Friday, November 28, 2008

My digital egoism is now indisputable

There it is: the milestone of narcissism.

I've reached that mythical goal of 1,000 photos of me on Facebook.

Me! 1,000 pictures that family can laugh at, girls can stare at, and I can hide behind.

Our photos tell so much about who we are, and yet, as we continue to amass such a gargantuan collection, Facebook needs to find a better way to organize them. Perhaps on a calendar, sorted into folders by month. Perhaps by keywords.

Simply put, scrolling through 1,000 photos to find the one I want to see is boggling.

So, I've hit the 1,000 mark. What's next?

100 videos of me. Where will I be when that benchmark is reached?

It took me three and a half years to collect 1,000 pictures. And Thanksgiving Day with my family was what finally boosted me to that magical number. The winning photograph, you see, is the one in the picture above.

There's nothing like being with family and friends when you reach a goal. Read More......

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Old Man Winter Stole My Bike.

This may be the prettiest picture of the most disgusting thing I've ever seen.

Yes, I am the rightful owner of those keys. And yes, the one in the center is undeniably broken.

That key belonged to my bike. My mode of transportation. My long-walk saver.

To students who live on campus, those words might not mean much. But to those who rest their weary heads somewhere else in Cleveland every night, losing transportation can be a devastating thing.

My bicycle was tied up to the same rack it usually is at precisely midnight every evening, except this time the deathly chilled air had taken advantage of the fragile lock that fastened it to the metal fence.

When I went to turn the key inside the lock, it wouldn't budge, and finally, the metal snapped in my hand like a twig, leaving the remainder of the key inside the lock, hopeless and forlorn.

Now, this wasn't at all like all of those other times over the past three and a half years at Lee. The key may have twisted and turned and gotten bent out of shape over the smallest of things, but it was rugged. At least I believed it was rugged.

I believed that it would survive a nuclear apocalypse. I was wrong.

And so I stood, nub of key in hand, dangling off my key chain like an eyelash clinging to a cheek before its fall.



Unforgiving, I started my walk home. In the dark. In the cold.

Striding toward a townhouse seemingly miles away, and then I was reminded– the irony.

The same scenario befell one of the three other Lee guys I lived with just two days before.

And then I had laughed. Read More......

Who said college isn't all fun and games?

The Christmas wreath so delicately placed on the entrance to the Humanities Center every year always reminds me of my secret desire to play a giant game of tic-tac-toe on those windows.

Maybe if I could find a few more wreaths and fashion some Xs out of leftover garland, I could convince campus safety to come out and challenge me to a game. Winner gets to play Mario Kart with golf carts. Read More......

Balls replace blooms

Forget poinsettias, ornaments are the new trend on Lee's campus.

The university ditched the phony flowers on the school's capstone Christmas tree at the Humanities Center this year, instead opting to decorate with oversized ornamental spheres. The red and silver spheres also decorate the two traditionally-sized trees atop the roof of the building.

So much for matching the poinsettias so painstakingly planted up and down Parker St.

If all goes well, perhaps next year the school will be lining the street with spheroids instead.
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On the alert, but not alert.

You know you're a tech-savvy news reporter when you hear faint police sirens from outside and your first reaction is to press the "volume up" button on your keyboard. Read More......

Delivery Has Languished.

This may be the last time Lee University sees this van.

This is why. Read More......

Policy streamlined, but still needs clarification.

The 2008 student handbook states that "students, regardless of gender, who spend the night in the same bed or in the same room will be suspended from the university, regardless of the location.

The statement, which is included in the sexual morality policy in the student handbook, has remained unchanged for a number of years, while other parts of the policy have been properly updated.

According to the policy, I could have been suspended from the university my freshman year when my first roommate and I (students, regardless of gender) slept in our dorm room (who spend the the same room) in O'Bannon Hall (regardless of location).

I believe the university should inspect the policy to reformat it in a way that will more clearly convey its purpose. Updating the student handbook, especially the sexual morality policy, takes a lot of time and careful consideration on the part of the university.

A look at the changes made between the 2007 and 2008 policy:

2007: Unacceptable sexual practices outside of marriage including fondling of genitals, oral sex, excessive petting and other sexual offenses will result in suspension from the University.

