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September 4, 2015 Taylor Hembree, Editor-in-Chief

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About This Issue... In this issue, the staff about what he plans on showcased. Feature explores explores what is going doing for college students. Andalusia Farm and all on in the community and The Sports Desk profiles of the history behind one on campus. The News senior volleyball player of Milledgeville’s claims Desk explores the details Ella Anastasiades about to fame. Opinion is filled behind the local bike theft the upcoming season, with arguments on a range situation. Also in News, as well as previewing of topics like homosexual Mayor Thrower sat down the soccer season. In marriage and feminism. As with a Colonnade reporter Entertainment, several art always, enjoy this issue, and for a short interview shows and performances are join us Mondays at 5 p.m. *All Opinion columns are the opionion of the columnist, not of The Colonnade.

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Bike Theft

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Emily Davis @gcsunade that as Georgia College switches gears for the new semester, a slew of bike thefts left students worried for their two-tired transportation. Many students reported stolen bikes in the past few months. There were several claims that wire cutters were used to break locks, while others reported thefts from outside their homes.

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Anna Agayao, a senior nursing major, said she was able to leave her bike on her porch throughout the previous school year, but when her landlord trimmed her hedges to make the porch more visible, thieves saw an opportunity. “In late July or early August I walked outside and noticed that my bike, which had a flat tire, was in my neighbor’s yard,” Agayao said. “Then I noticed that my roommate’s bike was also missing. Probably a week later, my bike went missing.” Nick Strickland, a junior mass communication major, said his bike was also sitting on his porch when it was taken. Strickland lives on West Franklin Street, where his porch is visible from the road. However, his bike has more value than just a price tag. “My parents actually bought that bike -- around

the time they bought their first house and had their first kid,” Strickland said. “It was like a really big investment but like a sentimental investment for them, you know? [It] meant a lot to my dad, too. When I called my mom and dad and told them that I lost the bike, my mom admitted to me that the only time she’s ever seen my father cry was when he was my exact age and his bike was stolen.” Bethany Hull, a senior environmental science major, had a similar story. “My mom got it when I was a baby,” Hull said. “It’s an old bike but it’s held up.” She left her bike in the carport of her house on Doles Boulevard when it was stolen. Unlike many others, Hull was lucky enough to get her bike back. “I was just walking down the street, walking my dog, and it was just sitting on someone’s front porch,” Hull said. “The dad of the kid who had stolen it

Remove a wheel. No one wants to steal a unicycle

came out. They felt really bad.” Many students expressed their dismay with these thefts happening in the community, especially due to GC’s exemplary reputation for campus-wide safety. Strickland brings up another reason to be concerned. “We’re a bronze level biking community right now, but people are trying to get us promoted to silver so they can get some legit bike trails and bike paths,” Strickland said. “This puts us back so much. Now all the people who were avid bike riders just don’t have bikes.” In the mean time, Public Safety has an option for students to register their bikes for easier investigation in case of a theft. Students can go to the Hall House behind the campus library to do so and will receive a free T-shirt.

Protect your bike: How to keep your noble steed safe

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Register it with Public Safety so your bike is easier to find if stolen

Photograph your bike when you leave it, this helps identify it later



Getting to know the Mayor of Milledgeville

Sleeping Beauty In the early morning hours of Aug. 22, Officer Smith approached a man passed out on a bench in front of Parkhurst with an open can of beer in front of him. After several attempts to wake the sleeping man and determine his name, he awoke to tell officers to “F--- off.” Attempts to explain the man’s location and situation were only met with further expletives and he became aggressive towards officers. The officers placed him under arrest and cited him for possession of alcohol under the age of 21.

(Not) under lock & key


This Milledgeville native has always been a part of the city, but now looks to fulfill a much bigger role Michelle Dublin @gcsunade Behind every politician is a person that we, the public, never gets to see. Behind every politician is a person that, generally speaking, the public never gets to see. Only a couple blocks from the Georgia College campus is the office of Milledgeville Mayor, Gary Thrower, a simple man who lives a busy life. Mr. Thrower is a simple man who lives a busy life. This is because he is the major of Milledgeville. Only a couple blocks from Georgia College’s campus is the office of Milledgeville Mayor, Gary Thrower, a simple man who lives a busy life. Mr. Thrower was born and raised in Milledgeville, and he graduated from Georgia College and State University. He claims to know every street in the city the city’s streets like the back of his hand and where to find the best soul food in town. He’s not

afraid to admit that he’s not a good golfer, and he’ll light up if you ask him about kayaking. Mr. Thrower can you tell you where to find the best southern comfort food in the city, he will admit he is not a good golfer and he will light up if you ask him about kayaking. But Mayor Thrower said he

never imagined himself as becoming a mayor. It was the encouragement and positive attitude he spread to others that made him decide to step up and run for the position mayor. He sat down with The Colonnade to talk more about some of his favorite things as well as his plans for the city of Milledgeville.

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colonnade: What do

you like to do for fun? gary thrower: I enjoy getting in my yard and

doing yard work. It gets me away and separated from the world for a period time. I have lately gotten involved in kayaking. Getting on the river and just relaxing is pretty cool. I just try to stay active. colonnade: What is your biggest passion in life? thrower: Bringing everyone together and working for the common cause is my passion. I

Nick Landon Senior Photographer Here,Thrower is addressing the city of Milledgeville and congratulating it’s people for winning the Great American Mainstreet Award.

want to prove to the state of Georgia and the world that Milledgeville is place you can bring a business. colonnade: What are your plans as mayor? thrower: Trying to build better relationships. I want to make sure I can establish a solid relationship with my council and make sure we work together and accomplish similar goals. colonnade: Are there any changes you are going to make that would benefit college students? thrower: I am a proponent of putting together a short term, strategic plan that I hope will benefit everyone in Milledgeville, including college students. We would like to continue providing opportunities for Milledgeville to access the knowledge that GC provides; use it more and include them more in our decisions.

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*Obtained from the Milledgeville Police Department* Officers met with a man concerning somebody breaking into his truck on Sept. 1. The victim suspected that, late at night, somebody entered his truck, rummaged through his backpack and dumped the contents of his bag in the truck before absconding with the pack. The victim stated that he had not locked the doors of his vehicle.

It was my evil twin

*Obtained from the Milledgeville Police Department* Milledgeville Police officers met with a man, Jeffery, concerning his brother using Jeffery’s license when getting pulled over. Jeffery’s license was suspended by police following his failure to appear in court concerning a traffic citation. However, Jeffery was able to prove that he was not in the state at the time the ticket was issued. He gave proof that his brother, who is currently in jail, used Jeffery’s identification because his was suspended.

What pot? Officer McKinney saw three individuals in the intramural fields at the village at around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 28. McKinney approached the individuals, who had extremely bloodshot eyes and a heavy odor of marijuana, and asked if they had been smoking marijuana and asked to examine their mouths. They refused, but consented to a search of their persons. No drugs or paraphernalia were found, but the students were referred to the student judicial board and released from the scene.

You want a ‘pizza’ me? *Obtained from the Milledgeville Police Department* Milledgeville Police met with a woman concerning simple assault charges following an altercation at Pizza Hut. Two women exchanged heated words, with the aggressor saying that she would beat the victim down if she saw her outside of work. The two were sent home for the day, but had to be separated again in the parking lot. The victim intends to press charges.

