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The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College

September 16, 2011

Volume 88, No. 5

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‘We will never forget’ Sept. 9 marked the beginning of the Sept. 11 rememberance activities in Milledgeville. The activities, which included an essay contest, candlelight vigil and tribute projects spanned the course of five days. Freshman premass communication major Benedict Esposito (left) and Assistant Director of The GIVE Center Paul Sedor join the walking parade from Front Campus to the gates of Georgia Military College. Esposito was asked to carry a flag in honor of his uncle who was killed in the South Tower. Community members, faculty, staff and students (above) gathered on Front Campus Tuesday, Sept. 13, to honor local heroes. The ceremony kicked-off at 10:30 a.m. and was followed by a walking parade down Liberty and Greene streets. The parade ended at the gates of GMC, where a community-wide picnic took place. Student volunteer firefighter Patrick Turner (right) participates in the Pi Kappa Phi sponsored stairclimb.

Bobbi Otis / Staff Photographer

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GIVE Center prepares for move Flu shots Katie LeVan Contributing Writer The GIVE Center is set to move to a new facility and give its current space, in Ennis Hall, to the Department of Art. It has been located in Ennis Hall for eight years and will be relocating to Maxwell Student Union next to the Women’s Resource Center and Diversity Office in late November or early December. The new location of The GIVE Center will be open by the beginning of Spring semester. “The move will be great and will put us closer to center campus,” said Kendall Stiles, director of The GIVE Center. Originally, The Center planned on stay-

offered to students

ing in Ennis Hall for two years, but Ennis Hall proved to be a great environment for it to grow. This positive environment led it to remain in Ennis Hall for eight years, but the time has come for a new facility. “I think the move will be a positive change and make it easier to help volunteers, because it will be nicer and bigger,” said sophomore psychology major Loren Ranson. “We want to be a resource for students who want to volunteer and give them the opportunity to volunteer with or lead projects in the community,” said Stiles about the main focus of this organization. This move will help continue and better the focus of

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representatives of the organization meet with the SABC. They are given about 10 minutes to summarize their proposal then there is about five minutes for questions,” said Paul Jahr, the associate vice president for student affairs. “One of the questions is ‘If you are not funded what impact would that have on your organization?’” Jahr said. In RSA’s case they have other funding available to them. This is the programming fee that every student living in University Housing pays. The fee is $25 each semester. A portion of that $25 is given to RSA.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 9, Student Health Services started providing flu shots to students and faculty between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Beeson Hall in hopes of having a healthy campus as flu season draws near. Student Health Services has approximately 2,000 doses to administer to students and faculty. The vaccine is free for students and $20 for faculty and staff. In order to further encourage students to get the shot, GC began offering it for free two years ago to ease the financial strain on students. To put this in perspective, one vial, which contains 10 doses, amounts to about $100. All students and faculty are encouraged to get the flu shot as it can help prevent potentially lifethreatening complications. The flu shot is designed to cover both type A and type B, the most common strains. The shot itself is an inactivate portion of the virus that triggers the production of antibodies that help prevent catching the flu when it enters the system. “I think the biggest reason students don’t get the shot is because they are afraid of getting the shot and confronting a needle,” said Director of Health Services Alice Loper. “But most of the time students and faculty have no reaction at all.”

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Programming fee supports RSA Alyson Crosby Staff Writer The allocation of the Student Activities Budget Committee funds left several Recognized Student Organizations without any funding for the 2012 fiscal year. Among these RSO’s was the Resident Student Association. RSA requested $5,000 from the SABC to fund events for the 2011-12 year and did not receive any of their requested funds. There are many factors that contribute to the decisions by which RSO’s receive funds. “It’s not easy, we sit there and listen to

News Flash Georgia College ranked first in Georgia Georgia College was recognized on Sept. 13 by U.S. News and World Report as the best public university in Georgia in the publication’s latest edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university tied for 12th place among the best public regional universities in the South.

these proposals and sometimes the better proposals are the ones that are going to get the money,” said Evan Karanovich, SGA president and SABC member. “They’re going to demonstrate to us their ability to manage this money properly, and to use it to its maximum potential, which is what I think the students expect from us.” After an RSO sends a request to the SABC, a hearing is called so that RSO can formally give its proposal to the SABC. According to the budget committee, this is not a simple task. “They schedule SABC hearings which are 15 minutes in length, maximum, and the

Quotable “Campus police are nice—they aren’t going to beat you up.” -Lieren Forbes, junior environmental science major

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Professor researches condom availability............2 Meet your SGA Senators.........................................5


A day in the life of a student DJ.............................9 Painting class provides entertainmemt.................9


Men’s club soccer wins home opener................13 Cross Country travels to California..................13 Community News........................................7 Leisure................................................................12

Number Crunch

1.15 The number of condoms given on average to each college student per year. See page 2 for more.


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September 16, 2011

Professor publishes condom study Vanessa Whited Staff Reporter A groundbreaking new study conducted by a Georgia College professor reveals that students’ sexual health care needs are not sufficiently met by their universities. Scott Butler, assistant professor of community health in the Department of Kinesiology, conducted the nationwide study titled “Condom and Safer Sex Product Availability among U.S. College Health Centers.” Butler received a grant from GC, began collecting data in 2007 and published his findings the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality on July 6. With a specialization in sexual health care availability at colleges, Butler sought to assess the availability of condoms and safer sex products, as well as condom distribution procedures among college health centers nationwide. After surveying 358 colleges across the nation, Butler’s conclusions are astounding.

“While nearly 85 percent of all colleges distribute condoms to their students,” he said, “the average number of condoms given is only 1.15 condoms per student per year.” According to Butler, this study is “the very first investigation to assess the number of condoms given to students per year by colleges and universities nationwide.” The results indicate that, while most colleges do provide male latex condoms to their students, the number of condoms provided is not adequate to fit the students’ sexual health needs. Additionally, the way in which these condoms are distributed is limited. “How is it that we are overlooking health care services for 20 million people?” Butler asked. In addition, Butler concluded that faith-based colleges were less likely to sponsor a condom distribution program and, on average, gave fewer condoms per year to students when compared

to non-faith-based schools. Despite the results of the study, senior community health major Will Long thinks that GC handles the topic of sexual health care adequately. “I think GC does a great job distributing sexual health items as compared to other colleges,” he said. “I know some colleges that make students pay extra for sexual health items and some schools that do not offer any items because they promote ‘abstinence first.’” According to University Health Educator Rachel Sullivan, Student Health Services ordered a total of 10,000 condoms in 2010. These condoms were distributed to students free of charge. “I feel that our Student Health Services is doing a great job at trying to look out for our students and prevent the spread of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) among our community,” Long said.

Students take a swim Kathryn Shadden Contributing Writer With the fall season approaching and temperatures dropping, swimming is not necessarily the first thing on students’ minds. However, according to recent Public Safety reports, some students are still in the summer swim mindset. According to these reports, there were two incidences of students caught swimming in the reflection pool by the dorms on Aug. 26. The first instance occurred at a few minutes past 2 a.m.; the second happened almost thirty minutes

later. Public Safety Officer Gary Purvis dealt with the first offense where two males in their boxers were swimming in the reflection pool. “I ended up chasing one of the guys, who jumped on to one of the SNAP golf carts, telling the guy to drive away,” Purvis said. The driver drove right up to the officer, who cuffed the fleeing offender. The other male was hiding in the bushes and was caught by Public Safety Detective Robert Butler. Both students were underage and under the influence of alcohol. The second incidence occurred barely thirty minutes later when Sgt. Reonas of Public Safety

Photo Illustration By Kendyl Wade Students dare to take a dip in the reflection pool, located between Sanford and Wells Residence halls.Two incidences were recorded by Public Safety on Aug. 26. All offenders are turned in to the Student Judicial Board.

Public Safety reports find students take late night swims in the reflection pool

was dispatched to the reflection pool in reference to two males swimming. Upon Reonas’ arrival, the males ran away and swiped themselves into Foundation Hall. The males were identified the next day when footage was pulled. All offenders have been referred to the Student Judicial Board. “Alcohol was definitely a factor in this situation,” Purvis said. According to the officer, the two offenders admitted they probably would not have run, much less go for a swim, if they had not been drinking. Lieren Forbes is a junior environmental science major and a Community Advisor for the second floor of Wells Hall. According to Forbes, people have been known to urinate in the pool, and that just a few weeks ago, a dead fish was floating in it. “It’s just kind of nasty,” Forbes said. Forbes also does not understand the purpose of evading Public Safety officers. “Campus police are nice—they aren’t going to beat you up.” David Smith, a graduate assistant and the Community Director of Wells Hall, said that taking an impromptu dip in the reflection pool is not a good idea. “I guess it’s not that big of a deal, but it reflects poorly on the school. It was very foolish on their part.” Purvis also gives advice to future students who might get into trouble with Public Safety. “When you run, you change the whole situation,” Purvis said. “Running from a police officer is an arrestable offense.”

Bike path to create safer, easier travel in Baldwin Bobbi Otis Senior Reporter The days of using a car to get to class could soon be over for students across Milledgeville. Construction of a bike path that will span approximately 9 miles and connect residential areas to Baldwin County schools will begin as early as 2012. “Our goal is to build this 9.31-mile trail along Fishing Creek,” said Jim Lidstone, director of health and social issues. “The problems with the way our schools are located are these three major roadways: 441 Bypass, Highway 49 and Highway 22, also Blandy Road.” The proposed bike path will connect the schools in Baldwin County with residential areas. According to Lidstone, this path-along-thecreek option is nice because it will open up an area that people have not seen before and it will allow the bikers to go under the roadways. The project is a large one; estimated to cost from $4 to $6 million Lidstone states. “So it’s a big project … (and) an expensive project. We are breaking it up into phases,” Lidstone said. Phase one will be from the Greenway to the Animal Rescue Foundation; phase two will go from the Animal Rescue Foundation to Central City Park; phase 2B will go from Central City Park to Blandy Road; the final phase will be completing the loop behind Baldwin County schools. The paths will have a natural packed surface, at least for now, because other options, like concrete or asphalt, are too expensive at this stage of development. A portion of the funding for the paths has already been received. The Department of Natural Resources has a Recreational Trails Program grant. One hundred thousand dollars is the maximum amount the grant can distribute for a non-motorized trail, but it comes with stipulations. The RTP is a matching grant—meaning, in this case, that the organization requesting the funding must come up with 25 percent above that in order to get the grant. “And if you can come up with more than the 25 percent you get extra points in your proposal,” Lidstone said. “We were successful with our first proposal, so we did get a $100,000 grant

“It would offer Milledgeville as a mountain bike destination in Middle Georgia.”

