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Gainesville State College Gainesville, Georgia EDITOR Audrey Williams ASSISTANT EDITOR: Brent VanFleet NEWS EDITOR: Manuel Moreno COPY EDITOR: Paku Lo WRITERS: Taylor Eastwood, Emanuel Fisteag, Bryan Jones CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR: Angela Ruhlman COPY EDITOR: Brent VanFleet WRITERS: Brittany Poole, Michelle Shellnut, Cassandra Spires ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (',725DQG&23<(',7256DUDK*ULIÀQ WRITERS: Dominique Gaiter, Brittany Lenhart, Nicole Smotes, Katie Kei-­ ger FEATURES AND OPINION EDITOR: Kaitlin Batson WRITERS: Jeremy Bush, Aisha Taylor, Michelle Wiggle SPORTS EDITOR: Mike Williams WRITERS: Max Griswold, James McKinnie, Michael Mullins PHOTOGRAPHY, GRAPHICS Dominique Gaiter, Chase McEvers FACULTY ADVISER Merrill Morris The Compass releases three printed issues each semester and an online edition at

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from the editor THE FUTURE OF NORTH GAINESVILLE/OAK-­ WOOD/WATKINSVILLE/DAHLONEGA GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY What now? This issue’s cover may be amusing, but there is nothing light about the surprise consolidation of our school and NGCSU. There’s always something happening at GSC, but I feel like this is happening to us. Change is nothing new to a rapidly growing college like ours, but this kind of change could literally change every-­ thing. Our two schools aren’t the only two merg-­ ing in Georgia because of the Board of Regents’decision, and the odd pairings seem as though the colleges have been thrown together haphazardly. No insult to North Georgia, but military-­ style hierarchical structure is not in the spirit of GSC. Our history as a communi-­ ty-­based open access institution is what makes GSC more than just a stop before “real college.” But who knows what could come out of this? The implementaion team, perhaps? 6HHSDJH0D\EHZH·OOÀQDOO\KDYH sports on campus? See what North Geor-­ gia has to offer on page 11. <RX·OODOVRÀQGVWRULHVLQWKLVLVVXHVDQV consolidation mentions. We still have love for The Fightin’ Geese. Audrey Williams editor-­in-­chief




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Aaron Smith, a GSC student and member of the GIS club, helped install the barred owl house.

Owls at home in GSC wetlands Paku Lo News Copy Editor GSC sociology  professor   John  O’Sullivan  remembers   when  he  decided  to  become   an  owl  landlord.  He  spotted   an  owl  box,  as  the  bird-­ houses  are  known,  at  a  state   park  in  North  Georgia  on  a   family  trip. The  owl  box  was  above   the  campground  where  he   and  his  family  were  staying. At  night’s  approach,  the   owls  sent  out  their  call,   “hoo,  hoo,  too-­HOO,”  and   O’Sullivan  said  he  realized   something. “It  occurred  to  me  that   you  could  make  boxes,   and  they  would  move  into   them,”  O’Sullivan  said. The  owl  box  idea  stayed   with  him,  and  over  the  holi-­ days,  he  decided  to  bring   some  to  Hall  County. He  paid  a  carpenter   friend  who  needed  work   to  build  three  barred  owl   boxes.  After  researching   owl  box  plans,  he  chose  the   best  parts  from  each  and   made  “a  mansion  for  owls.” Two  were  placed  in   Gainesville,  one  on  the  Lyn-­ layout of this page Audrey Williams

wood Nature  Preserve  and   another  on  the  edge  of  the   city  in  some  woods. For  the  third  box,   O’Sullivan  sent  an  email  to   several  professors  asking  if   they  would  like  the  box  for   the  wetlands  near  campus. “And  a  lot  of  us  said   yes,”  Margi  Flood  said,  a   biology  teacher  at  GSC. The  barred  owl  used  to   be  a  very  common  bird  in   North  America  and  could   be  found  from  Florida  to   Maine  and  from  Canada   to  west  of  the  Mississippi   River,  Flood  said. On  Thursday,  Jan.  12,   Flood,  her  husband  and  two   students  placed  O’Sullivan’s   barred  owl  box  in  the   wetlands,  which  is  part  of   Tumbling  Creek  woods. Tumbling  Creek  spans   77  acres  next  to  GSC.  It  is   owned  by  the  Gainesville   State  College  Foundation. Now  the  wait  is  on  for   an  owl  family  to  move  in.   )ORRGVDLGWKH\VKRXOG¿QG the  wetlands  a  good  place  to   live  and  hunt. “These  guys  would  be   considered  a  top  predator,   and  you  need  top  predators   here,”  Flood  said.

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(L to R) Science professor Margi Flood, stu-­ dents Aaron Smith and Drake Boyer along with Flood’s husband, John Straw, put up *6&·VÀUVWEDUUHGRZOKRXVHRQ-DQLQWKH wetlands behind the pavillion.

The consolidation or merger or whatever you want to call it has made us all ner-­ vous, including our mascot, Laker, who’s bound to lose his job soon.

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5 Super Bowl XLVI

EVENT LOCATIONS: Stage and Commons Area, Lake Allatoona, Lake Burton, and Meeting Room 1, Student Center




Brian Turner, award winning soldier-­poet will do a reading and talk about his experi-­ ences, RM 108 CE Bldg at noon.


Major Fair;; Rob-­ inson Ballroom in Student Center;; 11am-­1pm.


20 Student Govern-­ ment Association Meeting;; Meeting RM 1, Student Cen-­ ter, 12pm-­1pm.


Choosing a major workshop;; Counseling and career services, student center,





Sexual Health & Responsibility Workshop;; Coun-­ seling and Career Services, Student



Achieving Your Life Goals;; Counseling & Career Services, Student Center,

ter, 9am-­10am


Midpoint Full Ses-­ sion / First Session





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10 Carnival (Africa) Stage and common area, Student Center




11 Northeast Georgia Regional Social Sciences Fair;; Gymnasium;; 8am-­2:30pm


Open Mic Event;; Academic IV Starbucks Cafe,

Weaver Study Ses-­ sion A&P;; Meeting RM 4, Student Cen-­


ter, 11am-­12pm.

22 Resume Writing Workshop;; Career & Counseling Services, Student


Center, 12pm-­1pm.

UGA Transfer Work-­ shop;; Robinson Ballroom A, Student Center, 11am-­1pm.


March 1

Working With Your Dreams;; Counseling & Career Services, Student Center;; 5pm-­6pm.

2/10/2012 6 P.M. -­ 11 P.M.





Division Leadership Meeting;; Meeting RM 1, Student Cen-­



Center, 12pm-­1pm.

