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Transylvania University • Lexington, Ky. •

April 11, 2013 • VOL. 96 , ISSUE 22

Student forum follows TUSGA elections move forward Haupt demonstration Emily Martin


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Twenty-five were present for a student concerns forum organized by the Student Government Association on Tuesday night. The goal of the forum, which followed a Haupt Circle demonstration held last Friday, was to prioritize issues and specific concerns for twelve student leaders to take to a closed forum that will be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. with The student leaders will meet with President Owen Williams, Interim Vice President and Dean of the College Kathleen Jagger, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Barbara LoMonaco, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Bob Brown and Associate Vice President for Retention and Associate Dean of Students Michael Covert. On the agenda for Tuesday’s organizational forum were the following issues: residential and academic communities, inclusivity, campus planning and land acquisitions, Greek life and communication within the community. The forum was inspired by Friday’s student-led “Question Everything” demonstration which called for a closed forum between student leaders and members of the administration. Tuesday’s meeting was a way for those student leaders to receive input from the wider student body before Thursday, said senior and SGA President Charli Fant, who will attend the

closed forum. No other students will be invited to attend the forum, a decision students made themselves. Requests for a Rambler representative to attend the closed meeting are, at press time, still being considered. According to Student Activities Board President Casey McBride, a junior who will also attend Thursday’s closed forum, the members of the administration knew students would be meeting beforehand to organize concerns and representation. McBride

also said that the administration has expressed interest in holding such closed forums with student leaders on a monthly basis. The list of student leaders was assembled by Fant, McBride, and junior Amanda Stoddard, who was one of the organizers of Friday’s demonstration. They selected the six student organizations as those to have “permanent” seats in potential future forums. The other students were chosen by this group of three. See Forum, Page 2

Dozens participate in student demonstration

Over 100 students participated in last Friday’s “Question Everything” event, which was attended by various administrative officials, including President Owen Williams, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Barbara LoMonaco, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Bob Brown and Associate Vice President for Retention and Associate Dean Of Students Michael Covert. During the event, students spoke with administrative officials informally and signed pledge cards voicing questions they wanted answered by the university. Demonstration organizers were also able to speak with Williams. “The conversation was really nice,” said senior and demonstration organizer Leslie Barley. “(Williams) wasn’t asking questions, but he did say that he was surprised that no students tried to set up a meeting with him before the demonstration.” Bartley said that she felt the demonstration was still justified though because student letters sent to the president beforehand went unanswered. Rachel Hempel, a sophomore, attended the demonstration in hopes of encouraging what she described as wider spread of information. “I’m here because I feel like there is a lack of transparency on campus and students don’t really know what’s going on, especially in Old Morrison, and we don’t really have a say in what goes on in the University,” Hempel said. After the demonstration, The Rambler extended an invitation to Williams to write a column, but no answer or column was received.

Student Leaders for Thursday’s Closed Forum

--Cory Collins ’13 - Student Body --Gabriel Estridge ’14 - Student Body --Charli Fant ’13 - Student Government Association* --Ben Gatlin ’14 - Interfraternity Council* --Elizabeth Hardt ’15 - Alpha Lambda Delta --Brianna Hill ’14 - Panhellenic Council*

--Cameron Lindsey ’13 - Student Body --Casey McBride ’14 - Student Activities Board* --Rayne Parker ’15 -TUnity* --Maria Starck ’14 - Student Body --Amanda Stoddard ‘14 - Student Body --Lyman Stone ’13 - Residence Life*

*In potential monthly forums, these six student organizations would always be represented, with the other six student spots rotating each month to represent other organizations.

