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AUGUST 17, 2009

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VOLUME 41 ISSUE 1

Oak Hall opens at Macon State’s Warner Robins campus

Are you looking for ways to spend your free time? Do you want to get involved around campus? See pages 6 and 7 for information on student activities including sports, clubs, workshops, and trips.

Time Management Workshop on Wednesday Aug. 19 and Thursday Aug. 20 see page 6 for details.

By Marian G. Brewer Staff Writer

Macon State added another facility to its growing campus on Tuesday when Oak Hall was formally opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Macon State College President David Bell, Ph.D. The two story, $5 million facility, named for a picturesque, century old oak tree, is the third building added to the Warner Robins campus since its inception in 2003. Oak Hall marks a much needed expansion of the Warner Robins campus, whose population is currently over 2,000 students, with more students enrolling each

It will also be home to an expand- Mayor Donald Walker and State ed Academic Resource Center and Representative Larry O’Neil, both of whom played “Education is the new economic currency for the future.” significant roles in urging state legislatures to support semester. With the new building, New name, new paper bookstore, as well as to the many funding for the campus. Bell Macon State officials say that By Aisling Ireland Student Life programs Macon remarked, “Education is the new there will come more services. Editor-in-Chief State offers. economic currency for the future” Oak Hall boasts a large atrium The ceremony also featured adding that with the addition of Macon State has a new student that will serve as a student center. opening words by Warner Robins Please see Oak Hall, page 4 paper, The Macon Statement. Twenty-four names were submitted after a call for submissions was sent campus wide via email. Two students, Cody M. Avant, and Danny DuBose, submitted the name chosen for the student newspaper. The editorial staff of The Macon Statement are: Aisling Ireland, Editor-in-Chief; Ashley Davis, Managing Editor; Dolores M. Couch, Layout Editor; Matthew Czarnowsky, Photo Editor; Jonathan Robbins, Copy Editor; and Harry Underwood, Webmaster. More information about the new staff, including staff writers and photographers may be found on the back page of this issue. The Macon Statement is seeking active participation from students of all majors. We are looking for writers, photographers, advertising representatives, and distribution staff. If you are interested in being a part of the paper, please contact the Student Media Coordinator, Ray Lightner, at ray. lightner@maconstate.edu.

New growth on campus

EDITORIALS ............... 2

FEATURES .................. 4

By Norma Jean Perkins Staff Writer

Students returning for the fall 2009 semester are probably surprised by the disappearance of the old Education Technology building. Webb Contractors will be demolishing the old Information Technology and Education buildings, as well as the Education Technology building. David Sims, Director of Plant Operations for Macon State, said a new teachers education building will be constructed on this site. According to Sims, the new building will be 80,000 gross square feet. That’s 80 percent of the total size of the other three buildings combined. The building will have three floors. Anchored by the School

of Education, it will also house Middle Georgia RESA and the Georgia DOE Educational Technology Training Center. How will all of this demolition and then the construction affect the students, faculty, staff and visitors to Macon State? Sims wants to assure everyone who uses the campus that they will experience as little interruption to and from the buildings as possible. “There will be five locations around the site that will have a “You Are Here” map to guide everyone around the construction area,” Sims states. The aerial photograph furnished by Chris Sheridan, Construction Manager-At-Risk for the project, clearly Please see Growth on campus, page 5

LOCAL EVENTS ......... 1

ON CAMPUS .............. 6


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Letter from the editor Hello from the desk of your new newspaper, The Macon Statement. The Macon Statement marks the return of the campus newspaper after a hiatus spent, reorganizing and hiring a new staff. Our paper is now ready to bring you the latest in campus news, community events, and even global issues. That said, I think it would be a mistake not to make mention of that extremely large elephant sitting square on the pages of your new newspaper and that is the controversy surrounding your former paper, Matrix. As you probably know, Matrix editorial staff left their positions in spring 2008 over disputes regarding editorial concerns and issues the staff saw as censorship. Since that time, as previously stated, there has been much reorganization, much discussion of student concerns, editorial concerns, and concerns related to censorship. I believe the

former Matrix staff solidly stood up for their beliefs and I believe that they should be commended for their hard work, dedication, and their achievements, which included an award-winning year prior to the newspaper’s hiatus. However, I also believe it is time for your new editorial staff and your new newspaper to focus on the present and future of both the college and the student newspaper. I want to assure students and faculty that The Macon Statement will always be a forum for free expression where your rights guaranteed under the 1st Amendment will always be upheld. As your new editor, I come to you with not only a background in journalism and writing, but also as an activist. For the past 15 years I have worked with and advocated for the rights of the homeless and the mentally ill. I am also currently the editor of the Human Rights site at the online women’s magazine, BellaOnline.