Where’s my money? *Obtained from the Milledgeville Police Department* Officers met with a man early in the morning on Aug. 25 in reference to a fight on N. Wilkinson Street. The victim claimed that he had been punched in the chest over $25. When asked why he was assaulted, the victim said that the aggressor had fronted him crack cocaine and that he had waited to call officers because he was drunk and high at the time of the assault. He showed no visible signs of assault, but was worried that the aggressor would return and attack again.

Band of Bobcat Bike Bandits strikes again Officer Osborne responded to a report about a stolen bike on the morning of Aug. 24. at the Colonial Village. The victim estimated that his bike had been stolen a few days before, while he was away for the weekend. He stated that the culprit probably slid the bike over the pole it was locked to. Public Safety estimated the bike to be worth approximately $3,500.




9 Derek Roberts, Editor September 4, 2015 Sam Jones, Assistant Editor

Obama renames Mt. Mckinley New York Times Following a visit to Alaska, the White House officially announced plans to rename the tallest peak in the United States to the traditional native name “Denali.” The decision was met with some backlash from McKinley’s home state of Ohio, but the Alaskan government was granted a wish from a 40-year standing request.

Kentucky clerks still won’t marry people - NPR Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, continues to make headlines for refusing to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples. The thrice divorced clerk cited religious regions and the sanctity of marriage as reasons to deny marriage licenses. Because she cannot be removed from her position without congressional involvement, the issue has gone all the way to the supreme court.

Students smoke more pot than cigarettes - Washington Post Data from a University of Michigan study suggested that almost 6 percent of college students smoke marijuana daily, up from roughly 3 percent in 2007. The study also concluded that over 20 percent smoke marijuana semi regularly, passing the rates of cigarette smokers on college campuses.

India eliminates tetanus - New York Times Just a year after eradicating polio from the country, Indian health officials completed a 15-year campaign that eliminated tetanus as a killer of newborn infants and mothers. While the disease can never truly be eradicated, India reduced cases of tetanus to less than one per every thousand live births. The World Health Organization now estimates that less than 50,000 newborns die from tetanus each year, down from 800,000 only 15 years ago.

Nick Landon/ Senior Photographer The Innovation Station’s sleek entrance opens to a sizeable tech store.

Business: booming Emma Nortje @gcsunade Innovation Station, the small store nestled behind the library coffee shops, often appears empty to students passing by. But according to sales associate Paul Murray, “People should walk by more often.” Murray claims business has been steadily growing since the store opened last October. “I’d probably say 50 percent, maybe a little bit less, actually know we’re here, and probably of that 25 percent know what we really have available for them.” said Charles Cruey, store manager. Store Manager Charles Cruey estimates half of Georgia College’s students have never set foot in the Innovation Station and that many students don’t know that it exists. According to Cruey, the recent addition of both Serve and Stay Mobile are expected to increase visitation. Both programs are technical support desks for students that are available to fix the more

serious damages done to laptops, tablets, phones and gaming systems. The Innovation station saw a boom in business at the start of the new semester. Move in day brought in swarms of students who forgot to pack chargers, adapters, headphones and other accessories. “And probably what you won’t see is a lot of department user charges,” Murray said. “So all the departments get all their tech stuff here.” They’ll come in here with a big group, point out what they like, and then we’ll make them a huge quote, and we’ll just deliver it.” In the end, the Innovation station hopes to be self-sufficient and sustaining. While Cruey admitted that it will take a while before the business will be able to stand on its own, he believes that the business is heading in the right direction. “We are definitely on track and actually performing a little bit better than we had anticipated,” Cruey said. “Everything seems to be moving smoothly towards getting successful.”

Defender Millie York prepares to block a kick. The women’s soccer team is getting in as much practice as possible before they start its season today at Mount Olive at 7 p.m.

John Dillon/ Senior Photographer

‘It’s a glass ceiling for us’ Assistant Sports Editor Sam Jones talks to Hope Clark, head soccer coach about the upcoming season Sam Jones @Rube_Waddell95

Colonnade: If you could

describe this team in one word, what would it be?

Hope Clark: Energy.

They have definitely come in with this amazing, energetic attitudes, and they’ve been extremely positive. They’re just ready. We’ve got a whole new group coming in. It’s pretty much two new teams that have meshed. We’ve got 11 new players, and the chemistry is there, and the energy, most importantly, is there as well.

colonnade: What’s the

transition been like adding 11 new players?

clark: It’s been fantastic.

The team is just really gelling, both on and off the field. I think with the addition of the three international players, they’ve just brought a different level of focus and experience to the team. So, I think that’s energizing the younger players to really aspire to be their very best.

colonnade: What’s the

transition been like for the three international players?

clark: It’s definitely a

transition, just like any freshman coming in. Not only to understand my style of play, which is a very high-pressure, high-

intensity work rate, but just the transition of play. We just play quicker here; it’s a more physical game, so it’s just a transition for every kid from what they’ve been used to playing. Whether it’s through a coaching style or the style of football being played in their club or their country, it’s all just different.

colonnade: I hear you’re

changing formations. Can you go into more detail?

clark: Well, without

giving too much away, it’s definitely a new system of play that our players have never played. What’s been fun about hits season is there’s been a lot of coaching involved in that system of play, and the girls

have really bought into it. It’s similar to systems they’ve always played, like a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2, but it’s a big combination of all of them. This system has always intrigued me, and I think we have the very best players to fill this system right now.

colonnade: With 11 new players, who do you expect to stand out? clark: I think they’re all

going to see significant playing time. We’ve got a few that will be in there for sheer development, but I still see them getting in, so they just have some time to grow so that they can go in when we really need them. I think we will definitely see significant time from the

three internationals as well as Anya Mancinelli, Ashlee Graham and Sofia Lekas.

realistic goal for the team this season?

colonnade: With the

win season. That’s a big one for us in soccer. With limited games being played, we want to hit ten 10 or more. And realistically, I just want to keep pushing to get a four or five seed in the Peach Belt. For us, that’s just an amazing accomplishment for our program to be in there, and our ultimate goal would be a four seed and to host our first conference tournament game.

returners, who has stepped up in a leadership position?

clark: I think we’ve

always had our leaders. Of course Ally Barys and Emily Wilhelm are on our leadership group, but all in all, we’ve got leaders all over the pitch. I’m really proud of how Millie York has come in, and she’ll be a fine leader for us. But I also think Sol Baldassini and Cayce Hamilton have really stepped up for us, and of course we always get great leadership from Emily Schwartz as well.

colonnade: What’s a

clark: A double-digit

colonnade: What’s the ceiling for this team?

clark: Peach Belt Champions. It’s a glass ceiling for us.



Week one college football pick ‘ems


Colonnade reporter Amanda Selby sat down with the three international players on Georgia College’s women’s soccer team (Camilla “Millie” York from Hove, England; Unnbjörg “Uno” Ómarsdóttir from Reykjavík, Iceland; and Ragnheiõur “Raggie” Bjarnadóttir from Garõabær, Iceland) to discuss thier transitions to Georgia College. to either earn or keep their place, but it’s on good terms. We have a good time with each other on the field, but we still stay focused. There’s a good mixture.

Amanda Selby @gcsunade *Editor’s note: Ómarsdóttir and Bjarnadóttir went to the same high school and played on the same club team together in Iceland.*

ómarsdóttir: Everyone

gets along and is connecting really well. It’s like a family. Everyone is giving something; everyone is so friendly and helpful. If someone is down, they’ll pick you up. It’s a really good team, and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Colonnade: How did

you get the opportunity to come play for GC, and why did you want to?

