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The annual Wild Women of Poetry slam happened last The Rambler editorial board reveals their weekend, and the winning poem may surprise you. thoughts on the committee to select the univerpg. 5 sity’s next president. pg. 4



Transylvania University • Lexington, Ky. •

September 26, 2013 • VOL. 97 , ISSUE 3

Admissions initiative Changes in grows in second year communications eRecruitment team uses social media outlets to connect with prospective students

office cause mixed reactions

possibility of creating an Instagram account for the team. The team’s efforts are an important part of the admissions process for potential students because, as Adams said, Rachel Smith Transylvania’s strategic plan, as seen on the universithey “want to know what the [current] students are doing, ty’s website, includes the objective of raising enrollment to want to know what kinds of activities you guys do daily, The communications office has seen a shift of power recently, as Sallie 1500 students by the year 2020. The eRecruitment team is because that’s what important when you’re looking at a colShowalter stepped up to become the interim director of communications in led by Digital Recruitment Coordinator Abby Adams (’11). lege.” the absence of three former members of the staff, whose “jobs have been The team’s focus this year is on connecting with poEntering its second year on campus, the eRecruitment eliminated,” according to President Owen Williams. tential new students through social media outlets including See eRecruitment, Page 3 Showalter declined to comment. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Adams also discussed the The elimination of these positions was the result of a new direction that the university is seeking in communications. They belonged to Sarah Emmons, former associate vice president for communication and a 34-year Transylvania employee; Bill Bowden, former writer and editor; and Martha Baker, former director of publications. Emmons, Baker and Bowden have been recognized for their work with numerous local, state, regional and national awards from the Council of AdSee Zombies, Page 3 vancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) among other professional organizations. The move has some members and former members of the Transy community questioning the decision. “It seemed a little odd to me that they would be dismissed and not given any notice,” former Sports Information Director Glenn Osborne said. “It’s just a strange thing to do.” Osborne, who had worked very closely with the communications office and who had been hired by Emmons, left the university earlier this year. He said that all of the employees were people he enjoyed working with. “They loved Transylvania, they loved working there and they were very loyal employees,” Osborne said. “It wasn’t really a job to them. It was a place that they enjoyed coming to every day. I’m sure it’s a very difficult thing for them to go through.” Emmons, though, is not losing her positive spirit. “I had the privilege of being a part of Transylvania for 34 years,” Emmons said. “It is an honor to count myself among the many Pioneers who are now, or have been, a part of this great university. I left with my heart full of love for all things that are truly Transylvania, a huge collection of dear friends, and countless memories. “While sad to no longer be a part of Transylvania, I have been deeply touched and humbled by the outpouring of support from staff, faculty, alumni, students and friends of the university,” Emmons continued. Also featured at the slam were musical acts, including The Sisterhood of the Sacred Drum (above). The event was followed The plan for carrying out the university’s new direction will begin in by an after-party held at Natasha’s Bistro featuring a performance by Saul Williams as a part of the Boomslang festival. just a few weeks, according to Williams. “I would expect that we will engage outside assistance sometime within the next two to four weeks,” Williams said. This assistance will most likely come in the form of a consultant who is an expert in the field. He added that he expected a branding initiative to begin within three to six locating the same issue in Back Circle,” said Brown. months and that a new advertising plan would be set in place by the end of Sara Sproull The construction of the smokers’ section was undertakthis academic year. en in 2010 by the Tobacco-Free Workplace Advisory ComWilliams said that without the advice of the expert, it is difficult to The campus smokers’ section may soon face drastic mittee, a project of the university’s then-President Charles determine when more changes in the office might take place. changes. A recent proposal to relocate this area of Back Shearer. Following Shearer’s departure, however, yearly “I cannot say when it is that we will be adding personnel to the area, beCircle was brought to the attention of both students and the evaluations of the space altogether ceased and the commitcause I don’t yet know what those personnel needs will be,” Williams said. administration. tee “didn’t retain focus,” according to Brown. He continued later, “There are no additional personnel changes under The proposal was spearheaded by junior Tyler Baker, “That’s why I believe the smoker section is in the state consideration. One of the reasons that we came to the terms that we did with who advocated for the area’s relocation and the construction that it’s in,” Baker said. the three people that we did was rather than doing it one step at a time, we of a surrounding weather-proof shelter Sept. 9 at a TUSGA Alternatives to the current location have included the just did it all at once.” meeting. grassy area between Rosenthal Commons and Poole Hall He added that in addition to not knowing yet what steps the department “This past year I noticed that something was different or the sidewalk area outside the Campus Center entrance in will take, it is also difficult to determine what the next president will do, about the smokers’ section,” Baker said. “I noticed that there Back Circle. which he understands “would be frustrating for a lot of people in the Transy were so many people out there, and there wasn’t enough Yet another possibility was also suggested at the SGA community.” seating and the area just looked completely run down.” meeting: “Since the university is changing and the geogIn the minds of some students, the position of the smok- raphy of Back Circle is changing, I think the best place for Osborne is among this group. ers’ section has become an aesthetic and social detriment to this right now would be right near the cooling tower outside “I think it’s odd that you dismiss your entire communications office at the campus climate. the beginning of a school year and do not have a plan,” he said, adding that, of Forrer,” said Baker, referring to the area adjacent to the The new initiative specifically cites that while those International House inside the parking lot of Back Circle. particularly in the realm of social media, “there are things they should be outside the area complain of the odor of smoke and the “By being placed there, they have a future for that area to doing, and there’s no one there to do it.” consistent conflicts with events in Back Circle, smokers be theirs even when the university’s demographics change.” To Osborne, it still makes no sense “why it was necessary to handle it likewise complain of overcrowding and the lack of suitable in that fashion.” This possible space, which Brown deemed “shady, quishelter during inclement weather. “[If they’re going to do something like this,] they should do it in a way et and peaceful,” would potentially offer a viable alternative “I’d like for us to consider where else we might be able by removing the traffic cones and the smaller fence which that’s not hurtful to people,” he said. “It’s disrupting people’s lives, and for to relocate the smokers’ section,” said Bob Brown, associate surrounds it. what reason? If you can’t give a clear explanation for why you’re not doing dean of student affairs. “We want to pay some attention to In addition, Brown supposed that this space, with di- that, then you shouldn’t be doing that.” the space.” mensions of approximately 16 by 20 feet, would be “about While questions like these have been passed around via social netThe initial suggestion was to relocate the section to the size of the current location, if not larger.” working outlets and word of mouth, Williams said that further comment the grassy space in between Thomson and Davis Halls, and Immediate action was delayed in the hopes of forming shortly thereafter to request that Physical Plant construct a more active university committee that would consist of the would be difficult on such a delicate HR issue. “It’s not [that] I’m hiding anything,” Williams said. “It’s [that] we’re a covering, concrete patio and permanent seating for the staff engagement team, the health and wellness team, the dealing with people’s lives and we’re also trying to do the best we can do structure. Faculty Concerns Committee and two student representa- for Transylvania.” After much discussion amongst SGA senators and ad- tives from SGA. In addition to Emmons, Bowden and Baker, Mollie Eblen also left her ministrators, however, it was decided that more time and However, SGA fully intends to resolve the issue by the position as public relations associate. Eblen said she left her position because university attention must be given to the area’s future des- end of fall semester. she accepted a part-time job with KET in order to spend time with her son. tination. “That way, when we walk out of here in December, “I’m not sure that it solves the problem, rather than reSee Smokers, Page 3

