SpringHillian The Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Volume 87, Number 6 Mobile’s First Collegiate Newspaper Wednesday, March 19, 2008 News Life & Culture Sports Win an iPod or free meal Get to know Spring Hill histo- See Justin and Devin’s NCAA plan! rian Dr. Charlie Boyle. tournament brackets. Page 5 Page 9 Page 15 Issues 08: The Economy By Mallory Lindsly Life & Culture Editor Many issues are covered throughout the presidential debates and campaigns, but one is- sue that affects everyone, whether or not they are of voting age, is the state of the economy, mainly taxes, minimum wage and high gas prices. In the 2008 presidential campaign, the economy is an issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The state of America’s economy today is left to the voters. Presently the economy is facing change with George W. Bush’s tax cuts expiring in 2010, minimum wage increasing to $6.55 July 24, 2008 and again to $7.25 July 24, 2009 and the price of a barrel of oil rising higher than $100 causing gasoline prices to continually rise. U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is Photo by Adam Ganucheau The Shell station on Springhill Ave. has been forced to sell gas at higher prices while the Exxon proposing lowering taxes for the middle class by across the street has been forced out of business. cutting out certain taxes such as: child tax credit and marriage penalty relief. Her focus on the middle class will alleviate much of the pain of a Push for revival of student-run radio station at SHC low minimum wage, and the high cost of living By Sydney Fagen tions Commission (FCC). WTOH broadcasted and tuition for higher education. Staff Writer “from the top of the hill” to a 10 mile radius According her to campaign Web site, Spring Hill College’s student operated ra- and played mainly alternative rock. However, hillaryclinton.com, Clinton wants to improve the dio station, WTOH, has been off the air since the around 1995 the FCC changed its regulations economy by “Strengthening unions and ensuring mid-’90s. However, some students are hoping and WTOH was not able to hold down its spot our trade laws work for all Americans, making to revive it, this time with a more modern spin as on the dial against other competitors. WNSP college accessible and affordable and returning an Internet broadcast. Sports Radio obtained the air space and rendered to fiscal responsibility and moving towards bal- Freshman Eric Quintana hopes to one day WTOH out of commission. anced budgets.” be a sports announcer, but knows he needs more This time around Quintana hopes to take Clinton states on her Web site, “I believe than just a degree to obtain his goal. “I want to a different approach by utilizing the Internet. that college shouldn’t just be a privilege for the get into radio. But one of the downsides of com- The station would stream online and feature wealthy – but an opportunity for anyone with the ing here [SHC] was no place for experience,” news and sports programs. Quintana explained talent, determination and ambition to learn.” She Quintana noted. that the station would be “mostly sports radio, wants to do this by providing $3,500 tuition tax Quintana saw opportunity in the now de- but I don’t want to limit it to that.” credits and by increasing Pell grants. funct student-run radio station. According to Mr. Students are already facing challenges, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., wants to Loehr, Chair of the communications department, the largest being the lack of an FCC license. cut taxes for the middle class to strengthen it’s SHC was given a 10 watt not-for-profit spot on prospects. see Issues page 3 the dial in the 1970s by the Federal Communica- see Radio page 4 2 THE SPRINGHILLIAN Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Delta Gamma’s Fun Fair raises money for Service for Sight News Daphne Pagonis encourages a visiting child in a game of tic-tac-toe. Kayla Austin marries SHC students at the Funny Marriage Booth. Sara McGinn plays Bozo Buckets. The Rev cooks burgers and hot dogs Tiffany Dobbyns puts the finishing Photos by Adam Ganucheau for the sisters and visitors. touches on a butterfly. Civil Rights activist speaks of peace, love and justice By Addie Brannin Sister Ebo lived and partici- to know that there is still a current at Spring Hill, was moved and Contributing Writer pated in the Selma-to-Montgomery message that needs to be sought out inspired by Ebo’s speech. “When A nun who took part in a marches for the civil rights move- from that history. you are a person of color you have a historic civil rights march taught ment when racism and segregation “We need to be taught how consciousness, a constant reminder an audience about peace, love and were extremely prominent. The Rev. to love and what was taught was that you are different. We are still justice March 13 at 7 p.m. in Spring Martin Luther King Jr. was a strong how to hate,” said Ebo. She went dreaming that message of now,” Hill Colleges’ Byrne Hall. inspiration to Ebo. She said God into detail about how people should said Hughes. She agrees with Sister When Fr. Christopher J. called her to fight to fight for peace, go about seeking justice, peace and Ebo in the fact that even though the Viscardi introduced Sister Antona love and justice. When asked to go love. She feels that what people time of Martin Luther King Jr. and Ebo as being “full of life and full of to the Selma march, she felt hesitant do not know becomes fear, which the civil rights have passed, there wisdom,” he certainly was not kid- at first but then felt what she stated in turn, becomes hate. She went is still a need for more peace, love ding. After going through a life of as a “now moment.” She described further in saying that people need and justice in today’s society. Other trial and tribulation, Sister Antona it as her one and only time of to know and learn so they can then students felt that she was spiritual, delivered an inspiring message with significance to be called by God. love. Antona referred to situations inspiring and very unique. Ebo kept her story. Whether it was through Even though the time of Martin of present day violence, racism and her audience involved by making her words, singing or even jokes, Luther King Jr. and the civil rights the war. She continued by saying, them laugh, sing and on some occa- she captured the hearts of her audi- movement are part of our country’s “Give peace a chance.” sions respond in saying, “Amen.” ence. history, Sister Ebo wants people Verjilya Hughes, a junior News Issues from page 1 on the living wage. Wednesday, March 19, 2008 THE SPRINGHILLIAN 3 He wants to permanently repeal the Alternative Each potential candidate believes that Minimum Tax (AMT) which is paid by 25 mil- taxes need to be cut in order to have an economic lion families. By repealing this tax, the American balance. However, their ideas for doing so differ. people will save $60 billion. He also wants to make Mostly the candidates are focusing on the working it harder to raise taxes in the future by raising the class, since this represents a large portion of Ameri- majority vote to 3/5ths of Congress. ca. According to his Web site, johnmccain.com, In an interview discussing presidential can- McCain has many pro-innovation tax cuts includ- didates and the upcoming election, assistant Profes- ing banning Internet taxes and new cell phone sor of Political Science, Dr. Thomas Hoffman said, taxes. McCain states “the same people that would “I feel that everyone is moving toward tax cuts now tax e-mail will tax every text message – and even with the slow down of the economy, and the debate 911 calls.” tends to be over details: who would be included in Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., wants to cut the tax rebate, would it include people who paid taxes by $1,000 for working families from their taxes or could you actually give money to low-in- payroll taxes. To do this, Obama will create a new come people?” “Making Work Pay” tax which will credit up to Gabriel Penaloza, a junior international $500 per person or $1,000 per working family. This business and economics & finance major, agreed next tax will eliminate income taxes for at least 10 with most of the delegates running for office. Pen- million Americans. aloza said, “I currently feel that the Tax Cuts would Also to cut taxes, Obama wants to simplify be very beneficial to the economy considering the Photo Courtesy of catharsisproductions.com the tax filings for Middle Class America. Accord- crisis we are facing. A tax cut would mean people ing to his Web site, barackobama.com, “millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than keep more of their money and then increase spend- ing and stimulate economic growth.” Sex Signals sketch five minutes.” This change will save the American people up to 200 million hours in filing their taxes. However, sophomore Adriana Moreno, shared a different view than Penaloza and Dr. Hoff- comedy at SHC: Obama also wants to protect striking work- man stating, “I am against tax cuts 100 percent. ers. This topic is something that is quite relevant because of the recent Writers Guild of America Cuts will only increase the gap between rich and poor and economic growth would be at a stand- no holds barred By Ben Mackin strike and Broadway Strike. He supports the rights still. If there are tax hikes, the economy will grow Staff Writer of workers to bargain if the strike is necessary. He again because there would be more funding for Sex Signals, the award winning also wants to ban the replacement of strikers so more programs and more jobs would be created. sketch/improv comedy show, is coming to the workers are able to defend themselves without Also, if there are higher taxes, it could lead to uni- Spring Hill College on Thursday March 19 worrying versal health care.” in the Lower Commons. A production of about not Moreno’s