York: I knew I was going

to be finishing up where I was at soon and needed to find another school, so I was looking online and came across Georgia College. I emailed the coach, and she invited me to come visit and flew me out. That was it.

Bjarnadóttir: I was

emailing with a few different schools and got a few offers, but then I got a reply in Icelandic from Tinna [Gallagher] (GC’s assistant soccer coach), and that was really great. I wanted to try something new, and when you get an opportunity like this, you just have to take it. I was going to come by myself, but it was even better to know Uno [Ómarsdóttir] was coming too.

Ómarsdóttir: I’d had a

couple of schools in mind, but then my sister got into school in Savannah, so I started looking at schools in the Georgia area. I knew Raggie [Bjarnadóttir] had already gotten into Georgia College, so I emailed the coach to see about playing, and here I am.

colonnade: What made

you want to leave your hometown to come here? york: I wanted to have that experience of somewhere

John Dillon/ Senior Photographer Millie (left), Uno (center) and Raggie (right) each share the goal of getting the GC women’s soccer team to the conference title.

else, and America was a place I’d always heard great and big things about.

every day. And the heat was a big difference!

bjarnadóttir: I wanted

first week here was very different and new; nothing had really started yet, like classes or pre-season, and I had a few hard days. But once I got to know the girls on the team, and got familiar with the school and the environment, it was much better. Everyone here is so open and willing to help.

to try something new. I had heard that other people I knew and girls on my club team had come to America to play before, and I heard it was a great experience. I thought, why not? And I just went for it.

ómarsdóttir: I’d always

wanted to come to America and play college soccer. My older cousin had done it, and I thought it would be so amazing to be able to come here to study and play soccer.

colonnade: What was

the transition from home to a new culture, school, and team like?

york: The type of training

and amount of training per day was very different. Back home, even though I played for a really good team, we would train around three times a week. But here, it’s two, maybe three times a day, almost

bjarnadóttir: M y

ómarsdóttir: It was

good, but different. The heat and the humidity the first couple weeks were really tough to deal with, but I’m getting used to it now. It’s hard to be away from my family, but my sister is only a few hours away in Savannah, so it isn’t far. The culture and food is very different from what I’m used to. Here, there’s fried chicken, but back home, it’s a lot of fish and fresh food. But, the people here are very welcoming; my teammates are very helpful and friendly, and it’s like I have my own family here.

colonnade: What goals

do you hope to see the team achieve in the upcoming season?

york: To win [the] conference and concede no goals!

bjarnadóttir: Get the

team to the conference tournament, have a good season and win as many games as possible. We’ll take it one game at a time and try our best to win each one.

ómarsdóttir: Get as many wins for the team as we can, hopefully be undefeated and get to the conference, so we can maybe win that, and go on to the national tournament. I’m confident in our team; everyone is healthy and in good shape. I’m optimistic.

contribute a different knowledge of the game and a different way of playing.

bjarnadóttir: We play

the game a little differently here; the rules aren’t the exact same. But, I think I read the game well and have good passes. I try to keep my positivity up and help the team as much as I can. I want to continue improving each day, as much as I can. We have a good team, and everyone helps each other to get better.

ómarsdóttir: I’m fast,

and I work hard. I read the plays of the game well, and Raggie [Bjarnadóttir] and I bring a different understanding of the game.

colonnade: What’s the team chemistry like?

colonnade: Have you found it difficult to mesh with the team? Have there been any cultural differences reflected in game play? york: I’m lucky to not

have the language barrier. There are just a few words they use here that are slightly different from what I would normally say. Here, they might say “shift,” where normally I would say “slide.”

bjarnadóttir: In Iceland,

the soccer teams are separate from the school, and there are also bigger age gaps within players on the team. At home, you could be playing with girls who are six to seven years older than you, but here, everyone on the team is confined to the same fouryear age range. Another thing is, that here, there is a stronger focus on fitness and strength but not as much in Iceland.

ómarsdóttir: The only york: It’s been brilliant. hard thing on the field

colonnade: What do It’s just like one big family, is talking. I’m used to you feel you are able to contribute to the team? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

which is really nice for someone who’s living away from their own family.

bjarnadóttir: Everyone york: I’m able to is a little competitive trying

Icelandic, so it’s difficult sometimes to translate. But, everyone understands the dynamic of the team and communication is getting better.



PICK: Alabama

PICK: Alabama

You won’t believe this, guys, but Alabama is good again. A first-year quarterback has never bothered Nick Saban, and the team once again has a vicious front seven. The Kirby Smartcoached defense is eager to prove itself after being bullied by Ohio State to end the year. Wisconsin doesn’t have Melvin Gordon. Tide cover.

No. 3 Alabama is going to win without a doubt, and they’ll cover the 10.5 point spread with ease. Playing at home on the first game of the season, ‘Bama has all the momentum on its side. The Tide’s offense is going to prove way too powerful for a young and inexperienced Wisconsin defense.


Alabama -10.5

PICK: Arizona State

PICK: Arizona State

SEC bias. ASU, the No. 15 team in the country, is somehow not favored against unranked A&M. The Aggies will struggle on defense, even with the addition of SEC Mr. Miyagi, coordinator John Chavis. Quarterback Mike Bercovici leads the Devils to a shootout win over the Aggies.

No. 15 Arizona State is going to give an old fashioned beating to SEC newcomers Texas A & M. Even though the Aggies are playing at home, they’re offense is no match for a potent Sun Devils defense. The Aggies are favored by 3.5, but I have Arizona State winning by a touchdown.


Texas A&M -3.5

PICK: Ohio State

PICK: Ohio State

Is Ohio State too good? No. That’s not a thing. The only thing that will derail the Buckeyes from reaching the playoffs is them going full Urban Meyer and half the team being arrested. Elliot, Barrett, and Bosa will be too much for the Hokies in Blacksburg.

Is this really a question? If it is, it shouldn’t be. How can you bet against the Buckeyes? Ohio State is going to absolutely destroy Virginia Tech. Mark my words. I’m predicting a blowout before halftime. Buckeyes cover 13 points with ease and get to bench their starters.


Ohio State -13

PICK: Texas

PICK: Notre Dame

A super exciting matchup in 1970. Your grandad is really excited. Franky, it should be a struggle to watch, as Texas still hasn’t replaced Colt McCoy, and Notre Dame still hasn’t replaced Lou Holtz. I’m already bored. Texas to cover because Rudy was offsides.

The No. 11 Notre Dame squad is going to have a field day with the Texas Longhorns. Not only are the Fighting Irish playing at home, but they have a chip on their shoulder from last year. Notre Dame is favored 9.5 points; I wouldn’t be surprised if they cover by a few scores.

vs. Notre Dame -9.5

PICK: Georgia Southern Dana Holgorsen has probably fired whoever scheduled Southern to open the season. The triple option is hard for seasoned defenses to stop, let alone defenses in the infant stages of the season. Southern will score in bunches and will not only cover, but win in Morgantown.

PICK: West Virginia

vs. West Virginia -19

The West Virginia Mountaineers are favored by 19 points, and although I think the Georgia Southern Eagles will cut it close, there’s no way West Virginia isn’t going to win by 19. But,who knows? I’ve seen crazier things.

