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BC welcomes new,
By Mary Lewe
Editor in Chief
Brevard College welcomed its largest class of
incoming freshmen ever this past week. Along
with the hustle and bustle of moving televisions
and mini fridges, first year students participated
in a variety of games and activities facilitated
by campus housing staff, residential assistants
(RAs), First-Year Experience (FYE) peer leaders
and many others around campus during Campus
Readiness and Experiential Education Kick-off
Week (better known as CREEK Week).
“I thought it was a really good way to meet
other people and get comfortable on campus,”
freshman Breanna Shields said before Monday
evening’s convocation ceremony.
CREEK Week involved a variety of planned
activities, including a campfire courtesy of the
BC Outing Club. “I thought it was good to have
a bit of unstructured time in the midst of all
the structured activities,” senior Abi Fuesler
said. Fuesler is a member of the Outing Club’s
executive board as well as an FYE peer leader
and freshman programmer.
“CREEK week was a really positive start to
the new school year,” Fuesler said.
Returning students were also welcomed to
campus, with what was — according to many on
campus — the best executed check-in in Brevard
“Compared to last year it was much quicker,”
senior Jason Doroski said at check-in. “I didn’t
get held up in a line at all. The check-ins prior
to this one were incredibly long.”
Peer leaders assisting with the check-in process
were also impressed with this year’s system.
“I thought it went a lot better than in my past
experience,” peer leader Cameron Ranslow said
on Monday. “Things were a lot smoother and
faster and when there were hiccups, they were
resolved quickly,” Ranslow said.
Assistant to the Vice President and Dean for
Students Margaret Dellinger knows a thing or
two about the check-in process. Dellinger has
worked for Brevard College for over a decade
and has assisted with every check-in since her
hiring. Although she too was impressed with
this year’s process, she believes it will continue
“The more automated they can make it the
easier it will be,” Dellinger said.
The new online “Express Check-In” option
for students decreased the amount of paperwork
that needed to be completed for many students,
easing congestion in the library and streamlining
the whole check-in process.
“Thank you to the students who completed
Express Check-In,” Associate Dean for Student
Success Shirley Arnold said, “You made
everyone’s life better.”
Students who completed Express Check-In
will be rewarded with additional flex dollars for
use in Coltrane and Bill’s Boiler House.
Students both new and returning were formally
welcomed at Monday evening’s convocation
ceremony. In keeping with Brevard College
tradition, new students were presented with
notes handwritten by faculty, staff and student
“This officially marks the beginning of the
semester,” President David Joyce said at the
start of the ceremony. “On behalf of Brevard
College, I welcome the class of 2023,” he said.
Following a prayer by campus minister
Sharad Creasman, president for academic
affairs and dean of faculty Scott Sheffield
delivered a speech that took his audience on a
journey through time. From ancient Greece to
the storming of the Bastille, Sheffield offered
examples of revolutionary moments in history
lead by young people.
Sheffield urged students to stand for liberty,
equality and fraternity, challenging them to have
the courage to do what is right in times of unrest
and civil injustice. “Can you imagine yourself
having that courage?” he asked.
“It’s easy to believe all that you’ve been told
and never question things,” Sheffield said.
Sheffield reminded the audience of their duty
to preserve education and justice.
“Continuous learning and freedom can and
must coexist,” he said.
By Margaret Correll
Three new permanent sculpture installations
were put into motion this past July by local
sculptor and Brevard College teacher, Kyle
Lusk. They will be fully constructed on the
Brevard College campus and the neighboring
First United Methodist Church side of Broad
The City of Brevard commissioned Lusk
to make three sculptures that would mark
the entrance to downtown. This project was
spearheaded by Red Wolf Gallery owner, Ann
DerGara. She and Lusk worked together to come
up with instruments that became the inspirations
for the sculptures. “This project started off with
several meetings with Ann DerGara and city
officials to discuss what they wanted out of this
project,” said Lusk.
See 'Sculpture' on page 2
Kyle Lusk’s Saxophone sculpture.