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Macon State College’s Award-Winning Student Newspaper Volume 42, Issue 16

April 25, 2011

Committee narrows search for MSC President Staff Reports

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced on, April 15, the search committee has narrowed the selection for the new president of MSC to two finalists. Regent Mansfield Jennings, chair of the special regents’ committee for the presidential search at Macon State College (MSC) and University System of Georgia (USG) chief operating officer Robert Watts announced the names of the two finalists. David A. Bell, Ph.D., will step down as president, effective June 30. Bell has served Macon State College in this role since 1997. The search committee released the following information on the two recommended individuals: “Dr. Jeffery S. Allbritten, president, Collier County Campus of Edison State College in Naples, Fla., since 2003. Prior to his

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Allbritten

current appointment, Allbritten was the director of Pines Center Campus of Broward College, a comprehensive community college serving Broward County in southeast Florida, from 2000-2003. Allbritten served as dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Florida State College at Jacksonville, the second largest college in Florida with 80,000 students, from 1999 to 2000. Prior

to his arrival in Florida, he was associate dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, from 1995 to 1999. “Allbritten holds a Doctor of Arts degree in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, a master of science degree in mathematics from Murray State University, Murray, Ky., and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, also conferred by Murray State University. “Dr. Cheryl J. Norton, president, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, from 2004-2010. Norton is currently on sabbatical doing research focused on “K-12 Education Reform and the Changing Needs for Teacher Preparation.” Prior to her appointment at Southern Connecticut State University, Norton served from 1997 to 2004 as provost and vice president

of the Department of Human Performance, Sport and Leisure Studies as well as a professor in that department. “Norton holds a Doctor of Education degree in applied physiology, a master of education and a master of arts degrees, both in applied physiology, all conferred by Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and recreation Photo courtesy of University System of Georgia with a secondary level Dr. Cheryl J. Norton teaching certificate from Denison University, for academic affairs at Granville, Ohio.” Metropolitan State College According to John of Denver (MSCD), Millsaps with Media and an urban baccalaureate Publications at college serving more than “The law requires that 20,000 students in the the Regents can take no Denver metropolitan area. action on the selection of a Before her appointment president prior to 14 days as provost, she served in from the date the names a variety of academic and of finalists are announced. administrative positions at At this time, I do not have MSCD, including interim information regarding a associate dean in the school date for the Regents to act of professional studies, on the recommendations.” ombudsman officer, chair

New SGA President to be sworn in on April 25 By Norma Jean Perkins Editor-in-Chief

A slim majority, 57.85 percent of votes, gave the SGA presidency to Summer Leverett over Katrina Causey with 47.15 percent. With a total of 70 valid votes received, Leverett’s 52.85 percent of the popular vote was enough to secure her as the new SGA president for the 20112012 academic year. Leverett will be sworn

in on April 25 in the SLC lobby at 3:30 p.m. There were three individuals who received one write-in vote each. Those individuals were Lonnie Castellano, Summer Leverett and Adam Weaver. The total number of votes cast in the election was 82. Of that number, 12 were deemed invalid for the following reasons: nine failed to give their name or ID number, two gave

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Summer Leverett

an incorrect ID number and one was not currently enrolled. There were no official candidates for the offices of Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary. However, there were 20 valid writein votes for the office of SGA Vice President. The results of that race are pending confirmation of eligibility and if the writein candidates are interested in the position. Each of the other offices

will remain open until the fall semester. Leverett has an associate degree in political science and is pursuing her bachelor of science degree in history. Leverett will also serve as president of the Pre-Law Society. All votes were counted and verified by Michael Stewart, assistant dean of students and adviser to the Student Government Association.