Matt Heath, senior environmental science major from the Department of Natural Resources.” This grant will pay for phase one of the project. Five hundred thousand dollars have, to date, also been procured from the Georgia Department of Transportation for their Safe Routes to Schools program. The SRTS program’s website says the benefits for the program are “reduced congestion and increased safety near participating schools, reduced air pollution in route to and near participating schools and increased physical activity to children.” Georgia College students are looking forward to the paths and think it will make biking more popular. “It would offer Milledgeville as a mountain bike destination in Middle Georgia,” senior environmental science major Matt Heath said. “And encourage bike use amongst students at GCSU.” The bike paths are part of the larger initiative called Live Healthy Baldwin. “Live Healthy Baldwin is a childhood obesity prevention project,” Lidstone said. “We are one of 50 communities from across the country that are being funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. It’s not your typical kind of educational program.” It is about making a lasting impact and making it possible for people to get healthier. There are five focus areas that include: accepting SNAP/WIC benefits at the farmer’s market, creating and fostering community gardens, providing safe routes to school, creating a bicycle friendly community and improving nutrition in the afterschool program. In addition to getting food stamps accepted

By Dr. Doug Oetter Construction of a bike path will begin early 2012. The bike path will be built along Fishing Creek and will connect the schools in Baldwin County with the residential areas.

at the farmer’s market, the program is looking to provide transportation, so patrons can have access to the fresh produce. Though the food is more expensive at the farmer’s market, Lidstone believes that people will still buy it for the assurance that it is from a local source. A permit has been obtained from the Department of Agriculture and this will be implemented in the next market year. Community gardens and school gardens already exist, but more are looking to be created in order to get healthy foods into schools. “We want to get healthy food into the schools,” Lidstone said. “So, if we can get food grown on school gardens and funnel that into

the after-school snack programs. It’s a win-win situation there.” Georgia College students are involved in helping with the community garden. The bike paths will help to create safe routes to schools and create a bicycle friendly community. In order to start construction on the paths, permission must be granted by DNR to change the scope and once that is received, a bid will be put out, and Lidstone’s hope is to start construction in the beginning of 2012. “We are trying to make Milledgeville a more bicycle/pedestrian friendly community,” Lidstone said.

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MyCATS system up in the air David Cox Contributing Writer As its use and functionality decreases, the future of the myCATS service is unclear. At its core, myCATS is a portal, a type of webbased service which provides users with several different resources and tools, such as email and various other forms of communication. However, since the beginning of 2011, students and faculty have steadily decreased their myCATS usage. “In early January, the myCATS server died,” “We worked said Interim Chief Inwith SGA to formation Officer Ed Boyd. identify the Although myCATS next generais back up and running tion of student now, the email service it provided was replaced email.” Gmail, a change Ed Boyd, with Boyd says is here to Interim Chief say. Information “We worked with to identify the next Officer SGA generation of student email,” Boyd said. “The switch to the Google product was almost a no-brainer. The feedback I’ve heard from students and SGA has all been positive.” “I prefer Gmail,” said junior creative writing major Les Bessinger. “It’s easier.” MyCATS has not handled student email since February, and in its current state, it provides no functionality which other web-based services on campus, such as PAWS and GeorgiaVIEW, cannot also pro-

Lauren Daivdson / Senior Photographer SGA President Evan Karanovich (center) with the aid of Interim President Stas Preczewski and the Milledgeville Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at The Max during the Grand Opening ceremony on Sept 13.

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Senior picnic offers students career opportunities Julia Richardson Contributing Writer On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Career Center hosted its Senior Picnic on Front Campus with a line stretching all the way to Parks Hall. Seniors were offered a free hot dog, T-shirt and the opportunity to network with 19 different companies. “We had over 400 students come out,” said Sarah Schanck, job development consultant for the Career Center. “We were very pleased with how the picnic turned out.” Schanck says it is important for seniors to go to events like the Senior Picnic to get a jumpstart on their future careers. “The job search can sometimes be a six to nine month process, so it’s a good idea to start thinking early,” Schanck said. “We wanted the picnic to be a good jump-start to the year for Julia Richardson / Photographer the seniors.” Students line up on Front Campus for the Career Center Senior Picnic. The line stretched as far GEICO and Waffle House were two of the back as Parks Hall. companies represented at the picnic. “We typically target business majors for sider applying to the company. tion before the first hour was over,” Lambert leadership positions at GEICO, but we consider “We are looking for people for supervise said. people from all majors,” said Madie Martin, leadership roles, emerging leaders and sales Lambert, an alumnus of GC, has been workbusiness administration for GEICO offices in service claims,” Martin said. “We have seen a ing at corporate Waffle House for three years. Macon. lot of interested students.” “We are interested in all majors,” Lambert GEICO’s largest regional office is located in Christopher Parrott and Asa Lambert, repMacon and has about 4,500 associates. resentatives for Waffle House, were present at said. “We want people who start and finish “Our office handles 15 states,” Martin said. the Senior Picnic. Waffle House was offering a things, and having a good personality doesn’t GEICO even had their infamous gecko pres- starting salary of $47,000 to college graduates. hurt either.” The Georgia location of corporate Waffle ent at the picnic to encourage students to con“We gave out all our promotional informa-

House is in Norcross, and they are recruiting college graduates. “Waffle House is offering the highest salary of any other company here,” Parrott said. “We are looking to hire for manager trainees.” Parrott has also been with Waffle House for three years and has worked his way up to corporate working in human resource management. “Our business is growing,” Parrott said. “People love Waffle House.” All of the companies presented some incentive to stop and talk to the representatives. GEICO offered magnets and Waffle House gave away free coupons. “We had a great group of employers that love to hire GC students,” Schanck said. “We put events on the Career Center website and emailed our employer database to encourage companies to come. Others heard about the picnic and contacted me.” “I loved all the job tents and found them all informative,” said Michael Heuett, senior marketing major. “The picnic was really helpful to my job search.” GC has over 1,000 seniors this year, and many are looking to get a job after graduation as opposed to venturing on to graduate school. “The seniors need to start looking now,” Schanck said. “They need to be getting their resume ready and start building relationships with employers. That was the Career Center’s main goal of the picnic.”

Tornado preparedness lacking on student minds Olivia Holden Contributing Writer On April 27, students at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa were beckoned to seek safety by the blaring of tornado sirens – a sound meant to save lives, but to many college students, including those at Georgia College, a mere nuisance. Tornado sirens howled throughout Georgia, Alabama and Missouri this year, warning of the tornadoes that killed hundreds and left behind splinters of buildings as evidence of their destructive force. The stories of those who survived and how they did it dispel the commonly held belief by most college students upon witnessing tragedy that “this won’t happen to me.” Caroline Bendin, a senior at the University of Alabama, was one of those who believed little would ever come of the tornado siren’s warnings on April 27. “We didn’t think much of (the sirens), because the sirens have gone off before and nothing has happened,” Bendin said. Not until Bendin and her roommates could actually hear the tornado coming and see the

huge funnel cloud with debris the tornado warnings that ocflying around did they run for “We’re responsible curred this past spring. But after the nearest closet. hearing the siren go off and no to make sure we These types of last-minute further instruction, she stayed in decisions could be a direct re- knock on every her bed. sult of lack of communication door, but we can’t Borrow said she does not between students and their make anyone come even know what a tornado siren university leaders; a problem sounds like. revealed in an unofficial sur- down if they don’t Justin Gaines, coordinator of vey of 20 GC students, given want to.” emergency preparedness and ocby The Colonnade on June cupational safety for GC, said 12. college provides students Janice Etheridge, the All students surveyed said with emergency warning sirens former community and email notifications during they could not recall anyone talking to them about the advisor tornadoes. proper safety precautions to He also referenced Connecttake should there be a tornado ED, an emergency texting sysin Milledgeville. tem made available to all GC In fact, 83 percent said that they are confused students who sign up for it. about what they should do during a tornado. However, knowing a tornado has been sightPre-nursing sophomores Brittany Borrow ed in the area is one thing; knowing what to do and Allison Lones said they were never given next is another. a tornado safety plan during the one year they “To be told what to do in an emergency spent in GC’s residence halls. wastes time that may help save one’s life. We “We were never told about what to do during must know what to do before the emergency to tornadoes, just about fire,” Borrow said. help our chances of survival,” Gaines said. Lones said she remembers hearing one of Janice Etheridge, former community advi-

sor, said she has dealt with two tornado warnings while on duty in the dorms, but luckily was given thorough emergency response training and knew what to do. “We’re responsible to make sure we knock on every door, but we can’t make anyone come down if they don’t want to,” Etheridge said. It is possible that this year’s tornado-related devastation hit close enough to home to change the way students react. In The Colonnade’s survey, 47 percent of students said they will seek safety in the future during a tornado after this year’s record-high tornado season. Yet, 21 percent of students also admit they will decide how to react when the moment actually arrives. That is a decision that could prove risky in the midst of Mother Nature’s unpredictably. Students can access GC’s Emergency Action Plan on the university’s website to educate themselves. Tornado safety is found on page 17. “It is much like the old adage, ‘you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink,’” Gaines said.


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Chelsea Hinkel / Photographer Junior nursing major Bekah Baughman administers a half cubic centimeter of the flu shot to junior athletic training major Eric Schmidt. Student Health Services began giving the flu shot to students on Sept. 9.


Continued from page 1... Because the live flu virus mutates and changes every year, scientists have to tweak the vaccine annually in order to ensure that it changes, according to Loper. Although Student Health Services encourages all students and faculty to participate, those students living in residence halls are specifically encouraged to get the shot. Living in the residence halls puts all students in very close contact with one another and their germs. Because the flu can be highly contagious, these students are perhaps at a much greater risk of contracting the virus. “The only people that shouldn’t take the flu shot are those that are allergic to egg protein because the inactivated virus shot is cultivated from it,” Loper said. “Students should also use caution when considering getting the shot if they have previously had a severe reaction to any previous vaccine.” Some of the major symptoms of the flu include body aches, fever, dry cough, headache, malaise, sore throat, nausea and in, extreme situations, pneumonia. If a student believes they currently have the flu, Student Health Services insists they not request a flu shot until after all symptoms have subsided. Receiving the flu shot while sick puts you at a greater risk for staying ill, as the body’s immune system is already being compromised. “It’s so important to get the flu shot to keep yourself and others protected,” said senior nursing major Jeff Jenkins. “There are several illnesses that can transpire from flu symptoms that can land you in a hospital if you get really sick.” In order to keep the campus healthy, Student

“The only people that shouldn’t take the flu shot are those that are allergic to egg protein because the inactivated virus shot is cultivated from it.” Alice Loper, director of Student Health Services Health Services will be sure to send students home this year if they are believed to have contracted the virus. This can be especially harmful to a student with assignments and tests approaching in the fall. Getting the flu shot will help prevent having to miss valuable class time. “The vaccine can help prevent not only you but also those around you from becoming sick,” said junior nursing major Megan Purcell. “It will also help protect you from the added stress of missing school or work, which is the last thing we need as students.” A small percentage of GC students seek out the shot each year, according to Loper. Many students end up coming toward the very end of the season when many of them have flu-like symptoms already. “There are people who are terrified of needles,” Loper said. “I can honestly say it really isn’t bad at all. It lasts for only a second.”

Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer Freshman undeclared major Chloe Barrett (left) and freshman early childhood education major Katie Reuleach partcipate in University Housing’s Happening on Thursday events.


Continued from page 1... “RSA gets a cut of $7.50 per student,” said Larry Christenson, executive director of university housing. University Housing has approximately 2,000 residents, making the total allocated to RSA about $15,000. That budget is usually sufficient for the events RSA participates in. “That usually covers most of the programs we’re doing,” said Lance Layton, RSA president. “We’ve already allocated money towards Happenin’ on Thursdays, HOT.” HOT is a University Housing program that is partially funded by RSA. Some RSO’s do not have other funding, according to Karanovich. “When people come to SABC, nine out of 10 times it is evident that SABC is their (the RSO’s) only available funds other than dues,” Karanovich said. “We have to look at it holistically, in the big picture. We have to look at where the money is going, what it’s being used for, is it being maximized, and if we give the money, is it taking that money to its fullest potential,” he said. The decision of who to fund is a difficult one and one that SABC does not take lightly.

