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September 23, 2011

Enrollment declines at Gainesville By Victoria Yi Voice Contributor Enrollment may be down at Gainesville State College; but officials strive to make students the number one priority in the college. Mack Palmour, Director of Admissions and Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at GSC, weighs in on what he believes should be done to increase enrollment and what is currently being done at the college. The total enrollment for fall 2011 is at 8,659 students. This total number includes the GSCOakwood, Oconee, and Winder campuses. The enrollment for the 20102011 school year was at 8,883 students. “Last year, (GSC) was at its highest count at 8,883 students. This included all of the campuses,” Palmour said. The headcount for the GSC-Oakwood campus is 6,317 students, which dropped 5.8 percent from last year. While the headcount for the GSC-Winder campus came in at 35 students with enrollment dropping 46.2 percent from last year. The GSC- Oconee campus is at 2,387 students which was the only campus to have enrollment rise at 3.8 percent. According to Palmour, there has been an overall effect that has affected the school. “The economy, student’s not taking as many hours, changes in the criteria for HOPE, and increased competitions with schools have all been factors,” Palmour said. There are several

Josh Jones The Theatre displays new headline: “Please allow me to Re-introduce myself” after the raging fire that took place recently. ways to increase enrollment at GSC. Some of the ways would include “more intrusive recruitment and taking a harder look at students

that are getting into the college,” said Palmour. A new virtual tour has been added to make the campus better known and more accessible to the general

UPCOMING GSCO CALENDAR 9/21 Last 10 Weeks Begin 11:00am DUI and Distracted Driving 9/23 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Student Leader Training 9/28 11:30 am UGA Day 6:00 pm Designated Dawgs 10/6 First Session Ends 10:00 pm Blood Drive 10/7 Midpoint Full Session

10/10 2nd Session Begins 11:00 am Fall Wellness Fair 10/12 6:00-7:00 pm Miscommunication: The Importance of Getting Your Point Across 10/22 9:00 am-12:00 pm Fall Open House 10/25 First 10 Weeks End 10/26 12:00 Stop Stressing 6:00 pm “The Study Drug” : Adderall abuse and misuse

public. This virtual campus tour allows students to see the campus before taking a step onto the property. An “avatar student” will be able to give a potential student a

tour of the campus. The main goal at GSC is to provide “all resources to have success and do well inside and outside of the classroom,” Palmour said.


September 23, 2011


the Justin Clay

Voice Editor in chief

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Hello GSCO! My name is Justin Clay, and I will serve as the editor in chief for the Voice newspaper for the fall semester. As this is my fifth semester here at Gainesville Oconee, I’ve come to know it well and the people here, who I’ve developed great friendships with; however, as this is my fifth semester it will also—if all goes as planned— be my last. It will be a bittersweet goodbye, but as we know life goes on, whether we want it to or not. But to look on the brighter side! I’m carrying high hopes for what we will have to present to you through this paper. And you’ll notice that this first issue of the Voice, we’ve changed things around a bit, and I think for the better! With a new, cleaner mast design and complimentary headers throughout the paper, we hope to give you an overall fresher, more livelier feel than issues past. Inside this issue you’ll find interesting stories from the newly installed café shop, UGA’s opening games, to even a beer review done by our very own Brad that you won’t want to pass up reading! That’s not all! We’d love to hear what you have to say about our paper! Let us know how we’re doing on our news coverage, and what you’d like to see. You can email us at or visit our website at Thanks! I’d also like to give a personal thank you to Dan, our advisor, and especially the entire staff for making this first issue happen! Looking forward to an awesome semester together. I encourage you to read this issue and the issues to come, as we will strive to produce articles for you to read that are not only informative, but fun too! Happy reading!

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A& E

Fall’s must-sees


Georgia Theatre Music in Athens Afraid of the dark? Nintendo Lil’ Wayne? X-Factor Preview

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Clubs Day By Josh Jones




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How to get through college By Alexandra Todey

New cafe By Nathan Kerce

Dawgs gear up By Brett Fowler





Story and its words By Alex Johns

Bookstore sales By Brittany Bergeron

Crash Dieting Black Swan 2012 Survival Guide Top 5 Winter Ales

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Salads Sammiches

NBA Lockout Braves Intramurals

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Unfair Treatment Hear Our Voices SGA President Eleanor Award What turns you on?

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Best Practices GSCO renovates New Advising Stress Relief Study Abroad Parking Stalled Math tutors Testing Center

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A& E


September 23, 2011

Georgia Theatre, phoenix rising from ashes Local famed venue reopens once-burned doors

By Erin Anglin A&E Staff Writer On June 19, 2009 local radios were blasting news that a fire gutted the beloved Georgia Theatre, the home of breathtaking live performances that’ll make your ears bleed since 1989. The Theatre is a spectacle and is known for a slew of notable artists including REM, Widespread Panic, The B-52's, Sound Tribe Sector Nine that have performed there as well as being the centerpiece of music in Athens. Now, the theater’s marquee is making glaring statements like, “Please let me reintroduce myself.” The place “couldn’t be any better,” Donovan Farley, theatre bartender, said. From the multiple bars and floors to the sound system basically everything is new and improved. The Theatre is also equipped with a café that serves delicious gourmet food for lunch, dinner, and late night from White Tiger, owned by brothers Ken and Patrick Manring. Yet it couldn’t have been done without notable artists, banks, and most importantly the people


The Theatre displays new headline: “Please allow me to Re-introduce myself” after the raging fire that took place recently. of Athens, who contributed an anticipated show would of course dance all night.” spectators alike seem to have no estimated 5% out of 4.5 million be Widespread Panic”, said Farley. The only complaint that has come additional problems, except for dollars to help sponsor the rebuild. Even though there are artists like up is the “No Re-Entry Policy,” Farley who stated, “The only pet Bartender Mellissa McAmish who Corey Smith, Of Montreal, String which forbids patrons from re- peeve I have is they won’t let me worked at the Theatre before the Cheese Incident and many more entering the Theatre after exiting sleep here.” fire illustrated, “it still feels like the ready to take the stage. unless they purchase a new ticket. So if you want to see a great show, old Theatre, but with a really nice Bystander Paul Boosinger who McAmish said, “it helps with have a sandwich or two, get a great face lift”. attended Atlanta rapper Big Boi’s capacity problems and there isn’t view, meet new friends the Georgia So far the most successful performance said, “This is the anyone smudging there stamp on Theatre is the place to go. Go get show so far was “definitely the greatest place I’ll ever want to be, someone else to help them get in.” your Athens on. Drive By Truckers and the most I can eat, drink, enjoy music, and Other than that bartenders and

Athens known for diverse musical culture Ryan Harris Staff Writer When going downtown it’s expected and almost understood that you will hear music playing in the background. It doesn’t matter what type of music is playing, as long as it gets that foot tapping and that head nodding. There is no feeling greater than hearing that one favorite song as you walk by a club or a bar. You feel that rush of excitement and experience the environment, or the culture of Athens. People who love music will agree that when listening to music that they love, their minds open up to other levels of liveliness. It doesn’t matter what kind of mood you’re in or what kind of day you had, just walk down Clayton Street and it is guaranteed that you will find your “happy place.” The downtown scene in Athens includes a wide variety of popular music. The city is well known as the home of R.E.M., Bubba Sparxxx, The Indigo Girls and other well known artists They started in downtown Athens clubs and venues like the 40 Watt, Nuci’s Space and the Georgia Theatre –all of which are well-known across the

The 40 Watt Club hosts a wide range of local and national musical acts covering music such as R.E.M’s first LP, “Murmur.” nation. Athens is not all about UGA and being one of the number one party towns in The United States. Looking past stereotypes, it is clear to see that Athens is not simply a college town; it’s a thriving musical melting pot. Every year Athens hosts its own musical festival, “AthFest,” bringing

in artists such as Nappy Roots, and many other bands just trying to make it. Even without the many music festivals held here, music can always be heard from places like Bar-code, Bad Manor, New Earth, and other clubs. The city of Athens has a type of culture that people from other

cities and states envy. People are always saying “What? You’re from Athens! Wow, that’s so cool.” This statement proves that there is something in Athens that people want. What they want is to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and music provides that outlet. Try the experience for yourself.


With an extensive variety of music and people, there is definitely a place in Athens where you can call home. So if you want to know what Athens is really all about then stop listening to those rumors, start listening to the music and explore it for yourself.

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September 23, 2011


Fall’s New Must See Shows By Margaret Packer Assistant A&E Editor


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Pan Am (ABC) 10pm Sunday 9/25 Stars: Christina Ricci, Mike Vogel, Kelli Garner If you like: Mad Men, Catch Me If You Can, Blow Calling all Mad Men fans, Pan Am is a 1960s based show that explores the mod glamour and scandalous lives of the first female flight attendance. This jet set crew explores the alternatives to female domestic boredom in favor of empowerment and freedom, both culturally and sexually. Christina Ricci brings her brand of quirky to liven up the bunch and promises an intimate, sharp exposé into a female cultural revolution that introduced a “new brand of woman.” With Thomas Schlamme (West Wing) at the helm, Pan Am is more than just a cloudy period piece, but rather a dramatic adventure into the open airs.

Revenge (ABC) 10pm Wednesday 9/21 Stars: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Josh Bowman If you like: Gossip Girl, Sopranos, All My Children Brother’s & Sisters’ Emily Van Camp has found a new ABC home on this modern day The Count of Monte Cristo inspired drama. Resurfacing in the Hamptons to seek her father’s revenge Emily Thorne (Van Camp) is both mysterious and dangerous. ABC has put real PR push behind this new fall pick up, planting television ads early in the summer and even securing the show a coveted Wednesday night, Modern Family lead in spot in their fall lineup. Like any good revenge, this show may take time to develop.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC) 8pm Thursday 9/22 Stars: Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh If you like: The Charlie’s Angeles movies Certainly one of the falls most hyped premiers, the new reboot has got all the slick packaging ABC has to offer. The Miami based show seems a bit processed and gimmicky; Charlie’s Angels certainly rides the coat tails of the successful movie version brand. The show sticks to the formula and banks on the popularity and the badass women trio accompanied by their mystery boss, Charlie.

1 Angel of 3 Rachael Taylor, actress, plays one Charlie’s Angels in one of ABC’s new anticpated show for this fall season, coming soon.

Suburgatory (ABC) 8:30pm Wednesday 9/28 Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Cheryl Hines If you like: Juno, Mean Girls, My So Called Life Teenager Tessa is plucked out of her mature New York City life and dunked into the suburbs by her father, George, in this witty and charming teenage rite of passage show. Lace with a “father knows best” vibe meets the sharp tongue of a Juno type female anti-hero, Suburgatroy promises situational fishout-of-water humor and touching coming of age lessons. So check it out when it airs!



2 Broke Girls (CBS) 8:30 Thursday 9/19 Stars: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs If you like: The Odd Couple, Wicked, The Parent Trap File this one away as a modern day Laverne & Shirley meets every other formula opposites attract show. Though, alternative girl meets rich, uptight other girl; forced to work together at a downtrodden diner. First they hate each other, then they love each other, and then they move in together and are new besties who must learn to rely on each other. Clever at times, but very basic situational Dennings in costume for 2 Broke Girls. humor dominates.

