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Mattie Bruton

Fire alarms were activated two Saturdays in a row in the Clay and Davis Residence Halls recently, causing a latenight evacuation for the residents. The first of the alarms was pulled at 2:42 a.m. Nov. 2, and the second at 4:12 a.m. Nov. 11. Both fire alarms were activated inappropriately by students. First-year Brennan Lundie, a resident of Clay Hall, said, “I feel like people should be more responsible and not pull the fire alarm at 3:00 a.m. It disrupts all of us and makes everyone really mad and frustrated.” Since the last alarm was activated, Transylvania’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been working on developing a very specific guide to the steps that students and Office of Residence Life staff should take when a fire alarm is pulled. Director of Public Safety Gregg Muravchick outlined this protocol, saying that everyone must evacuate at the alarm and that no one can turn off the alarm except for the fire department. This is to be followed by room checks to ensure that every room has been evacuated. Finally, DPS gives the all-clear to go back into the building. “Anyone who doesn’t comply with evacuation procedures is subject to disciplinary action for not following protocol,” he said. Muravchick also discussed how instrumental a role the RAs have played in handling the fire alarms. “One thing I would like to reiterate [is] that DPS truly appreciates the RAs and the work they do and responsibilities they have taken on in assisting with evacuation and checking rooms,” said Muravchick. “There was some miscommunication with Residence Life that might have been on our part last time the alarm was pulled. Hopefully we will be correcting that by documenting protocol.” Muravchick attributed this sort of miscommunication to the general lack of staff. “When we’re short on staff it’s hard to communicate effectively with everybody,” he said. “We appreciate RAs being diligent and understanding, but we also want students to bear with us as we make sure the building is completely safe and everyone has evacuated properly.” DPS is working to identify the students who activated the alarms. According to Muravchick, they have video footage which they will share soon with RAs. He said the fact that pulling fire alarms falsely is not only unsafe and expensive, it is also illegal. “DPS along with the fire department wants to re-stress the seriousness of someone activating a fire alarm and understand that when a person activates an alarm falsely they can be criminally charged,” he said. Fire alarms in the International House have been activating frequently as well. DPS’s Captain Robert Gowdy said, “The last two alarms [in the International House] have been set off by burnt popcorn or by someone cooking. Burning of food can set off the smoke alarm, which triggers the fire alarm.” This has led some residents of the International House to believe the alarms are hypersensitive. Senior and International House See Alarms, Page 3

Nino-Moreno appointed new director of Henry Clay Center Kaitlin Haggard

On Nov. 13, President Williams released the news that “Eduardo Nino-Moreno is stepping down as the director of campus diversity and inclusion to accept a new position as the executive director of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. In this new position, he will report to the president of Transylvania and to the board of co-chairs of the Henry Clay Center.” Reactions to such news were varied, ranging from shock to tears to curiosity about the future of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Transylvania University. Nino-Moreno said, “I’ve had students come to my office since this news was known in tears. It’s broken my heart.” For Professor of Religion Paul Jones, the news was bittersweet. “The good news is that Eduardo will remain at Transylvania but with new responsibilities. The bad news is that the new office of Diversity and Inclusion will be deprived of Eduardo’s vibrant leadership,” he said. Since Nino-Moreno’s appointment as the first Director of Campus Diversity and Inclusion in 2011, he has made many significant contributions to campus. Among many other initiatives, Nino-Moreno created the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board with student, faculty and staff members, extensively surveyed the campus climate toward diversity and inclusion, formed the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan that influenced the overall campus 2020 Strategic Plan, and designed the “Still Overcoming: Striving for Inclusiveness” series celebrating 50 years of integration at Transy. According to Jones, Nino-Moreno has also developed many “salient relationships with students.” “His presence and his passion, his experience and his wisdom have expanded and enriched the quality of relationships, as well as the shared vision, for Diversity and Inclusion,” said Jones. About deciding to leave his original position with Transy, Nino-Moreno said, “I had my responsibility with [the Office of] Diversity and Inclusion, which is a passion for me, but circumstances made it convenient for me to take up the position [with the Henry Clay Center].” Eduardo’s relationship with the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship began when their former executive director resigned and, as a result, Nino-Moreno was asked to help the center host their summer student congress for rising college seniors in


Frequent fire alarms cause residence hall evacuations

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Eduardo Nino-Moreno, former director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will soon assume his new role as executive director of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. Nino-Moreno hopes to expand the center’s reach and partnerships.

See Nino-Moreno, Page 3

Accounting Office theft suspect arrested

or specific instructions, Muravchick said that the sole dispatcher working at the time had been “inundated with phone calls, trying to give us the description, trying to look at the cameras to see if there’s Around 12:27 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, a suspect entered a suspect vehicle, and at that time, we didn’t know.” the Accounting Office and presented a note implying that she had a This is the seventh theft that has been logged in the DPS daily weapon and demanding cash. crime log in the last month, causing some in the Transy community According to Director of Public Safety Gregg Muravchick, one to wonder if a negative reputation preceding the campus is to blame. of the clerks in the office handed the suspect a small amount of cash While this may not be the case, Coordinator of Community Service from the petty cash/check drawer. The suspect immediately left the and Civic Engagement Karen Anderson said it cannot be discounted office and fled the scene that that reputation may in a vehicle. persist in some areas. Tr a n s y l v a n i a ’s “From my experience community played a in the community, people big role in “looking out have a full range of positive and providing helpful to negative opinions, and information that led you never know how people to the arrest of this formulate those opinions,” individual,” Muravchick Anderson said. said. She continued, “This individual” “When a student asks is 33-year-old Ray Ray about volunteering in the Shawntay Sharp-Warren, community for the first who faces first-degree time, I will often remind robbery charges for the them that everyone has alleged robbing in Old their own opinion of Morrison. Transylvania University Sharp-Warren was and our community. Know apprehended Friday, that not all of those opinions Nov. 15 by Lexington are positive.” metro police. The The accounting office inside Old Morrison turned into a crime scene Nov. 14, as it was However, she said this investigation was a joint the site of a robbery in which 33-year-old Ray Ray Shawntay Sharp-Warren implied that negative reputation is one she had a weapon and demanded cash. No one was hurt in the incident. one involving Lexington which has a simple solution. police, Transylvania’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the “The point is, we need to meet people where they are—to them, larger Transy community. perception is reality,” Anderson said, “so we need to be prepared to “When the T-Alert was given out, one of our students was able to represent the university when we are off campus.” give us a partial license plate,” Muravchick said. “I thought that was Muravchick also dismissed fears of conspiracy. great because she was actually leaving out of town, [but] the T-Alert “At any time during the holiday season, crime rate rises in went out and she immediately contacted us...That’s pretty awesome, all areas due to the economic situations,” he said. “I encourage just a joint effort.” everybody to be extremely diligent and remind them that when they While Sharp-Warren has been charged with the robbery, the see something suspicious or someone acting suspicious or [who] investigation is still ongoing. just isn’t recognized as belonging to the Transylvania family, please Though the T-Alert did not give much detail on the suspect contact DPS and let us come and investigate.”

