The Clarion, Vol. 83, Issue #20, Feb. 14, 2018 - Brevard College

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Voice of the Rivers 2018

Cape Fear river trip

Professors Dr. Jennifer Kafsky and Dr. Sarah Maveety have selected the participants for 2018’s Voice of the Rivers trip. The students selected along with Drs. Kafsky and Maveety will spend 18 days canoeing and sea kayaking along the Haw and Cape Fear Rivers this May. The students will be taking six credit hours during the trip which will fulfill the LINC (Learning in Community) graduation requirement. The two courses for this year’s trip are WLEE 290: River Recreation, Education, and Conservation and BIO 290: Aquatic Ecosystems & Biodiversity. The team will meet for a training weekend on April 13-15, then set off on May 7 from the headwaters of the Cape Fear, just north of Greensboro, to begin their 300 mile paddling journey. — Mary Lewe

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Map of the Haw and Cape Fear Rivers.

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Road vandalism and closures in Pisgah By Lauren M. Fowler

Arts & Life Editor Access roads in the Pisgah National Forest are suffering a harsh winter as the frequent freeze thaw periods and recent vandalism have caused severe damage making many areas in the forest inaccessible. Because of high repair costs, the roads are not expected to be open for use by the public anytime soon. The impacts echo all throughout the Brevard community as hikers, climbers, and even the BC WLEE department will feel the loss. Roads such as Cathy’s Creek Road, which is the access point for many of the Cedar Rock climbs, are no longer navigable. The access for the base of Looking Glass rock, 475B (also known as Headwaters Road), suffered damages so severe that two foot deep potholes and slick mud make up what used to be a maintained and navigable gravel road. These damages are caused by the freeze thaw periods during typical Pisgah winter weather which loosens the gravel, making it easier for cars to dislodge while traveling on it, slowly degrading the roads down to the mud underneath. Most of the gravel roads in Pisgah are closed during the winter months in an attempt to reduce these impacts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture website stated with the release of the list of road closures, “Additional traffic can increase damage to roads and cause sediment runoff into adjacent streams.

These conditions also create a public safety concern because of the likelihood of having difficulties traveling on the road, including the possibility of becoming stranded. The duration of these closures will be determined by weather conditions.” This year, due to vandals breaking locks on the gates and driving on the roads while they are in this fragile state, some of the damages have gone beyond what they have been in previous years. Limited funding for the forest and the high cost of fixing these roads make future repairs less likely to be a quick fix in the coming months. In an interview for the Asheville CitizenTimes, Dave Casey, the new Pisgah District Ranger for Pisgah National Forest, said, “We do not have the funding to grade and gravel all of the district roads multiple times per year. Our budget is generally sufficient to grade only the roads with the greatest need once per year and if we have extensive road damage to fix, those repairs leave us less money to do regular road maintenance.” Damaged roads not only limit access for visitors of the forest but also prevent groups like the rescue squad from being able to efficiently access points deeper in the forest to give aid. All visitors to the forest are asked drive carefully on open roads to preserve them as much as possible through this season and if vandalism is discovered, to contact the Forest Service ranger office.

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Cathy’s Creek Road, the access point for several trip routes used by the BC WLEE Department, has suffered severe damages from heavy use this winter, resulting in deep ruts and slick mud that make travel conditions unadvisable.

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William C. Stanback

By Calum McAndrew Managing Editor

William C. Stanback, a member of the Brevard College Board of Trustees for over 60 years, a husband, father and philanthropist, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7. He was 95. William [Bill] Stanback gave generously to Brevard College during his many years on the board. Recently, both Bill’s Boiler House and the Stanback Residence Hall were named after him, as a result of his devotion to the college. This was however not without struggle, according to Brevard College president David Joyce.

