Duarte Sets School Record:Cross Country to Compete in SCAC Championship Tomorrow

By Marin Bramblett
On October 6, junior Lilly Duarte set a school record for the 6K race. This personal accomplishment serves a milestone that marks Duarte’s achievement as well as the overall success and improvement of the cross-country team this season.

“We didn’t find out until the Wednesday before the meet that it would be a 6K. We thought it was just a 5K,” said Duarte. “Last year I tied the record of 23:07. I was sixteen hundredths of a second off!”

This year, Duarte broke the record by ten full seconds, crossing the finish line at 22:57.

“The end of the race was the steepest hill of the whole race,” Duarte said. “I kept thinking ‘How am I going to get there?’ Then I was like, ‘No! You can do this!’”

Duarte’s record-breaking race was a result of her hard work and commitment to the team, and Coach Francie Smith knows what an accomplishment that is.
“Lilly is really starting to come around now. She is a hardworking athlete and she has a good shot to run with the leaders at the Conference and Regionals meets,” Smith said.

Coach Smith recognizes the difficulties of Duarte’s position as the fastest runner on the team.
“It’s hard for Lilly. There is no one of her caliber which means she runs by herself. When you’re the top runner, you set the tone. It is a tough thing when you’re out there by yourself.”

Although Duarte has broken the school 6K record and set her own personal record for the 5K this year, she remembers to maintain a team mentality.

“We just want to come back stronger every time. Everyone has really stepped up and we have improved a lot this year,” Duarte said. “We’re like a family.”

Going through the difficulty of 6:30 am practices every day has been a bonding experience for the teams and has been preparatory for the Conference meet this coming weekend and the Regionals meet following.

Duarte, following the example of five-time Olympian Coach Smith, stays humble and wishes to send a message of gratitude to her team and her coaches for this season’s accomplishments.

“Thank you for being great!” Duarte said.

Tomorrow, the men and women’s cross country teams will be competing in the SCAC championship meet hosted by Dallas. At the most recent meet at Concordia University, the men and women’s teams placed fifth and fourth place, respectively.

Chorale Set to Perform Latin Church Pieces in Chapel

The Southwestern University Chorale has spent the semester preparing for their fall concert. The concert will be held in the Chapel this semester, and will primarily feature Latin music from the Renaissance.
“I’m really looking forward to singing this concert in the chapel,” senior and alto section leader Allie Bryan said. “The acoustics in the chapel make it such a great place to sing and the setting also fits the style of music we will be performing.”

The Chorale has traditionally held their concerts in the Alma Thomas Theatre, but by using the chapel the music will have a better sound and the choir can use the organ for accompaniment. The music features sacred pieces by composers such as Giovanni Gabrielli, Palestrina, and Claudio Monteverdi.

The program is also structured around the Liturgical calendar. The pieces are themed around the seasons starting with Advent and ending with Easter.

“This will be an inspiring concert because the chorale breathes new life into old Italian classics,” senior and soprano section leader Melanie Bonevac said.

The concert lineup features different songs that were originally composed for a church setting. One piece, “Missa Brevis,” contains different elements of a traditional Roman Catholic Mass.

The concert is also preparation for some of the students. Next spring semester, twenty-seven members of the Chorale will be participating in a tour of Italy. They will perform some of the pieces sung in historic places in Venice and Rome.

The group will also be able to sing Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

“I cannot believe that we have been given the opportunity to sing in such magnificent places such as St. Marks in Venice,” senior Anne Fenley said.

“All of the music we are singing was written specifically for these venues and it is an incredible honor to sing there. It’s also an amazing experience to hear the music the way the composer meant it to sound.”

The Chorale is comprised of over forty students who went through an audition process to join. They have been practicing every Monday through Thursday since the beginning of the semester for this concert.

“I feel that everyone in the Chorale has worked really hard on this concert,” junior Quinlyn Morrow said. “Everyone has put in a lot of effort and it will definitely show. I think the audience will enjoy the concert.”

