Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Davis Hall girls recreate "A Knight's Tale"

Lee University's athletics program may soon have a new sport: jousting.

A few ladies from Davis Hall seem to be prime candidates to form Lee's first team. Take a look:

The low-budget but high-action video was created from the combined efforts of students Linda Oliver, Rachael Dimond, Tink Walker, Kelsi Grime, Brooke Orist and Juanita Harris. Read More......

Recruiting news: Part II

COOKEVILLE -- When judging her priorities for a college choice, Cookeville High School senior Taylor Enochs said education was of great importance to her. The softball standout said after a trip to Lee University, it was clear that was the school she wanted to attend.


Enochs, a catcher, recently signed with the Lady Flames to continue her education and softball career. She said everything felt right when she visited the school and talked with coach Emily Russell.

"The campus was really, really pretty. And the team and the coach really helped me make my decision because Coach Russell is really involved in her team's life," Enochs said. "She took me and my dad out, and we didn't talk about sports. We just had a conversation, and I could tell it was something where she wasn't just going to worry about 'as long as I'm doing well and passing my classes'.

They have a tutor that travels with them, so I don't have to worry about somebody not caring about my grades."

Russell said she's excited to land a player like Enochs. "We are very happy to have Taylor Enochs sign with our program. She is a tremendous student-athlete," Russell said. "This is the type of player that any college coach looks for. She is a powerful hitter and a very strong catcher. "I look for her to help replace a graduating four-year starter behind the plate. She has great size and athletic ability. I am excited to see her in a Lee uniform. She will be very successful during her four years at Lee."

Enochs said she wants to study pre-med and oncology research, and would like to become a pediatrician. Among the other schools she said she considered were Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Emory (Ga.), Rhodes (Tn.) and Virginia Intermont.

Enochs said she's glad to have the choice behind her. "It's December, so that means I can spend my school year just concentrating on that," she said. "I don't have to worry about looking for that college and signing. It's a relief, more than anything."

Former Cookeville coach Joey Jones, who helped guide Enochs through her first three years of high school play, said Enochs' decision is a good one. "She's an outstanding player. I'm just proud of Taylor's decision," Jones said. "I think a lot of her decision was the education, which is what it's all about to begin with. She's a hard worker, and they couldn't have gotten a finer person to represent their program. I think she'll make Cookeville High School proud."

In addition to the educational aspect, Enochs has high hopes for her role with the softball team. "I'm hoping to maintain a position as a starting catcher," she said. "It's supposed to be me and another freshman catcher, so there's gonna be that competition there. I’ll hopefully be in the top of the batting lineup. I know one of the reasons (Russell) likes me is because of my hitting, and I'm hoping I can keep that up. I really hope we can do something this coming year."

The Lady Flames compete in the NAIA's Southern States Athletic Conference. In 2008, they finished with a 32-22 record and advanced to the Region XIII Tournament.

With the college decision made, current CHS coach Jeff Williams said Enochs is primed for a big senior year with the Lady Cavaliers. "She can catch, she can play first, she can play third," Williams said. "She can play multiple places and I like that. She's just a leader."

For Cookeville, Enochs has compiled a .324 batting average. As a sophomore, she was the team's co-captain. Enochs won the team's Lady Cavalier award as a junior, and is serving as captain for the team this year. She has also played for a summer travel league team, the 18-U Elite Diamonds, for whom she has batted .350.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lee may be Ivy League

Thanks to the Facebook Lexicon, it's easy to see where Lee ranks when it comes to the top colleges and universities in the world.

The Lexicon, which tracks usage of terms over time on the walls of Facebook users, puts Lee's numbers far and away above those of Princeton, Harvard and Yale.

Perhaps we are ivy league after all...

Then again,, which tracks traffic for all sorts of Web sites, states that has a traffic rank of 272,256 on the Internet.

Compare that to Yale (4,516), Princeton (4,143) and Harvard (1,442). Read More......

Capturing a killer loose on campus

When Lee University student Kendall Bell goes on a murder rampage, it's up to two detectives to solve the crime and hunt down the killer.

Just another family-friendly film produced by students for a YouTube audience:

So who starred in this masterpiece? Bell, Landon Ullrich, Amy Boshers and Mallory Young. It was directed by Colton Comeaux.

Don't forget to watch the bloopers afterward. Read More......

Monday, December 29, 2008

Monkeyboy invades O'Bannon-Bowdle

This is what happens when students have too much time on their hands.

