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The Colonnade Friday, September 26, 2008

News “Great Jeans!” Phi Mu holds a denim sale to raise money for charity. Page 2

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New facility opens at west campus by Tim Graham Staff Writer

After a small hiatus caused by delays, the multipurpose West Campus Center at The Village, will open Friday, officials said. While most the of the current appliances and furniture were in place, a large oven was the final missing piece of the 30,000 square foot building, causing the opening to be delayed. The building holds many amenities that students may find useful. The Village Market is the general goods store, providing students with products including cereal, paper and coffee. With the Village Market open every day during the week at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday,

students can pop in for a last minute snack or pick up that testing sheet they forgot before hurrying off to class. Sandella’s is the new restaurant that rests in the same area as The Village Market. According to its Web site, Sandella’s is “an upscale, fast casual café serving premium quality, health-conscious and great tasting menu items served on Sandella’s proprietary brick oven flatbread.” This is one of the first Sandella’s in Georgia, giving the GCSU community a taste that no other campuses in the state can say they have. The building has been under construction

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Tim Graham / Staff Writer The new multipurpose building will include new cafe, Sandella at The Village.

Home, sweet home Speaker calls

for change and civic duty

The Alternate A new creative media appears on campus. Page 2

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How to get involved in the election Look inside to find nine easy steps. Page 11

Walking for a cure Students walk to find a cure for Breast Cancer. Page 9

Sports Their first loss of the season Undefeated intramural flag football team “White Out” finally looses a game. Page 13

Ready, set, go! A strong finish for the men’s and ladies’ Cross Country meets Page 12

Ross Couch / Staff Photographer Senior forward Haley Ferrell holds off an Erskine opponent as she looks for a shot on goal on Tuesday. The Bobacats dominated 6-0 at home after a loss on the road against UNC Pembroke 0-1 on Satruday. See story page 12.

Feminism not just for women’s cause by

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Sarah Giarratana Staff Writer

With women constantly in the news, from Hillary Clinton to Angelina Jolie, modern feminism often hides behind big names. With a female Speaker of the House, female presidential candidates and female CEOs topping big corporations across the globe, many people view the feminist movement as a thing of the past. Yet even with the decline of feminism, the GCSU Feminist Club continues to grow in size and intensity with the new semester. The feminist club provides a venue for discussion, debate and support to GCSU students, male and female alike. Kim O’Toole, club president, mentioned that as a young club they still spend time defining feminism. “We realize that feminism means something different to each person,” O’Toole said. “The feminist club goal is to incorporate all aspects of feminism into our common goal of equality.” The club also addresses

the importance of modern feminism. “I feel like the problems we encounter are a lot more subtle than in years past,” club secretary Meghan Fleming said. “People don’t think there’s a need for feminism anymore, when in fact there is a need for it more than ever.” The subtle signs of female struggles still appear in the modern world, from women fighting for

“We are not hairy, angry, sexist, braburning manhaters.” Kim O’Toole Junior Liberal Studies Major equal rights internationally to Hillary Clinton, who listened as male protesters shouted at her tour bus, “Iron my shirt!” The GCSU feminist group wants to address these issues. “This is a great group for people who might not

know the facts,” Fleming said. “And for people who want a tolerant, openminded discussion.” At a recent Feminist Club meeting, members heatedly discussed the ways that people view the feminist movement. “I think that after so many feminist movements there has been a backlash,” Feminist Club vice president Alexandra White said. “Even though people agree with equal rights for men and women, they have this negative association with the word ‘feminism.’” After the meeting, members of the feminist club met with other campus organizations to hear guest speaker Dr. Cecily McDaniel, a graduate of Xavier University and Ohio State University. McDaniel gave an inspiring speech, addressing racism and feminism in the past and in the modern context of the current presidential election. McDaniel spoke passionately about the dual issues of race and gender and by the end of her narration,

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Stephanie Sorensen Staff Writer

The message of change has been rampant as the presidential election surges forward, but the students and faculty of CGSU have their own message of change. All last week, Dr. Harry Boyte, leader of The Civic Agency Initiative, delivered moving lectures about campus community involvement and viewing politics from an older perspective. Boyte’s speech, given during Constitution Week, highlighted GCSU’s recent induction into The American National Civic Agency and the forward initiative of the American Democracy Project, proving youth can make a difference in government. “Government is not them, government is us.” Boyte explained while addressing the preamble of the constitution. With such diversity at GCSU, and a yearning for involvement in society, Boyte believes there is an untapped potential in the higher education realm. “Society has underestimated the capacity of education; there is a plethora of knowledge to learn in college, but not all of it comes from text books,” Boyte said. Students and faculty in the audience absorbed the message of unity and the central theme of vitality

with intrigue seeing simultaneously how government should interact with society and the present reality. In such a landmark election, the youth of society is left to decipher the message of change for themselves. “The concept of the lecture seemed good,” Grad student Jamie Gerece said, “but people our age rarely have the time or will to dedicate to making change.” College students are a generation learning how to claim political power, but without proper motivation and opportunity, many are lost to political apathy. “I never had a strong introduction to politics, I understand that they are important, I just don’t see my role in them.” freshman Dylan Greenway said. While some students choose the passive route to understanding the complicated world of politics, others peruse it ruthlessly. “It is our duty to change politics,” freshman Caitlin McCourt said. “Our opinion does matter. I think people should get involved with politics now and obtain the experience because one day it will be our generation’s turn in office.” The cry for change rings through the political domain stemming from the grass roots of community

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Voting turnout on the rise by

Debate Watch This Friday, the American Democracy Project, the Debate Club, and the Rhetoric Program will be hosting a live showing of the first Presidential debate from 9-10:30 p.m. on front campus. The complete community of Milledgeville is invited to bring food and blankets or chairs to the viewing of the debate on a big screen. The debate between Barack Obama and John McCain will be held at the University of Mississippi and will highlight issues such as foreign policy and national security. A post-debate discussion will be held after the 90-minute showing. “We hope that watching the debate and discussing it afterwards will help students become more informed about the candidates running for president.” Brittany Gunter, a senior Rhetoric major who is co-facilitating the event said. Strong Enough to Care Strong Enough to Care is a campaign initiative sponsored through the GIVE Center to increase the number of registered male volunteers as well as the overall total amount of service hours complete by GCSU men. The campaign will have host a kickoff party on front campus on Wednesday Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Interested men will have the opportunity to register with the GIVE Center and connect with service organizations to complete 50 service hours. Lunch will be provided and there will be a chance for men to win various gift certificates at local restaurants. During the ’07-’08 school year, 48,052 hours of community service were documented and tracked by the efforts of the GIVE Center. Only 10,526, 21.9%, of those hours were completed by men. Email submisssions to colonnade@gcsu.edu

Scott Thompson Staff Reporter

Young voters, ages 18-25, cast a record 6.5 million votes in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries earlier this year according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE). That’s nearly double the turnout in 2000 and the first time,since the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, that the youth turnout has increased for three consecutive elections. “We have definitely seen a huge increase in the number of students interested in getting involved,” said Jason White, president of the GCSU chapter of College Republicans. “This is an important election year, and there are strong feelings on both sides. With the announcement of Sarah Palin as VP and the election nearing, people are starting to get more fired up, especially among the young conservatives to get out and vote and work for their candidate.” GCSU students Melvin Lattany and Ryan Cheek admit they haven’t always had a strong interest in politics or thought they mattered much in its process, but they both agree that is starting to change. “The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve felt like our vote doesn’t always count. But I think that may be starting to change,” said Lattany, 23. “I was into politics before, but this election has raised my interest quite a bit.” Cheek, 21, echoed those thoughts. “This is pretty much my first election that I’ve really paid attention to. It’s the first one I’ve gotten to vote in, so I think it’s probably more relevant to me now, even though I’m still in school. I’ve definitely paid more attention,” he said. But despite the increase in turnout, political apathy among young people is still prevalent. Some young voters, especially college students, say they are simply too busy and feel that voting is outdated, registration is too much of a nuisance and voting absentee isn’t worth the time. Others are simply turned off by what they perceive as political bickering and a lack of interest in them by the candidates. As a result, many organizations are making efforts to attract more young people into politics, particularly through the internet. Every Republican and Democratic candidate who ran in the 2008 presidential primaries had an active Web site and most created group pages on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace along with channels on YouTube. Many say this helps candidates address the youth conversationally. White said his group holds numerous events to spur political conversation among students. “We will be helping with a mock presidential debate and co-hosting a U.S. Congressional debate,” he said. “We will also be holding the 9/11 Never Forget Project, Students 4 McCain events such as rallies, campaign trips to help candidates campaign and events such as Penny Wars, membership drives, and an annual fund raising Christmas

Dinner Banquet with guest speakers and dignitaries.” Lauren Lawson, president of the GCSU chapter of Young Democrats of America said her organization is also taking an active role. “We have had both an increase in turn-out as well as an increase in our organization,” Lawson wrote in an e-mail. “We now have more people in attendance at our meetings and added almost 40 new names to our email list. We are doing voter registration, holding a debate and convention watch parties, campaigning Get Out the Vote (GOTV) programs, community service and social events throughout the semester.” Lawson credits this election with increasing student interest in politics. “I believe that students are more interested in politics, voting and our organization this semester because of this upcoming presidential election. This historic election has received a lot of media coverage and, I think, opened up a dialog,” Lawson said. “Also, many people have been dissatisfied with politics and our leaders the past few years and see this election as a time of change and hope for the future.” GCSU political science professor Kathleen Martin said one of the big reasons for the increased interest from young voters is their realization that there are many issues relevant to them. “There is no doubt that the issues facing us today are of grave importance. For those who take the time to pay attention to the issues, this is an incredibly important election. To name just a few, I feel that health care/insurance, student loans for college students, increasing unemployment and our dilemma in Iraq are some important issues for students,” Martin said. As for those issues, and the presidential race between Illinois Senator Barack Obama and Arizona Senator John McCain, Lattany and Cheek are supporting different candidates. “I really like Obama. I think he’s a true agent of change and that’s something I’m advocating,” said Lattany. “A lot of people are tired of things going the same way. I don’t think Iraq has been handled as well as it could have.” Lattany added he thinks health care should be the primary issue in the election. “I think its very important that we come up with a way to get everybody in this country health care. I work at a pharmacy and I deal with people that can’t afford it all the time,” Lattany said. Cheek, however, is throwing his support behind McCain. “I think he is definitely more experienced than Obama. I don’t think there’s anyone I would trust more in keeping our country safe. I admire his service to his country,” said Cheek. “I think that winning the war on terrorism is extremely important and probably the biggest thing we need to do. And I think McCain is the guy who can lead us in getting that done.” But regardless of who wins the election, it has sparked an interest among many young and first time voters.