The past week marked a milestone, the first office election in the newly organized Transylvania University Student Government Association. Of the eight officer positions being filled, half were uncontested. Officers who ran unopposed were sophomore Cordelia Addington, who will become chief of staff, junior Jordan Perkins, TUSGA’s first chief of finances, junior Casey McBride who will assume the role of vice president of student activities board and sophomore Megan Finney, who will be SAB’s secretary. The presidential race, which saw juniors April Ballard and Chase Bullock face off for TUSGA’s highest office, ended with Ballard taking the lead with 70.6 percent of the vote. Others who won contested races include junior Ashley Carter for executive vice president, sophomore Jared Townes for vice president of senate and first-year Annie Edkins, who will become the senate secretary. Overall, 411 students voted in the election. This voter turnout was comparable to last year’s count of 422, said SGA President Charli Fant, a senior. “It really surprises me that more people don’t vote,” said junior and TUSGA President-Elect April Ballard. Looking toward next year, Ballard said her first priority is to increase communication between students and the administration. Ballard’s hope for senate policy next year is to focus on gender inclusion across the campus, particularly through education about such issues. See Elections, Page 6

Ebel moves to Fourth Street, Transy seeks new Athletic Director Cory Collins

As bulldozers continue to transform the Fourth Street lots into an athletic complex, there’s a new reality becoming apparent. The Transylvanian and Fourth Street landscapes will never look the same. After recent moves, the same can be said for the Transylvania Athletics Department. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Barbara LoMonaco announced last week that Jack Ebel has stepped down as Athletic Director and will take on his new title of associate athletic director for outdoor facilities, effective July 1. A national search for Transy’s next athletic director will begin immediately. Both Ebel and LoMonaco, to whom the athletic director reports, declined to comment directly about the decision-making process, but suggested the move was amicable and two-sided. “The only thing I can say is that it was a mutual decision,” Ebel said. “Mr. Ebel’s heavy involvement with the fields project, from day one, made it logical that he would stay invested there since he has become our expert,” said LoMonaco. The move ends Ebel’s seven year tenure as Transy’s athletic director, having taken the role after working in various roles at the school since his graduation in 1977. As athletic director, he oversaw a sports expansion that entailed a near 50 percent increase in student-athletes and culminated in Transy being awarded the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Commissioner Cup in his final two years at the helm. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to coach and work here for 35 years,” Ebel said. “And four years as a student. It’s been a while. I don’t know if since I was dropped off here in September of ’73, if I have many memories beyond this place. Just about every memory I’ve got is at Transylvania.” See Athletic Director, Page 6

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Humans, zombies face off in May Term Scarlett Blevins

Humans beware. Zombies are coming to Transylvania. Humans v. Zombies, a college-student oriented game of tag, will mimic the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse on campus. The zombie craze has recently become more prominent in pop culture including in television shows and video games. “Many college students and young adults are infatuated with the now romanticized concept of a zombie apocalypse.” said Sophomore Game Moderator Jesse Johnson. “Some people get their zombie fix by watching The Walking Dead or playing Left 4 Dead, but some people need a more realistic experience,” said Johnson. “In Humans vs. Zombies, we try to capture the excitement and paranoia one would get in zombie fiction and translate that into real life, and still maintain a healthy academic environment and ensure everyone’s safety.” The game starts out with 99 percent of players as humans, who will be identified by a bandana on their arm. Their weapons of choice will include Nerf darts and sock balls. The zombie team will start out with one to three players, who will be identified by wearing a bandana on their head. Zombies will try to tag humans, thus turning them into zombies. Eventually, the zombies will outnumber the humans. The humans will attempt several missions, which can provide them with new automatic Nerf guns or “cures.” Missions can also prevent the zombies from gaining advantages. The challenges humans will face during missions include tasks such as escorting people (non-player actors), hunting for supplies scavenger-hunt style and point-defense. “The humans will want to successfully accomplish these

missions in order to prepare for the “final escape,” which, if the humans successfully “escape,” the humans win! But, if at any point the zombies succeed in turning all the humans into zombies, the zombies win!” said Johnson Students who played the game in previous years have said the best experience was going to classes while under the fear of zombie ambush. The day became a lot more exciting. It was also fun to meet other people to make other human “allies.” However, some people find that being a zombie is more fun. “ Zombies have two advantages: numbers and fearlessness. They can “respawn” indefinitely, so they have nothing to lose.” said Johnson. Students can sign up for the game at http://www. They will need to show up at an informational session that will be held on April 26th at 10:30 pm in Forrer Front lobby. The game is free for the players. “The game is not free for the moderators, like myself.