I don't know if I'll be able to sleep after watching this.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Dorm Edition

What would Medlin Hall look like with an extreme makeover?

That's easy: O'Bannon Hall.

Take a look at this video which originally aired at the 2006 Lee Day for new students:

Adam Lewis plays the Executive Producer, and Paula Wirtz & Jennifer Wallace head up the Interior Design team. Read More......

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Come to Lee, we write on our chests!

Here's a commercial for Lee University that actually aired:

It aired on the big screens in the Conn Center during Lee Day 2006.

All I have to say is, nothing makes me more excited about attending a college than people's hairy stomachs and belly buttons. Read More......

COPS: Chapel Ushers edition?

Who would have ever guessed that chapel ushers double as undercover law enforcers?

Not I. Take a look at this hilarious premise filmed by a few students this semester:
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Brian Conn becomes friends with the Connman

For those out there keeping record, Brian Conn, director of public information, has officially become friends with Lee University President Paul Conn.

We've previously tracked Paul Conn on Facebook when he became friends with Vice President Carolyn Dirksen and his wife, Darlia Conn.

The most curious thing about it, however, is that the "Paul Conn" profile on Facebook isn't run by the president, even though the page originated with his personal e-mail address.

We've previously written about that mystery here.

So why are important Lee figures, including members of his own family, embracing the impostor Conn?

Perhaps it's all in an attempt to find out more information about the fake Conn. Or maybe they're simply jumping on the bandwagon, after his 157 other friends, mostly students.

But curiously, the fake Conn has only accepted friend requests from faculty lately, while it seems the dozens of students who request friendship never become official anymore.

It's as if the university isn't investigating the potential dangers of having an impostor unclearly representing the college president on a social network as big as Facebook.

What if the impostor Conn began posting inappropriate comments on the walls of other faculty members? What if the impostor Conn updated his status with unprofessional or disgraceful messages?

There are a million things that could go wrong, but so far the Connman has remained fairly quiet, not uploading any photos or writing on any walls. It's a solitary existence. Maybe it's a leopard waiting to strike, or perhaps just an alumni controlling the web personality of a man he admires.

No matter the man behind the mask, it's funny that a director of public information should become friends with a man whom, in reality, he knows nothing at all about.
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Top Ten: Lee Faculty and Staff Personalities (Fall 2008)

We've reached the conclusion of another semester, which means we get to look back at the top ten staff and faculty personalities of the term.

So who makes the cut? Newsmakers around campus. Those who have changed the status quo. The faculty and staff who stand out and make a difference. Those who bring something new to Lee University. That's who makes the list.

So here's my list for top ten in fall 2008:

10. Dr. Randy Wood and Dr. Ollie Lee

The university professors were appointed chairs of the Department of History and Political Science and the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department respectively. Wood took the position following Dr. Murl Dirksen's 14 years of service. Lee replaced Dr. Robert Graham. Read the story here.

9. Dr. Carolyn Dirksen

Lee's vice president of academic affairs was appointed chair for the Chief Academic Officers Commission at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in early summer. The council is made up of eight chief academic officers from the 101 schools in the CCCU. Read the story here.

8. David Altopp

Lee University's former baseball coach for 35 years may have resigned after the 2006 season after having been included in the NAIA and Lee athletic halls of fame, but he's not done yet. In January 2009 he's expected to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in San Diego, California. Read the story here.

7. Mark Brew

The Flames head basketball coach Mark Brew was named "Coach of the Year" twice over this fall. First, the Rawlings-NAIA Coach of the Year, and secondly, the American Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In fact, it's only his third year as head coach for Lee's team. Read the story here.

6. John Maupin

Taking on the challenge of being Lee University's first women's golf coach, John Maupin is aiming to bring the new team success. After playing in three national championships himself during the past 14 years, he said getting such a great job this year is perhaps one of his biggest achievements. Read his profile here.

5. Jimmy Harper

After listening to students talk over the summer about what Christianity had become, Campus Pastor Jimmy Harper made the decision to radically alter select chapel services through a series titled "We Are Becoming." The services strived to reach student life in chapel as well as beyond the walls of just the building. Through an intricate woven fiber including videos, a blog, and projects including the "Secrets" campaign, Harper shook up the idea of faith and fellowship, building excitement and intrigue. What's next? Being. In 2009. Read the story here.

