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Welcome Back 

26. September 11 


Homecoming 2004 

28. Hurricane Ivan 


Brad Paisley in Concert 

30. Switchfoot: Best Foot Forward 


Miss Samford 

32. This Land is Your Land 


Christmas at Samford 

34. Numbers 


Step Sing 2005 

36. Being a Democrat/Republican 


Senior Survey 

38. Tsunami 
40. Timeline 
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 

65. Soccer 

66. Men's Basketball 

67. Women's Basketball 

68. Baseball 

69. Softball 

70. Volleyball 

71. Track 

72. Cross Country 

73. Golf 

74. Tennis 

75. Cheerleading & Dance 

76. Football 

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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Editor: Stephanie Hoover 
Art Director: Sarah Dockrey 
Photo Editor: Brittany Fancher 

Assistant Editor: Kate St. Clair 

Section Editors: Bryan Baddorf, Alisha Damron, Elizabeth Ellison, Matt Garner, Belinda Martin, 

Melissa Morgan, Megan Voelkel 

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 
Shivers, Maureen Simpson, Evin Smith, Emily Vernon, Brooke Watford, Lauren Welty, Meredith Yates 

Contributing Designers: Malinda Alderete, Lena Bayazid, Abigail Banks, Rachel Cardina, Yu Chang, 
Kaydee Conniff, Eric Holsomback, Andy Jones, John Schluchter, Kathenne Soop 

Contributing Photographers: Nick Holdbrooks, Belinda Martin, Andrea Redus 

Special Thanks: Lissa Burleson, Richard Dendy, Richard Franklin, Donovan Harris, Sarah Latham 
Deborah McNeal, Joey Mullins, Phillip Poole, QuebecorWorld Pre-press Group, April Robinson, Zac 
Schrieber, Caroline Baird Summers, Latonya Taylor, Mary Wimberly, Ebsco Printing 

The staff of Entre Nous seeks to provide documentation of a year in the life of the Samford 
Community. To us this means more than recounting events. We seek to capture the impressions 
the year left on students, faculty and administration by moving beyond the events themselves to the 
way they affected and shaped us. 

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications for employment 
and educational programs from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, age, disability, or nation- 
al or ethic origin. 

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Stephanie Hoover 


Sarah Dockrey 

Art Director 

Brittany Fancher 

Photo Editor 

Kate St. Clair 

Assistant Editor 

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Abigail Banks 

Eric Holsomback Lena Bayazid 

Andy Jones Malinda Alderete Rachel Cardina John Schluchter 

Sam Chang Katherine Soop Nick Holdbrooks Belinda Martin Brooke Watford Mary Ann Palios Ben Fiechter 

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Mary Hood 

Alisha Damron Tricia Harlow Jennifer Gish Lizzie Ellison Ann Shivers Evin Smith 

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Ashley McCleery Aaron Hutchens Courtney Keene Bryan Baddorf Ashley Belser Megan Voelkel Rob Collingsworth 

Matt Garner Melissa Morgan Jenni Berryhill Sarah Davis Will Flowers Maureen Simpson Meredith Yates 

Lauren Welty Vince Johnson Kendra Buckles Lauren Gardner 

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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- 
zations, late nights studying... or not studying, and we can't forget the grass that is always the perfect shade of green. This place — Home away 
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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From brainstorming story ideas to the final print — this is truly a student publication. This is our world and how we see it. This is the very 
essence of our Samford lives that only we, as students, could understand. This is our experience. This is our story. 

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My fellow staff members and I have tried to capture the Samford experience for you to look back on and remember life as it was and is. Many 
hours of hard work and creativity went into each story line, each photograph and each page of this book. I encourage you to enjoy this book 
now and put it away for years to come. It is my hope that you will find this Entre Nous as meaningful as I do. 

As a soon-to-be graduating senior, I sincerely hope that each of you will make the most of your time here at college and in life beyond 
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 
enjoyed every single moment of your time here. 

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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 

Coming Home 

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. 

Personal Experience 

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 
onto stage. 

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. ■ 

Echo- Entre No us 2005 


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," 
Brown said. 

"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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Pictured Above: Elizabeth Broome, Rachel Holland, Melissa Morgan, Sidney White, Lindsey Samples. Photo by Caroline Baird. 

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 

Erin Brown 

Elizabeth Collier 

Mattea Crow 

Elizabeth Hams 

Jewel Littleton 

Tiffany London 

Caroline McCreary 

Erica Rousseau 



"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." 