April 25, 2011






n May 3, the United States will, for the first time, play host to World Press Freedom Day, an event that will focus an international spotlight on the state of press freedoms in our own country as well as abroad. You and your administration, and in particular Secretary Clinton, have been commendably forceful in pressing foreign governments to remove the fetters from online communications that obstruct the free flow of ideas. As Secretary Clinton said in her February 15, 2011, address on Internet freedom at George Washington University: “Some take the view that, to encourage tolerance, some hateful ideas must be silenced by governments. We believe that efforts to curb the content of speech rarely succeed and often become an excuse to violate freedom of expression. Instead, as it has historically been proven time and time again, the better answer to offensive speech is more speech.” Regrettably, the United States will lack the full moral authority to advocate for world press freedom so long as our laws fail to effectively protect the majority of the Americans who gather and report news each day: Those working for student media. The values conveyed by journalism – attribution, verification, fairness, accountability – are the values that every young person needs as a citizen of the online world. Because the professional news media cannot be everywhere, our society needs candid reports from “embedded” student journalists to tell us what is going on inside of our schools. Yet far from embracing the educational benefits of journalism, school after school has done just the opposite. Those bearing the brunt are America’s journalism teachers, the best of whom go to work every day certain that the question is when, not if, they will be fired in retaliation for what their students write. A generation ago, the Supreme Court rolled back students’ First Amendment rights significantly in its Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier ruling. We have now 23 years of experience with Hazelwood – a generation of students from kindergarten through college – and it is undeniable that Hazelwood, having done nothing to improve student learning or school safety, is a failed experiment on America’s children. American’s most vulnerable journalists need those who have spoken out so persuasively against censorship abroad to speak with that same forcefulness at home. We urge your administration to publicly acknowledge the unfinished work of press freedom in our own nation, to denounce the shameful practice of stifling candid discussion of school issues, and to ensure that this World Press Freedom Day concludes with a global commitment to protect the rights of all journalists, even the youngest.

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April 25, 2011

The Fall Line Review is Seeking Two Qualified Editorial Staff: Content Editor and a Layout Editor for the 2011-2012 Academic Year The duties of each editor include working with the magazine’s faculty advisers to accomplish the following: coordinating a staff to create the upcoming annual issue; publicizing the submission deadline; soliciting submissions; reviewing, selecting and editing submissions per college guidelines; announcing the arrival of the magazine; and organizing poetry reading(s) to showcase work from the magazine. The Content Editor should have strong English and grammar skills, strong creative writing ability in fiction or poetry, a dedication to literature,

a willingness to work with faculty advisors, a commitment to deadlines, and leadership skills. Prior experience working with a student publication at the high school or college level is a plus but not mandatory. The Layout Editor should be proficient with Adobe Illustrator or InDesign and be responsible for laying out the magazine, helping create or select the cover design, reviewing and correcting proofs, producing and publishing all publicity for the magazine, building and maintaining The Fall Line Review website content,

and working with the printers. Other positions, not paid include: Additional editors and/or staff readers may be selected by the Content Editor as she or he desires. This may range from art editors to specific content editors such as a Fiction Editor or Poetry Editor. These additional editors will assist the editorial staff with The Fall Line Review production and publicity. Requirements for all editors and staff include a 2.5 GPA and enrollment in at least 4-6

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credit hours for fall and spring semesters. Those

applying for Content Editor should submit a cover letter indicating the editorship that the student is applying for as well as briefly outlining some of the student’s best qualifications, a resume and writing sample of either two poems and/or no more than five pages of a prose piece. Any additional photographic or artistic work is a plus. Those applying for Layout Editor should submit a resume and portfolio of artistic and graphic work. Please send materials to thefalllinereview@gmail. com by May 6 at 9 p.m.

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April 25, 2011

It IS delivery, it’s Digiogio’s Crazy races are coming to Middle Georgia

By Patrick Lippert Staff Writer

It IS delivery, it’s Digiorgio’s Pizza (pronounced dee-georgeeee-ohs) is a local pizzeria on Zebulon Road. Despite being around since about 2008, I hadn’t heard of the restaurant until I leafed through a coupon book offering a free medium one topping pizza. A sign next to the door read “Come see the difference between the big chains and the

make an exception with Digiorgio’s pizzas. The second thing I tried was the chicken, spinach and feta cheese calzone, which is basically a pizza folded in half. Digiorgio’s uses the same pizza crust for the calzone and at the same thickness, so my criticisms remain, except in this case, the top crust of the calzone was delicious and the bottom was soggy and dripping oil from the cheese. Another criticism would be that the calzone

