Volume 80, Issue 4
SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
Happy Constitution Day! September 17, 2014
Photo by Rachel Anthony
The Steep Canyon Rangers were one of many artists who performed at the 2014 Mountain Song Festival at the Brevard Music Center. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County.
Beer, bluegrass, Brevard By Jonathan Furnell Staff Writer
Crowds of people flocked to this year’s Mountain Song Music Festival. Local food, beer, art and music made the festival a rousing success. Mountain Song was started by John Felty and has been a Brevard tradition for the past 9 years. Hosted by the Steep Canyon Rangers, this event at the Brevard Music Center draws bluegrass artists such as The Kruger Brothers, Sam Bush, Seldom Scene, and many others. It is known for its sustainable and eco-friendly mantra, with compost and recycling around every corner. Many local shops and eateries were set up vendor booths for the 2014 festival. Mud Dabber’s Pottery, Local Color and Purple Bus Jewelry were just a few of the local shops there. Festivalgoers also enjoyed Kiwi Gelato, Quotations Café, HobNob, and Rollin’ Smoke Bar-B-Que to satisfy their appetite. With the good food, there was great beer. Oskar Blues Brewery provided beer for this years’ festival. Aaron Baker, an employee of the brewery,
said, “We have been sponsoring Mountain Song for the past 5 years and we always love being a part of it. John Felty, the founder of the festival, is great friends with Dale Katechis, the owner of the brewery.” One of the reasons that Oskar Blues opened in Brevard is because of this friendship with Felty. Another aspect of this festival is its sustainable atmosphere. Many volunteers helped make this year’s festival as eco-friendly as possible. Marlee Joyce, a volunteer from BC said, “As an environmental science major, I am super supportive of this festival being so eco-friendly.” Let’s not forget about the music. This year’s lineup included the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Kruger Brothers, Della Mae, The Seldom Scene, and many other bluegrass acts. The Steep Canyon Rangers opened the festival on Friday night with an energetic welcome. Later that night, The Kruger Brothers ended the festivities for the day with an incredible performance. The three piece act also brought in the fiddle player from the Steep Canyon Rangers
for a set. At the end of their performance they received a standing ovation with thunderous applause. Saturday, festival-goers arrived at noon and were treated to more bluegrass action. Chatham County Line started off followed by Shannon Whitworth. The Seldom Scene, one of the most prevalent bluegrass bands of the 20th century, rocked the auditorium with some of their most memorable songs. To finish off the night, the Steep Canyon Rangers returned for a final send-off set. It was electric. The crowd was treated to a special appearance of Sam Bush, one of the fathers of bluegrass. Bush and the Rangers filled the auditorium with rollicking tunes making the crowd cheer. Mountain Song 2014 was an awesome experience filled with music and good times. Look out for 2015’s festival. Next year will be the 10 year anniversary of the festival and it will be a weekend you will not want to miss. For bluegrass, beer, and fun, Mountain Song Music Festival in Brevard is the place to be.
Get out and explore your town! By Jonathan Furnell Staff Writer
For those of you wondering what to do with your weekend, Brevard is surrounded by lots of great activities, and here’s a list of a few things you can do with your spare time this month. Asheville is probably the biggest city in the surrounding area, and holds a lot of local events. Asheville is a hub for a variety of eclectic music, art, and food. At The Orange Peel there are always great concerts. The place to go for big names in music, this month they’ll be housing: Reggae singer Matisyahu, The Wood Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, and DJs Tycho and Bonobo. If you want something more local, check out the Co-Ed Cinema. Their line-up this month has them showing: Lucy, The Expendables 3, November Man, Dolphin Tale 2, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 and more. Downtown is full of shops and local eateries for day-tripping. Rocky’s Soda Shop, a tourist favorite, has milkshakes, burgers and cool knick-knacks. Check out Rockin’ Robin Records for vinyl records, CDs and instruments. For a delicious meal and a good brew try Dugan’s Pub, a popular spot for good food at a low price. Local Color, 336 Exchange, and Theophilus to name a few are some of the local shops that sell unique artwork, clothing, and novelty items. See 'Local' on page 8
September 17, 2014
What’s Your Constitution IQ?: Quiz
Constitution Day quiz
Test your knowledge on our national government’s founding document 1. Our country’s first constitution was called: a. the Articles of Confederation b. the Declaration of Independence c. the “Federalist Papers” d. the Emancipation Proclamation
6. Our first Vice-President was: a. Alexander Hamilton b. Thomas Jefferson c. Benjamin Franklin d. John Adams
2. Laws for the United States are made by: a. the President b. the Senate c. Congress d. the Supreme Court
