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As this issue has come to a close I want to say thank you for everyone's hard work and dedication. We have not lost the print side yet and I'm very proud of everyone taking on many hats and learning all aspects of running a newspaper. Our focus this issue was to start a conversation between faculty and students to appreciate diversity and bring recognition to negative stereotypes that individuals are subjected to on a daily. As I mentioned before, this issue does not follow a set theme, we are hoping to try out a few cool ideas with the coming issues in 2013 in hopes of increasing our social media following. In the fall of 2013, it is possible that The Collegian will no longer appear in print. In the past, The Collegian has sustained it's bi-weekly print edition through advertisement revenue. However, ads were sold by our former advisor, David Simpson who was laid off during the budget crisis last May. Our current advisor, Cynthia Stevens, has made attempts to create a team of students to sell advertisements but has to-date been unsuccessful. Therefore, The Collegian has generated no funds for the continuation of print in the fall. Students interested in assisting with ad sells please contact us immediately. The Collegian staff is currently divising plans to raise money for print and reaching out to professionals for assistance with selling ads.

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RateMyProfessor.com still a trending topic User friendly service is the talk on campus when selecting professors By Daniella Medina Collegian Staff Some might wonder, just how can you guarantee a successful semester if you don’t know any of the professors teaching in it? Rate My Professors is a powerful tool that will make the process of choosing classes for you and a million other students that much easier. Rate My Professors is free of charge and available 24/7 to assist students. Students are allowed to review and rate a professor’s method of teaching as well as the clarity in which they teach the material. Reviews and comments are meant to help you choose a professor that will be most suitable for you. “I’ve used Rate My Professors eight times and it has only let me down once,” said Najibah Allah, GPC student.

Allah added that Rate My Professors is helpful. She explained that it gives her a chance to judge if the professors teaching style is compatible with her learning style. Rate My Professors is in fact the largest online destination for professor rating built for students, by students allowing you access to over 7,000 schools and 14,000,000 student generated comments and ratings across the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Rate My Professors also gives students the upper hand by giving them access to the top rated and reviewed junior college and universities in the country. With over a million students accessing its site every day it’s no secret Rate My Professors is indeed very user friendly. Their ratings are based on a 5 point scale that reviews the professors overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, and even hotness. Photo by Ashley Oglesby

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Why Rate My Professors Sucks By Katherine Kerfoot Collegian Contributor Eh? What’s this thing called ratemyprofessors.com? Is it crunchable? For those of you who didn’t try to choose your professors by looking at this site, DON’T! At least, don’t until you take a really close look at it. For Georgia Perimeter College, there are FIVE pages. Most professors are listed under Georgia Perimeter College- Decatur, whether they work there or not. Good luck even finding your professor. Life is much simpler if you type in the professor’s first

and last name. Some professors are not listed at all. Let’s be serious. The only people who rate their professors either loved them or hated them, and therefore passionate in their positive (or negative) views. The people in the middle don’t care enough to speak up. Take everything said with the clichéd grain of salt. Oh, every professor has a chance to read their ratings and respond on the rebuttal section of their own page, and on the ‘Professors Strike Back’ page. Careful what you write! Please (don’t) disregard my running in the opposite direction.

Why Rate My Professors is Awesome By Ashley Montia Collegian Contributor I would highly recommend that students look at this site and read the ratings and comments for the professors before signing up for their classes. Prior to using ratemyprofessor, I would have to say I’ve had the worst of luck finding an adequate professor. For instance, this past fall semester, I took a professor that was not pleasant, for use of better words. The classroom discussions were tolerable however, I found his grading and his attitude to be harsh.

After finals were over a friend told me about ratemyprofessors.com. I looked up the professor and after seeing the ratings and comments left by other students, it’s no wonder. No one had a good experience with this professor. I took that time to look up other past professors to see their ratings and soon realized that although anonymous, the site was quite accurate. All of the professors whose classes I struggled with all received low ratings. I wish I’d known sooner about the site. I like it. I appreciate the warning of what my professors might be like before making the decision to sit in their classroom for a full semester.