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Quidditch team brings nostalgia of childhood in accepting environment Spencer Peach


The game of Quidditch, inspired by the “Harry Potter” book and film series, has taken a strong hold at Transylvania. The club sport has combined the literary world with a highly physical game that involves full contact and tackling. “When I heard about the Quidditch team, I thought, ‘well this will be a sight to see,’” first-year Nikki Ramos said. Other Quidditch team members had similar experiences upon their introduction to the sport, which, at least in books and on film, involves magical flying brooms. “The game of Quidditch had to be modified in order that Muggles could play it because unfortunately the technology isn’t out there yet so that we’re able to ride on magical The Transylvania Quidditch Team members Gray Grisham and Jesse Johnson battle a team from brooms,” junior and team captain Morehead State University on Hall Field. The Quidditch team played three games at this match in late October in addition to a recent tournament. The team has planned next semester on campus. Gray Grisham said. “The R and D department here at Transy is For first-year student Nick Floyd, the experience goes behard at work on that for us so hopefully we should have that in yond the strong group experience to his childhood dreams and the near future.” the dreams of many others who grew up on a steady diet of Bringing the game to life in the real world has involved “Harry Potter.” developing rules and training referees on a complex game with “When you were a kid and you read the books or saw the many different points of action on the field. movies, you envisioned what playing Quidditch would re“It’s more difficult as an audience member to watch the… ally be like, and you want to live that out in real life,” he said. several different games which are all going on “While we don’t have enchanted anti-gravity at the same time,” Grisham said. “If you stick brooms, it’s still a lot of fun to just come out It’s a very with it and have a general idea of what’s going and play and relive some of that atmosphere of on, it’s really exciting because there’s always accepting group. nostalgia of when you were kid.” something going on.” The sport has broad appeal beyond the Team members have found a unique ex- You’re not required to “Harry Potter” series, though the books first perience in playing the game that has brought fit any certain mold or attracted many. together many different people from differ“You don’t have to like Harry Potter to be any certain way. ent backgrounds on campus. According to come out and play,” Davis said. “I encourage Grisham, the game appeals to the athletically people to come out to just one practice, even if talented through its intense full-contact nature -Gray Grisham they’ve never seen any of the movies, read any while reaching more bookish types through its of the books or never even heard of it.” connection to “Harry Potter.” The Quidditch team has grown this year “By blending those two things together and participated in two games so far. The team you get a very special group of people that you don’t really see now participates in a new conference that took them to a tourin other organizations,” he said. “There’s room for nerds and nament in Tennessee several weeks ago. jocks to all come together and have a good time.” “Several years ago, we were able to do the World Cup in Other team members agreed with Grisham’s assessment. New York,” Grisham said. “Hopefully the funds will come Sophomore and Quidditch president Jonica Davis found a eventually so that we can attempt another World Cup in the friendly, welcoming group of people when she went to her first future.” practice. The team recently started a Facebook page to keep the “There were a lot of different people [at my first practice] campus community further updated on their game schedules and they were really accepting and really warm,” she said. and special events in addition to the existing email list that DaGrisham echoed this idea of acceptance. vis maintains. Davis invited the community to email her (jcda“What kept me here was the awesome community of peo- for more information. ple that are on the Quidditch team,” he said. “It’s a very accept“It’s a nice relaxer to go at the end of the day and play ing group. You’re not required to fit any certain mold or be any some Quidditch,” she said. certain way.”

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Campus events scheduled in honor of global annual Trans* Day of Remembrance Allie Stevenson

The International Trans* Day of Remembrance is being commemorated on campus Friday, Nov. 22. A candlelight vigil will take place on the steps of Old Morrison at 5:30 p.m. followed by a resource fair in the Campus Center Gym. T-Unity, the Genderbread House and the Sexual Awareness and Gender Education Board are sponsoring the event. Other groups and offices throughout campus are co-sponsoring the event as well. Speakers at the vigil are scheduled to address a crowd set to come from across the state, and several out-of-town groups are scheduled to provide information at the resource fair. Sophomore Abby Reed, master of ceremonies for the event and co-director of T-Unity, believed that the vigil will help people move past the mindset of “that’s sad,” and instead move on to an attitude that “remembers those people, and sees that with the right resources it could be better.” As a co-facilitator of the event, junior Rayne Parker has planned and obtained the resources to make this experience a possibility. Parker said that the candlelight vigil will have a list of names of people who died as a result of violence based on their gender identity. “This day is important to Transy because we are supposed to be pioneers, and this is an important event that has occurred nationally and has never really occurred here,” Parker said. The resource fair will also “provide resources to people who either think they are transgender [or] know they are transgender and allies of transgender [people],” Parker said. To Parker, the most important message of the day is the awareness of the disproportionate level of violence toward transgender people that is pervasive in today’s society.

