October 6, 2011 Volume XCVI Issue 5
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•LA Gourmet Pizza matches the mark of J. Morse on Vine Bistro in this week’s “The Nosh.”
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over the years between accepted and enrolled students. Below, Admissions Ambassador and senior Amelia Reesor leads a tour for prospective students.
•Virginia Hoben takes the stage as Transy’s new parttime instructor in theater.
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Jake Hawkins Managing Editor
The Transylvania class of 2015 is small, and not just because it’s the first-year class. Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Brad Goan confirmed that this year’s first-year class of 259 students is 55 fewer than last year’s and 51 fewer than
the average over the last five years. “We have seen a considerable increase in the numbers of students choosing state universities over Transylvania,” said Goan. “These students are telling us they believe Transylvania is a better school, but they can’t or won’t justify the investment involved to at-
President’s Council recommends center James Huddleston News Editor
Transylvania’s commitment to diversity will soon be realized in a new way — through the creation of a Center for Gender and Sexuality Issues. The center (whose name may be shortened to simply Women’s Center) will provide support to transgender, lesbian, gay and bisexual students and offer educational materials to the campus community on a variety of sexual orientation and gender issues. The idea for the center originated from a focus group formed by the President’s Council whose job was to formulate a way to address gender and sexuality issues on Transy’s campus. The group includes women’s studies faculty members Drs. Ellen Cox, Melissa Fortner and Simona Fojtová. These professors based their original discussion on two journal articles: “Out of the Classroom: A Chilly Campus Climate for Women?” by Roberta Hall and Bernice Sandler, and “The Campus Climate Revisited, Chilly for Women Faculty, Administrators, and Graduate Students,” also by Sandler. “Part of our focus,” said Fojtová, “was to compare institutional resources devoted to promoting gender equity at Transy with other colleges.” Both articles examine the persistence of gender stereotypes, inside and outside the classroom, at colleges and universities across the nation. “Even though men and women are presumably exposed to common liberal arts curriculum and other educational programs during their undergraduate years,” note Hall and Sandler, “it would seem that these programs serve more to preserve, rather than reduce, stereotypic differSee CENTER, Page 2
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Tickets for historic game limited Laura Miller Staff Writer
For the first time in a century, men’s basketball teams from Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky will face off on the court for a preseason exhibition game. Transy’s Division III team, under the leadership of head coach Brian Lane, will take on the Division I Wildcats at Lexington’s Rupp Arena Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. This game has been years in the making. When NCAA policy changes in 2003 banned Division I teams from playing their exhibition games against noncollegiate teams, schools such as UK turned to Division II and Division III teams for their preseason action. After this change, according to Dean of Students Michael Vetter, Transylvania’s coaches made the administration aware of the opportunity this change presented for Transy and started asking if the university would support the idea of Transy playing UK. “We (the administration) were very in favor of this exhibition game,” said
•Cheers to the return of “Cheers and Jeers!” After a two-year hiatus, the popular column returns to a new home on the opinion page with a new writer, senior Ben Costigan.
Vetter. “One of the things for the university is that the more we can get Transy’s name out in the public, the better.” Vetter emphasized that this is just one example of how Transy, be it through offering internships, special courses, study-abroad trips or basketball games against top teams in the nation, tries to “create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for students.” Vetter also hopes this game will promote school spirit as an opportunity for students to come together as a community. With approval from the administration, Transy Athletics Director Jack Ebel proposed the matchup to UK athletics. “They want to do it. We want to do it. There you go,” Ebel said. The questions remaining now concern ticket availability, particularly for Transy students. The challenge, Ebel said, is that UK sells out every basketball game and has its own fan constituency to take care of. Transy cannot guarantee tickets for See TICKETS, Page 5
• Get up to speed on Heidi Pinkerton, the new coach for Transy’s track and crosscountry teams.
NEWS BRIEF TU athletics expand •Athletics Director Jack Ebel announced this week that Transylvania has added competitive cheerleading and dance as varsity sports, whose seasons aim to start in 2012-2013. “Spirit” cheer and dance squads will continue, in addition to the new teams that will in the future compete for postseason bids to the national championships. Tora Carter, the current cheer and dance coach, will head both competitive squads. Carter expects the squads to have between 12 and 20 athletes in time for the 2012-2013 season. Athletes have the opportunity to be a part of both the spirit and competitive teams. The spirit teams will maintain their presence at the men’s and women’s basketball games, community service events and campus activities. Carter plans to hold clinics and tryouts late in the 20112012 academic year and intends to have a summer camp in August to prepare for the upcoming season. Both teams will have separate practices twice a week, but the competitive team will have mandatory conditioning as well. With this announcement, along with the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, the university will offer a total of 22 varsity sports for the 2012-2013 school year.
