is that in many parades children line the streets with their parents. Ladders are set up by onlookers so that smaller children have a vantage point. And who wouldn’t want a great view of the magnificent floats the Carnival societies come up with for the parades? Bourbon Street is another story entirely, however. Entering Bourbon during Mardi Gras (especially after the parades) is like going to a concert; concert not included. People jostle from every side, yell obscenities and laugh and carry on with one another. The crowd fights against itself, with people attempting to go one way or another to get to a bar or simply See BOURBON page 16

Photos by Doug Bruce

Brian Vandemark JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter

Recently the guest of one of Devin Golden’s podcast, Brian Vandemark is not your typical sophomore. If a double major in secondary education and history, and being a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity is not enough, Vandemark also runs and organizes all of the campus intramurals. An Atlanta native, Vandemark has always had a passion for sports. “I grew up playing every sport there was, as many as possible,” Vandemark states. “I hope to one day coach and teach. When I am in my room, I’m always watching ‘SportsCenter’” It was his passion for sports and the suggestion from a fraternity brother that motivated Vandemark into organizing the intramurals. “Gabe Taylor, my fraternity big brother, was in charge of it last year and passed it down to me. Intramurals have always been student run.” And Vandemark definitely runs them. “I ref and schedule the games. I am the main intramural contact. I work in close contact with Angel Gray, my boss. I meet with the captains and I attend every game.” Vandemark says, “It keeps me busy, but it also keeps me from getting lazy.” Everyday Vandemark goes to class, does his homework and then goes off to intramurals. This year the intramurals are bigger than before, with a

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lot more teams and a lot more campus involvement. Right now the intramurals offer basketball, volleyball, football, and soccer. In the future however, the staff plans to offer more events throughout the year like dodgeball, racquetball, ultimate Frisbee, and possibly a weekend-long softball tournament. “We just want friendly, competitive, fun, and time for students to have fun with their friends and take a break from studying.” As of right now, the intramural staff is winding down the basketball season and preparing for the start of the soccer intramurals. While Vandemark is constantly working the intramurals, he does manage to take time out for himself and have some fun. “Whenever I get a chance, I am always on a team. Either with all my roommates from Skip’s or the TKEs and we play every sport.” Vandemark states, “Overall we have been to the playoffs twice but we haven’t won; one day, one day.”

Life & Culture Get to Know: Dr. Melvin Brandon

DOUG BRUCE Photography Editor

After 41 years of dedicated teaching at Spring Hill College, Dr. Melvin Brandon is retiring. But he is not ready to quit teaching yet. Over his years at Spring Hill, Brandon has seen numerous changes. “You would not believe the condition of many of the classrooms and library 40 years ago.” Brandon also explained he is, “proud of the continuous improvement in the philosophy

department,” and the contribution of younger faculty. He also noted that the administration changes that have occurred over his years on the Hill have brought healthy revitalization to the college. Among his many academic contributions to Spring Hill College, Brandon has taught and developed many courses with other faculty, including: Options to Save Social Security, Global Warming and Health Care Reform. Other favorites of his include

Ethical Issues in Death and Dying, Bioethics, Violence/ Non-Violence, Business Ethics, Leadership courses, Intro to Ethics and others. “As Chair of the Philosophy Department for a good number of years, I thought that it was important to have philosophy courses that relate to the different majors,” explained Brandon. “One of my wife and I’s most favorite memories is beginning a Montessori pre-school on campus in the Fall of 1972.” Though it was moved due to damage from Hurricane Frederick in 1979, they ran the school for 34 years. Brandon continued, “My wife received the Gautrelet award two years ago, a truly high moment in our lives.” Among Dr. Brandon’s favorite memories: his three daughters graduating from Spring Hill, beach trips with the family and his grandchildren,

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Immersion Trip

»Students serve in Nicaragua over Mardi Gras Break

See PHILOSOPHY page 14


Just two weeks ago, people were worrying about chocolates, stuffed animals and expensive dinners. What was all the fuss over? Valentine’s Day. Yes, the holiday may already be gone, but the film is still worth watching. The romantic comedy movie “Valentine’s Day” is definitely a must-see. The film takes cues from “He’s Just Not That Into You” and intertwines many characters. The movie is about a handful of people who are trying to cope with the Valentine holiday in their own way. While every character has his or her own romance problems or situations to deal with, all are connected in some way or another. This blockbuster film is jampacked with big-name stars such as Jessica Alba, Queen Latifah, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift,

Twilight’s werewolf Taylor Lautner and “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper. Even ‘McSteamy’ Eric Dane and ‘McDreamy’ Patrick Dempsey have roles in the picture. The film is set in Los Angeles and all of the characters are connected by a floral shop called Siena Bouquet .The florist owner, Reed, is played by Ashton Kutcher. Reed is trying to propose to his girlfriend while another character, Jennifer Garner is dating a married man unknowingly. This is not a film for just one type of person, but it appeals to everyone. The characters are an array of different ages and their stories are so different from one other. From school-age children to married adults, Valentine’s Day affects each of us in some way or another and this movie illustrates it perfectly. Kara, played by Jessica Biel, is completely against the holiday and See PERFECT page 14

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Movie Review: Valentine’s Day

