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The lacrosse team seeks to prove that they’re more than just “laxbros”. pg. 6



Senior Emily Shirley plans to kick off The Rambler offers suggestions to her business with a bang. improve August term. pg. 5 pg. 4

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University offices move to local houses. pg. 2



SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 • VOL. 96 , ISSUE 1

Transylvania University • Lexington, KY •

Fire sparks complaints Dean makes

Transy home Molly Crain


Everyone wants to know. What has Barbara LoMonaco, Transylvania’s new Dean of Students, been up to? Lately, students have seen her following Resident Advisors during their late night rounds, hosting an open house for her recently decorated dorm room in Poole and even participating in women’s mini-recruitment. But why? “I’m really not trying to become a student, but I am a cultural anthropologist,” said LoMonaco, harkening her former full-time teaching position at Transy. “And the main method that cultural anthropologists use to understand another culture is something called ‘participant observation,’” said LoMonaco. “So we really believe that if you want to understand another way of living, you need to live that life… and at the same time step back and observe the behaviors of people.” LoMonaco believes that there is no better way to understand student culture than to “participate in it.” By interacting with students on a more intimate level, she is hoping to find ways to best serve their needs as the new dean of A small fire at the International House, located at 331 North Broadway, brought local fire crews to the students. This inspired her to go on late night RA rounds. scene Sunday morning. “In order to understand what residence life is really like, that’s not something I could do between the hours of alarm off,” Snider said. Rachel Smith 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Real student culture emerges after According to the residents, the front door is only 10:00 p.m., doing rounds was certainly illuminating.” the beginning of their woes. LoMonaco knows that her presence in the late night Based on student accounts, one of the doors in A seemingly mundane, though tasty, act of preparhours of student’s lives may seem out of place, but she ing bacon led to the arrival of the Transylvania Depart- Apartment One of the House is off of one hinge, a wants to clarify that she means well. problem that has persisted since last year, and the ment of Public Safety and the Lexington Fire Depart“Students were very… surprised when they first started ment at the International House early Sunday morning. House is missing at least one desk and dresser set. to see me around the residence halls, but I think it’s getting Assistant Director of Residence Life Ashley GutsThe incident, according to junior and International a little bit more accepted. We don’t have a history, really, hall’s said that the problem is being resolved as quickly House resident Zoë Snider, occurred when the group of staff members who are not part of residence life hangas possible. was preparing bacon when the grease became hot ing out in the residence halls,” said LoMonaco. “But after I “Once we located the furniture we attempted to enough to start a small flame. They were able to quell did rounds, I did buy pizza. So we had pizza in Clay/Davis move it in over last weekend [Sep. 7] but did not have the fire with a plate, but the smoke already activated Lobby.” the proper equipment to move it,” Gutshall said. “We alarms that alerted authorities. LoMonaco was impressed with how many students have since called Physical Plant who is moving the Throughout the commotion, the front door alarm and not just RA’s came out to have pizza, engage in converwas activated, bringing DPS to the scene to investigate. furniture in as soon as they can.” sation, and talk about campus life. While the residents of the International House are All-in-all, no harm was done, and, according to Snider, “Those conversations are really some of the most trying to be understanding, they describe difficulty “[the scene] looked like much more than it actually important conversations I can have with students. They are dealing with what they feel is neglect. was.” really about student’s insights on Transylvania’s culture, and “I feel like the bureaucracy is degrading,” Snider The drama of the day, however, uncovered several give me lots of ideas for things we can improve… things said. “I know their jobs are hard, and I know it’s not complaints with International House living conditions. that are working.” any one person’s fault. It’s just that clearly something’s The first on the list of residents’ complaints is the To further immerse herself in campus culture, Lofront door which, like Sunday’s incident highlights, has gone wrong with the organization of this school, at Monaco decided that she wanted to also have the dorm least with the Residence Life part.” an over sensitive alarm. . experience. “Unless you do a really weird series of arbitrary “I do have a room in Poole Residence Hall, mostly See Fire, Page 3 actions in order to close [the front door], it sets the because I have a lot of late nights on campus. But also because it gives me an opportunity to participate first hand in residential life,” said LoMonaco. Last Friday, LoMonaco even had an open house for her room. “Everyone in Poole has been really nice to me. I even got a door decoration.” There are still a few things about Transy student life that LoMonaco believes she doesn’t fully understand, like that of Greek organizations. With men and women’s recruitment in full swing, she thought that this month would be the perfect opportunity to learn what each fraternity and sorority was about. Earlier this week, LoMonaco participated in a women’s mini-recruitment and claimed she had plans to attend the men’s Coke parties. “These were opportunities also for me to learn the values of each organization, because they’re quite different,” said LoMonaco about women’s mini-recruitment

TU fraternities showcase spirit

The men of Transylvania fraternities rang in the start of a new academic year with the annual “Spirit Night,” a tradition allowing the four fraternities on campus to showcase their colors and unique personalities to the new students. The new recruitment year will begin in the upcoming week for both the men and the women.