Seniors Michael Stone, left, and Christopher Owens, right, will help lead the Transylvania Pioneers against the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
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October 6, 2011
LA Gourmet redefines pizza, sandwiches
Tucked away beside Starbucks, you might miss the entrance to LA Gourmet Pizza. But if you do happen to spot it, I highly recommend that you walk in. With its slate flooring and minimalistic design you might be a bit turned off, but ignore this instinct. These guys know what they’re doing. The menu is very typical for any pizzeria. It includes subs, salads and pasta along with “make your own” and specialty
pizzas. But what puts this pizza place above any other are two factors: its variety and the dipping sauce. Not only is variety seen in their specialty pizzas, like the LA Magic, but in the topping options as well. Unlike most pizzerias, LA Gourmet offers some unusual toppings like walnuts, coconut and cucumbers. While these toppings seem like they would be odd to top a pizza with, they somehow meld won-
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derfully with the sauce and texture of the crust. An excellent example of this can be seen with the Chicken Florentine calzone. Along with many other things, the calzone contains walnuts. These add this wonderfully nutty crunch that is unexpected but pairs perfectly with the flavors in the calzone. In addition to their variety, LA Gourmet gives you this one-of-a-kind dipping sauce with any pizza or calzone that you order. This sauce is a gift from the gods. I am not kidding. It is like ranch but on such a higher level that to call it ranch is an insult. It is so refreshing but at the same time so flavorful that it is difficult to describe. It is cool and creamy but has this understated hint of garlic in it that just marries so well with the chewy pizza crust and the zesty red sauce. My
Located next to Starbucks on Main Street, LA Gourmet Pizza offers a unique twist on pizza, salads and sandwiches. description in all honesty does not do this sauce justice. You must go and try it. LA Gourmet Pizza is one of those gems that Transy students need to start going to. The prox-
imity is fantastic. It is right next door to Starbucks, and what you spend on coffee and a treat there can get you a small pizza and fountain drink at LA Gourmet. In addition, they de-
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ences between men and women in behavior, personality, aspirations and achievement.” Fojtová hopes that the establishment of the center will help eradicate some of the stereotypes about gender and sexuality that still plague college campuses, including Transy’s. “In general terms,” Fojtová said, “creating a resource center will be one of the ways to address issues of gender inequality on campus by providing educational opportunities, workshops and training about gender and sexuality issues.” Transy’s center will draw inspi-
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tend. Ultimately, this is our greatest challenge.” A strategic enrollment planning process was implemented last year before the size of the class of 2015 was known. Goan believes this will result in stronger enrollment moving forward. The plan contains strategies clustered into four separate areas: improving Transy’s value proposition, the development of new academic and co-curricular programs, the development of new recruitment markets and the improvement of existing recruitment practices and processes. With value proposition, Goan said, the 10-month payment plan that has long been used will be changed to a 12-month plan to lessen the month-tomonth burden. Additionally, the admissions office will begin pushing things such as Transy’s high four-year graduation rate to set Transy apart from other schools. New academic and co-curricular pro-
From Page 1 ration for its design and operation from existing centers at other colleges. “The focus group has examined other colleges who have a resource center for gender and sexuality issues,” said Fojtová, “and will continue to learn from the experience of other colleges who have already created similar resource centers.” The location and exact physical specifications of the center have not yet been determined. However, these details will be discussed in upcoming meetings, which both students and faculty are invited to attend.
From Page 1 grams can be seen with the creation of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Additionally, Goan announced that enhancements to the scholarships awarded in the fine arts will be made to attract new students. The admissions office has also focused on new markets both abroad and out of state. Chicago is one such area where admissions counselors will be spending much more time on location than they have in years past. “We’re putting a lot of attention on key markets outside of Kentucky,” Goan said. The final cluster of the strategic plan involves practice and process improvement. “(It’s about) taking what we do right now and making it better,” Goan said. With that in mind, the admissions office has revamped the student telecounseling program. In addition, admissions will be implementing print and email cohesion with recruitment materials.
“A prospective student will receive a brochure in the mail and, shortly after, an email with a specific story from a student who studied abroad,” Goan said. While the strategic plan, which began in the planning stages in August 2010, is not a response to the drop in enrollment, it is expected to help. And the bar is being raised for what to expect in the future. Previous first-year targets for class size have been between 300 and 315 students, not including transfers. The target for the class of 2016 has been set at 348 new students, a 26 percent increase over this year’s first-year class. “Many students tell us they believe Transylvania is an outstanding school, but they do not believe it is good enough to make the investment,” Goan said. “Obviously, we disagree, and many of the strategies we have employed are designed to help students and families understand why Transylvania is an incredible investment.”