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Alabama crackin’ down on lighten’ up Little known Black History »Alabama attempts to crack down on smoking in public facilities go to the full Senate for consideration. Currently, there Plans are in motion is no statewide smoking ban in Alabama, making it to crack down on smokers one of only 12 states that as Alabama State Sen. have not legally banned Vivian Figures is trying smoking. for the 11th year to ban Instead, Alabama’s smoking in most public 2003 statewide smoking places in Alabama. law, the Alabama Clean For the past 10 Indoor Air Act, prohibits years, Figures has made smoking in some public an effort to get a ban places unless an enclosed established in the state and well-ventilated but has fallen short in her smoking area is provided attempts. In May 2008, and warning signs about a bill to enact a statewide the harms of smoking are smoking ban failed before posted. Certain locations, the Alabama legislature. such as bars, lounges, retail In April 2009, another tobacco stores and hotel bill was withdrawn by Figures when the Alabama smoking rooms are exempt senate amended it to allow from the act’s regulation. Despite the failure smoking in bars, the bar sections of restaurants, dog of a statewide ban, 29 cities in Alabama have tracks and gambling halls. locally banned smoking. Figures’ new bill Although Mobile has would ban smoking in all not enacted a local bill, public areas in the state several surrounding except certain hotels, cities, including Prichard, nursing facility rooms Citronelle, Foley and and private clubs. Private Daphne have passed bills residencies would also to ban smoking in all be excluded from the restaurants and enclosed ban. According to the workplaces. Press-Register, a Senate If the proposed committee approved the bill passes, Alabama will bill on Tuesday, Feb. 16. become the 26th state The legislation will now ABBY COWART Co Editor-in-Chief

SUDOKU Fill in the grid so that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9. Answers for the puzzle will be in next week’s paper.

to ban smoking in all general public places. As of February 2010, seven other states have enacted smoking bans in most enclosed public places, but allow private adult venues such as bars and casinos to permit smoking if they choose. Additionally, six states have enacted similar smoking bans customized to particular ages and locations. California was the first state to enact a statewide ban and has been at the forefront of the mission to make a completely smoke-free environment. San Luis Obisno, Cal. became the first city in the world to ban smoking in all public buildings on Aug. 2, 1990. Effective January 2008, smoking in a moving vehicle while in the presence of a minor (18 years or younger) is considered a misdemeanor in the state of California. In the 38 states that have enacted smoking laws, levels of compliance with the ban have been successful, reaching an excess of 90 percent compliance rate.

facts III: Olympic style JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter


In the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis, George Poage was the first African-American to compete in the Olympics and win a medal. He won a bronze medal in the 440 meter hurdles.


In 1924, William DeHart Hubard was the first African-American to win an individual Olympic gold medal. He received his medal in the long jump during the 1924 Summer Games in Paris.


In the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Jesse Owens of Oakville, Ala. became the first AfricanAmerican to win four gold medals in track and field.


In 1948, Alice Coachman was the first AfricanAmerican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Coachman attended Tuskegee University.


In the 1948 Summer Olympics, Don Barksdale was the first African-American on an Olympic basketball team and the first African-American Olympic gold medal basketball winner. In 1992, the first predominantly black Olympic basketball team arose. Nicknamed the “Dream Team”, this team featured star players like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Earvin Johnson.


In 1960, Wilma Rudolph, track star, became the first African-American woman to claim three gold medals at one Olympics.


In 1960, Rafer Johnson was the first AfricanAmerican to win the decathlon event in the 1960 Summer Olympics. In 1984, Johnson lit the flame in at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles game. Johnson was the first African-American to receive this honor.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the first AfricanAmerican to win the heptathlon in the Olympic Games. In 1997, with the nickname “Super Woman”, Joyner-Kersee was the first AfricanAmerican female athlete featured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated Magazine.”


In 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first AfricanAmerican to win a gold medal in bobsledding in the Winter Games.


In 2006, Shani Davis, speed skater, became the first African-American to win an individual gold in the Winter Games. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, Davis won his second straight gold in speed skating.

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Badger Brawl 2010 has finally arrived in full badger spirit »Student Government Association puts on its biggest Spring Hill spirit celebration of the year during the week of Feb. 22-26 KELCEE SMITH Op-ed Editor

The SGA has been planning the 2010 Badger Brawl week since last semester with everything from a Dodgeball tournament to the intense pep rally, all emphasizing Spring Hill spirit and athletic support. This year the theme for Badger Brawl has been “Back to the Future.” Each day has been assigned a specific music theme to help raise student enthusiasm. Here is a recap of the week and a preview of the events to come. MONDAY: The kickoff day for Badger Brawl week began with a meet and greet in the Cloister. At this event, the fans had an opportunity to meet both the men and women basketball players over finger foods. Players gave out autographs and students also had the chance to win doors prizes provided by SGA and the Ballin’ Badgers. Later that evening in the gym, a Dodgeball tournament allowed stu-

dents to compete for even more prizes. Teams with six players each ducked, dipped, dove and dodged their way to the top. Winning first place was a team named Dodge This, with a close second going to the Unibombers. A prize was also given to the team who had the most creative uniform. This went to the Belly Ballers who wore jingly skirts over their t-shirts and shorts. This event was sponsored by the Intramural Staff and Angel Gray. TUESDAY: RHA’s Best Dance Crew was planned, but lack of participation caused it to be postponed until March 9. WEDNESDAY: Holey Moley Wednesday began at 8:15 p.m. with the infamous pep rally in the gym. Badger Brawl t-shirts, bookstore goodies and gift cards were all given away as prizes. The new and improved Spring Hill fight song also made its debut, giving fans one more reason to cheer on their Badgers. Following the pep rally there was a

