Hiring freeze Affecting Numerous Professors & Departments

istock_000006462094xsmall_2.jpgMany changes will take place in the 2009-10 academic year due to the economy. As a result of SU’s reduced endowment ($341 million to $220 million) from the decline in investment markets, budget changes within the university were inevitably called for. Among those budget changes is the continuation of the nine-month hiring freeze, negatively affecting expenses allotted for visiting professors and causing a halt in new staff openings.

There is increased concern for the quality of education at SU because of the rumored rise in the number of students in classes and reduction in number of classes offered. While the endowment is still high and the university will continue to thrive in the years to come, the sharp decrease remains a legitimate cause for concern and prompted some quick changes.

“I feel that the hiring freeze will certainly negatively affect the educational experience here at SU. The class sizes will definitely go up, not to mention people losing their jobs. I feel that there are certain other areas of the budget that should have been cut. This move by the administration seems like just the simplest and least thought out way to go about lowering expenses” first-year Andrew Dornon said.

Not only are visiting professors not being hired back, non-essential administrative travel expenses are being cut from numerous departments. This reduces the amount of professional conferences professors are allowed to take students to, and the effect to which the cut in travel expenses affects the educational experience is unclear. However, many professors have insisted that those changes do not affect the quality of what happens in the classroom.

“I personally see these changes as something that will hurt the school’s ability to get tenure track professors. Some of those visiting professors could become established, and we’re cutting back a lot of potential for them to stay here and enrich the community,” junior Luis Reyes said.

The lack of a salary increase for current professors (except those currently in tenure track positions) and reduction of visiting professor expenses could have a negative effect in the future. Class sizes may go up as a result of a larger incoming 2013 class, though the effect of this increase will vary from department to department. Departments that have a low number of professors, such as the communication studies department, may suffer the most.

“Southwestern will lose much of the charm of being a small school with a good student teacher ratio,” Reyes said. “Though it’s not like the administration really listens to students’ ideas about professors and keeping class sizes small.”

“I doubt class sizes will be affected that much because the classes that are traditionally large will still remain that way and the ones with less students will probably remain that way too,” sophomore Sam Marsh said.

Not only are the academics being affected by the changes, but the athletic department has dealt with numerous changes as well.

“Our biggest expense is travel,” Associate Athletic Director Ronda Seagraves said. “We are working right now with the SCAC to reduce travel costs. Though we are being affected just like everyone else in the conference, the quality of the athletic experience for the student-athletes has not gone down, and we have been lucky in many areas, since we haven’t had to cut any sports and with the location of the school with regards to travel. Right now we’re simply trying to be frugal and make smart decisions when it comes to travel.”

“As far as the hiring freeze, the effect on the athletic department is most seen with assistant coaching positions,” said Seagraves. “Luckily, we have no new openings that need to be filled within the nine-month period (with the exception of head swimming coach). We are working hard to prevent the hiring freeze from having a negative effect on recruiting.”

Murder Mystery Ball Sure to Mystify

mmb.jpg Just another typical Saturday night at Southwestern; rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood before the Academy Awards, celebrating everybody’s Oscar nomination and nervous dreams of winning that famous gold bald man. You’re having a fabulous time at the pre-party, and you find yourself talking to all of the famous Hollywood names both on-screen and off.

All of a sudden, during all of the excitement of the evening’s festivities, a murder occurs! Who did it? Was it the artsy director? Maybe it was the greedy producer! Or it could have been that snobby starlet who secretly nobody likes. But, was it possibly the self-absorbed male star? Yeah… it was probably him. Or could it possibly have been somebody else at the pre-party?

Ok, so maybe that’s not a typical Saturday night at Southwestern, but on Saturday May 2 at 8 p.m., it could be for you. Southwestern’s nationally award-winning Mock Trial team is holding their second annual Murder Mystery Ball.

At this event the participants get to watch a fake murder take place, talk to everybody around them and take careful notes, and hopefully discover who the murderer at the party was.

Anybody who successfully discovers the identity of the murderer is entered into a raffle drawing to win a secret prize at the end. Mock Trial members recommend questioning everybody’s motives, taking good notes and focusing on investigating every suspect.

Whoever goes doesn’t only get the opportunity to solve an interesting crime, but also gets to watch a mini-performance in order to get the background of the evening and characters his tory’s. As Mock Trial Captain Sarah Gould said, “Mock Trial team members are the actors, so all the audience has to do is sit back and watch as the scenes are acted out before them.”

The evening has so much more than just the opportunity to use your wit to solve a murder. While at the Murder Mystery Ball, you can enjoy music and dancing, very delicious desserts, time with friends, and even a bar. The Mock Trial’s mocktail bar featured Roy Rogers and Shirley Temples at last year’s event.

One of the most frequently cited reasons for enjoying the Murder Mystery Ball is the opportunity to pull out some finery for a rare opportunity to dress up for a evening out.

During last year’s event, many people showed up in suits, dresses and accessories styled from the 1940s since it took place during the time period of World War Two.

