Change of Scenery?

Location, location…relocation?

After finally settling in at home in Library room 111, several Morningside students are moving to a new classroom. Due to renovation and construction on campus, several classes will be moving. The Morningside College web page describes the new location as a “State of the Art Smart Classroom” in Roadman Hall.

Despite the name, the setting isn’t exactly “State of the Art,” however. The room features several 2000 dates on the equipment, and houses multiple box-television sets.

Several students were asked how they felt about the situation.

“I think it’s going to be really hard, because I don’t know if I’ll remember to go there every day,” sophomore Jordan Truckenmiller scoffed.

For most students, simply remembering to go to the right room seems to be the biggest challenge.

Morningside junior Kelsey Paulson explained, “It doesn’t really bother me, except I know I’ll be going to the library for a couple weeks forgetting we switched!”

It might be an inconvenience, but a classroom is a classroom. As they say in showbiz, “the show must go on.”

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A Shot to the Heart

The honeymoon is over for Richard and Laurette Brunson. The two were married around 2pm yesterday afternoon. Shortly following an incident at the reception, shots were fired, and Mrs. Brunson found herself in the hospital. The shooter was none other than Mr. Brunson himself. Their neighbor, Walter Corse, described the panic at the scene.

Neighbor Walter Course described the incident. “I heard the sound of the shot, or I think I did. It was kind of a pop, pop, pop. And then the son came out yelling ‘she’s been shot and can’t breath.’”

Following the shot, Richard Brunson was nowhere to be found. Police are still in search of the 50 year-old suspect.

Another neighbor, Marilyn Corse, was the last to see the suspect leaving. “I just feel so bad for the kids having to see this. He ran off with no shirt and no shoes.”

Certainly a far cry from “‘Til death do us part.”

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Long Lost Revis Island

When Darrelle Revis signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2013 off-season, several NFL fans, including myself, expected great things. Along with the Revis signing, the Bucs also snagged free-agent safety Dashon Goldson. Essentially, two the most highly touted defensive backs in the league headed to Tampa.

The issue, however, is that the coaching staff hasn’t necessarily played to the strengths of their newly acquired stars. Revis, who had earned the nickname “Revis Island” for his ridiculous shutdown skills in man coverage, has been delegated nothing more than a place holder in a zone scheme. This has made some fans mad. Really mad. Several of them showed up at the Buc’s practice facility, more than willing to demonstrate to the coaching staff how to use Revis and his skill-set.

This article, in all honestly, is a few weeks late in my opinion. A secondary with insane talent finds itself shredded at the end of every Sunday. All the talent on the field means nothing if the coaches don’t put them in position to make plays. The author made several solid points, and the fact that fans actually showed up at the facility cracked me up. I thought it was well written, and the only thing missing was a couple quotes from Revis, himself. The featured video tied in nicely, and basically, if the Buccaneers don’t start winning games, Revis will be under new management anyway.

Diamonds Found on Other Planets?

Diamonds are believed to form on planets other than Earth.

According to CNN sources, researchers believe that diamonds may in fact be present on Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus. The combination of atmospheric pressure and temperature are perfect for hosting the treasures.

There is no hard proof, of course. There are no diamonds in hand. However, the chemistry does match the thought process. In 1981, Marvin Ross pointed to the levels of methane on Uranus and Neptune. Those levels, combined with the temperature and pressure would allow carbon to form a diamond.

Planetary researcher Mona Delitsky describes the atmosphere of  these planets as “essentially very hot, pressurized gas” at their interiors. She also claims that these conditions could produce “hand-sized diamonds.”

Valentine’s Day is coming fast, and for most of you, a trip to Saturn won’t be in the cards. Take it from me: go to Jared.

Primetime Horror

“American Horror Story: Coven,” and “The Walking Dead: Season 4″ are both set to premiere in early October.
The anticipation has been building. Two of the most-highly watched horror series on national television are going to be back on the air within a mere few days of each other. The new lineup of fan-favorite shows seems to have taken a turn toward the crypt. If Miley Cyrus has shown us anything, it’s that America loves the unexpected and different.
Since hitting TV, “The Walking Dead” has drawn rave-reviews from horror fanatics nationwide. The zombie-apocalypse tale features thick plot-lines and well-developed characters. The state of the world around them causes a constant state of insecurity in the viewer. You just don’t know what to expect. Season 3 simply stressed the point that writers had been proving all along: no one is safe. Seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix.
Serving as “The Walking Dead’s” metaphorical Robin, “American Horror Story” is also making its return. Each episode has a story of its own. Each character is intricately developed. The script is incredibly well-written, and the cast is stellar. Add each individual factor up, and you’ve got great potential for a hit show. The difference between AHS and other weekly programs, however, is that AHS constantly pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable, and what is expected. points out that topics featured in the AHS past have included: insanity, nuns, aliens, posession, medical experimentation, religious hypocrisy, homsexual aversion therapy, serial killers, the devil, abortion, the Holocaust, and as of this season, slavery and witchcraft.
The fact that a pair of mainstream horror shows have caught the eye of Americans speaks volumes to the changing world we live in. Viewers expect more from television. They expect a raw sense of danger. They expect a jaw-dropping plot carried out by a gifted cast. If history tells us anything, “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story” will deliver.
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Morningside Wrestling Nears Start (Final)

