Georgetown College’s Student–Run Newspaper
February 15, 2017
Volume CXXXVII Issue 4
Modern interpretations of race–relations gloss over important historical facts Part Three in a four–part series on Black History in its modern–day context By RALEIGH DIXON Editor-in-Chief
Racism is the United States’ original sin. It is engrained in our history, entrenched in our public policy, smeared across our popular culture and inseparable from our national identity. It is no secret that the United States was literally built on the the backs of African–American slaves. Many of the Founding Fathers were slave owners, including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison. Elijah Craig, the founder of the institution that would become Georgetown College, also used slave labor to help him build his fortune and engage in his various entrepeneurial pursuits. The horrors of slavery should never be glossed over or forgotten. Yet there are segments of America that wish to do so. In July of 2016, Bill O’Reilly made sure that his Fox News viewers knew that the slaves who worked on the White
House were “well–fed” and had “adequate lodgings.” Attempts to minimalize the reality of slavery in America are beyond low. They are dismissive, disrespectful and outright false. These arguments often come from the same people who complain about how unfair Reconstruction was for the Antebellum South; the same people who argue that everybody got along during the Jim Crow era that followed. The lynching of Frank Dudley is just one of many harrowing examples contrary to the beliefs of those who would sweep the embarrassing truths of America’s past under the rug, and it happened a stone’s throw from this very campus The 1993 “History of Scott County” by the Scott Country Historical Society depicts this blood stain on Georgetown’s history. In late August of 1891, Frank Dudley confronted his landlord, Frank Hughes, over an alleged affair between Hughes and Dudley’s wife. In the altercation, Dudley ended up killing Hughes, though he claimed he had done so in
self–defense. Following the incident, Dudley turned himself into the police and awaited his trial. But Dudley was a black man, and Hughes belonged to a prominent white family with ties in Louisville and Frankfort. On the night of Aug. 28, 1891, a mob of 125 masked men dragged Dudley from his cell as he “begged piteously” for his life. Despite his desperate protests, the mob took him to a tree overhanging West Main Street and lynched him (“A History of Scott County”). The next few days saw Georgetown deteriorate very rapidly: several buildings in town were set on fire, including Georgetown College’s Pawling Hall. One hundred rifles were brought in from Frankfort. Snipers were stationed on rooftops and the entries into town. Black residents were placed under a curfew and unable to leave their homes after dark. The fact that there are those who are audacious enough to ignore incidents such as these when discussing race relations in America is troubling to say
the least, and to discuss it genuinely belongs on the BackPage rather than the front. But the whitewashing of history, particularly history regarding the mistreatment of minorities and marginalized groups by white people in America, is a problem that must be addressed before our country can hope to heal and move forward. History books are quick to paint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a beloved Civil Rights figure who worked with prominent politicians who shared his vision for a more equitable America. But that is not the whole truth. Dr. King was labeled a race–baiter, agitator and other names that are far less civil. It is not common knowledge that Dr. King had his phones tapped by the FBI in order to to spy on him and look into allegations of Dr. King being tied to Communism. There is a reason that the Black Panthers were and are often referred to in the public sphere as a terrorist organization, when in reality they asserted their Second Amend-
ment rights and sought to provide education, security and independence to the black community. These distortions of history are what lead to distortions of the truth in the present. They feed into the stereotypical narrative of the absent black father without acknowledging the War on Drugs that disproportionately target young men of color. They feed into the stereotype of black people being lazy without taking into account that white people have a 400– year head start on opportunities for housing, education and jobs. They feed into white outrage over the methods of Black Lives Matter protesters, as opposed to outrage over the injustices being protested against. They lead to Black History being delegated to a single month, as opposed to being taught year–long with the rest of American history as it shoud be.
SGA updates Constitution page 3
Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview page 5
Senior Spotlight: Jacqui Johns page 7
Grammy Highlights page 8
Headlines Compiled by Aaron Benge On Tuesday, it was announced that Venezuela had issued almost 200 passports to individuals with ties to terrorism over the past three years. Chance the Rapper made Grammy history by becoming the first artist to win a Grammy without ever selling a single piece of recorded music. The Trump administration blacklisted Venezuelan President Tareck El Aissami on Monday, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. Dozens of fighters were killed in clashes between two Jihadist factions in northern Syria Tuesday afternoon. Kim Jong–Nam, the half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, died suddenly in an airport in Malaysia’s capital Tuesday. As a Valentine’s Day gift, the Boston Police Department gifted their once wayward mascot, SWAT cat, with her own miniature condo at their base in Roxbury.
