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Vol. XLVIV No. 2 April 3, 2013
The SGA Bunch
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from the editor GOT REGISTRATION? the compass
So which Banner system do we use to register? The one at the old web site or the new one? And which core should we go with? The old or new?
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University of North Georgia Gainesville, Georgia EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Audrey Williams firstname.lastname@example.org ASSISTANT EDITOR Brent VanFleet924226297@gsc.edu
We’re all a little confused. Even the advisers and professors.
SECTION EDITORS NEWS Emanuel Fisteag email@example.com FEATURES AND OPINIONS Alex Morris firstname.lastname@example.org CAMPUS LIFE Zachary Perry email@example.com ART & ENTERTAINMENT Meagan Thoss firstname.lastname@example.org SPORTS Mike Williams email@example.com
We all understand that combining the two registra- tion systems must be hard. After all, it’s computer programming, and there are always complica- tions.
STAFF Hunter Leger, Kyle Funderburk, Matt Green, DeAndre Haye, Amanda Head, Emily Primm, Jessica Anderson, Katie Keiger, Carolina Endara, Mike Mullins, Elise Perkins, Matt Hobbs, Max Mager, Obed Pacheco, Mary Hamilton Wall, Brianna Triplett, Jennifer Springston, Lindsey Wright, Christine Hollander, Rachel Cash
But you’d think getting this sorted out would’ve been a priority. I mean, you need students signed up for classes to have a university, don’t you?
FACULTY ADVISER Merrill Morris firstname.lastname@example.org The Compass releases three printed issues each semester and an online edition at www.gscCompass.org
My advice: Talk to your adviser. Be sure you’re signing up for the right classes. And in our next is- sue, we’ll have an in-depth look at both cores, the old and new, to help you see if you’re on track. Audrey Williams email@example.com
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NEWS page 6
Human Services Association
DIRECTIONS ARTS page 6
The Human Services Association’s goal is to give students the chance to do required community service for the Human Services Delivery and Adminis- tration bachelor’s degree program. Zachary Perry Campus Life Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
eas such as case management, counseling, substance abuse prevention, and other human service careers. Prior to graduation a student must complete at least 650 hours of service learning. The HSA club appeals directly to students participating The average student at the University of North Georgia- Gainesville may have noticed the thriving club life present the HSDA program because it offers a variety of ways for them to take part in service projects sponsored by HSA such on campus. With approximately 80 established clubs and new ones as the Gainesville Housing Authority Homework Center or forming constantly, there seems to be something for every- the South Hall County Food Bank. One recent event hosted by the HSA was the annual one interested in more than merely taking classes. HSA yard sale. Though a large portion of these clubs are separate from The intent of the yard sale was to raise money to help DQ\RQH¿HOGRIVWXG\RUSURJUDPWKHUHDUHDIHZWKDWFRU- members of the club go to the Regional Organization of relate directly to a program offered here at UNG. Human Services Con- One such club is the Hu- ference that they will man Services Association. be attending during the HSA describes their club “Being involved with the HSA club is ¿UVWZHHNRI$SULO as “a club that focuses on pro- a great advantage for any Social Sci- According to Spring- viding service to the commu- ences major including psychology, so- ston they raised nearly nity and developing the pro- $200 from the yard sale fessional interests of students ciology, human services delivery and to help fund students’ planning to enter a human ser- administration.” travel to the conference. vices profession.” Springston said that “Being involved with the Jennifer Springston, the HSA program has HSA club is a great advantage president, HSA helped prove that this for any Social Sciences major campus hosts an active including psychology, soci- ology, human services delivery and administration,” said HSDA program. Having the club assists in the accredita- tion of the program. The program will undergo accrediting Jennifer Springston, president of HSA. The HSDA degree prepares students for careers in ar- in the fall of this year.
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CAMPUS LIFE SGA Kickball
Tournament April 10th -Â12th Gynasium / Soccer Field / Volleyball Area 12pm -Â 2pm on Wednes-Â day and Thursday 12pm -Â 3pm on Friday
SGA Meeting 12:00pm -Â 1:00pm Student Center meeting room 1
15 Clinical Medical Asst. Program / CEPA rm 110 / 6pm -Â 9:30pm
Sexual Assault Pre-Â vention 12:30pm -Â 1:30pm Student Center rm 127
9 Sigma Chi Eta Student Center 369 meeting rm 2 / 12:30pm -Â 1pm
RAD Self Defense Class / Student Center Robinson Ballroon ABCDE / 6pm -Â 9pm
22 Club Choice Awards / Robinson Ballroom ABCDE / 12pm -Â 1pm
8 Dress for Success Workshop / Student Center 127 / 12pm -Â 1pm
23 Chorale Dress Re-Â hearsal / Gaines-Â ville Theatre / 10:30am -Â 1pm
3 Learn to Knit or Crochet 10:00am -Â 12:00pm CE Conference rm 133
4 Presentation & writ-Â ing skills for leaders 9:00am -Â 4:00pm
10 SGA Kickball Tour-Â nament / Gymna-Â VLXPVRFFHUĂ€HOG volleyball area / 12pm -Â 2pm
11 SGA Kickball Tour-Â nament / Gymna-Â VLXPVRFFHUĂ€HOG volleyball area / 12pm -Â 2pm
Spring Fling 2013 / Student Center, front patio, volleyball area, Robinson Ballroom ABCDE / 10am -Â 2pm
18 Lake Lanier Islands Lifeguard Training / Gymnasium / 4pm -Â 10pm
24 Graduation Expo / Robinson Ballroom ABCDE / 1:30pm -Â 5pm
25 Brass & Winds Concert / Gaines-Â ville Theatre / 6pm -Â 9pm
5 BCM Volley Mara-Â thon / Gymnasium / 4pm -Â midnight
6 Math tournament / Academic 3 / 8am -Â 5pm
SGA Kickball Tour-Â nament / Gymna-Â VLXPVRFFHUĂ€HOG volleyball area / 12pm -Â 3pm
19 Summer Scholars Institute Registra-Â tion / ACAD IV rm 3110-ÂAB / 9:30am -Â 3pm
26 Music Department Student Recital / Gainesville Theatre / 1pm -Â 3pm
20 Open House-Â Gainesville Cam-Â puse / 7am -Â 1pm
27 Finals Be-Â gin for Saturday Classes
Finals Week Finals Week Finals Week Finals Week Finals Week
Open Mic gives students an opportunity to perform Zachary Perry Campus Life Editor email@example.com
An artistâ€™s biggest challenge may have less to do with creating their work than it does with sharing it with others. UNG-G has a plethora of clubs that appeal to students who are more artistically inclined than others, and providing a venue for these artists to express themselves is pivotal to the survival of these clubs. The Chestatee Review saw the need for such a venue and responded with the Open Mic night. Open Mic started roughly five years ago and was held once a semester. However, there was such a positive response to the Open Mics that they increased the frequency to its current state of twice a semester. While many people avoid Open Mics at all costs on account of such events being notorious for dreary poetry and self-obsessed hipsters with coffee, the diversity that was delivered from this show was both impressive and shocking. Impressive because of the overall talent level present and shocking because of the fantastic abilities of classmates that are seen on a daily basis. The artists who chose to perform at UNG-Gâ€™s Open Mic were presented with an opportunity that many artists would be terrified by and they excelled. If you are interested in getting more involved with The Chestatee Review and other clubs associated with events like the Open Mic then email either Gloria Bennett, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Adams at email@example.com.