Technology takes part in today’s politics Beth Benton Staff Writer

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Franklin D. Roosevelt gained popularity during his presidency through his fireside radio chats. Ronald Reagan won the hearts of the American public through television appearances, but today’s candidates are using the Web to keep up with people living in a fast-paced world. Over the past decade, internet use has skyrocketed, prompting both positive and negative effects. People now have information at their fingertips and no longer have to wait for the 11 o’clock news or tomorrow’s paper, but overusing the Web certainly has its consequences. Internet use among teens has increased voter turnout

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and decreased social contact. Mandy Peacock, GCSU annual funds coordinator and a 1997 graduate, enjoys using the internet to “see what’s happening at the very moment.” “In college, I got my news from CNN and local news channels, primarily television,” Peacock said. “Now that I am a working mom, I don’t have time to sit and watch television.” People use the internet as a means of obtaining news, e-mailing friends and colleagues, and even as a form of entertainment, but The Washington Post reported on a recent study that the Web can also have political impact. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement’s found the overall national youth voter

turnout has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 9 percent in 2000 to 17 percent this year. A national survey. performed by Pew Internet & American Life Project of Web Behavior, shows more and more young voters go online to get informed about the upcoming election and learn about the campaign. The survey found 75 million Americans used the internet in some way related to politics in 2004. “Looking ahead, it’s clear that the internet’s role in politics will continue evolving as the technology improves and users continuously adapt it for new purposes.” wrote Lee Rainie, the director of the Pew Internet & American Life

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Denim sale for charity by

Ashley Murphy Staff Writer

Last Wednesday, the Phi Mu Fraternity held a charity denim sale to support their national philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network. Phi Mu has been a sponsor for the Children’s Miracle Network since 1986 and holds several events every year to raise money for this organization. The Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises money for children’s hospitals and medical research throughout the world. Since their founding in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network has raised over $3.2 billion, which is then distributed over 170 different hospitals. Phi Mu is definitely doing its part to help raise money for this organization. The Charity Denim sale on Sept. 17, brought over 250 pairs of designer jeans to the MSU Lounge, along with several designer shirts and dresses. Every item brought to sell was anywhere from 40 to 60 percent off and brand names included

popular items such as Seven, Rock & Republic, Elvis, and Brown Label. There was also a dressing room available for people to try the clothes on and a credit card machine for people finding themselves without cash. Megan White, Phi Mu Philanthropy Chair, is very excited about the turnout last Wednesday and the amount of money that was raised for the Children’s Miracle Network. “We sold a total of 55 jeans and 35 shirts and/or dresses, which comes to a total of about $420,” said White. “Our profits go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which is not just a local philanthropy, but a national philanthropy for Phi Mu chapters throughout the country. Judging by the turnout, Charity Denim was a hit and we plan to continue hosting this event in the years to come. ” Charity Denim is not just an event put on here at GCSU, but people participate in it across the nation. Founder of Chari

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September 26, 2008

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GCSU assigns Green Initiative Taskforce to cut cost and conserve by

Katelyn Hebert Staff Writer

Making GCSU a “greener” campus may be, literally, the $100,000 question. Since GCSU’s electricity bill totals, on average, $98,754 per month, efforts by organizations such as the Green Initiative Taskforce may be seen as an easy fix to our empty wallets. The Green Initiative Taskforce held their first meeting of the semester last Wednesday to discuss ways to make the campus more environmentally sustainable. The main focus of the group is to develop ways that will help make GCSU ‘Clean and Green’ and to educate the community on how to accomplish this. Doug Oetter, a founder of the taskforce, feels that the group can positively impact the school and the surrounding community. “The Green Initiative will help our campus save money and resources so that we can continue to provide a quality education at bargain prices,” Oetter says. Not only will the group be helping the cost to the university, but a very large focus is on the conservation of the environment. Kelley Smith, vice-president of the environmental club, has recently gotten involved with the organization. Through the club, she has seen how much the university needs to improve. “Once you start working recycling drives on front campus, work for nine and a half hours, collect nearly four tons worth of material and have to hall it all off at the end of the day, you begin to see just how many resources the campus uses,” Smith says. The university has a long way to go in becoming more environmentally friendly, but it has already taken steps in the right direction. The GCSU Environmental Club has a recycling program for white paper and is planning a recycling drive for this semester. It will also host RiversAlive clean-ups and hold discussions in the residence halls on sustainability. “As environmental conditions continue to change dramatically in the coming decades, humanity is going to be screaming for solutions, and universities are responsible for creating intelligent ideas to protect us from ourselves,” Oetter says. Residence hall occupant Kelsi Nilsson feels efforts by the university, such as looking into alternative lighting options, install-

ing new washers and dryers in the residence halls, and asking for lights to be turned off, are all steps in the right direction. “We already see today the effects our actions in the past have contributed to, such as high levels of pollution and water shortages,” Nilsson said. “If we do not realize this is a serious problem, these issues will only become worse, leaving our generation and future generations in an unsafe and diminishing world.” Sophomore Meredith Carpenter thinks students should be conserving energy on a daily basis. “I don’t leave things plugged in if they aren’t being used, because that creates dead energy,” Carpenter says. “My roommate makes sure that we are always turning off unneeded lights in order to save energy.” Turning lights off, taking shorter showers, and being educated about wasting natural resources are all things the Green Initiative Taskforce is trying to emphasize. GCSU spends an average of $17,787 on water, $28,035 on natural gas, and $1,995 on fuel oil per month, in addition to the electric bill. To try and cut down on the costs and harmfulness to the environment, the university has already begun to make changes. Lighting is being made more efficient and old boilers and chilled water facilities have been updated. Natural gas prices have been frozen since hurricane Katrina, which prevents rates from rising, even during the current gas shortage. Housing employee Evin Winkelman has already noticed some of these changes. “In the housing office, many of our lights are motion sensored and the ones that aren’t have stickers on them that remind everyone to ‘turn off the lights,’” Winkelman said. The Green Initiative Taskforce has played a large part in these changes and will continue to encourage more improvements. “It’s now time to put the council in the hands of an array of faculty, staff and students that can really make the program work, and make (the taskforce) official,” Smith said. Comment on this article • o nline at www.gcsunade.com • Vent at colonnadevent on AIM • Or write us a letter at colonnadeletters@gcsu.edu

Green by the Numbers

5 percent: the percentage of the 1 pound per hour: the amount world’s carbon dioxide emisof carbon dioxide that is saved sions expected to be produced from entering the atmosphere by air travel by the year 2050. for every kilowatt-hour of renewable energy produced 137: the number of plant, ani60 percent: the reduction in de- mal and insect species lost evvelopmental problems in chil- ery day to rainforest deforestadren in China who were born tion, equating to roughly 50,000 after a coal-burning power plant species per year. closed in 2006. 35 percent: the amount of coal’s energy that is actually converted to electricity in a coal-burning power plant. The other twothirds is lost to heat. 2.5 percent: the percentage of humans’ carbon dioxide emission produced by air travel now, still making it the largest transportation-related greenhouse gas emitter.

61 percent: the percentage of women’s lipstick, out of the 33 tested, found to contain lead in a test by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Information by www.treehugger.com

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Public Safety goes green by patrolling on bikes Amanda Boddy Staff Reporter

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Due to the rise in gas prices and a move towards a more environmentally healthy campus, Public Safety’s “Bike Patrol” has become increasingly popular among the officers. Major Joe Grant, Sergeant Nick Reonas and Officer Jeff Miller have each found that using the bike in their efforts to deter crime has many benefits. The most obvious is that Public Safety is having issues with its budget because of the demanding gas prices. Grant said that the agency spends around $50 a day driving around their Ford Crown Victorias, which is one reason the officers have been more inclined to use their bikes. The use of the bikes also helps to contribute towards a greener campus considering they produce no pollution and use no gas. Reonas said that the bikes benefit their efforts to prevent crime. Since the bikes are smaller and more quiet than cars, the officers on bike control can ride anywhere and easily respond to an issue if necessary. The bikes allow the officers to be on campus and between the buildings in spaces that don’t favor a car’s presence. Also, since the bikes do not make noise, an officer can easily reach someone without them knowing. Miller said that he has been in situations where he appreciated being on a bike rather than in a car. “On two separate occasions using the bike has helped us to break up fights,” he said. Another side of the bike patrol is that it makes the officers

seem more approachable. “We’ve had students come up to us while on the bikes, just to talk,” said Reonas. The officers value the student interaction they get when they are riding around campus because this is something they cannot achieve while in their cars. The less convenient aspects of the bike patrol include weather and mobility. The warm, humid days make riding the bikes less comfortable than being in the air-conditioned cars. Also, it can often take longer for an officer to get somewhere on a bike rather than in a car. The bike patrol has been around for a while, but according to Reonas the use of it has been on and off. Reonas said that when he started working with Public Safety two years ago, no one was on bike patrol. Since then, three officers have become regulars on the bikes. The bike patrol became purposely more visible around campus in the spring in order to let others know about Public Safety’s effort to be more environmentally responsible. Reonas said that he and the other officers on bike patrol prefer using their own mountain bikes rather than the bicycles provided by the agency. The use of the bikes not only comes with many benefits, but sets the agency of Public Safety apart from the rest in Baldwin County. “No other agency in Baldwin does any patrol on bike, foot, or golf cart; it puts us out there is the spotlight.” Grant said. “We are in a unique situation with the way we do our law enforcement.”


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Feminism Continued from Page 1...

Bobby Gentry/Senior Photographer (Above) Professor Beauty Bragg introduces the guest speaker at a lecture in the university banquet last Tuesday. (Below) Dr. Cecily McDaniel, spoke passionately about the issues of gender.

discussion bubbled through the room. “[Feminism] is certainly something we need to be aware of, “ McDaniel said. “We still need to keep it in our minds, what the struggle was and is about.” McDaniel promoted awareness of every ‘ism,’ especially racism and feminism. She encouraged young men and women to vote in the upcoming election and reminded young feminists to remain active. “These young women, both black and white, remind us that feminism is evolutionary,” McDaniel said. “The younger generation is defining what [feminism] means.” In that spirit, the GCSU Feminist Club continues to define, discuss and debate political and social women’s issues. The group discusses all subjects. To the club, any concern affecting women counts as a feminist issue. “We are not hairy, angry, sexist, braburning man-haters,” O’Toole said. The feminist club meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center. They encourage all who are interested to attend. “We are a diverse group of people,” Fleming said. “No one should feel like an outsider coming in.”

Bobby Gentry / Senior Photographer The Feminist Club met in the Women’s Resource Center to discuss their views as well as their role on campus.

Technology Continued from Page 2... Project. Young audiences can find clips on YouTube or groups on Facebook to gain more knowledge about campaign issues. Candidates also have Web sites to allow people to sign up for e-mail alerts or make donations. Lauren Mann, a sophomore education major uses the Internet as a quick way to see where candidates stand on political issues. “The Internet is just the fastest way to find out about what’s going on in the world, especially when you’re spending the majority of your time with your nose in a book,” said Mann. An internet study by Stanford University shows the average internet user engages in at least five types of activities on the Web including information searches, games and entertainment and commercial activity. The research also found that education and age are huge factors affecting the World Wide Web. The internet has made life simpler in a number of ways, but there are also negative consequences. This same Stanford study proves that internet users are more

likely to lose contact with their social environment. “The more hours people use the internet, the less time they spend in contact with real human beings,” said Stanford Professor Norman Nie. Internet users are more likely to turn their backs on traditional media like television and newspapers. They are also known to spend less time shopping in stores and more time shopping online. The biggest consequence with the recent Internet trend is much more serious than a decrease in the number of mall shoppers and TV viewers. A study done by Kimberly Young at the University of Pittsburgh found that some online users were becoming addicted to the internet in the same way that others became addicted to drugs or alcohol, resulting in social, academic and occupational impairment. Stacy Trick, a junior mass communication major at GCSU, knows firsthand how addicting the internet can be. Trick used to spend between two to six hours a day online on the popular social networking Web site Facebook before deleting her account. “I will eventually go back when I realize it’s not an addiction anymore,” said Trick. “Once you get on you just start clicking; it’s hard to quit. You don’t even realize how long you’re on there.”