statement reflects the debate that SPRING having a job. To if taxes were not cut, but raised America could have the potential to create a universal health care the Catharsis stage company, the show takes on the difficult task of presenting sex in a humorous yet informative manner. Through add to the for its citizens. comedy and audience participation, the minimum Since in most presidential elections the two-person show will inform students about wage debate between cutting and raising taxes is a large everything from mixed messages between increase concern, Dr. Hoffman commented, “The idea of tax sexes to more serious matters such as date that is set cuts is actually gaining traction right now, which is rape and factors that contribute to it. for 2009, interesting. If we didn’t have signs of recession it The Web site has this to say about the Obama would be a completely different ball game on taxes. show: “Through a no-holds-barred approach, wants It would be a hotter issue and more democrats the show explores how social pressures, to make would be more opposed to the idea.” gender role stereotypes and unrealistic minimum A major part of the economy that is under fantasies can make social interaction a wage debate is the continuation of raising the minimum challenge. Worse still, these factors enable mar- wage. Some voters believe that if the minimum some to view date rape as simple seduction, ginal with wage is increased, the price of goods and labor will and for victims of date rape to blame inflation be increased, creating a downward spiral for the themselves for their own vulnerability. PHOTOGRAPHY GLADE BILBY II and in- working class. Although the message is a serious one, the crease the Dr. Hoffman said, “Anytime you raise the show uses humor, engaging audiences in Earned minimum wage you risk throwing the least skilled : candid discussions about their beliefs and LILY, TULIP, OVO, EARTH AMULET, RABBIT Income workers out of their jobs because you are raising STERLING SILVER $55 - $110 EACH experiences.” Tax Cred- the cost of labor for employers and if they feel they Sex Signals got its start in Chicago in CHAINS SOLD SEPARATELY it so that have to pay people that amount, and they feel they EACH VENETIAN GLASS OVO IS UNIQUE. May of 2000 as The Sensitive Swash Buckler workers are not getting the economic benefit they will sim- & Other Dating Myths and has since been can actu- ply eliminate those jobs.” L EGACY V ILLAGE shown over 1,000 times at colleges all over 9 D U R HU D RIVE S UITE 365 M OBILE , AL � 251.304.0044 � ally live see Issues page 5 the country. 4 THE SPRINGHILLIAN Wednesday, March 19, 2008 News Radio from page 1 and television major. However, as student interest waned the program became defunct. Without a license, the station cannot play If the station generates enough interest and Want to be editor of songs that have been copy- there is enough student righted. It is for this reason that the planned lineup is involvement there is the possibility of re-establish- the SpringHillian? mostly talk radio shows. ing the program. Expand- However, this also presents ing this facet of the Com- Think you have a unique opportunity to munication Arts department spotlight local artists who might not get the chance to could make it more attrac- tive to prospective students what it takes? be heard on corporate radio who, like Quintana, do not stations. see enough possibilities for Submit your While the immediate experience. goal is to stream online, the station does not want to limit Loehr revealed that in the past few years the application/resume itself to the Internet. “If it’s number of Communication viable, we’d get back on the Photo Courtesy of The Torch A disc jockey from SHC’s radio station, Arts majors has decreased. to Ms. Dottie in the air,” explained Loehr. “Even when the school was Aside from serving as entertainment for students, WTOH, in 1979. smaller we had a larger percentage of students,” communication arts faculty, staff and alumni, the station could also said Loehr. Loehr was also cautious of making serve as an avenue to expand the curriculum of any bold statements about the odds of the radio building. the college. In years past SHC offered a radio and television major, calling it “a big if.” Victims of recent college shootings mourned, suspects charged By Adam Ganucheau Lockhart served in Iraq for 18 months. late-night ride services. Auburn has increased Staff Writer Yesterday, UNC held a “Celebration of its police presence, while UNC used a text- Life” for Carson. As many as 15,000 people messaging system for the first time. Spring The campuses of Auburn University and were expected to attend, as afternoon classes Hill has placed a new system that sends text the University of North Carolina have begun the were cancelled. Carson was the student body messages and phone calls to students in the case healing process after two shootings rocked their president. According to Salem-news.com, police of an emergency. A siren has also been installed campuses two weeks ago. Freshman Lauren have charged two suspects with the murder. between the Campus Center and Walsh Hall. Burk of Auburn and senior Eve Carson of UNC Laurence Lovette, 17, and Demario Atwater, 21, were found shot in separate incidents, according were charged last week. On Monday, to ABCnews.com. Lovette was indicted on a murder Last Monday, Auburn held a memorial charge for the January killing of a Duke for Burk. According to the Auburn Plainsman, University graduate student, according the official newspaper of Auburn, University to WRAL, a Raleigh news station. President Jay Gogue said, “The Auburn family To honor Burk and Carson, has lost one of our own, and we feel that loss separate scholarship funds were set up deeply in our hearts.” He also called that week 3607 Old Shell Road for the two Georgia natives. According mobile, Alabama 36608 “one of the saddest weeks in the history of to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Auburn.” p 251.445.2288 f 251.343.4381 UNC has set up the Eve Marie Carson e email@example.com According to NBC 13, a news station in Memorial Fund, while Auburn is Birmingham, a court date has been set for the creating a scholarship fund in Burk’s Allison Gamble Lynes Crocker suspect in the Burk case. Officials stated that name. Also, a scholarship has been set Courtney Lockhart confessed to the murder of up at Oglethorpe University, a school Burk. His court date is scheduled for April 23. in Atlanta. Burk’s father serves on According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an advisory board, according to the the suspect’s mother apologized to the Burk Atlanta Journal-Constitution. family, tearfully saying, “I am sorry that Campus safety has been a hot Courtney did that. [...] First let me say I’m sorry Phone: (251) 343-8222 topic since the Virginia Tech massacre 3607 Old Shell Road to the Burk family for Courtney, taking, taking Suite 4 Fax: (251) 343-8226 in 2007. According to ABCnews. their child. [...] My heart goes out to her family.” Mobile, Alabama 36608 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org com, campuses reminded students of News Issues from page 3 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 problems is the yo-yo-ing of gas prices. The aver- THE SPRINGHILLIAN the existence of the Organization of the Petro- 5 age price of gas in the Mobile area is $3.20, but leum Exporting Countries, OPEC, creates a mo- By eliminating the jobs of those who earn mini- just a year ago the price of gas was $2.93. This nopoly that controls the majority of the oil supply mum wage, employers can go to a more inexpen- increase of roughly 27 cents may not seem like a and then raises prices because of a fixed supply. sive way of producing goods such as mechani- large amount on a daily basis, but over the course We need to start looking to alternative sources.” cal labor or adding more tasks to those who are of a year it will add up. One way to help bring down the cost of already paid more. When minimum wage goes up Concerning gasoline prices, Dr. Hoffman gas prices would be through alternative fuels. slightly, everyone making above minimum wage said, “Americans see the gas price plastered in Moreno explained her point of view by saying,“I could inquire about a raise. big numbers everywhere that they drive. Gasoline believe that we should invest in alternative fuel Penaloza, however, said, “It is unethical is so public, and the price is so public it quickly sources. We’re living in the 21st century and we to make a person live on a $5.85 an hour. This is becomes a political issue before it is an economic should already be off of our oil dependency. Gas barely enough to get by. In my opinion, I think it issue. The price of gas went up and it immediate- in Iowa is cheaper than gas here because of Etha- would stimulate more growth by increasing that ly sent political pressures through the system and nol use” portion of the population’s spending.” it did not affect the economy until recently.” Dr. Hoffman left the interview with a bit Dr. Hoffman agreed with Penaloza, only Penaloza’s view point on gasoline prices of a challenge for the Spring Hill student body: because minimum wage is so low. Dr. Hoffman was more of an economic perspective. Penaloza Try to get informed and vote in the upcoming said, “I feel that is very important and a noble said, “The drastic rise in gas prices is attributed to presidential election. He stated, “Students have an thing to do is to try to see that people can make a two factors. The first is the devaluation of the dol- interest in a lot of issues, but a lot of them think living, but I would worry about it at some point. lar, the less that it is worth, the more we need to that the issues do not apply to them. Maybe gas The current minimum wage is not at a point to be spend. Unfortunately at this time our dollar value prices and minimum wage will get students in- a threat to employment because it is pretty low.” is plummeting and that in turn causes the prices volved because those two issues have more direct One major focal point of our economic to soar because it takes more to buy it. Secondly, impact on students’ lives.” Take NSSE survey to win iPod or meal plan CARPE DIEM COFFEE & TEA CO. By Elizabeth Pace peers (schools deemed “peers” by with certain majors, such as political News Editor the Carnegie institute’s guidelines, science, are required to pass the not necessarily other Jesuit schools). exams with a certain score. Other Spring Hill administrators The NSSE allows administrators majors, like English or theology, are give assessments aimed at improving to assess Spring Hill internally and taught with content that may vary the quality of life and academia at comparatively. So far around 30 greatly from one school to another, the college, offering incentives for percent of those eligible have taken so students majoring in such subjects MOBILE’S ORIGINAL cooperative students. the survey. at Spring Hill may not be required EUROPEAN-STYLE COFFEE HOUSE Most students have probably Alex Landi, assistant vice to pass or even to take an ETS seen the “Nessie is calling!” fliers president of academic affairs, said a assessment. ETS results provide a around campus. 