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ing images in my head from a
movie— they're always really
epic," Majors said.

Harold Mayer, an associ-
ate professor in the School of
Physical Education, Health &
Wellness agreed. Mayer per-
formed the trumpet with the
Wind Symphony— an instru-
ment he has played for 45
years.

"Music is real creativity,"
Mayer said. "It makes you use
different parts of your brain.
It's a great outlet for your reg-
ular routine."

Creativity, especially the
kind obtained through music,
is something too easily lost
with a standard academic ex-
perience, Parsons said.

"As children, we are en-



couraged to be creative. As we I
get into school, creativity g
stifled," Parsons said. "We are |
taught to produce the right a

Parsons said that he is re-
warded when symphony mem-
bers unite together to form a
symphonic whole.

There were moments, Par-
sons said, in Sunday's per-l
formance that differed from|
anything the symphony k
practiced before, as far as e
pression.

Such creativity is a risk, hel
said, because if someone is noil
paying attention, they can gel|
lost. But he said if everyone is
together, the risk is worth it.

"If we're all tuned in and
respond to one another, thats
when the magic really kicb|



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"There is no question in my
mind that she is capable of
teaching [now]," Haluska said.
"I have every confidence that
the power of Christ in her life
will sustain her in carrying her
teaching load."

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Times; Doug Pyke, who con-
fessed to the murders, is in the
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NEWS



THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 5



Roundabout

Continued from Pg. l

the city.

Hamilton assured the com-
missioners that Southern
would be responsible for any
vandalism or problems with
the roundabout and will also
maintain it, Hanson said.

A couple months ago,
Southern brought back a new
design to the commission. The
new design replaced the statue



with a fountain.

The fountain idea immedi-
ately triggered questions from
the commissioners and local
residents about the height of
the fountain, and drivers' abil-
ity to see beyond it. A local res-
ident said that drivers should
be able to see over to the other
side of the roundabout and
that the fountain would limit
visibility.

Trafficengineersarealmost
as bad as economists when it
comes to disagreeing with one



another," Hanson said. "Some
say there should be nothing
but grass and shrubs in the
center of a roundabout. Others
say low walls and a fountain
would have no adverse safety
impact. I tend to lean toward
the latter."

While the concept of the
roundabout and its size are
approved, the specifics on the
center design have yet to be
voted on.



Mandarin course to be offered



Shots

Continued from Pg. l

chosen as a location to give
shots because it is a building
many students study in, eat in
or just walk through, Reverson
said.

She added, "The dorm lob-
bies were chosen so people
don't even have to step outside
[to go get their shot]."

Another thing that makes
the shot convenient is that the
$21 fee is added directly to



students' school bills instead
of having to pay cash, Rever-
son said. She added, this is the
same price as getting the shot
at any public health depart-
ment.

To encourage students to
participate, candy is given af-
ter the shot, and every person
who gets a shot is put into a
drawing for prizes, such as gift
certificates to various restau-
rants, Reverson said.

Some nursing students are
helping Health Services by
administering flu shots to stu-



dents as a class project, said
Charity Matandiko, a senior
nursing major.

Manna Zachrison, a sopho-
more nursing major, didn't
mind getting the shot.

"It didn't hurt actually,"
she said. "I don't like being
sick and I like to take precau-
tions."

Matandiko thinks flu shots
are very important. She said,
"[Flu shots] help keep our
campus healthy."



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Adventist Colleges Abroad
(ACA) is making plans to
launch a new summer lan-
guage program for Mandarin
Chinese.

The current proposal is for
an eight-week program that
will allow students to get sev-
en or eight credits in language
and culture.

Dr. Carlos Parra, chair of
the modern languages depart-
ment, said two different loca-
tions have been considered,
Samyook University in South
Korea and an Adventist school
in Taiwan. Because of current
laws in China, ACA cannot
promote a Christian program
in mainland China.

However, the fact that Man-
darin Chinese is a second lan-
guage in Korea would hinder
the students.

"Students would be in a
bubble, just like they would
be in the United States," Parra
said.

Taiwan is a more ideal
choice because Mandarin Chi-
nese is spoken as a main lan-
guage there. Students would
have the opportunity to visit
mainland China during the
program through trips with



the school. Holding the pro-
gram in Taiwan would allow
students to be close to the
mainland, while still being in
an Adventist environment.

