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THE COLONNADE The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College

September 13, 2013

Volume 90, No. 4

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Students robbed at gunpoint Opinion MARILYN FERRELL SENIOR REPORTER A pair of Georgia College students knew they were being followed. It was just after two in the morning. They’d been out late in Downtown and were walking back their apartments. They’d hope to take a SNAP ride home, but headed out on foot after someone took their cart when it arrived. As they strolled up West Hancock Street toward The Bellamy Apartments where they live, the students, a guy and girl, both seniors, realized two youths were tailing them. As the youths followed, they repeatedly asked to use the students’ cellphones. And when they caught up to the students, the youths pulled a gun. The bandits wore bandanas over their faces. “We kept telling them we didn’t have

[phones],” the female victim said of the Sept. 6 stickup. “After that, they pulled out a gun … and threatened us. They took both of our phones and everything we had in our wallets.” The robbers made off with $90 cash, an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4. After the holdup, a Milledgeville cop passed the students in his car. The male victim flagged the officer down to report what had happened. The two students went to the Milledgeville Police Department to give their accounts of the robbery. Moments after the incident, another officer on West McIntosh Street spotted two teens fitting the bandits’ description, according to a police report. The teens bolted, but the officer somehow met up with one of the suspects’ mothers at Waterford Place Apartments and asked her to call the police as soon as her son got home. She did just that.

Surveys updated

Timeline of Armed Robbery Two victims try to get a ride from SNAP Two youths draw gun on students and rob them of their belongings Later, one youth is caught and arrested

Decide to walk and are followed by two youths


Victims flag down cop and report the incident

Georgia College can expect a new version of the Student Opinion Surveys at the end of the semester. The new survey will allow administration to compare GC students in a specific class to similar courses nationwide. The Student Opinion Survey, found in each student’s PAWS account and offered at the end of each semester, gives students the chance to assess their classes, professors and the way classes are taught. Administration can then evaluate professors and the way they teach classes.

Her son was later arrested for armed robbery. As of midweek, the other suspect was apparently still at large.


Despite the possibility to influence the way classes are taught, not all students complete the survey.


“We’re trying to get everybody in a class to try and tell us what’s going on,” Ed Hale, director of institutional research, said, “and we’ve typically gotten around 50 to 60 percent response [rate].” Before the surveys went online in the spring of 2009, they were done pencil-topaper and handed out in class. With approximately 40,000 pieces of paper being sent to classes, the process was messy. Class time was wasted, and processing the data took several months. However, this method garnered more responses. “When we were doing [this method], we got 75 percent,” Hale said. “Doing it online, we got a slight drop. It’s slowly been building back.” Online survey participation has risen from 62 percent to

GC’s first volleyball game earned its place in the history books. See Sports for the full story.

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The man behind the emails SHAYNE WILLIAMS STAFF REPORTER

In a neat office on the second floor of the Center for Engaged Learning is a stout man in his mid-60s most likely sitting at his computer working.

This is Gregg Kaufman, but you probably know him as the man who sends you emails about Times Talks. Yet there is so much more to him than that. He has been at Georgia College since 2004 when a position as director of the Coverdell Institute opened and he applied for it. Prior to that he had spent 30 years in ministry. Kaufman has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. In high school, he didn’t plan on going to college in Canada, but Kaufman studied abroad in Sweden his senior year. When he applied to colleges in the United States, they accepted him on the condition that he would re-take his senior year in English. Unwilling to do that, he applied to Wilfrid Laurier, was accepted and enrolled. He was affectionately known as one of the few Yankees on campus. “(I was) pumped for information about the American political process,” Kaufman recalls. After graduation, he earned two mas-

BRIE BERGMAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (Top) Amelia Fitch, junior psychology major, shops for her size in the new college-casual clothing store, Inspire Thru Design. (Right row) T-Shirts, hats and running shorts are a few of the items the new store offers to students and other customers.

SCOTT CARRANZA / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Gregg Kaufman introduces the topic of discussion, the importance of arts and humanities classes with the sciences, at the Times Talk held in the LITC on Sept. 11.

ter’s degrees which prepared him for ministry. It was after receiving those degrees and working at a church in Carrollton, Ga. that he spent 17 years in New Jersey. In his time there, Kaufman was instrumental in starting a free preschool for children of homeless families. Today, the preschool program is still in operation. “A lot of what I did in ministry was

NEWS FLASH GC among 2014 ‘Best Regional Universities’ U.S. News & World Report designated Georgia College as 10th among the top public regional universities, the only Georgia university to be ranked in that category.

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Stitching inspiration A new store wants to see you doin’ good SOPHIE GOODMAN SENIOR REPORTER Inspire Thru Design, a new store in Downtown Milledgeville, opened Aug. 1 and offers T-shirts, hats and other college casual wear. Mendi Jackson, the owner, and her husband Chris opened the store in part because there were no places to shop Downtown for casual items many students typically wear to class. “If you look out there, probably 99 percent of the college students are

QUOTABLE “When I saw all those people in the stands I almost started crying.”

- Ashton Bigler, GC women’s volleyball defensive specialist

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wearing shorts and a t-shirt. And when the fall gets here, they’ll wear the running pants and long sleeve shirts, and we’ll have those.” The store goes beyond clothes though. Part of what makes it unique are the ways in which people can interact with the store without buying anything. “People can come in and write what inspires them on the board which kind of gives us new ideas for different

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Greek life growth.......................................................2 Step-leaders.................................................................3


Keeping healthy with art..........................................7 The cultural schizophrenic......................................7


I was there... ............................................................10 Sassy Cats on the prowl........................................10 Community News.........................................4 Opinion...................................................................5


70 The percentage of students who participate in Student Opinion Surveys.



SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

. S H O RT . L I ST T H E Greek life growth JENNA BRYAN STAFF WRITER 2013 has been a big year for Greek life at Georgia College. Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) received its official charter, and Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) is colonizing. On Saturday, Aug. 17, SAE officially earned its charter – something that chapter president Bennett Cheney says the chapter has been looking forward to for a while. “We worked very hard to become a part of the greek community on this campus, and it’s a great accomplishment to receive our charter and become a full-fledged chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon,” the senior marketing and management double major said. They may be officially recognized, but this is only the beginning for the fraternity. “We still have a long road ahead of us,” said Cheney. “Obtaining our charter is a small step, but continuing to build a strong brotherhood while also impacting the Georgia College and Milledgeville community in a positive manner for years to come is our ultimate goal.” AOII is just starting down this road to a charter. If signed up online, girls were interviewed three at a time on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7 . Friday night was “Values Night,” in which the girls attended a meeting in the University Banquet Room. Various alumni spoke and helped the girls “picture themselves” in AOII.

