The PioSphere Weekly Forecast: 11-26-12

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Women’s basketball grabbed its first win of the season over Adrian on Saturday led by a career-high 28 points from sophomore guard Nicole Coffman. Coffman not only topped all scoring but also dished out 3 assists and grabbed 5 steals.

Matchup of the Week: This Wednesday at 7pm men’s basketball heads to Danville to take on the rival Centre Colonels. Both teams will enter the contest with a 2-2 record, but the Pioneers are coming off two straight wins and will look to build their streak. With a veteran team (including seven seniors) Transy has a strong chance to take the first of the two matchups between the interstate rivals.

Player to Watch: Senior Barrett Meyer leads the men’s basketball team in points so far this season mainly through the strength of his three-point shooting. That range will be essential Wednesday night at Centre if the team hopes to be successful on this tough road challenge.

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The PioSphere: What to Watch for in the Week Ahead

PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Matchup of the Week: Men’s soccer looks to continue its six-game winning streak and remain undefeated in conference play facing Franklin College at home Wednesday.  Coming off a decisive 4-1 win against Manchester University on Saturday, led by a hat-trick from Junior Christian King, the Pioneers will seek similar results against the Grizzlies at 7pm Wednesday.

Player to Watch: Junior Meghan Bowers of Transylvania Women’s Volleyball.  The 6’0” Bowers is coming off a 12-kill outing on Saturday against Anderson University and the Pioneers will need another strong performance at Defiance on Saturday if they hope to remain unbeaten in HCAC play.

McLean’s service endorsed

The Rambler, which began publishing in 1915 as the Crimson-Rambler, has had a varying history. For the past four years, however, The Rambler has enjoyed immense success (as evident by scores of intercollegiate press awards, including 30 this year alone), and while she’ll defer accepting any credit, this is thanks in large part to Student Media Adviser Terri McLean.

McLean, who was the first person with the primary designation of Transylvania’s student media adviser, recently announced that she’ll be leaving the university with “mixed feelings.”

Student Media Adviser Terri McLean has instructed Rambler staffers for four years.

“I fell in love with Transy when my son walked into Old Morrison in 2002 on a visit,” said McLean. “On a board in President Shearer’s office, was scribbled ‘Welcome Brad McLean. President Shearer would like to meet you.’”

In addition to advising The Rambler staff members on how to become better journalists, McLean also oversees The Crimson, Transy’s yearbook, and she assists in the public relations office by writing faculty and alumni profiles.

McLean brought an exuberant and contagious amount of enthusiasm to the position, in addition to over 20 years of experience. Before coming to Transy she worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader from 1980 to 2001, after which she worked as a freelance journalist and high school journalism teacher. Then, in 2008, Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Relations Sarah Emmons approached McLean with the idea of becoming media advisor.

“I like to say that the job of student media adviser fell into my lap…Sarah called and asked if I was interested in the job. The interesting thing was, at that time The Rambler had ceased to publish and was in a state of flux,” McLean said.

The state of flux didn’t last long, as McLean quickly came on board and resurrected the paper.

“In a couple of weeks we had a staff of seven to get us started. The only qualification was desire – desire to give students a voice on campus,” said McLean.

With the help and advice of McLean, The Rambler has grown well beyond the staff of seven and maintained a consistent campus presence. During her tenure, McLean saw the volunteer-only, tightly staffed weekly newspaper of Transy receive over sixty awards from the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association.

On a personal note, McLean has impacted my life more than any other person on this campus. Her love for journalism – for finding the truth and light in every story – has rubbed off on me and shaped my future. I’ve spent more one-on-one time with her learning, hands on, about writing than anyone else. In addition to teaching me, she has been a friend and an advocate who would put herself on the line to defend what we both knew was right.

In her own words, McLean calls it the “greatest privilege to mentor some of the most accomplished students and watch them grow as student journalists and as people.”

The true privilege, however, belongs to the staffs of The Rambler and broader campus community. McLean, with her office in the basement of a men’s dorm, isn’t the most visible person on this campus, but the positive effect she leaves behind will affect students for years to come.

I am proud to offer her this, my final endorsement as managing editor.

Opinion Section For Dummies

Editorial

As the editorial board, we decided that our first priority this semester is to ensure that our readers understand the aim and tools of an opinion page.  In the words of Rachele Kanigel, an assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, a good opinion section is “a virtual town square for your college community”.  In this town square, there are different voices being expressed and different ways to express your voice, and you will find that reading the opinion section to be much more satisfying if you know who is saying what and how they’re saying it.  Read more of this post

Campus Media Needs Support

You may dismiss this editorial for being shameless self-promotion—and you might be right (after all, we are our own best cheerleaders). We have, however, a greater purpose than self-promotion; we urge the Transylvania community to support and participate in its campus media. Read more of this post

Student Publications Finds New Home in Old 1780 Space

by Shannon Baldo
Web Editor

With the reinvention of the 1780 Cafe in the newly finished Thomson Hall, the spot it previously held has been transformed into a new Student Publications Office. The space now offers headquarters for the Crimson, the Transylvanian, and the Rambler. Read more of this post

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