By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
On Fri., April 1, Young Harris College hosted the annual Spring Formal with the theme of Masquerade.
The majority of YHC students and their guests attended the dance, which was located at Brasstown Valley Resort. Students and their guests danced the night away starting from 8 p.m. and lasting until 12 a.m.
Faculty and staff were also in attendance. Among those present were YHC President Cathy Cox and husband Mark Dehler, resident advisor director Dan Moore and Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities.
Walking into Brasstown, students were automatically plunged into a world of music, drinks and food.
Freshman visual arts major Anita Hung of Marietta said, “I am glad to have seen people come and really enjoy themselves.
“Being on the SGA freshman senate, and therefore a participant in planning spring formal, I am pleased to have seen how all the details came together–the food, the DJ, and the decorations. My friends and I had fun, and my hope is that others did as well.”
Students wore an array of different dresses. There were short ones, long ones, puffy ones and fitted ones. One thing for sure is YHC students know how to dress for a formal, and enjoyed seeing each other dressed up.
Erica Brooks, a freshman business and public policy major from Athens said, “It was a lot of fun to see everybody together and all dressed up.”
As the night went on the DJ played a variety of songs. Some songs played include Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” Jay Sean’s “Down” and Cascada’s “Every Time We Touch”.
As many students were enjoying the music, others did not think it was that great but still had fun. Freshman biology major David Atwood from Waynesville N.C., and sophomore biology major Heather Richbourg from Hayesville N.C. both agreed, “The music was so terrible. We had more fun than most dances just dancing like idiots.”
As the dance came to an end students were very glad to have attended. Junior musical theatre major Liz McEntyre of Eastman said, “It was memorable.”
Molly Blaschke, a freshman from Athens added, “The dance was a lot of fun! I was surprised how many people were there. I can’t wait for next year!”
Because the spring formal is an annual part of the YHC traditions, students cannot wait for another round of the dance and fun in 2012.
This post copyedited on April 18, 2011.
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
On Thursday, Feb. 24, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries met in the Myers Student Center to listen to a special speaker, join in fellowship and eat some homemade chili with cornbread and brownies on the side.
Von Rogers an alumnus of YHC is the minister of BCM full-time at North Georgia College & State University, and part-time BCM minister at YHC. Rogers invited Josh Bennett to speak to students.
Bennett is an associate pastor and youth minister at Macedonia Baptist Church of Hiawassee.
“We must live to serve others, and servant hood evangelism will be the way that we bring people to Christ” Bennett said.
The message was based off of 1 Corinthians 9:19. The message encouraged the audience to serve others like Christ would want them and to become more Christ-like. By serving others, people who are not believers may see the servant hood. Through that, nonbelievers in Christ may become believers as well.
Members from Bennett’s church provided a meal of chili and corn bread along with brownies for desert for the event.
Junior music major Tara Shiver was among the students in attendance.
“This chili is stellar,” said Shiver as she sat around socializing with two of her friends. Shiver, a native of Covington, is an active member of BCM.
Along with Shiver, there were 15 students and two faculty members in attendance.
Rogers also introduced intern Katie Cargle, a resident of Dahlonega.Cargle is spending her internship working on campus ministries, Bible studies, discipleship and mission trips.
“BCM is a great time of fellowship and worship among believers on campus. It’s feeing the body and the soul,” Cargle said
After the message was delivered, worship was led by Daniel Willis a student of YHC, and an ending prayer was said by Amanda Noonan, a junior English major.
BCM meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Applebee East lobby.Upcoming events hosted by BCM include Dr. Xianzhi Song, assistant professor of chemistry speaking, and BCM will also be feeding hikers on the Appalachian Trail on March 26.
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
The Young Harris College Theater department performed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on February 17-26 at Dobbs Theatre. The show sold out all 100 seats every night of showing.
