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Transylvania University • Lexington, Ky. •

April 10, 2014 • VOL. 97, ISSUE 22

UK students rally in protest Confusion arises of Sodexo and outsourcing over TUSGA budget Mattie Bruton


Mattie Bruton

UK protestors dropped a banner inside the rotunda of the first floor of Patterson Office Tower on Tuesday, April 2. The banner procllaimed the protestors’ opposition to the outsourcing and privatization of UK dining as a whole, and in particular to outsourcing of UK dining to Sodexo, because of workers’ rights issues.

The United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), a student group at the University of Kentucky (UK), has recently staged a protest of Sodexo, the company currently in charge of Transylvania’s dining services. USAS has been campaigning against Sodexo under the slogan “No outsourcing, no Sodexo.” Sodexo is one of three possible companies to which UK is considering outsourcing its dining services. While USAS opposes any sort of outsourcing on campus, they oppose Sodexo especially because of the company’s reclassification of full-time work in accordance with Affordable Care Act definitions. Sodexo implemented a policy on Jan. 1, 2014, which changed the amount of time an employee needed to work to be classified as “full-time” from 30 hours per week for six or more weeks each quarter to 30 hours per week over a 52-week period. This caused many Sodexo workers who were previously classified as full-time to be newly classified as part-time, and to thus not receive the company healthcare benefits they once received as full-time workers. “We see that Sodexo goals don’t align with Kentucky’s achievements in affordably and fairly providing healthcare,” said USAS representative Brock Meade. Meade expressed pride in the role Kentucky has played in ensuring that workers have access to healthcare, and said that USAS found Sodexo’s reclassification of full-time workers to be contradictory to these values. USAS, along with UK faculty and staff members, has been protesting Sodexo outside of the UK dining hall since March. USAS applied for a timeslot to speak at the meeting of the UK Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 2, but the paperwork was not approved. Because the students did not get to address the board officially, they instead staged a mic-check, during which they made their point against outsourcing and Sodexo. Their anti-outsourcing stance was reflected later in the meeting by trustee and UK alumna Jo Hern Curris. USAS also dropped a banner with their motto, “No outsourcing, no Sodexo at UK” inside the rotunda of the first floor of Patterson Office Tower. “As students our campus wouldn’t be here without us. We’re moving financial resources into campus, so we have a lot of untapped power,” said

Meade. “I think it’s great to see social protest on UK’s campus,” Transylvania junior Lydia Lissanu said in an email interview, “Social institutions are made by people, so a critical mass of UK students could change policies or actions they think negatively impact their lives on their campus. Meade said that the issue was not limited to just UK’s campus. Sodexo is the dining service contractor for many colleges across the country, including Transy. “This is a really big concern that Transylvania students, faculty, staff, alumni and Transylvaniaaffiliated community members should be aware of,” Meade said, “that Sodexo has shown itself to not have a place on Kentucky campuses that have a more noble [sic] mission, or more fair healthcare practices.” Lissanu applied the issue more directly to Transylvania. “I think as a university we need to have a serious conversation about reworking our contract with Sodexo, while keeping in mind that all the staff are employed by Sodexo and not the university,” Lissanu said, “If Transy terminates relations with Sodexo, then workers are left in an even more precarious situation. We need to work to finding practical, just solutions for our workers. Transy’s campus representative for Sodexo withheld comment on this issue, because the protest was taking place on another university’s campus. Other universities have boycotted Sodexo for reasons of workers’ rights. “As a transnational corporation, Sodexo is part of a process of worldwide privatization, and finding loopholes in the Affordable Care Act is only part of that plan,” Lissanu said. Meade encouraged Transy students to be active in all on-campus issues, not just those involving Sodexo. “I definitely encourage folks to come together in student organization, decide what changes they want to see on campus and use the resources and skills they have to make that change,” Meade said. “Folks definitely shouldn’t feel ashamed or worried about speaking out about labor inequality of any other problem the see on campus.”

