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September 6, 2017
BC students in Greece Important evidence found during summer trip By Jordon Morgan
Editor in Chief New evidence citing proof of human occupation in Greece during the Late Bronze age was uncovered in the latest archaeological expedition conducted by Professors Robert Bauslaugh and Anne Chapin during the summer of 2017. Along with Bauslaugh and Chapin, the trip also included former as well as current Brevard College students. Lizzy Williams, Casey Whitmire, Jerrett Stevenson, and Thomas Ruppel all contributed to aiding with the field work. Work which consisted of 7 am to 4 pm shifts every single day, with an hour break for lunch, for four to six weeks straight. According to Professor Bauslaugh, the BC students who choose to go on the trip show “great dedication as the school can’t support them other than lodging,” adding that “they’re a great help as there’s so much evidence to sort through. Not all of it is going to be useful and they won’t be stored.” In addition, Bauslaugh says that so many extra hands helps everyone involved more quickly shuffle through all the findings to find what they can or should keep and what won’t. Every summer since 2010, Bauslaugh and Chapin have taken a handful of Brevard College Students, both former and current, to the island of Crete located in Greece. Having previously spent time in areas like Sparta, Bauslaugh and Chapin are certainly no strangers to big scale projects in foreign countries. Expeditions such as these require not only students and other volunteers to sift through the materials and evidence, but also cooperation between multiple universities to properly catalogue the plethora of said materials that one could find in a place like Greece. Professor Louise Hitchcock from the University of Melbourne in Australia along with Emilia Banou from the University of Peloponnese aided in the excavation. Professor Bauslaugh explained that their primary aid in Greece itself came from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
Even getting the aid of these professors and organizations was no small task. “Lining up all the academic schedules of Australia, Greece, and Brevard is hard to manage,” Bauslaugh says. There is also the issue of getting the necessary permits to even begin the study in the first place. While they happen to be conducting this archaeological dig, an official from the government in Greece has to “act as partner and overseer” according to Bauslaugh. Despite the difficulties, it was well worth the effort. Even though he couldn’t get into exact specifics of what was uncovered until the findings were confirmed and published in an academic publication, Bauslaugh was able to divulge a few details. “We uncovered new evidence that was never found which confirmed the theory of human occupation in the late Bronze Age. There was a concentration of evidence of a settlement,” Bauslaugh says. He also explained that this evidence, which included things such as pottery and stone materials, all pointed to the possible existence of a palace in the center of it all. This important find also serves another purpose, which is to legitimize further investigation into this subject. Professor Bauslaugh says that they will report their findings to Philadelphia in January of 2018 to the Archaeological Institute of America, after which he and Professor Chapin will return to Greece in June of 2018 as well so that they can work through all the material they found for further review and documentation.
Photo courtesy of Robert Bauslaugh
Left: 1st day: Setting out the string lines marking the survey area boundary. Above: Day trip early on to Diros Cave in the Mani; BC students: Thomas Ruple, Casey Whitmire, Liz Hill; and Jarrett Stevenson. Right: Jim Reynolds (geologist) exploring a shallow cave in the survey area. Photo courtesy of Robert Bauslaugh
Photo courtesy of Robert Bauslaugh
September 6, 2017
Magic with the Mastersons BC Club Fair By Zach Dickerson
By Amber Blanton
Staff Writer Can nightmares come true? This was the question students asked themselves as they piled through the doors of the Ingram Auditorium and prepared for a night of magic and mystery. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, Reed and Ashton Masterson came to Brevard College to give their audience a night filled with shocking illusion and incredible stage performance. The Mastersons captivated their audience with a combination of music, lighting, and magic. Students were fascinated by the seemingly impossible acts, and several students were actually lucky enough to play a part in the show. One such student, Hannah Weatherall, watched as Reed Masterson brought a popped balloon animal back to life inside a paper bag. "It blew my mind. I don't understand how he brought the balloon pieces back to a balloon puppy. There was nothing in the bag," Weatherall said. Rakeem Sweezy also experienced the magic when Ashton Masterson used his jacket to per-
form an incredibly quick costume change while tied up with a piece of rope. When asked about his experience on stage, Sweezy said, "It was mind blowing. I've never experienced anything like it. I would definitely come back next year. It was lit." This interactive feature made the production even more appealing and exciting for the audience. Other aspects, such as the use of doves and rats, added to the exhilarating atmosphere. The students in the audience described the show as crazy, creepy, incredible, and impossible. The auditorium was constantly filled with wild applause that followed every trick. Overall, the show seemed to be a hit and was loved by everyone who came out to see it. Many students said they would attend something like this again, and they enjoyed the chance to meet the Mastersons after the show was over. The Mastersons have been called "The Magic Duo of the 21st Century", and this duo did not disappoint.
