My Watchmen Experience

I should start out by saying that I am not a “movie person.” I don’t go movie theaters, I don’t buy DVDs and I don’t have a Netflix account. No offense to anyone who is an enthusiast, but, with rare exceptions, the only movies I will see are the ones that are on basic cable at a time when nothing else is on.

That being said, I had to see Watchmen. No, I’m not a fanatic that read the comic book and had to see how the movie couldn’t do it justice – The only comics that I read were the type with a stuffed tiger and a transmogrifier. The reason that I had to go see Watchmen were the murmurs that I would hear about it everywhere. I started skeptical, but one friend would tell me how incredible the movie was sure to be, a professor told me that it was time to get on the bandwagon, another friend was quick to tell me that it made Time’s list of the 100 greatest novels since 1923. I couldn’t resist and told my friends that they we had to go see it when it came out, an event that was still months away when my interest was piqued.

Then the reviews started coming in. As the critics started to give their take on the movie, I started to get worried. The New Yorker wrote that it was a flop comparable to that of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, with the film reaching its high point in the first ten minutes. Newsweek said that the meticulousness with which the film had followed the book had backfired. It seemed that the only good reviews of the movie were in its commercials. I was getting nervous.

Finally the time came, and, unsure to expect greatness or something that made three hours seem like an eternity, I saw it. The reasons why the critics lambasted it were clear. The plot jumped from loosely-connected point to loosely-connected point until the last five minutes. A solid share of the cast was largely lacking in personality – most notably the duo of Night Owl and Silk Spectre – a pair that seemed there only to advance a plot in a movie where everyone else is given elaborate back-story and depth. But how anyone could leave without plenty of good things to say is beyond me. While there were some characters that lagged, there were clear standouts as well. Rorschach, played by Jackie Earle Haley, had intensity that you could not take your eyes off of – Haley really made psychopathic moral crusader come to life. The best character in the film was The Comedian, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a character possessed cynical worldview that still managed to be unique and captivating. The films visuals were also outstanding, with powerful visuals (the most prominent of which is the smiling face with a single drop of blood on it as well as action scenes that came off as neither over-the-top nor unbelievable. And while the plot does not come together until the last five minutes, at least it comes together in a good way and not an M. Night Shyamalan way.

While there were problems with this movie, just as there are with just about any movie, I did not leave the movie feeling like I had been duped into wasting my time. While I’m still not a movie person after seeing Watchmen, I am glad that I bought into the hype and made an exception this time.

Students Narrowly Escape Fire by Jumping From Window

Red House FireWritten by Josh Hughes

Two Southwestern students were forced to jump from a second-story window early Sunday morning when the house that they were in caught on fire, leading them both to sustain minor injuries. The house was being rented by three members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, all of whom lost much of what was in their rooms at the time of the blaze.

Junior Lauren Brown, said that her boyfriend, senior Martin Irish, woke her early that morning asking if she smelled smoke. She said that she did and went to her bedroom door to check the house.

“I opened it and smoke came pouring in,” Brown said. “We could barely breathe, we were coughing.”

Brown then tried to open the window on the front side of the house, but discovered it was stuck. Irish managed to open a window facing the backyard where police were waiting below. Although reluctant to jump, Brown said that she saw little other choice. The couple sustained minor injuries from jumping the window. Brown said that she cracked her heel and broke one of her thumbs, while Irish broke his foot in two places.

Brown and Irish were unsure if they were the only ones who were in the house at the time of the fire because junior Anna Harpst, another resident, had been in the house the night before. However Harpst had left early that morning to stay at her girlfriend’s house. Brown and Irish were unable to reach Harpst on her cell phone, so it was not until they called her girlfriend, senior Hailey Ormand, that they knew she was not in the house, Harpst said.

“I had left after they went to bed, so they were not sure if I was in the house or not,” Harpst said.

