The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College
April 12, 2013
Health Services treats highest chlamydia count
Volume 89, No. 22
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‘Believe in the hype‘
Latino fraternity hosts dance competition to unify fraternities and sororities Mark Watkins Senior Reporter It was the bass heavy beats of Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and similar artists that GC students, alums and friends of both were cavorting to at the warm-up to Clash of the Titans. Various matching stitch letters and coordinating outfits bounded between the large groups clustered inside Russell Auditorium. The attendees gathered to watch and participate in a dance competition that invited fraternities and sororities to enjoy a lively performance and celebrate diversity on GC’s campus. “The whole goal is to promote Greek unity on our campus and involve the community in a diverse event,” Joe Coleman, Lambda Sigma Upsilon (LSU) brother and organizer of the event, said. People danced, girls laughed, guys did too, and everyone was “hype.” This hype was the slogan for the event with the hosting fraternity, LSU having “Believe in the hype” printed on the front of their shirts.
Nicole Field Staff Writer Georgia College Health Services has diagnosed 15 cases of chlamydia in a month’s span from late February to early March. “We usually have one to three cases a month, so this was a substantial increase for us,” said Alice Loper, the clinic director. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the US. 1 in 15 sexually active females aged 14-19 years has chlamydia, according to the CDC. The CDC estimates that 2.86 million infections occur annually, but a large number go unreported because most people with chlamydia do not have symptoms and do not seek testing. Some GC students called the high number an “outbreak,” but Loper suggested otherwise.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the US. 1 in 15 sexually active females aged 14-19 years has chlamydia, according to the CDC.
“I would not call this an outbreak but rather a significant increase in the number of cases we typically see. What (this) means is there may be a common source, one infected person having multiple sex partners, or people resuming sexual activity before they should. Persons with chlamydia should abstain from having sex for seven days after single dose antibiotics, or until completion of a sevenday course of antibiotics, to prevent spreading the infection to partners.” Chlamydia is spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex. Condoms are the best defense against any STD but are not a guarantee. The only absolute method to avoid exposure to an STD like chlamydia is abstinence or to have one, uninfected life partner. Untreated chlamydia can cause infertility in females due to the infections affecting the fallopian tubes that damage them, preventing pregnancy. Complications are rare in men, but infection sometimes spreads to the tube that carries sperm from the testis, causing pain, fever, and, rarely, infertility. Health Services suggests that all students be tested on a regular basis if sexually active. This is in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation that all sexually active women age 25 or younger be tested at least once each year. “Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics but reinfection easily occurs if sexual activity is resumed too soon after treatment. Some people have no symptoms when they have chlamydia and sometimes it is several weeks
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Mykel Johnson / Contributing Photographer Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Incorporated strolls during the third round of the third-annual Clash of the Titans stroll competition, Saturday, April 6, in Russell Auditorium. Mu Sigma Upsilon won second place overall.
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Students aid in Central State revival Class creates signs for campus’ walking tour Tayler Pitts Staff Writer Central State Hospital has installed new, informative signs around its campus. The Central State Local Redevelopment Authority and Randahl Morris, professor of mass communication, worked together to have the signs designed and installed by the end of March. These signs are intended to show off the facility’s history and reconnect the community with CSH. “We were approached by Dr. Morris who saw a need for a historical guide on the campus, which the CSH LRA completely agreed with,” said Steffi Beigh, a senior mass communication major, who also works with CSH. “We were thrilled with the community engagement and approach by Dr. Morris. People hold CSH very dear to their hearts. This community thrived off CSH; it was the economic engine of this town in the 1960s.” Central State is determined to bring the community closer to the estate’s history and shed some positive light on the hospital’s past. Providing the opportunity for self-guided walking tours is something the hospital wants to achieve. At the moment, only by appointment can people access the CSH museum, but with the addition of these signs, CSH is trying to make the history more obtainable. Not only
“The signs are part of an overall effort by the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority to re-engage with the community.” Randahl Morris, mass communication professor will the signs increase the historical information on the campus, but it allows residents and students to have better access as well. “The signs are part of an overall effort by the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority to re-engage with the community,” Morris said. “They are in the midst of redefining the Central State campus so the historic walking tour is a critical communication tool for them.” The signs were designed by one of Morris’ classes. The project, which was to create a self-guided tour, started in early March and it took two weeks for the class to complete. The students researched and explored the CSH campus and its history. The class made the overall decisions on
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Sarah K. Wilson / Staff Photographer A new sign installed on Central State’s campus informs visitors of various historical facts and points of interest on the grounds.
GC Gardening Club narrows down prospective plots Anna Morris Senior Reporter Imagine walking into The MAX for the usual dinner fare. Pizza to the right. Burgers to the left. Now imagine having the option to eat delicious vegetables and fruits grown right on Georgia College’s campus. This is exactly what GC’s Environmental Science Club is working on for the upcoming years. It began as an answer to the nationwide Real Food Challenge, but the campus community garden is meant to be yet another stepping stone toward becoming a sustainable campus. The driving mission behind the Real Food
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The university installed a carillon system on top of Russell Auditorium as a result of President Steve Dorman’s urgings. The system plays the university’s alma mater once each day of the week.
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Challenge is to provide a healthy and green food economy to universities. Junior biology major Leigh Vinson is hopeful that the creation of the campus community garden will provide students with healthy local food. “We are hoping to possibly use some of our crop profit to fulfill at least some of the food at The MAX,” Vinson said. As an extra step, four GC students and members of the Environmental Science Club, Vinson, Ellen Gaither, Lena White and Paul Murray, attended the National Summit for the Real Food Challenge in Baltimore this March. “We gained critical campaign skills and con
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Quotable “I work on bikes, my career is going to be bike-oriented ... everything I do revolves around bikes.” -James Hendershott, Milledgeville biker
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Map Contributed by GC Gardening Club
Farmers Market to add pavilion in June...............2 Technology bridges gap............................................3
Sounds of the South coverage...............................11 Student bares all in exhibit...................................12
Bobcats win Carty’s 200th...................................15 GC plays hardball with drug policy.....................16 Leisure................................................................10 Community News........................................7
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Farmers market to add pavilion by June MARY-MARTIN WHITE STAFF WRITER
NICK WIDENER / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER The grassy area the farmers market is located on will soon be transformed with a pavilion featuring an indoor area for vendors and shoppers. The pavilion will ﬁt up to 15 vendors, with room for more vendors outside.
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nected with students from across the United States and were inspired by stories that will help us be more effective in our work, so we can see a real shift in our food economy,” Vinson said. According to sophomore environmental science major Zoe Scott, one of the most important aspects of getting the community garden on campus is to have GC review and accept the proposal. “To start a garden on campus, we have to write up a green fee proposal and work out all of the details in order to get funding,” Scott explained. “We are in the process of doing this now.” Three potential sites for the garden have been chosen, two of which are located on West Campus and the other at GC’s compost site. The next step for the club will involve recruiting members and establishing themselves as an RSO as well as conducting soil analyses on the potential sites. Both Scott and Colin Maldonado, president of the Environmental Science Club and senior environmental science major, believe the community garden will not only be a good way to provide the campus with local food, but it will also be a good learning experience for everyone. “The ultimate goal of the garden would be
“Aesthetics are an integral part of mental health and balance, and we want to provide students, faculty and staff with a relaxing ‘getaway’ from the normal bustle of city life.” Colin Maldonado, environmental science club president to have an educational cornerstone on sustainability here on campus,” Maldonado said. “We would like to provide students with the opportunity of getting hands on education with sustainable agriculture practices.” Although the garden will help fulﬁll the mission of the Real Food Challenge, it will also supply the campus and community with a nice place to visit. “Aesthetics are an integral part of mental health and balance. and we want to provide students, faculty and staff with a relaxing ‘getaway’ from the normal bustle of city life,” Maldonado said. According to the gardening club’s most recent minutes, cultivation and harvesting of crops is set to begin Spring 2014.
Fraternity and sorority competitions begin
JESSICA WINSKI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pink pompoms twirled through the air as members of Phi Mu broke out in cheers when they won the ﬁrst round of penalty kicks. PKs kicked off the second night of the annual Greek Week event and were followed by softball later Tuesday evening. For the full story, check back next week.