Campus News Editor
With so many clubs and other activities happening on and off campus it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all of them. However, tomorrow, Sept 7, there will be a club fair taking place outside of Myers Dining Hall. The fair is meant to as a way for clubs at the college to be known and to let everyone in the student body know what it is that they all do so students will find out if they have an interest in joining them. Some of the clubs that will be at the fair will include the BC Diversity Pride Club, BC Serves, BC Greens, and many others. The event is not just a club fair, it is also a service/job fair as well. Community service organizations, such as, Volunteer Transylvania and Family Place of Transylvania will be in attendance. There will also be businesses like Lowes, Waffle House, and even the Transylvania County Sheriff Department that will be there offering information and job opportunities. The fair will take place at the front of Myers Dining Hall and will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Brevard College Student Rakeem Sweezy with illusionist Reed Masterson
This week on campus: Wednesday: 6 p.m. CAB meeting Tornado Alley Student Center
Thursday: Club/Job/Service Fair Robbin’s Student Plaza 7:30 p.m. Mike Oliver Senior Recital Porter Center
Saturday: 1 p.m. Football game Home 2 p.m. Men’s soccer Home Cycling
Sunday: 3 p.m. Music Faculty Showcase Porter Center Monday: Monday Night Football Party 7-10 p.m.
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Arts & Life
Netflix review: ‘Castlevania’ ‘Loading A...GOOD...video game adaptation?
By Jordon Morgan Editor in Chief
In what finally seems to be a breaking of the trend of dreadful video game adaptations, Netflix’s original series “Castlevania” delivers a solid first season, but doesn’t quite hit the mark of “great.”. Based on the Konami video game series of the same name, and more specifically on 1989’s Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the show takes place in the late 15th century in the Romanian province of Wallachia. After Vlad Dracula’s wife is accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake, he swears revenge and unleashes an army of demons from Hell itself to kill every human he can find. Meanwhile, Trevor Belmont, the last of the Belmont family, is the only one with the knowledge and skills to combat Dracula and his forces, and eventually finds the will to take up arms against the supernatural forces that plague the land. One of the most striking things you’ll notice immediately about “Castlevania” is its beautiful art style and presentation. Taking inspiration from traditional Japanese anime and Ayami Kojima’s artwork in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, it immediately captures your attention as there are some truly beautiful designs that capture a sense of historical authenticity along with a feeling of being in a fantastical world. The animation also plays a hand in making the action a sight to behold as well. Having longer, flowing shots as opposed to rapid quick fire camera cuts, the action never loses a beat, and is very engaging especially when Trevor Belmont brings out the signature whip that has become such a staple of the games. When it comes to the story, the characters in the world are presented in a way satisfactory enough that you feel a legitimate connection to them and the world they inhabit. However, they often fall in the usual fantasy/action cliches. Vlad Dracula for instance, though fleshed out enough to explain his motivations and present him as a real threat that must be combated, doesn’t feel as big as he should be. Likewise, Trevor Belmont, while certainly likable, very easily fills the prototypical “reluctant hero who finds his better nature and rises up to his true calling” cliche. In short, the overall script and dialogue, while well voice-acted, only barely rises above the
standards. The characters certainly make an impression, but that’s about it. Another noticeable issue with “Castlevania” is its short length. The four 22 minute long episodes do make for very easy viewing, but it makes the show as a whole feel a bit rushed. It could have definitely benefited from a couple more episodes, better fleshing out some of the supporting characters who are supposed to play a crucial part, but aren’t developed enough to really make an impact in the eyes of the viewer. Despite its issues, “Castlevania” is certainly a show worth watching. It’s an adaptation of a video game series that feels faithful and earnest in its attempt to capture the spirit of its source material. Beyond that, “Castlevania” is an enjoyable show that’s easy to watch, so you won’t regret taking an hour and 20 minutes of your day to watch it.
