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SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
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meaning on Sunday, Oct. 23, Brevard captured their first Division I title in this discipline. The four-person team for this event consisted of Allison Arensman, Beckett, Zack Valdez and Janelle Cole, who together led Brevard to the team relay national title, ahead of Fort Lewis College who placed second, and Savannah College of Art and Design, who finished third. Rounding off the weekend was the dual slalom event, where sophomore Kyle Grau finished one place ahead of teammate Shaw, placing in sixth and seventh respectively. Also competing in this event were juniors Callum McEwan, who placed 13th, and Zach Hutelin, who finished in 16th place for the event. For the women in the dual slalom, it was once again Hill who provided the Tornados best performance, finishing in 12th place. Junior Samantha Miranda also competed in this event, finishing up the race in 18th place overall. The title that Brevard will find the most pride in, however, is the Varsity Omnium first place
result, which hands Brevard their first Division I National Championship in their history. There has not been a shortage of championships and accolades for the team in recent years—in mountain biking alone, the team has five national championships in the previous seven years—but this particular achievement is what years of work has been building up to, according to head cycling coach Brad Perley. “I’m floored and beyond proud of the efforts put in by our entire team and coaching staff this weekend,” Perley said. “It’s certainly the culmination of lots of hard work over the years, and it wouldn’t be possible without all the great people in this program.” After a weekend full of racing, Brevard found themselves over 100 points ahead of third placed Marian University, and 59 points ahead of eventual runners up Fort Lewis College, in what will go down as a historic weekend not just for the Brevard College Cycling team, but for the College as a whole.
Cycling wins its first Division I national title Sarah Hill takes first place in individual omnium By Calum McAndrew
Editor in Chief The Brevard College Cycling team won the Division I USA Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship for the first time in their history, adding to a host of other national championship titles in recent years. After placing second in their first ever showing in the Division I National Championships last year, the Tornados managed to go one better this year in Snowshoe, W. Va., thanks to the help of several inspired individual performances, and a historic team performance. Senior Sarah Hill claimed the individual title for women, finishing a tremendous 84 points ahead of second place, totalling 487 points over the entire weekend. Hill, who is in her final semester at Brevard College, was evidently delighted at both her individual success, and the victory for the team. “I am so overwhelmed,” Hill said. “Everything just went exactly right and I couldn’t think of a better way to end my collegiate career. Brevard is absolutely the best team in the entire country, and I am confident that I pass the baton onto some amazing riders.” On the men’s side, it was junior Walker Shaw who provided the Tornados best showing over the weekend, riding his way to a runner up finish in the men’s individual championship. Shaw recorded 296 points in the individual omnium, 34 points behind eventual champion Stephan Devoust of Fort Lewis College. Also with impressive individual showings for the Tornados over the weekend were sisters Allison and Hannah Arensman, who placed fourth and fifth respectively in the women’s individual omnium. Freshman Carson Beckett also had a championship to remember, as he emerged from the men’s individual omnium with a total of 240 points. In addition, the Tornados also emerged as victors from the team relay national championship,
Photo Courtesy of BC Athletic Media Relations
The BC cycling team poses on the podium after their most recent National Championship success.
Photo by Sejal Kinker
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Photo by David Smith
McDara Folan and Gabe Braganza approach the finish line at Nationals.
BC Paddling Club competes in nationals Members of the BC Paddling Club after finishing the races at Nationals in Roanoke, Va.
