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Athens man lives American Dream in van

Gainesville State College Oconee

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Registration: You snooze, you lose By Alaina Davis Voice News Editor 924207440@gsc.edu

Those who knew it before as ‘pre’-registration are setting themselves up for less than desired classes if they wait to register. “Pre-registration is a bit of a misnomer.” said Emily Sparrow, assistant director of student development and enrollment management. “What we have here is registration and last chance registration.” Students who have used the term preregistration are referring to the actual registering process. There is no pre-registration at GSCO, and once the last chance registration comes around the options are none. To help students prepare for their designated registering date, their day and time to register appears on their Banner Web two-three weeks before actual registration starts. This gives students the opportunity to look up CRN’s to the classes they want and to pick the days and times that work best for their schedule. The sooner a student registers, the better their chances are of getting a good schedule. “A student’s day to register needs to be highlighted and starred on

their calendar,” Sparrow said. “The later you wait the more you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel.” The dates for spring registration are Oct. 25- Nov. 23, 2010. According to Sparrow, and the final day to register as a last resort for students is Jan. 3, 2011. Any student confused how the process of registration works, where to find classes to add, what they need to take for their major, or any other questions can always ask their assigned advisor. “Advisors are experts in the field of study you are in and the courses you need to take,” said Sparrow. “Students should always meet with their advisors; we think that is super important.” A student can find who their advisor is on their Banner Web account. The students who have been at GSCO the longest have first pick of classes, and should take advantage of the opportunity to beat the rush of new students at SOAR. To do this they should be prepared, know the classes they want and their CRNs, along with having a back-up schedule in case some of the classes they wanted are full. Once SOAR starts new students will sign up for classes that day, and less options will be available for current and returning students. Students who are on academic

probation, in learning support classes, or have holds such as a parking ticket will not be able to register until those are taken care of. “It tells you clearly on Banner Web if you have a hold, so check it and take care of it before registration day,” said Sparrow. Holds may also indicate the student will need assisted registering, which is done through their advisor. Those without holds will be able to register themselves through Banner Web. Faculty try their best to make sure every student is prepared before they come in to register, but some students still come to the Atrium on registration day illprepared. Sparrow noted many students also have a bad attitude about the help they are receiving. “A lot of students say ‘I just want all that there’s an opening for’, and I don’t think the student understands how risky that is.” The more a student comes prepared, has done the necessary research and waited patiently, the faster and more compliant faculty will be to help them. Other tips Sparrow had to help students succeed are, “Anytime it says on the class schedule ‘See Note,’ see the note.” Faculty also bought two Advising Banners that

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Justin Clay, a GSCO students, meets with Melissa Adams, academic advisor, to register for Spring 2011. are set up at the entrance of the school during the advising weeks to help keep students on track. “I don’t know how helpful those are but they are there to get the word out,” Sparrow explained. Also, students should check the GSC website regularly, where important announcements are made, and their GSC email. Sparrow said, “The Registrar’s office sends an email out to all students with their registration time and day.”

Sparrow goes on to explain faculty at GSCO try to be flexible and are open to suggestions from students on how to make registration an easier process, but “We are bound by rules we have to abide by,” Sparrow said. With all the help from faculty to help students get a good schedule it is important students pay attention and register at the first chance possible. Because according to Sparrow, “If you wait until the last day, your hosed.”

Angel in disguise: dog in classroom Future guide dog attends GSCO with volunteer

By Walter Murphy Voice Staff Writer 924217977@gsc.edu GSCO students may have noticed a new member to campus this semester with the presence of a guide dog on campus. Ashley Oglesby, a GSCO student, has become an active volunteer for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. and since last April, has been a puppy walker for Angel, a purebred black Labrador retriever, and future guide dog for the blind. Puppy walkers are people, like Oglesby, who get the dog after it is born and train it for the first year of its life. She said the whole point of puppy walkers is to teach the dog socialization. “Our goal is to get the puppy used to anything he or she might see as a guide dog. This includes all kinds of people from kids, adults, the elderly, and disabled people.”

She went on to add that they get them used to being in different situations from riding a bus, to sitting in classrooms, to shopping in malls. Following the basic commands that normal dogs learn such as sit and stay, puppy walkers teach them more complex commands such as find the chair and find the elevator. “Basically anything that the dog’s handler would have to do, we have to be sure the dog has had a chance to experience it as a puppy,” said Oglesby. After the dog gets its full training, legally, there is no place the guide dog and the person receiving help cannot go. A puppy in training is also legally able to go anywhere a fully trained dog can go as well, but as a courtesy puppy walkers leave it up to the business owner’s discretion. Oglesby said only a few places have not allowed Angel to come in, even after showing her ID and explaining the

program. “Some people just don’t understand what puppy walkers are doing,” she said, “but for the most part people are used to seeing these puppies in Athens and allow us to enter with no problems.” After the first year with the puppy walker, Oglesby will have to send Angel in for training in New York where Angel will get her more intense training and be matched with a blind person in need of a guide dog. Oglesby stated that while she knows Angel will make an amazing guide dog and help someone who needs her tremendously, she is dreading sending her in for training next April. “She’s been such a huge part of my life for the first six months,” Oglesby said, “and I know with the remaining six that I will grow to love her even more.”

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Angel is a seeing eye dog in training. She will be with her owner until she is sent to New York for further training.


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Wil Petty Voice Editor-in-Chief 924183283@gsc.edu

The first word Spend time with friends...

Hey all, I hope our second issue of the Voice finds you doing well. I know that I’m supposed to use this area to promote the paper, and tell you what stories are going in it, but I feel I can’t do that right now. Instead I’m going to talk about friendship. It’s been a rough couple of weeks; I’m not going into detail why, just take my word for it. Everything goes nonstop, as it does in the world of a college student. Trying to balance a paper, a long commute to here and a social life leaves little time for anything else. It takes a toll on your body, coming home at 1:30 a.m. and being here at 9 the next morning until 7 at night is just rough. I’m not complaining by any means, it’s entirely worth it, but it definitely makes you sit back and look at the little things in life you take for granted. For instance, going days without talking to your family makes you appreciate the moments you’re with them. And what little time you have to go out for a late dinner with your friends makes memories you would have otherwise forgotten. That’s where my friends at GSCO come in. Thank you for everything. I couldn’t have done this without you guys, and I don’t care if it sounds sappy or not, it’s the truth. So GSCO students, take some time hang out with your friends and call your family up and say hello. Cherish that moment. Until Next time, Wil Petty Voice Editor-in-Chief

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NEWS Election 2010: younger vote a necessity By Alaina Davis

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LIFESTYLES Top 10 ways to cruise by with only $10 By: Shannon McClausland

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FEATURE What you need to know about midterm elections By Wil Petty

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SPORTS Local park offers alternative activities By: Jason Brown

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OPINIONS What about the smokers? By: Jenny Marshall

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A&E Gay pride parade provides celebration By: Sarah Beth Croteau

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Election 2010: younger vote a necessity Races for governor, senator and 13 representatives in Peach State

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By Alaina Davis Voice News Editor 924207440@gsc.edu The importance of voting is stressed to students at GSCO as governor, senate, and Athens district house elections draw near. With the coming elections many important matters that will affect students are to be decided. The fate of what will happen rests with those who participate in their one chance to be heard and have a say in their future. Lance Bardsley, assistant professor said, “I think it is very important [to vote] because of all the issues, such as healthcare, social security, Medicare taxes, will impact them [students] for the remainder of their lives.” Bardsley went on to say how students are dependent on their parents income when it comes

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to things like financial aid in college, but the consequences for the student if they break the law rest on their shoulders, not their parents. “So for some things you’re treated as an adult, but for things like educational assistance your still viewed as a dependent,” said Bardsley, “this will only change when students take an active interest in their own critical needs.” Because of the low turnout produced by younger voters, the needs for candidates running for office to discuss topics important to the younger generation get skipped. “18-25 years olds have the lowest voting turnout of any age group and politicians know this fact,” said Bardsley, “Therefore, they can ignore issues that might be important to younger voters.” According to Bardsley younger voter turnout is around 30 percent lower than those of

their peers. “The belief is the current crop of public officials are out of touch with what most people think.” Said Bardsley. Bardsley also says students and younger adults are not the only ones feeling left out of Washington’s decisions, making the attitude of voters angry. As of now, Bardsley says he believes the Republicans will continue to hold power in the Georgia General Assembly, along with expecting Nathan Deal (R), defeating Roy Barnes (D) for the governor race. For the U.S. Congress, Bardsley says the Democrats control both the House of Representatives and the Senate. “However,” said Bardsley, “polls indicate the Republicans will regain control over the House.” The Senate may be harder for Republicans to obtain, however, “because only one third of the

Senate seats are up for election.” But only if students look up their preferred candidate and vote according to the beliefs and changes they agree that candidate will make will any actual change happen in Georgia. The Tea Party, although much talked about, does not seem to play a major role in this year’s elections. “The tea party gets a great deal of press and has an active organization in the state, but with the state being Republican it really has a minimal influence in the races.” Bardsley explained, “The Tea Party is more influential in toss up elections where it may not be a strong blue state district or state.” To make sure students are aware of the issues, Bardsley commented on some of the most important features of the elections. Locally, Bardsley said there is a constitutional amendment on the ballot to increase vehicle

registration by 10 dollars to fund trauma centers. “Also, the state legislature last year was discussing of making the Hope Scholarship means tested because of the growing cost, so that might be on the agenda for this next legislative session.” Bardsley said. He went on to explain the still ongoing talk of raising tuition costs further to reduce the annual state budget. “Finally,” said Bardsley, “if spending cuts come, financial assistance for education I am sure would not be spared so Pell grants could be less and harder to obtain and keep.” On Nov. 2 students are encouraged to make a statement and vote for the best candidate for Senate, Governor, and the House of Representatives, who will not skip over the smaller, but harder and more important issues to students and the younger voice.

GSCO raises awareness on domestic violence By Alaina Davis Voice News Editor 924207440@gsc.edu Steps are being taken at GSCO to warn students about domestic violence and ways to prevent harmful situations. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to help those who have been through the painful process a used cell phone drive and needed items drive is being held for a shelter for battered women, Project Safe. Drop boxes are being placed around campus for the items, in hopes of bringing the importance of the situation to student’s attention.

Margaret Williamson, associate professor, said that, “Domestic Violence affects everyone. Domestic Abuse, [is a] broad pattern of abusive behaviors that occurs in intimate relationships.” Williamson explained the relationship could happen with parents abusing children, or husbands abusing wives, and other potential issues. Domestic abuse happens in a wide variety to anyone who is in a relationship of any sort. To get help with an abusive situation Williamson said, “You can ask for help from police, counselors, or you can contact Project Safe, they have a hotline.” The number for the hotline can be found on

the Project Safe website. Also, Williamson said that GSCO is hosting a video conference Domestic Violence Symposium on Oct. 27 in room 522. To donate to Project Safe Williamson said students can find the list and collection boxes at the entrance to the library. And to help keep students aware of the wide range Domestic Abuse takes, facts concerning the issue are scrolling on the TV in the atrium. DVAM is to let students know there is a concern of Domestic Abuse, and that it can affect everyone. And to those who feel threatened or are in harmful relationships that there is help to those who ask.

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By Cole Doherty Voice Contributor 924209290@gsc.edu Julian Allagan, an assistant professor of mathematics at GSCO, once said the jail life in America would be easier compared to the town where he grew up. “There’s always challenges in life,” Allagan said. Allagan came from a challenging environment, where people work hard just so they can get through the day. As a child, Allagan wished he could go and live in jail in the U.S. He told his friends that, “if I could end up in jail in the U.S., I think I’ll be happy.” There he would get a shelter, free meals everyday, and not worry about anything else. He also mentioned how he would not hesitate to find a way to go to jail in America if he knew he that he could and there’s a chance. Allagan obviously didn’t go to jail when he came to America. Instead, he followed his childhood dream and attended Troy

University when he arrived in the U.S. on Aug. 11, 2001. Allagan was born in a city called Lomé, the capital of Togo. During his childhood, Allagan’s family moved from place to place a few times within the West African nation. When he was growing up in Lomé, his mom would go to work as a provider of the family and she only wanted to make sure that they had what they needed to eat. When he was young, Allagan always enjoyed the company of his friends, especially his best friend, Anala. They both were very close with each other until the day he left home and moved to America. Allagan grew up in a culture where people believe school is the most important aspect of life. Allagan’s mother worked everyday and she made sure that her children could go to school and get the education they needed. Allagan did not get a job until the day he graduated from Lycee de Tolcoin in Lomé. His first job involved teaching French, English and sometimes Math at his mother’s private middle school.

Since he was little, he always dreamed of becoming a teacher. “We have such respect for teachers,” said Allagan. He did not go with his dream of becoming a teacher when he came to the U.S., however, he went and studied business administration. During his senior year, he was introduced to a math course called graph theory by his professor Vitaly V., who later encouraged him to go to grad school and study in the area. “His motivations and inspirations encouraged me to attend Auburn University for the program of mathematics,” said Allagan. School was not easy for Allagan at first. There were times where he wanted to drop out of school and go to work. In addition, some of his superlatives were not very respectful. They said stuff that sounded horrible and hurtful to him. “You [are] never going to graduate from high school,” said Allagan’s high school principal. Allagan knew that they might be right about what they said, and it could be true about him in reality. However, he then took challenges

and overcame them. The toughest challenge that he ever faced was to achieve the highest possible degree in the area of education, Ph.D. “I dreamed of that when I was little,” Allagan said. He had completed his childhood dream, which was to study education and be a teacher. “I am most proud of that,” Allagan said. “I was the first one in my family to get a PH.D,” said Allagan. For

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most people, getting a Ph.D is the most challenging task to do in life. Allagan, however, overcame the goal with dedications and commitment. Julian Allagan is one the people that presented himself as an individual who took the extra mile to get to the point where he wants to be in life, which was to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher.

Athens man lives American Dream in van By Walter Murphy Voice Staff Writer 924217977@gsc.edu

Stephen Standridge Top photo: Van Beville proudly displaying his graphic artwork at Nuci’s Space. Bottom: The inside of Beville’s van is shown, containing the belongings that compile his life.

