Friday, April 9, 2010

Five things they won't tell you at Lee Day

Lee Day. Physical Plant has been going crazy for the past few weeks in preparation for this magnanimous preview event. We have to put our best foot forward, right? Of course, right!

Having been at Lee for three years now, though, I feel it is my responsibility to bring a little bit of understanding to the wonderful little prospective freshmen.

Allow me to do this by presenting to you five things about Lee's campus that they probably don't share with you at Lee Day.

5. You really need to choose a major before your junior year, even if you're just going to try it out. Hypothetically, they tell you that you can spend your first two years completing the core requirements then worry about your major courses. Unless you love Lee so much that you want to be a fifth year senior, I'd suggest at least attempting some major courses your freshman/sophomore year. Something to keep in mind during that advising appointment this weekend.

4. Once you're a student, you no longer have those wonderful reserved parking spots. It's every man for himself when it come to finding a place to park (especially since our parking lots keep turning into construction sites).

3. The campus is indeed beautiful, but everything has a price. Be prepared to be awakened at 6:30 a.m. by leaf blowers if your future home is near the Ped Mall. Also, go ahead and start taking note of where all the sprinklers are. They have a tendency to turn on at random points of the day and night. You might consider pre-planning alternate routes if you are against getting a bit wet.

2. Enjoy the good dining hall food while it lasts. It is a commonly known fact that the food in the dining hall is conspicuously better during Lee Day and Frontline events.

1. Lee is not a crime-free environment. We live in the Lee Bubble, but we are not a gated community. Bikes get stolen, property goes missing; Campus Safety can only do so much. It's a Christian campus, but you should still practice caution. I suggest buying a good bike lock (if you plan on bringing a bike) and a reliable keychain (so that you'll remember to lock your doors).

I love my school, and I honestly couldn't see myself anywhere except Lee for my undergraduate experience. And I'm so glad that the Lee Day students are thinking about joining us as Pyromaniacs. Just be prepared for the adventure of your life when you come to campus in the fall. Enjoy your weekend, Lee Day visitors!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Softball Interviews

The Lee University Softball team is on fire this season with a record of 35-3! Here are some excerpts of a few players talking about this historical season.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Entertainment with a side of news

Today's society has an obsession with being entertained. This obsession has even permeated the way that we receive information. Time magazine's Web site has a video that features headlines put into a song. Check it out at

Although this is a cool idea, I think it brings up an interesting point. Has society gotten to the point where we only pay attention to what entertains us?
While many people would say it has, this would be unfortunate because many times the most important facts in life are not entertaining.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

First Impressions

There are many things that are unique about Lee University.
Geographically, Lee is an open campus with city streets running through the center of it. This creates unique opportunities for Cleveland to get a first impression of Lee University.

Although Lee has many events that are open to the public, attending one of these events may not be a person's first impression of Lee. Anytime someone drives through the campus for the first time, they are forming an opinion of Lee.

If the pedestrian students seem rude as they cross the street, this is the impression the driver has of all Lee students. If the pedestrian is thoughtful acknowledging the driver and smiling, then the driver has a better view of Lee students. Regardless of the clubs or activities, we are a part of we all are a part of forming Cleveland's opinions about Lee University.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lee vs Emmanuel 1/23/10

The Lee University Lady Flames took on the Emmanuel College Lady Lions on January 23, 2010.  Here's the recap...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Thanks for saying thanks

While working as a temp in the Lee university bookstore, I have witnessed various student reactions to the price and size of books. This semester I was able to witness another student reaction. Due to new anti-theft policies we were no longer allowed to use a credit card number and experation date that a student had written down. Instead the student had to call the cardholder and have them give me the number.

Since many students did not know about the bookstore's new policy they had to call their parents or grandparents to have them give me the credit card information. After the second time I noticed something. When I would had the phone back to the student they would simply say "I'll talk to you later. Bye." No thank you, no graditute of any kind.
If someone had just spend over one hundred dollars on anything for me you better believe I would say thank you.
The next day I worked another student had to call a parent to get a credit card number, however this time when I handed back the phone the student thanked the parent on. After the student had hung up I thanked him for thanking his parent and told him he was the first one to do so.
I was raised to always say thank you for everything I was given. Now that I have grown up I see thank you has a very important form of appreciation. People know you appreciate the things they do for you when you say thank you. When students are ungrateful, they do little to do away with negative stereotypes. If we want views of college students to change we can not let are actions reinforce negative steorotypes.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Readjusting to life at Lee

Returning to campus after a break always constitutes some readjustments in lifestyle for students.

