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and readings entitled Handsj|
of Hope, Hands ofHelp
Hands of Healing, said Joyce!



"We become
so busy and

stressed... that

we forget to be

thankful."



-Joyce Reyna



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religioo



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 200

Chris Clou a
Religion Editor J
[email protected]



Revenge never wins against love



EzEQUlEL VASQUEZ
rnwrpiHirroR



In my morning devotions I
learned something interesting
about revenge. Growing up,
one thing I was always labeled
as was vengeful. I remember
when it was first pointed out to
me by one of my closest friends
who decided to experiment by
slapping me on the back of my
head. Ultimately I would al-
ways get him back one way or
the other. What was frustrat-
ing was when I knew that there
was nothing 1 could do in order
to get them back because they
were either way too big for me,
stronger than me or just better
fighters.

Either way, thirst for ven-
geance always seemed to drive
me. It was one of those vices
that I had brought over to
Christianity, which even today
is hard to surrender. But what
I learned this morning really
shifted my paradigm. You see,
it shook the core of the reason
why I became vengeful. I felt



they needed to get their just
rewards but one verse really
challenged my assumption.
The passage reads as follows:

"Do not repay evil for evil or
reviling for reviling, but on the
contrary, bless, for to this you
were called, that you may ob-
tain a blessing. Whoever de-
sires to love life and see good
days, let him keep his tongue
from evil and his lips from
speaking deceit; let him turn
away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue
it. For the eyes of the Lord are
on the righteous, and his ears
are open to their prayer. But
the face of the Lord is against
those who do evil" (I Peter 3:9-
12).

Then my reading quickly
took me to passages like "ven-
geance is mine saith the Lord."
It was then that I realized that
revenge was never sweet in the
light of love. I do it out of hate
and I feed my internal evil na-
ture so it ultimately destroys
me. When God gets revenge,
He doesn't do it with a sense



of satisfaction in His eyes, but
with tears full of angst, destroy-
ing those He loves. The Bible
even calls these acts "strange"
and "alien." Why? Because
love is put in a position where
it must do something that is
seemingly contrary to its na-
ture: destroy those He loves.

Ultimately, He has to do
it for the sake of those that
choose love. Then it hit me. I
cannot get revenge because
it enjoins me with the af-
flicted and will ultimately be
my demise. Not only that but
I will hurt the heart of justice
because it will put me at the
wrong end of the law. When I
hurt myself, I hurt God. I can-
not get vengeance out of pure
unselfish motives and I could
never get vengeance without
feeling sadistic pleasure. It not
only morphs me into a monster
but it ultimately hurts the one
that I truly love: God. God is
love and He is just a hard com-
bination to balance but luckily
we have a fair judge with a fair
balance.



Do not repay evil for evil
or reviling for reviling,
but on the contrary,

bless

for to this you were called,
that you may obtain a blessing.



Graphic by Christina Weitzel

In conclusion, what is seri-
ously challenged is not only
my willingness to hold back
but my trust in God's supreme
justice. Do I trust that He can
judge better than I? If so, then
why is vengeance on my part
necessary? In reality it's an is-
sue of love that involves trust.
Do I love God enough to trust
that He will do what is right



for not only me, but also <itt
individual that deserves pi»l
ishment? The answer shoq|
be yes.

So next time your
longs for revenge, remembll
hate never wins, but love »'1|
endure to the end.




Everyone needs spiritual food every day!



Chris Clouzet

HFiir.inM FnrroB —



There's a clock behind me,
ticking time away in its quiet,
consistent manner. My stom-
ach speaks, reminding me that
we had planned on using a
convenient little coupon to get
some pizza soon. I'm sitting
at my desk, cozy, warm and
alone. The day is simply wind-
ing down and losing steam
with the setting sun. Yester-
day at this time, however, was
an entirely different story.

The only thing keeping time
was the ever-increasing length
of the line of empty stomachs
at Miller Park. There was no
silence or warmth— everything
h u was movement and frigid gusts



of wind in the flurry of meal
preparation. Hands of all sizes
were cupped near the mouth
to try and trap some warm air
upon exhalation. Other hands
were busy preparing the table
and setting out the meal. Still
more hands gestured excitedly
while their owners reminisced
happily with good friends. It
was a busy time: it was time to
eat!