Students performing at Open Mic Night, hosted by The Chestatee Re-Â view, read original works of poetry, sang and played instruments. Zachary Perry
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CAMPUS LIFE Vote April 5!
Why should students vote for you for SGA? Buddy McGrath , running for SGA President â€œStudents should vote for me because I feel like I would change the campus better, but keep it unique, the way it should be. I have a lot of connections from North Georgia because I was at North Georgia pre-Â viously and transferred here. And I just have a really good idea of how things work there and I know how things work here. It would make sense to vote for me because I could take those ideas and mesh them together into one really good productive presidency.â€? Â
Sean Magee, running for SGA president â€œBecause I think of this place as my home. I realize I like a lot of things EXWWKHUHDUHSUREOHPVDQG,OLNHĂ€[LQJSUREOHPV,WÂˇVP\WKLQJÂľ
Joseph Perez, running for SGA vice president â€œBecause I have experience, everyone knows me and Iâ€™m awesome.â€?
Meghan Magee, running for SGA vice president â€œStudents should vote for me because I experience the same things that they do and what theyâ€™re going through and the stresses theyâ€™re JRLQJWKURXJKDQG,ZRXOGOLNHWRKHOSWKHPĂ€[DQ\SUREOHPVWKDWWKH\ have.â€?
Katie Steele, running for SGA Secretary, unopposed â€œIâ€™d really like to expand my leadership skills and be more of a link for students and what they want to talk to the administration. I just want to help the students. Thatâ€™s what itâ€™s about.â€?
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NEWS Legislators gunning for allowing guns on campuses By Amanda Head Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org A state representative from Kennesaw tried unsuccessfully this year to get a bill passed that could allow guns to be carried on college campuses. The Board of Regents opposed the bill, but it is expected to come up before the legislature again next year. Rep. Charles Gregory of Kennesaw sponsored the bill. â€œTo be clear, [the bill] would not force any individual to own or carry a weapon,â€? Gregory said. â€œIt would not change or eliminate the background check or licensing requirement currently mandated to carry a concealed weapon in Georgia.â€? â€œUltimately I believe every individual has the national right to self-defense, and unless a property owner says otherwise, you should be able to carry a weapon anywhere for your own person-
al self-defense,â€? Gregory said. If the bill passes next year, and UNGG allows students to carry firearms on campus, Professor Steven Aanes said he may start keeping his firearm handy. â€œBetter to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it,â€? he said. Before someone is allowed to carry on campus Aanes said they should be highly trained with the weapon. Jennifer Ford, a current student said, with all the school shootings that have happened she would feel more comfortable having a gun on her. Chief of Police Mike Stapleton said that â€œcarrying guns on campus would not be good for education, and would be more of a distraction for students in the classrooms.â€? Stapleton supports the law as it is currently written and does not believe UNG-G will allow students to bring their guns on campus if HB 28 is ultimately passed. â€œWho stops a bad guy with a firearm? A good guy with a firearm,â€? Aanes said.
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Campus clubs may get smaller slices of the budget pie By Hunter Leger Staff Writer email@example.com The Student Government Association approved a proposal that will limit club spending on certain areas of their budget. SGA is putting in place caps on things such as food spending, and travel spending for clubs. Clubs will only be able to spend 10 percent of their budget on food, and 25 percent of their budget can go toward travel expenses. â€œEvery club is getting budget cuts,â€? said Noam BenAvraham, the president of UNG-Gâ€™s Gamerâ€™s Guild. â€œWe donâ€™t spend much money on food. Really, we just donâ€™t spend much money in general. I donâ€™t really think weâ€™ll be affected,â€? Ben-Avraham thinks other clubs may feel the effect, though. â€œSometimes food or travel are all that really hold members to being active in a club,â€? he said. Associate Dean for Student Life Cara Ray said the new rules wonâ€™t cause a massive decrease in club budget allocations. â€œWhile itâ€™s true that we canâ€™t give every club an increase, there is also not a sweeping decision to give ev-
ery club a decrease,â€? she said. â€œThere is a myth going around that the new university culture isnâ€™t going to be as friendly to student clubs, and that is absolutely not true,â€? Ray said. Club spending will be capped, with some exceptions, according to Ray. â€œI would rather a club, if they are going to spend $500, instead of buying the same 10 people lunch every day, I think itâ€™s a better use of Student Activity money, that they pay a guest speaker a couple hundred dollars to come speak,â€? Ray said. Ray, as well as SGA, agreed to allow for exceptions for clubs where food and travel spending is necessary. While some clubs on campus will not suffer drastic changes, other clubs possibly will, unless they ask for an exception from SGA. Andrea Ampuero, treasurer for the Asian Student Association, still has concerns. â€œI think it will affect how many people join the club, because most of the costs we spend is on paying for travel and buying pizza for meetings, which attracts new members to come and check out the club,â€? Ampuero said. Ray encourages all club officers who have such fears to come talk to her. â€œI donâ€™t know all the answers, but I can certainly get you in touch with a person who knows,â€? she said.
â€œI would rather a club, if they are going to spend $500, instead of buy-Â ing the same 10 people lunch every day...they pay a guest speaker a couple hundred dollars to come speak.â€?
