October 5, 2011- Issue 4

  Student responds to community

News Editor 

Community, according to the always-accurate Wikipe- dia, is dened as, “a group of interacting people, possi- bly living in close proximity, and often refers to a group that shares some common values, and is attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical loca- tion, generally in social units larger than a household.”

This past Friday on Sept. 30, Todd Gambill, Dean of Students, sent the campus community an email with a new policy for the College, urging everyone to “treat each other with respect, dig- nity and in a Christ-like manner.” I believe this is a step in the right direction, and I respect the adminis- tration for at least trying to both rectify some specified incidents as well as set a tone for future circum- stances of similar impact.

The problem arises when students do not feel a sense of community, let alone one of trust. I have to admit, there have been times I have not felt any sense of community on this campus regardless of the clubs I am involved in, my religious beliefs or even my Greek and/or Roman affiliations.

Then again, it becomes difficult to foster any kind of community with students who jump at the oppor- tunity to complain about their particular housing sit- uation; students who gripe about how poorly any given Tiger sports team is per- forming but are seen at very few games, if any; students whose fraternal commitments divide them because of their differences rather than uniting them because of their commonal- ities. (And no, pointing fingers at Betsy and Sally does not help. You tried to be funny, too.)

If we’re all being bru- tally honest, we have so much more in common with each other than we like to admit: Christian and non- Christian; Republican and Democrat; Kappa Delta and Sigma Kappa. Imagine: each of us getting along because, in spite of everything our environment says is right or wrong, in spite of every- thing we have been taught, in spite of all the differ- ences we see in each other, we acknowledge that we are all a part of a much bigger picture. We are citi- zens of the world, members of the human race. Imagine it. That’s a community I can put my trust in.

VERSUS: Fall foods battleing

Fall is in the air, which means it’s high time for an autumn edition of VERSUS! In this very special feature, two writers take opposing positions and work to defend their stance. So far, VERSUS has published hard-hitting articles that match werewolves against vampires and snow men against snow angels. Jessica Flores and Caitlin Knox face off in this battle to the death between two important fall foods.

Copy Editor 

It’s delicious, oh so nutritious and available in every color from red, to yellow, to green. No other fruit is said to keep the doctor away while still being deliciously dangerous when dipped in caramel. You can eat it in pie or fritters, as applesauce, in butter, or drink it in juice or cider. And it’s available year-round, no wait necessary!

Let’s face it, not many other foods are as versatile as an apple, or as well rep- resented in the world of c- tion. Maybe you’ve heard of a good man named Johnny Appleseed, or the witch who turned a completely inno- cent Granny Smith into a vicious killer (everyone loves the bad boy type, right?). And when it comes right down to it, the apple is the most patriotic food alive.

Who doesn’t think of flags, fireworks and a nice apple pie when reflecting on this great country? Apples are a staple; holding our country together one slice at a time… or one apple bob at a time. That’s right, the apple even conquers the fall with its caramel dipped candy apples and fun party games.

And while it has been rumored that the pumpkin might be trying to pull for the “favorite” vote, remem- ber this: we may criss cross applesauce, but only cheater cheaters are pump- kin eaters. No one brags about visiting the “Big Pumpkin” and Isaac Newton did not discover gravity by observing a pumpkin. On another note, you may call your sweet heart “pumpkin” (I really hope not), but the one you love will forever be the apple of your eye. How do you like them apples?

Copy Editor 

When it comes right down to it, pumpkins beat apples because apples are boring, and that’s all there is to it. Apples grow on boring, old trees. Pumpkins grow on beautiful, intricate vines that bloom with bright, col- orful little owers. We are blessed with pumpkins only one time out of the year, so people tend to appreciate them more than apples, which widely populate any grocery store all year- round.

When you think of pump- kins, you think of fall. Fall is the time for everything pumpkin-related: Jack-O- Lanterns, going trick-or-treating with plastic pumpkin buckets or carving Pumpkins. People of  any age group can decorate a pumpkin. Some people have loved doing this so much that they are now pro- fessional pumpkin carvers. They make exquisite works of art from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

Pumpkins dominate apples in size. The largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,810 pounds. Have you ever seen an apple that big? That’s what I thought.

Pumpkins have endless tasty possibilities on days when you need a break from the apples. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pump- kin pie…even the seeds are edible (and amazing when roasted or baked). Did you know that apple seeds are slightly poisonous? Not the best snack.

“Pumpkin” is an endear- ing term used by grand- mothers and lovers alike. Calling someone “pumpkin” is a sweeter way of saying you care—this is proved by the overwhelming amount of elderly people who call us young folks “pumpkin” all the time.

A pumpkin led Cinder- ella to her prince by turning into a carriage for her. An apple poisoned Snow White, and she was incapacitated until her prince luckily came in and saved her. Even in fairy tales and ancient leg- ends, pumpkins are help- ful—apples are not. The reason behind this? Pump- kins are better.


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