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Collegian THE MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA INSIDE New Clinton library set to open Students host retreats Stephanie Brady Assistant Editor “It’s beautiful, it really is,” Lassiter College. said. “The property itself is very calm and Trisha Nelson-Easley, who is director Read about the new Journey Leaders of the Baptist The new Quisenberry library will hold tranquil.” of the paralegal studies program at MC, is Student Union and how they host retreats to help its open house on Sunday, May 2, from 2-5 The town of Clinton has the largest giving a presentation on preserving your young students. p.m. After seven years of planning, building, circulation of books in the system, and the family heirlooms. Nelson-Easley is even BSU Journey Leaders, Page 2 set backs (due to Katrina) and preparation, new library will help keep that flow steady encouraging people to bring their aged the ribbon will be cut and the library will be while increasing the amount of literature artifacts from home and will try to take available to the public. available to a broader range of people. Not individual questions and offer advice for Newfound inspiration 10 years ago Susan Lassiter, an English only that, but the library holds around 45 specific cases. The presentation will be professor at Mississippi College, wrote a public computers, study rooms that can be given on Saturday, May 15 from 1-2 p.m. Read about one girl’s change of heart and how you letter to The Clinton News discussing the rented out for free and meeting rooms that “We also have a great children’s center at could serve as the source of someone else’s change. need for a new library. Shortly after that, the can host 200 people. the library,” Lassiter said, “and fun activities Finding Inspiration, Page 3 mayor asked Lassiter to be on the Clinton The library’s preview day will be held for the children planned as well.” Library Advisory Board and the plans for the on May 1. Barry Hannah was scheduled to On Saturday, May 8, Diane de Groat, the new facility started to take place. make an appearance and speech, however, nationally acclaimed illustrator and author of “We were last on the list of towns that since his passing the mayor has decided the “Gilbert” series, will give a presentation Drinking in College were going to be given funds for a new to read the letter he sent, which will be for children and signed books will also Has drinking in college been taken too far? Read library,” Lassiter said, “so we started our framed and displayed in the library after the be available for purchase. Also on May 8, about seven different aspects of drinking on own foundation and came up with the money reading. Elizabeth Dampier, the voice of the young college campuses. ourselves.” The month of May looks to be an exciting Tiana in Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” College Drinking Insert, Pages 5-8 The Quisenberry family, all of whom one for the Quisenberry Public Library, and is scheduled to sign autographs from 1-2:30 Lassiter describes as “wonderful and civic- many of the events scheduled are sure to p.m. minded,” donated the land for the library. appeal to those affiliated with Mississippi Wedding Guide Rebekah Langley has put together a guide for wedding dos and don’ts for all you hopeless romantics. Check it out. Orientation welcomes new students Wedding Dos and Don’ts, Page 9 students. Another change will be the of the incoming students to help acclimate Mallory Dowdy Contributing Writer orientation book. Previously, the book to MC. The orientation leaders have been “The Experience” will begin for the 2010- has been an informational brochure about meeting throughout the semester and will 2011 freshman class at Mississippi College orientation and MC. This year the orientation began training on Thursday, April 22. They Generico performs only a short time after finals end. MC book will be a guide to the next four years will return on June 1 to get geared up for the orientation has been the starting point for for the incoming MC students. It will be an summer. many incoming students and this summer “experience” handbook. “Orientation couldn’t happen without Read about Generico’s concert that was will be the same. “Orientation is still a big recruiting these awesome OL’s that serve with us,” said performed to raise money for Project Peanut Butter. While many things will stay the same, opportunity for us and we look forward Michael Wright, an admissions counselor for A&E, Page 10 there will be a few drastic changes that will to tackling the challenge as always,” said the Enrollment Services office. occur this summer. The first major change Jessica McNeil, admissions counselor for Kyle Brantley, director of admissions, is the additional orientations that will take enrollment services. said, “We are looking forward to a record place. The student directors, Anna Beasley and class this next year and we are offering many Intramurals wrap up On June 3 and 4, the new orientation will Mallory Dowdy, have been putting countless new opportunities this summer.” take place. June 3 will be a one day freshman hours into planning orientation and preparing Orientation will be an exciting time for Check out the final winners of the championship orientation. It will begin at noon with lunch for the incoming students. everyone involved, the current students games in the spring semester intramural sports. in Anderson Hall and will conclude that One of the biggest parts of orientation helping lead and the new students coming Intramurals, Page 12 evening at the Mississippi Braves Game is the leaders. After a tedious application in. Orientation 2010 will lay the foundation with registration for classes taking place in and interview process, 28 students were for the experience of the students that are the afternoon. selected to serve on this summer’s team of starting their time at MC. June 4 will be a repeat of the June 3 orientation leaders. They have been divided orientation except it will be with transfer into pairs and they will be given groups 2 The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ News April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA BSU provides leaders for weekend retreats Tyler Clift and sophomore Jake Cole. The when I was able to talk one on one with and Leslie Wilson. The setup was the same Kolby Sisson Contributing Writer females were juniors Emily Tillman and the students, and I actually began to know as with the males. Wilson was originally in Mississippi College’s Baptist Student Leslie Wilson. them,” Clift said. charge of seventh through ninth grade females Union is known for many things, such Each member of the team was assigned Jake Cole carried the same responsibilities and Tillman was to lead the tenth through as Vision on Monday nights, apartment an age group that ranged anywhere from 13 as Clift, but he was in charge of the tenth twelfth grade females. Unfortunately, there ministries on Tuesday nights and sending to 18. The team members led small group through twelfth grade males. His group was only one female in Wilson’s group students to places all over the world to serve bible studies throughout the entire weekend consisted of seven individuals. He also to show. Therefore, the two groups were as summer missionaries. In recent years, and were in charge of the overall care of the shared the experiences of late nights and combined into one. The two leaders made a there has been a new activity to emerge students that they were leading. early mornings, and Ultimate Frisbee was tag team effort to lead the group through the from the BSU, known as Journey Teams. weekend. The purpose of Journey Teams was to raise “The most memorable moments were the money for summer missions. “My most memorable moments were when I was able to talk one on one times that we had at the homes with the girls, The BSU provided workers for Disciple with the students, and I actually began to know them.” and of course there was the scavenger hunt Now weekends, better known as DNOW. through the graveyard,” said Wilson. The responsibility of these Journey Teams Tyler Clift “What meant the most to me is when one was to fill the need that local churches had of the male youth stood up and told his life by providing workers or leaders for things story in front of all his peers and the church,” like small groups, worship leaders or even Tyler Clift was given the responsibility thrown somewhere into the mix of things. said Tillman. lending a hand cleaning up. of seventh through ninth grade males. The He also earned the nickname of “The Troll.” Each leader’s experiences were all The BSU recently provided workers for group consisted of five individuals. “My most memorable moment was being different, but in the end, they all rested a DNOW that was in Vaughan, Miss. The He recalls late nights that consisted of able to lead a small group bible study. I upon one fact: They were there to be the dates were March 26-28. It was called Black staying up to about 3 a.m., and then getting enjoy those times of being able to sit with spiritual leaders for everyone that was there. Jack DNOW 2010. up by 7 a.m. They were filled with laughter, others and talk about God’s word, and then Their focus was on guiding each individual The team consisted of four members, two games and dedicated bible study. relate it back to our lives,” said Cole. through the weekend and providing a biblical male and two female. The males were junior “My most memorable moments were The females consisted of Emily Tillman foundation for the ones participating. Students dissastisfied with dorm changes informal, conversational style, gave female would