In order to sell out each night, Director Rachel Chaves enlisted the performances of YHC theater students. The cast included Austin Freeman as Theseus, Ashley ware as Hippolyta, Josiah Bridges as Egeus, Sarin Rossi as Hermia, Ryan Bender as Lysander, Sam Walker played Demetrius, Michelle Honaker played Helena, and Nancy Soule played Petra Quince. While Brandon Engelskirchen played Nick Bottom, Tyler Ogburn played Francis flute, Hayley Hoopingarner played Snout and Chase Alford played Starveling.
The cast continues with Hannah Guest as Snug, Matt Jones as Puck, Tory Gravitt as Peaseblossom, Eddie Collins theater teacher played Oberon. To finalize the cast Misty Barber as Titania, Stephanie Sexton played Cobweb, Alyssa Lowery played Mustardseed, while Nicole Conrad played Moth, and Jordan Fleming played Philostrate and Seth Peters played the musician.
As the show was to be put on, the performers had to learn the lines Shakespeare, Nicole Conrad the character of Moth said, “I didn’t have many lines to learn, but I think the toughest part about putting on the show was learning the lines. Shakespeare writes with a rhythm, with an iambic meter, if a person messes up on one word, then that throws off the rest of the sentence. Therefore, we had to work really hard on that.”
Others contributing to the show includes scene and sound designer, Rob Sturgess, costume designer Kari Beth Rust and lightning designer Robert B. Fulton.
The production staff included Rob Sturgess as technical director, custom shop supervisor Kari Beth Russ, stage manager Riley Noble, assistant director, and fight director Josiah Bridges, composer Seth Peters, choreographer Misty Barber, movement consultants Ki Curtis and George Koller. Assistant costume designer Tyler Ogburn, assistant lighting designer Becca Armstrong, assistant sound designer and sound board operator Evan McLean, assistant stage manager Ashley Loyd, properties artisans Marvin Hemphill, Brittany Hester and Laurie Tossing.
Production staff continues with scenic artists Michael Brown and Liz McEntyre, light board operator Paige Crawford, scenic construction crew included Josh Gentry, Brittany Hester, Haley Hoopingarner, Ashley Loyd and Riley Noble. The electric crew included Rebecca Armstrong, Emily Espy, Austin Freeman, Josh Gentry, Brittany Hester, Hayley Hoopingarner and Riley Noble. The wardrobe crew included Rebecca Fordyce, Katie Marlowe, Megan Ray, Dontay Scott and Sierra Vennes.
Scenic artist Liz McEntyre said, “I was really worried about the art in the show, but everything turned out really good. The actors did a really great job, and the scenes looked really good.”
With sold out shows every night, audience responses have been positive thus far.
Freshman Kelly Dessomes, a native of Statesboro and undecided major, was in attendance. Dessomes said, “It was really funny. I had a great time. The actors and actresses were excellent. The atmosphere was great, and the singing at the end made my night.”
While YHC students enjoyed the show, perspective students from other schools also came to enjoy the show.
Visiting student Annie Lavvorn a freshman of Jacksonville State University said, “The show is really good. Most of the actors are really good. The way they get into their characters is great, and because of that the show is made into a really fun experience.”
Lavvorn is planning on transferring to YHC next semester to major in music.
The show has received raving reviews, setting up big expectations for YHC’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
The theater will host Delta Gamma’s The Actor’s Nightmare on March 2-3, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel on April 15-17, and Delta Gamma’s Doubt in April. All these performances will be held in Dobbs Theatre.
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico, Miriam Torres currently lives in Roswell. Torres is a junior transfer student from Southern Catholic College and media communication major. This diverse background has only led Torres to set high goals for herself, including majoring in either psychology or communication and learning other languages.
“I chose Young Harris because of the beautiful campus, campus wide clubs and because the class sizes are not that big. So, this gives me an opportunity to get to know my classmates and the professors more,” Torres said.
As of now Torres is a media communication major, but she anticipates a psychology department here at YHC.
“I am a media communication major, but if they open a psychology department, I would double major in psychology and communications,” said Torres.
In order to work through school and obstacles she has faced in life, Torres draws her inspiration from God and her Mom.