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LoMonaco welcomed students to visit her in her new dormitory in Poole Residence Hall.

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Bike shop rolls into the Bubble Scarlett Blevins

loan program, it’s really a great opportunity that we’re fortunate to have!” ‘Transy Bikes’ is also going to offer group rides around Lexington in hopes of making riders more comfortable with local routes. All faculty/staff/students are invited to attend these bike rides. For those who cannot make the group rides, the shop offers bike maps and safety guides. Plus, Morrison would be happy to talk about good local routes with anyone willing to listen. “Any students/faculty/staff are welcome to join me on these rides!” said Morrison. “And for those who don’t have a bike but who would still like to participate, don’t forget about those really awesome bikes we’ve just integrated into the bike loan program!” The bike shop will be open five hours a week on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30 and on Thursdays from 6:008:30 starting during the week of Sept. 17th.


If you have ever found yourself wanting to run a quick errand downtown, but didn’t want to deal with traffic and parking, you’re in luck: Transylvania has a bike for you. “Transy Bikes,” is a free program that offers rental bikes to students needing a quick set of wheels, and also serves as a shop for students to work together, and with experienced mechanics, to fix any bike someone brings in. Transy sophomore Stevie Morrison, who works in the bike shop, is one of the mechanics working to help students fix their bikes, and even offers to teach others to fix their bikes themselves. “I love that those who need help with their bikes will have somewhere close on campus that will allow them to come in and learn how to fix their own bikes,”

said Morrison. “With those who come in, my goal is for them to leave with a better idea of how their bikes work, and I would hope for them to be more comfortable with coming and asking me for help.” ‘Transy Bikes’ was launched new for this year and is housed in what was formerly known as Forrer Conference Room B. The program replaces a less publicized bike rental program operated out of the Campus Center. The new location provides more visibility and more space to work on bikes. The bikes themselves are new, too. Many of the bikes that were in the campus center last year were older, but now ‘Transy Bikes’ offers a much larger and newer selection of bikes available for rental. The bikes, in Morrison’s own words, are “really awesome!” “We have sizes for all people, and they can be borrowed from the campus center for free,” Morrison said, “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the

The new bike shop, “Transy Bikes,” houses brand new bicycles for students to rent and will also allow the campus to collaborate on bike repairs.

Offices go residential Office of Admissions

Several Transy faculty members and staff have found new homes on campus. The “Creative” and “C.A.R.E.” houses are campus-owned buildings that have the potential to engage students in ways that institutional office spaces may not. “The Creative House”, located at 362 N.Upper Street adjacent to the Mitchell Fine Arts parking lot, is currently being used as office space for four professors: Instructor in Writing, Rhetoric and Communication Martha Gehringer, Professor of English and Writer in Residence Maurice Manning, Kenan Visiting Writer Richard Taylor, and Lucille C. Little Professor of Theater Tim Soulis. Interim Vice President & Dean of the College, Kathleen Jagger explained the decision as a temporary solution to simply running out of space for faculty offices. Among the faculty willing to move were three poets and a playwright and thus, organically, the creative title was fitting. “One of the nice things about Transy is that the faculty doesn’t exist in individual silos in different projects,” said Jagger. She views the collaborative nature “as part of the spirit of encouraging student learning in all dimensions.” The new inhabitants of the Creative House are settling into their new space. Though she has literally hopped around the Haupt building – this is her tenth move in 30 years at Transy, Gehringer is enjoying the change of scenery. “It does feel really domestic,” said Gehringer, of the three-bedroom brick house on the corner.

Soulis described The Creative House as a “unique space with great colleagues literally a door away.” “Already we've had the opportunity to laugh and commune, to praise our students, and to be glad to be together,” said Manning, of the first month in the shared space. “I can't imagine a better setting for work and good company.” The Center for Community, Awareness, Responsibility and Engagement or “C.A.R.E. House”, similarly arose from a need for space. It is located at 439 W. Fourth Street, across from the tennis courts. Intentionally situated within the C.A.R.E. House are Coordinator of Community Service and Civic Engagement Karen Anderson, Associate Dean for Religious Life Wilson Dickinson and AmeriCorps Vista Troy Heffron. “The offices that are placed there were chosen very specifically to help be a connection with the university to the Lexington community,” said Bob Brown, associate dean of student affairs. “The house will serve as a hub for community service activity, engagement with the community, awareness of what is going on in the community and how we can responsibly work with groups outside of the university.” For Anderson, a major benefit of the C.A.R.E. house is the extra space. In addition to three offices, the house has two rooms for small group meetings and convenient storage for service organizations like the PB & J Club. “I hope to see it become a vibrant, active center,” said Anderson. Her aim is to have a “front-porch feel” in which students utilize the space and feel comfortable. “The house is a symbolic step of See Offices, Page 3

