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Jennifer Briggs joins MC faculty as Assistant Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in News | 1 comment

Jennifer Briggs is the newest addition to the division of Behavioral Science as an Assistant Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Before coming to Maryville, Briggs was a professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a school of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), for seven years. Briggs attended Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. for an undergraduate degree in ASL, continuing on to gain a M.A. in Teaching ASL from Columbia University in New York City. However, this was not the path Professor Briggs had intended when going to undergraduate school. She originally attended Gallaudet University for a degree in Sports Medicine, due to her love of sports growing up. “I wasn’t planning on teaching,” says Briggs. Yet, this changed after taking ASL literature and linguistics in college, causing her to fall in love with...

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MC Gamers hosts murder mystery dinner party

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

With the sun low in the sky and a crackle of magic in the air, cars pulled up to The House in the Woods Saturday Oct. 29 for a night of mystery and deception. The newly chartered club MC Gamers has tried to put their best foot forward with a wide variety of events for every type of gamer. A murder mystery dinner party was naturally the best choice for a role-playing event for Halloween. Everyone came knowing well in advance what character they would be playing at the dinner party, the biggest night of the year for the Immortal Council, of which every attendant was a member. Every guest was given a character pamphlet with his or her secret information and motivations to complete by the end of the night. With a spell card hidden in everyone’s pocket,...

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Culture festivals filled Knoxville Oct. 1-2

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

The weekend of Oct. 1-2 lit up Knoxville with a wide variety of events. Thousands of people flocked to Knoxville to enjoy a wide variety of culture festivals as well as events to benefit the Knoxville area and impoverished areas across the globe. These events came during the weekend of the 225th anniversary of the founding of Knoxville which landed on Oct. 3. The Great Llama Race, run by Casa de Sara, was held in World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. Casa De Sara is an organization whose mission is to provide nutrition and healthcare to local at-risk children and their families as well as those in Bolivia. Participating local schools worked with Casa de Sara as well as Southeast Llama Rescue to create outfits for a costume contest that took place before the race began. A wide variety...

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Young, broke and in love: Marriage in college

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Perspectives | 1 comment

When I encounter someone new, be it a class mate, a professor or a friend of a friend, the first thing they tend to notice is my wedding band and engagement ring, leading to their horrified or happy expressions when I talk about being married. As cliché as it sounds, my husband Joe and I are great examples of high school sweethearts. In my typical extroverted style, I befriended the new transfer student and some months later, we began dating. For about 6 months, everything was wonderful. After graduation we went to the beach together, and I met his mom and extended family. Then he left for basic training for the US Army in early summer. He was not there for my 18th birthday, and he was not there to help me move into college. I also was not...

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Dangerous Distortions: A reflection on society and ourselves

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Arts/Entertainment, News | 0 comments

    As families of students enjoyed the many activities offered at Maryville College during Family Weekend, students, staff and friends of the college poured into the Flex Theatre Oct. 1-3 at 8:00 p.m. and again on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. for Dangerous Distortions, a night of short plays.     Included in this production were The Stonewater Rapture by Doug Wright and The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George. The audience went through a vast range of emotions as themes of sexual assault, bullying, sexuality and self-image were crafted in thought-provoking and artful ways.     Both plays took place on a black and white set. The modern style of black and white striped flooring and the abstract pictures and forms hanging in the back gave the plays an almost dream-like atmosphere.     The Stonewater Rapture by Doug Wright was...

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