By Jessica Wiegandt
Arts & Life Editor Over Fall Break, BC’s Paddling Club competed in the American Canoe Association (ACA) Collegiate Nationals race, held in Roanoke, Va. The year before only one member of the club had attended and this year 10 went and nine competed. Five schools competed overall. Hollins University, an all-women’s university in Roanoke, hosted the event during the annual Go Outside Festival. The festival is an attempt to highlight the outdoor companies, organizations, clubs and camps in the Roanoke area. This was the largest the event had ever been, with over 25,000 people in attendance. The festival took place from Oct. 14-16 and the race was on Saturday, Oct. 15. Nationals were held on the Roanoke River Gorge, a class II river on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Warren Wilson, Hollins, Pennsylvania State, Brevard and Bellarmine were the five schools competing with around 40 participants racing total. “This is a pretty incredible opportunity for Paddling Club,” President Davis Jones said, “We not only get to race in Nationals but we also get to meet other paddlers in the area.” The students chose two categories each to race in. The categories were Kayak Short, Kayak Long, Open Canoe – 1 person and Open Canoe – 2 people. At least one BC Paddling Club member
competed in all the categories. Paddling Club was sponsored by River Otters/ Your Outdoor Classroom, a paddling school and outdoor education program based in the Roanoke area. The sponsoring organization covered the entrance fees for the club members and provided food for the racers during the day on Saturday. All the racers met in a parking lot at 8:30 on Saturday. Once there, a former coach checked gear and boats to make sure they qualified within the rules. After all the gear had passed inspection, students gathered to listen to the race information. Jon Guy Owens, Hollins University’s downriver coach, gave the speech and allowed teams to break off into groups to prepare for the race. Sejal Kinker, a paddler from Richmond, volunteered her time as the Brevard College coach and gave tips to the students racing. “I’m so happy I was able to help out and make race day easier for the team,” Kinker said. Two students from BC placed in the event, sophomore Gabe Braganza was third in men’s Kayak Short and sophomore Jessica Wiegandt was second in women’s Kayak Short. “We only had two place, but everyone was really close to being on the podium,” sophomore Anna Marie Conard said. “A lot of us placed in fourth or fifth, so it went pretty well.”
BC used to compete in Nationals regularly, but stopped attending the race several years ago. There was a lull on campus in Paddling Club attendance and interest so traveling to compete wasn’t a priority. “We wanted to get involved with the community again so we spent last year teaching a lot of people how to kayak and get them introduced to the sport properly,” Jones said. “Now we are able to show up to events as a team, with a good amount of people who know how to paddle and that’s pretty awesome.” Brevard placed fourth in the women’s category overall and third in men’s overall. Warren Wilson placed first in women’s and Pennsylvania State placed first in men’s overall. Once the race was over and scores were announced, the teams parted ways and enjoyed the rest of the evening at the festival. Owens said he was impressed with the amount of paddlers who came from BC, happy to know the paddling interest on campus was growing again. On Sunday, Paddling Club took a trip to Balcony Falls on the James River and paddled one last river before returning to Brevard to part ways for the rest of break. “We’re glad we had the opportunity to race and meet up with the schools who compete,” Jones said, “This was a pretty awesome experience and hopefully next year we’ll have an even bigger team.”
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Clarion poll: BC wants Democrat to win N.C. governor’s race By John B. Padgett Contributor The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has dominated headlines for months, but those of us who live (and vote) in the Tarheel state have several other important races to consider, and the choice of the BC community is clear: It is time for a Democrat to replace Gov. Pat McCrory. Two out of three respondents to a Clarion poll say they would vote for Roy Cooper in the North Carolina governor’s race over McCrory, the incumbent Republican. Only 18 percent prefer McCrory, with the remaining 15 percent undecided. A Democrat is preferred in the U.S. Senate race also, though by a smaller margin, with three out of five choosing Deborah Ross to replace incumbent Sen. Richard Burr, who was the choice of 19 percent of respondents. Education is by far the single most important issue in North Carolina state politics, according to respondents, with more than 150 respondents calling it “important” or “very important.” Also considered important issues were the environment, with 136 rating it “important” or higher, and House Bill 2, the so-called “bathroom bill,” which was rated “important” or higher by 130 respondents. Noting how the HB2 law has been in the news the past few months nationwide, one person wrote, “We, as a state, should be ashamed and willing to change the law and the outlook on our state IMMEDIATELY.” The controversial bill,