“He was a very quiet person. It was hard for us to get him to put his name on the residence hall,” Joyce said. “He did not want his name on anything, but I did get him. “It was appropriate that he had a residence hall named after him, and he was very pleased.” Stanback was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before earning a MBA at Harvard University. Stanback also served in the US Navy, and is a World War II veteran. During his 95 years, Bill Stanback was an owner of the Stanback Headache Powder Co., which he owned with his cousin Fred. In this

time, Stanback was also very active as both a nature conservationist, and civil rights activist. “He was also active in the Civil Rights movement,” Joyce said. “He had an appreciation for people of all faiths and color, and they brought that out in the service. “I didn’t know half the things about him until I went to the memorial service. He didn’t say things, he just did.” Stanback was inducted into the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious award given to individuals who have given remarkable service to the state of North Carolina. His wife, Nancy; brother, Tom; children, Anne, John and Mark Stanback; stepchildren, Mary Hart, John Hart, and Charlotte Hart Scudder; and ten grandchildren survive him. His memory lives on at Brevard College, where his legacy can be seen in the daily lives of several of the college’s students. “He touched everybody’s lives,” Joyce reflected. “He was one of those really humble, quiet, soft spoken, very generous people. He was a pleasure to know.”

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William C. Stanback, pictured with wife Nancy, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Stanback Hall in Sept. 2016.

Security Report

The most recent security reports for Brevard College have been released as of Monday, Feb. 12 at 12:39 p.m., according to Brevard College Campus Security. A hit and run on campus was reported. There was minimum damage, it was investigated by the police, and they were able to identify the person responsible. If you accidentally hit a car that is parked adjacent to your, or if you cause damage to any car, please report it immediately. Due to the number of students on campus this happens frequently, and if you observe it please report it. Recently a visitor who slipped and fell in a

stairway of a residence hall had to be taken to the emergency room. Students are requested to advise their visitors to use care on the stairwells and are reminded to not run up and down the stairs. It has been noted that students are leaving trash in the hallways of residence halls. Please discontinue this because not only is it unsightly, but it is also a health hazard. Everyone is requested to contact Campus Security at (828)-577- 9590 if wrongful or suspicious activity is observed on campus. — Zach Dickerson

Senior Staff Editor in Chief . . . . Jordon Morgan Managing Editor . . . Calum McAndrew Copy Editor . . . . . . Jeni Welch Campus News . . . . Zach Dickerson Opinion . . . . . . . . Florian Peyssonneaux Arts & Life . . . . . . Lauren M. Fowler Sports . . . . . . . . Calum McAndrew Layout & Design . . . Jeni Welch Faculty Advisor . . . . John B. Padgett

Other Staff Carmen Boone Ivy Pope Kelly Kearnan Daniel Ramos Mary Lewe Madison Ramsey Emily Massing Morgan Shepard Matheus Masukawa

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Brevard’s Internationals

Alessandra Tavoloni talks Student Visas

Everything international students need to know By Calum McAndrew Managing Editor

CALUM’S COLUMN

Editor’s Note: Last week’s column focussed on Le and her experiences as an international. This week Le talks more about the process of applying to study in the United States.

“That’s one of the things I didn’t know,” she said. “I was just like, I’m going to go get my degree and come back.” These words from Alessandra Tavoloni may sound familiar to many international students in America. At first, they may plan simply to go to the USA, stay four years as allowed by the F1 student VISA, and then return home. There is, however, unbeknownst to many (including the author of this article) a wide variety of options available to those who seek them. As seems to be the case with anything that involves an American VISA application, it is of course incredibly daunting and complicated to take on by oneself. Luckily, on the Brevard College campus, there is someone who has been through the process in all its complexity and is able to explain it. Tavoloni, or “Le” as she is known around campus, is once again the Director of Student Services and Student Activities at Brevard College, a position she had in 2015 before having to return to Brazil for a year and a half. (More on that later.) The first opportunity available to international students, once they graduate and receive their degree, is the OPT, or Optional Practical Training. “That’s similar to an internship,” Tavoloni said. “You have one year to stay in the US, if you are applying for an OPT through the Science Major. I believe you have one year and a half, so it’s a little bit longer. With OPT, it’s basically a chance for anyone to get into a career in the US, or to put their foot [in the door]. It’s a step towards what they’ve done in their degree, towards their career, or what they want to do as far as jobs go.” In addition to the OPT, there is also the Curricular Practical Training. This, Tavoloni explains is similar to the OPT, but is instead for international students still enrolled in college and working on their degree. “If you are doing undergrad, or if you are doing a masters, you can apply for a CPT and work as you study,” Tavoloni said. “That’s another way to work outside of school.” These options, though popular for many international students, are not the ones that Tavoloni opted for. Luckily for Tavoloni, while at Union College in Kentucky, she had Deborah D’Anna (now Dean for Students at Brevard College) to help her through the process. “I think it helped a lot I had someone there the whole time to guide me through,” Tavoloni said. “I wanted to play pro soccer, and when I found out I hurt my knee and couldn’t play anymore, I started looking into other options. That’s when Debbie [D’Anna] came and played a bigger, great role in my life. She was the one to offer me a job and tell me what the opportunities are.” With these opportunities Tavoloni opted to start a graduate assistant program. During this, a student is able to work part time, all while working to earn their masters degree. “There’s also opportunity to extend your F1 VISA through a grad assistant program,” Tavoloni said. “That’s basically another two years of school, which you are now getting your grad degree, your masters, and that way you can work as part time for the school. They may give you,