ATHENS- It is more than just a rusted, discolored, storage container-consumed van with its back seats torn out— for one Athens native it is a home. Van Beville, 58, has found himself living out of his car in an unfortunate predicament. “I haven’t always been homeless,” Beville said. “I am doing everything I can do to get out.” Beville was born and raised in Athens until he moved to Savannah in 2000 and started classes at Savannah College of Arts and Design He earned a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design in 2003. After graduation, Beville got a job at a computer shop in St. Augustine, Fla. where he installed appliances. “I had a good job that got me by, it paid my rent and made me comfortable,” Beville said. However, with the downfall of the economy Beville said that his hours kept getting cut shorter and shorter until finally he was laid off with nowhere to go. According to Beville, the possibility of finding another stable job in Fla. was unlikely, which was why he came back to Athens with the belief that

“finding a job here used to be so easy.” So he set out with $2,000 in savings, rented a hotel room, and began his job search in the Classic City. A month later, Beville still had not found a job and had used all of his savings. Without anymore money to pay for a hotel room and still no job he found himself in the predicament he is still in today— homeless, yet still set on not giving up. “I don’t want to die homeless,” Beville said with determination in his voice. “This was when I started to look for help from local places that I hoped could help me get back on my feet as soon as possible.” In his search he found that Athens had many different organizations that aid the homeless in various ways. “If you are serious about getting out of your situation, there are people out there to help.” Beville said. According to Meredith Williams, the executive director of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, there are many organizations in Athens that all network together to do their best to help each individual case, and to refer them to the right place to go. One of the services that Beville found was very beneficial to him was the JobTREK program, a

service that is offered through the Athens Area Homeless Shelter. This is how Beville got the job he has now at Nuci’s Space, a nonprofit health and music resource center in Athens that specializes in offering free counseling for musicians suffering from depression and other disorders. “I used to be a roadie with different bands when I was younger, so I started out just going there to hang out, and really enjoyed it,” Beville said. “Then one day they asked me if I would like to work there and I was more than willing.” Beville was also given a computer and a digital camera that he began to use to do graphic design art work with, and said that the job a Nuci’s helped him tremendously by being around other artists and being able to use the free Wi-Fi to post his artwork on Facebook for people to buy. Beville also mentioned that after many other obstacles he has had to face over the years, such as having his van broken into, to just living out of a van in the first place, that all of the help he has received from these different organizations has really restored his faith in humanity and given him the drive to keep on pushing to his goal of getting things back to normal.


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Efforts being made to halt feral cat problem in ACC

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By Melody Brewton Voice contributor 924217768@gsc.edu Athens-Clarke County has recently amped up their efforts to decrease the rapid growth of feral cats in the area. The Clarke County Animal Control specializes in the cases of feral cat prevention. Feral cats reside outdoors in the wild and they are not friendly to humans. “They aren’t owned by anybody and they carry diseases like rabies and they tend to carry many other diseases. They destroy the wildlife production and can be harmful to humans,” said Kristy Champagne, an animal control officer. Feral cats are wild cats living outdoors and have usually been abandoned by their prior

owners. They are usually lost or abandoned, and are not neutered or spayed. The cats are still capable of reproducing, and are in need of much help from human beings because they affect our society in a negative way. “The definition of a feral cat is one that is unsocialized to humans,” noted Champagne. When faced with a feral cat there are ways to detect the cat as being feral and there are a series of steps to complete. “It’s a judgment call mainly based on the cat’s behavior. A lot of the cats usually appear to be scared,” said Champagne. Feral cats are found in many places and it is important to seek help from the Humane Society or a local animal shelter when in contact with a feral cat. “They are found everywhere. Originally abandoned by their

owners and then had babies of their own,” said Champagne on where feral cats are found. Feral cats have been found everywhere in the world and they need to be tamed so that their population can drastically decrease. “Realistically, the best thing to do is leave it alone. If sick or injured the best thing to do is to call animal control,” said Champagne. It’s important to not have physical contact with a feral cat or to take pity on the cat and feed it. “Best thing to do is keep an eye on the cat if you’re attacked. Call and get help,” said Champagne. It’s important if you are a cat owner to keep your cats inside or to at least have them spayed and neutered. Animals, especially cats can reproduce in vastly great quantities and when they mate their offspring are capable of

producing more than one litter per year. “People should not just pick up and leave their cats behind. All cats should be spayed and neutered and we recommend keeping the cats indoors,” Champagne said. A program is currently being created to help control the feral cat population in Georgia. “The mayor of commission gives instructions of actions for animal control to take. A program to help will start in 2011,” said Champagne. Without the help and support in fighting the problem of feral cats the situation will be much harder to clear up for future generations. With help from the community and society, we can prevent our feral cat problem in the world and really decrease the feral cat population. As of right

now there are no good statistics about the population of feral cats in Georgia. “Next year we will have better statistics when the cat shelter is opened,” Champagne said. All of the feral cat owners should be aware that feral cats found in the wild can be either starved or killed if left outdoors. Animal suffrage and cruelty needs to finally once and for all be put to a dramatic end. “Many people feed the cats outside in the community. Since we have a higher population of people we have a higher population of cats,” said Champagne. Putting a stop to this burden on our society needs to be done once and for all. Cats need to be spayed or neutered and most importantly removed from the outdoors.

Taste of sweet success Ceremony honors GSCO students

By James Geeter Voice Staffwriter 924220523@gsc.edu

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GSC Oconee Executive Dean Margaret Venable (L-R), Colette Hayes and Dr. Preston Coleman.

Caudill went on to speak about the support staff offers students. “We are a community of support,” Caudill said. On Oct. 4, GSC Oconee celebrated Commencement was the focus academic achievement for of Dr. Caudill’s speech, telling students starting their first year at students they had made their GSC. Approximately 500 students first step in their college career. were to be awarded for their Dr. Caudill finished her speech achievements. Four speakers were by saying, “I congratulate you chosen for evening: Alicia Caudill, on your commencement.” the associate vice president Venable was next and she spoke for student development; Dr. on how she had not been at the Margaret Venable, CEO of GSCO; campus long but was impressed Preston Coleman, associate by the students and faculty that professor of communication; are associated with the Oconee and Kelly Deasy, director of campus. Venable congratulated student academic success.  the students on their achievements As 5 p.m. approached a few up to this point and said that she is students gathered in the SRC room looking forward to meeting new to attain their awards. Due to people and the new experiences the amount of students receiving at the Oconee Campus. awards, they were given out Coleman was delighted to before the event. Snacks were also be the keynote speaker of the provided for the students, family evening. Coleman started off and faculty in attendance. Caudill, his speech by asking a simple began the program by welcoming question, “What does it take to be the students, family, and faculty. successful in college and what does

it take to be successful in life?” The audience had answers, but none were the one Coleman was looking for. Coleman was referring to what would be the body of his speech: discipline, drive and direction. Coleman would explain them, and how they are important in both your college career and life outside of college. Deasy, was the final speaker of the event. Deasy gave thanks to the family and faculty who showed up to support the students in their success. Next, she spoke the students in attendance briefly before thanking everyone for attending and ending the event. Overall, the event was delightful but there was a lack of attendance. Of the 500 students who were to attain awards, fewer than twenty recipients showed up to the event. The speakers were thoughtful in their words. They were nice enough to not only speak to those who attended but to engage the crowd as well.


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Texting and driving in Georgia now illegal By Pete Thomas Voice Contributor 924207226@gsc.edu Have you ever found yourself steering your car with your knees, while both your hands and eyes are concentrating on that oh so important text? If you have, then you may find yourself with a big $100 ticket due to the new texting while driving law. Melinda Hawley, the coordinator of personal counseling and wellness at GSCO said, “I am usually reluctant for behavioral change to be mandated, but in this case considering the incredibly high risk I support that law. Yet I’m concerned that it will cause even more problems; people are dropping the phone lower so it won’t be seen by police and then it’s making it even riskier for them to drive.” Students at GSCO seem to agree with the new law as well, though they may not follow it 100 percent of the time. “I’m for it. I know a lot of people text anyways, I’m guilty of it. At the same time it is dangerous,” said Nikki Tucker, a GSC student. Another student, Trisha Bui said, “I like it. I mean it’s kind of dumb, ‘because sometimes you feel the need to check your text and all, but it is kinda smart because I know a lot of people that text. They have almost gotten in

accidents and that’s not good.” Many students have good feedback about the new law, and understand why it is important. “I think it’s a great thing because people can be driving and take their eyes off the road and hit somebody and possibly hurt them or maybe even death,” said Justin Vaughen a GSC student. “It makes a lot of sense, because I actually knew someone who lost their life doing that. So I think it’s a pretty fair law,” said Blaise Iwuogo, a GSC student. “I have actually seen someone texting and using their legs to steer.” Iwuogo doesn’t drive at the moment, but he said “Usually when I’m in the car with someone. I usually tell them not to do it, because they don’t pay attention to the road at all.” Hawley said, “The brain is absolutely not capable of functioning in a highly coherent way; you must cognitively process a text. So visually that part of the brain must look at the phone, focus on the text, read it. So that takes another part of the brain. Process that and then if you’re going to respond, that takes yet additional cognitive processing. It is not possible to safely drive a vehicle using that much of your brain processing for texting.” Most people would say that the younger generation is more responsible for the accidents caused by texting. That may

be true for the most part. The GSCO Alcohol and other Drugs/ Wellness Specialist Ed Glauser said, “I think everybody does it. I think that young people maybe are more apt to using it, because there seems to be an over reliance on texting, but people who are out there working and have to make personal contacts with colleagues and business associates--they’re doing it too, and I drive and I see people of all ages doing it.” The punishment for texting while driving is a pricey ticket. Hawley disagrees with the punishment and gives her opinion. She said, “In this case I think it might be more helpful for students to have some kind of a service opportunity to be in the ER. Where people, that have been hurt in accidents where texting drivers have caused the accident.” Glauser’s opinion sticks with the idea of a payment penalty and more. “I think that the punishment should be graduated. That if you do it repeatedly you should lose your driver’s license,” said Glauser. So if you find yourself driving with your knees, because you are texting, then you may find your texting bill a lot more expensive than it usually is.

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Students often try to hide their phones while steering while driving. With Georgia’s new laws, the penalty is a fine.

Have an opinion on Georgia’s new laws? Send us a line!

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Campus ministries an alternative to nightlife By Leila Dycus Voice Contributor 924207492@gsc.edu

  It’s a Tuesday night in Athens; students begin their trek through the construction and into the crammed parking lot praying they will find a spot.  As they reach the door leadership members with smiling faces and open arms welcome them.  Once inside they pile into the rows and begin to sing.  The next night just a few blocks down the road, students again pile into a large room.  However, instead of being greeted at the doors they mingle at a row of tables decorated with bright signs and eager members helping them find ways to get involved.  Once inside this larger room the students attempt to find a place to sit, but most wind up settling for a spot on the floor.  A few nights later up the same

road about a mile you can find a whole different group of students walking into a smaller building.  Here, instead of singing or mingling, there is the appetizing smell of food in the air.  Students gather around a table rather than in rows and the feast begins. The three organizations that host the events described are none other than campus ministries.  UGA is home to over 28 of these ministries ranging in denomination from Jewish to Buddhist and everything in between. The first thought that comes to student’s minds when they think of college is parties, all nighters, drinking, the occasional class and even Greek life.  College is a time to figure out who we are away from parental control.  One of the aspects of this newfound freedom that often gets overlooked is spiritual life.  However, religious organizations

have taken a whole new form in campus ministries that students often have no knowledge of. When asked what these spiritual organizations have become in their college lives the most common response deals with community. “BCM is my home away from home,” said Jackie Cadle.  Going to college can be a stressful time for the young student but organizations such as the one Cadle speaks about, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, can serve as a place where students come to meet people that share the same beliefs as them. When college students begin to figure out who they are as a person they often question or sway from their religious beliefs.  They begin to question that they were once involved in their churches and why should they continue now? Campus ministries are different than most churches.  These

groups tend to specific college needs in many ways.  They offer support through small groups and personal relationships with leaders and ministers.  They host events and services that are geared towards college aged students, and even allow for students to get involved in the community that they live in. “I love that we are student led,” said Sarah Farley, BCM campus intern at UGA, “our student leadership does everything, our students do everything.”  Campus ministries are for students, and are open to not only UGA students but college students across the city of Athens. Each organization has different ways for students to get involved whether through leadership opportunities or through different ministries.  For instance, say you like art and use art to portray your religious views. Wesley Foundation has

a ministry called Artspeak.  Maybe you like working with international students, BCM has a whole ministry devoted to these students.  “We offer everything from outing hang out events such as Frisbee, golf, and women’s shopping and dinners to community events,” said Farley. One of the most common reasons students decide not to get involved whether it be in spiritual organizations or even just campus clubs is because they don’t know where to go to get information.  Now there is no excuse, GSCO is home to one religious group BCM that meets on Wednesdays at noon in Room 306.  UGA has over 28 religious-based organizations to choose from, and can be found on the campus ministry website: http://www.uga. edu/cma/index.htm .


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GSCO deals with student Adderall problem

By Renee Baker Voice Contributor 924210102@gsu.edu The abuse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications is widespread, according to Melinda Hawley, the coordinator of personal health and wellness at the Oconee campus of Gainesville State College. Students use these drugs with the intent to improve their ability to focus in class, but are not aware of the dangers and consequences of their actions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between three and seven percent of school-aged children are diagnosed with ADHD. When

an individual is finally given the freedom of college with no rules for homework or studying for tests, the easiest way to get this done is by using Adderall or Ritalin. “Using someone else’s Adderall is a dangerous practice,” Hawley said. “People who are prescribed it are wired different in the brain than people who don’t have ADD.” Students will take these medications without knowing the risk factors. People with ADHD and ADD are evaluated by a psychiatrist, and then a doctor prescribes them with the medication and a suitable dosage. If a person uses these drugs and does not have ADD, the “body can have a reaction; jittery, and it will raise blood pressure,” says Hawley.

Jason Weddington, a recent University of Georgia graduate with a Bachelor’s in biology explains that “people are susceptible to heart-related risks while using Adderall, especially in an instance where they take too large of a dosage.” Sometimes students will take the pills without knowing how strong their affects are. Hawley remembers a time “two years ago, a student was so anxious that he was hyperventilating.” This student had ingested four Adderall pills in less than 24 hours. When he was taken to the doctor, “his blood pressure was dangerously high,” says Hawley. Society today makes it seem as though a pill will fix anything. We see commercials advertising

GIL improves search interface for students GIL connects Georgia libraries to students

By Jane Ellyn Hardy Voice Staff Writer 924212845@gsc.edu GALILEO Interconnected Libraries, also known as GIL, has recently made changes to its interface. A new look and improved functions have been added to the online library system. GIL connects libraries within the University System of Georgia, offering hard copies of books, ebooks, access to databases and full text journal articles. The system provides a wide variety of information to students and the public. Concerning the recent changes

made to the new interface, Sean Boyle, technical services librarian at GSCO, provided information on the topic. He explained that it is now more of a keyword driven interface, whereas in the previous version of GIL the students searched the data base more specifically by titles, subject headings, authors and other criteria. “That’s got its pluses and minuses,” Boyle said, “but I think ultimately it will serve students much better.” There is a narrowing feature in that has been added to GIL as well. After the initial key word search, students then look specifically by author, book, location and many

other categories. Extras to GIL include book covers, and links to Amazon reviews, and students now have the ability to tag books so that they can save them for later and not have to search for them again. “You can create your own information systems and categories,” Boyle said, as he explained the new perks to the interface. “It works a lot better than the previous version,” Boyle said. “The old version was kind of limping along.” All in all GIL will continue to benefit students, but the biggest change of all is now it will provide students with a smoother, more convenient way to search.

anti-depressant drugs. Are you depressed? Take this pill. We see commercials advertising pain medications. Does your head hurt? Take this Advil. It is accepted in society that if something is wrong, we will take a pill to fix it. “If people can learn how to naturally move through anxiety, their lives are so much better,” Hawley says, when explaining how students should not take pills to fix everything. This is true. Our bodies will get used to being given Adderall and Ritalin to help us focus, but what happens when there is no Ritalin left? After using for awhile, the student “becomes dependent, but not addicted, to go through school,” said Hawley. She adds that students, “can’t function

when you don’t have it.” Once our body becomes used to functioning with the aid of these medications, it becomes even harder to focus than it was before. “My greatest concern is that students aren’t learning how to deal with their lives without being medicated,” said Hawley. Students will rely on this “state dependent learning”, which Hawley explains is like this: “the only way I have confidence to do well is if I recall the same state. If I don’t have a friends’ Adderall, I can’t focus.” If you believe you suffer from attention deficit disorder, talk to your doctor to see what next steps you should take.