Brown said that the fire was discovered by a couple that was driving past the house on their way to work. The man went into the house to make sure that no one was inside while his wife stayed in the car honking the horn to try to alert anyone that may have been inside. Brown said that by the time that she and Irish exited the house, a crowd of neighbors and emergency workers had gathered.

The Georgetown Fire Department was called to the scene of the fire at 6:47 a.m., and by 7:46 a.m. they had put out the blaze. The fire started on the front porch of the house, according to Georgetown Assistant Fire Chief Clay Shell, who also said that it was deemed accidental in nature by investigators. According to Shell, it was likely an electrical fire, possibly caused by an extension cord plugged into some yard lights in front of the house, but fire investigators were unable to tell for sure. While this was as far into the cause that the Georgetown Fire Department is planning to look, Shell said, the company that insured the house might hire someone to look into it further. The damage to Red House was “substantial,” and even the house next door had sustained minor damages, according to Shell.

John Spangle, the owner of the house, said that he would have to see what kind of insurance settlement he received, but that the damage was so extensive that the price of rebuilding might just be too much.

“More likely than not, it will have to come down,” Spangle said.

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Two of Spangle’s children who were SU students have lived in the house, and, according to Hapst, Southwestern students have been living in the house for many years. Hapst added that the fact that it has not just been strangers living in the house made the fire even harder.

Not only did the fire cause substantial damage to the house, but the contents of the Red House were also damaged. Brown said that the women were able to salvage a few things from the house, but lost things like books, bedding and even electronics.

“Pretty much all of our stuff is gone,” Brown said.

Junior Whitney Battarbee, the third resident of the house, said that she had been out of town on a trip to watch the Southwestern baseball team when the fire occurred, but that the things in her room were harmed.

“My room was probably the worst, from smoke damage,” Battarbee said.

“Harpst said that almost everything in her room was made unusable, including her clothes, a DVD player and money that she had left there.

“I lost everything in my room,” Harpst said, “you name it.”

In an effort to help the displaced students, the Office of Residence Life sent out an email Tuesday, March 3, asking students, faculty and staff to help donate items such as textbooks, furniture and clothing. The Southwestern Bookstore has also agreed to donate clothing and school supplies to the affected students.

“I’m giving every one of them one of everything we have,” Larry Connell, the manager of Southwestern’s bookstore, said.

Connell said that as soon as he found out that women had lost so much, he called hem up and offered to help.

“It it just something that I like to do,” Connoll said, mentioning that he had done this before in his almost 27 years at the Southwestern bookstore.

“All three of us are so thankful for everything that people have done for us,” Battarbee said.

Harpst said that the outreach has not just been from those close to the residents.

“Friends and not friends, there are people helping us,” Hapst said.

The women said that they have found a house off campus where they will live together again. They expect to move in as soon as their two-week application review is finished. Until then, however, they are without a place of their own.

“Right now I’m floating between friends,” Brown said of the time in the interim.

Battabee said that she was staying with her boyfriend until she could move into the new house, and Hapst said that she was staying with Ormand.

Hapst was encouraged by the kindness that people have shown, and wanted to thank “everyone, even if they’re just telling us they’ll help, offering us things, anything that helps us get by. Basically all we have is people helping us out, and that’s enough.”

If you would like to help the victims of the fire, please contact Residence Life.

Challenges to Public Educators: Intelligent Design Has Place in Society, Not Schools

Charles Darwin, co-founder of the Theory of EvolutionWritten by Brady Granger

A battle is currently underway in Texas public schools over the teaching of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

In January, the Texas Board of Education voted down a mandate that has been around since the 1980’s that would require teachers to show the “strengths and weaknesses” of the theory.

This was seen as a win for those on the side of evolution because this particular amendment was attempting to place doubt in students’ minds about a theory that most biologists hold to be true.

However, the battle isn’t over yet. The final vote on the matter is scheduled to take place this month, and if the vote switches in favor of the conservatives on the board, it will have widespread effects on the teaching of biology in the rest of country due to the large size of Texas’s textbook needs.

