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Transylvania University • Lexington, Ky. • transyrambler.com

October 3, 2013 • VOL. 97 , ISSUE 4

TUSGA begins year with new priority list

ImprompTU begins season with first-ever veterans-only show

Rachel Smith

Junior Taylor Deaton is happy to be at the first ImprompTU show of the season. The ImprompTU team started their season with a veterans-only show Sept. 26 before holding auditions for new members the next Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Sustainability office submits Climate Action Plan Kaitlin Haggard knhaggard16@transy.edu

At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, Transylvania University officially adopted its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is “our plan for how and when we will reach carbon neutrality as institution,” Sustainability Director Angela Poe said. “The bulk of the document is the mitigation chapter, which provides a menu of options the university can explore to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.” The full plan can be viewed at http://rs.acupcc.org/cap/1171/. The CAP was created in part due to Transy’s obligation as a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which former President Charles Shearer signed in 2007. Poe and the university Sustainability Council spent the bulk of last school year developing the plan. “There were several teams focused on different aspects of the plan and related topics,” Poe said, including “completing several greenhouse gas [GHG] assessments, assessing the legislative environment, considering economic opportunities and parameters, exploring opportunities for community outreach and engagement, and investigating GHG mitigation strategies.” Over the summer, Poe, along with senior Maria Starck and alumna Jennifer Lancaster (’13), worked with Jason Delambre, who has helped many other institutions and organizations create CAPs, to finalize the plan.

According to Poe, the CAP complements “other sustainability efforts on campus, as utility conservation is a focus of our efforts as an institution for both environmental and economic reasons.” Poe and the Sustainability Council also made concerted efforts to include the social pillar of sustainability in the CAP, although this is not a required part of the plan. In addition to implementing the CAP, sustainability efforts this year will primarily focus on three things –turning off lights, powering down computers and using reusable water bottles. Accordingly, more filtration stations will be installed this year; one has already been put in place on the first floor of the library, and another is planned for the first floor of the Haupt Humanities building. Poe also launched a new conservation coordinator program this year, in which designated students look for opportunities to promote sustainability efforts on residence halls and academic and administrative buildings. Under Poe’s sustainability efforts, the Transy Bikes! program has also been expanded to include five new bikes and various accessories, and the Morlan Art Gallery will host an exhibit of artists that transform trash into artwork In addition, a series of projects supported by the Green Revolving Loan Fund, in which savings from conservation projects are channeled into a fund set aside to support more projects, will be implemented.

UKSAB hosts Anderson Cooper, Transy students attend Rachel Smith rasmith15@transy.edu

The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board hosted Anderson Cooper, host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and CBS’s 60 Minutes, on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The evening was organized as a conversation set in the Memorial Coliseum on UK’s campus. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Beth Barnes, director of the school of journalism and telecommunications at UK. Cooper fielded questions, both pre-submitted and submitted via Twitter during the event. Cooper discussed a range of subjects, including his humble beginnings into journalism traveling to warzones with a home camera, his most powerful stories of human suffering in wartorn and disaster-worn areas, his craziest celebrity stories, his work in the LGBTQ* community and even his obsession with the television show Breaking Bad. He also discussed his exposure to loss at a very early age with the death of his brother and his father, both occurring before Cooper was 25. “I spoke the language of loss, and I wanted to be around people who spoke that language,” Cooper said. “I don’t believe I can change anything. But I believe there is value in knowing about the struggles of other people.” Tickets to the event were $15 for the public and free for UK community members.

