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A Student's Guide to the Art & Music Industry

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---> TunePusher founder and School of Audio Engineering graduate, Justin Kalpher stated, “SAE would hate me for this but you don’t really need school.” Kahler advised students looking to step into music to skip school completely and land internships. “You learn your best stuff when you get thrown into the fire,” said Kahler. "I was offered my first contract as a producer when I was 15 and then moved on to doing music for movies," Kahler recalled. He noted that after attending SAE and interning unpaid for a year he was employed full-time as an engineer, running general tasks for a major studio. “A lot of students think that once they graduate they’re going to land a job at a studio or become a major producer.” He added, “Everyone is going to end up at the same place, at the very bottom. You’re going to have to intern anyway.” Kahler said that over the last 10 years the industry has drastically changed, and there are simply not as many jobs available. Plus, the budget for production is at an all-time low. Continued > By Ashley Oglesby page 5

(front) Ada Herrera, Na'imah Williams (back) Asad Lakhani, Justin Walker, Brittany Shailer, Brianna Murrin

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Go social to market yourself By Troi Charity Collegian Staff

Social media has unlocked a new way for individuals breaking into the music industry to by their chosen TAG school,” market themselves. said Finley. Lisa Kato, professional singer Sharpe, who met with her TAG for 10 years and former member adviser during her second semester of the 90’s group Seek, explained at GPC, seemed to have maximized why newcomers should take full the service. advantage of social media and “I ended up working with self production. Stephanie Wright. She’s helped "It's actually easier to be a part of me in so many ways from getting the music industry,”said Kato. in contact with Georgia State She added, "Social Media, University’s adviser to helping me YouTube, iTunes, the many stay on track with my classes. I programs out there for home music definitely would not have made it production - these have empowered this far without her help.” writers, musicians, producers and Michaundra Denson, a foreign singers to get their product heard language major from the Decatur by the masses while cutting out the Campus met with TAG her middle-man, the label.” first semester in the Advising, With the help of media in Counseling and Retention office. this century many artists are Denson has a TAG agreement choosing independent labels or for GSU but is still considering self producing. other schools. “You don't have to fight to be Denson feels that TAG is a great heard and seen by a label any more option for students. - you don't even need a major label “Especially for kids who want to anymore to get your product to go to a four-year college but are not your adoring fans,” said Kato. sure where they want to go TAG Kato suggested that today's gives them time to figure that out,” generation of artists are somewhat said Denson. more focused on the business end

Advisors note signing a TAG agreement helps By Omar Nelson Collegian Staff The Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) program, one of Georgia Perimeter College’s feature student services, takes the guesswork out of transfer admissions and gives you a strong incentive to reach your academic goals. TAG is an agreement between GPC and more than 35 higher educational institutions in Georgia and a few additional states. TAG allows you to transfer to any of these four-year colleges provided that you meet certain requirements such as maintaining a set GPA, graduating with at least 60 transferable credit hours and passing all necessary courses with a “C” or better. GPA set by the college you want to transfer to is the primary requirement and imperative to a guaranteed admission. “Student’s have to do their part by maintaining the required GPA

and earning grades of ‘C’ or higher,” said Sharriette Finley, TAG Adviser. “TAG helps students stay on track for doing exactly that.” Aja Sharpe, GPC student said, “the TAG program played a major role in why I eventually chose GPC.” Sharpe is a business administration major who will transfer to Georgia State University in the fall. “My biggest motivation (for using TAG) was that I loved the structure that the program offered. All you have to do is take the right classes and maintain the proper GPA,” said Sharpe. Students can meet with a TAG adviser and sign an agreement as late as their last semester. However, TAG officials recommends that you do not wait. “Signing a TAG agreement sooner rather than later is recommended as a means of helping students stay on track for GPC degree completion, while also completing courses required


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of the industry and not spending enough time working on their craft which got them through the door. “Media perpetuates the fantasy and there is a general image of what is hip, fashionable, what sells, sex, what pushes pop culture,” said Kato. She added that media can make or break an artist and as an end result destroy the artistry of making music. “There are a lot of artists just racing to get to some 'star status' and the music industry has definitely become a revolving door,” Kato said. “You have to work at your craft very hard, let it develop at a comfortable and solid pace.” Kato advised that students looking to break into the industry realize that everything is not as it appears on stage and even in a celebrity's personal life. "The industry is all about promoting fantasy so the person you see on stage or in a video or even in their semi-private lives, is an image perpetuated by the industry machine behind the performer: Public relations staff, the label reps, managers, etc. Kato encouraged aspiring artist to, "live for your art and create or perform because that's who you are."