Suspicious man spotted in LRC Several report a man approaching female students on campus By BAILEE BOGGESS Opinion Editor Georgetown College is usually known for its small, close–knit environment. Students are attracted to the good reputation that the college has established. Overall, the campus is peaceful and experiences very few incidents that cause concern. However, recently, the campus has been on edge due to sightings of a man lurking around campus at various hours of the day. Many sightings of this man have been reported by students. He has mostly been seen inside the LRC, where he has approached students and asked them questions. He has primarily been approaching female students, and all students who have encountered this man have felt extremely uncomfortable, resulting in a large concern that is being felt across campus. Laura Johnson, Dean of Students, addressed concerns and reported sightings of the man in an email that was sent out to all students shortly after one of the first incidents. The goal of getting
the news out quickly was to ensure the safety of all students and keep them updated on the news of the man’s presence. Even though the man has been banned from campus, there have still been reported sightings of him by students in various areas across the college. Campus Safety will exercise their resources to the best of their ability if things become serious.
uncomfortable with his presence. She was also one of the students who witnessed the man in the library. He is described as being in his mid– thirties with poorly groomed hair that was shaggy. His beard was poorly kept as well and is a few inches long. He has dark eyes and dark hair, with sunken– in cheeks. Layson reflects on having contact with the man in library by stating, “He was wandering in and out of the stacks and was walking super slow. He then stopped and stared at the people I was with. I was at the end of a stack. He then started towards us again through the shelves. Then, he began to ask us questions.” Collectively, both students who have been approached or had contact with the man, and those who have not hope that he is caught soon or does not return to campus. If you see a man that fits this description, you are urged to call Campus Safety at 502–863–8111 or dial 911.
“He is described as in his mid-thirties, poorly groomed hair that was shaggy. His beard was poorly kept as well, is a few inches long. He has dark eyes and dark hair, with sunken–in cheeks.” — Layson These events follow an incident last semester of similar circumstances. A man was spotted in Knight Hall, the retired freshman women’s dorm. Students working for Institutional Advancement saw him committing inappropriate behaviors while watching them through the doorway. Senior Aubri Layson, one of the students present, describes the man as inappropriately touching himself for almost a minute. She felt extremely
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Kentucky legislature goes back into session By EMILY EVANS Staff Writer The Kentucky Congress went back into session last week, and there are currently 10 new bills introduced into the Kentucky House or Senate. The bills range from education to health care issues and workers rights. This year, 64 out of the 100 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives are held by Republican representatives, giving them majority in the House for the first time since 1921. In the past week, Senate and House committees Education, Health and Family Services, Small Business and Veteran and Military Affairs have met. According to Kentucky Senator Reginald Thomas, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevins challenged Kentucky legislature to “think big, be bold” when it comes to tax reform, and he has promised to cut down on the state’s inventory and estate tax. But he also noted
that Governor Bevin, although he was concerned about many issues, did not propose many concrete solutions. In January, Kentucky legislators
This was controversial because some say that this could mean that employees who don’t pay union dues could still benefit from union benefits. Senate Bill 17 would aim to
passed some bills that were brought to many’s attention and were contested by a large group of people. One of the bills passed last month was the Right to Work bill, which bans requiring workers to join a union or pay union dues.
strengthen religious expression in public schools. Although this bill expresses that it would allow religious freedom of expression, many say that this would allow for discrimination, specifically of LGBT students, on the
but rather as another way to increase student involvement on campus. SGA is also doing away with the student concerns chair, and is having the vice president of academic affairs take on student affairs. The aim for reshuffling some of the responsibilities of SGA is to have the positions make more sense. Included in the general assembly was news of Georgetown gaining an archery team in the near future, which will be coached by James Dummer. Georgetown also renewed the deal with Oxford, and the contract will be exclusive to Georgetown, as no other college in Kentucky will be able to have a similar deal with Oxford. Knight
Hall will also become a freshman girls’ dorm in two years. The good news continued through the assembly. Applications are up 30%, admissions are up 51%, and deposits are up 72%. Ben Martin, SGA Vice President, mentioned the new swing getting put up outside of the PHA house and Flowers. An Involvement Wall will also be placed outside of the Caf. In other news, Peyton Griffey, SGA Vice President of Academic Affairs, talked about his upcoming meeting to include sign language as a “foreign” language for the college curriculum. Emily Altman, SGA Vice President of Campus and Community Affairs,
basis of religious expression, and these institutions can now still receive federal funding. Another bill that came up in the media a lot was an abortion restriction. This bill bans abortions past the twentieth week of pregnancy. This bill excludes cases where it would be necessary to save the mother’s life. But this was controversial particularly because the bill does not give exceptions to cases of rape, incest or mental health issues. In this upcoming session of Kentucky Congress, citizens of Kentucky seem to be looking for action taken towards bettering Kentucky, especially in areas of education, the retirement system and taxes. Kentucky Senator Thomas also noted that Kentuckians have been showing up to committee meetings in Frankfort, and that their voices are always appreciated.
