The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College
October 4, 2013
Volume 90, No. 7
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Freshmen pack overbooked Village Iris Cochran Contributing Reporter The Village is still overcrowded due to the highest freshman enrollment in Georgia College history, leaving 16 students in two apartments built for four. The problem may not be resolved anytime soon. “Most schools will take 108 to 112 percent capacity because basically the schools know that you have to take more than you are going to have come in the fall because you know that a number of students are going to leave,” Larry Christenson, executive director of University Housing, said. When fall semester began, 36 of 1,392 incoming freshmen were assigned to live six to eight per fourbedroom suite at The Village. Living eight to a suite, students pay the Triple-Room Rate – $2,570 per semester for a 15-week term. This is compared to the normal rate for a four-bedroom
apartment – $3,788 per semester. “When you actually look at it, the cost of The Village per week is actually lower than it is on central campus,” Christenson said. After receiving complaints, University Housing moved some students back on campus, leaving only 16 of the freshmen at The Village. However, overcrowding was also due to non-freshman students. “We’ve had 50 more returning students stay on campus this year along with the most freshmen we’ve had in about five years,” Mark Craddock, associate director of operations for University Housing, said. Cindy Mclanahan, marketing coordinator for Housing Operations, explains that future overcrowding may lead to more incoming freshman living at The Village eight to a room. Christenson suggested that the situation is likely. “What I’ve been told is there will be additional freshmen next year above and beyond the number they
brought in this fall,” Christenson said. Freshmen were surprised when finding out they would be living in a mostly upperclassman environment. “We are all eight people that signed up a little bit late for housing,” Willi Fissenewert, an exchange student from Germany, said, “and that’s how we came to eight people to one dorm” Craddock said these students did not know when signing up for housing they would be placed in The Village. Instead, they found out after University Housing sent out an email before the last orientation session to inform students where they would be living. Some students complained about having to live so far away from classes and Downtown. “Yes, I mean it was unexpected because I wanted to live on campus, and I was worried about space and commuting to Main Campus,” freshman physics major Tim Powell said.
David Wicker / Senior Photographer One of the apartments where students are still living eight people to four bedrooms.
Other students like where they live and like the people with whom they live. Christenson explained that the
rates are set in advance and have to be approved by the Board of Regents, the governing body for higher education in Georgia.
Defining the South with food Helen Harris Contributing Writer
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French writer famous for his book on the physiology behind taste, is most known for the quote “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Craig Pascoe, a history professor at Georgia College, applied this quite literally in his graduate course “Southern Foodways and Traditions,” which explores what “Southern food” really is and how it impacts the South’s identity. “Food is an important part of the history of the South, and Southern literature is filled with food references that have important cultural meanings,” Pascoe said, explaining how the class came about. Pascoe has taught a study-abroad course, “Understanding Italian History and Culture Through Food”, for the past two years in Florence, Italy, which is connected with Apicius, a cooking school with the Florence University of the Arts. “The students do the same kinds of research and are involved in ‘hands-on’ projects that the students in the Southern foodways class are,” Pascoe said. The class is for graduate students and is taught at GC’s Macon campus. There is, however, one undergraduate student who was permitted to take the class based on his genuine interest in the topic. “I like learning about the South and learning about how the things you eat have a history behind them,” the undergraduate student, Alex Bullard, a junior history major, said. The students have already gone to the Buford Highway Farmers Market and several restaurants in Atlanta. The outing was essentially a “food crawl” on Buford Highway.
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Be back later, y’all! Pete Souza / White House Photographer
The government shut down, sure, but what does that mean for you? No work? No military? Less PandaCam? No. No. And yes. There are real effects. Constantina Kokenes Senior Reporter The government has shut down. Weed is now legal. Murder will go unpunished. Anarchy erupts in the streets all across the country. Just kidding – although it is a bit concerning that some people actually do believe that all crime is suspended (a quick search on Twitter will show naïve teenagers celebrating their false hopes). So what does the government shutdown mean for the country? In order to understand that, you first need to understand why this happened. In laymen’s terms, the House and Sen-
The mystery of Miller Bell’s vanishing portrait As told by Sophie Goodman – Senior Reporter
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ate must agree on how to fund different areas of the federal government. When an agreement can’t be made, Congress has to close down.
Here’s what the shutdown means: We’re all in big trouble. Cliché, but it’s true. The Washington Post cleverly published an article explaining how the shutdown works. According to the Post,
“not all government functions will simply evaporate … Social Security checks will be mailed, and veterans’ hospitals will stay open.” The U.S. military, air traffic control, emergency medical care, border patrol, federal prisons, most law enforcement, emergency and disaster assistance, the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Reserve, etc. will continue to operate, but there is the possibility of facing a furlough (which essentially means they’ll work without pay). However, most federal agencies – ranging from the Food and Drug Administration to national parks – are closed while the House has
Photo courtesy of Bob Wilson The History Club poses with Miller Bell’s portrait after it was found by Bob Wilson (far left), Georgia College’s campus historian, in the basement of Terrell Hall.
Miller Bell is missing.
Well, not the actual Miller Bell who died in 1941, but his portrait is gone. It went missing during the 2006 reconstruction of Georgia College’s honors dorm, Bell Hall, which isn’t exactly cause for alarm. What is a bit
mysterious, though, is that this isn’t the first time the portrait has vanished. Plus, Miller Bell is kind of a big deal. “In 1907, Miller ran for the office of mayor of Milledgeville,” according to Nicole Mitchell, a GC graduate student. “He won the election by a majority of only seven
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Shutdown page 2 votes. But he was so popular that he was reelected eight times, serving from 1908 to 1924.” Not only did Bell serve Milledgeville, he also helped GC develop its name and reputation. “When Bell Hall was built in 1928, there was very little question it would be named [for him]. [He was] a major citizen of this town … Bell introduced innovations to Milledgeville and got it up to speed,” Bob Wilson, history professor and campus historian, said. The photograph of Bell is one of the best on record, according to Wilson, although its artist and date are unknown. After it disappeared the first time, Wilson uncovered the portrait while scouring the basement of Terrell Hall in 2001.
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OCTOBER 4, 2013
Calling all volunteers A â€˜smoke-freeâ€™ campus GINA WEBBER STAFF REPORTER If you stroll through Downtown Milledgeville on the ďŹ rst Friday of every month, youâ€™ll ďŹ nd yourself in an unusually vibrant atmosphere. Chalkboards line the sidewalks, live music echoes throughout the four downtown blocks, bars and restaurants prop open their front doors and an eclectic group of patrons ďŹ ll the streets. This is Milledgeville First Friday, a monthly event hosted by Milledgeville Main Street. Milledgeville Main Street is an organization dedicated to promoting local economic development within the community. The organization hosts events and fundraisers throughout the year, including this monthâ€™s Deep Roots Festival. In August, Milledgeville Main Street was named 2013 Downtown Development Program of the Year at the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence Event and Conference, topping 96 other Georgia Main Street programs. In February 2011, Main Street held the inaugural First Friday, and 32 months later it continues to grow throughout the community.