Up All Night (NBC) 8pm Wednesday 9/21 Stars: Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph If you like: Baby Mama, SNL, Modern Family While most parents marvel at bringing home baby, this sitcom looks at the other side of parenthood that ushers in the end of a personal, social, and work life. This comedy sweetly mixes the idea that parents-to-be never really do know what to expect when expecting with the comedy of bringing up baby. Produced by Lorne Michaels, Up All Night looks original, bringing a quirky perspective the family comedy.

Allen Gregory (FOX) 8:30pm Sunday 10/30 Stars: Jonah Hill, French Stewart, and guest stars Leslie Mann and Will Forte If you like: Family Guy, Daria, Judd Apatow The Judd Apatow protégé is hitting the small screen. Led by Jonah Hill this animated series about a genius 7-year-old embarking upon public school shenanigans is charming but also a bit sick and twisted. In the vein of Family Guy, Allen Gregory is a wise beyond his year’s child who finds himself thrust into the new, boring world of school. This propels him to plot against and manipulate the adults in the world around him. The X Factor (FOX) 8pm Wednesday 9/21 Stars: Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul If you like: American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Sing Off, The Voice (See Reynolds Davis’ write up for a full preview, p. 7)

Terra Nova (FOX) 8pm Monday 9/26 Stars: Jason O’Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams If you like: Jurassic Park, Lost, Land of the Lost Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova follows the Shannon family’s journey back to the land of dinosaurs. While this epic show has been in the works for a while, the family dino drama promises to wow audiences with special effects and life-like dinosaur characters terrorizing and befriending the Shannon’s and friends while they try to save the Earth... It will be interesting to see if this prehistoric drama will get a bite from audiences.

Up All Night, one of NBC’s new shwos for fall line-up. The show will air 21 of Sept.

The Playboy Club (NBC) 10pm Wednesday 9/25 Stars: Amber Herald, Eddie Cibrian If you like: American Dreams, Mad Men, White Collar Although Utah network affiliates are protesting the show on the topic alone, NBC promises a network suited peek into the juicy beginning of a naughty empire. The show is actually driven around the iconic Chicago club lifestyle than the magazine, which the show setting predates. This is a high risk drama combines a world of sex, power, and crime where all the members need is the playboy key.

Prime Suspects (NBC) 10pm Thursday 9/22 Stars: Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Kirk Acevedo If you like: The Closer, In Plain Sight, Saving Grace This remake of the heralded BBC show of the same name offers up a tough as nails detective who happens to be woman in a man’s world. Jane (Bello) is not afraid to flaunt her pistol or her badge to get what she wants. She outsmarts, and outwits, her male counterparts while collecting more than a few bruises. Certainly this seasons female power driven show.

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September 23, 2011

‘Don’t be Afraid of the Dark’ a win for remake, Katie Holmes By Nathan Kerce Voice A&E Editor

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By Reynolds Davis Staff Writer Many new movies that come out tend to be remakes and it’s usually hit or miss whether or not the new version does justice to the original. The “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” remake not only does the original justice but actually improves upon its source material with its small but major twists in the story line. The original “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was made for television movie that premiered in 1973. It isn’t very scary compared to today’s horror movie standards or the superior remake but the creepy voices in both films may keep those of you who are less courageous up at night. There are a few differences between the original and remake that walk a fine line between keeping the story mostly the same and changing it. Sally is played by Kim Darby, an adult, in the original while in the remake she is played by Bailee Madison, a child star known for starring in Adam Sandler’s “Just Go with It.” Because Sally is a child in the remake they make Alex her father instead of her husband. Making the main character a child was a gamble but they ended up with a winning hand. Sally had the same personality in both movies but I think it fits a child

In new remake, Sally, the main character, shown above, is played by actress Bailee Madison with Holmes, bottow photo. better. In the original Sally was hard headed and felt like Alex didn’t really care for her. In the remake the feeling of neglect is strengthened by Alex having a new girlfriend named Kim, played by Katie Holmes. The movie takes place when the family moves into an old home where something mysterious happened in a closed off room. Throughout the movie the protagonist, Sally, hears voices coming from the room and the vents in the house. During the movie Sally goes from trying to let these creatures free to being hunted down by them. In the original she wanted to open up the fire places to make an office but in the remake Sally wants to set them free because they “want to be friends”. It was a small change to why the things were released but a child wanting an office that’s able to “set the mood” is a bit far

fetched. Sally then tries to convince Alex that there are things actually trying to attack her but being a stubborn workaholic he is too busy and thinks she is making everything up. Alex doesn’t believe Sally so she has to turn to her best friend Joan, who is most similar to Kim in the remake. Neither of them is sure if Sally is telling the truth but both support her anyway. Many were a little cautious about the movie with Holmes as the lead, after all her post Tom Cruise marriage career hasn’t been spectacular, but she did an excellent job. The remake answered many of the questions that the original neglected to follow up on. It may not be a blockbuster hit, but “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” is a win for both horror movie remakes and Katie Holmes.

In the spring of 2011 I bought a Nintendo 3DS for $250. Today (5 months later) you can buy a brand new 3DS for $170. Nintendo, in an unprecedented move, dropped the price of the 3DS by $80 less than six months after initial release. As an early adopter of the system, this felt like nothing less than a slap in the face. You’re telling me I could have waited five months (five months without any decent games being released mind you) to save $80? How could Nintendo, a company that seemed to be doing so well just a few years ago make a move that seemed this desperate and disappointing? The primary problem is that Nintendo has lost its sight on quality games. The Wii was a gigantic seller for Nintendo but outside of franchises that they actually owned like Mario and Zelda, Nintendo seemed to completely disregard what other companies were doing to their brand name. Shovelware garbage like “Carnival Games” and “Just Dance” did huge numbers on the Wii despite being widely regarded as gigantic pieces of crap. This has led to the false belief that even if your game sucks, it will sell anyway, especially if it’s on a Nintendo system. Consider the 3DS Nintendo’s rude awakening. Its undercooked (and arguably not ready for primetime) 3D gimmick has not been strong enough to sell bad games. Unfortunately, Nintendo became so complacent with third party developers filling out the time in between their high quality first party releases with crappy games that they overstepped their boundaries and have very publicly screwed over their biggest fans. The 3DS wasn’t selling because it didn’t have any strong games at launch outside of a decent port of “Street Fighter IV.” The system was going through a drought before it could even get up off the ground. As a big fan of Nintendo, I was willing to wait it out. I had the money at launch and didn’t mind waiting a few months to get the new Super Mario game.

In new remake, Sally, the main character, shown above, What a mistake that ended up being. By dropping the price by this much, this early into launch, I feel like Nintendo has publicly shamed me. They might as well have posted pictures of my dick online or covered me in dog shit at prom; the feeling would have been the same. I begrudgingly accept Nintendo’s bid at an apology. The 3DS “Ambassador Program” grants me, as an early adopter, access to 20 free Gameboy and Gameboy Advance game from their online store. It’s a nice gesture but it doesn’t really soothe the sting of Nintendo dragging me out on the street and branding me as an idiot for supporting their system. Look, I love Mario, I love Zelda, and I love Metroid. Because of this, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Nintendo Corporation. They are the Walt Disney Company of videogames and even if they started murdering children and puppies, I would still love them because of how they helped shape my childhood. Nintendo needs to return focus to putting out consistent high quality games and stop acting like an abusive bi-polar husband who can’t decide if it’s a company who emphasizes hardware over software or the other way around. I’m not willing to cover up my black eyes with copies of Mario Kart anymore, you bastards. Get it together.

September 23, 2011

A& E


Wayne aims for platinum, divides fans By Nathan Kerce Voice A&E Editor

Where in the world is Lil Wayne? To a casual observer, he’s everywhere. Closing out the Video Music Awards, headlining Bonnaroo, releasing a high-profile sequel to one of the biggest rap albums of all time; Wayne is once again dominating TV, radio, and print. However, a lot of hardcore fans are starting to feel like the Wayne they know and love is gone for good. In between the massive 2008 release of critical darling and financial megahit “Tha Carter III” and the recent release of “Tha Carter IV” Wayne’s output was spotty at best. He managed to squeak out a half baked and nearly universally reviled rock album entitled “Rebirth” before beginning a hefty eight month jail sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. While in prison Wayne (or more likely the label heads at Young Money) concocted a mediocre collection of throwaway tracks from early Carter IV sessions and released them under the name “I Am Not a Human Being” to mixed reception from fans and critics alike. Fans weren’t worried though, these releases weren’t considered official parts of Wayne’s hip-hop catalog and once Wayne got out of jail, “Tha Carter IV” would come along and blow us all away. Once Wayne was released in late 2010 he got right to work. He got his feet wet by doing a few small features for other artists before finally releasing the first official single from Carter IV on December 15th, 2010. “6

Foot, 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)” was an epic return for Wayne, a sort pseudo-sequel to his previous hit “A Milli”, the track explodes with a high pitched beat that sampled Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” complemented by Weezy’s signature rhyme style amped up to an all time high. Wayne sounded hungry, and after all that jail time, who could blame him? Wayne stayed silent for a few months, letting the single speak for itself. In the spring he released second single “John (feat. Rick Ross),” a certified gangster banger that emulated a style that had been popularized by Ross and artists like Waka Flocka Flame while Weezy served his bid on Rikers Island. It wasn’t an amazing song by any means but it let fans know that Wayne was hard at work and that the fire he brought to his first single wasn’t diminishing. Summer was when things started to go wrong. Wayne was doing alright, appearing on a few posse tracks to keep himself on the radio. Then “it” happened. Perhaps one of the worst (or at least most embarrassing) songs of Wayne’s career was released to the public. With a John Mayer/Jason Mraz guitar loop and some Bruno Mars inspired lyricism “How to Love” was Wayne’s attempt to regain “Lollipop”-level relevance after his critically acclaimed singles weren’t seeing massive sales. “Love” on its surface would be a decent track if its intentions weren’t so transparent. Wayne wanted a number one single, and he was going to get it no matter what, even if it meant he would have to forgo rapping and produce a sing-songy track full of mushy messages that would appeal to his


Wayne singing in his music video for his summer smash ‘How to Love.’ already confusingly strong female fan base. next day. Fan reaction has been mixed at best. The equivalent of a gangster greeting card, #ThingsBetterThanThaCarterIV has been this song was a complete sonic disaster that trending worldwide and there seems to be a would go on to peak at #5 on the Billboard general air of disappointment and negativity surrounding the release that was absent from Hot 100. Things looked so promising, Wayne had the 2008 release of “Tha Carter III.” Despite the mixed reaction, “Tha Carter just started to gain back the good will he had lost while in jail and then he threw it all away IV” sales have been phenomenal. While with a pathetic attempt to gain back the same Wayne isn’t doing the same numbers he did 2008 cultural relevancy that snagged him an in 2008, he is still going platinum, ultimately interview with Katie Couric and a platinum proving that blatant cash grabs like “How to plaque. “Tha Carter IV” no longer seemed Love” do actually pay off (not to mention like it would be bona fide return to form, the hype around Jay-Z/Beyonce diss track “It’s Good (feat. Jadakiss & Drake)” has been where would Wayne go from here? As summer drew to a close, Wayne released through the roof as of late). So where in the world is Lil Wayne? Who “She Will (feat. Drake)”, it would go on to be the most popular single from “Tha Carter knows? Wayne has been known to portray IV” to date and despite primarily leaning on himself as a “Martian”, emphasizing the fact a strong hook from Drake, restore some of that he is otherworldly and no one quite the faith Wayne had lost with his previous understands him. The Wayne that everyone fell in love with isn’t gone; he is just doing single. Immediately following Wayne’s closing what got him to where he is today: being performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music unpredictable. With his head in the clouds, Award’s “Tha Carter IV” was released on money in his pocket, and a blunt in his hand, iTunes, with a physical release to follow the Weezy barrels forward into the unknown.