Student Governemt Assoication makes changes, amends its Constitution
By RACHEL CHEATHAM BackPage Editor
There were several new additions made to the student constitution, as clarified by the Student Government Association, in the General Assembly on Feb. 9, 2017. The additions were sent out in an email and highlighted in orange. Any eliminations have a line through them. SGA President Turner Altman discussed the new Event Planner position opening on SGA. Instead of delegating events to other members of SGA, the Event Planner will handle five main events, such as the involvement fair and the blood drive among other events. It’s not meant to compete with GAC,
discussed the new meal deals available to students every day of the week. Flyers were out into students’ mailboxes. She also discussed an upcoming meeting for the Caf committee, to further improve the food served within the Caf. There is still over $14,000 left in the SGA budget, and it is encouraged for clubs and societies to apply for the money. Considering the trouble in the past with voting, booths will be placed outside the Caf for SGA voting. Feb. 21 will be the SGA open house. Those who are interested should stop by to find out information about the different positions.
Sports & Recreation UEFA Champion’s leauge is the pinnacle of soccer
By WEST OSBORN Staff Writer
This week, the first leg of the Round of 16 stage of Champions League soccer began. The Champions League is a season–long tournament whose trophy is coveted by all the major clubs in Europe. It is the pinnacle of European Club soccer. Only the top few teams (78 total) from each European country qualify to participate. Only the best teams survive to the Round of 16 and this year’s fixtures are nothing short of exciting. On Tuesday Feb. 14, Paris St. Germaine thrashed their opponent, FC Barcelona, in a four-goal thriller. Two of those goals were from ex– Real Madrid star Ángel Di María, a familiar face to his
former rivals in Barcelona. No one watching was expecting such a blowout against one of the best teams of all time and home to one of the deadliest attacking trio the world of soccer has ever seen. Fortunately for Barcelona, until the final, each round consists of two matches against their opponents, and the team with the most goals across both games advances to the next round. FC Barcelona has a tough game ahead of them if they want to advance to the next round; however, if there’s a team that can do it, it’s the one lead by Lionel Messi. German club Borussia Dortmund were upset by Portuguese opponents S.L. Benfica 0–1 on Tuesday as well. Dortmund makes a
deep run into the tournament every year and a loss to Benfica was not expected. Home to young American
Ángel Di María scores the opening goal against Barcelona with a wonderful free kick. Prodigy, Christian Pulisic, I expect the second leg of this fixture to be a phenomenal match.
The other two matches this week include defending champions Real Madrid versus S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal F.C. versus FC Bayern Munich. Napoli’s Dries Mertens is one of the most in–form players in the world right now and any matches involving him and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo are ones to watch. Next week, Tuesday Feb. 21 are two more matches to finish up the first legs of the Round of 16. Bayer 04 Leverkusen face off against last year’s runner up Atlético Madrid. Leverkusen has a very solid squad but I don’t think they can hold up against Atlético’s well rounded team. Manchester City F.C. squares up against AS Monaco FC. Normally I
would say that Manchester City would devour a team like Monaco, but Monaco has been on a great run of form all season to top the league in France. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City may be second in the English Premier league, but for a squad with their resume they have underperformed and lacked consistency. The second leg fixtures take place the second and thirdweeks of March. Give the Champions League a shot. Whether you’re a soccer fan or not, the champions league matches in the last few rounds of the tournament are some of the most exciting of the year. Tune in to Fox Sports, and see for yourself.
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Georgetown College Women’s Lacrosse season starts up By MANDY FLAIG Staff Writer
The 2016 season for the Georgetown College Women’s Lacrosse Team went very well. Their season ended with a 14-4 record. The team was even able to make it all the way to the national championship. The girls faced a huge challenge against Lawrence Tech but managed to come out on top. However, the team did
experience a tough loss against Davenport. They put in amazing effort during the game and never gave up but finished short in the championship game. The Lacrosse Team finished out the year as national runner–up which is an amazing accomplishment. The team is expected to do even better this year than last year. They are more motivated than ever after falling short last year in
the national championship. This year the team plans on finishing the season all the way through and finishing the season as National Champions. Senior and team captain Merrissa Heraldson states, “The team is looking good this year. This is the last year for a couple of us, so we are really looking forward to it and finishing the season out with a national championship. That’s the end goal.”
The Georgetown College Women’s Lacrosse team has been looking great in practices and during workouts. Each year the team finds ways to improve how they play and improve their season. This season is their season, and they are ready to take it on. These girls will not let anything stop them. The team plans on overcoming any obstacles or challenges that they may face just
as they have done in the past years and against Lawrence Tech. The team had their first official game on Tuesday Feb. 14 against UVA–Wise and play Tennessee Wesleyan on Feb. 18. We look forward to watching our girls have a successful season and wish them all lots of luck.
Georgetown College Equestrian team succeeds at MSU By LINDSEY PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Georgetown College Equestrian Team competed at Morehead State University this past weekend. Seven team members qualified for regionals—the most in GCET history. The regionally qualified riders are featured in the picture to the right. Pictured from left to right are Lindsey Phillips, West Osborn, Coach Nori Scheffel, Erin Meyers, Susannah Heuer, Bethany Jones, Ashley Duvall and Georgia Skelton. All seven have worked tirelessly as a team to make their final qualifying points. The Georgetown College Equestrian Team also received the esteemed ribbon for Reserve High point team on Sunday at the Morehead State Univeristy show. This means that GCET had the second highest amount of points of all the teams who competed on Sunday.