“We worked very hard to become a part of the Greek community on this campus, and it’s a great accomplishment to receive our charter ...” Bennett Cheney, Sigma Alpha Epsilon president “Right off the bat, I knew that AOII was where I belonged,” said sophomore biology major Jessica Fink, a new member to AOII. “All of the girls I have met so far have instantly felt like family, and we all get along so well, and I am incredibly excited to see what the new colony of Alpha Omicron Pi has in store for us.” The following night all the girls received emails extending invitations to “Preference Night,” a more formal meeting in which current sisters and AOII alumni from colleges around the state shared their experiences with the sorority. That night was also when girls found out if they were accepted. Girls were anxious for their phone calls, but the anticipation made it all the more exciting according to a freshman member. “I was very excited that I got a bid and just overjoyed that I had received the opportunity to become a part of the sisterhood,” Chelsea Crawford, freshman nursing major, said.

The top news stories from all over the world universe as collected, curated and composed by Sarah K. Wilson


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And the rich keep getting richer. A recent study conducted by economists

at the University of California, Berkeley, found that the top 1 percent of Americans are raking in more than a fifth of the country’s income. That means that the gap between the rich and the poor in America is the widest it’s been since the Roaring ’20s. (CNBC)


SA! USA! The U.S. men’s soccer team beat Mexico 2-0 on Tuesday. That, coupled with Honduras and Panama tying 2-2, guaranteed the Americans an appearance at the 2014 World Cup. To Brazil! (AP)


ou can go ahead and count me out of this race. Mars One, the project that aspires to establish the first human settlement on Mars by 2023, has received over 200,000 video applications from people the world over who hope to be chosen to begin life on the Red Planet. Before blastoff, those chosen will go through seven years of training. (National Geographic)


ustice is served in India. Four men were convicted Tuesday for the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student that sparked outrage across the world. All four men face the death penalty, although lawyers for three of the men plan to appeal the conviction. (BBC News)


ll hail our Apple overlords. Two new models of the iPhone were unveiled earlier this week: the iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone 5C, which is made of plastic and will reportedly cost $99. Time to toss out your almost-new phones to get ready for this new round. (Wall Street Journal)


bsolutely no one saw this coming. George Zimmerman was briefly in police custody on Monday after an alleged domestic dispute involving – you guessed it – a gun. According to Zimmerman’s wife, he threatened her and her father with the gun, punched her father in the nose and destroyed an iPad that may have contained video evidence of the dispute. (CBS News)


et’s hope this works. The United Nations is going forward with a Russian-led plan, in which Syria is to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in exchange for a reprieve from U.S. military strikes. President Obama asked Congress to postpone its vote on Syria, yet stressed that should diplomacy fail, military strikes are the best option. (Daily Beast)

BRIE BERGMAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Inspire Thru Design supports kindness: Get caught by one of the store’s employees doing something good and selfless, and you will be given their “Doin’ Good” T-shirt. They can’t be purchased, so you really have to earn it.


Continued from page 1... shirts for the future,” Danielle Frasier, senior economics major, said. “I just think that they were really creative with what they did with [the store].” The couple want the store to be something that encourages people to be inspired by themselves and others. “The whole inspire through design was to be inspired by your own design, not necessarily clothes, not necessarily like the look of the store, but your design of who you are,” Jackson said. Though the store opened recently, Jackson’s husband had the idea years ago. “The store was [Chris’] vision, and it started about two years ago,” Jackson said. “[Chris said] it should be [called] ‘Inspire Thru Design’ because we as humans are designed to inspire each other.” With this in mind, the pair decided to stay with the theme of inspiring others which explains the store’s variety of inspirational t-shirts. Through inspirational messages on shirts, the idea of the “doin’ good” shirt emerged. These shirts are only given away to those that earn a “doin’ good” card. “They give us these little cards called ‘doin’ good’ cards and if we see people, just in our daily life, doing something for someone or going out of their way to do something good, or anything like

that, we give them the card,” Frasier said. “They can come into the store and get a free shirt. It’s just kind of a way to be like, you weren’t expected to get rewarded for that, you were just doing a good thing for no reason, and we want you to know that we acknowledge it and reward it.” Although each shirt has a different meaning to it, they all have one thing in common: love. “We can completely disagree on everything else, but we should agree on the fact that the world can be a good place if we just like each other,” Jackson said. “Open a door for somebody, that’s the whole point in the ‘doin’ good’ shirt was to see somebody doing good and let them know that it’s noticed.” Although the store is a business, Jackson has a different viewpoint on what success means to her store. “We told the girls that if we have 50 people come by and they don’t buy anything, that’s fine,” Jackson said. “I want them to come in here and see it, even if they see it Check out and read, ‘what’s the best GCSUnade com that can happen?’ Maybe for more it will make them [think], information ‘What is the best that about the store. could happen? Maybe I should do this.’” Jackson is hoping to have new designs in the

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Continued from page 1... kind of faith-in-action stuff,” said Kaufman. “I’ve always believed that the institution of the church or school or college is a kind of corporate citizen. That the institution kind of resides in the community, therefore we need to make a contribution to the community and make it a better place.” That ideology is what drives Kaufman’s involvement with the American Democracy Project (ADP). GC was given money from Congress to create an institute in honor of of the late Georgia Sen. Paul Coverdell. Prior to being a U.S. Senator, Coverdell was director of the Peace Corps under President George H. W. Bush. He gave his Peace Corps papers to GC, literally a truckload of documents from his senate year, and Congress gave GC nearly $1 million to manage his archives and create an institute. “The Coverdell Institute’s purpose was to foster democratic attitudes among students and to find ways to engage students in the political process, but also to simply be active citizens,” said Kaufman. The Institute did that. It brought Pulitzer Prize winners to campus, hosted members of Congress through a program called “Congress to Campus” and brought The New York Times to campus at no cost to students; it activated GC’s student body in a political way. Eventually, the Institute’s resources dried up. The Coverdell family and other donors then gave the University $1 million to endow a professor’s chair. Roger Coate, GC professor of political science, now holds the chair. The ADP picked up where the Coverdell Institute left off. It was formed out of a meeting of college presidents who complained that stu-

THE COLONNADE “I’ve always believed that the institution of the church or school or college is a kind of corporate citizen.” Gregg Kaufman, ADP director


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dents weren’t politically active. With a vague idea of what the ADP was, GC signed on as one of the first 70 schools to adopt the program. Times Talks, which is probably how most GC students know Kaufman, started under the Coverdell Institute, but is kept alive by the ADP. Each week of the semester, Talks are facilitated by GC faculty, staff or students. “It started as civil discourse around a public issue in the news,” said Kaufman. “They’re just for the sake of intellectual curiosity.” And they’re well attended. There have been anywhere from 40 to 150 people at the weekly discussions since their inception. This week, 40 students attended the Times Talk and discussed the balance of liberal arts education with science. Next week, Pate McMichael and John Hachtel will lead a discussion on Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who leaked information exposing the U.S. government’s online surveillance, and Kaufman expects that to draw a larger crowd. Despite Times Talks’ recurrently high attendance, Kaufman is modest about the program’s success. He says it goes back to his roots. “I became interested because as a minister I had always been very, very interested in community life,” said Kaufman, “and that as citizens, together, we can solve problems and we can help one another more effectively than individuals trying to fight a cause.”