Time Managemnt Workshop;; Coun-­ seling & Career Services, Student Center, 12:30pm-­ 1:30pm





24 Advising Center Staff Meeting;; 9am-­ 10:30 am.


2012 Big Band

3 2012 Big Band

Show;; Ed Ca-­ bell Theatre, CE Building;; 7:30pm-­ 9:30pm.



DegreeWorks Workshop;; Room 156, Academic III, 1pm-­2pm.




Show;; Ed Ca-­ bell Theatre, CE Building;; 7:30pm-­ 9:30pm.


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CAMPUS LIFE Student center game room: two rooms, one motive Brent VanFleet and Brittanny Poole Copy Editor and Staff Writer and Video  games  and  casual  table  games  have  been  heavily  popular   especially  here  at  Gainesville  State  College. In  our  own  student  center,  many  students  congregate  in  the  game   room  which  consists  of  two  parts.   One  side  is  an  area  to  play  pool,  ping  pong,  Foosball  and  a  few   RWKHUVWKHRWKHUDUHDLVYHU\GDUNURRPÂżOOHGZLWKKLJKSHUIRUPDQFH computers.  Students  spend  hours  on  end  gaming  it  up  with  all  of  the   latest  computer  and  console  games  or  playing  the  variety  of  table   games. Brandon  Myers  is  one  of  many  students  here  at  GSC  uses  the  game   room  quite  frequently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  spend  about  four  hours  a  day  playing,â&#x20AC;?  Meyers  said. Meyers  says  the  game  League  of   Legends  is  the  one  to  play. Take a break in the League  of  Legends  is  essentially   game room a  strategy  game  where  two  teams   face  off  against  one  another.  It  can  be   HOURS: HLWKHULQWHDPVRIWKUHHRUÂżYH7KH MON-­THURS object  of  the  game  is  to  destroy  the   Brittanny Poole 8 A.M.-­ 5 P.M. opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  nexus,  but  it  is  not  as  easy   FRI DVLWVRXQGV<RXKDYHWRÂżJKWWKURXJK Craig Mitchell sets up his next shot during a game of pool in the game room. 8 A.M.-­ 3 P.M. Âł,SUREDEO\SOD\XSWRÂżYHKRXUVWRWDOLQDGD\,DPKHUHIRXUGD\VDZHHN´ the  other  team  and  minions  (computer   Moseley  said. creatures)  to  get  there. If  computer  and  console  games  are  not  your  forte,  there  are  other  options  avail-­ Console  games  are  just  as  popular  as  the  com-­ puter  games.  In  the  game  room,  they  have  a  Playstation  3,  Xbox  360  and  Nintendo   able  like  foosball,  pool,  ping  pong  and  a  few  others. This  is  a  popular  option  for  students.  A  student  can  play  for  fun  or  competition. Wii. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  play  so  much,  I  may  sleep  on  the  table,â&#x20AC;?  GSC  student  Craig  Mitchell  said. According  to  GSC  student  Lex  Moseley,  games  such  as  Halo  Reach,  Call  of   $FFRUGLQJWR0RVHOH\WKHJDPHURRPLVDSODFHWRJHWDZD\EXWGHÂżQLWHO\QRW Duty:  Modern  Warfare  3  and  Super  Smash  Brothers:  Brawl  are  the  games  of   choice.  Of  course  a  student  is  allowed  to  bring  their  own  games  but  other  students   a  place  to  do  homework. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  tried  to  write  a  paper,  did  not  last  long,â&#x20AC;?  Moseley  said. around  the  game  room  say  beware  of  that.  Your  game  may  disappear.   He  went  to  play  ping  pong. Just  like  Meyers,  Moseley  spends  quite  some  time  in  the  game  room.

Many different Asian traditions celebrate Lunar New Year Michelle Shelnutt Staff Writer

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During the celebrations, attendees, like Kat Pham, were able to sign a traditional Asian bamboo hat to sign as a salute to the Lunar New Year.

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The Lunar New Year is the time that many Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian cultures celebrate their ancestors, and many students at GSC take part in this. GSCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lunar New Year celebration, brought by the Asian Student Association, was celebrated on Jan. 23 although some celebrations go into February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually drink with our family and play games,â&#x20AC;? said Kat Smith, a native of Thailand. Student Cuong Vo said that his Vietnamese family celebrates this time by having money given to each other while eating a large dinner together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes a Dragon Dance is also done,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in order to receive good luckâ&#x20AC;?. For those not from the culture, the Dragon Dance can also be a very fun and interesting thing to watch, because of all the

colors, dancing, and music being played. Student and Chinese native Jay Jiangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customs center around meals. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Because our country is so big what we eat depends on the region of the country. My family and I eat fish, seafood, rice, noodles, and vegetables due to the fact that my family is close to the coast and from Fuzhou.â&#x20AC;? The activities may differ along different regions, but the all have the same spirit. Seoyeon Hwangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family usually gathers together to eat Duk BoK Ki (a Korean rice cake soup) and curtsey to the living elders out of respect (while wearing a robe called a HanBok), in return they are given money, which Hwang said is the best part. In addition to these traditions they also make a food offering for their ancestors, while also burning a white piece of paper with their name and incense to honor them. the compass, february 4, 2012



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President Martha Nesbitt called a college-­wide meeting with faculty and staff on the second day of class to discusss what was then being called the merger of Gainesville State and North Georgia. The meeting was teleconferenced with the Oconee campus.

Nesbitt: Consolidation won’t cause tuition hikes in 2012 (but BOR might) Bryan Jones Staff Writer Gainesville State College President Martha Nesbitt assured students that the school will continue to maintain its mission to provide broad access to potential students through and beyond the consolidation with North Georgia College and State University. Nesbitt met with students on Jan. 24 in the Student Center to answer questions. According to Nesbitt, the consolidation was an attempt to create a more accessible institution in North Georgia. Other reasons included the fact that the NGCSU campus is landlocked and remote, while GSC has lots of land and is on major highways. “The consolidation will result in the only school in the system to offer learning support classes, honors

classes, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees,” Nesbitt said. However, many students voiced concerns regarding the impacts of the consolidation in a Q-and-A with Nesbitt shortly after her talk. When asked about possible tuition hikes as a result of the consolidation, Nesbitt said that the tuition and fees for fall of 2012 will be “as if none of this is happening” and that any changes would come from the Board of Regents. “Part of being an access institution is having low tuition,” said Nesbitt. Other students asked about possible participation in NCAA sports. NGCSU has a number of teams, but to fund those teams, NGCSU students pay an athletic fee of $166 per semester. Nesbitt believes once consolidation goes through,

GSC students will be able to participate in their athletic programs. Another student asked about GSC’s extensive cocurricular program. GSC received a commendation for the program back in 2004, and Nesbitt said it was something she hoped “to brag about to NGCSU.” A student also asked about GSC’s current bachelor’s degrees. Nesbitt was quick to say that common bachelor’s degrees will fold into each other and that none would be cut due to their need. Degrees that are not shared, such as those in the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (ISEA), will simply be brought over to the consolidated system. “I don’t think there’s a bigger chance of losing the ISEA than North Georgia losing their military program.” Nesbitt said.