â€œI think the event has gained a tremendous new number of regulars to the Downtown area, but at the same time I meet people that ask me what First Friday is,â€? Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville Main Street and a Georgia College alumni, said. Milledgeville Main Streetâ€™s First Friday committee consists of seven to 10 volunteers, but Schulte invites GC students to join in planning and volunteering for First Fridays. â€œWe would love to have some students to help plan and serve on the committee. We meet once a week to plan and prepare, and there is work to be done the night of to make sure everything goes smoothly,â€? Schulte said. Each First Friday has a theme, such as Juneâ€™s Beach Bash, Septemberâ€™s Taste of Milledgeville and Octoberâ€™s Fall Frenzy. This Fridayâ€™s Fall Frenzy will have activities for all ages including pumpkin painting, live music, a candy drop and the Fall Line Farmerâ€™s Market. Shops and restaurants will be open late, as well. Students are encouraged to arrive Downtown a few hours earlier than usual and explore the lively atmosphere that First Friday brings to the streets of Milledgeville. For more information, visit http://www. milledgevillemainstreet.com.
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PETE SOUZA / WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden listen as they are updated on the federal government shutdown and the approaching debt ceiling deadline, in the Oval OfďŹ ce, Oct. 1. From left, Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of OMB, and Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff.
Continued from page 1... its tantrum. If our food and drugs arenâ€™t checked, we will all become subjected to mad cow disease or anthrax poisoning, among other things. All of the animals at the national zoos will die because no one will be there to feed them. PandaCam, livefeed of baby pandas, is no longer running. Okay, just yanking your chain again â€“ except for the PandaCam. That is a tragedy that must be ďŹ xed immediately; what are we going to do if we canâ€™t see adorable baby pandas taking naps? Really though, this is a serious matter. The government hasnâ€™t shut down since 1996, when it shut down twice in one year, according to the Congressional Research Service Report found in the Postâ€™s article. The cost of the shutdown is, quite frankly, devastating. NBC News reports that the price tag for the shutdown is â€œabout $1.6 billion
a week, $300 million a day or $12.5 million an hour.â€? Weâ€™re assured later on in the article that itâ€™s technically not a large amount of money, as the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is about $16 trillion. Not a large amount of money â€“ as if $300 million a day is so easy to come by for most of us. Yes, technically theyâ€™re right; itâ€™s not a large amount of money in comparison to the budget. But as each day goes by, more money is spent which will weaken our crippled economy even more. Letâ€™s reel it in for a minute and talk about what it means for Georgia College. Fortunately, it doesnâ€™t mean much. â€œThe impact of the federal government shutdown on Georgia College is, at this point, minimal,â€? Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications John Hatchel said in a statement released to The Colonnade. â€œAt this point, the majority of [GCâ€™s] funding has already been received by the university for this semester.â€?
Hatchel assures that GC ofďŹ cials will â€œkeep a diligent eyeâ€? on the shutdown and will be â€œready to respond to any changes that may affect the university, its students, faculty and staff members.â€? So weâ€™re all good here; although itâ€™d be nice to have a few days off. If the government doesnâ€™t have to go to work, why should we? Okay, okay, work is important â€“ thatâ€™s why. Weâ€™re the generation that can change things, but we have to work for it. Weâ€™re the ones that will potentially hold the positions of those in Congress who are responsible for the shutdown. The country could possibly be in the palm of our hands! The future is now! Got a little carried away there, but that doesnâ€™t make it any less true. This shutdown is important, so educate yourself on why itâ€™s happening, how it can affect the country and how to avoid this in the future, so we donâ€™t ever have to go without watching baby pandas eating bamboo ever again.
â€œThe group tried numerous dishes at each restaurant. The idea was to understand that Southern foodways is multicultural,â€? Pascoe said. Indonesian, Thai, Columbian and Chinese were among the various food types tasted. â€œWe went to the market just to see and try the weirdest stuff we could â€“ to see how the South is changing as we are inďŹ‚uenced by more cultures,â€? Bullard said about the food crawl. Studentsâ€™ engagement, interactivity and immediate application of what they are learning in the class separate this course from others in the history department and GC. â€œNormally you are in a classroom and you just sit there and listen to a lecture for an hour,â€? Bullard said.
â€œWeâ€™ve had guest speakers â€“ people from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Mercer professors that talk to us about random food topics. Itâ€™s really cool.â€? There is the question of how learning about food ďŹ ts under the history departmentâ€™s umbrella, but Claire Wilkinson, senior history major, explained that history and food are often closely intertwined. â€œA place that comes to mind for me is Louisiana. It has such a distinct food culture that stems from its unique history, and this is one of the things that sets it apart from other places in the country. To learn more about cultures like this and how food is often tied to a placeâ€™s culture and history is fascinating,â€? Wilkinson said. One of the paramount goals of the class is to deďŹ ne Southern food, but that is not as simple as it sounds. The techniques and methods used to
Continued from page 1... â€œI was looking in the bowels of Terrell and there was this portrait of Miller Bell, just down there in Terrell,â€? Wilson said. The History Club assisted Wilson in retouching and cleaning up the portrait after he found it. It was reinstalled in the lobby of Bell Hall later in 2001. â€œIt looks like a fairly contemporary paintingâ€Śit looks like it might have been painted in the 1970s or 1980s or it could have been commissioned for Bell Hall, but I donâ€™t know,â€? Steve Elliot-Gower, director of the honors program and associate professor of political science, said. The portrait is actually a photograph, but that it can be mistaken for a painting is credit to its quality. When the portrait went missing the second time, the mystery really started. â€œAt ďŹ rst I thought it mightâ€™ve been taken to where we have a lot of college memorabilia,â€? Wilson said. When the portrait did not turn up there, Wilson continued his hunt. â€œI thought letâ€™s look [in Special Collections]. â€Ś I went through all the frames,â€? Wilson said. â€œIâ€™ve done it several times so itâ€™s hard to think that Iâ€™ve overlooked it.â€? Despite his numerous searches, Wilson has yet to give up. As the campus historian, he is
prepare food in the South are numerous â€“ going far beyond just the deep fryer. â€œMany people simply deďŹ ne Southern food as fried chicken, collards, cornbread, et cetera,â€? Pascoe said. â€œHowever, trying to put it into a simple, generic and one-dimensional deďŹ nition is wrong. Southern food can mean different things to different groups of Southerners.â€? The South has been resilient with the inďŹ‚ux of cultures that have established themselves in the region, but each contributes some of its own ďŹ‚avors and style to the larger Southern palate. Through these reinterpretations, the Southâ€™s food landscape becomes more dynamic and ďŹ‚avorful. Itâ€™s this blending that Pascoe wants students to consider in answering the central question of the class: What makes us who we are, and why do we live in this certain way?
on a personal mission to uncover the portraitâ€™s location. Some theories of its current whereabouts have been discussed among professors, but for Wilson it remains a mystery. â€œI have no clue [what happened to it]â€Ś Whoâ€™s had this for seven years and what would they want with Miller Bell?â€? Wilson said. â€œItâ€™s vanished and its very upsetting to me because not only did we recover it, but weâ€™re putting it in now for the ages, and now itâ€™s gone.â€? Wilsonâ€™s personal goal is to hang a portrait of each person a building is named after in the correct building. â€œI want a portrait of Alice Napier in Napier Hall. I want a portrait of Ethel Adams in Adams Hall. I want a portrait of Guy Wells in Wells Hall,â€? Wilson said. With this goal in mind, Wilson has yet to give up on the mystery surrounding the portrait of Miller Bell. This portrait was lost, then found, then lost again. Now Wilson and other historians are waiting for the portrait to be found once more, to give the GC students an idea of where this college came from and how far along it has come. â€œStudents should be able to associate a name with a face. We can do all of that with Parks and Maxwell, but at the moment we canâ€™t with Miller Bell because the portrait is gone,â€? Wilson said. â€œI can only characterize that as a mystery.â€?