moves to Glenn Building


Molly Dean

The Glenn Building, formerly home to the Transylvania Bookstore, will now house the Admissions Office, allowing easier access for prospective students.

Lauren Johnson

This past Monday, Transylvania’s office of admissions started making the official move from its previous location in Old Morrison, to the Glenn Building. The Glenn Building, constructed in 2005 with 10,000 square feet of space, was first used as a multipurpose building housing the bookstore, the coffee shop, and expanded space for the library. For years, President Owen William has had the vision of Glenn Building becoming a space where visitors could easily walk into the admissions office and see a modern, attractive, lively atmosphere. “It made a lot of sense for the admissions office,” said Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Brad Goan. Compared to the great climb of

steps up to Old Morrison and the maze to find the former office, the Glenn Building will provide an easy-to-find, larger space for visitors. Goan hopes that it will get a great initial reaction from students, where visitors can come in and see the students hanging out at Jazzman’s drinking a cup of coffee. He believes that it will be a “great initial experience for them.” According to current admissions counselor, Shane McGuire ’09, the new Admissions office will become a great asset to Transy by bringing it into the modern age in order to compete with other universities. The new admissions office will be a much more modern building than Old Morrison, with a horseshoe-shaped front desk and a digital campus map. It will also have more space in the lobby and space downstairs for meeting See Admissions, Page 3


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‘A-term’ debuts at TU Staff Report

With August term officially over, and fall term in full swing, the Transylvania community is left to evaluate the inaugural three-week session meant to introduce first-years to campus. “I thought it was a great success,” said August Term Director and Professor of Classics John Svarlien. “[August term] moved towards some of its goals and moving students from high school towards college.” During August term, first-years underwent a three week course designed, according to Svarlien, to increase critical reading skills and bridge the gap between high school and college. The courses, which followed a credit/no credit grading system, had students looking critically at selected readings. It wasn’t all academic, though. Students enjoyed concerts in Back Circle, a carnival and volleyball tournament, lectures about diversity and safety, and various other events. First-years also spent a Saturday morning com-

pleting community service projects, in efforts replace the previous pre-orientation programs that took place before the start of fall term. Transy traditions such as the Greet Line, still remained. “There was a good balance between socializing and academics,” Svarlien said. While the effect, and success, of August term will be tracked for months – even years – initial results are optimistic. The success rate for the August term course, according to Interim Vice President & Dean of the College Kathleen Jagger, was extremely high. Anecdotal evidence, too, hints at success. “All the teachers that I’ve talked to about it have been positive about it,” Svarlien said. Work still needs to be done, though, and focus groups are currently being formed to discuss the details and opportunities for change, according to Svarlien. “August term is potentially a new tradition at Transy,” said Svarlien.

Transy levels up in national rankings Staff Report

Transylvania University moved up six places, from 81 to 75, in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, while also being named to the publication’s Great Schools at Great Prices list. It is Transylvania’s highest ever ranking since becoming a part of the national liberal arts colleges category. In its Best Colleges 2013 guidebook, U.S. News ranks 251 national liberal arts colleges and universities in statistical measures such as student graduation and retention rates, financial resources, commitment to instruction, class size, faculty pay, student selectivity and alumni giving, as well as a subjective measure of academic reputation. The Great Schools at Great Prices list recognizes colleges and universities for the value of the educational experience they provide in relation to the cost of obtaining a degree. Transylvania’s tuition and fees fall below the national average for comparable private liberal arts colleges. “This latest national recognition of the high quality liberal arts studies that Transylvania offers its students is very gratifying to our entire campus community,” said President Owen Williams. “Everyone who is a part of this historic university is committed to excellence, and our students reap the benefits of that devotion. This ranking is a testament to the hard work of students, faculty, and staff members.” Brad Goan, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions, said inclusion in the Great Schools at Great Prices list confirms the university’s philosophy of making private higher education affordable to as broad a market as possible. “From the moment students and their families begin to explore a Transylvania education, we work with them on a very personalized basis to find all of the scholarships and need-based aid that can be applied to their situations,” Goan said. “This approach keeps the real cost of attending Transylvania at a very attractive level when compared with our peer institutions.”

