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THE COLONNADE The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College

February 22, 2013

Volume 89, No. 18

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Students’ house destroyed by fire for second time

Candidates square off in debate; early polls say Perme in the lead

LAUREN CORCINO STAFF WRITER One sat in her senior capstone class at Georgia College, the other was working at a Christian retreat in Dooly County on a Friday afternoon. Neither had any idea that at that moment, flames were engulfing the roof of their childhood home, tearing down years of memories and a sense of security, creating a nightmare with its unforgiving flames for the second time in their lives. In her capstone class, senior middle grades education major Lauren Mimbs, was preparing to attend a job fair for her major. Her phone buzzing constantly, she ignored it, shrugging it off as merely a group text. Jordan Mimbs, sophomore community health major, was the first in the family to receive the news through a text message from her father, demanding she call him as soon as possible. It seemed like a twisted nightmare, losing everything by fire twice in one’s life. Eight years ago when moving back to Georgia from Tennessee, the Mimbs’ tractor trailer caught on fire, destroying pictures, home videos and all traces of their


Neither had any idea that at that moment, flames were engulfing the roof of their childhood home, tearing down years of memories and a sense of security, creating a nightmare with its unforgiving flames for the second time in their lives.

” childhood. After recovering from the first loss and creating new memories in a new home, the Mimbs lost everything they had for a second within a year. “I feel like the only thing that is hard for me is the memories,“ Jordan said. “I lived in that exact house since I was brought home from the hospital, so it’s all I have known. I know I still have those memories, it’s just hard to comprehend the place I have grown up all my life is gone. It’s a scary reality.”

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Of 75 students polled...

After the SGA presidential debate, early polling has sophomore Senator Creighton Perme with a slim lead. Of the 75 students who participated in SGA’s poll after the Monday debate, 47.5 percent voted Perme, while 46.3 percent voted President Pro Tempore Victoria Ferree. The debate began with each candidate asking questions they prepared for each other. Ferree asked Perme what plans he had to promote Senate diversity, a recurring theme. “Within the Senate body, students are elected by the senate majority, and in order to get that diversity, those students would run, obviously, as we do,” Perme responded. One of Ferree’s campaign platforms is

46.3% voted for Ferree


voted for Perme Percentages based on estimate of students in attendance

increasing diversity. She said she has visited some of the less-prominent organizations on campus, like PRIDE, in hopes of stirring up SGA interest within the groups.

She has also criticized the Senate for being too Greek. “There is an adverse impact on the average non-Greek student and non-Greek RSOs on our campus,” she said. Out of the 30 positions on SGA, 17 are filled by students affiliated with Greek organizations, 21 if members of the banned Kappa Sigma fraternity are included. Ferree also has plans to delegate seats of the Senate to the largest eight-to-10 Registered Student Organizations on campus as well as allow the Pan-Hellenic Council and Inter-Fraternity Council to appoint three candidates each. She said the remaining seats would be up for grabs by way of normal elections. Perme rebuked her plans, saying changing the rules of SGA elections would be detrimental to students who want to run.

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Search for armed bandit of students continues MARK WATKINS STAFF WRITER The Milledgeville police department is still investigating the Feb. 6 attempted armed robbery of four Georgia College students at a house less than a block from campus. Police have been following up on a number of leads since the incident. The suspect is described as a slender, 6-foot-2-inch black male. The department also asked that locals and students be on the lookout for suspicious activity around North Clark Street, where the stickup

“We hope that someone can identify the suspect if they are in the downtown area, or if one of the victims will recognize him if they see him.” Reginald Hill, Major of Milledgeville Police Department

happened.. “We hope that someone can identify the suspect if they are in the downtown area, or if one of the victims will recognize him if they see him,” police Maj. Reginald Hill said. Despite a recent string of vehicle break-ins taking up much of the department’s time, investigators have made the case a priority. “When a person comes into someone’s home and violates their safety and privacy, they are immediately a serious threat, and in this case especially because this person had a weapon,” Hill said.

Milledgeville mayor Richard Bentley said, “Isolated incidents like this are very concerning to us. We will definitely prosecute to the full extent.” The mayor said the case is not indicative of a trend. “We do feel like we have a safe community and a safe campus at Georgia College and Georgia Military College, too,” he said. Hill also clarified that no arrests have been made on the case. “The suspect we had in custody was for an unrelated case from the southside,” Hill said.


Adderall abuse continues despite harmful side-effects BETHAN ADAMS STAFF WRITER



Yes, Tonight!

The annual Homecoming concert is tonight beginning at 9 in the Centennial Center. Students are required to have a paper ticket so if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, drop by The Den to pick it up.

Adderall is easily accessible. It’s a study drug. But as the drug becomes a routine study habit for many, more and more of Adderall’s negative side effects are coming to light. The drug is used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and can also treat narcolepsy. It’s ingredients are ideal for the typical, sleep-deprived college student cramming for a test, which is exactly what students all over the nation and at GC are using it for. “People are cavalier about (abusing Adderall),” Steven Wilson, assistant director of counseling services, said. “But it comes with a number of dangers.”


I am not a hoarder or a pack rat, but whenever I see a raw materials that I can use for art, I grab them.

-Michael Murphy, assistant art professor

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According to Wilson, the mild side effects include dry mouth, a quickened heartbeat, insomnia and headaches. But when the dosage increases, there is a greater risk to danger, especially with people who do not have a prescription. The more dangerous side effects include hallucinations and heart attacks. However, Wilson said amphetamines put users at risk of addiction. According to WebMD, if you use the drug for a while, you could become addicted and getting off the drug would trigger withdrawal symptoms. In 2012, about 30 percent of college students admitted to using Adderall, and about 50 percent of college students using the drug got

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Homecoming past and present..............................2 GC Students receive accolade from president...3


I Love You,You’re Perfect, Now Change...............9 Meet the Voice............................................................9


Lacosee starts off season with victory..............13 Steve Hazel profile.................................................14 Leisure..................................................................8 Community News........................................6

Who’s Abusing Adderall? Full-time college students are twice as likely to abuse Adderall than their peers who are not in college - 45 percent of college students reported misusing Adderall - Nursing students’ flyer 23.3 percent reported mixing Adderall with other drugs or alcohol - Nursing students’ flyer 48.8 percent reported giving or selling their medication - Nursing students’ flyer


18 teams

attended GC’s Flick n’ Nuts ultimate frisbee tournament. Check page 13 for a full tourney breakdown.


The Colonnade

February 22, 2013

GC students receive accolade from former president Ansley Burgamy Staff Writer Two Georgia College students and GC Miracle received the national Daily Point of Light Award for their exemplary volunteer work throughout campus and the community. The Daily Point of Light Award, established by former President George H. W. Bush, honors individuals and groups who are creating significant change through voluntary service in communities across America. “I am excited that our students are getting recognized for the work they have done to make a difference in our community,” Kendall Stiles, GIVE Center director, said. Ashley Pittman, senior nursing major, was honored for her work with GC’s Wishmakers Program, which she initiated through the GIVE Center over three years ago. “Becoming a Point of Light recipient was an absolute honor. I think it was also a bigger honor for me, personally, since I was nominated,” Pittman said.

“I am excited that our students are getting recognized for the work they have done to make a difference in our community.” Kendall Stiles, director of the GIVE Center Wishmakers is a program that works with Make-A-Wish to fund children’s wishes, who are enduring life-threatening illnesses. “I started (Wishmakers) because I am very closely connected with Make-AWish. At 14, my sister was a wish recipient and I have felt led to do what I can to give back ever since,” Pittman said. Courtney LaHatte, senior biology major, was honored for her work as Presi

Ashley Pittman Courtney LaHatte GC Miracle

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Homecoming traditions took many forms in early days “We’ve had the general idea of Homecoming for a number of years in the early 2000s to mid 2000s. I was SGA president from 2007 through 2009. During my first term, that’s when we began our first big push of Homecoming and having the first Homecoming concert with Sister Hazel.” Ryan Greene, ‘09 alum Photo Contributed by Special Collections “(L. to R.) Homecoming Court: Beverly Jackson, Renee Dominy, and Lisa Reynolds” -Original 1982 cutline

Memories last through the years at Georgia College Mykel Johnson Staff Writer The tradition of Homecoming at Georgia College has remained constant, for the most part, with a week of activities, concerts, basketball games and parades. At its start, however, Homecoming was a lot simpler than that. In the mid 1920s, Homecoming and Alumnae Day took place during the weekend of Thanksgiving. It was a time intended for old acquaintances to meet up again for the sake of the pride that drew them to GC, at that time Georgia State College for Women, in the first place; a pride

that carried each alumnae to graduation. “It wasn’t ‘Homecoming’ like we think of today,” Josh Kitchens, archivist for Special Collections and ’05 GC alumnus said. “It was ‘come home and eat’ around Thanksgiving.” This idea for Homecoming, however, eventually became a product of bad timing as attendance dropped in light of the holiday observed at the same time. Soon after, came the highly acclaimed “Golden Slipper” era. Golden Slipper was a night of fun contests to show off the creativity of GC students through humorous skits, dancing and song parodies. Worried about the freshman class of 1935, Ethel

Adams, Dean of Women, started the event in hopes of putting potentially homesick students at ease with their new surroundings. Freshmen paired with juniors and sophomores paired with seniors, the two teams competed against each other for the chance to obtain a goldplated ornamental women’s shoe until the next “Slipper Night” the following year. Freshmen were part of the winning team for the first three years. By 1975, Homecoming was a regular occurrence on campus with a little more of a focus on the current students. Sororities planned many events, such as dances, Song Fests and parades, but that was all there was for students. The remainder of Homecoming and Alumni Weekend consisted of events for those revisiting their alma mater. Scholarship receptions awarded honors students with grants funded by alumni; Alumni Achievement Awards were

given to GC graduates who excelled in his or her field, having an evident impact on the state, regional or national trends. In between award ceremonies, alumni took advantage of roaming the campus to see what all had changed. “I lived on the second floor of Bell Hall,” Eve Puckett, GC alum, said. “On Alumni Weekend, we’d have these little old ladies who’d come into the building [and say] ‘Can I see your room? I used to live in this building.’” One of the main highlights of Homecoming was the introduction of each alumnus who returned to the campus, allowing each bragging rights to tell what all they’d done since graduation. In terms of concerts, Homecoming has seen more than its share of less-popular artists than well-known artists. Hootie and the Blowfish, Exposé, and Vanilla Ice – believe it or not – have made their way to GC Homecomings. “It was kinda funny at the time,” ’93 alum Kell Carpenter said. “‘Really? [Vanilla Ice] is coming here?’ Looking back now, it’s really hilarious.” Recently, Homecoming has been a more prominent force for GC in the aspects of student involvement, activities and events for students and alumni alike. Ryan Greene, ’09 alum and former SGA president, recalled 2007 as the year that reincarnated Homecoming as what it is known to be today. “We’ve had the general idea of Homecoming for a number of years in the early 2000’s to mid 2000’s,” Greene said. “I was SGA president from 2007 through 2009. During my first term, that’s when we began our first big push of Homecoming and having the first Homecoming concert with Sister Hazel.” Greene attributes the quality and memories of Homecoming at GC to the work put into the event.