Weighing In Have you taken the Student

Q: Opinion Survey? Why or why not?

Yes, because I was asked to.


Rebecca Fabian, second year freshman biology major No, I haven’t. There are a lot of emails, so I see the ones from my teachers and don’t really focus on the other ones. Shannon Fagan, sophomore pre-nursing major I did take it. I wanted to do them because there were two teachers that I really liked. Becca Schaaf, sophomore pre-mass communication major I did. To be honest, I thought it was mandatory at first. I do feel it’s good feedback though. Kelly Van Roy, sophomore management and liberal studies double major I take them if teachers ask me to do it. If I wanted to see my grades, I took them. It’s a hassle to take, in my opinion. John Dillon, sophomore premass communication major Not last semester. I just didn’t take the time to do it. I have taken them in the past though. Lauren Luker, senior accounting major I did. I feel it’s a great way for teachers to learn what their students think works and doesn’t work in class. Garrison Smith, senior biology major Want to weigh in yourself? Send us a letter or vent to us at

Student Opinion

Continued from page 1... almost 70 percent. The survey was moved online to give students time to complete surveys outside of class, quicken the processing time and ensure anonymity – a key factor in the shift. Responses were supposed to be transcribed when students filled them out by hand, but the process took an entire semester to complete. Professors could recognize student handwriting when they saw their evaluations. The responses are important to administration as they show what is happening in classrooms. “We get a lot of bifurcated [responses]. It’s either very happy or very upset,” Stephanie McClure, associate professor of sociology, said. Student Opinion Survey results are considered when a professor is up for tenure, a promotion or a raise, but Hale says this isn’t the most important use of the surveys. “It allows the faculty member to understand what really worked and what students really saw as valuable,” Hale said, “or, on the other hand, what students really saw was not valuable; that they just didn’t get it, they didn’t like it, they didn’t like the way something was presented and so forth.” This makes the low response rate from students particularly important since the survey influences how the university can improve. “The device is not to punish people. It’s to make the process better – to make students have a more rewarding experience [and] to enhance learning,” Hale said. The question remains as to why students do not take the survey. “I would if I was worried about a grade, and I wanted to talk to a professor,” Chelsea DePrimo, senior business management major, said. “If I already knew my grade beforehand, I wouldn’t worry about it.” This sentiment is not shared by all though. “I really think the school needs to know the opinions on the professors because [the administration] can’t sit in every class, and the students’ opinions really matter,” Krystal Castleberry, junior management major, said. Evaluations can be viewed by any student under their PAWS account by going to the “Student Opinion of Teaching Survey Results” link under the “Personal Information” tab. From there, students can select the semester, department, professor and course to see evaluations.


September 13, 2013 • Editor, Sophie Goodman

W H A T ’S H A P P E N I N G Tuesday, September 17

Friday, September 13 Friday, September 6 12 p.m.

Internship Search Workshop (Chappell Hall 113)

5:30 p.m.

The Constitution and the court (A&S Auditorium)

6 p.m.

Cross country Bobcat invitational (West Campus cross country course)

7:30 p.m.

Athens Guitar Duo (Max Noah Recital Hall)

7 p.m.

GC volleyball vs. Montevallo (Centennial Center)

7:30 p.m.

Soccer game vs. Pfeiffer (West Campus Bobcat field)

Wednesday, September 18 12-12:50 p.m.

Saturday, September 14 12 p.m.

GC volleyball vs. Columbus State (Centennial Center)

4:40 p.m.

GC volleyball vs. West Georgia (Centennial Center)

12-3 p.m.

Gamma Sigma Sigma car wash (Ruby Tuesday parking lot)

Sunday, September 15 12:30 p.m.

GC soccer vs. Shorter University (West Campus)

3 p.m.

Southern circuit of independent film makers presents “How to Make Movies at Home by Morgan Nichols (Russell Auditorium)

Times Talk “Patriots or traitor: How do we treat national security leakers?” (LITC 2nd floor)

Thursday, September 19 5 p.m.

“Aliens, Immigrants, Evildoers” (Russell Auditorium)

7:30 p.m.

Visiting writer Miah Arnold (Max Noah Recital Hall)

Friday, September 20 2 p.m.

Intern 101 (Chappell 113)

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PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT Reports obtained from GC Public Safety



Sept. 4 3:11 a.m. A Senate at Large banner was torn down from the MSU area. When police viewed footage, they saw a group of people taking the sign at 1:21 a.m. However, police lost footage of the culprits on Hancock Street. The police are currently waiting for more information on the stolen banner.



*Incident does not appear on map


Sept. 5 9:45 p.m. When you’re drunk and partying in the dorms, make sure to keep it down so no one calls the cops. Officer Smith was dispatched to Adams Hall because a guy was yelling and having a dance party on the balcony. The student was later found passed out on top of the pool table in the recreation area. The young woman who reported the incident said that this was not the first time this student had been an obnoxious drunk. When the allegedly drunken fellow was approached, Smith saw his bloodshot eyes, heard his slurred speech and smelled alcohol. The student was arrested and sent to MPD where he received a citation for underage possession of alcohol.




Sept. 7 2:31 p.m. Banners are going missing left and right. Only three days after the first banner went missing, a Gamma Sigma Sigma banner disappeared. The banner, valued at $10, took eight hours to make. The case has been turned over to investigations for possible video review. *



Sept. 8 10:36 p.m. Multiple students have been caught smoking marijuana, and this student was no different. Officer White went to Adams Hall because another student caught a whiff of marijuana. White knocked on the door and asked a guy if he had any marijuana. The student told White that he smoked all of it. White confiscated all of the students smoking tools. The case was turned over to the student judicial board. *



Sept. 9 7:18 p.m. When you’re high, the last thing you want to do is attract the attention of the police. Two guys were throwing water bottles into the woods. Sgt. Purvis saw them and walked toward the two culprits, who tried to run away. Purvis told them to come back and immediately smelled marijuana coming from the two. One adamantly refused that he had been smoking weed, while the other admitted to smoking marijuana earlier. The guy who admitted to smoking handed over his marijuana grinder. The case was sent to the student judicial board. *

We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.


