Volume 80, Issue 3
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September 10, 2014
SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
BC Greens: It’s time for BC SGA plans and to divest from fossil fuels preparation By Emily Crowley Contributor
A little over a year ago, Professor James Reynolds (JR) brought the Divestment movement to the attention of the BC community. Since then, he has been urging the Board of Trustees to strip the investments in fossil fuel companies from the Endowments Portfolio. Divestment is an incredibly important piece to the progressive movement towards ending our need, as individuals, a campus, and a country, for fossil fuels. It makes no sense for institutions of higher learning to point out society’s evils, while at the same time continuing to invest in companies that exacerbate the problem. Science shows that the major contributor to climate change is society’s reliance on fossil fuels, even though the price of clean solar and wind energy is competitive with dirty energy. The Divestment movement is a phenomenon sweeping across college campuses, municipalities, religious organizations, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations around the U.S. Ideally, the divested funds would be redirected into clean energy companies to help stifle Climate Change. JR and the student organization BC Greens are pushing for the Board of Trustees’ investment
committee to commit to divesting from fossil fuels by the end of 2018 and stop future investments in any oil, coal, and gas companies or their financial backers. BC invests less than 5 percent of our endowment in fossil fuels, so divestment should be easy. But the act of divesting and the press it will bring to BC and the movement at large will have a great impact. So far, no academic institutions in North Carolina have divested from fossil fuels, and if BC were the first it would not only set the precedent for others to do the same, but would tell the country that BC is a school made of leaders, movers, changers, and progressive enablers who put their minds to something, and execute it. It is our generation that will feel the repercussions of climate change, and our generation who can make the difference. I ask you to go to the Divest Brevard Facebook page and click “Like” to keep updated on events and progress of the movement around the country and around the world. We all chose to attend this college because we feel like this is a unique place, where we are taught to be leaders and to make a difference in our world. This movement is one huge way we can do that. Emily Crowley is SGA vice president and copresident of BC Greens.
By MacKenzie Samotis Staff Writer
The first official Student Government Association (SGA) meeting began at 9 p.m., Wednesday, September 3 in MG. This year the students on campus can expect the SGA members to be “the eyes, ears, and doers on campus,” according to SGA President, Burton Hodges. In this more casual gathering, the SGA officers, Burton Hodges, Emily Crowley (Vice President), Nick Jowsey (Secretary), Sam Blakley (Treasurer), and Heather Morris (Speaker of the Clubs), discussed the responsibility of the SGA members and their roles. In this “deliberative assembly” there is a Senate made up of four different areas: residence halls, student athletics, academic departments, and first year students. It is the senators’ responsibility to address the issues and needs, of its department, to the general assembly and in return get results. An example of SGA’s collaboration was the presentation of Emily Crowley as the new VP of SGA. In a chaotic moment when the officers got the news that the former VP of SGA, Steve Olsen, was unable to return, they took action and agreed that Crowley went beyond the expectations for the job. See 'SGA' on page 2
A message from the Clarion editor Dear Readers, You may have noticed changes in the first issues of the Clarion for the fall semester, and the most obvious is that we have an all new senior staff. Sam Blakley, our Managing Editor, is a Math and Integrated Studies major. Blakley’s dual talents for collaboration and organization propelled him quickly from news writing to publication production. Gabby Smith, an English major with a concentration in Literary Studies, is our new Copy Editor. She specializes in opinion writing and debate. Michael St. Marie, a senior Integrated Studies major who is well known for his sleek, minimalistic graphics, is now playing his talents as Layout and Design Editor for the length of his final semester. He will graduate in December. The second change is one that we, as senior staff, chose to instigate in order to provide fresh opportunities for readership. Previously, this paper was released on Friday, and we felt that as students abandoned campus each weekend, the Clarion was left behind.