GALILEO password changed due to Voice mistake Our bad...

By Jane Ellyn Hardy Voice Staff Writer 924212845@gsc.edu Due to a misunderstanding the GALILEO password was posted in the previous edition of the Voice. The Voice is not free to print the password, but in fact, there is a whole process that students have to go through if they wish to retrieve the password for themselves. According to the Technical Services Librarian Sean Boyle, in order for students to access the password they must go to either the GIL classic or GIL-Find websites. From there, there will be a link

towards the bottom right of the page labeled ‘Get my GALILEO password’ that students will need to select. After that, they will be asked to give their 924 number and last name. A PIN number will then be sent to their email, students will then enter the PIN back at the GIL website, and low and behold they will receive the GALILEO password. Students are also free to ask their professors and the librarians what the password is. Just don’t ask Boyle, he’s keeping the new password under lock and key. “That’s information I can’t reveal,” Boyle said, “and I’ll take that to the grave.”


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Classroom etiquette: GSCO teacher perspectives By Jane Ellyn Hardy Voice Staff Writer 924212845@gsc.edu Sam Prestridge hates to see a cell phone; Randall Parish can not stand it when students leave during the middle of class and what aggravates Chris Barnes is whispering while he’s trying to teach. These are common annoyances that occur for professors in the classrooms at GSCO. What would appear to be your average pet peeves are actually breaches of etiquette that are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of professors and as Prestridge put it, “life’s too short for bad dancers.” Students need to stop wasting the time of their professors. This trend of paying more attention to cell phones, laptops and anything other than what the professor is teaching is changing classrooms. “It’s infectious,” exclaims English professor Alex Johns. Like a disease, it would seem that many students are sporting, ‘I could care less’ attitudes that are spreading rapidly, infiltrating classrooms with poor manners and little etiquette. Professors at GSCO are concerned with the way their students are behaving. It isn’t only the fact that talking to other classmates is more interesting

than paying attention or even the rampant texting that can be very disconcerting to professors, it is what stands behind these poor manners that keeps them unsettled. “It’s not an aggressive rudeness, its aloofness,” Johns decides, as he speculates about student behavior and why they act certain ways in class. To Johns, even though students aren’t always polite, he doesn’t necessarily consider this to be rude behavior, but that it is more an air of uncaring indifference. Johanna Rickman, professor of history, has seen through the mess of student welcomed distractions and believes that there is more to it. “It might be an issue of ignorance,” she said, “for the most part they just don’t realize what they’re doing is rude.” Now let us be clear as to what exactly professors consider poor manners to be in their classrooms. Of course texting, Facebook, and talking with other students rank in the obvious of ‘what not to do’s’, but do not think they are the only problems teachers are up against. Coming into class late, leaving in the middle of class, and even failing to participate ruffles a few feathers. Again, it is important to see that these habits students are exercising are not merely being written off as downright rudeness,

but they are being taken into good amounts of thought and scrutinized by their speculators. However, on the opposite note, there are some professors who feel that there really isn’t a problem concerning manners or etiquette among students. “If you treat someone with respect and consideration you’re going to get that back,” said Karen Coons, professor of theater and performing arts. Of course there are always those students who still remain unmoving, but other than that, Coons believes in the respect system. “Most students try to be polite, and I try to treat them like human beings,” professor of English Chris Barnes laughs. Though in all seriousness, he has also experienced mostly positive results when respect and expectations of good behavior have been given. Professors at GSCO have varying ideas on the topic of etiquette and even on whether or not there is a problem at all. But between these viewpoints one thing can be sure, and that is there will always an opinion on what is and what is not acceptable in a classroom. For students though, it might just be easier to have a good attitude and decent manners in their classes.

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2. Playing on computer 3. Coming in late/ leaving early

4. Talking 5. Speaking in a smartaleck/condescending tone aleck/condescending tone

SGA town hall meeting brings forth questions By James Geeter Voice Staff Writer 924220523@gsc.edu

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The GSC Oconee SGA held its annual town hall meeting on Sept. 29 in Room 522. The faculty who presided over the SGA meeting were Michelle Brown, assistant vice president for student development; Kristen Roney, assistant vice president for academic affairs; and Margaret Venable, CEO for the Oconee campus. Leila Dycus, president of the GSCO SGA was the speaker. Students and faculty attended the meeting to state any questions, concerns or suggestions. Dycus started the meeting by welcoming the members of staff and all who had attended. “We would like to remind you that we are your direct representation to staff at GSC and to the Board of Regents,” Dycus said. Dycus elaborated on the different items SGA had helped to purchase for the school, including picnic tables, hole

punchers and recycle bins. Dycus also mentioned SGA’s help with decorating the computer lab, the Campus Clean Up program on Malcolm Bridge Road, as well as the no texting and driving pledge. One of the first items discussed in the meeting was the recycling bins. Questions were raised about the necessity of more recycling bins and their placement across GSCO. Another subject discussed was the vending machines on campus. Students and faculty suggested different options they would like to have placed inside the vending machines.. As GSCO prepares for its first graduation ceremony separate from the Oakwood campus, students and faculty alike are excited about the upcoming event. Venable expressed confidence that having the ceremony in Watkinsville will help bring forth more community involvement for Oconee. “It will bring a sense of pride to the community and the students,” Venable said.

A major problem brought up during the meeting was the parking situation at GSCO. Due to the rise of new students and the closing of the gravel lot, parking for many students has become a hassle. GSCO staff are well aware of the situation, and say they are doing all they can to help students cope with the problem. Could there be a solution to the parking problem sooner than students thought? Students across the campus have been asking for another parking lot or even a parking deck. Students during the town hall expressed their interest in having a Student Life Center similar to the one Oakwood has. The voices of the students have been heard, but the question now is, will they be answered, and what kind of price will students potentially have to pay for their answer? If students have any questions or concerns, the SGA is located in Room 508 in the Student Resource Center.


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Top 5 2010 Halloween Costumes By Julie Calhoun Voice Staff Writer 924209859@gsc.edu

Halloween is a fun night to dress up and to look and act ridiculous. As the movie Mean Girls said, “It’s the one night a year that a girl can dress like a complete slut and no other girl can say anything.” Well, if you’re a girl and you don’t want to be like the girls according to Mean Girls, “the hardcore girls wear lingerie and some form of animal ears,” then, here are some suggestions for Halloween costumes. Guys, these costumes can definitely pertain to you as well. Here are five great Halloween costume ideas.

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LADY GAGA

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Facebook Page

BE YOUR own Facebook page. Get a huge piece of cardboard and recreate your face book page leaving a big box cut out for your face. This costume would be perfect since there are now 500,000,000 users on Facebook, and especially with the new release of the movie The Social Network.

Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore

THIS COSTUME idea may be a little cliché, but definitely gives you a reason to act ridiculous, have big huge hair or look like a Jersey douchebag for the night. So fill up on jager bombs and get your gym, tan, laundry on.

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LADY GAGA’S ridiculous behavior and outfits can give one ample opportunities to emulate the eccentric singer. For instance, buy some sort of meat product and attach to your clothes or some meat looking like outfit.

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Tea Party

WHATEVER YOUR political affiliation, there is no way you could escape the mass media coverage of the tea partiers in 2010. You can get a full tea cup costume or just simply have a tea cup and tea bags. This costume could definitely be a conversation starter.

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AVATAR

AVATAR WAS definitely one of the biggest movies of the past year. Who wouldn’t want to be an Avatar and paint yourself blue? This costume would for sure be fun to be, but could have some messy clean up.

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Halloween festivities from general to restricted By Jenny Marshall Voice Lifestyles Editor 924171042@gsc.edu

Rated G Washington Farms Corn Maze: Located at 5691 Hog Mountain Road, the corn maze opens to the public on October 1st. This year the theme highlights Washington Farm's Jumping Pillow. As the perfect family Halloween experience, there are strict rules against alcohol, smoking and foul language. For information and hours, visit www.washingtonfarms.net.

GENERAL AUDIENCES All Ages Permitted

Rated PG Camp Blood: Located 2 hours away, this self-proclaimed haunted house of "Redneck Terror" makes it worth it. Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 9 pm. until Halloween, this half mile treck through the woods is sure to make you shake in your hiking boots. SOME MATERIAL MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN For more information visit www.campblood.com.

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Rated PG-13 13 Stories Haunted House: Located in Kennesaw, Georgia this Haunted House is one of the most talked about in the state. The myth about finishing the haunted house and getting your money back is just that, a myth. The fear associated with this myth is very much real. Before entering, everyone must sign a disclaimer. Complete with live snakes, rats and chainsaws. For more info visit www.13storieshauntedhouse.com. Rated R Chamber of Horror: Atlanta’s premiere Adults-only haunted house is widely talked about as one of the most terrifying haunted houses in the state and has been voted as 13th nationwide. Opening at 8 pm. every night the month of October, it is located at the Masquerade music complex in downtown Atlanta. This season they have built it even larger, guaranteeing to thrill you. For more info on visit www.chamberofhorrorsatl.com.

PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED SOME MATERIAL MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13.

RESTRICTED UNDER 17 REQUIRES ACCOMPANYING PARENT OR ADULT GUARDIAN


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Top 10 Fall Fashion Trends By Julie Calhoun Voice Staff Writer 924209859@gsc.edu

4. Minimal White

Just as the weather changes and we excited to jump into those cute fall trends, New York Fashion Week comes and makes us crave those new spring 2011 trends. New York Fashion Week took place Sept. 8- 15 where the spring/summer 2011 collections were shown. There are some exciting and fun trends headed our way for spring and some also some unusual trends as well. Here are the top 10 trends from the spring 2011 New York Fashion Week.

1. Bold Colors

One of the biggest color trends for spring is white. Michael Kors tapped into this trend with crisp white skirts and suits. Alexander Wang also incorporated this new trend into his collection with white flowy dresses and separates. There is definitely nothing dark about the upcoming spring season.

2. Sheer

The Marc Collection

Sheer fabrics were seen in fall 2010 trends and are also seen in the spring 2011 trends as well. Sheer jumpsuits were shown by designer Jenny Packham and sheer camisoles were shown by designer Charlotte Ronson. Sheer camisoles will look great tucked into a pencil skirt with a skinny belt.

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Wide leg trousers were shown by Derek Lam and Reem Acra. Wide leg jeans whether they be high waisted or not give a throw back to the 70’s. 70’s inspired fashion is in for spring and the retro-inspired clothing was used by many designers and especially in Marc Jacobs collection. Wide leg jeans or trousers will look great paired with a feminine fluid sheer top, chunky high heels and a skinny belt.

7. Full Skirts

Fuller skirts with longer hemlines to the knee or below were seen in the collections of Marc Jacobs and Suno. This lady-like style of dressing incorporates florals and delicate fabric choices. These skirts would go great paired with a bright color top.

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8. Neutrals

Neutral colors such as gray and ivory are on spot for spring and are a definite contrast from the bold colors that are also seen this spring. The neutral inspired looks from fall 2010 moved from camel into spring with gray and white and a hint of black incorporated in the looks.

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doing a terrible job at running it), there seems to be lack of Facebook promotion for school events and worst of all a lot of students who go here are embarrassed to promote that fact online. It is no secret that our school suffers from a bit of an image problem. It isn’t well respected, it is viewed by a lot of people as a last resort and everyone is trying to get out as fast as they can. These are things that most students here have accepted and a good population of the student body is probably embarrassed to be here, that’s just the hard truth. Take a look at the Facebook profiles of some people who go here, you will get some people who say they go here but expect to see a lot of people who say they attend “the school of hard knocks lol” or people (like me) who just put in nothing under educational info. That is not to say that I am

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These sleeves have a fuller and boxier cut. These larger sleeves were shown in the way of boxy crop tops. These tops can be seen in casual wear, as well as an almost evening like touch. 9. Python Prints One designer who showcased this Leopard may have been the “it” anilook in a sophisticated, old Hollymal print of the fall, but python is hot wood inspired style was Vena Cava. for spring. Python prints are going to bring some sexy into spring. An example is Thakoon’s purple python dress.

Educational exclusivity channels through ‘The Social Network’ So I just saw “The Social Network.” It was really good and gives a lot of insight on how and why Facebook came to be. One thing in particular that interested me was how the original concept for Facebook was based around the idea of educational exclusivity. Originally in order to sign up for a Facebook account you had to have a Harvard.edu email address with the idea being that the exclusivity of the website would attract people to it. Of course that idea worked and Facebook was later opened to other Ivy League schools, then any college, then to everyone, dropping that idea of exclusivity. However, entering your “education info” is still a primary and important part of Facebook and most colleges still have a very large presence on the site. That is, most colleges that have more than three buildings on campus. GSC-Oconee’s Facebook presence would be best described as practically non-existent. We have no school-run Facebook page (if we do, I apologize to whoever is

Have an all day pajama party with these new trends. This look may not be too practical and a little unusual, but was seen all over the runways of Fashion Week. These light and airy sheer pants, tops and dresses create a look of fluidity. Designers that displayed this trend were Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez and Donna Karan, to name a few.

6. Dolman Sleeves

Bold, bright colors dominated the runway for spring 2011, colors such as oranges, electric blues, turquoise and lemon. Marc by Marc Jacobs incorporated the cheerful bold colors into his spring 2011 collection. Michael Kors used a hint of lemon in his collection with a fun and lively dress.

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ashamed to go here. All of my friends know where I go to school, all of my family knows and I don’t feel bad about my educational situation in life at all. So why do I keep my educational info empty? I honestly don’t know. I would be lying if I said I was always happy about going here, when I first enrolled I felt a bit defeated and yes, embarrassed. Though I have shaken that feeling there is something inside me that still can’t pull the trigger on letting my estranged friends from second grade know that I go here. I am still attempting to understand why I (and presumably many other students here) have this problem; I am hoping to have my answer by the next issue of The Voice, I’ll make sure to tag you so you’ll read it. By the way, The Voice actually does have a Facebook page; go “like” it if you aren’t too embarrassed.

10. Futuristic Military Looks

Military looks were in for fall 2010, but these futuristic military looks gives a new spin to classic military looks of buttons and greens. The futuristic military look is an abstract look with whites, straps, and harnesses.

Halloween Don’ts! X Don’t give out raisins...or abstinence pamphlets! X Don’t spike all of the punch! X Don’t go to a costume party without change of clothes! (You may be Aquaman doing the “mating call” and have a dolphin hit your car!) X Don’t trick-or-treat as a nudist! Ew. X Don’t wait all night in a pumpkin patch. The Great Pumpkin is a lie. X Don’t be Lady Gaga, unless you’re a Lady, or look like one. X Don’t be anyone from Twilight! Got it? X Don’t go to KFC dressed as a chicken! X Don’t do heroin while dressed up as Nikki Sixx! X DON’T BE AN AVATAR FOR GOD SAKE! X Don’t dress up as Billy Mays and sell your Candy to six year olds for ONLY 19.99! WAIT! There’s more... X It’s STILL too soon to be Steve Irwin! X Don’t go trick-or-treating as a drug dealer...without drugs. X And finally, don’t go trick-or-treating alone! It’s just really weird!