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NEWS New tenure rules may affect class size and number By Emanuel Fisteag News Editor email@example.com The consolidation of the University of North Georgia has brought about changes to more than just the core, mascot, and various aesthetics. Instructor tenure policies are also set to change this spring. Tenure is an assurance for instructors they will not be fired from an institution without just cause. According to Board of Regents policies, instructors come up for tenure after five years of teaching based upon four minimum criteria: superior teaching, demonstrating excellence in instruction; academic achievement, as appropriate to the mission; outstanding service to institution, profession, or community; and professional growth and development. Jeff Marker, chair of the Communication, Media and Journalism department, said the Board of Regents sets general guidelines for institutions, depending on their status within the system. Because GSC was a state college, but now is part of a university, teaching load -- the num-
ber of classes a professor teaches each semester -- will go down. “Those formerly employed by Gainesville State College will be going from a five/four to a four/four standard (teaching) load,” Marker said in an email. “This was the standard load at NGCSU so no change for faculty at our Dahlonega campus.” Marker also said the standard teaching load for all tenure-track faculty will be four/four, meaning an instructor will have a total of eight classes. Each academic department will be responsible for developing disciplinespecific expectations for tenure and for each type of promotion, according to a promotion and tenure policy document released by UNG Provost Patricia Donat. Jeff Pardue, professor of history and associate department head of the Department of History, Anthropology, Religion and Philosophy, expects departments to require some research for promotion. “I suspect, however, because we are now a University that there will be some scholarship requirements (more) than was the case at Gainesville State,” Pardue
said. According to Al Panu, senior vice president for University Affairs, this simply means there will be more opportunities for being engaged in learning. “We are not becoming a research one institute like UGA or Georgia Tech,” he said. “Our primary purpose is still teaching.” Panu said he does not see students being impacted by the change in tenure requirements. Many of the former GSC faculty already do research, according to Marker. “A large percentage of faculty at GSC had built records of scholarship equal to professors at state or regional universities,” he said, “and many were doing as much scholarship as a typical professor at a research one university.” Pardue said scholarship keeps professors updated in their fields. “I see it as a positive thing,” he said. Jonas Kauffeldt, assistant professor of history, expects the research requirement in his field to be two publications, which is what NGCSU had. “So that could be two articles, it could be one article and one chapter in a book,”
he said. “That’s not a high bar, but it is different from what we had before. Kauffeldt thinks this won’t have an effect on teaching. “It just means that there’s more being required,” he said. “You still need to be dedicated to classes and accessible to students.” Pardue said a lot of professors will probably do their research in the summer or whenever they have time off. Marker said class sizes will have to grow slightly in some cases in order to accommodate the same number of students, since the institution did not receive an increase in funding that would allow faculty to teach fewer courses with the same maximum enrollment. “The only other potential impact of this policy on students would be positive, because professors will have fewer classes to prepare for,” he said. “When discussing the impact to the students, philosophy of the faculty is more important than any policy,” Marker said. “I have every confidence that my colleagues on all four campuses will continue to put the students’ best interest first.”
Go online to make appointment with your adviser now By Amanda Head Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Students may have a new and easier way of making an appointment with their adviser for advising weeks. Director of Academic Advising Terri Carroll said students may be able to make appointments with their adviser on a calendar located in Banner Web called Appointments Plus. Advising dates for Fall 2013 are April 1-12. “Appointments Plus hwas been used by the advising office for years,” she said. The office uses the system to make 90 percent of their appointments, where
only about 50 percent of faculty use the calendar currently. Faculty advisers have to go through training to use the system, and if your adviser is using it, a link to the sign-up site will appear in Banner on your tranguid page. The last part of April has been designated for fall registration. It was delayed this year because of having to merge the GSC and NGCSU Banner systems, according to Registrar Janice Hartsoe. The new online sign-up will make it easier for faculty advisers to designate times they are available for advising. Faculty can also make notes about their meetings with students.
Students will get emails about the appointments, and both faculty and students can use the system to cancel or reschedule appointments. “Students must sign up at least two days before,” Carroll said. She said once a student has signed up another student will not be able to sign up in that slot, therefore, no double booking will occur. The new calendar will eliminate any back in forth e-mails or phone calls between faculty and student Carroll said. “The signup sheet is old and outdated,” she said. The new online calendar makes it easier for faculty and students, Carroll said.
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UNG-G hosted its yearly job fair, allowing 25 companies to come on campus to recruit students for full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs. If youâ€™re on the hunt, here are some places that want you.
Tribe Transportation â€“ Full-Âtime/Part-Âtime positions available include customer ser-Â vice representative, operations dispatch-Â er, freight broker, driver manager, and drivers. Experience with customer service is needed for all positions available. Driv-Â ers must have a minimum three years experience, 23 years of age, clean MVR, and no more than two driving jobs in the last 12 months.
McDonaldâ€™s â€“ Part-ÂTime â€“ New store opening in Oakwood down the street from UNG-ÂG campus. Work an average of 20 hours per week and McDonaldâ€™s will reimburse the cost of your books for that semester. Employees must be 16 years or older. Apply online or in store.
Part-Âtime positions available to college stu-Â dents. Must be 16 years or older to apply. Must be able to work evenings and weekends. En-Â thusiastic and/or knowledgeable about cur-Â rent fashion trends. Enjoy working in a team environment. Strong communication, problem solving, and time management skills. Plus: pre-Â vious experience in retail or customer service. Must be 16 years or older to apply.
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HTI Employment Solutions â€“ Full-Â t i m e / P a r t -Â t i m e -Â Looking to hire assembly techni-Â cians and mate-Â rial handlers. High school diploma/ GED required for all job openings. Knowledge of ZF Industries and ZF Wind Power are required as well. Apply in person or online, including a resume.
Georgia Aquarium -Â Seasonal positions -Â Internships are available for all students who are 18 years of age or older. US citizenship, current Green Card or student/work visa are required. Ability to pass a background check and volunteer at least 20-Âplus hours per week for three-Ânine months and a resume with online application and three references are needed. Volunteer work requires youth volunteers to be 14 or 15 years of age at the start of the program and adult volunteers must be 16 years or older.
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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T Big Band Show is an annual hit
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Members of the symphonic band (L-R) Whitley Grindle, Jennifer Walker, Cabby Rutherford, Court- ney Hall, pose before their show.
