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Helen Pyke said she felt that
coming back to work would
help her deal with what hap-

"Work will help me keep
my balance now more than
anything else could," she said.
However, she said it was dif-
ficult to come back. "Monday
was awfully hard."

Another reason she came
back to teach was because she
felt her students deserved an

"1 felt I owed it to my stu-
dents to tell them what hap-
pened," she said. "I feel it's bet-
ter for me and for my students
that they know whafs going

see SHOOTING, paoe 4

Lindsay Smith gives Christina Anderson a flu shot after dorm worship on Wednesday night.

Flu shots given in convenient locations

Katie Hammond

Nfws Enrron

As of last night, flu shots are
being offered to students in the
dorm lobbies and the Student
Center at specific times until
next Monday, Oct. 27.

Students can get their flu
shot on Oct. 23, 24 and 27
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in
the Student Center, and also
from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
in the dorm lobbies. Lorraine
Reverson, a senior nursing

major, said shots are being
given on several dates to give
students as much opportunity
as possible to get a shot.

Because many students
missed school last year due to
the flu, Health Services wants
to raise awareness about flu
shots this year. Reverson said
many students got the flu last
year and some were out of
school for a week or more.

Grady Todd, a freshmen
business marketing major, got

his flu shot as a preventative

"I'm getting the shot be-
cause I've had [the flu] the last
two years, and 1 really didn't
enjoy it," Todd said.

Convenience was the main
consideration in choosing
the location for administer-
ing shots. In this way as many
students will be immunized as

The Student Center was


design approved

Erica Richards

Staff Wpi tfb

After years of meetings, dis-
cussions and designing, the
construction of a roundabout
in front of the new Hulsey
Wellness Center has been ap-

On Sept. 15, the Collegedale
City Commission discussed
the details of the roundabout.
Marty Hamilton, associate
vice president of financial
administration at Southern,
provided the board with a 3-D
sketch showing a roundabout
with a fountain in the middle.
Hamilton said that Southern
wants the roundabout to be
attractive, but also safe.

The original design for the
roundabout had a statue in the
center, either of Elijah or El-
isha, said Lawrence Hanson,
Collegedale city commission-
er. This created a separation
of church and state issue, and
the commission turned down
the request, Hanson said.

This also led to discussion
about who would be respon-
sible for the maintenance of
the roundabout. The round-
about will be part of the road,
and therefore will belong to


Economic crisis affects food and tuition prices

As the cost of food and elec-
tricity rises, Southern is being
affected as well, even though
transportation services have
yet to feel the crunch of higher

gas prices.

Students are paying any-
where between 15 percent to
50 percent more, depend-
ing on the food item, said
Sherri Schoonard, director
of food services. This is part-
ly due to the rising cost of


"I feel terrible," she said.
"I hate charging people so

Even with the current high
food prices, Food Service is
only making about a one per-
cent profit.

"The cafeteria doesn't try
to make money off students,"
Schoonard said. In fact, she
said the main goal is simply to
break even.

Fortunately, other areas
have not been hit as hard.

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Southern presents film series

Alison Quiring

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Southern's modern lan-
guages department is present-
ing a film series this semester
focusing on children, trauma
and abandonment.

Dr. Carlos Parra, the chair
of the modern languages de-
partment, said the intention
of this film series is to provide
more education to students
about issues that are not fre-
quently discussed, and learn
how these issues are dealt with
in other countries.

"After we watch these films,
we discuss how the characters
deal with the expectations
of their country," Parra said.
"We talk about how the issues
are handled in the film and
how they are handled in our
own country."

Pierre Nzokizwanimana, a
professor in the modern lan-
guages department, wants stu-
dents to learn about injustices
that exist in other parts of the

"We want to educate stu-
dents about children who are
victims of their environment

and we also encourage stu-
dents to think of solutions to
the problems that are present-
ed in the films," Nzokizwani-
mana said.

The film series began on
Sept. 11 with "Water," a film
about an Indian girl who is
married and widowed at eight
years old. At the end of each
film there is a discussion peri-
od where students and faculty
can talk about the issues they
saw in the film.

