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Many programs face hiring uncertainties Ebel fired suddenly, Mattie Bruton
In January of this year, the foreign language, business “We really do need to begin to gain a much longer administration, exercise science, chemistry, music and po- and deeper understanding of what the budget is likely to litical science programs were all seeking to hire new facul- be like over several years before we can make decisions ty members for the 2014-2015 school year. Their searches about tenure track vs. non-tenure track and adjunct hiring,” were suspended, however, by the Board of Trustees as a Bell said. response to budget issues. Since then, only one of these The business administration program is in a similar five programs, music, has been able to hire a new faculty situation as the 2014-2015 school year approaches. This member for next year. None of the programs will be able to year, the business administration faculty consisted of five hire a full-time, tenure track faculty member. full-time faculty members, one half-time faculty mem“I think that what happened between January and the ber, and an adjunct professor teaching one course each present moment is that we got a much clearer sense of what fall and winter semester. Out of the full-time profesthe financial constraints sors, Professor Mike were going to be relative Pepper will be retirto the number of students ing after this year; returning, relative to the Professor Bill Baldnumber of first years who win is in a period of would be coming, what phased retirement in the size of the class would which he will teach a be, what the financial aid half-course load next distribution would be and year, and then retire; what the financial conand Assistant Prosequences of that would fessor Charity-Joy be,” said Dean Michael Acchiardo will leave Bell. “In that regard as it to take a position at became clearer became another college. This more apparent what our only leaves two fullchoices were likely to be.” time faculty memOut of these probers, Program Direcgrams, chemistry has tor Jeff Hopper and been one of the most imAssociate Professor pacted. Soon, though not Julia Poynter, who next year, there will be will be teaching a full three vacancies for facload for the 2013ulty within this depart2014 school year. ment. Assistant Professor The adjunct profesof Chemistry Amanda sor, Brian Gardner is Bowman announced this stepping up from one year that she was taking course to two courses a position elsewhere and in the fall semester. a search began in January The foreign lanto find her replacement. guage program is Professor of Chemistry facing the imminent and Acting Program Diretirement of the sole rector Jerry Seebach plans faculty member in on retiring after next year, the German departand Assistant Professor ment, Professor Rick George Kaufman has been Weber, who will also denied tenure and will be Music professor and Director of Choral Ensembles Gary Anderson will be teaching a halfleaving after next year be retiring after this year, and will be replaced by a three-year appointed load of courses next as well. This leaves only professor. Music is the only program which has been able to hire a new year before retiring two faculty members, faculty member. completely. Searches Professor Eva Csuhai and for a successor to take Professor Bob Rosenberg, as full-time faculty. over the German program may resume next year. Seebach said that ideally next year the chemistry proPolitical science professor Jeff Freyman will be retirgram would be able to hire three full-time professors; how- ing at the end of this year. As of now, searches for a reever, this is unlikely. This raises the possibility of hiring placement have been halted temporary adjunct professors to fill these vacancies. Exercise science has faced similar difficulties, though “I have heard… that there is some desire that we this program was not seeking to replace a faculty members use adjunct professors from here on out,” Seebach said. who was retiring or leaving, but rather to expand the pro“About five years ago we were doing just the opposite- we gram to have more full-time faculty members. wanted to have no adjuncts. We wanted people that were Music, the only program hiring new faculty for the going to have a vested interest in being here at Transy and beginning of next year, has had to turn to temporary apto promote Transylvania. So to me going to the adjunct pointment hiring options, and will be hiring a three-year method is totally wrong because these people would not professor next year. The music department, like the other normally have a vested interest in the school.” programs, first began a search for a new faculty memSee Hiring, Page 3
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The election process for 2014-2015 school year TUSGA members began on April 16, and most positions have now been filled. First-year senators will be elected in the 2014 fall semester. Executive Board President- Tyler Baker Executive Vice President- Sam Crankshaw Chief of Finance- Cole Green Chief of Staff- Annie Edkins Vice President of Senate- Quentin Becker Vice President of Activies BoardRyne Hardesty Secretary of Activites Board- Rachel Sanders Secretary of Senate- Katie Jackel Sophomore Senators Graham McCormick Haley Williams
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Former Associate Athletics Director for Outdoor Facilities Jack Ebel ’77 was fired from Transylvania University in early March after an almost 40-year history of service to the school. Although details of his dismissal have not been disclosed by the university, Ebel was allegedly told that “his position was being eliminated, and that his services were no longer needed, effective immediately. He was told to collect his belongings and be out as soon as possible,” according to Glenn Osborne, a former Transylvania employee from 1999-2013 who served as sports information director under Ebel. The two worked closely together when Ebel was named director of athletics in 2006 and became Osborne’s supervisor. Numerous university officials were asked to comment on these issues–including LoMonaco; Interim Director of Communications Sallie Showalter; Director of Athletics Holly Sheilley, who replaced Ebel when he stepped down; Vice President for Finance and Business Marc Mathews; Director of Human Resources Jeff Mudrak; and various coaches and members of the athletics department–but all declined to comment. Ebel’s history at Transy began when he was a student. He began working for the university after his graduation in 1977, serving as the men’s and women’s swim coach from 1978-2006 and men’s and women’s tennis coach from 19792000. His service continued from 1984-2006 as director of the Transy swim lesson program that he created, physical education professor and assistant director of the William T. Young Campus Center. Ebel was inducted into the Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2005 and earned several Coach of the Year awards from various organizations. During