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Opinions& 6 The SpringHillian Wednesday, Macrh 19, 2007 Editorials Rising gas prices may force changes in break plans SpringHillian Advisor, Dr. Stuart Babington, is a the middle of this summer. I wish I perfect example of someone who pays could help out with the gas bill for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam the price the first mini session Dr. big time Babington. on every Let’s put these Mobile’s First visit to the unquestionably absurd Collegiate Newspaper pump. He prices into historical E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org commutes context. When most of the Phone: (251) 380-3850 from Slidell, current senior class began or 380-3840 La. to Spring driving, a gallon of regular FAX: (251) 460-2185 By Peter Teske Hill everyday unleaded ranged from Editor in Chief Most seniors at which $1.12 to $1.60 per gallon. Editor in Chief Spring Hill can currently Shortly before that time a Peter Teske attest to the fact that gas prices began adds up to gallon of gas cost less than email@example.com to soar the moment they got their roughly a dollar. Time for a beer drivers license. Freshman, sophomores $100 a word problem: and juniors might have had the same week in gas. Pretend the current News Editor Elizabeth Pace experience depending on how many Furthermore, price of gas is the same as firstname.lastname@example.org times they failed seventh grade. If gas prices the average high of $1.60 you’re bitter like me you’ll love to hear are expected in 2002 and your spring that gas prices are expected to reach to reach Photo Courtesy of stray-bullets.com break destination is two Life & Culture Editor record high’s once again over our $3.75 a gallon After Hurricane Katrina made land- 14-gallon tanks of gas Mallory Lindsly email@example.com upcoming spring break. possibly fall, the joke was that gas would cost away. When compared As of early March, the average right around you an arm, a leg or your first born. to the actual average price price of gas in the state of Florida was the time our The same joke still applies as gas of gas in 2008, how much Sports Editor $3.25, according to the AAA Web break hits prices skyrocket to $3.35 a gallon. more money do you have Justin Woodard site. Alabama varied from this figure full stride, left to spend on beer? firstname.lastname@example.org by only a few cents. Our own Faculty and if not then, almost certainly by see Spring Break page 8 Ben Mackin questions the intellectual value Opinions & Editorial Editor Shea Zirlott email@example.com of reality television dating shows and finds out there is none safety goggles. Now in a nice open ear, that is being caused by fumes Photographer area with a lot of room to swing, from the burning plastic, and you Adam Ganucheau place your television on the ground, need to back away from the fire a few firstname.lastname@example.org then pick up your ax, raise it high steps.) above your head and bring it down on Admittedly the last paragraph Student Reaction Editor top of the television and repeat that was a tad bit over the top. But most Ben Mackin several times until the set is in no less of the time I halfway feel like I might email@example.com than 36 pieces. Now once you have actually do that. Look at garbage all your pieces, sweep them in to a the television is feeding us. Shows Advertising Manager pile all nice and neat. Once you’ve like Rock of Love, Shot of Love, and Rebekah Newhouse done that, spritz the pile with a liberal the one that seems to have started it firstname.lastname@example.org By Ben Mackin amount of gasoline and set it ablaze all Flavor of Love are plunging us Columnist with the matches. Now as you squeal deeper and deeper into a societal dark Advisor with glee, watching what used to age. Reality shows are not solely Stuart Babington email@example.com Okay kiddos, Uncle Ben be your television burn, you should to blame, celebrity gossip on the E has an arts and crafts project for feel a weird sensation enter your left channel is just as bad. Every time you. All you need is your television, nostril and then slowly exit your right some celebrity starlet parks his or her Publisher some safety goggles, an ax (sledge ear. That sensation is the brain cells car up a tree because of all the illegal Rankin Publishing hammers and heavy baseball bats will you killed during years of watching substances they jammed up their nose, 7401 Spencer Rd Irvington, Al 36544 work too), gasoline, and matches. television, restoring themselves. we sit their passively while major office: (251) 824-3162 Remember to get your parents (Important note, if the sensation starts news sources feed us this useless permission before borrowing their in the right nostril and exits the left see Reality TV on page 8 Opinions& Editorials Wednesday, March 19, 2008 The SpringHillian 7 We’ve been fed lies all of our lives Take the second chances you get By Shea Zirlott Let’s face it- it is a all the children, and none of the baskets By Tyrone Barnes Opinions Editor simple fact of life. We that any of my friends ever got looked Columnist have all been lied to. We anywhere near how mine did. “I cannot say whether things will have all been misled. It all began when Looking past that minor detail, get better if we change; what I can we were too small to remember, and our I always asked about a major one, how say is they must change if they are parents probably did it first. did they get in the houses? The answer I to get better.” As Easter comes around the got was that they had a magical key that - George C. Litchenberg corner, who can forget waking up early could open any door, but how creepy is One would call new years in the morning before going to church, that? I was always worried that the key life’s little second chances. anticipating what the Easter Bunny had would get into the wrong hands and that Frequently, they prove to be many left for you, when in fact, that was not the someone would attack the Easter Bunny individuals fleeting opportunity case? The same is true for the ruse of the to get the key and then have the ability make quixotic resolutions and pie-crust promises that never may Tooth Fairy and St. Nick, but we all fell to break into any house in the world, and come to pass but allow people to shape their attitudes towards for it, year after year. One year, I even that scared the living daylights out of me how they will cope with the difficulties of reform and the left a carrot out for the “Easter Bunny” when I was about 8 years old. temptations of regression that await them in the upcoming three- and the next morning, there were bite But the Tooth Fairy, the Easter hundred and sixty-five days. Is it so vainful for HUMANS to marks, and I fell for it. The “Tooth Fairy” Bunny, those were just the tip of the possess desires of improvement? Should we not even bother with even forgot about me once, but when she iceberg. It didn’t all end with our parents; flighty cliches of “turning over a new leaf” or “a fresh start?” finally remembered, there was a nice little consider what the television shows and Personally, I do believe that we as a people should strive note about how sorry she was, and she left movies we were all watching taught us. to become better in ways that allow us to endure and to accept me double the money, so I was okay with Assuming that most college students change. Each day, we wake up more or less different,” but yet being forgotten. are around the age of 20 and grew up not the same as yesterday. Although it may not be sparked by the If you actually think about what in the late 80s and early 90s we all closing of the month of December, this change is still significant probably watched and read a lot of the and meaningful in its own way. same things. The 90s were considered New beginnings do not come necessarily with the arrival the Golden Age of children’s television of a new year, but rather with the acknowledgement of a small shows according to A&E, they were even change-for the better or for the worst- that has taken place in the watched by adults, but today’s kids shows individual. Often, we tend to think that we need a renewal of all are mind numbingly dull for the most our sins in order to ascend towards perfection. Contrarily, it is part. The things we were watching and our flaws that permit us to crave a state of being, one which is read included: Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, more refreshing, more capable, more stable…. It is these flaws Curious George, Disney movies, Captain that make us human. Planet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bill