"Being able to go to Taiwan
and then to mainland China to
visit is a tremendous advan-
tage," Parra said.

Parra said that students
have shown a lot of interest in
having a program for Manda-
rin Chinese.

Brent Ford, a Southern
graduate student said he is
very excited about the pro-
gram.

"I think any [program] to
broaden peoples' horizon is
good."

This spring, the ACA board
met at Southern and made the
decision to go ahead with the
program. Since then, compli-
cations have arisen and de-
cisions have yet to be made
about exact location and spe-
cifics of the program. Accord-
ing to Odette Ferreira, director
of the ACA program, the board
will meet again in March 2009
to make the final decisions.

More information and pro-
motional flyers for the pro-
gram will be around campus
at the beginning of next se-
mester.



Crisis

Continued from Pg. 1

Transportation services has
not suffered from the oil crisis
yet.

Barry Becker, director of
transportation services, said
keeping gas on campus makes
the university less vulnerable
to the crisis. Transportation
services buys gas at cheaper
rates than consumers and gets
4,500 gallons of gas delivered
at a time.

In spite of the global con-
cern over the oil crisis, Doug
Frood, associate vice president
for budgeting and finance, said
the cost increase doesn't have
a huge impact on a yearly bud-
get of S50 million. The uni-
versity usually pays $80,000
a year for gas, which now has
risen about $10,000.

But Frood has a greater
concern.

"Electricity is really what's
impacting us," he said. Elec-



tricity prices have recently
gone up by 15 percent. This
represents an increase of about
$200,000 this year.

The price of electricity puts
pressure on tuition, but fi-
nance officials said they are
trying to lessen the impact this
will have on students. Tuition
this year has increased by less
than five percent, compared to
5.5 percent last year and 5.3
percent the year before.

"We're doing our best to
hold down tuition increase,"
Frood said, "but sometimes
these things don't let you do
that."

However, students can also
help prevent tuition increases
by using less power. He sug-
gested limiting the usage of
air conditioning and turning
lights off when they are not
necessary.

Frood said, "A dollar saved
by the students lowers our cost
and takes some pressure off
tuition increases."



6 THE SOUTHERN ACCENT



religion



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008

Chris Clouzet

Religion Editor

[email protected]



The Bible wasn't written for you and me



Shaunda Helm

Contributor



It's been almost two months
now since my arrival at Gim-
bie Adventist Hospital in
Ethiopia. I am growing fond
of sour injera and zesty chick-
pea sauce and am gradually
learning my first non-West-
ern language. Although 1 sail
haven't come to appreciate the
atonal calls to prayer that echo
across the hills before dawn, I
am learning a great deal about
spirituality from the Ethiopi-
ans, as well. Perhaps the most
startling conclusion I have
reached during my time here
is that the Bible was not writ-
ten for people like me.

This realization struck me
one day while I was listening
to a devotional talk by our
chaplain, Petra Howe. She be-
gan with the question, "How
many of you have ever built a
house?" Nearly all the fifty-or-
so adults raised their hands!
She proceeded to tell Jesus'
parable of the wise man who
built his house on the rock
and the foolish man who built
his house on the sand. I have
always taken the structural in-
tegrity of my house for grant-
ed, so this parable had always
seemed somewhat abstract.
To the Ethiopian audience,
however, it made an immedi-
ate impression. They had seen
homes swept away by



My literacy was no match for
their life experience.

I began to notice that many
of the Bible's other parables
and metaphors cany a more
immediate significance when
viewed through Ethiopian
eyes. When David refers to
God as his "rock of refuge"
(Psalm 71:3, NIV), for exam-
ple, Westerners understand
what he is driving at, but the
concept is fairly intangible.
Most of us have never actu-
ally run to a rock to escape a
hailstorm or a mudslide. For
the Ethiopian shepherds and
farmers who work far from any
man-made shelter, the words
of David resonate deeply and
evoke specific memories.

