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The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College & State University

February 4, 2011

Volume 87, No. 14

Religious observance policy now in effect Mandy Boddy Senior Reporter University Senate decided Monday, Jan. 31 to pass an act that would put a religious observance attendance policy into action. This policy will allow students to miss class to observe religious holidays without the risk of academic penalty. Students who previously risked absences in order to celebrate religious activities can now be excused from class as long as their plans are disclosed to their professor within the first week of the semester. Jennifer Graham, director of the Women’s Center worked with marketing professor Cynthia Cano to draft the policy. The need for the policy was recognized when a student at Georgia College

needed to miss class to observe a Jewish holiday expecting to be excused from class but was instead academically penalized. The need for a religious observance attendance policy has not only been brought up by students, but by faculty as well. “The Board of Regents mandates that we have a policy for some kind of religious observance, there are guidelines,” Graham said. To comply with the Board of Regents expectations for universities, Graham and Cano complied sample policies from universities similar to Georgia College to create a policy appropriate for the students.

“Our policy is not as strict as other universities’, and not at loose as others.” Graham said. Graham and Cano approached the policy as members of the Student Affairs Policy Committee, a subcommittee of the University Senate which is tasked with reviewing and making policies. The committee presented a motion for the religious observance policy which was passed with unanimous support. The policy states “students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student is a member without academic penalty. Exercising of

one’s rights under this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code. Students who miss class in observance or a religious holiday or event are required to make up the coursework missed as a result of the absence.” Students who wish to take advantage of the policy must fill out the Religious Observance Notification Form and turn it in to their professor within one week of the beginning of the semester. Once a form in turned in, students cannot be academically penalized for absences related to the observance of religious holidays, however, their responsibilities related to makeup work and deadlines are at the discretion of

the professor. According to the policy, “instructors are required to notice students of the Religious Observance Policy in the course syllabus.” Students such as senior theatre major Stacey Silverman will benefit from the policy. “I think the policy would make it a lot easier to celebrate certain holidays so they wouldn’t feel bad having to miss class,” Silverman said. “It wouldn’t make it such a hard decision having to choose between your religion and class.” The policy, is expected to go into effect in Fall 2011 and will immediately serve the needs of religious students as well as satisfy the Board of Regents.

Forum held to discuss growing mold concerns Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter An environmental health official with the Board of Regents said Terrell and Beeson halls have no widespread mold problems. But some on campus remain skeptical. Alex Lehocky, the environmental health and safety program manager for the Board of Regents, walked through the buildings for two and a half hours and presented his findings and recommendations Jan. 28. Concerns initially surfaced about air quality in September through a workers compensation claim filed by an employee. Also, Jeffrey Blick, a professor of anthropology, who until recently occupied an office in Terrell Hall, contacted made university officials about possible mold contamination. “There is something wrong with (Terrell) and you guys are trying to whitewash this over,” Blick said at the Jan. 28 forum. “It is more serious than you think it is. You need to be poking holes in walls and you need to be more aggressive as to what you’re doing.

Kendyl Wade / Staff Photographer Junior forward Ryan Aquino shoots a jump shot in the men’s basketball team’s game against North Georgia on Feb. 2. The Bobcats won the game against the Saints 66-58. The win brought a season-long four game losing streak by the Bobcats to an end. With the win, Georgia College improved to 10-8 overall and 4-6 in conference play. The Bobcats will continue their schedule Feb. 5 when they travel to Clayton State for key conference game. Georgia College will be back at the Centennial Center Feb. 10, again Augusta State.

The story so far

Because there is something absolutely wrong with this building, I would stake my career on it.” In September, Blick reported suffering from many mold exposure symptoms including consistent headaches, shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, dizziness and nausea. “I have been told by two doctors­ —that is, my general practitioner and I’ve been told by an infectious disease specialist—and the regional EPA office in Atlanta to stay out of the building for health reasons,” Blick said. Since his first complaint, Blick has also been in touch with numerous current and past employees who suffered heath problems, which they relate to their office environment in Terrell Hall. “The two most recent people that were made the most sick are in the offices that have the strongest presence for mold, and some very scary sounding mold,” Blick said. Blick referred to himself and Victoria Smalls, the administrative assistant for interdisciplinary studies, who’s office was previously located on the third floor of Terrell.

Workers compensation claim filed.

Dec. 2


Photo provided by Jeffrey Blick Jeffrey Blick, a professor of anthropology, takes mold samples from the ceiling of the third floor in Terrell Hall.

In response to the concerns, on Dec. 2, Justin Gaines, coordinator of emergency preparedness and occupational safety, sent out an Environmental Protection Agency survey to see if other faculty or staff in the buildings had been affected by mold. Of the 61 fac

Debris and asbestos tiles removed from basement of Terrell Hall.

Jan. 4

Mold survey sent out.

Jan. 28 Mold meeting held.

Mold page 3 Air conditioning units cleaned in both halls.

Jan. 31

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Carpet cleaned in both halls. Dry-Core machine installed in Terrell Hall.

University updates heating and air systems in Chappell Bobbi Otis Staff Reporter Chappell Hall is undergoing phase one of the renovations for its outdated heating and air system. Over $791,000 is being spent on the new system. Major repair and renovation funds came from the Board of Reagents to pay for the project. In addition to the cost for the new construction $39,000 was spent on the design for the renovation. Built in 1963, the original heating and cooling systems were still in use in Chappell Hall until recently. The system was too obsolete to keep up with the addition of new technology to the building, considering it is the home to the Serve Help Desk. “The main reason the system is being changed is the building is not being used as it was designed,” said project manager for the Department of Facilities Planning, Tim Henry.

“Fifty computers being used in the building generates a lot of heat. The old system wasn’t designed for the heat load so it had to be changed.” The system being installed is the most current design available. The new system will not only deal with the heat from the computers, but it will help regulate temperature throughout the entire building. Only the first floor of the building is undergoing renovations in phase one so the offices on that floor, including Serve, had to move. Some of the relocated personnel moved to the library and some, like Serve, to the second floor of the Chappell Hall. “We still have our full Serve crew working in that room but you are basically in a computer lab classroom,” said Interim Chief Information Officer Edward Boyd. “We are still providing service.” In the new location, there is not

News Flash Bobcat Ramble runs through town Feb. 19 will usher in the 7th Annual Bobcat Ramble 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. The fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5K race starts at 9 a.m. Georgia College students register for $10. The cost is $20 for the advanced general public and $25 on the day of the race. The 1-mile fun run is $15. Participants can register at and at the Wellness Depot.

much desk space for Serve, Boyd said, because of all of the computers the team has to work around. The biggest issue that Serve faces is the lack of storage space in their temporary location on the second floor. “One hundred plus students have already brought their computers in and we are having trouble finding a place to put them,” said senior computer science major David Bartz. According to Bartz, the space was used more efficiently downstairs because they have five cabinets in their usual space. Other issues besides lack of storage space have been occurring on the second floor because of the construction downstairs. “There have been some minor noise issues that can be loud and there have been some smells, but overall the construction has not been bad,” said Associate Vice President

Quotable “I’ve got three college degrees, and I’m the ‘Mater-Man’ but I’m a very happy guy. That’s just something I’ve always loved.” - Warren Moore, owner of Market Street Produce

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for the Extended University Mark Pelton. Pelton is not overly concerned with the inconveniences of the renovation because he is excited to see the changes when it is over. “I think it will freshen it up nicely and make it more energy efficient,” Pelton said. “Frankly I am more excited for having new light fixtures and ceiling grids.” After phase one is completed, phase two is planned to begin around Feb. 25, and the second floor personnel will be then relocated to the first floor and other locations on campus. “It’s going to be tight. We will be sharing offices,” Boyd said. “We are taking 15 people into a space that is designed for a lot less so we will be stepping on each other,”. Renovations in phase two will tentatively last 50 days and are slated to end on June 16.



Milledgeville First Fridays begin...........................2 Greek Expansion policy created.........................3


Milledgeville Farmer Market’s “Mater Man”.....8 Professor John Fair’s new book..........................8


Baseball and Softball previews..........................13 Basketball teams face North Georgia.............14

Close Up.......................................................10 Community News.....................................5

Drake Simons/ Senior Photographer Jerry Florence, a general contractor, works on the first floor renovation of Chappell Hall. Phase one of the renovations will be completed Feb. 25.

Number Crunch

25 The number of cases of the flu reported by Student Health Services this week.



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February 4, 2011

Public Safety officers Who’s who at Georgia College? honored for heroism Brooks McAllister Staff Writer

A peek into the lives of people on campus we should know, but rarely do

Sgt. Nick Reonas of Public Safety: Growing up in Clayton County with a Police Officer father, Sgt. Nick Reonas never imagined he would be following his father’s career footsteps. Prior to working for Georgia College, Reonas attended Georgia College and received his bachelor’s degree in history. He was offered a position with the city of Milledgeville for a year and a half, before coming to work for the university. Reonas has been an active Georgia College Public Safety Officer for four years. Reonas works the night shift. Most of his

duties deal with enforcement. Whether its routine traffic stops, alcohol and drug related incidents or the safety of students, Reonas is ready for any incident that may occur. During his senior year, while attending Georgia College, Reonas was involved in Public Safety. Not only was he previously a Resident Assistant and Resident Director at University Housing, he was also was a member of the S.N.A.P. program in his senior year. “The S.N.A.P. we have now has shown us a decrease in alcohol related enforcements,” Reonas said.

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Two of Georgia College’s Public Safety officers—Sergeant Brain English and officer Jamaal Hicks—were recently awarded and recognized for heroism in the line of duty. The university was closed Jan. 10 and 11 due to severe weather conditions. During this time, students joined in cold weather activities outdoors. Some students pulled out their trash can lids, cardboard box tops, and sleds to play in the snow at Banner Park. The ice made the situation treacherous, causing one student to have an accident. English and Hicks responded to the situation when a Georgia College student flew off a sled and landed wrong. On Jan. 10, the two officers were on a routine patrol around campus. English and Hicks were in one of the Georgia College golf carts instead of their usual vehicles due to the inclement weather. The golf cart has fourwheel drive which proved to be very useful on the icy terrain. The two saw the student fly off the end of the sled, English and Hicks immediately alerted EMS personnel and worked to keep the girl stable and not move her while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Due to the inclement weather and rough road conditions, the ambulance response took longer than usual so English and Hicks wrapped the girl in their coats and made conversation with her to help calm her nerves. In a traumatizing

situation, the officers retained control of the situation keeping it calm and collected and kept the accident from escalating. After EMS arrived and took the girl to the hospital, English and Hicks continued with their routine patrol. In addition to these two officers, Evan Karanovich, a junior from Douglasville, Ga, saw the accident and arrived quickly onto the scene. “I am certain that if it was not for the decisive actions of both officers, things could have been much worse,” Karanovich said. English has worked for the Georgia College department of Public Safety for six years. He intended to use this position as a stepping-stone, but has chosen to continue to stay here. “I love my job. They will have to run me off,” English said. Officer Hicks has been with Georgia College for four years. He, like English, also intended to use this job as a stepping-stone, but changed his mind after realizing how much he liked his job. “Situations like the helping the girl in the sledding accident are more rewarding than anything,” said Hicks. “The best part is actually getting to help people.” Hicks and English received an achievement medal recognizing their heroism. This service ribbon is the first of its kind to be given out to any Georgia College Public Safety officer. The Georgia College police policy manual has also been redone to encourage rewards for great service more frequently.

Information compiled by: Victoria Garofalo

Homecoming budget breakdown Budget up from previous year, $64,500 allocated for concert Matt Chambers Senior Reporter Over $76,000 will be spent on this year’s Homecoming week, an increase of around $5,000 from the 2010 budget. An additional $2,600—left over from Hanging of the Greens—has also been dedicated to Homecoming. “(The Homecoming budget) always fluctuates a little bit,” said SGA President Zach Mullins. “We did increase (the budget) a little, but for the bands we got and the impact on the campus, it will be good.” According to Mullins, the additional $2,600 will increase the concert’s length. The majority—78 percent—of the allotted budget is set aside for the Homecoming concert. Only $60,000 was allocated for the concert, but the actual cost will be around $64,500. The difference will be covered by ticket sales to the community and students from other schools, and the additional funds will be added. Of the concert budget, $48,600 will go the bands for performing—$45,000 for B.o.B., $1,000 for Playboy Tre and $2,600 for

Stokeswood—and an additional $4,500 will be spent on agent fees. Sound and lighting for the concert will cost $9,400. The remaining allocations are for logistical items such as security, transportation and tickets. Students had mixed feelings about the money being spent on the concert. “I think the money was better spent this year on B.o.B. than it was last year on Sean Kingston,” said sophomore management major Tyler Kemp. “I know it is going to be a great concert.” “They are just blowing money and then tuition just keeps going up,” said junior psychology major Jared Blackwood. The other $16,800 that makes up the Homecoming budget will be used for the rest of Homecoming week. “Some of that is into marketing and so we can have…free goodies to give away,” Mullins said. “It’s also to cover the overhead of Tent City…and prizes and that kind of stuff.” Almost half of the $16,800 is set aside for Homecoming marketing. Mr. & Ms. Georgia College, the College Trivia Bowl,

Intramural events, the Bobcat Ramble, the Homecoming parade and Tent City are budgeted at around $3,500. New banners for Front Campus were purchased with the $3,000 allocated in the budget. According to Mullins, the banners will be longer lasting and have air holes to prevent the wind from destroying them. The Homecoming budget comes directly from the $81 Student Activities Fee paid each semester. Eight percent of those funds were dedicated to the events this year. That percentage is the same amount SGA is given from the Student Activities Fee budget. “To an extent it’s how much we can give at Spring allocation. We have made efforts to solidify a percentage for next year,” Mullins said. “I’m trying to move more and more to that method because it takes out the guess work.“ According to Mullins, the effort to cement a percentage of the budget for Homecoming is just waiting for approval from the president and vice president of Georgia College. Mullins expects the percentage to be in effect next year.

