The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College
February 24, 2012
Volume 88, No. 18
Drug bust leads to student arrest Aubrie Sofala And Nick Widener Senior Reporters A Georgia College student who last week allegedly signed for a FedEx package from California with about a pound of marijuana inside faces drug charges. Juan Rodriguez, 21, received the shipment at the Northside Package Store on North Jefferson Street where he works, police said. The street value of the drugs is about $5,000.
The arrest happened Feb. 16 after Macon police got a tip from FedEx about a suspicious package containing marijuana addressed to a Milledgeville address, Detective James Thompson of the Milledgeville Police Department said. Macon police called the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force, which prosecutes drug trafficking in Baldwin, Greene, Morgan, Washington and Wilkinson counties. Rodriguez was jailed after a “controlled de-
livery” at the liquor store. He admitted ownership of the package and signed for it when it came through the store, police said. “We kind of waited to see if anyone would show up to get the package,” Thompson said. “When nobody did, we finally had an agent, one of our detectives, (go) inside and (make) contact with the only employee that was there, which was Mr. Rodriguez.” Andy Patel, owner of the package store, was unaware of the package Rodriguez received.
Patel also owns Gil’s Package Store, Eagle Package Store and the UPS Store. The controlled delivery was necessary for ODTF to ensure they made contact with the owner of the package. “It’s like that because we have to observe the suspect take possession of it,” task force Commander Marc Mansfield said. “We are fortunate that FedEx cooperates with law enforcement,
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Apartments in the works Caitlin Renn Senior Reporter
Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer From left, Zach Bradford as Sammy, Evan Wells as George and Jordan Hale as Robbie, perform in Georgia College’s Department of Theatre presentation of “The Wedding Singer.” In this scene, the trio is performing at a Bar Mitzvah after a rift causes Robbie (Hale) to abandon singing at weddings. The play is showing in Russell Auditorium from Feb. 22 until the 26. For ticket prices go to GCSUtickets.com
Meme page causes controversy Scott Carranza Contributing Writer Laughter and controversy alike have surrounded the Georgia College Facebook meme page for the past two weeks, causing both students and faculty to reflect on the school’s core values of reason, respect and responsibility. The Facebook page entitled “GCSU Memes” was created on Feb. 11 by freshman music education major, Brianna Riley, after she and some friends realized other campuses in Georgia were creating similar pages.ii “My best friend who goes to UGA had liked the ‘UGA Memes’ page,” Riley said. “It was just a lazy Saturday afternoon, and I thought, ‘Hey, what if GCSU had a meme page?” The creation of the Facebook page garnered over 1,000 likes within the first 24 hours and ultimately doubled in the first week. Many GC students have avidly gen-
erated memes of their own through various websites to post on the page. With the intention of fun and entertainment, some recent postings that have been labeled as racist have caught the attention of faculty, students and even some alumni. Natalie Powell, GC alumna, expressed
disapproval over some of the discriminatory memes, stating she was saddened and angered to tears by some of the racist memes posted on the page. She sent an email to the GC administration. “As an African American alumna, I have attended four years at an incredible school whose foundation was built on the success of the minorities (women),” Powell said. “So I come with confidence that this liberal college will now take a public stand against discrimination and against racism which has so publicly displayed itself.” Interim President Stas Preczewski expressed his opinion of the racial memes in question and challenged students to take a responsible look at what harm those memes may be doing to other students. But many students took offense to this, stating Preczewski was infringing upon first amendment rights. “I’m not trying to stop memes.” Prec-
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At least six months will pass before Milledgeville City Council again discusses the North Star Villages apartment complex, as the council moved to accept the withdrawal of the rezoning application at last Monday’s meeting. “Obviously we were very displeased that the application was withdrawn with prejudice,” developer Dan Norman said. “I didn’t think it was warranted, but City Council felt differently. Council members had two choices in accepting the withdrawal, which came before the Planning and Zoning Commission last month—either with or without prejudice. Accepting the withdrawal without prejudice would allow the applicant to return at any time to re-file the application; accepting the withdrawal with prejudice would require at least a six-month period before the application could come before Planning and Zoning again. Although Norman requested to withdraw without prejudice, Councilman Steve Chambers initiated the motion to accept the withdrawal with prejudice, and Mayor Pro-Tempore Denese Shinholster supported that motion. Chambers cited the amount of uncertainty surrounding the project as the reason for his motion. He says a lot of work needs to be done before the application comes back to Planning and Zoning. “Because the application was withdrawn, there was not much information that was disseminated by the developer even though it was requested by several department heads within
the city,” Chambers said. “They need this information to steer things in the right direction.” For Chambers, the missing information primarily raises concerns about the environmental impact this development would have on the area, what changes it would bring to the neighborhood as a community, and what effect it will have on property owners in the area. “It’s one of the last older, small neighborhoods that we have in this city,” Chambers said, “and none of these questions have been addressed, nor have the concerns of the people that own or rent property there. They have made some halfway attempts to address some of this, but we think they need a good six months to sit back and put this thing together.” At the meeting, Shinholster also added her concerns about the lack of conversation between Norman and the community, suggesting that it may even require more than six months for the applicant to return. “There are a lot of people that are really concerned about some things that haven’t been addressed openly,” Shinholster said at the meeting. “(The developer needs to be) speaking with the people that live in the neighborhood and just basically giving people an opportunity to get a feel for exactly what you’re talking about and what your plans are. There are a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of concerns that will need to be addressed, so I agree with Mr. Chambers that we need some more time to absorb what it is that you’re trying to do in the neighborhood.”
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Campus app helps perspective, current students Matt LaMothe Contributing Writer Students can now tour Georgia College’s campus at the touch of an application on their smartphones thanks to a recently released campus-tour app. The app is called GC Tour and is free of charge to anyone looking to download or stream it. The short video clips and photography featured in the app give a virtual tour right from their phone. Brief text facts allow the user to become more educated about the campus and buildings.
Allyson Epps, admissions counselor, helped create the campus app, alongside University Communications and a company called BarZ Adventures. “It gives students the opportunity to look at the campus on their phone and have a tour with themselves or their family,” Epps said. “They are able to see videos inside all the buildings and also see photographs of the campus itself.” Students and their families get previews of Main Campus, downtown Milledgeville, the Centennial Center, West Campus and the Wellness and Recreation Center. They also have the ability to see first hand certain issues that go through an incoming stu-
Conclusion of Black History Month
Dr. Michael Nwanze, professor of political science at Howard University in Washington, D. C., will present the lecture, “Africa on the March” on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. The presentation will take place in Arts and Sciences Auditorium and is open and free to the public.
“You know in the classroom there is always that tinge of ‘I don’t want to be here,’ and Obscura is a way to have fun with art majors and minors and anyone who has an interest in art history.” - Britta Gervais, senior art history major
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dent’s head when choosing the right college. “When students come to visit, the campus itself is one of the main reasons whether students will choose GC or not,” Epps said. “This app gives visitors a way to experience GC from a different level, rather then only coming on campus.” The app gives students a different view of campus and also allows them to take that campus experience on the go with them. The Georgia College fight song plays when the app is first opened. Then, it’s time to start touring. “They can access the app at any time to show their friends and parents the campus,” Epps
said. “Students also can refer to the app as they navigate the campus during their first days of classes.” Wade Marcy, freshman physical therapy major, just stepped on campus earlier this year. His memories of campus and the first week of classes still very well in his head. “As a freshman this year, I really wish I would have had this app before coming on campus,” Marcy said. “It would have really helped me find my classes and the different buildings on both Main and West Campus.”
Doodles Bakery opens.............................................2 Distillery possibility in Milledgeville......................3
Obscura Art History Group...................................9 Vagina Monologue Art Auction.......... ...................9
Baseball takes three wins......................................13 Softball splits doubleheader against West. Ga..13 Leisure...............................................................11 Community News........................................5
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$25,000 The donor dollar amount biological sciences professor Ken Saladin is willing to match for the Pillars of the Future faculty and staff campaign.
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Doodles Bakery creates delectable delights Taylor Seay Senior Reporter
A new bakery has blossomed near the downtown area, but the sweet sensations there are only available once a week. Doodles Bakery has yet to have a grand opening, but the business has been a success so far. Doodles Bakery opened Jan. 7. “I thought I would start slow so that I could see how things would go and maybe have a grand opening later,” bakery owner Keith Grant said. The North Jefferson Street bakery is only open on Tuesdays. “I work full time at Oconee Regional Medical Center as the microbiology supervisor, and one day a week is all I have time for right now,” Grant said. “I chose Tuesday to coincide with the farmers’ market.” Senior nursing major Caitlyn Carson wishes Doodles Bakery was open more than once a week. “I wish they were open everyday,” Carson said. “I would come get a cupcake every day if they were open.” Starting a new business in these harsh economic times may seem difficult, but Doodles has had plenty of customers. “Starting a new business has been more difficult than I thought, only because I am not a business person, but we have been fortunate so far,” Grant said. Cupcakes have become a phenomenon with new cupcake bakeries popping up all over the country. TV shows like “The Cupcake Boss”
Taylor Seay / Staff Photographer Lynsey Rowland rings up senior nursing majors, Catherine Adams, Caitlyn Carson and Paige Webb on a busy Tuesday at Doodles Bakery. Currently, the bakery is only open once a week on Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m.
and “Cupcake Wars” are evidence of the treats’ popularity. Grant has taken advantage of this by opening up one of the only cupcake bakeries in Milledgeville. “I thought it would be something fun to do,” Grant said. “I enjoy baking for others, and it just seemed like the right thing to do with cupcakes being so popular right now.” The new cupcake bakery did not create many
SGA election results are in Lauren Davidson Senior Reporter Georgia College will welcome a new Student Government Association executive board next fall. A total of 1,674 students, 326 students fewer than last year, voted in this year’s election. Junior political science major Cody Allen will take over as SGA president-elect. Allen won the vote over junior mass communication major Connor Johnson, currently an SGA senator, for the position. “It’s a relief. I was real nervous for a long time,” Allen said. “I knew that whoever won, the students were going to be in good hands. I’m hoping that this next year will be little to no turmoil.” Allen has served as an SGA senator for three years. Away from SGA, he is a member of Delta Sigma Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Young Democrats and the Leadership Certificate Program. In his free time, he plays the drums for The White Kids, a new band comprised of three GC students. SGA President Evan Karanovich advised the two opponents that it would be a jump for the two to run for Executive Board, seeing as neither have ever held an execu-
To prepare for a days worth of cupcake sales, Grant starts GCSUnade com baking on Tuesday morning for more and bakes throughout the day information depending on demand. about Doodles Grant’s favorite cupcake to Bakery bake is key lime pie. “I like to make the key lime pie cupcake because they smell so good baking,” Grant said. Grant’s favorite cupcake to indulge in is the wedding cake cupcake. “It has a simple vanilla flavor and has that crust of sugar on top,” Grant said. Although there are no student discounts, Doodles Bakery seems to be popular among the students. Senior art history major, Becky Skuse enjoys visiting Doodles Bakery. “With their friendly service and delicious cupcakes, what’s not to love,” Skuse said. Skuse’s favorite cupcakes from Doodles Bakery are the red velvet cupcakes and the strawberry cupcakes. Senior nursing major, Paige Webb likes that the cupcake flavors change weekly. “I love that the cupcakes change every week, but the red velvet cupcake is my favorite,” Webb said. Right now, Grant sells cupcakes out of her shop once a week, and takes orders for specialty items, but she plans to expand her business in the next couple of months. “I will be renting my space for private parties probably near the beginning of March,” Grant said.
tive position before. “One thing that he told both me and Connor when we were running, he was like, ‘Listen, neither of you guys have been on (executive board) before so it’s going to be a jump,’ and it certainly has (been),” Allen said. “It’s been a lot of work so far. It would have been good to have another year of experience, but I think that with the executive board that we’ve got it will be no problems at all.” Junior English literature major Stephen Hundley will serve as the SGA vice president next semester, taking over senior Maxwell Pichan’s current position as vice president. Hundley ran unopposed in a joint campaign with Allen. “People ask me my campaign slogan and I say, ‘Stephen Hundley, nothing you can do about it,’ but I kind of wanted to run against someone to be honest,” Hundley said. As vice president, Hundley said he plans to implement more teambuilding exercises within the senate and the executive board. “Something I would like to see in senate a lot more is team-building exercises,” Hundley said. “If you don’t team build you really can’t work to-
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jobs for the community, but Grant plans to open up job opportunities as the business grows. “The bakery has only created one job so far,” Grant said. Grant has a large family and they have all helped out and pitched in to help her get the business started. “They all volunteer doing various tasks to help me out,” Grant said. “I will eventually begin adding employees as I get more settled.”