The Ethiopians sometimes
bring an entirely new perspec-
tive on familiar stories. A hos-
pital worker recently retold
the story of David's anoint-
ing in a way that highlighted
the radical cultural demands
made by even the Old Testa-
ment. His point was that we
should not look down on ag-
ricultural workers. Of course,
I thought at first. Why would
we look down on agricultural
workers? I had always ideal-
ized the pastoral lifestyle, and
my American upbringing had
conditioned me to expect me-
teoric rises like that of David.
But in traditional societies like
ancient Israel and present-day
Ethiopia, shepherds do not



become kings. God's declara-
tion that He looks at the heart
rather than the outward ap-
pearance seriously challenged
the paradigm of the Israelites
just as the worship talk chal-
lenged the Ethiopians. The
Bible is more socially progres-
sive than I had thought.

Perhaps most significantly,
being in a traditional society
makes the Bible's injunctions
about caring for the poor
sharper and less ambiguous.
In the United States, it is easy
to discount James' instruc-
tion to "look after orphans
and widows in their distress"
(James 1:27, NTV) by appeal-
ing to government social ser-
vices. In Ethiopia, beggars
leave me speechless. I cannot
scoff at them like I often do
at those holding "Will work
for food" signs in the United
States. Most Ethiopian beg-
gars have obvious physical
handicaps or small children on
their hips. There are no social
services to refer them to, and,
unfortunately, the church is
not well organized to support
them either. I am learning to
take more seriously the Bible's
calk for justice and generos-
ity.

So maybe my title and thesis
are a bit sensational. I am not
suggesting that we lay aside
the Bible. Rather, I am urging
us to bear in mind that West-
ern civilization is a historical




Missionary Shaunda Helm in Gimbie, Africa, riding on a mule to
a remote clinic for an inspection visit



oddity, and I am suggesting
that traditional societies are a
link to the Bible's authors and
original audiences. Living in
Gimbie has not significantly
altered my theology, but I be-
lieve the Bible is meant to af-
fect us on an emotional level as
well as on an intellectual level.
Jesus' parables were supposed
to evoke memories of comfort,



fear and even humorous expe-
riences. We do not react as the
original audiences did because
our lives are vastly different.
Becoming intimate with a tra-
ditional society has taught me
to interact with the Bible on a
more personal level. It is the
best way I have found to make
the Bible come to life.



The case of God and the lesson of the Rubik's cube



"Lesson 1: This.. .this is...a
Rubik's cube. It has.. .six...
sides.. .Lesson 2 will com-
mence in 15 minutes."

I have never solved a Ru-
bik's cube. On my Sunday ride
back from midterm break, my
friend who happened to be
driving decided to give me a
tutorial.

"Lesson 2: This is a Rubik's
cube. It has six siaes. Each side



has its own color." He named
the colors and announced
when we could expect Lesson
3 before dropping the cube in
order to shift into forth. Even
after those few hours driving
back from the Smoky Moun-
tains, the Rubik's cube is still
mostly a mystery to me.

We tend to do one of two
things with mysteries. We ig-
nore them or we wrestle with
them. So far I have successfully
ignored the enigma of the Ru-
bik's cube, but some mysteries



cannot be so easily dismissed.
In the small group I attend,
mystery has been our business
for the past few weeks as we've
studied and discussed the doc-
trine of the Trinity and God's
attributes of omnipresence,
omniscience and omnipo-
tence. A worthy endeavour,
right? Well, these endeavours
have led us into collective
head-scratching and shoulder-
shrugging. While "What Sev-
enth-day Adventists Believe"
reads well, it also reminds us



that our minds and experi-
ences are so finite. God is an
amazing mystery. Take the
burning bush, the book of Job
and Isaiah 40, for example.

I'm discovering that often
mystery is more important
than knowledge since knowl-
edge often reveals deeper
mystery as with dark matter,
string theory and "Imagining
the Tenth Dimension."

"Be still and know that I am
God" does not mean dissect
and reduce me until I make



sense; it means stand in awe of
the mystery— a mystery to fall
in love with and to pursue re-
lentlessly. God is not the kind
of mystery to ignore or toss
aside when it's time to change
gears.

One thing is certain; our
mysterious God is worthy of
our trust. We can question like
Job, but we will not get easy
lessons or formulaic solutions
like "Lesson 3: This isa Rubik's
cube..." Then again, didn't God
basically say, "I AM"?



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008



opinion



THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 7

Sarah Hayhoe

Opinion Editor

[email protected]



A case for raising admission standards at SAU



IMatthew Hermann



I When my economics pro-
fessor stated that SAU enroll-
ment is approaching 2,800
Students, I couldn't help but
feonder: Where is Southern
[heading? Are we going to con-
tinue to grow at an increasing
Date, or is it time to set some
^standards?

