Tennis Senior Day

The closing of an era happened April 3rd as five students on the Piedmont college women’s and men’s tennis teams had their senior day. Coaches, teammates, friends and family members gathered around for a sweet ceremony before playing a match against Brevard College.

During the ceremony, Shane Wood, who is in his 15th season as head coach of the Lions, gave a heartfelt speech about each player and their commitment for the past four years along with a framed photo to help the seniors remember the good memories they had as a team.

Bryan Barnett, a senior business major, and member of the men’s Piedmont tennis team, was overcome with joy at seeing all the people that supported him through his college career cheering him on. “ It was the best day, I loved playing my match and being able to look around and see the signs my fellow teammates made for me, it just meant a lot to me to have them all there cheering me on knowing it was going to be one of my last matches ever as a Piedmont Lion.”

Throughout the day they cheered each other on, whether they were down in the set or up. They laughed and cut up about memories they shared over the past four years together, wishing they had more time to play the sport they love for the team they love. “It was bittersweet knowing I’ll soon be done, but it was nice to remember the good four years we as seniors have had, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the rest of the Lions”, said Tatiana Burkett, a senior biology major and member of the Piedmont women’s tennis team.

Coach Martin, who was a member of the Piedmont men’s tennis team in 2015, has seen most of these players grow up, on and off the court. Martin said it was a bittersweet moment being able to see his friends and players celebrate their college tennis careers and realizing they will soon be graduating. “All of our seniors that were able to be there got to play singles and doubles, which helped contribute to both, women’s and men’s team, getting a conference win. That was great to see because this senior class has meant so much to both programs,” said Martin. “I am sad to see them go, but I know they have great things ahead of them.”

They finished their senior day with a victory for both the women and men’s teams leading them one step closer to that conference title. The Piedmont Lions are hoping to win conference and leave the seniors with a memory of a lifetime.



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Diane Roberts

Students had the privilege of exploring the mind of award-winning author and journalist Diane Roberts on March 29th. Roberts is currently a professor at Florida State University and has four books under her belt along with many other accomplishments including, writing an article about Lillian E. Smith titled “Stay and Resist” in the fall 2016 issue of Oxford American.

Roberts talked about her life before all of her success, beginning at her high school career when she thought she was an excellent writer because all of her teachers would give her praise. However, once she got to college it was a completely different story.

Roberts turned in her first paper feeling accomplished, that she sure had definitely made an A worthy report, but sadly when it was returned it had red marks all over it. Her professor at the time sat her down to look over every single sentence with her. She began to realize she didn’t like how most of it sounded and then she realized she had a long way to go before writing her first book.

“It was nice to know that someone so successful as her has failed multiple times but never gave up. It shows that it happened to everyone, it is just the matter of what you learn from that failure.” Said Leslie Pritchett, a senior mass communications major.

One of her biggest jobs she talked about was being a part of a radio talk show for the B.B.C., and to most that comes a shock. A southern woman to be the voice of their British radio show isn’t usually heard of, but she enjoyed every minute of it. “It just shows that when we are looking for jobs in the future to not limit ourselves, we could end up going across the world doing something we never thought we would end up doing,” said Nate Roys, a sophomore mass communications major.

Roberts is known for her spoken truth on what it is like to be a southern woman in the 21st century without the stereotypes people have given her. One of her known stories she talked about during the event was her experience in interviewing the head of the white supremacist group in Tallahassee, Florida. Roberts said he was very polite to her to begin with, but once she wrote her article about her opinions of the organization and their actions he called her a “bad dog”.

Roberts isn’t new to people having there personal opinions about her writings. She has plenty of hate mail and is not phased by. She says it means people are reading her work and “The worst thing is being ignored”.