Opinion Our Voice

September 13, 2013• Editor-in-Chief, Constantina Kokenes

It’s like walking through a kaolin mine

By Zach Keepers

Drinking and driving yields disastrous results One reckless decision. One life lost. One life changed forever. In Ohio, Matthew Cordle, a 22-year-old man caused the death of Vincent Canzanie, a 61-year-old Navy vet, while he was driving drunk. The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol are by no means a new concern, but this particular case is gathering an abundance of media attention. But why this case in particular? It is all because of a three-minute YouTube video titled “I Killed a Man.” In the video, Cordle, whose face is blurred, tells his story about making the careless decision to drive home after a crazy night of bar hopping. He even tells how high-powered attorneys told him they could get him off if he lied. “I won’t go down that path,” stated Cordle. Instantly the blurred screen reveals the true identity of Cordle. The face before you looks like any average college student walking around GC. He proceeds to state, “My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzanie.” He continues to plead with viewers, in a PSA-type manner, to think before making the risky decision to drive drunk and to quit making excuses like, “It’s only a few miles.” He ends the video by begging viewers to save themselves and to save their victims.

Sometimes as young adults still learning how to handle all of our newfound freedom, we forget the impact our actions can have on the rest of our lives. The media has questioned the reasoning behind this video, as to whether Cordle is sincere or if it is just an attempt to mitigate his punishment, according to USA Today. Regardless, the issue of the severity of drunk driving is being brought to light because of the video. The dangers of drunk driving need to be addressed and its important that you know the seriousness of the decisions you make before heading downtown. Cordle killed a man and for the rest of his life, he will have to live with that. Drunk driving is a crime, and its outcome is oftentimes deadly. Cordle had his whole life ahead of him, until he made that one reckless decision to get behind the wheel while under the influence. One bad call was all it took to change two lives forever and impact two families. As college students, we face the same decision Cordle did week after week. Nights out downtown and parties are just a part of campus life, but they don’t have to end with someone losing their life. Sometimes as young adults still learning how to handle all of our newfound freedom, we forget the impact our actions can have on the rest of our lives. Think before you drink, and be a responsible drinker. If found guilty of driving drunk, you face an array of repercussions - you can receive anywhere from 24 hours to one year in jail, a fine from $300 to $1,000, and your license suspended for up to three years. Before you decide to go downtown or to that party, designate a driver for the night or call someone and ask them to pick you up at the end of the night. Once you drink that first beer, your judgment is impaired and you may not think rationally. Don’t leave yourself susceptible to making a careless decision that could change your life forever. It is easy to make excuses like “I only had two” or “I’m totally fine,” but no excuse is great enough to justify taking another person’s life. Be conscious of friends who have had one too many and protect them from the dangers of drunk driving by taking their keys and helping them get home safely. Be aware of individuals who repeatedly drive while drunk and call the authorities. College is supposed to be the best time of your life, don’t risk that by making the stupid decision to drive drunk. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is never acceptable. Go out, have fun, but be responsible.

Syria in the middle With Syria hoarding chemical weapons, a new war threatens the balance of America. SOPHIE GOODMAN SENIOR REPORTER There has been a lot of news coverage on the atrocities in Syria and the United States’ response to them. The most recent is President Obama’s intention to launch an air strike against Syria due to the enormous amounts of chemical weapons that Syria is said to have. Currently, Obama is holding off on Congress voting in order to look at Russia’s plan of destroying the weapons in Syria. While many think that America doesn’t need to be involved in another war, I look at it a bit differently. I agree that America does not need to become involved in another war; however, something needs to be done about the copious amounts of chemical weapons. Syria has more enemies than friendly neighbors -- one of which is Israel. Last November, Syria launched a series of bombs on Gaza. Many people in these bombings were killed or seriously maimed. Others staked out for days in bomb shelters, living on what they could only carry into the shelter. My cousin Sydney, with whom I grew up and shared the first 18 years of my life, made “Aliyah.” “Aliyah” is when a Jewish citizen from another country declares their allegiance to Israel and now have dual citizenship. Sydney declared “Aliyah” when she was 19, thus beginning her life in Israel. Any citizen of Israel - man or woman - is required to go into the army

THE LITTER BOX I feel like all the teachers get together and scheme about making everything due in the same week. If you are going to make posts on social media sites for your RSO, get your grammar straight. The fact that you are missing basic grammar rules in college is just embarrassing. This past week a cruel arrogant act of an individual (or individuals), took it upon themselves to remove a hand painted sheet that (took hours to make) was hanging outside The Max. Perhaps this individual(s) has a phobia or an aversion to sheets. More likely however, is the possibility that this person(s) just could not get over leaving their beloved childhood “blankie” at home, and needed to compensate by taking the large banner. To whomever took the sheet, do the right thing and return it. There is hope for you Mr./Ms. Secret “blankie” loving sheet hater, maybe next semester Georgia College will offer therapy or maybe even a course for thumb suckers! Most importantly, rather than trying to be “cool “, or show off in front of your supposed friends, support and respect your schools organizations.

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unless they are doing “Yeshiva.” “Yeshiva” is when Israelis go to school in order to study Torah to become a Rabbi. However, my cousin joined the air force in Israel and is currently guarding a base - safe and sound. But in November, she was in a bomb shelter in order to protect herself from the very real realization of dying. Although she survived the bombings, some of her friends were not as lucky. My other cousin Ethan, Sydney’s brother, is a combat soldier in the Israeli army. He made “Aliyah” when he was 19. He was on the front line in attacking Syria preparing for days, and when he called his mother - my aunt - to tell her that he was officially going into war, she broke down in sobs. The fact that her little girl was hiding in a bomb shelter and her only son was about to go to war affected her in more ways than one can imagine. As my cousin was standing on the front line, ready to run into Syria and fight for others rights, Syria finally announced that they would stop sending bombs over. The horror of going to war was over. My aunt was sitting up, worrying over her son fighting or dying, but when she got the call that he was not going into a war zone, she cried this time in relief. Her only son was going to be alright. The Israeli army’s preparation for an attack compiled of days of planning and calculating were thankfully not put into motion, saving many lives. Although the bombings stopped, the threat still remains. With chemical weapons that could easily create mass destruction, no country remains safe. A peaceful agreement to destroy the chemical weapons would be beneficial to all parties involved.

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September 13, 2013 • Editor, Mykel Johnson

Clash Patterns of the


Making our way to the battlefield of main campus can be a struggle, whether we are leaving early to attend an 8 a.m. class or prepping ourselves for an exam we have been dreading to take all week. As we fight these enemies – which may turn out to be academic allies – a war of its own could be erupting before we even leave our rooms, a war on patterns. The act of mixing patterns to create a daily wardrobe could present itself as a challenge to some, but it is much easier than it may appear.