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Let's move away from stereotypes By Katherine Kerfoot Collegian Staff What do you do if a blonde throws a pin at you? Run like hell. She’s got a live grenade in her mouth! Such jokes are relatively easy to find and hear. I grew up listening to and telling blonde jokes. But blondes aren’t the only people subjected to cruel jokes. Every distinguishing characteristic can be turned into a cruel joke, whether that characteristic is history, nationality, religion, or another serious matter. The question is: do you know how hurtful those jokes can be? I say ‘jock,’ and many automatically think ‘dumb jock.’ Is this joke always true? Not at all. I personally know one ‘jock’ with the grades and athleticism necessary to excel at Annapolis. Each person on this planet has a unique set of choices, starting points, and challenges that made them who they are in this moment. The stereotypes these jokes promote seek to mitigate what makes a person, by definition, unique. Every time a stereotype is made, the person making it limits him or herself to a narrower point of view. The narrower point of view you see life through, the more people and experiences you miss out on. If Person X shuns Person Y, who happens to be a great person, drop-dead gorgeous, and that nationality Person X irrationally dislikes, Person X won’t know how Person Y will change the world, about Person Y’s kid sibling’s plans to grow up to be a monkey, and the required montage of heartwarming friendship scenes. In other words, a lesser life. How many of you will actually listen to me about this? I don’t know. All I can do is beg you to remember how it feels to hear a hurtful joke about someone like you. If you don’t like it, then that person you’re about to joke or gossip about won’t either.

She started her career editing writers such as Toni Cade Bambara and Angela Davis and went on to win a Nobel Prize in literature. Name this famous historical figure.

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Former MLB pitcher coaches GPC team By Milly Beccera Collegian Staff Get your peanuts and Cracker Jacks because GPC Baseball is back and they are more ready than ever to take it all. This year GPC baseball is lead by former MLB pitcher Brett Campbell in his first season as head coach with the help of his partner, assistant coach J.B. Brotherton. This season GPC baseball is introducing 13 new freshmen of which some have already made the starting line up. Stephen Mason, a freshman from Gainesville high school, will be this year’s starting shortstop, Pierce Ressmeyer, a freshman from Columbus high school, will be the starting catcher and Dustin Beggs, a freshman right hand pitcher

from Roswell GA, will be in the starting lineup for this season. Returning sophomores include infielder Wes Armstrong, right hand pitcher Landon Hayes and outfielder Russ Melton. Last year the Jaguars had a great season with 46 wins and 19 losses but are expecting to go for the gold this year! With 6-days-a-week, 2 to 3 hour practices, the Jaguars are “definitely a great team to make a run this year” says assistant coach Brotherton. The Jaguars’ first game of the season will be Monday, January 28 at our GPC Newton campus diamond! Come sit back, relax and meet us at the diamond because this is going to be a season to remember! Photo by Milly Beccera

Celebrating Black History

As we celebrate Black History Month we salute all those athletes in history who stepped up beyond race, beyond color, beyond discrimination, all for the love of the game. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. This Georgia native who made his debut in the MLB with the Brooklyn Dodgers received awards such as the MLB Rookie of The Year as well as National League’s MVP and finally was drafted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

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Jackie Robinson played football for the UCLA Bruins in 1939.

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Tacking debt is still a hassel Students struggle to find alternatives to pay for school

By Tammara Green Collegian Contributor GPC students share one thing in common no matter the age or major, the worries of money. Getting accepted can be the easy part, but where do you get the funds? Former student Faith Ingram stated, “to get by I used my refunds and took out loans to support my children.” Ingram has made no preparations for repaying her loans. She added, “I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.”

Cases like Ingram’s is a common issue on campus. GPC student DeShon Rowland said, “I do receive financial aid, unfortunately it was cut in half so I did have to take out a loan.” Students agree that tackling debt can be hard. Some students have found strategies and useful resources to minimize what they will owe. “I receive Pell grant, no hope or other scholarships but I balance my lifestyle by saving,” said Brenda Thomas, Gpc student. For others having a

part time job has proved to be helpful. Octavis Gerbier, gpc student, stated, “I work two jobs and after paying expenses I save left-over money and refunds.” Ingram noted,"although attending college can become overwhelming, the benefits are tremendous." College admissions expert Katherine Cohen, Ph.D, stated, "over a lifetime those with college degrees make at least half a million dollars more than a person with just a high school diploma. With the economy

in recovery the workforce is competitive, but with that extra knowledge chances are more favorable." Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a company with a mission to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — provides assistance for students with paying for college, managing college money and repaying student debt. Students are encouraged to reach out to CFPB and like-companies to resolve financial crisis.