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Campus Life

September 26, 2013

Office of Religious Life seeks new unity

Transylvania University Office of Religious Life Mission Statement:


“Preparing students for a life of personal fulfillment and global citizenship, Transylvania University is committed to integrating religious life and the liberal arts by cultivating a campus community that thinks critically while acting with conviction, compassion and respect for religious diversity.”

Transylvania students volunteer at the Salvation Army Thursday, Sept. 19 during an interfaith service trip sponsored by the Office of Religious Life.

Dave Neri

The Office of Religious Life plans to be a larger presence on campus with a new student leadership team, planned service trips and upcoming lectures. Associate Dean for Religious Life Wilson Dickinson has led the efforts since a redirection of the office two years ago. The redirection focused the office to become more inclusive of Transylvania’s religious diversity. Much of this effort is spearheaded by Dickinson and his four-member student leader staff of seniors Carly Wynn, John

Culbertson and Anne Preston and sophomore Allie Felber. Dickinson pointed to the strengths of the office’s new leaders.“They have a rare blend of intellectual insight, spiritual depth and a natural gift for leadership,” Dickinson said. “They’re great. I could not say enough glowing things about them.” This year will be a blend of events previously held on campus and some new ones. “I think we have a lot of really interesting ideas planned,” Preston said. “Our biggest opposition is how busy the students at Transy are.”

Gender neutral bathrooms receiving new signs

Some of the events scheduled by the new religious life staff include a series of discussions as part of the “What Matters to Me and Why” series started last year. The first discussion of this year will be held Oct. 17. Dickinson’s office has already held service trips and a student religious retreat in August Term. The office plans additional monthly service trips and occasional open discussions on a number of topics. A series of events are scheduled around the visit of Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, including an Oct. 2 lecture entitled “The Political Theology of Pluralism in Islam:

Religious Ethics of Coexistence” followed by a community forum the next day with the theme “Unity in Diversity: Finding Common Cause in Our Differences.” Dickinson hopes that the panel “is really about getting people in the Transy/Lexington community together to talk about the things that unite us on religious grounds instead of dividing us.” As Felber said, “No matter what religion you practice, you are welcome at [the Office of] Religious Life.”

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dialogue about writing. Despite any initial feelings of insecurity or intimidation felt by students in talking with published writers, Miller hoped “the group would allay or mitigate these fears and open the dialogue.” Lockhart-Cordule, an Alabama native, viewed the culture of writing in Kentucky and Lexington in particular as a great inspiration, calling Lexington a “hands-on community” of writers and artists concerned about important issues and seeking to share their work. Miller saw the city’s culture shining through as the host city for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and the number of renowned writers that have called Lexington home. Transy currently holds open readings from faculty somewhat regularly, including Professor of English and Transylvania Writer in Residence Maurice Manning, Instructor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication Martha Gehringer, Kenan Visiting Writer Richard Taylor and Associate Professor of Spanish Jeremy Paden. One such reading is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. in the faculty/staff lounge in the Mitchell Fine Arts building as part of Family Weekend. Other efforts are ongoing to establish a creative writing academic program and reestablish “The Transylvanian” literary journal. Lockhart-Cordule looks to build strong coalitions among the different interest groups moving forward to build a stouter culture of writing at Transylvania. Students interested further in the ongoing efforts are invited to contact Miller or Lockhart-Cordule for more information.