Students attending the se-
ries appreciated the opportu-
nity to learn about issues in
other cultures.

"After watching these films,
I think more about my own life
and how fortunate I am," said
Daisy Wood, a junior broad-
cast journalism major. "Real-
izing how hard other people's
lives are makes our own prob-
lems seem so trivial."

The final two films will be
shown at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 and
Dec. 4 in Pierson-Miller Hall,
Room 201. Faculty from the
modern languages depart-
ment are still deciding which
films to show.

Southern Breeze gets funding from SA

Aaron Cheney

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New funding has allowed
the student-led podcast, the
Southern Breeze, to take steps
in becoming an official outlet
for the student voice.

"A whole world has been
opened up to us because we
have a little bit of money that
we can put into it," said Ben
Stitzer, a senior mass commu-
nication major and executive
producer of the Breeze.

The Student Association
Senate gave the Breeze $400
from the Accent budget last
year, allowing for the purchase
of several newaudio recorders.
This year, Senate approved
an independent budget of
$2,600, allowing for paid po-
sitions, public relations cam-
paigns, as well future equip-
ment upgrades, according to
the Breeze's Public Relations
Director, Angela McPherson,
a sophomore pastoral care and
mass communications major.
"I think people will be
more excited about join-
ing the Breeze in the future
if they know it's a paid posi-
tion," McPherson said. "Time

is money, especially students'

Doug Baasch, SA president,
included the Breeze in his
platform during his campaign
last year after learning about it
through SA Senate.

"I wanted to see them have

help in building awareness
and increasing involvement in
the project.

"Now we have the goal of
using that money to the best of
its ability. Still in these growth
years we don't see it fair to take
too much money out of it. We

Ben Stitzer and Angela MePherson

a much bigger operating bud-
get and be able to do some new
creative things," Baasch said.

The podcast was founded by
Southern alumni Brad Betack
and Rika Gemmell three years
ago. Current staff members
hope that the new funding will

want to put the most into the
Breeze that we can with what
we are given," Stitzer said.

The podcast has a team of
about seven people working
on stories and collecting au-
dio, and releases an episode
every two weeks.

Wellness Center focuses on student needs

Julie Weitzel

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With legal and space re-
strictions, Southern is mak-
ing students the focus of the
Hulsey Wellness Center, but
is also working to include the

"Our primary objective is
for educating and training of
students," said Marty Hamil-
ton, associate vice president of
financial administration. "Op-
portunities for the community
will grow as we go down the


The Student Voice Since 1926
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Community membership to
the Wellness Center is limited
to five percent of total mem-
bership, due to regulations
regarding the financing of the
Wellness Center. They limit
the Wellness Center to mini-
mal commercial use, Hamil-
ton said.

Initially, the Wellness Cen-
ter will be offering 50 commu-
nity memberships for about
$500 a year, said Don Ma-
this, facilities manager of the
School of Physical Education,
Health & Wellness.

Students agree that the
Wellness Center should have
their needs as a priority.

"Since it's being paid for by
university funds, it should be
used by university students
and faculty," said Annalisa
Molina, a sophomore business
management major, "But it's
nice that the community is be-
ing considered."

Over time, the staff will have
to evaluate the usage trends of
the Wellness Center to bet-
ter blend student, alumni and
community use.

Some community members
agree that the facility should
be primarily for students.

The last thing you want is
too many non-students getting
in the way," said Bruce Dona-
hoo, an Ooltewah resident who
is considering membership.

Even though there are lim-

ited community memberships
available, areas like the in-
door/outdoor walking track,
disk golf course and tennis
courts will be open to all, said
Leslie Evenson, Southern's
wellness institute director. Ad-
ditionally, the Wellness Center
will offer health seminars de-
signed for community mem-
bers. Overall, Wellness Center
staff involvement in the health
seminars is a great opportu-
nity for the community to con-
nect with Southern.

Phil Garver, the dean of the
School of Physical Education,
Health & Wellness said, "It's a
major opportunity to be a light
on the hill to our community."

