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April 4, 2013 • VOL. 96 , ISSUE 21

Students organize demonstration Young Scholars,

Event demands closeddoor student forum with administration members

RAs, August Term Scholars’ compensation changes

Jake Hawkins jrhawkins13@transy.edu

Molly Crain mgcrain13@transy.edu

CHASE COLEMAN

A group of Transylvania students have planned a demonstration at Haupt Plaza to voice concerns that student voices are not being heard by members of Transy administration, according to senior Leslie Bartley and juniors Josiah Knight and Amanda Stoddard, the event organizers. This is the first demonstration of its kind at Transy in at least seven years, according to Rambler archives. A Facebook event, titled “Question EVERYTHING,” announcing the event lists 147 people planning to attend. . According to Bartley, the discussions for the - event began after she and other students noticed s a change in the learning environment on campus. “Then, after (SGA President Charli Fant) dee cided to encourage students to write letters and , nothing happened, we decided to take action,” e Bartley said. In an open meeting with interested students, - organizers hashed out the details of the event, ind cluding the purpose and tactics. “We really reached a lot of people on Faced r book, including alumni,” Stoddard said, “but I would say the event has evolved most through the - meetings we have had with other students because of the dialogue and the input that has happened e there.” The ultimate goal of the demonstration is to e publicly invite President Owen Williams and “the , deans of the university” to a forum consisting of select student leaders. The demonstration’s misn sion statement gives a deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12 for the forum to take place. “The ideal situation is for the administration to know we’re not apathetic anymore. We’re not going to ignore these issues,” Stoddard said. The issues at hand, according to the demonstration’s mission statement, include a “...sense that our campus culture is being threatened” and grievances related to instances where students “... have been berated, discredited, and intimidated by members of the administration.” The demonstration, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon, will have students fill in blank in signs that read “Question Everything. Question...” and pictures will be taken of students holding signs that will be sent to Williams, according to event organizers.

Senior Leslie Barton and juniors Amanda Stoddard and Josiah Knight display the signs they will hold up at Friday’s protest.

Transylvania University has recently made multiple financial decisions impacting current and future students. Among them is new requirement for William T. Young scholarship recipients to pay a tuition deposit, which they have been exempt from in the past. In addition, a revision in payment plans for both RA’s and August-Term Scholars have been enacted. According to Vice President for Finance and Business, Marc Matthews, the tuition deposit is used to hold a space for students returning in the fall, allowing them to register for classes and reserve a dorm room. Every student other than Kenan scholars will owe this amount if they wish to attend Transy this fall. The deposit is refundable. According to Matthews, “The charge was communicated to every student on January 29 when the charge was assessed, and again in early March and then again in late March if payment was not made.” “We did not communicate this as a change, but rather did not provide for an exemption in this year’s communication,” said Matthews. “We monitored payments and since many William T. Young scholars made the deposit we did not know this was an issue of concern until this past weekend.” Concerning RA payment for this fall, students with RA positions will receive a room scholarship and wages instead of board compensation. Associate Vice President for Financial Aid Dave Cecil says that this new arrangement will be better for students from a tax standpoint. “Our interpretation of IRS rules, and this is coming from Human Resources, Jeff Mudrak, is that we couldn’t continue to pay room See Compensation, Page 3

SGA officer elections rescheduled for Friday ekmartin15@transy.edu

The electronic elections for the newly structured Transylvania University Student Government Association officers has been rescheduled. The survey will be open to current first-years, sophomores and juniors Friday at noon and will close Saturday at 8 p.m. Results will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m. in Forrer Front Lobby. The election was originally scheduled for today and tomorrow. At least three students contacted SGA President Charli Fant, a senior, with concerns that there wasn’t enough information available for them to make an informed decision. Fant said the concerns included the fact several candidates’ flyers were not posted around campus until Wednesday and that students hadn’t had a chance to meet every candidate. SGA Elections Chair Hannah Johnson, a senior, added that with the newly approved TUSGA constitution, which merges the SGA Senate and the Student Activities Board, many students weren’t yet sure what traits to look for in candidates for newly created positions.

After receiving the complaints,200 Fant contacted SGA Elections Chair, Hannah Johnson, a senior, and Constitution Committee Chair Ashley Carter, a junior, to see if rescheduling the officer election was permitted by the organiza150 tion’s constitution. The three reasoned that the delay was constitutional and Fant contacted the candidates for officer positions to inform them of the planned change to 100 move the elections to Monday. SGA presidential candidate Chase Bullock, a junior, contacted Fant, concerned that the move was unconstitutional according to the organization’s rules. 50 Article 18 of the election procedure section of the TUSGA constitution reads, “Petitions must be returned to the Elections Chair between five and two days prior to the election.” 0 Petitions were due from candidates to Johnson by Sunday, so the elections would have to be held by Friday. Fant, Carter and Johnson met again and decided to move the elections to Friday instead of Monday -- eliminating constitutional concerns while still providing student addi-

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the vote to approve the newly designed TUSGA Constitution Constitution 59 VOTES 24.1 percent

tional time to make more informed decisions. The move was supported unanimously by the SGA Executive Council in a vote last night. There is still some concern, Fant said, that the new TUSGA constitution requires a set number of senators that is lower than the

number currently serving in Senate. Fant received suggestions that the number of senators be determined by a ratio with the student body. Fant hopes that if this concern is still prevalent next year, that the newly elected See Elections, Page 3

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Collins authors multiple books, publishes one available on Amazon Scarlett Blevins sgblevins15@transy.edu

