The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College
April 19, 2013
Volume 89, No. 23
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New dean of students named Nationwide search to replace Paul Jahr comes to a close Powell Cobb Senior Reporter
Jessica Winski / Staff Photographer (Main photo) The Phi Mu side of a tug competition digs in as their sisters cheer them on from the side. (Top triangle) Junior Sam Vernon runs down the field during Kappa Alpha Order’s flag football game against Pi Kappa Phi on Friday. Flag football is one of the several events that takes place during the annual Greek Week. (Bottom) Members from Alpha Delta Pi and KA dance and sing to hit pop songs from the ’90s during the Greek Sing event last Saturday night.
Jenna Bryan Staff Writer The Greeks of Georgia College went head to head during the annual week of competitive events, but only one claimed the title of champion. Pi Kappa Alpha held the winner’s title for the past three years, but it handed the title over to Delta Sigma Phi fraternity in this year’s competition. The winning sorority was Phi Mu. Second place winners were Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Zeta Tau Alpha. Delta Sig had three victories that put them in the winning spot: corn-hole, swimming and the overall 2013 Greek Week win. Phi Mu had four wins with corn-hole, softball, flag football and an overall win. Chris Wilson, a brother of Delta Sig and freshman exercise science major, was happy with the win. “Being there to support all my brothers was an experience in itself, but being there to see us win was even better,” Wilson said. The theme for the 2013 competition was all about the ‘90s. Some of the recurring themes seen throughout the contests included Power Rangers, Pokémon, Rep-
“Being there to support all my brothers was an experience in itself, but being there to see us win was even better.”
It was his broad background and positive responses from the search committee that ultimately set him apart from the others.
tion relating to their experience in the Greek community on campus. At the end of the show, the overall winners are announced. “Our step team did such an awesome and very unique routine. It was original, and I was so proud of them,” Allyson Wyatt, a freshman special education major and sister of the Delta Zeta sorority, said.
“We’re really looking forward to having him join us here,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Bruce Harshbarger. “I think he’s not only a good fit here, but I think this institution is a good fit for his values and his family. He probably had the most overwhelmingly positive feedback for any candidate that I remember for a job.” A series of interviews were held with four candidates to determine their values and how well they would fit in with the culture of GC. Lewter fit the bill perfectly. It was his broad background and positive responses from the search committee that ultimately set him apart from the others. “He’s had an opportunity to have responsibility with just about everything that goes on outside the classroom and some things that even go on in the classroom,” Harshbarger said. Being the number two position in Student Affairs, the Dean of Students is in
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Chris Wilson, Delta Sigma Phi brother tar, and for the Greek Show many classic ‘90s hit songs from Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys were used for performances. The theme for this year hit home for almost all the competitors because they were born in the ’90s, which made for a special and fun week. Some of the events in the competition included a banner contest, corn-hole and a version of “Family Feud.” The most popular sports were included as well: swimming, basketball, softball, flag football and soccer in the form of penalty kicks. The competition also included more unique events like build-
After months of job postings and interviews, the search for Georgia College’s new Dean of Students has finally ended. Andy Lewter will be stepping up to the position July 1, taking over for current Dean Paul Jahr. “I am looking forward to getting to know the students and beautiful campus at GC,” Lewter said. “I am very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.” Lewter has been the Associate Dean of Students at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., since 2008. With just over 1,000 students enrolled there, he had the opportunity to be involved in a little bit of everything, from advising students to serving on the Planning and Budget Advisory Committee for two years.
Jessica Winski / Staff Photographer Kappa Delta’s step routine, which included a convict theme and inmate pants, earned the girls a first-place finish at the Greek Show last Saturday night.
ing 3-D structures out of canned goods. But the biggest day for events was on Saturday, April 13 with the the tug-of-war match and later that evening with the finale, called Greek Show. Greek Show typically has new members of fraternities and sororities pair up to sing and dance in performances. Each philanthropy chooses a god and goddess to represent them, and then they are carried on stage to answer a ques-
The bells will be ringing Alma mater now plays daily from atop Russell Auditorium Shayne Williams Staff Writer
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On-campus smoking reviewed, evaluated Tayler Pitts Staff Writer Georgia College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the Smoking Policy Committee (SPC) opened a two-week survey in March concerning the current smoking policy on campus. Currently, smoking is not allowed except in designated smoking areas on campus, but the policy is widely disregarded and difficult to enforce. Last semester the SGA and SPC conducted surveys geared mostly toward non-smokers. This semester the
committees felt those who do smoke should have their input as well. The surveys were left open for two weeks to obtain the most accurate results. “It was the idea of the entire Smoking Policy Committee chaired by Senator Jackson to conduct a more in-depth survey than the previous survey earlier this semester,” said Jonathan Savitske, senior political science major and an SGA senator. “Whereas the previous survey was a more generalized questionnaire, this
WRC recognized Georgia College’s new Wellness and Recreation Center was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. This award recognizes excellence in newly constructed rec facilities at NIRSA member institutions.
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Georgia College has reinstalled its carillon system on top of Russell Auditorium as a result of President Dorman’s encouragement. A carillon is a set of bells in a tower played using a keyboard. The speakers for the system atop Russell sit in an old cage, and the controls are located in a room on the second floor of the building. “Our electricians re-ran the cables to make sure they were good,” said Keith Bergeron, an auditorium specialist at GC. “And once the system was completely installed, and it’s worked properly for a period of time, Verdin will be paid $15,085 for the equipment and its labor.” Verdin is a company specializing in clock and bell tower installations and maintenance and was contracted for GC’s carillon. GC’s campus used to have a carillon system, but it stopped working in 1997. Bergeron removed it in 2011. When he took it out, he got quotes for a new system, but the university did not have the funds for a replacement at the time. The old system occupied a room
Quotable “We have such good chemistry on the field that we never back down or give up.” -Dani Galucci, bobcat pitcher
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Shayne Williams / Staff Photographer There are eight speakers in the enclosed structure on top of Russell Auditorium to deliver a 360-degree spread of the sound played.
backstage in Russell Auditorium that is now used as a quick-change room for theater and dance performances. The new control for the carillon fits in the corner of a small room. “Many universities have carillons on their campus,” GC President Steve Dorman said. “The sound of the carillon provides all of us on campus with a pause in the course of the day. (It) interrupts the routine
GC and Milledgeville crime yields no arrests......2 Technology bridges gap............................................3
24-Hour Plays.............................................................9 CAB Comedy Night provides chuckles.............11
Past versus present................................................13 Baseball falls short in doubleheader...................13 Leisure..................................................................8 Community News........................................6
of our day and hopefully causes us to remember and consider the more lofty elements of our campus life.” Pianist Lev Ryabinin recorded the alma mater on a keyboard in Russell, and it plays over the speaker system on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:55 a.m. and
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The number of school days until finals start
GC and Milledgeville crime yields no arrests
ALYSON CROSBY SENIOR REPORTER Georgia College students have for the most part been shielded from the crime that happens just blocks from campus, but this school year three serious crimes have affected students. There was a bomb threat in the fall and an attempted robbery at gunpoint across the street from campus in February. There was a shooting at The Grove a month later. The cases remain unsolved.
A GC student in a house less than a block from campus was held at gunpoint on Feb. 6. Police have not zeroed in on a suspect. Milledgeville police Maj. Reginald Hill said investigators think the stickup was a stranger-on-stranger crime, which can make it hard to ﬁnd a culprit. “Unless we luck up and one of them can actually see the suspect downtown or see him wandering around somewhere, it’s going to be one of those that’s kind of hard to solve,” Hill said. After the gunman went into the North Clarke Street house and held a .25-caliber pistol to resident Joshua Edwards’ head, the bandit was scared away by another resident
Continued from page 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:20. “We don’t play it at 12:00 p.m. so people can play church bells,” Bergeron said. The Monday after Spring Break when Bergeron got back to campus, the carillon rang at every 15-minute mark and every hour mark. “It was too much,” he said with a chuckle. Bergeron also explained that
the speciﬁc model was chosen “because you can live play.” He said that one of the hopes of the new system is that music students compose can be played live for the student body. Dorman said the speaker system, along with other speakers on campus, could be employed in the case of an emergency like last semester’s bomb threat. Though the old system stopped working in 1997, four of the eight speakers are still in operation; the other four had to
be replaced. Bergeron explained that the eight speakers are necessary to reach a 360-degree spread of sound. Dorman was adamant about having the carillon installed. He said it was crucial to GC’s campus. “Great universities celebrate who they are and their traditions,” Dorman said. “The alma mater is a wonderful symbol of the values that the people of Georgia College hold in common.”
Student says GC campus is difﬁcult for disabled
The investigation into the Nov. 1 bomb threat has come to a standstill due to a lack of leads. Because the investigation is ongoing, police are not releasing new information. After police learned of the threat, the campus was evacuated. The call could not be traced. “It was called into the county 911, and their system at the time could not triangulate where the call came from. Now it could, with updated equipment. So that kind of hindered our investigation. But we’re still working with GBI and the FBI, and it’s still undergoing investigation,” Public Safety Chief Scott Beckner said. The updated equipment it now has is called Enhanced 911, which automatically reports the telephone number and location of calls from cellphones. “We’re asking that if anybody has information, give us a call and help us out. But as of right now … we haven’t had any new leads in a couple of months, and we’ve checked out every lead we’ve had so far,” Beckner said.
