From Player to Coach: Piedmont Alumnae tells the story of his time with lacrosse

In the world of lacrosse, Dale Morley has experienced it all, from playing, to getting injured, and now professionally coaching his first season at Kell High School. 

When Morley entered high school, his father told him he needed to get involved in some kind of sport. “I told him he needed to do something in the spring and he brought home a lacrosse stick,” says Dick Morley, Dale’s father. 

Dale’s friend Gabriel told him about lacrosse and it really peeked his interest. “I played attack and midfield initially but then we needed a goalie my junior year, so I played two years of goalie junior and senior.” 

While at Gainesville High School, Morley won Most Improved Player his freshman year, Best defensive player his junior year, and Most Valuable Player his senior year. He was the first lacrosse player from Gainesville High School to play college lacrosse. 

Morley was a part of Piedmont’s first male lacrosse team. While at Piedmont, Morley played goalie and was the team’s main goalie until he got injured his sophomore year. During a game against Oglethorpe, Morley was hit in the knee by an illegal shot. He tore his ACL and had a hairline fracture. He ended up sitting out the rest of the season. The next two years he continued playing goalie, although his hand got hit during practice his senior year. Luckily, Morley had enrolled for the graduate program at Piedmont College and red-shirted while working on his master’s degree. During his four years at Piedmont College, Morley had a total of 343 goals saved. 

During the summers, Morley began coaching lacrosse at the YMCA, while working at La Parilla Mexican restaurant at night. “While he was at the Y, he had a 6-year old that just followed him around with a lacrosse stick. He was a natural leader to the kids.” says Janet Morley, Dale’s mother. He went on to work with Slyd lacrosse at Riverside Military Academy during his summers as well, coaching kids and giving them the confidence they needed. 

When Morley got his master’s from the School of Education at Piedmont College, he was offered a job teaching history and coaching lacrosse at Kell High School in Marietta. The spring 2018 season has been his first and the team has done really well, only losing one game so far. “I love the practices and interacting with the players.” says Morley. “They’re so funny and just a good bunch of guys.” Morley says the hardest part about coaching is the area that they’re in. “This area has really built up and many kids are playing lacrosse, while my guys aren’t as experienced. I’m trying to figure out how to challenge them in way that is beneficial, but not deter them.” 

Morley’s parents, Dick and Janet, believe lacrosse has only benefited Dale. “I think lacrosse gave him confidence and self motivation,” says Janet. “As a coach, he is able to pass on this self motivation to his players. He is a very kind hearted man and is always celebrating his players’ victories… he is a team player but he also leads so well.” 

Of course, Dale Morley hopes for a championship for his players, but above all else, he hopes that they think about their futures and that they learn all the traits he has gotten from lacrosse. 

Diane Roberts Speaks to Communications Students at Piedmont College

“A book is a slow cooker”, “Being Southern is a great gift”, “Anything can find an audience”; all of these quotes came from the lecture that Diane Roberts gave in the Swanson screening room on March 29 at Piedmont College. 

Diane Roberts is an accomplished writer and journalist. She is currently an English and creative writing professor at Florida State University. Over the years, she has worked with PBS, NPR, and BBC, where she usually talks about art and politics. She’s been published in various magazines and newspapers, ranging from small names to big names. She has also written various non-fiction books, usually relating to the South. “I think it was a great opportunity to see someone who has written at such a global level to hear what she had to say about her writing and how she gets story ideas.” says Dr. Joe Dennis. 

One of the first things one can notice about Diane Roberts is her voice. She has a southern accent that is just thick enough to still understand what she says. It’s what has gotten her radio jobs at the BBC and a few drinks when she would go out with her British friends. There is no doubt that Diane Roberts is a lady of the South. She talked about her family history in Florida, which she wrote about in her book, Dream State. She got a few laughs from the audience as she discussed growing up, eating things like squirrel and opossum. “She’s a southern girl from Florida,” says Dennis. “And even though she has travelled a lot….. when she writes, there’s still the essence of who she is and everything that she writes and I think that’s a really valuable lesson for students, especially those who have an interest in opinion writing.”  

However, Roberts is not stereotypical Southern. She is rather liberal in her views and spoke about her experience with a white supremacist group she met and wrote about in Florida. She is a well-travelled woman, and lived in Britain for so many years. Roberts is a woman who breaks the mold of Paula Deen, the face of white Southern woman celebrities, and even upon being asked about such a comparison, she exclaimed “Kill me now!” 