I’m willing to fit the bill for 30 people to play completely free of charge, but if really cool people could buy a bandanna for themselves, that would be awesome.” said Johnson It is important to note that the amount of head/arm bands and note cards will be limited, so only the first 30 people who sign up are guaranteed supplies. The game could potentially last up to four days but is not a huge time commitment. Players will be considered in the game from the time they put on an arm-band until all the humans are extinct. People will be able to take breaks for jobs or work studies. “HvZ will not infringe upon education or jobs.” said Johnson. Also, this game is more for fun than competition. “There are no prizes, no winners and no losers. When someone gets tagged, they did not lose the game. They now simply play the next part of the game. And trust me, being a zombie is so much fun.”


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Along with addressing each of the proposed issues at length, the students present at the forum discussed rumors that have circulated through the campus and how best to address them. Several of the rumors mentioned dealt with what Fant called “the elephant in the room,” that tenure had been deferred for two

faculty members due to a lack of published scholarship. Several forum participants echoed the concern that students should at least be aware of what is and is not confidential in matters of human resources such as tenure. Sophomore Elizabeth Hardt, representing the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society,

ways to make it peacefully to - by Scarlett Blevins Sneak in a few extra snacks. We all need a little more fuel to help us get through finals week. Take some time to relax outside. Sunshine and warm weather can be great de-stressers. Plus, we have to enjoy nice Kentucky weather while it is possible. Take an extra nap here and there. It is important to be well rested for finals week, and naps are a perfect remedy for all-nighters.

Exercise. While exercise may not always be a priority, after all there are tests to study for, it can be easier to focus if you’ve worked out excess energy. Hang out with friends. Chatting it up in The ’80 or Back Circle can be relaxing between study cram sessions.

Go to bed earlier… if possible. Although it probably isn’t… Prioritize organization. A clean, organized space can be a much more relaxing space to study in than a cluttered, messy area.

Enjoy a break. You can only study for so long before your mind starts to get jumbled and you start struggling to take in new information. Think positive. Even if you do not do as well on a test as you would have liked, it really is not the end of the world.

Stop to think about the good times ahead. Finals week is only one week. Many people are excited about May Term travel plans or the summer that is not so far away. It can boost your mood just to stop and imagine the fun days soon to come.

suggested that this lack of awareness has caused much of the confusion and concern of students because they simply aren’t informed about what information is and is not allowed to be shared. Junior Ashley Carter agreed, saying that the fact that students have heard different information from individual faculty members

makes the issue of confidentiality even more confusing. Participants at the student forum represented every academic year and numerous student organizations and most were active in the discussion.


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Wave Motion



“Our challenge next year is to make sure that SAB and SGA can function together,” Ballard said. “I want new members to feel welcome and I’m confident that we can all work well together.” The newly elected officers will join 18 senators and 15 representatives, which will be decided in an online election held through 5 p.m. Friday. All senators, representatives and officers will be sworn into their positions on the first May Term meeting of TUSGA on April 24.

Vice President of Senate Quentin Becker


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Chase Bullock April Ballard

118 votes 29.4% 284 votes 70.6%

Jared Townes

152 votes 38.7% 241 votes 61.3 %

Executive Vice President Secretary of Senate

Jennifer Smith Ashley Carter

Ashton Ogle

Annie Edkins

162 votes 42.5%

131 votes 33.2%

219 votes 57.5%

264 votes 66.8%

TUSGA Candidates

Elections for Representatives and Senators will be conducted through email surveys to students and will be open from noon Thursday until 5 p.m. Friday. Candidates for SAB Representatives: (Students will be able to vote for up to 15) Rebecca Adams (’16) Elaine Bailey (’16) Quentin Becker (’16) Katie Cohron (’16) Drew Cunningham (’16) Macy Gould (’14) Ryne Hardesty (’16) Lindsay Hieronymus (’16) Kaitlyn Hill (’16) Madison Jarvis (’16) Erin Miller (’16) Elizabeth Mosley (’16) Ashton Ogle (’16)