Fundraising campaign targets faculty, staff Brennan Meagher Staff Reporter Closing in on the $10.35 million goal, and with a professor’s offer to match donations, the Georgia College Pillars for the Future faculty and staff campaign comes to a close on Friday, March 2. The Pillars for the Future campaign is the first campaign of its kind for GC, and is led by a volunteer committee composed of faculty and staff. Although faculty is encouraged to participate in the campaign, alumni and friends of GC have also donated. “It was started three and a half years ago by the GCSU Foundation to support endowments for scholarships, undergraduate research, professorships and program support,” Amy Amason, vice president
for external relations and university advancement said. “Donors direct their donations to areas of interest. The goal is not annual.” Professor of biological sciences Ken Saladin has been heavily involved with this campaign and views it as a way to give back to the GC community. In an effort to encourage faculty and staff to donate to the campaign, Saladin has pledged to match gifts from new faculty and staff donors, up to $25,000. “I am the author of two college textbooks that are widely used, worldwide, in human anatomy and physiology. These are what made my pledge possible,” Saladin said. “The income from these books is more than I need for any reasonable purpose, so for several years I’ve been giving it back in various ways to benefit GCSU stu-
Continued from page 1 zewski said. “I have no intention of doing so, but apparently that’s where some of the confusion comes in.” Many students were ready to voice their opinion over the “GSCU Memes” page and some were not so understanding of Preczewski’s email. “I couldn’t believe it when I got that email from our interim president,” sophomore management information systems major Jody Titshaw said. “Why are they so worried about something so trivial when they should worry about something important like improving parking?” Some students responded with a different approach to what Preczewski said in his
“My hope is that this will significantly boost our facultystaff participation rate in financially supporting Georgia College.” Ken Saladin, biology professor dents. I find this a heck of a lot more satisfying than owning a lot of ‘bling.’” For the past few years Saladin has had conversations with Amason and other GC faculty about a way to increase the impact of his donations. “It is an offer to match new donors, dollar for dollar, up to a total as high as $25,000. Anything from a lump-sum dona-
email. “Since the page has the name of the school, it needs to be monitored in some way since the school in no way affili ates itself with racist comments,” sophomore physics major Taylor Ray said. Some students find the page humorous and see it as a way to relate to other students on campus. “I think it’s funny, and I feel like people who are getting mad about it don’t understand our generation’s sense of humor and how we don’t mean any harm by it,” sophomore mass communication major Catherine Slaten said. As the website administrator, Riley is concerned with the posting of racist memes and has begun monitoring the page as best that she could.
tion in the four-figure range, to an easily managed payroll deduction of $10 a month (or outside either end of that range), I will match,” Saladin said. “ My hope is that this will significantly boost our faculty-staff participation rate in financially supporting Georgia College .” Saladin’s pledge has even caught the attention of some GC students, who are supportive of his desire to further Georgia College. “I think the efforts being made by Dr. Saladin are remarkable. I truly admire him for giving back to the GC community, and helping to enrich student’s college experience at GC through his donations,” junior mass communication major Emily Rivers said. If interested in learning more about the Pillars for the Future campaign, visit http://pillars. gcsu.edu.
“I have two other people that monitor the site with me,” Riley said. “It’s hard to monitor the site, though, since I have class all day long. Sometimes I even check it on my phone during class.” Even with all the controversy, the meme page is still gathering likes and students still actively post their own memes on the page. Preczewski said he wanted the students to simply be aware of the situation and call upon the school’s core values of reason, respect and responsibility. “This is not calling for censorship,” Preczewski said. “This is not calling for condemnation of individuals. This is calling for condemnation of specific acts that have been found offensive to a large number of people, and I will not allow that to go unnoticed.”
February 24, 2012
Distillery brews up profits, taps tourist interest Sabrina Chandler Senior Reporter
Milledgeville’s Georgia Distilling Company has been pushing proposed House Bill 514 since last year. On Feb. 2, the Georgia House of Representatives finally looked favorably upon the bill. If passed, the bill would allow for free tastings and tours at distilling plants within the state, something that is now only legal in wineries and microbreweries. Georgia House Rep. Rusty Kidd became the sponsor of this bill when cofounders Shawn Hall and Bill Mauldin approached him with the idea last year. “It is a new business in Milledgeville,
which is a big reason I’m supporting it,” Kidd said. Though the Georgia House Committee looked favorably upon the bill, it still isn’t in the clear yet, as it needs to be passed by the Senate as well. Shawn Hall, co-founder of Georgia Distilling Company, said they began pushing the bill a year ago, but it ran out of time. “We pitched it last year, but it didn’t go as fast as we’d liked,” Hall said. “So, Mr. Kidd picked it back up again this year.” Kidd said the beginning stages of the distillery came from winery tasting laws that passed and the opening of new distilleries in Georgia.
French professor authors textbook Caitlin Renn Senior Reporter Department of Modern Languages and Cultures Chair Larbi Oukada recently published the sixth edition of an entry-level French textbook that approaches language learning from an unconventional perspective. “Entre Amis” (“Among Friends”), which Oukada co-authored with Michael D. Oates, professor emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, emphasizes the difference between knowing and performing a language. It stresses communication over memorization. “It was originally my idea to teach language in a different way,” Oukada said. “I had this idea of a paradigm shift, moving away from something that is grammar oriented to something that is functional and performance oriented
and based on communication.” Oukada’s approach to language learning changes the conventional strategy based on the assumption that teaching grammatical concepts, language structure and vocabulary will enable students to put words and sentences together. “This book came out of the idea that one of, if not the best way to teach language, is to use what we call an organizing principle that is not grammar, but communicative tasks. These are the things that we need to interact with people using the language,” Oukada said. “The example I always give people is if you drop Johnny in Paris, no one is going to ask him to conjugate a verb. Johnny is going to be greeting people and asking for directions, and we call those kinds of things communicative tasks. This
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“When I was in Habersham, I was approached with the idea to allow tastings in wineries. That bill passed and now wineries are open for tastings all over Georgia,” Kidd said. “Since four or five distilleries have just opened up in Georgia, I think it would be great for the economy to allow them to hold tastings in their facilities.” Some are skeptical, being cautious of having too much to drink might result in drunken driving. But according to Kidd, that won’t be an issue. “This bill allows only one half-ounce tasting per person,” Kidd said. According to the Centers for Disease
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Continued from page 1 The motion to accept the withdrawal with prejudice passed with a unanimous decision. Norman and his business partner Gary Spillers did not stick around to chat after the motion passed. Members of the community made their opposition clear last month; they do not welcome Norman’s application to rezone three properties on Doles Boulevard and Milledge Avenue to build an apartment complex of 123-units and a 5,000 square foot clubhouse featuring a pool and other amenities. “We’ll come back with a better package so city staff can understand,” Norman said. “We understand we won’t convince all the neighbors, but we hope the community at large can understand.” Sophomore English major Jodee Westbrooks lives in the neighborhood, and her concerns match those of other residents of the area. “Personally, I liked living around Doles because of how tucked away it is—or was,”
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distilleries have just opened in Georgia, which will stimulate local economy
Westbrooks said. “One of the great things about the area is that isn’t super close to any of the major apartment complexes in town, so it’s a little less busy and a little more relaxed. With this new place I’m worried that it’s going to lose that appeal. I feel like our streets already become parking lots on certain nights as it is, which makes the addition of 123 apartments back here kind of concerning.” Many other Georgia College students who rent houses in the area have expressed their concerns, but property owners in the area have been the most vocal in their resistance. “I’m against it, just altogether,” homeowner Kiersten Chandler-Rocker said. “We just don’t need that in the neighborhood. There needs to be more time, they need to rethink their planning. I think it’s kind of a hastily put-together thing. They’re not looking out for the neighborhood.” This issue cannot not return to Planning and Zoning until Aug. 14, by which point council members and community members both hope to have more information.
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6 month period before application to rezone Milledge Avenue and Doles Boulevard can be re-filed
3 properties that were to potentially be rezoned were not welcome by community members
Continued from page 3 program focuses on teaching how to perform communicative tasks that are basic and inherent to any human interaction.” Assistant Professor Mahamadou Diaby-Kassamba uses Oukada’s program to teach French 1001 and praises the alternative teaching methods and structure of the text. “This book has a lot of communicative activity, a lot of situations,” Diaby said. “It’s like
The Colonnade layers, like an onion. Chapters recycle vocabulary from the previous chapters, and just in two or three weeks of class students can have whole conversations with people. [The book] is very student-centered; students don’t open to a page and get lost. Even with grammar lessons, students learn structure — for example, indefinite articles — in context.” Diaby also says that the textbook helps to eliminate boredom and fear from the classroom with a friendly approach. Or, as the title says, “Among Friends.” Updates between textbook
Continued from page 2 so I think a cohesive unit through team building is going to be really fun to create. We are going to do a lot of team building I hope.” Sophomore exercise science major Sarah Rose Remmes won the position of secretary, taking over sophomore business management and marketing major Caroline Clements’ current position as secretary. Remmes said as secretary she will make sure that the absence policy is fully implemented. “Basically I just wanted to be very organized,” Remmes said. “Make sure everyone is where they need to be, hold them accountable and alleviate as much stress from all the other people as possible. Ideally I would like all the committee chairs, anytime there is a meeting I want to know who isn’t there.” Sophomore management major Sean Espinosa was victorious in his campaign for re-election and will be serving as SGA treasurer for his second term. Espinosa said he is excited that he
Continued from page 3 Control and Prevention, a traditional shot contains three times that much, one and one-half ounces, meaning it would most likely not affect or cloud judgment. Hall and fellow co-founder Bill Mauldin say that opening the distillery up for tastings would help not
editions allows for the material to remain current and the author to have feedback on previous editions. Oukada says keeping the curriculum relevant is very important. “If the content is not perceived as relevant to students, then they’re not interested and you’re going to lose them. So we put everything to some really tough criteria,” Oukada said. The authors evaluate any addition to the book by whether it is useful, necessary, functional and believable. Senior art major Katie Herrig appreciates Oukada’s teaching strategy and his emphasis
is able to serve the students for another year in this position. “I’ll already have a year’s worth of experience as an executive officer and as the treasurer, so I know how to balance the budget, how ATFC works (and) how SABC works, so I feel that not only will be able to provide experience for the new incoming executive board,” Espinosa said. “I know how the financial side of SGA works, and I will be able to decrease their workload and take away from them and be able to make their jobs easier.” Allen will appoint an attorney general, which will be chosen from student judicial justices who have served for at least one semester, to fill the position of the current SGA Attorney General Andrew Whittaker. He must do so 30 days from the election date, which was Feb. 9. Karanovich said he is totally confident in the executive officers that have been elected to serve next year. “Overall the executive board is going to do a good job, I have no doubt,” Karanovich said. “They’ve all served a lot and they know how to hit the ground running.” only their business, but tourism for the area as well. “Tastings would really be an attraction for the Milledgeville area,” Hall said. “We would not be selling on site, so if tasters enjoyed our products they’d be buying at local liquor stores, feeding into the local economy.” Georgia Distilling Company has partnered with Athens native and musician Colt Ford to launch their first
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on keeping material relevant. “He makes a point to teach us what is current in French and what is actually happening with the language, and I really like that,” Herrig said. Writing a textbook takes a great deal of time. The first edition of “Entre Amis” took six years, and was published 16 years ago. More than 300 colleges and universities have adopted the book as their main French text, including Harvard. “The best thing is that you’re contributing in another way,” Oukada said, “and that broadens your vision as an educator.”