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BRI BERGMAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A worker reaches for a coffee pot during the rush at Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robins’ grand opening on Sept. 26. On the opening day, a line stretched out the door and into the parking lot at 1966 N. Columbia St.
Plain Speaking MARK WATKINS NEWS COLUMNIST During the senate meeting on Sept. 27, the Student Government Association (SGA) passed a resolution (19-1-0) to make the Chief of Staff an ofﬁcial executive position. In truth, this isn’t exactly unexpected. The Chief of Staff has been part of the Executive Branch for three years now and acts as an important liaison between the President and the staff. The resolution, written by senior senator-at-large Sean Espinosa, just makes the Chief of Staff an ofﬁcial part of the Executive board and adds the standards candidates have to meet. By itself, the resolution might not be worth too much discussion, but it highlighted a potentially ﬂawed system of amending resolutions. During the discussion of a
resolution, senators can propose amendments – friendly and unfriendly. Friendly amendments are ones accepted by whoever wrote the bill, and unfriendly are ones not accepted. The latter can still be passed, but it takes a two-thirds majority vote from the senate. This happened twice during the discussion about the Chief of Staff. An amendment was proposed, Espinosa declined, the senate voted, the amendment passed. Both wound up hurting more than helping (i.e. President Victoria Ferree was stripped of her staff) and really needed to be repealed, which they were... by one person. A senator proposed a friendly amendment (which, mind you, can’t be objected to) repealing the past two amendments, and naturally Espinosa accepted. Plainly, all it took to repeal two amendments passed by a
two-thirds senate majority about a revision to the Constitution, the governing document of SGA, was one friendly amendment. SGA’s constitution makes no mention of friendly or unfriendly amendments and has no language detailing how to repeal amendments to resolutions. Nor does it mention friendly and unfriendly amendments and how the two work in with each other. This leads to the idea that yes, one person can overrule a twothirds majority by an unobjectable proposition. That’s a lot of power for one person. It may be that the checks and balances on resolution amendments are a little off kilter, but this seems more of a mishap than an abuse of power. Even so, if the scales can be evened out with some additions to the Constitution it would make the amending a resolution a fairer and more secure process.
ell, this is comforting. A 3-pound helicopter drone crashed in Manhattan on Monday, landing only a few feet away from a man. Although the drone crash has spooked many, police have declined an investigation, as no law was apparently broken. The memory card on the drone revealed that the drone was ﬂying about 20 to 30 stories above the area near Grand Central Station. As of yet, there’s no answer as to why the drone crashed. (ABC News)
And the dealers are back on the streets! Silk Road, the infamous website known
for offering secretive ways to order illicit substances by use of bitcoins, has been shut down by the federal government. Its founder Ross Ulbricht (AKA “Dread Pirate Roberts”), 29, was arrested in a library in San Francisco. He has been charged with narcotics trafﬁcking conspiracy, computer hacking and money laundering. We’re guessing that his fortune of bitcoins will not bail him out of jail. (TIME)
he world has lost one of its great authors. Tom Clancy, 66, died on Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital, his publisher conﬁrmed. Clancy had published dozens of best-selling books, including “Rainbow Six” and “The Hunt for Red October”. Many of his books went on to become blockbuster movies, such as 1987’s “Patriot Games”. His last novel, titled “Command Authority”, will be published on Dec. 3. (The New York Times)
Are...are we thinking of the same guy here? Russian President Vladimir Putin
has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. According to the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World (what a name), Putin has been nominated because he “actively promotes settlement of all conﬂicts arising on the planet.” Not surprisingly, Putin’s past in the KGB, his administration’s violence, nor his supplying of weapons to Iran was mentioned in the letter of recommendation. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Oct. 11. (The Daily Mail)
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W H A T ’S H A P P E N I N G Friday, October 4 Friday, September 6
Monday, October 7
Xala (A&S Auditorium)
LinkedIn workshop (Chappell 113)
“Death of a Salesman” (Russell Auditorium)
“Muslim Journeys: Let’s Talk About It - In the Country of Men” (Anne Moore’s Children theater)
Tim Mooney portrays Moliere (Black Box Theatre)
Sunday, October 6
Wednesday, October 9 2 p.m.
“Death of a Salesman” (Russell Auditorium)
Guest artist: Ranjani Prabhakar (Max Noah Recital Hall)
Midterm grades posted
“Times Talk: a Federal Balanced Amendment Unworkable or Making American Voters Match Our Taxes with Our Desires?” (LITC 2nd ﬂoor)
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PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT Reports obtained from GC Public Safety
PEDESTRIANS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY
Sept. 23 12:17 p.m. The old childhood saying, “Look both ways before crossing the street,” still holds true. A student was trying to cross the street at the intersection of Hancock and Clarke streets when he was hit by a car. His left knee was injured, and he was taken to the Oconee Regional Medical Center. *
CINDERELLA NOW LIVES IN PARKHURST HALL
Sept. 25 12:36 a.m. Sgt. Purvis, Ofﬁcer McKinney and Ofﬁcer McKinley went to Parkhurst Hall because someone was unconscious, vomiting and in need of medical help. When they got there, the unconscious person had come to and was trying to clean up his puke. The person admitted to drinking, turned over the rest of his alcohol and was told to clean up the rest of his mess. The case was sent to the student judicial board.
BE RESPECTFUL TO YOUR ELDERS
Sept. 27 6:24 p.m. Two guys were allegedly cursing and being downright rude to the staff at the Donahoo Lounge. Ofﬁcers Smith and McKinley went to the scene and told both guys they were not allowed to step foot on GC property again. A copy was given to the guys, and they left peacefully. *
X MARKS THE SPOT OF THE SMOKING SIGN
Sept. 23 8:27 p.m. Ofﬁcer McKinley went to Sanford Hall because two guys had allegedly been drinking and smoking pot the previous weekend. After McKinley talked to them, the guys admitted having booze in their room. McKinley, according to her report, also found some pot, a grinder and other paraphernalia. Also in the room was a designated smoking sign which the two guys allegedly admitted to stealing from a smoking area. The case was sent to the student judicial board.
THE QUINTESSENTIAL VOMIT STORY
Sept. 28 12:24 a.m. Ofﬁcer McKinney went to Wells Hall because a guy might have had alcohol poisoning. The guy agreed to take a blood-alcohol test and blew a .14. A friend provided him with the alcohol, which was conﬁscated. It was then revealed that the guy had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken to the Milledgeville jail. The case was also sent to the student judicial board.
*Incident does not appear on map
IMPRESSING YOUR GIRLFRIEND IS HARD WORK
Sept. 28 12:53 a.m. A guy was really trying to impress his girlfriend, so he resorted to extreme measures. Ofﬁcer Smith and Ofﬁcer McKinley allegedly heard the guy yell, “F--- the police!” The two ofﬁcers went up to him and talked to him. The guy was trying to look “hard” for his girlfriend. He also had been drinking underage. The case was sent to the student judicial board. *
DRINKING AND DRIVING IS STILL A NO-NO
Sept. 28 1:30 a.m. Ofﬁcer McKinney saw a car driving with no headlights on. He pulled the vehicle over and the driver allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol. She took a breath test test and blew a .03. Her car was parked, and a friend picked her up. The case was sent to the student judicial board for underage drinking. *
ROLLING IN THE DEEP OF THE STREET
Sept. 28 1:58 a.m. Ofﬁcers Smith and McKinley allegedly saw a guy fall and roll onto the street. They went up to the guy who’d lost his balance, had bloodshot eyes and smelled like booze. The guy said he had been drinking underage and was only trying to walk home. The ofﬁcers took the guy home and the case was sent to the student judicial board. *
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Opinion Our Voice
October 4, 2013• Editor-in-Chief, Constantina Kokenes
A golfcart rides into town...
