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Volume LVIII, Issue 17 | February 26, 2014

The Student-Run News Service of Columbus State University

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR “The Saber believes that every student should be fully aware of the decisions made by both the faculty and the students who represent them at a higher level.” The above quote is from the Letter from the Editor in the last issue of The Saber. Last issue, I discussed the impact of student representatives in faculty/ student committees. This issue, we’re going to check on the other side of the coin. Administration and faculty make plenty of decisions the directly affect students, and CSU at –large. Quite a few of these decisions are made or presented during meetings of the Faculty Senate. According to their web page, “The Columbus State University Faculty Senate serves as a representative voice for CSU faculty in the operations of the university.” In simplest terms, the Faculty Senate is like an SGA for CSU faculty. Closely monitoring the Faculty Senate’s monthly meetings is a great way to keep up with developments at CSU as they relate to your professors, and to you, the student. Recently, CSU announced that they were pushing forward with the Honors College. The concept of the Honors College, however, was brought up at the Faculty Senate meeting in Oct.2013. At the same meeting, the $4.9 million request for funds from the University System of GA for renovate Arnold Hall was announced. At the Feb. 2014 meeting, a presentation was made about USG’s new Affordable Learning Georgia initiative. Specifically highlighted was the Open Textbook Project, to encourage teachers to move towards lower cost options for course materials. At the Faculty Senate web page (faculty.columbusstate.edu/senate), you can find the date of the next meeting, the minutes from past minutes, and even recordings of each meeting, back through 2005. While the Faculty Senate may not sound too appealing to students at first, there are a variety of ways that students can stay ahead of the game at CSU regarding decisions made at the administrative level before they impact you, the student.

- Brandon Short

Editor-in-Chief

Columbus State University 2014 Scholastic Honors Convocation Honoring Outstanding Academic Achievement by Students and Faculty Friday, April 18, 2014 2:00pm in University Hall


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Campus Life

2014 Homecoming Queen and King is revealed Samaria Roberson and Chris Grier are crowned

Newly-crowned Homecoming Queen, Samaria Roberson, speaks and Saturday’s Stepshow.

Following a week filled with various subpar homecoming events, the Lumpkin Center was packed with an anxious crowd awaiting the results of Columbus State’s 2014 Homecoming King and Queen after a disappointing loss from the men’s basketball team. As the results were read, the audience burst into cheers and applause as the crowns were placed on the heads of Samaria Roberson and Chris Grier. “I am honored and privileged to be voted as CSU’s Homecoming Queen. I’m humbled in knowing that I am still a regular student and

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Just how far are you willing to go to park? uring the fall semester of 2013, a normally small problem became much bigger and much more serious. CSU gained a new freshman class, and all seemed wonderful and academic. However, with such a large incoming group of new students, parking became a problem for students and their professors. Teachers began to park in the student lots in order to be closer to their classrooms, and students could not find the space to park. This led to students parking in faculty parking lots. While this normally would be a mild inconvenience and a warning would be issued to the students, many began to receive parking tickets and fines from the campus police and the Bursar’s office. Faculty continued to park wherever they could find space, often ignoring their own spaces instead. As this problem began to get more heated across campus, the Student Government Association, led by SGA President Chelsee Pike, looked

into finding a solution to the problem. The university’s administration told the SGA that faculty wanted parking closer to their buildings due to a combination of many of our professors being respectably older, having some form of infirmity or handicap, and needing an overall increase in convenience for their parking needs. President Pike argued on behalf of the student body, requesting the faculty remain in their own spaces as to avoid students getting fined for trying to park where there was space. A number of ideas were thrown around in order to combat the need for students to park on campus, such as encouraging use of the shuttles. President Mescon was also briefly in talks with the Metra public bus system in order to have more transportation available, but decided against it due to the cost to many students who would not require the service in conjunction with the already efficient shuttle system. Following a number of failed or rejected proposals,

the SGA tried to cut a deal with the Faculty Senate. Unfortunately this has led to nothing. Every proposal the SGA has made concerning the parking issue has been rejected by the faculty. Some of these proposals include charging the faculty for parking in student spaces just as students are fined for parking in faculty spaces, but again the proposal was rejected. While the SGA wishes to have a quick solution and move on to more pressing concerns, the continuous lack of cooperation from the administration and the faculty has led to a near standstill. On Feb. 18, a third party firm was hired to evaluate the efficiency of the parking space setup as well as find a solution to meeting the needs of both parties. The results of this evaluation have yet to be made public at this point. Transparency from the school administration has also been called into question alongside the parking problem, as surveys were sent out to students offering options for paying