The concert will be held in the Lois Perkins Chapel at 7 pm. Admission is free.

SU Spotlight: New Lacrosse Coach Matthew Grosso

By Nikko Gianino

In the transition from a club sport to a varsity sport, the university hired Matthew Grosso as the new head coach for women’s lacrosse. Grosso has embraced the challenges of building a new intercollegiate program and is looking forward to their inaugural season in spring 2014.

Grosso began his career at the high school level coaching men’s lacrosse. In order to grasp the game at the collegiate women’s level, Grosso had to literally get rid of parts of his career from the men’s game.
“I threw away my men’s lacrosse stick and got a women’s because, if I was going to teach this game to college players, I would have to show them how to throw and catch with their own equipment,” Grosso said.
Grosso came to Georgetown partially because his wife is from Texas, but also because he wanted the opportunity to oversee the program’s transition from a club to varsity sport.
“It’s a big deal,” Grosso said. “We’re only the second school in Texas to have a women’s varsity lacrosse team, so it’s a great chance to grow the sport.”
In addition to the players on the club team who will return next year to the varsity team, Grosso hopes to recruit between 15-20 first-years next fall. Some current players, like first-year mid-fielder Allison Schmitt, came to Southwestern because they knew the program would upgrade to the varsity level next year.
“Varsity has more competition and requires more of your time than a club team, but I really enjoy the stronger team aspect,” Schmitt said. “There’s much more camaraderie.”
For now, Grosso coaches alongside current club coach Terry Conrad, who also coaches at Georgetown High School. Next year, Grosso will assume full control of the varsity squad. Some players have already noticed his impact on the practice field.
“He knows what he’s doing,”sophomore defender Alex Gartman said. “He’s great at explaining the game and has a lot of passion for the sport and how it will be developed at Southwestern.”

Although the switch from a club sport to a varsity sport will be challenging, Grosso hopes the university sees the changes as a positive addition to athletics.

“There are a lot of young, hardworking players here on campus that are excited we’re going varsity,” Grosso said. “I want them to see the benefits of the transition and not the negatives. I’m really excited for it.”

Agnew Discusses Politics of Water: Lecture Addresses Importance of Political Participation

By Alec Bergerson

At a lecture called ‘Rethinking the World’s Water Problem’ last Thursday, Dr. John Agnew, professor of Geography and Italian at UCLA, discussed the relevance and political importance that water policy will have in the future.

In his lecture, Agnew spoke on the political implications of handling water problems and how the current view of water politics has developed. These water problems include access to water in developing countries, the availability of water in regions where the resource is limited, and the sharing of water resources across national boundaries.

“Water is a very important issue. Perhaps [it isn’t] a defining world crisis, but I think we have problems recognizing that we can deal with this kind of problem in a political way,” Agnew said.

During his lecture, Agnew focused on the potential of politics to be a better mediating force. He discussed the lack of belief in the capability of political dealings to resolve issues and argued that politics should not be seen in such a negative light, as they have been the origin of much success.

“Politics are all about compromise, yet we live in an era when all or nothing is its leading motif. Politics, in my view, offer the possibility of thinking and acting in such a way that they can actually change how the world works,” Agnew said. “The fact that politics provide tools for resolving conflicts, which otherwise remain intractable and can lead to violent confrontation, no longer seems very important.”

Agnew discussed the preconception that water issues have led to the general consensus that it is an unsolvable problem. He then contradicted these beliefs by pointing out the trend of water treaties in the last century and how it has not led to any sort of war.

“Water will be the defining crisis of the twenty-first century,” Agnew said. “Not because of the problematic geography of water alone, but especially because of the terrifying [idea] that there is nothing that can be done about it.”

He concluded his lecture by pointing out how politics can be influenced by the public through political participation and that people actively being a part of democracy can lead to policy change for the better.