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Alternative media writes off first issue by

Matthew Kuhl Staff Writer

A new student publication, named The Alternate, recently published its first issue. One of The Alternate’s founders, Kim O’Toole, described it as “an off-the-wall newspaper.” “A lot of us who created The Alternate are frustrated with bureaucracy and the politics of what you can say and what you can’t say,” O’Toole said. “We wanted to try and see if we just completely uncensored our generation what would happen.” Katie Huston, another founding member of The Alternate, agreed, saying that their goal was to help satisfy that craving so many people in this community seek. “They want something that deviates from the norm and they want something to speak directly toward their interests,” she said. Ryan DelCampo / Staff Photographer William Fisher, Chair of the Art Department and self-described “reader, fan, Junior Kim O’Toole hands out the first issue of The Alternate. occasional contributor, nary printers and stapled Huston said that for coattail surfer” of The Al- together manually. The her, the best part of The ternate, said that The Alter- members of The Alternate Alternate is the people innate is “a paper written by have financed the paper out volved. adults, for adults. of their own pockets. Al“This isn’t anything we “All great universities though they plan to begin are getting academic credit have student-run papers, running ads soon, money is for or getting paid to do; it independent and autono- still limited. is something we want to mous. This is really imIn spite of their limited do,” Huston said. “When portant if students are to be resources, the members of we did the first test-run to able to freely express con- The Alternate have plans see what The Alternate was cerns and interests that may for the future. They hope going to look like on paper not fit smoothly with those that the publication, which and stapled, you couldn’t of the institution or the sta- is currently published top the excitement we all tus quo,” Fisher said. monthly, will eventually felt with our finished prodO’Toole said that they become a biweekly pro- uct and that the next day, take everything. The first duction, with more funding this community would have issue, for instance, con- and increased submissions. one more creative outlet.” tained art, editorials and an Huston said that the future Anyone interested in article about the two major of The Alternate is “bound- submitting anything may political conventions. They less.” e-mail The Alternate at will take submissions from “It would be great to alt_submit@live.com. The students, faculty or anyone see The Alternate expand membership of The Alterin the Milledgeville area. to include more writers, nate also meets every FriSo far, though, distribu- artists,and thinkers from day at 6 PM in the downtion of The Alternate has all over the planet. Greater stairs area of Blackbird been limited by monetary funding would allow for Coffee. Interested parties constraints. The first issue this, as well as wider circu- are welcome to attend. had only 200 copies, all lation,” Fisher said. of them printed on ordi-

Best Buddies bridge the disability gap Chelsea Thomas Staff Reporter

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Every week they talk on the phone. They usually see each other once a week as they go shopping, listen to music, eat dinner or chill out together. What matters most is they are together. They are “best buddies,” which means lifelong friends to them. Dupe Adebayo, College Buddy Director at GCSU, and Booker T. Washington, a disabled man residing in Milledgeville, have been “best buddies” for over a year now. Their friendship began through the program Best Buddies supported by the GIVE Center. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that began in 1987 and pairs people, such as college students, with youth and adults with intellectual disabilities in one-on-one friendships. Best Buddies has already changed thousands of participants’ lives worldwide, including some here on the GCSU campus. Emma Hall, a junior special education major, has been actively involved in Best Buddies since her freshman year at GCSU. “I was walking around on Front Campus when people were advertising all the organizations. I stopped by the Best Buddies table to sign up,” said

Hall. “I went to the first meetings and fell in love right away.” However, Hall’s love for the program comes more from her personal life experience than mere interest. One of her own family members lives with a disability – her little brother. “It takes a lot of work to take care of a person with disabilities. A lot of these people do not get the opportunity to go out and just hang out with a group of people very often,” said Hall. “They don’t have a place to find a group of people who can socialize on their level. By doing Best Buddies though, they are given that opportunity.” The GCSU Best Buddies program is getting revved up for this school year. Friendships are evolving and new pairs are being made. The program has scheduled events for the semester, such as a karaoke night and a Christmas party. Buddies are always excited about hanging out with student volunteers no matter the occasion. “When the buddies see that there are people that just want to be there and be their friend, they are sincerely happy,” Adebayo said. “These buddies get to gain friends and learn how to communicate. They learn to socialize and adapt more to society like ‘regu-

lar’ people.” Best Buddies serves as a bridge to a more accepting world. Since founding the organization, it has reached over 350,000 individuals annually and more than 1,300 middle school, high school and college campuses covering six continents. According to their Web site, “Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services to the community that equate to more than $70 million USD.” Brittany Williams, a senior psychology major, has been involved in the program since her sophomore year. Her buddy has greatly impacted her life. “My buddy has a rare disability, yet she is friendly and outgoing. She really likes Mickey Mouse. Usually we play with him and then eat dinner with her family,” Williams said. “Best Buddies is so rewarding because you get the chance to make someone’s day. Little stuff makes them happy. It’s just great to put a smile on their face.” In addition to one-onone partnerships, Best Buddies has also created eBuddies and Best Buddies jobs. GCSU Best Buddies is jumping on board with the e-Buddies program, which creates e-mail

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Special To The Colonnade Dr. Leland greets Harry Boyte at the ice cream social after Leland’s Convocation Address.

to redefine not only politics, but the con-

Harry Boyte

Continued from Page 1... nectivity of a nation. “Society has become too individualistic,” Boyte said. “We have lost the vitality of community.” He seemed to embody the spirit of the 1930’s he admired, which was a time when hope for a better future was renewed and change was more than a mere possibility. GCSU’s involvement in student driven

politics and service projects serve as a primary example to community outreach and a struggle to connect with the world outside of campus. Boyte’s lecture served to inspire its audience to think differently and consider community over the individual. Citing history as a reference, and youth as a catalyst for change, Boyte urges the students of GCSU to reach out to the community. As the election approaches, college students across the nation prepare to take the initiative and cast their vote for a better future. “Profound change can take place in culture if people create that change,” Boyte said.

Continued from Page 2... tyDenim.com, Stephen Price, started this company to offer women’s designer jeans at discounted prices to benefit charitable events. This is perfect for groups who want to earn money for a specific cause. Phi Mu member Keri Allgood thinks it’s a great idea to bring Charity Denim to campus. “Most girls on campus have at least one pair of designer jeans that they’ve probably paid over $100 for,” said Allgood. “We sold several pairs of jeans and a lot of shirts and dresses, so it’s obvious that the people on campus loved the chance to buy a pair of their favorite designer jeans for half price. It also makes it even better knowing that the money is going toward a great cause.” Every year, Phi Mu raises a large amount of money for the Children’s Miracle Network and Charity Denim is just one of the many events that they hold. Along with the this event, Phi Mu also hosts Dance Marathon ev-

Lissa Speer / Staff Photographer Juniors, Julianna Stradley and Heather Raines take advantage of big discount prices at Charity Denim, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network and other organizations.

ery year which has raised over $50,000 since it first started at GCSU in 2005. Charity Denim was a hit on campus and they

Best Buddies Continued from Page 4... relationships between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Members teach the buddies to use e-mail. Currently, Adebayo estimates there are over 50 buddies being positively impacted by the GCSU campus volunteer network. As the next few weeks continue, more buddies are being matched and new volunteers are getting connected. Adebayo says her dream for the Best

The new building will be a new place to socialize, eat and study.

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for almost a year and is located next to the The Village Clubhouse. Larry C. Christenson, executive director of University Housing, believes the building will be used often by many residents. “We are excited that the West Campus Center is open,” he said. “It is a great place to eat, socialize and study.” Cindy McClanahan, marketing director for University Housing, is also excited. “We can’t wait to see how the students utilize this space for programs and events,” said McClanahan. The West Campus Center also houses a large lounge area, complete with a working gas fireplace in the center of the room. A large classroom, which can be divided into two, will also be used immediately by classes that are currently being held in community rooms at The Village.

Tim Graham / Staff Writer

The building should be a relief from the smaller study areas and should add much needed space for the growing population at West Campus. The Village residents have 24-hour access to the building, so that they can come in and relax any time. A pavilion area overlooks the soccer field in between the apartments, where they can view any sports being played. There are other reasons that students are ready for the building to open. Junior Lindsey Brown lives in Building 600 at The Village, which is less than 50 yards away from the new building. “I was just ready for the construction to stop,” said Brown. “Waking up every morning at 6 a.m. to the sound of banging sucked. It lasted for a year. I was ready for it to be done.” The official opening will be on Monday, Sept. 29. A large flat-screen TV will also soon be added along with the ability to reserve the classrooms through The Village office. A grand opening celebrating the building will be announced shortly.

plan on bringing it back in the upcoming years to raise as much money as possible for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Buddies program is not conducive to large numbers of partners, rather she wants lasting relationships. Likewise, she hopes the relationships abound to mean as much to the volunteers as they do to the buddies. “This program makes me want to be a better person and actually do something with my life opposed to just getting by. The buddies are giving everything just to be a buddy,” Adebayo said. If you want more information on the Best Buddies program e-mail Dupe Adebayo at modupeola_adebayo@ecats.gcsu. edu, or contact the GIVE Center at (478) 445-4027.


Opinion

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Friday, September 26, 2008

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Editor in Chief, Corey Dickstein

The Hard Press by James

Odom

Is going green really worth it?

Green initiative. You hear about it. You read about it. You see the evidence of it everywhere. You wonder when the madness will end, and when society will slow down and just function in a sustainable way without bragging about it and using it to capitalize in the economy. “Organic” this, “all-natural” that. Companies love to market the eco-friendliness of their products over another. And more often than not, the bet is that you fall for the seduction of the organic or all-natural label. Surely you wouldn’t want to discover that more than half your seductively labeled products are not actually very eco-friendly. Consider what is called “food miles,” for example. If you live in Georgia and you buy avocados from the supermarket down the street, they are likely coming from somewhere as far as California, or even further in some cases. The label may read “organic,” and you may have paid a whole $1.75 more than the other non-organic label, but you just helped spend thousands of gallons of fuel to transport that avocado across the country. Do you still feel better about buying that avocado? Your next destination inside the supermarket is the frozen organic food section. Picking up a bag of frozen organic veggies, you see the nearly $5 yellow price tag, pause slightly, then place it in your shopping cart. Consider what lengths were taken to get that plastic bag filled with flash-frozen goodness. And consider the fate of that plastic bag—your neighborhood landfill, no doubt. In both of these cases, couldn’t you buy from Farmer Joe down the road, rather than swiping your card at the local supermarket? Couldn’t you have enjoyed, cheaper, fresher produce that you can proudly say was grown within fifty miles of your own home? Farmer Joe would appreciate the gesture and you would certainly save on throwing some unnecessary plastic waste into the local landfill to sit, not decomposing, for at least the next decade. So, why can’t we simply live in cohesion with a world that we came from? The natural world is our home; yet, popular society has historically loved to drive us as far away from it as possible. We end up living complacent with mounting landfills and arching energy expenditures. Going green certainly is not a bad thing, but is it working? Is Western society actually standing off the couch and stepping out the door of laziness to find a greener pasture of sustainability? Or, is Western society simply loving to feel good about thinking of “going green?” By all means, continue to buy your organic labels, just to peel them off and throw them in the trash. By all means, continue to drive to the GCSU campus when you live less than four blocks away. And certainly, by all means, argue why everyone else around should be “going green,” while you sit and watch, never changing habits or educating yourself on the actuality of the environment outside your window. Besides, its not you that is ultimately affected, it’s the next generation that will reap our consequences. Where will the real revolution start? And for the love of mother earth, WHEN will it truly begin? Send responses to Colonnadeletters@gcsu.edu

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How you spent $200 billion

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Andrew Adams Columnist

Congratulations! In the past few weeks you have bought a few multi-billion dollar multi-national corporations. Yes, I’m talking to you, Mr. or Ms. College Student who’s currently debating whether to eat ramen noodle or ravioli for dinner tonight. Ravioli tastes better, but it costs 55 cents, whereas ramen only costs 30 cents. Is the better taste really worth the extra quarter? While you debate this, your fate is being sealed as part owner of conglomerates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG. You’re probably scratching your head wondering, how the heck did I buy these....and not even remember? Well, you didn’t buy them per se. Your government bought them for you. But don’t be thinking it’s a gift, it’s really a curse. On Sept. 7, the federal government agreed to a $200 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest in U.S. history. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t have $200 billion”, and neither does the government, which is

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loans increased just 17 percent. President Bush in later years would boast the strength of the economy by saying in many speeches that home ownership was higher than it has ever been. Who would have had the foresight to know that that would come at such a high cost? Actually, John McCain. In 2006 McCain cosponsored a bill named the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act, which would regulate Fannie Mae because they “deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets.” McCain continues to discuss, in his May 25, 2006 speech on the Senate floor, the mismanagement perpetrated by former Fannie CEO Franklin Raines, who is currently a Barack Obama advisor. Senator McCain concluded, “If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.” It’s almost eerie how accurate McCain was in his speech from nearly two a half years ago. McCain’s bill ended up stuck in the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affair, which Democrat Chris Dodd is chairman. Dodd, who has received more campaign contributions from Fannie Mae than any other Congressman or Senator, according to a Sept. 18 CNN report, opposed McCain’s bill. Which politician has received the second most funding from

Fannie Mae? According to the same CNN report, it is Obama who accepted more than $120,000 in his short Senate career. Obama has been in office four years and has taken roughly $30,000 per year from Fannie Mae. This is compared to McCain who has been a Senator for about 20 years and has taken less than $21,000 from Fannie Mae. It’s easy to point fingers at the politicians in Washington and not looking out for your interests. But, unfortunately it doesn’t help us now. As for the current crisis, I’m not sure whether or not federalizing Fannie, Freddie and AIG is the right move. On principle, I oppose the measure. It is nothing short of disgraceful for the federal government to be sending our children and grandchildren hundreds of billions of dollars further in debt. A high cost for a problem created by a former president and executives like Raines. But if the government doesn’t bail out these companies and federalize them, it’s highly unlikely they’ll ever recover and the market might spiral even farther out of control. The idealistic part of me is saying no bail out, but the realistic part of me is saying that the bail out is necessary for there to be any hope of the market recovering in the near future. Ultimately, the decision is not mine or yours. This decision has already been made for us by our elected representatives who supported the bailouts and federalization. Let’s hope they made the right one.

