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Student Cuong Vo (left) shows fellow student and referee Lesther Martin his GSC ID card before an intramural soccer game.

Infiltrated intramurals

Students now required to show IDs to play Daniel Dove News Editor The Gainesville State College intramural program has implemented policy changes regarding soccer amid rumors that some teams were bringing in players who were not enrolled at GSC to participate. Concerns that teams were bringing in "ringers" were first voiced by opposing teams to student worker and soccer referee Lesther Martin. "On one of the teams, a player asked me about another player,� Martin said. “He brought it to my attention that some of the players aren't students. "I just noticed there were too many players and too many new faces. I found out there were people that did not belong here. People that are not members of the college," Martin said. In order to participate in intramural sports, one must be a current student at GSC. Additionally,one must be enrolled in courses in the same semester that the activity occurs, according to Ken Harrison, director of fitness and recreation. During the course of the season, several players were told they were not elipage layout Kayla McGee and Lauren Blais

gible to participate because they either didn't meet requirements or didn't have their student IDs. Student IDs are now required and are compared to names on team rosters by referees. Harrison, who oversees the fitness center, is also in charge of setting up intramurals. "What we try to do is try and make intramurals fun and hassle-free," Harrison said. "Our initial policy is that we can check student IDs at any time." Students have to register on teams, and a master list is compiled with rosters for each team. "Kids will find ways around it, but if their name isn't on the roster, they can't participate," said Harrison. Lost your student ID? Get a new one at the Gameroom in the Student Center! There is a fee of $5. Office of Student Life

Prior to commissioning the referees to check student IDs, the eligibility of players was based mainly on an honor system. According to Harrison, there was no way to truly verify a players enrollment status. "There is no alarm to say 'hey, this person isn't enrolled,' and when you're taking score, you have to have rules," Harrison said. Because intramurals are classified as a student activity, funding from student activity fees cover the costs associated with the sports. For the players involved, there was little concern over whether the current students were actually enrolled in classes and paying fees. Roberto Austria, captain of team Los Aliados, said that team members who were enrolled in a previous semester should be allowed to participate. "They are students here and they should be able to play... even if they took a semester off," Austria said. "It's not fair." "Most of them are still active on campus. I don't feel like (the school) should tell them they can't play," Austria said. Officials at GSC remain tight-lipped about the possibility of people with no association to the school participating.

FEATURES page 12 COVER DESIGN BRANDEN LEFTY KAITLYN FRIZZELL PHOTO LAUREN BLAIS Art major Karen Fong collects leaves for a piece for her 2D Composition class.

November 18, 2010



Struggle with budget continues School loses more than $300,000 this term alone MONEY MATTERS

A (very) short introduction What happens to all that money I fork out for tuition? Tuition doesn’t begin to cover the cost of your education. Each year GSC sends off a budget request to the Board of Regents for the following fiscal year. The Board of Regents is the governing body of higher education in the state, called the University System of Georgia. The USG is comprised of 35 colleges and universities, including GSC. Members of the board are appointed by the governor, and serve seven-year terms. Governor-elect Deal will have several opportunities to appoint board members while he is in office in the next few years. These people will decide things like who will serve as president of Georgia’s colleges and universities, and, oh yeah, how much money you’ll spend to get your degree. But it’s your state legislators who determine how much of the state’s tax pool will go to the USG. The chancellor and board, looking at GSC’s revenues, expenditures and enrollment from two years ago, then decide what money the school will get.

What about all those fees I pay? Money collected from student fees covers technology, clubs, and pays for some key staff positions. With permission from the BOR, schools may elect to supplement construction costs with an additional student fee, such as the one implemented for the parking deck constructed last year. This helps speed up projects for buildings that are much-needed. According to Paul Glaser, vice-president of business and finance, it took seven years to get funding for the new Academic IV building, which was needed as far back as 2002. This is being paid for through bonds. This spring students may have the opportunity to vote on an additional fee which will bring another parking deck to campus (See “More Construction on the Way,” page 5). Lauren Blais, Editor-in-Chief Emily Perry contributed to this article.


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Emily Perry Managing Editor GSC had to wait four months to learn its fiscal fate. As spring semester of the 20092010 school year ended, GSC didn’t know whether the state Legislature had allocated any money to our system’s Board of Regents (BOR) and therefore to the college. “We got our appropriation the first week in May (2010),” Paul Glaser, vice president of business and finance at GSC, said. “The second week in August, we were asked by the BOR to put together a reduction plan (of the appropriation) of 4, 6 and 8 percent going forward in this current year.” Glaser has been making the budget work with a reduction in funds needed to operate the college. “The first week in September, we had already been told that the Office of Policy and Budget, which is from the Governor’s office, they had already informed the BOR that they would be taking back 4 percent of our (August) allocation, and they have continued to do that. They haven’t increased it, yet,” he said. Glaser was informed that the almost $300,000 of Federal stimulus money that GSC was supposed to have received this year was allocated to the prior year. “So we’ve lost 4 percent plus $300,000 by September of this year,” Glaser said. BOR Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. visited GSC staff in October to update them on the budget situation. “His statement was that he didn’t think we would probably see any increases in reductions the rest of this (fiscal) year,” Glaser said. Glaser said the process to hire key staff had begun when the 4 percent appropriation reduction was mandated. “There were probably six or seven of those positions that had not yet been hired,” he said, “so they are on hold (for the rest of the year).” GSC’s swimming pool had been on the chopping block during the budget crises earlier this year. However, the BOR stepped in, and “when it came right down to it, the BOR agreed to assist us on a yearly basis with part of the cost go-

ing forward to keep the pool open,” Glaser said. In September, the BOR was asked by the governor’s office to prepare a plan for a 10 percent reduction in budget funds. According to a BOR press release issued in August, should the 10 percent cut be necessary, it will result in a total combined budget reduction for the System of $192 million for the next two years.