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SARAH K. WILSON STAFF REPORTER There is a lack of diversity among students on campus that reaches beyond skin color and hometown addresses. It is the absence of disabled students. According to Disabilities Services, there are only about 250 registered disabled students at GC. Erin Breedlove, a senior psychology major and intern at Disabilities Services, is one of the few disabled students at GC. “Georgia College is the reason I want to work with Disabilities Services,” Breedlove said. “The people here are either really supportive (of those with disabilities) or completely ignorant. There is no in-between, and that’s a problem. I feel completely burdened to make it better for those who can’t help themselves.” Breedlove was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 14 months old. The condition has limited her ability to walk very well, but otherwise she is a completely capable student. “I function just ﬁne in the classroom, but people target me because of the way I walk,” she said. “It’s ignorance. Some days, I cry. But I know how to deal with more than most people. I have thick skin because I came to GC.” It’s easy to understand how Milledgeville could be a difﬁcult place to live for a student with special needs. It’s a small,
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who was toting a 12-gauge shotgun. Two other students, who’d bolted out of the back door when the man barged in, saw the suspect’s vehicle pulling away. “The two that were in the backyard were able to give a very vague description of a square, box-style car with rectangular lights, and that’s pretty much all we have to go on,” Hill said. The investigators are uncertain why the robber chose that house. “We think he’d been casing them out, looking for an easy score. I think it was just going to be a crime of opportunity,” Hill said. “One thing that we may not have mentioned (in past interviews) was that there was a presence of marijuana in the house. So we don’t know if that’s what drew him there, or what may have drawn him there.” Det. Kim Kahn is taking the investigation from here. “It’s kind of gone cold for now; we just hope we catch a break somewhere. ... We’re just kind of hoping that one day he stumbles. Somebody tells something, then it gets told to Det. Kahn or one of the other
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SARAH K. WILSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Erin Breedlove cheers on the men’s baseball team.
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Crimes at GA colleges
investigators and maybe it’ll open up for us,” Hill said.
Although the shooting at The Grove did not involve GC students, a number of GC students live there. This crime is the only of the three that the suspect is known. Police said a man named Alfonso Dixon, a guest at The Grove, shot Curtis Deverow in the leg. This case was turned over to the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Squad, a branch of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. According to Lt. Bobby Langford, an investigator at Baldwin County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce, Dixon has not been found.
Are three serious crimes a concern?
Every year Public Safety releases its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. From 2009-2011, Public Safety reported three robberies and two aggravated assaults. Georgia Southern University, a school with three times as many students, reported six robberies and three aggravated assaults from 2009 to 2011. Kennesaw State University, a school four times GC’s enrollment, reported two aggravated assaults and two robberies from 2009 to 2011. Sophomore early childhood education
Continued from page 1 the speciﬁcity of problems.” Both smokers and nonsmokers went to the SGA with opinions on what they believe needs to be done. It soon became clear that smoking on campus isn’t as big of an issue as some may think. It’s also not a secret that a lot of students don’t abide by the smoking policy. SGA believed it was necessary to approach the subject and come to a conclusion on how to fully enforce the policy. It was then taken into account that those who do smoke needed to have a say in what can be done to improve the policy. “I wasn’t surprised that many students were not using the shelters, because I walk by students all the time
Three robberies Two aggravated Assaults
• Kennesaw State University Two robberies Two aggravated assaults
• Georgia Southern University
Six robberies Three aggravated assaults
major Sarah Hoppel still thinks GC is a safe campus. “I do feel safe,” Hoppel said. “I mean, we have Public Safety, and then we have other police too that are close. We wouldn’t have gotten to the church so quickly if the campus wasn’t safe (speaking about the bomb threat). They also update us when things are happening. I really don’t ever feel not safe, except maybe at night when I’m by myself.”
who are smoking in non-designated areas,” said Juawn Jackson, a freshman political science major and the Smoking Policy Joint Committee Chairman. Smokers took to the surveys to voice their opinions on the issues they had with the current policy. The need for more smoking shelters and the poor location of shelters already on campus was the biggest concern. SGA realizes that shelters need to be placed more strategically as well as the need to have them installed at the Residence Halls and on West Campus. “I believe that given the results, we have located where these issues have occurred and have already started to take the steps to alleviate them,” Savitske said. In addition to the shelters’ issue, the SPC has come up with its own ways to improve
the policy. Focusing more on trying to get students to use the current shelters in place, and the committee hopes to invest in a better way for smokers to dispose of cigarettes. The SPC was formed so that it can locate the problems within the smoking policy and then determine how to alleviate them properly. The SPC gained valuable information from the survey. “The main reason behind our actions is to ﬁnd a way to bridge the divide between smokers and nonsmokers,” Jackson said. “We want for students who choose to smoke to be more considerate of students who do not smoke and should not have to inhale smoke. We also want for students who choose not to smoke to be more tolerating of those who do.”
Continued from page 1 ZTA and SAE were paired together for Greek Sing and took ﬁrst place. ZTA shared many of the same talents as Pi Kappa Phi and won Greek Feud along with the banner contest together. “Greek Show has always been my favorite, because you get to see people’s creativity put into each one of the events,” Marissa Swanson, a member of ZTA and a sophomore nursing major, said. “I’ve been a member of the step team for two years now, and we always have a great time preparing for it.” ADPI and Kappa Alpha walked away with one win each: ADPI dominated in basketball, and KA took a hardearned win in tug against Pike. “Everyone put a lot of time and effort to be able to win it! It was awesome to hear that last whistle blow against Pike and see everyone go crazy because we came so close last year and ﬁnally won this year. I’m proud of all those guys,” said Taylor Robbins, a sophomore management major and brother of Kappa Alpha. Pi Kappa Phi had two wins this past week, winning the banner contest featuring the classic Power Rangers and another for having the cleverest answers in Greek Feud. Kappa Delta sorority joined KA in its victory, as it won tug as well on Saturday morning. KD also had another win that night for having the best step team at Greek Show. DZ took home two wins with victories in swimming and having the
JESSICA WINSKI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (Top) To keep his ﬂags intact, junior economics major Justin Bourn runs down the ﬁeld during ﬂag football. Bourn represented the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity during the Greek Week events. (Bottom) During the Greek Sing event that took place last Saturday night, each fraternity teamed up with a sorority to put on a short performance that included singing and dancing to hit ’90s songs.
“Greek Show has always been my favorite, because you get to see people’s creativity put into each one of the events.” Marissa Swanson, Zeta Tau Alpha sister most philanthropy hours. SAE had the winning design with a Gameboy from the ‘90s decade for Can-serve, and
Pike had four victories. It took ﬁrst place in every sport that had referees: basketball, softball, ﬂag football and penalty kicks. Although the week may have been about competition, Eric Speese, sophomore brother of Pike, said it represents something more. “Greek Week is about brotherhood to me,” Speese said. “It’s about the strong bond we all share, and it isn’t just the hanging out and the partying. It’s also giving back to the community with our various philanthropies and helping others in need.”
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It is true that diversity has been on the agenda for GC administration in the past year. Beyond the struggle to diversify GC’s campus, there is also the inadequacy of access to buildings and grounds for disabled students.
rural town, isolated from any major city for at least 30 miles in any direction. The city has uneven sidewalks and little to no wheelchair access to campus buildings. “When I was a freshman four years ago, I noticed the ﬂat ground (at GC),” Breedlove said. “And it’s so easy to meet people here. You really get to know people here, and I love that. At times, though, (the city) gets to be too much of a bubble. They talk about diversity, but where? If you think it’s just skin color, you’re sadly mistaken.” It is true that diversity has been on the agenda for GC administration in the past year. The Ofﬁce of Institutional Equity and Diversity was contacted for a quote in this article, but its staff was out of town at the time of print. Beyond the struggle to diversify GC’s campus, there is also the inadequacy of access to buildings and grounds for disabled students. “The idea of riding the shuttle with its huge steps scared me to death,” Breedlove said. “And at the baseball ﬁeld…I can’t get up the stadium myself. Luckily I know people (who help me), but that’s ridiculous. What bothers me most is that parts of campus are fairly new. I get so frustrated…knowing that I can’t go somewhere by myself because there’s a crack in the sidewalk or something. I really believe in improving what (GC) already has.” Breedlove maintains that if given the chance, disabled students could thrive at GC. What needs to be done, in her opinion, has to do with improving what we already have and the ways in which GC recruits students. “I would love to see on the administrative staff an admissions leader who focuses on disabled students,” she said. “It’s all a matter of the way you recruit. GC
is a really great place…but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t ﬁx the sidewalks and make buildings more accessible. We lose a lot of credit (for disabled students) because of that.” Kelly Schomder, accommodations coordinator at GC’s disabilities services, agrees. “One of our biggest goals is acclimating signage for those with disabilities,” Schomder said. “A lot of students don’t realize the need (for signs to buildings and accommodations) until they are injured themselves. If a student is suddenly put in a wheelchair or crutches, they are frequently lost on how to access certain parts of campus. Getting these signs, however, is a slow process in terms of ﬁnancial aid.” Overall, Breedlove believes that GC is a great place, but one in need of tweaking. “I think sensitivity training would go a long way in a place like this. We need to ﬁx the ignorance,” she said. “As many struggles as I’ve faced, I wouldn’t change any of it. I was given this challenge because I can handle it. I just wish GC would understand: You have a prime recruiting opportunity for people like me, but you’re not taking advantage of it.” Erin Breedlove hopes to go on to earn her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. She maintains that it was her time spent at GC that inspires her to help others with disabilities.
