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Bugs and pests are common in many college dorms. Recently rumors
of scabies and bedbugs in Spragins Hall began popping up in
students' day-to-day conversations. According to LuAnn Baker,
Director of Health and Wellness, a few cases of scabies came to
her attention just after Service Day.
occurs when microscopic mites, Sarcoptes scabiei, burrow
under the skin to lay their eggs. These invaders trigger the
body's immune response, often causing as a very itchy rash. The
cases reported at Lyon are of the first type of scabies:
classified as normal and easily treated with a prescription
cream. The second type, referred to as “crusted” scabies, is
more difficult to treat and has yet to appear on campus.
having mites burrowing under your skin may be ‘creepy’ to some,
Baker urged students not to panic. Treatment basically starves
the mites for a few days, says Baker. In addition to seeing a
doctor and applying the proper medication, Baker emphasized that
all clothes and bed sheets of a scabies patient must be washed
in hot water to get rid of the mites. Lyon's dorm washing
machines are capable of doing the job.
also confirmed that bed bugs have appeared in Spragins.
little devils. I think of them as mosquitoes without wings,
[since they feed on blood]” said Baker.
World War II, DDT was used to annihilate bed bugs. However, with
the 1972 ban of this chemical, bed bugs are back.
“It's becoming a
bigger and bigger problem, especially in cities,” said Baker.
One reason for the
resurgence is frequent travel that increases customer turnover
in hostels and hotel rooms. The bugs often hitch a ride on
luggage, so Baker suggests placing luggage up and off of the
floor when students travel and when they return to their dorm
bugs love hiding in various nooks and crannies of a room: behind
light switches, under carpets, and, of course, under mattresses
and box springs. Even if you haven't actually seen bed bugs in
your room, they do leave telling evidence. According to Baker,
bed bugs often bite in a straight line, leaving a row of red
bumps on the skin. Bed bugs also leave pepper-like excrement on
fabrics, such as bed sheets.
you can't treat bed bugs with a simple trip to the doctor, Lyon
does have a contact for pest control that sent a visiting bed
bug specialist last year to campus. According to Baker, the
specialist taught maintenance exactly how to get rid of bed
only scabies and bed bugs have appeared in a few isolated cases,
Baker notes that communal living can cause both of these to
“Come to see me
first,” Baker asks students.
As the school
nurse, she makes appointments for students to visit doctors and,
in the case of bed bugs, alerts the proper authorities to take
care of such problems. Also, she is compiling a no-nonsense
list of what to do in case of the these specific problems.
information about scabies and bed bugs, LuAnn Baker recommends
A Tribute to the Lyon
By Ashley Bruno
Pets are an essential part of many families. When
students leave for Lyon College, they must leave behind their
own beloved animals in order to pursue their education. Students
living on campus may have only fish as pets, as stated in the
Fish are fine and dandy, but they lack the interaction of
Students recently became excited with the appearance
of two stray dogs on campus. Students gave these two dogs
various names, but among the most common were Skeletor and
He-Man, from the popular cartoon “He-Man and the Master of the
Universe.” Many students were seen feeding and playing with
They stayed on the campus for almost three weeks
before being taken to the Humane Society of Independence County.
Kim Hinds-Brush, Director of Resident Life, stated that she
received calls from people concerned not only for the health of
students but also for the well-being of the dogs. People were
feeding the dogs, but no one was responsible for bathing them or
getting them the proper shots. Beyond this, the Student
Handbook also states that “the feeding of stray animals is...
prohibited” for on-campus residents (p. 64). Also, someone
alerted Independence County Animal Control. Had Animal Control
taken the dogs, they might have been euthanized. Thankfully,
the Humane Society was able to accept them.
“I loved the dogs, too; I even had treats for
them,” said Hinds-Brush. However, for their health, the dogs
needed a more secure environment. Hopefully a new owner will
find them at the Humane Society so they can live happy lives
full of love in a permanent home.
Fwd: Bob Qualls
As you may
have noticed, you can find your Lyon email inbox has one
name that seems to constantly appear—Mr. Bob Qualls,
director of Public Relations. Last year, Lyon passed a
policy which states “Any e-mail message directed to
[Faculty, Staff, and Students] must be sent to [Qualls]
for approval.” Lyon created the policy to stop students
from sending commercial emails to advertise student
sales or off-campus organizations.
required to check every email he receives and forward it
on to faculty, staff, or students. This uses up a lot of
Qualls’s time. When students, faculty, and staff reply,
they sometimes send their e-mails to Qualls and not the
original sender, which also takes up much of Qualls
time. He must then forward it on to the correct
recipient or inform the sender who they need to contact.
proposed to revise the policy. The new policy would
restore the right for anyone to send out mass emails, so
long as it pertains to the internal audience and does
not promote off-campus or non-Lyon oriented events or
organizations. If someone were to violate this policy,
he would be warned. If he continued, he would lose his
right to mass e-mail.
said, “This is how it should have been.”
