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Black September is a head bangin’ good time

October 12, 2010 Comments off

Before recording their first album in 2008, Black September spent time touring up and down the east coast.

Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

This week I decided to listen to a genre of music that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Sitting somewhere between black metal and death metal, in the touring underground circuit, there is Black September.

Black September was formed in 2006, in Chicago, IL. In 2007, Black September recorded its first two-song demo tape. Then, later that year they recorded a five song EP; And from there, the band went up and down the east coast touring and playing back-to-back shows. The band then returned to Chicago, to write a split with underground touring metal band Thou.

Between 2008 and 2010 Black September released three albums: The Sermon of Vengeance, The Hordes of Flesh and Bone collaboration with Winters In Osaka, and The Forbidden Gates Beyond, which is their most recent album, released this year. The Forbidden Gates Beyond album was released in LP by Shaman Records and European Iconoclast Records.

Lead singer Jennifer Pickett McMorrow has a bone-crushing voice in the studio and has the control and balance to perform with the same talented intensity live. Most mainstream metal singers sound great in an air conditioned studio, after their voice has been doctored by some of the best editors and producers in the business. But, on stage in a live performance it’s just not the same. This trend is beginning to become a disappointment. Yet, Black September didn’t let me down.

Listening to The Forbidden Gates Beyond, I found it difficult to keep myself from getting excited with the rhythm. Some songs on the album begin with a slow melodic guitar intros performed by lead guitarist Chris McMorrow and rhythm guitarist James Meyer. They keep the beginning of the song soft and collected until the hammer of metal comes crashing down with a powerful speed. Other songs on the album cut straight to the point. These songs start hard and fast, and stay that way to the very end. Black Septembers’ The Forbidden Gates Beyond was a head bangin’, air-guitar playing, good time. I am looking forward to their next album. There is no word on when work on the new album will begin, but I will be waiting.

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Observing the night sky becomes easier

October 9, 2010 Comments off

Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

The observatory has a computerized telescope that allows one to see anything they want with the push of a button. Photo by Ashton Jones

Taking a journey to another galaxy may not be as far, or take as long, as most students might think. As a matter of fact, students don’t even have to leave the campus.

The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium Director and Professor of Astronomy, Steve Morgan, is enthusiastic about his role working with the lights and telescopes in the planetarium.

The planetarium is where Young Harris College students and community members view pictures and images taken by telescopes and elaborate light shows. The planetarium has been at YHC since 1979. Since its construction, YHC students and local community members have been captivated by pristine images of the night sky, as well as amazed by the laser shows.

While the planetarium is great for viewing the digital sky and for laser shows, YHC was in desparate need for its own observatory. Back in the 1970s, students and astronomy professors had to lug large, bulky telescopes into the parking lots of YHC just to get a clear view of the night sky. This process, though effective, was far from perfect. Observing the night sky was still difficult due to all of the light interference from the college lights and sometimes smoggy weather.

It wasn’t until 2002, that YHC finally built its own observatory. It was constructed less than a mile from campus, adjacent to the Brasstown Valley Resort. It was then that YHC students and professors were able to get clearer, more accurate views of the solar system and other celestial objects.

Morgan emphasized the advantage the observatory has in an area like the city of Young Harris. Because of the high elevation, clear air and a significantly lower amount of light pollution, YHC is an ideal location to look through the telescope and into the vast, deep corners of the universe.

Morgan has been working at YHC since 2005.  This year, he was proud to announce that the observatory has received a new Celestron 14 inch Reflector telescope, which is already up and running.

“It’s a very nice computerized telescope, with a ‘go to’ capability,” Morgan said.

This means that if someone wanted to look at the planet Jupiter, all he or she would have to do is punch in Jupiter and press the ‘go to’ button. Then, the telescope will automatically position itself to view Jupiter.

The telescope was bought to replace the telescope that was purchased when the observatory was first built.  Due to motor function failure, the old telescope had to be replaced. Though the telescope itself has been updated, the observatory still functions without heating or air conditioner. So, students observing the night sky will be subject to the weather, regardless of how cold or hot that may be.

Despite colder temperatures in sight, Morgan welcomes YHC students to visit the planetarium for laser shows and the observatory for viewing the night sky and celestial objects.

Willkommen: Life is a Cabaret

October 7, 2010 Comments off

Sally, played by senior theater major Misty Barber, shows off her moves with the Kit Kat Girls. Photo by Jacob Stone

Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

Before seeing Young Harris College’s production of Cabaret I admit I was skeptical about the show I was about to see. But, it was much better than I anticipated.

