The Joyful JOYEUX Premier

Earlier in this semester, the Black Spade Society: a media group, headed by James Hutton,  created a TV-worthy video series by TFC students about TFC students for TFC students. Their first step on this journey was to create a pilot (a proof-of-concept episode) by the end of this semester. Well, after weeks and months of auditioning, shooting, and editing, the cast and crew finally bring to TFC the first episode of JOYEUX.

JOYEUX can be best described as dialogue driven a non-traditional comedy-drama. It will focus on character interaction, bond building, and music. Music is planned to play a big role in this series. It will contain not only stock music but an original track created by the music students and hobbyists here at the college. Character relations are going to be the main focus and this pilot’s goal is to set up the characters and character dynamics for the series.

Having been given the privilege of being able to see it early with the group, I can say that it succeeds at this purpose and is something that I would recommend checking out. It may be dialogue-driven but the interactions are amusing and there are plenty of atmospheric and comedic silent moments with good cinematography. There will be many comedic moments, mostly awkward and relatable things. Many volunteers at the college have participate in creating the film. Those residing in Forrest Hall will definitely take notice. The ending may seem to come sudden and might make one yearn for more, However, it reminds those that JOYEUX will be an ongoing series to support. Be sure to come and make that a reality!

One can discover the secret origin of this mysterious symbol that appeared on the cafeteria chalkboard a while back.

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The premier will be taking place in the Student Center TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m.! Make sure to bring your friends and any visiting loved ones. Spread the word! If you miss the pilot, it will be made available online sometime next week on YouTube. If you have any questions about the premier or want to ask about joining the production next semester, contact the head via email at blackspadesociety@gmail.com.

The production of the main series will begin this fall semester. Whether that will be a single episode or multiple ones, it all depends on how many members there will be and their determination. So, if interested in acting, shooting, music-making, and/or video editing (or even planning on taking a Mass Communications practicum course), be prepared to send an email now or in the fall. Remember, the premier will be 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 28th, at the Student Center. Come out TONIGHT!

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A Trip to the Philosophy Club

To many, philosophy may sound like an intimidating field. Many perceive the area of study as either useless or too abstract. Thankfully, the philosophy club at Toccoa Falls College is willing to take in anybody interested in the topic. If planning on majoring in philosophy, then this club is a must. But is it worth attending for any other reason?

On request by the editor, I decided to scout out a group meeting last week to see how the philosophy club portrayed itself. I arrived a few minutes late to find around 20+ students in the midst of talking about the differences between happiness and pleasure. What is their relationship? How can someone tell if the other is truly happy? Is it possible to be truly happy?

The structure of the meeting seems very straight forward and inclusive. The leader asks a question about the subject and somebody tells their opinion. The whole event is basically a structured, open-ended discussion that anybody can join in without getting hectic. Discussion is encouraged and ideas are traded. Even at one point, a heated conversation started up. The questions that were asked and the discussions that were spawned were along the lines of: How does one define happiness? How does both personally and as a society, define it? Is there really a set definition? What is the nature of happiness? Is it external, internal, or a balance between the two? Were people happier generations back rather than today? Is it a feeling or a mindset? What is joy? What is the difference between happiness and joy? How does God contribute to this? The whole group had a great time discussing these topics.

After the meeting, I interviewed the leaders about the philosophy club and what people should expect.  The club is led by Amber Reynolds, as president, and Michael Sculley, as vice-president, and other organizers. The philosophy club was started around the early 2000s and has been going strong for a long while now. The club is all about critical thinking, communication, and community. “It’s about creating a place where people can exchange ideas, but do it in a very loving and unusual kind of way.”

They plan to set up debate nights and other events. The next upcoming debate is scheduled to take place on April 27th at 7:00 P.M. in Timms Hall. The planned topics are whether or not condoms should be passed out in high schools and regulations on guns in public universities. Also, they plan to host a campus-wide scavenger hunt, tomorrow, April 22 at 7 P.M. Everyone will be meeting in the student center.

However, the philosophy club is currently working on a few changes in the future. Amber will no longer be the club president since she is going to be graduating this semester. Michael Sculley and Rosse Karely Velez ran against each other for the president position. Michael won the presidency and Rosse will be vice president.

So, in conclusion, the Philosophy Club is a fine part of Toccoa Falls College with plenty of opportunities to share ideas and make friends. It is a place where one can expand their ideas and formulate opinions. If feeling intimidated, the club still encourages others to attend meetings in order to understand the importance of the topic. If one has a passing interest in the subject or desires to meet new people, the club offers place a community that desires to share interest with one another. This club plans on continuing to grow and educate more people on philosophy. As the year comes to a close, think about joining the club next year to learn about interesting topics and discussion. 