know that New Women’s was not to make suggestions at the end of the meeting. Matthew Caston Opinions Editor students an outlet for their frustration. built for community.” Considering student input, arranging online The recently proposed female dorm During the meeting, one girl said that she Many girls in attendance thought that the registration for dorm rooms and cleaning up changes will go as planned, according to was upset because the administration had new proposed arrangements will cause a the Latimer-Webb dorm were a few of the Jim Turcotte, vice president of enrollment promised upperclassmen a place in New class split for the fall female freshmen. Many suggestions. management and student affairs and chair Women’s. She said that she received an girls wished that the administration had Parker spoke to Turcotte prior to the of the housing task force. Despite a dorm email stating that all juniors and seniors asked them their opinions before proposing meeting. According to Parker, both Turcotte meeting hosted by the SGA and held on would have a spot in New Women’s in the the changes. and the housing task force were in support Thursday, April 15, the housing task force is of the meeting. The housing committee also adamant in their changes. asked to see the results of the meeting. “I was concerned because I got a lot of “I hope [this meeting] is going to be a bridge. I hope it starts some “I hope it’s going to be a bridge,” Parker calls from girls,” said David Parker, outgoing dialogue and create a voice, a single, solid voice.” said. “I hope it starts some dialogue and SGA president. He said that most of the creates a voice, a single, solid voice.” David Parker complaints came from girls similar to the Turcotte said that he has reviewed the crowd at the meeting, rising juniors who notes from the meeting, and that “no changes would be bumped back to their current dorms upcoming semester. “I think a lot [of the decisions] were are planned for next year,” via email. instead of having the opportunity to live in Another student felt that the decisions motivated by money,” one student said. “The housing task force will meet this New Women’s. showed the administration’s “gross Some of the girls felt that the administration summer to evaluate the housing plan,” he “There’s really not an organization that negligence,” and that it was out of touch was attempting to be deceptive by sending said. He also said that student opinion will can tackle dorm problems,” he said. “They with the female student body. “They don’t notices of the new changes via email the day be considered in the meeting. According to were displaced and were really angry about understand how we feel or how the dorms before spring break. Turcotte, the SGA president will be invited to it.” He said the meeting, conducted in an operate. If they understood,” she said, “they Members of the audiences were encouraged share his opinions at the meeting. OpiNiONs The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 3 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Finding inspiration in the lives around you inspiration to me. Her free spirit and inner find inspiration in the people around you. forbid an Atheist cross our path. Embrace the Lauren Morrow Editor hippie affects me everytime I see her smile. Give people credit where it is due and let their individual, not the beliefs. I have to be honest; I sat down to write a As I approach graduation, so many thoughts accomplishments or ambitions change your The second reason for my writing this is piece on Obama and his ridiculous ways or have trampled through my mind. I want mind about things. Stop looking to Oprah for to tell you to shape up. Your life may be the the equally ridiculous ways of Mississippi to travel; I want to work in third world answers. Stop thinking you’re going to be very one that will serve as someone else’s College and their absurd policies (a close countries; I want to make changes right the next Michael Jordan because your story inspiration. Just as Mandi inspired me to toss up) but wound up on Facebook. here at home. The decisions are hard, but is the same as his...sat the bench all his life want to be better, to want more than just a 9 The very first person that Facebook decided to 5, to want to venture out and explore new to give me to stalk was a girl that I grew up avenues for life, you may be that person to with in the oh so sheltered town of Brandon, “...sad that it has taken me four years, four whole years, 1,460 days, to someone around you who is chasing after Miss. A town where your life is planned out figure out that diversity is an art. It is an art in that it is the creation new influence or insight. for you, everything set in just the right order I am about to graduate. It’s surreal and so that there is never too much success but of beautiful or significant things.” bittersweet. It’s sad. Not sad in the sense assurance of not failing at anything. This girl Lauren Morrow that I’m about to break down and cry at the escaped a town where your life is chosen for thought of leaving this lifestyle I’ve become you. Her mom and dad were divorced; mom accustomed to and stepping into the “real wanted her to attend Ole Miss, dad--Miss. one life changed my perspective. One girl, and then magically became great somehow. world” but sad that it has taken me four State. She went to LSU. She stayed at LSU who doesn’t care about how much money You’re not. Look at the people right here years, four whole years, 1,460 days, to figure for a short semester and decided it wasn’t for is in her bank account or how much success at your fingertips. Find inspiration in the out that diversity is an art. It is an art in that her. Despite graduating from Brandon High Mississippi could’ve given her, has changed person that dares to be different and embrace it is the creation of beautiful or significant School with a 4.0 GPA and accomplishing my mind about life in its entirety. deviation with more than just toleration. things. the same at LSU, she didn’t find happiness. The point of my writing this is not to tell If there is anything that others have taught When Mandi popped up on my newsfeed, Taking a semester off from school and saving you how great Mandi is. It’s not for you me, it is that everyone is different and that it wasn’t planned and I wasn’t stalking her. I every dollar made, she finally had enough to look her up on Facebook and try to be is such a beautiful sight. Oh, the cliche. We believe God used Mandi’s life to speak life money to move to LA. inspired too. It is to somehow try to express know it, but we don’t know it. We run at the into me. I was dead, willing to settle. Don’t She goes by Mandi. Mandi’s life is an to whoever is reading my written words to first sign of a Muslim or an Agnostic. God settle. Be different. Be unique. Be inspired. Democracy: Fighting amongst ourselves Matthew Caston Opinions Editor of the Tea Party. Republican opposition to the proposed AIG. But what took so long? Was it that financial overhaul. But this is easier said Sounds pretty good. Who wants another Democracy; the great equalizer, the rule of Republicans felt that universal health care than done. 2008 meltdown? The fact is that although the people. That great Greek invention that for Americans was encroaching on our Yet again, our red corner and blue corner Republicans oppose the current bill, they brought us freedoms like women’s suffrage, freedoms? Was it the fact that, with the new contenders have only agreed to disagree. are in favor of financial reform. As Senate the right to protest and the freedom of health care changes, insurance companies The financial bill was blocked from debate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said to speech. Democracy is what sets this country will not be able to make as much money on Friday. Ironically, Democratic Sen. Chris the AP, “All of us want to deliver a reform apart from all others--even though technically as before? Or had a democratic issue been Dodd and the top Republican on the banking that will tighten the screws on Wall Street. we’re a democratic republic. Democratic turned into something else… say an issue of committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, said that But we’re not going to be rushed on another republic sounds too sterile, too bureaucratic. ethics and morals? they were close to a deal. But, to sum up massive bill.” In short, Republicans feel that Democracy just rolls off the tongue so well… Whatever the delay of democracy is in this how close we really are to new financial the current bill is a government overreach. if only it worked as smoothly as it sounds. country, we can be sure that we’ll see a lot legislation, “inches sometimes are miles.” It will be interesting to see how this plays Our “democracy” is characterized by more of it in the future. The new health care According to the Associated Press, the out and how Republicans will manage to opposing forces, inflammatory rhetoric from legislation was just round one, and we’ve Senate bill “would create a mechanism for argue for less strict rules on Wall Street while the far right and the far left, and long, drawn got twelve more to go in this heavy weight liquidating large firms, set up a council to distancing themselves from supporting the out legislative debates that may span years. bout. detect system wide financial threats, and unethical practices that dominated throughout Take the recent bill that passed for example. The biggest round comes in the form of establish a consumer protection agency to 2008 and 2009. Health care was probably the most heated, financial reform, which is just starting to police lending. The legislation also would Perhaps what’s