November 10, 2011 Volume XCVI Issue 8
TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY • LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Campus Life, Page 3: Recognize this face? Read the profile on Nolan Colmore, a Rafskeller employee and University of Kentucky senior.
TU-UK game benefits beyond the buzzer
A&E, Page 6: We all know Transy is home to many musical talents. Learn more on senior Daniel Settle’s newest musical endeavor, “Nu Direction.”
Bomb threat tests T-Alert Fraudulent call forces campus-wide evacuation
Students breach the Bubble during the midday evacuation at different locations around Lexington, including Third Street Stuff and Coffee, pictured above. Both students and faculty gathered in safe locations away from the main part of campus. campus-wide public address system was method of issuing T-Alerts to phones Jake Hawkins not used. may be re-evaluated. “That should have been activated,” Despite these problems, campus was Managing Editor said Muravchik, “We’re working hard successfully evacuated before 1:00 p.m., Investigations are still ongoing after to make sure any deficiencies are cor- the time the bomb was threatened to be an unknown suspect called in a bomb rected.” detonated. Members of the residence threat Monday, forcing an evacuation of Vice President for Information Tech- life staff, DPS and others assembled to the entire Transylvania University cam- nology Jason Whitaker explained the verify all buildings were evacuated. pus. reason some students may have received “I was very pleased with the way The threat, which was received by delayed text messages was due to the students, faculty and staff responded,” the Department of Public Safety at 11:13 “email-to-text bridge” currently utilized said Muravchik. a.m., stated that an explosive would det- by T-Alert. Following the evacuation, DPS partonate on campus at 1:00 p.m., accordThis “bridge” sends an email, rather nered with other agencies, including the ing to Director of Public Safety Gregg than a text message, to your phone’s Lexington-Fayette police and fire deMuravchik. carrier-identified address. These email partments, to sweep the campus to deAfter the threat was received, a T- messages, however, may be delayed by termine no threat was present. Alert was issued that instructed all stu- phone carriers. Campus resumed normal activities dents to move off campus. Multiple re“There are services that we could at 2:30 p.m. after it was determined no ports, however, confirmed malfunctions pay for that guarantee timely deliv- threat was present. in the campus-wide emergency alert ery, but because T-Alert reaches you DPS is still working to identify the system. in many ways we have felt in the past person responsible for the fraudulent “I received the emails on time, but that the email-to-text method sufficed as call. If caught, the person could face a I never get text messages,” said sopho- one more way to reach (students),” said Class C felony for terroristic threatenmore Annie Wright. Whitaker. ing. Those on campus also noted that the After Monday’s incident, though, this Additional reporting by Molly Crain
Transy announces equestrian program Abby Ferguson
The Transylvania University Pioneers will add an equestrian program to their list of varsity athletics in the 2012-2013 school year, marking the 23rd varsity sport for the university. The newly announced program will compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), which was established in 1967 and, to date, contains more than 370 college teams, representing more than 8,300 riders. The Pioneers will compete in English riding, or the “hunt seat” division. The hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting and is one of the most commonly found forms of forward seat riding. Transy aims to participate in eight different levels and nine competition classes within the English division, ranging from walk-trot to walk-trot-canter and including both flat work and work over fences. The hope is for Transy to also complete in the Western division of riding, which includes walk-jog, horsemanship and reining. The Pioneer team will be led by Lorah “Darcy” Wax, who started riding as a child and has experience showing horses in dressage, eventing and hunter-jumpers. She has additional ex-
perience with top Olympic riders, three-day events, dressage shows, English and Western riding instruction, clinics, horse sales and showing. “Darcy is an accomplished rider and has past experience instructing IHSA competitors,” said Athletics Director Jack Ebel. “She has done a phenomenal job preparing her farm for our program. We think she is the perfect person to develop what we believe will be a very popular program at Transylvania. Equestrian will go over very well here in the heart of the Bluegrass and horse country.” The program will be housed at Dreamer’s Run Farm, 10 minutes from Transy’s campus. Wax started the 45-acre farm in July 2010. According to the website for Dreamer’s Run Farm, “As an instructor, it’s important to Darcy that her students are safe, focused, learning new things, and having fun. … As a trainer, the horses that she works with learn to relax, develop a strong foundation and gain a willing, eager to please attitude.” “Dreamer’s Run is a great farm to start our equestrian program,” said Ebel. “It has plenty of land, lots of fenced fields for various training options, a riding ring and plenty of horses for our team to practice with.” Since the program is slated to begin next academic year, those involved with the program will spend this year recruiting potential athletes.
