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  1. 1. The Conglomerate November 30, 2007 Centenary College of Louisiana’s Weekly Independent Press Volume 84, Issue 11 Marjorie Lyons celebrates its 50th anninversary Jenni Loer Theatre Correspondent Marjorie Lyons Playhouse is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a show that will commemorate the productions and the influential people who have made theatre at Centenary College an important part of the arts in Shreveport. The show features musical numbers and scenes from productions over the past fifty years performed by alumni, community performers, and students. John Matthews is the musical director and Joy Ratcliffe is the accompanist. The production will include special performances by Orlin Corey, Joe Graber, and Seva May, along with Paul Cambeilh and Jody Kirk Elliot, who will perform a revival of “The King and I,” the ribbon-cutting production of 1957. Performances are Saturday, December 1, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are complimentary; seats must be reserved in advance. The box office is now open - please call (318) 869-5242 for ticket reservations. Photo by Emily DeLatin. INSIDE Centenary continues the controversial mascot debate on pages 2-4 Attorney General race results on page 5 Exclusive look at Robinson Film Center on page 11
  2. 2. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Voting for additional mascot is now open; explained by committee member Versha Sharma The mascot committee pared down Marketing are all represented, as well good.” an initial list of 48 ideas to this final as members of SGA and certain sports Those who are concerned about Editor-in-Chief list of five. teams. “I don’t think it was biased any arbitrary decision-making need “[The 48] were submitted last in any way because we had several not worry: the committee had set After years of debate and year by students, alumni, faculty, different people from different facets criteria to evaluate each idea. These discussion, months of deliberation and staff,” said junior and committee of the college looking at it – there included relevance to Centenary, and Facebook campaigning, and member Dione Wrenn. “They were were lots of opinions flying around,” whether or not many other schools weeks of rumor-mongering (the all compiled from what people said Wrenn. already use the mascot, whether or Centenary Swastikas? okay, maybe were saying at the forum, by alumni The committee narrowed down not a school in our division has it, that was a letter we printed – it was sending in things – a couple of years the 48 ideas to 20 at the first meeting. and if the idea is close to home. funny!), decisive action has finally ago, there was an idea of having a new “We had to get rid of ridiculous When asked why the Wolves been taken toward introducing an mascot, and we put in ideas from that ones, like the ‘Dongs,’” she said. “The (a popular idea circulating since last additional Centenary mascot. list as well.” ‘Preachers,’ the ‘Centenary Jazz’ year) did not make it onto the final Voting is open from now until The committee has been headed – these are just some different ones list, for example, Wrenn explained midnight on Sunday, December 2, on by junior Jared Ward and faculty co- that were on the list.” At least ten that the committee thought it to be the Centenary website for all current chair Dr. Robert Prickett. The Student committee members were present too generic and overly used by other students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Government Association (SGA) for the process of elimination from schools. Still, the committee has not and can be reached from the main formed a Mascot Inquiry committee 48 to 20, and “those who couldn’t be ruled it out completely – if enough page ( Even last year, and this September, a there physically would email in what people enter it as their alternative selected prospective students have more official President’s Advisory they wanted,” said Wrenn. choice, it could be a potential been invited to vote, as they will be Committee was created to follow These 20 ideas were then winner. impacted by the outcome as well through on the issue. The committee narrowed down even further to “That’s what took the longest, should they choose to come here. includes students, professors, and 10. “These were highly scrutinized” when we got it down to ten,” said Voters are presented with five staff, and “people who had been and this process occurred over two Wrenn. “We were trying to figure different choices, accompanied by working on this all along,” according meetings, said Wrenn. “We agonized out what would and wouldn’t work.” explanations (see side box) – and also to Wrenn. The Departments of over them. We didn’t want to take have the choice of filling in a blank Education, English, Athletics, and away something that was really contd. on next page for an alternative mascot not listed. Question of the Week What Did You Stuff “BANANAS!” in your turkey? “Ooo... That’s dirty” -Rachel Johnson, -Dan Kersting, Senior Senior “Soylent green” “Duck and a chicken” “We make dressing” “Confetti” -Stephanie Schrieber, -James Franz, -Sam Timpa, -Scott Crawford, Junior Senior Junior Freshman
  3. 3. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Mascot voting, cont. Centenary The options and descriptions, as seen on the ballot on the website. It also includes a blank for alternative choices. from page 3 Explorers : Exploration is the important value embodied by the mascot Explorers, connecting Conglomerate the mascot nicely to the college’s current branding statement, “Explore. Invent. Connect.” Explorers are fearless adventurers and risk-takers, seeking new experiences through open-mindedness and independence. Picture a swash- “We eliminated the Tornadoes, buckling pirate, a frontier-opening pioneer, a high-tech scientist or a high-flying astronaut — or any and all of these Staff incarnations. The Explorers mascot links athletics with academics by pointing back to our mission statement without the Ironsides - there were too many being nerdy, silly, or campy; exploration is dignified. The Sioux City Explorers, a minor league baseball team, are racial connotations with that. We often referred to simply as the X’s, an interesting interpretation worth considering. Currently, there is only one NCAA Div. I school using the concept: the LaSalle University Explorers in Philadelphia. Versha Sharma finally got to the five based on what the Catahoulas : Catahoulas, also known as Catahoula Leopard Dogs, are the official state dogs of Louisiana. group gave the most points to – but it Catahoulas are usually merle colored animals with eyes of mismatched color — they are described variously as “solid,” Editor-in-Chief “strong,” “independent,” “physical,” “highly intelligent,” and “very noisy.” In addition to the home state connection, the wasn’t only based on our thoughts but aforementioned attributes positively articulate the Centenary experience