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p.m. to 5 p.m. Booths set up by
former student missionaries
will be on display in the stu-
dent center with photos and
cultural items from the loca-
tions the students served in.

For the students who may be
considering going as a student
missionary, all that is needed
to serve is a relationship with
Christ, flexibility and a will-
ingness to serve, Moore said.

For Dubs, serving as a stu-
dent missionary changed his

"Allowing God to use you in
such a committed way is one of
the most amazing experiences
you can have."

Professor returns from Iraq

Katie Freeland to campus this semester after

Staff Whittr serving eight months in Iraq as

Capt. Chris Atkins, a social ^ A™* clinical social worker '

work professor, has returned where he counseled soldiers



The Student Voice Since 1926

Vol. 64, Issue 7

Thursday, October 30. 2008

Monika Bliss














Laure Chamberlain

Student workers let go due to family relation]

Aaron Cheney

Southern is enforcing a rule
keeping students and their
parents from working in the
same department, causingfour
departments on campus to re-
lease current student workers
and adjust what students they
hire in the future.

The School of Journalism
& Communication, the School
of Physical Education, Health
& Wellness, the chemistry de-
partment and the service de-
partment all had to let a stu-
dent worker go this semester.

The policy is not new,
however, said Pat Coverdale,
Southern's human resources
director. It was instated sev-
eral years ago, but had not
been enforced consistently.
In July 2007, the administra-
tive council took a vote to en-
force the policy on future hires
and to allow current workers
to continue until September
2008. Some departments in-
terpreted the exemption to
mean students who were al-
ready employed at the time of

the vote could continue work-
ing until they graduated, how-
ever this is not the case.

The policy is designed to
stop favoritism toward rela-
tives in the hiring process.
Coverdale said departments
can still appeal the rule and
they will be considered on a
case-by-case basis.

The School of Journalism &
Communication lost their ap-
peal and was forced to let go of
Courtney Herod, a senior pho-
tography major who was serv-
ing as Mac lab coordinator and
teacher's assistant for several
courses and had worked for
the department since he was a
freshman, said Greg Rumsey,
dean of the School of Journal-
ism & Communication. Court-
ney Herod's mother, Janita
Herod, works as the school's
office manager.

Rumsey said while he feels
the policy is there for a reason,
he would like to see some more
accommodations made.

"We have a long tradition
of drawing on our student
majors to work in our depart-

ments," Rumsey said. "I \,
like to see our administrij]
personnel revisit this
and consider the pot
benefits for students who J
majoring in a department!
be able to work as part o(|
team in that area, and pery
consider an exemption claj
for that category."

The school had to fill J
only 10 hours or more of J
assistant time, but also f
teaching assistant position!

The chemistry depai
is still working to appeal I
decision in hopes the s
worker can continue worli

"At this point, we \vJ
have a lab without a teaca]
assistant," said Dr. RhJ
Scott, chair of the chem

Phil Garver, dean of I
School of Physical Educal
Health & Wellness, thof
the rule would not apply!
their current worker i

He said they had to let}]
a worker "everybody her<|
joyed working with."

and civilians.

"My task really was to bring
hope to the hopeless," Atkins
said. "Where does hope come
from? The cross."

Atkins brought a Christian
perspective to the counsel-
ing of soldiers with combat
stress, depression and other
problems. The biggest preven-
tion for combat stress is being
grounded in Christ, said At-
kins, who was a part of a team
of social workers, medics and

Atkins joined the military in
2002 after he graduated with
his master's in social work. An
army friend approached him
and told him there was a need
for clinical social workers.

Atkins teaches three classes
in the Social Work and Family
Studies Department— death
and dying, child welfare and
social welfare issues and poli-
cies. Students said Atkins' ex-
periences in the war zone help
him in the classroom.

"He's the same Mr. Atkins

that left, but you can feel his
experiences through the les-
sor plans in a positive way,"
sai Lunelle Bertresse, a se-
nio social work major who
is ' ng social welfare issues
id policies. "He came back
with ; uch an appreciation and
excitement for life."

Atkins found out he was
being deployed to Iraq in the
summer of 2007 on a family
trip to Michigan. He was given
two months, and then told to
pack his bags and head to Fort

Benning, Ga., for two wet

Students had mixed J
tions when they learned!
professor was going to b
ployed to Iraq.