com. Nothing is more precious to me than seeing that the rights of all citizens are upheld. I see my job as editor of The Macon Statement as, in part, a continuation of my lifelong commitment to community activism. To that end I have met with numerous Macon State officials, all of whom have pledged their support of The Macon Statement. Our staff is committed to providing you with fair, unfettered, truthful journalistic reporting. To get you acquainted with the staff responsible for that truthful reporting, our back page has mini-bios and photos of the people to whom we want you to turn to when you have a story, idea, or need to express an opinion. We want you to know us, but we also want to know you. We want you to help us find out more about you by taking an active part in this new venture. Stop by our office located in room 120 of the

Letters Policy:

address and phone number are required with all letters sent, but The editor of the Macon Statement will try to print all letters will not be published. The student newspaper reserves the right received. Letters should be, at maximum, 250 to 300 words long. to edit letters for style, possible The writer must include full name, libel, or length. The newspaper will not, under any circumstance, professional title if a Macon State withhold names. Please address employee or Georgia resident, or all correspondence to Letter to the year and major if a student. An

Student Life Center. Complete the survey on the back page and drop it off. Send us suggestions via email at submissions@ maconstatement.com. Or really get involved--come be a part of our staff. Join us as a staff writer, photographer, advertising representative, or distribution agent. Don’t let a lack of journalism experience stand in your way. We need writers from all departments--sciences, business, mathematics--you name it. The Macon Statement will be a high quality newspaper, but it will also be a place where students can learn, grow, and gain experience in the process. The Macon Statement is a place where all voices deserve hearing —that means yours. Stop by our office located in SLC 120, fill out an application and find out how you can be a part of your newspaper.

Editor at editor@maconstatement. com. Where current events are concerned, priority will be given to those letters written by students, faculty, and staff of the College.

Disclaimer: The Macon Statement is the registered student newspaper of Macon State College and is published biweekly (Mondays) during fall and spring semesters. Opinions and ideas expressed in The Macon Statement are those of the individual artists, authors, and student editors, and are not those of Macon State College, its Board of Regents, the student body, or the advertisers. The Macon Statement is paid for, in part, through student activity fees.

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Web Master: Harry Underwood

Staff Writer: Summer Leverett

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Photographer: Glen Stone

Staff Writer: Norma Jean Perkins

Layout Editor: Dolores M. Couch

Staff Writer: Marian G. Brewer


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AUGUST 17, 2009

Counseling Center relocates to Learning Support Building By Ashley Davis Managing Editor

The Learning Suppor Center served over 300 students in the 2008-2009 academic year and with its relocation to the Learning Support building in May 2009, the Counseling Center remains passionately dedicated to serving the academic and emotional needs of the Macon State student body. Ann Loyd, Director of the Counseling Center and enthusiastic student advocate, focuses on the personal and emotional needs of a student with regard to their academic environment. Once written documentation of a student need is provided, Mrs. Loyd then evaluates the strengths of the student in order to better accommodate their needs in the classroom. “Instead of focusing on what they can’t do, we focus on what they can”, notes Mrs. Loyd.

“Universal design” is the relation to the well-being the student. the individual student. term used to describe the of their academic career, Mrs. Hagemann and Services at the Counselequal, though different, as well as personal and Mrs. Loyd also help with ing Center are provided learning abilities of the emotional stability issues. career counseling. This is free of charge to Macon student population. Ex“Help-seeking behavior is not to be confused with State students. Mrs. Loyd amples of measures taken healthy,” Mrs. Hagemann Career Services which and Mrs. Hagemann are to improve the academic makes a point to state. She deals with referrals and committed to the success environment of creative also makes it clear that job placement. The focus of the student populalearners prove to be she does not evaluate a of the Counseling Center tion, and wish to see the screen readers for visually student’s predicament, but once again falls on the student body thrive, while impaired students, sign provides an outlet, and is needs of the student in doing everything possible interpreters for hearing certified to initiate areas areas such as determining to smooth the inevitable impaired students, as well of contact in regards to a a major, and helping to bumps along the way. as offering distraction-free personal situation, as well choose a career path that conditions and extended as offer strategies to help would be well-suited for exam time for those with test anxiety. Counseling Center on Macon Campus: Also on Learning Support 110 staff is Ruth Hagemann, 478- 471-2985 a licensed TDD: 478-471-5798 Personal Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Counselor. By appointFriday, 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ment, Mrs. Hagemann will connect Counseling Center on Warner Robins Campus: with a student Thomas Hall 105 regarding First and Third Thursday during the academic semester any issues he or she may have in