This year’s changes to the Transylvania University Student Government Association’s (TUSGA) constitution have caused confusion over budget distribution, and a vote to modify the division of funds. Last school year, the TUSGA budget was divided in accordance with different groups within the association. For instance, the Public Relations Committee, a subsection of TUSGA which no longer exists, once had its own budget allotment. The two current sections of TUSGA Senate, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, once operated out of individual budgets as well. “I guess the bigger issue was that [TU]SGA went through a pretty radical change last year,” said TUSGA Chief of Finance and senior Jordan Perkins. “We combined with [Student Activities Board] SAB, and just the way that [TU]SGA generally runs has changed pretty dramatically. The way that [TU]SGA was functioning and the way that I was doing the budget were two very different things.” Approximately two weeks ago, TUSGA received two funding requests for about $2,500 each. Perkins went to the Accounting Office to make sure there were sufficient funds for these two requests in the budget. “I didn’t want to overspend. It reflects badly on [TU]SGA, it makes us look bad. SAB overspent last year, and it was kind of an annoying problem,” Perkins said. Perkins found that the Accounting Office was still managing the TUSGA budget in the older, compartmentalized fashion. “When senate passed funding requests or policy proposals which included funding this year, we assumed that this money was coming out of one central budget–this was apparently not the case,” TUSGA Executive Vice President and senior Ashley Carter said in an email interview. TUSGA has therefore voted to remove the money from individual senate budgets and place it into one budget. “Obviously this makes things a little difficult because we rarely have an exact number for the budget, but as long as the Chief of Finance keeps track of the funding requests we grant, and we revise how our budget is constructed next year,” Carter said, “I think that our budget will continue to allow us to put our money towards funding student requests and funding campus improvements.” Perkins also accounted the difficulties to the way funding requests are passed through TUSGA. “The biggest limit and the biggest problem right now with TUSGA’s budget and TUSGA in general is that we function purely on a reimbursement basis, which makes my job really hard,” he said. Perkins explained that when he receives a funding request from a student or student organization that passes successfully through TUSGA, the association does not give that student or group the money itself. Rather, the student or group must first spend the money, and then Perkins gets a reimbursement from the Accounting Office afterwards to give back to the student or group. This reimbursement process creates a problem with timing and certainty within the budget. “It can sometimes take weeks to process the reimbursement or the use of our funds, and it’s hard to have a solid number on how much we have spent,” Carter said. “It’s just a difficult process and it’s gotten more difficult this year because there’s a lot more to keep track of,” Perkins said. “Essentially funds that were supposed to be allocated to certain groups didn’t get allocated that way just because of the way that the body was functioning because of the transitions.”

News Briefs Bathroom Legislation Passed Legistlation passed through TUSGA on Wednesday, April 9 that halls in Clay, Davis, Hazelrigg and Forrer would be able to vote to degender their bathrooms. The measure will go into effect with the 2014-2015 school year. Rwandan Remembrance Event The Rwandan remembrance event will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda on Friday, April 11 at 9 p.m.-10 p.m. in Back Circle. Food will be provided. Dreamin’ Rovers will be performing and Rwandan Transy students will do a poetry reading and share brief comments about their hope and future for Rwanda. There will also be a candle lighting ceremony to recognize the lives lost and the hope for the future in the youth of Rwanda. There is also a book drive for the International Book Project. There are drop off points in Forrer Front Lobby and in Old Morrison. Riot Accidents The Division of Fire and Emergency Services reports there were 19 couch fires and several small trash fires in the riots after the University of Kentucky basketball team’s loss to The Unniversity of Connecticut in the NCAA final tournament Monday night. There were 23 injuries, mostly minor. The Division of Police reports 31 arrests. Most of these incidents took place on State Street. Music Lessons Fee Starting during the fall term of 2014 there will be a $100 fee charged for some music lessons that were once free. This fee will apply to music lessons taken as electives but not music lessons taken as fulfillment of a major or minor.

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Campus Life

April 10, 2014


Students prepare to ‘stomp out hunger’

Above: Alpha Omicron Pi’s group performs at 2013’s Campus Sing. Right: Chi Omega dances in their cat-themed routine with student junior Emily Hampton at front. Dance groups put in hours of work before the event each year in order to perfect their 10- minute long routines featuring singing and dancing, choreographed extensively by an all-volunteer

Zoey Peach

Though it remains over two weeks away, groups of students across campus have begun preparing for the annual Campus Sing event. The dance and song competition is scheduled for April 27 at 2 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium. Greek organization Chi Omega organizes the event as one of their primary philanthropic fundraisers for a local food bank, God’s Pantry. “We tend to practice twice a week ... for an hour and a half each time,” said junior Brittany Fallen, who is choreographing songs for Alpha Omicron Pi’s performance. “It’s a big time commitment, especially if you’re part of the group that is choreographing or doing the music.” With several different groups practicing formally for at least an hour and a half twice a week, organizers of the event have faced challenges scheduling spaces. “Trying to keep things equal and fair while taking into account everyone’s crazy schedules got pretty difficult at times but it all worked out in the end,” said sophomore Jordyn Powell, Chi Omega’s philanthropy chair, in an email interview.

“Campus Sing practices typically consist of a choreographer chosen by the group breaking the dances down to teach them to the performers,” Powell continued. “Once people get the moves down they will usually do it to music several times until everyone feels comfortable with it. In the last few practices groups will typically just rehearse the whole thing over and over again until it’s performance day ready.” Choreographers for each of the groups face challenges as well. Fallen said her organization first chose a theme and then several choreographers divided the songs among themselves. “People don’t realize how difficult it is to choreograph a dance,” said Fallen. “I’ve done cheer and dance almost my whole life, but I haven’t done a lot of my own choreography.” In order to make a crowd-pleasing show, choreographers and dancers must take many different things into account, especially the point of view of the audience. “You have to think about what’s going to look good from the crowd standpoint,” Fallen said. “What I tell the other girls is ‘the stupider you feel, the better it probably looks, I just

want you to have a good time and have fun. If you look like you’re having fun, then it’s probably going to look good.’” The nature of Campus Sing has changed this year with its move from the Beck Center gym to Haggin Auditorium. Organizers of the event look forward to seeing how this change will affect the dynamic. “We are all very excited for this change and the opportunities it presents for the activity to grow and evolve into something even bigger and better,” said Powell. “Campus Sing is a ton of fun but [its] real value is in how much food we raise for the hungry right here in Lexington.” “I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s routine,” Fallen said. “I’m really interested in seeing what the themes they’ve chosen are [and] how they execute their dance. It’s always a lot of fun, especially the fraternities–