Students seek creative writing outlets


All gender restroom signs will arrive on campus soon, starting in Davis Hall.

the arrangement of some campus bathrooms. Bathrooms on the third floor of Old rison top the list for potential to become Residence life staff and the Student Government Association (TUSGA) have ordered gender-neutral. Visiting Associate Professor of Gender new signs this week for gender-neutral restrooms in Davis Hall. The signs should arrive and Women’s Studies Avery Tompkins has been an advocate for this action since arrivand be placed sometime at the beginning of ing on campus. “I think one of the goals is October. for inclusivity of a variety “We at residence life of people on campus, to be want everyone to feel comfortable when they We want people inclusive of every gender identity and comfort level come to the university,” to feel safe, not on campus,” Tompkins said. Assistant Coordinator of Residence Life Ashley judged for using the “But at the same time, it more bathrooms for Gutshall said. “We want bathroom because creates every person on campus to people to feel safe, not use.” judged for using the bath- they don’t look like The committee plans to room because they don’t the sign on the door. have signs for all the new look like the sign on the door. Anything to make -Assistant Director of gender-neutral restrooms both the residential and people feel safer and more Residence Life on academic sides of campus to included, that’s what we want to do.” Ashley Gutshall arrive by the end of fall term. “One thing that interests me The newly formed is educating the Transy comGender Inclusive Restroom Investigative Committee, composed of munity and people interested in attending Transy about why we have gender neutral faculty and students, met on Monday, Sept. bathrooms and the purpose they serve,” 23 met to order the signs and discuss plans Tompkins said. “Having them around on to de-gender more restrooms across Trancampus and having visibility that they exist sylvania’s campus. Although most gendered bathrooms will remain, the committee hopes allows those conversations to start happening more often.” to arrange for some restrooms—focusing TUSGA passed a proposal designating Daon those with only one stall—to be gendervis Hall restrooms as gender-neutral, which neutral by the end of the semester. formally came into effect in March. The committee also hopes to reconfigure

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Transylvania students are looking to strengthen the culture of writing on campus with the establishment of a new creative space to share their works. Students cited the potential for a stronger writing culture but lack of place for writers to come together and work. Sophomore Angelica Miller and first-year student Jessica Lockhart-Cordule have discussed their idea to form a new creative writing club with other students and faculty members and hope to drum up additional support. The process is still in the early stages according to Miller, who hopes for a “very egalitarian organization.” She added that “our expressed goal as writers should not be to outshine another writer, but to tell the story or express the emotion with as much grace and clarity that we can manage.” Miller said that writing “is somewhat marginalized on campus… there is still a void in terms of constructive, supportive outlets for creativity for students.” Lockhart-Cordule and Miller hope that a writing club can establish such safe spaces for writings, with activities including small open mic sessions and student-led workshops with each other and the community. Lockhart-Cordule looks to form partnerships with existing student organizations, such as the Diversity Action Council and the Black Student Alliance. She has already established connections with local alumni writers. Miller said that “it’s very important for young writers especially to study other writers” and to establish an intergenerational

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we know for certain when, where and why, and that all next semester can be focused on placement and use,” Baker said. Students who call the smokers’ section home perhaps recognize the complexity of the dilemma more than most. “I think moving it is a good idea,” sophomore Shelby Isert said. “It’s inconvenient for non-smokers and smokers alike. It becomes a nuisance to everybody who wants to have any sort of activities in Back Circle, and it becomes a nuisance to us whenever we just want to sit here.” Undoubtedly, the controversial matter will be of great

importance to the section’s frequent attendees, who regard their slice of Back Circle as much more than a geographic location. “There’s a sense of community that grows around it,” first-year Ben Miller said. Though certainly the vast majority of the student body consists of non-smokers, these advocates point to Transy’s insistency in accommodating all student needs as one of the primary reasons to move forward with this proposal. “Culture is something that should be embraced, regard-

Things You Can Do With a Rambler When You’re Done Reading

Ameka Menes

No paper planes here! Enjoy these alternatives as more and more Ramblers circulate. •Stick it in a book in the stacks. Twenty-five years from now, a meticulous individual may rediscover it. •Mail only a completed Etcetera page to your parents. See, you’ve been productive! (I give you an A+!) •If absolutely necessary, use it as a napkin–but mind the ink. •Convert it into an umbrella: pop a twig through the center and lay two more twigs criss-cross along the top. Tape it all together. (Or, you could buy a “real” umbrella, but those don’t come free and with assembly bragging rights.) •Need a poster? Collage the pictures on a large sheet of construction paper. Better yet, add ridiculous captions. •Make an origami boat. Make lots of them. Set them in the