“RSA gets a cut of $7.50 per student.” Larry Christenson, executive director of University Housing “They take very seriously their role and make tough decisions,” Jahr said. The only way every RSO can get the funding they request is if the Student Activity Fee, the source of the SABC budget, were increased. “This is something I have addressed as a member of the Student Advisory Council with the Board of Regents,” Karanovich said. “I want to know from the students if this is something we need to fight for, if they see a direct need.” According to Jahr, a request was made last year to increase the student activity fee, but was not passed. “The Board of Regents saw that with an increase in tuition, with the increase of the institutional fee, (there) were already enough increases,” Karanovich said.

The GIVE Center. It will be celebrating its 15-year anniversary this January. With a staff of 18, the center is the only center of its kind in Georgia, according to Stiles. After the center moves out of Ennis Hall, the Department of Art plans on moving in. The Department of Art will be vacating Mayfair Hall and Macintosh Hall and calling Ennis Hall their new home. Mayfair Hall currently houses classes for painting, drawing, 2-D design, 3-D design, fiber arts, art and technology, art history lecture space and faculty offices, while Macintosh Hall consists of the photo studio

September 16, 2011 and dark rooms. All of these classes, as well as the galleries in Blackbridge Hall, will be relocating to Ennis Hall. Before the Department of Art moves into Ennis Hall, many renovations must occur. These renovations are based on state funding and, if approved, the renovations can begin and Ennis Hall could be holding art classes as soon as 2013 or 2014. “I am grateful to Dr. Leland, who was instrumental to getting us as far as we’ve gotten with this move,” said art department chair Bill Fisher. The move to Ennis Hall will be a good opportunity for the Department of Art to have studios designed specifically for media and lecture spaces. The renovations to Ennis Hall will provide better facilities for faculty and students, thus leading to


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vide. “There are only a handful of faculty who still use it,” Boyd said. Bessinger said that none of his professors utilize myCATS. According to Boyd, students mainly use myCATS as a middleman to access other campus tools, an idea which sophomore biology major Andy Deimler can attest to. “I only use it to get to PAWS,” he said. “I don’t do much with it.” “The question now,” Boyd said, “is what do we do with myCATS?” The service is web-based on a portal program called Luminus, but the version of Luminus that supports myCATS is out-dated. “It provided us with several years of good service,” Boyd said. “But I think we’ve outgrown it.” He says that upgrading to a more current version of Luminus might not be worth it. One alternative may be a different portal service

a better overall educational experience for students. “I really applaud current and past faculty in the Department of Art for the high caliber of their teaching and scholarship given the current facilities challenges we face. This move to Ennis Hall will allow for their great talent and energies to be focused in new and positive ways,” Fisher said. Mayfair Hall and Macintosh Hall were both old boarding houses built in the early 1900s for visitors to the Governor’s Mansion and were not properly designed for academic spaces. Once the Department of Art leaves Mayfair Hall and Macintosh Hall, these buildings will be left to Georgia College to decide their future. What will be done with these buildings is still up for discussion.

called CampusEAI, a program specifically designed for colleges and universities that is already in use at Augusta State University and Albany State University. But Boyd said that the decision of where to go next is not one which can, or should, be made quickly. “It’s a decision that will have to come from a group representative of the entire campus,” he said. Boyd is currently working to assemble such a group. “There is not a single entity that controls, operates, or even maintains our web service. It’s a community effort,” Boyd said. As such, the decision of what to do next needs to be a community effort as well. “We need to determine what our needs are. It could be that we decide to use CampusEAI. It could be that we don’t even need a portal.” Even without a centralized site for them, GC students still have access to every necessary web-based service on campus. “We aren’t in any kind of bad situation,” Boyd said. “We just need to take a little time to determine our needs and decide where to go from there.”

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The Colonnade


Meet your SGA Senators Twenty-five students were elected on Sept. 7 and 8 to represent the student body. The senators will serve during the 2011-12 school year and will be responsible for guiding legislative policy concerning students.

Oliver Ladd Freshman Senator

Shelby Weitzel Freshman Senator

Matthew Wirth Freshman Senator

Holly Nix Freshman Senator

Connor Reddick Freshman Senator

“I am interested to see how government works and contribute to the life of the school.”

“I am excited to become as involved as possible in student life.”

“I am excited to make a positive impact on Georgia College through SGA.”

“I am excited about being able to take part in decisions that will help students at Georgia College.”

“I am excited to learn about SGA and become involved with the student body.”

Sarah Rose Remmes Sophomore Senator

Robby Campbell Sophomore Senator

Brian DeMeza Sophomore Senator

Victoria Ferree Sophomore Senator

Taylor Solomon Sophomore Senator

“Being a transfer student, I feel I can offer a unique perspective and I’m excited to be here.”

“I am really excited to find out how our organizations become a part of campus and a vital part of our school.”

“I wanted to join SGA because I wanted to get involved and be a part of something bigger than me.”

“I’m excited to make a difference on campus. I knew a lot of people on Senate last year and looked up to what they did.”

“This year I wanted to find a way to be a part of what makes Milledgeville, and this campus, so great.”

Cody Allen Junior Senator

Aubrey Ethridge Junior Senator

Allyn Harris Junior Senator

Stephen Hundley Junior Senator

Taylor Thaxton Junior Senator

“I’m excited to try to make SGA a more proactive organization, not a reactive one.”

“I’m looking forward to ensuring that the students have their equal voice in the university’s administration.”

“I am really looking forward to serving the students of Georgia College.”

“I love my role in SGA and really enjoy helping them.”

“I look forward to jumping in there right away and making some noise for the student body of Georgia College.”

Ryan Del Campo Senior Senator

John Fajuke Senior Senator

Jonathan Savitske Senior Senator

Natalie Sorto Senior Senator

Gordon Thomas Senior Senator

“I get it done.”

“The reason I joined is because I saw this as an opportunity where students could directly impact the college community.”

“I ran for SGA to bring fiscal responsibility and to better serve the students of Georgia College.”

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“I really like working directly with the students.”

Zachariah Cohoon Senator At-Large

Patrick Hall Senator At-Large

Connor Johnson Senator At-Large

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“I’ve been on campus for a few years now. I want to get more involved and make some changes.”

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Sept. 2 at 1:11 a.m. The driver of a local taxi notified Georgia College dispatch of an unresponsive and intoxicated student who was dropped off at The Village, according to Public Safety. Upon arrival, Lt. Tuft made contact with the taxi driver and several occupants of the taxi. The occupants said they had carried the female to her room and left her in the bathroom. Lt. Tuft attempted to make contact with occupants of the room with no success. Housing personnel unlocked the room and the female was found unresponsive leaning over the toilet. EMS arrived and transported the female to Oconee Regional Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. Lt. Tuft followed up on the female and she was still passed out. The hospital staff advised him that her BAC was .272. The case was referred to the Student Judicial Board.


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Sept. 1 12:06 a.m. When trying to locate the owner of a vehicle parked in the recreational area across from The Village, Officer Denna made contact with two males and two females, according to Public Safety. While speaking with them, Denna detected the odor of marijuana. Additionally, one of the males and one of the females had an odor of alcohol on their breath. The two admitted to smoking a bowl of marijuana but denied having any more contraband on them. They both consented to a search. While searching the female’s purse, Officer Denna found a small black cylinder containing a small amount of marijuana. The male and the female agreed to breath tests; the female registered a .04 and the male a .155. They were both arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol. The other male was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The other female neither drank nor smoked any marijuana and was transported to her dorm at Wells Hall.


Sept. 2 at 12:51 a.m. Lt. Williams and Officer Smith were dispatched to College Station in reference to a loud noise complaint, according to Public Safety. Upon arrival, Lt. Williams and Officer Smith heard yelling coming from one of the apartments. Lt. Williams knocked at the door, made contact with a male and noticed the smell of burning marijuana when the door opened. The male, along with three others, admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. A glass container containing marijuana was turned over by the male who answered the door, but one of the other males said the marijuana belonged to him. He blew a .048 on a breathalyzer and was placed under arrest for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol.*


Sept. 2 at 2:12 a.m. Sgt. Baker heard a SNAP officer state that a person was down in front of MSU, according to Public Safety. Sgt. Baker and Maj. Grant arrived to find a male lying on the ground next to the sidewalk while another male was consoling him. The male lying on the ground was unable to stand without assistance and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The other male also had the strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Both males provided breath samples and tested positive for alcohol. Both were placed under arrest and transported to MPD and charged with underage posession of alcohol.

UNHAPPY DISTRIBUTOR Sept. 1 at 9:39 p.m. Sgt. English and Officer Denna followed up on a tip from a previous arrest of an individual selling marijuana in the area of The Grove Apartments, according to Public Safety. Upon further investigation, the suspect was identified and Sgt. English and Officer Denna initiated a knock at her apartment, where they made contact with the suspect and her roommate. The suspect immediately became belligerent, yelling obscenities and questioning the officers’ presence at her apartment. The suspect was detained for disorderly conduct due to her actions. Following the suspect’s detainment, the female roommate signed a permission for officers to search her apartment and her vehicle. Sgt. English and Officer Denna searched her bedroom and found a quart-sized mason jar with suspected marijuana and Adderall pills, as well as cash and a digital scale. A search of her vehicle did not yield any further contraband. The female was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. She was transported to Baldwin County Sherrif’s Office and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. All items seized were taken and stored as evidence.*

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Sept. 2 at 2:33 a.m. Lt. Williams observed an SUV pull into a driveway and stop, where the driver then exited near the intersection of Montgomery and Elbert streets, according to Public Safety. Contact was made with the driver and another male who said he had just been jumped by five males near the intersection. His shirt was torn and he had a laceration to the left side of his face. The male also had a bloody left eye and lacerations to both of his knees. He said that the males who jumped him snatched his cell phone from his hand and tackled him to the ground. The male could only remember what two of the males looked like. The area was searched and the males were unable to be located. Pictures were taken of the victim’s injuries. The case has been turned over to investigations.*


Sept. 1 at 8:49 a.m. A male reported that on Aug. 31, an unknown person entered his residence and removed several items, including a laptop, according to Public Safety. The laptop was a MacBook Pro and belonged to Georgia College. The burglary was reported to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and all items, including the computer, have been entered into Georgia Crime Information Center by BCSO.*


Aug. 31 at 11:39 p.m. A male reported that his vehicle was broken into while it was parked on W. Montgomery Street sometime between Aug. 23 at 10:45 p.m., and Aug. 30 at noon according to Public Safety. The male reported that a GPS device with a case and an FM transmitter for his iPod was taken. He stated he locked his car when he left it and found the door ajar when he returned to the vehicle. The case has been turned over to investigations.*


Aug. 30 at 1:01 p.m. A female reported that as she was approaching the sidewalk from Wilkinson Street in front of Herty Hall, she stepped in a hole and sprained her right ankle, according to Public Safety. The female said she would have her ankle looked at after she finished class.


