March 4, 2010
Volume 90, Number 5 Mobile’s 1st Collegiate Newspaper
Tuition increase will affect students JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter
Spring Hill College students will see an increase in tuition, room, and board this fall, according to the Press-Register. The cost of tuition for full-time undergraduate students will increase by 5 percent, from $26,730 to $37,000. The Board of Trustees has already approved this increase and students should be expecting financial aid packages with the updated information. According to Steve Pochard, Spring Hill College’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, this increase is not out of the ordinary. Pochard states, “Spring Hill has increased its cost each of the fifteen years I have served here with the normal rate of increase being 5 percent, exactly what we are doing for the 2010-11 aca-
demic year. These increases are used to offset the college’s annual increases in such things like insurance, utilities, food, ect.” Most colleges increase tuition annually by about 4 percent and with the economy still in a recession, most private colleges are struggling financially, including Spring Hill. The decrease in the charitable donations during the 2009 fiscal year is also a factor in the tuition increase. With the colleges struggling financially to obtain funding, students are suffering as well. Junior Fanese Coleman has been affected by the tuition increase and her scholarships and grants are no longer enough to cover the costs. “Because of the tuition increase,” Coleman states, “I’ve started taking out perSee STUDENT page 4
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Members from Spring Hill College attend American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off MEGAN WIGAL-HARRISON Staff Reporter
The American Cancer Society hosted the 21st annual Chili Cook - Off downtown in Bienville Square on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. People had the opportunity to taste chili from over 100 teams. Teams consisted of three chefs and helpers who served up their best chili recipe. With so many teams competing, there was a wide array of chili dishes to choose from. Competitors used many different techniques in hopes of winning the vote for best chili. One group, who served a no bean chili, dressed up as “Pirates of the Carri-nobean.” Many top secret ingredients were used, but some teams had no fear in Photo by Doug Bruce revealing what exactly was Sophomores Anthony Harris and James Burke volunteered in their chili dish. at the 21st Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off.
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The Mobile Experience: Aaron Stadium Walsh and Toolen Halls will undergo minor renovations
DAN CRISCIONE Co Sports Editor
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 14 if you want to see an onslaught of baseball’s most loved, living Hall of Famers including Ozzie Smith, Hank Aaron and Ricky Henderson. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, a military flyover, and fireworks will also be a part of the special show beginning at 5 p.m. The Mobile BayBears’ home opener is April 14, but something that may be a little more important is scheduled for the same night. Hall of Famer – and some would argue “baseball’s home-run king”
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– Hank Aaron is opening his childhood home to the public as part of a Hank Aaron Stadium museum benefiting a scholarship provided by Aaron. Aaron’s father, Herbert
Aaron, built a 25-by-25 foot home for eight-year-old Hank and his seven brothers and sisters. The home did not have a kitchen or bathroom until renovations were See HANK page 3
Toolen and Walsh Halls will undergo minor renovations beginning in the summer, according to Dean Joseph Deighton, Vice President for Student Affairs. Nothing is concrete yet, according to Deighton, but the halls will both be receiving touch-ups. “We are definitely going to return Walsh Hall to full occupancy for the fall of 2010. The offices on the first floor will be relocated to either the new Student
Center or to various other locations on campus.” Residence furniture will be returned to the firstfloor rooms or purchased new as needed to return Walsh to full occupancy. According to Deighton, the school will continue with its tradition of buying new furniture each summer to replace worn out pieces in the residence halls. “We also try to buy a few replacement pieces for things that may get damaged or broken throughout the year.” See RESIDENCE page 5
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Campus Briefs Real World Politics: Iran with Dr. Entessar The Political Science and International Studies Club will be hosting the lecture, “Real World Politics: Iran with Dr. Entessar,” on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in Byrne Memorial Hall. Dr. Entessar is an expert on Iranian politics. He will be discussing the current political situation in Iran. The Heim Duo continues Creagan Concert The Spring Hill Department of Fine and Performing Arts continues the Creagan Concert Series. The Heim Duo, featuring Bret (guitar) and Annette Heim (flute), will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 14 at the Eichold Gallery in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is $10; students, $5. Fire extinguishers discharged in New Hall At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 20, the Residence Life staff reported that someone had discharged two fire extinguishers on the first floor of the New Hall requiring the replacement of both units. Purse stolen from Burke Memorial Library At approximately 11:25 a.m. on Feb. 26, a student reported that her purse had been stolen from Burke Library. She reported that she had set her purse on the floor beside one of the computer work tables at 3:45 p.m. on Feb. 25. She left the library and forgot to take her purse with her. Upon returning to Burke Library, she discovered that someone had taken her purse. The student plans to file a report with the Mobile Police Department.
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Health Care Summit brings conflict among political parties JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter
Last Thursday, President Obama along with Republican and Democratic leaders met to discuss the health care reform plan, in particular health care exchange and insurance. The Health Care Summit was held at the official presidential guest house, the historical Blair House, a location infamous for influential meetings according to CNN. The 2,400 page health care reform bill document discussed at the summit, however, seems to be facing a lot of resistance and doubt. Senator John McCain and others stated their concern that the health care bill may be excluding a lot of American citizens and still needs a lot of work. While the leaders could not agree on the changes needed to be made, there is a general
consensus amongst the Democrats that there is a need for systematic change. The decisions or lack of decisions made at this Health Care Summit seem to be leaving a lot of Americans frustrated over the leaders’ indecisiveness. Spring Hill College’s health care reform class watched the last couple of hours of the Health Care Summit. Dr. Landi assists in teaching the class. “It was a good learning experience in the context of this class. One thing that impressed me is the level of knowledge in the class exceeded that of some participants,” Landi stated. “I think that the Summit was a good exercise in educating the people who watched it on this important issue. Also, it did a good job of clarifying the distinction between the approaches of the two parties.” Senior John Holcomb, a political science major, watched the
Courtesy of HealthReform.gov The Health Care Summit was held at the official presidential guest house on Thursday. Feb. 25, 2010. Political leaders met to discuss the health care reform bill.
Summit and thought it was needed. “When the debate started,” Holcomb says, “I thought it was something that needed to happen last summer. It did however allow the American people to hear both parties side on the issue and better understand the questions and concerns behind the health care reform bill.” In the end, both sides agreed on some
of the goals on health insurance market reform and health care exchange. For the other goals however, the parties seem to be agreeing to disagree or at least until the next meeting. To find more information on the Health Care Summit and the health care reform bill, visit www.healthreform. com or the White House Web site at www.whitehouse.gov.
In Memory of Jessica Sylvester May 26, 1990 - February 27, 2010 Spring Hill College lost a member of its sophomore class on Saturday, Feb. 27. Jessica Mary Sylvester, a native of Mobile, Ala., is a 2008 graduate of Williamson High School. State police said Sylvester, 19, was driving south around 12:45 a.m. when her 2003 Oldsmobile crossed the median and struck a northbound tractor trailer, according to the Press-Register. A memorial service was held on Spring Hill’s campus in St. Joseph Chapel, followed by a reception in the Gautrelet Room. Many students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the life of Sylvester.
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Coming up this week on campus...
Time 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Byrne Library Gautrelet Room
CPB Sr. Patty Huffman, DC
Whispering Pines Camp
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Speaker: Supercharge Me Speaker: Inheriting the Trade
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
St. Joseph’s Chapel
Monday, March 8, 2010
(Start of Math Week) Math Club Count the Candy Day
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
SGA Senate Elections Math Club Sudoku Competition Real World Politics: Iran with Dr. Entessar SHC Best Dance Crew
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Online Bedsole room in Burke Library Byrne Memorial Hall Arlene Mitchell Theater
SGA David Mullek Allison Symulevich RHA
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thrill on the Hill Math Club Movie Night “Stand and Deliver” Freshman Seminar Leader Information Session
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Math Club lecture MSU Poetry Night Freshman Seminar Leader Information Session
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, www.shc.edu/sics, or contact us by phone at (251) 380-4458 or via e-mail, email@example.com.