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charge of dealing with everything from housing to athletics. Lewter’s main responsibilities as Dean of Students will involve dealing with day-today tasks, whereas Harshbarger’s role leans more toward long-term planning, hiring and budgeting. The biggest duty for Lewter will be supervising campus life. Ensuring a rich, active environment for students outside of the classroom is an essential part of the position. In addition, Lewter will assume the duties of the VP for Student Affairs whenever Harshbarger is unavailable. The position was originally created for former dean Paul Jahr. The functions of the job were tailored toward his specialties and background. Harshbarger said that if Lewter develops particular interests in certain areas or sees places that need improvement, there will be room to tailor new duties or move things around for him as well. “My ﬁrst few weeks this summer will involve getting to know the campus and the Student Affairs staff and programs,” said Lewter. “Once the fall semester arrives, I plan to visit student groups and hear what is important to them. I want to be available to students and build a strong relationship with the student body at GC.” During the search, GC ran an ad in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the national newspaper of higher education, and placed openings for the position on various websites. The ﬁnal four candidates each came to GC to be interviewed, one ﬂying from as far as Missouri. Junior management major Sean Espinosa served as the only student on the search committee to give a student’s perspective while interviewing the candidates. “Dr. Harshbarger asked me to serve on the committee,” Espinosa said. “I think I did a good job trying to represent the students and give the candidates my viewpoint and the student’s perspective on what we’d like to see in the new Dean of Students.” Though Lewter is coming from a smaller college, Espinosa believes he will accommodate well to the slightly larger and lively culture of GC. “He deﬁnitely had the characteristics and traits of the kind of Dean of Students we are looking for,” Espinosa said. “All of his experiences in the student affairs department will be beneﬁcial to Georgia College. He’ll deﬁnitely bring a new perspective.”
Close up Themes, ideas and events of the 21st century
April 19, 2013 • Editor, Constantina Kokenes
GC Disability Services aims to welcome and provide care to autistic students OLIVIA MORALES STAFF WRITER Since the 1970s, the Autism Society has strived to educate the public about the disorder through the National Autism Awareness Month occuring in April. Currently, one in every 88 children in America is affected by autism, with the margin continually becoming smaller and smaller, according to the National Autism Association. It seems that the colorful autism awareness puzzle piece ribbon is becoming yet an increasingly popular sight. Georgia College Disability Services prides itself on providing a learning community that is welcoming to all individuals and makes sure that students with disabilities like autism feel welcome. “A big portion is that autism is a huge spectrum, and one of the big things that we try to incorporate is mentorship, to help autistic students to socially acclimate with other students and feel more comfortable” said Accommodations Coordinator Kelly Schomber. Disability Services does a tremendous amount of work to not only integrate students with autism, but also anyone with a documented disability into the GC community. “Every student, if they fall under the same diagnosis or have the same difﬁculties, is different, and it’s important to note that we do handle those on a case-to-case basis” said Erin Breedlove, senior psychology major and student intern at Disability Services. According to the National Autism Association, children are usually diagnosed with autism at a young age, typically before the age of three. These children frequently have difﬁculties in non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure activities. “Autistic students tend to have ﬁnite interests, so expanding and broadening their experiences over the college campus is a huge asset
Autism in the family
with him, and he goes to social skills classes.
the colonnade: When was your brother diagnosed with autism?
the colonnade: What are some issues he faces daily?
dickinson: He is constantly
dickinson: He was older overloaded than most kids when they get diagnosed. It was right before kindergarten.
the colonnade: Does he struggle academically?
dickinson: He is currently
a junior on a ﬁve-year track, so he will graduate in two years. He is doing really well. Things like history are really tough; he doesn’t have a frame of reference for things like that. But he excels in math and science, where it’s more logical and fact based. He is scary smart, but sometimes he has issues expressing that.
the colonnade: What is one of the biggest issues individuals with autism face? dickinson: The social ineptitude. He is a lot better now because we talk about it
with sensory information. He sees, hears and tastes more than we do. Trying to process all of that information at once is very troublesome. Also, Drew has issues expressing how he is feeling.
colonnade: Does Drew suffer with sensitivity issues?
dickinson: More so when he was younger, you couldn’t touch him unless you gave him fair warning. Taste has always been his biggest sensitivity. For example, since he liked turkey, we called every meat in our house turkey. the colonnade: How did
his autism affect your family dynamic?
One of the biggest struggles is that he is
Georgia College Disability Services is located in Lanier Hall 122. For more information, visit http://gcsu.edu/disability/ or call 478-445-5931.
What you didn’t know about autism
Junior psychology major Justin Dickinson discusses living with an autisic brother ANSLEY BURGAMY SENIOR REPORTER
to them and trying to tap into those interests to help them get more involved,” Schomber said. Though there is no speciﬁc outreach program for autism at GC, Disability Services provides abundant resources and its time to cater to each student. “There is a lot we do behind the scenes. It is not something that we can necessarily advertise because of conﬁdentiality purposes. It is all handled student by student,” Breedlove said. By handling each situation separately, Disability Services can provide the best care to GC students. “We try to pride ourselves on being a more personalized college in terms of assisting one-on-one with our students, participating and interacting with our students and being more of a friend than a services provider,” Schomber said. “There is no cookie-cutter deﬁnition for any diagnosis or set of accommodations.” As the rate of individuals with autism increases, so does the amount of autistic students that GC receives each year, according to Schomber. “I think that in terms of students on the spectrum, we may offer more support to those students just because of the way that their disability intersects with the educational environment here,” Katy Washington, director of Disability Services, said. “It may be that they need more coaching on appropriate things to do it case certain things happen.” Washington also discussed how parents play a big role in helping them understand a student with autism better. Parents tend to know how their child works and if there are any problems going on. If so, they can contact Disability Services, and employers will check up on the student by a phone call or email. “That is just something extra that we like to do,” Washington said.
Information gathered by Ashley Clifton
Affects 1 in 88 children
1 in 54 boys emotionally four years behind everyone. So he is 17 but has the mentality of a 14-year-old.
the colonnade: How did
you cope growing up with an autistic sibling?
dickinson: My parents and I had a lot of open discussions, and we still do. We discuss how we are feeling. Anytime my parents learned something new, they explained it to me. Also, I would teach my friends about autism so by explaining it to them, it made me feel more comfortable. My mom found a workshop for sibling of autistic children, and we learned how they see the world. the colonnade: What is one thing that you feel students aren’t aware of with autism? I think ﬁrst off you just have to be really patient. We take for granted a lot of social norms and ques. Also, I feel like a lot of people are afraid of offending individuals with autism, but really, they just want to feel like people. So don’t avoid them.
1 in 252 girls 40 percent of autistic children do not speak 25-30 percent know some words at 12-18 months, but eventually forget them Others might speak, but not until later in childhood Rate of autism has grown in the last 20 years Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, yet it is the least funded. Sources: autismspeaks.org, cdc.gov, nationalautismassociation.org
Community PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT
April 19 2013 • Editor, Jeannie Huey
WHAT’S HAPPENING Friday, April 19 All day
Transfer preview day
2 - 5 p.m.
GIVE Center Earth Action Team Rivers Alive Cleanup (Fishing Creek at South Wilkinson Street)
8 - 9 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Russell Auditorium)
Saturday, April 20
Hear the report on our podcast channel
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JUST A CREEPIN’
March 29, 12:58 p.m. Ofﬁcer Earnest Spikes saw a suspicious person walking on Front Campus toward a group of elementary-school students who were participating in a GC event. The person was charged with trespassing and was banned from campus.
2 GUN IN DORM ROOM
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
EarthFest Community Youth Bike Ride (Liberty and Green Streets at Century Bank parking lot)
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
EarthFest (Front Campus)
7 - 11 p.m.
Athletic Auction (Centennial Center)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Music at the Mansion (Old Governor’s Mansion)
Sunday, April 21 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
GC Outdoor Center’s Spring on the river ﬂoat trip (Oconee River Greenway)
Monday, April 22
April 2, 11:13 p.m. A CA at The Village called GC police because she saw that someone had damaged GC property and also because she thought there might be a weapon in a resident’s room. Ofﬁcer Floyd Quattlebaum met the CA outside the 200 building where the CA saw a student bringing a BB pistol into the building. Quattlebaum identiﬁed the student and went to his room to talk about the situation. The student told Quattlebaum that he had brought the pistol into his room. Quattlebaum went with the student to get the gun, which was lying on the ﬂoor beside his bed and buried under some clothes. He got the weapon and “made it safe,” according to Quattlebaum’s report. Quattlebaum walked the student to his car and he put the gun in his trunk. He told the student that if there were any more complaints about him bringing the gun on campus that it could result in criminal charges. The incident was turned over to the Student Judicial Board.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week
Eco-art display (Magnolia Ballroom)
12 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Learn (MSU Lounge)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bobcat Winners Circle (Old Governor’s Mansion)
3 IDENTITY THEFT
7 - 9 p.m.
CPA Resume Review Night (Residence Halls)
April 2, 5:45 p.m. A student called GC police because he thought that his credit account had been hacked. The student submitted a written statement to the police and the case was turned over to investigators.
Tuesday, April 23
4 STOLEN PURSE
Eco-art display (Magnolia Ballroom)
April 4, 11:23 a.m. A student went to the GC police station to report that her purse was stolen on March 21. She ﬁlled out a written statement for the police describing the situation. She was at Capital City that night with a group of friends. She left her purse on a table and turned her back to it so she could take some pictures. When she turned back around, her purse was gone. She said that her purse had about $12 in cash, her ID and her Bobcat card. Police told her to go and cancel her Bobcat card and to get a new one. Because of the vague timeframe and lack of witnesses, the case is inactive.
5 - 6 p.m.
Milledgeville’s Confederate Earthworks (Old Governor’s Mansion)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Music Theater Scenes (Max Noah Recital Hall)
5 TWITTER HARASSMENT
Eco-art display (Magnolia Ballroom)
8 - 10 p.m.