Ebel’s tenure as director of athletics from 200613, among other accomplishments, “the number of athletes increased from 270 to almost 400; numerous teams qualified for NCAA postseason play; men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s lacrosse and equestrian programs were added and the cheer and dance program was upgraded to competitive status,” according to an April 2013 news release from Transy announcing Ebel’s change in position to associate athletic director for outdoor facilities, his most recent office before being dismissed from the university. Under this office, Ebel was responsible for overseeing the use of the new Fourth Street Athletics Complex, serving as a NCAA compliance official and carrying out alumni relations duties. “Jack’s many years of experience and vast knowledge of athletics at Transylvania will be a tremendous asset to us as we expand our sports facilities and programs,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Barbara LoMonaco in the news release. Ebel was fired from Transy a little over four months after opening ceremonies for the new athletics complex were held, and just two months after construction on the field house for the complex was completed. Ebel’s firing marks the most recent in a string of staff changes to Transy this year, beginning with the dismissal of Sarah Emmons, Bill Bowden and Martha Baker from the Office of Communications in September. Emmons worked for the university for 34 years, and all of the dismissed communications employees were reportedly fired similarly to Ebel. “It seemed a little odd to me that they would be dismissed and not given any notice,” said Osborne in The Rambler article, “Changes in communications office cause mixed reactions,” Sept. 25, 2013. According to Osborne, former women’s golf coach and another graduate of Transy, Mark Turner ’77, was also fired in January 2014. “Those who lost their positions over the past two years,” said Osborne, “had to sign papers promising to not discuss their situation in order to get their well-earned severance packages… this is no way to treat people who are guilty of nothing more [than] working hard, doing their best and serving Transylvania as their lifelong professional vocation.” Ebel was not able to be reached for comment. In response to Ebel’s and the other staff changes that have occurred this year, some have raised questions over the seeming lack of respect shown to Transy employees and the reasoning behind the way recent changes have been handled by the university. “I do not have access to financial concerns - or anything else - that may be driving the elimination of positions held by long-time employees at Transy, but considering how long and how well these folks have served the university, there could have been a less abrupt way to phase their positions out, one that did not result in a public embarrassment,” said Osborne. For some, Transy administrators’ lack of explanation for
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Bedbug infesta- Transy students display their tion eradicated talents, cheer on their peers from campus Kaitlin Haggard email@example.com
In April of the winter 2014 semester, the residents of a room in Rosenthal residence hall discovered that there were bedbugs living in their room. They reported the bedbugs to the Office of Residence Life staff, who have since dealt with the issue and eliminated the bedbugs. After the bedbugs were discovered, Residence Life contacted Physical Plant staff members, who then called Gold Shield, the company that handles pest control for the university, to conduct an inspection of the residence hall rooms in question. The results of the inspection showed an infestation of bedbugs in the Rosenthal dorm. The inspection found, however, that the bedbug problem did not extend beyond the room in question to the surrounding rooms. Gold Shield treated the problem, and have since returned to campus to ensure that the bedbugs did not return. “We historically haven’t seen a lot of issues with bedbugs. In my three years we’ve never had more than one or two rooms,” Assistant Advisor of Residence Life Tristan Fretwell said. Fretwell cited various things which could lead to a bedbug infestation in a room on campus. These reasons include picking up a piece of furniture from the side of the road for use in an oncampus room, visiting the house or apartment of someone with a bedbug problem, or visiting hotel rooms. “I don’t think it’s indicative of an outbreak, but I think it’s always good to use caution when you go into other people’s faces, and if they indicate that they have bedbugs then you should get your room investigated,” Fretwell said. He said that students should be careful when visiting friends, and ask politely before sitting on furniture at another person’s house. Helping a friend move can be another risky time to contract bed bugs. “What we’ve seen a lot of is we’ve had people help friends move things out or throw them away, and then they get [the bedbugs] on their clothes and bring them in,” Fretwell said. Fretwell also added that bedbugs tend to linger on the corners and seams of mattresses, and said that these would be smart places to check for bugs if staying at a hotel. He also urged any students who suspect that they might have bedbugs to file a report with Residence Life as well. The office can then organize to have an entire room or a specific piece of furniture, such as an old couch, checked for bugs. Students are also encouraged to keep and tape to a piece of paper any dead bugs they discover, so that pest control can readily identify them. “I think that since Transy is a small campus, when people hear about issues like this they tend to panic, or the rumor mill that exists on any campus tends to blow thing egregiously out of proportion,” Fretwell said. “One of the best things for people to do if they hear a rumor is come to our office, because if it’s happening, we’re going to know about it.”
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Delta Sigma Phi and Phi Mu hosted their annual Transy’s Got Talent event on Wednesday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m. in Back Circle. Fro Jo’s frozen yogurt was sold for $2, the proceeds from which will go to the Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place performers.
Top: Students man the voting table, where the audience could vote for their favorite performers. Votes were tallied to determine first, second and third place winners. Middle: Members of the audience eat an outdoor dinner provided by the Caf and watch the talent show. Bottom: Onlookers spread blankets on the lawn of Back Circle to watch Transy’s Got Talent.
Coffee and conversation with Susan Brown Ameka Menes firstname.lastname@example.org
Etcetera Editor Ameka Menes sat down with Susan Brown for some of her “armchair philosophy” on what success is all about.
wanting to conquer the world in my own little way, but as an adult, you back off and refocus on family, friends, succeeding day to day. And that’s good. And that’s okay.