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STD rate at GC lower than national average Nicole Field Staff Writer In 2011, almost 1.5 million cases of chlamydia trachomatis were reported. This is the largest number of cases ever reported, not just for chlamydia, but any condition. This number is an increase of 8 percent compared to the rate in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the spring of 2011, Georgia College’s Health Services conducted a survey by the ACHA-NCHA II (American College Health Association, National College Health Assessment II). The association supports the health of campus communities by fulfilling the academic mission, supporting short and long-term healthy behaviors and gaining a current profile of health trends within the campus community. The survey for Georgia College students consisted of 743 respondents from various grade levels. At GC, the STD rates reported in this survey were lower than the national percentage. In the national survey, when asked within the last 12 months if they had been diagnosed or treated by a professional for Chlamydia, 1 percent responded that they had, while 0.8 percent of GC students surveyed responded they had been diagnosed or treated. The most common sexually transmitted disease at GC in the last 12 months was genital warts, or HPV, with 1.4 percent. This is the same percentage as the national average. On GC’s campus, students are aware of the steps that need to be taken toward prevention of HPV, according to Rachel Sullivan, University Health Educator. “The things that stand out for sexual health (at GC) are 41.2 percent reported receiving the cervical cancer vaccine, which is really good,” Sullivan said. The cervical cancer vaccine is a series of shots that is provided by health services and prevents the strands of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer in women. “21 percent of students reported being tested for HIV. These are all things that are preventative measures, but we still want (the numbers)

GC student STD survey results • 0.8 percent diagnosed/treated for chlamydia • 1.4 percent diagnosed/treated for HPV • 21 percent reported getting tested for HIV • 43 percent had one sexual parter in the past 12 months • 5.6 percent had four or more sexual partners in the past 12 months • 41.2 percent recieved the cervical cancer vaccine • Most prevelent STDs are chlamydia and herpes Source: Health Services’ sexual health survey of 743 students

to be higher than that,” Sullivan said. GC students reported that in the last 12 months, 36 percent had no sexual partners, 43 percent had one sexual partner, 9.9 percent had two, 4.6 percent had three, and 5.6 percent had four or more partners in the last year. Sullivan stated that these are statistics our school should promote and be proud of to trump the beliefs that some students may have about the college lifestyle. Although students may have a low number of sexual partners in their daily lives, when alcohol is introduced, the numbers go up. “13.4 percent of our students had unprotected sex in the last 12 months as a result of being under the influence of alcohol. That’s a lot of students,” Sullivan said. This is something Health Services is trying to raise awareness for. The week of Feb. 11-15 was Sexual Health Awareness Week. To spread the word on campus, Health Services was by the fountain and A&S. Students had the opportunity to sign the “Milly Love Box” with ways to show love to someone without having sex, including activities to take part in in Milled-

geville. Students who stopped by also had the chance to speak with peer health educators about what services are offered at GC Health Services in regards to sexual health. “Many students are unaware that we offer STD testing, gynecological exams, and many

medications for the treatment of STDs,” Alice Loper, clinic director, said. “We treat about 30 to 40 cases of STDs a semester,” Loper said. “The most prevalent STDs

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February 22, 2013 Point of Light

Continued from page 2 dent of the Smiley Kids Club, which educates children throughout the Milledgeville community on health and dental hygiene. Through visual demonstrations, activities, songs and literacy, children are educated on the necessity of dental hygiene. The Smiley Kids Club has reached over 550 children from Pre-K to second grade. The GC Miracle organization received the distinguished award based on their outstanding work as a group – raising awareness and funds for the Children’s Hospital in Macon, Ga. GC Miracle is the largest student-led fundraising organization on campus with an executive board of only 13 students, who coordinate all of the planning and execution of events. “We were ecstatic to receive national recognition from an organization like Points of Light. Their mission to highlight and create change in the world is incredibly honorable and we were proud to be part of it,” Stephanie Regan, director of GC Miracle, said. Former President George H. W. Bush established the Point of Light Award to challenge individuals to fulfill community needs and address serious social problems through voluntary service and in return honor their success. Each weekday one volunteer or group is recognized – more than 4,500 honorees have been recognized. Anyone can nominate an individual or organization to be considered for a Daily Point of Light award. But to be an eligible individual,

The Colonnade “I have always been passionate about service; my dad always pushed me to give back.” Alexa Kraft, future Daily Point of Light award winner organization or group, one must be actively engaged in voluntary service that is unpaid and has been active for at least six months. The judges select recipients based on how well the service meets a community’s needs, the impact of service it’s creating, the innovativeness of the approach to solving serious problems and the duration of the service. The award was established based on the idea that “each of us has the power to change lives.” Students can join an assortment of volunteer groups through the GIVE Center, ranging from health to fine arts. A student can go to the GIVE Center in MSU anytime Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sign up to volunteer. GC student Alexa Kraft, senior English major, will be receiving a Daily Point of Light award on March 6 for her continuous volunteer service. “I have always been passionate about service; my dad always pushed me to give back,” Kraft said.

Southern-themed campaign aims to raise bullying awareness Ashley Clifton Staff Writer Swirlies in the toilet, handing over lunch money and pushing the “weird” kids into lockers – welcome back to the infamous middle school years. With the rise of social media, bullying has made its way from inside the brick walls of school to behind a computer screen. The campaign Put Some South in Your Mouth, an anti-bullying initiative, is hoping to shine light on an issue that has over 160,000 students missing school each day. Anti-bullying and awareness was chosen by the PRSSA nationals and each team is to research, plan and implement a campaign. Members of the Bobcat PRSSA Bateman team, the name of the team assembled for national challenges, are given the opportunity to use their education and internship experiences to create a complete public relations campaign. “Because it is a local campaign, the title and it’s tagline (Put Some South in Your Mouth: Belles and Beaus Don’t Bully) are a reference to Southern courtesy and hospitality, Amanda Brodzik, president of PRSSA


Brina Potvin, PRSSA Bateman team member and Bobcat Bateman team member said. “We want our audience to draw on their Southern values and Put Some South in Their Mouth, rather than using negative language and bullying others.” Members of the team aren’t just drafting a proposal to present; they are hoping to en

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“I don’t clench my teeth; I bite the skin off the side of my nails, so my skin comes off the side of my fingers and leaves a scar.” Austin Schuman, freshman computer science major

Photo Contributed by Special Collections “Unmanageable costumes, a full auditorium . . . Russell on Slipper Night” -Original 1955 cutline

Paw Prints bookstore renovated for band practice space

Hayden Messer / Staff Photographer What used to be the Paw Prints bookstore is being renovated into a practice space for GC’s band and orchestra. The new space will be a large upgrade from the their current practice space in Porter. “Logistically, its not a great place, and this certainly will be an improvement over what we have now,” Michael Rickenbaker, university architect, said. Slated to be completed by the end of the semester, the company on the project, Chris R. Sheridan Construction, has been hard at work since the start.

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“I believe if you do a system like that, and you do not allow every student to have an opportunity like that … chances are limited because there will be less seats available,” he said. But Ferree disagreed. “The composition of the Senate body must be more representative of the entire student body,” she said, noting that no more than a quarter of the student body is Greek. The candidates then fielded questions about changes they would pursue if elected. “There are things that can be done that are just very subtle that can have a huge impact,” Perme said about his plan to hold senators more accountable by having them turn in monthly reports to executive officers. “Once you’re held accountable, you can begin to look around more at your campus and make sure you’re making an impact on your campus,” he said. Ferree said this accountability already exists within SGA, however, by way of office hours for senators. Both candidates were then asked about their credibility as candidates. Perme pointed to being the head of the Student Services Committee and being able to understand what the students want. Ferree said her experience as President Pro Tempore has given her the experience to understand the student body, as the position has its holder in communication with all RSOs. The election committee asked candidates what their opinion of a smoke-free campus was. Both candidates agreed, the designated smoking areas are there for a reason.

“I am so thrilled to be spreading awareness of anti-bullying and the effects of bullying on our college campus and in the community. I have always considered myself to be an anti-bullying advocate and, at times, was the subject to bullying growing up.”


Continued from page 2 “[Georgia College has] had Homecoming for quite some time,” he said. “It’s just the amount of how much money was put into it, how much effort was put into it. I know we increased funding for Homecoming a good bit in 2008. It was right around that time that they did a big push to put more money, time and energy into making a bigger, week-long event on campus.” This year, Homecoming continues to integrate student and alumni interests throughout the week with a talent show, trivia bowl, a history of GC, comedy night, numerous barbecues and a theater production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” throughout the weekend. “Like many campuses across the nation,” Greene said, “you got to keep building traditions in order for them to become as big as they are now.”


Nick Widener / Staff Photographer SGA presidential candidates President Pro Tempore Victoria Ferree and Sophomore Senator Creighton Perme field questions from the student body after they answered questions from each other, student media and the SGA electorial board.

Yet Perme said a smoke-free campus would be the optimal option. After scheduled questions were answered, the floor was turned over to students in attendance to ask questions. Graham Williams, a senior mass communication major, asked the candidates what diversity actually means on GC’s campus. “Diversity in my eyes is not just diversity in the types of people who go to this school … but getting more students involved in SGA that have never been involved before,” Ferree said. Perme’s response was similar, inviting people from all over the campus to discuss issues collaboratively. Other members of the student body inquired about how less Greek representation could come about, how non-Greek student

“The composition of the senate body must be more representative of the entire student body.”

