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October 19, 2009

Second annual Field of Screams sure to give a fright By Norma Jean Perkins Copy Editor

Meet the Firms By Shannon Bayer Staff Writer

The Macon State Accounting Association is hosting an event called “Meet the Firms Night” on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6-8p.m. in the Banquet Hall on the second floor of the Professional Sciences and Conference Center on the Macon campus. “ ‘Meet the Firms Night’ is an event where we invite local CPA firms from the area, including Macon, Warner Robins, and Dublin, to meet with the students to discuss future fob openings and internships. They can also ask the firms questions regarding getting their CPA license,” said Macon State Accounting Association President Crystal Carlson-Myer. Students interested in attending this event must be members of the Macon State Accounting Association. Students can become members by applying and paying dues in the Macon State School of Business office, located on the third floor of the Professional Sciences and Conference Center. Attendees should dress professionally and bring updated resumes for business.

ASIT meeting change By Dolores M. Couch

Please note the change of date for the next meeting of the Association of Information Technology Students (AITS) and the Middle Georgia IT Users Group. The date for this month’s meeting for both groups is Tuesday Oct. 27, with AITS meeting at 5 p.m. in the conference room (PSC341), followed at 6 p.m. by the Middle Georgia IT Users Group meeting in the PSC-212. This change was requested by presenters of the Middle Georgia IT Users Group due to scheduling conflicts. The topic of discussion will be “How best to position yourself to land the job you want.” Calendar ........ 6

Can you handle the dark and what might be out there waiting for you? The Natural Sciences Network (NSN) will sponsor the second annual Field of Screams/ Haunted Corn Maze at Elliott Farms in Lizella on Saturday, Oct. 31, according to Penny Rogers, president of NSN. There will be a kids, festival, sponsored by the Macon State Skindivers Club, beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a kid’s costume competition. “They will receive prizes” said Debra Elliott, co-owner of Elliott Farms. According to Elliott, the movie,“Signs” will be shown beginning at dark and the Haunted Corn Maze will be open until midnight. The movie is free. Entrance to the corn maze is $10 for adults and children over 13 years old. “The cost for MSC students will be

Photo by Norma Jean Perkins Elliott Farms located at 4761 Holley Road, Lizella

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$8 with valid school ID. Cost for children 3-10 years old is $6 and this includes the Fall Festival with Trick-or-Treat, games and prizes,” said

Rogers. Children under 3 are free. In addition to the Haunted Corn Maze and the children’s festival, there will be

hayrides available, a pumpkin patch as well as sunflowers and zinnias for sale. The farm also has quite a menagerie of cows, horses, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, goats and definitely, kittens. Elliott would remind everyone to bring a flashlight. Good advice unless you want to spend the night in that corn maze! A both staffed by NSN members will be there along with treats to eat and drink, including cotton candy and boiled peanuts. Directions to Elliott Farms and the Field of Screams/Haunted Corn Maze are very simple. From the Macon campus of Macon State, go west on U.S. Highway 80 toward Lizella/Columbus approximately 4.5 miles. Turn left on Holley Road and go all the way to the end, about three miles. Total drive time from the Macon campus is about 10 to 15 minutes.

Affrilachian Poets to visit Macon State College By Marian G. Brewer Staff Writer

Macon State College’s Black History Month Committee is sponsoring a poetry reading by the Affrilachian Poets, as well as a student poetry contest on Feb. 16, 2010, in the Arts Complex Theatre at 11 a.m. This year’s Keith Wilson Ricardo Nazario-Colon Bianca Spriggs-Floyd theme is “Finding, Loving and Respecting Self”. not be attached to the submission, name of the reading had to be Affrilachian Poets Ricardo as the Affrilachian Poets will not changed to “The Best of Southern Nazario-Colon, Bianca Spriggssee the names of the authors until Writing” to accommodate Nikky Floyd and Keith Wilson will be Finney, an African American poet. reading and judging student poem after the judging. Students are directed to send their submission Perplexed, Walker looked up the submissions. The contest is open in the body of an e-mail from term ‘Appalachian’ in Webster’s to all currently enrolled Macon their campus account (attachments Dictionary and learned that it State students. The poems should will not be accepted) to sharon. meant “white residents from the be no longer than two mountains.” Walker knew the spaced pages, including the title, Frank X Walker coined the term region was much more diverse, and should address some part of “Affrilachian” after he attended as Walker himself is an African the theme: “Finding, Loving and American native of Kentucky. Respecting Self”. Any poetic form a poetry reading in Kentucky originally entitled “The Best is acceptable. Identification should Poets continued on page 3 of Appalachian Writing.” The Community ........ 5