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independents!” So I decided to take the sign’s challenge and see if their pizza was as good as the store’s sign was suggesting. The first thing I tried was a pizza with hamburger topping and the first thing I noticed was the crust. It was New York style, which is usually thinner than the crusts Pizza Hut or Domino’s offer. First before I say anything about the pizza, I want to point out there are many different styles of pizza, and arguments on how the texture and thickness of the crust should be could go on for as long as arguments on what kinds of toppings should go on top of it. Regardless, I wasn’t a fan. The thin crust had a crisp yet soft texture, but the texture was hardly uniform as some spots were soggy and the rest of the pizza would just get soggier as the pizza cooled, leaving a short window of crispy enjoyment. However, the edges of the pizza kept that perfect crisp outside/soft inside combination. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t normally eat that part of the pizza, you should

could have had more fillings. I was going to try a Hawaiian ice, as the restaurant offers several unique flavors such as sour grape, blue vanilla and “tiger’s blood,” but sadly, their Hawaiian ice machine was broken (it might have been for the best though). Instead, I had cinnamon sticks, which were actually the best thing I had. They had just the right thickness and were just sweet enough, plus they came free with the pizza. That alone was enough to make me want to try some of their other appetizers like the popcorn chicken, cheese bread and shark bites, which are baked bread balls covered in garlic and Parmesan cheese. So does Digiorgio’s Pizza beat the large chains? If you’re into thin New York style crust, they’re worth a look. For me, it’s something I would have to be in the mood to eat again, but I’d rather eat there than at Domino’s. If you’re interested in trying their food for yourself, Digiorgio’s Pizza is located at 5978 Zebulon Road in the Kroger shopping center.

By Jacqueline Hunsicker JOUR 3131

A local running club’s races are scheduled to continue into spring and summer, with several new additions included in the line-up. Even for those who are not a participant in the Piedmont All Star Race Series, the Macon Tracks Running Club (MTRC) offers a variety of races in the coming year to get people in shape and out socializing. Starting with the Exchange Club Georgia State Fair 5K on April 30, the races run well into the fall months with the climax being the Macon Labor Day Road Race in September. Situated in and around central Georgia, the MTRC boasts races that are well organized and fun for all runners. New to the line-up of summer races this year is the Make It by Midnight marathon and half marathon, which will be held July 16. This unique race has no official starting time, but participants must

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gauge their own time so they finish the race by midnight. Those runners who make it to the finish before midnight will receive tiaras, whereas those who finish after midnight will receive a pumpkin. Nothing like an athletic spin on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. Also new to the Piedmont Series is the Middle Georgia Distance Challenge. Due to extreme temperatures during the 2010 Distance Challenge, it has been moved to November to allow runners a better experience fighting for the overall titles. The Distance Challenge

consists of a 10K race in the morning, a one-mile race in the afternoon, and a 5K race in the evening, all being completed by the entrants. Andi Berger, overall female winner of last year’s Distance Challenge said, “It was fun. Hot, but fun. I’m just glad they’ve moved it to November since that heat index of 110 degrees didn’t do us any favors last year.” When asked about his thoughts on the year’s races, former Macon State history student Brandon Hurst said, “I’m not much of a runner, but I could maybe see myself doing one of these. I mean, there are a lot of cool people you can hang out with and you get a t-shirt”. The club members of the Macon Tracks, including President Sam Martinez, are always welcoming and happy to see new runners come out to the races. Not only are the races benefiting good causes, but it provides that little incentive to re-boot those New Year’s resolution, so start running.

Do funny commercials really make us want to buy a product? By Amiya Gaston JOUR 3131 Every day, there is a new commercial appearing on TV, whether it is about car insurance, a new item at a restaurant or ways to feed your pets. Commercials entertain us, especially the funny ones. Sammeria Sanders, a nursing major, loves the Allstate and the Old Spice commercials. “These commercials are funny to me because the characters they portray seem as if it’s their real personality. Also I love the slogans these companies use,” Sanders said. Dennis Haysbert and Dean Winters are spokespersons for Allstate. Winters plays Mayhem. These Allstate commercials

show the range of the different aspects of an average driver, such as driving while looking at a girl, accidentally hitting a parked car and being hit by

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a deer while driving. Brenda Howard, an education major, enjoys watching commercials about the importance of life such as education. Howard said she likes “the education commercial about staying in school,” Howard said.

The commercial Howard mentioned is about an ordinary guy who goes into the store to buy a wallet. When the store’s Asian owners ask him if this wallet is for graduation, he says no, “I dropped out.” They brought him a smaller wallet. Howard says this commercial “states the difference in pay when you drop out.” Howard said. Who does not love those GEICO commercials? The most famous ones feature the GEICO Gecko himself, who explains the cost of insurance. Another GEICO commercial has a stack of money staring at people, letting them know how much money they can save with GEICO. And no one can forget the cavemen commercials with the slogan, “So easy even a caveman can do it.”