UK reality show makes its way to America’s TVs this fall By Reynolds Davis Staff Writer “The X-Factor” is a ground breaking reality singing show from the United Kingdom that is making its way to America on Fox this fall. “The X-Factor” is a show very similar to “American Idol”; it actually will have Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as judges, but this time the competition will be open to almost anyone. Contestants may audition as long as they are at least 12 years old. Contestants also have the option of auditioning as an individual or in a group. Judging alongside Cowell and Abdul are lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger and Grammy Award winning song writer and record producer L.A. Reid. The acts will be split into four categories, Boys, Girls, Groups and Over twenty-five’s. The judges will act as mentors to a category during the live shows and will take part in the selection process of the live show acts. There are five stages to the show: producers auditions (which probably won’t be shown), judges auditions, boot camp, Judges House auditions and the live shows. Each category will have around three or four contestants in it competing in the live shows. About a decade ago a little show called “American Idol” premiered on television and


Along with the return and infamous critque of Cowell, left, new reality show hopes to find ‘X-factor’ in one to-be star. even though season one had a bit of a shaky dollar contract and the chance to perform who aremore interested in what Snooki start, it ended up as one of the most watched in front of millions brought talent out of the is doing on Jersey Shore than a bunch of shows in the past decade. What made that wood works imagine what $5 million will singers should listen to this: the contestants show such a hit? It actually produced stars. bring. will all live in a house together and some The winners of American Idol would receive Another big reason “X-Factor” will make a are reporting that the contestants will have a million dollar contract. Idol contestants as big wave in Fall TV is that unlike “American unlimited access to alcohol with cameras a whole have won sixteen American Music Idol,” “X-Factor” contestants will get running all the time. While many people say Awards, thirty-nine Billboard Music Awards, extravagant budgets for their performances. they don’t like reality shows, the high ratings nine Grammys and one Oscar. The UK version has featured fire, balloons, these type of shows pull in show otherwise. That’s got to be pretty hard to top though, back up dancers and elaborate sets just as an “X-Factor” may have some fierce competition but if one show can do it then it will be “The example. coming in the fall as it competes with other X-Factor.” The winner of “The X-Factor” There is more of an entertainment value to well established shows but if Simon Cowell is will receive a recording contract worth $5 it then just walking around stage and singing. right about this being a hit (and he usually is) million. If the chance to win a one million But that’s not all folks! Some of you may this show will be one to watch.



The Voice and SGA aid Japan The Voice and SGA sponsored a Red Cross donation booth in the atrium late last month, where all proceeds were sent to Japan. The booth appeared in the atrium of the 500 building for three days and students from The Voice manned the table, generously asking for monetary help for the earthquake and tsunami ravened Islands of Japan. Students responded to the donation table in a number of different ways. Some dug through purses and billfolds to scrounge up anything they could find, some walked by without even a mere glance in the general direction, others responded by saying, “I already donated outside of school,” or “I don’t have any cash, let me run out to the car and get it!” Very few faculty members donated. The booth was however a pleasant success. The first day donations were being taken 149 dollars was collected to be sent to the country. In all three days Gainesville State donated 327 dollars to help the Japanese people.

September 23, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Clubs Day at GSCO set on ridding poverty By Reynolds Davis Staff Writer Habitat for Humanity is a club known for building houses and volunteering for the less fortunate, but it also helps students gain leadership and service skills. Joining clubs can be a great way to get involved on a college campus, especially for freshman who are trying to get in the college routine. Habitat for Humanity is not just a club to help students get involved on campus but it helps students get involved with the community. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization dedicated to getting rid of poverty housing, by volunteering and raising money and awareness. Randy Parish, GSCO professor and Habitat for Humanity advisor, said that they will be planning on going on another trip on spring break and that they, “definitely will do the 5K run in February,” to help raise money for the organization.

Volunteering will give students some great skills and life lessons. According to Parish, even, “if you don’t know squat,” about constructing houses they can teach volunteers all the skills they need in order to get the job done. Parish said that, “it’s amazingly rewarding to do the jobs,” and that, “you are doing things that you may never imagine you can do.” Volunteers learn to do things they may never have been given the opportunity to do, and may never do any other time. He added, “My wife has been up on the roof putting the roof on houses.” Learning hands on work isn’t the only thing students will get out of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. According to Parish, “[volunteers] learn leadership skills and learn service skills,” Parish added volunteering will also look good on a resumé. Parish said that volunteers are, “really proud of themselves and of what they’ve accomplished.” Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization for everyone involved and as Parish said, “you can have

Josh Jones Clubs Day was held here at GSCO on August 24, and gave students the chance to go around and be introduced to the different types of clubs offered here at this school.

September 23, 2011



SGA hosts Weeks of Welcome for students By Robbie Bruster Voice Contributor At GSCO the Student Government Association is working hard to create a feeling of school spirit. By hosting events SGA serves as the voice of the student body, relaying their problems to administration. Dylan Brooks, president of the SGA, talked about what SGA does and what projects they are working on this semester. For freshman, Brooks said, “We are co-collaborating with the Campus Activities Board for the weeks of welcome.” He continued, “We have an open house for new students to show them around campus and where to find things.” These are just a few things SGA does to help the freshman meet their classmates and learn their surroundings. For those who don’t know what SGA is or what they do, Brooks said, “We are the liaisons between the student body and the administration. Our main purpose is to be the majority voice for the student body at GSCO. “It is defined in our mission statement we are here for the student body if they have problems at the campus, like parking, we

Josh Jones Dylan Brooks, president of SGA, Student Government Association, with fellow club memember poses for shot on Clubs Day. work with the administration to fix them.” SGA continues to work hard on making the campus a place students can all be proud of. “We are working on campus beautification by changing the paintings in the halls. We are working with the art club to make paintings that are more

Laker based to try and boost school spirit.” What Brooks wanted to achieve this semester was, “for people to get involved and just be on campus. There are 30 plus student organizations [such as] SGA, Art club, Film club, Spanish club, and there’s a long list of more clubs that people can get involved in.” Brooks

said, “with our new café there’s no reason [for students] to leave campus to get food or whatever. It will help parking and congestion if students come to campus and stay between classes.” To join SGA and become an official member, meetings are every Monday at noon in Room 503. These meetings are open to the

student body. To become an official member of SGA one must attend three of these meetings and meet a few basic qualifications, such as holding a two point six GPA. Brooks said, “…once you become an official member of the SGA from then you will help other members of SGA with events and activities.”



September 23, 2011

How to get through college successfully

Starting college is one of the most exciting and anticipated milestones in your life. Not only that, but it is also one of the most unnerving experiences. You are probably asking yourself, will I make friends? Where do I go out in Athens? Will I flunk all my classes? We cannot promise you that you will get through college unscathed, but we can help you

Dump your home town gf/bf: You’re thinking you’re in love, and maybe you are, but maybe your aren’t. You have a lot to learn about the world and yourself. Be nice about it and tell them it’s not the right time. Because trust me, it’s not! There is such a thing as fate: if it’s meant to be, then it will be.


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Remember where you are from: Remember what you believe in. Call home once in awhile if you need a reminder. If you don’t call your parents they may stop sending you money.

Spend your parents’ money: On drinks at a bar. Be prepared: Always carry a toothbrush for the

Don’t get sick: Always remember liquor before beer and do not mix dark and light liquors. Stick to one.

morning after.

Be original: Girls, your bedrooms don’t have to have the green and

light pink matching everything! Go to a thrift store find something old and unique - dress it up, Please, no zebra-striped pillows. This is the time in your life where you can be whoever you want. There are no “cool” groups/cliques in college. Be yourself. As Dr. Seuss says,

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind

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September 23, 2011



Life weighing you down?

Then try making one of these amazing easy-to-make drinks to try and lighten you’re spirits! 1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Lemonade Flavor Low Calorie Soft Drink Mix 2 cups cold water 1 can (46 oz.) pineapple juice 2 Tbsp. grenadine syrup 1 can (8-1/4 oz.) pineapple chunks in juice, drained 8 wooden skewers Grapes& oranges optional. DirectionsEmptydrink mix into large pitcher. Add water; stir until drink mix is completely dissolved. Stir in pineapple juice and grenadine syrup. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled. MEANWHILE, insert pineapple chunks evenly onto skewers; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. SERVE in 8 tall glasses over crushed ice, if desired. Add 1 pineapple skewer to each glass.

4 cups cold regular or reduced-calorie cranberry juice cocktail 1 can (6-ounce size) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1 can (6-ounce size) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute equivalent 4 cups cold club soda DirectionsIn a large pitcher, combine cranberry juice cocktail, lemonade concentrate, limeade concentrate, and sweetener. Stir in club soda. Pour into glasses filled with ice.

1 cup sugar 1 cup of water ž cup raspberries; pureed and pushed through a fine mesh sieve; plus more whole berries for garnish if desired 1 cup fresh lemon juice (this equaled close to 8 of my lemons) 4-6 cups cold water (this will vary depending on your taste) DirectionsMake a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool. Measure 3/4 of fresh raspberries and puree them in your blender or food processor. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp. Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance.


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September 23, 2011

Local store offers fresh fall fashion

Pitaya, local fashion shop, located on 282 Clayton Street dowtown Athens, offers a variety of fresh fall looks for women and other botique products. By Ember Nardiello Lifestyles Staff Writer Anyone looking for a fresh look for fall should definitely check out some of the boutiques downtown Athens has to offer. Among the shops are a wide variety of styles and prices that will fit every style and preference. One boutique downtown that stands out is Pitaya, at 282 Clayton Street. It offers lots of versatility for very reasonable prices. While it

does not have a huge selection, there are several options to choose from. The predominant style of this particular boutique is bohemian, edgy and eclectic. A lot of neutral colors, patterns and flowing gauzy fabrics are among the racks. Pitaya has a look for any event or activity. They have sequined outfits and one-shouldered dresses for downtown, casual cotton shirts for class and flowing dresses with high waists that are always good for

daytime, a few red or black dresses for UGA games, plus much more. Pitaya’s staff is very helpful and friendly. No one there is pushing anyone into buying things, or insisting that an obviously unflattering skirt is absolutely adorable, as the salespeople will do in some stores. The inside of the store is not packed with racks, and it has a very calming effect. Everything is reasonably priced at Pitaya, with most articles in the $30 to 50 range for most of their pieces.