CHASE COLEMAN

Transylvania has long encouraged students to follow their passions. Senior Cory Collins has done just that. On March 21, Collins released his first non-fiction book entitled “Bats that Won't Break: Rediscovering and Redefining the Pastime.” The book was written during an independent May Term class listed under a writing, rhetoric and communication directed study. Collins also serves as sports editor of The Rambler “It all started because basically I read a lot of sports writing and I was getting frustrated because books about baseball had turned into just strictly being reported on in numbers and salaries and we had kind of lost the romance to it. I like stats don't get me wrong, I just wanted a balance,” stated Collins So Collins set out to “rediscover why people fell in love with the game.” The book, which is part memoir and part journalistic feature, starts off with Collins visiting his hometown of Vanceburg to talk with little league kids and high school baseball players. He asked them questions like “Why do you play the game?” and “What is it you are passionate about?” Through this process of interviewing, Collins rediscovered why he had fell in love with the sport. He then decided to visit with professional players to see if the answers to the Senior Cory Collins, above, presents a reading from his novel Leo St. Pierre: The End of Time. questions he had been asking had changed when money, fame and cameras became inmow his yard into a baseball field and the have a lot of independent agency if we decide for the Amazon Kindle edition, while the pavolved. Collins decided to interview the Louis- kids in his neighborhood would come over to use it. The school is very flexible with let- perback version is available from Amazon ting us pursue our passions in ways that don't for $29.50. According to Collins, the print ville Bats. Once they were convinced of his to play. In regards to being published, Collins deinterfere as much with school.” he stated. version is more expensive due to the cost of sincerity and realized his passion for basecided to go the self-publishing route. “I deCollins not only wrote a book for a May Term production because it is printed by demand. ball, members of the team agreed to talk cided that minor league baseball moves pretclass, but also wrote a fiction novel for his “I am literally putting this out there so that with him. He interviewed four players, two ty fast, people change places constantly and I senior seminar project. He encourages other more people can read my stuff. So people can coaches, the radio announcer and the grounddidn't want this to not be timely by the time it students to find ways in which they can imget these stories I am not going to make much skeeper. Collins spoke with manager David came out.” said Collins. There is the possibilmerse themselves in what they are passionate money off of it. I am making well less than a Bell and player Corky Miller, both of which ity, though, that the book will be picked up by about. dollar per book.” said Collins. he describes as being really open. So far Collins has received positive feed“I wanted to leave an impact and a legacy Collins found that “in the end it becomes a larger publisher at a later date. When asked about how he managed to back for his work, and he is pursuing a career and show people coming up behind me that this collection of eight stories where the infind the time at Transy to write a book, Colin writing after graduation. He has a desire they can find the time and the drive to do tertwining force is that they're still the same lins described how students here can find to share stories that can have an impact on things beyond the normal,” Collins said. “I childhood dreamers that I talked to to begin ways to pursue their passions. people. hope that I am not the last person to do somewith one way or the other.” “I think the beauty of this school is that we “Bats that Won’t Break” is priced at $2.50 thing like this.” Even the groundskeeper as a child would

Greek philanthropy Staff Report rambler@transy.edu

Alpha Omicron Pi's Strike Out Arthritis takes place on Sunday, April 7, 3-5 p.m. at Southland Bowling (205 Southland Drive, right off of Nicholasville Road).There will be prizes for the winning team, as usual, but this year AOII is also giving a funny gaggift basket to the lowest scoring team. In addition, Chipotle burritos will be given out during "Bonus Burrito Bowl" times. You can sign up now through Friday evening at our information table in front lobby (or just email kzmattingly14@transy.edu). The cost is

$10 per person, and teams consist of six bowlers. If you don't have a team yet, you can leave your name and phone number with us in front lobby so that other people can contact you if they need extra bowlers. The annual event supports the Arthritis Foundation and Juvenile Arthritis Research. Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability, and affects 1 in 5 Americans. People often see it as a disease of the elderly, but around 300,000 American children suffer from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. The symptoms of JRA and other arthritis-associated ailments are now treatable, but many of the treatments have deadly side effects, and more

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Wave Motion

SGA introduces ‘Meet Your Senators’ event in 1780 cafe David Neri In light of the recent void of dialogue between the Students of Transylvania and the senators of the Student Government Association, SGA has announced a weekly “Meet your Senators” event to be held on Thursdays between 7-9 p.m. at the 1780 Café. “It started off as an idea that some of the senators had, that there sometimes is not a good connection between the [student] body and the senators” said Mary Stewart, a first-year senator present at last Thursday’s meeting. “We want to increase the dialogue between the SGA and the rest of the student body, that is what this is about. The purpose is to inform the students on what is going on [in SGA] and to answer specific questions.” According to Chase Bullock, a coordinator of the event, plans for the senatorial Q&A have been in the works for a while, but have only recently have been put into action. “[Plans for the event] started about a month ago but did not get right off the ground until after spring break was over,” said Bullock. According to Bullock, SGA attempted to increase participation for the Q&A by assigning each senator 30 students to e-mail, asking them to participate. He pointed out, however, that participation on both sides must increase if the event is to have any meaningful impact. “It’s been difficult to get senators to come [to the Q&A],” said Bullock. SGA does not seem set back by the low turnout of last week and plans to continue the

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SGA’s new initiative, ‘Meet Your Senators,’ is intended to increase transparency and communication, and senators hope it will also create a more lively atmosphere in the 1780. “Meet your Senators” talk next week, again in the ‘80 between 7 and 9 p.m.

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and board to RA’s as a payment for employment,” said Cecil. “We could provide them a private room, which we’re continuing to do. But board isn’t really a condition of employment.” According to Cecil, anything over tuition and books is taxable. Thus, the decision has been made to pay RA’s via wages and not a full board scholarship. Cecil acknowledges that as a result, students will be paid less by roughly a thousand dollars (as board continues to go up) but could potentially get more financial aid and avoid being taxed. Now that students will receive less pay, Residence Life has reduced and spread out the responsibilities of RA’s. “From my standpoint, it will be a benefit to the student,” said Cecil. “It is better for you to get paid cash, from a financial aid standpoint, than you to get something like a private room. Because that has to go on your financial aid, the private room does. So it could affect your other aid.” Wages are taxable but the amount that students make is often not a large enough amount to be taxed. As for August Term Scholar pay, it will be adjusted on the basis of hours worked instead of a lump sum. Scholars will also

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receive academic credit for time spent in the classroom with first-years and advisors. “What we did last year was we paid them essentially for a 40-hour workweek for the three weeks that they were in class,” said Associate Dean of Students Michael Covert. “It did not take into account any training…orientation weekend (or) the time that they spent for that weekend when August Term was over, before classes started and we still had activities going on. “While we paid them for the class-time, or the weeks that we were in class teaching, we didn’t compensate them and we should have for that other time,” said Covert. This year, August Term Scholars will get paid for training prior to August Term, help during orientation and Labor Day weekend. Paid at an hourly rate, scholars will be able to sign-up to work events and activities outside of the classroom. Students can work a minimum of 20 hours and a maximum of 40. “Which I think is just fair,” said Covert. “We should have done that last year but we didn’t.”

sure that students can still get their opinions in, outside of the [Thursday] meetings.”

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senators and representatives will address it and create a compromise. “If we could do anything over again, it would be to better publicize how SAB and Senate merging really combines two sorts of representative positions, as opposed to subtracting positions,” Fant said. Fant, Carter and Johnson agreed that voter turnout has increased since SGA distributed elections online. But still, voter turnout has hovered around 475 participants over the last few years, Johnson said. Carter predicted that voter turnout would at least be higher for the election than it was for the constitution survey, even with the delay. “The only reason why we were looking to change the date of the election is that the student body deserves to be informed,” Fant said. “If anyone disagrees with our decision to move it, we would ask them to rethink what the purpose of these elections are.”

