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A Jaguar’s journey to the Academy Awards

By Jazmine Steed Staff Writer


he 2015 Academy Awards recognized Georgia Perimeter College graduate and rising filmmaking star Patrick Walker through Channing Tatum’s “Team Oscar” college search. This college search gives rising filmmakers such as Walker the opportunity to compete for a chance to be onstage and deliver actual Oscar statuettes to the celebrity presenters during the Oscars. Walker won and joined five others with his submission about the best piece of advice he has ever been given, “Our greatest enemy is the enemy within.” About three weeks after Tatum announced the winners, they flew out to Los Angeles to network with others in the film industry to pursue their dreams as filmmakers. A few days later, the big night arrived, and Walker was at the 2015 Academy Awards. “I felt like I belonged there,” said Walker. “It was like I dreamed I was in a place full of actors and big-time celebrities, and I woke up the next day, and my dream became reality.” Walker even impressed Oprah Winfrey, who said, “You look good, so I know your talent is good. You could become the next Denzel Washington.” One of his favorite parts of the show was connecting with Tatum. Walker first met Tatum on

the set of “21 Jump Street” and then again as a part of Team Oscar at the Academy Awards. “I was honored and privileged to meet and work with such a gifted actor as Tatum,” said Walker. Doors began to open for Walker at GPC, winning a number of film competitions and awards that led to meeting people who enabled him to become the filmmaker that he is today. Walker attended Campus MovieFest at GPC on March 26 in the auditorium. He won the award for “Best Actor” this year for his performance in the short film “Delicate Crest.” This is his second “Best Actor” award; the first one was in 2013. The short film also won “Best Cinematography,” the “Jury Award” and will continue to Hollywood as a finalist. In 2013, his short film “Caretaker” also advanced and placed third for the national Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Award. Walker credits theatre teacher Collin Rust and GPC acting classes as integral factors that enabled him to fulfill his goal in becoming an actor. Rust had a big influence on Walker by teaching him vocal exercises, sharing helpful techniques and recommending good books. “What I learned here will be with me for a lifetime,” said Walker.

Reel Talk By Joseph Richardson Staff Writer


eorgia Perimeter has a great number of traditions, and its annual Campus Moviefest is one of them. The Campus Moviefest is

a much anticipated event that gives students an opportunity to display their skills in film production, acting and any other skills used to produce their movies. This year’s finale for Campus Moviefest was held on March 26 with the actual

5. Scottdale Trailor 6. Traveler’s Paradise 7. Voyage Dans Le Temps! 8. Sacrifice



Update: What's up with the merger?


Donate today!


Features Inspiring the media moguls of tomorrow 5 Binaural beats: The future of psychological healing? 5 Walker's winning entry for Team Oscar came from the best piece of advice he has ever gotten, “Our greatest enemy is the enemy within.”

Photo by Tosin Ogunnoiki, The Collegian.

showing of the films. Not only does the Campus Moviefest provide great entertainment, but it serves as a great way for people to properly promote and showcase their skills to future employers and experts. The top 16 films are

showcased, and the top four films move on to the Campus Moviefest Hollywood event to compete against other schools around the country for $150,000 in cash, prizes and professional gigs.

Congratulations to this year's Top 16! 1. Mountains 2. Punches 3. Delicate Crest 4. Detective Diaries

Around the Perimeter

9. EL AMOR QUE PERDIMOS 10. Plus 11. Nightmare 12. Friends or Foe

13. Speed 14. Roadkill 15. STILL 16. To DENY A Predator


Breaking stereotypes: Not another dumb jock


Clark leaves paws on GCAA history




Letter from the editor W o w , only two more editions to go! Less than a month left until exams and then finally summer! Now, it's time to finish the year with a bang. May the odds and curves be ever in your favor over the next few weeks. There has been much unrest in the world in the last few weeks. Moving forward, I urge every last one of you to stay updated on everything going on in the world. This may mean subscribing to a news network, watching news before school in the morning or simply following a few news corporations on Twitter. I firmly believe that those who do not know are ignorant and those who know but do not do anything are stupid. And I know that you are not ignorant nor stupid. Be aware of what's going on in the world. They're counting on us to fix everything.

