Campus gets vote of approval from Travel + Leisure

campus-shotWhat makes a college campus beautiful? According to Travel + Leisure magazine, it’s the “varying combinations of awe-inspiring architecture, landscaping, and surroundings.”  When it came time to choose the 30 “Most Beautiful College Campuses” from among more than 2,600 four-year American colleges, the magazine considered those three key factors as well as architects’ expert opinions. Furman made the list in the October 2014 issue.

Backline paces Furman to 41-11 win over Bulldogs

Sophomore winger Miles Lerner scored two trys to pace Furman to a 41-11 win over the Citadel Saturday on the military campus’s parade grounds.

With the win, the Paladins move to 5-0 on the fall season and are 3-0 in league play.

dianmondf7The rival Bulldogs, who always play the Paladins tough at home, took advantage of a bevy of Furman penalties in the first 15 minutes to build a 6-0 lead on two penalty kicks. The Citadel, 1-1, played a plodding, possession prone game during the first quarter.

Once the Paladins settled down and eliminated the penalties, the trys came.

Senior winger Dereck Jones scored at the 17-minute mark to put Furman ahead 7-5 after the successful conversion. Lerner, senior Captain Turner Morches and freshman Matti Newman added scores as Furman constructed a 24-6 halftime lead.

John Stumpf (freshman), Lerner and sophomore Ryan Conlogue added scores in the second half. Sophomore Jacob Milchuck connected on three conversions. The Citadel bullied in their only try of the game with less than two minutes remaining in the contest.

“As always, the Citadel pressured our set pieces and performed well at the ruck,” said Furman Coach John Roberts. “Once we were able to spread the ball and establish our style, the game opened up. All of our trys were scored by backs and we figured going in it would be that way.”

The Paladins will face a winless Lander team 1 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Field.

Wednesday: Religion-in-Life Lecture: “God Box”

7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, Daniel Chapel. Office of the Chaplain presents one-woman show about faith traditions.

Wednesday: Career Fair

Noon-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, Watkins Room. Malone Career Center presents. Professional attire recommended.

Furman to host gubernatorial debate Oct. 21

campus-bell-towerFurman University will host a South Carolina gubernatorial debate on campus Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

The debate, which will be broadcast live statewide, will focus on education and health care.  It will last one hour.

All five gubernatorial hopefuls are expected to participate, including Republican incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Independent Tom Ervin, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves.

The gubernatorial debate at Furman is one of two that will take place in the state during October.  Charleston Southern University will also host a debate Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. that will focus on jobs, the economy and growth.

The debates are being co-sponsored by The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, WCIV-TV in Charleston, WACH-TV in Columbia, WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach and WLOS-TV/WMYA-TV in Greenville. Questions and topics will be offered by a panel of two journalists from the newspaper and two from the broadcast partners.

The broadcast stations will televise the debates live, and they also will be streamed on all of the sponsors’ websites.

Tickets will be distributed to each of the candidates, who will get even allotments to distribute to their supporters. Tickets won’t be made available to the general public.

The election is Nov. 4.

For more information, contact Jill Fuson in the Riley Institute at Furman, at 864-294-3280 or

What’s Up with Europe?

2014 Fall High Noon Schedule

Dr. Brent Nelsen

Dr. Brent Nelsen 

Europe is in turmoil: Ukraine is boiling, Russia is menacing, the populist right is winning elections, economies are stagnant, and government debt remains crippling.  What is going on, and does any of it matter to the United States?

Furman political science professor Brent Nelsen will look at the current situation in Europe when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

The lecture, “Europe: The Troubled Continent,” begins at noon.

Thomas’ talk is the second of eight consecutive lectures presented by Furman professors during the fall.  All lectures are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

A complete schedule of lectures is available on Furman’s website.

For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864-294-2185 or e-mail Marie Newman-Rogers at

Pioneer of Hindustani slide guitar to perform Oct. 8

Bhattacharya, sizedPandit Debashish Bhattacharya, pioneer of the Hindustani slide guitar, will present a concert Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Joining him are two additional world-renowned artists, drummer Jeff Sipe (a.k.a. Apt Q-258) and tabla player Subhasis Bhattacharya.

Presented by the Furman Music Department, the concert is free and open to the public. It is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Debashish Bhattacharya started learning Indian music from his parents before he learned the alphabet, giving his first guitar recital at the age of four on All India Radio. In childhood he mastered many Indian classical instrumental styles as well as vocal music from different teachers in Calcutta. He became a disciple and student of Brij Bhushan Khabra, the father of Indian classical guitar.

A 2009 Grammy Nominee, Bhattacharya has been featured in Billboard Top 10, Song Line Magazine Top 10, Central Asia and Asia Pacific World Music Top 10, and Amazon Top 100 Albums among others. He received the 2007 BBC Planet Award, 2005 Asiatic Society Gold Medal, and in 1984, the President of India Gold Medal.

Bhattacharya has performed more than 3000 concerts worldwide and trained over 1000 students. He has designed 19 guitars, and of his 15 albums, three have received international awards. He has played with Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas, Derek Trucks and other highly acclaimed musicians, including legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086.

Wednesday: High Noon at UHM-FU

Noon, Wed., Oct. 1. Upcountry History Museum-FU hosts Dr. Brent Nelson in “Europe: The Troubled Continent.”

Memorials and Remembering the Past

The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

In an essay for Time magazine, Furman graduate Claire Greenstein reflects about whether constructing memorials for tragic events is a positive and significant step toward remembrance. She writes: “Remembering can be controversial. For the past 13 years, Americans have gathered at Ground Zero in New York on 9/11. Nothing too scandalous there. But that act became tendentious when we built a memorial—and then, this year, a museum—to recall the tragedy.”  She concludes that “memorials are powerful reminders that the darker chapters of the past mustn’t be repeated.”

Greenstein, who graduated summa cum laude from Furman in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and German, is a Ph.D. student in comparative politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her senior honors essay at Furman was about the politics of creating the Holocaust memorial in Germany and the memorial for the Roma and Sinti who were murdered in Europe. The Time piece originally appeared on The Weekly Wonk.