COURTESY OF SPORTS INFORMATION
Now that the hype from the Transylvania vs. University of Kentucky game has settled down, the Transy community is left wondering, “Will the two teams ever play each other again?” “We are in a situation where we are depending on the year. You have got to be an experienced, older team to try to do these things,” said Director of Athletics Jack Ebel. “I do think that it’s something that will happen again, but honestly it’s up to UK. We will just have to wait and see.” Despite the final score of 97-53, Transy has made more gains than losses by playing the Wildcats, one being a 25 percent increase of hits to Transy’s new athletics website. “On the day of the game there were approximately 1,800 visitors to the website, and 9,300 for the week — that is the highest increase since we started the site in May,” said Ebel. “A lot of people don’t even know about (Transy),” said Ebel. “When people first hear our name they think, ‘Who? What? Romania?’ ” However, Ebel isn’t just speaking about attention to the athletics department, but also to hopes that events like the Transy-UK game will attract attention to other programs as well. “We have this great product that not very many people know about,” Ebel said, “and this is a great way to get it out.” Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Mike Vetter has his own insight as to how the game impacted Transy. “One thing that I thought was very good was the campus spirit — the conversation and buzz in the days leading up to the game,” said Vetter. “As dean of students, I pay attention to that more, and I recognize the change in tone on campus in whatever way, shape or form.” The Sunday night fundraising banquet for the Transylvania athletics department was another benefit from the game. An idea that came from UK’s coach John Calipari, the banquet resulted in support from 400 people within the local community. Numerous items were auctioned off, including a basketball signed by Calipari and tickets to the game, as well as flowerpot sculptures depicting Transy coach Brian Lane and Calipari, which both went for about $600-$700. Altogether, the banquet raised $50,000 for Transy’s athletics department. “Expenses will be taken out of that, but that was a good option to take,” said Vetter. Virtually selling out Rupp Arena, the game showed support from both sides. Often one would see a person in the crowd sporting both blue and crimson. “It was a fascinating part of the history. Transy was UK at one time. UK paid Transy to take the name back for $5,000. (The game) was really a remarkable event,” said Ebel. This event couldn’t have happened until recently. Until two years ago, Division III schools were technically unable to play those ranked as Division I. The reevaluation of this rule opened the court for opportunities like this one. The UK game, and the success surrounding it, may serve as a gateway to other similar activities to promote the university. “We will be looking for new ways to promote (Transy),” Vetter said. “It will be another team, and maybe another sport. But we will be looking for other opportunities to do something very similar.”
Darcy Wax, owner of Dreamer’s Run Farm and leader of the new equestrian program at Transylvania, has experience in both riding and instructing other riders in competition.
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November 10, 2011
Bubble in the Box
On Hiking Down Indian Creek
Flowers grow on the carriage road To Harrodsburg. I saw them, wild and violet, Suffering my tread. The old road where no one goes Has growing things upon it; saplings among the mile-stones. Where a bridge had spanned a creek, I walk Across the Cataract, alive at last, in the wreck Of unravelled roads shorn of travelers. And the water is coursing, the same, I know it; I am old in water-years, having seen droughts http://purpleopurple.com
And floods, tumbled banks and sediment. But That sentiment is a little thing, for the road is old, And even the woods around it whistle still With the blooming of youth in the spring. So in the place where the steps of men Made flat the ground of Kentucky hills, A memory of humanity makes garden plots For God, and the old ways will walk again.