4. Dr. Paul Conn

In a letter from Lee University's president in the latest issue of the Torch, Dr. Paul Conn wrote, "When money is tight, as tight as it is across the nation in late 2008, everyone feels the stress. Colleges are not exempt from the tough times–especially not private colleges, and that includes Lee University." Finances have been, without a doubt, one of the biggest issues Conn has faced this semester. The U.S. economy has plummeted to the worst state it has been in during his presidency, and the financial outlook looks as if it will grow bleaker for schools around the nation. Conn's administration has been a good steward of finances in years past, however, helping the university overcome the current recession. After attending conferences for college presidents throughout the country facing the same dilemma, Conn has been diligent in ensuring the faculty and staff of Lee University are well informed of the school's position and options, placing documents about the downturn's effects on higher education in proper hands and holding conferences to detail plans for the future. Even while many schools have stopped spending money, Conn has kept the building project for a new science/mathematics building on schedule. Read the story here.

3. Larry Carpenter

Since being named Lee's athletic director in 1995, Larry Carpenter has driven the university's sporting teams to a position of excellence, meriting the decision of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to name him the 2007-08 NAIA Athletic-Directors Association "Athletics Director of the Year." Read the story here.

2. Cole Strong

2008 has been a busy year for Cole Strong, assistant to the university's president. His biggest job yet has been to manage the construction of two large university building projects as construction liaison for the projects. After managing the successful completion of the new School of Religion building, focus has been centered mostly around the new science and mathematics building this fall. Cinderblock and steel columns were erected earlier in the semester, forming the larger half of the full building, which will not be completed until 2010. Strong's involvement with the project has been paramount, all the way from consultation in a faculty committee to supervising progress at the actual construction site. Read more about the new building here.

1. Matt Yelton

Despite injured players among other challenges, Matt Yelton coached Lee's Lady Flames soccer team to become the first team from Lee ever to win a national championship. As the 2008 NAIA National Champions in soccer following a match in Daytona Beach versus Concordia. Yelton praised his players for their quality of character and chemistry that made them "well deserving of a championship." Read the story here.
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Americans changed news sources in 2008

Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

It's finally happened. In 2008 more people started getting their news from the Internet than from newspapers. In fact, web news is even gaining ground on television news.

True, the transition has presented some, okay, a lot of problems for traditional newspapers. But things like job cuts and declining profits don't matter that much, do they?

Er... Well, news is thriving online, be it video or digital article or blog. The web continues to revolutionize news.

Read all about it! Here. Read More......

Top Ten: Lee Student Personalities (Fall 2008)

It's that time of year again... I get to name the top ten student personalities of the semester.

Well, technically, this is the first list. So who makes the cut? Newsmakers around campus. Those who have changed the status quo. The students who stand out for better or for worse. The freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who bring something new to Lee University. That's who makes the list.

So here's my list for top ten in fall 2008:

10. Rachel Ingram

Signifying the beginning of a successful era in a new sport at Lee University, Rachel Ingram won the first trophey for women's golf this semester. See the article here.

9. Janaina Novaes

After breaking her leg in a match against Azusa Pacific, Janaina Novaes became just the second Lee women's soccer player to have a jersey retired. Coach Yelton called her "arguably the best athlete to ever wear a Lee uniform." For a full list of her accomplishments, read the article here.

8. Jason Vawter

Phi Mu Alpha President Jason Vawter came up with idea to begin a songbook for Lee University after collecting songbooks himself. The songbook, which will hold 100-200 songs when completed, is on schedule for a Homecoming 2009 delivery. Read about Jason's involvement here.

7. Joe Jellison

With his co-coach Ryan McDermott, Joe Jellison began Lee's first wrestling team just a year and half ago, and has kept his team in training since four qualified for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association this year. Jellison was only two matches away from an all-American status which would have placed him in the top eight in the nation. Read more about Jellison and the team here.

6. Morgan VanNorman

Crowned Lee University's 2008 Homecoming Queen, Morgan VanNorman has made it her mission to help people, on campus and around the world. Read about her here.

5. Linsey Retcofsky

Becoming known as Lee's playwright, the actress-turned-author was accepted this past spring to the Southeastern Theatre Conference where she wrote an acclaimed 10-minute play in 24 hours. This fall she put her talent back on the stage, with her original show "The Mach Band Predicament" performed by the university on the Dixon Center stage. Read her profile sketch here.