Faculty and staff Fall Convocation By Aisling Ireland Editor-in-Chief The introduction of new faculty, Macon State President David Bell’s State of the College address and Keynote Speaker, Christy Price’s seminar entitled “Why Don’t My Students Think I’m Groovy? The New R’s for Engaging Millennial Learners” were the highlights of the Fall Convocation held last Tuesday on the Macon State’s Macon Campus. The convocation’s conclusion was the ribboncutting ceremony on the Warner Robins campus where Oak Hall was officially opened. The program also featured the introduction of new faculty members as well as breakout session workshops. Marti Venn, Dean of the School of Education, opened the convocation as 19 new faculty members were introduced and welcomed to Macon State. Bell’s State of the College address followed faculty introductions.

Bell’s opening words were positive and encouraging: “The state of the college is very strong . . . it is an institution with talented people who can achieve unlimited potential with limited resources.” To emphasize the strength of the college, Bell pointed out that Macon State has not only maintained stable enrollment, but also graduated the most bachelor degree recipients this past spring than ever before, and both the Macon and Warner Robins campuses are growing. Demolition continues at the Macon campus in anticipation of the construction of the new School of Education building while Oak Hall was officially opened on the Warner Robins campus. However, Bell stressed that Macon State is not exempt from the current economic conditions and the development of comprehensive strategies to meet the challenges of the times is crucial. “The state of the college is strong,” he said, “how-

ever, we cannot live on our good reputation alone.” So despite steady enrollment and record graduates, Bell warned that “the competition is not going away” meaning that the college must be “more successful in recruiting first year students and more effective in retaining the students we already have.” The cornerstone of Bell’s proposal was that of encouraging professors and staff to take on mentoring roles when dealing with students. “Learning is a process,” said Bell, “and the increase in person attention, increase in interaction with professors and peers, and the relationships students have with professors are extremely important as they often mold the student.” The importance of having students see professors as mentors was underscored when Christy Price presented her training seminar. Price, of Dalton State College, is a 17-year professor of psychology and her presentation was based upon her

own research into the education of “Millennial Learners”--the generation born between 1980 - 2000. Her work featured student comments and interviews in which students spoke frankly about their college experiences and their expectations. Primarily, the training seminar focused on the challenges facing educators of Millennial Learners and ways in which those challenges could be met. According to Price, leaving behind the authoritarian role and taking on the mentoring role is one of the primary ways that professors can meet that challenge and actively engage Millennial Learners. After Price’s address, faculty and staff attended a seminar on “Building and Sustaining Student Relationships,” a program that again focused on the primary need for the college what Bell defined as “listening to and analyzing student’s needs” rather than simply prejudging campus needs without student input. page 3


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Oak Hall

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Oak Hall, Houston County students can have

access to that currency in Warner Robins as the cam-

pus now has all the classes necessary for students to

attain Bachelor’s degrees in nursing, business and information technology. School employees associated with the bookstore and ARC are especially excited about the opening of the new facility. Susan Fox, a bookstore clerk at the campus, said a wider variety of previously unavailable new merchandise will be offered, such as game systems, digital cameras, laptops, and a wide variety of Macon State related apparel. Nalini Paatanaik and Burgandy Mathis, employees of the Warner Robins ARC, both agreed that the larger

space will more adequately satisfy student demand. Says Pattanaik, “In the previous ARC, people had to frequently wait” to use computers, but with the number of systems nearly doubled, students will find their wait time greatly reduced. As for the current bookstore and ARC, Macon State officials say that those facilities will be converted for use as classrooms. Oak Hall is currently uup and running with classes being held there this semester.

Budget cuts and continuing construction? By Aisling Ireland

Editor-in-Chief

Macon State continues to add buildings to its campuses despite budget cuts, leaving a number of wondering how this is possible given Georgia’s budget crisis and the general state of the economy. Below are some answers to the questions that are on many minds.

