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Volume 90, Number 8 Mobile’s 1st Collegiate Newspaper

Spring Hill to open new campus in Bologna »Press release from John Kerr, Director of Communications and Institutional Marketing Beginning in Spring 2011, Spring Hill College students will be able to study at a new academic center in Bologna, Italy. ������������������ The College Board of Trustees approved the opening of the Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna at their recent meeting. Once fully operational, college officials hope to have 100 students enrolled at the Italy center each year and will offer 10 to 12 courses each semester with an average class size of 20 students per course. The Italy Center curriculum is focused on the course requirements that are common to second-semester sophomores and first-semester juniors, regardless of major. The study abroad opportunity is open to all students however. Students who study at the center will have a unique opportunity to live and study abroad, according to Todd Waller, director of the Italy center. “Florence and Rome are the primary study abroad destinations for American students,” says Waller. See STUDENTS page 2

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New Student Center will open for preview Spring Hill will be offering a sneak preview of the student center as the building enters its final stage of preparation. Although there is still work to be done and the furniture will not yet be installed, Spring Hill’s administrators wanted the Spring Hill community to get a chance to see the inside of the new building before the year ends. Spring Hill Staff, who will work in the Student Center, will be stationed throughout the building and available to answer questions as you take a self-guided, walking tour. The contractor will require all people entering the building to wear the provided shoe covers made available at the door. This is done in order to protect the finishes and to prevent damage.

SHC makes upgrade to technology DEMARCO WILLS Ads Editor/Staff Reporter

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Student Center Sneak Preview When: Thursday, March 25. The SHC community can come anytime between 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Where: SHC’s new Student Center. Enter through the southeast door, the one facing the Rydex Commons.

Spring Hill College has released a new version of BadgerWeb and plans on continuing the transition from ERes to Moodle. According to Theresa Crider, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, the old BadgerWeb had a straightforward purpose. It was a tool that allowed faculty to do advisement and grade entry for the students that they interacted with. For students, it was an online environment where they able to look at their grades, review course schedules and register for classes. The old BadgerWeb is being taken down because the interface was no longer being supported by the company who created it and the company was coming out with a new enhanced version. Crider said, “We knew at some we point we would See ERES page 5

The Mobile Experience: LoDa Artwalk JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter

In the heart of the southern, quaint downtown Mobile, a saxophone sings on the corner, water fountains erupt in the park and a historical cathedral towers over the square authoritatively. Art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops open their doors to the masses. Artists, musicians

and dancers perform and display their work in the streets. This happens every second Friday of the month as crowds fill the streets of downtown Mobile for the LoDa Artwalk. The idea for an art walk was presented four and a half years ago by Chris Barraza of the City of Mobile Neighborhood See LODA page 3

Courtesy of the PBS Web site The LoDa Artwalk offers food, art and free entertainment.


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Campus Briefs SHC Dining services during Spring Break The cafeteria will be open on Saturday, March 27 from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The cafeteria will be closed Sunday, March 28 through Sunday April 4th. The cafeteria will resume operations on Monday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Pay your bill on the new BadgerWeb Spring Hill students can review their account balances and pay their bills online through the new BadgerWeb. Visit BadgerWeb and log in to the system using your SHC email username/password. For help with logging in to the new BadgerWeb, please contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@shc.edu or call 251-380-2276. College to Career Fair to be held in Birmingham The College to Career Fair, hosted by the Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers, is a premiere event for students from all Alabama colleges and universities. Recruiters will be offering professional positions as well as internships. The event will be held Thursday, April 15 at 12 p.m., in the Pelham Civic Complex outside Birmingham, Ala. Immersion group taking Cameras for Peace The El Salvador Immersion group is collecting digital cameras to send to Centro Arte para la Paz, the Art Center for Peace in Suchitoto. If you have a working digital camera you no longer use, please consider donating it to this cause. Cameras can be dropped off at the Office of Campus Ministry.

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Dr. Baglow delivers Christus Lecture on scientific atheism ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter

Dr. Chris Baglow presented the Christus Lecture called Belief under Assault: Scientific Atheism and the Assault on Reason and Faith at Byrne Hall on Thursday, March 18. In this lecture, Baglow presented arguments from famous scientific atheists, with Antony Flew being the most prominent source for Baglow’s counter-argument. “They believe that to be a believer is to be an enemy of science,” said Baglow when explaining scientific atheism to the audience at the beginning of his lecture. According to Baglow, scientific atheism does not only reject religious faith from a personal standpoint, but it also believes that nobody

has the right to religious faith. When describing the views of scientific atheists, Baglow used phrases such as “blind fury.” He provided evidence through words of scientific atheists such as Steven Weinberg. In Baglow’s presentation, he provided a quote by Weinberg that said, “Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done.” “Science is not scientific atheism,” Baglow clarified in his speech. He went on to clarify the difference more with a variation of the classic Cinderella story, renamed and changed by Baglow to be “the Scientella Story.” In this story, Baglow presented Scientella with her two “horrible” stepsisters and equally bad step mother, who were

named things such as Superstitionella. In the story, the stepmother and sisters take away Scientella’s Bunsen burner and lock her in a tower, only to have her fairy Godmother, the Enlightenment appear. The story was used as an example to show how dramatic scientific atheists are. In this short Courtesy of the Pelican Connection rendition of Scientella, Baglow presented his secuted by the Church. views against scien“He is truly the father of tific atheism. “Now this modern science,” Baglow sounds a little melodrastated. He went on to matic, but like all Cinstate that many inventors derella stories are rather of things such as the first romantic views on histelescope and first color tory, this is the tale that classification of the stars scientific atheists tell,” he were credited to religious said. people. Baglow’s separation In his slide presentabetween science and scition, he showed images of entific atheism continued scientific atheists’ books with his distinction that See BAGLOW page 5 Galileo was unjustly per-

Students to explore complex global issues at Italy Center Continued from page 1

“Each academic semester, nearly 4,200 and 7,000 American students study in those cities respectively. The centrally located city of Bologna offers a vibrant alternative.” Bologna is regarded as “the European capital of culture” and is home to the oldest institution of higher learning in Europe. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna currently enrolls 100,000 Italian students. There will be several housing options for students including one

that will allow students to study with Italian students and live in the same residence hall. Students will be able to complete courses that meet their degree requirements and stay on schedule for graduation with their class. While studying in Bologna, students will have the opportunity to enhance their in-class learning with academicbased travel that allows for periodic three-day weekends that provide ample time for extended trips to destinations such as Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Prague and Budapest.

The extensive Fall Orientation and the Spring Break Closing Tours offer opportunities for academic-based travel that will introduce students to current issues in other regions such as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, or North Africa Students at the Italy Center will also explore complex global issues as part of a social justice based travel program that will allow them to observe and reflect on issues of justice in several countries including Croatia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Ghana, Poland and Tunisia.

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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 karenik@stumail.shc.edu. 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. 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, theology@shc.edu. Undergraduate students should check BadgerWeb to see their date/time for beginning registration for Fall 2010. You do this by going to “Registration” and changing your option settings to UNDG FA 2010.

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ment. Established local and up-and-coming artists all come out to and Community. The trendy acronym display their work, and participants are able to LoDa, which stands for experience and enjoy it “Lower Dauphin,” was a all for free. contribution of a group The Mobile Arts called Mainstream Mobile (a downtown Mobile Council, Space 301, Paper Wasp and the Catherevival organization). What began in 2005 dral Square Gallery are just a few of the galleries with a turnout of about 75 people or less, the Art- featured along the strip. Some galleries are walk now has an average more formal with recepturnout of about 1,000 tions, others hands-on people, featuring about and some feature live 20 galleries and venues. bands and musicians. The Artwalk pro Saxophonists, vides the community with a casual, unconven- bands, step teams, dance teams, belly dancers and tional way to experience jazz vocalists perform in art and the many facets of the city of Mobile. The clubs, galleries, the park and along the street. event is always free and LoDa Artwalk transvisitors may come and go forms downtown Mobile as they please. into an interactive, artis Locals set up stands along the streets promot- tic metropolitan marketplace; a medium for the ing their art, churches, organizations or just sell- community and artists to come together. ing goods. LoDa Artwalk has Local eateries like a large Spring Hill fan Samurai J Sushi Bar, base. A host of students, Serda’s and Liquid faculty and staff have all Lounge line the streets providing the public with participated in, contribgood food and entertain- uted to or are fans of the