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Have You Considered Marriage? By Rev. Chris Fuller George Bernard Shaw said, “Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.” Marriage is popular, and contrary to musical prose, breaking up is not hard to do. Have you wondered why so many marriages fail? When you get married, are you going to get divorced? If you said no, realize that statistics are against you because over 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. This is tragic and terrible. And of the marriages that do not end in divorce, many possess no joy or love. Realize that marriage may be the greatest decision you will make in your life. Why does divorce happen? I have taken it upon myself to outline some outstanding advice about marriage that should prove useful if you are even dating someone or would like to get married in the future. Quick, what is the most important quality necessary in marriage? Did you say love? Love? Are you sure? Think again. Experts have concluded that the two most important qualities in a marriage are....not love! They are communication and commitment. Yes, these are both more important than love. When there is no communication, there is no relationship. A relationship is only as good as its communication. When

communication contains bitterness, lies, anger, fear, or criticism, the relationship possesses those same qualities. Also, a marriage will only be as strong as the commitment. There will be days, weeks or months when life treats you bad, when your body fails you, or when you simply wake up on the wrong side of the bed. On those days, you will not stay married because of love. You stay married because you made a promise, a commitment. So, communication and commitment are the keys to a wonderful relationship that lasts and improves. Love is important, but many people do not know what love is. A man was accused by his wife that he never told her he loved her. He replied, “I told you I loved you when we were married, didn’t I? If I ever change my mind, I’ll let you know.” Saying, “I love you” is a part of marriage. Some people believe love is the mushy, tingling feeling you have when you are attracted to someone. God, in His wisdom, gave all of us hormones to make all of us feel excited about marriage to enhance our commitment to each other, but love is not the hormonal rush. It has been said that, “Women give sex to get love and men give love to get sex.” Sex is a small part of marriage. I can hear some men responding by saying, “Not in my marriage

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The Student Veterans Association of Macon State College is beginning a three-week collection period for holiday care and morale packages for our deployed troops. This drive, named MSCares, is being held in partnership with the Warner Robins Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) #902. Our partner in this project, VVA, has received numerous praises from soldiers and commanders thanking them for previously sent care packages, which have proven to boost troop morale and turn around a bad day. As a former recipient of care packages while deployed, I can relay that they are a pick up. It was great when they arrived, especially when our packages contained enough beef jerky for everyone and a few good current magazines. Nice cards from the preparers can also bring a smile, especially those written by children and including drawings. The MSCares drive will conclude Nov. 6 to allow time for shipment before the holidays. On the sixth, the boxes will be replaced in preparation for the annual Toys for Tots campaign. A list of suggested items can be found at www.

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buddy!” Well, take a look around you and find just one man who has been married for more than twenty-five years who believes sex is the most important part of his marriage. And if you find someone like that, ask yourself if that man is the kind of person you want to be when you have been married for more than twenty-five years. Marital experts state that sex is about 5% of a healthy marriage relationship. Love has much more to do with sharing unselfishly, expressing kindness, and desiring the best for another. Unfortunately, there is no manual on marriage. We usually know good relationships and marriages when we see them, but to verbalize what makes a marriage good or bad is difficult. Marriage, like love, is difficult to define. A great marriage relationship happens when the partners are neither totally dependent on each other nor totally independent of each other. Interdependence describes healthy relationships where each partner in the marriage is their own person and yet dynamically joined with the other. I have heard older couples say with pride, “I’ve been married to Joe Schmoe for forty years and we’ve never had an argument!” I always think to myself, “Someone’s getting

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continued from front page According to the Appalachian Regional Commission Website, Appalachia is a region that runs through 14 states—from southern New York to northern Mississippi—and has a population of approximately 24.8 million people. The word ‘Affrilachian’ was added to the Oxford American Dictionary in 2006. Before the “The Best of Southern Writing” poetry reading, Walker was a program coordinator for the University of Kentucky’s Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center. The center was also where a group of poets met and where Walker suggested the name Affrilachian Poets. The poets have since won numerous awards and recognition as they tour the Appalachian region, including the upcoming February stop at Macon State. The poem submission deadline is Dec. 18. First-place prize is $100 and two runners-up will receive $50 each. Prizes are provided by Redbone Chapbooks. For more information about the Affrilachian Poets, visit www. For information about the poetry contest, contact Dr. Sharon Colley at sharon.

October 19, 2009

Macon State hosts domestic violence seminar By Kelly Geeslin Staff Writer

Macon State’s Counseling Center and the Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia, Inc. will sponsor the fourth annual seminar on domestic violence, “Domestic Violence: Educating, Understanding and Responding” on Thursday, Oct. 29, in various sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Arts Complex Theatre. This year’s topic sessions will include “Insight into Working with Culturally Diverse Victims of Domestic Violence,” “It Happens in Our Families Too–Working with the LGBTQQI Community,” “When Domestic Violence Comes Home: The Effects of Family Violence on Children” and “How to Spot a Dangerous Man.” Macon State counselor Ruth Hageman commented, “We try to bring in topics related to the college and the community and very relevant to the population of Georgia.” She continued, “One thing I am excited about that is new this year is having a cultural component.” Anna Z. Blau and Laura Mora, of International Women’s House, Inc., will be speaking on overcoming challenges that refugees, immigrants and undocumented victims of family violence face, at the 9:30 a.m.