Q. If we are facing furloughs and budget crises, wouldn’t the money raised from those

were sold. The money cannot be diverted or used for any purpose other than the construction project

Q. If furloughs are on the table, hours being cut, and budgets slashed, then how is Macon State able to open a building that reportedly costs $5 million to fund? A. The money for construction and the money for base operations come from two entirely different sources. Q. Where does the money for construction projects come from? A. The money allocated for construction projects comes from state bond sales. page 4

bond sales be better spent on student programs, staff salaries, employee benefits, etc.? A. No. The money raised from the selling of bonds is restricted to the project for which the bonds

for which it is earmarked. Q. If we are facing tough economic times, then why would investors buy bonds in the first place to fund the construction of

buildings? A. Investors are buying bonds for the construction of buildings because they believe investing in facilities is a wise use of their funds. Their investment demonstrates their faith that the college is growing and is expected to continue to grow. Q. But even if there is money for constructing the buildings, how will the buildings be selfsustaining? Who is paying for the upkeep of the buildings? A. The Board of Regents allocates money specifically earmarked fothe upkeep othe buildings and that comes from property maintenance funds, funds that once again can only be used for the building projects.


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shows the traffic patterns for foot traffic as well as demolition traffic. Sims notes that the fence in the east parking lot is for construction lay down space. Both Sims and Sheridan reiterated that the gates used to block off part of the driveway in this lot will only be used when equipment and/or materials are being placed on the construction site. This is done for the safety of students, faculty, staff and others that will be using the east parking lot. In addition to all the demolition and construction going on, Macon State is in the process of implementing a botanical garden that, among other things, will include every species of oak tree that grows in Georgia. “MSC is in a unique area that allows plants from south Georgia as well as north Georgia to grow here,” said Sims. The design for the gardens lays out zones for people to sit in the shaded as well as open areas. According to Sims, both the botanical gardens and the new education building are part of a master plan that was prepared after much input from not only Macon State administration, faculty, and staff but from the community leadership as well. The goal of the master plan is to insure a more effective use of taxpayer funds by implementing a construction plan and a design plan that do not interfere with each other but, will ultimately compliment each part at completion. By recycling 95 percent of the demolished buildings, it has been possible to hold the total project budget for the building to $24.2 million. “The glass that will face the lake side of the building is part of the reason the building will be energy efficient,” said Sheridan. In fact, energy efficiency is a definite plus in having the new education building. The three

buildings that are being replaced are thirtyplus years old. Although structurally this is not a significant length of time, in terms of technology, they are ancient. Sims said

the education building will include the “Smart Boards” that are used in the Professional Sciences Center. Additionally, the climate control system installed will be the most energy efficient to date. How does this break down for Macon State students and others? There will be inconveniences at times. Be sure to watch for the traffic charts and “how to get there from here” maps. Start early for class and if you are running a little late – patience is the key. Don’t let it stress you. The end result, building and botanical gardens will be good for everyone. There will be no significant increase in landfill use, as well as quiet areas in the gardens to de-stress from class/work assignments.

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What’s up at Macon State

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School is back in session. The stress is beginning to build already. Are you looking for ways to re-energize to get through the semester? Here are some happenings for August. Interested in Flag Football? Intramural signups begin today in the Wellness Center. Season begins Sept. 21 and ends Nov. 4. For information call 478-471-5786 or visit www. maconstate.edu/wellness. How about Volleyball? Free play volleyball is available on Mondays -Thursdays from 24 p.m. at the gymnasium. Need more information? Call 478-471-5786 or visit www. maconstate.edu/wellness. Free play Basketball is also available on Mondays - Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. Call the Wellness Center at 478471-5786 or visit www.maconstate.edu/wellness for more information. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. you can learn Shito-Ryu Karate. The Macon State Karate Club meets with the Mercer University Karate Club off campus at the Wellness Center on 3797 Northside Drive,

Macon. The cost is $10 per month. Call 478757-3620 or visit www.maconstate.edu/wellness for information. On Saturday, Aug. 22 the Gaming Club LARP & Laser Tag meets in the lobby of the Jones Building from 6 p.m. - midnight. Contact chris.hornung@maconstate.edu for more information. Monday, Aug. 24 is signup day in the Wellness Center for the Ocoee River Whitewater Trip on Sept. 26. Cost is $24 for students and $48 for nonstudents through Sept. 9. Call 478-471-5786 or visit www.maconstate.edu/ wellness. Are you a writer, photographer, or do you have a talent as a cartoonist/illustrator? Are you interested in distribution or advertising sales? The Macon Statement student newspaper is open to all students, all majors. Meetings are held on Mondays at 2 p.m. in the Student Media Center, SLC-120. Contact the Student Media Coordinator at ray.lightner@maconstate.edu. The ARC is offering Academic Skills work-