Students play significant role in preparing for Alumni Weekend


campus and even the community, which necessitates planning over a year in advance and long hours for staff at those venues. “Obviously, we use so many of the campus facilities over Alumni Weekend and a lot of people on campus put in a lot of hours, from the Campus Center staff to the Beck Center staff to Physical Plant to housekeeping,” said Mongiardo. “They do a lot of work to help us put these events on. We just want them to know how appreciative we are.” Aside from those working on Alumni Weekend, students can take part in activities and events, including an event on Saturday night open to the senior class to introduce them to the concept of being alumni. Otherwise, according to Mongiardo, alumni enjoy visiting with current students and learning about what’s happening on campus. “When alumni come back to campus, always the first thing that they ask is ‘how are the students doing’ and they love meeting students randomly on campus and chatting with them and finding out what they’re doing and how Transylvania is shaping their life,” she said. Some alumni begin planning for the weekend long in advance along with the Alumni and Development Office. In conjunction with Alumni Weekend, class reunions are organized for every fifth year up to the 50th. Committees from each of these classes are organized around a year in advance and begin contacting their classmates and planning events as part of their reunion. “There’s a lot of details that we have to take care of throughout the year, but the main thing is getting the reunion committees empowered so that they can reach out to their classmates… they’re our reunion ambassadors and our reunion spokespersons,” Mongiardo said. “We have alumni that have not been back to campus… for 50 years,” she continued. “They’re eager to see what’s happening on The Alumni and Development Office serves as the nerve center for Alumni campus and they’re eager to meet some of the current students and Weekend events. The event is traditionally held on the last weekend in see Transylvania through their eyes.” April while students are still on campus to help with and attend events. Though the main focus may be on classes meeting again for their reunion, several events are open to all alumni and students as well. As Zoey Peach part of this year’s festivities, the new Fourth Street Athletic Complex will be dedicated. The Alumni and Development Office will have The annual Alumni Weekend is fast approaching, set for the last tents set up for each of Transy’s Greek organizations where current weekend of this month, April 25-27. Students and the rest of the Tran- students can meet alumni members. Current and alumni athletes will sylvania community play a significant role in the event along with the also be celebrated at the ceremony. Alumni and Development Office. “I think that’s a great event for the student community to get The Student Alumni Ambassadors serve as the primary volunteer involved with,” Mongiardo said. force for the weekend. Faculty members are invited to several alumni weekend events “They sign up and work long hours and help us,” said Assistant as well. One of the weekend’s major attractions is a reception held to Director of Alumni Programs Tracy Dunn. “If it wasn’t for that group, allow alumni to visit with current and former faculty members. That we couldn’t put alumni weekend on.” event includes a special tribute to retiring professors. “They’re the link, said Director of Alumni Programs Natasha “It’s a huge team effort by a lot of people and we really enjoy that Mongiardo in a phone interview. “They spread the word to other stu- aspect of working on Alumni Weekend,” Mongiardo said. dents on campus as well.” “I hope that the students can enjoy the weekend as well,” Dunn Alumni Weekend events use a number of spaces throughout said, “and meet some interesting people and hear their stories.”

Campus club’s CEO to visit for etiquette banquet Allie Stevenson

Phi Delta Epsilon is an international medical fraternity with subdivisions that include pre-medicine programs, which is the one Transylvania hosts. The organization includes a total of over 30,000 members and was founded over 100 years ago. Transy’s own chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon is hosting an etiquette banquet on Wednesday, April 23, in the Campus Center gym from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network. The event can also count as service hours for all Greek organizations and other clubs that require philanthropy hours. Organizers promised a good meal and good lessons for the price of the ticket. The menu will feature market fresh house salad, herb potatoes, sautéed green beans, smoked Gouda farfalle, sesame chicken breast and chocolate cake. “People should be interested because it is a chance to not only learn interview etiquette and be served a great meal, but also to be philanthropic,” said first-year student Manpreet Sira, committee chair of the event. Sira is currently working with the caterer, speaker and the Career Development Office, which is co-sponsoring the event. Other members of Phi Delta Epsilon are writing invitations, selling tickets and making reservations. “The goal of the banquet is to teach meal etiquette for pre-professional students who want to attend, with the goal that during interviews, students have a higher chance of acceptance into programs, receiving scholarships [and] jobs,” said Sira. The etiquette banquet will also feature a speaker. The CEO of the International Phi Delta Epsilon chapter, Karen Katz, will deliver a keynote speech at the event and will also teach interview etiquette. Sira firmly trusts the advice Karen Katz will be giving, and believes in the service nature of the banquet. “I believe that it is definitely a worthwhile event.”