October 6, 2011
Hoben brings acting, drama experience to Transy community Sarah Allison Staff Writer
“It’s my bridge between fantasy and reality,” said Virginia Hoben, Transylvania University’s new parttime instructor in theater Hoben has been on campus for a little over two weeks. She teaches playwriting for the theater department. “It’s a blast, and (the students) are really up for it too,” said Hoben. “My experience on that is that I never claim to be an expert, or know more than my students do.” Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hoben holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Wright State University and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Pennsylvania State University. Hoben has acted most recently for the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va. She acted in three plays a year while touring with the ASC in addition to five plays at the Blackfriars Playhouse. As part of its tour, the ASC will be coming to Transy in November. Their productions will be “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “ ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore.” While with the ASC Hoben produced her solo show
Virginia Hoben has written at least 10 plays and has acted in New York City, Columbus, and Louisville. “The Twelve Dates of Christmas.” This show is also going to play in Lexington. Before that, Hoben acted in New York City and participated in the NYC Fringe Festival, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She has also acted in Louisville, Ky. Hoben has written three solo shows, two full-length multicharacter plays and five short 10-minute plays. She started playwriting and acting as a child with her sisters. “It was always something theatrical in writing,” said Hoben. Contrary to some writers’ experiences, Hoben doesn’t see a certain starting point in her writing. “It wasn’t a moment, it has been a slow progression,” Hoben said.
Many writers have a reason why they enjoy writing, and Hoben is no exception. “It’s playtime and a escape from reality; it’s a way to sort through things that happen in my everyday life,” said Hoben. “The stories that I have heard in life, to sort through them and pick out the good parts of the parts that seem to highlight a particular theme or emotion.” Hoben’s favorite play is “Proof” by David Auburn, as well as the Shakespeare plays “Othello” and “Hamlet.” She also offered her own advice to students interested in writing. “Keep writing — all writers write to find their belief — keep writing and explore different formats,” said Hoben.
Companies complicate nutrition of fiber
“Cardboard? No. Delicious? Yes.” We have all seen the Fiber One commercials that advertise a tasty way to get your daily value of fiber, which apparently is an incredibly difficult accomplishment. Today’s food industries insinuate that instead of beginning the day with a head of broccoli at 6 a.m., we can now get our daily amount of fiber by simply mixing some unspecified powder into water that instantly turns clear — also known as Benefiber. Or you can simply eat a Fiber One granola bar, which covers 35 percent of your daily fiber. But even then we are left wondering, what about the other 65 percent? Are these lessthan-filling granola bars and this powder really the only, most delicious and healthy way to get your daily fiber? Fiber is found naturally in fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods. Eating enough fiber is simpler than our food culture in America makes it seem. For example, processed food industries sell prepackaged applesauce (2 grams of fiber) and apple juice (0.2 grams of fiber) when it is just as easy, delicious and more satisfying to eat an apple that naturally contains 5 grams of fiber for about the same number of calories. Making fiber “taste good” is what the companies are claiming to have miraculously done. Really
they just doctored up some oats and nuts with highfructose corn syrup and chocolate chips. I know, they really are geniuses. The real issue arises when we consider, “Who said fiber tasted bad?” Food companies looking for a new marketing tool often harp on the latest health claim until it becomes a nationwide obsession that they can then profit from. The latest craze has been fiber. In order to increase sales, companies have put fiber into to just about anything foodlike, preserved and convenient. Or they have added unnecessary amounts of sugar, sodium, food coloring and preservatives to what naturally contains fiber. Companies make these products in hopes that they will convince consumers that this is the only way to enjoy fiber (which they hear is good for them), much less consume the necessary amount. The problem with this idea is that most consumers never actually understand what fiber is. Put simply, fiber makes up the indigestible components of the foods we eat. For example, if you eat a plate of french fries in the cafeteria, the fries will presumably sit in your stomach until your body breaks them down and eventually turns them into fat. Alternatively, a bowl of carrots would sit in your stomach longer and attract water, providing a feel-
ing of fullness. Carrots are naturally more difficult for the body to absorb than fat because of their different chemical makeup. Therefore less fat is absorbed and, to be honest, you will make more trips to the bathroom. The main point is that if our culture can become more aware of how the food industry works, we can challenge companies to compete among themselves to provide us with real, healthy and delicious food. Being oblivious to current health concerns, ignoring the growing obesity epidemic and simply not knowing what is healthy only encourages the opposite. We are the ones asking for these products because we buy them. As a challenge this month, take a trip to Whole Foods, Good Foods or simply look at what is in your food. Does everything you eat have a label? Are there more than five ingredients you cannot pronounce? What nutrients, if any, do you eat in a day? Do you get enough fiber? Take advantage of what you spend your money on and to whom it is going. If you pay for the Transylvania meal plan, try to eat more fresh foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are not fried and come without a label. I can guarantee these foods have more fiber and a whole lot of other unaltered nutrients as well. And if you have a new idea for dining services, tell them about it. As Transy students we can start by changing the food culture on campus and go from there. Food directly affects our bodies now and in our future. Simply being aware of how to eat healthy and using that knowledge when you make food choices can have an enormous impact on your well-being.