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Platforms

April 4, 2013

TUSGA Offices President Chase Bullock April Ballard

I have had the honor of representing the student body as a senator on the Student Government Association for three consecutive years. During this time I have served the organization in various capacities: as a member of the Academic Affairs committee I assisted in the planning of the TUSGA Intercollegiate Research Symposium and aided the Student Affairs committee in planning the Beck Blackout event. As a sophomore I was selected to serve as Technology Liaison, where I coordinated with various representatives on campus to ensure the technology needs of the student body were met. I took the initiative to collaborate with IT representatives to install WiFi routers in Forrer, Clay, and Davis Hall. Currently, I am finishing my term as SGA Secretary, a position in which I have served as the primary means of quick and efficient communication among senators. My primary focus for the Transylvania University Student Government Association is communication. This does not focus solely on communication within the organization. Improved communication will begin with the concerns of the student body being relayed to TUSGA. Past experiences have provided me with the necessary skills to do so. Input from students to SGA has been enhanced this year via various forums and events. I was able to help organize an August Term Forum, which allowed the student body to present their input to senators, as well as administrators. Personally, after thorough research of student opinion, I authored and passed through Full Senate an alcohol policy which could potentially increase the number of beers an individual can possess. This demonstrates my experience in creating avenues for student expression and implementing policies which reflect student requests. Additionally, the student body president serves as a pivot of communication among the administration, faculty and staff, and student body. If elected I will ensure that any potential gaps in communication are addressed. Through my experience on the Curriculum Planning Committee and the Honor Code Committee, I have effectively facilitated conversations about student concerns with administrators, faculty members, and staff. In order to better the TUSGA organization and the university, efficient and transparent communication must exist in every sector. I feel that I am qualified for this position not only through my work on SGA, but also through my other involvement on campus. This past year I was hired as a Campus Center Manager. In this role I have forged relationships with people working in student life, admissions, alumni development, and numerous other areas on campus. Through my involvement in Campus Recreation, I have also been able to work to improve student opportunities and establish relationships. Serving as intramural supervisor has provided me with skills to survey what students want, communicate with Campus Recreation staff, and effectively implement change. My wide spread involvement on campus will allow me to truly represent the student body. If given the opportunity to serve as student body president, I would strive to communicate student opinions effectively, increase the efficiency of TUSGA, and overall improve the state of the university.

Executive Vice President

Ashley Carter

The Executive Vice President is a new position that requires a leader to work between the Senate and the Student Activities Board, and to serve as an adviser to all committee chairs within Senate and SAB. For the past two years I have served as the Constitution Chair of SGA, and I have spent the last year writing the Constitution that combines SGA and SAB into one body better equipped to serve the needs of the Transy community. Writing the Constitution required me to personally work with the presidents of both Senate and SAB, which enabled me to gain an intimate understanding not only of how each organization currently functions, but also how they plan to work in the future. Additionally, writing the new Constitution gave me the opportunity to create new committee systems within both bodies, giving me a unique insight into the work of each committee and the responsibilities of each committee Chair. Having served as a committee chair for two years, I understand the process of leading and working within an SGA committee very well. I have also served for three years as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, giving me the opportunity to work within a team to implement events like the SGA Research Symposium, and to work on proposals that will impact academic policy. Overall, I feel that my experiences over the past three years on SGA have combined to make me the best candidate for this position.

Jenn Smith

As college students discover their respective careers as undergraduate students, one of the first things they find is the overwhelming amount of student-involved engagements on campus. As an underclassman I assimilated to the university’s culture mostly because of such student involvement. Now, as an upperclassman, I have truly come to realize the good nature of student involvement on campus, and have therefore decided to run for student-body Executive Vice President. I want to give back to Transylvania students as they have provided for me. With so many different groups on campus it seems almost impossible to bond with every student, however, I believe as a university with just over a thousand students, it should be a goal to know everyone. As a member of SGA, for the past three years, I think it will be an easy task for TUSGA to know everyone on campus personally. If elected as Executive Vice President this will be my first goal. If TUSGA knows each student on Transy’s campus we can plan events that all students will be interested in, and change student policies that apply to and benefit all students. Following that I want to increase school spirit and create a more unified student body. I want students to feel proud and deserving of a great university. I hope to be given the opportunity to make this next year a productive, enjoyable, and united year for all of Transylvania University. Vote, Jennifer Smith, for Executive Vice President! Thank you!

Leadership. Everyone’s talking about it these days. Elect a leader to “Question Everything” and “Accomplish Anything” via transparency, unity, communication, and relationships. Liberal arts at Transylvania includes diversity and excellence in academia, student life, extracurricular activities, and relationships. As a junior political science and writing/rhetoric/communications double major, SGA Senator, Speech and Debate Team champion, Ugandan Consulate Intern, and Greek organization member, I embody liberal arts in its most meaningful definition. I am the best candidate for TUSGA President because I personify Transylvania and will maximize the productivity of SGA by achieving transparency. We stand in a time of tension and students want to know about internal division. Now is the time to elect the strongest leader capable of getting answers. I am the leader who listens and is not afraid to tackle problems. Last semester’s Administrative Panel Forum is a recent example of my efforts to bring students and key administrators face-to-face to discuss solutions to concerns and policies. As a result, SGA proposed policy to limit camera use to retroactive cases, de-gendered residential restrooms, and proposed changes to the alcohol policy. I offer more than event planning; I bring policy change. Instead of just talking about these problems, I did something by organizing and directing the forum, thus I am the ideal candidate to continue creating conversation between the students and administration. Furthermore, this conversation will bring results such as revising the Student Handbook, which I currently sit on a special committee to accomplish. Moreover, I constructed a close relationship with President Williams; a relationship to be carried over and built upon as President of TUSGA. I spoke with President Williams on matters regarding cameras in Davis Hall, on and off-campus safety, residential policies such as “unregistered social events,” and attending SGA meetings. Additionally, I worked with Dean Brown, Tristan Fretwell, and Ashley Gutshall on similar issues, specifically “unregistered social events”. I am the only candidate who already engaged in conversation with Transylvania’s administration; therefore, I am most fit to assume the responsibilities of president. I already have the foundational relationship necessary to accomplish institutional transparency. I will call for direct dialogue between students and administrators via a series of events to receive answers. For example, I will work to reinstate the “State of the University Address” to discuss social and financial issues. This agenda is even more possible with the recent merger of SAB into the new TUSGA. This is a new SGA and I can most effectively take advantage of it. I bring diversity in academia, student life, extracurricular activities, and relationships. I produce results as proven by the Administrative Panel Forum. I have meaningful influence with the president of this university. I have a plan to produce results with the newly constructed TUSGA. I will bring transparency. Like you, I want to get the most out of my time at Transylvania. As TUSGA President, I will listen and respond to your concerns. Seize this opportunity for progress. Please vote for me this week.

