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Celebrating Diversity

Around the Perimeter

By Victoria Song Collegian Staff n celebration of GPC’s appreciation for diversity, the Dunwoody campus held its annual Culture Fest on April 3. Displays from various countries featured artifacts and activities to engage and educate students. The display from Mexico was filled with original artifacts including handmade jewelry and handkerchiefs. The exhibit about Japan taught students how to fold origami, a paper form of art in Japan. Meanwhile, in the Korean exhibit, students engaged in a friendly game of Gong Gi, a traditional Korean game using pebbles. “I want students to learn that Korea is more than just K-pop," said Brittney Askew, president of Dunwoody's Korean club. "I love the language, culture and traditions." While students gained information by attending each booth, the Culture Fest hosted competitions. There was a selfie contest in which the students who submitted the best photo of themselves at the festival won. Another contest, entitled “Hacky sack,” gave awards to students for playing hacky sack. “I think the Culture Fest is really unique. I’m learning about different countries like Russia and Turkey and what their customs are,” said Mahri Batyrova, GPC student from Turkmenistan. A passport, given to each student who entered, contained the names of the countries featured at


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Features Attendees learning about customs from around the world at the culture fest Photo by Victoria Song

the festival. When students got at least 12 stamps on their passports, they could enter the international food tasting room. Once inside the room, students could to indulge in a buffet-style lunch of authentic international cuisine. “I never ate Indian food before," said Culture Fest volunteer, Kylie Kim. "But I ate a samosa today which is from India. It was deli-

cious." In the meantime, performances from various countries’ booths were held at the center stage. Volunteers from the Brazilian booth performed the country’s traditional Capaweta dance. Students were able to learn how to waltz, and many country groups performed their traditional music. Towards the end, the final perfor-

mance consisted of a fashion show with GPC students modeling their traditional clothing. “GPC is a very diverse college with people from many different countries," said Batyrova. "I want people to learn through this event that even though we are all from different counties, we are still the same."

Art Illustrates How Nursing Touches Lives By Justin Beaudrot Collegian Staff


ursing met Art as GPC students and faculty submitted entries to the Georgia Perimeter College Association of Nursing Students (GaPCANS) "The Art of Nursing" art display held April 7-9. Judged by nursing department professors, the 13 entries included representations of how nursing has affected the lives of the artists. Nursing students Kelly Szatyari, PCANS BTN (Breakthrough to Nursing) director, and Andrea Almeida planned and organized the event. "I put it together to promote nursing…to support ideas…to show that it's not just what most people think about nursing," said Szatyari. This being the first year of the Art of Nursing show,


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Solomon Stringer views the Art of Nursing display on Clarkston campus.

Szatyari and Almeida collected and helped judge entries alongside nursing department professors. The entries "bring nursing and how it impacts social interactions and the average day person's life and bring that to the forefront," Almeida said.

Photo by Justin Beaudrot

Influence for the show was modeled after professional RN organizations and how they promote the nursing industry. Szatyari said, “I wanted a profession that was both challenging and meaningful.” The primary focus of the art is to raise awareness

of how nursing touches the lives of everyone. "There's so many different elements to nursing and it's not just blood and bodily fluids…it's the culture of caring," Szatyari said. "You get to care and you get to influence people and you really make a difference." Szatyari hopes the show will continue and become tradition for following semesters and future nursing students. This year's winner will recieve a gift certificate to the GPC bookstore as well as publication of their work. The GaPCANS regularly participate in the National Student Nurses Association's (NSNA) Annual Convention held in April and the Georgia Association of Nursing Students' (GANS) Annual Convention in October.

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Professor in the spotlight: GPC Professor Earned Nine Degrees



Women's Basketball Tryouts Sports Briefs Soapbox: Do you think the University System of Georgia did the right thing banning all tobacco products on their properties?



Loud and Wrong: A Social Experiment Classifieds Movie Review: Noah Soapbox: Do you think the University System of Georgia did the right thing banning all tobacco products on their properties?