mainly the school will give you the tuition paid for, to be working for the school. That’s how it works. [With that] You will be in two more years of student Visa.” The graduate assistant program only lasts those two years however, and at this point the individual must start the application process all over again. When this occurs, Tavoloni suggests an alternate route to the more expensive, complicated Green Card application. She does warn however, “it’s a little bit more tricky.” “You can find an employer that will sponsor you with your H1B, which is the working VISA,” Tavoloni said. “You have to prove that you are better than anyone in the US that would be applying for that job.” The complications do not stop there however. Even once the individual receives the H1B VISA, to continue working, they must renew it every three years. In the sixth year, and during the second VISA renewal process, the individual must leave the country for an entire year. “For six years I had H1B, and the rule is you have three years, and then you have to renew for three more years,” Tavoloni said. “And then you stay out of the country for one year, before you can come back and do another H1B. That’s what I’m in now. I’m in the first year of the second time.” The process by which international students can remain in the United States is complex and time consuming, but there are options available. The journey that is the international student experience does not have to end simultaneously with the original F1 student VISA, as options to remain in the United States are plentiful and possible.

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The VISA process for international students is often daunting, and almost always complicated. As Alessandra Tavoloni explains, there are options available for students to continue their study beyond the four years the initial student VISA allows.

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Nash hired as new Highman and Healy perfom Athletic Director By Calum McAndrew

Managing Editor Myranda Nash will take the position of athletic director at Brevard College, after the former head of the athletic department Juan Mascaro assumed the role of Vice President of Operations during a recent faculty restructure. Nash will assume her new role on July 1. Nash is familiar with BC campus, having worked in roles including Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman’s Administrator between August 2010 and January 2016. For the last two years, Nash has been Associate Athletic Director at Winona State University in Minnesota. “I’d like to thank Juan Mascaro and President Joyce for the opportunity to lead this special group of coaches and student-athletes,” Nash said. “I cherished my previous time at Brevard and look forward to coming home to continue the transition into Division III and the USA South [Athletic Conference] to create a positive environment for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and loyal supporters.” With Mascaro taking up a new role in the Beam Administration building, Jamie Atkinson took over as Interim Director of Athletics. Atkinson will remain in this role until the end of June. During her previous time at BC, Nash worked with Mascaro for over five years, and the new Vice President of Operations said he was thrilled that Nash was returning to the college. “Myranda was an incredibly valued member of our staff that always strove to make Brevard College the best it could possibly be,” Mascaro

said. “It became clear during her time at Brevard that Myranda was going to become an AD at some point in her career. “I couldn’t be more proud of Myranda or more excited for her to take on this new role.” BC president David Joyce echoed the excitement for the new head of athletics. “She is the consummate professional, has an unbelievable work ethic and is just a lot of fun to be around. She will be a terrific addition to the Brevard family,” Joyce said. “We are thrilled to see Myranda coming home.” According to the BC Tornados website, Nash will also become the college’s Executive Director of Strategy and Operations. As part of this role, she will be a part of overseeing several departments, including Information Technology, Human Resources, Institutional Research, Facilities and Strategic Planning.

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Myranda Nash

Study abroad in London Brevard College is offering a British study abroad opportunity in London, England through Midwestern State University, a Brevard College affiliate, that will be taking place over the summer break from July 5 to August 6. One of the courses that will be offered for the program is Comparative Criminal Justice which will be taught by Brevard College Professor Tim Powers. This course will discuss the similarities and differences in the criminal justice systems of the United States and European countries. Another course in the program that will be taught by Brevard College Professor Ken Chamlee is British Literature. Another course being offered in the program is an English course titled Shakespeare in London.