Laure Chamberlain

In the Oct. 9 issue of the
Southern Accent, the ar-
ticle "Ancient coins come to
Southern" on page one in-
correctly stated the $20,000
went entirely to new furni-
ture and marketing. It should
have said that $20,000 do-
nated funds was spent on


graphics, replicas and props,
an internship, consulting
fees, food and materials for
the grand opening and much
more. Also, the turnout was
not less than expected. The
museum's expectation of 150
attendees was met with the
attendance of about 230 to

260 people.

In the Oct. 9 issue of the
Southern Accent, the article
"Cohutta triathlon celebrates
25th year" on page two
should have listed Tiffany
Sands as author.




Communicators meet in Denver


Sixteen Southern students
traveled to Denver from Oct.
q-12 for the annual Society
of Adventist Communicators
convention, with one winning
the Student of the Year award.

Southern students Monika
Bliss, a senior mass commu-
nications major, and Natalia
Lopez-Thismon, a senior pub-
lic relations major, both won
awards at the Saturday night
banquet. Lopez-Thismon won
the Student of the Year. This
is the second year in a row a
Southern student has won the

"I'm humbled by winning
the Student of the Year award,"
Lopez-Thismon said. "It's nice
to know that professors recog-
nize hard work."

This year's group was one
of the largest groups Southern
has taken to the convention.
The Southern Union spon-
sored more than a third of the
students' cost to attend.

"We are deeply grateful to
Elder Steve Norman, com-
munication director, and the

other Southern Union officers
for looking after our students'
professional development in
such a tangible way," said Greg
Rumsey, dean of the School of
Journalism & Communica-

Students also appreciated
the support.

"If it wasn't for the scholar-
ships I wouldn't have gone,"
said Aric Turlington, a junior

Natalia Lopez-Thismon

broadcast journalism and
computer systems administra-
tion major.

Communication majors had
mixed reviews on the conven-


"I enjoyed the workshops,
especially the session that
showed how to use video ef-
fectively and tell a good story,"
Turlington said.

'The tours to places like
MGA Communications, Den-
ver Newspaper Agency and
KCNC-TV Channel 4 were fas-
cinating," said Ben Stitzer, a
senior mass communication

Stitzer said he would have
liked more hands-on opportu-
nities to interact with the pro-
fessionals and had expected
more time set apart to show
what job or internship posi-
tions were open at the repre-
sented organizations.

Adrienne Vernon, a junior
public relations major, found
the networking helpful.

Vernon said, "There was
a graphic design booth there
and the man gave me some
pointers that I could apply to a
project that I was working on
for a class."

Thatcher Cafe opens to students

Katie Freeland


The Parisian-themed
Thatcher Cafe in the basement
of Thatcher Hall debuted on
Friday, Oct. 10. More than 150
residents enjoyed hot choco-
late and cookies in celebration
of the grand opening.
- Some bonus features of the
; cafe are the hours of opera-
tion and who can use it. It will
I be open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, and can be used
by mixed company between
Ithe hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
■with reservations. That means
.that men and women can so-
cialize together in the kitchen-

[ "It's cute-comfortable meets
European-exotic," said Amy
-Pitcher, a sophomore educa-
tion major. "You can have a
with your boyfriend, or
a baking session with your
friends. This is the kind of
place where great
can be made."

Renovations began mid-
summer of 2007, after the
new Thatcher exercise rooms
were completed. The area
that is now Thatcher Cafe was
originally used for storage af-
ter reconfiguring the workout

The cafe has a coffee-shop
feel, with small glass tables, el-
egant mood lighting and even
a painting of the Eiffel Tower.

"It'sa really cool opportu-
nity for mixed groups to use
the room," said Trisha Moor,
a junior nursing major, who
is also a resident assistant in

The opening of the Thatcher
Cafe was kept under wraps for
its renovation period. Resi-
dent assistants did not know
until their retreat at the begin-
ning of the year, Moor said. It
was also a surprise to many of
the residents that attended the
grand opening, like Kristine
Barker, a sophomore film pro-
duction major.