Sept. 7 at 2:27 a.m. Officer Smith and Sgt. Miller were responding to a call about a suspicious male at Golden Pantry when they heard a vehicle accelerate its engine and spin its tires excessively, according to Public Safety. Sgt. Miller stepped into the road at Jefferson and Montgomery streets and made contact with the male driver. A Georgia Crime Information Center check revealed the male had no valid insurance and suspended registration. The male also had an active warrant through Thompson Police Department. Thompson PD would not extradite, so the male was not arrested. After further investigation Sgt. Miller did not cite the male for his infractions; however, the male’s vehicle was towed by Old Capitol Wrecker for having no insurance and suspended registration.*

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Friday, September 16 All day

Intern 101 (Lanier Hall 232)

Sunday, September 18 1 - 6 p.m.

Youth Leadership Baldwin (Student Activities Center)

Monday, September 19 2 - 3:15 p.m. 7 p.m.

Careers in Higher Education Panel (TBA) Art Stop for Kids training workshop (Mayfair 101)

Tuesday, September 20 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 6 p.m.

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Business lecture: “Understanding the Creative Process for problem solving and Decision Making in Business” (Atkinson Hall 202) Information meeting for applying to the 2012 COE Cohorts (Peabody Auditorium)

Wednesday, September 21 All day 12 - 1 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Times Talk (Beeson Hall) Internship Search (Lanier Hall 232) Internship Search Workshop (Lanier Hall 232) PRSSA meeting (Terrell 114)

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September 16, 2011• Editor-in-Chief, Bobbi Otis

Post-it bandit strikes STEVE HOLBERT Dear Self-Appointed Parking Police, Thank you for the wonderful note left under my windshield. I found your penmanship amazing and your passive aggressiveness inspiring. I had no idea my car was capable of occupying two spaces at the same time, and I’ll make sure it never happens again. I’m also proud of you for remembering “(your) first parking job,” and I tried following your example and informing others of their parking infractions. However, my results weren’t as pleasant. After waking up at 6:00 a.m., I traveled through the streets of Milledgeville, Post-its in hand, awestruck by the criminal acts. Bicycles zoomed through crosswalks ignoring the signs. Students stole employee parking, which caused class cancellations, and inappropriate window messages distracted drivers.

Within the first hour, I ran out of Post-its, and within the first day, WalMart did too. However, the job was done, and lives were forever changed, especially the girl who didn’t take the wall of sticky notes off her windshield before driving. However, on my second day of pointing out my peers parking selfishness, something unusual happened. A young man in a spiked collar and skull jacket parked his motorcycle in a handicap spot. I caught him as he entered the bar, and Cobra, which I assume was his stage name, agreed to move his bike, which didn’t surprise me. However, the four mile chase and never-ending rain of bullets was somewhat shocking. Before he ran out of ammunition he successfully shattered two windows, destroyed three parking meters and murdered one child, who was stealing quarters from the broken meter. Had the child not been a thief, he would’ve lived. Luckily, someone left his horse tied to a bike rack, and I quickly mounted the majestic stallion and traveled to the outskirts of town. Our auburn manes glistened in the Georgian breeze as Co-


bra caught us and parked his motorcycle in two open spaces. He turned his bike off and called me over for a chat. Since he didn’t know my name, Cobra kindly referred to me as “Prick with the Postits.” However, before I reached him, a Wal-Mart truck carrying a fresh batch of sticky notes zoomed into the second spot occupied by his bicycle. He died instantly. The office supplies were covered in plastic, which let the blood slide off and left them usable for upstanding citizens such as yourself. As the police arrived, I couldn’t help but think that without your note I also could’ve been crushed by a semi. Thank you. However, I wanted to warn you some citizens don’t appreciate constructive criticism, and as we both know it’s very hard to find stallions on weekdays. I implore you to be more careful with the notes you leave because if they lands in the wrong hands, a child could die. Godspeed, and I hope you also receive the blessing of an anonymous note that changes your life. Comedic as always, Steve Holbert

“Do you know the tornado procedures for your residence hall?” “I have no clue, but I probably should know.” Brian Garner, freshman computer science major “I know the common tornado procedures, but not the specific ones for my residence hall.’” Amanda Akana, junior exercise science major

“I don’t believe in tornadoes. The government made them up.” Nighthawk, freshman undecided major


Letter to the Editor: Institutional Fee and other fees too large Dearest Colonnade Editor, In the September 9th issue of The Colonnade, I read that the Institutional Fee (which was supposed to expire Summer 2012) is now expected to remain in place due to “financial instability” and “a period of economic strife.” The fee is one of MANY that we pay, but is the most expensive at $275. Now, let’s do some simple math. GCSU has over 6,000 students in attendance (6,667 this Fall semester, according to a previous Colonnade article). I’ll even round that number down to 6,000 students. $275 x 6,000 students = $1,650,000 dollars. That’s one fee. I personally had to pay over $1000 in fees for this semester for “lots of different things,” as one business office employee put it when I called to inquire. Say each student payed roughly $1000 in fees this semester. 6,000 students x $1,000 in fees = SIX MILLION DOLLARS, for ONE

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The United Nations has recently announced that in the near future, the issue of Palestinian statehood will be discussed among its member nations. Many states support this proposal, and there are perceived benefits to the establishment of a Palestinian state. I am opposed to the idea. For one, the Palestinians already have two autonomous settlements within Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with their own elected government and political infrastructure. The Israelis possess a very small amount of land, and inevitably the Palestinians would ask for more than just the West Bank and Gaza Strip, taking even more land from the Jewish state. Also, Palestinian violence against the Israeli people has make the idea even less appealing to the Israelis. The violence could increase because of a backlash from the Israelis. The hatred will never end.


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the Green Fee Committee. There is something for everyone here in Milledgeville, so you are guaranteed to find an activity that you are interested in. Leave message at Are you intrigued by the ideayour of starting something that is completely your own? Be an innovator. There Text your message to Like on Facebook and who send usdecided a messageto are several/ go-getters in usMilledgeville (708) 949-NADE 6233 make this city more exciting. Record stores have been opened and bike polo teams have been created because a few dedicated individuals stuck with their dreams and did everything they could to make something happen. A lot of people say things like “I wish Milledgeville It is easy to find something to was more like (insert “cooler” city here).” Well I have an idea for you: whatever makes said city more excitdo in Milledgeville ing, make that happen in Milledgeville. Does Athens It never fails, no matter where I go around town I am have better bands? Start a band. Does Atlanta have guaranteed to hear at least once, “I hate Milledgeville.” more places to explore? Go explore Milledgeville; I bet Sure, all are entitled to their own opinion, but instead you will be surprised by what you find. Basically what I am trying to say is that Milledof wasting time complaining about the city you live in, geville is not nearly as bad as some people make it out why not do something to make Milledgeville more exto be. Over as little as four months I have found several citing? This city is not going to get any better if you activities I feel passionate about, and it has turned me continue to think negatively about it. You can make into a huge fan of Milledgeville. When I go home, I anything happen with some energy and passion. Find look forward to coming back to this town. I am not saysomething that you really care about that you think is ing that I do not enjoy visiting other places, but I will absent in Milledgeville, gather other people that are always consider Milledgeville my home. So stop your also interested in your idea and find the appropriate complaining, get off your butts and go dive into somepeople to talk to that will help you get your idea up and thing new and exciting. I promise you will become a running. Do not get disappointed if things do not work fan of Milledgeville quicker than you think.about, and out the way you want them to right away; with the right it has turned me into a huge fan of Milledgeville. When amount of dedication, you will begin to see your idea I go home, I look forward to coming back to this town. take shape. I am not saying that I do not enjoy visiting other places, If you are passionate about something already pres- but I will always consider Milledgeville my home. So ent here in Milledgeville, go be a part of it. Do you like stop your complaining, get off your butts and go dive art history? Go join the new art history club. Interested into something new and exciting. I promise you will in making Georgia College a greener campus? Go join become a fan of Milledgeville quicker than you think.


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semester. That’s not including ANY tuition factored in. Not only this, but neighboring the Institutional Fee Article was an article titled “Campus Life receives close to half a million.” Are you kidding me? “Economic strife!?” I’m struggling to get through college without taking out a loan, and you’re telling me that this institution is in financial dispair? Why are you building a $30 Million dollar gym in a time of “economic strife” then? When can WE have some cutbacks? I hardly use any of the things I am required to pay for, and I feel that the school cannot even tell me where my money is going. It seems to be going to “3D technology,” “foam parties,” or “homecoming.” I understand fees are a part of college, but give me a break. -Jessica Scarlett, senior general art studio manager

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In the coming months, member states of the United Nations will petition for the creation of an official Palestinian state. Many nations around the world are in support of the proposal, but there is opposition to such a plan. The creation of this state will cool conflict within the region. For once such an event occurs, the Palestinian people will no longer be subject to the brutality of the Israeli Defense Forces or the constant threat of Israeli expansion. Clear borders will be in place, and the seizure of land by either side will be seen as a hostile invasion of another nation. The Palestinian state will also be held accountable for any attacks that originate from within its borders that target Israel and the Israeli people. Both Palestine and Israel will finally stand on equal ground on the international stage.


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A day in the life of radio disc jockeys Starr Jarrard and Mason Davis Kate Ramsey Staff Writer

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Having a radio show gives students a chance to voice their opinions and share their favorite music, as well School radio station disc jockey as opening the telephone lines to callStarr Jarrard, a senior mass commu- ers who want to contribute to the connication major, and Mason Davis, a versation. senior business major, kicked off the Any topic is fair game on the air, Lauren Davidson/ Senior Photographer semester on Sept. 8 with their hour- as long as the callers and hosts do Starr Jarrard, a senior mass communcation major, and Mason Davis, a senior business major, host WGUR’s Thursday Night Throw-down. On their show they play music and long segment of Thursday Night not use bad language. Throw-down. Jarrad says the radio station al- hold discussions on the air Thursday nights from 7-8 p.m. The show consists lows every disc were dating, cheating and rememberHamlett also expressed that the raof hand-selected mu- “WGUR is a place jockey to have dio station welcomes people with an sic, current campus that allows creative free rein on top- ing your freshman year. Davis says he and his co-host Jar- interest in music. event coverage and ics. “(It is) a perfect place for people discussions of a wide freedom for students “They want rad collaborate together on topics diswho have a heavy interest in music. and provides a place range of topics. us to be able to cussed on the show. “We pretty much just talk about Being a DJ allows them to break Courtney Hamlett, from which they can have fun with senior mass comthe discussions whatever is on our minds, but we also away from the normal, everyday munication major enjoy bringing enterand make them get topics from our friends and every- playlists and be in control of what and WGUR program tainment and informa- interesting, so day events and experiences,” Davis goes on the air. It’s a really great way to break into your creative element,” manager, says the tion to peers.” about anything said. Although hosting a radio show Hamlett said. radio station is an goes, just as Getting involved with the radio outlet for students to long as it’s not on WGUR has the potential to count express themselves Courtney Hamlett, vulgar or inap- academically for those students who station is an activity open to all stucreatively. Jar- must complete a practicum course for dents on campus and is very easy to WGUR program propriate,” the mass communication major, it is do. “WGUR is a place rad said. manager The Students may stop by the campus that allows creative first not necessary to be a student of the office of WGUR located in Lanier freedom for students Thursday Night program in order to be considered. All students have the option to Hall in room 110 or contact the facand provides a place from which they Throw-down of the year featured mucan enjoy bringing entertainment and sical artists ranging from Katy Perry pursue their own show on air or get information to their peers,” Hamlett to Florence + The Machine to Passion involved behind the scenes with the WGUR page 11 said. Pit; this week’s topics of discussion station.