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Letter From The Editor

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First and foremost, I want to thank everyone that contributes to the Collegian operations. Many of you have assisted in helping us distrubute our papers and recruit. We are very thankful. This issue is centered around music and art. This theme was the brainchild of our readers as much as our editors - early on, we found that a lot of you were involved with the arts, and we tried our best to get to know each of you and display your story. I know that you will enjoy what our editors have gathered for you.

April - Marie




" My brother inspires me to look fashionable since he has his own clothing line."

"I like to be different and try not to look like anyone else."





"The better I look the happier I am."

"It makes me feel confident to dress nice."





"I don't really have an inspiration."

"I'm inspired to be extraordinary."

As finals are rapidly approaching I hope that everyone enjoyed their time off. If you want to share your Spring Break adventures email us. Also, a special thanks to the clubs and organziations that contributed to our publication this issue. Clubs and organizations interested in partnering with the Collegian please contact us. I look forward to working with you all. Feel free to give us your feedback as we are a very small staff and could benefit greatly from your suggestions and support.

Ashley Oglesby Editor-in-Chief

mention #gpcplaylist "Glass" by Mø "I Love It" by Icona Pop "Heart Attack" By Demi Lovato "Radioactive " by Imagine Dragons "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore feat. Wanz "Roxanne by The Police "Pet Sematary" by Plain White Tee's "Werkin Girls" by Angel Haze "Young Girls" Bruno Mars

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Features Jamele WRIGHT After a life-changing hiatus Jamele Wright, returned to college as an art history major. He has done it all from acting, dancing, painting, writing and he even rapping too. “I’m an artist. I’m able to pursue it more now than before, but I have always been an artist,” says Wright. Before jumping back into his work, Wright started painting watercolor abstracts and after that he has been pursuing art full-time. Q : Who is your icon? A : Thornton Dial, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Gustav Klimt — those three artists are the three that I look to for inspiration the most. I watch a lot of artist movies. Between those people and the movies are where I have learned the most.

Q : How has your work evolved? A : My work has definitely transitioned, I used to do work that you couldn’t tell it was me. Really kind of generic and now my work is very personal.

Q : How does fashion and your art intersect?

Q : Why did you decide to personalize your work?

A : I like bow ties and scarfs. I enjoy wearing bowties, I’m actually looking to turn my paintings into bowties.

A : I began with water colored abstract and now I am really into raw material. As an artist I could not continue doing work that was not personal. I like a challenge. I like pushing myself. I like going to the limit and taking it to the edge. When you’re doing work that’s not personal you're not really taking a risk. There is no real risk doing work that everybody is used to seeing or work that doesn’t really have you putting yourself out there.

Q : Like many artists they work off muses, do you work off a muse? A : My muse is African art and women. African art is one of my muses because it is the beginning of art. There is no way you can ever look at American contemporary or contemporary art or even modern art without going back to Africa. I really dig to the source of all things.


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Eric Vázquez is an guitarist, surrealist artist, a classical music lover who is majoring in illustration. In high school Vázquez happened to just fall into art. Thankfully he had a teacher who encouraged him to enroll into some art programs. “If I had to categorize myself I would say that I am a artist, I wouldn’t say that I am one kind of artist.”

Q : Do you have a favorite artist? Why? A : Salvador Dalí, Jenny Morgan, Harry Ally, and Daniel Vázquez Díaz. I like these artists because it is a mixture of art. From figurative painting to contemporary to surrealism.

A : It’s gestural and it starts with a mark and putting all the marks together to form an image. Two artists that are into abstract realism are Jason Shawn Alexander also known as J. Alexander and Nathan Ford.

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Q : How has your work evolved?

Q : Who is your favorite artist? A : There is no one directly who I can say is my favorite artist, but lyrically right now I appreciate music from Kendrick Lamar. Q : Where does your inspiration come from? A : People who inspire me the most in fashion and musically is Karl Lagerfeld the creative director for Chanel, Kanye West and Sade. They all have their own style that I can appreciate.

