A Definitive Ranking of the Most Despicable Greek Gods

By Erica Scharrón

Worshiping beings who are essentially giant children with superpowers can’t be good for anyone’s health, and just like people have their glaring flaws, so do the gods. In that vein, here is a list of the Top Seven Most Despicable Olympian Gods for your convenience. (Since this list is gods-only, I can’t throw Agamemnon on here, but oh well; also, we’ll be sticking strictly to the Olympian Gods that are most well-known for simplicity’s sake.)

  1. Poseidon

Our friend Poseidon here isn’t so much despicable as he is ridiculously moody and destructive. Seriously, Poseidon needs to chill–just don’t tell him that, he would probably get mad. Do you want to know what happens when the earthquake-triggering god of the sea throws a temper tantrum that you can literally feel on the Richter Scale? Yikes.

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  1. Ares

Like Poseidon, Ares is the kind of guy who isn’t quite on the despicable level, but he’s getting there. Other than being overly-aggressive without merit and a sore loser, he’s also a massive coward. Antagonistic until the end, Ares is a classic personification of the phrase, “You can dish it out, but you can’t take it.”

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  1. Hades

Despite being the god of the Underworld, Hades isn’t really that despicable of a dude most days, but he still has a boatload of attitude problems. He fits the Chaotic Neutral archetype pretty well, as he’s not really good or evil, but is definitely a drama-starter (or a literal life-ruiner). It depends on his mood, I guess.

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  1. Aphrodite

No matter how beautiful you are, it’s still pretty despicable to torment innocent mortal girls when people say that said girls are prettier than you. (Seriously, Psyche did nothing wrong.) At least she’s not forcing people to fall in love with men who aren’t their husbands…oh, wait. Honestly Paris, you had to have known that Helen was married; why did you agree to that?

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  1. Hera

Admittedly, if my “loving” husband messed around as much as Zeus did, I would behave pretty despicably, too. Despite constantly being cheated on, however, Hera needs to stop punishing all the poor women who Zeus sleeps with (often in disguise, mind you) and start giving her husband a piece of her mind instead.

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  1. Apollo

Arbitrarily giving people the gift of prophecy even when they don’t want it? Check. Being super petty by helping otherwise useless soldiers? (I’m looking at you, Paris.) Check. Pressuring a priestess into sleeping with you and then cursing her when she doesn’t? Dude. Despicable as all get-out. Don’t even talk to me.

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  1. Zeus

This guy is the worst. More than anyone else, Zeus is the absolute epitome of despicable. No one else has screwed over more people, ruined more lives, and caused more far-reaching problems than freaking Zeus.

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Core 1 Representatives

By Jade Jacobs

Last week, Carder Dilger, Brett Farran and Sierra Hobbs were elected the three Honors Core 1 Representatives for Fall 2016.

This semester, they will serve as the liaisons connecting the Honors leaders and advisers to the freshman student body. Their duties include attending Council and presenting information from the committees to the Core 1 students along with aiding PR Chair Leonie Dupuis with promoting events and updates within the Honors program.

The three representatives are eager to share a little about themselves and encourage their classmates to become familiar with who they are, as they are excited to fill this leadership role.

Carder Dilger

Carder D.

Carder is a computer and electrical engineering major from Burbank, California, though he has lived in the Pensacola area for the last few years. He has a wide range of interests, with music being near the top of the list. Carder considers music a large part of his life and enjoys listening to, playing, and learning more about various genres. He plays both the bass and guitar, but most enjoys immersing himself in different types of music to learn more about them. Another of Carder’s hobbies is to learn as many new things as possible to improve his life skills and himself as a person. He fully embraces the mantra that you truly do learn something new every day.

In Honors, Carder is looking forward to getting involved in leadership roles because he wants to improve his public speaking. He sees his new position in Core 1 as good practice for building that skill. He believes it will help him secure more leadership positions in the future.

One goal Carder has as Core 1 Representative is to help create a feeling of unity among the Honors freshmen. He feels that the class is all going through the same experience together and would like to promote the dynamic that everyone is here for each other.

Outside of Honors, Carder plans to be involved in Cybersecurity organizations and Active Minds, along with potentially starting a new club focusing on playing and/or appreciating music.

On his bucket list is traveling to outer space.

Brett Farran

Brett F.

Brett is an environmental science major from Tallahassee, Florida. Brett was a rower in high school, and he continues to stay involved in activities that keep him moving.

His hobbies include running and binge watching Amazon Prime movies and series because exercising is much more manageable when you know you can relax and watch four seasons of your favorite show back-to-back.