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Students have fun mixing chemicals from the Science Club during a Halloween event at GPC

Fine Arts

Letter from the editor


e are one edition away from the end of the semester for The Collegian. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is wondering," where did the months go?" Either way, this semester has been a great one. I would like to thank those who helped during this edition even those behind the scenes. Congratulations to Photo Editor Hana Bekele for," Photo of the Week." Applications for next semester will be on online starting May 1. The Collegian offers a variety of opportunies for becoming a staff member. No need to have experinece, The Collegian will teach you what you need to know. I would like to thnk those who participated in the social experiment on the opinion page. Your cooperation was greatly appreciated. Editor in Chief Troi Charity Executive Editor Perry Standridge Associate Editor Justin Beaudrot Sports Editor Hope Dickson

The Collegian does accept tips and ideas for upcoming editions. Please send them to the email below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us. As always, I thank you the reader, for picking up this edition and hope that you find useful information within its pages for your personal and academic life. You can reach us at gpc.collegian

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Campus News Music of 'Star Wars' Inspires Dunwoody Students By Kimberly Hung Collegian Staff


n collaboration with the Atlanta Science Festival (ASF), the Dunwoody campus hosted the Symphony of the Stars, a celebration of science and technology the last week of March. With the eminent music of "Star Wars," Symphony of the Stars was an event that brought music and science enthusiasts together to explore the classic film series from an astrological aspect. “How many times has Pluto orbited the Earth since its discovery?” student Jonathan Fears asked in a trivia questionnaire at the beginning of the program. While many audience members pondered upon the correct response, an enthusiastic young astronomer shouted the answer, “Zero!” After a warm welcome from Megan Levacy and an introduction by Dr. Jay Dunn, both professors at GPC, presenter Eric Saldana showed a video montage that craftily compared footage of our planets to the ones in Star Wars, all while incorporating the renowned music of the film series. Students, such as Paola Rodriguez and Jauquinn McCullough, found that the event was interesting and informative. The video, they said, especially captured a visual and interactive aspect in learning about the extremes of space. Then, student Zak Kaminsky, with Greg McLean, a Clarkston music professor, examined the musical aspect of Star Wars. They critiqued and praised composer John Williams for his work. While the soundtrack may have some similarities to other works, it will always remain uniquely Star Wars.


Assisted by student Gillian Millard, Dunwoody astronomy professor Dr. Dunn, then began a presentation in which examined the astronomy of the Star Wars universe. Some of the topics covered were the possibilities of hyperspace and binary sunsets, as well as, the similarities of the worlds of Star Wars with the planets in our solar system. “I learned a lot about how planets and Star Wars are related," said GPC student Aixa Moise. The Dance of the Planets event was a scientific musical adventure. Based off radio signals the Voyager space probe captured during its flight through the solar system, the signals were converted into a variety of interesting sounds. GPC students presented at the event; Elie Cohen presented information about Voyager probes, Kristen Gay and Harper Dutton explained the definition of light and Gillian Millard described the creation of sound from magnetic fields. A finale was performed by Claire Paul, an Art professor at Dunwoody. Using a digital mixing board, an ensemble of sounds in the room created the sound of a symphony. When asked about his experience, Dr. Dunn said, “I’m very happy that I had the chance to participate in the ASF, and I hope that next year I will get another chance to join the fun.”

Zack Kaminsky talking about John William's music in Star Wars. Photo by Kezia Velista

Club Profile: Great Reading in Newton (GRIN) By Sri Rajasekaran Collegian Staff


ulie Langley founded Great Reading in Newton (GRIN) in 2008 with a mission to provide a nurturing and expressive time for students to discuss a book collectively chosen by the club members. “Encouraging students to read is my passion and sharing the joy of reading with students is a way to interact and make a difference beyond the classroom,” said Langley. Students choose a book each

semester and Student Life’s budget allows purchases. Each member receives the chosen title free of cost. The club meets weekly to discuss the book and other books that they are reading, have read, or want to read. They also read the GPCReads book choice every year. “GPC-Reads is a college-wide program in which all GPC students are invited to read the same book and then meet the author. This year’s book is "Beyond Katrina" by Natasha Trethewey. We are reading the book this semester, but in Fall 2013, we got the opportunity to go to the book read-

ing, discussion and signing at the Clarkston Campus,” said Langley. Other records of GRIN include participation in club fairs, open houses and book drives. “I love being involved in a club that is all about books. It is definitely a club meant for people who have a strong love of reading like I do,” said GRIN’s current president, Brittany Palmer. If you want more information about the club contact Julie Langley at or visit their Facebook group “GRIN (Great Reading In Newton)”

