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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sabastian Wee ALPHARETTA CAMPUS Managing editor: Joji Castillo News editor: Juliana McLemore CLARKSTON CAMPUS Managing editor: Ricky Riley Campus life editor: Adam Waldorf DECATUR CAMPUS Managing editor: William Pauldo News editor: Antonio Garay DUNWOODY CAMPUS Managing editor: Melissa Wong Campus life editor: Randy Schafer Photo editor: Michael Eden NEWTON CAMPUS Managing editor: Victoria Healy COLLEGEWIDE Presentation editor: Hilary Coles Senior news editor: Adam Waldorf Multimedia editor: Zoom Dan

Now accepting applications for editor positions! contact gpc.collegian@gmail.com

The Collegian is the student newspaper of Georgia Perimeter College, and is a designated public forum for students, faculty and staff to share their opinions. The comments and views expressed herein are those of the individual writers, and not those of the college or the paper as a whole. We strongly encourage students to submit articles and artwork for publication. Single copies are free. More than three copies per person are one dollar each. Editors reserve the right to edit for grammar, space, appropriateness and length. Not all submissions will be published. To speak with a staff member, please call 678-891-3382 or email us at gpc.collegian@gmail. com.

Welcome back to a new year at GPC, even if you are still shaking off that hangover from that New Year’s Eve party. Well, look alive, because this year promises to be an exciting one. As The Collegian approaches its 25th anniversary, You will notice your student newspaper emerging into a formidable source of news and information at GPC as the semester progresses. Of course, there will also be room for fun as well, as we will be covering what’s hip and what’s not in and around Atlanta. This issue welcomes you, the student, back to campus. And we’ve crammed it full of news bits, course info, professor ratings and the year in review. By abiding to the role of a watchdog, The Collegian will continue to strive in upholding transparency and accountability with SGA and the administration. The Collegian will be opening offices on Dunwoody and Newton campuses in an effort to create efficient coverage of news and events. The newspaper will also be creating a broadcast news network and planning a more interactive website to engage the student body. So, as you can see, your newspaper will be very busy this year to get you informed. We invite you, the readers to notify us, ask us and share with us what concerns you. “If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for anything.” This year, it’s all happening. It’s the year the students will stand up. They will be loud. They will be heard. Sincerely, The Collegian Staff

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Syracuse added to TAG By Christiana Clerk Contributing Writer Georgia Perimeter College recently added its 39th college to its Transfer Guarantee Agreement. According to a GPC press release, the latest transfer agreement, which begins fall 2011 is for Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences, and its L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. “It is appropriate that our two powerhouse institutions do what none other in the nation has done to clear the pathway to success for students who are transferring from an outstanding two-year college to Syracuse University,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony Tricoli. Students who participate in the articulation agreement for Syracuse must graduate from Georgia Perimeter College with an associate degree, a 3.0 grade point average, and at least 60 transferable credits, the last 30 of which must be earned at GPC. “Dr. Tricoli and I believe that through partner-

ships such as this one, our students reap the benefits of a world-class education,” added Chancellor at Syracuse University Nancy Cantor, according to GPC’s press release. “Through these extensive, reciprocal partnerships, we prepare our students for the world in the world.” TAG is GPC’s articulation program which allows students guaranteed transfer admission into any selected school apart of the agreement. Admission requirements differ for each institution. Through TAG, students are offered a variety of four year colleges to choose from. The selection ranges from public to private and out-of-state to in-state schools. “The TAGs we have signed with the universities are a direct result of our students’ success at institutions across the state, and it is also recognition of the great work of our faculty in preparing our students for upper division work,” Tricoli said. Students should consult with a TAG advisor for complete information and requirements for each TAG school. For more information, visit www.gpc. edu/tag

Bachelor’s for GPC students By Christiana Clerk Contributing Writer Georgia Perimeter College is partnering with Georgia Southwestern State University to offer the state’s first three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree in Georgia. This program is offered and begins in the spring of 2011 at GPC. The first half of this degree can be completed either online or on campus at GPC. The second half of the program is offered online at Georgia Southwestern University. This three-year degree in business administration offers students two options: management or accounting. Although the program enables students

to complete both the associate of science (AS) and the bachelor of business in administration (BBA) degrees in three years fully online, it is extremely challenging. In a statement in a GPC news release Dr. Tricoli stated “This program is not for the faint of heart.” He concluded saying “only serious students need apply.” Students must initially apply to Georgia Perimeter College, and then to Georgia Southwestern State University during the fall semester of the second year. More information is available at http://www. gpc.edu/fastrac

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Best Professors

Highest

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Clarkston Bethany Cardon Spanish

Overall Rating: 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Easiness 4.3

What they’re saying: “So much fun you don’t even realize you’re learning until you wake up one morning speaking Spanish!”

