Volume 80, Issue 15
SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
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January 14, 2015
BC repeats cyclocross nationals win By Joshua Cole Managing Editor
BC cycling has another cyclocross national title. The BC cycling team left for Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 6, the day before school reconvened to defend their national title from last year’s national championship in Boulder, CO. Some 18 hours later the team arrived in Austin, a city very similar to Asheville in its culture, including food, arts and music. The collegiate nationals race was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, four days after the team arrived, which allowed everyone to recuperate from the long, back wrenching drive and get in some course reconnaissance—learning the course, tricky turns, barriers on the course, such as the multiple sets of jagged limestone steps. Cyclocross, like mountain biking, is a sport heavily reliant on weather conditions. Racers at the highest levels have an array of different tires with varying tread patterns for dry, normal, wet and sloppy mud conditions. In the days before the race the course was dry, fast and technical, meaning the course was very challenging in some sections especially where it was off-camber. Being in Texas, the soil was sandy so it allowed water to drain well from the course. The forecast for Saturday was calling for snow or at least rain with a possibility of sleet. Throughout the week Austin remained in the 30’s with a chilling wind. Some racers felt apprehensive about the impending chance of snow or rain, as it would turn the race upside down with respect to which racers excelled and which ones fell, quite literally. Friday, Jan. 10, was the collegiate team relay where four riders, two women and two men, were picked by each school to race one lap against each other. It was one of the most interesting aspects of collegiate racing at nationals as it is heavily team focused even for members of the team not racing. Teammates not racing helped to support their teammates racing by working in the pits, where racers are allowed to stop for new bikes if they have a flat tire or trouble with parts, or by making sure that racers had everything they needed, clothing, water, energy gels, etc. Small things can add up if only to help reduce stress for racers to help them succeed. As the racers came back through the start line new racers of that school would accelerate into action to take up the chase for first. BC had an exceptionally strong relay team made up of Walker Shaw, Sarah Hill, Zach Valdez and Allison Arensman respectively. As each rider
BC Cyclists at omnium awards.
finished their one lap they gathered with the rest of the team to watch the next rider in much anticipation until finally Arensman was the last rider on course followed closely by a strong female rider from King College, a school also known for their strong cycling program. Hearts pulsed with increased haste until seeing Arensman crest the top of the hill with an eight to 10 second gap on the competition. Elated with joy, teammates embraced one another at the finish. The relay proved that BC came to nationals ready to win and ready to win in commanding style. The next day, Saturday, the rains came and the course changed into a complete mud bath with even simple sections of the course becoming treacherous to ride. Sections that were previously possible to ride were now off-the-bike running sections, nearly a quarter to a third of the course
became a bike-shouldering race to slip the least. The finishing straight was a long 600-800 meter paved stretch and was one of the only sections where riders could go full gas. The DI and DII women were combined into the same race, with the DI women starting two minutes ahead of the DII schools. Arensman had a strong start coming into the first corner around fifth place with teammate, Hill not far behind. “By the time we hit the first off-camber section I was in second, I was able to move around into first place. I put in a couple solid attacks; I had a three second gap once we hit the [finishing straight] I put in another attack and got about five more seconds and then I just kept the gas down from there and tried to keep the bike upright and ride smooth See 'Cyclocross' on page 5
January 14, 2015
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Photo Courtesy of Andrew Gunnin Students hypnotized at Chris Jones show
Students welcomed back By Casey Whitmire Staff Writer
It's that time of the year again and students are traveling back to Brevard College. Along with the returning students, there are around thirty new students this semester. BC welcomed all with a bang with a full schedule of events this past week. On Wednesday night, students were treated to the talents of hypnotist Chris Jones who returned to BC for his third appearance. Jones has been doing shows for four years and has traveled to all fifty states and parts of Canada. When asked, Jones explained that his favorite thing about doing shows is that he gets to travel all around the country; he only wishes he could bring his cousins along. Those who have seen Jones’s shows in the past can attest to the hilarious events that occur, and that was no different this year. There were appearances from many different characters pulled from the crowd such as Break Dance Girl (Hannah Leonard), The Blue Flame (Brice Molton), and Captain McWillinshits (Andrew “Chad Kelly” Gunnin). When asked “What is the craziest thing you've ever had someone do during a show?” Jones said, “This one time these two guys were making out and then like two other people woke up next to them and they were like ‘whatever’ and they started making out, so now I had four people on stage making out. “Then this girl in the audience is like, ‘He's gay!’ and I'm like, ‘I don't care, it doesn't matter’ and she yells again ‘He's gay!’ and again I'm like ‘again it doesn’t matter if they’re gay, like welcome to college.’ “And then she was like ‘No, the one kissing the girl is gay!’ and then I was like, ‘So those two guys... Oh f***!‘ “I was like, ‘I'm really sorry, alright, that’s funny.’ “So that was a funny, special day for me at work, ’cause that was a backfire—we get those in this job—I didn't know it was gonna happen…they just started going at it, so that's the craziest thing. I think.” In addition to Jones’ performance, BC hosted a free movie night for students. This has become a staple of the monthly events that CAB (Campus Activities Board) offers. This week the theatre showed “Night at the Museum 3: The Secret of the Tomb,” the last of the “Night at the Museum” series. When asked what she thought of the movie, Junior Chrisley Benton said, “I loved it; it was cool to see the back story from Ahkmenrah’s standpoint. It was cool to see how they connected Cecil from the prior films and how his past connected with the story. “I think they closed the story well, it was kind of hard to watch the end. Just because it was hard to say goodbye to Robin Williams at the same time as we were saying goodbye to his character, so that was a little rough but I think they closed the plot well.” Overall the turnout was slightly smaller than usual, with about only thirty students in attendance. For the final night of events, Rockin’ Bowl bowling alley hosted a free bowling night for students who flocked to the lanes in droves. For the majority of the night there wasn't a lane that wasn't occupied by BC students. Rockin' Bowl staff said that this was the most students they had seen attend the free student night since they began offering it. The night was full of fun, gutter balls, and strikes; overall the free student night was an overwhelming success.
Coffee anyone? Well we’ve got great news! The campus is officially in the works of getting a coffee shop located beside the cafe. The coffee shop will be quick and easy accessible to all students, on and off campus. When interviewing President Joyce about the new renovations, he said he is extremely excited to announce the new plans for the shop. Some of the questions that were asked during the interview were simply, “Has the contract begun?”, “How did the school come up with the money?”, and of course “When will the shop finally be opened for business?” Responding to these questions President Joyce said, “There is no delay on the construction. We should see more activity in the next week or so. We are planning a grand opening on Earth Day, April 22. There may be a "soft opening" earlier than this.” When asked about the contract, he replied “Yes, the contract has begun. We are interviewing possible vendors right now. Hopefully that decision will be made within the next few weeks so that the purveyor will be able to have some input into the design of the serving area.” When asked how the school received money for the shop, his response was, “We received a gift that should pay for the entire project. We will be seeking additional funds to construct a patio, gas fire pit, and outdoor furniture.” Students that were asked about the future of the coffee shop agreed that this will be a big step for the college and that it will be VERY useful for those dreadful 8am classes! The countdown has officially begun.
Photo by Lizzie Graham The old boiler room, soon to house the coffee shop
January 14, 2015
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Life-long learner By Gabby Smith Opinion Editor
I’ve never met Robert Dye before, only seen him in passing on campus; however, the WLEE professor greets me with an enigmatic smile and asks me about my own personal life before we even start the interview, instantly making him approachable. Sitting down in Dye’s office I can’t help but be engaged as he explains his recent sabbatical and how the experience helped him grow as a person and educator. Students in the WLEE program sea kayak regularly for recreational purposes, but Dye brings up the point that it is never explored or taught more broadly than that. It was this exact point that got him to ponder on various connections between the activity and the liberal arts program. He was inspired to learn about the history of sea kayaking, and thus his journey began. Sea kayaking was invented by the Inuits in Greenland for the purpose of hunting seals in open water. Dye explains that for all intents and purposes they ‘mastered the kayak,’ “the sea kayak is so well-developed that it’s never been improved.” He goes on to point out that in Greenland the word for “man” translates to “one who kills seals.” While Professor Dye didn’t kill any seals he did immerse himself within the culture of Greenland. Dye explains that one of the three main goals he had for his sabbatical was to build a sea kayak using the traditional skills and methods that would’ve been used in the 1600’s. His kayak is beautifully crafted. “All the kayaks in Greenland were made of
Photo Courtesy of Robert Dye Robert Dye kyacking during sabbatical.