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By Shannon McCausland Voice Staff Writer 924210437@gsc.edu

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By Justin Clay Voice Web Editor 924199172@gsc.edu Desperate eyes. Empty pockets. A paper-thin wallet. This is the result of ridiculously priced books, rent, last night’s drinks, lunch; car payment, the fixing of a fenderbender and all the other—“Are you serious?”—expenses have been taken into account. This is reality. This is what college students must deal with on a daily basis: unexpected, and expected finances; and, being judicious when juggling necessities and wants. It can be certain that surviving on a low budget will not be pretty, but rest assured it can be done, while still managing money sensibly. According to Associate Professor of Economics Kelly Manley, students should start with the basics of creating a budget and balancing their bank accounts monthly. How to survive on a low amount of income or managing one’s money begins with this first step of creating a budget, which is self-initiated, as it should be tailored specifically to the student’s individual lifestyle. Secondly, Manley suggests students should track their spending with a free money-managing website such as mint.com. Students can go and view their finances via graphs, without having to download their bank account activity on the top-rated site by magazines such as the “Kiplinger’s Magazine”

and “Money Magazine.” There are, however, major red flags when it comes to students managing their money that should be avoided. “Be careful of taking out too much in students,” she said. “Because most students defer payments while they are in school, it is very easy to accumulate a lot of debt before you know it.” That is the last thing a student would ever want: being up to their ears in loan debt when fresh out of college. If a student ends up with negative reports, Manley noted, on their credit record that could lead to being turned down for credit, leases and even employment. Overall, students should want to avoid backing themselves into a corner of financial deadlock, where their ability to attend and do well in school is impacted negatively. For further professional assistance on money management students can see Kimberly Payne in the Financial Aid office, Manley personally, or join Students in Free Enterprise to learn more about personal finance. But where can a student go to eat for cheap and still get reasonably good food? For students food, eating lunch between classes, takes a considerable portion of their money. What may seem as harmless by spending 10 dollars on meal may be more of a financial chunk than students

realize, as buying only five 10 dollars meal a day totals to over $50, including taxes at the end of the week, and over $200 at the end of a month. Therefore, the third step in surviving on a low budget is spending as less as possible on food. Packing one’s lunch and going on a healthy, low-packed diet are important options to consider, but they are not always realistic, as students are usually rushing to and from classes; that is where restaurants come into play. “Cheap and good food would be the Inoko Express on the east side,” Taylor Davis, GSCO student said. “Huge plate of fried rice and meat is only $4.50.” Local restaurants in the Watkinsville and Athens, also serve daily specials, such as Taco Stand’s deluxe salad for only 79 cents, and Athens’ Grit entire veggie plate or soup of the day for only $2.75. For delicious pies check out Your Pie in Athens on Tuesday night for their $5 special. But there is more. “For cheap beverages I go to Story Coffeehouse as the price for coffee is fantastic,” Nicholas Carter, GSCO student, said, “and they got nice atmosphere.” Fourth step in the idea of managing one’s money is to converse income. “It is so important to conserve money,” Alaina Davis, GSCO student, said. “You never know, as a student, when something will happen: whether it is stupid financial aid screws up or you have to pay your tuition or even the cost of transfer papers these days; car

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breaks down, get fired-or laid off. If a student conserves their money it may save them from having to quit school.” The fifth and final step in how to survive on a low budget is to listen to your peers. “Conserve money by setting priorities!” Davis said. “Watch for sales. Right now businesses are suffering so everyone is giving some sweet deals if you know where to look. GSCU student, Kelsea Ross, says only buy the necessities, and

without money a student has no means of enjoying the pleasures of the world. According to Carter, never spend more than what one takes in, even if it is tempting. As for Jane Ellyn Hardy, GSCO student, she would advise to write out a budget, and avoid impulse buying. “It’s the little stuff that will catch up to you if you’re not careful,” she said. “But all in all just be smart about what you’re money goes towards and how much you spend. Make sure what you’re spending it on is worth it.”


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Reflections of childhood centering around carnivorous lifestyle By Sarah Beth Croteau Voice Staff Writer 924217248@gsc.edu I remember what my grandmother said in 1993 when I told her that I wanted to be a vegetarian. “You’ll die if you don’t eat meat Sarah.” At once the hope for family support in this radical dietary change popped like a balloon animal. Granted, this was a shock to my family back then. It was not just something a girl from Waverly, Tennessee, (home of Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch) declared to a family who believed that if you killed it with your car and it was still fresh, it was edible. The truth of the matter was, I was privy to a good ol’ southern country barbeque one summer and came face to face with the emotional discovery of where exactly pork chops came from. It was a sweltering hot July afternoon in Salter Path, North Carolina and my fresh perm was frizzing rapidly in the heat. My cousin Sammie and I were swinging in a hammock while her little brother Christopher drove around in a Jurassic Park themed toy car. “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith was playing and Sammie and I were singing along. When we came to from our hair band musical reverie Sammie and I were horrified at the sight we saw when we noticed the hoots and hollers from our kin. My grandfather and uncle were unloading a freshly slaughtered pig from the back of a pick up truck. Mine and Sammie’s mouths opened wide enough for a cicada to fly in. All the grandkids and cousins gathered around to the grotesque sight and watched curiously as our elders tied the pig carcass to a metal screen and place it on the rack of an oversized grill. The vision of the pig’s smiling face and limp tongue burned into my brain.I spent all day watching the men of my family stand around this once-living being, drinking cheap beer and talking about which part of the pig was the best part to eat. I even saw my grandfather cut off the pig’s tale and hand it to my aunt to nibble on. Being overly emotional about animals, it was all too much for me. I was still after all the same girl who hoarded all her Easter eggs every spring because she believed they would hatch little polka-dotted chicks. The entire affair (and smell) was making me cry, my head hurt and my stomach attempted to crawl out of my belly button. By the time dinner rolled around and grace was said by

my 6 year old cousin Chris, I was nauseous. I felt the flan my uncle Perez gave me at lunch time while I watched Barney and babysat the younger kids dance in the style of MC Hammer inside my stomach. I knew then that dinner was not going to end up in me indulging in my Aunt Mildred’s delicious Oreo mud pie and sipping a Capri Sun. When the family lined up to get food I attempted to sneak away. This failed when my grandmother snatched my arm and forced a paper plate into my hand. “You are not getting any of that Oreo crap unless you eat a real dinner.” Nee-Nee insisted. I watched horrified as she grabbed a bun and piled strips of shredded pork (who I had begun to think of as Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web) onto it. If this wasn’t enough to make the flan shimmy, watching her drown the sandwich in a sauce that was made from the boiled skin of Wilbur, ketchup, and hot sauce made the flan downright breakdance. I walked up the stairs to the deck of my uncle’s beach house with the pile of meat I was expected to consume with a heavy heart. Once I reach my destination I am appalled to see Sammie eating her sandwich with fervor. “Traitor”, I say as I slump into a beach chair. “You better eat that food Sarah Elizabeth or so help me

god I will come up there and force you to eat it!” I heard my grandmother threaten from below me in the yard. I walked over to the edge of the deck and peered down at her. She was standing around with my uncle Jimmy, his wife Mildred, and my grandfather. “Nee-Nee, I don’t think I can!” I shouted back. “What do you mean you can’t?” my grandmother questioned. “I mean I don’t feel so good!” “If you don’t eat that sandwich you’re going to get a whippin’!” my grandmother said in a tone that meant business. The kind of business that involved a ‘switch’ from a tree. “Yes ma’am,” I conceded. The sandwich glistened then. The fading sunlight of the day reflected off the wet contents and now soggy bun that took up most of the paper plate in my hand. Cautiously, I picked it up. It smelled like a hundred barbeque sandwiches. As I took a bite of the sandwich and attempted to chew, I realized that what I had in my mouth was knowledge. Like when Eve first took a bite of the apple and became immediately aware, I was too. I was aware where meat came from and I didn’t want that knowledge. I did not want that knowledge at all. I did not want that knowledge so much in fact, that that knowledge and the Mexican dessert I had consumed earlier that day went flying in a projectile type manner out of my mouth, over the balcony, and with the help of centrifugal force and gravity, came to rest on top of my aunt Mildred. This story, in which I almost literally spring my ‘coming out’ as a vegetarian on my family (or at least one member of) has gone down in history as “the pork sandwich incident. Because of advancements in substitute meat technology I am still not dead and my grandmother doesn’t have to worry anymore. It’s been 15 years since “the pork sandwich incident” and I’m sill kicking. After so many years magically staying alive without meat, my family is still dumb founded. During dinners when I go home to visit my grandparents, I stare back at their awestruck faces while eating my fakechicken nuggets in all my corporeal glory. “What?” I ask. “What do they taste like?” my grandmother asks. “Here Nee-Nee, try one.” I say while handing her a soy nugget. She takes the nugget, bites it and says “Eh. I still like my pork chops better”.

Grape Lady and L.A. Ram can be found on GSCO campus By Andrew Baker Voice Staff Writer 924207967@gsc.edu

The Grape Lady: Bonnie Walker A Madison County native, Bonnie Walker already knew her surroundings when she chose GSCO as her post-secondary school. She is a second year student here and we are lucky she has made it this far. By the time she was 13 she had broken one of her forearms and not one, but both of her elbows. How you may ask? Well, I guess some pull-up bars just are not meant to be “pulled up” on. You can find Bonnie rolling around GSCO in her Land Rover Discovery she obtained when she turned 16. If she’s not on the road you can probably find her in one of Stacy

Koffman’s classes, her favorite teacher here on campus, or sipping on a glass of her favorite Kool-Aid, Grape Kool-Aid that is. Bonnie likes to get in the Halloween spirit by eating a Reese’s cup. . . or five. I really wanted to probe Miss Walker’s innermost thoughts; so I asked her, “What is your lucky number Bonnie?” She thought a minute and said, “Nine?” Apparently, lucky numbers are not what they used to be. Wanting to know more about her personal insights I asked for her thoughts on Global Warming. She very courteously responded, “Not real.” So it came down to the final question, who is a better wizard Merlin or Harry Potter. After some hard thought (and a swig of what I believe to be grape Kool-Aid) she told me, “Merlin, just because he is like more old

school.” Well said. That’s just a gander at Bonnie Walker.

The L.A. Ram: Dr. Olvido Dr. Olvido is our resident Biology wiz. He has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Carolina, although he hails from Los Angeles, California. His GSC “BFFs” (as he calls them) are Jill Schulza and Eleanor Schut. He says, “They were here for me when I first got here and had no clue about the system. Also Ms. Schut was my first year mentor here.” Off campus Dr. Olvido tries not to be too much of a Doc. He loves to snack on Nestle’s Crackle bar, especially this time of year when they seem to be so plentiful. He doesn’t have any kids of his

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own to take trick-or-treating, but says he loves the idea of getting new kids every semester. He also likes to engage in some friendly volleyball exhibitions. He and friends get together and play every Sunday. Volleyball isn’t the only sport he enjoys, he also loves professional football. So who is his favorite team? The Los Angeles Rams. That’s right. Before they were St. Louis they resided in Los Angeles and were actually Super Bowl Contenders many years. With players like Vince Fer-

ragamo, Dr. Olvido couldn’t get enough. When Dr. Olvido just wants to be Alex, he sits down and turns on a movie. He says there are a lot of good actors and actresses, but if a movie is going to be great Sidney Poitier or Greta Scacchi have to be the stars. I had one last question for Dr. Olvido, “If you could fight any historical figure who would it be?” Dr. Olvido couldn’t just give me one answer he stated firmly, “Dick Cheney. Or Donald Rumsfeld. Just the whole Bush administration.” That’s just a gander at Dr. Olvido.


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GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE Roy Barnes Democrat Lt. Governor Carol Porter Former governor Barnes plans to focus on jobs, education and transportation if he is elected governor.

October 25,

General Assembly House of Representatives REPUBLICANS 107

DEMOCRATS 70

Republicans hold a 107-70 majority in the Georgia House of Representatives. Democrats will need to gain 19 seats to secure a majority.

WHAT YOU KNOW AB MIDT ELECT

Nathan Deal Republican Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Deal is running his campaign based off a 5 point plan. The plan covers education, prosperity, sustainability, responsibilty and mobility.

John Monds Libertarian Lt. Governor Dan Barber Monds plans to focus on tax reform, decreasing the budget, and reforming the state’s laws on non-violent drug offenders.

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VOTE NOV General Assembly Senate

REPUBLICANS 34

DEMOCRATS 21

Republicans hold a 34-21 majority in the Georgia Senate, with 1 seat vacant.


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U.S. SENATE RACE: GEORGIA

REPUBLICANS 41

DEMOCRATS 59

Democrats currently hold a 59-41 majority in the U.S. Senate. With 37 seats up for reelection, Republicans will need to gain 10 seats to secure a majority.

U NEED TO BOUT THE TERM TIONS

Johnny Isakson Republican (I)

Michael Thurmond Democrat

U.S. HOUSE RACE GA-10 (Athens, Watkinsville)

VEMBER 2 United States House of Representatives REPUBLICANS 178

DEMOCRATS 253

Democrats hold a 253-178 majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans need to gain 39 seats to secure a majority

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Paul Broun Republican (I)

Russell Edwards Democrat


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Top 5 Asian cuisines around Athens Doc Chey’sStafford Noodle House is a very family friendly Asian restaurant that serves some phenomenal dishes. Doc Chey’s is located on the corner of JackBy James SHOKOTINI Voice Staff Writer son Street and Clayton Street. What makes Chey’sone better their deliberate onand classic Shokitini rightfully getsDoc the number spot than on myother AsianAsian cuisinecuisines list for its is phenomenal cooking twist of Sushi other Asian dishes. The General 924184554@gsc.edu Asian dishes dishes. Shokitini is a high Sushi lounge that has sophisticated it, but that not prevent Chey is one of my favorite which have rice,class Broccoli, onions, redapeppers andlook yourtochoice of does chicken, beef, anyone shrimp or tofu. Doc Chey’s uses from havingall a good Shokitini has three large party one rooms for bigger groupsentrée. of people enjoy ameal morewill personal a sweet and spicy sauce to bond thesetime. ingredients together to form fantastic tasting A to typical cost you ten dollars per person. eating experience. The rooms have large flat screen televisions that are karaoke compatible if anyone in your group feels Doc Chey’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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like singing “Free Bird” after a couple Sake Bombs. Shokitini serves more than 30 different types of Sushi including the classic California Roll. If sushi is not something you particularly like then you can order entrees that include meat ranging from filet mignon to salmon with fried rice and vegetables included.

INOKO

Inoko is a classic Japanese Steak House and Seafood restaurant that everyone is sure to enjoy. The environment is very lively with a personal table chef performing a sensational routine as he prepares each persons meal. Inoko is located on Alps Road right across from the Beechwood Shopping Center. Inoko is a great place for a big group or a romantic first date. Inoko serves many types of meat and seafood with fantastic fried rice, cooked vegetables and a salad prior to your main course. A meal at Inoko costs anywhere between $10 - $20.

