The Ogre Exchange March 31, 2008
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What’s Goin’ On? World Headlines
There is tension in Zimbawe over the government’s reluctance to release election results. Citizens are growing restless waiting for the results, which should be released Monday. The Olympic Torch has officially been transferred from Athens to Beijing, where it will be brought to Tiananmen Square for an official welcoming ceremony. Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has called for peace, independence, and stability in Iraq. He has ordered his forces to cease firing in several Iraqi cities. Israel has promised to remove several roadblocks on the West Bank in exchange for continued Palestinian efforts to curb terrorist activity in the area. Police in Nepal beat off Tibetan refugees who were attempting to storm an office of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. One activist told the BBC that a girl and a monk were badly injured in the confrontation.
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Friday 4/4 – Sunday 4/6: Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Lenox Square, FREE admission. Sat 4/5, 11 AM – 4 PM: Urban Forestry Family Festival, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd., Atlanta, 30310), FREE admission. April 12th – June 1st, Weekends, 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM: The Georgia Renaissance Festival, $19.95 admission. All Month Long: Street Life: American Photographs from the 1960s and 70s, The High Museum of Art. $18 admission. Sundays, 7 PM: Java Monkey Speaks, Java Monkey Coffeehouse, 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, FREE admission.
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Reviews (Chloë Edwards) P h o t o
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Basil’s 2985 Grandview Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30305
Basil’s is a lovely little place, where I went for dinner for my roommate’s birthday party about a month ago. It’s very Oglethorpe News and Events small but very atmospheric. The walls are • covered in paintings by local artists, the • Congratulations to Dr. Herschler, Oglethorpe’s new Provost! lighting is soft but not so soft that you can’t • OSA Elections have begun! see your food, and the staff seemed quite o Programming board submissions are in! accommodating to the constantly-evolving o Executive Council submissions due April 3rd. number of people at our table. There is also o Senate submissions due April 10th. a large covered verandah which I imagine would be lovely to eat on now that it’s o Forms can be picked up and dropped off outside the • getting warmer at last. OSA office. st th We probably waited about an hour • March 31 – April 4 : AST Bake Sale, Emerson. between ordering and getting our food. In st th • April 1 – 4 : Conversations On Engagement - Oglethorpe’s place of a bread basket we were brought an SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and intriguing little concoction that looked like a Responsibilities) team discusses college engagement and small pizza but was garnished with what I • classroom learning. can only describe as basil marinara and cheese and it was very good indeed. • April 3rd: Spring Serenade Jazz Café and Talent Showcase, The food was every bit as delicious Grenwald Room, 7 – 9 PM. FREE for OU students, $4 general as the appetizer. Here, however, I must admission, $2 faculty and staff admission. A benefit for Relay insert a disclaimer, a warning, a caveat for Life. emptor: if you are vegetarian, vegan, or a • April 4th: Chi Phi Brother Auction, Chi Phi Fraternity House, 9 Jew who keeps kosher, Basil’s is not the PM – 12 AM. place for you. I myself fall into the latter category and found that, of the twenty-five dishes on the dinner menu (including The State of the Union National News appetizers), there weren’t but ten that were • TV and film actors’ unions have agreed to go their separate ways in attempting to negotiate with compatible with my kosher diet. In Hollywood studios in the coming months. addition, six of those ten dishes were salads, and salads fall just under math on the list of • US Airways inspections have found “problems” with several Boeing 757 planes. The company things I avoid at all costs. Also, only four of began to inspect the planes after a wing part dislodged from a 757 mid-flight and hit a passenger those salads were meatless, and just about window. No one was injured during the incident. everything that fit the vegetarian category • Atlanta Judge Marvin Arrington dismissed white lawyers from his courtroom to speak to black involved some sort of cheese; Basil’s is not defendants. The Judge said that he felt that his message would have more of an impact if it was vegan-friendly. delivered to a black-only audience. Having looked at menu beforehand, I predicted my dilemma and Headlines obtained from various news sources, including the BBC and Associated Press Online. solved it by eating before I got to the restaurant and then ordering the sole kosher appetizer (house smoked salmon topped with crème fraiche and served with crostini) for dinner. The other factor that I have to mention at this point is price. Basil’s— although well worth it—was a little pricey for me, at