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October 1, 2014
The crowd at Tuesday’s “BC’s Got Talent” competition showed their enthusiasm during a moving performance in which “Caro” Adams presented "How He Loves Us," by the David Crowder Band, in American Sign Language.
‘BC’s Got Talent’ a rousing success By Calum McAndrew Staff Writer
The annual Talent Show at Brevard College was held on Monday evening, where a mixture of acts took to the stage to show off their talents. A variety of acts competed against each other in the Porter Center, and with the promise of a cash prize on offer for the victor, the competition was fierce. From the memorized drawing of all the states of America by Alex Laifer, to a perhaps unrehearsed hoedown as an initiation into the women’s football team, the night was full of surprises. Not just that however, but there was an exceptional variety of talent on display as well. Avery Deakins was amongst the stand out individuals of the evening, and dressed for the occasion, he gave an outstanding rendition of a mixture of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits. One judge gave him the incredible compliment of comparing him to the late great singer, saying, “Elvis was alive in here tonight.” Also with one of the standout performances on the night, was Alexis Williamson with her rendition of ‘How He Loves Us’, who wowed judges and crowd alike, with her fantastic vocal range, and skills on the piano. Selina Hoxit also sang, giving a solid performance of motown classic, ‘I
Wish,’ originally by Stevie Wonder. Brianna Crudup danced early on in the evening, and proved to be the envy of the judges, one of whom quoting, “I tried that dance, and you do it a lot better than I do.” Perhaps the most touching moment of the night, came when Caroline Addams performed a highly emotional version of “How He Loves,” by David Crowder Band, using only American Sign Language. For the first time that evening, the entire crowd got to their feet, and it appeared the lack of words in her performance managed to engage the audience most. Rounding off the evening was Tiesha Presseley, whose attempt to engage the audience didn’t work as well as she had possibly planned, with judges commenting that her a capella performance appeared to depend on it. The eventual winner however, was Didi Butler, whose rendition of ‘Valerie’, originally by The Zutons, apparently wowed the judges enough to give her the crown. Despite some suggestions that there were stronger performances on the night, her prowess on stage handed her the prestigious first place. Rounding off the top three was Avery Deakins in second place, and Alexis Williamson in third place, who could each have easily been give the
top spot. Overall, the night was a success. The crowd was consistently engaged, and the talent on show was of a generally very high standard.
Photo courtesy of Rachael Barrow
“Caro” Addams signs the lyrics of “How He Loves Us” on the Porter Center stage Tuesday.
October 1, 2014
BC welcomes new library director By Kara Fohner Editor in Chief
Photo courtesy of Ce'Ara Cannon
Senior psychology major Alison Brown is one of 16 students enrolled in Caroline Mann’s special topics “Animals and Psychology” class at Brevard College this semester.
‘Do you ever wonder why animals do the things they do?’
Class explores the psychology of animals By Ce’Ara Cannon Staff Writer
Doctor Caroline Mann, a 32-year-old Asheville native, has set out on a different path with her course load this year. When posed with the option of a special topics course, Mann first thought to have a psychology course on prejudice, because of her extensive knowledge in that field. But with the recent adoption of a beautiful Great White Pyrenees,
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Mann’s interest in the behavior of animals increased. With the complementing opinions of the students that also had an interest in making a connection between psychology and animals, the Animals and Psychology course was born. In a nutshell, Animals and Psychology is a fusion between comparative psychology and animal behavior. It is more than just bringing your dog to class. Students explore a variety of non-human animals, from the six senses of cats, to the grieving capabilities of elephants. Students enrolled in this course are offered the opportunity to apply their newfound knowledge in the surrounding area. Throughout the course, students take several field trips to farms, dog parks, the state fair, and more. On these field trips the students observe the behaviors that they read about in books, which creates a deeper connection between the classroom and the real world. When interviewing Mann, she talked about a flyer she made for the course. It had a cat with a mouse hanging out its’ mouth with the quote, “Do you ever wonder why animals do the things they do?” This class answers that question.