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made years after the home was built. The Aaron family donated their childhood home to the City of Mobile. The former Aaron household is currently being renovated into a museum with memorabilia from the Aaron house and the Baseball Hall Of Fame. The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum is going to be on display to show kids that they should chase their dreams and never give up. Recent recipients of the scholarship include a trumpet player, karate prodigy and a ballet dancer. Aaron wants the scholarship to be available for everyone
no matter what his or her dream is, not just for athletes. Not only will it be Aaron’s night, it will also be ladies night. Every Wednesday this season will be Ladies Night at “The Hank,” meaning ladies get in for $1. Thursdays will be the seemingly famous Thirsty Thursday. BayBears’ Assistant General Manager Mike Callahan said “We don’t know what Spring Hill’s fascination with Thursdays is. Maybe it’s the $1 beer. Maybe it’s the baseball. Probably both.” Fridays are Friday Fireworks, in which “The Hank” will have a fireworks display during the
7th inning. Games that will be on Saturdays this season will be “Kids Eat Free.” All children, age 12 and under, get a voucher for a hotdog and a drink. Sundays this season will be Family Day. Before the game, families will be able to throw the ball around in the outfield. Callahan said, “We want to do something cool each and every night,” to try and promote the Bay Bears to all audiences. According to Mobile BayBears Web site, the stadium opens up one hour before each game and parking is $3 (buses and RV’s are $5). Once in the stadium,
you can go to the Carnival Cruise Guest Services booth and pay $5 to get an announcement put on the scoreboard for 10 seconds. Hank Aaron Stadium also has a video game center for kids, adding to the many other things possible at the games. Overall, the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium are a great way to get out and as close to Major League Baseball action as possible. Former BayBears include Justin Upton, Mark Reynolds and Mobile native, Jake Peavy (44-1 as a pitcher for St. Paul’s Episcopal High School). So buy yourself some peanuts and cracker
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Credit CARD Act of 2009 places tough restrictions on people under the age of 21 Americans under the age of 21 have been restricted from being issued a credit card, according to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, also known as the Credit CARD act of 2009. The Credit CARD Act of 2009 is a federal law passed by the United States Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009, and the bill went into effect on Feb. 22, 2010. Credit card issuers will now be banned from issuing credit cards to anyone under 21, unless they can show proof that they can repay the credit card loans independently or someone over the age of 21 co-signs on the account with them. Credit Card freebies are now prohibited Before the credit card reform, some credit card companies would offer students token gifts, pizza or free meals just for applying. Now, the law bans offers of freebies if students sign up for credit cards on or near campus or at college-sponsored events. The Federal Reserve Board issued guidelines defining “near” campus as anything within 1,000 feet of the campus border. According to a CNN report, Congress has urged colleges to adopt policies limiting the number of campus locations where card marketing events take place, requiring credit card marketers to alert the school when they are conducting on-campus market-
ing events and requiring that students receive credit and debt management courses as a routine part of new student orientation. New rules for colleges and universities Colleges and universities, as well as alumni organizations, will now have to annually disclose the terms of any marketing or promotional agreements they make with credit card companies, according to USA Today. Schools often receive payments or a percentage of proceeds
new law, credit reporting agencies, such as Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, cannot provide the credit reports of people under the age of 21 to credit card companies unless the consumer specifically requests that they do so. This will keep young people from receiving pre-approved offers for student credit cards in the mail. Alternative ways to build a credit history Under the new law, students under 21 will more likely face a difficult climb toward respectable credit
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from credit cards issued as part of so-called affinity card programs, which offer alumni and students credit cards emblazoned with the school logo or mascot. Now, the disclosures must clearly state how much money the school has made from the cards that year. Credit card issuers also must file annual reports with the Federal Reserve Board detailing all marketing, promotional, or business agreements with colleges and universities, alumni associations and school-related foundations. Credit reports under restrictions to minors Also, under the
records. There are alternative ways for students to build a credit history, according to released rules from the Federal Reserve Board, which outlines what form of proof is needed to determine how a person qualifies as financially independent. Students can use the process of piggybacking, which is when a student becomes an authorized user on a parent’s credit card account. Students receive their own cards and may use them, but have no legal responsibility to pay. All charges, no matter who made them, are the ultimate responsibility of the
primary account holder. When the card company reports the payment and account status to the credit bureaus, both the student’s and the parent’s credit reports reflect that activity. Getting a parent to co-sign on a credit card is the alternative credit-building method proposed by the CARD Act. This is when a parent agrees to assume responsibility for any card debt accumulated by the student. The student receives all bills, though the parent can request copies of the monthly statements, and is expected to be the primary person responsible for the account. However, if the young adult becomes unable to pay on the account, the responsibility to pay then falls to the co-signer. A few prepaid cards, reloadable cards on which consumers place money and then use like debit cards to make purchases, can help build credit. According to USA Today, not all cards offer credit-building features and those that do may not be comparable to more traditional methods of creating credit histories. Further Credit Card industry reforms The Credit CARD Act of 2009 mandates a number of reforms for the credit card industry, such as limiting when banks and other issuers can increase annual percentage rates (APRs) and giving cardholders more time to pay their monthly credit card bills.
Students react with the rise of tuition costs Continued from page 1
sonal loans and thinking a lot about my future debt. My family and I made the decision that I move back home to cut some of my expenses.” “If a student is in this situation and feels he/she cannot cope with the cost increase, that student is first encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and then Financial Aid will then work with each student on an individual basis,” Pochard states. “For students who receive financial assistance as a result of filing the FAFSA, most are eligible for additional assistance annually based on our increased costs. This assistance could be in the form of grants, college employment and/or student loans. If a student is receiving a merit-only scholarship from Spring Hill, in most cases the merit scholarship does not increase annually.” In regards to the tuition increase, Spring Hill College’s director of communications and institutional marketing plans to keep SHC students and parents in the know. John Kerr stated, “Information on the tuition and fees is sent by letter usually right at the first of April to the parents and families of students, and we plan to stick to that same time frame this year. In addition, new tuition costs will also be posted on the SHC Web site once completely finalized, and also by April 1.” “Our goal is to try to make Spring Hill affordable for all our students each year they are enrolled here,” Pochard says, “and to see them one day walk the Avenue of the Oaks.”
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Deighton was unable to give a definite answer on what pieces will be bought for the upcoming fall semester as they are still reviewing materials and meeting with vendors. The bathrooms in Toolen are set to be renovated. Though some renovations occurred over winter break, Deighton said that they are looking to do more renovations to those particular restrooms throughout the summer. “We are also brainstorming ways to improve the Toolen lobby and any other lobbies in the resi-
dence halls that may need vices Center many years job attacking this issue in some minor furniture ago, recalls Deighton. In Toolen,” Deighton reor redecorating. If any the new space, students sponded when the issue of students have ideas about can expect to find health mold in Toolen arose. how we can make loband counseling services Deighton would like bies more inviting, to encourage stuI would welcome “As always in Mobile, Ala., fighting dents to turn in a them to talk to resi- mold is a constant battle, but I bework order so that dence life staff or Plant Operations lieve they [plant operations] have the Residence Hall done a good job attacking this issue can address it as Association peosoon as possible. in Toolen.” ple,” says Deighton. Operations went to -Dean Joe Deighton The Wellextensive lengths ness Center will be over Winter Break relocated to Toolen in the that are currently part of to eliminate any resident space that was formerly the Wellness Center. mold in Toolen, going Fr. Michael William’s “As always in Moas far as changing vent residence – as he now bile, Ala., fighting mold covers where mold was lives in O’Leary Hall – and is a constant battle but I potentially hiding. the Book Nook. This space believe they [plant opera All of these renovaused to be the Health Ser- tions] have done a good tions are expected to be
done by August, in time to welcome the new freshmen to their homes for the fall semester. The Admissions office is kept up-to-date on all significant news of the residence halls so that potential incoming students can be made aware of these changes. “For example, a new housing piece is being developed in collaboration with the Admissions Office in order to promote the new learning communities that will be available for a portion of the first year class,” concluded Deighton.
Sigma Tau Delta inducts Three Spring Hill students win ADDY Awards my design and having and national judging. new members to honor society that time and my abilThis process mirrors the ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter
ASHLEY PUNTILA Contributing Writer
The Omicron Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, inducted six new members on Nov. 5, 2009. New members include: Colten Biro, Jessica Freeman, Ryan Nocito, Lois Pritchett, Cori Sims and Stacie Taylor. Officers include Ashley Puntila, President; Heather Bozant, Vice-President; Lindsey Worley, Secretary; and Emily Allen, Treasurer. Sigma Tau Delta has several events planned for the rest of the spring semester. A lunch will be held on April 9 at 12:15 p.m. in the Cloister. The topic of this lunch will be English professors’ interests and dissertation topics. All students are
welcome to join Sigma Tau Delta members and the English professors for lunch and discussion. In addition, Sigma Tau Delta will attend the plays held on campus and discuss them afterward over coffee. Sigma Tau Delta will also induct new members and choose new officers in late April. To be a member of Sigma Tau Delta, a student must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in English and have completed at least six English courses. Last year, Sigma Tau Delta, along with the English club, hosted the “For the Love of Literature” talk given by Drs. Kaffer, Hafner and Sauer To learn more information, please contact Ashley Puntila at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.
Three Spring Hill College students were recognized at the 42nd annual ADDY Awards, hosted by the Bay Area Advertising Federation. Student Silver Awards went to Domenic Palumbo for his digitally enhanced illustration, “Midwestern Graffiti” and to Jacqueline Cherigo for her poster, “Spay and Neuter.” A Student Gold Award went to Spring Hill junior Alicia Reeves for her Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) Gala Invitation. Reeves also won Student Best of Show. These honors resulted in Reeves receiving a monetary prize of $1,000, according to the AAF Web site. Reeves had this to say about her awards, “Well, it’s a great feeling. I put a lot of time into
ity recognized with an award is a great feeling of accomplishment. It just shows that hard work does pay off. And the trophy looks pretty good on my book shelf.” Professor Janden Richards, Spring Hill assistant professor of fine arts, was proud of the students that received the ADDY Awards. “In winning these prestigious awards, our students have demonstrated their ability to create designs that stand out in this competitive field,” Richards stated. The American Advertising Federation, not-for profit industry association, sponsors a national art awards program that is exclusively for college students known as the ADDY Awards competition. Judges begin the process at a local level that proceeds to regional
process professionals all over the country go through with their work. The ADDY Awards is the world’s largest advertising competition with over 50,000 entries annually, according to the ADDY Awards official Web site. The ADDY awards was Founded in Florida in 1960, and it was adopted by the American Advertising Federation as a national competition in 1968. Winning an ADDY at each level, local, regional, and national, qualifies the work to progress to the next higher level. Awards presented are Gold and Silver ADDY Awards for professional and student entries. The ADDY award logo and trophy is a stylized “Star A.”