more interesting is that most controversial bill passed in American heat up. The legislation, the biggest effort require derivatives, blamed for helping while the slugfest of financial reform history, and President Obama’s term will to regulate financial institutions since the precipitate the meltdown, to be traded in continues, a new match is about to start, one surely be noted for it. The debate lasted Great Depression, is approaching its end open exchanges.” that has the potential to divide the country years, prompted a rash of town hall meetings game. With no bipartisan conclusion in sight, The bill also aims to protect taxpayers not along party lines, but race. across the country, and inspired the creation Democrats are trying to dismantle unified from paying for another bailout, like that of 4 The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ OpiNiONs April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Dealing with the immigration dilemma “If you look or sound foreign, you are the law —both against illegal immigration to solving immigration problems. Matthew Caston Opinions Editor going to be subjected to never-ending amd against racial profiling.” Although the bill repeatedly states that Illegal immigration has always been a big requests for police to confirm your identity Now, I understand that the citizens of racial profiling will not be tolerated, let’s be problem in the United States. As far back and to confirm your citizenship,” said Arizona should be protected, but I think real: how else, if not by race, can someone as President George W. Bush’s first term Alessandra Soler Meetze to the AP. Meetze is there is a greater issue at hand. What Brewer be identified as a potential illegal immigrant (and probably before that), there has been the executive director of the American Civil and supporters of the 1070 bill are doing is in Arizona? an effort to secure the country’s border, Liberties Union of Arizona, an organization ostracizing and violating the rights of, not I don’t believe this is just an issue of particularly the southern border. Back in that is exploring legal action in the matter. just American citizens, but of people. security. There are people who are being September, 2006, the U.S. Senate confirmed The White House would not rule out the In a misdirected attempt in illegal targeted because of race. H.R. 6061, authorizing and partially funding possibility that the administration would take immigration control, they’ve given local I do understand that illegal immigration is the possible construction of 700 miles of legal action against Arizona, according to the authorities the right, even the duty, to racially a problem on many levels. Illegal immigrants fence along the southern border of the United AP. President Obama, who warned last week profile people. The law requires people in sap the American economy by not paying States. that the measure could lead to police abuses, Arizona suspected of being illegal immigrants social security or taxes. Illegal immigrants But never has the issue been so pressing asked the Justice Department to complete to show proof of legal residence when asked basically abuse many of America’s systems, as today. a review of the law’s implications before by law enforcement. such as health care. But, ultimately, we must Recently the Governor of Arizona, Jan deciding how to proceed. According to azfamily.com, a local news treat people like people. Brewer, has crusaded for stricter laws on Supporters of the law said it is necessary outlet, Rep. Raul Grijalva called for a boycott I’m not sure what alternative can be used, illegal immigrants. Brewer’s crackdown on to protect Arizonans from crimes committed of Arizona, “telling people and organizations and I’m not sure what will come of this new illegal immigrants, and her Support Our Law by illegal immigrants. According to the AP, not to spend their money in [the] state.” law in Arizona. But I do know one thing: my Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act Arizona is home to an estimated 460,000 Grijalva is also planning to ask the Obama moral conscience tells me there is something initiative, has garnered political backlash. illegal immigrants and is the nation’s administration for help in fighting the new wrong with denying someone an opportunity The new bill, Senate Bill 1070, which takes busiest gateway for people slipping into the law. at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. effect in late July or early August, will make country. Mexico condemned the new bill on Sunday, This legislation is a gross misstep at best. it a crime under Arizona state law to be in the “If every state had its own laws, we saying it will hurt U.S.-Mexico relations. Unfortunately I do not have a solution, only U.S. illegally. The bill was signed into law on wouldn’t be one country; we’d be 50 different Mexican President Felipe Calderón said the a milieu of emotion. Friday, April 23, and since then Arizona has countries,” said president and general counsel new law presents an obstacle, not a solution, been a hotbed for political protests. of the Mexican American Legal Defense and According to a statement released on Brewer’s website, the bill “represents Educational Fund Thomas Saenz to the AP. It is being argued that the law could violate Interested in working for the Mississippi Collegian? another tool for [Arizona] to use to solve a the Fourth Amendment protection against crisis [they] did not create and the federal unreasonable search and seizure because government has refused to fix.” Brewer and it gives police officers broad authority to the bill’s supporters say that the bill is the determine who should be questioned. only way to protect Arizona’s citizens. Leaders in Mexico and California The Collegian is now accepting applications for section editors and “We cannot sacrifice our safety to the demanded a boycott, as did civil rights leader murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot general staff for the upcoming semester. All positions below are paid. Al Sharpton. stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings The bill also calls for special training for and violence compromise our quality of law enforcement. According to the bill, the life,” she said in the statement. “We cannot training will “provide statewide and uniform Section editor positions Other positions available: delay while the destruction happening south of our international border creeps its way practices to assure that law enforcement available: officials and agencies are implementing north.” Senate Bill 1070 in a manner that is consistent Opponents of the bill see this as a way to racially profile both citizens and non-citizens with federal laws regulating immigration, News Editor Copy Editor protects the civil rights of all persons and of the U.S. According to the Associated respects the privileges and immunities of the Opinions Editor Graphic Designer Press (AP), on Monday, April 26, protesters gathered for a second straight day to speak United States citizens.” A&E Editor Photographers The training will give “clear guidance” out against a law they say will lead to to law enforcement in what constitutes Sports Editor Reporters rampant racial profiling of anyone who looks “reasonable suspicion.” According to the Hispanic. bill, “race, color or nationality alone cannot Opponents of the bill protested by using be grounds for reasonable suspicion.” If interested, please call Matthew Caston at 601-927-9467 or email us refried beans to smear swastikas on the state The bill also makes it apparent that racial Capitol building in Arizona. They argued that at email@example.com. discrimination will not be tolerated. the bill encroaches on the federal government’s “I have prayed for strength and prayed for authority to regulate immigration and violates people’s constitutional rights by giving local police too much power. our state,” Brew said via her website. “Let me be clear, though: My signature today Apply today!!! represents my steadfast support for enforcing News The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 5 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA DRINKING IN COLLEGE: Has it gone too far? polled 200 out of the 5,000 undergraduate on campus. 