The Clarion, Vol. 83, Issue #19, Feb. 7, 2018 - Brevard College

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Volume 83, Issue 19


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February 7, 2018

Groundhog Day in Brevard Pisgah Pete predicts six more weeks of winter By Lauren M. Fowler Arts & Life Editor

The verdict is in: Pisgah Pete predicts six more weeks of winter. He also predicted that the Philadelphia Eagles would win the Super Bowl and proceeded to pee on the New England Patriots—but maybe, as his caretaker mentioned, that’s “just the North Carolinian in him showing.” In Brevard, Groundhog Day is celebrated a little differently than in the rest of the country. Here it’s known as White Squirrel Day, where our local Pisgah Pete, a rescued white squirrel, predicts the weather for the upcoming weeks. This year’s celebration took place downtown at Blue Ridge Bakery Thursday morning.

Mayor Jimmy Harris was in attendance and is a major believer in Pete’s prediction abilities. “He’s in competition with Punxsutawney Phil who is only accurate 39 percent of the time,” Harris said. “Pisgah Pete is much more accurate.” Top hat-sporting WSQL radio host Don Debiase supported the mayor, saying, “I predict that 10 years from now, no one will know about Punxsutawney Phil.” Wildlife rehabilitator and Pete’s caretaker Jennifer Burgin commented on Pete’s prediction techniques, saying, “Pete loves the Farmer’s Almanac, he checks NOAA frequently, and just looks outside, which is the best way to tell. He’s continued burying food and he’s gotten kind of fat, which shows that he believes food sources

Photo by Lauren M. Fowler

will remain scarce for the next few weeks.” The event, which is in its fourth year, aims to raise money to rehabilitate squirrels in Brevard. Local rehabilitators like Burgin often care for injured and rescued squirrels using personal funds. Squirrels like Pete, who was hit by a car resulting in a broken jaw and some brain damage, cannot be released back into the wild and must be cared for for the duration of their lives. Donations to help local squirrels like Pete can be made to the “Brevard White Squirrel Fund” through the Heart of Brevard. While the accuracy of Pete’s weather prediction is still yet to be seen, freezing rain over the weekend and predicted low temperatures for the upcoming weeks appear to be in his favor.

Photo by WLOS

Left: While the crowd gathered, Pete revealed his prediction for six more weeks of winter by going over to the sign and laying down by it. Right: Pete’s an Eagles fan, predicting a win for the team in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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Open Mic Night auditions On Jan. 31, the Brevard College Fine Arts Club held auditions at 7 p.m. in the Porter Center for the house band that will play during Open Mic Night. The three-member judge panel consisted of BC Fine Arts Club President, Arianna Ruiz, VicePresident Ryan Burnette and Dal Davis. The students that auditioned were Mathew Parrish Justin Queen, Gryphen Blackwell, Daniel Ethridge, Raleigh Durham and Jaylaan Prioleau. Those who auditioned were asked by the panel to play major scales, accompany Dal on the piano and play music that each one had prepared for the audition. They were also evaluated on their ability to read sheet music or guitar tabs and transition into playing different styles based on playing by ear. The house band will consist of Justin Queen playing guitar, Gryphen Blackwell playing bass guitar, Daniel Ethridge playing piano and Jaylaan Prioleau playing drums. The band will be taking song requests and can accompany students during Open Mic Night, which will be on Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Coltrane Underground. —Madison Ramsey

Campus News


February 7, 2018

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