Representing Art Within Art By Kezia Velista Staff Writer


lease silence your beeping squealing things,” said Honors Program director Jeffrey Portnoy at the beginning of this poetry reading. On April 1, poet Steve Gehrke read some of his work to the Dunwoody campus. He is a published writer, who has won several awards like the John Ciardi prize, Philip Levine prize, and Pushcart prize. His latest book is called Michelangelo’s Seizure. In it, he writes about legendary painters such as Rene Magritte, Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, and Michelangelo himself. The first few poems he read were about the

paintings La Mort de Sardanapale by Eugene Delacroix and Davide con la testa di Golia by Caravaggio. When asked what she thought of the poems heard, student Ruth Camejo replied, “I really liked the ones that talked about art, because it’s a meditation on what [Gehrke] thinks and he just makes art out of what he sees. He is representing art within his art.” Other than poems from Michelangelo’s Seizure, he recited a poem called “Prologue—for my daughter.” In it, he doesn’t characterize his daughter, instead Gehrke describes the birth of her backwards into the womb and keeps rewinding until the beginning of time.




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Professor in the Spotlight GPC Professor Dr. Barrow Karamo achieved nine degress and lets students in on the secret to do the same Jobs Degrees By Eden Kendo “You see ordinary people from very his office surrounded by different Contributor


btaining one degree may be difficult but nine? GPC Professor Dr. Barrow Karamo has achieved nine degrees since coming to the U.S. from Gambia in 1973. “Learning is a cumulative effect; it is a bridge building,” said Dr. Karamo. “If you want to lay [out] all the bricks top of each other, you need time. Building requires time. Education is all about individual’s effort.” Dr. Barrow decided to achieve his education in the U.S. because he could study as much as he wanted and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin. Since he was passionate about history he achieved nine degrees. “I always find history to be very inspiriting,” said Dr. Karamo.

humble circumstances able to rise. So, I find history to be very inspiring.” The best strategy Dr. Barrow


books. He has a passion for learning and enjoys studying in his office and in a library. “Everybody should apply himself/herself diligently, effectively and passionately,” said Dr. Karamo .“As time management is a key to success in a college.” Karamo said that the best thing about teaching at GPC, especially the Clarkston campus is that students have different backgrounds. Motivating, inspiring and encouraging students are his greatest satisfactions and he believes that if teachers tell students to apply themselves then they can achieve their goals. “The greatest gift teachers can give to students is hope,” said Dr. Karamo.

Good relationships with God, family, friends, faculty, staff and so on are very important. In addition to good relationships, seek knowledge to help yourself and improve your knowledge. - Dr. Barrow Karamo


used in his college days was managing time efficiently. For him, the best thing about being a nine-degree holder is modesty. His best days are spending in

• A.A. in English and • Benedict College History Associate History • B.S. in English and Professor and History History Coordinator • M.A. in English and in the Department History of Social Sciences • M.A. in Political and Criminal Justice Science and Educational • Clark UniversityAdministration Administrator, • M.S. in Educational Director of Doctoral Administration Program and a • M.A. in Political Supervisor of Science Master Thesis. • Ph.D. in Higher Education • Georgia Permieter • Ph.D. of College -History and Jurisprudence Political Science • LL.M. in Litigation professor.