wood, but they don’t have trees. They would gather driftwood to form these.” Held together by wooden joints and ties, the kayak was definitely a labor of love. Dye attended a two-week building session where he learned how to craft his kayak and he also got a sense of the people in Greenland at the time. “I like to know how things work, the idea and process of making something and experiencing another culture. I think I’m very open.” According to Dye, missionaries wrote a lot about the Greenlanders and Dye soaked up this information, reading and talking to the people to find out as much as he could about them. He shows me books, diagrams, and pictures of everything from the traditional dress one would wear in a kayak to pictures of kayak frames and layouts. I wanted to work with as many experiential educators as possible,” says Dye. “I don’t often get the chance to be a student, but it’s a great opportunity.” Attending symposiums in Ontario, Maine, Michigan, Delaware, and Virginia he travelled prolifically in order to learn about Greenlandic sea kayaking. Another goal Dye says he had for himself was to paddle in a more challenging environment, which coincidentally gave him the chance to work with instructors from Germany, British Columbia, and Norway to name a few. “If you can picture it,
I’m in Nova Scotia, there are tide races, there’s a 30-50ft tidal range which means the waves are 6 or 7ft, rocky shoreline, and the water’s maybe 40 degrees.” Dye seems excited to talk about an experience that to me seems horrifying, but this fits in well with the picture of himself that he’s presented me; he likes to experience things, and you can’t learn from an experience unless you step outside your depth. This year-long experience was not your typical sabbatical. When most people think sabbatical they think of sitting in a library writing research, but Dye expounds that he wanted time to rejuvenate and focus on one experience. In his daily life he fills so many roles that he finds himself pulled in different directions, but during his sabbatical he was strictly focused on one core subject. When I ask him about the things he took away from his trip he tells me that this showed that BC values teacher-student interaction. “I was allowed to watch a lot of other experiential teachers and see their techniques and it will allow me to be a better instructor.” When I used the term life-long learner to describe him, he instantly agrees with the title, and after having spoken to him extensively about this trip I think anyone who’s encountered him would also say the same.
Photo by Gabby Smith Dye's traditional Greenlandic sea kayak
Arts & life
January 14, 2015
Casting announced for spring musical Students to perform Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics By Alex Webster Arts & Life Editor
This will be a great, experiential semester for the music and theatre departments as they collaborate to produce the musical revue, “Some Enchanted Evening.” The show consists of Rodgers and Hammerstein classics that will appeal to all ages. The cast includes five students with varying majors and primary interests. The three women in the show are Molly Ledford, senior, Lily Bartleson, freshman, and Alex Webster, sophomore. The men are Hunter Rogers, sophomore, and Raquan Edwards, senior. Leading the cast is, director, Peter Savage, and musical director and choreographer, Wendy Jones. They will be assisted by stage manager, Hannah Leonard, and assistant musical director, Ann Bennett. The director Peter Savage has previously taught and directed at BC, with the most recent show being a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy, Medea. He is currently teaching at Western Carolina. Wendy Jones has had a busy first semester at Brevard College, with teaching voice lessons and directing opera scenes. She also attended NATS, National Association for Teachers of Singing, as a judge and a teacher, and now is beginning her second semester in the music department as musical director for the upcoming show.