Upcoming campus holiday events -Holiday Bingo, presented by Alpha Omicron Pi: Thurs, Nov. 21, 7-9 p.m.: Campus Center Gym. All proceeds benefit arthritis research. -Cupcake Wars, presented by Phi Mu: Sun, Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m.: Campus Center Gym. Some proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital. -Crimson Christmas, presented by the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement and the Office of Residence Life: Sat. Dec. 7. Contact the offices for information on how to volunteer.

Student groups fundraise for Philippines relief efforts

Several groups around campus, including the Transylvania University United Nations Association (TUUNA), the Asian Student Inter-Alliance (ASIA) and Delta Sigma Phi, have united efforts to fundraise for the Philippines in wake of the devastating super typhoon Yolanda, also known as Haiyan. Earlier in the week, Delta Sigma Phi was fundraising for the American Red Cross, its national philanthropy partner and one of the preferred philanthropies of the Philippine government. Delta Sigma Phi raised money at a table in the Forrer Dining Hall in exchange for wristbands. Their fundraiser took place Monday, Nov. 18-Wednesday, Nov. 20. ASIA and TUUNA are planning to work in conjunction on two projects, a fundraising drive amongst multiple organizations for prizes and a cooking class featuring Philippine cuisine. They hope to include many facets of the student body as well as the faculty and staff. ASIA Public Relations Chair and sophomore Gabby Morguelan said her primary motivation is to give students a platform on which to realize the larger picture of the world around them. “I think what I hope to accomplish is bringing together two organizations who are globally minded to try and issues,” she said. Software Training and Technology Support Coordinator Paul Dimayuga, a Filipino-

American, will be hosting the cooking class along with his mother, set to be held in the MFA Food Lab Dec. 6. “Beyond responsibility, it is also an opportunity,” he said. “It is times like these where we can show our courage and love for one another despite differences in language, nationality, culture, and beliefs. It also an opportunity to connect and interact within our own communities.” This effort by students, faculty and staff has also inspired Dimayuga, who has a unique connection to the disaster. “Although, I grew up here in the United States for the most part of my life, I know people who have family who are affected by this tragedy,” Dimayuga said. “It makes me very happy,” he continued, “to see students, with little to no ties to the suffering country and who are already very busy with their class work and other activities, find time to put in the effort to help others who are thousands of miles away.” ASIA and TUUNA plan on donating the money raised to Island Ventures Incorporated (IVI), a local non-governmental organization that Transy faculty and students have worked with in the past. IVI is comprised of experts in the Philippines who seek to assist small towns in the islands in becoming more sustainable and self-supporting. Transy community members have directly worked with the organization in support of their mission. Assistant Professor of Chemistry George Kaufman has worked with IVI and obtained an update on the damage faced in the Philippines.

“The people working through IVI had minor roof damage, but were mostly spared,” Kaufman said. “However, the communities north of them were pretty heavily hit. Those are the communities we are trying to help.” “There are going to be a lot of families arriving— a lot of refugees—and there is a shortage of medicine,” he said. The fundraising project’s goals are to figure out how to raise funds in the most efficient way and get them to the people who need them the most. “I’m glad that we chose a local NGO to receive our donations, as I am confident that our efforts will have maximum impact both over there and over here,” DimaThe Asian Student Inter-Alliance and the Transylvania University yuga said. United Nations Association are holding two fundraising events for At the end of the day, relief efforts in the Philippines. A super-typhoon struck the area Dimayuga believes that recently, leaving massive destruction in its wake. events like this are the crux fundraiser, we are not only helping the vicof the liberal arts and of education in general. tims, but also ourselves and each other.” “This beautiful manifestation of love Additional reporting by Rachel and compassion is not something that can be Smith. learned in a classroom, but shared through experience,” he said. “By organizing this COURTESY OF ASIA AND TUUNA

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mostly to the sensitive front door alarm. “It’s frustrating but I guess it’s the price we have to pay for a little more autonomy than standard dorms allow,” she said. According to Gowdy, DPS has no control over the sensitivity of alarms. “It’s going to inconvenience others, but it’s doing what it’s designed to do,” he said. “It’s for the safety of everyone in that particular building.”

Resident Zoë Snyder said, “I honestly just think it’s ridiculous that even if it goes off for ten seconds, there is no way to stop multiple fire trucks from showing up.” She stated that the last time the alarm went off in a clearly non-threatening situation, she went to DPS to tell them it was nothing, but they said the process could not be avoided. “So all of these firemen and women wasted their time coming to check on my mildly burnt food,” Snyder said. She continued, saying that there are other



Adjective___________________________ Present tense verb ____________________ Verb+ing ___________________________ Transy friend ________________________ Type of lifestyle _____________________ Plural noun _________________________ Country+ian ________________________ Animal_____________________________ Animal ____________________________ Article of clothing ____________________

Article of clothing ____________________ Fruit or vegetable ____________________ Type of cheese ______________________ Past tense verb ______________________ Snack food _________________________ Type of car _________________________ Topping or flavor ____________________ Plural noun _________________________ Adjective ___________________________ Famous figure or person _______________

A Nontraditional Break My first Thanksgiving at Transy I stayed off campus at a friend’s rather than driving nine hours home to a(n) __________ town with a large habitation of ___________ people. Same adjective


(Fortunately, I myself am not __________ – but I could have been and that is a thought Same adjective

that _____________ me to this day.) Missing out on family fun for a year was _________ Present tense verb


but not calamitous since I had a slew of cool experiences in Lexington instead. My friend _________ turned out to have ____________ parents whose house was decoTransy friend

Type of lifestyle

rated in rainbow _________ on the inside and had 19 __________ flags on the outside. Country+ian

Plural noun

(Did you know they have an _______-_______ hybrid on them?) His/her mom and dad Animal


literally wore only a(n) _____________ and _____________ during the entire time I Article of clothing