All together, the performance by the cast and production of the musical blew me away.

I had never seen or heard of the Black Box Theater before. So, it was a bit of a shock for me to see some my fellow classmates gallivanting about in silk underwear, fish net stockings and acting in promiscuous manner.

It was later explained to me during intermission that Black Box Theater is meant for an adult audience, and the subject matter preformed there is normally rather naughty.

Sally, one of the protagonists in the musical, played by Misty Barber, a senior musical theater major, in my opinion was perhaps one of the best acting performers in the production. She played the character of Sally almost flawlessly. Her vocal control and notable talent was exceptionally clear and passionate, which led me further and further into the story as the play went on.

The cabaret dancers were entertaining as well. I’m sure not many would disagree. I cringed with fear at every high kick and body bending twist executed. In heels, that must not have been an easy feat.

I was also impressed by the use of space. In the Black Box there were about eight doorways that gave almost full exposure to the backstage, and I noted how careful the actors were to save face when passing by. Also, the use of the balcony was creative and imaginative. It kept me wondering where the next actor would emerge, which kept me on my toes throughout the performance.

Aside from only one or two stumbles in dialog, I was impressed by the performance, and I would definitely take the opportunity to see it again.

The Shepherd’s Dog begs for attention

October 2, 2010 Comments off

Iron and Wine's solo artist, Sam Beam, is a singer, producer, instrumentalist and song writer.

By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

Iron and Wine’s album, The Shepherd’s Dog, is probably one of the band’s most popular, even though it was released in September of 2007. Their music has been heard on the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy, House and the first movie in the Twilight saga.

According to Sam Beam, the solo artist of Iron and Wine, his music is considered to be sub-pop, although his critics would label it as folk-rock. For me, it is hard to put a label on Iron and Wine. There is definitely a distinctive folk feel to his music, but it is also very rhythmic, and it intrigues the mind through clever use of metaphoric words and riddled phrases.

Furthering his originality is the fact that Sam Beam is a one man show. He is his own producer, singer, instrumentalist and song writer.

Beam incorporates a number of instruments like the acoustic guitar, banjo, drums and violin. His creativity is further influenced by his degree in art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He also graduated from Florida State University Film School, and he was a professor of film and cinematography at the University of Miami.

The name “Iron and Wine” came from a dietary supplement called “Beef Iron & Wine” that Beam had stumbled across when shooting a movie in a grocery store.

Iron and Wine is very lyrically driven, using cryptic words and phrases that illustrate a clear desire to send cryptic messages. It’s very apparent that each song is intentionally left open for interpretation.

The song that stood out to me the most on this album was “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car.” I have listened to this song several times as I did with most of the songs on this album, and I have yet to understand the connection between the titles and the songs.

“The Shepherds’ Dog,” is not an album meant to be listened to halfheartedly. Each song has a deep meaning and should instill the listener with a feeling of self-reflection and contemplation.

Even though I do not listen to much folk rock or sub-pop, I think anyone can appreciate Beams’ style and musical talent as an artist regardless of what their preferred genre of music might be. I definitely recommend the album to anyone interested in exploring a broader scope of music.

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Cadets form a new Justice League

September 26, 2010 Comments off

By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

There are a lot of work study programs on the Young Harris College campus to help students combat the cost of higher private education. The police cadets program is becoming a more and more popular option at YHC, giving students the opportunity to experience leadership and responsibility while working alongside real police officers.

Currently the cadets work twice a week on three-hour shifts, usually starting around 8 p.m.  During their shifts, the cadets patrol campus, check buildings, turn off lights and lock up after hours.

Cadets are also present on campus over the weekend, handling security for soccer, baseball and basketball games, as well as directing parking for any events in, or around campus.

Normally, the cadets will be on duty with at least one police officer.

Cadets will typically respond to any kind of disturbance reported such as parking violations, or anyone causing a disturbance in the dorms or on campus.

Before any students can be considered for the cadet program they are required to answer a set of questions which will help the police department determine whether or not the applicant is responsible enough to make logical decisions when faced with a difficult situation.

The program has seen so much interest this semester that the police department on campus isn’t sure if they will be able to take any more cadets this semester.  Wezly Barnard, a cadet for the campus police department, explains that he has even had students approach him while on duty asking about how they can get involved with the police cadets.