GSC, NGCSU already consolidating as joint campus in Cumming opens Manuel Moreno News Editor Gainesville State College and North Georgia College and State University are collaborating on a new campus in Cumming. The facility will allow students to take courses towards two-year and four-year degrees. North Georgia’s MBA programs will move to the facility as well. Along with Cumming Mayor Ford Gavit and Regent Phillip Wilheit, GSC President Martha Nesbitt and NGCSU President Bonita Jacobs participated in the groundbreaking for the campus. This new University Center in GA 400 marks the construction of a 27-year partnership between NGCSU and GSC with the intent of satisfying the growing need for higher education in the northeast region of the state, Nesbitt said. According to a GSC press release, GSC President


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Martha Nesbitt said the expansion in Cumming was needed. “As a partner with North Georgia College & State University, Gainesville State College, through its ‘student focused, learning centered’ environment, will play an important role in this location. I see this as just the beginning of an exceptional opportunity for the citizens in the region,” Nesbitt said. As the student body from both campuses increases, it is hoped that this new university center will help with capacity pressure that currently exist in both campuses. As of the year 2000, GSC’s capacity has exceeded 100 percent and sin the fall of 2011, more than 1,500 students from Forsyth County were enrolled at both schools with an accurate number of 782 at North Georgia and 806 at Gainesville State College. Jacobs believes in the strong success that both schools have and states that this collaboration between can potentially alleviate some of the economic devel-

opment and help make improvement in the life of the current and prospective students. “North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College are each very strong, successful schools in helping students enter college and earn a degree. Jointly, through University Center Ga. 400, we will expand students’ pathways of opportunity and enhance the economic development and quality of life in this community,” said Jacobs. This collaboration brings with itself the union between two schools in order to provide students with more choices of two- and four-year undergraduate programs, graduate programs and professional development opportunities. With its location right off exit 16 of Georgia Highway 400, the University Center will attract students from different parts of the North Atlanta metro area. The University Center at Ga. 400 is scheduled to open the fall of 2012. layout of this page Compass Staff


Tenure process likely to change

Professors are worried about effects on promotion

Emanuel Fisteag Staff Writer The implementation team for the consolidation of GSC and North Georgia was announced on Jan. 26, and one of the major issues the team will have to take on is tenure for faculty. Tenure is the assurance that an instructor cannot be fired without just cause. Gainesville State professors can come up for tenure after five years of teaching. Vice President for Academic Affairs Al Panu said it is too soon to know if tenure requirements will change. “In order to know how tenure regulations will change,” he said, “the school’s new mission must first be established.” Jeff Marker, media studies professor and president of the faculty senate this year, explained that teaching is the primary focus for a tenure-track professor. Marker said tenure decisions at GSC usually depend on a professor’s ability to teach. Those decisions are made

based on teaching evaluations and the assessment of other professors. Since Gainesville State is primarily a teaching-focused school, instructor’s workloads also revolve around teaching, and include student assessment, tutoring and advising, according to the faculty handbook. According to Panu, the standard Gainesville State instructor’s teaching load is five/four, meaning that the professor must teach nine total courses per academic year usually with five courses one semester and four the other. Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Patricia Donat, Panu’s counterpart at NGCSU, explained that North Georgia’s standard teaching load is four/ four. However, she said that may vary, depending on each individual professor. North Georgia’s tenure track requirements for professors includes scholarly research, according to their faculty handbook. Panu said it’s too early to tell if Gainesville’s mission will shift more to a

research institution, but did say that the nothing major is likely to change until implementation team will address these fall 2013. issues. GSC President Martha Nesbitt said there were to be 10 members from North Georgia and 10 members from Gaines“In order to know how tenure ville State so both schools regulations will change, the would have an equal say VFKRRO·VQHZPLVVLRQPXVWÀUVW in the changes. be established.” When the list was released, there were three Al Panu, more members than initaially stated. Vice President for Academic Affairs By Feb. 6 the team member’s individual roles Member of the Implementation will be assigned. Committee for GSC & NGCSU Marker, who is on the committee, hopes both schools’ senates will be actively involved in the planning. Marker also added Nesbitt said current tenured profesthere is a “pretty solid” timeline of 18 sors will not lose their benefits, howmonths of planning and reviewing. Both Nesbitt and Marker believe that ever.

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Al Panu, VP for Academic Affairs, GSC

Col. Billy Wells, Military Programs VP, Exec Affairs, NGCSU

Alicia Caudill, Associate VP of Student Affairs, GSC

Mac McConnell, VP Business & Finance, NGCSU

Mary Transue, VP for Institutional Advancement, GSC

Bob Babich, NGCSU Alumni Association president

Wanda Aldridge, Interim VP for Business & Finance, GSC

Doug Parks, Dahlonega community member

Chris Stenander, Chair, GSC Alumni Council

Bob Michael, Deans’ Council School of Education, NGCSU

Chaudron Gille, Associate Vice President for Academic Af-­ fairs and Professor of French, GSC

Dianna Spence, Math Department, NGCSU

Ric Kabat, Professor of History, GSC

Michael Proulx, Faculty Senate NGCSU History & Philosophy

Jeffrey Marker, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Chair of Faculty Senate, GSC

Mary Helen McGruder, NGCSU Foundation

Susan Daniell, Banner Specialist, GSC

Cadet David J. Bonham, Corps of Cadets, NGCSU

Kristen Roney, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs & Enrichment, GSC Dylan Brooks, Student Government Association president, GSC

Darcy Hayes, Student Affairs, NGCSU Patrick Pickens, Student Government Association president, NGCSU