Marriage continued from page 2 smashed,” because someone is not registering their personality and beliefs into the union. Be true to yourself and your feelings. How do you pick a good marriage partner? Many people see marriage as a search for Mr. or Mrs. Right, and this should be avoided. Marriage is more about being the right person than picking the right person. If your focus is on who the other person is, this will lead to frustration in your relationships. So, picking the right person is not the healthiest approach to marriage. There are specific characteristics that increase the chance for a long, healthy union. Women, look at the way your boyfriend treats his mother because that is almost exactly how he is going to treat you after two years of marriage. Also, men almost never improve their relationship skills after marriage. Frankly, marriage, or for that matter any relationship, is not as important to men as for women. Finally, couples who have sexual intimacy before marriage are more likely to get divorced. Men, listen to the way your girlfriend talks about other people because that is the way she is going to talk about you after two years of marriage. Marry a friend, not the beauty queen. If your friend also happens to be a beauty queen, consider it a bonus. If you start

session. Hageman explained that some of these individuals are less likely to report abuse since they are undocumented. Hageman further explained how some of these people come from countries where the police are extremely corrupt, saying, “It is difficult for them to understand that the police are here to help them, and it can be a process to get them to trust.” Hageman said that the representatives at the International Women’s House in Atlanta have even run into the issue of human trafficking. She said of these speakers, “They have run into people who are very stuck and try to provide interpreters for those people.” The other new session called “It Happens in Our Families Too” will be lead by Jeniffer Thomas and Tonja Holder of United 4 Safety at 11 a.m. and will be about the issues the LGBTQQI (Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender Queer Questioning and Intersex) community faces with family violence. Hageman says that the session will discuss “how to provide help in those situations where there is partner abuse and it can be very difficult because some may not have the family support others do.” She also said that children can be involved in these kinds of relationships as well. Even though “The Effects of

kissing and holding hands before you establish a friendship, you are seriously jeopardizing your ability to rationally evaluate someone you like. Also, women find conversation very romantic. Do you know the number one reason people get divorced? Failure to communicate about money! Some marital experts say that “money is the number one reason for divorce” but this is misleading. If you create a budget, make purchasing decisions together, appoint one person to keep the checkbook for a joint account, you can avoid many money related problems because these practices lead to healthy communication about the money in the relationship. Avoid every kind of debt except for the purchase of a house. That’s right, I recommend you rarely finance the purchase of vehicles. Financing cars used to be nonexistent, but financing today can include the purchase of anything with credit cards. If you cannot pay cash, don’t buy it. Here’s some more practical advice. First, promise your partner that if either one of you wants to see a counselor, for any reason, the other will go along. Second, place your marriage relationship above your relationship to anyone and everything else except God. That means, place your relationship above parents, above children and above work. No one ever died regretting that they did not spend enough time at work! Third, if you do

Family Violence on Children” session is not new, Hageman shared that this year it will be coming from the unique perspective of Mike Mertz, of C&M Consulting, LLC, a former law enforcement officer. “So it has a new twist this year…it can give a good view of what has gone on and how to help a family out when there is a domestic disruption,” Hageman said. The final session, “How to Spot a Dangerous Man,” will be lead by Frank Mack of the Family Counseling Center. When asked what the counseling center hopes to accomplish through the seminar, Hageman responded, “One of the things we always want to do is to have Macon State be a part of the middle Georgia community and be a community as a whole. Also, give students an opportunity to go to a professional conference.” She continued, “It can be a venue to network with representatives from different agencies which can be a great opportunity to ask questions about internships.” The event is open to the public as well as students and faculty. Admission is free. Those who wish to register for the continental breakfast and receive a certificate for the session may register online at counseling.

not like something about your partner or the relationship, look how you can change yourself to make the situation better instead of taking the lazy route and asking the other person to change. Finally, make Jesus Christ the head of your marriage. Each of you should submit to the other under God. There are people who will argue that the Bible says (in Ephesians 5:22) that the woman should submit to the man so that the man is the head of the marriage, but the Bible also says (in Ephesians 5:21) that each of us should submit to each other. Human nature constantly wants to place something or someone between God and each of us like; the church, the Pope, the pastor, the virgin Mary, the Bible, some ritual, and now the husband! No! I personally believe that each of us is directly accountable to God. Your marriage will grow as you grow in your understanding of God. This is what I believe are the essentials to a great marriage. May the love you share with another grow bigger, deeper, and wider than you can imagine. Want to talk about it? A student group called the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries) meets every Tuesday at 12:15 in room 262 of the Student Center. And a group of faculty and staff called the Lydia Group are organized by Thyra Nelson once a month in the Student Center. Both groups welcome anyone wanting to learn more about Jesus and the Bible. page 3


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Macon State IT students visit the Georgia Academy for the Blind By Glen Stone Copy Editor

