Veritas Issue 7, Fall 2013

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November 6-13, 2013

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<ul><li><p>CONTINUES ON PAGE 6.Pi</p><p>ctur</p><p>e by</p><p> an </p><p>awes</p><p>ome </p><p>phot</p><p>ogra</p><p>pher</p><p>SEE MORE ON PAGE 3</p><p>SEE MORE ON PAGE 10</p><p>FREE</p><p>VERITAS.BRIDGEWATER.EDUBRIDGEWATER COLLEGEbridgewater.edu</p><p>Changing Ourselves and Changing Our Community</p><p>WEEKLY, November 6-12, 2013 </p><p>Serving Bridgewater and surrounding communities</p><p>Like the new layout? Check out the new website!veritas.bridgewater.edu</p><p>Virginia law dictates that a governor cannot serve two consecutive terms, so Governor Bob McDonnell will step down this year as governor of Vir-ginia and the buzz is strong for who will be elected next. In a very turbulent political environ-ment this came to one of, if not THE, most controversial elections in Virginia history. Problems include current governor, Bob McDonnell, com-ing under investiga-tion for what has become known as the Gifting Scandal, governor-hopeful Ken Cuccinelli refusing to resign his post as attor-ney general while </p><p>campaigning for governor, and candidate Terry McAuliffes com-pany GreenTech coming under investigation. With national factors such as the economy, and the government shutdown ear-lier this fall, many people wonder why this election has become about social issues and not policy issues that have to do with improving the prospects for Virginians, which has caused the candidates to come under some fire, most notably Cuccinelli, whose heavily polarizing social platform has </p><p>The gubernatorial electionBC gets a new website design</p><p>By Troy Jackson</p><p>A recount from a political science perspective</p><p>Bridgewater stands up to cancer</p><p>Illustration by Brooke Thacker</p></li><li><p>The question stands: What are you thank-ful for? We all see it on Facebook or Twitter with people posting things they are thankful for in their lives this time of the year. But why is it only Novem-ber that we are thankful for what we have and do not bother with what we do not? The two major holidays that happen in November may be a reason why we are thankful: Veterans Day on Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving on Nov. 28. We thank veter-ans for serving our country in the past and present on Veterans Day, and use this day to take pride in America. Thanksgiving is the time when we are all thankful for what we have, whether we participate in challenges or not throughout the month. When this holiday began, the symbolism it presented was of a time when two contrasting groups came to-gether to celebrate their fall harvest, thankful that they had enough to eat. Today, we use this day as a time to spend with family and be thankful for them. Personally, I try to be thankful every day for the people and opportuni-ties that I have in my life. </p><p> 2 </p><p>However, it is difficult to remember to do that every day when little things here or there can frustrate you to no end. When this hap-pens though, we just need to take a breath and count our blessings. This year, I wanted to participate in the 30 days of thankful, but then I started to think about it all. Every day we should be thankful, and why should we show that off to other people on social media? Would it be more rewarding to say it aloud to others who may be thankful for the same things and then start a conversa-tion? And why must we be thankful for things that are so serious? Shouldnt we be thankful for the little things that make us laugh? According to Much to be thankful for in Novem-ber event stuff we thought about by Erin Anderson, published on journalstar.com on Nov. 2, there is a different awareness or cel-ebratory day for every day in November. Perhaps instead of being so serious, people can be thankful for Duns Scotus, of Duns, Scotland, who invented the dunce cap on Nov. 8. The day before Veterans </p><p>Day is the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, so we can be thank-ful for our armed services on two consecutive days. Nov. 13 is World Kindness Day, so be sure to show some compassion on that day. Nov. 19 is the have A Bad Day Day, which is when people in the service indus-try can say have a bad day, rather than have a good day to customers as they exit. Nov. 23 is Fibonocci Day, as well as Eat a Cran-berry Day, National Cashew Day and the 50th anniver-sary of Dr. Who Day. It is incredible how every day can have something dif-ferent that you can be thank-ful for. Therefore, people should not only participate in the 30 days of thankful, but in 365 days of thankful. There is a page on Face-book called Be thankful you have the day. While this page mostly posts inspiring pictures with text that make you think, it does have a good message behind it. Be thankful for every day that you have on this earth. Life is short, carpe diem, grab the bull by the horns and all those other popular clichs....</p><p>Editorial</p><p>By Brooke Thacker</p><p>What are you thankful for this year?