Ceramic pieces of AJ Argentina were on display recently at Arnold Art Gallery. Even though the art display was canceled early due to the recent inclement weather, students were still able to visit the featured work for the few days it was available.
The gallery showcased many of Argentina’s latest pieces, including plates, pitchers, jars, bowls and vases. Many of the pieces were similar in color or texture. There were many hues of light blue and tan colors.
Shelby Folks, junior musical theater major, said she greatly enjoyed the ceramic work.
“The work is very interesting and beautiful,” said Folks. “They are all pieces I would use for decoration in my home.”
AJ Argentina is a ceramics artist and educator from Roswell, Ga. His work has been on display nationally as well as locally. In the exhibit, a biography hung on the wall that detailed where the artist is from as well as other information about him. Next to the biography hung a list of all the pieces displayed in the gallery.
Many spectators found the work unique and inspiring. According to Dr. Alan Wingard, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, the school hasn’t seen an exhibit this unique in the gallery.
“I like the method used and the glaze shapes,” said Wingard.
The ceramics display was of interest to students across campus. Students of all majors are encouraged to visit all the displays that come to campus. Freshman biology major Lindsey Holmes often stops by the gallery to view the featured art.
“Whenever I am passing through Minor Fine Arts, I like to stop in and see the art,” said Holmes. “It brightens my day.”
Jennifer Sharp, sophomore early childhood education major, is another student who took advantage of the opportunity to see original work. She said the ceramics in the display helped calm her down from her time-consuming schedule.
“My major can be time consuming, and the ceramics in this exhibit remind me of a beach,” said Sharp. “I especially like the light blue and sandy colors. I feel like I’m in paradise.”
Admirers of the art also said the work was peaceful and interesting.
The men’s basketball team currently stands 7-8 overall and 4-5 in Gulf South Conference games.
Head Coach Chad Warner has been leading the Hawks for more than five years. Under his teachings, the men’s basketball team has broken many school records, including winning the NCCAA National Championship in its first season as a member.
Coach Warner was named the NABC National Coach of the Year during 2011- 2012 season. Last year, he was named Division II Coach of the Year.
Coach Warner said that it has been a transitional season for the Hawks. With six new players, the team is learning to adapt to each other this season.
“We have six new players that are currently playing substantial minutes for us,” said Coach Warner, “That is a lot of new faces and takes time to gel as a team.”
He adds that the team is transitioning successfully as the season progresses.
“I think we are starting to see some of the process pay dividends now,” said Warner.
Senior Phillip Mullins, Interdisciplinary major, played for the Hawks his freshman year during the 2010-2011 season. Though did not continue as a player, he continued to help the team throughout his time here at Shorter.
Mullins described this season as a rebuilding season because of a number of graduated players last year.
“It’s a big rebuilding year,” said Mullins, “Because we lost a number of players after graduation in 2013.”
Mullins also described the reasons why he chose to stay involved with the team.
“I had gone on some mission trips with them, and I lived with some players on the team,” said Mullins. “It gave me an opportunity to have a relationship with them.”
Though he hasn’t been able to help as much with the team due to his schedule this year, he does have some advice for the players.
“Don’t be afraid to venture out into other aspects of the school, said Mullins. “Get involved because people on this campus look up to you, you’re not just basketball players, you’re leaders.”
Coach also has similar expectations for the Hawks.
“We don’t name captains per say because we want all of our players to be leaders,” said Coach Warner.
Though the team doesn’t have official captains, they do expect more out of those whom have been here longer.
“Dedric Ware and Brandon Pullman have been here the longest and we always ask a little more of them, said Coach Warner. “I have enjoyed seeing them mature on and off the floor.”
Junior Dedric Ware, Sports Management major, said that he looks forward for continued growth on and off the court. He also hopes to win the National Championship.
“I want to continue to grow as a team on and off the court,” said Ware “and we want to bring home another championship.”
Ware has played basketball for 15 years. He described his motivation to play the game.