Locally, many of you have heard about the consolidation now. Stay tuned, and keep reading the Collegian for more updates. Know that you have the power to change an institution. You have the power to make your voice heard. If the Collegian can help you do that, let us know! This edition will continue with our advice column. If there are any students or faculty members out there that are in need of some advice, please submit your letters to gpc.collegian@gmail.com I would like to thank each and every one of you for reading the content we put so much effort into producing. We hope to exceed your expectations. Also, if you have any story ideas, comments, or questions, please contact us at gpc. collegian@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

Farhin Lilywala Editor-in-Chief

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EVENTS Calendar 4/8

Clarkston: “Earth Rocks—Music of the Sphere,” by Mr. Stephen Fitzpatrick 2- 3 p.m., CD-1130


Clarkston: Jaggy Jump, 12 p.m.4 p.m., Parking Lot 3 (by CF, behind CL)


Clarkston: STEM Student Award Program 10 a.m.12 p.m., CL-1100


Newton: Mobile Clinic, 9 a.m.3 p.m.


Dunwoody: Earth Day Expo, 10 a.m.2 p.m., Student Center


Clarkston: Credit & Debit, 12 p.m.1 p.m., CN-2240

Decatur: Mobile Clinic, 9 a.m.3 p.m.



Clarkston/Decatur: STEM Student Poster Day, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., CN Building/B Building

Decatur: STEM Career Panel, 12- 1 p.m., SF-2100 Clarkston: No Flex Zone, 11 a.m.4 p.m., Free Speech Quad Alpharetta: Mobile Clinic, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Decatur: Earth Day Expo, 10 a.m.2 p.m., Quad area or Gym foyer


Clarkston: David Coucheron and Christopher Rex solo with DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Marvin Cole Auditorium, CF building. Pre-concert conversation with Maestro Cherniavsky at 7 p.m. Buy tickets: Call 678-8913565. Door tickets available.

Information provided by GPC Calendar website

Health and Wellness Calendar Information provided by GPC Health and Wellness website

2/34/9 3/164/29 3/174/30

Clarkston (T/TH): Yoga

Clarkston (M/W): Cardio Kickboxing

Clarkston (T/TH): Aqua Zumba


Decatur (M/W): Zumba, 5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.


Decatur (T/TH): Yoga, 1-2 p.m.


Clarkston Gym/ Fields: Intramural Indoor/Outdoor Soccer League, Call 678-891-3228 or email Jason. Brown@gpc.edu

Visit the Collegian’s website for more stories! Editor in Chief Farhin Lilywala MANAGING EDITORs Alem Giorgis Naya Clark Sports Editor Ben Abrams PHOTO EDITOR Tosin Ogunnoiki





DISCLAIMER 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. Comments and views expressed herein are those of the individual writers, and not those of the college or the Collegian 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 $.50 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 e-mail us at gpc.collegian@gmail.com.


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Campus News

Donate today! Update: What's up with the merger? A Georgia State and GPC Implementation Committee By Sabrina Jamil Staff Writer

s college students, people may not always have as much time to spend on community service or volunteering as much they may like.


Even though that may be true, there are other creative and time efficient ways to help make a difference, not just in the footstep of the community but beyond that. These are websites and apps created to make it easy for people to be able to give.

How long can you stay without your phone? Well now, the longer you can go without your phone, the more clean water will be given to children who do not have access to it.


Do you want to test how smart you are while having the opportunity to feed a hungry child? You play different types of trivia games ranging from social studies to math to languages with Free Rice.


Walk, run, bike, but the more you move, the more you donate. Charity Miles is app you can download on your mobile device to donate money to a charity of your choosing.


Snap a picture, and donate to your favorite charity. For every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson gives $1 to a cause you want to help.


Collegian Staff

Global Youth Student Service Day

Money Matters

When: April 17, 10 a.m. Where: Decatur campus, Decatur Community Garden How: Help beautify the Decatur Community Garden.

When: April 20, 12 p.m. Where: Decatur campus, SF-2100 How: Learn about financial aid, budgeting and transitioning after college at Money Matters event presented by Georgia Student Commission.

Scan the code for more information.

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Credit & Debt

Family Federation for World Peace

When: April 22, time TBA Where: Clarkston campus, CN-2240 How: Learn about wise financial choices while in school in order to make better choices after school.

