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Volume XXVIII, Number 4
Fall Break Trip
By Chad Smith
The American Studies 401
class will plan a trip during Fall
Break for students who are inter
ested in touring St. Augustine, Fort
Carolina, St. Simons, Darien, Sa
vannah, Edisto Island, and Charles
The cost of $50 dollars will be
required up front with anything left
over to be divided and reimbursed.
Faculty members and all stu
dents are invited and are asked to
see Dr. Jack Crawford as soon as
The maximum number to go
on this trip is 10 and reservations are
‘ expected to go quickly.
Mulhammer Experiences a Miracle
By Phil Parker
Mike Mulhammer, an incom
ing freshman who was accepted to
attend M-AC this fall did not expect
to be at the Rehab Nursing Unit at
the Wake Medical Center in Ra
But because doctors found an
unexpected formation of a brain tu
mor, Mulhammer is now learning
some basic functions that some may
take for granted.
After 4 weeks in Intensive
Care, Mulhammer moved into in
tensive rehabilitative therapy and
evaluation. There, he began his
recovery through team therapy to
assist him in physical strength,
speech, and occupational skills.
This information was learned
by a letter sent to the college by
Mike's family.Prayer support for
Mulhammer's progress has contin
ued since the news of his surgery.
Another letter was sent by his
family on September 23 as an up
date on his current progress. The
letter stated that Mulhammer has
made great progress since entering
rehab and continues to get stronger
everyday. However, due to the na
ture of the brain surgery, he must re
learn many everyday tasks.
When the new and return
ing students arrived at the begin
ning of the semester, a banner was
available for students to sign and
According to David Walters,
Admissions Counselor, this banner
now hangs in Mulhammer’s hospi
tal room. Walters stated, "I was grati
fied by the response of our students
in the types of notes written on the
banner. I sense that Mike appreci
ates the personal and loving envi
ronment of the M-AC campus."
Mulhammer still plans on at
tending M-AC as soon as recovery
is full. Letters of encouragement
are greatly appreciated according to
Letters can be sent to: Mike
Mulhammer c/o Wake Medical
Center, 3C Rehab Nursing Unit
3000, New Bern Ave., Raleigh, NC
Document Center Manager Battles for His Life...
Mean Streak Defies Terminal Illness
By M. Janie King
Spina Bifida is a crippling, ter
minal affliction which document
center manager Kevin Hord hasdealt
with since birth.
This mutation occurs when the
spinal cord is left exposed and un
protected due to a defect in the clo
sure of the spinal column.
Problems occurring from Spina
Bifida include bladder and bowel
function problems, spine and limb
deformities and even paralysis and
At 35, Hord is the oldest living
person with Spina Bifida recorded
in North Carolina.
He has lived with the fact that
he will probably die from this con
dition all of his life. His doctors
consider Hord a miracle case be
cause he has lived so long.
Hord stated, "I’ve always ac
cepted that I will have a shorter life
span than everyone else. If I live to
be past 50,1 will be tremendously
happy. I’m just glad to have made it
"My doctors tell me to go
ahead and do everything I want
to do now. I don’t know how
long I’ll have, but who does? I
know what has kept me around
this long: my pure mean steak,"
he continued with a smile.
Hord also has a condition
from his Spina Bifida called
hydrocephalus in which the spi
nal cord constantly thinks it is
injured and therefore produces
too much spinal fluid.
He has had a shunt (metal
plate) put in his head which com
municates to the spinal cord to
stop producing so much fluid.
Hord was bom in 1959, when
even less was known about what to
do for Spina Bifida and
hydrocephalus than the little that is
For the first four or five vears
of his life Hord was in a wheelchair
and would still be there today if his
mother hadn’t exercised his legs
Hord exclaimed, "We couldn’t
afford therapy so my mother
stretched out my legs herself every
day and did a lot of therapy in
swimming pools with me.
"I hurt so much when she
By Stephanie Young
There are several clubs and
organizations at M-AC that offer
activities to suit student's wants and
An example of this is the Na
tional College Honor Scholarship
Society of Alpha Chi. Senior Jeff
Reardon serves as president.
For thespi ans on campus. Al
pha Psi Omega, the national dra
matic fraternity, is available. Presi
dent Janie King, Vice President Kat
Ballou, and Business Manager
Denise Oblander have all been
heavily involved with the fraternity
since its initiation last April.
President of the Business Club
Jeff Garrett, Vice President Eric
Brown, and Secretary Wendi Garrett
will bring in members of the busi
ness world to speak to its club mem
bers. This will be called an Execu
tive Ledture Series.
French Night in the cafeteria
will be hosted soon by members of
the French Club. Advisor Dale Brit
ton, along with Club President Jer
emy Whitteveen, Secretary Melissa
did it, but if she hadn’t I would
still be in a wheelchair."
Hord also assured that it was
support of his family that helped
him through manv hard times.
He remembered, "When I
was a kid, my brother never
made me feel bad about my dis
ability. He always tried to do
stuff that I could also do."
Hord is presently a member
of the Board of Directors of the
North Carolina Spina Bifida
also attends Camp Carefree in
Durham, North Carolina, which
is a camp for children with Spina
He states, "I love to see the
kids, but on the other hand it makes
me feel so helpless."
Hord will be travelling to oiher
states to give DNA and perform
other tests to help with research for
He stated, "I don’t care where I
have to travel or what I have to do.
I’ll do anything to help the chil
Two weekends a year he
Arouses Student Interest
The Drama Ministry, intended
to demonstrate Christ through mime,
skits, song and sign language, is
coordinated by Carlyn Schutt.
Fellowship of Christian Ath
letes meets on Monday nights in the
lobby oftheBelk Center. The presi
dent is Jonathan Bennett, the vice
president is Christy Waddell, and
Rob Lewis is in charge of the music.
Building houses for the needy
is a job for members of Habitat for
Humanity. Member Pharon Ander
son contributes to the effort of the
Zola Griffin and Lisa McMurry
head up the Missions ministry and
members will be traveling to inner-
city Atlanta, Georgia to minister.
A contemporary Praise and
Worship group meets on
Wednesday’s nights and is lead by
A local ministry for the Prin
cess Pearl Retirement Center is co
ordinated by Scott Jenkins.
Chris Sorenson is in charge of
Vesper meetings that meet every
Brown, and other members will en
tertain students with singing and
french cuisine surrounded by the
ambiance of France.
Fun and games is the theme of
the Gaming Club. A paintball tour
nament will be scheduled for the
weekend following fall break. Chair
Scott Ward and Vice-Chair Chris
Holda offer the opportunity for fel
lowship with other students who
want to get away from campus and
have a little fun.
President Elizabeth Kitsteiner,
along with Vice-Presidents Jonathan
Bennett and Carol McMahan pro
vide students with many diverse
opportunities for students through
the Student Christian Association.
The Chapel Committee, a ministry
of SCA, plans Chapel services for
the year. Joe Troutman is in charge
of the committee.
SCA also is involved in the
Big Brother/Big Sister ministry.
Participates involved themselves in
the lives of the kids at the Presbyte
rian Home for Children. Steve
Whitworth heads up this ministry.