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In response, the Residence Life staff wants to continue to assure the students that they are solving the problems to the best of their abilities. “We have to understand that while the assumption is that all the issues with the International House are the responsibility of Residence Life, in actuality only furniture needs fall under our department,” said Gutshall, “However, if we are made aware of issues outside of our realm, we always refer and follow up with the proper department.” Gutshall added, “At this time we believe we are addressing the needs the students have raised and are working to make permanent changes to the department to address all furniture issues in a timely manner in the future.” According to Snider, the events that they have attempted to put on in the past have been met with not only lack of support but also with some opposition. Associate Professor of French Brian Arganbright, the house’s advisor claims that things will be much different moving forward. “I am planning to meet with the residents next week to plan events for the year and select a house manager,” Arganbright said. “We will also discuss ways for the International House to play a more vital role on campus this year.”


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“We have a lot of micro-cultures with each different Greek organization.” Students have been very open to her attendance. But she also doesn’t want to attend so much that she “dampens things.” “I don’t want students to feel that I’m invasive. But they have been very helpful in educating me about all parts of Transylvania I never really knew about as a faculty member.” To see LoMonaco participate in another lively activity, join her Friday, September 21st for “turn a parking space into a park,” in front of Haupt Circle. “It’s a national movement that converts a parking space into a park for a day,” said LoMonaco. “I will be bringing my goat, and converting my parking space into a farm.” Transy’s participation in the movement is part of a strategic goal presented by President Owen Williams to “put the ‘sylvan’ back in Transylvania.


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the university to extend our existing campus down Fourth Street as an early connection to the land we purchased and future developments down there,” said Brown. “As campus changes, the Fourth Street corridor will take on greater significance as we morph into a larger and more vibrant liberal arts university.” Students are encouraged to freely visit and utilize the C.A.R.E. and Creative houses as the new campus spaces evolve and grow.


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rooms adding more privacy between the Counselors and the future students. The space that was once used for the Admissions Office in Old Morrison will now house the Office of Communications.

Ten Things They Didn’t Teach You In August Term

(And You Really Need To Know...)

1. Pre-med and pre-law aren’t actually majors. 2. If you see someone coming, you hold the door open... or else. 3.

Upperclassmen don’t bite… usually.


It’s The ‘80, not Sandella’s.


Sleepy is not a state; it’s a lifestyle.

7. You are allowed to eat with more than four people at the same time in the caf (if you eat there). 8. Some semesters you will have to get up before 8:00 a.m. 9. Pajama bottoms and leggings are not class appropriate attire. 10. If you get hit crossing Broadway tuition will not be covered, and The Rambler will write a story about it.


6. Lanyards around the neck are not fashion statements. This is not GSP.

Bonus tip: Classes don’t usually take place outside, either.


“I felt less nervous and stressed about the first week of classes than I would have been without it.” -Rachel Johnson, first-year student

“The entire first-year core curriculum, including August term, will help prepare students to succeed at Transylvania and to take full advantage of all the intellectual, cultural, and creative opportunities provided by a premier liberal arts institution.” -Dr. Martha Billips, Associate Dean of the College for First-Year Academic Programs and Advising “Although there is a benefit in knowing your classmates very well, at the same time the seclusion may make it harder for the firstyears to integrate out of their comfort zones. That being said, time will tell.” -Victoria Sullivan, junior and August term scholar

‘Rambler’ vows to continuously improve

The Rambler is an important, integral part of the Transylvania community. We bring news to your attention, ask important people important questions, highlight outstanding organizations, and, on the opinion page, weigh in on important campus issues in an effort to provoke further thought. We can always be better. We have a talented, diverse staff representing multiple majors and many backgrounds. They work every day to plan, interview, write, research and edit. We meet often to hash out ideas and capitalize on our team synergy, We could use more people. In the past, we’ve broke stories to you about land acquisitions, administrative transitions, new programs and more. We’ve missed some leads. At The Rambler, we epitomize the spirit of ‘kaizen,’ a Japanese concept of continuos improvement and change for the better. Every year, every semester and every issue our biggest goal is to improve. To get better. Without a journalism program,