Climbing Over Climate Change (Wellness Center climbing wall)
April 5, 8 p.m. A student called campus police because her ex-boyfriend, also a GC student, had threatened her on Twitter. The student told police that she wanted protection from her ex and explained that their relationship had been physically abusive and ended violently last May. Detective Miller was sent to speak with the girl and to ﬁnd out more about the situation.
6 BOBCAT CARDS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE April 6, 6:39 p.m. An employee at The MAX contacted campus police about an argument he and another student had over a another student’s Bobcat card. The employee told police that the student had come into the dining hall and begun ﬁghting with him because the general manager had taken the Bobcat card. The employee explained that the manager took it because the student was using a card that was not his, and it is campus policy to take away a card when the person using it is not the actual owner. The student was not satisﬁed and wanted the manager to come back to work just to return the card. Ofﬁcer Quattlebaum explained to the student that he could not get the card back, that only the card’s owner could do so, and that for the time being the card owner needed to talk to the Bobcat card staff and his CA in order to get into his dorm. The card owner was not at The MAX during the incident.
GEORGIA TRIVIA Alan Jackson and Julia Roberts were born in Georgia. Georgia known for the 3 p’s: Peanuts, Pecans, and Peaches. James Oglethorpe Founded the colony of georgia in 1733. Georgia’s state flower is the Cherokee Rose. georgia.gov
Wednesday, April 24
Thursday, April 25 6 - 7 p.m.
Georgia Historic Preservation Confernce and Statewide Conservation Commission Training (Sallie Ellis Davis House)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sound Sculptures 8 (Max Noah Recital Hall)
8 - 11 p.m.
PRSSA’s Date Night Auction (Capital City)
Friday, April 26 5 - 6 p.m.
Jazz Fest (Front Campus)
Saturday, April 27 9 a.m.
Spectrum PR: Walk MS (GEICO Campus in Macon)
8 - 9 p.m.
Dance Minor Concert (Russell Auditorium)
Sunday, April 28 2 - 3 p.m.
Dance Minor Concert (Russell Auditorium)
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Opinion Our Voice
Marathon media aftermath The Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing media frenzy have one thing in common: just as the lives of 176 people, as the count stood late Wednesday evening, at the 117th Boston Marathon changed in a split-second, so has the news all week. Most notably, today, Wednesday, April 17. In the course of an hour, CNN, along with the AP, went live with a story of huge triumph which, as we’ve seen in the past, crumbled into retraction and embarrassment. They announced that the FBI had a suspect in custody and within an hour had retracted the story, citing a misunderstanding by an ofﬁcial in the bureau. Doug Monroe, a mass communication lecturer at Georgia College, sent out a tweet saying how he started the class with the suspect being caught and ended with there being no suspect. USA Today ended up running “mixed reports” of the suspects arrest. Media outlets have turned into what can only be seen as competitors in a twisted rat race over unearthing this tragedy. It’s come to who can put out the most content, reveal the most details and who is going to get it ﬁrst. But no matter how frustrating, annoying and upsetting it is to have information retracted so often that you doubt any announcement, it’s all necessary.
Boston Marathon tragedy resonates on GC’s campus Three dead. Many more wounded. Monday morning brought tragedy to Boston. Two bombs went off at 2:50 p.m., about 12 seconds apart, near the ﬁnish line of the Boston Marathon. People come from all over the country to run in the annual race. Normally it’s where goals are achieved, where personal records are broken. Monday, it all turned to disaster. The scary part is ofﬁcials swept through the area looking for anything suspicious an hour before the bombs went off. Anyone could come and go as they pleased. They could bring bags and items with them. It was during this time that the bomber probably brought in their weapons. Even when we try to protect our people, things slip by under our radar. People still were killed. How far should we go with security to keep things safe? What liberties will be stripped? Whoever planted the bombs is still out there. We trust the authorities will ﬁnd them and bring them to justice. But we’re still left wondering what could bring someone to commit such a terrible act.
“Even when we try to protect our people, things still slip under our radar. People still were killed. How far should we go with security to keep things safe? What liberties will be stripped?” Unexpected attacks like this ﬁll our newspapers and news channels. It’s difﬁcult to avoid hearing or reading about it. Sometimes people might brush it aside. They try to ignore the terrible events happening in the world. But how much longer can we go on like that? It’s time people take a more active approach toward removing the corruption in society. For the little that will inevitably squeeze by, let’s take a stand to help those affected by it. Enough with the passive attitude; jump in and change something. The Colonnade reaches out to the families and loved ones of the bomb victims. They are struggling from the damage that’s been done. They need comfort and support from whoever is willing to give it. Let’s share compassion with our fellow human beings. They are all in our thoughts and prayers, but don’t hesitate to donate and give support. Everything helps, no matter how small.
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A farewell to senior staff It’s a Wednesday night, production night for us in The Colonnade newsroom. It’s a normal evening, my page is ﬁnished, and I only have few more photos left to edit. Through some sort of commotion and random conversation, our copy editor Joe Kovac says something that has resonated with me ever since. “Whatever you do, kick butt.” Now, at ﬁrst he said with a different choice of words, and he was trying to give us advice if we were ever confronted by a violent intruder. But he continued after that saying, “Actually, whatever you do in life, just kick butt, go for it.” What he said had no meaning to me at the time. I was just ready to get all of my duties ﬁnished so I could go home and get some sleep. What he said though has been stuck in my head, and I have ﬁnally realized exactly what he was saying. At the end of the year, it is normal for one of the seniors to write a goingaway column for The Colonnade, but I took it upon myself to beat them to the punch. Oh yeah, they will probably still write one, but as a junior, I felt like they deserved a letter of optimism. I have another year until I graduate,
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How do you think Georgia College can become a more diverse campus? “GC could go to different schools and have tables to pass out information about the university.” Katie Gardner, freshman nursing major “They need to offer more ﬁnancial aid to incoming freshmen to bring in more students from different backgrounds.” Jeanne Brock, freshman marketing major “I was a member of the Gimpse program in high school. They need to make that more known to students in high school.” Chelsea Cobb, freshman English major
“GC needs to offer more programs that involve incoming students. Also, the fraternities and sororities should be more accepting of students from diverse backgrounds.” Maddie Reilly, junior psychology major
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REPORTED BY ANSLEY BURGAMY
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 WellHey Student Opinion Surveys, metotoget ness Fee, then we shouldn’t have iftoyou paywant money take your little tests, don’t send me an 800 word in (yes thereI after we graduate. We already paid plenty checked) email of INSTRUCTIONS just soof money put that so why areactual we continuing I can to spend eventhing moreup, time on the survey. to Make it simple. Make it sweet. I (and 99.999% of my pay if we want to use it after we graduate? classmates) have taken a survey in our lives. We can ﬁgure this out. Just tell me it’s going on, and I’ll get it done.
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- Mark Watkins, junior mass communication major
Swiper the Fox gets his Bobcat Card deactivated
Esquire’s political blog had a guest post from Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bateman where he told the story of how it’s never about the reports from scouts that actually matter, but what all of the reports say together. In this case, the reporters that are out working their sources and talking to the bereaved on the street are the scouts. We are the ones that need to put it together. As of right now (6:55 p.m. on Wed. April 17) what I’ve put together is that America is in a dangerous spot. While the nation is still grieving over the senseless attacks at Sandy Hook, we have another atrocity tossed in our faces. And these are different. There can be no strategic advantage to killing kids; no political strike that can be delivered by attacking a marathon. It’s violence for violence’s sake, and that is chilling to the core. There is little for us to do at a small college hundreds of miles away from Boston, but what we can do, and what the whole nation should do, is look at our country, our families, and more importantly at ourselves and decide where we go from here.
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EDITORIAL BOARD Lindsay Shoemake
April 19, 2013• Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Shoemake
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but in just a few weeks the seniors here at Georgia College will be graduating. They will be ﬁnally getting out of here. I am not saying that Milledgeville or GC is bad at all – it is actually one of the greatest places on earth, but these seniors are ﬁnally done. They have completed 16 or more years of school, and it is ﬁnally time for put that hard work to use. So many times it is sad to see friends graduate because they’re leaving the rest of us behind. It is also really scary for the graduating seniors because they may be unsure of what’s next. Instead of being sad about something that is inevitable, there should be a celebration. All of the graduates in every major have worked so hard. As peers, we should be happy because they will succeed, or in Joe’s terms, they’ll “kick butt.” Of course, we will miss the seniors, but we celebrate, and cheers to them for their hard work, to their mentorship, to their legacies and to seeing them succeed. Here’s to you, GC Class of 2013. Congratulations. - Marilyn Ferrell, junior mass communication major
People are so rude and disrespectful towards professors this semester!! You do not need to be on your phone and/or texting the entire time! And it’s not hard to show up to class on time either! I want to go to Wafﬂe House, but no one wants to go with me!!! I’m so hungry – feed me!
I still need to go see Jurassic Park 3D, man. I can’t wait ‘til the One Direction movie. Mmm, Harry Styles. I miss overheard in The Colonnade, you guys were so funny. Bring it back next year, please???