Students must readjust to driving on a pedestrian campus, waiting in all the notoriously long lines, going to new classes and even walking to and fro across the campus.

Some students also have the changes that come with New Year's resolutions: going to the rec center, eating healthier, avoiding the dining hall, the list of possibilities is endless.

Personally, one of my greatest adjustments has been completely reversing my day-night schedule to accommodate my wonderful 8 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. classes that I'm required to take. Oh the joys of college life.

In this time of readjusting, though, it's important to not forget that, even when it seems like the world will never stop spinning, it's going to be okay. Here are a few tips on staying sane through whatever transitions you might face.

1. Breathe. Contrary to some beliefs, respiration is very vital to life. When you find yourself stressing out and thinking that you will never find a plausible solution, take a few moments to just stop and clear your head with a few long breaths. Remember, in through the nose, out through the mouth.

2. Write lists. Sometimes writing and categorizing tasks and possible solutions to problematic situations can help to better organize the information in your head. And sometimes, things just make more sense on paper.

3. Get some sleep. Sleep is the body's way to reboot after a long day and the mind's way to filter all the information that has been presented throughout the day. Yes, that homework assignment seems important, but you'll remember more of it and function better with even a little bit of sleep. Your professor and everyone who comes in contact with you will thank you for getting sleep and not acting like a walking zombie.

4. Find a way to relax. For some people, it's taking a walk. Others prefer watching movies. Some read books. Whatever you love to do, whatever can offer you a little escape from the stress, be sure to schedule time for that.

5. Stay healthy. Stress automatically lowers the immune system's ability to protect you. As winter is already a prime time to get sick, it might be advisable, even if you're not too stressed out, to find a vitamin supplement to give your immune system a boost. Especially for those of you living in the dorms, it has the potential to make a big difference in your semester. If you're not sure what kind of vitamin you should get, ask the pharmacist at Walgreens. I'm sure they'll be happy to help.

6. Ask for help. The Lee University Counseling Center is a great resource that is free to all students. If the pressure is just getting to be too much or perhaps you just want someone to talk to about your current plan of action, contact the counseling center to see about speaking to a counselor. Also, the center is offering different small group help this semester as well. Stop by the counseling center for more information.

7. Pray. My mother says this is always the first thing you should do, and I'm starting to see the truth in her advice. Nothing takes God by surprise, after all. And who better to help you in times of transition?

May all of you have wonderful semesters!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Cleveland earthquake

Whenever I think of an earthquake, I think of Saved By The Bell. You know that episode where Bayside throws Mrs. Belding a baby shower, and as she’s leaving, the school she gets stuck in the elevator, ends up going into labor and having the baby naming it Zack? That’s what I think when I hear the word “earthquake.”

All of the sudden, while sitting in church, about to do the closing prayer, I felt the rattling of pipes underneath the building. I turned to my friend and asked what it was.

“An earthquake,” he replied.

Yeah right.

But he was right.

Sunday, November 1, 2009 Cleveland, Tennessee experienced a 3.0 earthquake at exactly 12:01 p.m.!

That’s right! Cleveland had an earthquake, and most people did not even know it!

I would not have known if I had not checked Facebook and saw my worship pastor post that the rumble we felt at church was a in fact a earthquake.

I still did not believe it, so, like any good journalist, I searched it on Google. Sure enough, Cleveland had one.

My research showed that at least one earthquake happens in the world everyday, but we just do not hear about it unless it’s of a heavy magnitude.

On the bright side, I have another unique life experience to mark off my “bucket list.”

This blog was written by Leslie Hartman.

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Placing our future spouse in God

How can we find the right guy or girl?

This is the question on many single people's mind.

Lately, God has taken me on a spiritual journey to help me understand how that question will one day be answered in my own life.

