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sylvania, with accumulations
of up to 12 inches possible
at higher elevations, as wind
picked up moisture from
Lake Erie. Radar showed new
snowfall Wednesday in parts
of upstate New York.

More than 40,000 custom-
ers remained without power
Wednesday in upstate New
York, most of them in the Mo-
hawk Valley, Adirondacks and
the Catskills, according to util-
ities National Grid and New
York State Electric & Gas.

Crews inNew Jersey worked
to restore power to more than
41,000 customers, mainly in
the northern part of the state.
Jersey Central Power and
Light said service might not
be fully until sometime during
the night because fallen trees
hampered access to severed
power lines.

Snow also fell at higher el-
evations of the central and
southern Appalachians.



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6 THE SOUTHERN ACCENT



religion



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30,

Chris Clouzel

Religion Editcvl

[email protected]



How to avoid having dry bones in our daily lives



Chris Clouzet
gmcioa Eniroa —



The bubbly brook, the
cheery campfire, chipper the
chipmunk, smiling heavens,
and friendly friends: these
were all integral parts of our
recent fall break camping trip.
Our memories wouldn't have
been the same had they been
full of rainy days and Mon-
days, frowning Freddies, neg-
ative Nancies, or doom and
gloom. As they say, "Attitude
determines altitude."

Life is the same. The prov-
erbs say that "a happy heart
makes the face cheerful, but
heartache crushes the spirit"
(Proverbs 15:13)- I'm cer-



tainly not one to always have
a happy heart. After all, I'm
melancholy. People tend to
ask me about what's wrong
rather than what makes me
so happy. But don't take my
word for it, take the Word of
God. Solomon also reminds us
that "a cheerful heart is good
medicine, but a crushed spirit
dries up the bones" (Prov-
erbs 17:22). I am not exactly
sure what a cheerful heart
looks like. I've never seen a
real heart period. But, even if
for no other reason, I'd like
a cheerful heart because I'm
quite certain I want to avoid
my bones drying up. Yikes.

I think God provides us
every day with many ways to



keep our attitudes positive
and our spirits high. Whether
it's a delightful smile, a filling
meal before a nap, or some
quiet study time with some
pals, if we're willing, these
things help us realize that life
isn't so bad after all.

However, we cannot do it
without God. Even if we don't
look at the depressing news or
visit third-world countries, we
are continually bogged down
by homework and stress, fam-
ily issues, sicknesses, and
other worrisome catalysts to
sadness. So pay attention to
the small things. Like smiles.
"A cheerful look brings joy to
the heart, and good news gives
health to the bones." Lesson?



If you ever find your bones ing health back to your bona!
drying up, just flash someone Who needs God? We at|
a quick smile and enjoy bring- do!



a dheerPu/ heart

iS aood /y/ecJicii/Te,
&ejt a C-r/us/ieJ spit-it




Graphic by Christina Weitzd I



A heart burning with the passion of Christ



#



Lemmy Recinos

rnMTaiBiimB



"Mister, why didn't you
stand up?" The words burned
in my ears as I realized what
they were implying. I mum-
bled an indistinct answer and
quickly found my way outside,
floored by what had just oc-
curred.

It was Friday, it had been
a long week and frankly I was
tired. The chapel speaker for
the Pohnpei SDA High School
was a fired up, pentecostal-
sounding freshman, who in
true evangelistic style ended
his sermon with an appeal for
those who truly wanted Jesus
in their heart to first raise their
hand, and then rise to their
feet. I barely even registered
the words he was saying, and
kept my seat. "1 KNOW that I
believe in Jesus, I've done this
a million times; not standing
for ONE altar call won't hurt."



Or will it? I thought long and
hard about what the question
that the student had posed re-
ally meant as I stumbled out
of the chapel and to my apart-
ment for lunch.

What kind of impression
was I truly making on my stu-
dents? Ninety-five percent of
the students at Pohnpei SDA
School are not Adventists, and
most of them—even though
they claim to be Protestant,
Catholic or at least religious-
-spend their weekends drink-
ing and partying. When I first
heard this, I was skeptical, but
my students were more than
eager to share their stories of
crazy weekends with me. In
the past two months I have
been asked if I "party" or want
to try some sakau (local drink)
more times than I can remem-
ber. As the school year began,
the realization sunk in that the
only way I could make a differ-
ence in these kids' lives was by



setting an example. My every
action was being watched and
scrutinized by 250 teenagers
who are in the pivotal years
of their life, searching for the
meaning and purpose of it all.
Now I had blown it! The
one chance that I had to show
my students that there was
something different in my
life, something more fulfilling
than parties and sakau. The
one chance that I had to show
them through my actions that
my faith was a central and piv-
otal part of my life was blown
because of my inattentiveness!
But why? I've been a Seventh-
day Adventist my whole life.
Ever since I can remember
I've been spoon-fed verse af-
ter verse to the point that I've
grown insensitive to it. I was
so used to hearing sermons
and altar calls that the mean-
ing of it all was lost somewhere
between the microphone and
my brain, leaving me to sim-



ply wonder what I was going to
have for lunch.

