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SOUTHERN sJa ACCENT



I Thursday, September 1 1, 2008



Wellness Center
opening delayed

Eholy Young

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THE STUDENT VOICE SINCE 1926



Though the Wellness Cen-
ter was expected to be open
for business by the begin-
ning of school, the sounds of
its construction can still be
heard across campus . It is now
scheduled to have its grand
opening in about a month and
a half, during Alumni Week-
end, October 23-26.

The new facility will fea-
ture massage rooms, a hot tub ,
smoothie bar, an indoor track,
steam rooms and dry saunas
among other things. It will
also have new treadmills, el-
liptical training machines and
weight machines.

The Wellness Center will
also have longer hours to ac-
commodate students' sched-
ules. On weekdays, other than
Fridays, it will be open from
5 a.m. to 11 p.m., said Leslie
Evenson, Southern's wellness
institute director.

Another feature drawing at-
tention is the 30-foot climbing
wall located just inside the en-
tryway of the new building.

"For people who like ad-
venture there's nothing like
it around," said Phil Garver,

see Wellness Center, page 2




Photo By Benjamin Stitzer



RyanMoore breoksit down kicking off the karaoke withsome VaniUa Ice, baby.

SA welcomes Southern '90s style



Monika Bliss
Christina Wettzel
Emily Young

Staff FibwK



Pogs, Goldfish, and the
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were
just a few things that brought
back the '90s at this year's SA
Welcome party.

The comers of lies P.E. Cen-
ter were filled with games like
dodge ball, four-square and
Mario Kart, among others.



Karaoke was also available,
featuring popular '90s songs
like "Ice, lee Baby" by Vanilla
Ice and "All Star" by Smash
Mouth Erick Olteanu, a soph-
omore biology major, said he
liked karaoke best. "I think it
was definitely the highlight of
the evening."

In addition to the entertain-
ment, the party featured over
160 pounds of '90s treats in-
cluding Blow Pops, Fruit Roll-



Ups, Cheeze-Its, Airheads and
more, said B.J. Taylor, SA So-
cial Vice President.

Overall, students said the
party was a success. "I loved
reliving the 90s," said Janel
Noseworthy, a junior nursing
major. "I can't believe I forgot
about pogs and yo-yo's. It was
awesome to come back to."

Other students said they
Liked the unity that the party's
theme provided. "The 90s

see 90'S PARTY, PAGE 2



Ministries
Expo informs



Hannah Kuntz

CoEX-EnnaB



Last Friday evening the
Ministries Expo gave stu-
dents a chance to acquaint



themselves with more than 30
booths from various service
organizations, clubs and aca-
demic departments.

The purpose of the annual
event is to give students the
chance to become involved in
the community.

"Our goal is to essentially
expose oursrudents to as many



ministry opportunities as pos-
sible," said Kevin Kibble, asso-
ciate chaplain.

This year's Ministries Expo
was slightly larger than last
year. Event organizer and as-
sistant chaplain, Donnie Keele,
said he felt it was an opportu-
nity for the university to show-
case freedom of religion on



campus, and hoped students
could view their education as
more than just academics.

"The key purpose is to spe-
cifically give students a chance
to see how they can get in-
volved in service," Keele said.
"I would hope that students
would recognize the value



3 MISSION EXPO, p



VOLUME 64, ISSUE 1

Free concert
coming to
Collegedale



Grab your blankets, lawn
chairs , family or a date and en-
joy music under the stars with
the East Tennessee Symphony
Orchestra (ETSO) and guest
violinist Brian Liu

The ETSO will be perform-
ing a free concert on Sept. 14 at
7 p.m. in the Collegedale Com-
munity Veterans Park. Under
the direction of Richard Hick-
am, the orchestra will accom-
pany Liu with the first move-
ment of Tchaikovsky's Violin
Concerto in D. The orchestra
will play Brahms' Symphony
No. 1 in C minor and Academic
Festival Overture.

ETSO is a non-profit vol-
unteer orchestra comprised of
sixty- five academy students,
college students and com-
munity members. Started by
Richard Hickam, a Southern
alumnus, ETSO debuted at the
annual Collegedale fireworks
program. According to Hick-
am, the event was a great suc-
cess that yielded three seasons
of performances.