Q : Who is your icon? A: Myself. (as he Laughs) Because honestly I try to do better. There are people that I can say are my icons but then I know that I can be better than them. I have the same work ethic so all I have to do is keep up what I’m doing, and do it ten times as hard and know that it will pay off. I tell myself that I am my biggest inspiration.

A : I play classical music while I work to get me more involved, more in the zone. When I’m painting my music helps me get there as an artist.

As an art student, novelist, professional skateboarder and a landscaper by day. Mason McNay is currently double majoring in creative writing and studio art. “I have always seen myself as a gestural artist. A lot of the authors and artists that I really look up to give me ideas of simplicity. Which allows me to take out only what means something to me and my audience. From a writer and artist standpoint.”

At first glance you may think that this Nessly is an artist who is all about a materialistic lifestyle. In fact it is far from the truth. Instead of trying to fit in he is creating new avenues for his audience, future artists and most of all for himself. “The first time I rapped I used to think that every song would make me famous and he was the only one making music.”

A : Luxury rap is music that is embracing a luxury culture that isn’t really easy to be obtained by the crowd in hip hop today. For example a lot of people like to hear about things that are common, but I like to talk about things that are not common.

Q : What is a happy median between your work and your love of music?

Q : What is abstract realism?

'Nessly' Porter

A : I believe that my work has evolved greatly. When I first started I was still trying to find myself as an artist. I would listen to a lot of the rappers that I liked and I would try to emulated their sound. But right now I feel like I am completely my own artist and I have my own sound. I actually noticed a lot of people admiring my style and hearing fellow local artists emulating me. My sound is a little bit of real talk rap and fashion rap. Q : What is luxury rap?

A : I’m the kind of artist that switches around but abstract realism is what I’ve been focusing on lately.

A : I began doing black and white painting and now I am moving into oil painting to understand the positioning of color.


Q : How has your work evolved?

Q : What type of artist are you?

Q : How has your work evolved?

/nesslyraps @nesslyraps

A : Since leaving high school I haven’t done any work that I have felt really strongly about. I didn’t have many ideas that I wanted to expand upon writing wise, until very recently. So, I spent that time working on my technical skills -- having someone telling you what to do is a decent motivator -so, when I was ready to get my hand moving I didn’t have to feel like I was playing the catch. Q : If you could live in any time period, what would it be? Why? A : 14th-15th century Venice. People got around on foot and on gondolas and the population was relatively low but there was an extremely high population density where artists like Leonardo Davinci were engineers.

Q : Who is your icon? A : Honestly, I don’t think any artist would be telling the truth if they didn’t say themselves. I started writing a book last year and seeing my work in 200 pages is risky. You have to really be in love with your work to risk other people possibly hating it, being a creator I have only been exposed to this. Q : Like many artists they work off muses, do you work off a muse? A : Yes and no. You must be able to feel something in order for other people to feel something from your work, but it is not impossible to inspire yourself.

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Profile done by Charlee Correia Illustration by of Jahret Rainey



When I hear people, whether on ESPN, NBA TV, or the general public debate on the topic of Michael Jordan vs Lebron James, it really makes me question their basketball knowledge. Now, James, wearing the number 23 in Cleveland, doing Jordan’s chalk toss intro, and tattooing Chosen One on his back, brought much of this upon himself. Theres no argument over who the best player in the NBA today is, and that’s LeBron, but if we’re talking greatest of all time, then there’s no doubting that the winner is MJ. Just based on some startling facts, there’s just no way LeBron could

points in 4th quarters, the Heat were put away in six games by the Mavericks. Jordan on the other hand was the definition of a clutch athlete, never shrinking when the spotlight was at its brightest. The last 45 seconds in game 6 of the 1998 Finals to me, epitomizes what the heart of a champion truly is. Sure, LeBron finally got the monkey off his back and won a title this past year in incredible fashion, but it doesn’t cover up the fact that he lost, twice, while MJ never lost at all. This alone stands to prove my point that LeBron and MJ just aren’t one the same planet. James is a physical specimen, and I’d consider him one of the top 10 players of all time, but he’ll never touch MJ as the best ever.