The homeless folks down-
town were anticipating a warm
meal, and I was soon caught up
in the frenzy, serving coleslaw
to dozens of shivering, expect-
ant men and women. Many
looked tired and worn; others
appeared dirty and even a bit
ragged in appearance. But they
were all there, in the middle of



a blustery, cold, overcast day
for one common purpose: to
be filled.



These folks were
hungry and
thankful for a
good meal. 3 f



It was good to be there with
them. I soaked in the thank-
you's aimed my way and piled
the coleslaw onto already sag-
ging paper plates held by red,
freezing fingers. These folks
were hungry and thankful for
a good meal. It was one thing
I could relate to a little bit.
There is nothing like a satisfy-



ing meal to make content*!
heart of a child of God. 1,4
one, am thankful that w'«|
designed to eat every day!

Jesus is called the Breai
Life. I don't think it's for lack«l
a better metaphor, either. »|
a day goes by that a humee*!
ing needs and deserves fWf
live. It's tragic when sou™
millions go to sleep »■
the blessing of the goo*"I
of a hearty meal. Isn't it"
more tragic when bilhWj
to sleep without the bles«j
the goodness of a hean7
of the True Bread? W.4 J
folks from Miller Pa* 1
thankful for a filling" 1 ^,

Who needs God? Eve?"!

we all do.



I THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008



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THE SOUTHERN ACCENT 7

Sarah Hayhoe

Opinion Editor

[email protected]



Umerican in Australia: Life, death and current events



■Scott Kabel
K-oaiBiaiiiaB



I Charles fears that he won't
lave enough money to die.
I Originally from London,
Binaries has become an Avon-
Hale fixture, riding around the
Sidewalks on his scooter, sit-
ing at a smooth, white table
■ear the cafeteria entrance,
Bhatting with those who care,
looking straight through those
Bho don't. For being ninety-
Bight, he has an unusually
■trong voice and an unusually
■trong dedication to raising
inoney for the relief organiza-
a Asian Aid.

Unfortunately, the first
troblem is his long-term dedi-
cation. He's old and feeble, but
s for other people. He's
lut away only $5,000 for him-
■elf, enough money to afford a
lineral and a burial plot in a
Brtain grassy cemetery. His
noney was relatively safe until
Be U.S. credit crisis. Yes, irre-
Bonsible Americans default-
jg on their mortgage loans
pve affected the whole world.
I It's complicated and I'm not
an economist, but my geogra-
Bhy lecturer tried to explain
■this way: 9/11 happened;
Iffiople got scared and stopped
Bending money. The U.S.
government (or somebody) cut
Tjterest rates and made special
gals on home loans for high-
lit borrowers in order to re-
jergize the economy; those
'i were only set to last for
put seven years, at the end
Which time the rates would
f*P ba <* up- When the hon-
■Poon period ended, thou-
■P of homeowners couldn't
TP rd t0 Pay back their loans,
■national banks had bor-
from international
to account for all the
; now the national banks
f 1 Pay off their loans to the
Smahonal banks, so the in-
*ahonal banks are tighten-
U P on the rest of the world
ais mg interest rates.



But there's more. As banks
started crashing, Australians
saw this Shockwave coming
and started pulling money
out of their banks, making
everything worse. The govern-
ment stepped in and guaran-
teed the money of every bank
member. So, the pendulum
swung the other way: people
set to extracting their money
from other investments and
safe-keeping it in banks; those
other investments included
a certain foundation; now,
to keep from crashing itself,
the foundation has frozen the
money of all the people who
weren't quick on the draw
(or withdrawal)— including
Charles. So, he can't die until
the credit crisis clears.

Charles is watching the
U.S., not because he is inter-
ested, but because he is af-
fected; everyone is affected.
For this reason, (you should
know) Australians are collec-
tively tired of hearing about
the U.S. They get so much U.S.
media— movies and TV shows,
of which they don't complain.
(Several of my Aussie friends
have said that when they want
to act dramatic, they shift into
American accents.) It's the
U.S. news that's most irritat-
ing. Although my impression is
that the news itself is palatable
(they receive all lands of inter-
national feeds), they're sick
of the sourness of Americans.
Here America (by association,
the American) is stereotyped
as indulgent yet deluded by
self-containment (how many
of us have the Australian, Ro-
manian, or Fijian accent fig-
ured?). My guess is that you
would tire of going bankrupt
because of someone else who
doesn't even seem to care you
exist. I haven't been helping
improve the U.S. image, by
the way. I get this quite a bit:
"You didn't know [name] is
an Aussie? You haven't heard
about [earthquake in a small
country]? You're from New



York and you don't know that
9/n was a conspiracy?"