and the Centenary community. Though the what people said at the forum. We idea of a dog as mascot (e.g., University of Georgia) may not be unique, the introduction of the Catahoulas offers many one-of-a-kind possibilities for portrayal (whether real and/or animated). The distinctiveness of the Centenary always had the best interests of the Catahoulas will be translated much like the popular University of Southern Illinois Salukis. There are no current Rhagen Russell school and the students in mind this Catahoula mascot references among NCAA or professional athletic teams. Mud Cats : Flathead catfish, nicknamed the Mud Cats, are a North American freshwater variety of whole time, trying to think of what Copy Editor fish found in rivers throughout the Missouri and Mississippi River basins, including the Red River. These fish can ethical or racial issues [a mascot] grow to weigh up to 120 pounds and are typically found at the bottom of rivers, hence the “mud cat” moniker. There is a connection — although slight — to the already established Shreveport/Bossier community through S/B’s popular might have, if it’s overused already, if minor league hockey team, the Mud Bugs. In the college world, the Mud Cats offer a unique mascot opportunity. it’s too generic, if it’s fierce enough.” So unique, in fact, that one can imagine a “celebrity” potential for the Mud Cats, much like the Banana Slugs of the University of Santa Cruz. The only references found so far are the Mississippi Mudcats (an arena football team) and Courtney Delaney While people continue to the Carolina Mudcats (a minor league baseball team). Currently, there is no NCAA Div. I school with the Mud Cats disagree over whether Fire Ants or as a mascot. Layout Assistant Fire Ants : Abundant in our geographical region, Fire Ants are small insects that really “pack a wallop” Mud Cats are fiercer, the important when they sting. These fierce, tenacious creatures rely on teamwork to accomplish their tasks and pop up where you step now is for all interested to vote. may least expect. Just as their size parallels the smallness of our own student population, and their characteristics of perseverance and might model that of our Centenary community, the maroon color of their bodies will also help “[The Gent] is hard to embody; it’s associate the Fire Ant with Centenary’s dominant school color (also maroon). The Centenary Fire Ants will be a Aleks Kasztalska hard to have at the games – we want versatile mascot: cute and funny at one moment and fighting strong the next. An additional benefit to this mascot choice is the infrequent use of Fire Ants as college mascots. Currently, there is only one NCAA school, the University Features Editor something that the students can rally of South Carolina – Sumter Fire Ants in Sumter, South Carolina. behind, like the LSU Tigers,” said Squirrels : Squirrels are small creatures that are “clever”, “persistent”, “expert climbers” and “thrive in urban environments”. Their abundance on campus and around Shreveport seem to make them a natural mascot Wrenn. possibility. General public opinion is favorable with such iconic popular images as Rocky from Rocky Bullwinkle, The committee plans to have Sandy Cheeks from SpongeBob Squarepants, and Hammy from Over the Hedge. However, don’t let the cuddly images fool you. Squirrels have incredibly sharp teeth and, through gnawing-induced power outages, have brought down Todd Johnson the additional mascot unveiled by the power grids of stock markets, universities, and even cities. Currently, only Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Opinions A E Editor Homecoming in February. Virginia, utilizes the Squirrels mascot. Michael Jarboe Sports Editor The Gent mascot is integral to Centenary Emily DeLatin Mindy McKoin Photographers Gentlemen: disapproval for these same terms after a particular basketball game As an alumnus of our fine exists upon identical reasoning. Being as: very gentlemanly. Thus showing Carly Carpenter college, and a strong devotee to the that the college itself is far above that the school and its athletes had Business Manager history surrounding our institution reproach, and is equal and fair in the embraced the image of its mascot I would like to express my sincere execution of its admissions criterion. in being proper in all aspects life, disappointment in the decision to The mascot Gentlemen and Ladies beginning with their sportsmanship. Copyright © 2007 create a supplementary mascot for applies uniformly for all alumni and Thus accomplishing the goal set forth the school. matriculated students. by the school. The Conglomerate is Two aspects drive this Secondly, there is an interesting This rich heritage should not contempt. First, the history of The origin attached to why we are The be tampered with in any manner. an independent student College of Louisiana, and second the Centenary Gentlemen and Ladies. As matter of fact, I would hope that publication, and does not reflect history behind the implementation of The original nickname, Old all alumni and current students the opinions of Centenary the Gentlemen and Ladies mascot. Ironsides, was given to the college would esteem themselves to the very College of Louisiana. The College of Louisiana was by its competitors for reasons of meaning of our mascot. We should founded for the purpose of providing the football team’s inclination for neither add nor take away from this the education for southern planters significantly rough, unsportsmanlike astute and fitting decision made by Contact: sons. In the southern tradition play upon the gridiron. The school our predecessors. I will always picture these men were often referred to as seeking to distance itself from myself as a Gentleman of this fine Phone: 318-869-5269 gentlemen. Southern traditions also this repute adopted the mascot of institution, The Centenary College of reckon and represent its women Gentlemen. Louisiana. as ladies. Thus it holds true to the After the assumption of the Respectfully yours, The Conglomerate college’s roots that its mascot should Gentlemen mascot an announcer Patrick D. Fertitta 2911 Centenary Blvd. be: Gentlemen and Ladies. referred to the sportsmanship of The Centenary College of Shreveport, LA 71134 It is understood that a common the Centenary team and its students Louisiana, Class of 2003