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Some questions for our future president Bonita Jacobs is the current president of NGCSU, acquiring the role in July 2011. Upon Martha Nesbittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retire-­ ment this year, she will become GSCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presi-­ dent as a result of the two collegesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; con-­ solidation. Compass staff members Taylor Eastwood, Michelle Shelnutt, and Brittany Lenhart recently went to North Georgia to conduct an interview with Bonita Jacobs last week. Here is part of that question-­and-­ answer sesssion. The Compass: Will faculty and staff without Ph.D.s be cut dur-­ ing this merge? Jacobs: We always have to say that there is always a chance there will be reduction en-­ forced. I do not anticipate that there will be people losing their jobs, although there may be reassignment. There is a great need for teaching faculty and if faculty are performing well on both campuses there should be no risk. On the faculty side, there will be a committee look-­ ing at different issues. I see stu-­ dent grade point averages from Gainesville State and realized how well Gainesville students do on our campus. The Compass: It has been said that students do not have a say in this process. Jacobs: We are putting togeth-­ er a committee, that we feel should be diverse including fac-­ ulty and staff, students, alumni, the community, etc. Each of the stakeholder groups will have a representative on the commit-­ tee, but of course this decision goes through the chancellor and he has to OK it. I was re-­ cently asked a question about


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How do students at NGCSU feel about the merger? â&#x20AC;&#x153;...I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV,NQRZ they are trying to consolidate some of the administra-­ tive stuff. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t VHHKRZLW¡VEHQHĂ&#x20AC;-­ cial to our student body.â&#x20AC;? Haley Leverette

can Gainesville students partici-­ pate in NCAA. I know NCAA has a lot of rules and regulations, ZHZLOOKDYHWRĂ&#x20AC;JXUHDOORIWKDW out. That is something I would imagine the ones in charge of athletics at Gainesville and North Georgia would bring in as recommendations to the com-­ mittee.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that they have already done it at Augusta State and merged them with another school. I think obi-­ ously itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be for money, or they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it.â&#x20AC;? Katie Lewis (L)/ Sarah Stinson (R)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This being a Senior Military College it has that much more prestige, and I feel that if we expand ourselves or merge, that we are going to lose it.â&#x20AC;?

The Compass: What require-­ ments will faculty have to meet in order to make the tenure cut? Jacobs: I am not able to quote that policy, it should be online to look at. Tenure policies are com-­ plex, they take into account different disciplines. Faculty are judged on Teaching, Research, and Service. The Compass: Will you stay with your word and let the student body choose the new name of the schools combined? Jacobs: Absolutely. It is certainly not going to be a popular vote. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it to the student body and everybody vote and that decides the name. We have stakeholders on this cam-­ pus, Gainesville, Oconee, and now Cumming. I do not know that it is important to Gainesville students that Gainesville be in the title. We are not sure of the structure yet.

Nick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor (Cadet)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ben-­ HĂ&#x20AC;FLDO:H¡OOKDYH bigger classes, places, and a big-­ ger student body which will get more funding.â&#x20AC;?

Kali Hyames

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ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT (L to R) Ada Spa-­ hija, Ellie Peterson, Laura Vinson and Phalen Henry, a GSC student, warm-­ up by stretching on the bar in rehearsal for “Alice in Won-­ derland”.


‘Alice in Wonderland’ is close to home 6DUDK*ULIÀQ A&E Section Editor Spring is right around the corner and dancers at the Gainesville Ballet Company are busy bringing life to their favorite childhood story as they welcome in the new season. GBC’s upcoming performance of “Alice in Wonderland” is quickly being pieced together by choreographer Kristy Neilson, who has transformed this story, originally set in the 1950s, into an exciting, jazzy ballet that takes place in the 1920s. “I love the entire concept of this version of the story,” said Annette Barcelona, who dances the role of Alice. “The story takes you back to the roaring ‘20s with flappers and jazz music that will keep the audience wanting more.” The dancers have one week to learn the entire choreography and for some of them, that isn’t easy. “I absolutely love working with such smart dancers,” Neilson said. “GBC gives me the ability to do just that.” The ages of the “Alice in Wonderland”performers range from elementary school children all the way to college age students. Neilson said that it is important for college age students to venture out and expand their knowledge of the art of ballet. “Hopefully lots of college students will be interested in coming out and seeing the show this March,” she said. “It’ll be good for them.” Phalen Henry, who plays the role of the Cheshire layout of this page Audrey Williams

Cat, is currently dual enrolled at Gainesville High School as well as GSC. The hardest part for her is not the rehearsals or even the dual enrollment. It’s managing her social life. “I’m finishing my senior year, starting college, I have a part time job, as well as five to six mandatory ballet rehearsals per week,” Henry said. “Unfortunately, finding a boyfriend is most likely not in my near future.” Chelsea Russell is a senior at North Hall High School and a prospective GSC student. She dances three parts in the performance and said that she is enjoying the choreography so far. “The movements are more difficult than what we’re used to and the music is incredibly fast,” Russell said. She plans to start college here at GSC this coming fall and is excited to start a new chapter of her life. Dancing the role of the famous White Rabbit is Ellie Peterson. “This version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a must see. It’s extremely different, which brings excitement to the stage,” said Peterson. “The steps are challenging, but so far learning the pieces are super fun.” Peterson’s mother, Jill Peterson, is the costume designer for GBC. She started working on the costumes for the company weeks before they ever started learning the choreography. “We have a lot of great costume ideas that are finally becoming real and I can’t wait to see the dancers wearing them on stage,” said Mrs. Peterson. “They’ll add a twist to the original ‘Alice in Wonderland’, just as the choreography does.”

Gainesville Ballet Company WWW.GAINESVILLEBALLET.ORG

Alice in Wonderland March 23-­25, 2012 Pearce Auditorium Brenau University March 23, 7:30 p.m. March 24, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 25, 2 p.m. $16 per ticket

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New radio club will broadcast GSC online Audrey Williams Editor in Chief Have you dreamed of working for a radio station? You can get in on the beginning of one if you join GSC’s budding radio club. The club, begun and advised by David Smith, media studies professor, will take advantage of the new sound studio in Academic 4 and will broadcast online. Smith started looking into starting a radio club early this semester, and he learned quickly that interest was high. Within a few days of word-of-mouth conversations and emails, Smith had more than 15 students and a handful of faculty interested in producing programming for a station. To get something going, Smith asked Cara Ray, director of Student Life, if a club could be formed to support the station—similar, in a way, to the The Compass. This resulted in the formation of dB – The GSC Radio Club. “We ultimately want to produce original content for the entire community,” Smith said. Some of the suggested programs include: a sports commentary show, lo-

cal musician spotlight show, radio dramas, literary readings and, of course, a variety of music programming, but Smith is open to any ideas. Smith said the mission of dB – The GSC Radio Club is to produce high-quality content that is timely, relevant and engaging to the students, faculty and staff of Gainesville State College and North Georgia, and to allow radio staff members, audio producers and content creators a place to grow and work within a team environment. Some of the first goals of the club will be to set the foundation of an online radio presence for Gainesville Staff photo State College and the North Georgia communities. David Smith, media studies professor, works at the sound editing board in the Smith hopes the club will new sound studio in Academic 4. Smith will advise the new radio club at GSC. do this by producing podcasts and making them availoriginal content. not just media studies or journalism. able on-demand from The Compass web Smith and the members of dB will be If your club, organization or group site at or at gscmedia. seeking suggestions for programming would like to produce or help in the proorg, which is owned by the Communica- from all areas of the GSC and North duction of an online radio program for tion, Media Studies and Journalism De- Georgia communities. Smith also hopes next fall, contact Smith at dsmith@gsc. partment. The next goal is to produce that a variety of majors will join the club, edu.