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Women Shoot for a Spot on the Team By Hope Dickson Collegian Staff pproximately 21 hopeful prospects of upcoming and current GPC students came out Saturday, March 29, to the Decatur campus to show GPC women’s basketball coaches their skills to make the team for next season. After an hour of a variety of drills, each lasting for about five minutes, the coaches had to cut their prospect list in half. Eliminating the finalists to the Final 11, head coach James Waldon said to the prospects, “There was a lot of talent, but the ones with a lack of training and conditioning didn’t make the cut.” The tryouts were extremely intense, even for players who have spent a majority of their life on the basketball court. “It was okay; I didn’t think that there was going to be that many drills though,” said Darlecia Bonds, GPC freshman and one of the finalists in tryouts. “I was nervous when playing the game with the current team, but I have worked out with them before.” Coach Waldon, among other coaches, has some major decisions to make when choosing which players to keep and which to eliminate. “I wasn’t expecting this many


high school students,” said sophomore Sofia Djermakoye. “However, the tryouts were what I was expecting based off the intensity of the workouts.” Any new players are going to have some big shoes to fill. While some players may lose their position due to grades, sophomore Yvonna Dunkley will be the only player from the women’s team to graduate from GPC. “It is going to be tough,” said Coach Waldon. “There are two prospects that we want for sure, but they have received other offers, so I am going to have to convince them to come onto the team. The other finalists still need to have a decision made on them, and we are looking to fill another four to five positions.” Dunkley will leave the team after this season to pursue her dreams as a psychology major. She has not decided which school she will be transferring to yet, although she has received a couple of other basketball offers. When asked if there was any advice she wanted to give to the following season’s team, Dunkley did not hesitate to give her words of wisdom. “Don’t quit,” Dunkley said. “No matter what happens to the team, don’t quit on the court.”

Sports Briefs By Kamille Penn Staff Writer

Softball The Jaguar softball team brought its record to 16-15 this past week. The Jaguars also played win-loss games against Gordon College and Middle Georgia College, winning 3-2 and 2-0, and losing 5-4 and 5-3. The ladies played Andrew College on March 27, winning 5-0 and 10-1. Tennis The Jaguar tennis teams' recent games brought the women to 7-1 and the men to 6-1. Both teams

defeated Oxford College on March 21. The men’s team won 8-1, and the women won 9-0. The women won their March 24 game against Brenau University, 5-4. The men lost to Middlebury College 8-1 on March 26. Baseball Jaguar Baseball’s winning streak brought the record to 27-8. The Jaguars defeated Gordon College on March 25, 27, and 29 9-8, 5-2, 3-1, and 9-4. The Jaguars did not let Andrew College stop their winning streak on April 2, winning 4-2. Congrats Jaguars! Sophomore Sofia Djermakoye warming up for tryouts.



Photo by Hope Dickson

Q: Do you think USG did the right thing banning tobacco products on their properties? #GPCsoapbox

Name: Kheyse Noor Campus: Clarkston

Name: Dionte Thompson Campus: Clarkston

Name: Tia Madison Campus: Clarkston

Name: Jessica Jones Campus: Clarkston

Nmae: Nick Derico Campus: Clarkston

"That's a good thing because I don't want to inhale second hand smoking, it's not healthy."

"I think they should. it's killing the world slowly."

"It's a good idea, I don't like second hand smoking."

"Definitely, Tobacco kills"

"It's definitely gonna help with learning. I think a lot of people would be happy with the ban." Clarkston Photos by Hana Bekele

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Loud and Wrong:A Social Experiment By Simone Smoot Staff Writer


n March 24, in room 1230 of the E building on Clarkston campus, a group of students became the victims of a social study to see if GPC students were passive aggressive spectators. The scene: If a professor and a student get into a heated argument, who would the rest of the class support? Professor Nancy Gilbert graciously agreed to participate. Her class, however, was left out of the loop. The staged argument centered on punctuality and the importance of it with students in a cohesive learning environment. Students pay fees and dues of all sorts to attend classes on campus. Does accepting this responsibility for their education allow them freedoms such as deciding when to show up for class? Or should a student, no matter how financially involved in school, choose to consider the value of their peers’ and professors’ time? I entered the classroom, fifteen minutes late, cut off the professor in the middle of explaining an assignment, and said quickly and brazenly, “Sorry I’m late.” Already, I could see the confusion on the

students’ faces, as they tried to process who the stranger disrupting the flow of learning was. Professor Gilbert immediately responded, stating that she did not mind the lateness as long as I did not disrupt my “classmates.” I, being the belligerent pupil that I am, felt that this gentle reminder of the importance of punctuality qualified as a personal attack. Defensively I continued, “Well, Atlanta traffic gets bad, so it happens.” “I

really don’t mind that. I just don’t want the class getting interrupted. We have a lot of material to cover and a little bit of time.” Professor Gilbert replied. “Listen, I pay a bunch of money for these classes, and honestly I think I should be allowed to show up when I can find the time,” I stated calmly. To regain order in the class, Professor Gilbert demanded to see me in the hallway. I