We will now distribute The Clarion on Wednesdays with hopes of providing relevant mid-week insights into campus events and news as they happen. This will be my only semester serving you as Editor, as I will enter student teaching in Spring of 2015. I am an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing with teaching licensure. That said, the most exciting aspect of this position is the opportunity to interact and collaborate with our readers and writers. I invite you to send us your feedback in letters to the editor at [email protected]
, which we may publish in the following issue. You can also follow us on Twitter at @bcclarion. If you are interested in writing for the Clarion, stop by in MG 102 at 9:30 on Friday morning. If you already have a class at that time, shoot us an e-mail. We can work something out. I look forward to hearing from you. Kara Fohner Editor in Chief
Gallery Opening By Josh Cole Staff Writer
The opening reception for Tim Murray’s “Running on Tybee” art exhibit was Friday, Sept. 5, at the Spiers Art Gallery located on campus in the Sims Art Building. The exhibit will be open until Sept. 26, Monday through Friday from 8-3 p.m. It’s worth checking out and is a perfect way to pay homage to one of BC’s former art professors of over 30 years. The show is composed of both paintings and sculptural pieces. Murray’s work calls forth images of life by the ocean, depicting an array of fish, seashells, reflections of the sun, and ships set on the horizon, among other things. Murray usage of evocative colors and textures tempt touch, coincidently he encourages further understanding of his work through the latter. Some texture is created through scratching or marking while others come from brush strokes and paint built up on the canvas. His hobby as a runner is in many ways reflected by his paintings and their impressionist style, vivid in color and motion; distorted peripherals, while the body is set in motion. Murray has been running since he was around six years old, and next month marks his 76th birthday. He described running as a way to escape to a place in the mind absent of the everyday distractions we all face. His emphasis on fitness he considers paramount to his ability as artist. “I have known for a long time that my art and my athleticism are such an integral part my life that they actually provide the rhythm that underlies my existence,” he said. “They both serve me well, particularly in this world that is so often cacophonous.”
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As mentioned by Hodges, the members “did not pick her by random,” but rather sat down and made the decision together, and ultimately tied together the essence of SGA. The expectations of all SGA members remains high this semester, if not higher than in previous years. The officers have implemented a new structure to run meetings, the “Roberts Rules of Order.” According to Hodges, in the past, meetings have lacked control and organization, but with the new “order” more issues can be addressed and resolved. By developing a more professional and structured system meetings can be conducted in a mature manner befitting the association, which allows its senators to shine brighter. Be on the look-out for great things taking place on BC’s campus. It’s going to be an amazing year for change.
Campus News Brevard Place: a new home The Clarion
By Amanda Higgins Staff Writer
There are a lot of things to look forward to when a school year begins. Things like seeing your old friends and making new ones, or in my case, a brand new dorm. I was so excited when I found out that my roommate and I were approved to live in Brevard Place. Not only was our room going to be bigger, we were going to be off campus and we didn't have to share a bathroom with anyone else! Brevard Place technically holds two dorms: Holly Cottages, where I live, and Yew Tree. These dorms were created through a renovation of the buildings that used to be the Roadway Inn. Because these two buildings used to be a hotel, they have some amenities that the other dorms don’t. For example, the rooms are bigger. The rooms were originally designed to hold two double beds, and came with a built-in
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closet space and a bath tub. However, above all else, the one thing I cherish the most is our thermostat. Each room in Brevard Place has its own AC unit. Another great perk of the new dorms is that they came with all new furniture: beds that loft, brand new mattresses, and desks. We even have dressers instead of the bulkier wardrobes. As students at BC we all know that things are never as nice as they were the year before. No matter how careful you are eventually a bolt falls off your bed or a drawer comes off track. At Brevard Place we have been fortunate enough to be the first to use these items and not have to worry about previous wear and tear. These dorms and the new freshman dorm that is currently being built, as well as the renovations that are being done to Taylor Hall all say one thing: BC is changing, and in a good way. Our recent growth in population and area show that we are moving on to bigger and better things, and I, for one, am glad to be a part of it.