April 25, 2011


New concentration for health care majors at MSC By Kaleb Clark Sports Editor Beginning this fall, MSC will offer a concentration in sports and fitness management for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services Administration. The new concentration will prepare students for careers such as sports promotion, personal training, corporate wellness, health promotion and sports club management. It also prepares students for graduate careers in sports medicine, exercise physiology, physical and occupational therapy and athletic training. For the new concentration, five additional elective classes will be available in the fall, including introduction to fitness management, kinesiology & exercise physiology, exercise testing & prescription, injury prevention & rehab and nutrition. Director of Recreation

concentration of sports and fitness management is the next piece of the puzzle, the next step for health care programs at MSC.

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and Wellness James Hagler said in an interview with MSC-TV, “We’ve talked with the people at Luther William’s Field, the Macon Pinetoppers, about having people go there to do internships. We’ve got people such as myself and we’ve got student assistants and other positions here within our program, so you can always find something in an area you’re interested

in.” With the rising costs of treating health and injury related problems, there arises a need for prevention, which in turn increases the job demand in prevention. Bill Hervey, associate professor in the department of health sciences, said that one of the reasons for the new concentration in sports and fitness management is to give students the

opportunity to pursue an area they enjoy and is in demand. Currently, MSC offers concentrations in practice/ clinical management, long term care administration and community health. In the field of healthcare, MSC prepares students for jobs regarding the business aspect of health care, clinical treatment and in community health. The addition of the

In the field of healthcare, Macon State prepares students for jobs regarding the business aspect of healthcare, clinical treatment, and in community health. The addition of the concentration of sports and fitness management is the next step for health care programs at Macon State. Junior Cash Barnhart said, referring to the new concentration, “It broadens their target market. People interested in that field wouldn’t come here if we didn’t have it. The new concentration will pull in more students.” For more information on the new concentration in sports and fitness management, contact Bill Hervey at 757-2553 or Chris Tsavatawa at 7572882 or drop by room 268 of the Jones building.

The annual Macon State College Spring Digital Video Festival 2011 april 26 The annual Macon State College Spring Digital Video Festival 2011, part 2, will take place Tuesday, April 26, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Arts Complex Theater on the Macon campus. The festival will feature students’ final video projects from the Spring 2011 Advanced Video Production class at Macon State. Each student video runs from 8-12 minutes. The video titles for Tuesday are: JUST A DREAM by Christopher Right

BLUE STORM by JR Peeples

TALKING HANDS by Lily Billingsley

THE SHOP by Mathew Royal

THE AUDITION by Robert Kenny




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April 25, 2011

Women shoot for equality in sports at MSC

By: Kaleb Clark Sports Editor

Women at Macon State are working for the opportunity to participate in club sports and become equals with the college’s established men’s athletic clubs. Information sessions were held on April 14 and 21 regarding three new sports for women at MSC: fast pitch softball, soccer and basketball. According to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, “No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...” In other words, MSC is required to offer equal opportunities for women in regard to any

Photo by Kaleb Clark Freshman Samantha Hagan is working to establish woman’s basketball at MSC.

educational program, including athletic clubs. Since the beginning of the rebirth of sports at MSC, women’s sports have had a slow start. Stunt, started by Ashley Holliday, is currently the only established women’s athletic club, but due to a lack of members they have been unable to participate in a competition. The Blue Storm soccer club allows Jessica Barker to play on the men’s team because there isn’t an established women’s soccer team at MSC yet. Barker said earlier in the spring, “Women are a big deal. The guys are always interested in playing sports, but women have never really taken a stand and actually developed their liking for activities like this. I think it is important that we get something like that together and be strong.”

According to the article, “Equity in Women’s Sports: A Health and Fairness Perspective,” by D. A. Lopiano, “…there has not been a case where an institution has established a women’s team and was unable to find women interested in playing on the team.” Samantha Hagan, a student leading the idea of starting a women’s basketball club at MSC, said, “Well, it’s a sport that this school needs and, also its a sport I love to play and would love to continue playing at a collegiate level, and I know there are other girls out there that want to play as well.” MSC is attempting to offer women opportunities to play sports, but for women to have equal athletic clubs to the men, the women have to step up and show that they are willing to play.