This course talks about Shakespeare’s life and works, the historical context of them, and the impact they had on English culture. A Sociology course titled British Culture and Society will also be offered. This course will compare the United States and Britain’s institutional approach to culture and society. Some institutions this course will look at are government, marriage/families, media, religion as well as other topics that will include sexuality/ gender, criminality and even food. The deadline to register is March 1. If you have any questions about the program contact Nacole Potts at [email protected] or visit her office in the Experiential Learning Commons (ELC) in Jones Library. — Zach Dickerson

Junior Recitals By Carmen Boone

Staff writer On Sunday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Porter Center for Performing Arts, Natalee Highman and Stephen Healy gave their junior recitals. Vance Reese assisted Highman on the piano and Dr. Grace Lee assisted Healy. Highman was the first to perform. Highman is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a student of Dr. Kathryn Gresham. She opened with “Vedrai, carino, from Don Giovanni” written by Mozart. Her second piece was “Let us dance, Let us sing, from Dioclesian” by Henry Purcell. It was a fast and upbeat piece. Her next two pieces were about love and desire. The first was “O del mio dolce ardor” written by C. W. von Gluck. It was a mixture of major and minor chords giving the song a nice balance. The second song was “Intorno all’idol mio” by Marco Antonio Cesti. The two pieces after that were both written by Johannes Brahms. “Dein blaues Auge, Op. 59, No. 8” was slow and legato, very smooth and connected. “Bei dir sind meine Gedanken, Op. 95, No. 2” was faster paced than the first piece. Seymour Barab composed the next three pieces all listed under “Songs of Perfect Propriety.” Number one was titled “song of Perfect Propriety.” It was fast and humorous. The next was number eight called “One Perfect Rose.” The last was number ten, “Men.” It was asong about the tendencies of men and the things they will do, it was also humorous. The next song on the program was “Getting to Know You, from The King and I” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It was a very happy and upbeat tune. After that came “Maybe I Like it This Way, from The Wild Party” written by Andrew Lippa. It was written in a minor key, was very passionate, sung with feeling and absolutely beautiful. Highman’s closing piece was “That’ll Show Him, from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” by Stephen Sondheim. It was very staccato (short and choppy) but had lots of attitude. Highman performed with good attention to dynamic and great expression. Healy performed second on the program. Healy is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a student of Dr. Eric Peterson. His first piece set had two pieces under the See ‘Junior Recital’ on page 6

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Trumps asks for military parade Is it for the troops or for his ego? By Jeni Welch

Copy Editor Every year on July 14 France celebrates Bastille Day, a holiday now known for symbolizing the French Revolution. The holiday has been celebrated with military parades, fireworks and dances since 1880. During an interview with French President Macron, Trump said, “We may do something like that on July 4 in Washington down Pennsylvania [Avenue].” Currently the White House and the Pentagon are both working on arrangements to make one happen although no date, location or cost have been confirmed. The biggest issue that people are having with the parade is the fact that military parades are associated with authoritarian regimes like North Korea, China and Russia. It is hard to imagine that Trump would simply want another type of military parade (I say another because we have parades across the nation honoring the troops and veterans quite often) for any reason other then to boost his own ego. Joe Concha, reporter for The Hill, said during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News,

“Take out the name ‘Trump,’ propose a military parade and put in a name like Biden. And let’s say Joe Biden said, ‘you know what would be a great idea, to honor the folks in our military on July 4 in Washington D.C.’ Would you see even one snip of a reaction? I don’t think so.” I would feel better if Trump had said the words, “to honor the folks in our military…” but he did not. The way that Carlson phrased the hypothetical statement suggests that it at some point was said in that way. But it was not. White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke about the request saying, “I think we are all aware in this country of the president’s affection and respect for the military. We’ve been putting together some options. We’ll send them to the White House for a decision.” All the positive backing for this parade to be for and about the troops is not coming from the mouth of the President, or his Twitter, but from

those around him. Honoring the troops should be the only reason for the parade. However, is it fair to celebrate while they are still fighting overseas? And would the parade benefit the troops? Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who may have fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden, said, “A military parade is third world bullshit.” Let’s celebrate the troops by bringing them home first. There is a time and a place for everything. According to SIPRI in 2017 the U.S. had the largest military spending budget with a total of $611 billion. China followed second with $215 billion. “I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” said Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy. “America is the most powerful country in all of human history, everybody knows it, and we don’t need to show it off.” The last time a military parade took place was in 1991 after the victory of the Gulf War and it cost $12 million.