This year’s participants will dress up for a night at the Academy Awards, with attire being described as “Hollywood semi-formal” by Gould.

Sophomore Rachel Freeman attended the Murder Mystery Ball last year and had a blast. She encourages everybody to go this year.

As she said about her experience at last year’s event, “I’m normally not the type of person who likes getting dressed up for things, so I wasn’t planning on going to the Murder Mystery Ball at all last year. But then, due to my desire to support my friends as well as cure my boredom for the night, I changed my mind at the last minute and went.”

Freeman continues, “I’m really happy I did go though, because I had a blast that night! The whole concept of watching a play go on around you is incredibly cool, and being in costume just adds to the overall effect. I actually ended up enjoying being dressed up!”

“Honestly, I can’t think of one specific thing I liked more than another. The whole experience was just fun. Genuine, down to earth fun. I loved seeing my friends who had never acted before, suddenly take on the roles of the most absurd characters, complete with accents and fully developed personalities that they had to keep up for the entire night.”

Freeman adds, “The food was good, the decorations were awesome, I was never bored because the audience was really a part of the play itself, and we all got some pretty priceless photos out of it!”

Junior Elizabeth Ferrick is attending the ball for the first time this year.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” she said, “but I’ve heard really good things about it and I’m looking foward to going. There aren’t a lot of opportunities to dress up at Southwestern. The Oscar theme of the ball is a good excuse to get all dressed up.”

Gould says of the event, “It’s a good way to take a study break and enjoy one last event with friends and it’s unlike any other event on campus all year.”

The Murder Mystery Ball is the Mock Trial’s yearly fundraising event intended to raise money for their next academic year of competition.

Last year’s ball raised $570 in funds that they applied to help cover costs for their competitions.

Tickets for the Murder Mystery Ball will be sold through Friday, April 24th in the Concourse tables in the Commons. Tickets cost $10 a person and include dessert, mocktails and entertainment for the evening.

Local Bands Rock Out for SU Radio

The SU Radio OfficeNever before has SU seen an event of this musical magnitude. On Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in our beloved Howry Center. four local bands will take the stage to benefit SU Radio.

“As long as I’ve been here, there hasn’t been a showcase featuring numerous local bands. There are concerts, but not anything on this scale. I am personally really excited to see this idea come to fruition, and I hope everyone else is getting pumped too!” said Vickie Valadez, the event’s primary organizer.

The lineup for the evening is as follows:

The Brood (8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.)

Mike and the Moonpies (9:00 – 9:45 p.m.)

The Bright Light Social Hour (10:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.)

The Frontier Brothers (11:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.)

Party Bomb! – DJs Hayden Bagot and Phillip Cantu (12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
All of the artists – many of which are current SU students and alums – have graciously agreed to play the showcase for free. The event is free to the public, but a suggested donation of $3 is being requested to support SU’s sole student radio station.

South by Southwestern’s openers The Brood – composed of current SU students senior Walker Lukens, senior Eric Franco, and junior Kyle Hermes – will bring to the Howry stage what they characterize as folk/rock/soul. The Brood has played a number of Southwestern events for no pay, and are sure to bring to South by Southwestern another crowd-pleasing performance. A sampling of their music can be found at http://www.myspace.com/popiswar.
Second in the lineup, Mike and the Moonpies – which contains senior Jeff Elliott – is a seasoned quartet that plays especially danceable country/bluegrass.
According to AustinSound.net, “Mike and the Moonpies delivers the kind of country music we love – tear-in-our-beer, steel and fiddle-laden honky tonk with a classic sensibility that keeps you company in a dark bar on a lonely and rowdy night.” They go on to say, “to catch one of their shows at the Hole in the Wall is to experience Austin at its most essential.”
Several of their songs are available at http://www.myspace.com/mikeandthemoonpies.
When 10 o’clock rolls around The Bright Light Social Hour, which includes SU Alum ’05 Curtis Roush and SU Alum ’06 Jack O’Brien, will continue the night with psychedelic-tinged indie rock. This group won the 2007 Raw Deal Productions Battle of the Bands, competing for six rounds and ultimately beating out 30 other bands. Interestingly, the band will soon be releasing a new single entitled “Back in Force” as well as an accompanying video. Additionally, they are planning a tour of the southwest for the summer.

When asked why they agreed to play the event for free, O’Brien replied, “We all met and fell and love at Southwestern, so we wouldn’t hesitate to give anything back, and are really excited to play with some really great friends.”

To listen to The Bright Light Social Hour check out http://www.myspace.com/thebrightlightsocialhour.
The final band for the evening is the indie rock group The Frontier Bros, which includes SU Alum ’06 Travis Newman.

When asked to describe The Frontier Brothers, Valadez said, “They’re just a lot of fun… plus, they like to sing about robots.”