-Lyman Stone ’13
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Transy meets UK in the Rafskeller Erica Clark He’s the second cousin of a convicted New York mobster. He’s studying to one day conduct research in nanotechnology. He’s Nolan Colmore, and he’s the new face this year behind the cash register in the Rafskeller at Transylvania University. Colmore, a senior from Louisville, Ky., studies chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky. For a little extra money, he decided to pop into the Transy Bubble. “I didn’t want a job that would cause me too much stress, because I’m always taking hard classes,” said Colmore. “I saw ‘cashier’ and thought, ‘Perfect!’ ” With a major like chemical engineering, courses on his schedule include thermodynamics, physical chemistry, quantum chemistry and nuclear chemistry, just to name a few. “I love chemistry,” Colmore said. This past summer, Colmore was able to use his passion in a cooperative with ExxonMobil in Houston. He helped to harness bio-oils by setting up different environments in which algae could grow. The company wanted to isolate the fastest-growing and most productive algae, which can be used to help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. “Hopefully I will go back this upcoming summer and get a job with them,” said Colmore. In the long run, Colmore hopes to conduct research in nanotechnology, which is “the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale,” according to http://nano.gov. “I’d like to research specifically in medicine,” Colmore said. “Don’t be surprised if within the next 20 years everything from your TVs to the paint on your car, to maybe even your fingernail polish, uses some sort of nanotechnology.” Despite his affiliation with the University of Kentucky, Colmore feels that he fits in quite well at Transylvania. Though at first he described the students as “not talking too much,” he says he has gotten to a point where he can sit down and have a good conversation with the majority of them. “I don’t feel alienated at all,” said Colmore. “The more time I’ve spent here, the more I’ve become part of the Transy community.” Colmore noted that it might be “weird” for the students to see someone swiping their card the same age as they are. “But we have more in common than they might know,” Colmore said. “I have hard tests like everyone else, I like to hang out with people like everyone else and I have aspirations like everyone else.” Colmore also really enjoys his job. “I’ve worked at places where people are always moaning and groaning, but working here, now that I’ve gotten to know a few people, it’s more like hanging out with friends than working,” said Colmore. “Plus, I need to keep active. Otherwise, my brain is going to fail.”
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Nolan Colmore hopes to study nanotechnology after receiving a degree from the University of Kentucky in chemical engineering.
With a grandfather who had a grocery store and a mother who currently owns an award-winning Italian deli in Louisville called DeVino’s Deli, Colmore has worked in the food industry “as far back as (he) can remember,” he said. “I worked at the deli before I came to Lexington,” Colmore said. “The location is right across from the new Yum Center, so occasionally we get slammed and I have to help out. Some people have said it’s the best pizza they’ve ever had.” Colmore’s family is originally from Naples, Italy. His second cousin, Dominick “Skinny Dom” Pizzonia, is a convicted hit man, loan shark and reported
Pumpkins tossed for ARC
Delta Sigma Phi organized a pumpkin toss that took place on Sunday in Back Circle. The cost to throw a pumpkin was five dollars each, and the proceeds were given to the American Red Cross. Junior Tyler Pewitt and sophomore Keeona Ives were the winners.
captain of the Gambino crime family. Colmore’s grandfather, a member of the Pizzonia family, moved from Italy to New York, where Colmore was born. Eventually the Colmore family relocated to Kentucky. “We wanted to get away from the whole mafia scene,” Colmore said. Colmore doesn’t remember much from New York, but he claims to really like Kentucky. “I know I don’t have to sleep with one eye open here,” said Colmore.
Laser tag to be held Saturday Erica Clark
Campus Life Editor
It’s dark. You can’t see anything, but you know someone’s behind you … with a gun. And it’s pointed at you. You take off running, dodging the shots left and right, jumping behind barriers to protect yourself. You manage to get a shot at your opponent right in the chest. It sounds like something out of a spy novel, but where are you, really? The Beck Center at Transylvania University, playing an epic game of laser tag. Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Transy students will have the opportunity to play laser tag in the Beck Center performance gym, which will be in total darkness for the event. Obstacles will be set up to make the gym seem more like a laser tag venue. Laser tag, hosted by CHOICES and Campus Recreation, is an event provided for students to have an opportunity to partake in an activity normally not present on campus. “We have it because we want to provide students with a fun, active alternative to partying or drinking, which is why
it is hosted late on a Saturday night,” junior Alisha Acuff said. Sign-up sheets for the event are in the fitness center on the second floor of Beck. You can sign up with your friends as a team of five, or you can come by yourself and be placed on a team. The game is set up in the style of a bracket tournament, where winners face off randomly. The winning team will receive free t-shirts. “We will also do some fun free play before and after the tournament,” said Acuff. Free Fro-Jo’s and Qdoba, along with fruit and veggie trays, will be on hand. The event, held previously, was enjoyed by current students. “It was a lot of fun! It was a great opportunity to hang out with everyone while doing something you normally wouldn’t do in the Beck Center on a weekend,” sophomore Chandler Thomas said. Laser tag will run until midnight.