GPC Men's Soccer Tryouts By Veejai Ashbey Collegian Staff The GPC Jaguars men’s soccer team is looking for new players. The men's soccer team will hold two tryouts at the Dunwoody campus soccer field. The two tryouts will take place on Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, April 27 at noon. The Jaguars men’s team won a NJCAA national championship

in 2005, finished last season with a 9-8 record, advancing to the GCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. Among other accolades five members of last year’s team received GCAA honors, with three making the All-GCAA first team and two others making the GCAA All-Tournament team. For more information contact assistant coach Ron Moore at or (678)-642-4967.

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ever be better that Jordan. The most obvious, and the most important is NBA Finals performance. In Jordan’s career he made it to the Finals six times, won all six, and never got taken to a game 7. Needless to say, he did all of this while averaging 34 PPG, 6 APG, & 6 RPG. LeBron’s Finals appearances weren’t nearly as prosperous as MJ’s. In 2007, James was surrounded by arguably the worst team to ever make it to the Finals and got swept miserably by the Spurs. After The Decision and all of the media backlash that followed, James went back to the Finals in 2011 and was the favorite to win it all. But when he turned into the ‘Frozen One’ averaging only a meager 2.2

Diana Mcginnis Math instructor

Professors comments on sports

Absolutely important. It teaches discipline and gives a sense of self awareness. Susan Miller


Instructor of Communication


Hugely important for general health and stress relief. Brian Bonin

Vocal Music Professor


By Veejai Ashbey


Very essential because we can learn better by being physically active. I tell my student to take breaks regularly between studying. It's good for the body and mind.



Michael Jordan Vs. Lebron James

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Very important. People in this country have a tendency to be overweight and have diabetes issues and high blood pressure.

William Griffin Math instructor



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The industry through a musician's eyes


Professional Bass Guitarist Takehiko Kato speaks about the music industry,those who are involved and the music. Not everyone will have the chance to live the “rock star” life on tour buses and center stage, so here’s a look into what’s going on in the music industry and what they are not showing you. Takehiko Kato, Japanese tutor, former GPC student and professional bass guitarist has been in the music industry since 2004 and has performed with popular icons such as B.O.B., Bruno Mars and T.I. With plenty of time on the road and performing live for massive audiences, Kato believes there is a distinctive disconnect between the performer and the audience. Audiences, he says, often misinterpret musicians’ lifestyles. “I don't really want to be caught up in that superficial industry,” Kato said. “The industry can be a money-making machine.” Kato noted that after talking

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with people from major record labels he realized that so many people were in the profession for the wrong reason. “Music is leaning so much towards the entertainment side that you don’t really see the truth of music anymore,” Kato said. He found that many selfproclaimed professionals knew little about composing music. “They would look at you, put on some wigs, bleach your teeth, maybe suggest you lose some weight, plastic surgery here and there and then say, I can make a million dollars of you,” said Kato. “The message coming from the music industry is just bullshit,” said Kato. He stated, “the missing ingredient in today’s music is the depth, we don’t really need someone talking about ice this and ‘bling’ ‘bling’ this, we don’t really have to hear that to live

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through life” Kato explained that many artists lose their originality and art form just to sell millions. “Music is supposed to be the expression of individual thoughts and feelings, it might not be accepted by the masses, but it is a pure art form and the most beautiful thing.” said Kato. He noted that making music is not supposed to be all about making money. "There are so many things that the audience doesn’t see through a musician's lifestyle. They only see the

amount of time on stage. When we are on the stage, we are shining." Kato added that he is frequently approached by people that think that he is living the dream, they think he’s a rockstar. "We play the music and I might have the long hair, but we are not rockstars," admitted Kato. Kato noted that an artists appearance is connected to their popularity, which leads to record sales. “There are so many artists that came out simple and blunt but then they give number one hits right after they bleached their teeth or have

By Sergio Jewell


Collegian Staff

SGA member Nibio Downer speaks out on his acting carrer,previous roles.


t one time aspiring actors and actresses would have had to migrate to California or New York in order to pursue their ambitions of becoming a film or television star. Those states will soon have to make room for Georgia, as the “Empire State of the South” is beginning to emerge as a media capital. With numerous television and feature film projects, including “Anchorman 2” and “The Prisoner”, currently shooting in Atlanta there has never been more opportunities for locals in the peach state