By Zach Keepers
Millennials are not a failed generation and should be given more respect and optimism When talking to any adult who is part of the Baby Boomer generation, they seem to always have something to say about the Millennial generation. Normally their opinions go along the lines of how spoiled, entitled and lazy we are. They like to say that they had it so hard and that we don’t have to work half as hard as they did when they were younger and in school.
... we are way more than that. Just yesterday, we were discussing how one of The Colonnade’s editors was on the phone with their mom, and she just starting ranting about the government shutdown. Through her rant, the editor kind of zoned out until she started discussing how our generation isn’t so much the cause of the shutdown but how we need to live up to the generation before us. It seems like people think that people my age don’t do anything but sit on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, MySpace and Vine all day. Being in our early 20s, we really love getting sucked into “Grey’s Anatomy” on Netflix or scrolling through the dashboard on Tumblr, but we are way more than that. Our generation has a huge advantage because we have so many opportunities because of the Internet academically, and we also use the Internet for a great amount of entertainment. The truth of the matter is, though, we feel like we have succeeded even more than the generation before the Millennials. Most of us were majorly pushed into going to college, and now we are the most educated generation in American history. According to Forbes, college costs have risen more than 500 percent, and our debt from student loans has gotten larger because of that. Still, we go to college and pay to get a good education to be able to go on and have a good profession. But somehow we’re still considered spoiled and good at making excuses. We also are graduating into a recession with even fewer jobs available to us, but we’re taking it upon ourselves to be able to stand out and make ourselves valuable to a company, organization or business. We can no longer simply get a degree and get a job. To make a statement for ourselves, we have to have a list of expertise: a degree, experience, employment, portfolios, good grades, volunteer work, foreign language studies, writing skills and even more. Meeting all of those requirements is not lazy whatsoever. If anything, it proves how hard we have to work to just simply get an interview for a possible job. We should not be known as a reckless generation. Yes, sometimes we’ll be caught texting too much or all of the time. We might not be caught up on every important news event or political race, or we might not know every piece of American history. But we do know what is going on right now, and we are better versed in being apart of this generation, and we know how we are going to change the future of this country. People can say how we are lazy or entitled as much as they want to, but the fact is that we are the future. We are the businessmen and women, the artists, the reporters, the scientists, the presidents, the janitors, the bankers, the “everything” for the next 50 years. We deserve more optimism and more respect. We are putting in a lot more work than people think to reach our American dream. We think that fellow Millennials would agree with us that even through all of the social media and Netﬂix we have, we still work as hard as we can to continue seeing our country succeed, and to even help prevent having our government shutdown again in the future.
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Not cool parking police. My friend parked on the curb in the lot by Bell for literally 20 minutes tops because we were unloading some heavy stuff to take inside! She goes back downstairs, and SURPRISE! Thirty dollar parking ticket!! What the heck?! It’s not like she planned to park there all day! It was temporary!!! AND it’s not even that busy at 4:00 in the afternoon. Rude.
I was super excited about the internship fair and the opportunity to learn more and network with the place I’m planning on applying to. Too bad the person working that table was a complete moron. That or scientists reclassiﬁed penguins as mammals without my knowledge.
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While I was busily bussing tables at my local asian bistro, I overheard an interesting conversation between a server and a customer. The server, being somewhat uneducated on the recent government shutdown, asked the Army-enlisted customer to explain the situation. What came out of his mouth was not only laughably false but also displayed an eye-rolling level of incompetence. “The reason the government shut down is because the House doesn’t want the Senate to pass the Obamacare bill.” Verbatim. Sadly, this was just the beginning of my long day, tirelessly wading through political comments and arguments based solely on overheard conversations and assumptions. Rarely did I come across an argument that had a factual backbone. But, my, what a backbone the uneducated have. Now mind you, I was/am not fully educated on the subject, but I have been dedicating time to understand and evaluate the actions our government has taken, and I have done so not only for knowledge but to relay the facts to those around me. When I do engage in a political joust, I speak knowing full well the source of my words and don’t argue based on assumptions. We live in a beautiful world where we can get the news instantly. Almost every pocket is equipped with the voice of the people, as well as the facts. Cross-referencing sources of information can be done
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in a few minutes, and news can be made within 150 characters. Hot topics spread like wildﬁre and everyone has something to say. If all of this is true, why am I still watching Jimmy Kimmel videos of people stumbling over the difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Healthcare for America Act? (Hint: They’re the exact same thing) I think it’s time for “we the people” to take a step back and evaluate our consumption of knowledge. A democracy cannot run on this growing level of incompetence. To truly unlock our potential as citizens, we must educate ourselves. And I’m not talking about a simple peruse through Wikipedia. Now, I don’t want everyone ﬂocking to their local libraries and cracking the spine of some dusty tome. It simply means opening up a Web browser, typing in a few key words and taking it all in. We are so fortunate to have all of this information yesterday. So, when something as devastating as a government shutdown does occur, we will be ready to discuss and respond in the best way possible. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” Plato has never spoken truer words. I refuse to be bombarded with asinine conversations about alreadypassed bills on my way to class. Let us “study to show ourselves approved” as the good Lord put it so plainly. It’s not hard, just follow these simple steps: Google it.
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The more something is thrown in your face, the less you want to pay attention to it. I know it works that way with interpersonal relationships (think Stage Five Clinger), so why should it be any different with knowledge consumption? Regardless, the apathy of my generation when it comes to politics is disheartening. The issues that directly affect us and our futures are simmering on the back burner when they should be the main course. This country just made groundbreaking progress regarding human rights. We’re on the verge of an economic upturn. So why does it seem like as a nation, we’re more divided than ever? With so many rumors swirling around about what caused the government shutdown, it’s easy to throw in the towel and call it a day. I’ve heard so many say, “I just gave up,” or, “I don’t keep up with politics anymore,” and with so much information available, that isn’t acceptable. I took the initiative to explore politics, and it has become a large part of who I am as an adult. The most empowering privilege we’re given is the ability to educate ourselves. Furthermore, why does all the misinformation not outrage us? Why are we not hungrily seeking the truth and the steps to take action? As the up-and-comings of the country, we have an obligation to inform ourselves and act. Knowledge is power, and we have so much of it at our disposal. Let’s utilize it. And don’t worry, coming out isn’t as bad as you’d think.