By Amanda Heskett
Staff writer Have you ever wanted to experience the wonder of a loading screen without the agony of waiting for your webpage to load? Well, now you can! “Loading Screen Simulator” is, at its core, a clicker game. As the player stares at the loading screen they will also be clicking a button to earn a random amount of money with each click. They can then use this money to upgrade their loading screen with more features. Despite its initial impression, the loading bar does actually go up as the game moves forward. The game also appears to have an end, based on the large number of achievements that it is possible to receive. The number of achievements is more than one may think. The artwork of the game itself is largely juvenile and looks like the artist may have rushed to put it together. However, this gives the right vibe so to speak to the silly concept the game is putting forward The actual gameplay has very little if any challenge to it. However, the player can if they choose, try and figure out how to gain the numerous achievements, to satisfy the completionist in them. It also demands attention. Though it requires little thought, one has to wonder what will happen when the loading bar finally fills up, or what the next upgrade will look like. This game is an easy way to pass the time. Silly on the surface, “Loading Screen Simulator” becomes addicting, like other clicker games do. When taking part, the player may wonder why they spent so much time clicking a button. But it’s daunting how many achievements there are, and how many they may not have unlocked, yet. They feel the need to continue playing, just to see if they can get them all. Overall, Loading Screen Simulator is a game that is little more than a time waster, but it has its own charm and humor to it.
Arts & Life
Freshman Profile: Aia Andonovska By Jessica Wiegandt
Arts and Life Editor
With family hailing from Eastern Europe, freshman Aia Andonovska spent time in Macedonia interning with the Peace Corps before she came to BC. Andonovska was homeschooled throughout middle school and high school, allowing her to finish a semester early and spend two months in the country just north of Greece. “My dad is from Macedonia and I’ve always grown up with that aspect in my life and it’s really important to me,” Andonovska said. She spent February, March and a portion of April interning at the Peace Corps office in Macedonia. “I worked in their offices and learned to speak the languages used in that country,” Andonovska said. “It was a large inspiration for me to travel more and also to stay connected to who my family is.” Andonovska grew up in Fort Mill, SC but traveled often with her father to visit his home country and the surrounding European countries. Her mother teaches history and often took Andonovska to historical sites, which sparked her interest in studying the subject in college. Andonovska is studying History at BC and will possibly add a minor in English, which would allow her to travel and teach English as a second language. “I grew up in a household where education was important,” Andonovska said. “I was always told ‘Do your best’ and ‘Get good grades’ and I didn’t get in trouble if I didn’t but from a very young age it was instilled in me to read and study and learn as much as I could about everything and anything.” Her connection with the Peace Corps began in the 1990’s with her parents. Andonovska’s mother joined the Peace Corps around the same time the office in Macedonia was established in 1996. Andonovska’s father worked in the American Embassy based in Macedonia. “One day, Mom went to the embassy and, it’s actually funny how they met… he [Dad] had a black eye,” Andonovska said. According to Andonovska her father told her mother he had fallen off his bike. “It turns out he had actually been in a fight the day before,” Andonovska said, “But he really liked her and so he started showing up to functions where the embassy and the Corps were both represented and eventually talked to her.” Andonovska said her father asked to interview her mother for the embassy, but it was
all a ploy to get to know her better. “They got married there [Macedonia],” Andonovska said, “And eventually came back to the US. They divorced when I was five, but that’s kind of their love story and also how Macedonia became such an important part of my life.” Andonovska applied to work as an intern in the offices this past spring. “Basically I did anything that needed to be done,” Andonovska said, “I cleaned out boxes, I created packets for the volunteers at events, helped out at events, took pictures for them with my camera… And then I came back home in April with this whole new experience.” Andonovska plans to return to the office in Macedonia for the summer of 2018 and also hopes to eventually join the Peace Corps as a volunteer for the full two-year program. “It was challenging at times… I have family over there, I lived with my Baba [Grandma] but I had to provide for myself,” Andonovska said. “I had to cook, clean, go grocery shopping and I did all that at 18 and that was the first time I was really on my own.” The learning experience was a positive one, though, as Andonovska was given the opportunity to experience life on her own yet also have a safety net in a supportive community. She says her time spent abroad allowed her to also make the transition to college a smooth one. “Everyone was so welcoming, it was all like family,” Andonovska said. “It took me awhile to get used to being home again because I found such a wonderful community overseas. I’m excited to see what happens next summer.”
Photo courtesy of Aia Andonovska
Aia Andonovska stands in front of a museum in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia.