</p><p> Veritas is a publication manged and produced by stu-dents of Bridgewater College. As a news organization serving the Bridgewater and surrounding communities, Veritas publishes regularly opinion articles and letters submitted by members of the community which do not reflect the opinion of the Veritas staff or of the Bridgewater Colleges administration. We encourage members of the community to submit information, opinion, and critiques in order to promote a healthy dialogue. The Veritas Edito-rial team also reserves the right to edit, modify, or exclude any submissions containing offensive or innappropriate language or remarks. To reach the newsroom, contact the advertising team, or submit articles and letters, please send us an email at:</p><p>veritas@bridgewater.edu</p><p>Executive Director: Brandy BrodeEditor: Brooke Thacker</p><p>Business Team:Advertising Manager: Kate HuttonPublic Relations Manager: Emily NowakSocial Media Manager: Victoria WilsonMarketing Associates: Emily HeacockOffice Manager: Latisha Branch</p><p>Editorial Team:Managing Editor: Lacey NaffHead Copy Editor: Alyssa PenningtonLayout Editor: Tayseer Al-SafarLayout Artist: Megan FordContent Editors:Emily HigginsMelina Norman</p><p>Sub-Editors:Jason ManagoMegan FordRianna Hill</p><p>Senior Staff: Chris Conte, Christopher Michael, Abgail Blair, Ellen Morris, Nicholas Davies, Cyndi Wibe, Katie Matherlee, Sarah Conner, Morgan Alexander</p><p>Printed by the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Va.</p><p>NOV. 6-12 2013</p><p>Be thankful all year, not just in November</p></li><li><p> 3 Campus</p><p>Site seeing?</p><p>Students at Bridgewa-ter log onto the col-leges website to check campus events, academic announcements and new photos of campus activi-ties. Though these seem like minute tasks, the campus website is far from it. A new site is presently being de-signed to take away the dif-ficulty of the current page. Amber Parkhurst, director of Marketing and Commu-nications here at Bridgewa-ter, is heading up the project for the new website. The new website will be a complete departure from what we have now, said Parkhurst. [The layout will be] fresher and more cutting-edge. The new website will fea-ture new navigation tech-niques and will be great for the marketing of the college. We are planning on creat-ing a responsive website, a website that, regardless of the size of the device you are accessing it from, will have a special look, said Parkhurst. This means that the look of the site will appear differ-ently on tab-lets, phones, and laptops, but will still remain easy to use and navi-gate. About every five years the </p><p>By Sam St. Johnwebsite will be updated so that it does not fall behind other colleges or universities as far as layout and design. The site will also make it easier for prospective stu-dents to navigate and apply early. This is definitely a web project on a scale that this college has never done, said Parkhurst. Students have been invited to Discovery Sessions and to produce a wish list about things that they wish would be added to the site and students are still encouraged to submit ideas to Amber Parkhurst. Parkhurst is hoping that the new website will be up and running by August 2014. If you have any requests involving the new web-site, please email Amber Parkhurst at aparkhur@bridgewater.edu....</p><p>NOV. 6-12 2013</p><p>BC develops a more manageable website</p><p>By Kathleen Herring</p><p>Intern of the week: Maria Best</p><p>This summer, senior Communication Studies major Maria Best performed an internship based in Atlanta, Ga. with the Human Resources depart-ment of CGI Group, an international IT consult-ing company. The com-pany, which specializes in handling logistics, soft-ware and consulting tasks for many large companies worldwide, also helps the federal government with tasks such as putting to-gether passports for U.S. government officials. As an intern with the Human Resources depart-ment, Maria helped with employee relations issues, onboarding employees, and the logistics of man-aging 7, 200 employees. It was really interest-ing because I didnt work with my bosses a lot of them are contractors who are working for our </p><p>company, so I didnt see a lot of people. I did a lot of my work in consulting with others over the phone with phone conferences and emailing. I became very good at communicating with people who are in differ-ent time zones, said Best. Maria, who hopes to pursue a career in Market-ing, took on this internship because she wanted to try something else while [she] had the flexibility to, and because she wanted to be in Atlanta for the summer. Her favorite part of the experience was being able to take a business trip to Columbus, Ohio. Theres an insurance company in Columbus that we were integrating into our company, [so] I flew out there and met three other ladies who are HR consultants, said Best. They were going to do the orientation for these new people I got to plan an </p><p>orientation welcome din-ner, which was fun. As to the overall value of the experience, Maria sums it up: I definitely think everyone should do an internship. This was my second one, and it really helped me I feel like Ive worked now, and Im able to ask questions without having it hurt me [professionally]. It was as [beneficial] for me as it was for the company, because Im figuring out what I want to do and exploring. She goes on to explain how having the experi-ence of performing a professional internship on her resume will help in the future job search. Looking for a great internship experience? Contact the Office of Career Services at ocs@bridgewater.edu for more information....