Reporting by: William Pauldo, Joji Castillo, Victoria Healy, Adam Waldorf, and Melissa Wong

professors Dunwoody Albert Lu Calculus

Overall Rating: 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6 Clarity 4.6 Easiness 3.2

What they’re saying: “Very focused on preparation for next level up. More than willing to help, extremely available, cares although it may not seem so at times. Go to his office, listen carefully, do the homework till you’ve mastered it, participate, do the review set, know the concepts, take the class seriously. I’m not going to come out with an A, but I know the stuff.”

Decatur Kyle Barbieri Political Science

Overall Rating: 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0 Clarity 5.0

Alpharetta Jane Sullivan English

Overall Rating: 4.9 Helpfulness 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Easiness 4.0

Easiness 4.1

What they’re saying:

What they’re saying:

“She brings wonderful energy and insight to the stories. She is not hard, but does challenge you to think and express you opinion. She loves to have long discussions and values all input. She is the best person to be teaching English. I hate the subject, but she makes it interesting.”

“Some prof. rate themselves and I’m always skeptical when I read too many positive posts about an instructor, but after taking this class I know Barbieri doesn’t need to, he’s so cool I know all these posts are written by his students. He relates politics to life and engages the class in very interesting discussions. Highly recommended!”

Newton

Wendell Broadwell Political Science Overall Rating: 4.7 Helpfulness 4.6 Clarity 4.9 Easiness 4.5

What they’re saying: “It was interesting to learn from an unbiased source, it was refreshing to be taught by such an intellectual”

All quotes and ratings from www.ratemyprofessor.com


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Research your coursework and career opportunities Focus your current studies on your future outcomes Choose a program that best fits your ambitions Have questions? E-mail an admissions counselor at csuinfo@clayton.edu! Check out www.clayton.edu for information about making Clayton State part of your transfer goals.

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Undergraduate degree programs: Accounting Administrative Management Biology Chemistry Communication & Media Studies Computer Network Tech (Cert) Computer Science Criminal Justice Dental Hygiene English General Business Health Care Management Health Fitness Management History Information Technology Integrative Studies Legal Studies

Liberal Studies Management Marketing Mathematics Middle Level Education Music Nursing Paralegal Studies (Cert and AAS) Political Science Pre-dentistry track

Pre-engineering track Pre-law track Pre-pharmacy track Pre-medicine track Pre-veterinary track Psychology & Human Services Sociology Supply Chain Management Technology Management Theatre

Clayton State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree, the baccalaureate degree and the master’s degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clayton State University.


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Looking back Mar. 9 Mar. 5 Roethlisberger Police in Milledgeville, Georgia were investigating Roethlisberger for an unrelated sexual assault inside the women’s rest room of the Capital City nightclub. The 20-year-old accuser told doctors “a boy kind of raped me.”

Jan. 12 A 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastates Haiti, with a confirmed death toll over 230,000. The tragedy was so great, Wyclef Jean almost became President of Haiti.

Jan. 8 Double rainbow This viral video is a testament to campers who think harvesting wild mushrooms for breakfast is a great idea.

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Year in Review Haiti earthquake

March

Catholic sex scandal ... again The Catholic Church found itself once again the butt of jokes across the world (no pun intended). A monastery head in Salzburg admits abuse of a boy more than four decades ago. Revelations of more abuse would surface in the coming weeks, leading the Pope to publicly apologize-and later endorse condoms as protection against HIV.

May 4 Nude breaks bank Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust becomes the most expensive work of art sold at auction, selling for US$106 million. Unreliable polls indicate Absinthe sales increased immediately after.