Cesarina Rounce (’16) Sarah Tatum (’14) Candidates for SGA Senators (Students will be able to vote for up to six from each grade level) First-years/rising sophomores Meaghan Allen Quentin Becker William Jared Brewer Sara Caperton Drew Cunningham Akin Erol Donald Chanslor Gallenstein Ryan Hanson Kaitlyn Hill Ivana Humphrey Katie Jackel Ashton Ogle Spencer Peach Steele Rouse

Katie Stewart Sierra Stewart Malory Thelen Kayla Thurlow Sophomores- rising juniors Chase Asher Ajibola Bakare Tyler Baker Tayler Bambach Nash Laungani Jen Schaefer Skyler Slone Donovan Sowder Juniors- rising seniors Chase Bullock Sarah Cook Mason Runyon Jen Smith Emily Ullrich Michael Williams


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Students praised for letters to demanding answers the editor prompted them with, all those involved with the movement seized an initiative to question every aspect of their campus lives. We are all stakeholders in this liberal arts institution and, as individuals, have a right to make an impact using an active voice. Every student who – quite bravely – signed their name and allowed their face to be associated with this demonstration should be proud. Whatever the outcome, standing up in a professional manner for strongly held beliefs is laudable. Apathy was set aside and, in its place, respectful civil disobedience was carried out with an end goal in mind. And, at present, the first step towards the demonstrators’ requests have been met, and administrators are welcoming select student to take part in a discussion. For their part, administrators showed up, a commendable gesture that students appreciated. The president and most deans attended the demonstration, an act that the Editorial Board of The Rambler feels is a step in the right direction towards opening communication barriers and improving a deeply scared campus climate. Now, we look forward. With public eyes now on our institution, something must be done. Questions must be answered and mutual respect must be rekindled. The upcoming forum is a start, but action must follow. While logistics can be decided in a closed setting, solutions must be openly communicated and allowed to be questioned. Lastly, those who question and speak out must not be condemned. It is only through looking at our school’s flaws that we can improve. The road to dialogue and open communication is not paved with silence.

Rambler Staff Editorial As students, it’s pertinent that we realize our true potential to enforce change, even in the face of a system that seems void of transparency. In a well-planned and professional demonstration last Friday, Transylvania students found themselves compelled to seek answers for the many questions they had concerning the current campus climate. Over 100 students rallied within Haupt Plaza, the designated free speech zone on campus. Many of them participated in the demonstration, choosing to miss their scheduled courses. In many cases, professors proactively excused student absences to attend the demonstration. There, in a civil but courageous display, students made clear a demand for open dialogue between the University and its student body. Confident in the potency of their message, these students presented a unified front to the onlooking administration. Against often lukewarm and dismissive responses to previous initiatives, whether a letter-writing campaign or student life forum, Friday’s movement was an action of resolve and solidarity. The demonstration was a creative and constructive outlet for those feeling neglected by the University. Students came together representing unique perspectives and concerns aired for public address. These actions stemmed from a confidence in the knowledge that Transy students are more than just a “body” that is unmoving and without agency. Embodying the creed this institution has consistently

The road to dialogue and open communication is not paved with silence.

Transy Says: Are final exams an accurate measurement of a student's progress in a course? "I believe that the necessity of a final exam depends entirely on the subject. In Calculus or French, where a student is expected to leave with "x" amount of information, these tests are fairly accurate. Theory courses, however, are difficult to summarize in a single assessment." Laura Campbell, Senior