September 6, 2017
Free Climb Night at Rock Gym
By Lauren Fowler
Staff Writer Campus Life and the Student Government Association have teamed up with local Brevard Rock Gym again this year to provide students with the opportunity to climb for free each Tuesday night from 5-9pm. The local gym is currently the practice spot for the new Brevard College Climbing Team which was established under athletics just last year. “Free Climb Night” has become a tradition in the past few years for Brevard College students. The night has always been an opportune time to not only work on polishing and refining your climbing skills, but to also meet and greet with fellow students . The gym itself has a rich history rooted deep in the community of the town of Brevard as well as Brevard College. The gym was founded in 2004 and built by hand by passionate local Western North Carolina climbers with a will to share their love of climbing with others. The founder of Brevard Rock Gym and original owner, Susie Baer, was a Brevard College Alumni—as was its second owner, Jeremy Whitworth. Current owner, Rachel Austin commented on the purchase of the gym saying, “We bought it to keep it going and to keep it in our community. We want it to always be a place where people can come to hang out and climb as well as develop confidence and have fun!” The Austin family bought the gym in 2013 and since then have worked to carry on the traditions and family atmosphere the gym had always been known for. Not only does the gym give back to the local community, it has also been in constant in its support of climbers at the college - originally working with the Climbing Club, founded by Travis Gray, the coach of the newly officiated Brevard College Climbing Team. The Climbing Team uses the space for practices each week, as well as a place to share their love with the student body through College Night. Team Captain of the Climbing Team, Jordan Haak commented, “It’s really cool to see all the new and upcoming graduates of Brevard College coming out to climb.” College Night is free for current students of Brevard College - climbing shoes included. The gym is located across from the library behind Brevard Ballet and next to the crossfit gym just look for the Brevard Rock Gym sign. All levels are welcome and encouraged to come, all you need is your college ID, a good attitude, and an open mind ready to learn and climb hard.
September 6, 2017 | The Clarion
The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey One week later
By Jeni Welch Copy Editor
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey reached Corpus Christi, Texas and continued up along the gulf, through Texas and Louisiana touching land three separate times, twice as a hurricane and then once as a tropical storm. Winds reached over 130 mph and some areas had as much as 4 inches of rainfall an hour. There was a total of 20 trillion gallons of rain doused across the states and a new record rainfall of 51.88 inches in five days was recorded at Cedar Bayou, Texas. The storm has destroyed an estimated 185,149 homes according to an ABC News article and 440,000 people have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There have been at least 50 deaths that are in relation to the hurricane. Madeleine Brodsky, Brevard College alumni, is currently living in Austin said, “A lot of people are very upset as the major flooding Houston could have been largely avoided had the city not developed over large wetlands that could have absorbed thousands of gallons of water.” The Houston area is a flat geographical city with outdated drainage systems and recently eliminated over 38,000 acres of wetlands surrounding the area. Houston’s National Weather Service wrote that the rainfall, “has led to the largest flood in Houston-Galveston history.”
Luckily, the area is not expecting any more rain in the forecast and rescue efforts are in full force. “Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming!” Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman posted Wednesday on Facebook. “If you called, we are coming. Please get to higher ground if you can, but please try (to) stay out of attics.” BC alumni, Jonathon Hyde, grew up in Southwest Houston and has lived through past hurricanes like Ike and Katrina. “The tropical storms that roll through have always been worse because they just sit there and rain for days,” said Hyde. “This was the hurricane version of that.” It has been over a week since Harvey ravaged the Gulf and areas remain under water, new evacuation orders are being placed, and many people are still stranded. White House officials said President Trump has been expected to ask Congress to approve $7.8 billion for disaster relief and then $6.8 billion before the end of the month. “I think it is great that everyone is working together to help however they can,” said Brodsky. More problems arose from Harvey as the French chemical company, Arkema, had a series of explosions after the main electrical system and backups failed resulting in the refrigeration systems to be cut off that kept the volatile chemicals stable on Thursday, Aug 31.
Enrollment at BC decreases in Fall 2017 The number of first-year students attending Brevard College in the fall semester of 2017 is 244, according to data from the Director for Institutional Research and Planning at Brevard College, Sherry Downing. This number of incoming freshmen has risen by 13 from the fall of 2016, when 231 students became first-year college students. The 244 members of the freshman class equate to 36 percent of the student body at BC this year, whereas freshmen last year equated to 33 percent of all students. This means that total student enrollment at BC has slightly declined in the last year. At this point in 2016, 704 students were enrolled at the college. The number of students currently attending BC is 677, for a decline in attendance of 27 students. Despite a reclassification from NCAA
Division II to Division III coming into effect this year, a greater percentage of student athletes are enrolled at the college. In fall 2016, 65 percent of BC students were classified as student athletes, whereas this semester, the number has risen to 68 percent. On the decline are North Carolina residents at BC. Standing at 53 percent currently, the number of home state students has fallen two percent from 55 percent this time last year. Local commuters to the college are also on the decline, from 9 percent twelve months ago to 6 percent now. Despite this change in percentage, the number of students living on campus remains fairly similar between from last year to now. Conversely, International student attendance has risen from less than 1 percent this time last year, to 4 percent this year.