Luke 24:32 says, "Did not
our heart burn within us, while
he talked with us by the way,
and while he opened to us the
scriptures?" What a scene, the
two travelers had just spent a
seven-mile walk-rurned-Bible-
study with Jesus. What an
opportunity! A one-on-one
explanation of the scriptures
from the Son of God— Himself!
After such an encounter the
two disciples could not help
but feel the burn of Christian
passion that Christ had set in
their hearts. What has hap-
pened to that burn now, 2,000
years later? Do our hearts
truly burn after we have had
the scriptures opened to us?
How often do we walk away
from a convocation, vespers
or even week of prayer saying
"Wow!"? Or is our experience
more along the lines of "I hope
this finishes soon, I don't want



to miss the nachos in theloll|
tonight"?

One may argue that itisij
Jesus himself who is presel
ing the message, and tlaj
fore, a burning desire for n
cannot be expected or s
desired. However, who arei]
to judge a message? Raft
I encourage you to 1
yourself, the next time |
are listening to a sermon,!
yourself if you are really Pj
ing attention or simply si*
through "another" sen
Ask yourself if deep
your heart truly burns.
inward thoughts and decia
are reflected in our ouWj
actions, and those are 1
truly show who we are.
member, you never knowl
may be watching, or wheij

are passing up an t
to make a difference in"



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008



THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 7

Sarah Hayhoe

Opinion Editor

[email protected]



o pinion

Liberty can be a real pain in the neck



BJatthew Turk
jjoiaiiauins



9 John Smith awoke a little
Earlier than usual last Sunday
Biorning. He drank a cup of
Soffee and skimmed the head-
Sfines of the paper before he re-
Rlized how particularly beauti-
fiil the fall morning was.
H Sure, I could still run if I
Mad the time, John thought,
But it's just nicer to get up and
vead the paper before work,
■Without the stress of cram-
ming more into an already
stressful day.

I This usually placated his
conscience enough to finish
readi ng the paper before work
and finish the day without
regretting his prior decision.
However, John was proud of
himself this morning for ac-
tually lacing up his shoes and
getting his rear in gear. He
turned right out of his drive-
way toward the entrance of
the subdivision a few minutes
away, all the while enjoying the



sound of his well-worn shoes
on the pavement. He smiled
and greeted his neighbor Mary
between breaths as he passed
her returning from her run.
She sure looked surprised to
see me out here, John mused,
but I have still got it.

As he started up the hill
leading onto the main road, a
searing pain throbbed in his
side and a burning sensation
descended down his neck.
Miat's happened to me? was
all he could think as he turned
around to make sure Mary
didn't notice his stopping. I
used to be president of the
Southern Striders! John made
a few more starting attempts
before calling it a day and
walking home to stretch.

Since our first history les-
son, the sacrifice our fore-
fathers made to give us the
country we enjoy living in to-
day has been made quite clear.
Thank you, forefathers. You
sacrificed, struggled, yearned
and endured to create a land



embodying the most idealistic
of principles of liberty.

It is also quite clear that our
country is facing many great
challenges today, not so differ-
ent in scope and effect as what
our forefathers dealt with in
their day. Do you know what
those issues we as American's
are dealing with today? Do
you know what the headlines
mean?

"Well..." you may say,
"Some of our country's issues
are the economy, the war in
Iraq, health care and the so-
cial security system, to name
a few."

Ok, all true. Now why are
these issues? What events and
decisions led us to the position
we are in today regarding our
social security system? Why
can't we just print the money
to bail the banks out and call it
good? Where is Barack Obama
going to get the money for his
health care plan? How is John
McCain going to continue fi-
nancing the war in Iraq? Do



you know who Bob Ban- is?
What is your civic duty?