Interesting people on campus: Meet Andrew Goodman

By Kelly Geeslin JOUR 3131

Quiet and soft-spoken at first impression, senior IT major, Andrew Goodman may not strike you as the passionate composer of music that he is. Inspired mostly by his ideas for films, Goodman creates music designed to invoke specific emotions from listeners in order to set the tone for a larger story or message to unfold. “I draw most of my inspiration from the cinematic imagery I have in my head and the characters I have created. Most of the time, a song will be the main theme that reflects the overall film. Other times, it will be about a certain character and their experiences through the story. I have also composed a few songs deriving inspiration from my personal life and certain people I care about,” Goodman said. Whether motivated by a film idea or real life, Goodman mentally composes songs to capture the appropriate mood and then plays them himself on his piano or as collaboration with his best friend on guitar. “When I am composing, I always have a very

specific mood or emotion, a storyline, cinematic imagery, a person or a life experience from which to draw inspiration. I then ponder whatever thoughts are in my head and play a melody line corresponding to them. Some songs almost compose themselves while others are more of a challenge,” Goodman said. Goodman has not always been so dedicated to music. He explained the reason he does not write down his songs is that his attempts to do so have failed because of his lack of study of the method growing up. “You see, during the founding years of my piano lessons, I did not take my music theory seriously. To tell you the truth, I would wait until the night before my homework was due, sometimes the morning of those were exciting, and rush through the work; consequently not learning or retaining very much,” Goodman said. In fact, Goodman did not even want to study music or learn how to play the piano in the first place. However, Goodman’s mother forced him to take piano lessons for four years from the age of 10, saying that he could quit after four years if he

wanted. After four years of lessons, Goodman voluntarily continued his lessons for seven more years. “What can I say? I fell in love with playing music,” Goodman said. Goodman showed an aptitude for music early on in life, composing his first song when he was about five or six years old. “The first song I composed was a conglomeration of fifth chords that stepped up the scale, back down the scale and then repeated an endless amount of times. I used to imagine myself in front of an enormous audience while playing this,” Goodman said. Interestingly, Goodman’s changing relationship with music is reflected in his current philosophy toward music. “I like to base my melodies off of changing circumstances, so my music can change and stay interesting throughout. Music can be like life. It doesn’t stay the same. It changes with the passing of time. That is why music can be such a transcendental art,” Goodman said. Goodman dreams of someday bringing his

passions into the film industry and being able to compose his own film scores while possibly doing a few self-recordings on the side. However, Goodman said that he realizes the chances of making it big are slim and that music has become more of an avenue of expression than

an expectation of future success. “The main thing I want people to garner from my music is memory. I want people to remember their past, their loved ones and why life is so special,” Goodman said.

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Andrew Goodman


April 25, 2011


Radiation in Georgia: Should Georgians be concerned?

By Allison L. Boutwell JOUR 3131

Radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan resulting from the recent tsunami has been detected in Georgia at very low levels that will not affect Georgia residents. “We have routine radiation monitoring networks,” Environmental Radiation Program Manager for Georgia, Jim Hardeman, said. “When we collected samples two weeks ago from around Plant Hatch and Plant Vogtle we saw [radiation] in very, very small quantities of iodine-131 in air and water.” Hardeman also said that radiation was detected at Plant Farley in Ala., which lies about 100 yards from the Georgia state line. However, Hardeman also said that the radiation will have no impact. “We accelerated our sample

collection schedule. Normally we collect these samples every four weeks,” Hardeman said. “We’ll continue at the every-two-weeks frequency until we’re convinced we are seeing no more of this material.” Hardeman said that iodine-131 travelled to Georgia through atmospheric transport (by wind currents), and it has been found in air and rain. Iodine-131 occurs in rain due to it being rained out: when radiation is in the air the rain absorbs it as it falls, just like rain pulls soot down out of the air when there is a fire, Hardeman said. “I have heard the radiation was detected in the western side of the U.S, but I had not heard about it being detected in Georgia,” Patrick Goodman, a freshman mathematics education major said. “The news is talking a lot about

how it is affecting Japan and some countries nearest Japan, which is very good. It would just be nice to know about radiation in Georgia.” Radiation has been found in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Nevada, among other states, according to an article in the “Citizen Times,” an Asheville, N.C. newspaper. “Absolutely nothing happens; you just eat it,” Lee Cox, chief of the Radiation Protection Section of North Carolina said when asked what happens when people eat or drink radiation. “In fact I’m drinking water now and had milk this morning.” Cox said North Carolina has seen iodine-131 in air, precipitation, milk and vegetation, but it occurs in such low levels that it will not cause any health concerns.

