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26. September 11
28. Hurricane Ivan
Brad Paisley in Concert
30. Switchfoot: Best Foot Forward
32. This Land is Your Land
Christmas at Samford
Step Sing 2005
36. Being a Democrat/Republican
42. Senior Survey
44. Student Ministries
45. Imago Dei
46. Angelus Wilson
47. Natalie Mclntyre
48. The Wanahasi Project
49. Shiloh: A Worship Gathering
50. Senior Survey
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52. 17th Floor: Greek Weekend
54. Rush Diary
56. Rush Testimony
57. Lamda Chi
58. Delta Zeta
59. Sigma Phi Epsilon
62. Senior Survey
64. Student Athlete
66. Men's Basketball
67. Women's Basketball
72. Cross Country
75. Cheerleading & Dance
78. Senior Survey
80. What's Behind the Curtain
82. Interior Design Department
83. Crossing the Pond
84. The Boys Next Door
86. Senior Survey
88. Unpack Your Suitcase
90. Eating Disorders
92. Girls vs. Boys
93. Groundbreaking Promises
94. School Spirit
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Art Director: Sarah Dockrey
Photo Editor: Brittany Fancher
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Section Editors: Bryan Baddorf, Alisha Damron, Elizabeth Ellison, Matt Garner, Belinda Martin,
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Editorial Contributors: Amber Adamson, Ashley Belser, Jenni Berryhill, Kendra Buckles, Rob
Collingsworth, Erin Dawson, Jennifer Gish, Ben Fiechter, Will Flowers, Lauren Gardner, Brandon
Gresham, Tricia Harlow, Kimberly Holland, Aaron Hutchens, Ryan Mclntire, Vince Johnson, Jessica
Jones, Courtney Keene, Katie Lantz, Mandi Lawrence, Ashley McCleery, Mary Ann Palios, Ann
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the year left on students, faculty and administration by moving beyond the events themselves to the
way they affected and shaped us.
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From The Editor's Desk
Let's drop the fake smiles and meaningless "how are you's" as we walk to class, and let's create 100 pages that justly and honestly depict our
lives on this campus. Four years, perhaps even more, of our lives have been dedicated to these faculty members, our fellow students, organi-
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from home for four irreplaceable years. No matter why we came, we're all here. And Samford, for better or worse, has touched all of us.
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Samford's gates. I hope you have learned what you needed to learn, felt what you needed to feel, experienced all you could experience and
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by Brooke Watford
Dinner.. .on the dirt?
It's a time-honored tradition unique to the
Samford experience, but some things never
stay the same. Students have come to expect
their first meal on campus and launch of
Welcome Back activities to be, well, dirty.
Dinner on the Dirt typically includes much skill
and coordination with the task of balancing
piled-high plates while hugging people who
haven't been seen or heard from in months.
The juggling act was removed this year, as
the BBQ dinner was no longer served outside
on the Quad's dirt. Instead, it was moved
inside to the Cafs tables. Senior journalism
mass communication major Ashley Hudgins
said, "As a senior I have come to enjoy the
sights and sounds of Dinner on the Dirt. Most
of the fun comes from eating on the Quad
while enjoying the band with friends. Eating in
the Caf dilutes the experience."
Along with the minor location change, an
attire change came as well. The customary
herds of sorority girls are highly visible. This
year proved to be no different as they became
perhaps even more noticeable than before by
no longer wearing jerseys displaying their
Greek affiliation. In an effort to keep affilia-
tions unknown, all female Greeks wore the
same shirt — the same blue shirt. Although
the uniform shirts were a valid attempt to
make Greeks less intimidating to the freshman
girls, many would disagree that the effort was
successful. Journalism mass communication
major and Independent Kayla Futral walked
away from the experience with an unbiased
perspective. "In a way it was cool to see all of
the sororities embracing each other, but,
regardless, they still stuck out like a sore
thumb," she said.
The more things change, the more they
stay the same. The Quad was still full of live
tunes. As the band played on the lawn, emo-
tions clashed with the reality of a new school
year. For newcomers, it means a couple of
hours of awkwardness and even fear. For
upperclassmen, it's a time to reflect on the
summer and discuss the upcoming semester
with others. Political science major Patrick
Crandall reflected on his last Dinner on the
Dirt as a senior with excitement, but remem-
bers the event as a freshman too. "It's really
cool getting to come back and see everyone,
but I remember how awful it was as a fresh-
man," he said.
In some ways, things never really change.
The band continues to play, without much
attention from the audience. Conversations
inevitably turn to where you were this summer,
generally what camp you worked at, who's
engaged and how we should hang out some-
time. Girls squeal at the sight of friends, and
the guys maintain the coolness and reserve we
have come to expect from them. The excited
upperclassmen are easily distinguished from
the timid freshmen who anticipate the time
they head back up the hill to their dorms.
We can only hope that the overall mean-
ing behind the Samford tradition of Welcome
Back will never change. Most college memo-
ries are made outside of the classroom, and
for most, Dinner on the Dirt is where it all
begins. Many recall this event when they were
freshmen as their first time realizing the
essence of what it means to be a Samford
student. Most will recall their last as seniors
when they realize what it means to have been
a part of the traditions that are unique to the
Samford University campus. Dinner on the Dirt
is a tradition that will undoubtedly continue
throughout the years to come, and it will forev-
er be one that can only be understood
between us, the students of Samford. ■
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by Lizzie Ellison
Homecoming week at Samford is a week
designed to make memories, and as always
Student Activity Council filled each day with
memory-making activities. The Homecoming
committee set out to provide students with plen-
ty to do.
Mixed in among the traditional
Homecoming activities like the movie on the
Quad, bonfire and pancake breakfast were the
unique ideas that set this fall's Homecoming
week apart from the rest. From the free funnel
cakes on Wednesday to a Barn Dance complete
with music from Trotline and a mechanical bull,
there were plenty of opportunities for students
to create a week to remember.
The football game brought current and for-
mer students together. Parents who have long
since graduated brought their little ones in Bulldogs T's and miniature SU
cheerleader uniforms. As they traipsed across the parking lot and slid
past the bleachers on cardboard boxes, I'm sure their parents couldn't
help but wonder if one day they too will be Samford students years later.
On Saturday night, following the close finish to the football game, in
which the Bulldogs beat Tennessee Tech 20-17, students, alumni and
fans of country music superstar Brad Paisley came to the Wright Center
for the biggest night of Homecoming events.
The traditional conclusion to Homecoming is the worship service in
Reid Chapel followed by lunch in the Caf. However, if the true purpose of
Homecoming is fulfilled, the events of the week will live on as students
reminisce on their time at Samford.
As a senior, I find myself caught between wanting to be done with
class as soon as possible and wanting to stay at Samford forever.
However, the uncertainty of the future somehow becomes less of a bur-
den on Homecoming weekend. Watching alumni return to their alma
mater is both exciting and encouraging. To hear from the most recent
grads about their new lives in the real world is a dose of reality that
seems so surreal for me right now, but will be all too true come May.
The graduates are different, but they still recognize Samford as part
of who they are, and in a way it has contributed to who they have
become. I don't know what may lie outside the gates of Samford after
graduation, but I do know that Samford will remain the institution that I
knew. When 1 re-enter those gates in the years to come, I will see fewer
and fewer familiar faces, but I know I will be returning to all the memories
I made during my time at Samford. Homecoming is a great week at
Samford not only because of the concerts, bonfires and fireworks, but
also because it brings us home. ■
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by Kendra Buckles
On Saturday night of Homecoming Week,
Brad Paisley, one of country music's most estab-
lished artists, took the Wright Center stage. The
audience, a mixture of Samford students, facul-
ty, alumni and community fans, was wrapped
around his finger from the moment he stepped
Paisley, a recipient of multiple Grammy
nominations, three Country Music Awards, and
three number one hits, was the Homecoming
Committee's top choice during their Spring
2004 planning. Alumni Relations Officer Billy
Ivey was the main coordinator in planning the
concert. Strongly urged by the students, Ivey
and the committee decided to have a country
star headline the concert. After seeing Paisley's
entertaining performance with John Mayer on
the CMT program "Crossroads," a show featur-
ing two artists from different genres in concert
together, Ivey was convinced Paisley was the
artist for the 2004 Homecoming concert.
It was a change from recent Homecoming
concerts to have a well-known, country star, but
everyone felt the concert was a success.
Though not a country fan himself, Ivey was defi-
nite in saying, "I was very, very impressed. It
was a fantastic show." After talking to Paisley's
road manager, Ivey also felt that much of the
success can be attributed to the excitement of
the fans. The road manager confided in Ivey
that often big stars sometimes cut their sets for
college concerts, especially in smaller venues.
However, Paisley's road manager said the singer
was very happy to be at Samford, and since the
crowd gave him a lot of spirit and energy, Paisley
gave it all he had for them in return.
His set was a sample of both past hits from
Paisley's career and new hits from his album
and tour "Mud on the Tires." The show's musi-
cal assortment included the tour's title song and
smash hit "Celebrity" a comic mockery of the
celebrity lifestyle, and his older favorites such as
"He Didn't Have to Be," "I'm Gonna Miss Her,"
and "She Said Yes." Playing one hymn at every
concert due to his strong faith, he also
performed "How Great Thou Art" much to the
surprise and enjoyment of the crowd.
One of the many highlights of the concert
was his modified performance of "Whiskey
Lullaby," a duet with Allison Kraus and currently
his biggest hit. Many students hoping to hear
the song were doubtful. Once he started to play
the popular song, the audience cheered and
applauded with excitement. When the time for
Kraus's collaboration came, a video feed of her
part was shown on the stage screen. It was an
unexpected treat for many of the fans. Junior
Katie Hill explained, "It was the song I wanted to
hear most, but I didn't know if he would play it
without Allison Kraus."
Paisley's opening act was another highlight
and surprise for many fans. Rising singer,
Shelley Fairchild's excitement and energy both
set the tone for the rest of the concert and
made many fans excited to hear more from her
in the future.
Paisley's concert is considered a
Homecoming favorite by longtime country fans
and simple music enthusiast alike. His evident
excitement and enjoyment to be at Samford
and the crowd's enthusiasm from the opening
act to encore made a perfect combination and a
Homecoming success. ■
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by: Mandi Lawrence and Stephanie Hoover
Driven. That was the theme of the 2005 Miss Samford Pageant,
and no word could be better fitting to describe the determination of the
14 young ladies who competed for the crown.
The "driven" theme was decided in the spring of 2004. "We wanted
a phrase that had a double-meaning, Director of Contestants Holly
Morgan explained. "Driven means that the theme is based around cars,
places and driving, but it also characterizes Miss Samford herself."
Once the "driven" theme was decided, the music, props and program
were all centered around driving. The pagent opened with Greased
Lightening where the escorts showed off their moves as Miss Samford
2004, Kristen Howard, flagged them in.
From that moment, it was clear that the competition had begun.
The contestants braved the staged with poise and confidence, each
attempting to sing, dance and impress her way into the judges' hearts.
Although all the contestants looked cool, calm and collected on
stage, a few admitted to having backstage jitters. "We were nervous
backstage, but the show ran very smoothly," sophomore vocal perform-
ance major Rachel Holland said.
"It was lively and fun backstage. We all laughed, and I brought
music to listen to as I got dressed," senior elementary education major
Jewel Littleton said.
"The energy backstage was unbelievable," junior JMC major Erin
Brown said. "Everyone was so nervous, but we all just smiled and gave
everyone compliments to make them feel at ease and confident before
they walked on stage."
Each contestant was judged in five different phases, which included
talent, swimsuit, eveningwear and on-stage questions.
Talents of the evening ranged from singing the jazzy It's Only a
Paper Moon by Natalie Cole to playing Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-
Sharp Minor on the piano.
Overall, the talent part of the competition offered comfort to the
contestants. "I felt very comfortable performing my talent on stage at
the pageant because I sing solos in my church back home all the time,"
"I had the most fun performing my talent. I love jazz music. It was
so great to be on stage in my black sequined dress and drawing energy
from the music and the audience," Holland said.
If the talent portion of the pageant was the most comfortable part
of the pageant, it's clear to see that the on-stage question was the least
comfortable for the contestants. Sophomore business management
major Hailey Hutchinson confirmed this idea. "The on-stage question is
definitely one of the most difficult parts of the pageant. To have to
stand backstage and watch as everyone answers their questions is
extremely nerve-wracking. You hope that you get a question you can
answer, and you hope you don't say something that comes out sounding
silly," Hutchinson said.
Holland readily agreed with Hutchinson. "I was most nervous about
my on-stage question," Holland said. "At least in the interview it's just
you and the judges. The on-stage question made me nervous because I
knew that the entire Wright Center would hear my response, and if I said
something dumb, I would be remembered for that. I was so glad that I
felt good about my response and felt like I said everything I needed to
The three hours of competition eventually came down to one
moment of anticipation as the winners were announced.
"I felt so great once they had announced the winners. I had no
idea I would place. I just expected to get a great experience out of the
whole thing," freshman nursing/Spanish major Elizabeth Broome said.
"My heart was pounding the entire time the winners were being
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read," Holland said. "I was so elated when I won the talent competition
and got first runner-up."
In the end, only one contestant could be crowned Miss Samford
2005. This great honor was bestowed upon senior journalism mass
communication major Melissa Morgan. "Hearing my named called was
unbelievable; I was so surprised and honored to be chosen as Miss
Samford University," Morgan said. Morgan hopes to encourage literacy
while fulfilling her Miss Samford duties this year. Alongside other Miss
Alabama preliminary winners, Morgan will make appearances all year long
to educate more people about her platform and will compete this June
for a chance at becoming Miss Alabama 2005.
All in all, it's safe to say that the Miss Samford 2005 pageant was a
big success. Many participants continue to hold the pageant and the
memories they gained from their experiences dear. "I met some great
girls. I'm very grateful for that," Littleton said.
When asked if they would participate in the Miss Samford pageant
again if given the opportunity, most of the contestants responded with a
heart-felt "yes." "I will definitely do it again next year," Broome said.
"I would encourage all girls to compete in Miss Samford!"
Hutchinson said. "It is a wonderful time to make new friends, and it gives
you a chance to become more confident in yourself."
Looking back on the pageant and its driven contestants, Holly
Morgan said, "These girls were all amazing in every portion of the compe-
tition. It was all of them that stood out to me, not just one."
Melissa Morgan - Miss Samford 2005
Rachel Holland - 1st runner-up
Lindsey Samples - 2nd runner-up
Sidney White - 3rd runner-up
Elizabeth Broome - 4th runner-up
Hailey Hutchinson - Spirit of Miss Samford
Q&A WITH MISS SAMFORD 2005
TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PAGEANT...
"During the weeks of rehearsals before the pageant, I had several
people tell me I didn't seem like the typical pageant girl, and I've come
to take that as a compliment. The Miss Samford title isn't about a crown
or a sash; it's about young, competent women striving for excellence in
every area of life by maintaining personal fitness, keeping abreast of
world affairs and passionately serving her community with a confident
sense of moral dignity and integrity."
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH YOUR PLATFORM...
Since then, I've had the opportunity to promote my literacy platform
on and off campus. I've read with children at the McWane Center and at
local schools, imparting to children my passion for reading and the
importance of literacy.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR PLATFORM...
So many Samford students have been blessed with so much. It's
oftentimes impossible for us to imagine a world where the simplest road
sign or job application cannot be read. But for 25 percent of Birmingham
residents, that world is reality. That's why I'm starting a literacy program
on campus through which students and faculty will be able to become lit-
eracy tutors and reduce this alarming rate of illiteracy by tutoring mem-
bers of the community who need help with their literacy skills.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE AS MISS SAMFORD THUS FAR?
As Miss Samford University, I've had the opportunity to speak in
schools, organizations and civic groups on and off campus about the sig-
nificance of community service work and the importance of extending
your resources beyond yourself to help someone who is not as fortunate.
My favorite groups to work with are children and mothers. Children have
that inquisitive spark of creative curiosity, and to capture that with a book
is to instill in them the importance of literacy at a young age. In the
same way, educating a mother is educating a family and stopping a train
I've had an incredible year as Miss Samford, and I'm so grateful to
have held the title of my university where I have grown and matured and,
hopefully, have been able to impact others lives for the better.
Congratulations to Melissa and to all the participants of Miss Samford
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Just because Samford is surrounded by the
lavish Brookwood Mall and extravagant homes
doesn't mean that the purchasing of presents or
decorations for a Christmas party are the "rea-
son for the season." Samford University does
not decorate to ensnare prospective students or
to boast to the press. Samford covers its build-
ings with green wreaths, red bows, garland and
Christmas lights to commemorate the Savior of
Samford and each of her students — Jesus
Christ. Samford creates a Christ-centered
atmosphere for daily life. The celebration of His
birth is no exception. Christmas at Samford
brings a generous helping of traditional pro-
grams and exciting new festivities to rejoice in
the birth of Christ.
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The activities arranged for the Christmas
season are endless and are geared toward stu-
dent, faculty and community participation in the
expectation for Christ's birthday. Samford pre-
sented the annual Hanging of the Green, a cere-
mony that includes a description of the purpose
of each decoration to grace the walls of Reid
Chapel. Select seniors were honored by helping
to display the decorations and to carry the
flames to candles and then into the night to sig-
nify bringing the hope of Christ into the world.
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather,
the Lighting of the Way was postponed a couple
of days, but the wait did not discourage
Samford students. This delay served only to
heighten anticipation and camaraderie during
the official lighting of Samford's Christmas
lights. From a distance the lights seem to nar-
row like a runway toward the Samford
University's Harwell G. Davis Library, where focus
is distracted from the stoic and strong columns
of the building and directed instead toward a
cross hung on the top of the library over the
clock. Students gathered to watch the specta-
cle and were met with performances from the
choir and some steaming hot chocolate. The
December chill laced with warmth of song and
cocoa created the perfect atmosphere to
observe the lighting of Samford's Christmas
During convocation hour, Samford also
hosted the annual Christmas celebration of for-
eign languages, dubbed "Christmas around the
World." Several different foreign language stu-
dents, including those studying Polish, Swahili,
Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French
and German, all joined together to debut their
different tongues through popular Christmas car-
ols and Bible readings in each respective lan-
guage. Two instrumentalists playing bagpipes
and dressed in traditional Scottish kilts also pre-
sented a new and unique surprise as they
recessed from Reid Chapel and ended the pres-
Samford also held the 2004 annual
Christmas Concert, featuring the Samford
University choirs and presenting a stirring rendi-
tion of traditional Christmas music. This cele-
bration of choral Chnstmas music served to
delight and awe attendees as the audience felt
itself transported into reverence for Christ and
his miraculous birth. With the true form of wor-
ship, giving of their personal God-given talents,
the Samford University Chorale and A Capella
Choir lifted voices and debuted talents all for the
sake of praise for the birth of Jesus Christ.
This year, the Birmingham Ballet Academy
held performances of the ballet, the
"Nutcracker," in the Wright Center. Although
this event was not produced by Samford, park-
ing near the guard gate was scarce as students,
faculty and ballet enthusiasts from the
Birmingham community flocked to see the
recital. The audience members appeared to be
as happy and full of Christmas spirit as they
exited, taking visions with them of Sugarplum
fairies and broken nutcrackers made right.
An exciting addition to the Samford tradi-
tional services and programs was the film "Star
of Bethlehem" shown in the planetarium. Only
eight days from the awaited Christmas, the film
presentations were free and open to the public
in order to draw the community in for the much
debated topic — the actual star that announced
the birth of Jesus. The show explained the phe-
nomenon that brought the wise men from the
East, addressing questions that historians and
scientists have pondered for centuries. The
video approached these questions historically
and exposed astronomical solutions, such as
comets and supernovae, which would account
for the "miracle star." This presentation inspired
an appreciation for astronomy and the impor-
tance that it held in the Christmas tradition even
This year, Samford's Christmas was defi-
nitely not without her bells and whistles. The
Bells of Buchanan accompanied many of the
Samford programs, including participation in the
"Christmas around the World" convocation, as
well as other concerts. However, this musical
group does not just have an accompaniment-
level of talent. The Bells of Buchanan held their
own concert on December 9th. The unique and
irreplaceable resonance and tone of the bells
would not be so touching were it not for the
flawless presentation of the musicians. They
play as a team, and, therefore, they are able to
pull heartstrings with their well-rehearsed
Another "bell" that Christmas revealed is
from Samford's very own faculty, Dr. Kelly
Jensen, from the World Languages and Cultures
Department. Dr. Jensen played a set of hand-
bells single-handedly, a set that seems endless
as she rushes back and forth to find the perfect
bell to fit the song. Samford is blessed with this
renowned bell-ringer who served to complete
Christmas spirit at Samford.
With all of the activities, programs and dec-
orations, Samford University created a warm and
familiar atmosphere to announce the holiday
season. From a simple wreath to the extrava-
gant production of the "Nutcracker," each part
of the celebration held its place in a
festive yet reverent Christmas season. It was
with a certain wistful, backward glance that stu-
dents bundled up and said goodbye to friends,
teachers and dorm rooms to journey home for
the holidays. ■
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BY JENNI BERRYHILL
Someone pushed the crazy button on the "Samford Bubble." That's right, this is "Life As We
Know It": the month of Step Sing.
"Life As We Know It" actually began well before February of 2005. Step Sing Committee Director
Alison Tyler and Assistant Director Sarah Titrud started working on the extravaganza, known as Step
Sing, with other committee members while the rest of us were still recuperating from Step Sing
2004. The committee decided to have a blanket theme again at this year's show. They "felt that as
college students, everyone has a story to tell; everyone's life leads them down a different path,"
Tyler said. "The committee," he said, "hoped the theme was broad enough to allow groups to be
creative and develop a theme that encompasses life as they knew it."
And so "Life As We Know It" began.
Excitement was at an all time high as students returned back to Samford's campus at the end of
January. There to greet their enthusiasm was the annual Step Sing banner-drop. Tangible tension
between shows arose as Bashinsky Field House filled with students. With banners looming from the
track above, students eagerly awaited below to see the competition revealed. In the tradition of Step
Sing, a community service project is attached to the event. This year, the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi
brought in the most cans for the philanthropy, Feed the Hungry. But at the end of the night, Chi
Omega took home the pride of best banner, and so began the most important three weeks of
Directors were once again faced with conforming to an overall theme of "Life As We Know It." The
Freshmen Show, which went on to win Best Theme, showed the audience what it is like to be a
freshmen girl at Samford. The sisters of Chi Omega showed everyone the life they know in the jun-
gle. Alpha Delta Pi expressed themselves through the rhythm and beats that lead their everyday
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lives. The brothers of Sigma Chi sang and danced life as mama's boys.
Reality TV led the lives of Alpha Omicron Pi sisters in their show. The
brothers of Pi Kappa Phi know lives as underdogs, victoriously coming from
behind. For the Independent Ladies, the theme meant old ladies "remem-
bering the way they were, talking about the way things are now and how
the spark in their relationship had died," director Drew Pournelle
explained. For Dudes-A-Plenty, life as they knew it was a chance to
escape back to all the things "little dudes" wished they could be and still
wish they could be in their presentation as pirates. The sisters of Zeta Tau
Alpha showed life in every season as the world turns.
Commence rehearsals. To help participants balance schoolwork and
Step Sing practice during the week, the former 40-hour time limit for
practice was established again, and this year the committee limited
Sunday through Thursday night practices to three hours.
Life as a Step Sing participant/ student is a tough balance to strike.
And by striking a balance, students find themselves barely stumbling into
their 8 o'clock classes alive. And they have not even studied a lick the
night before because their bodies will not cease running through eight
counts of choreography over and over again.
Practice is crucial. Time is detrimental. When the director speaks,
everyone listens. Each show has a different way of running practices. "We
set goals for practices, and if we accomplished those goals, we would
leave a little early," Alpha Omicron Pi director Kathryn Lamb said. This,
however, may not be the case for many of the all-male shows. "Most of
the time nobody really wanted to listen to instructions," Pi Kappa Phi
director Michael Ferguson said. "So they didn't, and we had to run
through each new thing multiple times."
Beneath the stress and tire of the month, however, Step Sing is more
than a lifetime of fun. Despite rules, most Step Sing participants find that
practice is not only the best way to make the show perfect, it's a good
way to make a new friend. Formations inevitably land participants next to
someone they had never met before. "Snack time was always a great
bonding time for us" Independent Ladies director Eden Richardson
recalled. "What better friend is there than a girl you haven't even met who
would sacrifice the last doughnut or Cheese Puff for you on a Saturday
morning, y'know?" And why else but for the sake of good times would
participants return to the stage year after year? "I believe seniors partici-
pated in order to build relationships with.the younger girls in our sorori-
ty... I know they certainly became mentors for many girls," Lamb said.
"This year we had five four-year Step-Singers," Ferguson said. "These peo-
ple simply love being in the Step Sing atmosphere. These are people who
love to have fun."
"Life As We Know It" continued to take Step Sing participants by sur-
prise on Saturday night. Though most would say they are much more
deserved than last year's winners, no one expected to find competition in
newcomer and Sweepstakes winner, Dudes-A-Plenty's show. Displaying an
impressive array of vocal talents, pelvic movements and puns on the word
"booty" in their show "Pirates," Dudes-A-Plenty won the crowd as well. It
was no surprise when the participants in the balcony stood up on
Saturday night chanting "Dudes! Dudes! Dudes!" as they accepted the
coveted Sweepstakes award. In addition to Sweepstakes, the Dudes took
home Participants' Choice: Best Music and Participants' Choice: Most
Entertaining Show. "I really liked getting the participants music award
because that solidified our existence more than being a funny group, but,
of course, Sweepstakes was awesome, and it means a lot more because
of all the greek support and encouragement," Dudes-A-Plenty Director
Joey Proffitt said.
Independent Ladies took First Runner-Up with their show "The Way We
Were." Hobbling onto the stage as old women in smock dresses and
canes, the Independent Ladies crooned tunes from Broadway shows
snatching Excellence in Music from the Judges panel.
Alpha Delta Pi had the "Rhythm of the Night" synchronized and took
Second Runner-Up, as well as Participants' Choice: Choreography and
Excellence in Choreography in the competition.
Other winners included Zeta Tau Alpha with Participants' Choice: Best
Costumes and the Freshmen Show with Excellence in Theme. ■
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2 nd Runner-Up: Independent Ladies
3 rd Runner-Up: Alpha Delta Pi
Excellence in Theme: Freshmen Show
Excellence in Choreography: Alpha Delta Pi
Excellence in Music: Independent Ladies
Participants' Choice in Choreography: Alpha Delta Pi
Participants' Choice in Music: Dudes-A-Plenty
Participants' Choice in Costume: Zeta Tau Alpha
Participants' Choice Best Overall: Dudes-A-Plenty
Freshmen Show: New Kids on the Block
Chi Omega: Chi Omega Welcomes You to
Life in the Jungle
Alpha Delta Pi: Rhythm of the Night
Lauren Sanders & Kelli Perkins
Phi Mu: Life is but a Dream
Sigma Chi: Mama's Boyz
Alpha Omicron Pi: AOPi on Reality TV
Pi Kappa Phi: Pi Kappa Phi Comes From
Behind: A True Underdog Story
Independent Ladies: The Way We Were
Eden Richardson & Drew Pournelle
Jacob Simmons & Joey Proffltt
Zeta Tau Alpha: As the World Turns
Katie Hall & Alison Skinner
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If you could change Samford s
current motto (For God. For
Learning. Forever) to reflect
your personal experience, what
would it be?
- Our Administration, who art in
Samford Hall, conservative be thy
name. Thy classes come, my con-
vos done, on Earth so they will let
me into Heaven. Give us this day
our daily food court money, and
forgive us our Values Violations, as
we forgive those whose fault it was
that we got caught in the first
place. And lead us not into debt,
but deliver us from student loans,
for thine is the "Bubble," and the
power, and the glory. For God, for
green grass, forever, Amen.
- Different is ba-a-a-a-ad!
- Tuition, room & board, & meal
plan: $18,000 per year; Text-books
& art supplies: @ $600 per year;
midnight Krispy Kreme and choco-
late milk runs: $7; Experiencing
London for a semester, making
friends and establishing a coffee
addiction that will last a lifetime:
- For God, For Learning, For Twenty
Thousand dollars a year!
- For Landscape, For Diversity, For
still no boys... Forever.
- For diamond rings, for weddings,
for your MRS.
- Learn. Laugh. Love. Leave.
- For Publicity. For Reputation. For
- To the Caf, To the Dorm, To the
- For Growth, For Independence,
- For Materialism. For Narrow-mind-
ed students. For Conservatives.
What s the worst trend you have
seen come through Samford?
- When playing frisbee on the Quad
became the cool thing to do.
- Daypacks - mine was so expen-
sive, and the trend was gone
before I knew it.
- Nalgene bottles.
- Bridal magazines.
- The front tuck.
- The flipped-up collar in a bright
colored polo shirt.
- The ruffty, strapless tops that look
like maternity wear.
- Those awful furry boots that girls
wear with skirts. They look so stu-
pid because this is not LA., this is
- When girls roll up their jeans to
show the colorful rain boots they
are wearing.. .even when it's not
- Blankets & rugs worn as shirts
- vera bradtey!! monogrammed even!
- A typical Samford male outfit con-
sisting of too short shorts, Jesus
sandals and Tommy too-cool sun-
glasses around the nape of the
- High heel flip flops - girls, serious-
- The sunglasses backwards on the
necks, coupled with the neon col-
- Pink. Anything pink.
- Boys wearing shorter shorts than
girls. (Man Thighs)
- Big gas hogging SUVs that run on
- Those bright plaid pants that frat
boys wear. Who told them that
What is one thing about your
college years that you
did/saw/felt that you would
rather die than tell your par-
- How many classes I really
- That I hold the record in my
sorority for breaking the most con-
secutive nights of visitation in a
single semester (63).
- Samford really isn't as strict as
they think it is.
- How many Values Violations I
should have gotten.
- The extensive amount of time
spent laying on the quad and the
practically non-existent time spent
in the library.
- Nothing — I'm a good kid.
- Hiding beer in the various shrubs
- How I spent all the money they
- That two people really can fit
comfortably in a twin-sized bed.
- Anything that happened at the
- That I made out with a boy up on
the top floor of the library.
- I can't think of anything I wouldn't
tell my parents.
- Thursday Nights.
What was the funniest thing you
ever saw or experienced in a
- In Marketing Class, we were gMng
a presentation. Matt Wilson falls
asleep, his chair slid off the side of
the risers in class and he fell out of
his chair. It was all in slow motion
as he fell. He then did a backward
roll and jumped up. It was hilari-
- A girl in my CP class freshman
year asked if Martin Luther was the
same as Martin Luther King, Jr.
- A scavenger hunt in fitness walking
- Watching Elvis give a CA speech
- One time I pretended to be a
substitute teacher, and people
actually believed me!
- Nothing, I am a religion major.
- Learning that Matt Gamer fit the
description of the campus streaker.
- Mrs. Newell singing the
phonemes of the alphabet.
- In Dr. Sanders' Music History
class, the day we got to polyphony,
he handed out Oreo's.
- Dean Price shimmying in
a cappella choir rehearsal.
- One of the twins get pushed in
the fountain with his bike.
- 1 slept though most of my
classes - had I been awake I
might have seen something funny.
- The credit card toss in Dr.
Bowman's sports psychology class.
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Dei I. in- - l.inr
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by Stephanie Hoover
26 Declare - Entre Nous 2005
This year at graduation, another class of students will leave their
Samford glory days behind them and embark on the world outside
the "bubble." Along with unique personalities, leadership contribu-
tions and faces on campus, we, the Class of 2005 will also be taking
something else with us. Our memories of September 11, 2001 - What
we were doing, who we were with and where we were when we first heard
the news. The answers are all different, yet they reveal the true emotion,
fear and concern of each senior. We are the last group of students who
were here that fateful day, and this is the legacy we're leaving behind.
"My plans for the day were simple. I was going to go to convo and
class the rest of the day. It was supposed to be business as usual."
As the senior above details, the day started out like any other for
Samford students. Waking up, hurrying to an 8 a.m. CA class, contem-
plating the pros and cons of attending convo. But by mid-morning, every-
one had seen the sight. Everyone had heard the horror. It was clear.
This day would be a day no one would ever forget. September 11, 2001.
"I met my sister in Reid Chapel for convo, and we visited until Dr.