Oh so what if life is written in pen? The real “whitting- Nye the Science Guy and Full House, just out” of mistakes comes into play when we have stopped to name a few. becoming victims of our own weaknesses, and we use those The first that I have a bone to weaknesses to generate new strengths. It’s called sublimation, pick with is Disney. I’ll admit, I was people! The man who exhibits violent behavior becomes a mildly obsessed with the princess movies, butcher or engages in rough contact sports. The young lady who considering that I am a girl and all. Since has a horrible habit of biting her nails takes a job at a lumber Photo by Amanda Unrue I was born in 1987, Disney has put out yard chopping wood. Besides the humor you may find in these A child poses with the Easter Bunny this past at least 25 animated films (because let’s examples, it is important to realize the parallel moral conveyed Sunday at the Fun Fair. If the poor child only face it, those are the best ones and Disney in this manipulated Thomas Edison quotation: “Our greatest knew what she was in for in later years, would weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is she be so welcoming? Probably not. needs to go back to its roots of animation and do what it does best), and the majority [not attempt to please others and do what works for you].” this could do to a child, it could be quite of them had a princess-like heroine, and Let’s face it. Check and balances extended far beyond traumatizing. Just imagine, you believe what little girl didn’t dream of being a the corrupt American legal system: light and dark, love and something your entire life, even though princess? I sure did, I was convinced that hate, heaven and hell. These abstract concepts have the ability at this point it is still short, and then all of I was going to be a mermaid one day to oppose one another, yet co-exist harmoniously with each the sudden, you hear something different. like the Little Mermaid, even though I recognizing and honoring the other’s purpose. Reason and One day in about the 5th grade, some mean couldn’t, and still can’t swim. That was emotion are the primary forces that govern us all. Frequently, kid decides to tell you that it all isn’t true, a minor detail. I was convinced that we pay excessive amounts of attention to the emotion behind and that your parents had been lying to happily ever after was how every story the reason instead of the reason behind the emotion. Perhaps, you. If there is one way to kill all trust, I ended, even in real life, but sadly that we not only should embrace the “now” emotions of a particular would have to say that would be it. is not always the case. So, in a nutshell situation, but also we should appreciate the “then” reason for the I always thought that these myths Disney is the most responsible for the purpose of that particular situation. Even though we may not be were a little far fetched. I mean, take disillusionment of young children. Guess capable of deciding what will be the end of the beginning and for example a human sized bunny that who owns a good what will be the beginning of the end in our life’s journey, it is hopped to every house and left baskets for chunk of media See Lies on page 8 quite possible to effect some positive change in the middle! Opinions& R eaction 8 The SpringHillian Wednesday, March 19, 2007 Editorials Spring Break from page 6 The answer is roughly $46, or 84 cans of Natural Light. If you use the 2002 Toyota Prius Hybrid, I just don’t know. By the way, do you know any college students with $21,000 I can borrow? Student As for real solutions, the late Kurt average low of $1.12, you have close to Vonnegut might suggest we enter rehab $60 or 120 cans of “Natty”. If you happen for an addiction to fossil fuels. While that to like Corona with a twist of lime when isn’t a bad idea, I suggest someone arrange you’re at the beach, the number of beers a car pool to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or declines significantly, but the ever-awesome Pensacola. If that doesn’t work out you can mid-day hangover might not be as bad. Is there anything we can do to lower find me on the golf course. What television show No matter what your spring break the astronomical prices of gasoline? Short of buying a $21,000, 48 mile per gallon plans are, have fun and be safe! would you make Reality TV from page 6 information about people dissappear? who deserve none of this attention. Meanwhile we have thousands of men and women in combat all over the Middle East, and a rising unemployment rate and a host of other things we all need to be worried about. I have avoided writing about “Mind of Mencia... and Carlos this for the sole reason I did not want to give this drivel Mencia in general” another platform, but I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when it’s good for me. -Charlie Weed ‘09 I understand that a lot of this reality television Photo Courtesy of MTV.com has a train wreck quality to it, that keeps otherwise very The logo from Flavor of Love, intelligent people from turning away. I’ll be the first to one of the pointless, worthless, admit I have watched my share of garbage, and by no television shows that take our means am I saying that we need to be all serious all of attention away from more im- the time, but we as a society can do better. We must do portant and worthwhile things. better. “Super Nanny” Lies from page 7 a man with a big yellow Street a little too far, arguing -Kristi Wbarra ‘10 outlets? Disney, and that is hat, because he was too that the show is racist and not a good thing if you want curious about people he supported childhood obesity. diversity. didn’t know. The kidnapping I was rather shocked to find However, Disney is portrayed as the best out that the Cookie Monster was not the only company thing that ever happened to is no longer obsessed putting out subliminal Curious George, so what with cookies because the “American Idol” messaging. There are a lot does that tell children? Talk argument was made that he of things, if taken at face to strangers, especially if was adding to the childhood C. Anderson Romagnano value and not really thought they have a big yellow hat, obesity trend. The show ‘08 through that could be because they are safe and has recently turned him misconstrued by a child. fun to be around? into a Veggie Monster, and Take Curious Of course, a staple that just ruins the whole George for example, and of childhood is Sesame character. Overall the show remember how he ended up Street, and that street is just can’t have been that horrible out of the jungle. He was, full of lessons for children. considering that generations in essence, kidnapped by I’ll admit, Sesame Street have grown up watching is an amazing it and we all seem to have aid to help turned out okay. children learn Children are “Gilmore Girls...They talk their ABCs, it susceptible to new ideas, way too fast” is even a very and tend to take them to effective way to heart a little too quickly Audrey McIntosh ‘09 keep children without really thinking entertained for them through, so what did a whole hour, we learn while growing up, but what else? and how has that shaped Photo Courtesy of movies.yahoo.com Some people the generation that we have Curious George being kidnapped by the take their fight become today? Maybe we man in the big yellow hat. against Sesame will never really know. Compiled By Ben Mackin LIFE& CULTURE Wednesday, March 19, 2008 The SpringHillian 9 Dr Boyle: The man with Unknown facts about Easter traditions the key to SHC’s past By Michelle Bacho of new life coincided with the pagan springtime By Mallory Lindsly Contributing Writer celebrations. Because of the similarities of the two Life & Culture Editor holidays, the pagan traditions slowly became apart of Lamb chops - prepared in a Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail. the Easter celebration, according to factmonster.com. skillet - are for dinner tonight after a Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way! Interestingly enough, the importance of eggs long day of working in the archives. comes from medieval history, where eggs were not Soft classical music can sometimes be You may remember this little ditty from allowed to be consumed during the time of Lent, heard playing courtesy of the station Kindergarten, when your teacher first began to teach according to factmonster.com. Any eggs laid during the WHIL from the mysterious room on you of the holiday that involves chocolate bunnies, jelly Lenten season were to be boiled. On Easter Sunday, the second floor of the Burke Memorial beans and a big rabbit that sneaks into your house at eggs, being a staple of medieval diets, were considered a Library. With many interesting displays night to hide colored eggs. Yet these beloved traditions great prize for children. Factmonster.com also noted that shown through the window, many seem rather absurd when one correlates them with the because of the value of the eggs, games were invented students do not know what exactly goes actual purpose of the holiday--the death and resurrection to make the finding of the prizes more exciting. on in that room or what is behind the of Jesus Christ. Looking into the meanings of Easter Another take on the origin of Easter eggs comes man who works in the archives. traditions sheds light on the connection. from the Byzantine Catholic tradition. Fr. Michael Every weekday Dr. Charles J. For Christians, Easter is the most important Hayduk, priest of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Parma, Boyle paces towards the second floor of holiday of the year, Ohio said, “When the Burke Memorial Library to bring the because it symbolizes the Jesus rose from the archives alive. The room is short-lived salvation of their souls by dead, the emperor at however, and is usually open from 1:30 the resurrection of Jesus. the time summoned