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one that people can look up to. I’m relieved from this week’s many trials and accomplished and determined in knowing that I am going to give my all in making sure that I represent CSU to the best of my ability this upcoming year,” said Roberson. Each homecoming candidate had a full week for campaigning, but the stand out candidates that the student body supported became apparent early on during the week. The student body’s voice was heard clearly as the crowd accepted Roberson and Grier as their Queen and King with open arms.

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Staff Writer

for parking, but no option to leave costs where they are was given. This skewed survey result has been used as a support for increasing student fees. The survey also had a reportedly low size, appearing to be a false representation of the student body due to the lack of people actually taking the questionnaire. As the issues continue and solutions remain unused or unaccepted, President Pike feels that the situation is likely to unravel in its current state and turn chaotic. If a solution is to be made and everyone’s needs met, both students and faculty must find a common ground and work towards cooperation. The SGA continues to encourage students to become more active in the school and make their voices heard. Only time will tell if these problems can be solved in a way that works for everyone.


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Tattoos with tales

What does your ink say about you?

Jeremey shows offs his Bible verse tattoo.

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“I got my first tattoo a while ago,” said senior health & physical education major, Jeremy Williams. “It was the first part of the larger tattoo I now have,” he continued. “I was much smaller back when I got the letter J on my arm. I’ve come a long way since then. I’m older, more mature,” he said, reflecting on how he’s changed since then. “Both of my tattoos were done at Dragon’s Den in Augusta, Ga. My tribal tattoo is a combination of tattoos so it cost about $300. The Bible verse was $45,” Williams said. He described getting a tattoo as more than just an experience. “I feel like tattoos are life points. You’re just like, I was here or doing this at that time. My tattoos describe what kind of person I am,” he elaborated. “I

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really didn’t put too much thought into my tribal tattoo. I just liked the design. I got the J first and the rest was done over time,” he said, describing the tattoo on his left arm. Williams also has a Bible verse tattooed on his right arm. It holds a great amount of meaning to him. “The Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. And it’s basically a life verse. You can apply it to anything you do. I remember writing it down on a note card before every race when I was high school and sticking it in my sock. The tattoo is just a more permanent version of that,” he said. “I’ve definitely thought about getting more tattoos. I want to add a sleeve to the tribal tattoo I already have. I would like for the sleeve to tell a story,” Williams said.

From the bookshelf to the big screen

Your favorite characters are soaring off the page and into reel time unacceptable but lifethreatening.

“Divergent” Based on the first novel of Veronica Roth’s New York Times Bestselling Series, “Divergent” hits theaters on March 21. It stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, the novel’s main characters. Set in futuristic Chicago, “Divergent” tells the story of a teenage girl who defies limitations in a world were defiance is not only

“The Fault in Our Stars” This film brings to life John Green’s critically acclaimed 2012 novel of the same name. It tells the tragic love story of two cancer stricken teens. Before Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace Lancaster was afraid to get close to someone. That soon changes, however, as she finds herself falling in love. Starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus, “The Fault in Our Stars” hits theaters on June 6. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” Based on Suzanne Collins’s

3rd installment of the Hunger Games” trilogy, “Mockingjay - Part 1” hits theaters on Nov. 21. It sees the return of some of popular fiction’s most beloved characters. Only this time the stakes are higher than ever for Katniss Everdeen, portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. “The Maze Runner” The first of James Dashner’s trilogy, “The Maze Runner,” arrives in theaters on Sept. 19. It stars “Teen Wolf’s” Dylan O’ Brien as the main character, Thomas. Set in a world known as the Glade, “The Maze Runner” follows the story of Thomas and the other teenage boys, or the Gladers, he encounters as they fight to escape the Maze. “If I Stay” What if everything you knew changed in the blink of an eye?

Danielle Davis Office Manager

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Jeremey shows offs his tribal tattoo.