7. The Bill of Rights is: a. the first ten amendments b. the Fifteenth Amendment c. the entire Constitution d. all of the amendments
3. The longest possible time a person could now serve as President is: a. 4 years b. 8 years c. 10 years d. 12 years
8. If neither the President nor Vice-President can serve, the position would be filled by: a. the Speaker of the House b. the Chief Justice c. the elected President of the Senate d. the Secretary of State
4. A man accused of a crime in court has a right to: a. hear the witnesses against him b. be tried wherever he wants c. have any judge he wants d. change courts
9. The major department head who is appointed by the President to deal with foreign countries is the: a. Secretary of Defense b. Secretary of State c. Attorney General d. Secretary of Commerce
5. Invoking the Fifth Amendment means an accused man: a. refuses to testify against himself b. refuses to be tried again c. demands a grand jury d. wants to appeal his case
10. The President is elected if he: a. wins a majority of the electoral votes b. wins most of the country’s vote c. wins all of the States’ votes d. wins most of the States’ votes
1.A 2.C 3.B 4.A 5.A 6. D 7.A 8.A 9.B 10.A
Starting the year off right
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By Alex Webster Staff Writer
On Aug.16, a large group of students hesitantly invaded BC. The 300-something students began unloading cars, meeting roommates, and hugging their parents goodbye. A group of upperclassmen met them with friendly smiles as they began their BC experience. Kicking off Creek Week, the students were divided into small groups, where they met with their peer leader, and faculty advisor. Once the students arrived, peer leaders were able to put a nervous face with a name. We had time later to talk with them and help smooth their transition after an exhausting day. Head of the Education Dept., Megan Keiser, along with a slew of other faculty and staff members, began this new University 101 course, tailored specifically to BC. The program, First Year Experience (FYE), is designed to help incoming students get information about Brevard, have any of their questions answered, and encourage them to try new things. The first week that the students moved in, they were able to meet multiple times with their small
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Honoring seniors What you need to know about senior pinning
By Amanda Higgins Staff Writer
This one’s for the birds The secret life of Dr. Llewellyn By MacKenzie Samotis Staff Writer
Back in August of 1990, Dr. Jeff Llewellyn joined Brevard College’s faculty as the Chair of Science and Mathematics. Now, in his twenty fifth year here at BC, Llewellyn is a Professor of Ecology and Biology, as well as the Health Science Studies Major Coordinator. His time as a professor is dedicated to inspiring young adults as freshman and thus watching them grow as they reach their senior year. When asked why he became interested in Biology and Ecology he responded with, “You have to first of all find out who you are,” in order to decide what you want to do, and ultimately he proudly states he was “innately born that way.” As a young boy Llewellyn was drawn to the outdoors. He always found himself in a creek catching bugs and watching the phenomenon of the natural world take place around him, and he still carries that sense of bewilderment with him as a man today. In fact, one of his big hobbies is bird-watching. Llewellyn spends most, if not all, of his Wednesday afternoons in a field or near a lake, watching and taking in all that nature has to offer. You can catch him at his most frequent
spot on Lake Junaluska, or hiking through the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks in hopes to catch sight of a rare bird species. One afternoon, as Llewellyn was driving through Waynesville, NC on his way to his usual spot at Lake Junaluska, he drove up on 3 Sand Hill Cranes. Most would pay no attention and pass the birds, possibly take a quick look, but take no real notice. However, curious Llewellyn looked a bit closer at the birds and noticed more than one colored band around each of their ankles. He mentioned how it wasn’t rare to see a tagged bird, but how odd it was to see multiple bands on more than one, so he dug a little deeper. He called some people around the area that knew more about the issue and was conclusive with the fact that he had found the “Lost Sand Hill Cranes;” a rare species of birds that had once taken place in a migration/ extinction rehabilitation project, but had traveled beyond the scientists’ knowledge. Projects such as the one dealing with the Sand Hill Cranes take place all over the world almost continuously. Dr. Robert Cabin, one of BC’s Professors of Environmental Science and Ecology, as well as a good friend of Llewellyn, held a presentation on Wednesday night. He talked about his efforts and knowledge of the recovery of endangered species while creat-
As September falls upon us 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 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, September 12, and each non BC faculty or staff guest costs $20.