passed by the state legislature to counteract a city of Charlotte ordinance that would afford protections for members of the LGBTQ community, has been widely criticized around the country, and numerous companies and organizations, including the NBA, the NCAA,and the Atlantic Coast Conference have pulled championship events from the state to protest the law. The poll was conducted online Oct. 5-10 to Brevard College students, staff and faculty. More than 200 people responded to the poll, of whom four out of five identified themselves as registered to vote in North Carolina. We reported in our last issue the results of the poll in the national race, in which Clinton was the preferred choice over Trump by a threeto-one margin. The Clarion poll also asked respondents of their opinion of the two candidates, President Obama, and Congress, which fell along similar partisan lines. More than 70 percent approved of Obama’s job performance, while nearly two-thirds disapproved of the job performance of Congress. More than eight out of 10 had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, with just 15 percent having a favorable opinion. For Clinton, the results were more mixed, with less than half (47 percent) viewing her favorably, while 39 percent were unfavorable and 14 percent were not sure or undecided. The complete results of the poll will be available on the Clarion’s website, http://clarion. brevard.edu. See ‘Election graphics’ page 5
Starfangled Press makes great impression on art class On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 20 students from ART 101 enjoyed a morning of printmaking with Kristen Necessary, owner/artist at Starfangled Press. Students were introduced to the four different types of printmaking: intaglio, relief, planography, and stencil. While there, the students enjoyed a presentation by Necessary about each type of printmaking and observed examples of each. Then, students were given an exclusive lesson in printmaking, where they got to make their own monotypes. “In class, we learned about color themes, and I applied this knowledge to make my monotype with complementary colors,” Shelby Arsenault said. The students of Art Appreciation want to thank the BCP grant for funding this educational, fun, and experiential learning opportunity, as well as
Kristen Necessary for her time and expertise, and Dr. Chapin for organizing this. “I thought I was only going to enjoy the snacks, but boy was I wrong,” Anthony Zuniga said. On Thursday, Oct. 27, senior art majors Shon Swett and Chrisley Benton will run a photography workshop for the class at 11 a.m. in Sims Art Building. Class will experience a real camera obscura, enjoy a pinhole camera demo, and make a photogram. Contact Audrey Ashburner, the TA of the ART 101 course, by email (ashbural@ brevard.edu) if you are interested in attending. “This was such a fun workshop. I didn’t even mind getting up at 7 a.m. and walking a mile in the freezing cold,” Tori Franklin, a recent convert to printmaking, said. “I gave my print to my high school color guard group and they loved it.” Article contributed by ART 101 class
Animal Psychology class visits nature center By April Armstrong
Contributor On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Animal Psychology class visited the WNC Nature center as an experiential way to learn about animals in captivity. Over the past several weeks Dr. Caroline Mann’s Animal Psychology class has been learning about the behaviors of animals in different situations and as a part of this past week's study on animals in captivity they took a field trip to the Nature Center Located in Asheville. To prepare for this trip the students read a chapter from The Soul of all Living Creatures. After arriving at the nature center the students met up with one of the staff members who focussed on educating the guests that go through the nature center. He lead the students down to the bear pen to meet one of the handlers. This particular handler worked with the mammals such as the Black Bear, the different types of wolves, and the cats. The handler had just fed the Black Bears and placed it out for the class to see. She said, “the center’s goal is to make enrichment and training a husbandry.” By this she meant that the Nature Center tries to combine all its work with the animals into one thing. For enrichment they can do many things, “from placing a new log into the exhibit, spreading out basil and thyme for their senses, or adding something different into their diet such as catnip.” The students watched the two bears find and tear into the boxes. The students noticed there was dog food like pebbles in the feed as well as pine needles. The handles explained that she had placed some catnip in the box, the dog food like stuff was actually a commercial omnivore feed that is made specifically for animals like the bear, and that the needles were to make the animals look through it and search. As the bears ate and the students observed, the handler answered many questions. She said, “It can take me an hour and a half getting the food ready and trying to hide it, when it only takes them a couple minutes to find it and tear into it.” Once the bears finished eating the handler told the students the she would go ahead and do a training session while they were there. The See ‘Animal psychology’ page 5
October 26, 2016
Readers respond to talent show review
Editor’s note: Judging from the mail we received, my review of the Brevard’s Got Talent show in the last issue touched a nerve (or two). The article was intended as tongue in cheek, but considering a lot of people didn’t see that, it’s only fair to offer a brief explanation. For the record, let me say that I never meant to suggest any of the performers were not worthy of performing in the show—or for that matter, of being a performer in the first place—and I certainly did not intend to malign the bravery required to perform in front of hundreds of people that evening. Anybody who goes on stage is subject to criticism, even from a Scottish editor who, as recent letter-writers to The Clarion might attest, sometimes believes his play on words to be a touch cleverer than it is.
