Issue 9 of The Campbell Times
Valentine’s Day has varied meanings to many different people. Some may refer to the holiday as “Singles Awareness Day” while others see the day as a time to rekindle affection.
For Christians, however, the day can be a muddled gray area, where some are left unsure on whether or not they should participate.
National Public Radio writer Arnie Seipel gave a brief overview of the holiday’s roots in his article The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day.
He said, “From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog and then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain [as means of increasing fertility]. The brutal celebration included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.”
It doesn’t seem quite like the Valentine’s Day we celebrate today.
According to Seipel, two men, both named Valentine, were martyred on Feb. 14 of different years by Emperor Claudius. The Catholic Church honored them on that day, hence the name of the celebration that we have today: St. Valentine’s Day. In attempt to do away with the pagan rituals, Pope Gelasius I combined the two holidays in the 5th century.
Some Christians have trouble determining whether to celebrate this holiday because of its prominent pagan roots.
Professor of Christian theology and ethics at Campbell University Divinity School Dr. Cameron Jorgenson gave a distinct perspective on the matter.
“Things like Valentine’s Day reveal the medieval church’s missionary strategy,” Jorgenson said. “When possible, pagan practices were countered with positive Christian alternatives. Rather than demonize romance, the Church decided to celebrate Christian love and outstanding examples of holy lives. Nothing pagan about that! This approach to issues is not limited to Valentine’s Day; various elements of Christmas traditions, like Christmas trees, are also criticized for being pagan, even though the church used these formerly pagan symbols to teach Christian truths.
All of this reminds me of why the church was fond of converting formerly pagan temples into churches–after extensive renovations, of course. The goal was to make use of the beauty and goodness present in the surrounding culture, redirecting it toward the worship of God. Sometimes it was determined that the pagan superstitions ran so deep that they couldn’t simply be redirected and those things were rejected. But on the whole, Christians attempted to honor what was best in the surrounding culture, while rejecting things whenever necessary.”
Sophomore Kinesiology major Khadijah Fountain recognizes the potential dangers of the holiday but believes that it’s all in how you celebrate and what motives you have behind it.
She said “I realized that I should see Valentine’s Day as more than a day of candy and flowers but as a day to celebrate every relationship you have in life. Even though all of them may not be like a spouse, there is still love there. If anything, Valentine’s Day is the day I really get to embrace my Christianity by giving to those I love and those I should learn to love in the future. Even though it should be an everyday thing, why not choose Valentine’s Day to start?”
Jorgenson agrees relationships are an important part of Christianity when used in their original purpose.
“Given that some might use this day as an opportunity for selfishness and sexual conquest–not unlike the ancient Romans–should Christians reject Valentine’s Day? Certainly not,” Jorgenson said. “We should do what we’ve always done and take the best that the day has to offer. Relationships founded on genuine love and self-giving are among God’s greatest gifts to humankind. That’s something to celebrate.”
When advertisements started airing for Fox’s new military comedy Enlisted, people were a little wary. Although some of the most acclaimed comedies ever were about the military, it hasn’t been nearly as common since 9/11. Fortunately, Enlisted has proven a desire to respect the armed forces while also being hilarious and heartwarming. However, because of a bad time slot and perhaps lingering resistance for the subject matter, Enlisted has received low ratings and is soon to be cancelled. Maybe everyone was right to worry about a military comedy; maybe the greatest threat to the troops is laughter.
Despite the military being a funny sucking black hole, there have been a handful of isolated incidents of people coming out the other end with a vague feeling of affection towards whoopee cushions. There have even been a small few who have had successful careers in comedy.
Because of his reputation as a hefty guy it’s hard to imagine the currently skinny host of “The Price is Right” in camouflage. However, if you focus on the horn rimmed glasses and crew cut, the face of a U.S. Marine can be seen. The former “Whose Line is it Anyway” host actually served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for six years in the 1980s. He started performing stand-up comedy while he was still in the Reserves and has said in another life he might have never left. He is still active in the USO and in pursuit of his recent weight loss he completed the infamous Marine Corps Marathon in 2011.
Unlike Drew Carey, it might be more surprising if Rob Riggle weren’t in the military. He spent over 20 years as a U.S. Marine right up until January 2013, long after he became a Daily Show correspondent in 2006. Riggle has made a career out of playing boisterous tough guys and shouting at people like a loveable but horrifying drill sergeant. In high school he was voted most likely to play a live-action CIA agent Stan from American Dad, seventeen years before the show aired. Riggle has said that the Marine Corps gave him the persistence needed to make it in show business. He has been in some of the best comedies of the past decade like Talladega Nights, The Hangover, and 21 Jump Street.