ing a better understanding of the relationship between nature and society. Cabin spent time in Hawaii assisting in such recovery and ecological restoration of the indigenous species, including birds. He has made it his goal to “create a more meaningful and sustainable relationship between people and nature,” and in the words of Dr. Llewellyn, “Robert Cabin hit the nail square on the head, and we should listen to what he has to say.” “Henry David Thoreau believed that we should all go to nature and see what we can learn from nature; that’s why I keep doing this,” says Llewellyn with closed eyes. He encapsulates Thoreau’s understanding that the time spent outdoors, away from the materialistic world, “frees your mind to think about other things that are clouded up.” Bird watching is not just a hobby of Llewellyn’s. It is those simple moments in the day that allow him embrace his own understanding of what nature holds.
Arts & Life
Laugh until it hurts By Kaelyn Martin
Photo by Arlan Parry
On Wednesday, Sept.10, comedian Ronnie Jordan filled Dunham Music Hall with laughter as he discussed the awkward but true aspects of life. His performance, part of the Campus Royalty Tour, covered a wide range of topics, from early childhood all the way to relationships and family life. If there is one topic Ronnie Jordan hit home, it was college life. He jokes that when it comes to college students, “Everybody is the same race...Broke as hell.” He also talked about all the uncomfortable scenarios college students might find themselves in, from roommate issues to party problems.
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He explains his humor saying, “it’s offensive and funny at the same time.” Although he played off of stereotypical generalizations, one could not help smiling as he imitated the “average white girl” or even an audience member’s laughter. Jordan preformed a couple song parodies including one titled My Dinner that keeps the audience engaged as he raps about his weight and love for food. He then closed the show with an interpretive dance that paid tribute to his love for Honey Buns. A great audience was all Jordan needed to succeed in his performance that night. Despite the audience only being roughly seventy students; they filled the auditorium with so much energy people were laughing long after the show had ended.
Practiced ice climber
By Arlan Parry Staff Writer
Taylor Perez, a 25-year-old junior at BC, is a part of the WLEE program here. Over the summer, he worked for Kennicott Wilderness Guides in Alaska. His day-to-day activities stretched from glacier hikes, and ice climbing trips, to flying to the backcountry on bush planes, and going on a pack-rafting trip. This guiding experience allowed him to camp in a tent for most of the summer. The instructor to client ratio was 1 to 4, with cliental ranging from kayakers from Asheville to people from Tai Wan. Taylor heard about the trip from a mutual friend that graduated from BC and had gone there for an internship and enjoyed it. With that in mind, Taylor jumped on the opportunity. Taylor was involved at the Boys and Girls Cub here in Brevard for a long time and he knew he wanted to mix it up and try something new. When we talked, he made it clear that he definitely wants to go back to Alaska. He plans on returning back in May, and hopes to see what other opportunities it opens up. When asked what advice he has for freshman or underclassmen who want to get involved in similar activates, Taylor responded “Don’t be afraid of the unknown, like I said I am from Brevard, the furthest I’ve been is out West so I was definitely nervous. I think it’s important to not fear the unknown. Everyone should take every opportunity they can. Life is short, embrace it.”