`“Basketball is just a game that everybody and my family played,” said Ware, “I just love the game so I’m always happy to set foot on the court.”
Though the Hawks are transitioning, Coach Warner describes this season not too different from previous seasons.
“This season has been a lot like many others in that you always have the process of watching a team come together,” said Coach Warner.
Even in a transition year, coach Warner has the same expectations of this team that he has of every team he puts on the court.
“I expect our team to learn to compete every day and learn to be great teammates,” said Coach Warner, “That has always been our expectation.”
Through these expectations Warner believes everything else will fall into place naturally.
“We have found that if they can learn to do that,” said Coach Warner, “then the wins will take care of themselves.”
The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are getting ready to be back in action after coming off promising seasons last year. The men’s team, who finished 7-7(3-4 in Gulf South Conference) last year, look to build from where they left off; when they finished with a five game winning streak. The women look to continue their success going from last year, as they finished 11-5 (3-1 Gulf South Conference) on the season.
“We finished off our season very well last year and I look forward to building on where we left off,” said men’s head coach Jason Childs.
The Hawks have 5 returning seniors from last year; Ryan Baird, Kyle Van Kauwenberg, Andrew Ewers, Ken Brinson and Kyle Morris.
“ I am looking forward to these guys having a great year and building off of last year,” said coach Childs.
“We need to grow as a team and become more of a family,” said senior captain Kyle Van Kauwenberg. “We are attending chapels together and hanging out outside of the field and really getting to know each other.”
Senior midfielder Kyle Morris said, “ I am really looking forward to his last season and getting to play with all my brothers that I have grown and developed with over the years.”
The competition this year will show the Hawks how far they have come as a team.
“Our big games this year will be Coker and Berry; we look forward to playing both because we know that they are going to be good competition for us,” said Morris.
The women’s team looks to continue their success after a great season last year. Head coach Brittni Dulaney stated, “The competition for us this year is going to be great. I am excited to see how we do this season.”
The Lady Hawks have 7 returning seniors this year; Taylor Moody, Desiree’ Watson-Isom, Rachel Skinner, Katie Ott, Amber Hicks, Avery Armstrong and Bianca Rojas.
“We have a lot of depth in every position this year, and I am very excited about that. Having the option to move people around to different positions if needed is a great possibility,” said Coach Dulaney.
“Some of our big games this year will be Berry and Lindenwood. I look forward to playing in these games cause they will be very good competition for us. The Berry game is always fun because of the rivalry between our schools,” said senior attack Katie Ott.
Ott, who has been a starter the last two years for the Lady Hawks, has created long lasting relationships with her teammates and can’t wait to what her final season holds for her.
“I am really looking forward to spending my last season with my teammates that I have grown so close with over the past 4 years,” said Ott.
The Hawks first regular season action is against Coker on February 8th, game time is set at 2 P.M. Their first home game will be versus St. Leo University on February 14th; the game is set to start at 7 at Ben Brady Field. The Lady Hawks will begin their season against Berry College on February 5th; game time is at 7 P.M.
The Track and Field team at Shorter University has been a successful program since it first began. They have had consecutive Conference and National Championships in 2011 and 2012, as well as always recruiting star athletes. This season for indoor started well, but with the new transition into Division II, the competition is a little tougher. Head coach Scott Byrd believes in the team 100 percent.
“Our goal this year is as it is every year- to see our student-athletes run, jump and throw to the best of their abilities. If that produces a championship of any kind, that’s great.”
It is no secret that the Track & Field team is full of gifted and talented athletes. There are several redshirted student-athletes returning this season to bolster the roster. Coach Byrd believes the key to his success is the athletes.
“The men and women we bring in each year. The way they’ve performed is how we bring in better talent. Once they come on campus they’re hooked. The program and school sell themselves.”
There are also a few veteran assets to this year’s indoor track team. These are leaders that bring the team together for the long season.