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April 19, 2013• Editor, Marilyn Ferrell
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GC students made a trip to the High Museum in Atlanta to see their newest exhibit that deals with artists and their relationships with each other and art
Lindsay Shoemake Senior Reporter I’ll admit it – I’m a self-proclaimed art enthusiast. Although I can’t rattle off dates and intricate painting methods, I know how to appreciate a great work of art, and I know what I like. That’s why when I heard that the Department of Art was set to visit the “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” exhibit at the High Museum, I jumped at the chance to attend. Upon entering the second-floor exhibition room, the walls were engulfed with vibrant swaths of color and rich brush strokes. Kahlo’s signature Latino flair was apparent in all of the paintings present, with several depicting facets of daily life, like open-air markets and beautiful Mexicano scenery. It struck me when I noticed that a vast majority of Kahlo’s work consisted of self-portraits, all of which portrayed the renowned artist in a rather masculine light. Kahlo’s unplucked eyebrows and hint of facial hair remained untouched in all of the self-portraits – a testament to her self-assuredness and alternative approach to unbridled femininity. Another large portion of Kahlo’s portraits included her long-time partner, Diego Rivera. The two experienced a notoriously turbulent marriage, and several of the works on display were indicative of exactly that – in a series of paintings completed close to each other, Rivera would be present in one work, and then completely absent in the next. As the exhibit wound through the spacious exhibition room, each section of the exhibit began implementing color blocking as an identifier. In the middle of the exhibit, a bright yellow, playground-esque structure served as a divider of two sections. Many children even attempted to play on the structure, although they were quickly turned away
Upon entering the second-floor exhibition room, the walls were engulfed with vibrant swaths of color and rich brush strokes.
by nearby curators. The remainder of the exhibit carried out the rest already-established primary color palette, as well as a few unexpected pieces. To my surprise, Kahlo was also an accomplished painter of scenery, with exquisite beach sunsets and coastal captures spanning the walls. Overall, “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” was a well-put-together exhibit that encapsulated the ever-present passion and artistic talent that held the couple together for so long. For Georgia College students interested in attending and getting a taste of Latino art, the exhibit runs until May 12 and grants free admission to students that present a Bobcat Card.
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Valerie Aranda, GC art professor, dives into her art, her influences and teaching methods Madalyn Shores Staff Writer colonnade: What inspires you as a muralist? aranda: Working with people and exploring ideas together that become an image on the wall, is what inspires me about murals. I make a strong effort to involve participants to collaborate on imagery that they can relate to and that reflects them. Overall, I love the creative, physical and athletic nature of mural making too. colonnade: What artists influence you the most? aranda: There are too many artists to name, but some of my favorite artists are: Rodolfo Morales, Carmen Lomas Garza, Hung Liu, Gajin Fujita, Richard Diebenkorn, Romare Bearden, Jose Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, etc. colonnade: How was your experience at the High Museum? aranda: Since the Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting has been up at the High, I have visited it twice and plan on going back to see it before it closes in May. I absolutely loved seeing so many of Frida’s paintings, drawings and mixed media works. I love to see the different influences in her work; there are so many cultural references that I see in her work including her admiration of Mexican retablo painting and ex-voto paintings, her political point of view, her striking self-portrayals, her Mexican heritage and her acknowledgement of the pain and desires of life. colonnade: What was your favorite part of the High Museum? aranda: “Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting.” It was emotional for me to see their work together because it is showed how much their lives were tied together personally, politically and artistically. colonnade: How do trips like the one you took to the High further GC student’s learning? aranda: Nothing compares to seeing and experiencing artwork in person. I always recommend to my students the importance of experiencing art first hand. It is one thing to learn about art and art history in the classroom, but when you actually have a chance to experience the art up close and in person, with no translation or interpretation, you realize you are having a one on one dialogue with the art (and the artist) itself and there is know one that can tell you how to feel about it or how to think about it. You bring that with you. colonnade: Has Frida Kahlo been an inspiration? If so, in what ways? aranda: Frida has always been an inspiration to me. From the moment I began studying art and painting in college, Frida has always been an inspiration to me. First of all, the power of her paintings was immediate. Her attention to detail and moments in life that we don’t typically see or talk about, she had the courage to expose this in her art; but she did it in the most delicate and direct way. colonnade: Are there any other artists or people that influence your teaching? aranda: As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, I had the opportunity to work with Faith Ringgold as a teaching assistant. Her story quilts have always been inspiring to me, and what I remember
about her teaching was the importance of stories and their potency. She had a way of empowering students to find their voice through their art and their stories. But she also emphasized a strong work ethic.
April 19, 2013• Editor, Anna Morris
CONSTANTINA KOKENES / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER The “24 Hour Plays” showcased six plays in Max Noah Recital Hall on April 13. “Goodbye Kitty” (above) was written by graduate student Tori Lee Averett. It tells the story of three Southern commercial actresses upset about Big Tex’s, played by Corey Stephens, retirement from commercials. Averett’s play “A Thousand Cowboys” will debut at GC on April 22. “Budweiser’s Box” (top right), written by graduate student Emily Chamison, was a dark comedy, much like “Cabin in the Woods,” in which four people ﬁnd a box with an evil monkey statue inside. “The Memorial” (bottom right) showed the stories of three groups of people: Don and Diedre, a couple who constantly argue; Brittany and Ashley, two extremely intoxicated girls; and Skip, who smokes copious amounts of marijuana before attending the memorial.
Writers, directors and actors spend hours brainstorming to produce 10-minute plays fter hours of collaboration between writers, directors and actors, the “24 Hour Plays” performed for its tenth year last Saturday in the Max Noah Recital Hall. While the performances and actors were exceptional, the real stars were the writers. Conﬁned to a time limit, six writers hastily wrote 10-minute plays. “There is this moment (during the writing process) when you get about an hour in where you’re just staring at the keyboard, and it’s before the momentum hits,” Tori Lee Averett, creative writing graduate and Georgia College alumna, said. “You think, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to write anything.’” Averett’s piece, “Goodbye Kitty” was the last performance. Much like her play “A Thou-
sand Cowboys,” which debuts at GC on April 22, this piece provided a Southern, Texan vibe. The evening before the show, the writers are introduced to the directors and actors, who provide costumes and props. The writers have to formulate a story idea based on what they see. “They bring really fun stuff,” Averett said. “You start going, ‘Oh, I could use this. Oh, I could use that.’ You have all these ideas stuck in your head, so getting started after you’ve watched all that fun stuff come out is really hard because it might derail your train.” The writers have until 6 a.m. to produce a script, working non-stop in the Black Box Theatre. “(Around) 8:30, we get to the writers’ room … we write all night,” Marie Elliot, GC alumna and assistant professor of mass media at Vanderbilt University, said. Elliott’s piece,
“ There is this moment (during the writing process) when you get about an hour in where you’re just staring at the keyboard, and it’s before the momentum hits. You think, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to write anything.’ “ Tori Lee Averett, creative writing graduate and Georgia College alumna
“The Cool Factor” poked fun at the hipster generation. Every writer’s process is different. “Some people just sit down and write and let things come organically, and they just go from beginning to middle to end,” Elliott said. “Some people know the ending and have that as a goal and write toward it. Some people have an idea, or several, and they sit down and start writing one and then maybe switch to another.” For Elliott, it’s the third process. “I wrote one play until 2 a.m., and I didn’t like it,” she said, “and then I had another idea – I started writing IKEA and was like, ‘Ah! It’s not happening!’ and then went to another idea brieﬂy for like a page, and then I came back to IKEA.
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Seniors show off ﬁber arts exhibit BETHAN ADAMS STAFF WRITER The warm April day was both Andrea McCuen and Breanna Thompson’s ﬁrst exhibit, but despite jitters, the women stood conﬁdently between their artwork, accepting critiques and mingling with admirers, students and professors alike. Both senior art majors are part of a small number of ﬁber art students at Georgia College, and the exhibit they showcased last Wednesday included projects they have been working on all year. McCuen’s half of the room,
“Time and Place,” was comprised of images made out of dyed fabric and focused on her childhood memories connected with Milledgeville and Lincoln County, Ga. History took a whirl with Thompson’s “Blast from the Past” exhibit of hand-sewn outﬁts. The clothes nodded to hints of the ‘20s and ‘70s, Thompson’s favorite time periods. The students’ two types of ﬁber art, different in their designs, were similar in their meanings. McCuen and Thompson viewed their art as expressing how the past can mold someone’s future. “As we move on in life, fash-
ion will change over time, and it will help us get to where we need to be in the future,” Thompson wrote in an explanation of her art. McCuen’s art had similar themes in that a past memory can help shape a person’s character. “The way in which an individual recalls their personal memories and experiences can lead to a better understanding of themselves,” McCuen said. McCuen chose light grays and white space to portray memories of her parents’ and grandparents’ homes as well as more speciﬁc memories like a lone rocking
chair, bale of hay or wooden planks she used to build childhood forts. Jose Lopez, sophomore environmental science major, walked around the room smiling at his favorite pieces. “It’s almost like a childhood house,” Lopez said, gesturing to McCuen’s recreation of her grandparents’ home. “I wish I grew up there.” McCuen’s pieces were precise and minimal, and were created on cotton fabric strips using a method called Batik, a Javanese art form that uses layers of wax
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ASHLEY CLIFTON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Left: Senior art major Andrea McCluen displayed her talents through her art exhibition entitled “Time and Place.” Held in Art Fix Gallery, “Time and Place” encompassed six pieces of work that were all created using wax, reactive dye and cotton. Above: Breanna Thompson’s “Casablanca.”
