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ast week, snow and ice swept across parts of Georgia once again causing Georgia Perimeter College to shut down for four days leaving students, faculty and staff to wonder if more school days will be added to the calendar. It is the second time this semester that the college has had to shut down its five campuses due to inclement weather, and Friday, faculty and staff were called in at 10 a.m. to begin to access the situation. According to Vice President of Academic Affairs Phil Smith, the board does not plan on adding classes back to the schedule, but if more school days are missed this could change. If more days are taken away from the school calendar due to inclement weather, then students may be forced to give up spring break. “We do not have many days to work with inside the semester calendar to add days with the exception of days over spring break,” Dr. Smith said. Department heads across the five campuses are also struggling to make adjustments to try to cover all the necessary course material in the best way possible. “School closings due to inclement weather are bad for students and instructors alike,” Life and Earth Science department head, Dr. Carl McAllister said. “When we lose instructional minutes, it makes it difficult for us to cover some course material as thoroughly as we would like to.”

One of the options being considered is for instructors to post material missed on iCollege and leave it the students' responsibility to learn before midterm and finals week. “Each instructor will decide what will be left to the student to master on their own,” Dr. Smith said. “We are encouraging instructors to move some class materials/instruction to the online environment, as all classes have an iCollege section established.” According to Dr. Smith, some instructors will also try to set up some additional study sessions for Fridays and Saturdays, but this will be determined on case-by-case basis when rooms are available. “We do not have enough rooms to handle every class,” Dr. Smith said. But, he said, "We are also encouraging students to utilize the tutoring center and are hopeful faculty will provide additional availability to students.” Labs will cause a bigger problem for students and professors. “Lab supervisors on each GPC campus are working on revised lab schedules to give to each lab instructor,” Dr. McAllister said. “In some cases, lab exercises are being combined, and in a few cases certain exercises may have to be done in a shortened format or eliminated.” Dr. McAllister added that instructors will be responsible for communicating changes to their students once they have been given these changes by the lab supervisors. “Each instructor will make decisions on how to adjust their schedules,” Dr. Smith said. “They will still need to ensure that all core objectives are covered in some manner.”

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To Bieb or Not to Bieb By Jessica Cephus Staff Writer hey make us laugh, they make us cry, they inspire us to dream, and they make millions while doing these things. The group of people I am referring to are today’s celebrities. In our society we seem to be so caught up in the lives of celebrities that have resulted in reality show mayhem; Twitter wars between celebs and their rivals; the leakage of raunchy photos, and list of other questionable behavior still continues to grow. Celebrities have proven that they will do anything to keep their fans entertained and it works, but what happens when celebrities take it too far? These elite individuals seem to have entertained our ability to judge between right and wrong right out of our brains. Let’s take Justin Bieber for example. I must admit, the guy’s last album Journals was pretty good, but I can’t say the same about his behavior or any of the decisions he has made lately. Although Bieber

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isn’t the only young and reckless celebrity in the news, I believe he has one of the largest fan bases and has a lot of influence over this large group of “Beliebers.” I would hate to see him lead them down the same reckless path he is traveling on. If it’s one thing I can say, Bieber has definitely been working on his street cred, from facing charges of DUI, drag-racing, and driving with an invalid license, Justin seems to be turning into the guy your mom warned you about. So many people have argued that Bieber is just “living his life” or “enjoying his youth,” but is egging your neighbor’s house or speeding down the road like a NASCAR driver really necessary? I think not. In my opinion, Justin Bieber is an example of someone who is so rich and talented that he feels like he is above the law, and he continues to act out, because he knows that somewhere lurking in the bushes is a TMZ camera man waiting to give him more publicity. Until the viewers, the fans, and people in his community say enough is enough, Bieber will continue to spiral out

Poetry "Blasé Brothers" By Jacob Scott Moore Contributor

We all became brothers the moment we all became scared, and we all became scared the moment mundanity was out of sight. We all felt lost and yet knew where to go: “Walk North and and never South,” because South is from where we came, and though we sing of our future, we are silent about our past. We all started walking the same: heads held high taking in the vast beauty of the unknown world but an unknown world has unknown roots on its little known trails, and the discovered roots created so many bruises we all walked with our heads held down. The world went by unknown. The only pain we talked about was the new pain ­­ the pain that felt so good compared to the pain we couldn't give a name. And we rejoiced with drink and we danced with smoke, because finally the drink gave us warm sleep as it promised, and the smoke took away our pain as it swore. And though every morning we ached, our gods, The Drink and The Smoke, raised us from our graves and carried us further North, away from days left behind.