“God is my inspiration. My Catholic faith is very important to me. I love God above everything and everyone. He is truly amazing to me. My mom would have to be a second inspiration,” said Torres. “We have been through a lot, and she has shown me a strength that hardly anyone else I know could ever top. I want to make her proud. Also being able to breathe and wake up healthy every morning is a very big blessing. I get inspiration from the little things in life.”
Torres has taken the inspiration she receives from her faith and mom and has put it into school, as well as exploring the world around her.
When free from school Torres loves to take photographs, travel, write poems, songs and short stories. Torres enjoys playing the guitar and loves spending time with her friends. She also likes to learn new languages.
“I love photography, I have a professional camera and I have photographed a series of events. However, I especially love photographing landscapes and children. I also play the guitar and write songs, poems and short stories. I love hanging out with my friends. I also love languages. Right now, I speak three fluently— Spanish, English and French.”
While Torres is currently fluent in three languages, she also wants to expand her knowledge by going to different countries to learn more languages.
With her education Torres has set goals for herself in where she wants to be in the future.
“Five years from now, I hope to be in another country getting my master’s in international affairs or public relations. I love traveling, so I want to study in another country. I don’t know which one yet though. 10 years from now, I hope to have already settled down, with a family and a place of my own, and I hope to have traveled to at least half of the places I want to travel to.”
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Students and faculty reversed roles at last Monday night’s faculty recital, when faculty delivered performances coming from an array of musical scholars.
The show opened with a performance from Cynthia DeFoor, adjunct instructor of music and staff accompanist, on Piano playing Fredric Chopin’s Ballad, Op. 47 in Ab major.
After, Karen Calloway, assistant professor of music, played on the piano with YHC accompanist Anita Guss. Calloway and Guss played Gioacchino Rossini’s La Pastorella delle Alpi (Tirolese) L’Invito (Bolero) and William Walton’s Rhyme.
Later, Calloway, and Guss were joined by Sandy Calloway, associate professor of music and chair of the music department, to perform Andrew Lloyd Weber’s All I Ask of You.
“I played Ballad, Op. 47 in Ab Major by Fredric Chopin because I played it in graduate school, and I really enjoy playing the piece. When I play it, I think of fairies. And, they change colors as the music changes,” said DeFoor.
The concert proceeded with Karen Calloway leaving Guss and Sandy Calloway to perform Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber.
After, Richard Knepp, instructor of music, performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Grave.
Then, Laura Stooksbury, adjunct instructor of music, sang Johannes Brahms Though I speak with Tongues of Angels while Mary Ann Fox, adjunct instructor of music played the piano.
Fox and Stooksbury were then joined on stage by William Fox, and together they delivered a performance of G.F Handel’s When You Marry Me.
Jeffrey Bauman , professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities, sang while Keith DeFoor, professor of music played piano to perform An die Musik by Franz Schubert and In the Still of the Night by Cole Porter.
While community members were also enjoying their time, the show was coming to an end. Karen Calloway and Guss performed Gabriel Faure’s Fantasia with Callaway on the flute, and Guss playing the piano.
After, Knepp performed Aquarelle by Sergio Assad. The show was closed with Robert Jennings Powell’s Angels Among Us played by Keith and Cynthia DeFoor on the Organ. The stage was managed by Sam Wolaver.
As faculties were enjoying putting on the show, students were equally excited to have the chance to see their professors in action.
Music major and Atlanta native, Sophomore LizAnn Weissinger said, “the concert sounded phenomenal and amazing. Everybody did so well, and you could tell they put a lot of passion and dedication into their performances. Kudos to everyone.”
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
“I always thought he would end up the president,” said Max Stallings in regards to his father Dr. Jody Stallings, an associate professor of biology at Young Harris College.
Stallings departed for Kunduz, Afghanistan on Oct. 12, 2010.
While in Afghanistan, Stallings has been working through US AID, an agency of the US that focuses on helping countries in their developing stages. Stallings works in a PRT, or a provincial reconstruction team. As part of a PRT team, Stallings is focusing on helping, along with shaping, communities in Afghanistan to trust and respect their governments.