SGA executive board election results President: Cody Allen Vice President: Stephen Hudley Secretary: Sarah Rose Remmes Treasurer: Sean Espinosa
line of spirits- Goodtime Moonshine and Goodtime Vodka. The distillery is also in talks with different artists in Nashville about starting different lines, which could also bring in some new business. Hall also says they are looking to launch their own line as well. “We’re definitely looking into our own product, one without partnering with anyone, with just a Georgia Dis-
Continued from page 1 Marcy goes also said how informative the app would be to prospective students and their parents. The app isn’t only directed to the incoming students or underclassmen. Walker McKinven, senior marketing major, downloaded the free app just weeks after it hit the app stores. He says that decision has proven to be
Continued from page 1 and they picked this up.” After his arrest, Rodriguez allowed officers to search his residence. Police found more marijuana there. “He (Rodriguez) stated he sold locally to college students and other local people,” Thompson said. Rodriguez, whose Facebook page says he attended Marietta High School, was taken to the city jail, interrogated and then taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center. He made bail the next day. “He’ll either go to trial or he will have a plea agreement,” Thompson said. According to the GC Registrar’s Office, Rodriguez is still enrolled
tilling Company brand,” Hall said. “That is something we definitely want to do.” College students would be one group of target customers for the tastings. Christopher Hornibrook, senior athletic training major, thinks the bill being passed would be a good thing for the area. “I think since the distillery is partnering with musicians, it will bring
the right one. “As an iPhone user and app collector, I found the Georgia College campus app a very helpful tool,” McKinven said. “I transferred here last year and there’s certain buildings around campus I don’t know the exact location of, so it’s an easy way to find those.” The GC Tour app is free of charge and available through iPhone app store and Android market.
at GC. Rodriguez was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance by the task force. “As far as I believe, he’s had other packages delivered in the past,” Thompson said. “It’s just one of those things. We just happened to get a lucky break, and we were able to develop it quick.” Mansfield said the task force was unaware Rodriguez was a student, and if they were, they would have included GC Public Safety in the operation. Mansfield said the task force is tracking the address in California, where the drugs were sent from. “We’re still working on the case and looking at its destination,” Mansfield said. “There are some things we’re looking at like latent prints on the inside of the package.”
people to the distillery for tastings if the bill passes, which would do well for our local liquor stores,” Hornibrook said. With their business off to a great start, Hall and Mauldin are hopeful that the House bill passes, leaving not only Georgia Distilling Company with growing opportunities, but also with the hopes of breathing more life into Milledgeville, by adding one more attraction.
Community Public Safety Report
February 24, 2012 • Editor, Steffi Beigh
What’s Happening Sunday, Februray 26 2:00 p.m.
“The Wedding Singer” (Russell Auditorium)
5 - 11:00 p.m.
Night at The Oscars (The DEN)
Monday, February 27 1
Résumé Review Day (132 Lanier Hall)
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pacesetters (Magnolia Ballroom)
Tuesday, February 28 Hear the report on our podcast channel
*Incident does not appear on map
February 15 at 3:33 a.m. Campus police officer Sgt. Jamaal Hicks saw a man passed out at the Smith House on West Greene Street. The man was lying face down in the front yard. Hicks helped the man stand up. In his incident report, Hicks noted that the man smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and that his speech was incoherent. In a field-sobriety test, the man’s blood-alcohol level was .18. The man was arrested for public drunkenness and taken to the Milledgeville Police Department.
Midterm grades are due (Parks Hall)
Wednesday, February 29 12 - 1:00 p.m.
Career Fair Prep Workshop (113 Chappell Hall)
4 - 5:00 p.m.
“Africa on the March” (A&S Auditorium)
Thursday, March 1 12:00 p.m.
Résumé & CV Writing Workshop (113 Chappell Hall)
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Jazz Band (Russell Auditorium)
Friday, March 2
Driving to GP
February 7 at 1:17 a.m. The campus cops saw a car pull into the Golden Pantry on the corner of Hancock and Jefferson Streets. They saw the man driving stumble out of the car and stagger into the store. Sgt. Jeff Miller and officer Smith went up to the man and saw that he had bloodshot eyes and reeked of alcohol, an incident report said. Smith asked the man if he’d been drinking. “Yes, but I will take a cab. I won’t drive away,” the man said, slurring his words. The man instead got a ride in a police car. His blood-alcohol level registered .24, three times the legal limit to drive in Georgia. Officers also found a plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana and a “smoking device” in the man’s jacket. The suspect was arrested, charged with DUI and misdemeanor marijuana possession.*
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Close up Themes, ideas and events of the 21st century
February 24, 2012 • Editor, Nick Widener
Examined, Explored, Explained
Domestic abuse is more than physical violence
Photo illustration by Kendyl Wade.
Domestic violence victims are not only affected by violence but many other types of abuse as well Anna Morris Senior Reporter Something set him off. It was nothing she’d said because she’d barely spoken a word. He lunged. She’d never seen him move that fast. Before she knew it, he was strangling her, his hands gripped her neck. He shoved her against a wall. She gasped. This attack, one that happened to a Georgia College student a few years ago, is just one of many examples of domestic violence. Along with physical abuse, emotional, economic and sexual abuse are also components of domestic violence. “To me, domestic violence is not any one specific action; it is a pattern of behaviors that when you look at it comprehensively, it creates a dynamic where one person in a relationship is trying to exert power or control over the other person,” Jennifer Graham, director of the Women’s Resource Center, said. According to Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website, battering is the largest cause of injury to women in the United States, and in 2010, 130 women died as a result of domestic violence in Georgia alone.
Despite the number of domestic violence-related deaths, physical abuse is rarely reported at Georgia College. But there are still instances of domestic violence that are happening, just in a different form. “We very rarely see any type of physical abuse,” Public Safety Detective Robert Butler said. “It does happen, but the majority of the stuff we see is verbal or some type of telecommunication problems.” For most people, physical abuse is the first thing that comes to mind when they think of domestic violence. Graham stated that this misconception about domestic violence could be due to the fact that physical abuse is easier to see. Victims cannot always hide the bruises. But economic and emotional abuse can be hidden really easily. At GC, verbal abuse is most prevalent, according to Butler. Back in December a case arose in which an ex-boyfriend caused damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car. An arrest was made and a stay-away order was issued. A more recent case of domestic violence involved verbal abuse. “We had a student who had broken up with a boyfriend, and he lived up around metro Atlanta and he was call-
ing, texting and posting comments online about her,” Butler said. “In that particular case we made a phone call to the gentleman and asked him to stop, and usually all it takes is us to get involved and we do have some type of violation. This was a case of harassment. Once we brought it to the ex-boyfriend’s attention he stopped.” Even though domestic violence does not appear to be prominent at GC, that does not mean it does not exist. Often students cannot put a name to the situation. Someone may feel like they are in an unhealthy relationship and wonder why their partner is yelling at them, but they would not automatically classify it as domestic violence and report it. “It can be scary for a victim to report,” Graham said. “Often times the batterer will threaten them. Also there is an important dynamic called the cycle of violence … every time you go through the cycle it gets increasingly worse each time. … You get sucked in, you get attached, you become dependent and it becomes really hard to break those barriers.” According to Graham it is not always just constant abuse. With the cycle of violence, the victim with start off feeling like they are walking on
“If you have a cell phone on you, it only takes one minute to try to damage that person.” Robert Butler public safety detective
eggshells, then there will be an inciting incidence and finally a period of false serenity where the batterer is nice, promising that it will never happen again. The cycle then comes back around, sometimes taking months and sometimes taking years, and continues to repeat itself until the victim can walk away. For those affected by emotional and verbal abuse, this can sometimes be just as bad, if not worse, than physical abuse. Verbal abuse
can consist of name-calling, threatening and belittling, and because of cell phones and social network sites, it is becoming even easier to verbally abuse someone. “If you have a cell phone on you, it only takes one minute to try to damage that person,” Butler said. “We do realize that sometimes these people are hurting on the inside. They feel their best friend has broken up with them, the love of their life, their soul mate, and they want to get back at them.” Fortunately for those who are victims of domestic violence, there is nothing stopping them from living a normal, healthy life once they walk away. “It’s hard to walk away,” Graham said. “It’s scary and it takes a lot of courage for someone to step forward.” *If you are struggling with domestic violence, or if you’re wondering whether or not your relationship is violent, contact Counseling Service or Jennifer Graham. There is also a support group in the Milledgeville community for victims of domestic violence called In Our Best Interest.
Sex, sexual partners, their role in the student life Powell Cobb Staff Writer College is an eye-opening experience. For the first time in many students’ lives, living away from home puts a whole new spin on decision making and prioritizing. But college also sparks new relationships among young lovers, and sex is often part of the picture. “Sex is an inherent desire, so everybody is sexual,” senior education major Olivia Ollinger said. “People view sex as this dirty thing, but I think it can strengthen a relationship. It can also damage a relationship if done too soon or for the wrong reasons.” At Georgia College, the number of males reported having only one sexual partner within the past 12 months was 44 percent, with the number of females at 43.6 percent, according to a survey conducted by the American College Health Association-National Collegiate Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA II) in the spring of 2011. The percentage of students who had two, three, four or more sexual partners within the past 12 months was significantly smaller, each falling between four and 10 percent. This statistic alone provides insight to the amount of sexual activity among students who
“Sex is a product of love, which comes from an already wellestablished and working relationship with a strong foundation of trust and respect.” Mason Girard senior political science major have chosen only one sexual partner, or who otherwise may be in some sort of relationship. Ollinger says sex in a relationship can show how comfortable someone has become with their significant other, which in itself can show the strength of passion a couple shares. For many students at Georgia College, sex and successful relationships are directly related to love. While sex isn’t the most important aspect of a relationship, it helps symbolize the emotion and connection that two people share.
