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Wednesday. April 13. 1994
Mills and students carry cross across campus
Special to the Clarion
from the BC News Bureau
With spring opening leaves and
flowers across the Brevard College
campus, and Easter just around the
comer, Brevard College Chaplain Ernie
Mills decided it was time to go outdoors
with his religion class and celebrate the
Christian meaning behind the Easter
holidays. So, with his typical creativity
and energy, he convinced his class to
bear a huge wooden cross across the
entire Brevard College campus, with
students taking turns at dragging the
nailed-together railroad ties down the
Followed and encouraged by their
peers (and three cars with homs blaring
to announce the passage), the students
got a chance to feel what Jesus felt as he
bore the weight of persecution. “Easter
weekend was approaching,” explained
Mills, “and we had just finished our
survey of the four Gospels. What better
way to combine the two than re
enacting the scene where Christ bears
Mills did not tell his students what
they were going to do before they came
to class that day, and had concerns that
many might be reluctant “I was wrong;
they all volunteered to carry this huge,
rugged cross. It actually took two
students to lift and carry it. Each pair
would drag it about 30 yards, and two
more would pick it up and move on.
They took turns: black, white, male and
The fact that all the students
participated was important to Mills, but
perhaps the most symbolic participation
was from the women and blacks in the
class. ‘The fact that we had women ^d
blacks carrying the cross was very
significant, because Christ’s bearing the
cross was what represented his
willingness to carry the weight of
oppression, hatred and scorn.
“But Easter tells us that Christ was
able to rise above all the hatred in the
world, and so can we,” Mills continued.
“That is our cross to bear. I am proud of
these students; it meant so much to me
to see them work together to bear the
cross. I think that is was a moment that
they are not likely to forget, and
hopefully they will be able to take that
lesson with them through their lives.”
Freshman Timothy Redman and Freshman Julie Myatt bear a
cross across campus. The cross bearing was part of Ernie MNIs’
‘The Runner Stumbles’ to be
presented in the Bam Theater
The Brevard College Drama
Department will present Milan Stitt’s
courtroom drama, “The Runner
Stumbles,” on April 19, 20, 21, 22 and
23 in the Bam Theater on the Brevard
College campus. Tickets for the show,
which are available at the receptionist’s
desk in Beam Administration Building,
are free for students. Curtain time is 8
p.m. for all shows.
Stitt’s emotional drama of a priest’s
trial for the murder of a nun is
intensified under the directorial hand of
Brevard College Instructor in Drama
Robert Allwyn White, who also
designed the sets and costumes for the
production. The drama, based on an
actual courtroom trial in Michigan,
explores the human side of being a
member of the clergy and raises a
number of social, moral, ethical and
This is a play that I have wanted
to produce for years,” says White. “It
features strong characters aiid a twisting
plot with a very interesting ending, but
it also helps provide a better
understanding of the humanity of all
people, regardless of their position or
stature, especially members of the
For more information, call (704)
‘Poets and Writers
at Brevard’to host
author Julie Suk
Brevard College and the
Transylvania County Library will host
author and poet Julie Suk for the
seventh and final program in the 1993-
94 “Poets and Writers at Brevard Series”
on Thursday, April 21, in Room 118 of
Brevard College’s McLarty-Goodson
Classroom Building. The program,
which will begin at 7:30 p.m., is free of
charge and open to the public.
CHANCE BEFORE JUDGMENT
by AdhUe Hindd
You take a certain person and place them on a pedestal.
You judge them on their personality being empty or full.
How does one make assumptions about someone that is unknown?
For him or her it is relatively impossible,
Due to the fact that their knowledge of the person hasn't fully grown,
Look at the way she holds herself!
Listen to him! He must be gay!!
I bet you anything she s so stuck up she won't give you the time of day I
ow can one enforce judgment by just observing from a distance.
It s so simple,
AU you have to do is speak to this John or Jane Doe,
Fight the verbal resistance towards the individual you don't even know!
, * weapon that can overcome anyone, disabling them the
ability to give chance.
So before you decide to use this oblivious weapon,
Do the other person a favor and let the act of kindness step in.
Do you have a poem that you would like to see published In The
Cl^on? If so, drop off your poem In the white box In the lobby
ot McLarty-Goodson or with Brad Klmzey on the 2nd floor of the
„... .. ■, > Administration BuUdlng.