For a taste of The Frontier Brothers’ upbeat tunes visit http://www.myspace.com/thefrontierbrothers.
The night will be closed out by a dance party with DJ duo PartyBomb! Both Hayden Bagot and Phillip Cantu are ’08 SU graduates, and will keep the party going and the crowd dancing until South by Southwestern closes out at 2 a.m.
There are already 124 confirmed guests. To learn more and join in on the fun visit the Facebook page here.

Backpage Editor Not Funny Anymore; Asked to Resign

Vicki Makes Has an Article Idea…In what was a really uncomfortable situation for all Megaphone staff involved, long standing humor and satire section editor Vickie Valadez was asked to leave staff position yesterday.

The unanimous decision was finally made after last week’s copy meeting. At copy meetings, editors pitch suggestions for stories to staff writers and assign them to interested writers. The assigned stories (or the majority of the non-crappy ones) are published in the upcoming issue.

Valadez’s story ideas were painfully unfunny in the weeks preceding her dismissal. “Anyone want to write an article in support of taxes?…Um, okay, how about ‘24-hour lab closes’ or something?…or something about Obama’s dog?”

Ellipses in print cannot capture the prolonged, awkward silence in the Pub that Tuesday evening, as writers avoided eye contact and looked at their watches or cell phones. Even her fellow editors were suffering due to Valadez’s deficiency of funny, also avoiding eye contact with the editor. Web editor and frequent Backpage contributor Lane Hill hid behind an issue of the Megaphone.

“It’s really sad, sort of like seeing a puppy die,” News editor Leslie Lube said. “She just isn’t funny anymore.”

Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rigdon agrees. “A lot of writers are bad at what they do, but not THIS bad. I’ve never had to fire anyone else before. I mean, we’ll take work that’s hardly legible, from barely literate writers. If you’re so bad you get fired here, then your work has to be really pretty awful.”

“It’s like getting fired from washing dishes at Chuck E. Cheese’s or something,” added soon-to-be EIC Joshua Hughes. “How does anyone manage that?”

The pathetic attempts only worsened until the final copy meeting. “Okay, okay, I got one: Somalian pirates killed 18 people. So, maybe like, they could see out of both eyes that day!! Eh? Eh?”

One could almost hear the sound of crickets in the Megaphone Pub. Sad, awkward crickets that wished they were somewhere else.

“Fine, guys. FINE. You tell me what’s funny. Hospital infections. You can get that out of nowhere…um, library fines? You know, they sometimes disappear after a while…oh, I know! Racism! Wait, no, someone told me once that wasn’t funny…”

and Alienates Everyone.

After writers started leaving the office, an exasperated Valadez excused herself from the meeting and didn’t return.

The Megaphone staff speculated as to how Valadez lost her humor—or rather, Valadez generously speculated for them for the sake of this article. As the end of college education approaches, the rumor of the existence of some dull, dreary, jobless “real world” after college seems to be more and more substantiated. Entering the “real world” almost certainly means becoming an “adult,” and becoming an “adult” almost certainly means that she is now old, or soon about to be old. The graduating editor, now 22, is therefore clearly over the hill. There’s no light to life now, just a vast desert of mediocre options. No more landmarks to meet, graduation and first blackout and other unmentionable (i.e. sexual) goals have all been met. No laughing in order to not cry at the sad, funny things in the wolrd, because that requires some optimism. Just crying.

Might as well start building her nest egg, applying for Medicare for numerous medications and filing for social security. Oh wait! There are no jobs to make money in order to save money, Medicare is a failure and there isn’t any social security left! LOLZ!

Anyway. Being an old person, or at least an adult isn’t comical in the least, the staff decided. She must be stricken with “old,” just as the rest of the graduating seniors on staff would soon have to face. And even the rest of the staff, eventually.

But how to cure this, they wondered. Maybe these concepts of “adult” and “old” are blown out of proportion. Possibly the process of becoming an “adult” doesn’t really occur at all, or at least for most people. Sure, these people will have to pay bills and work jobs and not have as much time for partying, but do we truly “grow up?”

Brings to mind the image of parents or an old couple bickering endlessly about dinner, or who will pay for dinner, or how to appropriately fold towels.

Or, even worse, the adult that never grew up: the lone grandpa of yours that goes from job to job, with wild bouts of uncontrollable drinking in between; the older cousin that makes everyone feel guilty about any slightly inconsiderate thing they ever did to her, ever; your older sibling that, in terms of maturity, is about the same age as his child.

Or, even beyond family, those reckless few that repudiate the expectations of responsibility that comes with adulthood and do whatever they desire, regardless if they are an “active contribution to society” or “helpful in their community,” or “employed.”

Maybe the cure for regaining humor, the staff ultimately decided, is just not taking the burdens of life too seriously. These so-called “adults” certainly don’t, and they’re hilarious, whether laughing at their jokes or as the target of jokes.

At this suggestion from the staff, Valadez responded, “F*ck you guys, I’m not old.”