“Cooperation and negotiation are the key to success in this crisis,” Agnew said. “The linguistic and symbolic cast of most water treaties is to see water as a source all parties need, in varying degrees, and must be shared in light of local requirements and relative availability, rather than solely in terms of wider nationalist or corporate goals. We have politics available to us and we need to invigorate them to actively shape the world.”

Building Series: The Cullen Building

By Joana Moreno
Southwestern is an important part of Texas’ history as its oldest university. A key feature of this history is the Cullen Building, which is full of rich tradition for the Southwestern student body. A tradition particular to Cullen is the graduating seniors’ Tower Days, where each senior can sign the walls of the Cullen Tower.

“I think it’s a really cool tradition,” senior Lizette Villarreal said. “It’s nice to know that you get your own little way of leaving a mark on Southwestern.”
Formerly known as the Administration Building, Cullen was designed by architects named Layton and Richmond, who travelled to Texas from Oklahoma for this project. They decided to build Cullen in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. After its construction, it served as a space for the college’s auditorium, gymnasium, chapel and library for decades.

“I never knew the Cullen Building could house so much,” sophomore Brooke Chatterton. “It’s pretty interesting.”
The name was then changed to the Cullen Building after Southwestern received a gift from the Cullen Foundation that was used to renovate the building during the 1970’s. Now, as the building emerges from its recent window replacements, it houses administrative offices, the Business Office and even classrooms.

“It’s quiet again without [the construction]“ said Paula Sutton, Business office employee.

In addition, the Cullen building has had its own television appearance. Several scenes of the television show Friday Night Lights were filmed there in July 2010.

“It’s neat that our school was featured on a show that’s so popular, especially the Cullen Building that has so much meaning to our campus” senior Marianne Lynch said.
Despite its age and the changes it has seen, the Cullen Building maintains its prestige. Soon after its construction, it was referred to as one of the “finest buildings west of the Mississippi” and is now considered one of “Texas’ best collegiate examples of Romanesque revival architecture ” according to The Council of Independent College’s Historic Campus Architecture Project.

105 Years of The Megaphone

By Elizabeth Stewart

100 Years Ago

Southwestern evolves constantly, a reminder of which can be found in the microfilm archives of the Megaphone at the library. A century ago the Megaphone featured an article called “A Few Facts About Southwestern University”, and these few facts provide a glimpse into the past.

“The enrollment at Southwestern is about 750, of which one fourth are girls. Many of the boys are studying for the ministry, and in this respect Southwestern renders a very valuable service to Texas Methodism,” an unidentified student wrote in the January 19, 1912 issue.

The size and makeup of the student body has changed drastically, as have the activities that students pursue. However, an enthusiasm for new athletics programs was as much a hallmark of the Southwestern community as it is now, although in 1912, a different sport was under development. As much as Southwestern prepares for the reinstatement of the football team these days, in 1912 students were lobbying for the introduction of Basketball into their Athletics Department.

“There is one respect, however, in which it seems we are falling just a little behind some of the other colleges in that no basketball team is being trained to represent us,” a student wrote. “There will come very soon, no doubt, or perhaps there have already come, challenges from other colleges of basketball. Southwestern should not be one whit behind the very best college in Texas.”

One hundred years later, with twice as many students, more than half of which are women, and less than a quarter of which are “studying for the ministry”, the university will once again have both a Basketball team and a football team.

75 Years Ago

Twenty five years later, the climate of Southwestern University changed dramatically. In 1937 the question on everyone’s mind was that of the burgeoning “War of Nations”, which would later be known as World War II.

“We cannot ignore the powder keg upon which the world is sitting while Mussolini and Hitler are striking matches on it,” a student wrote. The still primarily male student body worried about what another world war would mean for their education, a premature but apt concern.

“Will I be called away from my typewriter and my friends and placed in a training camp? Are we again to fight and die in some foreign land to make the world ‘safe for democracy’?” one student wrote. On the eve of a war long over by now, Southwestern students grappled with the same questions that students today ask about the U.S. Military presence in the Middle East.