Photo courtesy of Alex Webster Back: Hunter Rogers, Raquan Edwards, Wendy Jones; Front: Molly Ledford, Lily Bartleson, Alex Webster
She says that after directing the opera scenes and now working with Savage for the musical revue, that, “This job allows me to live my dream, all the while being surrounded by students who inspire me to not only be a better teacher, but also
a better performer. If there was ever a perfect job for me, this is it!” The show will be in the newly renovated Ingram Auditorium, with performances on March 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 2:30 p.m.
by Andrew Gunnin
January 14, 2015
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Women’s lacrosse begin season without a coach
By Jule Hermann Staff Writer
The second year Women’s Lacrosse team starts off their season coachless. Coach Frank Rogers took a head coaching position at the University of Montevallo, where the women’s lacrosse program will begin in the spring 2016. In order to get the program going and to start recruiting, Rogers had to leave Brevard immediately, according to Athletics Director Juan Mascaro. Mascaro says, "This is common in athletics. You don't want it to happen, but it's common... It puts us in a tough spot, but I understand". He received a call from Rogers with the very surprising news over winter break, and he immediately began contacting the captains of the team, Ashlea Mann, Julia Gaston, and Maddie Ellis. Although the first reaction was shock, the team is looking ahead and doing the best they can. Ellis says that they are taking it one day at a time, since overthinking the situation only makes it feel overwhelming. "The team needs to come together... Our coach is not there when we're on the field. It's on us to try to get it together and make the most of it", she says. Nina Fungali, who joined the team in fall 2014, believes that, “dealing with the situation will bring the team closer together, making them better.” The search for a new coach is already on, but it is a difficult time to recruit a Lacrosse coach since the season has begun. Mascaro says that he wants to look for the best coach he can get, but the time to find such a coach will probably take place after the season is over. "If I don't find anybody that I feel is a good fit for us, I'm going to wait as long as I have to wait", he says. Right now, the athletics director himself leads the practice of the lacrosse women, along with soccer assistant coach Kristin Rosato and the team captains. After their first practice on Thursday last week, Mascaro's impression of the team was very positive. As a soccer coach, he is trying to learn as much as he can about lacrosse, but his focus naturally lies on running and conditioning. "We're going to outwork and outrun everybody", is what Mascaro told the team. The women's Lacrosse season starts on February 14th, with a home game against Methodist. The team will play sixteen regular season games, with 8 Southern Athletic Conference events.
Photo Courtesy of Allison Arensman Allison Arensman and Sarah Hill
Cyclocross Continued from page 1
through the technical sections.” said Arensman. Arensman finished in first, Hill finished behind Arensman for a very strong ride into second with freshman, Janelle Cole placing seventh in her first cyclocross race making BC easily the strongest women’s DII team at nationals. “Our women proved that their hard work has paid off by turning in some of their best race results to date from all of our riders,” Coach Brad Perley said. “To have Allison and Sarah once again take 1-2 at a national championship is truly something special. Additionally, having brand new student, Janelle Cole finish well within the top ten is a remarkable feat.” Later in the day the DII men raced, on a course made more difficult by the riders that had previously raced earlier. BC had a large showing in the men’s field with Cypress Gorry taking sixth, Zach Valdez 10th, Walker Shaw 11th, Trever Kingsbury 13th, Spencer Lowden in 15th and Ray Dangelmaier in 19th. BC was unable to crack the top five
in the men’s field due to strong rides by schools like Middlebury College’s Samuel O’Keefe, who took first this year and finished second last year to BC alumni, Lewis Gaffney at nationals in Boulder. Other strong schools were King College, Furman University and Mars Hill University. “I am thrilled to have our BC cyclocross team bring back the 2015 DII national title,” said Perley. “With each season and year comes new challenges, student-athletes, and competition and I am very proud of the way our team has trained, competed and represented our school and community. The team cohesiveness and support for one another had been outstanding. To have our women’s race followed by such a strong showing by the whole men’s roster was icing on the cake. We obviously had Cypress come out of nowhere this cross season to score a huge sixth place and Zach with a top ten, but, as with our ladies, all of the guys turned in some of the best races they’ve ever had.”