Chief of Staff

Cordelia Addington

My name is Cordelia and I am a sophomore here at Transy. With the restructuring of TUSGA, the leaders of both the senate and SAB will form what will be the TUSGA Executive council. It is important to consider how this core will benefit the student body. I am campaigning for Chief of Staff. The new TUSGA Executive Council will be working to address the concerns and needs of the student body and I believe I will be a great addition to TUSGA. As a current member of SAB I have helped to plan many events around campus. In the past two years I have been in charge of coordinating decorations and other details for Crimson Affair, I have been in charge of acquiring prizes for various events (late night breakfast, spring fling, etc.), and I have helped to promote SAB events to students and the larger campus community. As treasurer of SAB I understand the current policy for student organizations and the potential TUSGA will have to positively impact student life. Campus life is constantly evolving: I believe that the new TUSGA will be a gateway not only to convey the stance of the student body, but hopefully a venue for change. The new TUSGA will have the ability to hear concerns of the student body and influence student life through policy evaluation (senate) and through campus events (SAB). I see the value in both of these aspects and that is why I would be a valuable asset to the new TUSGA Executive Council as Chief of Staff. I am excited to help push for a better university and I am thankful for the opportunity to campaign to do so.

Chief of Finances

Jordan Perkins

For the three past semesters I have served as the Student Government Treasurer through my one and a half terms, and would like to continue serving Transylvania University as the newly created Director of Finance. As Treasurer for Student Government Association I have overseen the development and improvement of the position. During my tenure I have updated the student funding request form to be online to reduce paper and confusion, fought for a higher budget the Student Government Association, and submitted countless proposals to help relieve some of the stress associated with the social policy on campus. With the implementation of the a new constitution next year it is important to have as much experience as possible on the new Executive Council. I believe there is still a lot of work to be done at this position. Also I’m fairly certain I’m the only candidate. PHOTOS BY CHASE COLEMAN AND SARAH ALLISON


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SGA/SAB Offices

SGA Senate Vice President

April 4, 2013

SAB Vice President

. , n If elected to the position of VP of Senate, I will work to increase the value of a Transy ed- ucation by encouraging diversity, promoting the university to attract out-of-state students, inMy name is Casey McBride and currently, I am the president of Student Activities Board, a creasing the freshman retention rate, and further supporting student organizations on campus. the secretary of Chi Omega, a Phonathon manager, and served as the co-chair for Greek Weeky Additionally, I will ensure that students’ voices will truly be heard in Senate. As it stands end. It is through these positions that I feel my delegation and leadership skills have taken today, the student body is at the mercy of a select few representatives who do not sufficiently flight. This spring, I am running for the newly named “Vice President of SAB” under the new s represent the diversity of our student body. TUSGA. w In the new constitution, the number of I have served on SAB since September e senators was reduced from 40 to 24. This 2010 and was elected as the on-campus d change will only magnify the problems events coordinator in January 2011 when I s within Senate instead of remedying them. found my passion for event planning. I began e I will fight to restore the balance of rep- taking on more responsibilities and was - resentation in Senate while also working elected as president in January 2012. Under - to increase the transparency between this position, with the help of the rest of , Senate and the student body so that SAB, we implemented a longer stress fest e Senators will be held accountable and schedule, campuswide dances in the Fall d become answerable to the student body and Spring, and more cross-programming e Most importantly, I will also fight to with other groups to bring bigger and better - increase the transparency which exists events. l between the university and the student I feel that SAB has grown immensely body. Especially in this day and age, over the past several years. Students have e transparency in every dimension of been very receptive to our fun and safe ideas/ - student and academic life is essential to plans so far, which is what I hope to continue s maintaining the culture and standard of excellence we have at Transy. There must exist clear as SAB Vice President under the merger. n and effective communication and transparency from the top of the power structure all the way Plans for some sort of concert are already d to the bottom. We are a community of students, faculty, and staff and no one piece of this comunderway and we are brainstorming ideas for Crimson Affair 2013. - plex puzzle is greater than the rest. Transylvania is a community of many, not of an elite few. I feel I am capable to handle this job once again and I hope I can count on your support I and vote to bring me into this position. I am more than open to suggestions for the upcoming . year and cannot wait to get this process started. o o r e This year, as a sophomore I lead SGA’s Student Affairs committee, which degenderized the bathrooms in Davis hall, revised the Alcohol Policy, and improved Thompson’s lobby by I adding student artwork. Last year, as a freshman, I assisted current SGA President, Charli e Fant, on an ad hoc committee that worked with Dean Brown and Residence life staff to es- tablish the current 24-hour curfew policy. I want to continue the progress that SGA has made e so far. As the University changes to fit the strategic plan, the Student body needs a student s government that will represent it. As Vice president of TUSGA’s senate I will aim to answer the questions made in many suggestions that have been submitted through the Student Affairs suggestion boxes around campus. Currently, Transylvania students are asking for transparency between the Hi everybody! My name is Annie Edkins, and I am running for secretary of SGA. I faculty, administration, and themselves. It believe that my experience on SGA and my involvement in many campus organizations is apparent that simply seeing each make me a good fit for being secretary. I am one of the original twelve freshman senators other’s opinions is not enough. The current who currently serve on SGA. I have served on both Full Senate and the Academic Affairs f transparency of the administration is not Committee. In preparation for Transylvania’s second annual Intercollegiate Undergraduate e sufficient to our needs as a student body. Research Symposium, I made advertiseIt will be my self-appointed duty as the ments and took part in the promotion e Vice President of the Senate to ensure video. In addition to serving on SGA, I am that every senator is responsible for reprea member of other campus organizations d Pioneers. Without such as: Women’s Track and Field Team, t senting you, my fellow high standard, the Chamber Orchestra (violin), and Alpha g holding senators to this Student Government cannot continue its Lambda Delta. These organizations have , efficiency and will fail to represent to stuallowed me to get to hear wide variety of dents in this crucial time of change. Elect an experienced senator, like myself, who knows how students’ opinions on various issues. I have , to take charge, make change, and push for progress. Together, we will make Transy a better also been involved with community sero institution of higher learning that serves the needs of you, the students. vice groups such as College for a Living, s Crimson Christmas, and Alternative y Spring Break. During ASB, I worked with l developmentallydelayed individuals and t did manual labor with the organization Aspire. If elected secretary, I would try to e give back to Transylvania. I feel confident that as secretary, I would be able to represent the y widespread views we have here on campus. Being a part of multiple groups has made me t be responsible and organized; these are two important qualities of a secretary. Thank you in A advance for your consideration. I would really appreciate your vote and would try my best to h serve each and every one of you to the best of my ability. e My name is Megan Finney and I am a sophomore at Transy. I have decided to run for the s Secretary of Student Activities Board. Responsibilities of the Secretary include taking attendance and minutes for all SAB meetings, and making them available to TUSGA. In addition, the secretary will be responsible for all outgoing correspondence of SAB. If the Vice President is unable to attend meetings the Secretary would be the next person who would preside over the meetings and report back to the senI am Ashton Ogle, a first-year running for SGA Senate Secretary. Serving as an SGA Senate. ator this past year was a very rewarding experience, and one that opened my eyes to many isI am currently one of the philan- sues on Transylvania’s campus. From thropy chairs for Chi Omega and as such issues about diversity to exploring have dealt with many different lead- what to do with Conference Room C, I ers and staff in the Transylvania com- worked to propose solutions and conmunity. This has helped me develop lead- structed proposals to better the student ership and people skills similar to those I body. developed while being SAB’s Events Looking ahead to next year, I Coordinator. Both positions have dealt would be honored to serve on SGA with scheduling events on a large scale again, and look forward to the opportu(Campus Sing, campus dances). This nity to serve the student body as Senate has meant dealing with many individual Secretary. This year I stepped in when schedules and needs, getting messages our current secretary could not attend across to large organizations, and encour- meetings, which gave me valuable expeaging alternative events that help promote rience to serve as Secretary for the bonding across many groups. upcoming year. If elected as Senate Right now I am the Events Chair Secretary, I plan to distribute the SGA coordinator for SAB. As such, I have minutes on our new website so they are helped plan campus events such as our accessible to the student body in order to annual Crimson Affair, Late Night Breakfast, and most recently Spring Fling. I have coordi- make SGA more transparent. nated catering with Sodexo, scheduling different on campus locations, decorating, and helping Your vote is invaluable to my cause to adequately represent the concerns of the students to run the events themselves. of Transylvania University. Thank you so much for your consideration! In the future, I hope to get students more involved in campus events. I believe that with the combination of the SGA members this can easily be accomplished.