While in Afghanistan Stallings keeps an updated blog of his activities and gives a firsthand account of his experiences. The blog can be accessed through YHC connect website, or at https://connect.yhc.edu/stallings_blog/default.aspx.
Each post includes Dr. Stallings thoughts and experiences thus far in his work.
A snippet of Stallings’s post from December 15 reads, “In about two hours from now, I will be traveling to northern Afghanistan to establish myself in my “permanent” site in Kunduz province, in extreme north Afghanistan. It will be a welcome relief to unpack my bags that have been following me around for the past 50 days or so while in training in Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA, in W. Va, and in Indianapolis. I will live in a hooch. However, my 10×20 foot living quarters will be awesome: I will share this space with no one”.
In his absence, Dr. Stallings’s son Max Stallings, an athletic trainer for YHC athletic teams.“I went to school here, and graduated here. So, when I came back here to be an athletic trainer, I thought I would recognize the students and I thought they would recognize me. But instead everyone talks about my dad,” Stallings said jokingly. “But I like that everyone talks about him, it makes me think of my dad more often. And it makes me proud of him, because my dad is a great man. He loves his job here at Young Harris, and he loves his job he is doing now. It’s really great that even in his absence students still talk about him. That’s a good feeling; it shows how much of an impact he has on his student’s lives. ”
Dr. Stallings has been gone from YHC for almost 6 months now, and like his son, students are also waiting for his return.
A native of Hiawassee, sophomore communication major, Ellie Parton says “I was wondering where he was. I didn’t know until one of my friends informed me. I was looking forward to taking another class from him. I can’t wait till he returns to Young Harris so I can hear all about his experience.”
As students miss him, Dr. Stallings is also missing YHC and his students and co-workers.
“He really misses it here. The students have such a great impact on him. He can’t wait to return, but for now he is doing his job, which he is really good at,” said Max Stallings.
On his blog posted on Dec. 15, Stallings said he had “355 days left on this one year assignment.” Until his time in Afghanistan is finished, students and faculty are counting and eagerly awaiting Dr. Stallings’s return to the YHC campus.
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Last Saturday Young Harris students and faculty gathered to give back to the community through Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
The event was planned by the campus S.E.R.V.E committee which stands for service, education, responsibility, voice and engagement. The S.E.R.V.E committee consists of the Office of Campus Activities, Religious Life and Bonner Leader programs.
“The purpose of Martin Luther King Day of Service is to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of community change within our community,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities.
The event was originally planned for the prior Saturday, but due to disagreeable weather conditions the event had to be pushed back.
Despite the change in date, students and faculty were in attendance to do their part to help the community.
“We worked with three local agencies. Members of the YHC community helped with finishing construction on affordable housing in the Wesley Meadows neighborhood. We worked to help complete an outdoor adventure based training course for Niyelo at Towns County High School. We helped with painting, mulching, repairing and organizing the course. Finally, we walked, played, bathed and fed animals at the Human Society Mountain Shelter,” said Emmanuel.
Despite 25 degree weather, people attended the day of service to honor King’s legacy and make a difference, the group consisted of eight faculty/staff members and 62 students.
Tara Shiver, a junior music major from Covington, said, “it was a really great day; my favorite part of the day was going to the animal shelter. There was a puppy there. She was black and white. Her name was Tara, and my name is Tara; so I thought she was so cute. We got to play with her and clean the cages. And, my favorite part we got to walk them. It was a great time. After the day ended, we got to go have a pizza party at Papa’s Pizza. It was the best day ever.”
By Annie Hunter, Campus Life Editor
Loving v. Virginia is not a Supreme Court case that many Americans would recognize. It doesn’t necessarily have the same nation-changing significance of Marbury v. Madison or the controversy of Roe v. Wade, but the 1967 ban of state laws restricting interracial marriage forever changed the way Americans pursued their own of happiness.