Victoria Ferree, President Pro Tempore organizations could find representation within SGA and how budget cuts would impact individual committees. “I think both candidates had a lot to say, and I think that as a student I was very interested in hearing what I had to say,” Jhadelys Reyes, sophomore marketing major, said. “I agree with a lot of points that both of them made, and I think it’s going to be a close race.”

it from their friends, according to Adderall is not an over-the-counter drug, so to get it legally, a doctor has to prescribe it. However, most students buy it from their classmates. The word on the street is it’s not too hard to get. All you have to do is ask. “Talk to people. I’m pretty sure you’ll find out pretty quickly,” freshman computer science major Zach Matl said, who uses the drug for study purposes only. Gory Grober, freshman biology major, agreed. “Pretty much ask around,” he said.“Especially people who are prescribed it, because a lot of people who are prescribed it will sell it.” Both Grober and freshman art major Zach VanLandingham are diagnosed with ADHD, but said they don’t like the person they become when they are on the drug. Grober stopped taking the drug for his ADHD, but both he and VanLandingham still use the drug to focus when they study. “I’m on a prescription,” VanLandingham said, “and I’ve been jumped around on a few drugs and most of them, they get my work done, but I don’t really like who I am on them. I literally only take it so I can do my work.” Grober said the medicine makes him focus so hard, he clenches his teeth and the next day his jaw is sore. Austin Schuman, a freshman computer science major, said the drug affects him differently. “I don’t clench my teeth; I bite the skin off the side of my nails,” he said. “So my skin comes off the side of my fingers and leaves a scar.” Adderall is an amphetamine, meaning it is a drug that stimulates the nerves and the brain. Amphetamines increase the amount of certain chemicals in the body, which then increases heart rate and blood pressure, as well as suppress appetite. “You can see food (when you’re) on Adderall and feel completely turned off from it,” Grober said. Adderall abuse on campus was a topic for discussion in University Senate meetings in October and December of last year. Dianne Chamblee, senior lecturer in the nursing school, said the nursing faculty thought it would be good for senior nursing students to come up with an action plan to raise awareness of Adderall’s dark side. A group of senior nursing students teamed up with first semester nursing students and ended up giving out more than 400 flyers about the drug to students, along with free candy. “I don’t know if anybody took our advice, but a lot of students were surprised by the various health consequences,” Kathryn Gilliland, senior nursing major, said. “Namely, the male students were surprised to find out that it can cause erectile dysfunction. Apparently it’s damaging to their manhood when that happens.” Freshman marketing major James Pechman is skeptical of the powers of addiction. “It’s not that it’s addictive,” he said. “You can do the same amount of work when you’re bored, but when you enjoy the motivation so much, there’s no reason not to take it.” But health professionals say the opposite. “Sudden termination (of the drug) can induce suicidal thoughts,” Wilson said. While most students see the drug as harmless and merely a means to an end, many health professionals see Adderall abuse as a dangerous trend. And with ADHD diagnoses becoming more common, the face of studying could change permanently.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Adderall abuse, contact Counseling Services at 478-445-5331



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Continued from page 2 at GC are herpes and chlamydia.” Loper also said although they have treated cases of gonorrhea and syphilis in the past, none have been recent. GC Health Services hopes by promoting sexual health last week, they will be able to educate students on all the services that their clinic has to offer. Students who stopped by the Sexual Health Awareness table also received a sex kit, which includes condoms, lubricant and a handout with sexual health information. The sexual health kits are also available in the Wellness and Recreation Center. Nichole Houston, a senior mass communication major who is part of the WRC student staff, has seen the effects of the Sexual Health Awareness week at her job. “Although this can be an awkward topic for

“13.4 percent of our students had unprotected sex in the last 12 months as a result of being under the influence of alcohol. That’s a lot of students.” Rachel Sullivan, University Health educator

many of us, it’s something we need to be aware of. It made me happy to see people come by the Wellness Center and willingly pick up condoms and check out the information board set up,” Houston said. “This is something we are all going to encounter at some point, so we might as well be educated early on.”

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courage the Georgia College community to do what they can to combat bullying. Despite the target age being 10-19 years old, the campaign aims to increase awareness among children, teens, parents and key audiences of the short and longterm consequences of physical, verbal and cyber bullying. “I believe that everyone can empathize with the child who grew up picked on in class. No one realizes how deep words can hurt, especially children,” Michele McGuire, senior mass communication major, said. “I fear that teachers and administrators oftentimes overlook situations and warning signs, and students are left to feel

uncomfortable in their own school.” As soon as Brina Potvin, senior mass communication major, found out the topic for the Bateman case study competition, she knew immediately that she was interested in being a part of the Bobcat PRSSA Bateman team. “I am so thrilled to be spreading awareness of anti-bullying and the effects of bullying on our college campus and in the community, Potvin said. “I have always considered myself to be an anti-bullying advocate and, at times, was the subject to bullying growing up. Bullying has evolved with technology enhancements, and its negative effects on youth are evident in the news and media today.” All GC students are invited to get involved and come out to the various educational events and workshops hosted by the campaign. There will be a high achiever’s

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

House fire

Continued from page 1 The cause of the fire was believed to be a heat lamp in the dog house that fell down and broke, sparking into flames. By the time Mimbs’ father smelled smoke and ran out to the dog house in an attempt to stop the fire, the flames had reached the roof, quickly engulfing the rest of the house in the fire. Classified as an internal fire with fire raining down from the roof combined with the ground fire, there was little chance for anything to be salvaged. Although the bedrooms were not burned down, the house fire was determined to be a total loss because what was left intact was ruined by smoke and water damage. Reality of the tragedy set in when the sisters traveled to Dublin to see the damages done to their home for the first time. “The whole ride from Milledgeville to home, I thought that it would be easy,” Lauren said. “But just pulling up to the driveway and seeing ashes, knowing that we would have to start completely over was just devastating. When your house is just laying in pieces and you have to put special masks and shoes on to walk through your house and can’t stay in a room for more than five minutes because the boards are falling down, immediately that feeling of home and home is where the heart is is completely gone because my heart was at home.” The family told close friends hours after it happened through phone calls. A few days after the fire, word reached the Phi Mu sorority at a formal chapter, inspiring them to find ways to help give back to the Mimbs family.

workshop on Feb. 19, a GC rally on Feb. 25 from 4-6 p.m., a Boys & Girls Club workshop on Feb. 26 and an Early College Program Assembly on Feb. 28. If community members cannot attend any of the events, they can sign the pledge against bullying and find out more information about how to get involved by going to the campaign’s website at http:// “I have always been passionate about making a difference and feel that if I impact just one child’s life through the campaign, than I truly feel as if it is all worth it,” McGuire said. To learn more about the initiative, students are encouraged to interact with the campaign online by following Put Some South in Your Mouth on Facebook, Instagram and by hashtagging PSSIYM on Twitter.

Teaming up with 42nd Floor, Phi Mu created a generic GC T-shirt in honor of the Mimbs family that was available to any GC student who wished to purchase one. Sonic spirit nights and businesses Jack and Darcy and Betsey Pittard have reached out to help raise money for the Mimbs family as well. “I’ve known Lauren and Jordan for three years now through Phi Mu,” Brittany Bomba, junior business management major, said. “I heard about the fire the morning it happened. I was at work and received a text message from a mutual friend. I was shocked and really concerned. Jordan is one of my best friends. The Mimbs are such a deserving family. I wanted to help them in any way I could.” Beyond the support of friends and the community, the Mimbs have been consoled on a daily basis by their faith. “Jesus Christ is the only thing getting me through. I completely trust in Jesus that everything works for my good and that through everything he will get the glory,” Jordan said. The rebuilding of a new house will take anywhere from four to seven months, but the Mimbs remain hopeful for the future and humbled by all the help given to them in their time of need. “All of the help from Georgia College has been noticed. My family has been floored by all the help we have received,” Lauren said. “It doesn’t matter if they are broke college students, professors in the College of Education or if they actually know us or not, it has been a humbling experience to have people help and to let us know that it is going to be okay. It is a huge sign of unity and makes it known that we are a family here at Georgia College, and we are going to take care of each other.”

JESSICA WINSKI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Brina Potvin and Michele McGuire discuss tactics for their anti-bullying campaign. The PRSSA Bateman team aims to have an impact on Middle Georgia by promoting awareness and advocacy.

Close up Themes, ideas and events of the 21st century

February 22, 2013 • Editor, Scott Carranza

ONE NATION Under art Michael Murphy’s presidential piece is displayed in Time magazine LAUREN CORCINO STAFF WRITER Last year, ordinary cardboard boxes were discarded outside of the MSU Lounge without a second thought. However, Georgia College assistant professor of art Michael Murphy recognized the potential of this common material and transformed those boxes into a 7-foottall sculpture of President Barack Obama. The creation was featured in Time magazine. “When you are broke, you often have to work with recycled objects and found materials,” Murphy said. “I have a tendency to collect raw materials when I see them. I am not a hoarder or a pack rat, but whenever I see a raw material that I can use for art, I grab them. Approached by Time magazine, Murphy was asked in an email to create a piece of artwork for the cover. Having one of his sculptural portraits of Obama published in Time magazine in 2008 for the last presidential election, Murphy and Time magazine had continued to correspond with each other since then. When commissioned for the job, Murphy was only given the instructions to incorporate the colors red and blue in his piece to depict the electoral divide in the country. “(Time magazine) couldn’t tell me about it or what issue it was for, so it was a total mystery,” he said. “It is really strange when someone tells you to work on a job, but they can’t tell you what the job is. They couldn’t tell me what the issue was about or a single piece of text that was going to go on the cover with the image. Murphy’s sculpture of Obama was created to comment on the popular culture surrounding the president. The “optical illusion” aspect of the piece emphasizes the idea of how Obama appears in the public eye. “My work is more of a critical foil,” Murphy said. “I am not idolizing Obama, but he is at the forefront

“(He) told me that he and Barack were big fans and personally felt that no one had captured his essence as well as I had.” Michael Murphy, assistant professor of art of popular culture. I’m holding up a mirror to society and making subtle comments about it, like the fact that it is an optical illusion. What you see on television is a mediated illusion of a character.” While artists are often content with becoming famous, Murphy prefers for his “artwork” to get the glory and not the “artist” himself. “I’m interested in the work gaining notoriety, but not myself,” Murphy said. “I was actually angry that they put a picture of me in Time magazine because I wanted the work to be there. I have no interest in being in Time magazine. I don’t publish photos of myself. I want the emphasis to be on the work.” After years of creating his art, Murphy no longer shares with the public exactly how his artwork is made. “I actually don’t tell people how I make my work anymore,” he said. “I’ve been ripped off quite a bit over the years. A lot of people are making work almost identical to mine, so I stopped telling how to do it.” Murphy actively engages in the media to give insight on the deeper meaning behind his pieces and the subtle messages that are incorporated. “I think it is rubbish to render an image of Abraham Lincoln out of pennies because it is so incredibly obvious and boring,” he said. “There is no puzzle there to put together. It is too simple a riddle. … I like to make things a little more vague and not so in your face.” Murphy’s artwork has been pub-


colonnade: What subjects appeal to you and influence your art? gómez: What appeals to me are the acoustics of spaces and how that can re-amplify or adjust sounds that we are used to hearing. I think a lot of us walk through life, and we don’t notice a lot of things that are happening around us. I get a lot of personal enrichment by turning everything off and hearing what’s happening. That’s a theory called deep listening. There are certain things that we block out of our knowledge base, and those are things I’m tapping into. colonnade: What are the first steps for getting published in a gallery? gómez: The best thing to do is called an “artist packet.” It will contain images, some quotes – any media. Anytime you’re published, scan the piece. Making the work is not enough. You are going to market yourself. All artists are going to have to know how to sell them-

lished in nine magazines, including New York magazine and Ark magazine along with several books. “It’s awesome to know that I have a teacher who is so successful at what he does,” Halley White, junior mass communication major, said. “I can tell by the things he says in class that he is very passionate about his art. Murphy was honored at a dinner in Washington, D.C. with the current transition government. Although Obama was not present,

Murphy’s work was recognized by one of Obama’s close friends. “Obama’s best friend from childhood reached out to me and found me when I was in Washington for the inauguration and thanked me for my work,” Murphy said. “(He) told me that he and Barack were big fans and personally felt that no one had captured his essence as well as I had.” Even though Murphy’s work gained national attention, he remains undaunted by the fame.