School of Information Technology Professor Terry Smith and his students of Human Computer Interaction (ITEC 3235) visited the Smokey Powell Assistive Technologies Center at the Georgia Academy for the Blind. The early rains of Wednesday, Oct. 14, failed to dampen the spirits of Smith’s HCI students, nor those of the faculty, staff or students of the Georgia Academy for the Blind. The group was welcomed to the Academy and escorted to the Access Technologies Center by Michael Silverman, an employee there. Once in the center, instructor of Access Technology, Vencer Cotton, who is blind, shared technical and anecdotal information with the attentive audience of IT students during the nearly two-hour visit. Scott Tankard, the lone IT specialist who serves the entire GAB campus, joined instructor Cotton in demonstrating many aspects of access technologies that are taught to and used by blind and visually impaired students of the Academy. Cotton shared that the recent change in terminology, from “assistive technology” to “access technology” refers to the idea that the most important need of the person with a disability is the “access” component. Smith’s students recently completed a section in the HCI course that involved design strategies for IT professionals who create interfaces that are accessible to users with vision impairments. Cotton demonstrated numerous

Photo by Glen Stone Scott Tankard and Vencer Cotton of the Smokey Powell Assistive Technolgies Center at the Georgia Academy of the Blind.

devices, such as a refreshable Braille display (RBD), a Pac Mate screen reader, an accessible PDA (personal digital assistant), a scan and read product called Open Book. In a convincing demonstration of the scan and read system, Cotton took a document from his desk and asked the group which side had the printing and which side was up. As the group was realizing the profound nature of such a

simple question, Cotton placed the document on the platen glass of a scanner attached to his laptop computer. With a quick press of the keyboard, the scanned image was read aloud. According to Cotton, the speed, pitch and even the voice can be selected by the users of these devices. When a GAB student was called on by Cotton to demonstrate his screen reader, the rate or verbosity was set at

such a high rate that a visiting Macon State student expressed astonishment that the GAB student could understand the voice emanating from the device. The GAB student jokingly agreed to “slow it down” for the demonstration. In a self-described, “shameless plug,” Cotton recommended an Internet video featuring the Georgia Academy for the Blind in the “Cool School” segment of the CBS Atlanta Morning Show. Two separate videos about the Academy can be viewed at the following links: www.cbsatlanta. com/video/21180113 or www. Cotton extolled the “fun” component of learning through stories about vision impaired students whom he has taught. He shared his personal experience with technologies that give blind users access to their friends and families. “I have three sons in Memphis, Tennessee, and we use Skype to communicate and they can see how handsome daddy still is.” “Professionally, I have conducted seminars and attended presentations via Skype. It’s just one of the social networks that I use and that we teach in here. Windows Live is another...we teach that access translates to options,” Cotton said. Professor Smith’s HCI students will discuss their experiences at the Georgia Academy of the Blind and the Smokey Powell Assistive Technologies Center as they continue to learn about usability and accessibility during the remainder of their course on Human Computer Interaction.

“Professionally, I have conducted seminars and attended presentations via Skype. It’s just one of the social networks that I use and that we teach in here. Windows Live is another...we teach that access translates to options,” Cotton said.

Photo by Glen Stone Macon State students learn about “access technologies” at the Georgia Academy for the Blind.

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Photo by Glen Stone A Macon State student takes a closer look at a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).

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Afraid of your closet: The WSA wants to help By Glen Stone Copy Editor

October conjures all sorts of frightful sights, sinister sounds and terrifying tales, but the WSA suggests soothing your fears by cleaning out your scary closet and donating your unused stuff. Through Oct. 30, Macon State’s Women’s Studies Association is collecting donated items for the Macon Rescue Mission to benefit the Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia. According to Monica Young-Zook, assistant professor of English and one of the advisors for the WSA, “Because many of the women and children are there fleeing a violent situation, they often run with the clothes on their backs and have nothing when they arrive.” Young-Zook listed some of the many needs of the Mission: Children’s clothing,

women’s clothing, undergarments, t-shirts that are not white, tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, combs, razors, deodorant and bath items. The Macon Rescue Mission uses donations of professional clothing, such as suits, handbags and pumps to provide their clients with attire suitable for job interviews. “Another need that the Crisis Line & Safe House fills is [helping] women who are victims of violence and of rape [whose] clothes are confiscated as evidence,” YoungZook said. “We’re collecting cell phones for the Crisis Line & Safe House. Someone fleeing a violent situation often will be pursued, and may be at risk for further violence,” said Young-Zook, who further offered

Photo by Glen Stone The Macon Rescue Mission provides clothing and other items to their clients.

assurance to the potential cell phone donor, saying that “donated phones are kept secure until they are ‘wiped’ of all personal information and reprogrammed to call 9-1-1. Whether they are in working order or not, cell phones of all types and from all carriers are accepted,” said Young-Zook. She also added a reminder for donors to include battery chargers. While this current campaign will end on Oct. 30, Young-Zook stated that she would accept items at any

time. “The reason we undertook this project was the realization that the economic crisis was worsening. More and more people were out of work, were out of their homes. You often see a rise in domestic violence in such situations. You have more people...who will fall and succumb to drug and alcohol addictions.” Young-Zook said. According to Julie Adair, business manager for the Macon