p.m. - 4:30 p.m., but the history and According to history. Mary Magdalene. memories of Spring Hill College come com, Easter is considered She went to him and alive to those who visit. a movable feast, because said ‘Christ is risen’ Dr. Boyle was born in Bristol, the holiday can fall on any and handed him an Pennsylvania but shortly moved to New Sunday between March egg. The emperor, not Jersey as an infant. He came to Spring 22 and April 25, yet there believing Magdalene, see Boyle page 10 are quite a few questions told her that if Christ surrounding the symbols truly rose from the of the holiday. dead then the egg Junior Kathleen would turn red, in Bodiford said, “I never which it did.” really understood the idea Sophomore of Easter egg hunts Photo Courtesy of Google Images Adrianna Moreno because bunnies don’t A typical commercialized Easter portrait of a bunny and said, “I never could lay eggs or hatch from and baby duckling. understand why them so why would we would bake a the Easter Bunny hide them?” This pondering is one cake in the shape of a lamb.” The lamb, a symbol of the more common questions people have about for Jesus, is easy to understand. But there is more the holiday. So what is the significance of the rabbit to its symbolism. According to Fr. Hayduk, “Cakes, MOBILE and the colored Easter eggs? The answer lies not in butter, cheese, ham and other fatty, rich foods were 5632 Old Shell Road---342-0575 Christian traditions, but rather, a pagan tradition. (and to some extent still are) usually given up during 6345 Cottage Hill---660-9814 Many Easter traditions are believed to have the season of Lent.” Therefore, when the fast was $2 originated in the pagan celebration of the spring broken on Easter day, the cake was considered a DAPHNE OFF season. According to history.com, scholars believe special treat. 6880 Hwy 90, Suite 7 a regular that the name Easter derives from the Teutonic So, while Easter has some odd traditions, one Jubilee Square Shopping Center---621-8055 Super- goddess Eastre, the goddess of spring and fertility. can trace them back to the main point of the holiday— Cuts A whole month was dedicated to Eastre, which rebirth and new life. To paraphrase John 3:16, when SEMMES haircut 7885 Moffett Road happened to be the month of April. Her symbol was, Jesus died and resurrected he granted everyone eternal (By Wal-Mart Center)---645-0429 with this you guessed it, a rabbit (for fertility) and colored life, a new life. When the pagans celebrated the feast ad and eggs (symbolizing the light of springtime). Also, of Easter, they celebrated new life and rebirth. Maybe SARALAND student when Christian missionaries went to “civilize” tribes Easter traditions aren’t so odd after all… 1204 Shelton Beach Road---679-0898 ID in Northern Europe, they noticed that their holiday www.supercuts.com LIFE & 10 The SpringHillian Wednesday, March 19, 2008 CULTURE Boyle from page 9 Hill College because of an appealing advertisement in a magazine. The atmosphere was quite different than New Jersey and Boyle reminisced, “I thought I would transfer after a year or so, something nearer to home. But I never did transfer, I lost the urge and really learned to like Spring Hill.” Spring Hill was something that he really did learn to like. Dr. Boyle started working at Spring Hill in 1952, but took a brief hiatus from 1953-1957 to work as a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin. He returned to Spring Hill in 1957 and has been everything from an assistant professor to the archivist ever since. He has been named Teacher of the Year, twice, in 1963 and 1986, received the distinguished professor award in 1963, and was named Professor Emeritus in 1990. While at Spring Hill, Dr. Boyle received his B.A. in English, went on to get his M.A. in English at Marquette, and studied American Literature at the University of Wisconsin to attain his Ph.D. Amusingly, the switching majors has been common to all generations because Dr. Boyle first came to Spring Hill to study Pre-Medicine, but that lasted for one semester. He commented that, “I did alright, but I just felt that wasn’t where I belong. So I changed to English and worked for a B.A. degree.” If he could go back in the past, Dr. Boyle said, “I suppose I would be a medical doctor, but I am not at all sure that I have the scientific skills needed. But I really woudl have liked to be a family physician.” His journey of becoming the archivist started when the president of the school, Father Rewak, approached Dr. Boyle because he was the chairman of an anniversary. His interest in the archives allowed him to become the archivist in Photo by Adam Ganucheau 1991. Dr. Boyle enjoying the spotlight, just another day in the life of Dr. Boyle spends most of his time researching for other people about Spring Spring Hill’s archivist. Hill College. He said, “I spend most of my time replying to inquiries which come mostly come from email, some by telephone.” Many of these inquiries have to deal with relatives that have passed away, and the grandchild or child is trying to attain more information. Dr. Boyle’s favorite question is when someone comes in asking for information about his or her great-great grandfather. These historical questions allow Dr. Boyle to dive into the archives. When the archives started they were written very extensively. However, systemic record keeping did not exist for the first 17 years when Spring Hill was still a diocesan school. 251.341.4585 Boyle said, “We have books that the Jesuits kept called student registers. 5837 Old Shell Road • Mobile, AL 36608 After the student’s name they would write down his first appearance and the first firstname.lastname@example.org • www.usa-storage.net day he came. They would write down very extensive entries about him, what education he had had so far, what language he knows, give his parents names- but often times the parents have already died. It is very interesting to go into those old 10% student discount files. The Jesuits were wonderful file keepers and information storers.” These books are accessible in the front room of the archives. Periodically, there are new exhibits in the front room of the archives. Dr. • Boxes, Tape and Packaging Supplies Available to Purchase Boyle likes putting together these rooms and the exhibits that students have created. • High Tech Security with 30 Cameras Continually Recording “It is a good deal of fun to do these exhibits. I feel a real contact with the past, and • No Long-Term Contract Required that is a nice experience.” • Key Pad Entry -- 7 Day Access Dr. Boyle urges students to come and explore the archives. Many students • Carts and Dollies Available have searched through the archives because of classes Spring Hill has offered. Dr. • Climate Controlled Units O • On-Site Management L Boyle said, “I believe the best way to contact to the archives is through certain D • Covered Entrances classes. Dr. Forstrom brings a class in to spend an hour or more looking at items • Various Sizes S and old records in the archives. They are learning something about the past, it is H always fun and interesting.” **10% DISCOUNT NOT E L If any student want to learn more about Spring Hill’s past, or about a VALID WITH ANY L UNIVERSITY relative, the best place to start this research is in the Spring Hill archives located on OTHER PROMOTIONAL the second floor of the Burke Library. DISCOUNT** LIFE & CULTURE Wednesday, March 19, 2008 The SpringHillian 11 Arlene Mitchell theatre hosts one-acts Spring Hill: A world By Heather Bozant Contributing Writer between the two highlights the right and wrong ways to meet someone; however, unlike any other On March 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., in an ingenious move, the characters are By Kate Griffith the Arlene Mitchell Theatre opened its allowed to start over when they make a Columnist doors to reveal the setting of a single table mistake by the tone of a bell. The bell Spring Hill may not set in the middle of the black box theatre signifies their chance to redo their mistake, be on top of a mountain that with two chairs at either end. This simple until finally making the good impression. looms high above the city setting was the scene for “Sure Thing,” The acting and dialogue between Junius of Mobile, visible for miles a one-act play written by David Ives and and Stoves was amazing, particularly the around, but anyone who directed by Spring Hill College sophomore accuracy of Junius’ facial expressions has ever run up it can attest Ryan Nocito. The act lasted about half an of disgust as Stoves says the completely to the fact that we are most hour, starring Marissa Junius, a junior, and inappropriate or wrong phrase in response certainly on a hill. Being “on Jared Stoves, a sophomore. After a brief to her questions. With such a minimal the Hill” means more than just intermission and set change, the audience setting, the tone of the play is set by the physically being at Spring Hill. It’s a whole experience, part entered the world of a married couple’s actors and with Stoves’ silly mistakes and of which includes the infamous Spring Hill bubble. Before living room, holding an over sized arm ultimate corrections, it is amusing to watch you think that I’m jumping the gun in calling the bubble chair and ottoman with a small end table, as Junius twists her face in signs of disgust “infamous,” keep reading and you’ll find that you know setting the scene for “The Problem,” or lights up and leans in closer when exactly what I’m talking about. another one act by A. R. Gurney. Stoves says the right thing. The chemistry One aspect of the Spring Hill bubble is the way we “Sure Thing” was a play revolving between both actors worked out great, but are so cut off from the world. You actually have to make an around the various ways of meeting was seen in a better view in the second effort to keep up with the outside world. I hardly ever have someone for