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I ﬁgured it would be a bad idea, but I was trying to kill some time. I had exhausted my lives on “Candy Crush Saga,” made about three new Spotify playlists and was literally out of options. I knew going in that I was probably about to get bombarded by ignoramus after ignoramus, misguided rage and misinformation. Still, I trekked on through the abyss of applications on my phone until I reluctantly tapped my thumb on that little blue bird. Alas, the content resulting from the subsequent pull-down/refresh of my Twitter app came as a sad surprise. Approximately .4 seconds after the government pulled a ’95 and shut itself down, it seemed like every person on Twitter had formed the most intelligent opinions in the universe – except, ironically, the notoriously expressive people of my generation. Growing up strapped in my identity-crushing Catholic school uniform with my raging Republican parents, I often felt out of place. I tried to single-handedly rebrand the Republican Party by being my ostentatious, openly-liberal self while still maintaining (R) as my political afﬁliation. I’m pretty sure all I did was confuse people. Thus, coming out to my parents was one of the most liberating experiences of my life. Coming out as a Democrat, I mean. I’m surprised that the generation with the most access to information is the one that cares the least about it. Maybe it’s reverse psychology:
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How to go thrifting for a Halloween costume SOPHIE GOODMAN SENIOR REPORTER Thrifting is the new fad in the fashion world. With Halloween right around the corner, how are college students supposed to afford a funky-but-cute costume? The answer is in “Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Just walk into a thrift shop with $20 in your pocket and go crazy. Instead of spending a minimum of $40 at Party City or some other brand store, where every costume is literally the same, venture out to a thrift shop. Thrifting allows the wearer to be unique and design their own costume without having to sew everything together. Sewing a costume together may seem like a great idea in retrospect, but when you’re ﬁngers are bleeding from sticking yourself with the needle so many times, it may not be too much fun. Girls, so many of costumes at big brand name stores involve short skirts, which probably shouldn’t be considered skirts, and shirts that may show off a little too much. With thrifting, you can put together your outﬁt and look how you want. For guys, when your girlfriend wants you to match, like Sandy and Danny from “Grease,” don’t spend an enormous amount of money; instead go to a thrift shop for some worn out jeans and a leather jacket. In order to test the accuracy and reliability of thrifting, one of our own, Jon Whiting, hit the streets of Milledgeville to ﬁnd the perfect Halloween costume. He sifted through piles of dusty clothes – some with stains, others without. After looking through an assortment of items, he ﬁnally saw it – an old lumber mill jumpsuit. It was ﬂawless and it only cost $2 – an excellent steal. Then he ran into the next part of his costume, an Electrolux vacuum cleaner. The thing with thrift stores is that you don’t have to pay the asking price. Whiting haggled with the cashier until the price was right and ﬁt his budget. Instead of paying the asking price of $25, he only dished out $10. Once Whiting gathered his items, a theme began to form at the forefront of his mind. With a lumber mill suit and an old vacuum, “Ghostbusters” was the quintessential theme. The theme of the costume was now formed, however there was still one essential piece missing. Whiting went out once more in search of a pair of boots. He had lots of luck and ended up with an awesome Halloween
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costume for only $20. Thrifting has tons of beneﬁts, but before you start, you need to make sure you know a few key factors. First, make sure you know how much you want to spend. Sometimes, clothing at thrift stores can be so cheap; people buy them in bulk and overspend. Also, most thrift stores usually only take cash, so make sure you stop by the ATM before you go. If you go in with an open mind, you are bound to ﬁnd something downright amazing. Whiting is an example of going in with an open mind and ﬁnding the perfect costume for the day of ghosts, ghouls and goblins. With this in mind, go thrifting instead of spending your monthly budget on one night.
GC embraces the world of zombies with the premiere of “Birth of the Living Dead” ended up with the six ﬁlms that we have because of that.” The ﬁlm series is organized by South Arts, which is an organization that promotes art in the south. GC received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and also received funding from the College of Arts and Sciences and the library. Through this money, it was able to not only host each movie but also have the ﬁlmmaker come to GC and complete workshops and mingle with students.
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Zombies are not only invading the media, but also life here at Georgia College. The documentary “Birth of the Living Dead” will premiere Oct. 20 in Arts and Sciences Auditorium. The documentary examines “Night of the Living Dead,” one of the most iconic zombie movies ever made. This is the second ﬁlm of a six part independent ﬁlm festival sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the library and Alpha Lambda Delta. “It’s a documentary about how it was made at the time, which is really interesting,” Mary Magoulick, professor of English and interdisciplinary studies said. “I never knew that they did it on this shoestring budget. They bought this old farmhouse in Texas and they had their friends come and be actors and local people who were just like, ‘Sure I’ll be in this crazy ﬁlm.’” The ﬁlm, set to premiere the week before Halloween, shows how the epidemic of zombie movies started. “It’s really fun and interesting. You get an idea, even if you’ve never seen ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ you don’t have to because they give you the summary and show scenes from it in the course of this documentary,” Magoulick said. “It also shows why it was such a phenomenon and why they think zombies continue to be such a popular subject of ﬁlms and television shows in our society even to today.” Magoulick paired up with Joe Windish, associate director of instructional technology support and operations, and Max Yarus, sophomore rhetoric major and president of Alpha Lambda Delta. Together, they travelled to Atlanta over the summer in order to screen the top 40 ﬁlms. “We all watched screenings of forty some odd ﬁlms and we fought to the death for the rights for the ﬁlms to come through our school,” Yarus said. “We
It also shows why it was such a phenomenon and why they think zombies continue to be such a popular subject of ﬁlms and television shows in our society even to today.
-Mary Magoulick “It’s [a] good opportunity for us [and] for anybody interested in ﬁlm at any level, if you just like watching ﬁlms, if you want to study ﬁlms, if you want to make ﬁlms, this will be a great opportunity for you,” Magoulick said. Not only will it be a great opportunity for both the school and its students, the movie also has perfect timing. “It’s coming the week before Halloween and it’s also coming the weekend after the new premiere of ‘The Walking Dead.’ So everybody is going to be in their zombie mode,” Yarus said. “They’re going to want to watch everything about zombies. They’re going to have watched all of the episodes coming up of the season and then they have our movie.” Due to the ﬁlm festival being new, some have yet to hear about it, but excitement is still in the air. “I have never heard of [“Birth of the Living Dead”], but I’m a big ‘Walking Dead’ fan,” Charlie Faber, freshmen computer science major said. “It sounds very interesting.” The six-part ﬁlm series started off with a bang, but expectations reign high for this upcoming ﬁlm. Zombies are a major attraction, drawing hordes of crowds to see new ﬁlms. Halloween is right around the corner and zombies are the main attraction. With the hype and excitement of Halloween, this ﬁlm is sure to be a hit.
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All Eyes on the Big SCREEN The Tournées Festival attracts and enlightens students on different regions, cultures and people of the French language MYKEL JOHNSON SENIOR REPORTER
BRIE BERGMAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Visiting artist Michele Schuff reveals her art in Blackbridge Gallery Hall as a part of Charlotte Maier’s senior capstone. Maier chose Schuff because of her use of encaustic in each of her pieces.
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Five ﬁlms were screened last week during Georgia College’s ﬁrst French ﬁlm festival, executed by the French Honor Society Pi Delta Phi. Ryan Bennett, senior French and psychology major, thought it would be a good way to get the student body to be aware of the Honor Society. “Before this event, I felt that we were doing little to nothing to oncampus involvement,” Bennett said. “We had no campus outreach activity or anything.” After showing interest in the idea, Bennett wrote a grant proposal for $1,800 in May. The grant eventually came in August, and Bennett and Lucine Colignon began planning the festival. “The grant is an $1,800 grant,” Colignon, senior mass communication and French major, said, “which is really helping us buying the distribution rights because we cannot show a movie if we don’t have those rights.” The Tournées Festival presented a lineup of ﬁlms heavy with emotion and familiarity. They included “Les Emotifs Anonymes” (Romantics Anonymous), “Monsieur
Lazhar” (Mister Lazhar), “Le Hérisson” (The Hedgehog), “17 Filles” (17 Girls) and “L’affaire Farewell” (Farewell). “We really tried to ﬁnd movies that would portray different social issues and just trying to touch as many topics as possible,” Colignon said. The ﬁlm “Monsieur Lazhar” unveiled the grieving processes of students and teachers at a public grade school after a teacher’s suicide. The late teacher’s replacement, while dealing with the loss of his wife and children, helps his students recover from their sudden loss. While some GC students in attendance were seeking extra credit, one student’s chance viewing of “Monsieur Lazhar” resonated with her personally and professionally. “I really think it was brilliant,” Sara Strickland, senior community health major, said. “It brilliantly showed the, what I say, accurate portrayal of emotion dealing with suicide. It showed what I think [is] a really good response to how to deal with suicide. Mental health is actually where I want to go into, so this really ﬁts.