'Noah' Floods Box Office By Tammara Green

Staff Writer


n March 28, the box office flooded with people ready to see the modern day story of Noah. According to the Daily Mail, Noah out sold Divergent in its second week, taking first place with 44 million in ticket sales. "Noah" stars A-list celebrities Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson. Genesis chapters 6-10 explains

the fate of Noah and his connection to God; but director Darren Aronofsky takes the story a bit further by adding the obstacles Noah struggled with during his journey. In an interview with the Washington Post, Aronofsky stated, “Noah is the least biblical film ever made.” Noah (Russell Crowe) balances good and evil versus his justice for God. Noah must build an ark to protect God’s creations from the terrible storm that will flood the cities



and destroy mankind. Along with his job he must protect his family from mankind’s temptations, defeat the enemy from taking control of the Ark, and maintaining the respect of his family while juggling the obedience of God. "Noah" is a powerful story that shines light on all people and their Judgment of good and evil. This film showcases the epic tales of human emotions, with mythical creatures who also share the same emotions and forgiveness. There

exited quickly, yet still very aware of the students’ reactions. The students were appalled, and sat in stunned silence until the door closed. Then their declarations of everything from amusement to complete horror burst forth. Later, I returned at the end of the class to hear some of the opinions of the students. “I thought you were just high or something,” one student admitted. “I just kept thinking, ‘There’s no way this is real.’” Cierah Whipple a nontraditional student and mother said, “I was wondering ‘Where is this girl’s mother?’ I was ready to get my belt out.” Other responses were all very similar. Many of the students thought it was a prank, others thought that I must have been crazy. Yet, during my performance not one person tried to stop me. There were quiet gasps and looks of shock, but no one spoke out to defend the professor, or me. Everyone just silently watched the events unfold. So what does this say about the students at GPC? Are we just passive aggressive spectators? Thank you to Professor Gilbert and her class for their cooperation. Photo by Katie Tegtmeyer/Flikr

is plenty of action and brutal fight scenes. Noah plays on the borderline of religious etiquette. Darren Aronofsky also told the Washington Post, “My job is first and foremost as an entertainer. I entertain people. And I try to make films that are exciting, and fun, and emotional, and moving, and filled with action, and that’s all I care about.”


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Q: Do you think USG did the right thing banning tobacco products on their properties? #GPCsoapbox

Name: Kara Herring Campus: Newton

Name: Rebekah Wood Campus: Newton

Name: Harjeev Nokuoal Campus: Dunwoody

Name: Hva Hey Campus: Dunwoody

Name: Joseph Kazim Campus: Dunwoody

" I think it is a worthy goal, however,

"It's a great idea, their will be less lung cancer and deaths from smoking."

"[Smoking ban] prevents second hand smoke, not a healhy habit. We come here to study."

"It's infringment on rights, all of the right age to make their invasive, people should have the own decisions. If we have the right right to smoke." to fight for our country, or vote for

my question is the effectiveness of the regulations imposed. The policy could be counterproductive in the sense that students will want to rebel and bring tobacco products to camDunwoody Photos by Bily Esselburn pus simply because it’s prohibited."

"No, because college students are

Newton Photos by Sri Rajaeskaran

our president, we should have the right to smoke when and where we want to."

The Collegian 4-9-14  

GPC celebrates diversity while nursing meets art on Clarkston campus. Check out the photo of the week while you read about our new social ex...

The Collegian 4-9-14  

GPC celebrates diversity while nursing meets art on Clarkston campus. Check out the photo of the week while you read about our new social ex...