Article of clothing


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2012. Nino-Moreno also helped the center redesign this congress, which will next be held in the summer of 2014 and will cater to rising seniors in high school to develop valuable leadership skills earlier. When the Board of Directors of the center asked Nino-Moreno to fill the executive director position, they also asked if Transy would be interested in permanently hosting the center’s activities. In acceptance of these proposals, Transy, the center’s Board of Directors and the University of Kentucky established a partnership. Nino-Moreno expressed the great potential that such a partnership has for Transy, particularly in “developing leadership capabilities, but also the center can establish all kinds of partnerships with other similar centers around the country, and why not around the world?” In light of Nino-Moreno’s decision to vacate the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the university has decided to not yet pursue a national search for someone to fill the position. According to Nino-Moreno, the reason for this is that the search takes about six months and is a decision which should be left to the new president. In the letter that he released, however, President Williams assured campus that the commitment to diversity would not be lost. “We also want to reaffirm our commitment to diversity here at Transylvania. We cannot and will not slacken our efforts. We will continue

the work we have begun and undertake the work that yet needs to be done,” he said. Jones and Nino-Moreno both echoed these sentiments. In the meantime before the search for the new Director of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Jones recommended that “we need to focus on at least three goals: improving our culture by implementing the Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion; concluding the ‘Still Overcoming’ series; and preparing for the future.” Nino-Moreno also recommended a series of strategies to keep diversity issues at the forefront of campus considerations. “[It] is so important for the leadership of the student organizations involved in diversity issues of all kinds to make sure that... the diversity cause, so to speak, can be continued,” he said. He emphasized, in particular, that students form closer relationships with faculty to discuss diversity issues and work together to meet the diversity-related needs of campus. Going forward it is also important, according to Nino-Moreno, “to immediately respond to happenings on campus and not try to cover them up.” In remaining strong in the campus commitment to diversity and inclusion, Jones emphasized that “each and every member of the Transylvania community must ‘own’ our culture and our mission for a diverse and dynamic college. Eduardo has empowered us to implement our shared vision. The future direction of the [Office of Diversity and Inclusion] is in ‘our’ hands and hearts.”

Captioning Captain

Everyone loves to read a humorous caption that fits just right with its picture. Here you have the opportunity to do this yourself. There is a photo below. Should you come up with something that you would like to share with the rest of the Transy community, email it to the Etcetera editor ( and we’ll rerun the photo with your caption. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate.

spent with them. I’m not even certain they changed. For the big dinner, we had a spicy tofurkey, chocolate-filled _______________ and ____________ cheese among other Fruit or vegetable

Type of cheese

edibles. Afterwards, ______________’s dad adjusted his _________________ and then Same Transy friend

Second article of clothing

we ____________ around the Twister board. Since this was back in the day before Target Past tense verb

opened at 8pm on Thanksgiving, we were able to have some real family time and bond over a movie and organic __________. Next morning we hopped into their surprisingly Snack food

modern __________ and chugged for three hours down Nicholasville Road. When we Type of car

finally hit the specialty stores, _____________’s parents stocked up on _____________, Same Transy friend

Topping or flavor

hemp __________ and _________ beads. The best catch of the weekend was a cardboard Plural noun


life-size ________________ that _____________’s dad found in an old bin heaven knows Famous figure or person

Same Transy friend

precisely where. All in all, I felt just as loved that weekend as I do when I’m at home so I guess the ___________________ know a thing or two. Plural form of same lifestyle

What is Vice President Biden telling these Georgian children? __________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Photo by Creative Commons

Interview with a Transylvanian: Christina Volosky Q. You have an awesome last name – what’s its origin? Do you like it? I am told that my last name is of Lithuanian-Russian origin. I really love it because it is so unique. And after the initial eye roll, it is actually kind of comical when someone

Compiled by Ameka Menes/Photo provided by Christina Volosky

misspells or mispronounces it. Q. Be honest: What is the wildest thing you have done on a Friday night in your short college career? The wildest thing that I’ve done on a Friday night is probably going to see Rocky Horror at the Kentucky Theatre for my first time during August Term. I remember watching it when I was like 14 and being amazed then totally thrilled to hear that people went to midnight showings all dressed up and acted out the scenes. I had always wanted to go and when I did, it was quite the experience. I went again on Halloween (in costume) and was able to yell along with the rest of the crowd. Q. Where is your favorite place to be on campus and why? My favorite place would have to be my dorm room. It’s where I can go to relax. I nap, watch movies, study, and hang out with my best friend (my roommate). That might be boring but it’s, sadly, where I have the most fun. Q. What keeps you sane these days, among all the academic work? Definitely Netflix. Whenever I have some free time or decide to take a break, I get on there and watch a few episodes of whatever show I am working on at that point in time. Right now it’s Breaking Bad. I had heard so much about it, I decided to give it a shot. So far, I’m completely addicted. Q. How does time pass for you? (As in, quickly or slowly, and why do you believe that is?) This is a simple question but I can only answer it in a complicated way. During the day, time passes pretty quickly. Although, by 10 o’clock when I’m thinking of something that happened “a while ago,” I constantly have to remind myself, “wait…that was earlier today.” My days are really long but the time passes faster than I think. I believe this is because most of my week is full of plans and obligations.

But when it comes to the weekends, time goes by way too fast; I’m sure most people can agree with that though. Q. Which is better: Katy Perry’s “Roar” or Sara Bareilles’s “Brave.” What makes the distinction for you? Well, I had never heard “Brave” so I looked it up on YouTube. Not going to lie, I added it to my playlist and listened to it a few more times. So I think that it’s obvious which one I find to be better. My reasoning behind this is not just because I like the beat and artist more (which is true), I also love the lyrics. The message is really inspiring; I love what it says about speaking your mind and being yourself. Q. An exclamation/phrase you say a lot: “You talkin’ to me?” –Robert De Niro; Taxi Driver. I can’t think of an exact exclamation but I do use a lot of quotes. My family and I watch a ton of movies and sometimes all we do is quote them. Q. If you were the only person in the world with superpowers, would you feel lonely? Not in the slightest. I would be the only person in the world with superpowers… Who wouldn’t take total advantage of that situation? Q. Money being of no consequence and you had the time and freedom to travel anywhere, where would you go and what is the weirdest thing you would really hope to see there? I would go to every theme park all over the world in search of the best roller coaster/thrill ride. The weirdest thing I can think of would be a net to catch people if they fall off... If necessary, I’d definitely hope to see it. Q. Think back to the last time you were happy. List precisely twelve adjectives that describe where you were then. Cold, loud, small, crowded, brown, red, connected, cozy, cheerful, old, well-known, interesting.