DOC CHEY’S NOODLE HOUSE

Doc Chey’s Noodle House is a very family friendly Asian restaurant that serves some phenomenal dishes. Doc Chey’s is located on the corner of Jackson Street and Clayton Street. What makes Doc Chey’s better than other Asian cuisines is their deliberate twist on classic Asian dishes. A typical meal will cost you ten dollars per person. What makes Doc Chey’s better than other Asian cuisines is their deliberate twist on classic Asian dishes. The General Chey is one of my favorite dishes which have rice, Broccoli, onions, red peppers and your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu.

EAT HIBACHI

Eat Hibachi is a Japanese/ Korean cuisine that is sure to satisfy you need for great tasting Asian cooking. Eat Hibachi is on Broad Street between Lumpkin Street and College Avenue. Eat Hibachi is a hot spot for those who need to satisfy their late night munchies. Eat Hibachi has entrees for meat lovers as well as those who prefer to stay on the green side of things,or Tofu.

CHOO CHOO’S

Choo Choo’s is the number five best place for Asian cuisine simply because it tastes so good at anytime of the day or night. Choo Choo’s is located on the corner of Gaines School Road and Cedar Shoals Road. Choo Choo’s is a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine, with delicious fried rice and a long list of meats and vegetables to go along with it. A typical meal at Choo Choo’s will cost under eight dollars, and the proportions they give you are more than filling. What makes Choo Choo’s deserving of this top five list is for one key ingredient that they have which is their Yellow sauce.

Keba: extraordinary sandwich café James Stafford Voice Staff Writer 924184554@gsc.edu On the corner of Barnett Shoals Road and Gaines School Road there lies a sandwich bistro called Keba Spitfire Grill. Keba is not an ordinary sandwich eatery that most Americans are accustomed to. What makes Keba different from all other sandwich restaurants is that they use a grilling technique that slow roll roasts the meat. Due to this special technique the meat basically falls off the bone when they cut slices off for your sandwich. This form of cooking is very popular in European countries, which is why Keba is considered different from all other sandwich places in Athens. Keba grills chicken and beef everyday of the week and has special meat on Wednesdays only. Your sandwich can either be in a wrap or on European bread, which has the taste of a white-wheat bun mixed with sourdough. The sandwich includes your choice of meat along with a variety of vegetables to choose from and over 10 different sauces to dip your delicious

Delicious banana bread recipe for anytime By Taryn Black Voice Staff Writer 924227426@gsc.edu

Banana Bread Ingredients:

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sandwich into. I knew walking into Keba that I was going to have a fantastic sandwich, but what surprised me the most about Keba was what you get with your sandwich as a combo. Keba has some of the best tasting fries that I have had in a long time, and I am an enormous fan of quality fries with my meals. Keba

simply puts all the right ingredients together to make up a perfect lunch or dinner meal. A typical meal at Keba will cost you under 10 dollars which includes the fries and a drink. The next time you are craving a sandwich I suggest you try Keba, because it might just become your new favorite sandwich joint.

- 2 1/3 cup biscuit mix - 1 cup sugar - 1/3 cup vegetable oil - 3 eggs - 3 large bananas (very ripe) -1 tsp vanilla - 3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

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Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together biscuit mix, sugar, oil, and eggs. Stir well. Add bananas, vanilla and nuts. Bake for 55 to 60 min in a loaf pan. Enjoy!


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Is chivalry in modern society ultimately dead? By Julie Calhoun Voice Staff Writer 924209859@gsc.edu Monica Finocchiaro, a UGA student, as well as many other girls in Athens believe that any guy who would come to your house, pick you up and open your door is exceptional when those things used to be standard. The simple gentlemanly acts of opening a door, pulling out a woman’s chair and paying for a meal may be lacking in today’s society. The million dollar question is: are chivalrous acts things of the past, and ultimately is chivalry dead? Finding out if chivalry is dead and girls’ and guys’ perspectives on dating will help them navigate the dating world. Through this, girls can find out what guys think and guys can find out what girls think. Girls can find out how to tell if a guy is a true gentleman or not, and guys can get a girl’s perspective on the dating scene in Athens. Women today are independent and equal to men, which is great, but we still melt when a man acts like a gentleman and makes us

feel like a lady. Maddie Kral, a student at Clemson University, gives her opinion on chivalry, “I think chivalry is dead. There is no longer the act of courtship; the girl isn’t the girl anymore.” “No one goes on dates anymore,” said Finocchiaro. “You’ll meet someone downtown and they’ll get your number, and maybe text you to see if your downtown. Rarely does someone ask you to dinner and if they do they are exceptional.” The consensus from the girl’s perspective is that chivalry is dead. A guy putting his coat over a puddle for you to walk over is a little excessive, but there is no reason not to open a door or help a girl if she’s carrying something heavy. Mainly, these chivalrous acts just come down to manners and respect. Today, most girls don’t even expect guys to do these things anymore; they think it’s a thing of the past. Finnochiaro says, “If a guy doesn’t come pick me up and open my door I don’t really think about it. It’s not expected anymore.” Ladies melt for the old fashion act of chivalry. “Holding a door

open for you can make such a difference,” said Kral. There is even a group on Facebook called “Bring Back Chivalry” On the page is a compiled list of criteria of how to be chivalrous. One example from the list is, “Men should always hold doors open for ladies (this is the absolute basics of chivalry gentlemen).” The next criteria from the list definitely applies to modern dating today, “It is not big, nor is it clever, to take a girl's number and then not use it in some way (preferably to text/ ring her). It is also not greatly appreciated if you decide not to reply a text message. Chivalry for the 21st century should therefore include simple courtesy in relation to mobile etiquette.” As much as women are independent today, can pay their own way and take care of themselves, it’s nice and appreciated to be treated like a lady from a chivalrous gentleman. There is definitely a major gender gap here in Athens. There are 19,566 female students in Athens and 14,312 male students in Athens. The ratio of guys to girls is 60:40. The gap is definitely in the guys’ favor, which they don’t mind

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at all. Girl’s perspective on dating and chivalry will certainly help those 14,312 guys know what girl’s want and it will help those 19,566 girls know what guys are thinking. Now, let’s look at chivalry from the guy’s point of view. A lot of chivalrous behavior stems from how one was raised. Chris Kicklighter, a GSCO student said, “It’s more of a regional thing too, you see it more in the south.” Hospitality and manners are huge in the south and ladies definitely

appreciate a southern gentleman. “Chivalry isn’t dead, but it’s getting there,” said Wynn Moore, a student at UGA. “Guys used to do a lot more than they do today.” When it comes to opening doors, Moore said, “I’ll open doors for other girls even if I’m not into them. It’s the polite thing to do.” There are exceptions to every rule and chivalry isn’t completely dead. There are still nice guys out there who will open your door, take you out on a date and treat you like a lady.

Oconee Online connects community businesses By Collin McNew Voice Staff Writer 924228186@gsc.edu

For many people who migrate to the Athens area for nine months of the year, the last few miles of the journey—the stretch of land known as Oconee County—provides nothing more than delayed gratification for making it home safely. Often overshadowed by its bigger, bolder, louder neighbor to the north, Oconee County is a growing area with a lot more to offer than meets the eye. For Oconee resident John Gholson, this realization provided an opportunity—a business prospect—to put the spotlight on his hometown and show all that encompasses Oconee County. In 2007, Gholson began work on a project titled Online Oconee—a website he calls a, “one stop shop” for everything that is Oconee County. On the website, users find listings for any and all businesses in the Oconee area. “Essentially,” Gholson said, “Online Oconee is a business directory.” The businesses are broken up into categories that include Fashion, Dining, Art, Events, Auto, Real Estate, and Sports, among others. Gholson said, “It’s a catalog. It’s not really a user-review site where

people talk about reviews because I’m not trying to make any business look bad—I’m just trying to show people what’s out there and they decide what they want. It just shows all the options.” From there, the website works like this: Unaware of what Oconee County has to offer, you look for some guidance in terms of what to do, where to eat, and where to go while you’re in town. The first thing you do is try a simple Google search of “Oconee County, Georgia,” but that just brings back hundreds and hundreds of advertisements, news reports, and government websites—none of which pertain to you. So how do you refine your search to find only the business aspect of Oconee County? Well, you could continue aimlessly trying different keyword combinations on Google, or you could just go to OnlineOconee.com and have a listing of every business in Oconee at your fingertips. That’s the eventual goal, at least. “I’d like to ultimately have every business in Oconee listed on Online Oconee,” Gholson said—a target he says he expects to reach within the next year. But the site won’t end there. By nature, Online Oconee can never really be “completed” as businesses are constantly mov-

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ing in and out of Oconee County. “I’m going to add to it gradually through time,” Gholson said, “As it grows, it may need to expand.” While talking about the future of Online Oconee, Gholson said he also has bigger plans for the site. “I want to also do a mobile version of the site for the iPhone so that if you’re looking for a business, you don’t have to go to Google and do all that—you just say ‘I’m in Oconee, this is what I want to know’ and click it. It will just streamline it better.”

Additionally, Gholson hopes to start a spin-off site for the Athens-Clarke County area, as well. “At some point,” Gholson said, “I’m going to try to start a similar website for a younger generation. I already have plans for an Athens site geared more towards the college audience.” That’s good news for the future generations of Georgia Bulldogs and Athens area residents—now they’ll have no excuse for not being in the know in the Classic City. Websites like Online Oconee

can help residents realize the diversity of their hometowns and steer people away from the conventional and mainstream. Small businesses can finally have a chance for themselves, to shine and build their reputation for an audience bigger than they have ever had. Online Oconee will effectively put Oconee County on the radar, on the map, and on people’s minds—all at the same time. The spotlight is yours, Oconee County—you can thank John Gholson later.


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Let’s not run Richt out of town just yet With the worst starting record, 1-4, since 1993, the 2010 UGA football season took off very shaky, and it seemed as if nothing was ever going to go the Dawgs’ way. Not only were UGA fans angered about the appalling start to the season, there were many arrests, built up frustration with offensive play calling, irritation towards how the new defensive scheme was not an instant fix and a lot of fans assumed that the automatic solution to these problems was to fire Mark Richt at the end of the regular season. Now, the Dawgs are 3-4, and yeah, there are a lot of problems that still need to be addressed and fixed. There is no excuse for the 11 arrests and the defense trying to tackle with just a shoulder bump, but firing Richt is not the answer. UGA fans have been spoiled – myself included. Since 2002, fans have known what it’s like to win, not lose. We know this because since Richt took over the reins for

Tyler Ashley Voice Staff Writer 924212403@gsc.edu the football team in 2001, we have been winning a whole damn lot. Coach Richt’s criticism is a product of his success – if he hadn’t marched into Athens, took us to our first SEC title in over 20 years, made UGA fans know what it’s like to win consistently again, we would still be content with the losing days, the Goff and Donnan days. Just look at Richt’s resume to this point. Right now, Richt’s season records are: 8-4, 13-1, 11-3, 10-2, 9-4, 11-2, 10-3, 8-5, 3-4; 93-31. That’s really, really good, guys. Dool-

ey’s first ten years were: 7-3-1, 6-4, 10-1, 7-4, 8-1-2, 5-5-1, 5-5, 11-1, 7-4, 7-4-1; 73-32-5. Dooley’s considered a living legend, especially to UGA fans, and his national championship didn’t happen until 17 years after he called Athens his home. What if UGA cut Dooley after his ten year mark with his 73-32-5 record? Would we have the 1980 season and championship to look back on? Would we even have Hershel Walker to look back on? Even if we do fire Richt, who is UGA even going to get to replace him? A lot of people are crossing their fingers that sweet talking Will Muschamp will get him to come home to Georgia and go into the head coach slot at UGA, but that’s not going to happen. Why would Muschamp leave Texas when he knows that if he is patient, the team he has called the defensive shots for are going to let him call all the shots? Firing Richt is not firing one person. When you fire the head coach, you fire the

Falcons become NFC favorite

By Payton Aragon Voice Staff Writer 924185743@gsc.edu Weeks two through six have been completed and the Atlanta Falcons are perched a top the NFC South; after winning 4 consecutive games and losing just 1 game in this span. The Falcons has had success behind a persistently brutal rushing game that averages 134.8 yards a game, which ranks 7th in the NFL and a stingy defense that has forced 11 interceptions leading the NFL in this category. In week two, the Falcons dismantled the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 41-7 getting their first victory of the year. This dismantling was lead by Jason Snelling, who had 186 yards of total offense also scoring 3 touchdowns, 2 rushing and 1 receiving. The Falcons secondary also had a big day by intercepting the Cardinals 3 times and holding the Cardinals to 149 yards over the air. In week three the Falcons traveled to the Big Easy where they faced the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons unsung hero this season is kicker Matt Bryant, who is leading the NFL with 13 field goals made. One of those thirteen field goals came in overtime to overcome the Saints with a final score of 27-24. Falcons would win the toss and elected to receive; but went three and out, so the Falcons would punt to the Saints 32 yard line. Drew Brees and the Saints offense drove to the Atlanta 11 yard line, where they would bring out the Field goal unit for a game winning 29 yard field goal. Saints

cons would recover. The Falcons offense drove down to the 49ers 25 yard line, where Falcons stone cold kicker would make a 43 yard field goal giving the Falcons a 1614 home win. In week five, the Falcons traveled to Cleveland Browns Stadium where the Falcons would pull away in the fourth quarter and winning 20-10, on a miraculous interception by emerging defensive end super star Kory Biermann. Biermann would make a diving interception and would get up and Contributed run for a 40 yard touchdown. MiMatt Ryan led his team to a 4 chael Turner had 140 yards on the game streak until they were ground and Roddy White had 101 stopped in Philadelphia. yard’s receiving in the Falcons win. The Falcons strong defensive perkicker Garrett Hartley’s kick was formance held the Browns to 269 wide left and the Falcons would yards of total offense, also forcing take over on offense. Matt Ryan 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions. In week six, the Falcons were took his offense 57 yards down the field on 12 plays, where he handed on the road in Philadelphia where it over to Matt Bryant who nailed a Kevin Kolb and Jeremy Maclin a 46 yard field goal for the Falcons tandem ended the Falcons winning streak at 4 games. Kevin Kolb win. In week four, Roddy White and threw for a season high 326 yards the Falcons would steal a win from and 3 touchdowns also a season Nate Clemens and the 49ers, in the high. His primary target DeSean final 7 seconds of the game. Cut- Jackson left early in the 2rd quarter ting straight to the final minute due to a violent collision with Faland twenty seconds left of the 4th cons cornerback Dunta Robinson, quarter, where the Falcons were and both players would not return losing 13-14 but Matt Ryan would to the game. Jeremy Maclin would attempt to take his offense down proceed to catch 7 passes for 159 to set-up a field goal attempt. yards and 2 touchdowns, exposing On the seventh play of the drive, some serious holes in the Falcons Matt Ryan was intercepted by the secondary. The one bright spot on 49ers cornerback Nate Clemens. offense was the return of wide reThe cornerback opted out of fall- ceiver Michael Jenkins, who put ing to the ground, which would together a good game catching 5 have ended the game; he instead passes for 99 yards. Falcons would tried to run for a touchdown until lose by a score of 31-17, but still Roddy White ran down Clemens hold the lead of the NFC South and forced a fumble which Fal- with a record of 4-2.

entire football program. If Muschamp, or anybody, comes into Athens, they’re going to bring all of their people, a new program, and is that what UGA really wants or needs as we’re gripping onto a new 3-4 defensive scheme with a new defensive coordinator? I know this season is frustrating for UGA fans. Thankfully, UGA faced and beat Tennessee and Vandy impressively at home. Now, there’s talk about potentially winning out the season and still having a shot for the SEC east if South Carolina can lose two more times. Whether that happens or not, and it probably won’t, Richt still needs to be around for a few more years. We’ve got it pretty good here in Athens, UGA fans, so let’s lower our pitchforks and torches, stop threatening Richt to be kicked out of this town and his job, focus on the rest of this season and work on improving our flaws and whooping some Gator tail.