UNG Symphonic Band plays to full house Mary Hamilton Wall Staff Writer 924254813gsc.edu The UNG Symphonic Band held their mid-semester concert on February 28. Director John Mashburn announced that this concert would be of short duration, with the band playing Portrait of a City by Philip Sparke, October by Eric Whitacre, and Ride by Samuel Hazo. The band played to a full house, and by the time the concert began, there were no seats, only standing room. After the concert, clarinetist Whitley Grindle provided some insight onto the inner working of the UNG Symphonic Band. Instead of referring to it as a practice, their meeting time is a rehearsal. This is where they focus on how they sound together, as a section, as well as an entire ensemble. During rehearsal, the musicians are constantly stopping and writing things onto their music to improve. “To be a good musician, you need to be dedicated and prepared for performances,” Grindle said. “Mr. Mashburn reminds us several times leading up to a concert that ‘An ensemble is only as good as its weakest player’.” Many of the Symphonic Band members are not just involved in one music class. Several are also active in Chorus, Brass Ensemble, as well as piano classes or private lessons. The UNG Symphonic band is very passionate about their music, and it shows when they play. For those who missed out on this concert, another will be held on April 29 in the Gainesville Ed Cabell Theatre in the CEPA building from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Jennifer Springston Staff Writer email@example.com The UNG-G Big Band Show, an annual event held at the Gainesville campus that the music department puts on for UNG students, recently featured the UNG Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. The event was held March 8 and 9. The show had a great turnout from the UNG student body, and was a fun and lively event for any music lover. “Preparations for Big Band Show usually begin about four months before the show,” said Andrew Santander, director and assistant head of the UNG Music Department. “Depending on the student performer, some choices in repertoire selections are made even earlier than that. They are allotted more development time if they are of particular difficulty.” The pieces performed both nights ranged in their difficulty level quite considerably. “Obviously a great deal of rehearsal time is required to get a show like this running,” Santander said. “Students must master their own parts and see how everything fits together in the ensemble. The endurance requirements are considerable for all the instruments.” The Big Band Show has been and continues to be a successful part of UNG history. Expect to see this production continue to remain part of UNG legacy for years to come. “There were also a few nods to some jazz inspired popular music as well as some original student compositions featured,” Santander said. “In short the show should have a little something for everyone.” Plan to make it out next year if you missed this time for a fun night of music from your student body.
The next UNG Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble Concert will be held on April 29 in the Gainesville campus Ed Cabell Theatre from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T Check out the Georgia Theatre for top acts in Athens Carolina Endara Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Georgia Theatre, located on North Lumpkin Street in Athens, presents a variety of musical talents every month to the public, ranging from bands like Perpetual Groove, Cherub and STS9. Local musicians and big-name artists come out on a weekly basis to exemplify the music entertainment scene in the Athens area. Recently, Mimosa lit up the stage at the Georgia Theatre on the night of February 21, followed by the band Moon Taxi on February 22. Both shows filled the house. “Mimosa gave an electrifying performance,” said Jharred Williams, a current student at UGA. “The Georgia Theatre, being located in the heart of Athens, brings so much culture to the town, especially with its recent line-ups.” Other events at the theater included the band Free Energy, performing on the theatre’s Rooftop on Monday, March 25, and DJ Shadow All Basses Covered 2013 Tour performing on Wednesday, March 27. Upcoming performances involve musical talents such as Umphrey’s McGee on April 15, and Big Boi with special guest Killer Mike on the April 18, and Slightly Stoopid on April 26.
Indiefest pulls together a great show on short notice DeAndre Haye Staff Writer email@example.com Indiefest, once held at the Awake venue, was moved to the Masquerade venue in downtown Atlanta. The bands are mostly local and up and coming talents, but one of the headliners was Polyenso, formerly known as Oceana, a post-hardcore band from St. Petersburg, Fla. Now under their new moniker, Polyenso transformed into an indie band, drawing most of its inspiration from bands like Radiohead and Copeland. “Oceana was more hardcore, and as the band got older and more experienced as musicians, we tried listening to new sounds,” said Alec Prorock, the band’s trumpeter and guitarist since 2011. “The new sounds influenced our music and our album, Clean Head, led to the transition to what Polyenso is today. More influenced by Jazz, folk, and hip hop, each one of us [members] brings something to the band.” Amongst the other headliners were some of Atlanta’s talents, such as Bear Girl, an indie psych-pop band based in Duluth. “I think it went over well,” said Tyler Perkins, vocalist for Bear Girl. “Wasn’t expecting such a big crowd for the opening band, but I was pleasantly surprised. The show drew a lot of attention.” Other bands that performed that night were Wire Method, a six-person formed by two sisters in 2010 that have recently incorporated their youngest sister and three other musicians, and Author, a four-person band from Rochester, MN. “It was so awesome that I had to buy a beer!” said UNG student Adam Franklin O’Kelly. “The bands were really good. It wasn’t just indie. While the bands themselves may have been indie the sound for tonight was very experimental and it gave me good vibes.” Overall, the night was a success, and the shows promoter, Hunter Gwin, was able to pull off something he thought might end up falling apart and having to cancel. “The last show we had for Awake ended being moved and it didn’t go as well as was expected,” said Gwin. “I thought we might have to cancel this one to save face, but we found a new venue for the show and that’s when I felt some hope. I promoted like crazy and the turnout for the night was great. I’m thankful to everyone who showed up tonight and all of the amazing bands who came to play.”
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Members of Polyenso (L-R) Denny Agosto, Brennan Taulbe, Alec Prorock
Member of Wire Method Jared Cox
“It was so awesome that I had to buy a beer!” Adam Franklin O’Kelly, UNG Student
A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T
Michael Lachowski of the Georgia Museum of Art at the African art exhibit from the collection of Don Kole.
African art collection: From Savanna to Savannah Carolina Endara Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org On the third Thursday of every month, the Georgia Museum of Art collaborates with the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), GlassCube & Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens and Cine to promote their art exhibition spaces for the month, as well as each other. The event is advertised to present from 6p.m.-9 p.m., admission free, although the art that is exhibited one night, for most of these venues, remains standing for the entire month for the public to see. But on this particular night, depending on the site, “music, refreshments, sometimes an art performance or an art talk may be going on to make the night extra special,” said Michael Lachowski, public relations coordinator at the Georgia Museum of Art. “It’s just one little block of time in the month to persuade people to come out and see some art.” The art that is chosen to be exhibited for this night and throughout the month is up to each individual venue to decide, and each one takes a different approach on how to portray their art. “Sometimes we put together our own show, or we
may bring in a traveling exhibition from another institution especially for the night,” Lachowski said. Some of the focus of the Georgia Museum of Art is on the strengths of permanent collections, which include American painting, works on paper, decorative arts (furniture, quilts, figurines, silverware, etc.), and folk art—by people who are not trained by artists, considered ‘outsider art’. It also focuses on traveling exhibitions and art that engages in scholarship and education. The art that is displayed at these locations is geared to all types of demographics. “Third Thursday appeals to all of the art appreciators,” Lachowski said. “The most common age group we see come through here is from 18 to 70, although college students are the most present.” And all of the exhibitions are free, although a donations to the museum are always welcome. In the past, there have been a number of opening receptions at Cine, where paintings by artist Jennifer
Hartley have been displayed, among others. Upcoming events at the Georgia Museum include an opening reception party with food, drinks, and a DJ open to the public, from March 16-April 22. The museum is working with the students from the Lamar Dodd School of Art to put the reception together, to help celebrate the art created by the students for their thesis in their last year. Another show occurring over the summer encompasses women’s fashion from the 50’s and 60’s, traveling from the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. The show is entitled “Fashion Independent; The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor,” and it involves several different stylists from her era. “We welcome everyone to come out and take part in these events,” said Lachowski, “We want the public to know that this is not for UGA students only. This is the official state museum of art, and this art belongs to the citizens of Georgia.”