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Jared Townes

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Presidential candidates express similar goals, pursue varying avenues Rambler Staff Editorial internally. And both candidates met our expectations. Both candidates seem to realize the importance of open dialogue and communication, and as the student voice, we at The Rambler vehemently agree. April Ballard, a junior, demonstrated a keen organizational ability and the patience to sort through tough situations with diplomatic integrity. During an interview, Ballard stressed the steps she has taken and hurdles she has overcome in her past three years as a member of the Student Government Association, including her executive role this year as secretary. Regarding communication with the administration, a major role of the TUSGA president, Ballard does seem to err on the side of timidity. If conversations were tense, we, the editorial board of The Rambler, question how high she’ll be able to stand. Confidence aside, Ballard seems to have the ability to bridge this gap. She has demonstrated, through her past experience, that she communicates well with the university

Transylvania University is at a crossroads. A brand new constitution has been ratified for the Student Government Association, merging the organization with the Student Activities Board. Changes are being made to policies and, more recently, students are planning protests against the administration for the first time in recent memory. With this in mind, the editorial board recognized that the next president of the Student Government Association -- the first president of the newly designed TUSGA -- should be a strong leader determined to ensure the student voice is heard and acknowledged regarding policies and decisions impacting the entire university. We questioned the candidates on how TUSGA will operate for students and within the larger campus community, rather than solely focusing on how TUSGA will operate

Deans to enact change and improvements for the student body. Her role as campus center manager also proves that she has the experience to work with various campus groups to achieve a common goal. Now that TUSGA is expanding its role, this cross-functional organization is a necessity. Junior Chase Bullock has strengths as well, and possesses high amounts of passion and an energetic drive to demand that the student voice be heard. After speaking with him, it was clear that Bullock has the desire to see the student voice heard -- and heard loudly -- throughout campus. Discussing the issues, Bullock had a contagious excitement that Ballard lacked at points. As contentions currently run high, his energy and passion seem beneficial. On tenure alone, Bullock is disadvantaged. He holds months to Ballard’s years of experience. With the organization’s structure changing entirely for the next academic year, however, the question of tenure may be less important than in past years. Ultimately, you have two very different

people with the exact same goals. Ballard and Bullock have both pledged a commitment that TUSGA will voice student views on policies, and both laud the importance of not only an open and transparent TUSGA, but an open and transparent university administration. And that is something we can all get behind. As students -- voters in this election -- you have two options. Your final decision must come down to what, specifically, you want from a TUSGA president. If you want a TUSGA president who is organized and has the experience to lead multiple groups towards a common goal and the patience to sort the views all Transylvanians have, vote for Ballard. If you want a TUSGA president who demonstrates a high level of passionate energy and rhetorical savvy that will push even when pushed back, vote for Bullock. Above all, vote. As Transylvania students, we hold enormous power in the future of this institution and voting is just one extension of the power that we have.

letters to the editor Peach encourages course evaluation

Public Relations chair endorses Ballard

Tenure has been a heated topic on campus lately, to say the least. Students have a strong voice on the tenure and promotion process through course evaluations. Our faculty members take these seriously, especially our new faculty members. I urge all students to complete course evaluations by the deadline: Monday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m. E-mails regarding course evaluations were sent out April 2 from the Office of the Dean. As a reminder, evaluations are not associated with names. Please express honesty in your responses as this feedback is extraordinarily valuable to both individual faculty members and in making decisions about tenure and promotion. Student voices are important to this campus, so let them be heard! Spencer Peach ‘16

As the current Public Relations chair of SGA, I have had the opportunity to interact on multiple occasions with both candidates running for student body president. After much consideration, I would strongly recommend April Ballard for student body president. April Ballard has shown, through her involvement, both inside and outside of SGA, that she is has the ability to be an efficient and effective president. April is a respected peer in the eyes of both the faculty and the administration, and within the student body population many view her as someone trustworthy. Through her daily interactions with her peers, April has demonstrated how approachable she is and that quality will translate well if she is given the chance to serve as the student body president. With all that being said, I would like to take the time to discuss some serious shortcomings with the other candidate as a potential president of the student body. In the public relations position that I currently hold, I have firsthand

information about events that SGA sponsors and play the central role in publicizing these events accordingly. Unfortunately, working with the other candidate has been difficult because of his inability to work as a team player and communicate effectively with fellow Senators. Furthermore, as a sophomore senator on SGA and an executive council member, I have a fairly strong grasp on the intricacies of this constitutionally bound organization. Given the fact that the other candidate has only served four months on SGA, I do not have faith in his ability to manage an increasingly complex organization. Finally, as PR chair I understand the importance of an impeccable public image on Transylvania’s campus. Because of the other candidate’s social media record, I do not feel that he is either representative of the student body or capable of engaging in unbiased communication with the administration. Nzinga Donovan ‘15