Dr. Marie Jones has been working at libraries since she was 15 years old. Now a qualitative researcher with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, she is the new, much anticipated library director of J. A. Jones Library. Jones arrived at Brevard in mid-September from East Tennessee State University, where she had worked for the past 14 years. “Coming here is very much coming back to my heart, which is the small liberal arts college,” Jones said. “I have this vision of the library being user friendly, flexible, and content rich ... as friendly a place as it can possibly be. “I had not been to Brevard before my interview,” she continued. “When I started finding out more about it before I interviewed, I was really excited about living here. It is such a beautiful place, and I like living in a small, interesting town.” Although she slid into this position with the ease of a specialist, Jones’ interdisciplinary, student-centered approach to library work is the result of an eclectic educational background. As an undergraduate, she majored in English education. She had minors, or near minors, in theatre, psychology, and religion. “I was interested in a lot of different things,” Jones said. “But my senior year of student teaching, I decided I didn’t want to teach. I started applying to library jobs when I got out of college.” Now, Jones hopes to establish an interactive atmosphere, encouraging intellectual curiosities much like those that inspired her own education. A self-described “techie geek,” she’ll pick up a software package and learn how to use it. See ‘Jones’ on page 8
Dr. Marie Jones
October 1, 2014
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Frick-Ruppert to present lecture on ‘Seeing the forest around you’ During a special presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 7, Dr. Jennifer FrickRuppert will encourage campus and community members to see the forest around them. The 7 p.m. lecture will be held in Ingram Auditorium (formerly known as Dunham) and is free and open to the public. During the presentation, Frick-Ruppert, who is chair of the BC Division of Science and Mathematics, will connect Brevard first-year students’ common read, David Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen,” with her own recently published “Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast.” Her book chronicles the discoveries she and her husband made when they set sail for the first time in their 37-foot sailboat. The lecture is one of several learning opportunities within Brevard’s pilot common read project, which ensures all first-year Brevard College students share the common experience of reading Haskell’s book. This interdisciplinary novel, like Frick-Ruppert’s “Waterways,” chronicles the author’s observations within his own natural environment. Frick-Ruppert, who joined Brevard College’s faculty in 1997, teaches biology, ecology and environmental studies. She earned her doctorate degree in zoology from Clemson University and frequently gives lectures and presentations with a natural history focus. In 2010, Dr. Frick-Ruppert also published “Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians,” a finalist for the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment.
Copies of Frick-Ruppert’s “Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast” will be available for sale after her presentation.
Frick-Ruppert has written two books with a focus on experiencing the environment around us: “Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians” and “Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast.”
Homecoming 2014 highlights
Friday, Oct. 3:
Saturday, Oct. 4:
Homecoming Registration 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Alumni House Come by the Alumni House to register, so that we know you are here. We will thank you with a free gift.
Homecoming Registration 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Alumni House Come by the Alumni House to register, so that we know you are here. We will thank you with a free gift.
Campus Tours 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. or Noon – 1 p.m. Leave from the Alumni House. Golf carts will be available, but some walking will be required.
WLEE Lamb Roast Noon – 8 p.m., Undisclosed Location A tradition for more than 15 years, the Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education alumni are once again invited to the annual lamb roast. Please stop by the Alumni House to register.
Deborah Hicks (BC ’76) Lecture & Book Signing 2 p.m., Porter Center Dr. Deborah Hicks, a 1976 BC graduate and a member of the BC 2014 Class of Distinguished Alumni will, share her life’s journey during a special lecture and book signing. Her book, “The Road Out: A Teacher’s Odyssey in Poor America,” will be available for purchase and signing by the author. BC Art Faculty Group Show Opening Reception 5:30 p.m., Spiers Gallery, Sims Arts Building An exhibition of art by BC art faculty. BBQ and Bands Festival 5 p.m., Myers Dining Hall (changed due to threat of inclement weather) Real southern BBQ with all the fixin’s. Live music will include performances by Proper Heathens, Zuzu, and Cody Siniard.