the first time. Marissa Junius play, “The Problem.” my TV tuned to the news, and my Internet Explorer, just like entered the stage first carrying a coffee “The Problem” revolves around every computer in the library, pulls up the SHC homepage. mug and a book and sat at the table in an evening in a married couple’s life Newspapers aren’t readily delivered to dorm rooms, leaving center stage. As Jared Stoves entered, where the idea of pregnancy is seen as me with little to no exposure to the current events of the the comedy began as the two strangers a “problem” and the idea of affairs and world. I couldn’t tell you how the presidential primaries are commence their meeting. Following the sexuality is twisted and played with in going or the status of the war in Iraq, much less what the idea that a person only gets one chance weather is going to be tomorrow. This lack of information to make a good impression, the banter see One Acts page 13 about the outside world was most apparent when a very notable event occured during my freshman year: Hurricane Katrina. Something as emotionally charged as Hurricane Katrina unfortunately quickly turns into an almost cliché phrase, like 9/11. The fact of the matter is that an event that touched so many people’s lives can easily be used to turn the sympathy of the masses. However, the importance of this event should not be overlooked, cliché though it may have become. It changed forever the lives of many people on the Gulf Coast. It is one of the defining moments of not only my freshman year but my entire Spring Hill experience. As important as Hurricane Katrina was, the surprising fact is that I didn’t know about it until perhaps two days before it hit. To put it mildly, I probably should have known about an impending natural disaster of such a large scale, especially since it was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, on which Mobile Bay sits. The fact of the matter was that I knew nothing. I had no idea there was anything that big and devastating heading our way. Suddenly, the Category 3 storm hit, the levees broke, we were out of school for a week, and dozens of people I had just come to know had their lives back home drastically changed. It still amazes me that I had no idea the storm was going to hit until it practically made landfall. Through this experience, I can testify to the fact that the bubble fairly well Photo by Adam Ganucheau seals out the world around Spring Hill. Students (left-to-right) Ryan Nocito, Marissa Junius and Jared Stoves pose after the successful one-acts. see Bubble page 13 LIFE & 12 The SpringHillian Wednesday, March 19, 2008 CULTURE Movie Review: Dan in Real Life Mellow Mushroom holds By: Evan Parrott What helps the family on screen seem so true and relatable is the incredible 1st Annual MellowFest By Rebekah Newhouse Staff Writer supporting cast which makes up the Staff Writer “Dan in Real group. Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche On Saturday, March 22, Mellow Mushroom Life,” which was play the characters who round out the off on Old Shell Road will be hosting its first annual released on DVD beat love triangle as Dan’s brother and “MellowFest” which will consist of four bands. on March 11, is his girlfriend. However, it is Dan’s three The bands participating in the festival include about Dan Burns daughters, played by Allison Pill, Brittany Tubesock, Hank Becker and Friends, Poor Pete and (Steve Carell), Robertson and Marlene Lawston, who Grayson Capps. Hank Becker and Friends and Grayson a widower father of three, who also writes come very close to stealing the show. They Capps both classify themselves as having an Indie a parenting advice column for the local have no problem hanging with veterans sound while Poor Pete is an acoustic folk performer. newspaper. During a family vacation, he John Mahoney (Frasier) and Dianne Wiest Tubesock will be opening at 1 p.m. and Grayson Capps is consumed in a love triangle when he (Bullets over Broadway). will be closing the festival. Mellow Fest will end at 10 mistakenly falls for the girlfriend of his Apart from the insightful story p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of younger brother. What results is a man’s and flawless supporting cast, the rest of the festival. personal journey in facing his widely- the movie belongs to Steve Carell. In the Other music performances in the area include known convictions in route of finding real spirit of John Ritter and Jim Carey, Carell Strongfold and The Uglistick. Strongfold will be life happiness. is quietly becoming the most popular performing on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March Dan faces several problems on his physical comedian of his era. He has 22 at Grand Central on Dauphin Street. The group journey, including dealing with his three amazing screen presence and demands will start performing at 11 p.m. with free admission precocious daughters, competing with the viewers’ attention when he enters the for those who have a Grand Central membership card. his brother, gaining the acceptance of his screen. In “Dan in Real Life”, Carell According to Strongfold’s Myspace account, the group parents and writing a novel. revels in the humor he has come to be is an eclectic mix of hard rock and metal covers. The movie provides a window known for. The same humor which made The Uglistick will be performing at Soul into reality and provides insight into the him stand out on “The Daily Show” and Kitchen on Dauphin Street on Friday, March 21. imperfections of family. Though the movie “Bruce Almighty,” and the same humor According to theuglistick.com, the groups’ styles, such is humorous (it does have Steve Carell), that currently carries the Emmy award as pop/singer songwriter, funk and hip-hop, inspire there is an underlying theme of honesty winning sitcom “The Office.” their music. Showtime starts at 11 p.m. and tickets are present throughout the story. The viewers There are many reasons to watch $7 at the door. If you miss them at Soul Kitchen, The find themselves seeing their own family’s “Dan in Real Life.” Whether it is for a Uglistick will be performing at Bluegill Restaurant on quirks and imperfections in the family on laugh, a date or just to be entertained; the Battleship Parkway by the bay on Sunday, March 23. screen. movie, much like Steve Carell, does it all. Showtime starts at 5:30 p.m. and it is free to get in. Telemarketers are now targeting cell phones By Mallory Lindsly After entering in your 10-digit phone Life & Culture Editor number, the pre-recording states that, “in 31 Over the past few weeks, some Spring Hill days most telemarketers will no longer call students may have realized that they are receiving you.” However, if any telemarketers do call calls from telemarketers on their cell phones. This is you, one can file a complaint through 1-888- because telemarketers are now allowed to solicit cell 383-1222 or www.donotcall.gov. When filing a phones. complaint, make sure to have the company name However, many students do not wish to be or phone number. disturbed during their naps with these unnecessary According to FTC.gov, “The testimony, phone calls, so the Federal Trade Commission, FTC, when the registry was developed, the decided to make a web site and telephone number to Commission adopted a five-year re-registration add a cell number to a “do not call list.” mechanism and said that the list – which now The telephone number can be accessed contains more than 145 million phone numbers through 1-888-383-1222 and is offered in two different – would be periodically purged of disconnected languages, English and Spanish. On this automated or reassigned numbers. This was done to ensure phone message, the recording says, “You must be that the registry was as accurate as possible.” calling from the number you want to register, if you Make sure to register your cell phone are not you please call back from that number or you number soon so the next time you are taking a may register by using our Web site by going to www. nap between classes a telemarketer will not call Photo Courtesy of ftc.gov donotcall.gov. Remember you are registering for you to sell you indestructible plastic containers. Taking the right precautions will save valuable everyone in your household who uses this number.” cell-phone minutes. LIFE & CULTURE Wednesday, March 19, 2008 The SpringHillian 13 One-Acts from page 11 Bubble from page 11 order to emphasize the hilarity of sexual adventures. Stoves stays in his arm The bubble keeps the inside in just as well as it keeps chair for most of the act as Junius attempts to get his attention with her large the outside out. We are a pretty self-sufficient community belly as it protrudes from under a black and white flowered shirt. As Stoves here at Spring Hill College. A substantial number of students remains preoccupied with a book that he is reading, Junius continually walks live on campus, which means that we have a lot of goods and around talking about her view of “the problem.” However, the chemistry services available to us without leaving the boundaries of our between both actors is what makes the play a success—as the scene heats up and campus. For that reason, a car is relatively unnecessary for Junius relates her tales of sexual adventures in the “black ghetto,” her excitement coming to Spring Hill. To be honest, you don’t really have to is caught up both in the rise of her tone, as well as her expression of intensity use it that much. If you find you need a car for one reason or and excitement as she gets caught up in the moment. Meanwhile, the audience another, you’re practically guaranteed to have a friend that watches Stoves, whose expression remains masked until her tale is complete; you can mooch off of who has a car, and you might as well suddenly, he grins in a mischievous way and relates how her sexual escapades let someone else pay the $100 parking fee. In