Photo by Jazmin Carlisle
Senior pinning form due Friday By Amanda Higgins Staff Writer
With September here, things have begun to change. The weather is slowly but surely turning cooler. Fall is coming, bringing with it colorful leaves and the Senior Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony on Sept. 19 is to congratulate BC’s seniors on their hard work and dedication in their chosen field of study. During Family Weekend the seniors and their families along with selected faculty and staff will dine in the Porter Center to celebrate the achievements of the students. Each student is allowed to have 3 guests, including their pinner.
This means that if you wish to be pinned by your favorite professor or a member of the staff who has greatly influenced you, you would then be able to invite 2 members of your family or friends to the event. Faculty and staff dine for free, so in this situation you would need to pay for the 2 members of your family. If you were to be pinned by a family member as well as having two other guests all three would need to be paid for. The forms required for this event are due Friday, Sept. 12, and each non-BC faculty or staff guest costs $20.
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BC’s International Students By Calum McAndrew Contributing Writer
This year for Brevard College has seen the largest intake of international students in its proud history. I’ve heard many numbers at how many have actually arrived on this small North Carolina campus, but whatever the true figure; it is a very impressive total. Many people travel to Brevard for the vast outdoors that surround the campus, many come for the fine academics, and there’s also an extremely large contingency of people who come for the reputable athletics teams, which is no different for this year’s golf team, which boasts an exceptional nine international students in an eleven man team, six of which are incoming freshman. Alejandro Montanes (Spain), Florian Peyssonneaux (France), Trym Falch (Norway) and Declan Addison, Craig Stephen, and Calum McAndrew (all Scotland) have made their way across the Atlantic this year to test themselves at the collegiate level. This adds to existing international sophomores of Sebastian Strehl (Germany), Oskar Lundgren (Sweden), and Luis Vega (Spain).
What is it, however, that has attracted them to this corner of Western North Carolina? Declan Addison, who traveled from Aberdeen in Scotland, explained; “It was actually my high school teacher who told me about this place. He only had good words to say about Brevard, as his son did a golf scholarship over here a few years back, and he loved it. When he found out I too was a golfer, he pushed me and pushed into making the trip.” Trym Falch, who came to Brevard from Oslo in Norway, said, “The international factor for me was vital. I saw there was already a strong international group, and I knew that would help me settle in.” For myself, the decision to come to Brevard this year was simple. My initial impression of the college was that the people were exceptionally welcoming and accepting of international students, which I hope has been the case for everyone. The college is clearly gaining a positive reputation on a global scale, as international students appear to be travelling to Brevard more and more frequently. The credit for that has to go to the staff and students at the college, who make the transition as simple and friendly as possible.
Tornados Scoreboard Football
BC 21, Western Carolina 45 Sept. 5
Shorter 2, BC 0 Sept. 6 BC 0, King 5 Sept. 4
Volleyball Al Roseboro Invitational BC 3, Winston-Salem State 0 BC 3, Emmanuel BC 3, Lees-McRae 2 BC 3, Paine 0
Men’s Soccer Sept. 6 Sept. 6 Sept. 5 Sept. 5
Belmont Abbey 1, BC 2 Sept. 6 North Greenville 0, BC 2 Sept. 4 BC wins are bolded
Photos courtesy of Amy Brinkley
Amy Brinkley By Kevin Thompson Staff Writer
When you think of a librarian, what do you picture? Do you imagine a small, frail woman who wears glasses, quietly sits behind her desk, and constantly shushes people who get too loud? Well, in some cases that might be true, but in regards to one of J.A Jones Library’s newest employees, Amy Brinkley! Born in Southern California. Brinkley got her masters from San Jose State. An Information Services librarian, Brinkley oversees a lot of the information being stored, as well as being a source of information for both students and faculty. A former employee of Warren Wilson, which is a college in Asheville, she loves helping and interacting with students. “I love working at small schools, I really feel like I can make a significant impact on students and hopefully help guide them in the right direction,” said Brinkley. Interestingly enough she did just that when she wrote a letter to be given to a student at Convocation. “When I was writing that letter I just tried to remember what it was like for me to be 18 again and in college, and I really just wanted to encourage whoever got it to do well.” When Amy isn’t helping students in the library or encouraging them to succeed in life, she loves to be outdoors. “I really love hiking, and travelling around to new places!” exclaimed Brinkley. She also is a diehard football fan, who loves the San Francisco 49ers. So if you are ever in the library and want to talk about something other than books, you know who to go to!