Tailgate & Football Game 4:15 p.m. (game time), Brevard High School Football has been part of the Brevard College legacy since the early 1930s, but with men being drafted for WWII the team did not have enough players. In 2006, we began the tradition once more as an NCAA Division II team. Come cheer on our student athletes as they play Lenoir-Rhyne. First Ever Alumni Afterparty 8 p.m., The Phoenix Lounge The Phoenix will have the music playing and the tap on, so come make this new tradition one to remember. Please stop by the Alumni House during registration to receive your entrance pass. Check out the Brevard College Alumni Facebook page or brevard. edu/Homecoming for all the latest details.
Brevard hosts a stunning documentary By Michael Heiskell Staff Writer
On Sept. 23, BC had the pleasure of showing the documentary “Rising From Ashes” in Ingram Auditorium for college students and anyone who wanted to join. Hosted by the Brevard Film Society, “Rising From Ashes” drew quite a crowd on Tuesday night, as not only students, but many community members decided to come out and see the movie. The movie told the story of Rwandan cyclists who were pursuing their dreams of cycling competitively despite coming from a poor area. Tom Anton, founder of the Brevard Film Society, had this to say about the film, “Rising From Ashes is a film that’s not just about cycling, but it’s about hope and redemption and what one person, Jock Boyer, did by going there and getting the cycling team and bringing hope to the cyclists, to the people and to the country.” The audience seemed to agree with Tom Anton’s sentiment as they showed a big emotional
reaction to the film. The audiences laughed, sat on the edges of their seats, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if a few tears were shed during this documentary. The Brevard Film Society was started by Tom Anton and his wife Sandi, filmmakers who have made two feature films, including “The Pardon” which stars Academy Award nominated actor John Hawkes. According to Anton, they saw the Brevard Film Society as a “gift back to the city”. They want to bring interesting films to the community including documentaries, shorts, feature films and foreign films. The society shows movies often and is actually plan on showing the Anton’s film, “The Pardon” Oct. 28. Although the film comes out next year, the Anton’s decided to show the film early for the Brevard Film Society. As always there are a plethora of events on campus for students to go to. From movies, to guest speakers, there is always something for BC students to do on campus.
Savings opportunities for BC Students By Arlan Perry Staff Writer
One thing that most college students have in common is the need to try and save money. Whatever your situation, whether it’s saving money to pay off your student loans or trying to save up to purchase a car, every penny goes a long way. That’s why it’s important to know the opportunities to save money around Brevard. Multiple restaurants around Brevard offer discounts to BC students. If you’re in the mood for fast food, make your way down to either Arbys or Burger King to receive a 10 percent discount on all food and drink purchases. If transportation off campus is something out of reach, then Pescados and the Sunrise Café are just a walk across the street, with 10 percent discounts available at both of these restaurants. And Zaxby’s has designated Tuesdays as “college night,” when you can get a 25 percent discount off your entire order. However, there are discounts on more than just food available throughout Brevard. If you are trying to get some sports equipment or exercise, then head down to the Sports Spot to get your 10 percent discount, or make your way down to The Perfect Balance (Physical Therapy) to exercise or recover with free student gym membership. If you’re trying to find some new music, you can go down to Rockin’ Robin Records with another 10 percent discount. A great idea for a date night would be going to the Coed Cinema, where you can get matinee price for all shows. After the movie, take a stroll down Main Street to Kiwi Gelato, where they have discount cards available for students to end the night. Many more discounts are available for students, and they are all listed on the BC website (www. brevard.edu) on the Town of Brevard’s “spend locally” tab in the “Life at Brevard” category. Simply present your student ID to each business establishment to receive the chance to save money. It is definitely a great way to save on the little things and enjoy all of what Brevard has to offer.
October 1, 2014
Vote against alcohol?