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Opinions & Editorials Don’t lose sleep Spring break tips over midterms »Losing sleep is bad for your health and your grade
ABBY COWART Co Editor-in-Chief
The time has come for every student’s favorite part of the semester: midterms. Okay, so maybe it isn’t your favorite part, but it is probably the most important. For many students, midterms can make or break the semester. They can determine whether you stay in a class or drop it. Sometimes, they might even persuade you to change your major. Because these tests are so important, I am here to offer a little advice. I may only be a
sophomore, but I have taken my fair share of tests and have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to studying. On the night before your midterm, the best thing that you can do to prepare is…are you ready? Go to bed. No, this doesn’t mean that you take a short nap in the Wilkins’ lab and resume studying around 5 a.m. What I do mean is that the night before your midterm, you go to bed at least eight hours before you are scheduled to take your exam the next day. I know that we all like to procrastinate and typically put off studying until the night before, but studies prove that
we have it all wrong. What we put ourselves through is actually quite dangerous. According to a US News and World Report, lack of sleep can cause problems with a person’s immune and cardiovascular system and increase the likelihood of other health risks, such as weight gain. In the report’s study of 1,125 college students, about three in five of the students said they have irregular sleepwake patterns, and many said that they use drugs or alcohol regularly to help them either sleep or stay alert. An experiment See SLEEP page 9
ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter With midterms and foul weather dampening everyone’s spirits, it’s about time that everyone’s favorite holiday has rolled around: Spring Break! If you’re planning on making the most of your Spring Break this year, the time to plan is now. Hotel rooms are being snatched up and beach houses are being rented out until there will be no room left for latecomers! Of course, there’s always the 45 minute commute to Gulf Shores beach. If you are planning on renting a hotel room or a beach house, there are some things you need to be aware of. From past experience, make sure that everyone going has the same common intentions for your spring break trip.
You don’t want to have 15 people crammed into two hotel rooms and want to do seven different things if you only have three cars. After all, this is everyone’s time to have fun. Some people just do it differently than others. You also want to make sure that you have money allotted for food, fun and emergencies. If you’re driving to wherever you’re going, you don’t want to be stuck if your car breaks down. Making sure your hotel has a refrigerator and microwave is always a good step, too. (Trust me, not all hotels have these things.) If you’re going with a large group of people, make sure you have plenty of cars or you’re staying somewhere that is within walking distance of the beach. Otherwise, See BEST page 7
Wild animals will always be wild animals »Kelcee reflects on the recent death of a Sea World trainer and interactions with wild animals
KELCEE SMITH Op-ed Editor
As some of you might know, I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up. Specifically, I want to study sharks. I often get two reactions when I say this. One is: “Wow, that’s really cool.” The other is: “Kelcee, you’re crazy.” Scientists don’t know much
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about most shark species and the general public views them negatively because of this lack of information. I want to help bridge this gap and save a few species on the way. Over the summer I gained some experience with sharks in a very positive way. Through an internship, I learned how to handle them, how to tag and release them and even how to remove a hook from a jaw full of razors. It’s not easy at first, even for a shark lover, but eventually my confidence grew solid. A very curious thing Spring Hill College 4000 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL 36608-1791
happened though, while I was learning everything. I not only learned the mechanics and the “rules” for handling sharks, but I also learned the more important lesson: respect. Sharks are wild animals, capable of releasing more strength than you can fathom in an instant. They can appear dead after laying on the boat deck for 10 minuets and then suddenly come back to life. They can bend and twist in all different directions, snapping their jaws the whole time. Now, being a novice, it wasn’t Phone: (251) 380-3850 or 380-3840 Fax: (251) 460-2185
like I was dealing with Great Whites every day; most of the sharks I saw and handled were small (less than 5 feet long), but it didn’t matter. When a shark comes onto the boat, no matter how big or small, you treat it like a shark, not like a kitten. Last week, a Sea World trainer with sixteen years of experience died after she was taken down by the orca whale she worked with every day. She was performing a show in Orlando, Fla. when the whale pulled her into the pool and drowned her.
I understand that sometimes accidents happen and mistakes are made, it’s just a shame that this happened. Certainly this woman with so much experience wouldn’t provoke an animal to attack her or knowingly do something to make the animal aggressive. Had she lost some of her respect for this animal? Was she too comfortable working with a wild animal? Even though the orca whale seems friendly enough and has been
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Opinions & Editorials If you had one week left to live, how well would you live it? »Lindsey offers her opinion on living life to the fullest and celebrating others’s lives
LINDSEY WORLEY Co Editor-in-Chief “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” Pope Paul VI
I’ll be honest with you. Death has been on my mind lately: The death of my great-aunt, of Chileans and Haitians and now Spring Hill sophomore Jessica ‘Jay’ Sylvester. I didn’t know ‘Jay’ very well, but I
took Two-Dimensional design with her, and I remember her bright personality. She always had funny stories to tell, and listened to her iPod so loud we could all hear the music. Even if you didn’t know Jay, the loss of a Spring Hill student is something to mourn— like Destin Doughty. More than anything, it’s sad to see one of us go because it’s so unexpected, and we feel as though we’re so young and immortal. It’s also sad to see older people go because we have so much to learn from them. But no one ever wants to think about these kinds of things—of
being here one moment and then who-knowswhere the next. Which is why I realized that we shouldn’t let death— well, as the expression goes—worry us to death. What I mean is that while death is scary because we don’t know what happens, it’s not important. If all you do is worry about what may happen to you or if you might die any second, then how could you ever truly live? Worrying about things out of your control consumes your spirit and your thoughts, and yet it is frivolous and unnecessary. But not worrying about death doesn’t mean we can all go out
and do whatever the heck we want. If we don’t worry about death, then the opposite of this must be to respect life. Respect those around us, respect the unborn, the young and the old, respect the earth. Embrace life and live it to the fullest. Fr. Michael Williams often asks people to think about a scenario in which you find out you have one week to live. What would you do? Who would you see? The answer boils down to living fully. There’s no time to worry about death when you just want to focus on doing everything that you have ever wanted. Now apply the
scenario to real life. We have no idea when we’ll die. Since we don’t know, then it only makes sense to do what makes us honestly, truly, undeniably happy. If you’re religious, then you’re happiest when you answer God’s call to serve others. Even if making money for the sake of being able to do all the things you want makes you happy, then do that. Anything can happen anytime. Life is fragile, but it is also amazing and all we know. Live your life, and celebrate the life that others have or had. That seems to be the greatest way to honor someone’s life and your own.
College is for fun The best way to enjoy break DEVIN GOLDEN Contributing Writer
One afternoon, I was sitting in my chair, eating a bag of Cheetos, when I received a text message requesting me to write an opinion column for the SpringHillian. I am a senior journalism major and spent two semesters writing for the sports section, and I also am doing a sports podcast for Spring Hill College this semester for my senior seminar idea. Therefore, one would think I should be Printer Signature Offset http://www.signatureoffset.com
able to think of something. However, I drew blanks. I did find a creative way to plug my podcast, but I could not think of any topic. Then, someone walked by my apartment window complaining about being a Nursing major, and how stressful that person’s life is seven days a week. The same comes from any medical majors around campus. I, and others, always hear about how hard Organic See GOLDEN page 9
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everything gets way more complicated than it has to. Some people don’t want to stay out on the beach all day, some people like to go to the beach at night and some people would rather sit on the balcony and look at the beach. If you have a beach-side hotel, all of these things are possible! Sure, beach-side hotels generally cost more, but the extra cost usually pays off in the end. Most Spring Break cities are tourist traps, so you may want to buy snacks to keep in the room. Have a budget and stick to it. If you have to, tell your friends your budget, and ask them to help you stick to it. Keep cash with you, but don’t keep too much cash with you. Most good hotels (and maybe beach houses) carry safes that you can keep valuables in. Make good use of it. Check out what’s near the place you’re staying before you get there. Namely, places to eat. Beach shops are a
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dime a dozen and line most beach-side roads, so you’ll have no problem finding those. You might also want to look up where the local grocery store or Wal-Mart is ahead of time. It’s a good idea to ask about the security of the place you’re staying as well. A resort I visited in Panama City Beach, Fla. had fantastic security, but the condominiums a few blocks away had virtually no security. This can be a good (or bad) thing. Check the weather for the place you plan on being for Spring Break ahead of time. If it’s predicted to rain most of the time you plan on being there, maybe you should re-think your destination. You don’t want to spend all of your time stuck indoors! And most of all; enjoy Spring Break and cherish the funny moments, the not-so-funny moments and the good times for everyone. Photographer Doug Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org
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Student Reaction Trained orca causes death How do you feel about the 5% tuition increase that will occur next year? “I feel that the tuition increase will be a burden to me and my family. I wish that the slump in the economy right now didn’t have to negatively affect the way I’ll be able to live next year when it comes to budget for books and fun with friends.” Ilaria Bruce - Freshman
“It depends on what that extra money is going toward. I think the students deserve to know why there is an increase.” Michael Latady – Sophomore
“I feel that while it was a significant increase from last year it is still a tolerable and manageable increase. I think last year the total cost was around $31,000 and it will now be about $37,000. I know it will cause a personal set-back, but with a few budget adjustments I’ll be able to make it through.”