Some have suggested that I should get up on stage, perform a song and dance, and thus subject myself to the same sort of scrutiny. As disappointed as you may be that you will have no opportunity to ridicule my lack of musical ability, those of us who write for publication week in and week out do so knowing that we may be judged by our readers, as the following letters demonstrate. Not everyone who responded to the article wished for their words to be published, but most follow a similar pattern. I’ve always found it important never to take oneself too seriously, and that stands true now more than ever. Perhaps more important than that, though, is understanding that if you want to dish it, you bloody well better be ready to take it. The critiques of my performance are in, and you didn’t hold back.
LETTERS to the
Show review not just criticism, aims to ‘destroy,’ ‘bully’ students
Mr. Calum McAndrew has once again stated his opinion on how he feels, but this time he has insulted his fellow students. Mr. McAndrew downed every performer that took the stage with references such as “they were simply awful,” and “He almost certainly got dressed in the dark that day.” Mr. McAndrew did not criticize his fellow students but chose rather to destroy them. These performers work hard to be able to do what they can and it takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of the school and perform. This talent show was for students to have fun and attempt to win money for what they enjoy, not to be bullied on how they never had a chance at winning. This article was in the opinion section, but that does not give the right for our school paper to approve students bullying each other. There is a difference between criticism and bullying. Not only does this make our paper look bad, but our school and our students. Mr. McAndrew makes a lot of assumptions in his articles. Perhaps if he actually understood music and dance and the amount of work it takes to be able to perform, students would be less offended. With that being said, Mr. McAndrew should be held accountable for this. Personally, I think he should have to get up in front of the school and sing a song of the students’ choice while dancing. Perhaps this would make Mr. McAndrew rethink his opinions on the performers. Arianna Ruiz
Music prof: Writers should consider ‘the consequences of words’ I am writing to share a number of concerns about an article which appeared in the Oct. 12 issue of The Clarion. Its editor in chief, Calum McAndrew, attempted to write a review of the recent Brevard College talent show. Several of our BC music majors were mentioned in the article, and the level of
gratuitous cruelty in this feature, “Brevard’s got Talent, and Singers,” is something unmatched in any article I have ever read in a student newspaper, ever. I’m not sure what Calum had in mind while writing this, or what musical knowledge he possesses, but I have the impression that he is not an expert in the field. It takes courage, regardless of quality, to walk out on stage in front of an audience. I spoke to several of these students after the release of the paper. I firmly believe in free speech, but I feel that it is also important to consider the consequences of words. These students were humiliated by the “review,” but even more significant is the fact that Mr. McAndrew’s words are documented, both on paper and online. I respectfully suggest to all students that they give serious thought to what they put into writing because it has the potential to affect their future. If the intent of Calum’s words was to be funny or clever, he didn’t accomplish that. This article was simply reduced to something resembling tabloid journalism, and it takes no talent to be cheap. The Clarion is a reflection of both Brevard College and its authors. I believe our school is better than this. Katherine Palmer Department of Music
‘Awful things’ in show review ‘do not need to be expressed’
The latest opinion article on the talent show was highly uncalled for. While the student body recognizes that everyone is entitled to their opinion, sometimes these thoughts do not need to be expressed. It takes quite a bit of guts to get up in front of everyone and express yourself, so why do you feel the need to go through the trouble of writing awful things about these people? Please take more care when putting together an opinion piece. Focusing on positivity is key during midterms, and especially after something so exposing. If you do not have something positive to mention, please leave it