Misleading signs draw attention to local politics
By Joshua Cole Staff Writer
“Vote against alcohol!” Most have undoubtedly seen these signs posted throughout Transylvania County. The decision to vote yes or no is not as simple as it may seem. Transylvania County is one of the few counties in North Carolina that is still considered dry. A short drive down Rosman Hwy will lead to a convenient store, absent of alcoholic beverages. Years ago, stores were not allowed to sell alcohol at all on Sundays. Some residents of Transylvania County want to keep it dry. One of their concerns is that they don’t want people drinking while driving. The speed limit on Rosman Hwy, a two lane and sometimes one lane road, is 55 mph. Associate Professor of English Dr. Kristina Holland was concerned about drivers, especially on Rosman Hwy, accessing alcohol right off of a road where the speed limit is so high. She is already concerned during heavy traffic while pulling out onto Rosman Hwy as it can be difficult, if not dangerous in some cases. She believes that making alcohol available at these locations may not be best for locals and their safety. Other locals argue that the current law restricting the county from serving or selling alcohol is taking away from business. According to the Transylvania Times, Yusaf Hasan at Harmony Korner, a convenient store off of Rosman Hwy says, “We’re really just asking for a fair business environment for everybody, that’s all.” A bed and breakfast located outside of Brevard, Key Falls Inn, is interested in holding special events on occasion, such as weddings, but currently are not allowed to sell alcohol at all. Bryan Grosvenor, the owner, feels that it’s not fair that he is restricted from serving alcohol while businesses close to him but just within the city limits are allowed alcohol. The movement to remove the restrictions on alcohol in the county is only for the county as both Brevard and Rosman are already allowed to sell alcohol. Despite the somewhat misleading nature of the “vote against alcohol” signs, there is no proposal to make the entire area of Transylvania, including, Brevard and Rosman dry.
October 1, 2014
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Arts & Life
Pubs and clubs By Jonathan Furnell Staff Writer
‘The Maze Runner’ By Michael Heiskell Staff Writer
Boasting fine performances and box office potential, “The Maze Runner” is a sleek but flawed start to the fall movie season. “The Maze Runner”, based on the book by James Dashner, tells the tale of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up trapped in a village of other boys who all can’t seem to remember anything other than their own name. Their village is surrounded by large a metal wall the boys call the Maze. They know nothing about their lives or the Maze, only that no one has survived a night on the other side. Hoping to escape, Thomas looks to uncover the mysteries of why they were brought there and what is on the other side the Maze. I will admit that I was hesitant going into this film. It was easy to dismiss it as another money grabbing attempt into the world of Young Adult fiction turned film. But I was pleasantly surprised not to see the stench of the Twilight saga surrounding the movie, nor any attempts to emulate their success. “The Maze Runner” was surprisingly original and at times down right intriguing. The concept of the film is intriguing and it is set up masterfully. The audience is fed just enough information to keep their interest but not too much to ruin the mystery. The performances in this movie varied greatly.
Star Dylan O’Brien did a fine job in the lead role and proved himself to be more than just that guy from Teen Wolf. Some of the other actors such as Aml Ameen as Alby and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt also did impressive jobs with their roles. The only disappointment would be Will Poulter. Poulter, an actor that I am constantly telling people about, has been amazing in previous roles such as “Son of Rambow” and “We’re The Millers”. But I found his performance in “The Maze Runner” to be lackadaisical and disappointing. Clearly the low mark compared to the rest of his cast. This movie did a lot of things pretty well. There isn’t a lot to be said against the movie. No gaping holes in production value. The script was solid and the acting was believable. However, there just isn’t a lot that this movie does exceptionally well. I didn’t step out of this movie blown away or even that impressed. It was a fun movie that provided spurts of great entertainment and moments of boredom, above average, yes, but not particularly special in any way. “The Maze Runner” did what it set out to do. It was entertaining and is doing well at the Box Office. Likely to spurn more sequels down the Hollywood conveyor belt, “The Maze Runner” would get 3 and ½ stars out of 5. It wasn’t terrible and provides good enough fun to be worth the ticket price.
