Upcoming Junior/Senior Banquet 2017!

The annual Junior/Senior Banquet is one of Toccoa Falls College’s most treasured and anticipated events. It is the last big get together for the graduating class, and the initiation of the juniors into their new place of seniority. It is always a pleasure to attend these events, but the stage has been set this year for, what could be, the most wonderfully intense Jr./Sr. banquet TFC has ever put together. Let me explain.

This past Saturday’s Classapalooza was a dazzling display of random athleticism, dumb luck, and unlikely upsets, but the final scoreboard revealed a troubling problem. The junior class and senior class ended the day in an unprecedented TIE. Yes, a tie. Now we all know that if buck-buck had been counted in the final tally the senior class no doubt would have taken the cake, but that was not the case (no bitterness about it). The juniors started the day strong with a huge win in beach volleyball, but the seniors rallied late to win both super slider kick ball, and dizzy soccer. It was an amazing day, but the important question remains. What will the tie breaker be?

Here are the facts. On May 5th at 7:00pm the gates will open and the event of the year will begin. It is taking place at Larkins Sawmill in Greenville, South Carolina. There is no better place than a sawmill to decide the fate of Classapalooza 2017. The clock is ticking down for the day that could revolutionize the Junior/Senior Banquet experience for years to come. I am not sure that anything like this has ever happened before, or that anything like this will ever happen again. This is a cannot miss event.

Several SGA members have been communicating what this tie breaker will look like. The Student Government has done an incredible job for putting on amazing events this school year, and I am sure that they could not have imagined that something like this would happen. They have shown tremendous leadership, creativity, and thoughtfulness while serving our student body and I am genuinely grateful for that. Thank you SGA!   

Remember: This event is a formal event, and is designed for community and fellowship. While there may be some type of misplaced pride at stake, this is a time to enjoy the company of fellow classmates. Jr./Sr. is important for the student body to appreciate the hard work of graduating Seniors, and acknowledge the future success of aspiring Juniors. Do not let the heart of competition (whatever that looks like) ruin the beauty of the Jr./Sr. experience. With that being said, show up ready for amazing food, fellowship, and (more than likely) dancing. Study hard over the next few days and then come celebrate the end of another wonderful year! Cannot wait to see you there!

Meet Your 2017/2018 ARDs

As the end of the school year approaches and summer shines into view, plans are already being made for the 2017/2018 school year.  In the midst of chaos, cramming, and cups of coffee, faculty and staff are hard at work in order to make next school year even more fantastic and exciting than the present one. One change that takes place annually is the picking of Assistant Resident Assistants. These special people assist Resident Directors behind the scenes in order to guarantee a fun and thriving environment for on campus students. Below is an introduction to your 2017/18 ARDs – Anna Claire Harrison (Fant/LT), Wesley Lavrinc (Forrest), and Julia Raymer (Terraces).

Anna Claire Harrison

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What motivated you to apply for the ARD position?

This past year I got to be an RA on Fant 2 and had an incredible year being a part of young women’s lives. I truly believe in Residence Life and the community it aspires to create. Being an active member in community is an essential part of spiritual formation- learning how to bear one another’s burdens, give grace when it is inconvenient, and love one another even when it is messy. Our RA’s and RD’s have a difficult job practicing these things, so I applied for the ARD position knowing that by serving behind the scenes in indirect ways, I can set up other people for victories. I heard it best said in terms of the famous painter Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo would have been a glorified house painter had it not been for the man who made scaffolding in which Michelangelo might paint from. While his job was not glamorous it was certainly essential in lifting viewers eyes towards the depiction of the gospel.

What is the most exciting thing about this position?

Getting to know next year’s RA’s. They are seriously amazing, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses their individual gifts and passions to love and serve their hall, celebrate the big and small victories, and learn to lean into one another during the hard times.

What are three things about you that are interesting?

I love the outdoors and backpacking. Forget long walks on the beach, let’s take a hike under the trees with some squirrels. I took a gap year in between high school and college and spent half the year in Turkey. I hope to one day live overseas again. My favorite food is my momma’s guacamole (no other, it must be made by her hands). If I was trapped on an island and could only eat one food- it would be that heavenly avocado spread.

Wes Lavrinc

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What motivated you to apply for the ARD position?

My main motivation to apply for the ARD position was being able to develop an even deeper relationship with the Resident Director of Forrest Hall, Saylo Lor. He has been extremely influential in my life over the past two years and the opportunity to work side-by-side with him was something I did not want to miss. Also, I know just how valuable of a position the ARD is in supporting the RAs, and I wanted to directly pour into their lives in the same way that Daniel Nally, the first ARD in the history of Forrest Hall, supported me this year.

What is the most exciting thing about this position?

The most exciting thing about this position is that it is a great opportunity to exercise servant leadership in ways that often go unseen by the public. So much goes on behind the scenes that residents do not see that make things here on campus run smoother and far more enjoyable. It is exciting to have a chance to play a part in that.

What are three things about you that are interesting?

The first interesting thing about me is that I love whistling and have been told that I am not too shabby at it. The second interesting thing about me it that I love sports and always thought that I would end up being some sort of professional athlete. God had other plans. Finally, I believe that God has called me overseas (no idea where yet) to do evangelism, biblical and theological training, and church planting.

