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The Colonnade The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College

December 2, 2011

Volume 88, No. 12

Naughty or Nice

Students arrested for vandalizing holiday decorations downtown

Lauren Davidson Senior Reporter

Bobbi Otis Senior Reporter Santa may be bringing a little something extra in his bag of tricks and toys this year for a couple of naughty Georgia College students: felony charges. ‘Twas a month before Christmas, on Nov. 19 at approximately 3:24 a.m. An officer of the Milledgeville Police Department was approaching the corner of West Hancock and South Wilkinson streets when he noticed one of the three toy soldier Christmas decorations leaning towards the other two, according to the incident report. After further inspection of the soldier, the officer noticed that the base of the decoration was damaged and an arm was missing. No suspects were stirring, so the damaged soldier was propped against the remaining two with care. A report for damaged city property was compiled; an investigation was pending. Later that night at 8:28 p.m., another MPD officer was dispatched to The Bellamy Apartments after a GC officer found the dismembered arms... A tip had been left with Public Safety in hopes that the soldier and his arms would be reunited. After the five suspects – including two

By The Numbers

GPA standards raised by SGA

Photo Illustration By Kendyl Wade A report for damaged government property was filed to City Marshall Jack Graham after students stole two arms off of a toy soldier Christmas decoration downtown. Felony charges await the students for their crime according to Graham.

GC students – were sent to the Milledgeville Detention Center, MPD contacted City Marshall and Director of Public Works Jack Graham. The report states Graham estimated the toy soldiers at $600 each and wanted charges brought against


each suspect for the damages. The five are being charged with criminal interference with government proper

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Percent of stolen Christmas decorations returned

Cost per toy soldier

People charged with criminal damage to government property

The Student Government Association voted Wednesday to support an increase to the GPA requirements for senators. The resolution will now be put on a referendum for the student body to vote on. The resolution was set forth by Senator Patrick Hall and seconded by President Pro Tempore Maxwell Pichan to amend Article III of the SGA Constitution and Section IV of the SGA Bylaws to require that all SGA senators have and maintain a 2.75 GPA, instead of a 2.3, which is what is the current GPA set for senators. Hall said during discussion of this resolution that he and Pichan looked at the minimum GPA requirements in many campus organizations such as Greek organizations, CA’s for Housing and Student Ambassadors. Looking at these organizations’ requirements, they found that students in the organizations were required to have a minimum GPA of 2.75. “Since all these organizations are asking students to be more than just students, there asking them to be representative of the school in some fashion,” Hall said. “I feel like we’re on par with those organizations as far as representing the school and we should also have equal standards for our senators. “ President Pro Tempore

“I would be comfortable at a 2.5 and then seeing a 2.75 remain for executives.” Evan Karanovich, SGA president Maxwell Pichan said that SGA should not limit itself to only a 2.3 when the average student’s is much higher. “Right now the requirement to be a senator is a 2.3 and the average GPA for a Georgia College student is a 3.3,” Pichan said. “I think raising it to a 2.75 is perfectly acceptable and fair.” SGA President Evan Karanovich said he would like to see the senator GPA requirement at a 2.5 instead of a 2.75. “I would be comfortable at a 2.5 and then seeing a 2.75 remain for executives,” Karanovich said. “I think that’s fair, I think that’s bringing us up a little bit higher than a 2.3 and getting us to a B average or a B- average and I think that’s where we need to be. I think we need to be caught up so much in that I don’t want to see qualified candidates be disqualified because of a simple GPA requirement.”

Campus sees Inked: a life-long art decrease in diversity rates Nick Widener Staff Reporter In spring 2001 the percentage of non-white minority students on Georgia College’s campus was 19.7 percent. As of spring 2011, with an increase in enrollment by 1,508 students over a ten-year period, that percentage decreased to only 17.4 percent of minorities on campus. As a liberal arts college priding itself on diversity, the campus is not as diverse as projected. In order to proceed, diversity must be evaluated and expounded upon. But firstly, what is meant by “diversity” on campus? Diversity is normally applied to ethnic backgrounds, and the statistics they produce, but it goes deeper than that. Provost Sandra Jordan describes diversity as including “under-represented groups associated with gender, race, age, ethnicity, disabled or non-disabled, geographic diversity within the US, or country of origin, and socio-economic diversity.” With such vast categories to fall into, tracking diversity results and how to increase them can be a daunting task. Yet, specifically set as goal this semester, GC aimed its sights on

As a liberal arts college priding itself on diversity, GC comes to a realization: the campus is not as diverse as projected. increasing diversity on campus. Revamping their goals and strategies, GC has launched several new initiatives this semester, Jordan said. In addition to creating specific campus visitation days for unique demographics, GC has also built a peer support program called DiversiTeam to aid in transition issues minorities might face in their adjustment to campus life. “I think if we are able to input the right types of strategy and initiatives, not only with recruitment but also with retention efforts and programs, I think that’s going to go a long way to increasing that diversity,” Emmanuel Little, director of the cultural center, said. Besides the new initiatives,

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Caitlin Renn / Staff Photographer Pair-O-Dice Tattoo owner Charlie Kasnowski works through the first hour of this client’s medieval armor design. His wife and shop co-owner Mary mentions “the immortality thing” when she talks about Charlie’s work. “We weren’t able to have kids, so with every tattoo Charlie puts a little bit of himself out there. His tattoos are the marks he makes on the world.”

Local tattoo shop owner Charlie Kasnowski has been inking skin and creating art in Pair-O-Dice for 10 years Caitlin Renn Senior Reporter Over the last 40 years or so, ink has bled across popular culture. Outlaws, bikers and general misfits no longer carry tattoos as an exclusive mark of their rebellion; celebrities, soccer moms and college kids are all splattered with ink. Even Barbie has tat-


ChrisYuleHanzaKaa celebration The Interfaith Council and Inter-Views Alliance hosted ChrisYuleHanzaKaa on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to celebrate all multicultural winter holidays. The event featured turkey, dreidels, soul food, potato latkes, candy canes and much more.

“Cancer is going to affect you at some point in your life.” -Liz Hathaway graduate assistant at the Wellness and Recreation Center

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toos. From the East Village to Middle Georgia, princesses to prisoners, tattoos reach every social and economic class in the country. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, 24 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 have at least one tattoo. Compare that to the 10 percent of Americans who


Q&A with SGA President Evan Karanovich........2 Cultural shifts in marriage.......................................3


Senior art exhibits.....................................................9 Crafty Cats give back...............................................9


Men’s basketball stands at 6-1.............................12 Women’s club soccer forms team......................14 Community News........................................5 Leisure...............................................................11

were inked in 1936, according to Life Magazine. U.S. News & World Report revealed tattooing as one of the fastest growing markets, next to computers, cell phones and the Internet. *** Charlie Kasnowski and his wife,

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Number Crunch

230 The number of dancers involved in this year’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

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Bringing hope to families in need Holiday Hope, a GC program, aims to make the holiday cheerful for families with members ill from cancer Morgan Wilson Staff Writer Three-year-old Chase Daniel will spend this Christmas in his hospital bed at Egleston Children’s Hospital. His parents, Cassie and Jason, and his little brother, Blake, will also spend the holiday by his bedside in the Intensive Care Unit. Chase has been at Egleston for almost two months now, and his condition is not improving. Chase was diagnosed with Leukemia the same day his family closed the deal on a new house. Little did they know that the day would bring more new beginnings than just a new mortgage. Cassie took her seemingly healthy child to the doctor for a routine checkup and came out the mother of a cancer patient. “Chase is not doing very well,” said Brandy Schneider, Chase’s aunt. “He’s been in the ICU for about 58 days, and it’s a hard time.” Holiday Hope is a GC program that wants to ensure that families like Chase’s, who have

been affected by childhood cancer, have the best Christmas they possibly can. The Wellness and Recreation Center, The GIVE Center, the College of Health & Sciences and the Department of Athletics are all sponsoring Holiday Hope. Another family struggling with cancer is the Powelski family. Kirsten Powelski is the daughter of Georgia College shuttle driver Edward Powelski, or “Bear,” as he is better known. Kirsten has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which causes fever, chills, loss of appetite and many more symptoms. She and her family have been fighting this since July, and if all goes as planned she only has one more month of chemotherapy. “Medicine can only go so far,” Mr. Powelski said. “We are very strong in our faith, and you can’t do anything without faith. I’ve learned so much from Kirsten’s strength.” Holiday Hope will be collecting donations for these two families until Dec. 6. Donors are

encouraged to give monetary donations to both families. Since Chase is in such critical condition, they will also be accepting unopened, unwrapped gifts for each family member and canned goods for his family. All monetary donations must be dropped off at the Wellness and Recreation Center, but other gifts will be accepted at The GIVE Center and Parks Memorial Building. Liz Hathaway, graduate assistant at the Wellness and Recreation Center, got the idea for Holiday Hope while running one day. She said God put it in her heart, and he is just using her to do his will. She immediately turned her thoughts into actions by creating the program and finding families to “adopt” for the holidays. Since both of Hathaway’s parents have battled cancer and she plans to work with cancer patients one day, she can easily relate to these families and their struggles. “It’s not about us,” Hathaway said. “If we

never meet the families, it’s okay. It’s about the spirit of giving and the bigger picture. We just want to make their holiday a little brighter.” The Holiday Hope sponsors are not trying to meet a donation goal. They have no idea how many donations to expect, but they want to help these families as much as they can in their time of need. Each and every donation is appreciated, so everyone is encouraged to join the cause. “Cancer is going to affect you at some point in your life,” Hathaway said. “Times can get very tough, and the fact that we care enough to do this will mean more to these families than the gifts we give them.” The families who benefit from Holiday Hope are thankful for the aid they receive during the holiday season. “The whole college atmosphere has been so supportive,” Powelski said. “It’s unbelievable. I can’t say thank you enough.”

Twice the fun, half the bike Students explore housing options Caroline Edmond Contributing Writer

Jessica Hayman / Staff Photographer Chris Skelton, associate professor of biology and environmental science, rides his unicycle across campus. Skelton picked up unicycling as a child and has brought the hobby to Georgia College.