Any students interested in joining the Police Cadets are asked to contact Chief of Police Ken Henderson. He can be reached at (706-379-4427) or in his office in the Manget Hall.

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Luncheons to provide working life skills

September 26, 2010 Comments off

By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox is taking new steps to ensure that the first class of seniors is prepared for the working world in as many ways possible. This year will be the first time YHC has seen a senior class in over a century.

For preparation and celebration of these students, President Cox will be organizing a list of guest speakers. Each of which has succeeded in their own line of work to come to YHC and give some inspiration, guidance and insight on how they used their own educational experience to prepare them for their particular field. Each speaker will come from a different professional background to best relate to each student’s chosen career path.

“I wanted to do something more to introduce our students to a variety of careers,” Cox said in a prepared statement.

There will be a guest speaker every month this semester. Alicia Philipp will be the next guest speaker to come to YHC on Oct.  1. Philipp is the President of Atlanta Community Foundation.

Philipp became president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 1977, which is one of the largest and fastest growing non- profit organizations in the country.

She has been named as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “100 Most Influential Atlantans” and has led the Foundation’s grant making, fundraising with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for more than 30 years.

While under her direction, the Community Foundation has grown from $7 million 30 years ago, to more than $625 million.

In 2009, the Community Foundation provided a record $138.4 million in grants to nonprofits and faith-based organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

Philipp has influenced the Foundation to consider the best ways to serve a larger community and to focus on donor engagement and profits. The Community Foundation has served the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and has also created other initiatives: including the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund, the Metropolitan  Atlanta  Arts Fund and the Neighborhood Fund.

President Cox urges all students to take advantage of this opportunity, but seniors will have first dibs on reserving seats.

Seats will be limited to 25 students at each luncheon to ensure that each is  kept in a small comfortable environment. This way, no one will feel shy about asking questions and opening discussions.

Students interested in participating, and making reservations are asked to contact Teresa Hobbs in the Office of the President at (706) 379-5137 or at teresah@yhc.edu. All luncheons will be held in the Robinson Dining Room at 12 pm.

There will be another luncheon held on Nov. 5 with news anchor Monica Kaughman Pearson. Pearson is a 29-time Local and Southern Regional Emmy award winner, for Channel 2 News.

Freedom to speak religiously

September 12, 2010 Comments off

By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer

J.O.I.S.T., a new religious philosophy club at Young Harris College has high hopes for encouraging religious curiosity and open-minded thinking among YHC students and faculty.

The goal of the club is to provide a safe place for students to discuss their personal religious beliefs and ask questions about the religious practices of others without feeling the insecurity of being judged.

The name J.O.I.S.T. stands for Junction for Open Inquiry for Seekers and Thinkers and has quite a powerful meaning for the facilitators of J.O.I.S.T. Advisors for the group include, Rev. Dr.Tim Moore, campus minister, Dr. Nathan Dickman, world religions professor, and Rob Cambell, director for the Bonner leaders.

Each of the advisors expressed a sincere desire to help the diverse student body of YHC find, as Moore describes,  “common ground,” something that ties all students of different factions, beliefs and religions together much like a literal floor joist. Moore was encouraged to find that ‘common ground’ with the help of Dr. Dickman, who arrived at YHC this year as a new professor of religion.

“We want to promote some intellectual and personal exploration of faith,” said Moore.

Both Moore and Dickman were able to recognize that YHC has yet to offer a place for the kind of exploration and conversation for inter-religious understanding. Along with students, they want to offer this interaction and discussion to faculty as well.

Eventually, Moore, Campbell and Dickman want the club members themselves to take over and direct the conversation topics as the group becomes more comfortable discussing these themes on their own.

J.O.I.S.T. will have  a mix between movies and discussions.  Discussions will be lead off of philosophies and practices of religions such as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions that are fairly un-heard of like, Sikhism, Neo-Pagan and Scientology.

After two meetings, J.O.I.S.T decided to move their meeting location. Previous meetings were held in the Center for Appalachian Studies, but due to the sudden growth in members, they are currently looking for a new place to hold meetings.

“The reason for doing it in the Center for Appalachian Studies was because we don’t want it to feel like a classroom.” said Dickman.

The goal is to make the club as open and comfortable as possible for anybody to be able to talk about what ever topic they want.

J.O.I.S.T. encourages anyone interested in becoming a club member to find them on their Facebook page. The club meets on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., and they will be posting their new location on the J.O.I.S.T. Facebook page sometime this week.

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