As Southwestern men worried about the draft, Southwestern women experienced a different call to action. An article titled “Girls to the Front!” urged the women of Southwestern to put their hard-fought political power to use.

“The suffrage woman is given fifty per cent responsibility in the field of citizenship and government, and there is as much reason why she should be concerned with public questions as is the other sex,” a student wrote. In 1937, Southwestern was not yet a liberal university, yet the foundation for the present day model of liberal education was evident even seventy-five years ago.

“When both boys and girls study because they are interested, and engage in discussions because they want to understand the world in which they live, and to make their own contribution toward its welfare, then we are getting somewhere. Girls, it’s a goodly fellowship. We need your help and want your company,” a student wrote.

In the last seventy-five years, Southwestern University has undergone many changes and seen the end of the war that worried its students in 1937, yet this model of education remains the same.

50 Years Ago

The year 1962 welcomed a new set of social issues, as well as several additions to the campus. The Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Alpha fraternity houses were both opened in the spring, along with the coed Kurth Hall, named in honor of Ernest L. Kurth and his contributions to the Board of Trustees.

These openings coincided with a time of conflict, as the university faced the same change that every school across the nation did: that of racial integration. A wrap-up of a Race Seminar featured a discussion of the various roles that students and faculty would play in the process of integration.

“Dr. Shattock stresses that the issue of integration is one of the pressing problems of our time. He went on to say that there is no such thing as race superiority, as a whole race,” student Don Ward wrote of the lecture given by UT professor Dr. Roger Shattock.

Integration was not the only way that the university looked toward the future in 1962. With the population of the United States exploding, the university wondered at the technology that would support this growth.

“An image of the future city was a task for the imagination. Skyscrapers hundreds of stories high would be common. People can carry pocket-size, wireless phones. People will converse with one another on a global scale, and talkers will view each other,” student Georgianna Wynne wrote.

As wielders of these pocket-size wireless phones and users of Skype and FaceTime, the students of today fulfill this prophecy, as well as embodying the multiracial and multicultural campus that was envisioned in 1962.

25 Years Ago

In 1987, the political focus shifted yet again, this time to the Cold War, animal rights, and issues of health in the wake of an increasing consciousness of the AIDS epidemic. Members of the Student Coalition for an Organized Peace Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) participated in a rally protesting nuclear testing in Nevada. Of the two thousand Americans protesting, four hundred were arrested, one of which was Southwestern student Tasha Clark.

“She would rather spend time than pay a fine because it shows devotion to the cause of peace,” student Kenny Simon wrote about Clark.

Although termed civil disobedience, the protesters viewed their endeavor as much more. Students in 1987 were devoted to creating change in more ways than one.

“Their objective was to cause change within the system through the application of a comprehensive strategy to achieve a specific goal,” Simon wrote. (Vol. 81, February 20, 1987 Issue 19)

In an article titled “Meat is Murder (And Suicide)”, Duncan Cormie supported PETA’s agenda by listing the health hazards that arise from a diet high in meat products.

“Most people don’t care to do anything about the hunger problem or the ecology problem or even the abuse of animals. People do care about themselves though,” Cormie wrote.

These various political agendas took place against the backdrop of the Austin music scene, which, in 1987, was headlining artists like Billy Joel and Chuck Berry.

“The legendary kind of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, returns to Paramount Theatre. Concert tickets are priced at $17.50 and $15.50,” a student wrote.

Since then, the prices of concert tickets have gone up, cell phones have shrunk, and personal computers have become commonplace. However, in 1987, college students were just getting acquainted with the computer, ergo the topic of the 1987 Brown Symposium: “Pandora’s Box: Computers in Everyday Life”.

“Computers and computing impinge on our lives in ways that we don’t even think about anymore,” a student wrote. “The symposium emphasized the multifarious directions modern computing is going, and how this will affect everyday life.”