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of control. I honestly think it’s not too late for Bieber to turn his life around, but it’s totally up to him. I don’t think shipping him back to Canada will change anything seeing that he’s facing alleged assault charges in Toronto. Our society seems to have a trend where we just allow celebrities to get away with any and everything because we like their music or because they’re cool. We give them a couple of warnings when they mess up, and send them away when we’ve had enough of them. We created this monster and continue to fuel his behavior. I feel like we should try our best to show him and other artists that they can be cool without completely tarnishing their image. Will Justin’s career crash and burn due to his poor decision making or will he learn to control himself ? I guess we will have to wait and see. Hopefully Bieber will decide to come back Down To Earth and take responsibility for his actions.

"We Meet Again" By Tammara Greene Collegian Staff Entering into the room of shiny bleachers, and the paraphernalia of MORRIS BROWN honors hanging from the ceiling triggers anxiety. It’s 5:23pm and the game starts at 6. Will this really happen? Some people are only here for a season, or is it a coincidence. An outing with friends exposed similar identities. They whisper, “Are you alright?” and “They should be out soon.” The bouncing of Spaulding balls, and cheering Wolverines are center. More fans gather into the arena carrying snacks, and drinks. Through the chaos of the anxious ball players I focus on the only man in an all-black suit. He’s tall, with a dark complexion. His bushy eyebrows, and glowing white teeth light my curiosity. “Is that him?” I ask myself. My friend clearly feeling the same says, “I think that’s him.” We stare for what seems to be a Monday at the DMV until I say,” OKAY I’m going over there.” Standing up, wiping my damp palms on my denim jeans I begin to walk. My footsteps, on the newly polished floor, are like clashing plates. I slow down to dense the noise. Now it’s my heartbeat… I walk up the other side of the bleachers, like I’m on a mission to sneak attack the enemy. As I get closer, the man I see looks so familiar. I shyly smile because he’s so identical to me. Memorizing every move, stance, and gesture. Recognizing the mole on the left side of his neck; my beauty mark. Hearing him laugh is a domino effect, realizing I’m not a part of the conversation. I finally reach my destination and with no hesitation I say…… “HI DAD”

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as something ever stopped working right when you need it the most? Do you have a backup? If the power goes out, would you be prepared? Do you have enough money put aside in case of emergency? These are important questions that everyone should consider. Life can happen when you least expect it, so the question is how would you be able to handle the unexpected circumstances? There are more than a few ways that you can end up in a rut. You may think, “This is the end,” or you may ask yourself, "Why me?'' And everyone responds with the same answer, "Everything happens for a reason." My theory is that no matter what happens, be prepared. The world is constantly changing and life is the same way. We all need a little help regardless if we agree to that or not. Well, I am here to give you a few tips to guarantee that you are ahead of the issue before it strikes. The most important piece of advice I can give to you is to remain calm when something unexpected happens. The moment your anxiety kicks in, you are no longer thinking rationally, rather you are acting off of emotion. You have to open your mind in all dynamics to get you out of the sticky situation and find out what you can do to help yourself first. For example, what do you do to be prepared for a power outage? First, locate all the things you will need and put them in arms’ reach,

so when the power does go out you know exactly where all of your items are and how to get to them as quickly as possible. Also, have working batteries on standby just in case. Next, have your pantry stocked with enough food, mostly non-perishables, to last you a couple of days. Ensure that all doors and windows are sealed and that you are as far away from them as possible, in case of trees falling. Last, keep in contact with your family and friends, just in case you need help. Believe it or not, other people may be able to help out and see how things can be done differently to your advantage. You could also take this time to reconnect with your family or friends, playing fun games and spending quality time with them. Talking to them is a nice way to keep your attention diverted; you'll be so grateful that being stuck in the house will be the last thing on your mind. In closing, remember that no matter the circumstances, life will go on around you, whether you lose your phone or you hurt yourself tremendously. There will always be a back-up plan or an alternative for you to move forward and breeze through life’s troubles with a smile on your face.