MAD LIBS Body part______________________ Emotion ______________________ Adjective _____________________ Transy friend __________________ Verb _________________________ Adverb _______________________ Number _______________________ Adjective _____________________ Noun _________________________

I’ve been frequenting the ‘80 and last night, as I was ordering my _______Number Number

________, not-quite-vegetarian ______ _______, in walks my crush. I about Topping



team has plans for its social media pages to “feature four students and their Transy stories in the fall to drive some applications,” Adams said, “and then again in the spring, to get [new students] to come, to convert them to deposits – that last tug at the heartstrings.” Adams also hopes to make the team’s social media pages managed completely by its students. Additionally, the team is working on a project that began last year when students on the team compiled videos from various events on campus. “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Coke commerfountain by the Caf. Watch from cial with the surveillance video of all the different behind bushes to see how long it takes until the Office of Residence things happening in the world,” said Adams, “but we are in the process of now editing that footage Life shows up scratching their into our own ‘these are all the fun things which noggins. (“When did these get happen on Transy’s campus.’” here?”) Adams said the team is valuable in making •Use it as a towel after Lifetime prospective students feel special. Fitness. “Our admissions process is really personal,” •Use it for legwarmers in she said. “You get to know your admissions counwinter–tell your friends not to mind selor. You’re going to talk to them... but they’re the rustling. also going to tweet with you. •Make it a biodegradable bird “It’s kind of fun to see everyone coming in as feeder in spring. The only necessary a community, and mirroring that on our social meaccessory would be a colorful string dia websites gives students who maybe can’t get to for means of attachment (and later campus or are really, really excited a chance to be a helpful nest builder). a part of that community before they get on cam•Compose a very short love pus,” Adams continued. letter. Cut out all the words you’ll Although only two students served on the need, compile them on a scrap team last year, Adams would like the team to grow piece of paper, put your letter in to five or six students this year. an envelope and drop it off by “We want to give a highlight of the best crossthe recipient’s dorm room. Tada! section of all of the people that we have to offer,” The focus of your passion will be enviably impressed. (Or you could just hand-write it, but that’s SO old fashioned–we just can’t do that anymore.) •Fold up each page into a tidy square. Laminate them. Use them as coasters. You’re welcome. (I just solved your life’s greatest problem: no more drink dew on your homework.) Illustrated by Ameka Menes

Number_______________________ Topping _______________________ Size __________________________ Food _________________________ Past tense verb _________________ Article of clothing ______________ Plural noun ____________________ Music genre____________________ Body part _____________________

less of where the university stands on it, that every demographic should be able to sustain their culture,” said Baker. “At Transylvania it’s our responsibility to uphold their wishes and to uphold their cultural normatives. If we aren’t doing that as a university, are we truly growing or are we stagnating in who we are?” Specific dates for any future student forums have not yet been scheduled.


__________ of horror (because I was wearing my ___________) and excitePast tense verb

Article of clothing

ment (because who can resist his/her dreamy ________?). The redundant Plural noun

_________ playing on the radio faded away as my ________ palpitated out Music genre

Body part

of my ________, leaving me shocked and slightly _________. Rather than Emotion

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letting my ________ mind race away before receiving my grub, I grabbed Adjective

_________’s hand and headed for the only vacant corner booth. Once there, I Transy friend

tried really, really hard not to ______ his/her way. I’ve already _______ given Verb


myself away so many times in that/those ________ class(es) we have together, Number

and it just wouldn’t be the same if s/he knew. What if s/he just isn’t ________? Adjective

So to avoid detection, I sent _____________ up to get my _________ and tried Same Transy friend

Same food

to consume it inconspicuously. However, the effort seems futile in hindsight, since I don’t think my crush even knows my _______. Noun

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said Adams, discussing the team’s need for students from a variety of paths and who are involved in varied activities at Transy. According to Adams, most of the interest in the eRecruitment team comes from first-years because, as she said, “it’s so easy to remember what it was like being a prospective student. They’re a little bit more closely connected to high school.” However, Adams emphasized the importance of all students on the team. “Students are definitely the ones who have eyes all over, and that’s one of the reasons why we have the student eRecruitment team... you all have a much better idea of what goes on on campus, and I can’t pretend to know anything,” she said. Adams stated that Transy is ahead of the game in the eRecruitment arena. There aren’t many comparable universities with personnel dedicated to digital recruitment, but Adams’s position at Transy is a permanent one. “We’ve been collecting a lot of data to justify having a digital recruitment coordinator,” she said, “and it’s part of our strategic enrollment plan. We’re interacting with a lot more high school students. We’re really doing that strategically and thinking about the science of the social media.” Managing the eRecruitment team is something that meshes well with Adams’s interests in how “we use technology to improve our life and social interactions, and how can we make sure we’re not detracting from that, but enhancing?” Adams graduated from Transy with degrees in computer science, with an emphasis in communication, and Spanish.


