Marion Carey Visits his Alma Mater
By; Melissa Hopkins
Imagine yourself standing at the car
rental ccainter after a three-hour flight from
Rhode Island to North Carolina that was de
layed by two hours. You’ve just learned that
your car is not available and you cannot get
another one with the limited resources in your
pocket What do you do?
I f you are Marlon Carey ’00, the answer
“I started talking to the woman behind
the counter and it turned out she’s a writer too,”
he recounted. “She asked me to give a sample
of my work.”
Carey took off his coat and put on his
Inphynit persona. His impromptu poetry perfor
mance resulted in the entertainment of everyone
in line, the staff and the manager who emerged
from the office. Inphynit was such a hit that
he was taken back into the rental office and an
agreement for a vehicle was worked out for him
to continue his trip to St. Andrews to spend time
sharing his talents with students, faculty and
staff at his alma mater.
Carey came to St. Andrews as a fresh
man in 1996 and credits the school with chang
ing his perspective in many ways.
“St. Andrews completely changed my
view of the south coming from Boston,” he
The atmosphere was so welcoming that
his mother found a cafeteria worker during ori
entation to step in to serve as a surrogate during
the academic year.
“Mom met Dora during orientation and
told her to keep an eye on me, to make sure I
got my greens,” Carey remembers. “And she
did. Every time I went into the cafeteria, Dora
made sure I got a balance of food ”
Carey also had the Brunnenburg experi
ence, spending fall semester of his junior year
at the Italian castle. “It was an experience to
defy all others.”
After graduating with a B.F.A. in cre
ative writing, Carey returned to Boston, work
ing in education while also pursuing his love of
performance art. It was in this atmosphere that
Inphynit was bom.
“I love performing freestyle,” he said. “I
was performing freestyle at the Boston Lizard
Lounge and a woman came up to me afterward
saying ‘You never stop going, it’s like you’re
“I changed the spelling and it came to
mean the infinite potential in myself and all hu
mans,” he said. “It is the unending connection
we all have.”
Carey is currently reading Dr. Wayne
Dyer’s “Power of Intention” and sees a lot of
connection to his own belief system.
“Dyer shares that the basis of everything
is atoms and molecules that all come from one
source,” Carey said. “That is what I believe in.
Although I was raised under a very strict Pen
tecostal faith, I have always taken ideas from
other sources. If Shakespeare had been re
stricted to only Christian works, is that the only
way he would have value? It just doesn’t make
sense to me to live under that kind of religious
While Carey currently makes his living
income from two different Providence, R.I.,
Housing Organizations providing workshops
and after school programming for students be
tween the ages of 8 and 18, he continues regular
performances. In addition to his St. Andrews
appearance on Feb. 28, his “Mammoth Tour”
has dates in Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Connecticut, and New York.
“It has to be small since I’m arranging it
all myself,” he said. “You can wear many hats,
but you can’t wear them all at once. I’ve always
been a Jack of All Trades, but I know that there
are some weaknesses that I can address by sur
rounding myself with people of stronger skills
in given areas.”
Carey has two chq)books to his credit.
Giraffe Theory and Proleg«nenoo. An EP re
lease of his debut CD entitled There Is No Plan,
Be. is available. He has a third book in produc
tion with the St. Andrews Press.
He also has his own radio show. Off Tha Top,
which was put together like much of his free
“I was working with the programming at
the station, and they gave me the opportunity to
do a promo,” he said. “I had to do it right then.
It was take a minute and hit record.”
Like many other providential events in
his life, the result has been a nearly two year
weekly run available not only in the Providettce
region on BSR88.1 FM, but worldwide on the
web at bsrlive.ccMn/archives.
“My goal is to be seen and heard all
over the world,” said Carey. “With the internet.
I’m getting closer to having that impact.”
Ultimately, Carey hopes to one day teach on
the college level and is currently contemplat
ing graduate programs. Yet, no matter where he
goes, he feels St. Andrews is always with him.
“In the eight years since I graduated,
I’ve been back four or five times,” he said. “It is .
always beautiful and there is a feeling of peace
and sense of love. There may be changes in
the physical location, but it is a place where I
always feel like I am loved.”
Strong Influence in Senior Art Show
From. Staff Reports Of! -
The 2008 St. Andrews Presbyterian Col
lege Senior Art Show, Sending It All Home,
opens with a reception in the Vardell Gallery on
April 18 at 8 p.m.