Most of the
emails he receives are forwarded on—only about 1% of
emails are denied. If passed, the new policy will allow
Public Relations to monitor the e-mails for violations
but not nearly as strict as before. Qualls would then
have time to work on other aspects of his job rather
than dealing with e-mails that may not even concern him.
Outdoor Program at Lyon
By Scott Campbell
Scott Dirksen, Director of Outdoor Recreation and
sat down with the Highlander to discuss the new Outdoor
Recreation and Education Program this year at Lyon
College. As this is his first year at Lyon, he is
dealing with a brand new program and there are obviously
some hurdles to overcome this year.
The Highlander's first question was, “What is your
ultimate goal for the outdoor program?” After a few
seconds of pondering, he responded that by the end of
the semester, he wishes to increase awareness of the
program, it’s goals, and what it offers to the students,
faculty, and staff.
How is Dirksen planning on accomplishing this task?
Already the program is developing a logo and sign so
that the office will be easier to locate as well as to
make its namesake more official. A website has also been
created, accessible at
where interested parties may look up future events.
They also list on the website all forms of gear that may
be rented from the office. In order to rent gear,
students can either stop by the office, Dirksen is most
often found there on Tuesday afternoons, or send an
email to set up an appointment.
Those who are inclined to climb may rent climbing shoes,
a bouldering chalk back, or crash pads. Students,
faculty, and staff will also find backpacks, sleeping
bags, sleeping pads, tents, stoves, backpack cookware,
head lamps, and foldable tables available if they plan
to stay the night or require hiking supplies. Students
can also borrow bikes, Frisbees for disc golf, ultimate
Frisbee cones, and kites. However, people may only rent
these items if they not in use for an event.
The program has already held some events. On October 2nd
Dirksen and five students went to the Sylamore District
Ozark Trail, where they hiked a total of ten miles over
the course of two days. The next available trip will
take place on November 6th at the Jamestown
Crag for a day of rockclimbing.
The program also intends to start troop leadership
courses or seminars for students planning on leading
hiking trips or other expeditions into the wilderness.
Anyone planning a trip should visit the library
available at the program's office, where literature can
be found on just about anything related to the outdoors.
O’ Lyon Bloody Lyon!
September 28th and 29th, the
American Red Cross hosted a blood drive in the Lower
Union of Edwards Commons. Several lab-coated
professionals took the blood of many Lyon students,
staff and faculty. On the first day, they collected 62
units of blood. By the second day, they had collected a
total 119 units, surpassing their goal of 100 units.
Jessica Soule and Lauren Holt were a few in the long
line of students the technicians had yet to approve for
waiting to be approved, Junior Emily Carter experienced
unexpected anxiety. It was the first time she had ever
given blood. Fortunately, Carter trumped her nerves and
managed to save a few lives.
was fun,” Carter exclaimed after giving blood, “It
wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.”
students even went out to recruit others. Junior Lighla
Whitson and senior Nina McCoy went around campus asking
students to donate. Both girls tried to make sure
everyone “just sitting around” on campus was aware of
the potential to save lives by educating them on the
benefits of giving blood.
student who donates blood, they save three to six lives
and simultaneously receive a free t-shirt and snack.
about his favorite part of donating his blood to
complete strangers, Senior John Sharp said, “I like
added, “And saving lives at the same time,” while
gnawing away at a chewy oatmeal raisin cookie.
students for reaching the goal of 100 units of blood,
Sodexo sponsored a sundae bar on October 6th
in the cafeteria.
The Best Deals in Batesville
living can be rough on your bank account, as any Lyon
student knows. After tuition, room and board,
textbooks, and, well, life, your wallet may contain
little besides your ID card. However, the Highlander
has gone undercover a quizzical young woman to bring you
the best deals in Batesville.