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Lydia headlined a show at Vinyl on April 2 and everyone got what they came for. The band was formed in 2003 in Gilbert, Ariz., and has gone through a change of cast since then, but have come back stronger than ever. With the release of their most current album, “Devil”, they’ve begun touring across America, and fans have been dying to see them. They played alongside other bands and musicians such as From Indian Lakes, Matrimony, and Sweet Talker. Everyone in the crowd was pumped to see Lydia, but were taken aback by the talent put on display by Sweet Talker, the first band to play that night. From Indian Lakes had an incredible set to match their indie sound. They played music from their new album, “Able Bodies,” mixed with some of their old favorites from their first album, “Man With Wooden Legs”.
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SPORTS 5LĂ HWHDPVKRRWVĂ€UVWDQVZHUVTXHVWLRQVODWHU Colin Ochs Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org One of the perks of the GSC/NGCSU merger is that students of the old GSC now have official NCAA-sanctioned sports to root for and eventually participate in. There are, of course, your typical baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, and cross country, but there is also one sport that students may not be all too familiar with. Rifle. â€œWeâ€™re an Olympic sport, which a lot of people donâ€™t know,â€? Head Coach Tori Kostecki said. The rifle team has been around since the university was founded in 1873. â€œNow granted they werenâ€™t shooting this exact thing in 1873,â€? Kostecki said. The things they shoot today are called an air rifle and a smallbore rifle. â€œThe way you approach things is very similar to golf, or like a free throw in basketball,â€? Kostecki said. â€œItâ€™s very high pressure, but itâ€™s not as physically active as a lot of other things are.â€? â€œItâ€™s a much different aspect of a sport,â€? Team Captain Luke Donald said. â€œUnlike in
some other sports, if youâ€™re under pressure you can exert that physically, in here I have to be able to control my mind, so itâ€™s very much a mental sport.â€? An air rifle match consists of 60 shots, all standing at 10 meters. There are 10 rings within the target, and you get however many points for what you hit. â€œWe shoot at a target thatâ€™s very small,â€? Kostecki said. â€œThe whole target is about an inch and a half across. The 10 ring that youâ€™re trying to hit is half a millimeter, and youâ€™re expected to hit that pretty much every time.â€? Smallbore rifle is shot standing, kneeling, and prone, 20 shots each. â€œFor the smallbore, the 10 ringâ€™s actually a negative number. You have to overlap the center by a certain amount,â€? Kostecki said. The rifle team at UNG is coed. Rifle is one of the few sports that allows it to be mixed, with men and women competing on completely even footing. â€œActually women tend to be a bit better at rifle then men,â€? Kostecki said. â€œGirls tend to be more in touch with how their bodies move and what muscles their using, where as guys tend to approach things more like a caveman.â€?
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Get duckinâ€™ muddy at the Muddy Duck Dash Mike Williams Sports Editor email@example.com On April 27, the second annual Muddy Duck Dash will be held on the campus of the University of North Georgia-Gainesville. The race begins at 8 a.m. Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Cagleâ€™s external affairs director, Roy Neil, will be the official race starters and will also participate. It is a 3.5- mile course with as many as 15 obstacles to navigate. â€œOur goal is always around 15 obstacles and each of these obstacles will be a different challengeâ€? said race director Warren Caputo, who is also an assistant professor of education, health and wellness at UNG-G. Donâ€™t let all the obstacles scare you away from participating in the race, Caputo said. â€œWe consider it to be an intermediate course,â€? he said said. â€œWe want to challenge people a little bit, whether they have to crawl over something or crawl under something or zigzag through somethingâ€?. Some of the obstacles from last yearâ€™s race that could be implemented again include climbing over hay bales (about 5 feet high), trivia questions (if you answer wrong you have to turn around), swimming across the pond (only about 3 feet deep), zigzagging through the trees and army crawling through mud. Itâ€™s got the word â€œmuddyâ€? in it for a reason. The course will also lead you through some of the running trails on campus and might even have you
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running through a creek or two. It also has the word â€œduckâ€? in it for a reason. When you pick up your registration package you will receive a rubber duck that will have to carry on your person throughout the entire race to get credit for finishing. â€œThe goal of the race is you are really racing the duck around the course,â€? Caputo said. There are no rules to how you have to carry the duck. You can tie it to yourself, hold it, put it in your pocket. Anything you can think of goes, just as long as it is on you at all times. You can also decorate your duck if you want, as there will be a contest MDD photo by Tim Rogan for best looking duck after the race A participant in last yearâ€™s race looks relieved to be through is over. While the race is meant to be a fun with the army crawl through the mud. Unfortunately that is time for everyone involved, it also just one of many obstacles in the Muddy Duck Dash. raises proceeds for a good cause. Last year the race raised $4,000 for Along with the main race they will also be holding Friendship Elementary, and this year, they hope to raise two smaller races for younger children, the â€œKids Duck even more for the Southeastern Brain Tumor Founda- Dashâ€?, which is a 1-mile course for ages 10-12 and a tion. â€œLittle Duck Dash,â€? which is a half mile for kids 5-9. The race costs $35 for all students up until the day For all other information, including race costs for before the race and along with the free duck you will non students and to view the free shirt you will receive also receive a dry fit running shirt. you can go to www.muddyduckdash.com layout of this page Mike Williams