fact, you could have turned him on. In perhaps the funniest scene of the play, Stoves proceeds to survive without leaving campus for quite awhile. Observe: act like a monkey before carrying Junius off stage in likeness to King Kong. The food is available in the Caf., the Cloister, Java City, at the golf audience remains laughing as the lights come up and the actors take their final course, and in vending machines at all hours of the day and bows. night; toilet paper can be permanently borrowed from any Both of the plays were equal in its comedic strains, particularly with the number of locations; we have our own church, pool, gym, expressions and tones of Junius and Stoves. Their chemistry was equally matched library, apartment buildings and even golf course, along with and created an effect that not only drew them together, but also drew in the audience. Internet and TV aplenty, not to mention the movie showings; However, while the acting in the play is the majority of what the audience we have a menagerie of cats, raccoons, and roosters; and any sees, attention must be given to the director, without whom the play would have school supplies or birthday presents you may need to purchase never been performed quite as well as it was. Ryan Nocito directed this play for can be found at the (admittedly overpriced) bookstore. I’m a class he is taking this semester with Fr. Campbell, however, it is not the first not saying it’s necessarily the most economic way to live, I’m time he has been in the role of director. After running into Nocito, I was able to just saying that you could do it. I wouldn’t suggest attempting ask him a few questions regarding the directing of both plays. He was pleasantly such a feat for an extended period of time, however: one surprised to find that most people had taken a liking to “The Problem” over of the documented side effects is cabin fever, and the only “Sure Thing,” but as I pointed out I think that this was because the chemistry prescription is getting off the Hill. between Junius and Stoves stood out a lot more in “The Problem.” While this For some people, the Spring Hill bubble may be a good event was the first time Nocito has directed “straight” plays—meaning non- thing, something that helps foster the tight-knit community musical—he has directed musicals, particularly Footloose last summer with here at our little school. For others, the Spring Hill bubble is his theatre company, which he and a friend started two years ago. However, an annoyance to be dealt with by spending as much time away he much prefers working with plays such as “Sure Thing” and “The Problem” from school as possible. No matter how you feel about the because he is able to deal directly with the actors and the script. Being his first bubble at 4000 Dauphin Street, it’s here to stay. You might as “straight” theatre event, “An Evening of One Acts” was performed on par with well get used to it or else try to find some way around it. And that of a professional who has been directing for years. The evening was one of I wonder: do you think you could see the bubble from space if enjoyment and the plays were spectacularly amusing. you squint real hard? C a l e n d a r o f E v e n t s Date Details Time Location Thursday, March 20, 2008 Lecture: Sharks! 7 p.m. Mobile Public Library, West Regional John Dindo Branch free admission Thursday, March 20, 2008 International Film Series: 7 p.m. University of South Alabama Library, Einer Trage Des Anderen Last Auditorium (Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens) Subtitles, free admision Monday, March 24, 2008 Jazz Jambalaya: 6:30 p.m. Gulf City Lodge A Tribute to Miles Davis featuring Jer- 601 State St. maine English Quintet, members $7 non- members $10, includes jambalya dinner Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Tuesday Cinema: 6:45 p.m. Mobile Public Library. Ben May Main Avenue Montaigne Library free admission 14 The SpringHillian Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Sports One on one with basketball coach Robert Thompson By Justin Woodard Thompson. He is married to Alfreda. the reasons I got into coaching; I given to me,” said Thompson. He Sports Editor Talking about being away from his wanted to have a positive impact on added, “I have been blessed to coach The head coach of the men’s family when on the road with the the lives of others.” It is clear that the sport I love for 16 years. I have basketball team here at Spring Hill basketball team, Thompson said, Thompson takes great pride in his spent nine years as a head coach is a man who instills in his players “First, you must have a coach’s wife job, and is a man of courage and and seven years as an assistant. It much more than just X’s and O’s. or you cannot do this business. I someone who has respect for others. still seems like yesterday when I He is a family man, and someone am very thankful that my wife is Coach Thompson always got my first break to make a living who fits in with the religious and supportive of my profession. I have knew he wanted to be a basketball doing something I love so much.” close family society of Spring Hill two boys who want dad home, but coach, and there are so many There are four seniors that College. my wife does an outstanding job different aspects of coaching, but coach Thompson is going to lose Head coach Robert explaining to the kids that daddy has he has one that he holds true to his to graduation and who are all very Thompson just finished up his fifth an important job to accomplish.” It heart. Thompson said, “My favorite talented players, and the coach’s season as the men’s basketball does not appear that there is a better aspect of coaching is the on-the-floor first recruiting class here at SHC. coach, and he finished the year with coach to be at a college like Spring teaching. I get an extreme pleasure Senior forward Noah Woolridge, an impressive overall record of 19- Hill who brings deep values to the seeing the maturity of players develop who scored over 1,300 points in 12. The men’s team made it to the table like coach Thompson. on and off the basketball court.” his career, senior forward Cash semifinals of the Gulf Coast Athletic In 2003, Thompson became Talking specifically about Spring Hill Covington who scored over 1,200 Conference tournament before the 13 head coach in the history of th College, Thompson said, “The thing I points in his career, guard Rob ending its season with a loss to No.4 the men’s basketball program here love the most about coaching at SHC Murray, and guard Hays Zieman are LSU-Shreveport, whom the Badgers at SHC. He said that he had always is it gives me that opportunity. My the four seniors who have played had already upset earlier in the year. wanted to be a head basketball role has been to turn boys into men. their last games in purple and white. Sometimes records and coach someday but he added that his A challenge I take with pride.” “It is going to be very difficult numbers aren’t all that important, decision wasn’t final until his junior Coach Thompson seems watching my four seniors graduate and we should take a closer look year of college. to enjoy many this season. These players have at the gentleman behind the play Oddly enough, aspects about brought so much to our program. calling, and the coaching of his Thompson earned the game of They were my first recruiting class team. Thompson is a man who his Bachelor basketball, and these guys were responsible brings a lot more to the table than of Science and teaches for taking our team to the national just standing on the sideline on in Physical his players life tournament during their tenure on game day and leading the purple and Education lessons through campus,” Thompson said. white. from Belhaven the game as well. Coach Thompson is truly A native of Tupelo, Miss., College, which When talking a joy to be around, and is always he came to Spring Hill after four is a conference about instilling there to support his guys. As seniors years as head coach at Arkansas foe of SHC. values within graduate, and players develop their Tech University. When asked why He also played his players, he skills under coach Thompson, it will he left Arkansas Tech to come on Belhaven’s said, “I would truly be a joy to watch all the new coach at Spring Hill in 2003, team when he Photo Courtesy of www.shcbadgers.com like every player talent he brings in and the teams Thompson said, “Pretty simple. was in college. Head Coach Robert Thompson. to learn that he develops here at Spring Hill I was fired because I did not win Thompson said life is about College. Thompson said, “I think it enough basketball games, something that his coach at Belhaven, Leannie decisions and those decisions effect is an awesome honor to put a group that is very common in any level Acuff, inspired him to do what he not only you but the people around of people together with different of athletics.” Thompson added, does today. “Coach Acuff really you and it is very important to treat personalities, motives, and gifts “However, looking back, it was the inspired me to be the best I could everyone the way you would want on the same floor. Although they best thing that ever happened to me. be. He also gave me the opportunity to be treated.” Not only on the court have their differences, the players I now realize that God had better to reflect on my life and see who do these values help his players, but are pursuing a common goal.” plans for me and I am so grateful.” and what influenced me the most,” Thompson also wants his players Thompson continued to comment on You get a sense of a straight line Thompson said. Coach reflected for to view him as a role model and a the subject and said, “It is the thrill shot with coach Thompson. On the a moment and said, “That answer type of person who they can talk to I receive at the end of each season. sidelines, he fights for his players was simple, the coach. A coach has as a