Sloane is a pseudonym for the columnist. Send all questions and topics to gpc.collegian@gmail.com with the subject "ask sloane."

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The Person Behind The Lectures with GPC Instructor John Farris By Victoria Song Collegian Staff t the age of eight, Professor John Farris became fascinated with history. “When I was eight, I was at a department store in the kid’s section and picked up a book that had stories about the First World War. I read it and was immediately hooked on history,” explains Farris. In the beginning of his college career, Farris was initially encouraged to pursue a more practical major. “I was thinking about what I should major in, and my dad advised me to major in accounting,” Farris recalls. “ So I majored in accounting then switched to business and realized I didn’t like any of it.” With both a bachelor and masters degree in history, Farris began his career by completing an assistantship with Georgia State University teaching world and U.S. history.

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“The classes that I was most interested in were the required history courses,” said Farris. “One day, my professor came in, and he was so excited about history. I said to myself ‘that’s what I want to major in.’ I remember my father saying, ‘What are you going to do with a history degree? You’re going to have to teach.’” In 2004, Farris became a fulltime history instructor at GPC.

Currently pursuing his doctorate, Farris is finishing his dissertation on Jimmy Carter’s Economic Policy at GSU while continuing to teach at the Dunwoody campus. “I previously taught part-time at GPC in the 1990s when it was still called DeKalb Community College,”said Farris. I love teaching both the U.S survey and world history course because for many students my class is going to be the only history course that they take, and I like the challenge of making history interesting for students,” Farris said. For students, Farris advise, “Seize the moment and stay focused on your education remembering that a college education is your ticket to a more prosperous future.” It might astonish some, but even professors have surprising facts of their own.

A Look Inside GPC's Phi Theta Kappa Chapters By Kimberly Hung Collegian Staff

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ne of the many benefits of maintaining a high grade point average at Georgia Perimeter College is the opportunity to participate in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international academic honor society for students in two-year institutions. “The Society exists to reward academic and scholastic achievement,” said Dr. Jay Dunn, Dunwoody chapter advisor. “It provides students opportunities to work together on projects that drive fellowship and leadership roles. Membership is based on invitation only, but students with good academic standing and at least a 3.5 grade point average who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours are invited to join the Society each semester. There is an induction ceremony to formally welcome new members to the honor society and to reward their achievements. The Society offers tools to assist members in planning the transfer process to a four-year institution and developing marketable skills for future employment. Members receive distinctive access to scholarships from universi-

ties across the country. Dr. Dunn and PTK Dunwoody chapter president Pourya Bakhityar agree that the key to getting the most from the society is participation. “Coming to the meetings and being an active member will let you take much more away from Phi Theta Kappa,” said Bakhityar. “For example, becoming an officer will be something that you can say you actually did instead of just having the Phi Theta Kappa name branded to your transcript." The Georgia region has 36 chapters of Phi Theta Kappa with five chapters located on all GPC campuses. Online students are welcomed to join the society. The Dunwoody campus chapter is currently working on projects from the PTK Honors in Action initiative. The Mentors for Academic Progress (MAP) project is presently led by student member and senior vice president of the Dunwoody chapter, Tyre Johnson-King, who says the project’s purpose is to connect struggling students with student mentors. “The mentor will familiarize the student with the LTC, library and how to best utilize their professors' office hours,” said Johnson-King.


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GPC Baseball Still Plays Through the Ice By Hope Dickson Collegian Staff

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he recent weather shut down GPC campuses, but the GPC men’s baseball team members haven’t felt a thing and continue to gear up for games in this weather. Despite the weather, Head Coach Brett Campbell has a positive outlook for his team. “The season is still young,” said Campbell. “And it has been really tough. But we worked very hard in the Fall season, so I still feel like we are right where we need to be heading into conference play.” Already off to a great season, they currently hold a record of 7-3. Coach Campbell started coaching at GPC three years ago, two of which as head coach. “We are very fortunate to have one of the nicest indoor facilities in the country, so we have been able to get in there some… Still, with the cancellation of school, we have missed some valuable time for sure,” said Campbell. But even that doesn’t seem to stop the team from going for their goals this season. One of the more common goals