This is definitely a good place to stop to find some really cute outfits but avoid the after-shopping regret that follows a trip to most higher end boutiques. Private Gallery, at 184 East Clayton Street, is another cute boutique downtown. They offer a wide range of styles and a big selection of dresses, shoes, bags and belts that seem to fit a very classic, tailored style. With prices ranging from about $30 to $40 to multiple hundreds, Private Gallery definitely has something for every budget.

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Of course it is always difficult to put a gorgeous dress that fits perfectly back because it is just too expensive, so it is always a good idea to check the prices before ever actually entering a fitting room. Private Gallery has looks for downtown, class, a day or evening date and of course the appropriate UGA game day red or black dresses. With brightly colored walls, Private Gallery has a very cute atmosphere and a friendly staff to go with it. It is definitely a fun place to look around in.

Bourdain’s breakout book revisted

By Brad Jamison Copy Editor

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, particularly the kitchen, this book was written for you. If you’ve never worked in a kitchen, these 352 pages are filled with hijinks to keep you entertained throughout. Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” penned this tell-all book on his misadventures in the restaurant business — as well as other “business” endeavors. This book, Bourdain’s first nonfiction, launched him into celebrity chef stardom; plucking him from a cramped, sweaty kitchen to destinations across the globe, film

crew in tow. First published in 2000, the book spent months as a New York Times bestseller. Now revised and expanded, the book features author interviews, insights and a new preface where Bourdain acknowledges that his new jetsetter lifestyle has made his once-callused chef hands into baby-soft extremities, concluding, simply, with, “I suck.” In his explanation as to why he in fact sucks, Bourdain recounts his daily routine as chef of Les Halles in New York, a task that sounds more like the militant whippinginto-shape of a bunch of riff raff, ragtag, would-be chefs; prostitutes, junkies, addicts, alcoholics, the lower class –all co-star in this brutally truthful account of what goes on in many kitchens across the

United States. While Bourdain may not be working his once-normal 16-hour double shift in the bowels of Les Halles, he is still waving the flag for a skillful profession that too many Americans take for granted. He is still sticking up for the minimum wage dishwasher who may or may not be legal in the States, but can crank out clean dishes and utensils with lightning speed. He is documenting the poor working conditions of chefs and other underappreciated professionals around the world, all while enjoying the freedom from the kitchen he deserves. Mr. Bourdain, in fact, certainly does not suck.


September 23, 2011



Growlers bring fresh beer home By Brad Jamison Voice Copy Editor

When people think about beer, most think about bottles, cans or on tap. Or, perhaps, some minds race to the recent marketing ploy known as the mini-keg, a holding cell for (mainly) commoditized, watered-down swill that tastes no differently than the watereddown swill you get in bottles and cans. I think we all know which intergalactic corporations I’m referring to here. And I think we all know pints are always better on tap; pints on nitro taps; beers aged in bourbon barrels; beers aged on smoked hickory; Russian stouts infused with coffee beans. The possibilities are endless. But alas, what’s a beer lover to do after a few pints at his or her favorite watering hole? If you’re like this beer geek, you get on beeradvocate. com, leave a review for other fellow beer geeks and go to your favorite package store, plunk down the cash and get that beer in the fridge soon as possible. But if you’ve ever experienced the dissatisfaction of that bottled beverage not reflecting its true character you experienced on draft, you’re not alone. Nor are we any longer out of luck, dear reader. Athens is now home to three – count ‘em – three growler shops. What’s a growler, you ask? A growler is simply a 64-ounce glass jug that holds a half-gallon of beer poured from a tap. What’s a growler shop? A growler shop is a magical place that offers several beers for your enjoyment — all on tap. While three shops exist in Athens one made it possible for the other two to open for business. Athens’ Beer Growler was the first to offer freshly tapped beer, not only in Athens, but also in the state. Georgia law prohibited the pouring of growlers until the three owners of the Beer Growler, Paul Saunders, Denny Young and Sean Galvin, told them those laws weren’t going to fly with them and wrote their own legislation to get the outdated nonsense corrected. “We were the ones responsible for changing the law at the state level,” Saunders told the Atlanta JournalConstitution. “We basically wrote the legislation the department approved for us to be able to fill glass bottles.” And it was so. The Beer Growler began pouring for Athens in December 2010. Since then I have had my Dogfish Head growler filled and refilled multiple times. On my last visit I spoke with Allegra Yeley, a Beer Growler Employee

Beer growler offers customized store growlers as well as a variety of other breweries’ growlers. who knew a thing or two about the livelihood of craft beer in Athens. “We have a lot of repeat customers at this point,” Yeley said. “Obviously we have several people coming in and just asking what a growler is, too. And they were excited about it once they understood it.” Not only does the Beer Growler offer 25 different taps, but they offer only the finest craft beer available, meaning no macro brews such as Bud, Miller, Coors, Pabst and the like. “The beer we sell is only the beer we drink,” Yeley said. “We’re not going to put up something that has a terrible ranking on beeradvocate. com, either.” The taps are flushed with highly praised beer from all over the United States, from New York to California, Delaware to Michigan. A few beers make transatlantic trips to line the store’s walls. Even

with such diverse offerings thirsty patrons can always expect their local breweries to be on tap: Athens’ Terrapin and Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Co. will always be on tap, “no matter what,” Yeley said. Wild Heaven, Decatur, Ga.’s newest brew, is often seen on the blackboard behind the bar as well. With two other growler shops alive and well in Athens Yeley acknowledges there is always competitiveness between businesses. “We have people come in with 5 Points growlers,” Yeley said, “and we’re happy to fill them. We have a good location, and so do [5 Points Bottle Shop], but I think we have a rapport with loyal customers and we’re solely dedicated to growlers.” Not only can beer lovers get their fix of a fresh growler, but they can also take advantage of free glassware specials every Wednesday. The

store is also hosting a New Belgium Fat Tire bike giveaway throughout September with donations going to Partnership for a Prosperous Athens. The store has seen a rise in clientele since its inception into Athens’ craft beer scene. Yeley said the demographic is varied, ranging from late-20s to 60s. The collegeage clientele isn’t as “tapped in” to the idea, she said. She does see many young men come in on Friday and Saturday nights and crunch some numbers. “Without fail I’ll see a group of college guys come in, stand and stare at the board and compare the ABV to price, looking to get sloshed.” According to Yeley, those customers don’t accurately represent the store’s goal, nor does it represent the idea held by most customers. Even though Galvin, Saunders and Young were successful with

Josh Jones getting their initial legislation approved, hurdles still lie ahead for Georgia’s growlers. “In the South, in general, you tend to have strange alcohol laws,” Yeley said. “We’re about to be able to sell 32-ounce growlers, but the legislature has to vote on it first.” Despite the bits of red tape in front of the state’s first growler shop, Yeley believes the store will continue to grow — literally. The Geer Growler just opened its second location in Avondale Estates, just a few minutes from Atlanta. The new location offers 40 taps and has seen a tremendous response since opening its doors in August. Yeley hopes to see a rise in student patrons at the Athens location. Grasping Athens’ large student population, the store offers $1 off for students with a valid school ID.


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rmed with flatbread sandwiches, hot coffee and a keen business sense, Campuscafe President and CEO Manoj Barot is ready to bring a full fledged dining experience to GSC Oconee students. Placing a hard emphasis on student feedback, Barot spoke on the goals of his new investment: “We would like the students to own this café,” adding that the café will “struggle to survive” without strong student support. There have been complaints among the student body that the price of food at the café is too high and should be changed. While Barot and Jones are pushing for student suggestions, changes in price appear to be out of the question. However, Jones (a big fan of the café’s turkey croissants as well as its coffee) is confident that the pricing (which averages at about $5-$6 for a small meal) is fair and reasonable. “You would pay more down the street at Zaxby’s,” said Jones “and he has enough money already!” Campuscafe, based in Atlanta, has provided food services to various schools around the state such as Georgia Perimeter

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talks between GSCO and Chik-Fil-A breaking down before they could make a deal. Eventually GSCO sent out an RFP (request for proposal) and Campuscafe was the first and only company to make a bid. Barot described the level of commitment and confidence they have put into GSCO as “not typical” when compared to some of their other clients. The evidence is in the receipts; Campuscafe has provided their own serving license and build out with virtually no budgetary help from GSCO. Campuscafe pays a high premium to be here and both Barot and Jones are hoping it pays off in the long run. “This is a moneymaker for the school” said Jones with Barot hoping that the café’s “state of the art sustainability” will ultimately lead to success.Jones helped arrange for Campuscafe’s arrival on campus and spoke highly of the company’s “high level of marketing and professionalism” adding that he appreciated that the café was “specifically aimed at students.” Campuscafe has already had a “soft-open” for their new store with a grand opening planned for a later date. Once that happens, students should expect a bigger Nathan Kerce menu, special events, and other surVoice A&E Editor prises throughout the semester.



September 23, 2011

Bulldogs gear up for season By Jackson Heaton Sports Editor

NBA lockout scare for fans By Brett Fowler Staff Writer As fall fast approaches, two things come to many college students’ minds: class and college football. In Athens this mindset is obvious when it comes to UGA football. No matter what college you go to in Athens there are plenty of students who live and breathe Bulldog football. As the season gets underway the 2011 Bulldog squad looks to redeem themselves after last years disappointing 6-7 season. Last year was the first losing season under head coach Mark Richt in his 10 years at the university. While there have been shouts from fans to fire Richt, many need to be reminded that he has compiled a 96-34 record while at the university and has the second highest winning percentage of UGA coaches since 1900 behind only Herman Stegeman, for whom Stegeman coliseum is named. On offense the Bulldogs will have to replace a lot of statistical leaders. The Dawgs lost Kris Durham to graduation, A.J. Green


to the draft, Washaun Ealey and Logan Gray to transfer, and Caleb King to academic ineligibility just to name a few. While the Dawgs did lose many key players they will have others to step up and take a leadership role this season. Quarterback Aaron Murray will return this season to build on freshman season. Murray will have Tavarres King and Orson Charles back as potential targets downfield. “I’m really excited about Murray at quarter back, he should be able improve from his freshman season.” said former UGA quarter back David Green “there are a lot of question marks on offense though.” One of the question marks on offense will be at the running back slot where incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell will have to compete for the starting job and can hopefully live up to the hype that has surrounded him since coming out of high school as the number one running back in the nation. Another question on offense will be at the offensive line which will have a lot of new faces, but it be anchored by returning started Ben Jones at center. On the defensive side of the

ball the Dawgs look pretty solid. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is back for his second year running the 3-4 scheme. Greene said “I feel really good about the defense, their front seven is just sick.” The Dawgs are returning 7 starters this year who already have experience in Grantham’s defense, but they also have some guys that played a lot last year such as Alec Ogletree who had a strong showing in the games he played in last year. As far as special teams are concerned, the Dawgs have arguably the two best specialists in the country with Blair Walsh returning as the place kicker and Drew Butler returning as the punter. For the bulldogs to have a successful season they will need to finish games better this year than they did last year. In games like the Auburn game last year, the Dawgs looked good in the first half but didn’t play as well in the second half. Playing in the SEC the Dawgs will have a hard schedule to deal with but coach Richt and the Bulldogs should be a competitive team this year in the nation’s hardest conference.