“I’m never going to get cocky,“ he said. “That is important to me. I’ve always been confident, so if something raises my confidence level, you are probably not going to notice because I’m already confident.” FOR A THREE DIMENSIONAL VIEW OF THE ABOVE PIECE AND MORE OF MICHAEL MURPHY’S ART, VISIT WWW.MMIKE.COM

The Master

And the art

From photography to fiber arts, professors from the Department of Art share their work.

Professor of Art Ernesto Gómez reveals his career as an artist, getting published and what it takes to have artwork displayed in galleries. colonnade: What works will be displayed here? gómez: The work I’m displaying in the GC faculty exhibition will be sculpture: stone and wood with light and text. The title of the work is “Absolutism.” The media I selected is analogous with human development. As we evolved, the weapons of warfare followed close behind. Beginning with our own fists, then wood, stone and other manipulated materials eventually developed (over several millennia) into the military-industrial complex that we have today.


Emily Gómez Emily J. Gómez is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She earned her BA in fine arts/photography from Loyola University Chicago in 1998 and her MFA with Distinction from the University of Georgia in 2006. She is an an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. SPECIAL TO THE COLONNADE

selves, how to present things properly, how to deal with the business world and how to be professional. colonnade: Where has your work been published lately and what work are you doing for your next exhibit here? gómez: Sculpture magazine is the most recent. I’m dealing with the gallery right now, and I’m actually flying out in a couple of weeks to make audio recordings of the space. That’s the thing with my work: Because it’s so detail oriented, I have to make at least one survey trip where I take intense photographs, record the space and hear what’s happening. colonnade: What does it feel like to be published? gómez: It’s exciting. Artists make work because we have to. It’s part of our DNA. When you’re published, it’s really nice because you’re seen by a wider audience. When you have a show in a gallery or museum, there are a certain amount of people that go there – a certain radius that will go to like the High (museum) in Atlanta. Sculpture Magazine goes all over the world. So you don’t have to be in the U.S. or Georgia to see my work.

TeaYoun Kim-Kassor TeaYoun Kim-Kassor is originally from South Korea where she received her BFA in fiber arts. She continued her research in art education as the Japanese equivalent of a Fulbright Scholar at Saitama University in Japan where she earned an MAT. In America, TeaYoun continued her exploration of fine arts in the MFA program at the University of Tennessee with a focus on installation. Currently, she is teaching as an assistant professor of art at a Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga.

Valerie Aranda

Valerie Aranda is a visual artist and muralist from Tempe, Ariz. She is a professor of art at Georgia College and has taught studio art since 2002. She received her BFA in painting from Arizona State University and her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego.


February 22, 2013 • Editor, Jeannie Huey

WHAT’S HAPPENING Monday February 25



Resume Review Day (Lanier 132)

12 p.m.

GIVE Center’s ONE Week campaign

12 - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Learn (MSU Lounge)

Tuesday, February 26


Hear the report on our podcast channel

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Feb. 14 1:32 a.m. Campus police Sgt. Jammal Hicks went to Parkhurst Hall to talk to a student who was having problems with a guest staying in her room. She told Hicks that the guest had been staying with her for the past week and that he had stolen her Bobcat card. When she could not find her card, she saw him sitting in a computer lab, one that he could enter only with a Bobcat card. She asked him if he had it and he said no. Later, her guest got drunk and passed out on her floor, so she searched his pockets. He came to, became defensive and tried to punch her. Then he ran away. Hicks tried to call the troublesome guest several times but he never answered. Hicks and the Milledgeville Police Department searched Parkhurst Hall, Centennial Center and the 500 block of West Green Street, but did not find him. He had left behind personal items and a compact mirror with “a suspicious substance” inside it, according to Hicks’ report. Hicks called the guest again and left a message, saying that he was considered trespassing if he was on campus. Hicks also mentioned that the guest’s belongings were at the police station.

2 ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND POLITICS Feb. 15 11:17 a.m. A student called the police to tell them that two campaign signs were stolen from campus. Sgt. Brian English met the student at University Housing and was told that between Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 1:10 a.m. a sign by World of Wings and another in front of Wells Hall went missing. The signs are worth about $40. There are no suspects. The case was turned over to investigators.

3 EGG AND RUN Feb. 15 2:23 p.m. A student called campus police because someone damaged his car while it was parked in front of Napier Hall. When Sgt. Brian English met the student at his car he saw that it had been egged and a panel on the trunk had been destroyed. The student told English that he noticed that the panel on the driver’s side had also been deeply scratched. There are no suspects. The case was turned over to investigators.

4 WHERE’S THE BEEF? Feb. 15 3:58 p.m. Sgt. English met a student at his car parked near West Greene and Jackson streets. The student told English that someone had put cooked ground beef inside his car’s gas lid. The same or something similar was done to several other cars parked in the lot on Feb. 14 and 15. There are no suspects and the case was handed over to investigators.

All week

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9 a.m.

Midterm grades posted

2 p.m.

GC Softball vs. Kentucky State (West Campus)

2 p.m.

GC Men’s Tennis vs. Armstrong (Centennial Courts)

2 p.m.

GC Women’s Tennis vs. Armstrong (Centennial Courts)

4 p.m.

GC Softball vs. Kentucky State (West Campus)

Wednesday, February 27 All week

GIVE Center’s ONE Week

12 - 12:50 p.m.

Times Talk: What is engaged learning? (LITC 2nd floor)

12 - 1 p.m.

Nursing & Health Sciences Career Fair preparation workshop (Chappell 113)

3 p.m.

GC Baseball vs. West Georgia (West Campus)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Venture Out kayak roll clinic (Wellness and Recreation Center pool)

6 p.m.

Angela Davis speaks at Georgia College (Centennial Center)

7 p.m.

Alpha Delta Pi “The King of Diamonds”

7 - 8p.m.

“Love Always” student film premiere (University Banquet Room)

Thursday, February 28 All week

GIVE Center’s ONE Week

4 p.m.

GC Softball vs. Fort Valley (West Campus)

6 p.m.

GC Softball vs. Fort Valley (West Campus)

Friday, March 1

5 DUI ARREST Feb. 16 3:21 a.m. Sgt. Gary Purvis was driving on Hancock Street when he spotted a Hyundai Accent weaving across the center line of Tattnall Street. He pulled the car over at a nearby intersection. The driver told Purvis that there was something wrong with the car, causing it to swerve. Purvis noticed that the car’s brights were on and that the driver smelled strongly of alcohol, had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Purvis asked if he would take a breathalyzer test. He agreed. His blood-alcohol level registered .16, twice the legal limit to drive. Purvis arrested him “for suspicion of DUI,” according to his report. The car was moved by a sober driver while the student was taken to Milledgeville Police Department. The alleged drunken driver was given a citation for DUI and given a warning for failure to maintain lane.

All week

GIVE Center’s ONE Week

All day

First Friday (Downtown Milledgeville)

All day

Dr. Seuss’ birthday: Read Across America Day

7 - 8 p.m.

First Friday Foreign Films: “Bacheha-Ye aseman” - Children of Heaven

Saturday, March 2


Feb. 18 1:35 a.m. A student told the police that her iPhone 4 had been stolen that day, but she didn’t know when. She traced the phone to North Lincoln Street. The case was then turned over to investigators.

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9:30 a.m.

Registration for Enactus’ Dr. Seuss Festival (Oconee River Greenway)

11 a.m.

Delta Zeta “Kicks for Caroline” (West Campus)

5:30 p.m.

15th Annual Animal Rescue Foundation Auction (Milledgeville Country Club)

8 p.m.

GIVE Center’s ONE Week

Sunday, March 3 12 p.m.

GC Softball vs. Francis Marion (West Campus)


GC Softball vs. Francis Marion (West Campus)

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Opinion Our Voice Mr. and Ms. Georgia College elections have lost their weight Homecoming is a time of great tradition centered around welcoming alumni back to Georgia College. The week is full of parades, tailgating, a concert and a game to close the out the festivities of the week – and, of course, the Mr. and Ms. Georgia College competition. The idea behind Mr. and Ms. Georgia College is to pick a wellrounded student to represent the school for the next academic year.

Candidates for the positions advertise themselves as “one in a million” on their respective Facebook campaign pages. The majority of the candidates are supported by large organizations on campus; some candidates are backed by Greek organizations and others run independently. Students’ enthusiasm for the competition can be seen every day during the week of Homecoming when walking by the A&S Fountain. People walking to class are bombarded by sugary treats and candidate-branded swag handed out by members of each individual organization. But unfortunately, the title of “Mr. GC” or “Ms. GC” seems to have lost its importance. The candidates are no longer voted on based on the things they’ve done or their character, rather their popularity or by how many Twix bars were given out from their organization. The only common reason given to vote for someone is, “Do you want some candy?” This is not to say that the candidates have done nothing worthwhile, but their abilities and qualifications for Mr. or Ms. GC are not put forth anymore. The students are asked to vote for

February 22, 2013• Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Shoemake

“But unfortunately, the title of ‘Mr. GC’ or ‘Ms. GC’ seems to have lost its importance. The candidates are no longer voted on based on the things they’ve done or their character, rather their popularity...” people who they don’t know and know nothing about. And what do Mr. and Ms. GC do after they win? It seems like we never hear about them after Homecoming week. We don’t hear about any community service or events they are involved in. As a student body, we should expect more from the students who win this title. It’s as if the winners are awarded, and that’s the end of it. The Mr. and Ms. GC contest is not negative in any way; it is a time for students to have fun with friendly competition and enjoy Homecoming. But if the students of GC are asked to vote for someone to represent the university as a whole,

Walking to class in the rain...