out of the newspaper. I can assure that no one wants to read awful things about themselves or their friends. While your opinion is important, it should not be used to hurt other people—even if this was not your intention, it happened. The whole Clarion has reflected badly by this opinion stunt. Kaitlyn Walsh
Newspaper ‘editor’ has no right to say ‘outright rude things’
I’m calling this a letter to the “editor” because some of your issues are so filled with spelling and grammatical errors that I wonder if the Clarion even has someone read over the articles before publication. Aside from that, I wonder who put you in charge to where you think you have enough power to slam on everyone who performed at last week’s talent show. I don’t know what kind of hot-shot you think you are or if maybe the power of being editor of a low-level school newspaper that most people rarely glance at has gone to your head, but you have no right to say some of the outright rude things that were published in the article about the talent show. I respect your right to an opinion, but to say that the performers of the talent show were a loose definition of talent is an insult to the hard work that some of them spent preparing their acts. Frankly, I’d like to see you do better since you seem to think you’re better than everyone who performed last week. So what if many of the acts were singers? At least they had the courage to get up on stage and perform in front of their peers and campus community rather than trash other people in the form of a newspaper article. Regardless of what you might think or how some of the performances at the talent show went, Brevard College does have talent, and I’ll go so far as to challenge you to expand your naïve mind enough to see that.
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training for the animals is important so that the animals can easily be observed. The handler said, “to check their bellies I have them stand, to check their paws I have them show me their paws, or to open their mouth to check inside.” As she had the male bear demonstrate this, she explained how she only uses positive reinforcement to get them to do what she wants. All her training was done outside of the fence. After viewing this the students walked around and observed a few of the other animals. Before leaving, Dr. Mann told the students, “ I hope you all were paying attention since one of our next blocks is on animal training.”
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Arts & Life
October 26, 2016
Kygo’s Craggy Gardens, Open debut album fields and awesome views Cloud Nine By Jeni Welch
By Tucker Fry Staff Writer
The inventor of tropic house music comes out with his debut album “Cloud Nine” May 13th, 2016. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (Aka Kygo) started making music in early 2014, and released most of his remixes free on soundcloud. Some may know of his famous Ed Sheehan remix or his Coldplay remix. Coldplay heard his remix and loved it, so they included the remix of “Midnight’ on their last album “Ghost Stories”. Kygo then moved on to creating his own music, and traveled to Australia to find a singer for his first number. There he discovered Conrad Sewell, who some may know from his song “Hold me Up” which hit the top ten in 2015. After Kygo found Conrad Sewell he wrote the song Firestone and released it as a single to the world. The song hit the top ten on iTunes for the whole first half of 2016. Later Kygo realized how successful the song was. At that time he went on to collaborate with many other artists. He released another single called “Stole the Show” which was a more creative version of the Parson James version, which was released in 2015. All those singles were included in Kygo’s new album, and some of the songs are still in the top 20 on iTunes. Kygo is said to have created the genre tropical house music, which if you listen to his songs you will be able to understand why. He created this tropical sound which sounds like a vibraphone mixed with a soft electric piano. The recognizable sound Kygo makes with his synths is so easy to listen to, and many musicians are now trying to imitate. The reason why his music is so successful is because it is unique. Kygo has his own sound that no one has ever used, and a lot of musicians are trying to copy the sound which won't work out for them. A sound has to be unique and individual so when you listen to a song, they know who made it without looking it up. Kygo’s new album has guest artists like Conrad Sewell, Foxes, John Legend, Kodaline, Labrinth, and more. Kygo’s way of only using an artist once is also very unique, that way he can get different voices for the different songs he has.