With Sunday being the last day of regular season competition, the stakes were high. However, challenge does not break this team. GCET is small but mighty and was a force to be reckoned with. Senior Georgia Skelton had to place third or above to meet the point requirements of regional competition in Novice Jumping. This weekend she did just that. Skelton has not shown at regionals before, so it will be a wonderful way for her to end her final season as a Tiger equestrian. Freshman Sophia Allen had a great experience at MSU this weekend sharing that, “It was a really fun and eventful weekend! Even though I didn’t qualify for regionals, I’m excited to qualify next season! I’m also extremely proud of all our qualifying riders this year! They all really deserve to go and show what GCET is all about.” Sophomore Ashley Duvall needed four points to be qual-
ified for regional competition. On Saturday she won her Novice Flat class, earning her seven points and moving her into the intermediate flat classification. The team is so proud of Duvall’s efforts and
Sophomore Bethany Jones received her last points for regionals previously this season, but she also did well at MSU, placing in both of her classes. Jones will be competing at regionals in the Walk– Trot Division. Sophomore Lindsey Phillips competed in jumping classes for the first time this weekend. She placed in neither of her jumping classes but is proud of her growth as a rider. Receiving a second place ribbon on Sunday also qualified Phillips for regionals in Lindsey Phillips her flat classes. GCET regionally qualified riders GCET captain and senior, and coach Nori Scheffel. Erin Myers qualified for regionals earlier this season. is excited to watch her com- Even so, she received ribbons pete at regionals. at MSU this weekend and Duvall was also recently was dedicated to making this named a captain, in addition to weekend the best possible. Susannah Heuer, for the 2017Myers received second in 2018 season. Novice Fences both days. She Junior West Osborn won also was fourth and fifth in his jumping class on Sunday, intermediate flat. sending him to regional comThe team is glad that the petition. Morehead State show was not
her last as a collegiate competitor, and that she is going to be showing at regionals. Erin had this to say about her experience with GCET, “Over the years the Equestrian Team has grown from four to 13 riders in my three years of college, and each year we continue to make history. This weekend we made history by having seven people qualify for regionals. Never in the history of Georgetown College Equestrian Team has that happened. The dedication to the team has risen over the years. I’m proud to call everyone my teammate and to have this year as my last hoorah with all of these exceptional athletes.” In all, GCET had a great weekend competing at MSU and will be training hard for regionals at Morehead State University on Saturday Feb. 25. Regionals is a one day show and if qualified, GCET members could compete at zones. Zones is the next level of competition before Nationals.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Jacqui Johns By KALLIE FELMING
Copy Editor The senior featured this week is the lovely and compassionate Jacqui Johns. After speaking with Jacqui for a brief period, it became apparent that she is determined to make a difference and contribute goodness to a world that desperately needs it. Jacqui’s sister graduated from Georgetown College in 2014. This connection allowed Jacqui to visit Georgetown while still in high school and become comfortable with the campus. The sense of community that Georgetown offers prompted Jacqui to follow in her sister’s footsteps and enroll. Jacqui remains busy and involved on campus. She is currently serving as the resident director of Flowers Hall and sets aside time to work in the mailroom. For three years, Jacqui has been a peer tutor for Foundations and still finds time to fulfill the role of campus organizer for the conflict–free campus initiative. This initiative strives
to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been ravaged due to illicit mineral trade run by rebel groups. Despite her busy schedule, Jacqui’s passions and efforts extend further than Georgetown’s campus. Jacqui is currently interning for a second time at Kentucky Refugee Ministry and states that this ministry had really shaped the person she is today. She also volunteers as a mentor at an afterschool program in Lexington called Common Good. Jacqui’s passion applies to her studies as well. She is a member of the Honors Program and will major in political science and minor in women’s
Kentucky will always have a special place in her heart. As far as classes and professors are concerned, Jacqui thoroughly enjoyed taking a class on terrorism and international human rights. She also enjoyed developing meaningful relationships with various professors. Jacqui spoke highly of Dr. Sands Wise, Dr. Scheier, Dr. Silva and Dr. Klopfer, stating that their efforts The Georgetonian/Jacqui Johns went beyond the classroom studies. Her ultimate goal is and that they each served as to be a human rights activist important mentors for her. and continue to work closely When asked if she had any with refugees. Jacqui is willing advice for freshman, Jacqui to go anywhere she is needed smiled and quickly responded, to help and serve, though “Do the things that scare you.”