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Walking into the white-walled halls of the Blackbridge Art Gallery , the constant beat of Michele Schuff’s internal metronome propels the spectator forward. The eye is drawn ﬁrst to the bright yellow pieces on the left end of the hall, then to the deep blues on the other and ﬁnally to the neutrals, the browns, golds and greys, that lie in between. The exhibit, “Measure for Measure”, is by Atlanta artist Michele Schuff, whose work has been featured in exhibits all over the world, and is curated by senior art major Charlotte Maier. According to her artist statement, her inspiration for the works in the exhibition comes from time and different ways of measuring it, which she incorporates in her artwork through repetition and layering. “I was kind of obsessed with the idea of a metronome,” Schuff said. “I wanted to examine the space that is created when one is fully focused on a creative endeavor and to tap into that state of mind. Time could be momentarily suspended in the gap between the beats; collectively these beats and gaps make up a body of work, a life, a collection of lives.” The events in Schuff’s life at the time she was making this collection of works contributed to her obsession with time, or a lack there of. “My mother was very ill when I started this body of work in 2011,” Schuff said. “Time became intense and precious. Staring at the heart monitor and wondering how many beats a heart can make- or if each of us has a ﬁnite number of beats- and wanting to make the most of the time we had seemed important.”
I wanted to examine the space that is created when one is fully focused on a creative endeavor and to tap into that state of mind. -Michele Schuff
Schuff’s artwork is an exploration of a state of mind, achieved through complete concentration on a single creative task. All sense of time is lost, and the idea becomes all-consuming. “I imagined a space outside of time might exist when one is entirely engaged in some kind of creative workwhere everything drops away and that one can tap into a completely alive, creative state of consciousness where time becomes irrelevant,” Schuff said in her artist statement. The exhibit consists of encaustic works and a single installation. Encaustic is an ancient art form used by the Greeks and Egyptians that involves a mixture of melted wax and pigment applied to a surface. “The word encaustic means ‘to burn in,’” Schuff said. “The basic process involves layering the molten encaustic medium and infusing the layers of medium/ paint to each proceeding layer with some form of heat- a tacking iron, blow torch, heat lamp.” When considering different artists for her senior exhibition, Maier liked the idea of bringing some of Schuff’s encaustic works to Georgia College. According to Maier no encaustic works have been featured at
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An acoustically-local night for all Experiencing a Tuesday night at Blackbird Coffee with multiple musicians MARK WATKINS SENIOR REPORTER Mary Butker plays ﬁrst. She’s on the small raised platform in the basement of Blackbird, singing a song she learned from a friend – a friend she has been missing a lot lately. It’s Tuesday, around 8:15 p.m., and her voice sounds effortlessly pure like a harp. The overhead lights suspended between the black-painted rafters shine on the 17 or so people sitting at tables and on box seats against the wall. Most people look like they’re in college, and only four drink coffee. “Bury me far from my uniform, so god will remember my face,” Mary sings. It’s a song by Joe Pug, and Mary thinks it might be about a Nazi who, after the war was over, realized his mistakes and repented, but she’s not exactly sure.
The ﬂoor creaks as barista’s ﬁx coffees behind the bar upstairs. The basement is cool and drafty, as it always is. She can play two more songs before she reaches her limit for the night, and she chooses two originals. They sounds as good as the ﬁrst. She steps down to applause. John, who is usually at work about now, steps onto the stage. He’s wearing a blue shirt and looks like he might have played football in high school. Mary dims the lights during John’s second song, and a few more people noisily come down the wooden stairs at the back of the room. John casts a big, black shadow on the wall behind him after the lights dim. The shadow of his guitar weaves as he strums. His third song is one he wrote, and it’s about meeting someone, a girl perhaps, under a Magnolia tree and running away somewhere. “Save me from this lonely heart,” he sings, eyes closed. It’s dim and difﬁcult to make out from the other side of the room, but a girl puts her head in her hand in the middle of the song. She gets up and walks quickly upstairs just before the song ends. Everyone claps for John because he is a good singer, and because, as Mary said earlier, everyone is a family here, or at least most everyone -- there are some new faces. After he’s played his three songs, Mary calls Sam onstage.
Sam has short black hair and wiggles his head side to side sometimes when he plays. He plays his cherry-red electric guitar acoustically and wears a black shirt that says, “Cause that’s how I roll” on front. His ﬁrst song is “Say it ain’t so” by Weezer, and he belts the chorus: “Say it ain’t so, oh whoa/ Your drug is a heartbreaker/ Say it ain’t so, oh whoa/ My love is a life taker.” Three people take out their phones before the end of the song. They look at me as I look at them. I’m on my phone too, taking notes, but only because my pen ran out. Sam’s next song is “About a Girl” by Nirvana, and it sounds alright. “I need an easy friend/ I do with an ear to lend/ I do think you ﬁt this shoe/ I do but you have a clue” You could argue that Kurt Cobain never really sounded “good” in the sense of being pleasant to listen to. His music was raw and visceral, and people liked that. It was grunge. Sam ﬁnishes the song. People clap, but ﬁve of them, including the three people on their phones, leave before he starts his last song from the Foo Fighters. Like all his others, Sam plays from memory – no notes or tabs. He plays gently on his big red guitar. Amber is up next. She has long chest
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Brie Bergman / Senior Photographer Michele Schuff’s exhibit, “Measure for Measure,” features multiple works of art that represent the artists theme of the perception of time. One of Schuff’s inspirations is a metronome and the ways it measures beats. Her mom’s illness is another inspiration, so with the two combined she creates rhythm and repetition through her art that is emotional and resonating amongst viewers.
Continued from page 7... Georgia College before the “Measure for Measure” exhibit. “I thought it would be good to bring in an artist that works with encaustic to GC, just to give people a kind of diversity,” Maier said. Maier, as curator of the exhibit, has led the process of the event from start to finish, combining her art major and event planning skills. “My role as curator was to find an artist to come to Georgia College and to pick out some works of theirs that we could make an exhibition with.” Maier said. “I researched a bunch of artists and then found my artist, Michele Schuff, contacted her, went on studio visits, and checked out the artwork.” During installation week, Maier’s role was to hang and install the art and the light bulbs, following the exhibition through, from concept to construction. Besides her unique medium, Maier says she also chose Schuff as her artist for her style and use of color and texture. “I really like [that] her work is minimalistic but it’s really, really intricate at the same time,” Maier said. “From far away it looks like there’s one color, but you get closer, and you see that there’s all these different
colors emerging from the one color that you thought was it.” Maier hopes the exhibition will bring in students that may not have an appreciation for art. “I just want to get people in the door first of all and I think once people are in the door then they can start to experience that journey,” Maier said. “I want people to gain an appreciation for art, or, if they already have one, a deeper appreciation for art in general.” The exhibition changed sophomore psychology major, Ashley Granchamp’s, views of art. “It was interesting because it had a lot of different textures, which is weird to me because when I think of art, I don’t think texture. I think of paint on a canvas,” Grandchamp said. Schuff’s goal with the exhibit is to inspire students to follow their own path and do what they love. “I hope that students will be encouraged to stretch the boundaries of whatever medium they work in, and to make what they dream about making regardless of obstacles.,” Schuff said. “It would make me very happy if a student saw something in these works that inspired them, in any way.” Measure for Measure, featuring Schuff’s encaustic pieces on time and space, runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 18 in Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery.