live performance by Plastic Student Activities in Walsh and women’s basketball Musik in the Arlene-Mitch- Hall today and tomorrow to teams take on their ultiell Theatre. The band used pick up a ticket. mate rival, the University various, every-day plastic SATURDAY: Start of Mobile. The women’s items to create rhythms and Showdown Saturday with game begins at 5 p.m. while music of the present day. a double header baseball the men start at 7 p.m. THURSDAY: Togame beginning at 1 p.m. More t-shirts and give-aday begins the first of two as the Badgers continue to ways will be distributed by home basketball games for play against Thomas UniSGA at both games. Purple both the men and women versity. The day will accelis a must for this event and teams. Tonight SHC will erate in spirit as the men’s the more the better. face off against the Loyola University. The women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men play at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes at both games FIGHT FOR ALMA MATER, during half-time. Make sure WHILE HER COLORS FLY to wear purple and come FIGHT WITH EVERY FIBER, out to support the Badgers. FIGHT TO DO OR DIE! FRIDAY: Tomor‘TILL HER NAME AND GLORY row the excitement of SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE LAND. Badger Brawl will continue FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF THE PURPLE AND WHITE with the baseball team takMAY HER COLORS ALWAYS STAND. ing on Thomas University. The game begins at 6 p.m. PURPLE AND WHITE, WE’RE GOING TO FIGHT, with more prizes and free WE’RE GOING TO FIGHT FOR YOU. stuff being handed out by PURPLE AND WHITE, WITH ALL OUR MIGHT SGA. The fun will carry WE’RE GOING TO SEE YOU THROUGH on after the game with AND WHEN THE CLOUDS OF BATTLE ROLL Extreme Bowling, sponAND PRESS AROUND YOUR STANDARD TRUE sored by Student ActiviWE’LL PUSH THEM BACK UNTIL THE LIGHT OF VICties. Students can come to TORY SHINES Florida Lanes at 10 p.m. ON THE PURPLE AND WHITE for two hours of unlimited FIGHT! bowling (shoes included) for only five dollars. Stop by


Coming up this week in Mobile... Date Event Time Location Feb. 25-March 3 Feb. 26 Feb. 26-27 Feb. 27 Feb. 27 March 3

Shutter Island (film)

6-9 p.m.

Crescent Theater

Subject Matters (band)

10 p.m.

Soul Kitchen

TNT Motorsports Steel Thunder Tour

7:30 p.m.

USA Mitchell Center

Guided tour of Mobile Museum of Art

2 p.m.

Mobile Museum of Art

American Cancer Society Chili Cook-off

11 a.m.

Bienville Square/LoDa

Guided tour of Mobile Museum

2 p.m.

Mobile Museum of Art

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The Original Oyster House Philosophy teacher offers best seafood on Gulf Coast will miss Spring Hill KATELYN IKNER Life & Culture Editor

Since Mobile, Ala. is located along the Gulf Coast, it is the perfect location for many seafood restaurants. However, there is only one seafood restaurant that has received numerous awards for their outstanding seafood and can proudly say they have the ‘Best Seafood on the Gulf Coast.’ This restaurant would be the Original Oyster House. The Original Oyster House first opened its doors in 1983 at their Gulf Shores location. Then, in 1985, their Causeway location opened. The Original Oyster House proudly serves the best seafood on the Gulf Coast in a relaxed atmosphere, with the added touch of the staff’s southern hospitality. The Original Oyster House has won numerous awards over the years. Some of the highlights include: Mobile Bay Monthly’s Best Seafood Restaurant, voted Best Seafood by the PressRegister’s Annual Poll and voted Best Seafood by the Lagniappe. To start off your dining experience, the Original Oyster House offers a wide array of starters designed to share. The starters include classic seafood such as: popcorn shrimp, crab cakes and fried crawfish tails. But, if you are looking

for something a little different, they offer alligator bites and fried cheese. They also offer a sampler platter that is perfect to share with multiple people. The platter includes: fried crab claws, fried cheese, crab stuffed jalapenos and buffalo wild wings. Most appetizers range from $6 to $10 in price. For the main event, the Original Oyster House offers not only House Specialties, but House Favorites as well. And don’t forget their famous homemade seafood gumbo. The main entrées cost anywhere between $10 to $20. Their House Specialties include recipes that were created specifically by an Original Oyster House chef. Some of these unique menu items include such entrées as Josh’s Blackened Shrimp and Grits and Mike’s Grilled Shrimp. Entrées also include items that are specific to the Causeway location, such as the Causeway Steamer. The Original Oyster House’s House Favorites is just what it says, the “favorites” of the House. The House Favorites include traditional seafood items, such as: fried oysters, fried shrimp and steamed shrimp. These favorites also include special combination seafood items and platters. Even if you are in the mood for something a