"I had a feeling of con
for him, but he talked sol
about his passion thatl]
he was going to be a (
ness," said Candi Weaver!
nior social work major «
currently taking child »
from Atkins, and ha
classes from him be
deployment. Atkins
his students the sunn?
fore he left to let theni
that he would be in In!
he kept in touch wijl
while he was there as »f

Upon returning to *l
and Southern, Atkins",
quite a few differences-

darkness," Atkins s
I came back to happy v ?
felt like I was a can*!

T m IRSPAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008



Former CIA consultant to speak at library


I Dr. Gary Hess, a nationally
recognized authority on U.S.
foreign relations and author
Igf seven books, will be speak-
-fcg at McKee Library Tues-
day, Nov. n at noon and 3:30
.Urn. He will also be donating
ground 320 books from his
Hersonal collection to the li-

ii Joe Mocnik, Southern's
fijfirector of libraries, was one
3jjf Hess' students at Bowling
Green State University. He
Hescribed his former profes-

sor and dissertation advisor
as soft-spoken, but a tough
teacher. Mocnik hopes this
donation and lecture will "en-
ergize the community."

"The library has not re-
ceived a significant donation
[of books] for awhile," Mocnik
said. "He could have given
them to anybody else, but he
chose this little institution in

Hess will speak twice. First
he will speak at a Dean's Lun-
cheon. The second, "Explain-
ing Failure: The Debate Over
The Vietnam War," will be

held in the library and is open
to students and the commu-

One hundred fifty of the 320
books Hess is donating are
from a government-published
series, "Foreign Relations of
the United States," which is a
publication of historical docu-
ments pertaining to U.S. for-
eign policy.

Hess was a consultant for
the CIA in 2002 and is the for-
mer chair of the U.S. State De-
partment's Advisory Commit-
tee on Historical Diplomatic

Hess is currently a profes-
sor and the former chair of the
history department at Bowl-

ing Green State University in

"I try to engage students
as much as I can," Hess said
of his lecture style. "I try to
address questions that are of
importance to us today."

Ben McArthur, chair of
Southern's his-tory de-
partment, is encouraging his
American government class to
attend the lecture by offering
extra credit.

"He's clearly a scholar of
note," McArthur said. "Events
like this don't happen often
enough on this campus."

lew churches provide options for worship



[Several new churches in
le Chattanooga area are giv-
ing students and community
' members more options for
places to worship.

"The Adventist presence in
downtown Chattanooga is not
nearly as strong as it is in East
lilton County," said Mike
iright, associate pastor at
the Collegedale Seventh-day
Adventist Church.
Fulbright is now concen-
#ing his energy on a new
lurch in the south section
Chattanooga. What moti-
fes him is "the desire to see
lurch grow and flourish in
(on-institutional Adventist
He said this project is about
"creating a church that's build-
ing friendships with people
who weren't part of the King-
and defining ways to tan-
)ly contribute and give back
"ie community."
ieveral families from the
'onald Road Seventh-day
intist Church also desired
serve God more actively
ld planted a church in East
;e. The group took over a
ject started in this location
3y the Chattanooga First Sev-
1(1 enth-day Advent.'- Church.
For Jr.- An,V.;s. leader of
lurch plant in Ea ai xudge,
pal is to continue the

Want to get


In East Ridge, contact

the McDonald Road Church at 423-396-3462
In South Chattanooga, contact

the Collegedale Church at 432-396-2134
In North River, call 423-2384629

work that Chattanooga First

"Working together is what
we want to do," he said. "It's
the Lord's work, not the
work of the McDonald Road

Anders said having a church
in East Ridge meets a real
need. He said people do not
want to drive too far to wor-
s h i p ,and one of his Bible
study contacts has already
asked if there is an Adventist
church in East Ridge.

Even though it is too early
to predict the impact of these
projects, past experiences
show that church plants can
be very successful.

In March 2005, Southern
students Partnered with the
C K-^voh Sevensn-L-a; «v
ventist Church to start a new
church in the north section

Graphic by Katie Dexter

of Chattanooga called North
River. After many evangelistic
efforts, the small congregation
became an official church of
the Georgia Cumberland Con-
ference in March 2008. The
North River Church has more
than 80 members.