While attending Vander-
Cook College of Music, Hickam
attended numerous outdoor
concerts by world-famous
orchestras at the renowned
Millennium Park in Chicago.
It was such an inspiration for
Hickam that he decided to cre-
ate an outdoor concert here in



Hickam and Liu are both
SAU alumni from the class
of 2000. Hickam received a
B.S. in music education and

ssb FREE CONCERT, pagb 2



INDEX



News

Religion

Opinion

Lifestyles

Sports

Campus Chatter

Cartoons



LIFESTYLES



Greenon



Learn how to get your
green on with this
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HUMOR




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2 THE SOUTHERN ACCENT

Unique local
eattery closes
its doors

Katie Hammond

Mfwi; Fimttw .

All the tables were full at the
Kreme House on Aug. 29, as
customers came in to eat their
last meal, and say goodbye to
the well-known, country style
restaurant that had been in
business for over 30 years.

South East Bank purchased
the Kreme House because
they loved its location, but in-
tend to teai" the building down,
said Marlene Geren, daughter
of the restaurant owner. She
said people in the community
are not pleased about another
bank coming to town.

David Green, owner of the
Kreme House, said that the
community seems sad about
the closing. The customers
love the real country food be-
cause of his wife's recipes that
are a 100 years old, he added.

Some Southern students
think it is unfortunate the
Kreme House is closed.

"I'm sad," said Michael En-
nis, a junior computer science
major, who has lived in the



NEWS




photo by Monika Rli-
Drew Underwood and his mother Anne eat at the Kreme House
day open

CoUegedale area for years, but I was a little kid and I'm sad

just discovered the restaurant to see it go," said Drew Un-

this summer. derwood, a junior business

"Although it was a recen t administration major, whose

family is neighbors and friends

with the owners. "They have

a wicked good country fried

steak," he added.

People who enjoy the coun-
try cooking of the Kreme
House can enjoy many of the
same recipes at Countryside,
- - a restaurant owned by Geren,

discovery for me, I really en- Green's daughter. Countryside
joyed going there. The French is located on Mahan Gap Rd
silk pie was delicious." Geren said, "This is a begin-

Other students have been ning for us, not an ending,"
going to the Kreme House for
a long time.

"I 've been eating there since



I've been eating
there since I was
a little kid and I'm
sad to see it go.

- Drew Underwood



90's party

Continued from Pg. 1

theme is something that we
can all relate to and have in
common," said Renee Baum-
gartner, a senior intercultural
communication and Spanish
major. "Everyone could relate,
even total strangers."



Kaitlin EUoway, a junior
nursing major, said her favor-
ite part of the party was the
costumes.

"It was pretty funny to see
people dressed in all types of
'80s and '90s clothes."

Students are already look-
ing forward to what SA has-in
store for the rest of the year.



"I'm expecting super good
things," said Theo Brown a
junior film production major.
"This party really raised the
bar. If you start the year out
with a party like that, I can't
wait to see what's next."



SOUTHERN JL ACCENT



Vol 64. Issue 1



Vie Student Voice Since 1926

Thursday, September 11, 2008



Monika Bliss

emily young zack livingston hannah kuntz

katie hammond benjamin stitzeh shanna crumley

rachbl hopkins christina weitzel matt zuehlke
lifestyles editor layout &deskn web mawgsr

sarah hayhoe katie dexter matt turk

editor layout &oesien ae

chris clouzet mar1ln thorman



Laure Chambbrlain



Free concert

Continued from Pg- 1



a master's in education from
VanderCook College of Mu-
sic in 2005. Under the direc-
tion of Orio Gilbert, Hickam
served as assistant conduc-
tor of the SAU orchestra and
music director of WSMC-FM
90.5. Hickam is currently the
orchestra director at CoUeg-
edale Academy.

Liu earned a B.S. in music
from Southern and a mas-
ter's in music performance
and literature from the East-
man School of Music. Pres-
ently, Liu plays with several



THURSDAY, SE PTEMBER 11, 2008

orchestras throughout the
southeast such as the Augusta
Symphony and the Chatta-
nooga Symphony among oth-
ers. Liu is currently an adjunct
professor in the Department
of Fine Arts at Augusta State
University.

"ETSO provides a venue
where individuals can come
out and enjoy classical music
with their family, friends and
community members," said
Jeanne Dickinson, an orches-
tra member.

Hickam invites the whole
community to come out and
experience an evening of clas-
sical music.



Wellness Center

Continued from Pg. 1

dean of the School of PE,
Health and Wellness.