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Apple fest or apple mess?
By Ce’Ara Cannon Staff Writer
A wise woman in my life once told me “that ignorance of a few can have a tremendous impact on the many.” This resonates strongly after a seemingly cheerful fundraising event for breast cancer turned into a brawl. With the recent events of Ferguson and other similar instances, racial tensions and debates are high. So reading another story about hate crimes and the mistreatment of a person of color is probably not at the top of everyone’s list of daily tasks. I can admit to falling into the dangerous trap of desensitization when it comes to these types of stories because we see them in the news so often. I had become so complacent and normalized to the tragedies happening right outside my door. But after twenty short years of life, I was abruptly shaken out of my complacency and charged to take a stance. Saturday, Aug. 23, I began my Saturday like any normal, nocturnal, twenty-something-yearold does, scolding the sun rays peeking through the blinds. But today would be different. Today I would celebrate my newly breast cancer surviving mother at an event raising money for a breast cancer organization that helps people make ends meet, so that they can focus on their health. Today would be good, or at least that’s what I thought as I pulled myself out of bed.Today would be empowering. As my family and I are driving into the little town outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, made mostly of tobacco farms and back dirt roads, it was easy for me to soak up the serenity that such simplicity brings. But what I neglected to survey a little closer were the Confederate flags hung all across the town like Christmas lights on a tall pine tree. Up until that day, I had always defended the Confederate flag with the optimistic thought that the lovely southern state that I called home wasn’t still stuck in the radical views of our past. So as my mother spoke her concern about the flags, I calmly reassured her that it was just southern pride and there was nothing to be worried about, but unfortunately that statement doesn’t apply to every flag hanging up. But nonetheless, we drove down the dirt path that opened up into what was once a corn field, but was now filled with lifted chevys, motorcycles, food trucks and country music. Throughout the day I had shrugged off the endless glares and thought nothing of it. But the sun had set and I started to feel that maybe my welcome had run out. An extremely inebriated man stumbled by me and gave me a stare that wreaked so strongly of disdain. He walks up to my friend, Jack, whom by the way is white, and offers him a drink. This seemed unusual since
Photo by Ce’Ara Cannon
Gibsonville's Apple Fest touts itself on Facebook as “Where Good Friends And Good Times Come Together For A Great Cause,” with proceeds from the event going to support breast cancer patients and their families. For one BC student, however, this year’s Apple Fest was anything but “good” when she found herself in the middle of a racially charged brawl.
they didn’t know each other, but hey, we were all southern folks. Jack accepted like any southern gentleman would. Without a second guess, Jack turns to my boyfriend and I to include us and immediately our inebriated acquaintance became livid. He began yelling out the ever-so poignant “n-word” along with other white supremacist tinged comments. With shock and complete helplessness written all over my face, I was too paralyzed to do anything but watch the brawl break out. Right after the words left the man’s mouth, Jack snatched the man up and with that came the ignition of a full on brawl. Not even knowing the situation, people began jumping into the fight, harming innocent bystanders all because they weren’t willing to let Jack defend someone that wasn’t of his own race. As I finally made my way through all the hateful words and forceful shoves, the police arrived and defused the situation. Who knew that this one man’s comment could spark such a strong flame among the masses. In my opinion, our country has the biggest savior complex I have ever seen, but we don’t make efforts to fix our own issues. I find it quite strange that our country will start a war and sacrifice their own people for conflicts that are not their own, conflicts that parallel injustices in our own backyard. When will the injustices of minorities amount to enough that our government actually takes action. As a country we can not continue to ignore the glaringly obvious injustices happening around us. While racism is deeply intertwined in the history of this country, complacency should not be. So stand up readers, not just for our generation but the generations to come. Stand up for something better.