112 students answered yes to leaving only about 30 percent that Jenna Correll Contributing Writer and graduate students, the percentages taken having witnessed the act of drinking on had a strong enough opinion to share. Many colleges are considered to be “dry from the results should pan out to the rest of campus and 132 witnessed other students However, most of the opinions were the campuses”, however Mississippi College the student body. being intoxicated. same. The personal opinion about drinking takes it further than that. The Tomahawk, or the The first two questions dealt with general To back track, 77 percent of the students at MC question resulted in a 50/50 split MC handbook discussed, alcohol violations knowledge of whether students knew the polled said they knew the rules, yet 74 between one of two basic responses. Either on pg. 49 by saying, “Use, possession, sale, rules and punishments that came with students knowingly broke the rules, and 32 they agreed with MC’s policy and thought or distribution of alcoholic beverages or drinking as a student at MC. 154 students blatantly disregarded the restrictions. it was wrong, or the students thought they alcoholic beverage containers on campus said they knew the rules that came with Out of the 200 students, 112 witnessed were being treated like children and should or while engaged in any College-related drinking, while 46 did not. However, over students drinking on campus, so there were be allowed to drink. function, including functions sponsored half of the students could not give more of a obviously more students drinking on campus After answering the first open response by any MC organization. This includes definition of the rules than, “Just can’t do it.” than admitting it. Then of course there was question, only about 10 percent answered intoxication, evidence of consumption, and/ The 110 students that knew the rules circled the 132 witnesses of public drunkenness, so the second about the advantages and or irresponsible behavior involving the use yes to knowing the punishments, but 40 did even more students are going off campus and disadvantages of allowing drinking at MC. of alcoholic beverages whether on or off not. However, 116 students of the survey coming back drunk, possibly after driving. About 15 of the students said something campus.” knew the punishment when 84 did not. Once these facts were noticed, two more about student safety and getting people off Not only are MC students not allowed Again, when further questioned verbally, half questions were asked. One question asked the road. Though they listed what sounded to drink on campus, but they are expected of the students just shrugged their shoulders students if they thought drinking should be like good advantages, all 20 of them said to uphold the standards put forth in the and said, “Probably just some community allowed, with the example of said person something along the lines that, “The bad handbook when they leave campus to ensure service.” being of legal drinking age and off campus; out weights the good and drinking should good representation of Mississippi College. When asked if students had participated 104 students said no. With 52 percent of not be allowed because it would cause more In a ten question survey administered on in drinking while in attendance at MC, 74 students not being against drinking happening harm than the worth found in the fun of the Wednesday, April 7, in the MC cafeteria, students admitted to drinking and 32 of them off campus, the next obvious question would night,” said a junior that asked to remain 200 students were given the opportunity admitted to drinking on campus. That is be if they would be opposed to drinking anonymous. to give their opinions about this subject. almost half. While 126 students circled no being allowed on campus. Only 29 percent The first eight questions were simply yes or to the participation of consuming alcoholic said yes. no response questions followed by two open beverages, 74 students is still 37 percent, Many students did not feel the need response questions. Though the survey only with 16 percent of them sneaking around to answer the open ended questions 6 The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Drinking and...Greek life Lauren Rogers Contributing Writer term that is commonly used among the social The women’s social tribes seem to have intoxicated. tribes is “dry rush”, meaning that while you more in the form of written policy. Kissimee, Although the tribes seem to have more Almost every time our university’s are a rushee or a pledge, you are not allowed Swannanoa and Nenamoosha all require written rules pertaining to drinking, students president, Dr. Royce, does a question and to partake in drinking alcohol. their officers to sign a contract that includes feel that they are not enforced. One former answer session with students, the same As for the clubs and tribes, many have a promise that they will not drink alcohol officer in Swannanoa said that although they question is asked- “Why doesn’t MC have their own policies on drinking. However, while in office. These ladies feel that the all signed a contract, she knows that the fraternities and sororities?” The primary many of those policies seem to be stated but officers should be held to higher standards as promise was not kept by all. This seems to reason, he explains, is the negative connection unwritten. For example, Civitan President, they are perceived as leaders on our Christian be a consensus among the tribes. that many make with Greek life and alcohol. Andrew Magers says that there is no written campus. “There are always going to be people MC has looked into the system before, but policy in their constitution, but in his three Nenamoosha and Swannanoa both have who break the rules, and we won’t always other Christian universities have discouraged years here, pledges have never been allowed policies written in their constitution that know about it. All we can do is set high MC from making the change. According to to drink during the rush process. He also prohibit alcohol and drunkenness at their standards, put policies in place that include Royce, many of these universities wish they said that if actives were to drink before any events. Kissimee president Jordan Young, consequences and actively enforce our had never “gone Greek”. event, they would be asked to leave the says that while it is not in their constitution, policies,” said Nenamoosha president Lauren The Intertribal Council’s rush handbook premises by the Sergeant at Arms. If any of the student handbook prohibits the serving Cooper. includes this statement: “During the rush the actives showed up to a rush event drunk, of alcohol. She says that any of her actives All tribes and clubs were contacted period, we as Intertribal prohibit the use of they would not be allowed to participate in or their dates would certainly be asked to for information. This article reflects the tobacco, alcohol, illegal substances, and any the rush process. leave if they show up to an event while information that was given by the clubs and other behavior deemed inappropriate.” A Drinking and...student opinions Trisha Pate Contributing Writer school. Director of Campus Security Jerald campus and puts other students on campus college career, stashed alcohol in their dorms Sherman explained this policy. “We are a in an awkward position. As students on or in their cars. Many of these students were In drawers, under beds, inside stuffed ‘dry campus’ in harmony with our mission a Christian campus, that shouldn’t be in fact underage. animals, in air vents, and in cars, hides as a Christian college. Alcohol on campuses something we should have to worry about.” In addition to the reality of alcohol a guest which some students abhor and everywhere is a problem, as the use and/or While many students do agree with being present on campus, the opinion on the others welcome. This visitor is the life of abuse of alcohol on campuses is a leading Weimer, there are also a considerable number legalization of this practice for students over some parties and yet the topic of support factor in violence, accidents and death.” of students that have a contrary opinion 21 creates some heated debates. Although, groups. Some people may argue that the Even though this policy is in effect, that covers the other end of the spectrum. there are so many varying opinions, the fact presence of this companion is useful in the and disciplinary actions are taken, alcohol One student explained that other universities is that the rule still stands. bonding of friendship while others believe consumption is not necessarily disappearing. are proclaimed “dry campuses”, but that “All students are charged with alcohol the mere existence to be the source of ruined Both on and off campus consumption is not title is merely a slip of paper rather than possession are processed through student relationships. uncommon for some students that attend actual policy. They have the mindset that judicial affairs. Sanctions include counseling, Whether a friend or imposter, alcohol Mississippi College. Some students are consuming alcohol is a recreational activity fines, and assessments,” said Sherman. is a substance that every person at not only against alcohol being on campus which is completely harmless when used in Alcohol consumption clearly still does Mississippi College must take a stand on, because the practice breaks policy but moderation. exist on campus, but there is no motion at the and the opinions on this subject has as many believes that too much pressure would be put “I feel drinking on campus is one of present of changing the policy. Therefore, variations as there are options in making on their peers who choose to abstain from the funnest things to do. It sure livens up a although there are numerous views on the mixed drinks. Mississippi College does not consuming any at all. place where we can only have women in our subject, consequences are still enforced. have any tolerance for possession of alcohol Aly Weimer, a ministry major elaborated room for three hours five days of the week. on campus and believes that the university on this point of view. “I would still be not How else are we supposed to fill our time?” must uphold this rule in order to maintain in favor of it because that is something that another student said. Some students did their moral reputation of being a Christian could effect our reputation as a Christian admit to having, at some point during their Drinking and...school rules alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage Joseph Odenwald, wrote “A Guide to the assessments. Rachel Moore Contributing Writer containers on campus or while engaged Student Judicial Process” to help students “We try to do educational events throughout Most Mississippi College students in any College-related function, including understand the course of action taken when the year about alcohol. I don’t think it’s know that drinking alcohol violates school functions sponsored by any MC organization. a violation of alcohol consumption occurs. an out of control issue, but we wish there