Barnette approached the microphone. With a stark look of disbelief and
confused concern, he announced to us that he had just been informed
that a plane had flown into one of the twin towers in New York. I, natural-
ly, thought 'Oh no, what a horrible horrible accident. I wonder how many
people were hurt?' Never did I think it could be something like a terrorist
"I remember my roommate and I woke-up and someone from our
hall came in and told us. We turned on the television in time to see the
second tower get hit. I think, like everyone, I felt like I was watching a
Regular chapel was cancelled due to the events and a special serv-
ice of silence and prayer was lead by Dr. Barnette, but students came in
numbers to pray before convo, after convo and throughout the rest of the
"I will never forget how during that day people kept finding their way
over to the chapel. They would just walk in, have a seat, and grieve and
pray quietly," Dr. James Barnette said. "As I recall it was later in the after-
noon that we actually put out an annoucement about the chapel being
open, but people had already been coming by since late morning."
'The sights were blinding. The sounds were deafening. I remember
walking back to Vail and seeing maintenance workers and students alike
gathered around the TV in the lobby. We all just stood there - in awe, in
shock, in complete and utter disbelief."
"My parents were supposed to be flying to California that morning. I
was so worried. I called my mom, and when she answered the phone, I
just started to cry."
"All the girls on my hall got together in our RA's room. We sat glued
to the TV, hungry for answers to our questions and starving for an expla-
nation. We sat there in silence for what seemed like forever."
As days went by, life slowly began to return to normal around
Samford's campus, but nothing would ever be the same. We were closer
as friends. We were more aware as young adults. We were more patriot-
ic as Americans. Even here in the "bubble," no one could ignore the fact
that we were changed.
One year later, on September 10, 2002, Captain John Pruitt, the
deputy director of Naval training at the Pentagon, gave a glorious talk in
Reid Chapel about his personal experience in the Pentagon on September
11th. His daughter, Blair Pruitt, was a Samford student at the time.
"It was the highest attendance of any chapel in my 10 years at
Samford, a testament to our students' commitment to remembering
those who died, as well as showing support for those who are on the
front lines defending our freedoms." Barnette said.
On the one year anniversary of the attacks, the SGA dedicated the new
American flag that now flies in Sherman Circle. On Thursday, September
12, 2002, Colonel Kenneth Brown, Chaplain of the 101st Airborne
Division of the Army, spoke in chapel. Colonel Brown had just returned
with the 101st from Afghanistan and gave one of the most moving
addresses ever spoken on campus. Both Colonel Brown and Captain
Pruitt received lengthy standing ovations by a moved Samford audience
as their talks came to a close.
This past fall on September 11, 2004, the Samford community
observed a moment of silence at the Samford-Furman football game fol-
lowed by an intensely magnificent Air Force fly-over that set the tone for
Even though months and even years have passed, it is clear that
Samford has not forgotten the terrible events and the lives lost on
September 11, 2001.
Just ask a senior. We all have personal stories of the day and those
following September 11th. We'll soon graduate and be gone, but the
images, moments and memories of being at Samford on September 11.
2001, will live on within us.
"I will never forget the image of people jumping from the top floors
to their deaths. It was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It
was a real life nightmare."
"I will always remember how vulnerable and confused I felt.
American soil? Twin Towers hit? Terrorists? Afghanistan? Thousands
"I will never forget the people running - it made me cry on the spot.
It was absolute horror."
"I think the thing that I remember the most about that day is silence.
Never has the world been that quiet to me and never will it be again.
Rarely do things bring the whole world to silence." ■
He caused the National
Guard to take disaster relief
action across the Florida
Panhandle. He killed 39 people
in the Southeast and left over
1.8 million without food and
power for two weeks. He sum-
moned over 20 tornadoes from
Georgia that roamed as far
north as the Virginian
His name was Ivan, and he
was the fourth major hurricane
of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane
The Cape Verde-born tropi-
cal cyclone developed into a
hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
His quick development into ado-
lescence sent him traveling
through Grenada, Jamaica,
Cuba, the Cayman Islands and
the Gulf of Mexico. His last
stop was the southeastern
Reaching adulthood quickly, Ivan
ruthlessly blasted through the
Gulf Shores area in Alabama,
destroying farms, homes, busi-
nesses and lives. After landfall
on September 16, Ivan moved
north and then turned east,
bringing heavy rainfall to large
areas of the southeastern
United States, including
Louisiana and Texas.
He did his damage and
never looked back.
Ironically, Ivan was never
supposed to reach the land, yet
he doubled in size and con-
quered many tropical islands
within hours. The coastal dam-
age caused once-untouched
buildings and homes to collapse
from the unstable foundation
caused by the heavy surge of
water, especially through the
Gulf Shores area.
For many Samford students
and their families, Ivan didn't
just present an unexpected
school holiday or a hurricane
party. It literally touched their
lives and homes.
Several classmates lost
their homes or knew many peo-
ple who did. Their hurricane was
not a party; it was an evacua-
tion, a scramble for generators
and a dangerous, face-to-face
meeting with nature.
Junior Stephanie Snyder
recalled how her family was
spending a quiet evening at
home when almost 15 of her
father's employees whom had
evacuated from Southern
Florida in order to flee from Ivan
unexpectedly interupted her
family's dinner. Totaling over 20
guests by the next day, the
adventurers were out of power
for two weeks and water for
Students who decided to
stay at Samford awoke the
morning after classes were can-
celled to absolutely no power
and the strongest rains that
many had ever seen. Samford
employees came into work that
day to aid the chaos that invad-
ed and dominated the Caf. Food
piles, to-go boxes and silverware
were laid out like the Red Cross
was preparing for another
In the midst of all the
excitement, sophomore Holly
Jaye was able to take a step
back and recount her experi-
ence, "My roommate and I piled
into my car and raided the Caf,
bringing back a ton of goodies.
To get weather info, my friends
and I brought out the shower
radios and sat downstairs listen-
ing and talking with each other.
I found out a lot about the peo-
ple I live with and laughed more
than I had in a while. Although
the Samford bubble didn't pro-
tect us from the storm, it didn't
rule us out of the good things
that come from bad situations.
One thing that can always be
said about a disaster is that it
brings people closer together,
and after spending the weekend
with Ivan, I know the statement
My experience with
Hurricane Ivan was also on cam-
pus, but just a little different.
For me, going home was not an
option. Growing up in Knoxville,
Tennessee, I was raised not to
be a fair-weather fan. The warn-
ings prompted an adventure. As
I opened the infamous "Jennifer
Dunn" e-mails on September 15,
my expectations were confirmed
and the hurricane soiree was
The next morning, my REM cycle
that included visions of movies
and a relaxing weekend was
tragically disturbed when
Residence Life came charging
through the hallways like the
Titanic was about to sink.
Despite the slight abrasiveness,
I finally realized the severity of
the hurricane, especially since
the building didn't have power
and I couldn't see out my win-
I hitched a ride to the Caf
for some gourmet survival food,
but my time there was brief.
The state of confusion and dis-
order that attacked us in the
dining hall only made me turn
towards the exit. I decided it
might be better to take my
chances with the candles and
crackers that I had smuggled
from my sorority's chapter
"So. ..what exactly do we do
now?" was the big question that
roared across campus.
For me, the morning's
chaos turned into a very charm-
ing afternoon with six girls in my
sorority house who had also
decided to brave the weather
and partake in the adventure.
Dimly glowing from the center of
my floor, a collection of candles
recalled a Samantha and Carrie
moment from Sex and the City.
We gathered around them like
Dawson's Creek characters. You
know those cheesy episodes
when all the actors pour their
hearts out in intense conversa-
tions over salsa and brownies —
yeah, that was definitely us. A
candle-wax stain in the middle
of my floor serves as a reminder
and stirs nostalgia of our girlish
heart-to-hearts. By the way,
Residence Life, due to these
extenuating circumstances, I
plead guilty of illegal candle
lighting and request pardon for
such criminal acts, especially
my hidden stains.
Through the disaster, neigh-
boring West Campus houses
became confidants and compan-
ions. Gathering up the "essen-
tials,'' we draped ourselves with
waterproof ensembles and
bared the down-pour. We and
our new-found associates were
in a stand-off against the irrita-
ble Ivan. Our agenda began with
touch football and continued as
the hurricane's eye hit. Soon a
grill-out on the porch was much
needed. Alright, if this sounds
lame to you when you read it,
just consider it a "had-to-be-
When the power returned,
the conquest was over. We had
won. All those fair-weather fans
would be returning back to our
battle ground. Fun memories
and funny stories became our
While my experience
"roughin' it" ended positively,
many of those in the path of the
storm were left with flooded
basements, runaway lawn decor,
destroyed homes and the loss
of loved ones.
Those almost 40 lives that
were taken out of the comfort of
their homes, the destruction of
property throughout our
Southeast and the infected
scars of the experience itself
haunts us with the aftermath of
regrouping. Ironically, the
regrouping stage is actually
what has brought more survivors
closer to priorities and the
appreciation of this fragile
scene called life. Reverently, my
heart and thoughts extend to
those who experienced the
wrath of Hurricane Ivan, the
spiteful traveler that dropped by
Samford for Fall Break. ■
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"This is your life ... are
you who you want to be?"
Deep words from an award-winning rock group who rocked Samford's
campus in November 2004.
Switchfoot stopped at Samford to perform the sold-out concert on
November 9, along with opening acts Honorary Title and The Format.
Formed in 1997 in San Diego, Calif., Switchfoot claimed the music
spotlight first in Christian music. The band includes Jonathan Foreman as
singer/guitarist, his brother Tim Foreman on bass and Chad Butler on
drums. The album "New Way to be Human" appeared, their second
album, in 1999; and the title track earned Switchfoot a Dove Award for
Song of the Year in 1999. The 21st century brought a new album,
"Learning to Breathe," and an additional band member, keyboardist
Jerome Fontamillas. This latest album and its success proved to be a key
link in Switchfoot becoming a more mainstream rock group. The 2002
Mandy Moore movie "A Walk to Remember" prominently featured the
music of Switchfoot on its soundtrack, and the group was on its way to a
major recording-label attempt with its latest release, "The Beautiful
Letdown," on Columbia/RED.
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Word first began circulating over the past summer that Switchfoot
might be coming to Samford in the fall. It seemed like an amazing oppor-
tunity for a concert — a rock band with a solid, Christian undertone.
Beginning to take the spotlight on the mainstream rock stage, Switchfoot
had undoubtedly stirred a diversity of fans with singles hitting the
Birmingham airwaves on alternative rock station 105 the X and top 40
station 103.7 the Q. By the start of the fall semester, it was officially
announced: Switchfoot was scheduled to rock the stage of the Wright
Center in November.
The Student Government Association began working on finding a big-
name band for a concert back in June 2004. Through working with
Concert Ideas, SGA president Mike Giles, vice-president for activities
Brooke Bamberg and director of student activities Jennifer Dunn found
that Switchfoot was a desirable, popular choice in an affordable price
In the past, SGA used Ticketmaster for all ticketing transactions, but
Dunn found a company called University Tickets.com that she wanted to
try out for the event. SGA worked with University Tickets.com to form a
website called Samfordtickets.com, in which students and the public could
purchase tickets. According to its website, University Tickets.com is "the
world's leading provider of ticketing services for colleges and universities."
The organization was founded in 1999 in order to be a simple, cost-effec-
tive way so sell tickets online.
Samford had no trouble selling any tickets. In fact, students began
filling the University Center lobby as early as 9 p.m. the night before tick-
ets went on sale. Crowds swarmed the University Center and students
camped out overnight to claim first-dibs on tickets — it was a campus-wide
slumber party! Students were limited to 10 tickets per person. The ticket
line steadily grew overnight and increased as the new day began with a
line trailing out of the University Center and down the sidewalk. In the
first day of sales alone, approximately 1,550 of the 2,640 tickets were
sold, all through Samfordtickets.com. Within two weeks of the concert,
the show was sold out.
According to Giles, "It really worked beautifully. It is only because of
the overwhelming support of the Samford community that this was possi-
ble. SGA definitely found that the way to the Samford community's heart
is by providing quality entertainment that is enjoyable for the vast majority
of the university as a whole."
The night of the concert, Samford swarmed with Switchfoot fans.
People within walking distance and from miles around headed to the cam-
pus to see the rock band perform. A face-value ticket price of $13.50
proved to be well-worth the quality and length of the show. While the con-
cert began at 8 p.m., Switchfoot did not take the stage until 10 p.m., and
the show lasted until almost midnight.
Fans left the Wright Center with ringing ears, abundances of adrena-
line and minds racing full of Switchfoot lyrics and melodies. Along with
Honorary Title and The Format, Switchfoot put on a high-energy show that
kept the audience awake, sometimes dancing and always enjoying the
moment. In addition to songs from the group's upcoming album, many of
the group's hits, such as "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move" were
included in the show. It was an incredible show; it was one that will not
soon be forgotten by the Samford community. Losing a little sleep in the
middle of the week was a small price to pay for such an extraordinary
show — a welcome break from the stresses of early November, first prepa-
rations for finals, recuperation from Homecoming and anticipation for
"I thought the concert was fabulous, and I applaud SGA for finally
bringing a band to our campus that is worthwhile to go see," senior sociol-
ogy major Rachael Lovoy said.
The success of the Switchfoot concert is only the beginning of such
high-quality entertainment sponsored by the SGA. Students think the
organization should continue to offer such great musical events in the
future, and according to the president, SGA wants to continue bringing on
the bands as well.
Giles also said that the SGA is planning on continuing to provide such
entertainment to follow the organization's mission statement — to "serve,
lead, and nurture the student body of Samford University." ■
Declare - Enire Nous 2005 31
This Land is
by Aaron Hutchens
The race for votes had begun.
With both Republican and
Democrat Parties avidly supporting
their candidates, intense cam-
paigning swept the nation months
before the November 2nd presiden-
tial election. Televisions aired polit-
ical commercials, polls faced
scrutiny and conversations began
to bubble with opinion and debate.
It was time for democratic
rights to be utilized and voices to
be heard. As Republican candidate
George W. Bush, Democratic candi-
date John Kerry and the third party
candidates traveled the nation for
votes, Samford students geared up
for the campaign.
Freshman music education
major Daniel Banke was one of
many students who displayed his
political preferences around cam-
pus. "I put stickers on my car
and talked to people about the
election. I told people my reasons
for supporting Kerry."
Banke also acknowledged the
viewpoints of those supporting
other candidates. "Republicans
see Bush as a very moral man who
did a great job of rallying the coun-
try together after September 11,"
he said. "Bush did do a good job
with that, but I don't agree with his
presidency and the war in Iraq. We
went from having lots of support in
our fight against terrorism in
Afghanistan to being one of the
most hated countries in the world,"
Banke continued. "I think that is
one of the main objections
Democrats hold to Bush's presi-
The expressions of political
support, however, were not limited
to discourse. The large composite
of Republicans on Samford's cam-
pus revealed their favorite candi-
date with campaign gear.
Bush/Cheney signs hung in dormi-
tory windows, "W" buttons were
stuck on backpacks and bumper
stickers speckled the parking lots.
Sophomore political science
major Meg Allred gave out buttons
and bumper stickers and encour-
aged her friends to sign up as vol-
unteers on the Bush/Cheney cam-
paign Web site. "I sent e-mails to
my friends inviting them to partici-
pate in the campaign," she said.
"It was my first time to be able to
vote in a presidential election, so I
wanted to make sure I got involved
and encouraged others to vote."
After the campaign frenzy, the
voting began. Junior nursing stu-
dent Stacy Harris arrived at the
polls early to cast her ballot. "I got
there at 7 a.m.," she said, "and I
still had to wait in line for about
While some students made
their final decisions on election
day, others were able to cast their
ballots early in many states. Early
voting was introduced to allow peo-
ple to avoid the possibility of wait-
ing in line for hours at the polls and
to let out-of-state residents vote
early when they were at home.
Sophomore physics major
Daniel Mills took advantage of the
early voting system and voted
during his fall break at his home in
Indiana. "It took about 15 minutes
for me to vote," he said. "I think
early voting should be used in every
state because it's really convenient.
If you are like me and are out of
your home state on the election
day, you can plan ahead and
John * Kerry
John * Ker
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Student Campaign Involvement
The other method available to
out-of-state Samford students was
absentee voting. Freshman and
Georgia resident Nicki Kroko found
absentee voting to be relatively
easy. "I just printed off an absen-
tee request from the Internet and
faxed it in. The ballot arrived in the
mail sometime later," she said.
After the ballots were marked
and the polls closed, the waiting
began. On campus, students
came together to watch the elec-
tion coverage on the television.
The College Republicans threw a
party in Bashinsky Fieldhouse with
a giant projector broadcasting Fox's
election coverage. They had food,
drinks and a live band to entertain
the waiting crowd.
On the television news sta-
tions, the commentators filled time
with policy discussion, projections
of the 2008 election and possible
outcomes. States began to
announce their election returns,
and electoral votes were tallied. It
was time for the infamous "swing"
or battleground states to confirm or
reject the polls and predictions.
Though the counting contin-
ued through the night and the
headlines on the morning papers
read that a winner had not been
determined, Kerry conceded the
election to Bush the following day.
Bush won with 286 electoral votes,
Kerry received 252 electoral votes,
and Independent party candidate
Ralph Nader received electoral
As for the nation's voice, the
Committee for the Study of the
Amencan Electorate reported that
more than 122 million people
voted in the presidential election.
It was the highest turnout of voters
since 1968 with 60.7 percent of
the population participating.
As for first-time voters, the
nonpartisan Center for Information
& Research on Civic Learning and
Engagement (CIRCLE) reported that
at least 20.9 million Americans
under the age of 30 voted in this
year's election. The demographic
showed a 9.3 percent increase in
voting turnout. More specifically,
51.6 percent of young adults went
to the polls this year, and 4.6 mil-
lion more youth votes were cast
than in the 2000 presidential elec-
After months of talk about the
potential youth influence, Kerry
received 54 percent of the youth
vote, and Bush obtained 44 per-
cent. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, the 40.7 million
18- to 29-year-olds make up 21
percent of the voting population.
Efforts such as "Rock the Vote"
and "20 Million LOUD!" encouraged
young adults to have their voices
heard this year.
Until the 2008 presidential
campaigns begin, Samford stu-
dents can continue to be involved
on campus through the College
Republicans or College Democrats
organizations. "It's important to
know what's going on in the nation
and the world on a daily basis,"
Allred reminded. "I hope the cam-
paign coverage allowed people to
learn about the issues facing this
country, and I hope they continue
to be interested in the world out-
side the Samford "bubble." ■
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by: Kimberly Holland
In the end, it came down to the numbers. The country held its
breath while America elected the next president.
Samford's campus remained still and quiet. Some Samford stu-
dents sat in their dorm rooms watching as the results flooded the screen
and the rain poured outside on the brisk November night. Others spent
the evening in Bashinsky Fieldhouse with live music, food and friends.
And still others were tucked away in the library doing homework or read-
ing while America chose its president for the next four years. The num-
bers started coming. Everyone held his or her breath.
For months, both President George W. Bush and Massachusetts
Senator John Kerry toured the United States asking for votes, making
promises, shaking hands and doing the political obligation of kissing
babies. Media made predictions; politicians and analysts made predic-
tions; the average citizen made predictions. Exit polls coming out of Ohio
and Florida showed Kerry with a predicted strong lead over Bush. The
final numbers did not quite tell the same story. In the end, neither pre-
dictions nor polls won the election. The number of votes was the only
thing that truly counted.
Late in the evening on Tuesday, November 2, Democratic Vice-
Presidential candidate John Edwards, a senator from North Carolina,
spoke to the crowd waiting to celebrate Kerry's returns. "It's been a long
night. We've waited four years for this victory. We can wait one more
night," Edwards said.
Americans went to sleep that night without knowing who had been
elected the next president.
"I was nearly positive there would be no definite result at the end of
the night because of the 2000 election. I was feeling there wouldn't be
a winner, so that took the fun out of watching the results come in," Junior
biology major Jonathan Dunlap said.
Many students expressed the nervousness and anxiety they felt while
waiting for the results. Many who chose to stay awake and watch the
reports were up until the early hours of the morning.
Sophomore interior design major Shylan Bearden said, "I was a bit
nervous but very optimistic. When I finally went to bed, I was quite confi-
dent that Bush had won."
As America awoke the next day, the victory still remained uncertain.
Both Bush and Kerry election headquarters were not giving up hope.
Ohio, one of the key swing states for both campaigns, still hung on the
At 8:43 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3, White House Chief of
Staff Andrew Card announced that the Bush campaign believed they
would be declared victorious soon. "We are convinced that President
Bush has won re-election with at least 286 in the Electoral College," Card
said. Still victory was not certain for Bush.
Americans waited frantically to hear the latest news. At Samford,
televisions were set up throughout campus to watch election returns.
Students huddled around televisions and computers in the food court and
library waiting for a verdict. Finally, the answer came.
Bush proudly accepted his victory. Kerry phoned Bush around 10:30
a.m. to concede the election. The Republicans exhaled while the
Democrats shook their heads in disbelief. News spread quickly around
Sophomore athletic training major Ashley Fowler was watching the
results that day. "It took less time than I thought. I think it was a good
idea that Kerry conceded instead of submitting the country to counts and
recounts," she said.
"When I was told about the results and Kerry's phone call, the first
thing that ran through my mind was the fact that the exact same thing
happened four years ago when Al Gore called President Bush. I was just
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hoping it wouldn't come down to a miscount again," sophomore political
science major Meg Allred said.
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, Kerry seized the stage at
Boston's Faneuil Hall to offer his supporters his concession. Many eyes
and ears on Samford's campus were tuned in leaving seats momentarily
empty in Wednesday's one o'clock classes.
"Earlier today, I spoke to President Bush, and I offered him and
Laura our congratulations on their victory. We had a good conversation,
and we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need -
the desperate need - for unity, for finding the common ground, coming
together. Today, I hope that we can begin the healing," Kerry said in his
Later, Bush spoke to his supporters and to the nation from the
Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
"America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confi-
dence of my fellow citizens. With
that trust comes a duty to serve all
Americans, and I will do my best to
fulfill that duty every day as your
president," Bush said gratefully.
Bush addressed America about
many of the issues brought up dur-
ing the campaign and his continued
pursuit to act on the promises he
Bush concluded his speech say-
ing, "The campaign has ended, and
the United States of America goes
forward with confidence and faith.
I see a great day coming for our
country, and I am eager for the
work ahead. God bless you, and
may God bless America."
According to CNN's Web site, the
president won the election by a
margin of 34 Electoral College
votes. Two hundred seventy votes
are required to be declared the
winner in a presidential election.
That margin breaks down to a 51
percent to 48 percent victory for
the Texan over the Massachusetts
senator. Bush received 59,459,
765 votes compared to Kerry's
Many Americans predicted intense
and lengthy legal battles over the
results. Days before the election,
television stations and media out-
lets began reporting that both
Bush's and Kerry's campaign
offices had called in legal teams of
lawyers, analysts and advisers to be
prepared for the forthcoming battle.
A repeat of the 2000 election was
feared and predicted.
As few uncounted votes remained,
and things began looking dismal in
Ohio for Kerry, his political team
and staff began weighing their alternatives. Aides to Kerry said there was
a review of all options, including legal challenges of votes in Ohio in order
to gain a victory.
One Kerry aide told NBC news that the campaign could not afford a
quick decision. "There was too much at stake," the aide said.
"In America it is vital that every vote count and that every vote be count-
ed. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal
process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we
would prevail. But it is now clear that even when all the provisional bal-
lots are counted, which they will be, there won't be enough outstanding
votes for us to be able to win Ohio. And therefore, we can not win this
election," Kerry said during his concession.
Serving in the Senate for the past 20 years, Kerry returned to
Massachusetts to continue his term. On the other hand, Edwards, his
running mate, did not choose to seek re-election to his Senate seat in
North Carolina. Edwards returned to private life with his wife Elizabeth
and two young children, Emma Claire and Jack, in January at the end of
With a record turnout, Bush became the first presidential candidate
since 1988 to win more than 50 percent of the popular vote. By getting
58.6 million votes, Bush broke Ronald Reagan's 1984 record of 54.5
million votes (CNN.com). Bush also became the first president elected
while gaining seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate since
1936 (CNN.com). The president can attribute the fact that he was able
to increase his percent of the vote from 2000 in 45-out-of-50 states to
his victory (CNN.com).
Immediately following the election, it seemed as though the nation
became deeply divided. However, Americans are now looking forward to
the next four years with hope and a renewed sense of patriotism. Both
candidates have called their supporters to begin a rally for unification in
order to bridge the divide that has severed our country. Whether your
candidate of choice will be staying in the White House or going home to
Beacon Hill, the American people have once again proven how our
democracy works. ■
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Being a Democrat at Samford University
by Ben I hi lin i
College: The place where I'm supposed to have my mind opened up to
new Ideas. Right?
This is the attitude with which I came to Samford University as a wide-
eyed freshman, ready to have my beliefs challenged and my mind expanded. I
realized I was probably in for a rough time when a girt in my CP class said she
didn't like Plato because "he wasn't a Chnstian." Personally, I didn't expect
much better of Plato since he lived 500 years before the birth of Christ.
During my first month at school, I joined the College Democrats. After the
Plato incident, I knew that there were probably a lot of Republicans at this pre-
dominately Baptist institution. Despite my presuppositions, I wasn't prepared to
walk into my first College Democrats meeting and see only six people there.
Wondering if this was just a down week, I asked then-president Jamie Gibson
about the low turnout. He said to me, "We have about 15 members.
Everyone else in this school belongs to the College Republicans." I honestly
thought he was kidding.
Not only does the vast majority of Samford students identify with the
Republican Party, but they also don't take to outsiders too kindly. In those rare
instances that I volunteer my political persuasion, I am greeted with looks rang-
ing from amusement to sheer terror. Most people look at me like I'm an albino
leper, as in "You poor soul, how in the world did you end up like this?"
Like being a leper in Jesus' time, being a Democrat at Samford also car-
ries a certain social stigma with it. Even my fraternity makes fun of me for it.
During Rush, our president, hoping to impress upon the freshmen that our fra-
ternity is a repository of leadership, mentioned to a group of rushees, "We have
the president of the College Democrats." Such a statement stimulated a col-
lective snicker throughout the room. A low, slightly embarrassed laugh accom-
panied the furtive left-right glances to see if "the Democrat" was standing next
to them. Then our chapter advisor got up to speak and mentioned, hopefully
jokingly, that "the Democrat" should probably be kicked out of the fraternity.
Very funny, Jeff.
Possibly the worst thing about being a (gasp!) liberal at Samford is that
most people I talk politics with don't know anything about the issues. I know
several people have a really good grasp on why they vote Republican, but I
have found many who lack true political knowledge. Here is a sample conver-
sation that took place before the November presidential election:
Republican: Who are you voting for?
Me: John Kerry.
R: You do know that he supports killing babies and letting them sick, sinful
gays get married, right?
M: Uh, you mean abortion and letting gays have the same rights as everyone
else? Yeah. You do know that more abortions occurred during the W adminis-
tration than during any four years of Clinton's term?
R: Yeah, right The liberal media brainwashed you. Bill O'Reilly knows what's
M: Sure. So why are you voting for Bush?
R: Values, man.
M: Like invading third-world countries under false pretenses? And staying
there for an indefinite period of time, creating more hatred toward America?
Yeah, them's good values.
R: (walking away) ...values.
But is it impossible to be a Democrat at Samford? Absolutely not. I've
managed for four years. Even though some discussions with conservatives
have been a little annoying, I wouldn't change my college experience for the
world. Despite the many students who come to Samford and don't allow their
core beliefs to be challenged, I did. Since the day I arrived, I have been
assailed by conservatism from my fellow students. Though I don't agree with
many conservative perceptions, political debates with many of my peers have
only served to affirm my own beliefs in liberalism. They have also made me
realize that I do not have all the answers. While it is very frustrating to have
your own opinions fall on deaf ears, I have not become less of a liberal because
of different viewpoints. The constant barrage of attacks on my beliefs has prob-
ably even made me a stronger Democrat. I am sure that the 20 or so mem-
bers currently enrolled in the College Democrats would agree with me. So, yes,
college IS the place to have your mind opened to new ideas. For that, I thank
the typical conservative at Samford. ■
Being a Republican at Samford University
by Will Flowers
College: A place where stereotypical Republicans are usually preva-
Like many students at Samford, I go to church on Sunday, read my
Bible and vote Republican. In the beginning, I came to Samford as many
other freshmen do - open to new ideas on society and its ideals.
I am a commuting student, and as I try to find a spot to park on campus
each day, I get a good chance to see the car bumpers of most students.
During the November presidential election, I noticed many "W" stickers
graced the back of both commuter and residential students' cars.
I know that some consider the sticker a fad during the election.
Interestingly enough, as I spent endless hours trying to find an open spot,
I noticed many Kerry/Edwards stickers in the Faculty and Staff and com-
muter parking areas. From CP to BR many professors at Samford were
supporting the Democrat candidate. Though this is the beauty of democ-
racy, it's not what I expected to be the norm of a Baptist college in the
Heart of Dixie.
Some people just think that Democrats are wrong and Republicans
are right or vice versa. Despite this polarity, I am a Republican and sup-
ported George W. Bush with my "W" sticker because I can relate to the
ideals that most of the party members uphold. I have friends in my frater-
nity that are Democrats, and I respect them for their party preference.
They have the right to their own ideals.
For example, one day as I sat in the food court, I had a chance to
talk with one of the grounds keepers about the election. The first words
out of his mouth were, "So how can you kill someone in war?" I replied
with a smile, "Good question. I guess we have to do it so that we can
keep our freedom."
Some might believe that being a Republican is the easy road to
take. When your country is at war and your friends are overseas, howev-
er, you think below the surface.
The bottom line in my political beliefs is that with great power comes
great responsibility. America is both a powerful and free nation. The fact
that I could have a conversation with a liberal and not be persecuted for
it makes me want others to have that same experience.
I grew up in a family that votes Republican, but I also have family
members that do not. I love my family. The differences we have pro-
mote involvement and loyalty, and involvement and loyalty are two things
that make our country great and unique.
I'm very interested in the political issues broadcast on television and
online. It's important for me to understand what is going on outside of
my comfort zone.
Even though Democrats at Samford are in the minority, it doesn't
mean that they are outcasts. Democrats are typically knowledgeable
about their passions. I challenge Republican students at Samford to be
just as knowledgeable. Don't just put a sticker on your car because it's a
fad. Study the issues and be able to defend your points.
If you think voicing political beliefs to friends and family who respect
your knowledge is easy, try talking to a liberal with a Ph.D. It makes for a
self-confidence buster. It makes me want to know the issues carried by
my political side, rather than just blindly promote the party.
So, is it easy being a Republican at Samford? During the years of a
Republican president and with my friends on the same political side, then
yeah, it's not too bad. I was, however, bom in the traditionally conserva-
tive South, live in the traditionally, conservative South and love the tradi-
tionally, conservative South.
So, to my fellow Republicans, read the newspaper, watch speeches
and know why you have a "W" sticker on your car. To the Democrats at
Samford, thanks for trying to expand the "Bubble." ■
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by Ashley McGleory
AP/ Wbrld Wide Photos
SILENCE, eerie silence, protruded the December morn-
of Patong Beach receeded abruptly. L Jt
pierced with the rumbling of a massive tidal wave. Early morn-
ing swimmers turned to the direction of the trembling and were
confronted with the tsunami, or "wall of water," moving swiftly in
Filled with fear and confusion, they ran desperately, trying to
escape the 50 foot waves. Each gigantic wave destroyed
lost their parents, leaving approximately 13,000 children
orphaned. "It's so sad hearing about the orphans. I keep
thinking about the one baby that nine parents are trying to
In the midst of the despair, junior Lori Holman chooses to
see the positive side of the disaster. "When we know God is in
control, we question why these tragic things happen," Holman
said. "But, God has so much control. He used this tragedy to
illustrate what He wants our world to be like. People were com-
ing from all over the world out of compassion to help."
Sophomore Canaan Helms was also touched by the disas-
ter. "When I see something as tragic as the tsunami, I realize
that I take life for granted. It makes me question what I'm
doing with my life."
While most Samford students learned about the tsunami
from the news, sophomore Waranya Rungsakolert received a
call from her parents. Rungsakolert is originally from Bangkok,
Thailand but lives in Birmingham with her aunt and uncle.
"When my dad called me, he said that the shore was complete-
ly destroyed," Rungsakolert said. "He also said the inside of
the city was very lucky because the water didn't come far
enough to reach the town. So, everything inside the city was
Although Bangkok isn't close to the coast, Rungsakolert still
mourns for those who died in Phuket. "I'm so sad because I'm
very connected to my country," she said. "It's very unfortunate
that 5,000 people died because of this natural disaster. That's
double the amount of people who died in the bombings of the
Rungsakolert is also concerned with the tsunami's effect on
and poles. After 20 minutes had crept by, the last surge of
water forced most of the beach and town under the ocean.