Baseball nerds rejoice, fantasy time is here up in one word: Value. Here is a list of guys that I am staying far, far away from: Craig Kimbrel (RP, ATL) – Yes, KimAs the baseball season approaches, fans are focused brel is the best closer in the game, I don’t on their hometown team and their chances to win the even think it’s close. But his Average Draft Position (ADP) in ESPN.com fanWorld Series. But many of us baseball nerds out there are more tasy leagues is 39.1, and that is way too focused on one thing: Fantasy Baseball.There are three early in drafts for my taste. There are top-tier starting pitchers like guys at the top that have separated themselves from the Gio Gonzalez and Zach Greinke that will rest of the field: Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun and Mike still be on the board at that point. Trout, in no particular order. I’ll take my chances on getting a closer Braun and Trout are elite hitters in the game while in the later rounds, if not off of free agenalso stealing 30-plus bases, and possibly 50-plus in cy. Trout’s case. Jimmy Rollins While Cabrera is just 29 years 2012 (SS, PHI) – I’m the old and became the first player kind of person who to win the Triple Crown (leading -Miguel Cabrera: .330 AVG, will make a point the league in AVG, HR, RBI) since 44 HR, 139 RBI, 109 R, 4 SB, Special to paper to draft a shortstop Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. .999 OPS Mike Trout (Angels) and Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) are the early on so I don’t In his nine full seasons at the top rated fantasy players this year. major league level, Cabrera has -Ryan Braun: .319 AVG, 41 HR, get stuck with Jhe still finished with 108 RBI and a .299 AVG. Roll. batted over .300 seven times, hit 112 RBI, 108 R, 30 SB, .987 OPS He’s a top-10 caliber player when he’s on his game. He is 34 years old and he’s aver30-plus HR eight times, and drivMiguel Montero (C, ARI) – He hit .286 with 15 HR aged missing 26.4 games in each en in 100-plus RBI in all nine seaand 88 RBI in 2012, but most importantly his ADP of -Mike Trout: .326 AVG, 30 HR, of the past five seasons since his sons. You know what you’re get176.3, eighth among catchers, and is nearly 100 spots 83 RBI, 129 R, 49 SB, .963 OPS MVP year of 2007. ting with Miggy. after the top six catchers. Bryce Harper (OF, WAS) – With Trout there is always the I am not one to reach on catchers, but if the price is possibility of the dreaded sophomore slump and with Harper batted .270 with 22 HR, 59 RBI, 98 R, 18 SB, right, Montero is a great option. the No. 1 overall selection I need a more proven track which are all very solid totals, especially for a rookie. Michael Morse (OF, SEA) – Morse had a monster He is one of the most highly touted prospects in record. 2011 season that was clearly no fluke. Stolen bases are nice, but you can get guys later in years, but the 32.1 ADP is too early for my liking and He batted .303 with 35 HR and 95 RBI. I also smell a sophomore slump. On the flip side, these the draft that steal bases while not doing much else. Last year he only played in 102 games and still manare a few guys I am very high on going into 2013: Give me Cabrera and his consistency every time. Adrian Gonzalez (1B, LAD) - A-Gon had a very dis- aged to hit .291 with 18 HR and 62 RBI and being tradNow let’s talk about some players that everyone will ed to Seattle only put him further under the radar. appointing 2012, with only 18 HR. have a shot at. So remember, it all comes down to value. But for how down of season it was perceived to be, The key to winning fantasy baseball can be summed Matt Green Sports Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
UNG baseball shows promise after slow start
North Georgia’s 10-18 record doesn’t reflect how close they have come to winning on several occasions. North Georgia started the seaThe North Georgia Saints started the season stuck in son with a one neutral. run loss to 28th After nine games they Upcoming Games ranked Lynn could only muster one win, University. Then their lone victory coming after opening up against King College back April 6-7 at Young Harris a series against on February 9. fifth-ranked Since their 1-8 start, the April 10 vs Georgia Lander with a Saints have gone on a deGwinnett win, the Saints cent 9-10 run and now sit Special from UNG website came within two forth in the Peach Belt west runs of beating UNG looks to throw out the competition to get back in the PBC with a 10-18 record. Coach April 12-13 vs Armstrong them on March 3 West race. Tom Cantrell attributes Atlantic strong". to win the series. his team bouncing back to The season is still young and the Saints have yet North Georgia has four losses players stepping up at the to play a series with the three teams ranked ahead of April 17 vs Valdosta State where they only lost by one run and right time. have given up late rallies to Flagler and them in the PBC west. The only series they have played “Our seniors are leadUSC Aiken when they looked poised against a division opponent was against Augusta State ing by example, as we exand they were able to win two out of three games. to take the win. pect them to,” said Cantrell. North Georgia closed out March with a three-game "We have been very close several times this season “Some of our underclassmen have also taken on leadseries against UNC Pembroke March 29 before upcomership roles and are stepping up to fill spots when we to pulling out wins” said Cantrell. “We just need to ing games with West Georgia and a three-game series continue to focus to play our game and to finish games need them.” with division rival Young Harris. Kyle Funderburk Sports Writer email@example.com
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Braves hope a little brotherly love will lead them to a division crown ... and beyond Matt Green Sports Writer firstname.lastname@example.org For the first time since 1994, the Atlanta Braves will open their season without number 10 locking down the hot corner. Chipper Jones gave the Braves every inning of his 19-year major league career and the future Hall-ofFamer will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest Atlanta Brave of all time. But all good things must come to an end, and the Braves are turning the page to 2013. After a very active offseason, the Braves might now have the best young outfield in all of baseball. First, they went out and signed centerfielder B.J. Upton from Tampa Bay to a five-year, $75 million contract. While there were many Braves fans that questioned the move to bring in Upton instead of re-signing their own Michael Bourn, I believe Frank Wren made the right move. Bourn, 30, is a career .272-hitter and has a game that is built entirely around speed. He just hit his careerhigh in HR in 2012 with 9. It is only a matter of time until Bourn starts to lose a step, and I don’t want him in a Braves uniform when he does. B.J. Upton, 28, hit 28 HR and drove in 78 RBI in 2012, but I would not bank on those types of power numbers. ESPN.com projects B.J. to hit .245 with 23 HR, 77 RBI, 84 R, and 31 SB. If he puts up those kinds of numbers to go with patrolling centerfield, Atlanta fans will be quite fond of “Bossman Junior.” But the biggest splash the Braves made this offseason was bringing in B.J.’s younger brother, Justin, in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While many Braves fans were reluctant to see fanfavorite, Martin Prado go in the deal, this move gives the Braves some much-needed offensive fire power. Justin Upton, 25, was once touted as one of the best young players in the game. But after having some issues with Diamondbacks management, some people don’t appear to be as high on him as they once were. In four full seasons at the Major League level, he has been a bit inconsistent but he has already put up two very impressive seasons, including 2011 when he finished 4th in the voting for the National League MVP award. The last spot in the outfield is taken up, obviously, by Jason Heyward, who is ready to explode in his fourth year in the majors. After taking a step back in his sophomore campaign, Heyward bounced back in a big way in 2012 with 27 HR, 82 RBI, 93 R, and 21 SB while hitting .269 and also won his first career Gold Glove in 2012. The Braves infield in 2013 will have a slightly different look than 2012. At catcher, Brian McCann will still be behind the plate, but after offseason shoulder surgery, he is likely to miss the first few weeks of the season. The Braves signed 10-year veteran Gerald Laird to back him up and also see a bright future in prospect
