Monday, June 22, 2009

Shade returns to the Ped Mall

Remember all the hoopla about the eight trees at the Alumni Amphitheater being axed? In fact, you can read the whole blog post here.

Well, here's a shot of the amphitheater's new style: Six fresh saplings firmly planted as replacements. Read More......

Cross Hall door shattered

The front door of Cross Hall, a female dorm at Lee University, was found shattered over the weekend.

The glass door, leading to one of the building's stairways, is currently roped with caution tape. Read More......

Perez Hilton vs.

If you haven't heard the latest about Perez Hilton, an infamous Hollywood blogger known for being brutally honest to celebrities, vs., a member of the Black Eyed Peas, then you obviously don't have a Twitter account.

Waking up to the trending topic "Perez Hilton" was enough to immediately make me go to his Twitter page, read his side of the feud from last night, via Twitter's 140 character count, and then click the "follow" button, directly underneath his picture.

According to Hilton, the bickering began when Black Eyed Peas member Fergie confronted him during a dress rehearsal for Canada's Much Music Awards on Saturday evening. She, as well as the other members of the group were upset at Hilton for him weighing in on his opinion of the group's latest album, apparently not as favorably as the group would have liked., however, had been left out of the Twitter circle of friends, and finally joined Twitter, about seven hours ago.

Only about twelve hours after the initial incident occurred, both Hilton and released video statements about what happened outside of the Canadian nightclub.

Take whichever side you want, I don't care.

What am I aggravated about, you ask?, doesn't even know the Twitter lingo yet. Pssh. He repeatedly referred to the verb "tweeting" or "twittered" as "twited" and "twiting." That's definitely not AP style.

I'm just saying, there is something that rubs me wrong about these two words. heh.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

How to: Download a free copy of commencement.

So you graduated, and your great uncle saw the whole ceremony online, but you just didn't have the funds to invest in purchasing a DVD for posterity...

What then?

Thankfully, Lee University has done all grads and their families a huge favor by putting a video of the commencement and commissioning online at iTunes U. for easy access to all. It's completely free to download. Just click here.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Remember my post that I wrote just a few short days ago, comparing TWT to the Lee Clarion?

I have another reason... THERE'S A MOUSE UNDER MY DESK.

Well, a least I hope he's still there, because if he's not there still, that means he's gotten brave and ran somewhere else. But the one thing I can be sure of, is that there is a mouse (at least one) in this newsroom.

It's not even like a cute little cartoon mouse that you see in Disney's Cinderella, but a big mouse, a rat, a rodent, something of the sort with four creepy little feet and creepy little whiskers. It's gross.

I know the picture may seem a little far fetched, but those are the Cinderella mice; they are cute. This mouse is not. It's ugly. I would have taken a picture of him, but I've been sitting on TOP of my desk so I won't be able to see him if he decides to make another surprise appearance.

The fear of putting my feet back on the ground is enough to get to me.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Congrats, Tenn.

Tennessee did something right! Thanks mostly in part to the Chattanooga area, Tennessee has received the Gold Shovel Award.

The award is presented annually to a state that has excelled in job creation.

According to the press release by the Associated Press, the award was received heavily because of the job creation the Volkswagen Group is bringing with nearly 2,000 new jobs to the area.

You can read the entire story on the Gold Shovel Award presented to the state of Tennessee, here.

Things are finally looking up for Lee grads... at least if you can't find a job in your field, there will be SOMETHING in the area available.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Tweet all about it

The AP Stylebook. The center of every good journalist's life. The writing bible. Extra reading for reporters. The holy grail.

In the most recent edition, the 56th update of the book, along with other modifications, the Associated Press added the word "Twitter" to the book.

I believe this gives us, as journalists, not only the right to tweet like there is no tomorrow, but now we can also talk and write about Twitter, or our tweets for that matter. And the best part about it is that we won't offend any Associated Press style police.

The Stylebook cites that the verb forms of the word "Twitter" are "to Twitter" or "to Tweet." According to the book, the word Twitter is a noun that "refers to the online social-networking mode that limits communications to 140 characters or less."

A full article about the announcement of the updated AP Stylebook can be read, here.

In fact, the AP Stylebook has its own Twitter, and has jumped nearly 1,000 followers since the news of the updated edition of the Stylebook was announced Tuesday night.

Follow the Associated Press Stylebook, by clicking here. From what I can tell, maybe they'll give you a few AP Style pointers when you're in a bind!
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chattanooga company adds 120 jobs

Over the past year in southeastern Tennessee many business-expanding, job-offering opportunities have been announced. This year alone, both Wacker and Volkswagen are continuing to move forward on industry expansions.