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November 21, 2013

Conference room repurposed Thanksgiving time for into meeting space for students sifting truth from turkey

There has been some discussion on the future of Conference Room C and ultimately what its final function should be. Toward the end of last school year, it was brought to the attention of the Student Government Association that Conference Room C was not being utilized. Originally we planned to renovate the room into a 24-hour inclusive study space. With the Library’s addition of the ACE and their extended 2 am hours, it was decided that that was no longer the need. This year we began to brainstorm possible uses for this space. Ideas were proposed, and it was decided on by the Student Affairs Committee that we would pursue the idea of turning the Conference Room into a Student Lounge/Theater Room. TUSGA passed the proposal that suggested the room be used as a theater space with a projector. To clarify, this would be used for screening movies, not live action shows, in a comfortable environment as well as an area that students could practice presentations for class. While there are other spaces on campus with projectors, only one, Thompson basement, is available to students at all times. In addition, those other spaces are all meeting style set-ups. A projector, long meeting tables, and office chairs do not make a relaxed and inviting theater area. There is not one location that provides the communal environment that Conference Room C would. The vision of the Student Affairs committee from Senate includes adding comfortable seating, a

projector, and a projector screen. Students have shared visions with us that include using this space as a student lounge, and also as a space where overnight hosts could come together with their prospective students to play games and socialize. The possibilities for the use of this space are endless. Just like many other spaces on campus, this room could also be utilized as a meeting space. There would be a way to reserve the space for weekly meetings, or even for a little “get-together.” Every member of the student body would have access to this space and the possibility of adding a keypad entrance has been discussed. TUSGA is also aware that several diversity organizations are seeking “safe spaces” that provide 24 hour access to their members. We believe the proposed renovations to Conference Room C can contribute to this, rather than prevent the creation of such a space. Spaces on the residential side of campus should be open to everyone with the ability to reserve these spaces. There are also plans to renovate the current SGA office to serve as a safe space. We hope that this area will provide students with a welcoming, safe environment where they can conduct their meetings. Like I stated previously, it has been our intention all along to make Conference Room C a place open to all students and all organizations. For any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact your TUSGA Senator Representative or come to a Senate Meeting. Meetings are held every Wednesday night at 9:00 pm in Conference Room A.

letter to the editor:

Addressing campus saftey after robbery The armed robbery of the accounting office last flip out, we all need to take a deep breath and with an week was a wakeup call, and we should all be on our open mind understand what that would look like. knees twice as much this week thanking the Almighty First, it is important to understand that, as a private that no one was hurt and that there may not have even institution, Transylvania and its administration has the been a gun, as one was not visibly seen. legal right to make this decision free of interference Now, I love our DPS here at Transylvania. from the government. In addition, to legally qualify Anytime I have ever needed them for anything they to conceal and carry a deadly weapon in Kentucky have been helpful and courteous and, you must be 21. So, carriers would be unlike Centre’s DPS, are actually upper classman who can be approved packing (just one more way in which Rather, we need to by and registered with DPS. And if the we are better than them). But as great come to terms with administration is uncomfortable with as DPS is, the robbery demonstrated students carrying, then why not allow that it is impossible for them to be the fact that we live staff with military backgrounds to carry everywhere at once and it would be in a world where the as well? This would be a common sense wrong and unrealistic for us to expect measure that would make us all safer. threat of a bad guy that of them. Anti-gun activists need to abandon So what is the best way we with a gun is very their ignorant and irrational fear of guns as a campus community can make as anything more than amoral tools. real... ourselves safer from an incident like Rather, we need to come to terms with the robbery, or God forbid, a mass the fact that we live in a world where shooting? I think we can all agree that more clearly the threat of a bad guy with a gun is very real and that displaying the “no guns allowed on campus signs” the only way to stop that bad guy with a gun, in the and passing more gun laws for criminals to ignore just words of Wayne Lapierre, is a good guy with a gun. won’t do the trick. The answer, my friends, might not be easy but it is simple: make Transylvania a conceal- Jared Catron, ’15 and-carry friendly campus. Now before my well intentioned friends on the left

Can you feel the nervous energy in the air? Final deadlines are approaching and tacky decorations have emerged triumphantly from our storage bins. Belts are being loosened in anticipation of the coming holiday celebrations as papier mâché (pardon my French) turkeys vie with boisterous, fur-clad German folk traditions. The leaves have fallen and the fear of GPAs and obnoxious relatives is rising. The home-stretch of the fall semester is upon us. As we wait with breathless anticipation for our last research papers to be submitted and to, and I say this with all due respect for my alma mater, get the hell off campus for a few weeks, I feel it my entrusted duty to again encourage us all to embrace the deeper meaning behind this our upcoming Thanksgiving break. Sure, it overtly may appear as a time of appreciation for our benefits and privileges in this life celebrated through the virtue of shameless gluttony, but what if I told you there was far more to this feast day than mere blessings and buffet tables? Actually, that’s only the partial truth. As the world turns, Thanksgiving, at least in the historical sense, has scant to do with the appreciation of one’s welfare. See, those buckle-hatwearing separatists we collectively acknowledge as the Pilgrims didn’t settle down in 1621 to a respectful and somber commemoration of their remarkable good fortune (that is, they didn’t suffer a dysentery –fueled nightmare al la Oregon Trail). Feasting in those days of yesteryear was a common occurrence; you feasted if your cousin survived the passage to England, you feasted if your crop came in free of plague, you feasted just to celebrate how fetching your belt-buckled hat was. With all the regularity of someone at Transy