bit lighter, The Original Continued from page 11 Oyster House can serve you. It offers specialty Brandon and Hannah. salads and sandwiches. Brandon also reflects on participating in four Na After eating at tional Endowment for the the Original Oyster Humanities summer semiHouse twice, I would recommend the Shrimp nars, sabbatical as Visiting Scholar at Baylor College of Florentine. Shrimp Medicine Ethics Center, sabFlorentine is one of the batical spent shadowing Mr. House Favorite items. Robert Holmes, Vice PresiShrimp Florentine is dent of Ethics at Alabama shrimp stuffed with Power, five years serving spinach, mozzarella and on the Board of Directors parmesan cheese topped of Alabama Humanities with a light cream sauce. Foundation and serving as The spinach, mozzarella President of the Alabama Philosophical Association. and parmesan cheeses Brandon said he has also add a zest of flavor enjoyed being Teacher of the to the shrimp that is Year, and receiving a standunbelievable. As for the ing ovation after a notable sides I recommend the lecture he gave. cheese grits. The cheese Most importantly, grits add a special “helping students to think southern flair to the for themselves, using whatmeal. ever it takes.” And in return, If you have any Brandon said that he always room for dessert, the learns from his students too. Original Oyster House Brandon offers a select few would like to continue to see Spring Hill grow by “redehomemade desserts. fining and updating itself as The dessert items are: the strong liberal arts colkey lime pie, peanut lege that it is and will conbutter chocolate chip pie and a special dessert tinue to be.” Explaining that specific job training of the day. The Original limits the core of educaOyster House also offers daily lunch specials and takes reservations for all occasions. Continued from page 11 The Original Oyster House has two plans an ‘I hate Valentine’s locations. The Mobile Day’ party. It is odd that location is at 3733 the beautiful Jessica Biel Battleship Parkway, and plays a woman who can’t the Gulf Shores location find a man, but remember, is at 701 Highway 59, this is only a movie. In her Bayou Village. Hours movie debut, Taylor Swift vary by location. For plays a ditzy cheerleader. more information or to Taylor Swift plays girlfriend make reservations at to her real-life ex-boyfriend, the Mobile location call Taylor Lautner. Besides (251) 626-2188 or for acting, Swift even took the the Gulf Shores location time to sing a song on the call (251) 948-2445. film’s soundtrack. The motion picture is full of com-

tional growth, Brandon said, “Liberal arts colleges like Spring Hill will always be a minority movement, even counter cultural in important ways, but this kind of an education will provide the necessary anchor and compass that are so important in the quickly changing world of the 21st century and beyond.” Similarly, the greatest advice he said he can offer to an undergraduate is that they pick an area of concentration and study as much “other stuff” as they can. Brandon said that he recently joined Facebook and looks forward to continuing conversations with students and colleagues over the social media tool. “Who knows where that could lead,” says Brandon. “The years have flown by all too quickly. I still have other courses that I would like to teach. Maybe there is a teaching afterlife.” Brandon continued, “Most importantly, I am grateful for every one of those years, for my many friends and especially for my family. Teaching is a tremendous pleasure for a basically shy person like myself. I will

The perfect date movie plexities such as affairs, sex and being dumped on the most romantic day of the year. The director for Valentine’s Day is Garry Marshall, who has worked with some of the stars previously, including Julia Roberts in the movie “Pretty Woman”. According to Hollywood News Web site, Valentine’s Day raked in an amazing $14.6 million in the opening day alone. The movie is rated PG-13.

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Winter Jam rocks the USA Mitchell Center ‘A Step in Time’ pays tribute DOUG BRUCE Photography Editor

The 2010 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular came to Mobile, Ala. on February 12. It was hosted at the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Center, one of the largest crowd venues in the area, capable of holding about 10,000 spectators. The Winter Jam tour is a conglomeration of “Christian Rock” contemporary artists. Attendees paid $10 for an entrance ticket and were encouraged to donate later in the show. The tour is produced by Hear It First Music and is designed to promote their artists. Notable artists that performed

were Third Day, Newsboys, Newsong, Firelight, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Robert Pierre and motivational speaker Tony Nolan. The University of Mobile was the major local sponsor. Despite the precipitation of snow earlier in the day, the performance was unhindered. It may have contributed to less-than-average attendance, according to Tour Manager Eric Kilby. The tour performance dates are only on weekends, which contributed to the successful draw of faith organizations. So far to date, Winter Jam 2010 has had 138,216 attendees nationally. For more information, and other national dates, visit WinterJam/default.aspx

Photos by Doug Bruce

to Black History month JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Spring Hill College’s Cultural Impulse Step Team hosted its black history program, “A Step in Time,” in Byrne Memorial Hall. Jide Aniybo, a sophomore, kicked off the event with a short prayer that he read first in Igbo, a dialect of Nigeria, and then translated in English. Following up with a musical presentation, sophomore Jordan Biggers preformed Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” on his trumpet. Biggers’ performance was a tribute to Joplin and AfricanAmerican’s influence on jazz music. Junior Demarco Wills read a poem he wrote titled “Black,” a reflection on the past and present state of AfricanAmericans. Whitney Hollinger, a sophomore, gave a brief presentation of Spring Hill College’s black history, mentioning monumental moments like Martin Luther King Jr.’s mention of Spring Hill in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and Fannie Motley, the first AfricanAmerican to graduate from Spring Hill. In an Acappella performance, sophomore Samantha Phillips sung the traditional African-American spiritual rendition of “Motherless Child” by Mahalia Jackson. The main event of the night was the finale, a performance by the Step Team. The group of 13 stepped in purple and