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The damage of top NBA players playing basketball overseas will have everlasting effects on the NBA if the lockout does not end. The NBA lockout is starting to scare fans all over the country with the thought of not having an NBA season. Unlike the NFL lockout, the NBA lockout looks as if it will not end anytime soon. The lockout has become about nothing more than money. Players and owners both want to get paid more than they are currently receiving. Because of this dispute, the owners have locked out the players and the players are now going overseas to play. Big talk around the league concerns where each player will go and which fellow NBA players they will be their teammate. A factor that could scare fans is the fact that once some of these big-name players go overseas and start making millions of dollars off endorsements, they may not want to come back. The stardom that they would receive over there along with the endorsement deals just might convince them to stay where they are playing. Take Kevin Durant and Deron Williams, for example. They are playing for Besiktas in Turkey and

have an opportunity of making bigger names for themselves than they have in the United States. In the U.S., you would not have seen these two amazing players playing on the same team. However, the opportunities are now endless. Many other top players have been going overseas with a clause in their contract that gives them the option to opt-out of the contract if the lockout ends. A major factor in this entire predicament is inconvenience. On the business side, owners of teams, vendors, ticket sellers, etc. face major revenue loses and now puts their entire business in jeopardy due to its talent leaving for other countries. On the player’s side, it will affect the upcoming classes of rookies that may decide to take their talents overseas as well. If that takes place, the entire NBA league will lose credibility with its fans and the entire game could change forever. Third, it will be extremely inconvenient for players to have to uproot their lives to move to a country that they are completely unfamiliar with and take the time to familiarize themselves with different surroundings and new people.


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Braves begin fight for coveted World Series By Jason Brown Staff Writer As October approaches, leaves begin to fall from the trees while the Atlanta Braves begin fighting for the coveted World Series Championship. This Braves team has a new look, and it has thrived all season long with a cast of rookies and veterans. But, a key acquisition at the trade deadline pushed the Braves forward in speed and hits: Michael Bourn leads the league in steals (47) and ranks second in hits in MLB (161). Through injuries and slumps, players like Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, and Brandon Beachy have helped carry this team through thick and thin. Rookie phenomenon Freddie Freeman is the leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. Freeman leads all rookies in hits (140), doubles (28), batting average (.293), and on-base percentage (.353). He also has a career high 20-game hit streak, which was overshadowed by Dan Uggla’s career high 33-game hit streak. Freeman has also found his power stroke with 18 home runs and 64 RBIs this season, both of which rank in the top five among all rookies. The National League is stacked with talented first basemen, and

Contributed Freeman has stamped his ticket in the show. With 140 hits this season, he finds himself trailing only Joey Votto (2010 NL MVP) and Prince Fielder (2011 All Star Game MVP). This is great company for a rookie to have and is also exciting for all Braves fans looking toward the future. On the other side of the rubber, Craig Kimbrel is Freeman’s running mate for Rookie of the Year. Kimbrel has appeared in 67 games this season while only allowing 12 earned runs in over 65 innings pitched. During spring training the closer role was a two-headed race between Kimbrel and Venters. However, had manager Fredi Gonzales known Kimbrel would

The GSC-Oconee intramural sports season opened with flag football on September 13th. The games are being held at the YWCO center here in Athens. Also, if more students voice their opinions, other sports may be added to the schedule to go along with flag football and basketball. Students are not the only ones looking to get involved within Intramurals. GSCO Student Life Specialist, Lindsay Bailey, is trying to put together a student vs. faculty event. With more student suggestions, other events such as this can be planned as well. “I want students to know my office is always open, and that they can come by anytime with suggestions,” said Bailey. Even though flag football and basketball are the only sports

leading 1.31 ERA in 72 outings. Venters showed why he should have won ROTY in 2010 posting 83 strikeouts and only 11 earned runs in 75 innings pitched this season. He has been handed a hefty workload and has shown no signs of deterioration. A strong lefty in the bullpen is a necessity if one plans to make a run in the post season. Also, a 96 mph sinker and fastball with an 80 mph curve ball that breaks four feet helps, too. Brandon Beachy battled for the fifth spot in the rotation throughout spring training and now looks to be the second best arm on the staff heading into the playoffs. With injuries striking Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, Beachy has

outperformed all expectations by putting himself in the talk for Rookie of the Year. Beachy is second among rookies in strikeouts (128) and has posted a record of 7-2. His numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet, but his ability to give the Braves at least six strong innings in every outing is unparalleled. The Braves currently have the fourth best record in baseball (8055) and lead the NL Wild Card race by eight and a half games over St. Louis. So, with the wild card in hand and September call ups on the way, the Braves can only continue to get better. The young arms of Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran have Braves fans excited because both have dominated the minor leagues this season.


GSCO intramurals begin By Jace Emerine Voice Staff Writer

break the rookie saves record on August 31st, then he might have handed him the keys to the car last season. Kimbrel’s league-leading 41 saves topped former Braves prospect Neftali Feliz, who set the record in 2010 with the Texas Rangers. When asked about the record, Kimbrel said, “I’m just going out there each time trying to do my job, trying not to think about what I’ve done in the past or what’s ahead of me. I’m just thinking about outing by outing.” Kimbrel has an astounding 1.64 ERA with a .97 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) and leads all relief pitchers with 107 strikeouts in only 65 innings pitched. Jonny Venters is the Bravo’s eighth inning specialist with a league

scheduled as of now, students have an opportunity to make suggestions that could add more sports to the schedule. “We are going to try to expand intramurals this year by adding a couple of sports such as golf, volleyball, and soccer,” said Bailey. Bailey also has other ideas that she would like to implement to make intramurals more interesting for students this year. “We are also planning on having a kickball tournament later on during the year,” said Bailey. However, all of these different and exciting events are all pending on the level of student involvement. Students can use intramurals as a way to get to know their fellow classmates and also to get involved with the school beyond the classroom. More students and faculty members are looking to get involved in intramurals this year, which has some of them interested in the changes and new additions.


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September 23, 2011

Fantasy football kicks off, spreads webwide By Blake Hullett Voice Contributor That time of the year is finally here again. The time when all of your friends turn into trash talking know-it-alls. The time of the year when guys hide from there girlfriend's to watch every possible NFL game available. Also, the time of the year where any average Joe can make a name for himself. It is fantasy football time. Fantasy football has spread to many different internet sites such as Yahoo and CBS, but is most well known on ESPN. ESPN's fantasy league allows you and nine of your closest friends to compete against a different team from your league every week. The games are scored by the points that the starting players on your roster make during the game. An example would be if one of your wide receivers catches a touchdown pass or your quarterback throws a touchdown pass. You would then receive six points to your overall score. The player with the most points when


all the weeks games are done, wins that match up. One of the most interesting and hands on aspects of fantasy football is the draft. The draft usually consists of 16 rounds, which is how many positions you have to fill on your roster. Your roster will consist of everything from running backs to a kicker. One thing you need to realize as a manager now is that there is a strategy to picking your team. You cant start slinging around picks like you're a five year old in toys-r-us. The first three rounds are vital to your team. Of course people

have a certain way of picking their team, but the basic strategy is to get the top three point makers for your team. Usually the first pick is almost inevitable, as with the case in Adrian Peterson. From there though, you have to figure out what you want. If you are sitting at a middle round pick and cannot pick the best running back, you still have a second option. The strategy that usually works for most drafters is to pick a quarterback in the first round such as Aaron Rodgers or Michael Vick, an outstanding running back

like Arian Foster or Ray Rice the second round, and a playmaking receiver such as Andre Johnson or LeSean McCoy the third round. For rounds four-six you want to continue to pick up receivers and running backs. Round seven you want to go for a tight end like Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates. Rounds eight and nine is when you pick up your back up quarterback and running backs who can step in and do as good as the starters. Then in round ten draft your defense/ special teams. From there pick up as many sleepers as you can.

Finally, do not draft your kicker until the last round. The only thing left to do is come up with a good team name that will make all your friends laugh. In the end, fantasy Football is a great way to enjoy some time with your friends and get a little competitive. Just remember to make sure you have some idea what you are doing. After all, you do not want to be stuck with Jamarcus Russell or the Raiders Defense as your first round pick. Good luck this season and may the smartest man win.

Falcons acquire Jones in off-season adjustments By Jace Emerine Sports Staff Writer The move to acquire Julio Jones has been described as risky, crazy, and as an all around terrible decision by a lot of NFL “Experts”. However, it has been completely the opposite ever since Julio walked onto the field and joined his new teammates in Atlanta. Granted, he has a lot to prove and he will be under a huge amount of pressure, because the Atlanta Falcons gave up so much to draft him. His new teammates and Falcons fans have had nothing but good things to say about the talented rookie receiver. He adds an explosiveness to the team and takes a lot of coverage away from the pro-bowl receiver Roddy White. Now defenses cannot just focus all their attention on one player, they have to pay attention to Julio Jones as well. The beginning of the Falcon’s schedule is going to be tough, and it is going to make it very hard for a repeat of last year’s 13-3 record. The falcons begin the season against four teams that won at least 10 games each, and also went to the playoffs last year. The fifth game of the year should

be circled by the falcons players and coaches because it is a rematch against the Green Bay Packers, the team that put an end to their season. The NFL can be seen as a what have you done for me lately type of league. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter how well a team does in the regular season, what matters is the postseason performance. The Atlanta Falcons finished the

regular season with a 13-3 record and won the NFC South. They had a great year, and they progressed a lot as a team. However, they also got blown out by the Green Bay Packers 41-28 at home in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs. Needless to say, the Falcons and their ownership saw this as a set back and realized they needed to become more explosive on both sides of the ball.

The General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons, Thomas Dimitroff, brought in players this off-season to do just that. By bringing in players such as Julio Jones through the draft, and Ray Edwards through free agency, Dimitroff has added two exciting play-makers on offense and defense. The signing of Ray Edwards greatly improves the falcons biggest weakness on defense.

Contributed They have been one of the worst teams in the NFL at pressuring the opposing quarterback. Ray Edwards should help that stat immensely. These two key off-season acquisitions along with their draft give fans something to look forward to. As well as, put the falcons in position to make a legitimately deep playoff run.

September 23, 2011


Unfair treatment at Oconee It’s a new school year, which means new beginnings. We have a new campus café to provide us in times of thirst and starvation, and the staff at GSC has made some progress in dealing with the parking situation on campus. However, is that all we deserve? It’s obvious that the Oakwood Campus receives all the benefits and what do we receive on the Oconee Campus? Nothing. Oakwood received a new 130,000 square foot academic building; Oconee received new sod. We at The Voice believe that the main campus needs to pay more attention to the students’ wants and needs at Oconee. Whatever happened to the idea of a new student center being built on Oconee grounds? The construction of that idea was supposed to take place in the spring of this year and be completed by the summer of 2012. The new building was going to contain a two story parking deck to limit the parking disaster we are experiencing on campus, a cafeteria, fitness center, administrative offices and a student study center with much more. That obviously didn’t happen, perhaps because the new academic building for Oakwood was a need, not just a want, for their “rapidly growing student population.” If no one has noticed, Oconee is growing just as

rapidly. Many students come to the Oconee Campus mainly because it is in Athens and is a main transfer site for students wanting to attend The University of Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech and other University Systems of Georgia. Is Oconee Campus the unwanted stepchild to the main, glorious Oakwood Campus? It would seem that way since within their 130,000 square foot structure they received a computer and other course labs, space for students to lounge, faculty offices, auxiliary space and a fitness center. Did you know that it doesn’t matter which campus you attend, everyone pays the same amount of fees? It certainly isn’t fair that we all pay the same and don’t receive the same treatment. In the future, we would like to see a fitness center. Many students have voiced this in the past. Not only is it beneficial to our health, but it would also be more convenient to have a place to workout and pay $100 a semester, instead of paying an additional $60 a month at a local gym. At the forefront of the issue is the parking. One would have to be oblivious if they thought this did not need to be addressed. We would like to see more focus placed on the Oconee Campus and fair treatment that will benefit us at GSC Oconee.

