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Issue 8, April 18-24

Issue 8, April 18-24

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A 2,000~year~old social experience

A 2,000~year~old social experience

By Brooke Thacker Imagine a low-lighted restaurant, filled with tables, chairs and comfortable leather sofas. There are a few groups of young people, probably college students, talking and laughing, gathered around a tall, thin instrument with smoke coming out of a small tube.    A hookah is a device used to smoke tobacco. The tobacco [...]


The sideline society

By Kathleen Herring    John F. Kennedy once said, “We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.” Whether your enthusiasm for sports is as great as this former president’s, being able to actually take part in a game is often more [...]


Wave the waiver good-bye

The new course overload policy By Bethanie Glover    BC, until this year, has been waiving the overload policy under special circumstances. The overload policy is that no one may take over 18 credit hours in a semester without paying the overload fee. However, the rule used to be waived for students who participated in [...]


HRCDCC: Care for all

HRCDCC: Care for all

By Rebecca Heine    HRCDCC—quite a mouthful. It stands for the Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center, a center dedicated to providing child care and learning opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. During the school year, HRCDCC provides childcare for children of two to five years, with additional summer programs for children up to [...]


China’s democracy

By John McCann    “What is democracy?” “What is voting?” In the 2007 documentary film Please Vote for Me, a group of third grade students in Wuhan, China are asked these questions and they have no answer, only puzzled looks. In the film, the government has allowed the position of “class monitor,” basically the second [...]


The life of a reporter on Election Day

By Cassandra Brown Freelance journalist    It was 4:15 a.m. on the coldest day of the year. Frost coated the ground like snow. It was a balmy 28 degrees when I left the house at 5:45 a.m., but I was determined to report on the polling precincts for Election Day.    This was how my [...]


Election Results

By Josh Trupo    According to the Associated Press and NPR 3 p.m. this Wednesday, President Barack Obama has won the 2012 Presidential Election with 303 electoral votes and more than 59 million popular votes against Mitt Romney’s 206 electoral votes and approximately 57 million popular votes . That’s right folks, for better or for [...]


Dinner with Tarzan

Dinner with Tarzan

By Melina Norman     This past weekend a handful of students and Bridgewater faculty received the opportunity to sit down and have dinner with actor Denny Miller, the Tarzan of late 1950s and 1960s.    Professor Galloway, as a great fan of Miller and the instrumental figure in bringing the whole Tarzan convocation event together, [...]


Sheer good fortune

By Melina Norman Authors Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou received the Furious Flower Lifetime Achievement Award on October 16th at Virginia Tech University. The event was hosted by Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Joanne Gabbin, and Dr. Nikki Giovanni in order to honor the life and work of Toni Morrison.    Before the main event took [...]


Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate

By Melina Norman Don’t let the title fool you – chocolate is actually good for you, according to authors and chemists Howard and Sally Peters who presented on October 19 in McKinney Center. Chocolate is one of the top foods with the highest amount of antioxidants. The Peters, a husband and wife duo, spoke to [...]


Flying kites for peace

Flying kites for peace

By JJ Krehbiel    Last Sunday, members of the Bridgewater College community observed what was called the One Sky One World Kite Fly in front of McKinney. This gathering of kite flyers has become an annual event for the college and for communities across the globe, but the event is about much more than flying [...]


Times they are A-Changin’

Times they are A-Changin'

BC music professors speak about the “new’ music department By Bethanie Glover Bridgewater has seen a wealth of changes in faculty recently with the resignation of President George Cornelius and the many retirements last semester.   The BC music department has been no exception.    BC Music recently said goodbye to two full-time professors: Dr. Jesse [...]


“My desire is greater than my fear”

"My desire is greater than my fear"

By Morgan Alexander  After pulling a knife out, a young boy was expelled from Rippon Middle School and needed a tutor. Though fellow teachers attempted to dissuade her, Alison Yowell Pazmino volunteered for the position. The following year, the boy was a straight A high school student and on the basketball team, and he called [...]


Private Choices

Private Choices

By Cassandra Brown Cassandra, I’d be happy to meet with you, on the condition you not ask why I decided to leave. It’s a personal and private matter, and that’s how I prefer to keep it. I’d be pleased to discuss anything else. George This was the e-mail I received from Bridgewater College President George Cornelius [...]


El presidente anuncia su resignación

     Por Erin Pampe      Traducido por Marisol Escobar “No fue decisión de la Junta - fue la decisión del mismo George,” Nathan Miller, Presidente de la Junta de Sindical, dijo, “George se acercó y pidió a la Junta no renovar su contrato. Básicamente, había hecho otros planes. ” El 6 de marzo, el presidente de Bridgewater College George Cornelius, anunció que iba a ser la terminación de su contrato como presidente al final del año académico [...]


President announces resignation

President announces resignation

By Erin Pampe    “It wasn’t the Board’s decision– it was George’s decision,” Nathan Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said. “George came to the board and asked the board to not renew his contract. Basically, he had made other plans.”    On March 6th, Bridgewater College President George Cornelius announced that he would [...]



President Cornelius to step down

President George Cornelius of Bridgewater College announced his resignation as college president today. Executive Vice President Roy W. Ferguson will serve as interim president. The official press release from the college can be found here: http://www.bridgewater.edu/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/BridgewaterCollegeAnnouncesChangeinLeadership For more information and for the complete story, check back with Veritas. Tweet


Newt Gringrich: Republican GOP candidate

  By Kelsey Byard    Newton Leroy McPherson was born on June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to teenaged parents, whose marriage was said to crumble a few days after their September, 1942 wedding.  Three years after Newt was born his mother remarried an Army officer named Robert, who adopted Newt as his own, and [...]


FCS and HES Departments Merge

FCS and HES Departments Merge

By Ali Morris A recent change of two departments at Bridgewater has caused many students a little stress and confusion.  The Health and Exercise Science and Family and Consumer Science departments recently came together as one department now known as Health and Human Sciences. Tweet


Occupy movement gets local

By Zach Shifflett    Since its inception in September of 2011, the Occupy movement has been one of the most talked about and controversial stories of our time. The protests began on September 17th, 2011 in New York City as demonstrators staged a peaceful occupation of Zuccotti Park to express a long list of grievances [...]


Mahalo Nui Loa, Hawaii

Mahalo Nui Loa, Hawaii

By Erin Pampe “Heahea Ko Hawai’i Pae ‘Aina”– welcome to the Hawaiian Islands. This phrase was what I was greeted with by a gate agent as my Interterm group and I disembarked in Oahu on January 4, 2012. As I responded with the traditional Hawaiian for “thank you”, or mahalo, what I didn’t realize was [...]


Culture, architecture and history

Culture, architecture and history

Interterm class travels to Greece and Italy By Corley Tweedy    The Mediterranean is, in my opinion, one of the best places on earth. Ever since I can remember, it has been a goal of mine to go there, and over Interterm, I had the opportunity to travel with Dr. Reis and twenty-one of my [...]