Associate professor chooses a unicycle as his mode of transportation around campus Jessica Hayman Staff Writer Chris Skelton, associate professor of biology and environmental science, can be seen almost any day riding around campus on his alternative method of transportation, a unicycle. Skelton received his first unicycle from his mother as a Christmas pres-

ent at the age of 12. He describes it as being “one of those ‘clown’ unicycles with the little tire.” Skelton admits it was difficult at first, but he soon learned the importance of balance and practiced holding onto fence posts as he tried to get used to his new bike. “The first time you sit on it you’re like, ‘There’s no way this is ever going to happen,’ and it just shoots right

out from under you,” Skelton said. But after hours of practice, and learning to keep his balance, Skelton was pedaling around like a pro. “I really think just about anyone could do it if you’re willing to put the time in,” Skelton said. Unfortunately, Skelton was only

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At the end of the year, all freshmen are met with the same question of whether or not to stay with student housing or seek outside housing. Both options have advantages that students must take into consideration when making that decision. “When I think of living in a dorm or at The Village, I think of having an RA again,” sophomore early childhood education major Sarah Lamkin said. “I don’t want to live under a set of rules.” Lamkin feels that living in oncampus housing prohibits her from having the freedom that she would have in an apartment or house offcampus. “We know that students who live on campus have higher GPAs and graduate sooner than their offcampus peers,” University Housing Marketing Coordinator Cindy McClanahan said. “This is true because students who live on campus are more likely to use the resources of the university (Learning Center, tutoring sessions, etc.) and they are immersed in an environment that is focused on learning.” When students choose off-campus housing they choose a life outside the realm of university rules and regulations, which lends a certain sense of freedom. This freedom mostly stems from no longer having a Community Advisor. “I like being held more accountable for my actions. It forces you to grow up a little more,” middle grades childhood education major Kelly McEachern said. McEachern also said that she prefers to live with “more space” than the dorms offers. She could have chosen to live at The Village, but said living

at The Village would not give her the freedom she would get off campus. “What’s great about University Housing is that we have staff onhand to help students with whatever challenges they face,” McClanahan said. “Our Community Advisors and Community Directors are available 24/7 to help with anything from a roommate conflict to a true crisis.” University Housing works hard to make sure the students are satisfied with their experience. The staff is definitely the difference maker, according to McClanahan. They provide activities within the dorm halls to get the community together. The staff helps make sure the students stay connected to the university and keep in touch with what is going on. It is the staff members’ job to make sure the students are living in an environment that is “comfortable” and helps them “excel, both academically and socially,” McClanahan said. According to McClanahan, twothirds of the freshmen class decide to stay with University Housing after their first year. There are different views about the reasons students would live on campus. “I was going to bring my dog to live with me sophomore year, and I knew I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I stayed in the dorms or at The Village,” senior psychology major Travis Crunk said. It depends on students’ preference, whether or not they would want to live on campus or off. Living on campus offers a long list of advantages and resources to its students, but there is also a whole world of freedom in living off campus that many students want to experience.

SGA president discusses failures, successes of semester The Colonnade Feature Editor Lauren Davidson sat down with Student Government Association President Evan Karanovich to discuss what went right and what went wrong during Fall Semester. Q: Has SGA accomplished all of the goals you projected for this year?

Lauren Davidson / Senior Photographer SGA President Evan Karanovich reflects on the Fall 2011 Semester. He discussed SGA’s goals, experiences and other issues that occurred, both good and bad.

A. A semester is a short time, for a president it seems like forever because its only a semester and you only have two to get what you want accomplished. So I knew that this year was going to be a whirlwind but I think that we started strong this semester, we’re

going to end strong in the spring in wrapping up a lot of these things. We are trying to do that with a lot of our facilities with The GIVE Center renovations and Donahoo Lounge, utilization of space, we’re doing that with campus recycling trying to get that effort pushed more. Q: Do you think impeachment hearings have caused any problems within SGA, such as getting bills passed, allocating funds, etc. A: From an outsider perspective it is very easy to see how a lot of that strife can sometimes cause

turmoil within the organization but I have been quite pleasantly surprised. We’re a unique group because we are all based on differing opinions left and right up and down in how we do what we want to do to make Georgia College a better place. We have the same end result but a different way of doing it. So while we all disagree on whether we voted yes or no, at the end of the day we had two impeachment trials this semester. One impeachment passed and the other did not.

wrapping up with The GIVE Center so of course them getting moved in, Donahoo Lounge will be finished and we’ll be getting that finalized. A big part that I really want to see and I’m meeting this Wednesday to find a location on campus at the centennial center to have a workout center on campus for students. We had work out centers prior to the wellness center opening up at West Campus; there’s no reason we shouldn’t have a small cardio area or a small weigh area here on main campus.

Q: What are your goals for next semester? A: We are going to be

Q; How has your pre

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The new American family

Cultural shifts newly define marriage, family Caitlin Renn Senior Reporter Peggy Des Jardines and her boyfriend Michael Packard look like a married couple; they share a little blue house, take care of their puppy, Arnold, and their kitten, Fran, and bicker occasionally over dishes in the sink. Ikeah Tate grew up in a house run by her grandmother and supported by her mother, who worked her way through high school and technical college to be a nurse. Michelle Foster and her brother Matthew grew up in a family split by divorce, but lived no more separately than if their parents had stayed married. All Georgia College students, they represent a nation-wide transformation. Across the country, the American household is changing. *** By definition, family is “the basic social unit of parents and their children” – but over the last 50 years, a trend has transformed the way Americans describe family. A sharp decline in marriage and a rise in new family forms has redefined the contours of modern marriage, and a new American family has emerged. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center last year reveals that 40 percent of us think marriage is obsolete. This movement away from traditional marriages toward the modern family emerges from a swirling cloud of economic strife, shifting tolerance, changing gender roles and developing individualism. Victoria Brown, a GC sociology instructor, recognizes individualism as a major factor in this cultural change. “We are becoming a more individualistic society,” Brown said. “Before, we used to think family-oriented. We used to ask ‘Why are you staying together?’ And the answer was always ‘For the kids.’ Now we use that same argument to validate why we should be separated. ‘If I’m unhappy – me as an individual – how can I be a good mother to my children?’ It’s a shift in the way we’re identifying what family is supposed to do.” As emphasis rests on the individual, women further liberate themselves from dependence on someone else, challenging the “male bread-winner” cultural tradition and, consequently, the significance of marriage. According to Brown, the increase in the number of educated women directly relates to the decrease in marriage showing up in research everywhere. “Women become more educated and able and likely to work outside of the home, and they see, ‘I can do this on my own.’ So we’re seeing that marriage roles have been reversed,” she said. “America is to a point where we’re asking, ‘What exactly do we do when we’re married?’ It’s not as clear as it was in the 50s and 60s when you had,

“We are becoming a more individualistic society. Before, we used to think family-oriented. We used to ask, ‘Why are you staying together?’ and the answer was always ‘For the kids.’”

A family is a family is a family Despite the decline in marriage rates, Americans place more emphasis on their families than ever. They are just more flexible about how “a family” gets defined.

Victoria Brown, sociology instructor say, June Cleaver cleaning the refrigerator in a white dress and heels.” We have reached a different understanding of men and women in the union. Individualism and changing gender roles reorganize the boundaries of modern marriage; mix in economic crises and growing tolerance and the face of the modern family looks very different too. Of course, with every action comes a reaction. As traditional marriage and family ideals evolve, fierce political and legal battles rage over marriage rights and permission, and a variety of family arrangements arise for recognition. “There can be real implications when you create your own family definition. Our culture is changing, so there’s a cultural lag. If society hasn’t changed to catch up to your new definition, then you’re not going to benefit from those same responsibilities or rights that another family that is recognized as a family will have. So there are definitely consequences to it,” Brown said. “I think with same-sex families we can see that most clearly. That’s a huge consequence because, essentially, you can’t even leave the state you got married in. It’s not recognized by the federal government. And so your family is in question.” By emphatic margins, the public does not view marriage as the only path to family formation. “I think that families are starting to look different,” Brown said. “So what’s really happening is that we have things like same-sex marriage that looks different; we have families with a single mother heading the household with no man around. It just looks different.” According to the Pew survey, the public recognizes a single parent and a child, an unmarried couple liv

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88% consider a married couple without children to be a family

86% consider a single parent with a child to be a family

63% consider a same-sex couple raising a child to be a family

66% consider a divorced couple and their child a family, despite the separation Source: Pew Research Center


Continued from page 1 GC has long had other programs instituted to accommodate minorities. These include the SOAR program and MALE Connection, with Little serving as director of both. SOAR (Student Oriented Activities and Resources) matches incoming minority students with both a student and a professional mentor. It’s really good cause if you’re a student here and you’re in the SOAR program you at least have a very good built in network to draw from the moment you step foot on campus,” Little said. The MALE (Mentoring African Americans for Leadership Education and) Connection program, specifically for African American males, adds more support to the already dwindling demographic. However, a dearth of diverse applicants to GC does not mean the college is completely at fault, as there are innumerable other factors combating against increasing diversity on campus. Nationwide and worldwide, students pursuing secondary education are not always given equal opportunities. Whether it is a financial burden, the need to work more than 20 hours a week, or lack of information pertaining to college applications, some students simply never receive the chance. “This is why I hope that GC will have a chance in the future to address the need for more effective early counseling and more minority scholarships,” Jordan said. Students already at GC play an indispens-

able role in maximizing diversity on campus. If the campus is not merely interested in tolerating diversity, but instead in embracing it, and all of its facets, it sends a positive message to applicants, and future generations of students. “I think GC has a long way to go in terms of diversity, but I think we’re starting to head in the right direction,” Little said.


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Alumni forms organic farm, teaches practices Coco Esser Contributing Writer Just north of Gordon, Ga., there are 20 acres of land being carefully farmed and managed by Chelsea Losh and Bobby Jones, two alumni of Georgia College. Unlike most farms, Babe + Sage is completely organic. “We view the farm as a whole system,” Chelsea Losh said. “And our goal is to make that system as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible.” What makes the farm organic are the materials Losh and Jones choose to use on their farm, and more importantly, what they choose not to use. “We never use synthetic or chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers,” Losh said. Losh and Jones rely on their knowledge gained by working at six different sustainable farms in the Southeast. “We go beyond organic standards,” Jones said. Babe + Sage Farm is a


Continued from page 1 ty on state warrants, which are felony charges and carry sentences from one to ten years in a correctional facility, according to Graham. This charge is a felony because the decorations are government property; destruction of private decorations would likely be only a misdemeanor. Some students don’t think felony charges are an appropriate punishment. “It just seems like they should have to replace (the damaged property), not face felony charges,” junior management major Daniel Giddens said. “Felony charges seem kind of extreme.” Once a year, Christmas decorations deck the downtown streets to spread holiday cheer; however, the city con-

sustainable farm that offers a variety of produce made available at the Milledgeville farmers market and through farm share memberships. Members purchase a farm share at the start of the season in exchange for a weekly share of seasonal produce from the farm. Other benefits include access to recipes, farm tours, workshops and potlucks. Each week’s farm share will feature a variety of six to 10 different seasonal vegetables, herbs or fruits which will run members around $20 a week. Babe + Sage offers these memberships in Milledgeville and in Macon. They have designated pick-up times and locations making it convenient for members. Daniel Chamberlin, Senior Art History Major, has already become a farm share member. He feels that the farm share is a great opportunity to learn about farming and all the levels of involvement there are in food production. “I hope that this relationship Babe + Sage are developing with the com-

fronts another less cheerful tradition of vandalism and theft. “This is an every year thing that starts immediately after the decorations are put up,” Graham said. This year, vandals worked as fast Santa’s elves; the decorations were up only a day before being mangled. After picking up the injured toy on Nov. 19, Graham took it the shop where they work on police vehicles. The soldier has since been refurbished with fiberglass and a new coat of paint at a cost of $200 to $300, not including labor. The vandalism or theft of Christmas decorations “almost always happens in the downtown area and usually has to do with the reindeer,” Graham said. Graham estimates 80 percent of Christmas decorations are returned and the perpetra-


Continued from page 3 ing together with children and a gay or lesbian couple raising a child as families. Although marriage doesn’t matter in the public’s definition of family, the presence of children clearly does. The Pew survey reveals that the public thinks children of single parents face more challenges than other children. Survey respondents saw even more challenges for children of same-sex couples and children of divorce. According to the report, “Rarely is there a bigger chasm between what Americans believe

“We view the farm as a whole system and our goal is to make that system selfsufficient and sustainable as possible.” Chelsea Losh, GC alumni munity will grow in awareness and local involvement,” Chamberlin said. Education and community outreach are major parts of Babe + Sage’s mission. While planting crops, they try to educate volunteers on crop growing and the process that the seed will undergo. Losh and Jones want their members to know how the farm works since they are investing in them to grow their food. .