Corks and Canvases Red Earth Readings

Caitlin Renn / Staff Photographer Senior creative writing major Will Lewis reads some original fiction work at the first Red Earth Reading of the year at Blackbird Coffee Monday night.

Caitlin Renn / Staff Photographer At last Friday’s Corks and Canvases, class members Mandy Moore (left) and Katrina Neirgardh (right) work with the instructor’s step-by-step direction to paint picture of a colorful, expressive guitar. Classes are held every Friday evening at Fields Photography and Framing located on Wayne Street in downtown Milledgeville.

New class pops open Milledgeville’s artistic side Caitlin Renn Staff Reporter If working on a painting while sipping a glass of wine sounds like a lovely Friday evening to you, make plans to attend the Corks and Canvases painting class downtown at Fields Photography and Framing. Michael and Danielle Fields, the husband and wife duo of Fields Photography and Framing, host Corks and Canvases at their studio every Friday night for members of the community interested in exploring their inner artist. The two-hour painting class begins at 7 p.m., and the $25 cost covers all painting materials including paint, brushes and a canvas. Attendees are welcome to bring a drink of their choice to enjoy while an instructor guides the class through the painting, stepby-step. The class accommodates all skill levels, from children and their parents to college students and anyone in between. “We started (the class) for two reasons: in a very practical sense, to have another thing to offer the community. In a small town, options are usually pretty limited, so this is another alternative for something to do,” Michael said. “But also a general love for the arts, and to give the community a chance to express themselves and be to creative.” “It seemed to be a good fit. We have enough space to do it, so logistically it was a no-brainer, and of course there was a little financial motivation, we saw it as profitable. But even if it’s financially profitable and lo-

gistically possible, if the community’s not going to respond to it and embrace it it’s silly. But the response has been overwhelming,” Michael said. According to Danielle, they have four instructors who teach one or two classes a month. Anne Humphrys, one of the class instructors and a Master of Arts in Teaching student studying art education, said she loves teaching these classes. “I’ve been wanting to teach these classes for a while, and Danielle contacted me and said they were interested in doing it and looking for teachers. This is my third or fourth class,” Anne said. “It’s different, it’s a lot different than I thought it was going to be, but I love it. It’s always a lot of fun, and it’s something that I love to do.” Since the first class in June, attendance has stayed consistent. According to Michael, more than 20 people sign up for the class each week. The majority of attendance has come from members of the Milledgeville community, but they hope to spread the word to the student community as well. Elaine Bradford, a member of the class, says she has attended the class several times and really enjoys it. “This is my fourth or fifth time, I love it. It looks at first like such a complex picture, but they break it down for you so easily, it’s like anybody can do it,” Elaine said. She even brought her four-year-old son along to

paint a giraffe. “We had a great time, it was cute.”

Corks and Canvases When- Every Friday What time- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. What- Enjoy an instructed painting class for $25 dollars, materials included, and bring your favorite wine or beverage. -Information about the class can be found on their business website or on their Facebook page, Corks and Canvas at Fields Photography and Framing.

The Peacock’s Feet introduces new events and features Caitlin Renn Staff Reporter This year, The Peacock’s Feet fans its feathers by launching some new ideas like a music section, underclassmen open mic night, a website and revamping special events like the Red Earth Readings. For the first time ever, according to Peggy Des Jardines, editor of The Peacock’s Feet and senior creative writing and art major, The Peacock’s Feet will include a music section. Bands and artists can submit songs to The Peacock’s Feet to win the prize of being mentioned in the book, having a CD distributed and a playlist available online for download. “Also, the top two submissions will get a chance to perform at Blackbird Coffee,” Des Jardines said. In addition to the music section, The Peacock’s Feet will host open mic nights for underclassmen to get the introduction and intermediate creative writing students more involved. “We’ll host it and we’ll organize it for them, but they’ll be the ones reading,” Des Jardines said. “We just want to get the underclassmen more involved because people who are in the upper level workshops tend to have more of a community, and we just want to start that for the younger kids.” A website is also in the works for The Peacock’s Feet, according to Des Jardines. To emphasize the Red Earth Readings, The Peacock’s Feet will host only three this year, instead of doing so every two weeks, as it had in the past. At the first Red Earth Reading of the year, held Monday at Blackbird Coffee, Christopher Dulaney, junior creative writing major, Samm Severin, senior creative writing major, and Will Lewis, senior creative writing major read some of their own work. Lewis read fiction, Dulaney read poetry and Severin read non-fiction. “I think it’s a great opportunity to be able to

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potlight: Play! A Creative Studio

Arts and Entertainment Friday, September 16 11pm

Concert: Free Lance Ruckus at Amici Italian Café

Saturday, September 17

TAYLOR SEAY/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Play! A Creative Studio offers classes this Fall from Tuesday to Saturday. The Fall session classes will be running from Sept. 6 until Oct. 17.

Play! A Creative Studio, located downtown, offers creative classes for kids and adults. The studio was established to provide people with unique opportunities and activities to be inspired and creative. Play! opened in mid-June, and is owned and operated by Megan Bowen, a GC Alumna. Bowen graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in studio art, concentrating in photography and printmaking. Bowen also obtained her master’s degree in teaching in art education in 2007. Bowen has a 21-month-old daughter, named Lizzie, who gave Bowen inspiration to open a creative studio for kids. Play! mainly offers classes for kids, but more adult classes are in the works. As of now, Play! offers an adult yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tuesday class is from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. and costs $12 per session. The Thursday class is from 12 p.m. until 12:45 p.m. and costs $9 per session. Each yoga class is for all levels, and is instructed by Xan Nichols. The creative studio will be offering salsa date night in the near future, and Bowen is also hoping to add some adult art classes. Play! also offers space for special events and birthday parties, and the space is also available to rent for meetings or receptions. For more information about the studio, a detailed fall schedule, or to register for a class, call (478) 451-3133, email, or visit

By: Taylor Seay

Movie Review: ‘Contagion’ RYAN DEL CAMPO REVIEWER The critics got it wrong on this one. Though I usually agree with many critical ratings of movies, both the good and the bad, I occasionally come across a movie that the critics hail as revolutionary and important that I just don’t care for at all. This is exactly what happened in the case of “Contagion.” The plot of “Contagion” follows the disease more than any single character. The trailers seem to suggest that Matt Damon is the main character, lending to its fever pitch hype and people’s distorted perception of its quality. Plus, the variety of talented actors who make up the cast lends itself to thinking the movie might be better than it is. This dynamic cast includes several important scenes with Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Demetri Martin (in a non-comedic role), Kate Winslet and other notable Hollywood regulars; and each of them plays his or her part very well. Laurence Fishburne even delivers a performance the likes of which we haven’t seen since he was Morpheus. But, if anyone steals the show in this modern adaptation of the black plague, it’s Jude Law. His character, a blogger and journalist predicts the pandemic and becomes known as a “prophet.” Law keeps a little bit of the intrigue and excitement going as he clashes with the stoic and secretive government’s crisis response. I expected to fully enjoy “Contagion” when I entered the theater, thinking of it more as an action flick about a biological weapon than the depressing and slow picture of society and biology that it was. It did have a lot of important things to say, but achieved more of the feel of a documentary than a blockbuster movie. Don’t get me wrong, “Contagion” has a message that a modern apathetic audience should hear. It will make you think twice before skipping washing your hands or aimlessly touching your face. Its social message about defending yourself from disease and caring for the sick pulls at the heartstrings of its viewers. Its vision of an anarchic society, bent on selfinterest, is entirely reasonable and applicable to a potential apocalyptic world. Also, it seems to be an

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Grade: C+ entirely thorough depiction of a pandemic situation, leaving no stone unturned showing an imagined international response to the disease. But this dedication to accuracy and importance does not nearly save the movie from being a bore to many mainstream audiences. It also could breed a new generation of hypochondriacs and germophobes. The social message of “Contagion” does not make up for it being so hideously boring. If you want to be inspired to be more socially responsible or to enjoy a nice two-hour nap, go see “Contagion.” If not, you will do just as well by passing on it and making a concerted effort to just wash your hands more.


Concert: Slice Pie at Amici Italian Café

Sunday, September 18 6:30 pm

David Marcus playing Arabic Music at A&S Auditorium

Monday, September 19 7:30 pm CAB Trivia Night at The DEN.

Wednesday, September 21 12 pm

CAB Ice cream Social on Front Campus. The event will be running until 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 22 10:30 pm Concert: Machismo at Buffington’s Burger Lounge.

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Continued from page 9 the work I’ve been doing since I’ve been a student here and to get used to getting out there,” Dulaney said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity.” The folks behind The Peacock’s Feet hope to catch more students’ attention with this year’s additions, changes and innovations. “Last year when I was on The Peacock’s Feet I was sort of dissatisfied with how many people we were reaching, and I just feel like we can reach such a larger audience. I just want to serve a larger audience than we have been serving,” Des Jardines said.


Continued from page 9 ulty advisor for WGUR, mass communication professor Angela Criscoe for more information. WGUR broadcasts weekday’s from 7:30 a.m. until Marilyn Ferrell/ Staff Photographer Larbi Oukada at his desk in Terell Hall preparing for class. Oukada has led an extensive life from his birth in Morocco to participating in the 1960 Olympics for Morocco, to studying with noted linguist Noam Comsky and now right here at Georgia College.

Department of Modern Foreign Languages welcomes new chair Marilyn Ferrell Contributing Writer Georgia College welcomed a new member to its staff this Fall. Larbi Oukada has come to Georgia College to serve the Department of Modern Languages as the department chair. Oukada is from Casablanca, Morocco, and years ago came to the United States on a college track scholarship. Not only is Oukada an Olympic athlete, running on Morocco’s track team in 1960, but also he is fluent in English, French and Arabic and even co-wrote one of the most used French textbooks, “Entre Amis,” that is utilized in schools like Harvard and Princeton. Dani Arciniegas, undecided major, says she is glad to have Oukada as a part of this university. “He is really nice guy, he’s hard working, and I am glad he is a part of this department and university now,” Arciniegas said. Oukada has found that the biggest cultural difference to adjust to is “that America is a wonderful place for professional growth if somebody wants to study,” but he wishes there were more

time to visit with one another leisurely linguistics, Noam Chomsky. like he did in Morocco or France. One summer there was an opportuniOukada has led an exceptional life, ty for him to take a special course with excelling in many things, his profes- very well known scholars, and he was sional life included. lucky enough to be a part of Before coming to one of Chomsky’s courses. GC, he taught at “He is a really He said that Chomsky was, Indiana University, nice guy, he’s hard “incredibly fascinating and but he really want- working, and I am the experience was very ined to travel and see spirational.” different places in glad he is part of Today, Oukada works the United States. as the department chair for this department Oukada is very and university modern languages and culhappy with his detures, and has so far enjoyed cision to join the now.” his time here. university. “My job is to chart a vi“It really is a big sion for the department to Dani Arciniegas, plan for a better future and family and everyundecided major I am grateful for a wonderthing operates in a very friendly and ful group of colleagues that collaborative spirit. have welcomed me, and toThere’s really a sense of humanity that gether we look forward to furthering highly competitive schools are losing, excellence in teaching languages and and it was incredibly charming for me, cultures here,” Oukada said. not to mention the quality of the stuOukada is not restricted to just one dents,” Oukada said. language or teaching just one language. Furthering Oukada’s professional He said it is all about “teaching lanhistory, he was given the opportunity guages efficiently, it is the pedagogy and of being taught by the father of modern methodology of teaching languages.”