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“[We] would not be surprised to see other isotopes, such as cesium-137, -134, and other typical fission products from this type of nuclear incident,” Cox said. According to, the FDA deems that the U.S. food supply is not at risk as of April 7.

Student’s statements about The Macon Statement By Kaleb Clark Sports Editor The Macon Statement randomly distributed surveys to students on campus in order to gain more of an insight on its readers’ views and opinions. Critics of The Macon Statement said that the paper needed to: stop slanting articles and be more critical of the school and its policies, write more about upcoming events

and establish more steady columns with various topics. According to the surveys, students want to read more about: sports, upcoming events, campus activities, articles that address pop culture, critical situations and changes that directly affect students and articles about students’ and professors’ accomplishments. When asked whether students would rather read

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news articles online or printed, the results were that 60 percent of students preferred online because of easier access, while 40 percent preferred to read printed news, so that they could save articles to read later. A majority of students stated that they read The Macon Statement to find out what is going on at Macon State College. The purpose of the surveys was so that the staff of The

Macon Statement can write articles that our readers want to read about, and to address the problems our readers currently had with the paper. In addition, the goal was to increase readership of the student funded paper. Students are always welcome to share their views and opinions about The Macon Statement. Feel free to email letters to editor@maconstatement. com.

Practical ways to save at the pump By Shanna Dixon JOUR 3131 High High gas prices have arrived; averaging $3.79 a gallon nationally, but there’s no need to let nailbiting prices keep you home. With the following practical tips you can increase fuel efficiency, manage your driving habits more effectively and save on fuel cost. According to Brian McCullough, an auto mechanic technician and co-owner of B&B Repair Center in Warner Robins, maintenance plays an important role in improving fuel efficiency. “As far as vehicle maintenance goes, it’s

important to change the oil filter every three months or 3,000 miles, set the tire pressure to vehicle specs and check it monthly, and to have air filters checked with every oil change. Getting tune-ups at manufacturer’s specified mileage helps conserve gas too,” McCullough said. Improving gas mileage does not stop with vehicle maintenance. According to the Environmental Protection Agencies website, the way you drive significantly impacts gas mileage. Drivers can improve fuel efficiency up to 25 percent by driving within the speed limit. Also, using overdrive at cruising speeds reduces

the load on the engine resulting in decreased fuel consumption. Finally, idling is wasteful. When you expect to idle for two minutes or more, turn off

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the engine. Many students at Macon State that commute from surrounding counties take lowering

their gas mileage seriously. Felicia Hudson, a sophomore majoring in business and information technology, drives 45 miles to class each day. But she manages to spend an average of $50 per week on fuel. Hudson shared how managing and consolidating driving tasks helps save fuel costs. “I try to do all my errands in one day, a day that I know I’m going to be in Macon for a while,” Hudson said. “Also, I try to buy gas only in Macon because in my hometown gas is 10 to 15 cents more per gallon.” There are several online resources geared to helping drivers make fuelconscious choices.

Monitoring gas mileage allows drivers to spot discrepancies that may require automotive maintenance. The website,, provides users a social networking resource to track, share and compare gas mileage with other members. They also offer an application for smartphones so users can input data at the pump. To find the lowest gas prices locally, offers a database of current gas prices. Their free website relies on the input of users across the nation and the data is removed after 72 hours to ensure all input is recent.


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Student Highlight: John Baer By Kaleb Clark Sports Editor

When you are sitting in class there are some people who just catch your attention. A prime example would be John Baer, a practicing evangelist and a distinguished individual. In professor Sisson’s English 1101, Baer confidently presents to the class when called upon. One time in particular, he preached to the class about a play he was performing

in called “Nickel and Dimed”, and he proudly invited the class to join him at his church to watch. When asked about his life outside of the classroom, Baer said, “I enjoy writing, reading, lecturing, preaching, teaching, learning, solving the vast puzzles of life and singing.” After graduating from Macon State with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Baer plans to pursue a degree in divinity. ON CAMPUS What was the best Mother’s Day gift that you’ve given or have received?