Stone advocates TUSGA reform

The recent controversy on campus surrounding administrative transparency, as well as the SGA constitutional referendum and the elections, have led me, and I think many students, to take a few moments to think about how Transylvania University is run. Our university has many wonderful features, and many positive aspects to its governance: like the increasing voice of students in how the university, and especially the residential communities, should be run. But our university also has struggles, such as transparency in Old Morrison. One issue of particular concern to me, however, is the way Student Government is run. SGA is in a transition period between its former role as essentially a kind of event planning and funding group towards a more substantive legislative role. However, it hasn't made that transition entirely smoothly: and honestly, there are huge missing components in that transition, most revolving around the idea of accountability. As it stands, TUSGA is not an accountable institution, for myriad reasons. Most notably due to the lack of any record of senatorial votes, the lack of any ethics rules for SGA officers and senators, the lack of any meaningfully defined constituencies, problems and issues surrounding new offices created by the new constitution, chaos in the legislative process, and a lack of checks and balances, especially relating to Residence Life, Greek life, and constitutional issues. Because I'm a senior who's finished his senior seminar paper, I've had some time on my hands. Thus, I have written a fairly extensive piece on changes that, in my not very humble opinion, should be made to SGA to make its governance more effective. The link to that piece is: At that link, I have also provided links to download a printerfriendly version, as well as a more aesthetically pleasing workup I did in some free time. Long story short: SGA needs to hold itself to the same standards of accountability the student body is holding the administration to, if not higher. Lyman Stone, ’15

Ashley voices concern with warm-up music

This is an old, old graduate speaking. We used to enjoy the basketball games, but we find the rap music a real turn-off. We went to the alumni game a couple of months ago. Very few people were there and we wondered if perhaps others feel the way we do. I understand rap is popular and many people like it, but it seems inappropriate in this setting, particularly the language in the rap at the alumni game. Could someone or group reconsider? Linda Ashley, ’63

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Transylvania Pioneers of Art: A Glimpse into Student Craftsmanship Cynthia Springer


With the stroke of a paintbrush and a delicate blend of warm and cool color, junior studio art major Jen Smith transforms a blank canvas to an enlivened artistic masterpiece. Her passion for the arts began early, developing as a result of taking art classes in the 4th grade. Shortly after, “I fell in love with everything having to deal with art,” said Smith. Sharing her talent within the Transy Bubble and beyond, Smith’s art has most recently won first place in the University Open Show and is currently on display at

ArtsPlace, Lexington’s downtown arts center. Smith’s primary medium as an artist is paint, but recent experimentation with oils is revealing a new favorite. “They allow me to play around on the canvas without having to worry about the paint drying. I am able to create many layers on the canvas and play with color,” said Smith. Enjoying most the process of painting a new piece, she has an eye for color and expresses this in watching her work come together. Like any major, studio art also comes with its share of challenges. “For any project you have to

Jenn Smith uses art as a statement, an expression--a sign of courage.

dedicate hours and hours of time,” said Smith. “The problem with art is that you can always improve and you can always keep working.” From a stylistic standpoint, Smith adds that “since art is so subjective, you are working against so many opinions.” But it’s important to remember that the artists’ own opinion about the subject of their piece is most important. “Also, as an art major you are required to work out of your comfort zone and try new things constantly. It’s difficult to pick up a new medium and start working,” said Smith. “It takes a lot of practice in working with the materials before you can create a piece. Lastly, it takes a lot of courage to show your work to other people. You have to learn to make criticism your best friend and grow from both negative and positive feedback about your work.” Attending Transy has contributed to a great deal of growth in Smith’s artistic endeavors. Small class sizes have provided excellent one-to-one feedback from professors on projects, while Lexington’s location in the heart of the Bluegrass has provided access to many galleries and art organizations. “I am able to find internships in art of any kind due to the connections Transy has with local arts facilities,” said Smith. After graduation, Smith hopes to pursue a career in art administration, stemming from a passion for promoting and sharing art with the local community. “I would be happy working in a gallery or museum position, but I also enjoy fundraising and marketing for arts organizations,” said Smith. Hoping to make a lasting impact as an artist, it is also Smith’s dream to one day run her own art school for underprivileged children who would not otherwise have access to the arts.