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pot ight: Q & A with Olivia Meeks
Olivia Meeks, sophomore English major and dance minor, is one of seven students choreographing dance pieces for the Dance Minor Concert. The concert will be Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in Russell Auditorium. Meeks discusses the process of choreographing and her passion for dance. the colonnade: How long have you been dancing? meeks:I have been dancing since I was 5. I took some time off after high school, and I joined the dance program here the end of my freshman year. the colonnade:What is the Dance Minor Concert? meeks:The Dance Minor Concert consist of seven student choreographed pieces, two faculty pieces and a guest artist. It is going to be a really varied show, featuring numerous styles including classical ballet, hip-hop and modern. the colonnade:Was there an audition process for students who wanted to choreograph? meeks:Choreographing is open to any student, but there is a cutting down process after the initial auditions. the colonnade:How different is it to choreograph a piece, instead of dancing? meeks:Oh, it is a lot different, but in a way it is so much more rewarding. To see others enjoy something I have created and to see the connections the girls have made has been so rewarding. the colonnade:What type of dance is your piece? meeks:It is a contemporary ballet piece with four dancers and two live musicians, a guitarist and a cellist. the colonnade:What inspired your
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piece? meeks:It’s In high school, my best friend’s boyfriend committed suicide. From that I learned what it means to be there for someone. Afterwards, I realized the scope of how many people were behind my friends and I, supporting us through the grieving process. For example, I would lean on my friend, then my friend would reach out to their parent for advice. It took awhile to see how this chain was linked, so when I realized that process I wanted to get my hands on it. The choreography is really centered around partnering, linking and being close to each other to represent that idea. the colonnade:Is dancing and choreographing a way of coping for you? meeks:Yes, deﬁnitely! Getting to see this dance reﬂect where my heart has been is so rewarding.
Tha Hugs’ ‘Nothing to Complain About’ remains true to title IRIS COCHRAN STAFF WRITER
CONSTANTINA KOKENES SENIOR REPORTER
Not my traditional taste of music, I had no idea what to expect from Tha Hug’s newest album, “Nothing to Complain About.” From the cover, a Corgi stares up at me with its huge, puppy-dog eyes as I listen. I was shocked from the beginning. The ﬁrst song started with the singer screaming in my ears. Although I don’t usually that kind of music, I couldn’t help but picture myself jamming out with my friends to it. A few songs had an off-brand Elvis Costello feel. “Surﬁtude” has a loud, but lively feel to it while “Kite Flyer” provides a fun, upbeat tempo. The best song on the album is “Tonight.” Starting off with an energetic beat, this song is perfect for anyone who wants to let loose and dance. The worst song is “Couch Potato” because it portrays the usual troubles of love. It has a melancholy sound, which makes it feel as if something is missing. Overall, Tha Hug’s newest album is exactly what its title says: nothing to complain about. The band has that college bar-scene feel to it, which is reﬂected in its songs. “Nothing to Complain About” incorporates a good mood through its chill, fun music.
By Ansley Burgamy
Senior art major showcases exhibition Katie Landers makes natural, cultural, family and social inﬂuences unite in ‘Roots’ SHAYNE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER On a gorgeous spring evening in Milledgeville, 11 pieces of art hung on the walls of Blackbridge Hall that seemed to reﬂect the world outside and the people in it. Katie Landers is a senior art major and psychology minor, and two weeks ago she showcased her exhibition “Roots,” named to match her psychology background. She explained that people are born with certain personality traits, but the environment in which they live and the people with whom they surround themselves add to those natural traits to make them who they are as individuals. “That’s what I was doing with different materials; juxtaposing all (of them) and cramming them together to make this completely unique personality,” Landers said. Bill Fisher, chair of the Department of Art said, “I found it brave in terms of the direct manner in which she’d manipulate those (materials). She used them like a hammer and nails to build something, really to her credit.” Hannah Hoch was a German collage artist around the time of World War II, and Landers said that some of her art is inﬂuenced by Hoch. “Her stuff is just really cool; it’s really weird looking.” Hoch’s work inspired the collage idea behind Landers’ pieces, but she was sure to point out that, “my pieces are a lot more dainty.” Friends of Landers explain how unique her art is. “It’s not just paper and paint – she incorporates fabric and different paint
styles and overlaps them,” Zach Roberts, senior theatre and psychology major, said. “I’m always impressed with her color palette. It’s the way she’s able to incorporate fabric and paint and different styles that blows my mind.” “Growth,” “Regenerate,” “Instinctual” and “Cultivate” are titles of four of the pieces in the “Roots” collection. “My favorite piece is ‘Cultivate,’” Landers said. It’s 12” x 138” and shared a wall in Blackbridge with no other. “I’m in love with it,” she gushed. Roberts expressed his admiration and appreciation for her work. “There’s always something new and exciting in (her art), and there’s always so much meaning,” he said. “She has all these stories that she doesn’t explicitly tell the viewer, but I get the inside scoop on a couple of them.” Last semester senior art majors began working on a collection of pieces for their exhibitions. Landers’ work was all ﬁber, using an art-form called batik that involves painting on fabric with dye, at the beginning. But then she started making collages just for fun, and she liked the way they were turning out. She decided to use those pieces and make more for her show, claiming it was all accidental. “All the pieces were just kind of experimentations just to see what would happen if I mixed these two things together,” Landers said. “I think a lot of them came together like that. The ones that I actually planned out were kind of the most boring ones.” She explained that sometimes she would see something or have an idea and wonder what would happen if she tried it. She said with a reminiscing chuckle though that “a lot of different things didn’t work out.”
ASHLEY CLIFTON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Katie Landers presented her collection of art entitled “Roots” in Blackbridge on April 10. The ideas behind her work are inﬂuenced by her study of art, psychology and the research she has been studying.
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CAB comedy night provides chuckles MYKEL JOHNSON STAFF WRITER As the semester draws nearer to an end and stress begins to accumulate from last-minute projects, annoying roommates and possible sinus congestion, students need a form of release to forget about the daily frustrations of college life. That release is laughter, and it was provoked by students with a rather large funny bone. Georgia College’s Campus Activities Board put on its last comedy show of the school year last week in the A&S Auditorium, and it proved to be a pleasant close-out. Senior management and marketing major Ryan Shirley was in the lineup for stand-up, but was unable to attend. However, spirits were not dampened; and if they were, the three remaining comics made up for lost time. Alumnus Kevin Hall emceed the event and provided clever quips between acts, bringing his own past stand-up bombs and the new ranking app “Lulu” to light. The show was more intimate in what seemed like a smaller audience than last semester’s Comedy Night – though this did not stop attendees’ laughter from ﬁlling the auditorium. One audience member in particular found most jokes exceedingly hilarious and exuded his own act, in a way, with his unique laugh. DeAndre Beck, senior political science major, incorporated his own personal experiences into his act, relating to everyone in one way or another. “I just thought about my crazy life,” Beck said. “I have weird people – that’s my brother with the weird, crazy laugh.” The crowd sufﬁced Beck’s routine by displaying shock whenever a joke called for such. “It was good turnout. They looked at me a little crazy – I expect that,” Beck said. “That’s what I go for – especially the girl I called out in the audience.” Beck mentioned in his act that he had recently gotten into an argument with his girlfriend and asked a girl in the audience if she would ever date “a black guy,” to which she responded, “What is this?” “It’s so much fun. You get up there, sweat, have a good workout. That’s a nice workout. You start tensing up inside. It gets a lot of stuff off your chest, too,” Beck said. Connor Yates also brought an unrelenting current of jokes in an act he is very acquainted with. “I’ve had this ﬁve-minute set for about six months now, so I’m pretty locked in with the jokes and everything,” Yates said of Thursday’s performance. The junior sociology major has made himself known throughout Middle Georgia by performing in various clubs between Athens and Atlanta. Yates does stand-up biweekly during Flicker Theatre & Bar’s “OpenTOAD Open Mic” events in Athens. Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge and Village Theatre are familiar with his presence as well.
“It’s so much fun.You get up there, sweat, have a good workout.That’s a nice workout.You start tensing up inside. It gets a lot of stuff off your chest, too.” DeAndre Beck, senior political science “I’ve been doing [standup] for about a year-and-a-half now, pretty consistently,” Yates explained. Yates’s spontaneous sense of humor was not lost on the audience as each joke was retorted with appreciative laughter. “CAB always brings out a good crowd,” he said. “It’s very receptive to everyone, which is good. No one bombs at a CAB event.” As the closing act, Adam Greene, senior history major, told stories of his job as a camp counselor, as the Chick-ﬁlA cow and of customer’s mispronunciations of sauces at his current job with Quiznos. “The only two times that I usually practice my set is in the shower and when I’m in my truck, just driving by myself,” he said, “because nobody else can hear me; but I need to hear myself say the jokes.” Greene’s biggest hit was his very convincing voice impression of Tom Hardy’s version of Bane – from “The Dark Knight Rises” – with the aid of a mere red Solo cup. What stirred breathless laughter was his using the voice to read excerpts of E.L. James’s “50 Shades of Grey.” The showstopper was the condition in which “Bane” gave “Anastasia Steele” permission to die. (Watch the movie’s trailer and think about it.) “I knew that I could do the Bane voice really well, and I was trying to think of what would be funny if he just led a normal life and said normal things; and I was like, ‘You know what? I’ll take it to a raunchy level, and let me read “50 Shades of Grey,”’” Greene said. Adam attracted a few admirers from outside of GC to witness Comedy Night’s 2012-2013 ﬁnale. “It really was more than I expected,” Katie Boniol, Macon State sophomore, said. “I went to high school with Adam. He used to be our ‘Oh, Adam Greene’s here!’” Senior history major Drew Arnold also enjoyed the show in its entirety. “I know Kevin and Adam personally, but I was very impressed by the other two fellas. They were all great,” he said. Greene urges everyone to attend more CAB events, in particularly Comedy Night, for the sake of CAB’s efforts. “I really wish that it would be a little bit bigger, that
SHAYNE WILLIAMS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The sounds of laughter erupted from the A&S Auditorium as Kevin Hall, GC graduate and host of the CAB Comedy Night on April 11, entertained the crowd with a few of his own jokes before introducing Deandre Beck, Connor Yates and Adam Greene as the comedians of the night. Adam Greene (above), who took the crowd by storm with his “50 Shades of Gray” jokes, was voted as the winner and was awarded $50.
more people would come,” he said, “because CAB does the best to let everybody know the events are going on. I’m glad everybody came out that could.”