2008: Unacceptable sexual practices outside of marriage will result in suspension from the University.

2007: Students found in bed together will be suspect to immediate suspension.

2008: (Statement not included).

The sexual morality policy is an important part of the university student handbook; hopefully continued revisions will refine the rules for better student understanding. Read More......

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A wolf whistling in sheep's clothing?

Practicing your whistling techniques may get you in trouble.

I found that out the hard way.

Before I came to Lee I was continually frustrated that every time I puckered my lips and forced a gust of air between my teeth, nothing happened. In fact, the only audible sound that emerged was the sound of a poor whistling wannabe thrusting carbon dioxide through chapped lips.

On my long walks back to O'Bannon Hall my freshman year I realized I could utilize my time more effectively by practicing a talent I wanted to pursue.

In this case, whistling.

I whistled until decibel by decibel my pitch increased and I was capable of doing what I once deemed impossible.

And since that day I've never stopped practicing, working to attain more control over range, tempo and volume, be it by whistling whole tunes on the way to class or simply slipping in one or two notes while standing around.

It's those one or two notes that will do you in.

Earlier today I was pacing the basement of the library waiting to see an occupied professor about a project I was working on for his class.

While I waited for his time to free up, I simply let go of a whistling note or two, softly and succinctly.

At that moment a lady not two meters from me turned around and gave me that don't-you-dare-whistle-at-me look.

In a split second I realized what I had done, trying to apologize, explain, get out of what could only be described as the most awkward moment possible.... In a library of all places!

Thankfully, I haven't seen a lawsuit arrive in my mail. And so I give this warning: watch before you whistle. Read More......

Soccer, Volleyball available for subscription


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today a partnership with JumpTV to exclusively stream live video and audio of the 2008 NAIA Men's and Women's Soccer and Volleyball National Championships. In all, there will be 37 events for public viewing during the NAIA Fall National Championships. These events can be viewed by going to,, or by clicking here.

JumpTV, a business unit of NeuLion Inc. provides services to over 200 collegiate and professional sports properties. Additionally, JumpTV provides services to over 200 international television channels in approximately 40 countries. JumpTV is one of the largest live streaming companies in the world, having streamed approximately 16,000 live sporting events in the 12 months ended August 31, 2008. According to ComScore, JumpTV consistently ranks as one of the top US Internet video sports sites as measured by traffic year-to-date in 2008 (minutes viewed).

Both NAIA Soccer Championships run from Dec. 1-6 with all 15 matches at each site available for subscription. The NAIA Volleyball National Championship runs from Dec. 2-6 and the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship event will be available for video-streaming on Dec. 5-6. Refer to the Championship schedules, which can be found by clicking on the Championship links below. Each event will also be available for on-demand viewing.

"The NAIA is pleased to partner again with JumpTV to stream Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Volleyball Championships live on the Internet. This is an exciting opportunity for NAIA fans across the country," said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. "This service allows the NAIA to broaden its fan base and bring new attention to the competition and quality of play going on in the NAIA."

Two different subscription plans will be available for tournament coverage. Users can purchase the All-NAIA pass, which includes every event offered on College Sports Direct from all three tournaments for $39.95. Each of the three Championships can be purchased separately for $24.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. Your computer must have the latest version of Windows Media Player, which you can download for free here. Before a user subscribes to any package, make sure to test your computer, which you can do by clicking here. For any technical assistance, please click here.

"We are pleased to provide the NAIA with streaming services for their soccer and volleyball championships for a third consecutive year, said Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder at NeuLion. Wagner continues, "We pride ourselves in being able to connect fans to these great tournaments and the continuation of such a great relationship as the one we have with the NAIA."

More information will follow regarding video streaming and the 2008-09 NAIA Winter Championships and the 2009 NAIA Spring National Championships.

JumpTV Inc. live video stream is available for the following three NAIA national championships:
Dec. 1-6, 2008 (15 events)
50th Annual Men's Soccer National Championship - Ramirez Field, Fresno, Calif.

Dec. 1-6, 2008 (15 events)
25th Annual Women's Soccer National Championship - Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Dec. 2-6, 2008 (7 events)*
29th Annual Volleyball National Championship - Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, Iowa.
*NOTE: The Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship matches will be video-streamed only from Dec. 5-6

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Belt tightened at Sodexo.