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trained and appears tame, we’re still talking about a big animal here. Male orca whales can weigh as much as nine tons, that’s 18,000 pounds! That’s a lot of power in the water and a lot of things could go wrong. So who is at fault here? Is it the trainer who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or is it Sea World? Should wild animals be brought so close to the public when there is always the chance of the animal being so unpredictable? Maybe having the largest member of the dolphin
family in a tank for entertainment is pushing the envelope a little bit. Now, due to the combination of irresponsibility by Sea World, fading respect from the trainer and a freak accident, the whale is in jeopardy. It can’t be released into the wild because it will starve to death, having spent the majority of its life in captivity. Orcas are social animals and rely on other orcas for food, protection and social interactions. It would certainly be difficult for this lone whale to be accepted by an established pod in the wild. I would
also hope that Sea World would refrain from allowing the whale to perform with another trainer, at least for some time. Any way this turns out, Sea World will end up spending a lot of money. I hope that this reality hasn’t scared anyone. Ultimately, wild animals will be wild, no matter how cute, cuddly or friendly they might look. Respect for these animals must be the highest priority since sufficient communication is lacking. We might be the dominant species on the planet right now, but we aren’t always the ones in control.
Respondents’ view: Increased fees will hurt many students and their wallets For respondents to last week’s Hillian poll, the biggest potential problem that could result from decreased financial giving to the college is higher tuition and student fees. Already, some media reports state that students can expect an increase in these fees. Nearly all of the respondents to the Hillian poll chose increased fees as their No. 1 concern, followed by the potential that some academic programs might be weakened. None of the respondents was concerned about the possible effects for other programs such as athletics or student life.
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“I feel that the increase is to be expected considering the current economic condition. As long as overall student life benefits from the increase, I see the increase as a good thing. However, if students are paying more, they will also be expecting more.” Colby Melvin – Senior
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Check out next week’s poll at our Web site, www.shc.edu/hillian. The question for next week is: According to U.S. News and World Report, the CARD Act of 2009 took effect last month, requiring that anyone under the age of 21 must have a cosigner or prove a means of repayment before being issued a credit card. How do you feel about college students being issued credit cards? • There should be no restrictions to having a credit card. Having a credit card is, in itself, a life lesson that every college student should experience. • The new law is good. It’s far too easy to secure a credit card. • The new law didn’t go far enough. A college student ought to have a steady income before being issued a credit card.
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held at Princeton University discovered that those who miss out on rest have higher levels of the stress hormone corticosterone. They also produce significantly fewer new brain cells. After reading these reports, my eyes were definitely opened to how big a problem sleep deprivation really is. I guess I never realized how scientific the side effects of trimming a few hours of sleep were. Who knew that staying up to study could be that detrimental to your health? Not only does the lack of sleep affect the body, but the activities we participate in during those waking hours also have a direct effect on our health. For the
students who rely on illegal substances to study, the regular use of stimulants and sedatives can increase the chance of becoming addicted to them. Even those students who rely on safer methods such as coffee or energy drinks don’t fair much better. The high sugar content present in most of those drinks does the trick for a couple hours, but later induces a crash that is very unhealthy for the body. What is even scarier is that studies also show that midterms may not be the only time that students are not getting enough sleep. In this day and age, college students are pulling “all-nighters” with great regularity. A study done
in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that weekday all-nighters are pulled at least once a month by 20 percent of college students, and 35 percent stay up until 3 a.m. at least once a week. About 68 percent of college students who were surveyed by the journal said that worries about school and life keep them awake, with one-fifth saying this occurs at least once a week. The study found that less than a third of the survey participants get the eight hours of sleep a night that collegeage people need. Is this vicious cycle of staying awake for long hours then crashing on the weekends worth it? In my experience, no. Over the years, I’ve learned that if you spend all night cramming in
the library, you are not going to retain near the amount of information you would if you had spent about one hour studying each night during the week leading up to the big test. I actually tried out this theory on my last exam and discovered that it really works. Getting some sleep after a few hours of studying helps the brain process the material easier. Believe it or not, cramming for a test overloads the brain, and the material is almost instantly forgotten. Time management is crucial. Spring Hill encourages its students to remain active and involved, and trust me, I know how trying that can be on your studies. However, for at least one week, I want you to
try something different. If your midterms are not until next week, starting making flashcards or study guides this week. Take advantage of what little free time you might have now so that you won’t get stressed out and overwhelmed when you are trying to study later. Manage your time efficiently and get to bed early. Clearly, a good night’s rest will complement your studies well. So if your New Year’s resolution has given way and your Lenten promise has already fallen through, here is a new challenge for you to take up. Make this year your year to tackle your midterms with ease. Kick procrastination to the curb; your body will thank you for it later.
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Chemistry is, and I always hear about how dificult their majors are. Any and all medical fields have the roughest times with their school work, and their time in college seems to be short of enjoyable. Then, I thought about my time as a college student, and the fact that I am not majoring in the medical field. I feel for those who take on the daunting task of Nursing, Pre-Med or anything similar. Because, to be honest, while they will be paid a lot of money in the near future, possibly make it
into medical school and maybe even have a surefire job coming right out of graduation, they all seem to have missed out on the actual experience of being a college student. I would go under the classification of a “B student”. I made B’s all through college, studied just enough to get those B’s (which was a below average amount) and had as much fun as possible. I lived the college life for four years: friends, girls, sleeping, video games and parties. I found time to study in between. And if I had to do it again, if someone told
me on the very first day of college that if I chose a Nursing major I would almost never be able to have fun, but I would have job security immediately; or I could be a non-medical major, have fun as much as I wanted for four years, and prob-
ably stress after graduation about finding a job, I would still make the same choice I did. It’s just my opinion, and it’s just what it important to me personally. Like I said, I applaud medical field majors for the amount
of work they put into their future, and I applaud how much stress they endure every day of school. However, college is supposed to be the most fun four years of your life, and that phrase should hold true for everyone.
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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Get to Know: Frank Lucas KENDRICK DUNKLIN News Editor
The “smiling” face behind the Help Desk that is always willing to assist students with their computer problems thinks that the demanding aspects of being the Help Desk Support Specialist is just “all comes with the job.” Lucas, a native of Mobile, Ala., has been working at Spring Hill for almost three years. Although he was nervous when he started the job, having his sister, professor Rhonda Lucas, as a co-worker eased his nervousness. “It’s been wonderful. I love seeing her every day. In the beginning, it was strange hearing her call me by my first name instead of my middle name that other family members know me as since I’m a junior,
but I’m use to it now,” said Lucas. “Plus, I’m glad you cleared this up because some students thought we were husband and wife. Not!” Lucas graduated from W.P. Davidson high School in Mobile, and he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Mobile. Before coming to Spring Hill, Lucas was a Support Representative at the SSI Group. “Before The SSI Group, I worked at Cingular Wireless which is now AT&T, and was the Assistant Manager at Spencer Gifts.” As the Help Desk Support Specialist, Lucas is the first contact for any issues related to the schools network and campus-owned equipment. “When issues or request arrive, I report it to the right person. See HELP page 12
Movie Review: ‘Dear John’ KATELYN IKNER Life and Culture Editor
“I’m a coin of the United States Army. I was minted in the year 1980. I’ve been punched from sheet metal. I’ve been stamped and cleaned. My edges have been rimmed and beveled, but now I have two small holes in me. I’m no longer in perfect condition.” These are the words the character John Tyree uses to describe himself in the film “Dear John.” “Dear John” is another successful film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel. Other successful Nicholas Sparks films include: “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook” and “Nights in Rodanthe.” All of the Nicholas Sparks novels-turned-film all have something in common: they are timeless love stories, and “Dear John” is no exception.
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Math Club will host ‘Rounding up to Pi Day’ MEGAN WIGAL-HARRISON Staff Reporter
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“Dear John” centers on the love story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum) and Savannah Curtis, (Amanda Seyfried). John Tyree is a former bad boy who now is a member of the United States Army. John is on leave from his station in Germany and returns home to Charleston, N.C. Savannah Curtis is a college student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returns
to her family’s beach house in Charleston, N.C. for her spring break. John and Savannah meet when Savannah’s purse falls in the water and John goes into the water and retrieves it. Just like any girl whose life is in their purse, she is very grateful. Savannah invites John back to her house for a bonfire and from that See TIMELESS page 15
Spring Hill College’s Math Club will host Math Week beginning March 8, 2010. The theme for the week is “Rounding up to Pi Day.” The theme “Rounding up to Pi Day” is in celebration of the math holiday. Pi Day is Sunday, March 14, in honor of the number pi, or 3.14. The members and moderator of the Math Club have worked very hard to come up with exciting events for each day of Math Week. Monday will be Count the Candy day. The Math Club will sit outside of the Caf with a jar of candy and take guesses of how many pieces of candy are in the jar. The person with the correct answer will win a prize. The Caf will also serve pies during Monday’s meals.