regulations. However, the unfamiliarity of This includes intoxication, evidence of Odenwald explains the forms, hearings, was no presence at all. One of our goals is the rules results in students finding himself consumption, and/ or irresponsible behavior letters and appeals that result from an alcohol to educate about alcohol and not just fine or herself navigating through the student involving the use of alcoholic beverages violation. The sanctions of intoxication or students,” said Odenwald. Odenwald is also judicial process. The Tomahawk states that the whether on or off campus.” The guidelines in possession of alcohol include a sizeable the administrator who determines the following in Section K is a alcohol violation, the student handbook still seem vague. fine, alcohol edu which is an online course “Use, possession, sale, or distribution of Coordinator of Student Development, and counseling sessions and alcoholic CONTINUED on page 8 7 The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Drinking and...Mississippi College While several other faculty members However, many religion professors are changed in society from the days of the New Reagan Roberts Contributing Writer from the religion department feel that the oblivious to the fact that drinking takes place Testament, including the motivation behind Being students of a private Christian punishment is fair for alcohol use on campus, at MC. alcohol consumption. university, are the students of Mississippi many students disagree. “I believe that a Christian Studies major In today’s time drinking has an age limit College obligated to do the “Christian thing,” and is known to be detrimental to one’s and never consume alcohol? What exactly health if abused. According to Titus 3:1, we is the “Christian thing to do?” The Bible “I believe that the college has the right to police on-campus behavior are to “Remind the people to be subject to has a lot to say about the consumption of but not off-campus activities that are not an official school rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be alcohol- some negative, and some positive. ready to do whatever is good.” According to In Ecclesiastes 9:7, God instructs the people function.” Pratt, this verse means that we are to obey the to “Drink your wine with a merry heart.” Dr. Ivan Parke laws, therefore not drink until we are legal Times have changed, and the controversy has in age to do so. According to 1 Corinthians left MC students confused. 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or Because MC has seen an increase in the “Perhaps the greatest struggle when it would be less likely to drink,” said Parke. “I whatever you do, do it all for the glory of consumption of alcohol in the past years, the comes to behavioral issues is how to set do not believe that the major is the reason God.” With this said we are also supposed to rules and punishments have become more guidelines and boundaries without being why, I believe that the call to ministry is the stay away from drunkenness and not abuse strict. legalistic,” said Eric Pratt, vice president for reason why.” our bodies. “I believe that the policies of MC are Christian development. While God might not have ever said As students of MC we are held to higher adequate. I believe that the college has Pratt and other faculty members of the “Thou shall not consume alcohol,” there are morals. the right to police on-campus behavior but religion department tried to set examples many references where he discourages being “Students that claim to be followers of not off-campus activities that are not an where the wise choices are encouraged, and drunk. In Proverbs 20:1 it says, “Wine is a Christ, no matter their major, should live official school function,” said Dr. Ivan Parke, the so called “it’s no big deal” mentality mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led in such a manner that the Lord would be associate professor of Christian studies and is replaced by the “Does Jesus see my astray by them is not wise.” So, is it okay for pleased with their actions and others will see philosophy. actions as pleasing to him and encouraging students at MC to consume alcohol as long how they live and respect the wise decisions to others?” as they don’t get drunk? Many things have that they have made,” said Pratt. Drinking and...athletics If he does catch them then the process is more drinking going on than I ever thought coaches and of the athletic department, they Terri Lorden Contributing Writer simple. The player will be called into his there would be,” said Latrisha Matthews, will be kicked off of the team and maybe Research shows that athletes are more office and the punishment will be issued a former MC women’s basketball player. even kicked out of school. The women’s prone to drinking alcohol than regular college according to how bad the crime is. One of his “Some of the ‘key players’ were the worst basketball graduate assistant, Robynne students. Athletes are reported to do more punishments is “severe” running. ones.” Matthews says that no one ever got Shields, speaks out on this issue as once binge drinking, heavier alcohol use, and “Drinking in college happens. The biggest caught and everyone would over-look the being a player and now a coach. commit a greater number of drinking-related problem is catching them in the act. We as crime. “I feel that if athletes respect their body harms. They are more likely to have strong and their team enough, they wouldn’t drink social ties that are associated with binge “I know when I played basketball my freshman and sophomore years there was more during season,” said Shields. drinking. Although most collegiate athletes drinking going on than I ever thought there would be. Some of the key players were Shields is under coach Paul Allen Duke are exposed to alcohol prevention seminars and her morals seem to match his. and things of that nature, they seem to do the worst ones.” Latrisha Matthews “He follows the rule book right down it more. to the bottom line,” said Shields. “The The athletic dept. offered their advice on the consequences for breaking those rules vary.” drinking issue and possible punishments for coaches just have to counsel our players on Every team has its own individual College drinking in general is always a the athletes if they were caught with alcohol how it can harm you and hope that they listen consequences for drinking during season. huge issue. Students start because of peer in their possession. Darryl Longabaugh, the to us,” said Longabaugh. The coaches prefer that if you decide to drink pressure and then it becomes a bad habit. women’s head soccer coach, is well aware College drinking is extremely common it would be after the season ends, do it in Athletes are usually seen from the outsider’s that college students drink alcohol. As far everywhere. Having the title of a “Christian moderation and of course be 21 years of age eye to be perfect and follow all of the rules, as his team is concerned he handles them University” does not exempt the possibility or older. They know that they cannot stop but they are not exempt from alcohol abuse. t accordingly. of alcohol abuse. There are more cases of the process of drinking if that is what their Athletes tend to abuse alcohol more than s “There are no consequences unless I drinking than one might think. Athletes are players want to do. other students. Coaches do all that they can e catch them,” said Longabaugh. seen as the popular kids on campus. Non- “We don’t condone or support drinking, by sending their players to seminars and s He knows that his players may drink, athletes might look up to them and become a but we know that it’s there,” said Susan educating them of the harm that alcohol can e but they are not supposed to. His rule is no fan. Some athletes feel that being able to play Musselwhite, the assistant athletic director do to their bodies. There is only so far that a o drinking during season, not even a glass of well during a game and also party the night and senior woman administrator. coach or power figure can go in preventing wine with your family. He expresses that before is considered to be “cool.” There is only so much punishment for a alcohol abuse. In the end it is up to the his eyes can’t be everywhere and that there “I know when I played basketball my crime that a person of power can distribute. If student or player to make the right decision. is no easy way of catching his players. freshman and sophomore years there was players do not simply follow the rules of the 8 The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ OpiNiONs April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Drinking and... the counseling center with it. Not only does the counseling center offer family due to alcohol and still claim to have Kayla Gray Contributing Writer “By being in the business so long, I personal meetings, but there are also a variety everything under control.” In a culture where alcohol abuse continues have seen the first-hand effects of what of free pamphlets and brochures dealing The counseling center assists students with to impact all areas of life, students at alcoholism can do to a person and to a with specific issues that can be picked up varying degrees of addiction, ranging from Mississippi College are not exempt from college student,” said Wagner. He told the at any time by students. These publications those that have a habit they do not want to the challenge. Even so, students do not story of a student that had recently died due vary from questionnaires that help identify see get out of control, to students that can no have to face these challenges alone. Along to improper substance use. “The boy was on problems, to