Roberts was very casual in her lecture, just sitting on the edge of the stage, her feet crossed and waving above the ground. She did not stand at the lectern, like what would be expected of a visiting professor. She just sat and talked, like she was getting coffee with the students in the audience. “She was genuinely interested in the questions we had for her,” said sophomore Nathan Blackburn. “And she gave really fleshed out, full answers, that blended both humor and serious pretty well.” 

Roberts very much enjoyed her time at Piedmont, going on and on about the beauty of the campus and the area. Roberts was most impressed with the Lillian Smith Center, which is dedicated to the award winning author from Piedmont College, and is nestled away in the mountains of Clayton, GA. It serves as an educational center and artist retreat. Roberts described it as “absolutely amazing” and believes that “there is a spirit there of a woman who didn’t care what anyone thought of her and did what she wanted to do.” 

Even after Roberts left, the students couldn’t help but want more. Her lecture left students and professors alike inspired. “Diane Roberts was so inspiring and engaging. I didn’t want her to leave” says senior Durden Smith. “No matter what you accomplish, there will be a what next.” were the words that resonated throughout the audience and especially with the students. 

Prompt 6

So not going to lie, this was the hardest series of articles I had to read. Mostly because I don’t know sports that well so often times the terms the writers used was a bit lost on me. Obviously the first article about the American girls hockey team reinforced the idea of sports and competition. However, stories like Nyajuol Lew and Cuban players for the White Sox, talk about resilience and team building. I liked the American girls hockey story the most, because of the achievements these girls made and how they have accomplished so much as female athletes (go feminism!). I don’t think the writer needs a very strong grasp on the sport, but definitely have a basic understanding of the sport.

Bringing Dragons to Demorest

This past semester at Piedmont College, a small roleplaying community has been forming on Facebook to fight the weekend blues. 

Junior arts administration major Kadence Cole is the founder of the local Dungeons & Dragons group “Demorest and Dragons.”If you don’t know about Dungeons and Dragons, Cole describes it as “a real big choose-your-own adventure book.” You can create your own character, with strengths and flaws and an elaborate backstory. The leader of the game, known as the Dungeon Master (or DM for short) lays out the story and adventure, also called the campaign. Decisions would often be made in the game with different kinds of dice, such as 10-sided, or 20-sided.  

Cole first started playing D&D with her brother when she was in second grade. Her older brother introduced it to her and would create campaigns for her and her friends. She would later start DM’ing herself when she was a junior in high school, setting up simple dungeons her and her friends would go through. “I didn’t really do stories or anything. It was just game-play based dungeons.” Cole has always had a love for tabletop games and when she heard that some people would be interested in a D&D Piedmont group, she decided to create Demorest & Dragons. 

Demorest and Dragons is a community full of Piedmont College students to organize tabletop games and all kinds of D&D role playing campaigns. It started at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester and has been steadily growing ever since. It currently has 21 members that usually get together on Saturdays and play different role-playing dice games together. The group has veteran D&D players and new people, who are interested in the infamous role-playing game. “We’ve had some really good games.” says Cole. “We did some starter stuff and had a night dedicated to making characters. We’ve also had a basic board game night, which was really fun too.” 

Junior Tony Atoa is new to D&D and has had fun learning the rules. “Though I don’t have much experience in D&D, I’ve already learned so much from Kadence and the others about the mechanics and logistics with how the game works as well as battle mechanics and special abilities.” says Atoa. “The group itself has made the experience so far very welcoming and fun!” 

While attendance has been spotty, many people have joined the group and are all interested in the game. “I played a similar tabletop [role playing game] in high school with a group of friends.” says junior Cheyenne Turner. “Later on my friends and I gave D&D a spin and I’ve been hooked ever since. Kadence started the group around the same time my friends wanted to start one so we joined forces. It’s very casual, low commitment, which is nice when you are a busy college student.” 

Cheyenne shadowed Cole during the first campaign, wanting to learn how to become a DM herself. “That was a nice new experience for me personally.” says Turner. 