The symposium included a reassurance from Joseph Deken that artificial intelligence would not, in fact, take over the world and a satellite lecture from science fiction author Isaac Asimov.
Throughout the last century, Southwestern faced the changing times with that same “desire to understand the world in which we live” that an unidentified Megaphone writer mentioned back in 1937, a philosophy the student who writes this article one hundred years from now will see when they look up archives of the Megaphone from the year 2012.

Internship Dinner Features Speakers

By Brooke Chatterton

On November 13, the Career Services office will offer its annual Southwestern Stars Internship Dinner. In addition to dinner, the event has several speakers that will share their internship experiences and give internship tips, including student speakers Paige Duggins and Lindsey Moringy.

“Career Services has played a pivotal role in providing me with awesome internship positions since I’ve been a student here,” Duggins said. “I’m glad that I get an opportunity to share my experiences and hope that many students will take advantage of this special event.”

The keynote speaker for the evening, Dr. Antoine Moss, will give an address entitled “A College Degree Isn’t Enough: Intern C.E.O. Style to Standout in the Overcrowded Job Market!”

“Many reports and research studies have concluded that college students will graduate with extremely high debt and find it very difficult to find a job.” Moss said. “Today’s college graduates are unemployed and underemployed. After hearing my talk they will know the secrets to extraordinary success, which will be their ticket to landing the job of their dreams!”

Moss began speaking to students directly after high school and has spoken to students for the last ten years. He is the author of “Learn to Intern CEO Style: 71 Leadership Principles that Got Me and Now You Money, A Free Graduate Degree, and Respect.”

“Students will leave more confident and equipped with practical strategies that will enable them to achieve extraordinary success through internships.” Moss said. “Consequently, this will help them land a good job upon graduating from college as opposed to being unemployed.”

Students can contact Moss before or after his presentation via Facebook, Twitter or his website, www.AntoineMoss.com.

“Students can connect with me on social media right now for immediate empowerment!” Moss said. “They can also ask me any career, college, or success related questions before I via social media before I arrive to Southwestern University.”

An RSVP, with a deadline of November 6, can be found in campus post office boxes for this event.

Filmmaker to Speak

Mexican filmmaker and TV director María Fernanda “Mafer” Suárez De Garay will be on campus Tuesday to speak to students about her experiences as a female director in Mexico. The free talk will be held at 3 pm in the Marsha Shields room in the McCombs campus center, and a reception will follow after.

Suárez directed the TV series Mujeres Asesinas (Women Killers), Gritos de muerte y libertad (The Mexican Independence of 1810), and El encanto del águila (The Mexican Revolution of 1910), all of which had high ratings in Mexico.

“I asked her to talk about her experiences as a female director, and as the first female director of a series in Mexico,” Assistant Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena said. “She will discuss her role as a director and the effect of sex [in the industry]. I’m interested in hearing what she has to say about that. She also directed a very successful series about women and violence in Mexico that aired here in the U.S. on a Spanish network and was very popular.”

Suárez also produced and directed short documentaries and movies. She has a degree in Sociology from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and is a graduate of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City.

“I’m interested in what she thinks about the construction of sex and identities as well as the ongoing construction of collective identities of culture through fiction for a mass audience,” Rodriguez said.

The event is sponsored by the Spanish program, Modern Languages, Communication Studies, Feminist Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Global Citizen Fund. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

“On Tuesday, some of my students as well as members of Sigma Delta Pi (the Hispanic Honor Society on campus) will be in charge of introducing her, translating from Spanish into English, and moderating the question and answer session,” Rodriguez said. “My students and the Spanish department are very excited she is coming.”

On Monday, Mafer will also talk to the Rodriguez’s advanced Spanish class, Cultural Memory in Latin America.

“I wanted my students in that class to have a chance to talk to someone who has actually created cultural texts … about the evolving and collective meaningful understandings of the past and present that is cultural memory,” Rodriguez said.

The talk on Tuesday will be open to any and all community members.