The Trials of Robin Hood

by Mark Westlund

by Mark Westlund

This weekend, gather up your crew of merry men (or women) and prepare yourself for a grand adventure. Starting Friday, the Toccoa Falls College Theatrical Society presents Will Averill’s The Trials of Robin Hood. This semester’s production is a comedic retelling of the classic Robin Hood story from three different perspectives. Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and the Sheriff of Nottingham must present their version of the events to King Richard. The audience will get to participate as the jury who will decide the verdict. There are three nights to come out and see this fun show, so plan to be there!

In addition, there is a chance to win free tickets. Look out for one of five golden arrows hiding around campus. Snap a picture of yourself with it, tagged #TFCTSRobinHood and #tfctheatricalsociety to claim one free ticket to the show.

The cast and crew of this semester’s production have been working together make sure everything is completed with excellence. Theatrical productions at TFC have a lot of different faucets that are all handled by students. This show’s directors, Bradley Weisbarth and Jennifer Doll, are both excited to see their visions come to life on the stage. Keegan Murphey has put together costumes for the show, Angela Warfel will lead a team as the make-up director, Rebekah Sovinsky will have her eyes backstage as stage director, and the gorgeous forest set is due to the efforts of Keven Jensen.

This production’s cast includes approximately twenty-five members ranging from first semester freshmen to last semester seniors. The cast has been rehearsing weekly and is earnest to show the school the product of their dedication. Freshman Callie Langston, who is playing Esmeralda and the Abbess is participating in her second TFCTS production, commented “I’m excited to grow in my acting ability and to bring glory to God through the Theatrical Society. I am apprenticing to be the Props Manager in the Theatrical Society, which is exciting for the future.” Freshman Amber Fincher, who is participating in her first TFCTS production, playing Daniel Boyle and Dani Boyle, says “I’ve enjoyed getting closer with the cast and fighting with the swords. I look forward to everyone seeing the sword fight scenes.”

Senior Rebecca Colson, who is likely performing in her last production, reflected on her time in The Trials of Robin Hood, as well as her past years in the Theatrical Society. “I’ve been involved in the Theatrical Society since freshman year,” she reminisced, having portrayed roles including Cordelia of King Lear and the March Hare of Alice in Wonderland. “I’m playing Dave the Honest Tinker and Alan Adele. I am cross dressing. It is my first time doing that,” she laughed. “It’s fun to get to know a lot of different people from different parts of campus that I would have never interacted with otherwise. It is nice to get to be a blessing in the lives of freshmen.” When asked what she was looking forward to for The Trials of Robin Hood, she responded “you need to come see it. It is witty, clever, and you are going to have lots of laughs.”

Tickets for The Trials of Robin Hood go on sale this week. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $3 for children, but you can get a dollar off when you buy in the student center. Both cards and cash are accepted. The dates are Friday April 7 at 7PM, Saturday April 8 at 7PM, and Sunday April 9 at 3PM. All performances are in Grace Chapel Center of Performing Arts. The Theatrical Society can’t wait to see you there.

Professor Interview: Dr. David Jalovick

Toccoa Falls College is proud to highlight one of its most beloved history professors, Dr. David Jalovick. During the interview, Dr. Jalovick explains how TFC has changed over the years.
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“How long have you been a professor here at TFC, and what classes do you teach?”

“I first came as a professor back in 1997. So this summer will be 20 years of teaching here, but before I became a professor I graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 1981. Right now, I am teaching 11 history courses, which is the bulk of the history courses that the school offers. For a while, I was basically the only history professor here at TFC, but we now have several adjuncts who teach a few of the courses.”

“So, you have been here for a long time. What kinds changes have you experienced over the years?”

“As a student, you are talking about a history that goes back 42 years. I first came onto this campus in 1975. One of the major things that has changed is the increase of students from Georgia. I noticed that when I came back as a professor the Hope grant had been established, which enabled a number of Georgia students to come to this college who would not have attended because of the tuition. One thing that was especially noticeable to me were the number of cars that were not on campus during the weekend. When I was a student, most of us were from out of state, and as a result nobody left, or very few people, left to go home.

Clothing styles have come and gone. When I was here, jeans were not allowed in the classroom because some of us were not wearing the best quality jeans. In regard to hairstyles for the guys, facial hair was not allowed.  There were rules on hair length and dress length for women. Those things have changed.