First, as Christians, we should realize that we will not be doing the finding. We have to let God do the picking.

Also, we should understand that our own decision may not be the decision that God wants for our life.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

In Proverbs 18:22 the Bible says, "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."

I believe this verse gives a key hint to all women...because who finds whom in this verse?

The man finds the wife.

It is becoming more and more acceptable within worldly views for girls to chase after and pursue guys.

In my opinion, godly men do whatever they have to do to get who they truly want, especially when they are seeking a godly wife.

I think that women should pray for a man to find her. When he does, God's hand in the relationship will be clear.

I also think that men should pray to find the woman that God want's for them.

So, although it is acceptable for girls to drop hints that they may be interested in a guy, in my opinion, it is still best to want the guy to make the first move.

This blog was written by Lori Johnson.

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World Record for Fastest Dining Experience

Hockeytown. Rock City. The 313. The Motor City. Motown.

The nicknames belong to Detroit, Michigan, one of the greatest places in the U.S.A. It's my hometown, and its known around the world for its rich culture, and rivalry with the other big boys on the block, like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

But what makes Detroit such a great place?

A lot of hard work, and a little creativity.

Let me show you.

There's this little place on Michigan Ave called The American Coney Island. It was founded by a Greek family in 1917, making it the oldest family-owned and operated restaurant in the city. If you don't know what a coney island is, you're in for a surprise.

So what's so unique about this restaurant? Well, it just might hold the world record for the fastest dining experience ever.
Once you're seated, the waiter memorizes your drink order. Now, maybe you've seen a few people who can memorize your drink order on the spot, so that's no big deal, right? Still, its pretty impressive, but that's not the reason why its so fast.

Less than a minute later, the waiter returns with your drinks. I'm saying a minute just to be safe, but when I was there last weekend he was back in about 30 seconds.

Okay, so that's 30 seconds, maybe a minute. Now he asks for your order. Here's where the American Coney Island differs from any kind of restaurant you've ever been to. The moment your done ordering, the waiter turns around, back to the table, and shouts the entire order at the top of his lungs across the room at the cooks.

What? Yes, that's right -shouts the entire order to the cooks, who have to multitask with whatever they're doing while simultaneously remember the entire order without writing anything down. There are no notepads at this restaurant; just a lot of skill, practice, and a little bit of creativity.

My food came back the table in less than 90 seconds. It's no joke; it was fully cooked, delicious coney island food, faster than any other sit-down, dining restaurant in the world.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Voices of Lee to join in Sing-Off

We've all heard them. We all know that they are definitely a talented group of people. And now they're asking us to support them on a quest to show mainstream America what they're made of.

That's right, Voices of Lee is taking on the challenge and joining in The Sing-Off.

The Sing-Off, hosted by Nick Lachey, is a nation-wide hunt for the best a capella group in America. Viewers call in to vote for their favorite group over the course of the four night event, which culminates in the two-hour live finale on Dec. 21.

I love listening to a capella groups, and I love supporting Lee University's talented students, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and support Voices in The Sing-Off (even though it's so tempting to vote for the Puerto Rican group; if you watch the show, you'll see what I mean).

If you'd like to show your support for Voices of Lee in The Sing-Off, you can join the Facebook group here.

You can also go on the show's Web site and vote for Voices in the preliminary poll.

Just be careful and don't let the home page of the Web site confuse you like it did me.

For the record, the show premieres on Monday, Dec. 14.

Happy singing, Voices, and good luck!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Sp0rts Bl0g - Issue 4

The sport's nation is so hyped about college football. Especially, around Lee, all I ever hear about is UT and Florida, Alabama and Auburn, LSU and Georgia and their chances this weekend. College football has truly swept the nation but it seems it's so much more popular in the "SEC Region"... as I like to call it. However, let me tell you why the OTHER college sport that just started this past weekend, college BASKETBALL, is the better sport for a fan and simply a better sport in general.

Now, any of you who have read any of my previous issues know I've already had my rant about how College football fails to qualify as a "fair" and "credible" sport... so I don't want to repeat that issue. But, I can't help but make it known that it's playoff system is completely flawed and it's disrespect to the smaller schools in the smaller conferences ruins the game must be mentioned once again. Let's move on to the sport that gets it right...