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October 6, 2011
Recruitment European decisions affect TU students shouldn’t move Hannah Weigle Guest Columnist
First, I would like to thank The Rambler’s editorial staff for opening a medium through which our campus can debate the pros and cons of secondsemester recruitment. As a Greek woman I have experienced all three sides of formal recruitment, having been a potential new member (PNM), an affiliated member and an unaffiliated member this year. I have no intentions of speaking on behalf of the Panhellenic Council (Panhel) or any individual chapter on campus. This is my opinion based on my experiences of being an insider in Transy’s tradition of formal recruitment. Now I would like to express briefly my opinion on some of the issues expressed in the editorial. The Panhellenic Council does everything in its power to minimize the stress level for PNMs through the four days of recruitment. This year Panhel experimented with starting recruitment Thursday and ending Sunday with Bid Day. The ladies did not have to stay late entering information on computers this year. Greek Affairs Coordinator Amy Jo Gabel and the Panhel recruitment team took on the burden of dealing with such logistics. If a PNM still finds formal recruitment too stressful she can withdraw at any point. If she desires to join a chapter after formal recruitment is over, she can participate in continuous open recruitment (COR), which is well advertised on the Greek life website through Inside Transy. On the subject of academics, August term will allow first-years to have a taste of the academic standards at Transy before recruitment starts in September. This opportunity gives incoming students a considerable advantage that currently affiliated members never had. It is in the chapters’ best interests to support their new and active members in excelling academically. All members must keep a certain grade point average in order to remain in the chapter and for the chapter to exist. New members are welcomed into a wellconnected support system that encourages them to succeed academically. Dues for new members are costly, ranging between
$600 and $1,000. Much of the first-year dues goes toward one-time fees for things such as badges, initiation and other budgeting needs. All of these fees must be paid within the first year, if not in the first term. Waiting a term to join a chapter based on savings is illogical and has the potential to create more financial strain on new members. After the first year, the costs of dues for initiated members are reduced significantly. There was an opinion expressed that leadership positions within chapters get in the way for leadership in other organizations joined by first-years. Members of the Greek community are well represented as leaders in many organizations outside the Greek system including on athletic teams, the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board, as well as in music programs. Many also serve as resident advisers, admissions ambassadors and student orientation leaders. Leadership opportunities pursued by Greek women are not limited to officer positions in their chapters. The Rambler’s editors bring up many points to consider while contemplating the idea of changing the formal recruitment process, but I fail to see any major advantages in changing the date of recruitment. While being unaffiliated this year during formal recruitment I had the opportunity to reflect upon my own experience as a PNM. I have come to recognize that my decision to go Greek and join my sisterhood has been a tremendously transformative point in my life. If I had not made the decision to participate in the formal process of recruitment I would not have decided to join my chapter. Without my sisters, I would not be the same person I am today. In the end, the Panhellenic Council has placed its trust in the current process for formal recruitment. This process is proven to be the best option for women that participate in Transy’s Greek life. I lend my support to the formal recruitment process as it stands now.
The European Union, an institution once unlikely to make the press on our side of the Atlantic, has become an increasingly common topic in American news. A unique entity encompassing 27 states in a varying network of monetary, commercial and political unity, the European Union faces issues that are no longer exotic curiosities, but have immediate bearing upon American, and, indeed, upon Transylvania students. Numerous issues confront the European Union. Whether it be the ever-present question of “defining Europe” (and the connected ideas of “the West” and “civilization”) that confounds expansion eastward, or the introduction of the equivalent of over $1 trillion in subsidies for debtor countries in the union by the European Central Bank (according to the ECB’s own numbers), decisions made on the European continent have ramifications for Americans. Decisions by European powers to underfund their militaries leave American ships and American planes to do the grunt work for operations like Libya recently and Kosovo in the 1990s. Decisions by European powers to restrict prescription drug sales and medical competition leave
Turkey valuable for EU
Tension has been brewing in Europe recently over the issue of Turkey’s accession into the European Union. Many in Europe express great opposition to these efforts, citing that Turkey would be too powerful to control and too culturally distinct to give interest to the concerns of the broader European community. However, these fears overlook the great potential that a Turkish relationship could bring to the European Union and are largely based on ethnic pride rather than on serious doubt. On the contrary, I fear that these efforts to block Turkey’s accession could be far more costly for the European population as a whole. It is certainly true that Turkey would become a very important player in the European Union if accession occurred. Militarily, Turkey would contribute the largest army to the EU, a force of about 515,000 according to a report by Reuters. However, this serves to the benefit of the European community rather than its downfall. With the increasing aggressiveness of powerful Russian armies, the ineptness of European militaries during the Libya war and an ever more turbulent
Middle East, the power and geographic position of the Turkish army serves to buffer these potential threats. In the face of these dangers, it is essential for the small armies of the European Union to have Turkey as an ally rather than a potential enemy. Some Europeans have implied that Turkey does not have enough of a connection to Europe and its needs to warrant the representation it will receive. Turkey’s population of over 78 million, as reported by the CIA World Factbook, would allow it the second largest representation in the European Parliament, after Germany. However, inclusion into the European Union would be the catalyst for greater interest. If the decisions of a European entity actively affected the economy of Turkey, then it would be foolish to think that Turkey would not do everything in its power to aid that group’s progress. If European concerns over ethnicity bar Turkey’s entry, it will create two distinct problems. First, if entry is denied to a country that has territory in Europe, then the question arises as to what makes a country “authentically European.” Such a controversy could portray the European Union as a racist entity, which would greatly rattle the body’s image, true or not. Second, this kind of tension over ethnicity and religion could in effect lead to what these European nationalists seem to fear: Turkey, the most powerful Middle Eastern countries, siding with its more radical neighbors instead of with the Europeans. Conflicts that could be brought to rest in the European Union, such as Turkey’s issues with Greece and Cyprus, would instead be open for violent military action.