nut hair that hangs to the middle of the shoulder blades. Her shoes are bright red. She doesn’t say her name or what she’s going to sing, just starts plucking and slapping the strings in a punchy but still sing-song rhythm. Her voice sounds old beyond her years – fullbodied and resonant – but still light enough to be surprising and sweet. Everyone claps when she finishes her first song. She tucks her chin, burying a small, white smile and shrugging her shoulders. Mary sits down next to me. We talk about what it’s like running Acoustic Night, and she says it’s simple. For her, music is a good hobby. Mary excuses herself twice to tell performers they’re next onstage. She gives people high-fives when they say something she likes or to end a conversation. I miss the names of the next two performers, and half listen to their performances because I’m still talking to Mary. After the girl with a soft voice and a ukulele, Mary sends the last performer on stage, Mark (not me). Mark is by far the oldest person in the basement. He wears a full white beard buzzed to the same length as his hair – cut to a five guard, I’d say. He wears his checkered, black-and-white
Continued from page 7... It was just very tender, and it was raw.” Strickland attended the film with her roommate who was receiving extra credit. This being Pi Delta Phi’s first big event on campus, the idea of hosting a film festival presented both fundamental and entertaining aspects of letting the French department’s voice and presence be known. Will Little, masters of history graduate student, says films help audiences generally grasp concepts of life, specifically French life. “I’ve taken two classes on using film to understand culture and how people think,” Little said, “and I think that a film festival is a crucial element for students to see film to understand these cultures and different ideas that might not be as similar to American ideologies. That way, it’d be easier to see it in a film rather than to read it in a book. Film is a useful medium to understand culture and to understand different ways of life.”
button-up tucked into his jeans. He has a lazy eye, and stands onstage when everyone else sat. “I feel like Ralph Towner, and if you don’t know who that is, you should go home and look it up,” he says just before he starts. His music is lyricless and made of a single guitar. He is the most animated and emotional performance of the night. He tilts his guitar up and down his body, and he flies up and down the neck – practiced hands pinning frets. He strums and picks through intricate riffs, wagging his head during the harder parts. He bends the last notes wildy and ends in a rush of noise. People clap. After his first song, Mark walks off the stage and stands in the middle of the room. The dim yellow lights from overhead glow golden on his white hair. He says he hates microphones, and then talks about how he loves microphones, but only large diaphragm microphones, and if we had one of those in here it would be picking up the noise from the middle of the street. He is hard to follow and harder to quote. “I love microphones, so I hate microphones,” he says and launches into another lyricless song. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s good or not. Mark is an entertainer, and it’s obvious he loves being here. It wouldn’t too much of a surprise if he looked forward to Acoustic Night each week. He gives the night a flourish, and he’s there every week.
The $1,800 grant is renewable for five years, and the French department hopes to turn The Tournées Festival into an annual event. According to Bennett, hosting more large events on campus could help fund the department and provide scholarships to French majors. “It’s been relatively successful, I’d say, especially for the first year,” he said. “By doing this yearly, not only can we get the French department visible on campus and get people interested in the department, but we also hope to start building up funds in our account so we could offer a scholarship to one of our French majors.” The French department hopes for more in-depth recognition from students after The Tournées Festival. The department is often presented with the misconception of being associated only with study abroad programs, and it strives to interest students in the more abstract elements of learning the French language. “One of the things that we struggle with in the Language Department is making people
think of us as an academic function and not just a travel function,” Peggy Elliott, assistant professor and coordinator of French, said. “By learning French or Spanish or any other language, what you’re also doing is learning the culture and the intellectual capacity of another group of human beings. So by exposing people to French film as an art form, hopefully it’s making people think of French as something other than just grammar and vocabulary.” Elliot is aware of people’s common interests and wants students to recognize foreign languages as an entertaining resource for knowledge. “People are interested in learning, interested in the arts, interested in literature and have their own of all of those things, so we want people to think of it as something interesting, fun and exciting. It’s getting the community involved in French at large,” Elliot said. “For me, as a professor, I like the idea that it’s making our students work together, learn to work together on a project and to take pride in what they’re doing as students of French.”
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High School: Parkview High School Colonnade : What is the biggest difference between sophomore and freshman year? Chandley : You are finally getting into classes that have to deal with your major. I mean, not living in the dorms is a lot better, and you feel like you already kind of know the routine for school. Colonnade : How are major classes going? Chandley : Good. I enjoy them a lot more than the core classes. They’re harder, but I have more motivation to do them. Colonnade: How do you best manage your time? Chandley : I use my planner. On the days that I have a later class, I wake up early. I prioritize my schoolwork; I look at my agenda for the week and see what I have coming up, and I’ll spend time studying the different subjects leading up to those. Colonnade: What GC student organizations are you involved in? Chandley : I hold positions in ADPi.
I’m the Leadership Chair and am the Junior Philanthropy Chair. I am also a YoungLife leader. Colonnade: What is your favorite Milledgeville pastime activity? Chandley : I like to go to the Greenway. It’s so good. I haven’t gone enough. I also like to be outside on front campus. Colonnade: Where do you see yourself in three years? Chandley : Oh boy, three years. Graduated from Georgia College. Oh my gosh, I’ll be graduated from college in three years! Hopefully either at a physician’s assistant school, or an athletic trainer for either a high school or college. Also, working in a facility.
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ELLIE SMITH / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Clockwise from top left: The GC volleyball team brings its hands together during the pink out game against Flager College. Freshman defensive specialist Ashton Bigler has her eye on the prize as she serves the ball into play. The Bobcats share a moment of jubilation following a successful play during the Bobcats Beat Breast Cancer event.
Georgia College sports marketing class teamed up with GC athletics to host a ‘pink out’ volleyball game to kick off October as breast cancer awareness month. LAUREN CORCINO SENIOR REPORTER Pink whistles, referee ﬂags, headbands and shoelaces brightened the Centennial Center as the Georgia College volleyball team battled Flagler College in the Bobcats Beat Breast Cancer game, eventually losing three sets to none. Throughout the game, the GC volleyball team refused to let their losses on the court discourage them. “I think we did a good job of staying in the game,” outside hitter Rachel Reynolds said. “Even
when Flagler got their leads and we were falling down, we did a good job of picking each other up and pushing through it. We knew that Flagler was a good team. We’ve played them before and they beat us in three, so I think it was more of a give it back to them and show them what we are made of.” Even with the loss of the game looming over the team, GC volleyball head coach Gretchen Krumdieck encourages her team to develop a ﬁghter’s mentality. “We need to believe in ourselves a little more,” Krumdieck said. “We have good heart and I think that we do believe in ourselves, we just need to
prove it to the other team. We didn’t stop and we didn’t quit even though we were down by a lot. We got back up and were still swinging hard. We don’t stop ﬁghting, even when it gets tough.” Through the use of social media, ﬂyers and announcements, the students spread the word about the pink-out game. The Sports Marketing class and GC Athletics teamed up together to provide handson experience working in the marketing ﬁeld for their students. Bobcats Beat Breast Cancer was the theme created by one of the sports marketing groups to kick-off breast cancer awareness Volleyball page 11
Tennis brings home crucial regional wins SAMANTHA BLAKENSHIP STAFF WRITER Both men’s and women’s tennis teams posted wins last weekend at the ITA Fall Regional Championship in Sumter, S.C. with Yannick Hass advancing to the round of 16 on the men’s side and Macy Polk to the quarterﬁnals on the women’s, the tournament saw several Bobcats in the latter stages of the draw. Steve Barsby, head men’s and women’s tennis coach, was satisﬁed with his teams’ performance. “I thought we played pretty well, both guys and girls,” Barsby said. “For the girls, we had three freshmen. They all played well and competed hard.”