During the time of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists, interracial dating was taboo to say the least. Some Young Harris College students are included in the generational trend that, when it comes to matters of the heart, Dr. King’s words were not wasted.
Christelle Vereb, a sophomore from Hayesville, NC, is among the minority at YHC who are in an interracial relationship. While the couple sometimes attracts attention, she does not see it as negative or discouraging.
“[My boyfriend] is Cuban, yet he does not look Cuban. He looks Caucasian,” said Vereb. “And my goodness! My skin is as dark as night, so oh yes we do [stand out]! But really we just laugh it off and go on when people look at us.”
Most people, Vereb says, are indifferent to their relationship. Her parents, specifically, only want her to be happy and his feel the same way.
“At the end of the day, you’re with someone whom you care about, and they care about you in return. In the end you have each other, no matter the race or culture,” said Vereb.
With the ban on interracial marriages lifted, the United States began to see an increase in these types of relationships. Stanford University conducted a study in 1970 that showed only two percent of marriages could be classified as interracial. Thirty-five years later, seven percent of America’s 59 million marriages were interracial.
Amanda Massey, a freshman early childhood education major from Snellville, has been in three different interracial relationships. She said that for her it just makes more sense, and each of these relationships have been a better fit than when she has dated someone Caucasian.
“I think [interracially dating] is not necessarily better; but it’s better for me, because I went to a school of primarily black people so I just connect with them better,” said Massey.
Her parents, however, do not feel the same connection and would prefer for her to date within her own race.
“They don’t like it. I have to hide it from them because they don’t approve of it,” said Massey. “Interracial dating is more of a now thing, not really their thing.”
Massey attributes her parents’ disapproval to the generational views of her grandparents. She has noticed that when anyone gives her a ‘look’ while with her African American boyfriend they are usually 50 years or older. Massey predicts that as more diversity is added to the campus, interracial dating will be more prominent. Statistics tend to agree.
A Gallup Poll conducted in June of 2005 showed that 95% of 18-29 year olds approved of African Americans and Caucasians interracially dating. Sixty percent of that same age group stated that they had dated someone outside their race.
While resistance is impossible to eliminate, today’s generation has shown that it can and will love leaps and bounds further than its predecessors. It is a change that Dr. King would be proud of.
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Young Harris College received eight inches of snow on Jan. 10, and the snow quickly turned to ice. This led to two days of cancelled school, a day of delayed start time for YHC and cancellations and rescheduling of events.
Due to severe weather, welcome back week activities planned by the CAB committee were either delayed or cancelled.
“The weather has affected our activities planned for welcome back week greatly. The weather especially affected those events that were scheduled to take place outside. For example, Martin Luther King Day of Service had to be rescheduled because a main proportion of the event was going to be held outside, but the snow is not permitting,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, Director of Campus Activities at YHC.
Events scheduled for welcome back week included bingo night, chapel service, a dance thrown by Zeta Pi fraternity and Phi Alpha Phi sorority, Martin Luther King Day of Service, basketball games for Jan. 10 and 13 and a concert featuring Heath Mcnease.
Some events that took place despite the weather included chapel service, the dance and the Heath Mcnease concert. The Martin Luther King Day of Service was rescheduled for Jan. 22 weather permitting. The basketball games were cancelled.
Students were affected as well by the change of events due to the snow in that they had to find activities indoors to keep warm.
“When I wake up in the morning and see that it is 3 degrees outside, I just want to hibernate until spring. This cold weather has really forced me to stay inside more than before. Therefore, there will be no outside activities for me,” said freshman Erica Brooks, a native of Athens.
Most mornings, the YHC campus entered the day with 5 degree weather. Students have tried to make the best of the snow, but it has now turned to ice, the ice has made it a challenge for students to attend any activities on campus, even if theses events are not cancelled.
“The first day or two, the snow was magical and so much fun, seeing everyone sledding, building snowmen and acting like little kids again was great. Everyone found their own activities. But once the snow turned to ice, it became a challenge to walk around campus,” said Molly Blaschke, a freshman and native of Athens.