10 Things I Learned As a First-Year

Cullen Building Has a Very Tall TowerWhen I applied to Southwestern as a senior in high school I had no idea what I was wanting out of college. In January of 2008 Mr. Monty Curtis interviewed me, and it was because of his persona, of his character, that I quickly became interested in Southwestern, despite my lack of knowledge about a “liberal arts education.” Being a first-year at Southwestern has allowed me to enjoy (or hate) a wide variety of characteristics about SU. Here’s my top 10.

College is about climbing stairs. That’s right, no one ever told me—and this is SU, where no building has any floor higher than three stories up. Still, every day we climb stairs. Pardon the environment, but I love taking the elevator, even though it’s still such a hassle and time-consuming. Being in college is definitely about walking up and down, down and up, up and down flights and flights and many (many) more flights of stairs.

Southwestern students study (pardon the alliteration). Not everybody at college studies, but us Pirates are obsessed with studying. I personally love it. I was and am a huge nerd, and SU is apparently a perfect fit for bookworms.

Teacher-to-student ratios matter. There is nothing more enjoyable in the academic setting than being able to sit in class of under 20 people and discuss philosophic thought, political theory, and the like. Being able to converse, to have discussion, puts a large amount of responsibility on the student, but I’ve seen that it’s very worth the conversation that develops from it.

Professors are people, too. They are here for students: they help us academically, personally, and intellectually. Despite coming from a small high school where teachers were often parents of friends and/or coaches in a very personal setting, the professors here at SU have been more than anyone could ask. They, right or wrong, can overstep their boundaries and help with personal problems, or even just be a friend to you. This is not at all what I expected when I had the stereotypical view of a teacher professing to a 200 person class in a lecture hall.

Parties happen. Everyone knew that SU is a small, protecting environment. It doesn’t have the alcoholic reputation of UT or Texas State. Nevertheless, parties happen at college, no matter which college someone attends. Sure, we only have them on weekends or on Wednesday night study breaks, but I (naively) didn’t think that such an intellectual community would have the atmosphere for parties, drinking, and even drugs that exist here at SU.

Dating is scarce. Most of the students at my 500-person high school were matched up in some relationship form or another. Not at SU. There’s more PDA (public display of affection) in the halls of my high school than in the dorms at SU. It is not very regular that you view a couple walking down the sidewalk holding hands. Perhaps this is because of the offset female-to-male ratio, but nevertheless, I definitely envisioned college to be filled with many more couples than what I’ve seen here at SU.

The Common’s food gets old. Okay, so sure, some of us might have known this coming into SU, but me?—no, not really. I eat pizza every day at the Commons. It gets old. Compared to the limited choice of food in high school, the food at the Commons seemed grand. Nope. Mistaken.

SU is highly religious. I was very appalled to learn how many people here are non-religious, or, at the base, non-Methodist. On paper SU seemed like a private school that just didn’t want to declare itself as a Methodist university, and while most of the people here have been raised religiously at one point or another in their lives, there is a vast amount of non-religious students. I’m okay with that, I just didn’t expect it.

SU is about writing. SU, aside from most of the natural sciences, loves for its students to write essays. Personally I love this, but high school was very caught up in the multiple choice tests and the short answer response. Not SU. We like to write essays here. (Good).

What goes around comes around; Mouthwestern. As stated before, I came from a small town where everyone knew each other and where the Thursday newspaper was too late to catch up on all the gossip. I heard about SU being dubbed “Mouthwestern,” but it’s so true. Professors know about you, students know about you, administration knows about you.
No doubt, my first year at Southwestern has been fascinating. However, there are so many things about Southwestern—or even about college in general, I suppose—that cannot be put down on paper (whether it can’t be captured or whether it’s politically incorrect to write these things is a question to think about).

Four Years Later, I Learned Something

What time does it close?
Southwestern has made an impression on me. Its white buildings and green lawns and passionate professors have become sort of a comfort zone to me these last few weeks as I meander my way into life after SU. When I describe my experience in college to those unfamiliar with our campus later in life, I’m probably going to use a lot of very unsophisticated “reallys”. Southwestern is really hard. The classes are really good. The grass is really green. Despite all the papers I’ve written and sentences I’ve constructed, I can’t find a word to embody the feeling of Southwestern. It’s just really Southwestern.

So here’s what I know now, after really hard classes and really late nights and really trying times and really cool tidbits I picked up in those really hard classes.
1. Mabee smells. It smells like years of homesickness and old alcohol and burning popcorn and cigarette smoke and perfume. That smell never goes away, and whenever I am around the building, it’s like I still live there and the last three years of my life never happened.

2. Genderraceandclass is actually one word. Possibly the most popular phrase here, genderraceandclasss will find its way into every class, lecture and intellectual discussion on campus. Get used to it and learn to embrace it.
3. No one knows what time the academic buildings close. Everyone has their own theory about this mystery, whether they got their information from the website, a professor or Chief Brown herself. Unfortunately, each theory is dramatically different, hence the mystery of the actual closing times.

4. It’s really hard. If you made all A’s in high school, you’re going to make some B’s. B students will make C’s and C students should probably go ahead and drop now. Or else work really, really hard. Because that’s what we do here. Which brings me to my next point.