I Let's face it— Southern is
Snisting at the seams. I mean,
Ryho wouldn't want to come to
/Southern? Students are com-
ing in from all over the country,
and the world, to get a taste of
.mir denomination's finest un-
dergraduate institution. At a
relatively low cost, our univer-
sity offers academics taught by
qualified teachers, an amazing
religious experience facilitated
by Campus Ministries and fun
activities hosted by the Stu-
dent Association. This is quite
a bargain. Thaf s my point.

However, I believe it is time
that we develop some sort of
rationing mechanism to better
serve all students who attend.
While the student population
has grown, some departments
like student finance and food
services have remained con-
stant in size to meet the needs



of a 1,500 student body. Many
are feeling the strain. Since its
inception Southern has had a
mission-mindedness that has
allowed most types of people,
regardless of academic history,
to attend our institution. Con-
tinuing to allow enrollment to
grow at a rate faster than the
infrastructure can handle will
compromise the qualities that
I believe make this university
so unique.

What sort of rationing
mechanism am I advocating?
In short, I believe Southern
should adopt an admissions
deadline. Allowing ourselves
to have minimal qualifications
to attend this university would
allow us to handle increases
in enrollment at a steady pace
while not diluting the South-
ern experience for students.
First, I think this would trans-
form Southern to becoming
an institution that retains
freshmen. Second, application
deadlines would give students
a sense of pride and act as a re-
minder that it is a privilege to
come here. Third, it would also
give the world some indication
of what they should expect of
Southern graduates. Lastly,
a rationing device would give
administration greater pre-
dictability of increasing, or de-



creasing, enrollment.

The Freshman Experience
program has allowed more
cohesion between students
and faculty and has allowed a
means to improve freshmen
retention. I believe in this
program. However, it is not
enough. Having an admissions
committee to predict, based on
high school or academy his-
tory, the likelihood that a pro-
spective student will survive at
Southern would give a greater
measure of predictability than
what we have now. Instead of
meeting students and having
them adapt to college life, we
should expect them to come to
Southern with the skills to suc-
ceed. We should matriculate
students who can meet South-
ern's academic rigor instead of
diluting our own values. This
is college.

Whenever a student writes
a long paper, she has a sense
of pride that it is done and she
did it well, especially when she
gets a good grade. The same is
true for other areas of life. We
value what we work for. South-
ern should be no different.
Truly, I believe new students
coming into Southern with a
sense of pride that they earned
the privilege to study here
will change the campus ethos,



much different than students
who have felt that their par-
ents have shoved them down
the Adventist education sys-
tem their entire lives. Indeed,
having an admissions com-
mittee could not only raise the
caliber of students that come
here, but also raise the caliber
of students who want to come
here.

Let's examine the most se-
lective department on cam-
pus, the School of Nursing.
Having admissions deadlines
and prerequisites, the School
of Nursing carries a certain
reputation that the greater
Chattanooga community

knows about. Many hospi-
tals, when they experience
the same level of excellence in
medical literacy and knowl-
edge from nursing graduates,
get the picture. They know
what to expect. The reputation
builds and it makes it easier to
hire Southern grads, which in
the end benefits the students.
Why not apply this to the en-
tire campus? Why not let the
world know what to expect? If
our university mission state-
ment is to prepare students for
the world, then I do not know
what we have to lose.

While I have said that
Southern offers a unique ex-



perience, we cannot credit our
enrollment to just that. Chris-
tian college enrollment has in-
creased steadily over the past
few decades, Adventist or non-
Adventist. If we as a university
credit growth to our institu-
tion alone, we are deceiving
ourselves. As our past history
has shown, we cannot simply
believe that Southern will stay
Southern and enrollment will
never sharply drop off. Having
an admissions deadline would
give financial predictability for
the next school year that we
simply do not have at present.
Though not as important to
students as the other points, I
think having some sort of pat-
tern in enrollment could give
structure, not to mention al-
leviate stress in certain sectors
of our institution.

I believe Adventists should
be known for our phenomenal
education system. Southern's
experience is unique, and I
believe that it is a cut above
the rest. Southern's continued
growth could change its small-
college environment. If we re-
fuse to preserve this ethos due
to increasing demand by pro-
spective students, we might
still have this campus, but lose
the SAU experience.