On December 26, 2004, a 9.0 magnitude undersea earth-
quake occurred about 100 miles from the western coast of
Sumatra Island, Indonesia. According to CNN, the quake was
the strongest earthquake on the planet in 40 years.
boarding the Indian Ocean.
A tsunami can be caused by a displacement of water from
a landslide, volcanic eruption, or in this case, slippage of the
boundary between two tectonic plates. Not all earthquakes
result in a tsunami. However, the India and Burma plates
slipped about 600 miles due to the quake, which created the
7.3 magnitude tsunami. It's estimated that about 212,000
people have been killed, but the count may never be finalized
because some of the bodies were swept into the sea.
Although most Samford students weren't directly impacted
by the tsunami, they were still overcome with emotion as they
watched the reports. "At first I was surprised about the amount
of people it killed," sophomore Patrick Sewell said. "But, I was
shocked when the numbers kept growing larger and larger. I
just didn't realize a natural disaster could kill so many people."
Sewell was also devastated to learn about how many children
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affected, the economy was. The economy is slowly getting
worse," Rungsakolert said. "People are losing money and start-
ing to not feel as safe."
The tsunami tugged at hearts across the world, which has
spurred many people to help with the relief effort. Junior Julia
McNeese was able to witness how London's theatre is partici-
pating in the effort while she was studying abroad. "As the cast
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clapping to subside," McNeese said. "Then, they mentioned
how their actor's guild was supporting the cause for the tsunami
relief fund. Most everyone I saw contributed something, and I
can imagine that they raised a large amount of funds for the
relief aid from doing that night after night."
Victims of the tsunami have now started the difficult jour-
ney of rebuilding their homes and lives. Though many lost
a few more needed supplies, and each day brings a little more
relief to those whose lives were so savagely interrupted by the
Feb. 25, 2004; Mel Gibson releases the controversial Passion of
the Christ, which receives both commercial success and anti-Semitic criti-
March 11, 2004: Islamic militants, possibly linked to al-Qaeda,
bomb four morning commuter trains in Madrid, Spam killing 191 people
and injuring over 1,000.
April 21, 2004.' Pop star Michael Jackson is indicted by a
grand jury in Santa Barbara County, Calif., for allegedly molesting children
at his Neverland Ranch.
April 28, 2004: Photographs reveal American soldiers abus-
ing Iraqi pnsoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Three U.S.
soldiers were sentenced for their involvement, and investigations of
prisoner mistreatment at other U.S. Army detention centers fol-
May 6, 2004: The last episode of television series
"Friends" is aired as Monica, Joey, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe and
Chandler say goodbye to 10 years of friendship.
June 1, 2004: Amidst suicide-bomb- ^^^^^^-
ings and the beheadings of civilian hostages, j
an interim government is set up in Iraq
under the leadership of Prime Minister Ayad
June 5, 2004: Former President
Ronald Reagan loses his 10-year-battle
with Alzheimer's Disease and dies at the
age of 93 at his California ranch.
June 10, 2004: Singer and piano
player Ray Charles dies from liver disease
at age 73.
June 15, 2004: The Detroit Pistons
defeat the Los Angeles Lakers to win the
June 21, 2004: Pilot Mike Melvill flies^^^^^^
the first privately built spacecraft, the SpaceShipOne
rocket, into outer space above Mojave, Calif.
June 25, 2004: Michael Moore's documentary
Fahrenheit 9/11 hits the box office and grosses over $119 mil
July 1, 2004: Famous for his performance in a
"Streetcar Named Desire," actor Marlon Brando dies at 80.
July 22, 2004: The 9/ll Commission's report reveals
the "deep institutional failings" of U.S. intelligence preceding the
Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
July 25, 2004: Lance Armstrong wins his record-breaking sixth
consecutive Tour de France.
Aug. 13, 2004: Athens, Greece hosts the Summer Olympic
Games with over 11,000 athletes competing and representing 202 coun
Aug. -Sept.: Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne rage
through the Atlantic Ocean hitting Florida and leaving in their paths dev-
astation totaling $26 billion and 99 deaths.
Sept. 1, 2004: Chechen militants storm an elementary school in
the Russian province of North Ossetia taking almost 1,000 school chil-
dren hostage in a school rigged with explosives.
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Sept. 2, 2004: Prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant criminal case drop
charges against the NBA star after the woman who accused Bryant of
rape chooses to not continue the case.
Oct. 8, 2004: Homemaker goddess Martha Stewart is sent to
prison after being convicted of lying to federal investigators about her
inside trading practices in a 2001 stock sale.
Oct. 9, 2004: Despite the threat of Taliban violence, Afghans elect
Hamid Karzai as president in the country's first presidential elections.
Oct. 10, 2004: After suffering from a near-fatal spinal cord injury
in 1995, Christopher Reeve, the actor most famous as "Superman," dies
at 52 from heart failure.
Oct. 27, 2004: The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in
86 years beating the St. Louis Cardinals and ending the so-called "Curse
of the Bambino."
NOV. 3, 2004: A $3 billion bond measure is passed in California to
fund stem cell research over the next decade.
NOV. 3, 2004: George W. Bush is declared victorious in his re-elec-
tion campaign for president against Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
Nov. 7, 2004:
U.S. and Iraqi troops capture Fallujah in Operation
NOV. 9, 2004: The U.N. Security Council addresses the genocide
of black Africans in Darfur, Sudan and threatens sanctions if the
Janjaweed militia is not disarmed
NOV. 11, 2004: Seventy-five year-old Palestinian Liberation
Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, dies from multiple organ failures at a
French military hospital.
NOV. 30, 2004: Ken Jennings completes the longest winning
streak on Jeopardy! and earned $2,520,700 in 74 episodes.
Dec. 13, 2004: A California jury recommends the death penalty
for Scott Peterson after he was convicted of killing his pregnant wife,
Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, in December 2002.
Dec. 22, 2004: Radical Islamics bomb a U.S. military base in
Mosul killing 22 people and injuring over 40.
Dec. 26, 2004: An earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter
scale, shakes the ground off the coast of the island of Sumatra and gen-
erates deadly tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. The natural disaster leaves
over 225,000 dead across Asia and thousands more homeless.
Dec. 27, 2004: Viktor Yushchenko wins the re-run of Ukraine's
residential election after his opponent, Viktor Yanukoych, was declared
ie winner in November.
Ban. 23, 2005: Johnny Carson, the former host of "The Tonight
Show" dies from emphysema at age 79.
an. 25, 2005: The jury is selected and opening statements are
^leard in the scandal trial of Richard Scrushy. The founder of HealthSouth
Corp. in Birmingham, Ala., Scrushy is accused of directing a $2.7 billion
iud at the company.
'an. 30, 2005: Iraqis vote in their first open election since the
reign of Saddam Hussein.
March 31, 2005: After an intense right-to-life battle in the
courts, Terri Schiavo dies, nearly two weeks after doctors removed her
feeding tube. The 41-year-old brain-damaged woman had been in a per-
sistent vegetative state for 15 years, until her husband, Michael Schiavo,
petitioned to have the feeding tube removed. Mrs. Schiavo's parents,
opposing their son-in-law's actions, were unsuccessful in their attempts
to have the courts remove him as her guardian.
April 2, 2005: Regarded as "a champion of human freedom,"
Pope John Paul II dies at 84, after leading Catholics for 26 years. As the
first Slavic pope in papal history, John Paul was mourned by tens of thou-
sands of people in St. Peter's Square and millions around the world.
With the third-longest papal service, he was also the first pope to visit the
White House, communist Cuba, and a synagogue.
April 9, 2005: Prince Charles of England and Camilla Parker
Bowles marry at Windsor's Guildhall in a 20-minute civil wedding ceremo-
ny. Receiving a public blessing at St. George's Chapel. Charles and the
Duchess of Cornwall wed 9 years after the prince's divorce from Diana
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What has been your most mem-
orable experience/ run-in with
- I thought my car was stolen one
time, and before we even checked
around the parking deck (which
was where my car was), they were
about to call Homewood Police
Dept, had already filed the missing
property form and called other offi-
cers for back-up.
- Where do I begin, probably one of
the 32 parking tickets that they
have given me. I swear that I paid
for their bicycles and the little cart.
- Having to wake the IN' old man in
the security gate up so that I could
- Not being able to interview cer-
tain campus safety officers
because they were on vacation (but
I later saw them working that
night), or not being able to inter-
view a campus safety officer
because this member had recently
had surgery on his/her face ... but
the following morning there wasn't
a single trace of the supposed
- I'm pretty sure that it would be
the night our "all systems failure"
alarm was going off in Marvin every
30 minutes, and when all of the
officers realized they had no idea
how to fix it, one suggested that we
"put a pillow over the speaker and
duct tape it there."
- After strolling through the sorority
quad once while waiting for my ride
one night, Campus Safety came
flying up telling me that I had be
reported as a "suspicious person"
and that I should be more careful
about where I walk.
- During freshman year, every time
we would come in late, we would
hit that panic button in the pit and
try and get to Smith before they
- They continued to give me tickets,
even though they knew my car was
broken down in the parking lot.
- For a holiday I had to stay an
extra night in the dorm, but
because my name was not on the
"magical list" that makes it ok to
stay, I was kicked out, and found
myself packing my clothes in a
sack and driving 3 hours in the rain
at night to prevent me from terror-
izing the campus for the remaining
12 hours I planned on staying.
- My cell phone battery was dead,
and my mom was trying to get in
touch with me (I was in a computer
lab until 12 o'clock that night). I
get back to my dorm room and find
a message from Campus Safety
saying to call my mother because
she was wondering where I was.
- The evening that started with the
idea of cooking dinner and ended
with smoke - fire fighters and a
campus safety stake-out.
How many convos did you save
until your senior year?
- Only 9.
- None. I had them all by spring of
my junior year! That's the way to
- 44, but they're optional, right?
- 'Bout 30, but I've seen worse.
- Seeing that I'm a 5th year sen-
ior... I have about 20 left to go
before I graduate in December.
- What's convo?
What organization/activity do
you wish you had taken part in?
- Ville Crew.
- The "I Paid $80,000 in Tuition to
Get My MRS Degree" Club.
- Step Sing committee.
- Gospel Choir.
- Alpha Delta Pi.
- Meaningful dating relationship.
- STEP SING.
- I wish I had been involved in
student ministries all four years.
- Habitat for Humanity.
- I missed the Intramural train, and
I regret that.
- Swing Kids.
- Sig Ep.
- 10-minute plays.
- M.O.W.M.A. (Making Out With My
Arm) ... due to the lack of normal
- I wish I'd actually cut class once
in a while.
- CAMPUS OUTREACH.
- Intramural laser tag.
Where's the best place to take a
- Guys ask girls out for dates on
this campus?! Who knew!
- First date - any good coffee shop
around B'ham. Any date -
WorkPlay or a show at BJCC
- The Chang (aka PF Changs)
- The lookout near Vestavia Hills
- Botanical Gardens on a cool,
sunny, spring day.
- We don't know.. .however, if we
send you our phone number, will
you direct them to us?
- McWane Center.
- Oak Mountain — picnic, paddle-
boats, biking... even golf!
- Cheesecake Factory.
- Southern Progress parking lot.
- Botanical Gardens, Five Points,
- Lack of experience to draw
What's the biggest prank you've
pulled during the past four
- I never really pulled one.
- Sending a love note to Joey
- Pi Kap new foyer day!!!
- Freshman year, just one day
before graduation, our whole hall
put panties in a tree in front of Vail.
All of the visiting parents got to see
- Koolaiding Ben Brown Fountain
- I play on an athletic team here,
and we played a prank on our
freshmen by stealing the tires off
their cars and putting the cars on
cinder blocks... they stayed like
that for three days until Campus
Safety called their parents.
- Took a friend's car key, copied it,
put it back, then moved his car to
the other side of campus — for
- Throwing donuts and salami on
people kissing from the roof out-
side my room in Vail.
- My freshman year around
Halloween, my Mom sent me this
3 1/2 foot witch that screamed,
"I'm gonna get you!" when you
walked by it. So I put the witch
upside down (so that when you
walked by it, the motion sensor
would set her off) in a stall in the
bathroom of 3rd East in Vail. I put
an "Out of Order" sign on the front
of the stall and locked it from the
inside. People came in at 2 a.m.
and heard that witch scream at
- I would not be able to graduate if
Testify - Entre Nous 2005
bj Alisha Damron
Who are they anyway? An organiz;
club? A close group of friends who spei
contemplating scripture or stalking Api
Robinson or cleaning Reid Chapel for the next
"I hear that to be a member you have to
pass a drug test." "I hear you have to be a mis-
sionary's kid or at least Baptist."
"I think you have to participate in Bible
drills." No, no, no. Student Ministries is nothing
like the stereotypes that seem to be lingering
around this campus.
Student Ministries is not a club. There are
no requirements to participate. I have heard
April Robinson, director of Student Ministries,
refer to it as a "network." The more I contem-
plate this idea, the more I agree. Student
Ministries is about helping students figure out
what shape their lives are taking vocationally
If you're passionate about social justice,
Student Ministries has a committee dedicated
to just that - The Social Concerns and Cultural
Awareness Committee. This means if you are all
about politics, there's a place for you in
Student Ministries. Alabama
Citizens for Constitutional
Reform is attempting to start
a student chapter. This com-
mittee is also responsible for
showing documentaries, sponsoring speakeq
series and educating the student body of
Samford University about international issue:
If it is Birmingham you're interested in,
Community Involvement Committee has ma<
possible for you to tutor kids and adults in
of education. This committee sponsors Ville
Crew, a group that spends their Saturday morn-
ings doing activities with children from Inner City
Maybe worship and/or performing are your
spiritual talents. Great! Shiloh, a weekly worship
service sponsored by Student Ministries, is
always in need of students willing to prepare
and execute the service. There is also the drama
team Word Players and Student Ministries Choir,
groups willing to allow your
artistic expression to
Going on summer
larships avaW^^for any stu-
Pate their year
I to fundraising by working athletic concessions,
I babysitting and cookie sales.
Maybe it is simply a small group that you
I crave, a place where authenticity meets faith.
Cadres and small groups are designed for stu-
dents to have healthy dialogue on issues that
■concern them as Christians.
This, unfortunately, just scratches the sur-
face of Student Ministries and its presence on
this campus. Hopefully, this section will help by
attempting to fill in the blanks on some of the
mysterious quandaries about Student
Ministries — who we are and what exactly we've
been up to this year. From the pages of this
year's Testify section, one thing I hope you will
grasp is that Student Ministries is not inaccessi-
ble — after all, it exists for students. ■
^Jlie Auxiliary room is tucked safely away
between Reid Chapel and the language labs of
Chapman Hall. There is nothing extraordinary or
glamorous about it. It seems to have suffered a
minor explosion of mauve, shades of green,
including forest green and nauseating decor.
Still, there is something spectacular about that
space when a dozen college women gather in a
circle of sorts squeezing as many on the couch
and others in arm chairs with the purpose of
exchanging ideas, understanding already estab-
lished ideas and embracing new ones. The
memory of that room is all too familiar to me.
Everyone would settle in balancing their caffeine
of choice in one hand, a pen in the other and
notebooks across their laps almost perched for-
ward in anticipation for the Bible study to begin.
Come to think of it, "Bible study" just doesn't
seem to give Imago Dei any shimmer of justice.
Imago Dei, a small group sponsored by
Student Ministries, is a term with a theological
origin meaning "image of God." Imago Dei gets
its roots from Genesis 1:27 where scripture
claims that humans were created in God's image.
The 10- week study dissects modern articles
written about various topics that directly relate
to women's issues such as body concepts,
identity, sensuality and attachment. The dissec-
tion of articles, pieces of literature, poetry and
even scripture is combined with dialogue
between participants and leaders. The group
focuses on breaking down the messages and
restrictions culture has placed on women and
re-introduces the concept of deciphering
between culture and Christ.
Imago Dei speaks clarity and truth to
women at Samford, in a way unlike any other
packaged Bible study curriculum, because it is
homegrown, created by Samford faculty and
staff. April Robinson, Director of Student
Ministries, was the visionary and coordinator of
this concept. She also collaborated with other
inspiring female faculty who individually and
collectively recognized a need and felt a deep
passion to provide female students with an
outlet to discuss difficult ideas about the way
culture sees them, and in turn, the way women
Carol Ann Vaughn, Director of the Christian
Women's Leadership Center and major contrib-
utor to the curriculum of Imago Dei, said that
the study is designed to provide female students
with "an opportunity to explore issues of identity,
healing and wholeness without segregating
spirituality, intellect, physicality, emotions and
relationships." She continued to describe Imago
Dei as an experience, "for many females
viewing themselves as created in the image of
a loving God who wants them to be whole,
unique individuals is counter-cultural, even in
Sarah Dockrey, junior graphic design
major from Nashville, Tenn., almost didn't join
Imago Dei. "I almost didn't think that this
(Imago Dei) would be a good small group for me
because I believed that I had a pretty good self-
image, but Imago Dei showed me just how
much we all struggle with certain things. What
struck me was that God doesn't love me any
less because I deal with those issues, but he
loves me just the same, with an unconditional, ■
freeing love," Dockrey said.
For Mary Jenkins, junior family studies/child
life major from Destm, Fla., it was a friend who
strongly recommended she participate in Imago
Dei. So, she simply did. According to Jenkins'
advice, Imago Dei is not for the faint of heart.
"If you choose one small group to really put your
whole self into, make it this one. The work you
put into it will definitely pay off, but don't be
scared to deal with hard things," Jenkins said.
For Jenkins and other students like her, this
study wasn't simply a social circle or something
to scratch off the "to do" list, it was transforma-
tional. "Imago Dei was the start of a huge
change in my life. I have become a totally differ-
ent person through Imago Dei and the things
that have unfolded through it," Jenkins said.
"God definitely placed that group in my life at
that time for a purpose, and I have been able
to be closer to Him, being secure in the person
He made me to be!"
Hearing positive reviews through the
grapevine, Abby Callahan, senior elementary
education major from Bowling Green, Ky., boldly
signed up for Imago Dei. For Callahan it was the
group dynamics that seemed to stand out in her
mind. "After exposing deep issues that have
been in your life with a few strangers, a certain
bond forms that you may not have had with
anyone else. This is also a bond that you can't
just drop after one semester of the study — the
women I have gotten to know through Imago Dei
have been an invaluable source of encourage-
ment both spiritually and emotionally," Callahan
said. When the study was over, Callahan's group
decided to continue meeting. One group of par-
ticipants from Imago Dei has been meeting for
three years now. Her advice for other college
women prepared for a challenge is to "go into
this open and ready to be transformed. Don't be
scared to dig deep." Callahan understands the
importance of remembering her starting place
and recalling her journey through the study. "I
was struggling to find my identity at Samford. It
is amazing to me to look back over the year and
a half since the study and see a newfound con-
fidence of myself in Christ and how that has
affected my leadership and involvement with
activities on campus," Callahan said.
Even though this small group opportunity
seems to open up the door to honest reflection
and authentic dialogue, there is still more to be
desired. What about the guys? Robinson also
sees a needed, for men on campus to have the
same opportunity for reflection and dialogue.
"Men are dealing with self-esteem issues as
well, and are finding even less freedom to talk
openly about them. There is an expectation
for males to be calm, cool and collected,"
Robinson said. "In reality, men on our campus
are struggling with feelings of inadequacy and
isolation. They 'know' there are cultural expec-
tations of them — to be successful in their job,
marry the right woman, have 2.5 kids and be
able to afford cars, vacations and retirement.
However, there isnt much conversation about
whether their Christian faith challenges or
underwrites those expectations. There is a
great chasm between the expectation and the
reality for most men, and that creates a lot of
tension. Men do not have a place to speak
honestly about fears and questions — a place
to talk about what it means to be a man,
created in the image of God."
Until men on this campus get passionate
about creating such matenal to engage males
in a healthy dissection of cultural expectations
compared to the realms of the spiritual, the
women will be celebrating the distance that has
been made in the female population, and the
breakthroughs that have happened for individuals
through such a powerful small group experience
like Imago Dei. One participant reflected on her
completion of Imago Dei and stated, "The truth
is — I may have a few pounds to lose, a not so
clear complexion, or a lacking personality, but I
am a child of God. The truth— I may have a
million things to change about myself, but with
or without those changes I am loved and treas-
ured by the God of the universe. The truth is — I
have a life that is worth every ounce of energy,
effort and hope. The truth is — I am God's, and
now I must choose to embrace this truth as my
identity in Christ." ■
l.siiu Entn \..us2005
b\ Maureen Simpson
ou could say that Angulus Wilson has a one-track mind.
Though he has found himself in a number of fields and vario
the mission has always been the same.
"I love the Lord, and I am all about making disciples," Wilson says. "I
recognize that Jesus is coming back, so I want to be about advancing the
kingdom of God on earth for the return of Christ."
Whether it's ex-offenders, juvenile delinquents, gang members, H
in South Africa or students, Wilson's calling is to serve people with bro-
ken lives. It's a passion that has taken him to three continents and
across the United States, most recently landing him in Birmingham as
the Associate Director of Outreach for the Samford in Mission (SIM) pi
Before coming to Samford, Wilson spent more than a decade serving i
the field of law enforcement as a deputy probation officer, juvenile boot
camp director, gang investigator, prison warden and evangelist for the
Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center of Wheaton
College in Chicago, III. His work in this particularly difficult field was no
accident, because the stories that accompanied these broken lives were
hauntmgly familiar to the reverend from South Central Los Angeles.
"I voluntarily went on a long ride (13 years) full of gang involvement in
the inner city. I have been shot, stabbed, beaten unconscious, victimized,
robbed and violated. I lost a lot of things like friends to gang involvement.
I lost my innocence, my freedom and my sanity on occasions. Besides
this, I found myself in the presence of death," Wilson says. "I have seen
a lot of human storm clouds and heavy rains. However, in all of this, I
thank God for these experiences because they made me stronger for the
The noonday events Wilson speaks of were his move from
the inner city to Fresno, Calif., from gang involvement to college life.
"I moved away with some help from a high school teacher who saw
something in me," Wilson says. "When I arrived in Fresno, I had a big
surprise. My neighborhoods looked nothing like these, my associates
looked nothing like these, and my mental models were nothing like the
life I was to encounter. I quickly found out that I was a black man in a
white world who had a lot to learn, but also a lot to give."
Though the new environment was difficult for Wilson, he also knows
it was necessary for his growth and transition into manhood. He excelled
in his studies and graduated from Fresno Pacific Christian College with an
undergraduate degree in social work. It was then that he began his work
in the field of law enforcement, an occupation that presented him with
both a frustrating view of society and desire to be part of a new move-
ment toward racial reconciliation.
"Experiences in a secular field of law enforcement really dealt me a
blow. I was able to see two sides of a one-sided story about racism and
the turmoil that plagues our nation," Wilson says. "I saw white people
who were terrified about blacks because they did not understand them,
and I saw blacks that were angry about the past, which they could do
nothing about. I noticed that both of these groups lived with a mental
model that neither could escape. This vision changed the way my mental
models were shaped and impressed upon me that I must attempt to
bring both sides together under the banner of Christian love."
In 1991, Wilson was licensed and ordained by the Grace
Community Baptist Church and began his ministerial experience in urban
evangelism and prison ministry. He continued his biblical instruction at
the Conroe School of Theology and received a Masters Degree from
Wheaton College in Evangelism and Spiritual Formation. Since then, he
has labored in international and national evangelistic ministries, prisons,
mission agencies, schools and cross-cultural congregations. His desire at
Samford is to continue this call to urban and rural evangelism through
outreach programs that involve music, sports, mentoring and missions.
"It is quite apparent that our inner cities and rural areas of our
nation are in great need of many spiritual resources and spiritual truths. I
desire with all of my heart to bring these things for the masses of people
in our urban ghettos," Wilson says. "I want to be a leader for our nation
in change, and I want to be a leader that points men and women's
hearts to God." Currently, SIM is working locally in urban Birmingham and
Perry County, but Wilson's hopes are to see the university working on a
national and global level as well.
"Nationally, I believe that Samford has the opportunity to be a peer
mentor or peer leader for universities in North America that can really call
universities back to mission and evangelism," Wilson says. "My global
hopes are that Samford will rise to the challenge of being a world chang-
er. We've got our hands in a lot of different enterprises, and I think that's
not by chance. God has given us favor and an open door to preach the
gospel in various forms and various methods all across the world, and so
globally, I hope that we will really be instrumental in making disciples and
changing the world." ■
Testily- Entre Nous 2005
by Alisha Damron
She called again last night. It was 1 a.m. There was no medical emer-
gency. Her car wasn't stranded on the highway. She wasn't wading
through a social dilemma. She had, however, spent the last hour pan-
icked over the lack of time to invest in Perry County, an impoverished
area of Alabama. A week ago, the late phone call was in honor of a pos-
sible gala to raise money for Southeast Asia's Tsunami tragedy. Only a
few nights before that, she needed to talk about the Alabama constitu-
tion. Natalie Mclntyre, senior political science major from Fayetteville,
Ark., has a problem - Injustice in the world keeps her from prioritizing
normally. Her priorities are stationed upon the conviction that there is
nothing normal about Christian discipleship or about the way Jesus treat-
ed humanity. He was hilariously concerned with the "least of these" and
went to dangerous, ridiculous lengths to prioritize those whom society
cast aside. Mclntyre encapsulates this hilarity with profound resolve. She
is a friend, an activist and a cliche come true. Natalie Macintyre is some-
one who really does make a difference.
Natalie leads the Social Concern and Cultural Awareness committee
of Student Ministries. For her and like-minded students, the call to put
faith into action, combat injustice on behalf of the oppressed and be a
globally minded Christian, is fundamental to experiencing faith in Christ.
"There is a tendency to interpret 'seek first the Kingdom' as an instruction
about personal, devotional habits rather than a command to respond
courageously to injustice," April Robinson, director of Student Ministries
said. "We consider fighting inequality, battling intolerance and overcoming
injustice as the 'extra mile,' but a closer reading of the Gospel makes it
clear that these actions are not the second mile of discipleship, but the
first. Natalie Mclntyre takes seriously the teachings of Christ," Robinson
The purpose of the Social Concern and Cultural Awareness commit-
tee is to empower students to engage in small actions with large implica-
tions and to fulfill the Christian mission and obligation towards justice.
They promote awareness of global and domestic issues as world hunger,
modern slavery, the AIDS epidemic, third world development, homeless-
ness and political injustice. In the last two years, chapter organizations
such as Bread for the World, Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform,
International Justice Mission and Global Women, have sprung onto cam-
pus through their initiation, and students have responded in slow, but
steadfast numbers. "Don't worry about whether or not anyone else
cares," Mclntyre said. "And don't underestimate your peers. They are so
much more like you than you think. As soon as you start talking about
your concerns with other people, you'll be shocked at how concerned
they can be."
For Mclntyre, the marriage of faith and works presented in the epis-
tle of James leaves no choice — she feels she must engage in her social,
political and cultural concerns. She didn't experience an almost over-
whelming conviction until her sophomore year of college when she joined
the Social Concern and Cultural Awareness Committee. Towards the end
of the year, Omicron Delta Kappa's involvement in Perry County created a
buzz, which she caught. She wanted to do something and was told that
if something was to actually happen, and students were going to actually
join in the concern, she was on her own. So, she planned a forum.
Around 25 people showed up to learn about Perry County's desperate sit-
uation. Directly after the forum, Natalie signed her summer away to work
in Perry County as an intern. She worked with church groups who trav-
eled into the area for mission work. "Things really came alive for me that
summer. But, I want to emphasize that the way I feel now about social
issues now has been incremental," Mclntyre said. "Many experiences
have led to where I am now. I hope students don't feel too overwhelmed
to do something, whether it's reading a book about an issue that con-
cerns you, talking to other people about even finding a movie about the
issue or having a corporate prayer time about it. Let things build upon
each other. But, start with educating yourself. You have to know what
the problem is before you can do anything about it, and you don't have to
have an entire plan about fixing the problem that concerns you; but real-
ize that it is a process you can immerse yourself in. Everyone is capable
of doing something," Mclntyre said.
In October, Mclntyre and three other Samford students organized a
forum featuring Bread for the World, a faith based non-partisan move-
ment that seeks justice for the people in the world who are hungry. The
event included such speakers as President of Bread for the World
Reverend David Beckman, Republican Representative Spencer Bachus
and Democrat Representative Artur Davis. Over 300 students, faculty and
members of the community were in attendance. During the program, a
woman named Elaine Van Cleave told her story. After attending a Bible
study on hunger, Van Cleave, a stay-at-home mom, became passionate
about relieving hunger in developing countries. Passing legislation that
would forgive Third World debt was the major focus of Bread for the World
at the time. Thus Beckman asked Elaine if she would speak to Bachus.
Van Cleave traveled to Washington D.C. and met with Bachus and asked
him to care, in the name of Christ, about hungry people. They presented
facts — that over 30,000 children were dying everyday from hunger and
related preventable diseases. Legislation was passed that began the
process of forgiving the astronomical debt of the world's poorest coun-
tries. "If we want to heed Jesus' call to care for the least of these," Van
Cleave said, "we have to go to the very root of the problems and change
the systems that keep people down. Poor and hungry people don't have
lobbyists in Washington working on their behalf. We can provide a voice
for those who have no voice." Elaine's story and Natalie's existence are
a reminder of the nature of God's presence — a God who is relentlessly
concerned with the affairs of each of His creatures across the globe.
The moral of the story is something like this: one human being,
God-within and before, can change things for those whom Jesus called
the least of these. "Change" is perhaps a strange word because home
building impacts a temporary change any human is capable of, but the
love of Christ and the mercy of the brethren that spurs such sacrifice can
transform souls. Even at Samford — a community known for its steadfast
social uniformity — Christians come in a variety of shapes, political affilia-
tions and theological convictions; and it seems that Jesus' command to
be neighbor-loving will extend its hand to each and every one. Consider
Natalie Mclntyre and Elaine Van Cleave. Consider their focus to pursue
the commandments of Christ. Consider the hand extended to you.
Perfection is unnecessary and hilarity is inevitable, but if you allow your-
self to care you might be surprised — at both the ability of God to use you
and at the passion you'll leave in your wake. ■
Ir-nK - Entre Nous 2005 47
by Jennifer gish
It's a cozy room. Bookshelves line the walls and rich red curtains
frame the windows. The family gathers to unwind from a long and hec-
tic week. Several sit on an overstuffed leather couch. Laughter is
heard among the general hum of intense conversation.
From the other room, you can hear the sounds of the kitchen.
Dishes occasionally clash, and female voices direct the arrangements
of the meal and ask for helping hands. Two women quietly enter and
exit the kitchen, furiously preparing for the dinner that will soon be
devoured. Though dinner preparation isn't their weekly task, they glide
in and out of the kitchen like a couple of biblical "Marthas."
Finally, dinner is served. The group becomes solemn, and one of
the older members of the group offers up a reflective prayer of blessing
and thanksgiving. After the "amen," the plates are filled with generous
helpings of Hamburger Helper, potato chips and coconut cake.
Although the eclectic menu seems like the leftovers from a holiday
party, for this family, it is a meal worthy of the dining room table and
even dinner table manners.
At the dinner table, the group discussion comes to life as people
begin to interact in centralized discussions. Topics range on a variety
of subjects from entertainment to current relationships. As the food
gradually disappears from the plates, several begin to clear away the
dishes, while the rest continue talking. A change of roles takes place.
The hands that picked up the dishes were not the hands that prepared
it. Those who were in charge of the dinner preparations the week
before are in charge of clean up this week. Still, the dinner plates are
paper and the utensils are plastic, to ease the clean up process.
Welcome to the weekly gatherings of a group of college students
who function much like a family, though their living room is really the
Samford In Mission Forum meeting room on the edge of campus. But,
for a couple of hours on Tuesday nights, it is home.
Who are these college students who meet together week after
week sharing their lives and struggles with each other? They call
themselves the Wanahasi Project, and their goal is to discover how fol-
lowers of Christ can live and commune together in an atmosphere of
acceptance and grace. The group consists of 12 students, eight
females and four males. Brian Pitts explained, "Wanahasi is Swahili for
'Life Together.' In a nutshell, that sums up the entire project." At the
heart of the project is the foundational belief that Christianity involves
not only a vertical relationship with the Father, but it also involves a
horizontal relationship with those in the community.
They began their semester with a trip to Koinonia Farms, an inten-
tional faith-based community in Sumter, Ga. Originally this community
was designed to live out the principles set forth by Jesus in scripture.