black and emphasized their acronym S.T.E.P, scholarship, teamwork, evaluation, and preparation. Junior Bonique Turner attended the program and stated, “I enjoyed all of the performances, especially the enthusiasm in the poetry. I only wish it could have been longer and it would have been better if more students were there to experience the culture.” While the program’s turnout was low, the Step Team and program advisor Ms. Rhonda Lucas could not be more proud about the program’s outcome. Lucas stated, “Tonight’s program supports Spring Hill College’s mission statement. Spring Hill College has a history of developing students not only scholarly, but also to be more culturally aware. It was because of Alicia Manzie, Ashley Gaynor and the rest of the step team that this event was possible.” Lucas summed up the night with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. “The time is always right to do what is right.” 1/ 2 wi Off th D th epo is Ad sit


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Dr. Sharp tells the tales of Antebellum folklore with new book DEMARCO WILLS Ads Editor/Staff Reporter

Mobile is a city that is known for its rich history. With its origins dating back to the 1700s, it is safe to say that there is a good story or two for a historian to tell and some can be found in the old houses still standing today. In the book Antebellum Myths and Folklore: A Search for the Truth, Dr. Andrew Sharp and his wife, Greta Sharp, not only compiled these stories in one place, but questioned the myths and folklores’ validity in hopes of finding the truth. Dr. Sharp said, “It’s about stories that the tour guides or the docents tell in these old houses from the antebellum period— mainly from about 1800 to 1860. The houses built in the time before the civil war. The stories fall into two categories: tax related stories and ones that are not tax related. We wanted to find out whether those stories were true or not.” Some of the

folklore and myths for this book was gathered from Mobile, but it also included the Mississippi cities Vicksburg and Natchez. While venturing between the two states, Sharp discovered that the stories told by the tour guides were consistent from historic home to historic home and from city to city. This search for the truth began in Vicksburg. He was staying at a bed and breakfast there when he was offered a tour of the estate. While touring the house, Sharp and his wife were brought to an interesting window design. “She showed us these windows that were in the house called jib windows. It was a double hung window with one big sash over another. Then at the bottom, there were two little doors like the ones that let a dog in and out. She said you would open these doors up at the bottom, and these doors were maybe 2 feet high. She told us the reason they put these windows in was because there was

a tax on the number of doors you had in your house, so to get around paying taxes on all these doors they put in these jib windows.” “I’m sitting here thinking this is pretty interesting. Here I am a tax accountant and an accountant-historian thinking, it almost looks like the architecture of the house was based on the property tax laws at the time. The property tax laws were determining how to build these houses. Now, that is pretty interesting. I’m thinking there may be a story here,” Sharp said. In the spring of 2002, Sharp received a Teagle Foundation Research Grant from Spring Hill to study the relationship between antebellum taxation and architecture with the jib window tax stories as the focus of the project. As the research unfolded, the project expanded to include other docent stories regarding the impact of taxation on antebellum architecture. “My research was never intended to be a

Bourbon Street thrives during Mardi Gras period Continued from page 10

off of the street while people throw beads from the balconies to those cheering below. One can imagine that the shops and bars on Bourbon thrive during this time, but they also have a lot to clean up the next day. Trash is piled along the sidewalks, tripping people who have been stuck in the crowd and unable to see it until it is right in front of them. Despite all of this, Bourbon remains the most popular place

to congregate after parades for a reason. It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s always fun to be had. People are friendly, beads are free and if you don’t like crowds at least there’s always something interesting going on in them. Even after Mardi Gras, New Orleans always has an interesting atmosphere, and entertaining things to do no matter what time of year it may be. Just about two and a half hours from Mobile, the Crescent City has something for everyone of any age.

book. We published an article in 2003 in the ‘Gulf South Historical Review’ which was on the tax related issues. We thought we were through with it after that. Then, the editor recommended we expand the study to include other myths. Then, we later decided that we had so much information we should just turn it into a book.” In May 2002, Sharp and his wife set back out to Vicksburg to gather information. It was at the Old Court House Museum that they learned that many of these old stories were false. “So, we asked him if he had any documentation to support his assertion— trying to salvage the project. He welcomed us into the library, which also served as his office, and years of research commenced for us with the records housed there.” Sharp found out the truth about the jib windows. Along with that information, he also uncovered the function of exterior stairs, the reason for so few closets in the houses and the purpose of blue ceilings over the porch. With his adventure behind him, Sharp looks back on the

entire thing with fond memories. “There were some interesting people we met along way. Since 1998, we’ve made over 50 trips to Vicksburg. There were numerous trips to Natchez as well. I remember all of the people and especially how knowledgeable they were. We still keep in touch with a good number of them. The most rewarding part of the whole thing was all the new friendships we made.” He said. “Even though these stories seem true, they’re not. It was interesting to hear how these stories that are not true withstood the test of time. They were just passed on from one group of tour guides to the next. It’s just amazing to me how myth can become so ingrained in history that folklore can almost seem like truth.” Antebellum Myths and Folklore: A Search for the Truth is being sold by the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library, and all of the proceeds go back to the Friends of the Library. Copies of the book can be purchased at the Book Nook for $10.