Effectively, the near future of biology teaching in the United States will be decided this month by a 15-person board from one of the most conservative states in the country.

The Texas Board of Education should uphold their previous decision and vote against the amendment.

One state should not be able to exert an influence over the content of textbooks that all states buy.

The amendment, if passed, would also place a large responsibility on the shoulders of biology teachers and would most likely leave our state’s students with wildly ranging ideologies about biology in general and specifically, the theory of evolution.

On the top rung of the ladder of public education in Texas, the biology teachers feel that the amendment has no merit in the domain of scientific education. In a New York Times article on the subject, University of Texas professor of biology David M. Hillis is quoted as saying that the amendment “makes no sense to me,” and that, “It’s a clear indication that the chairman of the state school board doesn’t understand science.”

What most concerns me about this amendment is that it is a mandate that is said to be encouraging exploration of both the “strengths and weaknesses” of all different theories.

But it really seems to be a clever way to defy federal law that says the teaching of intelligent design is a violation of church and state.

I can’t see any way that this new amendment, if passed, would not result in wildly varying teaching methods and approaches to evaluating strengths and weaknesses.

Some students would probably continue to receive the same education about evolution as in previous years, but with a day spent on the new asterisk introduced by the amendment.

Others, however, might be subjected to teachers who regard the new law as a free pass to teach intelligent design. There would undoubtedly be teachers who fit into a range between these two extremes as well.

If the amendment passes, students would probably be listening to lectures on the merit of intelligent design, an idea that many people do not believe in.

Texas would be subjecting its entire public school student population to the opinion of their respective biology teachers. Students from different schools could have completely different perceptions about Darwin’s theory and biology. This would create a science crisis for the state because this integral basic knowledge will not be re-taught once the students reach college.

Students would arrive on college campuses around the country with a body of knowledge that is inconsistent with most biological thought. The Texas Board of Education should stay consistent with their previous decision and vote down the amendment. The theory of intelligent design does have a place in society, but that place is not in schools.

It is in churches and homes where parents are free to teach their children whatever they like. Placing doubt on a widely accepted theory would be a mistake on the part of the board and would damage the state of science in the state. The board should vote to strengthen Texas’s reputation in the sciences and to allow our students a chance at a future in their study of those sciences.

A War That is Closer to Home

Gay MarriageWritten by Andrew Dornon

Dear readers: there is a war being fought. No, not that joke in Iraq. And no, not wherever else there might be a war. There is a war going on in your own backyard. This is the war for a group of individuals to be recognized as fully human. Of course, I’m talking about the homosexual community. Granted, almost everyone at Southwestern is in favor of gay marriage or at least civil unions. But what about the folks in Sun City? I’m not saying here that there are not forward-thinking individuals of all ages. But there does seem to be a more heteronormative ideology amongst the older population, one that still harbors traditional ideas about what constitutes “marriage.”

This is understandable, as the gay rights movement is still relatively young.

So where does this go? Well, I see this like any other socially progressive movement. There is and has been some resistance from all people of conservative leanings. and there will be reactionary forces like these for a while to come. They may never go away entirely. I mean, I’m sure there are still some people who think Prohibition was a good idea.

Luckily, with time and effort, most dehumanizing practices fade away. Except for capitalism, patriarchy and slavery, but whatever. Let’s not get carried away here. There are significant parallels between the women’s liberation movement, the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement.

Although sexism and racism are in no way nonexistent in American life, they are far less blatant. Things seem to be getting better on these fronts as people accept each other’s humanity despite their differences. But this seeming inevitability is not necessarily so. The cause must be fought for on all fronts, lest there be a backward slide into, well, backwardness. Without a constant pushing of the metaphorical envelope, there will be no future for the rights of all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or any other arbitrary distinction. People of all sexualities, there aren’t just two or three, should claim themselves as people and hold together as such. Gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, asexual and any other sexual orientations that I forgot to mention – people are still people and should not allow others to be discriminated against or persecuted for any reason. A key factor in this raising of awareness and liberalizing of ideas about sexuality is visibility. Everyone in the population must be made aware of and welcomed by the sexually progressive population. This is not a war on our part. The war is on us. The persecuted cannot become the persecutors. If this were to happen, it would only hurt the gay rights cause.