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April 10, 2014

The Eternity Engine:Captioning Chapter 10 Ethan Goodrum

Zeus ran forward to try and reach the computer before I could, and given how long his strides were due to his gigantic form, I realized he would reach it first. I whipped out my spell-gun and fired at him, emptying my full magazine, but the magical bullets struck him like flies ramming their heads into the side of an elephant. It would take more force than a mere small firearm to stop him. It was easy to see why. Electricity crackled and danced along his muscular body, hidden behind a toga made of clouds. That electricity began to race towards his hands, forming into long thunderbolts which he hurled at me. I narrowly dodged to the side of one and ducked under the other, though I could feel my hair stand on end as the massive amounts of voltage zoomed past me. They buried themselves in the ground, leaving gaping holes of burnt, rent metal. More electricity began building around Zeus’ form as he prepared to throw another barrage, and he was already nearly to the computer interface. I continued to gallop forward, but I knew I’d never beat him to the console. To think, I had been so close... Suddenly, the air shimmered over Zeus’ head, and a huge anvil materialized. It fell on top of him, knocking him to the ground. His thunderbolts, half-made, sparked out of existence. I gasped, wondering how in the world such a thing was possible. “You can cast larger spells here!” I heard Muse call to me, and I turned to see that my double was racing towards the console from another end of the room, having been thrown back just as far as I was by the gods’ appearance. “Being so close to the Eternity Engine boosts magic!” I nodded, grinning at the thought that the battlefield was a little more even now. Taking off again, I galloped towards the console. Zeus roared with fury, picking himself up off the floor. The anvil clattered to the ground behind him, and he began hurling thunderbolts again. I was closer to the console than he was now, and I could see that he had realized he would have to vaporize me before I could reach it if he had any chance of surviving. I drew sigils in the air, muttering words of power. Outside this room, I never would have been skilled enough to cast such large spells. In here, however, I could feel the energy coursing through me, and a towering metal pole materialized between me and the thunderbolts as I completed the spell. The lightning changed course and surged into the pole, allowing me to gallop past it unharmed and finally reach the console. Zeus tried to throw more thunderbolts, but they were all absorbed by the lightning

rod I had created. The other gods, Hephaestus and Aries, were rushing forward to help their fallen leader, though I could see in their eyes that they knew they should have helped him try to detain me. They had no chance now. With the lightning rod in place, Zeus was powerless, and I could finally delete them once and for all. My finger rose to press the button that would seal their fate. “Wait!” Zeus called out. “Please, we beg of you! We can grant you anything you wish! We can make your wildest dreams a reality!” “Of course you can,” I said, smiling. “My wildest dream is your destruction. You can grant it by ceasing to exist.” With that, I pressed the button, and by the time I looked up, the Deus Ex Machinas were no more. I turned back to the console monitor, reading GOD PROGRAMS DELETED. I sighed with relief. It was finally over. I had my revenge, and now I could restore the Eternity Engine and save the world. Everything had worked out. DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER COMMANDS? the computer asked. I entered the ‘yes’ option and it took me back to the main menu. I found the option to reactivate the Eternity Engine and selected it. REACTIVATING ETERNITY ENGINE the computer told me. PLEASE STAND BY FOR REALITY REBOOT. “You did it!” Muse exclaimed happily as she joined me. “The war with the gods is finally over! Now we’re free to choose our own destinies!” I merely smiled, unable to think of any words to say that could express my satisfaction at having won. However, the world suddenly began to fade. My eyes widened as Muse and the room of the Eternity Engine disappeared, only to be replaced by the familiar sight of my lair. Heaps of treasure littered the room, and I could feel an unfamiliar warmth in my stomach. I looked down to see what the problem could be only to behold a massive form of scales and claws and leathery wings in place of my centaur body. All at once, my memories—my true memories, not the lies the gods had stuffed in my head—came rushing back to me. I was not a centaur, nor even a draconic-equine hybrid. I was Pyre, lord of the horde, and I finally had my horde and my true form back. I was free again, but more than that... ...I was me again. Editor’s note: This is a serialized fiction segment that appears weekly. Pick up the May term issue for the final chapter.

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TUSGA candidates discuss platforms Tyler Baker ’15

Sam Crankshaw ’17

Quentin Becker ’16

Ryne Hardesty ’16

If elected to the position of Vice President of Senate, I will advance an agenda driven by the desire to protect, preserve and enhance student life at Transy. However, for this agenda to succeed there must exist a clear and effective system of communication and transparency from the top of the power structure all the way to the bottom. I shall achieve these goals by ensuring that student voices will not only be heard in Senate meetings, but also in the offices and boardrooms that govern our university. No longer will the student body feel underrepresented and neglected as changes to student life occur without their knowledge, consent or input. My first step in accomplishing this task will be to draft a proposal that will install a senator to serve on the Transylvania Board of Trustees so that the needs and concerns of our student body will be fully voiced and represented to the university. By increasing student representation in the governance of Transylvania, transparency between the university and the student body will be allowed to blossom. In this day and age, transparency in every dimension is essential to maintaining and restoring the quality of student life at Transy. We are a community of students, faculty and staff and no one piece of this complex puzzle is greater than the rest. Transylvania is a community of many, not of an elite few.