What was the best free prize you scored this Homecoming week?

“The Homecoming T-shirt, because free T-shirts are always the best.” Andrew Worsham, sophomore outdoor education major

“The T-shirt, because it was free and actually fit me. The design is pretty cool.” Nana Opoku, freshman special education major

“The cookies were the best.” Brittany Barron, senior marketing major

“The snacks from sororities between classes; especially the pizza.” Lisa Mitchell, sophomore exercise science major

“The cotton candy was pretty awesome.” Virgina VanDyck, sophomore computer science major

That Q&A with Cody Allen is weak and he’s just beating around the bush. I could have said all of that in my sleep. What are your REAL goals for the year?? RAWR! This whole CAS thing is reminiscent of the internet in general back in 1996. I suppose it wouldn’t be so annoying if the thing actually worked. If you’re an alumnisowho went heregetting while we paidfrom the If you complain much about emails Wellness Fee, why thendon’t we shouldn’t to pay money the school you just have unsubscribe so the to getrest in there after we graduate. We already paid plenty of of us don’t have to see another Facebook money put that thingan up,email so why areyou!!!!! we continuing to statustoabout getting from pay if we want to use it after we graduate?


By Zach Keepers

SGA bleeding money ‘til they’re dry MARK WATKINS SGA has turned into more of a hemophiliac than a governing body with the way they’ve been sending money through the door. On Wednesday our student senators overspent their $7,000 spring budget for allocations by more than $1,200, passing three bills just shy of $2,000. For context, the end of the semester isn’t until May 4. That’s three months from now. Three months with SGA in the red. The hope was that the $68.17 left over from last semester’s budget would tide them over, but with the rate they’ve been going, I can’t imagine that measly snack will last longer than this semester’s appetizer, main course and dessert. The main issue here actually isn’t that SGA has been spending money like there’s no tomorrow, it’s that, for

them, there really isn’t. It was made explicitly clear to junior senator Peter O’Reilly, when he raised a fuss about how much money was flowing out the doors, that senators shouldn’t consider how much money is left in the budget when considering a bill. It should all be on a case-to-case basis. I want to make sure I’m clear on this point, so let me say it again. SGA does not consider how much money they are allowed to allocate when they are looking at bills. If their largest bill is on the table, there is no concern as to how much money is left in their budget. I’d say that rejects about 90 percent of treasurer Aubrey Ethridge’s accounting books. He’s done right to mention before each meeting how much is left in the budget with a subtle point at how little that number is, but I feel like he should be able to do more. SGA makes the point that allocations are on a first come first serve basis, but it doesn’t seem right that students can get beat out for their own money. Maybe this is the best solution to a broken system, but the fact remains that SGA has grievously overspent their budget and there’s no midnight snack this semester.

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February 22, 2013• Editor, Marilyn Ferrell

Hot New Music

the most of general ghost

General Ghost band member Jon Howard speaks to A&E editor Anna Morris about how they became a band, the struggles they have faced and much more. Howard and fellow member Kyle Rictor hope to continue learning and improving as a band while remaining as honest as possible. colonnade: What’s the band’s back story? Where did the name “General Ghost” come from? jon howard: Kyle and I met in Nashville, but we’re actually both from Pennsylvania. When we went to exchange numbers we had the same area code. I actually worked in the cafeteria of the college he went to (not at the same time). When we first started making music we worked out of a studio I was renting in an old house called Joy Mansion. It was built by a general who was in the War of 1812. When the sun went down there was this uneasiness in the building. It was kind of terrifying, but became somewhat normal feeling. So, we’d always refer to the “General’s Ghost” when we heard a sound or something. General Ghost came from that. We took away the apostrophe because ghosts hate punctuation.

howard: I think the day General Ghost plays at the Ryman here in Nashville will be a great one. colonnade: I know you were featured on Noisetrade. What’s the process of getting your EP on there, and did it help bring you a lot of new fans? howard: Noisetrade is awesome. Pretty much anyone can release their music on there. The staff there just randomly chose us to be a featured artist and we really did see a lot of new fans because of that.

“We want to be really honest with people listening to our music and to ourselves about who we are and what we’re feeling. ...All of that to say, I think that we just feel a need to make this music and we’re learning so much through it. That’s inspiring.”

colonnade: What would you say is the biggest difference between “If Then” and “Give Me To The Waves”? howard: “Give Me To The Waves” was the very first thing Kyle and I did together. We just…started. We had a week to make it and so we just did what felt colonnade: What inspires the band the most? natural. “If Then” came a little bit later and we had howard: We want to be really honest with peo- more time to gather thoughts and ideas for the songs. -Jon Howard, ple listening to our music and to ourselves about who We still made that very quickly, but had a better idea band member we are and what we’re feeling. We’ve been complete- of what we wanted to do. ly burnt out … like, for instance, we just finished a colonnade: What made you guys want to covnew record and at the very end just realized it wasn’t howard: I’m really bad at these questions. If I right. It wasn’t right to release at the moment at least er the song “New York Minute”? had one record I probably wouldn’t be able to – so discouraging. But once we made that decision, howard: Our dads. I distinctly remember a ver- picktoandpick then just end up not having any music to ever we were ready to start all over again by the end of the sion of “New York Minute” on the “Hell Freezes listen to as long as I live. day. All of that to say, I think that we just feel a need to Over” tape by The Eagles, which was a very influenmake this music and we’re learning so much through tial piece of my childhood. it. That’s inspiring. colonnade: What’s up next for you guys? For more information on colonnade: Can you tell me a little bit about howard: Well, we’re starting over on our third your creative process? How do you go about writing record and simultaneously touring as musicians for your songs? different artists. Kyle is playing with Brooke Waghoward: Most of the time we write and record goner, and I play guitar for Paramore. We’re working a song in one day. We start an idea together and then a couple of short films and musical pieces and hopewe’ll hack through it in the same room or split up and fully going to be touring as General Ghost this next do different things, like tracking parts or writing lyr- year as well. check out their website, ics. I think we work best when we don’t overthink things. This new new record we’re working on will colonnade: What’s one fun fact about General , be a little bit different, since we’re actually tracking a Ghost? lot of it thousands of miles apart as we’re both touring howard: We met over Twitter. #embarrassed or find them and “like” with different artists.

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February 22, 2013• Editor, Anna Morris

I Love You,

You’re perfect,

Now Change!

KENDYL WADE / SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER (Top left) Senior theater major Erin Borain shows off her refund check for “missing the G-spot” in an infomercial scene. (Right) Sophomore theater majors Haley Koger and Zachary Bradford make their parents suffer during a family vaction. (Bottom left) Mitchell Moore, a sophomore music education major, weeps bitterly during a romance movie he allowed Koger’s character to choose.

Everything you want to know about relationships but are too afraid to ask SCOTT CARRANZA SENIOR REPORTER Humming in unison, four shadowy figures are individually illuminated by spotlight. The humming slowly develops into a satirical version of Adam and Eve, God’s model for relationships between a man and a woman. Audience members giggle as, to their surprise, the actors begin the first song of the night – completely pants-less. As if that scene wasn’t funny enough, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” manages to keep the laughs-a-minute number very high. Ending the Valentine season on a high note, the musical blends talented singers, hilarious script writing and live music with message about different relationships that everyone can relate to. The actors manage to capture the essence of many different scenarios encountered in one’s love life, whether it be the first date, married

with kids or the all-menacing break-up. The play covers a lot of ground and speaks volumes how people interact when love is thrown in the mix. Amy Pinney, director of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” expressed that the collaboration between the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre was a must. Music director Wendy Mullen played her part in the musical side of the performance, occasionally playing the violin and viola live on stage to accompany the actors. The musical was portrayed in a collection of short scenes with each of the four actors playing anywhere from 10 to 15 characters. Starting with a quasi-creation scene of man and woman, the actors completed rapid scene and costume changes throughout the night, all the while singing about first dates, wedding ceremonies and parenting woes. Out of the four actors in the production, sophomore music education major Mitchell

Erin Borain, senior theater major Moore was the only non-theater major on stage. However, Moore showed off his singing prowess throughout the scenes, even though he had not been in a production for quite some time. “I was very intimidated coming into this because everyone else had past experience or had

been in musicals before,” Moore said. “It was probably around five years since I’ve been in a show, but they took me under their wings and they have been absolutely incredible and they made feel like one of them.” Moore performed many solos as well as duets throughout the night. More specifically, his duets with sophomore theater major Haley Koger were a treat for the ears. Because of the way the script was written, Moore and Koger were paired together for a majority of the musical. Moore also found acting as 15 different people very daunting. “It makes things a little harder,” he said. “Having to act as 15 different characters in the show was a big feat to take on.” However, he expressed his love for the idea and excitement for the challenge. “I have appreciated not having to stay consistent with just one character,” Moore said. “I

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Mitchell CAITLIN MULLANEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER Sophomore Mitchell Moore came to Georgia College as an accounting major, but quickly found out the stage where he had spent most of his life was once again calling him. He beat the competition, landing a lead role in the Department of Theatre’s upcoming performance of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” “I auditioned for the experience,” Moore said. “College is all about experiencing as much as you can, and I knew I could use this in the future when teaching my own students.” Moore is one of the four stars of the play, and throughout the show he plays more than 15 different characters, playing out humorous scenes of relationships, from dating to having children. For some of his character portrayals he has taken inspiration from his own life, modeling after his father in one of the scenes. “I have the opportunity to channel

“She gave me at least one thing to cling to for each of the characters. For a tennis character, she gave me a picture of a strong, female tennis player in a magazine to hold on to.”

some childhood memories like long family car rides and my dad when he would watch football,” Moore said. “If I didn’t have some of these memories, I don’t think many of my characters would have developed as much as they have.” Originally from Tifton, Ga., Moore began singing in his elementary school choir in fifth grade, then began