“Randy Dameron has lead the group for many years now, and we’ll count on him to do so in his senior year this year. Both Bradley Moon and Kirk Wilson bring their leadership from football to the team as well as an added bonus. For the ladies, we have Ayana Walker, Ashley Ballad, and Lakeisha Spikes, and Shea Spicher. They’ve all won Conference and National Championships, and serve as the nucleus of the team.
Daisy Helm, one of the team’s 4×4 runners is confident for the indoor season, and cannot wait for outdoor.
“I believe that we have a pretty strong 4×4 team and that we have a good chance of winning a national title if we continue to work hard.”
As for the men, Senior Malik Fair is in agreement. “I think we will do fairly well on the men’s side this year because half the team last year was redshirted, but we have everyone back now. We are more experienced this year and will be stronger in the National Championship.”
The team itself seems very close, as are most athletes on campus. Being a part of an athletic team here gives each individual an opportunity to win as a family. Shorter’s Track and Field team is committed and hungrier than ever to have another championship under their belt.
On days you don’t find senior forward Brandon Pullman not critiquing his game on the court you will most likely find him in his room watching a movie or playing his favorite video game.
“I play a lot of video games and watch a lot of movies in my free time,” said Pullman.
Pullman is entering his senior year with the Hawks and is putting up top five numbers as the Hawks continue their fight for another championship. Pullman has made his mark on the team as well as head coach Chad Warner. Warner sees a completely unique player when Pullman is at his best on the floor.
“I don’t think we have had a lot fourman that could do both attack and shoot. In that regard he is unique to himself, there is no other Brandon,” said Warner.
Pullman has grown since coming to the Hawks from Lincoln Community College in Illinios, Pullman’s home state.
“I have enjoyed watching Brandon grow and mature on and off the court since he has been here,” said Warner.
Pullman was a top recruit coming out of junior college and Warner and the coaching staff wasn’t sure they were going to get him. He took his visit and as with many other athlete’s, the school and program sold themselves.
“They called me up, and I came out here. I liked the weather and the program fit my style of play,” said Pullman.
Pullman has stood out this season putting up impressive numbers in his last year.
“Brandon is a monster on the court. He always seems to make a play when the team needs it,” said sophomore biology major Chad White.
Pullman is leading his team in a rebuilding season as the Hawks look to continue their success that they have cherished for the last four seasons.
Students do not have to look far to impact American heroes across the globe.
Thanks to the efforts of sophomore criminal justice and English major, Stefanie Starkey, Shorter can now impact the American soldiers.
“A Thousand Thanks” is a new challenge for Shorter to write 1,000 letters of appreciation to our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Starkey.
Starkey knows first-hand the impact these letter have. Starkey wrote encouragement to her cousin and lifelong friend as he served his first deployment as a Marine. Through the letter exchange, Starkey learned other soldiers did not receive letters from home but desired to. So, Starkey took the initiative to start writing more. “It shows them that someone cares,” stated Starkey.
Faculty sponsor of “A Thousand Thanks” and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Kathi Vosevich saw the difference that can be made by America support and encouragement when she served as a military civilian education officer.
“Anything [sent] from home is greatly appreciated,” said Vosevich.
Several students are excited to get involved. Sophomore history and liberal arts major, Elle Ryan tries to write military as often as possible. From the mouths of soldier friends Ryan talks with, “A simple letter can improve morale,” said Ryan.
To get involved, students can write an encouraging letter to be sent overseas for the military men. Letters can be emailed it to email@example.com, or can be dropped off at the office of Dr. Kathi Vosevich, MFA 202.
“Just a few minutes,” stated Starkey, can help make an impact on American heroes and reach Shorter’s goal of 1,000 letters of appreciation.
Due to the recent freeze that hit areas all over the United States, Shorter faced various damages across campus, including damages to Bass B and C apartments, Rome Hall and the swimming pool. On the first week back from break, temperatures dropped below 10 degrees, causing pipes to burst and flooding to follow after the water and pipes thawed.