Mazzios: Monday Buffet
(pizza, salad, and a drink) $6.00
Elizabeth's Restaurant and
Noodle Bowl (beef or
10% discount AND
special “college” menu
All-you-Can-Eat Spaghetti (with unlimited
Pulled Pork Sandwich (with
chips and a drink)
Pulled Pork Sandwich (with
chips and a drink)
Pulled Pork Sandwich (with
chips and a drink)
Pulled Pork Sandwich (with
chips and a drink)
Pulled Pork Sandwich (with
chips and a drink)
In addition to this, many of the restaurants in
Batesville have weekly specials. Josie's at the
Lockhouse, El Acapulco, Natalies, and Kelley-Wyatts
Restaurant all feature revolving weekly specials. For
those late-night pizza cravings, Larry's Pizza is
currently hosting a deal: one large single-topping pizza
and a large drink for $10.99. Also, for all of you
Morningside Coffee House fans, next week Morningside
plans to start offering soups again; they will add a
soup and bread lunch special for $4.50 and a soup and
sandwich special for $6.50 to their menu, in addition to
their current lunch special (sandwich and a drink for
Lyon College also
boasts a long list of “Lyon League” members. Businesses
that belong to the Lyon League offer discounts to Lyon
College students, provided you have your ID card handy.
For a complete list, visit
The Phi's Love to Dance
By Stephanie Hupp
Saturday, October 2nd, Phi Mu hosted their 13th
annual Dance Marathon from noon until midnight in the
Lower Union. Dance Marathon is Phi Mu’s philanthropy
event to raise money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital
(ACH) and Children’s Miracle Network. This year, Dance
Marathon’s theme was “Phi Mu’s Best Dance Crew,” based
upon the popular television show “America’s Best Dance
Before the event, members of Phi Mu sent letters to
family, friends, and businesses in their hometowns to
ask for donations. They also went to local businesses
in Batesville asking for donations and visited students'
dorm rooms requesting loose change. Donations also
included food and gift items, which they gave away
during a raffle at the marathon. So far, Phi Mu has
raised approximately $3,000, and with donations still
coming in, Phi Mu hopes to exceed last year’s earnings
Dr. Bube, W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion, spoke
at the event about his experience with ACH, his
daughter, Belinda Bube, having been a frequent patient
due to a cleft palate. Dr. Bube stressed the important
work that ACH does and said he appreciated the Phi Mu
sisters for hosting this fundraiser.
Phi Mu began the marathon with dancing and games.
Throughout the evening, patrons watched the movie
“Step-Up” while the sisters performed skits using props,
such as masks, hats, hula hoops, and chairs. Lyon
College faculty and staff judged the skits much like the
judges on “America’s Best dance Crew.” Dr. John
Weinzierl, Associate Professor of History, Dr. Tim
Lindblom, Associate Professor of Biology, Kim
Hinds-Brush, Resident’s Life Director, and Dr. Martha
Beck, Professor of Philosophy made up the four judges.
Then Phi Mu held the raffle, giving away prizes that
included fast food coupons, purses, and various other
The highlight of the evening was Revelation, a tradition
for the Phi Mu sorority. During Revelation, the Phi Mu
provisional memembers, or “Phis,” discovered their “Big” sisters in
the sorority. After Revelation, the band “Silver
Service,” from Batesville's Rocktober Fest, performed as
the sisters danced into the night.
Shirts from Dance Marathon are still available for
purchase. Phi Mu will be selling t-shirts ($15) at lunch
until next week. Students can also contact Whitney
Simpson if interested in buying a t-shirt.
Keith Ratzlaff Visits Lyon
Keith Ratzlaff, a poet, performed a reading at Lyon on
Tuesday, October 5th. Ratzlaff is a professor
at Central College in Iowa, where he also teaches with
his wife. Ratzlaff has published four books of poetry,
his most recent being Then, a Thousand Crows.
Ratzlaff has received quite a few awards. In 1996, his
book Man under a Pear Tree received the Robert
Dana Prize for Poetry.
reading, Ratzlaff presented a variety of his poems and a
borrowed poem including “Dill,” “Howling Dog,” and
“September.” After he finished the reading, he answered
a few questions from the audience.
attendee asked, “What inspires you?” Ratzlaff answered
that he is visually inspired and therefore must always
change up his study.
Service Day 2010 Re-Cap
McNamee, Frank and Marion Bradley Lyon Professor of
Accounting, and his freshman mentor group cleaned the
Batesville Community Theatre Building for Service Day on
September 28th. The six freshmen in his
mentor group spent three hours dusting, organizing, and
doing miscellaneous yard work.