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PERRY WILLIAMS CONTRIBUTING WRITER Zack Bradford, a sophomore theater major, loves the challenge of being one of only four cast members in the Georgia College Department of Theatre’s upcoming spring musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The play, which was the second-longest-running musical in off-Broadway history, is a musical comedy that highlights the ups and downs of life and relationships. Bradford is directed by Amy Pinney, along with fellow cast members senior Erin Borain and sophomores Hayley Koger and Mitchell Moore. “I like the challenge it presents,” Bradford said. “With only four people, there is a lot more of a connection among the cast, and it’s very diffi

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The fashion industry released its new insight on trends to be set this coming season with ruffles, veiling, “power suits,” kimonos and a stress on the combination of black and white. •

Black and white, though not a pair usually associated with springtime, is considered to be the best new contrast this spring. Solid, black tops over white bottoms – and vice versa – were revealed and are encouraged, but more patterns are suggested to help rock the style. Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta experimented with stripes with the former using narrow, vertical stripes on a jacket-and-shorts outfit and the latter tilting his stripes diagonally on dresses. Chanel tried and succeeded in using white polka dots on a black top; and Marc Jacobs went to checkerboard extremes and made it work. Veiling is not all that new, but its emphasis during designers’ recent shows may promise a more mainstream appeal to the trend. Veiling adds transparency to solid portions of an outfit, giving it a special touch with the effects of featherweight and sheer materials like silk and, my all-time favorite, chiffon. A veil of a midnight-blue hue gives the illusion of the Armani suit underneath fading into a Prussian blue. Its crystal-like specks of glitter make the design a walking night sky. Ruffles are my favorite trend of the season. They can come off as extreme, in a way, but they look like animated ocean waves or clusters of flower blossoms. They’re great shoulder accentuations, giving the impression of mini wings. Full-on ruffled skirts add a new shape/attitude to your walk without having to try.

Power suits are another favorite of mine for women this season. Just remember that pantsuits are not just for men. Dior showcased a simple-yet-chic women’s suit in all black. Balmain, however, put the “power” in “power suit” with bold shoulder pads and a figure-shaping belt around the jacket. Don’t let the fact that guys are more prone to wear suits than girls dissuade you from at least trying it. Start with special occasions.

How many ways can one reinvent the kimono? The majority of designers who chose this route as part of their spring collection kept a short, cute path. Prada conceptualized an above-the-knee, slightly bulky shape for its line while designers like Emilio Pucci made more slim, form-fitting kimonos. Though they look more like Taekwondo tops than actual kimonos, fashion is fashion – a modern interpretation of past designs.

I recommend trying to fit these new trends into your wardrobe, in any way, for spring. Word of caution: Don’t get excited and go overboard. Milledgeville is a rather small town with somewhat of a lack of a general fashion sense. You don’t want to overwhelm the natives with an overabundance of “fabulosity.” Start small, and don’t combine every trend into one.

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Continued from page 9... can be so many different (characters) and portray so many different people.” For senior theater major Erin Borian, Pinney played a vital role as director, handing out ideas and themes to hold on to for each individual character in the musical scenes. “She gave me at least one thing to cling to for each of the characters,” Borain said. “For a tennis character, she gave me a picture of a strong, female tennis player in a magazine to hold on to.” Pinney also expressed the idea of keeping your focus on the relationship through a simple metaphor, and not being distracted by other life aspects. “She really wanted to keep the heart of the show and the central theme of connections and love,” Koger said. “She put it, metaphorically, as a knot. We weave in and out of each other’s lives into a series of knots and keeping that in mind without getting lost in other things.” Borain stated that this musical was one of her favorites. Just like Koger and Moore, Borain was, for the most part, paired with the sophomore theater major Zachary Bradford. Their voices blended together to create very

enjoyable scenes. The musical direction of the performance was undoubtedly the best part of the show. All four of the actors seemed confident in their vocal skills and many of the harmonies were absolutely flawless. Coupled with their acting skills, their performance was hard to denounce in any way. Even though a lot of time his time was consumed with rehearsals, Moore was very adamant on returning to the stage for another musical. “It’s been a huge commitment, but I can see myself doing it again,” Moore said. “I encourage anyone who wants to be in a musical to audition. It’s just a great experience.” Koger was very happy with the time spent with her fellow cast members and felt like she was performing with her family on stage. With the musical centered around relationships, it seems only fitting that there were close bonds formed backstage. “For me, this show is the most I have ever been connected with the cast,” Koger said. “It really was like a family the whole time and that is always something I can take away with me.” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” runs through Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in Russell Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for Georgia College students. To purchase tickets in advance please visit or call (478) 445-4226.

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Q & A with Melanie Hutcheson, Member of Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance Melanie Hutcheson, sophomore sociology major, discusses the Poverty Simulation on Monday, Feb. 25, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is intended to infom students of the seriousness of poverty, not to make light of the issue. the colonnade: What is the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance? melanie: We are a student-led organization working to train students to become nonprofit professionals through classes, conferences and events. the colonnade: How did the idea of a Poverty Simulation derive? melanie: Family Promise, a nonprofit in Atlanta, has a fundraiser called Box City, where they sleep in cardboard boxes to raise awareness about homelessness. I thought it was a great idea and wanted to bring it to GC. When I brought the idea up to our director, she told me they had done it six years ago. the colonnade: What will take place during the Poverty Simulation? melanie: Students will walk through the life of a homeless person. There will be a Sleep Out, where students sleep on Front Campus to imagine life without a house. Also, we will have a speaker. the colonnade:What will be taking place during the event? melanie: There will be all kinds of activities taking place throughout the twoday event including musical guest and speakers. Also, we will have an area on campus where students can experience a day in the life of a labor slave. the colonnade:Who is speaking? melanie: Patrick MacCallum – director of Mercy House in Cartersville, Ga. We are honored to have him as our

Photo Courtesy of Ansley Burgamy speaker because he was previously homeless and is going to share his story. the colonnade:What is the main goal? melanie: We are striving to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty specifically to Milledgeville. the colonnade:How can students get involved? melanie: We want everyone to come to the event. You don’t have to spend the night, but it is highly encouraged to get the full experience. the colonnade:Why are you passionate about raising awareness? melanie: It is just such a big issue. As students we live in a bubble, but there is poverty all around. I want this to open student’s eyes to the seriousness of this issue. Beyond awareness, we want to connect students with non-profit organizations in Milledgeville.

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Continued from page 9... cult to play so many characters and be present with only four people on stage, but we rise to the challenge” Bradford’s previous experience onstage prepared him well for multiple roles in the musical. He grew up in Covington but attended nearby Social Circle High School. Being a huge fan of movies for as long as he can remember, Bradford always tried to entertain his family and loved making them laugh. As a junior, Bradford got his first lead in “Godspell,” a musical that follows Jesus Christ as its main character. “I always wanted to be an actor,” Bradford said. ‘When I was in 11th grade I finally decided to get up and try it out and I got the lead. From then on I knew this is what I needed to do.” The GC theater major has worked on many productions here with his strong build and stylish sideburns. Ranging from “Hamlet” to “The Wedding Singer” and has no plans on slowing down his acting career. In the future, Bradford would love to move to a place where he can act on-stage or on film regularly, such as New York or California. Pinney is ecstatic to have Bradford in her small-but-perfect musical cast. “I’m so very proud of the work Zachary is doing in this show,” Pinney said. “His awesome rock n’ roll voice paired with his talent for finding truth and honesty in a character will knock your socks off. You’re going to love this guy.” Bradford is playing his biggest role yet, taking on multiple personalities in the musical, playing many different ages all at different stages of relationships. His favorite scene of the musical is when he and Hayley Koger are acting as elderly adults. “We play two old people at a funeral and I’m trying to pick her up and it’s really fun because I’m playing an older person but I’m only 19,” Bradford said. “Playing someone in the 60-to-70 age range is both challenging and extremely rewarding.”

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MADDIE SHORES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tha Hugs, who have previously performed at Buffington’s, is known for getting people out of their seats and onto the dance floor. They were the second band to perform Friday, and when they were approached about playing the benefit, they didn’t hesitate to say yes.


(Top) Rapanui’s resident rapper, C.P. Bennett, is one of several artists that performed at Buffington’s benefit concert Friday, Feb. 15. (Bottom) Floco Torres, who is preparing to kick off a tour, was a crowd favorite.

Benefit concert raises money for family in need MADDIE SHORES STAFF WRITER Four bands for $3. Screaming fans and a mosh pit. Flashing lights and jello shots. Friday night at Buffington’s, four bands played a benefit concert to help raise money for a Milledgeville family in need. The doors opened at 9 p.m. and people poured in. There was not an open seat in the house. “I actually didn’t even know coming to the show that it was a benefit, but I am so glad that my money is going toward a good cause,” Jenna Flitcroft, senior environmental science major, said. The benefit was for a boy named Nathan Patel who has diabetes and has recently found out that he will need to have an insulin pump. All proceeds were donated to his family to put toward the costly equipment. The first band to play was Rapanui. The band consisted of five members who got the crowd

pumped up with their funky music and different sound. The band brought in more people to where all seats were filled and everyone else was left to stand. Overall, Buffington’s packed in over 100 people. “We decided to play this benefit concert because we enjoy playing music, especially when it’s for a good cause,” Alex Furness, Rapanui guitarist said. “ The highlight of the night for us was to play Buffington’s for the first time and to have everyone stoked about us and ask us to return again for a later gig.” The second band up was Tha Hugs, which also includes students from GC. Concert-goers gathered in front of the stage waiting for the band to perform. “We were approached by Buffington’s to play the show, and without question we said yes,” Connor Yates, junior history major, said. “We just love the energy and vibes the crowds put out at Buffington’s, and the Buffington’s staff is super great to work with.”

“It was a touching story, and it’s awesome to be able to help a family that everyone has talked so nicely about. It was a great show, great vibes from everybody.” Floco Torres, performer The band brought most of the crowd from their seats to the front of the stage, and the fans raved during their whole set list. Z97-FM was at the benefit as well and raffled off numerous prizes halfway through the night. The raffle included over nine tickets to Carmike Cinemas, locally made window glass

hangers, $20 in Buff Bucks and a $20 giftcard to Blackbird. Between each band, the DJ from Z97-FM played music that got multiple people on their feet dancing while waiting for the next band to set up and begin performing. Kicking off their tour, the third band to play was Floco Torres. Known throughout the Southeast, the band was happy to be at Buffington’s and supporting the family. “It was a touching story, and it’s awesome to be able to help a family that everyone has talked so nicely about,” Floco Torres said. “It was a great show, great vibes from everybody.” The very last band to play was anticipated by everyone. The crowd grew by half of what it was when Sanction the Radio began playing. People were dancing throughout the bar, and it was hard to walk without bumping into a dancing person. By the end of the concert, people were screaming for more live music.