“In my past relationships I have learned that you have to differentiate between true emotion and lust,” said Hailee Argo, sophomore community health and human services major. “Sex bonds you in ways that words alone cannot, and that can be a good thing or a terrible thing. In my own life, sex is not emotionless, it is love put into action.” Some students, including senior political science major Mason Girard, agree that sex and love are related, but one should be a clear result of the other. “Sex is a product of love, which comes from an already well-established and working relationship with a strong foundation of trust and respect,” said Girard. “Sex isn’t a bad thing for a relationship, but a healthy relationship isn’t founded on sex.” Other students say that sex shouldn’t be a direct representation of how successful a relationship is, whether love is involved or not. Students like Brina Potvin, junior mass communication major, feel that instead of sex dominating relationships, sex shouldn’t be a part of
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Technology aids in long-distance relationships Through communication services such as Skype and Facebook, far-away lovers are brought closer Morgan Wilson Staff Reporter Allison LeFevre and her boyfriend see each other every day, filling each other in about their lives and new occurrences, but, unlike most couples, LeFevre and her boyfriend are hindered by one thing — a computer screen. Many students, like junior mass communication major Allison LeFevre, are currently involved in long-distance relationships and making use of the new technologies available to couples today, such as Skype and Facebook. LeFevre has been in a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend for over two years, and said technology has helped keep them close. She said communication in long-distance relationships is of the utmost importance, since communication is the only way for these couples to interact with each other. “Although it’s tough only being able to communicate through technology, technology these days has really helped us stay close,” LeFevre said. “Skype would have to be my favorite. Being able to see each other face to face makes it seem like we are in the same room together. It is really nice. You have to use whatever resources you can to stay close and in touch.” One can’t help but wonder if these methods of technological encounters are really helping people’s dating lives. Victoria Brown, lecturer of sociology, doesn’t necessarily agree with the idea that technology has improved modern-day relationships. “There’s something organic or natural about long-distance relationships,” Brown said. “It‘s romantic.” Speaking from her long-distance relationship experience without using technology, Brown said using Skype seems to take away some mystery and excitement of being far apart. There aren’t many perks to having a long-distance partner, but one is being able to romanticize about that person and keeping the passion alive.
Brown agrees that while technology may be a useful tool for more committed couples, it might not be the strongest foundation for a solid relationship. New couples might be more prone to holding onto that initial façade of not being comfortable enough to show the other person who they truly are. “It’s like a perpetual first date,” Brown said. Still, others maintain the opposite point of view. Statistics show many relationships that start off using technology as the basis for getting to know each other tend to last longer and are sometimes for life. Students believe that this is due to the fact that the relationships are based on friendship and getting to know who the other person is on the inside, rather than on an initial sexual attraction, which will eventually change with time. For more established couples like senior biology major Sarah Deimler and her fiancé, Zach, who have been dating for four years, technology is nice but not essential. Zach is in the Marine Corps, so the couple had to get creative about how they communicate. “Depending on his location, we have communicated from everything from old fashioned letters, to phone calls, to satellite phones, to email, to Skype,” Deimler said. “Skype is wonderful because you can not only hear their voice, but you can see them as well. Technology makes it a lot easier to maintain a relationship because there are so many methods available. The time that we got to use the technology to communicate was highly valued since sometimes all we would have was a few minutes. We quickly learned how to read each other’s voices and how to communicate effectively.” While modern day technology affects many relationships, both positively and negatively, it will always be argued that nothing compares to a proximal relationship. “It (technology) is a substitute, but it is an unequal substitute,” GC Counseling Services said.
Morgan Wilson/ Staff Photographer Junior mass communication major Allison LeFevre Skypes her boyfriend. Technology has helped the two communicate and remain close in their relationship in a relationship of over two years.
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Hooking up vs. relationships Scott Carranza Contributing Writer In the past few years the emergence of hooking up within a college atmosphere has taken precedent over committed relationships. Both social scientists and college students have varying opinions on the issue. Students and psychologists have varying ideas as to why steady relationships are harder to come by in today’s society. Many college students are becoming infatuated with the idea of hooking up instead of being committed to one person. Psychologists view hooking up as a natural process, or rather, something to be expected. When asked about what the idea of the hookup means, Lee Gillis, chair of the department of psychological science department, said, “Men tend to find that being involved in hookups is more positive than negative while women tend to have mixed views.” Gillis also said the reason women might not want to get involved with hooking up is because “a potential rape situation may increase in what might start out as a hookup.” Caitlin Powell, professor of social psychology, has an in-depth view on the recent changes and trends in the dating world. She studies relationships. “People are getting married later in life, so the age of people actually getting married has increased a little bit,” Powell said. Powell also said society is conditioning students to go to college at a young age instead of going straight into the workforce. “This can often lead to a period of extended adolescence,” she said. “This puts off a more formal adulthood until later in life.” In this adolescent behavior, one can find the telltale signs of immaturity, selfishness and even
narcissism. Powell stated that in these acts, the idea of the hookup seems to be more prevalent in college than ever before. Some individuals hold steadfast to the notion that intermittent, casual hookups can happen for a plethora of reasons. “I think it really depends on the person,” senior English major Rachel Freeman said. “I think some people don’t want to settle down, so they just hook up with people. I think some people couldn’t care less about either, and some people are looking for the right person.” Sophomore physics major Ian Agnew has also witnessed the decline of steady dating, but found his girlfriend at GC. They have been dating steadily for over a year. Yet, Ian was never interested in hooking up. “It is a natural occurrence, since it does happen,” Agnew said. “But I don’t think it’s a good thing since bad things like unplanned pregnancy still happen. There’s always someone I can go to in having a steady relationship. If none of my friends can be there for me, I know my girlfriend will always be there.” Unlike Agnew, many college-aged students are comfortable with noncommittal encounters lasting only an evening; many of which ending in confusion and anonymity. “Relationships take work, and people are not interested in commitment, so I think people are definitely more into hooking up now,” said freshman marketing major Chelsea Lefave. Even with what seems like a negative connotation for hooking up, Powell still expressed hope for college students of this generation and the next. “There’s definitely been a shift in our social culture where (hooking up) is considered to be less of a stigma and considered more normal behavior and part of a process that will lead to something more stable in later adulthood.”
Kevin Hall Senior Reporter Nothing separates the love between junior mass communication major Morgan Andrews and her husband, Guy Andrews. Nothing except the Atlantic Ocean. Morgan lives in Milledgeville, while Guy resides in Bloxham, United Kingdom, which is about 80 miles northwest of London.
Q: Where did you and Guy first meet? A: We actually met while we were both on vacation in
Mexico, April 2009.
Q: When did you get engaged? A: Well it wasn’t like a traditional thing. No proposal.
Basically just an agreement that we were going to get married
in October of last year.
Q: And when was the actual wedding? A: We were officially married on Dec. 29 of last year. Q: What was your parent’s reaction to the news when you told them? A: They were not happy. They didn’t want me to get married until I graduated, but then
when I told them it was going to happen eventually anyway, and they found out about all the perks, they were finally OK with it. I mean, I was spending around $9,000 a year to go visit him.
Q: What are some of the perks of being married while you’re in college? A: Well, I get more money from the Pell Grant because they take into account the amount
of money I make as a waitress, and I’m not claimed by my parents anymore. Since I don’t make nearly as much money in my job now, I get more money from Pell. Also, it will help Guy to become an American citizen easier.
Q: What did your friends think? A: My friends think my life is a fairy tale, so they’ve always supported it. Q: What are some of the difficulties of him being overseas? A: Sometimes when I’m going through problems I want to (seek his support), and I just
can’t do that all the time when he is over there.
Continued from page 6... relationships at all. “I think that sex is taken way too lightly among most college students today,” said Potvin. “Sex is a sacred thing that should be shared between a husband and wife. I’m a true believer that ‘true love waits’ until marriage. That’s the way God designed it and that’s the way it should be.”
Potvin says the idea of sex is a distraction to relationships, particularly for students who don’t want to engage in sexual activity at this point in their lives. In the study by ACHA-NCHA II, 9.3 percent of students suffering from poor academic performance attributed their problems to relationship difficulties. “It is all about priorities,” Argo explains, “learning how to sustain relationships with others in your life, work, school and each other. Communication is the key.”
Q: Has it affected your grades or your social life? A: Grades-wise it gives me more motivation. It gives me more motivation because I am
independent now. As far as my social life, I just don’t go out as much as I used to. Honestly, though, my life won’t change that much until he is here for good.
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February 24, 2012• Editor, Lauren Davidson
Post-Pop painter exhibits works on campus Kyle Shanahan Staff Writer The works of Bob Wardrep were on display last Saturday, Feb. 18, in an artist reception hosted by the music therapy program. Eighteen of the artist’s paintings and three original sculptures were part of an exhibit on the first floor of the Health Sciences building. Wardrep, an Ohio-born painter, has been active in the South since obtaining his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1974. He has assisted young art-
ists through the Recovery Through The Arts program and has contributed work to the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church’s Friendship Center Art Program for over a decade. In Georgia, he has exhibited his works at the Sweet P’s Art Festival in Marietta, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network’s annual Conference/ Crossroads Festival in Newnan, and the VSA and X-change Galleries in Atlanta. Wardrep’s appearance at GC is a result of a meeting between he and Chesley Mercado, chair of GC Department of Music Therapy. Mer-
‘From the Hood to Haiti’ talk Bobbi Otis Senior Reporter
Lights dimmed in A&S Auditorium as the speaker took the stage. For 90 minutes, a Chicago native told the audience about his childhood and his experiences in the Peace Corps. Anthony Bradford transported the crowd from Milledgeville to the Caribbean in his Feb. 16 presentation titled “From the Hood to Haiti.” Bradford describes the “hood” he referred to as a neighborhood encompassing mainly black, working-class people, like the community he grew up in and where his parents still live. Upon graduation from college Bradford joined the Peace Corps Volunteers, as his personal effort to give back to society, which led him to Haiti. “I worked with AIDS and education and taught English as a second language,” Bradford said about working in the country. It was during this time that Bradford ran into a Haitian orphan, literally. Bradford was riding his bicycle home from work one day and a child, so caught up in a game of soccer, ran head-first into the handlebars of Bradford’s bike. After the collision, the community surrounded Bradford and the injured child. Bradford took the child to a clinic. According to Bradford, the community members took this to mean that he would take over the care of the orphan named Chelot.
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cado explains that the music therapy program has been holding art showings inside the Health Sciences building for three years, specifically to showcase the artwork of those with disabilities. “It’s a place for them to show their work,” Mercado said. “It’s there for those who don’t get into the galleries.” Such purposes for the Health Sciences building have also influenced Wardrep’s appearance at GC; he developed symptoms of schizophrenia in 1975, which resulted in him traveling across the country from San
Francisco to Tampa before receiving proper treatment and therapy. “He loves to do shows,” Bruce Wardrep, Bob’s brother and attendee at the showing, said. Bruce has witnessed his brother’s artistic ventures since childhood and is happy to see his brother’s work being recognized, especially when a number of his pieces have found their way overseas. “He’s sold things to State Departments, which in turn get moved to international embassies,” Bruce said.
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Kyle Shanahan / Staff Photographer Bob Wardrep visited Georgia College on Feb. 18, showcasing his post-pop artwork.