Bob Bagley, or Mr. Bob as most students and faculty know him, is Shorter’s Director of Facilities Management. Bagley has been an integral part in the repairs of Bass, Rome Hall and the swimming pool. Though measures were taken to prevent as much damage as possible, Bagley said it is almost inevitable with temperatures so low.
“With six degree temperature, you can’t safeguard against everything,” said Bagley.
Bass apartments were some of the hardest hit with busted pipes. Bagley said that while he was trying to find a cut off on the water supply for Bass C, he was surprised when a student came to report flooding from Bass B as well.
“The pipes both thawed out within five minutes of each other,” said Bagley.
Rice said students who’s rooms were affected were forced to move out of Bass and into various open rooms, including the third floor of Cooper, other rooms in Bass, Roberts and any open couches they could find. According to Bagley, students will be out for a total of at least a month while repairs are made, including gutting the sheet rock and carpets, which he said will be costly.
“It will probably be another two to three weeks before everything is put back in and ready for occupants to move back in,” said Bagley. “At this point, we don’t know the cost. But it’s not cheap.”
Roommates Madison Rice, sophomore nursing major, and Maggie Peeples, sophomore business major, are some of these displaced students who were shocked to find water streaming from the ceiling in their Bass apartment.
“I thought someone was taking a shower,” said Rice. “But then water started streaming out of our smoke detector. And then it started streaming out of every light.”
Peeples said they grabbed pots, trash cans and anything else they could find to stop the flooding. They then called “Mr. Bob,” who originally thought the girls were overreacting- until he saw flooding in the room. Even after the water was shut off, Peeoples said the flooding continued into the room for another two hours.
One of the pipes in the ceiling of Rome Hall room 314 (chemistry lab) also froze over and burst. According to Dr. Kane Barker, chair and professor of the science department, there was standing water in the chemistry lab with water coming out the doors, flooding the third floor and continuing to both the second and even first floors.
“We discovered it because water was coming in Rome Hall 209, and I immediately knew what that meant,” laughed Barker. “And then I found a waterfall coming from the ceiling to the floor in room 314.”
According to Barker, when water freezes, it has to expand with a lot of force. The ice could only expand against the metal pipes, which ultimately caused the pipes to burst.
There was significant damage to the labs, which are still being dried out with fans and dehumidifiers, according to Barker. Ceiling tiles were destroyed; light fixtures blew; and if the wooden cabinets have permanent swelling from water damage, the drawers will be more difficult to open. Barker, however, said that he was thankful for a quick response from his students and faculty.
“Fortunately, we had a lot of students and faculty in the department who really acted quickly to secure the computers and projectors and protect as much of the equipment as we could,” said Barker.
Rice and Peeples, who are both members of the women’s basketball team, said having to move rooms added stress to their schedules; however, they said they are making the most out of it.
“It was stressful the day we had to move, because we had to do it after practice and walk up three flights of stairs to move all our stuff again,” said Rice. “But after that it wasn’t that bad anymore.”
Peeples added that Shorter did a lot to help with their move.
“All the RA’s came and helped us move out,” said Peeples. “Shorter helped a lot, but it was still really stressful during the first day when we had to move out.”
Barker said the biggest inconvenience for the science department was losing Rome Hall 209-210, which are both highly used classrooms. He added that fortunately the registrar office responded quickly with new room assignments, but it is still an adjustment for professors and students.
“Everyone likes to teach in their rooms, and we all choose our rooms specifically,” said Barker. “But we’re just dealing with it- it’s a part of life.”
On Jan. 17-18, the Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia was filled with twenty thousand college students from 33 different countries gathered together to worship the Lord as one for Passion 2014 conference.
Pastor and founder of Passion, Louie Giglio along with speakers: Francis Chan, Christine Caine, John Piper and Leona Lupis each brought messages that tied together and worshiped to songs sang by Chris Tomlin and the Passion City worship band, Hillsong United, Capital Kings, David Crowder Band and Matt Redman.