CHASE BULLOCK

TUSGA has recently released their two major priorities for the year, which are pride in Transylvania and accountability, respectively. “One of the main things that I really disliked last year was the morale on campus; it made it miserable for everyone,” Ballard said. “My fear coming in was that everyone was going to still be dwelling on that and not being excited about this year, especially for the first-years last year. I think they didn’t have a clear picture of what Transy was, and I just didn’t want that to be the case anymore.” Ballard began planning this set of goals long before the school year started. Ballard met with President Owen Williams and with the executive council of the TUSGA senate, and these two goals were recurring points of conversation. While it is easy to misconstrue the purpose of the “Transy pride” priority as one centered only on sports, Ballard emphasized that improved attendance at athletics events was far from the main goal for the year. “It’s not just athletics; it’s being prideful in our university again. Athletics is a small step towards that, but it’s not the whole picture.” In order to promote this objective, TUSGA has made plans to encourage attendance at events that center around Transy pride. First, this entails increasing the number of events sponsored by TUSGA. These events and others will count toward a new Transy Pride point system, where students can swipe in to events in a similar fashion to the current Creative Engagements system. The system would include some incentive for the person or people with the most points. Finally, within this priority, one of TUSGA’s goals includes creating a school spirit-oriented group called the Crimson Crazies. The organization will be in charge of organizing school spirit sections, mostly at athletic events, and will receive sponsorship for coonskin hats, body paints, banners and other spiritrelated items. The proposal for this group was recently passed and will be followed soon by funding requests. As for the second priority of accountability, Ballard pointed out that it requires effort from everyone involved. “That was in reference to SGA as well as the student body,” Ballard said. “I want to implement [a system] that’s going to hold these people accountable. That’s the entire conversation that was going on all year last year: transparency, transparency, transparency. That’s what everyone wants, so I want that to be the case with us, and I want that to be the case with the entire university.” One of the primary steps to achieving this was to require senators to participate more in SGA activities. Ballard began the year by changing the seating arrangement in SGA meetings from an arrangement in which the group is organized around a central person to one where the focus more toward the group as a whole in hopes of encouraging conversation. She also plans to improve the constituent system so that each senator is responsible for a set group of students throughout their tenure at Transylvania. The improved system will require senators to contact their constituents at least once a month. A second goal since last year which Ballard wanted to become more consistent this year is working with non-SGA members to write and correct proposals. Along with the theme of having many voices involved, SGA plans to sponsor more platforms to allow more students’ voices to be heard. This includes discussion about forums involving the presidential selection process, as well as letting students know that the administration is open and willing to discuss issues pertinent to student life. Other TUSGA efforts include a policy regarding the smokers’ area on campus, as previously reported in The Rambler. The proposal has moved to the Office of Student Life Committee, which will meet Tuesday to discuss it. The alcohol policy proposal from last year has been brought up again in meetings, as there was a miscommunication with its passage last year. The proposal is currently tabled, but will be up for discussion again soon. The board has also been hard at work planning Raf week and homecoming, both of which will be coming up this month. There will be more details to come in future issues of The Rambler.

MICHAEL GUARNIERI

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Spencer Peach sxpeach16@transy.edu

Two first-year students are bringing their dance moves into a new club on Transylvania’s campus. Yu Chen and Han Qi, hailing from China, plan on showcasing China’s street dance culture in videos, flash mobs and lessons for new dancers. “We’re looking for folks to dance with,” Chen said. “We want more people to know what dance life could be.” Chen and Qi discussed the uniqueness of dance culture. Qi said “a real dancer dances all their life.” Street dance has taken a prominent place in Chinese youth culture in recent years, from break dancing to jazz to hip-hop. With the increase in the number of students from China, this phenomenon has emerged at Transy as well. The emerging street dance club, currently

composed of 10 members, hopes to perform at school functions. “We have a school song, why not a school dance?” Qi said. Plans first center around building the confidence of club members before moving on to a flash mob. Chen said something even bigger may be in the works after that. Other plans include a series of videos showcasing the talent of the club. Qi already captures Chen’s dance moves in his role as photographer. Software Training and Technology Support Coordinator Paul Dimayuga currently serves as the club’s sponsor, further expanding his repertoire from Latin dance styles. Dimayuga is using his connections in Lexington’s dance circles to to connect students with community members. The club hopes to give dancers “a stage to dance,” Chen said. Opportunities for organized, stylized dancing are rare on campus, but this club aims to etch out new spaces where Transylvanians have rarely gone before.

SAM SHRIDER

Street dance moves from China arrive at Transy

First-year students Yu Chen and Han Qi practice in the Beck Center. Chen and Qi perform many forms of dance and plan on spreading them to the campus community through a new dance club incorporating Chinese street dance culture.

Spencer Peach sxpeach16@transy.edu

The J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library’s new Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) has opened as a centralized space for academic support services for students. New tutoring programs will provide additional support for students in subjects previously not covered. Director of the Library Susan Brown said the ACE will assist students in “being able to research and evaluate information, speak coherently, present their ideas to groups, lead discussions, listen actively, write persuasively and reason quantitatively.” The centralized nature of ACE programs pomises better organization. Brown said, “Experts providing currently disparate support services to simply walk students to other experts to continue and deepen academic help they receive.” Public Services Librarian Lisa Nichols said, “Everyone will be on the same page in the same place.” To ensure these goals translate into practice, the ACE offers state-of-the-art design features and technology to assist tutors and students. The space includes “furniture that is easily moved based on their need,” according to Brown. She also expressed excitement about new technology that will allow students to “easily share their work and ideas” through monitors that students and tutors can plug into to work collaboratively. “The area is created to support academic conversations and group work in the rooms and in the open area,” Brown said. Tutors currently meeting in the ACE will continue to do so as new disciplines add their support programs. Tutors from the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics and the foreign language department already meet in the Library. The Writing Center’s satellite, which operates on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, will continue to operate as well. Plans also call for the addition of economics, computer science, psychology and accounting tutoring programs in the future. Nichols said the focus for drop-in tutoring programs will start with “courses that students have the highest drop-out rates in.” The drop-in sessions will be organized and promoted aggressively so that students can easily find them. The Library plans on assisting tutors as well between adaptable spaces and workshops on pedagogy, providing best practices on how to teach what they know according to Brown. The ACE is working with faculty to ensure tutors are among the best in their field. Applications for the tutoring program remain open until spaces are filled. In addition to expanded tutoring programs, the ACE will continue to offer research help from Library staff and information technology help from the Technology Learning Center. Additional workshops on software, writing and study skills are planned. The ACE opened at the beginning of the school year after renovations started in spring. The ACE is open during the same hours as the library.