least for dinner. The salads ranged in price from four dollars to fifteen, the entrées from fifteen dollars to thirty-two. Appetizers will run you four dollars to twelve dollars. Lunch dishes across the board, however, range from seven dollars to twelve dollars. Price aside, the food was excellent. The cuisine theme at Basil’s is Mediterranean; there are quite a few mixedseafood dishes, some pastas and exoticallystuffed chicken, but there wasn’t a person in our party of eight who wasn’t entirely satisfied with their meal. The portions are generous but not ridiculous. Among the dishes ordered at our table were spanakopita (large spinach and feta cheese puffs, an appetizer), clam chowder, Spanish paella with fresh fish, mussels, chicken and sausage served over sweet pepper broth, and “Basil’s pasta”, fettuccini tossed with fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and garlic. In conclusion, I would say that if you aren’t too tight for money and your friends, family and significant others are omnivorous non-Jews, Basil’s is a great place to go to dinner to relax and enjoy a quiet night out.
The Robinson Response Another take on the issues.
OU students sacrifice their spring break to do volunteer work in Savannah. Photo credit: Alexandria Ducksworth
Supporting one another is a regular activity for many students here at OU. Photo credit: Amanda Rowell
Do You Know Your Neighbor? Why Civic Engagement is Extremely Relevant to a Liberal Arts Education - Que’Nique Newbill So I wasn’t a part of my high school debate team, but there were a million things that I did do in high school: clubs, sports, and community service. Community service quickly became my favorite activity. I don’t want to sound corny, but I like volunteering. Part of Oglethorpe’s appeal to me was its understanding of the connection between community, civic engagement, and education. What is even more beneficial is the fact that my community involvement on campus is all part of my experiential education that addresses certain areas of public concern (that is the definition of civic engagement, in case you didn’t know). These issues include poverty, “at risk” children, and other similar social issues. Ironically enough, I was defined as an “at risk” youth, because of my neighborhood and socio-economic background, and my “big kid” mentors gave me some of my best elementary school memories. I’ll always remember those “cool kids” who had an answer for everything. I still remember one of my mentor’s names, Unique. I thought she was so pretty. She helped me study and we played games. Although she was required to tutor someone as part of a class she was taking, she didn’t treat it like that. She was always upbeat and knowing her impacted me in positive way. I am sure she didn’t how much getting to know her made me want to work hard, be successful, the whole big dream thing with stars in your eyes. As a result when the Drew P.A.L.S. program started at Oglethorpe, I immediately jumped on board. Oddly enough, I didn’t do it for the points, and neither did the friends who joined with me. My experiences have led me to this conclusion: Civic Engagement is an important part of Oglethorpe University’s curriculum and should remain so. Seriously, how can we define our community incorporated curriculum without civic engagement? “Civic engagement is fundamental to a liberal arts education” says actively involved freshman Julia Higgins, “How can you say that you’ve grown under a liberal arts education if you do not feel that you are involved with your community or any other passion that you pursue”. My friend Julia’s voice isn’t the only one speaking up for Oglethorpe’s community service policies. Freshman Armanda Colson, who signed up for the Alternative Spring Break in Savannah, says she went for the experience and surprisingly enough not the points. Does that seem odd to you? Is it really possible that our freshman class cares? You may not have passion for changing the world or making it a better place, but your involvement, required or not, in your local community brings about a personal experience that you can’t get in a classroom setting. So while these requirements are to some a silly game of points that have no true meaning, they do have a place and role in a liberal arts education. Most students don’t realize how much of a positive impact that their service has on our community. Our incoming class helped OU garner two national merits in community service. While these distinctions may not mean a lot to the average student, any positive media surrounding OU is nice considering the whole distorted accreditation news. Colleges thrive off of positive media news. Another positive aspect of Civic Engagement is the exposure to new things. The CCE does have a variety of volunteer events that aren’t all get down and dirty, but that still have their place in community issues. One student volunteered at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter and to this day still continues to do so. I feel like maybe the point system shouldn’t be looked at so much as a requirement and more as a learning experience to expose you to something new. I don’t think that the points system will cause too much stress. I mean it really wouldn’t take that much time out of anybody’s life, unless