Rescue Mission, the downtown shelter has no ongoing need for volunteers, due to the work provided by the men who are clients there. Only 10 to 15 volunteer food servers are utilized when the Mission opens their doors to the needy of Macon at Thanksgiving and Christmastime. “This is a faithbased organization that exists to help those who can’t help themselves,” Adair said. Reiterating the need for donations of personal items for the women and children

served there, Adair extended gratitude for the generosity of the Macon State community for the efforts of the Women’s Studies Association and to those who donate items during this campaign. For more information, such as drop-off locations or pick-up arrangements, contact WSA advisors Heather Braun at heather.braun@ or Monica YoungZook at monica. youngzook@

Photo courtesy of The Macon Rescue Mission’s downtown shelter.

Join Macon State College’s nursing students in Macon race By Takelia Watson Staff Writer

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Macon State’s Association of Nursing Students is sponsoring a race team for the tenth annual Komen Central Georgia Race for the Cure. According to the official Website of the Susan G. Komen Central Georgia Affiliate, Macon’s Central City Park will

host this year’s race on Saturday, Oct. 24. Four hundred volunteers are still needed for the event. Organizers of the event urge individuals to get involved by contacting Stephanie Steinbart at 478-390-4828 or admin@ Those interested in volunteering can find more information at www.komencentralga. org. Volunteers must check

Some of the day’s events, from the official flyer, include: 7 to 8 a.m. Race Day Registration 7 to 9 a.m. Pink Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. Kids for the Cure Festival (Playground) 8:30 a.m. Survivor Recognition 8:45 a.m. Race Warm-up 9 a.m. 5K Co-ed Run (Start line at entrance to Central City Park) 9:05 a.m. 5K Co-ed Walk (Start line at entrance to Central City Park) 9:15 a.m. 1 Mile Celebration Walk Kids for the Cure Parade (Track) 10:15 a.m. Awards Ceremony 8 to 11 a.m. Pink Ribbon Plaza Exhibits & Entertainment

in by 6 am. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. (for those who did not pre-register). The race begins at 9 a.m. The nonrefundable registration fee is $20 to participate in the race. In the case of cancellation, registration fee payments will be used as donations, according to the official flyer for the event (at www. userfiles/file/RFTC09%20 Flyer%202%5B1%5D. pdf). On a national level, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008, according to the official national Website, at ww5. The Website states that the organization “raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer,

celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.” It further states that this effort is “the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, with well over one million participants since 2005.” Mechel McKinley, race chair of the event, said “I am so excited to bring the race to Macon and I just love Central City Park.” Race organizers state that runners wishing to

compete for awards must pay an additional fee of $3 for chip timing and register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. Participants registering for chip timing after Oct. 11 should visit the chip timing area in the Long building at the park. Volunteers will collect timing bibs after the Race. Results will be posted at the event and then online later at www. and

According to the Website, prizes will be awarded in the following Race categories: Top 3 overall breast cancer survivors Top 3 overall males Top 3 overall females Overall masters, male and female (ages 40+) Top 3 males and females in each of the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+ page 5


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Check the following calendar for exciting opportunities to get involved with Macon State College. Compiled by Norma Jean Perkins The Macon Statement meets Mondays at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 9 a.m. in the Student Media Center, SLC-120 and is open to all students and all majors. Contact the Student Media Coordinator at ray.lightner@ if you are interested and can not make one of the meetings. MSC-TV meets 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Student Media Center, SLC-120. MSC-TV is open to all students of all majors. For more information contact Student Media Coordinator at ray.lightner@ or MSC-TV Managing Director Meaghan Smith at msctv@ The ARC will offer the Academic Success Skills workshop: NOTE TAKING DURING LECTURES How to prepare for lecture; what to write during lectures; how to organize your notes for review; and how to predict test questions. Reservations are not required. The workshop is offered at the Macon Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Computer Lab 2, located in the Library. The workshop is offered at the Warner Robins Campus on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Oak Hall, Room 204. INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING TRIP

Registration began Oct. 15 in the Wellness Center for the Nov. 14 recreation trip to Atlanta Rocks for indoor rock climbing. Cost is $10 for students and $17 for non-students. All fees are non-refundable and due at sign-up. For more information contact the Intramural Coordinator at or call 478-471-5786. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO DONATE

The Natural Sciences Network will be sponsoring a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross in the SLC lobby on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and they are looking for donors. While all eligible students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate, NSN recommends scheduling your appointment by contacting Penny Rogers or Lisa Kuhns at penny. or lisa., respectively, to set-up your opportunity to help make a difference in our community. BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE

Boot Camp Challenge is group personal training program that guarantees results. It is designed for anyone looking to shape up, change their body or just challenge their fitness level. The Boot Camp Challenge incorporates nutritional guidance, exercise instruction, progressive levels of exercise and lots of motivation. Sessions will last five weeks, and meet at 6 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 26 thru Nov. 23, ending on the Monday before. This program will last until the week of Thanksgiving! page 6