Add campus card, lower prices We The Voice want to say thank you to GSC officials for taking our previous concerns on the old café and giving us a varieties of food choices at the new cafe on campus. We appreciate that you heard our voices. Now that we know we have your attention, we have more for you to hear. One of our concerns is that for or many students here on the Oconee campus at Gainesville State College, money is extremely tight. Due to the new Campus Café, students now have the opportunity to purchase different meals and beverages in between classes. Although it is right on campus and is very convenient, are the prices reasonable enough that the students will eat there and not up the street at McDonalds? Here is our suggestion, in our opinion, a “Campus Card” would be a reasonable compromise or in fact, alternative that would increase the number of students purchasing from the café and the amount of money coming in as well. Currently, a sandwich and a drink is roughly around ten dollars. This means that for twenty dollars, only two meals would be able to be bought. With a campus card, meals would be prepaid and better deals would come out of it. Instead of getting two meals for twenty dollars, what if we got three?

There has been controversy on the topic of the meal prices not being able to be decreased. When The Voice asked the Campus Café if their prices our subject to change, their reply was a firm, “no“! With our suggestion of the card and meal deals, the price change would no longer be a pressing issue on the success of the café. The prices would remain the same but we would receive more for our money. So essential it would be a win for the café and a win for the GSC students. Another benefit that would come out of these cards is not having to carry around cash. We could simply swipe our cards and have a meal in our hands. The staff or those in charge of this café could work out different deals to go along with the cards as well. Buy ten dollars worth of lunch and get a free drink. Buy two muffins and get a free coffee. All in all, a campus card would increase the business at the new café and in reality, it would bring in a lot more money for the school as well. The fact is that students want deals. Whether its two dollar draft beers, buy one get one half off shoes, or 15 cent wings, we want them. We more than want them, we are drawn to them. If we know there is a beer deal at a bar, we are there. If we know we can shop half off we buy more shoes, food, movies, hats, clothes etc. If you want our business give us deals.


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‘No Recession in College Pay’ reveals professors’ 6-figure salaries My colleagues and I were paid richly last year while everyone else was struggling to stay above water in a stagnant economy, at least that’s what a recent article in the Atlanta Journal might lead one to believe. We didn't get raises, nor were we living the high life to begin with, especially with the rising cost of health care. College budgets have been hit especially hard. The article, titled “No Recession in College Pay,” points out that a number of university system employees make “six-figure salaries,” presumably a scandal, but it focuses on only five schools and neglects to make clear who these people are, using the general terms “faculty” and “staff ” to describe them. What do these terms mean to you? “Staff ” could be a college president or his administrative assistant, and faculty could be a cream-of-the-crop nanobiological engineer at Georgia Tech or an English instructor at Gainesville State. I'm faculty, but I will never make anywhere near a six-figure salary, and I’m as unhappy as anyone that, in this economy, state employees would be enjoying an increased standard of living at my expense as a taxpayer. My concern here isn't pay – I didn't get into teaching for the money – but the impact of word choice in mass media and how difficult it can be to get a clear picture of even a single, narrow issue from the news. I've been in the news on four separate occasions, and each time there were inaccuracies in the final story, ranging from misstating my age to using my words to generate controversy where one hadn’t previously existed. I suppose conflict helps sell papers, and with the newspaper industry suffering

Contributed as it is, maintaining an audience is crucial. To this end, the AJC's headline is compelling, but the article is potentially misleading and could have a significant impact if readers are angered and direct that anger politically. When an angry constituent, after reading the AJC, calls the office of her state representative to fume about those comfortable, tenured professors getting raises and he decides that it’s politically expedient to hit the colleges' budgets even harder, will his response be based in facts or in the impression his constituents have of the issue? He wants to be re-elected, after all. A few years ago a CNN reporter described being told to rerecord his dispatch from the West Bank when he used the word “settlements” to describe Israeli occupied areas hit by Palestinian rockets. The producer told him to say “neighborhoods” instead. In fact, the settlements were illegal and violated a moratorium on building. Arguably, to hear of an Israeli neighborhood under attack would evoke a different response than that Palestinians forced off their land retaliated.

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The essence of an issue as significant as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be so easily obfuscated by a producer's choice of one word over another in a nationallybroadcast report, and as CNN’s viewers’ opinions are colored by language that clouds the reality of such an important issue, these beliefs are brought to bear in their political behavior, the candidates and causes they support. Each word matters. Consider the possibility of an example like this in hundreds of stories filed every day in scores of media outlets, and what makes us think we have any idea what is actually going on in the world, especially when most Americans get their news in headlines and soundbites? The many variables of a given event or issue simply can't be communicated in the space of a single article or a five-minute broadcast. Beyond recognizing that many media outlets have a specific audience to please, being informed takes time, effort, and determination, and in tough times like these, who has time for that?


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Hello, my name is Dylan Brooks, and I am your Student Government Association President here at Gainesville State College Oconee. When I started here, I remember walking in the doors of this building wondering why I was here and what college had to offer me. Boy, does time fly! I am actually the first person in my immediate family to attend college, and I had no prior knowledge of what to expect, nor did I know how different college and high school are from the other. I soon became involved in the Student Government Association (SGA). Much like that of the SGA in high school, our main purpose is to communicate between the

student body, as a whole and the administration at GSCO. Through SGA I was able to learn more about how higher education works and the structure of programs and events that happen around campus on a daily basis. Just remember that SGA is not the only student-led organization on our campus. We have over 20 organizations that are studentled and are available for college students to join at their leisure. Whether you like helping the environment or creating art there is an organization for YOU! Finally, SGA will be meeting on Mondays from 12 to 1 p.m. in Room 503, and I hope to see you all there!

Smoking your choice, not mine By Alexandra Todey Voice Asst. Opinions Editor Smoking is your choice, not mine. While walking around Gainesville States Oconee campus this new fall semester, I have noticed a few changes. For example, the parking was still impossibly frustrating , though it seems like there was an attempt to make it better. I noticed that the new “Campus Café” is up and running (with high prices that is). Last but not least I noticed “tobacco free campus” signs have been put up around campus. Now I knew their was a problem with parking because last semester I would have to hunt for a spot. I also knew that we needed a knew café, unless I wanted to continue having to pay 5 plus dollars for a coffee. So should I have known that we had problems with smoking on campus? After seeing the “tobacco free campus” signs, everyone around me seemed to be smoking. Whether it was smoking in a breezeway or behind a car in our parking lot. Noticing the smokers and sign stirred my curiosity. What is the Gainesville States’ policy on smoking? So I did a little research and according to the GCS student

handbook tobacco use on campus is prohibited. The one exception to this rule is that you can smoke in your car. On a side note, now I think would be a good time to add in that I am personally a nonsmoker. To be completely honest I think it’s a disgusting habit. Also I am not normally a stickler for the rules. I do think that some rules are meant to be broken, unless they directly affect others. This brings me to my point which is that studies have shown that second hand smoke is detrimental to our health. Every time you smoke a cigarette in public you are directly affecting another humans health, you are infringing upon their rights, and abusing yourself as well. So this is a rule that we should all stick to. If you choose to smoke that’s fine, but do not make it our choice to have to endure your second hand smoke. This rule was implemented for a valid reason. To protect our health. To GSC officials I hope that you impose this rule upon tobacco using students. To students and teachers who smoke, I hope every time you see the “tobacco free campus” signs they remind you to be respectful and at least smoke in your car. Cause smoking is your choice, please do not make it mine.

September 23, 2011


2012 election will be circus By Matt Davenport Voice Contributor It’s only mid September 2011 and already The Democratic and Republican parties have announced their respective candidates for next year’s election. For the democrats we have the incumbent President Obama, and pro life activist Randall Terry, just to start the list. On the Republican side there is literally a sea of diverse people. Working class people like Tom Miller a career flight attendant. Candidates like Jimmy McMillan a martial artist and proponent of the Rent is to “Damn High Party” whose antics earned him viral video fame. Michelle Bachman is also on the republican campaign trail, trying her hand at comedy in a campaign rally in Florida likening hurricane Irene and the recent New Jersey earthquake to “Acts of God and insinuating that our current president is out of sorts with the Judeo Christian “god”. The libertarians have even declared a few candidates, one such person is a high school dropout turned attorney named Carl Person. Another is Roger Gary a former chairman of the libertarian party in Texas, and a long time liberty activist starting his time

in the party in 1977. A veritable smorgasbord of ideas, view points and hilarious personal quirks surround the upcoming election and I for one can’t wait to see the outcome. If the debates go the way I think the will it’ll be like watching a verbal form of Ultimate Fighting Championships. I have then some slightly rhetorical questions: Do you see a pattern in the Republican Party? Do they seem desperate for the female vote? How about for the racial minority vote? Let me be a little clearer. Remember back to the 2008 election primaries, think of the republican nominees Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, John McCain Starting to see the pattern yet? The Republican party was basically being represented primarily by Wealthy, White men, and as such reflected their interests. Now though In the republican party we have Bachman a woman in her own right running not for a vice presidency but for the enchilada of president elect. Running the opposition for the party are men like Tom Miller, who is a working class flight attendant. Last but not least is of course Jimmy McMillan who is among many things, an African American, an activist for tenants’ rights, and a self professed Karate expert. The views stated by these

individuals are not those of the late Berry Goldwater or even the staunch ideas of conservatism that are the ubiquitous hall marks of the party. I wonder why the republicans are changing tact so drastically. Is there a possibility that they have figured out what sociologists have know for quit a while, that America is slowly greying or getting older? While there is a slight boom in the youth demographic, the traditional foundation of the Republican Party the middleclass, small business owner/operator, in his/her 30s-50s is fading away? One has to wonder. On the other side of the aisle the democrats seem to be content with their current position and will defend their policies to the hilt. As the democrats currently hold the presidency they seem to be in a very defensible place as most of their policies i.e. those pertaining to the economy are slowly but surely working. So as this years political scene heats up keep an eye out for my suppositions and lets see how many come true. In any case this Presidential election will be just as crazy and suspenseful as the last one. It’ll be a traveling circus full of performers ready to do political backflips and policy 180’s at a


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“Licking whip cream off my body.” -

Max Williams

“Chocolate. Oh God, I love chocolate.”