Catron challenges concepts of marriage definitions is to have children, should we then put an age limit on marriage? In other words if a couple in their mid 60s wanted to get married, should we ban them from being able to do so because they would be past their childbearing years at that point? Well, speaking from an exclusively purpose driven definition of marriage the answer would be yes. However, if we as a country did decide that marriage was between a man and a woman then those beyond child bearing years would be able to marry by default. In addition, I think those on both sides of this argument should ask why the Constitution does not address this issue. After all, homosexuality is nothing new; it existed at the time of the Constitution’s drafting and was accepted by many of our founders. The reason is that our founders grew up in an

Cheers and Jeers Blake Atkinson

btatkinson13@transy.edu

•Cheers for the Transy Men’s Lacrosse team improving to 6-0 at home Friday. Pioneer lacrosse fans must be the rowdiest in the business. Plus, isn’t our team mostly first-years? •Jeers for my intramural career ending soon. Those were some of the best memories at Transy. •Cheers for Eric Ramsey winning the Essential Piece Award for April. Transy staff often doesn’t get enough credit. •Jeers for the brunch on Sunday morning though. There was no pizza line, no sandwich line, no burger line, no omelet line…if you’re going to wait to open up at 11, at least make things decent. •Cheers for the free shuttle to Keeneland Friday. I like saving all my money so that I can blow it at the racetrack. •Jeers for class and/or tests during opening weekend of Keeneland. This is America. •Cheers for Jantzen Latham shooting one over at the Emory Invitational. I think I did that playing putt-putt once. •Jeers for the RA salary cut. They had to search for bombs during the bomb threat last year; I think they deserve more if anything. •Cheers for Transy hosting a Special Olympics event Saturday morning. It’s that kinda stuff that gives me more school pride than anything else. •Jeers for whatever the Willy T scholars are upset over. I’m not sure what the fuss is about, but they’re really really smart people. We should blindly listen to whatever they say. •Cheers for the Phi Mu car bashing philanthropy event this year. They didn’t call me the sledgehammer in high school for nothing…Ladies…#kidding •Jeers for people not utilizing tutoring during the week. I know it’s near the end of the semester, and I know you have a cramster account, but I get bored down there! •Cheers for AOPi’s Strike Out Arthritis too, but only if they put up the bumpers for me when I bowl. •Jeers for the problems that people experienced during registration. I don’t really know of any because I didn’t have to register, but I assume there were some. •Cheers for Spring weather on its way. Hey guys we can do stuff outsi—wait, no, finals coming up. •Jeers on me thinking Spring was on its way a couple of weeks too early and switching out my wardrobe too soon. Stupid groundhog… •Cheers for funny SGA election signs. As a person who is graduating, I don’t care that much about your platform. I want signs that at least make me grin. •Jeers for catty personal attacks/stereotyping on social media regarding the election. It’s SGA, it’s not a big enough deal for that.

America that was largely agrarian and it was understood that children were assets on farms and the best way to produce and raise those assets was marriage. If our founders were alive today, homosexuality, and its widening acceptance, would not offend them. Some of them would probably think it a positive thing. What they would find absurd is the idea that a gay couple can serve the same purpose and function in society as a heterosexual married couple. Understand, I am not trying to put restrictions on marriage or prevent people from being with the person they love, but if we as a society are going to redefine marriage in a way that makes its original purpose irrelevant then we should ask ourselves if we need marriage at all. Jarod Catron ‘16

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What is the purpose of marriage? For thousands of years it was understood that for the human race to progress most affectively a man and a woman should come together to raise their own biological children as the foundational unit of society. That is not to say that adoption isn’t a great and noble thing. One of my best friends is adopted and it pains me to think what my life would be like had his parents not made that decision. Nor am I opposed to homosexual couples adopting as I believe not only are they capable of love for each other but for adopted children as well. And let’s be honest, I can’t think of anything that could be worse for a child than being raised by the government. The Supreme Court, as well as non- traditional marriage activists, has asked that if the primary purpose of marriage

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“3XD: Design. Displace. Daddy Issues.” to premiere in Morlan Gallery Kaitlyn Haggard With the winter semester winding down and students preparing for May term, many seniors are finding the reality of leaving the Transy Bubble approaching too fast and hitting too hard. Although these seniors will leave campus, they will not quickly be forgotten, as many of them are finding ways to leave a lasting mark at Transylvania. The Class of 2013 Studio Art majors will soon leave their paint smears and ink blots—and any other art puns you can think of—on campus with the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Paul Brown, Rachel Kimbrough, Meredith Mullican, Katelynn Ralston, Emily Shirley and Amanda Skinner have put together an exhibit titled “3XD: Design. Displace. Daddy Issues.” This is an exhibit that will surely have a lasting effect on students’ minds. “First and foremost, it’s going to be awesome,” contributor Katelynn Ralston said of the exhibit. The senior exhibition will feature a plethora of creative work, including “collages, digital prints, photographs, ink drawings, large-scale paintings, architectural models, interior design set-ups, ceramic sculptures, a quilt and a kiosk based on Neapolitan ice cream,” said Ralston. According to the artist, other seniors with work in the exhibit paired together to address themes including “interior design and environmentally and socially sustainable architecture... [as well as] the social issues of introverted personality and consumption of idealized feminine youth through notions of displacement.” Ralston worked with fellow artist Paul Brown to create four works in the show which address “the complexities of queerness” and “emotional distance or ‘daddy issues’.” In highly personal reflections on her own experiences, Ralston has included in the exhibit portraits of her younger brothers, ceramic self-portraits that represent her various emotions and encounters and a short film titled “Outside the Garden Gates” presenting her views on her childhood. Describing her artistic process in creating pieces for the senior exhibition, Ralston expressed that her work “shillyshallies between fashion editorial and photojournalism.” In her artwork, Ralston enjoys using “effects that make