April 11, 2013

Past presides presently in “Today is History” Sara Sproull

Though our technologically advanced and globalized world of the 21st century often cultivates future progress, sometimes we must return to our past roots in order to truly grow. Transylvania students will dig deep below the surface of our modern identities with their upcoming production of “Today is History,” which will run April 10, 11 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. A collaborative artistic effort involving 35 theatre students from six courses including directing, lighting and costume design, “Today is History” is entirely conceptualized, written and performed by Assistant Professor of Theater Michael Dixon’s eponymous class. Juniors Hilary Roser, Rachel Morgan, Kris Ratliff and first-years Olivia Luken and Jacob Alexander sought to bridge the generation gap between the experiences of the 1950’s twenty-somethings and today’s youth in this universal coming-of-age story. Drawing creative inspiration from interviews with both grandparents and peers, the show hovers between two equally formative, yet radically distinct periods of American history, “touching on major issues of interpersonal conflict, social justice and self-esteem in both eras,” said Dixon. Over the past three months, these students immersed themselves in the monologues of Anna Deavere Smith’s “Fires in the Mirror” and Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” and, in the process, learned how to translate their own stories onto the stage. Their in-depth study produced a show consisting of 21 monologues and five dramatic scenes, selected by fellow students and faculty members, which “put meaning behind all the ‘when I was your age…’ stories kids seem to dread,” said Morgan. Such a juxtaposition of past history and present events thus allowed students to create a story to which all can relate. “No matter if we’re 16, 18, 25 or 50, we face ‘coming of age’ experiences every day,” Luken said. Yet despite its familiar themes, this is no ordinary show. Audiences who expect traditional seating will be surprised to discover a stage that is more like an interactive journey, its maze of swings, ladders, platforms, and doorways “symbolizing the uncertain paths our lives take,” said Dixon. The performance is accompanied by an elaborate art installation, produced by senior Hunter Kissel and sophomore Zach Bain-Selbo, which uses seemingly everyday objects as “dreamlike, considerations of proverbial cross-era influences,” according to their artist statement. Dixon claims that “no other college could create the production that these 35 students are making.” As a complex artistic experiment, “Today is History” displays the passion and talents of a unique community whose creativity is bound neither by the Transy bubble nor a single generation.

Shakesweek festival featured in May Term

Hoping to dispel some oft-held negative connotations associated with William Shakespeare, a large group of Transylvania students is trying something new. Shakesweek, a three-day festival of Shakespearean works that will take place during May Term, seeks to change a fear, or ignorance, of the Elizabethan bard. This collaborative effort between many organizations and individuals—including Sigma Tau Delta English honorary, Transy Theatre Guild, Student Government Association, the English and theatre departments, the Creative Intelligence lecture series, Associate Professor of Politcal Dr. Cairo and others—intends to avoid the fearful stigma many students project onto Shakespeare, according to Elizabeth Davis, president of Sigma Tau Delta who has been instrumental in planning Shakesweek. Planning for the festival began when Davis pitched the idea to her honorary last semester. According to Davis, the English and theatre departments had previously expressed a desire to “bring together the Transy community with something that we really loved and could get excited about.” The works of Shakespeare, which both departments had studied at length, provided a perfect outlet for such collaboration. From Davis’s suggestion, planning for the event quickly escalated as various

organizations got involved and offered their ideas. Davis described the planning process for Shakesweek as “intense, but intensely wonderful at the same time.” Davis discussed the fact that Shakespeare has been perceived as a sort of highbrow, intellectual writer that many people are intimidated by. She is hoping that the festival will “make Shakespeare accessible to a wider audience of people while still not losing the beauty and power of his words and ideas.” Shakespeare, according to Davis, “talks to really basic elements of just being human that people can relate to.” She referenced the popular movie, for instance, “10 Things I Hate About You,” based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Another popular work, “Macbeth”, is a play about ambition and its dangerous potential—something many Transy students can relate to, no doubt. Shakesweek will be held from during the first three days of May Term – Wednesday, April 24 through Friday, April 26. Wednesday night will feature a screening of “10 Things I Hate About You” at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Gym. On Thursday, April 25, students can attend a lecture by Cairo about Shakespeare and leadership at 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty/ Staff Lounge of MFA, as well as an outdoor performance of Macbeth by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, which is known for its modernization of Shakespeare works, at 5:30 p.m. on the Old Morrison Lawn. The final night of Shakesweek will

feature a student performance night at 6 p.m. in the Old Morrison Chapel. The Transy Theatre Guild will be performing scenes from multiple Shakespearean works and a cappella group TBA will perform an original composition incorporating Shakespeare; and


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the band the Cowgill Tippers will perform. All events are free and open to the public. Davis encouraged both the Transy and the Lexington communities to “come and be merry.”