For Tuesday, the Math Club has planned a Sudoku competition. The contest will take place in the Bedsole Conference room of Burke Library. From 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., students can go play Sudoku. A prize will be awarded to the winner. Students who go are not required to compete in the game. Everyone is invited just to solve the puzzles and socialize. Wednesday’s special event will be a movie night. The film Stand and Deliver will be presented at 7 p.m. in New Hall, room 137. Everyone is invited to watch the movie. The Math Club will provide drinks and popcorn to attendees. On Thursday, the Math Club will host a lecture. The guest speaker will be Professor Natalya Prokhorova. Prokhorova See EQUATION page 14
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Life & Culture Student Spotlight: Christopher Smith KATELYN IKNER Life and Culture Editor
The small town of Monroeville, Ala. is the hometown of many of the greatest authors of the 20th century, including Harper Lee and Truman Capote. This is where Spring Hill College’s very own Christopher Smith was born and raised. Rather than being inspired to write an epic novel, Smith was inspired to become a doctor. Smith is a junior and a pre-med/biology major at Spring Hill. Smith is involved in numerous activities on the Hill. He is currently a resident assistant in O’Leary Hall, the secretary of Spring Hill’s Beta Beta Beta chapter of the National Biology Honor Society as well as the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. He is also a member of AMSA, which is a pre-med club. Finally, Smith is one of the founding fathers of Spring Hill’s newest Greek fraternity,
Delta Chi. As if all of those activities do not keep Smith busy enough, he also holds a pre-med internship. His internship consists of shadowing five different types of doctors. The types of doctors he will be shadowing include a: endocrinologist, dermatologist, family practice doctor, vascular surgeon and an emergency room doctor. Smith believes this program will help him in his future career as a doctor and has already given him a better insight into the medical field. He said, “There are aspects to medicine that one cannot learn from sitting in a classroom. A student needs to get out there and see things firsthand.” Smith has had many first-hand experiences with his future career in medicine, but his greatest life experience did not actually occur in America. He admits that his greatest experience was in Managua, Nicaragua. Last year,
Smith participated in the service/immersion trip. “[It was] an absolutely incredible experience,” said Smith. What he enjoyed the most was bonding with his group and forming meaningful friendships through this experience. Smith is a firm believer that “Life is short, and I really believe that it is important for people to travel and see as much of this world as possible. I want to get out there and experience as many different cultures as I can during my lifetime.” In fact, Smith has a passion for helping others through service. This passion makes him a perfect fit for his position of co-chair of community service/philanthropy of Delta Chi. This position consists of organizing and planning community service and philanthropy events for the fraternity. When asked how his Delta Chi experience has impacted his life so far, Smith said, “It is a great opportunity for me
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to become a better person, and I know that it will open many doors for me in the future. It is also really exciting to be a part of something new on campus. I feel that we are really leaving our mark.” As for his future, he plans on graduating medical school and then completing his residency and fellowship. He is has not decided where he wants to go to medical
school yet. He plans on applying to many schools including: the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, Vanderbilt, Emory and Tulane. But, Smith admits “You never know what the future holds, so I feel that making too many plans is just a waste of energy. The unknown is sometimes scary, but it can also be exciting.”
Highlights from Badger Brawl 2010
Photo courtesy of the Plastic Musik Web site Plastic Musik performed in Arlene Mitchell Theater on Tuesday night.
Photo by Jonathan Sealy Students gather in the center of the gym to celebrate the men’s victory.
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Help desk support specialist fixes computers with a smile Plus, I provide support to the students, staff and faculty.” Spring Hill freshman, Jasmine Hill, views Lucas as a technology angel. “Frank is like a Godsend because he is always there to help me with my computer issues, and he always seems to know what he is doing. He never complains, and he never seems to get upset,” said Hill. Lucas does not view himself as an “angel” because he feels that other people deserve the credit. “Angel? I’ve helped a lot of people, but I’m not sure if I deserve that title. There are plenty of other people that I work with that deserve recognition, like Information Technology Services, Administrative Tech-
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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.
nology Services, and Library Information Resource Services,” said Lucas. “Overall, we work as a team to get issues resolved for the students, staff, and faculty. I’m just the face and name that people know.” Although he gets swamped sometimes, he stated that it is never an issue. “Yes, there are times when it gets a little busier than normal. Mainly it gets busier at the beginning of a semester, mid-terms and the closer it gets to finals,” Lucas said. “Overall, it all comes with the job. I just try to stay focused and keep smiling.” For fun, Lucas said that he does not do anything special besides just hanging out with family and friends. In his CD player right now, Lu-
cas is listening to Robin Thicke; in his DVD player, he is watching “The Hurt Locker;” and television is tuned to the hit show, “24.” With Lucas being an alumnus of the University of Mobile, he said that the Spring Hill’s men’s basketball victory against the Rams was not bittersweet for him. “No it wasn’t bittersweet. I heard it was a good game. The Spring Hill basketball team was just ready to handle their business. Plus, Spring Hill pays the bills,” Lucas stated. One thing Lucas wants everyone to know that they may not know is that he loves to hear a good joke. “I love to laugh. So if anyone has a good joke they want to share, they know where to find me.”
Anime club brings students together ence. I enjoy watching movies and meeting new people.” Spring Hill Col Sophomore Salege offers a diverse mantha Johnson learned selection of organizaabout the Anime Club at tions and clubs for its Badger Expo. “We draw, students. Whether it’s have fun and try to find the Greek community, the most random anime Math Club or the Camcartoons ever,” Johnson pus Programming Board, stated. there is something for At the meetings, everybody. The Anime members watch anime Club is no exception. series and movies, sketch Meeting on Satand work on their ‘courday nights at 7 p.m. splays’. A ‘cosplay’, or a in New Hall, the Anime costume play, is when Club gathers to watch people dress up and creanime movies, series ate a costume to imitate or just to hang out. The their favorite anime primary focus of this character. A lot of the club: fun, friendship and members are preparanime. ing their ‘cosplays’ for The members the Anime Weekend in collectively define anime Atlanta. This year, the as Japanese cartoons entire Anime Club will be influenced by manga, or attending Anime WeekJapanese comic book. end Atlanta, which will Typical features of the be held Sep. 17-20, 2010. types of characters in Anime Weekend Atlanta these cartoons include has become one of the exaggerated happy char- most popular anime conacters to more morbid, ventions in the United serious, dark characters. States. Ortner is preparFamous anime series ing her ‘cosplay’ just for include “Dragon Ball the convention. Z,” “Sailor Moon,” “Full Ortner says, “I’m Metal Alchemist” and really excited! This is my “Death Note.” first time participating in Junior Jack Ro‘cosplay’ and one of my orda, the president and first big conventions. It’s founder of the Anime kind of a big deal.” Club, founded the club The Anime Club in fall semester of 2008 is always open to new because he felt there was members. Anyone intera need for one. Roorda ested can feel free to stop said, “We didn’t have by one of the meetings. an Anime Club and the Organizations like closest one was at South the Anime Club contribAlabama so I started one ute to Spring Hill Colhere with my friends.” lege’s multifaceted com Freshman Bremunity. Roorda states anna Ortner is also a “The Anime Club brings member of the Anime people together for comClub and heard about mon interests and allows the club from one of her for those interests to be friends. Ortner states “I spread and impact othreally enjoyed the experi- ers.” JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter
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‘Glee’ offers breath of fresh air and a few laughs too ABBY COWART Co Editor-in-Chief
Most TV shows produced these days revolve around the same theme: teenagers and young adults dealing with life and trying to find their place in the world. Keeping that in mind, Fox’s newest comedy “Glee” has struck it rich. “Glee” not only keeps the traditional alluring theme in mind, but presents a fresh new perspective to the audience. “Glee” puts a twist on the way everyday life is portrayed and amongst the dozen other similar TV shows, it stands out from the crowd. “Glee” is the work of Ryan Murphy, the mastermind creator of “Popular” and “Nip/Tuck.” Currently in the middle of its first season, the show has taken a brief hiatus to film new episodes but will resume this spring.