Jon Tillay, a senior theology
major and leader at North Riv-
er, said the church is still ac-
tive in evangelism and has ex-
perienced growth, either from
people who had no previous
connection with the church or
people who had left it.

Students who may feel over-
whelmed by the big churches of
the Collegedale area could give
these smaller church plants a
chance to find opportunities to
get invol v(if1

Archaeology library opening

Alison Quiring

Staff Wbitfb

Southern's Institute of Ar-
chaeology will officially open
its library on Nov. 5.

The opening of the William
G. Dever Research Library will
be by invitation only and will
be attended by William G. De-
ver, an archaeologist who spe-
cializes in the history of Israel
and-the Near East in biblical

Faculty in the School of Re-
ligion are excited that the li-
brary will be open to Southern
students and faculty, as well as
other archaeologists from the
surrounding area.

"The Dever Library serves
as a nice complement to the
other facilities and resources
in the archaeology department
and the religion department,"

said Dr. Greg King, dean of circu i atio n library, but stu-
the School of Religion. "It will dents are able t0 come j n and

ies. A third of these books are
from William G. Dever's per-
sonal library, which was ac-
quired by Southern in March.
The other volumes come from
the Ken Weeks and the Mat-
thews libraries.

According to Southern's
School of Religion Web site,
one of the goals of the archae-
ology department is, "to pro-
vide instruction in the meth-
odology and interpretation of
archaeological data as it re-
lates to the people, places and
events of the Bible."

King agreed.

"We see archaeology as a
tool to understand the past
and Scripture," King said.
"When we understand archae-
ology better, we understand
the Scriptures better."

The Dever Library is a non-

continue to enhance and en-
rich our program."

Justo Morales, the coordi-
nator of the Lynn H. Wood Ar-
chaeological Museum, agreed.

"If we didn't have this site,
we would have to go to other
libraries to do research for
archaeological digs," Morales
said. "This is an invaluable re-
source for us to have here at

The Dever Library contains
more than 2,500 volumes,

..^li.uui b ■'jcha'"o!ogi
journals, which come from an d better climate control
three separate personal librar-

use the resources. Morales
said he is working with the
McKee Library to integrate
the books in the Dever Library
with McKee's online database
so archaeology research can
also be done online.

The Dever Library is lo-
cated in Hackman Hall, adja-
cent to the Lynn H. Wood Ar-
chaeological Museum and the
archaeological laboratory. It
was moved from the opposite
side of the building during the
summer iur securft 1 ' reasons





Continued from Pg. l

welcome speech from up top
of the building.

Doug Baasch, SA president,
Jaela Carter, Phil Garver, dean
of the School of P.E, Health &
Wellness, W.T. McGhinnis,
Committee of 100 president
and Bill Hulsey, Board of
Trustees emeritus also spoke.

The event was casual and
involved the student body with
the One Praise Gospel Choir
singing "Let Everything That
Hath Breath."

The wellness center will of-
ficially open on Nov. 4 for stu-
dent use. Some things like the
hydrotherapy pool, sauna, and
hot tub, won't be ready until
January, Bietz said.

"I really liked the class-
rooms and the cool state of the
art equipment," said Geraldine

J Correct!

\ Correction to Food Drive for manager that has the merchan-

Community from October 23. dise that is to be donated and

Brent Henderson is the new Gary Shockley are in charge of

office manager of the Village the donation items to the Sa-

Market, not the new assistant maritan Center or any other

manager. The department community organizations.

Dry, a junior clinical labora-
tory science major.

The center consists of three
levels, including the lobby with
a rock-climbing wall as well as
offices, classrooms and an en-
tire floor dedicated to workout
equipment. At the end of the
tour there were lots of green
T-shirts distributed to com-
memorate the event.

"I was happy to see the turn-
out of students," said Christo-
pher Carey, vice president for
advancement and also the co-
ordinator for the event. About
600 people were in attendance
to the event.

A second opening will take
place in January for the com-
munity. "When the center is
100 percent complete we want
another event to showcase ev-
erything," said Ruthie Gray,
director for Marketing & Uni-
versity Relations.


Continued from Pg. 1

the returns on several cable
and broadcast networks.