Artwalk. Charlie Smoke, the associate director of the Mobile Arts Council, has been with the Mobile Arts Council for seven years and has watched the LoDa Artwalk grow into what it has become today. Smoke loves the Artwalk because it is an “informal social event for art spaces and entertainment. It is a non-structured flexible and fun event.” Smoke feels that Spring Hill has such a strong connection to the Artwalk because “Spring Hill’s faculty recognizes and encourages students to be involved in the community. It is great to see professors and students in the community. It’s great to have new ideas and new blood.” Sophomores Anthony Harris and Ellen Broad went to the Artwalk for the first time this past month. Harris says “We heard a lot of good things about the Artwalk from our art

teachers so we decided to see for ourselves.” Dr. Starr and his wife visit the LoDa Artwalk every month. “It’s a lovely exhibit and there is always something new.” Senior Maria Walser has been attending the Artwalk for the past two years. Walser says it’s the “cultured, metropolitan sense of the city” that keeps her coming back. “It’s a great opportunity for Spring Hill students to get off-campus and experience all that downtown has to offer.” The Artwalk provides free entertainment for people of all ages, an outlet for established and new artists, as well as a focal point for other events to come together. On Friday, April 9, the Artwalk anticipates one its biggest nights of the year collaborating with the Arts Alive Weekend, YoMo (Young Mobile) and the Mobile Arts Council “5” exhibit. Arts Alive Weekend is April 9-11 is downtown

Mobile’s performing arts festival and will feature an outdoor cinema, fashion show, street art and live music. The Mobile Arts Council college exhibit “5” features work from the five local universities and colleges. This year in the “5” exhibit will feature nine students from Spring Hill. Junior Ariana Assaf, sophomore Grant Benoit, junior Sarah Boudreaux, sophomore Stacy Gallodoro, junior Kathleen Kirk, senior Kristen Lynch, senior Anna Plovanich, junior Dayna Shonk and senior Patrick Wihl were the nine students chosen this year from Spring Hill. Smoke said “It is an educational experience and provides a great audience for new and upcoming artists. New artists are able to get feedback, and at first some of them may be a bit intimidated, but overall everyone, the artists and the visitors seem to really enjoy the Artwalk.”


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Northrop Grumman drops bid to build tankers in Mobile KENDRICK DUNKLIN News Editor

Northrop Grumman Corp. released a statement on March 8 stating that it was dropping out of the race for a $35 billion Pentagon contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers, leaving its rival Boeing Co. as the sole bidder for one of the largest military contracts in U.S. history. Northrop, which proposed to assemble its KC-30 tankers at a $600 million plant to be constructed in Mobile, followed through on repeated warnings that it would not submit a bid unless the Pentagon addressed its concerns over the fairness of the competition. “The Northrop Grumman and EADS team is very disappointed that the revised source selection methodology now dramatically favors Boeing’s smaller refueling tanker. We agree that the fundamental military requirements for the new tanker have not changed since the last competition, but the Department’s new

evaluation methodology now clearly favors the smaller tanker,” according to the statement. The plant promised 1,500 jobs, and European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company pledged to create another 300 jobs in a related project to assemble Airbus A330 civilian freighters. Dr. Sergio Castello, Associate Professor of Business Management at Spring Hill College, thinks that Northrop Grumman would have brought more than just 1,500 jobs to Mobile. “It is safe to assume that this manufacturing facility would have attracted suppliers to the area creating an additional 4,000 to 5,000 new jobs in supporting industries,” said Castello. “It could have also had another impact, which could have been the new clustering of the aerospace industry in the Gulf Coast creating additional jobs.” According to a Wall Street Journal report, Boeing won the first contract in 2004, but it fell apart

because of an ethics scandal to overturn this revised Corporation is a leading that resulted in prison terms source selection process, American aerospace and for a former senior Boeing America’s service men and defense technology company executive and a former high- women have been forced to whose 120,000 employees ranking Air Force official. wait too long for new tankprovide innovative systems, Despite facing politiers,” according to the stateproducts, and solutions in cal backlash, Ronald Sugar, ment. aerospace, electronics, inforNorthrop’s then-chief execu- “We feel a deep respon- mation systems, shipbuildtive, decided to team up with sibility to their safety and to ing and technical services to Airbus parent EADS to go their ability to fulfill the mis- government and commercial after the contract when the sions our nation calls upon customers worldwide. Pentagon relaunched the them to perform. Taking The company was competition in 2007. actions that would further the fourth largest defense Northrop took home delay the introduction of this contractor in the world in the contract in 2008 in a urgent capability would also 2008 and the largest builder huge upset over incumbent not be acting responsibly.” of naval vessels, according to Boeing, which had built all Northrop Grumman Defense News. of the 415 tankers in the current fleet. The decision was overturned after the Government Accountability Office found that the Air Force mishandled the yearlong competition by failing to credit Boeing for some of its proposed plane’s capabilities. Northrop said it would not file a protest or legal challenge. “We have decided that Northrop Grumman will not protest. Courtesy of Northrop Grumman Web site While we feel we have subNorthrop Grumman Returns the Restored B-2 Bomber to Acstantial grounds to suptive Duty. Northrop Grumman has dropped out of the race for port a GAO or court ruling the Pentagon contract.

House of Representatives approves Pell Grant increase KENDRICK DUNKLIN News Editor

College students who receive Pell Grants might benefit from more money after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a broad reorganization of college aid that affects millions of students, according to The New York Times. The House voted to approve a student loan system reform in a budget reconciliation bill, which, in addition to more money for Pell Grants, centralizes distribution of federally subsidized student loans, which now will be issued out to colleges from the

U.S. Department of Education. The power to distribute federal subsidized loans will be taken away from banks and other lending institutions. The move is expected to save the government more than $60 billion, of which more than $30 billion will be funneled to the Pell Grant program. The bill was paired with the expedited health care bill, which passed with votes of 220-211. The bill also would forgive a student’s loan repayment after 20 years, down from the current 25 years. Besides increasing Pell Grants, the bill pro-

vides $1.5 billion to make it easier for student borrowers to repay their loans. Beginning in 2014, borrowers would be allowed to devote no more than 10 percent of their monthly income to repay student loans. The current cap is 15 percent. The Senate will take up the bill under the same expedited rules used for the health care legislation. In addition to using the $61 billion in savings from that change for Pell Grants and higher education institutions, the legislation would direct about $19 billion for deficit reduction and offset ex-

penses in the health care legislation. The bill proposes no increases in Pell Grants over the next two years and a modest increase over the five years that follow. The maximum Pell Grant will now increase to $5,900. The current maximum grant for the coming school year is $5,500. The Pell Grant will now be issued to qualifying students in college summer sessions. The Department of Education announced the availability of yearround Pell Grants, which will be effective for Summer 2010. Spring Hill College

full-time traditional students who were eligible for the Pell Grants in Fall 2009 and/or Spring 2010, can receive Pell Grant awards for enrollment for summer 2010, according to the Spring Hill Financial Aid Office. According to the Department of Education, the Pell Grant is a post-secondary educational federal grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is awarded based on a “financial need” formula determined by the U.S. Congress using criteria submitted through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


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ERes software being phased out for Moodle software Continued from page 1

have to find something that would replace that particular tool, and we decided after reviewing a variety of different tools to go with the upgraded version that was put together by the same company.” The new BadgerWeb will be able to do the same things as the old version, but it will also have community building components to connect everyone on campus. “We have space for organizations to meet virtually; ways for them to post their documents, get their calendars to the groups people belong to. It is role space which means that depending on whoever you are in the community, you are just going to see content that is important to you, so it kind of cuts out on that mass e-mailing that we get,” Crider said. ERes is slowly being phased out for Moodle. According to Surenderan Naiker, the Instructional Design Specialist in the ITS

department, the transition is in progress. There isn’t a specified date to when ERes will be officially terminated. “Many professors are still using ERes, and it’s being made mandatory for them switch over.” Naiker said. ERes is a smaller version of the Moodle software. All of the material instructors have on the ERes site can be easily translated into Moodle. Naiker said, “The ERes site is mainly a document repository, meaning an instructor can go there, place documents there and the student can go view them or print them out. Moodle does more of course management. You can have online discussions, quizzes that can be graded automatically. Moodle will replace ERes, but it offers much as well. The same things you can do in ERes you can do in Moodle. As instructors learn Moodle and get comfortable with it, they will begin to shift to that site.”

Moodle is capable of handling any multimedia that is available online. “A teacher can instead of assigning videos for you guys to watch in library. We can put them online. We have the technology here that allows us to put a video online therefore all you have to do is click on the link and you can play it in the classroom or at your leisure.” Naiker said. Both of these technologies offer the option for students and faculty to utilize personalization options. In the new BadgerWeb, this component is called My Pages. Students can subscribe to calendars for things such as athletics, work study and anything else that gets created on the site. Mini portals, similar to bookmarks, can be setup on a user’s personal page which allows that user to connect to things more quickly like being able to see your grades, courses or campus group pages. Moodle gives the SHC com-

munity similar features as well. Naiker said “You can go in and message your classmates and instructors, and you can see their profile. In Moodle you have your own profile. When you log in, you log in as yourself. You can put a picture of yourself up there and any information you want. You also have the ability to put up any biographical details in there, which is the cool thing about it. It helps create a community online.” As a review tool, instructors can put up quizzes for grades or for reviews, whichever they like. Students can review them and look at their grades instantly. It’s a great tool that instructors can use so they don’t have to spend class time to utilize. Also, assignments given to students are able to be submitted on Moodle. The new BadgerWeb is expected to be fully functional within the first few weeks of fall semester. “There are still some bugs to work out. We will

have almost all if not all of the functionality for current students and faculty available and ready to go before school begins next fall. You will be able to see course and fee statements online. Your balance will be live, and you will be able to make payments online, which would immediately post to your account, so you can see it real time. We have links that go to things like Moodle and other resources. It will really be a one-stop shop. Any organization will be able to setup space to hear suggestions and comments from students.” Crider said. Into the fall, ERes will still be available to faculty and students. Even though there are no official plans to take down ERes, Naiker sees more instructors utilizing the technology themselves. “Hopefully, we will have more hybrid courses which will be face-to-face and online that will help professors transition better with the technology.” Naiker said.