•Cheers to all of the wonderful philanthropic work being done by our greek chapters! It’s good to see so many motivated people trying to make a difference in the world. Though it’s uncanny how all of this work is going on simultaneously… wait a tick: •Jeers to all of the philanthropy events being held at the same time. I know there are quotas and deadlines to meet, but come now. It’s the end of November. All of my spare cash has been deposited into laundry machines and into the coffers of various late-night eating establishments. If I tried to raise money for charity during the end of November, I would probably make $2, in coins, because that’s all that would be left after everyone finished putting their money towards people with letters on their shirts. •Cheers to everyone involved in the Fall Theater season. I haven’t seen the shows yet, but I bought tickets for them and I will marathon them this weekend. I have heard grand things, and if you don’t plan to see these shows, you’re practically losing money on this deal. (3.5 hours of high culture for $5? #yolo) •Cheers to this marvelous new application floating around the internet: What Would I Say? It has given me … hours of entertainment. For those who don’t know, grabs old statuses from your Facebook and turns them into witty one-liners that you might say. Nothing is saved, so everything is safe and private. •Jeers to this marvelous application for wasting… hours of my life that could have been put towards studying for a test, finding REU’s, or playing Dragon Age. So, ladies and non-ladies, for your entertainment pleasure, pulling from my years of Facebook shenanigans and using this application: Jesse Johnson’s Top Ten Things He Might Say But Hasn’t 10. “Oh yeah, I feel like a courageous sea captain with less ridiculous” 9. “And it’s gon get basstastic.” 8. “About two minutes ago I realized there’s no more fancy bread for the third encounter” 7. “I’m going to get creepy.” 6. “The utter doom seemed imminent, a bookshelf of sorts” 5. “We had four professors keep their lives today.” 4. “PRAISE THE LORDS I HAVE 2 more years” 3. “ERMAGERD SERERITY GRRLS” 2. “I feel like poop, but I’m not.” 1. “welp, monday should be shallow and pointless, but other than that, though”

complaining about tuition costs, thanksgivings were actually fairly bland occasions for our usurping ancestors. The feast we commemorate on November 25 was no such period of reflection: it was an all-out keg-smashing hullabaloo. Because Pilgrims go harder than Plymouth Rock, you know. That’s right: stuffing your face is really the only truth associated with our concept of the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a truth more ironic than the fact that those crazy religious dissidents we credit with the act weren’t even the first to celebrate a kind of celebratory feast in the Americas. That honor goes to our long-time friends, the Spanish, who were partying it out on the Texas panhandle a century earlier - likely with turkey tacos and pumpkin flan. Don’t despair just yet, though. (I haven’t even mentioned the part where our ancestors more than slightly inconvenienced the indigenous peoples!) Certainly, the associated images of the season are flawed, but then, a Pilgrim in a sombrero does have a certain appeal to it. More to the point, just because the historical basis is a tad detached from reality, the ability for the holiday to serve as a moment of fraternity and goodwill remains. In fact, given that our perceived ideals of the Thanksgiving celebration are all void, the door is open for us all to attach whatever meaning we wish to the day. Consider it a kind of freedom – a tradition that can mean as much or as little to us all as we want it to. There’s a kind of poetic beauty to the holiday. We have, as a culture, rectified a day of raucous celebration and gorging into a day of filial connection and self-reflection shared between moments of the former. A triumph of the human spirit, indeed. This Thanksgiving, I urge you all to have whatever kind of holiday you feel like having. Just make it something meaningful to yourself, something that makes you content – a proper celebration. As our Pilgrim precursors would want, keep on rockin’ (in the mostly) free world, and do try to appreciate it every once in a while.

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November 21, 2013

Burlesque events Book judged by cover weaves award-worthy tale inspire self-esteem,

body issue awareness Bridgett Howard

Ann Tower Gallery exhibition delights Lexington community Jacob Peace


In the heart of downtown Lexington in the renovated Downtown Arts Center lies the Ann Tower Gallery, which houses a variety of contemporary and folk art. The Ann Tower Gallery focuses on selling and exhibiting contemporary fine art and folk art at a broad price range. The current exhibit hosted at the Ann Tower Gallery is titled “Chris SegreLewis: Tended Earth.” The exhibit opened Nov. 15 and will be on display until Feb. 2 of next year. Christopher Segre-Lewis earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky in 2005. Segre-Lewis was born in Jamaica, but eventually moved to Florida and later decided to settle down in Eastern Kentucky, where he teaches at Asbury College in Wilmore. Segre-Lewis’s art tends to explore a variety of subjects, yet his painting tends to focus on realism, landscapes and abstraction in order to express the divine context of creation. Segre-Lewis’s art also shows how humans

exert themselves in landscapes. “These new paintings track my personal fascination with the American West,” SegreLewis said in his artist statement. “My interests are focused on the geographical interactions between humans and the land rather than mere romantic allusions.” “In these paintings I am suggesting the evidence of human movements guided by the sublime, yet Spartan allure of the expansive western landscape,” he continued in his statement. “I also hope to express the spiritual appeal of the west, with its grand, perceptually overwhelming vistas that tend to read as Godsized marks built upon celestial compositions.” Other than “Tended Earth,” Ann Tower Gallery’s most recent exhibition was titled “MARBLE CREEK/ ENDANGERED WATERSHED.” This exhibit ran Sept. 19 to Nov. 3 and focused on the threat the new I-75b connector posed to Marble Creek. Photographer Guy Mendes has been photographing Marble Creek for over 40 years. The Ann Tower Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with extended hours during special events, theater performances and by appointment. The gallery is located on 141 East Main Street.