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company seeks to remove the stigma toward Shakespeare.


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Transylvania Golf on par with national juggernauts Cory Collins


It’s a polite, quiet sport, played upon peaceful greens and rarely encompassed by more than those notorious golf claps and whispered murmurs. The perfect swing often requires silence. But in the world of collegiate golf, Transylvania is making a lot of noise. Following a season where the Pioneers finished as runners-up in the NCAA Division-III tournament, this team continues making national headlines. Media outlets from to “Golfweek Magazine” have featured Transylvania’s squad. And according to Coach Brian Lane’s Twitter account, the shuttle buses at last

weekend’s Final Four festivities in Atlanta displayed videos that chronicled their past season’s success. This season’s team isn’t going ignored, either. In the latest “Golf World”/Nike Golf Division-III Coach’s Poll, Transylvania rose to a ranking of 12 nationally, mere votes from the top ten. The Pioneers’ climb to the top has included top ten finishes in seven of their eight tournaments this academic year and a complete domination of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). According to golf coach Brian Lane, this unparalleled national success for the Transy sports scene largely rests on the consistency and depth of his roster. “Everyone has contributed at key times throughout the season,” Lane said. “This has been a very consistent group. They put in hours of preparation on the driving range and on

Jantzen Latham leads his team and conference in scoring, making another post-season run seem very possible for the Pioneers.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Scoring Leaders Name 1. Jantzen Latham 2. Robert Bader 3. Sanders Park 4. Hunter Frazier 5. Jeff Meade

School Transylvania Hanover College Rose-Hulman Transylvania Transylvania

Average 73.3 74.1 74.4 74.6 74.7

6. Clay Hinton 7. Hunter Cloud T8. Chris Arnold T8. Nicholas McCarthy T8. Stephen Montgomery

Transylvania Transylvania Franklin College Transylvania Transylvania

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In light of recent events at Rutgers and the closer-to-home Northern Kentucky University, it was the memories that Ebel didn’t make that cemented his legacy. Unlike those institutions, the athletics program he oversaw avoided controversy. “It comes from the top down. Trying to do the right thing from the top leads to people below you following through,” said Ebel. “One of the things I firmly believe in is that with sports there’s a kind of pageantry to the whole thing. There’s honor and integrity. Sports are something that we should be doing, competing and working as hard as we can, but not stepping over the lines.” Ebel will now take that philosophy into his new role where he will oversee administrative aspects of the new Fourth Street athletic facilities and continue to act as Transy’s NCAA compliance officer and liaison to alumni relations. “Coach Ebel’s new position as associate athletic director of outdoor facilities fills an

important need as we expand our athletics program,” Dean LoMonaco explained. “He has been closely involved in the project from its inception. It makes sense for him to assist us with the oversight of the project on a fulltime basis.” Ebel believes the greatest challenge of his new role will be accommodating high demand. “We’re going to have to figure out how to run it,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t have enough hours in the day.” Ebel sees the field embracing not only sports in-season, but also offseason practices and student recreation. “Hopefully we will be in the position that there is so much use that we will need more,” he said. Ebel is also excited to see how the new complex transforms the community that surrounds it. “As more stuff comes in, that whole area, within a few years, you won’t recognize it,” he said. “At some point it’s just goOsborne steps down as SID ing to be a great, safer place to go.” But as Ebel moves to Fourth Street Josh Landry to begin his latest role, he leaves a large office behind at the Beck Center. It’s a After 14 years at the position, Sports Invoid that LoMonaco hopes to fill with a formation Director and Assistant to the Athletic promising new face of Transy athletics. Director Glenn Osborne resigned last week. “The qualities we seek in a canOsborne oversaw everything from sports-medidate are intimately connected to our dia relations, to managing personnel at events, goals for Transylvania athletics in gento supervising the Transylvania athletics eral,” said LoMonaco. “Someone who website. During his time at Transy, he oversaw can continue to develop student athletes the addition of eight new sports as well as the as leaders on campus, advocate for stucreation of Transysports’ online presence. dents and help them balance their athOutgoing Athletic Director Jack Ebel lete-scholar roles.” offered a positive perspective on Osborne’s “We are excited about our expantenure. sion of Transylvania sports and the vi“He’s been a real trooper, he took on a sions articulated in the strategic plan,” lot of responsibility and developed a quality LoMonaco continued. “[We] seek sports information department,” said Ebel. someone who can help us continue to “He’ll be missed.” build our programs and the athletics inOsborne declined to comment on his frastructure as we grow.” resignation. If those words suggest big news for Transylvania athletics, Ebel doesn’t