Running back on the law By Arlan Perry Staff Writer
Two running backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers were arrested last Wednesday for DUI and possession charges. At 1:30 p.m. Le’Veon Bell and Legarrette Blount were pulled over. Bell was arrested on the scene and Blount was told he could call for a ride to come pick him up. The Steelers team said that any punishment dealt out would be handled in house. Both Bell and Blount were scheduled to play their season opener on Sunday. This idea that athletes are able to get away with crimes dates back much further then the DUI charge of these two running backs. We are reminded of the Kobe Bryant rape case, as well as fellow football player Ray Lewis’s suspected murder charges. Has it become common knowledge that if you are a professional athlete in the United States you can get away with any crime? Coach Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been very clear that there will be no public announcement of any punishment for the two running backs. Therefore, the public will never know if the players are being dealt with appropriately. There seems to be a split in opinions of the general public: many members of society feel that the two players should be punished to the full extent of the law. However, it is quite safe to say that any Steelers fans would be more than happy to see the two players not miss any time on the field. One could question whether their athletic ability was more than enough to keep the players running up and down the field, rather than back and forth in a jail cell.
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Putting a face on disability at Brevard College By Christina Bailey Contributing Writer
Disability is a label, which can encompass the mental and physical, severe or minor, and visible or invisible. Many want to share their story, but do not want the label of “disabled” attached to them. College can be an impossible dream for someone who is disabled. It is incredible when the opportunity presents itself, but it sparks more challenges. I have a congenital vision disorder. It has affected every aspect of my life. My family and friends have always supported me, and there was always a team of resources to fall back on for support. However, family, friends, and teachers can’t follow you to college. When I set foot on the campus of Brevard and walked into the wrong dorm room, because I couldn’t see the room number, I had second thoughts. The transition is awkward for everyone, though for some it’s just uncomfortable. When you transition schools, it’s an embarrassing, repetitive process. However, in college, not only must you inform all professors and your roommate of your needs, you also have to adjust your housing to your needs. Most people with disabilities have grown up with schools that had been pre- informed of their needs, and worked with their parents to have everything set for them. In college, however, instead of having your parent
or a teacher make all of the adjustments, you are thrown into the driver’s seat, even you may not know what will work for you or what you will need assistance with. There are many resources on campus for any need, serious or minute. Debbie Roberts oversees assistance with special needs students. The majority of professors are more than willing to help in any way they can. It isn’t a very pleasant conversation when you have to tell a professor that you may have to leave, miss class time, or have to have aspects of the class adjusted, but they will not look down on you, they will try to lift you up. Many special needs students will go the full school year without mentioning a word to their professor. Yes, it is embarrassing, but it’s a necessity. I asked students what they felt needed to be improved to make BC more disability friendly, and their answers were surprising. There are not as many ramps as some students would like, some doors are difficult to open, and desks are placed too tightly together, making crutches or wheelchairs difficult to maneuver. Debbie Roberts took notes as I mentioned student concerns and says that “she and staff are always evaluating how even the smallest things can impact students.” The greatest concern of disabled students was attendance. If you have a disability that requires you to miss class time for doctor’s appointments, illness caused by a disability, or trouble getting
Growing pains Increased student population leaves little space for parking By Jesse Sheldon Staff Writer
With the second consecutive year of record breaking enrollment Brevard College is growing faster than ever. The classrooms and the cafeteria are busting at the seams; all in all, it’s good news for coming years. But for us, here and now, we are suffering some “Growing Pains.” With so many people on campus, parking has become a hot commodity, with faculty, staff, and commuter students all jockeying for spaces. This in mind, it bears mentioning that there are a few parking regulations. First and foremost, if you are a commuter and have not paid your parking fee, today, Sept. 10, is the last day to pay. If you have not paid the parking fee and are caught parking on campus, you can be fined up to $500. Also, if you don’t have a car on campus, remember to put in
your waiver before the end of the day. Be aware that there are several spaces on campus that are restricted to certain members of the BC community. Faculty, Staff, and Mail spaces are outlined in yellow. These spaces are restricted to faculty, staff, and mail room personnel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are caught parking in the spaces during these hours you can be fined $30 per instance. This also is true for commuters who park in residence hall parking and vice versa. The college has assured me that they are doing their best to try to accommodate everyone, but space and funds are limited. Students and staff are anxiously awaiting new parking spaces. In the meantime, remember there is overflow parking available in front of the art building and the Porter Center. All in all, please be courteous and park only in your designated parking areas, and if worse comes to worst, use the overflow parking available on campus.