Dan Criscione and Alex Del Rio

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Badgers to host ‘Hoops for Haiti’ event »The men’s basketball game Thursday against Loyola hopes to raise funds for Haiti relief DAN CRISCIONE Co-Sports Editor

The men’s basketball team took a tough 79-65 loss at No.6 LSU-Shreveport Saturday night. The Pilots swept the Badgers this season, bringing Spring Hill to 12-13 (6-10 GCAC). The Badgers had an 18-15 lead in the first half, but found themselves down by six (39-33) at halftime. The Pilots came out hot in the second half, jumping out to an early 52-38 lead, and never looked back. Spring Hill is looking to bounce back tonight (Thursday) against the school’s longest rivalry,

Loyola University-New Orleans (13-14, 5-11 GCAC). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.. Thursdays’s contest is going to be a part of a national program called “Hoops for Haiti” to aid in the relief efforts of the earthquake that struck Haiti recently. During the game, fans will be able to participate in various contests and raffles with the goal of raising funds for the cause. Admission for students will still be free, but students will be asked to donate $1. General admission will still be $5 per ticket for non-students. This also applies for the women’s game, which is scheduled

for 5:30 p.m. With Hoops for Haiti, the games Thursday will be featured games of the week by the JBS (Jesuit Basketball Spotlight), an association that is identifying games between Jesuit schools this season, and through these games, bring a positive awareness about Jesuit education and its mission. Spring Hill College and Loyola University-New Orleans are two of the United States’ 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. The men will look to avenge a 3-point loss to Loyola to keep them on their eight game losing skid.

Photo by Kelcee Smith Rico Dread beats his opponent to the basket. Despite a recent loss, the Badgers look to recover tonight against Loyola University-NO.

Badger softball off to Baseball reaches top of GCAC rankings a ‘cold’ start this spring »Jim Love recaps his road trip to New Orleans to watch his beloved Badgers play ball

DAN CRISCIONE Co-Sports Editor The Badgers softball team starts the season off 04, but aren’t worried about a thing. The Badgers won their first exhibition game against Northwest Florida, after falling victim to a literal storm of issues. The first five games of the season were canceled due to snow in Mobile, Ala. The last time it snowed was 13 years ago. Then, the first two games were against No. 22 Auburn-Montgomery and No. 18 Shorter College. The next two games were tough losses by only three runs in each contest. Shortstop Monica Zeringue said‚ “We’re a young team, so now hopefully we have our ‘jitters’ out of us. We’ll be fine.” The Badgers this year are lead by seniors outfielder Lindsey Taylor and pitcher/2nd baseman Brittany Abate- a two time member of the GCAC Academic Honor roll. Half of the team are fresh-

men or sophomores this season, three of which have started all four games this season. Freshman Katelyn Hinson hails from Cottage Hill Christian Academy, in Mobile, Ala. and has found a starting role in the Badger outfield. At Cottage Hill, Hinson was named team MVP in 2008 and 2009 and was also named All-County. While no team wants to start off 0-4, Zeringue added, “We still have over 40 games to play. Now that we’re settled down and are getting used to each other, this could be a really good season.” Possibly up to 50 games could be on the schedule if the canceled games are made-up. Spring Hill looks to get up to a 3-4 record this Saturday with a triple-header at the University of West Alabama Invitational. The next home games for Spring Hill are on Wednesday, March 3 when they take on Notre dame college, starting at 1 p.m.

from Ryan Hall, Brad Holstein and Fred Rossi. That win got the Badgers to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in conference. My good friend Tim Corbett and Tim and I rolled into Segnette I took a nice road trip last Saturday. We Field about a minute before the 1 p.m. went through New Orleans to the West first pitch for the seven inning game Bank. Most of you may be wondering on Saturday. The Badgers immediately why we would have gone to New Ortreated us to a three run top of the first leans four days after Mardi Gras, but we inning, led by a two RBI fielder’s choice have a perfect logical explanation. To from DH Kendall Carvin. Although put it simply, we wanted to watch some veteran lefty Nick Clapper gave up two baseball. Our Spring Hill Badgers baseruns to the Wolfpack in the bottom of ball team had a doubleheader against the first, he settled down and gave up the Loyola-New Orleans Wolfpack at no runs in the next three innings. Jeff Segnette Field on the West Bank. Keenum entered the game in relief in The day was a success. The the fifth inning with a 4-2 and had no weather was great. For the first time all problem handling the Wolfpack in that season, we were able to attend a Spring inning. Keenum did get into a jam in the Hill baseball game where the wind chill sixth and the Wolfpack tied the score was above 35. We were also in the great at four. Ryan Cummings moved to the company of many of the parents who mound from shortstop and faced just came to support their sons who were one batter to get the third out of the inhard at work. We also ate like kings afning. ter the games were over --- Rube’s dad The Badgers were in their first made the best gumbo I have ever had. close game of the season and Tim and I But most important, the games were ex- suspected we were going to learn a lot citing and the results of both were good. about the guts of this team in the piv Although we did not attend the otal seventh inning. Our bats had been game Friday night --- we are simply in a lull; we had only scored one run in too broke to afford a hotel --- we were the previous five innings. Here is what pleased to find out our Badgers easily ensued: triple, home run, home run, dismissed the Wolfpack 11-2, behind single, single, successful sacrifice bunt, a 16 hit onslaught and six and a third home run. We put up six runs and quainnings of two hit ball from starting drupled our home run total for the seapitcher David Dupuy. The offensive atSee BASEBALL page 18 tack was led by three hit, two RBI games JIM LOVE Contributing Writer