By The Numbers

$64,500 Amount of money that will be spent on the Homecoming concert

$45,000 Amount of money spent on B.o.B. for the Homecoming concert

$16,800 Funds for non-concert expenditures during Homecoming week

Milledgeville resumes First Friday events Local shops, community members gather to celebrate art Sabrina Chandler Staff Writer Milledgeville’s first ever day of First Fridays will be launched Feb. 4 in downtown Milledgeville. First Fridays are monthly events celebrated all over the nation. On the first Friday of every month, cities across the First Fridays United States celebrate their community’s arts downtown by having exhibits, entertainment, food and -February’s First much more. Friday event Macon has been celtheme: HeARTS in ebrating First Fridays the Ville for seven years, leading to a big growth in their -Many businesses downtown liveliness. It downtown will has been such a success participate in the that Macon has changed event the event from the first Friday of every month -Visual arts, to every Friday, dubbing performing arts, culinary arts, story it Friday Fest instead of First Fridays. telling, theater, Businesses in downhistorical art and literary arts will be town Milledgeville are hoping for the same sucfeatured cess. This isn’t the first time -A store window decorating contest the city has tried to start First Fridays. It took the is planned and collaboration of three will be judged on groups and the kick-start creativity from Milledgeville’s City Manager Barry Jarrett to get the ball rolling. Jarrett approached Renée Fontenot, vice chair of business development for Milled-

geville Mainstreet, asking her to come up with a way for the city to celebrate the opening of the Wayne Street sidewalks. Fontenot spun that into a First Friday event, which will be next month’s theme. First Fridays are a collaborative effort between Arts in the Ville, a group that is dedicated to coordinate and showcase artists of Milledgeville, Milledgeville Mainstreet Downtown Development Authority, a business advocating the revitalization and economic growth of downtown Milledgeville, and Partners for Progress, a community-wide planning initiative for engaging the necessary leadership to define our city’s needs, which is sponsored by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce. First Fridays in Milledgeville will hopefully help businesses prosper, keeping downtown Milledgeville lively. “This is an opportunity to highlight the businesses downtown and highlight the art we have in Milledgeville,” Fontenot said. This month’s theme is “HeARTS in the Ville,” and features a Valentine’s Day theme. Mostly every business downtown will be participating in the event. Each business has been paired with one or more artist, who will be showcasing their art in a designated area of the business’ choosing. Art is a broadly defined word for the First Fridays event. The art being shown will include visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, story telling, theater, historical art and literary arts. For this event, this Friday afternoon singers and bands can perform in the street, in a designated area, for tips. All businesses are also being encouraged to stay open until 8 p.m., as most normally close at 5 p.m.

There will be a variety of different arts being showcased on Friday. Jeff Block of will be performing origami inside ExtraordiNailry. Charley Riddle of Royal Blood Tattoo will be showing his art in Barberitos. Maria Amado Fontenot will have her manga-inspired art in Kiroshima. In addition, Jeanne Waddel, a story-teller from Washington County, will be performing in Digital Bridges. There will also be a store-window decorating contest. Merchants will be judged on how creative they get with their “HeARTS in the Ville”­— inspired windows. Carlee Schulte, interim director of Milledgeville Mainstreet, is looking forward to the event and the growth that it will hopefully bring to downtown. “We encourage people to visit all of the businesses downtown. It will definitely be a family-friendly atmosphere,” Shulte said. “We want to bring a community atmosphere to the downtown area and bring everyone together with the arts.” Merchants are also looking forward to the event. Danielle Fields, coordinator of artists through “Arts in the Ville” and owner of Fields Photography and Framing downtown, is thrilled. “All merchants are very excited to showcase what we have and the talents that Milledgeville has, (which) sometimes get hidden,” Fields said. Everyone involved asks that the community come out to support the arts and enjoy the family-friendly environment. The event will be every month, so any artists or businesses interested in participating should contact Milledgeville Mainstreet.

University offers new scholarships Caitlin Renn Staff Writer Georgia College students will benefit from two new endowed scholarships established to support history and English majors. Thomas “Tad” W. Brown Jr., chair of the Georgia College Foundation Board of Trustees, and his wife Mary Kay Brown, have established an endowed scholarship Two new for English and history stu- scholarships dents at Georgia College. “We made a gift to en- available to courage the study of core students disciplines in the human- -Thomas Brown Jr. ities—fundamental ele- and wife Mary Kay ments to the mission of a Brown donated liberal arts college,” Brown a scholarship to said in a press release. benefit English Brown serves as presi- and history majors dent of the Watson-Brown Foundation, which has -Thomas Brown previously provided Geor- was the president gia College $2.5 million in and chairman of endowed funds. the Watson-Brown Malcolm S. Burgess Jr., Foundation president and chairman when they gave of the board of the Bur- $2.5 million in gess Pigment Company, endowed funds to has also established an Georgia College endowed scholarship for Georgia College students, -Malcolm Burgess supporting a university Jr. donated funds priority set by President to award to the Dorothy Leland. “best students” “When President Leland told me how important it is for the university to have more scholarship funds to award the best students, I wanted to support her and the university,” Burgess said in a press release. “Georgia College helps us keep Georgia’s best and brightest students right here in Georgia, and these scholarships will help the university prepare its students for leadership roles in their professions and in their communities.” Both Brown and Burgess are trustees of the Georgia College Foundation and these donations to establish these endowments will create available scholarship money for students once the scholarships are fully funded. “I think scholarships are a great use of money, both federal and private, and especially if they continue to be achievement-based instead of depending on who your family is or where you come from,” said senior biology major Blake Davison. It will be several years before the funds are available for students, but they will be available through the same application process for other scholarships, according Amy Amason, vice president for external relations and University Advancement and executive director of the Georgia College Foundation. “Having money from the HOPE scholarship helps so much with school, it’s great to hear about new scholarships and more opportunities for students to fund their education,” said undeclared major sophomore Lindsay Schirato. A minimum of $10,000 establishes an endowment, and this donation accumulates interest to provide financial support in the area of the donor’s choosing. Endowments support scholarships, library improvements, professorships and study abroad programs. The initial donation is never spent, ensuring that the donation will continue to provide financial support for the life of Georgia College. “I appreciate the support people are willing to offer college students, and without it many students wouldn’t be able to further both their education and themselves,” said pre-med sophomore Alyson Krisher.

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Sorority battles homelessness Gamma Sigma Sigma holds event to collect jeans for homeless teenagers Brina Potvin Staff Writer One hundred and thirty pairs of gently worn jeans of all brands and sizes were donated Jan. 25 and 26, as Gamma Sigma Sigma, the national service sorority on campus, held a “Teens for Jeans” event to collect jeans for the local homeless youth. After doing some research, junior biology major and vice president of Gamma Sigma Sigma, Kaitlin Dietz came across the website which claims to give students opportunities in “powering offline action.” It was on this website that Dietz found out about the “Teens for Jeans” drive sponsored by the Do Something organization and the Aéropostale clothing store. “I thought it was a great opportunity to give back to our community,” Dietz said. “I wanted this event to be all about creating awareness on the homeless youth. You don’t really think about kids being homeless, but they make up over 30 percent of all homeless people nationwide.” According to DoSomething. org, “One out of every three homeless people is under the age of 18,” and “1.6 to 1.7 million people under eighteen will experience homelessness each year.” Since homelessness is so prevalent among the youth of our nation, the Do Something organization and Aéropostale partnered with over 600 homeless shelters and charities in both the United States and Canada in order to ensure that all donations go to the needs of the local communities where the jeans are donated.

“From Jan. 17 to Feb.13, all Aéropostale stores will collect jeans and offer a 25 percent discount on a new pair of jeans in the store when you donate. But I plan to bring the jeans we collect to the Aéropostale near my home and donate them then. Aéropostale will then take all the jeans where they are needed most,” Dietz said. “So if students forgot to bring the jeans they don’t wear anymore to the drive they can still contribute to the cause we are supporting.” Despite the bad weather that occurred during the drive, a wide variety of students made the soggy trek to campus and willingly contributed their old jeans. “We sat under the awning of Arts and Sciences in the pouring rain and people still donated so many jeans,” said Gamma Sigma Sigma member and sophomore sociology and English major, Lexi Kraft. “I think that advertising in the Residence Halls and on campus really helped get the word out to students outside of Gamma Sigma Sigma, and resulted in an amazingly large number of donated jeans. Everyone donating seemed quite enthusiastic about the cause. It appeared to me that lots of participants were overwhelmingly eager to get involved.” Many of the contributors to the drive were thankful to have an excuse to clean out their closets while feeling good about where their “junk” was going. “I had already grown out of the jeans I gave and it is a great way to help others in need. It is a good program and a good way to give back,” said Daniel Morris, a

Steffi Beigh Staff Writer

Brina Potvin / Staff Photographer From left, Stephanie Jinright , Taryn Boutelle, Erica Yampierre, Ashley Waite and Suzy McEver collect jeans to donate to homeless teens in the community through the Gamma Sigma Sigma event Teens for Jeans Jan. 25.

junior accounting major. After the drive, Dietz totaled up the number of jeans collected and gave word to the president of Gamma Sigma Sigma, Megan McGuire. “I am very impressed with the amount of jeans that we collected to help those in need this winter. Our goal was 50 jeans, so we met and far exceeded our goal. Gamma Sigma Sigma is thankful for the students of GCSU and the community of Milledgeville who did some early spring cleaning to contribute to our ‘Teens for Jeans’ collection,” said McGuire, a senior early childhood education major. Even after this event was such

a success, Gamma Sigma Sigma still plans to do something later in the spring when they host their annual T-shirt and coat drive. “We are also looking forward to a drive in March to collect winter jackets for Safehouse Outreach,” McGuire said. “Last semester we collected over 1,200 tshirts for those that are homeless in Atlanta and visit Safehouse Outreach. Help us, help others. Save your winter coats and look for more information later this semester about donation sites.” For more information on the “Teens for Jeans” drive or other service opportunity ideas, visit

Call chosen for international seminar Aubrie Sofala Staff Reporter Assistant Vice President and Director of the International Education Center Dwight Call has been recognized by the United States-India Educational Foundation. Call is one of 10 educators selected to participate in the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators seminar this spring. “The goal is to learn how higher education is organized in India,” Call said of the seminar. The seminar, slated for March 19 through April 3, is the first jointly funded seminar by the Fulbright Association and the Nehru Foundation. Call and the nine other participants will meet with

Call educators and various faculty members throughout India. They will visit universities in Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata. India is a growing force in higher education systems, ranking third largest in the world, behind China and the United States. “I thought it would be useful to know more about the Indian system of higher education and to make some connections with some of the universi-

ties,” Call said. Call hopes to make connections while in India which will aid in future student exchange programs and study abroad programs. Call also is looking forward to meeting with Georgia College Alumni who have went back to India. “Georgia College is looking to India to expand our relationships there and to kind of grow some of the programs,” Libby Davis, associate director of the international education center said. Call’s trip to India is one of many ways that these connections with different countries begin. Georgia College has approximately 60 faculty and staff who are originally from different countries—which aid in collaborating with other

University to provide Mainstreet website Scotty Thompson Senior Reporter Georgia College recently renewed a service agreement contract with Milledgeville Mainstreet, the city’s Downtown Development Authority, which calls for the university to provide the organization with maintenance to its website. The Milledgeville City Council unanimously passed and adopted a resolution at its last meeting on Jan. 25 that authorizes the service agreement with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of the university to provide the maintenance. Caroline Collier, professor of information technology, will be in charge of the website maintenance on behalf of the university and will be assisted by one of her graduate students. According to Milledgeville Mainstreet Interim Director Carly Schulte, Collier and her assistant will receive $275 for 20 hours of service to the website over a 12-month period. Schulte said she has been pleased thus far with the work Collier and her student assistants have done. “We had this contract prior the year before, and so when it came up for renewal, I was happy with how it’s been going with them,” Schulte said. “So I wanted to renew it for another year.” Collier and her students first created the Milledgeville Mainstreet website in

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2009 and have maintained it ever since. Its last update came on Jan. 4 according to Schulte. The website is one of a few that Collier and her student assistants work on and maintain. “We probably have seven to 10 websites that we maintain and oversee throughout the community of Milledgeville and Baldwin County,” Collier said. “We are also working on one with Rock Eagle in Putnam County.” According to its website, Milledgeville Mainstreet’s mission is to “inspire public and private investment in the revitalization and preservation in the downtown business district in order to strengthen the economic base of Milledgeville-Baldwin County.” “We work on a four point approach,” Schulte said. “Those points are organization, design, promotion and economic reconstruction. All of those are within the context of historical preservation.” Schulte said the website was last updated on Jan. 4, and that it should be again soon. Collier said that agreements and partnerships such as this one are beneficial to the university and especially helpful to any students who are involved in the process. “It’s a good experience for students to be able to meet with clients and develop a good relationship with (them),” Collier said. “It does a good job of preparing them beyond their time here.”

universities abroad. “Hopefully we will get some contacts to recruit international students, to exchange students for either short term or longer, for a semester,” Call said about the seminar. Call also hopes to gain contacts who can work for study abroad programs throughout India. Call plans to share the information about the higher education sector in India he learns with not only Georgia College but other university systems throughout Georgia. “The goal of the seminar is not that I just come back to Georgia College and tell people here but to have some collaborative connections in that I can share what I have learned within the state or within the region,” Call said. Call learned of the semi-

nar by the Association of International Educators, which advertises such opportunities as the program to educators. Call applied for the seminar last year, but was not selected, receiving an encouraging letter to re-apply next year. “He’s very well respected in the field of international education,” Davis said about Call’s recognition. Davis also comments on Call’s immense knowledge of international education. “He’s got a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field,” Davis said. “If you mention any country or culture he can instantly give you the history or background--it’s amazing, his knowledge.”