She went on to explain that most of the opportunities she has come across were outside of her comfort zone and she encourages everyone to pursue their aspirations and step out of their comfort zone. Due to Jacqui facing her fears and pursuing her passions, she has already made big waves. This past fall, Jacqui was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine regarding the conflict–free campus initiative and student activism. She has also lobbied for human rights on Capitol Hill and traveled to Washington, D.C. five times to attend activism conferences and training programs. Jacqui has a beautiful heart and big dreams that she is taking great strides towards. The next time you stop by the mailroom, say hello to Jacqui; you will not regret it. Georgetown College has been lucky to have Jacqui and the political sphere will be lucky to receive her.
hosting a Soul Food night. It will include fried chicken, pork chops, greens, yams, cabbage, black eye peas, mac & cheese, corn bread, peach/ apple cobbler and rice pudding. It’s designed as an all– campus event, and students and faculty are encouraged to bring their families. Students will be free, staff’s cost will be $5.14 and family members
will pay the normal rate of $9.76. During February 20 Feb. 23 the gallery in the LRC will host African American art and African American artists. Feb. 23 will have dialogue with Dr. Linsey Apple and Mr. William McIntyre titled “Black History in Georgetown/Scott County.” It will be held in the Ward Room at 11 a.m. The
town College, will talk and finally on April 20, Minister Tyrone Smith, Youth Minister at The Church Without Walls in Houston Texas, will be coming. All talks are held at 11 a.m. in the Jones Hall Nelson Suite, and each session will be counted a NEXUS/College to Career Events.
Black History Month Upcoming Events By RACHEL CHEATHAM
Back Page Edtior Ambassadors of Diversity are hosting a number of events this month. On Feb. 15, they are partnering with Dr. Czarnecki on the annual African American Read–In day. For more information about what the African American Read–in day go to http:// www.ncte.org/aari. On Feb. 21, AoD and Sodexo will be
read–in and the dialogue will both be Nexus events. In addition to the events held, Ambassadors of Diversity, the Bishop Scholars Program and the Graves Center for Calling & Center are also hosting events. On Feb. 16, Mr. Will James, President of Toyota will be speaking. On March 9, Mr. Brian Evans, Athletic Director at George-
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Be The Bridge: an inside look By DOUG MOLLETT News Editor Last week, an interesting organization was brought to my attention, so I decided to check out their website. Beabridgebuilder.com is the home website for Be the Bridge, an organization with a passion “to display God’s Glory by Inspiring the Church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division.” Values of grace, respect, humility, truth–telling, repentance and reconciliation help the organization to carry out their missions and values at their events across the country. The organization was
founded by Latasha Morrison who explains that the organization’s main goal is to see the church and its people become a credible witness for God’s glory. Unity is a pivotal driving force behind the work of the organization. In John 17, Jesus prayed for unity, and racial division and segregation have not allowed for unification. Be the Bridge strives to spark conversations and unify people to tear down racial barriers and stereotypes. The organization has posted several videos and transcripts of conversations among Morrison and others
about racism, faith, the church and how they interact. The website also lists a calendar of various events they have planned for the future. They have planned several online educational events to discuss topics related to racism. In addition to the online tutorials, conferences are scheduled across the country in places like Atlanta, Wilmington, North Carolina and Kansas City, Miss. The mission of the organization is to “INSPIRE the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division and to be present and intentional towards racial reconciliation. EQUIP bridge builders
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towards towards fostering and developing vision, skills and heart for racial unity. BUILD partnerships with existing organizations who have heart for diversity, racial justice, restoration and reconciliation.” (beabridgebuilder.com) The vision of Be the Bridge is for God to be glorified, Christians to authentically be the bridge, bring healing be transformed and for the Church to be credible. The foundation upholds the ideals of healing transforming, reconciling and making all things new. Be the Bridge encourages everyone to get involved. One way to be involved is to pray about what it means to be a
bridge builder, which is that the body of Christ will be a credible witness and pray for reconciliation. You can also follow Be the Bridge on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. People interested in getting involved with the organization are also encouraged to visit their website to become educated on various topics of racial injustice. I highly encourage you visit Beabridgebuilder.com and get involved with this organization doing great things for the fight against racial inequality.