May June

Feb. 7 Saints super win New Orleans Saints defeat Indianapolis Colts, reminding everyone there’s more to New Orleans than Gumbo and Jambalaya

February Feb. 27 Chile earthquake One of the largest earthquake in recorded history triggered a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497.

Apr. 20

June 30

April

Eclipse premier

Oil spill The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. The spill became the largest in history, despite the variety of ways scientists tried to use turds to plug the gushing pipe.

Apr. 3 & 30 iPad revolution Apple nerds undergo second puberty when Apple releases its first iPad.

The vampire saga premieres to droves of tweens and their mothers invading multiplexes across the country. Team Jacob or Team Edward? Unreliable sources would report in the ensuing weeks an increase in cat fights among females between the ages of 12 and 45.


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Looking back Nov. 2

Sep. 22

House turns red

Sesame Street blushes at Katy

July 16 Mel Gibson rants The “Passion of the Christ” director explodes in a series of abusive phone calls to his wife. The once leading Hollywood star will next appear in a movie about a man and his puppet beaver. Seriously.

The Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and stole seats in the Senate. The loss would result in President Barack Obama receiving an elbow to the face while playing basketball weeks later.

Sesame Street pulls an episode featuring a somewhat scantily clad Perry, apparently leading to millions of uncomfortable parents questioned by their five-year-old boys what an ‘erection’ is.

September

Nov. 16 Beatles sell out

November

The Fab Four finally gave in and sold their souls to the Apple machine.

July Aug. 28 Glenn Beck restores honor

October

August

Tea Party members gather to protest Big Government, while promoting Tea and Grizzly Bears. Lipton and PETA might as well be outraged.

December Dec. 2

Oct. 30

New life found NASA announces the discovery of new arsenic-based life form in California. Democrats want to tax these new life forms; Republicans want to deport them. These new immigrants plan to hold their first rally early 2011.

Jon Stewart restores sanity Stewart and Stephen Colbert teamed up to restore some sanity in a crazy world of cable news and … well, politicians. Some called the rally “important,” some called it “weak” but what the rally accomplished was giving potheads a place to hang out on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

1. Inception

10. Tron Legacy/ True Grit

2010 has been a year to remember and it has featured a lot of memorable films and TV shows. The most memorable is Inception by Christopher Nolan. It focuses on a desperate man that is willing to pull off the ultimate heist to clear his name and see his children. Sounds similar doesn’t? This is unlike any film you would every see. It is combination of Heat starring Al Pacino and The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves. It is clearly a shoe in for best picture of the year.

Jeff Bridges rocks. He is in two remakes this year that will drive the movie critics bunkers. In The Coen Brothers’ True Grit, he plays a murdering marshal hired by a young girl to catch a murderer. In Tron Legacy, he plays a creator of a virtual world and eventually his creation turns on him. These two films are at total different ends of the spectrum. One is a western and another is a far out sci-fi flick. Take your pick either will do.

2. The Social Network Facebook is a major part of our crazy society that reaches every person around the world. The movie about the creation of the website had a similar effect. It stars Jesse Eisenberg that starred in Zombieland along with Woody Harrelson. Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberger founder of Facebook. It is a dramatic story of betrayal and power that destroys entire friendships and show the dark side of humanity.

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/ Toy Story 3 The two top grossing films of the year were Harry Potter and Toy Story sequels. Like the old saying goes “ Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”, these franchises can still draw crowds and captivate audiences. It would be a tragedy to get off the money train now.

4. Jersey Shore This is a strange show! In fact, it isn’t new. This concept has been reincarnated from the Real World, Road Rules, and Big Brother. However, the stars of the Jersey Shore have become pop culture icons, no matter how short lived it maybe, they are all over the media.

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9. Black Swan This film may win best picture Oscar because it is by far one of the most intriguing thrillers this season. It is dark, beautiful and elegant rolled up in a twisted ballerina tale.

8. Modern Family This show is very funny and full of modern issues and relationships in today’s family. There is a very attractive Sofia Vergara that is sure to keep you watching. You must watch it to really grasp it true meaning

7. The Walking Dead It is by far the best show on AMC and besides the show is about frickin’ zombies. Enough said.

6. For Colored Girls This is by far Tyler Perry’s best film. He has elevated his status as a serious film maker. Bravo!

5. Eclipse No matter if you are on Team Edward or that other guy, the Twilight series rakes in the big cash. Even though the movies look like cheap student films and the acting is worst than a soap opera, people flock to the theatres to see the love triangle that is Twilight.