Hello all! My name is Ryne Hardesty and I am running for Vice President of Activities Board for TUSGA next year! I am a sophomore here at Transy and I have served on Activities Board for the last year. While serving as a member of Activities Board I have helped by contributing to several events that have happened over the last year. Specifically I have assisted in some way with each of the following: the Sundy Best Concert, Raf Week, Crimson Affair, Stress Fest (both semesters), the Ben Sollee Concert, the Conversation on Coal and Poker Night. Currently, I am actively planning Spring Fling, which is happening on April 26—everyone be sure to come out to Back Circle for a night of fun dancing! With each activity I have honed and developed different skills that are necessary to successfully run Activities Board. These include organization, effective communication, teamwork, active listening and the skills that are needed to build relationships with all members of the campus community. If elected to this position, I want TUSGA Activities Board to continue to host our annual events—Raf Week, Crimson Affair, Spring Fling and Stress Fest—while adding new, fun activities to the schedule! One of my goals is to set up a new form of communication between you (the student body) and Activities Board so that we can plan and host events that you want to have on campus. I hope to serve you as VP of Activities Board next year!

I am Sheldon Cole Green and I am running for the position of Chief of Finance for TUSGA. As a rising sophomore, I intend to show my commitment to Transylvania University and to student government by playing a larger role in Senate. I have been a member of Senate for a year and I have worked on numerous exciting projects and will continue to as the school year comes to a close. Next year as Chief of Finance, my goal is to maintain or exceed the amount of integrity and dedication that has been shown this year in budgeting and keeping accurate records of funds. In high school, I excelled at my roles as Junior and Senior Class Treasurer and I look forward to a similar role. Moreover, I am running for this position so that I have time to adjust and improve the position in the future during my junior and senior years. My promise is to abide by integrity, honesty and the rules dictated by TUSGA’s code of ethics if I am elected.

Annie Edkins ’16

Hi everybody! My name is Annie Edkins, and I am running for Chief of Staff on the Executive Board of TUSGA. I believe that my previous experience with student government and my involvement in many campus organizations make me a good fit for being Chief of Staff. I have served on TUSGA throughout my entire college career. During my first year as a senator, I served on both Full Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee. In preparation for Transylvania’s second annual Intercollegiate Undergraduate Research Symposium, I made advertisements and took part in the promotion video. This year I served on the Executive Board for TUSGA Senate as secretary. I took minutes from Senate meetings, sent the minutes and other important reminders and information out to the senators and attended Executive Council meetings. In addition to serving on TUSGA, I currently hold other leadership positions on campus outside of TUSGA that have prepared me to serve as Chief of Staff. During this year, I have been President of Alpha Lambda Delta (first-year honor society), Vice-President of Communications for my sorority and Co-Site Leader for the Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington D.C. In addition, I play violin in Orchestra, volunteer with College for a Living, and run cross country. I feel confident that as Chief of Staff, I would be able to represent the widespread views we have here on campus because of my involvement in multiple organizations. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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Katie Jackel ’16

My name is Rachel Sanders and I am a junior elementary education major. I am running for Secretary of Activities Board. I served as the secretary last year, before I had to take medical leave. I have served on Activities Board since my freshman year and truly enjoy being a part of this organization. I have enjoyed organizing events such as Raf Week, the Ben Sollee concert, Stress Fest, Crimson Affair and many more. I have worked with others in committees to put together smooth and successful events. I am organized, efficient and I enjoy collaborating with others. Since I have served as the secretary previously and understand the duties of position, I believe I would execute the position well.

Hello! My name is Katie Jackel. I am a sophomore TUSGA Senator and I am running for Secretary of Senate for 20142015 TUSGA. I will do well in this position because I am well organized, a good listener and an effective communicator. I have used these skills already in communicating with my constituents, voicing their concerns and collaborating with fellow senators to create the new study space in the Forrer computer lab. If elected, I will carry these skills into my secretarial position by effectively taking minutes at our meetings and making sure everyone is well informed about TUSGA’s discussions and actions.

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Sheldon Green ’17

As Executive Vice President, I will promote campus improvement, sustainability and comfortable housing for all. While SGA works on small, effective projects, it should also work on large, innovative ones. I am leading the initiative to renovate Forrer Courtyard, coordinating with [TU] SGA, TEAL and the Sustainability Council. This isn’t simply repaving sidewalks, but reimagining the courtyard entirely; it should be a space to enjoy, not just pass through. I solicited input from students to learn what they wanted: integration with the Caf, seating and vegetation. I took those ideas to administrators and other key players: Dean of Students Barbara LoMonaco, Sustainability Director Angela Poe, Vice President of Finance and Business Marc Matthews, Vice President of Advancement Kirk Purdom and member of the Alumni Executive Board Dave Johnson. Each has been supportive; Mr. Mathews arranged a meeting with Mr. Buddy Cowgill, the chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees, which approves all major buildings and grounds projects. Moreover, I will work with student organizations and administrators to advocate for more water bottle filling stations, bikes, bike parking and public transit passes. Last, bathrooms and degendered housing are a point of contention. I will work with administrators and students to find a solution. My positions as a senator and sustainability chair on [TU]SGA, manager at the Alumni and Development Office and past leadership at the national level of the Episcopal Church have given me the skills to advance initiatives to make Transylvania even better than it already is.