From fresh homegrown vegetables and fruits to unique beeswax and soaps, the Milledgeville Farmers Market provides hundreds of customers with their “Georgia Made Georgia Grown” groceries each week. This summer, the market has plans to add a pavilion to the current shopping area, which hopes to be completed by the end of June. The new pavilion will be toward the middle of the grassy area on their current location at 222 E. Hancock St., next to Golden Pantry. It will be surrounded by the grassy area and will be a 40-by-60 foot metal structure built on concrete. The contract is currently out to bid for local contractors, and the contractor with the lowest bid will begin building by the beginning of May. The pavilion was made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grant to the local market of $42,000, along with the generosity of the city itself and a small number of donations provided for any extra money needed. The pavilion will have a tin roof, electricity, fans and a handicapped-accessible bathroom. The pavilion will have room for 10-15 vendors
“We hope the pavilion will attract many more wonderful customers to the Farmers Market. We also have plans to have at least one activity each month, whether that be a game or live entertainment by local artists.” Carlee Schulte, Milledgeville Mainstreet director to be inside, and many more will be able to set up their areas right outside the pavilion in the grassy area that surrounds it. Farmers Market committee member, market manager, and vendor, Warren Moore is looking forward to the pavilion being installed. “With the sweltering Georgia heat that we are all too familiar with, the pavilion will pro
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Professor presents different perspectives behind racism SARAH K. WILSON STAFF REPORTER On the topic of racism, a number of people say the issue is something of the past. Racism brings to mind images more often found in history books covering the 1950s and ‘60s than in present day. Yet according to Robert Bernasconi, racism today is alive and well. On Tuesday, Bernasconi visited Georgia College to speak about racism in A&S Auditorium, which was fully packed with students and faculty eager to hear the well-known researcher speak. Bernasconi is a writer and a philosopher, having earned his doctorate from Sussex University. He has taught at the University of Essex, the University of Memphis, and he is currently teaching at Pennsylvania State University, where he holds the Edwin Erle Sparks Chair of Philosophy. “Why do I talk all the time about race? You must understand; I am a philosopher,” he said at the beginning of Tuesday’s lecture, “And philosophers discuss things we don’t understand.” Bernasconi admitted to knowing very little about racism in the United States until he moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1988. Once there, he said he was astounded by everyday occurrences that others found normal. “I naturally found myself uncomfortable around older white people (in Memphis), as they would constantly ask about my accent,” he said. Being from Newcastle, England, Bernasconi has a thick English accent that stood out upon his arrival in the southern U.S. To avoid the discomfort of constantly being questioned over his British background, Bernasconi began attending churches and clubs usually frequented by Memphis’ black community. It was there that he formed close friendships and developed an interest in discussions on race. “I found black people’s experiences were not being heard by white academics,” Bernasconi said. “This is something I wanted to change. I owe all of my interest to my friends (in Memphis), and I have an obligation to them.” That obligation led Bernasconi to write many published articles on race, racism, slavery, African philosophy and related topics. He is well known in the academic community for his studies on the way perceptions of racism have changed over time. “I emphasize to make the world a less racist place,” he said in the lecture. “We must understand that racism is a global problem. Racism
“If we don’t do more to identify the new form of racism happening in this country, then these lives (being prejudiced against) do not matter to us, and if we do not care, we are truly racist.” Robert Bernasconi, professor of philosophy is constantly changing, constantly reinventing itself. If anti-racism is going to be effective, we ... need to understand how racism operates.” In his talk, Bernasconi provided his audience with a verbal timeline of the word “racist,” beginning in 1669 and leading up to the present day. According to his research, there was no ofﬁcial deﬁnition of race until 1775, and it wasn’t until 1936 that the word “racist” was introduced into the English language. It was after the 1960s, in which the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power shook America, that racism began to change. It is still a problem in our society, but one more difﬁcult to identify than it was before the Civil Rights Movement. “If we don’t do more to identify the new form of racism happening in this country, then these lives (being prejudiced against) do not matter to us, and if we do not care, we are truly racist,” he said. Some students in the audience were moved by Bernasconi’s talk. “People think of racism as something that happened in the past,” Jennifer Clark, sophomore philosophy major, said. “But that just isn’t the case. It is so good to hear someone bring this up in the present.” Other students shared this sentiment. “The issue of race is so frustrating to me,” Audrey Smith, senior political science major, said. “It’s 2013. We should not be having this discussion.” Bernasconi ended the talk on an upbeat note, citing the youth generation as a beacon of hope. “You are the new generation,” he said. “Part of what gives me hope is that your attitudes (toward race) seem to be different than previous generations. The question is: what are you going to do to make sure future generations don’t look back at us the way we look back at those past?”
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Continued from page 1 after exposure for symptoms to occur. ... We typically test for cure, meaning the test would be repeated after the seventh treatment day to make sure the infection is no longer present,” Loper said. The STD tests are sent out to the lab and take about a week for results. Health Services will usually notify students by phone either to come in to discuss their results or inform them that the results are negative. “The infection is discussed and they are instructed to abstain from sexual intercourse. They are encouraged to tell any sexual partners they have had, to come be tested. At every STD screening, students are always encouraged to use condoms,” Loper said. In order to raise sexual health awareness after this signiﬁcant increase in chlamydia, Rachel Sullivan, University Health Educator continues to offer sessions on safe sex. She is often asked by Residence Halls, sororities, fraternities and other groups on campus to do presentations covering all STDs. “Ways to protect yourself from contracting an STD include abstinence, using a barrier protection method every time, during every sex act, getting tested regularly, knowing your partner’s sexual history, and knowing what is normal for your body and what is not. Monthly self-exams are important to monitor this,” Sullivan said. Speciﬁcally, in regard to the increase in chlamydia cases, Sullivan said Health Services encourages all students to get tested. If they test positive, they should inform every-
“Our biggest push is for students to stop having unprotected sex and use a condom every single time. Chlamydia is known as the silent STD because most people do not present symptoms and it is very easily transmitted.”
one they have been sexually intimate with. Sarah Gibson, a senior community health major has learned a great deal about the risks of unprotected sex through her coursework. “I’m just surprised at the number of people who are not protecting themselves when it comes to safe sex. It seems like by this time in our lives we’ve been hearing it long enough to know how common STDs are and how risky it is to not use protection,” Gibson said. “Our biggest push is for students to stop having unprotected sex and use a condom every single time. Chlamydia is known as the silent STD because most people do not present symptoms and it is very easily transmitted,” said Sullivan, when asked how we can prevent this STD from spreading. Students can make a conﬁdential appointments to be tested with Health Services by calling 478-445-5288 or by visiting the clinic located in the Wellness Center.
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MARK WATKINS / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER The downtown learning center offers expensive, high-quality programs and computers to the public, and serves as an ofﬁce space for small local businesses that need a physical facility to meet with clients.
Digital Bridges offers working space for businesses STEFFI BEIGH SENIOR REPORTER In 2008, Digital Bridges was formed under the Knight Foundation, which granted $1.5 million to Georgia College with the purpose of utilizing technology to empower Baldwin County citizens. By increasing digital literacy within the community, Digital Bridges hopes to assist in developing innovative leadership, according to its website. Digital Bridges has accomplished its mission by providing computer clinics, website development assistance, social media management and free use of internet and software programs. Most people in Milledgeville are aware of the variety of technology services Digital Bridges provides, but Digital Bridges may be contributing more to Milledgeville than they think. Recently, Digital Bridges has shifted its focus from serving technology assistance to further assisting Milledgeville’s economic development. Through various partnerships with local community projects and committees including Milledgeville Baldwin County’s Chamber of Commerce, the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority, the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority and the Georgia Small Business Development Center, Digital Bridges has worked as the liaison between the community leaders and community members. After gaining relationships with the workforce development committees in Milledgeville, Digital Bridges has slowly transitioned into serving a greater focus on economic and community development. “We want to move and shake as much of the economy and pick up the pieces that have fallen apart here,” Tommy Cook, Digital Bridges director, said. Digital Bridges works closely with programs including Business Before Hours, Young Professionals, Partners for Progress, nonproﬁt organizations and others to engage with organizations who further push for Milledgeville’s
economic growth. “We are trying to shift our model to ﬁt the best of the community,” Cook said. Digital Bridges users have approached the company seeking services they haven’t provided. Cook says Digital Bridges will help provide services or will help ﬁnd someone who can. “We will do almost anything. We try and say no to nothing,” Cook said. So far, they haven’t said no to anything. Just recently, Digital Bridges introduced a mobile tenant plan for community members. The mobile tenant plan was brought on after Mark Brownlow approached Digital Bridges to use their facility regarding his new business, Need a Nerd. Need a Nerd works to ﬁx software and hardware issues on electronic gadgets including smart phones, cell phones, tablets, desktops and laptops. Brownlow reached out to Digital Bridges after he experienced dangerous work environments. Because Brownlow didn’t have a permanent business ofﬁce, he would make house calls to ﬁx customers’ gadgets. He sought a safer work environment at Digital Bridges where he now has a centralized ofﬁce for his clients. A mobile tenant plan allows Digital Bridges to become a co-working space for local entrepreneurs or business owners. The plan charges an affordable fee for unlimited use of Digital Bridges resources, assisting local entrepreneurs’ start-up costs. These resources include printing, Wi-Fi access, computers, software programs, ofﬁce space and supplies. Further assisting local businesses, Digital Bridges also provides website development at a rate of $250 to $500 and the Georgia Small Business Development Center services. The Georgia Small Business Development Center is a business consulting ﬁrm for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Digital Bridges hosts a space to the SBDC for Milledgeville’s local entrepreneurs. Cook says Digital Bridges continues to seek “creative and sustainable projects” for the Milledgeville community.
New environmental group strives for service, change Earth Action Team arrives at GC with projects in mind ANNA MORRIS SENIOR REPORTER They can be seen all over campus – blue bins strategically placed for recycling everything from newspapers to ink cartridges. The purpose of these bins is obvious. They put Georgia College one step closer to being a more environmentallyfriendly campus. And a handful of dedicated individuals are helping to make this happen. Enter the Earth Action Team: A group of hardworking students whose mission is to promote sustainability at GC through service projects. The team, ofﬁcially formed a mere two months ago, has been in the making ever since sophomore environmental science major and team member Holly Nix decided she wanted to provide more on-campus recycling opportunities during January of last year. “What started it is Dr .Oetter and I were writing a recycling proposal for the student Green Fee Committee,” Nix explained. “We were trying to get recycling bins inside the dorms, for each student to have individually. … But part of the issue was we wanted students to volunteer to empty out the recycling bins, but now it’s going to transfer over into custodial. But after that transi-
“The more involved, the more things we can get done. The more hands you have helping, the more improvement you’ll come across.” Colin Randall, team secretary tion we still wanted to make a student group who would be trained in recycling, speciﬁcally. We also wanted to branch out into other things like water quality and energy.” Despite having recycling bins in every on-campus building, the Earth Action Team is still looking to expand to college apartments. In order to do this, they will need to get permission as well as explain how important recycling really is. “[Getting apartments to participate] is just word of mouth and stressing to the people in charge how much of a concern it is and making them want to get involved and help the planet live a little,” Alicia Shean, sophomore business management major and team treasurer, said. Although the team’s biggest
project is recycling, there are other projects they are working on. “The main reason the Earth Action Team exists is for recycling on campus,” Colin Randall, sophomore environmental science major and team secretary, said. “We’d like to have other ways to get people involved in other environmental work. We’ll do [an event called] Rivers Alive, and we also might plants some trees and adopt a highway. But our most consistent thing is recycling.” Next up for the team will be the Rivers Alive event being held in conjunction with Earth Week, happening April 19 at the creek behind the Piggly Wiggly on Wayne Street. “Rivers Alive is the ﬁrst main, hands-on activity we’re doing,” Randall said. “It’s going to be really hard work, so you gotta come prepared. Bring your boots and a shirt you don’t mind getting mud on.” Because of the surplus of environmental organizations on campus, it is easy to get all of them mixed up. But the Earth Action Team stands out for being a service projectbased team. “This is through the GIVE
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how many signs should be created, where they would go and what they would look like. After two weeks of working, the class ﬁnalized the plans and sent them to Custom Signs and Designs. A week later their seven signs were installed at CSH on March 29. “Central State gave our class free range over all that was done concerning the signs. Our only limit was a $1,200 budget. We got to pick the sign design, layout and all of the content,” Morgan Boswell, sophomore mass communication major, said. In addition the class also designed a walking brochure to accompany the signs, and in the future, CSH hopes to install brochure holders for the walking tour to help accommodate those visiting the site. “We designed seven signs and a ﬂyer for the walking tour,” Boswell said. “Each of the signs explained important historical information about the following buildings: Walker, Greene, Jones, Cornerstone and Powell. We had a sign about each of the buildings, one about the history of Central State itself and one about the future of Central State.” The purpose of the signs is to draw attention to the heritage and culture of the surrounding buildings, while making it reasonably easy to approach by the public.