Like a derailed train, the conveyor belt in the dining hall flew off its tracks this past weekend, upsetting normal waste disposal methods.

It was a brutal fight of man versus machinery to repair the beast, but thankfully the deed is done; cups and plates are once again swiftly jetted out of sight on the sad little treadmill. Read More......

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lee Clarion celebrates 1,000 fans!

The Lee Clarion hit 1,000 fans on the Lee Clarion Facebook fan page at 11:20 a.m. today.

The 1,000th fan was senior Derek James Carlson, a telecommunications major who disguises himself as a Starbucks employee by day and puts his acting skill to work in the Lee improv team.
The Lee Clarion would like to congratulate Derek and celebrate a semester of delivering news headlines, exciting photos, and great video through the Lee Clarion Facebook fan page.

If you haven't already joined, one click could make you the 1001st fan!
• Photos by Shashank Shrestha Read More......

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What do you want most?

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Review: Director's Showcase 2008 (Night Two)

The second evening of shows for the 2008 Directors Showcase at Lee University proved just as entertaining and intriguing as the first.
The show began with "The Bear" by Anton Chekhov, directed by Sarah Shealy.

From the moment the lights rose I felt that the scene could have used some improvement.

That improvement was Jon Tully. Stealing the scene with the kind of energy Shealy herself is known for, Tully and Alyssa Hause were ravishing together, bringing out the best in each actor.

Savannah Thomas added to the already hilarious scene with her comedic role as Luke.

By the time the scene ended, the audience was so enamored of the lead characters that when they crossed the stage to move props during a scene change, applause erupted all over again.
"The Bear" was followed by "An Interview" by David Mamet. It was directed by Becca Ogle.

Zach Skaggs pulled off an amazing feat considering he took the brunt of the lines for the scene, diving into monologue after monologue while Nikki Branam looked on, searching for any real explanation in his words.

The scene's twist was sudden but intriguing.
After the intermission came "Haiku," directed by Kathleen Hawkins and written by Katherine Snodgrass.

The performance of "Haiku" was the most beautiful one-act play of the entire showcase.

The scene opened too softly and was at times difficult to hear, but the projection and rising action rose in unison for the most part.

Becca Bandy delivered a spot-on performance, perfect in every way, as Louise. Sarah Anderson and Anna Rich both contributed a lot to making their characters come alive.

Hawkins' use of lighting in the scene was the best in the showcase as well, providing an exceptional transition into thought and time, as called for by the scene.

Overall, it was a lovely piece.
Anna Cook directed "Under the Balcony" by Bruce Kane to wrap up the showcase.

Cook mastered the use of pop-culture references and humor, be it visual or spoken to capitalize on the essence of the scene.

Joshua Peterson gave a lively and upbeat rendition of Cassanova, assisting Romeo (Kyle Dusina) on the proper way to woo Juliet (Lanie Warren).

• See more photos from the show. Read More......

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Students ignore Jazzman's forum, flock to Facebook group

When Lee students think of a public forum, the Alumni Amphitheater, school newspaper or even the Lee University Facebook network may come to mind.

Then could anything surprise you more than the fact that Lee University's Jazzman's Cafe has its own online forum and message board, operated directly by the student employees who run the establishment?

According to the dates listed on the page, the site was created in February and hasn't... been... updated... since that time.

The good news, however, is that are now five registered users. The bad news is that the only posts published in the forum are from employees of the cafe.

Eleven posts. And zero replies from non-employees.

Four topics under the category "All Things Jazzman's" have promised (but failed to deliver upon) weekly or monthly updates since February. Those include:

• The Employee of the Month
• Get to know your barista
• Drink of the week
• Jazzman's Menu

There is hope however!

While Jazzman's has fallen flat on any serious conversation between customer and manager on the forum, it has succeeded on a new Facebook group dedicated to the Lee cafe. The group currently has over 50 members. Read More......

So how many students were there at Lee in 1986?

• Images from the Lee University website. Read More......

Midnight Breakfast 2008: Karaoke NOT Optional?