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. 


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. 


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 
of illiteracy. 

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 
2005. ■ 

Echo - Entre Nous 2005 


I>\ Jessii a Jones 

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. 


Echo - Entire Nous 2005 

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 
Christmas arrangements. 

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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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 
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Sweepstakes: Dudes-A-Plenty 

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 
Caroline Davis 

Chi Omega: Chi Omega Welcomes You to 
Life in the Jungle 
Keisha Walding 

Alpha Delta Pi: Rhythm of the Night 
Lauren Sanders & Kelli Perkins 

Phi Mu: Life is but a Dream 
Leslie Wade 

Sigma Chi: Mama's Boyz 
Robert Scott 

Alpha Omicron Pi: AOPi on Reality TV 
Kathryn Lamb 

Pi Kappa Phi: Pi Kappa Phi Comes From 
Behind: A True Underdog Story 
Michael Ferguson 

Independent Ladies: The Way We Were 
Eden Richardson & Drew Pournelle 

Dudes-A-Plenty: Pirates 
Jacob Simmons & Joey Proffltt 

Zeta Tau Alpha: As the World Turns 
Katie Hall & Alison Skinner 

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Senior Survey 

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 
Students' Money. 

- 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 
the South. 

- 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- 
ored strap. 

- Pink. Anything pink. 

- Boys wearing shorter shorts than 
girls. (Man Thighs) 

- Big gas hogging SUVs that run on 
diesel fuel. 

- Those bright plaid pants that frat 
boys wear. Who told them that 
looks good? 

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 
around campus. 

- How I spent all the money they 
gave me. 

- That two people really can fit 
comfortably in a twin-sized bed. 

- Anything that happened at the 
Music Hall. 

- 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 
freshmen year. 

- 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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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 
the day. 

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 
Appalachian Mountains. 

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 
United States. 

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 
three days. 

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 
is true." 

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- 
there" moment. 

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 
battle wounds. 

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 that she wanted to 
try out for the event. SGA worked with University to form a 
website called, in which students and the public could 
purchase tickets. According to its website, University 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 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." ■ 

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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 
30-45 minutes." 

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 

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vote early." 

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 
balancing pendulum. 

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 
Samford's campus. 

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 
emotionally-charged speech. 

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 
55,949,407 ( 

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 
his term. 

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 ( Bush also became the first president elected 
while gaining seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate since 
1936 ( 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 ( 

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- 
lent. Right? 

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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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 
their direction. 

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 
twin towers." 

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 
devastating tsunami. 

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 
NBA championship. 

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: 

Phantom Fury. 

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 
Spencer. ■ 

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Senior Survey 

What has been your most mem- 
orable experience/ run-in with 
campus safety? 

- 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 
drive through. 

- 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 
"facial surgery." 

- 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 
would come. 

- 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. 

- 25. 

- None. I had them all by spring of 
my junior year! That's the way to 
go, kids! 

- 44, but they're optional, right? 

- 20ish? 

- 1. 

- None. 

- 'Bout 30, but I've seen worse. 

- 10. 

- 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. 


- 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. 

- SGA. 

- 10-minute plays. 

- M.O.W.M.A. (Making Out With My 
Arm) ... due to the lack of normal 
boy/girl relationships. 

- I wish I'd actually cut class once 
in a while. 


- 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 
Baptist Church. 

- 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. 

- Convo. 

- 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 
them. HA! 

- 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 
three days. 

- 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 
I told. 


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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 
and theologically. 

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 
missions? Need 
money? Student 

larships avaW^^for any stu- 
i Global 
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. ■ 





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^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 
see themselves. 

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 
Christian cultures." 

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." ■ 

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b\ Maureen Simpson 


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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 
noonday events." 

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." ■ 


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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. ■ 

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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 
church experience. 

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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Senior Survey 

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 
football games. 

- 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. 

- "Sketchy." 

- "You need to join the Face-Book." 

- How was your break? 

- "Hey girl" 

- Without a doubt, it's "DTR." 

- Sad! 

- 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 
Coke addiction. 

- 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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th floor 

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 bill. 

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 
the cost. 

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 
myself into. 

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 
certain sorority. 

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 
peace about 

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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 
around me. 

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 
finally home! 
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 
over again. 


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 
interested in. 

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 
to offer. 

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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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 
their attention. 

