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I Now, students and com-
munity members will have to
go no further than Ooltewah-
Pinggold Road, where the
^etnes have renovated an old
louse to feature local art.

While the gallery showcases

intings, pottery, sculpture,

photography and mixed media
from professional artists that
have been featured on HGTV
and the Discovery Channel,
the Vetnes have a passion for
cultivating students' artistic

"We want to have a rotating
display of student art," Erik
Vetne said.

Their plan is to have a
monthly rotating display of
works from students in local
schools, including Southern,
Collegedale Academy and even

Erik Vetne, a school teacher
for nine years, stressed the im-
portance of art in the lives of

"[We want to] get students
involved in the art scene from
early in their life," he said.

So far the Wolftever Creek
Gallery has done just that,
leaving even their logo cre-
ation up to a design contest
at Southern. Tamara Scott, a

senior graphic arts major, won
the contest.

Art professor Brian Dunne,
whose work is in the gallery, is
helping collect student art for
the gallery.

Students who wish to have
their art considered can go
through their art professors.

The gallery will feature
works so they can be sold
and start the careers of young
working artists.

The Vetnes also want the
gallery to be a place where stu-
dents can gather to study, visit
and appreciate art.

"I feel that if you don't ap-
preciate art, it would be diffi-
cult to appreciate life," Chris-
tine Vetnes said.

The gallery has a Wi-Fi hub,
a small couch and a kitchen
with hot drinks and cookies.

The Wolftever Creek Gal-
lery is open Monday through
Thursday from l p.m. to 6

Collegedale looks to local elections

Erjca Richards
STAf f Writer

With the presidential race
complete, Collegedale is look-
ing ahead to the March elec-
tions, which will decide who
sits on the Board of Com-
missioners for the next four

The Board of Commission-
ers plays a key role in the op-
erations of city government.

"We're the legislature for
the city," said commissioner
Harry Hodgdon. "We decide
policies and the city adminis-
tration carries them out." The
board also has the final say
regarding the city budget and
is responsible for choosing the
mayor and vice mayor.

The original voting date for
the March elections posed a
potential problem for voter
turnout. Any Southern stu-
dent registered to vote in Col-
legedale is eligible to vote.
However, the board realized
that most Southern students
would not be present as the

date was during Southern's
spring break.

In order to correct this prob-
lem, Collegedale has approved
early voting, taking place in
City Hall from Monday, Feb.
23 through Thursday, Feb. 26.
Three commission seats
are up for election. Vice May-
or Tim Johnson, along with
Commissioners Fred Fuller
and Harry Hodgdon are up for
reelection this year. In order
to run, candidates must pick
up a petition from the Hamil-
ton County Election Commis-
sion. So far, Johnson, Fuller
and Deborah Baker, a new
candidate, have collected pe-
titions to run. Commissioner
Hodgdon has not yet picked
up a petition, but said he is
planning to run again.

Those who are not regis-
tered to vote in Collegedale
but would like to vote should
contact City Hall before Mon-
day, Feb. 2.

Fuller said, "We would ap-
preciate everyone's vote."

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Sculpture to be relocated next summer

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Next summer the statues of
Elijah and Elisha, which are
currently positioned behind
Miller Hall, will be moved
to their permanent location
which is yet to be determined.
The 'Passing the Mantle'
sculpture was commissioned
in 2000 by President Gordon
Bietz and will be made entirely
from granite.

The artist Wayne Hazen, a
former professor at Southern,
is only able to work on the
statues in the summer because
of his teaching position at At-
lantic Union College. Hazen
started developing models for
the sculptures and also cre-
ated computer images so that
he could get more specific de-
tails as to how to sculpt the

Once the sculptures are
moved Hazen will continue to
work on the pieces, which are
in need of some necessary al-


"Using granite is a unique
challenge," says Hazen. "It is
very difficult to sculpt because
it is a very hard stone. It will
make the final piece unique
because of its durability and

"The sculpture will be a
symbol of a teacher passing
information along to the pu-
pil," says Ben Wygal, chair of
the university's Fine Art Com-

Wygal feels that the sculp-
ture is an example of the
knowledge the faculty strives
to pass on from one genera-
tion to the next.

The sculpture will depict the
scene from 2 Kings 2:1-16 of
Elisha receiving Elijah's man-
tle. It symbolized his granting
of request of a "double por-
tion" of Elijah's spirit of faith-
ful leadership and service.

"I like the concept with Eli-
jah and Elisha because it is a
visual display of teachers pass-

Pholo By Marlin lliorman
Elisha statue looks up for Elijah's

ing on their knowledge to us to
further God's work with our
careers," said Donella Smith, a
junior nursing major.