Lecture and forum aims to bridge religious gaps religious life and the Lexington community.” The lecture and forum were first proposed by sophomebruton17@transy.edu more Reza Haider who worked together with the Offices Professor Abulaziz Sachedina of George Mason of Diversity and Inclusion and Religious Life to organize University will visit Transylvania University to deliver a Sachedina’s visit. lecture and participate in a community forum discussion “As an American-born Shiite Muslim, I have been about unity and diversity in religion. always been conscious of the fact that my faith and beSachedina presentrf his lecture “The Political Theolliefs do not align with those with the majority of most of ogy of Pluralism in Islam: Religious Ethics of Coexisfellow Kentuckians,” Haider said. tence” in Carrick Theater Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Haider further realized another major part of that The purpose of the lecture, according to Sachedina, difference. is to “tease out tensions and solutions in an exclusionary “In the past few years, especially after a near decade tradition as it comes to terms with modernity.” of horrendous acts of terrorism committed by so called To Associate Dean of Religious Life Wilson Dickin‘Muslims,’ the media has made an effort to negatively son, there is another very important purpose behind the highlight these religious difevent as well. ferences. The media has made “We hope to change the religious affiliation a bad thing conversation from thinking – something to be ashamed about religion as someof – in today’s society. It has thing divisive and private,” produced a variety of unfair Dickinson said. “We want biases and misleading assumpto show people that we can tions regarding all faiths.” live our lives of faith in a To dispel these misconceppublic way that’s collabtions, Haider began with a very orative and not a zero-sum simple idea. game where you’re with “I figured the best way to us or against us, but where quell any stereotypes would people can live together be to hold a seminar in which and make a better world.” a prestigious representative Professor Sachedina for each of major faith groups will participate in a comcame together and explained, munity forum discussion discussed and shared how each titled “Unity in Diversity: of us had belief structures that Finding Common Cause were not actually detriments to in Our Differences,” society but beneficiaries,” Haidwhich will be held Oct. 3 er said. “And merely through at 7 p.m. in the William the curiosity and good will of T. Young Campus Center so many here in the Transy gym. community this once solemn He will be joined by a Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina is visiting Transylvania’s aspiration is now blossoming panel composed of Professor campus this week. Sachedina’s research focuses on the into something truly awesome, of Education and Humani- positive societal aspects of religion and classical Islam. which I hope will have an ties Division Chair Angela impact on the way people view Hurley, Vice President and Dean of the College Michael faith and diversity.” Bell, Executive Director of the Kentucky Council of Sachedina is a professor of Islamic Studies and the Churches Rev. Dr. Marian McClure Taylor and Rev. Jon chair of the International Institute of Islamic Thought at Weece of the Southland Christian Church. This discusGeorge Mason University and previously taught at the sion will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Religion University of Virginia. Carole Barnsley. He has been conducting research and writing in the “It’s an exciting event because it really combines so field of Islamic law, ethics and theology for more than many parts of what we try to do at Transy,” Dickinson two decades. said. In the last ten years he has concentrated on social “It’s intellectually engaging and includes a diverse and political ethics, including interfaith and intrafaith group of people on the panel, but it’s also directed at relations, Islamic biomedical ethics and Islam and human engaging the diversity of the Lexington community. It’s rights. really about bridge building between academic affairs,

Mattie Bruton

COURTESY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ACE brings student support services to centralized place


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Interview with a Transylvanian: Laurel Lietzenmayer Q. Since we’ve both worked at Aerie now, what drew you to apply there? Honestly, I was just super desperate to find a summer job when I applied there along with about twenty other places. Aerie was the first store to contact me, so I took advantage of the opportunity. The discount for American Eagle is a nice perk as well. Q. Do you think the Vintage Lace undies there will still be on trend in a year? Of course I do! Unless everyone decides underwear lines and feeling like you are wearing a diaper should be a thing instead. Maybe it’s just me. Q. Why is it, to you, worth it to live in Lexington? With Lexington being an hour away from my hometown, it is far enough away for me to live independently but close enough so I can go home whenever I need to. I also love the small city atmosphere and the gorgeous surrounding areas on the outskirts of the city. That Lexington traffic though... Q. Be honest, how do you keep your hair long and in good condition? I don’t do much with my hair actually. Besides purposely growing it out since I was a freshman in high school and getting trims every couple of months, I pretty much let it do whatever it wants. Which means some days I love it and some days I threaten to pull a Britney Spears. Q. This or that: tree climbing or car driving? DEFINITELY tree climbing. I tend to have a lead foot that can get me into trouble. And who wants to pay for gas anyway? Q. What would prompt, in your opinion, for crocs to make a genuine comeback? And why would this be a bad thing? When everyone realizes that “pain is beauty” is a bunch of crap. Have you ever worn a pair of crocs? It’s like having clouds for shoes and there would be nothing bad about them making a comeback.