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looking to break into the film and television industry. Student and Interim President of SGA, Nibio Downer, moonlights as an actor/background artist in his freetime. With the “Walking Dead” and the upcoming Jackie Robinson Bio-Pic “42,” along with many other show cameos on his resume, Downer could be on the verge of the “big break” that so many ambitious thespians strive for. “Because of some of the tax incentives Georgia has in place, entertainment companies find it easier to set up shop here,” Downer said. “I find this as a blessing to any aspiring actors/

actresses. You can find many avenues to work on your acting craft before heading to NY or LA. Some may not even need to leave.” Downer is studying to become a lawyer. He plans to continue his education at the University of Alabama in Fall 2013. Prior to acting, Downer already had a clear path to success laid in front of him. However, he said if the right opportunity came along, he is willing to put his dreams of becoming a lawyer on hold to pursue acting full time. “I take every moment on set as a learning experience to gain more

working knowledge. The more on set experience I have, the more comfortable I’ll be acting out whatever role I decide to take on,” said Downer. “Working with mentors and training to hone my craft will yield the best chances for bigger things, whatever they may be”. Speaking of on-set experience, Downer has plenty of it. Downer has made cameos in “The Following”, “Teen Wolf ”, “Necessary Roughness”, “Drop Dead Diva”, and the recently released comedy “Identity Theft” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The aspiring actor has even had the opportunity to experience behind the camera work with directors, writers, and co-stars. “The experiences have definitely been an eye-opener for me,” he said. “You appreciate the time, effort and visions that go into making some of these toprate productions. That 30-minute show you just watched took a month to film.” Alot of time goes into the production process. Downer said he is expected to work when the sun comes up until the sun goes down. “The toughest part can be the hours required. Although they are most times


Inside the Studio

By Ashley Oglesby Collegian Staff

Photos courtesy of TunePusher

"The industry has taken a huge turn for better and worse," said Kahler. He explained, “On one hand, the labels are slowly falling off the grid, major studios are shutting down, engineers and staff are out of work, and budgets that used to be available are basically gone.” On the other hand, Kahler said, “Indie artists now have the opportunity to build a buzz, put together a budget, achieve funding for their project, distribute and sell their music, and essentially keep 100 percent of their profits.” Kahler warned, “The major deals are terrible. You might as well get a bank loan.”

Kahler added that now, indie artists are capable of getting everything they need instead of having to reach out to a bigger company to provide it to them. He noted that all these new outlets and resources, i.e. Kickstarter, are opening doors for independent artists, leaving major labels baffled about what to do next. Recording companies “aren’t really needed anymore,” said Kahler. “Because of new resources artists have a direct relationship with their consumers.” Kahler advised artists to treat themselves as a walking business. “Instead of waiting on a label to reach out to you, you should set yourself up

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plastic surgery,” Kato stated. He added, “Music is like fashion, it is not really about the music, a pure form of expression. The meaning of music has changed.” Kato believes that many people do not understand that those in the industry are normal people. He said that being a musician is much the same as having a regular job. He compares his life to that of a grocery store worker. “Instead of working at a grocery store and working nine-to-five shifts, we are at home practicing, we have a lot of work to do off stage."

to be in a position to turn down deals because you’re doing fine on your own.” For artists scouting local labels to assist with their production and distribution, Kahler suggested looking for a studio that actually works with you to achieve the sound you want. Kahler recalls working in corporate studios where he distinctly remembers the coldness of the environment." Everybody’s on this competitiveness and you pay all this money." Kahler stated,“It’s all about vibes for me. Some artists just ‘click’ when we’re in the studio and those are the ones that I’ve been working with for years and will continue to work with in the future.” He added, “Tune Pusher offers artist development from a project standpoint. We take what artists have at the beginning, even if they have never recorded before, find out their goals on what they’d like to achieve, and when, and place it in motion.” When working with artists Kahler said he only asks that the person have an idea of what they’d like to sound like.

Kato referenced John Lennon and Bob Marley as being music revolutionists that impacted his view of music. He credited these artists for having had strong messages. "They touched your heart when you listened to them and their music sticks in your head forever," said Kato. Kato is currently enjoying working with local artists. He advised students attempting to break into the music industry to stay true to their own sense of style and work ethics. “We need real music,” said Kato.