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Sports

Men’s basketball team wins some, loses some By Xavier Lewis Contributing Writer

The women Jaguars soccer team pose with President Tricoli as they celebrate their National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 District F Championship. (Photo by Michael Eden)

Lady Jags break records By Michael Eden Dunwoody Photo Editor Georgia Perimeter College’s women’s soccer team soared out of obscurity and broke records to finish third in the nation. The Jaguars went to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship Tournament for the first time, and although they lost the championship game, they finished with 22 wins and only one loss. While the Jags defeated Iowa Western Community College in the first round at the tournament in Topeka, Kan., they lost to Paradise Valley Commu-

nity College, Az. The Jags played against Schoolcraft College, Mich., for third place. The national championship took place in Topeka, Kan., from Nov. 18-21. Esther Anyanwu, a player for the Jaguars, was named Player of the Year for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. According to the NJCAA, Anyanwu scored 48 goals and 14 assists. Anyanwu, who accumulated 112 points, broke a record when she exceeded 100 points this season. Anyanwu, along with team members Linda Chukwuji, Marbel Egwuenu, and Victoria Klingensmith, were named All-American. Bruno Kalonji, the women’s soccer team coach, was named Coach of the Year by the region coaches.

Best-ever record for the women’s soccer program—22 wins, one loss and two ties. The Jaguars outscored opponents 151-10. The impenetrable defense registered 16 shutouts.

Won the program’s first conference championship.

First trip to nationals.

Anyanwu broke the college’s singleseason scoring record.

Anyanwu led the nation with 112 points on 49 goals and 14 assists.

Taiwo Adeshigbin broke the college career scoring record with 163 points, 66 goals and 31 assists in two seasons and finished fifth in the nation both seasons.

Anyanwu and Chukwuji were selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team.

Anyanwu was named the Player of the Year for NJCAA Region 17 (Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association).

Four players selected for Region 17 AllTournament Team: Adeshigbin, Anyanwu, Egwuenu and Klingensmith.

Five players selected for All-Region 17 first team: Anyanwu, Adeshigbin, Chukwuji, Tori Klingensmith and Marbel Egwuenu.

Two players were selected for AllRegion second team: Windsor Neal and Allison Derck.

Highlights

Coach Bruno Kalonji, in his third season coaching the Jaguars, was named Coachof-the-Year by the region coaches.

The Jaguars held their annual thanksgiving classic on Nov. 12 and 13. They faced two worthy foes in Middle Georgia Technical College Friday night and Southern Union State Community College on Saturday. On Friday, as the basketball soars through the air, the cheerleaders pumped the crowd with their various jumps and on-point routines. When the game began, it was quickly understood why so many people were there supporting the men’s basketball team. The spirits were high and the air was energized. Fans like Jade Tolbert rooted loyally for their favorite players. When asked to name

her favorite player, Tolbert chose Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, “because he is so physical.” ”I love cheering for our boys, I think they get pumped up listening to us,” said freshman cheerleader Nakeema Squires. The Jags started fast with at least six points before the other team had the chance. By halftime, they were still up 36-30. Everything came together in the second half for the Jags. They played as if they had played together for years. One couldn’t tell this was just their fifth game. The game ended with a 20-point victory 85-55, with five players boasting double-digit scores. The boys were back at it Saturday, but this time things didn’t go the

Jaguars way. The boys seemed as if they were another team from the day before. They turned the ball over and missed most of their jumpshots. The team played from behind most of the game, but fought for another chance. They managed to bring the game into overtime, but were unable to right their wrongs. The Jaguars ended the night losing 80-73. Despite the loss, some members still earned double-digit points; Jarrett Stokes scored 22 points; Muhammad Abdul-Aleem (Musa) followed with 19 points; and Chris Blunt with 13 points. The Jaguars are now even 3-3 so far this season; now they have to take their talents to the next level on the road in a seven game stretch. Good luck Jags!!!