general facts and information longer handle the issue themselves. Because with many academic and extracurricular his way to Notre Dame to play football in the about a specific issue. They allow students of the dangerous implications of alcohol opportunities, Mississippi College offers a fall and tragically fell off the balcony during to get basic information concerning potential abuse among students, the administration five day a week counseling center that is his spring break trip.” The boy was said to problems, while protecting their privacy. at Mississippi College takes an aggressive available to students at no charge. On April be drunk and belligerent. “Students many For example, one pamphlet exposes seven and proactive position, requiring those who 5 part-time counselor Buddy Wagner said, times do not understand that their problem “alcohol myths” that many times students are caught with alcohol in the room to have “Alcohol is part of life…and as long as impacts so many others besides themselves,” perceive as truth. One myth addressed was immediate interaction with the Counseling there are people, there will be alcohol use.” said Wagner. that students can manage to drive well enough Center. Throughout his interview Wagner shared the The MC Counseling Center has thrived for after a few drinks. The truth is that about Wagner closed his interview by referring problems that the counseling center faces over three decades, and over that time one of one-half of all fatal traffic accidents among to golfer Tiger Woods. “In one of Tiger’s pertaining to the subject of alcoholism. “Just the most common problems among students 18 to 24 year olds involve alcohol. Another interviews he was asked if he had not because this is a Christian college does not has been substance abuse. publication is directed towards recognizing gotten caught, would he have changed?” mean that alcohol is not a factor or a problem The center is located in Alumni Hall and and knowing what to do if a family member When posed with this question in our on campus,” said Wagner. provides an atmosphere that is comfortable or friend shows signs of an alcohol problem. own lives, people can answer this question The center works with students at and private. When a student comes in, As all programs at Mississippi College, the differently. Mississippi College who seek out any type they meet with a counselor and begin the Counseling Center operates with a biblical In Woods’ case he decided to face his of counsel in their life. Wagner has worked paperwork process. “We see students that deal foundation. Wagner said, “Proverbs 12:20 problem and deal with it. In the same way, alongside counselor director Amy Christian with everything from roommate problems to says, ‘Ears that hear and eyes that see--the the counseling center is not necessarily since 2009, and also preceded her as director addiction. Many times someone will come LORD has made them both.’” concerned about how a person came to for 25 years. Wagner said that the primary in because they feel they have a small Many times, people do not have the eyes realize their problem, but rather on assisting problem facing students who struggle with problem, and then we uncover something to see their problems. I have seen many cases students to deal with it and make it better. alcohol problems is learning how to deal bigger underneath,” said Wagner. where a student has lost their friends, job and Drinking and... religion Josh Long Contributing Writer associated with partying.” Cheatham encourages students not to drink brought up by students. Paul writes in Ephesians 5:18 (ESV): because of being in the South. During a question and answer session with According to Baptist Student Union “And do not get drunk with wine. For that is “We know drinking in and of itself is not Dr. Ivan Parke the issue of drinking was Associate Director Heidi Cheatham, the debauchery but be filled with the spirit.” a sin. We know that Jesus drank wine, we’re addressed. According to Cheatham it was students are encouraged to follow God’s “Paul is making a point there that if you not saying that,” said Cheatham. “Just the addressed from the perspective of drinking word and are held to a biblical standard. fill your life up with other things or do things way you could cause someone else to go as a stumbling block. “This whole issue is complicated, the issue to your body that are going to take your mind astray and sin.” “The students want to talk about it, but we of drinking especially in the South,” said away from Godly things, it is not right,” said Even though there are some who might haven’t had anybody speak about it,” said Cheatham. Cheatham. “God wants us to be full of his not care what others think, the Bible says we Cheatham. Students who become a member of the spirit.” should care what people think. Cheatham said that there have been students BSU leadership team sign a covenant that Cheatham said that as a minister, drinking “The other issue is if you’re not 21 you in the BSU that have had drinking problems, says they will live a lifestyle that is in would be a stumbling block in her life. don’t need to be drinking anyway. Most but that they aren’t on the leadership team. line with the word of God. This Covenant “If a Christian saw me drinking it might college students aren’t 21,” said Cheatham. “I believe our students are walking includes not drinking. be a stumbling block for them because they “That’s just honoring the law of the land.” transparently in their walk with the Lord,” “People tend to not just drink in moderation might not know how much Heidi is having.” The issue itself is addressed as it has been said Cheatham. a lot in the south,” said Cheatham. “It’s Drinking and...school rules continued from page 6 charges according to Section K in the majority want to do the right thing.” will come to a “Christian University” to find alcohol on MC’s campus. The Office of student handbook. Since Armstrong has a relationship with it isn’t what they expected because of other Student Development is highly concerned Cam Armstrong, coordinator of student these students, she would call security to students who engage in harmful behavior. with educating students about alcohol and activities, said this of student leaders, “I handle a drinking situation. Armstrong also After stating the exact wording of the being proactive about prevention. don’t hold them to a higher standard because verbalized her concern about students who alcohol violation and Odenwald’s explanation I know them better than regular students. I engage in alcohol because it is unsafe. of the process, hopefully students will think the relationship with peers makes the Armstrong is also worried that freshmen understand the consequences of drinking arts & eNtertaiNmeNt The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 9 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA A guide to wedding dos and don’ts no reason to feel pressured into choosing a you, but for your parents and your groom’s it (even if you hate it) she loves it and she Rebekah Langley A&E Editor dress you don’t absolutely love. parents as well and they want to share it needs validation from her girlfriends; so give April through August is wedding season DON’T allow the bridal shop consultant with their friends. But venue size, budget it to her, even if you have to fake it. and May/June weddings are especially hot to bully you into making a decision. Many constraints and personal preferences limit DON’T tell her you hate the bridesmaid’s commodities for new graduates who are consultants just want to make a sale and get the size of the guest list and cuts may have dresses. Maybe that peach taffeta ball gown receiving double degrees—a bachelors you out the door as quickly as possible, but to be made somewhere. just isn’t your style or the cotton candy a-line of science/arts and an MRS degree in this is a huge decision. You want the dress DON’T let your mother-in-law-to-be clashes with your red hair. But it’s her day, housewifery. that is just right for you, and you will find harangue you into doing things her way. it’s what she’s chosen, so suck it up and put Most brides have had their weddings it. It may take a while, so take as much time Whether she wants to have an overly formal on a happy face. planned since they were five years old as you need. If the consultant attempts to and stuffy rehearsal dinner whereas you You only have to wear it for one day and playing dress-up and dolls. They knew what push you into purchasing the dress before just want something simple, or she wants you can toss it in the Goodwill bag and never the dress would look like, the color of the you are absolutely sure by telling you today to invite more people than your venue can look at it again when the day is all over. But flowers, the flavor of the cake. It was all it will be a six-week order, but tomorrow it accommodate, you have to put your foot if you really love it, you can shorten it and planned—all that was missing was a groom. may be a twelve-week order, don’t listen to down or you will later resent it and her. Be wear it again! Now those little girls are all grown up and her. You are the one who will be wearing the firm but kind while gently explaining to One final don’t for the bride: they have found their grooms, but it’s not so dress, not her. her why she can’t invite everyone she has DON’T expect your big day to go off simple anymore. Unless you have a team of DO discuss beforehand with the ever met. Manipulative mothers-in-law can without a hitch. It won’t. Something— wedding planners and assistants at your beck photographer exactly what you want. In the wreak havoc on your marriage, so you must probably a