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“It just seems like they should have to replace it, not face felony charges.”

Daniel Giddens, junior management tors are caught on camera. GC students completed the partial destruction of the toy soldier, but people who are not in college have been caught in the past. In the future, Graham says the city will continue replacing and fixing the damaged decorations when possible and hopes to add more decorations around town.

to be the best thing for society and what actually happens than in the bearing and raising of children. Half or more of the respondents say that marital status is irrelevant to achieving respect, happiness, career goals, financial security or a fulfilling sex life. But when it comes to kids, more than three-quarters say it’s best done married.” *** Marriage may be shrinking, but new varieties of the American family emerge resilient. Modern Americans hold an extensive definition of what constitutes a family with the great majority considering their own family to be the most significant part of their lives, traditional or not.


Continued from page 1 Mary, own Pair-O-Dice Tattoos. Since opening their shop Halloween of 2001, they’ve earned recognition as the best tattoo and piercing studio in Milledgeville by the Union Recorder’s “Reader’s Choice Awards” six years straight. Charlie has worked as a tattoo artist for the better part of 30 years, but owning his own shop for the last 10 has provided some perspective – and a routine he’s very much accustomed to. *** At 9 a.m. Charlie tries his best not to wake Mary as he gets out of bed. If he waits any longer, the dogs will harass him mercilessly until they get their breakfast. His two dogs chow down, and Charlie flops on the couch for some “Call of Duty” action on the PlayStation 3. After blowing some things up, he takes breakfast up to his wife. “It’s sweet. Every day for the last two years he’s brought me breakfast in bed. Then it’s back to ‘Call of Duty’ until about noon,” Mary said. “Awful, isn’t it?” Around 1 p.m., the two of them head to the shop. Charlie usually has an appointment as soon as he gets in, so business begins. A cycle of appointments, design draw-ups, and preparations for future appointments spin the clock hands to 10 p.m., when Charlie and Mary head home. *** “It’s always the same steps, but it’s never the same thing,” Mary says. First, the client chooses the tattoo, and the artist chooses to do the tattoo. The client gives Charlie an idea of what she wants. Charlie comes up with a few sketches and the client chooses the one she wants – tweak here, adjustment there. Charlie runs his design through an old secretarial machine that makes

December 2, 2011 “a coloring book version” of the image with carbon paper and heat. He first shaves and cleanses the client’s chosen area – her right shoulder – to get it clean enough to prevent infection. He stencils the design onto her skin with water, then gathers his supplies. She sets everything up on a piece of paper on a silver tray: a little stack of paper towels, five small cups of ink (black, green, red, yellow and blue) held in place with a bit of ointment, and the needles for the job, right out of the packaging. As sterilization and safety are the most important things to a modern tattoo artist, Pair-O-Dice uses new equipment for everything. “You have to remember, he’s dealing with your blood,” Mary says. She judges the shape, size and groupings of the needles Charlie will need. Anywhere from one to 50 or 60 needles may be grouped together, depending on the size of the line or area. He has round needles, used for outlines and straight lines – sort of like a pencil – or magnums, that are basically brush-shaped for shading and larger areas. Once she sets up his tools and supplies, Charlie explains sterilization, what to expect and the importance of sitting still while he works to his client. Then, the buzzing. The tattoo machine works basically like a sewing machine – the needles move up and down very quickly when Charlie steps on the pedal. I watch the needles almost dance, pushing black ink into the client’s skin, bits of blood surfacing here and there. Nothing gruesome, though. The client’s face twists a little once in a while, but she mostly sits still, intermittently chatting with Charlie. He traces the outline from the stencil in small lines, about three or four seconds at a time. Then he wipes the blood and excess ink away. Buzz. Wipe. Buzz. Wipe.

A life of tattooing comes with certain highlights and low-lights. Mary rattles off a list of the physical repercussions of doing tattoos. “They all have back problems, they all have knee problems, they all have carpel tunnel, they all need Lasik eye surgery, they always have massive headaches,” she says. “You wouldn’t think of it as a physically taxing job, but it certainly is. It’s physically taxing, mentally taxing, and it takes a lot of grit.” There is, of course, the danger. Working with clients who can’t sit still or clients who may or may not have blood-borne diseases can pose serious risks to the artist. Mary has “the world’s tiniest tattoo” on her thumb because a client jumped at a sudden jolt of pain, causing Mary to prick herself so severely that the needle lodged into her bone. But for Charlie, two things trumps every danger, inconvenience and general drawback: he gets to work as an artist and leave his mark on the world. “On a personal level,” Charlie said. “I know I’m privileged to work as an artist. Most people don’t get to actually work as artists, for them it stays a hobby. The ability to do what I love is the best part.” At 10 p.m. the buzzing stops. The radio goes silent. Nobody waits on the couch. Charlie and Mary pack up their things as the last client of the night leaves the shop. I flip through Charlie’s portfolio for a few minutes while I wait for them to lock up. The glossy pages boast beautiful colors, intricate lines and hundreds of amazingly realistic renderings – everything from bulldogs to butterflies to fighter jets. “Everybody wants to make their mark,” Mary said.

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Continued from page 2 vious experience in SGA helped you ready for this role as SGA President?

Q: Are you proud of any certain things that SGA has accomplished this year? A: I’m really proud, of course of The GIVE Center. That’s been our big project this year because for so long they just not had a space so now they have a space of their own. Just seeing the excitement in their faces you know that these individuals give so much back to us. As I’ve said before, it’s time that we give something back to them.


Mapping campus moves West Campus Counseling Services now located in Lanier Hall, and Health Services, now located in Beeson Hall, are both moving to the Wellness and Recreation Center.

Lanier Hall is turning into an Advising Center. Advisors from The Bone House are moving into Lanier Hall.

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A: I don’t think eight years could have prepared me for being president. Some would say I’ve faced probably some difficult challenges very early on in the semester and some things that I didn’t expect and some hiccups happened along the way and we expect that but its how we deal with them that makes us unique. My grandfather always told me adversity will make you better and it will

make you stronger and so I guess that’s what I’ve taken this year.

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Continued from page 4 “We want to grow food for people, not animals,” Jones said. “Members need to know where it is all coming from.” The workshops will also go toward educating the community and farm share members. Jones and Losh want to teach people how to can their own vegetables and fruits, how to start a compost and seed saving amongst other skills. These workshops will be free for members and a small fee will be required by nonmembers. Losh and Jones also want to teach members how to eat seasonally. They plan to offer recipes on how to prepare and cook what is in season every farm share term. Xan Nichols, local yoga instructor and GC alumna, cannot wait to visit the farm. She found out about Babe + Sage after reading its brochure at Blackbird Coffee. “I have full intentions

of becoming a farm share member; receiving a different variety of produce every week is wonderful,” Nichols said. Losh and Jones have many plans for the near future, hoping to offer a variety of workshops and educational events as well as free range eggs, pastured poultry and pork, goat cheese, cut flowers and pecans. “We want to offer the full diet,” Losh said. “and cut out trips to the grocery store.” Organic fare is becoming more common among markets and farms such as Babe + Sage are aiding in making it more popular in a small town. Chamberlin feels that this is what the community needs. “Babe and Sage is part of a larger “No Farms, No Food” movement that needs to be growing faster than it is” Chamberlin said. “It’s comforting to know that the produce is locally grown and not coming from the far reaches of the country and world.”

The International Education Center, now located in Lanier Hall, is moving to The Bone House.

Student Activities Center Bone House

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Disablity Services, now located in the Student Activities Center, will be moved to Lanier Hall.

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During Winter Break, the university will be relocating various departments to other locations to make room for the advisement center that will be housed in Lanier Hall. Counseling Services and Health Services will be moved to Wellness and Recreation Center.The International Education Center will move from Lanier Hall to the Bone House. Disability Services will be moved from the Student Activities Center to Lanier Hall. The goal of the big move is to ensure no department must move more than once.


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Community Public  Safety Report



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Hungry on the Run

November 11 at 9:15 a.m. Sgt. English stopped by Piggly Wiggly to pick up some personal items. Upon leaving he observed a male through the front glass of the building place two big items in the front of his pants, according to Public Safety. Contact was made with the male in the parking lot and while detained, Sgt. English found two packs of steaks and five packs of cigarettes. The Milledgeville Police Department and the manager of Piggly Wiggly were notified and the male was transported to MPD for processing and charged with theft by taking.*

Backyard Hunter

November 4 at 12:21 p.m. Sgt. English was running radar on West Franklin Street when he heard a loud gunshot come from the rear of one of the houses, according to Public Safey. Sgt. English heard two more loud gunshots from the same area and retrieved his rifle from his vehicle. Sgt. English and Officer Purvis made contact with a male behind the residence from where the gunshots were coming from. The male was advised to put the weapon down, to which he complied, and was advised of the law regarding firing guns in the city limits. He was turned over to the Milledgeville Police Department and the firearm was checked and came up with no records.*


Dangerous Turn

November 4 at 4:02 p.m. Officer Purvis and Sgt. English were patrolling at the intersection of Hancock and Jefferson streets when Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies to the area of Lake Laurel and Highway 22 in reference to an overturned vehicle accident with injuries, according to Public Safety. Officer Purvis and Sgt. English were the first officers on scene and made contact with the vehicle, which was lying on its roof, and the driver was conscious and alert. The driver was stabilized as best as possible until fire rescue and EMS arrived on scene. The scene was turned over to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office for investigation and no further action was taken by Georgia College Public Safety.*


Thirsty with Bad Memory

November 5 at 7:41 p.m. Officer Smith observed a female walking across the Centennial Center parking lot carrying an open container of beer, according to Public Safety. Officer Smith attempted to speak with her from his vehicle but she ignored him and began chugging the beer. She continued walking away and placed the beer can behind a vehicle. She was asked to pick up the beer can and throw it away, but she replied, “but sir I do not have a beer can. What are you talking about?” Officer Smith retrieved the beer can and informed her that she would be referred to the Student Judicial Board for underage possession of alcohol, open container and lying to a police officer. She was released from the scene.


Drunk and Lonely

November 5 at 1:46 a.m. Officer Smith was dispatched to Sanford Hall in reference to a male attempting to break into the building, according to Public Safety. Upon arrival, Officer Smith observed the male screaming as he was beating on the front door windows. The male said he had been downtown drinking with his friends and he was trying to find them in Sanford Hall. Officer Smith noticed that the windows were broken and while speaking with him noticed he had very slurred speech and an odor of alcohol coming from his breath. He was placed under arrest and issued citations for disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol. He was also advised that he would be referred to the Student Judicial Board.

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November 18 at 1:36 p.m. Officer Purvis observed a male riding a bicycle matching the description of a stolen bike Sgt. Baker had given him according to Public Safety. Officer Purvis and Sgt. English made contact with the male, who said he found the bike in the West End projects. A check through records revealed he had an outstanding warrant through Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested, and during a search a bag with approximately 35 grams of marijuana, a bundle of baggies and a digital scale was found in his left front cargo pocket. He said he found the marijuana and scales on the ground in the West End projects. Sgt. Baker interviewed the male about the bike and came to the conclusion that the bike was not the one he was looking for. He was transported to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office for processing and a warrant was obtained for felony possession of marijuana.*




November 17 at 5:25 p.m. Sgt. Ennis was dispatched to Max Noah Hall in reference to suspicious activity, according to Public Safety. A male said he found clothes and other personal items, which indicated someone had possibly been staying overnight in the basement area. The area was cleaned up by custodial staff and other officers were advised to monitor the area and basements of other buildings.*



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November 6 at 1:22 a.m. Officer Smith and Officer Denna were dispatched to Adams Hall in reference to fireworks in the area, according to Public Safety. Officer Denna and Officer Smith made contact with a group of people on the east side of Adams Hall. A bag of fireworks were found in their possession and a plastic zip close bag containing a small amount of marijuana was observed on the ground. When asked, a male said that it belonged to him. He also said that the bag had contained 2 grams of marijuana. He was placed under arrest and transported to Milledgeville Police Department for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He and another male both received trespass warnings from all Georgia College property due to them not being GC students.