Q. Where is the ultimate source of happiness? Any place where there is a dog present. If I could lay on the ground and just have hundreds of puppies surround me I wouldn’t need anything else in life. Q. Let’s set aside preconceived notions: how does one properly Compiled by Ameka Menes/Photo by Chase Coleman cross Broadway to get from the academic side of campus to the residential side? Is it the same going the other direction? You don’t. Either way, you just have to wait until the cars come to a complete stop before crossing. They can’t be trusted, and if you are like me, getting hit by a car isn’t on your bucket list. (Etcetera editor’s note: Umm, I’ve kinda already had that happen...) Q. Name your favorite constellation and how you discovered it. Constellations are not my thing. It doesn’t matter how many times someone tries to point one out to me, I won’t be able to see it. So by default, I guess my favorite constellation would be the Big Dipper. I feel accomplished whenever I can find it on my own at night. Q. What causes more damage, writing in

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pencil or pen? This is a hard question. Writing in pen results in huge black smudges everywhere from crossing things out, and while writing in pencil lets you erase neatly, you also can’t go back and learn from your mistakes. Having ugly paper and learning or having neat paper thinking that you are perfect? I tend to like pencil better though. Q. Favorite thing to say in Spanish – in Spanish, please. “Cacahuete” is fun to say. Along with “trabajaba”. They roll off the tongue nicely. Q. If you were a famous impressionist painter (yes, in the here and now) what would be one thing you would want people to know about you that would be at odds with your reputation? People would be pretty disappointed if they knew I actually have zero painting skills.


Opinion

Wilson encourages camera compromise

If certain persons could learn to not be a destructive wreck and control their behavior, these cameras would While admitting that there are some problems with have no relevancy. What’s more, if you act with maturity having surveillance cameras in the halls of Davis, and and respect for public property now in college, you’ll that it is troublesome to many residents that DPS may likely have a far easier time adjusting in society as a real potentially be watching a live feed of their halls, I think adult with responsibilities and commitments. Outside these halls, there are more than just slaps on many of those who oppose the cameras are not taking into the wrist for vandalizing property. DPS is far, far more account anyone’s perspective besides their own. lenient than any law enforcement you’re likely to tangle The opinion of many men who reside in Davis is to with later in life. The excuse that you consider the cameras as an infringement were just “having a good time” doesn’t upon their personal space, their right to privacy. I would argue, though, that over ...I think many of those fly outside these walls. However, if I’m being honest, the real the years they’ve lost the right to have reason I think these cameras are a positive who oppose the camprivacy in those halls due to the large (again, long as their footage is only amount of property damage that occurs. eras are not taking examinedas upon request) is because they When these facilities are trashed, into mind anyone’s can help those who want to file a claim of it becomes the responsibility of the sexual assault/harassment. This campus perspective besides entire campus to front the bill. Either has gotten really good at pretending that the university raises tuition rates to their own. rape and other types of sexual assault compensate for the damage, or those don’t occur here - particualrly that they residents of the hall (many of them don’t occur within the realms of the blameless bystanders) are forced to fraternities. I’m certainly not trying to cover the repairs. In both situations, because of the claim that only men in fraternities rape, and that rapes on irresponsibility of a few, the many are punished. Transy’s campus only occur in Davis, but as that is the area Why must we all shiver in the cold when someone of campus where most of the drinking and partying occurs, thinks it would be absolutely hilarious to pull the fireit seems more likely that something could happen. alarm in the middle of December? Unfortunately, since the burden of proof falls on the Certainly, I’m all for respecting the private lives of victim of a sexual assault, the only thing our campus has other students. I, too, happen to be one. Would I enjoy to offer as evidence is potential video of someone in a being watched? No. Would I enjoy being treated like hallway interacting violently with someone filing a claim. a child, having someone watch over me to insure that I That may seem really trivial to the men living in Davis abided by the rules? Absolutely not. compared to their privacy, but as long as there are no other However, I don’t see the problem with DPS being alternatives on campus for potential rape victims, it seems able to look back at a video to see which irresponsible the best course of action. individual punched a hole in the ceiling or tore a water As I’ve said before, these cameras are by no means fountain off a wall - especially considering the frequency the most enviable solution to Davis’ problems. For the of these reports. Though you may cry foul, what is so time, however, they are a necessary evil; they are a failsafe horribly unfair about insuring that no one has to pay for a to insure the accountability of Davis’ residents. crime we haven’t committed?. It is true, the school has definitely exploited the What these cameras afford is a sense of responsibility. use of the cameras since they appeared, but if there is a It is a shame that it must come to a type of surveillance, compromise that can be reached where the cameras can but time and again it has been proven that, left unattended, exist and privacy can be maintained, then I don’t think that things on the Davis halls have a tendency to fall apart. compromise should be ignored. Alarms like to go off prematurely. Stalls collapse. Exit

