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National Editor for Days (Will Obert)

On Thursday February 9, 2012, Bellarmine was fortunate enough to be graced by the presence of one Mr. Sam Sifton, the National Editor for the New York Times.  He spoke to whoever wanted to attend during free period and his crow was rather substantial compared to other “crowds” there has been for other speakers.  Most of the audience consisted of students, however, there was a good handful of “outside the Bellarmine community” guests as well.  Folks from the Courier Journal and local news stations came to our very campus to listen to Mr. Sifton and hopefully gain some tips that would aid them in becoming a better journalist and reporter.

Being the Communications Major that I am, I happened to be very intrigued by Sifton’s talk and found myself really and truly listening to what he was saying.  Seeing as how I am writing constantly for my classes as well as writing/editing numerous articles for the beloved Concord every week; I discovered that I was listening very intently to our guest speaker.

Fortunately for me, being one of the editors of the school newspaper has its perks and I was allowed to schedule an interview with Sam Sifton and talk to him one on one.   Though he is a Harvard graduate, Mr. Sifton was not what you would expect from someone of that stature.  He was extremely personable and not the somewhat expected Ivy League “nerd”.  During my interview, the National Editor was very concerned with responding to the Tweets he had received during the talk as well as the Tweets received after his talk concluded.  He is extremely into social media and thinks that social media is the future of the newspaper industry.

When I finally got Mr. Sifton to “simmer down” and focus on the task at hand, I found that he was a great person to talk to.  One question that I asked him was if Obamacare will play a factor in the 2012 upcoming election.  He responded by saying that he has to remain indifferent on issues concerning politics because of his career, however, he does believe it will be a large issue concerning Mitt Romney and “Romneycare”.  After just one political-centered question, I realized that he didn’t particularly want to talk politics and just started conversing with him.  We talked for about ten minutes about his life and career aspirations when he was in college and that transitioned into him asking about my aspirations as a journalist.  Upon the conclusion of my interview, I informed Sifton that I would be in NYC in March with two other Concord editors for a journalism conference and he told me to contact him when we arrived to get a tour of The New York Times office on Times Square; that’s super legit.

Though Sifton’s talk was said to cover the upcoming election and The New York Times role in covering the campaign process, he didn’t actually discuss the topic at hand very much.  The majority of his talk dealt with how he got the position he is in now and what you need to do as a journalist to be successful.  Mr. Sifton was allotted a whole hour for his talk but only talked for about twenty-five minutes before opening up the floor for questions with no limitations.  His demeanor was extremely lax and quite humorous if I do say so myself.  The New York Times National Editor is a person just like you and me, however, he happens to have a pretty “gnar” job.


Knight of Honor Court (Chelsea Ancona)

Every year, ten Bellarmine students are selected to serve as the Knight of Honor Homecoming Court. These students are selected through an application process and represent Bellarmine in positive, well-rounded manner.

Knight of Honor is a way to recognize ten seniors who represent Bellarmine in a positive manner. They excel in and out of school by succeeding in academics, on campus involvement and volunteer and service work in the community. These students are role models to fellow Bellarmine students and exemplify a well-rounded student through their involvement.

The students for the 2012 Knight of Honor were recently selected and will be honored throughout the week as well as at Saturday’s Homecoming game against Kentucky Wesleyan College. This year’s students consist of Jovan Andjelich, Luke Sprague, Megan Lilly, Caitlyn Walsh, Kayla Theisen, Victoria Meiers, Paige Wills, Kandice Ford, Katie Kannon and Chelsea Ancona.

All of these students went through an application process consisting of an essay and an interview. These students have participated in many different organizations both in and out of Bellarmine.

Jovan serves as the Student Government President, Megan is the Bellarmine Activities Council president and Katie is the Knights Nation president. Luke is a part of the 2011 NCAA Division II Basketball National Champion team. He was recently named to the five-member Capital One Academic All-District IV Team for NCAA Division II. Caitlyn was the president for the CREW orientation team and Kayla is currently in the Doctorate Physical Therapy Program. Victoria has been on the Cross Country and Track teams and has participated in the Admissions Hall Host program. Paige has held internships with the Kentucky Derby Museum, AT & T Kentucky Derby Festival Morning Line Radio Show and currently, Baptist East Hospital. Kandice currently serves as a class representative for the Student Government Association as well as the online editor for the Bellarmine Concord. Chelsea is a part of the Bellarmine Activites Council and has held internships with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and currently, Thorntons Inc.

The Knight of Honor court will be recognized at the Scarlett Fever Homecoming event on Thursday evening. They are provided dinner prior to the Homecoming dance on Friday evening at the Seelbach Hotel.

The students will also be honored on the court during half-time of the Men’s Basketball Game this Saturday. During the recognition ceremony at the game, two students will be knighted based on the votes of their classmates. Students can vote for two of the Knight of Honor candidates to be knighted. The knighted students will be knights by President McGowan or Dr. Rhodes and will receive a small scholarship as well.

To vote for the Knight of Honor Court, go to the myBellarmine page and cast your vote. Voting closes on Friday, Feb. 17 at 9am.


Ben Sollee Concert (Chelsea Ancona)

The tennis courts were transformed into a concert stage for singer and songwriter, Ben Sollee, on Feb. 11. The Bellarmine Activities Council welcomed Sollee for Bellarmine students as well as the community.

Ben Solle is a Kentucky native who has had a passion for music since his childhood. He was raised in Lexington and began playing the cello in the fourth grade. His parents were very supportive of his music career and encouraged him to pursue it.

Sollee became well-known when he was a backup musician before he launched a songwriting career in 2008.

Sollee received his first big break as a member of the Sparrow Quartet, an acoustic group that also featured vocalist Abigail Washburn, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and violinist Casey Driessen. He had already written some of his own songs, but joined the group regardless.

They toured the world, visited Tibet at the behest of the U.S. State Department, and released several recordings. Sollee was named one of the Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year in 2007 by NPR’s Morning Edition. One year later, he released an EP of his own material, “If You’re Gonna Lead My Country,” and followed it with a full-length album named “Learning to Bend.”

The Bellarmine Activites Council Concerts Committee was very excited to bring Sollee to the Bellarmine community.

BAC Concerts Co-chair, Caitlyn Walsh, said, “We thought he would attract a lot of Bellarmine students as well as the outside community. He has a big following in the Lexington and Louisville area.”

Sollee brought along Justin Lewis, who is also a musician. Sollee played a 90 minute show for the audience, who were very pleased with the show.

Senior Ali Greenwell said, “I loved Ben’s performance. His music is so unique, but yet powerful. His songs have a positive message behind their meaning, and it is evident that he has a passion for music.”

Sollee is most commonly known for his talent of the cello. He was recently featured on CNN for his talent and enjoys travelling to share his music with his fans. Through his music, he tries to encourage people to be the ones who make changes in the world, respect their planet and accomplish their dreams.

Several hundred guests attended the concert. A lot of fans purchased merchandise after the show and waited to get autographs and photographs with Sollee.

Although this was Sollee’s first performance on tennis courts, he was very pleased with Bellarmine for making him feel at home, and he was even more pleased with the support he received from the individuals who attended.

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