Festival de película por GSC Nik Smotes Staff Writer Presented by the foreign language department, a series of foreign films are shown each semester for the student body. This semester the series will be Spanish themed. “Learning a foreign language is a process that involves developing four main skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing,” said foreign language professor Amye Sukapdjo. “Developing one’s listening skills in a foreign language takes time and effort, and lots of practice. Watching a film in its original language can help language learners improve their listening skills.” Sukapdjo wants the film festival to help students to “learn about the products, practices and perspectives of others; that is, to learn about the cultural differences and similarities that exist around the globe. It’s important for all students, regardless of their major, to take part in these kinds of cultural and linguistic learning experiences as the world is quickly shrinking.” Carefully selected by instructors, these


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films are nominated for their appeal to students and their representation of different decades. Each movie will require a $1 entry fee. Each dollar will be donated to the South Hall Community Food Pantry which the department has donated $440 to since 2009.


MOVIE SHOWINGS “Como Agua Para Chocolate” Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m.

“El Norte”

March 22, 7:00 p.m.

“María llena de Gracia” April 19, 7:00 p.m.

ACAD IV, Rm 3110B

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SPORTS Super Bowl XLVI: Legacies on the line Mike Williams Sports Editor Here  we  go  again.  The  New  York  Giants  versus  the   New  England  Patriots  for  the  Vince  Lombardi  Trophy,   the  same  teams  that  battled  in  this  game  four  years  ago. Although  it  is  four  years  later,  it  is  hard  to  deny  the   similarities,  especially  for  the  Giants. In  the  2007-­2008  season,  heading  into  the  playoffs,   the  Giants  were  a  big  underdog  having  barely  made  the   playoffs.  Same  story  this  year. The  Giants  then  went  on  the  road  and  upset  the  No.   1  seed  in  the  NFC  after  having  lost  to  them  in  the  regu-­ lar  season. The  Giants  then  went  on  the  road  to  the  No.  2  seed   LQWKH1)&DQGZRQRQD¿HOGJRDOLQRYHUWLPHDIWHU WKH KRPH WHDP WXUQHG WKH EDOO RYHU LQVLGH ¿HOG JRDO range.  Same  story  this  year. And  lastly,  they  now  take  on  the  favored  Patriots  in   the  Super  Bowl. That,  however,  is  where  all  the  similarities  end,  and   they  are  just  that,  similarities.  These  teams  are  nowhere   near  the  same  teams  they  were  then. The  fact  is  almost  all  of  the  defensive  players  the   Patriots  rolled  out  last  time  are  gone,  the  entire  re-­ ceiving  core  of  the  Giants  is  gone,  and  the  thing   is,  the  Pats  are  worse  for  it  and  the  Giants  are   better  for  it. There  is  one  thing  that  is  truly  on  the   line  and  on  par  with  the  last  time  these   teams  did  play  in  the  Super  Bowl,  and   it  is  the  only  thing  that  matters,  leg-­ acy. Can  Tom  Brady  tie  Montana  and   Bradshaw   with   four   Super   Bowl   rings?  Or  will  he  fall  to  3-­2  in  Su-­ per   Bowls   and   forever   tarnish   his   OHJDF\" &DQ %LOO %HOLFKLFN ¿QDOO\ win  the  big  one  post  spy  gate?  Or  will   he  again  be  outcoached  against  the  Giants? Can  Eli  Manning  lead  the  Giants  to  a  second  Super   Bowl  over  the  Patriots  and  cement  his  place  in  the  Hall   of   Fame   and   surpass   his   brother   Peyton   in   the   house   that  Peyton  built,  Lucas  Oil  Stadium  in  Indianapolis? The  New  York  Giants  are  coming  in  hot.  Eli  Man-­ ning  is  playing  out  of  his  mind,  if  there  was  ever  any  

question  about  him  being  elite  those  questions  should   be  answered.  He  outgunned  the  NFCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  top  offense  and   number  one  seed  Green  Bay  Packers  and  then  out  ma-­ neuvered  the  NFCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  top  defense,  both  on  the  road. There  is  no  question  that  the  Giants  defense  is  also   EHWWHUPRUHDWKOHWLFDQGMXVWSODLQRXWPRUHFRQÂżGHQW than   it   ever   was   the   last   time   these   teams   met   in   the   Super  Bowl. The  receiving  core  for  them  is    without  a  doubt  top   to  bottom  better,  as  a  matter  of  fact  I  would  argue  that   their  top  three  receivers  are  the  best  in  the  history  of  the   NFL  in  terms  of  top  three  talent  on  a  single  team. I  could  easily  make  a  case  that  either  Hakeem  Nicks,   Victor  Cruz  or  Mario  Manningham  would  be  the  No.   UHFHLYHURQDOOEXWPD\EHÂżYHWHDPV,NQRZ0DULR has  been  banged  up  this  year  and  hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  put  up  the  big   numbers,   but   I   guarantee   you   the   49ers   would   trade   their  top  wide  out  Michael  Crabtree  for  Manningham   without  hesitation. I  also  like  the  matchup  for  the  Giants  running  backs,   Ahmad   Bradshaw   and   Bran-­ don  Jacobs.   If   you  

watched  the   Patri-­ ots   against   the   Ravens   you  saw  that  the   smaller   quicker   Ray   Rice   struggled,   while  the  veteran  power   back   Ricky   Williams   was   able   to   make   big   plays   and   run   over  defenders. Defensively  I  love  the  Giants  and  their  scheme,   simply  because  they  can  get  pressure  from  their  front   four  and  the  fact  that  they  rotate  six  guys  makes  them   hard   to   block.   But   the   best   thing   they   do   is   fool   you   by  dropping  their  lineman,  who  are  all  as  athletic  as  a   cornerback  or  safety,  into  coverage  and  then  blitzing  a   linebacker.