Danielle Davis Office Manager

Illustration: Trevor Mehrkins

What if living meant dealing with unimaginable loss? Gayle Foreman’s 2009 novel “If I Stay” forces readers to think about all of these things. And come Aug. 24 they will see its unforgettable story brought to life. Up and coming actress, Chloë Grace Mortez, portrays the novel’s main character Mia Hall. “The Giver” Based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel of the same name, this film stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, some of Hollywood’s finest. It tells the story of a young boy named Jonas, portrayed by Brenton Thwaites, who is set to become the next “Giver,” or Receiver of Memory. And the more Jonas learns about being “The Giver,” the more he realizes he’s not living life to its fullest. “The Giver” hits theaters on Aug. 15.


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Ashley Kimbell The French Revolution is Coming to Columbus! Photographer/ Staff Writer The Springer Opera House presents Les Miserables. The Springer Opera House proudly presents a wonderful musical called “Les Misérables.” This musical takes place in early 19th century France. It is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start a new life after a kind bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy and the joys of God. Valjean is then relentlessly pursued by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade fighting for the justice of all the peasants in. This story is about standing up for what is good for the people and not being selfish. The characters

risk everything they have for what they love. The Springer brings in actors from all over the country, but they also use Columbus State University students to put on their productions. Currently “Les Misérables” has four CSU students working the musical. Nick Carleo, a theatre major, is playing Lesgles in the musical. Also, the three assistant stage managers of the show are students, Leah Martin, Tierra James and Pascal Berwise. These students are representing CSU in a wonderful way at the Springer Opera House. They have created an impressive show and it is worth seeing. “Les Misérables” opens on Feb. 27 and goes until March 15. They have a special night for students to get discounted tickets. On Feb. 27 tickets are $15 for students with a CSU ID.

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Equity actor, Andy Harvey, sings his heart out as Jean Valjean

CSU student Nick Carleo, Lesgles, is relieved after being rescued from certain death.


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Passing the baton

New Schwob director finally permanent The Schwob School of Music is one of the most prestigious music programs in the country. After winning the Regent’s Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs in 2009, the music school has grown rapidly. In Fall 2010, the then Director of the Schwob Fred Cohen left the position, causing some stress to the program. Following Cohen’s hasty retirement, rumors abounded about the reasons for the decision as well as where the program would go next. A few of the rumors about Cohen’s departure included misallocation of funds based upon favoritism within the program, an affair between staff members, and specific professors getting funding at the expense of the program itself, which cancelled projects like the opera. Following these rumors and the retirement, the music program was then lead by interim director Ronald Werte until March of 2013, when a former Schwob director who was still active at the school took his place. Rex Whiddon’s position as interim director lasted over the summer through July of that year until a permanent director was

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chosen. Stepping into the spotlight was Scott Harris, who took the office of director in July 2013 and is continuing to lead the Schwob School of Music through the present day. Harris resigned his position as the director of the University of Southern Maine School of Music to step in as director at the Schwob instead. As an outside hire, Harris has yet to be involved in any of the political machinations that were present prior to his tenure. In order to attain a better understanding of the circumstances in the music program before and after Harris joined the CSU faculty, interviews were done with some of the school’s older students who had been there throughout the entire process of hiring the new director. According to Julianna Huling, a senior earning a Bachelor of the Arts and Music degree, until Harris’s filled the position, there had been no real changes to the program outside of personnel. Largely, students reported feelings of disorganization. Now that Harris has taken his place at the top of the Schwob, things are running much more smoothly. Vocal

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performance major Randi Short, graduating this spring, notes that a major change that Harris instituted was to secure the secondary set of doors to the school, making them open only through manual efforts. This had the positive effect of making the students feel safer and that their instruments, and the school’s property as well, were more strongly protected. Students have so far taken Harris at face value, citing that as he first joined the program he had been reserved about personal details. Christian Serrano-Torres, a music performance major, said that students wished to know more about their new director, wished that he was more social. Many music students feel as if the faculty is what makes the Schwob program what it is. They say it feels like a family, and the lack of personal contact with Harris did not make his transition into the program very easy. Others were worried that having such a large situation to acclimate to may be a bit overwhelming for Harris, and that he was treading lightly since he was a stranger. Harris does shine in his focus on the program however. Randi Short made reference to