I haven't yet bought into
any conspiracy theories, but
I am moved to wonder what
I've been missing. Apparently,
unlike almost every Australian
around here, I had been miss-
ing the election. Consequent-
ly, I held a cram session my-
night-slash-your-morning of
the vote. I was up until 3 a.m.
watching videos and reading
articles, wanting to sound in-
telligent the next day, when
everyone, invariably would be
discussing unfolding events.




The next morning, between
classes, during lunch and to
the end day, conversations ran
something like this:

"McCain's ahead. There's
still a chance."

"No way. Obama's got the
Black vote, the young vote,
the Latino vote, the woman's
vote."

"You're American. Who do
you want to win, Scott?"

"Aww, [verbal spew]. Yeah,
that's why," I replied.

I caught the end of Obama's
acceptance speech; several
Aussies and I were standing
around a TV in the Avondale
recruitment office-excited
but unsure. The common ethos
was one of fresh beginnings,
Was this election a positive
bellwether? Are things going



to change? Can we change?

I got to thinking, maybe we
can.

However, my confidence
doesn't necessarily rest in
an inexperienced senator, or
America as a political system
or a resilient economy. Rath-
er, I've sensed the world sigh-
ing, exhaling doubts and ten-
sions (read what others have
told BBC). Ryan Litchfield, an
American and Collegedale na-
tive, went to a nearby church
this morning, where someone
got up and said, "With Obama,
morality and economic sta-
bility will be restored to the
world." Hyperbole, but the
message is clear: people still
say that stuff. People still hope
for those things. People want
to believe in the U.S. again— as
a principle.

Despite how tired the world
is of hearing about the U.S.,
it recognizes our leadership—
perhaps more precisely our
influence. From what I can
tell, we have been collectively
hacking away at our reputa-
tion for years— and this is not
merely George Ws fault.

Noam Chomsky's statement
is illuminating: "What seems
to me a very... terrifying as-
pect of our society... is the real
equanimity and detachment
with which sane, reasonable,
sensible people can observe
[terrible] events. I think that's
more terrifying than the occa-
sional Hitler, or Lemay, or oth-
er that crops up; these people
would not be able to operate
were it not for this apathy or
equanimity." In light of such
an indictment (one that has fit
many Americans so snuggly in
the past), I am encouraged to
know what the record number
of voters on Election Day dem-
onstrates concerning apathy.

Now, to step beyond today's
American way— self-interest-
it's crucial to recognize that
this election was not simply
an American Election; it was
a global election. Billions of



people were watching, and bil-
lions will be directly affected by
the outcome. When the world
sees the U.S., it sees us first as
Americans, period. We think
of ourselves as diverse in race,
ethnicity, culture, religious af-
filiation, gender, or academic
qualifications. Sorry, out here
we're just Americans. Regard-
less of your position, know
this: the world is again find-
ing an opportunity to believe
in the land of opportunity— it's
been a while. As Americans,
we can be a part of restoring
the reputation by becoming
educated, working overseas,
getting uncomfortable with
complacency. Then, if Obama
restores stability— economic,
moral, or otherwise— as ex-
tensions of America we can
point those we meet to the
principles upon which our
nation was founded. If things
get worse, we can point them
to the God who stabilizes us—
economically, morally and
otherwise. It's our chance. The
world is watching, and we can
lead it to believe again. Well,
we could.

As for Charles, he's old, but
he's stalwart. Besides he's an
icon; painted portraits of him
hang in the college hall. My
lecturer said that if he passed
away before the world setded
down, the community would
be sure to pass a hat around
for him. Why? He has spent
his life preoccupied with oth-
er people, pointing them to
Christ. Sounds like a good di-
rection to go with the Ameri-
can way.

Epilogue:

Charles was hit by a car and
died in the hospital the day
after this article was written.
Bis funeral was the following
weekend— apparently the hat
got passed around. At least
he's no longer waiting on the
U.S. Ve's waiting on the Sec-
ond iming.



H^HBH



I



8 THE SOUTHERN ACCENT



lifestyles



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 20 08

Rachel Hopkj ns

Lifestyles Edit 0r

[email protected]



Four ways to feed and get fed on Thanksgiving



Emily Young
Adrienne Vernon
Stephanie Edward
Renee Cerovski

rnMnHiimpij



Though you may not feel
like spending your hard-
earned money on a plane tick-
et or gas money to get home
for a five-day vacation, you
can still have a fun-filled day
at Southern. Here are some
unconventional ways to spend
your Thanksgiving away from
home.