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American patients to foot the bulk of the bill for research and development of new medicines and techniques. Decisions by European powers to, as our conservative columnist will argue, exclude Turkey from the European Union may leave America with one fewer ally on an increasingly short list. Alternatively, decisions by European powers to encourage openness within Europe have led to an unprecedented period of peace and stability on the continent, thereby allowing greater stability and freedom for the whole world. Europeans have exemplified peaceful multinational cooperation and the power of diplomatic accords, and they have demonstrated to the world a commitment to ensuring the welfare of all people, from the domestic poor to the oppressed abroad, through humanitarian and diplomatic initiatives. All of this matters for Transylvania students. A European Union that defaults military obligations to the United States is one that launches our peers and friends into wars in foreign lands, seas and air. A European Union that limits the profitability of American innovation inflates the cost of technological progress and medical care for increasingly cashstrapped Americans, including us and our parents. Perhaps more directly, a European Union that promotes peace abroad is one that ensures studyabroad opportunities exist for Transylvania’s numerous students who study on foreign soil. In sum, though the European Union often seems a distant and complex issue, it in fact relates directly to numerous concerns for Transy students. The Rambler did not have a liberal columnist this week.
•Cheers and good luck to the men’s basketball team as it prepares for a trip to Windsor, Canada, where the Pioneers will compete against the finest that the frozen tundra has to offer. •Jeers to the conversion of the cafeteria door by Back Lobby into an emergency exit. There’s nothing like getting stuck in a bottleneck on your way to and from class. •Cheers to the end of Greek recruitment and congratulations to all of the new pledge classes. •Jeers to the bed bugs that have made their way into both Thomson Hall and Clay Hall. If classes weren’t stressful enough, a persistent itch should surely do the trick.
•Cheers to reducing our collective carbon footprint by regulating how much paper we use. But … •Jeers to the 10-step process that one must go through to print something on campus. Is there honestly not a simpler option? •Cheers to the new director of public safety, Gregg Muravchick, and the great job that he has done thus far. •Jeers to the concussion-inducing tile hallways that have been installed on the bottom half of Davis Hall. Which is more important, student safety or cleaning costs? •Cheers to the men’s and women’s soccer teams for posting 5-0 and 4-0 victories over the Bluffton University Beavers this weekend. •Jeers to the new Raising Cane’s coupons. Looks like someone else is making budget cuts as well. •Jeers to Twitter. @bigwasteoftime @dontgetit @ whydoeseveryoneneedtoknowyoureverythoughtandfeeling •Cheers to senior Rebecca Luking for breaking the school record for assists Saturday. •Jeers to a general lack of school spirit. If free Billy’s Bar-B-Q isn’t enough to get you to a soccer game in the middle of the day on a Saturday, I’m not sure what is.
October 6, 2011
Pinkerton takes reins of cross-country, track Abby Ferguson Sports Editor
The Transylvania athletics department has a history of having a strong coaching staff, and this year is no different. Another recent addition to the Pioneers staff is head cross-country and track coach Heidi Pinkerton. The Greensboro, N.C., native comes from an experienced crosscountry background. At the collegiate level, Pinkerton was a captain for both her track and cross-country teams. She also earned All-Southern Conference in 2003 and 2004. Pinkerton holds the steeplechase record for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before her time at Transy, Pinkerton had been the head crosscountry and assistant track coach at Guilford College since 2008. She was also the assistant cross-country coach from 2006-2007. At Guilford Pinkerton helped develop a premier program that went from sixth to second in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and produced two NCAA Division III All-Region performers in 20092010. She also helped the men’s cross-country program to a secondplace conference showing in 2010. As she enters her fourth year of coaching at the Division III level, Pinkerton aims to make Transy a threat outside the Heartland Conference. “Within the next few years I want to make the program competitive within the conference, then become competitive in the region,” said Pinkerton. “We are on the right path — just have to bring in key recruits that will help with this transition.” Pinkerton felt that she needed to experience more and saw that Transy was a good place to start. “I was looking for new opportunities, and when I came to Transy for my interview, I loved that everyone that I met was very friendly. I also like the small atmosphere within the city,” said Pinkerton. Pinkerton’s career began in her freshman year of high school after receiving encouragement from the cross-country coach. This encouragement led to a successful first year of running. “(The coach) got me to come out halfway through the season and I ended up going to state my freshman year and I fell in love with it,”
Banquet to be held for TransyUK game
I have it on good authority that there will be a Transy-UK banquet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in honor of the basketball game on Nov. 2. Both the Transy and UK basketball teams and coaches will be in attendance. A major fundraising opportunity for the Transylvania Alumni Association, there will only be a short window of time for the Transylvania community to purchase tickets. After that it will be opened up for the rest of the Big Blue Nation; tickets will sell for $150.