Garver has been working
on the project since he came
to Southern more than twenty
yeas ago, and is excited to see
it near completion. He said
the delay in construction was
due to a combination of many
small factors.

"The weather played a fac-
tor and different challenges
early on," he said.

Jason Neufeld, a senior
computer science and art dou-
ble major, has an entertaining
reason for being enthusiastic
about the construction. He
said, "I'm super excited that
Taylor Circle will finally be cir-
cular!"




Missions Expo

Continued from Pg. 1



Photo By Ashley Cheney
Janelte Sundin signs up at the ERC booth at the Missions Expo, Sept. 5



Other students had similar |
thoughts.

"It's a good way to get the |
students out here to see what
the school has in store for
them with outreach, as well as
missionary work," said Iinski
Cherisol, a junior mass com-
mum cat. ions major.

Summer Schleifer, a senior I
elementary education major, j
said it was her third year in a
tendance and that she enjoys I
being able to see what's going I
on around campus, as well as I
see who's involved.



of service and really step up
to the plate and get involved
while they're here, and stay in-
volved once they leave."

After vespers, large crowds
of students gathered in the
field by Spalding to talk and
look around at the various
booths.

"I think it's a great oppor-
tunity for students to become
aware of the ministry opportu-
nities," said Bjorn Harboldt, a
junior business major.




Photo By Mafhn Thorm*|
Janelte Sundmsigns up at the ERCboothat theMissionsExpo, Sept. 5



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 1 , 2008






religion

Who needs God?



Chris Clouzet

Bn l^lftH FnrmR —



"I like to think of God as a
menace, because then at least
I know that there is a bigger
menace than me."

Have you ever heard that
saying before? Probably not. I
made it up. Taking a relation-
ship with God out of our reli-
gion doesn't make much sense
either. But around here, we are
suddenly bumped to Christian
status if we profess to believe
that Jesus died for us. We feel
like we can just include being
nice and going to church to the
equation and we're saved. Our
reputation becomes the savior

Pi we rely on. Do we really need
God in that religion? It doesn't
sound like it.

I'm the best gamer in the



North American Division. In
Age of Empires II, I can con-
struct a city, build an army and
defeat an enemy faster than
the Israelites any day. I can
watch movies until my eyes
are swollen red. Long ones,
slow ones, sad ones, funny
ones; they're all great because
they take up so much valuable
time. Productivity is overrated
anyway. I also enjoy triathlons.
Sweating off late night pizza
and feeling my quads burn as
I pant up a hill: those are the
true joys in life. Gasping for
breath lap after lap in the pool
is what brings meaning to my
days. I love listening to music,
too. If s important to be uplift-
ed by your music, so I am al-
ways sure to ignore the swear
words and vulgar themes. I
am also a Christian. I believe



Jesus died for me. Last week I
asked Him to forgive my sins,
so I'm clear for heaven. I go
to church, making sure to sit
with friends in case if s boring,
to gain a spiritual blessing.
Sometimes, when Bible read-
ing is assigned for class, I even
read a couple extra verses.
And I pray before I eat

Pretty good, right? I
blend in around Collegedale,
at least.

Will this year be any differ-
ent? The Bible says that Jesus
is the Author and Finisher of
our faith. Thafs wonderful,
because I still don't fully un-
derstand what faith is. I at-
tempt this religion thing and
seem to do pretty well, but
I have trouble with the rela-
tionship part. Am I building
a friendship with the King of



THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 3

Chris Clouzet

Religion Editor

[email protected]




Kings? Do I know Jesus well
enough for Him to recognize
me when He comes?

Sometimes I see us taking
God out of religion. Based on
what I see around town and in
my own life, we make being a
Christian easy. To be religious,
you just put your tie or skirt
on, grab your cell phone and



Photo By Hollie Maooinber

go listen to a sermon some-
where. Just half an hour and
bam! You get spiritual bless-
ing plus eternal life. That for-
mula sounds pretty simple.
But the pastor won't be get-
ting us into heaven. Only God
hands out the tickets.

Who needs God? We all do.



Be still and know that I am God



Joelle Williams

COMTBIHirTOR



J X few nights ago around
Ul, I found myself wandering
around outside of my parents'
house, my heart heavier than
usual. I stood alone in the dark
staring up at the unexpectedly
Klear stars, the Milky Way
^stretching across the heavens.
{Why was I out here, feeling
forlorn and unprepared? The
beginning of the school year
should have been filling me
^ith hope and confidence, not
trepidation. Still, I couldn't get
past my anxiety and the best
antidote for angst I know is a
dose of nature and a talk
Sith Jesus.