Prompt #8

I think these stories are different from the ones that would be in the New York Times because some of them are very dark serious topics and sometimes people don’t like to put that into there newspaper because they are nervous about what the response to them might be. Also sometimes people reading the newspaper do not want to read such difficult stories so there readership might go down if they were to put this kind of stuff in there. I do think they are similar because like big newspapers they often times tackle such difficult topics. I do think that people from the NewYork times would have wrote it a bit cleaner but other than that they were all decently good.

I think the last three stories listed required the most reporting because they are over a specific incident. They had to do some serious fact searching in order to get the correct story, but I do think all of them require a significant amount of reporting to make the story, a story. I do think that with more reporting the more likely your story is going to be better.

My favorite story was “In the Dark records shine light on sexual misconduct” because it has to do with my capstone. It must have took a lot of guts to write this story and dig on information that is so serious.

You could use any of these for Piedmont. Say I wanted to do the one about people taking there classes online for money, I could interview anyone on this campus because I am sure people have done this plenty of times. Any of these stories could be turned into something for the Piedmont Roar newspaper.

Prompt #7

I believe event coverage is different than taking minutes of a meeting because in the event you don’t get to really ask questions, you just have to listen and hope that they answer the questions that you have. You can’t exactly spin the story in a way that you want too, you have to roll with the information that they give you during this event. If it is a huge story you are going to want a one on one meeting to be able to get more personal.

I think there is a lot of additional reporting required for all of these stories. You need to know the persons background and what they are all about so you can tie that into the story you are trying to tell.

I think the Donald Trump story was more of a news story because he is the president and anything that he talks about is news to all of us because he is the one who makes the big decisions in this world. I do think the story over Charlayne Hunter was more of a feature story because it was mostly about her and the good that she has brought to this world, and the struggle she had to face to get to where she is today. Oh, and Joe I liked your article too.

A Star at Piedmont

Juggling work and school can be very hard. Now add juggling an upcoming career as a musician. Sounds like pure chaos right? This is the life of Ethan Philips, a senior, graphic design major, and an upcoming artist at Piedmont College.

Phillips started playing guitar and singing at a young age. When he was in middle school he started to take music classes, but not out of the burning desire to sing. “The only reason I started singing was because all the girls were in the choir class and I was the only guy”, said Phillips. “I didn’t really want to sing, I could care less, but that’s the only reason I wanted too”.

Nothing like a pretty smile and beautiful voice to win the girls over in the 8th grade.

Growing up, Phillips looked up to the legends like James Taylor, Don Williams and many more. One of his favorite songs to play is “Fire & Rain” by James Taylor. Ethan started to get more involved in music and by the time he was a senior in high school, he realized this was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Soon after, he started writing his own music and taking it more serious than a kid trying to win over girl’s hearts. “I love being able to play stuff that I’ve written, or play covers, I would love to be able to write for a living because I don’t see myself much as an entertainer. I just love to play music,” Phillips said, adding that, one of his favorite things to do with music is to tell a story through song.

Phillips will be graduating this May and said it took a lot of hard work to get to where he is at now. “It’s hard. Of course I’d rather be playing music, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have a job that works with my school schedule and my time when I play. I have most of my classes earlier on in the day and when I play its at night, so I try to get all of my projects done during the day.” “ Somehow I made it work, I haven’t compromised anything and still have good grades.”

A close friend of Phillips, a senior mass communications major, Leslie Pritchett, has had the honor to hear Phillips play multiple times. “ You definitely can tell that when he sings, he is very passionate about music. He works hard both in and out of school, with whatever he does,” says Pritchett. “He’s already made a name for himself in this small town, so he is going nowhere but up from here.”

Former student, Lauren Bartlett, said, “Ethan has one of the most soulful voices I have ever heard. His future is so bright and I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

So what does the future hold for musician Ethan Phillips? He has an upcoming audition in March to open up for Alan Jackson at the Opera. He wants to do more recording and get his name out there. And in his words he’s “Taking one day at a time”.


