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2018 Blister in the Sun

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in News | 0 comments

                Maryville College’s annual Student Programming Board-hosted Blister in the Sun kicked off on May 5th and was a rollicking success for every extracurricular club on the Maryville College campus that participated. Blister in the Sun is aptly named after the 1983 alternative rock song, “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes. The song is reminiscent of a fun summer’s day and would remind listeners of the joys to be had during the season of summer. Similarly, what is arguably SPB’s most important event of the year reminds Maryville College students that summer is just around the corner, and to finish the semester out strong so that they can enjoy all the fun to be had over the summer. The main attraction to Blister in the Sun, beyond the free T-shirts, would have to be the various bounce-houses set up on the north side of the main campus quad. These bounce houses offered a variety of games and opportunities for fun in the Appalachian sun— Though for journalistic integrity, this writer will state that it was actually quite humid and overcast— that lasted from the morning until the afternoon. Various booths were set up by the campus’ extracurricular groups, including the Highland Echo. The Highland Echobooth...

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Alumni Gym to receive sweeping renovation

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

Maryville College’s Alumni Gym will be receiving a much-needed renovation during the summer of 2018, with new fitness facilities and equipment finally making the building worthy of the term “Gymnasium.” The official announcement and reveal of the ground-plans and sketch for the new-and-improved Alumni Gym came on April 18 within the Alumni Gym itself. The plans for the new renovations outlined a new fitness space partitioned off by a glass wall and a redesign of the main floor of the gymnasium to facilitate various intramural sports. The area that will become partitioned off by glass will be located in what is currently the men’s baseball team locker room, with plans for a new locker room for the team also provided. The design for the renovation was provided by BarberMcMurry Architects, with Joseph Construction as the contractor, and Lawler-Wood functioning as the project manager and owner’s representative. The last time the Alumni Gym was renovated was 12 years ago, when it was transformed into a performance space for students while the Clayton Center for the Arts was under construction, hence the stage that currently occupies one side of the gymnasium. Maryville College President Tom Bogart officially unveiled the plans for the renovation, After being introduced by Melanie Tucker, Vice President and Dean of Students, Bogart...

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

It was a big moment in hip-hop in April as the Kendrick Lamar, took home the Pulitzer Prize for music. Lamar has topped the charts with his new album, “DAMN,” but, even with its huge nominations, the album failed to take home the Grammy in January. The Pulitzer Prize began to recognize a category in music in 1943, but it wasn’t until 1997 that the prize was first awarded to jazz musicians. Lamar received the honor because of the...

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A house divided: Maryville College’s Community Orchestra and Choir Spring Concert

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

In the months following Maryville College students’ return to campus after spring break, the members of both the Community Orchestra and Community Choir have been rehearsing for the spring concert. The theme of this concert is based on the Civil War, with both groups combining to play movements from “Those in Blue, Those in Gray,” written by John Purifoy, along with other songs of a similar style. The concert, titled “A House Divided,” took place on April 30 at...

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Ball of Confusion: New developments in North Korea and the Syrian conflict

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Perspectives | 0 comments

“Ball of Confusion” is a psychedelic soul single released by The Temptations in 1971, whose chorus says, “Ball of Confusion, that’s what the world is today.” This chorus may be truer today that it was in 1971, with recent events in the Korean Peninsula and Syria proving quite confusing indeed. At a historic summit in the waning days of April, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in the South, this being the...

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Data Mining is “OK”

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Facebook is easily the biggest social media platform that exists right now. With over a billion active users, Facebook blows its competition out of the water. Despite the fact that so many individuals use the app, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has recently had to answer some questions for Congress at a Senate Judiciary Committee and Commerce Committee joint hearing concerning the privacy issues that Facebook users are subject to. While it is not necessarily new information that Facebook gathers...

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Memorial Tree Dedication: Tree to give back to Maryville College for decades to come

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Feature Slider, News | 0 comments

    In memory of former student, Adam Russell Peppers, the Maryville College community dedicated a memorial tree ceremony at the Crawford House on Monday, April 30 at 3 p.m. Peppers, an Army Veteran, attended Maryville College from 2014 to 2016. He lost his battle against cancer on January 25, 2018.            While at Maryville College he was a finance and accounting major with an outdoor studies minor and served one year as president of the Student Veterans Association (SVA). Peppers took...

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Unpredictable weather in Maryville and the world

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Over the past few weeks, and even months, the weather in Maryville has been incredibly unpredictable. With fluctuating temperatures and an abundance of cloud cover, students are finding it difficult to dress comfortably for the day. For a week, students at Maryville could walk around in shorts and t-shirts and be perfectly comfortable, but the next week they would be bundled up in sweaters and jeans once again. This jump in temperature has even occurred over the course of...

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Farewell to Jack Piepenbring

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Features, Perspectives | 0 comments

Our campus will soon bid farewell to Jack Piepenbring, Director of Safety and Security, here at MC. After 14 years of service to our beloved institution, Piepenbring is retiring to spend more time with his family. Piepenbring first came to be the director of Maryville College’s Safety and Security office after retiring from his prior career of 17 years with the National Parks Services as the District Park Ranger of Cades Cove. Piepenbring’s plans for retirement would make any...

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Missing women of Ciudad Juarez

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Perspectives | 0 comments

South of El Paso, Texas, on the Rio Grande, is Ciudad Juarez. It is the second most populated binational city on the border of Texas and Mexico with 2.7 million people. Ciudad Juarez is known as the most dangerous city in the world. It has been fictionalized in movies, television and books dealing with cartel-related crimes. Despite its infamy, people live, work and raise families in Juarez. Since 1993, over 1500 young women have gone missing. These women, typically...

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