Continued from page 1... ulty members in Terrell and Beeson Halls, 28 members completed the survey. The results indicated there were no widespread symptoms of mold contamination. Then, Georgia College hired U.S. Compliance to provide mold reports for Beeson Hall. Finally, the Board of Regents representative inspected the buildings. Lehocky did find a few problem spots in Beeson, which will require further attention due to water intrusion. “There are some things that we will have to do as an institution to address these issues, but fortunately for the institution, they are very isolated, and I consider them minor,” Lehocky said. Lehocky suggests minor fixes and maintenance to avoid future possibility of contamination including cleaning dirty air conditioning units and replanting potted plants and providing trays for over-watering. The more aggressive procedure of mold sampling was dismissed by the Board of Regents and will not be done in either hall. Lehocky stressed that mold sampling is a controversial topic and are not scientifically reliable. “If we do a careful enough evaluation, we don’t need to do sampling— almost never,” Lehocky said.

Since Georgia College’s founding in 1889, it has grown from a 585 student body to a 6,000 student body with over 170 student organizations. With so many student organizations, certain policies must be in place to protect the organizations and the campus. Recently, SGA has proposed a revised Greek Expansion Policy. This revised policy is di- Requirements rected towards Greek Life on campus at Georgia Col- for starting an lege, indicating the proper organization steps a future Greek student organization would have to -2.5 GPA go through to be admitted -Full time student on campus. Director of the Department of Campus Life, Tom -Have 50 percent Miles, said the previous of the average policy needed to be updated, membership prepared to join and a revision was needed. “(The old policy) was dated and it was not as strict -Be in good as it needed to pro- academic standing vided and allowed for loops holes,” Miles said. These loop holes made it hard for administration to keep up with growing organizations. “When certain steps are not followed or not in writing then some of the policy in place don’t get enforced,” Miles said. Because of the vague policies of the old expansion policy, organizations came about on campus the wrong way. “(This did) spark some attention of SGA and administration and students,” said SGA President Zach Mullins. “But it highlighted the need that we need to make sure any student group on campus needs to have clear guidelines how to come to our campus.” Mullins says he pushed hard for this new policy to be put into action. “I pushed for it...because we needed a policy that is very clear and easy to understand and students can access, (it) all needs to be laid out very clear,” Mullins said. Erin Gant, public relations chair of Greek Steering Committee said the new policy was needed to create a checks and balances system to protect new and existing organizations. “When looking at sororities and fraternities, they are going to be around for a while, so when you let them on your campus you have to understand you’re bringing on not just a fraternity but you’re creating a long term culture for this organization,” Miles said. “If you go back to the 1970s, that is, when the first fraternities starting coming on Georgia College, you will see they all (still) exist except for one.” Some of the requirements of starting a Greek organization is having a 2.5 GPA, being a full time student, having at least 50 percent of the average membership planning to join, and being in good academic standing with the University. Miles says Greek Life is growing rapidly, and within a year two more sororities are expected to be at Georgia College. “They’re are rarely any opportunities where SGA or Greek life put up too many hurdles for any organizations to come on campus,” Miles said. “We have over 170 student organizations and we love to see that number, that basically says we have a lot of students involved on campus which is what we want to see.”

But Blick has taken some samples of his own. Unsatisfied with the reports by U.S. Compliance, Blick began taking mold samples in Terrell using a kit from Lowe’s and sending it to Pro-Lab/SSPTM Inc. in Weston, Flor., for processing. “Of the 11 tests, 8 have shown positive unusual conditions for mold. That’s about 73 percent of the samples,” Blick said. Proposed solutions To combat the mold issues in Terrell and Beeson halls, Plant Operations has formulated a mold remediation plan, which began the first week of January. “I don’t believe for an average person, without some predisposition for allergies and that type of thing, I don’t believe the building is a health risk,” Groseclose said. “If there was something that we knew about in that building that was a health risk to anyone who went into it we wouldn’t have people in that building.” Plant Operations has already removed debris in the basement of Terrell Hall and will see to removing the asbestos covered tiles from the basement. According to Interim Director of Plant Operations, Dave Groseclose, the asbestos is not putting anyone in the building at risk since it is contained in the basement. An independent contractor will have to be hired for the removal of the tiles. Plant Operations plans to schedule this at a time when the ma-

jority of students, faculty and staff will not be on campus, possibly during Spring Break. Officials emphasize most strains of mold are common and do not cause health issues. “We are reacting to the mold in that building due to the health concerns of the occupants of that building,” Groseclose said. “We’re going to go the extra mile to try to find all the mold that we can in that building and get it cleaned up, but a year from now, some of it’s going to be back; it’s just the nature of it.” All air conditioning units in both buildings are undergoing cleaning by the mechanical and custodial staff. Mold visually accumulates on the units due to nearly constant presence of moisture. “We’re going to start training (the custodial staff) to keep an eye out in case they see mold,” Groseclose said. “It hasn’t been a specific focus in the past but we’ll start trying to do a better job of monitoring this.” In February, the carpet will be cleaned in the lower levels of Beeson Hall and all floors of Terrell Hall, and a Dry-Core machine will be installed on the third floor of Terrell to act as a dehumidifier. Despite the university and Board of Regents steps, some are not satisfied with their efforts to evaluate and in turn remedy the problem. “My personal opinion,” Blick said, “is that the building needs to be renovated top to bottom, gutted and renovated, people need to be moved out of the building. It is unsafe.”


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The newest survival-action video game, “Dead Space 2”, is a solid addition to Visceral Studio’s already sterling repertoire of games. The game again follows Issac Clarke as he is awoken on a ship infested with Necremorphs, and from the beginning it’s a struggle to survive. The game follows Issac as he travels through the Sprawl, the spaceship the game is set on, meets up with various other characters and searches for The Marker. Issac has gotten it into his head that it is The Marker that is spawning and leading the Necremorphs, and that he must stop it if there is ever to be peace. The combat dynamic is excellent in “Dead Space 2”. Clarke feels more confident against the Necremorphs, and he should, he’s seen them before. Despite Clarke’s new confidence, the game doesn’t make it easy. There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than putting down a charging Necremorph and barley having enough time to reload before the next wave of them hits. There

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Go paperless with Evernote JEFF STERLING REVIEWER Despite the changes that student experience, one element has remained the same: taking notes. Thanks to the affordability of laptops, the tiring method of handwriting has given way to taking notes on a computer. However, there’s still a drawback, it requires manually keeping many documents organized by classes and other distinctions. If you have been looking for a more seamless method, look no further than Evernote: a fully-realized, free note taking tool that supports all computer operating systems (OS), as well as all major mobile phone OS. What Evernote offers is not merely a far more intuitive means of creating and organizing your notes, but also a seamless cloud-sync functionality, which will keep all your notes synchronized between devices, including: computers, smartphones, and tablets, as well as on your Evernote account server.

The free-level Evernote account allots the user 60 megabytes of monthly usage. For purely textoriented note taking, this is an enormous allotment. If you choose to take advantage of the app’s voice recording feature, or take notes via camera snapshots, you may come close to exceeding the cap. Notes can be categorized by folders within the app, and can also be easily searched. Even text found in photos will be searchable like any other note. If you do not have a laptop or smartphone on you at all times (or even at all), you can still use Evernote. The app also includes the ability to view and edit your content in a web-based platform from any computer with an internet connection. In addition to this, you can even email notes to your own email address provided with the free account; which will then automatically post all the content to your Evernote account. Using Evernote exclusively for all note-taking this semester has been effortless so far, and users who take

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Solution 1/28/11 Sudoku Aquarius (January 21February 18)- You are the water sign so go with the flow. Even if your significant other breaks up with you, your car breaks down, you fail a test (school related 8 9or otherwise), 7 3 4 1and 6 you 5 cut 2 yourself shaving. I’m not saying that will happen but you never know. 2 5 6 9 8 7 1 4 3 Pisces 4 1 (February 3 6 2 195 March 7 9 820)- Now’s the time to go outside your comfort zone and party 6 Unless 8 9 that 2 5 3 4comfort 1 7 zone then I’d it up. is your 5 4staying 2 1 in7and9studying 3 8 6 suggest for once. 7 320-1 April 4 619)8 It’s 9 time 2 5to accomplish Aries (March your goals, but like eat9 2make 8 sure 7 1they 6 are 5 reachable 3 4 ing healthier.3Don’t try anything crazy such as getting a 7 4 5 9 2 8 6 1 good night’s sleep. That doesn’t exist in college 1 6 5 8 3 4 2 7 9 Taurus (April 20- May 20)- Channel your inner Martha Stewart and whip up a nice meal for your friends. Just remember baking powder and baking soda are two different things. Gemini (May 21- June 20)- Hello gorgeous this will be a good week for you because you’re awesome! I promise I’m not a biased astrologer. Cancer (June 21- July 21)- This week a friend will be in need of your aid. If you ignore her you might have a Lindsay Lohan like disaster on your hands. So what are you waiting for? Go help! Leo (July 22- August 22)- Take a break and go on a road trip. If you’re short on cash just go to Macon and see a decent movie for a change. Though “The King’s Speech” is playing at the theater by the mall now. Virgo (August 23- September 22)- The planets are in alignment this week so that you can accomplish much this week in your relationships. Just don’t screw it up ok dear? Libra (September 23- October 22)- There’s trouble brewing for you this week, but don’t worry your hero will come along soon enough. John Wayne is on his way. He’s still alive right? Scorpio (October 23- November 21)- This week might be a tough one for you. Take some advice from me and go to a therapy that really works: the candy aisle in your favorite grocery store. Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)You’ll be feeling a little lazy this week. Do something productive like take a story for the Colonnade’s Special Section. Capricorn (December 22- January 20)You’re going to do fine on that test next week if you stop reading this and start studying.

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February 4, 2011 • Editor, Rebecca Burns

First Friday Foreign Film:”Zolykha’s Secret” (Afghanistan) (A&S Auditorium) Mock Interviews hosted by the College of Business Advisory Board (202 Atkinson Hall)

Saturday, February 5 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CAB To-Go: Georgia Aquarium

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

AIDS Awareness Week: HIV/AIDS Awarness by ANGELS (Fountain) Opportunities for Business Majors in Not-for-Profitt Organizations information session (Atkinson Hall 202) Global Symposium: Welcome and Introduction (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Screening of Hans Rosling’s “Asia’s Rise” (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Panel Discussion with Dr. Sunita Manian, Georgia College, Dr. Sudeshna Pal, Georgia College, and Anand Giridharadas, Columnist, New York Times (Magnolia Ballroom) Literary Guild Meeting (Arts & Sciences 336) Global Symposium: Conversation groups with panelists (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Music performance (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Keynote Speaker, Anand Giridharadas, Columnist, The New York Times (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Book Signing & Reception (Magnolia Ballroom)

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7,2 February 1 at 9:22 a.m. A female found a hand gun in a RPHANED GUN holster laying on the ground in the Ennis Parking Lot, according to Public Safety. The gun was checked through GCIC and not reported as stolen. The gun, holster and ammunition were placed into the evidence locker for safe keeping until claimed.


BITING BANDIT February 1 at 11:56 a.m. Lt. Butler assisted Milledgeville Police Department in locating a suspect who had shoplifted and assaulted personnel at the Piggly Wiggly by biting them, according to Public Safety. The male was located under the bridge on South Jefferson Street and bit an officer trying to arrest him. The male was transported to Milledgeville PD and charged with shoplifting and aggravated assault.

PROVOKING POLICE January 29 at 1:45 a.m. While on patrol in the downtown area, Officer Ransom heard a male yell “f**k the police”, according to Public Safety. Contact was made with two males and two females. There was also a 16-year-old female with the group. It was determined that all the subjects had been consuming alcohol. Three were arrested and transported to Milledgeville Police Department and charged with underage possession of alcohol. One male was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The 16-year-old juvenile was released to her parents.

OPEN DOOR POLICY January 28 at 5:14 a.m. Sgt. Reonas responded to a burglar alarm at the Campus Theatre, according to Public Safety. Upon arrival, Sgt. Reonas found the door at the top of the stairs behind the box office unlocked. Sgt. Reonas and Baldwin County deputies checked all areas of the building that were accessible and everything appeared to be secured. All the exterior doors and windows were checked. The door that was found open was secured.


January 27 at 10:20 p.m. Officer Smith was dispatched to The Village in reference to a loud noise complaint, according to Public Safety. Contact was made with four individuals. Officer Smith could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana and alcohol coming from the room. All admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana. A search of the room found several smoking devices and a case of beer. Two females were found hiding in the bathroom. When one was asked for her ID, she would not provide it, but when told she would be charged with obstruction, she provided the information needed. The case has been turned over to Student Judicial.


January 28 2:46 a.m. Sgt. Reonas observed a vehicle on Montgomery Street cross over the center line, according to Public Safety. A traffic stop was conducted and contact made with the driver. A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was coming from the driver’s person and when tested on the breathalyzer, he registered .109. The driver was arrested and transported to Milledgeville Police Department and charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane.


January 28 at 11:56 a.m. Sgt. English responded for the request of an agency assist from Milledgeville Police Department at the Shrimp Boat on Elbert Street, according to Public Safety. Contact was made with a female, who tested positive for alcohol on the breathalyzer. She was arrested by Milledgeville Police Department and charged with DUI.