What is your civic duty?
What does it mean to be an
American? Is it a standard of
living envied by most of the
world? Is it being able to buy a
gun or tell someone what you
really think? Is it enjoying the
American dream and feeling
safe on an airplane? "Ms. Cou-
ric, I'd like to use a lifeline."

Martin Luther King, Jr.
once said, "Change does not
roll on the wheels of inevita-
bility, but comes through con-
tinuous struggle. And so we
must straighten our backs and
work for our freedom."

The Roman Republic,
cited as a classic example of
progressive thinking and po-
litical freedom, lost both by
settling for tranquility. Benja-
min Franklin boldly said that
"People willing to trade their
liberty for temporary security
deserve neither and will lose
both." This applies to more
than just terrorism.



It is not enough to know
we have problems. It is not
enough to know merely what
those problems are. It is our
duty as Americans to defend
liberty. The duty is not limited
to those serving in the armed
forces. You have the responsi-
bility to ask questions, to use
the information available to
become informed and edu-
cated. Voltaire had it right in
part when he advised, "Judge
a man by his questions rather
than his answers." You have
the responsibility to know
what you believe, know why
you believe it and to defend
that belief. I can be free only
as you are free.

As John Smith found out
early one Sunday morning,
if you don't use it, you'll lose
it. Exercise your rights as an
American. Only in this can
liberty's continuation be as-
sured.



Thoughts on congress: When representation fails to represent



Andrew Bermudez

CnMTq |R|rmn



You are probably aware that
for the past few months, our
economy has been in rough
shape. But maybe you aren't
familiar with what precipitat-
ed the economic situation we
find ourselves in, so here's a
little background.

Our economy runs on debt.
For years, the Federal Reserve,
led by cryptic cheerleader-
in-chief Alan Greenspan, and
more recently by bumbling
Ben Bernanke, has done all
>t can to encourage debt and
spending at every level, from
individual citizens to the fed-

| government itself. Banks
individuals worldwide
have been more than happy to



cooperate. The only problem
is debt has a way of coming
due, and when you owe way
too much, there's only so deep
you can dig before you just
can't borrow any more. Now
the debts are coming due and
no one is willing to lend.

In their infinite wisdom,
the powers that be decided the
perfect solution to too much
debt was more debt— financed
by the taxpayers this time.
Seven hundred billion dollars
sounded about right, so off to
the Congress went Bumbling
Ben and company, asking for
the cash. There was just one
problem: Somehow, ordinary
Americans weren't so keen
on the idea. Under immense
pressure from constituents
around the country, the House



rejected the plan, sending the
stock market plummeting.



8 ^..there's only
one thing left
for us to do:

vote 'no,'
That's right;

vote out anyone
who failed to

represent us in

Washington../'*



This would never do! So the
media painted the stock mar-



ket drop as a direct result of
the "no" vote, ignoring that
almost the entire drop was re-
gained the next day; the Sen-
ate tacked on some "pork-bar-
rel" spending to the plan, then
congratulated themselves for
passing it; and even the Presi-
dent begged Congress to act.
Finally, enough House mem-
bers decided to flip-flop and
support the bailout bill. On the
second try, it passed, sending
the stock market— you guessed
it— plummeting.

If you're like me, you are an-
gry that the government bailed
out big banks, leaving the in-
flationary bill for the next gen-
eration—us. Since the majority
of our representatives ignored
our pleas to vote "no," there's
only one thing left for us to do:



vote "no." That's right; vote out
anyone who failed to represent
us in Washington, particularly
those who flip-flopped at the
last moment. Sadly, that list
includes Zach Wamp, Repub-
lican representative for the
Chattanooga area. He voted
"no" the first time, only to turn
his back on you and vote "yes."
I have nothing against Mr.
Wamp, and I am a staunch
Republican, as any of you who
remember my days with the
Accent know. However, I en-
courage all of you to turn your
back on every elected official,
Democrat or Republican, who
turned their backs on us. It's
your vote; make it count. Vote



8 THE SOUTHERN ACCENT



lifestyles



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2

Rachel Hopkins I
Lifestyles Editor
[email protected]



Rachel Hopkins

Eipectvik; F nima



Looking ahead: Spring break on the cheap

for four or five nights during also affordable. Just be safe
break. Within just a few min- and don't forget your married
utes I found several cruises couple!
for under $300 leaving from
ports within driving distance
(Mobile, Ala., Jacksonville,
Fla. or other east/south coast
ports). Naturally, these cruis-
es are confined to east coast
Mexico and the western Carib-
bean Islands. On the upside,
you don't have to worry about
allotting extra money for food
while you're gone, since cruis-
es are generally all-inclusive.