The project, which is head-
ed by the Fine Art's commit-
tee, costs about $200,000 and
will be funded through dona-
tions and gifts, some of which
have already been received.

Spirit Week

Continued from Pg. 1

Senator Kristina Benfield, a
senior graphic design major,
was in charge of the commit-
tee that planed Spirit Week.

"We're trying to have an ac-
tivity and an over all theme to
go with each day rather than
just super heroes, we're trying
to tie it more into Southern
student body activities," Ben-
field said.

Student clubs an organi-
zations are also getting in-

volved, according to Benfield.
The Green Initiative club got
involved for Monochromatic
day, Outdoor Education pro-
vided a zip-line for SAU Pride
day, and Strawberry Festival is
on the ready for Tacky/Wacky
hair day.

Students are also enjoying
Spirit Week. Silzie Vieira, a
junior biology pre-med major,
is very excited for the themes
this year.

"I got so dressed up yes-
terday in all white, and today
I am dressed up as a soccer
player because I am Brazilian,

so I figure, Brazilian, soccer, it
goes together," Vieira said.

Shelby Mixson, a sopho-
more marketing major and SA
senator, was disappointed at
initial participation.

"I really wish monochro-
matic day had gone over a
little better. I think part of the
reason is because we didn't
advertise as well as we should
have," Mixson said. "Hopefully
as the week goes on it will just
progress and get better and
better, and more and more
people will participate."


Continued from Pg. 1

Tennessee last April for his
daughter's wedding and of-
fered Dunzweiler the position
because a dean at AIIAS was
about to retire. In Septem-
ber, Dunzweiler completed
the necessary requirements
for her transition there and
began working with Taylor on

his change from professor to

"The very worst part of this
is that Dr. Dunzweiler and I
have enjoyed collaborating
together and she's going to be
12 time zones away," Taylor
said. "I'll be calling her in the
middle of my day, which is the
middle of her night."

Robert Young, vice presi-
dent of academic administra-

tion, is sorry to lose Dunz-
weiler but believes Taylor is
qualified for the position.

"[Denise's] leadership, per-
sonable nature, connections...
and expertise in inclusive edu-
cation will be dearly missed,"
Young said in an email to the
faculty. "I look forward to
working with Dr. Taylor as the
next dean of the School of Ed-
ucation & Psychology."

SIFE to serve during spring break

Ashley Cheney

During Spring Break 2009
six students from Students in
Free Enterprise (SIFE) will
be traveling to Africa to build
greenhouses to grow vegeta-
bles for HIV positive individu-
als and their families around
the Maluti Mission Hospital
in Lesotho, Africa. Braam
Oberholster, professor in the
School of Business and Man-
agement, presented this idea,
now known as Project Hope,
to the SIFE team last school

Oberholster visited the mis-
sion hospital in 2005 and was
made aware of the needs in
the hospital as well as the sur-
rounding area.

"I noticed some gardens
they had at the hospital and
started inquiring and found
out these were actually dem-
onstration gardens with an
adjacent greenhouse," Ober-
holster said. "This was a way
that they hoped to be able to
get people in the various com-
munities growing their own
vegetables and supplementing
their diet with vegetables."

Each greenhouse costs $500
to build and will provide veg-
etables for the diets of HIV
positive individuals and to
sell as a means of income for
their families. SIFE students
have raised $1,500 to build
three greenhouses, said SIFE

The original plan was to
send the $1,500 to the Maluti
Mission Hospital for the con-

struction of these greenhouses
said Carrie Harlin, director of
SIFE. However, a recent law
in the country of Lesotho says
that all non-profit funds sent
must go through the govern-
ment. Because of this, SIFE
decided to take the money to
the mission themselves.

This year, over spring
break, six students and one
faculty member will travel
to Lesotho to take money di-
rectly to the Maluti Mission I
Hospital, and to help build the

To raise the money needed
to make the trip, SIFE has 1
planned an awareness week
for Dec. 1-5. The week will
begin with a Monday convoca-
tion in honor of World AIDS
Day. The rest of the week will
include a 36-hour fast to raise '
money for the trip.

Alex Mihai, a business)
graduate student and the proj-
ect manager for Project Hope, 1
is hoping the fast will bring I
awareness of the HIV/AIDsJ
cause to students.

"One of our goals is to {
the campus involved in some- 1
thing that will benefit the fam- j
ilies who are affected by this J
disease;" Mihai said.

The money raised by the I
fast will go toward the coslj
of the trip, as well as
othersupplies that are ne

For more information, ori
to get involved with Project|
Hope, contact SIFE at :
southern.edu or stop by the J
SIFE office on the third (
of Brock Hall.