January 30 at 12:20 a.m. Officer Ransom observed a vehicle run a red light at Hancock and Wilkinson Streets, according to Public Safety. A traffic stop was conducted and contact made with the driver, who was 19 years of age and under the influence of alcohol. When tested on the breathalyzer, he registered .131. Garner was arrested and transported to Milledgeville Police Department and charged with DUI under 21 and failure to obey a traffic control device. The vehicle was removed from the scene by a sober passenger.

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Global Symposium: Panel Presentations and Discussions on the Effects of Neo-Colonialism (Peabody Auditorium) Global Symposium: Panel Presentations and Discussions on American Poverty- Georgia’s Black Belt (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Panel Presentations and Discussions on Gender and Global Poverty (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: Panel Presentations and Discussions on Global Health Crises (Peabody Auditorium) Global Symposium: Theatre Performance “In the Blood” (Magnolia Ballroom) City Council (City Hall) Global Symposium: Keynote Speaker, Jeremy Enriquez, Belizean Consultant on Development Issues (Magnolia Ballroom) AIDS Awareness Week: BSA & ANGELS screening of “Philadelphia” and discussion (Health Sciences 201) Global Symposium: Documentary Film “Good Fortune” and Discussion (Magnolia Ballroom)

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Times Talk (Beeson Hall Lower Level) Student Government Association Senate Geico College recruiter Madie Martin will share information on career opportunities (Atkinson Hall 202) Global Symposium: Keynote speaker, Derreck Kayongo CARE Advocacy Field Coordinator for the Southeastern United States Region (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium Panel Presentation and Discussion with Ann Bowen , Café Central Soup Kitchen; Dr. Veronica Womack, GREEN; Dr. Rick Bialac, Kiva; and Dr. Jim Lidstone and Dr. Julia Metzker, GCSU Live Healthy Baldwin / Community Garden (Magnolia Ballroom) Global Symposium: “Plutos: Chronicles of the Superrich” (Magnolia Ballroom) 12 Step Support Group meetings (Arts & Sciences 215) AIDS Awareness Week: Guest Speaker Melissa Couch (Health Sciences 201) Global Symposium: Poverty in Central Georgia, Presentations by Community Organization Representatives (Magnolia Ballroom)

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January 31 at 2:59 p.m. A male reported that he witness a yellow Volkswagen driving the wrong way through the lot and strike a parked vehicle in Lot 12 (next to Kilpatrick Hall), according to Public Safety. The male gave Officer Miller the tag number of the suspect vehicle and a Milledgeville PD officer located it on Highway 22 near the old Youth Detention Center and the driver, jumped out of the vehicle a ran into the woods. The Volkswagen was towed and a hold placed on it until the driver was located. The owner of the damaged vehicle was advised of the damage.

Information based upon a submission to The Colonnade by Public Safety.

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Battle of the Cats: KIA Motors Tailgate and live performance by Daniel Lee Band (Centennial Center) Battle of the Cats: Lady Bobcats vs. Augusta State (Centennial Center) Battle of the Cats: GC vs. Augusta State (Centennial Center) Sequins & Smiles meeting (Dogwood A&B)

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February 4, 2011 • Editor-in-Chief, Matt Chambers

Our Media plays political part ASK CLAIRE! Voice A Homecoming choices need voices With all the hype that goes along with booking a Grammy nominated performer this year at Homecoming, one thing was lacking—the student opinion poll to vote on the Homecoming bands. Unlike last year, there was no online survey conducted to see which artists students preferred. The problem doesn’t lie with dissension over B.o.B., his nominations alone prove his popularity. However, in this economic crisis, and taking into account the recent state budget cuts, we are in a position where students should have the opportunity to say how their money is being spent. Students should be able to decide whether or not they think the Homecoming band is worth $45,000 and should not be the decision of the university or one committee. Students should have more say in how their money is spent. On the other hand, the problem with the polls is they take time, and contracts do too. This puts a strain on the Homecoming Committee to book a performer and get everything ready in time for the weekend. But if the school is going to be dropping large amounts of money funded out of student fees, it warrants some student opinion. Perhaps a survey seeing which genres of music are popular would have sufficed. After all, not everyone enjoys hip-hop. However, in order for this to work, students have to respond to the surveys provided by the university. Online student survey participation is waning. The Student Opinion of Teaching surveys have had a 40 percent drop in participation since they were moved online in Spring 2009 (due to budget cuts.) And, professors and students both benefit from the responses of those surveys. So why not help your peers, by letting that professor know that he needs to put those random assignments on his syllabus. We’re proponents for giving your opinion on everything; it’s your first amendment right to freedom of speech. Whether it be commenting on food services, filling out professor evaluations or even voting for Mr. and Ms. Georgia College, you deserve to be heard. The Colonnade fully supports asking for and giving your opinion.

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In a tribute to my fellow columnist and roommate, Ian Bridgeforth, who announced last week that he would be leaving The Colonnade, this week I will be talking about politics, or at least a derivative of it. As a political science major this topic should be my native tongue, but I admit, politics even bores me at times; so please, if you cringe at the mention of politics, feel free to stop reading here. For the rest of you brave souls who have stayed with me, think back upon the State of the Union Address. If you were watching it on CNN, like myself, then you know

that directly after President Obama was finished, they cut away to an analyst who began to summarized what the President just said. Not only did he summarize the speech,but he also broke down the speech to the viewers as if we were fools. Immediately I changed the channel, feeling insulted by CNN. In the age of interpretive journalism, the pundit seems to have emerged, especially in the political realm, as the face of media. No longer has the political conversation focused on the actual issues, the debate has moved to the critic’s interpretation of the issues. While I agree that interpretation of issues is important to fully understand the scope and depth of problems facing our nation, the central role that interpretation has taken in political discourse has blurred our vision

as a nation. No longer are we dealing with issues, but derivatives of the issues. And I feel that this has re-enforced the thought that politics is complex and the connotation that it is underhanded and shady. Perhaps this is my own experience, but it seems to be the case that more and more people are disengaging from the political process out of disgust for its increased complexity due to interpretative phenomenon that has come to be. I recognize that more and more of my friends on facebook have ‘apathetic’ as their political affiliations, and that shows such as “The Daily Show” and the “Colbert Report” have become a primary source (and often a very intelligent source) for some of the few who follow politics. I realize that this article is now the derivative of a

Satire: My take on Valentine’s Day Valentines Day is only a week away, and single people across the globe are panicking. No one wants another year eating takeout, watching Lifetime, crying and phoning mother to say life couldn’t be better. Luckily, single people no longer have to suffer through this holiday because there are many ways to trick friends into believing one is in a relationship this holiday season, which makes one not only look confident, but also more desirable to the opposite sex. The first step is locating the desired date and learning his or her likes and dislikes. Private investigators are relatively inexpensive these days, but since secrecy is the goal, singles must resort to doing their own snooping. Class schedules can easily be hacked on a computer and the average apartment lock can be picked with a simple butter knife. Once the home is entered, interests can easily be deduced from posters, DVDs or even a friendly conversation with their roommate. If the roommate inquires how you entered the house a prison shank

STEVE HOLBERT will stop the questioning and start the answers. After the research phase is complete, it is time to create a false relationship. Photoshop is virtually free once stolen off the internet and inserting someone into a secret crush’s Christmas, reunion or wedding photos doesn’t break any know laws. Coworkers are more likely to believe in a false relationship if there is physical evidence, so flowers, chocolates, and sexually explicit e-mails are guaranteed to start gossip in any office. To create an illusion of a long-term relationship, simply invest in falsified sonograms or even consider paying children off the street to hug you in public and refer to you as stepdad or

MATT CHAMBERS Dear Reader, Every Wednesday of my senior year has been the same. I wake up early, go to some classes and then head to The Colonnade office to start our production process. Our production nights go long into the early morning of Thursday. Usually we’re not here longer than 2 or 3 a.m., but even if we’re out by midnight it’s a long day. I don’t write this to get your sympathy (although if any of my professors are reading this I should get all As). Instead I wanted to share passion.

The Colonnade is a product of hours of hard work from over 20 amazing individuals. I am extremely lucky to have a great staff around me this year. If you had told the sophomore version of me that I would be editor-in-chief one day I would have laughed. That’s because as a sophomore I had barely found myself, let alone my passion. Over the past two years I have come to realize what I hope every college student can realize and that is how much I love the news. Now I don’t want to make you a news junky or recruit you for The Colonnade (although our meetings are Mondays at 5 p.m. in Maple A). Instead, I want you to realize that once you find your passion your life everything is right. I hope you already know this. I hope you’ve picked the perfect major, gotten involved in the right organizations and are completely happy. If that’s true, then

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go you. If you haven’t found your niche, I encourage you to seek it out. Go to meetings, try things, meet new people. The best way for you to find your spot is to try a bunch of different ones. I got extremely lucky and found The Colonnade on the first try, but if I hadn’t even ventured out of my dorm room who knows what I’d be doing. I really hope you take this to heart and go out there and find what you’re meant to be doing. I used to think it was cliche to hear the phrase “it’ll just feel right,” but it’s true. Once you find the group or organization that’s for you, you’ll know. And if you’re not sure or have to ask yourself, then it’s probably not a match. Good luck and happy hunting. Love, Diet-Coke-powered Editor-in-Chief

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aunt mistress. Once the relationship is accepted, the third and most difficult step is to get the desired date alone and convince him or her to pay for a fancy dinner. In the past people would simply try the “Can I borrow a cup of sugar?” approach, but in 2011, one has to be more creative and less predictable. A gun to the temple of their loved one is sure to grab attention, but for people unable to purchase firearms due to age or mental conditions, snake venom is also effective and surprisingly easy to attain. Simply inject the significant other in their sleep and refuse to give them the anti-venom until the conclusion of the date, and if they leave a terrible tip, allow the waiter to decide if they deserve to live. With these simple steps, any single person can get a date this Valentines Day and on the day when everyone is forced to eat with a silent disdain for their date, singles will finally understand how lucky they truly are.

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derivative (that’s acceleration, right?—haha, calculus humor), but no longer is this conversation about politics, it’s about the media’s role in politics. Are they trying to get more people interested by dumbing down and interpreting the speeches and actions of politicians? This may sound elitist, but If they engage less intelligent viewers who are more prone to accept interpretations per se, then can intelligent debates and decisions be made by the nation? Or through the pundits, are media corporations making the decisions for us? There is no doubt that the media plays an integral part in disseminating information, but they have taken up the role of the filter too. Hopefully, the media is benign, and has a benevolent intent, since they hold a great deal of power in the political sphere.


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CLAIRE CHILDS These are the best years of our lives. This is the statement that the universe force feeds into the brains of college students almost constantly. Personally, I find the idea rather depressing, and believe that life must only get better from here until the eventual plateau of adulthood. But supposing that these are the best years of our lives, how does one go about making the best of them? College is all about new experiences, finding out who you aren’t and more importantly who you are. All of us come to college as the high school version of ourselves that has been carefully constructed after 10 plus years with the same people. As freshmen, we have the choice of being a college version of our high school selves or being some one entirely new. The choice is yours. As college wears on, each year is different, and whether you like it or not by the time you are a junior or senior you are pretty stuck with the choice you made—at least in the case of your major. Sadly, as quickly as the whirl wind of college began, its all over and “the real world” is staring back at you. So before the real world, let’s live it up— safely and with some regard for our futures in mind of course. The most important rule for a successful college experience is to be true to you. That being said, the second most important rule is to push yourself. Push yourself to talk to people, push yourself to get involved, push yourself to be bold, to be brave, and push yourself to be more than you ever thought you could be. My third most important rule: to get involved. It could be throwing yourself full on into your major, joining an fraternity or sorority, being part of an organization or club, the newspaper (we are pretty awesome after all) or whatever else. I firmly believe that having group of people you can identify with and a little more than just school on your plate will always make you a more successful individual. So maybe these are the best years of our lives not because its (at least mildly) socially acceptable to be drunk at three in the afternoon on a weekday, but because these are the years where we learn the skills necessary to be adults. More importantly, these are the years that we learn to be ourselves and at the same time get the experiences for those stories that we will tell our grandchildren.

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“What do you think of coed housing?” “I live with a girl in my apartment, and she’s disgusting.” Josh Staff, junior political science and criminal justice major


“I feel like it should be an option, but it shouldn’t be the only option.” Anastasia Kerr, freshman psychology major


“I feel like it could prepare you for marriage.” Coco Esser, sophomore biology major

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“I’m all for it. I think that in college you’re an adult, you’re capable of making your own decision, and that includes who you want to live with.” Leah Yarborough, freshman business major

“I personally don’t have a problem with coed living arrangements. If you’re in a relationship with the person you’re living with, that’s strange, especially if you’re in college. But if it’s just a friendship, it’s just like living with people of the same sex, but a maybe a little messier.” Jackson Sharpless, freshman undeclared


February 4, 2011 • Editor, Amanda Boddy

Meet Milledgeville’s Mater Man Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter

Some look for the perfect mate, others for the perfect movie on a Friday night, but Warren Moore — he looks for the perfect tomato. Plump, firm, bright red and juicy — The “Mater Man” knows what a good tomato should look and taste like. A country tune envelops the strategically aligned tents and the aura of fresh baked bread and sugared delights wafts through the air. At the far end of the Milledgeville Farmer’s Market towers two University of Georgia tents. Nestled underneath, settled atop six tables and a cart is a wide range of produce including ripe zucchini, onions, peppers, garlic, lettuce and of course, tomatoes. That’s also where you’ll find Moore. Moore specializes in tomatoes. He owns his own business, Market Street Produce, which purchases fruits and vegetables from farmers and sells them to Milledgeville restaurants and locals. But, Moore’s niche did not come easily. In fact, it took a life-altering event. At age 42 he was diagnosed with a type of cancer rare in males — breast cancer. “It scared the hell out

of me. I thought, I’m not ready, this can’t happen to me,” Moore said. After surgery and a two and a half year recovery period, the battle still wasn’t over. Again and again, Moore fought to win two more battles. And his fight continues. “I’m at the danger zone; I’ve had indications that it may be back,” Moore said. “I’m taking medication. I guess we’re playing defense right now.” According to the American Cancer Society, 1,970 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2010. That’s less than one percent of American males. Of those men diagnosed 390, or 19 percent, will die from the disease. Moore is determined to not be another statistic. Being his own boss allows him to work, even when he’s having a “bad health day.” “(Produce was) just something I just fell into,” Moore said. “I needed something to do while I was going through cancer.” Produce has always been a part of Moore’s life. From his days as a convenience store owner to serving as general manager at Buffingtons, he has always surrounded himself with fruits and vegetables. It’s only fit-

Katelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer Sno-Cone vendor Ricky Cato is a good friend of Moore’s and serves the icy treat to visitors.

Katelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer From left, Judy Parks, the Mater Man himself-—Warren Moore—and GMC sophomore Cayla Ridley work the booth at the Milledgeville Farmer’s Market last Fall. The team is famous for thier tomatoes, which Moore grows with much pride.

ting that it is now his vocation. After graduating with three college degrees, Moore spent the “best years of his life” teaching in Macon. He now teaches locals the differences between types of legumes and what a ripe cantaloupe should

smell like. “I know you aren’t a teacher anymore, but you’re still teaching us,” Moore recalls one of his former Buffingtons employees saying. His myriad of jobs has prepared him for his life today. Twice a week Moore

Katelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer Moore describes his perfect tomato as plump, firm, bright red and juicy—just like the one’s he sells.

drives to Atlanta scouring produce from local farmers. He continues his search until he can find the perfect butter beans to buy. “Warren sells good produce,” said Keturah Lee, Eatonton resident and fellow market vendor. “If you tell him something that’s not

good, he’ll try to work with you. He tries to keep what everybody wants, if somebody asks for something, he tries to find it.” One Tuesday, senior psychology major Evin Win

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Students on set of ‘Mean Girls 2’ Book Fair Lauren Corcino Staff Writer On January 23, the sequel “Mean Girls 2” premiered on the ABC Family all across the nation with Georgia College students junior pre-mass communication major Sean Noah and M.A.T. program student Laurene Greene featured in the film as extras. “I went with a group of friends to an open casting call at the W Hotel in Atlanta. It was similar to what you see on American Idol with hundreds of people lining up outside in the hot weather. I was pulled out of the line by a lady and was moved to the front of the line,” Greene said. Once the hundreds of hopeful extras approached the front of the line, they were put in a room and asked questions such as their height and weight which were written on a whiteboard and then had a headshot taken of themselves. During the filming, Greene was taking classes at Georgia College for the MAT program and would travel to Atlanta from Milledgeville on the weekends to participate as an extra in the film.

“It was really convenient for me because in between takes I would study and do homework and then use my books as props later since I was playing a student,” Greene said. While Greene attended the open casting call with a group of friends, Noah went to the casting call along with his mother and his sister. “I got geeked up(for the part). I was wearing a grey t-shirt with a dress shirt on top with jeans. I buttoned up my shirt, tucked it in my pants, put on my glasses and pulled my pants up to look like a

“It was really convenient for me because in between takes I would study and do homework and then use my books as props later since I was playing a student.” Laurene Greene, MAT program student

Georgia College history professor John Fair publishes his first book Hilary Thompson Staff Writer



nerd,” Noah said. “For Mean Girls 2, I was mainly the only one going to film the scenes at the school, but occasionally my mom would come and be an extra if they needed an extra to play a character like a lunch lady.” Noah, who is a community advisor at The Village at West Campus, hosted an event called Spot the Sean in order to promote the movie and celebrate his accomplishments along with friends and residents of his building. “It was really cool watching ‘Mean Girls 2’ at the Spot the Sean event, because I was able to see (Noah’s) reaction when he saw himself on screen during the movie,” freshman undeclared major Jade Disque said.

The time that the extras spent filming varied from day-to-day anywhere from a three hours to more than 12 hours. In between scenes, Greene and Noah got to know the other extras in the film and formed friendships with them that they still maintain today. “It was a really great experience to be a part of the movie industry and I met a lot of great people,” Greene said. “Georgia is a wonderful place to film movies because we have so many beautiful areas like the mountains and the beach and more films have been filmed Georgia instead of just California. I would encourage more students to try and be a part of it.”

Coed housing available, rare at The Village Bobbi Otis Staff Reporter Boy meets girl. Now boy lives with girl. Even on campus. Though there is a coed roommate option available to students at The Village at West Campus, very few have taken advantage of the opportunity. Out of 48 apartments that could be coed, only one is used for that purpose currently. During the 2009-2010 school year, only two such apartments existed. “Coed living situations at The Village are limited to two person suites,” Manager for Apartment Living at The Village, Jen Maraziti said. Executive Director of Housing Larry Christenson explains why only two bedroom apartments are available for coed use. “Before I came here four years ago, they were allowing some coed in four person suites but the problem was in, let’s say for example you had three females and a male or vice versa, as soon as one of them needed to move out, trying to find someone to move into the space was next to impossible,”

Christenson said. This problem is alleviated with the use of two bedroom apartments for the coed housing option. “As long as it is mutually agreeable between two people, we will allow them to sign a lease with the understanding that if one moves out, they both have to move out,” Christenson said. The two person suite option has been available for three years. Students are always interested in and want coed housing but when it becomes a real option only a small number want to do it. University Housing is unopposed to coed roommates. One of the reasons Christenson does not have a problem with coed housing on campus is the fact that students can rent a coed apartment off campus. Christenson thinks that if you can do it off campus you should be able to do it on campus as well. “I think it should be allowed. If it gets out of hand that would be a problem, but otherwise I think it’s fine,” freshman English major Gray Lindsey said. Maraziti and Christenson point out that parents’ disagreement

In Mixed Company: Coed Housing Facts Students who live in coed housing are 2.5 times more likely to notice binge drinking within their housing. Source: tHe Journal of aMerican college HealtH

Coed rooms are allowed at The Village at Georgia College within two bedroom apartments. Source: georgia college uniVerSity HouSing

50 Colleges and Universities in the United States allow for gender neutral rooms on campus.

42 percent of students reported binge drinking within coed housing on a weekly basis.

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could be a large reason why students do not live in coed housing options more frequently. “The concern is that we are part of a state system and we still have parents who call us and still can’t believe we have men and women in the same building or on the same floor,” Christenson said. Some students at Georgia College do not agree with coed housing. “I just don’t feel like it is appropriate,” sophomore nursing major,

Elizabeth Burns said. Coed housing in general is better in Christenson’s opinion because when men and women are put together on the same floor they get along a lot and interact a lot better. The process of signing up for a coed apartment is the same as signing up for a traditional apartment at The Village. Interested pairs should simply identify themselves to University Housing and fill out a coed consent form.

Professor of History John Fair has taken Georgia history into his own hands by writing a book about an influential family from southern Georgia. Fair’s newest book, entitled “The Tifts of Georgia: Connecticut Yankees in King Cotton’s Court,” enumerates the achievements of the Tift family, who first came to Georgia from Connecticut in the 1800s to found two large Georgian communities: Tifton and Albany. “They, like myself, came to the South and contributed something to the South, and like myself were influenced, or you might say corrupted, by the South. In other words they became true blue Southerners,” Fair said, “They supported the South in the Civil War. One of them signed the articles of succession, one of them even built two ironclads.” Fair has much in common with the Tifts of Georgia in that he also came to the South from a Fair northern state, more specifically a little town called Waynesboro, Pa. “I was born a mile north of the MasonDixon Line, near Gettysburg,” Fair said. Fair, like the Tifts, became a Southerner in many respects. “I married into the South, had southern children, and enjoy the South. I can even speak Southern if I want to,” Fair said. Fair, a physical culture historian, became interested in the Tift family by way of Bob Hoffman, weightlifter and founder of the magazine “Muscular Development,” which Fair—a weightlifter himself—grew up reading. Knowing that Hoffman was born in Tifton. Fair decided to make a trip to Tifton to find out more about Hoffman’s past. “I ran down to Tifton, and found a good bit about Hoffman in the newspapers and library. In the process of finding out stuff about him, I ran across the Tift family,” Fair said. “I found their story ultimately fascinating.” Fair then went on an escapade to several states, tracking down Tift family members and holding interviews in order to find out more about their ancestors. Fair eventually came to find that the Tifts’ story was one of paternalism. “The Tifts were paternalists, in other words father figures, not only for their communities, but they gave away a lot of money, they were very active in civic affairs. They donated a lot of their time and their money.

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A bloody good cause Bloody the Blood Drop was on campus promoting the Blood Drive for American Red Cross. The mascot visited various places on campus to attract people to the blood drive. The blood drive took place Feb. 1 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Freedom of dress

Student opinions on Homecoming mixed Taylor Seay Staff Writer

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ollege students of today can be seen wearing pajamas and flip-flops around campus, or any other form of super casual regalia. During the early years of Georgia College, however, any ideas of individual dress were utterly not allowed. John Harris Chappell, the president during the early years of Georgia College (then Georgia Normal & Industrial College), made it mandatory for all students to wear uniforms at all times, even when they were at home during the holidays. Students ended up having around four to five different uniforms at any given time: a fatigue suit for every-day purposes, a Sunday uniform or “full dress”, a “cooking dress” (which was the same as the fatigue suit but had a white cap, long white apron, and long white gloves that reached the elbows), and a “commencement dress” for graduation.

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The girls of GN&IC could buy the uniforms directly from the school, or purchase materials from Milledgeville merchants and make the uniforms themselves. Chappell provided pamphlets to each girl with tedious instructions on how the uniforms were to be made, right down to how many inches the dresses could be from the ground. Chappell was very strict in that he did not allow students to spend more than 25 cents per yard for material for making the uniforms, and the student could not add any personal touches to the uniforms whatsoever. Chappell enforced uniforms primarily in an attempt to mask the differences between the rich students and the poor. The uniforms changed from year to year just like modern fashion, but uniforms remained mandatory even after Chappell’s death from tuberculosis in 1906, but were eventually abolished in 1934.

By Hilary Thompson

Movie Review: ‘The Rite’ Ryan Del Campo Reviewer This week earned another unimpressive film to add to 2011’s so-far abysmal cinematic roster with the release of “The Rite.” Not even Anthony Hopkins impressive acting repertoire and dynamic talent could save “The Rite” from critical damnation. The “inspired by a true story” film’s opening weekend pulled in a meager $15 million, with its chief competition being “The Mechanic,” which debuted at only $11.5 million. In fact, last week’s release of “No Strings Attached” still grossed a higher box office profit than Jason Statham’s newest action flop. The beginning of “The Rite” lent the movie more promise than it really should have afforded. The audience was introduced to Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) in a role that is not -so-different from the lead character in the original 1973 film “The Exorcist.” He runs away from his life and family towards the Catholic seminary, where he discovers after four years that he has lost his faith. But, when the Father Superior of his college suggests that Michael go to the Vatican to study exorcism, he grudgingly agrees. “The Rite” had me gripped at this point. I was excited to see a character without faith learn about exorcism from an experienced priest, Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins). The relationship between the two contrasting men could have been expanded upon, but it seemed like the last half of the movie was rushed through without considering that factor. Once the actual demonic spirits were introduced, the film truly lost its creative spark – and it never got it back. After the initial buildup of the plot, “The Rite” relied on the modern technique of frightening its audiences with flashy gimmicks and special effects. Fleeting images, contorted bodies and demonic voices just don’t do it for today’s horror movie lovers. To be truly successful, a scary movie has to put the audience in the twisted head of a film’s demons. Directors who achieve a lasting impression rely much more on the audience being scared of itself than being jolted by a quick image and dour soundtrack. This understanding is why the original “Exorcist” still firmly holds its place leagues above its competition in critical acclaim and

Source: Warner Bros. Studios

Grade: C

true legacy. Though it certainly had the blood, gore and profanity of any modern-day horror movie, the psychological impact of the film was stronger than any of its graphic scenes. Speaking of classic horror movies, what happened to Anthony Hopkins’s eerie chill that he delivered in his “Hannibal” movies? Though no one expects another performance on the level of “Silence of the Lambs,” Hopkins has not delivered an even half-decent movie in several years. As a reminder, some of his most recent cinematic endeavors include “The Wolfman” and “Beowulf.” Woof. The bottom line: you know what to expect from “The Rite.” If you want to go to the movies and be jolted instead of terrified, this is the movie for you. But, if you’re a normal frugal college student, you don’t need to be bothered with this one. Instead of going to the theater or even waiting to get it from the Red Box, just go get your hands on a copy of “The Exorcist.” If you haven’t seen the original before, make sure to turn off the lights one night and watch it with a friend. It will offer everything that “The Rite” has and more.

