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The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College & State University

The Colonnade Friday, November 21, 2008

- - Volume 85, No. 12

News Underground Pharmacy

Perscription drug abuse endagers students at GCSU Page

An International Thanksgiving

International students put a cultural spin on an American holiday. Page 4

Features “Yours, Anne”

Theater takes on a historical prespective through the eyes of Anne Frank. Page 10

Will Georgia legislature pass a bill allowing firearms on campus?


Milledgeville turns to the great outdoors for weekend activities. Page 9

Sports Tough Start Lady Bobcats drop opener to Lenior-Rhyne 65-62. Page 12

Ryan Del Campo Staff Reporter



mericans interpret the Second Amendment in several different ways. Some prefer the strict interpretation, which implies that citizens only have the right to arm and maintain a militia. Some others extend the interpretation to provide access and ownership of firearms with a few limitations. Still, others believe Americans have a Constitutional right to own and carry firearms as they please. Senators in the Student Government Association are having their own discussion about the right to bear arms. The argument is between those who believe people who have licenses for concealed weapons should be able to carry arms on campus and those who disagree. SGA hopes to reach a census and gather opinions from both for and against the issue to recommend to the Georgia Legislature.

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GCSU has joined the ranks of the gossip distribution center,, and is now linked nationwide to the online collegiate burn book, allowing students to slaughter each other through anonymous posts. Gossip lovers were first introduced to the site on August 1, 2007 by Duke graduate Matt Ivester. According to their Web site, was founded “with the simple mission of enabling online anonymous free speech on college campuses. Today, it is a forum where college students

discuss the topics that interest them most, and in the manner that they deem most appropriate.” As of Nov. 17, creeps on 500 college campuses and produces some 144,412 posts. Currently, students are able to comment on topics such as “Ga College Police,” “Kappa Delta,” “Guess Who is Gay,” and “Haters Everywhere I Go.” Most of the bashing though has been directed toward the social Greek organizations on campus. According to Richard Morgan’s article, which appeared in the International Herald

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City Council favors new permit for housing Ryan Del Campo Staff Reporter

College campuses online at

Photo Illustration by Erin Gish / Senior Photographer

Students spill the The battle for juice anonymously the GA Senate



A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 3 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the carrying and possession of firearms, so as to change certain provisions regarding the transportation of certain firearms; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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by PJ Schinella Senior Reporter

OT Heartbreak Soccer loses in first round of NCAA DII Tournament. Page 12

What is Georgia House Bill 89?

The Milledgeville City Council pushed off a vote on a zoning ordinance concerning the historic housing, on Oct. 28. Despite the GCSU students’ overwhelming support for a Special Use Permit, the city council was not moved to discuss the issue. Many non-student community members spoke against the zoning bill, angry at the recurring noise complaints and other grievances, which happen at select houses occupied by rowdy students. Several students also showed up in October to voice their opinion and separate themselves from those who actually cause the problems.

The Special Use Permit, if passed, would allow for more than three unrelated occupants to live in single-family housing in the historic district if they are deemed to have enough parking for each occupant. Offenders of this statute would have to pay $1,000 each day until they moved out, based upon complaints received by the city. On Tuesday, the City Council surprised many students and other members of the Milledgeville community by passing the controversial bill. The vote was surprisingly strong in favor of the permit, with four council members in support of allowing the permit and two against. The process of obtaining the Special

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Incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)

Opponent Jim Martin (D)

Aubrey Petkas Staff Reporter

“Jim Martin has earned my respect, my confidence, and my vote on Dec. 2,” Noah DeWalt, vice president of Young Democrats, said. “He has pledged to stand with President Obama on the issues that matter to the American people, and to move this country progressively forward with a coalition of unprecedented diversity. With Democrats and Republicans at the table together, change will come to America. This is the time to set divisive partisanship aside and to unite in support of the candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who has always and will continue to put people before politics. And that candidate is Jim Martin.”


The eyes of the country and the world will be on Georgia Dec. 2. The runoff election between former University of Georgia fraternity brothers, Jim Martin, democrat, and incumbent Saxby Chambliss, republican, has gained national attention as the final battle of this monumental election season. Neither candidate received 50 percent of the votes plus one to win the election forcing the run-off election in the historically republican state. Democrats are rallying voters and hoping to have the same enthusiastic turnout they showed in the presidential election.

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November 21, 2008

Training the future leaders of non-profit by Amanda

Boddy Staff Reporter

Ryan Del Campo Staff Reporter


SGA Minutes, Session # 9 Nov. 19, 2008 Announcements • New RSO: GCSU Goodrich Hillel. • World of Wings scheduled to open Monday, November 24. • Zoning Special Use Permit passed by City Council. Enforcement of the policy for those who do not have the permit will be based upon complaints received by the city. • Proposed athletic fee: an increase of $15 to help provide for continued scholarships, to maintain athletic facilities, and to pay for athletic staff. If the fee were not passed, cuts would have to be made mainly to the operating budget. • Public Safety is considering restarting the SNAP program (Student Night Auxiliary Patrol), which was stopped three years ago due to a lack of funding. The purpose of this program is to provide extra people to watch over safety on campus. Public Safety would need considerable funding to restart the program. I. New Business a. Bill #5: Providing funding to AITP for a convention. This bill, if passed, would provide $1000 to the GCSU chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals for funding to attend the National Convention in Oklahoma City during April 2009. The bill will be voted upon next week. b. Resolution #5: Establishing a Green Fee. This resolution encourages the establishment of a mandatory Green Fee of $5 per semester as requested by the GCSU Green Initiative and Environmental Science Club. The money would go towards installing power meters, enhancing and promoting water conservation, implementing a campus-wide recycling program, community sustainability research, and environmental education campaigns. The resolution was passed onto committee with a vote of 13-4-2. A vote on the fee will occur in the Mandatory Student Fee Committee on Friday.

American Humanics, an on campus certification program, is helping students get ahead in the world of nonprofit management. The Nonprofit Executives in Training (NET) program allows students to gain real experience as well as a certification in working with a nonprofit while they are still in college. Students who participate in AH will gain their certification as well as a better chance of getting a job in a field they are passionate about. “There’s no question that these students have a leg up on people who aren’t certified,” said Sara Faircloth, the faculty adviser of AH. Faircloth has spent 30 years working with different nonprofit agencies. She described the NET program. “(The NET program) is not for volunteers. This program is designed for people who want to be professionals in the nonprofit field,” Faircloth said. In order to prepare them for nonprofit management, and to receive their certificate, students must complete an internship, a specific curriculum of classes, and have a membership with the American Humanics Student Association (AHSA). Completion of the internship requires 300 hours of real experience with a nonprofit organization. The curriculum is compiled of classes in political science, rhetoric, accounting, management, and public administration. Jeanette Bowman, president of AH and psychology major said that the 15 hour curriculum for AH matched many of the classes she had to take for her major. “You have to find your niche and work towards that since psychology is a pretty broad major.” Bowman said. The membership that each member of AH must acquire with AHSA includes attendance to an American Humanics Management Institute. According to AH, the AHMI is an “education symposium.” Some members of American Humanics at GCSU will be attending the event in Indianapolis Jan. 4-7. There, they will meet with nonprofit professionals, leaders and members of AH from other universities as well as present a project of their own at the symposium. “This year we are presenting a project on internships: how to be a good intern and how to make your internship worthwhile.” Bowman said. Bowman is expecting to use her certification and experience to eventually be an executive of a nonprofit organization. “I do want to work with the mentally ill in

The American Humanics program is an innovative course of study that equips college and university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in America’s nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, American Humanics is the only national nonprofit organization meeting this need. To ensure students’ success, American Humanics provides leadership opportunities, internships, and scholarships as well as education curriculum. general, specifically schizophrenia, bipolar, depression,” Bowman said. “I’m really passionate about bringing awareness to those disorders.” The program is helping students become leaders in their own communities. Bobby Jones, senior liberal studies major and member of AH, worked with South Rome Redevelopment Corporation this summer in neighborhood revitalization in completion of his internship. Jones originally joined AH to gain training in working in a church. Since then, he has recognized his passion for working with a community based program. “I want to work in the elimination of poverty and working with communities.” Jones said. American Humanics was introduced to the university at the request of a former GCSU president as a professional path program. AH is not a program unique to GCSU, though. 89 other universities also offer the training and certification program.

Community rallies in nursing student’s memory by

Taylor Ferrell Staff Writer

On Nov. 17, the December 2009 Nursing Cohort at GCSU held a fundraiser in memory of one of their fellow classmates, Maggie Moody. “Maggie was hands down the smartest girl in our cohort,” said Taylor Hall, nursing student at GCSU. “She always had the answers to any question and was great to be around.” Maggie was married and a mother of two. She began her studies at Georgia Perimeter College and then completed her core classes at GCSU. She started the Nursing Program in the spring of 2008 with one goal in mind, to help others. She was an extremely hard worker and constantly challenged herself to be better. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA is a true testimony to her dedication to school and her aim for success. This success all came to a tragic halt on Thursday Aug. 21 when Maggie ingested some pine nuts while cooking dinner for her family. The nuts triggered an allergic to the Colonnade reaction and she went into anaphy- Maggie Moody passed away on Nov.Special 9 leaving behind a lactic shock. After a week of heavy husband and two children after a tragic incident where she sedation, the family learned that suffered global brain damage. Maggie had suffered global brain damage and she only had activity in and food. We wanted to do something tangible her brain stem. Maggie passed away on Nov. for them.” 9 after a hard fought battle. Maggie’s cohort planned a fundraiser at the To show support for Maggie and her fam- Chick-fil-A, on Hwy 441, during which all of ily, her cohort wanted to do a fundraiser in her the proceeds that Chick-fil-A made between 5 memory. p.m. and 8 p.m. would be donated to the fam“We really just wanted to help out her fam- ily. The nursing students also offered free ily,” said Crystal Dinkla, nursing student and close friend of Maggie. “The family has inMaggie Moody Page 5 curred a lot of expenses from medical, to gas,