Wacker, a German chemical company, made their intentions known to build a new state-of-the-art factory, the first of it's kind in the states, to produce poly silicon. The entire story can be read on

Volkswagen announced the building of a multi-million dollar plant in Chattanooga that would supply the area with thousands of jobs, both on-site and through other companies that would be providing services to the plant, late last year.

They have since scaled down the initial plans of the plant due to the American economy, saying that they will eventually add on making the plant as big as originally announced.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Associated Press are now reporting another industry expanding an already existing business in the Chattanooga area, also expected to add jobs to the market.

The AP story after the jump.

Chattanooga's Dixie Industries adding 120 jobs

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga's Dixie Industries plans to add 120 jobs in a $5.5 million expansion.

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tom Edd Wilson told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the company's existing 120 jobs were at risk before the decision to expand in Chattanooga.

Dixie Industries makes forged hooks, tiedowns and other metal products and is part of Amherts. N.Y.-based Columbus McKinnon Corp.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lee Clarion vs. TWT

Let me start out by saying that the Lee Clarion was the publication that gave me my big break and I thank the publication and Lee University for everything they've done for me.

I'm in Washington. Washington, D.C. that is. The District. 'o. Columbia. I landed an internship with The Washington Times this summer, reporting for the Web desk, doing all the things that the Web desk-ers do... I'll just say it, I'm a natural. (Do you like my coffee mug... just got it!)

However, the thing I miss about the Lee Clarion the most is our newsroom. Let me start off by saying that the benefits of working for TWT (that's what we pro's call 'The Washington Times' around here... it's obviously not easiest name to say) DON'T include the pristine and new newsroom, that's for sure.

At the Lee Clarion we are blessed enough to have a few new iMacs, a flat screen television and all of the office supplies an editor could ever need. We have an up-to-date and feng shui-friendly newsroom. It's perfect; all I could ask for.

I guess with the state of the economy these days, when you get a job at a professional daily newspaper in the capital of everything, news is the first thing they make room for in the budget, not the newsroom.

I present to you my list of the Top 10 reasons the Lee Clarion newsroom is better than the Washington Times newsroom:

10. Office Chairs: This may be nit-picky, however, the office chairs in the Clarion office are WAAAYY more comfortable. And for that matter, they do have rolly chairs here, however, they are on CARPET, so they don't really roll. Who does that? At least we have tile at the Lee Clarion.

9. The Competition: And by competition I don't mean other writers, editors, or interns. I mean The. Washington. Post. Washington is a huge market and reporting and getting exclusive content is big these days. But with the Post readership nearly 800-times bigger than ours, we try to survive.

8. Color Scheme: Really, I know earth-tones and crap like that are supposed to be relaxing and easy on the eyes. But having a whole newsroom filled with off-white, cream, tan and brown tones just makes the room pretty boring to look at. At the Lee Clarion we have a deep red wall that adds some character and much-needed color to the room.

7. Desk: Really, it's not the actual desks themselves. It's the quantity of the same exact desk. It's just that there is about 200 of the same desks in cubical throughout ONE gigantic newsroom. It guess it works like New York City, the newsroom is in blocks... whatever makes it more efficient I guess... apparently feng shui is not really an issue when you have some work to be done.

6. Security: Security in this place is crrrrrazzzy. You have to have an ID to get in anywhere and you have it wear it around your neck at all times... the only thing I have against this part is that it makes accessorizing very difficult... I mean, I can't wear a cute necklace because I already have to have my ID on.. at. all. times. But hey, at least the security gaurds are nice!

5. Couch-less: The Lee Clarion newsroom houses a love-seat couch that has brought many mornings of great sleep, I must say. It's kind of like an initiation. To get into our Editorial Board club you have to sleep on the couch at least once while on deadline. However, I walked into the TWT newsroom only to find it couch-less, kind of depressing. But since I have set hours here, I guess all the sleeping is to be done at h-o-m-e.

4. Coffee: Apparently the coffee up in this place is kinda fend-for-yourself. Which means, I bring my own coffee in the morning... and then pray that I won't need a refill by the early afternoon... because I wouldn't know where to find any around this place. At least at the Clarion we have Jazzman's right outside of our office...

3. Windows: There are lots of windows here. Actually, lots of really big floor-to-ceiling windows. Now don't get me wrong, I love the outside, but when I'm stuck inside all day, no matter what, then I don't want to see the beautiful weather outside. I would rather just take my chances and be surpised when I get off, day after day.

2. TVs: Well I'll begin by saying that not much beats the television that we have provided to us in the Lee Clarion newsroom. But, in TWT's newsroom, they have televisions scattered throughout. Individuals have TVs in front of their desks. The thing is, directly to the left of where I am sitting, there is a huge TV, probably at least 25" or 27", however, the guy that sits in front of me has a TV as well. The probelm is this: everyone likes to watch different television channels. So the TV that I can see well is on one channel and the TV that I can hear well is on another. It's been three days... I'm still not used to it.