5. If you’re a girl or a really sensitive guy, you’re going to cry at some point in the library. If you’re a guy or a really tough girl, you’ll probably punch something. At some point, be it a paper you can’t finish or an assignment that’s already two days late and counting or a frozen computer, something will break you down. It will crush your spirit, and you will cry.
6. The whole thing about the kid sitting on your left not graduating with you is true. Again, it’s really hard. And lots of people can’t take it. End of story.
7. Identity doesn’t matter. I see so many first-years come to Southwestern and remake themselves and create a new identity so they’ll be known as “that one girl who really cares about the environment” or “that one dude who never wears shoes”. For the most part, no one is watching you, no one cares what you do, no one is paying any attention whatsoever to “who” you are. For the most part, people are pretty self-absorbed.

8. Certain things are so Southwestern. These include: people playing Frisbee on the mall, people napping on the mall, people having intellectual discussions on the mall, people playing guitar and praising God on the mall, people smoking cigarettes on the mall. People. Mall. Southwestern.

9. You can’t get your picture on that super cool frame next to the commons unless Career Services helped you find your job/internship/graduate school. I really, really want to be in that frame, but I found my jobs/internships/graduate school outside of Career Services. So unfair.

10. The restrooms on the second floor of McCombs are quite nice. And very rarely used, so they’re always clean. Unlike the second floor library restrooms, which are creepy.

New SU DOX Film Festival Awes All

Grizzly Man Movie Poster
For the last three Tuesdays of April, students and faculty alike can enjoy a certain type of film fair at the first ever SU DOX. This mini film festival features documentaries involving grizzlies, muscles and even imprisonment.

Three to four months in the making, first-year Milan Ther wants to expose the SU community to something not regularly seen on campus.

“SU Dox is an attempt to create a cultural offering here at Southwestern and show some documentaries,” Ther said. “I thought it was important to bring some perspective because this is such a homey place in many ways and that’s really nice, but I think it’s important to go out to see [a different] perspective.”

First-year David Bell also supports the initiatives of SU DOX. “There are really great documentaries out there, but they don’t get a lot of press or a lot of coverage so you don’t really hear about them,” Bell said. “They are truly entertaining, touching and just good movies.”

Each screened documentary will be accompanied by a SU professor’s introduction and discussion with the audience afterwards.

The first film, already shown on April 14th, was “Grizzly Man.” It was introduced by philosophy professor Dr. Phil Hopkins.

The film tells the story of grizzly bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell that eventually resulted in his own death by the very animal he admired.

Hopkins says, “I think one of the nicest bits about [director Werner] Herzog’s documentary, Grizzly Man, is that it’s not about this wacko weirdo who’s so unlike us. It’s about us. It’s about the way we tell ourselves stories of ourselves and how these stories construct our world.”

The second documentary of the three screened just this week with an introduction from political science professor Dr. Robert Snyder was Afghan Muscles, which is about bodybuilding in Afghanistan.

“I think students should check it out in order to learn. It’s just part of a way to learn about the wider world,” Snyder said.

The final documentary to be shown is “Antonio Negri: A Revolution that Never Ends.” Facilitated by philosophy professor Dr. Pierre Lamarche, the documentary focuses on the imprisonment of Italian philosopher Antonio Negri.

Lamarche, who has also completed research on the film’s subject Negri, notes the importance of events such as these.

“It’s about building the social, the cultural and the academic life here on campus,” he said. “It brings students together to experience a little bit of culture [and] to see some interesting documentaries that have been released recently that people are talking about.”

Although each documentary features a different plot, they are tied together by a common idea.

“They all chose to radically alter and differentiate themselves from their upbringings and their lifestyles,” Ther said.

Ther also hopes the documentaries will create discussion and perspective for viewers.

“It’s important to get out of your comfort zone, as well and these movies definitely do that in each their own way,” he said.

“I wish more students would initiate these kinds of things,” Hopkins says. “I think every opportunity to do inquiry and conversation [and] exploring ideas outside of the classroom where we integrate the kinds of things we learn and talk about in class into our living world are very important activities.”

The last documentary will be shown in Olin 110 this coming Tuesday at 7pm.

A Look at the Last Days of Lacrosse Club

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This year marked history this weekend, after a long 25 years, the Southwestern Men’s Lacrosse Club stepped on their home field for the last time. The club will be replaced in the fall by an NCAA team, the first in the state of Texas.

The lacrosse club was formed in 1983, and began playing regularly in 1984. Highlights have included winning the Southwest Lacrosse Association championship in 1989 over the dominant University of Texas team. More recently, as a member of the Lonestar Alliance conference of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the Buc’s have not lost a game in conference play for four straight seasons, winning bids to the National tournament. Last year the Club won its first National’s game against the seventh seeded Fort Lewis Skyhawks, winning with a score of 12-8, for the only upset of the Tournament.