Baglow discusses scientific atheism

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ment of Baglow’s lecture was presented through an example of Antony Flew, a once very opinionated scientific atheist. Baglow presented his argument through Flew’s writing, There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, where Flew stated his change of heart and mind on the issue that there is a higher being. “I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite Intelligence,” states Flew’s 2007 book. This

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with titles that he considered to be attacking religion. Coupled with these examples were quotes from scientific atheists. One example used by Baglow was a quote by Christopher Hitchens, author of “Bush’s Secularist Triumph.” “All religions and all churches are equally demented in their belief in divine intervention, divine intercession, or even the existence of the divine in the first place,” stated Hitchens. The closing argu-

is opposite of what his opinions were in 1953 when he wrote “Theology and Falsification.” In this article, Flew wrote, “What would have to occur or to have occurred to constitute for you’re a disproof of the love of, or the existence of, God?” Baglow closed the lecture and opened the floor to questions with a similar quote from Flew’s 2007 book. “What would have to occur or to have occurred to constitute for you a reason to at least consider the existence of a superior Mind?”

• The SGA has set aside $1,000 for the Earth Day event to take place on April 22. • The money made from last weekend’s Flashback Party will be donated to the senior class gift. • According to those who voted, the top three places students would like to see blue lights on campus are Toolen Hall, outside Quinlan Hall and outside the Library.

Public Safety Reports • At approximately 3:39 a.m. on March 14, a student discharged a fire extinguisher in Skip’s Place causing the building’s fire alarm to activate. There was no fire in the building.


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Top 10 environmental sites

KELCEE SMITH Op-ed Editor

While you are basking on the beach this Spring Break with your internet-accessible phone or chilling at your house on your laptop, make sure to check out these eco-friendly Web sites. Most of these sites allow you to buy green products, help out green organizations or adopt certain endangered species. It’s easy to get involved in the green revolution, and here are the top ten Web sites that I think can help you do it. 10.Cleanwaternetwork.org This organization works to strengthen and implement federal clean water and wetlands policy throughout the nation. Their most current project is working on the Mississippi River basin. The river that has been left behind, and various lawmakers and scientists are currently converging on solutions to the water’s pollution problem. On their site there are several contacts for other local organizations that will allow people to get involved in their area. 9. Eco-artware. com This site provides products made from 100 percent recycled, renewed and natural materials. Everything from bowls to

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jewelry to children’s toys are available. Most of the products are handcrafted by people around the world, all through fair trade agreements, and are completely unique. The products are reasonably priced, so it might be advantageous to begin Christmas shopping today. 8. Nwf.org The National Wildlife Federation is well know for its devotion to conservation efforts throughout the nation. On their Web site you can get info and facts about Climate Change and how to make a difference in your community. The NWF also reaches out to college students and provides a list of easy ways you can live more sustainably on campus. There is even a report card that gives a grade to college campuses around the country, rating how eco-friendly they are. Check out where Alabama schools stand. 7. A-R-A.org So you just bought a shiny, new hybrid to reduce your own carbon footprint, but what about your old clunker? The Automotive Recyclers Association can help you recycle or properly dispose of your car or car parts. This organization, which is based in Virginia, has been recycling cars since 1946. They recycle over 4 million cars per year and have annual profits as high as $22 billion. Talk about green jobs. On the site you can find member chapters in your area that can help you recycle your car. Unfortunately, there are no member chapters in Alabama. 6. Greenpeace. org I know, I know, Spring Hill College 4000 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL 36608-1791

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you’ve seen “Whale Wars” and these people just look crazy. Let’s get past the horrible hippy/ grassroots stereotype for about four sentences though. Greenpeace got its start in the seventies, promoting environmental awareness. This group takes non-violent action against companies and organizations that are hurting the environment. There are other ways to get involved with Greenpeace though if you’re not the chain-yourself-to-a-tree kind of person. You can donate money, blog, write to your senator or be an ambassador to promote their causes. Their latest campaign: stopping Nestle from inadvertently destroying forests in Asia. See ECO page

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LINDSEY WORLEY Co Editor-in-Chief

Rain and the movie Freedom Writers. These two things are what consisted of my Saturday night as I sat with my friends in the apartments. And later, as I headed back to my room for an early night—just as some were heading out to start their party—an idea began to form in my mind. The way to solve a problem is not

to wait until that problem yells louder than all the other problems. I will explain. I met my friends for a movie night in their third floor apartment. It had been raining for a short while—and by that I mean that it was sprinkling. We turned on Freedom Writers—the one with Hilary Swank (whom I dislike) and Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey (who was an unlikable character)—and no more than 10 minutes into the movie, the ceiling began to leak above the sink. I have known about this leak for some time now, and any casual observer who might look at the ceiling would see it too. Mold is growing in the light fixture; swollen, See DO page 8

The battle of the books

At the beginning of each semester, it is always interesting to see the looks on students’ faces when they approach the checkout counter at the bookstore to purchase their textbooks. As the clerk scans each book, their faces slowly drop into a frown as the bill quickly reaches numbers

in the realm of $800 and $900. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the prices of college textbooks rose by twice the rate of inflation between 1986 and 2004. Students have also seen increases in the out-of-pocket costs to attend college, including tuition charges, which have increased 240 percent in the past two decades. So what does this all mean? First, that college students are more broke than ever. Second, students now have to figure in the ever-skyrocketing price of textbooks into student loans because they are becoming too difficult to pay for up front. Some students

have decided that adding to their loans just isn’t worth it. The National Association of College Stores has found that nearly 60 percent of students choose not to buy all of the course materials because the cost is just too high. In Virginia, the problem has gotten so out of hand that more than 40 percent of students surveyed by the State Council of Higher Education said that they just have to do without books altogether. And the bad news doesn’t stop there. Editors and publishers are beginning to produce new editions of

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Chatroulette is the newest social network be? Web services such as Chatroulette are doing what they can to reverse this “traditional” gauze of anonymity through the internet. Chatroulette is a new, online webcam service that is completely free and connects people to random people all over the world. If you get tired of someone, just click ‘next!’ Well you can surely still be who you want to be online, but I feel that it is becoming increasingly

ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter

Hasn’t it always been the trademark of the Internet that you can be whoever you want to

hard. For instance, what once would’ve been a textonly chat room has now become webcam chats and voice chats. It certainly cuts down on people lying about their identities to trick people over the Web, but I’m concerned that it also gives “creepers” a chance to reach out. I for one never thought that Chatroulette would be as popular as it is now. It reminds me a little of the MTV show,

“Next.” If you don’t like someone, you can just hit the “next” button and they’re gone! The program has become so popular that our own school has joined something called CampusLIVE Video Chat that works the same way as Chatroulette, except it’s for people that go to Spring Hill College. When I got the e-mail in my inbox last week, I thought it was junk and almost deleted it, but when I asked around,

I found out that it was a legitimate service. Being a child of parents who are afraid that people will be able to hack into your computer and see through your webcam when you aren’t there has made me a little cautious when it comes to such things as Chatroulette. I have to wonder, though, is it really that dangerous? Sure, people can see you See NEW page 8

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5. Earth911.com This Web site provides easy ways to recycle and recycle more. Here, you can find local recycling centers near you and find out what products they recycle (not all centers are the same). If you are new to recycling, they provide the basic instructions on how to get started. They also support businesses who want to recycle and offer easy solutions for them to become greener in their practice. Basically, if you need recycling information, this is the place to get it. 4. Traffic.org I think this organization is tackling an issue that most of us don’t really think about: endangered species trade. This network moves to ensure that trade of wild plants and animals are not a threat to the conservation of nature. Think about the last time you bought a souvenir, you’re probably going to buy some over Spring Break, was it made of an illegal animal product? If you’re unsure you might want to Printer Signature Offset http://www.signatureoffset.com

check out this site which gives a list of the most commonly bought souvenir items that shouldn’t be sold because they are hurting wildlife. Certain sea shells, starfish and other dried sea trinkets are high on the list, so beware when you buy. 3. Secondnature. org This organization is perfect for our age range. It supports college leaders in making “green decisions and sustainable living the foundation of all learning.” On the site there are grants for colleges who are planning to build green buildings and other incentives for going green. College Presidents and leaders can go to the site and sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to eliminate excess wastes, unnecessary emissions and conserve energy on campuses. Maybe we should encourage our President to sign the petition. Over 600 schools around the nation already have. 2. 1Sky.org “1 climate, 1 future, 1 chance.”