The group uses the slogan to promote the fraternity’s personality. “Hype is like inﬂuence. It’s like ... live above the inﬂuence,” Nasahn Punham, a visitor from New Jersey, said. “But it can be so much more than that too, you know. It’s not, like one thing, you really just make it your own.” The event was supposed to start at 7 p.m., but it was around 7:23 p.m. when the lights went down. Usually, when the lights go down in most events, the place quiets down for the show to start. That didn’t happen. People found their seats, but soon as the lights dropped, groups started calling out their chapters’ mottos or their letters in loud displays of support. Guys would stand up and shout what can only be described as battle cries, arching their back and cupping the hands to their mouths as they shouted support of their fraternity. The president of LSU came out and gave a quick introduction, announced a rafﬂe and reminded the audience that a portion of the money raised will go to the fraternity’s philanthropy. Since its creation in 1979, the fraternity has donated to philanthropies dedicated to HIV/AIDS research and support. Half of the money raised by the GC chapter was put aside to send brothers to the AIDS walk in New York City,
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SARAH K. WILSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The signs encourage students and community members to visit Central State and recognize its historical signiﬁcance to both Milledgeville and Georgia.
CSH is hoping to bring the Milledgeville community closer to the hospital by allowing them a better chance to see CSH’s past from a different perspective. “The project is creating a lot of excitement. Now when you go on campus, instead of feeling like a ghost town, it looks like something interesting is happening,” Morris said. “The students were very respectful of the 170 years of history but were also able to incorporate a new vision for the campus. It’s the best of both worlds.” With as much history that CSH has to offer, it was clear that having some edifying signs to accurately inform the public would prove beneﬁcial. The still
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vide a cool shopping area for both the vendors and customers,” Moore said. “The pavilion will give vendors the option to either set up their tents in the grassy area in front of it, or to move inside the pavilion to set up their items. That way, vendors will not have to go through the trouble of setting up a tent if they choose.” Fortunately, the process of building the pavilion will not take away any of the customers’ shopping time from the market. The marketplace will temporarily be moved over only about 30 feet for the construction, but they will keep their normal hours every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. with no planned interruption. “We hope the pavilion will attract many more wonderful customers to the Farmers Market. We also have plans to have at least one activ-
operational part of the hospital will soon be completely emptied of patients and closed for licensed use. However, with the new signs and the prospect of having guided tours around the entire campus, the community will now have better chance to interact with everything CSH has to offer. “The signs’ main purpose is to educate the community, and remind the community that the CSH LRA and CSH is very much appreciate and respect the CSH’s history,” Beigh said. “Although CSH is not the economic engine and support for this town anymore, it still deserves tremendous recognition, and we will never lose sight of what CSH used to be.”
ity each month, whether that be a game or live entertainment by local artists,” Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville Mainstreet, said. “We also are planning on starting a punch card in order for customers to save money through making purchases at the market.” Customers will receive punches on their cards from each vendor, when they make a purchase. Once the customer receives 10 punches on their card, they will give receive $1 in “market bucks,” and the card will be entered in a drawing for $25 in market bucks as well. A new winner will be announced the ﬁrst Tuesday of each month. Moore said he is excited with the new plans for the Farmers Market. “It creates excitement in the community by both the vendors and customers,” Moore said. “It will be more of an aesthetically pleasing site in Milledgeville that we are all excited about.”
Continued from page 3 Center, so we have to be a philanthropic organization, whereas the Sustainability Council isn’t philanthropic, and neither is the Environmental Science Club,” Randall said. “Everything we have to do has to go to the better of the environment.” With a smile, Shean added, “We’re the ones that do the doing.” As of right now, the team is relatively small, consisting of eight members. But they are still hopeful about the amount of things they will accomplish within the near future. “We’re small, but we’re strong,” Shean said. “The more involved, the more things we can get done. The more hands you have
one of the largest gatherings supporting AIDS victims and research. After which the moderators of the event came out and brought up the ﬁrst group. The dances were broken up into three acts and each act featured a style of strolling. This dance style originated in the 1920s with historically black Greek organizations. Strolls are a synchronized routine performed in a single ﬁle line to a strong beat, usually hip hop or R&B. All the brothers and sisters in the groups performed dynamic dances that took them around the stage in a wild series of pumps, struts and hip thrusts. Intermission was a 15-minute break that instead stretched to a raucous 25 minutes. As soon as the lights went down the stage ﬂooded with audience members as the bass-heavy beats came back on. The second half was equally as lively as the ﬁrst, and the audience continued to show its support for all the performances. “We’re here to support each other,” Lashaa Jones said, a junior at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. “These are our brothers and sisters.” Visitors traveled from all over the country to visit the dance. LSU invited campus dance groups to exhibit a dance at the event and both the Salsa club and the Sassy Cats performed. “It’s really cool to be exhibiting,” Carly Reiner, sophomore psychology major, said. “It’s nice to see a different type of dance.”
“The more involved, the more things we can get done. The more hands you have helping, the more improvement you’ll come across.” Alicia Shean, sophomore business major helping, the more improvement you’ll come across.” If someone is interested in getting involved with the Earth Action Team and helping to promote sustainability on campus, they are encouraged to go through the GIVE Center or contact Nix personally.
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April 12, 2013 • Editor, Scott Carranza
constantina Scott kokenes Carranza James Hendershott never had a car until February when he bought a yellow Mazda Protégé 5. The 25-year-old senior psychology major claims he’s never needed one. “I do everything bike related. I’ve been getting around everywhere I live to do all my shopping (and) everything by bike,” he explains, taking a swig of Miller High Life. Hendershott has built his life around them. “I live a bike lifestyle,” the cyclist says, with the kind of love and enthusiasm one might reserve for a child. “I work on bikes, my career is going to be bike-oriented ... everything I do revolves around bikes.” He does mean everything, even something as trivial as shopping for clothes. He bases his wardrobe on its ability to hold up on the streets. He looks as if he’s ready to hop on the nearest bike and ride away. And he’s been riding ever since he was a kid. “I’ve been racing (and) riding bikes since middle school,” he says. “I started racing when I was young and throughout high school. I’d ride to school and after practices, I’d ride.” Riding was freedom, a taste of the BMX lifestyle. But it’s harder to race with so much class-work and responsibility. To keep the freedom, he lives a bike lifestyle at college. All of his stress disappears when he rides. “For me to escape (and) handle all of the stresses of my life, I ride,” he says. He’s not alone in feeling that way. Colin Maldonado, senior environmental science major, and Benton Meadows, junior music and English major, live their lives around bikes as well – although Maldonado explains it differently, noting Hendershott’s extreme passion. “I think a bike lifestyle is you do everything by bike, not necessarily that your entire life is based around (it) – I think that’s extreme ” he says, also dressed for riding: He’s wearing a bright orange windbreaker and one of his pant legs is kept rolled up all day so he can ride. Meadows agreed, explaining that “James’s (lifestyle) is ingrained in him because he grew up with it.” His pants are unrolled, cut up from the chains on his bike. “Ninety percent of my pants have these cuffs ripped-up from when I forget to roll up my pants,” he said. Like Hendershott, Maldonado’s passion grew at a young age. “When I was 8 years old, I started BMX racing. I was in it for about three years and really developed my passion for biking. After I was done with that, I got into cycling.” However, Meadows didn’t get into the lifestyle until college. “For me, it’s something I always did growing up and always loved doing it. It was a fun thing to do, but when I came to college, because I don’t
have a car, that’s when it really got into my system,” he explained. “From now on, I want it to be a part of my life.” The three do so with bike polo. Hendershott created a team for Millegeville after playing in Florida when he was younger. “I ﬁrst heard of bike polo (when) I was living in Ashville, N.C.,” Herdershott says, explaining his motivation for starting the team. “When I lived in Gainesville, Fla., I played hardcore. They were playing in the parking garage next to where I lived. I started playing regularly, and then I moved up here.” But his new home, Milledgeville, hadn’t evolved. “There was no bike polo, (and) I wanted to play, but I didn’t want to go to Athens or Atlanta so I started (the team) about two years ago,” Hendershott said. “It’s a community of individuals hanging out, playing, drinking (and) just having a good time.” His ﬁxation for the sport has led him to teach kids how to ride safely and how to play polo through two rodeos he puts on during the year. He’s gained a somewhat haughty attitude for what he rides and builds. “I fall into the snob category. I like nice bike parts,” he chuckles, “but I won’t turn my nose up at a bike part. I just like nicer parts.” Out of the six he owns, he’s built two of them. “The last bike I built was my polo (one),” he added, describing how much care he put into it. It’s white, with riser handlebars and thin wheels almost as large as the bike itself. For a rider to truly call a bike his own, he must choose every part, carefully examining them as if they were as precious as limbs. But to these extremists, these pieces are a part of them. They’re an extra limb that’s necessary for survival. “I live around my bike,” Hendershott gabs, showing his affection for it. His cyclo-cross bike is orange with large, thin wheels and drop handlebars which are anatomic, making it more comfortable for him. He uses it for racing, but it also doubles as his road bike. “I’ve been on (it) for about four years,” he says. His biking keeps him in good health, giving him the luxury to eat whatever he desires.“I can easily eat whatever I want,” he boasts as he takes another swig of his beer. “I deﬁnitely don’t have to watch my calorie intake.” In fact, he has the opposite problem. His constant riding has made it difﬁcult for him to put on weight. “I ride my bike everywhere. I used to live six miles (away), and I would ride (it to Milledgeville),” he says. So what about the car? “I got a car so I can travel more and play bike polo – that was the foundation behind getting (it),” he says.