Courtesy of Wendy Jones
a woman with a voice
By Mackenzie Samotis Contributing Writer
Brevard College is very fortunate to welcome the new voice professor, Wendy Jones, into its closeknit family of faculty and students. Jones comes to BC from the UNCA, where she will continue to teach courses in voice and jazz improvisation, as well as applied voice and opera workshop here at Brevard. Jones has her hand in both the musical and theatrical world while both on and off campus. This fall she will be working with students to recreate and stage scenes from many different opera fairytales and fantasies, along with working on productions in the spring. During the summer she performed in “My Fair Lady” at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, NC, and she continues to perform at multiple jazz venues in Asheville.The sounds of classical, theatrical, jazz, and 20th century opera music influence and inspire Jones in her own performances, as well as her students’. Music has been the center of Jones’ life since she was a young girl. However, her inspiration for teaching did not reach her until her senior year in high school. Her goal as an educator at BC is to help her students achieve their dreams and encourage all to enjoy music, just as her teachers did for her. As a student she looked up to her own teachers and professors and, in turn, wishes to do the same for the students of BC. Jones’ passion for voice and music spreads wildly when in her classroom. Her exuberance and enthusiasm for the arts gives students the opportunity to really experience life on campus. When she received the call asking her to be a part of BC’s community, she expressed much gratitude and, in return, BC welcomes her with open arms. The campus faculty and students cannot wait to see the path she leads while at this college. Welcome to the family, Wendy!
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Arts & Life
Netflix spotlight: ‘Prince Avalanche’
By Michael Heiskell Staff Writer
“Prince Avalanche” is a great example of the minimalistic movement in film. Shot in only sixteen days, it is a sweet, tender, and off beat look at friendship.
Based on the short film “Either Way,” and written and directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “George Washington”), “Prince Avalanche” is the story of two men in 1988 repainting traffic lines in an area in Texas that was devastated by a horrific wildfire.
They spend their days painting the traffic lines in near perfect silence and camp out in the woods to start again in the morning. Alvin (Paul Rudd) is an older, old fashioned sort of worker. He gets his girlfriend’s little brother, Lance, a job out on the road with him. Lance (Emile Hirsch) is younger and rebellious. He absolutely hates that job and wishes to be anywhere but on the road with Alvin. The subtlety and softness of the narrative are not uncommon traits in Minimalistic film making. Minimalistic movies, which are often low budget character pieces, are becoming popular among indie filmmakers. Not unlike them, David Gordon Green was excited to make a movie without the heavy hand of big brother Hollywood, and with “Prince” he did just that. Filmed in only 16 days with a tiny crew of 15 people, “Prince” is emotionally resonating. This of course, has quite a bit to do with Rudd and Hirsch’s onscreen chemistry. Green played with some role reversal with these two actors, making Hirsch the comic relief and Rudd the dramatic, stoic character. This played well to the film and See ‘Prince Avalanche’ on page 8
‘As Above, So Below’ mediocre By Michael Heiskell Staff Writer
“Tomb Raider” meets “Blair Witch Project.” I hate to make broad comparisons such as this, but in this case it is eerily applicable. Combining the genres of found footage horror with historical adventure, “As Above, So Below” is a breath of fresh air but an ultimately mediocre entry into the horror genre. “As Above, So Below” is the tale of adventurer Scarlett (Perditta Weeks) who is searching for the Philosophers Stone. Her father, who also famously searched for this sacred stone, became a joke in the scientific community due to his research, and he ultimately killed himself. Scarlett has taken up the torch to find the stone. Filming the whole thing for a documentary, her quest takes her to France where she believes the stone is hidden in the deep catacombs beneath the city. To help her search, she brings along a translator (Ben Feldman) and a street savvy Frenchman (François Civil). Together they search the Catacombs for the stone, but instead they find an unfathomable evil and are forced to deal with their pasts in the darkness below the city. A sucker for Historical Adventure films, I love stories built around mythology and folk tales and
those who seek them out as truth. Whether it is Indiana Jones, The Mummy, or Tomb Raider, I am a huge fan of this genre. To my surprise, “As Above, So Below” had themes of this genre within it. This is completely new for horror and on paper this could work very well. Unfortunately, this movie is only good on paper. The story is interesting, the setting is visceral and eerie, and the characters aren’t completely unoriginal. That being said, this movie suffers from an extreme case of identity crisis. Neither wholly horror nor historical adventure, “As Above, So Below” never made up its mind on which genre it wanted to be. The first half blended these two themes quite well. The second half however fell to pieces as the writers opted for a cliché and ridiculous final act. The big question any horror movie fan would ask is: Is it scary? To answer that: Absolutely
not! Disappointingly, director and writer John Erick Dowdle opted for an easy out with horror, jump scares. Jump scares are cheating in a way when it comes to horror. If a gun shout loudly goes off in an action movie, it might cause an audience member to jump in their seat. This doesn’t make that action movie a suddenly become horror movie or even scary for that matter. With that same logic, having a monster jump out from behind a door doesn’t make a movie scary. It is a natural human instinct to jump when there is a loud noise. A good horror film doesn’t just scare you when you watch; it scares you when it’s over. “As Above, So Below” had great potential but ultimately falls prey to cliché and ridiculous plot points. I would give it 3 stars out of 5 and suggest that you watch it, if it ever comes to Netflix, but don’t expect to be scared.