  4. 4. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Features Frequently asked questions about mascot voting taken from 1. Why is Centenary College that spent many seasons undefeated, college stakeholders—the students, adding a mascot to the school? with wins over teams such as Texas faculty, staff and alumni—have the 11. What was the process, how The addition of the mascot AM University and LSU. Prior to opportunity to voice their opinions were mascot choices narrowed down has been a student driven initiative. In the football program at the college, and be part of the voting process. That and how do they tie into the school’s recent years, Centenary has examined Centenary was known as the is why they are the only ones, along history/ this area? the role and impact of the mascot “Ironsides.” As a football powerhouse, with a select number of prospective In early September, a through informal SGA student/ the college had a reputation as a students that will have the special President’s Advisory Committee faculty forums, alumni surveys and fearsome and powerful team with a opportunity to vote for this new was formed, comprised of students, questionnaires, the campus diversity penchant for playing rough. To clean mascot. staff, faculty and alumni so that all climate assessment and so on. At up their image, they selected the interests were represented during the end of last school year, a Mascot “Gentleman” nickname. 7. Who can vote for the the selection process. They analyzed, Inquiry committee was formed by The school has had a mascot mascot? researched and discussed more than SGA to discuss this ongoing issue. in the past and it was “The Gent.” Students, faculty, staff, alumni 40 different mascot ideas that had The students have been asking for a The addition of a new mascot and selected prospective students been proposed over the years. The mascot that inspires enthusiasm. We is consistent with the opinions process is consistent with Centenary’s respect the student’s request for the expressed during the diversity 8. When will voting begin and emphasis on creative thinking addition of a mascot for the school assessment we conducted in the how do you cast a vote? and solutions-based results. The and want to create an identity that spring. The addition of a new mascot We are actually conducting on- committee narrowed the list down embodies our history, tradition and will hopefully act as a unifying force line voting beginning November 26 at using such factors as perception of uniqueness. across campus, not only in gender 12:01 a.m. until midnight December mascot idea, extension of campus Students have clearly voiced and ethnicity, but also among groups 2. There has been a lot of buzz about identity, marketing of mascot, a desire for a “fun” mascot, one that such as athletes, music students this, and we are anticipating a great uniqueness, etc. to FIVE that will be can entertain during sports and and Greeks. While conscious of on-line turn out to select our new voted on. campus events. the need to preserve tradition, the mascot. A link for the voting will be commission is aware of the desire of available on the mascot page. 12. When will there be 2. What is the difference our Centenary community members Alumni who do not have Centenary items available with this between a nickname and a mascot? for a mascot they can rally around and online access they may contact additional mascot? The nickname is the literary support. In the interest of promoting the Office of Alumni Relations at A special $5 Maroon Mascot identification of a team, school, or college pride and diversity, we want 318.869.5115 for assistance during Mystery T-shirt is available for organization in the form of word, such to give our students, faculty, alumni the election period. purchase at the Centenary bookstore as the “Ladies” and “Gents.” A mascot and community members a mascot the week of November 26th! Everyone is a three-dimensional interpretation they could rally behind during our 9. What will happen after the is encouraged to purchase this and of the nickname, usually a visual Division I athletic events. votes have been tallied? wear it to create a Wall of Maroon depiction of the word. Once the votes have been during the Centenary basketball (Technically, a nickname is 5. How did Centenary become tallied, the Advisory Committee double header at the CenturyTel the title applied to a team. A mascot known as the Gents? will send a recommendation to the Center December 1st. Purchase of is the symbol used by that team.) Centenary became known President of the College for approval. this T-shirt will entitle you to be as the Gentlemen in the fall of 1921 among the first to pre-order Mascot 3. Will the nickname “Ladies” by then-Centenary President George 10. When will the mascot be Wear. Pre-orders will be taken until and “Gents” change with the addition Sexton when he sat the football team revealed? December 17th via the Centenary of the mascot? down before a game and told the We are looking forward to bookstore. For additional information No. We are adding a mascot players, ...from now on, you will all announcing the winning mascot as about these items please contact the to the school to complement the act like Gentlemen. In a previous soon as possible. There will be a lot bookstore at 318-869-5278. nicknames “Ladies” and “Gents.” game, the football team had been in of behind-the-scenes work once the a fight. The nickname has stuck ever mascot has been selected. Our goal 13. What if my question is not 4. Has the nickname been since, and it was natural to call the is to have all the votes tallied and a covered in this FAQ? changed before or has there been a women’s teams the Ladies when the recommendation to the President by If you have another question mascot in the past? school began women’s sports. mid-December. The official in person” about the mascot issue beyond what The changing of the school’s introduction of the mascot will be is covered here, you can contact Rick nickname is not without precedent. 6. Who will select the new during Centennial Celebration and DelaHaya, Director of Marketing and Centenary College was once home mascot? Homecoming Week in mid February Communications, at 318-869-5073 to a nationally-ranked football team It is very important that the 2008. or
  5. 5. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Centenary students give back to the community Centenary students participate in the “Super Bowl, the residence life-based program in ” which ceramic bowls were painted for an auction by the Food Bank. The Bank’s auction will raise money for their organization. Photos by Mindy McKoin. Sexton Hall organizes food James “Buddy” Caldwell is elected Louisiana State Attorney-General drive through November Nadine Kaskas conviction rate over the past 28 Allison Cormier forgetfulness and apathy of the Staff Writer years, and he holds the highest per Centenary community, McKoin, in Staff Writer capita collection rate for back child conjunction with the Food Bank, support in the State. Caldwell’s hosted the “Super Bowl,” which was According to a 2001 United November 17 marked the record enabled him to collect a a residence life-based program that States Department of Agriculture date for the general election that multitude of endorsements from provided ceramic bowls for students report, thirty-three million people in determined the races undecided by such organizations as the Louisiana to paint. the United States don’t have access the October 20 primary election. Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana The bowls will later be auctioned to enough food to meet their basic The runoff races were for Attorney Sheriff ’s Association, and the Alliance off by the Food Bank of Northwest needs. Of these thirty-three million General and for the Louisiana for Good Government. Louisiana in order to raise money for people, twelve million are children State Board of Elementary and It was unsurprising that this their organization. “The bowls gave and two and a half million are elderly. Secondary Education (BESE). race was a landslide runoff election- creative students a chance to use The 2001 Hunger Study also noted Democrat James D. “Buddy” -Caldwell received 67% of the vote their creativity and to give back to the that one in four households served Caldwell was elected as Attorney compared to Republican Royal community. It also made them aware by the America’s Second Harvest General, a four-year term that will Alexander, who received 33%. of the food drive,” said McKoin. network did not eat for an entire day start January 14. As Attorney General, Caldwell’s Students lacking creative talent because they could not afford it. Caldwell, a veteran district staff of over 500 employees will can also participate in the food Frustrated by these startling attorney with almost 30 years of represent state agencies and the public drive by donating non-perishable statistics, Mindy McKoin, a Sexton experience, was elected to the at large in all civil matters. In addition food goods. Foods that are in a Hall Resident Assistant, began Board of Directors of the Louisiana to handling criminal appeals, he will high demand at the Food Bank of organizing a food drive for the Food District Attorney’s Association in also have the ability to investigate, Northwest Louisiana include peanut Bank of Northwest Louisiana. 1983, and served on that board an order subpoenas, and make arrests. butter, hearty soups, canned meats, “We have tried to do several unprecedented 13 years in a row until The winner for District 5 of crackers, instant oatmeal, and rice. things with fundraising, but it doesn’t 1996. He is the only known official in the BESE was Democrat Keith Guice, Foods can be donated in go over very well with the Centenary the state of Louisiana to have been who in a close race won 52% of the donation boxes located outside of the community. People hear about it and invited to speak on relevant matters vote compared to Republican Ruth doors of all resident assistants’ rooms. want to do it but forget or can’t fit it to justices of the peace and constables Ulrich, who received 48%. The food drive ends on November 30, into their schedules,” said McKoin. for 20 years in a row. 2007. In order to combat the Caldwell has achieved a 99%
  6. 6. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 New Facebook features raise privacy issues To make sure that you cannot be found through this feature, you have to go into your settings and manually Karyn Gehrls Andrew Cuomo has gone so far as to change the search function. Then the subpoena the social networking site person searching will have to have an Staff Writer and investigate its safety and privacy account to see full results, but they measures. will be able to view your profile if it is Since Facebook opened Still, the question remains, not set to private or friends only. up its site to non-college should the personal profiles on the It does open up doors to networks, many issues have site remain private or not? unwanted people finding you on arisen about its privacy Many people believe that, since Facebook, who can simply set up policy. Facebook has opened its doors to their own accounts (since it is no According to this policy, all people with an email address, longer just college student-friendly) Facebook was built to “make anyone can become a member now, and watch your every move. it easy to share information thus turning this site into another Concern still surrounds the with your friends and people MySpace. wording of the privacy policy on around you”; the creators According to Michael Hussey, Facebook. It is said to be a “safe” also promise that the default founder and CEO of, social networking site where people privacy settings would if Facebook keeps heading in this can talk about private things without limit the information that direction, it is likely that more fake someone else interfering. With all of is displayed on your profile profiles will pop up and litter the these new features and changes, it is to those persons in your bandwidth with spam. no wonder some people are calling network. A new feature with Facebook is the website “Stalkbook” (as opposed The two core principles its outside search capability. A person to “Stalkerspace” for MySpace). of said privacy are that “you can look up your name without having Still, the question lingers: is should have control over to have an account to find you on this Facebook really safe, or is it becoming your personal information site, which can lead to many stalker- another MySpace, filled with spam and you should have access to like problems that no one wants to and the urge to add as many friends the information others want to share.” Photo by Emily DeLatin. have to deal with. as possible? New York State Attorney General Centenary holds forum on understanding global climate change Nadine Kaskas problem. Staff Writer Dr. Hamming also discussed Advice from Allison: On party-going, what the public can do about this problem. roommates, and online romance The Centenary Environmental Other topics that were covered Association hosted a forum entitled include Al Gore’s documentary, “An “When Science and Politics Collide: Inconvenient Truth,” and President Allison Cormier not left us. Understanding Global Climate Bush’s decision to support E85 Staff Writer The only difference is that now Change” on Thursday, November 15. initiatives rather than hybrid engine we can drive our own vehicles and ACS faculty fellow Dr. Jeanne technologies in the automotive The opinions and ideas expressed you might have your own apartment Hamming and ACS Environmental industry. Al Gore recently won a by this article do not in any way reflect to go back to. Asking guys to parties Interns Sarah Eich and Dan Kersting Nobel Prize for his work in raising those of Centenary College, the has not gotten any easier, however. spoke to the community based on international awareness about Conglomerate, or the writer herself. The best way to get a guy to Sarah Eich’s recent attendance of environmental problems. In fact, these ideas probably don’t agree to go to a party with you is to an international summit on Global Dan Kersting concluded express any intelligently informed find someone who doesn’t get a whole Climate Change sponsored by by talking about what the opinions anyway. lot of action. Mickle Hall is the best ATHGO International. community can do to get involved. place to find them. ATHGO (Alliance Toward The Centenary Environmental Dear Allison, It doesn’t matter if they’re Harnessing Global Opportunities) Association holds