This year marked the beginning of a brand new program at Transylvania. August term has replaced first-year orientation and University 1111. The class of 2016 arrived on campus Aug. 10 and participated in three weeks of a credit/no credit “First Engagements” critical reading course. While the program concluded without any major mishaps, this year is merely a starting point for future improvements. Academically speaking, August term was a success. With a low failure rate and positive feedback from participants, the program is off to a strong start. Everyone involved should be commended for the hours put in last semester and this summer to ensure that the program ran smoothly. Residence Life staff, faculty members and upperclassmen scholars brought enthusiasm and creativity to August term. Though it seemed to be a success academically, August term certainly did not get by without criticism from the wider Transy community. For first-year athletes, the schedule did not leave time to rest; students were rushed between three-hour classes, required sessions and multiple practices each day. The first week was especially busy. Students unpacked, scheduled their fall semester and attended longer classes with information sessions every afternoon. This complaint was recognized by the administration and will be under revision as planning for next year’s August term begins. John Svarlien, classics professor and director of August term said that Transy was very ambitious in its planning, but overscheduling was “fatiguing.” There is already talk of “pulling back,” especially during the first week of the program. Another concern from observant outsiders was that the newest group of first-years developed an exclusive class identity. Some have remarked that providing this class of around 330 students with an exclusive environment may have turned this program with stellar intentions into an extension of high school… complete with cafeteria cliques and all. With a campus empty of organizations, Greek life, and general mixing and mingling, students were quick to form cliques that survived past Labor Day Weekend and upperclassmen move-in. This may be a natural outcome of such a program, but it should not be encouraged. One noticeable aspect of August term was the nearly non-existent influence of

Was August Term a success?

we’re self taught and self driven. We learn by doing, asking and reading. We want to learn more. We’re challenged, as students of the liberal arts, to connect and integrate knowledge and to question everything. What better medium to put the liberal arts in practice than journalism?! Throughout the year, we’ll strive to ask important people important questions, tell engaging stories, highlight unique events and inform you of vital information. Every story you read in The Rambler will be accurate, relevant and engaging. If something goes wrong, we’ll take swift action to correct it. We absolutely guarantee that. We are a student newspaper at heart, and for this heart to beat we absolutely have to have more students. We need a large, versatile staff of writers and photographers to keep stories printing. Being on staff is an valuable experience that teaches many skills, and it is an absolute blast. We love what we do. We also need your input. We have a Facebook, we have a website, and we have an opinion page. For The Rambler to exist, we need you to ‘Ramble On’ and contribute to all of these. Is there an important story that you think we missed? Tell us. Are you angry about the way people at Transy treat a certain issue? Use The Rambler as a medium for your voice. Ultimately, The Rambler will be what students make it, what we make it. We are limited by the passion of our student body, our kryptonite is your apathy. Help us make The Rambler a true pioneer in student journalism.


Rambler Staff Editorial

upperclassmen. While actions were taken to prevent any negative influence on firstyears, this also kept away any potential positive influence from existing. For the most part, the only upper-class students admitted on campus for the full three-week term were Resident Advisors and August term Scholars. This naturally presents a sort of culture shock for the students who had entered into a nearly-empty campus that catered to them and soon had to adjust to one full of unfamiliar upperclassmen, ready to take their new place in the hierarchy of a collegiate community. It is up to the entire campus to figure out how to deal with the culture change that comes with the new addition of August term. Without a doubt, this will take time. We can not expect a first-time program to run perfectly. Furthermore, the transition from high school to college is a difficult one. It is the responsibility of all students to work together to make that transition as seamless as possible. As Svarlien said, first-year students are not only in an “academic pressure cooker,” but are also facing a challenging social adjustment. Therefore, “anything we can do to make them more comfortable is a good thing.” Now that the fall term is underway, it is imperative that the August term discussion does not stop. For this to be truly successful, it needs to be a fluid program. The administration, participating faculty and students need to continue debating all aspects of First Engagements, social events and First Year Seminar. It is necessary for Transy to reevaluate this program year after year for it to improve. The program has been set up to do just that. All faculty will be teaching August term on a rotation, so every year will have a wide variety of disciplines represented. Focus groups and debriefing discussions will be underway shortly, collecting the input of every group involved in this undertaking. While August term has been called a new Transy tradition, it is good to know that not everything will change in the first-year experience. Newcomers to the community were still introduced to Lexington with trips to a Legends game and a tour of the Farmer’s Market. First-years still received personal attention from professors. Men and women of the incoming class still serenaded each other with cheesy Transy-inspired lyrics. Students still met each of their classmates through a greet line in Old Morrison Circle. As the program changes continue and enrollment increases in coming years, hopefully the greet line will get just a little longer.