Scott Harris, the new Schwab Director

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Staff Writer Photo Courtesy Scott Harris the school struggling under Cohen due to his focus on publicity and relations rather than professionalism and improvement. Compared to Cohen, Harris is the opposite, being more achievement and improvement oriented. Julianna Huling says that students are taking Harris’ stance on the subject well, relating a story about how Harris personally took on teaching a class so that three seniors could graduate on time, and began to teach Form and Analysis on his own time. This level of commitment and dedication to the students has earned Harris the admiration of both his students and colleagues. Following up on interviews that took place in the fall, students now feel much more comfortable with Harris at the head of their program. Many have seen him bringing his family to concerts put on by the school and have noted that he has yet to miss a single performance since arriving at CSU. Overall, the new director of the Schwob seems to be doing an incredible job and things can only continue to improve from here.


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A new burrito in town Chipotle opens in Columbus One of the new additions to our growing city is Chipotle. Chipotle is a Mexican grill known for its gourmet tacos and burritos and is located at the “Strip Mall” on Whittlesey Boulevard, near Five Guys and Panda Express. Customers have four entrée options: burritos, burrito bowls in which the tortilla is replaced with rice, tacos, and salads in which the lettuce replaces a tortilla or rice. There are four choices in meat: braised carnitas or barbacoa, which are both pork, and adobomarinated grilled chicken or steak. Cilantro-lime rice (white or brown), black or pinto beans, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese or sour cream call all be added. The crew puts customers’ meals together in an assembly line fashion asking what you would like to add at each station. Being newly opened, there was a long line full of eager new customers, but the workers moved efficiently and quickly to get everyone their food also while having smiles and great attitudes. The steak burrito is a good and filling choice. The flavors of the meat options alone are great. The food preparers made sure to inform customers the steak was slightly spicy and cooked medium well. For guests who do not like cilantro, Chipotle

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has white and brown rice without it. The guacamole is also delicious. Accompanied by this great food is a great promise. According to their website, Chipotle attempts to use and support ingredients that are “raised responsibly,” which includes utilizing locally sourced ingredients, supporting farms and ranchers that have humanely raised animals, using organic agriculture, and serving pasture based dairy products. Chipotle is also working hard to keep their locations as green as possible. They have become the country’s first Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified restaurant. Chipotle’s biggest competition, which is less than a mile down the road, is Moe’s. The set up for Chipotle and Moe’s are very similar when it comes to the employees of each restaurant building your meal in an assembly line fashion. The prices are also fairly similar. A Chipotle burrito is $6.25-6.65 based on the meat. A Moe’s burrito is $5.297.79 based on ingredients choices. Unlike Moe’s, Chipotle does not include chips in the price. Moe’s also has more menu options than Chipotle, including cheese dip, quesadillas, nachos, taco bowl

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salads, and fajitas. Chipotle was founded in Denver, Colorado by Steve Ells in 1995. It has since expanded to across the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Canada, and now Columbus. Although it can

Chipotle is in business!

Woodruff Park is growing!

Ashley Kimbell Staff Writer

Woodruff Park is adding more attractions If you take a drive to Uptown Columbus and walk to the river you will see some Bobcats hard at work. Woodruff Park is currently under a lot of change. The city of Columbus wants to do something new and attract more people to Uptown Columbus in order to enjoy the full benefits of this town. The city of Columbus is working to create a little

fountain park for kids to play in. If you have ever been to Atlanta and played in the fountains at Centennial Olympic Park, the good news is that we are getting a similar one in Uptown Columbus. This is making Uptown more kid friendly. It is going to be adjacent to the river and allow families to enjoy the beautiful Chattahoochee while their kids

be more expensive, it is a good alternative to Moe’s. Chipotle is another great restaurant for students who wish to have a good meal while still eating under $10.

play in the new fountains. Columbus is also adding a fun thing for thrill junkies, a zip line. This zip line will stretch from the Columbus side of the Chattahoochee to the Phenix City side of the river. This zip line will be a fun thing for students to do as well. If you don’t want to join Whitewater Columbus and go down the rapids of the Chattahoochee,

you can zip line right over them to the other side. These efforts aim to make Uptown more family friendly and also to be more tourist friendly. Hopefully, these are going to be aspects that Columbus will be known for. These attractions will be opening this spring for everyone to come out and enjoy.