Georgetown Tree Hugger
“If I were to mix two fiction people together, I would choose Dracula and Glinda the Good Witch.” Dr. LaRue Quote taken from Quote My Georgetown Professor Facebook page
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“Would the real Dionysus please stand up?” Dr. Asher
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This week’s Tree Hugger is Freshman Matthew Mattingly
Adele, Beyonce and Chance dominate the Grammys By DOUG MOLLETT News Editor The 2017 Grammys were quite possibly the best I’ve ever seen. Adele and Beyonce, in my opinion, both killed it. Adele took home three of the four biggest awards: Record of the Year for “Hello,” Song of the Year for “Hello” and Album of the Year for “25.” Adele opened the show with her performance of “Hello,” that she absolutely dominated. For me, the biggest moment of the night was her tribute to George Michael. She sang a slowed–down, emotional version of Michael’s song “Fastlove.” No more than 30 seconds into the song, Adele stopped her performance and asked to start over because she “had to
get this right.” Her humbleness and perfectionism showed during her hair–splitting tribute to Michael. Another highlight of Adele’s night was her hesitation to accept the award for Album of the Year. In her acceptance speech, she said that she couldn’t possibly accept the award because she thought Beyonce deserved it. She went on to explain to the millions of people watching that Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album was so monumental, and that it inspired so many people, especially Adele’s black friends, to stand up for what is good and what is right. Beyonce, aside from her stunning performance, won two Grammys: Best Music Video for “Formation” and Best
Urban Contemporary Album for “Lemonade.” Her performance, however, is something that should be talked about. She began on stage with a hologram of her, her daughter Blue Ivy and her mother. They showed different aspects of feminism and strength while Beyonce showed off her baby bump. She is expecting twins early in the summer. She sang two songs off of the “Lemonade” album: “Sandcastes” and “Love Drought.” Her stunning performance and class made up for the awards she didn’t win. Finally, Chance the Rapper had a great night as he let his Gospel inspiration and artistic independence shine through his award acceptance speeches
and performance on the Grammy stage. Chance won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “No Problem” and Best Rap Album for “Coloring Book.” In all of his acceptance speeches, he continually repeated “Glory to God.” His performance on the Grammy stage was iconic and well worth the watch. He sang “How Great” with a full gospel choir and featured Kirk Franklin, a prominent gospel musician. He transitioned into a fast–paced version of “Blessings” and showed off his excitement to be on the stage. I highly recommend watching clips of all of the afore–mentioned performances and speeches. It will be worth it.
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“Resident Evil 7” brings a return to survival horror By MATHEW MATTINGLY Staff Writer Recently, the newest Resident Evil game came out, which is only increasing the appetite for the movie, a smart move by the producers. This game was highly anticipated and surpassed what many thought would just go into another slew of series games. Since Resident Evil 4, the game series has been dying out. However, Resident Evil 7 has even topped Resident Evil 4 in both popular opinion and sales. The long–over–due return to survival horror is just what the series needed and, though the move to first person may seem a drastic change, Resident Evil 7 still plays like a classic Resident Evil game, and a great one at that. The fear that you get while playing this game is intense and real, playing from the perspective of Ethan as he
battles the Bakers to save his girlfriend, Mia. The game carries that fear in a powerful way. While more liberated in movement thanks to much sharper controls, I’m now more fearful of what lies around the next corner, as the first-person perspective makes the scares feel all the more personal. This fear is accomplished by one of the greatest sound designs in a game ever. Random noises that aren’t normally scary become suddenly terrifying as the game progresses. As you get closer to completing puzzles, the music rises and rises and you prepare yourself for a scare which never comes. This just leaves you in constant dreaded expectation meaning any sound can put you on edge within the game. The stunning graphics now lead the industry, which is the newest technology from Capcom. The amazing sounds
and visuals within the game are just the icing on the cake, because the game has incredible voice acting coupled with a compelling story. As the story unfolds and the new form of infection causes
entire mini–videogame, all of which is creepier and a harder puzzle than the next. Although I don’t want to create any spoilers for the game for those of you who want to play, I will say that you get to use a variety of weapons, including a grenade launcher. The ending of the game will warp your mind and you will be shocked by what happens. Maybe you will agree that Resident Evil 7 is the best Resident Evil, or perhaps you will still feel the best is either the second or third installment. Regardless, definitely give this game a try. It’s the hottest game out currently.
Graphic for Resident Evil 7 its subjects to deteriorate even further, you want to discover more. The cut scenes and movie clips within the game are top notch and often times add an
Shyamalan is back with “Split” By HARRY SMITH Staff Writer People make mistakes. I’m sure everybody has. I’m also sure that everybody deserves a second chance when they mess up. That’s why I’m willing to say, hesitantly, that Shyamalan is back! Shyamalan’s 2016 film “Split” follows the story of three girls (Claire, Marcia, and Casey) abducted by Kevin, a man with split personalities. While his therapist works to unravel the mystery of her patient and the girls try to escape, Kevin falls deeper into madness and the girls grow increasingly isolated. Some unknown entity looms over the horizon, and the characters live dreading his appearance. Overall, I enjoyed “Split.” I’d give it 3.75 Corgis,
or three Corgis and a Golden Retriever for a more civil thought. Hands down the greatest part of the movie is Kevin, played by James McAavoy. While Casey, played by Anya Taylor–Joy, is the main protagonist and does very well in her role, Kevin is the focus of the film and absolutely steals the show. Whenever the movie drags in pacing, McAvoy is there to breathe life into it. Watching this movie, one really feels as if there are multiple men and women within Kevin’s mind and body. This is a formidable task for an actor, but McAvoy did an amazing job and solidified himself as an extraordinarily talented actor. The other actors and actresses did fine jobs, but most of them existed to help flesh out Casey and Kevin. Dr. Fletcher, Kevin’s therapist, serves a very interesting purpose in the story
and provides a lot of background to Kevin’s condition. Her research brings up good points about mental illness and what it does to the individual, causing viewers to ponder heavy moral questions. This brings me to what I don’t like so much about the film; I didn’t know how I was supposed to feel during this movie. The past few “horror” movies by Shyamalan I’ve seen have done a good job mixing in humor, either intentional or because they were terrible. There were many occasions during this movie where I felt he was trying to do the same thing, but the subject matter was so disturbing that I couldn’t laugh. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn’t. Either way, it added another level of discomfort to an already dark movie. Regarding the moral points, I can’t
go into too much without spoiling the plot. I will say that while the film did an excellent job making the audience question themselves and their preconceptions of the characters, it failed to provide a good payout to the audience’s mental labor. What was, for me, one of the best parts of the movie ended up falling apart in the end. To be fair, it could’ve been, and likely was, intentional. Shyamalan has said that all his movies are “spiritual and all have an emotional perspective.” Whether or not you buy into that, he is certainly correct here. Where that aspect faltered, another point was brought up that started a whole new conversation. Any fan of a good thriller should give this movie a go.