Staff writer The Craggy Gardens trail in Asheville offers easy and moderate hikes depending on personal preference. Regardless of which trail is ventured, beautiful fields and spectacular views are enjoyed on both. The trailhead is marked with a sign at the end of the rock wall visible from the parking area. Once on the trail, continue left on the shared Craggy Gardens trail and the Mountains to Sea Trail at the first intersection. The hike is short, a little under a mile, but offers different small paths that have been made by past hikers. The side trails offer explorers a chance to get off trail and venture into a less populated portion of Craggy. There is a covered shelter at the peak of the climb. The trail again parts ways here. The path leading downhill ends at the Craggy Garden picnic area while the direction to the left opens to large fields and the first view. Normally the fields are covered with tall grass and different types of flowers however the wildlife is not flourishing now. The fall season allows the hiker to have a less obstructed view, showcasing the vibrant reds and yellows
of surrounding trees. There are more side trails that lead under rhododendron bushes and down into a forested area. These smaller paths offer just as much satisfaction as the view. Twisted trees and hidden pavilions are just a few of the attractions hidden along the trail. There are very few trees at the top but benches have been placed underneath them for anyone looking to rest after the climb in the shade. Craggy Gardens does not offer any protection from nature. The sun is direct at the top and the covered shelter is the only place to escape rain. The view from Craggy is beautiful and the environment in which it is viewed truly makes Craggy Gardens stand out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The quickest way to reach Craggy Gardens is to head towards Asheville on I-26 W to and then take exit 37 towards Skyland on NC-146 E. In a little over a mile turn left onto Overlook Road and continue for two miles. Then turn left onto Hendersonville Road and finally turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is 24 miles ahead on the left.
Photo by Jeni Welch
The Craggy Gardens
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Arts & Life
‘Gears of War 4’ Review An awful new start for Gears of War
By Jordon Morgan
Staff writer In the same vein as Microsoft’s other mega hit series, “Halo,” “Gears of War” continues into a new trilogy with its fourth installment, but unfortunately, it completely falls on its face in just about the worst way possible. “Gears of War 4” is by no means a technically inefficient or broken game by any stretch. The presentation is solid, the gunplay immediately feels familiar to fans of the series and is accessible for newcomers and the game controls very well. However, the thing that makes this game a true and dreadful, frustrating bore to play through is the atrocious pacing. Yes, the “Gears of War” franchise is an action heavy one, but that kind of mindset is taken to the extreme by developer The Coalition. Whereas the previous games in the franchise had careful, methodically-placed firefights that felt important as well as provided opportunities in between for the player to engage themselves in the atmosphere that it presented, this game has no ideas other than to throw enemies onto the screen. For hours on end you literally cannot go more than five minutes without being dragged kicking and screaming back into another gun battle, some of which will only last for 30 seconds, ultimately making some of them completely pointless. As soon as you turn a corner and see a wide-open room with spots for cover laying all around, something that happens constantly, a groan inducing eye-roll will start to trigger, sometimes involuntarily. Even if the firefights were well constructed, and had any other format other than throwing a handful of grunts with a sub-boss at you, they happen so often that it eventually becomes boring. The problem is that apparently the game developers did not realize this and they continue to throw more and more firefights at you. This results in your experience transforming from something boring, into something that is the most extreme test of patience. It also doesn’t
help that this brand-new “Gears of War” game for the next generation of consoles features a limited amount of new weapons or gadgets to experiment with. Lancers, Hammershots, Boomshots, and Gnashers, or shotguns, are your typically used weapons. These are also the same exact weapons that the previous games featured and any new weapons that are introduced, such as guns that shoot buzz saws or drill bombs, are only sparingly found. One of the only new features is admittedly a useful one, which is being able to grab an enemy in front of the object you are taking cover with, stun him, and perform a cinematic quick-kill on him. The lazy rehash of gameplay is further compounded by the laughable story that the player is expected to slog through. Taking control of series stalwart Marcus Fenix’s son JD, who is accompanied by his companions Del and Kait, are tasked with figuring out why people are being abducted. This is basically what the game boils down to and it doesn’t help that the characters are totally flat and have no personality. In fact, often they come across as idiots with randomly inserted “emotional” lines that completely go against rational thought. During firefights, they constantly point out the blatantly obvious such as “Take out that turret” or “Don’t let it touch you,” over and over and OVER. The story is bare bones at best. This is disappointing considering that even though the previous games were action heavy, they had a surprising amount of emotional depth that greatly motivated the player to see the story’s conclusion. “Gears of War 4” does have multiplayer, which at the time of this review has not been covered, but just save yourself the trouble and avoid the game entirely. If the idea of multiplayer is enticing, then wait for a massive drop in price because considering the main crux of the game, that being its 10-12-hour campaign, is so poorly designed, it isn’t worth the asking price.