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“Being mentioned on Juicy Campus is lame. Many people have their Continued from Page 1... TM well respected reputations ruined on it,” Collins said. Tribune, the site’s most-viewed forums usually trade gos- “It’s childish and immasip at small colleges with strong fraternity and sorority sys- ture.” Sophomore Ashlee tems. Chambers has her own cat“Social Greek letter organizations face so much controegory about her, allowing versy as it is,” said Reese Cohn, assistant director for student involvement. “Our Greek community needs to focus for people to call her funny, sexy, an airhead on building each other up rather and even a skank. than perpetuating anything furChambers disther that divides chapters and agrees with intentheir members.” tions of the online All ten of the fraternities burn book and and sororities associated with feels that those GCSU’s Interfraternal and Panwho thrive off hellenic Council have been Readers can vote on which posts they find hurtful comments mentioned by nameless mudneed to find more “juiciest,” or most provocative slingers. constructive ways Manley Smith, president of to manage their Kappa Sigma, encourages his Includes 500 college campuses time. members not to use the site and “I didn’t even advises individuals who have think that people Created by Matt Ivester been mentioned on this site not Reese Cohn, knew who I was, to allow such remarks to fuel Assistant Director I was shocked one’s personal anger. Began operation in August 2007 for Student Involvement when I heard I “It crosses the line and alwas on it,” Chamlows for people to speak without bers said. regard for others,” Smith said. Search topics such as most discussed, most People may be entitled “People shouldn’t hide behind the computer and slander the to say what they please, but viewed, most voted and most agreed reputations of others.” what’s considered a cheap Smith’s viewpoints are shared by Amanda Miller, president of Phi Mu. Miller is trying to keep her organization as thrill and a quick laugh Search by university or college name or any could be resolved in a court far removed from the site as possible. key word “Phi Mu hasn’t had a ton of issues so far with the site, but room. “We are so lucky to live we have asked our members that if anything is said about in a nation that grants us Compiles polls with generic questions Phi Mu, or about someone in our chapter, not post defending the rights to Freedom of statements,” Miller said. “Comments like that just make it Speech, but printed stateworse.” someone is easier than second grade math what qualifies as Cohn urges Greeks to remember that their respective or- ments are still subject to being easy? And who is to say that second grade math was libel or slander lawsuits,” Cohn said. ganizations encourage principles of secrecy and respect beeasy for everyone.” In Georgia, private defamation laws protect individuals tween chapter members, Cohn would like to see those prinSites like this already exist, Hammack questions if this is from damages caused by claims that ruin one’s reputation. ciples shared among members of the Greek community as a the right thing to do. Punitive damages can be collected if such statements are whole. “Vulgar and inflammatory comments have been made on false. But is the site actually libelous and slanderous? “The purpose of joining a Greek organization is to leave, and I According to Jennifer Hammack, J.D., there is a fine college as a better person,” Cohn said. “Our organizations think the bigger issue would be is it the most responsible line between legality and morality. People should be asking were founded by young men and women who hoped to pass thing to do,” Hammack said. themselves where the privacy stops and the right to know along cherished principles and virtues through unique rituWhat was once confined to bathroom stalls and composials. Anonymously slandering another group or individual begin. tion books has now been plastered all over the Internet for Hammack believes that the issue is more of a moral didoes nothing to further these principles.” the world to see. This glorified message board has become lemma than one that would seek legal ramifications. Issues Though Greek life has been overly mentioned on the site, an unmonitored and unrestricted forum allowing for personalso arise when attempting to quantify the content of the unidentified writers also securitize with their harsh smack al attacks and the talk of the town to flourish and haunt those statements. talking antics through who are just thirsty for some juice. “For these statements to be defamatory then they have to Nick Collins, freshman undecided major, has made his be proven false and ruin an individual’s reputation. If there is claim to fame on the site. Collins was noted for being one of the biggest players at GCSU and one of the hottest fresh- a kernel of truth to the statement, a case of defamation could Graphics and Design by Claire Kersey not hold up in court,” Hammack said. “When saying that men. Information compiled by Claire Dykes

“Our Greek community needs to focus on building each other up rather than perpetuating anything further that divides chapters and their members.”

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would claim that carrying weapons would do nothing to promote a positive college environment. Continued from Page 1... “Having guns on campus creates an atmosphere of fear,” said Sullivan. Indeed, the concealed The debate was sparked by weapon must not be completeGeorgia House Bill 89, which ly hidden by clothing or other regards carrying concealed methods, according to Georgia arms in extended public placlaw, but instead only be cones but does not yet extend to tained in some sort of holster. college campuses. The coun“Milledgeville is bored and cil is still considering adding prepared to deal with problems a provision allowing those dealing with violence,” Senalicensed individuals to carry tor Will Dardon said. concealed arms on campuses. If Public Safety, or the “I did not hear any discusMilledgeville Police, cannot Casey Sullivan sion on this topic until after handle a violent situation, how the events at Virginia Tech,” Senior SGA Senator should a common college stusaid Casey Sullivan, a senior dent react? Senator in SGA. Many Georgia SGA presiIndeed, gun lobbies pushed dents did not like the idea of alfor change in gun reform laws lowing the weapons on campus. mere days after 33 died and SGA President Ryan Greene Georgia law 23 were injured on the Virremembers from the convention ginia Tech campus, inspiring currently alhe attended last month. the other currently discussed lows concealed “There were only one or two national reforms. [out of 25-30 SGA Presidents gun permits to Proponents for extending individuals age present] who were in favor of the bill to college campuses the provision,” Greene 21 or older with allowing argue that a student who is alsaid. a clean judicial ready qualified to carry a conIn addition, the Georgia cealed firearm can be trusted record, deemed Board of Education has taken to use their weapons for safety mentally fit, who a strong stance against adding and protection in an event such obtain a judge’s Universities to the list of acceptas what took place at Virginia approval to car- able public locations. Tech. Others believe that if Senator Joel Graham rememry the firearm. students were allowed to carry bers how things used to be a concealed arms at Virginia year ago. Tech, they might have been “Public Safety had a safe able to shoot the killer. for students to check in and “The fact is,” as SGA out guns,” Graham said. “(I) Attorney General Michael would like to see that reinstatGeorge said, “none of the ed, and hope the laws of the shooters involved with the state could allow for that.” Virginia Tech or Columbine Most other senators share shootings had a concealed this view because the comgun permit.” mon weekend activity of If killers can obtain illehunting could be safely and gal weapons and become a easily provided for. danger to society, this side of This argument may find its the argument would claim, final compromise or it may then the law-abiding citizens fade into the forgotten as othshould be allowed to protect er issues come to the forefront themselves. of discussion. Georgia law currently “Law abiding citizens will allows concealed gun percontinue to follow the laws,” mits to individuals age 21 Evan Karanovich Joel Graham Senator or older with a clean judicial said., “and those who choose record, deemed mentally fit, Junior SGA Senator not to follow the law will conand who obtain a judge’s aptinue to break them.” proval to carry the firearm. Join the forum online at However, the opposition www.

“Having guns on campus creates an atmosphere of fear.”

“Public Safety had a safe for students to check in and out guns... (I) would like to see that reinstated, and hope the laws of the state could allow for that.”

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Director changes lives one student at a time by Ana Maria Lugo Senior Reporter

There are plaques bearing words of encouragement and messages to inspire hope, love, and friendship that surround the room and a cheery motto on nearly every corner of her office. There are stacks of “thank you” cards and pictures of volunteers past and present taking a small step to change the world. A pile of folders tower over Kendall Stiles on her desk barely making out her face behind it, but you can still hear her cheery, southern sweet twang on the phone. She is a cheerleader, a mentor, and an inspiration to the students that come and gone in the GIVE Center for the past 11 years. She has been the ambassador for hope and encouragement for more than a decade and she has built the GIVE Center program from scratch providing a volunteering outlet, so she can help students reach out to their communities. She has helped organized countless charity drives and fundraisers, but today she is organizing folders after folders of old and new volunteers that need to catalogued. “It’s an organized mess,” Kendall says of the clutter of shirts, bows, and gifts. She had just taken a break from planning the décor and the give-away for the upcoming Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network, on top of organizing volunteers for this fall’s Potato Drive. She is constantly on the go, constantly moving, and constantly planning an event, all to raise awareness for a cause or a charity somewhere. In a way, Kendall’s brain is much like her surroundings. Busy, cluttered, and in disarray. “I’m so busy,” Kendall said. “I don’t have much time for organization. I’m constantly on the go.” But unlike hoarders, or, people that are prone to messes, Kendall’s clutter is what gives the GIVE Center a feeling of home and a feeling of ease, unlike any other establishment in the school that calls for order and pristine presentation. The GIVE Center has become not only the center office for volunteer groups on campus, but also a storage for the many things used to run charity events from themed decors, to office supplies, to blankets. It’s an emporium for things that are needed and random. It’s the building version of Mary Poppin’s magic bag. Kendall is very much the same way. She is as cheesy as those mottos adorning walls and doors and as sincere and as knowledgeable as the quotes say. She is as random as the mismatched couches in the hallway. She is an emporium of memories and goodness that she collected from the legion of volunteers and their stories that has enriched her life. She has spent most of her life trying to find aid for those in need and serving as a platform for students who want to

make a difference. Megan White, a senior and one of Dance Marathon’s organizers, has been a servant leader with the GIVE Center since her freshman year. “I asked Kendall what can I do to help, and she did more than just tell me how to go about it,” Megan said. “She showed me how and she helped me learn where my passion is, which is children’s causes.” Becca Walden, a junior, relates a similar story. “If it wasn’t for Kendall, I would have never met so many wonderful people,” Walden said. Becca is the president of Sequins and Smiles, an organization that helps impoverished teenage girls get the homecoming and prom dresses of their dreams thanks to donations from girls who will most likely only wear their dresses once. “She has helped me understand and brought me to a place where not only I can help myself feel better but help other girls in the process. I’m making a difference,” Walden said. Making a difference is what Kendall preaches snd encourages everyone around her to do. It’s her heart. And it’s her lifestyle. “Once you start making a difference and make a habit of it, you just can’t stop.” Kendall said. “It’s already there for most people. They just need an outlet to plug it in and that’s what the GIVE Center is for.” Kendall is eternally positive, mothering volunteers to do better, cheering them on at their every event, and letting them know it’s ok when they dodn’t quite meet their goal. She is adamant about giving praise and recognizing the numerous volunteers, but is unusually reserved and shy when asked about hers. She tells everyone to track hours but hasn’t tracked her service hours since college. “I don’t need to be recognized,” Kendall said humbly. “I don’t really care for an award. I’d do it anyway even if they weren’t paying me to or requiring me to.” She is a woman of contrast from organizing every event in her unorganized office, to her slow southern twang dispelling words faster than a Nascar, and her impossibly polite and southern hospitality despite her busy schedule. People that know Kendall say that she will always make time to visit and talk with visitors even if that means she’ll be late somewhere. “She doesn’t want to miss out on what you’re doing in your life,” assistant Paul Sedor said. “She’s not being nosy. She just wants you to know that her interest goes far beyond volunteering.” And as she fondly looks at the stacks of folders before her and raves about the amazing people she gets to work with everyday, one can only wonder if she knows how many people feel lucky to work with her.