By Natalie Dismuke JOUR 3131 Q: What was the best Mother’s Day gift that you’ve given or have received? Here is what some of the students and staff of Macon State had to say: “I gave my mother a golden bracelet one year,” said Clint Putman, 1994 alumni. “Jewelry,” said Ashleigh Amerson, a junior majoring in early childhood education. “Money, my mom loves money. She can get what she wants,” said Wanda Green, English department secretary. “She went on a date with my dad and when she came home I had rose petals on the floor from the bedroom to the bathroom. In the bathroom was her gift with pink and red balloons. It was a jacket she wanted,” said Faith Womack, a

sophomore majoring in english education. Tessa Spangler, undeclared freshman, said, “My sisters, grandmother and I gave my mom some potted plants. She likes to garden. I think it was a rose bush.” “The most interesting one, I took my mom to

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the renaissance fair,” said Jet Williams, a junior majoring in english. Alistair Lacaille, a sophomore majoring in music, said, “I mowed my mother’s lawn and did her yard.” “A special lunch,” said

Robert Kenny, a senior majoring in IT. “Edgar’s Bistro,” said Kim Halstead, a junior majoring in CIT. Veronica Stuart, a senior majoring in english, said “My mom, a day trip to the spa.” “I know it sounds mean, but my mother took my kids for the day,” said Nicole Sutton, a junior majoring in nursing. “When the babies were little, they gave me a card saying I was the best mother in the world because of the traditions on holidays,” said Terri Hutchinson, a junior majoring in secondary education history. Here are a few ideas of gifts you can give your own mother, but all of these are specific to each mom. Think of your own mother’s likes and needs for Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8.

E-Book purchases jump from October to March By R. Todd Smith JOUR 3131

Photo by Kaleb Clark John Baer performing in the play “Nickeled and Dimed”



Love to watch sports? Can you tell someone all about a game and get them excited about it? How about becoming a SPORTS WRITER? You can be paid and published! Apply at The Macon Statement, in the Media Room 120 in the Student Life Center.

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2. John Baer 5. Sports 7. Japan 8. Amanda Meadows 10. Samantha Hagan 12. Blue Storm 13. Review 14. Mothers Day 16. Chris Tsavatawa 17. Spring Digital Video Festival 19. Norton 20. Gas

1. Sports and Fitness Management 3. World Press Freedom Day 4. Chalfa 6. Summer Leverett 9. Andrew Goodman 11. Allbritten 15. Robot 18. Dorks


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The new OnCampus Research Electronic Book and E-Reader Device Report showed a six percent increase in e-book purchases from October 2010 to March 2011. The March 2011 report, the product of a survey of more than 600 college students, explored student electronic book usage and their interest in e-reading devices, such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. The survey results found that there was a six percent increase in e-book purchases by college students from the October 2010 survey. Many book industry

HELP WANTED Do you find yourself standing in line at the movie theatre when you first hear your favorite star or action hero’s latest film is about to be released? Can you tell just enough of the story to entice others to buy a ticket on your word alone? Why not be a

experts feel that the increase was due to e-readers being gifted to

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students during the holiday season. Danny Key, the manager of the Wingate University Bookstore and the current President of the National Association of College Stores agrees. “I saw many of our students walking around FILM REVIEWER? You can be paid and published! Friends will envy you! Apply at The Macon Statement, in the Media Room 120 in the Student Life Center. Do you ever groan when you see some of the photos that turn up in a newspaper or magazine? Think you could do a lot better than that? Have you ever seen an action shot

campus in January holding a brand new Kindle or a Nook,” Key said. The March survey found that 87 percent of students do not own an e-reader, which is down from 92 percent last October. While the survey shows that more than one-third of students purchased an e-book for leisure reading, six out of 10 students polled stated that the primary purpose of their e-book purchase was a required course material for class. The OnCampus Research Student Panel, funded by the National Association of College Stores, is an online panel of more than 18,000 students on more than 1,100 campuses. during a sports event that you know you could have made? How about using your skills as a STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER? You can be paid and published! Friends will envy you! Apply at The Macon Statement, in the Media Room 120 in the Student Life Center.