8-12 hours, it can be about 15-16 hours. You have to make sure your schedule is completely free because there are no opportunities to leave in the middle of shooting,” said Downer. Downer’s first acting gig was on a pilot episode of “The Following” where he played an FBI technician. The show currently airs on Fox. The premier of the show, which stars Kevin Bacon, was a critical success. It had over 20 million viewers and was renewed for a second season in March. “I had friends who were involved in the shooting of the pilot episode of The Following. My availability and my look matched what casting was looking for at the time,” said Downer. Those who may be interested in acting can always be on the lookout for a break in the industry. “The Internet is the greatest tool at your disposal. Lots of open casting calls can be found online, you just have to put forth the effort to look, said Downer. “If you happen to make it on-set, be humble and genuine. The people you work with will notice and in turn it will open more doors.”

“It’s hard to produce a project if you’re not sure what you’d like in the first place,” said Kahler. He pleaded, “And please have your lyrics memorized or at least practiced. There’s a big difference between someone who records and a recording artist.” He said the biggest difference between someone who records and a recording artist is their work ethic. “I like artists that know what they want and are confident in their music,” said Kahler. He added, “I like working with artists that have an open mind and are willing to learn and adjust without an attitude.” Kahler suggested that a recording artist is able to accept criticism, knows their lyrics, harmonies and what they want out of their product. TunePusher is an Atlanta-based studio located on Piedmont Road. The studio is currently accepting applications for interns and apprentices. A link to an application can be found on their website



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Campus News

Wimba Session Explains Finacial GPC blooms into Spring Newton's annual Daffodil festival Aid Relationship to Grades By Amanda Cinquemani Collegian Staff Students often perform a tough balancing act as they work to pay the bills and study to complete coursework for their degree. GPC’s Financial Aid Office can help. In a recent free Wimba session, Sharriette Finley, student success coordinator, explained three key points about the relationship between grades and financial aid, lifetime limits on financial awards and attempted credit hours counting towards these limits. “One of the most common mistakes we see is a student overloading himself/herself with too many courses or too many credit hours. Course overload usually leads to excessive withdrawals and or grades below ‘C’ level, which eventually results in Financial Aid ineligibility,” said Finley. She noted, “we usually recommend a student who works 40 hours each week should not register for any more than six credit hours.” “A full-time course load (12 credit hours) would be recommended

for a student who works 15 hours each week.” Finley added that students do not need to be full-time to receive financial aid. “The most important thing is that students apply for aid,” said Finley She explained that a student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours while earning good grades, considered a ‘C’ or higher, displays a steady progression towards your degree. Finley noted that at the Associates level, 93 credit hours is the maximum amount of time covered. Most degrees can be completed within less time than this, usually 70 credit hours. Withdrawn classes and courses completed with a grade less than a ‘C’ do become part of the attempted credit hours tally though. She noted that fortunately, if a class is dropped, it will not count towards your credit hours. Finley warned students enrolled into online classes to set aside both personal and study time. She recommended ideally, three

hours for class time and at least six hours for study and preparation for a class. Students interested in taking summer classes for the summer term, will need to fill out a Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. GPC recommends students complete a FAFSA form every year by April 1st. This application can now be completed online. Finley suggested that students apply as early as possible because of time limits that may hamper students from receiving aid. HOPE has undergone important changes, which impact finances. Students with a BA are no longer eligible for HOPE. Also, students out of high school for over seven years will not receive HOPE funds. The Pell Grant Program has important limits to note as well. Pell Grants will not cover over 12 full-time semesters. Part-time students are eligible for an equivalent amount of time. Questions can be directed to the Online Student Success Team at

Have you Committed to Complete? Phi Theta Kappa welcomes Jerry S. Wilson for a event on the importance of obtaining their Associates degree rather than transferring By Tatiana Cadet Contributor On March 23, students stood elbow to elbow against the wall awaiting the scheduled guest speaker and anticipating to making their commitment to their academic achievement. “It was an amazing turnout with more than 100 students, faculty and staff ” said Alison Nooks, communication professor and lead advisor of PTK Chi Pi. Phi Theta Kappa chapter (PTK Chi Pi) Commit to Complete event deemed as a success among students and faculty. Christyn Benard, PTK secretary stated, “It exceeded our expectations.” PTK members stated that they expected less than 50 attendees. PTK Chi Pi organized their Commit to Complete event to