Noted guitarist performs at Max Noah Tristan Harrison Contributing Writer Georgia College got the opportunity to witness Dustin Woodruff, a talented guitarist at Max Noah Recital Hall Wednesday. A self-taught musician, Woodruff began playing the guitar at age 14. He later went on to receive his B.A. in music from Abilene Christian University and his M.A. in music from the University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in musical arts, also from UGA. Woodruff fills many roles as a musician and educator. Aside from his position as head of the guitar department at Augusta State University, he teaches private lessons in Athens is an adjunct instructor at GC, and a member of the Athens Guitar Trio. It is with the Athens trio that he hopes to make his dream of a career in performance a reality. The group has already released a CD entitled “Emergence.” Some of Woodruff’s personal arrangements are featured on the CD. As a solo performer, Woodruff has had an impressive number of achievements. He has been a guest performer for numerous ensembles including the Voices of North Georgia and the Augusta Opera. In 2004, he was awarded first place in the Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) competition for the graduate guitar division and he has taught master-classes across the United States. Though he has dabbled in all types of guitar, from bluegrass to rock, classical guitar is where his true love and passion lies. According to Woodruff, this passion is the most important thing for any aspiring musician to have. “You really need to have a passion and a love for what you’re doing,” Woodruff said of performing. Woodruff attempts to pass his love for the classical guitar on to his students by setting an example through his recitals and instruction. “It’s important for my students to see what I do,” Woodruff said. “I am a performer first and a teacher second.” Brandon Marsolo, who studies classical guitar with Woodruff, has witnessed his passion and skill first hand. “As a teacher, he’s great. I’ve only been with him a few

Tristan Harrison / Staff Photographer Davey Woodruff, adjunct guitar instructor at GC, plays one of eight classical pieces during his concert Wednesday night at Max Noah Recital Hall.

weeks, but I feel like I’m better every time I walk out the door,” Marsolo said. Marsolo’s respect for Woodruff doesn’t stop at his teaching ability. “As a musician, I was really impressed by his recital, he’s obviously really technically skilled but he also communicates the music he plays with emotion and purpose,” Marsolo said. David Brown, a freshman undeclared major, felt that the concert had an amazing effect on him. “It was the first classical guitar performance I’ve seen. The performance really changed my opinion of classical music.” Woodruff has no plans to stop performing as a solo artist or with the Athens Guitar Trio. They are already making a name for themselves in Georgia, but Woodruff hopes that it will someday take him worldwide. Currently they have management agencies at home in the United States and abroad in Europe. “I hope to get to see the world,” Woodruff said.

Des Jardines hopes that music’s inclusion will serve to expand The Peacock’s Feet’s scope. “Before, it was kind of ‘for English majors by English majors’, maybe it still is, but I just want everybody to be involved, not just us. So that was the main reason for the music section, because so many more people are interested in music.” “I think it’s really going to help spread the word,” said Lauren Holman, art editor of The Peacock’s Feet and senior art major. “We want to let the student body know about it.”

11 p.m. Jarrard and Davis’s Thursday Night Throw-Down show hits the airwaves every Thursday night from 7 to 8 p.m. on WGUR 88.9 FM. Students can also listen online by clicking the “Listen Live” tab at www.gcsuradio. com.

Johnny Polygon to release first CD Kevin Hall Music Reviewer

Youtube right now, but his old material primes him for a highly anticipated premiere. Johnny Polygon appeared My friend, Zack Lockhart on the music scene in 2008 who is a senior computer scion the soundtrack for “Grand ence major, introduced me to Theft Auto 4” with his song JP a little over a year ago, and “Price on Your Head.” Later he is absolutely ecstatic for the on that year he was featured CD to drop. in the song “Black President” “I don’t think I have anby Nas off of his album “Un- ticipated an artist’s first album titled.” more. I don’t think I can put Since then, JP has released into words how excited I am,” many EPs, and his popular- Zack said. “His music is just ity has grown so different, so throughout the rap “I don’t care I don’t know community. His what to extrack “Riot Song” about his sales or pect.” was featured on anything as long Not many the HBO show as he keeps putother people “How to Make on campus it in America” in ting out the same know about 2010. In February quality music.” him other than 2010 he released us, and we a mixtape titled have different Zack Lockhart , opinions about “Rebel Without Applause” where we senior computer where he had a remix want his popuscience major larity to go. I to “Riot Song” featuring Gramwant everyone my award winning artist Kid to know about him. He is a Cudi. legitimate talent that deserves Since then, he has released to have his music heard by as another EP (“Wolf in Cheap many people as possible. Zack Clothing”) and a mixtape could care less. (“Catch-Up”), but now he’s “I don’t care about his sales got his sights set on something or anything as long as he keeps bigger. putting out the same quality On Sept. 23 he kicks off music,” Zack said. his “LIMOSEXSUPERSTAR Either way we both share Tour” in New York City to the same enthusiasm about promote his first full-length JP’s first full length album. The studio album, “Pussy Gun.” music is something that will With no release date set and make you wonder where artonly one song offered to the ists like this have been. When public, I personally cannot be “Pussy Gun” hits shelves, pick more excited. “LIMOSEXSU- it up, download it on iTunes; PERSTAR” is the only song just do whatever you can to get from the CD you can find on it. You owe it to yourself.

Courtesy of Johnny Polygon has performed songs with acclaimed rappers Nas and Kid Cudi and plans on releasing his first full length album soon. On occasion he runs promotions where if you buy a CD or T-shirt from him he will personally call and thank you.

Faces around downtown will return in the next issue, Sept. 22.


September 16, 2011 • Editor, Anna Morris



Indie Movie Review: “The Future”


Healthy and Fast: Dorm-Friendly Recipes LILLIE BRANNEN RESIDENT CHEF We’ve all been there, eating fully loaded fries when we know that the salad line is right there. Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless; with a little tweaking, homestyle favorites can turn into delicious, healthy, low-calorie meals that are as easy on the wallet as they are on your waistline.

Jambalaya You’ll Need: · · · · ·

1 six-ounce box of dirty rice 1 can of chicken and vegetable soup 1 package of turkey sausage links (pre-cooked) A microwave-safe bowl A plate (to cover the microwave safe bowl if no lid is available)

In today’s movie industry, one word is being tossed around often: twee. Twee describes something that is sweet, almost to the point of being sickeningly so, according to Urban Dictionary. This word needs to be buried. It needs to be dragged out into a field and covered underneath six feet of solid earth. I’m not suggesting that “twee” doesn’t exist. “500 Days of Summer” (the result of a studio executive perusing his daughter’s Tumblr account) is a sterling example of “twee.” But recent critics and bloggers seem to be intoxicated with the word, slapping it onto whatever artist they feel to carry just a whiff of sentimentality or sincerity. One of those artists who has fallen victim to this trend is Miranda July. July is many things, but “twee” isn’t one of them. For evidence, one has only to look at her work: her writing, her performance art, her blog, and her most recent film, “The Future,” to see that this just isn’t so. “The Future,” July’s second full length film, is the tale of a 30-something couple (played by July and the perfectly cast Hamish Linklater) who find their relationship scraping along a dull patch. Weighed down by wireless Internet, power cords and a general I-don’t-knowwhat-I’m-doing-with-my-life malaise, they start to wonder if the future as already found them, that perhaps there is

A Touch of France at Georgia College

Directions: 1) Empty the contents of the rice into a microwave-safe bowl (try to break up the little clusters of seasoning with a fork). 2) Add two and a half cups of hot water to the rice. 3) After mixing the water and rice together, slowly add half a cup of the chicken and vegetable soup (if there are noodles in the soup just pick them out if they fall in). 4) Microwave the rice mixture for 25 minutes, stirring every five to 10 minutes (if mixture looks too dry add more water or adjust microwave time) 5) Let the mixture cool covered for five minutes 6) While the mixture is cooling, place turkey sausage on a plate and cut into rounds. Place turkey sausage in the microwave for between 40 seconds and one minute. 7) Once the sausage is cooked, mix everything together and serve.

nothing more to look forward to. In an attempt to break up the monotony of it all they decide to quit their jobs, adopt a cat, and spend a month dedicating themselves to “meaningful endeavors.” Despite their best intentions, the month turns into a whirlwind of failure and bitter disappointment. The “I look like an adult but don’t feel like one” genre has laid down some serious roots in independent cinema recently. Fortunately, little seems recycled or stale in “The Future.” July is running on full power with this one. The unique energy that she brings to all her projects is on full display here. A kind of unsettling humor veins its way through the film; what may seem initially cliché or tired is blanketed over with July’s trademark comic strangeness. Earnest and heartfelt, “The Future” is as funny as it is disturbing.

DENICA YOTOVA INTERNATIONAL CORESPONDANT J’aime Paris, Louis Vuitton, Chanel… this is all about France. And thanks to a handful of French students, a little piece of France has been brought to Georgia College. So sit back in your chair, turn on some French music and keep reading to learn more about sophisticated French fashion and how it differs from the fashion seen on campus.

For the skeptics who think this isn’t a low-calorie option:

· Serving size of dirty rice (one cup)= 130 calories · Serving size of chicken and vegetable soup (half cup)= 80 calories · Serving size of turkey sausage links (three links)= 120 calories One serving size of this dish= 330 calories The entire plate= 1,320 calories

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A cute French boy would be dressed in clothing from a designer like Ralph Lauren. A typical outfit would be something like slim-fit jeans, a fitted shirt and a leather jacket with Ray Ban sunglasses. The singer BB Brunes is the perfect French stereotype. A French boy’s stamp is his haircut, which is a very significant part of his look. A French girl would rather die than wear a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers in the classroom. They never wear flip-flops, mini skirts, beach shorts or religious symbols. Clothes and brands are of great importance in France and designers really do matter. Girls usually wear dresses and skirts with high heels, sandals or any pair of San Marina shoes. Their favorite brands are Zara, H&M, American Vintage, Chloe and Chanel, among others. Their style is always girly and chique. You can easily recognize French girls by their trademark – red lipstick.


If you want to find out more about French culture, go meet one of the pretty French girls or boys around campus. Their style and romantic accent will give you a hint that they are French. Bonne chance!