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Editor-in-Chief.............................Jake Hawkins Managing Editor.............................Molly Crain Design Editor................................Rachel Smith Photo Editor................................Matthew Durr Campus Life..............................Scarlett Blevins Opinion Editor.............................Emily Martin Sports Editor..................................Cory Collins Arts & Entertainment Editor.........Ameka Menes Copy Editor......................................Molly Dean Designer....................................Chase Coleman Advisor............................................Tyler Young


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‘Emishi Graphic Arts and Design’ Opens New Canvas for Senior Artist Emily Shirley Cynthia Springer


Armed with a paintbrush and a vision, Transylvania senior and accomplished artist Emily Shirley has her eyes set on the future. Shirley is on the process of opening a business, “Emishi Graphic Arts and Design,” with the desire to sell her art and services to Lexington and surrounding areas. “The idea to open the business has been on the mind for quite some time,” said Shirley. “What better way to support myself as a painter than selling my paintings? They start filling up the room very quickly.” The idea of opening a business, especially at a young age, is, to some, bold and, to others, courageous. Shirley expresses her concerns and hopes the business is successful and that “customers [will] want to buy the work.” With a leap of faith after months of careful planning and researching, she is ready to launch the business. Shirley is on track, too, and is compiling her portfolio with many works. “Emishi Graphic Arts and Design” will feature decorative contemporary pieces inspired by Shirley’s interest in abstracts and the expression of color and texture. The logo for the business, featuring an aqua seahorse, resembles, according to Shirley, the playful Emily Shirley, a senior studio art major, sits beside two of her abstract paintings which she hopes to sell as part of her new business, “Emishi Graphic Arts and Design.” yet eloquent influences found in her work. This Priding herself on professionalism and aiming for YouTube. There, customers will be able to watch nautical creature will find itself on business and gift success in her business, Shirley includes with each their personalized work of art made at the click of a cards, stickers and online web browsers supporting piece of art purchased a certificate of authenticity as mouse. Pictures of works available for purchase will the company in selling her paintings and personal well as extra appreciation incentives for customers, also be available for viewing, as well as her process of commissions. such as discount coupons on future purchases. painting them. Shirley said she “wants her art to be aesthetically Shirley aims to launch the business, aside For those interested, Shirley’s online storefront pleasing” to customers that will purchase her paintings from its own personal website, on Facebook and can be found at for their homes.

Local theater to host film festival

seeing. Last comes “Weekend” (2011), an indie British film from director Andrew Haigh. Not even a year has passed since Film fans this is for you. its release and it has garnered a total Resurrected from the seemingly dead, of ten awards and nominations at press the Rosa Goddard International Film time. Reception by viewers and critics Festival has returned to the Kentucky alike has been positive. This film, about Theatre for another fall season. two gay men that meet and discuss their Showing four European films on experiences based on their sexuality, consecutive Wednesday evenings at 7:15 portrays how one encounter can change p.m. with tickets available for only $5, the rest of your life. this is one way to step outside the Transy Iya Morgan, who is the owner of bubble and indulge in cultures from sQecial Media, across the Atlantic. a bookstore on On Wednesday South Limestone nights beginning that is presenting Sept. 12th and the film series, running through said that after Oct. 3rd, you can she participated view the four films as an audience that were chosen for member for the this year’s festival. Rosa Goddard They include a International Film British film, two Festival that she French and one wanted to help Polish. Subtitles restore it to its will be provided. former glory by The first of assisting in the these is the French selection process. film “Bande à “We look part” (Band of for films that are Outsiders), released engaging and in 1964 directed by beautiful, but also Jean-Luc Godard. have a somewhat The title refers to broad appeal doing something The Goddard film festival will take place as there tends separate from the Wednesday nights from Sept. 12 to Oct. 3 to be so many group. A homage at the Kentucky Theatre in Downtown preconceived to film noir, this Lexington. notions about movie features international several scenes that cinema,” said Morgan. “We really want have become famous over the passage to challenge those notions and let people of time. discover just how amazing and important Another French film follows the these films really are.” first. “Diva,” directed by Jean-Jacques Morgan said that she wanted to Beineix, was originally released in 1981 “resurrect” the film series “in honor of and then re-released in 2007 starring Rosa Goddard’s generosity, as a thank Lexington’s own Wilhelmina Fernandez- you to the Kentucky Theatre and for all Smith. A highly acclaimed film, Rotten of the other fans of international cinema, Tomatoes gave it an average of 96 we resurrected this series.” percent from the reviews of 45 critics. The Kentucky Theatre, according Next will be Polish, Nóż w wodzie to Morgan, was where the film series (Knife in the Water) 1962 Roman originated. Polanski’s first feature film, which was “It is the perfect art house setting for nominated for Best Foreign Language classic international cinema,” she said. Film at the 1963 Academy Awards. All of the films will be shown in Despite a plot with only three characters, 35mm format. each actor holds their own on-screen “The way these films were meant to presence well, making this a film worth be shown,” according to Morgan.