For more information on CAB events, visit http://www.gcsu.edu/studentlife/activities.htm
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CONSTANTINA KOKENES / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Drew Allen (above) plays a G.I. Joe action ﬁgure come to life in “Monster,” written by Eddie Zipperer, GC alum. He helps Jimmy, played by Dane Pinney, ﬁght the monster under his bed. Codie Henson and Hayley Kroger (right) play two drunk girls attending a memorial service in “The Memorial,” written by GC alumn Jimmy Holder.
The ideas are always there.” The mood is tense for everyone involved. Writers must come up with a brilliant idea in less than 12 hours, directors must prepare their actors, and actors must have their lines and blocking memorized in one afternoon. “It’s really hectic,” Jami Terracino, senior art history major and Sallie in Averett’s “Goodbye Kitty,” said. “You just have to not use your script as a crutch, and you just have to go offbook and hope that the director will help you
out when you call line. It helps you a lot when you do that because you learn from your mistakes.” The entire process is worthwhile, notes director Trey Barnett. This is his second time directing a play in the “24 Hour Plays.” He directed “Red Shoe” in last year’s show. “(The process) is deﬁnitely long, but the actors and writers make it easy,” the junior mass communication major said, “but it’s a good day spent. It’s always nice to create art.”
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ASHLEY CLIFTON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Left and middle: Breanna Thompson, designer of the clothes displayed in the “Blast from the Past” art exhibition held in the Art Fix Gallery on April 10, incorporated fabric and thread into each piece to create different looks. Each piece, titled after movies from the past such as “Casablanca” and “The Breakfast Club”, gave viewers a different outlook on art. Right: Senior art major Katie Herrig and junior sociology major Joe Morovich discuss Andrea McCuen’s exhibition pieces in her “Time and Place” collection. “I felt she did a good job with the technique, Herring said. “You get a good sense of her memories.”
and dye to create the image. She used mostly grey and brown dyes, with little pops of color coming from ﬂowers poking out of the image signifying speciﬁc memories. One piece of art features a vibrant, purple pansy rooted next to an old-fashioned home. “There’s rocking chairs on the porch (of that house), and my grandmother used to plant pansies. There were always pansies everywhere,” McCuen said. “Whenever I see a pansy I think of it.” Looking at McCuen’s art was like the after effect of a camera’s ﬂash: The image can still be seen after a blink, and a ﬂash of color lingers behind the eyes. Looking at the photos was like introducing oneself to McCuen’s childhood via a Polaroid colored by her mind’s eye. Ambrose Xie, student technology support specialist, described herself as more of a wild painter, but appreciated the control in McCuen’s art and the intricate details of Thompson’s outﬁts. Xie wandered around the room admiring Thompson’s outﬁts, and said she was in awe that Thompson created the outﬁts herself. “I think it’s good for other artists to look at it (different art),” Xie said. “That’s how art helps art to create more art.”
Thompson came in and out of the room, busy talking to artistic admirers, professors and friends. Fadhili Mshana, professor of art, strode around the room with his hands behind his back, critiquing her art with the eye of both a painter and professor. Although he had some questions for Thompson, he was impressed by her work. Each outﬁt Thompson made was named after a movie from the time period it portrayed. With names like “Casablanca,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Great Gatsby,” Thompson recreated the past minus the mothballs. “They’re really beautiful,” Xie said of the outﬁts. “I don’t do a lot of fabric art so it’s kind of shocking, like, ‘Wow, she made everything herself?’” As McCuen dyed childhood memories and Thompson brought back the past, both women were calm and eager to be vulnerable in the face of critics and admirers alike as they presented the creations made by their own hands, emotions and memories. “It’s been very stressful (to create the ﬁber art), but it’s worth it,” Thompson said. “Right when I put the last label on the wall, I felt so relieved. Hard work, but hard work pays off.”
An A&E editor’s ﬁnal farewell ANNA MORRIS A&E EDITOR Twenty-three nights. Twenty-three long, tiring and, at times, overwhelming nights. But those late-night, caffeine-fueled nights are full of memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Most graduates will attribute their success to passionate professors and insightful classes, but I can proudly say that my successes stemmed from those 2 a.m. nights in “The Colonnade cave” surrounded by a small, but dedicated, group of individuals. Individuals who aren’t just my peers – they’re my friends. As I sit here typing up my farewell (listening to songs that will no doubt make me cry at some point), these more-than-talented people are making their very own comics, showing InDesign who’s boss, prepping themselves to take over the paper next year. And I realize that this is where I belong. This is my home. I started out as nothing more than a lowly staff writer, too scared to even approach students for interviews. Every Monday evening during pitch meetings, I stared at the current staff in awe, as if they were some sort of celebrities. And I told myself, ‘I’m going to be there.’ Fast forward a year and a half, and I’m stomping (like, literally stomping, because I was wearing the most uncomfortable wedges in the world) around New York City. Visiting that eye-opening city had always been just a fantasy, but because of The Colonnade, I made it there. And I got to enjoy the city with fellow journalists who had become my closest friends. I’ve grown out of my shy, scared shell and blossomed into a conﬁdent journalist, all thanks to The Colonnade kids. They pushed me to suc-
ceed and picked me up when I needed it, and they’ve molded me into the person I am right now. Right at this very moment. Putting my ﬁnal section together as the Arts and Entertainment editor. These wonderful people have put up with me at my worst, at my best and during the times when my crazy antics should have just scared them all away. To next year’s staff: I am wholly conﬁdent that they’ll not only carry on the legacy we’re leaving behind, but surpass it by a landslide. I only wish I could be around next year to endure those 4 a.m. nights with them and watch the paper evolve at their ﬁngertips. But, knowing myself, I’ll pop in at least once, because everyone knows I’ll have a hard time staying away from this place. To the senior staff: I’ve grown up with these guys. We’ve gone from being simply acquaintances, awkwardly ﬂoundering through our ﬁrst few production nights, to friends, staying in the ofﬁce late into the night just because we wanted to. Saying this moment is bittersweet is an understatement. It’s the end of an era. It’s putting something to rest that we’ve poured our hearts and souls into. It’s accepting that in three, tooshort weeks, we’ll be parting ways, onto bigger and better things. I couldn’t be more proud of my friends, and of myself, for everything we’ve accomplished. And I wouldn’t be even the tiniest bit surprised to one day read about them moving to New York, getting published in Esquire or starting their own PR ﬁrm. Guys, we are going to kick some ass. I can just feel it.
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April 19, 2013• Editor, Powell Cobb
Bobcat Rugby Club holds first GC Rugby Reunion, alumni return to play LAUREN CORCINO STAFF WRITER
We had a lot of participants that played rugby in the 90s and it is really awesome that they traveled back to Milledgeville just to play. Kyle Dennis, BRC president
I think that the city of Boston as well as the entire New England region would not in a million years retire the Boston Marathon or even “postpone” it for next year.
“Back in 1993, when I was in Dr. McGill’s class, he told me that they were getting a rugby team together and asked me if I wanted to play,” Chupich said. “It was a quick yes. Here I am 20 years later, traveling down from Wisconsin to be down here with these guys for an hour and a half rugby match. Meeting the new guys and the camaraderie we have has been the best part of this experience.” Seeing the success of the reunion match, the BRC is considering expanding its annual Dirty Deep Roots tournament to include an alumni weekend in the upcoming season. “We had a lot of participants that played rugby in the 90s and it is really awesome that they traveled back to Milledgeville just to play,” Kyle Denis, BRC president, said. “Next year, I want to get more alumni out. This reunion match worked out way better than I expected and with more time, we could make it a really great event with even more alumni.” Chupich noticed a strong team dynamic amongst the players on the current team. “The camaraderie of the current team is better than ours was and it continues to grow,” Chupich said. “The game goes away from the campus and comes back, rugby is one of those unique dynamic games which really brings people together.” The goal of the reunion match was to play the game for fun, instead of focusing on competing. The team ﬁnished off strong in second
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TAYLER PITTS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Georges Eloquin, the jumper, is lifted by his teammates to attempt to catch the incoming lineout.
Baseball falls short in doubleheader DANIELLE RANIERI STAFF WRITER Georgia College lost a doubleheader to Columbus State last Friday. “We just didn’t come ready to play as a team. We didn’t come out completely, and ultimately didn’t get the job done,” junior exercise science major Christian Bragg said. Columbus State claimed the ﬁrst game, 10-0. The Bobcats came back strong in the second game, leading the game for the ﬁrst few innings. Unfortunately the Cougars came out stronger in the end, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth in-
The Short Stop
A look at the Boston bombs The bombings that shook the streets of Boston on Monday have seared the hearts of our nation. A day of patriotic jubilation quickly descended into a nightmare of senseless death and agony. My deepest condolences go out to all who have suffered. In its 117th year, the Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon in the world. It is a tradition that runs deep with Americans, taking place on Patriots’ Day every year. In 2011, the marathon hosted the world’s largest pool of runners at 38,708 participants. It draws more than 500,000 fans every year, making way for New England’s most extensively watched sporting event. This thing is a big deal. And now, in a blink of the eye, the world’s marathon czar has been acutely wounded by an act of cowardly terror. The enormity of the scar that will be left behind from this tragic event is still unknown, as the wound is still fresh.