Everything from accidents to daily routines from cyclists By Scott Carranza
Colin Maldonado | senior environmental science major The ﬁrst day I brought my mountain bike down here, freshman year, I was riding around the dorms late that night trying to hit jumps and what not, I thought I saw a really great launch and started after it. Last minute I saw there was a chain going right across the middle of my launch point, mid-air my bike caught and I ﬂipped head over handlebars ... it was fun
Gregory Teasley | junior business major Take your average road bike: shifters, derailleurs, and a freewheel hub with about six to eight gears. Now, trash those unnecessary components. Say goodbye to coasting. Say hello to a fun and challenging ride. With each rotation of the wheel, the crank and pedals move as well. With less components comes less maintenance and higher quality parts for the price. Spend a week riding a ﬁxed gear bike and you fall in love. I no longer can ride a freewheeling bike without feeling disgust for the poor bike. If its not ﬁxed, it’s broken.
Benton Meadows| junior English major One morning I found myself with about 20 minutes until class and nothing to do. So, I ﬁgured it would be pleasant to go for a bike ride. My route, includes a slight hill. Now, I ride a ﬁxed-gear bicycle, so to slow down on this hill I push against the pedals as if I were trying to pedal backwards. Unfortunately my chain was a bit loose and, as I slowed, caught on the larger chainring and slammed to a stop, but I didn’t stop moving. Oh no, I kept sliding at the same speed; I was sure I was toast. Luckily, absolutely nothing happened. I skidded safely to a stop and carried my bike home.
Community PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT
April 12, 2013 • Editor, Jeannie Huey
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March 13, 12:15 a.m. Ofﬁcer Megan Frasier went to a student’s dorm room in Napier Hall because a conﬁdential source had told her that the student had weed. When Frasier asked the student if she had any drugs or drug paraphernalia, the student was very cooperative and brought Frasier every bit of it that she had. The student turned over several containers with traces of weed, unspeciﬁed smoking devices and bags of weed. The student was given a citation for possession of marijuana and referred to the Student Judicial Board. All the paraphernalia was stored at the police station as evidence.
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March 14 3:59 a.m. Sargent Jamaal Hicks went to the 500 building of The Village because the resident director called campus police. A student was passed out in the third ﬂoor lobby. Hicks found the student sleeping slouched over in a chair. Hicks was able to wake up the student and help him stand up after several tries. The student’s eyes were bloodshot, breath smelled like alcohol, and he was very unsure on his feet. Hicks asked him for his ID, but the student did not understand, instead handing over his cellphone. Hicks eventually identiﬁed the student and found that he was 19 years old- his blood alcohol level was 0.154. The student was arrested, given a citation for underage possession of alcohol and taken to the Milledgeville Police Department.
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CPLAC Regional Undergraduate Research Conference (UVA- Wise)
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Tech Talks (GIVE Center computer lab)
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Venture Out open climb night (Lake Laurel/ East Campus)
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Orchestra (Magnolia Ballroom)
Tuesday, April 16
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GC American Red Cross Blood Drive (Student Activities Center)
March 15, 12:41 a.m. Ofﬁcer Tron Smith saw a male student helping a female student into Napier Hall. The girl was not able to walk. Smith asked the students if they were alright, and the boy told him that he was trying to help the girl get back to her dorm room. The girl reeked of alcohol and slurred that she loved the boy and then immediately pushed him away yelling “f*** you,” as she fell backwards and hit her head on the pavement. Smith told her to stay laying down because he was afraid that if she tried to get up she would fall again. EMS was sent to Napier, and the girl passed out on the ground. The ambulance took the girl to the hospital, and she was issued a citation for underage possession of alcohol. Around 3 a.m., the hospital told police that the girl was still unresponsive.
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WGUR Chick-ﬁl-A spirit night (Chick-Fil-A on 441)
Wednesday, April 17
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March 18, 3:26 p.m. While he and his friend were walking his dog around The Village, a student was harassed by another student. It was not the ﬁrst time that he had been harassed by the other student. The dogwalker decided to go to the GC police for help. When he and his friend got to the station, he told campus police about his ongoing problem with the other student. He said that about a week earlier the other man had harassed and threatened him. He told police that he did not want to press charges, but he just wanted to be left alone. The next day, the man who had been harassing the student was called into the station. Police told to him to stop harassing the complainant.
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LinkedIn Workshop (Chappell 102)
GC Baseball vs. Erskine (West Campus)
Thursday, April 18
March 20, 12:09 a.m. Ofﬁcer Floyd Quattlebaum saw an older man sleeping on a bench in a smoking hut near parking lot 26. The ofﬁcer walked over to wake up the man who then showed Quattlebaum his ID. Dispatch ran his ID for Quattlebaum. The man explained himself by saying that he was traveling from Savannah to Michigan. The man was considered trespassing and is banned permanently from GC property.
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6 HIGH-SPEED CHASE
Friday, April 19
March 21, 12:09 a.m. Campus police heard information from the Milledgeville Police Department on their radios about a woman driving near Freedom Church. The woman was a suspect in a robbery and aggravated assault that happened earlier that day. A GC ofﬁcer saw the woman driving on Wilkinson Street and pulled her over in the Bonner Park parking lot. When the ofﬁcer went to the car to talk to her, the woman put her car in reverse and ran over a curb before turning left onto Hancock Street. Four GC police chased after her with lights and sirens blaring, but the woman would not stop. The police ﬁnally stopped her by blocking her car on all four sides. She was ordered to get out of her car and to lie facedown on the pavement. The woman seemed out of it and said that she didn’t know what was going on, according to the police report. The ofﬁcers called in MPD who took her into custody.
7 UP IN SMOKE March 21, 10:43 p.m. GC police got an anonymous tip that a student living near campus had a lot of weed in her house. When Ofﬁcer Megan Frasier went to the student’s house and asked to go in, the student let her. Frasier then asked the student if she had any weed and “she was honest and admitted that she did,” according to Frasier’s report. The student brought Frasier two smoking devices and a total of 1.2 ounces of marijuana, telling Frasier she’d been dealing for three weeks. The student was arrested and taken to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce jail and referred to the Student Judicial Board.
8 WANTED March 24, 4:37 p.m. The Baldwin County’s Sheriff’s Ofﬁce asked GC police for help catching a suspect they were chasing. The suspect’s car was seen heading toward Parkhurst Hall, so Ofﬁcer Hal Ennis went there to help. Not far from a stop sign near the northeast corner of Parkhurst, the suspect lost control of the car and swerved off the road. The driver got out of his car, ran and got away.
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Athletic Auction (Centennial Center)
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Music at the Mansion (Old Governor’s Mansion)
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9 STOLEN PROPERTY March 25, 12:46 p.m. A GC staffer called police when he found some apparently-stolen street signs while doing maintenance in Wells Hall. Ofﬁcer Laura Ramirez went to Wells and was told that two students had hung street signs on the walls of their dorm room. The students weren’t there so another ofﬁcer called them to ask about the signs. One of the students told police that the signs were taken from a county other than Baldwin and that there was alcohol in the room but, they were free to search it. During their search, GC police conﬁscated six trafﬁc signs and three liquor bottles.
Opinion Our Voice GC campus safety rankings a new concern among students In years past, Georgia College has been applauded and ranked as Georgia’s safest campus, a title GC wore proudly as a selling point to potential students. However, some recent violence around campus has diminished the notion that our school is a non-violent haven. According to the GC website and the online Daily Beast, GC was in the top 25 safest college campuses in both 2009 and 2010. StateUniversity.com ranked GC as having the safest campus in Georgia in 2011. StateUniversity.com uses an intricate point system based on reported crimes. According to StateUniversity. com, GC came in at .15 burglaries and 1.66 thefts per 1,000 students in 2011, making it the safest campus in the state, including private colleges. For a campus that is home for such
a large female population, these statistics can be dramatically reassuring to a nervous father sending his 18-year-old ﬁrst-born daughter off to live on her own for the ﬁrst time. Disappointingly, this is a sparkling badge no longer worn by GC, dropping to number 12 on StateUniversity.com in 2012. The rankings for 2013 have obviously not come out yet, but positive results are not likely. Three particular bloodcurdling events have occurred this school year, keeping campus safety on their toes. November 1, 2012: A bomb threat was called in to Baldwin County 911 demanding the immediate evacuation of everyone on GC’s campus because of the presence of a bomb. The result: pandemonium followed by student and faculty outrage at the fact that there was a 30-minute delay between the phone call and actual campus evacuation. The caller was never caught. February 6, 2013: An armed man forces his way into the residence of four GC students demanding money. The gunman held his loaded iron against the head of one of the residents. Another resident, in a back bedroom, cocked his own deadly metal, producing the chilling sound of a chambered round. The armed robber responds with three shots toward the room before ﬂeeing the scene with nothing to show for his escapade. The house is located less than 50 yards from GC’s campus welcome sign. The bandit was never caught. March 23, 2013: A man is shot at an apartment complex, The Grove,
April 12, 2013• Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Shoemake
“In years past, Georgia College has been applauded and ranked as Georgia’s safest campus, a title GC wore proudly as a selling point to potential students.” largely populated by GC students and is located directly across the street from GC campus. Both the victim and the shooter are non-GC students. This time, Public Safety didn’t inform both students and faculty of the incident until a short email sent out two days later on March 25, 2013. The shooter, identiﬁed as Alfonso Dixon, ﬂed the scene and again remains at large. Three highly publicized violent occurrences in and around campus remain unsolved. In addition, the latter two that technically occurred “off-campus” will most likely be ignored and seen as irrelevant, for fear of being publicly labeled as a dangerous campus to visit. Yes, the installation of SNAP and the ever-growing campus police department has in the past made way for recognizable campus safety here at GC, but the negligence to promptly notify students and faculty about these incidents has deﬂated perceived campus safety dramatically.