Fall color at peak in Pisgah, on parkway By Ricky Crull
Contributor Fall is here in Brevard, and if you have been here before then you might know what to expect with tremendous color set to spread all over the mountain sides. Not many other places in the United States get to experience what we here in Brevard get to enjoy every single year. Some of the best places to view the color changing mountains are atop the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs 469 miles up and down the Appalachian mountain range. For those of you who enjoy hiking, Black Balsam Knob, as well as John's Rock and Looking Glass Rock are excellent places to adventure during October to get a wonderful view. A downside to visiting Pisgah in the fall is the amount of tourists that visit. During the summer months there will be about four to five hundred people per day on the weekdays, and about one thousand people on the weekends. During the average season the number of visitors is about half of that until autumn comes around. Those numbers then rise up to an average of four hundred to one thousand people a day just through the main entrance in Brevard. One thing to keep in mind during the fall season is that the higher the elevation, the earlier the leaves will change. For example, if you are atop of Looking Glass, many of the trees can be at their peak in color change. Yet, if you head back down, you will discover that the trees at the bottom have barely changed color. This is important to remember when searching for viewing spots. According to Pisgah Forest Rangers, the ideal time to go into Pisgah to view the leaves changing color is usually the second to fourth week of October, meaning there isn’t long left to catch the peak of the color changing season. This year however, it is expected to be a longer season, so this period may stretch into the first week of November. All in all, Pisgah is the place to be during fall with the mass amount of color, an ideal temperature, and an endless amount of adventures to take part in.
Sports Tornados defeated by Newberry Men’s soccer Page 8
By Bryant Baucom
Staff Writer Freshman wideout Martigus Henley hauled in a 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bubba Craven on Saturday as the Brevard College Tornados (1-7, 0-4 SAC) were downed by a score of 34-7 by the South Atlantic Conference leading Newberry Wolves (7-1, 5-0 SAC). The connect between Henley and Craven occurred with 2:32 left in the first quarter and capped off the one play, 72-yard drive that lasted only 11 seconds. The Wolves would strike first following the opening kickoff as Romelo Doctor punched it in from one yard out, completing a 10 play, 79-yard drive. Newberry extended their lead two touchdowns later in the first quarter as they capped of a 4 play, 61-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Wesley Jordan from SAC touchdown and passing leader Raleigh Yeldell. Romelo Doctor would score his second touchdown on the afternoon on a 10yard run with 2:41 left in the first quarter as the Wolves could not complete the PAT, increasing their lead to 20-0. Trailing 20-7, the Tornado defense held strong late in the first half as Jason Nieradka tipped and intercepted a Raleigh Yeldell pass deep in Brevard territory, returning it 16 yards. Romelo Doctor tallied his third touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run that capped off a 5 play, 37-yard drive, extending the Newberry lead to 27-7 early in the third quarter. With Newberry leading 27-7, Jason Nieradka
knocked the ball loose from running back Trey Griggs, allowing Shane Smith to pounce on the ball for the Tornados second forced turnover on the day. On the ensuing Newberry drive, the Tornados defense would tally their third takeaway of the game as freshman Richard Ramos Jr. would corral the fumble on the botched handoff. Newberry would extend their lead to the final score of 34-7 late in the third quarter as Bubba Craven was stripped in the BC end zone, allowing Rameak Smith to pounce on the loose ball for the touchdown. The Tornados were led offensively by Jarkevius Hopkins who pounded out 71-yards on the ground and quarterback Bubba Craven who was 5-12 on the afternoon, throwing for 81 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Martigus Henley would lead the Tornados receiving attack, finishing with 5 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Brevard was led by Jason Nieradka who finished the contest with 11 total tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. Ashud Moore assisted the Tornados defense, adding in a game-high seven solo tackles and eight tackles total. The Tornados defense would hold Newberry quarterback Raleigh Yeldell under his season average of 300.8 passing yards per game, as he threw for 243 yards on 29 attempts. The Tornados will return to the gridiron on Saturday, October 29 as they travel to Salisbury, North Carolina for a showdown against the Catawba Indians of Catawba College at 1:30pm.