SUPER BOWL XLVI PREDICTION NEW YORK GIANTS 27 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 24 Now  on  to  the  New  England  Patriots,  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden   Boyâ&#x20AC;?  Tom  Brady  and  what  they  must  do  to  win  the  big   one  once  again. Defensively   I   just   do   not   see   how   their   second-­ ary   can   possibly   matchup   with   the   Giants   receivers.   Against  the  Ravens  OK  receivers  they  repeatedly  gave   up  big  plays  and  allowed  the  Ravens  receivers  to  get   wide  open  deep,  which    if  not  for  horribly  underthrown   and  overthrown  passes  by  Joe  Flacco  would  have  led   to  a  rout  of  the  Pats. For   any   chance   the   Pats   must   get   pressure   from   Vince   Wilfork   and   Mark  Anderson   upfront,   and   they   must  create  fumbles. Offensively,  letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  face  it  folks,  it  is  all  on  the  offen-­ sive  line.  For  all  that  Tom  Brady  is  and  has  been,  it  has   always   been   on   the   line,   because   he   without   a   doubt   cannot   escape   the   pocket   when   he   has   to,   his   only   weakness  is  his  lack  of  mobility  and  when  a  team  gets   constant  pressure  he  folds. This  may  sound  crazy,  but  for  the  Patriots  to  when   they  need  to  run  the  ball  and  run  it  often,  get  the  Giants   off  balance  and  keep  them  that  way  defensively.  If  you   make   the   Giants   pay   for   the   line   coming   after   Brady   every  play  by  running  it  early,  you  then  force  them  to   back  off  and  it  opens  it  up  for  the  passing  game. Although  I  think  the  Patriots  are  too  cocky  and  full   of   themselves   to   change   anything,   case   in   point   last   time  these  teams  played  in  the  Super  Bowl,  Giants  ad-­ justed  and  won,  and  Patriots  stubborn  and  lost. I  really  just  feel  like  the  Patriots  have  stumbled  in  to   the  Super  Bowl  after  getting  lucky  against  the  Ravens.   The  Giants  have  steamrolled  into    this  Super  Bowl  hav-­ ing  to  have  played  for  their  playoff  life  since  week  14   and  I  think  that  gives  them  the  edge  in  the  game.  

What kinds of sports does NGCSU have? 2011 MLB Draft North Georgia Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball 8-­12 overall record for 2011-­2012 season, 3-­6 conference re-­ cord. With  all   of   the   questions   surrounding   the   consolidation   between   NGCSU   and   North Georgia Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball GSC,  a  popular  one  is  revolved  around  sports.  Will  we  have  more  than  intramural   10-­8 overall record for 2011-­2012 season, 4-­5 conference re-­ sports  thanks  to  North  Georgia?  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know  when  this  question  will  be  answered,   cord but  here  is  what  I  know  about  their  sports  so  far:   North Georgia Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer 9-­7-­1 overall record for 2011 sea-­ son, 5-­3 conference record North Georgia Saints Baseball North Georgia Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer 16-­3-­1 overall record for 2011 2011 Record: 34-­20 season, 8-­1-­1 conference record 2012 season starts Feb. 2nd. FUN FACT: Emily Dover was named NCAA Division II All-­Ameri-­ FUN FACT: Catcher Troy Snitker, son of Atlanta Braves third base coach Brian Snitker, was drafted in the 19th Round of the can Michael Mullins Staff Writer

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Warren Caputo is the Ironman of GSC Mike Williams Sports Editor Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  face  it  folks,  we  live  in  a  very  cynical  world   of  what  have  you  done  for  me  lately  and  what  else  can   you   do   for   me.  A   lot   of   students   at   GSC   see   this   as   simply  a  stepping  stone  to  go  on  to  bigger  and  better   things.  They  take  for  granted  the  effort  and  time  that   the  professors  put  in. If  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  just  doing  the  bare  minimum  to  get  through   and  move  on,  you  are  missing  a  lot. Everyone  has  to  take  PHED  1020  and  another  elec-­ tive   PHED   class   to   get   bye,   and   if   you   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   take   a   class  with  Warren  Caputo  for  at  least  one  of  those  it  is   truly  your  loss. The  great  thing  about  Gainesville  State  is  that  you   can  get  great  one  on  one  with  your  professors,  and  if   &DSXWRLVDQ\LQGLFDWLRQWKH\GHÂżQLWHO\SUDFWLFHZKDW they  preach. One  of  the  many  classes  he  teaches  is  jogging,  but   he   is   not   just   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;PEâ&#x20AC;?   teacher.   He   also   teaches   health   and  wellness  along  with  two  education  courses  and  has   been  doing  so  for  two  and  a  half  years  now  at  GSC. Warren   has   been   a   running   fanatic   for   nearly   25   years  now,  and  this  past  November  he  completed  the   most  grueling  test  of  endurance  in  the  world,  the  Iron-­ man  Triathlon. When  he  set  out  to  do  it,  he  did  what  he  has  always   done:  He  set  a  goal,  a  year  in  advance,  of  what  he  want-­ ed  to  accomplish. First  goal:  Did  he  really  want  to  commit  himself  to   this,  put  the  time  and  effort  in?  Yes. Get  to  a  race  weight  of  160  lbs.:  Done.

Finish  in   less   than   14   hours.   Did  it  with  ease. +HÂżQLVKHGWKHJUXHOLQJ,URQ-­ man   Triathlon   in   just   12   and   a   half   hours.   That   included   start-­ ing  with  a  2.4-­mile  swim  (They   start   with   the   swim   because   SHRSOHZLOOGURZQLIWKH\ÂżQLVK with   it.)   then   a   112-­mile   bike   ULGHDQGÂżQDOO\DPLOHUXQ I   challenge   anyone   on   campus   to  do  one  of  those  activities  and   then  attempt  another. :KHQ &DSXWR ÂżQLVKHG WKH Ironman   Triathlon   he   joined   a   very  select  company.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;When   I   came   around   the   corner   I   was   lucky,â&#x20AC;?   he   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   was   the   only   one   crossing   WKH ÂżQLVK OLQH VR , JRW WR KHDU â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Warren  Caputo,  you  are  an  Iron   3KRWRE\.HLWK'3URĂ&#x20AC;W Man.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Warren Caputo powers through the 112-­mile bike ride during When   speaking   of   the   Iron   the Ironman Triathlon in Mexico. Man,   Caputo   also   said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   you   were  to  take  the  Super  Bowl  and   out  more  info  about  the  run  at,   turn   it   into   an   endurance   event   with  the  pageantry  and  development  and  organization,   or  just  google  it. Warren  is  also  currently  training  a  friend  for  an  up-­ that  is  the  Super  Bowl  of  endurance  sports.â&#x20AC;? coming  marathon  while  doing  his  best  to  put  together   The   great   thing   about   Caputo   is   he   loves   to   do   all   of  these  activities,  and  he  is  more  than  willing  to  train   WKHYHU\ÂżUVWÂłPXGG\GXFN´REVWDFOHFRXUVHUXQKRS-­ ing  to  hold  that  on  April  28,  but  the  date  is  not  for  sure   anyone  and  everyone  who  asks  for  his  help. He  also  helps  to  put  on  races  to  raise  money  for  our   yet.   Look   for   updates   for   that   and   all   races   at   www. college.  On  April  21,  Gainesville  State  will  be  hosting And  be  sure  to  sign  up  for  one  of  Caputoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  classes.   the  second  annual  Gainesville  College  Trail  Run.  Find   You  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be  sorry.