Koinonia Farms was founded in 1949. The farms grew amid racial per-
secution and poverty, becoming a modem example of what it means to
live out the Christian faith practically. While in Georgia, the students
assisted with some of the chores on the farm, dined in the community
dining room and began to flesh out what it might look like to bring
such a Christian community to Samford's campus.
The Wanahasi project is experimental. The group has based its
entire foundation on three main pillars: spiritual friendship, spiritual
service and spiritual disciplines. Group members live together, eat
together once a week and participate in numerous "spiritual friendship
times" that are designed to strengthen their bond and b
together as a group. These "friendship times" have been events like
karaoke nights and barbeques. They participate in service projects
together and several group members find it helpful to keep each other
accountable in the spiritual disciplines of prayer and solitude with God.
As a result, several new friendships and closer, personal relationships
have developed among the group members.
But when reflecting on this community as a whole, Diana Farrell, a
senior interior design major from Madison, Ala., is not romanticized by
the idea of "Christian community" and realizes that there are still conflicts
within that community. According to Farrell there have been times of tur-
bulence. "Just because you love Jesus, doesn't mean that you love that
pile of dirty clothes in the corner." Tensions and personality differences
within the project have been heightened by the physical and emotional
closeness of the group, but many members feel that without hardship,
their community would not be reality.
Chris McCaghren, a sophomore religion major from Montgomery,
reflected, "Within every group there are conflicts. The difficult part is
learning how to deal with those conflicts in a Christ-like manner every
That does not necessarily mean there is a spiritual answer for every
problem. Farrell clarified, 'Some problems can be fixed with glue, and
some problems can be fixed with prayer. There is no reason to over-spiri-
tualize everything." They all agree that the way they communicate as a
group has vastly improved since the project started.
This intimate group has run into many of the conflicts that are also
present in the church today. They struggle with the delicate balance
between attempting to keep each other accountable and still maintaining
an atmosphere of sincerity absent of judgment. Their goal is to create a
"community of grace" in which the members give each other permission
to interact on a spiritual level, whether that is seeking spiritual encour-
agement or exploring spiritual doubts.
McCaghren, who applied to become a part of the Wanahasi Project
last spring, sought spiritual growth. "I wanted a place where I could go
and be myself, where I could be spiritually challenged and at the same
time spiritually rejuvenated," McCaghren said.
Many of the parameters and guidelines for the group have changed
as the project has progressed. Differences among individuals and uncon-
trollable factors have led to small changes in the direction of the experi-
ment. However, according to Pitts, the visionary of the project, "If we can
look back in a couple of years and view this community as a community
of grace, then Wanahasi was a success."
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by Alisha Damron & Erin Dawson
'he is walking. Silently she carries a lit match. At the altar table she
picks up a single white candle. A flame ignites, and the candle burns
brightly. She sets the candle down and picks up another... and anoth-
er... and another, until the light of the flames fills the entry way to the
chapel with a flickering illumination and the slightest sent of smoke. And
so begins a worship gathering called Shiloh.
A melody is heard softly from the piano as clusters of students qui-
etly enter in through the powerfully overwhelming doors of Hodges
Chapel. The silence of the crowd lends itself to reflection as preparation
for worship continues. You pause for a single moment and try to remem-
ber the last time there was a feeling of comfort and peace at a
Convocation event. Realizing this night is unlike any other worship expe-
rience the opening chords of "Poor Wayfarin' Stranger" resonate through
the Chapel capturing attention and quieting the crowd.
In the history of worship services. Shiloh is a mere infant. It is a far
cry from what some students remember of the most recent Student
Ministries worship service, Quest. 'After the death of Quest, Student
Ministries has been longing to sponsor another worship service. But
instead of simply clogging up students' time, Student Ministries wanted
to provide students with an avenue to worship in an authentic, reflective
way. ..Shiloh does just that," said Alisha Damron, senior public relations
major from Fayetteville, Ark. and president of Student Ministries. Shiloh
doesn't pretend to mimic worship experiences from the past or the pres-
ent. Instead it seeks to provide students with a kind of worship gathering
that transcends generational worship trends, reaching deep into the ritu-
als of the early church without neglecting the dynamics of the modern
Shiloh finds great meaning in taking communion weekly. Students
are invited to the front altar to take of the bread, dip it in the chalice and
experience communion by intinction. "This is the body of Christ broken
for you. This is the blood of Christ shed for you." Those words have a
sweet meaning when spoken softly from the lips of the ministers serving
the bread, holding the chalice, offering communion. It is in the simplicity
of weekly communion that Shiloh honors the traditions set by the early
church. Traditional hymns are sung often and their presence seems to
be a reminder of Christian heritage and the story of faith that has unfold-
ed throughout time.
Shiloh isn't committed to only traditional forms of worship, but finds
comfort in presenting students with new and inventive ways for students
to connect with God. Art is one of those ways. Art has been a part of
the Christian church for centuries, but what is unique about art at Shiloh
is that it is created as. an integral part of the scripture reading, the
singing of the hymns and the taking of communion. At seven o'clock,
when students enter, a blank canvas sits at the front of the chapel. By
the time students leave, the canvas is a new creation, a work of art. It
sits at the front as an offering of worship. Daniel Mitchell, a senior art
major from Sheffield, Ala., has been one of the contributing artists.
Using chalk. Daniel has depicted scenes and symbols from the fall
semester scripture readings that focus on Philippians. Daniel's drawings,
now completed, tell the story of Paul's letter to the Philippians. Daniel
values his artistic expression, "not just as decoration, but as a vehicle of
worship." Addressing his support for Shiloh, Mitchell said, "I guess you
could say it's confirmed my conviction that visual art is a form of wor-
A time of fellowship following the service extends an invitation to
local churches to provide students with food, conversation and further
reflection. A variety of denominations has hosted the fellowship and con-
tinues to find importance in contributing to the lives of Samford students.
The entire staff of University Ministries and Student Ministries has
made a whole-hearted investment in the planning and presentation of
Shiloh. The service offers a regular sermon rotation allowing each staff
member the opportunity to preach and shining no solo spotlights on any
one minister. Dr. Jim Barnette takes part, as does the director of
Student Ministries April Robinson. Angulus Wilson, a new member to the
community of Samford University Ministries has also contributed to the
preaching at Shiloh. On more than one occasion, the service has involved
all of the staff members to preach different segments of one sermon.
This unique approach provides students with five different ministers with
their individual view points. Contributing minister and the missions coordi-
nator for Student Ministries, Renee Pitts, describes Shiloh as "the results
of the vision God is laying before the staff of Student Ministries and a
unifying force for us as a team."
Though Shiloh promotes a kind of filling silence and calm reverence
before God, it does not happen without intentional preparation. Brian
Pitts, spiritual formation coordinator for Student Ministries, is the staff
member who not only directs and advises the student planning team for
Shiloh, but he also takes part in the service by leading worship, offering
communion, and reading scripture. "Shiloh invites students to explore dif-
ferent elements of worship, to really experience the presence of God,"
said Pitts in regards to the dynamics and purpose of the new worship
Just as a Shiloh service begins, so it ends. Clusters of students
leave the majestic presence of the Hodges Chapel, making sure their
Samford cards get swiped and enter the night air often with expressions
of stunned silence. Music still lingers as the pianist plays one more melo-
dious ballad. Parting words are often spoken, and sometimes there is
nothing more than the exchange of gentle smiles. The communion cup
is cleaned. Conversation gradually fades into silence. The candles are
blown out, and the trickle of wax that has made its way to the table cloth
begins to harden leaving a stain of wax to be cleaned before the next
Shiloh worship gathering the next week. ■
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What was your favorite class
and/or professor at Samford?
- Concepts with Dr. Czech - too bad
he's gone now.
- Christian Spirituality with Dr.
- Anything JMC!!!
- Dr. Sanders' Music History Class.
- Dr. Jonathan Davis, Family
- Bells of Buchanan with Dr. Billy
- Media Law with Mr. Hartzog.
- Dr. Siegfried.
- Dana Basinger!!! CA in the
- Mass Media Ethics with Dr.
- Fiction & Film with Dr. Steward.
- Italy trip with Shannon Flynt.
- Dr. Ruble's Exercise Physiology
What is something about
Samford that someone outside
of the "Bubble" would never
- That it's normal to be friends with
your professors and get invited to
eat dinner at their house.
- Exactly what Step Sing is.
- The importance of going to convo,
even if you sleep or do homework
- Only staying until halftime at the
- The social importance of dressing
up for class.
- The wedding craze
- That sadly, more people will
attend Step Sing in one night, than
all athletic events combined for the
entire spring semester.
- The cage, convo, Jan term, chick-
en finger night.
- Chalk messages on the bridge to
Beeson and the maze that is the
Art Dept. building.
- Why our gym has a window in it.
- How with a ratio of 1-3, guys
here still can't get a date for Friday
- The Step Sing Face.
- The selling of a soul for convo
What's the most overused
phrase at Samford?
- "Hey!.. ..How are you?"
- The phrase "way cas" as an
abbreviation for "very casual."
- I'm engaged.
- "You need to join the Face-Book."
- How was your break?
- "Hey girl"
- Without a doubt, it's "DTR."
- What's up?
- "Be Aware" and "Marriage."
- I just got in from running.
- Problem-based learning (I cringe
just thinking about it).
- Anything with the word "Bubble" in
What is the most important
characteristic for a good room-
mate to have?
- Understanding and considerate.
- Flexibility and a sense of humor.
- Being supportive about your Diet
- The right dosage of medication.
- A non-snorer.
- Regular bathing habits!
- Just being straight-up consider-
ate. ..and not weird!
- They have to be up for a good,
hearty laugh at anytime. ..enjoy old
youth group musical numbers, be
willing to eat Jason's Deli at least
five days a week and sleep on an
iron-on "One Tree Hill" pillowcase.
- The ability to not walk around
naked all the time.
- Madden skills, Tiger Wood skills,
Numbchuck skills and a plethera of
movie quotes stored in his or her
- Mental stability!!!! I'm 2 for 3 on
the negative side...
- The same sleep schedule as
- Know when to be quiet and give
you your space.
- Get out of bed for at least a few
hours each day.
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by Andrea Redus
The 17 th Floor? Playing at Samford
University? No way. Some Samford students
have driven as far as Tuscaloosa and Auburn to
see this "sometimes scandalous" hip hop/rap
cover-band perform. I was shocked when I found
out that they would be playing here on campus
for Samford's Greek Weekend. The Interfraternity
Council President Austin Bourgeois stated, "I
first began to think about getting the 17 th Floor
to come to Samford as soon as I was elected."
IFC and Panhellenic wanted to put on a huge
event that would be of interest to Samford stu-
dents, both Greeks and non-Greeks. Junior
Panhellenic member Abby Lindsey said, "The
concert actually ended up being a tool to
encourage freshmen to go through recruitment."
Their idea was to get the entire Samford com-
munity out and involved with the Greeks splitting
The 17 tn Floor band started with brothers
Greg (drums) and Aaron (bass guitar)
Thompson. The rest of the group was chosen
through lengthy auditions. Before long the bands
popularity grew as they became the favorite on
many mid-west college campuses. The band
received its big break when it was asked to tour
with female rap group TLC. It later went on to
also join Usher on his "My Way" tour.
Presently, the 17 th Floor is seen mainly at
college campuses and private parties, perform-
ing for smaller audiences. It does a mixture of
well-liked cover rap/hip hop music.
In order for IFC's idea of the 17 tn Floor
performing at Greek Weekend to be approved,
they had to get the band to sign an entertain-
ment rider. It's a document of standards of what
the band can or can not do during a perform-
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ance. Samford University has one of the most
extensive entertainment riders of any institution.
Our entertainment rider includes such things as
the artist or artists can not consume alcohol
before the performance, it can not make any
inappropriate gestures, swear and so on. The
way the document is drawn up is strict on inter-
pretation. If the 17 th Floor violated the contract
in any way, they would not get paid. Sophomore
Alpha Delta Pi Ashley Corley said, "It was incred-
ible how they remembered to sing without all
the cuss words."
Samford was also obligated to sign the
17 tn Floor's contract rider. The 17 tn Floor con-
tract nder contains all of the bands accommo-
dation requirements. The necessities the band
required was a sober driver, six hotel rooms, 10
clean white towels, a fruit tray and drinks in a
dressing room and six large pizzas for after the
This was not the first edited show that the
17 th Floor had done. "Their manager told me
that it was no problem and the band didn't mind
doing a clean show at all." Bourgeois said,
"They were very professional about everything."
During their performance at Samford, the 17" 1
Floor didn't break any of the terms in the con-
tract. Sophomore Nikki Elmore said, "The con-
cert was amazing. The fact that they couldn't
cuss didn't really affect their performance."
In the past, money posed as a problem. No
single sorority or fraternity was able to book the
17" 1 Floor by themselves because the band
comes with such a high price tag. It was impor-
tant for IFC and Panhellenic to recruit a good
band to come and perform at Greek Weekend,
so they aimed high. When it was all said and
done, it was an expensive event to host. First
Panhellenic and IFC split the cost, and then
each Greek paid four dollars to cover the rest of
After finding, approving and hiring the best
possible band — the 17 tn Floor, IFC's new proj-
ect was to find the perfect concert venue. They
wanted to do something different; something
that no one had done before at Samford.
Bourgeois said, "We wanted to have it outside,
and we wanted to have it on West Campus
because the Greeks were paying for the con-
cert." They had originally planned to have it on
the West Campus parking deck, but at the last
minute, Hurricane Ivan ruined that idea.
Bourgeois recalled, "We were at Mountain View
after we had cleared all the cars out, and we.
started unloading all the sound equipment,
about $250,000 worth. We just got finished
unloading all of it when it started pouring down
ram." Luckily, they reacted quickly and moved
the concert to Bashinski Held House.
By the time I showed up at the field house
everyone was waiting in anticipation for the
band to come on. The 17th floor was already
running an hour behind. Due to the quick
change of venue, the 17" 1 Floor's concert was
delayed. I started to have doubts if there was
going to be a concert at all.
After what felt like almost a five hour wait
the band came on. After the band played its first
song, all the audience's energy was restored
and the wait was well worth it. Lindsey stated,
"Waiting a while for the band to come on made
me even more excited about the concert." The
performance was nothing short of amazing.
Stage lights were shining everywhere as the
music only seemed to be getting louder.
Everyone seemed to be having a blast. It
didn't matter if you were Greek or non-Greek
that night. This was a party for both, and every-
one on campus was invited. The 17 tn Floor
band marveled us with their singing and rapping
ability as well as the high energy of the show
and their elaborate choreography. The majority
of people danced and yelled with the band the
popular words of every song.
When he was asked, knowing now all that
went into this project, "If you had the chance
would you do it again?" Bourgeois replied,
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September 21, 2004
Excited. That is the only word that describes
my feeling about going through Rush. By this
time next week, I will have decided which, if any,
of the sororities on campus to join. While I am
dreading making the decision, I can't wait to see
what my friends and I decide. Will my roommate
and I make the same decision? Will my friends?
The sorority girls have been so nice, and I
love my Rho Gamma, Emily. She has been
especially helpful. Last night she stopped by
with a bag of goodies and talked for a little bit.
If I feel this stressed about keeping up with all
of my classes and rushing, I can't imagine what
she is going through to keep all of us sane.
I had so much fun at dinner tonight with my
Rho Gamma group. It was nice to meet people
like me, but even more than that, I got to know
different people. We had fun talking, but you
could feel everyone's feelings of nervousness
rising as we went through dinner. I'm still excit-
ed, but now, somewhat anxious too. I'm just
waiting for tomorrow night to arrive.
September 22, 2004
Tonight at my first Philanthropy parties I had
fun talking to so many people. Standing in line
outside of the first house made our entire Rho
Gamma group nervous. There were even a few
girls who were almost sick to their stomachs. As
we waited, all of the sorority sisters came up to
the front windows and started chanting and
banging on the windows. At that point, I was
overwhelmed. I had no idea what I had gotten
After a sorority member escorted us inside,
the rest of the night became a blur. I talked to
so many people about philanthropies, parties
and their favorite part of their sorority. I had no
idea the sororities were involved in so much
both on and off campus. I had also never seen
so many smiling, excited faces in my life. My
cheeks are tired tonight from smiling so much!
It was amazing to me that after spending only
30 minutes talking and listening, I really had an
idea of where I would consider pledging. I could
tell where I fit in best with the girls. I loved all
three of the houses I visited tonight, Alpha
Omicron Pi, Alpha Delta Pi and Zeta Tau Alpha,
and I think any of them would be tons of fun.
Now I just have to pray about where God would
want me. After all, I am going to leave the deci-
sion of where I should be up to him.
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September 23. 2004
Tonight I made the first of my many decisions
this week. I went to the last two Philanthropy
parties, Chi Omega and Phi Mu. Afterwards my
Rho Gamma group met, and we filled out
Scantron sheets ranking the sororities in the
order of our preference. I was very surprised
when it took some girls only a minute or two.
It took me longer because I didn't get bad
impressions from any of the houses, which I
think is what the sororities wanted me to feel.
As much fun as everything has been, I am look-
ing forward to the next two nights when things
will be less rushed and superficial. Up to this
point, I've only had time to ask a few simple
questions at each house.
I know I will feel really bad if a rushee isn't
invited back to any of the houses tomorrow
night. How horrible a feeling! I hope that it does-
n't happen to me, but more than anything,
I hope it doesn't happen to any of the other
girls, especially those who are already set on a
Exhaustion has begun to set in. I am so tired
of walking back and forth from the gym to the
different houses. Even though I haven't been too
stressed, this has already been a hard week
emotionally. Not only have I kept up with class-
es, but I also have really sought God's will for
where he can best use me. As fun as this week
has already been, I can't wait to get back into a
routine. I can't wait for normalcy to return!
September 24, 2004
Emotional is the best word to describe the
atmosphere of tonight. Almost everyone has a
good idea of where they would want to pledge
after tonight. I was invited back to four sorori-
ties, the maximum number that you could get
invited to. I went to ADPi, AOPi, Phi Mu and
Zeta. I loved all the parties. They were so fun
because they expressed a lot of the personality
that each sorority possesses.
I cannot believe Rush is almost over. I'm not
ready to make a decision tomorrow. I'm so
much more confused tonight about what I'm
supposed to do. Up until this point, God had
given me a peace about not joining a sorority
this year. After tonight, however, I am so con-
fused as to whether I should pledge or not.
I have absolutely loved my Rush experience, but
I really want to seek God's will for whatever he
would want for me. whether it is as part of the
Greek system or not.
After an extremely long night, we finally
ranked the houses we visited. I am completely
drained physically and emotionally from this
hard week. At midnight, our Rho Gammas asked
us to decide where we wanted to go back one
final time. For me, that decision was a little too
much. The stress had built up all week. I made
a quick decision and then came back to my
room to get rid of my heels and finally put on
something more comfortable to wear.
It was hard coming back to my hall tonight
and seeing some of my Independent friends
feeling a little left out as we were all dressed up
and ready to tell them about the parties. I know
this week has been hard for them, but everyone
has to find the area that God is calling them to,
and Greek life simply wasn't for them.
September 25, 2004
As fun as this week has been, I'm glad that
it's finally over. I've made my decision, and now
I am just waiting for either a visit from my Rho
Gamma tonight to tell me that I have been
dropped, or what I hope- a bid tomorrow after-
noon to my first choice, Alpha Delta Pi.
I was amazed at how easy it was for me to
make my decision between my two final choic-
es. My Rho Gamma told me that the decision
would be really clear, but deep down, I really
didn't believe it. I thought that I would be torn
between my two pref parties, Phi Mu and ADPi,
and it would take me forever to decide. I loved
both of the houses so much and the girls that
filled them. I felt so welcomed and wanted in
both places. After a few minutes in the ADPi
house, however, I knew that I was home. I was
completely comfortable and felt an incredible
putting it as my r f
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Tonight I had r . r
a chance to ask 0ruz/ a social expe
all of my final . rr ,,
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see a glimpse
into the ritual side of sororities. The atmosphere
was completely serious, with no excited cheers
or dances like the nights before. Instead, there
were emotional, beautiful songs and lots of per-
sonal talking. Many girls left the houses in tears
simply from being overwhelmed.
Although I was at peace with my decision,
there were several girls around me who were
unhappy because they got dropped. I felt awe-
ful. I felt guilty being excited about getting invit-
ed back to my top two choices. If I could give up
my spot for one of my friends, I would. But I
know that there is somewhere else on campus
for them, and I pray that they find it.
September 26, 2004
At noon today, our Rho Gamma group met
for one last time. Sadly, it was considerably
smaller than when we first started. I felt like a
contestant on "Survivor." Everyday we waited to
see who had made it through the night and who
would be invited to return. All the Rho Gammas,
including mine, had button-up shirts covenng
their sorority letters. Curiosity almost killed me,
as I knew that it would be just an hour before
some of the week's secrets were revealed.
After waiting over an hour in the heat of the
West Campus parking deck, the Rho Gammas
finally gave us our bid cards. In the tradition of
Bid Day, we had to sit on our cards and wait
until the official unveiling. The anticipation grew.
I had the answer to my question right in front of
me. Finally the Rho Gammas started their song
to reveal their sororities. When the song men-
tioned their sorority, they pulled off their top
shirt to reveal their Greek letters. It was really
fun! Both of my Rho Gammas were ADPi's, so
I became even more excited to find out if I was
going to become their sister. I opened up the
envelope that I had been sitting on, and as
I tore it open, I read the words "Alpha Delta Pi."
I jumped up and started hugging my friends
Within seconds, I pushed through the crowd
to the ADPi girls who handed me a T-shirt and
sent me on my way to the house. I ran through
the tunnel of my new sisters, and Beth, my
Connections leader, started hugging me and ran
through with me. As I approached the door,
someone called my name and handed me a
nametag, and we entered the house together.
I loved the excitement today. It was the perfect
way to end an emotionally stressful week. I am
September 27, 2004
Rush is over, but school is definitely not. This
morning, I had my first college test in French.
That test quickly brought me back to reality.
Last week was so much fun, but now it's time to
refocus and get back to work. I know my
schedule is about to get crazy from my demand-
ing class load and the exciting new events
planned for me as an Alpha member of ADPi.
say that it was not
Hence 6ut a spirituaC
Things on our hall are already improving, and
hurt feelings are beginning to heal. Everyone is
exhausted. But for me, a huge burden has been
lifted, now that I know exactly where I'm sup-
posed to be.
I'm so proud and blessed to be a part of the
Greek system at Samford, and looking back on
my Rush experience, I can honestly say that it
was not only a social expenence but a spiritual
journey as well. I loved Rush 2004! ■
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Rush. The very word can inspire memories of
fondness, confusion and fear. In the weeks lead-
ing up to Rush 2004, I had heard many rumors
about the weekend. Some said it was one of the
greatest moments of their freshman year; some
said it had changed the direction of their college
lives; others claimed it to be one of the scariest
things they had experienced. As it turned out, my
rush experience was a little of each, and it was
a time in my college life that I would never trade.
I went into Rush weekend convinced that I
didn't want to pledge. I had heard of the whole
"frat" concept, and, personally, I viewed it as
buying your friends. I wasn't very excited about the
weekend, but all my friends were rushing. And
like most guys, I had heard rumors of free food.
Thursday night, I dressed up for Smokers and
headed down to meet the 200 other fraternity
rushees in Brock Forum. Everyone seemed
apprehensive about the coming night; many felt
they had to use every moment to try and
impress the fraternity members. We listened to
an introduction of the weekend's activities. The
Inter Fraternity Council speeches seemed to
take forever, probably because of the hunger
pains that were setting in.
We split up, and we walked to the four hous-
es, where we spent 45 minutes at each. At the
houses, we shook hands with every frat mem-
ber, which became quite repetitious after the
first 100, and we then sat down to hear a
speech about the individuality and glory of each
frat. I will never understand how each one could
claim to have a GPA above the Greek Men's
average. Next, an older frat alumnus spoke on
how the fraternity had altered him. I don't know
how they expected us to relate to someone
older than our parents; after all, we came to
college partly to get away from our parents!
After this program, we walked around and
introduced ourselves to a few people, but the
conversations never got very deep because we
only had a few minutes to talk. I said my name,
hometown and major and then moved on to the
next person. This lasted for hours at all four
houses, and I left feeling like I had met the
same nondescript fraternity member over and
by Ryan Mclntire
After the first night, I didn't feel like continu-
ing on with Rush. I thought I would keep having
the same mindless conversations, and I was
beginning to like the idea of a fraternity less and
less. I wondered why should I go around to each
house and make myself nervous about talking to
these people about nothing.
Nonetheless, I decided to stick with the expe-
rience. I got ready Friday and headed to Open
House night where each rushee went to as
many of the houses for as long as he wanted. I
was initially reluctant, but by the end of that
night, my views on fraternities had changed.
I went to all four houses Friday night so I
could give each one a chance and hopefully
have a little fun.
First, I dropped by Sigma Phi Epsilon's party.
The theme was a shrimp fest with a big trampo-
line in the middle. I stayed for a while, ate and
talked with a few members of the fraternity. I
went to Sigma Chi next and ate a hamburger,
relaxed and watched a game on TV. My third
party, Sigma Nu, hosted a party designed for
men because of the lack of girls at Rush. I met
a few people and once again relaxed and
watched some sports. Lastly, I went to Pi Kapp,
where there was a Mexican buffet and a bull
ride in the yard. The activities were all fun and
gave a good idea of how each fraternity relaxes,
but the conversations I had that night truly
changed my mind about fraternity Rush.
It was on this night that I recognized people
as they were and not as fake fraternity mem-
bers. I talked to about 10 people at each
house, and each person seemed to be genuine
and real. We talked about Samford, hobbies,
memories or God. It seemed we rarely actually
talked about the fraternity, and everyone encour-
aged us to explore all the fraternities before
deciding on one. I had begun that night expect-
ing to meet the same boring people over again,
but instead I met unique individuals who had an
interest in me and were excited about the Rush
By Saturday morning, most of the rushees
were nervous. By noon that day the fraternities
had distributed invitations for the last rush party:
Brother's Night In. We wondered if we had made
a good impression over the last two nights and if
we would get invited back to any of the fraterni-
ties tonight and Sunday. They came around 11
a.m., and I was invited back to two of the frater-
nities I was interested in visiting again. There
were sighs of relief around the hall as older
members passed out the cards.
I started liking the idea of being in a fraterni-
ty; I had met and connected with so many inter-
esting people and nice guys. However, I didn't
want to race into something if it wasn't God's
will for my time at Samford. I decided to be myself
and trust God to work out his plan for my life.
Saturday night presented a chance to meet
even more people and make a few new friends.
There were smaller groups of rushees at each
house, and I had the chance to see how the fra-
ternity members related to each other and how
they acted as a group. This night of Rush was
the best for me because I felt like I could be
myself and have fun. On top of that, the food
improved with each night, which, as most guys
can agree, definitely made Rush even better. As
the night came to an end, I knew I would have
to wait again for an invitation Sunday morning.
The same nervous atmosphere was felt on
our hall that day, maybe even more so than on
Saturday. These invitations told us if any frater-
nities had recruited us for the final night of
Rush. I went to church early, and rushed back
to check under the door at 12:30. Sighs of
relief were heard all over the hall, and I received
an invitation to the fraternity that I was most
Sunday night's Brothers Night Out was the
best night of Rush, to me. The tension of talking
to unfamiliar people was gone. The franticness
of trying to talk to as many people as possible
was no more, and now it was merely me and
the older Rush members I had grown to know
over the last few nights. We talked mostly about
the fraternity, its rules and events. Members
spoke to us about how Greek life had altered
their time at Samford, and each person encour-
aged us to think about the fraternity and decide
if joining was what we felt led to do.
I went back to my dorm that night and con-
sidered everything that had happened over the
last few days. Monday's Bid Day came, and I
had to make a decision.
I decided to remain Independent, at least for
my first year at Samford. It was such a new and
exciting place, and I didn't want to join a frater-
nity without first experiencing the school on my
own and enjoying all that my freshman year had
Many say that pledging a fraternity changed
the direction of their college life, but I feel that I
can say the same thing about Rush. Before
Rush, I was closed to the idea of a fraternity,
but Rush showed me that strength can truly be
found in the bond of brotherhood when a group
of people supports each other without ceasing.
Before Rush, I felt a little lost at Samford. But
after rushing and meeting hundreds of interest-
ing and awesome people, I felt a little more like
Samford was home.
My freshman year has been the best of my
life, and Rush was an important part of making
it what it was. I can truly say I'm glad I rushed,
and even though I'm independent this year, I
can say that I support our fraternities here on
campus and am happy to be a part of a univer-
sity that allows groups like Sigma Nu, Sigma
Chi, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon to
flourish and encourage growth in me and my
peers as we journey through our university life. ■
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LOSED FOR RENOVATIONS
Lambda Cbj Alpha, the 2004 Step Sing
champions and second fraternity established at
Samford, lost their recognition on Samford's
campus for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Alongside Samford's campus, the fraternity's
house, located at 632 Shelburne Ln., was
closed by their housing corporation in late sum-
mer after the Samford administration brought
concerns involving the fraternity's actions to
The fraternity, which was on probation during
the 2002-2003 academic year for a number of
violations, including alcohol, theft and removing
trees from property, was placed on probation
again in the spring of 2004.
According to Director of Greek Life and
Student Organizations Frank Parsons, there had
been a history of issues and concerns over a
number of infractions with the fraternity; there-
fore, the university felt a need to step in and re-
evaluate their presence on campus. Parsons
said that with the fraternity's history, combined
with several events in the spring, a meeting with
their leadership was needed.
Lambda Chi president Chris Edmunds, who
was in London for the spring 2004 semester,
expressed his surprise at the news when he
"I was blindsided by this," he said. "I was dis-
appointed in the time manner that it was han-
A number of members of the fraternity real-
ized that disciplinary action needed to be taken,
but felt that the punishment was too extreme.
"Some organizations have received social and
intramural probations as a wake-up call. We
seemed to go from a probationary period, with-
out any real restrictions, straight to suspension,"
Lambda Chi Executive Council member John
Schluchter said. "I find that inconsistent."
During the time that the Samford administra-
tion was evaluating the situation, the fraternity's
housing corporation stepped in and decided to
suspend their charter. Parsons said that the uni-
versity supported the corporation's decision to
close the chapter for a year, and he would like
by Sarah Davis
to see the fraternity go in a different and more
"We want the leadership of the fraternity to
provide intentional steps to revamp the direction
of the fraternity," Parsons said.
"The success of any Greek letter organization,
in my opinion, is active involvement by the
alumni," Vice President and Dean of Students
Richard Franklin said.
Both the administration and the fraternity
agree that it is unfortunate that it only takes a
small number of members' wrongdoings to put
the entire organization in jeopardy.
During the 2003-2004 academic year,
Lambda Chi won both the Step Sing
Sweepstakes award and the Outstanding
Community Service award. Lambda Chi also won
fraternity league football and the overall volley-
ball championship in intramural competitions.
"My goal is for them to come back," Franklin
said. "And to take a year to regroup, I hope they
can do it."
"I would hope that the students would allow
the local alumni to become more involved in the
fraternity in helping it be successful, and that
there would be a nucleus of those guys who
believed in the ideals and the principles of fra-
ternity and also believed in the mission and val-
ues of this institution, so that those two can
belong together," Franklin said.
"Because I've been here 15 years, I know
that Lambda Chi has done that and been very
supportive of that. They have had an outstand-
ing reputation, and I'm hoping that they will
come back. There is also evidence of another
fraternity that has come back (so it is possible),"
Parsons and Franklin both said that they
wanted the leadership of the fraternity to come
up with a clear plan and steps to restore the
course of the fraternity and rebuild the chapter.
Fortunately during the 2004-2005 school
year, Lambda Chi Alpha did just that.
University administration and leaders from
the fraternity have taken the opportunity to dis-
cuss the fraternity's return to the Samford cam-
Parsons said the university would like to see
the fraternity come back, and the fraternity was
given a specific plan of action and a number of
solutions, which they will present to university
administration for final approval.
"We are optimistic and assisting them in
meeting the requirements that we have asked of
them," Parsons said.
"I will disclose that the administration has put
a few stipulations on our return, but nothing we
will not be able to negotiate. We look forward to
further negations with the administration in our
quest of restonng Lambda Chi Alpha to
Samford's campus," Edmunds said.
Parsons said that the decision to come back
is largely in the fraternity's hands now. If all
requirements are met, Lambda Chi Alpha will be
recognized as a fraternity at Samford University
and will reopen for the fall 2005 semester.
Requirements included: greater alumni
involvement, a revamping of the pledge pro-
gram, alcohol education, the institution of an
academic program and visits from national
organization members among others.