shops on the Macon campus and the Warner Robins campus from 5-6 p.m. as follows: Time Management Aug. 19 – Macon Campus – Computer Lab 2 – Library Aug. 20 – Warner Robins Campus – Thomas Hall – Room 114 Note Taking Lectures Aug. 26 – Macon Campus – Computer Lab 2 – Library Aug. 27 – Warner Robins Campus – Thomas Hall – Room 114 For more information call the Macon campus at 478-471-2057 or the Warner Robins campus at 478-929-6770. Free Play is available on Fridays in the gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. - noon. For information call 478-471-5786 or visit www.maconstate.edu/wellness. The hours for the Warner Robins campus office of Student Life in Thomas Hall, Room 115 are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

List of Recognized Clubs and Organizations For more information about any club, please go to http://www.maconstate.edu/studentlife/student_organizations.aspx and contact the advisor for the organization. Accounting Association Alpha Omega Baptist Collegiate Ministries Baseball Club Black Student Unification Chess Club Company of Players English Studies Organization The Fall Line Reveiw Future Educators of Macon State College Future Health Information Professionals Honor Students Association History Student Organization International Students and Studies Association

The Macon Statement the – the official student newspaper Macon State College Association for Respiratory Education Macon State College Association of Healthcare Executive Students Macon State College Association of PreEngineering Students Macon State College Association of Nursing Students Macon State College Chamber Singers MSC-TV – Macon State’s campus TV closed circuit station Macon State College Reading Coalition Macon State Skindivers Club Model United Nations

Natural Sciences Network Non-Traditional Students Organization Phi Beta Lambda - Business Club Powers N Numbers - Math Club Pre-Law Society Public Service Association Society for Overactive Imaginations - Gaming Club (LARP and Laser Tag) Student Government Association Student Veterans of Macon State College Voices for Diversity Women Studies Association

The following student organizations have been previously recognized but are currently inactive. If you are interested in finding out how to help one of these organizations regain active status, please email Director of Student Life, Michael Stewart, at michael.stewart@maconstate. edu or Student Life Program Coordinator, Brae Johnson, at brae.johnson@maconstate.edu, Student Life Program Coordinator. Association of Information Technology Professionals Astronomy Club Campus Crusade for Christ Circle K College Republicans*

Habitat for Humanity MAC Users Group Macon Music Club MSC Association of Pre-Med Students MSC-AWARE (HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention)

MSC Intercollegiate Quiz Bowl Team MSC - Our Understanding Together (an LGBT student organization) MSC Society for Logic and Reason Quiz Bowl Team Students Against Destructive Decisions

*student organization in the process of becoming re-recognized

All student organizations are recognized and sponsored by the Student Life Program. page 6


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Macon State Baseball Club By Ashley Davis Managing Editor

Q. Who are the officers of the Baseball Club? A. J.P. Mitchell, President; Tyler Sailors, Vice-President; Billy Mulley, Treasurer Q. When was the Baseball Club formed? A. We were formed in May of 2009. Q. What is the goal of the Baseball Club? A. The goal is for people to come out, play ball, and hopefully win the NCBA World Series.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the West Macon Athletic Field located off Mercer University Drive. Games start in October. Q. Who is the contact person for the club? A. Me, J.P. Mitchell. I can be contacted at 478-297-2287 or by email at jimmy.mitchell@ maconstate.edu Q. Do you have a website? A. Yes. Go to www.freeteams.net/maconstatebaseball to find out more about us.

Q. What is the NCBA? A. The National Club Baseball Association. The Baseball Club is a campus organization devoted to intercollegiate baseball. It is not an official intramural team, but rather an organization comprised of students who love to play baseball and want to compete with other Baseball Clubs across the nation. J.P. Mitchell is the President of the Baseball Club and gave the following answers to questions about this student organization.