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Jan. 10 SGA meetings (Check Student Life for details) Alpharetta | 7:30 a.m. Clarkston | 1 p.m. Dunwoody | 1 p.m. Newton | 1 p.m. Jan. 10 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Albany Tech College 7:30 p.m. Decatur Jan. 10 Women’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Albany Tech College 5 p.m. Decatur Jan. 12

Reception for art show Life Studies 6 - 8 p.m. Newton Studio Gallery, Fine Arts building Jan. 12 Reception for art show Mixed Media: Textures of Life 6 - 8 p.m. Clarkston Jim Cherry Learning Resource Gallery Jan. 12 Women’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Darton College 5 p.m. Decatur Jan. 15 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. South Georgia Tech College 4 p.m. Decatur Jan. 15

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Jan. 17 Women’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Middle Georgia College 5 p.m. Cochran, GA Jan. 19 Reception for art show Paintings by Anita Stewart 5 - 7 p.m. Dunwoody Learning Resource Galleries

Jan. 19 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Atlanta Metro College 7:30 p.m. Decatur Jan. 19 Women’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Atlanta Metro College 5 p.m. Decatur Jan. 21 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Waycross College 7 p.m. Waycross, GA Decatur SGA meeting | 1 p.m.

Jan. 22 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Coastal Georgia College 3 p.m. Brunswick, GA Jan. 22 Women’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Andrew College 2 p.m. Cuthbert, GA Jan. 23 Dekalb Symphony Orchestra Annual Children’s Concert with Jovita Moor, narrator. Fyodor Cherniavsky conducts 3 p.m. Clarkston Gymnasium Jan. 24 8 p.m. Faculty/Guest Concert Featuring Three Woodwinds Quintets

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by Amy Leventhal. Performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians. Clarkston Performance Studio Fine Arts building Jan. 24 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. East Georgia College 7:30 p.m. Decatur Jan. 24 Women’s Basketball Jaguars vs. East Georgia College 5 p.m. Decatur Jan. 26 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Chattahoochee Tech College 7 p.m. Decatur Jan. 29 Men’s Basketball Jaguars vs. Albany Tech College

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SGA update

Student fee increases coming SGA recaps 2010 Committee plans fees to pay for on-campus health benefits and expansion of J-Card services for students.

By Adam Waldorf Senior News Editor Students can expect to see new costs and increases in existing fees when they return Fall semester. The Student Fee Advisory Committee met on Dec. 15 to make new mandatory fees recommendations for every GPC student. The committee also suggested increases to existing elective fees, which affects students in the particular programs. The Committee’s recommendations will be sent to the Board of Regents for final approval. These fees are expected to go into effect in the Fall semester. Mandatory fees were proposed for student health and J-Card service. Other increases considered were online tuition rates and elective fees for dental hygiene, nursing and science labs . Under the student health initiative, for which every student would pay a $20 fee each semester, a Student Health Services Center would begin operation in 2012 on the Clarkston campus. Centers on other campuses would be established afterward. It would provide preventative health services, primary care, vaccinations, first aid, and prescription

and non-prescription medications. copying. The fee would also help It would be staffed by a family pay for expanded office hours, an nurse practitioner as the primary enhanced online card service, more care giver, registered nurses, and uses for the card, infrastructure upa certified medical assistant. In ad- dates, and increased marketing. dition, the fee would fund a moThe student representatives bile unit to service all campuses. elected to table a proposal to raise By 2015, the fee would enable online tuition until January. At GPC to offer students a low-cost $99 a semester hour, GPC’s onhealth insurance plan for preven- line tuition is the lowest rate in tative and primary health care the University system of Georgia. services. The proposal was met The proposed hike to $125 per with great enthusiasm by the stu- semester hour would still mean dents serving on the committee. GPC is tied for the lowest rate. “It was hard for me to believe Reasons given for the increase we have all these students, yet were the concern online enrollment many of them have a lot of chal- may be cutting into on-campus lenges physically and mentally enrollment, with studies suggestthat impair their ing the fee hike ability to be By 2015, the fee would will do little successful here cut into deenable GPC to of- to at GPC,” said mand, and that Dean of Health fer students a low-cost the college can Sciences Dr. health insurance plan use the revenue. Diane White. for preventative and pri- The students on “So I think the committee that it’s defi- mary health care service seemed connitely related cerned that the to our mission and our goal tuition hike did not benefit students. here at GPC to think about havAt the time of this publicaing a health services center.” tion, voting results had not been The J-Card fee would be to fund disclosed; open voting was susexpanded student services. Busi- pended during the meeting. The ness centers would be established committee plans to reconvene to provide students with afford- in early January to further disable, on-campus faxing and color cuss increase in online tuition.