4. Christin Huff

It's not everyday you're named Lee University's 10,000th graduate. Christin Huff was catapulted into the record books during the May commencement ceremony (I'm only making up for a little lost time!). Read the story here.

3. Russ Swafford

A sophomore with a triple-major, Russ Swafford was elected as Tennessee's youngest school board member at just 19 years old this fall. Swafford said his father, who previously served on the Polk County board, suggested it to him. Read the article here.

2. Sarah Wright

Senior double major Sarah Wright became one of the few college undergraduates in the nation to become a Certified Public Accountant this fall. The tests stretched over four months, not to mention all of the studying involved. Read about her here.

1. Johana Gomez

Johana Gomez, a new Lee University recruit this fall, played softball for her home country of Venezuela in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Read all about her here.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Deck the Halls with Blogs of Jolly

Merry Christmas!

Alright, I know I'm in the final hour of the day and all of the excitement has probably come and gone, but it doesn't have to be that way.

By writing a blog post, I figured, I can share my Christmas spirit all year long.

How, you may ask?

Well, today's been a day of no worries, no demands, no to-do list tasks. It's been a time for family, enjoying each other and maybe diving into a few of the gifts we were so blessed to receive. Those gifts serve as reminders of the best gift all of humanity received.

And months from now, I'll look back on this blog post, grateful to reread and recall the gift of a holiday and the reason for that holiday.

Thank you Lord for Christmas Day. For your Son, Jesus Christ, who was born as a Savior for everyone who will accept Him.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Santa gave this blog a new look for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve! You might have noticed a few changes here since your last visit to the blog.

Well, I've been tinkering with the code....

•The biggest change is in the overall design, moving from two columns to three, providing an expanded layout.

•You'll also notice that longer posts (which used to fill up half the page due to their length) have been shortened on the main page with a link to read more. This should provide you with the option to scan more stories easier than before.

•In addition, there's a new suggestions box in the left column. Have an idea for a story? Want to see something written about? Simply leave a suggestion.

• There's also a new blog navigation system at the foot of the page, allowing readers to skip among pages of posts rather than the restriction of "older" and "newer" posts.

• Finally, there's one more big change, but I'll see if you can figure it out... Read More......

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Torch logo transformation deserves a pitchfork

Lee University's seasonal magazine, the Torch, introduced a logo makeover in it's newest edition for winter 2008.

The new Torch logo is less flowing and more rigid, replacing lowercase lettering with colorfully outlined capital letters. The new logo features the issue title in the bridge of the letter "H."

Personally, I believe the Office of Publications traded a perfectly-fine modern design for a cartoony 1970's look.

In fact, the best thing about the magazine's new redesign isn't the logo font but instead a headline font used inside for stories on rugby and the religion building.

What do you think of the new look? Read the latest issue here, and then leave a comment below Read More......

Life of Reilly


There are some games where cheering for the other side feels better than winning.

by Rick Reilly


Melinda Wright
Gainesville State players douse head coach Mark Williams in celebration.

They played the oddest game in high school football history last month down in Grapevine, Texas.

It was Grapevine Faith vs. Gainesville State School and everything about it was upside down. For instance, when Gainesville came out to take the field, the Faith fans made a 40-yard spirit line for them to run through.

Did you hear that? The other team's fans?

They even made a banner for players to crash through at the end. It said, "Go Tornadoes!" Which is also weird, because Faith is the Lions.

It was rivers running uphill and cats petting dogs. More than 200 Faith fans sat on the Gainesville side and kept cheering the Gainesville players on—by name.

"I never in my life thought I'd hear people cheering for us to hit their kids," recalls Gainesville's QB and middle linebacker, Isaiah. "I wouldn't expect another parent to tell somebody to hit their kids. But they wanted us to!"

And even though Faith walloped them 33-14, the Gainesville kids were so happy that after the game they gave head coach Mark Williams a sideline squirt-bottle shower like he'd just won state. Gotta be the first Gatorade bath in history for an 0-9 coach.

But then you saw the 12 uniformed officers escorting the 14 Gainesville players off the field and two and two started to make four. They lined the players up in groups of five—handcuffs ready in their back pockets—and marched them to the team bus. That's because Gainesville is a maximum-security correctional facility 75 miles north of Dallas. Every game it plays is on the road.