"Lambda Chi has a great history here and we
want them here," Parsons said. "It can be
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the fall Of Delta Zeta :: by lara Wallace
!_. — — -
Thinking -that it would be a trial period" to see
how I really liked the sorority world, I piped.
Delta Zeta during the fall of my-freshman year. I
didn't just like it — I fell in love wjth it. Three
years later I became President of Delta Zeta's
Alpha Pi chapter, and in May of 2004, I retired
my position as the last outgoing President.
Though I had known from the beginning the pos-
sibility of what was coming, I left our closing cer-
emony utterly heartbroken. My chapter was
gone, and I was crushed.
The sad part about closing a chapter isn't
that there are no more formals to attend or that
you won't be wearing cute T-shirts around cam-
pus to socially identify yourself. The thought that
kept me virtually in tears was that no more
Samford girls would have the opportunity to
experience the home that I had found in Delta
Zeta. No more girls would carry out our tradi-
tions and legacies. They wouldn't have the
opportunity to join confused and unsure of
themselves and then emerge four years later as
confident, powerful women strengthened by our
special bond of sisterhood. For three years my
school and social life revolved around my sorori-
ty, but suddenly I was left behind for my last
year on Samford's campus practically homeless,
unaffiliated and without a clue as to what to do
-The women who did not graduate in the
"spring of 2004 were automatically granted offi-
cial alumni -status. Immediately, we decided that
we wouldn't fall out of touch and into oblivion
like the remnants of a sorority grown pitiful in
the daylight. Now, we walk around campus still
within the Greek system, but strangely outside
of it. We get together for the occasional "girls'
night out," we formed two intramural bowling
teams, and we continue to eat together in the .
caf. I still wear my Delta Zeta shirts with the
pride that comes from belonging to a group that
I am still honored to call my own. Several of us
still live together in a cluster of rooms in
"Building E," but we will be the first to tell you
that it's not the same. Yes, we love each other
and have fun together, but a significant portion
of our lives is missing, and there is no way to
get it back.
I had always thought that after college I
would leave my sorority to go out into the world,
get a fabulous job, have a wonderful family and
live the rest of my days with the lovely memory
of the times I shared with my Delta Zeta sisters.
However, thrust into this alumni status a year
too soon, I now see what life is like beyond the
home we made for ourselves as active members
of a sisterhood. It is not enough to carry the
memories; you must continually refresh them if
they are to mean anything. My advice to you is
to enjoy and cherish the time you have with your
current sisters and continue to involve the mem-
bers of your alumni community. They miss it,
and one day you may realize too late that you
will miss it too.
Any Greek woman will tell you that it is not
the parties or the bumper stickers or the desig-
nated Caf tables that make a sorority — it is the
women and the sisterhood, which fill your brief
college moments that make your sorority an
experience you carry for a lifetime.
As Delta Zetas, we honor tradition, academic
and personal excellence and, above all, an ever-
lasting bond of the sisterly love that is unique to
our sorority. Founded in Oxford, Ohio, at Miami
University in 1902, Delta Zeta has 165 active
college chapters containing several thousand
members, making it one of the largest sororities
in the nation. I am fiercely proud to have shared
my college days with an extraordinarily wonderful
group of fine, gifted women, and I can barely
contain my excitement when I think about what
the future will bring for Delta Zeta. Our chapter
may be closed, but our sisterhood is strong, and
we will never disregard our bond. ■
. # '
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the little chapter that could. :: by Melissa Morgan
There was a time just last year when the
Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter had dwindled down to
four members, and students and faculty expect-
ed the worst for what appeared to be the dying
embers of a once strong fraternity. One by one,
members ranging from pledges to seniors turned
in their pins for every reason from monetary
restrictions to personality conflicts, and it looked
as though Sig Ep nationals had no choice but to
revoke their charter.
Senior Hiram Centeno pledged Sig Ep his
freshman year with eight other young men anx-
ious to embark on their college fraternity experi-
ence. However, by the last stage of pledging, nine
had become two and, eventually, Centeno
became the only remaining brother left in his
fledgling pledge class.
"When May of 2003 came along, we had lost
about 12 or 13 seniors, and a lot of our pledges
dropped," Centeno said. "Nationals said our
charter would be pulled because with just four
members we didn't have enough people to sus-
tain a chapter here on campus."
But Centeno and the other three Sig Ep mem-
bers were unabashed and determined in spite of
their small number.
"Nationals and our alumni had given up on us.
Everyone looked us over, but we believed in our-
selves," Centeno said. "All we had was each
other, but we believed in one another. We knew
we could defy everyone's expectations, and we
told people we could survive."
The brothers banded together with oneness of
purpose and a common goal, and throughout the
next year, students began to take notice of new
faces proudly sporting Sigma Phi Epsilon T-shirts.
Sig Ep started this year with 16 members.
Through a combination of fall and spring recruit-
ment and open bids, they more than doubled that
number, now boasting of a brotherhood 36 mem-
"We did a lot of praying," Centeno said of the
weeks spent soliciting new members. "We felt
that we were the only fraternity that subscribed to
Samford's standards, and we started establishing
individual relationships with guys. One person
after another, they joined; it was like dominoes.
Of all the fraternities on campus we had the high-
est retention rate this year."
Currently the Samford chapter of Sig Ep is
ranked in the top 1 or 2 percent of all Sig Ep
chapters across the nation, and Sigma Phi
Epsilon Nationals uses this chapter as an exam-
ple to others of not only determination and moti-
vation, but also of rush techniques and methods
for soliciting new members.
Freshman Stephen Black pledged Sig Ep dur-
ing this year's fall recruitment and has already
risen to a position of leadership as vice-president
of recruitment. In doing so, he has taken advan-
tage of the fact that Sig Ep immediately accepts
pledges as brothers, exempting them from the
oftentimes long and tedious periods of pledge-
ship that other fraternities require. Black and his
pledge brothers instantly enjoyed the benefits of
"Pledging was the best decision I've made
since I've been at Samford," Black said. "It's
helped me develop skills like leadership, and I
feel humbled to be a part of something bigger
than I ever imagined."
From almost losing their charter to the mirac-
ulous forming of their newly formed member
base, the brothers of Sig Ep have personified
devotion to a worthy cause in their pursuit of a
brotherhood that refuses to accept defeat.
Centeno might have put it best when saying that
Sig Ep "really is the little chapter that could." ■
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Ii\ Melissa Morgan, Mary Hood and Ann Shivers
Sigma Phi Epsilon's national philanthropy
is Youth AIDS. This year, they gave money to this
cause by collecting proceeds from inflatable
playground toys set up at the edge of the foot-
ball field for children to play on during Samford
games. Closer to home, Sig Ep's new members
participated in painting and constructing a home
in a local community through Habitat for
"I love working with Habitat," new member
class president Adam Oliver said. "When we are
there we get to meet the people whose house
we are building, and we can tell how apprecia-
tive they are. It's not just for a house; it's for a
Focusing mainly on juvenile arthritis, Alpha
Omicron Pi held several events to raise money
on campus for its national philanthropy, the
Arthritis Foundation. In the fall, they hosted a
spaghetti dinner and Lick Arthritis Lollipop Sale
as fund-raising campaigns followed by a Bowl-A-
Thon and Smoke Arthritis campaign in the
Sorority members also participated this
year in the Arthritis Walk and Jingle Bell Run to
raise support and awareness for the Arthritis
Former philanthropy chair Becky Richerson
recognizes the threat of arthritis and its far-
reaching effects. "When I first thought about
arthritis, I thought it was a disease for the elder-
ly, but the majority of people who suffer from
arthritis are children and women. It could affect
someone like me or one of my friends," she
You might have seen the brothers of Pi
Kappa Phi rolling through the overflow parking
lot collecting donations for their philanthropy,
Push America. This organization builds wheel-
chair-accessible play units for handicapped chil-
dren, and Pi Kapp raises money for this worthy
cause each year through a variety of ways, one
of which is the Atrox factory haunted house. This
year they raised $1,800 working at Atrox and
put the money toward Push America and other
charities they support.
"It's so great when we get a big check from
Atrox because we use that money to help out
kids who are less fortunate," philanthropy chair-
man Josh Wiggins said. "Mentally handicapped
kids don't have the opportunities we had grow-
ing up, and it feels really good to know that
we're helping them."
Pi Kapp also volunteers at the Lakeshore
Foundation by sending members every month to
play basketball with the kids there.
Zeta Tau Alpha's national philanthropy
promotes breast cancer awareness.
"We are very involved with the Susan G. Komen
Foundation," ZTA's co-philanthropy chair Sarah
Each year ZTA participates in the Race for
the Cure in Birmingham. The girls help out by
running in the race, handing out drinks and
lending their support by cheering on the partici-
pants. In the spring, ZTA hosted a basketball
tournament all the proceeds of which went to
the Komen Foundation. Last year their chapter
raised $18,000 for the Foundation. The ZTA
chapter also volunteers throughout Birmingham
by requiring each member to fulfill three service
credits within the community.
Phi Mu's national philanthropy is the
Children's Miracle Network (CMN), an interna-
tional, non-profit organization dedicated to rais-
ing awareness and funds for children's hospitals.
Phi Mu supports CMN by raising money locally
for Birmingham's Children's Hospital. Fund-rais-
ers include a car wash every spring, a 5K
Children's Miracle Run and trick or treating for
pocket change in the fall. Phi Mu also hosted
the Phi Mu Foundation National Telethon.
"Last fall alone, we raised more than $35,000
for CMN," philanthropy chair Hailey Hutchinson
said. Phi Mu also supports CMN through weekly
visits to the Children's Hospital Sunshine Room
to play with children.
Although Sigma Nu's national philanthropy
is the Big Oak Ranch, they have been involved
with many projects this year that supported
many different organizations.
"Our big event is the charity Softball tourna-
ment in the spring," philanthropy chair Scotty
Watson said. The event, scheduled to be hosted
in Birmingham in April, is open to all fraternities
of all schools in Alabama. It will be prompted as
the Greek Softball State Championship with
benefits going to the Big Oak Ranch. Needless
to say, involving Greek males from all over
Alabama makes it a very large tournament that
leads to lots of financial support for the Big Oak
Sigma Chi's national philanthropy is
Children's Miracle Network, a fund-raising organ-
ization that supports children's hospitals. To
raise money, Samford's Sigma Chi chapter
sponsored two competitions — Derby Days and
Andrew Morgan, a senior management
major and Sigma Chi's philanthropy chair,
described Derby Days as "a weeklong event with
various challenges and games, which allow the
girls [Greek and Independent women] to earn
points toward winning the competition, and the
group that gets the most points gets a share of
the money collected that week to go toward
their chosen philanthropy."
Each organization, including Sigma Chi,
raised money during the week through corporate
sponsors. In the past, this event has raised up
to $150,000 for Children's Miracle Network.
For the other fund-raising competition, Penny
Wars, girls put change in their organization's jar,
and all proceeds go to Children's Miracle
"It is a home away from home," said Emily
Towne, Alpha Delta Pi philanthropy chair, when
describing the Ronald McDonald House, ADPi's
national philanthropy. "It's a place where fami-
lies can stay and find comfort while their chil-
dren are in the hospital for an extended amount
The ADPi chapter at Samford supports both
the national Ronald McDonald House organiza-
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Hon as well as the local RMH here in
Birmingham. In the fall, ADPi held their first
annual RMH golf tournament that raised over
$5,000 for their local RMH. In the spnng, the
entire chapter participated in a spring cleaning
project at their local RMH that involved every-
thing from scrubbing floors to landscaping.
Members also prepare dinner for all of the
families staying in the Ronald McDonald House
once a week as well as collect pob tabs off cans
to raise money. "Everyone can help out by sav-
ing pop tabs off cans. RMH uses the tabs to
help pay for the cost of families staying there. It
allows people to stay for a cheaper amount,"
Towne said. "We encourage everyone to save
tabs and then just give them to any ADPi mem-
ber. Every little bit helps."
Chi Omega supports its national philan-
thropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, by volun-
teering at local Birmingham events and through
fund-raisers. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an
organization that grants wishes to children with
terminal illnesses. In November, Chi spon-
sored the Phil Keaggy concert to benefit the
Locally, Chi supports the Big Oak Girls'
Ranch, an organization that provides "a
Christian home for children needing a chance,"
philanthropy chair Allison Pittman said.
Members invite the girls at the ranch to spend
the night at the Chi house, and twice each
month, Chi members go to the ranch to
babysit, tutor and plan field days for the girls.
"Our members really love both of our philanthro-
pies," Pittman said. "Many of them personally
know families that have been blessed by the
Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they all quickly
come to care very much about the ranch
because of the relationships we get to build and
develop with the girls."
Alpha Kappa Alpha's national philanthropy
is the Sickle Cell Foundation, but the soronty
participates in many events to help people in
need throughout the Birmingham community.
The sisters of AKA partnered with the Salvation
Army and served weekly dinners, in addition to
scheduling a spring gala to raise money for the
Sickle Cell Foundation.
Philanthropy chairman Jewel Littleton sees
the importance of AKA as not merely a social
organization, but a service institution as well.
"It is quite energizing and encouraging to
know that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a
service-oriented organization that is making
great impacts on the world, national, and local
levels," Littleton said. "We are women of pres-
tige working to help our community by doing just
that — work."«
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What is the best advice you've
gotten while attending Samford,
from a student or a staff mem-
- There's a difference in making a
living and making a life.
- Relationships/Marriage will not
solve your problems - only perpetu-
- "Know when to or when not to..."
Dr. Jon Remley.
- Learn from everything and every-
body around you.
- Encouragement from April
Robinson to pursue an internship in
campus ministry at the University of
- WARNING: Caf eggs are made
- "Grades don't really matter" - the
best JMC professor ever.
- I once heard Dr. Corts give a
speech on leadership that was
chock-full of good advice. That'd
have to be it.
- Get the banana pudding first,
then go put your bag down and get
the rest of your lunch.
- Just be you.
- Smile every day, twice on rainy
- Be still.
What song defines your fresh-
man year? Your senior year?
- Freshman: "Save Me" by Remy
Zero. Senior: Whatever song is the
complete opposite of "Hakuna
Matata" with a balance of "Girls
Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi
La u per.
- Freshman: The Boxer by Simon
and Garfunkel. Senior: "Parachute"
- Freshman: "Where is My
Hairbrush?" from Veggie Tales.
Senior: 'Time" by Hootie and the
- Freshman: "Life is a Highway."
Senior: "I Don't Want to Grow Up."
- Freshman: "Go West Young Man"
by Michael W. Smith.
Senior: "Milkshake" by Kelis.
- Freshman: "Girls Just Wanna
Have Fun!" Senior: (I'm in
time won't you sing with me?
- Freshman: "Roll Out.'
"Drop it Like it's Hot."
- Freshman: Gary Jules cover of
"Mad World" originally performed by
Tears for Fears. Senior: "We were
meant to Live" by Switchfoot.
- Freshman: "Colorblind" by
Counting Crows. Senior: "I Will
Love You" by Fisher.
- Freshman: "Subterranean
Homesick Alien" by Radiohead.
Senior: "Dare You to Move" by
Describe your Samford experi-
ence in one word.
- A whirlwind.
What is one question about
Samford you always find your-
self asking, but never have fig-
ured out an answer to?
- What would they do at the guard
gate if I didn't stop to show them
my Samford ID?
- Why does the Chick-fil-a station
in the food court not understand
that everyday between 11:30 a.m.
and 2:00 p.m. there will be people
there asking for chicken nuggets
and french fries, and that it would
be a great idea to start cooking to
have some prepared in advance
and not wait to cook stuff when
there is none left.
- What does the room behind the
conveyor belt in the Caf look like?
Where do all the dishes go??
- When is Samford not mowing the
grass or blowing off the sidewalks?
- Why does our school have a jazz
radio station that nobody who actu-
ally goes here listens to?
- Where does all that money go?
- Oh my gosh! What IS that funky
smell outside the Caf!?
- How can girls wear those stiletto
heals around campus? I'd fall on
- Why isn't there a place on cam-
pus that serves food that is
ALWAYS open. ..I feel so confined
by the "eating hours."
- How much does the landscaping
- Why is it so hard to schedule
classes when rooms are empty and
professors are available?
- Why on earth does the conveyer
belt in the Caf smell so... ripe?
- What happened to the yeast rolls
from the Caf?
- Why we have a post office that is
only open four hours a day, closed
on weekends and every Holiday
imaginable and is the Valentine
- Why do people always pick on
campus safety? Just park in the
- Why don't people like to go out
Cheer - Entre Nous 2005
Cheer - Entre Nous 2005
by Bryan Baddorf
The experience of an average student
enrolled at Samford University Is a life that
would appear very foreign to a dedicated stu-
dent-athlete. Most young adults come to college
and encounter an exciting life with a wide array
of new freedoms. For a serious athlete, the lib-
erties exercised by peers are nothing but fiction.
While being free from parental control, other
factors dictate a lifestyle that is in some ways
more oppressive than the one they knew.
Regular students have the luxury of choosing
their own class schedules including times that
allow them a nice sleep-in. In the afternoon they
might even find time to fit in some quality video
games or a shopping tnp before a little bit of
homework and a late night snack at Purple
Onion with their pals.
Athletes on the other hand are forced into a
much different routine. The dedicated athletes
cram their classes around the three or four
hours a day that are required for their sport.
They must take into consideration what they eat
to see that the food does not affect an upcom-
ing athletic performance. Leisure time is very
limited and the late night excursions are unlikely
due to the 6 a.m. workout waiting for them the
On the weekends, ordinary students have the
opportunity to venture home to see the family or
go to a show and catch their favorite bands.
They stay out late and unwind during the well-
deserved time away from classes. The athletes
are also up late, but it is because they are too
uncomfortable to sleep on the cramped bus ride
back from their out-of-town game.
Chris Scott, Samford Assistant Athletics
Director, has a unique outlook on student-ath-
letes because of his constant contact with
them. He reinforces the immense difference
between athletes and regular students by com-
paring it to a juggling act. "Most college stu-
dents have two main components in their life,
one of which is academics and the other is their
social life. You toss athletics into the mix, and it
can become overwhelming," Scott said. "It is
really just a juggling act in which time manage-
ment is of the essence."
Another aspect about athletes that outsiders
sometimes overlook is the year-round commit-
ment for each sport. Scott also stresses the
importance of athletic dedication. "Most non-
athletes think that when you're out of season
then there are no athletic demands, but there
are plenty, such as weights, drills and condition-
ing," Scott said. He agrees that after you con-
sider nutrition, sleep and countless other fac-
tors, it is in some ways a "24-hour-a-day job."
One more aspect of student-athletes' lives
that should not be overlooked is that many of
them are financially self-sufficient. Although
scholarships are available for their efforts on the
athletic field, they still must work part-time in
order to secure spending money for food,
clothes or the amount of tuition not covered by
Trent Schmidt, a red shirt senior track and
field athlete, has had to balance more than just
academics and athletics. Schmidt was a NCAA
regional qualifier last year and commits many
hours a day to perfecting his pole vault tech-
nique. When not at practice or in the weight
room, Schmidt can be found approximately 20
hours of the week at the Homewood Piggly
Wiggly scanning and sacking groceries. "Having
to work is definitely a burden that takes a lot out
of you, but I've gotten to meet so many people
that I wouldn't have, and at the end of the day, I
feel pretty good about all that I've done," said
On-campus employment also offers athletes
opportunities to earn money between their
classes and workouts. Chad Johnson, former
president of the Student Athlete Advisory
Committee and a fifth year senior on the men's
cross country team, has worked as many as
three on-campus jobs while pursuing a degree in
Exercise Science. "I don't think a lot of students
and faculty realize that athletes have to work
jobs besides just fulfilling their scholarship obli-
gations. Very few athletes are on an actual "full
ride," and I don't think people understand the
financial strain," Johnson said.
College is a unique time in an individual's life
when one is able to explore his or her beliefs
and decide who he or she will be in the future.
Athletes are no exception to this transformation.
Johnson admits that he probably will not make a
living as an athlete but it is still a huge part of
who he is. "Running is simply a part of my life
now and will be forever," Johnson stated.
Assistant Athletics Director, Chns Scott, also
respects and boasts of the development of stu-
dent-athletes at Samford. "Athletics is the most
diverse area of the campus, and being exposed
to the different sports and the different back-
grounds of the athletes add to the growth of an
individual," Scott said. The complicated atmos-
phere created by many sports on a small cam-
pus offers social development that ordinary stu-
dents do not encounter.
The challenges that wait beyond graduation
are as tough and diverse as any athletic compe-
tition. As the time comes for Samford athletes
to leave here, many will be forced to abandon
the competitive drive that their sport has
demanded. The years of resilience will not be in
vein, however, because the mental and physical
resources that have been designated for athlet-
ics will quickly be translated into habits that will
prove invaluable in future encounters. Skills will
surely fade as the time for practice is consumed
by aspects of post-grad life, but the unique
demands of the student-athlete will be the
defining attribute of their college experience for
the rest of their life. ■
Cheer - Entre Nous 2005
by Brandon Gresham
I The Samford women's soccer team struggled
to find goals and keep players healthy this sea-
son. But in the end, the hard work and poise
that the Bulldogs showed earned them their
second straight Ohio Valley Conference
Championship during regular season play and
the opportunity to host the OVC Women's
Soccer Tournament for two consecutive years.
The Samford women started off slow at the
beginning of the year, losing their first four
games of the season. Their opposing teams
throughout their season's schedule, however,
prepared the Bulldogs well to defend their regu-
lar season OVC title. Samford faced the 20th
ranked Auburn Tigers, the Wildcats of
Northwestern University and Tulane University's
Green Wave. And while Samford struggled to get
a win at the start of their season, their level of
play was heightened by the tough competition.
Their increased competitive drive quickly
became apparent as the Bulldogs moved in to
their regular season games and conference
games. Following their initial losing streak, the
Lady 'Dogs won nine of their next 11 games and
notched a stellar 7-1 record in conference play.
"The team really played well in the confer-
ence games this year," head coach Todd Yelton
said. "Once we got over some of our injuries
and the early season struggles we had with
scoring goals, we were able to settled down and
play some really good games."
Samford cruised to their second straight reg-
ular-season title and easily handled the
Jacksonville State Gamecocks 3-0 in the first
round of the OVC tournament. Samford was
looking to earn its first ever birth in the NCAA
regional tournament with a win in the OVC con-
ference tournament, but the Bulldogs still had to
face Eastern Illinois, the team that defeated the
Bulldogs in the championship game the previous
The OVC championship match looked like it
would lead to a Samford victory, as they domi-
nated the game for the first 87 minutes. The
Bulldogs held on to a 2-1 lead as they entered
the three final minutes of the game when things
started falling apart. When the final whistle blew
the Bulldogs had fallen 3-2 to Eastern Illinois for
a second straight year.
It was a disappointing end to a stellar season
for the Samford women's team, but the
Bulldogs season showed Samford fans just how
resilient they could be. Battling through injury
and a tough early-season schedule, the Samford
women dominated OVC soccer for a second-
"I could not be more proud of the way our
team performed this year," Yelton said. "They
battled through a number of different struggles
and always seemed to find a way to come out
on top." • .
This season marked the end of five Samford
players' careers as Bulldogs. Lindsay Shanks,
Heidi Kearns, Crystal Royall, Keala Ryan and
Kathy Nichols all finished their soccer experi-
ence at Samford with the loss to EIU. Shanks
became Samford's all-time matches-played
leader as she played in her school-record 79th
match against EIU. She started in an unprece-
dented 78 of those 79 matches and ended her
illustrious four-year career as Samford's all-time
leader in goals with 25. Royall was named an
All-South Region and Academic All-Amencan
player for her stellar work as Samford's goal-
tender. She was also name OVC Player of the
Year and OVC Defensive Player of the year at
the conference's annual banquet.
Despite losing a core of talented seniors, the
Bulldogs look forward to the 2005 soccer sea-
son where they will once again make a run for
the OVC Championship.
"We have a number of talented players
returning next year," Yelton said. " And we also
have a great recruiting class coming in that will
make our team even stronger."
spotlight :: crystal royall
This past season, whenever the word "defense"
was mentioned in reference to the Samford
women's soccer team, one name automatically
came to mind: Crystal Royall. .. «J^
The senior from Richmond, Va., was the heart
and soul of Samford's suffocating defense in 2004
as she started all but one of the Bulldogs' 18 regu-
lar season matches. jt»
"Crystal has been a key player for our team for
a long time," Head Coach Todd Yelton said of his
star goalkeeper. "We have been able to rely on her
in a lot of tough situations, and she always came
through." Jfck ^
During the 2004 season, Royall registered a
conference-best seven shutouts and limited her
opponents to a stingy 0.64 goals against average.
She only allowed 11 goals on the season and com-
piled an impressive .867 save percentage. Royall,
however, will be the first to tell you it was a team
"It was a good year for us, we continued improv-
ing and made progress in a lot of areas," she said.
"We were young, so the program should only get
better and better in the coming years. It was great
to win another championship and continue the win-
ning tradition our program has worked so hard for."
The most decorated athlete in Samford soccer
history, she earned Third-Team Academic All-
Amencan honors this postseason and was recently
named a First-Team NSCAA South Region Scholar
"My soccer career was amazing." she said of
her time as a Bulldog. "All my teammates, coaches
and all the fans made it an unforgettable experi-
ence. I can't put into words how much representing
Samford in this way has meant to me— I loved
every second of it."
Royall, who became the first person in Ohio
Valley Conference history to be named both Player
of the Year and Defensive Player of the-Year in
2004, was one of 13 people named to Soccer
Buzz's third team. With the honor, she joins an elite
list of some of the nation's top players.
"It's always nice to be recognized. This sort of
thing is obviously a representation of the great
team that plays in front of me," she said. "I hope
that some of this can bnng some respect and
recognition to our program.
She finished her illustrious four-year career as a
Bulldog with a stellar 3.67 grade point average in
physical education and is the team's all-time leader
in both goals against average and shutouts. And
while her Samford career may be over, Royall
hopes she is not finished with her soccer endeav-
"After I graduate I am hoping to travel to Europe
to continue playing soccer." she said. "One way or
another I will continue to be involved in soccer
either through coaching or playing."»
( i,.rr- I ,n,i' \! .us 2005
Nobody expected the Samford Bulldogs
men's basketball team to perform the way they
did during the 2004-2005 season. Nobody, that
is, except for the Bulldog players and coaches.
Samford erupted this year in the Ohio Valley
Conference after struggling to win games in the
prior season. A 12-16 record in 2004 turned in
to a 15-13 record in 2005. And while some
might not see the two records as being very dif-
ferent from one another, any person who set
foot in Seibert Hall this year to watch the
Bulldogs play knew there was a difference.
This year's team had heart; they had a will to
win and never seemed to give up. There were
double-digit comebacks and double overtime
games, but head coach Jimmy Tillette's Bulldogs
still kept cool heads and diligently went about
"We played really well as a team this year,"
Tillette said. "The guys had good chemistry with
each other and were able to keep most of their
opponents on their heels."
The Bulldogs remained atop the leader board
in the OVC for most of the season, starting out
conference play with a six game win streak. It
seemed like Samford caught the other teams in
the conference by surprise early in the season
with their meticulous attention to ball handling
and the feisty play that had been absent on past
Opposing teams came into Seibert Hall, a
place that was notorious as being one of the
toughest places to play in the OVC, knowing that
they were in for a fight.
"The fans that we had coming out to games
were great," Tillette said. "Their excitement for .
the game helped us as a team get excited as
From a fan's standpoint at the beginning of
the season's play, the Bulldogs displayed great
promise in cruising to their first-ever OVC cham-
pionship. The Bulldog coaches and players knew
better. Following their dominating start, the
Bulldogs dropped two games and had to refocus
The Bulldogs followed up the two losses to
Eastern Illinois Southeast Missouri State by win-
ning three of four in a home stand at Seibert
Hall. While at home, the Bulldogs up-ended
first-place Tennessee Tech to take full posses-
sion of the top spot in the conference, and they
also defeated Austin Peay University in an over-
time contest that left everyone on the edges of
their seats up until the final buzzer.
The next Bulldogs' road trip, however, did not
play as triumphantly for the tired Samford team.
The Bulldogs lost two straight to TTU and Austin
Peay and finished off the regular season with a
loss to Tennessee State.
Samford, however, was not about to go down
without a fight. The Bulldogs finished fourth in
the OVC regular season, earning them the right
to host a first round playoff game at home.
Thousands of fans turned out to see their team
face Austin Peay for a chance to play in the OVC
tournament finals in Nashville, but the Bulldogs
fell short against the Governors 71-60.
Following the end of Samford's season, you
might have expected to see heads hanging and
people complaining of how the Bulldogs choked.
On the contrary, the Samford players, coaches
and fans could not have been happier of the
way their team performed. Fans captured some
of the best action Seibert Hall has ever seen,
and the players and coaches rode on a roller
coaster of emotion and excitement throughout
the season's competition. After faltering in the
past few seasons, Samford basketball's success
swept across the campus in 2005. Bulldog fans
flocked to see their team play, and they were
"We had a great run this year and our guys
showed a lot of heart," Tillette said. "In the end
we came up short but nobody is denying the
fact that the team had a great year."
The Bulldogs said goodbye to seniors Beau
Green, Bryan Boerjan, Jon Mills and Josh Hare
at the end of this season, but the team will also
be welcoming back regular starters Jerry Smith,
Randal Gulina and J. Robert Merritt.
"It's sad to see us lose a number of great
players," Tillette said. "But we have a great core
of guys returning for us next year and a number
of talented players ready to step up and do their
The depth of the 2005-2006 Bulldogs team
already has the coaches and players excited.
And if next year's basketball season is anything
like the experience Samford had this season, it
will definitely be a year to remember and contin-
ue to look forward to arriving.
by Brandon Gresham
spotlight :: bryan boerjan
Bryan Boerjan has held a basketball in his
hands for most of his life. From his humble start on
the local YMCA team in first grade, to helping lead
the Samford Bulldogs basketball team to one of its
best seasons in years; basketball has played an
integral part of Boerjan's life.
Along the way, the 6-foot-8 native of Rock Falls,
III., has seen a lot of success in his career, includ-
ing a state championship in high school and
numerous appearances in the Illinois elite eight and
sweet sixteen rounds of the state tournament.
"One of the things I'm most proud of from high
school is how the whole town had something to be
proud of and got behind us since it was Rock Falls'
first state championship team," Boerjan said.
During his four years in high-school, Boerjan's team
won over 100 games, and he was just one of four
players in Illinois state history to reach at least the
sweet sixteen of the state tournament for four con-
Boerjan's journey to becoming a Samford
Bulldog seemed to have happened almost by
chance. "The coaching staff heard about me kind
of by accident and ironically had a scholarship
open up in the middle of year for my position. I
came to Samford on a visit and immediately felt
like it was the right school and team for me,"
And the rest is history. Boerjan has been lighting
up the court for the Bulldogs for the past few sea-
sons and played a crucial role in the team's suc-
cess this past season. He was third on the
Bulldogs roster in scoring his senior year with 240-
points, averaging over eight points per game and
pulling down a total of 79 rebounds on the season.
Boerjan couldn't have finished his senior season
better, scoring a career-high 21 points on Senior
Night at Seibert Hall.
But Boerjan will be the first to note that all the
success he has enjoyed on the basketball court
has not come without hard work. "Most of my
memories of growing up and basketball are shoot-
ing for hours on my basketball hoop at home," he
said. "That drive and desire kept me going every-
day, all the way through high school and on through
With his basketball career behind him now and
graduation looming in May, Boerjan is focused on
his plans for the future.
"After graduating with a degree in exercise sci-
ence, I plan on attending Logan Chiropractic
College in St. Louis, Mo., next year," he said.
But before fading away into the record books of
past Samford Bulldogs, Boerjan hopes people will
be able to remember him by his work ethic and
dedication. "I think most people will remember me
as that player who threw that backdoor pass, took
a charge or dove on the ground for a loose ball,"
Boerjan said. "I just want to be remembered as a
player who always gave it his all and never was out-
worked by my opponent." ■
Cheer - Entre Nous 2005
by Stephanie Hoover
"Respect, Reputation, Refusing to Lose." This
new slogan adopted by the women's basketball
team at the beginning of this 2004-2005 sea-
son served to both define their goals and moti-
vate them to succeed. When the season con-
cluded, it was clear that the new motto did just
The team had a ground-breaking season,
winning an impressive 13 games, the second
highest win total in the program's history and
only the third time the women's basketball team
has won more than 10 games in a season. In
only their second season in the Ohio Valley
Conference, the Samford women's basketball
team qualified for its conference tournament for
the first time in four years.