MLK Day of Service a success By Sergio Jewell Collegian Staff On Jan., 21 GPC faculty and students took on the initiative to help clean up the Clarkston Community Center in respect for the MLK Day of Service. GPC’s “MLK Day Of Service” is held every year of

the third Monday of January. This year hundreds showed up to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., legacy and impact on American society. “From the time I've arrived here in this country I have been inspired by the legacy of Dr. King,” said Rodrigue Asseh, SGA representative. Asseh added, “he has made possible for someone

like me to pursue my dreams without any fear of political oppressions, he is the reason why fighting to satisfy the needs of the students of GPC Clarkson campus has became a passion for me.” Students felt it was important to take part in the service commemorating a man of peace. GPC student Pratti Kahn

said, “there is no doubt this kind of events help the community. When a person does voluntary work, they get habituated with this. They are more likely to play their own role for the society.” Kahn added, “I think the most important thing that this kind of event does is build awareness of the environment.”

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It's a much richer experience having people with different backgrounds and cultures coming into the same instituition and seeking the same goals

I think its important to know about different cultures." Maurisa Saab

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I went to a small school in Tennessee...there was a lot of global people coming in."

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The IPA Program is a great way for both international and local students to get involved in the College’s activities and develop leadership skill while planning cultural events and helping students become a part of the GPC family and adjust to the changes of living in a new country. Interested students should plan to attend the CultureFest on March 27, Dunwoody campus and the International Festival on April 5, Clarkston campus.

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On Tuesday, Jan.22, Dean Frank Nash hosted the Spring International Welcome Reception on Dunwoody campus. Veronique Barnes, Director of International Student Admissions said, "GPC’s International Peer Assistants (IPA) do a phenomenal job welcoming our students from abroad, starting off with the Welcome Reception, which

student population, from 157 different countries. Presenters for the IPA Program included, Mr. Michael Anderson from Disability Services, Ms. Cheryl Sessoms from Advising Counseling and Retention Services, Professor Fred Bound representing Study Abroad, Professors Beth Wallace and Eric Kendrick from the English as a Second Language Department, and Ms. Andrea DiBernardo, Interim Department Chair of Foreign Languages.

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has been taking place each spring and summer for about 11 years." 16 students, representing 10 different countries and seven faculty/staff members attended this spring’s reception. Nadia Gherasimenco stated, "the Clarkston and Dunwoody campuses have the highest international student enrollment rates." According to study Georgia.us, Georgia Perimeter College’s international students make up 15% of the

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I think that between what we are teaching and who's coming in, there's a symbiotic relationship and that continues to grow diversity on college campuses."

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Look both ways before GPC gets closer to the stars you cross the street Public Safety takes measures to ensure students safety

By Max Siemon Collegian Staff A survey conducted by Collegian staff, showed that out of ten students, seven believed that the street Indian Creek, which runs parallel to the Clarkston Campus, is not a safe road. This can be a problem, as anyone who takes the bus to and from school has to cross it at some point in the day. “It’s dangerous crossing the street because the cars don’t really pay attention,” said Sarah Stewart, GPC student. Stewart explained, “they are just trying to get where they’re going and we’re trying to cross the street they just speed across; even when we’re in the crosswalk they’ll barely slow down.” Many students, however, find the crosswalk benefits the people who cross the street. GPC student, Azziza Robinson said, “Indian creek

drive is a relatively safe street. You have to be careful when you cross because some of these drivers don’t really abide to pedestrian safety but the crosswalks definitely matters; they will slow down if they see somebody walking inside the crosswalk.” The concerns of some of the students have not been overlooked by Public Safety. In an official quote concerning the issue, Sergeant Bart Hulsey stated, “We have taken proactive steps to prevent a tragedy from occurring. We reached out to our sister agencies of Dekalb P.D. and Clarkston P.D. to step up enforcement actions. They have written numerous citations and continue to monitor the situation.” Public Safety said in a memorandum last October, to all who visit the campus, that we could expect “aggressive traffic enforcement” along the North Indian Creek corridor. So far they seem to have kept their promise.