</p><p>A summer internship with human resources for CGI Group</p><p>Correction from page 3 of last weeks newspaper, October 30 - November 5:</p><p>In the article Sustainability Day, by Cyndi Wibe, Dr. Ellen Mitchell is a chemistry professor, not a biology professor, of Bridgewater College.</p></li><li><p> 4 Campus</p><p>Remember as a kid, running around in dark mazes with flashing lights all around you, intense action music blasting, and the sound of a laser guns ringing through your ears? If that description takes you back to childhood laser tag adventures, then youre right on! On Nov. 9, Eagle Productions (EP) and the Outdoor Program (OP) will be hosting a laser tag event for students, free of charge. Laser Tag is an activity where players have laser beam-firing guns. The vests that players wear have laser-activated sensors, so when one player fires at another, the light from the laser causes the vest to vibrate, signaling that the player has been shot. Laser Tag is played in a dark room, with music and all sorts of mazes and obstacles to run through to avoid getting tagged and to tag other players. We have a company called Bass/Schuler Enter-tainment, said Malorie An-drews, an EP member and junior at Bridgewater Col-lege. They are bringing in their own sound system, all of the laser tag equipment, and 25 inflatable obstacle courses. Did I mention that the whole laser tag event is go-ing to be glow-in-the-dark? Andrews says that this </p><p>event is special to this year but has happened before in previous years. What makes this time around so unique though is the fact that it is being hosted indoors, with music, plenty of black lights, and many other new surpris-es for students to enjoy. Students who wish to participate in the laser tag event will be able to have five members on their team and compete against an op-posing team, said Andrews, adding a competitive feel to the already fun and exciting experience. This laser tag special is one of the many events that EP has hosted for Bridgewa-ters Campus so far this year, and there are many more to come. Their question this year, WTF or Wheres the Fun?! is being answered by events like this that get students more involved with the many fun and exciting on-campus activities that BC offers. There arent too many places in the Bridgewater area that offer an excit-ing night of free laser tag, so bring some friends and come out for glow-in-the-dark fun! Re-live those child-hood laser tag memories in the Funkhouser on Nov. 9, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. May the force be with you!...</p><p>By Lindsey Barnes</p><p>Black lights, music, laser tag!</p><p>NOV. 6-12 2013</p><p>By Rianna Hill</p><p>Are you in a cam-pus organization, involved in course-related group work, or work-ing on a project and need financial assistance? Well look no further, because two very dedicated alumni have created a fund to help students out. Sam and Anne Murray Reid, both Bridgewater Col-lege graduates of the class of 1960, have established the R. Coleman and Anne Murray Reid Endowment Fund for Community Ser-vice. This fund provides fi-nancial assistance for com-munity service projects that are initiated by Bridgewater College students. Any proj-ect that helps to benefit and better Bridgewater and the surrounding community is eligible for funding. Projects may be funded within the range of $50 to $1,500. The grants will gener-ally be awarded to projects that intend to be completed within one semester, but the committee that is in charge of selecting which projects are eligible can consider one that requires an entire aca-</p><p>demic year for completion. The approval of such projects is based upon whether or not the funds are available. Also, there is no submission deadline; students can submit a pro-posal at any time to become eligible to receive financial assistance. In order to become eli-gible, students must submit a proposal, or plan of action. The proposal must describe the problem that is being addressed, and include a detailed description of the community service project that will be implemented to solve the problem. In addi-tion, students must outline a budget that clearly defines the funds that will be needed to finance the project. Once approved and finished, stu-dents must submit a report on the results of the project at the time of its comple-tion. Besides funding, the R. Coleman and Anne Mur-ray Reid Endowment Fund for Community Service is a great opportunity for stu-dents to exercise leadership, address a community need and demonstrate [their] civic </p><p>responsibility, said Wilson. It is important for stu-dents to get as involv...</p></li></ul>