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Volume 83, Issue 22
SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
February 28, 2018
Photo by John Padgett
Brevard police officers turn away a car attempting to drive onto campus early Tuesday afternoon while the school was on lockdown.
After receiving ‘credible threat,’ BC campus undergoes lockdown, told to shelter in place By Lauren Fowler, Florian Peyssonneaux and Jeni Welch
On Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 11:25 a.m. Brevard College students received an emergency phone call and email through the Emergency Notification System stating the following message: “BC Community, This is not a drill. We have information that there is a credible threat to our campus. Please shelter in place until further notice. Authorities have been notified and our emergency response system has been activated. Please shelter in place until further notice. All buildings are locked down. Please remain inside and shelter in place until further notice. Repeat - This is not a drill. End Notice.” According to Chad Holt, the VP of Admissions and Financial Aid, a call was received on the switchboard from the parent of a prospective Brevard College student, who was visiting campus from Mountain Heritage High
School. In this call, which was answered by Sydney Folger in the office, the parent warned of a rumor that there was going to be a shooter at Brevard College campus that day. “That’s all it takes, if there’s even a whisper,” Holt said. “There are no rumors anymore—you have to treat everything as a credible threat.” It has been speculated that the parent had heard rumors that may have been spread onTwitter by students at Mountain Heritage High School, but as of right now, no evidence has been found to support this. Immediately after receiving the call, Folger contacted Campus Security and alerted Chad Holt, who communicated with the Executive Leadership Team, who then initiated a campus-wide lockdown. The lockdown lasted for 1 hour and 33 minutes as the Brevard police department investigated the third-party alert for a possible gun threat See ‘Lockdown,’ page 3
February 28, 2018
Bug Juice and Bird Poop: A Commodities Approach to History By Mary Lewe
Staff Writer Last Wednesday guest lecturer Dr. Jordan Kuck told the story of “Bug Juice, Bird Poop, Europe, and the Making of Two Global Commodities.” Kuck, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, speaks Latvian and is interested in showing students many different methodologies for studying history. Kuck is currently the assistant professor of history at West Virginia Wesleyan College. In 2004, Kuck was studied at the University of Nebraska for his undergraduate degree and had the opportunity to study abroad in Europe. The trip was special as it occurred during a time of expansion for the EU; Kuck and the other students were able to visit most of the ten nations that were added to the EU, including Latvia. “I just fell in love with the place,” Kuck said regarding Lativia. He then went on to quote his father-in- law regarding the magic of Latvia’s capital city, Riga: “I’ve never been anywhere where you can feel history,” Kuck said. Another graduate of the University of Nebraska was a man named Kārlis Ulmanis. Ulmanis studied agriculture at the university and after graduation returned to his home country of Latvia, where he became the country’s first Prime Minister. Ulmanis is a controversial character as he suspended Latvia’s democracy. Although Kuck is an expert on Ulmanis, he has not been able to speak about him on University of Nebraska’s campus due to the nature of his political career.
As Kuck began his lecture on Wednesday, he questioned his audience about the point of studying history. He quoted German historian Leopold von Ranke in defining the field’s purpose, “to study the past, or