As a rising senior member of TUSGA there are four initiatives I wish to see put into action over the next year. First, the closure of the symbolic gulf of Broadway is long overdue. As such, I promise to convey all messages across Broadway so that all Transylvanians have a voice, and that all messages from the administration and faculty are conveyed effectively. Moreover, with the arrival of a new President of Transylvania, no time is more crucial to form a connection with the administration in order to forge ahead with combined aspirations. Second, I want TUSGA to find an identity through development and accomplishment. TUSGA just completed its inaugural year under a new constitution, and our growing pains were expected, but they need not be prolonged. The student body deserves an effective, transparent governing apparatus that works for the students and represents Transylvania with positivity and enthusiasm. Following our first year of restructuring, TUSGA will continue to rebrand and have a stronger presence as it becomes more comfortable with its larger role on campus. Next, I want TUSGA to have a larger presence in the community. Although our primary goal is to look internally to work on behalf of the students, TUSGA must also take the lead in promoting service and community engagement. TUSGA should lead the charge in conducting service projects, partnering with other organizations for the purpose of community engagement and propagating a culture of giving at Transylvania University. It is my belief that this culture already exists at Transylvania, but it is my purpose to help it grow. Lastly, I want to continually encourage members of TUSGA and fellow Transylvanians to leave Transylvania University in a better place than how it was when they first arrived to campus. This job is not the responsibility of one person, and it is not reserved for those students who believe they wield the most influence. The job of bettering Transylvania is a culmination of four years of daily effort by all students. Your passion for enhancement is supported by TUSGA, and we want to work for you by mitigating any obstacles that may be in your way on the path to amelioration. Thus, the question about whether or not you can better your surroundings is not “Who is going to let you” rather it is “Who is going to stop you.” Over the next year, the initiative is yours, Transylvania, and TUSGA wants to be a part of that mission.

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April 10, 2014

Join Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray on their honeymoon tour

Bridgett Howard

Most couples go on a vacation alone to celebrate their honeymoon. Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, however, have decided to celebrate their wedded bliss on tour. Their “Honeymoon Tour” will include a show in Louisville at The New Vintage on April 19. This tour comes after a very triumphant year for the couple, after the release of their sophomore album, “Lean into the Wind.” Miss Shevaughn (Erin Frisby) and her husband Yuma Wray (Chris Stelloh) have experienced a lot as musicians and as a couple. They were slowly working on “Lean into the Wind” and had been postponing their wedding due to their commitment to the band, when they got news that shook up their lives and sped up their process. Last January, Miss Shevaughn was diagnosed with cervical cancer. “It was a sudden shock, we didn’t know what the treatment was going to involve,” said Miss Shevaughn. “It ended up working out for the best, but around this time last year we were uncertain about everything,” said Yuma Wray. They did not know where they were going as a couple or as a band. It was very stressful for both of them. After Miss Shevaughn’s diagnosis, they got married and finished the album. Miss Shevaughn’s cancer is now gone, and she has one year of frequent checkups left. They credit her returned health to the area of California that they were in when she was diagnosed. Miss Shevaughn personally stresses the importance of women getting annual checkups to test for cervical cancer. Their new album features themes of overcoming and perseverance, two things they had to have experienced during their trying time. They were having problems on the road and dealing with cancer really reinforced their involvement with their music. “I think that being diagnosed with cervical cancer just became a huge representation of all of the obstacles,” said Miss Shevaughn. “When health is involved you really are able to focus more on what’s important to you.” “So much of the constant theme that runs throughout that record is we are either going to give up or keep fighting as hard as we can,” said Yuma Wray. This album comes after their debut album, “We’re From Here.” During this first album, they had not yet added their drummer and were performing only as a duo. In “We’re From Here,” they found a lot more optimism and opportunity and performed wherever was available, including farmers’ markets, libraries and public parks. Once the band added their drummer, they felt that their sound had expanded. The act of collaborating with someone created a new, more rock n’ roll sound. There was much change between their first and second album. Miss Shevaughn talked about the thoughts of death, health and time that were going through her mind while writing the second album. “It sounds like it is a really depressing record but it’s not. It’s about dealing with those things and trying to move on,” she said. The couple was married March 1, 2014, at Yuma Wray’s parents’ home. The band


“Lean into the Wind” is the sophomore album from Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray. Miss Shevaughn (Erin Frisby) and Yuma Wray (Chris Stelloh) are celebrating their honeymoon by touring across the country. They will be stopping in Louisville’s The New Vintage on April 19.

performed at their own ceremony. “Our wedding was one of the most fun parties we’ve ever been to,” Yuma Wray said, laughing. The couple hasn’t experienced much alone time since they decided to honeymoon with their band, now with two other male members. Nevertheless, they plan on continuing their honeymoon after the tour is over. “We may go camping or something,” Miss Shevaughn said. “Lean into the Wind” can be purchased from the website of Seven Dead Arson Records, a small record company based out of Chicago. Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray enjoy the relationship between themselves and the audience when they are performing, which influenced their decision to share their honeymoon with fans across the United States.