Ameka Menes

Currently free of new artwork, the Diversity Nook in Old Morrison will soon add student exhibitions throughout the academic year. In addition to showcasing talent, books are also available for checkout in this area. If you ahve any ideas for or are interested in displaying pieces in this space, contact Tammie Williams at

Wanted: YOU! The Rambler is looking for dedicated people to fill various positions. If you’re interested in being part of Transy’s student voice, email rambler@transy. edu.


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Penn State Effect: At a Lacrosse Road The Don Lane reflects on Paterno’s fallen legend Cory Collins

A young Terry Justice didn’t go looking for lacrosse. It just kind of hit him. On a field at the Lexington School, he saw it. A group of guys, a flurry of movement, sticks and bodies crashing. It drew him in. He played. And someone knocked him on his back. In that moment, he knew it; he loved this sport. “That’s the day I got hit with the bug,” Justice said. The rest is history. In 1979, he started the University of Kentucky Lacrosse Club when no one else was playing in the state. Then the sport grew, and he grew with it. He’d go on to win three state championships coaching at the Lexington School. From 2004-2011, he led Lexington Catholic’s program to new heights. Everywhere he journeyed, doubts were silenced, expectations shattered. Coach Justice faces those same doubts at Transylvania. He leads a team in its infant stage, the face of a sport still surrounded by questions. But he isn’t worried. He’s done this all his life. “I’m one of those guys that always has high expectations,” he said. And he lives up to them. The Athletic Director at the Lexington School said he’d get throttled by out-of-state and established programs. They went 8-3 in their first season. At Lexington Catholic, his team made the playoffs in his first year –the championship by his third. Success is not something he waits on. But Justice also recognizes the huge challenges facing Transy’s first lacrosse team. For one, they’re young. Sixteen names on the roster belong to first-years. “It’s scary,” he said. “We’re going to play teams that are already established.” And Justice knows the challenge goes beyond the field. Four games take the Pioneers over 300 miles from campus. At an academic institution, those miles, that time, adds up. The workload

increases. Pressure mounts. “I’m very conscious about not taking these kids out of school,” he said, speaking to the importance of a healthy balance between sports and academics. “That’s what we preach.” But if Justice is worried, you wouldn’t know it. Despite their inexperience, he sees promise in his players. He sees them as being much more than the words not so subtly whispered across campus –“lax bros”. “We hate that term,” he said. “They’ll combat it by being very active on this campus…Lacrosse players will integrate themselves into Transy’s culture.” When Justice looks at these guys, he doesn’t see stereotypes. He sees future leaders. He sees character. He sees athletes that were willing to commit to an upstart program, an unsure beginning, and a tough school. “They wanted that challenge,” said Justice. That challenge begins with the first practice. On Sept. 24, the Pioneers hit the field. Transy’s newest sport will commence. But the team Justice is so proud of is not yet complete. “I have 20 outstanding men,” he said while explaining that there is room for ten more. “I would invite them,” said Justice. “I’ve been very successful in teaching this game.” It’s a game he hopes to pass on to his players –a passion he hopes to pass to its fans. And despite initial doubts, Justice believes students will embrace its excitement. “It’s going to bring a ‘wow’,” Justice said. “Fans are going to see a lot of scoring and action…hitting…a physical game…I think it’s going to add a lot to our athletic community.” It’s a new sport, a new culture. And it’s the latest chance for Justice to shatter expectations –to make others swallow their doubts.

Catch part two of the three part series in next week’s Rambler.

Cory Collins

On Nov. 4, 2011, the clock struck midnight on the façade of State College, Pa. The mythologies, the traditions, the promises of Penn State were broken. A sex-abuse scandal took the nation by storm and the legend of Joe Paterno fell from grace into outrage. The face of a university became a symbol for the dangerous cultures of college athletics. If ever Transylvania had a Joe Paterno in stature and adoration, it’s Don Lane. For forty years, he’s coached, taught, and touched lives on this campus. “Don Lane is an icon,” said newcomer to the athletic’s program, Terry Justice, the head lacrosse coach. That a newcomer recognizes that, highlights that Lane is instantly recognizable and widely respected, Lane is synonymous with Transy Athletics. But if Penn State and Joe Paterno, of all places, all people, can succumb to the shadows of college sports, is it naïve to assume Transy is immune? Is Don Lane so untouchable? On a smaller scale, could this happen here? If you ask Lane, himself, the answer is no. He’d once looked up to Paterno –a man who seemingly did college sports the right way. “I think all coaches…looked up to him,” Lane says. “He graduated his players, gave a lot back to the university…he always stayed committed to Penn State.” Then the news hit. “I was really sad, to be honest,” Lane tells me. “He’d seemed to have done everything the right way…then when this came to him, I would like to have seen him do a lot more.” Lane knows college sports. He knows coaching, and he knows the culture of winning. Where he differs from Paterno is in his realization of what order those should go in. Lane admits that, like any university, Transy “wants to protect its name.” But there are boundaries. “You can’t ever let winning take the place of what’s right,” Lane said. That’s the fundamental difference between Lane and Paterno, between Transy and Penn State. For Lane, it’s always been about the students, the school, the community. Then you can win games. This is the coach who kept a star, senior basketball player on scholar-