Ameka Menes: What is success to you, broadly? Susan Brown: On a personal level, success is having a house and a bed and food and being able to take care of the people I like and love. How do you define success? AM: Oh, I wasn’t expecting to get this turned around on me. I think sometimes it’s just a day-to-day sort of thing. ‘Have I done what I wanted to accomplish?’ SB: Getting through the list. AM: Yeah, kind of. Also, ‘Am I doing things that I’m passionate about?’ SB: Yeah, definitely. On a professional level, I think my success is tied up in your guys’ success. Student success. If you guys are doing well in classes, succeeding with research, if I’m providing stuff that I need to provide for you and the space I need to provide for you, then on a professional level that’s success. On a personal level it’s being able to take care of people, you know, my family, my friends, stuff like that.
AM: Is success worth it if you’re doing something you aren’t passionate about? SB: Are you successful if you’re doing something you aren’t passionate about? AM: I think you can be… but it would depend on motivation. I think there are lots of ways to measure success. SB: Yeah, it depends on how you’re measuring success. So if you’re measuring success by the amount of money that you make, sure. If you measure success by being able to take care of your family or your friends? Sometimes that means that what you’re doing is less important than who you’re doing it with. But then you can get passionate about who you’re doing it with. I kind of hope that you can find passion. So even if it’s not something that you go into saying, ‘Oh wow, yeah, that’s exactly what I want to do!’ you discover the passion for it.
AM: What did success mean to you as an undergrad and what does it mean to you now? Has that changed at all? SB: Yes, in undergrad I was going to take over the world. AM: Well, you’ve taken over the library. SB: Which is kind of like the world, right? It’s all the world’s knowledge. AM: On a micro level, you’ve taken it over. SB: Exactly. I admire undergrads who have a path and a knowledge of where they’re going because as an undergrad I didn’t. I was kind of going through life and enjoying it and thought maybe I’d do this and maybe I’d do that and didn’t really have a set path that I was going after. I think there’s still a lot of maturing that you do [after undergrad]. If you ever kind of reach a stopping point maybe that’s not a healthy thing. Everything that you go through has an impact on you, and all your successes and your failures help to shape who you are and how you deal with the world. And you know, this is going to sound trite, but how you deal with the failures is just as important, right? Do you bounce back, do you learn from it? I don’t know that I have an answer for how it’s different now from undergrad except... that I’m older? Maybe I’ve simplified what I want. In undergrad it was an element of
AM: They – whoever they are – say that anything’s possible if you put your mind to it. Do you think that’s true? SB: You’re giving me all the hard questions. I read the last one. You didn’t ask the last guy these kind of hard questions, in the last Etcetera. AM: No, I sure didn’t. You know, I went a little easier on him. I mean, you know, I thought you could handle this question, so... SB: Yeah, I’d like to think that it is. I think there is some element of ability that comes into things. And that different people have different strengths. If you use your strengths – [if] you get to know yourself well – to apply them to a problem, yeah. But the way you solve a problem may not be the way I solve the problem, may not be the way that somebody else solves the problem. What do you think? AM: You know... SB: See, it’s not easy! AM: College has made me a little jaded by this point and I just feel like the world isn’t always in my favor. SB: Life is not fair. AM: No. SB: And things happen to people. But again, it’s how you deal with the failures, too. You may put your mind to
solving a problem, not succeed in solving that problem, but learn so much about yourself, the problem, the world, about how you might approach it the next time. So... how we deal with the failures. It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to try things and fail. I moved to whatever city and that didn’t work, I know that now. I learned that I can move, that I can make new friends. There will be things that happen in the world that you have no control over but you may be able to figure out how to deal with whatever it is that happens.
AM: Do you have any final words of wisdom for the seniors who are leaving? SB: Go ahead and have fun! I mean, seriously, go out and enjoy whatever it is that you choose to do. Even if it’s just going to lunch after graduation. Go enjoy lunch! AM: It’s all downhill after the lunch! SB: But it can’t be, right? AM: ‘Cause then there’s dinner. SB: Exactly. And very few people are unemployed for the rest of their lives. There will be ups and there will be downs and there will be ups again and there will be downs again and there will be ups again. AM: Life is a roller coaster. Can we get one of those installed with the book-drop drive-thru? [Editor’s note: The book-drop drive-thru was a concept joke played on library staff by student workers. There is and was no plan of there ever being one.] I feel like this building would be big enough that we could do something... Jazzman’s could open up a window, become the new McDonald’s. SB: That sounds fabulous.
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-ber when Professor Gary Anderson announced retirement. They submitted three possible applicants to the Dean’s office before the hiring hold was put in place. The music program has now received the go-ahead to move on with hiring. Three of the four candidates are still interested in the position, and have been visiting campus to be interviewed. “I’ve been trying to communicate with candidates about what was going on to the degree that I could, and it’s kind of embarrassing, because it’s so unusual what has happened to us. Things don’t get hung up in the middle of the year like that,” Professor of Music Ben Hawkins said. As the year progresses, the Dean’s office is working with faculty to set up adjunct and other hiring options “What’s happened this year has been extraordinary, it’s just been a kind of unheard of thing,” Hawkins said, “I have reason to believe and to hope that this is an anomaly for us too, that this sort of thing won’t happen again, because it’s really not in the best interest of anybody.” The issue of Transy’s hiring is part of a much larger problem relating to dwindling admissions at liberal arts institutions across the country. “A pickup in student enrollment is the key to a turnaround,” said Baldwin, “ Almost all private liberal arts colleges are enduring this struggle.” “I don’t think anyone at the institution hoped it would go this way, and it is terrible, I believe, to have to continually confront these economic issues,” said Bell. “They’re not ours alone - lots and lots and lots of institutions are coming to grips with sweeping changes and I think they are sweeping changes, in the contemporary academy.”