By Bryant Baucom
the chance. The Brevard offensive attack recorded two shots on the day as senior Anita Maryskova and sophomore Caroline David each tallied a shot attempt in the match. Carson-Newman was led offensively by Julianne Herrity as she ended the match with 16 total shots with four being on goal. Lauren Wade aided the Eagles’ offensive attack, adding in eight shot attempts. Prior to the match, the Brevard Tornados women’s soccer team would honor their five seniors. Alexi Perri, Katlin Burns, Kelly Turbeville, Anita Maryskova, and Alyssa Bois were honored for their contributions to not only the women’s soccer program but to Brevard College. The Tornados will be back on the road as they had to the Peach State on Tuesday, October 25 for a non-conference match against Emory at 5:00 pm.
Women’s soccer ends in stalemate Staff Writer The defense for the Tornados restrained the South Atlantic Conference’s number one offense on Saturday as the Brevard women’s soccer team (5-11-2, 0-9-1 SAC) sported a 0-0 tie against Carson-Newman (11-3, 6-2 SAC) on senior night. Freshman goalkeeper Laurel Neuzil provided the Tornados with a lockdown effort in goal as she compiled a career-high 20 saves in the contest. Her 20-save effort fell just two shy of the Tornado record of 22. The Eagles of CarsonNewman would record 55 shot attempts on the afternoon as the Tornado defense was able to fend off their offensive attack for the entire 110-minute match. Brevard was presented with an opportunity to win the match in the 110th minute with only seconds left but was called offside, negating
October 26, 2016
victory over CarsonNewman By Bryant Baucom Staff Writer
Facing an opponent you’ve never beaten before can be daunting. On Senior Night, it wasn’t for the Brevard College Tornados men’s soccer team (7-8-2, 3-7 SAC) as they defeated the Carson-Newman Eagles (7-8, 3-6 SAC) 2-1 in overtime. Fitting enough, Senior Night for the Tornados would see a valiant effort from the Brevard seniors. The Tornados would get on the board first as senior Camilo Sosa headed in a cross from senior Ryan McPhillips in the 27th minute of the match. Carson-Newman would go on to knot the game at one just before the half as Evan Harr scored into an open goal as the Tornado goalkeeper had come out to defend. Brevard’s defense was led by senior goalie Heath Turner as he would finish the match with six saves, and make a crucial save on a penalty kick by Marius Staalby in the 79th minute of the match, keeping the score at 1-1. With the end of the first overtime nearing, senior Alec Goettl scored the game-winning goal, heading the ball home off of a free kick from by Gabriel Garcia. The Tornados offensive attack was led by Camilo Sosa who finished the match with four shots and the senior trio of Ryan McPhillips, Shawn Schoenfeld, and Alec Goettl who finished with two shots apiece. Gabriel Garcia would go on to record three shot attempts for the Tornados. Carson-Newman would hold the shot advantage against the Tornados 22-13. The eleven Tornado seniors were honored prior to kickoff. Heath Turner, Morgan Van Camp, Jordan Brown, Caleb Hall, Shawn Schoenfeld, Ryan McPhillips, Camilo Sosa, Alec Goettl, Gabriel Pastrana, Rhem Stubbs, and Winston Haddock were all honored for their contributions not only to the Brevard men’s soccer program but to Brevard College. Brevard will return to the pitch on Wednesday, October 26 as they host non-conference foe Warren Wilson at 4:00 pm.