The speaker’s messages were clear, especially that of Pastor Louie Giglio who spoke about the broader spectrum of one’s outlook on life. “We must open our eyes to see the snapshots of our lives,” said Pastor Louie Giglio.
Passion is geared for college student eighteen to twenty-five; however that didn’t stop Shorter’s own Assistant Dean of Students, Tam Odom. Odom is no rookie when it comes to the Passion Tours, “’I’ve been for about seven years now so I knew it would be worth the trip,” Odom said. Passion started out as a vision in a Georgia State dorm room in 1997 that grew into the world-know conference it is today.
Sophomore liberal arts major, Arden Shanklin claimed Passion was an inspiring atmosphere. “I believe Passion was started to inspire college students to get out and do something. Now that we have been inspired we should do something,” said Shanklin.
For many the experience was like nothing they had ever seen, the atmosphere was described with words like “encouraging,” “full of Jesus,” “love,” “little glimpse of Heaven.” “Standing in the arena with 20,000 other followers of Christ crying out to the sovereign God is breathtaking.” Odom said.
Freshmen Christian studies major Will Lawson described it as crazy. “The whole place was shoulder to shoulder packed with people. Everyone in the building was just pouring their heart out in worship,” said Lawson.
Passion is known for their love of people and community involvement all over the world this year’s campaign was to raise money to send bibles to the people of Iran.
Junior middle grades education major, Katherine Bateman was overwhelmed with her experience at Passion this year. “My heart is broken for those people, I became overwhelmed over the fact that I was getting the chance to be part of something bigger than myself. God chose the students of Passion 2014 to be a part of His glory in taking His Word to the people of Iran and that is so humbling.”
God’s Spirit was present in the Philips Arena according to Batemen. “The Lord showed up and showed out in Philip’s Arena. I don’t honestly believe that a non-believer could have stood in there without at least questioning His existence. When I came to Passion, I asked the Lord to bring me face to face with Himself, and that’s exactly what He did. He literally brought me to my knees multiple times. So yes, God was in Philip’s Arena. He was there, He was moving, and He was teaching.”
God confirmed calling, refreshed minds and renewed many hearts in the arena during the conference, “I had a refreshing movement of the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to needs and to the urgency of making Jesus famous among the people he has placed me in front of,” Odom said.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, PPACA, informally known as Obamacare, is a drastic health care plan that has been approved and back by all three branches of the government including the executive, legislative, and judicial. Current President, Barak Obama, signed it into law. The act is the first universal healthcare plan that the United States has ever nationally implemented. The overall goal of the healthcare act is to provide American’s with more affordable and quality health insurance. The act places stricter policy rights on healthcare providers with more regulation on taxes, subsidies, consumer protections, and many other subsections of healthcare policies provided.
Many, including the students and staff of Shorter University’s campus, are overall more confused or misinformed when asked about what Obamacare actually is. Freshman sports management major, Fiona White feels that Obamacare is more complicated than she realizes.
“The Affordable Healthcare Act has a lot of complicated parts to it but hopefully in the long run it will provide Americans with a more affordable and easier way to obtain insurance,” said White.
The government assistance pertaining to healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid will not be affected with the passing of Obamacare, nor will private insurance policies be replaced.
As a whole, Obamacare is over a thousand pages containing ten different titles that define the changes to the insurance industry that follow with Obamacare. Working families in America are the main target group for Obamacare, considering that this group is what mainly makes up the dynamics of America.
Since it will now be required of every citizen of America to have health insurance no matter age or socioeconomic status, which is a huge change compared to the past where it was not required by always encouraged having health insurance, the cost of healthcare potentially can rise or change according to your needs.
But keeping the focus mainly on young adults, more specifically college aged Americans who are students, an easier breakdown of what Obamacare means for those can be defined. Young people are the focus of Obamacare and the number of people that sign up for the health insurance program will strongly affect the long-term success of the program. Compared to current times however a change will definitely be needed.
Currently in America, 43% of young adults are uninsured. The reasoning for this mainly being a cost issue, or that young adults are at their healthiest stage and don’t see the benefit of having health insurance at this time.