Art house brings a taste ‘Love Always’ to premiere of history to Milledgeville LINDSAY SHOEMAKE SENIOR REPORTER

CONSTANTINA KOKENES SENIOR REPORTER On South Clarke Street, a small white house sits tucked to the side of the Centennial Center entrance. The Sallie Ellis Davis House, filled with history, celebrates Black History Month with its lye soap making event on Feb. 23 and its month-long exhibit. The lye soap event will be hosted by Juanita Mercer, a woman who specializes in making lye soap. “She has a business called Miss Bea’s Wunderbar,” Katie LeVan, senior mass communication major, said. “She uses the same technique and process that her mother used. It’s unique because it’s going back to the basics using the natural product. We’re really excited to have her [here].” The exhibit, “Showing the Way: National Black Leaders from Macon,” shows the impact that black Americans have had on American History. “Even though Macon isn’t Milledgeville, it’s one of the major black communities,” Deitrah Taylor, program assistant for the Sallie Ellis Davis House, said. “We’re learning more about the leaders of that period, but we wanted to showcase a more regional group.” William and Ellen Craft, two internationally renowned black Americans, are featured in the exhibit. The two were famous for escaping slavery in the South and fleeing to England. “It’s interesting to see how local historical figures can mix with international history,” Taylor said. The house also celebrates the life of Sallie Ellis Davis, a black school teacher from Baldwin County. The building was her house and has been renovated to show the impact she had on the community. “She taught in the house, but she also had a room in the house to live in,” LeVan said. “It was a home away from home for them because while it was a school for them, she was also very welcoming.” The parlor has been recreated as the social hub of the house, where she would listen to music and allow students to date. “If her students were dating, she’d supervise them here because during that time, you had to have a chaperone,” Taylor said. The classroom from The Eddy School where she worked was recreated with copies

Upcoming Events at the Sallie Ellis Davis House 2/28: Lye soap making 3/1: partening with special collections for first friday 3/7: Emancipation proclamation lecture to celebrate 150th birthday of textbooks on the students’ desks and her original grade book on the teacher’s. Taylor emphasized the impact the Sallie Ellis Davis House can have on students. “All students would benefit from visiting the [house] because it’s informational and enriching,” LeVan added. “There’s great culture and history in Milledgeville, and a lot of students fail to realize that it’s easily accessible through historic sites like the Sallie Ellis Davis house and the old governor’s mansion.” Tours for the house and exhibit are available Tuesday through Friday by appointment. The exhibit will also have tours running every Saturday until March 1.

For more information on the Sallie Ellis Davis House, check out the Facebook group or follow them on Twitter @sallieedavis.

A heart-warming array of cinematic love scenes are set to captivate audiences during the upcoming premiere of “Love Always,” a student-made film making its debut at Georgia College on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Entirely produced by Professor of Mass Communication Angela Criscoe’s advanced media production class, the 10-minute film is not only a culmination of a semester’s worth of work, but four years’ worth of broadcast and media experience. “Our team has worked really hard this semester to produce the film,” producer and senior mass communication major Jennifer Jensen said in a recent press release. “Everyone showcased their talents and it was always fun to work with a diverse group of individuals.” “Love Always” is described as a romantic thriller consisting of a string of popular love scenes from iconic films like “The Notebook” – but with a unique twist. Classmates collaborated early in the semester to form their own production team, aptly named Fruition Productions. The preliminary planning process for “Love Always” began organically at the beginning of the semester, with the class holding a brainstorming session for the central theme of the film. According to senior mass communication major and Fruition Productions team member Robert Vogel, all students involved in the class contributed their ideas to bring interesting perspectives to the project.

“The first week we came into class, executive producer Michael Hokanson asked us to brainstorm ideas for the film,” Vogel said. “The basic premise was Sean Noah’s idea, but we all put our unique spin on it to make something different.” Vogel also recollects on the casting process of “Love Always,” noting that choosing the actors for the film wasn’t nearly as difficult as expected. “We had a few guys involved in theater in our class, and as soon as we began searching for actors they told us there were two actors that we had to have – Evan Fields and Leah Keelan.” Fields, a Georgia College graduate, and Keelan, a senior theater major, both have ample acting experience under their belts, starring in past GC productions like “Proposals” and “Hamlet.” Now less than a week from the premiere of “Love Always,” the members of Fruition Productions are celebrating the hard work and dedication poured into the film. Between directing, filming, editing and sound work, 20 to 30 hours a week were devoted to producing a quality product for audiences. “The cast and crew were amazing,” Jensen additionally noted. “I can’t believe in a few short months we are all going our separate ways.” After its campus premiere, “Love Always” will be submitted for competition in the annual BALD Shorts Film Festival to be held in March. “Love Always” will premiere on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the University Banquet Hall connected to The MAX.


Continued from page 9... theater while attending Tift County High School. Despite having experience with theater, it was the friends that he made at GC that pushed him into the Department of Theatre. “When I came to GC, friends from the [theater] department and outside of the department asked me to try out for shows, but I always had time conflicts,” Moore explained. “Finally I found the time to audition, and it paid off. I guess you could say I did it because of my friends.” Moore is studying music education as a foundation to help him achieve one of the many goals he has for life after GC. “My future plans change every day, but the general outline is to end up teaching chorus in a high school or at a college,” Moore said. “There may be some running for local offices and a job as a flight attendant thrown in the mix.” In addition to his determined and patient nature that will help him achieve all the goals he has set for himself, Moore likes to live his life by his favorite quote by Mahatma Ghandi: “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.” Taking the stage beside Moore for the romantic comedy will be senior Erin Borain and sophomores Hayley Koger and Zach Bradford. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” has been months in the making and will be at running through Sunday at Russell Auditorium. “I am most excited to have an audience,” Moore said. “There is nothing better than telling a joke and having people laugh at it.”


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GEORGIA Schools from all over the East Coast united in Milledgeville last weekend to compete in the annual Flick’n Nuts Ultimate Tournament RACHAEL BRICE STAFF WRITER There was a chill in the air while discs hovered around Walter B. Sports Park this past weekend as spectators cheered on their favorite teams while snuggled in their blankets and warm winter coats. The Georgia College Ultimate team, Disconnected, came in second place on Sunday, falling short to the University of Florida B team by two points during the elimination round of the annual Flickn’ Nuts Tournament. “I feel like we played really well this weekend,” senior Team Captain Jake Morris said. “These guys are like my family, and I love every one of them.” The Flickn’ Nuts Tournament is an annual tournament hosted by GC. This year 18 men’s teams competed for the prize to call themselves champions and included schools such as University of Georgia, Valdosta State, University of Florida and the GC alumni team. Thomas Valadez, a GC alum, was happy to come back and compete with his fellow teammates. “As an alumni, the growth of the tournament has been incredibly inspiring,” Valadez said. “The tournament used to be non-existent and now to be able to host a huge tournament is a true blessing and we have been blessed to be a part of this weekend.” Saturday was a day about teaching. Each team wanted to make sure to place first in their designated pool of teams and to ensure each player received some playing time; however, Sunday was different. Sunday acted as an elimination

round for each game played. “On Sunday, every game counts because each one can literally be the last a team will play,” Morris said. The GC crew played a total of seven games during the windy tournament weekend, which included a semifinals and finals game. Disconnected opened its first game on Feb. 16 against Valdosta State and came out on top with a defeating win 13-5. On Saturday, the rules for the game were set for the first team to score 13 points to win the game. Caleb Shorthouse said he noticed the team’s playing style is much looser when it’s not so windy. “Because of the wind we had to rely on the fundamentals of ultimate,” Shorthouse said. “This made us better as a team during playing time.” After winning the first game, GC was determined to keep up its energy levels and first-place tactics. In the second game of the day, GC dominated once again when they beat West Florida 13-2. “The spirit of the game is the biggest factor in this tournament,” Matt Helms, a freshman player for the University of Central Florida, said. In the third game on Saturday, GC faced UCF’s B team and lost 8-9. During the tournament players contested to call a foul whenever they thought one occurred. However, more fouls were called in this game than any other and tempers began to flare. “The young ones really kept their cool and remained calm in

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KENDYL WADE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Conner Chesser (top) leaps to block a pass during last weekend’s Flick’n Nuts Tournament. Gunnar Mendiola (bottom) tumbles to the ground after snagging a catch. The tournament was a three-day event with 18 teams duking it out for the title. The Bobcats finished second behind Florida.

Lacrosse starts new season with victory TAYLER PITTS STAFF WRITER

TAYLER PITTS/ CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Jordan Orlandini runs with the ball during last Saturday’s game.

The Short Stop

The Georgia College women’s club lacrosse team opened its 2013 spring season with a win against Georgia Southern. It may have been ridiculously windy with temperatures dropping into the 40s, but that didn’t stop the GC girls from heating up the field with a dominating start. Center Leah Eller scored in the opening minutes of the game on Saturday afternoon at West Campus. Eller led the team with five goals while freshman Jordan Orlandini, scored four goals and Sarah Jeffery tacked on another to give the team a solid 10-7 victory over the Eagles. “Considering this is our first game, I think we did absolutely fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season,” captain Devyn Pondiss said. “Out of

all the girls we have, everyone has so much talent and I’m just excited.” The girls dominated the first half with Orlandini scoring three out of her four goals, giving GC a nice confidence boost going into the second half with a 6-1 lead. While the Eagles’ offense was practically non-existent in the first half, they came firing back in the opening minutes of the second half going on 4-0 run, pulling them within one goal with still 20 minutes left to play. “I think we kind of thought we had it in the bag and were kind of lazy for a bit,” Orlandini said. Eller added to her teammates statement, saying, “We got lucky that they had a short amount of players, too.” While Southern had at least one sub, GC

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Upcoming Games

Quote of the Week

Basketball (Homecoming) Feb. 23 Women’s @ Home, 3:30 p.m. Men’s @ Home, 5:30 p.m. Tennis Feb. 22 Men’s @ Home, 11 a.m. Feb. 26 Men’s & Women’s @ Home, 2 p.m. Baseball Feb. 27 @ Home, 3 p.m.

“Every tournament brings us closer as a team and our bond exists on and off the field. We are more than a team, we are best friends who just happen to be really good at the same sport. ” -Jake Morris, GC Ultimate team captain.