Free Dinner with
Faculty

Ask around. Faculty mem-
bers are often sympathetic
to those students who are far
from home on this short holi-
day. Some faculty may gra-
ciously welcome you into their
homes to share Thanksgiving



dinner.

Denise Childs, associate
professor in the School of
Journalism & Communica-
tion said, "I have in the past
invited students to my house
for Thanksgiving. It might be
happening again this year."

Get it Delivered

Move over Pizza Hut and
China Kitchen, there's a new
delivery service in town and
they're doing Thanksgiving
dinners: the Mt. Vernon Res-
taurant located in downtown
Chattanooga. Now, with a
simple phone call, or for you
Internet lovers, the click of a
mouse, you can order Thanks-
giving dinner to be delivered
right to your door. It may be
a bit pricey for a lone college
student, but get your friends
together and share the meal



and the cost, both in consum-
ing and paying.

No worries, though, if you
are still unable to afford this
feast. Just go to tripadvisor.
com and choose one of the
many restaurants in Chatta-
nooga.

Become a Microwave
Chef

What if you're stuck in the
dorm with nothingbut a micro-
wave and an appetite for great
Thanksgiving food? Gather
your friends and pool your re-
sources to make a Thanksgiv-
ing dinner. Although stuffing
a turkey into the microwave
might be a tall order, you can
still make one of the great tra-
ditions of Thanksgiving: the
pumpkin pie in your micro-
wave. You can find this recipe
at cooks.com.



Get Your Green On

10



Vexation: Fretting
about how much it will cost
to drive home for Thanks-
giving break

Solution: Lighten your
load friend!

Implementation:
Clean out your backseat
and trunk. If you're any-
thing like me, you can't
quite remember every-
thing you have in the trunk
(but you do know it rattles
loudly when you take sharp
corners). While you're at it,
it won' ' t to tidy up the



glove compartment and
vacuum either.

Clarification: For ev-
ery 50 pounds of debris
you get rid of in your car,
you improve gas mileage by
about l percent (and pro-
duce fewer carbon monox-
ide emissions!). Since you'll
already be hauling home
some luggage and hauling
back all your Christmas
decor (unless you're too
lazy like me), you'll want to
lighten up any way that you
can. Added bonus: now you
have an incentive to pack
light.



Serve Your Community

One great way to spend your
Thanksgiving at Southern is to
help out those less fortunate in
creative and interesting ways.
Chattanooga has several fund-
raisers on Thanksgiving Day.

The Grateful Gobbler is an
annual run/walk to raise mon-
ey for the homeless. It hap-
pens in Coolidge Park where
they provide entertainment,
refreshments and free rides on
the carousel for participants.

If you're interested in a
challenge, you can join the
Chattanooga Community
Kitchen for Fast Day. If you
participate you would agree to
resist eating all day, yes even
the Thanksgiving Tofurky,
and donate the money you
would've spent on food to the
Community Kitchen.



Question

of the Week



If you could rename

Thanksgiving,

what would you

call it?



Indian Friendship Day.

- Emmy Beltre

Good Eatins Day.

- Jaela Carter

Gorge-us Day.

- Laura Clark

I-Wonder-If-the-Pilgrims-
were-Gluttons Day.

- David Moore

Family Football Day.

- Silvie Vieira




Festivus.

- Christina Weitzel

Australians-Wish-They-
Had-This Day

- Sara Bowers

Obesity Awareness Day

- Giselle Handal



This
Weekend

Not sure what to do this
weekend? Here are a few ]
ideas to get you headed in |/i t H
right direction.

Red Clay Pickin' Barn

Family musical
entertainment, jamming and !
singing

Cleveland, TN

7-11 p.m., every Saturday
night

$5 donation

fyi.timesfreepress.com/
events/ongoing

Diwali Dhoom

Indian festival of fireworks]

UTC Humanities
Auditorium, Chattanooga

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Saturdij*]
Nov. 22

Ticket prices vary

Fyi.timesfreepress.com/
events



Apostles of Comedy

Tennessee Temple
University, Chattanooga

7:30 p.m., Sat. Nov. 22

$15-25 (group rates
available)

apostlesofcomedy.com



A Christmas Carol

Chattanooga Theater J
Center

8 p.m., Sat. Nov. 22
' (through Dec. 19)