Preparation for the season started in spring
and summer of 2004. The coaches challenged
each of the players to work harder and get
stronger. When the players returned in the fall,
it was clear that they had answered the chal-
lenge. The increase in physical strength was
one of the factors that helped give the Bulldogs
edge over their competition.
The team welcomed the season victoriously,
winning (61-46) against Jacksonville with four
players finished the game in double figures, and
ended the season successfully by making it to
the OVC Tournament. "It was one of the best
feelings finally getting to make it there. I've
been here for four years, and it was my first
tournament," said senior LaBrena Friend. "I was
truly excited to get to share this experience with
my teammates and our families."
Although the team demonstrated an
outstanding effort, jumping into an early lead by
scoring the first nine points of the game, their
season ended in a hard-fought 47-45 loss.
After the tournament loss, emotions of the
close-knit team ran high, especially for the sen-
iors and coaches. The team spent nearly an
hour going around the room sharing what was
special to them about the team and the great
season that had just ended. "It was a chance to
show how much we mean to each other and a
chance to show our appreciation and gratitude
to our coaches and teammates."
The team surprised many critics this season
by finishing seventh in the conference despite
many setbacks. Losing two of the top scorers
for the team, Alex Munday, sophomore forward
from Knoxville, Tenn., and Chelsee Insell, junior
guard of Gallatin, Tenn., early in the season due
to injuries produced many challenges for the
team. There were days that the team barely had
enough players to play five-on-five during prac-
tice due to injuries. "No one in the league gave
us any respect at the first of the season, and we
got even less when we lost two of our 'big
dogs,'" Clement said. In the face of adversity,
the team bonded even closer together on and
off the court. The support, determination and
team chemistry gave the Bulldogs the additional
motivation that led to the many triumphs of the
The seniors of this year's team, LaBrena
Friend of Huntsville, Ala., Che Walker of Powder
Springs, Ga., and Sarah Clement of Russellville,
Ark., finished strong in their last season as
Samford Bulldogs. Junior player Insell displayed
strong leadership for the team this year as one
of the team captains for this season, despite
injury that forced her to take a medical redshirt.
Smith and Andrea Ward of Brewton, Ala., will
return next season as seniors, looking to contin-
ue building on this year's successful season.
spotlight :: sarah clement
Senior guard Sarah Clement is no stranger on '
the Samford basketball scene. She finished her
senior season holding six top-10 all-time school
records: second in school history in three-pointers
attempted (257), third in three-pointers made (78),
fifth in scoring (654 points), blocks (37) and
Ask anyone and they will tell you that Clement
contributed to the team not only as an fearless star
player, but also as a great leader. Voted as one of
three captains by her teammates, Clement pushed
herself in practice and earned respect of her team-
mates by establishing an intense work ethic and
leading by example.
"In any kind of running, I always pushed myself
as hard as I could to finish first. I don't want any-
one to be able to say they outworked me," Clement
Clement's hard work paid off this season as she
went into the conference tournament averaging a
team-high 10.7 points per game in OVC play.
But Clement's career has not always been with-
out adversity. In her first two seasons at Samford,
the women's team won only 10 games combined.
During that time, Clement was set-back by both
shoulder surgery and knee surgery. 'With the excep-
tion of a few games, there weren't many ups from
those two years," said Clement.
The difficulty for Clement only worsened during
her third year at Samford. "My third year was prob-
ably the hardest year I have ever faced. I red-shirt-
ed following a second shoulder surgery and sitting
out was not easy for me," Clement said. "To com-
plicate matters, my dad had a stroke and was in
ICU. I couldn't go home to see him because of
basketball commitments. During that same week,
my grandfather passed away."
After overcoming her trials, Clement returned to
basketball determined to make-up for lost ground
and put her troubled days behind her. Starting in
her fourth year at Samford, she played in 26 of 27
games, averaged 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per
game and had a season-high 21 points against
"I remember the ups more than the downs.
There have been a lot of hard times and tough
losses, but the good times and exciting wins far out-
weighed the bad," Clement said.
Clement came to Samford as a two-time All-
Conference and All-State selection from Russellville
High School in Russellville, Ark. Starting as a soph
omore, Clement led her team to the state finals
and then to state semi-finals both her junior and
Now graduating in May, Clement plans to take
a year off from school and work before going to
medical school. When reflecting back on her time
at Samford, Clement smiled. 'Without a doubt, I
have enjoyed the chance to get to know and love
my teammates. These are the girls that will be my
bridesmaids and close friends for a long time,"
Clement said. 'We have faced many challenges and
shared so many celebrations together. I will never
forget the times we spent both on and off the
Cheer - Entrt Nou
by Vince Johnson
The expectations for the Samford baseball
team were unprecedented going into the 2005
season. The 2004 team won 15 of its last 16
regular season Ohio Valley Conference games,
and the young squad rolled to a third place fin-
ish in the OVC tournament.
New head coach Casey Dunn brought a track
record of success to the Samford program, both
as a collegiate and a professional player and as
the head coach of Spain Park High School. He
also brought an unmatched intensity level to
Samford baseball. "He's the most competitive
coach I've ever met," junior left-fielder Justin
But for Dunn, building the Samford program
is about more than just coaching players inside
the chalk lines. Within months of arriving on
campus, he had conducted off-season youth
and high school baseball camps, held the first-
ever Samford Hall of Fame banquet and bought
the team new, high-quality equipment and uni-
forms. "He's a first-class guy, and that's the
kind of program he's building at Samford," junior
right-fielder Matt Ailing said. "The future of
Samford baseball is definitely bright."
Dunn inherited a Bulldog squad laden with
talent. Both Ailing and junior flame-thrower
Stephen Artz were named to the preseason All-
OVC team by Baseball America, and Artz and
sophomore right-hander Joseph Edens were
named the top prospects from the OVC in the
2005 and 2006 Major League Baseball drafts,
Ailing finished the 2004 season as the team-
leader in batting average (.386), hits (86),
triples (7), RBIs (48), total bases (122), slug-
ging percentage (.547), walks (33) and on-base
percentage. He was also a member of the 2004
OVC All-Tournament team.
Artz used his mid-90s fastball to win his final
five decisions to finish 6-5 with a 3.70 ERA. He
also led the team in strikeouts (98) and allowed
just two runs in a complete game performance
against Austin Peay in the first round of the OVC
Edens finished his freshman campaign as the
team leader in ERAs (3.49) in 95.1 innings of
work. He used his vast array of pitches to lead
the team in wins (8), and he gave up just one
run in eight innings against Eastern Illinois in the
The pitchers joining Artz and Edens in the
pitching rotation for the 2005 campaign include
sophomore Chadler Tidwell, senior Michael
Neimkin, junior transfers Scott Fowler, Justin
Harris and Scott Kubina, sophomores Andrew
Keith and Parker Gargis, and freshmen Dan
Marshall and Matthew Thomas.
Ailing leads a Bulldog lineup that was forced
to replace key position players at shortstop, sec-
ond base and catcher following the 2004 sea-
son. Junior Jeff Dils and Gargis split time at
shortstop in 2005, while junior Trey Moody
made room for freshman third baseman Bill
Whitehead by moving from third base to second
base, and junior transfer Chet McDonough took
spotlight :: richard bishop :: by Stephanie hoover
Ask anyone who knows anything about Samford
baseball, and they will tell you, there's a number
one on Richard Bishop's jersey for a reason. The
Alabama native has greatly contributed to the
Bulldogs during his five-year career both as an ath-
lete and as a team moral leader.
"Richard is truly a team player. It doesnt matter
if he is on the field or in the dugout, Richard is
doing something to help us be a better team,"
Head Coach Casey Dunn said. "Bishop helps the
team on a daily basis by working with the younger
guys to help them understand the college game. He
has become a great on the field mentor for our
"I feel that I can give a lot of the young guys on
the team a lot of advice because I have been in
their shoes and have been here at Samford for five
years." Bishop said.
Starting his Samford career off right, Bishop saw
great action early, playing in 35 games and starting
in 17 as a freshman in 2001. However, Bishop's
baseball career did not continue as smoothly as he
had hoped. After seeing action in two games in
2002, Bishop suffered an unfortunate injury that
forced him to red-shirt for the rest of the season.
Determined to pick-up where he left off, Bishop
returned for his sophomore season in 2003, playing
in 35 games and starting in 29. Bishop batted
.188 with a home run and 11 RBIs.
Continuing his junior year, Bishop played in 55
games and started in 52. He led the team with
eight home runs and was second on the team with
35 RBIs. One of Bishop's greatest games as a jun-
ior was against UAB. "I hit a grand slam, had four
RBIs and was 4 for 6," Bishop said. "It was also
great that I earned player of the week honors for
the Ohio Valley Conference after that game."
In the first game of his senior season, Bishop
had the game-winning hit in his only at-bat of the
game. Bishop's three-run double to right field in
the top of the ninth inning was just what the
Bulldogs needed to lift them to a 5-3 win over
Georgia State. Samford began the ninth inning
trailing 3-2, but finished on top with Bishop's hit
when it was all said and done.
It's clearly no coincidence that Bishop wears the
When thinking back over his five years of base-
ball Bishop said, 'There have been a lot of ups and
downs in my time here at Samford. It has been a
great learning experience."
As he nears the end of his collegiate basebi
career, Bishop looks forward to getting a job ip
sales and becoming a new father. "I am very excit-
ed about the new chapter of my life that is quickly
approaching," Bishop said. "I want to be the best
dad I can possibly be." ■
over behind the plate, with junior Hunter Tubbs
and freshman Dan Williams also seeing action.
Rounding out the Samford lineup was sopho-
more first baseman Garrett Rice, Worthington,
and freshman outfielders Bear Burnett and John
Morgan. "The freshmen have really contributed
even more than we expected," Ailing said.
Midway though the 2005 season, the team
sits in the middle of the pack in the OVC, a vast
improvement from the 0-11 start the team
rebounded from in 2004. "We're still in a good
position to make a run. We just need to put
everything together for an entire series," Ailing
Steps ahead of a year ago, but steps behind
where they want to be, the Samford baseball is
determined to make waves down the stretch in
the OVC, a feat they accomplished in 2004.
Between Dunn's unmatched intensity, Artz's live
arm, Alling's steady bat and that clubhouse
'chemistry' that can't be described in print,
they're ready, and the rest of the OVC doesn't
want to see them in the opposing dugout come
playoff time. You can bet on it.
Cheer - Entre Nous 2005
bv Rob Collingsworth
The Samford softball team came into thi
2005 season off an 18-11 Ohio Valley
Conference record in 2004 after being eliminat
ed in post-season play by three-seeded
Tennessee Tech. The team experienced a great
year over the 2005 season, very much due to
their strong chemistry as a team, a large group
of talented freshmen and strong upperclassmen
The 2005 season has been a saga of swings
as the softball team has worked on aligning their
hitting with their stellar defense and pitching.
"Hitting has definitely been our biggest obsta-
cle this year and something we've had to work
on a lot," freshman Emily Deaux said. "Our
pitching and defense have been pretty consis-
tent, but we have put the most time into prac-
ticing our hitting, and I think it's really paid off."
The Bulldogs opened the season Feb. 8 on
the road as they split a doubleheader against
the Troy Trojans in Troy, Ala. Susanna Meyer
opened the season strong as she pitched a
three-hit shutout against the Trojans in
Samford's 1-0 victory.
Meyer, a sophomore from Davie, Fla., is one
of the hardest workers on the team — a fact no
doubt reflected by her 1.76 ERA and 13-11
record from the 2004 season. With continually
strong showings this year, Meyer help lead the
Bulldogs to multiple wins in the 2005 season
and looks forward to two more years to continue
"The main thing I wanted to work on coming
into this season was consistency and coming
out 100% every game." Meyer said. "I definitely
feel like I was more consistent this season, and
my mental game has improved a lot."
One of Samford's best hitting performances
came at the Mercer Classic in Macon, Ga.,
where highly-touted freshman Meghan Wagner
hit two grand slams, one a walk-off to win the
game against Mississippi Valley State.
"We had been really struggling in hitting at
that point, myself included," Wagner said. "It
was so much fun to see the ball coming in and
then just unleash on it. It felt great."
Wagner is just one of seven freshmen on the
team this year as the softball team begins a
rebuilding process and looks to the future. This
year's freshmen, including Wagner, Deaux,
Bethany Weisser, Tracey Deaux, Jeslyn Metcalf,
Haley Seism and Heather Williams, have been a
major factor in the Bulldogs' success over the
"We came into the season with pretty high
expectations. We have a really talented team,
even though we're young," coach Beanie
Ketcham said. "Our biggest problem has been
consistency — one day we'll come out and play
great, and another day we can't tie our shoes
right. Being such a young team though, we can
only get better from here."
Another aspect of the Bulldogs' success this
season has been the quality upperclassmen
leadership, especially from seniors Tnsha
Holman and Kelly Smith- Holman continues to
vjead the team as a powerhouse hitter. She fin-
ished her junior season with a stellar .310 ba
ting average and was ranked in the top 10 of
1 b^C players in stolen bases, on-base percent- ,
age and walks. Holman has worked hard and
contributed much to the team this year, includ-
ing batting .500 over a weekend in a three- %
game sweep against Tennessee Tech.
"We're such a diverse group with so much
talent — we have grown so close as a team this
season and I look forward to playing with these
girls over the next two years," sophomore
Shelley Stanley said. ■ "We just have great
chemistry. Not only are we teammates on the .
field, but we are friends off the field. That's the
All in all, the Bulldogs performed well over
the 2005 season and look forward to the next
few years as they bring in a new group of fresh-
men and continue to work on hitting and overall
consistency. If they continue to make as much
progress next year as they have this year, there
is no limit to how far they can and will go.
Spotlight :: kelly Smith :: by Stephanie hoover
As a four-year varsity letterman for Samford's
softball team, Kelly Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn.,
has made her presence known. Her first colle-
giate hit was a grand slam, and ever since that
memorable moment, Smith has continued to
delight and impress those on the softball scene.
As a freshman, Smith hit the ground running
and finished the season with five multiple-hit
games, 16 runs and 10 RBIs. As a sophomore,
Smith earned second-team All-Atlantic Sun
Conference honors by leading the team with a
.341 batting average and 17 doubles. After bat-
ting a stellar .470 in 26 league games as a jun-
ior, Smith earned first-team Ohio Valley
Conference honors. Smith was named the OVC's
Player of the Week on May 10, 2004 for a five-
game performance, batting .714 (10-for-14) and
driving in five RBIs. Smith finished her junior year
ranked fifth in the OVC in doubles, totaling 16 for
As she was named 2005 Tncaptain, the honor
and recognition also continued for Smith during
her senior season. In addition, Smith was ranked
among the top- 10 in five of Samford's all-time
statistical categories. In just the first few weeks of
the 2005 season, Smith was already second in
both career doubles (34) and runs batted in (74)
and fifth in home runs (10). She possessed sixth-
place for all-time runs scored (69) and for her
stellar batting average (.283, 143-for-506). On
March 20, 2005, Smith reached the 500 at-bat
The impact of an athlete like Smith is undeni-
able. She had one of her best games of the year
against Eastern Illinois where she led the
Bulldogs with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate
and scored a run, earning a pair of RBIs.
As for life after softball, Smith will be getting
married this summer and starting the job rfint.
"IVe played softball my whole life, so I'm going
to take a year off and explore job possibilities,"
When asked what thing she would miss
most about playing softball at Samford, Smith
made it clear that practice wasn't it. "I wont
miss practice, but I will miss the girls and my
coaches the most after I graduate. IVe enjoyed
playing at a Division I school — I've had the best
With Smith's enthusiastic dedication and
stellar career achievements, it's clear that
Samford's softball program has had the best as
Cheer- Entn \..
by Bryan Baddorf
The Samford Volleyball team engaged in a
tough battle this season as they attempted to
tear down the walls of the old program and build
a competitive conference program in its place.
The transition offered too many obstacles for the
lady Bulldogs to accomplish a winning season,
but the hardships they endured together insured
a different kind of success.
The reason for the drastic change in the
team's behavior and chemistry is a result of an
alteration in the coaching staff. Michelle
Durban in her first season as head coach faced
the task of having to reinvent the team's
approach to the game. The modifications
ranged from the conduct of practices to the exe-
cution on the court.
"Perhaps the biggest challenge I faced as a
new coach was simply getting the team used to
a new style of offense and defense and then
getting them to believe in it," Durban said. The
team was forced to continue with intense tech-
nical work well into a part of the season that
ideally would have been used to further focus on
Injuries also played a significant role in the
Bulldogs' season. When one player would get
hurt, another would have to slide into a position
that they were not accustomed to playing. This
prevented the team from settling into a success-
ful groove. "Injuries forced us to keep the entire
team rotating and working together in different
ways. We rarely had the entire team together
for a practice," Durban said.
According to Coach Durban, the high point of
the season was the home match against Austin
Peay. A large number of parents showed up for
this match, and the girls pulled out a victory in a
very close fifth game. "The girls played exactly
how they were asked and really clicked as a
team," Durban said. The coach attributes this
victory to the spirit and leadership of the senior
The seniors served as leadership figures by
helping to organize and host various team build-
ing activities. During the grueling pre-season
training, the coaches conducted two-a-day prac-
tices for two weeks before school began. During
this time, the seniors stepped-in and hosted
dinners and movie nights at their apartments.
This season's schedule consisted of an unusual
amount of mid-week matches, which inhibited
the organization of team Bible study or anything
of that nature. When m-town, the girls would
attend the Shiloh worship service or FCA as a
The off-court activities combined with the tur-
moil of the season and created a strong bond
between the girls on the team. Senior team-
mate Hillary Gary looks back at the season and
reflects on the closeness shared. "Any time you
go through trying times together you become
stronger in your friendships. I respect these girls
and will treasure their friendships forever," Gary
The team did not reach their goal of being
the first Samford volleyball team with a winning
season, but each player acquired valuable les-
sons for the future. It's clear that this year's
losing record was not representative of the
intense effort put forth by the team or the
incredible lessons that were learned from their
trying experiences. With the experiences, les-
sons and friendships that the volleyball girls
were able to come away with this year, it is sim-
ply impossible to describe their season as any-
thing but a success.
spotlight :: Hillary gary :: by Stephanie hoover
There are certain days in people's lives that turn
out to be a pivotal time in their existences. The
events that transpire in a short amount of time can
forever influence their outcomes. When these
moments occur, they often go unnoticed and the
participants would scarcely conceive that they just
dictated their journey for the next 10 years.
For senior Hillary Gary of Coppell, Texas, one of
these defining moments arrived when she was in
the seventh grade and walked through the doors of
her dusty gymnasium to take part in the middle
school volleyball tryouts. She qualified for the
schools "B team." From that moment on, Gary's
life was forever changed. "I tried out on a little of a
whim," Gary said. "But after the first few practices
and games, I knew I had found something I could
Gary's passion, talent and dedication soon led
her to an impressive volleyball career. At the end of
her senior season at Coppell High School, Gary had
been named District Offensive MVP and MVP for
Coppell High School, as well as being nominated
for First team All-District, Texas Sports Writer team,
All-State Team Alternate and All-District Academic
It was her outstanding high school performance
that landed her a scholarship at Samford. Playing
in 61 games as a true freshman, Gary recorded a
total of 74 kills, averaging 1.21 kills per game.
Gary finished the regular season with a season-high
four aces against Arkansas State.
As a sophomore, Gary continued to excel and
was ranked second on the team in kills, total
attacks and blocks. Gary also made several other
career-highs during her sophomore season, includ-
ing a career-high seven blocks and a career-high
13 digs twice.
The success didnt stop there. Soaring through
her junior season, Gary led the team in games
played, hitting percentage and block solos. She
had a team-high 1,069 attempts, the fifth-highest
single-season mark in Samford history, and had five
straight matches with 17 or more kills.
In 2003, Gary proved that she wasn't just a
champion on the court, but also a champion in the
classroom as she was named to the Ohio Valley
Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for her aca-
Gary finished her senior season with several
team-highs, including number of kills (1,118), total
attacks (2,978), block solos (30), block assists
(202), total blocks (232) and a tie for highest
attack percentage (.203). Gary made Samford his-
tory by being inducted into the Samford 1,000 Kills
Club, finishing the season with an average of 3.12
kills per game. Garys name is currently listed on
two All-Time Season-Records Lists and three All-
Time Career-Records Lists.
Adjusting to a new coaching style and dealing
with an injury added challenge to her last season in
a Samford uniform. But as a true athlete and per-
son of character, Gary was able to grow in the face
"My injury forced me to recognize that volleyball
had been so much a part of my life for so long and
that I got my significance from my ability to play. I
learned through my very difficult circumstances this
year that my significance can only come from my
relationship with Christ. This is something I am
sure I will continue to learn the rest of my life,"
After graduation, Gary is planning to take the N-
CLEX nursing boards and work a few years before
getting her masters or specialization.
Cheer - Entre Nous 2005
track & field
bv Katie Lanti
Any established group or organization has a
mission statement that serves as the defining
heartbeat of the operation.
From it's beginnings in 776 B.C., track and
field might not have received its mission state-
ment until 1845, when French author Alexandre
Dumas published The Three Musketeers. From
this novel emerged the unforgettable phrase: "All
for one and one for all." This phrase simply
states that all members of a group support each
of the individual members, and the individual
members pledge to support the group. With
track and field being such a diverse sport, the
phrase endures and runs in the hearts of all
Putting the mission statement into action,
head coach Glenn McWaters said, "My goal is to
strive to build team unity and through the team
unity that support will help each individual reach
their highest potential."
The Samford University men's and women's
track and field teams are not three fighting
French men, but 54 strong individuals bound
together by the love for competition. Beginning
in January and ending in June, the teams com-
pete in over 20 events at 14 meets. Whether it
is racing indoors at the University of Kentucky or
vaulting over the bar in downtown Atlanta, Ga.,
at Georgia-Tech, the Bulldogs work hard to be
the top dog in every event.
"Even though track is very individual, it is
impossible to underestimate the team aspect. I
can't even count the races that my will has been
broken and I just want to coast into the finish.
What keeps me going is fact that I know my
teammates are right there suffering with me.
They are counting on my points and I am not
going to let them down." said senior runner
Through out the season, the Bulldogs were
able to capture several individual crowns and
smash several school records. Meet by meet,
turn by turn, jump by jump and throw by throw;
each action has been a progressive performance
strengthening the team.
A motive for Dumas' phrase might have been
national unity; in sports terms it is referred to as
"I hope that as a coach I can instill team
camaraderie; so when they have completed four
years at Samford, they've pushed each other to
their limits truly experiencing the value of a
team," said coach Chad James.
Each and every day it takes personal dedica-
tion from all the athletes to work hard and per-
form to the best of their abilities. The support of
the teams and the coaches encourages the
internal desire to seize every opportunity to bet-
ter oneself and the team.
"Even though we compete on an individual
basis, no one can be successful in track and
field with out a support system. For me it is my
family, teammates, and coaches along with my
internal motivation that encourages me each
and every day," said sophomore high jumper
It's evident in the way they practice and the
way they compete. The mission of men and
women's track teams: "All for one and one for
all" in their hearts will continually beat.
Someone once said that life is a chain of les-
sons hooked together never to be broken. Others
believe it's a defining event or a remarkable individ-
ual. For senior track athlete Sarah Auitman, it has
been a single motto.
"If I can give it my all in everything that I do, it
is all I can ask of myself. To me it is common
sense. This mentality has carried me through,"
For the past decade Auitman has been jumping
great lengths and running hard and turning left. Her
track career began in junior high school and contin-
ued into high school in her hometown of
Pleasantgrove, Alabama. Aultman's high school
solo track career escalated to new heights as she
captured three Alabama High School
Championships, a county MVP award and a sixth
place 5A team finish her senior year.
Samford University knocked on the door to
Aultman's future, and she opened it. "Samford
University not only allowed me to fulfill my goal of
being a colligate athlete, but they provided me with
a solid education," Auitman said.
Battling training struggles her freshman year,
Auitman found a friend in a high school rival that
would support her through out the next four years.
"My friend, LaToya Cunningham, has been there
stnde for stnde every work out and stride for stride
in my life," Auitman said.
Her mam event on the track is the 400-meter,
but her forte has always been the long jump. In
2003, Auitman broke the school record with a
jump of 19'4". Her goal of breaking 20' was cut
short her junior year when a jump during an indoor
conference tore her ACL. "It was tough. I came to
jump, and at that point, I had to regain strength to
run," Auitman said.
After six months of rehab, Auitman was bacK s^.,
with the team. "The experience taught me to
appreciate my ability to run and be active,"
In her last season, Auitman sees each day as
an opportunity to help others become successful.
As team captain over the past two years, she has
also showed leadership in the classroom receiving
honors from Samford and the Ohio Valley
With a major in psychology and a minor in
Spanish, Auitman plans to enter medical school to
focus on psychiatry or neurology. "My goal is to
help decrease the stigma of mental illness in socie
ty. I want to be the doctor that leads by example."
In the next decade and the ones to come,
Auitman will always have her motto to carry her through, i
Time is an interesting concept. It can control
the day: when we eat, when we sleep, when we
come or when we go. It defines the length of
our existence both universally and individually.
Years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes
and seconds... all measurements of time. In the
race set before us, there are certain times to
sprint, jog or to simply enjoy the ride. The
Samford women's cross country team did more
than enjoy the ride— they defined the season
every step of the way.
The Lady Bulldogs started the season with
one goal in mind: victory. After the first win for
the team and individual title at Belmont, the
season opener, the goal established at pre-sea-
son camp began to unfold. The women contin-
ued the season by capturing second at Florida
State University, first at Auburn University and
first at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
"This season has been a great step in the right
direction. With each race our team is transformed
into a competitive unit capable of capturing not
only the conference title but a chance to race at
nationals," captain Connie Heiskell said.
At the conference championships a soggy
course might have turned out slower times than
expected, but it didn't slow the timing of Bulldog
determination for victory. One, two, three, four,
five Samford runners clocked in the first times
to seize the Ohio Valley Conference team title
with a perfect score. Along with team honors,
Lauren Blankenship received "Runner of the
Year," Britney Almaguer received "Freshman of
the Year" and Coach Glenn McWaters received
"Coach of the Year." Brittney Mensen, Michelle
Brewer, Jessica Brewer, and Robyn Debenet all
received first team honors, and Connie Heiskell
received second team honors.
"Awesome, awesome, awesome!" head coach
Glenn McWaters said after the race. "The girls
were fantastic. It is a privilege to coach a team
that raced exceptionally well. A perfect score is
very rare, especially at the colligate level."
Although the team stopped their watch at
regionals by finishing sixth place overall, the
highest in Samford's history, Lauren Blankenship
wanted to race one more time. Finishing fourth
at regionals, she accompanied three other indi-
viduals to the NCAA Division I National Cross
Country meet at Indiana State University.
"Running at nationals was an amazing experi-
ence. I was very thankful to represent Samford
and to see all the hard work and sacrifice I had
made for my season finally pay off," Lauren
Time may be up for the 2004 cross country
season, but the Bulldogs aren't stopping.
They're planning to enjoy the ride in the seasons
potlight :: ricky mclain
When writing about a cross country runner many
words come to mind like fast, quick, speedy, endur-
ing, but none of them are complete or suffice to
describe Ricky McLain. He was not only born to
run, but is driven for success.
Growing up in Alliance, Nebraska, McLain
tagged along with his dad to the track and watched
as he ran 24 laps. Both his father and his grandfa-
ther were early inspirations for McLain's future run-
ning career. McLain always knew deep down that
he was destined to be a runner, but it wasn't until
eighth grade when he ran the mandatory mile in
gym class that his destiny became a reality. "After I
ran the mile, my teacher went to the high school
cross country coach and told him how well I had
done. Next thing I knew, I was running up to the
high school everyday after school to train with the
high school coach and team."
During his running years at Houston High School
in Memphis, Tennessee, McLain improved as a run-
ner, gained a training partner and friend, and was
taught lasting advice from his coach. "My freshman
year I know that I was pretty good and expected to
be the best freshman on the team, but Bryan
Baddorf, who is my teammate here at Samford,
transferred in and more or less humbled my
thoughts," McLain said. From his freshman's per-
sonal best of 17:09 for 3 miles to his senior's best
of 15:35 for 3 miles, McLain captured many
awards and became close friends and competitors
to Baddorf. "I trained with Bryan the summer
before my junior year and by my senior year Bryan
and I were swapping the number one spot on the
After his freshman year at the University of
Memphis, McLain transferred to Samford in the Fall
of 2002 in order to train with Baddorf once again.
"I knew nothing about the school, but trusted him.
Since arriving, I have grown to love it for its
Christian atmosphere and high academic stan-
dards," McLain said.
Over the next three cross country seasons
McLain has an 8K best of 25:34 and a cross coun-
try school record in the 10K of 30:53.
Other than running, McLain is an accounting
major that has begun his graduate courses to earn
his Master of Business Administration and Master
of Accountancy. With the help of the accounting
professors here at Samford, he has accepted an
internship with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the
best accounting firms in the world.
"Running at Samford has made me a better
individual all around. I have learned a lot from lead-
ing this team with Bryan and also from the guys
that 1 run with. Thanks to my continued running at
Samford, I have learned that even when I am out
of eligibility I will always be a distance runner, not
because it's who I am, but because I love every
step I take." ■
The Samford men's golf team made history
this year. For the first time ever, the boys are
ranked 91st in the nation. "This ranking means
a great deal," coach Woodie Eubanks said. "It's
really pushed the guys to work hard and have
the mental focus to know they can play with the
best teams in our region."
The men's team finished in first place in the
OVC Championships with a score of 873 (287-
296-290). Out of nine tournaments the men
finished all of them in the top five. All of the
starting five members of the team have had at
least one top-ten finish. The Bulldogs have a
notable stroke average of 291, which is only
three over par.
Bradley Farmer, a senior political science
major, has had an exciting final year. Not only
did he drastically lower his stroke average from
a 77 last year to a 73 at the end of the fall sea-
son, but he finished as OVC championship MVP
and AII-OVC First team honoree. Farmer took the
individual crown with a score of 213 (74-69-70)
for the tournament. "This semester has gone
really well for me, and I have made some lasting
memories, more so than any of the previous
ones," Farmer said. "I wish our guys the best of
luck in the future because there is something
special that is going on with our program, and it
will be exciting to watch after I graduate."
With such an exciting year under their belts,
the men's team anxiously awaits the next sea-
son with even higher hopes and expectations.
Ryan Mayberry, a junior business major, stated,
"This season, we made strides toward our
potential, and because of that, I can only expect
the best for next year. We have finally realized
that we can compete with anyone, now we just
have to do it."
The women's golf team also anticipates next
season to be a memorable one. Although the
women did not finish as strongly as they had
hoped this year, the drive and determination is
there to make next season better than ever.
Unfortunately many tournaments were cut short
due to bad weather this season.
The women had three Top 10 finishes and
three Top 20 finishes in the fall. Kelly Stout, a
junior interior design major, shot the lowest
score of the season with a 75 at the Wach
Great Smokies Intercollegiate Tournament,
said, "I will be working hard over the sui
and throughout next year to try and bri
team the best golf game I am capable^)
know the rest of the team will be dojfl
same, and I can't wait for the seas^K begin."
The two freshman teammate^B'ookr-.-
Barriento and Courtney Warr. were also key play-
ers to the team this year and qualified for nearly
all of the tournaments. They look forward to
practicing extensively during the off-season and
entering their second year on the team even
more focused than the first. Barriento said,
"College golf is much different than high school
golf. I can't wait for next season when I am
more confident and relaxed. I think there will be
a drastic improvement not only in my game, but
in everyone's game."
This year, women's golf will be losing two
seniors, Kelly Villarreal and Tricia Harlow.
Villarreal and Harlow have qualified for every
tournament over the past four years and have
been through the good and the bad with their
golf games. They both consistently played
between the number one and three spots,
always fighting to be the number one player.
"This year has gone by so fast. The two seniors,
spotlight :: kelly villarreal
Kelly Villarreal, a senior on Samford's golf team,
learned years ago what true dedication meant.
While other 13-year-old girls were worried about
make-up, shopping, and boys, Villarreal was playing
golf on a daily basis.
She was first introduced to the game by her
father and began playing in junior tournaments by
the age of 14. Not only was Villarreal the only
female golfer at her country club, but she was also
the only girl on her high school golf team. She had
to work non-stop in order to retain her spot among
a team full of boys.
Villarreal grew up practicing regularly with her
brother. Andrew, who is now a freshman on
Samford's men's team. She remembers having
constant compt her brother to keep
things interesting. They give credit to each other for
staying focused and motivated in an ever challeng-
ing and frustrating game.