College Basketball. The same packed-house college atmosphere. The same community spirit feeling. The same crazy student section screaming their heads off during games. It's still college sports... the enthusiasm for basketball is just as great if not greater than the support for the football side of things. The thing that truly separates it from College football, and every other sport for that matter, is the field of 64 teams at the end of the year that get to duke it out for a chance at a championship. Yes, 64 teams get a chance at a championship... not 2... 64! Sounds much better doesn't it? Well, if you don't already know... it is.

The qualifications for the tournament are complicated and I don't want to bore you with it's statistics, but the point is... it's FAIR. Now, if you're asking me if teams are never disappointed or feel cheated when they don't get into the field of 64... that happens almost every year. There's always a handful of teams "on the bubble" that are either extremely happy or extremely sad depending on the Selection Committee's decision (once again, if you don't know the rules of the tournament, I encourage you to Google it). But the tournament of 64 teams brings on a sporting event unlike any other; MARCH MADNESS.

That's all I really have to say folks. March Madness... it's unlike any other. If you're not familiar with it, do yourself a favor and go check it out. Search YouTube videos of March Madness games... it'll blow you away. Some of the best basketball games you'll ever see. And that's the sports blog for ya...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

It's that time again!

I've been a Lee for four years now. Every year, we have to sign up for our classes for the next semester.

Especially this year, in my last semester, the decision of classes was the hardest. I mean, in a matter of 24 hours, I had to decide what classes I took in my last semester of my undergrad. ever.

Classes aren't a light decision for me, they are something I like to slowly take time to figure out and really give thought it.

You see, for me, I feel like Advanced Class Selection is like Christmas. Let me explain. I'm a big dork and I get really excited about picking new classes. Mainly because I like school supply shopping and picking classes gets me one step closer to school supply shopping.

Anywho, I feel like ACS always sneaks up on you, just like Christmas, you walk into the mall one day and, surprise, you feel like you missed the Christmas-decorating party.

The same with ACS, it's like, tada, it's time to register for classes..

At this point, seniors have already had their chance to register for classes first.
Juniors will be able to register through Nov. 10,
Sophomore's ACS will be open from Nov. 11 through Nov. 17
& Freshman's ACS will be open from Nov. 18 through Nov. 25.

Between Nov. 25 and Jan. 10, students will have the chance to confirm enrollment.

If you're still not sure how to get around portico and use Web adviser to build your class schedule, talk to your academic adviser or visit the online help guide at, here.

Also if you need more help, the records office suggests dropping them a quick e-mail. Comments/suggestions regarding registration, the add-drop process, Portico/WebAdvisor, or confirming enrollment? Email and let us know your thoughts. (Keep it brief, to the point, and just the facts—no blame, no drama. Please!)

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Check your mailbox

Every time I go to my mailbox , I hope there will be something inside. Since I live three states away from home it is always nice to get a mail from my family. Sometimes it is just mail delivered to my home address that my parents think I might need. Yet, this semester I have been pleasantly surprised to receive at least three large envelopes from home.

For the past two months as I have gone to my mailbox in hopes of finding something there, I have noticed that the mailbox above mine has been full of mail.

There is an envelope in there that looks thick enough to be holding something important.

The ever-present mail has made me wonder. Does this person live off campus? Why else would someone not check their mailbox for two months? My curiosity is peeked by the unopened letters visible through the slot. Whenever this person finally does check their mail I hope they will not be disappointed to find time sensitive material inside.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tales of a Rockapella fanatic

For the past two years, I have faithfully been checking the Rockapella Web site every two weeks to see when they would be coming to my area (or at least somewhere remotely close to it). A few weeks ago, after two agonizing years and two failed attempts at attending a concert, my wait was OVER. ROCKAPELLA WAS COMING TO LEE!!!

I was never much into the boy bands growing up (even though I regretfully participated financially in the phenomenon). My mom’s generation had the Beatles and the current generation has the Jonas Brothers. I had Rockapella.

I am a hard core fan. I have all of their albums, except for one.