‘You’ll see students to your right...’ Campus tours are in full swing for potential GC freshmen
Bobcat Beat REPORTED BY ANSLEY BURGAMY
Did you attend Sounds of the South? What was your favorite act? “I thought it was really awesome that the money went to Children’s Miracle Network. I enjoyed watching Delta Saints perform.” Alyssa Jenkins, senior psychology major “Yes, I really liked Dank Sinatra. They had a really chill, indie vibe.” Brian Elliot, freshman information systems major
“Yes, Three Down Crew was my favorite because they were a great jam band. Everyone that performed at Amici was amazing.” Victoria Abbey, senior special education major
“Yes, The Electric Sons. They were electric and a lot of fun to be around. They put on a really great show.” Katie Pelech, junior psychology major That Q&A with Cody Allen is weak and he’s just beating around the bush. I could have said all of that in my sleep. What are your REAL goals for the year?? RAWR! This whole CAS thing is reminiscent of the internet in general back in 1996. I suppose it wouldn’t be so annoying if the thing actually worked. If you’re an alumni who went here while we paid the WellI LIVE Thewe Village and couldn’t nd amoney parking ness Fee,atthen shouldn’t have to ﬁpay to spot get because all of the Greek people took them for in there after we Sorry graduate. already paid plenty of Greek Week. that We I actually live here, go park money to put that thing up, so why aresomewhere we continuing else.to pay if we want to use it after we graduate?
THE LITTER BOX
Management student of the year? You mean cheater of the year! PS: believe me I do not have anything against this kid (i have a 2.5 gpa) it’s just not fair for anyone else!
By Zach Keepers
Words of the wise to underclassmen College underclassmen, what you need is a role: a place where your gifts can be put to use. As future leaders, it is important to realize that pre-games become prerequisites, and these ﬁrst two years of college are a time to pursue your purpose on campus and start ﬁlling your resume. Had I known this three years ago as a freshman, I wouldn’t have spent my time binge-viewing television sitcoms and chosen a direction, whether I knew it was the right one or not. Step one: Cut the bad habits. Don’t skip class. Don’t go home every weekend. Don’t forgo a campus activity just because you think it’s lame. Habits you form now will determine the value of your college experience. Step two: Get involved. You can take this step through research. Determine your interests and search for opportunities your campus offers to practice them. Do you play a sport? Play for an intramural team. Do you actually enjoy math? Tutor at a local school. Step three: Network. Approach an actively involved upperclassman, attend career fairs, or speak with your adviser or professors. Making connections with experienced practitioners is a great way to gain a better understanding of a ﬁeld of study and learn about job opportunities. I currently study print journalism and public relations at Georgia College, and to gain experience, I began attending weekly meetings at the student newspaper, eventually mus-
tering the conﬁdence to take on a story. Now I assist the editor-in-chief with the newspaper’s social media pages – resume-worthy experience applicable to both of my major concentrations. If you enjoy writing like I do, seek involvement with your campus media. Approach a staff member at a meeting or by email to express interest. Any campus organization – student government, academic clubs, non-proﬁt organizations, intramurals – is easily accessible through a university website or an organization’s social media page. The hard part is choosing one. Filling a resume goes further than auditing a meeting or two. This brings me to Step four: Take on a leadership role. If this is out of your comfort zone, become a member of a committee. Work with fellow students to make decisions that have an impact on the community. Any role you play is experience to increase your skill level and record on your resume. Ultimately, it’s your life! You can decide to spend your time studying your dorm room walls, or you can take what you enjoy and put it toward your future. The choice is yours. Andy Hitt, junior mass communication major
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So why do we have to pay to graduate.... The pot holes at The Village’s second entrance are ridiculous!!! They just keep ﬁlling them with asphalt.
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April 12, 2013• Editor, Marilyn Ferrell
Hot New Music
Since 2000 the indie-pop band Stars, has been making music and touring the world. This Canadian band just released their newest album, “The North,” discussing their relationship to the city of Montreal and its infrastructure changes. The band continues to promote their new album on tour and also plan to stop at music festivals like Coachella. Leisure editor Marilyn Ferrell talked with each of the band members about their new successes. colonnade : So, you guys just came out with
PHOTO COURTESY OF WEI YI CHEN / STARS PHOTOGRAPHER IN TAIWAN Stars performs in Taipei, Taiwan, in front of hundreds of fans. According to the band, their favorite song to play at the moment is “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It.”
favorite song to play these days is “Hold On When “The North” a few months ago. Where did the name You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It.” I like come from? Being from Toronto, you’re from the to see the crowd bounce. north, so does that have anything to do with it? Or is colonnade : What is the creative process like there more? for the band? Is it one big collaborative effort? stars: Torq came up with the name, and to a cer- stars : It is one big collaborative effort. We usutain degree, it has to do with where we are from. We ally try to get out of town and isolate ourselves to actually live in Montreal, which is where we wrote write. We all love being in the country and it inspires and recorded most of the record. The city’s infra- us and relaxes us. Everybody writes and ﬁghts until structure is completely falling apart these days due the song is done. mostly to the fact that in the ‘50s and ‘60s there was an enormous amount of money spent on new forcolonnade : Who or what are your musical ward thinking infrastructure, designed to represent inﬂuences? artistic ideas of the future. The government awarded stars : We’ve all been music lovers our whole these building contracts to construction companies lives so trying to sum up our collective inﬂuences run by the maﬁa who skimped on materials and as would be impossible. We’re also ﬁve different peoa result the whole place is now falling apart. Look- ple with vastly different tastes, and a lot of similar ing at these old crumbling buildings, like the one on tastes. We all love Prince, that’s for sure. I think our the album cover, we compare them to the strictly biggest collective inﬂuences come from out friends utilitarian homogenous type of buildings we tend to and peers. build today. colonnade : What is next for the band? Any colonnade : How does this album compare to big events, performances, videos, etc? ones before? stars : We’re on tour right now in Australia and stars : It’s different in as many ways as it’s the Asia which is a pretty big event. We go home for same as the others. It’s the same in that the themes a week at the end of February and then hit the road of sex and death remain at the fore, and it’s different again for another two months around North Amerin that we’ve become better at working together and ica culminating with two weekends at Coachella. writing and ﬁghting and compromising. I think it’s There’s lots of other plans in the works, music for theatre, ﬁlm, and hopefully another record. No rest our best record. for the wicked. colonnade : Being on tour, Stars is traveling colonnade : How do you think this album or all over the place, playing in front of hundreds of Stars in general can appeal to college students like people - what is your favorite venue to play, and is myself? I’ve listened to you guys for a while now, there a favorite song to perform? but for those that don’t, what do you think you have stars : We just played in Manila, Philippines for to offer in lyrics and production? the ﬁrst time which was amazing. Maybe the wildstars : I think we appeal to college students beest crowd we’ve ever had. That was fun. We also cause we remain romantic and idealistic. We also love playing The Fillmore in San Francisco. That love a good keg party. room is so ﬁlled with history and ghosts, it’s impossible not to have a romantic experience there. My colonnade : Having been a band for a long
I think we appeal to college students because we remain romantic and idealistic. We also love a good keg party.
time now, has being a band gotten easier? Has writing, touring, producing, and all gotten easier, more creative, or what? stars : That’s a total yes and no answer. I think in general it is way easier to make and distribute music these days, but as a result that has allowed everyone and their grandmother the ability to make records and have a band. Consequently there are more bands out there than ever before in history which makes it hard to stand out, make a living, get gigs, distinguish yourself, or have any lasting impact on the kids. A classic double edged sword.
colonnade : Lastly, just a fun question, if Stars could be on any movie soundtrack what would it be? stars : “Pretty In Pink” would be appropriate. Or “Titanic.” That would have helped pay the bills.
Learn more about STARS at youarestars.com or listen to their music for free on Spotify.