Fulkerson advances in ITA Regional
Senior tennis player Kelsey Fulkerson became Transy’s first women’s tennis player to win a match in an Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional tournament Friday after defeating Allegheny College’s Laura Steele 6-2, 6-1. Her 6-1, 6-1 win over Brittany Miller of Ohio Northern University sent her into the round of 16. Fulkerson then dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Wheaton College’s Elizabeth Worsowicz, the No. 7 seed, ending her strong run. Her solid performance earned her Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for this week. Women’s tennis improved to 5-1 overall, 4-1 in HCAC play, after blanking Defiance College 9-0 Saturday. KATELYNN RALSTON
Heidi Pinkerton begins her fourth year of Division III coaching as the new head coach of cross-country and track. said Pinkerton. “I ended up dropping soccer and basketball and just focused on running. He saw something in me that I didn’t see, and he was right.” Throughout the years, Pinkerton’s coaches have influenced her and made her the kind of runner she is today. She considers her track coach in high school as a “second mom” who also helped with her college decisions. She still keeps in touch with her college coach, who has been a guiding voice in her coaching career. “He has helped me a lot and answered my questions,” said Pinkerton. “When I first got into coaching I went to him, and he has been really helpful and is my biggest mentor. His program, where I used to run, has bloomed.” Running has helped create a bond between Pinkerton and her friends. With this bond they will take on a half marathon. “I am doing a half marathon in March with three of my college buddies. It’s the Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon down in New Orleans,”
said Pinkerton. “I’m starting to train for that right now. I’m coming off a six-month hamstring injury, so I’m just starting to rebuild my base.” Throughout the years Pinkerton and her “buddies” have used running as a way of keeping in touch. “We were really good friends in college and we all ran together,” Pinkerton said. “We raced our senior year and after we graduated we did the Coon Dog Day (five-kilometer race) up in the mountains of North Carolina. It was really fun, so we’re trying to get together again.” Pinkerton wants her athletes to push themselves as runners and understands the importance of keeping the right state of mind. “Being a runner you have to be disciplined, not only in running, but in life,” said Pinkerton. “Running has more of a mental aspect to it. Especially with cross-country, you have to be able to believe you can do it.” “This year’s teams are dedicated and I want to help develop the program into a competitive one,” Pinkerton said. From Page 1
Schmitt’s goals key Pioneers to 4-0 win
Senior forward Elizabeth Schmitt, Heartland Conference Player of the Week, scored a pair of goals Saturday as the women’s soccer team secured a 4-0 win over Bluffton University. Now ranked 16th in the nation, the Pioneers are 9-1 overall after their ninth straight win, 2-0 in Heartland Conference contests. Sophomore Michelle Schroeck led the way for Transy with a goal just four minutes into the game. Schmitt converted sophomore Amy Ghibaudy’s assist for the Pioneers’ second goal. Ghibaudy went on to score to make it 3-0, and Schmitt capped off the scoring with a header off an assist from sophomore Abby Felthaus. The women play next in an away game against Manchester College Saturday.
Men’s soccer wins tight contest against Asbury
After blanking Bluffton 5-0, the men went on to win a tough game against Asbury University. With just 10 minutes remaining, the men tallied two goals by seniors Tony Spero and Peter Mikhail to break the scoreless tie. The men, who are now 5-4-2, are back in action Saturday at Manchester.
Luking sets record as Transy splits
Senior Rebecca Luking, women’s volleyball HCAC Player of the Week, set a school record for career assists Saturday. Transy split its matches by blanking Heartland Conference rival Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 3-0 and then dropping a 3-1 decision to Asbury. Coming into the matches, Luking needed just 60 assists to set the record of 3,025. The women came out Tuesday, Dig Pink Night, to win in straight sets against rival Centre College. Transy is now 13-7 overall, 2-0 in HCAC play.
Men’s golf captures Manchester Invitational
The Pioneers ended their fall season with a win at the Manchester Fall Invitational Saturday. Transy was led by senior Justin Tereshko, whose 145 total in the 36-hole tournament earned him medalist honors. Other top contenders were sophomores Clay Hinton (3rd) and Jantzen Latham (7th), as well as juniors Hunter Frazier and Stephen Montgomery.