Nearby residents were evacuated and 15 public safety officers were hospitalized after inhaling the explosions smoke. There are around 500 other facilities that have been shut down in the area. Some have reported damages and loss of power “which has led to the release of millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals into the air” according to reports in the New York Times. However, the Environmental Protection Agency said, “that there were no immediate health threats.” There are new concerns as the E.P.A. has 166 water systems under a “boil water order.” On Sunday, the E.P.A. reported that over 800 wastewater treatment facilities are not fully operational. Through all the bad shines the support from around the country. Former BC student, John Covington, headed down with supplies after his family was evacuated. Neighboring areas helped alongside with local first responders and with direction from the Coast Guard. “I had no doubt that Houston would act the way it did in crisis mode. Being able to survive environmental hardships has always been part of living in Texas,” said Hyde. “We have problems like every other city but these disasters help us humans see what’s actually important in life.”
Photo by Jessica Wiegandt
Sophomore Nathan Boepple catches air at the local pump track.
September 6, 2017
This week, away from home North Korea
By Calum McAndrew Managing Editor North Korea hit the headlines once more on Sunday Sept. 3 by conducting their sixth, and most powerful nuclear test to date. The question from this arises; what the hell is going on in Pyongyang? Kim Jong Un is perhaps the only person on the planet who likes the United States less than DACA recipients right now, and the North Korean leader has made no indication of ever trying to suppress this hatred. Following this nuclear test, the country’s sixth since 2006, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Kim was, “begging for war.” This test suggests that the Koreans now have a nuclear device that they can attach to a missile, thus giving them the ability to hit the mainland United States. The nuclear test was the talk of the day on Sunday, with many presumably promptly adhering to President Trump’s instruction through tweet that, “Sunday is National Prayer Day (by Presidential Proclamation!)” Setting off an estimated explosive yield of somewhere between 50 and 125 Kilotons (the Hiroshima nuke had an explosive yield of 15 Kilotons) you’d be hard pushed to find a Californian not gazing cautiously out across the Pacific Ocean on Sunday evening. The nuclear test also caused tremors, registering as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, as if the state of California needed another reminder of things ready to destroy it. United States President Donald Trump condemned the attacks via twitter, and was soon joined by other prominent world leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for harder sanctions on North Korea from the EU, and China’s envoy to the UN, Liu Jieyi, requested that dialogue continue between the sparring states. Trump seemed to disagree with Jieyi, stating in a tweet that, “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!” He continued, “I will be meeting General Kelly, General Mattis and other military leaders at the White House to discuss North Korea.” Trump finished tweeting on Sunday by saying, “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.” This last tweet may seem like a good idea at first glance, as North Korea does indeed have an economy, and economies have a tendency to fail when they’re ignored like a singing homeless man on the back of a bus. The only problem for Trump is that halting trade with all nations that trade with North Korea, would mean halting trade entirely. According to the New York Times, “Despite years of economic sanctions and international condemnation, North Korea still conducts trade with a host of United States allies, including Brazil, Germany and Mexico.” In addition to this, North Korea’s biggest partner in trade is by a Chinese sized margin, China. The biggest partner in trade for the United States, as you may have guessed by the label on everything you are currently in contact with, is also China. Halting trade seems like an ill-constructed idea. Nuclear warfare also seems rather unpleasant, given the side effects that blowing up tends to have. So where does the United States go from here? According to CNN’s Katie Hunt, the US is left with two options, “Sanctions and negotiations.” Donald Trump doesn’t seem in much of a mood to have brunch with Kim Jong Un, and Nikki Haley has new-found lack of patience for blustering leaders with bad table manners and worse hair.
Photo courtesy of VICE News
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un saluting a crowd
Sanctions seem like the most likely option to be deployed. The UN are unlikely to be thrilled by the prospect of thermonuclear war, and even North Korea’s biggest allies in China have opposed the test. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, “The Chinese Government resolutely opposes and strongly condemns this.” According to the BBC, China will however still be somewhat split in their attitude towards the North Koreans. Jonathan Marcus wrote in an article in the BBC on Sunday that China would not want to see Kim Jong Un with a nuclear arsenal, but on the other hand, “it does not want the North Korean regime swept away. This would result in millions of refugees flooding into China and would probably result in a unified Korea very much in the US orbit.” Working with China to impose sanctions on the North Koreans, and working with South Korea and Japan to increase military presence closer to the threat could be the likely course of action, but with news still filtering out of North Korea by the hour, the situation is still wholly unpredictable. Though a foreign enemy to the North with a seemingly absent ability to see reason, and a complicated lust for foreign blood may seem like the most Game of Thrones thing to happen recently, we do have to remember that Game of Thrones was on a little over a week ago. It’s perhaps too early to say nuclear winter is coming.