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April 12, 2013• Editor, Anna Morris
2 nights 30 bands 1 good cause
By Ansley Burgamy
The crowd erupted
Photos by Mark Watkins, Ansley Burgamy and Maddie Shores
A random rap song from, of all groups, an indie folk band echoed down the block: “Now, um, usually I don’t do this but uh/ Go head’ on and break em off a lil’ preview of the remix/ No I’m not trying to be rude/ But hey, pretty girl, I’m feelin you.” Beneath the twinkle of Christmas lights behind Metropolis, Woolfolk lead singer Michael Suhr busted out the throwback remix of “Ignition” by R. Kelly. The impromptu deep-roots performance was just one moment that captivated attention last week at the annual Sounds of the South music festival. Thirty bands packed downtown during the two-day bar crawl, all to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network and Milledgeville in Motion. “This year was my ﬁrst time attending Sounds of the South. I thought there was a really great variety of music and the atmosphere was awesome,” Kelsey Stone, sophomore liberal
studies major, said. “The best part was knowing that money was being raised for the Children’s Miracle Network.” The festival featured rock ‘n’ roll, folk and electronic bands, among others. Alex Lehrman, Milledgeville local and lead singer of Elements of Style, electriﬁed an attentive audience at Bufﬁngton’s with a true rock ‘n’ roll performance. “Sounds of the South is a stupendous event. I am thrilled to see so much life being brought back into the downtown music scene,” said Ryan Chambers, a Milledgeville local, while watching Elements of Style perform at Bufﬁngton’s. Sounds of the South partnered with First Friday to provide entertainment for the entire Milledgeville community, not just the college crowd. Families strolled through the streets taking in the Z-97 Boat Show and watching Hott With Harry Leggs perform early Friday evening. The college crowd began ﬁlling the bars about 11 p.m. to enjoy a night of fun, while helping charity. Attendees appeared to be pleased with the evening, drifting from bar to bar, enjoying free music and drink specials provided by the $7 wristband. “This year was above and beyond last year,”
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sunDollars Q&A By Ansley Burgamy Don’t let their young ages fool you. The guys of sunDollars are gifted musicians well beyond their years. All four men are past members of well-known Middle Georgia bands, but they have ﬁnally found their niche as a group. The band creates an eclectic sound composed of an array of alternative, blues, folk, pop and rock inﬂuences. Each member has an arsenal of instruments they bring to the group and there is no telling who will play what with each song. The members of sunDollars, all Macon natives, jumped at the opportunity to perform at Sounds of the South, which beneﬁted the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Macon.
They sat down before their show to answer a few questions. Check out their new EP at sundollars.bandcamp. com
colonnade: What made you want to perform at Sounds of the South? patrick: When we ﬁrst got invited, it sounded like a wonderful idea. After we found out the details and found out it was beneﬁting the Children’s Miracle Network, speciﬁcally Austin Childers, we were really pumped. colonnade: What is new for
jacob: We just released an EP on bandcamp. We also just spoke with our tour manager about sending us out on the road – going out to Texas and coming back up the gulf. While we are touring, we will be working on another full-time album. colonnade: Where did the band name come from? patrick: It was chosen from a ridiculously long list. Our buddy Sean Pritchard chose it from a small list we gave him. We had an immediate afﬁnity for the name sunDollars, sunDollars page 12
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SCOTT CARRANZA / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Student bares all in exhibit OLIVIA MORALES STAFF WRITER In a world that is surrounded with the hustling and bustling of various sounds, “S t i l l” stands out and creates a presence in a quiet manner. In simpler terms, senior art major Lizzie Scarboro explains that “the work is really just about being a human being.” As her ﬁnal capstone, “S t i l l” is the collection of Scarboro’s work as an art major at Georgia College. The reception was held on April 8 at 5 p.m. at Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery. According to Scarboro in her artist’s statement, her work “is a series of cyanotype prints that express the emotion related to the moments that are subtle yet powerful.” Scarboro’s core desire is that through her quiet-yet-powerful work, viewers will experience self-awareness of their own vulnerability within our fast-paced society. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Her photographs were created by “juxtaposing the surfaces of the ﬂesh with the fragile element of the surroundings; or second, by combining two photographic negatives of the skin and the environment which then became submerged and could read as one surface,” Scarboro explained. Each one of Scarboro’s cyanotype prints were printed on vellum, a thin tracing paper. “I enjoyed the ability to make a more hands-on image, and when I saw my work in the blue tonal qualities of the cyanotype and what it does, that is when I knew it was right for the work,” Scarboro said. “I knew I was on the right track because it gives it a more quiet presence than the black-and-white photographs that I had been making.” The striking-yet-delicate prints illustrate the interior of body and exterior of spaces, and the relationship that comes from the two. “At some points in her photos, it was hard to see where the model ended and the background began,” Kirsten Cornay, junior mass communication and French major, said. “I thought that was very interesting and powerful.” Though the photos were small compared to the large room they were in, Scarboro’s photographs were still able to draw the viewers in. “The scales of the images are small because I wanted it to be more intimate,” Scarboro said. “I wanted the series as a whole for ‘S t i l l’ to be about the moment and the experience of the viewer, and so it is supposed to be this kind of calming experience. If the images are small, you are confronted with the fact that you have to get up close to it and spend more time with the image, and that’s really what I wanted the viewer to experience.” Scarboro’s work also has to do with human vulnerability and highlights the relationship between the surroundings of the exterior of the human body and interior spaces. Senior art major Andrea Sowell felt that the work truly represented Scarboro. “It is very Lizzie; I have taken classes with her, and she focuses a lot on the human form, and she has a way where she can really capture it and show it for its true beauty,” Sowell said. A few artists that were very important and came as inspiration to Scarboro were Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman. “Mainly this kind of interest really came out of a longing and a yearning for something that was tangible about the human experience, and so ironically enough that came out of realizing that the tangible things about being a human being are very faint,” Scarboro explained. Scarboro plans to continue her journey at East Carolina University, as she was recently accepted into their MFA program for photography.
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South, said. “Not only for the money we raised, but because of the team we had and the amazing artists that willingly shared their music.” Not only did the community enjoy Sounds of the South, but the bands could not stop raving about what an innovative and fun event it was to be a part of. Downside Up sat on a bench outside Amici interacting with passersby – applauding, complimenting their walks and asking them to check out their show later that evening. “The atmosphere in Milledgeville was really chill – everyone in the crowd was really friendly and attentive to our music,” Ronnie Stanley, lead singer of Downside Up, said. “It was a really great experience, and we would love to play here
Continued from page 11... and it always resurfaced when looking for the ﬁnal name. We deﬁnitely didn’t look back once Sean picked it out.
colonnade: What is an upcoming show you’re excited about? steven: We are playing Bearstock, Mercer University’s annual free music festival.
again.” Isaac Bramblett’s deep, soulful vocals brought an infusion of true Southern soul and rock to Capital City Saturday evening. “We had an enthusiastic and really fun crowd. The band had a blast and can’t wait to return next year,” Bramblett said. Bramblett’s deep soulful melodies were blended with a reggae style to create a unique and fresh sound. Sounds of the South provided entertainment for the Milledgeville community, college students and the bands performing. Although the event is fun, its true purpose is to raise money for charity. “We have raised $1,700, but we are still receiving money,” Maddox said. “We will have a ﬁnal number next week.” This year’s event surpassed expectations and will be returning next year with hopefully even more to offer.
colonnade: How do
you classify your music? patrick: That is really better left up to others. We’re still harnessing our sound, but it is likely to end up somewhere between folk, Americana and pop with the occasional dance tune.
colonnade: Where do you get your musical inspiration? steven: I feel the band
gets a lot of our inﬂuence from The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. I personally pull from really anything, but mainly older classic rock and artists like Jack White.
colonnade: What is your favorite instrument to play? patrick: My pedals. jacob: Deﬁnitely guitar. steven: The keys. sean: The violin, but I
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‘24 Hour Plays’ returns for tenth year in a row Graduate students create plays in 24-hour period ASHLEY CLIFTON STAFF WRITER It all started in 1995 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With inspiration from Scott McCloud’s 24-hour comics – comic books composed in a single day – the “24 Hour Plays” were born. For the last 10 years, the Georgia College Department of Theatre and the English and Rhetoric Department have been performing the “24 Hour Plays.” Tonight at 8, six graduate writers will meet all of the actors and directors. The actors will each bring a piece of a costume and a prop and will introduce themselves. From there, the writers will start formulating ideas about how they can use particular actors to best convey their play. Tori Lee, an MFA creative writing graduate student, says that the most exciting part of being a writer for the “24 Hour Plays” is being able to sit all night with great writers with ideas cooking. She also let on about how inspiring and exciting it is to watch things being made from scratch and brought to life in front of an audience – all in 24 hours. “Well, at ﬁrst you think, ‘Oh, I can do that. We have all night, right?’” Lee said. “But as the hours wear on, and the coffee starts to wear off, it gets harder. It’s really a challenge, but a good one, a healthy one. Limitation can often produce some pretty creative stuff.” At about 9 p.m. the actors will go home, and with caffeinated beverages in hand, the writers and faculty members involved in the production will begin their work until a rough draft of a 10-minute script is produced. “The faculty members will go off with the writers, and we will read their script back to them as if we are the actor,” David Muschell, English and creative writing professor, said. “We give them feedback and then they go back and revise, and by 6 a.m., there is a complete play.” The six undergraduate directors will be handed the complete 10-minute script by 6 a.m., and it is then that the actors and directors will rehearse all day until 8 p.m., when the lights dim and curtains open.
Muschell expects the audience to laugh. A lot. “It is almost always focused on comedy,” he said. “First off, when writing from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., you start getting a little crazy. Usually the kinds of plot ideas that come out are usually funny ones, but sometimes there are serious ones.” Although anything goes in a performance like this, the one special thing that makes this “24 Hour Plays” a little more exceptional is that alumnus Jimmy Holder has gathered all of GC’s MFA playwriting alumni to return and celebrate Muschell, who is retiring this year. “It was easy,” Holder said. “Professor David Muschell has worked tirelessly for many years here at Georgia College. The Playwriting Program, as well as the Arts & Letters Prize in Drama and the 24 Hour Plays, would not exist here without his efforts. Asking the MFA playwriting alumni to return as a way to celebrate his tenure and accomplishments was something everyone easily agreed to.” The “24 Hours Plays” will keep the same format that started in New York 15 years ago. Muschell, the writers, the directors and other faculty members that are part of the production will use a “24 Hour Plays” production book that lays out everything that could happen or go wrong. “I don’t think we are going to try anything unique or different,” Muschell said. “In fact, I hope we don’t try and do anything different. I want it to be focused on the actors, the show and all of that.” After years of putting on the “24 Hour Plays,” Muschell knows that it takes plent of attention to detail for the show to run smoothly. “I’d like people to know and come see the dedicated talent we have here at GC,” Holder said. “Keeping in mind that the production is developed in 24 hours, it’s a great way to witness a ‘Saturday Night Live’-styled production. Anything can go wrong, and many things will go wrong, but the show will continue. That’s part of the fun.” “24 Hour Plays” will be showing on April 13 at 8 p.m. in Max Noah Recital Hall. Admission is $3 for GC students and $5 for GC faculty/staff and non-GC students.