Post, and pretty much every other major news outlet in America, Palin backed the proposal until it became unpopular, then abandoned it, but kept the money – all $223 million – that had been federally ear-marked for the project, spending the loot on a myriad of other things (like a $26 million road that was supposed to lead to the bridge. Whoops). The beautiful irony is that in 2006, while Palin was running for governor and backing funding for the bridge, John McCain himself was ripping it as a symbol of pork barrel excess (USA Today). So much for her heroic stance against ear-marks. 2) Sarah Palin did not sell the governor’s personal jet on eBay, nor did she fire the governor’s personal chef. As initially reported in the Anchorage Daily News and recently reported everywhere else, Palin tried to sell the jet on eBay, but failed repeatedly. Eventually, the jet was sold to a Valdez businessman for a net loss of $600,000 (FactCheck.org: Did Sarah Palin sell the Alaska governor’s jet on eBay?). As for the chef, she wasn’t fired, merely reassigned, which saved the state a whopping $45,000 – less than 1% of the amount

Palin lost on the jet sale, and a statistically insignificant 0.173% of the amount she wasted on the road to nowhere (Anchorage Daily News: “To slim down budget, Palin dumps chef”). Of course, the chef’s reassignment had less to do with saving money and more to do with Sarah Palin spending 312 days at her home in Wasilla – 600 miles away from the governor’s mansion in Juneau – over the course of her first 19 months in office. (That’s over half the time.) Thankfully, these nights only cost tax-payers about $17,000 in “per diem” travel expenses (Washington Post: “Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home”). Yes, even as governor, Palin couldn’t stay away from her hometown where her “hands-on” approach as mayor had led to the firing of a librarian over books Palin found “socially or morally objectionable” (the librarian was later reinstated after community support); along with the expulsions of the police chief, public works director, city planner, museum director, and others; as well as a strict policy forbidding all her employees from speaking to the media under any circumstance (New

York Times: “Palin’s Start in Alaska – Not Politics as Usual”). Even Andrew Adams has to admit – it’s difficult to toss people out or throttle them without using one’s hands. The truth is, the more mainstream Americans learn about Sarah Palin – be it her dishonesty, her stubborn, vindictive governing style or her shockingly outdated views on global warming (it’s not real!), creationism (it should be taught in schools!), and homosexuality (pray it away!) – the less they like her. John McCain’s convention bump has already eroded, leaving Barack Obama with the same slim lead he had one month ago. Palin, although she energized the Republican base for a moment, may hurt McCain’s chances in the long run. More than six in ten Americans say they would be concerned if McCain could not finish his term and Palin had to take over (New York Times: “McCain Seen as Less Likely to Bring Change, Poll Finds”). Considering how frequently she has lied to the American people during her very brief time in the spotlight, it’s hard to blame them.

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over $9.6 trillion in the hole according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Add that to another $85 billion that the U.S. plans to spend to bail out AIG. The total cost to help get three companies back on their feet is well over a quarter of a trillion dollars. Before we decide whether the government is right or wrong, we should examine how it came to this. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the two largest mortgage backing companies in America. You probably remember hearing about a sub-prime mortgage crisis that started in late 2007 and led to a record number of home foreclosures. It turns out that the collapse of sub-prime mortgages also caused the collapse of Fannie and Freddie. Who is responsible for the sub-prime mortgage crisis? Bill Clinton. I’m not trying to be partisan here. According to the White House’s own press releases in 1995, Clinton enacted a program called Community Reinvestment Act. The premise was simple, many minorities and low-income families in America could not buy a house because their credit was so bad the banks wouldn’t give them a mortgage. Clinton wanted to do a good thing, so he created sub-prime mortgages for people who have sub-prime credit. And then he mandated that banks offer these mortgages. The Treasury Department states that sub-prime mortgages increased 39 percent over the coming years, while traditional

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Evan Allgood Columnist

I’m writing (once again) in response to a recent editorial by Andrew Adams that focused on praising Sarah Palin for her “strong stance against ear-mark spending” and her sweeping ethical reforms, which appear poised to transform American politics the way they have the jaw-dropping Alaskan landscape (which was once littered with unsightly wolves). First, let’s cut through Palin’s blatant fabrications, which Adams seems to have taken as gospel without a single search of his Google: 1) Sarah Palin did not say “thanks, but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere proposal. As reported in USA Today (“Palin backed ‘bridge to nowhere’ in 2006”), the LA Times, New York Times, Washington


September 26, 2008

Opinion

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L etters to the E ditor Racism: a social disorder Dear Editor,

Matthew Chambers ended his editorial “Today’s skin tone problems” with a challenge to “the media, society and everyone to talk about race and the racial conflicts and feelings plaguing our country.” Mr. Chambers makes several valuable and relevant points. I take issue, however, with both Mr. Chambers’ underlying assumptions about racism and his approach. It is very true that we have – historically and contemporarily – avoided real and meaningful discussions of race like the plague. Mr. Chambers also asserts that we must, in fact, confront racism in this country to avoid a “racial stalemate.” I wholeheartedly agree that the dominant attitude toward race relations today is false and that somehow by avoiding the subject, it will simply go away. On this point again I agree with Mr. Chambers. He is also correct in asserting that race is essentially a social construct. We all have different skin tones and the level of melanin in your skin is no indication of inherent worth, intelligence, attitudes, physical ability, etc. In order to truly engage in conversation on racism in this country, though, we must recognize that while race is a social construct, it is a social construct that is very real in its consequenc-

es. Someone’s skin tone does not mean that they are inherently biologically or culturally inferior, but in our society, race is a factor that effects each of our lives and our life chances. Like gender and class, race structures our society in a way that harms some and benefits others. If one truly believes that all are equal despite skin color, what, then, explains the fact that the poverty levels for black (25.3 percent), Latino (21.9 percent), and American Indian (26.6 percent) citizens is at least twice the poverty rate of their white counterparts (9.3 percent), according to U.S. Census Data? Or that, according to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2003, the white unemployment rate (5.2 percent) was half that of blacks (10.8 percent) for adults over 16 years old searching for a job? Or that, according to FBI data, blacks and Latinos account for 90 percent of those incarcerated nationally for drug-related crimes, yet represent only 23 percent of drug users, while whites account for 70 percent of all drug users whileonly 10 percent of those incarcerated for drug-related crimes? If we are all equal and race is simply a meaningless social construct, then what can account for such systemic inequalities? That leads me to Mr. Chambers’ second false

assumption: that racism is some strange phenomenon only enacted by crazy old Southern men and South Park viewers with a mental disorder. While I believe that racial bigotry is a disorder that affects many in our society, I believe that in order to have a real, meaningful conversation on race we must address the larger issue: institutional racism. If everyone stopped using the n-word or making bigoted remarks or we elected a black president, racism would still persist. It would persist because racism is more than a few crude remarks or acts. It is a force rooted in the historical, social, political, legal, and economic structure of the U.S. that stacks the cards against people of color (and, as we so often forget to mention, in favor of us white folks). By making statements such as “I’m not a racist, nor am I a minority activist,” or that “My mind does not differentiate between black and white,” we frame racism as something an individual does, not something that shapes our society. And by ignoring the larger, institutional nature of racism, we set ourselves up for a disingenuous discussion on the role that race actually plays in our society. Bobby Jones Senior Liberal Studies

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How would you feel about allowing students to carry a concealed weapon on campus? “It doesn’t bother me, it might cut down on crime rates.” Geoff Foster, sophomore, history

“I don’t like that idea at all, it wouldn’t be safe.” Haley Davis, freshman, nursing

“Absolutely, it might deter criminals from harming students.” James McConnell, sophomore, outdoor education

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Corrections and Clarifications

• In last week’s Colonnade in the article entitled “Sodexo forgoes trays” Jane Feinburg’s name was spelled incorrectly. Her name should be spelled Jayne Feinburg. • In last week’s Colonnade in the Bobcat Beat Femke Ballard should be listed as a history major. • Two weeks ago on the picture entitled “Looking and pondering,” the work is not by Frances De La Rosa. Also, the art gallery is The Gallery, located on Hancock Street.

Poll of the Week Graphic by Corey Dickstein

What is your usual caffeine fix? Red Bull 75%

I think we should have a green fee. I’m really glad that everyone ignores me. Disappointment is just the GREATEST! First: if he isn’t answering, maybe it’s cause he doesn’t want to. Secondly: you’re not the only one liking these smells, they are delicious. And thirdly: I just ripped one and it is HORRIBLE.

Other 1% None 4%

Monster/ Rockstar 1% Coffee 10%

Tea 3% Soda 6%

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• It’s important for our environment. • Global warming is a myth. • I don’t care.

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Wow I can’t believe someone devoted an entire section to whining about the new tv screens all over campus...they are LCD so they probably hardly draw any power. I like-a sexy time. Why is it people give me dirty looks on the Bobcat Village Shuttle when I ask the driver to stop by Irwin Street? You people can wait an extra five minutes before you crawl back into your crappy apartments to spend the rest of the day checking Facebook. I, on the other hand, have to get in my car and drive all the way back to Macon. I swear, next time I get one of those snotty looks, I’m going to give you a double middle-finger salute and ask you to kiss my butt. To whomever touched my laundry: thanks, really. I would have gotten them except the random fire drill threw off my schedule. Forgot. I’m human. I make mistakes just like you. Anyway, as much as I appreciate it, I would rather you not take them out of the dryer and fold them - especially when the contents include personals. Since I don’t know who you are, or where your hands have been, I’d appreciate it more if you would just simply set them on the table. I will get to them when I remember or when I am able to take a break from studying. Thanks!