Upcoming opera workshop to Gracing Stress Fest: showcase students’ hard work GraceNotes brings music to

Christopher Brown



The performance will include scenes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute and Le Nozze di Figaro,” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” Musical theater was also incorporated, including pieces from “Into the Woods,” and “A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim. Angela Eaton will accompany the pieces on the piano.

The class met during the winter 2014 semester for about three hours each week.

Alex Schwendau

With a long list of events lined up for Transylvania’s end of the semester Stress Fest, many groups on campus are supporting students as they gear up for finals. Of these groups, one of Transy’s a cappella groups is making its mark. As a new edition to the normal line-up of Stress Fest events, some may be surprised to see GraceNotes on the list. “We all use music as a way to escape from everyday stress and we felt like we could expand that to the rest of the campus community,” said junior Kelsey DeBord. Other than sharing their music with the community, the performance We all use music will also mark the first time the group as a way to escape will be giving their own show. Previously, GraceNotes has been from everyday stress a part of Transy’s annual Cabaret and we felt like we event and has performed with other could expand that to on-campus groups, such as TBA. Since GraceNotes’s creation in the rest of the campus 2010 the group has come far and the women are excited to begin doing community their own thing. -Kelsey DeBord, ‘15 DeBord admitted that the group has not had a huge presence on campus in past years, but went on to say, “This year, we’ve had so many wonderful opportunities to make ourselves more known.” This year GraceNotes also welcomed many new members and grew their talent. Being the group’s fourth year in existence, it is also the year many seniors will be saying good-bye. “[We] are very excited to end it this way and honor the seniors who have worked so hard for us,” said Debord. The campus community has also been a large part in the group’s continued presence at Transy, with many supporters continually coming out to performances. DeBord also credited the group’s success to their leader, junior Rebecca Keith, saying that GraceNotes would not be where they are today without her. GraceNotes will be performing in Old Morrison Chapel on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

“The opera show turned out really well. The performers really have a lot of talent. It’s so impressive the notes they can hit and what they can do with their voices,” said Stephanie Wright, ’16 who works the lights in the Mitchell Fine Arts building.

Students featured: juniors (Top Left) Rebecca Keith (Top Right) George Wu (Left) Jamie Hagood



On April 11, Transy’s Opera Workshop class will perform a culmination of their semester thus far. The class explores the ins and outs of opera. The group will perform scenes from various operas and musical theater. Gregory Turay, the Kenan Visiting Artist in Music, teaches the class. Turay and voice instructor, Joanna Manring, put together the whole performance and prepared the scenes.

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GraceNotes singers pose on the steps of the Mitchell Fine Arts Building. The singers are involved with Transylvania’s StressFest, relieving stress through music.

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Why do I coach my sport?

April 10, 2014

Player of the Week: Cole Green

Terry Justice


Why do I coach my sport? I grew up playing peewee, midget, junior high and high school football, baseball, hockey and well, whatever was in season. My dad’s job had us moving an average of every two to three years until we finally landed in Lexington, Ky. I played organized sports in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Kentucky. Sports were a way for me to meet new kids and blend into new surroundings. Along the way, I was exposed to many different coaches that helped hone my athletic skills, taught me the value of teamwork and served as role models for us. Although I appreciated their Coach Justice is the head coaching, I never thought about one day being a coach for the men’s lacrosse coach. I always wanted to be like my father and be team. Justice became part an engineer, to design and build buildings, bridges of the Transylvania athletics or maybe a rocket. community in fall of 2011. In college, I found a new sport: lacrosse. In the early 1980s not too many people knew much about this great game. The guys who exposed me to lacrosse had all played at boarding schools and colleges. They were in Lexington teaching or attending the University of Kentucky (UK) Medical, Dentistry or Law Schools. Some had graduated college and were in Lexington working in the horse industry. I was the only “young guy.” I was about 18 and even though they were only about 25 years old, I thought they were so much older than I was. We started the UK lacrosse team and I was just happy to be around them learning the skills and strategy behind the game. As they moved on in their lives/ careers I began recruiting other kids to come out and learn the game. I loved showing these new recruits the lessons I had learned. I served as a “player coach” for a few years before finally putting down the stick and picking up the whistle. I began to think about the sport continuing after my playing days were over and decided to start coaching. During this period, I started to reflect and think about all those men that had “volunteered” their time so I could play youth sports. I thought of my high school football coaches at Lafayette and the life lessons they had “given” me. I thought about the good lessons as well as the negative lessons. Over my 30+ years of coaching many people have asked me “Why do you do it?” They saw the amount of time I dedicated to the game, the complaining parents and the time I have spent away from my family. I guess it is because of what coaches Devonport, Poynter, Scott, Wesley, Fee, Johnson and many more whose names I can’t even remember had sacrificed for me. I also wanted to mentor young people and help them to learn sportsmanship, humility and the value of working together for a common cause–to understand we all come from different backgrounds and we must be able to blend different temperaments, talents and convictions for the success of our team or company. The young people are the “why.”