November 10, 2011
Bomb threat shows inefficencies Response to Beginning at approximately 11:51 a.m. Monday, many Transylvania University students received a text message alert from the university instructing them to evacuate campus, as the university had received a bomb threat. Some students at first greeted the alert incredulously, especially as it first “popped up” on computer screens via the Bradford Persistent Agent anti-virus software, a seemingly odd location for a bomb threat alert. The university proceeded to check residential buildings for residents and begin to clear all buildings of any potential bomb. All buildings were evacuated well before 1 p.m., the supposed time when the bomb was to detonate. Evacuation plans were carried out effectively. However, a number of inefficiencies were revealed. First, loudspeaker systems are built into many residence halls, including Clay, Davis and Forrer. These should have been used to notify residents of evacuations. They were not. Second, different students received T-Alerts at markedly different times. Some did not receive T-Alerts until almost half an hour after they appear to have initially been sent, and some students report that the T-Alerts came through to their phones as late as Tuesday. Third, many students failed to take the evacuation seriously. It is fortunate that there was not actually a bomb, as many residents failed to mobilize with a fitting haste. These problems stem from different sources. The usage of loudspeaker systems occurs during, for example, tornado warnings. Incorporating them into
other campus emergencies would seem a wise course of action, which could be done by the Department of Public Safety or residence life. The mechanics of the T-Alert system likely could be reviewed by DPS and Transy’s information technology staff to ensure it is efficiently delivered. Some other services that Transy could potentially use are Rave Mobile Safety and e2Campus, which claim to guarantee delivery. Furthermore, the university should press during the year, aside from exclusively at its beginning, for all students to register for T-Alert text messages. This can be done on Inside Transy under “Calendar and News.” Finally, along with subscribing to T-Alerts via text message, students should simultaneously take campus emergencies more seriously. Be it a fire alarm, tornado watch or bomb threat, students should take care to remind themselves that organized, rapid responses to the instructions of the university or its officials is essential for our own safety. While it is easy to see a fire alarm as unimportant or a bomb threat as preposterous, such judgments, if false, could lead to fatal consequences. Editor’s note: Opinion Editor Lyman Stone, one of the members of the editorial board responsible for this editorial, is a member of the residence life staff, one of the parties involved in the incident. The other two members are Editor-in-Chief Erin Brock and Arts & Entertainment Editor Holly Brown.
Rambler Staff Editorial
Response to Sept. 29 “What’s Right?” Dear Editor, In every argument for capital punishment, we hear the phrase “an eye for an eye.” This phrase comes from the Hebrew Bible, and while it has become part of modern-day arguments for retaliation (particularly capital punishment), it was originally meant to restrain punishment for offenses, rather than to justify or encourage revenge. Not only is the meaning of this phrase commonly misinterpreted, the phrase’s omnipresence is no justification for capital punishment. “An-eye-for-an-eye-for-aneye-for-an-eye … ends in making everybody blind,” Mahatma Gandhi said. An argument like this commits a very common logical fallacy known as “argumentum ad populum,” or an appeal to the people. This fallacious argument concludes an argument’s validity and truth simply because a majority of people
believe it to be true. However, that is not the central argument in this article. The real problem that I have with the argument is what comes next. “Some, understandably, may believe that the death penalty is ‘morally incorrect,’ ” the author said. “However, in order to really understand this opinion, take it from a personal standpoint.” The author then goes on to ask readers how they would feel if their family member fell victim to homicide. Once again, we encounter a logical fallacy in the argument in favor of capital punishment. This time the fallacy is that of an appeal to emotion, where the argument attempts to manipulate the readers’ emotions rather than rely on valid logic to prove the point. “Murder is wrong,” said the author. “And that is why anyone who commits such a terrible act should be given the same fate.”
I question how the author can state that murder is wrong and, in the same breath, suggest that people who commit murder “should be given the same fate” (i.e., be murdered in return). With this inconsistent logic, one could just as well support rape as a punishment for rape, or forcing a person to buy drugs from the government as a punishment for selling drugs. We, as a society, cannot condone the murder of any individual under any circumstances if we continue to hold that murder is unjust.
