November 15, 2012 W W W. V S U S P E C TAT O R . C O M Inside This Issue w w w. v s u s p e c ta t o r. c o m - SPORTS: “VSU ready for Wildcats” PEACE CORPS - Information Session 6 to 7 p.m. in Powell Hall-West, second floor. Call 333-5942 to register your attendance. FRENCH MOVIE - Bienvenus chez les Ch’tis presented by Dr. Ofélia Nikolova. Dogwood Room, UC 7 p.m. BRAVE - Join DM in Jennet Hall Auditorium for popcorn and a movie. The movie Brave will show at 7 p.m. KAPPA ALPHA PSI - The brothers of the Lambda Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi are having an interest meeting at 7:11 in the University Theater. Business attire is required. AMAZING SPIDERMAN - Join Natural High at 8 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Snacks provided. It’s all free! Call 2595111. PICTURE ME MOUSE PADS CAB is giving out free mouse pads with personalized photos! Go to the Student Union Theater Lobby from 5 to 9 p.m. SCIENCE SEMINAR - The seminar will be presented by Dr. Elmer Gray, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, and the title is “Black Flies and the Endangered Whooping Crane: Is There a Link?” For more information, visit the Science Seminar Series webpage. Weather Today AM Showers 65 H 47 L Saturday Partly Cloudy 67 H 45 L Question of the week What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? A. Turkey B. Sweet Potato Casserole C. I like it all. D. I don’t like holiday food. Vote online at www.vsuspectator.com! Last Week Poll Results Are you happy with the turnout of the election? I didn’t vote S TA F F W R I T E R email@example.com VSU’s Dance Marathon will host its annual Blazer-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday in the Student Union Ballrooms A, B and C. Blazer-a-thon is an event that raises money for the “Miracle Families” that have had kids helped by Shands Hospital for Children located in Gainesville, Fla. “Our purpose is to raise awareness, help raise money for the kids treated at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida and stand for those who can’t,” Sara Whetsell, recruitment chair for Dance Marathon, said. Crishaun Johnson, marketing chairperson for Dance Marathon, described the process. “Registered organizations sign up as teams, stand for 12 hours [no sitting], and vow to raise $98 for Shands Hospital,” he said. “This year the number 98 represents the 98% of children worldwide that Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals help each year with a heart defect. This year both of DM’s Miracle Children were born with heart defects and were or are treated at Shands.” Participants will not be dancing for 12 hours straight, but will learn a morale dance in the beginning of the event that they will perform every hour for 12 hours. Blazer-a-thon will feature games, prizes and other organizations raising money and awareness for Shands Hospital. 57 % 34 % 9% Blazer Football enters NCAA playoffs with No.1 seed “The event consists of live DJs, prizes and food donated from local businesses and vendors, entertainers, live miracle stories for Miracle Families of South Georgia, visitors from CMNH, Shands, and other Dance Marathons, the community, volunteers and registered Student Life organizations standing/dancing for a cause,” Johnson said. Participants will be required to pay a registration fee and meet a fundraising requirement of $98. “[There’s] a $15 registration fee . . .you must fundraise $98 because 98 percent of all children with heart and lung defects are treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and both of our miracle children have heart defects,” Whetsell said. Some of the local businesses involved in sponsoring Dance Marathon’s events include: IHOP, Steel's Jewelry, Papa Johns, Chubb Reality Ltd/Realtors, Krispy Kreme, Buffalo Wild Wings, Spence Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, Mode Boutique, ASTRO Exterminating, Dr. Ed & Mrs. Sandra Hall and SGA of VSU. A few other sponsors include Ellianos, Kent Screen Printing, Chick Fil-A, The Wedge, Winn-Dixie, Harvey's, Austins and Sonnys. According to Whetsell, Dance Marathon hopes to raise a five digit total in proceeds for Shands. “Dance Marathon hopes to raise $20,000 by the end of Blazer-A-Thon,” she said. One hundred percent of the Mac Ingram/ THE SPECTATOR Above: All-American cornerback Matt Pierce (No. 26) tallied three interceptions and 33 tackles in the regular season. Pierce, the teams starting corner, will have his hands full against the region’s best receivers in the playoffs. Left: Kaleb Nobles throws a pass to a receiver during practice Wednesday evening. The freshman quarterback hasn’t played this seson however fans can expect to see No.5 in the future. Photo courtesy VSU See DANCE, Page 2 Construction may end soon S P E C T AT O R Cloudy 67 H 48 L No Dance Marathon hosts fundraiser for kids Danielle Reynolds Friday Yes Blazer-a-thon: Autumn Sullivan Check out Amber Smith’s review of Michael Myerz’ new album, “Metamorphosis.” Rest up and come back refreshed to finish out the semester. - FEATURES: “More than just a pretty face” HOUSING CONTRACTS - Any release of housing contracts by students transferring, withdrawing or doing an internship through VSU credit are due to the Housing Office. On the Web Enjoy your break! - OPINIONS: “Deck the halls with marijuana” Today at VSU VOLUME 84 ISSUE 12 CORRESPONDENT firstname.lastname@example.org As the end of the year