Weeks of Welcome good first date By Michelle Correll Staff Writer The Weeks of Welcome as you all know encompass the first weeks of college here at GSC. Having never been here I feel this is an unpolluted description. There were several activities following the initial welcome of a complimentary parking pass and student planner. Oh yes, and the fighting geese silly bands, which I may or may not have overindulged in. Throughout the next several weeks I would see a line at the quad and stand in it.

I admit, at first I was hesitant to participate then I realized it was paid for by the student activities fees. “Ah, but there must be a catch,” I thought suspiciously. When was the last time you got a hamburger without any expectations tied to it? The pizza and hamburgers came on paper plates, even your parents expect you to do the dishes! At a certain point, while I was having my nickname and the creature from the blue lagoon burned onto a street sign, I was reminded of Beauty and The Beast where the beast shows Belle the library.

That was when I realized they just want me to love it here, which really is nice considering they already have my money. I have enrolled and committed, this college has the degree I need. My attention is not enough; they want my affection as well. An institution is wooing me, an entire college, I feel very special. Plus, I got my face painted and a balloon of a penguin fishing. Think what you will, but thus far GSC’s Weeks of Welcome have been better than most dates I’ve been on. Let us just hope these memories of love and courtship will follow me long into finals week.

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September 23, 2011 NEWS Sparrow wins Best Practices Bookstore working


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By Jackson Heaton Sports Editor Assistant Director of Student Affairs Emily Sparrow has won the Best Practices Award at GSCO. A major part in winning this award for Sparrow was due to her work in the transformation of Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration, or SOAR. She has brought GSCO many improvements that have revolutionized the way the college runs SOAR. When asked about receiving the award Sparrow said, “I am very honored that anyone would say such nice things about me.” She works diligently to make GSCO the best educational institution that it can reach. However, she says that receiving the award, “Gives me direct motivation to continue.” SOAR is an orientation program that helps students to see all the resources and classes that are available to them. It is designed to answer all students’ questions about their new college experience. Sparrow was always dedicated to taking SOAR to higher limits. Because of her work in SOAR, 91.1% of student respondents rated check-in as “good” or “excellent.” Also, 81.6% of respondents rated the resource fair activity as “good” or “excellent.” And 85.4% of respondents rated the advising, core curriculum, and registration how-to info as “good” or “excellent.” Fellow colleagues have also had great things to say about Sparrow. Michelle Brown, assistant VP of student affairs, said, “I consider that Emily’s work involved with SOAR has been vital to improving

By Britney Bergeron Asst. Lifestyles Editor

student learning, particularly with outcomes related to transitions and self-efficacy.” All of Sparrow’s supervisors have backed her in every decision she has made and have recognized her ability to improve academic success. “The supervisors are always open to my crazy ideas,” Sparrow said. Sparrow has always considered student success her top priority and does all she can to get to know the students. “ I always try to get to know students

Josh Jones and who they are,” she said. Sparrow had many goals about improving SOAR and the way it is run. “I wanted to make SOAR more active and engaging,” and also, “Make things as simple and clear as possible for students,” she said. Emily Sparrow has done great work with S.O.A.R and will continue her work with thorough research and dedication. With the great student feedback that she has received, GSCO will continue to see great things from Sparrow.

GSCO renovates campus By Abbie Baggerly Voice Contributor Renovations and new sod have helped GSCO feel like a student’s home away from home. “This was just an old red clay dirt farm and we tried everything just to grow grass,” Mark Jones, director of business services, said. The landscaping needed to transform the campus from a dirt patch in the middle of a field to a learning sanctuary. Sod has been added all around campus, but has not yet been completed. “This was a big project and it’s still ongoing,” Jones said. Banners were added to the grounds to make the campus have a more collegiate feel. Jones said, “We put up some banners on campus, which we feel like beautify

the campus, and we are working on the signage some more.” Additions were made in the Student Life Office to make it feel more inviting:

“The goal of all the renovations was to make the campus seem more open and friendly.” enclosures in the student offices made the spaces seem more official. Campuscafé was another new feature that was added to the Student Resource Center. The goal of all the renovations was to make the campus seem more open and

friendly. “We want students to feel like its not just a stop and go or drive-thru campus, where you pop in take your classes and leave. We would like for students to enjoy hanging out and I’ve noticed that,” Jones said. “Long term I think you will see this campus transforming more and more into a very warm and inviting collegiate atmosphere, that’s our goal.” All of the work and renovations were spread throughout campus and did not focus on one particular section. Funding for the renovations were made available by the main campus. Students should look forward to new furniture that will transform classrooms after Winter break. Jones explained that it will be nice, new, state-of-the-art furniture.

The GSCO bookstore continues to struggle as students complain about book prices. The bookstore fights back by giving students more variety, hoping to boost sales and to let students know the faculty is listening. Marsha Norris, the Oconee bookstore manager, admits that the bookstore struggles most when it comes to talking about the cost of books. “[The students] think we’re responsible, but it all starts with the publishers,” Norris said. “They think I get commission on every book I sell in there… that’d be nice.” When asked if the business had increased or decreased from the previous year, Norris replied, “Actually our sales are up this year, which is great!” Sales are helped by offering more than just the textbooks at the bookstore. According to Norris, “I can’t speak for the other campus, but here, yeah.” The bookstore is now carrying Pepsi products, ice cream, and has added two models to model the clothing that they have throughout the store. “We are offering such a huge variety because we are listening to what the students want,” Norris said. “Starting in the spring, we are going to try to have a way to rent or purchase online. That’s something we’re really trying to work on because we have had a huge request for that kind of thing,” said Norris. For those who have noticed on the GSC website that renting textbooks is an option this semester, the question arises if it will save students more money than any other book rental site. Norris explained that a lot of times, students return their books back to the bookstore in order to go online to shop thinking they’re going to get a cheaper deal. Once they find out that they are missing a code that is needed for the class, they will come in and buy the original book back from the bookstore. “Working with the students is what needs to be most worked on. As for renting, educating them on how they will get the most for their money will be the difference,” Norris said. “Come in and ask us questions. We have two kiosks to print the students’ schedules and show them the correct book,” said Norris. “I think the students need to understand that the instructors tell us what you need,” continued Norris, “This way, you’re guaranteed the right books.”

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Stress relief found in new biofeedback therapy By Jessica Talarek Voice Contributor GSC Oconee is among a select few schools in the area to participate in biofeedback therapy, the process of mastering psychophysiological self-regulation skills. With the help of biofeedback machines, students learn to reduce muscle tension and other physiological reactions to stress. The emWave Desktop and the emWave Personal Stress Reliever combined with techniques from the Institute of HeartMath Research Center are what make this possible. Through extensive experimentation with different psychological and physiological measures, IHM has found a constant link between individual heart rhythms and emotional states and stress. “We’ve had that for years, probably six years. Not many colleges and universities have that, we are special in that way,” explains Dr. Melinda Hawley, coordinator of personal counseling & wellness at GSCO. The biofeedback program can be used on a computer and students learn how to lower their anxiety. “They are able to watch their physiology change,” said Hawley. “They can actually see that they are changing their body by watching the computer screen.”

Different patterns of heart activity have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. As a huge advocate for the biofeedback technology Hawley explains, “It can be really important for academics, you will actually have a more difficult time succeeding because the brain when it is stressed actually doesn’t work as well.” This biofeedback program has been proven to help students reduce stress before tests. Research has shown an increase in test scores and overall comprehension and performance. “I have handheld biofeedback units that students can take with them and practice with, then your brain has learned exactly what to do to deal with stress,” said Hawley. A lot of students have found that the biofeedback program and the overall counseling services available at GSCO are helpful and not what they expected. “Of all the things that I wish I could get across, all the aspects of counseling that I wish I could communicate to students is that you don’t have to be that bad to attend counseling,” Hawley said. “You don’t have to be falling apart; you don’t have to have a long term emotional problem. It can be that right now you feel overwhelmed, therefore; people come here for so many different reasons.”

Contributed Services available include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, interpersonal conflicts, addiction, and grief. “I’m not giving advice, telling people what to do, what I’m doing is helping them find their own answers and talking will often

make that come out,” Hawley said. “I can make suggestions and will make suggestions and they can pick from what fits them, what they want to do.” Personal counseling is provided in a supportive and confidential atmosphere but if students are not looking for just a one on one

consultation, couples counseling and various wellness workshops are available as well. There is no limit to how many times a student may participate and making an appointment is made simple through an online scheduling system on the personal wellness and counseling page.

Degree Works the newest tool for GSC advising By Keith Arrowood Voice Contributor New software has been purchased by the administration at GSCO. Called Degree Works, it is a program that will coincide with Banner Web allowing students and advisors to log in and see how close a student is to graduation. According to the Advising Flip Book, produced by the Academic Advising Center, Degree Works will allow for, “more timely and accurate planning for graduation.” The flip book also says that the software will, “allow advisors to spend more time talking and listening to students and less time dealing with the nuts and bolts of advising.” Not only can students see the percentage for how close they are to graduation, but they can also see a list of every class they have taken in college and which ones count towards their major. “It’s going to be kind of a selfadvisement tool,” said Melinda

Ward, an academic advisor at GSCO. “It’s not that we’re going to go away, but if a student is wanting to figure out something and there is no faculty to call, the student can go to the Degree Works program and it will show them how close they are to graduation,” Ward continued. Another feature of this software is allowing the student to see what would happen if they changed majors. “They (students) can go in and say ‘Well what if I want to be a history major instead of business,’ and then can go in and calculate what classes they need for that (major),” Ward said. Several other colleges in the University System of Georgia are already using Degree Works including the University of Georgia, Georgia College and State University, Kennesaw State, Valdosta State, and Georgia Tech. The software is currently being tested by officials at GSCO, with October being the expected release date.

September 23, 2011 NEWS Ireland study abroad a pot of gold for students


By Samantha Harper Voice Contributor

The study abroad Ireland program at GSCO is an incredible opportunity for students to gain academic and personal experience by exposing them to Irish culture for five weeks during the summer of 2012. GSCO Professor Dan Cabaniss, site director for the program, emphasized the importance of studying abroad. “We benefit from living abroad,” Cabaniss said, “It’s crucial that we develop our place in the world.” Based in Waterford, one of the oldest cities in Ireland, students stay and study at the recently renovated Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Waterford is a small city located 100 miles south of Dublin off the coast of Ireland. “The landscape of Ireland is spectacularly beautiful...Ruins that go from pre-historic to the Viking period,” Cabaniss said. The program lasts five weeks during the summer and is designed so students can gain as much out of it as possible. Classroom sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday, while Tuesday and Thursday is specifically for field trips. Students have their three-day weekend to take trips throughout Europe if they please, but must be back in class by Monday. “It’s great, it’s fantastic,” said

Cabaniss as he described the weekly schedule for students in the program, “You’re really moving around because there is a lot to see.” Students may choose from the 10 courses available, all taught by the University System of Georgia faculty, and are required to take a one-hour Introduction to Irish Culture class. Classes are tailored specifically to Irish studies.

Students are able to connect what they are studying to actual people and places in Ireland. “[It] really brings everything to life,” Cabaniss said. The cost for the trip is $4,800 which includes: round trip airfare, transportation from airport to campus to field trips, lodging, six meals per week, and a health insurance policy for medical expenses.