Julia Raymer
12074669_934376373290349_1397589191837853592_nWhat motivated you to apply for the ARD position?

I applied for ARD because I have loved serving residents as an RA for the last two years, and I wanted to continue to use my experience to benefit students living on campus.

What is the most exciting thing about this position?

I’m excited to see a different side of TFC, to work behind the scenes, and get my hands dirty.

What are three things about you that are interesting?

I love bunnies, tea, and good books.

Mr. TFC 2017!

This past Friday evening, students gathered into Grace Chapel at 8:00 P.M. to watch Mr. TFC. Each year, SGA hosts a competitive event between male representatives from each class. The four selected by the school were assigned to compete in different mindless and silly games that kept the audience laughing the entire hour and a half of the show. The games simply consisted of pure entertainment and hilarious talents. John Thar, Student Body President, and Stephen King cleverly hosted the show that boasted a sense of energy and excitement.

First introduced was freshman representative David Ramirez. As he rushed into Grace Chapel, he pretended that he was running a race. While dramatic music was playing in the background, he ran in slow motion down the aisle. At the end, two students held a banner while Ramirez crashed through and thankfully avoided tragedy. The crowd cheered, as he hopped onto the stage ready for action.

Wes Lavrinc, sophomore representative, was dressed in black with a crazy hairstyle and sunglasses. He came in with a sly walk down to catchy tune while everyone laughed at the dance he performed on stage. It was hilarious!

Dani Maxey, aka “Grilled-cheese Papi,”represented the junior class as he made his famous grilled cheese for the judges. Rolling around on his hover board definitely created laughs that filled the night.

Last, but not least, senior representative, Max Lawrence, marched toward the stage with a TFC flag in hand along with a crew of men dressed in black and white. Lawrence certainly displayed magnificent talent as he was recognized as The Chocolate Fantasy.

The representatives of each class faced each other in a plethora of competitions involving the best pick-up lines, most creative makeup artists, and a unique talent. Lavrinc’s pickup line, “Hey girl, I’ll be the Ahab to your Jezebel” or Lawrence’s dance to the classic “Jump On It” gave the audience an irresistible thrill. Other events like David’s song about TFC, tarantulas, giraffes, xylophones, and other random things or Dani falling off his hover board simply showed that the men at TFC can be quite talented and amusing.

At the end of the show, Thar and King gave the competitors one last competition. They told each representative to take off one sock and hand it to the next man. With confused looks, they did as they were told and waited in anticipation. Afterwards they had to drink a soda filtered through the sock. Whoever finished the soda first, won! Max downed the can extremely fast and smashed it to the ground. The guys seemed troubled by the task, but they completed it without hesitancy.

As the judges handed in their votes for the winner, Thar proclaimed that Dani Maxey won Mr. TFC! Last years winner, Seth Vanhorn, arrived on the stage crowning Maxi and dubbing him with the campus’s famous, golden plunger.

At the end, Maxey screamed “juniors!!” as the crowd cheered. Congratulations Dani for winning this years Mr. TFC!

 

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.”

Sadie Hawkins: March Masquerade

Grab a dance partner as quick as you can, ladies, because this March, SGA will be hosting a spring Sadie Hawkins dance. This event, open to all students, is a great way to meet new people, form relationships, and have fun with the entire campus.

This year’s theme is March Masquerade. The celebration will include dance music, colorful decorations, and even a parade float holding a variety of chips and dips. This event will be a great way for everyone on campus to step outside of their comfort zone and find that it is rewarded with new friendships.

SGA is going off of the success of this event from previous years. Already, students of TFC have been coming up with creative ways to ask their dates to the Sadie Hawkins. Mandy Silker of SGA, with a piece of chocolate and a bag of Bugles, told her friend, “It would be sweet if you would boogie woogie bugle boy with me at the Sadie Hawkins”. Other proposals around campus have strangely involved food puns, including “Will you tagalong with me to Sadie Hawkins,” made by Rachel Johnson or “I know it’s cheesy, but it would be grate if you would go to Sadie Hawkins with me”. Students have commented on how impressed they are with the ladies of TFC for not shying away.

Heavenly Dacus, Campus Life Chair for SGA, shared her vision and excitement for this year’s Sadie Hawkins. Heavenly wants to offer a dance that the entire student body can enjoy each semester. “Christmas banquet is normally the only dance open to the entire student body. Junior Senior is a place to celebrate the achievements of the upperclassman,” she explains. “I think that it is an important aspect of life, however, I wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to celebrate together”. Based off of student’s great memories from previous years, the Sadie Hawkins is definitely an event that everyone on campus can be involved in and enjoy.

Tickets go on sale next week in the Student Center. Grab yours between 12-2 PM for $3 a person. The dance takes place on March 3rd in Gate Cottage from 7:30 – 10:00 PM. Students are encouraged to create and wear colorful masks, but a mask isn’t required for the event. Attire is anywhere from casual to casual formal, so come in what you want! It’s going to be a good time and SGA can’t wait to see you there.