The act of mixing patterns to create a daily wardrobe could present itself as a challenge to some, but it is much easier than it may appear. Combining a “graphic” print with a solid item of clothing is the safest reassurance that the look in cohesive. A floral print, for example, against a white base looks best atop or below a solid light color that relates to one of the colors in the print. Solids act as the neutral aspect of an outfit, completing and bringing the whole piece together. Black-based floral patterns mix best with solid black. The flowers stand out enough against the black already.

Animal prints have become a neutral print as they go with almost everything. Whether to add a hint of personality to a mostly solid outfit through a belt or to make an even bolder statement with a whole top or bottom, animal prints are as flexible as the leopard that inspired some of their patterns. A solid red knee-length skirt accentuated with a leopard print top can help hint at a flirtatious attitude while still donning a sense of class. Mixing two patterns is just as simple as placing a pattern with a solid. The trick is to let the separate patterns contrast each other but to still resemble a familiarity between them. Black and white will always love one another. Mix two differing patterns of strict black-andwhite for a guaranteed “good mix.” Checkerboard prints with polka dots are as simple of a good look that can be made with a black and white theme.

Floral prints on black bases look best with added black items, but the print is not opposed to other prints. Different prints are welcome in small doses with dark floral patterns. A ruffled bottom to a dress of this nature adds a touch of light-heartedness to the solemn look of this midnight garden stroll of a dress.

Layers upon layers of preparation It’s no secret that A&S stores bodies within its mysterious, unmarked doors. Either that or the building’s thermostat is broken, only providing the coldest of air. All right, neither of those are true. We can still agree that the building consisting of most class locations can be very cold at times. Sophomore accounting major Kristen Johnson’s experience in dealing with classroom temperatures versus the weather varies.




Where are your coldest classrooms

The rooms on the third floor of A&S are typically colder than the other classrooms for some reason. I’m not really sure why. My Stats class on the first floor of A&S is really cold, so normally I bring a jacket there. If I go to the library, I bring a sweater too. I normally keep one in my backpack though because it’s really hot outside.


Does the weather affect what type of outerwear you take with you to class?

johnson: If it’s hot outside like it has been this month,

like in the 90s, normally I don’t even bring a jacket unless I’m going to the library. If I go to the library, then I bring a jacket or sweatpants to change into because I’d be really cold in running shorts in one of the cold study rooms on the bottom floor of the library. It’s not very comfortable.


As the weather changes to lighter temperatures, what will you wear?

johnson: If it’s not as hot outside, I normally wear a cardigan over whatever I’m wearing.


September 13, 2013• Editor, Marilyn Ferrell

Be hard to peel, even if you’re small SOPHIE GOODMAN SENIOR REPORTER There is no curtain to drop, yet David Harrell, a former Georgia College student and current actor, needs no other introduction then to just step onto the stage. Harrell’s performance, “A Little Potato and Hard to Peel,” is about his journey through life without a right hand. “‘A Little Potato and Hard to Peel’ is an autobiographical solo performance,” Harrell said. “It’s about my life growing up because I was born without my right hand; so it’s sort of my journey to define normal.” The unusual title of the performance originates from a story that Harrell’s grandfather told him when he was a child. Harrell’s grandfather told him a metaphor of perseverance and never giving up. The metaphor was about a fictional Little League baseball team titled “A Little Potato and Hard to Peel.” “He said that they were smaller than the other kids and maybe not as talented, but they always played with their hearts,” Harrell said. “Even if they won or lost it didn’t matter because on the inside they were tough and hard to peel.”

I think in nuts and bolts, it’s just a story about a man and the way he lives his paths through life.

-Frani Geiger

The solo performance not only provided comedy about young love, southern mothers and being a teenager, it also portrayed Harrell’s struggle through life. Harrell depicts how he was continuously made fun of for not having a right hand and in place of that having a hook. “I think in nuts and bolts, it’s just a story about a man and the way he lives his path through life,” Frani Geiger, visiting assistant professor of Scenic

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The cultural schizophrenic LAUREN CORCINO SENIOR REPORTER Lines of syllables, symbolism and Spanish words capture the cultural collision of assistant professor Louis Bourne’s poetic immersion into the Spanish literary world through poems of frustrated love, art and nature. From 1981 to 2011, Bourne composed a variety of literary works primarily in Spanish. “Los recodos del río” is an anthology of Bourne’s three books of poetry, “Médula de la llama, “Lienzos en lo humano” and “Ráfagas de un signo.” A collection of unpublished poems from Bourne’s fourth book, “Umbral de ensueños,” are included in the anthology. Bourne will be presenting his newest book at a poetry reading scheduled for the fall semester. This reading will include English translations of Bourne’s poetry and a Q&A session. “I think it is important for professors to be published because they have wise things to say and good advice to give to their students,” Jessica Floyd, sophomore Spanish major, said. “Teaching the younger generation about their writings and experiences gives students

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CONSTANTINA KOKENES / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER The ArtHealthy Festival was hosted by Campus Club Milledgeville on Front Campus on Sept. 7.This event was free to the community with the goal of promoting healthy living through outlets of art such as dance, painting and music.


HEALTHY WITH ARTS CONSTANTINA KOKENES SENIOR WRITER Front Campus exploded with the creative outlets that Milledgeville offers, encouraging the community to live healthily through the arts. Campus Club Milledgeville held its first ArtHealthy Festival on Sept. 7 to promote the arts and a healthy lifestyle. The non-profit is geared toward Milledgeville youths. “With childhood obesity being what is in Georgia, we wanted to use the combination of the arts and healthy living, saying…you can have fun with a healthy lifestyle as well,” Toyia Barnes, administrative assistant of the School of Health and Human Performance and co-founder of Campus Club Milledgeville, said. Barnes and her husband, Gregory, started the organization in 2010. “The ideas were [there] in 2007, but we started working with kids in 2010, “ Barnes said. The projected outcome of attendees was 300. ArtHealthy garnered approximately 750 participants, most of whom want the festival to be an annual event. “Everybody asked for it to be annual,” Barnes said. The festival featured vendors from the Milledgeville community, from the Baldwin County Health Department to the Georgia College Art Therapy. Anna Hiscox, assistant professor for art therapy, featured student art and Hiscox’s personal art, which were totem poles. “These are ethnic totem poles,” Hiscox said. “For me, I wanted to express feminism in art with the diversity of women, and so that’s what this piece is about. Focusing on diversity and multicultural issues…how you do that in a creative way, and that’s what it’s symbolizing.” Those at the festival were able to create masks by the tools provided by GC Art Therapy. “We chose to do the masks because it can help people express whatever they want through the masks,” Megan Walsh, graduate art therapy student, said. Children were able to partake in the festivities through face painting, gymnastics and a

Front Campus hosts mini-festival to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Events included music, art, dance and more

giant inflatable playground. Exercise classes were offered on the main stage to anyone who wished to participate. “Toyia just sent me a message and said that she was looking for different people to do different kinds of stuff,” Ayanna Kafi, freshman psychology major, said. “I’m a belly dancer, hooper… I’m a yogi.” Kafi taught belly dancing early that morning. Campus Club Milledgeville provides high school and college students with opportunities to be involved with the arts.