One of the greatest comedic minds in history, the son of Jewish-German and Russian parents, Mel Brooks was drafted into the U.S. Army to fight Nazis in World War II in 1944. He served as a combat engineer diffusing landmines. Legend has it that at the Battle of the Bulge when the Germans started playing propaganda from loud speakers, Brooks and his battalion responded in kind with the music of Jewish singer Al Jolsen. After being discharged Brooks went on to mock Hitler several times, such as the fake play “Springtime for Hitler” in his movie The Producers. To recap: Mel Brooks diffused Nazi bombs and laughed in Hitler’s face.
By Brian Brown
On Thursday evening, Campbell students heard the sizzle of bacon as they participated in CAB’s Bacon Day in the Rumley Center.
Students enjoyed various types of bacon as well as innovative bacon-themed delicacies. CAB also offered activities to burn off the cholesterol.
“I like the free t-shirts and the chocolate bacon. You can’t go wrong with t-shirts, bacon, and chocolate. They’re the best study break,” junior Amy Thomason said.
Additional events to the bacon celebration included pin the bacon, pig races, bacon hole, a soup eating contest, and prizes.
“We decided to host a bacon day because everyone just loves bacon!” senior and CAB committee member Taylor Clark said.
Approximately 150 people were expected to attend, however, after only thirty minutes, this number quickly grew to an estimated 180.
“Bacon day was definitely worth attending. I had never tried bacon gum before, nor seen a bacon candle. I’m really glad I got to experience the bacon culture and try all of the food,” freshman Caitlin Wood said.
By Austin Thomas
Photos by Jordyn Gum.
Senior pianist, Hannah Stayton will play her favorite classical pieces Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Scott Concert Hall.
Stayton, who has played the piano for over a decade, said “I always loved music and had a strong connection with it so I always knew it was going to be my career.”
Stayton will perform the works of Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Gershwin, Satie, and Rachmaninoff, though she said she is most looking forward to the pieces by Rachmaninoff and Satie.
“They appeal to my personality and I can pour myself into them more than other pieces,” Stayton said.
The pianist credits the support of her family and friends for her success.
“I am, of course, looking forward to my parents coming and supporting me. They have put so much into helping me plan this recital,” she said. “I am grateful and happy that all of my friends are making such an effort to be there for me on that day.”
The recital is free and open to the public.
For more information about Campbell University’s fine arts events, visit the Campbell events page at http://www.campbell.edu/calendar/months/fine-arts/
By Katria Farmer
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Titles can tell you a lot about a piece of art or entertainment. “Call Me Maybe” couldn’t be anything other than a catchy pop tune and anything with Tyler Perry’s name in the title is bound to have a lot of tears broken up by bits of broad cross-dressing humor. However, titles can also be misleading. For instance, the closest thing to breakfast in The Breakfast Club is Ally Sheedy’s Cap’n Crunch and Pixie Stix sandwich. It would be more accurate to call it “Did I Whine That Much in High School? I Think I Did. John Hughes So Gets Me.” TV shows are especially tricky, since they last so long and could be completely different before it’s over. “Seinfeld” wasn’t really “Seinfeld” until halfway through season two, but fortunately it was still about a guy named Jerry Seinfeld. These other shows weren’t so lucky.
“Cougar Town” started its fifth season this year, and its fourth year of not being about “cougars” (older women who date younger guys0. The first season of the show is about Jules, played by Courtney Cox, who recently divorced from her husband because he gave his laundry discount to another woman. At first Jules gets back in the game by dating younger men, but she begins dating men her own age before the first season finale. Now Jules is remarried to an age appropriate man and there isn’t a cougar in sight. There are about as many literal big cat cougars in “Cougar Town” as there are “awkward breakfast with the guy from your high school” cougars.