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title “Concerto for Bass Tuba.” The first was “Prelude: Allegro moderato,” the second was “Romanza: Andante sostenuto” which was very fast and had a big acapella finish. Both were written by R. Vaughan Williams. The next three pieces were listed under “Flute Sonata in E-flat Major.” The order was “Allegro Moderato, Siciliano, and Allegro.” All three were upbeat pieces composed by J.S. Bach & C.P. E. Bach. The last three on the program were listed under “Sonata for Tuba and Piano.” First was “Allegro pesante” which was a combination of fast and slow, and loud and soft. The second was “Allegro assai” which was more staccato. The last was “Variationen.” All three were written by Paul Hindemith. Both Highman and Healy performed with confidence and power. The two received a standing ovation after their own performances as well as at the end of the concert. Both performances were very well done.

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Natalee Highman and Stephen Healy take a bow after their performances.

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Asheville News

Tennis Fed Cup By Florian Peyssonneaux Opinion Editor

Netflix Review

‘Message from the King:’ Another showcase for Chadwick Boseman By Jordon Morgan Editor in Chief



Set to star in the upcoming “Black Panther,” Chadwick Boseman finds another outlet to show his superb acting skills in Netflix’s “Message from the King.” Though at its heart it’s a fairly cliche and standard revenge thriller, the film is elevated by Boseman’s performance, strong dialogue, and the performances of the other cast members. Jacob King (Boseman), living in South Africa, receives a message from his estranged sister Bianca, who lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her husband’s son, that she is in trouble and has something “they” want. King flies to Los Angeles with a return ticket in seven days time intent on finding his sister. Along the way he meets Kelly (Teresa Palmer), a single mother staying at the same location King resides. Through a fortunate set of circumstances, they help each other out, with King’s ultimate goal of taking revenge on those who harmed his sister. The setup for the film’s plot is about as standard as it gets. As mentioned, the cliches make themselves apparent pretty quickly. Boseman’s King is the “stranger in town” while Palmer’s Kelly is the “troubled youth.” Subsequently, their characters don’t really evolve much if at all and you can predict their arcs almost immediately, with the same fact applying to every other character in the film. That being said, “Message from the King” benefits from terrific and committed performances from everyone involved. Boseman in particular shows further proof of his charisma and ability to be a leading man by playing King

as a man troubled by his past and seeking to redeem himself. Again, it is certainly cliche, but the sheer authenticity of his acting makes everything feel real. And even under that cliche, Boseman’s character unfolds his past in an interesting way, with the final personal revelations coming to be fascinating, which makes perfect sense when it comes to his overall personality. It should also be mentioned that the villains of the story, primarily Luke Evans’ Dr. Paul Wentworth and Alfred Molina’s Mike Preston are ones that you definitely want to see get their comeuppance. Slimy, greedy and putting up a facade of kindness (in Wentworth’s case at least) makes them perfect foils to Jacob King’s hero. Given that this film is a revenge thriller, it’s expected to have a fair amount of action and tension. With the former, “Message from the King” does a great job of making them short and sweet. Brutal without being over the top, the seedy underground world of Los Angeles is perfectly represented and King’s rage fueled drive to find his sister is as well. The latter’s case is a little less pronounced. The film does keep you on your feet as far as what twists and turns the story will take, with even a surprise moment near the end that will likely make you say “Wow!” For the most part however, the predictability of the plot prevents full tension from being realized. Long story short, “Message from the King” is an enjoyable action revenge thriller that is worth your time. The performances are fantastic and the plot moves along at a smooth pace. Just don’t expect anything new or revolutionary.