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Features

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Friday, September 26, 2008

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Section Editor, S. Ashlee Mooneyhan

Big or small save ‘em all: breast cancer awareness by

PJ Schinella and Ashley Pugh Staff Reporters

A promise made to a dying sister that everything possible would be done to end breast cancer forever was made in 1982. Twenty-six years later, five GCSU women are doing their part to carry out that promise. In August of 2007, Amanda Cheek’s mother went to her regularly scheduled mammogram and the results came back negative. Because there were no irregularities with the mammogram, her doctor suggested that she try a new digital mammogram as a trial patient. The digital mammogram revealed that Cheek’s mother did, in fact, have breast cancer. “Our family was shocked when we heard the news,” Cheek said “My mom was always so healthy and there was no family history at all.” Without the use of such advanced technology, Cheek’s mother would not have discovered the breast cancer for at least another year. “Everyone deserves the chance to use new technologies,” Cheek said. “Without them, other women will miss opportunities to detect breast cancer early.” Cheek heard about a three-day walk that benefits breast cancer research, treatment, and detection on the radio this past spring and immediately felt compelled to participate. She registered in the spring of 2008 for the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Her next step was to form a team. “I have always felt support from my sorority sisters and felt that that was a good starting point to recruit members for my team,” said Cheek. Emily Ewalt, senior art history major, was eager to help Cheek. “I’ve never had anyone personally in my family that had breast cancer, so I would say that I am walking for the past, present and future,” said Ewalt. “One in seven women will get breast cancer; one of us could get breast cancer, our mothers could get breast cancer, our daughter’s could get breast cancer.” With five girls committed to the cause, the GCSU Girls’ team was formed and they are off and running, or rather walking, ready to train and raise $11,000 to contribute a personal difference in the search for a cure against breast

cancer. The team is comprised of Cheek, who is serving as team captain, Ewalt, Kim Contigiani, senior nursing major, Kelley Evans, senior marketing major and Julie Warbington, senior community health major, which are all Georgia College students. Each team member has to commit to raising $2,200 in order to participate in the walk. If the money is not raised by the time of the walk, team members will not only lose

“I’ve never had anyone personally in my family that had breast cancer, so I would say that I am walking for the past, present and future.” - Emily Ewalt senior art history major

‘Eagle Eye’ reels a thrilling ride Grade: A-

the fact that he can create a lot of effects-driven action and still maintain a sensible tone underneath. Sure, it “Fasten your seat belts, may seem a little off baland hold on tight... ‘Eagle ance, but even if he prefers Eye’ is the most electrifying to keep the action coming at about 75%, he doesn’t thriller of the year!!!” let any “guilt” slip into the pleasure of the remaining If you twenty-five. judge a film Some might say that like ‘Eagle Shia LaBeouf is an overEye’ based rated wannabe who just on the fact happens to know all the that the right people in Hollywood. techno terBut I consider him a gifted rorist idea thespian who may get lucky has already been addressed with easy blockbusters, but in previous thrillers like it, can still make his presence then it probably won’t fly felt in every single perforon the same level as ‘Live mance. He took something Free or Die Hard.’ But if as simple as ‘Disturbia’ and you see it for what it is turned it into a sharp teen and acknowledge the fact thriller. He fought a robot that Steven Spielberg crewar with the ‘Transformated the whole concept way ers’ and he even gave Inback in 1996, then you can diana Jones a motorcycle appreciate the originality of ride for the ages. The kid what it’s trying to prove. does have connections, but In ‘Minority Report’ (one for the sake of his career, he of my all time favorites), knows how to vary his roles Spielberg gave viewers an and ‘Eagle Eye’ is seriously insight as to just how coman upgrade in LaBeouf’s plex the future of criminal maturity. Everyone will aljustice could be with the aid ways recognize him as the of technology. This time, dorky kid from ‘Even Steworking as the producer, vens,’ but once this colosSpielberg hands a similar sal rush is over, redemption scenario over to director will easily be at hand for the D.J. Caruso as they explore pretty boy who let a bunch what technology can do of stupid monkeys cramp for the bad guys. It’s not his style. so much a futuristic While LaBeouf look, but it is quite shines once again, realistic in today’s Michelle Monsociety when you’re aghan surprisingly dealing with terrorholds up her end ists who have access of the deal good to everything and enough to complete will stop at nothing this unlikely duo. to achieve imminent Being that they are destruction. two random people Jerry Shaw (Shia thrown together in a LaBeouf) is an undesperate situation, successful slacker one really can’t exwho has just repect these two charturned home from acters to have much his twin brother’s in common, but funeral (his brother individually, they was very successful, have their own set go figure). Upon his of values to keep arrival, Jerry finds you on the edge. his apartment filled Jerry must learn to with top-notch cooperate above his weapons and highlaziness and Rachel powered technologmust remain calm ical devices, not to as she balances her mention an authentic emotions between file that links him to seeing her son again an international terand saving her own rorist organization. life. Then, things really What makes SteCourtesy of the Web start to get chilling when he receives a ‘Eagle Eye,’ starring Shia LaBeouf, can be ven Spielberg so mysterious phone call seen in theaters Sept. 26 Movie Page 11 from a woman who

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tells him he must obey her orders or he’ll die. Michelle Monaghan plays Rachel Holloman, a single mother who gets a similar phone call with the threat of not seeing her child again if she doesn’t follow directions. Together, Jerry and Rachel become incriminated as members of a cell plot to assassinate an American politician. With a homeland security leader (Billy Bob Thornton), and a government agent (Rosario Dawson) hot on their trail, it is up to these two innocent victims to overcome the plot and turn the tables on their captors. But how can they possibly escape when the terrorists are everywhere and watching every single move they make? The result is one thrilling roller coaster ride after another in one of the most exciting films of the year. D.J. Caruso doesn’t have quite the legacy to be considered an established star in Hollywood, but judging by his thrilling resume (‘Taking Lives’ and ‘Disturbia’), he is undoubtedly a true player among filmmakers, and with the help of somebody like Spielberg, Caruso’s future couldn’t be brighter. What makes Caruso’s efforts so intriguing is

the chance to complete the walk, but they also have one month after the walk to fulfill their monetary commitment or it will be deducted from the credit card on file from registration. Their efforts are part of the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. “It’s definitely going to be hard work,” said Ewalt. “I didn’t expect it to be this intense, but I am enjoying it, as frustrating as it can get sometimes.” In the GCSU Girls’ case, several of the girls are well on their way to completing their goals. The team has currently raised $6,000 of their $11,000 goal. Fundraisers and special events, including a spirit night at Chick-fil-A, as well as tip jars downtown and t-shirt sales are all in place in order to help the remaining team members fulfill their requirements. “The community has been really helpful,” said Contigiani. “Hallmark and the book stores as well as other local businesses have donated stuff that we could use for a silent auction.” The team has also been busy training and participating in shorter walks to help build their stamina for the big three-day event. Completing a seven-mile walk on July 5 at Stone Mountain, and a ten-mile walk on July 26 in Downtown Atlanta, the GCSU Girls are ready to paint the town pink from Oct. 24-26 when they complete the Breast Cancer 3-Day. “It’s very inspirational seeing the cancer survivors walking because we’re walking and we’re having a really hard time with it,” said Ewalt. “Then there are these women who have survived cancer, who are twice our age, and they’re just truckin’ along.” “I am nervous about the walk because we are going to be roughin’ it. But all-in-all, we’re 21 years old,” Cheek said. “ This will be an experience of a lifetime.” Eighty-five percent of the net proceeds directly benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. If you would like to donate, visit http://08.the3day.org/goto/GCSU and choose which team member you would like to donate to. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer that affects American woman and is the second leading cause of cancer among women. In 2008, it is estimated that 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer will develop in the U.S.

Green initiative in downtown

Bobby Gentry / Senior Photographer Deano’s Pizza, formerly known as Luigi’s, saves energy by driving a scooter for deliveries around downtown and on the GCSU campus.

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Several businesses in the downtown Milledgeville area are going green. Deano’s, the only place downtown that delivers to GCSU, is “following a green marketing scheme,” according to Kevin Fox, marketing manager of Deano’s. “We offer free delivery to students and we can do that because we drive a scooter on campus… the scooter is low on emissions and gets good gas mileage.” Deano’s started with their scooter this year. They helped out with movein day and have been seen zipping around campus delivering pizzas. “(The idea was) a collaboration of the company. Being able to move easily around campus seemed like a good idea and we are really just joining in on the going green craze,” said Fox. “(Deano’s) would love to go strictly scooters, but we need to see a rise in on campus deliveries,” Fox said. He compared riding the scooter around campus to riding a bike to school. “We are still driving a car outside of campus and around the rest of Milledgeville; we are just trying to cut back on our footprint,” Fox said. Fox says that Deano’s is saving money by using the scooters so they can offer a better quality product to consumers around campus. Another business that is doing its part for the environment by going green, is Blackbird Coffee. “One of the benefits of being in a college town is that students are introducing me to the green concept,” owner Iona Pendergast said. Blackbird recycles cans, newspapers, magazines and Java Jackets. “Our espresso grounds go to a local teacher’s garden,” said Pendergast. Blackbird is trying to use its resources to share its beliefs. Pendergast has come up with “10 Ways to Be a Greenbird,” a play on the name of the coffeehouse. “(Blackbird) is trying to introduce our knowledge to other businesses…

every little thing does count,” Pendergast said. Pendergast succeeds in setting a good example for other local businesses. “I think it’s extremely important for everyone to do their part. All of our little bits can do something, and the key to all of it is education,” said Pendergast. “If people understand why something is important, it’s far more likely to convince them, rather than just saying that it is their social responsibility.” She says little things like turning off the water as quickly as possible, asking customers if they would mind recycling their Java Jackets and being conscious of how much waste they are producing can really lower a business’s footprint. “Our coffee bags are compostable, we are looking for more environmentally friendly lights and we’ve been trying our hardest to keep Styrofoam out of Blackbird,” Pendergast said. “We are hoping to provide more opportunity for living better.” Both Fox and Pendergast are doing what they can to provide a better environment and are trying to influence other businesses and buyers to make more environmentally friendly choices. Both agree that educating others is the most important step to take when going green. “More businesses downtown need to go green; it saves them money, saves us money and it is good for the environment,” said freshman biology major Charles Cooper. Cooper, as well as many other students on campus, does his part by recycling. “There is no recycling program in my dorm, so I have to take all my trash home when I go,” he said. Cooper also agrees with the fact that education is key in becoming environmentally friendly. “People need to know about reducing their footprint. If we don’t start now, we won’t have anything in the future,” Cooper said. By setting a green example, both businesses and students are helping Milledgeville become more ecofriendly.


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Revealed: the process of art installation Garlaine Luc Staff Writer

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the viewer. It must be a comfortable place for the viewer to come into. This takes into account the lighting, the symmetry and the organization of the paintings. “The space becomes a lab for the museum studies to come in and work in and be able to have that real life work experience.” says Herrera. “This process takes place in museums all over the world.” Herrera had been researching for over a year for the exhibition. The research is ongoing. During an interview with Herrera, a long awaited phone call came in revealing the title of the work

Carlos Herrera, and some museum studies students, wrapped up the installation of an art collection of prints by both worldwide famous artist and local artists for exhibition of the GCSU Permanent Art Collection to take place between the dates of Sept. 22 and Oct. 17. “Last semester, I asked the museum studies students to help me pull out all the prints and they selected a handful. From that, I edited and curated an exhibition,” said Herrera. The prints in the Blackbridge hall date from the early 1800s to today. In the gallery, there are Japanese wood block prints, digital prints and everything in between. “This is an interesting show, because we have some from the era called photorealism.” said Herrera. The installation process begins with selecting the pieces. The works are then examined for fading and other damages. “The works were stored in a room and have never been presented,” Herrera said. “I start by pulling out the arts Tennyson Mosher / Staff Photographer out of the old frames and the old acid mats, because a lot Professor Carlos Herrera and students from Museum Studies I of these works had mats that weren’t acid free. The acid hung in the gallery created by Dorothy Leaffects and destroys the artwork.” Next, the works are framed. Each frame land our GCSU President. The work was is chosen and designed for the piece of entitled ‘Animal Puzzle‘, and was created in 2006. work that it will mount. Emily Ewalt, a museum studies major The most important part is preparing the and an Art history minor played a big part space for the art. After each exhibition, a deinstallation must be done. The pieces in the research of the pieces being hung in have to be demounted, the screws removed the gallery. “I went to the library. First we found the and the artwork safely tucked away. Where there were screws, students sand away de- artists we wanted more information on, the bris and spackle the holes. A new layer of famous artists we have displayed in the expaint freshens up the walls so that more hibition.” says Ewalt. “I would try to find resources online, but I wasn’t too sure if work can be hung. Once the walls are prepared, the curator they were credible. I would compare them must then decide where the pieces of art to other sources.” There have been some setbacks. will go. It is a painstaking process, which “We’ve been trying to decipher the sigtaks into account lines, colors, shapes and even shadows in corners. There are a wide natures on the bottom of the paintings, but range of prints in the gallery, from litho- its kind of difficult. For now, we’re just graphs to monotypes, to wood blocks. Her- making them up and when the exhibition rera had to put works in their place based goes down, we’ll do a little more research.” on the style of the artwork, the century it says Ewalt. “All the work is extremely different. was printed in and other factors. “We have to do research, some of these Some very old and some very famous. It’s works we don’t even know who the art- very cool.” Ewalt adds. There’ s a little something for everyone. ists are,” Herrera said. “Some haven’t been catalogued. There’s a piece called the ‘Tank Worker,’ which shows that industrial strength of the United States.” Steps of an art Placement is very important when it comes to installing art pieces. installation “You have to really think about that, not necessarily ‘let’s put everything up on the wall and that’s it,’” Herrera said. “It takes a 1. Selection of the artlittle bit of work. Take a look and see which works better and where and how two works work can go together.” An example of this is the way some pieces of work in the gallery are hung,.One is 2. Restoration hung by Dr. Dorothy Leland and next to it is one by Sally Heller. The two pieces have 3. Framing a green curly motion and an abstract pattern, so they sit next to each other. Another, is one with a red circle in it juxtaposed by 4. Wall preparation: one with a red circle in it as well. “All the works need to hang between sanding and painting 58 and 60 inches.” said Herrera “It creates harmony.” Herrera also mentions that a large part 5. Placement of pieces of the way pieces are hung are to cater to

Zumba rocks the front lawn

Ana Maria Lugo / Senior Reporter April Lee, senior, does the workout dance Zumba on front campus as part of Women’s Health and Fitness Day.