According to a recent e-mail sent through Just ReLEEsed, Lee University students not on a meal plan who still wish to attend Midnight Breakfast will need to bring $3.70 and their singing voices.

That's right, "If not on meal plan-cost is $3.7and Karaoke"
Aside from the misplaced modifiers, lack of correct spacing and sporadic capitalization, this succinct message is the epitome of fragmented sentences.

What a wonderful example of collegiate-style penmanship. Our English professors would be so proud.

• This post was contributed by Sara Dawson. Read More......

Friday, November 21, 2008

Best places to run near and around Lee

The temperatures are plummeting drastically across the area and outside running/walking is become increasingly scarce. Unlike this time a month ago, scenic runs & hikes are hardly what they used to be (unlike you're in mountainy terrain). But as warmer weather invades the south periodically throughout the winter, chances are high those indoor runs should be exercised outside. Not to leave out the fact several trees have managed to maintain its leaves despite last weekend's windy afternoons. And in case you haven't noticed, with the gradual lack of 'outsiders', now may be the time to enjoy that serene run - one void of awkward makeout couples and saturated sidewalks of cocky underclassmen clusters. With that said, here's my top four places to run, walk or hike near and around Lee University campus (within a respectable driving distance).

4) Schimmel's Park - For those who prefer the peaceful run, weekends and late nighters (post 8-9 pm depending on the day) are the best time to take advantage of the Schimmel's track. Sure runs in the dark may not be your personal preference, but anytime you have 20-30+ people roaming about the park, runs can become painfully distracting. Sometimes mixing these runs by doing a various of campus loops (the Church Street loop for instance) can be enough to keep your runs from reaching lackluster state.

3*) Cherokee National Forest - For most hikers, the Cherokee National Forest has the most variety of trail difficulties, from easy to advanced. Both the Appalachian Trail and the Benton McKaye trail run through the area, providing hikers with opportunities to hike long distances if they choose.

2*) Red Clay State Historic Park - The last of the council grounds of the Cherokee Nation before their removal along the tragic Trail of Tears. A Cherokee farm and council house of the period have been replicated to offer visitors a glimpse of how the area might have looked 150 years ago. The sacred council spring produces over 400,000 gallons of sapphire-blue water a day, providing the area's long-ago residents with fresh spring water. An interpretative center houses a theater, exhibits and artifacts. Recreational facilities include a 500-seat amphitheater, a picnic pavilion, picnic area with grills and tables, and a two-mile loop trail with a beautiful limestone overlook tower. This trail is perfect for beginners and for hikers with small children.

1*) Fletcher Park - A 720-acre passive, nature oriented park. Five-mile walking trail, 100+ year-old springhouse, fishing pond and picnic area. Other features are a boardwalk, observation walkway and amphitheater. On Tennessee Nursery Road.

* = Information courtesy of Read More......

Review: Director's Showcase 2008 (Night One)

The 2008 Lee University Director's Showcase kicked off its first night of shows tonight, Nov. 21. "The Worker," "Time Flies," "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," and "Trifles" were all performed on the Dixon Center stage.

The shows were excellent, considering they they were student-directed and featured all-student casts.

While I applaud the producer and director for opting to seat the audience in the traditional seating (as opposed to the limited and crammed on-stage seating), I do feel that the show was not advertised nearly as well as it could and should have been. In fact, I believe shows of prior years were promoted much more. Why this is, I've no idea.
The show opened with "The Worker" by Walter Wykes. It was directed by Stephanie Alexandrou.

Jeremiah D. Martin and Annie Clay drew the audience into their scene with increasing drama while keeping the scene fun to watch. The oddity of the show made it that much more amusing. Linsey Retcofsky's cameo as the Messenger served to heighten the tension, adding a magnificent twist to the scene.

The close of the scene, however, was abrupt. It's Wykes fault, of course, but I was so involved in the plot that the sudden ending left me desiring more.
"Time Flies" by David Ives was directed by Adam McCrary.

My favorite piece of the night, the comedy boasted strong performances from Mallory Leonard, Matthew Murr and James Williams.

Leonard and Murr worked exceptionally well together in the fast-paced show, egged on by Williams, who pulled off his role as David Attenborough with a energetic tone of light action and excitement.