In Honors, Brett hopes to attend an Honors conference to network and meet Honors students from other schools. He says experiencing a conference firsthand will help him be confident and prepared when it’s his turn to present. Following in the footsteps of last year’s Core 1 Representatives, Brett is considering presenting on his experience in the leadership role as a freshman at the Florida Collegiate Honors Conference. His goal as a Core 1 Representative is to motivate his fellow freshmen to be more involved in the Honors Program and in student organizations on campus.

In his spare time, Brett plans on being active in handball, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, SCUBA club and Marine Ecology Research Society.

His bucket list includes going glacial kayaking in Greenland.

Sierra Hobbs

Sierra H.

Sierra is a biology/environmental science major from the Pensacola area. Her passions include acting and theatre, baking delicious culinary delights and binge watching Netflix, especially Broadway musicals. If you need someone to duet Hamilton or Moulin Rouge to, she’s your girl. Who knows, there might even be cookies involved!

As a student in the Honors Program, Sierra is looking forward to presenting at conferences. She has presented at science-based symposiums and conferences in the past, and is excited to get involved with the honors version. Sierra is excited to attend Honors Retreat, a two-day leadership and team building trip that will take place in early October. Her goal as Core 1 Representative is to give everyone the opportunity to have someone to relate to in order to unite the class as a whole.

When she isn’t working with Honors, Sierra will be involved with handball, SCUBA club, Student Environmental Action Society and garden club. She aims to be a very active, involved and well-rounded student and wants to encourage others to do the same.

One thing she wants to cross off her bucket list is climbing Mount Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

Understand These 5 Things for Core 1 Success

By Jade Jacobs

  1. The sass will always be real

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Dr. Lanier, also known as the real “Most Interesting Man in the World,” isn’t afraid to throw a little shade. Get ready to thicken your skin and not take criticism personally. Everything said is meant to get you to think a little deeper and inspire more questions. DL is blunt and unafraid to defend his position; he expects no less from his students. The ‘stache may be gone, but the sass lives on.

  1. Study groups may sound cliché, but they are lifesavers

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There’s really not an excuse to not study for this class. Every potential quiz question and essay topic is posted online. Don’t try to go through it all alone*. All you’ve got to do is grab a friend or two who know a thing or two and get to work!

*Note: keep in mind that there is a difference between constructive criticism and just being critical. Many people who challenge your ideas (peers, professors, mentors, etc.) are usually doing so to help you, not to make you feel dumb. Try not to take these comments to heart, and don’t be afraid to say something if you feel like someone crosses a line.

  1. Don’t be afraid to speak up

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If you thought a silent classroom in high school was painfully awkward, a silent lecture hall is twice as bad. You’re all honors students, so it follows that at least at some level you’re all nerds. There is nothing to fear in asking questions or answering them. It’s far better to be wrong in class discussion than it is to be wrong on a quiz or test!

  1. Mentors are here for a reason

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It’s your mentor’s job to answer any questions you have. Each one has jumped through the flaming hoop that is freshman year and wants to make sure that each new honors mentee is able to do the same. Sure, they may not Yoda or Mr. Miyagi, but nonetheless each does their best to ensure that their mentees are able to hold their own in the world.

  1. Get involved!

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When it comes to the Honors program, there are countless ways to be involved. Honors Council every Tuesday, events from the committees every month, and spending time in the common areas of Pace Hall tends to be the most popular ways for honors students to do things together. This is not even to mention the campus events that go on regularly. If you take a step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there, your fellow honors students may just become your new family.

 

How to Ace Your Core 1 Quizzes

By Madison McInnis

Honors Core 1 might seem like a daunting challenge for freshmen with what resembles a never-ending list of Greek mythology and infamous pop quizzes that are given out like candy. Don’t lose hope just yet, freshmen! You can ace those Core 1 quizzes like nobody’s business following a few simple guidelines:

Step 1: Buy the books. This is a no-brainer. How can you be successful if you aren’t even reading the material? And yes, this is a class where you actually need to read the material. Amazon is your best friend for buying books cheap before the semester starts.

Step 2: Don’t fall behind on your reading. A very important difference between high school and college is that you are now paying for your classes. You can’t afford to be lazy. Plus, you will feel at ease knowing that you are on top of your reading assignments and prepared for in-class discussions.

Step 3: (The most important step of all) Print out the review questions online! I can’t stress enough how helpful the review questions are. The quizzes and exams are made up of the questions online so you are setting yourself up for success by looking these up and answering them. Find them here.

Step 4: Follow along with the questions as you read. Every now and then we all get in a reading slump because Greek mythology, though it may be brilliant, is occasionally boring. Keep yourself focused and at least skim the reading, and use the questions as an outline for the key points that will be discussed in class. 