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"Madame Butterfly" lands in GPC theaters By Colby Crump Collegian Contributor On Jan., 11 GPC Clarkston Cole Auditorium opened its doors to theater goers for the Peach State Opera’s performance of the late-19th century and early-20th century, Italian opera Madame Butterfly. The play was composed by Giacoma Puccini. Madame Butterfly is a story of a young geisha by the name of Cio-Cio San (pronounced “Cho Cho”) who chooses to give up her family and religion to marry Lt. Pinkerton, a young naval officer who is stationed in Japan. The primarily middle-aged and casually dressed audience filled the auditorium seats, the lights dimmed and founding artistic director of the Peach State Opera, Evelyn Hughes, stood to begin conducting the pianist and solo violinist. The pianist begins to play, and the first of three acts opens with Pinkerton and Goro, a marriage broker, arranging the marriage of convenience for Lt.

Pinkerton. Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) prepares for her marriage to Lt. Pinkerton. Madame Butterfly is directed by Dr. Tamara Watson Harper who also holds the title role as Butterfly. Dr. Harper, a lyric soprano, has held a faculty position on the Georgia Perimeter Clarkston Campus and has taught various voice classes. “I enjoyed the Madame Butterfly Opera,” said Mia Jones, a first time opera attendant and non-student. Jones added, “honestly, I wasn’t sure if opera was something I was open to enjoying, but I would actually like to see more now!" The Peach State Opera has previously performed the plays “Magic Flute” and “Elixir of Love” in the Cole Auditorium and is an artist affiliate of the college. If you unable to see Madame Butterfly do not stress about it. Remaining performances by the Peach State Opera are Jan., 27 at The Historic Ritz Theater in Brunswick, Jan., 31 at the Howard Auditorium in Tifton, and Feb., 10 at the Falany Performing Arts Center in Waleski.

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By Georgina Villani Collegian Staff

Students took an out of class adventure to see Jupiter. On Jan. 24, Life Science Professor, Pamela Gor assigned her Clarkston campus class to, “have a real life experience, something they will always remember.” With the help of Lab Coordinator, Fred Bulls, a telescope was set up to view Jupiter in the courtyard nearest to the B-building. As students waited in line to view Jupiter, they used cell phone applications to map out the constellations.

Students discussed amongst one another their view through the telescope, of Jupiter and its ridges, but also three of the moons surrounding it. Bulls noted to students that the ability to view Jupiter this clear is due to it’s brightness from the Earth’s moon. Jupiter’s closeness to Earth’s moon has been a topic of discussion this week. According to NBC News, the giant planet kept the moon company on Inauguration night and has since been moving further away from the moon. Pamela Gor’s class was fortunate to have a professor who shared this experience with them.

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Financial aid lines worth the wait By Jahret Rainey

Collegian Staff During the first week of classes financial aid offices are swarmed with students and this year is no different. Students complain that the lines are too long. Many of the students in the line have been waiting well over an hour to meet with one of the financial aid advisors. Ilene Davis, enrollment and registration advisor, said one way to avoid long waits each semester is “don’t wait until the last minute.” She added that one reason students have a hard time is because students do not bring all the documents needed. Davis noted that students have to leave and come back because they forgot needed documents for registration. One student who wanted to remain anonymous said, “the

process is very long. I have been in the financial aid office more than 20 times in the past couple of months. The student shared that she is from a different state which she predicts could be one reason that she has had a difficult time registering. Although financial aid seemed hectic in the beginning of the semester, students agreed that they were willing to wait and reap the rewards. Financial aid helps students pay for college through Federal Programs such as work study, grants and loans which takes some of the load off of student’s pockets. “Financial aid has helped me with Pell grant and because of it I am able to further my education,” DeMarius Terrell. For any additional information and assistance please visit the Financial Aid Office on your campus.