Hawks overcome obstacles, start fast Max Griswold Sports Writer

Willie  Green,   Vladimir   Radmanovic   and   Jerry   Stack-­ house. 0F*UDG\KDVEHHQKXUWRIIDQGRQWKHSDVWÂżYH\HDUV and  is  not  and  will  never  be  the  dominant  scorer  he  was   The  Atlanta  Hawks  faced  plenty  of  uncertainty  head-­ while  with  Orlando.  Pargo  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  play  a  game  last  year   with  the  Chicago  Bulls.  Green  was  a  little  used  reserve   ing  into  the  2011-­2012  NBA  season.   They  lost  their  best  bench  player,  their  starting  point   with   the   New   Orleans   Hornets.   Stackhouse   is   one   of   guard   had   surgery   and   they   signed   a   few   players   who   the  oldest  players  left  in  the  NBA  and  nowhere  near  the   threat  he  once  was  while  winning  a  scoring  title  with  the   faced  question  marks  themselves.   Through  it  all,  the  Hawks  have  fought  their  way  to   Detroit  Pistons.   Radmanovic  is  the  only  player  that  seemed  to  make   WKHWRSDQGFXUUHQWO\VLWLQÂżUVWSODFHLQWKH6RXWKHDVW sense,  as  he  has  one  of  the  highest  percentages  in  3-­point   Division  in  the  Eastern  Conference. Jamal   Crawford   had   led   the   Hawks   bench   the   last   shooting  for  the  entire  NBA  throughout  his  career.  And   two  years;Íž  he  even  won  the  NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  sixth  man  award  in   we  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  forget  to  mention  the  Hawks  choosing  to  keep   2010,  for  being  the  best  player  off  the  bench  in  the  entire   two  undrafted  free  agents  on  their  team,  Ivan  Johnson   and  Donald  Sloan. league.   :LWK WKLV WHDP RI PLVÂżWV WKH The  Hawks  knew  they  couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   Hawks   pulled   together   they   still   afford   him   though   and   he   walked   managed   to   get   off   to   a   7-­3   start   away  as  a  free  agent  to  the  Portland   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every game, it feels which  showed  a  lot  of  promise. Trail   Blazers.   Kirk   Hinrich,   who     Game   number   eleven   hurt   the   was  acquired  from  the  Washington   like the Hawks have a Hawks,   not   only   did   they   lose   to   Wizards   at   the   trade   deadline   last   the   Indiana   Pacers,   but   they   lost   year,  was  projected  to  be  the  start-­ chance.â&#x20AC;? center  Al  Horford  for  at  least  three   ing  point  guard  but  then  decided  to   months  and  possibly  the  remainder   have  surgery  on  his  shoulder  and  is   of  the  season.   expected  to  miss  a  few  months. Since  then  the  Hawks  have  still   The   Hawks   then   signed   a   few   players   to   replace   Crawford  on  the  bench;Íž  Tracy  McGrady,  Jannero  Pargo,   posted   a   winning   record   going   6-­2   and   are   currently  


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13-­6  overall  at  the  time  of  this  column.   Josh   Smith   has   been   playing   great,   picking   up   the   slack  with  Horford  being  hurt  and  constantly  leading  the   +DZNV DOPRVW HYHU\ QLJKW +H KDV GHÂżQLWHO\ EHHQ WKH best  player,  so  far,  for  the  Hawks  this  season. Joe   Johnson   has   been   solid   helping   Smith   lead   the   team.  Jeff  Teague  has  become  a  reliable  point  guard  re-­ placing  Hinrich  and  he  looks  like  he  will  keep  that  start-­ ing  title  even  when  Hinrich  returns.   Green  and  Radmanovic  have  picked  up  a  lot  of  the   bench  scoring  and  have  been  impressive  at  times.   And  that  undrafted  free  agent,  Ivan  Johnson,  he  actu-­ ally  has  become  a  key  piece  to  the  Hawks  season.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ivan   the   Terribleâ&#x20AC;?   as   dubbed   by   fans   at   Philips  Arena,   has   been  the  rough  and  tough  player  the  Hawks  have  needed   for  several  seasons  now. I  have  been  able  to  go  see  every  home  game  the  past   two  years  for  the  Hawks,  and  this  year  there  is  a  different   feel  at  Philips.  Every  game  it  feels  like  the  Hawks  have   a  chance.   Even  when  I  attended  the  game  against  the  Minnesota   Timberwolves  earlier  this  year,  the  Hawks  were  down   by  twenty  points  in  the  3rd  quarter,  but  there  was  still  a   feeling  that  they  were  going  to  come  back  and  win.   7KH\GLGMXVWWKDWZLQQLQJLQWKHÂżQDOPLQXWH and  proved  a  lot  of  people  wrong  that  night.   Just   as   they   will   continue   to   do   so   all   year   if   they   keep  playing  like  this. layout of this page Mike Williams