Get a head start on weight control before the holidays! SPACE IS LIMITED. The cost for community members is $139. That cost is discounted for Macon State students, faculty and staff with a valid MSC ID. The instructor is Lisa Goss Stinson. For more information or to register, call 478-365-9832, e-mail: or visit middlegeorgia. FREE PLAY VOLLEYBALL

2 to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Gymnasium. FREE PLAY BASKETBALL

6 to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday in the Gymnasium. INTRAMURAL FLAG FOOTBALL 5

to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, through Nov, 4, behind the gym on the football field. INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL

2 to 4 p.m. The season continues through Nov. 26, on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Gym. MONDAY, OCTOBER 19

1 p.m. The INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND STUDIES ASSOCIATION meets every Monday in PSC-156. For more information about ISSA and how you can get involved, please contact ISSA advisors, or 4 p.m. The STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION meets Monday in SLC-109 for a special called meeting. For more info on how to become a part of SGA, please contact SGA President at 4:30 p.m. The Macon State College Wellness Program offers another in its series of GROUP FITNESS classes with KICKBOXING Mondays in the Gym Lobby. Be sure to bring your valid Macon State I.D. card. For more information, call 478-757-3620 or visit wellness/group_fitness.aspx. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Warner Robins Campus Office of Student Life presents the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Tuesday Oct. 20 outside of Oak Hall. There will be free,

custom-made dog tags. Free hot dogs will also offered beginning at 11 a.m., while supplies last. For more information on WRC Student Life contact brae.johnson@maconstate. edu. Orientation session for the NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS, SIGMA ALPHA PI, Macon State Chapter, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Learning Support Auditorium. Chapter advisor is Marcella Diaz, the director of Career Services. For more information contact Career Services in SLC-230, on the Web at www. or call 478-471-2714. 12:15 p.m. BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES meets in SLC-262 on Tuesdays. Join us as we read Scripture, share prayer requests and celebrate God’s grace. To find out more, contact adviser Chris Fuller at 478-301-2993 or check us out on Facebook. 4:30 p.m. The Macon State College Wellness Program offers another in its series of GROUP FITNESS classes with BODY CHISEL Tuesdays in the Gym. Be sure to bring your valid Macon State I.D. card. For more information, call 478-757-3620 or visit wellness/group_fitness.aspx. 7 p.m. Learn SHITO-RYU KARATE. The Macon State College Karate Club meets with the Mercer University Karate Club Tuesdays and Thursdays. The clubs train off campus at the Wellness Center on 3797 Northside Drive. Only $10 a month. For more information, call 478-757-3620 or visit WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21

10 a.m. to noon Play X-BOX 360/ GUITAR HERO Wednesdays in October in the Walker Auditorium on the Warner Robins Campus. For more information on WRC Student Life contact brae.johnson@maconstate. edu. Noon ALPHA OMEGA, a recognized student organization at Macon State, meets every Wednesday in the Cafeteria for these informal discussion groups about making the Bible practical for everyday life. For more information, please contact Alpha Omega leader ariane.parham@ 3:30 p.m. The Macon State College Wellness Program offers another in its series of GROUP FITNESS classes with POWER YOGA Wednesdays in the Gym. Be sure to bring your valid Macon State I.D. card. For more information, call 478-757-3620 or visit wellness/group_fitness.aspx. 4 p.m. The CHESS CLUB invites you to join them Wednesdays by the PSC

Starbucks for chess competitions. For more information about how to participate with the Chess Club, contact jonathan.canady@ 7 to 9 p.m. The ENGLISH STUDIES ORGANIZATION will host this free screening of the film “Ligeia,” in the Learning Support Auditorium. This film is rated “R” for some sexual content, language, violence and brief drug use. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, please contact ESO advisor THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PHI BETA LAMBDA CANDY SALE will be held in the lobby of the Jones Building, Oct. 22-23. PBL will be sell Hershey Kisses to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, scheduled for Nov. 7. 12:30 p.m. The WOMEN’S STUDIES ASSOCIATION meets every Thursday in SLC-109 and invites all students to join it. For more information, please contact WSA advisor monica.youngzook@ 1to 3 p.m. Join the STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES Program staff and students for OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., Student Life Center, second floor. For more information contact the director of Student Support Services Program at or 478-471-5356 3:30 to 5 p.m. This proposed new student organization will have an informational meeting for all students interested in participating in a MARKETING CLUB at Macon State. The meeting will be Oct. 22 in PSC-136. For more information, please contact charlie.aiken@ 4:30 p.m. Macon State’s Wellness Program offers another in its series of GROUP FITNESS classes with BUTZ & GUTZ Thursdays in the Gym. Be sure to bring your valid Macon State ID card. For more information, call 478-757-3620 or visit wellness/group_fitness.aspx. 6 - 8 p.m. The ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATION is hosting MEET THE FIRMS NIGHT in the Banquet Hall on the second floor of the PSC building. Applications for the Accounting Association an be obtained in the Business Office on the third floor of the PSC building. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

8:30 a.m. to noon FREE PLAY available on Fridays in the Gymnasium. For more information, call 478-471-5786 or visit www.