In closing, I know a lot of fabulously accepting older and elderly people who would never judge someone based on their sexual orientation, so I do not want to stereotype a certain group. I merely want to call attention to a trend and opine on my vision of the future. In all seriousness, please hug someone, recycle and dance.

Top Ten SU Student Guide for Surviving the Economic Crisis

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Written by Laura Romer

Seeing as how the economic recession isn’t going to go away any time soon, here are a few words of the wise to help you and your potentially penniless presence. To buck up you Debbie Downers out there, here is a top ten SU student guide for surviving the economic crisis.

1) Accept raising tuition prices. It will make you appreciate it later in life when you are paying off your student loans with money you do not have.

2) Forgo washing clothes. At $2 a cycle, that one shirt does not have a stain on it, merely a little “splash” of color. Tell others, “It’s not smelly; it’s just vintage.”

3) Sell recently vacated senate seats that may or may not be in Illinois as an easy way to make some fast cash. (Just don’t get caught like our buddy, Blagojevich!)

4) Pick up activities that are free or already included in Southwestern’s $40,000 price tag. For example, enjoy the great outdoors SU has to offer. Except at the recently built admissions building. And the currently being renovated mini mall over by Brown-Cody. And that once grassy knoll across from Mundy. And the Mabee elevator. Because it’s kind of smelly (not that that’s outdoors, but it’s definitely not great, either).

5) Cogitate ponderous thoughts such as “Where is Waldo?” and “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?,” as well as “Why do the bathroom stalls in Olin give the illusion that they will lock?”

6) Embrace your inner pirate. No, seriously. Why go to the store and buy an overpriced CD when you can save money, time and gas by illegally downloading it?

7) Spend other people’s money. Show how much you care by taking upon that commercial burden. If they don’t thank you, it’s because they are just so overwhelmed by your extreme kindness and selflessness. Don’t believe me? Two words: stimulus package.

8) Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce homework load. Reuse old classmates’ papers. Recycle said papers upon completion of re-usal and reduce-al period.

9) Take advantage of others’ misfortunes. Know that even though your life is a little less than peachy-keen, that someone somewhere has it worse than you do. See fmylife.com for more musings.

10) Downgrade the good libations to Keystone Light. Oh, wait. The parties here already do that.

One unread textbook: $160 (resale value: $16). One four-year liberal arts education: $160,000. Surviving the economic crisis: priceless.

Paideia Evolves, Students Still Confused

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Written by Laura Romer

Paideia. Pie-day-uh. Uh. That last syllable seems to be the general consensus for that ever elusive question of what is Paideia.

According to the university’s website, “while the exact meaning of the term “paideia” is open to interpretation, it is generally held that paideia refers to the ‘sum total of one’s educational experiences.’”

Again, what is Paideia? Responses include: raised eyebrows, “uh’s,” shaky laughs and even a “not going to even try to say what it is.”

“It’s hard to really define something like Paideia – something that changes with each group depending on the people involved,” sophomore Cameron Duggins said.

Senior Brennan Peel echoes that sentiment. “It’s a fluid thing, changing, [and] subjective. I think it has real qualities and real benefits, but I think those qualities and benefits must be actively sought by students,” Peel said.

David Gaines, director of Paideia since 2006 and associate professor of English, said, “The main organizing principles of it [Paideia] are students would have an enriched civic engagement experience, an enriched research or creative works experience, an enriched intercultural experience and that they would see the connection between all those things, those elements and share those awarenesses, reflections [and] sense of connections with nine other students from different majors [and] a professor for six semesters together.”