Step 5: Find a study group. Living in Pace Hall gives you access to an exceptional community since you’re surrounded by your classmates. Use this to your advantage and find a friend or group with whom you can review the reading.  And if you’re a commuter, don’t hesitate to stop by Pace anytime. There are always people in the common room hanging out and doing homework with whom you can review.

Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to passing your first class as an honors student. Also, it never hurts to get a head start on reading the first book when the syllabus is released.  Most importantly, have confidence in your abilities, freshmen. There is a reason you were accepted into the Kugelman Honors Program, and you can do anything you set your mind to!

Freshmen can be Leaders Too

“You guys are going to have to create video campaigns and we will post them on the Honors page,” Robin Jones said, as she described the daunting election process for the newly instated Core I Representative position. All the participating students, not knowing their fellow classmates’ personalities, had to dig deep and create a campaign that would both capture the attention of 70 other students and secure their votes. Some drew on comedy, some drew on professionalism, others on the cute factor, but at the end of it all, three were elected for the position.

Leonie Dupuis, Abigail Megginson, and Ryan Post were all voted into the position of Core I Representative for Fall 2015 and were put in charge of announcing Honors events, which eventually evolved into announcements accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. The work itself was not very demanding, but the position allowed the three students to create a liaison between the voices of the first-year students to the Honors Council by attending the meetings on a weekly basis.

By partaking in this position, the students learned valuable skills such as leadership, communication, promotion, and understanding in regards to the Honors Program. The students also helped promote fundraising events that aided the Fundraising Committee in reaching their record-breaking funds of $2,300.

Although officially members of the Honors Council’s Public Relations Committee, the Core I Representatives were able to bridge all of the Council committees together when presenting the varying events. Core I Representative, Abigail Megginson, said that being a Core I Representative helped her, “better understand the differences between the committees and the behind-the-scenes processes that occur between these committees.”

Having now completed their terms, the Core I Representatives are serving as resources for the newly-instated Core II Representatives: Abigail Allgood, Jerrad Havemann, and Owen Munro. The Core II Representatives will continue to present announcements before Honors Core II as the semester progresses, fulfilling the hopes of creating leadership at the first-year level of Honors Council.

 

Written by: Leonie Dupuis, freshman & Pre-Professional Biology major

Who are you people?!?!

And you thought the Trojan War was just a simple love story! Don’t worry, the tale of Troy is one told many times over and you can blame the people who lied to you for thinking that a story about Troy was going to be so straightforward. Welcome to the first week of Honor’s Core I!

As a devout English major, I was extremely excited when I saw The Iliad and Odyssey among other amazing works of literature on the reading list for Honor’s Core. And yes, even I have to admit that there were days that I would throw my hands up into the air and ask why, Zeus, why, but don’t worry. Things get even better when you have to decide whether you’re going to pray to Zeus or to Jupiter or if it’s wise to pray to both. In all seriousness, it’s a daunting task seeing the reading requirement for week one is 1­-4 in The Iliad and realizing that that’s not page numbers. Then you open the book and everything is written in some alien form of English that you’re not even sure counts as English. Don’t despair! And please don’t start sacrificing animals or classmates to the gods just yet! It’s the beginning of the year, so pace yourself. The journey is just beginning. The first steps are always the hardest, so take a deep breath and dive right in!

I could take this time to tell you all the wonderful things that I learned through reading The Iliad, but I’m not going to do that. I could also tell you about the structure of The Iliad as an epic poem and how it plays into the history and mythology of Greece, but honestly I can’t do a better job than DL can. What I can tell you is that The Iliad can be seen as the beginning step on a long journey. Yes, the poem doesn’t start at the beginning of all the madness, but often times, the start of the madness isn’t the true beginning. The true beginning is when you take the first step. This is your first step! As it was for all the Honor’s members who came before you. Our first step was sitting in that same classroom and counting the pages of The Iliad in horror.

For those of us who have already slugged through this epic poem and more, can you hear the familiar cries carried through the hallways? Maybe not yet but we both know it’s coming. We have already started on our journey, some of us may be nearing its end, but this is a time to remember our first step. It’s a time to remember sitting in our first class, making our first friend, perhaps even, to our embarrassment, making our first mistakes at college. Now think about how far you’ve come on your own personal journey. It’s been a long road, but the amazing part is that there’s so much more to come!

With the two weeks of classes behind us and a whole new semester laid out in our path, I encourage each of you to take a deep breath and please remember that if you must scream, find your nearest pillow or exit the building before you do. The year’s just begun and you should be excited to begin, or continue, your own personal epic! It may be straight and narrow or twisted and confusing, but it’s your road to take.

So, find your trusty pen and collect your papers and charge forward with as much enthusiasm as you can spare. And welcome back to another great year!

By: Kaitlyn Peacock, Senior

Honors Mentor