The series features optimistic Spanish teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), who attempts to save McKinley High School’s glee club from obscurity, while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true potential. This proves to be a difficult task as the club is a bit of a refuge for the misfits of the high school. Some of the group’s main characters include: Kurt, a soprano who hits the high notes instead of the guys on the football field; Mercedes, a diva with a booming voice and overthe-top personality; Artie, a somewhat geeky guitarist who belts out melodies while rolling around in his wheelchair; and Tina, a shy punk rocker who is too timid to really let her true singing talent shine through. Will’s only hope lies
with his two most promising talents: Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), a self-proclaimed star who is determined that fame is her calling and that the show choir is her ticket to getting there; and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), the ultrapopular high school quarterback who must protect his reputation from girlfriend and head “Cheerio”, Quinn Fabray and conceited football teammate, Puck. Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make the club great again, back to how it was when he was in the club in high school. But Will’s only real ally in his mission is the bashful and hilariously obsessive compulsive school counselor, Emma Pillsbury. Everyone else, including his crazy wife Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig) and “Cheerios” cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester
(Jane Lynch), thinks he is crazy and will stop at nothing to see him fail at his goal. Featuring a soundtrack of hit songs from past and present, “Glee” brings a little something different to the table. The show is hilarious, but it does not have what you might call the average “laugh out loud” kind of humor. The writing is clever and unique, and the true essence of the show’s humor comes after a real appreciation of each character’s personality. Although the majority of the show’s characters are high school students, the show appeals to all age groups. Each episode brings out the underdog tendency in everyone, making it relatable to any audience. Will also uses his authority as the teacher figure to teach the audience, and
himself, some valuable life lessons along the way. I was hesitant at first to watch the show because I typically hate anything resembling a musical, and I pictured the show to be something like an hour-long episode of “High School Musical.” I couldn’t have been more wrong. The songs are catchy, the plot is even more captivating and I have been experiencing “Glee” withdrawals for the past two months. Watch a few episodes, and I guarantee that you will wish your life was a little more like “Glee.” Get caught up on the first half of the first season at Hulu.com or go buy the season on DVD today, because there is not much time left until the remainder of the first season kicks off. New episodes of “Glee” start Tuesday, April 13 at 8 p.m. on FOX.
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Photo by Doug Bruce Dr. Broussard and her family participated in the Chili Cook-Off.
Of course there was the traditional chili, but there were also very unique ingredients used. One of the unique chili dishes was barbecue chili, which had barbecued beef in it. Another unusual chili had cinnamon and chocolate in it. Some tents gave participants sample size cups of chili, while other teams gave people heaping bowls of their delicious concoctions. One team even had hotdogs and nachos. One Spring Hill student who attended, junior Senyo Amedo said that he “had a lot of fun. I tried like 12 different types of chili. I have been eating a lot.”
As if the scrumptious chili wasn’t enough, there was live entertainment which made the Chili Cook - Off even more enjoyable. There were also children’s activities and remote control car races. The emcees for the cook – off were Greg Peterson and Kym Thurman of Local NBC 15 news. Spring Hill junior Nellisha Gonzales also attended the Chili Cook - Off and said she “tried several different types of chili and [I] thought the event overall was awesome!” The chili recipes were judged according to four different categories: meat, meat and beans, vegetarian and wild game.
For the meat chili category, the first place winner was Armbrecht Jackson, LLP. The winner of the meat and beans category was AstenJohnson. First place for the vegetarian category went to CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc. The first place for the wild game chili category was the University of South Alabama Alumni Association. According to the Chili Cook-off Web site, the Chili Cook - Off began in 1989 and raised $500. This year, the event raised $230,000. The money raised from the Chili Cook - Off goes toward prevention and early detection of cancer, prosthetics, transportation and research.
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teaches at the University of South Alabama and also the Alabama School of Math and Science. Prokhorova will speak on gaming theory. Gaming theory is the mathematical theory that is in certain games. One game that uses gaming theory is poker. This will happen at 5 p.m. in Byrne Hall. Everyone is invited to attend the speech. As for Friday, the event is Pie Your Teacher. During lunchtime, students can pay $1 per pie to give
a participating professor a pie in the face. The Math Club wants everyone to go and enjoy seeing their professors get creamed. The 2010 officers of the Math Club are: President – David Mullek, Vice President – Jamie Johnson, Secretary – Claudia Pineda, Treasurer – Ryan Johnson, and the Moderator is Ms. Jeanette Monroe. During Math Week, members will be wearing Math Club T-shirts and taking T-shirt orders for anyone who wants one.
Students can also see officers for information about being involved in the Math Club. President David Mullek says that the club hopes to raise awareness about the club and its involvement around campus. This is the first year that the club has hosted Math Week. The Math Club is excited about Math Week and is hoping that it will be a big success. For more information about Math Week or the club, you can see a Math Club officer.
in New Orleans this month »Seven-time Grammy award winner John Mayer is scheduled to perform on March 10
International Writing Centers Week at SHC: March 1-5, 2010 Monday, March 1st: Discover the Poet in You Take a minute and fill out some of our poem prompts. Tuesday, March 2nd: Word of the Day Share with us the coolest word you’ve ever heard. Wednesday, March 3rd: Caption It! Come up with a creative caption for images of the day (we’ll have a table in the caf today). Thursday, March 4th: Longest Sentence Day Will YOU win the prize for the longest sentence? Friday March 5th: Spoonerism Create your own spoonerism. What’s a spoonerism? A spoonerism is a deliberate or accidental play on words where the vowels or consonants are switched. (Example, “Is the bean dizzy?” is the spoonerism for “Is the Dean busy?”)
Answer to last week’s puzzle:
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KELCEE SMITH Op-ed Editor
Singer and songwriter, John Mayer, will be in New Orleans on March 10, to perform as part of his Winter Arena tour. Mayer will be on tour to promote his new album Battle Studies which was released in November of last year. The tour started in Sydney, Australia, will continue throughout the U.S. and will end in Manchester, United Kingdom. Opening for the headline will be Michael Franti and Spearhead. Currently, Mayer is touring the Midwest before he journeys south to New Orleans, La. according to the official John Mayer Web site. The concert will be held at the New Orleans Arena beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets are on sale now and can be found at www.ticketmaster.com. This Connecticut born musician developed his early music in downtown Atlanta, Ga., playing at various bars and blues clubs. He self-released his first album, Inside Wants Out, and finally got a record contract with Columbia Records in 2000. One year later, Mayer released his album Room for Squares with hits like “No Such Thing” and “Why Georgia”. In 2003, he won his first Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Your Body is a Wonderland”. His third album, Heavier Things, was released the same year and two more Grammys followed from the song “Daughters”. In 2005, John Mayer took a new direction, forming a blues band called The John Mayer Trio with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. With this new found inspiration Mayer produced Continuum, his third album to go platinum and earned two more Grammys. Last year, Mayer brought his Grammy total to seven for the songs “Say” and “Gravity”.
Life & Culture A timeless, modern day love story Continued from page 10
moment, they became inseparable for two weeks. At the end of those two magical weeks, Savannah must return to school and John must return to his station. They agree to write each other as much as possible. John promises Savannah two things. First, he will end his commitment to the United States Army when it is up in a year. Second, that he will tell her everything that happens when they are apart. Then, Sept. 11 occurs and John has to decide between extending his commitment to the United States Army or end his commitment as he had promised. John feels an overwhelming duty to extend his commitment. This proves to be challenging for their relationship since he is sent overseas, and he cannot receive mail as quickly. After two months of receiving nothing from Savannah, he receives a letter from her saying she has found someone else and they are engaged. But soon after John receives the news, he returns home on leave. I enjoyed this film overall. It had
many surprises along the way that kept you on the edge of your seat. However, I believe there could have been a better female lead actress. Seyfried was tolerable in this role, but she lacked a certain chemistry with Channing Tatum that you would expect in an epic love story such as this. Since “Dear John” is a Nicholas Sparks adapted film it is being compared to “The Notebook.” Yes, they are both Nicholas Sparks adapted films and they are both epic love stories. But, it should also be compared to “Pearl Harbor.” In “Pearl Harbor” Rafe and Evelyn meet and fall in love before the Pearl Harbor tragedy, just like John and Savannah before Sept. 11. Rafe volunteers to go fight in World War II in Germany, in “Pearl Harbor.” And, in “Dear John,” John chooses to extend his commitment and go overseas. In both films, while Rafe and John are away fighting, their love finds someone else. However, in “Dear John” the question remains what will happen when John returns? Let’s just say it left many of the female audience members in tears.
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Spring Hill student wins Miss USS Alabama title for 2009-2010
At a dinner honoring the outgoing 20092010 Crewmates, the announcement was made for the winners of the titleholder positions, Miss USS ALABAMA and Miss USS DRUM. Chosen as Miss USS Alabama was Miss Ryan Johnson, a student
at Spring Hill College, pursuing a career in Engineering. Miss Johnson will receive an additional $1,000 college scholarship. Miss Brittany Ward, a student at the University of South Alabama, was selected as Miss USS DRUM, she will receive an additional $500 college scholarship. Miss Ward is pursuing a degree in Biomedical Sciences. The Crewmates were tested on their knowledge of Alabama attractions/facts, USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, with additional input from the panel of
judges who initially selected the 2009-2010 Crewmates. Other Crewmates serving for the term of 2009-2010, each receiving $1,000 college scholarships are: Claire Burnett, Brittany English, and Rachael Penton. In the 42nd year of representing Battleship Memorial Park, the Crewmates are ambassadors not only for Battleship Memorial Park, but also at statewide events as representatives for the State of Alabama as well as Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Source: Battleship Memorial Park
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‘Campus crusade for Christ’ looking to serve others JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter
Spring Hill College has made several efforts to raise money for Haiti: the Donnelly Scholars collected jeans in association with Aéropostale, the athletic department collected money at a basketball game in their event “Hoops for Haiti”, and campus ministry collected money during mass for an elementary school in Haiti. But with spring break quickly approaching, many students are making plans to spend the week in Destin, Fla.; Panama City, Fla; Miami, and even Mexico. However, this year some of the spring breakers heading to Panama City, Fla. are not just looking for “fun in the sun,” but to join a spiritual movement and engage in a hands-on opportunity to help the victims in Haiti. These groups of students are joining the group Campus Crusade for Christ. According to an article in the “Free Christian Press”, Campus Crusade for Christ is partnering with Kids Against Hunger and the Global Aid Network (GAiN) to pack and send millions of meals for the Haiti relief. Between Feb. 28 and April 3rd more than 2,500 students will be in Panama City to help pack the meals and ship them to Haiti. Today’s college students all want to make an impact on the world, whether by means of collecting jeans, money at basketball game or mass, or dedicating spring break to a greater cause. So, how are you spending your spring break? To spend your spring break helping others or for more information visit the Campus Crusade for Christ International Web site http://www.ccci.org.