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 
positive direction. 

"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)," 
Franklin said. 

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 

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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 
with myself. 

-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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Sig Ep: 

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- 
bers strong. 

"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 
Newman said. 

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 
Penny Wars. 

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 
of time." 

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 
Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

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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Senior Survey 

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- 
ate them. 

- "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 
from powder. 

- "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" 
by Guster. 

- 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. 

- Unforgettable. 

- Expensive. 

- Over. 

- Exhilarating. 

- Amazing. 

- Crazy! 

- Growth. 

- Long. 

- Overcommitment. 

- Change. 

- Love. 

- Skookum. 

- Hmmm.... 

- Rebirth. 

- Couldntvewishedforanythingbetter. 

- Scrumtrilescent. 

- StillTryingToFindAParkingSpace. 

- Confusing. 

- Phenomenal. 

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 
my face. 

- 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 
actually cost? 

- 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 
right spot! 

- Why don't people like to go out 
on weeknights? 


Cheer - Entre Nous 2005 

Cheer - Entre Nous 2005 

student athlete 

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 
next morning. 

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- 
straight year. 

"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 



.■■< basketball 

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 
their work. 

"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 
Bulldog teams. 

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 
their play. 

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 
never disappointed. 

"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- 
secutive years. 

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," 
Boerjan remembered. 

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 

women's basketball 

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 
rebounds (370). 

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 
Eastern Kentucky. 

"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 
senior year. 

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 
court." ■ 

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 
Worthington said. 

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 
OVC tournament. 

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 
number one. 

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 
2005 season. 

"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 
best part." 

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 
the season. 

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," 
Smith said. 

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 
of everything." 

With Smith's enthusiastic dedication and 
stellar career achievements, it's clear that 
Samford's softball program has had the best as 
well. ■ 

Cheer- Entn \.. 


by Bryan Baddorf 

... volleyball 

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 
conference matches. 

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 
excel at." 

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- 
demic efforts. 

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 
of adversity. 

"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," 
Gary said. 

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 
track athletes. 

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 
Bryan Baddorf. 

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 
Laura Malnati. 

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. 


h ault 

saran auitman 

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," 
Auitman said. 

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," 
Auitman said. 

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." 
Auitman said. 

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 
Blankenship said. 

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 
to come. 

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 
team." \ 

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 said. 

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 
in doubles. 

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 bar." 

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 
last year." 

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 " 
tions, re 

Each only several months removed from his sen- 
ior prom, the pair combined to rush for over 
500 yards. 

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 
said. j^^^fcb^ 

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 
for Nelson. 

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 

Louisiana College, 
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 
i league. 

"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. 

itlight :: 


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- 
ball history. 

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 _ 

he collegiate 
■ray said. 
"Thankfully W BPQIPtare able to recruit them 
our program." 

Upon graduation, the duo that have been room- 
mates since their sophomore year will pack up their 

ray nelson 

Beeson Woods suite to pursue individual careers in 
professional football. 

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. ■ 


Senior Survey 

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 
gone downhill). 

- 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 
like it. 

- I'm totally cooler, and I am a 

What's your favorite restaurant 
in Birmingham? 

- 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. 

- Starbucks. 

- Paw- Paw Patch. 

- Zoe's! 

- The Mill - (Now known as Five 
Points Grill) 

- O'Carrs. 

- Moe's. 

- 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 
Security Number. 

- That I would cry like a baby when 
my fish died. Rest In Peace, 
Captain Morgan. 

- 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 
true friends. 

- 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 
about Samford? 

- 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. 

- UCF. 

- The girl I'm currently dating... 

- Shiloh. 

- 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 

the Curtain 

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. 




"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 
major, said. 

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," 
Kiel said. 

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 
design department. 

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," 
Krumdieck said. 

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 

Matt Garner| 

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 
Next Door. 

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 
would fail. 

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 

Senior Survey 

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 
Dr. Barnette. 

- 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 
world yet! 

- 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. 

- Hallelujah! 

- '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 
whipped cream. 

- 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 
of it. 

- 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 

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 





Whisper - Entre Nous 2005 

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 

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'd eaten." 


"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 
eating disorder. 

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 
after meals. 

• 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," 
Radtke said. 

• 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 
help immediately. 

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 
the sexes. 

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 

94 Whisper - Entre Nous 2005 

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 
than athletics." 

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 
Berryman said. 

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." ■