Cultivate ASHLEY CLIFTON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Katie Landers Landers presented her collection of art entitled “Roots” in Blackbridge on April 10. The ideas behind her work, which was all created with paper, watercolor and ink, are inﬂuenced by her study of art, psychology and the research behind what makes an individual what they are. Landers says that natural, cultural, family and social inﬂuences all clash together to make something unique, which inspired the name “Roots.”
Look out for a full story on Landers’ work in next week’s issue.
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Grab your shotgun and chainsaw and strap in for the night: here comes blood, trouble and ghastly looking dead, all they want is a bite of your soul
NICK WIDENER REVIEWER
Horror ﬁlms are kitschy now. They mostly toe the line between overly gruesome and laughout-loud ridiculousness. But the genre has evolved vastly since the advent of special effects. It’s simple to pour vats of blood out and rip appendages off bodies, but it’s more difﬁcult to develop sensational scares, ones that stick with you long after the movie has ended. “Evil Dead” is not one of those ﬁlms. The 1981 original “The Evil Dead,” was, I can imagine, scarier for its time. Despite its efforts, it still has a prolonged scene of bodies disintegrating into what looks like mashed potatoes; these moments of gore are kin to the Play-Doh they look like when compared to the remake’s efforts, however. But it’s not enough. In this remake, a group of friends retreat to a family cabin for an intervention with their friend Mia (Jane Levy), who has nearly died from an overdose. After Mia throws her dope down a well, she begins to have withdrawals, and her sense of smell is especially keen, which ends up leading David (Shiloh Fernandez), Mia’s brother, and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to the cellar of the cabin, where they
discover reeking cats and a book. Much like in the original ﬁlm, this book summons evil spirits. And despite warnings in the book like, “LEAVE THIS BOOK ALONE” and “MOTHER F****R,” Eric takes it upon himself to decipher it. Three words is all it takes to unleash an evil; an evil that ends up attaching itself to Mia’s soul in search of other souls to feast upon. Directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, “Evil Dead” is frightening at moments, but its atmosphere relies too much on shock. It doesn’t build on scares throughout the ﬁlm. There’s lots of limb dismemberment, though, ligaments tearing, bones sawed through and an arm blown off with a shotgun, but that’s the inseparable gore from horror ﬁlms now. As is the predictable,
ominous soundtrack. There’s something different here, though. The peaking points of horror are accented by the noises of sirens, warning of hell breaking loose, crawling closer and closer. While the soundtrack is one of the redeeming qualities, the scariest aspect of the ﬁlm, which happens to also be the funniest, is that the dead is overtly sexual. It spreads its possession by sexual contact, and even offers sexual favors to David. At some points the ﬁlm loses its footing, and it’s uncertain of what it wants to be. It doesn’t go far enough in taking us into a nightlong battle for survival. There is a gratifying scene at the end of the ﬁlm, though, as the sky rains blood, literally. It’s over the top, and it’s a perfect ending, but it raises the question, “Why was the rest of the ﬁlm not like this?”
SCOTT CARRANZA / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Theater majors had their directing debut for the Directing II class on April 10 and 11. Plays included “The Breakfast Club,” “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and many more. The theater was packed with students and seating overﬂowed into the side aisles of Black Box Theater. A series of ﬁve abridged plays were performed each night, and a 20-minute runtime was the average for every play. The casting call was open to the public and many new actors were seen among some seasoned venterans of the Department of Theatre.Pictured bottom right is senior mass communication and theater major Ross Daniel in the role of Brian from “The Breakfast Club.” Bottom right features junior history major Kameron Lineback in a red suit, trying to break up a ﬁght between Queen Williams and sophomore theater major Lyssa Hoganson in the play “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” The same actors are pictured in the center left photo plus sophomore music major Daniel Hearn. The plays garnered laughter and tears from the various stories and genres displayed on stage.
April 12, 2013• Editor, Powell Cobb
Bobcats win Carty’s 200th
JESSICA WINSKI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (Top) Junior Patrick Olvaney pitches during last Saturday’s game against Lander. (Above, left) Daniel Bick, inﬁelder, takes his turn at bat. Pitcher Patrick Olvaney and inﬁelder Daniel Bick strategize on the mound. The Bobcats lost the ﬁrst game 16-3, but came back to win the next two.
SHAYNE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER Coach Tom Carty got his 200th career victory last weekend as the Bobcat baseball team won the ﬁnal two games of a three-game set against the Lander Bearcats. Georgia College lost the series opener 16-3. “You can still win the series no matter how bad you lose the ﬁrst game,” Daniel Bick, shortstop for the Bobcats, said. And that’s just what they did. In game two of the doubleheader on Saturday, GC took an early lead, then Lander tied it 3-3 in the ﬁfth inning until Maas, Bick and Sandlin took the plate to put some distance between the Bobcats and the Bearcats. The Bobcats won game two 5-4. Getting hits and making plays is what baseball players do, but Bick notes that when a teammate makes a good play or gets a hit, it instills conﬁdence in the next guy. He’s sure to point out
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“We had a couple of pitchers who really stepped up this weekend. Jordan Brooks really picked it up and gave us a big lift.” Tom Carty, baseball head coach that, “Whether you hit ﬁrst or ninth, everyone’s capable.” GC fans seemed hesitant to show up to the ﬁeld on Sunday after Saturday’s embarrassing defeat in game one, but with nearly every ball hurling from the mound into Cody Maas’ mitt, there were more people in the stands. “We haven’t asked [Maas] to catch three straight games in his career here and he did that,”
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Carty, head coach of the Bobcats, said. “He rose to the occasion. He was asked to do more and he did it.” Maas recently recovered from a hand injury but that didn’t affect his performance against Lander. He caught seven different pitchers this weekend as the Bobcats looked for the one to help them through the series. “We had a couple pitchers who really stepped it up this weekend,” Maas said. “Jordan Brooks really picked it up and gave us a big lift.” That kind of camaraderie runs through the whole team, and “it’s contagious,” Carty said. Going into the series, No. 3 Lander was the highest-ranked team in the Peach Belt Conference. While Carty said that the guys all probably did a little extra work in the week leading up to the series, Bick didn’t notice a difference in the preparation, but he did pick up on the enthusiasm of the team as a whole. “Everyone was
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Quote of the Week “Everything is really coming together now. They are just a really good group of girls who are really passionate about volleyball.” -Volleyball coach Gretchen Krumdieck on GC’s upcoming inaugral volleyball season.
The feverish hype generated from March Madness 2013 is slowly beginning to reach room temperature again. Much like its predecessors, March Madness 2013 provided a superlative platform for boundless sports gambling. The addictively digestible concept of a March Madness bracket yields an immeasurable pool of followers, with the FBI and sports analysts claiming that it’s the largest illegal sports gambling event in America, with projected winnings being around “$2.6 billion,” according to The New York Times. This is just the projected amount of illegal tournament gambling revenue, but consider the amount of people who participated in conjuring their own bracket without illegal intention, like local restaurants and radio stations, who hold their own bracket competitions for a non-monetary reward. The gambling potential for this tournament is colossal, and many states see this with dollar signs in their eyes. Only four states (Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana) have legal forms of limited sports gambling and now New Jersey wants a taste. However, New Jersey will have to face the Supreme Court if it expects to see fruition, since a federal law passed in 1992 forbids sports gambling in all states save for the four mentioned before. If New Jersey is successful, it will pave the way for dozens of other states that will soon follow. I can see the future, and regulated sports gambling is a big part of it. The potential tax revenue for each state that decides to regulate sports gambling is favorable by virtue of the millions harnessed by Nevada. Viewership and fan following will swell with man’s biggest motivator on the line. Violence will decrease as the role of back alley bookies and bookmakers will become obsolete, replaced by formal ticketing machines and booths. On the other hand, legalization would certainly provide another outlet for the addicted gambler, who feeds every paycheck to their unforgiving monster. This is a gloomy, but legitimate, concern that I fear is statistically unavoidable. However, in this case, I believe that the pros outmuscle the cons. With that being said, the question isn’t, “Will sports gambling become legalized and in turn regulated?” but is, “Who will regulate it?” As can be expected, the NFL, MLB, NBA and even the NCAA will battle the government and other largely interested companies for the power of regulation. I mean, people are going to be betting on the integrity and success of their players, coaches and athletic programs, right? I cannot say exactly who or what will obtain regulation authority on this matter, but I can tell you to be ready, because sports gambling is coming to your town.
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$200 million -Amount of money legally wagered by fans in Nevada during the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament.