By Joji Castillo and Adam Waldorf

SGA held a college-wide gathering to recap the year and discuss plans for the new year on Dec. 3. SGA representatives from all five campuses met at the Clarkston campus from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to Clarkston SGA president Courtney Epperson, the purpose of the meeting was, “an

opportunity to converse with our colleagues.” She explained that they’d like to “see how we’re doing business on our individual campuses and to get some insight and some direction and … just kind of exchange ideas and see where to move forward from this point.” After singing Christmas songs and dancing to the Black-Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” they got down to business. Each campus detailed their various accomplishments:

Alpharetta

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By Adam Waldorf Senior News Editor A reluctant SGA took a step toward opening up their meetings and processes at the collegewide meeting on Dec. 3. The student organization made two attempts to close their meeting to non-members, only to have both motions dismissed by the administration. In an interview with The Collegian the day before, GPC Vice President Dr. Vincent June and Dean of Student Services Debra Homer indicated they would like to see SGA’s decison-making process be transparent and open. Although SGA promoted the event as an open one, there was still a need for a clear “OK” from Dr. June to the whole student government to “officially” welcome the public. Clarkston Senator Katrina Allen tried to close the meeting to non-members on two occasions, including a motion to dismiss all non-members. Both instances were dismissed by Homer and Student Life directors Theodora Johnson and Angela Avery-Jones. The dismissal of the motions puzzled some members, which led to questions about how they will govern their deliberations and voting. Johnson assured the members a final decision from June was pending. There was no discussion of the Georgia Open Meetings

SGA sworn in October 12th 2010 Put on the Fall Festival, their first event, attracting 107 attendees Talked to President Tricoli about marketing ideas to attract students to the Alpharetta center Had training on Robert’s Rules of Order. Alpharetta campus president Warren Bray said, “We got to learn all about, you know, Robert’s Rules because we didn’t know that much.” Voted to have weekly meetings at 7:30 on Friday mornings

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Clarkston SGA cry libel, harassment

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Proposed moving the smoking area away from doorways Proposed lowering price of scantrons to the level Georgia State sells them. Planning a Meet the SGA event for January

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Clarkston Recap • • • • Clarkston SGA meets behind closes doors, although the administration has called for open meetings. (Photo by Adam Waldorf ) Law or the subsequent court rulblatantly lied and stated things ings regarding closed meetings. that are so far from the truth--for “As of right now we are not the sole purpose of discrediting making a formal statement,” said and insulting the SGA on the Dunwoody SGA President NaClarkston campus at least,” said than Singleton. “As Courtney (Ep- Programming Chair Dana Gray. person) said earlier, we are waiting “... The SGA should have an offrom the word from Dr. June. ficial position about these lies that Once he, like she said, notifies us have been put forth.” of his decision we can proceed “I think that there should be from there.” some boundaries established and During an open discussion, that no one should be getting members voiced concerns of the harassed everywhere you go,” relationship between The Colprotested Allen. “It’s getting to the legian and SGA. Accusations of point where it’s just too much.” libel and harassment were made However, some members made against The Collegian’s investigaa plea for unity,, including a newly tion into the SGA’s practice of appointed Decatur Senator, “Don’t closed meetings. sit here and point your fingers “There’s been three or four at each other,... as a whole ... we different articles where they’ve should all be together.”

Put on Lunch and Learn where students could meet campus officials and eat lunch Put on GPCs own Biggest Loser program, winner went from size 15 to size 8 Imaginary Hipster’s Fashion Show Mentor Awareness rally

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Partner with Leadership Academy next semester for a new program called Race, which will allow students to meet with other people from different ethnic backgrounds to learn about their culture and sample their food “We are staying diligent with our work as far as getting our information together so that we can present for the bookstore contract that’s coming due,” President Epperson said. “We are staying diligent with the Campus Café and continuing to answer student concerns as far as that is concerned, as well as public safety,” President Epperson said.