This organization is currently on the forefront for fighting Climate Change by convincing the federal government to change first. The three solutions that this organization focuses on are green jobs, cutting pollution nationwide and encouraging companies to invest in clean energy, not coal. While there are many ways to get involved, there are three simple things that you can do right now to help their cause: 1. Call your senator and ask them to promote the Clean Air Act (Jeff Sessions: 202-224-4124 or Richard Shelby: 202-2245744), 2. On the Web site you can send a message to support the Clean Air

Act, 3. Send a letter to your local newspaper to inform people about 1Sky and the importance of the Clean Air Act (Mobile Press Register: 251-219-5545 or www. mobilepressregister.com). 1. Sharktrust.org Ok, so you knew it was coming. Of course my top environmentally friendly Web site would be one about sharks, but this one really has some great information. Sharktrust “works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, influence and action.” Their site includes news about the latest shark conservation efforts and even features a shark of the month. March’s

shark is the angel shark. The coolest thing about this site is that it allows you to adopt your very own shark. With the money donated through this program, scientists are able to continue research on threatened shark species. Plus, when you adopt a shark you get information about that shark, a picture, current shark research projects, a poster, a bookmark, car stickers and eight postcards. What a deal! So that’s the top ten. I hope you feel inspired to check out at least one of these sites over break. Remember, it’s never too late to go green. or make a difference.

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Student Reaction Do we value quality over quantity? What are your plans for Spring Break this year? My spring break plans consist of a road trip to Texas and then trip to New York with one of my best friends. I figured I could go to the beach whenever, why not use the time to do something more exciting this break?

Caroline Wilson – Sophomore

I am going with some friends to a beach house in Florida. We all pitched in and about 12 of us will be on the beach for 5 days. Then, I am going to come back and relax and enjoy some hopefully warm weather!

Ben Franklin – Sophomore

I plan on going home this year since it’s been a while since I’ve been back. But I’m definitely going to have fun on Friday night before I leave.

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discolored, popcorn texture is stretched across from the light to the pantry; and water drips out so annoyingly loud that we had to turn the movie up to its highest volume. My friends are not lazy—they have sent e-mail upon e-mail reminding Plant Operations to come fix their ceiling. But, behold! No one will come out to fix the roof. You see, this would make too much sense. Spring Hill operates, as I imagine many companies do, on a strict “If it ain’t broke, just cover up the boo-boo until it finally breaks down” mentality. Now, I understand that our school simply cannot afford at this moment to fix problems— employees had more pay cuts this week for Pete’s sake. However, this school and America in general are only hurting themselves in the long run. Someone has neglected far too long the idea of quality. Next year’s residents of

A couple friends and I will be spending our senior spring break on a cruise to the Bahamas, then staying for few days in Miami. For Easter, I’ll be heading to my parents house in Florida for some family time! Maura O’Callaghan – Senior

apartment 312 will be facing a growing problem that will then only be solvable by fixing the roof, cutting out that section of the ceiling, replacing the electrical wires, and repairing everything—and perhaps facing health code violations for mold. So, instead of a small fix that cannot be afforded at this time, the school will look at a couple hundred dollars more that in five years’ time it will still not be able to afford. Let’s be fair though, it’s not just Spring Hill with this problem. America has, at some point in time, lost the idea of quality for quantity. Even in Freedom Writers, the students were merely numbers and the teachers said that by junior year only the best would be left to teach. In fact, the students were denied books because their reading scores were too low. The joke on these teachers would be that if they would only give the children higherlearning books, perhaps the children would care a little more. But alas,

quantity (the money spent on books) was an overwhelmingly higher priority to the school than the quality of the high schoolers. But, I’ve noticed changes recently. At least on the surface, people are beginning to want things that are qualitybased, rather than quickly manufactured with cheap materials. We are beginning to look at longterm consequences and long-term happiness. Many companies are reverting to using the “natural” route and the “family quality” promises. At least on the surface. I, for one, hope we continue on this path and learn to blend technology with authenticity and responsibility. But as they say, change starts with you, so I challenge Spring Hill to continuing follow through with its promises and do what it needs to do to get back on track and focus on what matters: not how many students it needs to recruit, but how well current students are living and learning.

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and potentially use print screen to get your picture, but how would they know where to find you or do anything harmful to you personally? If you chose to use services that involve webcams, it’s always good to think about what you want people to know about you beforehand. For instance, Chatroulette is a lot more risky than webcam chatting with someone you’ve known for a long period of time. My advice is to never

wear anything that would give someone a way to find you. This would include a letter shirt if you’re in a Greek organization, a college shirt declaring what school you attend or anything with your name on it (especially if you have a pretty unique name). You also might want to consider sitting somewhere where the person won’t be able to see much of your room. I know a lot of people have pictures on their walls with their friends and I definitely wouldn’t want a

stranger to see my friend unless my friend was on Chatroulette with me. All of the things that apply to clothing also apply to your room. It’s good to be wary of your surroundings before logging into any kind of program that will let a stranger see into your dorm or home. With this advice, have fun! Don’t be scared to goof off on Chatroulette or similar programs because it’s usually pretty fun once you try it, especially when it’s a group activity.


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textbooks with great regularity. In the past, a textbook would remain current for a good three to four years. In this day and age, publishers hungry for a bigger profit are churning out new versions and editions of books every year. While this may reap large dividends for the publisher, it prevents students from receiving any monetary compensation at the end of the semester during the book buyback period. Students are expected to bite the whole cost of already overpriced books that they will probably never touch again, except to wipe off the dust that has collected on them. Caught in a moneysucking situation with seemingly no way out, students have been forced to seek alternative options for purchasing textbooks. The most popular option these days is chegg.com, a Web site that some have dubbed “the Netflix of textbook rentals.” According to the Washington Post, Chegg. com has rented more than 2 million books to students at more than 6,400 schools since it was launched nationally in 2007. The Web site allows students to rent books by the semester or quarter at rates that vary depending on the popularity of the title and when the semester starts. However, the books are usually at least halfoff the typical retail price. Renters hang onto their orange boxes and mail the books back at the end of the semester free of charge. Simple as that. The advent of sites such as Chegg has sparked a fight between Internet sellers and

national bookstores. It is understandable that college bookstores are getting more and more aggravated by the decline in revenue from textbook purchases, but what other option do students have? The economy has placed unrelenting strains on both students and their families, increasing student loan and credit card debt significantly. Therefore, wherever college kids can catch a break, they will. Personally, I can attest to the immense problem textbooks have created. My older sister attends the University of Alabama and used to spend around $1,000 on books each semester from the bookstore. After a year or so, she realized how ridiculous that cost was and began researching some alternatives. Needless to say, I learned from her mistake and have been purchasing my textbooks on Amazon. com since the beginning of my college career. Because of my bargain shopping, I save anywhere from $300 to $500 per semester. This allows me to pay for my books out-of-pocket rather than take out a larger student loan to cover the cost, which will help me in the long run. Bookstores should receive this information as a wake up call. Until they offer a cheaper product, students will go elsewhere to get what they need. Tuition costs are already breaking the bank, and students should not have to worry about textbooks pushing them over the edge. Either bookstores lower prices, or I will continue to write my checks out to another company that seems to have my best interest in mind.

Alcohol on campus not so bad Students responding to the weekly SpringHillian poll overwhelmingly favored colleges allowing students of age to drink at certain on-campus events. They were split, however, on whether monitors or some other supervision should be present. Research indicates that nearly all colleges have alcohol policies, along with penalties for those who violate the policies. Spring Hill students were asked last week if an event such as the Flashback Party – in which students of age were allowed to drink in the presence of monitors – ought to be more common. Most of the respondents said students of legal drinking age are responsible enough to drink on-campus. Slightly fewer students indicated that on-campus drinking ought to be allowed for students of legal drinking age, but with monitors or other supervision present. The idea that alcohol should be prohibited on-campus had no support. Students of legal drinking age are responsible enough to drink oncampus.

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Check out next week’s poll at our Web site, www.shc.edu/hillian. The question for next week concerns the House of Representatives’ important vote concerning health care reform last weekend.

How do you feel about the passage of health care legislation last weekend? • Very good. This was the right thing to do. • No opinion. It doesn’t concern me. • Not very good. I believe it will increase the federal deficit.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!! Are YOU interested in being the next Student-Editor of

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Applications are being accepted for the fall 2010 position of student-editor of the weekly campus newspaper, The SpringHillian. To be considered, interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter (explaining your reason for wanting to be considered) to the Division of Communication Arts. The application deadline is Friday, April 16. It is recommended that the student-editor be enrolled in the class CMM400/401 during the fall 2010 semester.