With Homecoming right around the corner, students are anxious to see five-time Grammy nominated artist, B.o.B., and the band Stokeswood perform at the Homecoming concert on Feb. 17. “Students are very excited about B.o.B as the main act,” said Student Government Association President, Zach Mullins. B.o.B has three top 10 songs, and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. The Homecoming Concert Committee had to make a quick and smart decision this year in picking the Homecoming concert performer. As some students were disappointed they were not able to vote on the performer this year, the committee was concerned about student opinions, but did not have the time to conduct voting polls. “It was essential that we acted fast (on getting B.o.B),” Mullins said. Stokeswood preformed at Amici Italian Café, downtown, on Jan. 27, so students could get an

“I am excited to see B.o.B, but I just feel like we need a variety of performers to come for Homecoming, not just rappers.” Anna Madox, senior community health major

idea of what to expect for the Homecoming concert. Some of Stokeswood band members are alumni of Georgia College, and in the tradition of Homecoming it is important to bring back alumni. Miss Georgia College 2009 and mass communication alumna, Keri Allgood, plans on returning to campus for the Homecoming festivities. “When I heard that B.o.B. was coming I got super excited,” Allgood said. Allgood attended the Homecoming performance for the past several years, seeing Sister Hazel and Sean Kingston. “I’m really excited about seeing Stokeswood perform, too. I think it is great that GCSU is involving a local band, who are alumni,” Allgood said. Senior community health major Anna Maddox has mixed emotions about B.o.B headlining this years Homecoming concert. “I am excited to see B.o.B, but I just feel like we need a variety of performers to come for Homecoming, not just rappers,” Maddox said. Maddox also attended last years Homecoming performance with Sean Kingston, and the performance did not meet her expectations. “I think it is pretty cool that we are getting to see B.o.B. perform just a few days after the Grammys, though,” Maddox said. The Homecoming concert will take place on Feb. 14, and it will kick off around 8 p.m. All Georgia College student tickets are free with a current Bobcat card and all alumni tickets are free. General Admission is $20 and other college student tickets are $10 with student identification. Ticket sales will begin on Feb. 14 in the DEN of the Student Activities Center. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at the Centennial Center’s box office.


Continued from page 8... kelman bought tomatoes and later discovered they were rotten. The next week Moore provided her fresh tomatoes free of charge. “He said to me, ‘I always make things right,’” Winkelman said. Walking up to his tent, sounds of “How are you,” “yes, ma’am,” “you’re welKatelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer come to pick what you’d Ridley and Moore watch over the tables where along with tomatoes, like” and “thanks a lot” fill peppers, zucchini, squash, potatoes, onions and garlics are for sale. the air. “Which squash look the Ridley met Moore while he is dedicated to his cusbest?” A college customer working at Buffingtons and tomers,” Parks said. “And inquires as she approaches now helps at the market. that he lets us has fun. It’s his spread. “I’m going to “He’s a hoot to work really important to enjoy make shish kebabs.” Ridley said. what you do and he makes “Then the big ones,” with,” A Barnesville native and sure we’re able to do that.” Moore says. the Sno-Cone vendor at Being diagnosed with He bounces down the table, confidently asking how the market, Ricky Cato has cancer gave Moore the opeveryone’s doing, if anyone been friends with Moore for portunity to find his true passion in life. needs any help or if they almost 40 years. “I delivered pork skins “I don’t want to wake up want to sample a tomato. “That’ll be $24, and I and boiled and roasted pea- and be the same person evthrew in the jalapenos,” he nuts (to his convenience ery day in every aspect of store), that’s how we met,” my life,” Moore said. tells the next couple. Even while battling canHe goes through the to- Cato said. “And we’ve been matoes making sure no friends ever since. He’s like cer, Moore still has a zeal bruised ones have escaped a brother to me.” for life. his careful eye. Friends and family play a “I’ve got three college He started his business large part in his life. He says degrees, and I’m the ‘Materwith one table and a few his girlfriend, Judy Parks, is Man’ but I’m a very happy boxes of tomatoes at Har- his biggest supporter. guy,” Moore said. “That’s mony Crossing close to “I really like that he takes just something I’ve always Lake Oconee. To keep up pride in what he does and loved.” with demand he continued adding new produce and expanded to employ six colCheck out a slideshow with more pictures lege students and offer more than 20 varieties of fruits, of the Mater Man at! vegetables and herbs. GMC sophomore Cayla

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Continued from page 8... Some of the Tifts are still doing that in fact,” Fair said. “The Tifts of Georgia” is not only a story of paternalism, but of internal migration and the southern region of Georgia, two areas of study that Fair feels tend to be overlooked. “There is a lot of knowledge out there about immigration, but there’s very little study done on internal migration. In that sense this book fills a sort of gap,” Fair said. “It’s also a study

on a neglected area of Georgia. Most studies of Georgia history are done on the coastal areas, Savannah, especially, or north Georgia, about the development of Atlanta. So the book kind of fills that gap as well.” “The Tifts of Georgia” is Fair’s sixth book, and a completed project from a multitude that Fair is currently working on, including a book about Mr. America. “I’m constantly seeing topics I want to do,” Fair said. “ It just comes from the fact that I’m interested in things around me, especially culture and people, why they are the way they are.”

Close up Spending, saving, and making money in college

February 4, 2011 • Editor, Aubrie Sofala

Students look for student loans to fund higher education expenses College seniors attending public universities graduated with approximately $20,200 worth of student loan debt in 2010 CAITLIN RENN STAFF WRITER Between paying for classes, buying groceries, purchasing textbooks, and worrying about rising rent costs student’s have a lot to think about when it comes to were they get their money. College students must often bear a financial burden to achieve higher education, borrowing money and accumulating debt to pay for tuition, books, housing, and the other financial requirements associated with a college education. According to the Office of Financial Aid, last year about $20 million in federal and Stafford loans and $1.2 million in private loans financed degree-seeking students at Georgia College. “There are lots of good options out there. Budgeting is the most important suggestion for students with loans or considering a loan,” said Director of Financial Aid, Cathy Crawley. Most commonly, two basic categories of loans support students in furthering education: federal direct Stafford loans and private loans. Federal loans are financed by the government rather than a bank or other financial institution, so the interest rates and payment plans are regulated and monitored by the federal government through the Department of Education. Because these loans are part of a Federal Aid program, the cost to students is generally low. Private loans from banks or other financial institutions must adhere to banking laws and regulations, but not by direct government involvement, so competition generally drives the interest rates and pay-

By The Numbers

ment plans for these loans. Also, federal student loans may be either subsidized--meaning that the loan does not accumulate interest while the student is in school and the loan is established by a need-based calculation--or unsubsidized--meaning that any student can qualify but that interest does accumulate during the years the student is enrolled in school. “My first semester I received $3,000 from a subsidized Federal Stafford loan,” said senior political science major Jessica Stilwell. “It’s nice not to have to worry about interest— at least until after graduation.” “Because I don’t have HOPE, I needed more money in loans, so I received both subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans,” said freshman marketing major Chloe Frew. “I’ve already put some money toward the unsubsidized loan, so that won’t be as bad, but it’s worth it to go to college.” Student loans support huge numbers of both undergraduate and graduate students nationwide. More than $100 billion in federal education loans and $10 billion in private student loans finance students’ education each year, according to FinAid, a public service providing comprehensive student financial aid information and statistics.

23,200 the amount in dollars of student loan debt the average college senior graduates with

A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education found that college seniors at public universities graduate with an average student loan debt of $20,200. At Georgia College, seniors graduated with about the same amount of debt last year, owing an average of $23,000, according to Crawley. “I graduated with about $80,000 in student loans, but the Department of Education can be really helpful if you work with them. They can take you through it step-by-step to help you get on the right payment program,” said Associate English professor Eddie Zipperer. “Part of our job is to be the professional office on campus. We try to suggest applying for free money first and then we counsel students on borrowing only what they need,” Crawley said of the Financial Aid Office. Georgia College students generally sit below the average default rate, meaning that most students succeed in repaying their loans, however difficult it may be. On average, Georgia College students repay their loans on a payment plan of about $300 per month. The inability to repay a loan could damage one’s credit, involve collection agencies, or even the seizure of tax refunds. “The most important thing is deciding how much you need to borrow by looking at your current funds and knowing your current financial situation,” Crawley said.

“Budgeting is the most important suggestion for students with loans or considering a loan”

Cathy Crawley, Director of Financial Aid


20 million dollars in Stafford loans taken out by Georgia College students last year


Cathy Crawley, Director of Financial Aid has worked at Georgia College for over 20 years. Crawley offers her advice about student loans to students

Tips from an expert: Research any other alternatives before taking out a student loan Only take money that you absolutely need if you must take out a loan Apply for government loans before private Read over loan paperwork carefully.

the amount in dollars of credit card debt accumulated by students in 2009

Know your repayment options when it comes time to graduate


Mapping out a simple game plan once a week is a great way to see where money will be going and how much spending can be done Whether it’s the nagging parents, juggling in advance. Pre-determined meals, events, and other acexpenses or developing good monetary habits—money management and budgeting in tivities in advance and setting money aside is the ideal. This only takes maybe ten to fifteen college affects everyone. For some students, it’s having parents con- minutes a week to accomplish. Also, once this stantly nagging them to watch their spending, habit is firmly established, after budgeting for stay on budget, stop wasting money on going a few months, it’ll only get easier to stay on out to eat and useless stuff and many other com- budget. “I definitely spend the most money on food plaints. For others, those students who aren’t monetarily supported by their parents, this but I know how to budget my money. I spent act of personal budgeting and staying within around $35 a week on eating out and other one’s limits, may be more familiar. Nonethe- activities,” Junior chemistry major Joey Senless, there are many ways to cut corners and nebogen said. Simply pre-plansave money, while still attending ning meals once a events and not missing out on fun week, before venturtimes. These cost saving measures “I probably should be ing out to the grocery may just not be so obvious. on a budget, I spend store, will prevent “I probably should be on a bud- money on things I buying unnecessary get, I spend money on things I don’t things. need…I need a job so I can buy don’t need. . .” Remember to nevwhat I want and that will help me er go out shopping be less dependent on my parents Mellissa Mooney, hungry. Once your even though I’m not full dependent on them, ” sophomore economics Sophomore economics plans are planned your list is made, major Melissa Mooney said. major and finding coupons to Overspending and thus overuse can save even drawing your bank account can be more money. The embarrassing; having your credit adage --it’s easier card declined in front of all of yours to save money, then friends at dinner just as discomfortmake money still ing. hold true! Planning ahead is probably the Also, search around for the cheapest gas most effective and simple way to save money. The entire process should begin with a ba- prices; there are websites that will tell you the sic outline, monthly ongoing fixed expenses best prices in your area. Dont just fill-up at the should be totaled first (rent, utilities, car ex- most convenient location, five to ten cents on penses) and subtracted from the initial budget, a gallon may seem like nothing but overtime then the remaining, variable expenses should even that adds up; some stores, such as Sam’s be divided into weekly allotments; smaller and club, Costco or even Kroger give you ten cents off a gallon on locations. more specific spending. Gasoline is expensive, and expected to go It is then necessary to decide what things will be a necessity to buy weekly (food, toi- up this Spring and Summer, so more students letries, gifts) and the same for social and rec- should walk to class and/or carpool instead of reation expenses. This monthly exercise will driving around searching for a parking spot for fifteen minutes every day. help greatly to keep you budgeted.

AUBRIE SOFALA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Georgia College senior Erin Williams works at Blackbird Coffee house. Williams, theatre major said balancing a job while working isn’t going to be that difficult.“Luckily, I don’t think it’s going to be too much because I’ve done theater.”

“I get money from my parents but I’m good at budgeting it. My parents give me x amount of money every two weeks and it’s too bad if I spend it all the first week,” junior special education major Sara Landers said. Lastly, everything eventually goes on sale. There are best times of year to buy anything, why pay full price for clothes, electronics, vacations or even text books if you can save money simply by purchasing them at a certain time. Technology is making it even easier with applications on phones and devices that once a barcode is scanned for an item, it will tell you if it’s cheaper at another store nearby. With websites such as Groupon (Google and Amazon are also both launching similar sites) you get a daily coupon, if activated by a certain number of people; it is usually for a variety of local businesses and services, you can save up to 70 percent off. Budgeting is a way to design a realistic plan for spending and expenses. All of the money saved could be spent on something more worthwhile. It also firmly establishes positive life-long habits. Founding father Ben Franklin, over 200 years ago had it right...“a penny saved is a penny earned.”

Quick tips to save: - Make a grocery list before you go shopping -Clip coupons before shopping -Make a monthly budget -Scour the sales rack for bargains -Drive less, walk more -Check out places that have student discounts

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What you pay now vs. then A look at common college expenses through the last decade Item

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Quick, easy ways to earn money - Donating plasma. Each visit can pocket you $20 to $30. -Recycling bottles and cans -If you are a designer, you can sell your design on T-shirts online -Tutoring -See if you have any unclaimed money by visiting the website at -Donate eggs or sperm. Donating eggs can pocket you $3,000$5,000. Sperm donation depends on the quality of the sample but can pay anywhere from $1 to $45

On the hunt:


Career Center Director Mary Roberts gives her advice on getting a job

an important part of my job. I help write the packets on resumes and cover letters that we give students to help them with the process. Also you do a lot of researchA: This Spring we are hosting a ing in Literature classes, which is Health Sciences Fair Feb. 21 for a skill I use in my job. If you like nurses, pre-meds, and exercise to write then pick a major where science majors. Outdoor educa- you can do a lot of that and then tion majors can also attend be- you can find a job where you cause representatives from camps need those skills. I learned the will be there besides the hospitals most from jobs that didn’t work recruiting nurses. There is a new out because I learned from what thing going on in the resident’s I didn’t like. halls on Mondays. It’s called “career peer advisor” which will inQ: What things can students troduce students to the services do now on campus that will help the career center offers in a differ- them prepare for a job? ent atmosphere. Q: What are some of the things that the career center specifically offers students to help them prepare for a job?