you are hung-over most Saturdays out of the year. Most people aren’t doing anything on our low-key social life campus anyway. How much would the average person do if they were asked to? There are plenty of people, particularly freshmen, out there who look to have a positive impact on their community and this is not because of Oglethorpe’s co-curricular system. The CCE provides the means for this exchange to occur. So what’s wrong with implementing this program into our freshman curriculum? Why not be rewarded for something that you may already love to do? If it is the points that make you feel like it isn’t volunteer work then go above and beyond the points. After taking a closer look, I think the true issue is the degree to which community involvement should be compulsory and or assigned. I know that many people don’t have a problem with volunteering, but their issue is more with the fact that they are being forced to do so for the sake of their class standing. I understand that some people don’t see the connection between shoveling dirt and getting a liberal arts degree and the fact that nobody wants to be left at a graveyard during orientation at their new college. So what can we do about it? I ask myself: how much student input was considered when establishing the co-curricular structure? The point system was an issue brought up during the most recent fireside chat, and Dr. Schall mentioned that the system may be open to some revision. Remember this freshman class was the trial class or, more simply put, the guinea pigs. Again, I believe the true issue to be the degree to which our “civic engagement” is obligatory. Maybe we just need to have a system that has more student input regarding requirements, activities, and events. Maybe there could be a point system more centered around a person’s major? Though I’m making these suggestions, I know it isn’t right to criticize something good. Please don’t deny the value of community involvement. Don’t devalue the positive impact that the CCE is the having in the Atlanta area. Remember guys: Oglethorpe is a liberal arts college. Students are taught to be well-rounded. How can you make a life, make a living, and make a difference without true civic engagement? I applaud OU for tackling an issue that not only freshman in college have but also half of the population of America in general has which is a lack of motivation towards civic engagement. Define Liberal Arts. Define Civic Engagement., and then define Oglethorpe University.
The Goslin Gripe Here’s the part where we say what we think… I’d Rather Like To Keep My Soul – Chloë Edwards The greatest source of frustration in politics classes for me has always been the economic section. My freshman year, it was Asian Politics; my sophomore year, Comparative Politics of China and Japan. If you’re going to talk about Asia, about its development and particularly in the twentieth century, discussing economics is a must. Most Asian countries don’t have a free market system or didn’t when they were developing and what you have to understand is how they managed to get where they are without it. This made a vague sort of sense to me. We would throw around measures like GDP (adjusted for PPP), growth, light industry and heavy industry, commercial sector, etc, but I never really had much of a grasp of what was going on beyond the part where China grew exponentially from 1980 to now. Therefore I decided to take an introduction to economics class this year. I’m not finished with my politics classes and I know that economics is going to come up, and I also know that since time is money, life is money, everything eventually boils down to money, to opportunity costs, what’s on the margins, all that fol-dera. This is probably going to be the single most practical class I ever take. Hence my question to you: why isn’t economics part of the CORE? I suppose the snide answer would be, well, it’s practical… can’t possibly have a CORE class that’s practical… but I beg to differ. There are not many eighteen to twenty-two year olds who can intelligently discuss Weber or Aquinas at a cocktail party and here at Oglethorpe, we have about a thousand of them, give or take a few for the ones who sleep in class. But any unbiased look at the CORE must surely show its heavy weight in favor of the liberal arts. Six semesters of reading great books and learning how to think, with one devoted to the great ideas of science; Art and Culture, Music and Culture, and mathematics. I got most of my CORE requirements out the way my freshman year; I chose music and culture rather than art because I’ve been playing the flute for twelve years and thought I’d get more out of the former. And of course, I took Great Ideas because that’s the only option. But why shouldn’t Introduction to Economics be added onto it? The course as it stands could be a CORE class, since it’s taught from a book that emphasizes thinking like an economist rather than being able to whip out formulas left right and center. Additionally, even though I found Great Ideas actually very interesting (shocking because I’ve always hated math), giving everyone the option of taking economics for the CORE seems like a pretty good idea to me, as well as giving those of us who are hopeless at math an extra option.