It happens to me every
year. I don't think about mak-
ing awesome plans for spring
break until Christmas vaca-
tion when I don't have enough
time to save money for a stel-
lar spring fling. But not this
year! An exceptionally strong
loathing of my homework this
semester has already got me
thinking about a fun getaway
with by friends. If you haven't
started making plans for spring
break, here are a few ideas
on the more affordable side
that could be a possibility if
you start planning now (don't
forget to ask for some spring
break dough for Christmas to
help out). But remember, get-
ting a group together to help
keep gas/lodging prices down
is key.

1. Cruise - With a little
web searching, it's not too
hard to find a cheap cruise



2. Camp - A trip up to the
Smokies for camping, hiking,
climbing, etc. can be just the
way to' rejuvenate if you're the
outdoorsy type. Since we aren't
too far away from Smokey
Mountain National Park, gas
prices can stay at a minimum
while scenery remains at a
maximum. Campsites come
cheap ($14-23 per night in the
park). You may even consider
treating yourself to a lodge
one night, many of which are



3. Drive - Although road
trips are less affordable than
they used to be, they're still,
hands down, the best way to
see the countryside and get to
know your traveling compan-
ions (for better or worse). Pack
light, buy some canned food
and look up hostels on your
route to keep the trip within
budget. Hostels.com not only
gives you locations and con-
tact info for youth hostels all
over the country, but they
also rate each one on security,
cleanliness, etc. Road trip up
to New England for some ski-
ing/boarding, down to Florida
or Texas for some sand and
sun or even up to Canada for-
um. ..French road signs? Just
kidding. Try Canada for a visit
to Niagara Falls or a tour of
Toronto, one of the most mul-
ticultural cities in the world.



Inglish on English: Know your dialects, eh?



Chelsea Ingush

rnsmnMimii



Americans should take the
opportunity to travel America.
Not only are there lots of inter-
esting things to see, there are
also lots of interesting things
to hear— mainly, the many
American dialects. When trav-
eling the country, it would be
wise to have a handle on each
regional dialect, in case you
ever find yourself in a sticky
situation.

If, while vacationing in the
North, you crave a sugary, car-
bonated beverage, be sure to
ask for "pop," "soda" will get
you a blank stare, and "Coke"
mil get you just that: a Coke.
Don't bother specifying if it's
a "Sprite Coke" or a "Pepsi
Coke," because you will get a
"Coke Coke;" it's the only land
of Coke they call a Coke.



Perhaps you will journey
farther into the north, to the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
This will be a complete culture
shock because "Yooper" dia-
lect is quite unique. The most
common linguistic phenom-
enon you will encounter is
"eh?" which is tacked on to the
end of every sentence. Don't
be confused, even though it
seems like every sentence is a
question. You do not have to
answer "I like that sweater,
eh?" with "Um...yes...I guess
you do."

While attending church in
the South, you will probably
hear the congregation interact
with the preacher, calling out
"Amen!" or "Mercy!" These
are NOT interchangeable!
"Mercy" is to be used in re-
sponse to a powerfully nega-
tive point, such as "We are the



This
Weekend



Not sure what to do this
weekend? Here are a few
ideas to get you headed in the
right direction.

Chattanooga African
American Museum

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-
Friday

$5 admission
caamhistory.com

Acoustic Jam Session

Soddy-Daisy Community
Center

190 Depot St.

7-10 p.m. every Thursday
(except first Thurs. for the
month)

Free

Contact Marvin Neighbors,
332-4901 for more info

Atlanta Hawks Opening
Night

Philips Arena
Atlanta



7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. i
Ticket prices vary
Nba.com/hawks

Free First Sunday

Hunter Museum of Art

Chattanooga

Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov.a

Free

Huntermuseum.org

Mountain View Bluegrass I

Chattanooga Market
Noon-5 p.m.
Free
Chattanoogamarket.com

145th anniversary re-en- 1
actment of Battle of Mis|
sionary Ridge

Sequoyah Caverns

Valley Head, Ala.

1-5 p.m., Sunday Nov. |
(open every day)

$12.95 (group rates
able)

Camping and cavern touifl
available.

Sequoyahcaverns.con



worst of sinners!" "Amen" is a
response saved for a powerful-
ly positive point, such as "But
Jesus took our punishment!"