friend and mentor. Thompson I ask myself at the end of every if he thinks the referee missed a always influenced me in a way of added, “These simple values teach year: Did this team work toward a call, he is constantly emphasizing how to live my life, whether it was responsibilities, respect for others, common denominator, to be one?” team basketball and he is a coach positive---things I should be doing commitment and the responsibility A season ends, and now a who clearly has a great head on his or negative---things I shouldn’t be of services.” new one will begin. You now have shoulders. doing. A coach has been the one to “I enjoy every moment more insight to the man calling the Thompson has two boys, 10- encourage me when I needed to be I can talking about the game of shots for the men’s basketball team, year-old Joshua Cordell Thompson encouraged and scolded me when basketball and I am truly grateful your head coach, Robert Thompson. and 5-year-old Justin Lydell I needed to be scolded. Those are for the blessings the good Lord has Sports Tournament time: Do Justin and Devin have it right? Wednesday, March 19, 2008 The SpringHillian 15 D/J- UNC D/J- Memphis D/J- UNC D/J- Memphis D- Arkansas D- Miss. St. J- Indiana D-Memphis J- Oregon D/J- UNC J-Pittsburgh D-Temple D/J- Notre Dame J- Mich. St. D- Wash. St. D-Temple J-Notre Dame J-Pittsburgh D/J- Wash. St. D/J- Pittsburgh D-Memphis D/J- UNC J-Texas D- St. Joes D- Marquette J- Oklahoma J- Kentucky D- Marquette D/J- Louisville D- Memphis J-Stanford J- UCLA D/J- Louisville D- Cornell J-Stanford D/J-Louisville D/J- Texas D- St. Mary’s D/J- Butler J-Miami D/J- Tennessee D/J- Texas D/J- Tennessee D/J- Texas D/J- Mt. St. Mary’s D- Memphis J- UNC D/J- Kansas D/J- UCLA D- BYU D/J- Kansas J- UCLA D/J- UNLV D-BYU D- UConn J-Texas A&M D/J- Kansas J- UCLA D-Villanova D- Drake D- G-town J-Clemson J- West. Kentucky D- Vandy J- UNC J- Clemson D/J- UConn D/J- Vandy D/J- UConn D- UConn D/J- G-town J- UCLA D- Purdue D/J- USC J- Baylor D-USC J- Wisconsin D/J- Xavier D/J- Wisconsin D/J- Xavier D/J- G-town D/J- Xavier D- West Va. D/J- Davidson J- Arizona Bracket Courtesy of espn.com D- West Va. D/J- G-town J- Duke D= Devin’s Picks D/J- G-town D/J- Duke J= Justin’s picks Men’s tennis picks up first win, women win four of five By Devin Golden The men’s team was shutout 9-0 on final two decisions. Sports Writer March 14 in a conference match against Xavier In the next conference match, the Over the weekend, the men’s tennis University of New Orleans. The men’s team also women won by a 7-2 decision over Belhaven team (1-8, 1-3 GCAC) picked up its first win lost on March 12 to LeTourneau University by a College. Angelle and Malone won the second of the season in a conference match, while the score of 8-1, and lost to Transylvania University doubles match and Fritscher and Tovar won women (6-3, 2-2 GCAC) won four out of five by a score of 7-2. the third match to take a 2-1 lead. Spring Hill matches last week, including splitting two GCAC The Lady Badgers lost a hard fought dropped the first singles match, but won the next matches. conference match to Xavier University of New five to earn a dominating conference victory. The men’s team picked up a win over Orleans by the score of 5-4. The Lady Badgers The women’s team defeated both Belhaven College by the score of 7-2 on won two of the three doubles matches as Abbey LeTourneau University and Transylvania Saturday. In doubles action, Evan Davis and Angelle and Paige Malone won the second match, University by the score of 9-0 last week, and won Brendan Gallagher picked up a win in the first while Lynne Fritscher and Alex Tovar won the 8-1 against University of Montevallo. match, and Nick Rayburn and Johnny Ngamvilay third doubles match. In singles action though, Both teams will battle conference foe won the third match. In singles action, the Xavier won four straight matches until Fritscher Xavier University of New Orleans at the Mobile Badgers won five of the six matches. and Tovar salvaged a 5-4 loss by winning the Tennis Center on March 20 beginning at 2 p.m. 16 The SpringHillian Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Sports The baseball team sweeps season series against Tougaloo By Justin Woodard Freshman pitcher Jonathan Poyner got Third baseman Brad Holstein and right fielder Sports Editor the start for the Badgers, and lasted three innings, Blake Nelson both had three hits in the game. Spring Hill’s baseball team (10-21, 6-14 gave up six hits, and just three earned runs. The Badgers finished up the season series GCAC) dropped a non-conference game versus Untimely errors were costly for the Badgers. with Tougaloo on Saturday afternoon and won Lyon College on Monday night by a score of In the weekend series against Tougaloo, both games by the scores of 6-0 and 8-3. 10-0. The Badger baseball team took all four the Badgers broke a five-game losing streak with In the first game on Saturday, junior Matt games from Tougaloo College over the weekend, a victory in the doubleheader against Tougaloo Hasley (1-3) pitched a complete-game one-hit capping off a sweep of the season six game series College by the scores of 9-1 and 17-1 on Friday shutout. Hasley gave up just two walks and with the Bulldogs. afternoon. struck out seven batters. Stewart collected three On Monday night, in the game against the In the first game, which was hits, including two doubles and Lyon College Scots, the game ended after seven a make-up game of a rainout from two RBIs. Fellow teammates, innings because of the ten-run rule. The Badgers earlier in the season, center fielder shortstop Nelson and second failed to record a hit in the entire game, and the Ryan Hall tied a school record baseman Tom Connors, each Scots starting pitcher, Brain Carr, struck out 11 with seven RBIs off of three hits. added two hits to the Badgers batters in six innings of work. The Scots right Left fielder Sam Stewart added offense with Connors having a fielder, Zac Wallace, went a perfect five for five at to the Badger offense with three RBI. Third baseman Holstein also the plate and scored three times. hits including a solo homerun. had two RBIs for the game. Sophomore Nick Clapper The second game saw UPCOMING GAMES (3-3) pitched his third junior Michael Bouche (1-2) pitch complete game of the Photo by Rebekah Newhouse six innings and allow two earned year, while ringing up Ryan Hall ties school record. runs with two walks and five TEAM DATE OPPONENT SITE eight Bulldog hitters on strikeouts. Stewart matched his MT Mar 20 Xavier Univ. (GCAC) Mobile Tennis strikeouts and gave up only one unearned efforts of the first game with another three hits. run. Center fielder Hall and second baseman Lucas WT Mar 20 Xavier Univ. (GCAC) Mobile Tennis The second game lasted just five Dobson each added two hits to Badger onslaught SB Mar 20 William Carey (GCAC) Hattiesburg, Miss. innings as SHC starter Taylor Chadick of Tougaloo. SB Mar 20 William Carey (GCAC) Hattiesburg, Miss. (3-3) collected his second complete game Sping Hill travels to Shreveport, La., SB Mar 21 Olivet Nazarene Univ. SHC of the season, allowing just one unearned this weekend to play LSU-Shreveport (20-8, 14- SB Mar 21 Olivert Nazarene Univ. SHC run off two hits and mowed down the 5 GCAC) in a three-game series beginning on MB Mar 21 LSU-Shreveport (GCAC) Shreveport, La. Bulldog hitters with nine strikeouts. Friday and wrapping up on Saturday. SB Mar 22 Thomas Univ. (Ga.) Thomasville, Ga. MB Mar 22 LSU-Shreveport (GCAC) Shreveport, La. Softball team wins both games on Monday SB Mar 22 Thomas Univ. (Ga.) Thomasville, Ga. By Devin Golden and drove in the only run of the game. The Sports Writer final game on Saturday saw the Lady Badgers The Spring Hill softball team (13-10, fall 8-1 to St. Gregory’s University. KEY 1-1 GCAC) won two of six games at the On Sunday, the Lady Badgers fell to WT- Women’s Tennis SB- Softball Gulf Coast Invitational in Orange Beach, but the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma City University MB- Men’s Baseball MT- Men’s Tennis rebounded to win both games of a Monday by the score of 3-0 at the Invitational. Lauren doubleheader against Oklahoma Baptist Herrera (1-5) pitched well against the top- University. ranked team and went the entire game but RECENT RESULTS The first two games of the invitational took the loss as the Lady Badgers could not were on Friday as the Lady Badgers fell to manufacture any runs. Columbia College (Mo.) and Shorter College On Monday, the Lady Badgers pulled (Ga.) by a score of 5-1. off a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma TEAM DATE OPPONENT OUTCOME The first game on Saturday saw the Baptist University. In the first game, Herrera SB Mar 17 Oklahoma-Baptist W: 5-1 Lady Badgers destroy Thomas University drove in the winning run in the bottom of the MB Mar 17 Lyon College L: 10-0 (Ga.) by a score of 8-0 in five innings. seventh inning on a single to give the Lady SB Mar 17 Oklahoma Baptist W: 3-2 Samantha Brooks pitched a complete game Badgers a 3-2 victory. Abate (4-0) picked up SB Mar 16 Oklahoma City L: 3-0 shutout for the Lady Badgers while allowing the complete game win. In the second game, SB Mar 15 St. Gregory’s L: 8-1 three hits in the contest and striking out six. At the Lady Badgers continued with their solid MB Mar 16 Tougaloo (GCAC) W: 8-3 the plate, Lauren Herrera drove in three runs pitching as Brooks (8-4) did not allow an WT Mar 15 Belhaven (GCAC) W: 7-2 to lead the offensive charge. earned run in a 5-1 win. MT Mar 15 Belhaven (GCAC) W: 7-2 In the next game of the Invitational, The Lady Badgers next face the Lady Badgers picked up a 1-0 win behind conference foe WIlliam Carey University SB Mar 15 Oklahoma Baptist W: 1-0 the arm and bat of Brittany Abate, who in a doubleheader in Hattiesburg, Miss., on MB Mar 15 Tougaloo (GCAC) W: 6-0 pitched a complete game shutout, had two hits Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.