Scan the code for more information.

When: April 23, 11:30 a.m. Where: Decatur campus, SF-2100/2101 How: Lunch and learn how to get involved with the community through the Family Federation for World Peace

Scan the code for more information.

announces its mission statement By Naya Clark Collegian Staff


n March 18, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a new mission statement to reflect the mission of Georgia State after the final steps of the merger.

Georgia State University, an enterprising public research university, transforms the lives of students, advances the frontiers of knowledge and strengthens the workforce of the future. The university provides an outstanding education and exceptional support for students from all backgrounds. Georgia State readies students for professional pursuits, educates future leaders, and prepares citizens for lifelong learning. Enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation at its urban research campus, at its vibrant branch campuses, and online, the university provides educational opportunities for tens of thousands of Left: For more information and updates regarding the merger, visit Georgia State's official consolidation website

students at the graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate levels. Georgia State’s scholarship and research focus on solving complex issues ranging from the most fundamental questions of the universe to the most challenging issues of our day. The scholarly work and artistic expression of the university’s faculty create new knowledge, extend the boundaries of imagination, and enhance student learning. The university’s presence in the Atlanta metropolitan area provides extraordinary experiential learning opportunities and supports the work of faculty tackling the challenges of an urbanizing nation and world. Left: For more information and updates regarding the merger, visit the GPC Newsroom.



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Operation Connects: Inspiring the media moguls of tomorrow By Joseph Richardson Staff Writer


s the spring semester draws to close and students anticipate their hiatus, there are many events for students to enjoy and benefit from. Operation Connects, an extended event from the GPC Career Fair was held to motivate students and support their future goals. Operation Connects was ​ designed for students to attend a media conference that contained a major panel discussion, artist showcases and networking opportunities. The event was geared for anyone interested in the media and entertainment fields, Chelsea Phillips, a dual enrollment alumnus, in the media industry, moderated the panel. Several key figures in the media industry participated in the panel discussion. One of the panelists, Eshe, is a music performer and a Georgia native. Eshe sings for Grammy award-winning music group, Arrested Development. Her goal at the event was to promote growth and provide

encouragement for aspiring students. “If you are good at what you do, and you are persistent and consistent, then the door is going to open," said Eshe. Téja on Bass is a musician that hails from Miami. Her particular skills are shown through her bass playing. Téja's exceptional music skills have landed her opportunities to work with Janelle Monae, Musiq Soulchild and more. Also present was Cappriccieo Scates, the President/CEO of Mytrell Records with the desire to educate students about the music industry. “I talk a lot about order, and understanding that you’ll get a Grammy,” said Scates. “That’s part of it, but it’s about maintaining it.” Much of Scates’ advice applied to the general success of students. “Rate multiplied by time equals distance,” said Scates. “The rate at which you put into something multiplied by the amount of time you spend doing gets you to the distance.” Janet Wade was also present to share some insight on the field of media as a whole. Although Wade has been in the music and entertainment

industry for over 30 years, she takes a different vantage point on the music industry. Instead of being the performer, she works behind the scenes to negotiate music deals and marketing campaigns for Turner Broadcasting network. Alexis Kimbrough also takes an alternate view of the music industry and its benefits. Kimbrough is the founder of a company called AMKtax, which later changed into a business called Growth Group. Growth Group focuses on the financial side of the music industry, services such as bookkeeping and accounting. Although each panelist had a different lesson to teach, there is one thing that everyone took away from this event. “I think the main thing that everybody can learn from entertainment, is to be entertained,” said Phillips. “Whether you’re a nurse or a fireman, entertainment is something that can bring everyone to the table and learn.” Although the semester is ending, the careers for many GPC students are just starting. Operation Connects proved that and enabled students to participate in a life changing event.

Beat your brain up

Binaural beats: The future of psychological healing? By Justin Fredericksen Staff Writer


n 1839, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, discovered binaural beats. Binaural beats are sound waves that trigger a physical response in the brain. To maximize the effect, separate tones are pulsed in each ear to trigger the desired effect. Available through YouTube and downloads on MP3, various desired results await people’s use: meditation, astral projection, lucid dreaming, relaxation, study aids and production of estrogen and testosterone just scratch the surface. “I use them for meditation,” said Dunwoody nursing student, Jahleel Bent. “It’s different each time; it puts you in a trance, and you feel the tension melt away.” However, results may vary. The response of the brain, when altered with the Hertz, triggers a chemical reaction which produces specific effects using sound cycles per second. These range from hertz to megahertz to kilohertz. The ranges all specify the desired reaction to the brain.