The group gathered with other Service
Day volunteers at eight thirty in Brown Chapel for a
general assembly. Dr. Weatherman briefly explained the
point of Service Day and dismissed the volunteers to
their respective locations. McNamee’s group met with
Tommie McDonald, the Vice President of the Batesville
Community Theatre Board of Directors. She informed the
group the building serves solely as a storage place for
stage sets and costumes.
“We always intend to clean it up after
moving things here,” McDonald said, “I guess today’s
The group split up into two; half of
them worked indoors, and the other half worked outdoors.
Outside, the volunteers participated in common yard work
like raking leaves, sticks, and other debris. They also
cleared the yard of any items that belonged in the
garage and moved them to their rightful place.
Freshman Miracle Davis and her group
remained indoors. They spent the majority of their time
in the costume room organizing various pieces of
fabric. They organized them into boxes labeled lacey,
reds, blues, upholstery, dark large prints, etc. Once
they completed this task, they swept the area. Davis
moved into another room and came across an unkempt wood
slicer. McNamee offered the Shop-Vac to one of Davis’s
fellow volunteers, which increased the cleaning
Once each group finished cleaning, they
wore ridiculous hats from the costume room, McNamee
insisting he take a photo. McDonald snapped the picture
and thanked the volunteers for their help.
“We are so appreciative,” she said, “Not
only did you clean up quite a bit, you got us to work,
What Students Like About
By Amanda Midgett
Lyon College is a highly respected school in Arkansas as
well as in the nation. Lyon as a whole incorporates many
elements that appeal to students, such as its academic
prestige and honor code. After questioning students,
they revealed what they collectively value about Lyon.
Students mainly enjoy the relationships they
form with their professors. Some said that they enjoy
the one-on-one time that professors are able to give to
students, and others stated that they enjoy how quickly
professors remembered their names and how often students
could speak with professors outside of class. Zakary
Darrell stated, “A professor that doesn't even have me
in class, and has only met me once, remembered my name
right off the bat. I thought that was pretty awesome.”
Others said that the relaxed environment on
campus is also a great thing. Glory Dickson stated that
she enjoys the Adirondack chairs freely scattered around
Lyon's size is also important to students,
being a relatively small school in a Southern
community. As freshman Ashley Mott stated, this
environment breeds a closeness “where [students] won’t
be left... nameless [and] faceless.” It also provides a
smaller learning community where you actually get to
know the people in your class by name. In addition, the
size of the school makes it easier to form close
friendships and aids in keeping the campus safe.
Beyond this, students also value the diverse
student body that Lyon maintains despite its size. Lyon
students come from all over the United States, and Lyon
also boasts myriad international students.
Jessica Koon’s Advice on
Writing Papers for Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and
Make an outline. I know it sounds stupid, and that’s
what your high school teachers made you do. If you have
a list of sentences saying you want to write for every
paragraph and how you want to conclude your paper, you
won’t be awake at 2 o’clock wondering what on earth
you’re going to add to this paper to make it reach the
word count. Instead, you’ll be awake at 2 o’clock in
the morning because that is prime paper-writing time.
Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t an English major.
2.) If you can’t sum up your entire paper in one clear,
concise, and assertive sentence (your thesis), you
don’t actually have a paper.
3.) For some professors, the word count requirement on
the syllabus is more like a guideline than an
expectation. But that’s only for some professors.
Others will take your paper and count to make
sure you have every word. Try asking your fellow
students or other people who have had the class before
to see what the teacher expects on word counts. I have
a friend who once wrote 600 words for what was supposed
to be a 2000 word paper and still made an A. It really
can happen. Ask around. Most other students are more
than willing to give you advice on what to expect for a
4.) All the stories you’ve heard about what Dr. Boling
does to papers? Those aren’t stories made to scare
you—those are cold hard facts. And yes, you should be
5.) Don’t know what to write about? Try talking to your professors. Most
of them have been doing this long enough that they can
help guide you in the right direction. Some will even
help you start an outline. It’s why they have office
hours, after all.
6.) Different teachers expect different things. A paper written for Dr.
Tebbetts may not work for Dr. Beck. Again, try asking
your fellow students to get an idea of just what each
professor expects out of you.
7.) Get someone else to read your paper before you turn it in. This can
be your roommate, a tutor, or even a professor. Even
though you aren’t asking someone to correct every
grammatical mistake you’ve made, having someone else
read your paper can ultimately keep you from making a
fatal mistake. After all, what makes sense in your head
may not make sense in everyone else’s.