A: Join as many clubs as you Q: Do you have any advice for can. If you work at The GIVE Cenfreshman and other students that ter for example you might dismay have not picked their major cover you want to work at a nonyet? profit. Come to the career center A: As you are picking a major because we have mock interviews choose what you enjoy to do and with real companies. We have a representative from what you are good at. It shouldn’t Geico who comes often to give be all about the pay. You have to think beyond the entry-level job feedback on student’s body lanbecause you will eventually be guage and over all impression during the interview. We also ofmoving up in your career. fer resume workshops from time Q: What was your major in col- to time. lege? Q: What about off campus? A: I was an English major beA: The most important thing cause I like to write. I’m an example of someone who chose a students need to do is research major based on what they like. I about their career of choice. Look didn’t end up becoming a teach- at websites of companies you are er like most people think English interested in and they will put up job descriptions there. majors are supposed to be. And even if your major doesn’t require you to get an internship try Q: How did your major help your job? to find one any way. If you don’t have experience in the field you A: My writing skills were really want to go into then you’ll have a developed in my major and that’s harder time getting a job.

Fun facts about the the Career Center Director, Mary Roberts -She has worked at Georgia College since July 2007 -She up in Florida -She Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where she majored in English. -She received Master of Education in student personnel at the University of South Carolina -She currently lives in Macon with her retriever setter mix, Emma, and cat, Maggie -She is obsessed with “Gone with the Wind” -She first got interested in working in career services because her College 101 instructor was the director os career services

Students striking a balance between work and school AUBRIE SOFALA STAFF REPORTER Balancing college and a job is a task that approximately 70 percent of students manage while obtaining a four-year degree, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. However, the juggling act can quickly become tricky when student’s struggle to find baance between the two worlds. “I don’t know what the exact number is but we do have a lot of students that work while they’re in college,” Mary Roberts, director of the Career Center said. said The national employment rate of college students is 51.4 percent, according to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in October of 2009. More students are working, some by choice, others for extra income. “I feel like I have to work to help pay for stuff at school—like books, groceries, gas and rent,” said senior exercise science major Tyler Mabe. Many students do have to work for income purposes, but others gain valuable experiences from working during college. Roberts said that students obtain a sense of independence, work experience, and receive good references that could possibly help in the future, when attempting to find a career. However, there are disadvantages when it comes to working while in college. “When I was working it was hard to complete projects, homework, and write papers when I was tired at the end of a long day,” said senior liberal studies major Erin Logue. Logue has decided to take this semester off from working due to the difficulty of her classes. “We recommend at some point during the four years, whether its an internship, even it its unpaid or a paid part-time job—do something to get you use to being in a working

environment,” Roberts said. For students that don’t work while in college, there are numerous other activities that can be done to gain experience. Roberts says that job shadowing, informational interviews, volunteering and internships are all ways to gain experience in your field. “At times it feels like I have no free time

“At times it feels like I have no free time or no time to study but other times it’s not bad at all,” Tyler Mabe, Senior exercise science major

or no time to study but other times it’s not bad at all,” Mabe said about balancing work and school. Roberts offers some advice to students, like Mabe, who must work. “You’ve got to have time management skills,” Roberts said. Simples tasks such as creating a to-do list, scheduling time to study, keeping a calendar can help students become more organized. Organization is key to maintaining a healthy balance between work and school. Roberts also says that for incoming freshmen, it’s best to become settled with classes before looking for a job.





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A new season on the diamond














Parker Illustration by Rebecca Burns

Baseball looks to defend PBC, Southeast Regional titles; high expectations dominate 2011 outlook Scotty Thompson Senior Reporter Georgia College baseball Head Coach Tom Carty knows the expectations couldn’t be higher for his 2011 club. After going 42-17, winning the Peach Belt Conference championship, winning the NCAA Southeast Tournament and falling just two victories shy of a Division II national championship, the Bobcats are looking to finish what they just

missed out on last season. The strong season has transpired into some significant preseason recognition. Two players are preseason AllAmericans and the Bobcats are ranked in virtually every preseason poll around college baseball. “I like this team. I think we showed some things in the Fall, and I think we have gotten the program to really embrace the high expectations,” Carty said. “Getting to the

File Photo Senior rightfielder Shawn Ward should prove to be a force in the middle of the Bobcats lineup in 2011.

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World Series last year was our goal. Our goal was to win the national championship, and it’s our goal this year as well.” While the Bobcats lost talent from last year’s team, they return some key faces and will rely heavily on several transfers who have experience as well. “They’re new, but they’re not freshmen,” Carty said. “They’re transfer and junior college guys who are a little more mature, and they’ve kind of embraced what our returners have as far as expectations to try to finish the job we couldn’t quite finish last year.” If the Bobcats want to duplicate last year’s success, Carty says they will have to get healthy on the mound, where they are currently running a little thin. Senior righthander Eric Pettepher and senior southpaw Jason Nicholas will anchor the pitching staff. “Those are certainly guys who pitched a lot of quality innings for us last year, so we’re really going to try to ride those guys, especially early in the season, since we are banged up,” Carty said. Also returning on the mound for Georgia College are redshirt senior righthanders Ryan Parson and Tanner Moore, redshirt junior righty

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Softball looks to improve on down 2010 season as Grodecki takes over as new Head Coach Scotty Thompson Senior Reporter As the Georgia College softball team prepares to begin its 2011 season, first year Head Coach Jamie Grodecki says the most important thing for her team is to build a mutual trust in each other and build off of the struggles they faced in 2010, when the young Bobcats finished 1332. Adjusting to a different philosophy is a common challenge teams face under a first year head coach, and for the Bobcats, this season will be no different. “Communication is a big thing,” Grodecki said. “The girls have been used to who was here and the way things were, and so we’ve been focusing on getting to know each other, getting to be around each other and building those important relationships. The longer you’re around someone, the more you trust them.” The Bobcats, who will be looking to improve upon their down season a year ago, will return some talented players along with a strong incoming freshman class. Three pitchers from the 2010 Georgia College squad return, with junior ace Haley Burnett leading the way. Burnett accounted for nine of the

File Photo Junior pitcher and first baseman Haley Burnett was the offensive and pitching leader for the Bobcats last season.

Bobcats 13 wins last season on the mound, had a teamlow 4.49 ERA and struck out 105 batters in 154.1 innings of work. Juniors Caitlin Duvall and Sabrina Chandler also return

as pitchers, even though they scarcely saw action on the mound, and freshman Chelsie Huffman should also be seeing some time.

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Quote of the Week

Notable Stat

“...I don’t think it’s time to reflect yet. In a football sense, when doubters and naysayers confront and challenge me to rise above … I want to do that. And it’s the same with being a better person...” — Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in response to if his personal life has changed after being accused of rape in Milledgeville last March (ESPN)


Number of Super Bowl rings Roethlisberger has won in six-plus years of experience. He will have an opportunity for a third on Feb. 6 against Green Bay.


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Basketball sweeps North Georgia Women extend record to 14-4 after losing road contest against Francis Marion Taylor Lamb Staff Reporter Coming off a buzzer beater conference win, the Georgia College women’s basketball team continued their stride in a 63-55 conference win over North Georgia Feb. 2. Despite being outrebounded 42-37 and only shooting 20 percent from the three-point line in the first period, the Bobcats managed to hold it together for a hard fought win. In her 34 minutes of court time,

senior guard Chimere Jordan took control for the Bobcats for her fifth 20-plus point game this season. Jordan recorded 27 points, nine rebounds, six steals, and three blocks, truly showing her reason for being named PBC Player of the Week. “I feel real good, glad I can help my team out and pull off the win,” Jordan said. Fellow senior leader and guard Dominique Huffin put up 13 points in her 37-minute affair. Both seniors combined for six of the seven threepointers, all of Jordan’s coming in the

second half. “Just put it up. Put up the best shot and hope it goes in,” Jordan said. Desperate hope has not been a need for Jordan, who is averaging 21 points a game, leading the team in points, rebounds, steals and block shots. “Chimere’s just an outstanding talent,” Head Coach Maurice Smith said after the win. “She’s got to be consistent, which I think she’s been doing a great job of lately playing both sides of the court, defensive and offensive.” The Bobcats struck first in the battle and looked fluid throughout an 8-0 run

to start the game. Midway through the first half, the Bobcats grew cold, missing four consecutive possessions, allowing the Saints to climb within one, thanks to a timely jumper by North Georgia guard Lindsey Moss, who had 12 points and three assists. A missed three-point attempt from freshman forward Krysta Lewis led to a Georgia College turnover and lead change for the Saints, who went up for the first time, 15-14. With both teams an-

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Men snap four-game losing skid with 66-58 victory over Saints Sam Hunt Senior Reporter On Feb. 2, the Georgia College men’s basketball team was at home to face North Georgia. The Bobcats were first to take the lead when less than a minute in, junior forward Ryan Aquino sank a jumper to give them the 2-0 lead. Once Georgia College took control of the game, they continued to spread the point gap. When exactly 10 minutes remained in the first half, the Bobcats managed to first extend their lead by more than 10 points, when senior forward Reece Wiedeman, with an assist from sophomore guard Ryan Legates, made a powerful dunk that got the crowd roaring and gave Georgia College an 18-9 lead. Although the Saints attempted to take control of the game, they were unable to decrease the point gap and Georgia College defeated North Georgia with a final score of 66-58. As the first half began to draw near an end, when the Bobcats took a 27-12 lead

from a free throw shot from Wiedeman with 6:05 remaining, the Saints began to step their game up. North Georgia managed to score 16 points in the next five minutes compared to the Bobcats three points scored to make a close game with the score at 30-28. When 34 seconds remained in the half, junior forward Mike Augustine drained a three-pointer to to secure a 3328 going into halftime. For the first half, the highest scorer for Georgia College was Wiedeman, who scored 10 points in the first half. Wiedeman was 4-6 on field goals and 2-4 on free throws. “The key component in tonight’s win was rebounding. Rebounding has seemed to in be the factor of why we were losing the last few games,” Wiedeman said. “But tonight it was kept in in the game the whole time and what caught our lead.” Seconding Wiedeman’s effort in points scored was Aquino, scoring nine points with a

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Kendyl Wade / Staff Photographer Junior forward Jared Holmes dribbles the ball in the Bobcats 66-58 victory over North Georgia Feb. 2. Holmes had 10 points as the Bobcats snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak.

Women’s tennis opens with shutout win Steffi Beigh Staff Writer Georgia College women’s tennis team kicked off its Spring season with a great start with a shutout victory over Clark Atlanta University. Senior Bertille Lion, called “B Lou” by her fans and teammates, demonstrated the determination her and her teammates have in store for the season. Lion, a marketing major at Georgia College, has been with the women’s tennis team on scholarship for four years as an international student from France. “I think it was okay for the first match, but it was kind of stressful,

you don’t know what to expect,” Lion said. Lion fought till the end against Muncishe Makuni from Clark Atlanta to win 6-3, 6-3. After going into deuce multiple times, Lion kept the tennis team’s undefeated score. Head Coach Steve Barsby says her match struggle was “more of a lack of focus trying to stay in the match...she plays a couple of loose points here and there which keeps that other girl in the match, but once she got it rolling she was totally in control in the match it was just a matter of maintaining that focus to get through it.” “I thought we played okay, a little rusty but hopefully we will work that

out before (USC) Aiken next Friday,” Barsby said. “We played good...if we look at the score, it looks like we played real well, but it was decent.” Lion says there are bigger opponents in store for this season, mainly Armstrong Atlantic University. “Armstrong, Columbus State, and Francis Marion would be the three biggest teams on our schedules in the conference,” Barsby said. “We’ve really been trying to work on consistency, really being fighters on the court and today being a little rusty, you could see they were getting a little frustrated.” Due to the weather, the team has missed out on five or six days of practice.

Barbsy said the team is currently a stronger singles team and needs to focus on working on doubles due to changing doubles partners. “It’ll take some time to get adjusted to that,” he said. After losing three girls from last year, the team welcomed on five new teammates in the fall and are bringing all eight players back to this spring’s team. “I think we’re better than last year...hopefully it will continue,” Barsby said. The women’s tennis team will play Feb. 11 at USC Aiken at 2 p.m., and their next home game is on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Hockey wins two, loses two in Snellville event Drake Simons Staff Writer The Georgia College club hockey team traveled to Gwinnett County on Jan. 29 to 30 and played four games in Snellville’s SGAA Dual Deck Hockey Arena, beating Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee State University but losing to Coastal Carolina and Kennesaw State University’s B team. During the last tournament Georgia College played in Ft. Myers, Fla. in November of 2010 the team gave up four losses including one to the KSU B team. The team has only beaten KSU’s B team once out of three matches this season. The match against KSU on Sunday was the last one of the weekend. The team had won two out of three games on Saturday, but knew that they had to play hard to beat their rivals. Kennesaw took the lead three minutes in by scoring a goal on a power play. Georgia College retaliated with a goal by Matt Shrum. Kennesaw however then went on to score six unanswered points before Jeremy McNicholas scored the first goal of the third period to make it 7-2 Kennesaw. The Bobcats were unable to put up any more points and lost 9-2. What hurt the Bobcats most in their final match was the low number of shots

on goal and penalties. KSU doubled the Bobcats 12 shots on goal and only had two penalties compared to six for the Bobcats. Kennesaw subsequently scored four goals during power plays. “We need to settle down out there, control the puck and just play our game. This past tournament we tried to do this and when we did we won, but when we didn’t we lost. Its a game of control and that’s what you need to win. We also need to crash the net when a shot is taken and try to get rebounds. You can’t score if you don’t shoot,” junior defenseman Cain Cantrell said. The Bobcats took 66 shots on goal during the four games of the weekend and opponents took 89 shots on the Bobcats rookie Goalie Andrew Whitaker. “This is the first time I’ve played goalie on a roller hockey team. I have some experience playing ice hockey, but they are very different and the transition is tough. I’m still shaking off a lot of rust,” Whittaker said. “I am an emotional guy that gets into the game a lot, so I do sometimes internalize goals I should have stopped. If the opposing team is shredding the defense in front of me and I don’t stop the shots, I get mad at myself because I know I’m the last line of defense. But my teammates are very encouraging and if I let a goal in some one always