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Tornados take Clemson by storm By Josh Cole Staff Writer
The forecast had a 50 percent chance of rain as the BC cycling team raced for their third weekend of the Fall semester, this time in Clemson, S.C. The Tornados came out strong against colleges from across the Southeast. The first event of the day, the downhill race, is a timed event where riders race the clock down a mountain or hill through obstacles such as trees and difficult terrain including giant rocks, jumps, roots, and sheer drops. Downhill is one of the most technically challenging disciplines of cycling, “technical” meaning bike handling skills, focus, and physical endurance. The downhill race was slick and the terrain was almost entirely clay, making the moisture more of a problem than usual. Clemson’s course was less steep and shorter in run times than is typical for downhill courses, but it made up for that with big jumps and fast, tight berms forcing riders to commit 100 percent or wipeout. BC’s Walker Shaw and Logan Mulally tore through the course with an extraordinary amount of confidence and smoothness placing 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the Men’s A race. In the women’s race Sarah Hill and Sam Miranda rode aggressively into 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The second event following the downhill race was the short track race. Short track is a high
intensity, group start race lasting from 15-30 minutes depending upon which category riders are racing. Riders usually reach their max heartrates in these events making them very physically demanding. Clemson’s short track course was very short and began atop the flat section of a steep, partially washed out gravel road. After the start, riders are funneled into a tight single track section of the forest in which everything is muddy and finding traction is difficult. The women’s A race was lucky to start with overcast conditions; although their race ended as
the rain started to pour. The men’s A race began in a torrential downpour directly after the women. This particular course was very decisive, meaning that being the first one to enter the single track was of great importance as anyone behind would be stuck in race traffic and forced to ride slower or even run their bike. Two of BC’s fastest riders, Walker Shaw and Sara Hill finished 2nd place in their respective races with riders; Spencer Lowden, Cypress Gorry and Zach Valdez finishing just off the podium in the men’s A race.
Photo by Josh Cole
BC cyclist Sarah Hill finished second in her race at Clemson.
BC Climbing Club is on the rise
Two-year-old club already competing on national level By Zachary Baker Contributor
The BC Climbing Club is a surprisingly new organization that is only in its second year of existence. With help last year from Travis Gray, Zach Baker, and Elena Reynolds, the club got a solid foundation for new club leaders James Smith and Ziff Clark to build upon. With another fall semester underway, students are looking for new activities and clubs to join for the year. With all Brevard has to offer, it is no surprise that so many people are interested in clubs like rock climbing. We are lucky enough to live right in the heart of Pisgah National Forest which has countless resources for world class rock climbing. With
Brevard Rock Gym just minutes from the college’s campus, students have a great place to go to learn how to climb before heading outside. The Rock Gym is owned by BC’s very own Cameron Austin. Cameron has owned the gym for over a year now and is working hard to get new climbers into the gym by offering discounts to BC students, as well as offering $5 climbing passes on Friday afternoons. Also, thanks to Campus Life and the Outing Club, Tuesdays are completely free for all BC students. The Brevard Rock Gym has become the home for the school’s climbing club which holds their practices there on Tuesdays and Fridays to train for the upcoming season. Last year’s climbing club had 15 members, several of whom had never climbed before, and excelled significantly. This year the club has already more than doubled
last year’s membership number and has a lot of members that are totally new to climbing. This is truly exciting as the club is pushing to be recognized as a competitive team and the more people that show interest in this club the sooner that dream will become a reality. Most people do not know that the Brevard College Climbing Club competes on the national level as part of the Collegiate Climbing Series. They compete in the Appalachian region with schools like the University of Tennessee, ASU, and WCU among several other universities. Although the Collegiate Climbing Series does not start until the spring semester, the Climbing Club trains year round to stay ready for the competitive season. If you’re looking for a club to join and you want to challenge yourself physically and mentally, then you should join the climbing club. There could not be a better time for more people to come out and learn about rock climbing with an outstanding group of peers.
