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Volume 77, Issue 3 Web Edition SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935 Sept. 16, 2011
Coltrane: What Happened?
By Patrick G. Veilleux
The Coltrane Underground has served
as a meeting ground for clubs, the Student
Government, stages for rappers, comedians,
guitarists, and many other campus activities.
In the past, it also served as a cafe. It was
a place where students could go to blow
off steam, and grab a burger, coffee, or the
Now that it is closed, the question has been
asked, “What happened,” or “Why?”
The Clarion heard the questions asked, and
we started investigating.
What happened exactly? The cafe was
closed down, but the entertainment area
remains open. Visitors will certainly notice
the fenced off kitchen. The decision to close
down the Underground cafe was ultimately
made by Brevard College’s senior staff.
Aramark staff were the ones running the
establishment, and they did not feel the need
to stop the change.
In this issue...
Blood Drive 2
Cab Corner 2
Mountain State Fair 3
Black Student Union 3
Coltrane Underground 4
Arts & Life:
Word Scramble 5
Jabali Afrika 6
Art Gallery Schedule 6
Comic by Karam Boeshaar 6
Women's soccer 7
New basketball coach 7
Odds and Ends:
BC student discounts 8
The best TV you've never seen 8
Food Service Director Bridget Vess provided
a reason for supporting the move.
“We have proper documentation that shows
Coltrane Underground did not receive regular
business,” Vess said.
Students mainly used their declining
balance to buy food and drinks, but once the
balance ran out, so did the students’ desire to
go to the cafe. But even then, Vess said, “The
staff in the Underground said they could count
the number of normal visitors on their hands,
and could name them.”
Vess adds that Aramark and Campus Life
are “Accepting suggestions on what to do
with Coltrane and on another note, the future
of campus hangouts and dining.”
Dean of Students Chris Holland also spoke
on Coltrane’s closing down. “Coltrane was
just not making the kind of profit to keep it
Family weekend! Have you and your family
decided what you are doing?
Parents will have the opportunity to talk with
advisors, sit in on classes, and go on a moming
hike in the state forest, where they will be able
to explore waterfalls in the area. But people
are also making some of their own plans for
“My mom is coming to see where I live, and
I get to give her a tour of the campus. We’re
also going to see the football game on Saturday,
we both love football.” said junior psychology
major Michelle Svendsen.
Not all student have plans involving Brevard
based events. Families will have the opportunity
to travel to Asheville. And the towns of
Hendersonville or Arden are also open to
Experience street performers and fine dining
in what has been labeled the “Paris of the
South.” There is the Mellow Mushroom, the
hippie pizza shop wonder of Asheville. Or The
Southem, an upscale restaurant serving southem
cuisine, including chicken waffles, a bloody
mary with bacon, and you can finish off your
meal with southem crtoe brulee.
Students may also have the opportunity to
see the N.C. Mountain State Fair as they drive
towards Asheville. People can enjoy the rides.
running,” said Holland.
If Coltrane is not making enough money to
keep itself running, then how much could it
benefit the college financially?
Holland explained that during his
college years he would hang out in similar
environments with other people. “The
environment just made me want to spend
money,” he said. He speculated on why
students just did not see a use for Coltrane:
the food and drinks may have been too
“I was one of 10 people who bought coffee
at Coltrane,” he said. “Students want a coffee
shop and a hangout, but they don’t use the
coffee shop.” He encouraged SGA and
students to work together, adding, “If people
tell us what they want in a hang out spot, we
can make it happen.”
and pick up a funnel cake doused with powdered
sugar, the Clarion insists that you stick to that
order of priority.
Families are encouraged to cheer on the
Tomados at Brevard Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.
where the football team will take on the Mars
Hill College Lions, and the volleyball game
versus Anderson University in the Boshamer
Gymnasium. For interested families, the men
and women’s soccer team will be playing in
Carson Newman University at 3 p.m. and at
For the full weekend schedule, go to www.
brevard. edu/family weekend.
Photo by Carolina Anderson
Family weekend begins today