As a junior at Catholic High School in Florida,
Villarreal was second in the state. At times she
experimented with other sports including basket-
ball, volleyball and rowing until realizing her true
passion, golf. She then decided to focus solely on
that game. Hard work in high school paid off: she
was CSAC All-Conference, All-Tournament and sec-
ond in All-State.
Samford's coach, Ian Thompson, recruited
Villarreal in 2001 and she was able to immediately
establish herself as a leader on the golf team.
Thompson described Villarreal as, "a tireless worker
and an impact player for the team." Villarreal was
awarded for her efforts by being voted onto the All-
Freshman team for the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Throughout her four years on the golf team, she
qualified for all of the tournaments she played in,
missing only one due to health problems. She
alternated between playing the number one and
two spots each tournament. Although some com-
petitions were worse than others, they only made
Villarreal stronger and increased her work habits.
Viliarreal's career-high at Samford was a second
place finish at Jacksonville State's spring tourna-
ment her freshman year. She also had two Top 20
Tricia and Kelly, have been great leaders on the
teairuand I am going to miss them next year,"
Villarreal and Harlow plan to graduate in
er 2005. Villarreal said, "Tricia and I
remained focused throughout the years
have made efforts to build team chemistry,
lich is finally there. We have tried to build the
am a solid foundation and look forward to
watching their success in the years to come."
Both the men and women's golf teams are
certain that next season will be filled with great
improvements and victories. As for right now,
they anticipate hosting the OVC Decatur, AL to
finish up the spring season with a bang.
finishes while just missing a third Top 20.
Sophomore year she finished tied for fifth at
Southern Mississippi, tied for eighth at the
Samford Intercollegiate, and was also an individual
champion at the 2003 Collegiate Players Tour held
in Delaware, Ohio, shooting a 72-75-71. Also in
2003 she was the Decatur Country Club Champion
shooting a 71-70.
Although graduating in December 2005 with a
double major in Business Management and
Spanish, Villarreal plans to play as much golf as
possible in her life after Samford and looks forward
to competing in some amateur events.
"Although it is difficult to look at the past and
realize things are coming to an end here at
Samford and on the team, it is also just as exciting
to look towards the future and see that I am about
to enter another phase in my life. Samford has
given me some great memones. helped me to
mature spiritually and emotionally, and I am confi-
dent that it has prepared me for what the future
holds," Villarreal said.
The men's tennis team has had an invigorat-
ing season this year and anticipates an exciting
future for the team. The men's team has been
undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference for
much of the season. Coach Kemper Baker said,
"I am very proud of how our team performed
this year. We are very excited about what this
team can accomplish in the years to come."
The men made a great name for themselves
in the OVC last season and are hoping to do the
same this time around, considering they are in
first place going into conference.
Men's tennis had a 5-0 conference record
and 11-6 overall with still three more to play.
Some key wins this season included Jacksonville
State and the Birmingham-Southern Panthers.
Junior Johnny Griffee has a 14-2 record number
four spot in singles, and freshman Renen
Sliveira has a 12-5 record at number three sin-
gles. Five players are undefeated in conference
play and plan to continue the trend.
James Bryce, a junior fitness and health pro-
motion major, looks forward to conference and
hopefully taking home a win. Bryce said, "We
have a good shot at winning the OVC this year.
We might have a young team, but it is filled with
lots of talent."
The only senior on the team, Joey Jensen,
spotlight :: johnny griffee
Although certainly one of the youngest featured
athletes, the magnitude of Johnny Griffee's talent
and character are certainly worth noting.
Griffee, a junior on the team along with Manuel
Miletic and James Bryce, has shown excellence of
character and performance on the court for many
years and developed close friendships with his
teammates. "I have the utmost respect for Johnny
as a teammate and a friend," Bryce said. "He is a
great leader and sets the standard in athletics and
academics for the team."
Griffee took up tennis at the age of 10, but did
not focus exclusively on the game until he was 16.
"I saw a big improvement in my game when I start-
ed training at one of the premier junior develop-
ment programs in the South, the Racquet Club of
Memphis. Although I had a lengthy commute to
practice everyday, it definitely helped my game,"
Griffee's new and improved skills were clearly
evident during his four years at Marion High School
in Marion, Ark. As four time 4A State Champion
and the overall State Champion in 2000, the
depth of Griffee's talent was undeniable.
Griffee's talents have already taken him far dur-
ing his three years at Samford. During his freshman
year, Griffee went 6-12 in singles and 10-9 in dou-
bles. One of Griffee's biggest accomplishments as
a freshman came on February 4, 2003, when he
and teammate James Bryce defeated the Ohio
Valley Conference Champions Gemot Fisher and
Luis Aguemevere of Tennessee Tech.
During his sophomore season, Griffee was
named the Most Valuable Player of the year. He fin-
ished 20-5 overall in singles and 12-14 overall in
Now as a junior on the team, Griffee has contin-
ued to excel. He is currently 15-3 in the 2005
spring season with only one loss in singles and one
Even with his success, Griffee modestly recog-
nizes his coach and fellow teammates for their tri-
umphant support. "Since my freshman year at
Samford, our team has continued to improve every
year. I attribute much of my individual success, as
well as the team's improvement, to Head Coach
Kemper Baker," Griffee said. "His commitment and
instruction has undoubtedly had an enormous
impact on the team and has brought the program
to a level of national recognition in just two years
as head coach."
Griffee's quality of character is evident when he
expresses how proud he is to be on one of the
hardest working teams as far as conditioning and
weight training. " I believe everyone's hard work
has taken the Samford tennis program to the next
level," Griffee said. "Our commitment on the court
has paid off throughout the season with an unde-
feated conference record."
A political science major, Griffee hopes to attend
law school when he graduates next May. For now,
he looks forward to hopefully taking home another
victory at the OVC championship. "We hope to fin-
ish the season by accomplishing our ultimate goal
of competing in the NCAA championships," Griffee
said. And as a stand-out athlete in his junior year,
Griffee has yet another season of quality playing
time on Samford's tennis team to do just that.
will be graduating in the spring with a major in
business management. Jensen plans to enter
into the financial field and eventually obtain his
MBA after working a few years. "I have really
enjoyed my collegiate experience at Samford."
Jensen said, "It is a great feeling playing a close
conference match and looking down at the
courts and seeing five of your teammates bat-
tling every point to win their matches."
The men look forward to finishing up the sea-
son strong and continuing to be victorious next
season as well. "I am happy with the way our
guys have responded in competitive situations
this year. Hopefully we can continue to improve
and be playing our best tennis at the conference
tournament," coach Baker said.
Like the men's team, the women's team is
extremely young with nearly all freshman and
sophomore competitors. The women are reining
OVC Champions and aim to succeed again this
year. Sarah Mckey took home the title last sea-
son of AII-OVC for the women along with then-
senior Emily Nunnally.
The girls have had a great season so far and
look forward to attending the OVC tournament.
Mckey, a sophomore sports medicine major,
said, "We had a tough loss against Tennessee
Tech, but saw great improvement."
The girls hope to get two wins against
Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State in order
to set themselves up for the fourth seed going
into the OVC's. "It should be an interesting
weekend," Mckey said.
The women's tennis team will be losing one
player this year, nursing major Katie Crawford.
Crawford has added a great deal to the lineup
and will be greatly missed. Two new freshmen
will be joining the team next fall, and according
to Mckey, "should add depth to the team."
Both the men and women's teams have
made great strides from the years past and look
forward to more progression in years to come
and have great hopes to take their success even
further on the court.
by M eredith Yates
allege athletic events are designed to show-
case r the talent and athietii ism of the universi-
ty's teams. Fans attend these games with the
hope of witnessing the 40-yard pass that ties
the game or the miraculous 3-pointer that
es just before the final buzzer.sounds. But
ire to the spectacle than the athletes
^dflpeir coaches. Samford's stadiums and
■each an unparalleled level of excitement
^dwmanship when the cheerleaders, the
t, Spike, and the dance team fill the
| Yet behind the clean-cut uniforms and
arkling pom-poms lie some of Samford's
notivated and hard-working athletes.
Samford cheerleaders lead cheers and
incase difficult ae^rfints at all of the foot-
I ard basketball games. Led by a new coach,
^|B Ussery, the cheerleaders main goal is to
fctthe crowd more involved in the game. This
Kf's team has noticeably improved since the
■ 1 plan to take the cheer-
la new level in the 2005-
*ar. c i x h Ussery said. "I train
my athletes to be t.i ue athletes, working to raise
The level of training and commitment results
not only in a polished team, but also in friend-
ships that can last for the entirety of college.
Junior biology major Bruce Johnson has been
cheering with the team for the past three years.
"The friendship shared within the squad is what
has kept me coming back each year that I've
been at Samford," he said. Freshman nursing
major Julie Swafford agreed that the experience
been the ultimate rewa^H
at way to start out collegaM to have fun
with the squad," she said. As for the future of
the team, the cheerleaders hostiryouts every
year, recruiting from public and private high
schools in the Birmingham area. The team
hopes to recruit higher run i ers in the next
so that they can continue to ■ rease the st
difficulty and keep the crowds en 'heir feet.
Perhaps the most recognizable ,mber
Samford's athletic "support team'' is the m
cot, Spike. The mascot program has been
steadily improving at the Universal Cheerleading
Association national c< mpetition e .■ ry year. Last
year. Spike jumpe( from the 12th : .pot in th
nation to the 9th spot. Samford has consistently
been the only private school entering the com-
petition, competing against larger schools, such
as Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn.
Sophomore business major Josh Bordas has
been Spike for the past two years and has
found the task to be difficult and rewarding at
the same time. "It's beenSough getting people
interested, m SamfordWathletic program, but I
think it is coming along great," he said. While
Spike has been showing his competitive nature
at a national level, he still enjoys being goofy
and entertaining the kids at home. "When Spike
is in front of the crowd, I mainly just want them
to be entertained," Bordas said. "Everyone really
responds to the four-wheeler at the football
game:, and the different outfits. The kids like it
best when Spike puts on his Spiderman suit
Other supportive participants at athletic
events are the Samford dance team members.
Since this 15-member group has no coach and
no financial support from the university, they
nave struggi< d in the past to find money, leader-
ship and their own place ;ge scene.
This past school year proved to be a ground-
breaking year for them, d
Junior interior design major Morgan Gillespie
has witnessed from the inside how the team has
turned around. "This past year's te Wnally
shared the same level of talent^H ;ior for
performance," she said. Under the gi mce of
Ueir student captains, the Jjancers made
§(ppearances at both football and basketball
ames and also at a performance of their o
f Sophomore Kathryn Lamb was one of the direc-
tors of the dance team's newest endeavor, a
solo production that paid tribute to the choreog-
raphy of Bob Fosse. wtr
"The Fosse production allowed the team to
showcase our true abilities," Lamb said. "We
couldn't have asked for a better turnout or a
more rewarding experience." Held in Harrison
Theatre in November, the Fosse show raised
over $2,200. which the team donated to the
Birmingham Inner City Fine Arts Departme
"We know better than anyone how difficult it is
to thrive in a poorly-funded program," Lamb
said . "We want to use our abilities tn help ^ther
people." ^^^" Jl
There may not be write i n the loca
paper, fame or even re ^■iitioaUhere mayj
even be any scrWjrshm money, but th.,
working suppoiuwe dthletes are doing thei
to make Samford athletics a true success.
Whether it is the cheerleaders trying to pump-up
a lackadaisical crowd, Spike making friends with
the families or the dance team forging ahead
and breaking ground, each supportive athlete
deserves a moment in the spotlight.
W f T 1 1*1^1 1 ^^M^^^B
Samford football made a splash in the Ohio
Valley Conference during the 2003 season, fin-
ishing 7-4 overall and 5-3 in its inaugural year
in the OVC.
With the 2004 squad featuring the reigning
OVC Defensive Player of the Year, Cortland
Finnegan, and the reigning OVC Male Athlete of
the Year, Efrem Hill, Coach Bill Gray's squad was
poised to make a run for the conference title as
the season began.
Three months later, one could only wonder
what might have been. What might have been if
Samford didn't lose its first three conference
games in a total of six overtimes by three points
each? What might have been if Finnegan didn't
break his arm in the fourth quarter of the
Eastern Kentucky game, only to play in the
remainder of the double overtime loss? What
might have been if one key play or one key call
would have gone the other way?
"There's a very fine line between a 4-7 sea-
son and a 7-4 season," Gray said. "We went
through a tough stretch where we lost five
games in a row, but we were still only nine
points from having the same record as we did
Despite the undesirable outcome to the sea-
son, it didn't end minus some record-breaking
numbers, especially on the explosive offensive
side of the bail.
Senior quarterback Ray Nelson and senior
wide receiver Efrem Hill continued to excel com-
bining to rewrite the Samford record books.
Nelson became the school's all-time leader in
~*"il yards, passing yards and touchdown pass-
1 became the B 1 "
Each only several months removed from his sen-
ior prom, the pair combined to rush for over
On the defensive side of the football.
Finnegan led the team in tackles despite his
injuries. His efforts earned him first-team all-
conference honors, along with Nelson and Hill.
Finnegan's absence forced other players to step
up. Sophomores Steve Tennin, Brad Booth,
Justin Ray and Calvin Hodge each recorded
more than 50 tackles on the season, and soph-
omore Quinton Griffin collected a team-high four
interceptions, providing hope that the young
defense of 2004 will pay dividends in upcoming
"We're losing seniors who put points on the
board for us, but we're returning a bunch of
young, defensive players who saw valuable play-
ing time," Gray said.
As Samford football looks back at the careers
of seniors Hill, Nelson, Josh Taylor. Brad Baker,
Will Grogan, Mark Hamby, Eddie Mason, Howard
Terrell and Marcus Montgomery, it also looks for-
Gray and his staff hit the recruiting trail after
the season was over, and Samford signed 16
incoming student-athletes to National Letters of
Intent, which particularly focused on improving
the defense. Samford added several players who
received Division I offers. "The national exposure
that Efrem and Ray have given us has really
helped us in recruiting. In addition to the on-
field accomplishments, they've been worth lots
of dollars in publicity for the program," Gray
Tte football squad will arrive
tractions from the f<
t. Offensive cc
While Hill narrowly missed his
1.000-yard receiving season despite constant
double-teams from opposing defenses, some
young receivers also emerged as viable threats
Junior Ossie Buchannon, sophomore Freddie
Young and freshman Jeff Moore each recorded
over 30 receptions for over 300 yards for the
potent Bulldog aerial attack.
Nelson also led the team in rushing with 799
yards, including a 198-yard outburst in the
quadruple overtime loss at Southeast Missouri
State. Joining Nelson in the backfield was the
freshman duo of Philip Hyde and Drew Guess.
. ■ — ■ ^i
nities. Meachem left
the Bulldogs to become the tight end coach at
Oklahoma State University, and Armstron
s accepted the head coaching position at
ie For the Bulldogs to have a successful season
i in 2005, they'll need to improve on the defen-
sive side of the ball and replace the voids left by
the talented senior class. If the team can pass
challenging tasks, it could make a run at
ig the OVC in just its third season in the
"We've learned we're not far away in this
conference," Gray said. "Not only from having a
■"winning season, but from being at the top."
r At the top, one doesn't have to wonder what
knight have been.
A thin, sticky-fingered, lightning-fast wide receiv-
er streaks down the sideline, his dreadlocks the
only thing able to keep up. His stocky, rifle-armed,
multi-threat quarterback throws the "go" route, fully
confident that his guy will come down with the
As the talented wide-out floats into his final des-
tination for six, he notices his pants are riding up
on him and decides to taunt the Lambeau crowd by
pretending to take them off. League officials gasp,
and Randy Moss is officially the "bad boy" of the
Nearly a world away at Samford University,
another thin, sticky-fingered, lightning-fast wide
receiver streaks down the sideline, his dreadlocks
the only thing able to keep up. His stocky, rifle-
armed, multi-threat quarterback throws the "go"
route, fully confident that his guy will come down
with the prize.
As the talented wide-out floats into his final des-
tination for six. he humbly and graciously hands the
official the pigskin, time and time again.
Consequently. Efrem Hill and Ray Nelson become
arguably the greatest two players in Samford foot-
By the numbers, it's almost unfathomable. In
his career, Hill gathered 214 receptions for 3,054
yards and 31 touchdowns. His counterpart in sec-
ondary destruction, Nelson, finished his career with
704 pass completions for 7,950 yards and 60
passing touchdowns, as well as 1627 rushing yards
for 20 touchdowns.
record books, the outcome was not always as pre-
dictable as it might seem.
ed out of position at quat
hools believed _
"Thankfully W BPQIPtare able to recruit them
Upon graduation, the duo that have been room-
mates since their sophomore year will pack up their
Beeson Woods suite to pursue individual careers in
For Nelson, it will be close to his Samford
home, as he plans on competing for the starting
quarterback position with the Arena Football
League's Birmingham Steeldogs.
As for Hill, he received extremely positive
reviews following the NFL combine in Indianapolis
and was praised by the NFL scouts for his great
hands and play-making ability.
Hill signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free
agent late April 2005 "It's always been a dream of
mind to play in the NFL. and it's cool to think I will
have the chance," Hill said.
As each member of Samford's most prolific duo
of all-time goes his separate way, it won't be with-
out leaving a lasting legacy on the Samford com-
"I've really enjoyed the opportunity to play here
at Samford," Nelson said. "It's been a great expe-
"People always talk about my legacy as a foot-
ball player," Hill said. "But I would like to just be
remembered as a guy who people liked to be
For the duo that Gray labels "even better men
than they are football players," it has been a job
well done, on and off the field - And the world and
professional football will be better for it. ■
What about you has changed
the most since freshman year?
- I'm more concerned about people
and relationships rather than what
all I'm involved in.
- The World... the War on Terror has
changed the hearts and lives of all
of us (especially having our friend
Eric Kelly, a marine and senior
accounting major, oversees fighting
for our country).
- Marital status.
- My weight, unfortunately.
- My vocabulary.
- My athletic performances (have
- I don't care what people think.
- The amount of caffeine I
consume on a daily basis.
- The way I study and prepare for
exams. I came into freshman year
thinking I didn't really have to
read. .and I quickly faced the con-
sequences of that assumption. And
now.. I spent a week preparing for
my first Cognitive Psychology exam.
- My fat belly.
- My alcohol tolerance.
- When I hear the word "male"
now, I solely think of my post office
- My perspective.
- My hair.
- The level of my voice.
- Well besides my waist line, my
confidence in my self as person.
- I can now grow facial hair — and I
- I'm totally cooler, and I am a
What's your favorite restaurant
- PF Chang's.
- Crepes Egg-cetera.
- Bert's on the Bluff.
- Wendy's on 280.
- Sonic - I used to drive 20
minutes to enjoy the gourmet food
of Sonic. We finally get one near
school, right in time for me to grad-
uate. Sad. But it's nice to know
future Samfordites will get to enjoy
a close Sonic for years to come.
- Paw- Paw Patch.
- The Mill - (Now known as Five
- Surin West.
- Silvertron Cafe.
- Mr Wangs's.
- Panera bread (fairly reasonable
pricing, free Wireless internet -
what more could you ask for?).
What do you know now that you
didnt know when you were a
senior in high school?
- Getting anywhere in life takes
some networking, some research
and lots of initiative.
- Cherish the true friends that you
have because when it is all said
and done, those are the few peo-
ple that will really matter.
- I am nothing without my Social
- That I would cry like a baby when
my fish died. Rest In Peace,
- 1 know now just how much I don't
- What I look like when I'm 4 years
- Disposable dishes and flatware
are treasures far greater than the
finest china or silver.
- God really can do more than we
can even imagine.
- That you dont have to know what
you're going to do for the rest of
your life once you enter college.
- Paying bills & lots of them.
- There is no such thing as "The
Most popular person" in college.
- That you could really have girls as
- That I would owe $30,000 dollars
in loans when I finished college.
- Life is expensive.
- There is a time when school ends
and real life starts...
- Study skills really are crucial for
survival in college.
- It's a small world, after all.
In 20 years from now, what do
you think you will miss the most
- Seeing my friends on a daily
- The beautiful campus and won-
derful sunsets that accompany it.
- Dorm life.
- Meaningful discussions with pro-
fessors and peers.
- The girl I'm currently dating...
- Being able to go to the Caf and
have someone cook my food and
wash my dishes.
- Web CT.
- The amazing amounts of free-
dom... and the complete and total
lack of responsibility.
- The attacking squirrels.
- Ben Brown Plaza!!! Food court
ladies, Step Sing and
- The feeling in the fall while walk-
ing from West Campus to the Caf
at sunset while that guy is playing
the Bagpipes over on the football
- 20 years from now, I'll miss the
ladies in the food court. I used to
work there my freshman year, and
they are some of the nicest people
I have ever met at Samford.
- Laying on the Quad when winter
turns to spring and fighting the
urge to jump into the fountains.
- The ideal of college life... and just
how close and how far away my
Samford experience came to it.
- The spontaneity of dorm life or
maybe the incredible thrill of having
mail in your post office box... 24-
hour availability of friends.. .having
my homework to be to read an
incredible novel. ..the Caf.. .relation-
- I will miss the heart of this place.
Interpret - Entre Nous 2005
Interpret • I
80 Inirrpivi - Lime Nous 2005
Hurry, the show is about to begin. The tickets are collected, seats are
taken and the lights are dimmed. Then like magic, characters take the
stage and tell their story. Lines are eloquently spoken. The mood is set.
The audience laughs, cries, and sometimes cheers - for the moment
encompasses them all. Finally, the characters take their bow, and the
audience exits. It is a simple night of entertainment. But there's more...
What goes on behind the curtain? The people behind the scenes
are more than just characters. They are future doctors, lawyers, teach-
ers, designers, architects and playwrights. The philosophy of the Samford
Theatre department is to give its students a taste of what goes into the-
atre. This includes a wide variety of jobs for a wide variety of talents.
The department is "student-enabled," and every student is given tremen-
dous opportunities and responsibilities.
It all begins five to six months before opening night when the faculty
brings their ideas to the table to
choose the next production. Once
chosen, deadlines for completion of
the production are set, and everyone
gets to work.
Designing occurs three to four
months before the production.
Some students create models and
blue prints of the set in the design
studio. Then the construction begins
in "the shop". "The shop" is a fully-
functional woodshop complete with
all the tools and materials needed to
solidify the designer's dream. This is
where the set and even some furni-
ture come to life. Any setting, from
the house by the lake in Anton
Chekhov's "The Seagull" to the bal-
cony scene in "Romeo and Juliet,
can be realized in "the shop."
Other students and faculty explore an expansive prop closet for cos
Finally, the campus and surrounding areas must be canvassed with
flyers and posters advertising the release of the show. This job requires
some public relations saviness and a good eye for location.
Every job contributes to the performance. Dr. Don Sandley, Chair of
the Theatre Department, said, "The department's value structure is to
resist the star "prima donna" concept. We all celebrate everyone's
accomplishments. No one stands out above the rest."
The Theatre Department offers entertainment and education.
Whether in the audience or in the academic program, there is something
for everyone. Dr. Sandley best explained it when he said, "Theatre can
help with everyday life skills such as group work, public speaking, design,
time management, communications, and even how to put on make-up." ■
"The department's value structure is to resist the star "prima
donna" concept. We all celebrate everyone's accomplishments.
No one stands out above the rest."
tumes. But if the proper attire is not found, sewing machines can take
up the slack. Each costume is fitted and organized for each character in
the show. They are labeled with their names and hung up accordingly.
Sometimes, several accessories must be located, such as jewelry, hats,
wallets, belts, purses and anything else that is needed to properly illus-
trate the character.
The lighting crew experiments with shadows and colors to set the
mood and atmosphere. They will spend countless hours hanging and
focusing lights until they are satisfied. The light must hit certain charac-
ters at certain spots at certain times, or the moment will be lost.
Therefore, the lighting designer's job is an art of precision. Each lighting
cue will be logged in sequential order into the light board and a cue log
that keeps the show running like clockwork.
The next most tedious job is hanging the drape to conceal the left
and right wings of the stage. Without the drape, they cannot demonstrate
the illusion. This job requires lowenng and raising certain batons to which
they fasten the drape. This keeps backstage distractions to a minimum.
Rehearsals, taking place one to two months out, start the count-
down to the curtain first opening. Student and faculty actors will meet
with the director for a "cold-read." Actors are then responsible for memo-
rizing their lines by a deadline set by the director. This is called being "off-
book." Until the script is out of their hands, the actors cannot immerse
themselves into their characters.
Before most main stage shows, make-up designs will find their way
from the director's mind to the make-up designer's pencil and finally to
the face of the actor. Different shows require different makeup designs.
Make-up designers can reshape noses, re-route eyebrows, color hair, and
even apply horns where needed.
THE REALITY TELEVISION SHOW, "TRADING SPACES," REDESIGNS A ROOM IN TWO
DAYS. ASK ANYONE IN SAMFORD'S INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM AND HE OR SHE WILL
TELL YOU, THIS IS FAR FROM THE REALITY OF INTERIOR DESIGN. AT SAMFORD, THE
INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM EQUIPS STUDENTS TO ENTER THE PROFESSIONAL
WORLD KNOWING THE REALITY OF THE JOB. BY LAUREN GARDNER
"This program makes us aware of how interior design works and teach-
es us where to go to find any answer," Ellen Kiel, junior interior design
The interior design students learn how to combine the practical function
of a room with aesthetic qualities.
The major requires students to learn about the safety and needs of
people. It also requires specific classes such as design theory, art and
The program also teaches students not only to choose colors, textiles
and furniture for a room, but also to incorporate the entire three-dimen-
sional space in order to create a fully functioning and unified design. "We
learn to design a room thinking of how the whole thing goes together,"
Samford has hired professors in this department that are both well-
educated and experienced in this field. Professor Jeannie Krumdieck has
worked at Samford for 12 years. She received her Master of Science in
interior design from the University of Alabama. She practiced interior
design for 14 years in New Orleans, La. and Birmingham, Ala. She and
her husband own an architectural and design firm, Krumdieck A+l Design
Inc., and she works as a consultant to the firm.
According to Krumdieck, Birmingham is a prime location for interior
design. Alabama is a leading state in the legislation of the architectural
and interior design profession. Therefore, the opportunity exists in
Birmingham for Samford to have a strong design program. Due to
Samford's reputation for intelligent and well-rounded graduates, there are
constant contacts in the community requesting interns from the interior
Unfortunately, there is not much awareness about this program among
the students at Samford. "Students do not know it exists, and if they do,
they have very little understanding of what interior design is," Krumdieck
said. She further explained that the lack of understanding for true intenor
design programs is mainly due to the misconceptions represented on reali-
ty television shows. "On one hand, they are good because they raise
awareness, but they are not an accurate picture of interior design,"
The interior design program has grown immensely from 10 years ago. It
started with only 19 students, and it currently enrolls almost 70 students.
The interior design program is offered through the Education
Department of Samford, but Krumdieck said it is more closely related to
the Art Department.
The majors are required to have a minor in art, including 12 hours in
art history. "Three semesters in art history is good for our future as profes-
sionals because we know what clients want when they ask for specific
styles from a certain period," Kiel said.
The interior design program was accredited by the Foundation for
Interior Design Education Research in 2000. ■
Interpret - Emre Nous 2005
by Matt Garner
He's about to be a senior. He's over six feet tall with shaggy, brown
hair and a goatee, and if you get him to smile, you would swear you were
looking into the face of Nicholas Cage. You know him as a powerful lion,
a loyal friend to a sick Benjamin or a dirty old man — all characters he has
portrayed on the Samford Stage. These are shadows he has cast of him-
self, but few at Samford know the real Kurtis Donnelly without the make-
up, the costumes, the lights and the sounds. He is a person of vision
who sees life past the stage. He is a person who isn't afraid to cross the
Donnelly lived a life far from the norm. He was born on an American
Army base in Frankfurt, Germany, a country that would see and shape
him through 12 years of his life. These 12 years were divided between
homes both stateside and abroad, ripping Donnelly away from friends
time and time again. "Towards the end of the fifth grade, they sat us
down and told us [we were moving]," Donnelly said. "I had started mak-
ing relationships that were substantial. I thought they would forget me."
However, Germany was where Donnelly would taste his first experience
of theater. The family would often take a ferry from Frankfurt to London.
This particular time, they were on their way to see Cats. "I remember my
mom making me go," Donnelly said with a smile. "I thought it was stupid.
How wrong I was." For Donnelly, the experience was unmatched. "I
remember being so amazed at how entertaining it was and how so many
people made the aspects of it come together." He left the theater with
his conceptions of it forever changed.
After his initial enthusiasm took root, Donnelly looked for outlets to
express his newfound interests. Unfortunately, his environment did not
promote them. "There wasn't any theater for me to do," Donnelly said.
"This is stereotypical — Army people aren't that cultured." His experiences
with theater in Germany were limited to a technical class he took in the
ninth grade. "It was kind of weird," Donnelly said. "Most people don't
take technical theater as their first class."
Just before his sophomore year in high school, the Donnelly family
moved back stateside to Athens, Ala. "That's where I started hardcore,"
Donnelly said. The school's theater department was very small, and
Donnelly's first year saw the department's first full-length play, The
Canterbury Tales. "I guess that was my first time on stage," Donnelly
Later on during his senior year of high school, Donnelly played the
character Elwood in the play Harvey. However, his ambition for theater
could not hold him just within his high school. He began acting in com-
munity theater as well. He did two productions with a children's theater
landing him the roles of the avidly fantasized Prince Charming in Snow
White and the "Herald guy with the slipper" in Cinderella. While acting for
the Athens Art Council, Donnelly played a revised role in Blythe Spirit, a
play that he would be able to revisit at Samford several years later.
To the surprise of many who are reading this story, Donnelly came to
Samford and majored in biology, looking to a doctorate in medicine. He
didn't abandon theater altogether as you may know. He simply added it
as a minor. At the beginning of his junior year, that minor quickly became
a major. Not many people take a degree in arts and sciences as literal as
Donnelly does, but as he said, "There's a method to my madness."
Donnelly's first love is medicine, oddly enough. "The reason I'm a the-
ater major," Donnelly said. "Is to be a good physician. The most important
thing is communication. If a doctor is able to communicate with a patient,
it makes them feel comfortable with you." Donnelly sees the communica-
tion skills he has learned in theater as an essential part of the medicinal
process when treating a patient. "Basically, I want to be Patch Adams,"
Donnelly said with a laugh. "I want to be the doctor that every kid wants
to come to because he does voices or comes in weanng costumes."
Donnelly got a taste of this when he played Eddy in David Saar's The
Yellow Boat, a story about a young hemophiliac boy who contracts AIDS
through contaminated blood. This is Donnelly's favorite show because
they were playing to his favorite crowd — children. "They were so close you
could watch how they react," he said. "It gave me hope that theater still
has captivating power in a world of television, movies and short attention
Donnelly admits that many have fueled his ambitions in theater and
medicine, but few match up to the influence given to him by the faculty
in Samford's theater department. "Angie Lindbloom took a chance on me
my freshman year, not knowing what I could do," Donnelly said. "She has
taught me how theater works as an art form and community." Donnelly
also credited Don Sandley for teaching him numerous aspects of theater.
"I mean, he's the man," he said emphatically.
In 20 years, Donnelly sees himself practicing pediatric surgery in a
children's hospital. "Hopefully, I'll be talking to some big wigs to build a
new children's hospital with a theater attached for educational purposes,"
he said. Donnelly believes this medium can help explain cancer to chil-
dren. "They don't want to hear it from some guy in a single color coat
who's using big words," he said. "They need to see something visual,
something they understand."
Kurtis Donnelly is a talented actor and student who does not dream of
fame or fortune, Nobel Pnzes or scholarly notonety. He simply crosses the
pond to help a sick child find his smile again. His story should help you
find yours. ■
[nterprel - Entre .Nous 2005 83
Theater paints a picture of
reality for the viewer. Often, it is
a reality that would not be fully
understood outside of the medi- 1
urn. It lives, and it breathes, but 1
only because it is given life by
its characters. If done right, the
show reaches out and takes
hold of you. It is raw and per-
sonal. In all that 1 have seen
and expenenced in Samford
Theater, few shows have
impacted me like The Boy's
The show was written by Tom 1
Griffin about the day-to-day
events of four mentally chal-
lenged men and their social
worker. Arnold suffers from a
nervous disorder that concocts
delusions of a government sys-
tem, which is out to get him.