Problems with the CORE – Jessica DuMont When it comes to Oglethorpe’s CORE program, students seem to run hot and cold. It’s everyone’s favorite topic to complain about – our least favorite classes – but at the same time, students jumped through their skin with outrage at the possibility of losing the program. I guess we could call it infamous. I think that the CORE program has its positives. As students of a liberal arts university, it is important for us to be well rounded and to have a firm understanding of great ideas and classics. The CORE program is supposed to give all students a liberal arts background – to get us onto the same level concerning the general academic subjects. I do not think, however, that the CORE is without fault. My first observation about CORE classes concerns their actual administration. How can we claim that all CORE courses are equivalent, when each course has a different instructor? It is common knowledge that some teachers are tougher than others – they may assign more work, or have harsher grading policies. We simply cannot call the CORE program fair unless there is a tightly executed curriculum. We should all get the same exams, the same quizzes, the same notes, the same readings, etc. So why not keep or hire specific professors with appropriate backgrounds as CORE professors (English teachers for Narratives, History teachers for Historical Perspectives, Philosophy teachers for Human Nature, etc.)? In addition, I have to criticize Great Ideas. Now some of you “math people” are reading this thinking that I am just another right-brained artsy person with no capacity to grasp even the simplest mathematical ideas, let alone the “Great” ones. And to be perfectly honest, you would be partially correct. Although I have never failed a math class, I must admit that I feel that any math class above multiplication and division has been a waste of my time. That being said, I also think that many students will agree with me when I say that it was most irritating when I sat in on my first Great Ideas class and the first thing that the professor explained was that we would never actually need to use anything that we would be learning in the class. All I could think was, “Then why are you wasting my time?” I propose that Great Ideas be nixed from the menu and replaced with a course on personal finance, a valuable course that we all would definitely be making use of in the future. Some accounting lessons, a class or two in basic economics, instruction as to how to go about paying taxes, balancing your checkbook, buying stock, investing – these are all seemingly trivial tasks that all of us will be confronted with at some point in the future. Why not teach a class that would actually be relevant? In conclusion, though the designers of the CORE program had the right idea. A balanced education does make a balanced graduate. I do think, however, that there were some little technicalities that they perhaps overlooked in the process. If these changes were made, I think that students would be much happier with the CORE curriculum.
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Have You REALLY Gone To Class? A Crossword Conundrum By Chloë Edwards
Torture – By Marla Osti Concentrate, think of something. No, that’s not the right word. Sigh, there’s that awkward silence again. Fear, why am I so fearful to utter a word, To break the silence? What does one word do to an awkward silence? One word starts a conversation. Conversation fills a room with a mood, emotion, something. Why do I intend on leaving this room empty? Do I wish to conform to society, And say that an empty room is to be left empty? I don’t want them to think about me, ridicule me. I must stay silent. Urge, oh the urge to work my vocal cords. Be strong, say something, be your own person. Silence. Oh silence, with time you get no better nor worse. Make a noise – tap your pencil, erase your mistakes, something. Awkward, grueling silence – torture. The open and close of a door – the silence has been broken. An object, not a word. Concentrate. Fear. Silence.
2) Japanese Teacher
1) Head of the Writing Center
4) Salutations and Good Morning
3) Russian lit and Ulysses. Hm?
6) Skiis as well as smokes
6) Miss Goslin 7) Taller and better looking than Dr. Sparks
8) Gone Painting
9) Mr. Accountable
10) Terribly dramatic
11) War, peace, and security
13) Resembles Dr. House
12) My name rhymes with trigger
5) No Left Turns
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