This year, the Club has returned in similar fashion, and, despite a few bumps along the road, has kept up its winning fashion, winning an important out-of-conference game against Baylor and other teams. Despite losing some players to injuries and time conflicts, the Club entered this weekend with its undefeated conference record intact.

For these last two games, Monty Curtis and Stacy Flood, two Southwestern Alumni who have been with the Club since its existence in some role or another, were the official coaches.
Saturday, the Club was supposed to face off against Stephen F. Austin State University, until the Lumberjacks were only able to field eight players, two less than then the minimum required to play. After waiting an hour to see if more showed up, the Jack’s forfeited. The official score was 1-0, the closest conference score of the season for the Club. The point was officially awarded to Senior James Walker, one of the goalies.

Sunday, the Club faced off against Trinity, and was more than ready to make up for lost time. From the first whistle, the Club was able to possess the ball, running plays and getting valuable playing time for the less experienced players. In addition to Senior Heath Thompson and Sophomore Thomas Mock’s usual dominance on face-off, First-Year Jack Parker won the majority of face-offs. Senior Titus Hawthorn, in addition to his goals, decided to try facing off, and had some success.

The defense was able to hold the Tigers to three, with one of the points coming during a three man down situation. Senior Ian Flechsig, along with Sophomore Dave Tomasz and First-Year Stephen Howe covered their attackmen, and as the game progressed, started running the ball all the way down on clears, attempting several shots. At long stick middle, Sophomores Sam Marsh and Chris Lange covered the field well, also getting several clears, as helping to prevent several in the other direction. Lange attempted several shots, but was unsuccessful.

On offense, the Bucs were able to play at will from the first possession. The attack rotated throughout the day, including Senior Andrew Webb, who ran the ball around at will, and Sophomore Nate Carney running free on the crease. Seniors Heath Thompson and the newly returned Martin Irish swapped in and ran plays, getting Irish valuable field time before next Sunday’s conference championship in Austin. Although too many Bucs scored to list in such a short article, standouts included Senior James Walker, with a beautiful quick-stick goal on the crease, off of a perfect feed by Thompson.

This weekend marked the end of the Buc’s Lacrosse club’s last game, but sets up a precedent for next year’s varsity team to build on. Coach Monty Curtis was not at a loss for words, “Sunday’s game was very special to me. Having been associated with the team since its inception, I have witnessed the club evolve into a distinctive and positive influence on the lives of so many individuals, including myself. To be given the opportunity to lead the men onto the field one last time was a tremendous honor and one for which I will always be appreciative. I tip my hat to Coach Bill Bowman and Stacy Flood who have taken the team to a level of success that would have been considered impossible in those early years. I also want to congratulate Coach Joe Ernst and challenge him to continue to build on the wonderful foundation provided as we transition to the varsity level.”

Like Coach Curtis, most of the team was looking forward to Conference and Nationals, while remembering the Club’s history: “It was good looking to the middle of the field to all of our seniors as we played our last home game ever on the intramural fields. An even better sight was seeing the big man James Walker hitting that quick stick to the back of the net! I will miss playing with all the seniors, as I miss playing with last year’s seniors,” said Carney.
The club will play Sunday at Westlake High School in Austin, at 11 a.m. for the Lonestar Alliance conference Championship, and hopefully, in Denver at the MCLA at the National tournament, where they will try to improve from last year’s first round victory over Fort Lewis University.

Megaphone's Student Congress Election & Legislation Results

Junior Alex Caple Won StuCo President
Election Results
Written by Kendra Lancaster

Wednesday, April 8, students came together to vote for their representatives for the next school year. A total of 683 students participated in this year’s election.

SU decided to re-elect junior Alex Caple as Student Congress president over fellow junior Martin Fergus. This will be Caple’s second term as student congress president for SU.

As president, he hopes to get a Pub on campus, revise the Pirate Print system, replace all of the broken ice machines found on campus, and give more financial support to Competitive Academic organizations.

Caple said, “I’m really excited for the future and I’m ecstatic that Southwestern’s students have given me this opportunity. Under my leadership, I believe that Student Congress will continue to work for great things for the entire student body.”

Junior Julia Poritz, a large supporter of Caple, is quite pleased with the outcome of the election for Presidency. “I’m really proud of Caple for winning, and I’m very happy that he’s been re-elected since he really deserves the position,” she said.

For Student Judiciary president, SU voted to elect junior and Mock-Trial founder and captain Sarah Gould over junior Avery Sheppard. Gould is no stranger to the University Committee on Discipline, having participated ever since she first began at SU back in 2006.

For the position of Student Judiciary vice president, junior John Appel was chosen over sophomore Roswill Majia. Appel has been a member of the University Committee on Discipline for a year now, first beginning in the Spring of 2008.

Senior Jennifer Sinski was elected as the Class of 2009 reunion delegate. In the most interesting outcome in this election, there was a three-way tie for the position of recent graduate member of the Board of Trustees between Seniors Preston Hollis, Taylor Spalla, and Kacie Wilson.

