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Sports and Politics Converge in Olympic Games

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

Millions of viewers have settled in over the past several days to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9. Watching the Olympics is, for many spectators, a time to relax and enjoy the thrill of competition without worrying about politics. However, Olympic history has been far from apolitical, and, in the present day, politics continue to exert a significant force on the Games. The unified Korean delegation has been among the most discussed examples of the extent to which politics are intertwined with Olympic competition, but it is far from the sole instance of politics slamming up against gamesmanship. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long supported the idea of diplomacy through the Games. From its inception, the IOC has put the Olympic Games forward as a means of promoting...

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Professor Scott Steele runs second Kiawah Island Marathon

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Feature Slider, Sports | 0 comments

Many of you may know Scott Steele as a freshman composition and speech professor or as an advisor. Steele graduated from Maryville College in 1990 and returned to the college to begin teaching in 2000. Since that time, he has been a trusted advisor to many students and a friend to many professors. Something that you might not know about Steele is that he is a two-time finisher of the Kiawah Island Marathon in Kiawah, South Carolina. “It’s because Kiawah is nice and flat,” he said with a laugh when asked why he chose to run both of his marathons in Kiawah. Steele began his journey to Kiawah long before the actual race, though. He first began thinking about running a marathon in 2013 while participating in Crossfit in Knoxville. He was a member of an endurance group within...

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Pre-game music: what’s on the baseball team’s playlist

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

If you have taken a walk around campus while the Maryville College baseball team is practicing, you have probably heard numerous bops blasting from the field. The playlist seems to have no end or volume limit. So who made the playlist? Samuel Joiner, team member and MC junior, has been credited with creating it. Team member “It was a collaborative list, and if players have a song they want to hear they can submit it,” said freshman Luke Williams.   It is unknown at the time if the playlist is public, but maybe with some convincing these diamond DJ’s will let us all enjoy the home run hits without sitting outside during practice. Maybe that was their plan all along? Whether you are a fan of baseball or a fan of Luke Bryan, the baseball field has become a...

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On-campus 5k: a cold way to start your new year

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Feature Slider, Sports | 0 comments

What a better way to start off the school year than with a freezing race through the Maryville College woods? While there are far warmer and more comfortable ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, several Maryville College students and faculty choose to brave the cold and lace up their running shoes. On Sunday, Jan. 14 the Knoxville Track Club hosted their kickoff for their Trail Racing Series in the Maryville College woods. Brisk temperatures of less than 30 degrees with an even colder wind chill threatened low entry numbers, but the Wanderer’s Trail Race still had a good turnout of 193 runners. Winding around the school’s trails and fields, the 5k consisted of frozen patches of mud, iced-over bridges and plenty of runny noses as the runners made their way from start to finish. Erin Dupes, a senior cross...

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MC Basketball Scoreboard

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

January Men’s Results Wed. Jan 3 against Covenant…. W 95-59 Sat. Jan 6 against NC Wesleyan ….W 69-61 Sun Jan 7 against Ferrum……W 90-58 Sat Jan 13 against Methodist…..W 87-75 Sun Jan 14 against Greensboro…. W 90-75 Thurs Jan 18 against Brevard…. L 79-78 Sat Jan 20 against Averett…. W 80-70 Sun Jan 21 against Pfeiffer…. W 84-59 January Women’s Results Tues Jan 2 against Covenant…. W 65-49 Sat Jan 6 against Wesleyan…. W 72-43 Sun Jan 7 against Piedmont…… W 57-54 Tue Jan 9 against Berea….. L 75-74 Fri Jan 12 against LaGrange…..W 74-60 Sat Jan 13 against Huntington ….. W 73-62 Thurs Jan 18 against Covenant….. W 79-61...

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The old doe

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

Is that a twig?  There it is again.  Maybe it’s a squirrel.  I wish my ears were better.  Something is on the ground behind me. A twig falling onto the crunchy leaves could make that sound.  So could a deer stepping on those same leaves. Then, of course, it could be a crazy gray squirrel.  Nah, they can’t hold still for more than a few seconds.  They make noise constantly.  Right now, it is silent as a cemetery. The silence doesn’t mean it was a twig. Deer stand still sometimes. They tend to avoid the dry leaves as much as possible.  Deer freeze as still as a statue after making a noise. They will step on grass or anything silent if given the choice. When critters step on a moss-covered log or rock, they’re silent as a breeze. They...

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