8.) It’s okay to take a break. Sometimes taking an hour off to go hang
out with friends and watch a movie can keep you from
getting too stressed. That said, make sure it’s just an
hour or so and not a full evening of partying. You do
have a paper to write, after all.
It’s okay to ask for an extension, but only if you have
a legit excuse. Having three papers due the same day is
a legit reason to ask for an extension. The fact that
it’s Chapel Walk is not.
Debate: Shooting Teams on Lyon Campus
Pro by Tiffany Thiessen
Con by Seth Madison
Shooting teams are a great asset to any school or club
across the board. Most shooting teams are provided by
schools and they provide many positives, including gun
education, school camaraderie, and discipline.
Education is key when it comes to guns. A
shooting team at Lyon would help provide education to
its participants, as well as people who are in general
just interested. Education teaches the mechanics of
guns; how they work, how they are cleaned, and their
uses. It also teaches people that guns are tools and not
weapons. They are something we use to accomplish a job,
and it’s important to each person who uses a gun to know
what its purpose is. The education would also highlight
safety. Safety is a concern to everyone when guns are
mentioned, but if we educate people on the precautions
used with guns, they will be safe. If Lyon offered a
team or club to students and faculty we would have the
opportunity to teach not only people who have been
exposed to guns, but also those who have never been
exposed. It could easily be a safe low pressure
environment for anyone to learn in.
School shooting teams provide teams and
school with camaraderie. Like any team, a shooting squad
provides a connection between its participants and its
fans, it could also do this for Lyon. The participants
will have to work for many hours to reach a common goal,
and this will build a connection. From my own
experiences, a shooting team builds camaraderie
differently than a regular team though. Shooting is a
physically exhausting sports as well as a mentally
exhausting sport, and it puts a lot on a single person,
so when each person comes together to encourage each
other to reach those goals, and they are reached it’s a
different kind of celebration for everyone on the team.
You have a single victory, but also a team victory all
at in one.
Shooting teaches discipline. Many sports to
claim to teach discipline, but none do it to quite the
caliber that shooting does. When I shot regularly for
competition, I would train for at least two hours a day,
five days a week. Now, that may or may not seem extreme,
but that was the least amount I shot. I would usually
clock many more hours in to shooting than that. One of
the things that I learned from it was discipline to stay
focused for long periods of time, to keep training even
when I no longer wanted to, and to keep my goals
insight. These disciplines are something that I have
carried into other parts of my life that have now helped
me in studies, other sports and activities, and life.
These are things that every student should have the
opportunity to learn and a shooting team at Lyon would
be beneficial to teach these disciplines.
I recently learned there is to be a shooting club
started on campus. My initial reaction was that this
was part of the new outdoor program, similar to the rock
wall and XAS Adventure Squad. I later learned, however,
that it is simply a group of students interested in
shooting for sport. I am not sure I can express how
nervous this makes me. I have never been a fan of guns,
so I certainly do not share their enthusiasm. Since I
started paying close attention to politics, I’ve noticed
a general consensus from more conservative political
views that gun-toting is an eminent right given to
Americans, one that should be protected at all costs.
Call me crazy, but I think that most people don’t have a
legitimate, rational need to own a firearm. No, I would
not say simply liking them is a rational need.
Naturally, my disgust at this framework of opinions
tends to render in me a disfavoring of activities
involving firearms. This could be because I have never
enjoyed shooting guns, though I suspect it is because I,
like most other people, will most likely go through life
never needing to pull a trigger.
Though I would not say this shooting club does not have
the right to exist, I do recognize problems that could
arise. The first, which concerns me the most, is that
raising an interest in gun-related sports will lead to
more irresponsibility on campus. It is already against
the Social Code to bring guns onto this campus. I have
been told the guns used for this organization will be
kept in strict control and will be locked up, but I do
not yet understand why this rule should have an
exception. Isn’t that rule put in place to keep us
safe? I cannot speak for anyone else, but I personally
do not want to have to worry about walking through the
drunken hordes in Apartment Row on the weekend or, even
worse, during Chapel Walk, worrying if some dispute will
result in an exchange of bullets. I also do not want to
see Lyon College lose a student or hear about someone
being injured because of irresponsible gun usage brought
on by this increased interest. The organization is
supposed to ensure safety and education concerning guns,
and it may have strict rules, but can it really control
what its members or the rest of the student body does
outside of its events?