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Baseball team perseveres in quest for conference title Continued from page 17

son in a matter of minutes. The home runs were hit by Brad Holstein (2), Ryan Cummings (1), and Pat O’Malley (1). Cummings retired the side in the bottom of the seventh for the win in his first college appearance on the mound. He also had three hits and two RBI in the game. The first game was a success, but unfortunately RF Ryan Hall got tossed during the game arguing a caught stealing call. The call was absolutely disgraceful --- along with many of the other calls made by the umpires on Saturday --- but by getting tossed, Ryan Hall was forced to sit out the second game of the day. It was eerie watching a Badger game that Hall did not play, because he has been an everyday staple in our outfield for four years. We shuffled Blake Nelson to RF for the game and Bobby Voss got the start at 3B. Things

got more confusing when CF Justin Harrison got hurt in the fourth inning, because we had to move Nelson to LF, Andy McCall to CF and put our DH Kendall Carvin in RF. By moving our DH into the field, we forfeited our DH and our pitchers would have to bat the rest of the game. Missing two of our starting outfielders and using a pitcher to bat the rest of the way, meant that the 5-2 lead we had at the time Harrison went down was by no means safe. Our starter in game 2, Joe Carter lasted two innings and Josh Essington lasted one inning and then was pulled so Stephen Herrington, who played infield for us last year, could be the batting pitcher. He worked five strong innings before getting into a jam in the bottom of the ninth while we were trying to preserve a 76 lead. Ryan Cummings would again come in to close, which led to more bizarre position changes.

Lucas Dobson came in at 1B, Brad Holstein to 3B, and Bobby Voss went to SS. Cummings let in the tying run --- which he inherited from Herrington --- and loaded the bases with one out. A walk, a hit by pitch, a base hit or any other mistake at this point costs us the game. Tim and I are nervous, but the players in the Badger dugout look poised and confident in their closer. This was another gut check moment for a team that wanted to come back to Mobile with a sweep. Cummings got out of the jam and after a scoreless tenth inning, the Badgers did exactly what they did in the first game in the eleventh. Brad Holstein hit another go-ahead home run, this time with Blake Nelson on base. That ball must have gone at least 425 feet. The Badgers would tack on three more runs to give P Lawrence Trunk --- who worked the scoreless tenth --- a five run lead. Trunk walked a batter but got a

double play and got his first win of his college career. The shorthanded Badgers won 12-7 to complete the sweep. There are many offensive superlatives from this game since the Badgers did have 18 hits on the day. Cummings had four hits --- he was 7-9 for the doubleheader. Bobby Voss played an excellent third base defensively and had three hits in only his fourth start of the season. Andy McCall added three hits and C Fred Rossi had four RBI. Holstein had three RBI and most importantly his team-leading third home run of the season. With an 8-1 conference record, the Badgers are two games ahead of William Carey (6-3) for first place in the GCAC. This team survived two gut checks on Saturday. They are playing with confidence. I encourage all of you to support our baseball team as they continue their quest for a conference title. Go Badgers.

Lady Badgers win at home against rival Belhaven »The women’s basketball team improves its record with a victory in conference play ALEX DEL RIO Co-Sports Editor

converted two free throws at 1:13 following a huge defensive rebound by senior Robynetta Hargrave. The Women A basket by the basketball team improved Blazers’ Brittany Carr with its record to 3-23 with a 58 seconds remaining made win over conference rival it a 52-51 Badger lead, but Belhaven University. The Kristi Ybarra made one of Lady Badgers snapped a two free throws with just 14-game losing streak with seven seconds showing. The their 53-51 home win over Blazers missed the final shot the Blazers last Thursday. as time expired giving the The Lady Badgers led at the Badgers the 53-51 win. half and kept their eyes on Leading the Badgers the prize as they battled for in scoring was Kristi Ybarra the win. with 16 points. Ybarra went At the half, the 5-8 from the 3-point line. Badgers held a slight 23-19 Ybarra also knocked down lead. Belhaven jumped out some free throws late in the to a 35-28 lead five minutes game to seal the deal for the into the second half. The Badgers. Badgers kept hammering Rogers contributed away and lowered the deficit 14 points in the Badger’s down to one point at 49-48 with two minutes remaining.  victory as well as pulling down five rebounds. Kristin Rogers sank a layup at 1:50 for the 51-50 lead and Lynleigh Hughes helped the

Badger cause by adding 11 of her own points to help her team. Hargrave had a feast under the boards, picking up a game-high 10 rebounds. Hargrave added six of her own points and a steal to the win. The Lady Badgers showed up to play against the Blazers shooting 41% from the field. Second chance points proved to help the Badgers as they outscored the Blazers 12-8 in second chance opportunities. The Lady Badgers will host the University of Mobile next Saturday at 5 p.m. The game against Mobile will be the last home game of the season for the Lady Badgers. The game will also serve as Senior Night and will take place during Badger Brawl.