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Katelyn Ikner Life & Culture Editor krikner@stumail.shc.edu

Life & Culture

Student Spotlight: Colby Melvin MEGAN WIGAL-HARRISON Staff Reporter

There is more to Colby Melvin than meets the eye; He has accomplished a lot more than the successful Flashback Party. The former SGA President has done many things for the Spring Hill College community and hopes to continue giving to other people after he graduates. Four years ago, the Lafayette, La. native came to Spring Hill, although the school was not his first choice. Melvin said he applied here because his guidance counselor recommended the school, but he had two other colleges in mind. He wanted to move away from his hometown and experience something new. Melvin came to Preview and immediately fell in love with the place. A few of Melvin’s activities while at Spring Hill include chair of SHC Student Concerns Committee, Preview Guide and Preview Guide Intern, Freshman Seminar Leader, Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit honor

society), Psi Chi (the psychology honor society), resident assistant, SGA President and Lambda Chi Alpha. Melvin also started Earth Day on campus and the Just 4 Students high school outreach program. Melvin also collaborated with SGA to start the first Flashback Party. He said that the party was a huge success with almost 200 people in attendance. The party raised money for the senior class gift and Melvin hopes that it will continue long after he’s gone as a fundraiser for the senior gift. The former SGA President has enjoyed everything that he has done while at Spring Hill. Melvin’s favorite part about being on SGA was: “Being in a position where we could get things done for the student body. Students underestimate their own potential. I’m not special. Every student could be doing what I’m doing.” The psychology major said that he didn’t always know that he wanted to pursue psychology. Mel-

vin explained that during his freshman year he, “woke up one morning and said, ‘I think I’ll be a psychology major.’” Melvin has stuck with psychology and is excited that he will get to use his degree for good in the near future. Last summer, Melvin had the chance to study abroad in nine different countries over a two month period. Melvin said that the experience, “taught me a lot about the world and what it has to offer.” After graduation, Melvin plans to work on a project in Ghana for two to three years. When he is finished in Ghana, Melvin wants to come back to the U.S. and get his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology. Melvin wants to use the degree to work on interna-

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tional business with developed and underdeveloped countries, to ensure that countries are not taken advantage of. What will Melvin miss the most about Spring Hill College? “The people. I really have met some of the most amazing people.” Melvin believed that SHC was like its own “reality show” because everyone lived close together and was able to form relationships. Melvin said that the closeness, “allowed me to form bonds with people that will last forever.”

MSU sponsors poetry night »Students met in Java City to share their original poems and poems of great writers Students gathered in Java City to listen, read and share poetry on Thursday, March 18 for a poetry night hosted by Spring Hill College’s Multicultural Student Union. Freshman, T’Keyan Peoples, kicked off the event with three original poems. The first poem titled “HipHop” chronicled the history of hip-hop and Peoples’ own take on the hip-hop culture. Her second poem, “My friend, a friend, a very best friend,” depicted a girl who contracted HIV/AIDS. Peoples’ final poem, “Everybody Needs to Wake Up,” highlighted some of the issues faced JASMINE WILLIAMS Staff Reporter

in the black community today. Junior Demarco Wills followed up by reciting his three original poems. The first poem was untitled and told the story of a friend’s struggle to get a girl. His second poem titled “Mona Lisa” was a poem that Wills says “came to him in a dream and he just ran with it.” Wills final poem, “Caramel Kiss,” was based on a true story about a memorable kiss. Sophomore Chassidy Simmons closed the first part of the show with a reading of her original poem, “The Game of Life” and an untitled piece about a disappointing hero. The second half of the poetry night consisted of an open mic segment.

Junior Chelsea Mack read Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” and Nina Simone’s “To be young, gifted and black.” Junior Adelaide Sabido also read two poems, an original titled “Lost Love” and another “My Beloved Father” by an anonymous author. Junior Jade Cunningham attended the event and said that “Demarco Wills’ poetry was very eloquent and made me believe in romance again.” Coffee and pastries were served at the event and Mack summed up the night as “short, simple and sweet.” MSU also announced its upcoming event “Latin Dance Night” on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Byrne Memorial Hall.


Life & Culture Play Review: Alice in Wonderland LINDSEY WORLEY Co Editor-in-Chief

Alice in Wonderland, adapted by Andre Gregory and the Manhattan Project, took place March 18-21 and was directed by Fr. Stephen Campbell. As discussed in the SpringHillian article “Play Review: Alice in Wonderland” from last week, this adaptation of a familiar tale was a little twisted, challenging the original ideas that Disney so famously captured. This play, which took place in the Arlene Mitchell Theater, was set well. Imagination is the key to what occurs in Alice’s adventures, and the scenery was perfect for the imagination of the crowd. Elementary designs of cats, snakes and other various creatures were drawn on three movable black chalkboards; two alphabet blocks were mingled amongst a few other blocks; and this was essentially the set. Other minor, various objects were used, but overall, imagination from the audience was the life-blood of the set. The high point of the play was the physical acting. While this may seem a bit obvious—every play is focused on physical acting—this play actually used the actors as the set, sound and scenery for the entire show. Alice’s fall through the hole was mimicked by Patty McLaughlin being pushed around in circles by the actors. In fact, all of the elements that these background actors did—the garden noises, the beating of rhythms, a portrayal of a mushroom chair and more—were amazingly done. In fact, McLaughlin was oftentimes overshadowed by the background actors.

Some of the actors simply shined in their humorous roles as major characters. Grant Benoit, who played the Dodo bird, made the audience continually laugh because he had his tongue hanging out of his mouth, and he spoke in such a way that if a Dodo bird could talk, one could imagine it would be in Benoit’s voice. Joey Pistorius almost stole the show with his rendition of the Mad Hatter—his accent over-the-top, yet clear and understandable, and his antics matched both. Ryan Nocito, who played The March Hare as well as the opening and closing Dodgson, also shined with his characteristically expressive face and booming voice. Another great trick the play implemented was interaction with the audience. At one point, Alice approached a man sitting in the front row and handed him a stuffed animal that represented a baby. And at another point, The March Hare begged everyone to clap. However, the play was confusing at times. Obviously, Alice in Wonderland can be interpreted many ways and is ridiculous in itself. But for those who had not perhaps read the book or seen Alice in Wonderland in some time, this adaption of the script moved in a way that was not clear as to where it was going. While the actors entertained and allowed the audience to imagine the scenery, the script itself was wordy and sometimes incomprehensible. Overall, though, the play was enjoyable and worth a watch. Nocito, a senior, said at the end of the play that it was “a good last show,” both for himself and for the play’s last night.

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life & CulTure

Get to Know: Dr. Colette Windish Azalea Trail Run to hit the streets of Mobile not as vivid as t�e door opening to t�e room and Windis� explained, “I The offices lining �ave t�ings t�at I decided bot� sides of t�e narrow I was going to put places,” second floor of the but t�e professors are Administration Building supposed to ask for �elp belong to professors of from plant operations various subjects. Simple before �anging t�ings plates are �ung on t�e wall on t�e windows, so t�e next to eac� door naming office remains largely the person that the office undecorated. belongs to. On or around Windis� was eac� door are decorations daug�ter to an American t�at t�e owner of t�e small fat�er – w�o was in t�e stretc� of space �as added military – and a Frenc� to liven up t�e ot�erwise mot�er in Orléans, France. plain �allway. �wo of t�ese Her family traveled w�en decorated doors are next to s�e was younger, and eac� ot�er, bot� covered in �er c�ild�ood included postcards. ��e difference living in Et�iopia for a in t�ese postcards is a year, before moving back matter of culture, language to France w�en s�e was and location. around t�e age of four. One of t�ese Windis� received �er doors belongs to Frenc� education in France and professor, Dr. Colette was about to begin working Windis�. “I started a toward �er P�.D. at t�e age trend,” joked Windis�, of 22, w�en s�e decided to w�en asked about t�e move to t�e States instead. postcards. S�e covered “��e Frenc� t�e windows in postcards [sc�ooling] system is w�en s�e moved from very different [from t�e the third floor of the United States system]. I Administration Building to wasn’t completely ready t�e second. and I wanted to take a ��e interior of year off, I �ad t�e option Windish’s office is filled to come and teac� as a �A wit� not one, but four for a year, so I decided to bookcases. Windis� isn’t do t�at.” Windis� spent just required to read, but two years at Harvard as loves to. “For fun I like a teac�ing assistant and to read �istorical murder t�en went on to get a P�D mysteries,” said Windis�. from Princeton in Frenc� The walls of her office are Literature and 19t� Century ALICIA BARBOUR Staff Reporter

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poetry. As a past-time, Windis� loves to travel, “Italy is one of my favorite destinations,” s�e said. S�e also loves to cook, “Soufflé is one of my specialties,” she confided. Windis�’s passions include �istory and arc�aeology and s�e tries to �elp environmental causes. At Spring Hill College, Windis� teac�es mostly Frenc� and literature, alt�oug� s�e is also currently teac�ing a class on movie adaptations of literature. Before SHC, Windis� taug�t at colleges in Massac�usetts and Pennsylvania. Windis� came to Spring Hill College for a full-time job, and found t�at s�e �as come to enjoy t�e small campus. “I’ve always wanted to be in a liberal arts college more t�an a big university, so Spring Hill was a good matc� for me.” Windis� �as been teac�ing at SHC since August of 2001 and �as no plans to leave in t�e near future. “You get to �ave a lot of different interactions wit� colleagues; since it’s a small campus you’re not isolated in your own department. I like t�e personal connection, bot� to my colleagues, my peers and my students.”