While the scene could be considered a bit edgy for Lee's campus at moments, it progressed around awkward moments with poise.
Another Ives piece, "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," followed intermission.

Playing the title role, Ryan Retcofsky encored the comedic talent he so perfectly portrayed in last year's "Stay Tuned" at the Director's Showcase.

That Trotsky and Retcofsky rhyme and characteristically merge so well together is such a brilliant stroke of serendipity.

Amy Cain did well presenting the wide range of reaction her character as Trotsky's wife called for.

R. Clay Johsnon, brought even more vivid hilarity to the stage as Ramon, the murderous gardner. He excelled at capturing the accent and personality of his character.
After three comedies, the show ended on more of a somber, serious note with the performance of "Trifles," penned by Susan Glaspell and directed by Derrick Vanmeter.

While the show was compelling and thought-provoking, I feel it might have been more well-received as the first show of the evening, instead of the last.

Ben Winder, Levi Cox and Kyle Gazak wove in and out of the scene, progressing the story as Caitlin Pierson and Emily Carlisle revealed more details until a final revelation tied up the resolution.

It's interesting to note that all four shows on the first evening featured a strong death motif: The Man fearing execution, May and Horace nearing the end of their lives, Trotsky's "Groundhog Day"-esque repeated deaths, and the murder being solved in the final show.

The level of excellence exhibited in the shows, matched with the quirky play selections and the adventure of constantly-revolving characters, plots and scenes, I believe there's more than enough merit for the Director's Showcase to put on more than one night of performance for each show. At the same time, better advertisement is a must for next year.

• See more photos from the show. Read More......

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jazzman's Cafe may leave the PCSU

Lee University's favorite coffee shop could wind up in either the new religion or science building, barista Juliane Kauffman said in a post on a discussion board in the new Jazzman's Facebook group at Lee.

"With all the recent construction on campus, Jazzman's is contemplating moving locations," she said.

Kauffman asked group members to offer their input and suggestions. Responses so far have argued that Jazzman's needs to remain in a central spot on campus. Each response said that shifting the location of the cafe to either of the suggestions Kauffman listed would be pushing to too far to the edge of the map.

"[Moving will give] us more room to work and a better atmosphere," she said.

Justin Lemon, manager at Jazzman's, said that no official decisions had been made but that the university was considering switching a few of the dining locations on campus at the same time.

Lemon said that it when Jazzman's moves from the student union, SubConnection or a new dining location may move into the Rahamut Room. Chick-fil-a would then occupy more space in the food court on the second floor of the student union. Read More......

Lee arranges free food for lonely students

Please feel free to take advantage of one or all of the meal options listed below. Lee University is arranging these meals at no cost to you.

Thursday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Day
What: Faculty members are inviting you to have a Thanksgiving meal in their home.
When: Thanksgiving Day - details to follow after signing up
Where: Homes of Lee University Faculty
How you sign up: or call 614.6000.
Deadline to sign up - Tuesday, November 25

Friday, November 28 - Lunch
What: Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings
When: Noon
Where: Holiday Inn Mountainview
How you sign up: E-mail or call 614.8600.
Transportation is available, meet in front of the Higginbotham Administration Bldg. at 11:30 a.m. on 11/28/08.

Saturday, November 29 - Dinner
What: Pizza and Movie
When: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: PCSU - Food Court
How you sign up: or call 614.6000.
Deadline to sign up - Tuesday, November 25

Lee University Food Bank

The Food Bank is also open for everyone over the break. Normally, the food bank is an option only for those not on a meal plan, however, over the Thanksgiving Break - they are opening this up for everyone to use. The Leonard Center has been working hard over the past couple of weeks to have plenty of food to choose from.

The Food Bank hours:
November 24, Wednesday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
November 25, Thursday Closed
November 26, Friday 12-2 p.m.
November 27 & 28, Saturday and Sunday Closed Read More......

It's omega then Alpha for the eternal flame.

When most Christians think of flames for eternity, you may have a good idea of what might be on their minds.

But when it comes to the eternal flame, there's only one word to describe it: Lee.

A new sign erected in the lawn of the Recreation Center boasts of plans to rebuild the Alpha Gamma Chi Fountain and Flame by Fall 2009.