MICHAEL GUARNIERI

knhaggard16@transy.edu

Uniting diverse topics, 3XD: Design. Displace. Daddy Issues. will reach out to all viewers through a variety of mediums and is on display through April 19. the digital image look like film.” them discover a new attitude in themselves.” “Film has texture and character to it, an important layer “3XD: Design. Displace. Daddy Issues.” will premiere for the mood of a photo that I think contemporary digital pho- in the Morlan Gallery this Thursday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m. tography moves away from,” Ralston said. The senior artists will be preparing refreshments for the Based on Ralston’s sentiments, the Senior Thesis Exhibi- show’s opening, including – as Ralston enthusiastically extion is sure to be an unforgettable, enjoyable show. She ex- plained – vegan chocolate no-bake cookies. pressed excitement for the upcoming exhibit and encouraged Transy community members are also encouraged to atthe Transylvania community to attend. tend an artists’ talk and panel that will be held on Tuesday, “I think students will have many great experiences when April 9 from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. in the Morlan Gallery. The they come to our show,” Ralston said. “The works cover a Senior Thesis Exhibition will close on Friday, April 19 with a wide range of deep intellectual and emotional issues and I final reception during that night’s Gallery Hop. believe everyone will be able to find something that makes

Jeremy Paden: YA book review: Anatomy of a the poet behind Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky the professor

gle Girl’ in the summer of ‘09. The most difficult part was balancing writing with having a full-time job... but that was ajmenes15@transy.edu also the nicest part. Each job was an escape from the other.” One question I was once asked about my life, the anAre you single? Are you taken? Are you something in swer of which would most likely affect my writing, was: between, like “mentally married”? Great – then “Anatomy Do you believe in happily ever after? Snadowsky responded of a Single Girl” by Daria Snadowsky is for you! optimistically. I recall seeing this novel for the first time, right after “I certainly love the idea of happily ever after—who it arrived in the mail and I released it from its constrictive doesn’t strive for that?” said Snadowsky. “But many young packaging. There it was, my worst nightmare: the girliest adults are still figuring out what makes them happy, and cover ever. I thought, “oh no, what have I signed up for?!” life’s curveballs may challenge their standards of happiness But it turned out to be okay. Actually, better than okay. well into their ‘ever after.’ It was pretty great. I may even read it again – I’m not sure “So when it comes I caught everything the first to writing about young time. In fact, if you can adults, I think aiming get over all the pinkfor ‘hopefully ever afness, it’s worth your time ter’ is more realistic. It to read. You’ll probably acknowledges that the learn a great deal about characters don’t have girls in general, such as it all figured out but do why we act the way we have the potential to act or why we say those keep seeking happiness random things that seem on their own terms.” to come out of nowhere, Snadowsky added but in fact are not. how a significant amount So now you’d like of her writing affection to know a little more was toward one characabout the actual conter in particular. tent of the book, right? “I loved writing Here’s my nutshell Dominique, the protagosummary: Dom has acnist in both ‘Anatomy’ cepted the pain and rebooks,” said Snadowsky. jection that came with “I appreciated how even her breakup months bethough she’s brainy and fore with her only ex, sensible, she’s not above who was her first everyfalling head over heels in thing. But now on sumlove and opening herself mer break from college, up to heartbreak.” she enters a romance She also said the she never thought she’d best part of being a YA have through a chance author is hearing from encounter with Guy, a her readers – something hottie with brains (the I agree with as a fellow best kind, I might add). writer with the same inBut to find out what haptended audience. pens from there, you’ll Lastly, I gave her an have to read “Anatomy opportunity to say anyof a Single Girl.” thing to her readers. In the meantime, I “In my opinion, it’s asked Snadowsky some better to have loved and Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky explores what it questions. lost than never to have When prompted means to fall out of love, to share a romantic connection with- loved,” Snadowsky said. what was the most dif- out loving your partner and, overall, learning what to keep and “As Carly Simon sang, ficult part of writing the what to move beyond. ‘There’s more room in a novel, Snadowsky, no broken heart.’” stranger to trying to pack it all into a day, said, “I began My hopes of romance being meaningful have been reworking on the draft that would become ‘Anatomy of a Sin- newed.

Sara Sproull sesproull16@transy.edu

When most of us greet Jeremy Paden with a fond “hola” or “buenos días” on campus, we merely recognize the professor of Spanish and Latin American literature, whom many at Transylvania know so well. Yet we often fail to acknowledge the poet that lies behind the professor. His talent hidden under the radar, Professor Paden has spent years exploring Lexington’s literary scene as a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group that has embraced the increasingly multicultural identities of Appalachian writers since 1991. Unbeknownst to many of his students, Paden’s life outside the classroom is occupied by a very different kind of work, including the submission of his poems to famous journals such as the “Atlanta Review” and “Rattle.” Most recently, Paden received acclamation for his first complete book of poetry, entitled “Broken Tulips,” released on March 15 and published locally by Accents Publishing. As a part of the Sigma Tau Delta Lecture Series, Paden shared both his artistry and his experiences as a budding writer with students in his talk, “However One Lives: Some Thoughts on the Writing Life.” “I’d been bitten by poetry, but I didn’t know if I’d been bitten that deeply,” Paden admitted, regarding the sense of intimidation which excluded him from the literary sphere early on in his career. Almost scared off from the daunting task of writing, Paden instead attended graduate school at Emory University, intent on becoming a literary critic and, later, the muchbeloved college professor he is today. “Not all of us make a living in art. Most of us have day jobs.” Though several of his influences (including the highminded Maria Rilke) advocate a selfless and fully impassioned devotion to the act of writing, Paden also appreciates the seemingly mundane beauty within the routines of everyday life, especially his duties as a teacher, husband and father. “The world observed well is also fodder for writing,” said Paden. “Language, drama, stories are everywhere waiting to be told.” Despite his obvious expertise in the Spanish language, Paden interestingly chooses to write almost all of his poems in English. As a walking advertisement for diversity in the arts, he still explores the richly laden imagination of the Spanish language through the act of translation, which allows us to “learn how a word is colored in that language.” In his lecture and book signing, Paden stressed the vital importance of practicing one’s craft by reading, writing and freely experimenting with words on a daily basis. With a slight smile upon his face, Paden gave what was perhaps his most valuable gem of advice to future writers. “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

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Ameka Menes


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Two Pelhams step to the plate cecollins13@transy.edu