contestants will be awarded wit� medallions. Mobile residents are able to com ��e 33rd annual pete for t�e local awards. Mobile Azalea �rail Run Plaques will be awarded to will be �itting t�e streets of t�e top 10 men and women Mobile on Saturday, Marc� of t�is local category as well. 27, 2010, wit� new and imAwards will be given to t�e proved courses. top 3 masters, first grand According to t�e masters and first senior Azalea �rail Run Web site, grandmasters. Medallions t�is year’s race courses will will also be given to t�e top consist of 2K, 5K and 10K 10 of eac� age division. runs. ��e 5K run is new to A post-race party t�e Azalea �rail Run t�is will be �eld after t�e race. year, w�ile t�e 2K and 10K All finishers of the race will races �ave c�anged routes receive food and beverages from previous years. All w�ile enjoying live music. t�ree race courses begin on People over t�e age of 21 Government St., near t�e will also receive Mic�elob Holiday Inn and end near Ultra from Budweisert�e intersection of Canal Busc� Distributing. and Claiborne Streets on Cub Scout Pack 227 t�e sout� side of t�e Mobile is partnering wit� t�e AzaCivic Center parking lot. lea �rail Run to promote t�e ��e 10K race starts at 8 a.m. run as being environmenand t�e 5K at 8:15 a.m. tally fun and friendly. ��e For all runners’ scouts will be placing recysafety, bicycles, strollers, cling bins around t�e race jogging strollers, roller site and t�e Mobile Civic blades, �ead p�ones, balls Center and will pick t�em and pets are not allowed up after t�e race for recyon t�e race course. Water cling. Massage t�erapists stations will be provided will also be available from along t�e course. During 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mast�e race, t�e runners will be sage sessions will be given supported along t�e sideon a first come, first serve lines by Mobile Azalea �rail basis and are only available Maids, live bands, local for 10K race participants. radio stations, �ig� sc�ool Runners must �ave t�eir c�eerleaders, team mascots race numbers wit� t�em to and entertainers. receive t�eir post-race mas Sop�omore Alsage. exandra Messer enjoys Sponsors for t�e participating in t�e Mobile Azalea �rail Run are: MiAzalea �rail Run and will be c�elob Ultra, Winn Dixie, competing t�is year. Messer Alabama Ort�opaedic said, “��e most enjoyable Clinic, 92 ZEW, Little Red t�ing is running wit� ot�er Hen Productions, Kentwood people w�o s�are t�e same Springs, Bailey’s �V, Blue passion for running t�at I Cliff Career College, Hampdo. Almost t�e entire race is ton Inn and Suites, al.com lined wit� azaleas.” and Compound Care P�ar ��e overall winners macy. Prices to participate of t�e Azalea �rail Run will in t�e 5K and 10K races are receive prize money and $22 for adults and $15 for ot�er distinctive mementos. yout�. ��e 2K Fun Run is ��e top 10 male and female $16 for adults and $12 for race walkers and w�eelc�air yout�. KATELYN IKNER LIfe and Culture Editor


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Top 5 movies debuting next month Spring break safety tips ABBY COWART Co Editor-in-Chief

With April and Spring Break approaching, one can only hope that the weather will cooperate and generate sunny skies and warm temperatures for beach-goers. However, a true Mobilian knows that the weather in the South is nothing short of unpredictable. For those rainy days that make going to the beach out of the question, what’s better than buying some popcorn and seeing a new movie? I’ve narrowed down the options and gotten the scoop on the top 5 sureto-please movies debuting this April: 1. “Please Give,” R The Release Date: April 23 The Stars: Amanda Peet, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt The Category: Funny, feelgood drama/comedy Kate (Keener), Alex (Platt) and their teenage daughter Abby purchase the apartment next door in order to expand their two bedroom Manhattan apartment. Their only problem is the old cranky lady Andra living in it--they have to wait for her to die. Andra is cared for by her sweet granddaughter Rebecca who has no life and is blatantly rejected by her other highly cynical granddaughter, Mary (Peet). Simply waiting for Andra to die becomes complicated when the two families’ lives intersect, resulting in a dramatic comedy about love, death and liberal guilt. 2. “The Greatest,” R The Release Date: April 2 The Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan The Category: Tear-jerker you take your girlfriend to see “The Greatest” tells

the story of Allen and Grace Brewer (Brosnan and Sarandon), a grief-stricken couple whose family has suffered the loss of their oldest son, Bennett, in a car accident. Amidst coping with that tragedy, the couple is shocked when a young woman named Rose (Mulligan) shows up a few months later, announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child. The Brewer family takes Rose into their home but soon finds out that her presence is tearing the family apart, often bringing back sad, painful memories. However, her interactions with each of them eventually prove to be the very thing that brings the family back together.

that reminds you of your dysfunctional family Vince Rizzo (Garcia) is a lifelong resident of the tiny Bronx enclave of City Island. A family man who makes his living as a corrections officer, Vince secretly desires to become an actor. Ashamed to admit his aspirations to his family, Vince would rather let his wife Joyce (Margulies) believe his weekly poker games are a cover for an extramarital affair than admit he’s secretly taking acting classes in Manhattan. Deception, half-truths and confusion make Vince and his family members realize that the truth may not set them free, but it is easier to keep track of than all of their white lies.

3. “Date Night,” PG-13 The Release Date: April 9 The Stars: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, James Franco, Mark Wahlberg, Mark Ruffalo, Leighton Meester, Mila Kunis The Category: Perfect date night movie (pun intended) Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey) are a married couple whose “date night” has become nothing more than the routine dinner and a movie. In an effort to put the spark back into their relationship, they take the initiative to make date night something special. Thanks to an epic case of mistaken identity, their romantic evening on the town goes haywire. Instead of sipping fine wine and strolling through Central Park, they flee dirty cops, seek help from a pathological weapons expert (Wahlberg) and attempt a comically inept routine at a strip club.

5. “The Joneses,” R The Release Date: April 16 The Stars: David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole The Category: Just another drama Kate and Steve Jones (Moore and Duchovny) are a seemingly perfect couple who, along with their equally perfect teenagers Jenn and Mick, move into an upscale gated community. The Joneses have better goods, games and other possessions than any other family in town. They are overly attractive and overly confident. The only problem is that they’re not a family. They are employees of a stealth marketing organization, and they know how to make everyone else want what they’ve got. Despite their success in the neighborhood, the divisions in the family begin to increase. Soon, a disaster next door forces them to make choices about their priorities. For more information on these movies and other films debuting next month, visit www.themovieinsider.com.

4. “City Island,” PG-13 The Release Date: April 2 The Stars: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin The Category: Witty movie

MEGAN WIGAL-HARRISON Staff Reporter

The week we have all been anticipating is almost here. Yes, Spring Break is next week. Spring Break can be the greatest week of the year, or it could be the worst if you are not prepared. To prevent something from ruining Spring Break, here are a few tips to follow. 1. If you are going to spend the week soaking in rays, then you need to make sure to use sunscreen. The Center for Disease Control says to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. You need to reapply sunscreen often because it wears off after a while. Don’t forget the sunglasses and a hat too. You can still get a sunburn even if it’s cloudy outside. Also, the sun can maximize the effects of a hangover so don’t drink too much while in the sun. 2. If you are spending the break in an unknown place, be sure to never go anywhere alone. The buddy system might sound like a kindergartenthing, but some people like to prey on Spring Breakers. Always have someone with you, especially when going to the ATM, as people often get mugged when they are caught off-guard. 3. If you take prescription medication,

make sure that you have plenty with you. It would be horrible to run out of your meds during Spring Break and have no way of getting them filled. Also pack aspirin or some other kind of pain reliever with you because the sun tends to cause headaches. 4. Make sure you have your driver’s license with you! If you forget it then you won’t get to drink! But more importantly, if you do drink, never sit your drink down or leave it with someone you don’t know. Date rape is real and you don’t want it to happen to you. It’s a proven fact that women with higher alcohol levels have a greater risk for sexual assault, so drink wisely. 5. Keep the doors locked at all times. It might sound dumb, but you really can’t trust anyone. Also lock up your valuables, such as jewelry and your passport, in a safe if one is provided for you. Only take what you need when going out so you don’t end up losing stuff or having it stolen. You can be safe and still have an awesome Spring Break. Keep these five tips in mind and have fun!