Lies, changes, reactions how he could sit down with student leaders as he did on that visit and assure them that the search process for a new president was moving along. Only weeks later we at GSC would find out Consolidation, consolidation, CONSOLIDATION! It seems as if the madness has not through an Atlanta TV station that there was ceased since students, faculty, and staff found to be no search for a new president. I have no objection to the idea that change that our college would combine with North Georgia College and State University to be- is good, but when it comes to situations of this magnitude, then I have come one school. a problem. Hank Huckaby, chancelLeaders like Huckalor of the University System by lead us to question of Georgia, thinks this will “According to docu-­ the credibility of all reduce administrative costs ments the Board of Re-­ our leaders. at institutions and help the gents released to Morris What bothers me university system recover News Service, Huckaby is not so much that he the estimated $1 billion in thinks that this change state funding that the state probably knew about will be something that has taken away since 2008. the upcoming con-­ will better the system Along with our institu- solidation when he was or that merging coltion, six others will be unhere, yet he discussed leges will offer greater dergoing this new change. opportunities for stuSchools like Waycross Col- the search committee dents. It’s more the fact lege will combine with South to replace Dr. Nesbitt as that six months is not Georgia College, Augusta if it were going to hap-­ enough for a recently State University with Georselected individual gia Health Sciences Univer- pen, never giving a hint to be in the chancelsity, and Middle Georgia about what lay in our lor position and make College with Macon State future.” such an intense and College. rather impulsive deciSince its official ansion as this one. nouncement, consolidaYes, maybe he was tion has become one of the trying to do somemost talked-about subjects around campus, mostly because we have no thing good, but why not take the time to get to know the real essence of each institution? Why answers. This consolidation has been one of the worst not take the time to consider the needs of the decisions that the USG could have ever made, students, faculty and staff that make up each aside from the creation of Georgia Gwinnett institution? And why not take the time to do a careful College. I find it interesting how the system is desperate to save money now, yet the construc- cost-benefit analysis? It’s not even clear that tion of GGC just a few years ago (and just a the consolidations will save money. Accordfew miles away from us) cost tens of millions ing to the documents the BOR released, they of dollars, and surprise, surprise, they won’t be didn’t examine the benefits and cost savings. They didn’t even consider consolidating other affected by the changes. Talk about equality. Then there’s the problem of credibility. Early schools. They simply looked at a little informain fall semester, I was in charge of covering the tion from the eight schools they had already retirement of GSC President Martha Nesbitt. picked. The Morris News Service story quoted ExIn the interview, she talked about the process for selecting candidates to replace her. GSC ecutive Vice Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who was supposed to have a committee of students, was in charge of recommending the schools to faculty and staff to interview the candidates consolidate, saying that no one on his staff had bothered to take a close look at any financial when they came to campus. A few weeks later, Chancellor Huckaby information about the schools to see if consolicame here to dedicate Academic 4. According dation made sense. These are big changes for both GSC and to documents the Board of Regents released to Morris News Service, Huckaby probably knew NGCSU. All of these changes could result in about the upcoming consolidation when he the extinction of the individual personality, was here, yet he discussed the search commit- spirit and value of each school. And now there’s nothing left for us to do tee to replace Dr. Nesbitt as if it were going to happen, never giving a hint about what lay in other than to adapt to the changes, while the youngest institution in the University System our future. One thing that I will never understand is of Georgia remains untouched. Manuel Moreno News Editor

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TO THE STUDENTS WHAT’S THE BUZZ ON CAMPUS ABOUT THE CONSOLIDATION? “I think it’s inter-­ esting. It’s not that surprising consider-­ ing that Gainesville State has been DIÀOLDWHGZLWK1RUWK Georgia and vice versa. I think it will be good for stu-­ dents all around the region. “ Adam Jones

I don’t think that much information has been put out yet, but I think that if it’s able to make students more able to grow in their careers it’s a good thing.” Natasha Aaron

“I think it’ll be a good thing because it will allow people to get higher de-­ grees and people won’t have to trans-­ fer as much.” Tyler Mathis

“I’m kind of neu-­ tral towards it, I guess. I think it’s weird, but I think that money is the motivator in this situation.” Phillip Rust

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Blanca Synagogue, which was originally designed to be a mosque, was turned into a synagogue, and has most recently been cov-­ ered into a Christian church. The Church of Santo Tome which houses some of El Grecoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous works will be the next and last venture for for the day.

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Students will want to Ă&#x20AC;JXUHLQDGGLWLRQDO money for lunches and spending. Pay-­ ment plans are of-­ fered for the cost of travel. Courses offered: SPAN 2121 -­ Ad-­ vanced Converstation Instructor: Joe Lavalle ENGL 2185 -­ Creative 1RQĂ&#x20AC;FWLRQ:ULWLQJ Instructor: Leslie Worthington INED 2903 -­ Interna-­ tional Perspectives Instructor: John Amoss Enrollment Informa-­ tion: Contact the in-­ structor for the regis-­ tered course. Next, contact EF tours to enroll at www.ef-­ collegestudytours. com/enroll, or con-­ tact via telephone at 877-­485-­4184. Tour ID number: 1080523 layout of this page Audrey Williams


GSC gave me a second chance and someone needed to take me home so I could chill out and fall asleep. A girl I did not know got me a glass of water, and then three girls drove me back to my friends dorm beGSC has changed my life forever. The college gave cause I could not walk up the steps. My friends stayed me a second chance when I did not deserve it, but at the party. According to one of the girls I threw up in her car, on my friend’s couch, and my friend’s bed. needed it. During the night I This college provides a dreamed and began to safe place to get a college wonder, where am I goeducation and keep life ing, who am I becoming, on track for many stuwhere is my part in life? dents, including me.e “Campus life [at Georgia No control and no unThe day was August 17, 2011, when I moved Southern] was not the life for derstanding of who I was. Would the end of the into my dorm at Georme. GSC accepted me as I bottle tell me the truth? gia Southern University. the end of mediMy mother finally left am... The college and com-­ Would cated life ever find truth? after hours of unpacking. munity granted me with a Because it feels like the Graduation day I was bottle of empty wine is all happy to finally be out of second chance, one I did I have to hold onto. the house, but at only 17 I not deserve but one I will I couldn’t remember was very immature. anything from the night I went with some not waste.” before when I woke up, “friends” to my first parbut I was happy to see ty. I do not remember a new day. I sat down anything that happened the bottles for good but during the hours of the turned to something just night, except the events as bad, drugs. that my friends told me about. I started down the road to disaster. I began smoking I drank a lot of alcohol and passed out in the bathroom. The bar employees told me to leave after I threw anything and everything. I took pills to get a high. Evup everywhere. I was in no shape to walk alone or drive, ery minute of every day I was high on something. Michelle Wiggle Staff Writer

My grades were trash after that. By the middle of the semester, I was failing all but two of my classes. Could I catch back up? Unfortunately, I did not care enough about my grades to stop the drugs I was on. My grades tanked. Lucky for me, GSC accepted my application and gave my life a new meaning. I would now go to college and live at home, a place I dreaded going back to. As I began the long drive back from GSU to home and familiarity, I began to wonder, what happened this last year, what changed me this last year, what had I become this last year? It was someone I am not, someone I always hoped not to be. Life is not live small, dream small. Life is live big, dream big. No one and nothing will stand between me and my life, for I only have one. Though I have spent much time reliving the past, I now realize this time spent built my future, a future of insurance, a future of assurance, a future of possibilities, a future of incredibility. Yes, I can let past experiences influence the present, but I should grow from each impossible situation and make it into a possible situation. Can I promise complete devotion in my lifetime? No, but can I dream? Yes. Campus life was not the life for me. GSC accepted me as I am, and now I can commute every day. The college and community granted me with a second chance, one I did not deserve but one I will not waste. I am me now, the real me. I am my life, and today I am in control.

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Issue 1 for spring 2012 of the Gainesville State College Compass

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