“We’re going to the Legislature at a time saying our budget should be larger than it was last year when we know we’re going to have the worst year being 2012. We’re probably not going to get all we ask for.” Paul Glaser, vice president of business and finance

Furloughs, another concern for faculty and staff, are not being considered at this time. “If the 4 percent reduction that has already been taken holds true for the rest of this year, we won’t be looking at any more furloughs,” Glaser said. “I think we would have to go to 10 percent for that to happen, and I don’t foresee that happening this year.” However, Glaser said the 2012 budget, which begins in July of next year, will probably be the worst year the System has seen in over a decade. The BOR has approved a $2.1 billion budget request to be presented to the Legislature for approval in January 2011. “We’re going to the legislature at

a time saying our budget should be larger than it was last year when we know we’re going to have the worst year being 2012,” Glaser said. “We’re probably not going to get all we ask for.” The August press release issued by the BOR stated that the greatest contributing factor to the $2.1 billion budget request was a 7.8 percent increase, from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2010, in the credit hours students took. The BOR estimates that nearly 45 percent of the credit hour increase occurred at the System’s 16 two-year and state colleges. “We are very fortunate that our enrollment was up again this fall,” Glaser said, “It was not up as much as it has been in the past, but we did not expect it to be.” Growth has pushed GSC into the initial phase of planning a new parking deck and an addition to the science building. “As money is available, we’re still getting bigger [and] we have to accommodate,” Glaser said. There will be a student vote, possibly next semester, about the additional parking deck. Construction that involves adding a student fee, which a parking deck would, requires students to be given a voice, Glaser said. The money has to come from somewhere. But there will be a new governor in Georgia come January. “Governor-elect Nathan Deal is working diligently every day on our budget for next year,” wrote Brian Robinson, Deal’s deputy chief of staff for communications, in an e-mail. “We aren't discussing specifics on the budget at this juncture. Nathan has said often on the campaign trail that our state universities have emerged as national leaders, and that's allowed our state to keep home state talent here in Georgia,” Robinson wrote. “(Deal) will put a high priority on maintaining the standards of excellence we have attained throughout the University System, even during tough budget times.” Despite the state’s financial woes, Glaser said he continues to plan for GSC’s future. “We are still doing a lot with a little,” Glaser said, “We’re making do with what we’ve got. We continue to be very frugal.” page layout Lauren Blais, Branden Lefty

news Coming soon: More bachelor’s degrees for you to choose from

The new Academic IV building, to be completed by summer, as seen from the parking deck, completed last fall. Even before the latest building is finished, GSC has more consturction plans in the works to accommodate its growth.

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More construction on the way

You’ll get to vote on new parking deck... and student fee to fund it Matt Wentworth Copy Editor A new parking deck and more could be in the works for Gainesville State. Plans are currently being made to build a facility which will contain a 650-space parking deck and several other features. “It will really provide us will some much needed parking (spaces),“ GSC President Martha Nesbitt said. According to Nesbitt, in addition to the parking deck, the building will have a “state of the art” fitness center for faculty, staff, and students and a small conference/convention center as well. The current fitness center will continue to be used for P.E. courses, Nesbitt said. Because the state will not pay for construction of the building, students will fund the project through their student fees, Nesbitt said. The previous parking deck was also student funded. Before construction begins, students will vote to decide if they want to increase their student fees in order to fund page layout Kayla McGee

the project. After getting student approval, construction can begin, Nesbitt said. The building will be located across the street from GSC’s science, engineering and technology building where the gravel parking lot is now, Vice President for Business and Finance Paul Glaser said. The project is The new building will feature a 650-space parking deck a fitness center and more still in the early planning stages and is “not yet off the ground,” Glaser said. Construction may start in the late spring and will take between 12 and 14 months to complete, Glaser said. If everything goes as scheduled, the building should be in use by fall 2012. In January, Nesbitt said, the college will present drawings of the project to students to consider before voting on the fee increase. A similar project is currently in development on GSC’s Oconee campus.

study are included in the proposal. “We started talking in 2006 with Michael Stoy, then VPAA of the college, about the degree. We started the process in 2007 with a Letter of Intent to the Board of Regents of the USG,” Larry Cook, associate professor of theatre, said in an email interview. Panu said after they get the green light from the Board of Regents they can finally get the program going. To get a program up and running is about a two- to three-year process. Last year was the first official year of operation for the Design and Technology for Theater program. Panu said one of the problems that may come with finally having the four-year degree to offer is getting the news of it out. Gainesville offers courses in many major categories that make it possible for a student to transfer. But with the current bachelor’s programs available and now the most recent degree, some students will be able to graduate from Gainesville with a bachelor’s degree and will not have to transfer. “We do feel honored to have this degree,” Cook said.

Within the past year, Gainesville State College has added a fifth new bachelor’s degree to their on going list of programs — Design and Technology for Theatre. Design and Technology for Theatre is designed for students wishing to study the elements that go into producing theatre and fall outside of directing and acting. “We look at our mission as a school,” Al Panu, interim vice president for academic affairs, said. This is the initial step toward the actual two-step process that the professors and staff go through before actually making the course of study a fouryear program. Panu says they want to know what the students’ perspective is on the idea of making a degree available for a bachelor’s. The initial step the school took for the program Design and Technology for Theatre was asking the students if theatre was a possible degree they would be interested in studying. The students took surveys regarding the new idea. The school is trying to make a four-year program available for a number of students. The surveys allow the students who are considering theatre as a major to Currently available give their opinions on the four-year programs: idea and possibly consider staying here to graduate. Early Childhood Education (for grades P-5) “We already are a fouryear school, but as of now we Early Childhood Care and Education have a select number of four- Technology Management year programs,” Panu said. Environmental and Spatial Analysis Panu also says they are trying Design and Technology for Theater to work on getting a few more available for the students. Upcoming four-year progams: After finding out what the students think, the professors Biology and Biology Education and staff submit a proposal of the new program. The costs Source: Al Panu and courses that would be involved with the course of