When visiting the Pacific
Northwest, you will salute
the American "fleg," put your
groceries in a "beg," and if you
stick your finger down your
throat, you will most likely
"geg." In California, you get
into that whole surfer mess
that I won't try to figure out.

Back over on the East Coast,
in Maine, "Good" is great, but
"Wicked good" is better.

And if you happen to be
privileged, as I am, to spend
any time in the Mid-West,
you'll find.. .nothing of inter-
est. Except that we sometimes
put an "r" in the middle of a
word, like "warsh." But please
don't do that if you visit, we're
trying to break the habit.



Get Your GfCeil 0"

7



Vexation: My gas mile-
age! Even if prices did
go down, I'm still getting
heartburn every time I fill
up.

Solution: There's at least
a hundred ways to improve
gas mileage, but this week,
let's focus on NOT letting
our cars idle.

Implementation:
Turn off your car when
you're stopped at a light,
stuck in traffic or waiting
for someone to come out of
the dorm. Also, make sure
you're ready to go BEFORE
you turn your car on.



Clarification: Believe
it or not, just 10 seconds
of idling requires more gas
than if you just turn the
car off and then start it up
again. Here's a number to
put it into perspective; if
your car idles for 15 minutes
a day it can cost you up to
$100 a year. If.1 had known
that a year ago, I could have
saved that money and go" e
to the Cincinnati Bengals
game over fall break that 1
couldn't afford. Maybe nei*
year Carson Palmer.
•tip and info from idta».«m



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008

sports

Last Minute wins at last second



THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 9

Zack Livingston

Sports Editor

[email protected]



Zach Livingston
SHMis-Eniu™



In the men's north A league,
»team Last Minute waited till
he last second to win the
game, as they took on team
Blague Tuesday night. The
blague went on an immediate
•{'drive in the beginning of the
P 1 'game that put them up a 6-0.

■, However, the lead didn't
I last too long when Sean
I Bispham, Last Minute line-
backer, decided to catch a lat-
f Pferal from a teammate and run



8o yards down the field for a
touchdown.

In the second half the Plague
scored with three minutes left
in the game but were still down
by two points. A bullet pass
from Tyman was snatched out
of the air by Jeff Sagala to tie
both teams up 14-14.

With 18 seconds left in the
game Bispham attempted to
carry the ball up the right side
of the field to end it all. Of-
ten criticized for his mobility,
Sagala dived and extended to
grab the flag before Bispham



could reach the end zone.

On fourth down, with nine
seconds left on the clock, be-
fore being forced into over-
time, Last Minute QB, Robert
Slocum, performed a last min-
ute miracle as he scoped out
Jameson Malin and threw him
a pass into the endzone.

"We played hard and that's
all that matters" said Sagala,
senior theology major. "I don't
mind that we lost, as long as
we played hard and gave it our
all to win."



i Titans 7-0 (Over the past
decade there has only been
.one team that comes to mind
''when I think of a team that
plays great defense and just
enough offense: The 2000
Baltimore Ravens. After beat-
ing the Colts at home on Mon-
day Night Football, Tennessee
has basically wrapped up the
division all they have to do
ngw is stay healthy and stay
consistent.

«£ Giants 6-1 (New Yorkis cur-
rently showing everyone in the
NFL how they won their Super
Bowl last year, their defensive

B^. No Jeremy Shockey on
offense, Michael Strahan re-
tires in the off-season, and Osi
Umenyiora is out for the sea-

. son. They are clearly the best
team in the NFC right now.
O Panthers 6-2 (If going 2-0
without their best WR in Steve
Smith does not make you a be-
"ever, then I don't know what
will.)

*t Redskins 6-2 (New head
ich, a QB that doesn't know
'system, a RB that might
Past his prime, we all saw

Washington going 6-2 at the




ij Wallace's NFL top ten teams

> n wis Wallace I ^^H

7 Bills 5-2 (Buffalo has had
a great start to this NFL sea-
son. Due to the injury of last
year's league MVP Tom Brady,
Buffalo has a great shot to
come away with the AFC east
crown.

O Cowboys 5-3 (Dallas is an-
other team in the NFC that was
picked to go to the Super Bowl.
However, with Romo out un-
til mid-November it looks like
Dallas better get it together
before Jerry Jones does.)

9 Buccaneers 5-3 (Tampa
Bay has to be one of the sleep-
er teams in the NFL. Like n
Baltimore, they have a solid
defensive core, and good QB
play from Jeff Garcia. It looks
like the NFC south will come
down to the last few weeks for
the NFL season.)



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