This all started when Faith's head coach, Kris Hogan, wanted to do something kind for the Gainesville team. Faith had never played Gainesville, but he already knew the score. After all, Faith was 7-2 going into the game, Gainesville 0-8 with 2 TDs all year. Faith has 70 kids, 11 coaches, the latest equipment and involved parents. Gainesville has a lot of kids with convictions for drugs, assault and robbery—many of whose families had disowned them—wearing seven-year-old shoulder pads and ancient helmets.

So Hogan had this idea. What if half of our fans—for one night only—cheered for the other team? He sent out an email asking the Faithful to do just that. "Here's the message I want you to send:" Hogan wrote. "You are just as valuable as any other person on planet Earth."

Some people were naturally confused. One Faith player walked into Hogan's office and asked, "Coach, why are we doing this?"

And Hogan said, "Imagine if you didn't have a home life. Imagine if everybody had pretty much given up on you. Now imagine what it would mean for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you."

Next thing you know, the Gainesville Tornadoes were turning around on their bench to see something they never had before. Hundreds of fans. And actual cheerleaders!

"I thought maybe they were confused," said Alex, a Gainesville lineman (only first names are released by the prison). "They started yelling 'DEE-fense!' when their team had the ball. I said, 'What? Why they cheerin' for us?'"

It was a strange experience for boys who most people cross the street to avoid. "We can tell people are a little afraid of us when we come to the games," says Gerald, a lineman who will wind up doing more than three years. "You can see it in their eyes. They're lookin' at us like we're criminals. But these people, they were yellin' for us! By our names!"

Maybe it figures that Gainesville played better than it had all season, scoring the game's last two touchdowns. Of course, this might be because Hogan put his third-string nose guard at safety and his third-string cornerback at defensive end. Still.

After the game, both teams gathered in the middle of the field to pray and that's when Isaiah surprised everybody by asking to lead. "We had no idea what the kid was going to say," remembers Coach Hogan. But Isaiah said this: "Lord, I don't know how this happened, so I don't know how to say thank You, but I never would've known there was so many people in the world that cared about us."

And it was a good thing everybody's heads were bowed because they might've seen Hogan wiping away tears.

As the Tornadoes walked back to their bus under guard, they each were handed a bag for the ride home—a burger, some fries, a soda, some candy, a Bible and an encouraging letter from a Faith player.

The Gainesville coach saw Hogan, grabbed him hard by the shoulders and said, "You'll never know what your people did for these kids tonight. You'll never, ever know."

And as the bus pulled away, all the Gainesville players crammed to one side and pressed their hands to the window, staring at these people they'd never met before, watching their waves and smiles disappearing into the night.

Anyway, with the economy six feet under and Christmas running on about three and a half reindeer, it's nice to know that one of the best presents you can give is still absolutely free.


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Top Ten: Things Lee Students Want for Christmas

If you asked the students of Lee University to compile a Christmas list of all the things they'd like Santa to give their college this December 25, we bet you'd find the following items in the top ten.

Is there anything you'd add to this list? If so, leave a comment. Well, without any further ado, the top ten things Lee students want for Christmas:

10. A golf cart for every student.

Seriously. Faculty and staff zoom around on those carts like its part of their job. If everyone's complaining about so few parking spots, why not include the cost of a new golf cart in every student's tuition. They take up much less space when parked, and students could sell them back to the school at graduation. If not a golf cart, then perhaps a Segway Human Transporter would work. Sure there's the trolley, but it only runs during prime hours on school days and if you miss it, you miss it. A golf cart for every student? That's the true meaning of "no one left behind."

9. Free cross cultural trips.

$60,000 may not be an expensive amount for college tuition now days, but it surely isn't cheap. Requiring cross cultural trips that can cost several thousand dollars in addition to tuition can be a bit of a burden. Unexpected costs really do pile up, and a cross cultural trip can make up a big chunk of that. Yes, there are cheaper options, but Lee is known among higher education institutions for these trips. Why not go one step further?

8. Elevators in the Conn Center.

It's a humongous room, but as Lee's student population continues to rise, the Conn Center seems to get smaller each semester. With seats filled on the mezzanine level, there's usually no choice but to climb to the balcony. And it seriously can be a climb for some students. I wouldn't be surprised if chapel ushers start handing out pickets, camming devices and cord locks to prepare students for the ascent. Even if the balcony was never created for handicapped access, installing elevator shafts isn't a bad idea. So what do you say? Help those freshmen keep all fifteen.