The qualification stage for the tennis Fed Cup was hosted in Asheville, NC in the U.S Cellular Center from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11. In this competition, the American team who was also 2017 defending champion won their place to the semifinals beating the Netherlands 3-1. Over the past weeks, the U.S. Cellular Center was transformed into a giant tennis arena with a single central court, and became the heart of Asheville for the weekend. Indeed, the tickets for the games were sold out with over 5,000 people attending the event. One of the reasons for the enthusiasm over Asheville’s Fed Cup stage was the fact that Serena Williams announced she will be part of the competition. Among Serena, her sister Venus Williams was also playing. CoCo Vandweghe and Lauren Davis composed the rest of the American team. On Saturday, Feb. 10 the U.S. started off very strongly with two victories in the singles games giving the Netherlands a two points deficit to catch on Sunday. Contrary to the quick victory of Venus Williams in two sets 6-1 6-4 against Arantxa Rus, Coco Vandweghe battled for over two hours, and rallied from a set down to beat Richel Hogenkamp ranked 108 in the world. Venus Williams who won her second singles on Sunday gave the U.S. an automatic victory over the Netherlands, so the players and coach from team USA decided not to play the second single and move directly to the doubles. Additionally, to the U.S. leading 3-0 after the singles, the supporters were even happier when the U.S. coach announced that Venus and Serena will play the doubles together. However, the excitement was limited as Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs defeated the sisters Williams in a one sided game 6-2 6-3 giving the Netherlands their first and only point. Part of the struggle for Serena Williams came from the fact that she just returned to competition after having a child. Even though doubles isn’t the best way to measure a player’s form, it will take more than one game for the 23-times grand slam winner to come back at her best level. The fact that the Fed Cup was hosted in Asheville was also the opportunity for Brevard College tennis team to volunteer for the clinic See ‘Fed Cup’ on page 10

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Netflix Review

‘Tony Segura: Disgraceful’ a raunchy, but restrained good time By Jordon Morgan

Editor in Chief Tony Segura’s newest Netflix comedy special is one of the best to recently come out under the streaming giant’s production, with right-athome humor that’s both raunchy and restrained. Perhaps “raunchy” is a strong word. It’s true that Segura swears an awful lot and dives into some uncomfortable topics, but he doesn’t dwell on them or make it his entire schtick. Unlike Louis C.K. (sexual misconduct notwithstanding), Tony Segura knows when to give the audience a break when it comes to that sort of discussion. Granted enjoying that kind of humor in large amounts isn’t wrong

or anything, but for those who like a bit more variation, Segura gets the job done. Some of the topics that are on display (or ridiculed rather) include political correctness, parenting, and even racial insults. Underneath the greatly timed jokes and biting wit lies an interesting set of counterarguments when it comes to those topics. For instance with parenting, he says that, as wonderful as it is, it’s patently selfish not the other way around as conventional wisdom has it. I won’t spoil the jokes that follow with that kind of rhetoric, but suffice it to say that Segura does well in opening your eyes into a viewpoint that likely isn’t popular or talked about. With racial insults and relations, he brings up a point about how, in the African American

community, at least from what he’s observed, there is an inherent need to protect each other if say a white man starts hurling said racial insults. But with the other way around, that just never happens. This sort of goes back to the “restrained” part of the special mentioned earlier. It isn’t all about sex or gross out based humor, it is very much brutally honest commentary on everyday life. In addition, Segura explains some subconscious base desires we have as people, something that you don’t often think about. After contemplating, it’s very hard to argue with what he is saying. Or perhaps you do disagree, which is perfectly fine, but whether you do or not, Segura raises some interesting points that can’t really be denied.

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Winter Olympics in South Korea By Florian Peyssonneaux

Opinion Editor The Winter Olympics games started off on Feb. 9 at PyeongChang, South Korea. It is the first time that the Winter Olympics will be held in South Korea, the only other Olympics that took place in the country were the Summer Olympics of 1988. This year nearly 3,000 athletes will compete in South Korea. A record 102 medals will be awarded in 15 disciplines that will take place in various counties across the country. An impressive opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9 gave the spectators the opportunity to see the athletes from the 92 countries that will be represented in those games. The games and different stages will take place during the next 16 days. Part of the 92 countries, six new nations will try to obtain Olympic medals for the first time. Nigeria, Kosovo, Malaysia, Singapore, Ecuador, Eritrea qualified athletes for the first time in their history. The first gold medals for the United States came from Chloe Kim and Jamie Anderson both in snowboarding who competed in half pipe and slopestyle respectively. The slopestyle competition was subject to many comments as the strong winds were affecting the athletes. Even though the runs were reduced from three