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New team, new year, new turf By Sam Marlow Sports Editor
The BC football team will play on their newly turfed field for the first in their home opener Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brevard Memorial Stadium versus Carson-Newman. The new synthetic turf was installed over the summer and the Tornados will play on the field for the first time. The initial plan was for a blue field, but Boise State holds the rights to non-green fields used for collegiate football and denied a request for a license; however, the end zones are blue. Field conditions at the stadium have always been dependent on the areas excessive rainfall and the turf renovation has long been in the works. “The addition of synthetic turf has been in discussion for over 10 years,” said John Hart, Athletic Director at Brevard High School. “The amount of rainfall and the usage on our field has made this a necessity,” Hart added, according to a press release by Shaw Sports Turf. So far this season BC’s offense has produced substantial numbers moving the ball on the ground. The Tornados have put together solid drives while visiting D1 opponents WCU and Liberty, but Carson-Newman may present as tough a defense as anything BC has seen so far. The team’s leading rusher, Jordan Ollis, averaging over 136 yards per game, is the workhorse of the offense and has bullied his way into the end zone four times. Quarterback Tanner Wright is also averaging over 100 yards per game with three rushing touchdowns and is 3-7 for 104 yards passing. Last week linebacker Michael Gruber was named Dream Bowl Player of the Week for his 10-stop performance against WCU. Gruber made four more tackles at Liberty, bringing him to within one tackle of the leading all-time tackler for BC. Chances are Gruber will pass this milestone on the new turf Saturday. The Tornado defense will have to play well to stop the potent Carson-Newman offense. It’ll be imperative to give Ollis, Wright, Overholt, Jeeter,
and crew the ball, and Coach Hamilton control of the clock. The defense has played well, including a pivotal goal-line stand against WCU, and will
Photo by Megyn Terrell
The Brevard College football team will begin their home season Saturday on a new artificial turf at Brevard High School’s Memorial Stadium.
BC Volleyball keeps on fighting
BC Volleyball women express excitement for upcoming season By Megan Meyer Contributor
BC’s volleyball team came back this past weekend from Winston-Salem State with a 4-0 record. The volleyball team had their first conference game at home, yesterday, at 7 p.m. against Anderson University. Coach Kelly Burdeau was excited to have their first conference game at home, saying, “I hope a lot of students come out to the game, they bring a lot to the team and excitement of the game.”
Tornados Scoreboard Football
BC 31, Liberty University 56 Sept. 13
BC 0, Lenoir-Rhyne 5 Sept. 13 BC 3, Erskine 2 Sept. 10
Volleyball Cougar Invitational Anderson 3, BC 0 BC 3, Georgia College 0 BC 3, Pfeiffer BC 0, Erskine 3
Men’s Soccer Sept. 16 Sept. 13 Sept. 13 Sept. 12
need to draw from the experience gained so far this season for the Tornados to upset the Eagles on Saturday.
BC 3, UNC Pembroke 3 Sept. 16 BC 1, Lenoir-Rhyne 2 Sept. 13
Every girl on the team has an important role to play; they all contribute, but there is always one person that has a better game than the other. On the road the team found out they could fight back, especially during this past weekend, being down by two games and fighting back to win the next three. Burdeau couldn't wait to show the SAC conference that they are more prepared this season and ready to shut teams down. “We have one weakness, and that is not putting the ball down sooner,” said Coach Burdeau. Captain Fatima Gharachorloo, a returning junior from Canada, said, “I’m really proud of our 4-0 start and super excited to see how conference will go. I feel like even though our team is younger we have a great skill set to provide us with some wins in the SAC conference.” Sophomore Aleks Vrvrlio was named captain this year also. “This year has a whole different atmosphere in a positive way. I’m having so much fun being a leader and setting an example. It’s nice to be on a team with players that can share my competitive spirit. We become more like a family each day and I cannot wait to see what the season has in store, because I am expecting great things.” They fought hard for BC and although they lost make sure you remember to come out and support them for future games.