September 26, 2008

‘Banned Books Week’ remembers great titles Ali Duckworth Staff Reporter

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Banned Books Week (BBW) is celebrated the last week of September and is this year observed Sept. 27–Oct.4. In an attempt to promote and protect free speech, BBW is an annual campaign, which began in 1982 and is sponsored by American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association (ALA), American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers and National Association of College Stores. They are endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. According to the ALA website, “BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.” Every year, hundreds of books are challenged because the book in question is considered too controversial. Often citing graphic language, sexually explicit content, or violence, those who challenge these books feel that others should not have access to them. Challenging a book is different from banning it because banning is the actual removal of the item from public access. The most challenged book list is configured by the ALA using newspapers and reports submitted by individuals. All challenges are amassed in a database. Reports from newspapers are collected in the bimonthly Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom and are then complied in the Banned Books Week Resource Guide. All challenges reported by individuals are kept confidential; ALA releases only the title of the book being challenged, the state and type of institution. Each February, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most challenged books of the year. The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” consist of the following titles: “And Tango Makes Three” –Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell “The Chocolate War”- Robert Cormier “Oliver’s Ocean” –Kevin Henkes “The Golden Compass” –Philip Pullman “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” –Mark Twain “The Color Purple” -Alice Walker “TTYL” –Lauren Myracle “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” –Maya Angelou “It’s Perfectly Normal” –Robie Harris “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” –Stephen Chbosky The ALA has reported “And Tango Makes Three” has been the most challenged book since 2006 for its representation of homosexuality. Based on a true story, the book tells the story of two male penguins that, together, raise a baby penguin named Tango. While some consider it controversial, it has received several notable book awards including the ALA Notable Children’s Book, the Gustavus Myer Outstanding Book Award, the Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Book of the Year, the Cooperative Children’s Book Council Choice, and also was a finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award. There are many ways to become involved in this year’s BBW. ALA offers BBW Kits that include posters, buttons and bookmarks to help fight censorship. Also, simply organizing your own Read-Out! and opting to read a Banned Book is an easy way to promote awareness.

Covers of some well known banned books

New dance teacher shares passions type her favorite. “I like to say that I am a ‘mud child’, I pretty much was forced to study everyGCSU has a new addition to its dance thing from ballet to jazz, modern, and pointe and I loved everything,” said Dafaculty—Jennifer Davis. Davis is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and vis. “I don’t necessary lean to anything in has been studying dance since she was particular. If I had to pick one, it would nine. Davis was originally enrolled in a probably be between ballet and modern, preforming arts school for singing, but but I don’t like to put one on top of the other because I really love them both.” became interested in dance while there. Davis finds many benefits in dancing. “I discovered dance through the magnet school and the whole time it just kind Even though dancing is very difficult at of satisfied me,” said Davis. “I am a very times, she is able to push through the difpassionate person and it has always been ficulties and find satisfaction through it. “Dance can make you happy and it can something that has satisfied everything make you sad,” said Davis. “It is a great that I’ve needed personally.” way to express feelDavis received ings that you have most of her early and it is a way to training from the see what is out there Atlanta Ballet culturally and what Company, the Conother people think servatory of Fine and feel. Physically, Arts in Atlanta, and it is healthy for you. DeKalb School of Mentally, it makes the Arts. She also you think. A lot of attended the Alvin people think that Ailey American being a ballerina is Dance Theater on a something simple, scholarship before but you have to receiving her bachtrain hard for the elor’s of fine arts in opportunities that dance from Florida you are given.” State University. Davis says that Davis has taught she is most excited at many different about the Dance schools, such as Minor Concert that the Conservatory of takes place every Fine Arts in Atlanta spring. and the European “This concert School of Dance features a lot of stuand Performing dent choreography Arts in Daytona and I am excited Beach, Fl. There, Special to The Colonnade to see what the stushe was the director of the jazz and Jennifer Davis, the newest dance teacher on dents come up with for it,” said Davis. modern program. campus, strikes a pose. “From what I have This year at GCSU, heard about it, it is she is teaching dance history and modern dance. Davis likes to say that she fell into going to be interesting and the choreography should be really good.” teaching and liked doing it. In the future, Davis aspires to do more “People always told me that I was going to be a teacher from the time I was with the choreographic aspect of dance. “I have been choreographing for a helping teach classes in high school and while but only at a pre-professional levthrough internships that I had,” said Davis. “But I never gave it a second thought. el,” Davis said. “I am hoping to get my I really just fell into teaching and followed choreography out there and circulated to the masses and be able to do my own it wherever it took me.” Davis has studied several types of thing.” dance but does not like to call one specific by

Taylor Ferrell Staff Writer


September 26, 2008

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Movie Continued from Page 9... great for me is not so much his cinematic gift, but his ability to make the audience aware of the gilded reality that comes with some of life’s most exciting ideas. Sure, it’d be fun to resurrect dinosaurs, but did it ever occur to anyone that maybe they weren’t meant to interact with people (Jurassic Park)? And of course you can assassinate a few guilty terrorists out of anger, but wouldn’t it be just as easy for their organization to replace them (Munich)? ‘Eagle Eye’ may not focus so much on provoking thought than it does on thrilling, but it does convey a painful reality amidst its explosive structure. Technology is humanity’s biggest obsession and sooner or later our obsession inevitably becomes our worst enemy. And the scariest part is, it only takes one set of wrong hands to start turning the tide. It’s never inappropriate to wonder how things would’ve turned out in the event that Spielberg himself had been able to direct this idea which he created, but I trusted Caruso from the start and I got exactly what I hoped for. To say that he exceeded expectations may be pushing it a little, but for anyone who’s looking to have a suspenseful good time... the ‘Eagle’ has landed.

A creative way to “hang out” on campus

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By Chelsea Thomas

Top nine ways to get involved in the 2008 Presidental Election: 1) Foremost, be actively involved in the news of the candidates and the state of the country. 2) Visit Barack Obama and John McCain’s Web sites sponsored by their political parties for timely updates. Barack Obama’s Web site can be found at www.barackobama.com. John McCain’s Web site resides at www.johnmccain.com. Also, subscribe to a political blog to hear more about the latest issues. 3) Make sure you are registered to vote. The deadline to register and be eligible to vote is Oct. 6 in Georgia. Furthermore, check out an election day guide to find out what last minute details voters should know before heading to the polls. One election day guide can be found at http://usgovinfo.about. com/od/thepoliticalsystem/a/electionday.htm. 4) Join a political organization on campus, such as the College Republicans or the Young Democrats. 5) Research and match personal preferences on national matters, such as abortion, No Child Left Behind, immigration protocol, and the Iraq War, with the presidential candidates. Then, reassess your final presidential choice. 6) Volunteer for a political event on or off-campus. Possibly attend a rally for the candidates. 7) Bring up the topic with friends and family. Voice opinions and listen to the views of others. 8) Watch the presidential debates. The first debate is this Friday, Sept. 26. The American Democracy Project, The Debate Club, and Rhetoric Program will be sponsoring a showing of it on the GCSU front campus beginning at 9 p.m. 9) You have no excuse not to vote! Early voting began in Milledgeville on Sept. 22 and will continue through Oct. 24. Early voting is being held at the Baldwin County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out sos.georgia.gov/elections.htm for more information.

Ana Maria Lugo / Senior Reporter Andrew Harlan, freshman, relaxes in his hammock on a comfortably, cool September afternoon on front campus.


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‘Cats drop PBC opener, bounce back 6-0 Elise Colcord Staff Writer

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GCSU soccer suffered its first loss of the season this past weekend, then rebounded with a convincing win at home on Tuesday night. On Saturday, the Bobcats soccer team traveled north to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, for a clash of undefeated teams. The game against the Braves was the first Peach Belt Conference matchup for the Bobcats. The team left the field with a narrow loss of 1-0, dropping the Bobcats to 3-1-1 overall, 0-1 in the PBC. In the Pembroke game, two top Bobcat defenders sustained head injuries when they attempted to clear the ball out simultaneously. The girls left early in the first half, giving the Braves an advantage. Not long after the injuries, Braves senior forward Nisha Akins swooped through the defensive gap to put the ball past the keeper with an assist from sophomore Sheena Moore. Afterwards, the teams fought through the well-matched game for a scoreless second half. The one goal yielded a Braves victory. Head Coach Juan Favero reflected on Saturday’s game. “We need to learn to keep our focus and composure even when something like an injury shakes us up in the first half,” Favero said. “We had a Ross Couch / Staff Photographer one-time mental lapse and they got behind us and Sophomore Jessica Newland lines up a cross against Erskine College on Tuesday night. Newland had scored.” her best game as a Bobcat, scoring one goal and assisting on another. The Bobcats found the net six Looking at the week ahead, Favero maintains a times, and controlled every aspect of play. The result was a satisfying follow-up to a tough loss in their PBC opener to UNC Pembroke on Saturday.

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GCSU anglers battle more than fish on nationals trip Corey Dickstein Senior Reporter

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The pair was supposed to have two days of practice before the competition began. However, for GCSU juniors Matt Henry and Zach Olson, the journey to Dallas, Texas for the National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship proved to be long and filled with obstacles. “We didn’t get to fish much the first day of practice,” Henry said. “I had an exam, so we couldn’t leave until 5:30 (p.m.) Friday. Then Milledgeville was out of gas, Eatonton was out of gas, Madison was out of gas, just gas shortages everywhere.” Fortunately, Henry had planned ahead. “Two days earlier I had just got a bunch of gas tanks and filled them up and put them in the boat,” he said. “It was a good thing we had it because we didn’t find anywhere with gas until the other side of Alabama.” Henry drove the entire 16 hours. Eventually, the pair arrived at their destination at 7:00 a.m.

EST; meanwhile, their competitors were busy fishing. The pair’s troubles continued. “We finally get there, already late for practice and the fishing license guy shows up late and then we blow a trailer tire,” Henry said. Finally, Henry and Olson arrived at the lake hoping to get some practice in and catch up with the 107 other teams who were already learning the lake when trouble struck again. “The water pump was messed up on the boat,” Henry said. “We ended up only fishing 45 minutes that day.” The other teams were allowed nine hours of practice time. Day two allowed the tandem time to get their bearings on the lake; still, they found themselves at a disadvantage, especially when the weather suddenly changed on the first day of competition Thursday. “We’d practiced with bluebird skies, sunny, not much wind, then the first day of the competition, despite what the weatherman had said

that morning, we find 20 to 28 mile per hour wind gusts.” Olson said. “That completely changed out tactics. The fish moved so we had to find the fish again.” Despite the troubles, the pair managed to have some success. Henry and Olson caught about 20 fish, but due to tournament rules only three qualified as keepers. “If the fish wasn’t (at least) 14 inches you couldn’t use it,” Henry said. The three fish weighed in at 5.45 pounds putting them in sixty-eighth place. The second day proved even better. The tandem caught the limit of five fish, totaling 8.82 pounds, earning them forty-eighth place in the tournament. “It could have been better,” Henry said. “I think we really found ourselves at a disadvantage, but we still caught some good fish.” Even with the troubles, the two valued their experience.