“I think it will be great! I really hope many people can come and meet her and talk to her. She is very warm and open, so I think it is a unique experience for our community to come see her and hear about her experience and interact with her.”

Georgetown Hosts Haunted Jail, ‘Boo Run’ for Benefit

By Hannah Steen
This year, the Williamson County Brown Santa is entertaining residents of Georgetown and the surrounding areas with ‘Nightmare on Jail Hill’, a haunted house held in the old jail on the corner of 4th and Main Street.
‘Nightmare on Jail Hill’ ran last weekend, October 19-20, and will be open again tonight and tomorrow from 7 pm to 11 pm. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 9-12.
“I was absolutely terrified,” first-year Elissa Graham said. “It was like nothing I’ve ever been through before, and was so unique, but completely and utterly horrifying.”

All proceeds of the event will go to Brown Santa and help to provide books, toys, and other items of the holiday season for underprivileged families with children outside the geographical city limits of any town or city in Williamson County. Brown Santa is a registered corporation in the state of Texas and is operated under the direction of the Brown Santa Board of Directors and granted a non-profit tax exemption.

According to Brown Santa’s website, their mission statement reads: ‘Brown Santa provides low income or poverty stricken families with children from age 0 to 17 with toys, books, and other items needed to make Christmas merrier and to positively impact families that without our assistance, will not have what others in the world often take for granted.’

Children under the age of eight may not participate and children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult. The jail is not handicap-accessible, and the tour will require climbing stairs and walking for approximately 20 minutes. Refreshments will be on sale as well.

If a haunted jail isn’t enough Halloween spirit for students, there will also be an opportunity to participate in the ‘Boo Run’ in San Gabriel Park tomorrow from 3-6 pm. Registration begins at 3:00, and the ‘Boo Run’ includes a 5K and fun run with a costume contest as well as a raffle and entertainment by Roland Waits. Benefits will go to the Exceptional Georgetown Alliance.
Students who would like more information, event details, registration can visit: www.exceptionalgeorgetown.org.

Spaghetti Dinner to Raise Funds: Student Congress Plans Event to Replace Stolen Pennants

Planning is in progress for a Spaghetti Dinner to be held by Student Congress soon after Homecoming Weekend. The dinner will act as a fundraiser to replace the SU pennants and welcome signs that were stolen from Georgetown recently.
Sophomore and Student Congress member Sarah Cook has worked with Assistant Director of Student Activities Jason Chapman to organize the event. Student Congress will charge attendees for spaghetti and desserts made by its members. The date and location are to be determined.
“Student Congress has worked for years on our relationship with Georgetown,” Cook said. “[These pennants] were so important, because businesses pulled out-of-pocket to pay for them and show support for the same students who stole them.”

Three pennants from the square went missing shortly after they were put up at the beginning of the school year, as well as two signs welcoming students back to town. These stood in front of the local HEB and the First United Methodist Church. Student Congress assumes it was students who stole them.

“We’re assuming it’s students,” Cook said. “We have been hoping [the pennants] would be returned or we could find who stole them. Whoever has them can anonymously drop them off in the Student Activities office. It’s in the university’s best interests that they should be returned.”
The pennants are worth $100 each, and local businesses had ordered them from students to show support for the school.
“Student Congress members had gone door-to-door selling these,” Cook said. “From what I’ve heard, these businesses are frustrated and upset. I’m expecting it to be almost $1,000 to replace the pennants and signs. They showed an established and positive connection between the University and Georgetown. Community members have had bad stereotypes of college students, and we’ve had to fight that. We want to show those members that we do want this connection.”
As an effort to heal that relationship, the Spaghetti Dinner will be open to students, faculty and staff. The money raised by selling tickets to the Dinner will go toward replacing the stolen signs and pennants.
“Personally, driving into Georgetown and seeing those signs at the beginning of the semester was really nice,” Cook said. “I want to continue seeing that relationship fostered and take steps forward instead of back.”