Photos by Doug Bruce


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Life & Culture

Philosophy Club seeks understanding COOL day revamped KATELYN IKNER LIfe and Culture Editor

As Wittgenstein once said, “A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.” This is a part of the mission of the Spring Hill College Philosophy Club, which seeks to open the mind to new philosophical reason through its club meetings. According to Philosophy Club President, Phillip Bressie, the club discusses issues in all fields of philosophy. Some of the issues discussed this semester include the nature of art, politics, morality and metaphysics. “We’ve had topics such as whether computers could have consciousness, what is the soul and things such as that,” Bressie said. “One of the greatest things about philosophy is the scope of topics covered. If you ask two different people about the nature of philosophy you can get very different answers.  Each philosopher is interested in his or her own particular subject

matter. This leads our group to have a wide variety in the sorts of things we discuss.  If you get a room full of philosophers together, there’s no telling what they’re going to talk about.  All you know is that the discussion is bound to get complicated,” Bressie said. Along with the club’s bi-weekly meeting, it also holds movie nights throughout the semester. So far this semester, the club has featured the movie “Watchmen” and discussed the various philosophical issues within the film. “We had several people attend. It was a success,” said Philosophy Club Vice President, Matt Moore. “We plan on having another movie night soon,” Moore added. As for next year’s activities, the club will certainly continue its biweekly meetings and movie nights. According to Bressie, the idea of having a large scale group discussion, like the town hall meeting Dr. Dodsworth held last semester is a possibility. As well as the idea of holding presentations on a paper or

topic one of their members is currently working on. Bressie said, “In the world of philosophy, presentations followed by questions and critiques are the way in which new theories are developed and revised. It therefore makes sense that we as a philosophy club could hold similar presentations to develop ideas for use in our individual philosophy coursework.” As both Bressie and Moore are seniors, they hope that the club continues to grow and continue to explore deep philosophical thought. Moore said, “My hope is that student’s understanding of philosophical issues will be furthered by what we do in the club.” Bressie added, “I think it is important to have such a group on campus and hope that students who are, if only mildly, interested in philosophy will seek out others who share their passion for knowledge.” The faculty sponsors for the Philosophy Club are Dr. Heather Salazar and Dr. Michael Ferry. The club meets bi-weekly on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at Java City; everyone is welcome to attend.

Either way, students are encouraged to think broadly about the topics Every year at the they are presenting. end of April, students Any student can gather to present their apply to be apart of knowledge in the anCOOL Day, but not all nual COOL Day celebrawill be able to present tion on campus. COOL their work. Each acastands for Celebration Of demic department sets Our Learning and stuup a suitable committee dents from all disciplines to review presentation present posters, papers proposals, of which they and research on an inde- choose three. This year, pendent or group projall proposals are due ect that they have been to department division working on throughout chairs by April 6, 2010. the year. Presentation formats The purpose of must be approved by the day is to give stuthe committee if they dents the opportunity to are not standard oral build confidence during presentations. All sepresentations as well as lected students will have to inform the attendan abstract of their preees of the kind of work sentation printed in the Spring Hill students are program for COOL Day. accomplishing. While the selec The types of work tion process is the same presented are completely as it’s always been, open to the students, but some of the general roustudents often work with tines of the actual COOL faculty or staff in coming Day have changed. Look up with a project. In fact, for more information COOL Day is not limited to come in the next exclusively to academic SpringHillian. This year work. The day is also COOL Day will be on open to art, performanc- April 21 and April 22, es and other displays. 2010. KELCEE SMITH Op-ed Editor

Coming up this week in Mobile... Date Event Time Location March 25

Jeff Dunham The Flying Dutchman

7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Mobile Civic Center Mobile Civic Center Theater

March 25-28

Festival of Flowers

9 a.m.

Providence Hospital

March 26

Appetite for Destruction (Guns n Roses tribute)

11 p.m.

Soul Kitchen

March 27

Guided Tour of Mobile Museum of Art Azalea Trail Run

2 p.m

Mobile Museum of Art

6 a.m.

Mobile Civic Center

Madea’s Big Happy Family

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Mobile Civic Center

March 28


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Sports

Dan Criscione and Alex Del Rio

Sports Editors dscriscione@stumail.shc.edu & aldelrio@stumail.shc.edu

NCAA Tournament heats up with big time bracket busters »Big Red spice up tournament: Northern Iowa knocks off Kansas, and other upsets stun fans and bust brackets nationwide JIM LOVE Contributing Writer I guess the NCAA tournament is called March Madness for a reason. This past week we learned that anything is possible when two teams face off in the Big Dance. The first round featured stunning upsets and close games last Thursday and Friday. Ohio beat Georgetown by 14 points. Murray State knocked Vanderbilt out on a game winning shot as time expired. Old Dominion took down Notre Dame by one point. Number two seed Villanova needed overtime to get by Robert Morris --- which surprisingly is a college and not a person. Heavily favored teams like Michigan State, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Wisconsin all survived scares. Texas blew an eight point lead in overtime and

lost to Wake Forest by buzzer beating three point decided by three points one. This paragraph does shot to move to the Sweet or less, and there were six not do the excitement of Sixteen. Xavier also fought upsets in the round. the 32-game first round hard and beat Pittsburgh But this is the justice --- there were 10 by three points in a back sentence that will put the upsets and 11 games “madness” of the decided by five points tournament in or less in the first perspective for round. all of us --- the The second Ivy League has as round was just as many teams in the good as the first. Sweet 16 as the As promised in ACC … one. The last week’s issue, Cornell Big Red Maryland vs. are the Cinderella Michigan State from the Ivy and Xavier vs. League after Pittsburgh were Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com embarrassing the thrilling contests. The nation’s two best Cornell is enjoying its improbable run. Spartans appeared defenses --- the to be in control --Temple Owls and they led by as many as 15 and forth game. Purdue the Wisconsin Badgers points in the second half needed overtime to get by -- in the first two rounds. --- but Maryland made Texas A&M --- the fourth The Owls and the Badgers a frantic run in the final overtime game of the were both ranked in the two minutes to take their tournament --- and Butler AP Top 25, and before the first lead since early in the squeezed by the 13 seed tournament Cornell was 4first half. Unfortunately Murray State Racers who 63 all-time against ranked for all of the Terrapin were looking to pull off teams. In fact Cornell shot fanatics from my beloved their second big upset in 61.1 percent from the field home state, Michigan three days. Five of the 16 against the Badgers --- the State answered with a second round games were highest percentage ever

against the Badger defense under Coach Bo Ryan. Now they go to Syracuse, NY --an hour from their campus --- to play Kentucky, who should not overlook their matchup tonight (8:57PM), because the Big Red can make shots from everywhere. With Temple and Wisconsin out of the tournament, the best defensive team left in the tournament is the Northern Iowa Panthers. Last Saturday, the Panthers pulled the biggest tournament upset since

Softball beat Div. 3 opponent in latest victory The Spring Hill College softball team has rallied off a season high six game win streak, taking down NCAA Div. 3 Birmingham-Southern College, as well as other worthy opponents. DAN CRISCIONE Co-sports Editor

Birmingham-Southern came to the Badgers’ home looking to remain undefeated, but left with two losses instead. In the first game, Spring Hill found itself down in the final inning until sophomore Monica Zeringue hit her second double of the contest, bringing in two runners and sealing the game for Spring Hill. Sam Brooks is credited with the win as the Badgers edged the Panthers 4-3. In the second game, the Badgers did what badgers do best and protected their home-or field in this case. Spring Hill took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th inning when junior Brooke Turlich smashed

a double, bringing in two runs and giving the Badgers a 5-0 advantage going into the final frame. After allowing one Panther run, Spring Hill completed the afternoon sweep when Jessica Edgar snagged a grounder and got the final out. Brittany Abate pitched a near flawless game, allowing only four hits and striking out four BSC batters. Spring Hill is now 6-2 at home this season. Next for the softball team was an action packed weekend in which they played four games within 24 hours. The quick time turnaround didn’t seem to affect Spring Hill one bit. In the first game, the Badgers took down tournament host Thomas University with a 4-2 score. The second game for Spring Hill saw yet another walk off by Zeringue. This time however, was in the form of a two run home run, lifting the Badgers to a 7-5 victory over LSU-Alexandria. Ersy Pacheco added two home runs of

her own during the contest. The next morning, Spring Hill seemed to have eaten its Wheaties by pulling off two more wins and sweeping the tournament. In the first game of the day, the Badgers beat LSU-Alexandria 5-2 on the back of Brooks, who earned her team leading 6th win of the season. The final game for Spring Hill in the tournament ended in a 2-1 win over the Night Hawks of Thomas University. Abate received the win and remains unbeaten this season with a 4-0 record. On the day, Haley Brown went 5-7 at the plate. Spring Hill will look to stay atop the GCAC with four conference games this week, including two at the University of Mobile Friday starting at 4 p.m. The Badgers play at home on Saturday, March 27 against Lindenwood University out of St. Louis, Mo. starting at 2 p.m.

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Baseball team swept by LSU-S Women’s golf second at invitational »Badgers take tough losses at games in Shreveport, Lousiana

»Stong play from Victoria Gonzalez keeps Badgers on pace to win

DAN CRISCIONE Co-sports Editor

ALEX DEL RIO Co-sports Editor

The Spring Hill College baseball team got swept by conference rival, LSUShreveport this past weekend. The Badgers jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the second inning of the first game of the series as Blake Nelson of Mobile, Ala. connected for a two run shot followed by a solo homerun by Brad Holstein. The lead was short lived however. In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Pilots scorched Spring Hill for nine runs, giving them an 11-3 advantage to which they would hold on to for the rest of the game. No. 18 LSU-S went yard three times during the onslaught. David Dupuy took the loss for Spring Hill. In the second half of the doubleheader, the Pilots held Spring Hill to a shutout, winning 8-0. LSU-S added three more home runs to the day’s total including a three run shot by Kevin Smith and a two run blast which finished off the Badgers for good. Junior lefthander Joe

Baumgartner is credited with the loss. Spring Hill’s batting woes continued the next morning in the third and final game of the weekend series. The Pilots built an early 50 lead in the first inning off of Spring Hill’s starter, Stephen Herrington. The Pilots scorched the Badgers for another three homeruns and a final score of 15-0. This series marked the last time these two teams will face each other during season conference play, as each team is moving to a different conference next season. LSUS is moving to the Red River Athletic Conference and Spring Hill is moving to the Southern States Athletic Conference, which will arguably be the toughest conference in the United States at the NAIA level. The Badgers are now in fourth place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and host four games against another conference rival in William Carey University this weekend, with two games on Friday and two on Saturday.