Paideia started in 2002 upon receiving a monetary gift from the Priddy Foundation after Southwestern was one of 30 liberal arts schools invited to propose a program that would change how liberal arts work in the country.

Gaines, who has been with the program since its inception, has seen all the changes that accompany it. “Initially, these groups were brought together with an attempt to balance gender and to have people from different majors and get that true interdisciplinary experience,” he said. “But there was no thematic organization to it.”

Students now in Paideia, who are referred to as scholars, are divided into groups, or cohorts, of ten that represent different majors and meet for six semesters.

Originally, a faculty member had two Paideia groups instead of now only one. Another change included a longer list of requirements that was more specific then and not as flexible as the program is now.

With the most recent round of Paideia scholars, cohorts were given organizing themes, similar to the idea of how First-Year Seminar is structured, that stress social engagement. Some of the past year’s themes include Vision and Visuality, Green Thought and Green Action, Film and Politics, Understanding Human Behavior, and Truth, Beauty, and Wisdom.

Aside from the new themes and faculty for the upcoming year, a major shift in Paideia is that there will be a higher number of people turned down than ever before.

This year, the program had a record number of applicants with 120 students competing for 80 spots. Due to the large number, Gaines says students will not be notified of their acceptance until after spring break instead of the earlier stated March 13.

Additionally, as opposed to the usual 90 percent acceptance rate, now only 67 percent of applicants will be admitted into the program after being carefully selected through an admissions process, which is also new to the program this year.

The $1000 reimbursement, which can be used for a plane ticket, research, a creative work or other program-related expenses, will still be available, but Gaines considers the one-hour of credit more of a long-term issue.

“We continue to need to think about where the one hour of pass/fail really fits for what students want out of it and what faculty want out of the program.”

While students may hesitate in their attempts to explain what Paideia is, they have no problems in describing what is done in Paideia. “It’s been fun getting to know a new group of people especially while learning and helping others in the process,” Duggins said.

Others take an opposite stance. A junior Paideia scholar said “Going to class is a chore… we just talk about the fact that we haven’t done anything,” but adds, “I think Paideia, if done well, can be really beneficial. Unfortunately… I don’t find my group very beneficial.”

Gaines acknowledges the complicated nature of Paideia. “If it’s like another class on campus, it’s really not working. It’s supposed to be more of a synthesizing and cross-disciplinary experience,” he said

Sophomore Brady Granger, tries to take a stab at a definition. “It was clearly explained that Paideia is what you make it,” he said.

Currently there are 11 questions listed under the Frequently Asked Questions for Paideia on the Southwestern website.

Perhaps one more really should be added: But what is Paideia? Then again, maybe it is best if that one is just left as fill in the blank.

Letter From the Editor About Megaphone Redesign

M - Courtesy of Lane HillWritten by Rachel Rigdon

As members of one of the oldest student newspapers in Texas, we feel a large burden to improve and maintain the value of The Megaphone. As most of you know, we don’t always get it right, but we keep trying.

This last weekend, six of the Megaphone editors and I traveled to San Diego for the Associate Collegiate Press conference. It was an amazing experience. We learned way too much to ever be able to incorporate into The Megaphone, but we are definitely working on adding brand new elements in.

We are planning on a complete redesign for the paper over the next few weeks, so if it looks strange or weird, we’re just working out the kinks. At the same time, we’re completely redesigning the webpage in the hopes of making it more interactive, engaging, and relevant to your life.

We’re adding more investigative stories, longer feature articles, and more articles with varied lengths to more effectively cover the issues that really matter. We’re taking our reporting beyond the paper and website with our Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts that add to the amount of coverage we’re able to provide.

As we experiment, please let us know what you think. This is YOUR paper first and foremost and we want to make it reflective of your interests.

Leave comments about our new design and ideas and share your suggestions at www.southwestern.edu/megaphone. Want to stay plugged in with us? Follow our Twitter at su_megaphone or add SU Megaphone on Facebook.

