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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 924170597@gsc.edu

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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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Issue 1 for spring 2012 of the Gainesville State College Compass

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