November 7 at 8:34 p.m. Sgt. Hicks was dispatched to a loud noise call at The Village Apartments, according to Public Safety. Upon arrival Sgt. Hicks met with a female Community Advisor who said occupants were having a party and making loud noise. Further investigation showed occupants were also in possession of alcoholic beverages. Contact was then made with two male residents, who were identified as the offenders. Both males were advised to discard all of the alcoholic beverages and that they would be referred to the Student Judicial Board for underage possession of alcohol.

November 5 at 8:31 p.m. Officer Smith was dispatched in reference to Sgt. English and Officer Purvis finding a male lying down vomiting in the bushes, according to Public Safety. The male had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him and was unresponsive. EMS was dispatched and the male was transported to Oconne Medical Region Center by ambulance. He also received a citation for underage possession of alcohol.*

November 6 at 4:29 p.m. Sgt. English was dispatched in reference to damage to property, according to Public Safety. Sgt. English made contact with a female who said that she had parked her vehicle at 5:30 a.m., and when she returned at 4:15 p.m. noticed the rear window of her car had been shattered. The case was turned over to investigations.*


By The Numbers

Fox Trot

November 1 at 1:33 p.m. Major Grant was dispatched to Blackbridge Hall in reference to a stray animal, according to Public Safety. Contact was made with several Physical Plant employees who said the animal was lying in a flower bed. The animal was found to be a fox and Baldwin County Animal Control was called to remove the fox from the premises.*


Vehicles damaged

7 Alcohol violations

6 Fire alarms

Information gathered from Public Safety records.

What’s Happening Friday, December 2 7:30 p.m.

Music Department Hoilday Concert (Russell Auditorium)

Saturday, December 3 10 a.m.

WGUR’s Run Run Rudolph 5k (Oconne River Greenway)

Monday, December 5 All day 11 am.

Last day of class GC Care for AIDS Textbook Drive Fall 2011 (Arts & Sciences fountain)

10 - 11:45 p.m.

Midnight Breakfast (The Max)

Tuesday, December 6 All day

Final exams begin

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Opinion Our Voice

December 2, 2011• Editor-in-Chief, Bobbi Otis

Letter to the Editor: Library hours not determined by a dart board

No apology given by high school tweeter Freedom. It’s something we have come to expect in America. Recently, an event in Kansas involving an unflattering tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback by a high school student has brought freedom and the First Amendment into the forefront of media attention. The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Emma Sullivan, the tweeter, wrote she had made “mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” Sullivan tweeted those words on Nov. 27 while attending a youth in government event in Topeka, Kan. According to Forbes, Sullivan was pressured to apologize by her high school after the tweet was brought to their attention by Brownback’s communications staff. This push for an apology was in clear violation of the First Amendment, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District case. This case was during the Vietnam War and students decided to wear black armbands to school to protest the war. The school tried to prevent their actions, but the Supreme Court ruled students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” Today, schools can only prohibit speech that interferes with the appropriate discipline in the operation of the school. It is the opinion of The Colonnade, and of the nation, it appears, that Sullivan should not have been asked to apologize. The school has no legal leg to stand on. This tweet should not have even made national news. The governor can be upset about the comment privately, but as a politician he should appreciate the first amendment as much, if not more, than the average citizen. In the apology he made, he echoes the sentiment. “My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize,” Brownback said in a note on his official Facebook page. “Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms. I enjoyed speaking to the more than 100 students who participated in the Youth in Government Program at the Kansas Capitol. They are our future.” People say discouraging things about politicians all the time; at least most of them are smart enough not to try and get them deleted and land themselves in the middle of a scandal.

In the most recent issue of The Colonnade, the Opinion cartoon “Thunder & Lightning,” by Zach Keepers, took a good-natured poke at the Georgia College Library’s hours of operation. Mr. Keepers is very adept at calling attention to issues that are focused on the library, and he does so in a creative way. I have to tip my cap to him. After I had a laugh at my own expense, I realized that perhaps I could shed some light on the actual process involved, and no, it doesn’t involve darts and a dartboard. The main basis for the library’s hours come from the Georgia College Academic Calendar. At least a semester in advance, a library employee (myself at this writing) looks at the Academic Calendar and creates a baseline schedule that coincides with the start and end dates of the semester. From there, extended and/or shortened hours are planned based on midterms, finals and holidays. Once the semester hours have been crafted, they are presented to the Library’s Management Council for approval and then they are set, if approved. Our students make tremendous use of the library’s facilities, and we want to make sure they have access. It’s no secret that most students would be happy to have library hours that are round the clock. Unfortunately, the budget can’t support that kind of service. That’s not to say that we’re not looking to the future to someday make that happen; it simply can not happen from one semester to another. In addition to the budget, we also have to very seriously look at usage statis-

tics. We take hourly counts of library attendance, which are used to help gauge whether or not an increase in hours – whether for special hours during finals or for the academic year’s closing time – is something that is justified. The library has extended its Sunday through Thursday open hours by one hour last academic year and again this year. In academic year 2010, the library was open until 11 p.m. In academic year 2011, that time moved to midnight. This year, we are open until 1 a.m. I can’t end my response without mentioning Georgia College’s student leadership; to leave out their part as advocates for their fellow students would be a great disservice on my part. One of the most vocal proponents of expanded library service on the GC campus is SGA President Evan Karanovich. I know from personal experience that he and other SGA leaders are advocates of the library on behalf of the student body for this and other important issues. Their discussions with us provide a voice for students and, in turn, they also know how hard your library works to give the best to our students. In closing, I would like to extend my thanks to Zach Keepers and The Colonnade for stimulating this type of discussion. It’s great to have a newspaper that is able to stir our emotions and force us to address issues.

Bobcat Beat Reported by Anna Morris

“What do you plan on doing over Winter Break?”

“I will be playing Bingo and ice fishing in North Dakota with my family.” Andrea Blasingame, junior exercise science major

“I’ll be preparing for graduate school by filling out applications.” Scott Wofford, senior mathematics major

“My family is going to Pigeon Forge for a week, and then we’re going to Disney for New Years.” Tyler Chitwood, junior exercise science major

“I’ll be working at Dippin’ Dots as a professional ice cream scooper, studying for the GRE and visiting family throughout the South.” Laura Kight, junior exercise science major

-Kell Carpenter, coordinator for Access Services, Library & Instructional Technology Center


Letter to the Editor: Is it too soon to call the Wellness and Recreation Center a failure? At the beginning of the semester there was a buzz created by backers of the project that instructed students and faculty to get excited about our new facility. Amenities and technology aplenty, the WRC was publicized as the new big thing on campus. In fact, the Georgia College website proclaimed, “when it opens, (the WRC) will become one of the focal points of daily student life.” Now, with more than a month of shiny new gym in the books, it seems that the only big things about it are its flat roof and its price tag. Last week, The Colonnade published an article saying that a mere 3,200 students had even registered at the new facility. That is an abysmally sad figure. Less than half the total student population has ever stepped foot inside the WRC to simply register. The number actually using the gym is considerably smaller, averaging around 600 per day according to the WRC help desk. That’s hardly a “focal point of daily life.” The first month is the building’s honeymoon period, with people who wouldn’t normally work out going simply to take a look. What they’ve found is a beautiful building in a terribly inconvenient location with even more inconvenient parking. And next year, when the price tag is $350 per year for every student, the headscratching about why we have it will be even more severe. But why should we complain? It’s here now and we’re not getting our money back.

I hope the student body complains enough so that next time GC is thinking about prioritizing student dollars, we’ll put the money where it matters: into our educations. As a liberal arts institution that desires to be considered one of the finest in the region, why aren’t we pouring money into our academic departments? Why don’t we have a more diversified academic catalog? How much could we expand departmental budgets and grow the academic offering of our school with $28 million? We most likely won’t get the answers to those questions, but they should not go unasked. I was an SGA Senator that was outspoken against the mandatory fee when it was proposed and voted on, and 2 years later I still shake my head in disappointment. I don’t for a minute oppose the intent of the building or discredit the value of wellness, but the opportunity cost of $28 million for construction of a building that big and underutilized is staggering. Maybe it is too soon to call it a failure based on student use, but based on the wrong focus from our campus leaders, it was a failure from day one. But, until I graduate, every time I walk the quarter mile from the parking lot that’s too small, around the building to get into the front door, I’ll miss the depot with all my heart, and I’ll wonder where I’m going to sit in the benchless locker rooms. -Andrew Whittaker, senior political science major

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Quit hating on SGA! If you would take a minute and go to one of their meetings you might see the good that they do for campus. There’s more to it than impeachments. Only 2 more weeks!! Loved the cartoon last week about the library hours. I never know when they open or close. Every year it changes, and it changes for every holiday. The people who removed Wirth but not Sheppard should be ashamed of themselves. What an unconscionable miscarriage of justice. I hope the latter loses sleep over it. So we remove someone from SGA who was harming themselves, but we only deliver a slap on the wrist to our “vice president” who could have killed someone in his stupidity. Nice job.

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December 2, 2011• Editor, Lauren Davidson

Seniors’ works finally come to fruition

Lauren Davidson / Senior Photographer Matt Williams’ senior exhibition ‘Digitial Obscura’ is now housed at Digital Bridges. Williams created five panoramic black-and-white digital photographs of back roads and open spaces in the country. The images shown above are 8-by-18-inch stretched canvas black-and-white prints. The top left image is titled “Rustic Paranoramas,” the top right is titled “Unlocking of the Heaven” and the bottom image is titled “Cornfield.”

Katie LeVan / Staff Photographer Junior nursing major Page Gamel views senior photography major Kristen Lothspeich’s senior art show titled “Windows of Solitude.” Her exhibit is made up of 64 variously-sized photographs printed on toned cyanotypes. Her artwork is located in Blackbridge Hall until Dec. 2.