"I didn't know about it at all
until a few days ago when I saw
flyers about it," Barker said.

The Thatcher Cafe is a place
where students can come to-
gether and do homework,
make full meals or simply un-

"The cafe is very cozy and
quaint," said Kassy Krause,
dean of women. "It's relaxing
and a great place to hang out."



Thatcher Hall



Donation given for excavations

Emily Kay


This year Southern's Insti-
tute of Archeology was chosen
by the Adventist-Laymen Ser-
vices and Industries Interna-
tional (ASI) to receive a large
donation for an archeological
excavation in the Middle East.

According to the archeol-
ogy newsletter DigSight, the
Institute of Archeology was
allocated $75,000 earmarked
specifically toward sponsor-
ing excavations in the Middle

Negotiations will begin in
the near future between Dr.
Michael Hasel, director of the
Institute of Archeology, and
the Israel Antiquities Author-
ity on securing a biblical plot
of land for the excavation.

"There is a great deal of
complexity in such negotia-
tions, and we hope for a posi-
tive outcome," Hasel said.

If all goes well, the first
step of excavation should be-
gin with a survey of the site in
2009 and the first season of
excavation in 2010.

The artifacts that are col-
lected on the excavation site
must stay in Israel, but South-
ern will benefit from publica-
tions about the dig as well as
allow students to get hands on
experience in the field.

"It was a lot of work, but to-
tally worth it and I would defi-
nitely go again," said Jasmine
Saxon, a junior archeology
major, about the excavation
she was a part of in Hazor, Is-
rael a few years ago. "[I was]
literally uncovering history,
the work that I was doing was
going to go down in records."

Southern has one of the
largest undergraduate pro-
grams in biblical archeology
and is one of only two pro-
grams in the world that have a
program taught from a biblical

Dr. Greg King, dean of the
School of Religion said, "We
are excited about how the Lord
is blessing our archeology pro-
gram and we hope that it will
make a positive difference in
the advancement of the King-
dom of God."

Food drive for community

Carrie Francisco

Staff Wmtfp

As the holidays approach,
the Village Market, Colleg-
edale Academy and Southern's
psychology club are collecting
food to help those struggling
in the community.

The Village Market has do-
nated food to the Samaritan
Center's food bank for more
than five years. Brent Hender-
son, the new assistant manag-
er, is now in charge of this part
of the Village Market and is
making the food bank project
more productive and efficient.

"The people who are shop-
pers [at food banks] are not
homeless or degenerates,
these are the working poor,"
Henderson said. They make a
decision to keep the lights on
or eat."

About 90 percent of people
in Chattanooga are low-income
families, Henderson said.

The Village Market donates
food items that are close to
their expiration dates, which
they give to the Samaritan
Center, who distributes the

Collegedale Academy also
collects food by holding an an-
nual canned-food drive to help
people in Hamilton County.
For 24 years, students have
been going. to homes to drop
off paper bags on doorsteps
with a letter requesting food.
The students pick up the bags
a few days later and donate
the collected items to different
charities such as the Samari-
tan Center.

Last year 28,000 food items
were collected and distributed
to more than 600 families, ac-
cording to Collegedale Acad-
emy's Web site.

Southern's psychology club
has also been conducting then-
food drive for eight years.
This year's food drive started
the first week in October and
will end Nov. 9. The current
food drive is specifically for

Matthew Marlin, president
of the psychology club said,
"I think ifs definitely good
having the food drive; we are
making a difference."




Southern hires two new professors

Melissa K. Lechler

Staff Wbttcb _

The School of Education &
Psychology has two new profes-
sors this year. ColJeen Mitchell
has been hired to teach under-
graduate and graduate level
psychology classes that were
previously taught by Penny
Webster. Freddy Fuentes has
been hired to teach education
classes and to provide a math
basis that has been underde-
veloped in the department.

"God put both of them here
at the right moment," said De-
nise Dunzweiler, dean of the
School of Education & Psy-
chology. "We found quite a

as a counselor in Massachu-
setts. She saw the teaching
position announced in a Loma
Linda alumni e-mail and ap-
plied for it in June.