The run-off vote for the recent graduate member of the Board of Trustees position was held today. The Class of 2009 elected Preston Hollis for this position.

Legislation Results
Written by Laura Romer

Gender Neutral Housing<last Wednesday while Southwestern students cast their ballots for Student Congress president, they also voted on three important issues – Gender Neutral Housing Legislation, Sustainable Take-Out Container Legislation, and changes regarding honor code violation implementation.

Gender Neutral Housing Legislation passed 536 for and 116 against, Sustainable Take-Out Container Legislation passed 602 for and 74 against and the changes related to the honor code also passed with 528 for and 98 against.

Sophomore Sarah Woolley, Elections Chair on the Executive Council on Student Congress, organized this year’s election. “There were 683 students that voted in this election – that’s 55 percent of our school,” Woolley said. “I was so pleased with the turn-out…because I knew it was a fair representation of our school.” For the first time, students studying abroad were allowed to vote. “This race was particularly important because there were so many issues being voted on – something that has not happened in a few years,” Woolley added.

The student passed Gender Neutral Housing Legislation states that men and women can voluntarily choose to live together, but that it would only apply to juniors and seniors living in the Dorothy Lord Center and the Lord’s Center apartments.

Sophomore Quentin Daniel expressed his support for the passing of the Gender Neutral Housing Legislation. “Especially for the GLBT community, I think it’s important for people with alternative gender identities to have the ability to live with someone you feel most comfortable with and feel least threatened by,” said Daniel, who also serves as vice president of SU Allies, a group for GLBT students and supporters.

Opposition to the legislation included concerns that couples would move in together and the potential issues that could result. Sophomore Leslie Fray, who also supports the legislation, said “I do see the other side of it, but this person decides who he or she wants to live with and the other person consents or does not consent so it’s an agreement between them. If problems arise that’s something they figure out between themselves, but never will it be a problem that arose out of some kind of imposing force saying “Well, you had to live with this person.’”

The legislation still has to receive approval from other committees such as University Council and Student Affairs Committee, while final approval comes from the Board of Trustees. Recently re-elected Student Congress president, Alex Caple said “I would think that it would not pass the Board of Trustees at its meeting in September and so the way to deal with that then is to continually bring it up in Student Congress and continually make it an item on campus and something to talk about.”

Following the news Southwestern is going trayless next semester, students overwhelmingly voted to replace Styrofoam take-out boxes with a sustainable alternative. Members of Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK) first proposed the legislation to Student Congress, which passed, and then received endorsements from campus organizations including Student Peace Alliance, Kappa Sigma and Sodexho.

Among these advocates was president of SEAK, Leah Jones. “By switching from an environmentally harmful to an environmentally responsible take-out container, SU can begin to be a leader in sustainability and can set an example for other universities and businesses across the state and the nation to follow,” Jones said.

The new containers are made from 100 percent post consumer recycled paper and take only 45 days to fully break down, as opposed to 2000 years for Styrofoam.

A result of this passed legislation is students will be charged 25 cents per set of box and cup. “The cost difference is the difference between what we already pay for Styrofoam in our meal plan and the cost of the new containers,” said SEAK member, sophomore Ursula James. The currently used styrofoam containers cost a little more than 15 cents individually per meal.

The last issue voted on dealt with the structure of Student Judiciary and how it handles honor code violation hearings. The approved changes include changing Student Judiciary to be further known as Honor Code Council and how the honor code is implemented. Faculty will now be incorporated into judicial hearings that are made up of a jury of three students and three faculty members as opposed to the current all student nine person jury.

Those opposed to the changes of including faculty members on the jury argued that students’ opinions on rulings could be swayed through intimidation or discouragement and that it challenges the students’ autonomy.

Junior Sarah Gould, who was recently elected president of Honor Code Council, supports the faculty inclusion. “I think it’s valuable to have a faculty perspective because a) students aren’t experts on plagiarism and don’t have that faculty point of view and b) it lessens the chance of a conflict of interest or it lessens the chance of any possible bias,” Gould said.

Woolley also said student elections are important because of “any changes the students need to know about and [should have the opportunity to] agree or disagree with.”

These changes will take effect next year.

SEAK Gets Everyone Together For Earth Day

Love the Earth, Love Yo’self.Wednesday, April 22, SEAK will host its bi-annual Earth Day celebration on the Academic Mall. The Earth Day festivities will highlight activism on campus, provide information on environmental engagement and sustainability, and coincide with a month of SEAK sponsored activities focused on environmental awareness.

During Earth Day, SEAK and other organizations will arrange many new activities and some returning favorites.

A bike powered blender featured at previous Earth Day celebrations will be available to make smoothies. This year, a solar power oven will be accompanying the blender to provide fresh treats.

SEAK will also hold a light bulb swoop for students to exchange their regular light bulbs for more energy efficient ones. There will also be a table to make crafts from reused materials, such as a decorative flower pot from plastic bottles. Games and music, including a drum circle, will be a continuous part of the day.