‘Digital Obscura,’ ‘Windows of Solitude’ make debut at Blackbridge Hall and Digital Bridges Katie LeVan Staff Writer The time has finally come, after a year of hard work, for senior photography majors Matt Williams, Josey Harper and Kristen Lothspeich to exhibit their final pieces of work in their senior art exhibits. Williams and Harper’s show, “Digital Obscura,” premiered Nov. 22 at Digital Bridges downtown. Williams and Harper took both the senior project and senior exhibition class together and thought it would be a good idea to have their show together. The title “Digital Obscura” is derived from the term “camera obscura,” which means dark room in Latin. The word “digital” was chosen because the work presented at this show is in the digital medium of photography, and “obscura” was chosen because all of the images are in black and white with a dark contrast. Williams exhibited five panoramic blackand-white digital photographs that consisted of images from country back roads and open spaces. “In this particular series, I decided to explore panoramic photographs of the countryside and more rural areas,” Williams said. “These are places that remind me of where I have grown up and where my roots lay.” He continued to describe what it is like to catch these split seconds in time. “There is something about being able to capture a moment that will last for a moment,” Williams said. “The simplicity of the black and white added to the roughness of the canvas created a soft yet rustic look to a serene atmosphere that I call home. Harper’s work focused on portraits rather than landscape. “I think what motivated me to do portraits is because I love taking portraits of people; they show a lot of emotion and tell a story,” Harper said. Harper presented eight 20-by-30-inch black-and-white portraits. She combined por-

“There is something about being able to capture a moment that will last for a moment.” Matt Williams, senior art major traits of friends and family with pictures of elements and textures from nature, using a layering technique on Photoshop to create the final images. “I liked the intertwining of the two images to form one, almost indecipherable of the beginning of one and the end of the other,” Harper said. “When people see my work, I would love for them to explore the image and texture and to question what the image says to them.” Lothspeich’s show, “Windows of Solitude,” premiered on Nov. 28 at the Blackbridge Hall Gallery. Many people told Lothspeich that viewing her large prints made them think of looking through a window, which inspired the title of her show. “It just popped in my head one day,” Lothspeich said about the title. “Windows of Solitude” consists of 64 photographs, varying in size and in the film medium with a unique process used to create the final images. She says the exhibition came together nicely and her theme is focused on her process as a photographer. “The theme of solitude is portrayed in the process of how I take my photographs and also how I make my prints,” Lothspeich said. “I have chosen to use toned cyanotypes as my means of exhibiting my photographs. The ability to coat my own paper with light sen

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Marilyn Ferrell/ Staff Photographer (Above): Jessica Padden poses next to a piece of artwork displayed in her exhibit, housed inside of Wooten-Garner ArtFix Gallery. Her exhibit titled “Fearless” focuses on children and how they are so fearless and pure. (Below): Rebecca Hattaway’s senior exhibit “A New Pair of Shoes” is housed in Wooten-Garner ArtFix Gallery. Her show focuses on the theme of empathy. The artist says that “each painting is almost like a part of a language that only I know and can decipher into a meaningful feeling.”

Five talented artists featured in Blackbridge Hall and Wooten-Garner House Artfix Gallery Marilyn Ferrell Staff Writer The Georgia College art department is unique for many reasons, but one of the most exciting reasons is its senior art exhibitions every year. Each concentration is different: some majors have to write theses or do an internship, but for an art major it is different. Art majors have the opportunity to create their own works and display them for the entire student population to see. Rebecca Hattaway, Lyra Newsome, Jessica Padden and Savannah Herring are all art majors focused on mixed media. The four have worked for over a year to reveal their artwork to the campus. Seniors focused their exhibits on a specific idea and theme that they developed fully on their own. The art is classified as mixed media, which is a style of artwork in which more than one medium is employed. Seniors chose the media they wanted to use and created a vast amount of art and distinguished exhibits. Through these exhibitions, students are able to realize and understand how talented these artists are. Sophomore education major, Siobhan Fitzgerald attended the senior exhibits in the ArtFix Gallery and says she was very impressed with all the works featured by the senior artists. “Wow, this is better than I ever expected. These artists are remarkably talented, and I’m glad I came,” Fitzgerald said. Hattaway named her exhibition “A New Pair of Shoes,” with the theme of empathy. Some of Hattaway’s art is colorful while others pieces are very dark and dismal. A lot of emotions come about when stepping up to one of her pieces. Hattaway said in her artist statement that “each painting is almost like a part of a language that only I know and can decipher into a meaningful feeling.” Many artists try to evoke emotion in their art, but Newsome takes a different approach in trying to tell a fantastical, mytho-

logical and mystical story. She depicts the seven deadly sins as dragons in an artistic form called “intaglio.” Newsome sums up her artwork in one sentence: “If I can imagine it, it is real to me.” Padden’s exhibition is called “Fearless” and focuses on how children are so fearless and pure. She incorporates real life into her artwork and concentrates specifically on people who have touched her life. She has worked closely with children through mission trips that she has taken in places like Guatemala. “I want my art to be a reminder of what is truly important,” Padden said. “My hope is that my art reflects just that.” Padden works mainly with silkscreen, a common printmaking method. Andy Warhol also focused a lot of his work on silkscreen printing, and it is no surprise that he is such an influence on her. Padden is also influenced by another famous artist, Banksy, and she stated that “both of these artists have always drawn me in and helped me create the work I have developed over the years.” On top of the silkscreen medium, she also used a medium density fiberboard to add an extra element that would allow it to stand out even more. Herring chose to call her exhibition “Fractured Whole.” Herring stated that “over the past few years I have found myself very interested with fractals.” She went on to explain what a fractal is, and ultimately it came down to an example “like the veins in a leaf.” She believes fractals are often overlooked and through her art she wanted to force people to recognize them and their importance. She took Plexiglas and encaustic, created a design and then shined a light behind it to illuminate the image she produced. “I intend for fractals to be noticed by those who overlook them, as well as (to) evoke a sense of connectivity between the viewer and their world,” Herring said.

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The Colonnade

Decmber 2, 2011

Humor comes in handy for senior rhetorician Kevin Hall Senior Reporter Comedy is something we can all appreciate and, to some degree, many need it in one form or another to keep them from going crazy. On Dec. 2, senior rhetoric major Grace Greene is going to touch upon that feeling for her senior capstone performance. “I wanted to do something that would be fun,” Greene said. “I know this semester they were letting us do performance studies, and this was something I could do a performance with.” This being the first semester the Department of English and Rhetoric would let the seniors do performance studies for their capstones, Mark Vail, rhetoric professor and Greene’s capstone teacher, said this was the first time he had seen a student do anything like this in his four years at Georgia College. “Grace is the first person to incorporate the performance studies aspect of the program,”

Vail said. “Hers is unique in that she’s created Vail appreciates and understands the risk in her own rhetorical artifact using humor theo- taking this route with her capstone. ry.” “I think it’s daring, it’s dangerous, but that’s Notwithstanding those in the Department of what good scholarship is, and good scholarship English and Rhetoric, Greene attributes her in- pushes the boundaries,” Vail said. spiration and preparation to one person. Just because Greene’s capstone performance “Honestly, what I did was made a Pandora is stand-up comedy doesn’t mean she’s simply for comedy, and I listened to it every morning preparing a set of jokes to tell on stage. when I was getting ready,” Greene said. “I made “The rhetoric capstone is a research projit under Aziz Ansari. I’m going to give all credit ect in which students synthesize their previous to Aziz.” rhetoric experiences and draw upon three difListening to Ansari and other comedians like ferent classes they’ve taken,” Vail said. him helped her understand and prepare what Over the course of the semester Vail has been she was going to do for her final peran integral stepping stone in preformance. paring Greene for her capstone, “I learned a lot of things that were but the preparation really started effective by listening to him and how with her first rhetoric class. not to do things,” Greene said. “I’m “I know he was always availdoing this for my parents, my profesable during his office hours and sors and the general public so I can’t sometimes outside of those for do anything that is racist or sexist or me,” Greene said. “All of my Greene use bad language.” teachers helped me in one way

or another. Dr. Vail and Dr. Clark helped me to understand things like rhetorical theory better, and Dr. Burt and Dr. Dillard helped me understand more of the performance aspect of everything.” Half joking, Greene says she wishes there was one thing that would change about the rhetoric capstone. “In a lot of ways I wish it was a year long, and I’m sure if they change it everyone will hate me, but it was just such and awesome experience.” Greene will finish her undergraduate degree in the spring and has plans to attend graduate school and continue developing her skills. “I’ve applied to Colorado, North Carolina and South Carolina,” Greene said. “If I get into Colorado that’s where I’m going. I have family out there, and I absolutely love it there.” After her scholastic career is finished, Greene wants to pursue a career in either radio or voiceover work.

Giving back with Crafty Cats Denica Yotova Staff Writer Since spring 2010, Georgia College has had a crafting club for knitting and crocheting called Crafty Cats. Senior English literature major Jessica Burgett, senior creative writing major Emily Brischler and senior environmental science major Hannah Sadowski shared the same interest in crafting and decided to create a Registered Student Organization for it. The club was approved by SGA in 2010 and began meeting regularly on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in room 306 of the Student Activities Center. The club’s faculty adviser, Liz Havey, at-

tends most of the meetings and works together with the other participants. The club’s founders began with a Facebook group and talked about it with people online to initiate interest and get more members. Now, Crafty Cats has more than 40 members in the online group. “Crafty Cats is an opportunity for us to get together once a week and knit or crochet to relieve stress and also try to do something beneficial for the community,” Craft Cats President Jessica Burgett said. Crafty Cats has already completed a few projects since the club’s beginning. After having contacted the Sacred Heart Catholic

Church in Milledgeville, they started their first project: scarves for soldiers overseas. “One of our projects was making scarves for overseas soldiers, which we worked on with one of the local churches in Milledgeville,” Vice President of the Crafty Cats Emily Brishler said. “They gave us the yarn, and we made the scarves. We made about six scarves total.” Now the club is currently working on its second project: baby hats to be donated to the Oconee Regional Medical Center for the holidays. Service hours are offered to the students for working in the club. “Next semester we plan

Movie Review: ‘The Muppets’ Nick Widener Reviewer After being inundated for months by the beyond-clever marketing campaign of “The Muppets” and hoping it would live up to the fresh appeal it teased, the film finally arrives. Bringing together all of the Muppets, by way of introducing a new Muppet character named Walter, the film reunites the motley crew of characters in all of their chromatic, stringed beauty. In this reboot outing, zealous Muppet fan Jason Segel was enlisted by Disney to bring the Muppets out of retirement. In addition to writing the script, Segel also stars as the childlike Gary, Walter’s brother. Gary and longtime girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) are planning to go to Los Angeles in order to celebrate their 10th anniversary. But Gary is afraid to leave Walter at home, and persuades a reluctant Mary to allow him to come along. In Los Angeles, the three venture to the Muppets’ old studio. As a fervent fan, Walter is horrified to find the place so ramshackle and cobweb-filled. He overhears the film’s villain, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), with a grin hanging off his face, laying out his plan to bulldoze the place and drill for oil beneath it. This prompts the trio to locate Kermit, now inhabiting a vast mansion, and break the dire news: in order to save the studio, the Muppets must raise 10 million dollars. Directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords” and “Da Ali G Show”) with a script written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (director of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), “The Muppets” are revived in the most ginger of manners. Like other Muppet movies, this one also contains many endearing songs, such as the bubbly “Life’s a Happy Song,” and the existentialist number “Am I a Man or a Muppet?” and even a Tex Richman rap number. Bret McKenzie, half of the Flight of the Conchords duo, lends his lyricism to the film serving as musical supervisor. The new songs are splendid, but of course the old songs are here too. “The Rainbow Connection” and “Mah Na Mah Na” couldn’t be left out of the mix. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” makes an appearance, with the Barbershop Quartet as confused over the lyrics as Nirvana was. Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” is also performed in a fowl way. To collect the slew of Muppets, a road trip takes place, half of it done via montage, at Kermit’s suggestion. Fozzie Bear is singing in Reno, Gonzo is the head of

a plumbing company, Animal is in a celebrity anger management group and Miss Piggy is at Vogue in Paris. After pitching their circumstances to a TV executive (Rashida Jones), who tells the Muppets they’re no longer relevant, the Muppets are given a block of time to fill after an emergency cancellation. In order to raise the ten million, the Muppets settle on a telethon. The film’s plot points are revealed quickly and wittily, as if to save the audience the trouble of suffering through unavoidable clichés. And with lines such as “This is going to be a really short movie,” and Tex Richman feeding his henchmen the line, “maniacal laugh,” the film offers an unusually self-aware appeal. Keeping with their continuity of celebrity guest stars, “The Muppets” is bountiful in them. Featuring Jack Black as the celebrity host of the telethon, Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe, John Krasinski, Neil Patrick Harris and many more make appearances throughout the film. The Muppets know their situation well. Fully cognizant they have been out of the public eye for so long, they work to earn our laughs again. There’s lots of fun to be had with “The Muppets.” The new songs are crisp and the cast is full of pleasantries. And Walter, in his timid behavior, ushers in the Muppets for a new generation with proficiency.

the Crafty Cats members have a movie night during the regular club meeting, where they watch a movie, talk and relax while doing their work. “We have movie nights once a month, where we each bring a movie to choose from, and we set up tables and chairs in our room. We each bring something to drink or to eat, and we also bring projects to work on. It’s a lot of fun to hang out for a couple hours and talk, watch the movie, and crochet and/or knit,” Brischle said. “Although the club was mainly created to give back to the community, we have found new friends that share the same enjoyment of knitting and crocheting.”