Silent auction raises $664 Kate Ramsey Staff Writer Many have heard of Eve Ensler’s infamous, intermittent play titled “The Vagina Monologues.” Ironically, fewer have knowledge of the silent art auction held on campus associated with the play. This event gave students, staff and members of the community a chance to experience and purchase artwork by making bids in the silent auction. This year marked the very first time the auction was held on its own day apart from the performance and was considered its own event. “Lizzie Scarboro and I came up with the idea to have an actual event for the auction, since they had produced an auction other years at ‘The Vagina Monologues’ show,” senior art history major Lauren Penson said, “but (it was) only a table in the hallway, so it never allowed people to actually have time to absorb the art.” The auction consisted of different pieces of artwork, ranging from ceramic vases and plates to prints
and paintings. All of the artwork in the auction was donated from various students and faculty members, creating an array of styles and mediums used. Proceeds from the artwork sold are going toward the Georgia College Women’s Resource Center in an effort to support its plan of creating a violence prevention crisis hotline for the university and community. “GC Women’s center has been trying to raise money for various projects planned for violence prevention on campus and within our community,” senior studio art major Lizzie Scarboro said. “One main on-going project is establishing a crisis line that would be available to students on campus, as well as members of the community.” A grand total of $664 was raised during the silent auction. “The artwork that did not sell will be displayed in the Women’s Center, but amazingly enough, there was so much support at the event that almost everything sold this year,” Penson said. “The bidders all came through, even at the last minute, so we didn’t
have much left over.” Scarboro, who is also the director and producer of “The Vagina Monologues,” said, “I was so overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity. It was so awesome to see all the faculty and student participation in both donating works as well as bidding on work. The night was beyond all of the expectations I had.” Scarboro also said that witnessing all of the attendees and volunteers at the event was a truly enjoyable sight after all of the hard work and preparation that went into this year’s auction. Not only were members of the art community pleased with the outcome of the event, but Women’s Center Director Jennifer Graham was too. “I was amazed at the turnout; absolutely thrilled,” Graham said. “To have $664 raised in two hours in incredible, and the artwork was amazing. I was thrilled to have gotten two pieces myself.” Because of the success of this year’s auction being on a different night from the performances, Graham hopes that this arrangement
Kate Ramsey/ Staff Photographer Senior art history major Lauren Penson (above), along with senior studio art major Lizzie Scarboro, produced a successful art auction together in conjunction with the “Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 15.The money that was raised during the auction will be donated to the Women’s Center violence prevention hotline.
will continue in the years to come. “We plan on having the auction again next year,” Graham said. “I can’t
imagine changing a thing — it was an amazing success this year. Hopefully it will just keep getting bigger and bigger.”
Steamroller rocks ‘n’ rolls open house Department of Art hosts printmaking open house for students, community
Campus club talks past and present Sarah Kelehear Contributing Writer Two Georgia College students, Britta Gervais and Joe Cornelison, saw a need for learning to extend beyond the classroom. Together, they used their shared passion for art history to create the Obscura Art History Group. The group, which began last semester, meets twice a month in room 101 of Mayfair Hall. The group’s intention is to take their passion for art and share it with GC students. Their aim is to “provide a stab of adrenaline to our art history studies, not something pointless and frivolous, but something with more kick than actual academic meat.” During their meetings they engage each other in open discussions and critiques of popular work. “We feel that by bringing lively conversation to this group we can encourage others to share our passion for art,” Britta Gervais, senior art history major and founder
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Brennan Meagher / Staff Photographer (Left) Chelsee Dickinson, English major, and Rochelle McNally, junior art major, practice printmaking techniques. (Right) Senior art and English major Peggy Des Jardines demonstrates printmaking techniques to junior mass communication major Ala Bishop and creative writing graduate student TJ Sandella at the GC Department of Art Printmaking Open House.
Laura van Tuyll van Serooskerken Contributing Writer Some artists use charcoal and some use paintbrushes, but Georgia College’s printmaking studio uses a construction-grade steamroller. “Any time you get a steamroller involved in art making, you never know what’s going to happen,” assistant professor of art Crystal Wagner said. The steamroller was used to make 54-inch wide prints at the Printmaking Open House on Thursday, Feb. 16. Plastic, paper, wood blocks and even a rug were all materials involved in completing the process. Students, as well as those in the Milledgeville community, were welcome to attend the event. Participants watched the steamroller make large prints and other demos, and even had the chance to make their own T-shirts and smaller prints. “We wanted to communicate to the com-
munity in Milledgeville what we’re doing here, how dynamic the art program is in general, and what kind of opportunities there are for students,” Wagner said. Students from printmaking classes volunteered to help attendees make their prints. Chad Lawrence, a senior printmaking and digital media major, worked at the screen-printing station helping people make T-shirts. “I’ve made a lot of shirts for Art Tank,” Lawrence said, commenting on his T-shirt making experience. Screen-printing is a messy process that involves a mesh frame, ink and a squeegee. In order to make a T-shirt, a shirt is laid down under the frame, and then a squeegee moves the ink back and forth across the screen to create a specific design. Even children were welcome to make prints. Children used water-based crayons to make the prints.
“Part of reaching out to the community is making sure that we’re also doing things that children can get involved with,” Wagner said. In addition to the demos, people could also buy prints and T-shirts. Students from printmaking classes donated all of the work that was put on sale at the event. Although patrons paid cash for their prints, one student said the monetary value of the work was not important. “The price is really about how much work each artist put in and the process they used,” senior fine art major Taylor Ehramjian said. Ehramjian volunteered to sit at the sales table, and was surprised that so many students had donated their art to be sold. The sale raised about $270, with proceeds going toward the Department of Art and an upcoming trip to the Southern Graphics Council International Printmaking Conference in New
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Q & A with Michael Ericson, photographer
Michael Ericson, sophomore marketing major, has methodically honed the craft of photography since immersing himself in the world of lenses, external flashes and tripods nearly three years ago. Now working as a freelance photographer, Ericson uses his keen eye for detail and photo composition to capture moments around Georgia College, Milledgeville and beyond. The Colonnade recently talked with Ericson to uncover what exactly makes the man behind the lens tick.
Q: When did you first become interested in photography, and how did you cultivate your talent?
slightest. You must master the lighting, posing, camera settings and more to get it just right.
A: I started photography as my senior project in high school. All seniors had to do 100 hours of a project, and I ended up with over 150 because I got tired of counting hours past the requirement. I improved my photography with all the time I spent taking photos and learning new tips and tricks from the Internet.
Q: What are your organized photo walks, and how can GC students become more involved in them?
Q: Since attending Georgia College, how has your photography work improved or changed? A: Since I made it to GCSU I have found more people to photograph in order to improve my photos. Recently, I have begun working as a freelance photographer. Q: What are your favorite subjects to shoot and why? A: I always love to photograph the beauty of women — the difficulty of capturing the perfect shot with the chance of anything being off at the
A: I set up a group called the Milledgeville Photography Walk Group on Facebook. I set up this group to organize photo walks on weekends and some weekdays for near-by photographers to join together and explore the surrounding area. I’ve been having trouble getting an event going, but if we can get more people and admins working at creating events, then we can make this a big event for photographers. Q: What advice would you give to budding photographers who would like to hone their photography skills? A: You must take all the photos that you can, as much as you can. If you have an idea for a photo, take it immediately. And if you want to learn without taking photos, then look at the many photography blogs and websites like fstoppers. com and Digital Photography School.
To see much of Ericson’s photography work to date, visit his online Flickr gallery at flickr.com/concretesurfer18. For more information on upcoming photo walks and picture-taking excursions, join the Milledgeville Photography Walk Group on Facebook.
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Continued from page 9 Orleans. The conference covers the potential of printmaking in the 21st century. The open house also included live music, including performances by David Hasslinger, Megan Sullivan, Graham Williams and John Lotour. Although there was a set list of musicians, the mu-
Continued from page 9 Wardrep’s art is described by him as “Post-Pop Realism;” nearly all of his paintings on display depicted scenes in public places: a café, a mall, a front porch and libraries. “I carry a sketchbook,” he said. “I sketch (the scenes) on paper and then move them to canvas.” Other paintings depict the
sic also had an “open mic” facet to it. “I’m saying, ‘If you play an instrument, bring it,” Wagner said. Wagner wanted students to have a venue to play their instruments, because they may not have one otherwise. The open house was about showing the capabilities of the printmaking studio and the opportunities for students
in the Department of Art, but also about building printmaking interest and skills. Lawrence commented on how his printmaking skills will help him in his future career as an artist. “I’m actually hoping to do animation of comic books (art),” Lawrence said. “Printmaking is based on the theory of multiples and reproduction.”
inside of a house or apartment, with a few individuals seated in the living room or at the kitchen table. There is a definite abstract quality to Wardrep’s work, although a number of paintings pay attention to detail. The piece entitled “The A.A. Meeting” has four individuals’ faces clearly brought out in swirls of white, green, red and yellow. Explaining the painting he said, “I wanted to make
“I carry a sketchbook. I sketch (the scenes) on paper and then move them to canvas.” Bob Wardrep, visiting artist the faces more realistic, just to show I could make something more representative.”
Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer “The Wedding Singer” hit the stage this week giving viewers the same humour and whit captured in the movie.
of the group, said. The group usually consists of about 10 to 15 members, but membership is not constant and students are free to attend meetings as they please. “It is a way for us to take learning outside the classroom and have fun with it,” Gervais said. “You know in the classroom there is always that thing of ‘I don’t want to be here,’ and Obscura is a way to have fun with art majors and minors and anyone who has an interest in art history.” By eliminating the pressures of grades and professors, the group hopes to nurture interests in art. Meetings often consist of constructive conversations about events occurring in the art world, as well as viewings of documentaries that are relevant to art history. “It is a way for students to gather together and share information that they may not have access to immediately, but by forming a network could help them gather information in the long run,” Joe Cornelison, senior art history major and co-founder of the group said. The group aims to con-
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Continued from page 9... After only eight months in the country, Bradford had a son. He cared for the boy until his time in the Peace Corps was up. It was then he realized the difficulty of adopting a child from Haiti and bringing him to live in the U.S. Bradford said the U.S. is not favorable to that type of relationship and that a representative from the U.S. Embassy in
February 24, 2012 nect the Department of Art as a whole, and encourage those who are not art majors to brush up against ideas they may find exciting. It is also convenient for the group members to share information about classes, professors and required books. Professors in the Department of Art are enthused about the group as well because it allows them to see how their teaching progresses outside of the classroom. The group concluded last semester’s meetings with a Picasso potluck, where everyone brought food to represent the artist’s different periods, and then colored pictures from a Picasso coloring book that now hang in Mayfair. The goal for this semester is to have an art exhibition that will feature students’ work. Each member of Obscura will sponsor an art student who will have three to five pieces of artwork. It is a way for the students to gain experience they may not receive in class and a way for museum studies majors, studio majors and art history majors to combine their passions. In the future they hope to take on projects such as photographic recreations of famous paintings, and have
“It is a way for us to take learning outside of the classroom and have fun with it.”
Haiti said it was nice what he did for Chelot, but that now it was time for him to go home. And he did go home without the boy he had come to know as his son. Bradford had to put Chelot in an orphanage, but he told the boy he would be back for him. Several years later, the pair reunited in the states. Chelot had journeyed to perform with a dance troupe and before the group headed back to Haiti, he hopped a train to Chicago. He stayed in Union Station in Chicago for three days, calling
Bradford at the last number he had for him. Bradford had moved and the number was old. Chelot was in the U.S. for six months before Bradford got in contact with him through email. They still face some immigration issues, but Bradford says he is not worried. This event was organized and presented in February in observance of Black History Month, according to Diversity Retention & Training Coordinator Emmanuel Little.
Britta Gervais, founder of the group “Reacting to the Past” discussions. The group is also hoping to become more involved around campus and hopes to get a booth at Campus Fest. “I have heard that there may be a masquerade ball in the works as well as the student exhibition,” sophomore art history major Lena Thompson said. The group seems to be on the road to success as a stable organization for art enthusiasts. As seniors, Gervais and Cornelison hope to instill their passion for art in the younger art students in order to continue this progressive group. The Obscura Art History Group meets every other Wednesday of the month, with specific dates changing throughout the semester. For meeting times and regular updates on the group, visit its official Facebook page, Obscura.
‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’
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The infernal Cage is set ablaze Nick Widener Reviewer To consider the first “Ghost Rider” film and its bottomless list of blunders is a most unfortunate thought. In it, Nicolas Cage has computer-generated abs. This head-scratching scene alone is enough to inspire endless laughs and ridicule and is definitely the hand-throwingup moment of the movie. But the already-dated CGI and Cage’s hairpiece seal the deal. 2007’s “Ghost Rider” is one more title in an ever-growing pot of comic book trash. But its sequel, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” spins the flaming skull in a new direction. Forget that the first film operated under the premise that its material was serious. And, however hard it may be to forget Cage’s fake abs, do so, and give him one more chance. Because “Spirit of Vengeance” has a different agenda — one willing to cater to an audience devoid of expectations. Operating under the premise of delivering absolute ludicrousness, directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor bring their own brand of visceral action to the Ghost Rider, and it works. Neveldine and Taylor directed both “Crank” films as well as “Gamer.”
In both “Crank” films, the directing duo deliver some of the most absurd action there is. Filming on rollerblades or hanging from buildings, the two know how to wield a camera like their own appendages. In these films the directors find their own style of filmmaking with a very on-the-move, forceful approach. “Spirit of Vengeance” is an evolution of this. The film is stylistically, blatantly theirs. With cutaways of brief scenes of moving comic book images, moving split screens and an immensely beautiful black and white scene of the Ghost Rider lying prone, anything goes in the film. It is an amalgam of its Marvel comics source material and the directors’ nourishment. In comparing the two “Ghost Rider” films, it is obvious that Neveldine and Taylor were certain in what they wanted from their actors. Most prevalent in his recent films, Cage has been cultivating his over-the-top acting and crafting an inimitable style. And although his hairline may recede with each film he makes, he gets a little bit better at exaggeration. Yet, in some scenes, it’s apparent Cage is holding back and isn’t overacting enough. There is a clever parallelism in
a scene in which he attempts to withhold the Rider from taking over him and is making every facial expression in his arsenal, which is quite a vast range. The story, as speculated, is nonsensical. Johnny Blaze, the Rider, is tasked with stopping the Devil, also known as Roarke (Ciarán Hinds) from taking a boy’s body and using it as his own. If Blaze stops the Devil, the wine-drinking, gun-slinging good guy, Idris Elba, promises the exorcism of the Ghost Rider spirit from Blaze forever. It is difficult not to imagine what the film would have been like if Neveldine and Taylor had written the script, as the two wrote their three previous films. But instead, it was penned by Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman and David Goyer. There is a lot more humor in this film than the first, and Cage delivers some hilarious one-liners, but the absence of Neveldine and Taylor’s script forces the film to take a step below the genius it had potential to be. Of course, the film that it turned out to be is still a fun ride. It doesn’t get any better than getting on the back of the bike with Cage.
February 24, 2012 • Editor, Anna Morris
Macon: film festival, good food, unique shops Stephanie Reagan Reviewer
The Saturday portion of Macon’s 7th Annual Film Festival was everything promised and more. From the extensive variety of programs to the distinctive venues, it was the perfect setting for a rainy afternoon in Macon. The venues were casual and comfortable for anyone that wanted to take part in the experience. Films were shown at specified locations throughout the day and all were in walking distance. The 567 Center for Renewal, which hosted all of the workshops, was a new addition to the list. Filled with artwork by Georgia College alumna Casie Pace, the loft-like space created the perfect atmosphere for listening, collaborating and coffee-drinking. The films were screened based on categories and were shown in blocks throughout the day. Attendees could plan their day based on the genre of films they preferred and experience the different venues at their own pace. Saturday’s batch of films included a variety of student, professional, local and international work. Out of the options given, the two blocks I attended were animation and narrative. The animated block exhibited an array of advanced work that explored themes including sexuality, corporate culture and historical events. One that particularly stood out was called “The Jock Strap Raiders,” which is a comical interpretation of a group of misfits trying to save Britain during WWI. The film went on to win
the animation category. The narrative film “Fractured Minds” depicts a couple seeking a solution for their marital problems during a weekend getaway. An abnormal event in the woods leads to a car wreck and a confrontation with a serial killer. In my opinion, this gruesome, psychological thriller had an interesting plot, but the quality of acting made it less convincing. On the opposite end of the genre spectrum was “#omgimtrending,” a colorful, narrative short. The quirky characters act out a story about a guy and his struggles after his relationship ends and his bike is stolen. Characters vary from sassy, out-spoken friends to a pink unicorn. The juxtaposition of imaginative creatures with tokens of pop-culture was experimental as well as comical, and the audience seemed to enjoy it immensely.
A particular highlight for screenwriting enthusiasts was the workshop with Sarah Treem. Writer and producer of HBO’s “In Treatment,” Treem’s lecture was inspiring with a refreshing dose of honesty. The Q-and-A that was held afterward created a comfortable atmosphere for writers of all ages to share their thoughts and concerns with the writing industry. “Don’t be precious with your talent” and “It’s not about who you know, it’s about who you are,” were among the bits of advice she gave the audience. A Yale University alumna and a playwright by trade, Treem believes that anxiety fuels good writing and that everyone is carrying around a “dramatic question” that they confront through their work. She encouraged the writers in the audience to send their work out as much as possible and to seek relevant feedback. Before her success with
“In Treatment,” she jokes that she could have papered her walls with rejection letters. According to her, persistence, character and mentors are crucial in making it in the screenwriting world. She believes it is essential to develop a voice as a writer and that if you’re consistently open to re-writing, your talent will grow. At the conclusion of her lecture, the audience walked away with invaluable advice and motivation. Saturday’s workshop with Beth Grant was also well received and the audience was introduced to her approach that centers on “Anyone can learn to act.” With her experience in noteworthy films such as: “The Artist,” “Donnie Darko,” “Rain Man” and “No Country For Old Men.” Her advice could have been very beneficial for anyone seeking a career in acting. “We sold more tickets than we’ve ever sold before and we had more special guests than we’ve ever had before,” Director of Marketing and Publicity Terrell Sandefur said. Sandefur believes that the workshops were successful due to the caliber of the speakers and the various perspectives they offered. Attendees had the opportunity to gain significant knowledge about writing, acting and what to do in between jobs. The overall essence of the festival was pleasantly informal and rooted in the local, Macon flavor. In between films and workshops, guests could enjoy local eateries and shops filled with character. Aside from the scheduled events, there were an abundance of opportunities to network with other filmmakers and writers that could potentially lead to great things.
Spend a fun-filled day in Macon for less than $50 Lindsay Shoemake Columnist When being stuck in Middle Georgia gets you down, never fear. Downtown Macon is only about 45 minutes away. Macon is a local hub of history, culture and the arts. To make your daytime getaway easier, we’ve compiled a handy and diverse list of eats, shopping and attractions to check out – all for less than $50. Your wallet will thank you later.
There isn’t much that can beat a delicious, quality lunch after a morning car ride. For burger fans and herbivores alike, try The Rookery, conveniently located in the heart of downtown. The Rookery embodies every quality of a rustic burger joint: cozy, dark wooden booths, scribbled-on tables and a diverse selection of beers. Despite its rough-around-theedges appearance, The Rookery’s menu features a fairly affordable selection of meals, with the average entrée running around $10-$12. Artisan burgers, fresh salads and a soup of the day are the most popular items on the menu, and The Rookery also offers delicious starters like hand-battered onion rings and cole slaw.
One of the best aspects of downtown Macon is its wide variety of retailers and specialty shops. On nearly every corner is a unique one-stop spot for goods, whether you’re browsing the market for a fixed-gear bike or a satisfying new read. For all of the bibliophiles out there, be sure to visit Golden Bough Bookstore, a quaint and disheveled bookstore that is home to thousands of titles, new and used alike. Although, upon first glance, it may appear that Golden Bough has no rhyme or reason, all titles are organized alphabetically and by genre, making your book search all the more easy. Most used books are priced from $6 to $10, with newer titles priced 10 percent below retail. Only a block away from Golden Bough is the Ginger Michelle Boutique, an upscale shop for special dresses, accessories, gifts and more. Similar to Milledgeville’s own French Vill’edge, Ginger Michelle is bursting at the seams with famous labels and up-and-coming brands. If you’re in the mood to splurge on an item for a special occasion, Ginger Michelle is the place to scour the racks.
Hot Spots Honey Vanilla Soy Tea Latte is one of many drinks served at Dolce Vita.
After devouring a satisfying lunch, head over to Dolce Vita, a swanky restaurant-café that offers handcrafted coffees, tea lattes and desserts for around $5. The fun doesn’t stop after the cake is eaten, though – your check will arrive snuggled in a vintage paperback book.
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The 567 Center for Renewal is houses numerous art exhibits as well as concerts for all different ages.
Golden Bough Bookstore has a wide variety of books ranging from Civil War books to graphic novels, all at an affordable price
Music venues, bars, theaters, cafés and parks dominate Macon, and are especially prevalent around the downtown area. While wandering around the city squares, you may find yourself face to face with the prestigious Cox Capital Theatre, The 567 Center for Renewal, or the Douglass Theatre, all of which housed free screenings of short films during the recent Macon Film Festival and host a number of concerts each year. For more outdoor-oriented visitors, Central City Park is full of free fun for families and friends. The park offers ample open space for picnics as well as a picturesque gazebo that serves as a great post-lunch photo-op.
February 24, 2012• Editor-in-Chief, Bobbi Otis
Letter to the Editor: Memes column blindly supports administration As a student of Mass Communication and prospective career-journalist, I wish that the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia College student newspaper would be more adept at defending her essential First Amendment rights. Her recent column, “Memes are offensive,” has shown a blind support of the school’s administrative agenda without consideration of its implications. History has repeatedly shown the academic journalists that offense should not be grounds for condemnation of a publication. Just ask Larry Flynt and Jerry Falwell. However ridiculous or potentially insulting the current meme trend at Georgia College may be, it should be best protected by the school’s bastions of free speech. Instead, The Colonnade seems to advo-
Our Voice We are taught for tests, not long-term learning As we go through school, we are constantly told to get good grades and join as many extracurriculars as possible to have a fighting chance at getting into the college of our dreams. But something strange often hap-
cate nothing short of censorship. A newspaper that is so quick to point out the flaws in other people – particularly those in our Student Government Association – gives no credence to another form of social critique. Memes may not be as cut and dry or antiquated as picking up a physical newspaper, but they still serve a purpose. When created correctly, the idea of a meme is to present a stereotype and then ridicule it. Any humor or offense therein, likes most jokes, is left up to the reader to infer. As a senator in the Student Government Association, some of the memes offend me by their derogatory connotations about the organization that I devote so much of my time and effort to. The microcosm of student opinion
expressed in The Colonnade about the SGA also offends me (see last week’s ‘Litter Box’). However, as a journalism student, I would stand by all of these authors’ rights to make and distribute these works any day. Though I will be graduating soon, I hope to look back on my alma mater in coming years to set a new standard for higher thought and social acceptance. But, if students decide that they wish to continue to express themselves and their concerns with cartoonish images, I will remain content in knowing that a student’s most important Constitutional right remains intact.