few things—is going to go wrong. and call, planning a wedding can be one of midst of everything that is going on, you address this issue early, before it becomes a The DJ won’t fade out the music at the right the most daunting tasks and stressful events won’t be focused on what the photographer pattern. time, leaving you standing silently at the in a young woman’s life and can test even is shooting. Don’t assume he or she knows DO let your bridal party know how much altar as the song finishes, or the flowers the strongest relationships. to get pictures of the bride’s family with the you appreciate them. Being a bridesmaid end up frozen, or the napkins run low, or a Following a few simple rules and learning bride and groom, family and the bride only, is a big responsibility and feeling valued snarky bridesmaid will tell you it’s stupid for from these true examples about what to the groom’s family with the bride and groom, and appreciated will make them that much the bridesmaids to hold the flowers the way do and what to avoid while planning the with only the groom, the bride and the flower happier to be a part of your big day. you want them to. Or a million other things wedding, can make the process a little easier girl(s), the bride and her siblings, the groom DON’T treat your bridesmaids like that may not go the way you planned. But and make the big day go a little smoother and his siblings and so on. You don’t want to servants. They may have “maid” in their it’s going to happen. Accept that and it will for the bride, the bridesmaids and everyone find out when you get the proofs, weeks after title, but they are not your team of personal immensely reduce your stress levels. Laugh involved. the fact, that the photographer missed some assistants. They are there to help you, and at the calamities that you will inevitably For the Bride really important shots. they want to help you, but they are not there encounter on your wedding day. Someday, DO feel free to visit several—even DO be as generous as possible when to do everything at the snap of your fingers. those “crises” will make for a great story, many—bridal shops. The dress is the most allotting invitations to your mother and your For the Bridesmaids because it will be your story. important part for most brides and there is fiancé’s mother. This is a big day not only for Do gush over the dress. If you don’t love 10 arts & eNtertaiNmeNt The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Generico: performs for Project Peanut Butter night, switching back and forth between And then the main event walked onto the MC students for years and they are now Jenna Correll Contributing Writer guitar and mandolin. The Top Hats got on stage to a roaring crowd. graduating and taking their innovative lyrics Project Peanut Butter has been a presence with them. Many of their songs are hilarious on MC’s campus for months now raising tributes to things they like or see and can be money for support in malnourishment anything from N’sync to histories mysteries. awareness and recovery. The group of The guys of Generico and the act they put on students heading it up have done numerous to amuse the crowd will be greatly missed things to raise money for the cause, such as for sure. the Lent project, two art sales, a t-shirt sale, Even Ziggy Kalamity and the Chaucey an Irish dance and now a benefit concert. On Pigs are heading out. Ziggy Kalamity is Thursday, April 22, the Peanut Butter Project a 1980s rock character that wears a long held a concert outside of Jazzman’s café at 7 blonde wig with a long robe-like coat, and p.m. It was a free concert, but donations were talks in choppy sentences as though there is taken up for support. something holding back his mind. Kalamity Sarah Ord, junior and one of the Project is part of the Generico act and brought a Peanut Butter girls, who ironically has a smile to many of the students that watched peanut allergy, talked about how excited she his performance Thursday night. Kalamity was about the concert and the money that describes his rock style by saying, “If an has been raised this semester. Ord said that a eagle could scream ‘fire’, our music would great deal of money has been raised for the be louder.” cause, but that it was not about how much Students behind Project Peanut Butter money was raised, but that people were went around with a water jug for donations getting involved and awareness was being and raised even more money for the cause raised. Photo Courtesy of MC Athletics and the concert was a great study break Bands volunteered to play for the concert for students with finals coming up soon. and the night was not only a success for Generico will be greatly missed among MC Project Peanut Butter, but it was also a next covering songs and pumping up the Generico had their farewell concert as students. fun night for the students who attended. crowd. The two guys of Sun Ballet gave MC part of the benefit concert for Project Peanut Sophomore Trey Malone kicked off the insight into the smooth styling of their music. Butter. Generico has been entertaining International student finds home at MC and went on to spend a year working and the he has had to face. His strict vegetarian a chance to meet normally and to learn more Tapfumanei Murove Contributing Writer taking English courses in preparation for his diet makes it difficult to find restaurants that about American culture. For most students at Mississippi College, MBA. He found Mississippi College online, cater to his dietary needs. “I started Salsa one year ago,” said Vipul. it is difficult to imagine having to spend and decided to apply after finding that it was “We can’t eat at restaurants like “I was bored and started going to classes in more than a full year away from home, but affordable and the weather in Mississippi was McDonald’s because everything they sell is Clinton and the owner asked me to come to for Vipul Ajara, 23, who is well into his pleasant. Coming to the United States meant non-vegetarian” said Vipul. some parties and help to show people how third year away from his family in Gujarat, leaving behind his parents, five sisters, and This means that he and friends have to to dance.” India, it is a reality he has come to accept. as many as 250 uncles, aunts and cousins. spend hours cooking each day preparing food Since then, Vipul has performed at Jackson Vipul is a student at Mississippi College, Vipul is the youngest in his family by three that meets their needs. Before coming to the State University, Mississippi State University, currently undertaking a Master’s in Business years with his youngest sister being 26 and United States he had never even picked up a and Belhaven University in promoting the Administration with a major in Finance. his oldest 32. cooking utensil, Vipul said, but since then he classes offered at the school. With five semesters already under his belt, “Adapting to life in the United States has has had to learn how to cook for himself. Vipul’s summer trip home will reunite he only has a year left before he completes been challenging,” said Vipul. In his two years at Mississippi College, him with friends and family after almost his studies and can choose to return home Although he spoke English before Vipul has had opportunities to make friends three years away from home. However, permanently. However, a trip planned for this coming to Clinton, Miss., the differences and find connections with different people his trip has another purpose as well. If all summer means that he will not have to wait in pronunciation and spelling between through dance. He currently organizes and goes well, when Vipul comes back for his an entire year to see his friends and family British English and American English made leads Salsa parties for a small dance school final year at Mississippi College, he will be back in India. it difficult, earlier on, to understand what called La Salsa. The school, located in the newly engaged and will be waiting all the Vipul graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s others were saying. Fondren area in Jackson, has allowed him to more eagerly to return home and be with his degree in Business from a university in India, Language has not been the only difficulty meet people that he would never have gotten fiancé. spOrts The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ 11 April 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lirpA Choctaws grind way into post season play Josh Long Contributing Writer before junior reliever Daniel Cowart came The Choctaws added one more run in the fifth, marking a third consecutive inning on in the ninth to preserve a 7-3 victory for fifth off of a Jarrod Cannette homerun to left without a hit. When the #23 University of Texas-Tyler the Choctaws. field. MC would finally get on the board in the came to Frierson Field on April 16, the Saturday featured a double dose of action Underwood limited the patriots to only sixth with two runs thanks in part to a wild #16 Mississippi College Choctaws had one between MC and UT-Tyler. The Choctaws three more hits as MC cruised to an 11-2 pitch that brought in Magee and an RBI thing on their mind…payback. After all it sent right hander Ian Underwood to the victory. single by Glaze. was the Patriots who beat MC for the ASC mound for game two of the series. Underwood Game two starter Craig MacKay gave up a The bottom of the seventh saw the Tournament title last May. Choctaws pull to within one courtesy of a The Choctaws sent senior right hander two rbi single by Bell. Tyler Seaman to the mound with a 7-0 record The Patriots answered in the eighth putting in hopes of taking the crucial game one in a up three runs to make it an 8-4 game. series