PICK: Auburn

PICK: Auburn

Todd Grantham’s defense looks poised to shut down an Auburn att...HAHAHAHAHA oh my gosh! I couldn’t do it! I just couldn’t! Auburn is going to score like 100. Jeremy Johnson is apparently better than Nick Marshall. On top of that, they’re deep at tailback. Tigers by a lot.

Why the No. 6 Auburn Tigers are only favored 10 points at home against the unranked Louisville Cardinals is beyond me. Nonetheless, this game is going to be painful to watch if you’re a Louisville fan. Tigers cover and win, and not only do they win, they embarrass the snot of the Cardinals.

vs. Auburn -10




September 4, 2015 Katie Skogen, Editor

Georgia College Speaks Out With crime in Milledgeville on a rise, GC students speak out about their safety on and off campus.

John Dillon/ Senior Photographer Anastasiades, one of two seniors on the GC roster, works on her bumping skills.

Spotlight: Ella Anastasiades Derek Roberts @ATLSportsDerek

Laura Beth Rogers @gcsunade With senior volleyball star, Ella Anastasiades, one thing is evident. She is a leader. As one of the team’s defensive specialists and libero (a player that remains in the game at all times and the only player not limited by rotation rules), Anastasiades spent her summer focusing on improving her game

Fouled Out Derek Roberts

Show some respect, Braves First and foremost, rest in peace, Gregory Murrey. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, died from blunt force after he fell over the upper deck railing of Turner Field during last Saturday’s matchup between the Braves and Yankees. During the top of the

and training for the 2015 season. “I prepared mentally, which included thinking of myself in game situations and in practice situations and preparing to support my team no matter what,” Anastasiades said. However, her training and preparation didn’t stop at summer’s end. Now, with the fall semester in full-swing, Anastasiades schedules her busy days around workouts and practices. Entering her final season as a Georgia College Bobcat, Anastasiades explained that her goal and the team’s goal is to make the conference championship. She expressed that she

desperately wants to beat Armstrong, but most importantly, she said she’s striving to solidify the the development of the volleyball program. With the team being relatively young and rostering several new players, Anastasiades highlighted some additional goals. “I think one goal is to, sort of, come together,” she said. “Since we’re so new, it’s been sort of hard to say that we’re a complete program yet. And I think this year, if we do really well and have team work, then we can really establish ourselves.” As a captain and one of only two seniors on the team, Anastasiades acknowledges her role as

seventh inning, as Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez approached the batter’s box, fans witnessed a catastrophe. Murrey fell onto concrete, and witnesses claimed that he landed directly on his head. Sure, Murrey didn’t die immediately, and sure, the Braves stopped the game momentarily, but out of respect for Murrey, his family and the affected fans, the game should have ended. Point, blank, period. Call me crazy; call me a softy; call me what you will. But at the end of the day, baseball is a just a game. It’s a sport. The Braves are well out of the playoff race, and they were losing by several runs (imagine that), so why not just call it a night?

Give the Yankees a win. Get the fans out of the stadium. Call it a night. The players, coaches and staff members get paid regardless if a game ends a few innings early. Besides beer and food sales, no money would’ve been lost. So, why finish the damn game? If the game had ended after the incident, there wouldn’t have been any complaints on the Yankee’s end; that’s for sure. And as for for Atlanta, it appears the team (well, most of them) don’t want to be on the field anyway. It’s evident in their play. More or less, their season ended before the All-Star break. No one is hustling; no one is taking the season seriously anymore. So, why not just send

“I actually didn’t know a lot about it until I actually read the Colonnade. I hear cop cars go by and stuff like that but I feel pretty safe on campus.” John Dillon/ Senior Photographer Senior defensive specialist Ella Anastasiades practices on her sets during a preason workout.

a leader. “I’m one of only two girls that has been here the whole time, and I don’t know, sometimes I feel like it’s up to the seniors to show [younger players] what it takes to be a volleyball player,” she said. Anastasiades holds the honor of being the first volleyball captain in school history, and as she prepares for her final season, she emphasized the importance

of passing down leadership skills, veteran experience and work ethic to future captains. “I want to leave the role of captain as a role of leadership,” she said. “The leadership that I’ve shown, I want each captain to show that leadership as well.” Before games, Anastasiades said she turns to a motto from her former coach, “No matter

how far you are, if you keep pursuing, then you will always get closer.” She explained that she’s maintained the idea of the motto, and that’s what she tires to give to her team. The volleyball squad will kick-off the Bobcat Classic and begin its season today vs. Charleston (W.V.) at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Center.

them to the clubhouse? It truly baffles me. Attendance has been a constant problem for Atlanta all season. So, sending home roughly 15,000 fans a few innings early wouldn’t have been a big deal. I’m sure they would’ve understood. In Major League Baseball, a game is considered “official” after the completion of the fifth inning. The fan fell during the seventh inning, so if the Braves had ended the game, it would’ve counted in the record books. No questions asked. Hypothetical situation: It’s the top of the seventh inning, Rodriguez approaches home plate, and it starts raining and lightning. You want to know what would’ve happened if

this happened during last Saturday’s game? They would’ve put the tarps on the field, and if the storm hadn’t passed in an hour’s time, they would’ve called the game. So, if ending a game early because of weather isn’t a big deal, then why the hell wouldn’t they have ended a game early when a fan fell from the upper deck? The Braves organization posted a tweet expressing their condolences to Murrey and his family. So what? They flew the American flag at half-staff and paid a tribute with a moment of silence during last Sunday’s game. So what? It just wasn’t enough for me, and it didn’t feel sincere. The tweet and tribute were nice gestures, I guess.

But ultimately, the Braves didn’t handle the situation correctly. They didn’t even come close. On the public relations side of things, the organization did what was necessary to stay afloat. But, it appeared they only did what they had to do. Without a doubt, more respect should’ve been given, and if I was Murrey’s family member, I’d be outraged. I would be raising hell. Yea, I’m sure it’s easy for the average fan to say that the Braves did the right thing, but I challenge you to think about it from another perspective. What if it was one of your loved ones that fell? Would you still argue the game should’ve continued?

Nick Palmer, freshman engineering major

“When I think about it I think it’s pretty reasonable for the area we’re in; but I’m not that worried about it because I know that we have a lot of police officers in this area, like a ton of different zonings, and they [the crimes] are all far away enough from the campus where I still feel really safe here.”

“It’s slightly concerning but I’m not that worried because I don’t go off campus that much and I don’t ever really leave my car. Unless Wal-Mart but that’s about it.”

Barrett Whetstone, sophomore computer science major

Caroline O’Neil, junior mass communication major

“Honestly I don’t really know much about it so I don’t really have much to feel any certain way about. I know there were a couple of gang shootings, or drivebys for a while-- that kind of scares me; and then I hear shootings every night, at least around my apartment. I don’t know, I guess I’m not too worried about it because I don’t think that it’ll affect me but I guess at some point it might. So yeah. Actually talking about it makes me a little nervous.”

Ben Benson, fifth-year mass communication/ rhetoric major

“We need Jesus. But honestly it didn’t use to be like this. I grew up here, I was born and raised here. I mean there’s crime everywhere but it didn’t use to be as crazy. You rarely heard of anyone murdering but now I just recently heard... one of my classmates murdered a girl.”