in sports is to have a chance to compete in the National Championships at the end of the season. The Jaguars might have a chance at that opportunity if the coaches have anything to say about it. “I'm looking forward to seeing how good this team can be… It is not our goal to just be a good team in Georgia, we want to be recognized as one of the top JUCO's [ Junior Colleges] in the nation,” said Coach Campbell. In case you missed out on the last few games, Coach Campbell brought us up to speed on some of the highlights, “London Lindley (F), LaDonis Bryant (F), and Pierce Ressmeyer (S) have all started out hot at the plate, and we hope it continues. Joe Marlow (S) has really pitched well thus far this season, and we are expecting him to be a leader of our pitching staff.” With this great start, we can only expect greater things this season. Come out to cheer on our Jaguars at their next game Feb. 25, at Cleveland State at 2 p.m. We wish the boys the best of luck this season as they play ball! Go Jaguars!

GPC men's baseball player London Lindley runs the bases during a game. Photo courtesy of Charissa Gray

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The Story of Kyana Campbell #22 soccer team where we travel; I did that from ages 6-18. He also spent long nights practicing with me; I can honestly say he’s made me the best I could be in soccer.”

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ver the past week I sat down with Kyana Campbell, No. 22 on the GPC women’s soccer team. As we began the interview I could tell by the bright smile and the tone of her voice that soccer was truly her first love.

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: “Hands down, it would be winning the state championship my senior year of high school. It was such an overwhelming feeling to know that I left being known for something.” Photo curtosey of Kyana Campbell

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: “My father inspired me; he’s been there since day one. He’s put so much time, money, and dedication in helping me succeed in soccer. ”

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: “Well, he enrolled me into the Gwinnett Soccer Association (GSA), which is like a club

Jaguars competed in the Chipola FPU Classic Tournament Feb. 14 and 15. Losing to all five teams bringing their record to 2-7. The team lost to Southern Union State Community College 10-2, Chipola College 5-4, Chattanooga State Community College 4-2, Northwest Florida State College 5-1 and Gulf Coast Community College 4-3. Although our Jaguars lost, we are still proud of them for competing in the tournament this year. GO JAGS!

Tennis On Feb. 14 and 15, the Men and Women’s tennis team crushed their opponents Middle Georgia State College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Middle Georgia fell prey to the Jaguars, the Men’s team winning 8-1 and Women’s team winning 9-0. Abraham Baldwin suffered the same fate with the Men’s team winning 5-4, and the Women’s team winning 8-1. Clearly the Atlanta’s second ice storm did not stop them from getting their win and bringing both team’s records to 2-0. GO JAGS!

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to continue soccer in college?

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: “Well, honestly I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve been playing since the age of 6; it’s like second nature.”

Jaguars baseball is currently 7-3 after their win-loss on Feb. 8. Our Jaguars lost to Northwest Florida State 7-1 but came back for the win on East Mississippi Community College 1-0.

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have for the inspiring soccer players around the world?

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: “Never give up! Anything is possible; I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!”

Jaguars basketball, both male and female, was set to play Atlanta Metropolitan College Feb. 12, but the games were postponed due to snow. Women’s basketball team is currently 10-14 after their winning game on Feb.8 against Andrew College. The Men’s Basketball team beat Gordon College 74-72 on Feb. 8, bringing their record to 14-10.


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From left: Officer Frank Lamar, Sgt. Rodney Treadwell and Officer Eric Aguiar. Photo by Devante Franklin

A Day with a Public Safety Officer By Devante Franklin Collegian Staff PC Public Safety Officers run a strict schedule and are always around for the protection of others. Thier job requires them to be constantly vigilant and to perform their duties in a military fashion. Supervisor for GPC Clarkston campus night shifts, Sgt. Rodney Treadwell served in the military for

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20 years prior to joining GPC. Public Safety Officers interact with the students to make sure they feel safe and are comfortable with the officers around to keep them safe. Sgt. Treadwell is not the only GPC officer that was in the U.S. military which prompts the officers to run on military time. Sgt. Treadwell arrives to campus early for briefings and to oversee the day-to-day events. For more information about GPC Public Safety, Safety tips, maps and emergency action plans scan the code.

Note: Military time runs from 00, which is 12 a.m. to 2300, which is 11 p.m.