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why so many staff changes have occurred and the way they have been handled has only added insult to injury. “Certainly,” said Osborne, “those of us with a connection to the university deserve some kind of explanation for why our friends and colleagues are being treated so poorly.” Alumni have echoed Osborne’s sentiments in their reactions to news of Ebel’s firing. Transy alumnus C. Todd Porter ’88 tweeted, for instance, “Just got my alumni newsletter. It forgot to tell me why Ebel was fired.” Drew Deener, who graduated from Transy in 1995 and played tennis under Ebel, was also upset by the news of his former coach’s dismissal from Transy and felt an explanation was warranted. Deener has kept in touch with Ebel since his graduation and talked with him the day that he was fired. “They owe alumni an explanation,” Deener said. “I’ve had five people currently on the payroll at Transy reach out to me who all basically said, ‘We know this was handled poorly, but don’t give up on this place.’ The people in charge have made a mess they can’t clean up. They’ve basically said, ‘We don’t care who was here before us.’ So if they want to mend fences, they are going to need some people who have connections to the past to mend them. If they don’t have some sort of ‘Jack Ebel Night’ to honor nearly 40 years of service to the school, they may as well kiss my connection to the school goodbye. And I know I’m not alone in that sentiment.” Deener, who is now a sports radio show host in Louisville, said that he no longer knows the Transy he attended as a student and that he couldn’t recommend prospective students to come to the university as it now stands. “[Ebel’s firing] along with getting rid of Sarah Emmons basically severs every tie I’ve ever had with the school,” said Deener. “I can’t vouch for the place anymore. “It was classless and heartless to a man who affected so many people’s lives. New leaders certainly have the right to bring in their own people, but to not allow a man who has devoted nearly 40 years of his life to the school to finish out the year underscores the leadership problem Transy has clearly had in the last few years.” He also noted that, prior to the last two or three years, he had not heard of any changes so negative to the university as Ebel’s dismissal and the other firings. Osborne also shared these thoughts, saying “that prior to the last three years, I am not personally [aware] of the elimination of any jobs at Transy and certainly not any in the fashion that these were handled.” Feelings of disappointment and anger over Ebel’s firing seem to be common among many current and former members of the campus community. “It is a sad situation when someone can give his life to a place only to be terminated suddenly,” said Osborne, “so suddenly that his many friends and colleagues did not have an opportunity to honor his service and recognize his many positive contributions to the university over [the] last four decades. I also regret the unneeded shadow cast over the reputation of a fine professional resulting from no one offering an official explanation for this action… I always thought liberal arts institutions encouraged a free exchange of ideas without fear of reprisals.”
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The Eternity Engine: The Final Chapter Ethan Goodrum email@example.com
I tried not to leave. Really, I did. When I reactivated the Eternity Engine, reality rebooted, rearranging all existence so that everything was restored to the way it was just before the Engine was deactivated—or so Muse tells me. As for the gods, even a reality reboot couldn’t bring them back. They had been erased from the world for good. No sign of them could be found in any of the databanks anywhere in the world—or at least, anywhere we were able to look. The world still held many secrets and hidden wonders, and we could not search everywhere, but as far as we could tell the gods were very much gone. This meant that after I was restored to my body and given back my true memories, I found myself able to live in my lair in peace. At least, I should have been able to do so. The
problem was, however, that after my adventure (even if it had largely happened while I was someone else), my lair—even my treasure—didn’t seem like enough. Thus, I left. I locked my lair tightly behind me with the best defensive spells and firewalls I could manage, of course. In case I ever changed my mind, I didn’t want to come back to my home and find that thieves had made off with my treasure. For now, though, the treasure mattered little to me. Imagine that; a dragon’s single goal in life was to acquire a horde and be feared and respected, and I had had that and more, but it now felt so meaningless to me. I no longer even saw fit to call myself Lord of the Horde. It did feel wondrous to be myself again, though. My strong limbs, my armored scales, the fire in my belly, the leathery wings folded at my sides, and my sharp claws and teeth made me feel safe and at home wherever I
went. When you’ve spent so long outside your own body, all you need to feel sheltered is your natural form. I had set out looking for Muse, and after travelling for days through the myriad hallways and indoor hydroponic agricultural facilities and zoological preserves and mechanical apparati I finally found the resistance she had led. They had been terrified of me, of course, but I never once lifted a claw to strike them or warmed up my internal fire. If I had wanted to, I could’ve slain them all: roasted them to a crisp and swallowed their ashes. But I didn’t. After all I had been through I felt more kinship with these weak little mortals than I did the semi-immortal dragons and other such beings of equal or higher power. It was not my draconic power or the magic of some divine force that had saved the world—it had been these puny little weaklings, and for a time I had been one of them.