Name the Supreme Court Justice who spent his early years fighting against discrimination in the work place.

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The ink well is running dry Former Editor-in-Chief tells all about the Collegian’s dire financial straits The “faculty” appointment

By David Schick Former Editor-in-Chief

Unless drastic action is taken soon, this could be one of the very last issues the Collegian ever prints. I’m not trying to sound like Chicken Little here, I’m just trying to face facts. GPC’s student paper is on a path to utter annihilation unless something is done fast. The Collegian’s print operations are solely supported by its advertising revenue, which comes mostly from the four-year colleges. Due to apparent neglect from the new adviser and the administration, the newspaper is going to run out of funds. Then what?

Loss of the adviser

Ever since the budget shortfall, the Collegian has been fighting for its survival. The biggest blow came when 282 employees, including Collegian Adviser David Simpson, were laid off. Simpson, a non-faculty adviser, provided us with an amazing opportunity to learn what it’s like working in a real-life newsroom environment. He brought 30 years of journalism experience with him, which made his role that much more essential (I would even go as far as to say “mission critical” to GPC’s journalism program). On the day of the lay offs, I immediately sent an email to Rob Watts, GPC’s interim president. I wrote, “Losing Simpson could very well be the death of the Collegian.” It’s important to note some back history here. When Simpson was originally hired, his salary was paid for out the Student Activity Fee budget. And that made sense because the Collegian is a “student activity.” Due to an old scuffle between the Collegian staff and the Student Government Association, which happened years ago, Simpson’s salary was moved to Dr. Vincent June’s, vice president for student affairts, budget after the SGA voted to give Simpson a one cent salary. I noted these objections to Watts. Simpson’s salary was being paid out of the wrong budget (which most likely led to his removal). Watts responded by saying the he was told that Simpson was “appropriately budgeted.” If that’s the case, then why was the Student Activity Fee budget reallocated (without any student involvement) to include a miraculous $9,000 stipend for a Collegian adviser? On July 16, I met with Deborah Homer, dean of student services, and June to discuss my concerns about the Collegian’s future. In the meeting, I advocated for Simpson’s return. “Can we bring David back with the adviser stipend?” I asked June. “I wouldn’t have a problem with that,” said June. Several days later, when I checked on the progress of Simpson’s re-hire, Dean Homer told me that June had directed her to focus on finding a faculty member instead, contrary to what he told me. I’m convinced that June was telling me what I wanted to hear, just to keep me quiet until I graduated. On a side note, Simpson would turn a profit with the Collegian’s advertisement sales to the tune of $10,000 per semester. Basically, he could pay for his own salary and net us a profit of $11,000. Sounds like a good investment to me.