the Choctaws would have to sweep in The Choctaws would tie the game in the order to prevent UT-Tyler from clinching the bottom half but a three run homerun in the ASC East. top of the ninth killed the MC momentum. Seaman made quick work of the Patriots A new week brought a familiar face in, retiring the side in order with a strikeout and the Millsaps Majors, to Frierson Field on two groundouts. Tuesday, April 20. MC got the bats going quick as first MC sent senior right hander Chris Ferris to baseman Andy Smith led off the bottom of the mound in hopes to win the season series the first with a single to centerfield on the against the Majors. first pitch he saw and advanced to second Millsaps would get on the board first on a wild pitch by UT-Tyler’s Matt Sparks. thanks to a throwing error with two outs from Senior centerfielder Chase Herrin followed catcher Cannette that would allow the Majors Smith with a single of his own that would to score two. bring the speedy first baseman Smith home; By the fifth inning the Choctaws found Herrin would score on a sacrifice fly to give themselves down 3-0, but resopnded in the MC an early 2-0 lead. home half of the fifth. A double by Smith Seaman again set the Patriots down in surrendered a hit but held the Patriots to no walk to the Patriots in the first but held UT- down the left field line would drive home order in the top of the second. runs. Tyler scoreless. Glaze and Cannette. Junior designated hitter Stuart Magee led The Choctaws wouldn’t get out to the fast The Choctaws loaded the bases in the Millsaps padded their lead with a leadoff off the Choctaw second with a single to start as they did the night before being put bottom of the first but to no avail as no runs homerun in the top of the sixth and added the UT-Tyler shortstop Aaron McCain who down in order. UT-Tyler struck first getting crossed the plate. two more in the seventh. couldn’t get a handle on the ball to beat two runs off Underwood. The Patriots struck first in the second Down 6-2, the Choctaw eighth would Magee’s speed down the line to first. Magee The Choctaw second featured an offensive putting up three runs in the frame courtesy of bring the crowd at Frierson Field to life as advanced to third on an error by the pitcher explosion with MC putting up 10 runs in two RBI singles and a solo homerun by Brett MC put up three runs to get within one run. and scored on a single by Andy Smith. the frame with three coming from a Bennett Hightower. This broke a six inning scoreless In the top of the ninth Coach Brian Owens MC led 3-0 after two innings with Tyler homerun that scored Bo Bell and Bodree. streak put together by Choctaw pitching on brought in Jacan Warren, who has one walk Seaman coming back for his third inning of MC sent a total of 13 hitters to the plate the day. off homerun on the season, but struck out work against the patriots. UT-Tyler managed in the inning to jump out to a commanding Sidewinder Cowart came on in the third swinging. The drama came when Choctaw to break up the no-hit bid in the third but 10-2 lead. marking his 16th appearance on the season. Smith sprinted down the third baseline couldn’t plate any runs. The Choctaw offense Underwood went to work in the third. Although the Patriots managed to get runners towards home plate with Bodree laying down managed only one hit in the bottom of the While one Patriot would walk and advance on, none would score. a suicide squeeze that resulted in a throwing third against Sparks. to second on a wild pitch, that would be it for Bodree drew a one out walk in third, but error by the major third baseman that scored MC did, however, answer in the bottom the Patriots in the top of the third. the Choctaws didn’t plate any runs as Bell hit the winning run in Chase Herrin. half of the fourth with two runs thanks to a The MC half of the inning was quick as the into an inning ending double play. Bodree spoke about his heroics after the Jacob Daniel solo homerun to left field and Choctaws went down in order for the second Cowart returned to work the fourth inning game, “He [Coach Owens] came over to me a single by shortstop Dakota Bodree that time in three innings. for the Choctaws and made quick work and said hey what about a suicide squeeze scored second baseman Chris Glaze. The Patriots managed two hits in the top of allowing only one hit while leaving one man and I said I’ll get it down.” With a 5-1 lead Seaman went to work in the fourth, but Underwood worked his way on second after a stolen base. The win was head coach Brian Owen’s the fifth, but the patriots would get another through the inning with no damage done. MC again didn’t manage any runs against 100th win as coach of the Choctaws and the run home after a double that scored Aaron Bennett drew a one out walk in the bottom Patriot pitching in the bottom half of the winning coach had good things to say after McCain, who reached on a fielder’s choice. of the fourth but was thrown out trying to inning. the close win. MC added two more runs from a long steal second. Magee showed off his speed The Patriots would add to their lead with “Squeeze play in the ninth to score two ball courtesy of junior third baseman Shane with a triple to right field, but would go no a two run double off Cowart in the fifth runs off of it--anytime that happens it’s Bennett with a solo shot to right center. further as Brannon Walls flew out to end the making it a 5-0 game. always exciting because you always have the UT-Tyler scored one more run off Seaman inning. Choctaw bats fell silent once again in the what if,” said Owens. 12 The student newspaper of Mississippi College www.news.mc.edu/~collegian/ spOrts April 30, March 27, 2010 egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT egelloC ippississiM fo repapswen tneduts ehT /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www /naigelloc~/ude.cm.swen.www 0102 ,72 lir r A 0102 ,03 hcpaM Intramurals feature spring semester champs semester of next school year with sports Most Wanted was led by Brittany Dukes, Men’s Soccer Julie Meeks Sports Editor such as flag football for men and women, Lisa Thomas, Yalanda Grady, and Collette This year’s men soccer champions were Each and every semester the Mississippi co-ed dodgeball, kickball and the water Clark to name a few. Most Wanted had a the Goal Getters and they proved all they College Intramurals season is ensured to be volleyball tournament that takes place both strong team that could put up points but in needed to prove with their name. an exciting one! Whether the team members semesters. the end it was teamwork and experience Co-ed Softball are talented or just looking for a good time, Men’s Basketball of playing with one another that overcame The co-ed softball tournament took place there are always plenty of them to provide Chemistry won the overall men’s all the odds for Bomb Squad. Joyce Marie this past Saturday, April 23 at Traceway Park entertainment. This year was no exception basketball championship this Spring. Jerrod Harris found intramural basketball to be well in Clinton. The C-Town Sluggers took the with the many teams who competed in this Rayborn was confident with his team. “We worth her time. championship home with them this spring spring’s sports. The games began in January knew how to make an entrance,” Rayborn “It was so much fun to have the opportunity and have all bragging until next year’s with basketball and ended last weekend with boasted. to bond with my sisters through sports,” tournament. softball with a whole lot of fun in between. Women’s Basketball Harris said. “Although the weather was less than ideal, Other sports included softball, soccer, water Bomb Squad won this year’s women’s Women’s Soccer intramural directors Scott Davis and Charles volleyball, tennis, ultimate frisbee and basketball championship for the Spring This year’s women soccer champs are the Lofton did a great job ensuring that the golf. The feature sports included men’s and semester. Portia Boyd, Anesia McBride, Terri Ladybugs. “Soccer was really great because tournament took place and that everyone had women’s 5-on-5 basketball, soccer, and coed Lorden and Latrisha Matthews were just a there were a lot of talented teams this year a great time, except Lauren Cooper,” said softball. few who led the team to victory. They beat and the competition was a lot of fun,” said Chad Carmichael. Intramural sports will resume in the fall Most Wanted in the championship game. Artley Ramsay. Upcoming Athletes of the Week Jennifer Cooper finished first in the SPoRTinG evenTS 10000-meter run with a time of 42:17:63 Baseball and first in the 5000- 4.30 Univ. of Mary-Hardin Baylor Clinton, MS TBA meter run with a time 5.1 Univ. of Mary-Hardin Baylor Clinton, MS TBA 5.1 Univ. of Mary-Hardin Baylor Clinton, MS (if necessary) TBA of 20:06:84 at the ASC Championships Track & Field in Abilene, Texas this 4.27 Mississippi College open Clinton, MS 1 p.m. weekend. Softball closed out the season one game short of qualifying for the American Shane Bennett Southwest Conference Tournament. They finished up the season with a named ASC Hitter of the Week for the games of record of 29-11 (15-9 in ASC). The Lady Choctaws are only graduating April 12-19. The Clinton three seniors, Rachel Hurley, Reagan Jackson and Jaime Bennett. native went 6-7 with two home runs and five RBI in Tennis (Women) a series win over Texas- finished up the season with a semi-finals loss to Hardin-Simmons Tyler. University at the American Southwest Championships on Saturday. Tennis (Men) finished up the season with a quarterfinals loss to Howard Payne University at the American Southwest Championships on Saturday.
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