Dawgs struggle early

By David Butler Voice Sports Editor 924160673@gsc.edu The Georgia Bulldawgs started their season off with a 55-7 thrashing of Louisiana Lafayette, but the Bulldawgs have not done much of anything on the field since then. Whether it was Marcus Lattimore of the South Carolina Gamecocks running for 182 yards against Georgia’s supposed “new and improved” defense or Arkansas’ Ryan Mallet throwing for the go-ahead touchdown to put the W in the Razorback’s column, the Dawgs defense has given up a lot of big plays this season. There is hope for this Georgia team, however. Even though they have dug themselves a huge 3-4 hole and the schedule does not get lighter. Georgia’s defense is not all to blame for their awful start to the 2010 season. Some of the blame has to be put on the play-calling, offense and special teams. The Bulldawgs lost out on a momentum changer against the Cocks when Washaun Ealey lost a fumble near the goal line. That was a heartbreaker for Georgia fans alike.

Fans have to give credit to the Gamecocks though because they stomped on Alabama on Oct. 9, and so far, they have really surprised SEC fans. We all knew that Arkansas was going to play well this year behind an early Heisman Trophy Candidate in Ryan Mallet, but the Bulldogs almost beat them if it was not for a missed tackle with 40 seconds left in regulation. Georgia had the opportunity for the go-ahead field goal in the closing minutes against the Colorado Buffalos, but Caleb King fumbled the ball again. I’m not taking the blame away from the defense because I know Georgia can play better defense. South Carolina and Arkansas are two very good teams but allowing 29 points to a lowly Colorado team and 24 points to a Mississippi State team is just unacceptable. I feel like the blame needs to be spread around from the head coach all the way down to the players. The Bulldogs may not be able to catch back up and win the SEC East this year, but they do have a fiery quarterback in Aaron Murray and a great nucleus of players to build upon for the future.

Georgia’s recent games and scores

Sept. 4, Lousiana Lafayette, W 55-7 Sept. 11, South Carolina, L 17-6 Sept. 18, Araknsas, L 31-24 Sept. 25, Miss. State, L 24-12 Oct. 2, Colorado, L 29-27 Oct. 9, Tennessee, W 41-14 Oct. Vanderbilt, W 43-0


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Local park offers alternative activities By Jason Brown Voice Contributor 924187580@gsc.edu

About an hour east of Athens is the Broad River Adventure Park. The adventure park offers motorcycle trails, ATV trails and tubing. The park presents riders with 70 miles of one-way trails through the woods, mud and water. There are also 4 MX tracks to choose from, giving the customer a variety of choices. After paying a $25 fee to ride, you receive an all day, all access pass to freedom on two-wheels. “I like to make money,” said Thackston but he also mentioned that his main concern is for people to have fun and enjoy the park. There are multiple tracks offered for beginners and experts with an arena track for any aspiring Motocross riders. Many of the trails travel parallel to the Broad River, while also taking detours through the woods. “I design the tracks to cater to people at my skill level and below” said Thackston. A very important aspect of his business is making sure that his tracks are assessable for the average person in order to prevent injuries. Thackston is an avid motorcycle rider and believes “if you own a park and don’t ride, then you have no idea what the people want.” Although kayaking is not offered yet, Zach Thackston, owner of Broad River Adventure Park, is thinking of implementing a threeday adventure along the Broad River. Day one would begin at a camp site north of Carlton, followed by a trip down the river on day two and then an ATV tour led by Thackston himself to wrap up

the weekend. The reviews about his business were positive, and they all said the staff treated them as if they were family. “If you’ve got somebody who works with you and has a love for it, then they’re going to put their heart and soul into their work,” said Thackston. He also thinks that showing people you appreciate their business will go a long way. One facet that separates Thackston’s establishment from the other outfitters is the restriction of alcoholic beverages. While this may be the most popular reason for attendance at the other outfitters, Thackston said, “I enjoy having a cold beer more than anyone, but there is a time and a place for it and the track is not that place.” Even though they do not sell alcohol to their customers, they insist that people trying to drink on the track is inevitable. “If you’re of the legal age, than by all means you can sit around and drink,” said Thackston but, “you will not receive a pass to ride, even if you’ve only had one beer.” Broad River Outpost was established in 1985 and has been sending people downstream ever since. They feature nearly 70 miles of river, while also providing some class II rapids for the over zealous customers. Kayaking is their most popular activity, but they also rent quiet, cozy cabins for guest looking to prolong their Broad river experience. “We provide free camp sites as an attempt to get folks enjoying two day trips on the river, without having to be hard-core with all the expensive gear with 'canoe camping',” said Michael Moody, owner

of Broad River Outpost. Depending on how much sun you’re looking for, the Broad River Outpost offers two separate trips down the river to get a good tan. Each trip is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends. One trip lasts 3 hours and covers nearly 5 miles of river, while the other covers over 10 miles and lasts about 5 hours. “There are times when one can see a continuous stream of kayaks in both directions,” said Moody. A unique characteristic that sets the Broad River Outpost apart from the competition, their shuttle buses powered from vegetable oil. They pride themselves on being environmentally friendly. “As an environmentalist and a paddler, this is my way to try to encourage people to appreciate and thereby helping to protect this great public resource,” said Moody. Vegetable oil is a renewable resource and is collected from local restaurants and friends for their shuttles. The vegetable oil is stored in a 250 gallon reserve with a pump to make filling-up an easy process. Located only 15 minutes from the Broad River Outpost, Sandbar offers similar activities with the addition of a restaurant/bar and hiking trails. Whether you’re looking to exercise, party, or relax the Sandbar is a prime location for it. “We had dinner there and took my college son to kayak. We loved the food and the kayaking trip was awesome,” proclaimed Carolyn Hagins of Elberton, Ga. With life jackets, coolers, kayaks and paddles provided, all the essentials of a good time are in place for an eventful day. Since people walk around the premises bare-foot, glass is prohibited but can be exchanged for cans at the

By Susan Russell Voice Contributor 924227681@gsc.edu Rabun County head football Coach Danny Durham walks onto the football field every Friday night looking just like the other coaches. He has on his team shirt, his slacks and his tennis shoes. But he is wearing one thing that is like no one else. The belt that is supposed to be holding up his pants is instead being held together by safety pins and paper clips. He has not walked into a game without this belt on since his first year of coaching in 1989. When the term superstition is brought up, people begin to think of the number thirteen, four-leaf

clovers and broken mirrors. Sports fans, coaches and players have their own definition of superstition – things done to prepare for important sporting events can be scarier, smellier and more off the wall than your every day black cat. “I had to wear the same shoes, socks, underwear, pants, and shirt every week when we were winning; when you lose you change your pattern completely,” Coach Mark Farriba, the head football coach at Prince Avenue Christian School in Athens stated. Farriba uses a combination of tradition and superstition to get himself and his players ready for Friday night games, “I have a theme every week to pump up my players. If by Friday there is a lot I have to say to them than I have

messed up.” His players, on the other hand, are still very motivated by superstition and Farriba jokes “I have players that wear the same undershirt every game. They (the shirts) are nasty, too small and look like they are from years ago, but some players have to have them.” “My coach at the University of Georgia was very superstitious, but he used humor to lighten up the serious feel of his odd ways,” said Farriba. “However, I had a baseball coach in high school who did not wash his uniform all year because we were undefeated. That’s pretty odd.” Leroy Ryals, the head coach at Clarke Central High school in Athens, is opposite of Farriba and

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One of the offered attractions at the Broad River Adventure Park is dirt biking. There are 4 MX tracks to choose froom to give the customer a variety of choices. bar. Wildlife, waterfalls and sandbars presents great scenery for the entire trip. “This was my first time kayaking with the Sandbar, but I really en-

joyed my experience,” said Sonya Thompson, a local Danielsville resident. “I will be coming back.”

Superstition finds its way into sports fans

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For some sports fans, there’s more to superstition than black cats, broken mirrors and four-leaf clovers. Some think superstition plays a factor in winning or losing. is very traditional and not superstitious at all. Ryals states, “I am calm. I pray.” Although superstition isn’t a part of Ryals’ life, he does admit

that his “assistant coaches have certain things they do before games, but they do not share them with me.”


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October 25,

2010

Glads win home opener against Stingrays 6-0-2 in home openers, frontrunners in division

By Wil Petty Voice Editor-in-Chief 924183283@gsc.edu DULUTH, GA- The Gwinnett Gladiators won their first home game of the new season by defeating their division rival South Carolina Stingrays 6-2 on Friday Oct. 22. The win comes after the Glads released forward Daniel Sullivan the day before.  With many questions in the air about the Glads releasing the veteran, Coach Jeff Pyle released a video blog discussing his actions. “Bottom line from my heart I think it’s the right move and I have to make those decisions,” Pyle said.  “I’m in a tough position, but again I’ll do it knowing that I’m

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doing what’s best for the team.” The game started off bad for Gwinnett as the Stingrays were able to jump to a 1-0 lead after a power play goal scored by Nikita Kashirsky.  Before the period was over, Derek Nesbitt was able to tie the game at 1 goal each. During the first period, a fight would ensue between Gwinnett’s Tim Miller and South Carolina’s Jordan Pietrus.  While there was no clear winner in the bout, it was clear that Gwinnett had gained the momentum. Entering the second period, Gwinnett dominated thanks to constant power plays, and Stingray confusion allowing Nesbitt to score a shorthanded goal.  Nesbitt would end up scoring a

hat trick, in which one hat was thrown into the rink by a fan. The home crowd was rampant, constantly cheering “You suck,” to South Carolina goalie Todd Ford each time he let a goal in.  Ford would be taken out of the game and replaced by Jared DeMichiel after the Gladiators expanded the lead to 5-1. With DeMichiel between the pipes, South Carolina rallied around and attempted to make a comeback adding another Stingray goal early in the 3rd period.  Gladiator defense, an already big deficet, and continuing penalties by the Stingrays would limit their ability to do so. Gwinnett would end the game on a high note with Matt Francis

scoring in the closing seconds in the third period.  Gwinnett remains undefeated in their home openers with a record of 6-0-2. The Gladiators faced another rival, the Florida Everblades the following night, and had no problem hammering out a 5-2 Gwinnett victory.  Nesbitt would continue where he left off by racking up two of the five Gwinnett goals. Currently Gwinnett is the top team in the South division with a 3-0-1 record and a total of 7 points.    With the Gladiators looking strong, they are quickly lining up to be a dark horse in the race for the Kelly Cup.  Gwinnett represented the Eastern Division for the Kelly Cup in 2006 but lost the series 4-1 to the Alaska Aces.

The Glads will be traveling to Trenton, NJ for a 2 game stint against the Devils, and Elmira, NY for a match against the Jackals before returning back to Gwinnett arena for a rematch against the Stingrays on Nov. 1. The Gwinnett Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate for the Atlanta Thrashers in the NHL, while the Stingrays are the affiliate for the Washington Capitals. For more information on the Gwinnett Gladiators go to: http:// www.gwinnettgladiators.com

Standings as of: Oct. 25 SEC East

South Carolina (5-2) (3-2) Georgia (4-4) (3-3) Florida (4-3) (2-3) Vanderbilt (2-5) (1-3) Kentucky (4-4) (1-4) Tennessee (2-5) (0-4)

SEC West

Auburn (8-0) (5-0) Alabama (7-1) (4-1) LSU (7-1) (4-1) Mississippi St. (6-2) (2-2) Arkansas (5-2) (2-2) Ole Miss (3-4) (1-3)

ACC Atlantic

Florida State (6-1) (4-0) Maryland (5-2) (2-1) N.C. State (5-2) (2-1) Clemson (4-3) (2-2) Wake Forest (2-5) (1-3) Boston College (2-5) (0-4)

ACC Coastal

Virginia Tech (6-2) (4-0) Miami (5-2) (3-1) Georgia Tech (5-3) (3-2) UNC (4-3) (2-2) Virginia (3-4) (0-3) Duke (1-6) (0-4)

NFC South

Atlanta (5-2) Tampa Bay (4-2) New Orleans (4-3) Carolina (1-5)

Current NFC seeds

1. Atlanta (5-2) 2. Seattle (4-2) 3. NY Giants (4-3) 4. Chicago (4-3) 5. Tampa Bay (4-2) 6. Green Bay (4-3)

NHL Southeast

Tampa Bay (11) Washington (10) Carolina (8) Atlanta (7) Florida (6)

ECHL South

Gwinnett (7) Florida (4) Greenville, SC (3) South Carolina (2)

BCS Top 10: 1. Auburn 2. Oregon 3. Boise St. 4. TCU 5. Michigan St. 6. Missouri 7. Alabama 8. Utah 9. Oklahoma 10. Wisconsin


October 25,

2010

Editorials

Get out and vote November is a busy month. Finals are quickly approaching, football is nearing a climactic finish, and thoughts of epic Thanksgiving feasts and the perfect Christmas gifts are pummeling your brains. With all of this activity it’s easy to forget about Election Day. Especially when it’s an off-year election and for some reason we’ve all been trained to believe that they are not as important as the presidential elections. However, the off-year elections are the most important ones in American politics and you need to understand why you should take 30 minutes out of your day to participate. When we all went out to vote for President in 2008, we were suckered in to believing in the importance of presidential elections by multimillion dollar campaigns without stopping to really think about it. The President, while an important individual in the process, does not actually make the laws that he promises to pass during the election. Who does? Congress. Senators and members of the House of Representatives are the ones who actually sit down and hammer out the details of what will become law, write the bills, and then do the most leg work in seeing those bills get passed into law. On Nov. 2 we will be choosing the individuals that will be writing those laws that govern our day to day lives. So, if you hate “Obamacare” you have a chance to do something about it. If you hate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, then you

have a chance to do something about it. If you have an issue with anything that this country does, you have a chance to put a person in office that will be directly responsible for fixing it. Even better than that, you have a chance to put someone in office that you will be able to contact. Pick up the phone and try to call Barack Obama. You will not get him on the phone, we promise. However, if you pick up the phone and try to call your local congressman there is a good chance that you will be able to give him a piece of your mind. So, don’t let anyone fool you. The elections on Nov. 2 are far more important than the silly popularity contest called the presidential election. Our country has real problems that require real solutions, not slogans that appear to be solutions. The only people in the country that can provide those solutions are congressman. The Voice will not tell you who to vote for. The Voice will not tell you which party is crazy and which is not. The Voice will only tell you that if you do not make an effort to cast a ballot in the only election that really matters, then you are required to keep your mouth shut for the next two years. So, if you really wanted “hope” and “change” or to put “America first” then you need to show up to the polls on Nov. 2.