A young Benjamin Pelham once sat in a classroom at St. Xavier High School, listening to bad news broadcast across the speakers. Two schoolmates’ mother had died. It was awful, beyond comprehension. And Pelham thought to himself; “That’ll never happen to me.” A year later, his dad was hearing another announcement: he had three months to live. Merle Pelham hadn’t wanted to go to the doctor. He’d just secured a full-time teaching position at North Bullitt High School. His son’s junior season of baseball was in full swing. And Merle Pelham never missed work; he never missed a game. But when swallowing food became near impossible, Pelham gave in. The EGD found a tumor blocking the pathway to his stomach. It was esophageal cancer. Operating was too risky, so extensive radiation and chemotherapy commenced. Pelham entered a fight for his life. His only sustenance traveled through a feeding tube to his stomach. “He was in constant pain all the time,” his son remembered. “He didn’t really look like my Dad anymore. He just kept shrinking.” Three to four months later, the tumor was gone. That beautiful word, “remission”, echoed in the doctor’s office. And Ben Pelham hoped he’d once again see the Dad he knew. The Merle Pelham he knew had been a gymnast in college, a dedicated athlete and father. So when his son fell in love with a different sport, he never missed a step. “All the things he learned through gymnastics, he taught me,” Pelham said. His father built a batting cage from scratch in their garage. Day after day, he pushed his son to practice. Soon, it wasn’t work; it was their ritual. Merle Pelham had learned that nothing was ever given to you. “That’s really one of the best things I learned from my dad,” said Pelham. “You can’t just expect success. You have to earn it.” A father and son, inseparable. Only sickness would try to come between them. The two Pelhams sat side-by-side on the couch when Merle complained of a nagging back pain. “I didn’t really think anything of it,” Pelham remembered. But the pain persisted. At a routine checkup with his oncologist, Merle Pelham described his symptoms. They ordered an immediate scan. The results were far from

remission. “He lit up like a Christmas tree,” Pelham said. The cancer had spread into his lymph nodes and his bones. “It was heartbreaking,” Pelham added. “And traumatic. There’s not really much we could have done.” The doctors told him he wouldn’t beat it; not this time. But Merle Pelham was a fighter. He continued the treatment. “He fought so long,” Pelham said. “He fought too long. He just did not want to let go.” The doctors had given him three months. He almost made it to six. He passed away on March 3, 2010. Two weeks before Ben would start his senior season of baseball. “My Dad never missed a baseball game in my life,” Pelham said. The first time was the hardest. The St. X baseball team honored its seniors on opening day. Pelham took the field arm-in-arm with his mother, a picture of his father in his hand. And like his father, he did not want to let go. Merle Pelham and Ben enjoy a day at Sea World. Even away from the baseball field, they were inseparable. “I felt he was there,” Pelham said. “I could feel him me, ‘Look, everything’s okay. You’re a hard It was the bottom of the ninth against Althere.” worker. Everything is going to pay off.’” bion College. A four-run rally by the Pioneers Perhaps Merle Pelham never missed a Pelham struggled to find his place until had tied the game at seven. The bases were game. Ben’s mother, Nancy, never left home this season’s early spring. loaded. And Pelham stepped to the plate. without him. At each game, an empty blanket “It wasn’t until this year that the love I “I swear to God, when I went up to bat, or an empty chair sat beside her, pointed to- had for the game had come back to me,” Pel- I looked up and said, ‘You and me, Dad,’” he ward her son. ham said. remembered. But it wasn’t the same. The Pioneers were playing in Florida The first pitch collided with the alumi“As much as I loved baseball and wanted when Coach Campbell gave Pelham the num of Pelham’s bat. The line drive landed to play for my Dad, it was hard to be mentally chance to be the designated hitter. They’d re- in centerfield, and the winning run crossed checked-in,” Pelham said. “There were times cruited him to swing the bat. He didn’t disap- home. A barrage of teammates stormed their when baseball didn’t feel the same.” point. Two hits and some RBIs later, Pelham designated hitter. That void got even larger when Pelham had found his role. “It was the greatest feeling ever,” Pelfirst joined the squad at Transylvania. “I was hitting really well and contribut- ham said. “Coming here to Transylvania was one ing to the team, and that feeling came back,” It’s a moment that Pelham knows he of those times,” said Pelham. “I wouldn’t say said Pelham. “Hitting was always my strong- must cherish. I lost my love for the game, but I wasn’t hav- point, the number one thing me and my Dad “I don’t take baseball for granted,” he ing fun. I wasn’t enjoying baseball.” worked on.” explained. “After everything I went through, “It was really hard for me to find my “I knew I never would have been here if I can’t take anything for granted.” role here,” he continued. “I was switching it wasn’t for my Dad.” But there’s one thing Ben Pelham can positions. I was never comfortable. It felt Pelham’s resurgence came full circle count on: he’s not alone in that batter’s box. so foreign to me. I missed what it felt like. I on March 14. Pelham found more than his Merle Pelham never misses a game. missed having my Dad there with me to tell swing; he found his father. COURTESY OF PELHAM

Cory Collins

Transylvania expands the ‘Bubble’ jdlandry@transy.edu

Transylvania broke ground on its new Fourth Street athletic complex on March 2 and substantial land clearing began just this past week. But as the impact on the land itself becomes more apparent, so does Transylvania’s expansion into the surrounding community. Much of the residential space around Transylvania is inhabited by renters, not homeowners. Consequently, the surrounding community can seem disjointed, and therefore it is difficult to gauge a reaction to Transy’s presence. But a constant on Fourth Street— located in between Transy’s campus and its new athletic facility—has been St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, not only due to its location, but also due to the church’s social programs open to the community. When asked to estimate public opinion about the new athletic complex and Transylvania’s expansion in general, Deacon James Weather of St. Peter Claver favors the view that the complex is a constructive change. “I think it’s a good thing,” Weather said. “I haven’t heard anyone say anything negative about the purchase or what [Transylvania is] trying to do there. I think it’s going to be positive.” Father Norman Fischer echoed the sentiment. “Transy embodies a lot of great values that I think the area can only benefit from,” Fischer said. This positive view of Transylvania’s presence was aided by President

Williams, who visited St. Peter Claver last December, months before the new facility’s groundbreaking, to discuss the construction and an increased relationship between Transylvania and the community as a whole. The desire for increased contact between Transylvania and the surrounding area was reciprocated by Father Fischer who described a sense of “How can we support Transy?” and “How can we continue to have this positive relationship as next door neighbors?” Both Fischer and Weathers already feel that Transylvania’s presence, along with the opening of businesses in the area such as West Sixth Brewery, has already made a visible beneficial impact on the area. “You see a lot of early evening joggers; that’s something you used to never see,” said Weathers. “A lot of the foot traffic you see now, probably a year or two years ago, would not be in the neighborhood after dark.” Those at St. Peter Claver who were asked about public reaction to the new complex expressed the difficulty of estimating an entire neighborhood’s opinion, but viewed the characteristics of Transylvania as a beneficial addition to the area. At Transylvania, it’s easy to become caught up in what students call “the bubble” and it can become easy to forget about the surrounding neighbors, even those so close to the school. As the new facility opens in fall 2013, some voices in the community suggest that Transylvania is not just raising ground, but also raising the area to new heights.

MATTHEW DURR

Josh Landry

Lax in Lex debuts strong

Transylvania men’s lacrosse finished their home stretch, securing an undefeated record in Lexington after a 14-4 victory over Elmhurst College on Friday. The Pioneers will step onto the field of a new complex in 2014 having never lost in the city Transylvania calls home.


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