DFI club finishes in fourth place at nationals Matt Wentworth Copy Editor

The Gainesville State Debate Forensics Interpretation Club placed 4th at the National Mediation Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. The competition was held on Nov. 4-7 at Drake University. The fourth place winning team consisted of GSC students Madeleine Broxton, Janice McKay and Nikeya Bell. “It’s a great accomplishment,” Broxton said. “I almost cried.” According to Tom Preston, adviser to the club, GSC was the only twoyear school competing in the tournament. “It was still so much different than

what we expected,” McKay said. She said they had to be flexible throughout the tournament. The team began preparing for the competition this past summer. McKay said their practice debates became so intense, they would “make mock trial look friendly.” The members cited Ray-Lynn Snowden and Douglas Ealey, both professors at GSC, as being “a big help” in their preparation for the event. Also competing were John Hernandez, William Rigdon, Giacinta Schwartz and Matthew Thomas.

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Violence at home

Symposium draws attention to issues of domestic violence Matt Wentworth Copy Editor

said Judge Kathlene Gosselin of the Hall County Superior Court. Gosselin said while most prosecutors and judges have changed their attitudes Domestic violence has been a serious concerning domestic violence cases, juissue for many years and the problem rors have not changed and will usually only continues to escalate. blame the victim for the crime. On Oct. 27 Gainesville State hosted She said there is a public perception the second annual Symposium on Doissue about domestic violence. The dymestic Violence, sponsored by the GSC namics of domestic violence have not School of Social Sciences and United changed in the last 30 years, Gosselin Way of Hall County. The event was desaid. signed to promote awareness of domesHowever, laws have changed and law tic violence. enforcement response has changed, she “At least one in four women will be afsaid. fected by domestic violence,” said Jessica Gosselin said she encourages people Butler, executive director of Gateway to take initiative and try to do something Domestic Violence Shelter. about the domestic violence issue. Dawn Echols, LAPC Family IntervenButler said blame is often put on a tion provider and lecturer of the School victim for not leaving an abusive relaof Social Sciences, said domestic viotionship. Abusers will also make victims lence has often been ignored throughout believe the abuse is their fault, she said. Nick DeAngelo history. She said some people involved in abuRebecca Davis speaks at the symposium. “About 3.3 [million] to 10 million sive relationships are still attached to children are affected by domestic vio- “prevention is not something most peoDomestic violence has not changed, their abuser and are unsure of leaving lence every year,” said Rebecca Davis, ple want to fund right now.” them. but the police response has, he said. executive director of the Children Cen“Survivors often want to end the Every two minutes a woman is raped, Cronic said new laws have brought ter for Hope and Healing. abuse but not the relationship,” Butler said Cathy Drerup, victim advocate for about great changes. Almost all of the children who witness Rape Response, noting that “1.3 million According to Cronic, two domestic said. Fatalities may occur when victims these events can graphically describe women and 835,000 men are assaulted violence officers are assigned per shift attempt to become independent from them, Davis said. These children often by intimate partners annually.” at the police department. Each officer in their abuser. develop post-traumatic shock syndrome GSC student Destiny Reid said the About 80 percent of rape victims this unit undergoes a 40-hour training and may take years to recover from what know there attacker, and at least 7 per- session, he said. event provided her with a lot of useful they have witnessed. cent of these victims don’t report the The department frequently deals with information although some of the preAbout 30 to 60 percent of children in crime because of this, Drerup said. sentation was difficult to listen to bedomestic violence calls, Cronic said. homes where there is domestic violence Fifty percent of all rape cases occur in In 2008, the Hall County Police De- cause she has known people involved in often become victims of domestic vio- the home. partment answered over 4,500 domestic domestic violence incidents. lence later in life, Davis said. Aaron Bregenzer, another student, “If you force something, you can break violence calls and made about 500 arDavis mentioned Project Pathfinder, a it,” Drerup said. “If you force someone, rests, he said. said the symposium provided a lot of inprogram dedicated formation about doyou can break them, Cronic said the to helping children mestic violence but too.” following year at t least one in four with sexual behavwas also somewhat Drerup ex- least 5,500 calls “ women will be affected ior problems. disappointed with it pressed concern were received and The program as well. over how most peonearly 1000 arrests by domestic violence,” works with the chil“I thought it was ple perceive sexual were made. said Jessica Butler, exdren to teach them informative,” he assault cases. This year, around ecutive director of the empathy and help said, “but I was disThere is a lack of 3,000 calls have Gateway Domestic Vio- validation of rape in been received and them learn from appointed because their mistakes, Daeverything pointed our community, Dr- at least 600 arrests lence Shelter.” vis said. Many of towards the victims. erup said. have been made. the children in the “A greater prob“Society continWhen people are Jessica Butler, executive diprogram have been lem lies with the ues to perpetuate stuck indoors, like rector of Gateway Domestic abused themselves. abusers,” he continthe myth that sexual on snow days, there Violence Shelter. “Most of you are ued. “There should assault victims are is an increase in probably unaware responsible for the domestic violence Nick DeAngelo be more awareness, that 20 percent of children are victims of crime,” she said. Many people wrongly calls, he said. Student Aaron Bregenzer asks a support and counsexual abuse,” she said. seling or treatment assume the victims are at fault for not The department question at the symposium. Davis said it’s important for victims acting sooner. for the people who receives a high rate to get help as soon as possible because abuse.” “The things we see are horrible in of calls on Christmas Day, Cronic said. children in these situations often enter their nature,” said Sheriff Steve Cronic of All of the panelists stressed the imIn the past three years, he said, over unhealthy relationships as adults. the Hall County Police Department. 300 deaths related to domestic violence portance of taking a stand to prevent It’s necessary to educate people on these acts from happening. Cronic said he thinks domestic vio- have occurred. how to prevent these incidents from oc- lence is the most overlooked crime in the “Why don’t we rise up and say that’s People are sometimes reluctant to talk curring, Davis said, but unfortunately state and across the nation. about domestic violence cases in court, not acceptable behavior?” Gosselin said.