“I think I’ve been here for like six years and we were here for the early college program and there wasn’t-- I mean there was crime but it wasn’t this bad. I don’t know what it is but I think we need to find a way to keep the students safe so nothing too serious happens and then puts the college in a bad place to where it becomes so dangerous that people don’t want to attend this school.”

Candice Hill, junior theater major

Antonio Roberson, freshman political science major Emma Nortje @gcsunade



A local landmark, Andalusia holds many of Flannery O’Connor’s memories within its old, wooden walls MT Marstellar @gcsunade Thanks to an English course requirement, many students at Georgia College have a basic knowledge of who Flannery O’Connor is. However, most are unaware that the famous author’s former-home, known as Andalusia Farm, is right up the road. Located right past Walmart on U.S. Highway 441, Andalusia Farm is a foundation focused on the life of O’Connor and dedicated to preserving the impact she had on literature. Andalusia is Located right past Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 441. And, according to www., “Andalusia Foundation is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and appreciation of Andalusia, final home of Flannery O’Connor, to perpetuate her place on the roster of great writers of the twentieth century.” “I love how the grace in her writing transcends into the grace of the place that

she called home,” said freshman Hailey Bryant. The farm bares the house where O’Connor spent the latter years of her life, along with peacocks she was known for raising and the walking trails that may have inspired some of her works. “There is an unawareness of how close we are,” said April Moon Carlson, Operations and Visitor Services Manager at Andalusia. “We are much more accessible than many people think.” She also explained that many who visit Andalusia are not residents of Milledgeville. “We have roughly 5,000 visitors a year that come to Andalusia,” Carlson said. “A majority of them being international visitors who have come to Milledgeville specifically to visit the home of Flannery O’Connor.” The real secret of Andalusia is not its location or international popularity, but rather all that is available to do on its grounds. Visitors can tour O’Connor’s formerhouse, with the option of

watching detailed videos and excerpts about the author’s life. Visitors can also explore various trails on the farm’s property. “I really enjoy Andalusia because it offers a serene place away from school to relax”, said senior biology major Jessica Perrett. Pets are welcome on the grounds if leashed, and the Milledgeville community is encouraged to take advantage of all the open space that Andalusia has to offer. Andalusia makes good use of all its open acreage by offering several community events open for the public to attend throughout the year. On Oct. 10, Andalusia will host the 11th annual Bluegrass Festival that will showcase several artists. Additionally, a monthlong lecture series will be held at the farm starting in February 2016. The lecture series will cover the history of the Andalusia property and the life of O’Connor. Though this hidden treasure is often overlooked, the beauty and history of the grounds have stood the test of time and deserve more than a passing glance.

Katie Skogen/ Senior Photographer The grounds of Andalusia are covered with as much history as the inside. Remains of old sheds and barns are scattered throughout the property. There are also hiking trails for visitors.



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Katie Skogen/ Senior Photographer Andalusia is covered in antiques from when Flannery resided there.The house is scattered with peacock feathers and newspaper clippings. Flannery’s locally renowned peacocks reside on the grounds as well.

Tim Yoon/ Contributing Photographer Plumber Bo fished out a dead gerbal from the family toilet, exposing the dangers of flushing foreign objects and its environmental impact. From left: Sean Regan, Zack Pursely, Elaine Friend and Joshua Shephard.

A comedy of clogged plumbing Environmental organization sponsors Blackbox play to increase awareness of waste impact

Andrew Podo @podostick “Don’t Flush It,” the short play about environmental sustainability put on by the Georgia College Department of Theater and Dance in collaboration with Shades of Green, is a comedy of clogged plumbing. Shades of Green, an organization dedicated t o m a k i n g G e o rg i a College and Baldwin County more environmentally friendly, held the play on Aug. 31 at the Blackbox Theatre. Dr. Doreen Sam, a Shades of Green

board member, said that the she hoped the play could be a fun and informative way to spread awareness. “If we can make people more aware, then we can change some behaviors without shoving it down their throats,” Sam said. Sam, who is also an international marketing professor, decided that she wanted to inform people about healthy plumbing habits after one of her classes conducted a survey of schools, local businesses and individuals about what they flushed down the toilet. “We found that the majority of people had no clue what they were doing to harm their sewer system,” Sam said. She added that people were largely unaware that flushing items such as fats, oils and greases could clog

their plumbing. Shades of Green, along with the Department of Theatre and Dance, sought out Nevada McPherson to write and direct this years play. McPherson, who recently moved to Milledgeville from New Orleans, is an accomplished screenwriter, author and cartoonist. However, she had never written a play before. When she was approached by members of the theater department, she leapt at the chance to write her first short play, especially because she could express her passion for the environment. “I care about the environment,” McPherson said. “Some of the things I hear on the news and see on TV just flip me out, so I’m glad for anybody that’s working to make things

better.” McPherson added that she based the characters of the play around characters from her comic strip, “Fretville.” The comic strip and play both center around the exploits of Sherry and Jessie, two trailer-dwelling, country bumpkins. In the play, Sherry, Jessie, Jessie’s “Ma” and his cousin Cory all try to deal with the repercussions of flushing cotton swabs, gerbils, cigarette butts and chicken grease down the drain. Sean Regan, a junior theater major who played Cory, lauded McPherson’s script and appreciated her message. “When you dispose of trash improperly then it can really be a burden on the environment,” Regan said. “It can come back to you in a karmic way.”



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Dean Ken Procter’s ‘Journey’

An entire summer’s worth of work was brought to light in Ennis Hall for an art gallery dedicated to Georgia College’s own Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ken Procter’s work, which opened Aug. 27. Thanks to six talented curators, a gallery coordinator and a gallery technician, Procter’s work

was beautifully displayed in the format of a “journey” which spanned 30 years’ worth of art. The centerpiece of the exhibit was a staggering painting of a green, Lord of the Rings-esque mountain and valley. Procter’s other works ranged from macabre charcoal drawings of lone pines to everyday scenes with cubist influences. While walking through the exhibit, the viewer can witness Procter’s own transformation that begins with a simple 1983 charcoal drawing and ends with a

tranquil portrait of a tree in a green field. The artful composition and arrangement was carefully assembled by museum studies students Mairi Dabbs, Mackenzie Truitt, Catherine Allen, Kallie Owens, Maddie Kauffman, Claire Collar and Lindsay Tallman. According to senior art major Mairi Dabbs, the process begins with the analysis of different moments in his work, and it ends with them writing extended labels on the specific works they chose to emphasize.”

In between those two steps, the students must choose which pieces to showcase and decide the best way to present the pieces. The student curators were responsible for deciding on a theme and making sure the lighting was correct. While wandering around the room, the viewer was able to learn about the inspiration behind Procter’s landscape scenes thanks to his brief introduction. Each piece of art was also paired with beautifully written descriptions

beside the display, aiding the viewer with their understanding of the work. These statements explain the metaphorical value of various pieces and the inspiration behind them. Senior art major Catherine Allen’s favorite piece is called “The White Bird,” and she describes it as “impossible to replicate”. “Each piece tells a different story a part of Dean Procter’s life, and the viewer can experience each shift in tone and style first hand,” said senior history major Mackenzie Truitt. Proctor described his

desire to paint landscape as a phenomena that “welled up from within.” “Dean Procter’s pieces are unique because of the amount of thought put into them,” Allen said. “He’s very inspired by Eastern philosophy and culture.” Other pieces, however, are more austere and grim, but most pieces are bright and joyous because, as Dean Procter concluded, “Every morning, the sun rises.”