Calendar continued 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PHI BETA LAMBDA CANDY SALE will be held in the lobby of the Jones Building, Oct. 22-23. PBL will be sell Hershey Kisses to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, scheduled for Nov. 7. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

The MACON STATE COLLEGE ASSOCIATION OF NURSING STUDENTS is sponsoring the Macon State team for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join the team as well as donate funds towards our team at www. (Click on “More Information”, then on “Join an existing team”, and type “Macon State College” in the team name box). To run or walk in the race costs $20, however, we need volunteers to help setup and man the water stations. For more info about MSCANS, please contact advisor kay.gatins@ 6 p.m. to midnight GAMING CLUB meets in the lobby of the Jones Building. Join the Macon State Gaming Club for this monthly opportunity for board, card and video gaming opportunities. For more information, please contact advisors chris.hornung@maconstate. edu,

on campus or blane.hollingsworth@maconstate. edu.

discussion will be held in SLC-109 at 1:30 p.m.


3 p.m. Be better than everyone else, learn ADVANCED GOOGLE SEARCHING Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Lab 2 in the Library. For more information call Assistant Librarian Felicia Haywood at 478-471-2867.

Orientation session for the NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS, ALPHA EPISILON PI, Macon State Chapter, will be held Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Arts Complex Theatre. Chapter advisor is Marcella Diaz, the director of Career Services. For more information contact Career Services in SLC-230, on the Web at careeercenter/ or call 478-471-2714. 4 p.m. PHI BETA LAMBDA, the business club, meets Monday in PSC-341. For more information about becoming involved in Phi Beta Lambda, our Business Club, please contact katherine.francis@

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The ARC will offer the Academic Success Skills workshop READING TEXTBOOKS EFFICIENTLY at the Macon Campus in Computer Lab 2, located in the Library. Three myths regarding reading speed; key ideas for increasing speed; strategies for overcoming faulty habits; and methods for practicing reading speed. Call the ARC at 478-471-2057. Reservations are not required. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29


5 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Association of IT Students group, held in PSC-341. 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Middle GA IT Users Group, held in PSC-212 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

1:30 p.m. Dr. Mary Mears invites everyone to join her and other students for this READ-IN to discuss Barack Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father.” Copies are available on reserve in the Library. The Read-In

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m. There’s a HALLOWEEN RECEPTION/COFFEE HOUSE in the Oak Hall Lobby on the Warner Robins campus on Thursday. For more information on WRC Student Life contact brae.johnson@ 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The ARC will

The current state of the national economy is “clearly showing signs of recovery.” This is according to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Dennis P. Lockhart, who, earlier this month, lead a discussion at Macon State. A determining factor for the recovery of the economy will be the performance of the housing market, Lockhart said. The performance of the housing market is measured by prices, the volume of sales, and new home buys. A lagging indicator of the economy is the national unemployment rate, which was 4.5 percent in 2007 when Lockhart joined the Fed, and is now at 9.7 percent. “Optimism is warranted but should be tempered by awareness that this is an economy substantially

buttressed by a large number of temporary government support programs” said Lockhart. Another issue addressed was the number of banking failures, which is linked to problems in the commercial and residential real estate market. “I suspect we have not seen the last bank failure in the country, and I think it will take some time for the banking system to totally heal,” Lockhart said. Problems many believed to have come from the use of sub prime mortgages, which is reminiscent of excessive spending. “Business spending for capital goods and inventory retrenched dramatically in the recession,” said Lockhart. Since the start of 2009, the rate of spending has declined by about 45 percent in the first two quarters. To comment on the large amount of money borrowed by the banks, also known as the

offer the Academic Success Skills workshop READING TEXTBOOKS EFFICIENTLY at Warner Robins Campus, in Oak Hall, Room 204. Three myths regarding reading speed; key ideas for increasing speed; strategies for overcoming faulty habits; and methods for practicing reading speed. Call the WRC ARC at 478-929-6770. Reservations are not required. 6 to 7:30 p.m. STUDENT VETERANS OF MACON STATE meet Thursday in the Academic Services Building, Room 102, on the Warner Robins campus. This meeting is open to all students, faculty, and staff. For more information about the Student Veterans Association, please contact thomas.stevens@maconstate. edu. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

NSN FIELD OF SCREAMS HAUNTED CORN MAZE at Elliott Farms, Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Macon State Skindivers Club will be sponsoring a Fall Festival for the younger children from 4 - 7 p.m. Cost is $6 per child and includes trick-or-treating, games, prizes and lots more fun.