Play stops. Tensions clash. The crack of powerful fists against stout jaws echoes. Deepred blood sprinkles the white ice as the referee stands idling just feet away, expressionless. The crowd explodes. They finally got what they have come for, whether it was conscious or not. Welcome to the world of ice hockey fighting. It has been the tradition of North American hockey teams since it was first conceptualized in Canada. It is an adaption of field hockey, just better suited for the icy conditions of Canada. Since then, North American appeal for the sport has skyrocketed. The variables that contributed to ice hockey’s success are up for debate, but I believe the strong culture of fist fighting within the sport amplified appeal, particularly among the fans. The gruesome, public display of violence during the Roman Empire was the absolute height of all entertainment among its ancient citizens. Watching gladiators fight to the death in the Colosseum was the high of the day for many ancient Romans. Similarly, championship boxing matches draw in millions of eager viewers who are all hoping to see a man get the bloody pulp pounded out of him. We love violence, that is, as long as we can watch from a safe distance. The prevalence of fist fights within ice hockey is no exception. People just eat it up. North American ice hockey teams even have an “unofficial” position on every team known as the enforcer or the “goon.” This is the guy who does most, if not all of the fighting. They are big-fisted, broad shouldered giants who specialize in one thing, enforcing violent revenge on the opponents whom are guilty of dirty play. Typically, the enforcer has a lower hockey skill set than their teammates as well as an extremely low tolerance for violence against their goalie or star players. Enforcers tend to receive lower pay while also being amongst the most popular players. They bounce from team to team, delivering what is expected of them, to give and receive blunt-force violence. After appeasing all the hungry fans, the enforcers go home with mediocre pay and a swollen face. Glory for enforcers only exists in front of the crowds. In the summer of 2011, three well-known enforcers, all younger than 36, ended their own lives. Their deaths are widely accepted within the sports world as being a direct result of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated concussions and blunt-force head trauma. The harsh reality is that ice hockey enforcers live a life programmed for pain and then darkness. Some argue that eliminating the position of enforcer all together would remedy the situation, but how do you eliminate an unofficial position? In short, you can’t. Much like the unfortunate case with Roman gladiators, the people’s rabid thirst for violence fuels the enforcer’s inevitable darkness.


Notable Stat

10 The amount of collective RBIs GC baseball player Taylor Hinshaw got during Saturday’s double-header.


The Colonnade

February 22, 2013

Jessica Winski/ Staff Photographer Steve Hazel runs the bases during last Friday’s home game against Clark Atlanta. Hazel hit a game-winning grand slam against Mars Hill on Feb. 3, solidfying him as the Bobcats’ go-to pinch hitter.

Bobcat reminisces on grand slam and growing up Ashley Clifton Staff Writer Growing up, many of us had at least one thing that we felt like we were truly good at – basketball, baseball, gymnastics or maybe even being the spelling bee champion year after year. Whether or not a person stayed up for hours, woke up at the crack of dawn or their talent was just a natural gift, there was always that one significant thing that defined who they were as a person. The Bobcat Nation is the home of leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, chefs, sports players and a host of other individuals who all are truly good at something and have that driving passion. For sophomore catcher Steve Hazel, that passion was and continues to be baseball. During the Feb. 3 game against Mars Hill, Hazel stepped up to the white plate and focused his attention on the pitcher. The game started out with the Bobcats leading. However, in the top of the eighth, Mars Hill took the lead and Georgia College was down 4-3. According to Hazel, at this point the pitcher wasn’t exactly near the zone – he had walked the previous batters, so Hazel knew that with one good hit, he could potentially change the direction that the game seemed to be heading in. “I was in the hitters zone just looking for one pitch,” Hazel said. “The pitcher wasn’t throwing many strikes so I was looking for that one pitch that I could do some damage with.” With his attention on the pitcher and the ball, Hazel did some-

It kinds of runs in my blood – everybody in my family has been a catcher, so they got me started into catching.

Steve Hazel, baseball player

thing that many did not see coming. As the bat made perfect contact with the ball, an explosion of cheers from the GC baseball team filled the air as they watched their teammate hit the game-winning grand slam. “The dugout went crazy. It wasn’t necessarily expected that I was going to go up there and knock the biggest hit. I think it was a little bit of a surprise,” Hazel said. The day before the game, Hazel could see that he was on fire by how well he was hitting the ball. Even still, the feeling of excitement and shock is one that can be agreed upon by Hazel and his teammates. In the end, it was the hard work and support of the team and the grand slam that led the Bobcats to an 8-4 victory. Although Hazel’s grand slam moment is one that he will take with him beyond college, his love for baseball isn’t a recent happening. From a very young age, Hazel has loved the game that

has produced many great athletes. Ever since he could walk, he has been playing baseball as a catcher and sometimes played a little in the outfield. Flipping through his childhood memories, Hazel reminisces about growing up with his brother and how since he was a left-handed pitcher, Hazel always had to be the catcher. “It kinds of runs in my blood – everybody in my family has been a catcher, so they got me started into catching,” Hazel said. Hazel attended Grand Rapids Community College fresh out of high school, and played one season there until he was recruited by GC. “We were at a showcase at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and coach Mitchem and coach Carty were recruiting at the tournament,” Hazel said. “They had a great tournament and they saw me there and that’s how I got to GC.” From describing Hazel as an athletic left-handed hitting catcher who has only gotten better since his arrival in the fall to being a role model for all student-athletes, coach Tom Carty had nothing but positive things to say. “Steve is first and foremost a quality young man. He came to us from a very good junior college baseball program, so we knew we were getting a player who had learned how to be successful on the field and after meeting Steve and his family we knew we were getting a standout person off the field,” Carty said. From starting out in little league and travel baseball as a child to graduating from East Kentwood High School in Michigan as a teenager, Hazel will still continue his drive and passion for baseball throughout college.


Baseball Weekend Domination Win (12-0) Win (13-1) Win (15-2)

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*Bobcat athlete of the week Taylor Hinshaw got 10 RBIs during the Saturday games.

Softball Loss (9-6) Win (3-1)

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*Georgia College softball player Dani Gallucci belted a homerun in game two.

Basketball Feb. 16

Men’s Women’s

Graphic by Lee McDade

Loss (72-69) vs. Columbus St. Loss (70-60) vs. Columbus St.

David Wicker / Staff Photographer

Senior Wictor Andersson readies himself as the ball speeds towards him during his doubles match last Sunday against Columbus State. Andersson and his parter, Yannick Hass, were on fire, taking the lead early and winning their match 8-3. Meanwhile, freshmanTaylor Powell and junior Alex Schubert followed suit with a victory of 8-5. The double’s top team, senior Johan Wadstein and junior Andreas Ainalides, couldn’t keep up with Columbus State’s all-star team of Gordan Divljak and Quentin Rayniere, falling 8-5. Singles play began with Wadstein gaining revenge against Rayniere, beating him 6-1 in the first set and 6-4 in the second. Freshman Mattia Campus lost both his matches 6-1, 6-2. Ainalades lost his first set 3-6, but returned to win the match 6-0, 6-4. These victories put the Bobcats in the lead 4-2, but the Cougars went on to win the final three matches. On the women’s side, doubles team Kayla Barksdale and Katie Krupp fought hard but fell 8-4. May Johnson and Leah Pridgeon lost their match 8-1, followed by Michelle Lingner and Ivana Marevic with their own loss of 8-6. The Bobcats are back in action this Saturday in St. Augustine, Fla.,to duke it out against Flagler College.

February 22, 2013

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Continued from page 13... was scraping by with just 12 girls and no subs available. It makes the win all that more impressive and highlights just how hard the team worked to stay out in front, never losing the lead. “We slowed it down a bit and that helped,” Eller said when commenting on how the team was able to stay composed and didn’t fall apart after allowing such a quick comeback. The teams continued to fight aggressively for possession, and when GC scored its seventh goal, the Eagles came right back with a goal of their own. The game went on like this for a while, with each team fighting for the upper hand as the clock was slowly winding down into the last minutes of the game. That is, until Eller scored two goals, adding to her previous three. Her last goal came with just over a minute left, giving GC a safe 3-point lead and ultimately securing them the win. The girls are looking to improve their record this spring semester, considering they lost four of their five games last season. “Yeah, we definitely need to practice,” Orlandini said, who was proud of herself, Eller and the team, but acknowledge that they could all use more practice. “We are kind of nonchalant all the time.” In the end, the team pulled off a win.


Continued from page 13... tough situations and I respect that because I have been there,” Morris said. “I felt like a proud older brother.” Finishing up the last Saturday game, Disconnected competed against Florida Tech and closed the day snagging a winning victory 9-5. “It was fun and exhilarating to see everybody working their hardest for their teams,” senior Patrick Davidson said. “The tournament was a great showing of athleticism and camaraderie.” On Sunday the cap for a winning score increased to 15 points per game. Disconnected once again opened the day with a win against Valdosta State 13-8. Being the first game of the elimination round, the GC men’s team found themselves setting up for a semifinal against the GC Alumni Y team. The semifinal was full of smiles and cheers as Disconnected took the reigns and prevailed over their old teammates and friends 13-7 taking the team into the final game of the tournament. They would face an archenemy

Tayler Pitts / Contributing Photographer Devyn Pondiss (left) and Morgan Barnett (right) watch as Sarah Jeffery (middle) takes the ball and directs the play back up field to stay on the offensive attack. The team defeated Georgia Southern 10-7. Their next games are on May 2 against Emory and USF.

for the championship title, University of Florida. In the final game, wiped out and tired after playing seven games and braving the wind, GC fell to the University of Florida B team 11-13, giving Florida the championship title. “Obviously it hurts a little making it to the championship game and falling short of a complete victory; however, we played really well and I am really excited as to what the future holds,” Morris said. “Key players battled some tough injuries and the wind was definitely a factor.” The team will take a week off to recover from injuries sustained throughout the weekend. After everyone is healed and has had time to recuperate, the team will start back harder than ever on the fields, in the weight room and mentally preparing themselves for what lies ahead. The team has definite hopes of a third appearance in a row at the National Championship, which is why they started preparing in August this year instead of the normal November start date. “Every tournament brings us closer as a team and our bond exists on and off the field,” Morris said. “We are more than a team, we are best friends who just happen to be really good at the same sport.”

Kendyl Wade / Staff Photographer Senior Charles Morris launches himself into the air to catch an incoming pass during last weekend’s Flick’n Nuts Tournament. GC’s team, Disconnected, is set to prepare for more tournaments once everyone recovers from the three-day event.

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