Women’s golf finishes third at Centre Invitational KELLY HIERONYMUS
Transylvania men’s basketball begins its season in Canada over fall break before facing the University of Kentucky at Rupp Arena Nov. 2. interested students at this time. UK athletics has allocated only 100 tickets for Transylvania fans, the standard amount for visiting teams. Of those 100, most will go to the families of the Transy players and coaches. If the dance team performs along with the cheerleaders, tickets for the dancers will come out of those 100 seats as well. “We’re still trying to get more tickets,” said Vetter. Transy has contacted other organizations that receive ticket allotments from UK about purchasing additional tickets from them. UK has also offered Transy the first right to purchase any tickets not
picked up from Kentucky’s own student body allotment. Ebel noted that he will of course earmark some tickets for key figures such as President R. Owen Williams, but getting Transy students in that arena is another of his top priorities. “When we get as many tickets as we think we can find, then we’re going to make a good portion of those available to the students,” said Ebel. Diane Fout and the student activities office will conduct a lottery process for the remaining tickets. Transy will sell all tickets at face value.
“In the meantime, we’re encouraging students, if you have any other resource to acquire basketball tickets, pursue that,” said Vetter. The athletics department suggests that students wanting to assure themselves seats at the game seek tickets through unofficial channels such as eBay or StubHub. “There’s just no guarantees,” said Ebel. “Who would’ve thought that we would be going to a Transylvania game and there’s a possibility they would be scalping tickets? … (But) there very well could be. A lot of people want in on this. This is kind of history.”
Senior Janca Millett led Transy with a 77, helping the team capture third place Saturday at the Centre Fall Invitational. Senior Megan Foley (80) and first-years Alex Smith (83), Jerra Kelsey (91), Tiara Harris (86) and Alyssa Thompson (89) were other top scorers for the Pioneers. Transy will compete in the Heartland Conference championship this weekend, where the women have finished second in the last two seasons after winning it all in 2008.
27 Days until UK vs Transy
October 6, 2011
Local theater deserves a second thought from TU A&E Editor
While the Transylvania community is pretty consistent in supporting our own dramatic productions, it’s uncommon for students to venture beyond the Bubble when looking to experience theater. For most of us, Transy’s urban setting was a deciding factor in our college choice. And sure, we see clear benefits from our Lexington location. Malls, cinemas, galleries and other great forms of entertainment are close at hand. Still, many of our local resources get much less attention than they deserve; one of these is local theater. Those that do venture out, however, may discover that the experience of local theater is well worth the effort. For those inclined, Actors Guild of Lexington, Studio Players and Woodford Theatre are three great local resources to explore. Actors Guild of Lexington is one great option for local theater. This group came together in 1982. “We strive to present contemporary theater, especially titles that aren’t usually staged in other Central Kentucky venues,” said Eric Seale, AGL’s artistic director. Located in the Downtown Arts Center only a mile from campus, this site is a convenient option. Another interesting aspect of AGL is that Transy students frequently have opportunities for involvement in it. Two current Transy students frequently stage-manage plays for AGL, and a Transy first-year, Bethany Finley, is portraying Amy in AGL’s upcoming production of “Breathing Corpses,” which runs Oct. 13-23. Studio Players has been in the Lexington community since 1952, and its venue, the Carriage House Theatre, is conveniently located less than two miles from campus. The group is a good place to go for variety, as it is dedicated to providing the community with a range of theater, from classic to contemporary. Studio Players is currently showing “The 39 Steps” until Oct. 9. Although Woodford Theatre is a little farther out, many may find it worth the extra effort. Located in Versailles, Ky., this group has provided the community with local theater since 1987. “Local community theater has always held a particularly important place within community development and the arts,” said Steven J. Arnold, executive and ar-
tistic director of Woodford Theatre. “The inherent educational process that is involved in production-building allows people of all ages to learn new skills, both handson practical and social skills, and it immerses them in the informative and educational process that theater is.” Woodford’s current production is “Blithe Spirit,” which also runs through Oct. 9.
COURTESY OF ERIC SEALE
Actors at Woodford Theatre rehearse for the production “Blithe Spirit.”