The previous fountain and flame, shown below, was demolished for the renovations to Walker Arena in 2005.
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Human Resources gets a new crib

Ever seen power tools in a nursery?

That's what I thought.

Well, take a long, good look at the picture above.

The Lee University nursery is undergoing some major renovations because it will soon be home to Lee's human resources department.

HR right next to Campus Safety. How smug.

Human Resources will be moving out of the administration building. The nursery has been shifted to the Mayfield Annex.

Too bad they gave away that playground... Read More......

Margin of Error

Posters advertising anonymous surveys and free food have been put up around campus recently, asking students if they've "got secrets?"

It may be fine and dandy that Lee University students are more than willing to share their secrets, but the posters seem to hold a secret themselves: who is conducting the survey?

Is that why they call it anonymous?

To be fair, however, the Facebook event page for the study does contain the names of the students working on the project.

The secret survey is up for a surprise encore tonight at the same time in the same place because of a low turnout the evening it was originally conducted.

Many students may confuse it with the "secrets" campaign carried out by the "We Are Becoming" string of chapel services, where students were encouraged to anonymously write down their secrets and place them in boxes on campus.

More of the same?

No, but one wouldn't realize that until they show up at the door in Walker Memorial.

"Got Secrets?" is a student survey for a research methods and statistics class.

But there's yet another secret the posters won't tell you:

Spelling isn't a priority. Want the proof? Check out the photo examples below.

Now, wait a minute, isn't this supposed to be a professional-class research project? And the English language has been overlooked?

I pointed out a few of the errors to the research facilitator, who fortunately seemed genuinely concerned about correcting the mistakes. But since that time, new mistakes have been made in announcements about the project.

Is this how Lee University research should be recognized and known? With writing errors?

We'll see when all off the research projects from the class are presented at an event titled "Skinnerian Idol" held on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Lecture Hall of the Humanities Building.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the aforementioned survey was the posters. Other campus organizations could learn a lot from the vivid color, sharp photography, clear wording and simple design seen on the posters.

But maybe it shouldn't be that surprising considering that the student conducting the research is the lead student photographer for the Lee University Office of Publications.

So, as promised, here are those errors:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Don't Go There: The Furnace Room

This is the ninth part in the "Don't Go There" series. The series strives to unveil the most secret and secluded parts of campus to give ordinary students a glance at the unknown.

It's not everyday you see a door labeled "Furnace Room," especially in today's age of politically-correct architecture.

Why call it a furnace room? That conjures images of archaic heating technology to jump to mind. Instead, today's term, the "Mechanical Room," has a cleaner, sharper, less violent sound. And it covers all the bases: Internet, plumbing, heating, electrical...

So when I discovered the Walker Memorial building's Furnace Room, a natural yearning to find out what was inside arose within my chest, driving me beyond insanity.

So, what's in there? Nothing. No, really, it's kind of boring.

There's no man-crunching accountability/probation machine, and there's definitely no red-hot furnace controlling the "campus recycling program."

Instead, it's just a simple room filled with, you guessed it, pipes and wiring.

After all, there's a reason this series is called "Don't Go There."
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Pagers would solve a few of Jazzman's problems

Twenty empty cups.

Lined up like dominos across the service counter at Jazzman's Cafe. Stacked within each other, lining the front of the register...

If Jazzman's can't improve their service time, perhaps the answer would be to purchase one of those expensive restaurant paging systems.

Otherwise, students place their order and then clog up the cafe as they wait upwards of 20 minutes in some cases to get that sweet mocha between their lips.

Rather than crowd such a small room (especially when it's already packed to the brim with tables), why not hand students a simple pager and allow them to roam free with friends, get some homework done, or enjoy the post chapel mixer that's probably going on just yards away?

When the dull piece of electronic plastic beeped, glowed and vibrated students would rush back to Jazzman's for a savory sip, in return for the flashy doodad, of course.

It would save Lee University students precious time. It would save Jazzman's employees from having to strain their voices by yelling hard-to-pronounce names above the roar of the crowd. It would make extra room available in such a cramped cafe. It would undoubtedly be the coolest reason to go to Jazzman's (After the Macs, of course. Oh, and the cranberry-white chocolate scones).