Special to the Colonnade Kendall Stiles, has been the director of the GIVE Center, GCSU’s umbrella for non-profit organizations. She has inspired countless students. (Below) Stiles with members of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a community service based sorority on campus.

International students venture on Thanksgiving by

Katelyn Hebert Staff Writer

Unlike most residents at GCSU, many international students do not have a place to visit for the Thanksgiving break. With the arrival of this American holiday, many of these students have organized their own ways to celebrate. Libby Davis, Associate Director of International Education, has assisted students in finding plans for this year’s holiday. “Some of our students travel during the break to see other parts of the U.S., some go home with new U.S. friends to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, and some do end up staying in Milledgeville,” Davis said. Traveling during the break is a popular option for many students, including Aleksi

Koskelo of Finland. “I am going to fly to Minnesota to see some of my American friends there and play ice hockey,” Koskelo said. The majority of international students are traveling during the week. Many are following friends or roommates home for the break. Pedro Lima of Brazil is one student following this trend. “I believe I’m going home with my roommate,” Lima said. “I heard there is a chance of going to Disney World though, that would be fun.” For those who will be staying in Milledgeville, like Taiki Kawamoto from Japan, there are other ways to enjoy the week off school.

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November 21, 2008 Maggie Moody Continued from Page 2... blood pressure screenings to customers. “We wanted to incorporate nursing into the fundraiser as well. It is who we are and what we stand for,” said Dinkla. “Maggie would of done it also.” To many of the cohort members there, the night was a great success. “We wanted to come out tonight because it is giving money to a family during a very difficult time and I wanted to do all I could to support them,” said Joanna Freeburg, student at GCSU. Many students from other organizations on campus also came out to support members of Maggie’s cohort.

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“I have no plans for Thanksgiving,” Kawamoto said. “I don’t know exactly why the U.S. has Thanksgiving, but it will be a good break since we don’t have a fall break.” Since many students are going home, to entertain those staying here for the holiday, the International Club has been busy planning activities. Richard Kim, an officer of the International Students Club, has been helping plan these activities. “There are some [international students] going on trips to various places in the country in groups or individually. I know a few people who actually have relatives in the country that they’ll visit during the break,” Kim said. “For the rest of the students, the International Students Club has prepared activities so they won’t get bored.” Kim is also staying in Milledgeville over the break, but with a different situation than most. “I am somewhat of a unique case because although I am an international student, my parents are also here with me,” Kim said. “They purchased Judy’s Country Kitchen last year, which is also the reason I moved down here.” Although he is staying in town this Thanksgiving, Kim plans to keep himself busy over the break. “I’ll most likely be working at the restaurant, and studying for finals rest of the time. I am hoping though, that I can slip in a road trip or two,” Kim said. Another thing that international students can look forward to is Thanksgiving dinner provided by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. Dan Ashworth, the president of BCM,


“One of my sorority sisters was in the cohort with Maggie and it meant a lot that we came out and supported her,” said Ali Crawford, student at GCSU. Other fundraisers for Maggie’s family are already in the works. “GCANS (Georgia College Association of Nursing Students) has adopted Maggie’s husband and two kids for the holidays and will giving them presents during the holiday season,” said Dinkla. “We are also hoping to have a 5k race next semester in Maggie’s honor.” Even though this is a difficult time for their cohort, it has brought them closer together. “We were already very close, but this has made us realize just how close,” said Hall. “A lot of people have been very supportive and understanding through this time and we are all so thankful.”

Thanksgiving generally is considered secular. It is not based on any specific religion or dogma. Though the holiday’s origins can be traced to harvest festivals that have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, the American holiday has religious undertones related to the redemption of the English settlers by Native Americans after the brutal winter at Plymouth, Massachusetts. is helping organize the annual dinner. “I think the main thought behind [the dinner] is that virtually all [or most] students from the United States have a place in which to celebrate Thanksgiving, but this is not the case for our international students,” Ashworth said. “Although Thanksgiving is not widely celebrated outside North America, we would like to provide an opportunity to anyone who would like to celebrate the things they’re grateful for with a Thanksgiving dinner at the BCM House.” The dinner will be at the BCM House on Monday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 pm. The food at the dinner is provided by local churches and is open to all GCSU students.

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Use Permit is not a short one. The permit will be given to households after the Historic Preservation Society deems that the necessary parking regulations are met. Also, the residents appear before both the Zoning and Planning Board and then the City Council. The fire department also must survey the house to check for any safety concerns before the application is granted and each following year. “Just because you meet all the criteria for the application,” SGA Senator Evan Karanovich said, “Doesn’t necessarily mean that you can get it. It ultimately comes down to the city’s decision, and they have to manage all aspects of the issue.” Karanovich was on the forefront of the student fight for the Special Use Permit. He mentioned, even though the students have gotten their wishes from the city council in this instance that “biggest thing

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Republicans are trying to prevent the potential 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority that Mr. Martin’s election would produce. “As a republican, one of the most important issues to me is avoiding a democratic super majority in the senate I am voting for Saxby Chambliss because I think he is the best person for the job and will be a strong checks and balances voice for the Senate,” Jason White, president of the GCSU chapter of College Republicans, said. “The College Republicans will be doing phone banking, door to door, sign waving, and hosting and attending events and rallies. Republicans need to get out the vote and we have to motivate them.” Chambliss seems to be winning points by drawing Martin into a debate over a “fair tax” proposal. Chambliss beat Martin in 2002 with three percentage points. Georgia is also noted as red state, a state


I want to push forward is that both members of the city and students need to foster a healthy relationship. We need to coexist. Those few students who caused the original concern by the community misrepresent the student body in general.” Jenny Webster, alumni and ZTA Local Housing Association president, was happy with this decision. “I am very glad and thankful that the city council is willing to give the people living in large houses the opportunity to live in their homes,” Webster said. “The ZTA house is a large home, and it is being sustained by the girls who live there.” So, students living in the historic district can breathe a sigh of relief as they apply for their permit to continue living in their homes. Continued compromise with the City Council and the community certainly only serve to help the students. “If we have a strong positive voice,” Karanovich said, “positive results will happen.”

in which McCain won by five percentage points. According to an article in the New York Times, McCain asked for support from voters saying, “I’m asking you to go into battle one more time.” Democrats in Georgia are hoping Obama will pay a visit to the South to campaign in support of Martin. Democrats in Georgia are hoping Obama will pay a visit to the South to campaign in support of Martin while the Republicans are lobbying for an appearance my Gov. Sarah Palin and former presidential candidate John McCain. Georgians will have one more time to make their vote count. Students can go to their designated precincts and cast a vote on Dec. 2. The pressure is on as the Democrat majority Congress are looking for a filibuster approved seats and Republicans try to gain hold of Georgia, which has been so long a Red state.

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Thank you: Colonnade style It’s that time of year again, when we stuff our bellies, visit our families, and share what we are thankful for at the current time. Ah, yes, it is once again Thanksgiving. The Colonnade recognizes Thanksgiving not only as a week off for us (although we are not complaining about that!), but as a time to thank some of the myriads of people that help us out on our journey to achieve journalistic excellence. The following are some of those people or groups that we would like to thank. 1) YOU. You, the one holding the newspaper in your hands or pointing your Internet browser to Without you, we are nothing. We’ve said it many times and we will say it again, our goal is to bring you all the information you need to know within the GCSU campus community. Thank you readers. 2) The school. GCSU is the school that is providing each and every Colonnade editor with our education. That education we use to put together this newspaper. Without the school (administration, professors, etc.) we wouldn’t have a clue what we are doing. 3) Our parents. For the majority of The Colonnade staffers, our parents are the ones who sent us to college. Parents helped us pay for our food, gas, shelter, books, and lists of other important things. We do not say thank you to our parents nearly enough. 4) The students that voluntarily work for us. That’s right, the majority of the students that work to make The Colonnade an award winning student newspaper do so without being paid, earning credit, or anything else. Yes, the experience is priceless, but as editors, we could not do it without you writers, photographers and ad reps. 5) We would like to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to the people that make the foundation of our great country. From the founding fathers who believed that we the people, have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They are the same founding fathers that gave us the freedom of speech, expression and religion. And finally, to the brave men and women fighting for us that we may continue to enjoy these freedoms at home and abroad. We owe you this and much more.

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In the spirit of the holidays, I’d like to set politics aside for a moment and simply talk about some things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving, besides the obvious—taking five days off to pour wine and gravy down my gullet as if trying to drown or poison my stomach’s fowl contents. As November draws to a fat, happy close, I am truly thankful for the following… The new Watchmen and Star Trek trailers: Holy balls! To say that I’ve been geeking out over these previews would be a vast and appropriate understatement. Zack Snyder, if you successfully adapt the unadaptable—not just my favorite graphic novel, but my favorite book of all time—I will forgive you for the shirtless, sweaty abomination that is

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A football season on the verge of climax: In the very near future, we have three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day; granted, no one will see the Eagles play the Cards (thank you, NFL Network)—but watching the winless Lions host the undefeated Titans could be pretty entertaining, miraculously so if Calvin Johnson (and Calvin Johnson alone) wills Detroit to a massive upset. Next, we have the fantasy playoffs—with a dash of cash and piles of pride on the line—followed by the college bowl games, which determine something, although not necessarily a champion.