What they lacked in raw power they made up for in craftiness and spirit, and for that I admired them more than I ever could another dragon or some other such being. Once I had gained their trust, they led me to Muse. Once she learned who I was, she embraced me fearlessly like an old friend, which, I suppose, I was. She told me how the resistance was rebuilding the world and forging their own destinies, free of the gods. I asked if there was any way I could help. She had seemed surprised at this, asking what I would hope to gain from it. I had no further revenge to seek and I had my body and my horde back. What more could I want? Why would I want to help? “Because,” I had answered. “I am one of you now. I too wish to forge my own destiny.” THE END
Cheers Cheers to The Rambler for allowing me, your delightfully egotistical wise arse, to write yet another Cheers and Jeers article for the year. During May Term. Considering I thought the last week of last semester was supposed to contain the final Cheers and Jeers, but the column was axed, you could imagine the levels of excitement I expounded now that I have been given my chance to craft the most perfect college newspaper article the eyes of mortals have ever laid upon, just in time for the final issue of the Rambler for the year. So to start things off: Cheers to you, Rambler reader, for picking up this paper on a bright and sunny May Term day, killing time that could be spent frolicking outside and pretending you have an actual university class to “study” for. And also,
Cheers to my friends who have supported me throughout the year and spurred my motivation for writing this blasted article. Because I know they always read it every week, I know for a fact that at least twelve people enjoy the Cheers and Jeers. If twelve people are happy with what I write, I’m happy to write it. In honor of these fine men and women that basically ensure that this article of joy and wonderment is written every week, here are the Cheers and Jeers they kept suggesting and I refused to write for the sake of quality. By the way, they consider themselves witty poets. Cheers Jeers to newspapers. You are outdated.
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Jeers to mirrors for reminding me of my insecurities. Jeers to tiers. I hate climbing. Cheers to hats. Just ‘cause.
Jeers to (very specific individual who probably is an arse hat) for being an arse hat. Cheers to (random anime that no one knows) for being the most awesome thing ever!!!!!!!!!
Cheers to gears. They’re neat.
Cheers to (British television show with a tremendous cult following that does not deserve the hype) for being cool!
Jeers to beers. I shouldn’t have ten to like it.
Cheers to the weather.
Cheers to piers. They’re fun.
Jeers to the weather.
Jeers to peers. They pressure me.
Cheers to the weather.
Cheers to Sears for becoming a Cheesecake Factory.
Jeers to the weather.
Jeers to fear for being the only thing we have to fear.
Okay, I think that’s enough. Hopefully I’ll write this article next year to keep giving you a reason to read the paper. If I don’t get renewed, it’s been real, it’s been fun, and thanks for reading. Stay thirsty, my friends.
Cheers to rears. ‘Cause they fine.
My life has always been a sort-of tornado. I spin through life while cows, houses, and witches on brooms get thrown into the mix. College has been no exception. When I was in high school looking for the perfect college, I didn’t know what to search for. I knew I didn’t want to stay in Arizona and I knew I wanted to be somewhere with seasons (all four, to be more precise). I narrowed down my choices to Transy and Eastern Oregon University. Obviously, Transy won out. While the decision was not an easy one, there came peace once I decided. I won’t say that there were no bumps in the road. Trust me, there were many times when I wanted to go home. However, it isn’t so easy when you live about 1,800 miles away from your home. That is definitely one of the witches in my tornado. Or not having a car in a city you don’t have any family members in (shout out to my friends who drove me around). That was a cow in the tornado. Although my experience was a bit unique, I feel I have been through many adventures in my first two college years that others can relate to. As my final piece in The Rambler, I have created a list of do’s and don’ts for every Transy college student. For those of us just starting out: Do look at the checklist of things you’ll need to bring to college that Transy sends you- it is extremely helpful and gives you an idea of what you need. Don’t bring everything you have ever owned - you will regret it. My first semester I brought 12 boxes from home. This year I brought four. Do pack accordingly. As we all know, Kentucky is captain of having all four seasons in one day. Better to have a little too much clothing than not enough. Don’t bring 700 pairs of everything. You won’t have enough space for it all and you really only need two winter coats - max. Do correspond with your roommate ahead of time. It is important to get to know the person you will be living with and you should lay down the ground rules before you get to school. Don’t automatically assume you and your roommate will not get along when you don’t agree on things. No two people have the exact same points of view.
Exiting editor imparts words of wisdom
Do hunt for bargains on the things you need. You may not necessarily get the prettiest shower caddy or the comfiest set of sheets- but you will find what you need for a reasonable price. Don’t settle for the cheapest things. You do want to hunt for the bargain but that doesn’t mean you need to carry a shower caddy that doesn’t even have handles. Do make sure you have some extra money. You never know when your professor will want you to go and buy another binder or $200 book.
For those of us who aren’t new to the ways of Transy: Do try to stick to a schedule. Classes are much smoother when you wake up and go to bed at the same time during the week (unless you are pulling an all-nighter like all of us have at least once). Don’t force yourself to wake up at 5 a.m. every day and go to bed at 8 p.m. If you want to, do what makes you happy. But don’t feel forced to wake up at the crack of dawn to get things done. Do room with someone you are compatible with. It’s important to choose a roommate who you know you get along with and can live comfortably with. Don’t room with your best friend. Unless you have lived with them before, it is a general rule that you live with someone who is not your best friend or risk destroying the friendship. Additionally, you probably spend a lot of time with your best friend as is, so moving in with them means you’ll be spending all of your time in and out of your room with them. Do mingle with the first years. I have met some really cool people who are freshmen. Just because they are new and haven’t experienced everything you have doesn’t mean you should discount them. Don’t be that creepy upperclassman who tries to meet every single freshman. 1) It is off-putting and 2) it makes you seem desperate. Do attend events on campus. Our school pays for speakers to come and present. If something looks interesting, invest some time into seeing it. Don’t feel obligated to go to every event. Although event attendance is low a lot of the time, you are not forced to attend everything. Like I said, go to what you find interesting. Do be honest with your professors. If you have a genuine excuse for not being able to complete an assignment on time, the professors here are usually very understanding and will appreciate your honesty. Don’t forget that you have made it this far. You have achieved another step in your journey. Be proud of your accomplishments. I can’t say for certain that I know what I will be doing next. The horizon is pretty open for me. Whether or not I return to Transy, I will cherish the friendships I have made here and the adventures I have taken. I would like to thank my friends for the good times we have had. Thank you to my readers for caring enough to pick up The Rambler and read my page. I won’t say goodbye because this isn’t the end. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as opinion editor. It has been a rewarding experience and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.