Thank you and keep reading!

Rachel Rigdon, Editor-in-Chief

Confessions of a Shopaholic: A Review

Confessions of a Shipaholic PosterWritten by Taylor Lunsford

What girl doesn’t love seeing beautiful clothes? And for most, it is impossible to resist buying beautiful clothes. However, for Rebecca Bloomwood, heroine of “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” shopping is not just something you do out of necessity or because you have a special occasion- it’s a way of life.

Rebecca, better known as Becky, would rather buy clothes than pay the rent. The closet of her small, New York apartment is literally ready to explode from the amount of clothing she’s crammed into it. Just like her brightly colored clothes, Becky pops from the screen in her own unique way.

On the surface, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is just about a silly girl who loves clothes who happens to fall in love. And to the cynics, that’s all it will ever be. But Becky is more than just a frivolous girl, more concerned with her clothes than anything else. Becky is a multi-faceted, vibrant, and vivacious character who every girl would want to be friends with.

As in every chick flick, there is a love-story. And, on par for every love story, there’s a screw-up and then a grand gesture of love, followed by the happily-ever-after. But Becky provides an interesting figure given our current economy. She gets herself into a horrendous amount of debt, but she also gets herself out of it. She teaches audiences that frugalness is a good thing, but it’s also ok to splurge within your limits.

Isla Fischer, a young, up and coming actress from Australia, brilliantly portrays Becky. She leads a cast of very quirky characters, including her leading man, Hugh Dancy, who plays Becky’s boss (and romantic interest), Luke Brandon. Fischer and Dancy create a rapport between their characters reminiscent of that between some of the greatest on-screen couples, such as Doris Day and Rock Hudson or Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Not to say that the acting is quite on par with these Hollywood greats, but there is a special chemistry between the two that works.

Most movie patrons won’t realize that Becky Bloomwood and her friends are the creations of Sophie Kinsella, Britain’s answer to Meg Cabot. “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is the first book in the five book series that Kinsella wrote over the course of seven years, 2000-2007. Unlike her cinematic counterpart, the literary Becky is an offbeat British journalist who falls for communications tycoon, Luke.

The actual character transition from book to screen was almost effortless. Becky is just as quirky and trips her way through life always managing to land on her feet, albeit with many bumps and bruises along the way. The story transition, however, left much to be desired.

The change of Becky’s interactions made for a cute movie, but staying truer to the book would have given the movie much more depth and substance. In the end, the result is the same: Becky is a stronger, wiser character, who gets the guy and lives to shop another day (which she does in four wonderful sequels). I guess the real question comes down to: was the movie good? The simple answer is yes.

As sophomore Lizzie Brister said, “Shopaholic was the cheesiest and most entertaining chick-flick I’ve seen in a long time. Not only was it a veritable kaleidoscope of delightfully over-the-top fashion, but the quirky characters and satisfying conclusion added a bit of depth that made the film worth the price of a ticket, and perhaps even another before it goes out of theaters.”

I would agree with Lizzie on all points, however, I would add in that it was a good movie that didn’t quite reach its full potential. As is the universally acknowledged truth: the book was better than the movie.

I can’t in good conscience recommend seeing the movie without also recommending that you read the books as well. They are a delightful, summery read that will make you feel good inside and keep you laughing with every page turn.

However, the movie is just as delightful and is a wonderful source of escapism that we need more of given our current economic situation. If you need to be cheered up, go see it.

How Boys Basketball Finished in the SCAC Tournament

A picture of a basketball, courtesy of Google Images.Written by Nicholas Pierce

Austin College, DePauw University and Trinity University are contemplating one important question right now: “Where in the world did the Southwestern men’s basketball team come from?” All three teams suffered stunning defeats to the Pirates. In the last two weeks of the season, our Pirate ballers caught fire, propelling themselves on a run into the SCAC tournament that no one saw coming.