pens when we reach the collegiate level. We get up early to register for classes that we may or may not retain knowledge from. The Colonnade believes that in numerous instances we are taught to get good grades on tests and not necessarily taught in such a way to remember the information long term. Many professors at Georgia College, and no doubt other institutions, lecture over reading material that many students do not complete before class. When test time rolls around students, cram a few days before and sometimes the instructors tell the students specific examples of what is on the exam. This seems great at the time, but once the test is over the information
memorized in the cram session is lost. Some professors strive to combat this by having comprehensive finals detailing everything learned that semester. That may be one of the best answers to overcome this problem, but other solutions could be offered. More sections of core courses could be opened so students have more of a chance to get into them. In addition, more courses could be created to offer a wider variety of options to appeal to a more diverse group of students. The benefits to this would be twofold: more options and class sizes could be kept in check more easily, which is a mission of Georgia College. If we were able to take courses we were interested in, the information disseminated would surely stick more
-Ryan Del Campo, senior mass communication major
can possibly see it is very insensitive and wrong. The comment suggesting that women wouldn’t mind be raped by football players was incredibly wrong and distasteful. For anyone on campus to believe that rape and sexual assault are something to make fun of or suggest are things women enjoy are absurd. Other memes on the page are hilarious and I for one would like to continue to see people post things, but students should be careful about what they post. If a meme truly acts as a carry-all for cultural ideas; what does that say about our campus? I believe we have many beautiful, thoughtful, kind, and intelligent students who do not agree with the small number of bigoted, hurtful, hateful students who would attempt to assert a narrow and unlovely definition of our campus community. Some people wish everyone would “just get over it already.” However,
Reported by Marilyn Ferrelll
“Do you think more people are just hooking up rather than dating?” “Unfortunately, I believe people are more into hooking up, especially the freshman class. They’re new to college, interested in (hooking up), and on their own to do so.” Jennifer Hill, freshman French major
“I definitely think people are more geared to hooking up. People go downtown to meet people, and I don’t think downtown is for finding someone for a relationship.” Allison Peaslee, freshman theater major
“From my experience, more people are into relationships than hooking up casually. The people I know are more into being serious with someone. But maybe I’m just old fashion.” Timothy Little, senior art major
“I think people talk about hooking up more than is actually happening.” Kyle MacDougall, junior sociology major
See Close Up for more coverage on page 7
The Litter Box
Letter to the Editor: Some memes are funny, offensive ones should be considered carefully A meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena,” according to Mashable.com Memes can be used for fun and entertainment, but as we saw this past week memes can also convey messages, whether unknowingly or not. The offensive memes (the tribal child titled “Baldwin County Grade School kids” and the Ben Roethlisberger one) were quickly taken down; however, members of the group still do not understand why these memes were offensive. I was more appalled by comments on the pictures than I was by the pictures themselves. Many students wonder why the Roethlisberger meme was offensive; he harmed a fellow student of ours. To post something like that where she
Thoughts and Rants of Georgia College
that is what GC has done every time an issue has come up. The racial makeup of this campus compared to other campuses is frightening. While most schools have between 20 to 40 percent African Americans on campus, GC only had 7.9 percent as of 2011; other minority groups are even smaller. Minority groups have consistently been unheard and ignored; recently they were basically pushed off campus. The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity was recently moved from Maxwell Student Union and down past the Centennial Center. Yes, they needed more room than where they were located, but could no space be found on campus? How about the old counseling offices in Lanier Hall? GC is a public liberal arts college. We should live up to that definition. -Mary Margaret Finch, senior sociology major
Technology is not universal at GC
What do I have to do to get Matt Chambers back to save the Colonnade?!
Thank [insert deity] Tim Wise is coming to GC...I think every student should go listen to him and learn!
Oh you mean you don’t like smelling smoke as you walk past the smoking section?! Well, I don’t like seeing your cellulite through your leggings (which are not real pants, by the way).
Well, I’m sure it’s purely coincidental that within a day of The Colonnade printing a column saying one of my GCSU Memes “should be offensive to any GC student” and “is offensive, but has not yet been removed from the site,” the photo has been deleted. Thanks for being the self-appointed Arbiter of Taste for Georgia College, and having the nerve to invoke the First Amendment in one paragraph while tacitly advocating censorship in another.
Since when does a school paper fight against the students’ right to speak their minds through a communication medium?
What’s that jacket, Margiela?
As a male, I cannot stand to see quotes promoting subservient women. When one is placed in a position that looks up at another he or she cannot be fully open or honest, even in a good relationship. Regulation of social associations between the two sexes is wrong and obstructs modern human development. Patriarchal societies belong in primitive books, like your bible.
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February 24, 2012 • Editor, Sam Hunt
Baseball wins three in a row
The Side Line
Bobcats take weekend home series from Pfeiffer, beat Newberry 4-1 in comeback Sam Hunt Senior Reporter
Jen Hoffman / Staff Photographer Junior infielder Travis Echols makes contact against Clark Atlanta on Feb. 15 in a doubleheader, the Bobcats won both games against the Panthers. The Bobcats continued their success when they took the series against Pfeiffer and defeated Newberry.
Georgia College’s baseball team extended its winning streak to three games, defeating Newberry College on Tuesday. The Bobcats, who opened the season with a dozen home games, now hit the road for their next four games. They visit USC Aiken in a three-game series that starts Saturday. The Bobcats then face Newberry College on Feb. 28. “I feel like we’re finally starting to mesh,” junior catcher/infielder Cody Maas said. “I feel like everyone is kind of on the same page and starting to play more as a team.” In Tuesday’s game at John Kurtz Field, Newberry took a first-inning lead when a groundout to short plated a runner from third. The Bobcats nearly tied it in the bottom of the fifth when senior outfielder Josh Young tripled to center. But Young was stranded at third and Newberry maintained its 1-0 lead. In the seventh, GC turned the game around. A sac-fly to right by sophomore utility man Matthew Robinson plated Young from third to tie it. GC later loaded the bases with junior infielder Travis Echols at the plate. Echols was hit by a pitch, pushing home junior infielder Bryce Williams to put the Bobcats up 2-1. Maas batted next for GC and slapped
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Bobcats win one, Costs rise for lose one vs. Wolves intramural play Softball splits home doubleheader facing West Georgia, falls 7-3 in first, wins 5-2 in second Morgan Wilson Staff Reporter On Feb. 22, the GC softball team was at home to face the University of West Georgia in a doubleheader and split the two games with the Wolves. GC took the 5-2 win in its second game of the night, starting off strong by scoring four runs in the first inning. Sophomore outfielder Whitney Okvist scored on an error, followed closely by sophomore infielder Lindsey Conway, freshman utility player Kristen Humphries and senior first baseman/pitcher Haley Burnett. Humphries scored again in the bottom of the fifth as she stole home. In the first game against West Georgia, GC suffered a 7-3 loss. The game went seven innings, and GC was left behind as West Georgia scored five runs in the top of the second. GC retaliated by scoring one in the bottom of the second, by freshman infielder Mikayla Sparks, and two in the sixth, by Conway and freshman infielder Frankie Walls. The team began the 2012 Charger Chillout tournament Friday, Feb. 17 with a bang as they won their opening game 7-3 against Maryville University. Both teams remained scoreless in the first two innings of the game, until the Saints gained three runs on a pair of hits. The Bobcats
The Short Stop
Morgan Wilson Staff Reporter Early Spring intramural sports are coming to a close as the playoffs commence. Playoffs began Monday, Feb. 20, and it takes approximately two weeks for the winners to be determined. All teams that have at least an average of a 3.0 sportsmanship rating are eligible to participate in the playoffs. Each team’s sportsmanship is rated after every game on a scale from one to four, one being the most unsportsmanlike, but most teams manage a 3.0. “I really enjoy the postseason because the games mean more,” Coordinator of Recreational Sports Bert Rosenberger said. “The games get a little more interesting.” The 17 different champions, one from each league, will be announced just before the start of the late Spring intramural sports. With the end of the early Spring intramural sports comes the beginning of the late Spring sports, which brings higher fees
for participating students. “If they continue raising the price, less students are going to want to participate,” junior nursing major Stephanie Hedlund said. Beginning March 12, any student participating on an intramural team will be expected to pay $6 instead of the $5 that was necessary to partake in any early spring sport. This raise in price was established because of the increasing number of teams that continue to register each season. Also, RecSports does not receive the full amount that each student pays. There are online processing fees, so they lose almost a dollar per student, which might not seem like a lot, but with 190 teams and counting, it adds up. There is such a high demand that it is nearly impossible for RecSports to cover all the events with the mere $60,000 they are given for intramurals each year. “The bottom line is that we
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Jen Hoffman / Staff Photographer Sophomore infielder Lindsey Conway leads off in the Bobcats doubleheader against the University West Georgia on Feb. 22.
didn’t score until the bottom of the fifth when they managed five runs. GC batted through the entire lineup starting with Conway’s pinch-hit walk and ending with the Saints’ defense struggling. Senior Sabrina Chandler pitched her second win of the season with five innings of relief. GC scored their final insurance runs in the top of the sixth.
“We never gave up,” Burnett said. GC barely lost their second game of the day 2-1 against Southern Indiana University. Burnett led the team striking out six and permitting only one earned run from Southern Indiana. Junior pitcher/infielder
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marilyn Ferrell / Staff Photographer The team “Multiple Scorgasms” in the white takes on “Milly 11” in the green in coed indoor soccer at the Wellness and Recreation Center.
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Quote of the Week “I think we’re still climbing. I don’t think we’ve peaked yet. I think we still have a lot of good work to do.”
-Senior forward Mike Augustine about GC basketball
Racism in sports Kevin Hall Sports Columnist I could have written about how the refs for GC RecSports just seem to be out there for a paycheck, that they could care less about the quality of the jobs they do. Of course, that last one would probably just sound like sour grapes — mine. Instead, I bring you a subject that is way off the American sports radar: European soccer. Fabio Capello stepped down as manager of the English national soccer team last week for a number of reasons, one being the stripping of the captaincy from Chelsea defender John Terry. One of the main reasons behind this, however, was Terry’s racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. According to SI.com, Terry was accused of “shouting an offensive comment” at Ferdinand. This was only one of many racially charged controversies in the English Premier League in recent weeks. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was suspended for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. The troubling behavior has caused British Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out. In a recent ESPN.com article, Cameron said, “There was a time when football in our country was badly infected with racism. It took great effort from everyone involved in the game to kick it out.” Not only has Cameron and the EPL tried to eliminate racism from the most popular sport in the world, FIFA had a heavily publicized anti-racism campaign in the last World Cup. This campaign came in conjunction with the World Cup being on the African continent for the first time ever, more than likely because much of the racism is directed toward the black players. In the short term, what needs to be done in the EPL, FIFA and all leagues throughout the world is for each individual association and league to establish a zero-tolerance policy. If any player is found to be racially abusing any other player or fan then there needs a year-long suspension for the player. There also needs to be some kind of punishment for fans who use racially charged comments as well. Ban them from attending games in the stadium they were in when they used the comments. In the long term, when children are being taught the nuances of the game, they also need to be told that racism is unacceptable. Hopefully, if we instill this in them at a young age then these stories of racial abuse will gradually be phased out of the game. Then we can go back to paying attention to the beautiful sport for the play on the field rather than the controversies.
17 The number of wins that the Georgia College men’s basketball team has earned in their Spring season out a total of 25 games.
February 24, 2012
Tennis teams aced by Armstrong GC women’s team shut out by Armstrong Atlantic State University 9-0, men’s tennis falls to Pirates 8-1 Alan Martin Contributing Writer The recent domination the women’s tennis squad has been having this season did not continue Wednesday. The women’s and men’s teams both lost to Armstrong Atlantic State University. The women’s team, who was previously undefeated, were shut out 9-0. Armstrong beat the No. 3 seed doubles team of junior May Johnson and freshman Sara Roberts. The No. 2 duo of sophomore Ivana Marevic and freshman Leah Pridgeon fell 8-1, as did the doubles No. 1 seed team of junior Kayla Barksdale and sophomore Lisa SetyonOrtenzio. In singles, no one on the women’s team was able to even force a third set. The men’s team fell short 8-1 to the Pirates. The No. 1 seed for the Bobcats, senior Jerome Leborgne lost to Georgi Rumenov 6-1, 6-3. “Georgi was a great opponent and even though it didn’t turn out the way I wanted, there is no reason to be too disappointed,” Leborgne said. The No. 1 doubles team of Leborgne and junior Johan Wadstein fell to Mikk Irdoja and Rumenov 8-3. The men’s doubles team at the No. 2 duo of junior Tyler Franks and junior Kasper Konyves and the No. 3 GC duo junior Wictor Andersson and senior Leo Barnardes both fell to the duos of Armstrong 8-4. “We all gave it our best effort, some days it just doesn’t go the way you wanted, but there is no reason to be discouraged,” Leborgne said.