September 17, 2014
Beth Banks: BC’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ ‘Prince By Gabby Smith Avalanche’ Copy Editor
Beth Banks is no doubt a familiar face here on campus. With her long hair and a tattoo of a kayaker on her ankle, Banks is really recognizable. She’s been hanging out in MS for a while; in fact, she’s been in there for 16 years. Therefore, it was only appropriate that this is where we met up to talk about her life here at BC. Born in Huntersville, near Lake Norman, Banks came to BC to start her own college adventure, much like most of us. Banks college years are the stuff of legend, literally, as she was one of the only three women to go BC’s first ever immersion trip, and the only one to actually complete the 21-day trip. She also graduated from BC the same year that they moved from being a two-year college to a four-year college. After graduating Brevard, Banks went on to receive her Bachelors in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Northland College in Wisconsin. Afterwards, she immediately came back to Brevard. “I have a strong sense of place and view this as my home,” she says with a faint smile as she tells me about her experience here on campus. Banks, who once taught Biology Lab, is now the Lab Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the Math and Science Division. “I am very happy with my new position” she tells me. This change spurs from the fact that last year when faculty changes were being made, it was decided that instead of having one teacher for lecture and one for lab, it would be easier to have one person fill both positions. This being said, Banks has made her transition flawlessly, kind of like Beyoncé. As we sit talking I can’t help but get the feeling that I’m only getting a glimpse of how deeply imbedded into this community Banks actually is. She explains to me that she is not only attached to the BC community, but to the people she works with here in general. For example, she’s babysat Wallace’s kids, and now those kids have children of their own, and she’s taught alongside her one time mentor, former instructor Bob Gleesner. One of Banks’s biggest contributions to this campus has been the introduction of EarthFest. Banks originally organized the festival during her time here as a student with one other student. “We used to plant trees on campus every year for the festival” she says, as she begins to explain her own environmental ethic. “Biology kind of fell into my lap, but Environmental Education is what I’m passionate about. I really want students to develop their own environmental ethic.” This, of course, is reaffirmed by the fact that in 2012, Banks won the Environmental Achievement Award, alongside former faculty member Ralphene Rathbone. Banks grins proudly as she shows me her framed award.
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Banks is so attached to this place, she even got married here. In 2008 she met her husband, Oliver, at EarthFest while he was hanging out with some of his buddies who were that night’s entertainment. Banks said she pointed him out to a friend, who later on gave him her number, and the rest as they say is history. Two years to the day they married on the Porter Center steps with J.R officiating the ceremony. As I listen to Banks tell me about her life at BC and everything in between ranging from her duty as a Girl Scouts’ leader to her ability to organize recycling for 5,000 people at one of the local festivals, I am truly impressed with her love of service. She explains to me that being in Brevard and being surrounded by the environment here really shaped her service, and that the required service work she did as an undergrad instilled the need within her to serve others. That being said, it was only fitting that at the conclusion of our interview she immediately went to help train one of her students for recycling duty at the upcoming festival.
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Also, Pisgah National Forest is right down the road. Right on the main road is Looking Glass falls, an incredible waterfall with easy access. If you want to go for a chilly dip in the creek, then try Coontree picnic area or Sliding Rock. DuPont State Forest is also a short drive away, and also offers a lot in the way of outdoor activity. Hooker Falls, Triple falls, and High Falls all have fantastic views and easy gravel trails to access them. DuPont also has miles of mountain bike trails for those seeking a thrill. There are so many things to do in and around Brevard, so next time you’re free, get out and go explore!
was surprising for fans of both of these actors. “Prince” is built on sentimental little moments and unspectacular yet fascinating characters. One of these characters is an older woman who is shifting about her burned down house for her pilot’s license. Originally, her character didn’t exist in the script. But while filming some nature shots they found an older woman actually looking around at her burnt house. Her name was Joyce Payne and she was a real life survivor of a Texas Wildfire. She was looking at her real life home that had burned down near where they were filming the movie. Director David Gordon Green asked her to share her story and be in the film. This was a special moment in the film and stays with me to this day. It goes to show how attached we are to our possessions and how easily and cruelly they are taken away. “Prince” is a small movie that wasn’t largely seen, and it was made in a short span of time with a low budget. But it is original, emotional, and has a quirky sense of humor. Thanks to strong performances and beautiful cinematography, “Prince Avalanche” is a must watch.
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