match for this tale parading disparate aliens, wumpires, weird cave-people and alternate planet environs. There are only two minor negative things I can say about this otherwise (and on the whole) delightful novella. One, what happens in the illustrations isn’t always quite the same as what is going on in the text (although this could be an entertaining interpretation of an amusing conundrum). Two, you’ll discover exactly how the father fleshes out his story and, since I mustn’t divulge, it may only be true in parts – or not at all. Which is kind of a let-down to end on. After all this, I bet you’re wondering why I would write about a novella that is not necessarily YA in a YA column. I had no reserve after reading it that it required a review. This novel is the perfect read for any young adult who wants to spark their creativity. Gaiman made me step out of my universe (while firmly grounding me in its reality, as all good supernatural fiction does) and experience the limits of my imagination. Although not the most complex plotline ever, “Fortunately, the Milk” does offer enough twists to keep readers on their toes. Conclusively, I simply must congratulate both talented artists (one of rather typical medium and the other of words) for their clever use of piranhas. I have never seen such beautifully terrifying sketches of sharp-toothed fish in menacing abundance and certainly had not, before this novella’s publication, seen them appear part of a story and yet not part of it at all.



Few novellas can boast an audience so slightly defined as can “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman. Having heard many recommendations of his writing, there were always other books on my to-read list whose words I deemed more important to travel among. No longer. I picked up Gaiman’s latest work for its cover art – yes, I’m the sort to judge a book by its external appeal. C’mon, admit it; don’t you, too? – and contemplated it a bit, then decided “What the heck?” and tucked it under my arm for purchase. Did I ever make a good decision. I have tired of the doldrums of assignment after assignment – paper-aboutthis, paper-aboutthat, reflection. I wanted an adventure. I wanted to go timeseeing. (You know, like sight-seeing but across different decades, centuries, periods and eras. Yes, I made that up.) Gaiman gave me a tale about a father being abducted by aliens as he returns from the corner grocery store, bringing his kids milk for their breakfast. That’s the simple premise, and it only gets better from there. One bottle of milk pops in and out of the story, sometimes disappearing and sometimes duplicating itself, but not without explanation. Enhancing the story are illustrations by Skottie Young. Though lacking color, they resemble Dr. Seuss-like hillside ramblings and disproportioned creatures – which is a perfect

“It’s like a Dove soap commercial, but much sexier,” Siobhan Atomica said of the burlesque troupe Rebel Riot Revue’s performance. As it turns out, the performances are pretty catchy, too. The recent Bluegrass Burlexpo featured multiple events exhibiting Lexington’s burlesque scene. There were shows Nov. 14-16 in different venues such as Natasha’s Bistro, The Downtown Arts Center and Cosmic Charlie’s. The locale for these events makes them physically close to Transy, and it seems that the campus could well be a stop on the troupe’s tour soon. There is a common misconception that burlesque dancing is something shameful. Burlesque, which means value and worth,” Atomica said. “That “to satire,” began in Ancient Greece is something that one cannot put a price with plays about political and social upon.” Atomica hopes that through the satire. Modern burlesque started in 1920s burlesque performances, she and the other America as a satire of undressing. performers can show people that they can “People generally don’t spend three love themselves. to 10 minutes taking off their clothes with Watching these women exude elaborate theatrical concept,” Atomica confidence as they dance on stage is said. “It is the creative vision of my inspiring to those who have struggled company to uphold this comedic history of or may still struggle with body and selfburlesque in our large-scale productions.” esteem issues. The people in the audience Rebel Riot Revue does not only catcalled and screamed for them, but they dance for satire though – there is a also yelled compliments. “You’re beautiful much deeper meaning. Atomica has honey,” one woman sitting near the been trained in ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, stage told a dancer. This kind of positive lyrical, contemporary, environment is a cesspool hip-hop, acro, pom, I learned to love for inspiration, both for the modern, Latin, salsa, dancers and potentially for belly dancing and exotic myself at any size and the audience members. dance. found that my perforWhen asked if she With a resume like would like to bring mance has value and that, it seems obvious burlesque to a college that Atomica would have worth. That is somecampus like Transy, always felt confident thing on cannot put a Atomica excitedly about her potential as responded, “We would a professional dancer. price on. love to! I believe bringing As with many artists, -Siobhan Atomica, burlesque productions though, that has been far to colleges would show troupe leader from the case. younger audiences the “Growing up in a value and rich culture of strict dance environment, I was told I was live performance art and variety show.” ‘too short and fat to dance’ at 15 years old There is the possibility of a and to ‘give up because [I would] never burlesque show on campus next semester, be a professional dancer, regardless of my included within various campus initiatives technical skill’.” to address self-esteem and body issues that This crushed Atomica’s self-esteem. students on campus face. She was only five feet tall and just 95 “Self-love is something that is lacking pounds, and these negative comments sent in Western culture and when someone her into a struggle with her self-esteem and has the (to quote RuPaul) ‘charisma, body issues for years. uniqueness, nerve and talent’ to step on Then at age 22, she started dancing stage and show their bodies and minds to burlesque. an audience, it teaches everyone a valuable “I learned to love myself at any lesson in self-love,” said Atomica. size and found that my performance has And after all, love is all you need.

The Morlan Gallery will be having an arts and crafts sale Dec. 4. Items will be between $5—300. The sale will be from noon-7:15 p.m. The event is open to the public and will include drinks, cookies and holiday music. Students and faculty can submit their arts and crafts by contacting Andrea Fisher, the Morlan Gallery director, or by going to the Morlan Gallery’s website. Participants will be accepted until Nov. 29.


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November 21, 2013

Fall sports team perfomances recap 65-32-4: The combined record of

28: The total number of

the Pioneers during the 2013 Fall season (men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s tennis and volleyball).

senior studentathletes who played during the fall season and are graduating in May.

1: The number of NCAA tournament bids earned by Transyl-

vania during the fall. The women’s soccer Pioneers fell 3-0 to #20 Illinois Wesleyan in the first round of the tournament.

2: The number of Pioneers who earned MVP Honors during this past season. Seniors Kyle Smith and Amy Ghibaudy of men’s and women’s soccer, respectively, were named Offensive MVP of the HCAC for the regular season.