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Rambler encourages students to speak up Rambler Staff Editorial

Throughout all of the turmoil that has taken over our campus in the last year, The Rambler has always applauded the Transylvania community for standing up and letting the world hear its voice. Today, we continue in that. Facing the recent announcement of the selection committee for our university’s new president, though, we cannot stand by some of these decisions. We feel that the committee was selected in a way that does not accurately represent the university based on a shortage of student input, a misrepresentation of staff and faculty interests and an overall disregard to the conflicts which led us to this point in the first place. The main issue is the obvious underrepresentation of students in the decision-making process. Only one student— TUSGA president and senior April Ballard—and one alumna—Michele Whittington (’83)—are members of the committee. While it is arguable that trustees make up a much larger percentage of the donations for the university, it is not whatsoever arguable that this decision primarily affects trustees, which make up 54% of the selection committee (seven members of 13 overall). There will be a forum on Oct. 1 to discuss the search with the consultant firm the university is employing. However, while we are hopeful that the student voice will make a difference in this decision, we fear that it will not.

On the whole, when students have taken action in the According to several faculty members, none of the past, it has not always worked in the best case scenario. An three members which were ultimately selected were on the obvious example which comes to mind is the letter-writing submitted list. campaign and demonstration from last year, a movement Therefore, the committee is not only mostly composed of which certainly quelled some students’ apprehension, but in trustees, but the board also had a major hand in selecting the reality, had very little effect on any decisions. remaining members. So while we are optimistic that our questions at the To clarify, this is not to say that the students or the faculty forum will make a difference, the bottom line is that we know have issue with the members of the faculty selected. Rather, optimism has not always done the job in the past. it is a question as to how much we can expect the student In addition, we feel that there is a vast voice and the faculty voice to matter in the misrepresentation of both the staff and the process. It is a question as to how much faculty on the committee. It is a question as to money dictates our actions at this institution The staff is represented by Vice which is supposedly intended for learning. President for Finance and Business Marc what kind of light we It is a question as to what kind of light Mathews. This selection of a high-ranking will pass on to the next we will pass on to the next generation of financial officer is one which further serves And it is a question of what generation of Transyl- Transylvanians. the business and profit interests amongst the we will do next. vanians. committee, an ideal that does not accurately But there is one thing we can do, and represent the Transylvania environment as a we have proven in the past that we can do it whole. in abundance—stand up, and tell the world The faculty, on the other hand, are what needs to be said. represented by three members: Associate Ask questions. Pipe up. Don’t let the Professor of Education Amelia El-Hindi Trail, Associate issue go without making sure everyone on this campus knows Professor and Program Director of Mathematics Ryan exactly what you want to see out of this process. Stuffelbeam and Professor and Program Director of Political But most importantly, talk. Talk to your peers, your Science Don Dugi. colleagues, your coworkers. Talk to your teammates, your In the last selection process which chose President Owen roommates, your friends. Hold every single member of this Williams, the faculty were given two nominations for the community accountable for knowing about and having a committee, with the third being chosen by the board. This hand in this process which affects all of us, and let us at The time around, the faculty were told they could submit a list Rambler stand tall next year, still in ovation for the work that and one representative would be chosen off of that list as a we have done together. member of the committee.

Transy says...

“We need visibility. We need a president committed to the student body, who has apprectiation for student involvement.” Mollie Stocker, 16

What qualities should be sought in a university president? “They need to have empathy - to be able to work effectively alongside faculty and students.” Alexander Morrelles, 16

“We need someone who knows how to manage; someone who understands the campus’ needs.” Calais Klink, 16

Cheers and Jeers

Jesse Johnson

Cheers to the new fraternity pledges and members for not waking me up during their run out. Actually, I guess I should thank the thick walls of my fortress of solitude instead. Nevermind. Oh yeahCheers to the new pledges and best wishes towards your brotherhood and camaraderie and whatnot. Jeers to all of the Independents wanting to make matching t-shirts, have their own chants, hold regular meetings, and refer to themselves using random Greek letters. That would eliminate the point of being Independent. That said, if you’re interested in rushing the Busta Kappa Kappa’s, we give bids all year round. Cheers to the hopeful indies that are perfectly fine with not participating in something bigger than themselves. Cheers to all of the greeks and non-greeks who maintain their friendships over fraternal/sorority lines. Indies may not understand abstract concepts of tradition, but they still make great friends, though you might need to pull them out of their caves in order to hang out. Jeers towards all of the glitter found everywhere. It’s attracting birds and small children, causing a hazard to both pedestrians and avian wildlife. I want to feel like I am walking through a credible institution of higher learning, not an arts and crafts store run rampant with children who cannot withhold themselves from spilling shiny contaminants everywhere. One little letter separates glitter and litter. Cheers to the individuals who keep Radio TLX up and running. You guys have a tough job, and you don’t enough credit. Jeers to those who, after reading the last cheer, just inquired “what’s a radio tlx?” You should instead ask yourself, “Why do I hate America?” Jeers to my last jeer. I’m sure all of you love America, just as much as you love listening to Radio TLX. Cheers to Campus Recreation for putting on a successful laser tag tournament and to all of the fine participants who competed in the event. T’was a glorious evening. Cheers to the kitchen staff of Tolly Ho who, though they initially questioned my request, successfully crafted a chocolate and jalapeño milkshake. Trust me; it is the most delicious beverage one can consume. It’s like a fiesta on the tongue.