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The Braves hope to return to the glory days of th 90’s behind the brotherly duo of Justin Up- ton (8) and B.J. Upton (2). Evan Gattis. He has shown to have ace-stuff and has the mentalOn the right side, everything is still the same with ity of a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. Don’t expect him to Freddie Freeman at first and Dan Uggla at second. duplicate his 2012 campaign, but the ceiling has yet to Freeman is beginning his third full season in the ma- be determined for this guy. jors. He’s shown the power and patience at the plate to Mike Minor’s 2012 was a tale of two seasons. The become one of the elite first basemen in the game, and first three months of the season saw Minor’s ERA go also has the glove to go with it. to 6.12. With Uggla, we know what we’re getting: a great Then after the calendar turned to July, he was a comteammate, who gives 110 percent at all times, but for pletely different person. crying out loud, can we please cut down on the strikeIn his last 15 starts he recorded 12 quality starts, had outs? I’ll take the .240-.250 Dan Uggla if he returns to a 73:18 K:BB ratio, and posted a 2.21 ERA to lower his his 30-plus HR ways, but he needs to return to those season ERA to 4.12. But which Minor is the real Minor ways. remains to be seen. Braves fans got a taste of what Andrelton Simmons, Paul Maholm and Julio Tehran will fill out the rest of 23, could bring to this club in the 49 games he played the Braves’ starting rotation. last year. Maholm is a proven starter at the major league level. Simmons was one of the main targets of the Dia- He’s good but not great. Julio Tehran was one of the mondbacks when they were shopping Justin Upton. most highly-touted pitching prospects in baseball over But Frank Wren was able to get the deal done without the past few years but had a disappointing 2012. trading his shortstop of the future. Craig Kimbrel is the cornerstone of what might be He is already being regarded as one of the best de- the best bullpen in baseball. fensive players in the game and will try to set the table He has quickly become the best closer in the league atop the Braves’ batting order in 2013. and has the numbers to prove it. Third base, on the other hand, is not such a lock. He has led the National League in Saves in each of Chris Johnson came over from Arizona in the Upton the past two seasons and put a league-leading 16.7 deal and could be a very solid option. strikeouts per nine innings (K/9). In 2012, Johnson batted .281 with 15 HR and 76 RBI But while Kimbrel gets all the glory with the Saves, in his time split between Houston and Arizona. Juan it’s the guys in the middle innings like Eric O’Flaherty, Francisco and Johnson will be battling it out in Spring Johnny Venters, Christhian Martinez, Jordan Walden, Training to see who wins the starting role. But with and others that will determine just how good this bullFrancisco batting from the left side and Johnson from pen really is. the right, a platoon is expected at this position. Expectations for the 2013 Braves are higher than any Atlanta’s starting rotation may not have the marquee other year of Freddi Gonzalez’s tenure. names and aces that some clubs do, but it should be If this team can perform to their ability, stay relavery solid. tively healthy and avoid any bogus infield-fly calls, they Tim Hudson is always consistent, but at the same may have what it takes to claim the ultimate prize come time, he is a 14-year veteran and expectations for the October. 37-year-old should be mild. At any rate it should be a great season for Atlanta Kris Medlen’s 2012 season was epic. Braves fans.
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Rules for roundabouts Emanuel Fisteag News Editor email@example.com Probably most of us have used or at least have seen the entrance to the school from Thurmon Tanner Parkway. It’s the only entrance with an avenue and a traffic circle called a roundabout. I come through that entrance every morning and it seems I keep encountering drivers who have no clue what to do at the roundabout. But, what is a roundabout? According to the New York Department of Transportation, “The modern roundabout is a circular intersection, successfully implemented in Europe and Australia.” Hasn’t been popular here in the U.S. Recently, however, there has been an increase in the construction of roundabouts. The reason is roundabouts are safer and improve traffic flow. The NYDOT states in terms of improved safety, shorter delays, increased capacity, and improved aesthetics roundabouts fare more favorably than conventionally controlled intersections (stop signs and traffic signals). They list three basic principles. First: “Modern roundabouts follow the ‘yieldat-entry’ rule in which vehicles must wait for a gap in the circulation flow before entering circle.” Second: “Modern roundabouts involve low speeds for entering and circu-
lating traffic, as governed by small diameters and deflected (curved) entrances.” Third: “Adequate deflection of the vehicle entering the roundabout is the most important factor influencing their safe operation. Roundabouts should be designed so that the speed of all vehicles is restricted to 30 mph or less within the roundabout.” This means it’s not necessary to completely stop at the yield sign if there are no cars or a car is on the opposite side of the circle; cars are piling up behind you. Just make sure to turn right and follow a counter-clockwise route. No matter which road or exit you take out of the circle, turn right, not left at the yield sign upon entering the circle. Let’s minimize the stopping to when it is necessary. The morning rush only gets more frustrating when unnecessary stops are made. Fast drivers will have to slow down or else they’ll probably fly off the curb. Besides, the speed limit is 25 mph on Mathis Drive. If there’s any confusion on what to do when approaching the circle, just look at the traffic sign on the right; it clearly says ‘Yield’. Roundabouts are not complicated road obstacles, they’re just a better way to conduct traffic because it allows the opportunity of continuous movement. Lets accept this fact and get used to driving in the circle.