"It's going to be a big elec-
tion party," Ruf said. "We wel-
come anyone to join us."

The History Club is also ex-
cited about the election party
it will be holding in Brock
Hall in room 305. Jaime My-
ers, history club vice presi-
dent, said they will be playing
games likes pin the tail on the
donkey and pin the trunk on
the elephant. Pizza and root
beer floats will be sold for $1.

If students are interested in
attending, they should RSVP
to Jaime Myers by Oct. 31.

"I think election celebra-
tions like this are crucial for
introducing our students to a
lifetime of civic participation,"
said Lisa Diller, a history pro-
fessor, "It is crucial for stu-
dents to start realizing right
now that paying attention
to what is happening in our
world can be/is a social and
communal activity and that
they can ask their peers for in-
formation as well as celebrate
with them."

Last day to early vote today

(residents of Hamilton county)

Northgate Mall
(Piccadilly Entrance)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hamilton County Election Commission
(700 River Terminal Road)
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Brainerd Recreation Center
(1010 N. Moore Road)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.




Continued from Pg. 1

alumni, Chris Atkins, South-
ern's own social work and fam-
ily studies assistant professor
was honored Young Alumnus
of the Year.

While the majority of stu-
dents went to the Jadon Lavik
concert at lies PE Center, the
alumni enjoyed Friday night
Alumni Vespers featuring
President and Speaker of The
Quiet Hour's Bill Tucker, class
of '68. Sabbath morning's Re-
newal service experienced the
return of our previous Campus
Chaplain Ken Rogers, class
of '78.

A full schedule of activities
and events were planned for
alumni to take part in, includ-
ing a banquet on Thursday
to open the weekend, several
seminars enabling students
and alumni to connect, re-

fe't Overall, we
feel it was a great
success. 5?

-f vonne Crook

union luncheons, picnics and
suppers, sightseeing and the
classic/antique car show. One
of this year's program addi-
tions was the Graysville His-
torical Tour that took alumni
to see where Southern first put

down its educational rootsjl
Graysville, Tenn. before njj
ing the school to College
Crooks said.

However, attendance 1
down afew hundred duett
deteriorating economy,
Jan Haveman , the alumni,
sistant coordinator. Souths]
expected between 800-100
attendees for alumni weekej
but only about 800 alunj
were present this year, i
of whom blamedthe state I
the financial system.

"Overall we feel it wasaa
success," Crook said. "Aim,
were thrilled to socialize n
students this weekend as It
reminisced on their own yoj
journeys through college 1


Continued from Pg. 1

graphic by Christina Weitzel

iPod nano's were given away
as prizes, each for 150 tickets.
Other attractions included a
booth serving hot dogs and
chips, carnival games and

"It was so much fun," said
Caitlyn Taylor, a sophomore
business management major.
"Students were definitely able
to get involved in a fun set-

In addition, there was a cot-
ton candy machine, popcorn
machine, and inflatable games
like basketball, and a Sumo
wrestling mat, where two peo-
ple dressed in inflatable sumo
suits and tried to knock their
opponent down.

"I actually knocked over
my friend," said Laura Anez, a
senior international business
major. "That was fun."

Another student enjoyed
the basketball.

"Basketball is my favorite
sport, so I really liked it," said
Lu Xu, a junior business ma-
jor. "I shot 19 baskets in 30
seconds," she added.

While there were positive
things to say about the event,
some students had com-

"I didn't get a prize even
though I had lots of tickets,"
Xu said. When she got to the
prize booth, there was only
candy left, she added.

Schnell also saw room for

"I feel like we need to get
out of the paradigm of waiting
in line for carnival-type things.
I think fall festival should cel-
ebrate the fall harvest."

Taylor said that although

skeptical about the tun
due to schedule conflicts i
the Wellness Center
opening, he was satisfied i
the outcome and the enthj
asm of the students.

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(pake in remote Pakistan
border region kills 170

ZIARAT, Pakistan (AP) _
Hstrong earthquake struck
Bore dawn Wednesday in
Hfcverished southwestern
Pakistan, killing at least 170
pebple and turning mud and
Bffiber homes into rubble.

An estimated 15,000 peo-
pj| were left homeless, and
MRuers were digging for
Bjfr jvors in a remote valley
MB Baluchistan, the remote
Rftvince bordering Afghani-
Bro where the magnitude 6.4
quake struck.