Earth Day attendants will have the opportunity to write letters to their representatives encouraging leadership in environmental sustainability.

Some environmental studies majors will be sharing their capstone research during Earth Day.

“Earth Day is a fun way to raise awareness of environmental issues and bring together other organizations that may not usually be involved in environmental activism. Earth Day shows that everyone can be involved in environmental activism and awareness,” sophomore Tanlyn Roelofs said.

OASIS, Organization of Anthropology and Sociology Interested Students, SPA, Student Peace Alliance, Allies, Feminist Voices, and Phi Delta Theta have already reserved a spot to participate at Earth Day.

“OASIS will be serving organic snacks and have old magazines and glue sticks to make collages on boxes, which people can use as extra recycling bins,” Nicole Powell, a senior, said.

Organizations interested in participating in Earth Day should contact Roelofs at roelofst@southwestern.edu.

“During Earth Day, we hope everyone becomes more aware of the environment, has fun, and feels encouraged to attend more SEAK events,” Paige Menking, a junior, said.

Earth Day is one of many environmentally focused events SEAK is hosting this month.

During the month of April, SEAK is hosting several movie nights with a following discussion. These films, such as Everything’s Cool, chronicle the environment challenges facing the world and ways to become more environmentally sustainable.

Friday, April 17, SEAK is hosting a smelliest person contest at 2 p.m. on the mall.

“The contest is a sort of fun way to see who can save the most water by showering and washing their cloths the least,” Roelofs said.

The contest will be judged by professors and members of the administration, such as Laura Hobgood-Oster, Professor of Religion and Philosophy; Gavin Van Horn, Visiting Brown Junior Scholar; and Mike Leese, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. The winner of the smelliest person title will receive a backpack from REI, Recreational Equipment, Inc.

During these SEAK sponsored events, attendants have the opportunity to enter their name in a raffle. At half past noon on Earth Day, SEAK will raffle off neogen bottles, redeemable coupons from Chipotle and other local venders, and other prizes.

SEAK is also collecting signatures for a petition to switch Southwestern to 100% wind energy. The petition is available for signing during Earth Day and other SEAK events.

The month of April is the second annual Dorm Energy Challenge, which measures energy consumption of dorms and apartments to determine which uses the least amount of energy. May 1, the winner of the Dorm Energy Challenge will be determined and announced during the Do it in the Dark party. The winning dorm will be awarded redeemable coupons to local businesses.

“We hope everyone continues to conserve energy without feeling pressured to do so. We want conservation of resources to be self motivated and something everyone wants to do,” Roelofs said.

Seniors Go X-TREME For Graduation Tickets

More SLC Fighting!Seniors are going through a lot at this point in the semester. Capstones, apartment searching, job hunting and selling your soul in job interviews, not to mention all the other classes you have to take to graduate that seem more and more useless every passing class day.

The frustration mounts as seniors’ email inboxes are flooded with fifteen billion emails advertising Tower Days, senior parties, and Career Service’s infamous what-are-you-doing-for-the-rest-of-your-life-and-what-is-your-home-phone-number-so-we-can-stalk-you-for-the-next twenty-years survey.

So little surprise then that frustration is manifesting violently in the pursuit for extra commencement tickets. Several Southwestern students from polygamous families are feeling the effects of the nine-ticket limit, as their immediate families are generally quite large.

Approximately ten minutes after the official email from Sarah Gould of University Events, loud, hellish, animalistic screeches and screams were reported to SUPD as coming from various areas in Lord Center and Dorothy Lord Center.Fighting in the Library!

An all-out brawl had busted out between seniors fighting for extra tickets to the event. Blood, hair, skin, and nails stained and dirtied the illuminated Southwestern bridge light. How the feuding seniors got it all over the side of the bridge itself, as well as the smather of feces on top of the Caskey center, is still a mystery.

All agree that the “natural renovations” to the rusted bridge are a nice touch.

Once SUPD intervened and gained control of the situation, numerous students had to be hospitalized. At time of print, the official count was still undetermined; the students did not return correspondences as they were still working on assignments in the hospital.

Seniors are not the only ones going mad this semester. Underclassmen from all classes have been stirred by the senior riots and have voiced their own dissenting voices.

“FREAKING PIRATE PRINT! I HATE YOU MORE THAN ALL THE 25-PAGE ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS IN THE WORLD! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” said sophomore Audrey Olena about her current stress level. She then proceeded to smash in a fellow student’s face with a cue stick.War in the SLC Lab!

“Class! I hate class! I just walked in the other day and told my professor where she could put her rhetorical theory,” junior and recent transfer to the communications department Delaney Cade said.

“Enough with all of the books! I just can’t handle them anymore,” junior Josh Casiano whispered as he politely turned books on library shelves around so that the titles were hidden from view.

Concerned parents and faculty have called for the administration to take action. In official response to the student uprising, president Jake Shrum ambivalently commented, “I don’t blame them, nine tickets is not near enough.”