Dear Editor, In regard to the letter in last week’s Rambler about publicizing our events to the Transylvania community, I am delighted to share the following information. As noted, nearly all campus events — and most certainly major events like the Canadian Brass concert — are posted on Columns, the daily online newsletter on Inside Transy. In addition, events are publicized on the 10 electronic display boards located throughout campus; on the online calendar at both Inside Transy and the main Transy website, http:// transy.edu; on main website’s front page and its news and events page; and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We send news releases to all local media, including The Rambler and The Kentucky Kernel. Events that are open to the public are also posted on eight outside calendars including LexGo, Smiley Pete Publishing, Downtown Lexington Corporation, and Tops in Lex. For events such as the Smith Concert Series and Kenan and Harlan lectures, we run ads in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Before Columns was initiated, campus communication was by scores of mass emails that were often ignored, lost or forgotten. Imagine getting an email for every post on Inside Transy. Columns, which is updated every weekday before 9 a.m., consolidates all of the university’s information in one place and categorizes it so that items can be scanned quickly. In a recent survey, 80 percent of respondents said they consider Columns their primary source of campus information. Those who choose not to read it miss the promotion of upcoming events as well as important information about classes, registration, internships, study abroad, scholarships, meetings and much more. Columns is available online — on and off campus — and accessible on smartphones by downloading MOX and selecting Transylvania University. The RSS feed is also updated every weekday before 9 a.m. I encourage everyone in the campus community to make a habit of checking Inside Transy and the other information sources regularly. We are always looking for ways to better our internal communication efforts, and we welcome your ideas.
Letters to the Editor
-Daniel Cooper ’11
On height and doorways and the worm: A satire
Because of a shortage of acquirable land nearby and the need for more classroom space, the Northern University of North Texas (NUNT) has created a new type of architecture. The new buildings function as normal collections of classrooms, but hallways, restrooms, and public lobby spaces sport ceilings no more than 5 feet tall. Furthermore, all the hallways and stalls are no wider than 2 feet. Tall students have complained, saying they must duck continually to get to their classrooms, and wide students say they must walk sideways. Students both tall and wide have begun lying on one side and wriggling their way to class. Some have aptly called the new hallways “worm space.” Initially, the university ignored such complaints, but the cleaning staff soon complained of work hazards in the restrooms. And one tall student sued, accusing the university of causing back problems and a tired spine. So NUNT, though not addressing the issue of bathroom usage, installed expensive portals that transport students to their classrooms. Unfortunately, the portals cannot transport directly to each classroom, so students must use several portals before reaching their destination. And as the portal takes ninety seconds to operate, tall and
wide students must line up to use it, and often transport late to class. Tall and wide students have complained, but most have left NUNT. While NUNT expresses regret about the loss of tall and wide perspective, representatives say that it’s costly to make exceptions in architecture and that NUNT is currently meeting AHA (Americans with Height Act) and AWA (Americans with Width Act) standards. At NUNT, remaining tall and wide students struggle more academically and socially due to the added emotional strain. “It’s so hard to go to class, much less a lecture,” said Tiffany Lawrence, a wide sophomore. “It takes me 15 minutes to go where others can walk to in one. And ‘short’ restroom trips don’t exist.” “The problem isn’t with me,” said junior Francis Dumeh, a tall. “There are other buildings at other colleges that can let me in, and I function just as well as other students. The problem is with the architecture.” Lawrence and Dumeh have petitioned the administration to change things. “Having to transport to other buildings to go to the bathroom, getting angry looks from other students because I get ‘special treatment,’ having specific doors and halls just like servants in the 1800s had, it’s all ridiculous,” Lawrence said. “How would you feel if you had to deal with all of that? If something about you kept you from entering certain doors? Like, asthma or a peanut allergy. Is that fair? Does that mean you can’t function?” Together, Lawrence and Dumeh have founded the “Large Awareness Club.” Dumeh said they are petitioning for equality in university policy, as well as awareness and sympathy from other students. “We’re fighting to change the discrimination in the landscape,” said Dumeh.