A transfer peptalk As November draws near at GSC Oconee, registration and advising are playing big roles in our lives as college students. We’re looking to our future trying to get our classes lined up so we can go to UGA, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, or even out of Georgia to further our education. What about those of us who have already climbed the mountain and are now reaching the peak? There are those who are now in their final semester at GSCO, preparing to graduate and move on from this campus. There are those who in one semester will start taking action; paying those application fees, attending orientations and saying goodbye to a campus we have helped grow and mature. We at the Voice know the importance of an education, that’s why we are doing the same things you are. Whether you’re going to be a future teacher, journalist, nurse or anything else, we know that we have to go to another school to finish up our curriculums. Talk to your advisors, they have a world of experience and can help you get to that next level. Be timely in your applications and get everything in that they ask of you: vaccinations, registration and sending in those transcripts. GSCO has many resources to help students make the transfer as easy as possible. In the main office, papers detailing the requirements and key information of Georgia’s four-year colleges are available to students. While these are worth

picking up and reading, we suggest you still read through the school’s info on their website as it is constantly updated and detailed. Those who are still here for semesters to come, we at the Voice encourage you to talk to your advisors. They know the classes you need to take, and won’t intentionally lead you down the wrong path. Start looking at where you want to go now, and make sure those classes will transfer to the schools you want to go to. Keep in mind that you need some backup schools and options. Just because you want to go to UGA and your heart is set on it, does not mean you will get in. There are many fine schools in this state, so be sure you do your research before just deciding on one. If you have the money, look at schools in other states. Sometimes the best schools in the country for what you want to do aren’t in the South; much less Georgia. There are also ways to get out of state tuition for in state prices; you just have to look in the right places. Check out scholarships, grants and if you are really desperate loans. The opportunity to continue your education is out there. You won’t be at GSCO forever, and it will be awhile before many four year programs will be implemented in. It is a rough and sometimes harsh process, but if you work hard and do everything you are supposed to, other schools will accept you. We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors.

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Adviser Dan Cabaniss The Voice started in 2005, and it is the student ran newspaper for the students of GSC Oconee.


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October 25,

2010

A love letter to Georgia voters

Dear citizens of this beloved land of peaches:

Your candidates suck. No, seriously, they do. How did we get Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal as choices for governor? It never fails in the South. Progressives see who wins the Democratic Primary and think “well great, looks like the Republicans have this one in the bag and just might pick a candidate I like more.” Then wouldn’t you know it, they pick someone worse! I remember watching CSPAN the day the Healthcare Bill passed the house. Republican after Republican stepped up to the podium and said that same sentence. Then Nathan Deal walked up to the podium, and after saying his bit he added “and when I am governor of Geor -gia” I can’t remember the rest of what he said (something about tyranny and Obamacare), but I do remember laughing and thinking, “Yeah, like this dumbass will even get past the primary.” Then he did! It’s not like the other Republican candidates were that bad. Even Savannah senator Eric “wave the rebel flag wherever I go” Johnson, seemed like a good idea compared to Deal. To understand how much I don’t like Barnes, I was willing to vote for Karen Handel, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin. A progressive supporting a Palin backed candidate? Ya betcha! Then you heard the Georgia Democratic candidates. I actually liked Thurbert Baker for having the courage to stand up to Purdue and not waste our taxpayer money on suing the federal government. Then on WSB, Baker spoke of an idea to generate jobs and money: adding Bingo to the lottery. Yes Georgia, Bingo will save us all! Get us jobs, improve our schools, hell if the right number is called out, Alabama just might back off on the water crisis! Then Roy Barnes said that our pine trees are like Saudi Arabian oil. Georgia, these are the people you chose. You know, at some point, you have to stop blaming the parties and the corporations, and just blame yourselves. When all is said and done, I couldn’t ethically vote for Barnes, and I wasn’t dumb enough to vote for Deal. So in a vote of no confidence I cast my ballot for John Monds, the Libertarian. Legal pot: and freedom. In words of the immortal and somewhat literate Stone Cold Steve Austin, “Can I get a hell yeah?” Georgia, let’s just face facts here. We are the laughing stock of the country right now. Granted Christine O’Donnell is taking Bill Maher seriously about her being a witch, at least she isn’t corrupt. Brain damaged, yes, but not corrupt. True, South Carolina has a senate candidate who lives with his parents and is facing legal charges, but that’s better than a former governor who failed the first time beating his even worse contenders. Well there was DuBose Porter, who actually had ideas for fixing education and instilling ethics back in the General Assembly, but these common sense ideas might just be too Socialist for even the most Dixiecratic FDR blue farmer for this red state. In conclusion, there is so much about this state I love. We held the best Olympics, we made Coca Cola, Ted Turner brought us out of the 18th century and for that Atlanta should be renamed “Ted.” We have a world class aquarium, are the home of America’s team, and gave drunken college students a place where they could go and eat a nice hearty breakfast at 3 a.m. But Georgia, when it comes to politics, we just suck. Love always, Wil Petty XOXO

Mr. Bernanke, this recession is far from over Recently some have said that the recession is over, but can that possibly be true? Also, how are we going to get out of it? Column after column, opinion after opinion, everyone writing these are serious that the recession is over of that TARP somehow “saved” the economy. “The recession is over Jack [Cafferty],” said Wolf Blizter, a news anchor of CNN. “They call it a jobless recovery.” This to me sounds like pure confusion. To say that we are having a “jobless recovery” like saying a patient is in a comma, but his heart isn’t circulating any blood. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment is at 9.6 percent. “I don’t believe anything the government

Juan Aguayo Voice Staff Writer 924212403@gsc.edu

tells me,” Carl Sagan, a famous scientist once said. But according to Gallup underemployment is at 18.8 percent. Also, the government’s data doesn’t actually count people who stop looking for work, how convenient. That is the result of the several stimuli.

“We didn’t see any crisis in our models,” said Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke in a speech given to Princeton University. “Even though it seems hard, the Fed still has more powers for quantitative easing.” What Mr. Bernanke won’t say (other than the fact that when he speaks the markets shake) is that with interest at almost zero percent, the only thing left is to just create more money out of thin air; unless, the world wants a weak dollar. This of course would devalue the dollar. Let’s remember that since the Fed’s existence since 1913, the dollar has lost 95 percent of its purchasing power. That is the reason why gas and other goods and services are high prices.

“Bernanke denied that there was a housing-bubble in 2003,” said Mark Thornton, an economist in a speech given in Auburn University titled, “Bernanke.” Thornton also said that three-fourths of the economists that predicted this “recession” were not part of the mainstream. “Bernanke has stated that is impossible to predict bubbles,” Thornton said. “Not so fast, I collected a list of at least 40 people who predicted this mess, and three-fourths of them are not mainstream economists.” So, I suggest let’s start listening to people who are outside the mainstream who predicted this mess instead of the people who didn’t see the bubble.


Opinions What about the smokers? October 25,

2010

Worldwide there are 1.35 billion cigarette smokers. That is one out of every five people.  With all numbers considered, it would be pretty accurate to guesstimate that there are a decent amount of tobacco users attending GSCO. Then why is it that the official policy regarding smoking on both GSC campuses is that it is only permissible if it is in one’s car with the window completely rolled up?  The reasons behind this policy are vast and certainly show that not a single member of the Student Government are afflicted with the need of nicotine coursing through their bodies.  I am a level-headed person, therefore I respect every person’s opinion. But before you, the reader, take the popular health “you’re-polluting-my-airand-lungs” route, hear me out.  Every person has an annoying habit, whether it is nail biting, or smoking. What if with your habit, the institution that you pay to attend semester after semester outlaws these very habits that burden you and only you? Would you not feel discriminated against, simply because others might not agree with your habits?  Yes, smoking is bad for me. Yes, secondhand smoke can be fatal. And yes,it causes on average 443,000 deaths a year. These facts are true. But if I’m not smoking in a closed area, forcing others to breathe in the already polluted air that I am contributing to, then who am I harming other than myself? And in that case, who gives you the right to decide what I do or do not do to myself?  I completely understand the reasons behind the concept of smoking inside our cars with our windows rolled up. Many feel that smokers choose to poison their bodies therefore why endanger nonsmokers with secondhand smoke? But by smoking inside our cars with our windows up we are doing twice the damage to ourselves that we would do if we were exhaling the smoke in an open environment.  And yes, it’s our choice to smoke. But with GSCO, in particular, being a campus so obviously making

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your goose? Jenny Marshall Voice Lifestyles editor 924212403@gsc.edu

efforts to change over from being a commuter college to a college that is involved with students and faculty alike, changes must be made to make it easy for all students and all faculty to spend time at campus. I wouldn’t even mind walking to a separate location off campus to partake in these activities, if our campus wasn’t so isolated and quite a walk from off-campus locations.  So why not form a compromise? Have a situation where all parties can win. Where students and faculty who don’t care to be around secondhand smoke can enjoy the beauty of this campus freely and students and faculty who truly desire to spend more enjoyable time on campus, which I surely do, can do so comfortably?  I think it’s a reasonable request. Let’s give the security a break from having to ride around and find students who break this rule, and work to make our campus a more enjoyable place. Nationwide, campuses are considering easy solutions, such as designated smoking areas away from building entries and highly trafficked areas. We certainly have the space, take the volleyball court area which is used only a few times. It’s an open area, away from people but not a far enough walk that would put anyone out.  No matter the area or solution chosen, I don’t think it should go forgotten any longer. People should be considerate and understanding of all parties involved. And it’s about time this unfavorable party, gets attention for their needs.

“Parents telling me what to do.”

-Caitlin Garner

“Not having toilet paper.” -Jordan White

“The standard less election process.” -Joseph Barr

“Getting the cashed hit.” -Nick Gensinger

Summary of the 2010 Georgia Governor Race

Artwork by Tyler Ashley, Voice Staff Writer

“That Kim Kardashian is famous.” -Nicole Garten


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October 25,

2010

Songwriters discover solidified refuge

Sarah Beth Croteau

By Evan Amburn Voice A&E Editor 924210974@gsc.edu ATHENS- To many local musicians, an authentic, honest song can make their day. Lauren McCall believes in doing her part to make sure that these songs are not only created, but are also being heard. All thanks to one of her recent ideas. The Classic City Songwriting Circle is a newly founded nonprofit organization aimed at the improvement of musicians and songwriters within in the Athens-Clarke County area. While participating in the circle, local songwriters are given the opportunity to showcase their material in a comfortable, intimate setting. “I think the general mission will be to have a place where songwriters in Athens can come

and collaborate with one another,” McCall says. “They can grow as songwriters by sharing their music, and be provided with some genuine feedback.” While the primary focus of the group is for writers to present their own personal works, the group also holds discussions in order to help musicians further pursue their vision of being successful songwriters. These discussion topics range from distribution to copyright, publishing rights, stage fright, and everything but the jailhouse key. McCall, a recent graduate of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at UGA, founded the organization. As she faced her final days of undergraduate shenanigans, McCall began to wonder how she could somehow provide a gateway for songwriters in Athens to come together and simply play or explain their material for one

another. “I wondered where I could possibly meet other songwriters, or how I could meet them,” McCall remembers. “I had heard of songwriting circles before. But to sum it up, I just wanted to start a group.” The meetings are regulated by McCall, who explains that she may need further assistance as the meetings continue to pick up speed. The ice will be broken as a courageous writer performs an original number and possibly takes the opportunity to share the motivation behind the tune, what they were feeling when they wrote it, or how they developed the melody and lyrics. As the meetings continue, more songs will be showcased, and participants will discuss topics applicable to all local songwriters. “I see everyone in the group having something to do,” says McCall.

McCall believes that the circle will help provide miscellaneous opportunities for Athenian songwriters in the near future. There are talks of participating in fundraisers for TOMS shoes, Songs of Love, and even holding their own “Songwriters in the Round Showcase” in March. While many of the Classic City songwriters have been writing for years, other group members have just started writing their own material. “I want to provide different opportunities for people with different strengths,” McCall says. “If we achieve this, our organization has no choice but to expand.” Though the circle will soon benefit these writers in an external manner by the spreading word of art, many of the participants share a common nostalgic interest. Sometimes the primary songwriters in active bands

aren’t able to showcase some of their written material, because certain numbers simply don’t fit into the band’s typical repertoire. Within the confines of this group, writers will be able to showcase sentimental songs, and songs they aren’t performing twice a week. For inexperienced writers, or writers who haven’t found the right assortment of musicians to collaborate with, McCall believes that the CCSC will prove to be a great place to connect with other writers and enthusiasts. “I feel that a musician needs to be comfortable enough to share their music with the other writers,” McCall said. “Once these barriers are broken, it’s likely that they may find someone within the group that they are compatible with.” The Classic City Songwriting Circle will hold their next meeting at Campus View Church of Christ on Nov. 13.

Hall of Fame nominees 2011 include Donovan, Bon Jovi By Wil Petty Voice Editor-in-Chief 924183283@gsc.edu The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released their list of the nominees for 2011 on Sept. 28. The list for the upcoming year gives a broad look of music as a whole, ranging from the founder of shock rock Alice Cooper, to mainstream rapper LL Cool J. Some artists are dead and gone like “The King of

Stroll,” Chuck Willis, while others like Bon Jovi are still performing and making albums. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame started in 1986 with the first class consisting of the pioneers that carried the music up to that era. Amongst the inductees that first year were: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and the king himself, Elvis. As the years rack up, more noteworthy musicians have received what they consider

the ultimate achievement of any rocker since being on the cover of Rolling Stone; well unless you are the Sex Pistols. It goes without saying that some on this list should go in without a problem. Alice Cooper, love him or hate him, impacted so many forms of the genre and embraced that essence of Rock and Roll that we all learned to love. Donovan’s albums “Sunshine Superman” and “Mellow Yellow” set forth a folksier

side of the hippies that big hitters Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead couldn’t quite perfect in time. Sure these artists seem certain to go in, but as many know, the Hall of Fame does not always make the best choices. For instance, whose bright idea was it to put the Lovin’ Spoonful into the Hall of Fame? Give us one good reason Howlin’ Wolf was accepted before Led Zeppelin or the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Who the hell is Chic

and why are they being considered over Cat Stevens or Alabama? Don’t say it is because Alabama is country music; if Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are already in, there is room for Alabama! Maybe the committee meant Chicago. While it is uncertain that the best choices will be made, it is certain that the Hall of Fame, will be a beacon for years to come; thank you Cleveland!