Kadence not only wants to continue doing D&D campaigns, but also other RPG games. “I’d like to try War Hammer, which is a D-10 system….. I don’t have any experience with it though. I’d like to do more one on one board game style. I’d also like to try Dagger Gear, which is more live action and you create foam weaponry to fight with. It’s a nationwide organization.”  

However, Cole is a junior and will be graduating early. She hopes that when she leaves, the community will continue. “There are a lot of underclassmen in the Facebook group so if they keep it going, that’ll be neat to see.” 

Prompt 5

So these articles were very different and interesting to read. It used art and entertainment and connected it with social issues and current events. The critical, review part of the articles was very minimal when compared to the analysis of the art and how it pertains to today. Almost all of the articles dealt with political and social issues, with the audible playwright article being the exception. The art piece resonated with me the most. It relates to my article on Confederate monuments and their historical (and controversial) importance. I like how they came to the conclusion of keeping the artworks, while explaining their controversy as well. I even sent this to my artist friend to read to find out her opinion. I think the stories’ use of current events and social issues is what draws people to these articles. The art and entertainment industry is rife with these sorts of issues and people aren’t as aware as they should be. I’m mad that the country music industry isn’t dealing with their sexual harassment issue, but hopefully #timesup will catch up to them.

Baby Driver Review

If you’re teaching your child how to drive, try not to show them the latest Edgar Wright film while doing so. It should come with the warning: do not try this at home. 

Edgar Wright is well known for his unique directing and editing styles in the UK. His best known works are Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. This time however, he has taken his talents to the U.S. Baby Driver is his first American made film, having been shot in Atlanta. It tells the story of a young man named Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, and his rather odd career as a getaway driver. Baby has a deep love for music and uses it to treat his tinnitus. That doesn’t stop Baby from being rather observatory of his surroundings and makes him an excellent driver. Baby is working for the kingpin Doc, played by Kevin Spacey. Doc sets up robberies and heists, always with different crews and uses Baby as his default getaway driver. The robbers consist of familiar faces such as Jon Hamm, Flea, Jon Berenthal, and Jamie Foxx. 

Despite his criminal lifestyle, Baby has a heart of gold and wants nothing more than to be rid of Doc. Even during heists, Baby tries his best not to hurt civilians, sticking to his job and the task at hand. Baby takes care of his deaf foster father Joe, played by CJ Jones. He also begins a timelessly romantic relationship with the waitress Debora, played by Lily James, who you might have seen in 2015’s Cinderella. 

Baby Driver is currently up for three Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Editing. Music is a key part of this film and Edgar Wright uses it to his advantage. The actors’ movements, the chase scenes, and even the editing are all choreographed to music. Edgar Wright also uses his classic filming styles, varying from long moving shots to quick close ups. Since music is used to drown out his tinnitus, every time Baby is seen without headphones, you can hear a faint humming in the background, putting the audience in Baby’s perspective. The soundtrack for the film is filled with all different genres of music and songs. You can recognize at least one song while watching the film and probably add about a dozen of them to your Spotify account. 

Baby Driver has something to offer for all kinds of audiences. It has music, action, comedy, romance, you name it. Next time you want a good movie to put on Friday night, look no further than Baby Driver. Just don’t try his driving next time you’re going through rush hour traffic. 

Bright Review

Bright sticks out as an original story in this world of remakes and adaptations. Set in present day Los Angeles, Bright takes on the genre of urban fantasy and works as an allegory for racial issues. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton play two different cops, one human and one orc. After crossing paths with a rogue elf, they dive into the world of magic that we can only dream of. A sequel is already in the works, but this universe has the potential to do so much more than just another movie. 

Where’s the Community?

When the idea of college comes to mind, there’s a sense of belongingness associated with it. It is where you find yourself, make lifelong friendships, and have a sense of unification. However, according to some Piedmont students, our campus is lacking that. 

According to former students, Piedmont used to have this sense of community. Everyone hung around the quad, people went outside of their comfort zone, and there was a stronger social dynamic. “Everything seemed to have a bit more heart…… a little less corporate.” Says senior Levi Randall-Doublet. The Commons was built to create a better sense of community. It was a place for people to eat, to hang out, to study, to work out, etc. And it certainly felt like all of these things when it first opened in 2015. 