Sgt. Treadwell's Schedule 0630 ( 6:30 a.m.) - Wake up 0700 ( 7 a.m.) - Energy drink/Emergen – C 0830 ( 8:30 a.m.) - Gym. Lift weights and do a Fivemile run on the treadmill. 1030 ( 10:30 a.m.) - Home and shower 1230 ( 12:30 p.m.)- Prep and eat lunch 1300 ( 1 p.m.) - Check emails for work and get dressed for the day’s activities 430 ( 2:30 p.m.) – Arrives at the GPC Clarkston campus and prepares the assignment sheet for all Public Safety officers on duty. 1500 ( 3 p.m.) – Roll call is performed in military fashion with officers lined up in rows standing in at atten-

tion while Sgt.Treadwell gives out notices. Sgt. Treadwell informs officers on upcoming events on campus, such as fine arts events, gym events along with beginning and ending times. On some occasions there will be students who are issued criminal trespass citations and are banned from the school for a specific amount of time. “ If it’s just a day then the student is not allowed to come back to the school that day,” said Sgt. Treadwell. “And the officers are given names and a picture of the student to ensure they do not return.” 1600 ( 4 p.m.) -Officers are dismissed and go to their assigned post. “The officers patrol the areas to ensure no one is gambling or fighting on the campus,” said Sgt.

Treadwell. “They also check the cars in the parking lot to make sure no one is parked without a decal and to make sure someone doesn’t park in the handicap parking illegally.” • 2200 ( 10 p.m.) – The officers do their last patrols and lock all building doors after inspection and cleared of all students and staff. As the supervisor, Sgt. Treadwell, goes behind all the officers to double check the doors and makes sure all students and staffs aren’t in restricted areas. • 2300 (11 p.m.) – The baton is passed, and the night shift takes over. The night shift runs from 2300 to 0700 and the day shift runs 0700 to 1500.

ing well-informed citizens has created a series of records of events, according to the History and Current Events Club flyer. “Some have become attorneys, social workers, etc. – a remarkable indication that they have benefited from this club's activities,” said Dr. Vargais. The club also celebrates Black History, Women's History and Asian History months with events

along with voter registration drives and family history sessions. This year there are four students on the Newton campus and five on Decatur campus who are attending the National Model African Union Conference in Washington, D.C. Feb 20-23. During the conference, Newton students will serve as diplomats from Algeria and Decatur students will represent Tunisia.

For more information about this club, please contact Dr. Salli Vargais at Salli.Vargais@gpc.edu for Newton or John Damico for Decatur at John.Damico@gpc.edu.

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History and Current Events Club Celebrates 18 Years By Sri Rajasekaran Collegian Staff he dual partnership of the History and Current events club on GPC’s Decatur and Newton campuses celebrates 18 years of membership. “Many of the alumni of the History and Current Events Club have become excellent leaders in the Decatur/Rockdale and New-

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ton Student Government Associations,” said Dr. Salli Vargais. Chartered in 1996 at the Decatur Campus, the club’s mission was to provide a platform for students to discuss and debate interesting historical facts. “At least two of the club alumni have majored in International Relations and work in related fields,” said Vargais. The club's objective of develop-


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How Much is Too Much

Increasing minimum wage economic or political in the U.S? By Jusstin Beaudrot Collegian Staff ncreasing the federal minimum wage has been an ongoing argument in the news and politics, but most of what you hear in the news is what the “left” says or what the “right” says. According to Diffen.com, “Democrats favor an increase in the minimum wage to help workers. Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage because it hurts businesses.” Is this really an eco-

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nomic issue or has it been made a political one? Dr. Gregory Okoro, Clarkston Business Club Advisor, believes the media and politicians have hyped the issue more than necessary. He said that many businesses are already paying more than the current minimum wage. Individuals who are paid minimum wage, face a particularly tough situation.. What if their employer could not afford the increased rate and laid people off as a

result? This is a very real possibility. “When the price of something goes up, the buyer tends to buy less of it,”Okoro said. “This applies to the purchase of labor.” A lot of students would agree increasing the minimum wage is a good thing. “Raising wages leads to increased spending and decreased debt and … would provide more incentive for going after a minimum wage job,” said GPC student Christina Burden.

Dr. Richard Kirk, Alpharetta Business and Economics Club Advisor, said increased unemployment damages economic growth by increasing product costs, which leads to fewer purchases, which leads to an overall poorer economy. Kirk also said that politicians are complicating the situation by focusing their actions on potential voters such as special interest groups for or against issues such as increasing the minimum wage. He suggests that students, “Think

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