This streak began with Southwestern’s run in the middle of February, starting with a crucial, must-win home game against Austin College. The Southwestern men’s team met the Kangaroos and emerged victorious after a difficult, defensive effort. Yet, this win was more important than just a SCAC conference bid. As first-year James Davenport said before the Pirates’ journey to Arkansas, “Hopefully this win will get each of us fired up. We have been playing well throughout the season, but we have not been playing play-off basketball. Against Austin College, we raised our game to another level. If we bring that type of attitude and play that aggressively on both ends of the floor, we will be a very difficult team to beat.”

Southwestern then faced off against DePauw University in their first conference tournament match-up. Southwestern should have been intimidated, having previously been crushed by DePauw 81-54. Yet, our Pirates did not come in to the game the least bit phased or scared, bringing their newfound confidence to the court. The Pirates had an incredible first half against one of the best teams in the conference, shooting lights out from everywhere on the floor. The Pirates shot 50% from the field, 55.6% from three-point range, and 61.5% from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Nick Caputo was a force in the first half, coming off of the bench for the Pirates. Caputo went red hot and sank three from deep and converted three free throws for 12 points in just 10 minutes of play. Sophomore forward Jonathan Brown also served a huge roll, scoring 11 first half points. Southwestern went into halftime up by eight, 39-31.

The second half was a different story for the Pirates. DePauw came out with a vengeance, going on a few scoring streaks throughout the half. Yet, junior Zack Bergstrom seemed to hit a three pointer every time DePauw was able to make up ground and pull close. The Pirates finished off the game at the free throw line, knocking off a conference giant in the first round. Southwestern’s balanced attack and rebounding efforts were the key in their victory. Four players were able to reach double figures, with Brown scoring 16 points, Barber dropping 13, Caputo ending with 12 points and Bergstrom following with 10 points. In addition to this, Southwestern out-rebounded the Tigers for the game 44-29, dominating the boards.

As first-year James Davenport said, “This victory was huge for us. With the win we can bury a nasty 30-point loss from earlier in the season. It feels great to get revenge and at the same time some momentum as we advance to the semi-finals against Trinity on Saturday.”

Hoping to continue their streak and do what few considered impossible, Southwestern then went against rival school Trinity University in their third meeting of the year. Having lost to Trinity the previous two regular season games, Southwestern was hoping to make, as junior Anthony Cox said, “the third time a charm.” Luckily for Southwestern, Cox decided to take no chances on the matter. Cox proved to be unstoppable against Trinity, shooting 70 percent from the floor, dropping 18 points, and dishing out five assists. He did everything on Saturday night, playing some fantastic team basketball as well as putting on a one-man show. As Trinity coach Pat Cunningham put it, the Pirates and especially Cox “were penetrating to the hoop and finding people on the floor” all night long. Cox made “big basket after big basket,” putting Southwestern on his back.Senior Andrew McDonald also chipped in with 15 points for the Pirates, pushing them to a 68-63 victory and continuing a miraculous run.

When interviewed after the game, Cox stated, “As a team we’ve come a long way. We’ve been able to stick together and bounce off the losses. Playing team ball, that’s what we’re all about right now.” With their victory, Southwestern beat Trinity for the first time since the 2004-2005 season and pushed themselves into the SCAC tournament championship.

Southwestern’s final game of the season came against Centre. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Centre senior guard Kris Bentley made the night his. He tied an SCAC Tournament single-game record with eight three-pointers and added 31 points. Bentley propelled Centre to its second SCAC Tournament championship with a 72-67 win over our Southwestern University Pirates. The Pirates showed a lot of heart and fought hard in an effort to continue their late season run, but fell just short. Once again, Southwestern was paced by junior guard Anthony Cox. Cox finished the day with 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds and shot 7-for-12 from the floor. McDonald also scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Although Southwestern did not come back SCAC champions, they came back to Georgetown having experienced, as Caputo smiled and said, “the greatest weekend ever.”