Jessica Wilson jgwilson15@transy.edu

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to Thomson Residential Hall, for having the pleasantest, politest fire alarm I have ever heard. Jeers to that blasted fire alarm for ruining my downtime that I haven’t had since 11 pm last night. Not to mention during my Cheers and Jeers slam session. But everyone passed the drill. Good game, team. Jeers to all of the classes that happened to have tests simultaneously this week. I understand that nobody is at fault here, but if I have to hear one more whiney complaint about workloads, I might just have to lock myself in the computer lab and work on take-home tests until the sun comes up. Cheers to the Caf’s limitless supply of Mellow Yellow and coffee (Mr. Johnson’s pro-tip of the day: fill a cup half-way with soft serve, then fill up the cup with your favorite coffee. No creamer or sugar required, and it’s cold and delicious. So now you can drink a bunch of caffeine quickly and not burn your mouth). Cheers to the Physical Plant for finally fixing the door to the female residence area of Forrer Hall. This one’s not intended to be funny, guys; it’s just a thing that needs to be praised. Jeers to the sexist nature of modern trousers. I dream that one day women can experience the comfort and practicality of men’s pants without the fear of judgment from their peers. Cheers to pockets. Whoever invented those deserves a medal or something. Cheers to pockets on dresses. It actually makes the most sense out of all modern garments that one can wear when it is not snowing and not walking over manhole covers in in one of those movies that take place in New York. Do not judge lest you’ve worn one yourself. That breeze, man. It’s pretty great. Cheers to all of the organizations getting ready for Raf Week. From what I’ve seen and heard about what’s in the works, Transy will have one heck of a Halloween shindig this year. Jeers towards the number of cheers here. I think I’m going soft with this… this… “optimism”. Jeers to ‘Merica, for being one step closer to what nobody wants: Canadian rule. It’s only a matter of time before the United States defaults on its loan. Who knows, maybe Canada wants a shot. Give them some time to pool together their syrup reserves, and trade up for a piece of good ol’ American Dream while it’s still cheap.

October 2, 2013

Menes asks for vigilance

of the request I have intended to make of all of you since ajmenes15@transy.edu my accident: please drive There are people for vigilantly. Simply put, getting whom traumatic experiences hit by a lot of sturdy metal is compel them to take action. an unforgettable experience There are others who curl into and I wish it on no one else. a ball and try not to face the When I cross Broadway world. Either way, the process these days, I always take a of moving on is never simple. deep breath. I never used to For those who do not mind, but I now I fear being know, I was hit by a car this hit. Irrational? Yes, somewhat. summer, riding my bike down It’s not super likely but Nicholasville. I know I will the possibility is there. It’s become another statistic when difficult not to fear when I the end-of-the-year reports know what it feels like. I also come out: another girl hit not know that there are students wearing her who are driving helmet. How and would irresponsible. Simply put, getting hit prefer not to Maybe stop for other so. But there’s by a lot of sturdy metal students when is an unforgettable they need to a bigger p r o b l e m experience and I wish cross. Let’s all here. Who return the favor it on no one else. was more to each other. irresponsible: No one else me, or the should wind up driver who on a stretcher, never looked bruised as hell (at the very my way? least), headed to the E.R. Just because I wasn’t I rode my new bike around wearing a helmet doesn’t this past weekend for the first mean I was asking to be hit. time since the accident. It’s We only really pay attention to been over two months now; it whether or not we should wear was about time. I went without one when we become injured a helmet, but I put my hair up. – and consider what if. Full We all make decisions. I’m a disclaimer: I actually did take good cyclist, and every time quite a jolt to the head when I get behind the wheel of my my noggin met concrete, but I car I am cautious – not just happened to have my hair up regarding cyclists, but other and no damage resulted. My vehicles, pedestrians, deer, left side, however, did not fair birds, and etc. I think you get so well. the gist. I had trouble walking due That accident changed to my injured hip and knee and me irrevocably in some ways. was unable to use my left arm I could have turned it all for two weeks. I had injured inward like other traumatic a nerve in my elbow when experiences. I didn’t. I am the van smashed into my bike extremely grateful that I didn’t and sent me tumbling into the have any brain damage and middle of the road. The bike is that I am here with you all no longer with us. Yet, I am. today. So one more time, I ask I sit here, typing this for that you please be vigilant – you, my reader, massaging the and I thank you in advance. ring and pinky finger of my left hand which reminded me