According to Emmanuel more events are to be scheduled for students in the next coming months weather permitting.
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Many college students dread the idea of reading the following instructions: hold the color sure tip directly in a container of urine or in your urine stream. Wait two minutes. A blue line in the control window will show indicating that the test has worked. A plus sign equals pregnant, and minus sign is not pregnant.
Though the majority of Young Harris College students will not experience this emotion first-hand, several young female students are currently pregnant and attending classes regularly. With this life-changing event, these women and their partners have faced mixed reactions from YHC peers and faculty. From stares and passive comments to even a few outright confrontations and a long-standing rumor that pregnant students faced immediate expulsion from YHC, pregnant students and their partners have a tough time on campus.
After dating for one year, junior Liz McEntyre from Eastman and sophomore Steven Holland from Douglasville, are currently expecting their first child in December.
“When we found out we were pregnant we were shocked, excited and scared,” McEntyre said. “But then we realized that God has given us this baby for a reason. We are expecting a little girl on December 14. We are going to name her Bridgette Karyn. The fact that we were pregnant and in school though was a bit scary; so, we tried to hide it from everyone. We only told our close friends, but somehow everyone found out.”
Despite anxiously anticipating the arrival of their baby, McEntyre and Holland have received different reactions from students.
“We receive strange looks. People make jokes. We try not to let it get to us,” says Mcentyre.
Holland added, “It makes me angry sometimes.”
In response to these looks and comments, McEntyre stressed that, “we are still the same people we were a year ago. We just have another person in the picture now.”
McEntyre and Holland are still planning to continue their education at YHC. While Mcentyre has received some negative criticism, these sentiments are not felt by all YHC students.
“My suitemate is pregnant. It’s strange to think that they are starting a family so young. I think they should have waited because their lives are going to get really tough. She is a strong woman though. She goes to class knowing that people are going to stare, but she keeps her chin up. I look up to her for that,” said freshman Taylor Chestnut.
In the same way that Chestnut respects the couple’s decision, YHC administration has also worked to ensure a fair college experience to all of its students.
According to Susan Rogers, vice president of student development, YHC has never had an official policy that prevented a pregnant student from residing on campus. The office of student development works to see that pregnant students at YHC are treated just like every other student. When students are found to be pregnant their best interest is kept in mind when deciding what their next step will be.
“Each student is taken care of according to his or her own individual situation; a pregnant student is no different from a student, who, for example, broke a leg playing soccer. Therefore, if a student desires to live on campus while pregnant there is no reason for them not to. If a student is removed from campus it was because that student wanted to live off campus, not because they are not allowed on campus,” said Rogers.
Once a student is pregnant, they have an opportunity to speak with Linda Kniess, director of student health services, as well as Dr. Lynne Grady, director of Counseling and Psychological Services Center. The student is given a chance to ask questions about any concerns they may have.
“We serve as what to expect when expecting, to students” said Grady.
Along with Grady, Kniess also plays a role in student pregnancies.
“Being pregnant is not a handicap; we provide information to pregnant students so that they know what risks are present if they are to stay on campus. For example, they could go into labor while no one is around to help them. That could be a life-threatening position for both the mother and the child. We speak with each student with their best interest in mind. Our main worry is the safety of that student,” said Kniess.
While YHC focuses on the physical and mental stability of pregnant students, many colleges provide family housing and special programs to pregnant students. For example, according to the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s website, the university has a new sorority called Mu Tau Rho, which is tailored for student-mothers. Also according to the website, the University of California-Berkeley has a specific staff and office to provide aid to student parents.
While other colleges and universities have special programs to aid expecting students, YHC is still considered a small academic institution; therefore, housing or special programs are not currently available for pregnant students.
“Being pregnant is not a handicap; it’s hard, but I am still very capable of doing whatever I did before. I do not need any specific programs to aid me; I do not need special treatment. I am still the same person I was before I became pregnant,” said McEntyre.
Throughout this experience, both McEntyre and Holland feel that they have grown as people and the couple is looking forward to the birth of their baby girl in December.