Bilingualism is important to our country
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Embracing bilingualism like other countries is beneficial By AUBRI LAYSON Staff Writer As Americans, we pride ourselves on a strong military, a variety of sports, a free democratic government and our English language. Frequently I hear the words “you’re in America, learn English.” Although I do believe that knowing English is an important part of cultural adaptation, it should not mean that other languages are of lesser importance. If someone is walking down the street speaking French, Spanish or Arabic, they are immediately judged. Why does knowing another language seem so distasteful in America? I can see the argument if those speaking in another language do not know English, but frequently they do. Every other language is marginalized so much that we lose the beauty of being bilingual.
Those who are bilingual often shy away from their native tongue to fit into our society. Mexican–American parents who live through blatant discrimination often encourage their children to live their
Students all around the world learn different languages life oppositely in order to avoid discrimination. When I was in middle school, we had an immigrant from Honduras. She was very quiet, so I just assumed she was shy, but in reality, her English was not the best.
Every time she spoke in her broken English that she tried so hard to form, she was picked on and embarrassed. The teacher ridiculed her Spanglish, and the kids teased her relentlessly. Other cultures embrace bilingualism. In France, children immediately learn French and have the option to learn English as a second language. Then, as they continue their schooling, they pick up a third language. By the time they graduate high school, they are familiar with three different languages. So frequently, we expect other nations to know English and become upset when they do not. Being bilingual is not a problem; it should be embraced. It opens doors for new opportunities, jobs, relationships, etc. You should consider yourself lucky to be bilingual.
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Don’t let technology limit kids’ creativity By WHITNEY BRYAN Copy Editor I don’t know the last time you, dear reader, have been in an elementary school. So in case it hasn’t been recently, let me paint you a picture of the typical classroom: seated in organized desks are students who have endless varieties of personalities and ability levels, each with his or her own home life, ethnicity and past. There are at least two computers available to students in the classroom, a television, the teacher’s laptop and a smart board. In some cases, each student has his or her own laptop or iPad to use. I remember when I was in elementary school. I never saw the teacher’s phone. It was on silent, and it was tucked away in order to not cause distraction. Now, teachers use their phones to take photos of students, to text other teachers in the building, to keep track of student behavior and to keep time. The phone is constantly within reach of the teacher, which can be extremely helpful, but it also means more outside work for that teacher. Teachers now email and text parents nonstop. They email parents over the weekend and are expected to
answer their phone even after school has let out for the day. Parents have questions about their child’s behavior, the homework and events coming up. With the increased use of technology, teachers have no excuse for not answering their phone. Doesn’t this mean they are constantly on call, then? But they don’t get paid for that... Being an elementary education major, this concerns me. I see the positive side of technology, but I also see where we have taken it too far. Children need to be children. I want to see my future students carrying a book, not a Kindle. The book is real. The book is simply that: a book. It doesn’t play games, and it doesn’t have wifi. Lev Vygotsky, a famous psychologist, argued that the environment in which children grow up will influence how they think and what they think about. I don’t want students becoming used to staring at a screen. I want them to become used to conducting science experiments on their own, not watching them on YouTube. I want them to make flashcards,
not study on Quizlet. Hands–on activities are so important in the classroom ,and technology completely steals this away from small
hands. I am constantly shocked by the amount of technology in today’s classrooms. Students probably spend over half of the day on a tablet or computer, and sometimes the students get to take the device home to work on. Over Christmas break, I made flashcards for my sister because she was struggling in some areas. She is in fifth grade and had been studying flashcards online. Once she was introduced to physically making her own flashcards and using paper and pencil, the lightbulb clicked. Her grades have already improved since then.
It is amazing to see the differences physical connections can make for young minds. This same sister of mine recently showed me a video online of some man singing a song he had made up to help students remember the differences between mass, weight and matter. This was wonderful! But why didn’t the teacher sing this to students herself? Why was the video even shown? I don’t care if the teacher has the voice of a dying cat. The students wouldn’t care either. It was a simple song. If she taught it to the students herself, it would have had so much more meaning. My sister could have sung it rather than showing me the video. She’s experiencing someone else’s moment, not making her own. Technology should not be banned from classrooms, but it should be used much less. Teachers need to consider their kinesthetic learners and verbal learners. These students cannot be overlooked. You may be reading this and wondering how or why this concerns you if you are not going into the education field.
