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Twelve Belmont students attended the Southeastern Journalism Conference at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Belmont journalism and public reltaions students and the speech and debate team have carried their weight in terms of awards. At the 2008 Southeast Journalism Conference in Oxford, Miss., Feb. 22-23, Belmont ranked No. 2 overall in on-site compeition. A weekend earlier, the speech and debate team won the Tennessee State Debate Tournament with nearly double the amount of points of the second-place team.

Four journalism students ranked first in their on-site competitions. Vision managing editor/news, junior Melanie Bengtson, won for First Amendment writing; managing editor/features, junior Adaeze Elechi, for feature writing; graphics editor Sarah Mitchell, junior, for page design (magazine); and Abby Selden, sophomore, for news writing.

Vision online editor Lance Conzett won second for entertainment writing, while Cheryl Bak and Ann Roberts ranked third in the public relations competition, and Chris Speed took home third for photography.

Speech and debate

Debate students Sarah Friederich and Price Rainer won first place in the open division at the Tennessee State Debate Tournament. Also placing in the varsity debate were Meghan Gwaltney and Melanie Bengtson, semifinalists, Renee Reyle and George Shifflett, quarterfinalists, Sarah Friederich, sixth place individual speaker, George Shifflett, third place individual speaker and Meghan Gwaltney, second place individual speaker.

Wesley Rainer and Caroline Tenenbaum won first in the novice division. Also placing was David Grizzell, fourth place individual speaker. Wesley Rainer placed third in individual speaking. Tenenbaum was the second place noivice speaker.

Students competing in individual non-debate events also did well, with several placing in the top six.

February 28, 2008

News
•Adjuncts increase faculty numbers
•Belmont displays flag, but student says it could be more visible
•Conference preps music industry hopefuls
•Fall break clears campus for debate
•Journalists, debaters win
•Online contests draw BU talent
•‘Think pink’ brings awareness of breast cancer

Features
•Ring show promise to remain chaste

Opinion
•Can’t hear the teacher with beans in your ears
•Gen Y, it’s time to step up
•Is Belmont’s text message alert a flawed system?
•Ron Paul supporter takes issue with ‘Vision’ political story
•Toward pedagogical progress: in support of Mark McEntire
•The view from here: Iraq 2003-2008
•Time to text, time to call, and time to shut up

A&E
•Dance show explores body, soul
•Pearl Jam, Metallica on tap for Bonnaroo
•Pop profundity
•Three volumes to add to ‘must-read’ list
•Waggoner tour comes to Nashville

Sports
•Bruins guard Rockwell has strong bonds with adoptive family, Belmont friends
•‘Mean Bruiser’ one big, bad, blue bear