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Books in movies and remakes, can we see something original please? Elise Perkins Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a motion picture is nothing more than; “A series of pictures projected on a screen in rapid succession.” While that may be the literal definition today, motion pictures, or movies, are so much more than that. From blockbusters to indie hits, each movie offers a chance for a new story to be told or, according to some, the same story told in a different way. No matter how you look at it, movies give us the chance to escape from our world for an hour or two. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? Lately though, I feel that given the number of aspiring screen writers out there, film students making their way into the world and the seasoned veterans that grace screens around the globe, there seems to be a shortage of new material. Not to put down any of the book series turned into movie franchises, I love Harry Potter as much as the next girl, but every Nickolas Sparks book is not a winner. Just saying. A lot of great books get turned into films, and I love the way it inspires some to pick up a book and dare I say it? Actually read! Some people discover, and it happens most of the time, the book is just plain better anyway. So if we write off new authors with new ideas, scratch off a possible book deal, well that just leaves us with, wait for it, remakes! Oh joy! Instead of being new and original we will just remake a classic. Which is fine, take an old film, modernize it, throw in some A-list actors and BAM we have a hit on our hands. But if that is the case, can we keep it to older movies? Yes, the classics we grew
up with were great, but can we leave them alone, maybe until all the original actors are dead? Personally, I think the original Total Recall was alright, but remaking it with Colin Ferrell in 2012 was a little soon to take as many liberties with it as the filmmakers did. Especially since they didn’t have Arnold Schwarzenegger do a cameo. A “Hey, I’m here,” wouldn’t have been too much to ask for right? It seemed like a slap in the face to me. In recent years the sequel business has definitely gotten a lot better though, but is still a little iffy in some areas. With producers actually planning ahead and having actors sign contracts for multiple movies, it improves continuity as we go from one movie to the next. Unlike the past there have also been more funds generated for the production of these movies. This usually leaves you with not one good movie, but two or three, or maybe even eight if you’re part of the Harry Potter ensemble. Movies centered around one iconic figure have blown up tremendously in the past few years. The superhero trend is one that offers a great deal of possibilities in the movie world. If anyone remembers Catwoman, starring the one and only Halle Berry, not every action figure equals cinematic gold. However Iron Man is always a winner in my book. There is never enough Robert Downey Jr. or his clever repertoire to fill the two-hour time slot. But putting that aside we do have some good looking movies on the horizon. Oz was okay but I realized after the first ten minutes I wasn’t a huge fan of the Land of Oz in the first place. Woops. Hopefully this coming year of movies will be more impressive than the last, although a little escape is better than none. the compass, april 3, 2013
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:Survival Instincts Brent Van Fleet Assistant Editor email@example.com The post-apocalyptic hit, AMC’s The Walking Dead, hits the gaming world for the second time. After the series’ successful video game debut with Telltale Games’ story-driven installment, Activision and Terminal Reality teamed up to produce a first-person shooter, “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.” Survival Instinct puts the player in the shoes of everyone’s beloved zombie-killing badass, Daryl Dixon, with his trademark crossbow. The story is centered on Daryl and his brother Merle attempting to survive in the zombie-infested Georgia. This game is essentially a prologue to the first season of “The Walking Dead.” Wait! Do not rush to Gamestop just yet! Survival Instinct has many of the pieces that make a fantastic game, but they
are not utilized correctly. If this game was released when the current generation of consoles came out eight years ago it would be a platinum hit without question. But it is 2013, and this game sadly falls well short of its potential. The graphics are nowhere near the caliber of today’s shooters, such as Call of Duty and Halo 4, the benchmarks for most FPSs. Survival Instinct’s renderings of the environment, characters and weapons are elementary in comparison. Characters’ faces and bodies have no real definition to them. Even the weapons look like a Playstation 2 Medal of Honor game. There is simply no depth to the graphics. Again, this would be state of the art graphics if it was released six or seven years prior. Along with the basic graphics comes basic gameplay. Now make no mistake, it does not take away the fun of coming up
from behind a Walker and shoving your blade into the side of its skull. But it does get redundant at times. Essentially, there are four methods of killing a Walker: stab them three times in the head, shoot them in the head, sneak up on them from behind or grapple with them. Activision and Terminal Reality should have taken a few more notes on the television show and made it more interactive and creative. They could have stolen a couple of things from the new release, Tomb Raider. The problem with Survival Instinct is they do not slowly expose you to the different methods, they show you everything within the first half hour of gameplay. The storyline of Survival Instinct is decent. It definitely gives you the feeling your in an apocalyptic wasteland. The game begins with the opening similar to
the show. It gives you a piece of the story and then it runs into the The Walking Dead’s notorious credits and dark theme song. It definitely sends chills down your spine and gets you ready to go on a killing rampage. But similar to the combat, all of your excitement is short lived after the first 30 minutes. It gets as redundant as the first Assassin’s Creed. Drive to a location, investigate, kill walkers, lose a companion, leave and repeat. Survival Instinct gives you a small feel of living in The Walking Dead world but that is it. If you are in love with the television show, like me, then you will have some appreciation for the game. Bottom line, this game had massive potential and delivered mediocre results. If they actually took the time to develop it, this game would be absolutely unbeatable. Instead we have to settle with three stabs to the head for a knockout.
Tomb Raider, Lara Croft’s return to glory Hunter Leger Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The First Lady of gaming is back, bigger and better than ever before. Lara Croft has returned for another installment of Tomb Raider. While many are no doubt skeptical about the quality of the new game, they will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the game is top-notch. Crystal Dynamics has created a smash hit that can be enjoyed by hardcore Tomb Raider fans and newcomers alike. Without revealing too much of the plot, Lara is a young archeologist out to make a name for herself in the world. She sets out with a group of other explorers who are seeking the ancient kingdom of Yamatai, a lost Japanese kingdom that was once ruled over by a powerful monarch named the Sun Queen. Stuff hits the fan when a storm destroys her ship and leaves the entire crew stranded on a deserted island. The only problem is that it’s not so deserted. Lara and her friends must fight for their lives against a group of crazed cultists that have taken up residence on the mysterious island. While the plot seems vaguely like Lost, the game won’t lose you five hours in. The single player story is simply marvelous. The M-rating that Crystal Dynamics opted for really helps set the stage for a gritty, intense action/adventure game. As a hardcore Tomb Raider fan, the game tugs at your emotions. Over the course of the game, Lara is beaten, injured and nearly killed. The character development that takes place in Tomb Raider is akin to nothing that has come before it in the series. No other game can show a player a veritable metamorphosis of the main character. Players will simply be amazed by how far Lara grows over the course of her adventure. While this game didn’t necessarily have big shoes to
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Serving as a prequel, the new “Tomb Raider” eases off the sex appeal and puts the player into the shoes of a much younger and grittier Lara Croft. fill in regards to living up to recent installments, the developers didn’t take the opportunity to just create a mediocre game with decent mechanics. The gameplay is visceral, and the mechanics seem almost groundbreaking. The island you will be exploring is an open-world environment, with tombs strewn about the landscape for Lara to explore. The graphics are stunning. PC players shouldn’t have too much trouble running the game. The engine that Crystal Dynamics uses is pretty light considering what they deliver with it. The soundtrack is brilliant; incorporating themes from the original games, but still mak-
ing it sound original. While the multiplayer is lackluster, it is still a nice addition. It provides for a nice diversion when you complete the main story. The game has plenty of re-play value, and developers have an excellent opportunity to add to the game through future downloadable content. After playing the game, there is no doubt in my mind that Crystal Dynamics has set the stage for an incredible continuation of this iconic series. Going back to what they had done in the past would be a mistake and total misstep. Developers have brought glory back to Lara Croft’s name. Bottom line, buy it.