The Fall Line Review will host a Writer’s Workshop in the Student Media Center, SLC-120, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. For more information, please e-mail

Federal Reserve Bank holds discussion at Macon State By Summer Leverett Staff Writer

October 19, 2009

TARP funds, Lockhart said “I am confident the Fed has the tools to reverse the assumed monetary stimulus and exit the policies put in place in reaction to the financial crisis and recession.” However, he reiterated that optimism should be measured to avoid a prematurely declared economic recovery. Lockhart is responsible for all of the bank’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation and payment services. He is also the chair of the bank’s management committee and serves on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). He earned a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from Stanford University and a master of arts in international economics and American foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University.

“I suspect we have not seen the last bank failure in the country, and I think it will take some time for the banking system to totally heal,” Lockhart said.

“Biggest yard sale this side of South Macon” coming to Washington Park By Glen Stone Copy Editor

The Crossroads Writers Conference MultiFamily “Yard Sale Extravaganza” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Washington Park in downtown Macon (at the intersection of College and Magnolia streets). According to the Crossroads Writers Conference Facebook page, they hope to have the “biggest yard sale this side of South Macon.” The sale will feature items of “furniture, DVDs, clothing, electronics, baked goods” and more. This sale is sponsored by

and benefits the Crossroads Creative Fund, which produces the Crossroads Writers Conference, which comes to Macon in February. The organization also produces “arts education programming for at-risk youth,” according to their Website at www. To participate in this event, or for more information, contact Chris Horne, president of the Crossroads Writers Conference Board, at thischrishorne@ or Kelly Whiddon, vice president, at kelly.whiddon@

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Featured Club

OctobER 19, 2009

Get to know the Natural Sciences Network Club By Shannon Bayer Staff Writer

Kim Pickens at kim.pickens@

“Today’s Student, Tomorrow’s Scientist, an Evolution of Excellence” The NSN, or Natural Sciences Network, is “one of MSC’s largest clubs…we are involved in many community events…we hold fundraisers…and the club participates in activities with the faculty” said Penny Rogers. Penny Rogers, president of the NSN, agreed to answer some question about this Macon State club. Q. What is the purpose of the NSN? A. The Natural Sciences Network is a Macon State club that offers “students exposure to a variety of research topics and issues in various science disciplines, [it] is geared toward all students with an interest in the natural sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and various subdisciplines” (Macon State College Student Handbook). Q. Who are the club officers? A. Penny Rogers, president; Lisa Kuhns, vice president; Linea Palmer, secretary; Minaxi Patel, secretary; Leonard Knight, community affairs Q. Who are the club advisors? A. Dr. Kim Pickens and Dr. Donna Balding Q. When was the club formed? A. The NSN was formed in 2005.

Q. Who can join? A. Currently the club consists of Biology majors, Biology Education majors, pre-med, predental, and pre-pharmacy majors. Q. How many members are currently involved? A. There are 88 registered members including faculty and advisors. Q. Are there any club member dues? A. There is a nominal fee of $10. In the past this fee covered anything from camping trips to faculty and student socials. Q. Do you have any community service projects planned for this year? A. We are hosting the American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Student Life Center on the Macon campus, Wednesday Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Anyone who donates blood can receive one hour of community service credit. The NSN will have sign-up tables in the SLC about one week prior to the blood drive for students who need to have a set time. Type “O” blood is really needed. The NSN is also doing a public school community service project this year. Five NSN members will help judge a science fair project at Heritage Elementary School.

Natural Sciences Network members enjoying a canoeing trip.

Photo provided by the NSN NSN members taking part in the American Red Cross Blood Drive.

Q. Do you have any events, trips or activities planned for this year? A. We are putting on a “Field of Screams Haunted Corn Maze” fundraiser at Elliot Farms Saturday, Oct. 31. Money from this fundraiser goes to fund other activities throughout the semester. We are also participating in the Rivers Alive Ocmulgee River clean up (make-up day to be announced since it was flooded out on Sept. 26). Other activities planned include camping trips, possible zip line and/or canoeing trip, and we are looking at taking a field trip to a local water plant. Q. When and where do you meet? A. We meet every other Thursday in Jones building, room 341. The next meeting is Oct. 15.

Q. Is there anything else that you would like the students and faculty to know about the NSN Club? A. If any students want to participate as “Scarers” in the Field of Screams Haunted Corn Maze they need to contact Penny Rogers or Kim Pickens as soon as possible. Potential “Scarers” also need to come to the Oct. 29 NSN meeting.

Photo provided by the NSN NSN member preparing for the Field of Screams Haunted Corn Maze.

Anyone can keep track of what is happening in the NSN by joining their group through the group portal on the MyMSC website.

Q. Who is the contact person for the club? A. You can reach Penny Rogers by e-mail at penny. or Dr.

Photo provided by the NSN

The Macon Statement is always looking for clubs to feature. This is a great way to get information about your club out to the Macon State community. Contact Managing Editor Ashley Davis at to find out more.

Macon Statement Vol. 41 - Issue 5  

Published October 19, 2009.

Macon Statement Vol. 41 - Issue 5  

Published October 19, 2009.