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Don’t put all of your money towards books. You will want to set aside a little bit of money to spend on late night pizza.
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her self-created alter ego. Third time must be the charm, for Foreman catches the rhythm of action versus calm as exquisitely as a listener expects when hearing a symphony. Moments of panic and anger are interspersed with those of budding romance to burst into a frustration for both Allyson and readers as things collapse. Foreman challenges those who peruse to abandon her protagonist as she struggles across the middle of the novel to piece back what she has lost – or if she even had anything to lose in the first place. One warning to all skeptics: don’t find yourself discouraged by the typical couple-holding-hands cover. Allyson has countless quirks, which are derived from her normalcy presented at the start only to twist what you might come to assume about every character A l l y s o n interacts with. After all, Willem is not the only player/actor in this story, and he might not be the only player/ romancer in it either, to utilize the double meaning of a word quickly and easily applied to Allyson’s lover. Like the manufacturers of potato chips, know just one is never satisfying enough; I bet you can’t read the first forty pages of “Just One Day” and put it down. But don’t worry, unlike the results on the scale after you’ve consumed that whole bag of chips, you’ll be delighted with this addiction.
Transy professor publishes poems Lorin Martin
Previous Kentucky Poet Laureate and Transylvania Kenan Visiting Writer and professor Richard Taylor published a book of poems entitled “Rain Shadow.” The title of his book grew out of an experience in Costa Rica where he witnessed the meteorological phenomenon called a rain shadow. Rain shadows occur in mountain ranges by the sea where the warm air from the sea meets the cool air of the mountain range to cause an inordinate amount of rainfall on one side of the mountain and drought on the other side. “I saw this as a metaphor that perhaps in some ways embodies our approaches to life… not that glass half full business, but just about loving the planet or seeing it essentially as I saw this as a something to be consumed,” said Taylor. His poems explore an array of topics including metaphor that pernature, mortality and love, and come from a variety of sources, like his travels in cities and foreign haps in some ways countries. embodies our apWhen asked what inspired his writing, Taylor proaches to life... quoted famous poet A.R Ammons, saying, “There is more wordage in my yard than I can read.” He continued, “… if I had to give a definition -Richard Taylor on the of the role poetry plays, I would say that it is the unspoken dialogue that all of us have with the title of his new book miracle and the mystery of our presence on this planet.” “Rain Shadow” was published by the press company Broadstone Media LLC. Broadstone is an amalgam of the street names Broadway and Limestone, two roads which run through our campus. Larry W. Moore, a Transy alumnus who graduated in 1972, and University of Kentucky alumnus Stephen L. Taylor founded the company in 2003. Their website states that the name Broadstone, “is a homage to the time when we first began a lifelong commitment to arts and letters…” “Rain Shadow” can be purchased at www.broadstonebooks.com. You can also view this webpage to learn more about the author, his book and its praise. Dr. Taylor will be having his first art show featuring paintings and drawings in the Jane Chancellor Moore Gallery, located in Frankfort, Ky., from May 19- July 26.
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May Term is Play Term, regardless of what your professors may tell you. If you aren’t getting the playful experience of this term, get off campus and experience all of what Lexington has to offer during this short semester. You only have one class – don’t bore yourself to tears, go play!
Friday, May 9
Funky Rock- If you’re into funky, chill music you should check out The Debauchees at Cosmic Charlie’s this Friday, May 9. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. They will be performing with The Footsteps and Palisades. Tickets are $6 and the show is for ages 18 & up.
Kentucky Inspired- At the Downtown Arts Center Ann Tower Gallery, large oil paintings by Robert Tharsing will be presented. There will be eight new paintings in the exhibit, “Four Seasons: Eight Places.” Ann Tower Gallery is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tharsing’s work is inspired by Kentucky. The exhibit is free to look at.
Friday, May 16
Free Concert Series- The important term here is free. Thanks to Lexington’s Parks and Recreation, there is a Summer Nights in Suburbia concert series at the Moondance Amphitheater. The concerts will be every Friday night starting at 7 p.m. through May, June and August. Bring money for the food trucks! There will be a variety of rock and country bands every night. Also, it’s free.
Skulls and Bones- Lexington native Jason Borders will have an exhibit in Mulberry & Lime. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Borders is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. For this exhibit Borders has carved intricate designs into skulls and bones. Photos of his art can be viewed at his website, www.jasonborders.com.
Etching for Beginners- For those interested in printmaking, the Bluegrass Printmaker’s Coop will be having an introductory class to etching called, “From Paper to Plate: Beginning Etching for the Drawing Inclined.” The class will demonstrate different non-toxic etching techniques. Tickets can be purchased at www.bgprintermakers.org. You must register by May 9. Tickets are $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Fashion Exhibit- “Stitching Art: Designs from the Lexington Fashion Collaborative” is on view until August 17 at the Headley-Whitney Museum. The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is $7 for students and seniors, $10 otherwise. The exhibit features fashion designs and photographs from 25 local designers and photographers.