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Opinion

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Gay rights: the kaleidoscopic issue 50 years from now what will this generation be remembered for? Occupy Wall Street? IPods? Or will it be the burgeoning war for equality the likes of which has not been seen for decades? America’s stance on LGBT rights is becoming a defining feature of the modern era. But for now, coming out of the closet is like being drafted into combat fueled by hatred. There are victories, but the casualties are high.

Support

Spurred by the outrages caused during the Sochi 2014 Olympics, there has been a bubbling up of same-sex marriage lawsuits in states that forbid them. A new momentum for the gay rights movement is spanning the globe as for a few brief weeks the world has seemed united against Russia’s anti-gay laws and discrimination. In disapproval of Vladimir Putin’s policies, Canada states that “the Games have always been a little gay,” and Britain’s support of their team includes a cabaret-style ad entitled “Gay Mountain.” Google emblazoned its main page with a rainbow, while boycotts, flash mobs, protests, and the flying of rainbow flags have become ubiquitous. As of now, 17 states allow same-sex marriage and there is an increase in the trend of gay couples adopting throughout the country. In 2013 the Defense of Marriage Act, preventing same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, was struck down by the Supreme Court. There have also been trends of acceptance of gays in military services, although discrimination continues to be an issue. Fortunately, the equality movement is trickling downwards as now even the famously conservative Boy Scouts are allowing openly gay youth to safely participate; however, gay leaders are still banned. Perhaps one of the greatest

successes is the support coming from those in positions of power, who are beginning to take a more positive stance on the issue. President Obama has backed up civil unions and proponed actions granting lesbian and gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. Similarly, Pope Francis decided to take a progressive, non-judgmental approach to the gay question. Aggressive support for the LGBT community is coming from the entertainment industry, with famous activists including Lady Gaga and Macklemore. TV shows such as American Idol and Glee are similarly putting a heavier emphasis on equality. Not to be outdone, the NBA has its first active openly gay player, Jason Collins, who is drawn as a parallel with the first African-American major league baseball player Jackie Robinson, also openly gay NFL draft prospect

Michael Sam. But as for non-straight participants in the entertainment world, representation in all popular media is still underwhelming.

Opposition

But with the sweet comes the sour, and the actions of certain states undermine the spirit America projected to the world during the Olympics. Kansas attempted to pass an anti-gay bill that would, in essence, legalize homophobic discrimination by giving those in public positions the right to refuse service to gays. This action was proposed on the basis of religious freedom, but was shot down not only in Kansas, but also in South Dakota, Idaho, and Tennessee. Unfortunately, a similar bill proposed in Arizona passed. It’s an eerily familiar problem to address amidst all of the celebrations of civil rights during Black History

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Month. Chelsey Rogers, a Political Science major, notes that, “Kansas house bill 2453 demonstrates a completely misguided and offensive use of ‘freedom of religion’ to infringe the rights of the LGBTQ community. It allows for the outright discrimination of members of this community and allows hatred to be held up in court. I am in awe of the travesty of justice these law makers have created.” 33 states still ban same-sex marriage, while hate crimes and violence against the LGBT community are continuing to take place in major cities such as New York. Globally, anti-LGBT laws continue to demand fines, incarceration, and even death penalties for those engaged in same sex relationships. As a perpetual issue within the movement itself, the “B” and “T” of LGBT are still underrepresented. Bisexual and transgender participants in the crusade are overshadowed by the attention given to lesbian and gay representatives. Furthermore, the movement is also clashing on how to define itself. New classifications such as “asexual,” “demisexual,” and “pansexual” are causing schisms as the veracity of these sexualities is debated. Additionally, the upsurge of supporters calling themselves “allies” of the LGBT community has resulted in frictions as the support has become somewhat of a fashion. With racism and sexism still alive and well in this country, there is always a question of how far this civil rights movement can go. In Georgia the problem is still one of the most unaddressed in the country. There are still no same-sex lawsuits filed in Georgia and it remains woefully intolerant of the LGBT community. However, with the momentum acquired in the last few years there is a promise of this campaign becoming a full blown game changer.