(Unless your alma mater is currently dominating the FCS, as my James Madison Dukes are; in which case, you get a playoff. More on that in a minute.) College bowl games are followed immediately by the NFL Playoffs, which culminate in a little thing called the Super Bowl—you might have heard of it. The aforementioned Titans will probably be there, which isn’t a bad thing, considering the wow factor of rookie sensation Chris Johnson, and how fiercely their defense hits. Finally, President-elect Obama recently pledged to “throw his weight around” (all 150 pounds of it) in an effort to achieve an eightgame playoff to replace the shameful, maddening BCS system. Although this desperately needed change won’t come for several years, just the thought of it makes me want to include Barry O. in the dinner blessing next Thursday night. A college football playoff? Amen to that. Gas for under $2/gallon: This is one of those rare instances in capitalism when what’s good for the individual is apparently disastrous for the economy as a whole. I’m not saying I’m glad the economic crisis is

happening; I just think it’s bizarre that something that has had such a devastating effect globally has also resulted in two giant pluses (Obama’s election, and gas that’s cheaper than milk), at least in my little world. There’s no way these prices will last into 2009, so I feel compelled to fill up my tank every time I leave the house, and I’m almost looking forward to driving eleven hours round-trip next week.

Cooler temperatures: Finally, I can wear hoodies and knit caps without sweating through them, matting my hair and generally feeling like an a**. (Hey, I’m not the only one.) Also, at any given moment when I’m in my apartment, there is about an 85 percent chance I’m wearing my bear slippers.

Crunchy leaves: Go out of your way to step on them; then join the Facebook group. You’ll feel better.

Family: My parents, whom I love very dearly, read my columns.

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“300.” J.J. Abrams, if you revive my beloved “Star Trek” the way you seem poised to do, with an exciting young cast and absolutely bazonkers special effects, I will forgive you for abandoning your “Lost” baby like a heartless Nebraskan mother, and for “Fringe,” which I haven’t seen but which is reportedly mediocre at best, despite the welcome return of silverscreen prince Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter). Everyone should go see “Quantum of Solace,” or at least the first fifteen minutes, before the movie actually starts.


Andrew Adams Columnist

The Presidential election is over, and now it is time to see what we have learned as a nation about how we elect our Commander in Chief. I, personally, have learned three things through this election that I didn’t know before. In fact, I staunchly believed the opposite. 1. Nothing is inevitable. Hillary Clinton was without question the front runner for the Democratic nomination. She held a commanding lead in the polls until January, and had name recognition matched only by Jesus and Shakespeare. Everyone was predicting an easy victory for her. Then came the self proclaimed “skinny kid from Chicago with a funny name” and Senator Clinton never had a chance. Barack Obama overtook Hillary Clinton in the polls, although it was a

photo finish. John McCain had a quite similar story. Following his very controversial (dare I say maverick?) Senate proposal to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, his campaign poll numbers shrunk to low single digits. Many polls had McCain trailing five or more of his Republican opponents. However, after putting all his eggs in the basket known as New Hampshire, he pulled off a large victory there, and was on pace to win the Republican nomination. For both the Republicans and the Democrats, no candidate is ever “inevitable.” 2. Predictions are worthless. If you’re looking for a gambling game where you’ll probably lose money, look no further than betting on a Presidential election. This entire election I tried to predict who would win, right from the get-go. Early on, I believed it would be Obama with about 280-290 electoral votes. Then, McCain picked Palin and pulled ahead in the polls for a week or two. I then made a ridiculous prediction that I actually put in one of my previous articles. I said that the way I perceive Obama’s very liberal ideology, I couldn’t imagine America voting for him for President. Boy was I wrong.

Fortunately, I had no money at stake. 3. Always choose the candidate you are most excited about. This has to do with the Presidential Primaries. When people vote in the primaries, often times loyal party voters will choose the candidate that they think has the best chance of beating the opposition party’s candidate. This is called “electability.” In the Democratic Primary, the common belief was that Hillary Clinton was more electable than Barack Obama. I too believed this, and as a conservative I was hoping Barack Obama would get the nomination, simply because I thought he had a greater chance of losing in the general election. The Democratic voters didn’t vote for who they thought was more electable; they voted for the candidate they could get excited about. The Republicans on the other hand picked their candidate based on electability. John McCain is very moderate and the most likely Republican to sway independents (even former Democratic Vice-Presidential candidates). Here, you have one party that chose the candidate that is more electable, and another party that chose the candidate they actually

liked more. Common sense would have you believe that the more electable candidate won. Common Sense would also be wrong. The reason why Obama won is simple. Democrats were excited about Obama and were willing to stand in line for hours to vote, while Republicans were pretty lukewarm about McCain and didn’t turn out in as large of numbers. The lesson is always vote for the candidate that you like the most. The one you’d be willing to stand in a long line through the cold and the rain just to cast one vote out of 110 million. Perhaps there are life lessons we can take from this. Nothing in life is ever inevitable... anything can happen. Don’t gamble on things, you’ll probably lose! And do (or vote) whatever makes you happy or excited; don’t necessarily do what you think is most popular among others (like voting for a more electable candidate). Ok, maybe I’m stretching this a little bit. But you get the idea.

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Editor’s note: Because we did not receive any letters to the editor this week, the following are article comments from Response to “Ten reasons Obama’s a good choice” I disagree that this is the death of affirmative action. Let’s just hope that people in hiring positions are more inclined to select an African American because of qualifications and/or “demonstrated capability”. Barack had a Response to “Credit score among the factors to financial succes” Something that this article does not suggest is to get your credit reports and to monitor your credit activity early on. Just getResponse to “Fire and Brimstone” The way I see it, the zone isn’t such that you can only speak freely in that area, but as an encouragement. While you can speak freely anywhere, the free speech zone might be thought more of as a “speech zone”, a way to organize and have a designated area to hear interesting and new, perhaps radical ideas. The free speech zone might even be a The Colonnade encourages readers to express their views and opinions by sending letters to the editor at: CBX 2442; Milledgeville, Ga. 31061 or by e-mail at All letters must be typed and include: • names • address/ Email address • telephone number

BS in poltical science, JD from Harvard, president of the harvard law review, college professor of the US Constitution, a State senator for 6 years, and people still felt that he was not qualified for the job. Barak has more education in goverment then both GOP candidates combined.

At what point in your life did you feel like you weren’t a kid anymore? “When I got my first job I felt like I had more responsibility.” Claudia Wagner, sophomore, early childhood education

-Nichelle ting credit cards do not necessarily help you increase your credit score. You need to do research and research begins with knowing your current situation -CreditScoreMonster recognition that everyone has something to say, but may not be very confident about expressing it in public. With a set area, they can be more sure that their voice will be heard, and people might better know where to find such a place where minds can be expanded. I don’t think anyone would have told Brother Matt he can only preach in the free speech zone.

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“Going into college was a wake-up call my growing responsibilities.” David Bartz, sophomore, general business

“When I entered college I had to start making decisions on my own.” Josh Hurst, sophomore, buesiness management

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“Being on my own in college gave me a lot more responsibility.” Kristina Barnett, sophomore, pre-engineering

“When I started paying for my car insurance it felt like I was becoming more responsible.”

Corrections and Clarifications

• In last week’s Colonnade Daniela Nopuente was referred to as Daniel in the article entitled, “Bobcats take pair of wins at D-I Mercer.”

Whitney McCullough, junior, sociology

• In last week’s Colonnade in the “SGA Session 7-8” section the group “The Armed Farces Improv Comedy Troupe” was reffered to as the “Armed Forces.”

Reported by Bobby Gentry

Poll of the Week Graphic by Corey Dickstein

Do you have credit card debt? Yes, some 13%

No, I have paid it off 25%

Yes, a lot 25%

Ode to Magnolia Park

 Park, oh park 
where do i start?
 Oh park oh park 
I’m afraid to go out after dark

 Cars and rooms gettin broken into 
 and still you wonder why residents are few? 

 afternoon shuttles are always late only part of what i hate rap at 8 in the morning party shuttle horn will wake you without warning Your ads in the nade wouldn’t make the grade all your pictures are stretched gaining new residents from these, is really farfetched

No, I don’t use credit 38%

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next year lower prices, what about me? lived here two years, you just jacked up my fee Didn’t get any perks from signing last year Next year I’m so glad I won’t be living here! WOOOO HOOOOO!!!! TURKEY!!! STUFFING!!! GRAVY!!!! CRANBERRY SAUCE!!!! PUMPKIN PIE!!!!!! YEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!! Please, please, please!!! No Christmas music before Thanksgiving... Come on people! Utah? Really... sweet. Rick Astley... ‘nuff said.