Hmmm... Didn’t GPC have a budget director, a Vice President, and a Chief Business Officer for Fiscal On Aug. 24, a week after classes started, I had Affairs that also didn’t do their jobs? the first meeting with our newly appointed adviser, The boiling point Cynthia Stevens, and Dean Homer. Despite the several requests I made over the On Oct. 17, the entire staff met with Dean Homer summer to be involved, I was offered no say or input on and Stevens in a roundtable discussion about the choosing the adviser (and maybe a student shouldn’t future of the Collegian. be involved with the hiring of their adviser, but it’s In that meeting, when I asked her why she obvious that if the administration had listened to me the Collegian wouldn’t be in the predicament it’s never sold ads she responded, “Because you made me mad.” Stevens also made reference that she in now). At the first meeting, I passionately stressed wasn’t confident selling ads because of our sub the importance of the Collegian’s advertising par content. The former adviser had this to say: sales as the top priority. I cited the fact that the In my opinion, this exposes GPC to significant legal Collegian’s ad sales solely supported and sustained its liability. The adviser, an agent of the college, is stating printing costs. I was told that this was to be the primary role of that she will not seek critical revenue because she objects the adviser. Dean Homer told me that Stevens was to the content. I think the case law is clear that “poor brought in to perform these duties because she had a quality” cannot be used as a reason to punish a paper. The background in advertising. college’s support for the paper may not be contingent on the I later discovered that there was nothing about content, period. selling advertisements in the job description for the Of course, the adviser’s statement, if I understand it new adviser, which was created by Dean Homer. accurately, is preposterous. Collegian advertising comes Stevens has no background in journalism, so from four-year colleges and, to much lesser degree, from it makes me wonder why she was brought in as national agencies. I spent three years building that the adviser at all. After several weekly meetings of reiterating the importance of Stevens’ role to business, and not once did any advertiser comment on obtain advertisements, Stevens had not contributed grammar or content. Additionally, this paper was a national Pacemaker any ad sales or any significant amount of time to finalist a year ago. It has dominated the state contest the last the Collegian. Most of the Collegian’s staff didn’t two years, and I expect that to continue this year. This paper’s even know who she was five weeks into website was widely praised by FACULTY this summer for investigative coverage. the semester. At our weekly meeting of Sept. 21, Stevens asked My coup de grâce me what I expected of her and how I saw her role. I explained that because she was receiving a $1,000 per My faith in the Editor in Chief aside, there is only month stipend that she should bring money into the so much burden that a student can (or should) take on paper. Stevens said she “didn’t see it like that.” Unsatisfied with the Collegian’s direction, I once with that position. This past semester I acted as the again spoke to June in his office about Simpson’s EIC, the adviser, and even as a part-time ad director. willingness to come back for the $9,000 stipend in It was absolutely ludicrous. Since I ensured that we printed each of the fall the SAF budget to accomplish the essential duties to stabilize Collegian’s future. June alluded to the semester’s issues at a profit, we still have a significant possibility of bringing Simpson back “part-time” with amount of revenue to carry us through the spring if someone actually collects on the several thousand “state money.” On Oct. 5, Stevens, Dean Homer and I met yet dollars that we’re owed. That being said, without an again. “I’m not selling ads,” said Stevens at the start adequate adviser the Collegian will surely crumble. Although I never got it in writing, June assured us of the meeting. Stevens also provided me with a “job description” that regardless of advertisement revenue, he will “find for the Collegian adviser. Nowhere in the job money” to make sure the paper continues to print description did it mention anything about this semester. I want to note that the reason I wrote this is selling ads. However, I would like to note that the general because the public has a right to know what is going description of the adviser position, which includes on with their local news media. My goal here is not to “responsible for the production, publication and demonize anyone mentioned in this editorial. I simply distribution of the Georgia Perimeter College student want the voice of the Collegian to be heard. We met, we compromised, we afforded every newspaper in both advisory and administrative roles,” opportunity for the administration to make this is also not being filled. Stevens said defined the adviser selling situation right. They haven’t. If you’re trying to collect a “no show” title, the advertisements as “being absurd.” When I explained that if the adviser didn’t sell ads, the paper would die, Collegian adviser is not it. If you’re retiring, don’t be so Stevens responded, “If it dies, it’s because the students sure that the “new guy” will care as much as you do. If permit it.” After a heated discussion, there was still you’re telling people only what they want to hear and making excuses for not adhering to your word later, no resolution. On Oct. 10, I spoke with June again about the it’s called “lying.” I may have graduated, but I still care deeply about Collegian’s situation. The conclusion was (more) waiting until the end of November for Stevens to come the place where I forged the beginnings of my career in up with a plan for students to sell advertisements, to journalism. I want you all to know that the Collegian staff has more than adequate resources to continue which I agreed. Well, it’s way past the end of November and the fighting the good fight. Do right by them, and they’ll do right adviser still doesn’t have a definite plan for students to by you. carry on the advertising sales of the Collegian.

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Collegian adviser RIFed, made objections to Watts, was told he was “appropriately budgeted.”

$9,000 Collegian adviser stipend added to Student Activity Fee budget by Deans with no student input.

Stevens is appointed adviser position, told she has “advertising background” to help sell ads.

Stevens continues to collect $1,000 stipend, but doesn’t provide any advisory support.

Adviser makes it clear that she is “not selling ads” and continues to neglect the Collegian.

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Nothing Out of the Ordinary

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Who was the first black millioinaire?

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#gpcsays Answer: Madame C.J. Walker


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