New actors, classic ‘Nutcracker’ Photo Illustration: Kendyl Wade

Julia Richardson Staff Writer It is that time of the year again. Nutcracker season is in full swing, and this year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” performances in Milledgeville. Amelia Pelton, director of dance, is the artistic director of “The Nutcracker” and founded the Georgia College Community Dance Program. “My favorite part of doing the Nutcracker every year is getting to create new dances,” Pelton said. This production includes several new features for this year’s performance. The Salsa Club will represent Latin America in the “Land of Sweet” and actresses who have formerly played the major role of Clara will be recognized onstage before the show. “That is what I love about The Nutcracker,” Pelton said. “You can make it your own.” Elizabeth Bryant, senior management major and dance minor, has been in “The Nutcracker” for four years. She will play the parts of a snow flake and Spanish and Chinese princesses in the upcoming performance. “I am excited even though this will probably be my last ‘Nutcracker’ ever,” Bryant said. “It is another performance opportunity and with performing arts you love to be on stage.” Bryant teaches ballet to 7 through 9-year-olds and choreographed two dances in the production: “Lamb Chops” and “Gum Drops.” “At this point it is just making sure they know the choreography,” Bryant said. “We are pretty much ready.” Choreography for the production started after Labor Day and finished by the end of October. The dancers practice two times a week and have occasional weekend rehearsals. “Seventy-five percent of the ballet is new chore-

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to collaborate with The GIVE Center in order to offer service hours for charity projects,” Burgett said. Although the club was only recently established, the Crafty Cats have already managed to visit a few crafting events: the annual Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta and the Shop Hop Atlanta workshop. In spring 2012, the Department of Art plans to exhibit the Crafty Cats’ work. As for now, the Crafty Cats operate on self-funding, but if the club grows next semester, the members will apply for university funding. Crafty Cats also helps its members release the stress of the day. Once a month

At the end of the day, the artists are extremely happy with the artwork that they have been working on constantly for more than a year. After seeing the exhibition it is obvious that these artists put so much work into what they are passionate about. “The work they are displaying this week is the culmination of that dedication, in the form of a new body of work created just for their capstone,” said Bill Fisher, the chair of the art department. Fisher continued that it is

ography every year to keep it fresh,” Pelton said. “I am already thinking ahead to next year.” Corinne Przedpelski, junior early childhood education major and dance minor, has been in “The Nutcracker” performance for the past two years. She will dance the parts of the Snow Queen, an Indian and a soldier. “All of the dancers and cast members have been working so hard to pull everything together,” Przedpelski said. “I think the hard work of all of the members involved in this performance will really come across when we light up the stage.” Przedpelski also teaches tap classes for the dance program and choreographed the toy soldiers dance. “It is so rewarding to see the students when they hit the stage and see the large audience,” Przedpelski said. “Because so many community members are involved, it really helps to share our love of dance with Milledgeville.” “The Nutcracker” began in Milledgeville in 1997 with 40 dancers and only a portion of the ballet was performed. Today there are 230 dancers involved, including the GC cheerleaders, the Salsa Club and several professors. “Amelia really involves the whole community in this performance,” Przedpelski said. This 15th anniversary production will include a Sugar Plum Tea on Dec. 10. The lead dancers will be in full costume to sign autographs and sell decorated pointe shoes. It has been five years since the last tea was held. “It is going to be a wonderful event,” Przedpelski said. “All of the soloists will be there to meet the members of the community.” “The Nutcracker” performances will be in Russell Auditorium on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. For information on how to purchase tickets for “The Nutcracker” and the Sugar Plum Tea, visit

extraordinary for the students and professors to work so closely together. “Our capstone process involves full faculty input, private mentorship and peer support, and our seniors are skilled at analyzing and organizing these various influences into a cohesive exhibition to express their original ideas through a personal and sophisticated visual language.” The five exhibits are available for viewing in both Blackbridge Hall and the WootenGarner ArtFix Gallery Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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sitive chemicals allows me to have the ultimate control over the final product, as opposed to any other process.” The photographer went on to say that she believes she successfully accomplished what she had in mind for the exhibition. “The ability to seclude oneself from all other things in life, whether it be worries, fears or even dreams, are what I strive to portray through the rendering of my photographs,” Lothspeich said.


December 2, 2011 • Editor, Anna Morris

The early 90s style is making a comeback

Colonnade Christmas Classics

The Colonnade staff chooses their favorite Christmas movies Vanessa Whited, Community News Editor

Kevin Hall Columnist A popular fashion trend sweeping the country right now is the comeback of the snapback hat. The snapback hat is the same as a normal fitted cap, but instead of specific sizes, it has a row of small adjustable snaps on the back making the hat wearable by just about everyone. Made popular during the 80s and early 90s, they eventually fell out of style in favor of fitted caps in the late 90s. The trend did not start to regain popularity until the late 2000s with hip-hop artists like Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Mac Miller. NBA players also have been seen donning this headwear. New Era, which is the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, started producing its version of the snapback hats, called 9FIFTY, in early 2010, according to Assistant Unit Manager Sarah Knotts. She continued, saying that they shipped the 9FIFTY hats to stores in June 2010 to be sold alongside New Era’s fitted caps, 59FIFTY. Many at Georgia College have caught on to this fashion trend for many different reasons. Some students rock the snapbacks because of the cheaper prices. “I only buy vintage ones that I find at yard sales and The Salvation Army,” said senior history major Adam Greene. “My American flag snapback is completely covered with the flag and says USA under the bill. Aside from getting saluted and generous props on wearing it, I feel like it sends a message to others that I have a refined taste for things that are vintage and therefore awesome.” The vintage style appeals to a lot of snapback fans, but some tend to lean more toward name brands like New Era, Mitchell & Ness and others. Senior computer science

major Zack Lockhart owns many snapback hats from both New Era and Mitchell & Ness. “After I saw several hip-hop icons wearing them, I’m sure that sparked the idea in my head,” Lockhart said. “The first one I bought, I bought because of the vintage look. I really like the vintage script and just really like the feel over a fitted.” Although the snapback hat is making a strong comeback, some people will always sport the fitted caps no matter what. “(Fitted caps) is just what I grew up with,” said senior exercise science major Brandon Goodwin. “There was a time when I would literally never leave home if I didn’t have my fitted Yankees hat. I never really thought to buy a snapback.” Like anything in fashion, the continued popularity of the snapback proves to be a difficult thing to measure and predict. “(Snapbacks) could be hot for another one to three years, or it could evolve and become a secondary silhouette to the 59FIFTY,” Knotts said. The ebb and flow of the popularity of the snapbacks can possibly be attributed to who is wearing them. In the early 90s when snapbacks were gaining popularity, Tupac Shakur, one of the more popular musical icons of that era, was seen wearing snapbacks both in public and in his videos. The trend is even seen and heard in popular music with Jay-Z wearing one in the music video for “Otis,” and Tyga even preforming a song called “Snapbacks Back.” At the end of the day this fascination with snapbacks could just be another thing to fall victim to the cyclical nature of fashion. Many fashion trends can simply be attributed to what designers tell us is fashionable, or they can just be what different celebrities decide to wear at that particular time. We, in this modern society, just want and demand things to change simply because we get bored with what is there. But for the time being, snapbacks are going to be perched atop the heads of rappers, sports stars and college students everywhere.


Holiday Denica Yotova

International correspondent Jingle Bells… Jingle Bells… It might be hard to believe, but December is already here – final assignments, papers and exams are catching up with us. But what would the Winter Break be without all the hard work first? The holly jolly time of the year is knocking on the door and the holidays are coming closer each day. It’s time for family reunions, relaxation, fun and, of course, tasty homemade food. Let’s take a look at what “tasty holiday food” means in some other countries and how the holidays are celebrated around the world.

“I like ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ because it’s the best and I don’t like the cheesiness of the other movies. Plus, Halloween is the best holiday anyway.”

Christmas is also celebrated in Zimbabwe, where people are predominantly Christians. Although there is no special holiday food, for most people chicken is a delicacy for Christmas. They serve it with rice and “sadza” which is a meal made of corn, and it would be not very difficult for you to prepare. All you have to do is combine water with maize or rice meal, and make a mix about as thick as porridge. It can also be combined with beef stew or another meat.


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“‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is my favorite because I like when Jim Carrey says ‘We’re gonna die! We’re gonna die! I’m going to throw up, and then I’m gonna die! Mommy, tell it to stop!’” Aubrie Sofala, News Editor “I pick ‘A Diva’s Christmas Carol.’ It’s a play on the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ movie, but in this instance her name is Ebony and she’s a diva which makes it more interesting.” Lindsay Shoemake, Staff Writer “I like ‘The Holiday’ because it has Jude Law, and he’s a sexy man. And I like that it focuses on starting anew for the new year.”




Nicholas Widener, Staff Writer


The aperitif, or appetizer, is served around 7 p.m. in France. The whole family is already in the house waiting for the delicious Christmas dinner. With the food, the French drink wine and “ricard pastis” (French anise-flavored liqueur). A typical Christmas dinner in France contains several courses. They start with salad, homemade bread, oyster, shrimp and “foie gras” (traditional French dish made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened). The main dish is usually beef with vegetables and soon after that they serve cheese with salad. They buy a special cake for dessert from a patisserie and drink champagne.

world Sweden:

On the 24th of December, Swedish families gather in the late afternoon and have a holiday dinner together. A typical Christmas dinner includes meatballs, ham, sausages, herring, beetroot salad, liver paté and beef, as well as brown and red cabbage. During the evening they spend hours sitting at the table, eating and talking. After that, it is time to open the presents and have some sweets – chocolate, candies, fruit and porridge. If you would like to prepare a Swedish dish for Christmas, the easiest one would be the meatballs.