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GC plays hardball with drug policy CONSTANTINA KOKENES SENIOR REPORTER
Photo by Mackenzie Burgess
It has recently come to light that certain colleges turn a blind eye or cover up indiscretions concerning drug and alcohol abuse in college athletics. Georgia College, however, is not one of those schools. “(For drug testing), we have a maximum allowance. Some schools will let you test positive seven or eight times,” Paul Higgs, head athletic trainer, said. “That’s not really a program.” The drug and alcohol policy of GC Athletics has a “two and done” policy. The Student-Athlete Handbook states that, “A second positive test result … will result in immediate dismissal from all intercollegiate athletic participation.” Most individual teams have taken up their own stricter drug policy. “There are a couple of teams that it’s one and done,” Higgs said. “If you get one positive, you’re out, and that can be scary.” The policy, while seemingly harsh, aims to help students rather than hinder them. “When (the athletes are) tested, before they’re tested, they’re given a chance to declare anything they’re taking,” Higgs said. “Medications, supplements, dietary something, herbs, whatever they want (that might) show up.” If the athlete confesses to a drug abuse problem, his or her eligibility will not be affected by the results of the test. “We don’t assume that every positive means that somebody is a drug user,” Higgs said. This Safe Harbor exemption may only be used once during an athlete’s career, according to the handbook. This gives the athlete the chance to own up to their mistake and receive help. “My intent is that if there is a problem, we want to help you,” Higgs said. “It’s a sad thing for me to sit an athlete down and say, ‘This came up positive. Tell me what’s going on.’ … If there is a problem going on, we want to help that person to make sure that problem doesn’t happen again.” GC’s policy is completely separate
from the NCAA’s policy. “(For the NCAA), if you test positive one time, you’re done for 365 days from that point. If you test positive twice with the NCAA, you’re done for good,” Ginger Chafﬁnch, assistant athletic director, said. “The NCAA is not messing around.” The athletes are given both policies to look over and sign at the beginning of each year. “They sign off on forms. They know that they have the possibility of being drug tested at any time,” Chafﬁnch said. The GC policy helps the athletes with the NCAA policy. The policy states that drug tests will be randomly issued at least three times a semester. Higgs conﬁrms that they meet this requirement and in fact issue drug tests every month. By issuing these tests, the athletic department helps athletes with any issues concerning the test – ranging from a false positive to an actual drug problem – before a test is done by the NCAA. “We have a good drug testing policy which in turn helps when the NCAA comes in and drug tests us,” Chafﬁnch said. The GC policy for alcohol, which is under revision, does not prohibit the consumption of alcohol for any athlete of legal age. Because drinking is legal for some and not for others, it is not handled the same way as drug abuse. However, the policy does discourage against alcohol abuse. Most of the alcohol infractions involve the city or county police so those things kind of take care of themselves,” Higgs said. “But there’s also some discipline and counseling that may be required on the athletic end.” The GC Department of Athletics ensures that it protects its students without any illegal activity. “We’re not hiding anything. We make sure that the discipline is there and try not to let it happen again,” Higgs said.
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Photo by Mackenzie Burgess
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Athletic Auction Raises Money PHOTO BY TIMOTHY L.VACULA A woman stands in charge of the rafﬂe during last year’s Athletic Auction. This year, attendees will be entered in a rafﬂe for a chance to win $10,000. All proceeds go to improving the Department of Athletics.
MYKEL JOHNSON STAFF WRITER As the athletic program’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Athletic Auction helps student-athletes, individual sports and special projects beneﬁt from its earnings. The event consists of both live and silent auctions, an all-you-can-eat buffet and a rafﬂe for $10,000. This year marks the 15th annual auction put on by and in support of the GC Department of Athletics. Assistant Athletic Director Ginger Chafﬁnch is organizing the event as the athletic auction director. “The auction goes to raise money for athletics in general – scholarships, general proj-
ects that we do, improving our facilities. It could really go to a number of things,” Chafﬁnch said. Tickets to attend the auction are $125. One ticket allows two people entry to the event in the Centennial Center. “We sell a maximum of 400 tickets,” Chafﬁnch said. “The night of the auction we pull all of the tickets out, and the last ticket drawn wins $10,000. It’s all-you-can-eat, all-youcan-drink for the price of the ticket, and we also have a band. So there is dancing throughout the night.” In the past, attendees have bid on such items as a trip to New Orleans, a Big Green Egg smoker and even a recurring trafﬁc light. The separate auctions occurring during the evening this year will comprise of a variety of
objects, such as golﬁng trips, themed baskets and ball game tickets. The prizes vary from year to year, depending on donations.
“Whatever amount of money that is earned by the end of the night, however, goes directly to the athletic program and helps everyone involved in it in one way or another.” “Last year, we had 135 silent auction items – mirrors, pictures and spa days,” Chafﬁnch said. “The silent auction items range any-
where from trips to a [University of] Georgia basket. We’ll have Braves tickets, and we always auction a trafﬁc light. Toward the end of the night, there’s a live auction where we auction off bigger prizes.” Hilton Head and Panama City are among the live auction’s vacationing prizes. There will also be rounds of golf at “out at the lake”, catered dinners and a golf-and-stay package at St. Augustine, Fla. No particular target is made for the night’s total earnings. Therefore, the department expects to receive whatever it can. “We usually don’t set a goal,” Chafﬁnch said. “We usually sell about the same number
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Baseball sweeps through spring break
KENDYL WADE / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Outﬁelder Mikee Moore rounds ﬁrst base during the ﬁrst game against Augusta State on March 24. The series kicked off a seven-game winning streak for the Bobcats. They scored a total of 68 runs.
Sunday, March 24 vs. Augusta State
friday, March 29 vs. pfeiffer
wednesday, april 3 vs. toccoa falls
Monday, March 25 Game 3
friday, March 30 7-3
Continued from page 15... a little bit more excited for this weekend, knowing it was a big series,” Bick said. Jordan Brooks was named PBC freshman player of the week, Matt LaMothe got his 11th career save on the mound to pass Ron Thomas and Brian Brown for sixth place in school history.
Continued from page 17... of tickets every year. Bidding for the items kind of varies every year, and bidding has been down lately because the economy’s just not fantastic.” Whatever amount of money that is earned by the end of the night, however, goes directly to the athletic program and helps everyone involved in it in one way or another. Chafﬁnch said that current needs and academic support reign high among the list of equally imperative aspects of the athletic de-
Game 3 “The Peachbelt’s tough,” Carty said. “Every weekend’s hard, our goal is to win the series.” The Bobcats were able to accomplish that goal this weekend making them 24 and 10 at the halfway point of the season. “Sometimes you just have to play tougher, and I thought we did that and I was really please with it,” Carty said.
partment that will proﬁt from the auction’s outcome. “We used to use this money strictly for scholarships,” she said. “In the past couple of years we have widened that scope, and now we use it for scholarships and for projects. It depends on what our needs are at that particular time – we have some renovations that we need to do to our facilities. We are also always trying to ﬁnd ways to help our budgets for each sport. I wouldn’t say there’s one outstanding thing that we’re looking to do. This money will help contribute to all of those things.” The auction is April 20 at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
The Bobcats travel to Columbus State for a three-game series April 12-13
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Volleyball gears up for fall season LAUREN CORCINO STAFF WRITER After 11 months ﬁlled with intense competition, hopeful recruitments and triumphant successes backed by a vision of greatness, Georgia College volleyball head coach Gretchen Krumdieck has created a dream team of 15 players to serve as GC’s ﬁrst varsity volleyball team for the 2013-14 school year. Coaching volleyball at High Point University, the University of Buffalo and Davidson College over the course of seven years, Krumdieck arrived at GC with the intention for such a team in mind. Spending the entire 2012-13 year searching for dynamic and dedicated volleyball players, Krumdieck built a team comprised of 11 incoming freshman and four current GC students. “I’m excited because I feel like we are going to have a lot of energy,” Michelle DeMaris, defensive specialist, said. “When you have a team with a lot of older people, there is the tendency for them to put forth the least effort possible. With freshmen coming in, it is going to be really competitive because they will be ﬁghting for a spot and that is going to make us much better.” After holding on-campus tryouts in October 2012, Krumdieck selected four GC students to be on the team. Krumdieck continued to build the team by watching high school volleyball matches and club volleyball games throughout the state of Georgia. Three times a week, Krumdieck holds two hour practices with the four GC students to work on conditioning and weight room exercises. The incoming team members will be given suggested summer workout routines to ensure that they are prepared for the upcoming season. After playing for the GC women’s soccer team for two years, DeMaris left the soccer team in
pursuit of volleyball, her ﬁrst love in sports. “Being the oldest one on the team, I’m looking forward to forming a new tradition and giving the underclassmen the experience of being on a team,” DeMaris said. “We are always going to have volleyball. It is really amazing to create expectations and shape what the team is going to look like for the future.” Along with emphasizing the importance of balancing academics and extracurricular activities, Krumdieck guides each team she coaches to create their own motto to hold themselves to every season. “What I like to do with teams is discuss what they think the theme of the year is or what they think we should focus on,” Krumdieck said. “I ﬁnd that when they come up with it on their own, they buy in more. I leave it up to them and decide what our motto is going to be for the ﬁrst team.” For the upcoming season, the volleyball games will be housed at the Centennial Center. To showcase the talent of the team and garner student interest in volleyball, intrasquad scrimmages will be held in the fall before matches begin. “I played volleyball in high school and absolutely loved it,” Kate Miller, sophomore political science major, said. “I’ve always wished that Georgia College had a volleyball team that I could support by going to the games and enjoy watching the sport that means a lot to me.” As the 11 month journey wraps up its ﬁnal loose strings, Krumdieck looks upon the volleyball team and season ahead with satisfaction. “I’m excited about them,” Krumdieck said. “I feel like being here all year without a team has made me that much more excited about them. Everything is really coming together now. They are just a really good group of girls that are really passionate about volleyball.”
March 25 vs. P.R. Mayaguez 0-9
March 25 vs. P.R. Mayaguez 1-8
March 26 vs. UMKC 2-5
March 29 vs. UNC PEMBROKE 2-7
March 30 vs. Francis Marion
March 30 vs. Francis Marion
April 2 vs. Augusta State 1-5
April 2 vs. Augusta State 0-5
April 6 vs. USC AIKEN 5-3 April 7 vs. LANDER 1-5
April 6 vs. USC AIKEN 5-1 April 7 vs. LANDER 5-2
March 28 vs. Brevard 5-2 Game 1
March 25 Bearcat Invitational
april 2 vs. columbus state 2-1 Game 1 Game 2
12th of 17
March 26 Bearcat Invitational 8th of 17