Fuentes teaches three class-
es and is the coordinator for
the National Council for Ac-
creditation of Teacher Educa-

Fuentes graduated from
Antillean Adventist University
in Puerto Rico and received
his master's in math educa-
tion and his doctorate in lead-
ership and math education
from the University of Hart-
ford. Fuentes has been teach-

■cddy Fm

gem in Colleen. Freddy has
more energy than any 10 peo-
ple I know put together."

Students commented on
Mitchell's approach to teach-
ing counseling in the class-
room, a new task for the for-
mer psychotherapist.

"She cares about what she
does," said Rachel Sissac, a se-
nior psychology major. "She
tries to make sure you under-
stand the concept, even if she
has to go over it six times."

Mitchell graduated from
Oakwood University and re-
ceived her master's and doctor-
ate from Loma Linda Univer-
sity. She is currently studying
for her Tennessee state license
in clinical psychology. Before
coming here, Mitchell worked

ing for 27 years in both public
and private schools in Texas,
Minnesota and Connecticut.
This is his first time teaching
at a college level. He is cur-
rently working on his disserta-
tion, which will be completed
in May.

Fuentes began looking for
jobs in Hamilton County when
his three children applied to
Southern. His wife saw the
position posted on the North
American Division education

"They hired me to fill a void
in math," Fuentes said. "They
didn't expect to find anyone
with math education and ad-
ministration, but I happened
to have those two."


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on. Then they know how to act
appropriately around me."

Some of her students were
surprised that she was teach-
ing so soon after the murders.

"She was back in class, but
she seemed sad. She wasn't her
usual self," said Jolene Shafer,
a freshman general studies
major who is taking Composi-

English department raises required ACT score

put Southern more in line with 101. If the standard had gone

the requirements of most oth- into effect this year, 21 shl .

er colleges and universities. dents, or seven percent, would

Incoming students who do have been required to take ba-

not meet the requirement will sic writing,

have to take a basic writing Some incoming freshmen

class to better develop their don't see the need for the

writing skills before they can change,

take Composition 101. "I don't think it's fair," said

Students will reoeive college Michelle Dannenberger, a se-

credit for the course, but at the nior at Mount Pisgah Acad-

end of the semester, they will emy. "[If I had to take an extra

have to re-take the ACT and class] it would be a waste of

pass the English section with my time."

an 18 to enter Composition Others see the new standard

lOl the next semester. as a positive improvement.

"Writing is very important "I think it's a good thing

no matter what your major, to raise the standards," said

and we want students to be Melanie Befhancourt, another |

caught up," Tary said. "Most senior at Mount Pisgah Acad-

of our students are capable of emy. "It really makes me want |

Melissa Couser

SlAfl .Whiter

Next fall the English de-
partment will require a score
of 18 or higher on the English
portion of the ACT in order to
get into Composition 101.

"Students who come in with
an ACT score of 17 or lower
tend to struggle in Composi-
tion 101, so the decision was
made to raise the required
score," said Bob Young, senior
vice president of academic ad-

According to the ACT web
site, scores of the English sec-
tion of the test range from one
to 36.

Dr. Keely Tary, Southern's
college composition program
coordinator, says that 18 is a
standard prerequisite and will

doing it."

There are currently 316 stu-
dents enrolled in Composition

to work harder to exceed ex

Wind Symphony plays opening concert

Angela McPherson

Staff Wbiifr

Southern's Wind Symphony
played their opening concert
Sunday night, performing mu-
sic by Verdi, Ticheli and Dello
Joio, among others.

Director Ken Parsons, who
has been an associate pro-
fessor of music at Southern
since 2000, said that finding a
theme was a matter of picking
one or two songs and letting
the rest fall into place. After
composer Dello Joio died in
July, the commemorative tone
was struck.

"Sometimes that is true of
novels, movies; you get the
title afterward," Parsons said.

Stephen Majors, a sopho-
more film production major,
found a cinematic connection
with the music, although he

was initially only drawn in by
convocation credit.

"I'll just listen and start see-

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