approaches, so—finally does nearly a decade of major construction projects on VSU’s main campus. According to Thressea Boyd, director of communications, the final project is north campus’ Health Sciences and Business Administration building, costing $32 million. VSU expects construction to be completed in January 2014. According to Boyd’s article on the building, the project has been a part of the master plan since 2004. “At this point we do not have any other major . . . construction project[s],” Boyd said. “The rest of the things you’ll see on campus would just be major and minor repairs and renovations.” The HSBA building will greatly expand some departments, such as VSU’s nursing department. “The construction for the nursing department, the Health Science building, is one of the smartest things VSU has done,” Mariah McDaniel, a senior nursing major, said. “When it’s all over, we’ll have one of the best nursing programs in the state.” Boyd explained that due to a lack of available land, main campus won’t expand much in the near future. Occasionally, VSU will look at houses surrounding campus as they become available, but they are looked at on a one-on-one basis. The HSBA building is one of the largest projects, but is by no means the only big thing that VSU longer have lived through happened in the last several more construction, witnessing years. Since 2007, VSU comnumerous projects. pleted numerous projects, such “They’re making the campus as the parking decks, Hopper look more presentable for future Hall, Centennial Hall and the students,” Michaela Hutchinson, Student Union. a freshman crimiVSU’s 2004 At this point we nal justice major, master plan laid “The first do not have any said. out detailed plans thing students to expand main look at in a colother major . . . and north campus lege is the visual construction with the projects of it. If the camlisted on the pus doesn't draw project[s]. 2007-2009 conpeople in, they’re - THRESSEA BOYD struction schednot going to be ule. According to interested in the Boyd, projects such as the Psyeducation part of the college.” chology Building, Ashley Hall, “Having to go the long way is and the Bailey addition were an inconvenience,” Sarah Johnadded later, as the master plan son, junior biology major, said. was updated in 2007. The addi“Besides the Health Sciences tional projects were added as building, we don’t need it all.” funds became available. Patricia Martin, sophomore According to VSU’s website, biology major, said that she felt the earlier projects had a $150 the construction was endless. million budget, which VSU sucHowever, many do appreciate cessfully stuck to. The $150 mil- what the renovations are doing lion was acquired through bond for VSU, including the adminisissuance of public and private tration. partners. Funds for the later proAccording to Chelsea Wells, a jects were acquired separately. graduate clinical counseling psyThe Psychology building cost chology student, all the con$5 million, and Ashley Hall and struction can be annoying, espethe Bailey addition cost $5.5 cially that of the parking decks, million each. A detailed conbut newly renovated buildings struction budget isn’t available are good and show growth. online, but can be found in the “We’ve had what we would library. According to Boyd, conconsider ‘living learning’ construction funding is listed as struction,” Boyd said, which is “capital projects” or “mmr” (ma- construction that enhances the jor/minor renovations). academic learning environment With such growth, students through places where students have definitely taken notice. live and learn. Feelings toward construction, “Construction is a positive costs and effects are varied. growth,” Boyd said. “It’s showWhile some new-to-campus ing that we’re keeping our facilifreshmen have a positive outties up to date, providing the look on the construction, some best facilities for our students in longer-time students’ views difthat living, learning environfer. Students that have attended ment.” “ ” Major Construction Projects Through the Years Fall 2007 wFine Arts Gallery Renovation Fall 2008 wOak Street Parking Deck wSustella Parking Deck Summer 2009 wNew Georgia Hall Spring 2010 wStudent Union Spring 2011 wJennett Lecture Hall Summer 2011 wPsychology Building Spring 2012 wBailey Science Center Addition Fall 2012 wAshley Hall Renovation Spring 2014 wHealth Sciences and Business Administration Chad Stone/ THE SPECTATOR Thanksgiving Operation Hours The following buildings will be closed either completely or partially for Thanksgiving break. RESIDENCE HALLS The traditional residence halls will close Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. and re-open Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.: Brown Georgia Hopper Langdale Lowndes Patterson Reade Students with evening classes must speak with their RHD. LIBRARY HOURS Nov 21-23: Closed Nov 24: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov 25: noon to 2 a.m. Reference Desk will be closed until Sunday, Nov. 25. Media Services will be closed until Monday, Nov. 26. The University Center will be closed the entire break until Monday, Nov. 26. The Student Union will be closed the entire break until Nov 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Student Success Center will close on Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and will re-open on Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.