Books For Africa, collecting books for Africa Went to Birmingham, Alabama to build a house with Habitat For Humanity Casino Night Etiquette Night, on how to conduct yourself in a job interview Relaxation week for finals, including a massage therapist for students Did a walk for breast cancer

Put on Leadership Conference Encouraged Free Hugs Put on Talent Show Did their own version of Don’t Forget the Lyrics Did event to teach young men how to be gentlemen and young women how to be ladies

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Putting on a pancake breakfast, meet and greet brunch, and caricatures for Welcome Week Going to the Center for the Visually impaired to reach out to the blind Working on a brother and sister program with Dunwoody High School

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Put on a Life Is Hard So Deal With It event where students learned about good health and study habits and financial planning

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Bingo Day with Longhorn gift certificates Field day with Tug ‘O’ War and Volleyball Frisbee Day Ice Cream Social to meet SGA members for Welcome Week


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Administration for open meetings By Sabastian Wee Editor - in - Chief While there has been no official action from the administration regarding SGA closed sessions, GPC Vice President Vincent June expressed his desire for transparency in the organization. SGA has grown more restrictive in their meetings in the last two months: Decatur SGA kept students out for the majority of their last scheduled meeting; Dunwoody began closing their meetings with the arrival of SGA President Nathan Singleton; Newton campus altered the language of their closed meetings by referring it as an executive meeting, despite a quorum being present; Clarkston reportedly moved their scheduled meeting to an unscheduled area on campus. June noted he was surprised about the inconsistent practices of SGA. He believed it is impor-

tant for the student fees process be with the general counsel and the open and accessible to the students. Board of Regents to allow open “We just need time to get this deliberations. A timetable for ofunder control,” said June. “It will ficial action was not specified. happen … I think, for me, given “We want to find out legally what we’ve done so far with the stu- what we have to do—we want to dent fee process in general, and ku- be consistent—and we will have dos we received to infuse it into on our (recent) the policy. Then audit, transparthere’s trainency is the best ing involved thing. At the I know sometimes the too,” Homer end of the day, added, “The isstudents need something sue has not nothing is being said that should to feel like they’ve got been ignored.” not be shared more authority than An agreewith anybody.” what really is there... ment was made I know someto completely times the stuopen SGA’s coldents need somelege-wide meetthing to feel like ing on Dec. 3 they got more at Clarkston. authority than what really is there,” However, it was not clear if subadded June. “But really, you are per- sequent campus meetings will forming the duties and functions be open until the organizathat have already been outlined.” tion makes an official decision. June indicated his plans to meet

SGA approves president’s trip to Cozumel, Mexico By Randy Schafer

Dunwoody Campus Life Editor Dunwoody SGA voted on funding for an additional student to attend the National Leadership Conference in Cozumel, Mexico, for the 2011 spring semester. Beverly Lee, of the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business

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Honors Society, requested $840, in addition to the previous $1,200 already appropriated to fund one GPC student to attend the conference. The second student chosen to attend the conference is the Dunwoody SGA President Nathan Singleton. Singleton was present for the voting process, but did not

participate. The SGA senators unanimously voted on the approval to fund Singleton’s trip to the conference in Mexico. During the final fall semester meeting, the SGA also discussed group dynamics, future goals and improvements, and preparations for future school events.

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Dunwoody

Upon instruction from Dean of Student Services Deb Homer to keep meetings open, SGA President Courtney Epperson suspended open deliberations and voting. The organization will reconvene at an unspecified date for voting. Photography was prohibited in the meeting; “You’re making enemies with the wrong people,” Senator Munir Limay told a Collegian reporter.

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Held open deliberations and voting.

No meeting; organization will meet again Jan. 21. Will hold open deliberations and voting next meeting.

Confusion to open or close meeting; new Student Life Director Stephan Moore did not provide SGA instructions to keep meeting open-reporter and guest dismissed from meeting as a result. Some SGA members apologized for the confusion; “We are so sorry, we weren’t made aware that you were not to be asked to leave,” said Lyceum Chair Anna Grace.

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