meetings every I can’t find a date to my sorority’s unattractive. At least you won’t be is a non-profit organization that is a Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Reading upcoming theme party. I have a lot of rejected. If anyone asks about your member of the United Nations Global Room on the 3rd floor of Jackson guy friends, but they’re either busy choice of date, just tell them that he Compact. At the summit, held in New Hall. that weekend or someone else is has a lot of money. York City, Eich had the opportunity They plan speaking engagements already taking them. to hear UN representatives from with environmental themes and Earth What’s the best way to find guys Dear Allison, several nations discuss what they are Day events. to take to parties? My girlfriend and I don’t get a lot doing to mitigate global warming. The CEA also raises money -Single Senior of alone time together. My roommate At the forum, Eich offered an overview to bring solar energy to campus, never leaves the room and we don’t of her experience. After that, Dr. and encourages recycling. For more Dear Single, have anywhere to have private time. Hamming talked about some issues information, please contact Dr. Sometimes Centenary College What should I do? related to global climate change and Hamming of the English Department can seem a bit like high school. The -Frustrated Freshman how politics and science are often at days of asking boys to dances have contd. on next page at odds regarding the severity of the
  7. 7. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Sex and the Centenary: Cohabitation after college (part one) Southern Elle So, I chatted with some friends Centenary’s dorms don’t make house and the transportation to get there? about life as a cohabiting couple, and visits. How will you survive? Do you Do you have a couch to sleep on in Staff Writer came up with some things to think clean your boyfriend’s dorm room case you want a separate bed for a about (and TALK ABOUT!) before every time you stop by? If so, living night? Trust me, you don’t want to As several of my friends prepare cosigning a lease. You can’t avoid together could be a perpetuation of feel like you’re living in a prison cell. for life after college, discussions of every struggle and fight – but it’s his leaving dirty dishes everywhere for And while we’re on the subject girlfriends, boyfriends, and fiancées worth taking a break from the dream you to pick up. Does your boyfriend of “Space”… it’s a good time to talk inevitably arise. It seems like almost before reality slaps you in the face. steer clear of your bed because about those wonderful binding all of them are planning to live Finances. If you thought the sheets haven’t been washed in contracts known as “leases.” Just like with their significant others after budgeting to buy Christmas gifts was months? He might not appreciate relationships, getting into a lease is graduation (or even before). Having difficult, try juggling rent, utilities, your dirty clothes on the bedroom simple… and getting out of one early been there, done that, and gotten groceries, and all the stuff you forget floor when he’s living there, too. Who can be more messy than the car your my t-shirt stolen by my girlfriend you need. Start with the big stuff. will handle cleaning the kitchen and girlfriend wrecked when you dumped who “borrows” my clothes, I almost How much can you afford to spend the bathroom? Who will do laundry her via text message. My situation want to warn them. I too dreamed on bills per month? Will you split (especially if you are stuck watching worked out well; my roommate and about falling asleep with my lover rent and utilities equally or will the it turn at the laundromat for two I co-signed, so my girlfriend can get every night, choosing and decorating person who makes more pay more of hours)? Does your partner expect out if we ever have problems. Our a home together, and occasionally the share? Will you co-sign a lease? you will take care of the house? lease also allows us to bail early, too, screwing on the dining room table Will you get a joint bank account? Does this sound like it could as long as we give a month’s written in the middle of the afternoon. But Who will pay for groceries and other be familiar: Her: “He doesn’t do notice and forego the deposit. But in all honesty, I had no clue what the items like shampoo, toilet paper, and any housework, so I’m going to be most leases aren’t as flexible as mine. hell I was in for. I missed the “You’re dish soap? If one of you loses a job or passive aggressive and just pout until You need to consider… do you want a In Too Deep and About to Drown” changes jobs, how will you handle the he does more” and Him: “Why is six-month or a twelve-month lease? warning sign. My dreams definitely change? If you are in graduate school, she so pushy? She is always whining If you break up, can you get out? Will didn’t include cleaning a litter box, how much will you take out in loans about housework, and I don’t want vacating the lease hurt your credit arguing over who would clean toilets to cover your living expenses? What to be around her!” You get it. Don’t rating or leave a permanent mark and dishes, or sexual frustration. if you both are in school? Have you perpetuate the worst heterosexual on your credit? Are the two of you My girlfriend and I were too thought about taking on a roommate stereotype in history. signing for something even more caught up with all the fun, exciting to lower costs? How does your cost Space. When my girlfriend and permanent, like a car note, a house aspects of living together that we of living compare to your partner’s I first mentioned cohabitation, we note, a cell phone contract, or other never discussed all the nasty, difficult – do you spend money easily, while agreed we needed two bedrooms. big ticket items like furniture? What parts. Nights and weekends at each your partner saves every penny? How When we need to just chill, alone, happens if you break up? other’s respective living quarters will that affect your budget and bills? with two bedrooms we could each …and that’s only the beginning. never prepared me for this. The Who will pay startup costs – like close a door and have some space. Next article, I’ll delve into two first two months were rough. We hit buying furniture, buying dishes, Well… money and circumstances more cohabitation issues: Life After some hellish spots. But after a lot of paying utility deposits, etc.? Are you destroyed that wonderful plan. We Sex (or…how to handle sex-less struggling (and some crash-course taking on your car insurance, health are still struggling to deal with the one cohabitation) and Cohabitation learning), life sharing an apartment insurance, cell phone bill, and rent bedroom situation; at least having Before Marriage. Because just when (and a bed, a room, a cat, a closet, at the same time? If you can’t pay two living rooms helps. When you you thought college life was difficult, and