Looking for a fun night out? Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville have got you covered. One of the local restaurants that’s not far is Dugan’s Pub. Offering cold brews and great food, it’s open late, and is a great place to go with friends to hang out. If you’re looking for good music and delicious local cuisine, you should to The Phoenix. With live music almost every night of the week, jazz, folk, and bluegrass are just some of the genres you can enjoy while eating a local “farm-to-table” meal. If you want to venture out a bit, head over to Hendersonville. About a 20-25 minute drive, Hendersonville has some great places to eat and relax. Umi is a Japanese sushi bar and restaurant. A little on the pricy side, Umi offers sushi and other Japanese dishes, and is consistently ranked as one of the best Japanese restaurants in the South. It’s also a great place to take a date. When you’re feeling fancy, and you like craft beer and fine wine, check out The Poe House. Named after the macabre master, Poe House offers local brews and artisan cheeses for those with more refined taste. Craving some tasty Mexican food? Look no further than Papas and Beer. Well priced and delicious, Papas and Beer has a fun atmosphere for hanging out with friends and you can enjoy an authentic Mexican meal. If you’re willing to go the exploring a little further and you’re looking to have a great time, look no further than Asheville. Asheville is full of great places to get good food and drinks. Lex-18 Moonshine Bar is a 1920’s inspired speakeasy saloon. One of Asheville’s coolest restaurants, Lex-18 has an incredible selection of drinks and delicious food; there is even live music during the week. The real draw however, is the atmosphere. It’s filled with dim lights and black and white movie style décor; you might even run into some locals dressed as gangsters! The Mellow Mushroom has pizza, calzones and salads. A hotspot for those who march to the beat of their own drum, Mellow Mushroom is a far-out good time. This is a great place to have a fun dinner with friends before seeing some of the Asheville nightlife. Double D’s Coffee and Desserts is a unique little place right in the heart of downtown. An old, red, London-style double-decker bus, Double D’s has pastries, milkshakes, lattes and more. It’s a quaint little place to grab a coffee or sit down and chat with friends.
First Monday Concert: Oct. 6
Marjorie Bagley, violin ~ James Douglass, piano Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m., Porter Center Free to the public. Sponsored by the Brevard Music Center in partnership with Brevard College.
October 1, 2014
Quarterback Tanner Wright hands off the ball to running back Jordan Ollis in BC’s game against North Greenville Saturday. Ollis set a new rushing record for the Tornados with 228 yards in the 31-41 loss.
Tornados threaten, but fall in 4th quarter By Sam Marlow Sports Editor
Despite a stellar performance by running back Jordan Olllis, the Tornados fell to the North Greenville University Crusaders 41-31 in Tigerville, S.C. Saturday night. A late running-into-the-kicker penalty cost BC the lead and ultimately the game. Brevard (0-4) had just taken its first lead of the season and held the Crusaders (3-1) to a field goal attempt on the ensuing drive. The kick struck the left upright and dropped no good. However, a Brevard player made contact with the kicker and the result of the penalty was half the distance to the goal, replay forth down. On the replay NGU lined up in an offensive set and narrowly punched the ball into the end zone. This play shifted the tide back to North Greenville and the Tornadoes were unable to recover. The defense showed measurable improvement making big stops at much needed times. Defensive back Reese Schlabach led the team with 7 solo tackles and 3 assists. Jordan Ollis continues to be the workhouse of DII’s leading rushing team gaining a school record 228 yards on a physically punishing 38 carries scoring 3 touchdowns. Achieving the record was bittersweet for Ollis. “I would say that a record like that really does not mean as much as a win would have,” Ollis said. Cleaning up the penalties throughout the game will be imperative as the competition gets no easier. The #6 Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, last year’s DII runner-up, travel to Brevard for Homecoming. #6 Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off a 47-9 victory over conference opponent
Tusculum gaining 494 yards on the ground using a variety of backs in contrast to Brevard’s small core backfield. The Brevard College Football Tornados caught a scent of victory and will be ready to play on Saturday, the Bears might get caught napping. Brevard’s loss in Tigerville certainly stung worse than the others because BC was in a position to win. There are no other home sporting events Saturday, head on down to the game and show the team some support. They deserve it.
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Strong home show By Calum McAndrew Staff Writer
Photo by Sam Marlow
The new weight room for BC athletes in Boshamer Gymnasium. The facility is open to other Brevard College students and staff weeknights until midnight .