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November 10, 2011
Jones displays love for running Abby Ferguson During her time in college, running has become more than just an activity for junior Natalie Jones. A two-year member of the track team and a personal trainer at XCEL Sport Science and Fitness, Jones has turned running into a way of life. Races on her résumé include five-, 10- and 30-kilometer runs, three half marathons and a 15-mile run. After moving on from soccer, Jones started running to stay healthy and realized running a few miles was not enough. “It started mainly just as a way to stay in shape,” said Jones, “but soon I found myself getting bored with just a mile or two. Running became a way that I could challenge myself mentally and physically.” Searching for races in the area one day, Jones came across a half marathon in Midway, Ky. This prompted her to challenge herself to see if 13.1 miles was feasible. “As I promised myself, I signed up for the race and ended up getting first place in my age division,” said Jones. “It was a big accomplishment and I was hooked from that point forward, looking for more races and more ways to challenge myself.” At times Jones finds it hard to describe her feelings about running, but no matter what, her love for it remains. “Some days I hate it and I don’t want to run, but I know I have to; and other days I love running and can’t get enough,” Jones said. “Even on the days that I hate running I love how I feel after I have finished.” Jones’ biggest race to date was the Marshall University marathon this weekend in Huntington, W.Va. She began training four months ago and knew how important it was to stick to her regimen. Jones found that her biggest challenge came from having to say no to outside activities. “I think that the training leading up to the marathon was almost as challenging as running the marathon itself,” said Jones. “It wasn’t the running, it was having to say no to things because I knew I had to wake up at 5 a.m. to go run.” Jones started out strong hitting the times she wanted, but between the 15- and 18-mile marks, she hit a wall. This was where her mental toughness became a factor. “Those three miles were physically taxing, but the mental aspect came into play here — wanting to quit, but
PHOTO COURTESY OF JONES
Junior Natalie Jones recently completed her first full marathon at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. knowing that I had to keep going,” said Jones. After those three miles she found her focus again and started to push through the physical and mental challenges she was facing. “Seeing my mom, dad and the finish line made things so much easier,” said Jones. “I was just yards away from my goal and knew that if I could push myself just a bit more, I would have accomplished something that had been so important to me over the past few months.” Jones and her running partner finished the race in 5 hours, 36 minutes. “I have never been so happy to stop running,” said Jones. Now that she has accomplished a marathon Jones has gained confidence.
“There isn’t any goal I can’t accomplish through hard work and dedication,” said Jones. Not only has training helped Jones become more efficient and goal-oriented, but it has also taught her about perseverance and never giving up. “Even when it sucked, I kept fighting, kept pushing through and kept working hard,” said Jones. “Even when things looked like they couldn’t be any worse or more difficult, I fought it and know now that I really can do anything I want, as long as I keep working. … There are so many things that I could say about running, but at the end of the day, I know that no matter how hard things get, I just have to keep running and stay positive.”
Athlete of the Week: Betsy Heines Staff Writer
•Congrats to men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball on their successful seasons. Men’s soccer and volleyball both clinched regular-season titles, and women’s soccer finished third. •Field hockey has wrapped up its season with a 4-14 record, quadrupling last year’s win total. •Senior Rebecca Luking and sophomore Meghan Bowers were just named to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team. First-years Lauren Ketron and Rachel D’Agnillo were both voted to the HCAC All-Freshman team. Ketron was also named as an honorable-mention pick. Fellow first-year Amber Jackey was chosen for the HCAC All-Sportsmanship team. Congrats to all! •After finishing the season with a record of 14-3-1, 7-2 in HCAC play, five members of the women’s soccer team were honored by the Heartland Conference. Senior Elizabeth Schmitt, junior Natosha Boden, sophomores Amy Ghibaudy and Anne Marie Dumaine, and first-year Alyssa Kruse were all picked for the first team. Named to the second team were senior Kara Hansel and junior Ashley Cobane. Sophomore Carley Williams was picked for the HCAC All-Sportsmanship team. •Transy swimmers had a strong showing Friday against Asbury University. For the women, junior Amanda Skinner took the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:16.88, and senior Ali Cahill finished first in the 50 and 100 freestyles. For the men, senior Brent Vorst took the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:25.50. •Against Centre College Saturday, Skinner won the 100 breaststroke, the 200 breaststroke and the 400 IM. Sophomore Carly Hubbard won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:17.00. Vorst won the 100 freestyle again for the men and fellow senior Yunan Yang finished first in the 100 breaststroke.
Cross-country runners know that they will practice any day of the week. They practice in the rain, the cold, the mud and the burning sun. The members of Transylvania’s women’s cross-country team push one another to run at their personal best. All of them are integral to keeping the team together and running as hard as they can. Senior Betsy Heines has not slacked off in keeping up with the leadership roles runners must take upon themselves. “She cares about everybody on the team,” said head coach Heidi Pinkerton. “Once she has finished her race she is there at the finish cheering on her teammates.” Betsy’s strength lies not only on the course, cheering her teammates on, but also in the classroom. Between practices she focuses on school and excels in her studies. “I came to Transy for academics,” said Heines. “Being able to run is just a bonus.” Once she steps on the course, however, Heines pushes herself just as hard as she does in the classroom. She has consistently lowered her time in the women’s five-kilometer race since the beginning of the season, right up to the most recent race at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In this six-kilometer race, Heines placed fifth out of 97 runners with a time of 24:20.36. This was also the second fastest finish in Transy cross-country history for this distance and earned her HCAC All-Conference honors. It’s not only Heines’ personal times that make her a motivator for the team to do better, but also her heart. “Her example of dedication alone shows the team what they can do if they just put in the hard work,” said Pinkerton.