encourage GPC students to earn their Associate’s degree prior to transferring. Communication professor, Elyse Warford said, “I told all five of my classes about the importance of the event and completing their Associate’s degree here at GPC instead of leaving empty handed with a collection of credit hours. I also encouraged attendance by offering extra credit points to all students who attended the event.” Mr. Jerry S. Wilson, former senior vice president of Coca-Cola was the guest speaker. Wilson is a GPC alumni. He joked with students, “I am each of you forty years ago.” Wilson discussed his humble beginning as a bagboy at WinnDixie on Memorial Drive. He confessed that he didn't always have a plan for his life and had days where he didn’t envision himself as becoming successful, but

graduating from GPC paved the way for him to become one of the top 10 executives, world-wide for the Coca-Cola company. “After hearing Mr.Wilson’s speech I felt so empowered and confident that I am on track to reaching my goals” said JaQuesta Bell, a GPC student who long anticipated attending the Commit to Complete event. Bell added, “because of our common beginnings at GPC he was able to relate his success to me.” Alan Johnson, PTK member stated, “I was honored to be in the presence of such an educated entrepreneur and learned that true success comes from taking risks.” For more information or to join and sign the pledge email or view them on the web at and

LINCOLN: A Traveling Exhibition By Roland Boucher Contributor On Thursday, Feb.21 GPC Dunwoody students and the surrounding communities were treated to a special opening event for the national traveling exhibit: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. The event was made possible by a grant from the National

Endowment for the Humanities and was organized by the National Constitution Center as well as the American Library Association. Students and neighbors filled the auditorium upon its featured address entitled “Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.” Several GPC faculty took part in the production. Dr. Paul Hudson, Associate Professor of History took part in promoting the event and delivering

the historical information. Greg McLean, Associate Professor of Music, along with a brass quartet performed selections from the Civil War era. Students can still view the exhibit which will be on display through April 3 in the Dunwoody Campus Library. For information regarding forthcoming events related to the Lincoln Exhibit, please contact Lora Mirza at 770-274-5085 or at

honors the late Pierce Cline By Stormy Kage Collegian Staff The flower, representing hope and new beginnings, flourishes throughout the Newton Campus and are celebrated every spring at the two-day Daffodil Festival. This year, the fifth annual event was held on March 2021 in building 2N-100 to honor community pillar, Pierce Cline who died at 85 on Nov. 11, 2012 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Cline, who owned what used to be 100 acres of Daffodils, played a significant role in bringing Georgia Perimeter to its Newton Campus. “His father was a graduate of Emory and his mother attended college, which was unusual for a woman at the time, so he understood the importance of education,” said Cline’s wife Margie. When he heard Georgia Perimeter was looking to breakground, his connections with The Board of Regents and Chief Operating Officer of Rockdale, Sallie Paschal came in handy. “I wanted to know who were the movers and shakers out here [in Newton County], and Pierce Cline was first on the list,” said Paschal. Cline gave up his blossom filled land for the construction of the newest Georgia Perimeter campus which offered its first semester to students in the summer of 2007. Not to worry, the Daffodils can still be found budding alongside the campus trail. Margie Cline and family attended this year’s festival which included sessions starting at 10 a.m. and lasting until mid-afternoon. A presentation that paid homage to Pierce Cline included “Pierce Cline’s Ripple Effect” by the Center for Community Preservation and Planning and The Newton Chamber of Commerce. Also, there was a discussion from panellists who shared stories on Pierce Cline who won the Oxford College’s Lifetime Achievement

award in 2012 and supported many service groups. One of those groups included The Rainbow Community Center, a homeless shelter in Covington. Pierce Cline was a member of the center’s health board and students from, Assistant Professor of the Humanities, English and Arts Department, Julie Langley’s first year seminar class presented non perishable items to the center as a way to continue the legacy of Pierce Cline. “It is a blessing just to be in the presence of something with Mr. Cline’s name on it. He meant a lot to the shelter,” said Director of The Rainbow Community Center, Rev. Clara Lett. The Daffodil Festival brought an auditorium filled with students, faculty and local residents taking notes and learning more about the past of Newton County. English Professor and Daffodil Festival Chair, Mary Boone said she felt it was important to

Daffodils bloom early and even in the cold they survive. It’s unusual and symbolic in so many ways,

include sessions that were geared toward collecting and preserving oral history. “Oral history is not the kind of history that’s usually recorded so it gives those who live here an opportunity to seek out and understand,” said Boone. Last year, The Daffodil Festival focused on sustainability. The year before last, the focus was on Native Americans and African American culture. Next spring, a new theme will arise all in hopes of bringing together the community and creating a little time to stop and smell the Daffodils. “Daffodils bloom early and even in the cold they survive. It’s unusual and symbolic in so many ways,” said Boone.