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Cross Country uses new strategy, shows well in Huntsville Laura Palmer Staff Writer

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In Huntsville, Ala. this past Saturday, the GCSU women’s and men’s cross country teams raced their way through the Fleet Feet Sports/ Earl Jacoby Memorial meet to grab hold of sixth and seventh place respectively. Head Coach Joe Samprone was very pleased with what he has seen from both teams. By implementing a new strategy of only taking part of the team to each meet, Samprone says he has seen a difference in the results. “For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been having good results without bringing the entire team to every meet and just rotating runners instead,” Samprone said. “We’re trying not to wear everyone out.” Racing against runners from 11 other teams in the five-kilometer race, junior Heather Raines led the Bobcat women’s team for the first time in her collegiate career finishing in the nineteenth slot with a time of 20:22. Raines spoke highly of the new student assistant coach Rich Dobson, who has given the teams some new training tips and techniques to work on. “I’ve been doing a few things with training differently so I think that has helped me out a lot,” Raines said, “and we all work well together as a team and help push each other to a strong finish.” Junior Bonnie Ueltzen, who has been a steady runner for the Bobcats, finished right behind Raines in twenty-first, completing the race in 20:33. Also placing in the top 30 with

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Heather Raines / Staff Writer Freshman Colin Conroy sets a quick pace for the Bobcats on Saturday. Conroy continues to impress with his consistency and is just one of several solid rookies for Bobcat cross country.

their teammates, were freshmen Karissa Ekstrom in twenty-fifth and Erin Oshust in twenty-eighth with times of 20:49 and 21:07 respectively. Rookie Victoria Dobson rounded out the Bobcat top five in thirty-fourth place. The men’s team had the longer eight-kilometer course to deal with. Junior Josh Hollar led the GCSU team, finishing in thirty-first with a time of 28:43. “Josh came in this season getting over an injury and he won the race for us this weekend and I’m very pleased,” Samprone said. “Having last week off to rest seemed to have made a huge difference.” Following Hollar across the finish line only a few seconds later was rookie Colin Conroy and hot on his heels were the rest of the top five finishers for GCSU, who all completed the race within ten seconds of one another. Freshmen placed third and fourth out of the Bobcat runners, with Travis Knight running a 28:50 and Daniel Horseman a 28:57. Sophomore Tim Cary finished right behind Horseman just one second later. The host team, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, owned the weekend in both the men’s and women’s races. The first overall finisher for the men was a Charger, Mike Templeton, boasting a quick 26:11. Taking the women’s title was Bertha Castillo from Austin Peay State University, completing the shorter course in 18:27. The next meet for the GCSU cross country teams will be the Mercer Run Fit Sports Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

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“I feel like a dog somebody done stuck a needle to. I feel like a greyhound who’s been around the racetrack chasing one of those bunnies.” - Boo Weekley, PGA Tour golfer, after the U.S. won the Ryder Cup on Sunday. (as told to Roger Maltbie, NBC)

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Goodbye, Yankee Stadium. As a Braves fan, it is difficult to not include a “good riddance”, because I shudder when I think of the heartbreak that place has caused me. But as a baseball fan, I cannot let this monument, this pillar of the game, to go quietly and without a proper sendoff. To speak of Yankee Stadium is to speak of greatness. Period. The Yankees have hosted 39 of the 103 World Series played, and brought 26 world championships to New York City. Babe Ruth, the most famous baseball player of all time made his career in Yankee Stadium. Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, and Roger Maris were some of the biggest names for the Yankees through the first half-century of the stadium. The team has been, for the better part of baseball history, the empire that just kept rebuilding, and Yankee Stadium has been its capital city. Whether you love them or hate them, (and there is no middle ground here) you have to respect them, and respect the stadium as the place where legendary moments in baseball history occurred. From the Babe’s “called shot” to Aaron “frickin’” Boone’s dramatic homer against the hated Red Sox, the House That Ruth Built has played host to some of baseball’s best. There will be a new Yankee Stadium, sure, because how could they name it anything else? But while the $1.3 billion facility will fill the needs of a modern ballpark, it cannot capture the aura of its predecessor. Not even a little. While I hate to see Yankee Stadium go, I have to say that the new stadium is the best move for the franchise. The team has started to lose its luster and is showing signs of mediocrity in the competitive American League. The new stadium will be much more fan-friendly and feature more modern conveniences, and would eventually be a necessity if it was not one already. Looking at stadiums around the league, I have to wonder which great ballpark will be the next to fall? How long can Wrigley Field and Fenway Park stand up to the weight of time and corporate money?

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12, 2 Goals scored and allowed by the 4-1-1 Bobcat soccer team this season.


September 26, 2008

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Intramurals: White Out gets K.A.’d, unbeaten streak snapped by

Mitchell Davis Staff Writer

Kappa Alpha put an end to White Out’s five-year winning streak Monday night in a thrilling 20-to-13 victory. White Out has dominated GCSU flag football since the team’s inception. Five consecutive intramural championships and a previously unblemished record mark the unbelievable run put together by the group of friends and student-athletes that have been part of the team. But, as the final seconds ticked off the clock Monday, GCSU had its own “Down goes Frazier!” moment. Dustin Afman, KA member and senior health and physical education major, expected a tough game. “We knew it was going to be a good game,” Afman said. “Last year, we played them pretty tight. I think we lost by about a touchdown. We felt we could play with them as long as we held the ball and had good ball control and didn’t make any stupid turnovers.” Some members of the KA team like Ben Little, a senior business management major, have been around since the beginning of White Out and have endured a five-year drought to the team. “It’s a monkey off my shoulders,” Little said. “It feels great to lose to them four years in a row and finally beat them my last shot at them, so it’s just sweet redemption.” KA scored to take the lead with only 20 seconds left on the game clock. After two failed Hail Mary attempts by White

Out, time ran out and the final whistle was blown. KA players were ecstatic, celebrating exuberantly on their sideline while White Out players walked solemnly back to theirs. The White Out players acknowledged KA’s carefully thought-out and well-implemented game plan. However, they attributed the loss to a lack of preparation and overconfidence. “We underestimated our competition that we were playing against,” Dantrell Hunt, a senior business major, said. “And I think during the game we could have made some changes that we didn’t. And we didn’t play with any heart. We didn’t really want to win.” Senior sociology major and White Out veteran Jourdan Hamilton was critical of his team’s over confidence. ”We thought we were going to win,” he said. “What happened was what we deserved. KA was ready to play and we weren’t.” White Out only put up 13 points, a number that is completely insufficient according to Hunt, who rated the team’s overall performance at a D-minus. “We could have done a whole lot better and I know people are expecting us to do better,” he said. White Out used the KA result as a wakeup call, creating a rallying point for their Tuesday night game against previously unbeaten EZ Company. From the opening possession, White Out took control of the game and never looked back, scoring early and often. The 41-6 final has put the team back on

Ferrell got the scoring started early with her fourth goal of the season, a one-touch shot from a cross by sophomore defender/ midfielder Kayla Emerson. Before the final whistle, four Bobcats would put away their first goals of the season. In the first half, sophomore defender/ midfielder Ally Treat proved that forwards are not the only ones who can score, when she slammed one in off of a deflection. Sophomore forward/midfielder Kelli McLane also got her first goal from an assist by Ferrell and Emerson. The Bobcats controlled possession and milked the clock for most of the second half. Then, with only a few minutes left to play, junior forward Jeni Day and sophomore forward Jessica Newland got in on the scoring fun, kicking three rockets to the back of the net within minutes of each other in the second half. Day had two goals and Newland equaled Ferrell’s totals with one goal and one assist. The girls made offensive efficiency the focus of the night. Passing quickly, and working off of each other with one-two pass plays, kept the ball moving across the field just out of the Flying Fleet’s reach. Sophomore defender Jessica Binkowski and Newland played in sync, with giveRoss Couch / Staff Photographer and-go passes down the line that created The game face says it all: sophomore defender several cross shots and slots directly in Jessica Binkowski. front of the eighteen-yard box. The Flying Feet continued to fight and eventually gained possession for a short period, showing off their foot skills and Continued from Page 12... tricky cuts that only temporarily threw off the Bobcats, but not enough for a goal. positive outlook. Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Rob Plun“I look at the game as a learning and kett reflected on the Bobcats’ strategy based growing opportunity and look forward to on Erskine’s offense, featuring only one our games this week,” he said. player at forward with several midfielders. After a tough loss on the road, the Bob“With one opposing forward in our half, cats gave their home fans a show with our defense got to knock the ball around an offensive clinic on Tuesday evening. a good bit and gave the forwards lots of Before the Bobcats stepped on the field opportunities to put it in the net,” Plunkett against Erskine College, junior defender Morgan Cobb got the team fired up with a said. The Bobcats now sit at 4-1-1 overall, 0-1 pregame chant and the team proceeded to in the PBC, and look to start another wintake out their frustrations from Saturday on ning streak on Friday, Sept. 26 when they the overmatched Flying Fleet. travel to Asheville, N.C. to face Mars Hill From kickoff, the Bobcats dominatCollege. ed possession. Senior forward Hayley

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Mitchell Davis / Staff Writer Members and fans of Kappa Alpha’s flag football team celebrate their victory over powerhouse White Out. It was White Out’s first loss in the regular season since the team was formed.

track to another championship season, but there is finally a chink in the armor. KA has proven David can stand against Goliath, giving hope to other A league teams. “We can compete with them,” Afman said. “We just showed we can beat them.” However, expecting an easy win isn’t a mistake White Out plans to make again. Hamilton went as far as to say Monday night’s loss is the only break GCSU flag

football teams will get. “I don’t want to come off as cocky because we got put in our place last night,” Hamilton said, “but they can expect to see the old White Out now and the hunger and mentality that we’re known for and that straight killer instinct, that predator out on the field. That’s what they can expect to see for the rest of the season. It’s not going to happen again.”

Athlete of the week: Pedro Lima Preston Sellers Senior Reporter

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The GCSU Athletic Department has named Pedro Lima, a junior golfer for the Bobcats, its athlete of the week for the week ending Sept. 21. Lima is a recent transfer to GCSU from Brazil, and has come out swinging for the Bobcats, helping the squad to two impressive finishes, including last week’s runner-up finish against largely Division I competition. Lima led the Bobcats in scoring for the tournament. There is more to come from Lima, as he gets used to his new home and team.


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“It was a great opportunity to go out and meet everyone, a bunch of pros and anglers from all over the United States,” Olson said. The tournament was sponsored by Fox College Sports, and at one point, a camera crew joined Henry and Olson in the boat. “They put mics on us and interviewed us while we were fishing,” Henry said. “It was cool, they spent about 20 minutes or so with us.” Olson said he was somewhat nervous at first about the TV cameras, but quickly let the fishing take over. “It turned out really good,” he said. “I caught a keeper while they were on there. Matt was talking to them and suddenly my line jumped Photo courtesy of Fox College Sports and I was like ‘Oh, hold on.’ That GCSU juniors Matt Henry and Zach Olson weigh in on day two of the National was pretty cool.” Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. This 8.82-pound result placed them The tournament will air on Fox forty-eighth out of over 100 teams from all around the country. The duo faced College Sports on Wednesday, Oct. several obstacles along the way to Lake Lewisville, Texas, but enjoyed their 1 at 8 p.m. EST. experience representing the Bobcats.

GCSU Bass Fishing Team information Corey Dickstein Senior Reporter

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After two years of work, GCSU finally has an offical Bass Fishing team. The team is the brainchild of junior Matt Henry and sophomore Jared Kutil. “I’d been trying to start the team up since my freshman year,” Henry said. “I couldn’t get everything together, then Jared showed up this year. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I found on Facebook that he was trying to start one also. We got together and got the team going.” Initially, the duo struggled to find members, but when they hosted a booth at the Week of

Welcome Bobcat Marketplace, plenty of freshmen showed interest. “We had, I think, 42 freshmen sign up.” Henry, who serves as the club’s president, said. Henry and Kutil knew that not all those people would show up, but were excited when 22 people showed up for their first meeting. “We also had a couple guys that weren’t able to attend but said they wanted to be there. So, we’re going to have somewhere around 25 people. We promised a lot of guys that were gonna do some tournament fishing.” So far, the biggest obstacle for the club has been boats. But through contacts Henry has made through past fishing, he believes

the team will have access to 13 boats for competition. Junior Zach Olson serves as secretary of the club. “It’s exciting and it’s competitive,” he said. “We’re pushing each other.” The team will host its first tournament on Sunday, Oct. 5. “It’s just within the team,” Henry said. “It should be competitive and fun. It’s a good chance for the guys to get in some competition fishing.” The team will have a meeting on Wednesday. More information can be found on their Facebook page: Georgia College and State University Bass Fishing Team.