Heines, after overcoming sickness at the beginning of the year, doesn’t let life come in the way of running with her team. “She is not afraid of pushing her body and hurting during workouts or races,” said Pinkerton. “Betsy is a leader by example.” Heines aims high to succeed both in her races and in her classes. Her determination to succeed in all she does is promising for her fu-
ture success. Pinkerton has high hopes for this future. “I want Betsy to graduate college with top academic honors and knowing that she left everything she had on the track along with some school records. Betsy will be missed next year and I don’t think I will be able to replace her,” Pinkerton said.
After a fifth-place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, senior Betsy Heines earned a spot on the All-Conference team.
November 10, 2011
Settle Partain to play in releases unconventional space Staff Writer
you can not only hear beautiful music, but also get the visual stimulation,” said Fisher. “Greg always wanted to play a concert in here, so we thought we’d just go for it.” But don’t feel that you have to be well versed in piano-playing for the concert to be worthwhile. “(This event is) going to be a very nice introduction to the whole phenomenon of the piano recital,” said Partain. “I think that every recital is an opportunity for the audience and the performer to experience some moments of magic.” The opening of “Beyond Boundaries” is tonight from 6:30 to 8 in Morlan Gallery. The show runs through Dec. 6 and is free for the public to attend.
“Tempest in the Gallery” will be held in Morlan Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. The seating for this event is limited due to the small venue size. To obtain tickets, contact Andrea Fisher at 859-233-8142.
Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery exhibits a wide, everchanging array of art from around the globe. For the first time, the gallery will also be hosting the musical stylings of Dr. Gregory Partain. Entitled “Tempest in the Gallery,” Partain’s recital repertoire will consist of compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin. The first half of Partain’s performance will be dedicated to works by Beethoven, featuring the “Tempest” sonata. According to Partain, the “Tempest” is one of Beethoven’s most popular and famous pieces. “(It’s) very soul-searching — sometimes violent and sometimes lyrical,” Partain said. Beethoven has been a musical inspiration for Partain since childhood. “Beethoven is the composer that continually comes back and draws me. I almost quit (playing piano) when I was in fifth grade, but the introduction to Beethoven is what saved me,” said Partain. Partain is also drawn to the compositions of Chopin and will include five of his works in the second segment of the recital. “It’s hard for a pianist not to love Chopin because, more than any other
composer, he makes the instrument come alive,” Partain said. Also, Partain wishes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chopin’s death in 1911. “Many musicians around the world are (honoring him) by playing a lot of his pieces,” said Partain. The Morlan Gallery is a desirable venue for this recital due to its small size, according to Partain. “A lot of the music that most pianists play — 19th-century music — is designed to be performed in intimate settings, not the big, impersonal concert halls,” Partain said. “Tempest in the Gallery” will be held in concurrence with today’s opening exhibit, “Beyond Boundaries” by Nana Lampton. “Beyond Boundaries” displays Lampton’s newest paintings, watercolors and sketchbooks, according Andrea Fisher, the gallery’s director. Lampton’s work comprises rugged landscapes and river scenes from across the western hemisphere. Partain chose his repertoire before “Beyond Boundaries” was announced. However, he said, Beethoven was “always a traveler of interior locations — a traveler of the mind.” “We’re not deliberately trying to make connections (to the artwork) that aren’t there. However, it’s nice to have a concert in an art gallery where
Professor of Music Dr. Gregory Partain will be performing in Morlan Gallery on Nov. 12 and 13.
‘Sing You Home’ relies more on subject than on style
Some authors find success because their stories are compelling and some because they play with controversial topics. It is no secret into which of these camps Jodi Picoult, best-selling author of “My Sister’s Keeper,” has placed herself; and her latest offering, “Sing You Home,” is no exception. “Sing You Home” has at its center the relationship between Max and Zoe Baxter, who have tried over their nine-year marriage to overcome fertility issues. Zoe is willing to risk everything to try for a child, and Max can’t bear to go through it again. Their marriage, already fragile under the strain of combating infertility, collapses, and they part ways. After the divorce, Zoe falls in love with and marries a woman, Vanessa Shaw. A stable relationship with a loving spouse reawakens her desire to be a mother. She has frozen embryos left over from her last round of in vitro fertilization, and she and Vanessa decide to use them. Unfortunately, they need Max’s permission, and he has become an evangelical Christian. Instead of signing to allow his ex-wife access to the embryos, he sues for the right to donate them to his brother and sister-in-law, Reid and Liddy, who have also struggled to have a baby.