September 16, 2011 • Editor, Sam Hunt

Soccer falls 0-2 at Bobcat Shootout Women’s team suffers losses to Wingate and Tusculum

Taylor Lamb Sports Columnist

Nick Widener staff Writer The Georgia College women’s soccer team suffered two losses this weekend in the Bobcat Shootout on Sept. 9 and 11 on the field at West Campus. The two non-conference games played by the women this weekend were intended to get them ready for the rigorous season ahead. The Peach Belt Conference boasts to be one of the best in Division II. Currently ranked seventh in a Southeast region poll, the women’s soccer team is one of seven Peach Belt teams in the rankings. Tusculum College, Wingate University and Nova Southeastern University all competed in the shootout, each team playing one game on Friday and one on Sunday. “We played well, but we have to find a way to finish,” Head Coach Hope Clark said. On Sept. 9, when the Bobcats stepped onto their home field at West Campus against Wingate, they secured the first goal at 16:57 into the game when a shot by sophomore midfielder/forward Brittaney Borror placed the ball into the back of the Bulldogs’ net to take the 1-0 lead. This goal was Borror’s first of the season and was assisted by freshman forward Abby Dalton. The Bulldogs responded shortly after at 23:30, a shot from 20 yards by Wingate’s A.J. Lightbody found its way into the Bobcats’ goal to tie the score at 1-1. Wingate struck again shortly after at 36:46 into the first half when Jade Montgomery placed a header into the Bobcats’ goal off a free kick near the left corner, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 edge. The Bulldogs managed to keep their lead over the Bob-

Nick Widener / Photographer Freshman Abby Dalton (right) avoids a sliding Tusculum College defender in Georgia College’s first home game of the season, the Bobcat Shootout.

cats, and by half-time, GC was still trailing 1-2. With 11 shots against Wingate, and only one translating into a goal, the Bobcats scrambled throughout the second half in search of another goal. Leading the charge was junior marketing major Leah Frazier. Frazier had two astounding shots, but Wingate’s keeper parried both. Although GC fought hard in the second half, they were unable to score, and the game ended in a Wingate victory with the final score at 2-1. “It was just an unlucky night; things just weren’t going our way,” Borror said. In the Bobcats’ goal, freshman Annie Stephens blocked

four shots. “This is a very young team. We need some more experience,” Clark said. However, with a promising young group, the team can only grow in camaraderie as the season progresses. Coming onto the field on Sunday, the Bobcats squared off against Tusculum. The presentation of the colors by GMA’s color guard and a moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11 began the game. When the game began against the Pioneers, Georgia College and Tusculum played aggressively, but neither team was

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By the Numbers: Women’s Soccer


Losses this past weekend in the Bobcat Shootout soccer tournament


Number of games that the women’s soccer team has won


The women’s soccer team is ranked 7th in the Southeast region poll

Men’s soccer aims higher after 1-0 win over Emory GC club team expecting more after home opener win Taylor Lamb Senior Reporter The freshly selected men’s club soccer team opened its season with a victory over Emory University on Sept. 10 Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer at West Campus. Sporting their blue tops for the 2011 kickoff, Sophomore Zachary Monaco (left) fights against an Emory defender Georgia College beat Emory as freshman Paul Murray (back left) and junior Mark Talgo look on. 1-0, in an unkempt manner. The two second year club kick, Georgia College goal “We had a lot of new guys come in at all different posi- players debuted in the back keeper Mark Thomas Hoskins tions this year,” junior center alongside international student did not have any worries. MissKapes Dávid from Hungary ing many of last year’s returnback Durham Knight said. Georgia College played and freshman Colin Urwin. ers, Georgia College was still a 4-4-2 on the hot Saturday The four worked well togeth- able to substitute many men, afternoon, meaning four de- er to shut down any oppos- sometimes six man rotations. Tryouts were good to the fenders in the back, four in the ing Emory threat. Knight and middle field, and two forwards Strawbridge orchestrated their men’s club team, as they built Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer up top to try and pressure the defense well, and never found their depth tremendously from Graduate student Jarred English (left) wins a header over an Emory defender in the Emory defense. Knight played themselves in any defensive last year, allowing for full ofseason opening victory game on the middle field at West Campus on Sept. 10. The alongside other returning cen- break-down. Aside from a decent freeMen’s Club Soccer team’s next tournament will be held at Valdosta State University. ter back William Strawbridge. Club Soccer page 15

The Short Stop

The Side Line

Upcoming Games Soccer: Sept. 16 Sept. 18

@ Tampa. @Tamps

Men’s Tennis: Sept. 16-18

vs. Barry vs. Tampa

Men’s Fall Championships

Quote of the Week “It was overwhelming as a freshman. It was my first goal and my first shot of the game. I just stopped and high-fived everyone. I didn’t really know what to do.” -Paul Murray, freshman striker of the men’s club soccer team.

They want, fight, sweat, fall, fracture, and practice as hard as any other athlete, yet they’re not athletes? Most start preparing in the middle school years, just like a young baseball, football, basketball player, but theirs is not a sport. It’s time for competitive cheerleading to be separated from the pom-pom, pigtail stigma and enter the debate to become an NCAA sanctioned sport. Cheerleading has evolved from a sideline annoyance to a physical and exhausting sport. Growing up with two older sisters, I was around some cheerleading. My first perception was doomed from the start thanks to me, the apathetic little brother who didn’t want to be at a cheer practice. Growing up, perceptions changed as I chased girls and ended up at an unsettling amount of cheerleading competitions. What my other middle school heathens and I witnessed was not chants and leg kicks, but a serious competitive atmosphere. These girls were fast paced, acrobatic, synchronized machines. There were jumps, back flips, front flips, side flips. No longer is a cheerleader simply lifted by two spotters. Intricate pyramids are constructed with labyrinths of arms and legs to launch girls into overturning patterns. All this activity is started and concluded within minutes. That fact alone is often the reason it is not considered a sport. Professional sports games last hours and therefore those sports are more demanding in physical and mental capacities than cheerleading. Wrong. Competitive cheerleaders have to work their body into physical perfection like any other NCAA athlete. Cheer squads lift weights, run and do agility training. On top of that, cheerleaders have to learn entirely new routines for every competition or event. It’s not solely perfecting a toe-touch, back hand spring, or flying method. They have not only to keep those moves sharp at all times, but also to include complex dances and configurations in a timely effort with their team. The NCAA is finally showing signs of cheerleading becoming an emerging sport, and could work toward competitive cheerleading to be sanctioned. The publicity is there. I know you’ve seen at least one of those “Bring It On” movies, they’re like the “SAW” of cheerleading films. They travel all over the nation, sleep in hotels, go to tournaments and carpool to practice; sound familiar? Just as their sports make intense physical demands on the youth baseball or soccer player, the same goes for the cheerleader. ESPN had an article in 2009 that mentioned a UCLA cheerleader, Eileen Bangaoil, and her pain as a competitive cheerleader. Her knee received a new cadaver’s ligament, and a rebuilt ACL went into place. Tumbling throughout her childhood, she broke her leg and endured a regimen of ice, Advil and determination. Tell Bangaoil or any other competitive cheerleader that they aren’t athletes. From the cortisone shot, to a title trophy, they are valid athletes.

Notable Stat


Oakland Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski’s NFL record-tying field goal against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Sept. 12



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Golf takes 11th at Spring Hill Suites EMILY RIVERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER The golf team took 11th place out of 15 teams at the Spring Hill Suites Intercollegiate tournament, held at Francis Marion, S.C., on Sept. 12-13. The first two rounds were played on Monday, Sept. 12, and the third and final round was completed on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Bobcats claimed the 11th place spot at the end of day one of the tournament and held on to that position throughout day two. GC’s scores for Monday’s two rounds were a 298 and a 289. On Tuesday, the Bobcats’ score added up to 291, giving them a final score of 878. Furman University took first place in the tournament with a score of 856. “A byproduct of being a young team is being at the back of the pack, but as the players get more tournaments under their belts, I know they will improve,” Assistant Coach Kyle Col-

“A byproduct of being a young team is being at the back of the pack, but as the players get more tournaments under their belt I know they will improve.” Kyle Collins, Assistant Coach lins said. Finishing first for the Bobcats was junior Taylor Smith. On Monday’s first round, Smith shot a 71 and finished out the second round with a 73. For Tuesday’s solo round, he shot a 74,

giving him an overall score of 218 and putting him in 25th place overall. Sophomore Victor Monte completed the tournament two strokes behind Smith, shooting a 73 and a 77 in the first two rounds and shooting a 70 in the final round, putting him in 32nd place overall. Coming in one stroke behind Monte was junior Patrick Garrett, who had a total score of 221. Garrett shot a 78 in round one and a 71 in round two. In round three he shot a 72, which put him in 37th place in the tournament. Junior Bernardo Bide shot a 79 in Monday’s first round and closed out Monday with a 70 in the second round. In the third round on Tuesday, Bide shot a 75, giving him a total score of 224 and finished in 53rd place. Bringing up the rear was freshman David Sullivan, who ended round one with a 76 and shot a pair of 75s for rounds two and three, placing him in 63rd place with a score of 226. “We are experimenting with different rosters

to see how each player does under pressure” Collins said. “The team has played a lot of different players this fall and (they) are showing a lot of promise,” Head Coach Jimmy Wilson said. “We did not perform as well as we wanted in round one, but the guys continued to fight and our scores in the second and third round reflected their continued effort,” Wilson said. “Again, we aren’t playing Georgia College-type golf yet, but I’m seeing lots of positives in the guys playing at this time.” The Bobcats will next be on the road to Destin, Fla., where they will play in the Sandestin Collegiate Championship, which will be hosted by the University of West Florida. “We showed a great deal of potential in both of our first two tournaments this Fall,” Wilson said. “We will continue to shuffle the lineup this fall in hopes of finding the combination we want to move forward with in the Spring.”

Cross Country teams travel west for California meet GC only team to represent PBC in California competition JESSICA HAYMAN CONTRIBUTINGWRITER

The women’s cross country team traveled to Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 10 to compete in the ASICS/UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational and finished 10th place out of eleven teams. Five members of the Bobcats were invited to attend the cross country meet at the University of California Irvine: sophomore Allison Lones, sophomore Ashton Passino, freshman Rebecca Shane, senior Kariss Ekstrom and sophomore Andrea Brynes were chosen to attend this weekend’s 5k tournament. The Bobcats departed from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport near midnight. The team members stayed at Irvine College, which was just an hour drive from LAX. Coming in first for the Bobcats was Lones, who finished in 43rd place with a time of 20:35, followed by Passino, who finished 55th with a time of 21:12. Crossing the finishing line after Lones was Shane, who came in 56th place and finished with a time of 21:16, and nipping at her heels was Ekstrom, who finished the 3.1 mile race with a time of 21:27 and 58th overall. Bringing up the rear was Byrnes who placed 61st with a finishing time of 22:09. California Baptist came away winning the team race with a total of 59 points. The first place individual finisher of the race was Annie Lydnes from Ponoma-Pitzer College, who finished with a time of 18:17. The Bobcats finished with 273 points, one place ahead of

Soka University of America. Georgia College fell just 11 points short of Glendale Community College of Arizona who received 284 points at the tournament at UC Irvine. There were about 800 runners that took part in the ASICS/UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational. The Bobcats were the only team representing the Peach Belt Conference at this meet, and were also the team that had traveled the farthest to attend. The team did exceptionally well considering the layout for their course was changed the day of the race. The girls had to face the difficulty of running a course they were not familiar with. “I think that was probably the hardest thing for me,” Passino said. “I was kind of confused, but it was still a pretty good race.” Passino was only twelve seconds off from reaching her personal goal. “I wanted to break that 21 minute mark,” Passino said. In addition to the meet, both the men’s and women’s teams spent a few days exploring Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and San Diego on Thursday and Friday. “I try to work in a few educational things,” Head Coach Joe Samprone said. “It’s an educational process as well as running.” The teams took an architectural tour of the Getty Center Museum, as well as spending time at the beach, before getting down to business on Saturday, Sept. 10. The women’s cross country team’s next meet will take place on Sept. 17 at the University of South Carolina at Aiken in Aiken, S.C.