to class, absences can destroy your academic standing. It was also disappointing to hear that some professors were not as accommodating as students would like. When I sat down with Debbie Roberts to discuss special needs students at Brevard and their concerns, there were many options that I had not even considered. The key is registering and informing your professors of your needs as early as possible. Most students are not even aware that there is someone to counsel them on the topic of special needs. Class schedules and lessons can be adjusted. There is constant contact between many departments to ensure that students’ daily needs are met, such as updates when the elevator in Jones is unavailable due to maintenance. A disability can be an embarrassing topic, one that we may just want swept under the rug, but there is a need for students to inform those around them if they need assistance. Debbie Roberts has an open door policy, and there is never the wrong time to ask your professor, staff member, or a friend for help. While not everything can be individualized, Brevard does its best to fit the needs of each student. The Brevard staff is constantly looking for adjustments needed to improve quality for special needs students, and it will be a continuous work in prog
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A critical approach to ‘The November Man’ By Michael Heiskell Staff Writer
You know it’s a bad sign when in the midst of the climax of your movie, when people are supposed to be watching explosions, car chases, and gun-slinging, they are checking their watches. Unfortunately, “The November Man” leans on every conceivable spy cliché in the books, but fails to bring anything new to its genre. Based on the novel “There Are No Spies,” by Bill Granger, “The November Man” is about Peter Devereaux, played by Pierce Brosnan, a retired C.I.A agent who is called back into service to remove a Russian operative that has vital information that could expose the corruption of the soon to be Russian president, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski). However, when his extraction leads to the death of the operative, Peter is thrown into a world of corruption and betrayal. To top it off, he is being hunted by David Mason (Luke Bracey), a C.I.A agent that he mentored. To be inspired by past genre films and adapt to their success is understandable. However, The November Man leans too heavily on the past successes of the genre and doesn’t attempt to
bring anything new to the genre itself. The script is messy; the story is convoluted. Brosnan and Bracey give it their all, but even actors of their caliber couldn’t fix a messy script. One of the worst things about this movie is Pierce Brosnan’s character, Devereaux. Incredibly inconsistent, his actions were wildly sporadic and didn’t give the audience a stable sense of character. A good character doesn’t have to be predictable, but if they are inconsistent and sporadic that should be established early in the film. The constant level of inconsistency that is found in Devereaux doesn’t give the impression of a mysterious wild card character; it gives the impression of a bad script. The script is as messy as they come. Filled with hopeful one-liners and cheesy quotes, the writing fell completely flat. It was as if they were expecting every other quote to be the next great line on t-shirts and bumper stickers, but none of them stuck whatsoever. While this certainly isn’t the worst spy thriller to hit the theaters, it is one of the least entertaining in recent memory. I would give it a 2 ½ stars out of 5, if only for the performances of the actors trying to save the admittedly sorry script.