Ameka Menes

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Spencer Peach sxpeach16@transy.edu

The Family Weekend Fine Arts concert marked the first joint performance of the year by all of Transy’s student musicians. The concert featured music from traditional spirituals to energetic rides with Don Quixote to a piece by the Jazz Ensemble. The concert marked the last Family Weekend for long-time Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gary Anderson, a point raised later in the evening by Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Ensembles Ben Hawkins. The Pioneer Voices, under Anderson’s direction, opened the evening with a rousing performance of Scott Farthing’s “Come Travel with Me.” Anderson continued his focus on the students and on the music, prefacing Ron Jeffer’s “I Have Had Singing” with a tale of the importance of music in the isolated villages of Suffolk, England, opening the Transylvania Choir’s portion of the concert. The choir closed the vocal half of the evening with a stunning performance of the uplifting spiritual “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” arranged by William A. Dawson. The Chamber Orchestra kept up the theme of tradition with a look at Georg Phillip Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite”

from the 1761 opera. The orchestra brought the centuries old opera and even older classic novel to life with timeless elegance. The orchestra’s performance was marred only by the audience’s enthusiastic applause at the end of each movement, traditionally held until the end of the entire piece. Turning the evening to a modern piece, the Concert Band performed Alfred Reed’s grandiose “A Festival Prelude,” which called up the majesty of a medieval Spanish royal court. Keeping with the instrumental Spanish kick, the band pivoted to Robert W. Smith’s quirky and fun “Sancho and the Windmills,” featuring “armor” of tin pails clattering the ground and a show-stealing oboe performance. Smith’s piece conveyed the viewpoints of the egotistical Don Quixote and his more level-headed companion Sancho. The band ensured this piece was accessible and fun for all audience members. Under the direction of Conductor Valerie Evans, the Jazz Ensemble closed the night with its expressive, lively style. Sophomore Kristen Frost described the concert as “at once beautifully classic and enticingly jarring.” Descriptions like that will ensure the Family Weekend concert will remain a Transylvania tradition for long to come.

SARAH ALLISON

Peach reviews family weekend fine arts concert

Rachel Norris, ‘14 and Stephannie Bostick ‘16 performing at the Fine Arts Concert during Family Weekend. The choir part of the concert included “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel”.

View Blend comes to Lyric Theater

Zombie Town to attack Lexington

Exhibit reflects indiviuality of Latin American cultures and heritages as well as their characteristics holistically through painting, photography and other media. jtpeace17@transy.edu

The Lyric Theatre will run an exhibit entitled “VIEW BLEND 2013” which started Sept. 20. This exhibit will focus on Latin-American culture and history. It is the third exhibition by the Latino Arts Group.

In this particular exhibit, artists will explore different ways to interpret cultural values, life, emotions and art accurately. The compilations of art featured in this exhibit are all from Hispanic artists, and each artist demonstrates her own diversity and history through different techniques and styles of work. Starting from the pre-colonial period, each piece of art reflects different cultural and historic influences, slowly advancing into the future of migration that is still occurring today in some countries, while also developing a sense of culture and unity between those countries. “VIEW BLEND 2013” displays multiple highquality pieces of art that utilize paint, mixed media, photography, drawings and other materials. The exhibition gives artists a chance to explain why Latin American art is generally full of contrast, vibrant colors, different textures and a mixture of different themes. Each piece of art will reflect these characteristics. Many of the artists come from countries across Latin America, such as Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Cuba and Honduras, and each brings her own sense of art and media used to show the difference between each culture and lifestyle. With each piece of art comes an expression of unity that is shared among the many different countries due to closeness in geography.

COURTESY OF THE LYRIC THEATRE

“VIEW BLEND 2013” will run until January 2013 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center located on 300 E Third Street, Lexington, Ky. The Lyric Theatre is open Tues-Thurs, 11 a.m-5 p.m, and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

“VIEW BLEND 2013” explores Latino heritage and arts. “VIEW BLEND 2013” will be at the Lyrics Theatre until January