What we do is – those kids that can’t afford the arts, we supply that .... they can come after school and do some programs with us. -Toyia Barnes

“What we do is – those kids that can’t afford the arts, we supply that,” Barnes said, “or those who can or maybe [are] doing something at school – they can come after school and do some programs after school with us.” With the help of college students, high school students are able to learn about videography, photography, how to dance, how to play the piano and much more. “We have a student organization called Campus Club College Milledgeville,” Barnes said, “and those are students that are interested in the organization.”

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

SP TLIGHT Brittany Walsh, senior nursing major, is a foreign-exchange student from Sydney, Australia visiting Georgia College fall semester.

COLONNADE : What is the study abroad program that brought you to GC? WALSH My home university in Australia is a partner university with Georgia College. So, we have a program where you can go online and look at all different universities [all] over the world and choose one to go on exchange for either a year or a semester. I was really keen to travel, and I heard about that at my “uni,” and when I looked into it, Georgia College was one of the colleges available. COLONNADE : How would you compare GC culture with that of your hometown? WALSH Wow. It is polar opposite. I am in the city in Sydney, so it’s very busy. Crazy traffic; it’s insane. And here it’s, like, country. Everyone lives on campus; everyone lives around here. I catch the train everyday, and here I just walk to class, and it’s so convenient. I think my university is a bit more laid back in Australia. Let’s be honest, we don’t do as much work. I was shocked at how much reading I had to do here. COLONNADE : What challenges have you faced as a foreign-exchange student? WALSH I have faced the challenge of American food, which is so different and so fatty compared to Australian food; also, the heat. Although it is hot in Australia, it’s winter at the moment. I’m still getting used to this insane humidity. I guess not being able to see my friends in Australia because they’re on the other side of the world…and just words that you guys say that I have no idea what they mean and words that I say that no one knows. COLONNADE : What opportunities has this experience has brought you? WALSH Meeting people from all over the world who I can then travel with in the future. It’s given me a broader worldview of how people in other countries


PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMY PINNEY The filming crew of the 23-minute film, “Le Band,” graces the screen of the Black Box Theater starring students from GC who were in Amy Pinney’s Maymester class, “Acting for Film.”

live and are brought up. It’s very eye opening. I love that there [are] a lot of communities and clubs that you can be a part of that make a difference. We don’t have the club, organization thing. COLONNADE : How are you involved on campus? WALSH : So far, I am in the International Club, [Collegiate] 4H, Model United Nations and Freedom Fighters. I just joined intramural softball, which is very exciting. I’ve never played softball, but that’s totally fine. It’s gonna be lots of fun. COLONNADE : If you could bring one piece of advice back to Australia, what would it be? WALSH : I would just say to anyone to get out of your comfort zone, and experience something that is totally different [than] what you’re used to experiencing ‘cause that’s when you really find yourself and are challenged. My favorite quote is, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Ah, I love that. COLONNADE : What has GC taught you about yourself? WALSH : Pretty much, if you don’t get out there, then you’ll miss a lot of opportunities. You’ve got to seek out opportunities and take them in your stride, and that’s the way you find fulfillment and good experiences.

By Andy Hitt

‘Le Band’ Premiere rocks Black Box SPECIAL TO THE COLONNADE BY DOUGLAS MONROE A packed house rocked the Campus Black Box Theatre with raucous laughter and cheers Saturday night for the premier of “Le Band,” an original film starring students of Amy Pinney’s Maymester “Acting for Film” class. Pinney and her friend Alex Gazio of Tampa, a multiple Emmy Award winner, produced and directed “Le Band.” The 23-minute film will be entered in local film festivals and other competitions, according to Pinney. The idea for the film evolved as the students realized they all had musical talent. The cast wrote the script. “Le Band” stars Zack Bradford, Sam Wilson, Olivia Langford, Harrison Thacker and Jami Walsh Ferreira as members of a band who can’t decide whether they want to be punk, grunge, hard-core hip hop or strictly commercial. They argue and drink – a good bit – as they sort out their artistic differences. After the premier, Gazio drew a round of laughs when he said “no alcohol was consumed” during the production. The experience proved to be an eye-opener for the young actors. “The main thing I learned through this process is how to properly hone everything I’ve learned about acting into a completely different set of skills,” said Bradford, one of the stars in last year’s hit stage musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” “Acting on film is so much different than acting on a stage,” Bradford added. Sam Wilson briefly took time off from the class to appear in an episode of hit TV show

Since I was playing a zombie, my face had to be mostly vacant; the performance was in the way I walked. -Sam Wilson

“The Walking Dead,” filmed in Georgia. “I learned a lot about the subtleties of film as a medium,” Wilson said about the class. “It’s important to know what shot you’re in; the proximity of the camera dictates what kinds of movements you can and cannot do in a scene. I’ve also learned about how far I can go with my facial expressions onscreen versus onstage. “‘The Walking Dead’ was a bit different because it’s all body language,” Wilson said. “Since I was playing a zombie, my face had to be mostly vacant; the performance was in the way I walked. There were skills I applied to both projects, but overall the experiences were very different.”


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Q&A reception with the lmmakers in the library atrium after each screening. Sponsored by the Georgia College Library, the College Lib of Arts & Sciences and Alpha Lambda Delta

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Continued from page 7... Campus Club College Milledgeville, made up of eight GC students, does not differ from Campus Club Milledgeville - rather, they are combined. “One of our goals is to get the college and the community - more collaboration there, getting the college to help the community,” Barnes said. The organization sends various students around the country to perform in their particular art. This past summer, Campus Club Milledgeville sent five high school students to perform in Las Vegas, and one student to Boston. “Those who do well during the year – we send them off for singing or anything in the arts,” Barnes explained. “We partner with Berkeley College of Music in Boston and send kids to Boston.”

For more information or to donate or get involved with Campus Club Milledgeville, visit

SCOTT CARRANZA / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER David Harrell showcased his theatrical talents during his performance “A Little Potato and Hard to Peel” which focused on the triumphs and difficulties he faced living without his right hand.