December 2, 2011 • Editor, Sam Hunt

Senior leadership pilots to 6-1

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Seniors ignite men’s team to four game winning streak weeks before the Peach Belt Conference play begins Taylor Lamb Senior Reporter

Leading men’s basketball to a strong 6-1 record, seniors Ryan Aquino, Jared Holmes and Mike Augustine have facilitated the team on a four game winning streak. Aquino posted his fifth straight douMen’s ble-double and Basketball moved to sevGC 83 enth in school BPC 70 history for most rebounds and GC 91 Holmes recently recorded CBC 68 a career-high 30 points in the comeback win at home against Belmont Abbey College. Combined, the classmates have 224 points this season with 98 rebounds and high goals for their final season. “We want to go undefeated at Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer Seniors Jared Holmes (left) and Ryan Aquino observe sophomore home,” Holmes said. “We really Jordan Grant.The seniors have a combined 263 points with Aquino don’t want to lose any at home, posting six straight double-doubles and Holmes a career-high 30. basically just continue winning

and playing great together.” Once the Bobcats sealed the 2011 Mom Reeves Classic Championship title, they traveled to Charlotte, N.C., for the Queens Final Fire Classic to face Queens University of Charlotte and Belmont Abbey College. The senior leadership from Ryan Aquino and Mike Augustine could not snap Queens’ three game winning streak as the Bobcats fell 71-58. Aquino captured another double-double as he grabbed 10 boards and had a team high of 17 points in the Bobcats’ first loss of the season. “Rebounding is something that is just working hard and going after every lost ball. I’m being selective on the offense and trying to stay aggressive, but I need to work on defense now.” Knocking down three out of four from behind the arc, Aquino’s classmate Mike Augustine rounded up 13 points and was 5-10 in the field. The seniors’ outstanding game could not overcome the relentless of-

fense the Royals initiated at the game’s opening whistle. They went up 13-11 and never allowed the Bobcats a chance to recover. The Royals shot an astonishing 62 percent from the field and were 6-of-11 on threepointers; the highest percentages the Bobcats have faced in years. The Bobcats refueled after the loss and focused on their next and final game of the tournament against Belmont Abbey College. “Our plan was to have lockdown defense and keep them from scoring,” Aquino said. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen, we were down by 17 at one point, but we had actually had a few stops in a row that were pretty big stops and we executed well on offense which is why we won.” Both teams came out swinging for the knockout, both shooting over 50 percent with the

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Women’s basketball struggles on road trip Caroline Edmond Contributing Writer The women’s basketball team has made huge strides and gained confidence for conference play. Georgia College women’s basketball has Women’s had a tough few weeks. Basketball The team is undergoGC 46 ing a big transformation with only two returning WS 71 players. With nine freshmen this year, there are GC 38 a lot of opportunities for WG 54 these young players to stand out. The Bobcats won their conference last season under first-year Head Coach, Maurice Smith. The girls had

a very good season last year and are using it as motivation to have another successful year. “The team is getting better and better every practice,” Assistant Coach Toby Wagoner said. “You can see the improvement when it comes time for games. The experience the girls are getting now is preparing them for conference games.” Friday, Nov. 18, the Bobcats played in the X-Trem Tipoff Classic at North Georgia College and State University and lost to the University of North Alabama, 57-54. The Bobcats were led by sophomore forward Abby Slocumb with 13 points. On top of Slocumb’s career high, she also added eight rebounds, one steal and one assist. She went five for six from the free-throw

Rugby team falls to UGA Sabrina Chandler Senior Reporter The rugby club’s season came to an end Saturday after a competitive game against the University of Georgia. With many more members, UGA has three string teams while GC only has one. Despite the difference in experience between teams, GC kept UGA in a tight game. The Bobcats were tied with the Bulldogs at the end of the first half but lost their lead in the second half. The final score was 14-26, which was one try away from the win. One try in rugby is the equivalent to a touchdown in football. Sophomore Kyle Dennis, founder of the club, was very pleased with the way the team ended the season. “We played pretty good,” Dennis said. “Their team has been around since like the 60s. Given that we have only been around for a year, we played at the best of our ability.” The rugby team got its

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line and was four for five from the field. “It felt good knocking down shots while still getting eight rebounds,” Slocumb said. “We are out performing in a different degree than other teams. We gain experience and motivation every game.” The following night, the Bobcats lost another to Trevecca Nazarene University 61-58. The Bobcats went into halftime leading 33-27 thanks to freshman Shanteona Keys, who hit two clutch-threes in the first half, one of which was at the buzzer. The Bobcats started the second half strong holding their lead, but ultimately couldn’t hang on to it. Keys, alongside sophomore Krysta Lewis, led the team in scoring. Keys had 19 points

and five rebounds. Keys was 7-18 from the field and 5-11 from the three-point line. Lewis added 16 points, going 6-13 from the floor, and three rebounds. Senior Myeshia Simms led the team with 10 assists and scored eight points. On Nov. 22, GC fell to WinstonSalem, 71-46. Despite the losses the team has had many players step up each game. Simms, Keys and freshman Belinda Schaafsma all scored in double digits against Winston-Salem. Keys was the leading scorer again with 16 points. The team put up a good fight with Simms playing the entire game adding 10 points and seven assists. Schaafsma contributed 10 points and snagged seven rebounds.

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Classes commence for Wellness Center fitness Morgan Wilson Staff Writer

start last February. Playing with established teams like UGA has given the Bobcats some great experience. “The season went really well,” Dennis said. “We had a lot of new players, so that was hard, but I thought we did really well for a first-year team.” Juan Salleras, president of the club, says he was also very happy with the way the season went. “Last year, none of us really had any experience,” Salleras said. “Only two or so of us had ever played.” Not only were a good bit of the starters new, many of them were also injured. “We had a good amount of injuries with our starting players,” Dennis said. “At one point we had about five starting backs out.” “For being a first-year team and playing that well against UGA, we did great,” Salleras said. “I think we really showed everyone our real potential.” After playing last spring, over the summer and this

The new Wellness and Recreation Center is up and running at The Village on West Campus. Along with the added bonuses of having the indoor swimming pool and rock wall, the Wellness Center also offers numerous workout classes for those students who prefer to work out with a group instead of on their own. “The classes are amazing,” junior marketing major Kayla White said. “There is a class for pretty much everyone, depending on the kind of workout he or she is looking to get.” There is at least one class scheduled for each day, Monday to Friday, from indoor cycling to Zumba Fitness. The week starts off with Body Sculpting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Body Sculpting is meant for those who want to develop sleek tone and definition. It is composed of a combination of total body resistance training exercises, along with calorie burning cardio bursts. Classes continue at 5 p.m. Hip-Pop aerobics lasts one hour and requires no prior dance experience and is a fun way to get into shape. The

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Julia Richardson / Staff Photographer Hip-hop and aerobic instructor Benicia Bell commands her fitness class at the Wellness Center, which offers a variety from cycling to Zumba.

funky hip-hop-style dancing is sure to work the entire body. Monday ends at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute class called HardCORE, specifically designed for a flatter stomach and firmer abs. This HardCORE class is a sure-fire way to strengthen one’s core and work up quite a sweat. Tuesday classes begin bright and early at 9 a.m. Beginner Indoor Cycling is the first class of the day. It lasts one hour and is a way for inexperienced cyclists to learn

Upcoming Games Men’s Basketball: Dec. 14 Dec. 30

7:30 p.m. @ North Georgia 3:00 p.m. Wyndham Holiday Classic

Women’s Basketball: Dec. 3 Dec. 14

5:30 p.m. Allen 5:30 p.m. @ North Georgia

the basics and get the workout they are looking for. The next class, called Functional Strength, is also 30 minutes and combines resistance training and high-intensity aerobics to build strength and muscular endurance. Zumba is from 5 to 6 p.m. The trendy dance class favors Latin-based music and moves. Tuesday comes to a close with Have a Ball from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This class

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Quote of the Week “We’ve got about two weeks of practice where we really have to focus on defense. Playing defense together as a team and helping each other out, if somebody else makes a mistake, somebody else is there to help him out.” -Senior forward Ryan Aquino on men’s basketball’s preparation for PBC.

We’re watching you NBA Taylor Lamb Sports Columnist Earlier in the semester I was upset about the NBA lockout, tobacco in Major League Baseball and the misuse of instant replay. In the past month, the sports gods have shown their graces and made me a happy man: the lockout’s done, tobacco is gone and instant replay is more beneficial. The best update to my problems is the end of the 149-day NBA lockout, but the settled issues don’t mean the NBA should not be scrutinized for its lack of leadership when it was needed most. On Nov. 25, when many were crowding stores for Black Friday, the Players Association met with the team owners for 15 hours and eventually ended the tumultuous lockout. A 66-game schedule begins on Christmas Day with a slew of rivalries and training camp commencing 16 days earlier on Dec. 9. Free agency begins the same day training camp starts, and that small amount of allotted training time is going to cause a mess, not to mention a higher risk of injuries since players haven’t been in full team workouts for months. Do not misunderstand me, I am as happy as any basketball fan that play will begin soon (maybe the Hawks will make it far in the playoffs), but my concerns are based on my want for the best and most efficient game. Once again the fans, who it should all be about, lost opportunities to watch games and teams lost valuable time. The Major Leagues cleared it up without a lockout or negative media to report, the MLB Players Association worked with MLB and settled a deal that reversed two of my previous complaints with professional baseball. Instant replay, while I agreed was necessary for baseball and benefited a home run call, was being left out of fair or foul balls. In the new agreement instant replay includes fair/ foul balls and “trapped” balls to determine if a fielder uses the ground to assist a catch. Personnel all have to conceal their tobacco product while on the field. Well done MLB, you fixed issues fast, collectively and with the fan in mind; take notes, NBA. In the past year the NFL and NBA lockouts showed us how these two groups will argue for their best needs before they settle for something they don’t desire. I am sure there were many in the Major League collective bargaining talks that were not satisfied with all the final decisions, but sometimes accepting a minor sacrifice in your ideas will better the league and progress the system. We’ve seen the length and amount of time the NBA/NFL can be stagnant on important decisions. Hopefully the public anger and dissatisfaction thrown their way will prepare them for their next meetings.

Notable Stat


The consecutive number of double-doubles senior basketball player Ryan Aquino has posted thus far in the 2011-2012 season.

December 2, 2011

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Cross country runners make history

Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer Scorching the 10k at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, senior Tyler Mattix set a school record in the last meet of his career.

Senior Mattix sets men’s crosscountry record for a 10k race Sabrina Chandler Senior Reporter Although Tyler Mattix’s senior season of cross country has come to an end, Mattix went out with a bang. In his last collegiate meet earlier this month, Mattix earned the high honor of AllRegion, the first in Georgia College men’s cross country history. Mattix bolted the 10k course in 32:42, cutting 10 seconds off of the previous record time, crowning him the new record holder. He finished in 17th place overall and fourth among Peach Belt Conference runners. “It feels really good to go out and beat the school record

on my last collegiate race, it’s a great way to end my career,” says Mattix. Joe Samprone, head cross country coach, agrees that Mattix went out on a good note. “Tyler had a great season,” Samprone said. “He couldn’t have ended his career in a better way.” Mattix transferred from North Georgia College & State University after his sophomore year, following the school’s termination of its cross country program. Ever since, Mattix has stood out on the team. Dan Horseman, senior cross country runner and Mattix’s roommate, thinks very highly of his record-breaking teammate.

“Tyler was a great addition. He’s really helped to pave the way for our team the last couple of years,” Horseman said. Horseman is also a record holder for the team, holding a school record for the 8k. Living together allows for the two runners to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “I think a lot of his success has to do with the healthy lifestyle he lives,” Horseman said. “One of my friends turned vegetarian and it really opened my eyes to healthy eating. Since Tyler lives with me, he has been motivated by it also. We definitely watch what we eat and try our best to make good choices for our bodies.” Training is also a very important part of the two cross country runners’ lives. “We have gotten to train a lot together,” Horseman said. “We motivate each other to work hard and to train hard. We do a lot of running together and working out.” Coach Samprone says Mattix focuses on everything he does to get the job done. “Tyler is a very dedicated young man,” Samprone said. “He is the kind of employee an employer would want to hire. He comes to work to do what he needs to get done.” Not only is Mattix an all-star cross country runner, but Mattix has a part-time job and is in his second year of a six-year contract with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Every month, Mattix spends one weekend at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. “Tyler is dedicated to all of the things in his life,” Samprone said. “He puts all of his effort in his academics, in his running, in his job and the Marine Corps. Tyler is the best athlete I could coach.” Though cross country is over for Mattix, he is excited about the upcoming spring track season.