1. Keyboards: This is probably the most petty, but the biggest of my problems here at TWT. The. keyboard. doesn't. completely. work. Now, I've got a nice set up.. my own desk, lots of room, a 15" iMac... But within the first three minutes of sitting down at my desk, I noticed that two of the MAJOR buttons on my keyboard don't work. The "caps lock" key and the "tab" key. I just don't understand how someone can work without these two vital keys... must. get. used. to. it.

I'll hand it to Lee University, we at the Lee Clarion have it made in our newsroom. However, I must also admit that for the most part these are all surface complaints and working at a real-world newspaper has its advantages. The people and the news, alike, are both great. I've learned the value that for daily reporting you have to rely on teamwork and those around you.

It's going to be a great summer.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lee University Students Sing with Lake Junaluska Singers

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. This summer two Lee University students, Chanelle Fagan and Paul Whitehead, will be singing with the talented singing group known as the Lake Junaluska Singers, which is based out of North Carolina.

The Lake Junaluska Singers is a gifted group of eighteen individuals who, under the direction of Dr. Glenn Draper, perform several summer concerts at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. During the summer they also tour within the Southeast, performing at various locations.

Chanelle Fagan, a soprano vocalist from Phoenix, AZ, returns for her second summer with the singers. Fagan is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, AZ, and she graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoneix, AZ, where she received a Bachelor's degree. She received her Master's degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She was the winner of Desert Mountain Idol and a top thirty finalist in Arizona Idol. She has also performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park and at the NCAA Insight Bowl. She is the daughter of Janet Carpentier of Scottsdale, AZ, and the granddaughter of Betty Fagan of Boston, MA.

Paul Whitehead, a tenor vocalist from Shelbyville, KY, will be spending his first summer with the Lake Junaluska Singers. He is a graduate of Cornerstone Christian Academy and currently attends Lee University. He is the son of Phillip and Susan Whitehead, also of Shelbyville, KY. Whitehead is a three-time NATS Finalist, has made honor recital appearances at Lee University, and has performed in the productions of Gilbert and Patience. He has also been the soloist in several major music events at Lee University, and has also performed with the Lee University Chorale at Carnegie Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and St. Marks Basilica in Venice, Italy.

The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is located near Asheville, North Carolina. The center hosts over 250,000 guests per year and offers numerous religious conferences and events throughout the year.

For concert tickets and more information about the Junaluska Singers, call: 800-222-4930 or visit our website: Read More......

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Culture Shock.. sorta.

Let me start by saying... I MISS MY LEE BUBBLE.

Lets begin the story. The north is "infamous" for being a bunch of rude people... believe me, being from Ohio, I get teased relentlessly about how everyone in the north is rude... and I admit, we are not the nicest people. However, as I like to say, we just don't greet everyone who passes; no one really thinks it's rude, it's just how we do.

Therefore, this led me to believe that Ohio and the rest of the northern states were all the same.


I'm spending my summer in Washington D.C., on the Maryland side, and let me tell you.. folks just are not polite here. I'm sure they don't think they're being rude, but walking into a grocery store is like murder, no one moves out of the aisle for you to get through, INCLUDING the grocery store workers... you just have to find a way to go around them.

And they go beyond road rage in these parts... no one lets you over into the other lane when you have to merge, no one cares if you're lost and everyone is in a constant hurry.

Hopefully, I'll get used to it.

So don't be surprised if you come alongside of the girl from Ohio in her car who is rude and in a hurry.. it's just me being used to Maryland and D.C. drivers!

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Friday, June 5, 2009

The axe hits the amphitheater

Update: Maintenance states that most of the amphitheater trees (which were planted in 1988) are simply in the process of being replaced.

Summer has long been the season of change on Lee University's campus.

Buildings are normally in a rush to be completed before the fall semester begins, physical plant completes a list of campus maintenance projects, and new faculty emerge as others retire.

The latest sign of change? Less trees.

The Beach Building received some pomp and circumstance as it fell, but for the trees lining the campus amphitheater, their demolition receives no such ceremony.

Crews came in today to split up the greenery and spew it into sawdust.

If I was to venture a guess, I'd suppose that the trees are calling it "timber" after so many years, because they block the majestic sight of the new science tower from those who walk along the pedestrian mall.

Imagine the photo opportunities during Lee Day or Homecoming club booth fairs: alumni proudly standing before a tower of triumph.

But we've realized that the branches in the winter and the leaves in the summer get in the way. So while we're still waiting for the demolition of the unsightly Hughes Hall to clear the view, we'll go ahead and shear those shade trees that masquerade the building project.

So, it looks as if we may be saying goodbye to our prime hammock spots of the past, all in the name of moving forward for the future.

In that case, so be it.

(See more pictures after the jump)

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