Continued from Pg. 1

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any credit cards or money
in there," Otis said. "I was

Otis said her car was parked
in the gravel parking lot by the
Greenway and that the break-
in occurred during the day.

Don Hart, access manager
of Campus Safety, said there
have been very few vehicle

break-ins on campus this sea
mester, and that most have oe-j
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To have faith like a child

Tara Becker


Every Tuesday and Thurs-
day morning, on my way to
nutrition class, I walk by a
playground full of children out
for recess. And every Tues-
day and Thursday morning I
stop to watch them. I realize
that could sound creepy, but I
promise you it's not.

Last Tuesday I observed an
intense soccer game taking
place. There was one girl out
there playing with the boys.
I was instantly transported
back to my childhood. I was
a tomboy all right; always out
on the field playing sports with
the boys while the girls played
hopscotch. I had some crazy
hair back in the day. It was
short and I wouldn't ever let
my mom touch it, which re-
sulted in a really out of control
knotted afro. I saw a home vid-
eo of me playing soccer once.
I was barreling down the field,
crazy hair flowing in the wind,

trying to catch up to a boy who
was dribbling down about to
score on our team. I got there
just when he was about to kick
it, stuck my foot out to get the
ball, tripped him, stole the ball
and turned right around to
take it down the field. What a
little brat I was.

But this isn't the point.

It's hard to explain the kind
of joy I get when I see those
children out there. It's so sim-
ple. And beautiful. And peace-
ful. So not what this world has
become. I think I like it be-
cause it's a picture of what this
world was meant to be. When I
imagine the kinds of problems
they will face as they get older
and the pain that they will go
through, I just want them to
stay that way. Stay thinking
that their parents can do no
wrong, that people are always
out there to do good and that
the tooth fairy really does
magically turn your tooth into
money when you're sleeping.

In Mark, Jesus says, "I tell

you the truth, anyone who will
not receive the kingdom of
God like a little child will never
enter it."

These kids that I see playing
every Tuesday and Thursday
morning inspire me. I definite-
ly recognize that wisdom and
maturity are God given, and if
one truly stays like a child all
their life— living in naivety and
never growing up— they aren't
going to get very far.

But I think what Jesus is
talking about in Mark is that
unharnessed, blind accep-
tance of good. That simple
faith that screams, "You can't
touch me world...because I...
am...adored." If you've ever
witnessed a child running full
speed into their father's arms,
you know what I'm talking
about. In that moment all that
kid cares about are those open
arms and the love they are go-
ing to receive when they get

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should be giving and loving.
I hold back when I should be
sharing. And I constantly walk
away from God, instead of
turning around and running
straight for His open arms.

So often I think we look at
children and think, what can

they learn from us? Butj
we should be asking out
what can we learn from!
Jesus calls us to ha™
like a child. And I wou|
to be a kid again.

Election lessons from a Christian perspectiv

SAU students were fortu-
nate to participate (most for
the first time) in a presidential
election recognized as holding
great symbolic importance for
America. John McCain said as
much in his wonderfully gra-
cious concession speech.

"This is an historic election,"
he noted, "let there be no rea-
son now, for any American to
fail to cherish their citizenship
in this the greatest nation on
earth." In these days of worry
about our economy's future
and about America's future
as a world leader, McCain re-
minded us that we indeed have
much to be grateful for.

Nov. 4 also reminds us that
elections are sometimes about
more than partisanship and
policy issues. Although the
dynamics of this contest were
clearly shaped by the economy
and the unpopularity of the cur-
rent administration, the mo-
ment transcended mundane
politics. One thinks of Jeffer-
son's 1801 inaugural address,
which rose above the rancor of
his contest with John Adams
to eloquentiy assert the under-
lying unity of all Americans.
Or Reagan's election in 1980,
when an America dispirited by
inflation, economic stagnation
and international humiliation
(hostages in Iran) was roused
by a promise, the candidate's
promise of renewal.

Most often mentioned as a
parallel to 2008 is i960. We
were then enjoying peace and
prosperity, but there neverthe-
less seemed to be building a
desire for younger, more inspi-
rational leadership. John Ken-
nedyprovidedthis, not through
any great acumen as legislator
but through an unusual ability
to promote a sense of national
duty and purpose.

We sense that Barack
Obama's election has taken
on similar proportions. An
African-American has become
the most powerful person on
earth, fulfilling Martin Luther
King's dream that we might (to
paraphrase him) one day vote
for a president based on the
content of his character rather

than the color of his skin.