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September 26, 2008

Pedaling past the pump

File Photo Several bikes belonging to GCSU students are lined up in a rack near the Arts and Sciences building. Students who are fed up with gas prices and lack of parking are taking two-wheeled transportation to and from class. by

Ashley Murphy Staff Writer

GCSU’s bike traffic is increasing every year, but this year it seems that even more students and faculty are turning to two wheels. Some are choosing to “go green” to help save the environment, while others are simply trying to avoid spending $3.50 a gallon to fill up their gas tank. With GCSU offering bike racks all over campus, cyclists have a safe place to store their bike while in class or at the library. The bike racks are placed in public places such as in front of the library, and other buildings, to ensure their safety. Many apartment complexes also offer bike racks outside of each individual apartment, which gives students easy access to their bike storage. Oconee Outfitters, a local bike retailer, offers a wide range or bikes for customers to choose from. Adam Heagy, a current employee, says they have seen an increase in bike sales this year. “Our bike sales have definitely gone up this year with school starting back and a few of the customers have said they were buying a bike because of the increase in gas prices,” Heagy said. “More people, especially students, are turning to bicycles as an alternative to driving.” Senior Madeline Timm, a recent Oconee Outfitters customer, claims that high gas prices are the main reason she bought a bike and rides it to campus on a daily basis. “I ride my bike to classes not only for a little exercise, but

mainly to save money on gas,” Timm said. “With gas prices at almost $4 a gallon, you are throwing your money away when you can ride a bike for free.” Many students also feel that they are lucky enough to have a small enough town and campus making it possible to travel by bicycle rather than by car. Living in a health-crazed world, some turn to cycling as a healthy alternative to driving. According to the experts at MayoClinic.com, getting as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can drastically reduce a person’s risk for diseases such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and even certain types of cancers. Daily exercise also releases endorphins into the body, resulting in a more positive mood. GCSU exercise science graduate Kelly Harrigan feels the benefits of choosing two wheels over four. “Why should I drive my car to class when I can ride my bike and get part of my workout in for the day?” Harrigan said. “Even if I don’t have time to make it to the gym one day, it makes me feel better if I at least ride my bike to my classes.” Students are no longer the only ones seen riding bikes. People of all ages are taking up cycling as an alternative to driving and it is quickly catching on. Whether it’s to save money, save the environment or to simply reduce the stress of finding a parking spot on campus, two wheels are quickly becoming the preferred mode of transportation on GCSU’s campus.


September 26, 2008

Community News

The Colonnade 15 Driving with expired…everything?

Friday, Sept. 26 Thursday, Oct. 2 Friday, September 26 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

T-Shirt Drive for the Clothesline Project, Women’s Resource Center, 143 Maxwell Student Union Live Showing of Presidential debate, front campus

Saturday, September 27 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ITA Southeast Regional, Sumter, South Carolina

Sunday, September 28 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2 p.m.

ITA Southeast Regional, Sumter, South Carolina Bobcats Soccer vs. North Alabama, Peeler Complex, West Campus

The Good Body: A Body Image Discussion Group, Women’s Resource Center, 143 Maxwell Student Union

Tuesday, September 30 7 p.m.

Information/Application Meeting for the Undergraduate Teacher Education Cohort Programs, Peabody Auditorium

Wednesday, October 1 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 12 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 7 p.m.

G.I.V.E. Center Strong Enough to Care Kickoff, Front Campus Big Read Kickoff, Magnolia Ballroom Brown Bag Lunches for the Faculty, Max Noah Recital Hall Resumes vs. Vitaes: The Ulitmate Challenge, 101 Chappell Hall Bobcats Soccer vs. Lander, Peeler Complex, West Campus

Thursday, October 2 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Networking: Opening Doors, 101 Chappell Hall Sigma Alpha Iota’s Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Musicale Eurydice, Russell Auditorium

Please send calendar submissions to colonnadenews@gcsu.edu

GCSU Museum Presents Visions and Voices: Kristin Casaletto’s Imagery as Social Commentary Visions and Voices: Kristin Casaletto’s Imagery as Social Commentary is currently on exhibit in the GCSU Museum Focus Gallery through December 5. Visions and Voices features selections from an interdisciplinary project entitled Mississippi Voices by Kristin Casaletto and historian Deanne Nuwer. The project examined themes of social significance by collecting the oral histories of everyday people throughout the State of Mississippi in an effort to describe the State’s distinctive culture. On exhibit are 11 multimedia images including woodblock prints, lithographs and photographs. This powerful imagery presents challenging subjects such as racism, poverty, imprisonment and regional identity relevant to America’s cultural identity. The emotion of this very difficult subject matter is heightened by Casaletto’s mastery of line and her thoughtful application of color. In her discussion of the Mississippi Voices project, Casaletto states, “We did not choose the areas of focus; rather, we listened to the issues that came through in the voices of the people themselves.” Casaletto’s sensitivity to these individuals and their stories conveys striking works of art that reveal the social history

of a region. Unlike many of her subjects, Casaletto is neither African-American nor Southern. Despite her presence as an observer, her work shows compassion and understanding of situations that have in someway served as defining moments for in these individuals’ lives. The Museum will host an opening reception on Thursday, September 25th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kristin Casaletto and Mary Childers, author of Welfare Brat: A Memoir, will lead a discussion at 6 p.m. The issues-based discussion, led by Casaletto, and Childers will be held in the Pat Peterson Museum Education room. Kristin Casaletto, M.F. A. is an Associate Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking, Augusta State University. She teaches printmaking, drawing and world humanities. Mary Childers, Ph.D. serves as Ombudsman for Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She is the author of “Welfare Brat: A Memoir.” During the reception, copies of “Welfare Brat” will be sold in the Pat Peterson Museum Education room courtesy of PawPrints Bookstore. The GCSU Museum is located on the corner of North Clarke and Montgomery Streets in Milledgeville. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Visions and Voices or other museum programs, please call 478-445-4391 or log

On Sept. 16, between 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. unknown person(s) put soap in the fountain causing a large amount of bubbles to appear. This is the second incident in two days.

It is sometimes more than it appears

Monday, September 29 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bubbles!

onto the GCSU Museum website at www2.gcsu.edu/ library/museum GCSU theater presents Eurydice The Theater Program at Georgia College & State University opens its exciting new season, Women in the Spotlight: Plays by Women, with Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed drama. This area premiere from Sarah Ruhl, the 2006 MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner and author of The Clean House as well as A Passion Play, transforms the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice into a contemporary love story. Dr. Amy Pinney of Theater at Georgia College & State University directs with an amazing cast that features one GCSU Professor and eight GCSU undergraduates. Professor Eric Griffis from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has designed brilliant costumes, and Composer Dr. Doug O’Grady has created an original soundscape. International Scenographer Professor Beate Czogalla has created astounding staging that turns theatre on its head. Eurydice will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Russell Auditorium. General seating is $12, while senior citizens and faculty and staff tickets cost $8.00. GCSU student tickets cost $4. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be

On Sept. 17, at approximately 2:11 a.m. Officer Miller observed 2 males walking west on Hancock Street by front campus. Both subjects appeared to be intoxicated. One of the males fell backwards into the bushes and the other urinated on another bush. All this took place 50 feet from Officer Miller’s patrol vehicle. Contact was made with the two subjects. Both had the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from their person and had slurred speech. One was incoherent. A check through GCIC found both to be under 21 years of age. While searching them, incident to arrest a bag of suspected marijuana was found in one of their pockets. Both men were arrested and transported to Milledgeville PD and charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol.

On Sept. 19, at approximately 1:31 a.m. Sgt. Pissott observed a vehicle on Greene Street with an expired tag. A traffic stop was initiated and contact made with the driver and passenger. While speaking with the subjects, Sgt. Pissott and Officer Hicks could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The driver stated that she had nothing to drink and that she did not have her license on her person. A check through GCIC found that the passenger was under 21 years of age. When tested on the Alco-Sensor, he tested positive for alcohol. Another check through GCIC found that the driver’s license had expired in April 2008 and the Tag Expired August 17, 2008. The driver would not cooperate with testing on the Intoxilyzer 5000. Both subjects were arrested and transported to Milledgeville PD. The passenger was charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol. The driver was charged with DUI – Refusal, Driving With Expired License and Expired Registration. An ALS 1205 Form was filled out, but the driver refused to sign it. Attempts were made to find someone to pick up the vehicle, but were unsuccessful. Old Capitol Wrecker removed the vehicle from the scene.

Vandalized Doors On Sept.20, at approximately 1:25 a.m. an R.A. reported that she had done rounds through Bell Hall at 11:59 p.m. and when she returned to check the building again at 1:25 a.m., the door on the bottom floor near the sidewalk, between Bell Hall and Porter Hall had been damaged and it would not secure. Physical Plant was called out to repair the door. The case has been turned over to Detective Butler for further investigation.

License and registration please?

Parking Issues

On Sept. 18, at approximately 11:29 p.m. while conducting a license check at the intersection of McIntosh and Clarke Streets, contact was made with a male student. A check through GCIC found that the vehicle had no valid insurance and the registration was suspended. While speaking with the student, Sgt. Pissott could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. When tested on the Intoxilyzer 5000, he registered .096. The subject was arrested and transported to Milledgeville PD and issued citations for DUI, No Insurance and Suspended Registration. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Old Capitol Wrecker Service.

During the week of Sept. 22 through the 27, there have been 3 different accounts of issuing Improper Parking warnings during the night time hours.

made by calling 478-4454226 or by stopping by Porter Hall room 204 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with an exception between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Wednesday and Thursday performances are sold out, while the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances still have seats available. Chocolate Extravaganza accepting donations The 2nd Annual Chocolate Extravaganza will be held Wednesday, Oct.22, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fun and educational event will be held in Magnolia Ballroom from 10am until 2 p.m. Tickets, available at the Women’s Resource Center in MSU and elsewhere on campus prior to the event, are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event. Each ticket is good for 6 chocolate delights of your choice. Proceeds will go to the Central Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Donations of chocolate goodies are being solicited from the campus community and will be sold at the event. Employees and students are being asked to make their favorite chocolate recipes for all to enjoy. Early detection is the key to minimizing the risk of premature death and college-aged women should begin performing monthly breast self-exams. More than 80% of women 40 and under, with breast cancer, found their own lump. Of

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the 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer yearly, 11,500 are under 40 years old. Georgia College Selected for Civic Partnership Initiative Georgia College & State University has been selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to participate in its Civic Agency Initiative, an activity of the American Democracy Project. The new initiative focuses on helping students develop civic skills and a sense of civic identity that provides them with the ability to promote positive social changes. Georgia College is the only university in the state of Georgia to be selected for the program. “This program is an ideal fit with the mission of Georgia College,” said GCSU President Dr. Dorothy Leland. “Our aim is not only to prepare students for productive careers but also to enable them to be productive citizens that promote the public good. I value this opportunity, which will allow our students, professors and staff to work together as they explore civic responsibility and community engagement.” Students involved in the program will be taught a wide range of skills, including collaborative problemsolving that stretches across partisan, economic, cultural and other differences. The program accomplishes this goal by engaging students

in hands-on work with community partners, with support from coaches made up of GCSU faculty and staff. “Georgia College has always worked to build community partnerships, so we’re extremely grateful to have been selected to be part of this new initiative, which will allow the university to deepen its existing partnerships and to foster new ones,” said Gregg Kaufman, Georgia College’s director of Civic Engagement. The Civic Agency Initiative project will begin at GCSU this fall and continue for three years. The program comes to Georgia College through a partnership with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota. The initiative was created to assist universities in producing graduates who become agents and architects of positive change in their local and regional communities, according to the center’s director Dr. Harry Boyte. Early College principal makes presentation to Board of Regents Georgia College Early College Principal Camille Daniel-Tyson made a presentation Aug. 20 on the Early College Initiative to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The presentation cites Early College’s accomplishments.



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