COURTESY OF STEVE ARNOLD
‘Discovery’ deemed grown-up Twilight
I picked up Deborah Harkness’ debut novel, “A Discovery of Witches,” on the recommendation of a friend. While I can’t say what that friend expected, I’m certain she did not anticipate my response. The 579-page monster follows Diana Bishop. Her family descends from witches — back to a woman executed in Salem — but Diana has chosen to live without magic and has instead pursued a career as a historian. One day in the library, she opens an ancient manuscript and unknowingly breaks an enchantment, which sets the events of the novel in motion. Before the week is out, Diana has been threatened by other witches, daemons, and (of course) vampires, all of whom want to get their hands on the manuscript and the secrets it contains. Frightened, Diana turns to a strange ally: a 1,500-yearold vampire named Matthew Clairmont. But this book is not based on in-
trigue or action. The opening chapters provide boring backstory leading up to the initial burst of tension, followed by what Harkness clearly considers the interesting plot: the transparent, eye-rolling romance between our inane heroine and her unspeakably wealthy and talented vampire lover with a past. It’s Twilight for grown-ups. The main character is problematic. She begins fiercely independent and steadily becomes a less active player in her life as the “alpha vampire” issues orders and she obeys. She is the picture of a Mary Sue (a character who is annoyingly perfect and lacks realistic flaws) and by lucky coincidence is the most powerful witch born in several hundred years. Criminally self-involved, she ignores the wellbeing of others if it conflicts with what she wants. One can easily imagine Harkness giggling to herself as she penned this incredible specimen of wish fulfillment. The writing is self-gratifyingly cheesy. Matthew calls Diana a few flinch-worthy nicknames (e.g., “ma lionne” and “ma coeur”). One metaphor, that the queen in chess is so important she must be protected, is so terrible I screamed. The supposedly scientific explanation of how “creatures” like witch-
es exist is so appalling that I’d recommend anyone who has taken more than one science class to skip chapter 13. It would have been better had Harkness not bothered. “Discovery” has caused quite a buzz since its release last year, when it debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list. It has already been optioned by Warner Brothers along with its sequel, which is due summer 2012. Five hundred seventy-nine pages aren’t enough to tell the story of Diana Bishop, and the deeply unsatisfying ending is testament to the fact that “Discovery” begins yet another fantasy trilogy. The unlikely romance unfolds in an improbable three weeks and at times I had difficulty continuing. The attitudes on women are empowering on the surface but speak to a deep-rooted desire for a man to act as savior. Many important developments in Diana’s life occur without her knowledge or consent, and she always allows it. Still, despite my overwhelming desire to hurt almost every character, there was something about this book that has appeal. It’s compulsively readable and amusing in that awful way. Recommended for fans of Twilight and those not easily upset.
CD Central provides the real deal
“In today’s digital age, a lot of people aren’t buying CDs anymore,” said Steve Baron, owner of local music store CD Central. Nowadays, a musical collection consists of the number of gigabytes you can use without crashing your computer. It used to be how many albums you could zip up in your CD case. Before that, it was an assortment of your parents’ cassette tapes, eight-tracks and vinyl records. Many, myself included, would agree that having your musical library available at your fingertips is particularly convenient, yet I can’t help but miss holding the physical artifact. Or how it felt to rip that annoying tape off the side of a new CD just so you could scramble to read the insert. CD Central, located downtown on South Limestone Street, has a remedy for all those who miss this touch-sensitive relationship with their music. This is one factor that sets it apart. “We cater more so to the hard-core music collector, rather than the casual buyer,” Baron said. CD Central has also become somewhat of a music venue, having hosted artists like The Avett Brothers and The Black Keys to play in the back of the store. According to its website, CD Central is “Lexington’s oldest and largest independent new and used music store, specializing in indie rock, alternative, R & B (rhythm and blues), metal, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass and musical alternatives of all kinds.” With its collection of new, used and collectable LPs, as well as turntables and accessories, CD Central hopes to “help you get the most out of your vinyl collection,” according to the website. Oddly enough, vinyl records have been increasing in sales, while CDs have taken the backseat — one of the reasons for CD Central’s current success. “Buyers today like vinyl because they enjoy the sound, as well as for collectability,” said Baron. “Some people just like the analog, and putting the needle in the groove.” Records at CD Central also come at a reasonable price, most under $5. Oftentimes I can find a pretty good steal. Just last week I bought an Aretha Franklin vinyl for $1, and my personal favorite is an Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong album that I bought in the jazz section for $8. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to find it as easily anywhere else. Artists today have started to recognize the recent increase in vinyl sales, so it is likely that your new favorite album has a vinyl copy. But why would you want a vinyl copy of your album, when you can have it hands-free on your iPod? The aesthetic is completely different. Within the album you may get a cool poster, and if it’s a newer album, a code for a digital copy of the music. Most importantly, you have a collectable item that you can devote your musical love to and cherish for years to come.
What’s Happening? Today: Guest speakers Arwen Donahue and Rebecca Howell present “This is Home Now,” a lecture on Holocaust survivors now living in Kentucky, at 4:30 p.m. in the Shearer Art Building, room 206. An exhibit of photographs accompanies the lecture, which can be viewed Oct. 6-7. Oct. 8-16: Friends of the Lexington Public Library, located at 2156 Young Drive, is having its annual sale. Whether you want to volunteer or just want to browse some wonderfully cheap books, you should check it out! Oct. 9: Guest pianist Nicolas Phillips gives a recital in Carrick Theater at 3 p.m. Oct. 12: A faculty recital will be held in Carrick Theater at 7:30 p.m. -Holly Brown
The October 6 issue of Transylvania University's student newspaper, The Rambler