New weight room complete By Savannah Cox Staff Writer
BC has been making many improvements to its campus for awhile, and the new weight room is the latest project to be deemed complete. “For years we struggled with not having enough room for every team to train, now with the new facility I am able to train two teams at once which can free up time for them to get more study time in,” said strength and conditioning coach Curtis Owen. Owen has now transitioned from assistant baseball coach to head strength and conditioning coach, where he works full time in the weight room providing athletes with strength and condi-
Jenkins leads Tornados to 1-0 win over Carson-Newman
The BC women’s soccer team defeated CarsonNewman University 1-0 on Saturday at Brevard Soccer Field. With the win the Tornados improve to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the SAC. The Eagles fall to 2-6 and 0-3. The lone goal of the match came from Megan Jenkins for the Tornados while goalkeeper Jocelyn Springer stopped six shots en route to her second shutout of the season. Eagles keeper Katy Hill took the loss and had four saves. Carson Newman had a slim 15-10 advantage in shots but Brevard had a 9-7 advantage in the second stanza, including the goal. The Eagles pressured the Tornados early in the game, but their first two shots in net were denied by Springer. A shot by Maleya Garrison at 23:27 and then a shot by Mikayla Gregg at 24:30 were both by turned away to keep the game scoreless. The win was the first win for the Tornados in SAC play since Sept. 28, 2010 when they defeated Tusculum College, 2-0, at home.
tioning workouts. Owen, better known as Coach O, has a part in almost every BC team’s weight programs. He is known to keep the music loud and the workouts tough. You could say he has a large role in the success of BC athletes. Tornado athletes now have a much larger workout space in comparison to the one used in years past. With the new space also came new weights, squat racks, jump ropes, and other workout equipment. The increase in space is especially accommodating to those teams with a larger number of players, such as baseball and football. The new weight room is also visually pleasing as the BC logo is printed on several of the floor tiles and the weights are blue and black. Along with a new workout area and equipment, this project added four new locker rooms. The Soccer and Lacrosse teams were the lucky ones to be granted the brand new locker rooms. The new locker rooms are especially convenient to the soccer teams, as they are literally just steps away from the field. The new facility is not only accessible to athletes, but is open every weeknight until midnight for students and staff. This addition has been in the plans for several years, so it is nice to finally see it complete. Owen says, “I believe that all the students and athletes are pleased with the facility and I believe that it will help each team in the recruiting process.”
BC’s men’s golf team had a strong showing this week at Etowah Country Club, finishing second at their home tournament. The five man team, consisting of Luis Vega, Alejandro Montanes, Trym Falch, Sebastian Strehl and Oskar Lundgren showed extreme consistency over the two rounds, ultimately falling just short of the eventual winners, North Greenville. Many prestigious teams took to the field at Etowah Valley Country Club on Monday, Sept. 22, in what promised to be an extremely exciting couple days of golf. After the first day, Luis Vega, found himself in a tie for fifth, leading the Brevard pack with a Level Par score of 72. This was just three shots back of first round leader, Chase Fisher of North Greenville, who posted a very impressive 69. The rest of the BC team had a very consistent day, with Montanes posting a 75, and all of the other three posting 76’s. This put them at an overall total of 299, nine strokes behind North Greenville. The sun continued to shine on day two, and more excellent golf was on display. Montanes set the early pace, taking just 33 shots to turn, and eventually ending with a two under par round of 70, placing him in a tie for second. A dramatic eagle for Lundgren at the last hole saw him post a one under par 71, taking him into the all tournament team in fifth place, and also helped the boost the team to a much improved overall score of 290. North Greenville however, kept up their steady play, and with help from eventual tournament winner Christian Constance (73-71), they managed to post a cool 291 on day two, placing them eight shots ahead of the home team. Next up for Brevard is the Appalachian State tournament in Oct., where they will hope to continue this fine form.