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CREATIVE COMMONS

Jacob Peace

Bridgett Howard behoward16@transy.edu

When pop culture latches onto anything in particular, especially something supernatural, with it always come the parodies. With all of the zombie television shows, comics and movies that are so popular right now, there is also a need to laugh at it all. “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” by Tim Bauer is coming to the University of Kentucky’s theatre. The play will be Oct. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 and 2 p.m. in the Guignol Theatre in UK’s Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 with a valid student I.D. “Zombie Town” is about a San Francisco theatre collective going to the small town of Harwood, Texas, the sight of a zombie attack. There, they interview the townspeople to create a play about the attack, hoping to help the survivors heal through theatre. Following the basic zombie story set-up, the story is told mainly from the point of view of three characters: Didi the high school student, Slash the “rocker” and Eric the accountant, who tell their story of being in an abandoned warehouse to survive the zombie attack. Didi, Eric and Slash are not the only characters, however. Five UK student actors portray 25-30 roles in the play. “Working with the actors on the multiple characters was the most fun because it really was up to them to create the characters and the voices and the physicality because they change instantly on stage from one character to another,” Russell Henderson, “Zombie Town” director, said. The crew of “Zombie Town” was faced with obstacles in creating this small-town, zombie-ridden world. Not only did each actor have to develop multiple characters, but they also had to work with a bigger stage. They are also incorporating video, live theatrical gunfire, stage combat, scenic pieces and different lighting effects into the play. “This production is much more elaborate than any of the other productions we’ve done before,” Henderson said. “In that perspective we were kind of without a road map.” Stage Manager Shelby Vogelpohl found this play to be very relatable to a younger audience. “The best part of preparing for this show is seeing how excited all the actors are to do the show,” Vogelpohl said. “When people think of theatre they normally think of Shakespearean plays, which are really hard for a 21-year-old to relate to. But with all the zombie hype lately people already know a lot about zombies and are generally excited by it.” In 2011, “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” won a Storer Boone Award for Best Original Play. It was also nominated for Best Comedy by the Big Easy Theater Awards. Tickets can be purchased at www. scfatickets.com.


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varsity sports will practice and play games at the new facility. Men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, Men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, women’s field hockey, men’s cross country and women’s cross country.

All our other sports will also be

able to utilize the facility for conditioning. Having the turf also allows our baseball team and softball teams to work on throwing and fielding without damaging their natural grass facilities.

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fast Fourth Street facts: athletic facility

Transylvania’s newly-constructed athletic facility on 4th street will open Saturday October 19, six months after the administration broke-ground on the project. While the sports programs competing on the field include Field Hockey, Men and Women’s Soccer, Men and Women’s Lacross, Men and Women’s Track & Field and Men and Women’s Cross Country, the field will be open for use by all other athletic programs, as well as intramurals and the student population. Unlike the current fields at Transylvania, the new facility will feature a turf-field, which will allow for play in a wider variety of weather conditions without impacting player performance. In addition, the updated lighting system will extend the range of times that games can be played, particularly at night.

: The number of lanes on the NCAA-regulation track.

The seating capacity is

October 3, 2013

862

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The 4th street facility will open

Oct. 19

. Additionally, brunch will be served on the field that morning.

4th Street Facility Features

- Artificial turf field and NCAA-regulation 8-lane track. - Grandstand with a seating capacity of over 800. - Space dedicated for Field events (high jump, long jump, javelin throw, and so on). - Adjacent concession and parking areas. - Full press box, which will allow for filming and livestreaming of events, announcing, scoreboard operations and seperate television and radio broadcasts. - Administrative offices and conference room. - Expanded locker room and athletic training room, as well as laundry facilities.

CREATIVE COMMONS

Field Hockey resilient after rough losses Josh Landry jdlandry15@transy.edu

The field hockey Pioneers faced off against rival Centre College this Saturday at noon in what Head Coach Tiffany Underhill described as the “biggest game in her four years coaching”. In the first half of the season, the Pioneers had accumulated four wins, which exceeded their total in all of the preceding years under Underhill, who is the field hockey program’s first full-time head coach. “I was very pleased with the start, I think we’ve been winning the games we should be winning, and that can be tough mentality-wise,” Underhill said. “And we have been executing. I think a lot of that has to do with our team morale and how close we are, but also they played a lot in Louisville over the summer, which benefited them a lot and we hadn’t done in the past, so that was a good stepping stone.” The Pioneers fell to the Colonels 9-0 on Saturday afternoon and were defeated 4-2 the following day by the College of Wooster. Reflecting on the weekend, senior Kerri Kolarik said,

“It was definitely tough; Centre is a great school, they are really strong this year. We definitely needed to bring our ‘A-game’ to even compete with them and we struggled a little bit this weekend. Wooster… we should have beat them, it was a tough loss to have that one as well, but we’re still out there fighting and trying to bring back another win.” Particularly with the loss to Centre, Coach Underhill believed the team just wasn’t playing at its full potential. “On Saturday, we were off, and it wasn’t a good team to be off with, Centre… We’ve been in a little bit of a home-field rut, but we’ll be okay and we will figure it out.” In addition, the Pioneers faced injuries–including Kolarik, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game–that limited them in both games. Despite the outcome of the games on Saturday and Sunday, the team said positives can be taken away. Junior goalkeeper Sara Aschbacher netted her career high in saves with 33 against Centre. “I thought we stepped well to the ball, 50/50 balls I thought we got the majority of that, but in

terms of just getting the ball in the net again we just couldn’t do it, couldn’t execute,” Underhill said. Looking ahead towards the remainder of their schedule, the Pioneers have the opportunity to continue to build on what is already their best season statistically, and Underhill is optimistic that the team has the right dynamic to do so. “I have been pleased with the team’s leadership all the way, in each class,” Underhill said. “The first-years are stepping right in and being an impact, and the sophomores are definitely holding their own and helping to lead the first-years. The juniors, we have a good strong group of four juniors and Keri and Sidney are holding strong as the top seniors.” The Pioneers will be facing their conference matchups a second time, looking to repeat the wins and even the series in the case of losses. The team will end their regular season Nov. 2 at Centre College. “It’s easy to plateau,” Underhill said. “I think we have the energy and the determination to keep continuing to succeed.”