The deer story: Trying to make Aesop proud



Chris Clouzet

Religion Editor



Ranger. At desk in bunk-
house. 6:00 p.m.

Dearest Diary Dan,

Today, two idiot college-
age kids were disturbing the
habitat. I busted 'em good.
Gave 'em 30 seconds to ex-
plain themselves and then I lit
their egos on fire 'til they were
a multitudinous sampling of
tiny ash at my feet. Yeah, let's
just say they learned their les-
son and won't be sneakin' up
on no unawares deer and dis-
turbin' their sparring ritual.
Lucky I caught 'em in time,



too. Otherwise the ridiculous
Cades Cove crowds woulda
been jumpin' outta their cars
to copy cat them two idiot fell-
ers all day long. And there's
only so many of me to control
that kinda chaos.

Deer. Grazing in the cove.
3:00 p.m. (earlier that same
day).

"Mighty fine day, don't you
think Reginald?"

"Yes, sir. Mighty fine day.
Grass is green on our side of
the fence today. Look at all
the camera-toting tourists ad-
miring our majestic presence;
I'd say if s close to a record,



today. Even those two awk-
ward skinny young men want
a closer look."

Tell me about it. Maybe we
should spar for them a bit. Let
them gape a little.

"Good idea, Wallace. You
don't suppose they'd give us a
little chase, do you?"

"If s hard to say. Not many
look fleet-of-foot these days.
One moment, what is that
ranger telling them?"

"Well, I say, Wallace! It ap-
pears he may be prohibiting
them from a fine chase; and
with quite a rousing speech, I
might add.

"A pity, Reginald, a pity."



"Indeed. I do believe the
ranger has once again dis-



turbed c
deed."



r wildlife. A pity i



Boys. Back at the campfire.
8:00 p.m.

We were innocently rac-
ing along the Cades Cove loop
when we spotted a couple of
deer in a wonderfully large
field. Stealthily approaching,
we had our shirts off to aid in
camouflage and also because,
quite frankly, we were hot
(from running, ok!?!)- Our
goal? Get one last sprint off
before finishing our afternoon
romp by getting as close to



the deer as we could and then
bolting! Ranger Tact dutifully
halted our progress because
we were not supposed to feed,
touch or disturb the wildlife.
Obviously we weren't going
to feed the deer, he said, and
obviously we were disturbing
them. But he left the touching
part wide open with an "I'm
not sure if you were going to
touch them or not." Cool! The
Ranger thinks we could actu-
ally catch up to a deer!

Moral. Timeless.

With God, all things are



8 THE SOUTHERN ACCENT



lifestyles



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008

Rachel Hopkins

Lifestyles Editor

[email protected]



Album Review: "Roots Run Deep" by Jadon Lavick



Andrea Keele

CoNUUBlflOR



"Music is what feelings
sound like," says an unknown
author somewhere out there.
And it's the truth. Though
we might disagree on many
points and preferences of mu-
sical styles, we can all agree
that music is deeply emo-
tional, and profoundly power-
ful. It is music that breathes
meaning into lyrics. Christian
artist Jadon Lavick captures
this development in his lat-
est album, "Roots Run Deep."
Discovering the deep roots
of a legacy of faith in favorite
hymns, Lavick skillfully cre-
ates a musical setting that
doesn't just accurately accom-
modate the tried-and-true;
rather, it brings to life implicit
emotion and meaning. From
the light-hearted "Come Thou
Fount" and "Wondrous Love,"
to the reflective "Turn Your
Eyes" and "I Need Thee," the
mostly guitar-led lyrics are al-
most surprising in their new
contexts.



Last May, I was returning
from a memorial service of a
college freshman. Looking out
the plane window at cloud-
scapes, the tragic essence of
that experience continued
replaying in my mind. I was
listening to "Roots Run Deep,"
and stumbled upon the last
few lines of "What a Friend."
I'd sung the words before,
but had somehow missed the
incredible strength and com-
fort found in them: "In His
arms He'll take and shield
thee, Thou wilt find a solace
there."

Indeed, Jadon Lavick
blendsthebestofbothworlds:
a rich legacy of hymns and a
fresh, acoustic sound. "Roots
Run Deep" could easily unite
diverse musical tastes while
also uniting tradition and
artistry.

'Editors Note: Jadon Lavick will



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