Also, we have a much larger minority population. Whether African-American or Asian-American, minority population has grown. We are more ethnically and racially diverse than we were when I was a student. ”

“What was your experience like when you were a student at TFC, and what was your favorite part of being a student?”

“I was a missions cross-cultural major, and I have told plenty of people over the years that I think we had the best experience. We were taught to be world Christians, not worldly Christians. We were encouraged to get out of the American evangelical box. I felt that my studies went along with the biblical training that we were learning, as well as the various liberal arts and other courses.

When I first came as a student, I knew no one. I was 800 miles away from my home in Buffalo, New York. It took a while to get to know fellow students.  I am very thankful for the foundation and experiences that I had here. You can benefit from both the good and the bad; both types of experiences shape you, hopefully for the better.”

“Were you here for the dam break? What was it like for you and how did it effect you?”

“I was not in Toccoa at the time of the dam break. After my sophomore year, which ended in the spring of ’77, my fiancée and I decided that it would be better for me to drop out of school temporarily so that we could get married and I could work while she finished her nursing degree. The school that she was attending was in Fayetteville, North Carolina, 300 miles away. We planned to move back to Toccoa after she graduated so that I could finish my degree as well. Though we were not living in Toccoa at the time, we did come back several times to visit before November of 1977. In fact, my wife’s parents were living in the trailer park on campus because her dad was taking classes at the school. We knew a good number of students who were attending TFC at the time of the dam break, and we were here visiting no less than 3 weeks before the tragedy occurred. We came back the day after it happened, but we were not allowed to cross the bridge.  We knew a good number of the folks that had been killed, as well as the families.

One of my good friends, Jerry Brittan, was killed in the basement of Forrest hall. Jerry was from Western New York, and, since he did not have a car, he and I drove my car to New York several times. His room was where the Communications Department is now, and he was not able to make it out the night of the flood. A number of people that my wife’s family knew were killed in the flood as well. Thankfully, my wife’s parents survived the flood. The flood waters actually carried their trailer, rather than crushing it. After the flood, we stayed in Toccoa for a couple of days and visited some folks. It is hard to believe that this fall it will be 40 years ago since it happened.”

Toccoa Falls is thankful to hear from Professor Jalovick on his experience and vision at the school.

 

 

 

 

Screaming Eagles Baseball 2017

Toccoa Falls Athletics have been through a whirlwind of change over the last few years. It is common that athletes transfer in or out, but the athletic department has seen a surge of coaching turnover the last few years. The Screaming Eagles are in their first season under Head Baseball coach, Jeff Mullikin, and have struggled thus far. The program brought in more than thirty recruits this year, but have not been able to find the chemistry needed to win games. It is evident, even from the stands, that there is frustration about the seasons turnout. However, there is hope on the horizon according to Senior Team leader Nathan Stanley.

I spoke with Nathan about what the team needs to turn the season around, what are some positive things the team is doing, and the major area of improvement needed.

Nathan says, “The major factor in turning the team around is constant support from players, staff, and the student body. I have played sports my entire life, and I know how frustrating it can be to play on a team that has no support from players or fans. It is demoralizing playing in front of home crowd that does not cheer or support.” The Toccoa Falls fans have been extremely supportive and the team is looking forward to continued support from students, staff, and family members.

In spite of their lackluster record, there are good signs from a very, young team. Stanley talked positively by saying, “There are good things to be said about this team. The guys love each other and compete hard every day at practice to get better. We challenge each other on and off the field.” It is great to hear that the team pushes each other on the field, but their off-field chemistry is going to play a major factor in their success.  

According to Stanley, the one area that still has not clicked for the Screaming Eagles this season is the mental aspect. He explains, “As a team, we need to realize that each day is an opportunity to build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over. Our mental aspect of the game needs to improve as we begin to head towards conference play.”

Whether it is mental toughness, team chemistry, or just bad luck that is plaguing the Screaming Eagles Baseball team, there is no doubt that they are working frantically to figure it out. They have played opponents well, but have not been able to close out games. It will be interesting to see how things progress as conference play gets into full swing. If nothing else, there is optimism in the voice of one of the team leaders. Nathan continues to see the positive by stating, “As we are gearing toward beginning conference play, we expect to get on a hot streak. The last week, we have played top tier opponents and played them well. With our team chemistry and mental capacity for the game expanding, there is nothing but bright horizons ahead.”