So, how about it?

Let's forego the wait and chains in favor of a technological movement for change.

And if the pagers are too expensive, what about some simple way to text regular patrons on their cellular phones when their drinks are steamy and hot? Fast. Efficient. Fun. That's the Jazzman's I want to know.
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The tree is here! And the TV is worthless...

Lee's oversized and majestic PCSU Christmas tree has risen once more, officially signaling the return of the holiday season on the Lee University campus and rendering the flat-screen TV useless to students.

The tree stands in the center of the building, rising to the second floor and hiding any decent view of the only public student-controlled flat-screen on campus.

So why not remedy the situation by getting maintenance to twist that flat screen 180 degrees around to the other side of the student union, where couches could be moved to create ample viewing space?

Seriously, holiday cheer can quickly get annoying when holiday branches are to blame for a ruined television event viewing.

Merry Christmas. Read More......

Rogue hanger hooked in men's room for a month

It's been over a month.

That mysterious blue hanger I wrote about so lovingly on October 13 is still alive and well, kicking the time away in the men's room at Deacon Jones Dining Hall.

How long will the madness continue? Read More......

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Crumb decay

As the only official place on campus that students can hunker down in front of an Apple computer, anything that happens to those lovely machines in Jazzman's Cafe is of important consequence.

Take the notice found hanging from the center column today, for example. It reads:

"IS&T is in the process of replacing all of the Apple keyboards."

Well, why is that?

Jazzman's employees said that due to students munching their muffins and slurping their smoothies over every key on board, the normally pristine and clean white iMac keyboards had fallen victim to crumb decay.

With so much edible goodness falling between the cracks, the keys had somehow become less responsive.

So how do you fix something that's not working right?

Well, like any good IT person would: with a Dell or Microsoft product that will prove just as faulty in half the time of its predecessor.

Today, one ugly (and unmatching) black Dell keyboard proves the sore thumb of the cafe.

How long will the keyboard transition take?

It really doesn't matter. All that matters is that students can continue their right to slobber over the keyboard. Read More......

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lost to the world.

It's funny, how much more observant you can be when you take the time to walk.

I didn't have my bike with me this morning when I left my house, so I walked a few blocks to get to the Lee University campus.

As the rain poured and I slid through the autumn leaves piling on the neighborhood sidewalk, a rare sight caught my eye:

It was the grade-school portrait of a boy from decades past, black and white, forgotten and left behind, lost and surrounded by a cacophony of leaves that would bury it in no time, fastened together by the wetness of raindrops.

Wary of disturbing such an artful grave, I gently knelt and peeled an edge of the damp photograph away from the leaves, peeking underneath for any sign of a home.

Blank. And lost to the world.
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Fitness Diaries: Issue #5

Dear readers,

I was thinking about how important a good stretch is; not only does it make working out less stressful on your body, but it also improves muscle flexibility and can actually make workouts more effective. I’m all for getting more effectiveness, because that means less working out for the same results. I strongly encourage everyone to go online and get the total body stretches for complete effectiveness.


Chest Stretch:

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your legs slightly bent. Clasp your hands behind your back. Pull your tummy muscles in and keep your head, neck and shoulders relaxed. Keeping your back straight, lift your arms away from your back until you can feel the stretch across your chest. You should feel your chest "opening". Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then return to the start.

Tricep Stretch:

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your legs slightly bent. Raise one of your arms and place your hand over your back.
Try to reach as far down the midline of your spine as possible. Increase the stretch by gently pushing the elbow back with your other hand.
Hold the position for 30 seconds.
Slowly return to the start position and repeat with the other arm.

Inner Thigh Stretch:

Sit with your back straight.
Place the soles of your feet together and, holding your ankles, pull your feet in towards you.
Hold the position for 30 seconds.
Intensify the stretch by placing your elbows on your knees.
While keeping your back straight, gently ease your body forwards from the hips.

Outer Thigh Stretch:

Sit with your one leg out in front of you and the other leg crossed over it.
With one arm for support, use the other to ease your knee across your body. Alternatively, hug your bent knee with both arms and pull your knee diagonally towards the opposite shoulder.
Hold the position for 30 seconds.Repeat the stretch with your other leg.