22: Twenty two Pioneers received All-Confer-

ence honors in their respective sports for their regular season performances as of this publish date.


Tyler Baker

This weekend witnessed the last of Transylvania’s fall sports competition within the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. With the fall sports season coming to an end, reflection shows that Transy athletics teams experienced much success. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams ended HCAC on a high note, closing out their season with excellent play in the conference tournament. For the women’s team, their season ended during their first-at-large bid to the NCAA tournament under Head Coach Michael Fulton, finishing 14-5-2. The Pioneers made it to the HCAC finals after an upset against No. 2 seeded Manchester, which ultimately earned them a berth to the Division III women’s soccer tournament. Individual Pioneers also ended the season with honors, including Academic All-American senior Anne Marie Dumaine and HCAC Offensive MVP senior Amy Ghibaudy. The men’s soccer team made an im-

pressive run at the HCAC tournament, falling to Rose-Hulman in the title game 1-0 in overtime. The title game was prefaced by a semifinal upset where the Pioneers upset No. 1 seeded Earlham College. Finishing with a record of 13-5-2, the Pioneers completed a largely successful season under the leadership of HCAC Offensive MVP senior Kyle Smith. The women’s volleyball team also performed well this season, qualifying for a berth in the HCAC tournament. With the highest seeding of the three teams at Transy who made it into tournament play, the Pioneers were ranked No. 2 going into the tournament. The Pioneers lost in heartbreaking fashion to No. 6 seeded Bluffton. However, the Pio-neers completed the season with a record of 23-12, while senior Meghan Bowers and sophomore Sarah Jonas both received All-HCAC honors. For cross country, this fall gave a preview of years to come. Both the men’s and women’s teams have a multitude of young talent led by seasoned leaders who showed their

ability to compete in both the regional and national levels. First-year Kyle Sprague, who has consistently been a top-five finisher for the Pioneers, led the men’s team this season. The team was bolstered by the performances of junior Thomas Amburn, sophomore Chris Saldana, and first-year Alex Czujko. Strong performances for the women’s team were also critical to the team’s success. First-year Olivia Schaefer and junior Alexis Carey led the team with consistent top finishes. This weekend the Pioneers had a strong showing at the NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional, and the team will cap off their season this weekend at the NCAA Championships at Hanover College. Both the women’s and men’s golf teams finished the season strongly. The women’s team, led by juniors Tiara Har-ris and Jerra Kelsey, placed fifth in the HCAC tournament on Oct. 13. Harris, who shot a combined score of 172 at the tournament, finished 12th place overall while Kelsey shot a 175, finishing 14th overall. The team also had strong performances by junior Alyssa Thompson,

first-year Hannah Robertson, and sophomore Cayla Combs. On the men’s side, the Pioneers fought all season to keep their May NCAA tournament hopes alive. After coming off a previous season where the Pioneers finished as the DIII NCAA runner-up, the expectations were high for an-other successful season. The Pioneers had strong outings at the NCAA Division III Preview, where they placed fourth overall, along with a third place finish at the Gordin Classic where senior Clay Hinton finished third out of a field of sixty. To wrap up fall sports, the field hockey team finished the season with the best record in school history and a chance to play in the Southern Athletic Association tournament finals. The Pioneers, led by four SAA First-Team selections, gave the No.1 seeded Centre Colonels a strong run in the SAA tournament semi-finals before falling just short. The team is comprised of only two seniors and will be looking next season to improve on their record-breaking season this past fall.

Josh Landry

The women’s basketball team opened their season this weekend at home in the Buseden Classic, breaking even with an 80-71 win against Adrian College and a late-game 7886 loss to Maryville College. While the team’s hopes for an undefeated season are dashed, the Pioneers maintain their high expectations for the season as a whole after winning the Heartland Conference regular season title (with a 16-2 HCAC record) last year. Senior Madisen Webb had high hopes for the Pioneers this season. “We won conference regular season last year,” she said. “I have no doubt in my mind we can repeat that again.” Winning the conference title is the primary goal for the Pioneers, and they were picked in the preseason to repeat the title. In addition, with all five starters from last year’s team returning, success in the NCAA tournament remains an important objective. “I think we could win,” Webb said. “Our team has so much potential and I don’t think, even last year, I don’t think we stepped up in any game

to live up to our potential. I think everyone on the team, I think they know and they feel that we can do great.” The Pioneers are only two games into the season at this point and have a two-week break until their next game. Although he considered the loss to Maryville disappointing, Head Coach Greg Todd believed that it could ultimately be a positive for the team in the longrun. “Where we’re at now, we feel good about our team,” he said, “but it’s not always the worst thing to have happen early in the year, to lose a game or two to get your focus and see where you need to improve.” Utilizing the break is also important to Todd. “This week we’ll really try to clean up some of the areas that we feel like we need to continue to improve on and get better,” he said. He continued, “We just need to have a good week this week and focus and hopefully the loss will help us gain that focus and our attention toward getting better.” While the team is experienced, with all five starters from the conference-winning team last season and

only two first-years, the Pioneers only have twelve players on the roster. This brings the issue of potential injuries to the forefront for the Pioneers, and this potential is largely connected to their success this season. As Webb explained, the Pioneers are aware of and ready for this possibility. “At any point, whether it’s practice, games or just life, an injury can come about,” Webb said. “I think that’s definitely going to be a negative experience. That can happen at any point and I think that it’s important for us to stay on the same page and for people to be ready to step up when they need to step up.” While the roster is small in comparison to other teams, Webb believed that the size of the team makes every player’s role more important. “We couldn’t be out there playing the way we do without the people who aren’t playing because that’s who we go against in practice... we need all twelve players to be successful this year,” she said. The Pioneers will play next at home against Spalding University Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.


Women’s basketball holds high expectations despite early loss

Junior Nicole Coffman taking it to the basket in during the Pioneers’ win over Adrian College Friday night. Coffman earned HCAC Player of the Week honors for her play during the past weekend’s game.

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