But it does. This education system is the one your future children and grandchildren will grow up in and your nieces and nephews will learn in. It will change the way your current level of education is run; it will create a world that future generations will experience long after you are gone. The effects of the education system are timeless. But is there anything we can do? There’s always something we can do. We can take the iPad away from the five year old and tell her to play outside. We can play board games with our younger brother rather than playing video games with him. We can put our phones in our pocket when in the presence of a child and say hi to them. I promise they will have something interesting to say back; something that is much cuter or funnier or nicer than what you were looking at on Twitter. Children look up to us, people. When you’re walking through a grocery store, when you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, when you’re at the movies... children are watching you for inspiration. Don’t let them down.
T H E B A C K PA G E Diversity is the key to greatness By RACHEL CHEATHAM A woman who’s ready for change Dear readers of the BackPage, Diversity has always been a topic of discussion. Whether we’re talking about wanting more or less of it is what creates action. I sat down with Robbi Barber, the Associate Director of Faith and Service, to discuss diversity on our campus. While there isn’t an official diversity office on Georgetown’s campus anymore, Barber said this is due to the reorganization and restructuring of different offices. Barber also discussed the drastic change she has seen in the growing diversity on our campus within the past sixteen years she’s been here. However, there’s still room and a need to continue our campu’s diversity. Perhaps the hesitancy in people when we discuss diversity is due to trying to find the right appraoch. But, as Barber explained to me, there’s not a set correct approach. One of the first things to consider is a more diverse faculty. I understand this may be a hard goal to achieve, however, if there’s importance placed on having an increasingly diverse student population then there must be a desire for a diverse faculty. It must be an intentional effort. “Students do better,” Barber said, “when there’s individuals that look like them.” Barber also discussed how Trump may lead people to think diversity is a negative thing. Considering the wall he hopes to build seperating us from Mexico, and the ban on seven different Muslim majority countries, is easy to see how fear of differences can lead to an isolated population. Barber said “Diversity equals get-
ting out of your comfort zome. It’s beyond black and white. It’s understanding why I’m different and accepting me for my differences.” Petra Navarro and Zachary Barber, co-presidents of Ambassadors of Diversity met with me to go into what they do to promote a more diverse college community. They worry not just about race rights, but everyone’s rights, from women’s to LGBTQ’s to anything. Right now, they’re focusing more on partnerships within the college. Cuts to various diversity programs, such as Global Scholars, the Spanish Immersion program (which are still listed on the official Georgetown College website) and the loss of the diversity office, has made it increasingly difficult to be unified and centralized, they said. While the co-presidents agreed the cuts could have positive financial consequences, the ramifications for diversity could possibly outweigh the good. If the programs unique to Georgetown which recruit diverse students are cut, then it would be silly to believe we
could still continue to increase diversity. While it is exciting to renew our contract with Oxford for the next eight years, I wish some of the passion for the Oxford program was redirected towards diversity-centered programs. They agreed Bishop Scholars help with diversity. But, restarting the Spanish Immersion program could be difficult. Zachary Barber described the characteristics needed: “a personable person, someone who could get the students active, and a professor who’s proficient in Spanish and their own subject.” Petra Navarro claimed her goal for the program was “to have a community and creating a community atmosphere with people talking to people they never thought they’d talk to.” Zachary Barber agreed saying, his goal was to “have everyone comfortable with everybody, and for those who aren’t diverse to learn “this is what it’s like” and to break down barriers.” If we hope to move forward as a campus, and as a country, then we have to realize that sacrifices must be made. There is going to be a give–and–take.
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These sacrifices must not come from the common people but from those in power who can mandate change. African—American history shouldn’t be a seperate month, because African—American history is American history. To attempt to seperate the two is white washing history, and not giving enough credit to not only African—Americans but also other ethnicities who have contributed to the rich history of America. Diversity’s basis is equality for all, and equality can feel like oppression to those who have priviledge. When those in power use fear tactics to exclude groups of people, then they are not using their power for the benefit of all, but only themselves and people like them. I would like to say we are living in a new age, when this won’t be an issue in ten maybe twenty years. But the fact of the matter is that if we want diversity, if it is truly something we value then we must always be intentional. We must always look for ways to include people. The United States of America can easily slip back in time to when equality was a novel concept. Our actions need to constantly push this country forward. In order to do this we need to educate ourselves with facts, not fiction and to create our own set of ideals instead of following history. America is a melting pot of cultures. That is something we usually pride ourselves on, our ability to welcome whoever from wherever they come from. Greatness isn’t reliant on any one individual, or group of people. Greatness is composed of unique differences which can only come from uniquely different people. Diversity is the key to America’s future and present greatness.