Homecoming Traffic Causes Parking Concerns Among Students

By Brooke Chatterton

Homecoming events on campus begin next Friday, November 2. The influx of alumni prompts the question of how parking on campus will be handled with so many vehicles coming to campus.

“Although we have visitor spots, the truth is that a visitor can come and really park anywhere. Those are suggested spots for someone who is going to be on our campus for the day or a guest speaker, but with special events like this, we don’t have enough visitor parking. So we all have to share and plan for the weekend,” Chief of Police Deborah Brown said.

The Police Department is offering suggestions to help students plan ahead for the weekend.

“We realize that everybody is going to get pushed out of their regular areas. What I would suggest with students would be to try and find a spot and then stay there. You might want to plan ahead a little bit.” Brown said.

Parking during homecoming has become a bigger concern this year than in past years.

“In the past we haven’t had a lot of problems because students decide to go home on that weekend, but we attempt to get everybody taken care of. We don’t write a lot of tickets on that weekend,” Brown said.

The Police Department is willing to work with students on where they can park as a result of the high number of vehicles.

“The only things we will really write tickets for are parking in fire zones, or handicapped zones, and things like that,” Brown said. “We will be giving people ideas on where they can park…[and] so far, it has worked out. There have been times when we have had to make up parking spots, and if it doesn’t rain, we can do that again.”

Students around campus are supportive of the measures the Police Department is taking.

“It is good that the Southwestern Police Department is taking some measures to prepare for the volume. Parking can get congested during Homecoming,” Senior Lauren Jensen, Political Science and Business major, said.

The Police Department has taken action when parking had been tight in the past, and they have the authority to create new spots in emergencies.

“For instance, the curve around the Robertson Center is all yellow. The Police Department can allow parking right there. So if we have a big event at the Howry Center or the Robertson Center which we feel is really going to impact the Brown Cody lot, we will open that up for cars to park there,” Brown said. “We have little tricks like that up our sleeves.”

The Police Department predicts the times of high volume to be Friday night and Saturday, but alumni are not expected to stay for the duration of the weekend.

“Homecoming is a time when people come and go. Don’t panic to the point that you think that everyone is going to come in at once,” Brown said. “Remember that you’ll be an alumnus one of these days and you’ll want to come back and see how the campus has changed. I think if we all work together, we are going to be alright.”

Green Technology At Risk in Coming Election: Innovations in Renewable Energy Should be Supported Publicly and Privately

By Jeffrey McKenzie
Attacked for being a failed investment that lacks efficiency, green technology has become a partisan issue as the election nears. However, a look at the facts of green technology shows that despite the negative rhetoric, green technology is thriving. As such, Americans should fight to ensure that this nascent industry is supported by both public and private industry.
The solar power industry is actually on the rise, experiencing record profits, expansion, and falling costs that have dropped about 40 percent since 1998. Similarly, options for wind power have expanded, now accounting for about 35 percent of the growth of electricity capacity of the United States in the last five years.

Renewable energy as a whole is expected to grow to $2.3 trillion within a decade and is also not subject to the variable costs that have led to rising costs for traditional fossil fuels.
However, for the first time since the active development and investment in green energy, its future now stands at a crossroads. Wind power is at risk if Congress allows a tax credit expire by the end of the year.
In the short-term, fossil fuels will still be necessary for economic growth. The most important step is to use the current abundance of fossil fuels as a jumping-off point for a future dominated by the green technology industry. Beginning the investment now is necessary in order to meet future demand and expand the economy.
To meet this goal, federal and local green technology standards along with public and private investment must be implemented. If the United States ends the existing tax incentives and investments, as many politicians propose, the United States would fall outside of the forefront of green technology development and the industry would be prevented from growing.
The issue comes down to whether or not the United States will continue to play a vital role in an expanding industry. Green technology provides the opportunity to grow jobs and release the United States from dependence on foreign fossil fuels if people are willing to make the initial investment.