The capacity of humans’ brain function may be increased and altered to achieve any desire. Although binaural beats are not to be used instead of heading medical advice, they exist to enhance the human experience. According to the Immrama Institute, “With properly designed audio technology, you can dramatically enhance your mind’s performance and tap into your infinite potential.” Human beings are using about ten percent of our brain’s potential; binaural beats open new doors to higher thought. Psychology major George Zal said, “I have used them before as a study aide but didn’t find them effective.” Using the memory enhancer as a study aid has potential to raise your test scores and increase memory capacity. If used frequently in society, this technology could potentially change the evolution of the brain and how it works. There are currently no negative side effects that have been recorded by users. Nonetheless, high volumes are potentially dangerous to the eardrum and does not increase binaural beat effectiveness.





Information provided by GPC Athletics website.

Collegian Staff



he Jaguars continue to run on all cylinders as they climb higher in the G.C.A.A. standings,. The Jags have won three out of four against Gordon State [(13-6), (7-2) and (3-2)], won two over Andrew College [(4-3), (12-6) and (7-3)] and won against Oglethorpe (9-0). The only blemishes are the losses to Gordon State (2-1) and Andrew College (14-13). The team is (24-15) for the year and (12-4) in the conference putting them in second behind Abraham Baldwin in the G.C.A.A. standings. Go Jags!



he Lady Jags opened April on a strong note. The team’s latest installment of the season saw them go on an impressive (6-4) stretch. The wins came from West Georgia Tech (2-0), Andrew College (8-0) and (8-5), Georgia Highlands (11-6) and Gordon State (2-0) and (2-1). The losses can from West Georgia Tech (6-5), Georgia Highlands (7-2) and East Georgia State [(4-3) and (5-4)] The team has improved their record to (17-15) and (6-4) in the G.C.A.A. Go Lady Jags!



4/10- South Georgia, Douglas, Ga.: 7 p.m. 4/11- South Georgia, Douglas, Ga.: 1 and 3 p.m. 4/14- Georgia Highlands, Covington, Ga.: 6 p.m. 4/17- Georgia Highlands, Emerson, Ga.: 6 p.m.

4/18- Georgia Highlands, Emerson, Ga.: 1 and 3:30 p.m.


4/7- Abraham Baldwin, Covington, Ga.: 2 and 4 p.m. 4/11- South Georgia, Douglas, Ga.: 1 and 3 p.m. 4/16- Georgia Military, Milledgeville, Ga.: 4 and 6 p.m.

4/18- Darton State, Albany, Ga.: 3 and 5 p.m.


4/17- Oxford College, Dunwoody, Ga.: 4 p.m. Information provided by GPC Athletics website. Compiled by Ben Abrams, sports editor

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Sports Breaking stereotypes: Not another dumb jock Battle, Burton, Lyall and Poplawski earn spots on the Dean's List for Fall 2014 By Tuneel Speech Staff Writer


he Lady Jaguars are winning on the field and in the classroom. The softball team, made up of 13 freshman and two sophomores, have achieved an accumulated grade point average of 3.21 in the fall 2014 semester. Four of the players had their hard work recognized as they were recognized on the Dean’s List. Chase Battle (#1), Abby Lyall (#9), Rachel Poplawski (#13), and Ashton Burton (#14) achieved a GPA of 3.50 or better to be awarded with the honor, two of whom achieved a 4.00 last semester. Somehow, these four athletes worked around the stress of sports and school, and were rewarded for their dedication.

Ashton Burton (#14), freshman, psychology major, third-baseman

The C:

How are you able to balance the busy schedule of classes and playing softball?


“The hour and a half tutor sessions after practice every

day are a big help. Sometimes you just have to make sacrifices, stay up late and get the work done. Put work before other things.”

The C: What motivates you to fight through the fatigue?