Barry is a schizophrenic who
appears quite normal on the
surface. Unfortunately, he keeps
a cap on his real pain caused
by verbal and physical abuse
from his father. Norman is a
large mentally retarded man
who is obsessed with donuts
and a set of keys that hang
from his belt. Lucien is also
mentally challenged. Of all of
them, his heart is the biggest.
Finally, there is Jack— their
social worker. Jack is horribly
existential in his present situa-
tion, but he triumphs with the
"boys" where a lesser man
What makes this story work
is not the strength of the plot or
the underlying themes. Rather,
the show works on the
strengths of the characters.
Their personalities are not hin-
dered by their mental chal-
lenges. Years down the road you
will not remember their faces as
the actors David, Geoffrey,
Kurtis, Leo and Eric— but rather
Arnold, Barry, Norman, Lucien
and Jack. You will almost swear
that they actually existed. They
had to. You know their story.
There are several instances
in the play that are reserved for
asides — monologues meant
especially for the audience and
often not heard by the other
characters on stage. Several of
the characters are given these
opportunities. Some of them
are quite unique. There are
instances when their mental
handicaps are left behind as
they approach downstage for a
bold, well-articulated statement
or a beautiful dance. It is the
expression of their souls that we
can understand. As the audi-
ence, we appreciate this, but
would rather them be them-
selves. They do more damage
to our hearts that way.
Sometimes, we assume that
people with mental challenges
live in an alternate reality than
we do. What we do not realize
is that they face some of the
same realities that we face
each day. Arnold is bullied at his
job. Norman forces small talk
with his newfound girlfriend
Sheila. Barry works hard to build
his business of golf lessons.
Lucien fights the government for
financial assistance. Their lives
are not that different from our
own. Sure, they express them-
selves differently. They under-
stand differently. They don't
worry about politics or war. They
live moments at a time.
Is the story about the "boys,"
or is it about Jack, who strug-
gles with his placement in life?
He tells us how frustrating his
job is — how envious he is of his
ex-wife. He is our intermediary.
is the show about him or the
other characters? It's both. The
lesson that is taught in this
show is expressed in all charac-
ters—to love. Whether you are
mentally handicapped or not,
you can recognize love and you
can give love. All thnve on it.
and all pensh without it. This
reality is universally understood.
With that in mind, live this life
knowing that The Boys Next
Door exist on the same force in
which you put your hope. ■
Interpret - l.nnv N"ii- 2005 85
Who do you wish you had gotten
to know better in the past four
- Dr. Carol Ann Vaughn.
- All of my professors.
- More people.
- All of the Samford Student
Ministries staff.. .and Dr. Siegfried.
- Joey Proffitt.
- Dr. Brad Creed.
- The blonde lady in the library or
- The Athletes.
- Natalie Mclntyre - she inspires
- Cafeteria staff - Gotta love Ms.
Lonnie, Etona and Dot!
- Ryan Thompson's Mom
- Fellow students in the Art
- Mr. Beeson, I should have sat on
the bench and talked to him more.
If there is one thing you could
change about Samford, what
would it be?
- More pride in our school.
- No parking tickets!!!
- I would change the visitation
policy so that no one else would
have to suffer through as many
Values Violations as I did.
- Everyone should be required to
take Christian Spirituality class with
Dr. Sansom - the class challenges
you to think critically about things
you wouldn't normally think about.
- Step Sing would be year round.
- Campus housing rules. We need
people to see outside the bubble.
- How much it costs
- Make Jan-term into May-term.
- Dress code to class.
- The negativity towards people that
stand out or look different than the
majority of Samford students.
- The Speed-Mountains. I mean, is
that really necessary?
- Other than its cost, I'd have to
say visitation hours.
- Put money from unused Caf
meals on my food court account.
Now that would be awesome!
What do you think is going to
run through your mind when you
cross the stage in May at gradu-
- What now?
- "Don't fall. ..don't fall. ..don't fall...
I should have worn shorter heels!"
- That was it?
- I guess the Bursar's office didn't
find a way to keep me from gradu-
- Aughh! I'm not ready for the real
- All of the amazing/challenging
experiences of four years.
- Left, right, left, right
- 'This little piece of paper, signed
by people I've never met, has cost
me an ungodly amount of money."
- It doesn't seem like four years
since the last time I did this.
- 'This was worth $30,000 in
loans. This was worth $30,000 in
loans. This was worth $30,000 in
- I can't believe I was able to pack
four years into five!
- "I still have three more years of
grad school left."
What was your most odd Caf
- Deciding whether or not I should
wake up Ms. Dot
- trying to eat with bull riding, Tony
the Tiger, and karoke.
- I had a really bad day and Joe
started yelling and me and making
fun of me and I started crying--nght
in the middle of the Caf.
- I once made a big deal about the
grill being out of curly fries, and the
Head Chef brought an entire basket
of fresh curly fries to my table. He
wore his chefs hat and all! I was
embarrassed a little.
- When one of my friends ate
yogurt straight from the machine,
she put her mouth right under it.
- Singing Happy Birthday with a 4
layer cake made out of waffles and
- One unfortunate Monday of my
freshman year, I managed to knock
over a stack of about 30 bowls.
Fortunately, Samford was using
plastic rather than porcelain in
those days. ..but it was chicken-fin-
ger night, so half of the university
saw and heard this catastrophe.
- My freshman year when the girls
on my volleyball team played a
game that entailed having to go up
and hug the first guy they saw walk
into the Caf.... no matter what.
- The day that the fire alarm went
off during lunch in the caf and no
one moved an inch. The Caf work-
ers were just chilling behind their
stations - we didn't smell smoke -
so all of us just sat at our tables
determined to eat our omelets that
we had waited an hour for.... We
finally were forced to leave as a Caf
worker moseyed through the tables
saying "This is not a drill. This is
not a drill." We all grabbed our
cokes, left our trays on the table
and headed out.
- When the caf suddenly turned
into some sort of enchanting picnic
area, to sit on quilts and eat your
baked cod and fried chicken. ...yea
for theater children.
- The time I winged a carrot at
Marvin and missed, and it wound
up hitting some freshman... took
her glasses clean off her face. As
she looked back I busied myself
with hiding under the table while
two tables plus worth of people
laughed at me.
What is your advice as a
graduating senior for under-
- Yes, get involved, but pick that
handful of groups/activities/organi-
zations that you want to really put
some time into. It will be more
rewarding in the future.
- Get outside of the "Bubble,"
enjoy the "Bubble," but get outside
- Value humility.
- To take your time and enjoy each
moment that you experience. Don't
take for granted the fact that
you have been blessed to attend
Samford, a truly beautiful
- You are not doomed if you are
one of the three people at Samford
that are not going to be missionar-
- Do extracurricular things your first
two years because after that, you
won't have time.
- Talk to your friends - struggling
together is a lot easier than fighting
the battle alone.
- Don't ever let the words come out
of your mouth "Man, I can't wait to
- Go to London for a semester! !
- Develop a technique for studying
for exams early on (everyone's style
is different). Don't feel like you
have to make flash cards if that is
not your style.
- Seek God's face, not only His
hand. Savor every lingering, spring
moment on the Quad. Eat in the
Caf just to be with your friends,
even if you hate the food. And
remember that even though
Samford isn't perfect, for four
years, it's home. And there's no
place quite like it.
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Kniiv Nous 2005
It's Friday night and for most college
students that means party night. So
why does Samford's campus sud-
denly turn into a ghost town from
Friday to Sunday? It's been said that
Samford is a suitcase campus. Plus,
it is only three hours away, depend-
ing on your driving, from Nashville
and Atlanta, which can make
Samford a pretty lonely place on the
weekends. But I would like to
encourage you to take the time this
weekend and unpack your suitcase.
Give Birmingham a chance. The fol-
lowing restaurants, venues and
stores are some that my friends and
I frequent. I would highly suggest
these places for others who don't
know Birmingham and what the
Magic City is all about.
by Belinda Martin
1. First stop is Chez Lulu located in English Village. This bohemian cafe serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through
Friday. The gourmet menu offers a variety of choices that include an assortment of sandwiches, soups, pizzas,
and pastas. The European atmosphere is reflected by dim lighting and outside dinning. For information about
directions and hours, visit www.birminghammenus.com/chezlulu.
2. For a touch of the good ol' days go to the Alabama Theatre. The best thing about this place is the architec-
ture. Its extravagant and amazing designs are both inside and out. This place will make you understand why peo-
ple used to get dressed-up to go to the picture show. Sometimes they still show movies at this old theatre. The
attention to the details inside are amazing. There are mirrors on the ceiling when you walk inside to buy your tick-
ets, and they have the traditional red carpet on the floors. There are also details such as gold trim, star lanterns
and high ceilings that indicate that this is someplace not to be taken for granted. With operas, ballets, rock
shows and other theatrical events, there is something for everyone.
3. Sakura is a Japanese restaurant located in the Pickwick Plaza at Five Points South. Sakura offers traditional
Japanese cuisine and an extensive sushi bar. I would suggest the California rolls. They're vegetarian-friendly and
reasonably priced. The cool thing about Sakura is a thing they like to call "Midnight Sushi." On the weekends the
restaurant has normal hours, but reopens from midnight till 3 a.m. At "Midnight Sushi" the staff chooses the
music so you never know what to expect. But if you're not there right at midnight, be prepared to wait a while for
a table. However, if its late, and you're wanting some good fun on the weekend, "Midnight Sushi" is the perfect
way to spend a Friday night.
4. For a new person on the Birmingham scene, you need to visit the Civil Rights Museum. It's free on Sundays,
but a donation is accepted. It is an interactive museum that will leave you truly inspired about the people who
lived in the time of racial separation. This museum shows the courage and spirit of the people who pioneered the
Civil Rights era. The fact that they show the aspiring artists during this time of oppression is truly eye opening. If
you plan to invest time in this city, you should go and experience the museum first-hand.
5. Cave 9 is a venue for bands of all genres and for guests of all ages. It is completely volunteer-run. It isn't a big
club. It's just a room, a RA. and a bunch of people that love music and the independent music scene. I've seen
big names in the indie scene such as Lucero, Copeland and Mae, play at Cave 9. There is also an opportunity for
local bands to perform. One of my favorite things about this venue is that it is a smoke-free club, so your clothes
won't have the "night before" smell. This is a good place to take a break from the radio-friendly music, explore
some local talent and meet some really cool people. For more information, visit www.cave9.com.
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6. One of my favorite coffee shops has become La Reunion Coffee and Tea Company. With a cozy atmosphere of
couches and local art on the wall, this is the perfect place to study or to go on a first date. Another nice thing
about this coffee shop, besides being a alternative to 0' Henry's, is that it is not quite so close to home. It
makes you explore outside the Homewood enclosure and branch out into a different and equally-enchanting sec-
tion of Birmingham. Located on Clairmont Ave. S. La Reunion is the nice escape from the familiar. For more infor-
mation call, (205) 595-6040.
7. If nature is where you like to spend your weekends, then Boulder Field is the place for you. This free park is a
hidden treasure to the people of Birmingham. It has trails to hike, places to camp and nice spots to rock climb.
So, for all those who like nature, this is a great spot to go that is close to home.
8. Zoe's Consignment Shop is known for its unique clothes for girls. But what you might not know is that it also
has cool apparel for guys. Plus, with its new location, it makes you wonder how they ever fit all those clothes in the
old house they used to occupy. From sunglasses to shoes, there is an assortment of colors, genres, accessories
and clothing at Zoe's. It's fun to window shop, but there are dressing rooms in the front of the store. They also buy
clothes from customers. But there are a few rules, so call before you bring all you old clothes to trade out. Another
cool thing about Zoe's is that if you wait long enough the price will usually drop. After couple of weeks that really
cool, vintage sweater that was $20 might just drop down to $10. But you might just run the risk that someone
else is willing to pay the $20 to get that sweater first. Yet for those who are patient, Zoe's can turn into a real bar-
9. For the artsy one in the group, Birmingham has a great art museum. Birmingham Museum of Art has a great
selection of art from the Classic and Modern Era. There are many collections of art from different cultures, such
as Asian, African and American. They also have art from different genres, including decorative arts, paintings,
sculptures, photography, prints, drawings and a sculpture garden. In addition, they have changing exhibitions at
various times of the year. It is also the home of the largest Wedgwood collection in the Southeast. Plus, there are
also many glass pieces that are worth the trip. For more information, visit www.artsbma.org.
10. For those who never leave home without their ipod and always buy the newest CD's first, I would suggest
going to Charlemagne Records. It is one of the best places to find new and used music. From the mysterious
stairway in the front, the upstairs room will offer you a great collection of vinyl, CDs and other music merchan-
dise. The best thing about Charlemagne Records is that it is not a chain music store, so you feel like you're really
helping the local business when buying from this store. This is not your typical music shop. It's not a new store.
Charlemagne Records is an excellent source for vintage vinyl as well as new music.
There are plenty more places that I
could have mentioned, but I think
you should explore Birmingham
and make your own reason to stay.
So unpack that suitcase. Girls,
make a night out on the town.
Guys, ask out that cute girl you've
been thinking about all semester.
Find out for yourself why they call
this place the Magic City. ■
Whisper - Lntrc Nous 2005 89
by Ashley MrClivrv ,iiid Emily Vernon
"Just the sense of shame and sort of self-revulsion that I felt. I
know I didn't want to live with that, and when I felt I couldn't make it slop, I
knew I needed help. But / didrit know how to get the help." 1
"I was wishing I could go and hide in a hole
somewhere and start to d i s a p j ; a r . "
"My value was completely
dependent on my iveigbt and
"I was doing up to ahout 500 s
a night. 1 was doing sit-ups in hospi-
tals. You re avoiding everything;
everything's superficial. And
that s it. That s your lile. your eat-
ing disorder. You can't have anyti|
else. It's very hard to live a n
an eating disorder/'
Eating disorders an
to recent statistics, eight mill;
are slruiK'liiii} with eating disorders every day.
In one person's lifetime, approximately 50,000
people will die as a direct result from an eating
Each woman quoted above dealt with
some type of eating disorder. Although
these quotes derived from a Harvard Eating
Disorder video, women on Samford's cam-
pus .ire dealing with these same issues.
At a National Eating Disorder
Awareness forum on February 22, Samford
graduate Abby Blair descril
tions with bulimia. Althou
with eating disorder behaviors
wasn't diagnosed with bulimia ill
freshman year in college. "Samford felt
like an Abercrombie and Fitch cata-
logue, like everyone had a perfect life,"
t Blair said. I felt like everyone else on cam-
^Bi was a straight-A student, top of their class,
^■pecomme. queen, and I remember thinking
at to lie competitive I had to lose weight."
■Blair is not the only student to feel this
l"When I looked in the mirror, 1 looked
^■corpse, hut / still wanted to be thinner.
I wanted to d i e . I knew it would have been
better if I had never been born," one
Samford student said.
In fact, eating disorders are prevalent in
college students. According to Samford psy-
chology professor Nicole Siegfried, one out of
every six colli ge students demonstrates eat-
ing disorder behavior. "When you're a stu-
dent, you don't have much to control. And
food intake is something you can control,"
Siegfried said. She also explained that pres-
sure to excel in school and preoccupation with
marriage can also drive a student towards an
Undoubtedly, tlu-re are many
Samloril students dealing with an eating
disorder. However, Siegfried says it's impor-
tant to dispel the rumor that Samford is third
in the nation. The rumor could actually pro-
mote eating disorders instead of prevent them.
"I do think eating disorders are rampant on
this campus, but they are also on other cam-
puses. So, Samford is not all that different."
According to a recent survey, 17 percent of
235 students tested displayed eating disorder
behaviors. The average for other colleges is
15 percent. "We arc a little above the norm,
but we arc definitely not the third highest
in the nation," Siegfried said.
Even though some college students suffer
from or know someone who suffers from an
eating disorder, they are not sure what to do
about it. People wonder what they can do to
help their friends or themselves, but have no
idea where to start.
Erika Radtke of the Alabama Network for
Eating Disorder Awareness spoke at a forum
during Eating Disorder Awareness Week at
Samford. Radtke provided information about
warning signs of eating disorders and gave
suggestions about what could be done to help
people with eating disorders.
Eating disorders fall into four categories:
anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating
disorder and compulsive overeating. Each dis-
order is characterized by certain symptoms
and signs of behavior. However, some warning
signs are common among all four diseases.
"Disordered eating occurs when a person becomes
obsessive about eating, and there are certain things
you can watch out for," Radtke said.
"What do I need to watch out for?"
• Obsession with weight and food.
"If a person is excessively concerned
about their weight and food intake, they may
constantly make comments about food and
the amount of calories he or she eats each
day," Radtke said. "A person with an eating
disorder knows exactly how many fat grams
are in everything they eat and is constantly
pointing this out."
• Feeling the need to exercise constantly.
• Wearing baggy clothes.
• Avoiding other people during meals.
• Dramatic or restrictive diets.
"This person will be consumed with
thoughts of dieting and show obsessive con-
cern about the food on his or her plate dunng
the meal. This means a person may cut food
into tiny pieces and move food around on
the plate instead of eat it. A person that
does this is very precise about how food is
arranged on the plate," Radtke said.
• Frequent visits to the restroom, especially
• Low self-esteem.
• Frequent sore throats and/or swollen glands
• Despite losing weight, that person continues
to talk about how fat he or she is.
• A person appears to be gaining weight even
though you never see him or her eat.
• Frequently taking laxatives, steroids or diet
• Tendency to faint or bruise easily.
• Pale appearance.
• Complaints of being cold more than usual
"Cold intolerance can be symptom ol being
underweight," Radtke said.
"What can I do to help?"
Before talking to the individual:
• Prepare to approach the individual
Radtke suggests that you may want to
rehearse what will you are going to say if you
are going to talk to an individual with an eating
disorder. "You may want to do some of
your research about eating disorders,"
• Try to make the conversation one-on-one.
Radtke says it will be much easier for a
person with an eating disorder to talk to one
person instead of a two or three people. The
situation will be less intimidating.
• Make sure you have healthy attitudes toward
weight and recovery.
• Establish a safe, private, quiet environment
"Timing is everything," Radtke said.
What to do while talking to the individual
• Let the person know you are learning and
reading about eating disorders.
"Share some examples of times you may
have felt afraid for the individual or uneasy.
Make sure to phrase your sentences using 'I'
instead of 'you,'" Radtke said.
• Give the person time to talk and encourage
him or her to verbalize feelings.
• Be prepared for strong feeling or reactions
from the individual.
"Let them be angry at you. It may
get worse before it gets better," Radtke said.
• Provide information and resources for coun-
seling or treatment.
Radtke suggests that you offer support by
offering to go with them when they tell their
parents or go to their first appointment with
• Make sure you tell him or her that you are
willing to talk and listen again. Plan a time for
a follow-up visit.
After the discussion:
It the person refuses to get help, remem-
ber that you have done what you can," Radtke
said. "You made progress by being hon-
est with the person and sharing your
concerns and offering support."
If the person is willing to seek help, there
are ways you can support them. Here are
a few of Radtke's suggestions:
• Be patient.
Recovery takes time. Pay attention to
the small steps a person makes.
• Offer support at meal times.
Eat together and discuss neutral top-
ics of conversation. "This provides rein-
forcement. Neutral conversations will help
keep the eating disorder from being the
topic of conversation and keep it from ruin-
ing your friendship," Radtke said.
• Grocery shop together.
• Plan meals in advance.
• Encourage other activities that do not
involve eating or dieting.
• Plan a special event together.
For example, plan a fun activity both
of you would enjoy doing like getting a
• Make positive comments about the per-
Make comments about energy level
and their overall health. Do not comment
on how they look.
• Try to avoid magazines and other media
that promote unhealthy body images.
• If the person is in acute medical danger
and/or at risk of committing suicide, contact
Dealing with an eating disorder is chal-
lenging, but there are ways to deal with
them. "It is important to realize that any-
one can have an eating disorder. They
do not have to be too skinny or overweight,"
Radtke said. ■
*.-!// oj the lips u n d suggestions abort const from I be
handout "When Your Friend Has An Eating
Disorder. . . " This handout was presented by Enka
Radtke, during the lecture tin March }, 2(K)5.
Whisper - Entre Nous 2003 91
As you made your way around campus this year, you may have real-
ized the grass is bright green, no matter what the season is. You might
have noticed students constantly sleeping on the sofas in the library,
even though their parents pay the hefty price for a dorm room. You
probably have already come to terms with the fact that chances are
great that you wont be able to find a parking spot on campus when you
want one. These and other subtle constants create a secure haven for
members of the Samford community.
Each year Samford students also face the repetitious cycle of war.
That's right. You heard me correctly. Year after year Samford's campus
turns into a huge battlefield. Don't worry. No guns or weapons of mass
destruction are used in this type of combat. Enrollment statistics and
jokes become the weapons of this endless battle. ' This is a battle of
By the end of their first year, every student has heard a joke or some
other comment about this gender issue. Some remarks are hilarious
while others are more serious. However, the topic never changes, and
the question remains the same. Is it true? Does the student popula-
tion at Samford really consist of more girls than guys?
"In any given place, males are always outnumbered by females,"
sophomore David Fisher said.
Enrollment statistics for the 2004-2005 academic year, provided by
Samford's Web Site, show that the male to female ratio is 40 percent
to 60 percent. A total of 4,416 students enrolled at Samford in the
fall. Only 1,774 of those students were males. Statistics of the past
six years show a similar trend of gender enrollment. In 1999, the
male/female ratio was 42 percent male to 58 percent female. In
2000, the guys lost 1 percent, while the ladies increased their numbers
by 1 percent. Since the fall of 2001, the ratio has remained steady at
40 percent to 60 percent
Samford is not the only university of its kind facing this issue. Other
religion- affiliated universities across the Southeast, such as the
University of Mobile and Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tenn.,
also deal with the struggle of an overwhelming difference in gender
population numbers. According to figures given by Belmont, the enroll-
ment for the 2003-2004 school year consisted of 2,235 females and
1,394 males. Academic statistics released by Birmingham-Southern
College also show a difference in the attendance ratio. In 2002,
Birmingham-Southern reported that 810 women and 597 men had
Like Samford, Furman University, located in South Carolina, has a
larger increase in females enrolling in the institution than males by the
year. The Furman University Web Site charts the numbers during a peri-
od of five years. Beginning in 1996, the total enrollment was 2,461
students, 1,118 males and 1,343 females. By the year 2001, 1,162
males and 1,467 females enrolled at Furman. During those five years,
the number of enrolled female students constantly increased, but male
enrollment numbers have proved to be unstable. In 1999, Furman
reported a total of 1,195 male students. This number decreased in the
year 2000 with only 1,162 males attending Furman.
At Samford, the biggest battle of the sexes takes place in the class-
rooms. Gender numbers vary according to different majors and career
fields. Information found on Samford's web site shows the differences
in these figures. The College of Arts and Sciences enrolled 570
females and 456 males during the fall of 2003. The Schools of
Education, Nursing, Performing Arts and Pharmacy all had higher num-
bers of female students than male students. However, in some cases
the numbers were reversed. The Business School enrolled 284 males
and only 177 females. The Divinity School had 148 males and 50
females, and Cumberland School of Law had 329 males and 207
females in attendance.
A majority of Samford students feel like most of the statistics are
correct and that the male to female ratio of 40 percent to 60 percent
is fairly accurate. "I believe the numbers are true to the ratio at
Samford," sophomore business major Drew Killingsworth said. " It also
depends on which class you are in. In most of my core classes, there
are more girls than guys, but my astronomy class has a pretty even
number of both."
Senior accounting major Cheryl Knight said the gender ratio has not
changed much during her time at Samford. "My business classes have
typically been half female and half male. In my core classes, two out
every three people have been females, and the rest have been males."
In some business courses, males make up a larger percentage of
the population than girls do. Knight experienced a situation like this in
a business course, Strategy and Simulation. Sixty percent of the stu-
dents in the class were males, and 40 percent of them were female.
"It is a senior level class that is supposed to be taken at the end of
your senior year. I couldn't take it at that time because I had to do my
accounting internship in the spring, so I took the class in the fall."
Knight said. "The only other students in the fall class are those graduat-
ing early or those who did not graduate last May. A majority of those
students are male. This makes the male ratio higher than the female
Junior Alexandra Maddox, a voice/music major, has also witnessed
unusual numbers in some of her classes. "In my Voice Seminar class,
we have 10 girls and only three guys," Maddox said. "It is really
strange. When I was a freshman, there were more guys than girls in
my music classes. By sophomore year, more and more people began
to drop out. Most of them were guys who wanted to switch to business
or some science major."
The number of females attending Samford continues to increase.
"It's not that the number of males attending school has decreased,"
Knight said. "Today there are more females attending college than ever
before. If Samford wants to increase male enrollment, the school will
have to do a better job of marketing to males interested in this type of
university, and change its image or restrict the number of females
Another year comes to a close, but the same war continues to be
fought. The future is unpredictable. The final result of this battle is
hidden from the eyes of all. The outcome will be determined by future
generations of the Samford community. Who will be able to claim vic-
tory in this fierce battle of the sexes? Could it be the guys, or will it be
the girls? ■
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The first-chair violinist strikes her solo with a long, yet hushed chord,
so soft that you feel surrounded by nothing but the stillness in the room,
which in turn sends chills down your arms. You cannot help but ponder
upon the power that this one instrument, even in its meekest moment,
has upon you. You come to realize that you have come face-to-face with
the beauty of music.
For the past 15 years, such beauty has been found in John H.
Buchanan Hall, Samford's music building. Everyday classrooms are filled
with students practicing the art of music. However, for the past five years,
Samford has considered accenting that beauty even more with the erec-
tion of a new music facility. This spring, Samford broke old ground for the
sake of their dream to bring the music program new ground.
The land between the east wing of the Wright Center and the south
end of Samford Hall will become a new multi-purpose music facility
including a recital hall and instrumental wing. The new building will con-
nect with the existing music building, Buchanan Hall. According to the
current plan, the new building's completion date is scheduled for
Summer 2006, making it ready for the students' return in the fall. The
project is estimated to cost $7.5 million, which will be funded through a
series of outside gifts.
For over the past 15 years, there has been, in the words of Dean of
Performing Arts Milburn Price, "steady growth" in the music school.
However, Buchanan Hall, the current facility, has proven to be "woefully
inadequate" in many ways. The strongest inadequacy is found in the lack
of rehearsal space. Not only is the building home for the band and
orchestra, but it also houses the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and per-
cussion ensemble. For years, the music program has had two on-campus
options for performances, Harrison Theatre and the Wright Center.
Harrison Theatre accommodates up to 170 people, making space quite
limited, whereas in the Wright Center, space is anything but limited. "Not
every event is suited for the Wright Center," President Thomas Corts said.
"The idea here is not build another theater." The new music facility will
accommodate around 300 people, creating a recital-friendly atmosphere.
Overall, the new music facility will provide a much better venue."
Another issue with Buchanan Hall is found in the shortage of instru-
mental storage space. Unlike many other programs of study, music stu-
dents not only have to keep up with textbooks, but they are also respon-
sible for their instruments. Many of their instruments, such as tubas,
require more than your average storage space. Reserving more room for
instrumental storage will aid in creating more space for rehearsal. Not
only will the new structure include advantageous rehearsal space and
instrumental storage, but it will also include additional office space and
individual practice rooms.
In addition to the new facility increasing availability of space for the
music program, it will also benefit the program's education. By providing
more space for classrooms and faculty offices, there will be more posi-
tions available for those interested in instructing classes. Samford's
orchestral program is one that distinguishes our music program from the
rest. "Everyone has recitals; however, there are very few schools that
have a full orchestral program," Corts said. With an increase in teaching
space, there is a greater chance that potential, new orchestral positions
will be created for more students to join. The new recital hall will poten-
tially benefit all Samford students. "Music majors are not the only ones
involved here," Dr. Price said. "There are a number of non-music majors
in our orchestra, band and percussion ensemble."
Price also hopes to utilize every advantage included in the new build-
ing by involving both the Samford community and those within the recital
community. "With the addition of this facility, we also hope to bnng in
more events that will provide for more cultural enrichment," Price said. He
hopes to host guests such as the Birmingham Chamber Music Society
once the project is completed. By inviting outside guests to share their
talents, Price believes that this is just another way that Samford, as a
whole, will benefit from the new music hall building. Price also believes
that by providing a more "adequate home for the current program," that,
in time, more students will be drawn to Samford. "An attractive facility
with an attractive program will attract great people," Price said.
The recital hall is only part of Samford's new initiative program. As
discussed by Dr. Corts in the spring of last year, Samford looks to
increase its presence in surrounding communities and to make many
improvements to the current campus. Renovating Robinson Hall, renew-
ing Brooks Hall, finishing renovation in the University Center, removing or
rebuilding John D. Pittman Hall, adding more undergraduate students,
adding 500 additional residence spaces, creating some $20 million in
endowed scholarships, producing at least 20 endowed professorships and
creating a student fitness/wellness center, consisting of an arena for
recreation and athletics are just some of the aspects of Samford's hope-
ful plan for the future, totaling nearly 337.5 million dollars. The recital
hall is the first of these projects to get underway. ■
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\y\ Courtney Keen
Take a stroll around our campus
and it is easy to spot students
sporting the SU logo. Samford's
school spirit extends from the
freshmen to the seniors and
involves a wide range of activities,
but often fails to fill the seats and
ring through the air of such events.
How many Samford students
attend plays, concerts and other
school sponsored events for rea-
sons other than convo credit?
"Fight, fight, fight!" How many
Samford students know more than
these last three words to the
Bulldogs' fight song? In one aspect,
athletic support has increased
immensely over the past few years
and continues to grow.
Head Athletic Director Bob
Roller said, "I believe there are sev-
eral factors that have led to
increased school spirit over the
past few years. Without question,
the number one reason is a win-
ning team that is exciting to
Senior Julia Kelley agreed. "I can
definitely say that school spirit has
increased since I was a freshman.
Students are taking the initiative to
make their college experiences bet-
ter." Although record size crowds
are turning out for sports like soc-
cer, other athletic teams such as
women's basketball and tennis, still
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receive very little student support.
"It's very disheartening to see
hardly any fans in the crowd for our
games and then have the bleach-
ers almost full when the men play,"
senior basketball player Che Walker
Fortunately, the low attendance
has not greatly hindered the
women's competitive composure.
The victorious athleticism of
Samford's women's sports won the
Ohio Valley Conference All-Sports
Trophy in 2003-04. "That is huge
for a university our size," Roller said
in response to the women's athletic
Some students feel that the lack
of attendance may result from the
large amount of students that leave
Samford's campus on the weekend
and also the stronger focus on aca-
demics in comparison to bigger
state schools. Sophomore Josh
Saylor said, "I try to go to every-
thing I can, but students here care
a lot about academics, and sched-
uling conflicts can make it hard."
However, students may not real-
ize how much they can positively
impact teams simply by showing up
and cheering. "School spirit is
tremendously important to our
teams' successes," Roller said. To
have 10,000 people in Seibert
Stadium for a football game or
standing-room-only at our new soc-
cer field shows how intercollegiate
athletics can have its healthy place
on the Samford campus."
Senior Ashley Baldowski grinned
and said, "I feel proud to be here
when people are standing up
singing the fight song, wearing red
and blue, and rooting our team
Still, bulldog pride extends far
beyond the football field and gym-
nasium. Mike Giles, President of
the Student Government
Association, said, "I think that it is
very important to note that we
show school spirit in other ways
So, how about supporting
Samford's aspiring actors and
Dr. Milburn Price, Dean of
Performing Arts, believes that
Samford students provide excellent
support for the arts. "But, of
course, all of us involved would
love to see even more student
attendance at both theatre and
music events," he said.
Oftentimes, student support
depends on requirements of vari-
ous arts appreciation classes or
convocation credit. "I've had to go
to a lot of recitals and concerts
recently for class, and it definitely
has given me insight into what
other students on campus are
working for," senior Brooke
On the other hand junior Heath
Tipps had a different approach. "If
the show is good enough I will go
regardless of convo. But if it is not
a good show, or not well known,
then convo credit is the only way
you can get me there," he said.
Plays and concerts might not fit
everyone's idea of a good time. But
Samford offers plenty of opportuni-
ties for support, and it doesnt
always require a pom-pom or a
ticket stub. Giles said, "I advise stu-
dents to find a way that they can
support Samford. The varsity ath-
lete has the responsibility to sup-
port Samford on the playing field.
The minority student supports
Samford by recruiting other quali-
fied minority students. Older stu-
dents make Samford a better place
by mentoring younger students."
School spirit encompasses a
broad spectrum of actions, and all
students provide a unique view of
what that means to them. "We all
have a role," Giles said. "If we can
find our role and be effective in it,
there is no school that could stand
up against Samford." ■