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Burning your tongue could be considered an emergency...

Free apple cider and hot chocolate??

There's no better use for a new Emergency Disaster Services truck from The Salvation Army...

Seriously, the Leonard Center teamed up with the Army to use the truck for gracious tasks in the community and more. Kicking off the deal by putting warm drinks in the hands of freezing students on a blistery day was beautiful. Read More......

Slide design is not one of their strengths...

I firmly believe that finding my top five strengths was one of the most important moments I've had at Lee University.

However, I also firmly believe that overlapping text is a sin.

Tsk... Tsk...

Sinners need to be saved. Read More......

Evidence of theft serves as a warning

If you've ever parked your bike at the rack in front of the Deacon Jones Dining Hall, you might have noticed a stray lock permanently fastened to the dock.

That bike lock has been stationary for over a year now. After a bike thief cut through the lock in order to steal one of the two-wheeled treasures parked on the ped mall, the bike owner, Jason Feliciano, let the lock remain.

It was an act of warning, he said, noting that he hoped other campus bikers at Lee University would realize that their bike is not immune from thievery, even when securely locked up in a prominent place on a Christian campus. Read More......

Upperclassmen denied service hours previously promised; Lamb apologizes.

Four days ago Lee students were told that they could receive up to 20 service learning hours this Christmas by packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. Today, students were e-mailed an apology from the Leonard Center, noting that the offer only stood for freshman GST students.

"The e-mail you received...was incorrect," William Lamb, director of field experiences at the Leonard Center, wrote. "It was an oversight on my part. We are not able to approve credit for filling Christmas shoe boxes at this time."

In retrospect, the Just ReLEEsed e-mail was a terrific way to motivate students to start making gift boxes. Even after pulling the plug on the program for upperclassmen, those left with ten boxes and miscellaneous objects to fill them with will no doubt continue to complete and seal up the gifts for collection and distribution.

Although, if the same stunt makes an appearance next year, I wouldn't expect many students to believe it the second time around.

Lamb concludes his message with a "thank you" to students who continue to serve those in need, however, reminding us that Christmas isn't about getting. It's about giving.

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No Christmas is complete without ElfYourself

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Since we're all jumping on this Christmas-before-Thanksgiving bandwagon, I thought I might as well make sure I get ElfYourself out of the way earlier this year. So, enjoy. Read More......

Improv team packs nearly 200 into lecture hall, and fun still lingers

Did you miss the Lee University improv show last night by Shenanigans?

Well, not that I have any connection to the campus improv team*, but there's a great place to view even more of the improv scenes practiced by the team online:

Visit the Shenanigans video improv archive, filled with dozens of scenes and games from team rehearsals.

Longing to be part of the team? Well, check out auditions early next semester. When will the exact date be announced? Become a fan on the Shenanigans Facebook page to find out!

*Oh yeah, I'm actually on the team. This is all just a shameless promo ;-)

As an added benefit for your time reading this, here's last year's show, embedded in its full glory:

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

A glimpse of heaven

The title of this entry is credited to Misha Goetz, a senior at CPA who took the following video. This footage features the final moments of a dramatic upset win for CPA when they knocked off David Lipscomb last month. To understand the significance of the clip, you need to read the accompanied story entitled "Volleyball team wins hearts, triumphs over loss" on

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We're better than just 16 percent

Sixteen percent of the Lee University student body has packaged Operation Christmas Child boxes over the past ten years, according to figures provided in an e-mail JustReLEEsed this morning by Dr. Mike Hayes, assistant vice president of student life.

Hayes wrote that 7,484 boxes had been collected at Lee in the last decade.

According to statistics provided at the Lee University website, the combined student enrollment of the last decade (not including 2008) reaches 39,476.

It stands that an approximate mean of 748 boxes are gathered at Lee annually for the Operation Christmas Child program. A percentage of that number includes freshmen who assemble to create boxes in Gateway classes. One must also account for any students who contributed more than one box for the season.

Lee can do a better job collecting boxes than just 16 percent. In fact, Lee must do better.

Give to a stranger this Christmas; take some extra time this week and make a box to send to a child. Visit the OCC website for details. You'll find further instructions in the above e-mail.
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