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Wild Women of Poetry slam Transy’s campus

The Wild Women of Poetry took over Carrick Theatre Saturday, Sept. 20 with the eighth annual poetry slam hosted by Bianca Spriggs. The slam focused on women and different ethnic groups and struggles. It consisted of eight women (including renowned poet and celebrity judge Sonya Renee Taylor) and a variety of judges. Each poem in the slam was judged on a 1-10 scale, with 30 being the highest possible score. Most of the women presented two poems and each poem had a similar theme, such as discrimination, humor, a disruptive home life and even politics. The internationally-known poet Sonya Renee Taylor was one of the many judges featured during this slam. She presented a few poems herself, which were well-received by the audience. Along with these poems, Taylor also mentioned an organization she founded named “The Body Is Not an Apology,” which centers around radical self-love and body empowerment. The poets competed for two cash prizes which were awarded to the writers of the two poems that scored the most points. Coming in second, Chauncey Beaty seemed ecstatic to be on stage and in the atmosphere of poets like herself. Chauncey won $300 for her performance. Eris Zion Venia Dyson came in first place, winning the grand prize of $500. Dyson’s poem left the audience in tears from laughter, describing the personal experience of a yeast infection. Many members of the audience were visibly moved

with the emotions brought by specific poems. Along with tears came bursts of laughter and heartfelt smiles. When asked about the origins of the poetry slam, Spriggs explained that it was something that started over ten years ago. First named “Motto,” the poetry slam did not have a theme. After leaving Lexington for a few years, Spriggs came back to discover that “Motto” was still happening. No one knew the origin of it, but it was alive and Poets at the Wild Women of Poetry Slam fully enaged the audience in Carrick Sept. 20 through themes of humor and struggle. thriving. Spriggs then and delight in. She loves that poetry has the ability to, as she renamed the event “Gypsy” and started including themes of said, “crawl under one’s skin.” issues surrounding women and different ethnicities. The event Spriggs is extremely proud of the poetry slam, and is has since been renamed “Wild Women of Poetry.” happy to come to Transylvania each year and present it. Spriggs said that poetry is something that means the world to her: it is something that she finds extreme enjoyment Sam Shrider

Jacob Peace

Transylvania faculty present Creative Intelligence Lecture Bridgett Howard

Are you a lowly restaurant worker? Would you like to become a cultured princess? What if I told you all you needed was an attractive hunk to notice you in order for that to happen? Aww, I’m sorry for getting your hopes up. Really, I wasn’t trying to be mean. It’s just that there’s only one opening in the queendom of Ludania… and it’s slotted for Charlaina Hart. Rather Charlaina Hart’s is the body the queen’s essence would like to inhabit for its next cycle. It’s going to be tough, though, to get near enough to our protagonist for the queen to complete her mission. A mysterious man has noble ambitions (very noble indeed) to capture Charlaina’s heart while protecting her from any and all enemies. Published in 2011, “The Pledge” challenges readers’ knowledge of the world by incorporating a languagebased class system. Outcasts speak only Englaise, while a Vendor’s special tongue is Parshon. This differs for every class (and hence, status). A normal citizen does not know any other languages than Englaise and what they have been taught, if their class knows any others. Charlaina is unique in that she hears and understands them all – a trait that could result with her neck in a noose. Interestingly, before I happened upon “The Pledge” by Kimberly Derting, I had never heard of its author. She has several YA novels to her name but none of them had crossed my sight. It’s amazing what you can find when you take the time to browse and leave “The Pledge” takes waitress Charlaina Hart into the the possibilities unlimited. world of Ludania One complaint that could be easily supported is that Charlaina is a hard character to connect with—Derting chose not to focus too much on her main character’s feelings, rather pushing through plot to enhance the pace and depth of the read. However, this can easily be waved away if one considers that perhaps the author was allowing the reader to infer or to draw from their own feelings (either past or present) to make up for lack of emotional detail. After all, most of us have had an encounter with romance by this point in our lives. We know how a kiss might go, and if not, then we are left to imagine the finer details. Anyway, those kisses are just a distraction from the real problems Charlaina faces – what if someone was trying to merge their soul with your body?! What if they were successful? I’m getting ahead of you, though. The queen may or may not be successful. Regardless, you’ll rest uneasily when you’ve finished “The Pledge” because the sequel is out and the final part of the trilogy is due to be out soon. Lastly, since I began this with princesses and hot hunks, I really need to backtrack and clarify something I was quite astounded about. I would like to commend the author on her ability to shift between male and female viewpoints. Clearly, she understands both of the sexes quite well and the gender duality in “The Pledge” will leave even guys satisfied with the choice of novel, especially since it’s not all written from Charlaina’s perspective. The “pledge” the title refers to may not show the most promise, but the novel itself wins gold.


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Transylvania students, faculty and staff are invited to the Creative Intelligence Lecture Series poetry reading and coffeehouse as part of Family Weekend, which will take place Sept. 27-29. Transylvania professors will be reading their poetry in the faculty/staff lounge in the Mitchell Fine Arts building Sept. 28. Instructor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication and Program Director Martha Gehringer, Professor of English and Writer in Residence Maurice Manning and Kenan Visiting Writer Richard Taylor will be reading this Saturday. Associate Professor of Spanish Jeremy Paden was scheduled to read but will be unable to do so. The Creative Intelligence Lecture series began three years ago. It is meant to consolidate all of the intellectual and creative activities on campus. Manning is a 2011 Pullitzer Prize in Poetry finalist for his book “The Common Man.” His first book of poetry, “Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions,” won the Yale Younger Poetry Prize. His most recent book of poetry is titled “The Gone and the Going Away.”