I have followed their career since their days on "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" when I would watch the show every day and hear Rockapella say, “There’s one more thing you have to do! You know what is!” And I would shout at the T.V. screen, “DO IT ROCKAPELLA!” while my dad was trying to mimic their bassist at the time, Barry Carl.

When I found out that they were playing in the Dixon Center, I got worried. The Dixon Center isn’t that handicapped accessible. I try to avoid going to chapel there because the only way I could see is if I went up the elevator to the second floor and sat in the very back (where I can barely see a thing).

A week after I found out Rockapella was coming, I called to see if I could arrange something to where I would be seated so I could see. I worked something out.

I counted down the days to the concert and even dressed up the day of the concert. This was how much I was looking forward to it.

When the day finally came, it went by very slow and I was too excited to eat.

I arrived at the Dixon Center at 5:15 to get my ticket and decided to stay in the lobby till after the concert.

A few minutes before we were allowed inside the auditorium, one of the members, Scott Leonard bolted out of the auditorium to speak with the people at the front desk. This proved to be a good thing because during the concert Scott remembered me from the lobby and waved at me from on stage!

Once I got seated in the front row, it hit where I was at and how blessed I was. God allowed me to see my favorite group for FREE.

Then the show started. Rockapella was on stage singing their songs and I’m singing along.

Before the show ended, the guys announced that they were going to do a meet-and-greet in the lobby. I was thinking, “Praise the Lord! I don’t have to pull the disability card to meet them!” (I rarely pull the disabled card.)

Meeting Rockapella and attending their concert was a wonderful experience. The guys were very genuine and we had a nice conversation, despite almost running into two of them while purchasing the album I didn’t have.

As I told my dad, my life is complete and I can now die a happy woman.

This blog was written by Leslie Hartman.

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Dear Dog Vomit Girl

So I have this dog named Toby. Toby has been with me for a year and a half and always seems to teach me things. Now this either says something about his intelligence...or mine. I was taking Toby outside one day and I as I was sitting there watching him roam around the yard I was contemplating life and getting frustrated by thinking about who I was becoming.

My thoughts were jolted as I noticed Toby throwing up in the yard, which for Toby isn't an unusual occurrence. Since it was in the yard I didn't worry about cleaning it up and as I was almost back to my contemplative state I noticed Toby going back to his vomit. I leapt off the porch in one fleeting moment and was by his side in a flash to encourage him away from the content that was formerly in his stomach. Whatever it was had made him sick, so there's no point in trying to re-digest it.

My thoughts immediately went to Proverbs 26:11 "As a dog returns to his vomit so does a fool repeat his folly." Then it hit me, this is exactly what I was doing. I was living my life wanting to change and be this great person that God wanted me to be, but I felt like I was getting hung up by the same things every time. Just like it's in Toby's nature to return to his vomit, it's like it was my nature to return to the very same things that I knew would hurt me or mess me up.

I think I even wrote in my journal one time, "Dear Dog Vomit Girl: You're doing it again..."

Months have passed since this initial realization, and some things have changed. Toby still throws up a lot, but he doesn't go back to his vomit. Something in his nature changed. And I have begun to think about God in this way too. I think many times He is sitting on the porch, just like I was, watching me roam around in the yard, and sometimes whenever I throw up something that has hurt me and made me sick it catches his attention. As I try and go back to it, He jumps off the porch and rushes to my side to lead me away. That way just as Toby learned not to return to his vomit so will I be changed by God as He leads me.

This blog was written by Ashley Gunter.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Better late than never

I was getting ready to take a walk with my roommate earlier this evening when I noticed a Facebook update from a friend about the wind ensemble concert in the Conn Center tonight.

I didn't even know the wind ensemble was giving a concert tonight. It came as such a surprise to me. I know those concerts are usually posted in places throughout campus, but I guess I was so busy this week that I didn't take notice of any of the fliers and such.

I thought to myself, "Man, I always seem to miss those!" And I posted something of that sort on the friend's status. My friend suggested I just come to the concert late.

So I did.

I and my roommate arrived at the Conn Center just in time to hear the last piece and the encore. I only wish I had been there for the whole thing. Let me just say that those 20 minutes were completely worth showing up for.