Student athletes show support at Special Olympics swim meet “Anybody else who just showed up that wasn’t on our sign-up sheet On March 29, the Transylvania ath- mediately asked what they could do to letic community came together to sup- help,” said Dunaway. “So, a lot of volport a team that they believed deserves unteers were spectators or supporters, and that was really a neat thing to see.” a lot of cheer. Dunaway believed that the event Students from all across campus worked in conjunction with the Spe- demonstrated that Transy students truly cial Olympics to host a regional swim embody a spirit of service. “It’s hard to ask college kids to meet formerly hosted at the University of Kentucky, but that found a home at wake up on a Saturday morning to Transy last year. Due to the high num- watch a swim meet for three hours, but the volunteers bers of volunmade the event teers, the event The athletes show us it’s go off without a was once again hitch,” he said. held on campus not about the time or winThe meet was this year. ning, it’s about being cheered composed of seven Leading different teams the charge on on to a finish by those who this project support you-that’s what truly mainly from Kentucky, but there was the Student were several teams Athlete Advi- matters. from neighboring sory Committee (SAAC), cou-Head Coach Kyle Dunaway states Ohio and Indiana that traveled pled with Transy’s women’s and men’s soccer teams. to be a part of the event as well. The These groups coordinated with one an- event also included four athletes that other to include as many members from will be representing Special Olympics Kentucky at the national competition the Transy community as possible. Kyle Dunaway, head coach of this summer. At the end of the day, as Dunaway Transy’s swim and dive team, spoke more about the way people became in- expressed, Transy athletes should be proud of the time they dedicate to servolved with the swim meet. “We sent communication out in ad- vice. “In the end, the biggest thing for vance and asked that all of the athletes from across the campus, or at least ath- us is the avenue we have to bring Speletic representatives and people, to vol- cial Olympics athletes to our campus,” unteer their time, to sign up and work he said. “They are excited to be on a college campus and swim in a college shifts,” he said. Although various athletic groups pool.” Dunaway also said that the Special worked at the Special Olympics swim meet, it was primarily the volunteerism Olympics athletes remind us about the of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, love of the sport. “The athletes show us the girls’ volleyball team and their it’s not about time or winning; it’s about coach, Casey Dale, and the swim and being cheered on to a finish by those dive team that made the event a success. who support you – that’s what truly Yet, even after the event filled matters.” its quota of needed volunteers, more Transy students showed up to the event looking to help out.

Tyler Baker


First-year Cole Green gets off the blocks quick for his race at the Centre Invitational, at which he broke multiple school and personal records. Green is also the current HCAC Player of the Week.

Cassie Hamilton

First-year Cole Green capitalized his track and field performance this past Saturday, April 5, by running a time of 11.08 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Centre Invitational. His time, which was a school and personal record, also earned him first place in the event. Green also set the fifth school record in the 200-meter dash, running another personal best. His time of 22.13 also earned him a second victory for the day and third place overall for the Pioneers. Q: What’s your major? A: I’m planning on being either a chemistry or biology major–definitely something in the sciences. Q: Who is your favorite athlete? A: Yohan Blake. He’s tied as the second fastest man in the world and is Usain Bolt’s underdog. Q: What is your favorite event? A: I like the 200 meter dash best because it’s my best race.

Q: How do you prepare for a meet? A: I make a protein shake and drink nothing but Powerade a full 24 hours before I race. When I want to run extremely fast before a meet I’ll eat at least half a loaf of bread.

Q: Do you have anything you’re particularly superstitious about when it comes to your sport? A: You can NEVER let a baton touch the ground, and I have to jump squat before every event. Q: How do you feel this season is going to go? A: Our team has consistently broken numerous records at every track meet even in terrible conditions. I’m optimistic about the future of our season and program as a whole. Q: What’s your favorite pre-meet meal? A: Nekots

Q: What’s your favorite thing about your team? A: My teammates without a doubt–I can joke around with them at practice, talk to them about whatever is bothering me and study with them any time of the day. Q: What’s the best part of your sport? A: The best part of my sport is being able to pass other runners in the middle of a dash or a relay. Q: What’s the song on your iPod that people would be the most surprised to know about? A: “World Painted Blood” by Slayer

The men’s track and field team will be in action this Saturday, April 12, at the University of the Cumberlands Invitational.

Upcoming Home Games Baseball: April 18 at 4 p.m. April 19 at 12 and 2:30 p.m. Softball: April 10 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. April 12 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. *Senior Day* Women’s Lacrosse: April 13 at 2 p.m. Women’s Tennis: April 10 4 p.m.

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Transy Rambler, April 10, 2014  

Transylvania University's student-produced newspaper, The Rambler, Volume 97 Issue 22.

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