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Prompt #6

All of these stories have somewhat of a competition aspact of them just because sports are meant to be competitive. Everyone wants to be the next “star” in sports but not everyone has what it takes so I think there is always competition meaning there is always going to be someone out there that is better than you, works harder than you, ect. but you have to find a happy medium with what you’re willing to take or sacrifice. All of these stories to me were not just a sports article. They all had a much deeper meaning. The one about the women’s hockey team was very inspiring because the players main goal was to try and promote women’s hockey. They wanted to be able to have the future look like a brighter one than the day before. Like myself, I haven’t heard much of any women playing hockey so it was nice to read something I could definitely relate too.

The story I liked the most was definitely the last one. The girl who has a prosthetic leg and still doesn’t let that stop her is so inspiriting and she is only a freshman in high school. I think she definitely let the readers know that it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows she had to work very hard to get to where she is and still has too. It really got me when she said she has to work four times as hard as the others girls even when they are complaining about there legs hurting but they have no idea what hurt she is going through. It definitely made me feel very grateful of what I have been blessed with in my life.

I am not quite sure if sports journalists over-dramatize there stories because I think in order to answer that question we would have to talk to the people they have interviewed and hear it from them. Of course of a journalists is boosting someone up they aren’t going to say “hey that’t not right”. Like the article about the boy and football, did he really beat the bus? Or did the journalists over dramatize it? We probably will never know, which means we would need to hear it directly from the source.

I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to have a strong grasp on the sport you are covering but you do need to know what is going on in the game. I would say you don’t have to but it would be a good idea for the magazine you are working for to put someone in that position who’s knows what they are talking about. It makes the story better and makes people want to read it more. If I had to cover a hockey game I would be horrible at it because I know absolutely nothing about the sport.

From High School to College

College can be a time consuming task. With all the classes you take, homework and studying required outside the class, it can sometimes feel like there’s no room for anything else. Add being an NCAA athlete to the mix, and college can really be a struggle.

For Maureen Truett, a freshman member of the Piedmont women’s tennis team, said coming from high school to college was a big adjustment. “It can be nerve racking going to a new place where you don’t know anyone, but the team and coaches were very welcoming and made me feel at home.”

One of the biggest changes she endured was going from barely having to study to working on one subject at least 3-4 hours a day. The coaches expect a lot out of their players. “The big key for our players juggling school and tennis is communication,” said assistant coach Trey Martin. “We expect them to be on the court as much as possible and succeed in the classroom as well. So we put that on the players to tell us a few days in advance when they have an academic issue and help provide a solution to their problem. That is the key to maintain the juggling act between athletics and academics”.

“Our coaches have us do study hall four hours out of the week, so that really helps me to stay on track of what to get done and prepare for my upcoming tests or quizzes, and if we don’t do the study hall we have to run. So you can say not a lot of us ever miss those hours”, said Truett.

During their season they travel a lot, so they do miss class from time to time. “If we miss something, it is up to us to get it made up and figure out ways to get what we missed. All of my professors are very understanding, though, and help me whenever I need it, whether that’s meeting with me one-on-one or letting me take my tests at different times in case I’ve missed one.”

Being a college athlete definitely has its perks. Free gear, free trips and free food are among the benefits. Truett’s favorite thing about being a part of the tennis team is “my teammates. They make trips so much fun, whether that’s watching movies on the bus, or hanging out in the hotel room’s playing card games”. Freshman Kara Landsiedel agreed with Truett saying her favorite thing is “getting close to my teammates and playing the sport that I’ve grown up with.”

Maintaining a life that involves hanging out with friends is something Maureen works hard to keep. Most of her friends are on the tennis team, so she gets to enjoy them both at the same time. Whether that’s doing homework together, playing tennis or going on late night drives to clear their minds, “It doesn’t really matter what me and my friends are doing, just as long as we are all doing it together, we’re going to have fun no matter what.”