“Trophy Wife” on the other hand, has never been about trophy wives. It just has a poorly chosen ironic title. Even the star Malin Akerman almost turned down the lead role because she was put off by the title. Akerman does play a young woman married to an older man (like an anti-cougar so, like a small dog I guess), but she’s not a gold digger or airhead. She’s just a flawed character attempting to adjust to her new role as a stepmother to three kids and become queen of the castle. A great cast joins Akerman, including Bradley Whitford from “The West Wing” and Billy Madison, SNL veteran Michaela Watkins, and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy is the main character, and “Vampire Slayer” is her title, but together they make a name that is more accurate for the cheesy 1992 movie than the cult classic series based on it. Maybe the first couple of seasons were campy enough to fit the title, but once “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” developed its own mythology and stood on its own two feet; it became something much more than a horror movie parody. It’s an intelligent, complex show with relatable and human characters, and even some relatable and human vampires. Besides, calling Buffy a vampire slayer is a bit like calling an iPhone a tip calculator. Plenty of vamps get dusted, but Buffy also cancels at least one apocalypse each season.
By Brian Brown
With their most recent auditions Jan. 13, the Campbell theatre department is off to an early start.
For the spring semester, the department will perform two shows. Both are literary adaptations, unlike the past years where audiences have enjoyed a musical.
The two performances will be The Magician’s Nephew and Northanger Abbey, based off of Jane Austen’s novel.
Dr. E. Bert Wallace, head of the theatre department, explains why they chose to take a different route.
“We like to do different kinds of plays and expose our students and the Campbell community in general to different kinds of things,” said Wallace.
Open to any Campbell student and community members, the department held auditions for both productions on Jan. 13 to accommodate rehearsal times and the crew’s schedules outside of the production.
Wallace said the opening show for The Magician’s Nephew is set for Feb. 19 and the closing show on Feb. 22.
Northanger Abbey will open on April 4 and close on April 12.
Both associate professor of theatre arts Georgia Martin and Wallace decided to choose these plays at the end 2013’s spring semester.
“There’s a lot of thought that goes into what we are going to do each season we make a decision by the end of the school year, for the upcoming year,” Wallace said. “First we think of our own majors and what will be most beneficial to them, we choose plays that we think are going to be a valuable experience for people.”
According to Wallace, tickets for The Magician’s Nephew are expected to go on sale soon, but are very limited due to seating availability.
Wallace encourages those who want to see the play to get their tickets as soon as possible.
“That’s going to be the type of show that might sell out,” Wallace said.
By Tyjah Johnson
Senior voice student Patrick Hunter will provide the Campbell Community with music from the eighteenth century all the way to the twenty-first January 28 in the Scott Concert Hall.
Hunter will be singing a wide variety of pieces for the recital including classical numbers by Handel, Schumann, and Butterworth as well as musical theater selections from Les Misérables.
Hunter originally came to Campbell with the idea of being a History pre-law major but during his sophomore year he realized his love for music and changed his major.
“I’ve always had a dream of singing professionally at some point,” he said.
Associate music professor Dr. Sally E. Thomas said “During his vocal studies here at Campbell, Patrick has competed in statewide and regional auditions through the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His recital is the culmination of many semesters of work.”
The recital is free and open to the public.
“It’ll be a fun night,” Hunter said with a grin.
For more information about the event, visit the Campbell events page at http://www.campbell.edu/calendar/event/24009/
By Katria Farmer
For this spring semester of 2014 the music department has much in store for the Campbell community.
Concerts are to be held every month to highlight specific performers.
Dr. Whitley said students are encouraged to come out and support the music department in their concerts, particularly the senior concerts.
Senior recitals are the culmination of music majors’ weekly practices.
They are each assigned an applied professor to help “guide” them in their performance and to improve their skills.
Associate professor of music at Campbell Dr. Sally E. Thomas said she would like for the skill of the students to be shown as they work hard.
The semester’s concerts contain music varying from world music to contemporary American music.
However, not all performances showcase music majors and seniors, but any individual willing to perform.
Campbell’s music department offers Campbell’s Choir for anyone who would like to explore their vocal/musical talents.
Director of Choral activities Dr. Phillip Morrow urges more students to participate in the choir.
“I would encourage the students to sing; those who like it and have the ability,” Morrow said. “I would encourage anyone to try it. I would encourage [anyone] to assist the concerts.”
Every three years the music department holds a trip to travel overseas for the choir; this semester the trip will be to Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague.
The trip is Feb. 28-March 8.
Morrow said he feels the experience is fulfilling for the participants.
“Singing in the college choir is a wonderful experience [that] is fun and rewarding,” Morrow said.
The director also highlights the personal benefits from choral performance.
“Singing is healthy for mental and physical health,” he said. “It creates a relief of stress from the college life.”
By Michelle Polowood
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Issue 9 of The Campbell Times