Saturday, May 17
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Time stains everyone. Whether it’s only by love, as Gayle Foreman would suggest, or other major events in our lives that are not determined by time at all, one becomes a product of what they believe to have an impact on them. Foreman caught YA readers’ attention with her debut “If I Stay” and equally masterful sequel “Where She Went.” Although both memorable novels, she has truly matured into an excellent YA writer with “Just One Year.” Of all her books, YA lovers, this is the one you MUST have on your bookcase. So don’t check it out of the public library because you just might “lose” it. Allyson is on the trip of a lifetime not having the trip of her life. Upon ditching a play that’s part of her European tour, she finds mutual attraction with sexy – and Dutch – actor Willem. He invites her spontaneously to Paris, where she discovers he’s a player – and in more than one way – but, after some tribulations, accepts his company anyhow. He introduces her to fateful “accidents” and inspires her to shape her identity instead of allowing others to determine who she should be. Paris turns into the city of love and loss in stark contrast to the blur and bore every other one has been for Allyson on her supposedly fabulous and all-encompassing teen tour. Not even London or Budapest can please (even though I’m writing this from the latter location right now and it is quite charming), because sometimes what matters most is not where you are but who you’re with, and Willem, whoever he really is, holds the key to the mystery that Allyson can’t unlock, which stems from
What to do besides just sleep and party this May Term
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Sleeping Beauty- It’s the childhood story we all know and love about the sleeping Princess Aurora. You may feel the urge to sleep for a hundred years this May Term, but instead head over to the Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty. There are shows Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House. Tickets range from $16- $32.
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Baseball: “There were bright spots, but overall I feel like we underachieved. We had convincing series sweeps versus Defiance and Earlham and a commanding series win on the road versus Manchester to end the year. We also had some outstanding individual performances. Braden Johnson’s no-hitter at Defiance will be a career highlight for years to come. We also had some excellent season-long performances by guys that will be returning next year. When it comes down to it, we just didn’t pitch well enough to win as much as we had hoped to. We are looking forward to an excellent returning team which will be strengthened by a great incoming freshman class. Nevertheless, it’s sad to say goodbye to eight great seniors, but they can look back on great careers,” said Head Coach Chris Campbell. The Pioneers finished their season with an 18-22 record. Men’s Golf: The Transylvania golf team won their eighth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship this past week. Seniors Clay Hinton and Jantzen Latham, along with sophomore Nicholas McCarthy, were selected to the All-HCAC team, while sophomore Evan Shelley was named to the AllSportsmanship team. They take their talents to Greensboro, N.C. from May 13-16 at Grandover Resort. They are currently ranked eleventh in the nation. Men’s Lacrosse: “I am so proud of the boys,” Head Coach Terry Justice said. “They have stayed the course with me this whole year. Even after a 0-4 start, there was no quit in them. They kept working, kept listening and learning from their mistakes. They became a team. “Our 2014 schedule was a step up in competition,” he continued. “Our players wanted to play more established programs to help speed up our development and increase our lacrosse IQ. They realized playing stronger programs would also give us a better chance of getting into the NCAA DIII playoffs. We lost by two goals to Centre College, who made the DIII playoffs, and then went on a five-game win streak to finish out the year. All year, I saw them improving and figuring out what it took to play a full 60 minutes. The team took 90 more shots (544-454) and put 49 more shots on cage than their opponents. Statistically, we actually won a lot of categories that determine the outcome of lacrosse games–ground balls (444-389), turnovers (216-236), caused turnovers (109-94), face-offs (54%-46%) and clear percentage (87.5-84%). Considering we are a team of freshmen and sophomores, we feel the future is bright for Transylvania University lacrosse.” The team finished with a 7-7 record on the year. Softball: The Pioneers finished tied for fourth with Franklin College in the regular season, but received the HCAC fourth seed due to tiebreaker rules. They finished fourth in the HCAC championship tournament as well. First-years Shelby Bailey and Maddy Rodabaugh made the HCAC second team and sophomore Katie Hulsman made the Honorable Mention team. Sophomore Ashley Frees made the All Sportsmanship team. They finished with a 14-24 record. Women’s Lacrosse: “I am extremely proud of the relentless spirit our team showed this season,” said Head Coach Haley Marvine. “The most exciting part is that now I have identified the core group of women who I plan to build this program around. This season left our entire team feeling unsatisfied, we know we can do better and that is exactly the mindset we will head into the off season with.” The Pioneers finished with a 7-7 record. Men’s Tennis: Junior Dylan Conner and sophomore Robert Albrecht were named to the All-HCAC team, while sophomore Josh Buckman and senior Patrick Richardson were named to the All-HCAC Honorable Mention recognition. Buckman was also named to the All-Sportsmanship team, which recognizes sportsmanship amongst student athletes within the HCAC. The Pioneers finished as the runner-up in the HCAC tournament. Men’s and Women’s Track and Field: This was the pivotal season for Transy’s track and field program. The young program, only in its sixth year of competition, had a breakout season that will allow it to continue to grow and move up the ranks in the conference. On the women’s side, five new outdoor school records were set over the course of the season. First-year Erin Marek set new school records in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She was also the HCAC champion in the 400-meter and was immediately followed by sophomore teammate Katie Cohron, who also broke the previous outdoor record. First-year Cora Kerber set the record in the 800-meter run and finished sixth in the HCAC. First-year Jordin Fender