AB: “I keep my grades up so that I can eventually transfer.”


he Lady Jaguars will never be forgotten thanks to sophomore guard, Danielle Clark (#2). Clark was recognized by the G.C.A.A for making the third team for all-region players of the year in Division I Women’s Basketball for the 2014-15 season. The Douglasville native finished in the top 10 in the G.C.A.A. for three-pointers (45), free-throws (98), points (377), points per game (14.0) and points per game in regulation of 40 minutes (22.1). The Lady Jag contributes her success on the court to her teammates. “My teammates helped me a lot this year; I could not have done it without them this year,” said Clark. “We got through those rough times. Everyone was positive and likes to work hard, and everyone likes to win so we all had a competitive spirit. We’re sisters so we were close.” One of Clark’s most important connections that convinced her to make the move

What challenges have you faced?

RP: “Having to give up free

time and learning how to pick and choose whats important, accepting the reality of things..

The C: What motivates you through the stress?

The C: How does your academic performance impact your future plans?

The C: How does your performance in class relate to your performance on the field?


“The work ethic of wanting to succeed at everything.”

AB: “It gives me more options with good grades.”

The C: Any words of advice for other college students? AB:

“Put work before everything else; eventually, you'll have time to do other things.”

Rachel Poplawski (#13), freshman, biology major, left-fielder

The C:

How are you able to balance a busy schedule with classes and playing softball?

Clark leaves paws on GCAA history Collegian Staff

The C:

The C: How do you believe your performance in the classroom and on the field are related?

Photo by Ben Abrams, The Collegian.

By Ben Abrams

RP: “When I was in high school, I had to figure out how to use my time wisely, and that prepared me for college.

from Stone Mountain High School to GPC was Lady Jags head coach, James Waldon. “I knew Coach Waldon in high school,” said Clark. “He helped me become stronger and more prepared than the regular high schooler who comes to play at the collegiate level.” The after-class education Clark would receive from Waldon would continue long after she walked the stage in Stone Mountain and filled her locker in Decatur. “Coach Waldon was a influence, because he stayed positive all year, and he helped me become a better player both physically and mentally by staying on me and encouraging me to work hard and keep my head up,” said Clark. Clark is still unsure of where she will commit to. She plans to major in sports management to remain close to sports after college. Clark’s short-term future may look uncertain at the moment, but one thing will never be taken away from her of GPC when it’s gone, the stamp Clark helped GPC leave in G.C.A.A.

RP: “My team. We all want to be successful and I really want to play my part in the team as we all do.”


“It boosts your confidence, making you work harder.”

The C: How does success on the field impact success for your future?

RP: “There are personal qualities you learn playing on the team that will take you anywhere you want to go.”

The C: Any advice for those trying to balance school and other life issues at the same time?

RP: “Learn how to manage your time well, it is difficult. Staying on top of what’s important in life will help you battle what’s coming at you. Ken Deyton, Softball manager

The C: What have you done to help the players as far as them succeeding academically?

CKD:“Building relationships ourselves with the professors. Five years ago, we implemented a mandatory two hour team study hall after class and practice, I put their academics before athletics. My priority is for them to graduate and be successful.” The C:

What are some challenges you have faced to create this culture of learning?

CKD: “It all starts with recruiting individual athletes. The ones I recruit have already shown their academic commitment. When a student gets to GPC and begins to struggle, then if necessary, we suspend them from softball until the grade is made up. We've never had a situation where a player hasn’t improved a grade.”

The C: Have you ever had trouble keeping the players motivated? CKD: “My philosophy on that is 'open line on communication', I typically know they're struggling before they do.”

The C: Any relations between success in class and on the field?

CKD: “It all comes back to the individual person and personal determination. If you get a student committed to her academics, typically, they are a very determined individual.” The C: Are there any words of advice you would like to share?

CKD: “Communication is important, if you're struggling, let somebody know and never procrastinate.” These girls will continue to work hard for further success in their academic and athletic lifestyles. Coach Deyton will continue to support all of his players giving them the motivation they need to achieve their goals for their future. Photo courtesy of GPC Baseball.



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This edition of the Collegian highlighted a GPC alum that made it to the 2015 Academy Awards. Also mentioned are various profiles on sports...

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This edition of the Collegian highlighted a GPC alum that made it to the 2015 Academy Awards. Also mentioned are various profiles on sports...


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