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The Clarion | March 18,2011
Students volunteer during spring brealc
By Sarah Bowers
Over spring break, a group of students from
Brevard went on an Alternative Spring Break
trip. The trip was for students who either
wanted to volunteer or could not go home over
the break. “We had eight students, myself, and
Charles Wallis go,” said Jessica Blanford, the
Director of Service Initiatives.
The group went to St. Simons Island in
Georgia and stayed at Epworth by the Sea, a
Methodist retreat center, for six days. They
participated in a variety of projects throughout
the week. The group first volunteered at
Morningstar Academy making Mardi-Gras
floats and masks for the children who live there.
“Morningstar is an organization that houses
kids from ten to twenty who have IQs under
seventy and/or have been physically or sexually
abused.” Blanford said.
The group also went to Fort Frederica
National Monument to clear brush and build
benches. They made 400 bags of oyster shells
to be placed back in the ocean to make artificial
reefs, stocked shelves at Second Harvest Food
Bank, and landscaped at a Hospice residential
center “We learned about each organization
we volunteered at, which I liked a lot.” says
Madeline Sonner “We also had reflections every
BC hosts reading by
writer Gary Finclce
Brevard College will host a public reading
by Gary Fincke, the B. Degenstein Chair of
English and Creative Writing and director of The
Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, on
Thursday, March 24.
The reading, which is free and open to the
public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the
Reserve Dining Room of the College’s Myers
Winner of the 2003 Flannery O’Connor Prize
for Short Fiction for his collection. Sorry I
Worried You, Fincke has published 22 books
of poetry, short fiction and nonfiction. He most
recently published The Canals of Mars; The Fire
Landscape; Standing Around the Heart; Sorry I
Worried You; and Amp'd: A Father's Backstage
Pass, a nonfiction account of his son's life as a
rock guitarist in the band Breaking Benjamin.
Fincke has won numerous awards for his
work, including three pieces published in
Pisgah Review, with his story “The Chemistry
of Miracles” to appear in the forthcoming Pisgah
Review Fiction 5: The Best Fiction of Pisgah
Review’s first five volumes.
Pictured from left to right: Jessica Blanford, Madeline
Wright, Maggie Whitman, Harmony Blue, Josh Mower,
night to think about the things we had done that
day. We made raps about our day too, which was
The group had some free time where they
hung out in town, went to the beach, and went
on a ghost tour. “I learned more about myself,
the history of the island, and I got a better idea
of what I want to do in the future.” said Sonner
“The food was also a lot better than the food
they have here.”
“My hope is that students have an amazing
Sonner, Kevin Manion, Mark Mosley, Jessica
Charles Wallis, and Meagan Crowson.
experience by serving another community,
leam something about a particular organization
that interests them, meet new people, and most
importantly return to BC and become involved
in the Center for Multicultural and Service
Initiatives,” said Blandford.
A collaborative poem by the students about
what they learned from the trip will be posted in
the cafeteria and in the Center for Multicultural
and Service Initiatives.
This Week on Campus
Free coffee: J.A. Jones Library today.
Bring your own cup or get one there.
Fellowship of Christian
Athletes(FCA): IMeets every
Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Spiritual Life
Student Government Association:
IMeets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the
Reserve Dining Room.
Team - Mobilizing Opportunities
for Volunteer Engagement
(T-M.O.V.E.): IMeets every Sunday at
7 p.m. in the AEC Conference Room.
BC Greens: Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in
BC Spiritual Life Presents
Common Grounds: IMonday night
at 8 p.m. in the Spiritual Life Center
Have questions? Contact Brian
Burgess at email@example.com.
Juried Art Show: Spiers Gallery in
the Sims Art Center The exhibition
runs from Feb. 25 - Apr 1, 2011.
Campus Activities Board:
Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the
Expressive Arts Group: Meets
Tuesdays at 5 p.m. If you are feeling
the need for some change in your
routine, if you are looking for an
opportunity to have fun, be creative
and express yourself, this group is
Nominate a commencement
speaker: BC is now taking
nominations from graduating seniors
for 2011 commencement speakers.
Send your nominations to Judy Jones
along with a few sentences about
why this person should receive the