David Harrell

Continued from page 7... Design Technology said. Harrell not only personifies himself in his performance, but also portrays every other character that appears throughout his story. “I think that he just did an excellent job of being very varied with his characters and just bringing to life a whole bunch of different individuals,” John Underwood, senior theater major, said. Each character in Harrell’s performance represents a person in reality. The concept of his show was to provide a true story that people could relate to. “I wanted it to be true. There are certain things that I might exaggerate or expand a little bit and certain things that I kind of have to cut and piece together to make it flow,” Harrell said. “I wanted to make, for the most part, all of the stories, really come from a true place.” The audience laughed when Harrell made jokes and looked on in awe as he depicted people making fun of him. His solo performance has been on the road multiple times and each time his popularity has grown. The Theatre Department in conjunction with Disability Services decided to feature Harrell due to his work on raising awareness on people with disabilities. “Our season is the ‘Spotlight on Diversity’ so when we were thinking about guest artists to come

David Harrell was just a great selection,” Geiger said. Harrell performed twice and provided numerous workshops for students at GC. “We loved having him here,” Geiger said. “I think in the terms of the work that he’s doing and the way that he presents himself in terms of a role model for anybody who ever wanted to get involved in this, he’s a great person to get in touch with, he’s a great person to talk to.” The message that Harrell offers is one that clearly defines how he is living his life. “No matter what circumstances you have or come from or what limitations you might perceive in yourself or others might perceive in you, whatever those things are, those are what make you unique and who you are,” Harrell said. “They don’t have to necessarily define you; you can choose to embrace them and define them and define yourself in whatever way you choose to.”



CAMPUS CLUB MILLEDGEVILLE’S PROGRAMS: AARTS: Academic and Artistic, Renaissance, Teaching, Student Success eSTEEM: Using Science Technology & Engineering to Educate through Math & Music AAE: Art & Adult Education Program arttherapy: Art Therapy ArtHealthy

a different perspective.” A 1968 graduate of Oxford University with Continued from page 7... a degree in English Literature, Bourne left England for Spain where he would spend the next 32 years of his life. Bourne began working with Spanish poets as a translator and surrounded himself with creative writing. Words and phrases from his poem translations were constantly on his mind, and Bourne felt the urge to begin crafting his own literary works. “I went to a bar and had a cup of coffee, a glass of brandy and a cigar,” Bourne said. “I listened to the sound of men rolling the dice to play dominos. They were looking at the numbers and putting down their domino pieces. The sound of the dice hitting the table made me feel like it was time to write something in Spanish.” The transition from England to Spain left Bourne with the decision of which language he would compose his writings in. “I wrote some poems in English when I first got to Madrid, but I didn’t have a public,” Bourne said. “A poet needs a public. It needs somebody needs somebody to listen. First, he listens to himself and tries to figure out what he is doing. Then he starts looking at the words and sees himself in the mirror. I was surrounded by Spaniards and decided to write for that audience.” With the majority of his books published in the 20th century, “Ráfagas de un signo” remains the only book that still in print. “Los recodos del río” was created with the goal of preservation and giving readers better accessibility to Bourne’s works. “[Georgia College] is full of professors that have been successful in other endeavors besides teaching,” Ryan Matthews, sophomore management information systems major, said. “I think that is a great idea to take advantage of the opportunity we have as students to talk to these professors and gain insight from their experiences.” Bourne is continuing his writing journey with the goals of publishing a book in his native language of English and a book of criticisms in Spanish about Spanish poets he has written about in the past. “I am a cultural schizophrenic, but by choice,” Bourne said. “I belong to two cultures, and I have two identities. I go over to [Spain], and I am an American Spaniard. That’s hard for people to understand. When you live in a country for so long, you eventually adapt to its idiosyncrasies, its successes, its politics and its pretenses.”


September 13, 2013• Editor, Lee McDade


ELLIE SMITH / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Top left: A record breaking and energetically supportive crowd filled the Centennial Center last Thursday for the first volleyball match in the history of Georgia College. Top right: The Bobcats win! The first volleyball match of Georgia College ends with a straight-set win over Fort Valley State last Thursday. Bobcat serving was on-point. Bottom L-R: Micayla Patterson, Kaitlyn Lattimer, Caroline Ham and Ashtpn Bigler.

The first volleyball team in Georgia College history saw victory in inaugural game SCOTT CARRANZA SENIOR REPORTER As the fans rose for the start of the match and their cheers and applause shook the rafters and echoed through the stadium, the newly established women’s volleyball team took its place on the court, anxiously awaiting the first serve. Win or lose, history was about to be made. “It was definitely a lot of pressure. Everyone made it such a big deal,” freshman outside hitter Haley Ashworth said. At the end of the night, the Fort Valley State University Wildcats were sent home in defeat as the Bobcats won three out of five peri-

The coordination of the Bobcats was admirable since most of the team was made up of freshmen. Freshman defensive specialist Ashton Bigler noted the team’s closeknit nature. “I think we do a really good job meshing with each other on and off the court,” Bigler said. “We all play like we’ve known each other for a long time.” Teammate Haley Ashworth agreed. “We’ve bonded so much over these past few weeks and I feel like I know everyone so well,” Ashworth said. “I think that helps out on the court. … I was kind of surprised on how well we started.” The excitement of the team was

ods in a row, etching their names in Georgia College history. The Bobcats started strongly, beating the Wildcats in the first period 25-4. The succeeding periods were a bit closer, 25-20 at the end of the second and 25-15 at the end of the third, but the Bobcats kept up their energy throughout the night. Head Coach Gretchen Krumdieck was glad to be a part of history in the making. “I’ve played in front good crowds before, but never one with that many people,” Krumdieck said. “I was so happy for the girls and for playing so well. … Making history was definitely something for the record books.”

amplified by the fans. Shooting for 2,000 fans, sports information director Al Weston’s expectations were more than met as attendance was 2,521. “What I liked about [the game] was that it had an engaging atmosphere,” Weston said. “[The fans] were engaged to what was taking place on the court. … They were solely there for that volleyball match and they were hanging on virtually every point. It was loud ... and just a lot of fun.”

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Sassy Cats on the prowl MICHELLE DUBIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER This fall the Sassy Cats are back for another dynamic season. Practices have already begun, and the Sassy Cats are ready to bring their talent to the court. The Sassy Cats are a competitive dance team. They perform at both men’s and women’s basketball games. They also compete in the Peachbelt Conference competitions and nationals in Daytona, Fla. The team will be participating in various fundraising events throughout their season as well.

The Short Stop

The team is run by its captains, junior psychology major Carly Reineri and senior mass communication major Meredith Edwards, with help from sponsor and adviser Doris Henderson. This year a lot of girls showed up for tryouts but only six made the squad. They are ready to bring all the moves. Do not be surprised if you see freshman computer science major Samantha Carlile tumbling during halftime. “I don’t have any dance

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NICOLE PITTS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Carly Reineri leads the dance step by step to the full Sassy Cat team so the old members can be refreshed and the new members can learn the routine.