MORGAN WILSON /FILE PHOTO Sophomore Allison Lones (left) and freshman Rebecca Shane (right) stay in stride of one another in the Bobcat Invitational. Lones finished first for the Bobcats at the ASICS/UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational while Shane came in second for the team in the California 5k run. The Bobcats traveled the farthest distance out of any team that competed in the Los Angeles meet.

Men’s cross country team finishes 10th in ASICS/UC Irvine Invitational featuring 800 runners in Los Angeles

At a Glance: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country The men’s and women’s cross country teams went all the way to Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 10.

The Bobcats competed in the ASICS/UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational.

The women placed 10th, and the men’s team placed ninth.

The Bobcats were the team who traveled the farthest to the Invitational in California.

JESSICA HAYMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER On Sept. 10, the men’s cross country team placed ninth out of 10 teams at the ASICS/UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational in Los Angeles. The five men who were chosen to attend this competition were senior Daniel Horseman, senior Colin Conroy, sophomore Philip Laskey, sophomore Tucker Forbes and senior Travis Knight. Finishing the 8k race first for the Bobcats was Horseman, who finished 24th place with a time of 27:11, just two minutes after the leader crossed the finish line. Coming in behind Horseman was Conroy, who finished with a time of 27:45 in 47th place. Conroy was followed by Laskey, who took 54th place with a time of 28:30. Forbes was next for the Bobcats, finishing 57th with a time of 28:53. Knight brought up the rear with a time of 29:22, taking the 62nd spot. California Baptist University took first place in the

race. GC’s overall score was just five points behind Glendale Community College who took eighth with 244 team points. The course was changed the day of the meet due to several severe weather delays with thunder and lightning. The delay, however, only lasted about half an hour before the meet was allowed to continue. Despite the severe thunderstorm warnings, the team seemed to prefer competing in the mild climate of the west coast. “The weather was better (than Georgia), much more mild and enjoyable,” Horseman said. “It feels much more like cross country weather when you’re out there warming up in a sweatshirt,” Conroy said. The atmosphere of the ASICS/UC Irvine Invitational was very crowded and had nearly 800 runners present, with 200 competitors in each wave. “It’s just exciting to be in a totally different environment, and running against different schools,” Conroy said. “There are tons of specta-

tors cheering, people everywhere,” Horseman said. “It really gets your adrenaline pumping, especially when you hear people cheering your name.” The GC women could be seen at all the check points, cheering their fellow Bobcats on. “They are always pulling for each other,” Head Coach Joe Samprone said. “While the women are running, the guys run from mile marker to mile marker giving the girls their times. Every person has their own personal goal for each mile. And when the guys are running, the girls do the same thing for them.” Georgia College was the only school present from the Peach Belt Conference. They were also the team that had traveled the farthest to compete at the ASICS/UC Irvine Cross Country Invitational. The meet consisted of several DI, DII and DIII schools, as well as several junior colleges and individual runners. The men’s team is already preparing for their next tournament, which takes place in Macon at Mercer University on Sept. 17.

September 16, 2011

The Colonnade


Durden presents Triple-A experience Sabrina Chandler Senior Reporter It is common for children to dream of playing a sport professionally. It is not common for that dream to come true, but for Brandon Durden, it did. Durden is a Georgia College alumnus. After three seasons as a pitcher for the Bobcats baseball team, Durden was drafted in 2005 by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Durden spent six seasons in the minors, working his way all the way up to Triple-A. Just like those so many other little boys, it was Durden’s dream. “It was fun and exciting,” Durden said. “It made me grow up as a person. It turned me into a man.” Though Durden didn’t quite make it all the way to the “big show,” his memories are fond and his stats in the minors tell a tale of a great ballplayer. In 2006, Durden was dubbed a South Atlantic League All Star. “Even though I didn’t make it to the majors, I wouldn’t trade (that experience) for the world.” Durden said.

Durden After six years, Durden has now returned to his previous home in Milledgeville to continue both his passion for baseball as an assistant coach for the Bobcats, as well as his education by completing his bachelor’s degree in history. Head Coach of the baseball team Tom Carty has never coached Durden, but knows him well. Carty joined GC as a pitching coach in summer 2005, soon after Durden got drafted, but Durden would come back to the field to throw bullpens and work out, getting ready for the next spring training. Carty followed Durden throughout his minor league career. “I definitely kept up with him,” Carty said. “Whenever he’d have a good outing, I’d

send him a note somehow, whether it be a text or an email.” Through this relationship, Carty stayed in touch with Durden over the years. When Durden became available, Carty called and suggested that he come help out with the team and finish his undergraduate degree. Today, Durden is trying to readjust to normal, everyday life. “It was weird at first. But now things have gotten going, baseball has started up, school is back in; now it almost feels like I never left,” Durden says. Carty is looking forward to what Durden will bring to the table this season. “Durden has valuable experience that no one else on this staff has to offer,” Carty said. “We’ve all brushed shoulders with guys who have made it (to the minors), but Brandon has been there.” Durden is also hopeful for the upcoming spring season. “We have some real talent,” Durden said. “I think I can really relate to these guys, I’m excited to see where this season goes.”

Sabrina Chandler / Staff Photographer Former Triple-A player and new assistant coach Brandon Durden (left) critiques junior pitcher Darin Wiltgen in fall practice at John Kurtz Field at West Campus. The GC alumnus returns to the Bobcat baseball team.

Sodexo hosts annual Bobcat Classic golf tourney Steffi Beigh Contributing Writer On Sept. 12, Georgia College hosted its 19th annual Sodexo Bobcat Classic Golf Tournament at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee, where the event has taken place for over six years, according to head golf professional at Harbor Club, Grant Gaalema. Harbor Club, a gated golf club community with 1,000 acres of land, helps run the tournament, in addition to providing the facilities paid for by Georgia College. “Harbor Club helps with the set up, and with the signs,” Gaalema said. “Georgia College send(s) a player list and (Harbor Club) organizes who starts on what hole and who plays with who and … runs the scoreboard there at the end.” The tournament consists of teams of four in an 18-hole scramble. The tournament offered two registration times: 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., and two shotgun times (where everyone starts


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able to score for the first 45 minutes, and halftime arrived with the score of 0-0. When the second half began, Georgia College and the Pioneers continued to play aggressively. While not shooting as often as the Bobcats, Tusculum broke the 0-0 deadlock at 73:08 with a 35-yard shot in the left side of the net for the lead. Dalton had two daring shots miss the goal

at the same time) at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. “Although the students don’t participate in the tournament, they are volunteers and have opportunities to get to know the alumni and main sponsors for their athletic department,” said Al Weston, Georgia College sports information director. Weston also played in the tournament with his boss and coworkers. “It was a beautiful course and a great day for you be outside in the sun and knock a ball around, sometimes rather poorly and sometimes rather decently,” Weston said. The winners of the tournament for the afternoon round were Brian Robinson, Josh Eady, Jody Bellflower and Bill Faith. Sponsors for the tournament include Sodexo; Siemens Building Technologies; Coca-Cola; The Christman Company; Dunwody/Beeland, Architects, Inc.; CWC; Murray Barns Finsiter LLP; and Pickle Barrel Cafe & Sports Pub. “It’s a great camaraderie element

in her attempt to tie up the game. Her second shot, with 6:35 remaining in the game, hit the crossbar. Although the Bobcats fought hard to tie the score with Tusculum, they were unable to score any goals and the Pioneers took the 1-0 victory. “We’ve got to string two halves together,” Clark said. In the Bobcats’ goal, Stephens had more stopping power in this game, with six saves on goal. “The team is deep, and everybody is con-

tributing,” Clark said. “I think everybody coming in off the bench was a great spark.” With their record at 1-3, the Bobcats are back in action the weekend of Sept. 16, when they will travel to Florida to play in the Tampa Tournament. On Sept. 16, Georgia College will face Barry University and on Sept. 18, they will face the tournament’s host, the University on Tampa. “We play a tough schedule, and that’s to get us ready for the Peach Belt,” Clark said.

where you have the ability to meet people you might not be able to on a regular basis and share a common goal of helping students get collegiate degrees and help them move on to the profession of their choice,” Weston said. “It’s not professional athletes but professional people that we’re helping and it’s nice to meet people who share the same goal.” With Sodexo being the main sponsor, the tournament is named after them. The $175 entry fee per person or $700 per team includes lunch, green fees, carts, driving range, snacks, beverages and prizes. The lunch was served by Pickle Barrel Cafe between the sessions. Georgia College comes up with the prizes. “Major prizes (are) awarded for the first hole-in-one on each of the par 3’s,” Gaalema said. This year, major prizes included a new golf cart from Club Car. “The tournament is put on by (GC’s) entire athletic department as

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fensive swaps. The first half was quiet on both sides and the Bobcats were disappointed with their ball movement. “We’ve been practicing possession a lot in practice and that didn’t transfer over in the game,” Knight said. “We need to work on keeping the ball within our players and not always look up field.” The only goal of the game came off a free kick from graduate student Jarred English. English

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a fundraiser for scholarships and program upgrades,” said Steve Barsby, assistant athletic director and head men’s and women’s tennis coach. “I oversee the tournament but it is really coordinated by numerous people within the department,” “It is a way for alumni and athletic department supporters to contribute to the funding for the athletic departments,” Gaalema said. The goal for the tournament is to include alumni and athletic department supporters and keep them involved in GC’s athletic life. With so many participants, the proceeds from the tournament will fund 14 studentathlete scholarships for this academic school year. “We had very good numbers for this year. They were actually up from last year’s tournament which is good, especially in this economy,” Weston said. “With any fundraiser, you can never raise too much money. I think this year’s numbers are going to be right were we need to be.” The potential scholarship awardees

curled one into the box on the far post to find freshman striker Paul Murray. Murray timed his leap in the box and delivered a header to the opposite post for the Bobcat’s first goal of the 2011-2012 seasons and Murray’s first in college. “It was overwhelming as a freshman. It was my first goal and my first shot of the game,” Murray said. “I just stopped and high-fived everyone. I didn’t really know what to do.” The men took half up 1-0 looking to improve on their on-field communication and possession. “In the second half, our

must have a minimum 1140 SAT (out of 1600) and a 3.5 grade average. The athletic department advertises for the Sodexo Bobcat Classic. “The tournament is advertised in the local print media and on our websites, (as well as by) previous participants and alumni,” Barsby said. “Every team helps in some aspect of the event whether it is at the tournament selling raffle tickets or acting as hosts for the participants.” The athletic department is optimistic about the money raised from the tournament and will continue to keep the annual Sodexo Bobcat Classic Golf Tournament going. “This is a tightly run fundraiser and requires minimal expense by the athletic department, which is wise. I don’t see any needed changes,” Weston said. “I see more success in the future for the event it we can continue to get the word out and continue to get people to help out with our athletic department.”

play wasn’t as tight as it should have been,” Strawbridge said. Payne wanted to see his new players’ strengths and weaknesses and much of the second half was entering new players and moving people around. The last twenty plus minutes of the game were focused on maintaining the ball within the blue jerseys. The opener was a success, Georgia College winning the battle and learning what is necessary for improvements. “It wasn’t always pretty,

but at times it looked good,” Strawbridge said. Good enough for a victory and for motivation to go into their long weekend. The Bobcats will continue their three day practice regimen to prepare for the long weekend. “The defense was a solid effort this weekend so a lot of practice will be based on striking,” Payne said. The team will travel to Valdosta State University to play the Blazers on Sept. 17 and head further South to take on the Seminoles at Florida State University.


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