to two, the conditions were still dangerous for the riders. The gold medal winner even declared to the Associated Press “I’m not extremely proud of my run” said Anderson. Also from the U.S. team, Mirai Nagasu realized an historic triple axel in the women free figure skating event. She becomes the first American woman to land a triple rotation in an Olympic competition, and the third in history. One reason why South Korea was able to host the Olympics was the new high speed train system that has been installed to transport people from Seoul to PyeongChang. This train is a big innovation for the country, and reduces the travel time for the fans by half, making the Seoul-PyeongChang transit an hour and fifteen minutes long. On the other hand, “North Korea will send 22 athletes who will compete in three sports”, according to IOC President Thomas Bach. As a consequence, this Olympics Games will have a political meaning for the Koreas and the U.S. North and South Korea agreed to share a common women ice hockey team that will be represented under the same flag: the “Unification flag” that brings together both countries. Meanwhile, this common team was the opportunity to reopen a phone line across the borders to communicate.

North Korea which seems to have stop missile testing, will not have to worry about the U.S. and South Korea’s common military exercise that will stop during the course of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Russia will not be able to win any medals during this Olympics since the IOC declared that the country was encouraging systematic manipulation of the anti-doping regulation in the last Winter Olympics Games. However, Russian athletes that can prove that they have not taken any drugs will be able to participate as “athletes from Russia” and have the IOC anthem if they win a gold medal. Those sanctions against Russian are going to change tremendously the results of those Olympics. Indeed, Russia won the most gold medals in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. The fact that Russia will not be able to win those games gives a large advantage to other nations such as Norway, Germany, France, Canada or the U.S. Nonetheless, the competition for Olympic medals will not be over after Feb. 25. Indeed, the Winter Paralympics Games will also be held in South Korea from March 9 to 18. The next Winter Olympics Games will remain in Asia, and will be organized in Beijing on Feb. 4, 2022.

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Pastimes History Club, Math Club, IWIL Gather for ‘Hidden Figures’ By Mary Lewe Staff Writer

Three groups on campus came together last week to view “Hidden Figures,” a 2016 biopic based on the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. The three women worked at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and its successor, NASA, during the Space Race of the 1960’s. Katherine Johnson, the main character of the film, worked as a physicist and mathematician and made many calculations which were vital to the success of many early NASA missions including the trajectory used for Alan Shepherd’s 1961 flight as the first American in space and the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Johnson was also the first woman to have her name listed as an author on a report in her division. Dorothy Vaughan was a mathematician and the supervisor of a group of women of color known as the West Area Computers. Vaughan and her team completed complex mathematical problems by hand and with early calculators. As mechanical computers became incorporated into NASA procedure, Vaughan helped to

pioneer their use by learning and teaching the other women on her team FORTRAN computer programming. Mary Jackson began her career as a research mathematician in Vaughan’s West Area Computers but continued her education in order to become an aerospace engineer. Jackson also worked in NASA’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, promoting the hiring of women and people of color. She also served as a Girl Scout troop leader for over 30 years. The groups chose to meet on Feb. 7 in honor Black History Month and to celebrate a mathrelated holiday: e-Day. The holiday is celebrated on Feb. 7 in the US as the date when written as “2/7” is close to the value of Euler’s Number, an irrational number used as a constant in logarithms and exponential functions. “It’s rare to find a movie that brings together the Math Club, History Club, and IWIL all in one.” Pastimes History Club faculty sponsor Dr. Margaret Brown said. She also said that Hidden Figures is “A great film about how change happens.” “It captures the excitement of the Space Race and how much it was motivated by keeping up with the Russians,” Brown said.

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L.I.F.E. Club sees moderate turnout for workshop

The reinvented business and leadership club, L.I.F.E, had a successful turnout Sunday evening for their first club workshop of the Spring. Twelve Brevard students participated in the LinkedIn Workshop. The workshop consisted of L.I.F.E club representatives explaining helpful tips and describing the different components of LinkedIn. “With it being our first club workshop, I thought we did a wonderful job getting straight to the point,” L.I.F.E Club President Megan Shina said, “Helping our peers with LinkedIn was very beneficial for everyone involved.” Several attendees said the workshop was helpful in providing clarity in the uses of LinkedIn, as well as the importance of networking. “LinkedIn is becoming more important than resumes,” said Student attendee, Jackson McKaig. “After the workshop was over, I received several connection requests from many of the attendees, which really showed that we stressed the importance of networking,” Shina explained. L.I.F.E will be hosting a “Next Step: Take Your LinkedIn Photo” event in the near future to allow students to take a photo and have it edited for their personal profile. Shina and other club representatives encourage students to join L.I.F.E and keep checking their campus wide emails to see when the next event or meeting will be.