7. Cheaper textbooks.

Don't get us wrong, we really enjoy paying close to $600 for textbooks every semester, but it's just not feasible for us to do it anymore. Since the economy turned sour and the pockets of every Lee student are about as empty at the Conn Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it just doesn't seem right anymore to pay that much for textbooks. As one Lee professor stated recently, the publishers of the textbooks are pressuring the authors of these books to put out new editions to stay in print, even when the new editions have little or no more important information. Honestly, truthfully, most Lee classes could use textbooks from ten years back and still learn the same amount, if not more. When students expend all of their spending money for the semester on textbooks in one day, something's wrong.

6. Rollover meals.

There are students who wouldn't be in college if it wasn't for the meal plan. Learning? Nah. Making lifetime friends? Yeah, right. Three delicious all-you-can-eat meals every day of the week? Sign me up, give me every scholarship you've got, I'm going to college! You see, food can be quite the impetus on a campus like Lee University, and as much as students enjoy 10, 15, or even 21 meals a week, tears start rolling down their cheeks when they find out that the breakfast they missed yesterday will never return. After all, the meal plan barely gets some french fries and a drink at the PCSU food court. If students were able to utilize the meal they missed out on the day before by adding an chicken sandwich to their order, wouldn't that be helpful? That and removing the two-hour wait between using those meals.

5. A football team.

"Lee Football: Undefeated since 1918" read the t-shirts popularized by Redemption Shirts, a start-up initiated by two enterprising Lee students. Well, Lee students want to see a defeat of Lee's football team by any other college team out there. Sure, it's argued that starting a football team at Lee would cost more than anyone's willing to pay and that real talent wouldn't show up for years, possibly decades. But let's forget that. There's plenty of land craving a football stadium on Lee's campus. Simply demolishing the PCSU and digging up Alumni Park should provide enough space. And as for players? Take them from Lee's rugby teams. You don't really think they're practicing to play rugby, do you? They're too hard-core for that.

4. An indoor pool.

If Bob Jones College can have a swimming pool, why can't Lee? What's to stop the student population from hiring a few helicopters to transplant the Centenary building and uncover that dusty old pool legend claims is lurking beneath? A glass-encased swimming pool dome connected to the Higginbotham Administration Building? Why, there's nothing better. And that whole mixed bathing thing... Why can't faculty and students share the pool? Lee could even save money on filling it with water by pumping in a few thousand gallons from the underground lake beneath the Conn Center. It's all definitely plausible.

3. Shorter lines at Jazzman's Cafe.

Chapel has concluded and the race is on. Usually those students standing at the exits with cards in hand during the benediction all have one thing in mind: Jazzman's deliciousness. Ever watch them sprint from the Conn Center lobby to the outside door of Jazzman's, only to realize it's still locked while they witness 20 other students being let in from the other side. It's a cruel dog-eat-dog world. Ever wonder why that is? It's because of the sickeningly long lines that seem to form at the campus coffee shop every Sunday evening and sometimes throughout the week. I've mentioned it before, Jazzman's needs to either create an express line or solve the problem some other way, preferably soon.

2. More parking on campus.

It's been a gripe for decades. Even though local churches offer more than enough parking space in their expansive lots, it's still not as close to the center of campus as students would like. You can count on it once a year, always in the middle of "Ask the President Chapel," one student with the same question: Why can't Lee build a parking garage? One president with the same answer: Higher tuition anyone? I propose we answer the question once and for all with a simple poll of the entire student body: Ocoee Street Park, or Ocoee Street Parking Lot? Most students couldn't even tell you where Lee's Ocoee Street Park is, mostly because they never use it. There's space there to provide more parking than all of the spots behind the Conn Center and Sharp-Davis. The only catch? That's probably the land Lee will use to build a School of Communication and the Arts one day, connected directly to the Dixon Center.

1. Faster wireless Internet completely across campus.

It's the one thing all Lee students have at the crest of their Christmas list. As any good admissions counselor will note, there's a handful of dormitories and academic buildings that have Wi-Fi access for students and faculty, but that handful only accounts for 16 locations. That's less than half of the locations on campus that should have wireless. Eighteen locations, ten of them residential, are currently without Wi-Fi. Check out the map below to see which locations on campus lack wireless:

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Stay away from Nebraska.

There's no telling how old this map is, but it's still linked to Lee's Web site. And if trends are any indication, the statistics probably still ring true.