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‘In Bruges’ By Michael Heiskell Staff Writer
Pairing high stakes drama with hilarious dark comedy, bolstered by superb acting and gorgeous cinematography, “In Bruges” is a beautifully sad tale of desperation and regret. The story of two assassins who are sent to Bruges supposedly to relax after a hit went terribly wrong, the movie centers around Colin Farrell’s character “Ray.” During the hit, Ray accidently shoots and kills a little boy and as a result is absolutely wrecked with guilt. Unsure of why they were sent to Bruges, Ray and Ken, played by Brendan Gleeson, tentatively await orders of what to do next as they meander through the ancient town. But things change completely when Ken receives an order that he doesn’t know if he can actually carry: an order that changes everything. There is so much that adds to the overall good quality of this film; the breathtaking cinematography, the haunting score, and the acting, which is heartbreaking. Farrell and Gleeson do a wonderful job and they play off of each other very well. Farrell, who is famous for his up and down career with notorious flops such as “Alexander” and “American Outlaws,” is seen at his best here as the rude, arrogant, but generally good hearted hit-man, Ray. The cinematography also works especially well, setting the tone of the film with long shadows off of ancient buildings. It provides a sense of things closing around you that builds the suspense as the stakes are raised. The overall setting and the accompaniment overlays so well with the script that it just gives a sense of completeness that isn’t found in a lot of films these days. “In Bruges” is a passionate, heartbreaking, and often hilarious dark comedy. The story and music build slowly but goes off in an exciting and climactic final act that will leave you breathless, making it a definite must-watch.
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Photo by Megyn Terrell
Malloy resignation By Gabby Smith Copy Editor
Photo by Megyn Terrell
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Season opener: freshmen lead the way in victory over North Greenville By Megyn Terrell Staff Writer
On Sept. 4, BC’s men’s soccer team took the home field for their season opener against North Greenville. Coming back with an overall record of 5-11 last season, and a record of 3-8 in conference matches, the Tornados set the bar high with a 2-0 win over the Crusaders. The Tornados welcome back a number of returners along with a couple of fresh new faces, having brought in 18 new faces, 16 of whom are freshmen. In the match against North Greenville, freshman Robert Ferrer made not only his first collegiate goal but also the first of the Tornados’ season. This was followed up by fellow freshman Sergie Monso scoring the second goal in the first half.
The Tornados remained strong during their second half, earning their first win of the season. When asked how he feels about the line-up this year and changes made to the team, senior Augusto Isern simply said, “There are many quality players coming in as freshmen. We have great potential with the reserves, and those who came in the first team are definitely top class. The new setup allows us to give everyone more playing time and it also helps raise the quality of training and expectations. We hope the season opener win is just one of the many this year.” This year the team has high expectations, hoping to make the conference playoffs. However, only time will tell. The next home match for the men’s soccer will be Sept. 27, here on the home field, starting at 4 p.m. Be sure to come out and support them!
Norman Witek has worked as head coach for the BC track and cross-country teams for 15 years and in that time has trained a number of AllAmericans and earned 5 National Championships. However, everyone needs a change of pace some time. Witek was the one to bring former coach Adam Malloy to BC. A week into this school year, Adam Malloy resigned from his post as head coach of the BC and cross-country track team. Witek states that Malloy had already come to him previously to discuss the fact that he might be leaving in order to accept a sales position that would take his career path in a slightly different direction. The two had discussed what Malloy’s resignation would mean for the team and how it would affect the season. “There was never any pressure to leave or stay,” says Witek. Luckily, Athletic Director Juan Mascaro asked Witek to act as the overseer of the entire track and cross country program, which in turn would reduce the stress caused by changes in management. Now Witek will be fulfilling the role of coach along with his duty of program director. However, because Witek is full-time faculty, it was decided that former student and runner Josh Mower would come in to fill the role of Assistant Coach. With all the changes in the program, we have to hope that everything works out for the runners this season.
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Photo by Sam Marlow
Quarterback Tanner Wright prepares to hand off the ball Saturday during BC’s opening game against Western Carolina University. The Tornados gained 296 yards on offense during the 45-21 loss against their NCAA Division 1 opponent in Cullowhee.