Dr. David Holsinger and the wind ensemble did a wonderful job, and I was personally thrilled by the prominence of the clarinets in the second movement of the last piece. The encore was equally magnificent, sending chills down my spine.

As the concert ended and we went on our way again, I made up my mind to come to future concerts and be on time. To my great delight, there was a schedule of concerts on the back of the program.

So for those of you who are like me and hate missing out on the ensemble concerts but can never seem to find out about them ahead of time, I am posting the concert schedule for the rest of the semester.

Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
Percussion ensemble concert
Directed by Andrew Harnsberger
Dixon Center

Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Chorale concert
Directed by William Green
First Baptist Church

Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz ensemble concert
Directed by Alan Wyatt
Dixon Center

Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lee University Symphony orchestra concert
Conducted by William McNeiland
Conn Center

Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Honor band concert
Conducted by David R. Holsinger
Conn Center

Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Squires Hall recital
"Classical Jam"
Squires Recital Hall

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Wind ensemble concert
Conducted by David R. Holsinger
Conn Center

Dec. 6, 3 p.m.
"A Classic Christmas"
Conducted by William Green
Conn Center

Bookmark this page if you must, but be sure to attend at least one of these phenomenal performances. Hope to see you there!
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Friday, October 9, 2009

The weekend of perpetual events

The weekend is finally upon us, and any Lee student who complains of having nothing to do has no valid excuse this particular weekend.

Friday Oct. 9 and Saturday Oct. 10 are positively full of events on and off campus. Here are just a few of the things happening in the Lee community over the next few days:

Intramural softball tournament: Games starting at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Butler Field in front of Bowdle and O'Bannon. I hear there will be free food.

Shenanigans improv show: "There's no I in improv...oh wait." These guys are hilarious. For a good laugh and a fun time, come out to the Rose Lecture Hall in the DeVos Education Building at 9 p.m.

Dance Away the LRA: This ballroom dancing event at Studio 125 on Inman St. is to benefit a school in Uganda sponsored by Lee's chapter of Invisible Children. Cost is $5. More information about this event can be found at

Benefit for the Broken: The apartment dorms of campus are sponsoring a concert to benefit various causes, including the Cleveland Emergency Shelter and a missionary in Haiti. The concert will be held in the Conn Center; admission is $3 or three cans of food.

Also this weekend, Endgame continues to play in the blackbox theater in the Vest Building. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and tickets are free to students.

Personally, I think I'll take in a little bit of softball then go to the improv show tonight. Tomorrow, well, I haven't decided yet. What are you doing this weekend?

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Half Way There

Students at Lee University wear many hats. Sometimes they are just students, but they are usually also tour guides, tutors, writers, and employees. Not to mention members of clubs, organizations and churches.

Now that students have reached the halfway point of the semester many may feel overwhelmed by everything that they are involved in. Many may be finding out that the “easy” class on their schedule will not be such a breeze after all. Between classes and other obligations , some maybe wondering if they will make it.
However, there are times when students need to just take a break. Whether that be watching your favorite show for an hour or taking a walk with a friend.
Balance is important to a student’s life. Academics should take precedence but students need to give themselves a chance to relax once in awhile to ensure that they enjoy their semester.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Sp0rts Bl0g - Issue 3

Well, it's been awhile since I last updated the hottest blog about national sports with a new issue. Okay, yeah, not the hottest blog. In fact, I'm not even sure if anybody is reading this. But nonetheless, the sports world is always rolling on. We are now through 4 weeks of the 2009-2010 NFL season, this is usually when you find out if your favorite team is "for real" or not.

Experts are beginning to sort out the true contenders from the rest of the pack. As a viewer, it's easy to see that the "great divides" in power rankings are starting to form. In honor of the NFL's season progressing well through the first 4 weeks, I am going to do something that will benefit any NFL fan.