Beer & Sex
January 14, 2015
Why Some Good Things Just Don’t Mix Well By Hannah Cook Staff Writer
Beer, a staple in the diet of many college students, isn’t like vodka or rum. It doesn’t need to be mixed with anything else. Beer is a drink that can stand on its own. Sex, another favorite of college students, doesn’t need to be mixed with beer to be enjoyable. All over the world, people are getting it on right now and yes, I can assure you that a good percentage of them are sober. ‘But why not combine two things love? What’s the problem?’ might a college student ask. This is an excellent question, as we are aware that many people around our age frequently party and ‘hook up’ after a long night of drinking. In fact, collegedrinkingprevention.org tells us that 4 out of 5 college students are drinkers, and 8 out of 10 are sexually experienced. It’s no surprise that these statistics show that high numbers of college students are enjoying
their alcohol and sex; however, this is not the issue. While sober, the majority of students report that sexual decisions are clearly made and usually well planned. However, the stats point out that when sex and drinks are mixed, the results get a little sloppy. As found by the College Association for Sexual Health Awareness, only 8 percent of those who are non-binge drinkers have reported participating in unplanned sex, while 22 percent of those who occasionally binge drink have taken part in unplanned sex. This jump is even greater when we look at the stats for those who binge drink on a regular basis, with 42 percent of these individuals having had unplanned sex. Not to mention that the results show that the more frequently binge drinking occurs, the less often condoms are used. Clearly this is a recipe for disaster, and of course, babies.
Broken Promises New Year’s Resolutions on BC Campus By Jordan Law Staff Writer
Broken promises; that’s what it all boils down to—not following through on a promise that you make to yourself. We’ve all made a few that we’ve never achieved. “I promise this year to not eat pizza until I’m beyond sick and in a world of self-loathing.” “I promise not to binge-watch American Horror Story for three days without seeing the light of the sun.” We never keep these promises but it’s the thought that counts, right? New Year Resolutions are a dime a dozen all over BC. Some students, I’m sure, have made noble goals for the current year while others abstained from changing in the slightest. My main question is, how long do the resolutions last? I went around campus looking for resolutions that people had given up on but found that the answers given were quite commonplace, giving up on diets and exercise early on. I decided to change my question, and redirected it towards unsuspecting passersby. “Do you have any weird New Year Resolutions?” This slight change in question gave me hope that maybe; just maybe, I’d get some interesting answers.
I talked to a lot of interesting people in the McLarty-Goodson building, as well as students walking near the Myer’s Dining Hall. The students were accommodating and open to discuss what their resolutions were and I thank them. “I want to stop saying the f-word,” says Sarah Rhoades. A resolution that while admirable, is probably going to be impossible given the state of the government. Most unexpected was Carley Gingles’s resolution to “eat more food.” It’s the opposite of what most people usually say. I wish I could have a resolution like that. Oh wait, I do; it’s called every day. Benjamin Blevins and Brendan Friss didn’t make New Year’s Resolutions because they didn’t think it was necessary. “I’m content with who I am and didn’t feel that I needed to.” What do these responses say about the questions of longevity and weirdness? Well, it says that the longevity of it doesn’t matter because we all usually give up on them anyways, and nobody wants to do anything weird or off the wall crazy. Come on, where’s the sense of adventure BC!
Now the stats here are just quantitative, including no information on how the drinkers felt after their alcohol-induced sexual escapades. Luckily, this gave me all the more reason to do some research myself. After interviewing several fellow students who didn’t mind my prying, the general consensus was that the morning after the incident, the individuals felt a mix of embarrassment, regret, and anxiety about how his or her relationship with the person with whom he or she had sex with may be different in the future. Do you really think one night is worth all of this trouble? If you’ve already experimented with this bad combination, learn from your mistakes, and if you haven’t made the mistake yet, learn from the mistakes of others. And for all of us, just remember this one thing if nothing else: two good things won’t necessarily mix well.
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