Photo courtesy of SHC Athletics Web site


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U.S. succeeds in Vancouver Games DAN CRISCIONE Co-Sports Editor

With Olympic action brewing for a couple of weeks now, the United States has seen some impressive success from their athletes so far. The United States leads all other countries in total medals with 26. Germany is in second with 23 and Norway is third with 17. Out of the 26 total medals, seven of those are gold. Bode Miller has won three medals for the U.S. so far for these 2010 Winter Olympics. Miller has been on the U.S. Olympic team four times now, and is one of three skiers to ever win three medals in one Winter Olympics. Evan Lysacek was born in 1985. Lysacek has been considered the United States’ best hope for an Olympic gold in figure skating since Brian Boitano in 1988. Lysacek won gold despite not being able to attempt a quadruple jump, due to a stress fracture in his left foot. Seth Wescott was born in 1976. Wescott has the most Winter X Games Medals of any athlete in snowboard cross, with 8 in 11 appearances. Snowboardcross made its first Olympic appearance in the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, where Wescott took gold. He defended his gold medal in Vancouver, making him the only athlete to win gold in the event in history.

Sports Word Jumble

Wescott is also the co-owner of The Rack restaurant in Sugarloaf, Maine. After taking gold in Men’s Halfpipe in the ’06 Torino Games, Shaun “the Flying Tomato” White repeated as champion, dominating his competition. White led the field of competitors with his first run score of 46.8, turning his second run into a victory lap. Rather than taking a conservative run, ‘the Tomato’ turned up the heat, unleashing his new trick- the double McTwist 1260. White’s second run earned him a score of 48.8 as he took the top of the medal stand. Shani Davis also repeated as champion in the Men’s 1000 m Speedskating. Davis edged out the competition as he posted 1:08.94 in the finals. Lindsey Vonn was a highly anticipated athlete coming into the Vancouver Games. Vonn came into the 2010 Games hungry for redemption from her previous Olympic outing. Vonn finished Women’s Downhill with a strong 1:44.19 earning her the gold. In a highly competitive field of Women’s Freestyle Skiing, Hannah Kearney turned some head as she sneaked up to steal the gold. Kearney’s 26.63-run put her in front of the pack. The United States looks to continue their success as Olympic competition rounds up in the next couple of weeks.

Use the United States’ 2010 Olympic Gold Medalists to fill in the blanks. Event won is the clue. Use the circled letters to answer this week’s Sports Word Jumble.

1. Men’s Super Combined: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Men’s Figure Skating:  _ _ _ ______ 3. Men’s 1000 m Speedskating: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe: _ _ _ _ _____ 5. Women’s Downhill Alpine Skiing: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 6. Men’s Snowboard Cross: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 7. Women’s Moguls Freestyle Skiing: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  Chant in Mighty Ducks that isn’t ‘Quack’

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Sports Women’s golf kicks off in tournament »Press release from the Spring Hill College Athletic Department

Nick Brown Men’s Basketball

Christina Watson Women’s Basketball


DATE Feb. 25

OPPONENT Loyola-New Orleans



Feb. 25

Loyola-New Orleans



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Feb. 26 Feb. 26 Feb. 26

Thomas University Huntington College Huntington College

SHC Huntington College Huntington College


Feb. 27

Thomas University


WB-Women’s Basketball MB-Men’s Basketball BB-Baseball SB-Softball


The Spring Hill College women’s golf team opened the 2010 spring season with a 7th place of 11 teams at the Ann Rhoads Shootout held at Timberline Golf Course and hosted by Birmingham-Southern College on Sunday and Monday. The Badgers shot a 2-day combined 733 (366, 367, +165) over the par-71, 5803-yard course.

Individually, junior, Vickie Gonzalez of Miami, Fla., led Spring Hill with a final score of 169 (86, 83, +27) and finished tied for 13th position out of 57 golfers. Shea Bowers, a senior from Mobile’s Murphy High School, carded a 180 (92, 88, +38) for a 28th place finish while sophomore AnnMarie Coan of St. Louis, Mo., closed with a +48 (97, 93,

190) score for 39th position. Freshman Chelsea Mayer from Baton Rouge, La., wrapped up the event with a 194 (91, 103, +52) for 40th place. Junior Jasmine Bowers, the younger sister of Shea, recorded a 208 (105, 103, +66) for 48th place. The SHC ladies next tee off versus Brescia University on March 1.

Badger Brawl brings dodgeball »As the premiere event for this year’s Badger Brawl, a dodgeball tournament was held in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Monday, Feb. 22

MG-Men’s Golf RGB-Rugby MT-Men’s Tennis WT-Women’s Tennis


DATE Feb. 6


RESULT W 9-2; 7-0


Feb. 7 Feb. 6 Feb. 6

Tougaloo William Carey William Carey

W 11-1 L 60-64 L 48-69


Feb. 6 Feb. 8

Southern U. at New Orleans Southern U. at New Orleans

L 62-69 L 54-62

Photos by Kelcee Smith Clockwise from left: Sophomore Tom Wingbermuehle plans an attack on the opposing team; A player gets ready to throw the ball at the competition; a team of Lambda Chi Alphas listens for Rafael Flores to blow the whistle and start the match.

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