—Kelly Kearnan

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organized by Net Generation for this event. 300 children and teenagers from Buncombe County were able to participate in activities prior to the games, so they could learn how to play tennis and for many of them discover the sport. This victory against the Netherlands qualified the U.S. team for the semifinals of the Fed Cup. Their next opponent for the U.S. will be France who qualified for the semi-finals against Belgium.

Above: Brevard College tennis team and coach attending the game after volunteering for the event pictured from left to right: Jaume Reig; Tom Mittring; Florian Peyssonneaux; Kelsey Kushner Front: Tennis head coach Evan Schreiner. Below: Coco Wandeweghe being interview after bringing the second point for the U.S on Saturday Feb. 11

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Womens Basketball fall to LaGrange, Huntingdon The women’s basketball team were defeated by LaGrange and Huntingdon this past weekend, losing with a score of 44 to 42 and of 85 to 51, respectively. Starting the game off very slow, the Tornados only scored four to Lagrange’s 18 in the first quarter. Pushing harder in the second quarter the ladies managed to score 15 to LaGrange’s 11. Brevard continued the fight by scoring another 15 over opposing team’s eight in the third quarter. Finishing the game, the ladies scored eight to LaGrange’s seven, only losing by two in a hardfought game. Game leaders against LaGrange for BC was Annalee Bollinger with 11 points, Whitney DeMoss with 11 rebounds and Kelsie Rhyne with three assists. Leaders for LaGrange were Marilauren Farr with 12 points, Farr again with 10 rebounds and Austin Richardson with five assists. Again starting slow, but not as slow, against Huntingdon the next day, BC managed 12

BC Womens Lacrosse fall to Mars Hill

The Women’s Lacrosse team lost by a score of 10-13 on the first away game against firstyear program Mars Hill University Saturday morning. Nina Siu was unstoppable against the Mars Hill defense scoring six goals in the first half for the Tornados. Attack player, Victoria Hayes, followed Siu’s run with two goals and one assist. Midfielders Micaiah Vacchiano and Kelly Kearnan each had one goal for Brevard. Mars Hill’s Kiesten Foust and Olivia Hockanson led the scoring totals for the day with four goals a piece. Molly Tobias attacked Brevard’s defense recording two goals. Goalie Shelby Arsenault kept Brevard in the game saving 13 potential goals. Arsenault also tied Kearnan in ground balls with three. Brevard College returns to action versus Cumberlands on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at home. The first draw control is scheduled for 6 p.m.

—Kelly Kearnan

points to Huntingdon’s 19 in the first quarter. Falling farther behind in the second quarter, the women only scored 14 to opposing team’s 24 in the second quarter. Struggling to regain themselves, the ladies managed another 14 point quarter to Huntingdon’s 18. And finally the fourth quarter they fell short only 11 to Huntingdon’s 24. Game leaders against Huntingdon were Annalee Bollinger with 13 points and two assists and Whitney DeMoss with six rebounds. Leaders for Huntingdon were Juliette Harp with 23 points and 15 rebounds and both Abiba Bernard and T.I. Duncan with five assists each.

—Emily Massing

Mens Lacrosse lose 7 - 19 to Birmingham

After a victory against Montreat on Wednesday, Brevard College Men’s Lacrosse went to Alabama to play one more game against Birmingham Southern College, but by the end of the game, the result wasn’t favorable to Brevard. Last Saturday, after losing all the quarters and scoring less than three goals in the first quarter and less than three goals in the other three quarters, the Tornados lost game by a score of 7 - 19 to Birmingham Southern. BC Tornados finished the game with 20 shots in total, 11 saves and 14 turnovers. The game leaders from Brevard were Jackson McKaig who finished the game with four goals, seven shots and one assist the same as Kyle Hunziker that finished with two goals and five shots in the game. Fortunately, Lacrosse season is just in the beginning stages, and BC Men’s Lacrosse Tornados has an overall record of 1 - 1 in the season, 28 shots per game, 22 goals, eight assists and 39.3% in shots so far in this season. Although they do have 100% at home with one game and one victory. Brevard Men’s Lacrosse returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Emmanuel College from Georgia at 4 p.m. in Brevard.

— Matheus Masukawa