The familiar shuffling of ice-packs and aroma of hard-work are back. The Morningside Mustangs wrestling team has high hopes for the upcoming  2013-2014 season.

The lone returning All-American is 184 pounder Joe Sievert, brother of 2013 National Champion John Sievert. Both decorated high school athletes, the Sievert brothers joined forces on the mat at Morningside under former Mustang head coach Tim Jager, and John was able to bring home the gold last year.

Joe described his excitement for the upcoming season in typical Sievert fashion; “I saw what my brother did last year. I want that. I want a national title.” The mustangs’ roster boasts an impressive total of 10 returning National Qualifiers, Sievert included. Of those qualifiers, five are in their final year in the program. Aside from Sievert, the other four seniors: Jordan Langley, Kevin Olson, Harrison Johnson, and Tyler Kacmarynski, are all looking to find their place on the podium.

Kacmarynski, a native of Spencer, Iowa, is looking forward to his final year after back-to-back disappointing season riddled with injury. His goals are no secret. He’s incredibly open about his final season. “All-American. National Championship. I’ve been through this before, and I’ve worked harder than anyone else. One goal; one dream.” Kacmarynski currently sits at 12th on the all-time wins list in Morningside history, with a total of 73.

Still a little over a month away from the first live action, the excitement is growing amongst the team, as their off-season lifting program increases its intensity. Since the hiring of new strength and conditioning coach, Chad Traver, many Mustangs feel they have really seen positive results. “I just really feel like I get better every time I go in,” junior 141 pounder Nate Taylor noted. “Its been an adjustment, but I can definitely tell that he knows what he’s doing, and I know it’s going to make a difference once the season starts.” The Mustangs have been lifting 3 times a week, with additional cardio workouts twice a week.

Junior heavyweight Eric Draper described the new lifting program as “intense.” He noted a difference in the amount of effort it takes to get through each day. “If you don’t show up to work hard, you’re going to get sent home. You can either sit in your room, or you can just suck it up, bust a sweat, and get better.”

Junior 141 pounder Garret Lambrecht wasted no time in describing the team’s chemistry. “It’s just a different atmosphere now. We’re a family, and I love spending time around these guys. They’re my best friends, and we sweat and bleed next to each other every day. I can’t wait for practice to start.”

With practice still a couple weeks away, the team is continuing preparation, beginning to cut their weight, and trying to maintain focus on academics with the upcoming season looming.

Looking at the season ahead, there are several possible candidates to join Sievert on the podium. Joining Sievert (84) and Kacmarynski (73) on the top 50 career wins list are returning senior Jordan Langley (49), junior Garret Lambrecht (40), and senior Harrison Johnson (38). Head Coach, Jake Stevenson, still sits a top the career wins list with a total of 130. As the most decorated wrestler in Morningside history in his four years from 2004 to 2008, he also owns the records for 3-point near falls (28), technical falls (7), and victories in a season (45).

The Mustangs take to the mat in a mere couple weeks to begin practice, and with Stevenson leading the charge, the future looks bright for this group of grapplers.


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Government Shutdown Nearly Effects Rivalry

The United States government has shut down due to the inability of the House and Senate to reach an agreement on a funding plan for the future. The implications of this are far-reaching, but I’m here to shed a little light on the general consensus around the Morningside campus.

The typical college student won’t spend time at a museum in the next week. They won’t visit a national park. They will, however, crack a cold one and spend a Saturday afternoon watching a slate of college football games. One such game, rich in history and bathed in tradition, was in serious jeopardy until early Wednesday afternoon.

The Air Force-Navy rivalry dates back to 1960, with the teams meeting every season since 1972. Due to the government shutdown, there will be absolutely no government funding for any contests until an agreement is reached.

When examining Navy’s budget and income throughout the year, a typical income brings in about $4 million in tickets, fees, and other game concessions. According to an ESPN source, “not one dime of government money will be spent.”

Until an agreement is reached, even Saturday afternoon football can’t be taken for granted.