too much crap) has gotten a lot everything, what goes first? How can start shopping for a place, how big it turns out there’s so much your easier. Sure, we still fight sometimes, you cut corners to budget? should it be? Will you have a mental degree didn’t begin to prepare you but we’ve gotten over slamming doors Housework. Face it: You breakdown living in a studio? What for… and screaming… and moved toward probably don’t have the cash to about a one bedroom? Will you share painting ornaments and picking out a pay someone else to do it, and a car? When you need a break from tree together (I know – you could gag the wonderful housekeepers from coupledom, do you have a place to go on the cuteness factor). Advice from Allison, cont. from page 6 - pesky roommates and romance Dear Frustrated, the gazebo and the laundry room in But, if you’re afraid of losing Those pesky roommates always James are great places to spend alone Dear Infidelity, your real girlfriend when she finds seem to get in the way. Why must they time. Cheating on your girlfriend on out about the online girl, remember always get in the way of our lives? the Internet is completely different that it’s quite difficult to make out Sometimes in these situations Dear Allison, from cheating on her in real life. I with a computer. you must get a bit creative with where I’m in a relationship with a girl mean, how far can you possibly go you and your girlfriend spend alone right now but I met someone else with emoticons? Do you have a problem and time. online. If I tell this girl that I have a If the online girl is fine with the need Allison’s help? Send your issues girlfriend and she is okay with it, does fact that you have a real-life girlfriend, to Campus Box 202 or e-mail Allison Maybe drive out to the Duck that make it any more acceptable if then it can’t possibly be unacceptable. at Pond one afternoon for a nice picnic. we “both know” and keep it a secret? What your girlfriend doesn’t know If you need even more privacy, I hear - Internet Infidelity can’t hurt her.
  8. 8. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Meet Laëtitia Caloone, a Master’s-seeking student of business from Lille, France tourism for business Congo: What’s your opinion of Congo: If your life were a management. Centenary so far? musical, what would be your theme Congo: How long are Laëtitia: It’s good, it’s really song? you staying at Centenary? different from my country. I like this Laëtitia: A song from “Moulin Laëtitia: I’m staying idea of campus, it’s like a little world Rouge, called “One Day I’ll Fly here for a year. in a big city. But I don’t like the fact Away.” Congo: What do you that we have to spend our evenings Congo: Do you have any tips like the most and the least studying. We don’t in France. We for students who are going to study about living in France? only have to study for finals. in France? Laëtitia: I think I like Congo: What’s your favorite Laëtitia: You just have to be everything. I mean, we can American food? open-minded because it’s very drink, we can go out… I guess Laëtitia: I didn’t have an different there. And just to enjoy it I don’t like the weather in the opportunity to try good American because it will be really fun for you. north. But sometimes I like food yet, so I can’t say. I’ve only eaten You will not spend all your time it. sometimes I miss it when at the caf and at Chinese restaurants. in books, but you will have a lot of I’m here because I’ve lived in I think I like cookies and brownies, things to do. And don’t go out too the north all of my life. though. late! Do as much as you can do while Congo: Have you been Congo: What surprised you you’re there. abroad before? the most about the United States? Congo: Would you like to add Laëtitia: I was lucky Laëtitia: Well, we see the United anything at the end? because I traveled a lot with States in movies and everything, so I Laëtitia: Yes. I want to thank April my family. Also, through wasn’t really surprised. I expected it Valentine [Director of Intercultural Aleks Kasztalska a program at my school, I to be like that. Affairs] because she helped me a lot Features Editor studied for two weeks in England and Congo: What do you like to do when I arrived here and had a lot in the Czech Republic. So, I traveled in your spare time? of problems. Everything was well- Conglomerate: Hi, could you a lot. Laëtitia: I like to play volleyball, organized in the International Office introduce yourself to the other Congo: Why did you choose to swim, just to chill with my friends. when we all arrived. It’s not easy students? Centenary? And I like to go to the center of Lille, for us to arrive here and not know Laëtitia: My name is Laëtitia Laëtitia: I didn’t (she laughs). where all the shops and cool places anybody – I didn’t know the other Caloone and I’m French. I’m from I said I wanted to go to the United are. You can go there for four hours French girl and it was a new place for Lille in the north of France. I’m 21. States and to teach French at the same and you will find something to do the me. Also, you don’t have your family Congo: That’s a good age to be time, and there are maybe four places whole time. and I had some difficulties during the in the United States. you can go in the United States where Congo: What’s your favorite first weeks. So, thank you for helping Laëtitia: Yes! I’m glad to be 21. you can teach French. My advisor word in English? me. I didn’t expect American people Congo: What’s your major? said, “Well, you can go to Louisiana,” Laëtitia: I like to say “it sucks!” to do all of that. Laëtitia: I just graduated in May, and I was happy because I wanted to and “crap!” I like when Eli [her so I have my “license,” and now I will travel to Louisiana. So, I said, “Yes, roommate] says that. Photo by Mindy McKoin. begin my Master’s of international why not.” The Conglomerate presents a European’s first impressions of Shreveport moment. In a few minutes I would be and security at Memphis, but I was beer – the only beer in the place Jonathan Hedley walking in Memphis. I’m gonna go to soon cheered up when I managed that didn’t have ‘light’ in the name (I Contributing Writer diners, chew tobacco, eat twinkies, to befriend just about everyone like full fat beers, I’m European) and do a drive-by (whatever that is); I’m sitting within a 3 metre radius on my got to spend my first crispy dollars. So I finally touched down in gonna say ‘Get off of your horse and connecting flight to Shreve. When the Shopping the next day in a shop the Shreveport Louisiana last Friday fight like a man’ and I just have to buy air-hostess asked me to say ‘tomato’ size of some towns in Italy was an night after a 24-hour journey from one of those t-shirts that say ‘F**k I finally felt welcome. (‘Aw aah just experience, as was getting asked for Rome covering 7000 miles, three you, I’m from Texas’. What would love yo accent – don’t yall just love ID twice in 12 hours (I’m 28!), once separate flights and two awful