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campus life INTRAMURAL SWIM MEET: OCTOBER 6 The bi-annual Intramural Swim Meet was held on Wednesday, Oct. 6. This event has been conducted for 12 years, beginning in fall of 1999. It offers events ranging in distance from 25 yards (one pool length) to 200 yards, in the four competitive strokes, as well as relays. Participants ranged in age from 18 – 84. Following are 1st place winners for the various events: • Lauren Mauldin (Women 18-24): 25yd free, 25yd breast, 50yd breast • Kaitlin Bishop (Women 18-24): 50yd free, 100yd free, 200yd free • Maggie Shay (Women 18-24): 25yd back, 25yd fly, 100yd IM • Taylor Carpenter (Women 18-24): 50yd back • Jean Rowe Luciani (Women 3539): 50yd free, 25yd breast, 100yd IM • Cory Howe (Men 18-24): 25yd free, 25yd breast • Eric Minix (Men 18-24): 50yd free, 100yd free, 25yd fly • Ken Fogarty (Men 45-49): 25yd breast, 50yd breast • Dave Reesman (Men 80-84): 25yd back • Women’s 100yd Medley Relay: Jean Rowe Luciani, Lauren Mauldin, Maggie Shay, Kaitlin Bishop New pool records were set by Kai tlin Bishop, Jean Rowe Luciani, Ken Fogarty, and the Women’s Medley Relay. The next Intramural Swim Meet will be held on Wednesday, February 23. Source: Lisa Watson, Professor page layout Kaitlyn Frizzell

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Previous GSC intramural sports even included arm wrestling competitions as pictured here where winners received trophies.

What happened to sports at GSC? Michael Mullins Staff Writer Twenty-five years ago Gainesville State College was competing at a high level of the National Junior College Athletic Association in Basketball, Tennis, Golf and other sports. By the next year, they were gone. “They were very expensive to fund,” President Martha T. Nesbitt said. “Most commuter colleges have a difficult time supporting athletic programs because you don’t have residence halls, you don’t have a captive audience and not many people come. “I saw first-hand how much money went into those sports programs,” Nesbitt said. “Now students have to pay for the athletic programs, and there are student-athletic fees. The only scholarships we could offer for athletics would have to be raised through the foundation because the college itself can not offer scholarships”. Most of Nesbitt’s previous experience with this came from Georgia Perimeter College where she was interim president for 13 months. Not all bad came from the resulting cancellation of the sports programs however. The money that was used for the sports programs was used to do other things around campus. “They decided to divide the money three ways,” Nesbitt said. “About a third of the money went to needy students based on their financial need, about a third went to set a really strong intramural program and then about a third went to the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.” Science professor John Hamilton has been at GSC for over 25 years now and while he doesn’t remember much abut the discontinuation of

the sports program, he remembers some of the main arguments. According to Hamilton the sports program cost over $100,000 a year and there were some disagreements among the faculty that the money could be used for other things. “Also the school had a budget for transportation, coaches and equipment,” Hamilton said. Most of the athletes came to GSC just to get on a better team in the future and weren’t excelling in academics which frustrated some faculty. The attendances at the games were very low as well. “Very few students ever came to the games, thus, there didn’t seem to be much enthusiasm among the students at a two-year commuter school for intercollegiate athletics” Hamilton said. Because of the low attendance to the sporting events the teams were not missed as much as some other colleges may have been. “Most of the problems were similar to what many schools experience, especially the small colleges,” Hamilton said. “I never got the impression that any of the kids at the school missed them.” Lisa Watson, a physical education professor, started the fall after the sports teams were cut. Watson also remembers the physical change of the school after the sports programs were discontinued. “Part of our gym has been redone, we used to have an athletic training room that’s now an office and we had locker room. Of course those have been changed to other things,” Watson said. “In terms of it starting up again, I don’t see it happening, particularly with the economic situation we are in.”

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‘Singin’ in the Rain’ makes a splash at GSC Katie Keiger Staff Writer “Singin’ in the Rain,” Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s latest production, opened to a standing ovation, according to Jim Hammond, director of GTA’s production of the 1952 musical. The play opened at the Hosch Theater at Brenau University on Nov. 9 and will close Nov. 20. GTA’s plays are advertised on the college’s homepage and usually have a pretty good turnout of students from campus. “The play was indeed well put together as the actors showed experience and were well prepared,” attendee Karla Vazques said of her first college production viewing. There are many difficult stage technicalities that went into making this production work on the stage such as making it actually rain on the stage without getting the audience soaked or messing up any of the props. Also, because it’s a musical, the actors have to be able to dance and sing several different numbers from the original sound track. The entire production required a lot of work but was worth it, Vazques said. “My favorite aspect of the play was the choreography because it showed that the actors were committed,” Vazques said. The setting was based in the 1920s when silent films were popular and the main character was a silent film actor of the time, Don Lockwood. He was introduced to the idea of films with actual sounds, and thought it was

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Cast members, (L-R) Trey Butler, Marissa Druzbanski and Josh James pose with choreographer David Rossetti on set of “Singin’ in the Rain.” not well liked at first, eventually it caught on and Lockwood became an actor for one film in particular and is able to use his voice to sing. Although it was a challenge to have it all done on a stage, GTA managed it quite well. Jana Davis, who was involved in the-

ater and knew some people involved in the play, said, “It was awesome. During intermission, they had to vacuum and towel the stage dry.” Though it was only a two-act play, it was two-and-a-half hours long and the original song list had over 15 songs. If you missed “Singin’ in the Rain,” be

prepared for spring semester when there will be three plays produced by the GTA. “Intimate Apparel, The Underpants” will be playing in February in the Hosch theater. William Shakespeare’s famous “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be playing in April at the Ed Cabell Theater.