Kendyl Wade / Senior Photographer On Nov. 5, sophomore Allison Lones took 19th in the 6k race at the NCAA Southeast Regional, setting a new school record.

Sophomore Lones sets women’s cross-country record for 6k race Hampton Pelton Contributing Writer Freshman Allison Lones set a Georgia College record when she crossed the finish line of the 6k race on Nov. 5 in 24 minutes flat - an unheard accomplishment by a freshman. Fast forward one year and Lones, now a sophomore, competes in another 6k race, this time at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C., and destroys her previous time with an astonishing 23:08. Not only has Lones set two records, but she has become the first All-Southeast Region runner in GC’s women’s

cross country history. “If I didn’t break it, it would have meant I didn’t work hard enough,” Lones said. Totally exhausted, Lones crossed the finished line, breaking the previous record and completing her goal. Lones began the sport her freshman year of high school just to “stay in shape for basketball,” her second favorite sport. “One thing about a record is that it does not last long,” Head Coach Joe Samprone said. “She’ll smash this record next year.” Samprone has coached

Lones since her freshman year, and noted that she is “a coaching dream” and a “perfect runner.” “She used to be a very cautious runner,” Samprone said. “We told her not to worry, just run. It’s typical that a freshman runner is cautious. Allison made the transition from worrying about the finish to concentrating on running.” Lones’ work ethic is such that Samprone noted, “we have to hold her back.” He fears that she may run too much during the summer and return tired. Due to Lones’ work ethic and physical wellness, Samprone is confident she will continue to improve. When Lones is not training and competing, she stays busy with her school work. She is a nursing major who enjoys spending time with friends, playing basketball and shooting photography. Lones also enjoys competing in numerous intramural sports, and when she has free time, she “chills with friends.” While other students are asleep, Lones prepares herself at 6 a.m. for her morning practice. she owes her accomplishments to the vast amounts of training and effort she put in to prepare the races. She constantly works her core by doing abdominal exercises which “makes you stronger as a runner” and helps “prevent injuries.” To improve her cardio, Lones performs threshold and tempo runs, which are steady, moderately-prolonged runs. She also logs how many miles she runs. Lones plans to complete her nursing degree and pursue a career in the field.


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December 2, 2011

Roommates form women’s club soccer Kate Federman Contributing Writer Beginning this semester, women at Georgia College who wish to play soccer competitively but are not able to play on the collegiate team will be able to join the long-awaited women’s club soccer team. “I am really excited about this team coming together. It was great to have so many girls show at our first practice. Their excitement made it seem real, that this is finally happening,” junior nursing major and Treasurer Jessica Baumgart said. Roommates since freshmen year, junior math major Colleen Foy and junior nursing major Jessica Baumgart have been dreaming of starting a club soccer team ever since their first days at GC. Kari Goodbar, junior psychology major, who went to high

school with Foy also wanted to create a team as well. “We all three played on the Atlanta Fire United travel team when we were younger. We have wanted to start a team so that we could play competitively without the time commitment,” Foy said. In order to assemble a club sports team, students have to make an organization on OrgSync, draft a constitution, obtain a certain number of members and acquire a faculty supervisor. All three girls worked on the constitution and met with SGA to present and review the document. Currently, they are awaiting Tom Miles, Director of Campus Life, to give a final approval on the creation of their club team. It all began in early September when Foy, Baumgart and Goodbar created a Facebook group for women interested in joining the team.

“We made the Facebook group, sent it to all of our friends, invited anyone who we thought would be interested and tried to spread the news by word-of-mouth,” Foy said. In the future, Foy, Baumgart and Goodbar would like to set up a table and recruit new members by the Arts & Sciences Fountain. The first informal practice was held on Nov. 9. Fifteen girls attended to the practice to show their skill level. The team has not set up a game schedule yet. For now, it wishes to practice through the first semester and hopefully play scrimmage games with other Georgia schools by the Spring semester. Next year, the team plans to create a finalized full schedule. “We need to see how we measure up at first with the scrimmage games,”

“I am really excited about this team coming together. It was great to have so many girls show at our first practice Their excitement made that seem real, that this is finally happening.” Jessica Baumgart, Treasurer Foy said. Then we can find out what we need to practice on the most. In

Q&A: GC Athletic Director on Penn State Tragedy We all know about the scandal that wrecked Pennsylvania State University. Long time former Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly molested several young boys over a span of 15 years. Now, Syracuse University’s recently fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine is accused of similar charges. What does GC athletics make of this?

The Colonnade spoke with Wendell Staton about the Penn State and Syracuse scandals.


What was your personal initial reaction to all these reports and allegations?



Tragic. I don’t know what else to say. What else is there to say?

Why do you think these mistakes were made and everything was covered up for so long?



What do you think will be done in the future to help prevent this from happening again?


I think it will be similar to what happened at Virginia Tech after the shootings. Something will be done to prevent something like this from happening again.

The reality is sports is a microcosm of society. Everything isn’t perfect in society. Mistakes were made because there are human beings in sports. Human beings make mistakes. To a point, there is some element to the Duke (University) lacrosse scandal. We just had to wait for all the facts to come out. When all of this does come out we will be more informed. If there is anything from a positive standpoint, it is enlightening people to be more aware of this kind of thing.


What do you think the impact on the GC campus would be if something like this were to happen, since we are so much smaller than the other two schools?


Do you think there will be new protocol put in place to prevent this from occurring again?


You know everyone throughout the country is looking at this in different ways. We are trying to be more alert, but once all of the facts come out from every angle, hopefully we can never make this happen again.


I hate to come back to the same word, but it would be tragic. Regardless of the size of where it happens, if it were to happen again, it is too much.

Women’s B-ball

Continued from page 12 Their road trip continued to the University of West Georgia after three consecutive losses. The first half was messy on both sides with each team shooting under 40 percent from the field, the Bobcats at 36 and West Georgia at 23. Overall, the Bobcats shot better as a team in the first half, but their 15 turnovers, six more than the Wolves, prevented them from taking the half, down 22-19 at the whistle. The Wolves kept a controlling lead in the second half. The Bobcats did outrebound the Wolves 40 to

30, but turned the ball over 29 times. Going up 18 with two minutes remaining, West Georgia took the night 54-38. “Everything this team does is a first for everyone except two players,” Head Coach Maurice Smith said. “Every school we play is an eye-opening experience, therefore intensity goes up.” The freshman on this team are getting far more experience than the majority of freshman on other teams they play. The Bobcats are a young team but are not afraid to put up a solid fight. Their next game is at home on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 against Allen University.


Continued from page 12 fall, the team has now got its bearings with the sport. Fall was preparation for its actual season, which starts in February. With the upcoming season’s anticipation brewing, the team is also thrilled to get a new set of jerseys. “I’m super excited about having jerseys,” Salleras said. “It will be nice to have nice uniforms to wear.” Not only will they be dressed well for spring

season, they will be very well prepared. Summer and fall games are mostly to help get ready for the most important season in the spring. “Spring is really when the games count,” Dennis said. “We have gotten a lot out of our experience so far, so I think we’re going to come out strong.” Salleras also thinks the team has come very far over the last few months. “I think we got some great practice out of the games this season and I’m looking forward to the spring,” Salleras said. Rugby season is set to begin in February.

the beginning we will probably have two practices per week and hopefully, in the future, two or three games per month.” Next year, the team plans to join the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association league. By doing this, the team will be able to travel to different schools outside of Georgia. The NIRSA also holds a national tournament, a goal for the new team to work towards. The team is also planning on finding an experienced soccer player who attends GC to agree on being its coach for the future. “I think a lot of people wanted this team to happen,” Goodbar said. “It’s for the students who didn’t think intramural soccer was enough and miss the competitive atmosphere. Its great to join a team and meet people with the same interests.”

Men’s Basketball Continued from page 12

Crusaders taking halftime 48-41. Jared Holmes was unusual in the Bobcats’ loss against Queens, with a low three points and three boards due to a sore thigh. Last Saturday he entered the break looking better with seven points, but would ensure a Bobcats victory with 23 second-half points. “At Queens the day before, I hurt my thigh; I wasn’t being aggressive, I wasn’t attacking or shooting well, it was overall a bad game for me,” Holmes said. “After talking to coach and some of my teammates, the next game I just tried to stay aggressive and that’s why I went to the free throw line a whole lot of times.” 10-of-15 on the floor, 10-of14 at the line and adding nine rebounds, the guard had help from classmate Aquino who earned another double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds to overcome the Crusaders in the second-half win. Belmont Abbey went up by 17, which fueled a 21-5 run by the Bobcats. A Holmes layup cut the score differential to one at 71-70. With fifteen minutes left, the lead changed nine times until the Bobcats sealed the win with junior guard Quin Bivins’ three pointer. Bivins had a career best with 20 points, five boards and three steals. Two days later the men returned home with a similar plan: make free throws and possess the ball against Anderson University. Free throws are something the Bobcats have been preaching

Wellness Center

Continued from page 12 works with medicine- and stability balls, as well as other fitness tools. “Zumba is my favorite,” senior nursing major Stephanie Hedlund said. “It’s so much fun I don’t even realize I’m getting a workout.” Wednesday also begins at 9 a.m. with the hour-long Step and Sculpt. This class is a combination of cardio, strength and flexibility. It uses aerobic step training and body conditioning exercises for an intense workout. Following Step and Sculpt is a Body Sculpting class at 12:30 p.m. and

all season. Being aggressive and making it to the line is a vital asset of the team, but capitalizing on points wins games. With seconds left in the game, sophomore guard Aaron Robinson, a 43 percent free throw shooter knocked six clutch free throws to take the game 76-71. Holmes continued his deadly tear, posting 24 points, while Aquino recorded his fourth straight double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Mike Augustine and JP Davis each added 11 in the win. The Bobcats continued their winning streak with an 83-70 victory over Brewton-Parker College. Aquino recorded a mind-blowing fifth straight double-double, scoring 21 points with 16 rebounds. Augustine and Holmes each added 18 in the win. With little time to rest, Georgia College played its third straight home game against Carver College with intentions to keep them from having a big game and to keep their points down. The Cougars showed up 20 minutes late to the 7:30 p.m. tip off and the Bobcats made them sorry. Aquino continued his superman efforts with his sixth straight double-double and Holmes had another 24 point game, hitting 10 of his 19 attempts and sinking all four of his free-throws. The team was 14-of-14 at the freethrow line and out-rebounded the Cougars 41-34. Standing at a comfortable 6-1, the men get a rest before Peach Belt Conference play begins on Dec. 14 at North Georgia College & State University.

Zumba at 5 p.m. Finally, Indoor Cycling begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts an hour. Indoor Cycling is just a step up from the beginner’s class. It is for more experienced cyclists and is a bit more intense. Thursday begins at 9 a.m. with Indoor Cycling followed by Functional Strength at 12:30 p.m., Step and Sculpt at 5 p.m. and, finally, HardCORE at 6:30 p.m. The only class Friday is Body Sculpting, which is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All of these classes are open to all Georgia College students. “I’m so much more motivated to work out when I’m involved in classes like these,” junior biology major Erica Evans said.

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