Bellows of “ruck him, ruck him” echoed across the ﬁeld as a hodgepodge of players of all ages dashed in pursuit of the egg-shaped ball in Georgia College Bobcats Rugby Club’s ﬁrst GC Rugby Reunion match on April 13. During the match, the BRC team swept away the GC Rugby alumni team with the ﬁrst game ending 19-34 and ﬁnishing off the second match 38-5. Thirty individuals participated in the match with six GC rugby alumni members represented. The BRC reached out to GC rugby team alumni about attending the match and turning the idea into an event with the help of Facebook and Ken McGill, chemistry and physics department chair and former GC rugby coach. GC alumni Jeff Chupich, a member of the founding GC Rugby team in 1993, attended the match with the goal of playing rugby with a group that shared the same intense passion he holds for the sport.
ning, with the ﬁnal score being 3-2. The two runs were scored by freshman Daniel Bick, and Ikaika Anderson, batted in by a single hit by Clay Ardeeser. Pitcher Matthew LaMothe kept CSU in check until the eighth, allowing three runs on ﬁve hits. Columbus State relief pitcher Hart Mizell received the win in just two innings of work. Center ﬁelder and senior community health major Ikaika Anderson mentioned that LaMothe had a good game. “I thought he pitched very, very well. He had a great game, but was
deﬁnitely tired in the end,” Anderson said. The guys have high hopes for the season despite their loss. “It was a little disappointing, but we’ve just got to forget about it and move on, and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Bragg said. Ikaika said that these games were growing for the team. “If anything, this weekend has humbled us. We learned to deal with adversity, and it has made us a little tougher,” he said. “Hopefully we will make conference tournament, do well, go to regionals, play our game, and take it from there. We’ll keep
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playing as far as we can go.” The players are saddened by the sweep, but are not backing down. Matthew LaMothe, pitcher and senior mass communication major, says that this weekend was a stepping stone to the team’s success. His vision is for the team to productively use the loss. “We faced a lot of adversity, which can either go one of two ways,” LaMothe said. “We can either decline from here, or get better from it. I think we are going to take this adversity and use it to make us better.”
But Bostonians are tough. It is a town that is immensely resilient, unyielding to any notion of defeat. The recent turmoil that turned Boston’s historic streets red will not hinder the city’s volatile spirit. As for the future of the Boston Marathon, that is something that many are uncertain of. Will the marathon see its 109th year? And if it does, will it be starkly modiﬁed for safety (removal of street spectators or addition of security gates), taking away from the nostalgic sensibilities that the race has provided for thousands of people every year? I think that the city of Boston as well as the entire New England region would not in a million years retire the Boston Marathon or even “postpone” it for next year. Doing so would be a public recognition of defeat. In addition, the disgraceful craven responsible for the horriﬁc attacks would see the termination of the race as an outright surrender, a victory for terrorist worldwide. Yes, Boston ofﬁcials are deeply affected by the attack. But you can be rest assured that Boston’s ﬁnest are doing everything within their power to mitigate all concern for future violence. Sure there may be some “safety additions” to future Boston Marathons, but Boston Marathon 2014 will most certainly be there for us all, stronger from the calluses of the past.
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“The game goes away from the campus and comes back, rugby is one of those unique, dynamic games that really brings people together.”
-Jeff Chupich, GC alumn and founding member of the GC rugby team in 1993
Number of suspects accurately announced to be in correlation with the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Softball wins two at home against Augusta State MADDIE SHORES STAFF WRITER The Georgia College Bobcats swept the Augusta State Jaguars this past weekend at home. Blue and green streamers and balloons laced the bleachers for the Bobcats’ Senior Day. The numbers of each of the four seniors were written on the outﬁeld. The stands were ﬁlled with parents, students and faculty. The ﬁrst game last Friday was a nail biting 10 innings. GC took the lead in the ﬁrst inning by scoring two runs, and holding their opponent to zero. The players Kristen Brooks, Whitney Okvist and Taylor Campbell worked together to score these runs. Brooks hit a double and advanced Okvist to home, and then Campbell brought in Brooks for the second run of the inning. The fans and opponents could tell the connection between the Bobcats. “We did very well as staying together as a team and never giving up,” said senior pitcher Dani Gallucci. “We have such good chemistry on the ﬁeld, that we never back down or give up. We also ﬁght hard until the very end.” Augusta State came back strong in the second and third innings, putting a total of 6 runs on the board. “When a run gets put on the scoreboard that isn’t ours I actually get more ﬁred up because the way our team is here at Georgia College that is the way we are most successful,” said softball assistant coach Brittany Bennett. “We have come from behind in games more times this year than not.” Once the fourth inning started, the offense fought back strong and gained ﬁve runs on the scoreboard, making the score 7-6 with GC in the lead. Augusta State came back in the ﬁfth inning, taking a one-run lead. In the bottom of the ﬁfth, Campbell hit a double bringing in Brooks to tie it. The score remained tied until the 10th inning when Gallucci stroked a single to lead off the inning. “Each at-bat I focus on the job I have to do whether it be to move runners that are on base or to have a good at bat and get on base. I focus on just looking for a good pitch to hit and getting a good swing on it,” Gallucci, senior pitcher said. The next batter, Okvist, hit a ﬂy ball over the outﬁelder’s head, giving her a
JESSICA WINSKI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Inﬁelder Taylor Campbell waits patiently at second base and prepares to make a run for third during last Saturday’s game against UNC Pembroke.
double and an RBI. The ﬁnal score of the ﬁrst game was 9-8, Bobcats. Abi LeRoy pitched ﬁve innings of relief and only gave up two runs and three walks. She was the winning pitcher for the game. This win gave the Bobcats eight straight wins. The second game remained close in the ﬁrst couple of innings. The Jaguars put three points on the board in the ﬁrst inning but the Bobcats fought back and scored four. In the ﬁrst inning, Campbell doubled to score in Brooks and LeRoy. The Bobcat’s defense fought hard to hold the Jaguars by not letting them put any more runs on the scoreboard after the second inning. “On the mound, I just have to trust that our coaches know the batters’ weaknesses and
that’s what we did and it worked,” Marisa Boyette freshman pitcher, said. With the score being 5-5, the third inning brought the Bobcats to its winning score. Bases were loaded and LeRoy ripped a double to the outﬁeld, hitting the fence. This scored three more points on the board for the Bobcats. Gallucci struck out ﬁve batters, walked three batters and only gave up three hits. Gallucci earned the win of the second game, giving her 13 wins this season. “On the mound, I focus on doing what I need to do to help put my team in winning situations,” Gallucci said. “I focus on hitting the spot I need and setting my team up for success. I never try to do too much and I just do my best and I really focus on being a leader and always
making sure that I pick up my teammates while I’m pitching because I know that I can count on them to stay behind me and there is nothing that can stop us.” The women traveled to Armstrong on Tuesday, where the Pirates beat the Bobcats 2-0 in the ﬁrst game, and 4-0 in the second game. At the end of this season, the women had a 34-16 record overall and a 16-6 record in the PBC. The overall wins this season is the most that GC softball has had in ﬁve years. “I would say their accountability is the best quality of the girls this year,” Bennett said. “They hold each other accountable in all aspects. They hold each other accountable in class and they hold each other accountable on the ﬁeld.”
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Thank you and farewell
TAYLER PITTS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jacob Pearre jukes out his opponent who attempts to stop the progressing run. The Bobcats won both games against the alumni team.
Continued from page 13... place in its ﬁrst regional matrix season. “We are deﬁnitely all about the sport ﬁrst,” said BRC co-founder and scrumhalf Noel Mankin. “During the matrix season, we are taking it really seriously. We practice hard, everyone is showing up and really getting into it. This has
been our best season so far. I love these guys so much and this alumni match was a really great way for us to have fun. We are leaving in a good place right now.” With the current matrix season over, Denis encourages students to support the rugby team in the upcoming season and get involved with the team. “(At Georgia College), we don’t have a football team and a lot of people don’t go to the basketball games,“ Denis said. “I feel like people love to see the tenac-
ity and ferocity of contact sports that we don’t have here. If we start getting fans out here, we would get the student body rallying around it and be able to make the program even bigger.”
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It all started with a mass media writing class taught by professor Pate McMichael. I was a sophomore marketing major at the time and I thought I wanted to develop television commercials for a living. I enjoyed writing, so I enrolled in the course as an elective. By the time the semester ended, I knew I needed to change my major to mass communication, ASAP. Looking back on those days is weird. I seemed so aimless in terms of what I wanted to do after college. I was young and clueless. But it all changed after that class. Starting out as a general reporter for The Colonnade was simple enough. I struggled at times, but writing an article every week helped shape my skills. It wasn’t long before I was ready for the next step. I came on board staff last semester as the assistant sports editor, working with the great Bobbi Otis to bring readers topnotch Bobcat sports coverage. When Otis decided to move on from the newspaper, I was asked to take over the sports section. I happily obliged. This semester has been a wild ride working full-time on staff. Just thinking about all the laughs makes my gut hurt. But the job also had its frustrations. I’ve counted at least 12 new gray hairs on my head that weren’t there before. Though at the rate I’m graying, I guess that isn’t saying much. I’ve learned a lot over the past two years as a reporter, photographer and editor for The Colonnade. Working with such an incredibly talented team has made me realize how lucky I am to be a part of this mass communication program. But most of all, I look back and high-ﬁve my sophomore self for diving in, getting involved. So here I sit at the sports desk on my last production night in The Colonnade ofﬁce. I graduate in two weeks and a world of opportunity lies ahead. I’ll never forget what being an editor for The Colonnade has taught me, and I sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed this sports section the past 15 weeks. Go Bobcats. Tupac lives. Shoot for the stars.
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