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Prescription medication abuse on the rise with students by Aubrey


Staff Reporter

Most prescription medication comes in a little transparent orange container, neatly labeled, with a childproof twist off cap reading “Push Down & Turn”. But some always get their medication sealed inside the cellophane wrapper from a pack of Marlboros. Little orange and blue pills. Time in a capsule coupled with the self-enhancing powers unrivaled by any drug on the market, underground or not. Adderall to focus before class, Xanax before a presentation or OxyContin to have a good time – college prescription junkies are an FDA stamp away from their street counterparts. Oxy Contin, for example, is an opiate - just like heroin. Excruciating withdrawal results, financial anguish and shady behavior come with regular abuse. Ironically, a symptom of continual opiate abuse is depression, which is what OxyContin, in many cases, treats. In a survey of 41 people conducted by The Colonnade, 68 percent of people said that they, or someone they knew, self-medicated a mental illness with prescription drugs not prescribed to them. Our generation is not waiting until middle age to add prescription pill-popping to its list of abuses. “It’s amazing the number of students on medication,” Dr. James Winchester, philosophy professor, said. “Students taking things like Ritalin and students grappling with psychological issues are astounding. I don’t know if there is a supporting study, but I believe that there are more cases of psychological issues on this campus because of its size. Fragile students are more interested in a smaller institution with a smaller class size.” The sleepy town of Milledgeville cannot escape society’s fast-paced demands and never-ending commitments. The underground market, or shall we say underground pharmacy, for prescription drugs on campus mirrors that of the underground market for street-drugs. Sometimes the two markets collide. “I’ve heard of people swapping pills, or trading marijuana for Adderall or something like that,” Tradd Raizes, a student at Georgia Military College said. A bartering system of uppers and downers emerges, allowing users to entertain the drug-cycle. Something in which many college students enter into on a weekly basis. “It goes like this; you get all ‘Adderall-ed out’ before class with your Starbucks Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte. Between classes you chain-smoke like it’s your business, then when the day is finally over you chill out with a bowl [of marijuana] or a glass of wine before homework commences. This is when you probably take another Adderall. Hence the cycle continues,” said an anonymous, senior, in a giddy whirl-wind of a conversation, which hinted at her current state. “I find myself making lists in my head of everything I have to do. I usually forget to eat. I like it though. This is how you have to be though, seriously.” Often pills are crushed and snorted, providing a quicker and stronger effect. In addition to increasing attentiveness, methylphenidate, an ingredient in Adderall and Ritalin, increases that get-up-and-go feeling of well-being and comfort, and often causes the consumer to become chattier. Other short-term effects include faster heart rate and breathing, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, dry mouth, perspiration, and a feeling of superiority. More severe side effects include violent behavior and aggression, or even strange, incessant and restless behavior. Weight loss is also common. Flushing, tremors, and hallucinations are symptoms of an overdose. The effects of methylphenidate are often likened to those of cocaine and studies have shown similarities in the two. According to the federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health taken earlier this year, the number of first time prescription drug abusers outnum-

bered first-time marijuana users. According to the National Survey, the nonmedical use of prescription medications is second only to marijuana as the most common form of illicit drug use; in addition, the percentage of students reporting the abuse of prescription stimulants can be as high as 25 percent on some campuses. The survey conducted by The Colonnade shows similar results. In the survey, the percentage of people abusing alcohol, as a way to self-medicate, is exactly the same as the percentage of people illegally using prescription drugs for self-medication, 32.08 percent. Marijuana followed closely behind at 26.42 percent. The increasing numbers means a $79 billion industry for prescription meds. For example, United States prescriptions for stimulants increased from about 5 million in 1991 to almost 35 million in 2007. Prescriptions for painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin increased from 40 million in 1991 to 180 million in 2007, according to the Mayo Clinic Web site. Perhaps the large increase arises from the lessened Federal Food and Drug Administration regulations for direct-to-consumer advertising in 1997, allowing commercial drugs to be seen and heard on home television sets and car radios. “I haven’t heard of too many students doing coke, none doing crack, a small number dropping acid, but the number of people who have taken Adderall…I can’t even count,” Kristen Mecerod, a senior marketing major, said. “There’s a proliferation of diagnosis. It seems to Courtesy of WordPress Images be the contemporary and modern thing—running to your psychiatrist,” said Brittany Curry, a liberal studies major. “[Why not] eat Ritalin for breakfast instead of improve your work ethic?” Possession or distribution of prescription can lead to drug-related criminal charges. The potential for mandatory minimum prison sentences—sometimes a decade or more for relatively minor offenses—along with license suspensions, lengthy and restrictive terms of probation, mandatory drug treatment, hefty fines, taxes, forfeiture of property, and limitations on future employment prospects, which means that dealing with prescription drugs is serious. Tendering a false prescription with a forged doctor signature or calling in a fraudulent prescription are considered felonies. Possession of prescription drugs such as Adderall, OxyContin, Xanax, Lortab, and Ritalin in any container without a prescription is a felony crime as well.

Xanax: • Used to treat severe anxiety and panic attacks. • Active ingredient: Alprazolam

Some commonly misused drugs

Chart by Aubrey Petkas Layout and Graphics by Claire Kersey

OxyContin: • Used as a painkiller. • Active ingredient: Oxycodone • Dependency has increased since higher concentrations have been introduced.

Adderall: • Used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy • Methylphenidate is a main ingredient that makes users feel more focused


The Colonnade’s Guide to Art and Entertainment

Friday, November 21, 2008

Section Editor, S. Ashlee Mooneyhan

Weekend getaway:

Georgia wilderness vacations

The time of year is great to breath some crisp mountain air, and a wilderness vacation can be easy on a college budget, too. by

Ryan Del Campo Staff Writer

Georgia has arguably some of the most beautiful wildernesses in the Southeast. From the slippery rocks at Tallulah Gorge to the difficult approach to the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, outdoor enthusiast will find some place to enjoy.

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THE GEAR Once the location and activities are nailed down, think about the gear. Besides the necessities of a tent, some pillows, and a sleeping bag, why not bring along some marshmallows, dark chocolate and delicious graham crackers to top off the typical camping experience. To start the campfire, bring lint and a couple of matches – just make sure to check if there is a fire ban in the area. For long stays, or if campers do not have access to clean water, purification will be necessary. Hand pumps can do the job, but the area must have a relatively large water source to use one. Iodizing purifiers like Polar Pure are the best option, which can be used on any amount of flowing water. This is especially important in Georgia, because the drought dried up many of the natural springs along the Appalachian Trail and in other areas of Georgia. With water you’ll need the proper gear to eat with—a spork or other utensil is a necessity (you won’t be a happy camper if you forget this little detail), a container to eat out of, and a separate container to prepare food in. The clothes brought on any trip can either ensure a comfortable camping trip or make it miserable. Full raingear is absolutely necessary since Georgia weather can be so unpredictable, and can also serve as shell to block the elements you encounter in the wilderness. A fleece jacket or other comparable insulation layer may also be needed, especially in the winter months. Other clothing essentials are sturdy hiking boots, a synthetic shirt to wick moisture off the skin, and an insulated hat. Of course, a good backpack will be needed to carry all of your gear and clothing—a school book bag works well as dayhiking pack, but for overnight hiking excursions find a comfortable backpacking bag with a frame to help distribute the load properly on your back and shoulders.

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THE MUNCHIES Nothing is more satisfying than a yummy snack or meal when in the wilderness. Plan all meals and snack-foods ahead of time, and expect to eat more than you normally do. Great snacks in the woods might include pouches of tuna and Ritz crackers, granola bars, or baby carrots with peanut butter. Make at least one of your meals each day a hot one. Dinner is the default hot meal during camping. All you need is a fire, aluminum foil, a meat choice, and some veggies, like canned corn or peas, to make an easy dinner. Wrap all the ingredients into a foil pouch and put over hot coals on the fire for 20 to 30 minutes. For a tasty dessert, use a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and cover individual dough sections with cinnamon and sugar. Wrap in foil and cook on fire for 15 to 20 minutes. Amp it up by adding canned peaches or cherries to make a camper’s cobbler. Location – check. Essential gear – check. All there is left to do now is to find an open weekend and some friends.

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THE PERFECT SPOT Students at GCSU can find some great camping spots around Milledgeville. Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee offer makeshift campgrounds that provide fantastic views of the water. It is recommended that would-be campers check the weather and temperature predictions before choosing a location to set up camp. For example, camping next to bodies of water on cold windy nights make for a chilling and miserable overnighter. Other local options include camping at Little River Park, which is only eight miles away and nearly directly off of Highway 441. This campground offers convenient access to Ocmulgee National Monument and whitewater options on Murder Creek or Little River. Scenic Mountain Campground is also close to Milledgeville, offering many of the same fun opportunities. If gas money is not a concern, a trip to Desoto Caverns in Cleveland provides plenty of family fun. This caving experience is breathtaking and makes for a nice day trip. Also the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, starting at Amicalola Falls and stretching all the way up to Mount Katahdin in Maine, presents some of the most difficult and yet satisfying backpacking trails in America. Some of the most famous offshoots of the AT are located in the Georgia section of the more than 2,000-mile trail. Freshman Megan Leach likes to go camping on the weekends, and lists Bear Mountain and Sea Camp at Cumberland Island as her favorite spots. Leach likes Sea Camp for its “laid back atmosphere and beautiful scenery.” Sea Camp can certainly provide both – it is a secluded national park, which prides itself on its peaceful, clean, and beautiful landscape. Georgia also has some great places to canoe or Kayak, from the swamps of the Okefenokee to the rapids of the Nantahala or Ocoee. These rivers and lakes always have several campgrounds clustered around them as well. For a beginner, either Lazy River or the Chattahoochee River is a great place to paddle or float downstream. For an experienced Kayaker, Georgia also has some great whitewater opportunities such as the Chattooga, Tallulah, and Cartecay rivers.