Tornados open strong against WCU
BC scores 21 before a late 17-point surge by WCU By Burton Hodges Business Manager
The BC football team opened up the 2014 season Saturday playing against the Western Carolina University (WCU) Catamounts in Cullowhee, N.C. with a 45-21 loss. Pitted against the heavily favored Catamounts, the Tornados pounded the first of their two Division 1 opponents this season with 296 total yards of offense, keeping the Catamounts within reach until a controversial penalty call from the referees stopped the advancing Tornado offense. The first half began on the back of a thunderstorm that engulfed the mountains in a foggy rain, which persisted through halftime. The Catamounts opened the game unhindered by the rain, scoring with an 11-play drive resulting in a 1-yard touchdown run by Darius Ramsey, starting up 7-0 within the first five minutes. The Tornados were scoreless through the first quarter but responded to the 14-0 deficit with a 79-yard drive ending with a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tanner Wright with 14 minutes to go in the second quarter. Momentum would quickly shift back to the Catamounts. Capitalizing off of a 50-yard kick-off return by Detrez Newsome, they pulled a quick 6-play touchdown to go up 21-7. The patience of the Tornados’ run-oriented, triple-option offense paid off on the following drive, with a 51-yard break out run from Tanner Wright to the Catamounts’ 4-yard line. Jordan Ollis muscled his way into the end zone
on the next play to bring the Tornados within one touchdown, but the Catamounts would score again late in the second quarter to close the half 28-14. The Tornados dominated possession in the third quarter slowly marching down the field on the opening drive, using over 11 minutes. The Catamounts defense held the Tornados at the 20yard line, but a personal foul call would give The Tornados a fresh set of downs. The result being a 5-yard touchdown scramble from Tanner Wright putting the team within one touchdown, and silencing the rowdy WCU student section. The Catamounts got the ball back with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter. The high-paced Catamount offense scored quickly off of a pair of long runs by Darius Ramsey and Detrez Newsome, extending the lead 35-21. The game entered the fourth quarter a tighter competition than the 8,000+ fans at E.J. Whitmire Stadium seemed to be expecting. The energy from both sidelines was electric as the Tornados methodically advanced the ball closer to Catamount territory with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Following a 2-yard sack and a timeout, the Tornados took the field on third-and-nine with the ball at midfield, looking to advance to the Catamount 41-yard line. Wright, who attempted 4 passes all game took the snap and rolled out to his right tossing an incomplete pass down the right sideline intended for Andre Overholt. Multiple flags rained down following the play; presumably for pass interference on the Catamounts, which would’ve given the Tornados a first down deep within scoring range.
However, the Tornados were flagged as well for an ineligible receiver downfield resulting in offsetting penalties and a fourth-and-nine for the Tornados offense. Following an extended argument between the referees and Tornados head coach Paul Hamilton, running back Kevin Jeter was stopped short on the first down and the Tornados ended the drive with a punt from Garrett Nestor. Despite an impressive goal-line stand by the Tornados defense on the ensuing possession, holding the Catamounts to a field goal from inside the 10-yard line, the Tornados were unable to stage a comeback in the waning minutes of the game after falling behind 38-21. Afterwards, Hamilton told reporters that among the obvious disadvantages that hurt the Tornados, this was the second game of the season for the Catamounts not to mention the team has 65 scholarship players to the Tornados 19. It was the “controversial ineligible receiver call that halted our progress. We go down there and we score.” According to Hamilton, he’s been “running that play since he began at Air Force” and even showed an image of the formation to the referees prior to kickoff and they told him it was OK to run the play. The officials decided otherwise during the game. Highlighting the opening performance for the Tornados was quarterback Tanner Wright and fullback Jordan Ollis who combined for a total of 204 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Michael Gruber led the defense with 10 tackles. The Tornados will look to redeem their shot at taking down a Divison 1 team Saturday against Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va. Kickoff is set for 7 P.M. and the game will be televised on ESPN-3.