Now it’s 2018 and this sense of community is gone. People go to class, possibly go to the caf for food, then hunker down in their dorms for the rest of the day. No one uses the quad, except for CAB events on occasion. No one really ventures outside of their friend group. There’s a strong lack of socializing around Piedmont College. “When I go to other college campuses, there is a hustle and bustle about the community there.” says junior Cheyenne Turner. “Students are seen hanging out around the campus, interacting with their peers, and using all different parts of the facilities offered on their campus, but here at Piedmont it feels like there’s two separate parts of campus: the main campus, which consists of class buildings and the living part of campus, which consists of dorms and the Commons. When class isn’t going on, it’s deserted.” 

Where did this all go wrong? Some people say that Piedmont has gotten too big, but that shouldn’t stop our sense of community. Others say that it’s because we now lack a center, which is what the quad used to function as. Either way, as students, we must find a way to bring back a sense of college community here at Piedmont. Let’s stop holing ourselves up in our dorms with Netflix and get outside and talk to each other. It’s time to bring Piedmont College back to life. 

Prompt 4

I enjoyed reading these articles very much. It opened me up to people and issues I didn’t know much about. I think the feature on Jorge Garcia would’ve been very difficult to write about. You would have to interview so many people and have someone open up about a very raw, hard topic. This man doesn’t know when he’ll ever see his family again. He barely gets to talk to them and see them and he’s been forced to go back to a country he barely knows. The Camilla Cabello piece was probably the easiest. It was more lighthearted than the others and didn’t dive into such serious topics. The Nick Foles piece also seemed to be a relatively easy piece to write. They just used more sources, while the Cabello piece was just her. The Nick Foles piece was probably the one I dreaded the most. Spoiler alert: I’m not a big sports person (so I’m kind of dreading the sports piece we’ll have to eventually write). However, it still resonated with me. Nick Foles is obviously a very talented athlete and if he wasn’t in the NFL, he’d probably be in the NBA. I found his story to be very inspirational and motivating. In my own feature writing, I’d like to incorporate more quotes from other people who know the person. I think it says a lot about their character.

The Problem With Silence

It’s been a little over a year and I still feel the pang of anxiety every time I go there. It’s something I need to get over. You’re not going to run into him I tell myself. And if you do, you can be strong and firmly tell him to not talk to you. Yet every time I think I might see him, I feel my heart speed up and the feelings of an anxiety attack overcome me.

In January 2017, I went through one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever gone through. A man came into my workplace one afternoon. Something seemed a little off about him, so my coworker and I made sure to stay together while presenting our merchandise. He said he had come into the store looking for a ring for his girlfriend of several years. I eventually left to help another customer and my assistant manager went over to help. After the man left, we all agreed something seemed off. That evening, he came back and kept insisting he speak to me. He mentioned he broke up with his girlfriend because she had “lied” to him. While reluctant at first, my coworker let him talk to me.

And then it all happened.

He started asking me extremely personal questions about me and my relationship. He asked whether my boyfriend treated me right or cheated on me. I said no to these things. He continued, saying I was very pretty. I was able to wedge in that I was only 19, which caught him off guard. He himself was in his mid-30s. He then proceeded to say he’d be watching me and checking in on me. He said he would get a job at the Kroger I worked at to keep an eye on me. He asked if there would ever be a chance if my boyfriend and I broke up. I told him no, shaking my head, yet smiling because he was a customer and I didn’t feel like I could truly stand up for myself in that moment.

I stood there, shaking, my heart pounding in my ears, unwanted tears creeping up behind my eyes. Yet smiling and speaking politely when he asked for answers. But for the most part I was silent.

I was silent as he made stalker-level comments. I was silent as I looked over at my coworker, who I desperately needed by my side. I was silent as I stood there, as the man tried to flirt with me, even though he knew I was in a relationship.

As a woman, I have been taught by society that I should be silent during such encounters. I have been told to accept behavior like this as complimentary. As a saleswoman, I was told to just nod and listen to my customers. And although my manager and assistant manager told me after it happened I could deny service, I still felt like I should sit there and take it. Because I’m a woman. And even though it’s the 21st century, we still have it ingrained in our heads that it’s best if we’re silent.

He showed up once or twice more at my store, but thankfully he never asked for me again. We would learn he had some mental problems, but it still wasn’t an excuse. I hope to never see him again. I hope that if he ever approaches me again, I’ll find the courage within myself to say no. And above all else, I hope to teach my future daughters to not let this happen to them.