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“Yours, Anne”

Drake Simons / Senior Photographer “Yours, Anne” premieres Friday, Nov. 21. Tickets on sale now.


sister, and four others. The stage, crowded with furniture, beds and trunks, gives the feeling of chaos As the semester draws to a and suffocation. Director Byclose, the GCSU theatre departron Grant has brought all of the ment is still operatelements including ing at full speed. setting, lighting, muThey are busy putsic, songs and acting ting on the last play together to allow the of the semester, audience to feel how “Yours, Anne.” Anne must have felt “Yours, Anne” is during those agonizthe play with muing months. sic written by Enid Catherine Bixler Futterman that tells is a sophomore psythe story of Anne chology major who is Frank. Anne was a making her GCSU deJewish girl living but as Margot Frank, in hiding with her Anne’s sister. family in Amster“People should Drake Simons / Senior Photographer dam through the Nazi come see the play beoccupation during “Yours, Anne” tells the story of young Anne Frank as she hides cause it gives a really an attic with her mother, father, sister and four others during World War II. Her di- in accurate and interestchaos ridden Amsterdam during World War II. ary documented her ing insight into what stay in hiding and life was like for the was published at the end of the because of the musical element people in the attic,” Bixler said. war after she, her sister Margot calling for each character to “Yours, Anne” is showing now and her mother were killed in sing. in Russell Auditorium. Tickets Nazi concentration camps. “A lot of us are not singers and are available for Friday and Sat“People have preconceived the music is not exactly easy,” urday night performances which notions of Anne Frank. This play said theatre major Nic Marrone begin at 8 and a Sunday afterwill put her into a more human who plays Peter Van Daan. “Jen- noon performance which begins perspective. That is what she nifer (Watkins) has never sung at 2. Student tickets are $6. To was. She was bratty. She was a before and she’s the lead. She is preorder, call (478) 445-4226. teenager. She is usually portrayed doing an amazing job.” Tickets are also available at the as a martyr. I think the fact that The play takes the audience box office. she was an actual girl is lost in all into the small attic that Anne of that,” said theatre major Bren lived in with her mother, father, by April Argo Senior Reporter

Max Noah brief: Renaissance themed concert Claire Dykes Staff Writer


GCSU’s Small Ensembles left the audience tapping their toes last Tuesday night at their Renaissance themed fall concert in the Max Noah Recital Hall. Four groups including GCSU’s Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles along with the GCSU Brass Quintet performed various genres of music from smooth classical to staccato percussion. Both types kept the audience waiting for more. Dr. Maureen Horgan directed the Brass Ensemble and the Brass Quintet. She pointed out the difference between a full orchestra concert compared to the small ensembles before the concert commenced. “Here the students are alone in their parts

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with no others to rely on,” Horgan said. “That’s the educational experience here.” The concert included selections composed by classics, such as Beethoven and Gabrieli, elegantly performed by the brass and woodwind ensembles. The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ryan Smith, played upbeat selections by John Cage and Bob Becker that lit up the room. With instruments such as rice bowls, and their own hands, the lively beats captivated the audience. “They sounded hauntingly beautiful. I love to watch the musicians as they move with the music, ” Kelly Edwards, an engaged audience member, said. The next orchestra performance will be the GCSU Orchestra Fall Concert. It will be held in Magnolia Ballroom on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas, the show’s stage manager. “This play is also different from what we usually do here at GCSU.” The play was also a challenge

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World-renowned musicians grace GCSU by April Argo Senior Reporter

The GCSU music department continued their Guest Artist series last Thursday with the “Music by Schubert and Brahms” performance. The visiting artists were violinist Levon Ambartsumian and pianist Evgeny Rivkin. Both Rivkin and Ambartsumian are renowned musicians known throughout the world for their talent. The reputations of the musicians preceded them as audience members filled the hall. “I came tonight because I heard the violinist is really talented,” said junior music education major Mary Katherine Schaap. "I am sure this is going to be really good.” The exceptional duet of the two musicians filled Max Noah Recital Hall with warmth as they performed. Individually, each musician was flawless. Together, though, their parts added depth and richness that floated into the audience. They performed seven pieces from composer Franz Schubert (17971828) including Allegro moderato, Adante and Adagio.

The duet also performed seven pieces from composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) including Vivace, Allegro appassionato and Andante con moto. “It exceeded my expectations. It was really good. I am glad I came,” Schaap said. Levon Ambartsumian is a currently a professor of violin at the University of Georgia. He originally studied at the Moscow Central Music School in Russia. Then, he went to Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he was taught by legendary musicians like Yury Yankelevich. He went on to compete in and win several violin competitions. Ambartsumian was named Honored Artist of Armenia in 1988 and Honored Artist of Russia in 1997. He performed all over Russia and Eastern Europe. He also worked closely with famous composers. In 1988, Ambartsumian began to travel abroad playing in the United States, Canada, Greece, Spain, Brazil and South Korea. He founded the Moscow Chamber Orchestra ARCO in 1989, which regularly performed in Russia and abroad. Ambartsumian has been a faculty member of

the University of Georgia School of Music since 1995. He has released several CDs. Pianist Evgeny Rivkin studied at Nizhny Novgorod College of Music in Russia and then received his master's in music and his doctorate in musical arts from the Moscow Conservatory. He has won several prizes for playing. Rivkin was a professor of piano at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. He came to the University of Georgia in 1995 taking the position of Distinguished Professor at the School of Music. He continues to perform throughout the United States and Europe. Rivkin has recorded three CD’s featuring his piano playing. To learn more about Levon Ambartsumian, visit his website at To learn more about Evgeny Rivkin visit his faculty profile at edu/areas/view_person. php?id=erivkin. The next program on the Music Department’s calendar is the GCSU Orchestra Fall Concert in Magnolia Ballroom Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

November 21, 2008


Grow a mustache, raise testicular cancer awareness

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How to get into the holiday season at GCSU:

As finals loom and the last leaves fall, here are some ways students can transition into the holiday spirit while still at GCSU.

Special to The Colonnade

In order to increase testicular cancer awareness, the GIVE Center is challenging the men of GCSU to participate in Tacheback. Tacheback is a campaign initiative that allows men to grow a sponsored mustache throughout the month of November to raise money and increase the awareness and education of testicular cancer. Tacheback is driven by the slogan, “Grow a Tache. Raise Cash.” Participants will be honored at the Tacheback Ball, which will be held in early December. Prizes will be given for the following categories: Wild Wolfman, British Bruiser, Moustachius Maximus, Devilish Destroyer, Super Slugger, the best tache and top fundraiser. Tacheback is a leading fundraiser for Everyman, the United Kingdom’s male cancer campaign. The idea to bring Tacheback to GCSU steamed from Paul Sedor, assistant director of the GIVE Center. “College age men should be worried about this because testicular cancer can kill an individual in as fast as a semester,” Sedor said. Brad Christopher and Daniel Calkin, both community service majors, are helping Sedor with his efforts. “Not many students on campus are aware of the severity of testicular cancer,” Christopher said. “Tacheback is a fun way to promote and educate the students of GCSU.”

1) Forget about your stress and worries for a few well-deserved minutes. Curl up in a blanket with your thermos filled with your favorite holiday drink (maybe apple cider or eggnog) and watch your favorite holiday movie. Two classics include “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 2) Slowly ease into the holiday music genre you prefer. Too much holiday music will only make you tired of it before the holiday has actually arrived. 3) Give. To friends to family to strangers. Give your time, your money, and your love away freely. The perfect way to receive the holiday spirit is to give it! 4) Kick off the beginning of the Christmas season with “The Hanging of the Greens” on Front Campus on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Decorate GCSU’s campus with lights, garland, and ribbons. 5) Support the GCSU Music Department and come out for the first “GCSU Holiday Concert,” where all GCSU music programs will be performing together. The Jazz Band, the Choral Ensemble, and more will be dazzling attendees with voice and instrumental melodies. 6) Bake and enjoy your favorite holiday dessert, whether it be pumpkin pie or German chocolate cake. Throw seasonal-decorated cookies into the oven just in time for your next study session. 7) Begin planning and shopping for family Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. If you are on a budget, research creative ideas for the perfect present for the right amount of money. 8) Attend the world-renowned classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker”, presented by The GCSU Community Dance Program on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in Russell Auditorium. Enchanting snowflakes, tiny mice with one big rat, toy soldiers, and beautiful sugarplums await your arrival. 9) After finishing all your finals and shedding all additional stress, share holiday cheer. Call family members you haven’t talked to all semester just to say hello. Indulge in seasonal cards and surprise your friends with a note in their mailbox when they get home. After all, the holiday season is all about giving, not receiving.


The Colonnade’s Guide to Athletics and Recreation

Friday, November 21, 2008

Section Editor, Preston Sellers

Heartbreaking home opener Scott Thompson Senior Reporter


In an intense game featuring ten ties and 15 lead changes, the GCSU women’s Basketball team fell at home to LenoirRhyne University on Tuesday night, 65-63. Hundreds turned out to “Pack the House in Pink”, the event hosted by GCSU’s Kappa Upsilon chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority to raise awareness for breast cancer research and education, and saw both teams battling for the lead in the final minutes of the second half. As a result of the close score, free throws proved decisive in the outcome of the game. Both teams sent shooters to the line numerous times in the second half, but the Lady Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne shot 20 percent better than the Bobcats at the line and emerged victorious. Head Coach John Carrick was disappointed with his team’s loss. Ross Couch / Staff Photographer “We killed ourselves,” Carrick said. “They gave us chanc- The Lady Bobcats played swarming defense against Lenoir-Rhyne, but poor free-throw shooting cost them down the stretch. es with free throws, but we did it to ourselves. We had some nique Huffin each added nine bench also played well, scormissed shots, a missed lay-up. points. ing twice as many points as that Give them credit, they did a While the Lady Bobcats of Lenoir-Rhyne. But the Lady good job closing on us, but we performed better than Lenoir- Bears grabbed more rebounds, killed ourselves.” Rhyne in several key defensive resulting in more second chanc“We created good shots of- areas, including steals, blocked es for themselves, and fewer for fensively, but free throws killed shots and turnovers, Reames the Lady Bobcats. us,” senior forward Tiauna thinks that the team can execute The Lady Bobcats’ next game Brantley said. “Those are better defensively. is Dec. 1, a rematch against Legimmes.” “We didn’t rotate towards the noir-Rhyne in North Carolina. Brantley led the team in scor- middle tonight,” Reames said. Two weeks later, the team will ing with 18 points, her new ca- “We needed to box out and limit travel to Augusta to play Aureer high. Junior forward Antoi- them to one shot.” gusta State University in its first nette Reames scored 11 points, The Lady Bobcats stuck to conference game of the season. grabbed nine rebounds, blocked their strategy of strong guard The Lady Bobcats’ next home three shots and had two steals play through the duration of the game will be on Dec. 29, when in the game before fouling out game. The team attempted 15 they play No. 13-ranked Wingwith just under a minute left. three-point shots, and played ate University during the Craig Junior guard Shandrea Moore an intense, pressing defense, Massee Real Estate Classic. Ross Couch / Staff Photographer Head Coach John Carrick agrees to disagree with a refand sophomore guard Domi- resulting in the ten steals. The eree’s decision on Tuesday night.