Bethan Adams

Simply Healing Many remember the feeling of uselessness, shock and horror as they sat in front of the TV and watched the towers go down. For those who were there, they say the smell encroached on every emotion. In first-hand experience or by TV, the whole world grieved as the two planes crashed into the twin towers. We shall never forget. We will remember. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and while time has lessened some of the pain, each year the memory rises up and rips off the bandage. How do you recover from something like 9/11? We continue with our lives, work and play, but anyone who has lost a loved one knows healing is no easy task. Just a month after Sept. 11, former President George W. Bush threw the first pitch before the third game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. His presence and the unity his image symbolized made the stadium erupt with chants of “USA! USA! USA!” The many voices combined into one is the country I know. Bush’s grim face and confidence as he went to the center of the field and stood on the dirt mound makes the slumping chest expand and the drooping head rise. America is a country that heals by domination, determination, community and perseverance. In the footage of his pitch, you see that Yankee fans unfurled a sheet sign that said, “USA fears nobody. Play ball.”Major League Baseball has played ball since then and paid homage during Wednesday’s games to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack 12 years ago. “Time has passed, and the world has changed, only reinforcing the need to pause, look up and remember,” reporter Mark Newman wrote. “Wednesday also will be a reminder of how a nation healed itself back then, in part through the simple act of courageously going back outside and watching ballgames, a role those involved with the sport are honored to have played.” As the terror and pain ebbed down as the years went by, Americans found that one of the easiest ways to recover, and the most American thing to do, was to play sports. Healing came through homers, touchdowns and 3-pointers. Pride returned to the people through players’ performances. Perhaps this is why Americans far and wide have so aggressively looked forward to the NFL’s recent season startup or why the Braves and Falcons sacredness seems to have escalated among Atlanta dwellers in recent years. According to Newman, players, coaches and umpires alike all wore American flags on their caps Wednesday, and many games had a moment of silent remembrance in honor of those who died 12 years ago. Beneath all of the politics and corruption we so often see headlining the news these days lies a simple game. Whether it’s baseball or football, the goals of the game are to win, to improve and to come out on top with your team by your side. Without one another, a team is nothing. Lives could not have been saved that September day without firefighters, policemen and selfless hearts. Camaraderie and competition among fans rooting for their different teams shows an ability to keep going in the face of loss. A slogan used at Auburn University athletic programs is “family, all in.” That is perfect for the USA. Americans are “all in.” The struggles and pain of the past are so real they pervade our present, but the future is one of hope and strength.


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experience actually. I was competitive in gymnastics for eight years,” Carlile said. New members are also ready to bring their moves from areas like ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance. Undecided freshman Caylin Sams might even sing a few notes after singing in choir all four years of high school. “I’m really excited about my new dance family and growing closer with these awesome Sassys as the year goes on,” Sams said. Sassy Cats veteran Edwards plans on showcasing more technique. “We’re all so unique that we each bring something different to the team,” she said. Victoria Hines is no stranger to the spotlight. She has danced with the Georgia Conservatory, has been a company member of Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater for twelve years and performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Conference. She is most excited about getting closer with her teammates and being a part of GC athletics. During practices girls are expected to be focused. Learning and memorizing choreography can be difficult, but the new girls are ready to crush every challenge.

THE COLONNADE “I always say that I have danced since I could walk and love it so much,” said freshman biology major Ansley Moore. Hard work and determination has always been in her blood. She even helped start a dance team at her high school. Being a Sassy Cat is a huge commitment, but and attitude is very important. They have practices where they push each other to do their best. “We’re gonna kill it,” undeclared freshman Elizabeth Little said. For her, there is no better feeling than being able to perform. Every girl on the team is valued and they all want the best for each other. “We are all together so much that we truly become connected and in sync with each other,” Reineri said. Despite their quick connection, some of the girls are still getting to know each other in this new season, but are eager to bond. “I am excited to start getting to know all of the girls on the team,” freshman nursing major Ashley Baez said. Before each game the Sassy Cats blast music and do their hair and makeup together and write each other “Secret Sassies” and give them to each other for encouragement. “At the end of the day we are definitely a family,” said Reineri. The Sassy Cats’ performance will be Oct. 17 at Bobcat Madness.

NICOLE PITTS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jimena Llaveria, Lizzie Little and Samantha Carlile show their jumps across the gym floor as a practice exercise.The Sassy Cats dance team welcomed six new cats to their crew after making some tough decisions in their competitive tryouts.

Athletic website crucial JENNA BRYAN STAFF WRITER The last few years at Georgia College have brought an influx of changes, from the newest volleyball team to new players hitting the courts and fields. The GC Athletics page joins in the changes with its recent redesign. Although the redesign occurred two years ago, it has been a staple in navigating the Bobcats sports world with his revamped layout. Elements available on the website include new upcoming game dates and info, stats from each sporting event and live streams of games. Sports information director Al Weston - students may better know him as the sporting event announcer - puts it plainly: “This website is crucial at our level because our new athletes, and students are making their decisions based on what they see on this website,” he said. Because Division II schools do not get as much


coverage as schools like The University of Georgia, this website helps to bring students in and may help in swaying their decisions to become a part of the GC family, according to Weston. “It’s great that student athletes look at the website, but even the fans like to check it out and see what a crucial element it is to our athletic program,” he said. The online page creates involvement for visitors, letting them know the student body takes pride in its athletic system. The homepage is full of news, events and pictures of top players. The website is professional with some interesting features. For example, the transitions between the main slides on the homepage grab attention. Pictures of featured players make visitors of the website feel like they are able to get to know the athletes. Although the new and improved website has been around for two years, it has already put a spotlight on the Bobcats sports world, making the jobs of fans and athletes alike easier to perform.


Continued from page 12... In the days leading up to the game, announcements about the game seemed to be everywhere. “That was the drive behind every decision we made,” Weston said. “You only get one opportunity at that first impression; you only get one ‘first game’ in school history.” Being surrounded by the roaring fans, smiling teammates and supportive family, just stepping out on the court to play made a huge impact for some players. “It was probably the most emotional moment I’ve ever had because I’ve been working so hard,” Bigler said. “It’s been my dream, ever since fifth grade, to play college volleyball, and when I saw all those people in the stands I almost started crying. It’s a really unique experience to be a part of something so special.”

Scoresheet Won vs Fort Valley State 3 - 0 Lost vs. Valdosta St. 3-1 Lost vs. West Ala. 3-1 Lost vs. Malone 3-1

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