SHOW INFORMATION: “Singing in the Rain” tickets available at the GSC Box Office or online Ticket pricing is as follows: $18-$22 for adults $16-$20 for seniors 65+ $14-$16 for students and children Call the Box Office at 678-717-3624 for any additional information. Source:

Cast members pose in costume before taking the stage for GTA’s first production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Simpson Custom Photography


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Stefanie Nicole Darby, a student at Gainesville High School, has her work on display in the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery. This piece is called “Boy in Rain” and done with acrylic.

Local high school’s artwork in competition Taylor Tabb Copy Editor

If your classes aren’t located in the Continuing Education building then you may not be aware of the art exhibits being shown in our own Roy C. Moore Art Gallery. The gallery is currently exhibiting, “An Artistic Discovery: the Congressional Art Competition” sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves for Ninth District high schools. This exhibit is a juried competition that goes on annually. This year’s juror is Margaret Morrison, an assistant professor of art at the University of Georgia. Each year there are first, second and third place winners as well as an honorable mention. The first prize-winning artwork will page layout Kaitlyn Frizzell

be sent to Washington, D.C., and exhibited for one year on Capitol Hill. Beth Sale, the exhibit coordinator, hopes that the gallery will bring students from high schools to our school and allow them to be more exposed to a college atmosphere. “The high school [artwork] can be exciting because it’s just good, raw energy that goes into the work,” Sale said. There is a broad range of mediums that are used in the artwork ranging from foil and colored pencils, to photography. Stefanie Nicole Darby, a Gainesville High School student, has artwork in the gallery. Her artwork is titled, “Boy in Rain” and is done in acrylic. The exhibit will be on display November 4 through December 9 with the closing reception and awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, December 9 , at 5:30 p.m.

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GSC student Jessica Kirby looks at pieces from the Artistic Discovery exhibit. Featured work here is “The Silence Within” by East Hall Student Isai Zepeda.

November 18, 2010


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Rate my professor

Is the website a friend or a foe to students? Caitlin Barker Development Editor Students have been using for years trying to find the perfect professor. The website holds over 6,000 schools, 1 million professors and 10 million opinions. It gives you the option of locating your school and finding your professor. Students rate professors on quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness and even hotness levels. “I love the website but the downside is some students will bash a particular professor because of one bad experience.” Ivey Jenkins said. Students may like RateMyProfessors. com but faculty may have a different opinion. Leslie Worthington, an English professor at GSC believes it to be biased. “Students who absolutely love or absolutely hate a professor are the ones who take the time to go to the site and post, also it is not a very professional site.

For example, doesn't it have ratings for hotness?” Worthington said. Phillip Mitchell, a professor a GSC disagrees. “I think if students use it responsibly,

the site has great potential to offer professors constructive criticism of their classes. “I think it could be a great source for students as well.” Mitchell said.

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Brooke Ellis, exploring the many features of, checks out potential professors to prepare for the spring semester.

Mitchell even admits to questioning the sites authenticity. “I sometimes read it for a laugh, I've had several students admit to writing comments on my profile just for fun, so it is hard to know if the comments are legitimate, or even if they're from students.” He said. Teachers and students will continue to view and create opinions of the website differently. Everyone shops online, whats wrong with students shopping for professors? Lexy Losquadro, a student at Georgia State takes a similar approach. “You want to review a product before you buy it, just as you would want to review a teacher before you are stuck with them. You want a teacher that exceeds your expectations and who understands you as a student.” Losquadro said. is a valuable source to many but one person’s opinions can alter another's decision. Everyone shops online, so what’s wrong with students shopping for professors?

Visual Novel Club

Another way to become immersed in Japanese culture Jennifer Booth Page Designer It may sound boring, reading books with other people, and you might be right. But the Visual Novel Club makes reading together fun. A visual novel is like a book that you watch on your computer, but you are not just reading the book, you are listening to the character's actual voices, you see the actual characters, everything that is happening appears on the screen. A visual novel can be seen as a combination of a novel and a computer game. They're computer games with a large text based storyline and only little interaction of the player. A typical visual novel consists of text over an anime-style background image and is accompanied by music. Throughout the game, the


player usually has to answer a few questions which will have an effect on the story, thus playing a visual novel a second time while giving other answers may result in an entirely different plot. Because the majority of visual novels are probably over 12 hours in length the club tries to read at least one per semester. “For a club like this to read more than one a semester, it would have to be a shorter VN like Narcissu,” said Jordan Garrett, president of the club. After each meeting, they discuss what did happen and could have happened in the story This semester, the club read “ChäoS;HEAd,” a science-fiction, horror, and mystery game, set in Japan. You may be thinking how is this different from just watching a movie. “It's like watching a movie with subtitles,” said Garret, “but instead of moving pictures, you

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have stationary images.” “Everything that is happening appears on the screen. ” There are hundreds of visual novels available if you can read Japanese, and even if you cannot there are at least 30-50. Many Japanese visual novels are in the process of being translated into English, however. “I would like to work with the Anime and Japanese clubs, since the two clubs go hand in hand with visual novels,” Garrett said.” “The anime club is a great example of influence of visual novels, because many anime are actually adaptations of visual novels.” The Visual Novel Club is a great place to interact with other fans of visual novels and fans of this genre of Japanese culture. For those interested in trying the experience of a visual novel out, "Narcissu" is a free visual novel that is available for download at down.html.