Sharpshooter Keaton leads scoring arsenal for uptempo Bobcats Kelsie Funk Staff Writer


Basketball season is upon us, and senior Shaun Keaton looks to lead his team to another winning season. Keaton, a shooting guard from Albany, Ga., returns this year with high standards set. He led the team in total points last year, as well as in steals, field goals, three-pointers and free throws. His list of credits goes on to include being named a Peach Belt Conference Presidential Scholar and four-time Athlete of the Week at GCSU. “I think we are going to be pretty good this year. We are going to be a high-scoring team; a lot of running and shooting,” he said. Keaton thinks that where they might lack in size underneath, they will make up for in the strength of their guard play. “Our guards are as good as ever,” he said. He would know since he will be an integral part of the guard play on the floor. Keaton and his teammates are looking for students to come out and support this season. “A home crowd always gets us excited and gives us energy to feed off of and we love the hype of the student section,” he said. Like any truthful player, Keaton counts shooting and scoring as his favorite aspects of the game.



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Soccer sent home from NCAA’s in overtime thriller against Catawba Kelsie Funk Staff Writer


The GCSU women’s soccer season ended last Friday with a first-round overtime loss in the Division II NCAA national championship tournament. The Bobcats fell 2-1 to Catawba College after leading at halftime. The team remains proud and looks forward to next season. “We had a good 1-0, first half lead, but in the second half the other team made adjustments and played better,” Head Coach Juan Pablo Favero said. “But we count this as an experience we can gain from for next year.” “It was an honor just to be in the tournament, and it was an incredible experience,” freshman midfielder/defender Leah Frazer said. “I am looking forward to seeing how our team will progress next year because we are only losing Ross Couch / Staff Photographer four seniors. I think it will be Freshman midfielder Karen Bonilla really exciting.” was a first-team All-PBC selection in Forward Hayley Ferrell is her first season with the Bobcats.

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one of the four seniors who played their last game as Bobcats on Friday night. “It was a tough loss, but this was the best year we’ve ever had,” Ferrell said. “We really came together as a team.” Ferrell also commented on Coach Favero’s first year with the team. “He was really great and I’m glad I had at least one year with him,” she said. “It was really a blessing.” Coach Favero considers his first season with the team a tremendous success and has high hopes for next year’s squad. Winning the Peach Belt Conference championship and returning to the national tournament are two of his goals. “We will be playing a much harder schedule which is going to be very important for this program,” Favero said. “We will use what we learned this year to help us compete with higher level of teams next year. We have a very young team and we are certainly not done yet.”

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Preston Sellers Sports Editor


Dynasty. The word has connotations that jump off the page, conjuring images of greatness, past and present. Some of the most famous dynasties in all of sports are the UCLA Bruins basketball teams that won ten national titles in 12 seasons in the 1960s and 70s, the great Yankee teams through the years, and the Green Bay Packers who won five Super Bowls in the 1960s. With college football being ultra-competitive from season to season, no team can currently be referred to as a dynasty, though Urban Meyer is brewing some scary stuff in Gainesville. So what dynasties, if any, are going right now? Certainly the Yankees and Red Sox have lost a bit of their luster, and younger, more talented teams are stepping in to usher in a new era of baseball. The answer may surprise you, and comes from a league that many people do not even consider to be a true sport: NASCAR. 33-year-old Jimmie Johnson just captured his third consecutive Sprint Cup championship, a feat that has only been accomplished by one other driver, the great Cale Yarborough. However, the difference is clear between the legends; Johnson’s road to three titles has been much, much more difficult. Yarborough’s wins came in the early years of NASCAR when maybe a handful of drivers could even think about winning each week. Now, in a series that attracts some of the world’s best drivers, including pulling top talent away from the Indy Car series, more than half the field each week has the talent and equipment to win the race. I mentioned Johnson a few weeks ago in my Side Line about the postseason, about he and crew chief Chad Knaus finding ways to dominate in the Chase for the Cup playoff system. Well, they played it to perfection again. This was surgery. No, it was complex brain surgery, cautious and deliberate. Johnson is the talent on the track, but Knaus makes the championship-winning calls from his seat above the #48 pit. How dominant is the 48 team in the Chase? Try eight wins in the last 30 Chase races. What?! That is ridiculous, considering not only the talent they are competing against, but also that the team has not been as dominant during the regular season any of the three years. Johnson and Knaus seem to find another gear come crunch time.

Stat of the Week

“If I can set a future stepping stone for Japanese-Americans and just the equality in baseball, I’m glad to bear that torch.” - Don Wakamatsu, new manager of the Seattle Mariners. Wakamatsu is the first AsianAmerican manager in MLB history. []

33 Percentage of free throws made in the second half of Tuesday night’s 65-62 loss by the Lady Bobcat basketball team.

November 21, 2008


Lima brings international experience to Bobcat golf Tyler Bryant Staff Writer


One Bobcat golfer at GCSU stands out from the crowd, not only because of his roots, but also because of his stellar resume. Pedro Lima, one of the top Brazilian amateurs, and a sophomore exchange student from the city of São Paulo, recently represented his home country at the World Amateur Golf Team Championship in Australia. The event had representatives from 65 countries with three-man teams and was held in Adelaide. It is known to be the biggest amateur golf tournament in the world. Lima, who has played in many national and global tournaments,

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said his decision to come to GCSU was because of the relationship the school has with his home school in Brazil. He said he was very excited to come to America, and play for a Michigan St. nationally ranked team. Lima also said he appreciated how well the at Penn St. team played together. “Taking a risk on “We play well as a team,” he said. this one. I think “We’re in sixth in the nation and I Ringer goes off.” expect big things for the spring.” Lima has found that America supports and appreciates its athletes, and BYU at pointed to this as the biggest difference between America and Brazil. Utah He also stated what he personally most appreciates about America. “Utah will finally “It’s the country of opportunity.” fall, BYU is too When asked about his biggest entough.” courager, Lima named his father. “I am really influenced by my father. I’ve been qualifying for some Texas Tech at tournaments that were his biggest Oklahoma dreams,” Lima said. “In a way, I am making myself satisfied, but at the “There’s somesame time I’m helping to satisfy my thing about Tech father’s dreams.” this season.” Lima describes golf as a game of individualism. “You have to make your own strategies. You make your own decisions,” he said. “You are the one who is responsible for what is going on.” Lima is thankful for friendships he has made here. He said his roommate helps him understand how things work in America. “He gave me a lesson about the election system here in the United States,” Lima said. Lima ended by describing how he believes the game of golf is a lot like life itself. “Each day you learn something different.” Brantley

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“The Utes are gonna run the table.”

“It only makes sense that OU will spoil it for Tech.”

“Penn State at home.”

“Gotta win it for JoePa.”

“BYU will knock off their undefeated rivals.”

“I shouldn’t have doubted them last week.”

“Texas Tech can’t get through this brutal stretch.”

“Harrell will put both hands on the Heisman.”

Athlete of the week: Tiauna Brantley

Photo Illustration Pedro Lima has energized the Bobcats with his explosive play from his arrival on campus.

Preston Sellers Senior Reporter


The GCSU Athletic Department has named Tiauna Brantley, senior forward for the Lady Bobcats basketball team, its athlete of the week for the week ending Nov. 16. Brantley averaged 13 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Lady Bobcats’ first two contests, both convincing wins. She was the only player to score in double figures in both games for GCSU.

Brantley has been a solid contributor for three seasons, coming off the bench about half the time. It looks as though her role will increase this season as one of the senior leaders for the team. The Lady Bobcats (2-1) were picked to finish near the bottom of the conference, but with contributions from players like Brantley, this team could surprise many opponents.

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is a very hard worker, and has earned the respect from his teammates as a great shooter. Personally, he keeps me cool and level-headed in games Continued from Page 12... whenever I get frustrated.” “Shaun has really stepped up and become a “I’m just trying to be honest here. Everyone strong leader for our team. He is one of the best loves to score,” he said. shooters in the conference and one of the best His laid-back personality keeps him cool be- that we have here at GCSU. He has been a very fore and during games and rapper Lil Wayne is consistent and reliable player for us and we are typically the one person that gets in his head be- expecting him to have an outstanding senior seafore tip-off. son,” said Terry Sellers, men’s basketball head His dominant play on the court, and easy-go- coach. ing attitude off, has gained him the respect of his Keaton credits Lebron James as his favorite teammates and coaches. athlete and of course, Lil Wayne holds the num“Shaun is a great teammate. He is a very posi- ber one spot in his iPod. The 1980’s Michael J. tive person, which is essential for every success- Fox hit “Teen Wolf” takes precedent as his faful team,” senior guard Ken Kemp said. “Shaun vorite sports movie. In the film, Fox’s teenage character turns into a werewolf and gains topnotch basketball skills. Keaton also weighed in on Barack Obama’s recent nomination. “I’m very excited. It’s a big step but he has a lot to prove. It will be interesting to watch,” Keaton said. Keaton transferred to GCSU from East Tennessee State University after his freshman year. He says he really likes the people here, but he doesn’t see the outside of the gym too often. The exercise science major has all of his classes in the Centennial Center where he practices and games are held, and outside of basketball, he spends his time with his teammates or sleeping. “I love all the guys on the team. We are all very close and when we aren’t playing basketball, we are going out or doing something together,” Keaton said. Looking beyond this year, Keaton hopes to play basketball professionally, overseas if the opportunity presents itself. If that does not work out, he plans on going to physical therapy school. For now, he can be found on the court for the Bobcats wearing number 24, doing what he loves File Photo the most: shooting and scoring. Senior guard Shaun Keaton uses his quickness to drive into the lane, create his own shot, or come off screens for his picture-perfect threes.