Cost for the trip does not include tuition; however, whatever financial aid you are eligible for will cover expenses for your courses. Cabaniss explained from personal experience that not knowing the language of the country students are studying in forces them to be tourists in a foreign country, enabling students from getting acquainted with the culture. Without a language

Contributed barrier, students have a, “Greater opportunity to know the Irish people,” Cabaniss said. “The Irish people there are incredibly welcoming...It’s pleasant to interact with them.” There is limited space available, so apply as soon in advance as possible. Deadlines for applications are March 1, 2012 and are available on USG’s European Council website.

Students have opportunity to travel to Belize By Jessica Whiting Voice Contributor

This summer, GSC students will have the opportunity to go on a two-week long trip to Belize while getting class credit at the same time. This study abroad trip, led by GSC Oconee Professor Jill Schulze, GSCO STEM chair, along with GSC Oakwood Professors Chris Semerjian and Carol Kraemer, will be held after Maymester curriculums are completed in the two courses that are offered. Students taking INED 2903 will receive three credits for an Area B elective and students taking GISC 4903 will receive credit for an upper level elective. Schulze said that these two classes “will have the same lectures and the same trip but different course assignments.” Students considering this study abroad course should know that Belize is the only country in Latin

America where English is the first language. “Most countries in Central America have Latin American cultures,” Schulze said, “Belize is a Caribbean culture.”

“The group will spend a lot of time being outdoors and living in nature.” She added that the most rewarding experience students will have is “being immersed in a different culture.” The group will spend a lot of time being outdoors and living in nature. “The trip will have an emphasis on marine ecology,” Schulze said, adding that most of the trip will be

on boats and in water. One particular activity the group will get to experience is spending three days living on a sailboat where they will be making snorkel stops, fishing, and camping on the beach on islands of Belize. Students will get to snorkel around and study in detail an atoll, which is an underground volcano. They will also be given the opportunity to and go river tubing through underground rivers inside of caves. The cost of the trip is $2,395 plus tuition for the May semester and includes airfare, lodging, activities, and most meals. GSC Scholarships are available and Pell Grants can be applied to the trip along with the HOPE Scholarship, which can cover tuition, if students are eligible. When referring to the scholarships available for the trip, Schulze said that “most students that apply get [the scholarship].”


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Future plans for student parking stalled By Margaret Packer A&E Editor Although students are facing another year of parking frustration, there are no plans to add more student parking at the GSCO campus. With only 540 student parking spaces available to serve the much larger student population of 2,350, complaints from the students have been heard but have yet to be eased. “Our biggest challenge is Monday mornings at nine o’clock,” Charles Belflower, public safety officer at GSCO, said. “There’s a possibility of 540 being enrolled in class… Add other students that might be at the library or on campus for some other business, that over flows the number of spaces that we have available. It causes a lot of frustration.” Heather Jones, a frustrated GSCO student said, “I have to get to school almost 30 minutes before class just to find a parking space, It’s an annoying waste of my time.” Margaret Venable, GSC Vice

President and CEO, admits, “I’m sympathetic, I would do the same thing, if I thought I was going to have trouble parking I would come early too.” Venable continued, “But on the other hand, that’s part of the problem because the previous class hasn’t let out yet. As soon as that class lets out, and those students leave, then we have some vacant parking spaces.” While the school has opened up additional parking in the middle of the volleyball court area, which is the only land owned by GSC surrounding the campus, there will not be a new lot built this year. Last January, floor plans were introduced for a new building on campus that would have included a two-story underground parking deck. This new parking deck would have added more than 300 student parking spaces reducing the current parking ration of 4.8 cars per space. However, those plans are no longer being implemented “We had a good plan for a new parking deck,” Belflower said. “Unfortunately due to financial reasons those have been put on hold I believe.”

Venable confirmed the delay was due to economic difficulties. “There are lots of institutions with similar projects and there’s only a limited amount of funds that we can get ... We reached the limit and there were other schools, other projects,

ahead of us on the list.” With no tangible solution in sight, stress had been added to the importance of safety. “Because of the tightness of parking, please be careful. Do not speed; use caution,” Belflower encourages.

Contributed Venable advised all students on campus by adding, “Look for a security officer directing traffic and they can give you some suggestions about where to go and what to do. They also may say just wait about five minutes.”



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Math, English tutors invaluable at GSCO By William Anderson Voice Contributor Few students realize that there is a gem in the library that can help boost their grades. Although it is not hard to find, the tutoring rooms in the GSC Oconee library do not have students lining up to receive help with their assignments throughout the day. Tracey Smith, a five-year veteran at Gainesville Sate College, helps students with any and all subjects that contain a writing element. To schedule any tutoring services, it’s as easy as going to the library page on the GSC website and clicking on the “tutoring hours” link. There the student will find a variety of tutoring options. Once they’ve determined the times for the subject you need support in, then they’ll go to the library. When they arrive at the library, they will walk past the computers

to the left and past the tables behind the computers, and there they will see a door with the label “Tracey Smith” on it. Typically the door will be open and all they have to do is walk into her office and ask if she has time to work. Once the student is in her office, Smith says the most important thing is, “to come in with some work already done.” This allows for the tutor to see where the student went wrong instead of just doing the assignment for them. Many think that tutors are only for when they are on the edge of failing but Smith believes the otherwise when she said “A lot of students think that coming to see a tutor is a derogatory or negative thing or something they only have to do if they’re failing but if they will just come bring their work and be willing to talk about, they will learn something that’s supplemental to their class.” Going to a tutor is like going to a doctor, people go to a doctor for preventative medicine; students

Josh Jones go to a tutor before they get into academic distress. Smith knows most of the instructors’ styles and their pet

peeves; as a result she has an advantage that an outside tutor would not have. So if anyone has ever had to call a parent, sibling, or

wait in a long line to see a professor, now they are aware that there is a free, convenient tutor available and willing to help out if you get stuck.

Testing Center won’t throw you to the wolves By Leslie McDaniel Voice Contributor While the Testing Center is often considered ominous and a place of tense anxiety, GSC Oconee is taking new precautions to make sure students are offered the help and support they need to succeed. Erin Willliams, GSCO Testing Coordinator, said students have many options when considering an alternative way to test. “I remember when I was in school and I would wonder where certain students were on test days,” she said. “Now I know that they had different testing accommodations.” With so much riding on test scores, what happens to the students who struggle with test taking? Williams explained that there is help available to those who struggle with testing anxiety. For example, test anxiety counseling is available through the GSCO Personal Counseling Center, but there is also another program being explored by the testing and counseling facilities called Heartmath. “[This program shows students how to] transform emotional and

physical energy into new, satisfying feelings and intelligent perceptions that ease stress,” she said. These options give hope to those who struggle under the pressure of performing well academically. “Do your research beforehand,” Williams said, “make sure you feel prepared and don’t rush. “Try to calm yourself down. Half the battle is identifying test anxiety.” If a student feels that he is comfortable with taking on the challenge, the CLEP and DSST tests are a great way to save time by basically testing-out of a class. CLEP, or College Level Examination Program requires a $97 fee; and $100 fee is required to take DSST, or Dantes Subject Standardized Test. If passed, the student is no longer required to take a class on the subject matter. Aside from these tests for GSC students, placement testing is offered for non-traditional students and home school students wanting to enter college. Incoming students are now required to have SAT or ACT scores before admission. Williams explains that this is because of “new Board of

Regents requirements.” Both tests are offered on the GSCO campus in an attempt to make them accessible to all incoming students. Lastly, the GSC-implemented Compass Test is often a cross to bear for students who struggle with math or English. Those who do not place high enough on the SAT in the math or reading divisions are required to take placement tests.

If not passed, remedial classes must be taken and passed with a grade of C or higher before regular courses can be taken at GSC and GSCO. “We understand that it can be frustrating, but we try to emphasize the importance of the (Compass) test. We don’t want to throw anyone to the wolves,” Williams said. In essence, GSC offers ways to

save time and money by supplying several different test-out options, yet takes the time to try to prepare students with programs like the Compass tests. If interested in information about testing anxiety counseling, placement testing, or any other testing information, contact Erin Williams at

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New chemistry class Student activities to be hosted now offered at GSCO by GSCO this fall semester By Frank H. Guest Voice Contributor GSC Oconee will now be offering two sections of modern organic chemistry classes. This new class will allow science majors to continue their studies at GSCO. Previously, students were forced to travel to the Oakwood campus in order to complete their programs of study. Students will still have to travel to Oakwood once a week to take the lab. Even with the lab only being offered at the Oakwood campus, students will spend far less time traveling than in previous years. According to GSCO Chemistry Professor Jim Konzelman the GSCO labs lack the size and the functionality to accommodate the class. “The lab facilities at GSCO lack the proper ventilation and are not large enough to accommodate the large number of students wishing to take this course.” Konzelman said. The use of potential hazardous chemicals makes proper ventilation essential for the safety of the students taking the course. One of the lab experiments that students will participate in will be synthesis

Interested in Organic Chemistry? of Wellbutrin, a popular anti-depressant drug Konzelman said that there has been a need for organic chemistry classes since the GSCO’s inception, “This is a need that needed to be filled,” said Konzelman. The class reached maximum capacity the first day that it was offered. Students benefiting most from this new class are biology and chemistry majors, as well as those majoring in pre-professional health-related fields. This new class will be a much cheaper option than its counterpart at UGA. “I had a student tell me that they had signed up for the same course at UGA before signing up here and they said that it cost almost three grand more at UGA,” said Konzelman.

By Austin Oller Voice Contributor The GSC Oconee office of Student Affairs is planning on big things for the 2011 fall semester, including putting greater emphasis on more events for the evening student. Seven people at GSCO who are on the faculty and student committee are planning two events including a casino night and movie night on the lawn. These events will be directed towards non traditional students and regular evening GSCO students. “Casino night will be a night with lots of card games, chip games, and prizes to be won,” said Coordinator of Student life Stacie Rowley. Movie night on the lawn will be a time where non traditional students can bring their family or friends to join in on a movie in the front lawn of the 500 building. “There are no specific dates scheduled for these events as they are still in the making of being planned,” said Rowley. Other student activities hosted by Gainesville State in the fall semester are Intramural flag football and fall carnival. The last day to sign up for flag

Student Activities: • Casino Night • Movie Night on lawn • Intramural flag football • Fall Carnival

football ended Sept 7. Students must currently have a 2.0 GPA and be a full time student here at Gainesville to participate. “Intramural sports are a great way to meet new people while having fun playing a sport that you love,” said GSCO student Cody Davis. The other big fall activity is the most popular one, the Fall Carnival. Fall Carnival is hosted every year in the front lawn of GSCO providing students with fun activities such as moon bounces, face painting, and photography. “Fall Carnival would have to be

the most popular student activities here at Gainesville, many GSCO students come out and participate every year,” said Rowley. To find out about the activities at GSCO students can read them on the, “Toilet Paper,” in every bathroom stall, the notice board, and or the GSC Facebook page. The events are free of charge with students already paying for them in their student activities fee, “Student should get more involved in student activities because you’re paying for it, Gainesville would like your input,” said Rowley.


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