J I lay down on the driveway
Sid stared up at the sky. I felt
that I could only pray and at-
tempt to listen, and hopefully
feel more peaceful. The night,
however, seemed to have
other ideas. Across the val-
ley it sounded as if there were
mne sort of dreadful animal
*ama going on in the forest.
The eerie, unsettling echoes of
dogs yammering and howling
among the trees floated to my
ears. Cars kept going by on the



road, interrupting the velvety
darkness and my thoughts
about everything I still need-
ed to do. Forgetting to pray,
I finally got lost in my own
thoughts, which chased each



My worries did

not magically melt

away but I knew

God was listening...

I realized that

nothing would

happen that God

wouldn't see me

through.



other around and around in a
tense circle. Finally, I snapped
out of it and realized that
while my eyes had been fixed
at the sky, I had not been see-
ing it, and while my ears had
been open to the sounds of the
crickets in the grass all around,
I had not been hearing them at
all. While I had come out here
to commune with God, He was
farthest from my mind.
I silently begged God for



help. Lest I be ever seeing and
never perceiving, ever hear-
ing but never understanding,
I turned to God and asked
to be healed. My worries did
not magically melt away, but
I knew God was listening and
the night became much more
beautiful. I realized that noth-
ing would happen that God
wouldn't see me through. Now
I could finally see the stars and
listen to the crickets' songs.

While I don't know all that
this school year will bring, or
whether or not I will look back
on it as pleasant or not, I know
God will get me through. The
same goes for every student at
Southern. Some ofus will have
great semesters and others will
have a pretty rough time. Most
ofus will fall somewhere in the
middle. Whatever happens,
there is nothing too big for
God, nothing He can't handle.
My prayer is that, throughout
this school year, as often as
possible, no matter how things
are going, we will take a min-
ute, even if it is only literally a
minute, to pause and perceive
God's handiwork and give our
all to Him.



Religion

that (jOd our Father

accepts

as pure and faultless

is this:

to look after widows in their distress

and to
keBp oneself

from being polluted
by the world._

jfflp -James 1:27



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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008

Sarah Hayhoe
Opinion Editor
[email protected]



QJpA

Think, think, think about it L ^ mM Restaurant



Sarah Hayhoe

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Opinions are like noses.
Everyone has one, although
some are bigger and get more
attention than others. As we've
pushed through the first weeks
of classes, we naturally create
new opinions about encoun-
ters with professors, deans,
cafeteria cuisine, do-it-youself
laundry service and that attrac-
tive blond that passes by on
the promenade between Hack-
man and Brock every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. What-
ever our class standing, we all
experience first impressions,
those polarized, sometimes
split-second perceptions that
morph into opinions of people
or ideas. We can acknowledge
these opinions. It's more dif-
ficult to face the question: So
what do we do with our first
impressions?

Last week, my roommate
discovered the Flight of the
Conchords (FOTC), New Zea-
land's grammy-winning, two-
man band famous for thought-
fully crude humor. Their ability
to sing about "the issues" of
child labor, gang violence and
AIDS in their song "Think
About It, Think, Think About
It," made quite an impression
on her. This isn't a plug for
FOTC, neither is it a justifica-
tion or condemnation of Bret
and Jemaine's sense of humor
or chosen vocation as secu-
lar comics. The point is that
they had to think, think, think
about how to impress their au-
dience since sweatshops and
life-threatening illnesses don't
make easy laughs. In turn, we
have to consider what we will
be impressed by when we have
the network on one tab of our
internet browser and McKee
library's research central on
the one next to it . First impres-
sions influence our decisions,
which form our habits.

In his bestseller Blink,
Malcolm Gladwell explores
how we instantaneously form
opinions and make decisions.



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He replaces common terms
like intuition with sexier jar-
gon, but the book is more or
less about first impressions.
Gladwell offers example af-
ter example: art historians
who identify a kouros statue
forged in the 1960s that mod-
em technology dated as be-
ing over 2,000 years old, an
orchestra conductor shouting
"That's who we want!" after a
trombonist's audition only to
gasp when the musician be-
hind the screen turned out to
be awoman. Gladwell's gallery
of stories reveals the influence
of expertise and prejudice on
impressions.