A Theatrical One Man Show By Jahret Rainey Collegian Staff Putting on a performance of a Shakespeare play can take weeks of preparation. Between finding actors, costumes and the hours of rehearsing, plays are a team effort that require a lot of work. Allen O’ Reilly did it on his own. On Wednesday, March 20 GPC Honors Program presented the Georgia Shakespeare & Touring Company in a performance for students, faculty and staff in the JCLRC. Allen O’Reilly performed a oneman show of “Macbeth the Man” in which he took scenes from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and told the story of Macduff and the

events leading up to the killing of Macbeth. The engaging performance also featured students in the audience. Four Students were given scripts and as O’Reilly pointed to them or made hand gestures, they would recite a line that one of the witches from “Macbeth” would say and O’Reilly would respond and interact. O’Reilly said “it is a way to get the audience involved.” The Georgia Shakespeare & Touring Company is based out of Oglethorpe University and they put on performances all week on each GPC campus. For additional information on Georgia Shakespeare visit




deserve any legal troubles that arise as a result. Graffiti meant as a social statement or created as pure art, though, is definitely worth some wonder. How can a finely detailed painting come from a spray paint can? Looking at some graffiti makes a person marvel at the creativity and skill required to turn a plain surface into a masterpiece with crude materials. Overall, do it right and graffiti is an incredible expression method, one we can all appreciate.








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ou see it everywhere, on the sides of abandoned buildings, beneath bridges, on street signs or wooden fences. What am I talking about? Why, graffiti, of course! It has become a part of our daily lives to the point where most of us look over it. However, graffiti comes in different forms for different uses. Graffiti can be gang tags, social statements, and a unique art style. The writer of this article does not approve of creating graffiti gang tags. Such a practice does not even qualify as art and the perpetrators

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resulting three-dimensional masterpieces boggle the mind. Try googling ‘sidewalk chalk art.’ Some of the pictures are some five-year-old’s scribbled flower in the driveway. The other pictures look disturbingly realistic in some instances (you might want to blink several times to remember they’re just drawings). Hey, if you haven’t checked it out, do so. Finally a kid’s activity becomes socially acceptable when we’re adults!

ave you ever seen one of those amazing pictures where someone standing on a sidewalk looks like they are floating over a pit or drifting down a river? Someone with chalk, creativity, and a lot of time made that illusion possible. Sidewalk chalk artists do not create conventional, lasting art. Too many people walking over it or adverse weather conditions easily destroy their work, forcing them to begin again. But the

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ancing. An ageold tradition that allows men and women to display their sexual prowess in a socially acceptable situation. Yes. I really did just say that. So what the hell is the Harlem Shake???? People able to waltz well seem to be more romantic and tender, while those who mastered the rumba are more wild and passionate. Really talented dancers


can do both, making them perhaps the best. Modern dancing, with the gyrations, grinding, and general reckless abandonment, looks more like sex than conventional dances do. What those people hopping on the dance floor are trying to do is anybody’s guess. Notice what both ballroom and modern dancing have in common: they both can be sensual experiences, designed to

seduce. Enter the Harlem Shake. One person moves around randomly for some time and then everybody joins in. There is no real method to the madness, just, well, madness. The Harlem Shake does not include any real seduction or set rules for competence. Everyone can do as they please. So is the Harlem Shake a pity dance for those of us who can’t dance well?

If you could pick any song or genre to be the soundtrack of your life what would it be?

Name: Ada Herrera

Name: Na'imah Williams

“One directions. I just love them. Their energy is contagious.”

“Jazz. I like it because it's calming."

Name: Asad Lakhani

Name: Brianna Murrin

“Kid Cudi, "Day & Night". Life is a struggle and it tells me to push myself further. Serves as motivation.“

“Jason Mraz, "I'm Yours". The video was shot in Hawaii, I like his free spirit. Everything he writes has meaning and it's upbeat.”

Name: Brittany Shauler

Name: Justin Walker

“I like R&B. it has meaning to meaning and it truly shows affection.”

“Gucci Mane. I don't like dealing with bullshit. I can vibe with him.“




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