This year’s featured artists, Tessa Franz
of Warren, Ore., and Zach Miller of Middle
town, Del., credit the artistic nature of their
families as getting them started in art.
“I have been around art my entire life,”
Franz said. “My mom Becky, dad Leo and sister
Sophie all have done it for as long as I can re
member. My dad worked for 30 years at a
community art school where I took classes as
early as parent/toddler classes.”
“I started art at a young age,” Miller
said. “My father and brother are both very
artistic, but I never thought of it as a career path
until I got to St. Andrews ”
Recruited to play POSITION on the la
crosse team for St. Andrews, Miller planned to
study history until he got to know art professors
Stephanie and Chris McDavid.
“The digital art here at St. Andrews is a
unique offering,” he said. “I never looked at the
computer as something to produce art. Chris
pushed my limits to look at commercial art and
develop as an artist.”
On display for the show will be samples
• of Miller’s graphic designs along with both oil
and acrylic paintings. Franz will also display
several of her paintings as she gets “the most
satisfaction out of paint.”
“I depict life, mostly my own life in
everyday situations,” Franz writes in her artist
statement “I also like to imagine and recreate
how someone else might react to the same
conditions My work is about people; it reflects
the horniness and awkwardness that everyone
feels - it is about confusion, loneliness, anger,
love, companionship, individuality, hate, lust,
boredom, about being trapped or set free.
“I concentrate on the way that light in
teracts with lines and forms and finding extreme
highlights and low lights in my subjects,” she
adds. “The interaction between flat and three
dimensional surfaces is one of my interests. The
content is more than just the person or thing I
am creating, it is animating an inanimate object
by giving it a unique personality. Putting pieces
on three-dimensional objects allows the viewer
to walk around and examine every aspect of the
creation. My work is about exploration, discov
ery and being alive”
Exploration is something this javelin
thrower on the St. Andrews track and field team
will continue after graduation.
“I am planning on attending graduate
school eventually, but traveling the world is a
top priority right now,” Franz said. “Directly af
ter graduation I am going to spend five months
in Alaska giving horseback riding tours and liv
ing in a log cabin and then who knows? I want
to be a professional artist.”
Miller will spend the first four months
after graduation in an internship in the graphic
design department of PalTech in Newport
News, Va. “I hope after that to continue in
graphic design with them or somewhere else.
“In 15 or 20 years, I want to own my
own business where I see my digital W(m1c,”
Franz also hopes to continue her art pro
fessionally. “Hopeftilly 10 years from now I’ll
be living off my art,” she said. “Really, I have
no clue where I’ll be, as long as I am happy. I’m
letting life take me where I need to go.”
Both are truly grateful for the assistance
provided to them by the McDavids.
“Chris and Stephanie have been sup
portive and helped me to find my place,’' Franz
“I have been able to try different medi
ums and have great positive, in-class critiques.”
Miller adds, “I want to thank Chris and Steph
for all the patience and interest they’ve
shown me and Tessa in helping us develop our
art over the last four years.”
The exhibit will remain until May 3. Ad
mission is free and the exhibit may be viewed
between 9 a m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Rev. Dr. Neal Carter to give Baccalaureate Sermon
From: Staff Reports
St. Andrews Presbyterian College is
pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Neal Carter
will provide the Baccalaureate sermon at the
ceremony held Friday, May 2 at 4 p.m. on DeT-
Carter came to Laurinburg in 2004 as
the pastor of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.
Since his arrival, he has been very involved in
the life of St. Andrews as well as the life of the
Carter is a graduate of Southeastern
University, he received his M. Div. and Th. M.
from Duke Divinity School. He received his D.
Min. in preaching from Princeton Theological
While at Duke, he worked in the Presby
terian Urban Ministry office assisting those in
need of financial assistance and AIDS patients
in the inner city of Durham.
He received his first call to ordained
ministry to Beulaville Presbyterian Church in
He was then the pastor at First Pres
byterian of Mocksville, NC before coming to
He is a member of the Committee on
Ministry for the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina.
Carter is the President-Elect of the Laurinburg
Rotary Club He is an ambassador for the
Scotland County Chamber of Commerce. He
also serves on many other boards and commit
tees in Laurinburg Carter is the administrative
coordinator for the Scotland Spikers Voileybali
He enjoys riding his bike and playing
Carter married Debora Jones Carter in
1982. They have one daughter, Candace, a
sophomore at Scotland High.