I'm going to recap every single NFL teams' season so far. I'm going to tell you how good your team is and if it's "for real." However, here's the catch. It'll be the most simple summary you've ever seen in your life. Sure, I could ramble on about stats, records and history, but to be honest, it can all be bottled down in 7 words or less. That's right. Here's a 7 word summary for each team... telling you EXACTLY who they are; and maybe worse, who they're not. In alphabetical order, here we go:

Arizona Cardinals (1-2) - great QB, elite WRs, not much else
Atlanta Falcons (2-1) - promising young talent, great, not yet elite
Baltimore Ravens (3-1) - they have an offense now, very dangerous
Buffalo Bills (1-3) - good skill players, terrible 0-line, average d-line
Carolina Panthers (0-3) - old, going down the tube; fast
Chicago Bears (3-1) - great QB + average team = no playoffs
Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) - fantastic defense, underrated, make playoffs if healthy
Cleveland Browns (0-4) - rebuilding, bad... really bad
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) - overrated, overrated QB, bad coach, no playoffs
Denver Broncos (4-0) - stingy defense, but schedule gets tougher
Detroit Lions (1-3) - you can't lose them all!
Green Bay (2-2) - great QB, awful o-line will prevent success
Houston Texans (2-2) - if healthy, they will compete
Indianapolis Colts (4-0) - they look better than ever, that's scary
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) - great RB, not much else, we'll see
Kansas City Chiefs (0-4) - gonna be a long season in KC
Miami Dolphins (1-3) - QB out for year, looks dismal
Minnesota Vikings (4-0) - Favre looks good, but schedule toughens
New England Patriots (3-1) - they'll be fine, same old Patriots
New Orleans Saints (4-0) - very much legit, a scary team
New York Giants (4-0) - look great, they'll be playing in January
New York Jets (3-1) - best defense in the NFL, success coming...
Oakland Raiders (0-4) - worst QB... ever?
Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) - solid team, will continue to compete
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) - they'll be better as the season progresses
San Diego Chargers (2-2) - overrated, they're in trouble
San Francisco 49ers (3-1) - underrated, watch out, they're for real
Seattle Seahawks (2-2) - too bad they're never healthy...
St. Louis Rams (0-4) - just plain bad
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) - see above
Tennessee Titans (0-4) - most disappointing team this year by far
Washington Redskins (2-2) - could they underachieve any more?

There you have it. Respond with comments, tell me what you think. And that's the sp0rts bl0g for ya...

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An editor's guide to Convocation

As we reach the halfway point of Convocation Fall 2009, I'd like to share a little about what I have learned from this year's services.

No, I am not going to recap the sermons or critique the music groups; I simply want to share my observations about seating.

Every student is different. Some of us like to sit in the balcony, some like to sit above the stage. Others prefer the main floor, while some have no preference at all.

When planning the time that you will arrive at Convocation, keep in mind where you want to sit. Especially this year, it seems that services are overflowing faster than normal. Allow me to elaborate on the times of arrival for each particular section.

Students who enjoy sitting on the main floor of the Conn Center should probably arrive at least 15 minutes early. If you want to sit with a group of three or more, I suggest sending a delegate at least 20 minutes early (if not earlier) to claim your seats.

Those wishing to sit in the balcony should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to service. By this time, the ushers are directing people upstairs because the main floor is full, with the exception of perhaps a few obscure individual seats. In the latter part of this time frame, the ushers open up the overflow above the stage for students to sit in as well.

By the time the worship service starts, the Conn Center is normally at capacity and finding seats is a challenge for even the keenest of I Spy aficionados. At this point, you will be told to filter into the Dixon Center to watch the service.

But don't think that going to Dixon Center guarantees you a seat! During the Monday night service, the Dixon Center hosted 570 students, some of whom were seated on the stairs.

So, when planning your Convocation experience, keep in mind where you want to find yourself seated. Hopefully these tips will help you to keep your mind focused on God and not on finding a seat!

Have a blessed rest of the week!

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Did you know 4.0

The updated, fall 2009 version of "Shift Happens" focus' on the convergence of personal life and social media technologies.

Can you imagine what your life would be without Facebook, e-mail or text messaging? You might have to talk to someone face to face!

See the "Shift Happens" video after the jump.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Blood Assurance Art

Here are some photos from Shashank and Jennifer and my commentary on the wonderful Blood Assurance Truck.
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