Ken Procter, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, enriches Ennis Hall Art Gallery with his nature-inspired series “Journeys.” The exhibition remains open to the public until Sept.11. and displays the evolution of 30 years’ worth of Procter’s artwork. The gallery’s pieces resonate his unique representations of nature through symbolism, spirituality and imagination.

was a smaller school. Here, teaching is not required, but I enjoy teaching and have taught several courses in the last few years.

Kelsey Richardson @gcsunade colonnade: At what moment in your life did you start creating visual art? ken procter: Of course we all made art when we were kids; art class was a favorite. I got more serious about art in the last year of high school, but it was still one of several subjects that were potential college majors. By the second year of college, I was fully committed to studying art. colonnade: Why did you leave your job as an art professor? procter: I moved into administration at my previous institution, first because I was talked into

Sydney Chacon/ Senior Photographer

it, and then because I found I could make a positive difference to the department and the institution. Going into administration need not mean leaving the role of professor completely behind. Department chairs are still professors, and my previous institution, deans were expected to teach a course each semester. That

colonnade: What made you decide to display “Journeys” at GC? procter:This exhibit was put together at the invitation of Professor Carlos Herrera, who directs the art gallery and the museum studies program. Discussions began a couple of years ago. colonnade: Are you currently working on any other pieces or series? If so, what? procter: I almost always have a couple of powdered charcoal drawings in progress. I just finished a small one; a larger drawing is at a middle stage of development.

colonnade: What is

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your preferred medium? procter: I’ve worked in lots of different media and techniques — some not represented in this exhibit. I’ve changed media and technique when new explorations and ideas call for something different — medium and technique are essential elements of the final effect and content of a work of art. Right now, I mainly work in powdered charcoal, but I have plenty of ideas for paintings waiting for me.

color varies from piece to piece in “Journeys.” What goal do you have in mind when using certain colors for particular pieces? procter: Color in landscape relates to light and atmosphere. When I painted outdoors on location, I learned very quickly to paint the sky first because the light of the sky affected the color of everything else, even the colors of shadows. Color is also essential to setting a mood.

colonnade: Which artists inspired your style of art in “Journeys?” procter: Many artists have grabbed my attention over the years. I’ll name a couple who might not be as well known by our students: Antoni Tapies and

colonnade: The use of manholes/drainage pipes seem to be a reoccurrence in a couple of pieces. What do they symbolize and what inspired you to include them? procter:Manholes and drains are part of how we

manage water. They are everywhere, so I make use of them. They are holes in the earth, like openings into caves — there is a lot of symbolism associated with caves. By the way, years ago, with some buddies, I clambered through a few wild caves. It was quite an experience, and verged on the mystical at times.

colonnade: What methods are used when you recreate a natural setting? Do you paint directly outside, take a photo of the scene for reference or rely on memory? procter: I almost never work from photographs — they just don’t have the kind of information I need. I need to work from my experience of nature, so I rely on memory enhanced by imagination in creating a sense of place.


Emma Nortje & Bethany Straus/ Contributing Photographers Thirteen Georgia College students partnered with fellow artists to create visual representations of poetry, multimedia presentations and classical sonatas and perform their new choreography in just eight hours.

Together, art dances Some say it is the duty of art to express what humans cannot through mere words. On Aug. 29 at the Miller Dance Studio, art spoke volumes. For the secondconsecutive year, dancers and artists from the Georgia College community collaborated to create the Art Exchange, a project that transforms visual art into choreographed pieces. At noon, the artists presented their work to the dancers. These unique pieces included: “Pathetique,” a Beethoven sonata, “Females in the Dark,” a photo and poem combination, and a video projection piece inspired by the soundtrack of “Wreck-It Ralph.” The dancers then split into three groups, each

focusing on one of the art mediums. In only eight hours, they choreographed three original pieces based on the works. “The Art Exchange is a great way to communicate and share ideas with people in the Georgia College community,” said senior dance minor, Elizabeth Babb. “It’s nerve-wracking, but it worked out last year.” That evening, before a modest crowd, the art was presented and the freshlychoreographed dances were performed. The various works of art expressed through dance gave the works even more depth. Depth was something junior art major Tiffany Johnson said she wanted to express in her video projection. “I love art that really incases and immerses the audience, and with this [art exchange] you can really do whatever,” Johnson said. Johnson first filmed the dancers’ routines. doing various movements, and

She then projected the video on a blackboard behind the dancers as they matched the same movements in real time, creating a layered look to the dance. “That’s the point of art,” sophomore dancer, Sam Miller said. “It’s a projection of the inner-self to inspire others.” “I had never seen anything like it,” freshman major Arianna Baxter said from the audience. “As a music major, I really appreciated the different ways the art and music were interpreted. That’s the beauty of it – there’s a lot of freedom in the interpretation.” “I had never seen anything like it,” said freshman in attendance Arianna Baxter. “As a music major, I really appreciated the different ways the art and music were interpreted. That’s the beauty of it – there’s a lot of freedom in the interpretation.”

Students party in the administrative offices on Clarke Street Bethany Straus @gcsunade The offices and departments on Clarke Street hosted a block party on Aug. 29 in an effort to raise interest for those offices located on that street. According to Liz Havey, the Assistant Director of Education Abroad, the Clarke Street offices have held open houses for the past 10 years, and the idea

for a block party stemmed off of those events. Housing, Admissions, the International Education Center, Human Resources, the art department, ENGAGE, the GIVE Center, the Career Center, National Scholarships, Grants and Sponsored Projects, and the Old Governor’s Mansion all participated in the event. On top of providing information about the offices and the services they provide, the block party also served as an opportunity for students

to offer their perspectives about such programs as studying and interning abroad. Along with the offices located on Clarke Street, the Milledgeville Film Festival ran a booth to inform students about the many opportunities available through the festival, including volunteering at the event in April and submitting films to the festival. According to Jeremiah Bennett, a chair on the Board for the Milledgeville Film Festival and co-

Traveling on a college budget Kelsey Richardson @gcsunade

In one afternoon, art transforms into dance Mary Kate Conner @ mkconner4


founder of the festival, students who submit films have the opportunity to meet filmmakers from around the world. Participating offices also took part in a Where’s Waldo activity, providing students with “passports” and encouraging them to visit each participating office to collect signatures. Once the passport had been completely filled out, students could turn in their passport to redeem prizes, ranging from T-shirts to miniature Buddha statues. Individual booths

offered giveaways to students who chose to visit. Prizes ranged from popcorn at the Old Governor’s Mansion, to buttons from Study Abroad and the Milledgeville Film Festival, and even miniature coolers from Housing. “It helped me figure out what departments are in all of the houses along Clarke Street,” said freshman English major Julia Melvin, who attended the block party. “I had no idea there was a ceramics studio in one of the houses, so it was an enlightening

experience.” Junior community health major, April Kosier, enjoyed the block party. She said that she came “to find out more information [after seeing] ads from GCSU and to see what the event was all about.” Kosier appreciated “finding out about international studies, which [she had] never known about, [as well as] talking to Human Resources about jobs, touring the Old Governor’s Mansion, and seeing the buildings that [she had not] seen before.