Upcoming Events 10/5 : 10a.m. Women’s Tennis v. Defiance College 10/5 : 12p.m. Field Hockey v. Rhodes College 10/5 : 1p.m. Volleyball at Anderson University 10/5 : 1p.m. Women’s Soccer at Anderson 10/5 : 3:30p.m. Men’s Soccer at Anderson 10/5 : All Day Men’s CC at Greater Lousiville 10/5 : All Day Women’s CC at Greater Louisville 10/6 : 11a.m. Women’s Golf at Franklin College 10/6 : 12p.m. Field Hockey vs Hendrix College 10/6 : 1p.m. Volleyball at Manchester University 10/8 : 4p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Hanover College

Reds’ disappointing roller-coaster season part of baseball cycle Deaton Dishes

During my professional career as a human being, I’ve shed tears over many things—Not getting my way. Having to share my toys. Being told “NO!” Only twice, however, have my tear ducts been ripped asunder by untoward baseball events. The first occasion came in 2001. I’d just suited up for my Dishman Touchless Laser Auto Wash team, and proceeded to get clobbered with the first pitch I faced from the league’s resident “big kid,” the one who looked like the offspring of Kurt Angle and Warren Sapp AND had a mullet. And then just Tuesday night, my dry-spell came to an end, inspired by those bereaving batters, The Cincinnati Reds. Bob Castellini and the rest of the Reds ownership would not be remiss if they announced plans to add a roller coaster to Great American Ball Park, entitled simply “The 2012-

13 Season.” Indeed, this season began with high expectations, a smattering of current and future all-star talent and a fan base no longer embarrassed to sport large “C’s” on their chests. The Reds’ ride, however, ultimately proved selfdestructive, with periods of unprecedented success met by quizzical losses–a coaster capable of attaining dizzying heights, pulled earthbound shortly after its apex. Tuesday’s loss was perhaps an apt metaphor for Dusty Baker and company’s season. The Pirates were blessed with an infusion of power (especially from Russell Martin, who homered twice) while Cincinnati’s offense floundered. Francisco Lariano was beastly, becoming just the fourth NL left-hander to go at least seven innings and allow four hits or fewer in a winner-take-all postseason game, while Johnny Cueto struggled mightily in just his third start since coming off the DL. A Reds team that everyone expected to enjoy a deep playoff run was unseated by a franchise that hadn’t made the playoffs in 21 years. This is not a declaration of disappointment, although the Buffalo Wild Wings in which I viewed the game was. One slightly inebriated patron lamented, “I feel like I just watched my son get his shot blocked, struck out and tackled for a safety. All at once.” Certainly, there are those fans more wizened than I whose tenure with the franchise has been marked by continued disappointment, a fervent uptick in fanatic enthusiasm in 1990, then 20-odd years of what might be surmised

as “struggle bussing.” My outlook is decidedly more optimistic; since I started seriously following the Reds, they’ve never been the perennial bottom dwellers of yesteryear and are now genuine contenders. And it is that fact in particular that should be this season’s central takeaway. Joey Votto, a contender for best first-baseman in the NL; Brandon Phillips, who Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan called “the greatest second basemen I’ve ever seen”; and current “Best Closer in Baseball” Aroldis Chapman were all named All-Stars. Rickey Henderson is somewhere editing a desperate letter to Bud Selig, pleading for an extension of the base paths in an effort to keep Billy Hamilton from one day surpassing his stolen bases record. (Hamilton stole 155 bases in the minors, in just one year.) And realistically, if the Nasty ‘Nattiers were in literally any other conference in baseball, they would have avoided the wild card altogether, securing a first round birth weeks ago. So yes, Reds fans, hold the Bruces, the Cozarts, the Arroyos to the standards their talents deserve. Acknowledge your disappointment, your frustration with a Sisyphus-like club so close to rolling its decade-sized boulder over that pennant-shaped mount. Then rejoice, because all the pieces are in place and baseball is the sport that never sleeps. The ride will soon circle back again, and you’d better get on. They say each time is better than the last.

Transy Rambler 10/3/13  

Transylvania University's Rambler, Volume 97, Issue 4

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