“Armstrong has a great tennis program and it is always great to play them and improve as a player.” On Feb. 18 the women’s team was at home to face two separate teams in the same day. The Bobcats defeated shutout UNC Pembroke 9-0 in the morning and defeated Clark Atlanta later that afternoon 8-1. Against UNC Pembroke in doubles competition, the No. 1 team of Johnson and Lingner beat Mia Winterbottom and Hannah Herlocker 8-3. The No. 2 team of Setyon-Ortenzio and Barksdale defeated Leigh-Anne McAfee and Shelby Bickel 8-2. The No. 3 doubles team of Marevic and Pridgeon were successful against Madeline DiNunzio and Monica Espitia 8-3. In the singles play against UNC Pembroke, Johnson played as the No. 1 seed and defeated Winterbottom 6-0, 7-5. In the women’s second match of the day against Clark Atlanta, the Bobcats only lost one match, in No. 2 doubles. Barksdale and Setyon-Ortenzio worked well together as the No. 1 seed against Clark Atlanta’s duo of Kasey Dawson and Ivory Conley and took the eight-game pro set 8-1. The team as a whole won all of its singles matches with no match going reaching a third set. The GC men’s tennis team will be playing Flager College on Saturday, Feb. 25, at noon. “This upcoming Saturday is not only another opponent, but another chance to focus on nationals,” Leborgne said. “Even though Armstrong was a disappointing loss, this game is behind myself and the team and Saturday is our new focus.”
Scott Carranza / Staff Photographer Junior Kayla Barksdale returns a shot in her singles match in the Bobcats’ match against Armstrong Atlantic State University. The women were defeated 9-0 in the match while the men lost to the Pirates 8-1.
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Women’s basketball falls to Southwestern 91-85 Kate Ramsey Staff Reporter Three Bobcats’ players scored at least 22 points in a 91-85 overtime loss to Georgia Southwestern State University on Wednesday. The game marked the second-largest offensive outbreak of the season for the Bobcats. It was a tight game throughout. The Bobcats led 41-40 at the half, but at the end of regulation the two teams were knotted at 79, sending the game into overtime. “For the rest of the season, we’re just going to play to the best of our ability and compete,” head coach Maurice Smith said. Shanteona Keys had five rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Bobcats. “My body’s not used to going this long, if I were in a high school season,” Keys said, “I’d be in the postseason already. On the court, I need to make better decisions, and try to be a better leader on the floor.” Freshman guard Enisha Donley scored a careerhigh 22 points. The women’s basketball team took on the Montevallo Falcons in Montevallo, Ala., on Saturday. This was the second time the two teams have played each other this month, both games resulting in a loss for the Bobcats. “We’ve set goals, as a team, for our games,” sophomore guard Allison Lones said. “We try to keep (the other team) under a certain number of points during the game. We need to work on our communication on defense and executing our plays.” Leading at the end of the first half, Georgia College’s promises for the win were swiftly stolen away in the second half. The two teams were tied at 31-31 with just over 10 minutes left in the game; the lead was taken and kept by Montevallo,
who finished off the game with a score of 51-41. “We need to work on our communication and just compete for the 40 minutes,” Keys said. With only a single game left in the season, the Bobcats have one more opportunity to pull it through and win. Their next game will be on Saturday at Clayton State University. “We need to stay focused on getting better for next year, and years after that,” Keys said. “We just need to stay together, we’re a family.”
a two-RBI single to left field, giving the Bobcats a 4-1 lead. Tension rose for GC in top of the eighth. Newberry loaded the bases with no outs. The Bobcats brought in junior reliever Zack Hula. Hula wasted no time in shutting down Newberry’s offense. He struck out the first two men he faced. The third grounded out to end the threat. “They just swung and missed. You put the ball in the zone and it’s a lot harder for them to hit it than for them not to hit it,” Hula said. “You’ve just got to put it over the plate and let them do what they do.” GC did not let up on the Wolves and held onto its 4-1 lead for the remainder of the game, the Bobcats’ third in a row. Last weekend, the Bobcats hosted Pfeiffer University in a three-game series. After dropping the first game to the Falcons, GC came back and took games two and three from Pfeiffer to claim the series. In the first game of the series on Feb. 17, the Bobcats took an early lead when a sacrifice fly hit by Maas allowed Young to score to give GC a 1-0 lead. Pfeiffer came back in the sixth when an error by the GC infield allowed the Falcons tie the game 1-1. In the eighth inning, Pfeiffer took control of the game when a single hit through the left side scored a run and gave the Falcons a 2-1 win. After their loss in game one, the Bobcats stepped back on the field on Friday to face the Falcons for a second time. GC was first to score when a sacrifice fly by Young scored senior outfielder Patrick Daugherty in the third. The Bobcats extended their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Young scored on a double to center by senior infielder Tanner Funk. The Falcons responded in the top of the sixth when they scored a run on a single through the left side. In the bottom of the eighth, GC struck again when it scored four runs, including a two-RBI hit by Funk that gave the Bobcats a 6-1 win.
“Home or the road, it doesn’t really make a big difference, we’ve just got to keep playing better baseball.” Tom Carty, head coach Pfeiffer and GC returned to West Campus for game three on Feb. 18 for the series’ deciding game. In the fifth inning, Echols singled to left field and drove in Williams. In the bottom of the seventh, when Williams stepped up to bat, he hit a triple when he sent to ball to right center field and brought in Young for an RBI. Williams struck a second time in the seventh when he ran from third to home after a wild pitch and scored. Maas kept up the pace when he singled to right field for a two RBI hit, giving GC a 5-0 lead. The Falcons attempted to make a comeback in top of the eight when a two-RBI hit by Pfeiffer’s Cole McGraw and an RBI hit from Preston Lyon set the score at 5-3. Daugherty stepped up for the Bobcats in the bottom of the eight and brought in Young off a single hit to left center for an RBI. After he was on first for his RBI single hit, Daugherty stole second and then advanced to third from an error by the Falcons’ catcher. Daugherty then scored when Williams hit a sacrifice fly and brought in Daugherty, giving the Bobcats the 7-3 win and then giving them the series over Pfeiffer. “If we continue to pitch well we’ll be in games and then give our offense patience and time. It seems like we’re scoring some runs late but it’s taking us a little longer to figure guys out,” head coach Tom Carty said. “Home or the road, it doesn’t really make a big difference, we’ve just got to keep playing better baseball.”
February 24, 2012
Men’s basketball extends winning streak to four Sam Hunt Senior Reporter
The Georgia College men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games when it defeated Georgia Southwestern State University 60-58 on Wednesday night with an overtime victory. “I still think we’re climbing. I don’t think we’ve peaked yet,” senior forward Mike Augustine said. “I think we still have got a lot of good work to do.”
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are a big school intramurals department on a small school’s budget,” Rosenberger said. Many students disapprove of the price increase because they are already giving so much to the school, but what is not considered is that there is no other way to allow everyone to play. The school is not making a profit because all the money received is spent on the students. “I don’t like that RecSports is raising the price next year to play sports,” junior mass communication major Allison LeFevre said. “I play a lot of intramural sports and because of that, the price is expensive already. I think $5 is a good median price, and they should stick with that.” According to Rosenberger, RecSports generates between $50 and $60 per team in revenues, but it costs be-
After two aggressive halves, the Bobcats and the Hurricanes were tied 51-51, sending the game into overtime. In the five minute overtime period, GC was trailing 57-58 with 39 seconds remaining when Augustine sank a three pointer to pull the Bobcats ahead for the 60-58 win. “Right now we still need to work on defense, trying to stick together, play our pack defense and playing to the level of our competition,” Augustine said. “We need to take care of
tween $100 and $130 for each team, so they are not receiving nearly enough money from the students alone. Also, $3,200 in student fees are spent each week for intramurals. “If we didn’t increase the fee, we wouldn’t be able to let everyone play,” Rosenberger said. “We are not making money. We are just trying to charge enough money to accommodate everyone that wants to play.” Along with encouraging students to participate in existing intramural sports, RecSports also invites students to come forward with any new ideas they might have. Certain sports, such as ultimate, have been started at GC because enough students were interested in forming a team, so RecSports is open to suggestions. Rosenberger is open to hearing any questions, concerns or ideas. Those interested in contacting him may email him at bert.rosenberger@gcsu. edu.
teams that we can beat single handedly instead of playing to their level and then go ahead and take care of business and knock them out.” On Saturday, GC secured a road game win against the University of Montevallo 61-52. “I feel that it was a huge win, not only for our record wise and our standings but emotionally too,” senior forward Mike Augustine said. “They beat us three times last year and we felt like we owed them one.” Throughout the game, the lead
was frequently exchanging between both teams. The first lead over 10 points did not come until 1:11 remained in the when two free throws made by Augustine gave GC a 60-50 lead. GC remained ahead for the remainder of the game and secured the win. The leading scorer for the Bobcats against Montevallo was Augustine, who led GC with 14 points. Senior forward Ryan Aquino seconded that with 12 and led the team in rebounds with 15. “We battled the whole game, we
weren’t going to take a loss,” Augustine said. “We were going in and coming out with a win no matter what.” The Bobcats play their final regular season game on Saturday against Clayton State University. “We’re just going to pretty much focus on our different scenarios, different types of defense we’re going to throw at them and what we’re going to do offensively,” Augustine said. “We’re going to try to stay focused on having the same kind of intensity and heart we’ve been playing with.”
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Jen Hoffman / Staff Photographer Freshman infielder Mikayla Sparks at the plate in the GC’s double header against West Georgia on Feb. 22. The Bobcats lost the first game to the Wolves 7-3 and won game two 5-2.
Dani Gallucci scored the first run gaining GC an early lead. Burnett avoided a grand slam from Indiana as she pitched three straight outs. “We did really good this weekend,” Burnett said. “We just keep getting bad luck in the seventh inning.” The weather took a toll on the tournament, forcing Saturday games to be rescheduled and GC’s Sunday games against Northern Kentucky University (3-1) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (11-6) to be cancelled. The Bobcats played their final games Feb. 18 when they beat the University of Missouri-St. Louis 9-1 in just five innings. Scoring five in the first inning and a pair in the second, GC took an early lead. Sophomore catcher/infielder Kelsea Martin contributed a run, as well as Okvist, who went 2-for-4. “The Rollins game was the best,” Gallucci said. “It was a team effort. (The win) took the whole team.” Just before GC’s overwhelming victory, they suffered a devastating 6-5 loss in extra innings to Rollins College. Gallucci pitched five innings of relief as she struck out four and allowed no earned runs. Gallucci, along with Martin and Burnett scored four out of the team’s five runs. Gallucci was 2-for-3, while Martin and Burnett were 2-for-4. GC was unable to take advantage of the eighth inning tiebreaker, and Rollins pulled ahead to take the Check out win. “We did really well,” head GCSUnade com coach Jamie Grodecki said. for more the “We’re putting all the pieces information Georgia College together. We’re where we softball team’s thought we would be at this doubleheader point in the season.”
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