Travel in your twenties. Before you’re locked into a job or heaven forbid, have kids. Buy a plane ticket, and travel as much as possible. Once that first career sets in, you’re stuck -- victim to the confines of your cultural norm and working on the weekends. If you’re in your twenties, physically sound and have a heart for adventure, leave that fear of the unknown behind and travel. Traveling is the perfect way to find out how other people live. You turn into a storyteller; you better understand other cultures, and you discover the world for yourself. Because of my parents’ wanderlust, I’ve had the privilege of traveling to 20 different countries, both with family and alone. I’m utterly cursed with the travel bug, and I want others to share my overflowing love for traveling. When I urge people to

travel, 90 percent of the time the issue of money arises. “I’d travel if I had enough money” or “I’m a poor college student” usually comes up. If you want to travel, you can make it happen. Dozens of travel blogs offer advice on how to travel on a budget and how to save up for trips. To s a v e y o u t h e trouble of spending hours researching different tips and tricks, I’ve provided my own list. By no means am I implying that I’m a travel expert, I just want to share a short list of tips that I found helpful when traveling. Hopefully my insider inside information will encourage aspiring nomads to break away from the daily grind. Traveling alone can be a fantastic experience of selfdiscovery and exploration. However, if you want to save money, travel with a partner; split taxis, food, hostel/hotel rooms, chores and any other activities to save time and money. Search for airlines that offer student discounts when purchasing a plane ticket. Start The Adventure Travel is a popular student travel agency that helps coordinate hotels, airfare and ground transportation. Look into using www. This company helps coordinate homes for

travelers to visit for short periods of time. It’s safe, cheap and wanderers are able to get the true local experience through staying at someone’s home. If you’re not comfortable with staying at a stranger’s place, try out one of the many hostels spread throughout most countries. During the summer, I stayed in a hostel in Taipei for about a week, and I only paid $100. The hostel included a nice bed, free breakfast and free WiFi. Try to avoid touristy stores and restaurants. These places know you’re a foreigner and assume that you have thick wallets. Visit restaurants filled with locals. The food is usually more authentic and tastier. My favorite way to experience food in a new destinations is to try street food. You’ll save money and get a feel for the local dishes. Find the means to travel offseason. The fall and spring are the offseasons for most destinations. The airfare and hotel/hostel costs are usually cheaper, and you can avoid crowded lines at the airport. I haven’t had the privilege of traveling offseason due to the shackles of being a college student, but to those taking a semester off or a long spring break, I advise trying this out.


recommendation of the week With the September influx of Netflix movies, students may be wondering if there’s anything that’s actually worth watching. Let’s face it, almost everybody has seen the Rambo movies. “Lawrence of Arabia” is a timeless masterpiece, but it’s over three hours long. So, for a quick, heartfelt and overlooked piece of cinema, check out Jason Reitman’s 2009 flick, “Up in the Air.” The film stars George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate executive who jets across the country firing people for a living. He has no close friends or family members.

Instead, he obsessively collects frequent flyer miles, hoping to become the youngest person ever to reach the 10 millionmile mark. Anna Kendrick plays opposite Clooney as Natalie Keener, a plucky, go-getter who inadvertently

attempts to ground Clooney by virtualizing the firing process. The two are forced to travel across the U.S. together, in hopes that Bingham will begin to understand Keener ’s new process while she gets valuable on-the-job experience. They begin to form an unlikely friendship, begrudgingly teaching each other about the values of friendship and romance. The film is brought to life by a heartwarming and authentic performance from Clooney, and it’s a mustsee for anybody looking to kill a mellow weeknight or rainy Sunday.

Imagine an app that doesn’t require staring at a phone. Users simply hold his or her phone at chest level and record the world around them. The new app, Beme, provides just this—a completely new take on social media. Launched this past July, Beme offers an outlet for people to share their world in a four second video. Users film videos and send them off to followers without receiving any sort of preview or save option. Followers view videos

for the first and last time. Users also have the ability to send a selfie of his or her reaction while watching the videos. The selfies are then sent to the video’s source and remain viewable at the user’s convenience. The app is only accessible with a code. Once Beme downloads, a lock screen appears. Don’t fret, with a little googling any person can access a code. Download Beme for iPhones on the App Store for free.




September 4, 2015 Taylor Hembree, Editor-in-Chief

I love women

Time is a valuable part of life Sydney Chacon @gcsunade I like to think of myself as an optimist. I’ve always tried to see the good in people, even if there were little signs that maybe they weren’t great. However, I would ignore those signs because they have whole lives, whole stories, that I know nothing about. Some people might call that naivety, and they could be right. I don’t really know anymore. It amazes me how we can let others have control

over our feelings, our actions. It’s our body, so why do we give power to other people? When we go through a breakup, we’re inconsolable, angry and not ourselves. Of course, this isn’t all the time, but it happens sometimes. A breakup is a big deal, so it’s more understandable when we lose control. Sometimes, though, a random stranger you meet on the street can make your whole day bad. Like, one time I was working, and somebody called me racist because I wouldn’t take their picture because they didn’t tube

Feminist approach to sorority video Laura Brink @gcsunade The University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi recruitment video has been called “worse for feminism than Donald Trump.” With a video that spans over just four minutes and 14 seconds, these girls have sparked a controversy that has split women and feminists down the middle. The sisters of Alpha Phi are seen waving, dancing, hugging, laughing, celebrating with their school mascot, proudly flaunting their chapter’s flag and splashing around in a lake. Now, while none of these activities are activities associated with feminism, supporting, celebrating and building up other women are. Tina Fey said it best as Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls; “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it ok for guys to call you sluts and whores.” When women tear each other down all they are doing is making it easier for sexist people like Donald

Trump to tear us down. The female author of the scathing op-ed that started the outrage wrote, “That’s 72 women who will want to be taken seriously rather than be called bimbos by those male coworkers.” Guess what she did there? She just made it okay for men to refer to these 72 women as bimbos. The goal of feminism is the basic right to equality among the sexes, not the basic right of men and women who don’t color their hair, or dance, or like glitter, but the basic right to equality among the sexes. That includes women who choose not to shave their armpits and women who bleach their hair. Feminism has been grossly misinterpreted throughout this scandal. A true feminist would have supported and celebrated the powerful union of women that is a Greek sorority and would have known that real feminism means that women have the right to do what they want, say what they want, and dance however they want, while wearing whatever they want. Celebrate the women around you today because when women support other women, nothing can stop us.

with the company that I work for. I knew they were clearly wrong (and clearly dumb), but it did upset me for a little while. But why did it upset me? They didn’t know me, and I didn’t know them. Something could happen worse than a breakup, or it could be as simple as a few rude words, and it might affect us. The key is that we let it. We control whether to be upset or not, but as soon as we start to lose it, we give that control over to the culprit. Time is so short. Some days it feels like it drags, and like we have time to do everything in the

world. That may be the case, but we can’t know for sure because nothing is ever guaranteed. So right now, in this moment, we should cherish this time. We shouldn’t let others take over our feelings because that’s our time that we could be hanging out with friends or watching that new movie. I lost some of my optimism this summer. I gave up some of my control. But I think it’s time I take it back. I think it’s time I feel okay again when I see strangers instead of being afraid. It’s my time, and I’m going to control it.