Drake Simons / Senior Photographer Members of the hockey team celebrate after scoring a goal in a victory over Georgia Tech in Snellville.

comes and puts a hand on my shoulder and says ‘You’re doing great. Keep your head up and stop the next one.’ It’s a good feeling and makes me

want to play harder.” The team has strong individual players as seven of the 10 players scored a goal in the tournament. No matter how

hard the team plays individually, they often struggle with communication and leader-

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Breaking The

Rule Caleb Rule Sports Columnist

When was the last time you witnessed something completely new to the world of sports that caused you to say “Wow, that was ingenious?” I ask this thinking about recent history; inter-league play was a re-hashed idea for baseball, and the All-Star game counting for something isn’t ingenious; that’s just stupid. The invention of Ratings Percentage Index for college basketball rankings has helped fans and NCAA Tournament committee members determine the best teams based on record and strength of schedule. College football brought us the BCS. (nevermind) And then there’s hockey. Yeah, hockey, the sport most foreign to southerners. Heck, soccer and volleyball are way more frequently found in these parts than hockey. And yet, the National Hockey League is the professional sports league that has my mind pondering their recent success. If you don’t know, the NHL All-Star weekend just passed us, and I bet most of you didn’t watch it. Neither did I, to be honest with you. And we both missed out on a completely new, fun, and ingenious concept that I can’t believe has been done before. They had a fantasy draft to compile the two rosters, two days before the actual game was played. The two team captains and their assistants took turns selecting from an available pool of players in a backyardstyle event. They had podiums and a sweet stage (look up some photos), and from a Business Insider sports review, the players were genuinely nervous about being later picks. When was the last time you heard of a professional sports league doing something this casual? The final score of the game itself (11-10 in favor of Team Staal, named after captain Eric Staal) proves the game is much like the NBA or NFL All-Star game; very little defense and a place to showcase offensive fireworks as much as possible. But from everything I’ve read about this concept, the NHL found themselves a gem. Players really enjoyed the draft and game, and there were plenty of laughs to go around. I mean, where else would you have a penalty shot because a player throws his hockey stick at another to stop a breakaway with all players smiling? Somebody at the NHL marketing department deserves a massive raise. Especially because the league is enjoying one of its best seasons ever: higher revenue, better ratings and more national exposure. And with pro football set to be locked out next season for a time, the NBA having stupidly-long playoffs (three months) and baseball season’s dragging out over half a season, professional hockey may be primed for a massive jump in popularity over the next few years. So, uh, who wants to teach me how to ice skate? Agree or disagree with Caleb? We want to hear from you. Send your thoughts to

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Men’s club soccer team knocks off Mercer, 3-2 Taylor Lamb Staff Reporter

The men’s club soccer team started its 2011 spring season on a positive note with a win over Mercer University Jan. 29. The team reconstructed last year after a few years of absence. Sophomore pre-athletic training major Elliott Payne took the initiative last semester by holding an open tryout to Georgia College students. With past experience in playing competitive soccer, Payne established a cohesive group of men ranging from freshman to seniors who compete


Continued from page 13... While the injury bug has bitten the Bobcats some in the preseason, they return some key veterans that should help improve their offensive numbers from a year ago. Burnett led the team offensively as well last season, hitting a PBCeighth best .369 with eight home runs and 31 RBI to go along with nine doubles and a .667 slugging percentage. Junior Anna Parker returns behind the plate. After missing the first six games in 2010, Parker played and started in the final 39, leading the team in doubles and walks. Junior infielder Maggie Davis returns to the Bobcats after missing the entire 2010 campaign with an injury. Senior Brandie Monroe returns as the team’s starting shortstop, and Grodecki said she hopes her offensive numbers can continue to improve. The Bobcats will also return a pair of senior outfielders in Kati Pickowitz and Lauren Potts. “I expect their bats and their defense to be pretty strong,” Grodecki said. The Bobcats also will have plenty of talented freshmen who will be competing for

with top schools. “I plan on coaching soccer for the rest or my life so it’s nice to get this experience,” Payne said. “This season I hope to win some big matches.” In the Bobcat’s 3-2 victory over Mercer, the early semester practicing paid off. Sunny skies and a cool breeze welcomed a crowd of supporters to the middle field at West Campus. Sophomore striker Derek Jett scored first for the bobcats, followed by a quick Mercer equalizer. A blast from Sophomore Nathan Pulliam hit the hand of a Mercer play-

playing time. “It’s a pretty talented class coming in,” Grodecki said. “I’m confident in them, and I think they will all see a lot of time in the field if not starting most of the games.” Grodecki said that in order for the Bobcats to improve

“We plan on hopefully getting those offensive stats up this year.” Jamie Grodecki, Head Coach upon their performance of last season, better offensive production will be essential. “We plan on hopefully getting those offensive stats up this year,” she said. “That should help us in all aspects on the field. It will be a little less pressure on our pitchers and on the defense as well.” The Bobcats, who begin their season Feb. 4 with a weekend tournament hosted by Georgia Southwestern, will face plenty of competition in 2011. “I think we have a good

er in the box, resulting in a successful penalty kick from sophomore center mid-fielder Joey Deloney. After Georgia College scored an own goal to tie the game at 2-2, the intensity level heightened. With the game nearing its finish, a timely assist from Jett to senior midfielder Jordan Bennett led to the winning goal. “It was a good tune up game,” junior defender William Strawbridge said. “For our first of this season, we needed a good win.” The Bobcats have been bearing the cold weather with diligent practices

schedule before conference starts to get us ready for it. If we’ve got a good strong schedule, that should help us get better each game,” Grodecki said. And the Peach Belt Conference schedule won’t be light with teams like powerhouse North Georgia looming. “Every game is going to be tough. You don’t want to disregard any team or any competition,” Grodecki said. “Obviously it’s a pretty strong conference. So being new to things, I can’t really have a strong opinion about who’s going to be out in front.” But establishing an identity is what Grodecki hopes to focus on with her team. “We just need to remember who we are and be proud to be Bobcats,” Grodecki said. “We want to try to represent that on the field with hard work and dedication. You always have to go in expecting that the preparation you put it in will pay off.” And that’s something the Bobcats are determined to do. “We made some mistakes last year as a young team, and hopefully, we’ve learned from it in a positive way,” Grodecki said. “We’ve got a mountain to climb, but we’ll climb it, step by step.”

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at the West Campus fields. The anticipated new yellow practice pennies arrived last week providing an excited anticipation amongst the team. Payne instructs conditioning regiments and ball handling drills. Always vocal and attentive to his team, giving constructive criticism and apt directions, makes practice a full work out from start to finish. The team wants the Georgia College population to know that they are a serious and competitive entity. The talent level is deep, and the attitude is right. Last season’s close battles with Georgia Tech and University of Georgia


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ship. The team has no official coach, and players’ fathers have stood in to provide some support, but the team lacks a strong authoritative figure. “Having a knowledgeable coach would help increase the teams overall productivity and focus our attention to the aspects of our game that really warrant it. Without an official coach to run practices, call lines, deliver pep talks,

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and discipline players, the responsibility falls on the players which can make playing a feat in itself,” senior forward Jeff Brittain said. The team will head to Columbia South Carolina on Feb.12 to 13 to take on Florida State, James Madison and Virginia Tech. “The team has greatly improved from last year. As far as a record goes, we’ve doubled our wins and still have four regular season games left,” Brittain said. “We still struggle to communicate effectively, but that just leaves room for improvement.”

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four straight losses,” Aquino said. “This was a talented team and I think we all felt that it was Continued from page 14... a must-win situation. We couldn’t keep on losrecord of 4-8 on field goals ing close games. Hopefully it and 1-2 on three-pointers. “We’re just going to sparks us to keep winning, beAquino was also the ginning with this Saturday.” leading rebounder in the continue to work This victory brought the first half, with three offen- on the things that Bobcats’ four game losing sive and three defensive re- we’ve been workstreak to an end. bounds. Georgia College is on the At the start of the sec- ing on since day one. road this weekend to face Clayond half, the Bobcats began There’s no secrets at ton State on Saturday at 5 p.m. to increase their point gap, in a critical PBC matchup. and at 13:45 a layup made this point, we’ve just “I thought we played well by Wiedeman gave Georgia got to improve in all as a unit. There’s always room College a 45-37 advantage. areas.” for improvement and we’re goHowever, as the clock ing down the home stretch now began to run out, North so hopefully we’ll peak at the Georgia once again began to Terry Sellers, right time and start playing our catch up to the Bobcats. basketball,” Head Coach Head Coach best When 3:58 remained in Terry Sellers said. “We’re just the game, the Saints were going to continue to work on only trailing Georgia Colthe things that we’ve been working on since lege by two points with the score at 54-52. day one. There’s no secrets at this point, we’ve Determined to keep their lead over North just got to try to improve in all areas.” Georgia, the Bobcats continued to play aggresFor more information on the game and stats sively and increase their lead to 61-52 with for all Bobcats Athletics, please visit gcsubob1:15 remaining. “It was a big win, especially coming off of

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Continued from page 14... swering each other’s shots, the score remained within single digits until the halftime whistle, where the bobcats barely stood on top 30-24. The Bobcats came out at second half as if they were down by 20. Recording the first bucket of the half, a consistent effort


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and triumphs over Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southern and Armstrong Atlantic, are encouraging for the continuance of another good season. “This season I hope to win some big matches. It would be nice to beat the teams that beat us last season,” Payne said. “We are constantly getting better and growing as a team, so we should be able to beat any and everybody.” The Bobcats return to action Feb. 5 at Macon State and the next weekend, looking for a repeat victory against Kennesaw State.

Chris George and sophomore righty Michael Jeanes. “Those four guys were here last year, and Parson saw a good amount of innings out in the bullpen and made some spot starts and is always reliable,” Carty said. “The other three guys who are new are guys that will be fighting for innings and will be trying to get on the mound with the opportunity to do some things. We need them to because we are thin.” Behind the plate, the Bobcats return preseason AllAmerican Richard Pirkle. The redshirt senior played in 54 games, and started 51 in 2010, hitting .354 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI. Redshirt junior Benton Yaun will also see time at catcher while also playing some first base. “Those two guys are big for us,” Carty said. “Richard has really put himself into a leadership role and has done a great job of getting these new guys to get on board with our goals.” At first base, sophomore Cody Maas, who Carty expects to have a strong campaign, will get the majority of the starts after being converted from the catcher position during Fall practice. Junior Luke McKay, who transferred from Cloud County Community College in Kansas, will be getting the early starts at second base. He will be joined up the middle by shortstop Tanner Funk, who transferred from Johnson Co. Community College in Kansas. At third base, redshirt junior Travis Echols will be starting after missing the 2010 season because of a wrist injury. Freshmen Matt Robinson

gave them the lead throughout. Bringing the ball up the court in her calm and confident manner, sophomore guard Karisma Boykin’s 10 assists and six points helped spread the offense around, allowing for some good looks and ultimately the victory. “Anytime you can get a win this time of year is huge,” Smith said after the win.

“Everyone’s thought process should be playing to put ourselves in a position to accomplish our goals, which is to win the Peach Belt and make it to the NCAA tournament.” The Bobcats return to the court Feb. 5 at Clayton State at 5:30 p.m. Their conference battle wages on Thursday Feb. 10 at home against Augusta State with a 5:30 tipoff.

and Daniel Bick will also see playing time in the infield. The outfield is shaping up to be a strength for the Bobcats this season. “They’re really good,” Carty said. “It’s probably as talented of a group as we’ve had. We have five guys. Our DH is probably going to come out of that spot along with Benton Yaun.” Senior rightfielder and preseason All-American Shawn Ward will anchor the outfield

hit, and there’s certainly a lot of competition out there.” Overall, Carty feels confident in the Bobcats offensive chances for the season. “(Pirkle and Ward) have experience,” he said. “They know what it’s like to get clutch hits and drive runs in. The rest fill in very well.” As for the competition Georgia College will face, things won’t get any easier. The Bobcats will open up the season Feb. 4 with a weekend series against perennial power Tampa, a series that the two teams have played for more than a decade now. “It’s a series our guys really get up for. It’s an awesome opportunity for our guys to get exposure to professional baseball and scouts,” Carty said. “It’s a measuring stick. They’re always going to be good. It’s not a deal maker series, but it’s a good series to see what you need to work on because they’re going to test us.” And Carty says the Peach Belt Conference has done nothing but improve. “I think Columbus is going to be very strong, and I think that (USC) Aiken, North Georgia and Francis Marion are all going to be tough clubs,” he said. “I think the guys who have been in the middle to the bottom of the pack are going to be much better. Georgia Southwestern has a chance to be good this year, and I think UNC Pembroke has consistently put themselves in the position to be pretty strong.” Even with an improved conference, the Bobcats can only control themselves. “I really like where this team is mentally as far as expectations, and hopefully we can match those expectations with good execution,” Carty said.

“I really like where this team is mentally at as far as expectations, and hopefully we can match those expectations with good execution.” Tom Carty, Head Coach unit. Ward hit .358 last season, including a .409 mark with runners in scoring position and led the team with 87 RBI. Junior Pat Daugherty, who transferred from ABAC and junior Jimmy Moreland, who transferred from Gordon College, both had strong showings in Fall practice and will add left-handed versatility to the lineup. In addition junior Josh Young, a transfer from Arizona, and redshirt Ikaika Anderson, who transferred from ABAC will also see playing time. “Those guys are all going to be very instrumental in our philosophy,” Carty said. “They all can run, they all can


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