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Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t stop this professor Allison L. Boutwell Staff Writer Sydney H. Chalfa, associate professor of theatre, was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 27 years ago. Chalfa has been teaching at Macon State for 21 years. “MS is a disease where the body attacks itself, and it attacks the lining of the nerves,” Chalfa said. “[Relapsing-Remitting MS is] when you’re first diagnosed, you have reached a certain level of damage to the body, and then you’re supposed to have episodes of symptoms.” Although she has not had an episode in a couple of years, Chalfa said she has weakness in her legs from the early damage of the disease. Two major obstacles of having MS are a lack of energy and she

walks slowly, according to Chalfa. But these symptoms do not hinder her from living a fairly normal life. “I thought it would be the end of the world,” Chalfa said. She said her sons were two and five years old at the time. “I

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Sydney H. Chalfa

made up my mind at the time I was diagnosed that I would do everything possible to keep [MS] from being what my life was about.”

Chalfa said that she first refused, but changed her mind and underwent chemotherapy to help her MS. She encourages anyone with MS to try chemotherapy. Chalfa said that since she has gone through chemotherapy, she does not need her walking cane much anymore. “This past January I just finished two years of chemotherapy,” Chalfa said. “I am thrilled; I am in such good shape because of that chemo. Novantrone is the name of the drug, it’s a new drug approved by the FDA, and it heals a lot of the damage to your body done by the disease.” According to Chalfa, her hobbies include reading, writing plays, watching and going to movies, playing with her dogs and communicating with her sons. “I don’t think of myself as a victim, at all, of

anything,” Chalfa said. “I have a great life. I love teaching; I love my students; I have a phenomenal family. If I didn’t have a great family and friends, I would never have done near as well with the disease as I’ve done, because I’ve got a great support network.” Chalfa said that MS is simply a portion of her life and not who she is. “It makes me very grateful for what I’m able to do,” Chalfa said when

“You can have something like MS and not have to stop living…You are not the disease.”

-Sydney H. Chalfa

asked how MS has affected her life as a teacher. “It makes me very grateful for the people I work with.

I love my students…my students keep me young… and it makes me appreciate people so much more because the students are so accommodating when they sense that I need it, that I need help, and I appreciate that. I can’t tell you what it’s taught me about appreciating people, and I mean that sincerely.” Chalfa said that having MS has also taught her that she needs to be organized, to appreciate her students, to appreciate people and to appreciate other people’s needs and abilities. “I don’t want to be corny,” Chalfa said. “But the best medicine for living with something like this is to be happy. Have people around you who are supportive; have people around you who make you laugh; have people that you can depend on and be happy!”

Information Technology and cupcakes prove a success for graduate

By Jacqueline Hunsicker JOUR 3131 Macon State Communication Information Technology (CIT) graduate Amanda Meadows uses degree skills in running her own bakery. Meadows owns and operates her bakery Amanda’s Cakery in downtown Macon. Meadows was busy in the back of her bakery, bringing out the fresh cupcakes for the day. Despite being the owner, she was working directly with her staff with flour caked on her hat. Meadows had no initial plan after college or a degree choice. Like many students she went

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from degree to degree, trying to find something that fit. Finally deciding to join her friends, she chose the CIT major and took off from there. While a student, Meadows worked at the local Backburner Grill and Loco’s to pay her tuition. After graduation she had no plans on where she wanted to take her degree. Answering an expired ad for a baker’s assistant, for which she was initially turned down, she persisted enough and was given the job. On her first day,

was literally rocking all over the counter and almost fell a couple of times.” She has come a long way since then. MSC education major, Lauren Fox, said, “These are amazing!” regarding Amanda’s cupcakes. Though her newfound skills for baking have brought her a successful business, they were not without the help of her CIT degree. Photo courtesy of Lundizign “Yes, the skills helped Amanda Meadows me a lot, especially with the logo creation however, it was clear she in Adobe Illustrator. And did not receive a degree I created and manage the in confections. Meadows website. It really helped recalls, “The mixing bowl

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Photo courtesy of Amanda’s Cakery

thinking about usability and how to use your white space, those things you learn in CIT classes,” Meadows said, explaining how she was grateful for the skills she had learned. Having a successful CIT graduate here in Macon can be an inspiration to all those in the field. Meadows had a few words for current students: “There are a lot of people in the program and it’s broad enough that you’re not limited to only a few careers. It’s wide enough that you can make it your own.” And her favorite part of the CIT program? “My favorite part was definitely the humanities faculty and staff. They rock!”

Photo courtesy of Amanda’s Cakery


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Macon Statement Volume 42, Issue 16  

Published April 25, 2011