Even though we're only stu-
dents, our personal impres-
sions and opinions resemble
those of experts, both self-
proclaimed and certified. We
bring our backgrounds and
former opinions to the dining
hall table, to the promenade,
to our dorms and apartments.
The difference I find between
our journey here at South-
em and that of Gladwell's
experts, is derived from their
expertise and our inexperi-
ence. Gladwell's art historians
might have recognized a fake
when they saw one, but only
after years of training and ex-
posure to originals. We're not



Graphic By Christina Wdtzel

experts; some of us haven't
even declared a major. Still,
we have opinions, so what do
we do with them?

Turn them into questions
that engage the opinions of
others. Don't just take exams
in college, test the ideas pre-
sented to you everyday. Ask,
listen, and think, think, think
for yourself. Admit uncer-
tainty and make ignorance a
reason to actively seek truth.
Prepare to be impressed and
dare to think in new ways by
prayerfully and honestly ex-
ploring our university and our
world. Opinions are like noses ,
and rhinoplasty is sometimes
recommended.



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THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 5

Rachel Hopkins

Lifestyles Editor

[email protected]



Why We Need to Get Our Green On



Rachel Hopkins

UresTfLES Editor

Environment. Just the word
makes me start to feel guilty.
My last Olive Garden meal
came home in a Styrofoam
carryout container, which
is now taking up space in a
landfill. I threw away a blank
piece of paper the other day
too, just 'cause I didn't need it.
And I won't lie, I frequently
drive from Southern Village



to convocation. Ouch.

The environment tries to
be good to us, but it usually
seems too time consuming
to show some love back. Our
environment is in bad shape,
and if most of us were honest,
we'd admit that we probably
haven't done our part to make
things better.

So why am I addressing
this issue on my very first
lifestyles page? Maybe pay-
ing penance for my decidedly



un-environmentally friendly
ways? Sort of. Actually, Doug
Baasch called me. Turns out,
our SA president cares about
the environment and wants
to promote a green attitude
on campus. First step? Make
this known to Southern
students via the newspaper.
After all my quarter mile trips
to the Collegedale Church and
back, helping out is the least I
could do.

So here it is: as lifestyles



editor, I'm committing right
here, right now, to give you
one green up a week. But
don't worry; I'm not so naive
as to think that if I tell you to
only buy organic foods and
bike everywhere that you'll do
it. There has to be something
in it for you I'll do my best to
make my eco-love tips as sim-
ple and as beneficial to you as
possible. Deal? All right, lef s
do this thing.



Album Review: Seasons by Jon Foreman



Need some fresh tunes? you don't share my sentiments

Donnie Keele, Southern's as- don't turn your back on Fore-

sistant chaplain/music enthu- man yet, Jon trades rocking

siast, gives us his take on Jon out for some quiet, well-craft-

Foremans'"Seasons." ed, mellow tunes. Even those



Donnie Keele

CnwTRiBirrnR



that it provides . Not only is his
music artistically spot on, but
the thought-provoking lyrics
he puts on top are equally as
impressive. His songs actually



If you haven't heard of Jon
Foreman, I can nearly prom-
ise that you have at least heard
some of his music. By now
Switchfoot is nothing new,
they've been making rock
solid albums for years. Fore-
man, however, chose to take a
break from the big band sound
and do a solo project. Start-
ing in November 2007, Fore-
man began releasing six-song
EPs titled after a season with
"Summer" being released in
June 2008. Personally, I feel
Switchfoot is incredible, but if




Seasons

Artist: Jon Foreman

(of Switchfoot)
Genre: Acoustic/Folk
Released: June 2008



who don't know much about
music can understand and ap-
preciate the artist in Jon Fore-
man. But the real beauty of his
music is the complete package



mean something. They have a
true depth that few songwrit-
ers are able to capture.

It is nearly impossible to
come up with a list of his "best



songs" because all of them are
absolutely brilliant, able to
stand alone but still fit into a
larger whole. However, among
his most popular songs (as
voted by iTunes Store custom-
ers) are "Cure For The Pain"
from Fall, "Learning How To
Die" and "Behind Your Eyes"
from Winter, "In My Arms"
and "Your Love Is Strong"
from Spring, and "A Mirror Is
Harder To Hold" from Sum-

I honestly believe this is
someofthebest musicyouwill
ever hear. It is so well-crafted
on a whole that it really is in
a league of its own. Jon Fore-
man, a true artist and musical
genius, thank you for sharing
your talents with us.



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