set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles, an event in which she finished runner up at the HCAC Championships. Fender was also named HCAC Track Athlete of the Week during the final week of the season. She is still competing, attempting to earn a spot at the NCAA Division III Nationals at the end of May. Cohron, Fender, Marek and sophomore Shelby Auxier were HCAC Champions and also set school records in the women’s 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. The 4x400-meter relay set a new Defiance College Stadium record as well. This marked the first time Transy has had a running event champion in the HCAC. The women’s team finished sixth at the HCAC Championships, scoring 62 points–the top finish in school history. “I was extremely pleased with how the team preformed this year and look forward to what we will accomplish in the future,” said Head Coach Heidi Pinkerton The men also had a phenomenal season, setting eight new outdoor school records. First-year Cole Green set school records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Unfortunately, he was unable to compete at the outdoor conference championship meet due to illness, where he planned to try to match his Indoor HCAC Conference Freshman of the Year title. Senior Ben Hoseus set a 400-meter dash school record, placing fourth at the Heartland Championships. First-year Alex Czjuko set the 1500-meter record. First-year Kyle Sprague set the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter school records. The men’s 4x100-meter relay, run by senior Mason Williams, Hoseus, first-year Henry Kramer and Green, also set a new outdoor school record. Finally, in the 4x400-meter relay, Williams, Kramer, junior Ben Lyvers and Hoseus, set a new school record and placed fifth at the HCAC Championships. “We had a great finish to the season and I am extremely proud of the team for their efforts. I was happy to see all of their hard work, in the class and on the track, pay off when it counted. The future is bright for this program and we are excited for what is to come,” said Assistant Coach Jakob Hester.
New stadium and turf field dedicated, fieldhouse opened
On Saturday, May 3, the new stadium and field on Fourth Street held its dedication ceremony and grand opening of the fieldhouse. The festivites included tours of the locker rooms, training room, coaches offices and conference rooms. There was also a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the Harry Stephenson Field and Pat Deacon Stadium. Some of the speakers included: Pat Deacon, Don Lane, President Owen Williams and senior April Ballard.
May 12, 2013
Spring sports season recap
President Williams speaks at the Fourth Street Athletics Complex dedication ceremony on Saturday, May 3.
Pat Deacon speaks at the ceremony dedicating the stadium to her.
Why I am an athletic trainer
During my senior year of high school, I was an athletic training aide and helped with the football team. A freshman football player who I considered “my little brother” (no actual relation) broke his collar bone six days before the first football game of the year. He was crushed. Over the next five weeks his bone healed and we helped to rehabilitate some of the strength and motion he had lost during recovery. I remember clearly his face the day he was told that he could practice full, and if all went well, would be cleared to play the following weekend–the joy of being able to play the sport he loved again, the weight lifted off his shoulders, the emotion of being back with his team. My thoughts on that day were how rewarding it would be if I was able to help others get back onto their “field of dreams” for my career. Thus began my journey to athletic training. I love being an athletic trainer because I love helping others. I help others accomplish their goals by getting them back as soon as I can (without causing further injury) so they can compete for their teams. I love the sense of teamwork that is inherent in sports. I get to work alongside some of the best coaches and our common goal is the growth and success of our athletes. I love being an athletic trainer, especially at the college level. I have been able to witness the maturity, the growth, the failures and the successes of my athletes in the four most formative years of their young adult lives. To see the teenagers that come in their first year change over time to the adults that graduate four (or five) years later, and to know I may have had some small part of that transition, is awe-inspiring. It keeps me going. Athletic training is not a profession one enters for riches, fame or glory. One must be selfless, intrinsically motivated and probably should enjoy sports. I won’t become a millionaire or have athletes thank me on national television, but that doesn’t matter. The joy an athlete has when they are cleared to play after a long rehabilitation and finally return to the sport they love makes my long days seem purposeful. The athletes make my job rewarding.
Player of the Week: Josh Buckman Cassie Hamilton email@example.com
Men’s tennis player “[Josh] Buckman went 6-0 down the ending stretch of the regular season in doubles and 4-0 in singles. He also boasts nearly a 4.0 GPA,” said Head Coach Chuck Brown. Q: What’s your major? A: I’m double majoring in economics and business administration with a concentration in finance. Q: Who is your favorite athlete? A: My favorite athlete is Andy Murray. Q: What is your favorite event? A: I prefer doubles. Q: How do you prepare for a match? A: I believe in warming up liberally before any match. I am not a believer in “saving your energy” for a match, as I think it is worse to be cold going onto the court. Q: Do you have anything you’re particularly superstitious about when it comes to your sport? A: Not at all. I am not a superstitious person. Q: How do you feel this season is going to go? A: Well, it is now over, but I am quite
proud about the way we ended things. It was nice to beat Rose in the conference semifinals, especially after losing to them early in the season. Q: What’s your favorite pre-meet meal? A: Subway Q: What’s your favorite thing about your team? A: We have formed a very special camaraderie that compels each of us to work hard for each other, and Coach Brown and Coach Palmer are included in this bond. We have a blast. Q: What’s your best part of your sport? A: Specifically, my serve. But on a grander scale, my desire to work with a team trumps everything else. Q: What’s the song on your iPod that people would be the most surprised to know about? A: I don’t know about one song, but I do have all 16 AC/DC studio albums on there. Buckman received second team and AllSportsmanship honors from the HCAC.