Here's what we learn from the "Alumni Across the Country" map:

• There's a very high chance you'll end up living in either Chattanooga, TN; Atlanta, GA; or Tampa, FL.

• If you don't end up in one of those three cities, you'll likely live in the Southeast for the rest of your life anyway.

• You'll probably never live in Nebraska. Basically no one who graduates from Lee lives in Nebraska.

• You'll never live in the largest U.S. county, but there's a good chance you could one day be in the smallest U.S. county. Hint: One's in Alaska, the other is Manhattan. Read More......

Monday, December 22, 2008

Photo of the Month

That's one good looking calendar.

If you have the 2008 Lee University Alumni Calendar on your wall, that photograph of the PCSU towering into a swirl of midday sky is the image facing you this month.

And now I'm going to brag: I took that photo.

Yes, yes, I know you all want copies of the calendar now, but only a limited number were printed. Sorry...

You're more than welcome, however, to enjoy the view from the photo I took above. It's still got nine more days of relevance. Read More......

The most exciting wallpaper

Last summer pages from the Lee Clarion attacked the walls of the managing editor's office. Well, it's happened again.

The Vindagua office now has a wall covered with the most memorable pages from last year's annual, serving as a reminder of the hard work it takes to create a yearbook.

In my office at least, it's like walking into a visual timeline of Lee's history to see wall"paper" of select Lee Clarion covers throughout the decades. Read More......

Tyrone Johnson's Secret Lives

President Paul Conn isn't the only one to have a few secret careers.

Lee University student celebrity Tyrone Johnson isn't just a friend to all on campus. He also doubles as a movie star and director, a PE teacher, and NFL player, and a praise and worship leader. Take a look:

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Higher Education

Haven't you ever wondered what Lee University's campus would look like if some buildings were much taller?

Don't be surprised if you return from Christmas break to find that the campus had a growth spurt while you were away.

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The First Decade of A Visual Tour

Since 2009 will bring a completely new look to the Web site, let's look back at the beginnings and history of Lee's online presence...

Most of the images below are found via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. The square question marks represent unarchived images. Take a look...
Over one decade ago in 1997, Lee's site was little more than a one column page with a few links and an explanation of the 2,850 student university. Browse the original site here.

By the time 2001 rolled around, Lee's site began shaping into something that looked like a real Web site, complete with news, calendar items and more frequently updated items. Also, a series of colorful icons represented each section for current students, while a navigation list ran down the left side of the page. Browse the old site here.
When 2003 came, Lee's IS&T department decided to clean up the site, replacing the previous confusing jumble of links and icons with three simple columns of lists: news, links, and calendar. Browse the old site here.
This is the site as it currently appears in 2008. The site keeps the motif of a simple white background while featuring student photography, latest news, and timely links. See the current site here.
And finally, an example of as it will appear soon in 2009. For the first time the clean white background has been tossed away and replaced with striped shades of blue. More photography is featured, doing away with colored squares. In addition, the school logo has shrunk with the Flame placed properly in the center. Lastly, the navigation bar has moved below the central images. See more images from the coming site here.
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Biggest changes in campus map are not what you'd expect

The additions of the Mayfield Annex, Leonard Center, and School of Religion provide the most noticeable changes to Lee University's campus map over the last few years, however, subtle alterations are often the strangest.

Examining the differences between the old campus map (Below, August 2005) and today's newer map (Above, February 2008) proves that a lot can change in less than three years.

• The campus is much, much greener. Besides the appearance that the grass has finally been watered, trees of every shape and size now dot the campus, giving Lee an environmentally-friendly image.

• The shapes containing the numbers for campus buildings have shifted from circles to squares. The squares take up less space, therefore obscuring less of the view.

• The soccer field (No. 53) has somehow gotten mysteriously larger.

• The trolley no longer stops at Livingston Hall, but it stops three times in front of the Humanities Center.

• Carroll Courts has joined the campus.

• The trolley route is no longer highlighted in gray. It's invisible!

• A compass has been added to campus.

• The legend actually matches up now.

• All buildings now have three letter codes instead of two letters. And the number count only goes to 59 instead of 61. See what happens when you demolish those art houses?

• The bridge across the creek by Storms Hall has finally been added.

•The little house that's still next to No. 56 in the old map has mysteriously vanished on the new map, even though it's still there! Not that Lee owns it of course...

One more thing....

If you have any desire to see Lee's campus map back when it was ugly and black and white, take a look at the campus map in 2002 and 2003.

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