You’re in Denali Andrew Podo @gcsunade You’re in Denali. President Obama announced that the White House would be formally changing the name of Alaska’s highest peak, Mt. McKinley, to the traditional, native Athabascan name Denali. Republicans from President McKinley’s home state of Ohio reacted as expected: angrily. They ranted and fumed about Obama going over the head of Congress, calling the decision to change the mountain’s namesake from that of the 25th president a “political stunt,” “congressional overreach,” and just downright disrespectful. They pitched a hissy fit because Obama did something that they couldn’t stop. They threw a temper tantrum under the pretense of partisan gripes. They were furious because they are a bunch of old men who do not want to face the history of a prolonged, systematic genocide against Native Americans. Sure, Obama’s decision

got him in a few headlines and will definitely garner him some nice publicity with Alaskans, but it’s not just some desperate grab for attention. Native Alaskans have been begging the government to change the name for years. It’s understandable that a people we’ve ruthlessly repressed and virtually driven to extinction were more than a little bothered by one of our national heroes being the namesake of one of the greatest natural wonders in the country. So Ohioans, Republicans and everybody else who wants to kick and scream about Obama paying homage to Native American culture should reconsider their argument. It’s uncomfortable to confront the truth that we built our country on the blood, sweat and tears of other people, but it’s necessary. We don’t gain anything from sweeping the ugly truths of American history under the rug. We just set ourselves back by wallowing in our own ignorance and nationalism. So let’s stop making excuses and be happy that we’re at least doing something to respect Native American culture in this country.

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Michael Lerzo @gcsunade When I came back to campus from over the summer, I picked up a copy of The Colonnade and read it all the way through. When I came to an opinion about the legalization of gay marriage, I was not surprised by the editor’s pro-gay marriage views. However, I was surprised that this same view was held within the context of a Christian belief system. I respond to her opinion not as a conservative Southerner, but as a Bible-believing Christian. I believe people need to know what God truly thinks about this issue. I do not want to come off as judgmental, but I do believe it is important for Christians to take a stand against the increasing immorality that society has been embracing. I want to be firm and say this: God is NOT okay with homosexual “marriage”. The reason I put marriage in quotations is because according to God, who designed and instituted marriage, the partnership between two men or two women is not marriage. In the beginning, God institutionalized marriage as the union between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24). God says that acting

on homosexual desires is often a direct result of rejecting His truth and is sinful (Romans 1). However, I want all of you (especially the LBGQT community) to know that this belief will not stop me from loving you with open arms. Jesus himself was often found with “sinners” which angered the religious leaders of the time. Following His example, I want to love and accept everyone because none of us have it all together- even if I don’t accept the sin. The iconic hashtag, #lovewins, became the anthem of the day when gay marriage was legalized. However, this victory for gay couples was not truly a win. Christian pastor John Piper described the court decision as “a massive institutionalization of sin.” Embracing, justifying and celebrating immorality is not how love is displayed. Love did not win on June 26th. Love won on the cross - when the Son of God loved us enough to die for us. There is hope for everyone in sin (which is all of us - especially me) that there is a Savior who can forgive us and make us new. The cross says to us all (gay or straight) in Romans 5:8: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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Taylor Hembree @gcsunade To the women of GC, Eve Ensler, a badass feminist, wrote a book titled “I am an Emotional Creature” (which if you haven’t read, you totally should) and it has changed my life. As if I wasn’t already feminist enough, this book, filled with stories of women across the world, has made me realize that girl power is essential and means more than the saying ‘girls rule, boys drool.’ At the end of the book, Ensler has a manifesta for young women and it is phenomenal. Manifesta to Young Women and Girls “HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL BE TOLD: Find a man Seek protection The world is scary Don’t go out You are weak Don’t care so much They’re only animals Don’t be so intense Don’t cry so much You can’t trust anyone Don’t talk to strangers People will take advantage of you Close your legs Girls aren’t good with: Numbers

Facts Making difficult decisions Lifting things Putting things together International news Flying planes Being in charge. If he rapes you, surrender, you will get killed trying to defend yourself Don’t travel alone You are nothing without a man Don’t make the first move, wait for him to notice you Don’t be too loud Follow the crowd Obey the laws Don’t know too much Tone it down Find someone rich It’s how you look that matters, not what you think. HERE’S WHAT I’M TELLING YOU: Everyone’s making everything up There is no one in charge except for those who pretend to be No one is coming No one is going to Rescue you Mind-read your needs Know your body better than you Always fight back Ask for it Say you want it Cherish your solitude Take trains by yourself to places you’ve never been Sleep out alone under the stars Learn how to drive a stick

shift Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back Say no when you don’t want to do something Say yes if your instincts are strong even if everyone around you disagrees Decide whether you want to be liked or admired Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here Believe in kissing Fight for tenderness Care as much as you do Cry as much as you want Insist the world be theater and love the drama Take your time Move as fast as you do as long as it’s your speed. Ask yourself these questions: Why am I whispering when I have something to say? Why am I adding a question mark at the end of all my sentences? Why am I apologizing every time I express my needs? Why am I hunching over? Starving myself when I love food? Pretending it doesn’t mean that much to me? Hurting myself when I mean to scream? Why am I waiting Whining Pining Fitting in? You know the truth: Sometimes it does hurt

that much Horses can feel love Your mother wanted more than that It’s easier to be mean than smart But that isn’t who you are.” This is the most empowering piece of text I have ever read. Women, please know that you CAN do things by yourself. You can go eat alone, you can shop alone, you can sleep alone, you can say no to sex, you can do whatever you want. Please, use that power. Women are powerful creatures. We feel things so deeply. We express our feelings differently. We handle things differently. Women are powerful. Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, Mother Teresa, these are all women who have impacted the world. Those are just three of the most inspiring and world-changing women on the list. Madonna said something that sums up what being a woman in a professional environment feels like. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay,” Madonna said this in 1958. If people, women or men, are going to consider me a bitch because I know what I want and I’m crazy enough to think I can achieve that, then please

be my guest and refer to me as a bitch. In that sense of the word, I will gladly accept the bitch title. Being a woman is important, even if I do complain when I have my period. Periods do suck. It sucks to have my emotions pushed aside a week out of every month and have them referred to as PMS. My feelings are always validated, whether I am on my period or not. Women, if you don’t want to shave your legs, don’t. If you don’t want to wear makeup, don’t. Guys, nine times out of ten, girls wear makeup and dress cute for themselves. We aren’t trying to impress you by wearing the latest fashions or by showing off our new Naked pallette on our eyelids. I just wish that I could impact women in a way that Eve Ensler has impacted my life through her readings and quotes. Women, we are all powerful and important. Use that. Remember that. Embrace that. Walk with your head held high knowing that you are a woman and are living the legacy of every single female before and after you. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” -The Help Stay Rad, Taylor

What’s funny about language is that it does a good job of not always meaning what it should. One example is in the word “feminism,” which many seem to think is an ideology exclusive to women. But feminism isn’t quite that way. I mean, sure, mostly women subscribe, but who wouldn’t subscribe to the idea that everyone should be treated with equal respect? So it’s sort of a nobrainer for me. Of course I’m a feminist. The strongest role model in my life is my mom, and her influence has been a huge part of my love and respect for women. But I don’t think that really makes me a feminist. Feminism isn’t “equalism” like many defend it to be, it’s about loving and cherishing what it is that does separate men from women. Not necessarily what makes us different, but why it’s important that we should work together. Women kick ass. They can do anything men can do, sure, but they can do anything women can do, which is more impressive. Mao Zedong once said women hold up half of the sky. Feminism is being a man, and holding the other half up for them.



next Meeting: When: Sept. 8 Where: Chappell 113 Time: 5 p.m.

September 4, 2015