Taylor is a former Kentucky Poet Laureate. He has been awarded two creative writing fellowships from the national Endowment for the Arts and was a Fulbright scholar in Denmark. Gehringer read some of her poetry and short stories during winter semester 2013 at the What Matters to Me and Why series. She also has won the Jones Grant for Summer Writing Projects and the Kentucky Foundation for Women Grant for her writing. Paden is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a society of poets who, according to their website, “continue to reveal relationships that link identity to familial roots, socio-economic stratification and cultural influence, and an inherent connection to the land.” Paden published his first book of poetry, “Broken Tulips,” this year and has also published work in “Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.” The poetry reading will show Transy students the creativity of their professors, a side which is not always so apparent in a classroom setting. “I do hope that there will be more and more and more opportunities,” Paden said. “I think creative writing is an essential way of understanding the world around and giving voice to our experience.” The reading will begin at 5 p.m.

Menes finds ‘The Pledge’ challenging, commendable

Transylvania Professor Maurice Manning is one of the poets reading Sept. 28. He is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.


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Recruiting key to Pioneer soccer success

In a combined 22 years of coaching at Transylvania, Brandon Bowman and Michael Fulton (men’s and women’s soccer, respectively), have together accumulated a 283-82-39 record, a winning percentage that would be considered successful at any level of collegiate competition. Maintaining this high level of success at a collegiate soccer program over time (12 years for Bowman and 10 for Fulton) means consistently focusing on and improving key elements essential to building a winning soccer program. The most important of these is recruiting. “The number one thing is getting good players, you know. I don’t care how good a coach you are, if you don’t have the players who can execute what you want, then you’re not going to have a good program.” Bowman said. This emphasis on recruiting is shared by Fulton, who said, “Consistency in recruiting helps us to be successful year in and year out.” Headed by Bowman, the men’s soccer Pioneers have made it to the NCAA tournament for the past two years and have won the HCAC Conference tournament an astonishing seven out of the past nine seasons. Despite the success, Bowman maintained that in order for a team and a program

to continue to grow, it must keep extending its goals. “We’ve made the NCAA Tournament six of the last eight years, I believe it is, and you know that’s the goal of every program in the nation, to make the NCAA Tournament,” Bowman said. “One of our main objectives is to see how far we can get in the NCAA Tournament. We’d love to go to a final four, that would be an ultimate goal.” Fulton’s team has won the HCAC Tournament eight of the last ten seasons and, like Bowman, always keeping an eye on the future of the program is, essential to its continued development. This year, particularly with the opening of the Fourth Street facility, Fulton looked ahead. “I think in the future, or at least I hope so, with our new facility coming in down the road and all the progressions that the university’s making, I think there’s a lot of good changes that will benefit us in the long run, and I think we’ll be more successful in the next few years,” Fulton said. Recruiting and planning for the future, while they may be difficult in execution, seem rather obvious building blocks for a program on any level of collegiate athletics. However, unique to Division III is the issue of bringing not just good athletes, but good student athletes into each soccer program. It is this multi-faceted approach to recruiting talent that has been the foundation of the tradition of success of Pioneer soccer.

“We’re really selling the overall experience of Transy, so if Transy can keep up what we’ve done in the past, by just providing that overall academic, cultural, and obviously athletic… all three of those together, then that’s what makes the package that students want to choose,” Bowman said. But, as Fulton said, “You can get players here, but in the end, if Transy’s not the right fit for them, it Men’s senior Robbie Gorham throws the ball into play. The men are thus doesn’t always 6-2-1 this year. work out for soccer.” JODY ROBINSON

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Young runners lead cross country team

A team with a roster consisting mostly of first-years is usually associated with what is called a “rebuilding season,” during which expectations are not necessarily as high as they might be and the focus is on the future of the program. However, the cross country Pioneers, who have eight new runners out of the thirteen competing, are experiencing far from a “rebuilding season.” At the Bluegrass Invitational earlier in September, which primarily featured Division I schools except for the Pioneers and Mount Saint Joseph, every team member set personal records and the top finishers for both the men and women were first-years. First-year Olivia Schafer, who notched the top time for the women’s team with a 20:04.16, recorded the fifth fastest 5K time in Pioneer history. Coach Heidi Pinkerton believes that, in addition to having abundant talent, this year’s team also possesses solid leadership, despite their youth. “I think it’s about who you have on the team,” she said. “I really don’t think it matters about what year they are in college and this group, although they are very young, are dedicated and motivate each other very well.” For the men’s team in particular, the jump to collegiate competition means a jump in distance from 5K to 8K, usually placing a premium on those runners who have experience at longer distance. However, despite only having one runner on the men’s side