November 21, 2008

‘Blue Thunder’ kicks off men’s basketball season Special to The Colonnade

The GCSU men’s basketball team will face Fort Valley State University on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Bobcat fans will “blue-out” the Centennial Center as “Blue Thunder” kicks off the 2008 season. “Blue Thunder” is the first event in the “One Team, One Spirit” campaign supporting GCSU men’s basketball. Students, faculty, and staff are challenged to show their school spirit by dressing in Bobcat blue or painting themselves in school colors. “We know GCSU is a great university – in many, many ways,” said Jud Damon, GCSU Athletic Director. “Since we know how special Georgia College is, we ought to have a great time coming together and displaying that spirit.” GCSU men’s basketball heads into this year having had a successful 2007-2008 season with a 20-9 record and a third-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference Standings. File photo “This is a great idea [“Blue Thunder”] to boost school spirit for the first GCSU students become basketball-crazed in game of the season,” said Terry Sell- the winter and pack the Centennial Center. ers, GCSU men’s basketball coach. ty would do and makes doing that much “Our athletes’ talents will be showcased more fun.” at the games, and we want everyone to “Fan Frenzy,” an RSO competition, see that.” will run throughout the “One Team, One A pre-game tie-dye station will be on Spirit” basketball campaign. An RSO front campus Thursday, Nov. 20 from will be chosen each home game as the 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the first 50 fans at most spirited and will be featured in The the tie-dye event will receive a free T- Colonnade sports section. RSOs will be shirt donated by GCSU Athletics. scored each game for the $100 grand Game-day body painting will be prize drawing on Jan. 24. available to fans on Friday, Nov. 21, be“Being part of an RSO, Kappa Delta, ginning at 6:30 p.m. outside the Centen- my sisters and I will be able to attend nial Center. the games together and hopefully win The “Bluest Fan” will be selected at the grand prize drawing in January,” the game during halftime and will re- said Christie Walden, a senior marketceive a gift certificate to The Brick for ing major. “Attending will show our $40. support for GCSU athletics.” “I’m excited to paint myself in my For more information contact Chelschool’s colors,” said Andrew Gold- sea Wilson at chelsea_wilson@ecats. berg, a senior finance major. “It reminds me of what students at a larger universi-

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other units searched the area but were unable to locate the subject. Stealing again On Nov. 14, at approximately 7:16 a.m. a female reported that between 11/13/08 at 11:00 p.m. and this date and time, unknown person(s) stole a chair valued at $250 from her porch. They also broke an antique flower pot. There are no suspects at this time.

Friday, Nov. 21Thursday, Nov. 27 Friday, November 21 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Can I check your flood lights?

30 hour Famine, Bobcat Head, Front Campus Bobcats basketball vs. Fort Valley State, Centennial Center Yours, Anne, Rssell Auditorium Kitten in Distress

Saturday, November 22 8:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m

Yours, Anne, Russell Auditorium 30 hour Famine, Bobcat Head, Front Campus

Sunday, November 23 2:00 p.m.

Yours, Anne, Russell Auditorium

Monday, November 24 12:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Nursing Application Forum, Maxwell Student Union Lounge GCSU Orchestra, Magnolia Ballroom

Tuesday, November 25 7:30 p.m.

Bobcats Basketball vs. West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia

Wednesday, November 26 THANKSGIVING BREAK!

Thursday, November 27 THANKSGIVING BREAK!

On Nov. 10, at approximately 5:31 p.m. Officer Williams was dispatched to The Village, apartments in reference to a male having a hand gun in the room. Contact was made with the male individual and a female, who is the resident of the room. The male agreed to be searched and advised that he had taken his gun to Atlanta and left it at his parents house. The female agreed to a search of her room and no gun was found there. While in the room, Officer Williams observed a kitten with duct tape on its’ feet. The kitten appeared to be distressed. The tape was very difficult to remove and it pulled hair from the kittens skin. the two individuals advised that they put tape on the kittens feet so it could play with it, they also advised they had been doing it for about three weeks. The cat was taken from the apartment and was adopted by a new owner.

On Nov. 14, at approximately 7:34 p.m. a female student reported that at 5:45 p.m. a male approached her residence wanting to check the flood lights at that location. The male did not know the name of the person that sent him and he did not recognize the names of the advisors. The subjects stated he needed to check upstairs and was heard walking around for a few minutes and then left. The individual contacted her advisors and she was told that they did not remember contacting anyone. The case has been turned over to Detective Butler. A little more than expected On Nov. 15, at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sgt. Reonas observed a vehicle on Montgomery Street with no headlights on. A traffic stop was initiated and contact made with the driver. A search of the vehicle found a baggie of suspected marijuana. When tested on the Intoxilyzer 5000, he registered .140. The subject was arrested and transported to Milledgeville Police Department and charged with DUI and misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.

Being watched in the Liberty House On Nov. 12, at approximately 3:19 a.m. Sgt. Reonas was dispatched to the Liberty House in reference to a suspicious person. Contact was made with a female student, who advised she was sitting in her room and heard a noise outside her window. A male friend, got a flashlight and went outside to check the area and observed a male near the window. When confronted, the male jumped the fence and fled from the scene. Milledgeville PD and

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Please send calendar submissions to Kwanzaa Celebration promotes unity, selfawareness

While college is already expensive enough, there are certain programs that require more funding than the university can provide and as such, the school turns to increased student fees to make up the difference. This week SGA heard reports from three representatives of groups or initiatives that are in need of a fee increase or creation. Although, the university’s “mandatory student fees committee” will make all final binding decisions concerning student fee raises and creation, SGA does serve as an advisory board, and has voted to recommend the creation of a “Green Fee”. While the “Green Fee” is the only fee officially approved by SGA most of the others have the support of the student reps, as they are needed badly to maintain

important services. There is a proposed “Athletic Fee” increase as well as an increase of the “Heath Fee” that will go toward the student health center. While most of the fee increases will be passed by the board, there has been some debate on the matter. While the state of Georgia is in the throws of a recession, the University system has been hit hard, and GCSU has not been spared. As such, some question the logic of increasing the cost of the college beyond the proposed tuition hikes. Further, there is a more basic debate concerning the principles of stewardship. Many of the senators, on behalf of their constituents, raised questions about why the university would increase its monetary output while in a recession, and why would the students be forced to pay for these in-

creases despite not necessarily being the recipients of the benefits? Opponents of the fee increases have said that the needs to be addressed by the fees can be reviewed at a later day when it is more economically advantageous to do so. However, their objections were not vehement and as such SGA has generally supported the increases. The fees will in large part be covered by the HOPE scholarship, but that offers little comfort to the large majority of students who don’t have HOPE and will have to foot the additional 60 some dollars of increased fees. SGA is still considering the issue however, so if any student has a concern about the issue he or she should contact any of the SGA representatives and express an opinion.

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The 21st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration will feature creative expressions from several different groups sharing the seven principles of Kwanzaa, known in Swahili as the “Nguzo Saba.” The GCSU celebration hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in Magnolia Ballroom. “It is truly a delight to have the opportunity at GCSU to share the celebration of Kwanzaa with the community, students, faculty and staff," said Annette Johnson, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. "This festive celebration serves as a positive way to educate people of all nationalities and helps to foster community-building principles while strengthening African heritage, which brings people together to celebrate diversity." The national theme for Kwanzaa 2008 is “Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Repairing and Renewing the World.” Kwanzaa is an African holiday created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga and the Organization Us. It is celebrated annually from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, by families around the world and is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called “the first-fruit” celebrations. Each day of Kwanzaa highlights a principle from the "Nguzo Saba," these include Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). Johnson has worked with the GCSU Kwanzaa Celebration during the past eight years and believes that the principles, practice and symbols are designed to help strengthen collective self-concept for people who want to honor their past, critically evaluate their present and commit themselves to a greater and more productive future. The celebration will fea-

ture creative expressions to share the principles and highlight the talent found in the local communities. Featured guests include Star Anoni, Baldwin High School Diversity Group; Art as an Agent for Change; GCSU Black Student Alliance; Boys & Girls Club of Baldwin County; GCSU Early College, Firyali and the Fort Valley State University Gospel Choir. For more information about the 21st Annual GCSU Kwanzaa Celebration, please contact Nadirah Ross, GCSU Diversity Programming Coordinator at (478)-445-4233 or via e-mail at nadirah.

Holiday dinner, concert funds music scholarships

The tinsel twinkles and the lights flicker in anticipation of the GCSU Holiday Dinner and Concert. For the first time, the GCSU Music Department will collaborate for the musical festival of the holiday season. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December, 4 in the University Banquet Room. The concert will follow at 8 p.m. in Russell Auditorium. “The Orchestra, Choirs, and Jazz Band have all done separate holiday concerts in the past, but this will be the first concert to have all of these groups together on the same stage,” said GCSU Director of Bands and Professor of Music, Todd Shiver. With more than 200 GCSU student musicians, the concert will feature almost every performing group in the department. “The concept of the concert is that it will be an evening of continuous music; the audience will be literally surrounded by performers who will not only be performing from the stage, but also from the balcony and in the aisles.” Performing groups include the Jazz Band, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, University Chorus, Max Noah Singers, Women’s Chorus, Orchestra, electronic Music, and much more. “These groups will perform your favorite holiday classics, and the concert will culminate in a performance

by the combined groups presenting Handel’s ‘Halleluiah Chorus’ and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version of ‘Carol of the Bells’,” Shiver said. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the music department’s scholarship fund. “With a sold out dinner and concert, the department could triple the amount of scholarships that it is currently able to offer students,” Shiver said. “The department uses its scholarship funds to help support current students and to attract new talent into the department. This will be the perfect opportunity to usher in the holiday season and get into the spirit of the holidays.” Tickets for the dinner are $50 and a table of six can be reserved for $300. Dinner tickets include dinner, one drink (more available at a cash bar), and a concert ticket. General admission, for the concert only, is $10 at the door. For more information, contact the GCSU Department of Music at (478) 4458289.

CDC doctor presents, ‘International Response to the HIV/Aids crisis in Africa Dr. Barbara Martson of Global Aids Program, Center of Disease Control and Prevention, will lecture on the “International Response to the HIV/Aids crisis in Africa.” The lecture is set for 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Museum Education Room. Marston has worked for many years helping to establish HIV treatment programs in Kenya. Her role includes national coordination of CDC’s treatment programs: predicting, ordering, and ensuring a steady supply of antiretroviral treatment drugs that are used to treat HIV; developing training materials; working on monitoring systems; and supporting sites that are providing treatment. All Faculty, Students, Staff and the General Public are Invited to a lecture sponsored by IDST and the Philosophy Program.


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