BC 31, North Greenville 41 Sept. 27
Volleyball Carson-Newman 3, BC 1 Sept. 26 Lincoln Memorial 3, BC 0 Sept. 27
Newberry 2, BC 0 Sept. 24 Carson-Newman 0, BC 1 Sept. 27 Emmanuel 2, BC 1 Sept. 30
Men’s Soccer Carson-Newman 2, BC 0 Sept. 27 Emmanuel 4, BC 1 Sept. 30
October 1, 2014
Theatre students open with comedy double-feature By Jule Hermann Staff Writer
The BC theatre students will open the Fall 2014 semester with a comedy double-feature of two one-act plays: “The Actor’s Nightmare,” by Tony Award winning playwright, Christopher Durang, and “The Actor Wakes,” by BC Theatre faculty member Brandon Smith. Sophomore Josh Goldstein is in the lead role for both plays, while Hannah Leonard, Karen Bennett, Raquan Edwards, John Pate, and Caitlin Hefner form an ensemble of supporting roles. “The Actor’s Nightmare” is a play about a man who finds himself in a theatre just minutes before he must appear onstage in a play he has never rehearsed. All the other actors greet him using names he does not recognize to be his own. The stage manager rushes him to get into costume, and the curtain opens to a scene from Noel Coward’s Olivier nominated play, “Private Lives.” While George remembers himself to be an accountant, he makes his best attempts to be an actor, delivering lines he has never learned—or at least responding to the questions asked by the actors onstage with him. Following the bizarre logic of dreams, George is ricocheted through something of a pinball machine of plays throughout the canon of theatre history, including plays by Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, and finally “A Man for All Seasons,” in
which he plays Sir Thomas More moments before his execution by axe on the chopping block at the Tower of London. Previously, George’s survival onstage seemed to depend upon his efforts to speak his best guess at the lines in the play. Now his death seems imminent if he says the line that all the other exasperated actors onstage demand in order to bring the play within the play to its conclusion. “The Actor Wakes” might have been titled “The Actor’s Day Job,” as it explores a classic set-up of an actor interviewing for an office temp job—in this case, at a telemarketing call center. However, it seems that the interview process has many more surprises to offer Jorge than one might expect. The receptionist seems interested in getting into his pants or starting a serious relationship, his interviewer resorts to extreme measures to teach him the art of telemarketing, and Jorge discovers how easy it is to get tangled up in the world of workplace compromises, which might actually be a vortex of terrors. “The Actor’s Nightmare” and “The Actor Wakes” will be performed in the refurbished Ingram Auditorium in Dunham Music Center. “I think BC students and faculty will be interested in seeing a fully realized theatrical production staged in Ingram for the first time in a long while —including lighting and set design by Andrea Boccanfuso, costumes by Ida Bostian, and sound design by student Josh Goldstein,” says Catherina
BC News Briefs
Pioneer moving quickly to hire new chef after resignation
Staff of Pioneer College Caterers arrived at Myers Dining Hall Monday to discover that their chef had unexpectedly resigned. Fortunately, the company was in the process of interviewing for another position, and management simply widened the scope of the interviews to include a replacement for the chef position, BC food service director Jonathan Craven told The Clarion. As management works to find a replacement, students have no cause for concern about the quality of the food service, Craven said. The cooks are actually responsible for preparing meals, not the chef, he said.
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She hopes to help students develop these skills by engaging with the library staff and with the plethora of resources the library contains. “I’ll interview people,” she said. “If I walk around and ask you, ‘Hey, what’s your favorite
Popular professor leaving BC
This week, Professor John Snodgrass announced to his classes that he will not be returning next year. Details to come.
Mr. Brevard canceled
Mr. Brevard, an event originally organized by CAB President Rachael Barrows, has been canceled for this semester.
Student applies for prestigious grant Senior Michael St. Marie is in the process of applying for a Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. More details will be featured in a future issue. thing in the library?’ That’s an interview. “The idea is to be more concerned with student use. We’re not a warehouse of books. We’re a place for people to find information of all kinds and for us to help them learn how to do that,” Jones said “Although it has evolved over time, my vision has always been that the most important people are the people who use the library.”
Barricklow, who is directing both plays. “Last year’s BC Theatre productions included three heavy-hitting, dark dramas, so we hope to offer some light, yet well-crafted, comedic entertainment to the community this fall!”
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