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Spring Hill Badgers win against UM 76-74 »Men’s basketball concludes Badger Brawl with a win at the buzzer against Mobile DAN CRISCIONE Co-Sports Editor
“Best basketball game ever,” said Lenna Altamirano after the Spring Hill Badgers beat the University of Mobile Rams 76-74. As far as “the Hill” is concerned, Altamirano may be right. Spring Hill won the opening tip-off and quickly drained an open three-point bucket, setting the tone for the evening’s contest. Spring Hill would pull away by five or 10 points every few minutes, only to let the Rams catch up and keep the game close. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Spring Hill had a four-point edge at 73-69. University of Mobile’s Ji Kimbrough knotted the
game up with a two-point basket and two successful free throws with 16 seconds left to play, setting up the dramatic finish every basketball fan loves. The Rams Kimbrough hit another threepoint bucket to tie the game at 74-74 with seven seconds left on the clock, which was all sophomore Tyler Schwab needed. Schwab, better known for his superb passing than shooting, took the in-bound pass and streaked down the center of the court, dicing and having his way with the Mobile “defenders.” Schwab took the ball down into the paint and threw up what seemed like just a prayer to save the game from going to overtime, and he did just that.
With the whole SHC student section standing, staring and screaming for Schwab to “go!” Schwab hit the game winning shot with only .6 seconds left, sending an eruption through the crowd that the whole Hill could hear. With the school riding on Schwab’s back for those few seconds, it would only seem fitting that he would be carried off the court on the shoulders of senior Dom Palumbo. “Unreal! That was so sick!” said Palumbo while hoisting the night’s hero. Though Schwab brought an overwhelming sensation of joy to the Badgers in the final seconds, seniors Stefano Bajos, Owen McNally, Patrick Grant and Marcus Coleman enjoyed their
Photo by Doug Bruce Nick Brown steps back after a shot as Patrick Grant and two Mobile defenders look on to see if he made the basket.
Senior Night in a way they will remember for the rest of their lives. They helped beat Spring Hill’s rival in their last home game on The Hill by the slimmest or margins Grant dropped 15 points on the Rams while Coleman went out
in dramatic fashion with a game-high 21 points. Coleman also broke the record for most 3-point baskets made in a season with 118. Coleman set the record in his sophomore season with 115 successful buckets from beyond the arc.
College basketball heats up with March Madness JIM LOVE Contributing Writer
March is finally upon us, and it is now appropriate to write about college basketball. The “Madness” does not actually begin for two more weeks, but we should address where all of the top teams in the country stand as the regular season ends. The parity in college basketball is what always makes it fascinating this time of year. The top three teams in the country lost crucial games last weekend and Syracuse is now the nation’s new number one team according to the AP Poll. This is the same Syracuse team that lost an exhibition game to Division II Le Moyne College --which is a small Jesuit school just like SHC --- back in November. The previous number one team, Kansas, lost to Oklahoma State on the road, former number two Kentucky lost to Tennessee on the road, and last week’s number three Purdue lost to Michigan State at home. Purdue will face an uphill battle the rest of the season as they carry on without their star player Robbie Hummel, who is
out for the year with a knee injury. The new AP Poll contains several teams that are not usually known as basketball powerhouses. Kansas State checks in at number five, New Mexico is number eight, and Butler is riding an 18 game winning streak --- currently the nation’s longest -- to get to 12 in the poll. UTEP has won a dozen games in a row and is number 24 in the poll. Three Jesuit schools, Gonzaga (18), Georgetown (19), and Xavier (25) made this week’s poll. Georgetown and Texas A+M (23) have more losses than any other teams in the poll with eight, but they have played the toughest and third toughest schedules in the country respectively. The ability to win games away from home is always important since no team gets to play at home during the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse is only team left in the country that is undefeated away from home. They are 8-0 on the road and 3-0 in neutral site games. Butler is an impressive 12-1 on the road. I expect both of these teams to make big runs in the NCAA Tournament.
There will always be some sleepers in the NCAA Tournament that will win one or two games or possibly surprise everyone and get to the final four. Cornell from the Ivy League will not go to the final four, but they are officially the first team in the country to secure their spot in the tournament and I would not want the team I am rooting for to draw them in the first round. They are 25-4 this season with a loss at Syracuse and a five point loss at Kansas. Maryland, Xavier, and Michigan State are final four quality sleepers. Entering their game last night with Duke --- which was played after this article hit the press --Maryland was 7-1 in their last eight games. The Terrapins are a clear second in the ACC --- they will be tied for first if they beat Duke last night, but they are still somewhat below everyone’s radar because of their struggles earlier in the season. Xavier is 16-0 against teams outside the RPI top 50 --- they should 17-0 when you read this, because they played 2-24 Fordham last night. See COLLEGE page 18
Sports Thomas sweeps Badgers Softball team picks up win »Thomas came into town and took the weekend from the Badgers
ALEX DEL RIO Co-Sports Editor
The Spring Hill baseball team dropped their record to 105 after being swept by Thomas University last weekend. Spring Hill’s five-game winning streak came to a halt as they struggled to hold Thomas from putting up runs. Game one of the series was played Friday afternoon in front of an excited crowd ready to kick off Badger Brawl 2010. After a tough bout, the Badgers dropped the first game to Thomas 5-3. Thomas played a cleaner game committing zero errors to the Badger’s two. Despite the score, the Badgers did have a solid game batting. Leadoff- hitter Ryan Hall went 2-4 on the day bringing in one run. Brad Holstein left the yard in the bottom of the 6th inning giving him five homeruns on the season so far. David Dupuy had a tough day on the mound giving up three earned runs in six innings pitched. Dupuy (2-1) has been reliable so far this season as this game was his first loss this year. The Badgers looked to turn things around Saturday afternoon
but fell short of a win by a score of 6-4. The problem for the Badgers in game two wasn’t hitting, but rather bringing in the runners on base. In fact, the Badgers put up ten hits to Thomas’ four, but Thomas was able to capitalize on their men on base. Joe Baumgartner got the start in game two and gave up five earned runs in his five innings on the mound. It was much of the same story as the Badgers dropped the final game to Thomas by a score of 5-2. Spring Hill had trouble hitting Thomas’ Brandon Owens. Despite their losses this last weekend, the Badgers have slowly gained some conference recognition as a legitimate force in the GCAC. Brad Holstein earned GCAC Player of the Week after his stellar performances to start of this season. David Dupuy joined his teammate as earned the honors of Pitcher of the Week for his phenomenal play on the mound. The Badgers will look to rebound from their recent losses with a road trip to Belhaven this weekend. Belhaven is 6-2 in conference play this season and currently on a four-game winning streak.
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The Badger softball team got its first win of the season this weekend at the expense of NCAA Division II opponent Kentucky Wesleyan College, beating them 9-1. Kentucky Wesleyan scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning, but Spring Hill answered in the bottom of the fourth when Monica Zeringue hit a home run-her first since she was in high school. In the next inning, Ersy Pacheco hit a home run of her own, bringing in two badger runs. In the 6th inning, Spring Hill knocked out six runs on five hits. Two of the Badgers five hits in the inning were run scoring doubles be Zeringue and pitcher Brittany Abate. Abate’s hit ended the game due to the 8-run mercy rule. Abate was credited the complete game win in which she allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked only one batter. Up next for Spring Hill is Notre Dame College out of Ohio. The doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Murray Field.
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Women’s basketball closes out season with tough loss at home »The Lady Badgers played tough against rival Mobile, but came up short at the end ALEX DEL RIO Co-Sports Editor
The Spring Hill basketball team closed out its regular season Saturday night after a 71-58 home loss to the University of Mobile. The Lady Badgers wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 3-25. It was Senior Night as Spring Hill hosted Mobile. Senior, Robynetta Hargrave tied a team high 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in her final home game. Kristi Ybarra contributed eight points and three steals in her final home game as a Lady Badger. Sophomore Jackie
Higgenbotham put up 13 points against Mobile, adding nine rebounds and three three-pointers. Junior Lynleigh Hughes added 10 points as well as a game-high five assists. The Badger’s looked to try to end the season on a high note by sneaking a win against Southern University-New Orleans Monday night in the opening round of the GCAC tournament but fell short after a hard fought battle. SUNO hopped out to a 13-6 lead five minutes into the game. After a quick six points, the Badgers trailed by one. SUNO surged again later in the half, separating themselves from Spring Hill by more than 10
points. However, the resilient Badgers bounced back to trail 36-34 at the half. Spring Hill kept momentum going entering the second half on a tear. They fought hard and took their first lead of the game with around ten minutes left on the clock. As hard as they fought, it was not enough to defeat SUNO as the Badgers lost by a score of 70-57. Senior Robynetta Hargrave left it all on the court as she put up 16 points and brought down 12 rebounds in her final game as a Lady Badger. It was a tough year for the Lady Badgers as they set a school record for most losses in a season with 26.