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Sports & Wellness

Flexing your abilities with Yoga Increase your flexibility in your mind and body Welcoming new experiences may be challenging, but without challenge we are unable to grow as human beings. You may find yourself turning down opportunities around

campus or among your friends because you’ve never tried them or you fear you won’t be good at them. We all begin somewhere, however, and you will never know if you enjoy something if you never give it a chance. Opening your mind to new ideas and opportunities will help define you as a person and maximize your enjoyment of life.      Likewise, opening your body to new poses and stretches will maximize its potential for optimal performance. A l s o , stretching daily can increase blood circulation, decrease the likelihood

of muscle strains or ligament sprains, improve your balance and coordination, help alleviate lower back pain, and improve cardiovascular health.      Many “asanas” (Sanskrit for “poses”) in Yoga will challenge your flexibility, often simultaneously with your balance, strength and endurance. The trick in any pose is to breathe and settle into your body, telling the tensed, strained or shaking muscle to relax.      The pose we will focus on in this article is called “Pigeon Pose.” To begin, sit crosslegged on the floor. Keeping your right leg in front of you, position your left leg behind you with your upper thigh, shin and top of your foot on the ground. Try to lengthen the back leg as far as you can, releasing your hip into the floor. If you need to keep your knee on the ground as opposed to the upper

It’s race season!

The most exciting part of spring is the reemergence of life. The cold weather subsides and the ground thaws, the sun lingers just a little longer in the sky each afternoon, and the barren trees transform to show new buds. Just the thought of the abating cold is cause for most of us to get out into the crisp spring air. For many of us it signals the start of a very fun time of year, race season. When is there a better opportunity to start taking your fitness endeavors outside? Lake Bottom and Cooper Creek Park are ripe for

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thigh, this is a modification. Keeping your right foot tucked in towards your body also supports this modification, but if you feel like you can go farther, aim to keep your right calf perpendicular to your back leg. From here, make sure to keep the back straight and your head lifted with your shoulders pushing away from your ears. Breathe and relax into the pose. There are many ways to deepen the stretch and push yourself further, and if you have any questions, you are welcome to email your friendly Yogi at waddell_avonne@ columbusstate.edu     Whether you tell yourself you are capable or are not capable of doing something, you’ll be right. Your attitude towards every single endeavor in life will affect the outcome significantly. Remember to strive for progress, not perfection. Namaste. 

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Why not Tri?

the run. The Rails to Trails and The RiverWalk are begging to feel the measured cadence of cycle tires. Most amateur weekend warriors plan to register for a few 5k, 10k or half marathons, depending on their experience, even alongside a Half Century race for some of the cyclists. Any one of those basics is a great choice, especially for the beginner who is trying to make a change and get their feet wet in the racing world. A singularly focused event will also bring a more manageable training regimen for beginners.  Remember, spring is a time for change, for challenge and for growth. So this spring, why not challenge yourself to something different? One of the great things about the recent development and growth of Columbus is that Uptown has developed into a pedestrian friendly area from the Chattahoochee to Broadway. For this very reason

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the Chattahoochee Challenge has flourished. A collection of triathlon and duathlon events, the challenge offers races in April, July and August ranging from a Sprint to an Olympic event. My goal today is to ask you to Tri, to attempt a new feat of skill and perseverance. Not only do you have the opportunity to try something new and fun, but also the resources to train easily are right at your disposal. The public parks and trails I mentioned earlier are a way to enjoy the outdoors with your training, but the Rec Center also offers a grouping of programs to help increase your performance. The lap pool is at your disposal the majority of the day and cycling group fitness classes are geared to increase your power and speed during road rides. Aside from the these free options, the Run Small Group Training Class ($32) is offered for once a

week with coaching lasting the remainder of the semester. This personalized training program will meet once a week with a collegiate distance coach and is guaranteed to increase your race performance. With all of these options and resources at our disposal there is no reason for us not to challenge ourselves this spring. Let’s enjoy the outdoors and better our health simultaneously. Whether you cross that finish line in 30 minutes or three hours, you have just succeeded body, mind and soul. Take these opportunities to enjoy life while you can; it doesn’t hurt to Tri. Atlanta native, Ryan Branch, is a senior exercise science major with a background in strength and conditioning, and both a Certified Personal Trainer and a CSU Group Fitness Instructor of three years.