Officials said they were dis-
tributing thousands of tents,
blankets and food packages
and sending in earth-moving
equipment to dig mass graves.
Many of those who survived
were left with little more than
the clothes they had slept in,
arid with winter approaching,
temperatures were expected
to drop to around freezing in
coming nights.

Worst-hit was the former
British hilltop resort of Ziarat
and about eight surrounding
villages, where hundreds of
houses were destroyed, in-
cluding some buried in land-
slides triggered by the quake.
"There is great destruc-
tion," said Ziarat Mayor Dila-
war Kakar. "Not a single house
is intact."

Aftershocks rattled the area
throughout the day, including
one estimated at magnitude
6.2 in the late afternoon. There
were no reports of additional
casualties or damage.

Kakar said the death toll
from the quake was 170, with
375 injured. Around 15,000

AP Photo
Pakistani villagers remove their fixtures and belonging from a house
damaged by earthquake in Ziarat, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) south
ofQuetta, Pakistan on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

people lost their homes, he

Kakar appealed to "the
whole world" for help, but the
head of Pakistan's National
Disaster Management Au-
thority said an international
relief effort would not likely
be necessary.

In the village of Sohi, a re-
porter for AP Television News
saw the bodies of 17 people
killed in one collapsed house
and 12 from another. Dis-
traught residents were digging
a mass gTave in which to bury

"We can't dig separate
graves for each of them, as
the number of deaths is high
and still people are searching
in the rubble" of many other
homes, said Shamsullah Khan,
a village elder.

Other survivors sat stunned
in the open.

Hospitals in the nearby
town of Kawas and the provin-
cial capital Quetta, 50 miles

away, were flooded with the
dead and injured. One patient,
Raz Mohammed, said he was
awoken by the sound of his
children crying before he felt
a jolt.

Experts: Plot detracts
from race progress in

Ark. (AP) - Shades of the re-
gion's racist past came creep-
ing back this week just as the
South could be poised to play
a pivotal role in electing the
nation's first black president.

An alleged plot by two
young white supremacists to
go on a killing spree and assas-
sinate Barack Obama, though
far-fetched by most accounts,
may conjure images of the
Jim Crow era for some. But it
doesn't necessarily reflect the
modern South, which in recent
years has seen a huge influx of
immigrants and transplants
from other regions, as well as

the empowerment of a black
electorate that could decide
the Nov. 4 election.

"These incidents, isolated
though they are, serve as a
reality check," said journalist
John Seigenthaler, 81, who
was U.S. Attorney General
Robert Kennedy's administra-
tive assistant and was attacked
with the Freedom Riders dur-
ing the Civil Rights era.

"Yes we've changed in sig-
nificant ways, but there are
those that haven't," said Sei-
genthaler, who also was editor
and publisher of The Tennes-
sean in Nashville and founded
the First Amendment Center.
The alleged plot "should
serve as a low voltage electric
shock. We're a new South, but
there are elements of the old
South still under the surface."
Paul Schlesselman, 18, of
Helena-West Helena, Ark.,
and Daniel Cowart, 20, of
Bells, Tenn., who are accused
of dreaming up the plan to be-
head blacks across the country
and assassinate Barack Obama
while wearing white top hats
and tuxedoes, were likely too
disorganized to carry out the
plot. They have a federal court
hearing scheduled for Thurs-
day morning in Memphis.

Thousands still lack pow-
er after Northeast storm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ More
snow fell Wednesday in parts
of the Northeast as utility
crews labored to restore ser-
vice to thousands of custom-
ers blacked out by the region's
first big snowstorm of the sea-

The wet snow that began

falling Tuesday collected on
trees still covered with leaves,
and its weight combined with
gusty wind to send limbs
crashing onto power lines.

The National Weather Ser-
vice reported storm totals of
about 14 inches at northern
New Jersey's High Point State
Park, as much as 15 inches
along the northwestern edge
of New York's Catskill Moun-
tains, and a foot in Pennsylva-
nia's Pocono Mountains.

More wind-blown snow
swept through northern Ver-
mont on Wednesday. A lake
effect snow warning was in
effect for northwestern Penn-

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