Photo by Doug Bruce Freshman Kristin Rogers gets ready to take a shot at the basket against a Mobile defender.
Same names in new places: NBA trade deadline results »Which players went to what teams after the the trade deadline, Alex sums up where your favorites ended up ALEX DEL RIO Co-Sports Editor
There were many trade acquisitions as a result of the Feb.18 NBA trade deadline mixing some faces around the NBA. There are many teams that used this year’s deadline to clear of some salary space for the 2010 free agent market that includes superstars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire and may more. The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison from the Washington Wizards, shipping off Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the stud power forward. The Cavaliers are the best team in the NBA with an overall record of 46-14. Reigning MVP LeBron James is a favorite to repeat as the league’s most valuable player. They have an outstanding supporting cast for King James with Mo Williams, Shaquille O’Neil, Delonte West and
Anderson Varejo. The acquisition of Jamison is icing on the cake for an already championship-caliber team. Since his acquisition, the Cavs have earned a record of 4-4. Jamison is putting up some good looking numbers averaging about 14 points and nine rebounds since the trade. In the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks put themselves in a great position to play ball deep in the playoffs. The Mavs acquired Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeSean Stevenson from the Wizards in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross. The Mavericks were on pace to make it into the first or second round of the playoffs, but the acquisition of Butler and Haywood have turned the Mavs into a possible title contender. The Mavs have seen some good play from their veteran guards
Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. More importantly, they have Dirk Nowitzki, the best shooting big-man in the league, putting together a career season. If Butler and Haywood keep putting in productive minutes and meshing with the team, the Mavericks can be the dark horse coming out of the Western Conference. Another big acquisition in the West was the Houston Rockets picking up Kevin Martin from the Sacramento Kings. Martin has been plagued with injury throughout his career, but when he’s healthy he’s a lights out shooter. Martin was acquired in a three team trade involving the kings and the Knicks. The Rockets came out as big winners after the draft deadline as they traded away Tracy McGrady to the Knicks. Though it can be argued that TMac still has some gas in his tank, the Rockets organization made it
clear that they wanted no longer wanted McGrady. By trading away McGrady, the Rockets also cleared up some salary space in hopes of signing a big free agent in the upcoming off-season. In addition to McGrady, the Knicks picked up veteran guard Eddie House from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Nate Robinson. The strategy behind the Knicks’ trades is to make as complete of a team as possible in efforts to make the most appealing offer to one of the many big-named free agents for the offseason. It has been understood that the Knicks have been eyeing the 2010 free agency for almost two years with intentions of signing a superstar such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh. The Knicks have done a nice job setting the table for an appealing team, but the Knicks are still a long way away from looking appetizing.
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Sports College basketball predictions Canada edges USA Continued from page 16
They are undefeated at home their worst loss of the season was against a pretty good Marquette team. I am only picking Michigan State to be a sleeper because they always play well in the NCAA Tournament and because they were a preseason number two team --- so they clearly have talent --- that has not met expectations and has
stayed below everyone’s radar all season. Kentucky who is now number three in the nation after their loss last weekend strikes me as the team that is most likely to be upset on the opening weekend of the tournament. They will coast by some obscure team like Quinnipiac in the first round and then get bumped by a scrappy midlevel team from a power
conference in the second round. I just see it happening. I was not sold on Kentucky before the season, and I am still not. They do not shoot the three well, and they have had several close calls in recent weeks. I hope you enjoyed my random musings about college basketball. I am not going to pick a champion until I see the bracket come out in 11 days.
»USA and Canada go head to head in the Men’s Hockey final DAN CRISCIONE Co-Sports Editor The United States ended the 2010 Olympic Winter Games with the most medals of any country, capturing 37. The United States received 13 Bronze medals, 15 Silver medals, and 9 Gold. Team USA had the most Bronze and Silver medals of any country, but was tied for third for the most Gold with Norway, behind only Germany (10) and northern rival Canada with 14. The final event of the 2010 Winter Games was one of the most anticipated contests of the whole Olympics. Team USA and team Canada went skate to skate in what has been called the second biggest game in hockey history. The first time these two bitter rivals met these Winter Games, Team USA won 5-3 while U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres stood on his head, stopping 39 of 42 Team Canada shots. The U.S. victory was the first time Team USA has ever beaten Team Canada. As soon as the final buzzer sounded, the nation of Canada has been dreaming of a rematch. And rematch they got, in the final event in Vancouver, for the Gold medal. Team USA wasn’t even expected to get a medal, but going into the game they were guaranteed at least silver. Heavy favorite Canada took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Chicago Blackhaws’ Jonathan Toews. Corey Perry added another Canada tally, giving them a 2-0 lead in the second period. Canada looked to be in control and the Gold was theirs. Or so they thought. Team USA’s Ryan
Kessler however had other idea on how the game was going to end. Kessler lit up the lamp just minutes after Perry scored for Canada, cutting Canada’s lead in half. Kessler plays in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks, so scoring in the then named “Canada Hockey Place” is nothing new for him. Then came the actionpacked, hard-hitting third period. With just over a minute to play, Team USA pulled Miller from goal for an extra attacker. With 24.6 seconds left in regulation and the United States down one, Zach Parise fired a shot past Canada’s-and Vancouver Canucks- goaltender Roberto Luongo, tying the game up and answering the United States’ prayers. At the end of regulation, shots on goal were tied 32-32 and the score was 2-2. Canada owned the overtime period and fulfilled their mission to “Own the Podium” when Sidney “The Kid” Crosby scored for the Canadians on a give and go pass to end the game, and the Olympics. The goal secured team Canada’s 14th Gold of the Olympics-more than any country has ever won in any Winter Olympic Games. Before the Vancouver Olympics, Canada has never won a Gold medal on Canadian soil. While Canada won the Gold, Team USA’s Miller won the tournament MVP and Olympic All-star Goalie awards. Brian Rafalski of the United States and Shea Weber of Canada were announced to the Olympic All-star team, along with forwards Jonathan Toews (Canada), Pavol Demitra (Slovakia), and Zach Parise (USA). All members of the Allstar team play in the NHL.
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Sports Sports Snaps: Badger Brawl
Brad Holstein Baseball
Monica Zeringue Softball
Photos by Doug Bruce
UPCOMING GAMES BB
DATE Mar. 5
OPPONENT Belhaven University
SITE Away (6:00)
SHC (game 2)
WT BB BB
Mar. 5 Mar. 6 Mar. 6
LSU-Shreveport Belhaven University Belhaven University
Away (4:00) Away (1:00) Away (game 2)
WB-Women’s Basketball MB-Men’s Basketball BB-Baseball SB-Softball
WT-Women’s Tennis RGB-Rugby WG-Women’s Golf MG-Men’s Golf
RECENT RESULTS TEAM BB
DATE Feb. 6
RESULT W 9-2; 7-0
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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
Clockwise from left: The men’s and women’s basketball games against University of Mobile drew large crowds of cheering students; The Badger admires the dancing skills of a Spring Hill Little Dribbler during their performance at halftime; Sophomore Chris Dees takes a shot during the first half of the men’s game against Loyola.
Badgers advance to GCAC quarterfinals ALEX DEL RIO Co-Sports Editor The Spring Hill men’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the GCAC tournament with a win against Dillard Tuesday Night in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center. The Badgers were seeded No. 7 in the conference as they faced the 10th seeded Bleu Devils. The first half was a back and forth battle between the two teams as Dillard held a 34-30 lead going into the half. Coach Thompson’s halftime speech proved to work as the Badgers came out of in the second half, firing on all cylinders. The Badgers took the lead later on in the half and held on tight as they closed out the win over Dillard, 70-65. Statistically, the
Badgers dominated the Bleu Devils during Tuesday’s contest. The Badgers shot an outstanding 49% on the field to the Bleu Devils’ 33%. Even with an off-game from behind the three-point line, the Badgers out shot the Bleu Devils 27% to 26% The Badgers got a lot of production from their big men as the outscored Dillard 36-28 in the paint. Even bench scoring was won by the Badger’s 23-14. Nick Brown had a dominating night down low scoring 17 points for the Badgers, and did so in an efficient manner going 8-10 from the field. Brown snatched down 11 rebounds with five of them coming on the offensive end, as well as blocking two shots. Brown also proved to be a safe option for his teammates, committing zero turnovers on the night.
Owen McNally also put in some big minutes, scoring 14 points for the Badgers on 6-8 shooting. McNally menaced the Bleu Devils with his defensive play, swatting two balls and picking up a steal on the night. Tyler Schwab dropped ten dimes on the night, finishing the game eight points. Chris Dees mad a solid contribution off the bench scoring seven points and pulling down six rebounds. The Badgers continue their pursuit to the National Tournament as they go on the road to Tougaloo, Thursday night to take on the Bulldogs in the GCAC quarterfinals. During the regular season, the Badgers faced Tougaloo twice and took one game and lost the other.