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Honorable Mentions

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A look back at some of Columbus’ legendary Black athletes February is the time of the year Americans celebrate the life and legacy of great African American men and women, whose courage paved the way for future stars all over the world. While our society has changed in many ways, arguably few areas have been affected more strongly than the sporting world. The Chattahoochee Valley is known for many things, but one area that does not get enough recognition is its athletes. Several African American athletes have transcended multiple sports and made Columbus a hotbed for future stars. Columbus, Georgia’s Big Hurt Frank Thomas was one of the biggest names in baseball throughout the 1990s. At 6 feet 5 inches tall and 240 pounds, Thomas lived up to his moniker, “the Big Hurt.” He attended Columbus High School where he was a stand out in both baseball and football. He helped lead the Blue Devils baseball team to the 1984 GHSA AAA State Championship. He graduated from CHS in 1986 and accepted a football scholarship from Auburn University. Thomas played both football and baseball at Auburn for

the first two years until ultimately moving off of the grid iron and onto the diamond full time. Thomas entered the MLB amateur draft originally after his senior year of high school but went undrafted. Determined to be a professional baseball player, Thomas entered the draft again in 1989. In 1986, Thomas sat and watched 891 players come off the board without ever hearing his name called. In 1989 he only saw six players get drafted before the Chicago White Sox took him with the seventh pick of the first round. Thomas would spend 18 years in the majors. He broke almost every White Sox hitting record during his 16 year tenure with the team, eventually winning one World Series championship. He was voted the American League Most Valuable Player twice and was elected to five all-star games. He won the batting title in 1997 and the Home Run Derby in 1995. On July 27 Thomas will be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be the first baseball player from the SEC to be inducted. Columbus State University’s Wilson Farley CSU has had many athletes

come through its doors over the years, but did not have an African American athlete until 1974 when Wilson Farley came from Harris County High School to play basketball. Farley was a four year starter for the Cougars, leading them to their first South Atlantic Conference championship in 1978. Wilson averaged 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game during his years as a Cougar, and his biggest season was the 1975-76 campaign when he averaged 17.1 points and 10.2 rebounds a game as a sophomore. Overall, he was the top rebounder for his team during his freshman and sophomore seasons, and led the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior. Farley was inducted into the CSU Hall of Fame in 1997. Columbus State University’s Candace Turner When fans mention some the all-time great female basketball players that Jay Sparks coached, several names come to mind. Candace Turner is one of those players. She was a four year starter for the Lady Cougars. During her tenure, the Lady Cougars went 10824 and won two Peach Belt Conference Championships.

Wilson Farley's plaque hangs in the Lumpkin Center.

Jake Hall Staff Writer

Photo: Jake Hall

She was instrumental in guiding the Lady Cougars to an undefeated regular season and 31 straight wins during the 2000 – 2001 season. CSU would go all the way to the NCAA Division II Final Four. Turner was the MVP of Southeast Regional of the tournament. Turner had a decorated history at CSU. She was 1st team all-conference and on the All-PBC Tournament Team in 2003. Turner was voted team captain and team MVP in 2002 and 2003. Turner was also named the NCAA Georgia Woman of the Year in 2003. She holds the all-time CSU record for free throws made and attempted in both a season and through a career. Turner’s 1,377 points are second alltime in CSU history, and her rebounds, 600, and assists, 326, are 4th all-time in CSU history. Turner was inducted into the CSU Hall of Fame with her teammate LaShawn Mincey in 2001. She is currently the women’s basketball coach at Northside High School in Columbus. Other Notable Columbus Athletes This is just a sample size of what Columbus has produced. For example, Carver’s Jarvis Jones was selected in the first round of the NFL draft after suffering a spinal injury that would end most players’ careers. Gabe Wright, also from Carver, started for the Auburn Tiger team that won the 2013 SEC Championship in football. Black History Month is a time where Americans celebrate the contributions of African American men and women. For more information please visit the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame located inside the Columbus Civic Center and the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame located on the second floor of the Lumpkin Center.


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