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features/opinions Surviving the journey of growing up

Moving out and moving on Bridget Elliott Copy Editor Many students are planning on transferring to another institution after they complete their associates at GSC. This can be a stressful time for anyone, whether it is your first time moving out of your parent’s house or applying to your third college. I moved into a dorm my freshman year at another school and it was one of the hardest things I had to do. We get used to having our moms cook for us and our parents there through everything. It definitely is a big step in our journey to becoming adults. For me the biggest stress is deciding what college to go to next. When it comes to picking a school where we are planning on getting our bachelor’s or master’s there is a lot more pressure to find the right program for our needs. You have to decide how big you want your classes to be or which college is able to get you to the next step of finding a job after

graduation. My first day living alone I had an anxiety attack and called my mom begging to come home. I did not take the time to adjust to my new life before jumping into my studies. You are going to most likely get homesick and also make the call to your parents. It’s normal and most of you will adjust after making new friends and getting into a routine. For those of you who are moving out for the first time, you have to deal with the stress of being on your own and picking the right college. It might seem impossible but keep in mind you are not alone and many other people have succeeded in the transition. When choosing the college that you plan on continuing your education at it is helpful to talk to your advisor or the department head of your major. It is also helpful to talk to a sibling or friend who lives on their own and has already gone through the process of picking a school. I’m sure they have helpful tips they learned along the way.

Tips for picking the right college 1. Pick a college far enough away to gain independence but not too far so your parents can still do your laundry!

Jennifer Booth

David Early plans to transfer to Georgia State after finishing two years here at Gainesville State.

Tips for living on your own 1. Get to know your roommate and others in your residence hall. 2. Make time for you and don’t get overwhelmed 3. Be prepared to make sacrifices, you may have to give some things up to save money.

2. Take advantage of the options visiting a lot of colleges presents. 3. Make sure what you plan on majoring in is offered at the colleges you look at. 4. Try to talk to professors and students that are teaching and taking classes in what you plan to major in. 5. Make sure it is a place where you will have fun and experience college to the fullest!

Screw a vote; Oconee campus needs more room now Will Petty Voice Editor-in-Chief Gainesville State College continues to be a fast growing campus. As more people continue to enroll and stay in school longer, a bottleneck occurs in which the growth outweighs the resources for a quality education. The Oconee Campus is fast approaching that point. Parking has continued to be a problem, even after the first couple weeks. Clubs and study groups are crammed into one room, and are expected to accommodate one another. We are at a point at which if a room is not usable (which happens just about every time it rains), finding another classroom cannot always be guaranteed. Finally, some action has been taken


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and a proposal for a new building has come around. This new building will ease up the parking situation and will create spaces for study groups and clubs to have offices. Essentially, Oconee students will start to catch up on resources that Oakwood students get to enjoy There are roadblocks in the way. Both campuses have to vote on allowing a $100 one-time fee to get the money for said building. Why do Oakwood students have so much say in Oconee’s future? The Oakwood student population greatly outnumbers Oconee nearly three to one. Why is something Oconee critically needs being put up to a vote as opposed to what they have done with every other building? Was there ever a vote on the $35 fee for Oakwood students when the parking deck was built? No, they just did it, and let’s face facts; it turned out

for the better. This is one of, if not the dumbest idea we have ever heard. They expect students at a two-year college to vote so their money can go toward building a place a majority will never even be around to use. Furthermore, about 75 percent of the students voting have never even been to Oconee. Why should anyone expect a yes vote to win? Earlier this month, Georgians had to vote on Prop 2, which would have created more trauma centers in the state. There are parts of Georgia that are too far from a trauma center when they are desperately needed. It was rejected, and the reason was the major population centers such as Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and their respected metros have the resources they need and were not about to pay a yearly fee for tags to help out

other areas they would rarely be around. Well, GSC, here we are again. Oconee could really use your yes vote, because we are in desperate need. We are aware you will probably never visit our campus which is surrounded by farm land and UGA tailgaters on weekends, so you don’t have a real reason to know the dire situation or really care. Unfortunately some of the higher-ups refuse to see that issue and decided that students should have more of a say than the faculty and staff that will continue to be here for years to come. We are hopeful you will make the right decision so we can continue to make our campus one that gives students the resources and necessities that we need. Of course hope does not dictate reality, which predicts in our eyes a very dire future. page layout Jennifer Booth


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2010-2011 NCAA basketball preview It may seem too early to do a preview of the college basketball season, what with the football, both college and pro, still taking place, but the season is right around the corner. There have been a lot of changes with many of the top teams since the season ended last April with Duke being crowned National Champions after an epic final against the Butler Bulldogs that saw Butler’s Gordon Hayward just miss a game winning shot at the buzzer from half court. But that was last year and this is a new day and a new season. I believe this year, though, will look a lot like last year did. There are no real returning superstars. There will be a few key guys on good teams returning but for the most part the stars will once again be freshman phenoms. The days of returning stars are over and really have been for a while now with the players jumping to the NBA after one season. That being said, here is my preseason top 10. 1. Duke Blue Devils – The Devils return two key pieces from last year’s title team in forward Kyle Singler and guard Nolan Smith. That’s a pretty good place to start. They also welcome in top freshman recruit Kyrie Irving. Until you knock off the champ they’re on top. 2. Pittsburgh Panthers – They overachieved to some extent last year in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Now they are favorites to win the Big East and make a deep tourney run. Coach Jamie Dixon is still underrated. He always gets the most out of all his players. They always play hard on both ends of the court. 3. Michigan St. Spartans – This is assuming Kalin Lucas can come back at 100% from the Achilles in-