Q. Who can join? A. Anyone can come to play and try out for the team. We currently have slots available and once those are filled we will develop a cut roster to fill positions as they become available. Q. When do you meet? A. We meet every Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from

MACON STATE BASEBALL CLUB OCTOBER 2009 SCHEDULE Day Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat

Date 10/03/2009 10/03/2009 10/10/2009 10/10/2009 10/17/2009 10/17/2009 10/24/2009 10/24/2009

Opponent Emory University Emory University Clemson University Clemson University University of Georgia University of Georgia Georga Southern University Georga Southern University

Location Atlanta, GA (scrimage) Atlanta, GA (scrimage) Clemson, SC (scrimage) Clemson, SC (scrimage) Athens, GA (scrimage) Athens, GA (scrimage) Statesboro, GA (scrimage) Statesboro, GA (scrimage)

Want to see your club featured in The Macon Statement? Managing Editor Ashley Davis knows how to make it happen. Contact her at editor@maconstatement.com for details. STUDENT LIFE EXTENDED HOURS – MACON CAMPUS The Office of Student Life on the Macon Campus will observe extended hours for your convenience in securing or validating your student I.D. card. You will need your schedule of classes for the I.D. card. If you have a Macon State parking decal you will not need to secure another one. However, if you need a parking decal, you may get one in the Office of Student Life. You will need your license plate number and name of your insurance company to get a parking decal.

Aug. 17-20 – 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aug. 21 – 8 a.m. - noon Aug. 24-27 – 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aug. 28 – 8 a.m. - noon Beginning Aug. 31, the Office of Student Life on the Macon Campus will resume regular hours of operation, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mondays - Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. - noon.

Check out the Calendar of Events at www.mymsc.maconstate.edu or read it in your new student newspaper The Macon Statement. page 7


AUGUST 17, 2009 Aisling Ireland Position: Editor-in-Chief Class: Senior Major: English Experience: Writer and Editor of Dreams and Human Rights sites for BellaOnline.com, former writer, copy editor, and proofreader for Seattle’s “Tablet” newspaper and magazine, community activist. Fun fact: Owns three chinchillas “saving them so they do not become coats, gloves, or hats.”

w o n K r you s w e N Jonathan Robbins Position: Copy Editor Year: Freshman Major: History Joined The Macon Statement because: He has spent a large amount of time writing since middle school, wants to write and gain experience in journalism. Fun fact: He graduated High School with 32 credits--10 more than needed. Dolores Couch Position: Layout Editor Class: Junior Major: IT Goals and Interest: Hopes to finish her degree soon. Fun fact: Has had an opportunity to live in Japan for six years and Spain for two. Summer Leverett Position: Staff Writer Class: Sophomore Major: Political Science Goals and Interest: Law school, research, humanitarian work Fun fact: Her favorite movie is “Gone With the Wind”. Glen Stone Position: Staff Writer Class: Senior Major: CIT What he believes the paper should be: Relevant, engaging and interesting, well-written and conversational. Fun fact: Used to be a radio DJ

Ashley Davis Position: Managing Editor Class: Senior Major: English Experience: Writer, former Volunteer Coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she wrote press releases, edited newsletters. Fun fact: Sings karaoke every Friday night. Song of choice? Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Harry Underwood Position: Web Master Class: Sophomore Major: CIT Experience: Has an A.A. in Web Design from Middle Georgia Technical College, and has developed and designed a number of sites for private individuals. Fun fact: He has never owned a pet but desperately wants a cat.

Matthew Czarnowsky Position: Photo Editor Class: Freshman Major: Undecided Fun Fact: Likes to drive fast--sideways and backwards.

Marian G. Brewer Position: Staff Writer Class: Sophomore Major: CIT Favorite Quote: “You can’t open up your mind to every conceivable point of view.” Fun fact: Loves non-fiction, has a 10-year old daughter, and has two cats and parakeets that own her. Ray Lightner Position: Student Media Coordinator What he wants to see from The Macon Statement: A lot of active student participation. Fun fact: In his college days his primary source of transportation was a skateboard. Norma Jean Perkins Position: Staff Writer Major: CIT Experience: Worked for the Macon Telegraph for five years. Holds a B.A. from Mercer with a double major in History & Sociology and a minor in Archeology & Anthropology. She is a published writer and currently attends Journalism classes with Macon State. Fun fact: Loves digging in the dirt—positively loves Archeology.

Tell Us What You Want to Read! We as your newspaper staff want to know what you would like to see in your campus newspaper. You can help us by answering the following questions. Do you want us to focus mainly on events and stories related to the Macon and Warner Robins campuses? Would you like information regarding local student-friendly events? What other non-news features would you like to see? Horoscopes? An advice column? Dream interpretation? Other? What do you think the paper is doing right? What would you like to see more of? We would like your input! Do not hesitate to tell us how we may better serve you, students of Macon State. Please fill out this form, partly or entirely, along with other comments you may have and drop it by SLC 120 or email it to us online at www.studentlife.maconstate.edu/maconstatement. We look forward to hearing from you!


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