Tickets start at $15-50 !J
Theatercenter.com

Chattanooga Market

Antique and Collectibles j
Week

First Tennessee Pavilion
Chattanooga

Noon-spm, Sun. Nov. 23 j

Free
. Chattanoogamarket.com



WSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008



Gym to host 3-on-3 basketball tournament



rts



■fca Livingston



If you're a real bailer then
I probably already know
tut Southern's annual
on-3 basketball tournament
!at will ignite this Saturday,
ov. 22 in the lies P.E Center,
^nups have already started
Ed emails were sent to all po-

ffiitial participants. The real
yers probably already

pe their teams put together,

Sit if you don't, here is some

important information.

I You must have a team in or-
jr to play because individual
pups will not be permitted
id a team will not be formed
r you. There will only be a



men's division and a ladies'
division, so co-ed teams are
not allowed to play either. The
captains' meeting will be held
today at 5 p.m. inside the am-
phitheater of the Hulsey Well-
ness Center. If you want to see
Southern basketball at its best,
then come out and cheer on
your favorite trio this Saturday
night. If you think you are to-
ward the top of the list among
Southern's best ballplayers,
here is some more important
information.

A lot of seemingly good ball-
players get exposed in 3-on-3
basketball. For one, your
teammate numbers are cut in
half and you don't have the
whole court to out run every-



body or use your athleticism
to cover up your weaknesses.
All you have is yourself, half
of a court and two other play-
ers who might be depending
on you to do all the work. It
takes true skill and teamwork
to dominate in the 3-on-3 set-
ting so don't expect to use your
usual tactics to get you past.

Of course a Christian at-
titude should always be pres-
ent, but you better come ready
to play some defense and be
ready to remind your oppo-
nent why they should be ner-
vous to guard you in front of a
big crowd of people. In other
words, don't come out too over
confident. ..you might get ex-



earn Cool Breeze defeats rival team



: Livingston

is Edijoo



lUndefeated team Blue Hole
met up with undefeated team
JEbol Breeze on Monday night
what critics (students on
I bleachers) called the best
ley ball match they had ever
m at Southern,
tovored team Blue Hole
le onto the court with their
|Ial intimidating demeanor.
% twin towers, 6'8' Mark
itson and 6'4' Karlyn Ram-
gave team Cool Breeze
ie thing to worry about
ling in to the game. Both
'earn Blue Hole excelled in
reas besides spiking the
which came as a surprise
am Cool Breeze at first,
then the wind began to
and the breeze settled in.
: * weapon Sean Lemon,
le into the game and turned
■ide bringing more defense
d ruWess offense for Cool
!e - Although many spec-
i said he really wasn't a
foall p i ayer) he proved

je as he ended the
with a ferocious spike
'g Cool Breeze the victory
a score of 25 to 20.



"It's only his second game
of the season," said Jaris Gon-
zalez. "I tried to tell everybody
he was our secret weapon...
now they know."

With their backs against
the ropes, team Blue Hole
found themselves in an unfa-
miliar spot. They turned up
the intensity in the second
game starting it with a 9-3
lead. Mark Knutson was ev-
erywhere, making it almost
impossible for Cool Breeze to
recover. From the sidelines it
was hard to tell that he was
playing with a fractured fin-
ger. Team Blue Hole took the
second game 25-16.

The third and final game
to decide the match was even
more intense than the first
two. The score was tied several
times during the game. Jimmy
Gaines and Karlyn Ramsey
took over in the middle of
game three with their non-
returnable spikes and blocks
at the front of the net. Just
when it looked like they would
take the game and the match
Jameson Malin went crazy.
He seemed to have an adrena-
line rush as he rejected Karlyn
Ramsey's spike on three pivot-



al occasions while serving up a
couple spike pies of his own.

As both teams inched to-
wards the score of 15, a couple
of controversial calls were
made that could have decided
the game. One on Mark Knut-
son, for carrying and another
on Jimmy Gaines for crossing
the line after a spike that could
have possibly interfered with
the opponents play . Both calls
were at very pivotal moments
in the game and much discus-
sion over whether the calls
were correct or not followed.

In the end team Cool Breeze
remained victorious with a 4-0
record as they defeated Blue
Hole 15-13-

"We played together as a
team and won together as a
team," said Cool Breeze Cap-
tain, Rene Bodden.

Although some were upset
atthedecision,teamBlueHole



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