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The Spring Hill College women’s golf team opened the 2010 spring season with a 7th place finish at the Ann Rhoads Shootout held at Timberline Golf Course. The tournament was hosted by Birmingham-Southern College on Feb. 21 and 22. The Badgers shot a 2-day combined 733 (366, 367, +165) over the par-71, 5803yard course. Individually, junior Vicky Gonzalez led Spring Hill with a final score of 169 (86, 83, +27) and finished tied for 13th position out of 57 golfers. Shea Bowers, a senior from Mobile, carded a 180 (92, 88, +38) for a 28th place finish. Sophomore AnnMarie Coan of St. Louis, Mo., closed with a +48 (97, 93, 190)

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University of Mobile 703 (348, 355). Lindenwood University finished 3rd with a score of 749 (383, 366) and Faulkner University brought up the rear with a 4th place finish-819 (411, 408). Vicky Gonzalez led Spring Hill with a final score of 172 (89, 83) for a 2nd place finish behind the Lady Rams’ Meagan Rice who shot a winning 160 (78, 82). Shea Bowers carded a 179 (91, 88) for a 5th place finish. Jasmine Bowers finished 13th overall shooting 196 (99, 97,+52) Anna Beykirch finished the tournament 14th overall shooting a 198 (102, 96,+54). Chelsea Mayer finished 15th after she shot 201 (96, 105, +57). The SHC ladies next tee off at the Bash at the Beach at Daytona Beach, Fla., on April 10-11.

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score for 39th position. Freshman Chelsea Mayer from Baton Rouge, La., turned in a final scorecard with a 194 (91, 103, +52) for 40th place. Junior Jasmine Bowers, the younger sister of Shea, recorded a 208 (105, 103, +66) for 48th place. As a result of her dominant performance at the Ann Rhoads Shootout, Vicky Gonzalez was named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Women’s Golfer of the Week. The Spring Hill College women’s golf team went on to finish 2nd place of four teams at the Spring Hill College Badger Invitational held at the Spring Hill College Golf Course March 7th and 8th. The Badgers shot a 2-day combined 732 (371, 361) to close the event behind the

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Upsets ruin bracket: Alex and Dan re-predict the Sweet 16 »The Madness has driven Alex and Dan crazy After this year’s March Madness kicked off, upsets ruined brackets all over the country, including the SpringHillian’s predictions. Our sports editors now try to corectly pick the “Sweet 16” bracket. Alex and Dan hope to try to redeem themselves after having only half of their original ‘Sweet 16’ predictions correct. The early exits by Kansas and Villanova destroyed most brackets, among other key squads.

Among the changes to the final predictions include Syracuse in the final, but still losing to West Virginia. The Cornell Big Red have had a miraculous run thus far, but their season should end at the hands of Kentucky. Now that Kansas is out of the way, the Midwest bracket would seem to be wide open. Alex and Dan however agree that Ohio State will be the representative from the Midwest.

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Oh the ‘Mustache Madness’: Mustache March is here »Spring Hill students show off their manliness in the form of a sure sign that spring is here--mustaches ALEX DEL RIO Co-sports Editor

The NCAA Tournament has been “MADNESS” so far, but it has also stolen a lot of attention of another March event: Mustache March. For those who don’t know what Mustache March is, it’s a friendly competition amongst friends to see who can grow the best mustache. The rules are plain and simple: competitors must be cleanly shaved by March 1st and if you shave your ‘stache totally (maybe completely), you are disqualified from the competition. Creativity and maintenance of the mustache is highly encouraged. Now when I say mustache, I’m not talking about stubble you didn’t shave because you thought it would look funny. I’m talking about a real mustache. A real mustache is a commitment, nay, a calling that a man follows to seek the infinite wisdom that a

mustache can provide. Freshman Alex Villanueva is one of the many students participating in Mustache March. Villanueva is fully committed to his ‘stache and has already reaped the benefits that come along with it. “It’s great to have a mustache. Ever since I’ve started growing one, I’ve been getting better grades and I’ve also learned how to play the violin,” said Villanueva about his fashionable upper lip. A wise man once said, it’s much harder to grow a mustache than it is to write about one. Not all men have the opportunity to gain the wisdom a mustache can offer. I, for one, cannot grow a mustache. I am an outsider looking in on the world of mighty mustaches. I have always wanted to grow a mustache just to see what I might be able to accomplish with it. But as the old saying goes, not all men can grow mus-

taches, but all mustaches grow men. Ever since I was a child I’ve always admired great athletes such as Randy Johnson, Dale Earnhardt and Steve Prefontaine. Not only did I admire them for their accomplishments in their respective sports, but also for their powerful mustaches. Their mustaches were part of their character. They used the power of the ‘stache to their advantage and intimidated all those who dared to challenge them. As a result, all of these men are considered some of the best athletes in their sports’ history. Coincidence? Let’s see how Spring Hill athletes have performed as a result of their decision to embrace the middle of their face. Brad Holstein is one of the baseball captains this year. Brad has fully committed to his mustache and as a result had been one of the

Source: Tony Mattera Tony Mattera, Mike Scanio, Brad Holstein and Ryan Cummings flash their staches to stun their opponents before their game.

team’s top performers in the month of March. “My mustache is great! When I step up to the plate now, the infield cringes knowing that me and my mustache came to play,” added Holstein on his mustache. Holstein has smashed opponents pitching for eight homeruns during the reign of his stache. Several baseball player have also embraced Mustache March including Tony Mattera, Mike Scanio, Ryan Cum-

mings and David Dupuy. Not only have their mustaches boosted team play, they also raised team moral, keeping the dugout fresh and chipper. The reason I write this article is to honor all the Spring Hill men who have answered the call of the mustache. I have seen you guys roaming campus boasting your lip warmers and I tip my hat to all the stern staches that I’ve seen as a result of Mustache March.

Jim Love recaps this year’s march madness and predicts the winners Continued from page 16

George Mason beat Connecticut to go to the Final Four in 2006, when they beat Kansas in stunning fashion. Kansas was picked by 42 percent of people who filled out a bracket on espn.com to win the whole tournament. No one thought that they would lose --- especially in the second round to a team from the Missouri Valley Conference. Cornell and Northern Iowa are also joined by St. Mary’s (CA) and Washington, who also made it to the Sweet 16 as double digit seeds. The Kentucky vs. Cornell

game tonight will be exciting, but I also think tonight’s Syracuse vs. Butler game (6:07) and tomorrow night’s Ohio State vs. Tennessee game (6:07) will be must see TV. I picked Butler to go to the Final Four before the season started and I guess I will stick with them out of principle. The team has the nation’s longest winning streak --- 22 games, no one else has won more than nine in a row --- and they buckled down in the face of adversity during the first two rounds. Ohio State and Tennessee will be competitive if the good version of the Volunteers --- this team beat Kentucky and Kansas

--- decides to show up and play. The crazy upsets and close games of the first two rounds ruined many of our brackets, and since the Jayhawks got knocked out I need a mulligan on my predictions from last week. With 16 teams remaining there are now 32,768 possible bracket scenarios left and this is the one I see happening: Elite 8: Midwest: Northern Iowa (Tom Izzo is a great tourney coach, but not great enough to beat Northern Iowa without his star guard Kalin Lucas) and Ohio State --- both changes from last

week West: Butler and Xavier East: Kentucky (but closer than we think it will be) and West Virginia South: Duke (a change from last week) and Baylor (they get to play near their campus in Houston) Final 4: Ohio State (my only Final Four change from last week), Butler, West Virginia, Baylor The Ohio State Buckeyes will beat West Virginia in the final. Enjoy the rest of the tournament and your Spring Break.


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SpOrTS Recent Badger success beyond ‘The Hill’ »A few Badgers have been recognized nationally for their efforts on and off the field The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Spring Hill College women’s basketball players Kristi Ybarra and Lynleigh Hughes have been named 2009-10 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. In order to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, the athlete must be nominated by their head coach, obtain junior status, and must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Ybarra and Hughes become the 100th and 101st Spring Hill College athlete to recieve the honor since it was introduced in 1979.

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Ersy Pacheco Softball

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Far left: Senior golfer Will Loweth from Houston, Texas has been named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for the second week in a row. Loweth led the Badgers with a second place fi nish at the annual SHC Badger Invitational Left: Joe Carter has been named the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. Carter pitched a complete-game shutout for the Badgers as they beat Oklahoma Wesleyan University 3-0 last week. Carter is now 3-1 for the season

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