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A plight of perseverance

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

“Throughout its history, Maryville College has held sincerely to the Christian belief in dignity, worth and freedom of all people and their equality before God, irrespective of wealth, race or color,” Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd, Maryville College’s sixth president, quoted this phrase in his book “Maryville College: A History of 150 Years 1819-1969”. This phrase was part of an announcement released “in behalf of the Directors and Faculty by the President of Maryville College in August 1954” that, to Lloyd, seemed to embody the very foundation of Maryville College. According to Lloyd, given that Tennessee was not “a cotton raising or large plantation area,” Maryville’s African American population before the Civil War was not as large as that of some surrounding areas. Of the few African Americans living in the area, few had the means to attend college. Though...

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No more victims: Student life at Smoky Mountain Self-Defense

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The students of Smoky Mountain Self-Defense shuffled nervously as Roy “Hoot” Shields entered the training room, slapping a baseball bat against his open palm. Shields is the founder of Smoky Mountain Self-Defense as well as the head instructor, a martial arts master, and a former member of the U.S. Military and Federal Services. Shields raised the bat and slowly ambled through the room, pointing at students. “Eenie,” he said. The next student, “Meanie.” The next, “Miney.” Then, “Moe.” The act was a nod to a recent episode of the TV series, “The Walking Dead”. An unearthly hush fell over the room. For a single slice of time, breathing was almost inaudible. Someone subtly swallowed. Another person twitched, most likely involuntarily, then froze once more. “Not funny,” a woman in the back said. Shields laughed with the class and stopped...

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Non-traditional student completes degree that is 39 years in the making

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In May of 2017, Beth Myers-Rees, a senior at Maryville College, will complete her Bachelor of Arts in Writing Communication. Like many seniors, she is eagerly awaiting her journey across the stage during the Commencement Ceremony on May 21. However, unlike most seniors, she has another graduation to celebrate. Myers-Rees’ youngest daughter, Sarah, graduates from Maryville High School one week after graduation at MC. It’s not every day that a mother and daughter both graduate within that same year, but Myers-Rees is a non-traditional student, one with an education 39 years in the making. In 2013, after 13 years of service as a Customer Billing Specialist at Marriot Business Services, she was terminated. “The longest job I’d had before that was two years. I was unemployed for six months,” she said.” “For about four months when I was collecting...

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Meido kissa: Behind the doors of Japan’s maid cafe industry

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The meido kissa, also referred to as meido kafe or the westernized “maid cafe”, is a subcategory of cosplay restaurants predominantly found in Japan. In meido kissas, foreigners will find waitresses dressed in maid costumes who act as servants and treat customers as masters or mistresses in their own private home instead of a customer at a restaurant. Cure Maid Cafe was the first permanent maid cafe. It was established in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan in March 2001. Meido kissas are becoming increasingly popular and have even expanded to China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, Canada and the United States. The maid costume varies from cafe to cafe, though most are based on the French maid costume, consisting of a dress, a petticoat, a pinafore, a matching hair accessory (frill or bow)...

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The Alexander House: Maryville College’s hidden gem

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

There are many buildings on the Maryville College campus that students probably visit on a daily basis. One building that does not have the good fortune of getting visited as often is the Alexander House. The Alexander House is perched on the edge of campus. Hidden by the physical plant, the Alexander House overlooks East Lamar Alexander Parkway and Blount Memorial Hospital. This early 1900s farm style house bridges the relationship between Maryville College and the Blount County area—specifically in regards to churches. In 2004, when the Alexander House was renovated, Mark Cate, the past president for advancement and admissions, wanted to offer a space for Leadership Blount, as well as extra space for advancement. Leadership Blount, Blount County’s non-profit leadership enhancement and developmental organization, is currently located on the first floor of the Alexander House. The group uses...

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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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