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know what his successor has in store. Asked if he foresaw any big changes in the department, he replied, “That’s a good question. I don’t k n o w. ” But he insists that he leaves behind his office in straight order. “ W e have an excellent staff and excellent student athletes. I don’t know that there’s one main challenge [the new AD will face],” he said. According to LoMonaco, the search for that new AD is already underway. A committee will review applications Ebel, in his new role, will oversee transformation of the Fourth Street complex. until May 1 Ebel’s new home, and new focus, on Fourth before inviting Street. top candidates to campus. Until then, construction continues on SARAH ALLISON

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the course. They have very high expectations for themselves and they have been able to produce all season.” That production plays out on the scorecards. Of the top ten scoring averages in the HCAC, seven belong to players in the crimson polos. Leading that group is junior Jantzen Latham, who currently stands as the conference leader in scoring and one of the top two players in the Great Lakes Region. He personifies the intangibles that drive this Transylvania team. “He has a tremendous work ethic,” Lane said. “He expects to play well every time he goes into competition.” This season, Latham hasn’t disappointed, riding the momentum of a title in the Kentucky Golf Association’s Match Play Championship over the summer. “I am sure he gained a huge amount of confidence,” said Lane. Latham attributes the success that followed to his willingness to work. He wasn’t satisfied with his performance in the fall and used the brief winter offseason to work tirelessly on his putting. Obviously, it paid off. “Most of us don’t actually take time off,” Latham explained. “We just kind of go along and do our business. And I feel we’re well respected in the golfing world.” Latham stresses the “we” component of the game. He isn’t the only one working. And despite the fact that golf is a sport where individual scores determine results, Latham believes the team aspect is vital. “It’s huge,” he said. “People underestimate how important that component is to college golf.” “The team aspect is so important in college because you’re with these guys hours out of every single day,” Latham continued. “You want to be with people that you enjoy being with, that you’re having fun with. You just have fun on the golf course and it takes a lot of the more serious aspects out of it.” That ability to have fun, and put simply, just go golf, has served the Pioneers well. But they’re still aware that they play beneath the shadow of last year’s team, whose unprecedented success will be difficult to match. But both Lane and Latham think it’s possible. “We have been able to compete in some of the best tournaments around the country this year. We have been in the running for several tournament titles and hopefully we will continue to get better and better as the season progresses into postseason play,” Lane said. “We’re a slightly younger team, but I don’t know if you’d say we are less experienced,” said Latham. “If we play to our potential, I think we can go as far in the NCAA tournament as we did last year.” But despite all of the noise Transylvania is making on the national sports scene, the Transylvania crowd remains quiet and mostly unaware. “No one really sees us playing, practicing, or anything,” Latham explained when asked why the campus reception wasn’t more pronounced. But it doesn’t bother him. As he said, this is a team that just goes along and does its business. And they’re in the business of winning. “We hope to make a run in the NCAA tournament and finish as high as we can, and bring home a little more hardware this year,” said Latham. One thing seems certain as the Pioneers near postseason play: No matter how silent the fairways, this team won’t go quietly. Their rise in the ranks is already making noise.

Rambler V.96 Iss.22  

In this, the 22nd issue of the year, The Rambler follows up with a student forum held after Haupt plaza demonstrations, and former atheltic...

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