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‘Girl Who Played With Fire’ a gripping tale By Sarah Beth Croteau Voice Staff Writer 924217248@gsc.edu Late author Steig Larsson didn’t know what an influence his character Lisbeth Salander was going to have. He’s created a new kind of heroine that breaks the mold of both literary and cinematic realms. His books, the Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), revolve around a tattooed, pierced, slightframed girl with jet black hair. Noomi Rapace, Swedish film actress, does Lisbeth Salander justice once again in The Girl Who Played with Fire, which was shown at Cine last week. Where the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo took off with a hot flame, The Girl who played with Fire picked up and boiled. Lisbeth Salander’s signature accessories are a murderous expression and a beat up black motorcycle jacket. She’s the most intimidating female character since Sigourney Weaver played Ripley in the Alien Trilogy. Rapace exudes a tough kind of sensuality and at the same time retains some of the innocence a ‘lost little girl’ character like

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“The Girl Who Played With Fire” revolves around a tattooed, pierced, slight-framed girl with jet black hair. Salander is described as. Co-star Michael Nyqvist, who plays Mikael Blomkvist, a

Millennium magazine reporter is spot on. He captures Blomkvist’s character as fatherly figure,

a devoted friend and nosey reporter. Here you’ve got this guy that cares about this girl,

who everyone thinks has gone absolutely crazy in the way of a murder spree. He never doubts her innocence, but tries to find ways to help her. All the while, allowing her space enough to seek revenge on people that did her wrong in her past. This is the kind of revenge that comes in the way of hacking your deviant father in the knee with an axe. The movie plot is a little focused on giving background information about Salander. It lends more information as to why she’s so destructive and untrusting, while gripping you into a plot that revolves around murder, and the sex trafficking trade in Sweden. It’s filled with violence, gangsters, revenge, and tattooed girls on motorcycles while still being intelligently scripted and acted. Even if you don’t read the best selling novels by Larsson, at least check out the film. Start with number one of course, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The subtitles might throw you off, if you’re not a fan of foreign films. However, seeing Rapace do some damage to Swedish thugs while looking sexy and sinister might throw you on.

‘Social Network’ makes impact at megaplexes By Evan Amburn Voice A&E Editor 924210974@gsc.edu Box offices across the border are raging with excitement over Hollywood’s latest blockbuster success, ‘The Social Network’. The film is becoming notoriously known as ‘The Facebook Movie’, and is being regarded as one of the best films of the year, if not the very best. Led by director David Fincher, this cinematic experience illustrates the tale of one of the Internet’s most successful media giants, while depicting Mark Zuckerberg’s rocketing rise to stardom and infamy. The movie’s storyline is based on the book, ‘The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of

Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal’ written by Ben Mezerich. Although the movie is partially fabricated to meet the needs of Hollywood, the collaboration between Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin provides the film with a cryptic, yet tasteful storyline, while only fictionalizing the actual events to the bare minimum. The story begins in 2003, as a witty, ambitious Harvard sophomore by the name of Mark Zuckerberg creates a series of social networking websites. He soon focuses his attention primarily to one website, and has incredible success. Zuckerberg’s website gains over 150,000 members within a year. In early 2004, he registers the domain name Thefacebook.com, which is

soon renamed Facebook.com. Another aspect of the film that may be surprising to Facebook users is the emphasis on the trials that faced Mark Zuckerberg years after creating the worldwide phenomenon. The movie’s signature slogan is “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies”, which may insinuate the primary focus of the film. ‘The Social Network’ is one of the great stories of our time, and sings the song of a generation who’s dependent on technology’s ever prospering innovations. It may be worth seeing if you’re interested to see why this film will probably win numerous Oscars and Academy Awards.

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3D movies are starting to attract more consumers. However the rising price in tickets are something to keep in mind some just don’t like the graphics. movies. 3D movies are a “ploy by By Ashley Oglesby Somehow, 3D movies often bring Hollywood so movie piracy will 924211143@gsc.edu go down,” Smith said. In the past in more revenue than the 2D Voice Staff Writer “Eventually 3D will be the standard,” said Casey Smith, projection manager at Carmike Cinemas in Athens, Ga., about the future of movies. He’s probably right, and maybe sooner than we think. Over the past couple of years, 3D movies have been growing in popularity. This trend, while enjoyable for some, is a wallet drain and a waste of time for others. The extra $3 charge has some people turned away, while

versions of the same film. In the last few years, moviegoers have gone from expecting one 3D movie every four months or so, to seeing one or two of the many 3D movies coming out every month. “Avatar,” released in Dec. 2009, made $2.7 billion in revenue at the box office. “When studios heard that ‘Avatar’ did so well because it was in 3D, studios wanted to capitalize on that,” Smith said. Revenue isn’t the only reason more studios are producing 3D

decade, movie piracy has become more prevalent. “The American movie industry loses an estimated $1 billion annually to illegal copies of its films,” according to Garrett Sussman of Value Line. Numbers coming from Torrent Freak report that “Avatar,” which was released in both 2D and 3D, was downloaded illegally 500,000 times in the first two days of its release and 980,000 times in the first week. Studios are counting on the fact that it’s much harder to record and sell a movie illegally when you have to deal with 3D

glasses. If “Avatar” had been released only in 3D, the piracy rates would be much lower. Many movies that have come out recently, including “Step Up 3D” and “Resident Evil 4: Afterlife” are only offered in 3D, which is upsetting to some viewers. Some movies, such as the July 2010 released “Despicable Me,” are offered in both 2D and 3D versions, which is especially beneficial to large families. Surprisingly enough, “It seems like there are more customers coming to the 3D version when we other both,” Smith said. When Carmike offers both, “we keep the 2D less time so the customers will go see the 3D version,” according to Smith. 3D movies have an extra charge of $3 per ticket, which brings the evening adult price at Carmike 12 in Athens to $12.25. Jennifer Mooney, a customer at Carmike, said the extra charge is a deterrent, “especially if you’re taking someone out.” Another customer complained, “I like them, I just can’t afford them.” Some customers, when they find out there is an extra charge, change their plans and see a different movie. But some, especially those with children, still pay to see the movie in 3D. “You can get customers to pay anything if it’s for their kids,” said Smith. “And 3D movies are aimed toward children.” Often, it isn’t only the cost that turns people away. Some customers don’t mind paying an extra three dollars, but simply don’t enjoy the 3D effects. “You

can do a lot of cool things with 3D, but for the most part, 3D right now is just for kids,” Smith said. One customer at Carmike Cinemas complained, “Ugh. You lose the definition of the characters in a 3D movie. Everything goes by so fast.” Some customers have even complained of headaches when using the 3D glasses. The story line of films often suffers in order to meet the needs of 3D effects. “3D movies seem to be visually driven rather than story-oriented,” Smith said. “The more impressive the 3D effects are, the more customers are happy with the movie.” So overall, are customers enthusiastic about the rise of 3D movies? Not really. “They’re okay, but the thing about it is, when you go to a 3D movie, not the whole movie is in 3D,” said Mooney. Some customers only enjoy 3D effects for certain types of movies. Crissy Abercrombie, another Carmike customer, said “I like if it’s a really exciting movie, but if it’s a romantic comedy, there’s really no purpose.” There are certain exceptions, such as Carmike customer Allen White, who said “I think it’s awesome… brings the movie more to life.” When you step out of the theater at the end of a 3D movie at Carmike 12, there are recycling bins, encouraging customers to help the environment by recycling their 3D glasses. So while theaters and studios are profiting from this latest movie trend, at least they’re going green while still making green.

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ offers chills and frights By Tyler Ashley Voice Staff Writer 924212403@gsc.edu Recently, I went and saw Paranormal Activity 2, and let me tell you, it was scary. I’m usually not one for scary movies. I don’t enjoy the bloody massacres, because I think they’re too unrealistic and silly, and I’ve never been scared that the devil was going to control my body to make me into a monster. There’s a better chance for me to win the Mega Lottery, and I don’t buy lottery tickets. But there was something about this movie, Paranormal Activity 2. Throughout the whole movie, it just gave me the “uh oh” feeling. Paranormal Activity 2 is actually

a prequel to the first movie, and although watching the first Paranormal Activity before watching this one isn’t necessary, it may help with the set-up and understanding. In the first Paranormal Activity, we learn about Katie Featherston and how she believes she has a demon living in her house. After that, there’s the infamous scene where she hovers and rocks over her bed for several hours after she’s possessed. Yada, yada, yada. If you’ve seen the movie, you know the dramatic outcome with burnt pictures and bodies being launched towards video cameras, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen the film. In the second Paranormal Activity, you learn about Katie’s

sister, her sister’s family, and how they believe there house is haunted by some demon. As you guessed it, creepy things start to happen in the house. Doors open by themselves, kitchen cabinets fly open, lights turn on and off mysteriously, and dogs bark at what appears to be nothing. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who is interested in seeing the film. There’s nothing too freaky that takes place in the prequel, but again, it’s not what actually happens, but rather it’s the idea of what is happening. I’d recommend this movie to anyone who may be looking for a thrill this Halloween season. On a scary, spook demon scale, I’d give this movie 4 out of 5 demons.

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Gay pride parade provides celebration By Sarah Beth Croteau Voice Staff Writer 924217248@gsc.edu You’re walking down the street through a sea of people dressed in rainbows. When you look up, candy is falling from the sky. You notice that all around you people have bubbles, shiny necklaces and balloon animal hats. When you look out in front of you, you see a “man-er-fly” (man/butterfly) dancing giddily covered in glitter. No you are not a come to life character in a Disney film, you are at Atlanta Gay Pride. Even though out and gay since 1998, I was never one for marching and cheering optimistically. I was pretty much anti-cheering no matter the orientation. So when my girlfriend asked me to go to Gay Pride in Atlanta a couple months ago, I agreed, hoping that she would forget about it when the date meandered it’s way around. I didn’t care what the parade was claiming as its orientation, this occasion was not going to get me in a tutu and rollerblades

shouting and screaming for any flamboyant cause. Unfortunately, not only did she remember the date, but she insisted that I take off work, and ride MARTA from the outskirts of the city to its heart. Thus, I would be risking my life in way of public transportation. Resolved and already mentally prepping myself for the streamers and ribbons, I agreed again to accompany her; I must have been insane. I should have known there was trouble afoot from the minute I stepped onto the MARTA. Everyone seemed happy and nonviolent. No passengers looked scared or wore the apprehensive “I’m about to get robbed” expression on their faces despite the blaring mid day sun. Five exits in close proximity exuded excitement and positivity was slightly claustrophobic. Our departure from the MARTA station on 10th Avenue in Midtown had us aghast at the sheer number of rainbow-clad parade spectators undulating on the city sidewalks. There were

shiny, happy people everywhere, literally. I started to get nervous. We tentatively lingered on the outskirts of the crowd, hesitant to venture into its masses when a large cheer erupted from up the street. Bravely my girlfriend took my hand and led me into the masses. When I was finally able to catch a glimpse of what the people were cheering for I smiled. There dancing before me was a group of gay square dancers doing the dosey-do in boots, cowboy hats rainbow overalls. I was at once enveloped in the contagiously optimistic atmosphere, and I had fallen victim to overzealously thrown candy and cheering. From square dancing men, to dancing Asian “man-er-flies,” the entire parade was feel-good fun and entertaining. Colorfully decorated floats rolled past with equally colorful and decorated people on them. Atlanta Police officers marched and danced along side drag queens and kings. Charlie Brown was even a guest star with his “Big Gay Pumpkin”. In

short, music blared, people sang, cheered and clapped. Mardi Gras beads were thrown. It was a rainbow concussion inducing spectacle and I fell instantly in love with its humor, color and warmth. After the parade, we attended a festival-style concert in Piedmont Park, with a multitude of different musicians and artists (and funnel cake). Drag queens danced on stage, embodying all that is Lady Gaga while groups of spectators attending the concert intermingled happily, striking up conversations. The crowd on the hill in Piedmont was walled in by a seemingly endless wall of artists and food vendors selling local art, food and jewelry. Wears as well as literature about gay rights were passed out to passers-by. Everyone was happy and paying way too much for french fries and poorly made margaritas. The night ended with us walking hand in hand past bars with live music echoing in the street. We had come full circle back to the MARTA station, tired

and enamored with the friendly side of the city and its supportive family and friends with visions of deep fried desserts and man-erflies in our heads. So with heavy hearts, we boarded the train away from the bubbles and rainbow streamers. With my wits sobering in the harsh light of the MARTA track lighting, I made my girlfriend promise not to breathe a word about me exuberantly jumping up and down when I saw the gay hiking group (Their flannel and boots excited me so). We talked the entire train and car ride home back to Athens and what next year’s parade will have in store for us. Certainly there will be much more celebrating to be had in 2011, with the recent success of an injunction by a U.S. judge of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Perhaps by next year’s Pride parade, DADT will be abolished entirely. Perhaps gay Americans will have equal rights and be allowed to marry. Perhaps these things will invoke people to wear even larger balloon animal hats. We can only hope.

Hawk show rained out By Erin Anglin Voice Staff Writer 924207117@gsc.edu ATHENS- Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse Skate Team visited the Skate Park of Athens at Southeast Clarke Park on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. In 2005, many local skaters applied for the Tony Hawk Foundation Grant in hopes of building a skate park they could call home, and they got it. The Foundation granted $10,000 to our local skaters to begin production of what local skateboarding Athenians call home. Hawk’s first appearance included a day-long skate party, recorded and later aired by MTV. Hawk’s Foundation’s mission “seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth. Through specials evens, grants, and technical assistance, the foundation supports recreational programs with a focus on the creation of public skateboards parks in low-income communities”, tonyhawkfoundation.org. After six long years, they came

back. Hawk and the Birdhouse Skate Team: including Kevin Staab, Willy Santos, Matt Ball, and others made their last stop in Athens to wrap up their demonstration-based tour. As Sept. 26 came around, people from all over gathered anxiously, despite a poor forecast of thunderstorms suggested staying indoors. To settle the nerves, thetruth. com and Tech Deck had trailers that offered entertainment for all age groups. Tech Deck, who now is affiliated with Hawk, had mini skate parks dedicated to 10 fingers of fun that allowed both children and teens to let loose and thrash with their free mini skateboards. Thetruth.com, a company aimed toward the awareness of the tobacco industry, had activities for teens including dance-offs, and other activities that required trust and teamwork. Tension grew when 2 p.m. rolled around, ponchos and umbrellas crowded the area as Hawk and the crew jumped out of their white van. The crowd roared with welcome. Police guided Hawk and the crew’s way as they entered the park, dressed and ready to shred up the park. The cement was wet and after

a couple of attempts down the bowl a local spectator shouted to Hawk, “You’re too old, don’t do it!” Hawk replied respectfully, “It’s a little wet.” Other comments were directed toward Kevin Staab, who was trying aimlessly to provide entertainment, “Dude you have 9 lives!” A local enthusiast yelled. Staab replied “I used up most of them.” Later, Staab commented with disappointment, “Dude, I want to skate so bad. But dude, I don’t want to die.” The rain started to fall vigorously, and Hawk removed his helmet. People soon started vacating the area and migrated over to the provided parking lot about a hundred yards from the skate site. Hawk circled the inner rim of the park, giving everyone who prevailed the down pour a quick high five before he made his exit. Walking with his head down, a young local pre-teen stated, “It doesn’t look like he skates that much anymore,” referring to Hawk. The event was rained out and washed away in minutes, yet local shredders were left with high hopes, while Hawk’s presence still remains at SPOA.

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Top: “Man-er-flies” march along Midtown Atlanta during the annual Pride parade. Bottom: Skateboarder Kevin Staab takes time out of skating to sign autographs for kids.


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