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Of those three freshmen, two, Polk and Hannah Serdinia, posted wins over seeded players. Seeding is another way to rank players in tennis. The lower your seed, the better. Polk beat out the number two seed on her way to the quarterﬁnals where she lost in straight sets to Columbus State University’s Beatriz Leon. Polk won the ﬁrst set against the No. 2 seed, Olivera Jokic of CSU, single-handedly shutting down her opponent 6-0. Jokic fought back in the second to win it 7-5. But Polk regained her form and was able to close out the third and decisive set 6-1. “I think the ﬁrst set I played really well and I played better than I thought
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Quote of the Week
“It’s always a good night when we can play volleyball and support a good cause.” -Gretchen Krumdieck, head volleyball coach
Football season is now in full swing, and the whole nation is tranquilized every weekend, glued to the TV. One of my cousins in Chicago refused to show up to a family reunion because it was “no-pants game day.” Football fans are hardcore and tradition dies hard. Then there’s Georgia College: no football team, but plenty of tradition. One tradition I particularly love is bringing a “GC football: still undefeated” sign to unsuspecting football games. Until GC caves and gets a football team, there will always be a debate on whether it would be positive or negative for the school or city. But something is happening across the country that is very surprising: Student attendance at football games has declined, most notably in the Southeast. The Wall Street Journal recently noted that “Georgia students left empty 39 percent of their designated sections of Sanford Stadium over the last four seasons, according to school records of student-ticket scans. Despite their allocation of about 18,000 seats, the number of students at games between 2009 and 2012 never exceeded 15,000.” These are students attending UGA, whose football team just beat powerhouse LSU 44-41. If student attendance is low at UGA, then GC may not have a chance. Another question to consider is if GC even has enough Bobcat spirit to support a team. Volleyball’s ﬁrst game had an amazing turnout, but the athletic pride from the student section could always peter out. On the other hand, the Bobcat pride it takes to lug the “undefeated” signs to other football game shows dedication. With the freshmen classes getting bigger and bigger, GC could potentially have a football team in the future, especially if tailgating were an option. Any sporting event with tailgating would generate enough school spirit, which is part of the problem with lack of game attendance. Students are too comfortable under their tents or in front of their TVs, close to the fridge and easy access to WiFi. Even if tailgating at home is pulling students away from the bright stadium lights, there are always alumni, family and local fans who will buy tickets, and any kind of ticket sale will generate cash ﬂow for the school and its surrounding city. In 2008, UGA brought in $85,554,395 in total revenue for the football season, according to ESPN. If parents, alumnae and fans spent money on football games, bought food Downtown and stayed at hotels every weekend, the whole of Milledgeville could beneﬁt with increased revenue. For a city with 43 percent of its population below the poverty level, according to the US Census Bureau, football could be just what everyone needs. Smaller colleges are creating football teams left and right, or resurrecting programs that died long ago. Mercer, Georgia State and Kennesaw State are just a few colleges who jumped on board with the football spirit. “It’s a trend. In recent years, more smaller colleges and universities are starting football programs or restarting those shuttered long ago,” Evin Demirel wrote in an article for SB Nation. Many crave a football team for our liberal arts college, and many defy the idea.Maybe the “GC Football: still undefeated” signs will show up at our own football games in the future.
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was going to. And then [in] the second set she battled back… I was tested more in the third set to see if I would pull it out or not,” Polk said of her three set defeat over the No. 2 seed. Barsby was impressed with the freshman’s performance considering this is her ﬁrst major tournament at the college level. “I knew she [Polk] was good but to go out there as a freshman in her ﬁrst real big tournament with all the teams there, I thought she might be a little nervous, but she… competed and did really well,” Barsby said. Several on the men’s side also performed well this weekend. Along with Hass, who made it to the round of
THE COLONNADE sixteen in the A draw, GC’s sophomore Mattia Campus advanced to the ﬁnals of the B draw, beating fellow bobcat and teammate freshman Kyle Kinsler in the quarterﬁnals. “Well, I think I was a little bit nervous in the beginning [of the tournament], but I also knew that… I had a chance to win,” Campus said. “I felt like I played pretty good and… match after match… I gained conﬁdence.” Campus played ﬁve matches on his way to the ﬁnals, winning all of them in straight sets. He was awarded Bobcat Athlete of the Week for his dominating performance in the B pool. The tournament marks the end of the teams’ fall seasons, but Barsby says the teams will use this weekend to gauge what needs to be improved on before the spring season. “When it got deep in matches or deep in points we
sort of went away a couple of times and didn’t compete as hard as I really wanted them to,” Barsby said. “We just need to improve on our overall toughness in regards to really competing and really going after it deep in the points.” Both teams are looking forward to the spring season, each hoping to capitalize on their individual strengths. “On our girl’s team our strength is we’re… a little deeper than we were last year as far as talent and level so that’s going to be nice,” Barsby said. “On the guy’s side it’s... that we’re young. We’re young. We’re enthusiastic. We’re still trying to ﬁgure it out in regards to competing, but I think that’s going to be good.” Now that the fall playing season has come to a close for the tennis teams, both will start conditioning and preparing for their main playing sea-
Continued from page 10... for the month of October. “It’s always a good night when we can play volleyball and support a good cause,” Krumdieck said.The remainder of the season will bring new challenges, but the GC volleyball team remains optimistic about their upcoming matches. “I think we are going to do really well,” Reynolds said. “We played a lot of teams in our conference and we have done a good job with that. I think we are going to work on getting more wins in the column and just keep working hard.” The GC volleyball team is working toward earning a spot to compete in the Peach Belt Conference. Eight out of 10 volleyball teams will be selected to compete against each other for the title of Peach Belt Conference champions. “We all want to make it to the conference tournament,” setter Micayla Patterson said. “If you ask anyone of us, we’ll tell you ELLIE SMITH/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER that that is where we want to be. outside hitter Rachel Rice unleashes on the ball during We can do it. We just have to win Freshman Bobcats Beat Breast Cancer night. Although the Bobcats lost to a couple more games and we’ll be Flagler 3-0, the team fought to the end. there.”
GCFC wins, improving record
NICOLE PITTS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pierre Thomas avoids a tackle and beats the defender. On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Georgia College Football Club dominated its fourth game of the season after travelling to Lawrenceville to play Georgia Gwinnett College, improving its overall record to 3-1. After an extra 40-minute warm up due to waiting on referees to arrive, the game ﬁnally got off to a slow but positive start. Pierre Thomas scored his ﬁrst goal of the night within the ﬁrst half of the game. Not long into the second half, he scored a second goal for the team. However, the shining moment happened in the last ﬁve minutes of the game when Alex Champion scored the third and ﬁnal goal. It took getting around several defenders before he could kick the ball into the lower opposite side of the goal from where he was standing.The players had been roughed up, were exhausted and drops of sweat ran down their bodies. Despite it all, the win was worthwhile for the team as it improved its overall record and boosted team morale.
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