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Prompt #5

Al of these articles talk about entertainment but they all have a deeper story that is relived while reading it. The first one about country music wasn’t just about country music, it was about the sexual harassment and assault from one of the producers. This article was something everyone has been wondering we just didn’t know it. The #MeToo campaign hasn’t hit the country side which is very interesting because we know it is there, it just isn’t been exposed. The next three articles had race has the issue, whether that was on the stage at high school or the first movie ever to come out with black super heroes. The last one had to do with the arts but they incorporated the #MeToo movement questioning if some of the art should even be allowed in the place because of what all it shows.

I think for me the most relatable article was about the art and #MeToo movement because that is what my capstone is all about. And if I’m being honest it was really hard for me to answer the question for myself if these pieces of art should be removed from the museum, and even after reading it I don’t think I have an answer. It made me question a lot of things which I think is the point of articles. To make you think and question every little thing you believe in.

I think these stories give a mass appeal because the authors made all of the entertainment such a global issue. He tied them into issues that the entire world is facing right now and I think that is the best way to make your reader feel like they are part of the story.

Prompt #4

During reading these articles, I was very intrigued. I personally think the article “I Feel Lost” where the Michigan father deported to Mexico would be the most effort to write because this is such a big topic right now. You want to let the subject let all his feelings out with this situation but you always want to relate it to such a big picture to where everyone can relate to it. I feel like sometimes doing both can be hard to do. It was hard for me to choose a least effective article because they seem like they would all require your full attention when writing, but I chose The Rolling Stones article about Camila Cabello. All her information is just kind of out there on the internet already so I felt like I had already read what I was reading. I wish I could have learned something new about her.

The least interested piece I read was about Nick Foles. I’m not a a huge Eagles fan to begin. The way the reader really pulled me in was about the Super Bowl because I did watch the entire game. So it was nice to get to know the players without the helmet and pads through this writing.

I really love how these articles were all somewhat very important. They were all about something bigger than just the article. All of them had quotes from the actual subject they were talking about and I think that is critical when writing a feature story and sometimes we forget that. They all did a great job of reporting and I hope one day I can write some great articles like these.

Kesha WAS the Grammys

This year the stars celebrated their 60th annual Grammys ceremony. Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar swept out almost all of the awards, but the focus of the night, as usual, was on the performances.

The Grammys opened with Kendrick Lamar. He was phenomenal to say the least. Lamar didn’t only rap but he made statements throughout his performance about poverty and revenge, leaving everyone hyped up for the show to come.

One of the most feel-good performances was Bruno Mars and Cardi B with their hit single “Finesse.” They made you want to get up, dance, and just love everyone. Another strong performance was DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” with Bryson Tiller and Rihanna, incorporating South African dance moves called “gwara gwara.”

But the performance of the night belongs to Kesha. After not going to any awards ceremony since 2012. Because of her long battle against her longtime producer Dr. Luke, she stood strong and looked absolutely beautiful.

Janelle Monae’s introduction to Kesha’s performance was powerful. “ We say time’s up for pay inequality, time’s up for discrimination, time’s up for harassment of any kind, and time’s up for the abuse of power.” She ended her speech by saying “ We are honored to stand with you and welcome you, Kesha.” This set the stage of what was to come next.

The lights came up and it looked as though there were angels standing on the stage, while a choir was singing the first holy verse of Praying. Kesha was accompanied by other women such as Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day, and Bebe Rexha as they performed Kesha’s hit song Praying. As she finished she embraced her sisters on stage while breaking down with emotion. She had just bared her soul for the world to see. She confronted her abuser on stage with this song and that was inspirational.

While others wore a white rose in support of the #TimesUp movement, Kesha and others on stage wore all white to symbolize the strength and unity these women have had throughout this movement.

It was no surprise that at the end of her performance she brought the crowd to their feet. She trembled, screeched, and brought not only her, but also others to tears as well. It was an emotional performance for millions across the world who shed a tear while watching. This is a new beginning for Kesha and all her Animals.

Kesha may not have won any awards, but she definitely won the night.