jury he suffered in last year’s tourney and stay healthy. They also bring back three other key pieces from last year’s final four team. Expect the usual in the regular season seven or eight losses, but when tourney time comes expect another final four appearance. 4. Ohio St. – Yeah, I know they lost player of the year Evan Turner to the pros. Believe it or not they were a pretty deep team and even played well when Turner was injured last year. They are also bringing in freshman big man Jared Sullinger to go with three pretty good returning players. 5. Kansas St. – They fell just shy of the final four last year and bring back a bunch of talent led by guard Jacob Pullen. If the rest of the team can pick up the slack and not put all the pressure on Pullen than they will make another run at the final four. 6. Florida Gators – The Gators have been in rebuilding mode ever since they won back-to-back titles in ’06-’07 and have been struggling with players transferring and leaving early. Last year they finally made it back to the tourney for the first time since ’07 and they bring back all five starters from that team along with freshman F/C Patric Young. The Gators finally have the talent again to make a serious run. 7. Villanova Wildcats – Jay Wright always seems to have his team ready to play and in the top 10 every year no matter how many players he loses to the NBA or graduation. He lost All-American guard Scottie Reynolds from last year’s squad but Corey Fisher is ready to step out of Reynolds shadow and lead this team now. 8. Kansas Jayhawks – Probably no team lost more talent from last year than the Jayhawks did. But just

like Duke, UNC and Michigan St. they always seem to reload every year and I expect nothing less from them this year.

MIKE WILLIAMS Sports Columnist

9. Kentucky Wildcats – Speaking of teams that lost a lot of talent, Kentucky probably lost the second most from last year. But don’t fret Wildcat fans, everyone knows that John Calipari re loads better than any other coach in the country. I don’t believe this class will be as good as last years but they can still make a run at it. 10. North Carolina Tar Heels – I know the Heels had a terrible season last year by their lofty standards missing the tourney. But remember, they were one of the youngest teams in the country last year and if you add the experience their young guys got last year to the incoming crop of talent they might just have something special. Final Four – Duke, Pitt, Michigan State and Missouri Final – Michigan State Spartans 71 Duke 66 That’s it those are my pre-season top 10 and my final four and finals picks. Enjoy the season.

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‘Due Date’ is one epic road trip Hannah Garrard Staff Writer “Due Date” may be another predictable road trip movie, but with exceptional performances by both Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis there is an originality that makes it stand out from all others. Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) encounters the eccentric Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) while leaving Atlanta for Los Angeles and is outraged after Ethan causes them to get kicked off the plane


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and placed on the “no-fly” list. Ethan is heading to Hollywood for his big acting break while Peter is frantic to get home to his wife who is scheduled to give birth. Due to bad luck, Peter finds himself reluctantly accepting a ride to L.A. with Ethan and his dog, Sonny. Peter, an uptight, hard-working architect with anger management issues is unquestionably tested by the antics and bad habits of his naïve travel companion Ethan, which includes using medical marijuana for his supposed glaucoma and a crude tendency that is most

likely responsible for the film’s R rating. The plot at times is almost too outlandish to be believable; from flipping their rental car off a highway overpass, eluding the Mexican border patrol in a high-speed chase, to getting beaten up by a wounded veteran in a wheelchair. This is why it is such a fun ride! Although Ethan is to blame for all of Peter’s injuries and trouble they encounter, his desire and persistence to deliver Peter on time for the birth of his child is why this unlikely friendship forms. For the last generation it was Steve


Martin and John Candy in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.” Now director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” and “Road Trip”) creates an updated version that will have you bent over laughing, yet at times stopping short and asking yourself, “Did I really just laugh at that?” page layout Jennifer Booth, Branden Lefty


Anatomy of an election

Tea Party groups not as successful as they think they are Branden Lefty Layout Editor

completely understand that Tea Party sentiment, though. However, America never was perfect like “Leave it to Beaver,” a fictionalization of an ideal rarely realized. It’s easy to work with nostalgia and anger to promise the people a world that never existed. Remember the good ol’ days? We were free and didn’t have the same cares we have now, mostly because we were children.