movies, the land that produced John Wayne, his accent!’) just to get into a Thrifty store! But my in desperate need of a shower, a bite Elvis and Britney Spears hold for me? So I finally got my cigarette most touristy moments have been to eat, and a nice cold beer. I briefly thought of John Lennon and after waiting for my luggage out in in the passenger seat of cars that are As my second of three planes wondered what the probability was of the public area of Shreve Airport bigger than my old bedroom, seeing began its descent into Memphis and getting shot, but then put the thought where I saw a guy who looked just the Circle K (a-la Bill and Ted) and I gazed down upon America for the out of my head. like the Nutty Professor in that Eddie Taco Bell (Demolition Man), and first time in my life, the song ‘Kids I have to admit, my initial Murphy movie. Turned out he was sitting in a booth by the window in a of America’ by Kim Wilde came excitement at touching down on the mayor. diner eating a muffaletta (every movie through the headphones and I felt a American soil was all but vanquished I went to a chain restaurant that that’s ever been made). smile involuntarily spreading across by the experience of immigration night where I tried pumpkin spice cont. on next page my face. It was a real Hollywood
  9. 9. November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 British Studies at Oxford: a fun mix of learning and travel Aleks Kasztalska students can choose from seminars summers with British Studies, has first consult with Ms. Valentine to see such as “Mind the Gap! Satire told the Conglomerate in an e-mail which seminars can count as module Features Editor in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” interview that while she was at St. credits. “British Responses to the American John’s College, her group “only had Although Ms. Valentine has If you’re trying to figure out and French Revolutions,” and class four days a week, so [they] could set a suggested campus application what to do this summer, think about “Frankenstein Meets Snow White: travel on the weekends.” deadline for Nov. 15, the program spending a month in Britain! Cross-currents in British and German The weekend excursions were, itself has no formal deadline and “British Studies At Oxford” Romanticism.” in fact, one the her favorite parts of students who are interested are still is a summer study abroad program A student may also apply to the whole experience. She not only welcome to apply. organized through Associated take an additional course, though got to see Britain, but also went to It must be pointed out, however, Colleges of the South, of which he or she must be prepared to pay Belgium in her free time and even that the spots fill up rather quickly, Centenary is a member. It is held in extra for these hours. The cost of the visited some filming locations of the so it is strongly recommended that St. John’s College, which the brochure program is $7,450, which includes “Harry Potter” movies. those interested in the program see calls “one of the most beautiful and room and board, tuition and a Overall, Ms. McDonald Ms. Valentine as soon as possible. distinguished of Oxford University’s number of excursions, as well as a believes the Oxford program to be “a Ms. McDonald urges all constituent colleges.” health insurance plan. wonderful way to mix studying with students to look into “British Studies This aim of this summer course Throughout the program, each traveling.” At Oxford,” which she calls “one of is “to create each year a rich and of the seminars meets for a total Centenary’s Director of [her] favorite college experiences.” richly integrated program of high of 18 hours, and is accompanied Intercultural Affairs, April Valentine, She especially recommends it to academic value, full of excitement by “study excursions,” as well as is encouraging anyone interested in students who, like her, “[want] to and stimulation, as well as being workshops, lectures, recitals and “British Studies At Oxford” to stop study abroad,” but do not want to enjoyable and utterly memorable.” concerts. Students work in groups of by her office and talk to her about it “be away from Centenary for a whole “British Studies At Oxford,” held about 12, but the program brochure (though you might want to schedule semester.” from June 29 until August 5, is based explains that “teaching and learning an appointment first). To contact April Valentine for on two seminars that are picked by are carried out continuously,” such as She points out that “there is further information, e-mail her at the student and that relate to the “over meals, on social occasions, on a scholarship available” and that “it or stop by main theme. the excursions and study visits.” is possible for a student to receive the Intercultural Affairs Office (2910 This year’s subject is “Britain Margaret McDonald, Centenary module credit.” In order for this to Building, across the street from Main in the Ages of Enlightenment, student who spent one of her happen, however, the student must Admissions). Revolution, and Romanticism,” so European impressions top: Jessica Martin writes letters as part of the Up ‘Til Dawn effort. of Shreveport, cont. below: Several other Centenary students from pg. 8 participated as well in order to raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. One thing that impresses me Photos by Mindy McKoin. very much is all the things that go on at Centenary College – the paper, Nadine Kaskas the radio station, safe sex week, all Staff Writer the different student-run bodies, the extra curricular activities – nothing Up ‘Til Dawn hosted a letter writing like that exists where I went to school, campaign Friday, November 9th, in there was no pride in the school you order to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital. went to, you just did your lessons Teams of up to six people then left, that was it, and you got participated by bringing 50 addresses out as quick as possible. The Honour to send the letters to. Door prizes Council – haha! Haven’t you guys such as a video iPod were given away. ever heard of corruption? Students Up ‘Til Dawn is a fundraising program checking on other students cheating, that supports St. Jude’s Research next you’ll have prisoners working as Hospital. The money they raise helps prison guards! These concepts are all with patient treatment. but impossible to imagine in Europe. St. Jude’s is the first institution I sometimes imagine America founded solely for conducting clinical as a young blond Adonis, idealistic, research for childhood diseases. The flexing his bronzed muscles in the hospital’s daily operating costs of Californian sun to impress the chicks over $1 million is primarily funded (and bully the skinny kids) while the through public contributions. pot bellied, slightly grey haired old For more information about this men of Europe look on. organization, please contact Mary More America coming up soon Walter at - watch this space!