The writing isn’t dazzling, but the story is engaging enough to tug at a few heartstrings. It asks a few tough questions about what makes a family and a moral life. The conflict is not perfectly set up; while the media firestorm and legal hoops feel realistically nasty, some of the Christian opponents are blatantly hypocritical and their message never really rings true. The characters, especially the antagonists, feel more like mouthpieces for Picoult’s own beliefs than fully developed people. Picoult has an angle that prevents her “bad guys” from seeming genuine — often they read insincere, slimy and self-serving. The most appealing among them, Liddy and Max, come off as confused and manipulated by the sinister Pastor Clive and his followers. If you were worried this wasn’t going to be sad enough to be a Picoult novel, Zoe’s work as a music therapist more than fills that void. One subplot, of a suicidal teenage girl that Vanessa refers to early in the book, works particularly well (even if it has a suspiciously convenient tie-in to the main plot), but by and large the sections describing Zoe’s often terminal patients feel tacked-on and intended solely to target sentimentalists. The book comes with a companion soundtrack of original music, which follows the narrative. It’s not bad music, but it whines and warbles a little much for my taste. It’s a book that is interesting and worth reading, but don’t look to it for a complete exploration of the emotional complexity of embryo custody. “Sing You Home” gives readers a world where there is a right and wrong choice — perhaps a too simplistic representation of a complicated issue. The question for readers of this book isn’t who should get the embryos, but whether the court will decide correctly despite pressure from the other side.
Today, even average college students can become their own maestro — just as long as they have the right hookups, or Garage Band. That is to say, music technology has come a long way since the invention of the Moog synthesizer in the 1950s. Recently, I sat down with Transylvania senior Daniel “D-Lo” Settle to have a chat with him about the latest release of “Nu Direction,” an electronica album that he concocted this summer with friend Justin “J.” Tyler from Louisville, Ky. “Our first idea for our name was Nu Direction, … but we then decided that was what we wanted our album to be called,” said Settle. “We then changed our name to Disco Techno, because we thought it was more fitting to the style of our ‘new direction.’ ” Sounding like a mash-up between LMFAO and techno artist Kaskade, the music is certainly upbeat and entertaining. So why this particular type of sound? “Disco is fun and happy, and techno gets the party goin’,” Settle said. Editing for the album has been a process. “We started (writing) in the early summer — about June — and then did recording in August. … We used Garage Band and all of the songs were mastered in Fruity Loops Studio by J. Tyler,” said Settle. The tracks on “Nu Direction” have vocal recordings from both Settle and Tyler. I personally get a kick out of hearing Settle on the microphone. “Wanna know my favorite song on the CD?” Settle said. “I like ‘Nu Dance.’ Spelt with an ‘n-u,’ as well.” Tyler and Settle work on lyrics both cooperatively and independently. “We usually collaborate on the hooks and write our own verses separately,” said Settle. Agreeing with Settle myself, if you listen to any of Disco Techno’s songs, you should give “Nu Dance” a try. The album has been digitally released on SoundCloud if you want to have a listen. Just go to http://soundcloud.com and type “Nu Direction” in the search bar, and you’ll soon see a list of tracks available for unlimited listening. I asked Settle if he was okay with digitally putting his and Tyler’s music online. “We didn’t want people to have to pay for our music, we just wanted people to enjoy listening to it,” Settle said. Despite the distance now between them, Tyler and Settle envisioned Disco Techno together. “I’m not sure what he would say exactly (in this interview), … but before we made (“Nu Direction”) we talked about the direction that it could take,” Settle said. “We wanted to make positive music, and that’s why this album is clean 100 percent. You can play it pretty much anywhere, and the lyrics wouldn’t be an issue.” And with such a destination in mind, “Nu Direction” has completed the final stage of album production. “We are both happy with it. I think that … anytime you make music, whenever you go back and listen to it you’re going to find flaws in it. But that’s what makes you grow as musicians,” said Settle. The next time you’re at your computer, check out Settle and Tyler’s SoundCloud even if it’s not your cup of tea. It’s interesting to see what can come out of just a month’s work with programs like Garage Band and Fruity Loops.
COURTESY OF DANIEL SETTLE