The fringe benefits of failure: JK Rowling

Throughout this crazy week, well crazy year, I have oftentimes been afraid. Afraid of failing, afraid of graduation, afraid of not getting the job I want, and afraid that, should I get the job I want, it will turn into a prison cell.

One of the things I do to combat these fears is watch TED talks. If you are a person who never needs motivation or inspiration, this video won’t do much for you. But if you’re like me, sometimes you need a little boost. Mine for this week came from a woman who impacted my entire life. Although she never spoke to me, Harry Potter did. Rowling’s own story is just as, if not even more encouraging than Harry’s. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Here’s my favorite part if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing

“Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a criteria if you let it.”

Do not let your failures be defined by others.

Thank you JK,

-Executive Editor


Don’t be put out by parking

A vehicle slowly creeps behind a pedestrian as he walks to his car. To the driver’s dismay, the pedestrian suddenly crosses two rows of cars, gets into his vehicle and pulls out of his parking space. Before the driver can claim the space, someone else dives into the space. This is a taste of what parking is like at ETSU. Here are some helpful suggestions to help you avoid the mad dash for the spot:

  • Know the prime-time parking spots for your schedule. Chances are that if you’re not getting to campus at 6 a.m., you’re not going to get a spot at the Culp Center, so plan for that. Watch the lots when you don’t have class. Which lots are in constant rotation? Those lots are probably your best bet for finding that coveted afternoon spot.
  • Coordinate with a friend who gets out of class 5-10 minutes before you need to be in class. Coordinating your parking spots with friends will cut down on search time and give you ample time to get to class.
  • Be nice to pedestrians. If you smile at pedestrians and ask if they’re walking to their cars, chances are they will be more than happy to give you their spots. Plus, if they’re not leaving, asking them right away will eliminate that 10-minute stalking period and allow you to search for other spots.
  • Get to campus early. Not getting the spot you want? Getting to ETSU extremely early will allow you park in almost any lot.
  • Get some exercise. It’s not always better to spend 20 minutes looking for a parking spot. Sometimes, it’s better to park on the outskirts of campus and ride the BucShot or walk to where you need to be.


News Editor

Animal Love Cuteness for Valentines Day

Today, I woke up cranky. It happens to everyone. How did I fix the problem? What do I suggest to you when you are feeling a little bit down in the dumps? Look at cute animals! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I present to you some adorable animals in love. I’m taking a poll on who’s the best. Who’s the most adorable? Which pic makes you happiest? Comment below!

baboon birds bunny cats chipmunk dogs elephant horse pigs

I hope this brightened your day!

— Katie




Sneak a peek!

Check out the Pretty Things Peepshow, which will be in Johnson City next Tuesday and Wednesday (February 5th and 6th) at 9 p.m. at Johnson City’s Galaxy Lounge! Here is a preview of their act.

Hope to see you there!


Scene Editor

ETSU football comes to the table

Once again the question of bring football back has been brought before ETSU’s body.

Once again the vote to support it will be brought before the SGA (tomorrow night).

And once again, I believe it will be voted down.

Well, by the SGA that is.

Let me clarify a little bit. While I believe student government has some power, they will be very hard-pressed to stop this train that seems to be charging toward bringing back a Saturday afternoon tradition to blue and gold nation. If this bill does not get passed, I can’t help but think there will be another come up.

It’s almost like the stars are aligning. First there were rumors of ETSU moving conferences, and then Dave Mullins got pushed to the side in the athletic department. At the same time those things were happening, former Buccaneer Mike Smith coached the Atlanta Falcons all the way to an NFC title game, proving the words “ETSU” and “football” can, in fact, exist in the same sentence without a negative there.

But wait! There’s more!

Now there’s an article with Phillip Fulmer saying he’d be “willing to help ETSU.”

Talk about media buzz.

The reason this surprises me is that ETSU president Brian Noland came into office saying that football was not the biggest concern. I thought I remembered several advocates of the sport getting a little peeved about that.

Now he seems to be at the helm of a steamroller looking to pave the way for the Bucs to put on pads once more.

As many people that I hear screaming for the return of football, I hear just as many complaints that the university will be doing nothing more than resurrecting a money pit, and that moving conferences would only detract from an established basketball program in the Atlantic Sun.

Although moving to a different conference would be a decision mostly based on if football returns or not, I am encouraged to hear new athletic director saying basketball is the top concern right now, saying “nothing will be done that could damage basketball. Every decision must provide [them] the best opportunity to succeed.” (from our sit down interview with Richard Sander)

Basketball is, and will be for quite a while, the biggest cash cow that ETSU has to offer.

“But football is what we came here to read about!” you say. “When are you going to get back to that? Nobody cares about the hard court! ”

Fair enough. I only bring up basketball because it’s something the students are comfortable with, and being spoiled by that will make the difference in the vote.

They’ve been living in the perfect setup for them now: there is an entertaining sport to watch whenever there is nothing left to do, and there aren’t any extra fees, which keeps tuition at a reasonable price (relatively).

I believe that the incentive for paying the 125-dollar fee (per semester) is just not there for students right now. They’d be looking at an extra $1000 over four years and that would most likely be just to get the program started.  Even though this university is filled with local students, I feel that most of them (or us, as I’m still one of them for a few months) are unwilling to part with that much money for a team that won’t be here for a few years, even thought it could benefit their community. Although Noland’s 125 committee wants to have a competitive team playing within five years, it seems like the majority of the students here won’t go out of their way to fund a team from scratch.

So in the end, I think, this particular legislation will not be supported in SGA congress tomorrow.

But frankly, I don’t know if that will be enough to stop the return of football.


Executive Editor