New sport brings new culture

Coach Don Lane doesn’t believe failures of Penn State could happen here. ship, despite the fact that the player wanted to forgo the season to focus on getting into med school. “It would’ve been easy for me to say, ‘I need you to play…play or you’re not on scholarship’,” Lane explains. “But you can never let a sport overshadow what’s right –what the mission of the school is.” Would Paterno have sacrificed a scholarship? And this is the coach, unlike Paterno, that never lost sight of the fact that he’s simply one man. “I was just trying to be one of the coaches…a member of the faculty…that was all I wanted to do,” said Lane. “That was very important to me.” “Was Paterno grounded? I used to think he was…but he didn’t follow up on that. You can’t have people around you that continually tell you how great you are. You have to stay grounded.” Paterno knew he was Pennsylvania State. Lane just sees himself as a small part of Transy. “I hope it comes across that I don’t look at myself as an icon,” Lane said. “There are others here that have done much more than I have.” Others may disagree. Lane is legend in Transy sports past and present, but he isn’t our Paterno. Lane knows he’s placed on a pedestal. He knows that he’s admired. But he doesn’t give in. He doesn’t place himself above the school. “It’s the nature of the position [of coach] that puts you there,” he explains. “It’s not always your fault. But you have to make sure you don’t use the position in the wrong way.” It all comes back to Lane’s central message –something so simple that may have saved Penn State: “Nothing should be bigger than what’s right.”

Slone stops balls, nothing stops Slone

First-year Joshua Slone never had time to combat the lax-bro stereotype. He was too busy combating his own body. His freshman year of high school, he started losing weight. Food wouldn’t stay down. He was weak. A trip to the hospital. An emergency surgery. Whispers of a cyst in his back. The surgery failed. So they tried again. They discovered a pancreas so swollen it was blocking his stomach; his small intestines were destroyed. He’d eventually be diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, an infliction plaguing his family’s history. For two to three years, he’d fight weakness, constant nausea, and immense pain. But he never stopped playing lacrosse. Slone had seen the game on TV; he’d met his match. Despite living in Shelbyville, he traveled to play. His freshman year in Oldham County, the next two at Lafayette High School. Nothing stood in his way –not the miles, nor the pain. Also wrestling and playing football, each day of the school year meant a practice or game. The pain never took a day off either. “I hurt every day,” Slone says. “The pain, I’ve been told, is about the same as childbirth. I lived on pain medicine. I had to get in the bathtub a lot. After school and practice, it was pretty much straight home to try to subdue the pain just a little bit.” But he never stopped playing lacrosse. Until he had to. As his senior year approached, Slone received bad news. Lafayette’s team was switching to a schoolsystem. He didn’t go there. He couldn’t play. And neither could his body. The day he scheduled to meet with Lafayette’s principal, he passed out. His

blood level was decimal points from heart failure. The first diagnosis was ulcers. The final diagnosis was chronic pancreatitis, another surgery, a lost season. “It was a blessing in disguise,” Slone now admits. The year away from contact sports gave his body a chance to heal. He lost lacrosse, but he gained his strength. It’s what he calls a “win-lose situation.” Above all, he learned that no matter how weak his stomach, he had the heart of a champion. At first, he admits, staying in shape was “a battle to stay motivated.” Off the field, he continued to compete, his passion rediscovered. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do any-

thing,” Slone said. And here he stands, a young man with a solid chance to be Transylvania’s first lacrosse goalie. And even standing in the net, Slone is not without his own goals. Among them, to “beat Centre” and “stay healthy.” And something more grandiose: “I want to help this be a competitive program, especially by my senior year. I want to compete for a conference championship and play in the NCAA tournament.” Slone isn’t a “lax-bro”. He’s a fighter, and he’s proof that a man’s heart isn’t in his stomach –but instead, in his actions.


Cory Collins

Slone seeks to prove that his heart is stronger than his stomach.

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