“It’s an extra two miles, it’s going to take a little time to get used to,” Czujko said. “But the way it’s working out now, I think we’re going to be a very strong team, and we’re going to turn a lot of heads.” This assurance is shared by Pinkerton, who said, “The rest of the season is 8Ks for them, so they got the first one out of the way, and I think they’re really going to excel tremendously.” One of the few upperclassmen on either team, junior Alexis Carey expressed confidence that in this year’s class, the lack of experience does not translate to a lack of direction. “So far this season we’ve done really great,” Carey said. “I’ve been really impressed with the level of competition… I think the freshman that we’ve got have a lot of drive, so age doesn’t really matter as far as focus and being leaders.” Pinkerton believed that the new talent on the team will be vital not just for competing and succeeding this season, but in the coming years as well. “I feel like this is the pivotal point in our program,” Pinkerton said. “This freshman class is definitely the building block and with them leading the way, we’re definitely going to have more freshman coming in that are definitely going to be up there with my top three… My goal is to be the top in the conference and I think we’re definitely going in the right direction.” Junior Thomas Amburn and first-years Kyle Sprague and Alex Czujko run in the Otterbein InvitaAfter facing tough weather conditions tional last weekend. last weekend during the Otterbein Invitawho had competed in an 8K prior to this sea- Czujko is confident that the team can be com- tional, the Pioneers’ next competition will be Nov. 2 when they compete in the Greater son (sophomore Akin Erol), first-year Alex petitive. Louisville Classic. GUNNAR KEHRT-REESE

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Music genre played during exercise affects performance Hippie Fitness

It is well within common understanding that music is an effective complement to exercise and working out. One doesn’t see somebody running downtown anymore without ear buds connected to a gizmo of sorts. What’s more, is that it would likely be a waste of time for me to explain why one should listen to music to up the workout-ante, since most of us already do. However, are you maximizing the benefits and positive effects music can have on us psychologically and physiologically? Perhaps a touch of science is in order. In the past two decades, a substantial body of research has been done on the exact ramifications of music as it relates to our exercise and physical activity. Here are some important things to keep in mind: Important Thing #1: Preferential genre selections provide a motivation to work harder, but allow for a normal awareness of the overall exertion (Priest, Karageorghis & Sharp 2004). It seems that regardless of what sort of music you choose, the addition of songs that you enjoy to a workout increases overall performance. The downside is that since you are more familiar with these songs that you enjoy, you

are paying less attention to the specifics of the music. This allows you to better notice the elevated RPE, acidosis and hemodynamic effects (the “crap, this sucks” feeling of exercise). One way to augment this could be to choose music that is similar to your favorite tunes, but that you are not as familiar with. For instance, try setting up a Pandora or Spotify station in this vein. Important Thing #2: Physiologically arousing music (usually considered music with beats-per-minute higher than 130 or so, which is what you’d find in most dance/pop music. For example, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers has a BPM of 148, to give you an idea.), not surprisingly, led one study to find participants performing significantly higher on strength-based activities (Karageorghis, Drew & Terry 1996). In terms of application, if you are someone looking to lift or do any short-burst work in the gym, pump those dirty dance tunes. In this case, the heavy rhythmic component is the key. Important Thing #3: There are a number of music selection approaches one can take to achieve the same effect (Gnadinger 2013). For example, if you aren’t somebody who owns any dirty grinding music or if that isn’t really your thing, look into music with gang vocals. Whenever we hear someone screaming in a scary movie, a baby crying or old ACDC’s Angus Young yelling his throat out, our brains interpret these as being emotionally charged and process them differently than we would spoken words. Psychologists refer to this as our “Mirror Neuron System,” which is typically attributed to playing a major role in our capacity to empathize. My point? If you listen to music with punk gang vocals or metal screaming you’ll get a similar enhancement for shortburst exercising. To try it out you might look into bands like

Bridge and Tunnel or Local Native. For a nice combination of dancy rhythms and gang vocals, try Bastille’s album “Bad Blood” (insert every reader’s reaction as me being a hipster here). Important Thing #4: Music that an individual finds relaxing can help dampen the negative effects caused by exercising and exertion: the “crap, this sucks” effects, mentioned above (Szmedra and Bacharach, 1998). This one is tricky. While music we find relaxing definitely has been shown to provide the above-listed effect, it also can reduce our overall performance if applied inappropriately. In the study by Szmedra and Bacharach, to those participating in strength based tests relaxing music actually had a worsening effect on overall performance—worse, in fact, than the control group that listened to no music at all. So how do you use this? Well, for endurance-based activities like long-distance running or biking, try out some folk music. I personally enjoy this approach out on the Legacy Trail; since biking is much more aerobic than anaerobic, the folk music allows me to go farther and ignore fatigue. Plus, I get the added bonus of increased serotonin, which has been shown to be a side effect of listening to acoustic folky music (probably because the timbre of acoustic string instruments more closely mimics the timbre range of the human voice compared to distorted electric guitar). This helps you enjoy the trip more on top of the other exercise benefits. For this one I highly recommend trying out an artist like Laura Stevenson. Anyway, by better understanding how various music selections affect us physically, we can make more educated selections during exercise, thus increasing our overall performance. Because, as much as it pains me to admit, not all Maroon 5 and Taylor Swifts were created equal.

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