But when trouble does strike, these young adults are faced with medical bills that are overwhelming and troublesome to pay off. With the passing of Obamacare, now 82% of young adults who are currently uninsured will qualify for assistance for cost or can obtain Medicaid through particular marketplaces that cater to Obamacare. This is in itself a remarkable breakthrough. For students who are not insured and are drowning in possible medical bills, help can be obtained!
The biggest advantages of Obamacare are:
• You can no longer be discriminated because of gender
• It is not possible to get dropped from coverage when you get sick
• If a medical cost is exponentially higher than out of pocket spending limits then you are protected
• Your insurance company must offer coverage to covers all possible critical areas of care.
• You are afforded many health services without a copay
• Regardless of gender, or age important mental health, maternity, and prescription drug services are covered
• You can stay on your parents plan until the age of 26
According to statistics, one in two young adults have a pre existing condition attributed to their body. (INSERT QUOTE FROM HALEY HIGHFIELD WITH EXISTING HIP CONDITION)
Obamacare is stating that now a pre existing condition will not have to be grandfathered in but will be accepted and insurance companies must adhere and cooperate with the consumers that fall under this category.
Student’s whose parents provide them with health insurance will be covered further under the affordable healthcare act. Now a student can stay under his/her parent’s policy until the age of 26. Students can make it through college and get on their feet before having to worry about finding an individual healthcare policy. However since Obamacare is focused on young adults funding the program, this is a faulty note. But since the young adult age category is defined at 18 to 35 the people from 27 and later will be responsible dually with other age categories to keep the program strong.
There is a tax for those citizens that still deny health insurance. This tax will start off for the year of 2014 as $95 or 1% of a person’s income regardless of age. This tax is lower than a yearly insurance plan for some, but the benefits of having an actual insurance plan rank higher than agreeing to pay the tax. This tax will also rise each year that health insurance is not obtained.
Critics of Obamacare argue that males having to pay for maternity coverage or females having to pay for male specific coverage that are gender bias and wasteful. But these services are potentially required within the families of American homes. There will be flaws to every scenario of healthcare reform and President Obama along with Congress has found a universal way to cover all possible outcomes. The act is of course not perfect, as a perfect healthcare reform seems unrealistic or fairytale like, but this act has already helped so many with the changes provided to the healthcare system. Long-term results will not be seen from Obamacare for a while, and the program is susceptible to change during this time period. Citizens will just have to sit back and watch if the program proves successful or falls under failure.
It’s that time again when assignments and projects are due, and the frenzy of finals’ week is quickly approaching. Students are feeling the pressure that comes from ending the semester.
There are two weeks left before finals begin. Library hours one again will be extended during finals week. Instead of closing at 11 p.m., expect it to be opened until 1 a.m.
Make sure to get all the caffeine you need. The coffee shop in the library will continue the tradition of giving free coffee during finals week.
Some students have mastered study techniques they believe will work for any student.
Senior Cassie Brown, interdisciplinary studies major, says that her best study tip is to isolate oneself from my friends.
“I know I get easily distracted with my friends,” said Brown, “so I have to isolate myself in order to get anything done.”
Junior Communication major Jacob Bean recommends going through the chapters as a review for exams.
“Teachers can assign a lot of reading and sometimes it’s impossible to read a hundred pages a night, so do a thorough skim of the chapter and read around the bold terms,” said Bean.
Bean added to make sure you know the terms.
“Go through the chapter index after skimming,” said Bean, “and make sure you have a decent concept of what the chapter points.”
Sophomore Melissa Boone has to print the slides, highlight key points, and take notes to prerpare herself for final exams – or any test for that matter.
“I usually print the PowerPoints and while in class, I highlight what the professor says and take extra notes,” said Boone.
Boone added that students should review the notes to be ready for the test.
“Go home and look over the slides and make flashcards,” said Boone, “That way you’ll be ready for the test.”