An observer, noting the un-
critical adulation bestowed on
Obama by crowds during the
campaign and at the Grant
Park election night celebration,
might have reason to worry
that expectations are doomed
to disappointment. In some
regards this inevitably will be
the case. But it cuts both ways.
Supporters will discover that
he has no magic bullets for re-
cession or peace in the Middle
East. But detractors will also
quickly learn that socialism
is not on the horizon. Indeed,
actual policy differences with
what a McCain administration
would have pursued are prob-
ably only at the margins.

Any special lessons in this

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Obama is my president, so quit whining and be rational about it

Blaise Adams


After staying up late last
week on Tuesday night watch-
ing the election (because that's
the thing to do when you're in
college), I've decided to give
my two-cents on Obama, our

But first, some background
on me and where I'm coming

I come from an extremely
conservative home. My family
has always voted Republican
and probably always will. I've
been blasted and bombarded
with politics since I was six,
perhaps younger, and always
thought that Conservative Re-
publican was the way to go.
Having come to college and

been exposed to other politi-
cal views (besides Democrat
and Republican) as well as
making friends with a wealthy
diversity of people, I've man-
aged to come to terms with
myself as a Libertarian. If you
don't know what they are, Lib-
ertarians support minimum
government intervention in
both personal and economic
matters, advocating a small
government that is limited to
protecting individuals from
coercion and violence.

In regards to election night,
I can honestly say I'm willing
to give Barack Obama my sup-
port. He's the next president of
the United States and whining
about it isn't going to do any of
us any good. I don't know how
many people I've heard pre-

dicting the fatal collapse of the
United States when Obama
hasn't even been sworn in
yet. Might I ask that we all
have a little bit of... oh what's
that word... rationalism? I'm

& [Obama is] the
next president of
the United States

and whining about
it isn't going to do

any of us any good.

scared to death there will be
rioting or worse, assassina-
tion attempts. If anything, we
should be celebrating that we
will have an African-American

president. This is new history
and I believe Obama's presi-
dency will be a good thing. He
has the huge responsibility
of leading our country and is
now a role model for so many
people in need of an inspiring

John McCain set an honor-
able example when he gave his
concession speech. He didn't
ramble on about how hor-
rible it was that Obama won
like many are doing. He was
extremely gracious and called
Obama "my president." Dr.
Barnhurst got it right Wednes-
day morning when he told my
Chemistry class that, yes, he
voted for McCain, but that
doesn't mean he's going to be
unwilling to support Obama.
If only more of us would adopt

this attitude about things.

Obama has at least four
years to do something. That
something could be very good,
and that something could be
very bad. I'm going to look at
the next four years with an
open, non-judgmental mind-
set and base my personal
opinion of Obama solely on
his leadership as president—
now that he's elected, his ac-
tions as president are what is

In short, conservative, mod-
erate, liberal, whoever you are,
if you're upset about the elec-
tion results, stop it. Let's see
what Obama can do and what
changes he will bring about.
America's about unity within
diversity. Let's try it for once.

Letter to the Editor:

Obama, racism and a single vote

I Submitted on Nov. 5, 2008.

I In 1964, I was there at

pouthern and editor of the Ac-

ent. I am now retired and liv-

"g in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This morning, after a his-

E?™ election, when young

•people voted in such strong

numbers for Barack Obama,

I decided to see if I could find

the Southern Accent online. I

was curious to see, given the
major move to the right of the
Republican Party, what views
I might find in the Accent.

When I was editor of the
Accent, things were very con-
servative at Southern. The
student body was all white. If
you were an underclass couple
wanting to attend an event off-
campus, you had to take an ex-
tra girl along as a chaperone.
If you were an upperclass cou-
ple, you had to double date.
Many of the Saturday nights
at that time were "closed" and
that meant you had to stay on
campus with little in the way
of entertainment. (I'm happy
to say that the Southern Ac-
cent had a role in eliminating
"closed" Saturday nights, but
you still had to take the extra
girl or double date!)

The real reason I wanted
to drop you a note was to say
something about this historic
election. Like John McCain,

I'm now older than dirt (well
I'm not quite as old as he). I
was born in Mobile, Ala. and
grew up in the deep South. The
family I grew up in was racist
and we didn't even know it.
When I was 32, my father died
of a heart attack at the age of
57 while visiting in my home.
When I went through his wal-
let, I found a membership card
for the KKK. I couldn't believe

I am a registered Republi-
can, and yesterday I cast my
vote for an American who
I believe has the judgment,
temperament and skills to be
a good president. I voted for
Barack Obama. I'm glad that
I have lived to see and partici-
pate in this historic event.

Don Dixon
Class of 65

P.S. I will be changing my
registration to Independent.

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