  10. 10. 10 November 30, 2007 Volume 84, Issue 11 Google teams up with MySpace A to compete with Facebook Nadine Kaskas Staff Writer Google Inc. has teamed up with Myspace to form a social networking site that could rival Facebook’s rapid growth. “Google is E trying to capture the hearts and minds of developers who have been smitten with the Facebook platform since the summer,” said Gartner analyst Ray Valdes of the deal’s expected impact to Facebook. The deal puts Google in partnership with the largest social networking service. Myspace had more than twice the number of unique visitors in September compared with Facebook, though Facebook’s growth rate has been much higher. The news comes just a week after Facebook landed a $240 million investment from Microsoft Corp., in a deal that valued the overall company at around $15 billion. Rumors had Google also making an attempt to invest in Facebook, though the company never confirmed it. The Google/Myspace networking site, the OpenSocial consortium, will also include other network providers, including Friendster, LinkedIn, and Plaxo. Winter movie preview: Heroes from Beowulf to Denzel Todd Johnson from the Coen Brothers (“O Brother, and the cast is great, so naturally I’m Depp - ‘nuff said. Plus, the trailers A E Editor Where Art Thou?” and “Fargo”) and pumped. look absolutely amazing, and the already it is receiving buzz that it will “I Am Legend” is Will Smith’s film promises lots of dark humor and be a major Oscar contender. Plus, the next big action movie. The trailers some good music. This is one of my Originally, this was supposed movie is supposed to have the greatest have been looking really cool, so I am most anticipated movies, which is to be an article about awards season, and scariest villain since Hannibal a little excited about this one. Based kind of funny since I don’t usually like but since most of us won’t have the Lector. “No Country for Old Men” on the book by Richard Matheson (the musicals. opportunity to see any of the award- opened on November 21. guy who inspired Stephen King), this There is also “The Great worthy movies until late January or November 21 also saw the movie is about a man who somehow Debaters,” which is the Denzel early February, I decided to change it opening of “The Mist.” Filmed here survives a plague which turns Washington movie that was filmed into an article about some upcoming locally, we have a story written everyone on Earth into vampires. around the area. The story sounds movies that deserve your attention. by Stephen King and directed by Plus, the movie is more than likely good and Washington has never *Note: These are all movies Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank going to have a trailer for “The Dark made a bad movie (at least not that that I am dying to see, so this may Redemption”). It is about a mist that Knight” attached, so that should be I am aware of ), so I will check it out not reflect your list of anticipated covers a town and forces people to more than enough incentive to see it. when it is released on December 28. releases. hide in a grocery store while monsters In limited release, there will also Also on December 28, but in hiding in the mist try to attack them. be “Juno,” which is getting awesome limited release, sadly, is “There Will November: Apparently this movie is supposed to reviews and looks to be really funny, Be Blood.” The buzz on this movie is In this month, we have several be scary as hell, with one of the most and “Youth Without Youth,” which is astronomical, with some even calling high-profile movies that look to be disturbing endings in a long time. the first film by Francis Ford Coppola it a movie that will be listed with very entertaining. Last week the Definitely worth being excited about. (The Godfather trilogy) in over ten “Citizen Kane,” “Casablanca,” and animated version of “Beowulf ” was years. “The Godfather” within a few years. released. I know that the trailers have December: The last week of December has That is some powerful buzz, but it been a little lackluster and very similar To let my geek side out for some movies that I will definitely piques my interest. Plus, the trailer to the “300” trailers that came out a a minute, we have “The Golden see. First is “National Treasure: Book ain’t too bad either. year ago, but the word on this movie Compass” coming out on December of Secrets.” I know that some of you Anyway, these are the movies is that it is extremely entertaining and 7. I loved the book series “His Dark just rolled your eyes, but I actually that have me excited, which probably proves that animation can be badass. Materials” and this looks like it might enjoyed the first one and the second means that you should be excited If you have the chance to see this in actually be a good adaptation of the one looks to be just as much fun. for them too. Check them out IMAX 3-D, do so. series, though I have heard that some However, the real surprise for when they’re released before next Another movie that had me of the more controversial elements me is “Sweeney Todd: The Demon semester. itching with excitement is “No have been lessened in the movie. Barber of Fleet Street.” Why do you Country for Old Men.” This movie is Anyway, the trailers look amazing ask? It is Tim Burton and Johnny