The Set Up to a Victorious Defeat Republicans, and more specifically, the various Tea Party groups, have made significant gains in the House. Many of the modern conservative movement’s leaders have been celebrating victory in the weeks following the midterms. However, as with every The Aftermath of a Vote election, the victors beWhile I understand the come overly confident and background emotions beexaggerate the importance hind the Tea Party, I comof what happened. pletely disagree with the Special There’s a reason Sarah methods they employ to Harry Reid survives the conservative “takeover” of Washington. Palin is not the current Branden Lefty deal with their frustration. Vice President, and a reaGetting rid of, or to be leaders of the establishment Democrats We have the same problems every Layout Editor son why Republicans did fair, limiting, government from both the left and the right, there’s society has had before us, plus a whole not win control of the Senonly puts us at the mercy something wrong. bunch of extra things specific to us in ate in the midterms. of an uncaring, inhuman The problem is that with a wider elec- our 21st century world. Simply put, the ultraconservatism of economy and the collective unconscious torate to convince to vote for you, there Given the complicated nature of govthe Tea Party simply does not appeal to of the wealthy and business class. is much more diversity of persepectives, ernance, it’s certainly going to be an exvoters in larger elections. This is exactly where the Tea Party opinions and the many problems facing tremely difficult task to even come up However, there is no doubt that it was and I split ways. American voters. with potential solutions. a Republican victory, but the conservaInstead of improving government, Competition rises up not only among Every outlet for opinion is filled with tive takeover of the House can be com- the rage of the the ultracon- a bunch of people claiming they’re right plicated to analyze. people gets servatives I and everyone else is wrong. channeled criticize, but How can we come to a conclusion on “ hen the RepubliGetting a Grasp on the Grassroots into wanting also with any what’s right for our communities while cans can’t oust Harry of the more we’re being overexposed to the opinions There’s dissatisfaction with the gov- to dismantle it. Reid, easily one of the moderate con- of media personalities? ernment in many districts across the This is an country. easy philosoI’m with many people in that the most disliked leaders servatives, the The Tea Party and associated Republi- phy to localize, true moder- world of politics, while fascinating, is inof the establishment cans depend on this sentiment. to tailor to the ates, people finitely confusing. This particular belief also relies on the issues of each left-of-center, I might just be speaking through the Democrats from both desire for independence, to live life as specific disand the die- naïveté of a young, idealistic, far-toothe left and the right, hard liberals. optimistic for his own good college stuyou see fit. trict. It’s easy While this is a great idea, most people to look at the In the fer- dent, but... there’s something in the country are not born with the re- problems with vor of the mowrong.” sources necessary to be successful. governing and ment, I think A Far Too Hopeful Plea for Sanity One must have capital in order to ac- say, “Cut it!” the Tea Party I think everything would be better quire more capital, after all. This is exactly how the Republicans conservatives forget that they represent off if instead of getting caught up with I get to write this for a college newspa- took back the House earlier this month only a portion of the country and one our emotions and yelling back and forth per because my family can afford to send while failing to retake the Senate. that is exaggerated due to voter turnout. (liberals yelling about Bush, conservatheir eldest son to college instead of to So with smaller electorates, their tives yelling about Obama), we actually work. Making Mandates of Molehills gains are larger, and with larger elector- had discussions and made reasonable The secret to my being able to be in When they start trying to send their ates, their gains are smaller. compromises. college, however, is the HOPE scholar- message to a wider electorate, the mesThere wasn’t a mandate against Being principled is great, but the prinship, and eventually, subsidized student sage becomes a lot more difficult to re- Obama as many of the pundits are say- ciple of compromise is central to a sucloans. late to. It starts to seem just like anger ing. There’s just a mandate against the cessfully functioning society. This is not something of my choosing, and self-interest, rather than civility and status quo. Instead of getting upset, let’s actually however. That’s the point I’m trying to the interests of the community. sit down at the table and discuss, rather make. I never made a conscious decision While there were a few places where Taking that First Step Forward than argue. Let us be civil unlike any to be born of a money-troubled family. the message was successful state wide, What can all of us, and I mean every generation of Americans before us. In a world with less government, I’m hesitant to call those victories when one of us, do with the frustration we feel The country may have been built on you wouldn’t be reading this because I compared to the other devastating loss- towards that status quo? the channeled frustration of the foundwould’ve gone straight to work after high es, like Sharron Angle in the Senate. Anger and discontent are not solely ers, but it maintains itself with the dedischool. When the Republicans can’t oust Har- emotions for those of us who lean to the cation to reason the founders valued Despite my personal experience, I can ry Reid, easily one of the most disliked right politically; we all feel these things. above all else.


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features/opinions .

ARE YOU COMING DOWN WITH S.A.D.? 1. Your friend asks you to catch a movie since you have some free time, their treat. How do you respond?

by Audrey Williams

a. “Of course! I’m down like Charlie Brown!” b. “Let me take a nap, and I’ll call you when I wake up.” c. “I don’t really feel like going anywhere right now. Maybe another day.”

BEATING THE WINTER BLUES With all the 70-degree and sunny days, it can be hard to remember that it is fall and that winter will be just around the corner.

2. You’ve been craving something all day. What is it? a. Breadsticks, maybe a soup, and pasta. A big pile of saucy pasta. b. I’m a meat and potatoes kinda person. c. I don’t really crave anything. I’ve had everything I want.

In between the uncharacteristically warm days have been some very frosty ones, and it’s already taken its toll on me. Aside from seasonal sniffles, I’ve noticed that I’m a lot sleepier and less motivated.


Lauren Blais

Does that mean I am depressed? I would say no, but some doctors might say I am coming down with SAD. Coincidentally, SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder, having SAD makes you, well, sad.

Student Devon Fischer enjoys the Vitamin-D Lamp inside the Counseling and Career Services office. Fischer says she runs every day, even during the winter, and that helps keep the blues away.

There are some people who, as soon as winter rolls around, begin to become increasingly lazy and tired; they eat more food and gain weight, they withdraw from people and they have a hard time focusing. Just about everyone I know feels like this some period during the winter.

If doctors feel you have a severe case of SAD, you can be prescribed medication, but the alternative treatment is much simpler.

From the symptoms, SAD seems pretty common. The causes of SAD are simple to understand.

A sunlamp, not just any old lamp, is supposed to simulate positive benefits of sunlight.

Without the sun, our body doesn’t make as much serotonin, a chemical in the brain that creates a feeling of happiness. Melatonin, the chemical that regulates our sleep pattern, also goes wonky with changes in sunlight.

All that talk of taking vacations to Hawaii during the winter can be more useful to your health than you think. If you aren’t so fortunate, all you need is a sunlamp and a creative imagination and your SAD will be no more.

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Sitting under a sunlamp can be all you need to get out of a SAD funk.

3. You get home earlier than normal since your classes get canceled. What do you do? a. Clean up around the house. These dishes won’t do themselves. b. Lay in bed watching T.V. until you fall asleep. c. Make up some old homework while snacking on potato chips.

4. You just won $1 million. What do you want to do? a. Get the hell out of town. I hate it here. I’m going to Hawaii! b. What does this ridiculous question have to with me having SAD? c. Pay off some debt and get ready for a hectic holiday season. Now that I’m rich, they’re gonna want more expensive gifts. Damn. Answer Key: The Higher your score, the more likely it is that you suffer from SAD. Get a lamp! 1. a =1 b= 2 c=3 2. a= 3 b=3 c=1 3. a= 1 b= 3 c=2 4. a= 1; good choice I’d be there too. b= 3; you’re just a Debbie downer aren’t you c= 2; you have a point. Don’t tell anyone that you miraculously won 1million dollars.

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Fall 2010, issue 4  

Gainesville State College Compass Fall 2010 Issue 4

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