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Meet Milledgeville’s Mater Man Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter Some look for the perfect mate, others for the perfect movie on a Friday night, but Warren Moore — he looks for the perfect tomato. Plump, firm, bright red and juicy — The “Mater Man” knows what a good tomato should look and taste like. A country tune envelops the strategically aligned tents and the aura of fresh baked bread and sugared delights wafts through the air. At the far end of the Milledgeville Farmer’s Market towers two University of Georgia tents. Nestled underneath, settled atop six tables and a cart is a wide range of produce including ripe zucchini, onions, peppers, garlic, lettuce and of course, tomatoes. That’s also where you’ll find Moore. Moore specializes in tomatoes. He owns his own business, Market Street Produce, which purchases fruits and vegetables from farmers and sells them to Milledgeville restaurants and locals. But, Moore’s niche did not come easily. In fact, it took a life-altering event. At age 42 he was diagnosed with a type of cancer rare in males — breast cancer. “It scared the hell out
of me. I thought, I’m not ready, this can’t happen to me,” Moore said. After surgery and a two and a half year recovery period, the battle still wasn’t over. Again and again, Moore fought to win two more battles. And his fight continues. “I’m at the danger zone; I’ve had indications that it may be back,” Moore said. “I’m taking medication. I guess we’re playing defense right now.” According to the American Cancer Society, 1,970 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2010. That’s less than one percent of American males. Of those men diagnosed 390, or 19 percent, will die from the disease. Moore is determined to not be another statistic. Being his own boss allows him to work, even when he’s having a “bad health day.” “(Produce was) just something I just fell into,” Moore said. “I needed something to do while I was going through cancer.” Produce has always been a part of Moore’s life. From his days as a convenience store owner to serving as general manager at Buffingtons, he has always surrounded himself with fruits and vegetables. It’s only fit-
Katelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer Sno-Cone vendor Ricky Cato is a good friend of Moore’s and serves the icy treat to visitors.
Katelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer From left, Judy Parks, the Mater Man himself-—Warren Moore—and GMC sophomore Cayla Ridley work the booth at the Milledgeville Farmer’s Market last Fall. The team is famous for thier tomatoes, which Moore grows with much pride.
ting that it is now his vocation. After graduating with three college degrees, Moore spent the “best years of his life” teaching in Macon. He now teaches locals the differences between types of legumes and what a ripe cantaloupe should
Continued from page 8... kelman bought tomatoes and later discovered they were rotten. The next week Moore provided her fresh tomatoes free of charge. “He said to me, ‘I always make things right,’” Winkelman said. Walking up to his tent, sounds of “How are you,” “yes, ma’am,” “you’re welKatelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer come to pick what you’d Ridley and Moore watch over the tables where along with tomatoes, like” and “thanks a lot” fill peppers, zucchini, squash, potatoes, onions and garlics are for sale. the air. “Which squash look the Ridley met Moore while he is dedicated to his cusbest?” A college customer working at Buffingtons and tomers,” Parks said. “And inquires as she approaches now helps at the market. that he lets us has fun. It’s his spread. “I’m going to “He’s a hoot to work really important to enjoy make shish kebabs.” Ridley said. what you do and he makes “Then the big ones,” with,” A Barnesville native and sure we’re able to do that.” Moore says. Being diagnosed with He bounces down the ta- the Sno-Cone vendor at the market, Ricky Cato has cancer gave Moore the opble, confidently asking how everyone’s doing, if anyone been friends with Moore for portunity to find his true passion in life. needs any help or if they almost 40 years. “I delivered pork skins “I don’t want to wake up want to sample a tomato. “That’ll be $24, and I and boiled and roasted pea- and be the same person evthrew in the jalapenos,” he nuts (to his convenience ery day in every aspect of store), that’s how we met,” my life,” Moore said. tells the next couple. Even while battling canHe goes through the to- Cato said. “And we’ve been matoes making sure no friends ever since. He’s like cer, Moore still has a zeal bruised ones have escaped a brother to me.” for life. his careful eye. Friends and family play a “I’ve got three college He started his business large part in his life. He says degrees, and I’m the ‘Materwith one table and a few his girlfriend, Judy Parks, is Man’ but I’m a very happy boxes of tomatoes at Har- his biggest supporter. guy,” Moore said. “That’s mony Crossing close to “I really like that he takes just something I’ve always Lake Oconee. To keep up pride in what he does and loved.” with demand he continued adding new produce and expanded to employ six colCheck out a slideshow with more pictures lege students and offer more than 20 varieties of fruits, of the Mater Man at GCSUnade.com! vegetables and herbs. GMC sophomore Cayla
smell like. “I know you aren’t a teacher anymore, but you’re still teaching us,” Moore recalls one of his former Buffingtons employees saying. His myriad of jobs has prepared him for his life today. Twice a week Moore
Katelyn Hebert / Staff Photographer Moore describes his perfect tomato as plump, firm, bright red and juicy—just like the one’s he sells.
drives to Atlanta scouring produce from local farmers. He continues his search until he can find the perfect butter beans to buy. “Warren sells good produce,” said Keturah Lee, Eatonton resident and fellow market vendor. “If you tell him something that’s not
good, he’ll try to work with you. He tries to keep what everybody wants, if somebody asks for something, he tries to find it.” One Tuesday, senior psychology major Evin Win
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Sexual assault, trauma issues go under-reported on campus Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter In the past three years, five rapes on campus have been reported to Public Safety, two of which occurred in the 2010-11 academic year. “As any sex crimes that occur, probably what actually gets reported is only a third. You’re lucky if it’s a half,” Public Safety Major Joe Grant said. “There’s two thirds that don’t get reported.” Prevalence on campus Sexual assaults aren’t the only thing being reported on campus. Statistics from Counseling Services show that the number of occurrences of trauma have been increasing over the past few years. “In 2008 about two percent of our students coming in said they had experienced some trauma, and in 2009, 22 percent were reporting that,” said Director of Counseling Services Mary Jane Phillips. “It doesn’t all relate to (sexual trauma), but some sort of trauma experience
Continued from page 5... “In sexual assault victims we see an increase in drug and alcohol abuse and usage, it causes things like academic life to falter, they may have a hard time focusing or studying,” GrahamStephens said. Despite the severity of the side effects to this kind of abuse, statistically less than one percent of rapes end in the perpetrator facing a day of jail time, according to Graham-Stephens. Students who’ve experienced this kind of thing can choose many courses of action to prosecute the perpetrator including reporting it to the Milledgeville Police Department, Public Safety or the Student Judicial Board. Prevention The university has programs in place to prevent sexual assault crimes on campus. “We have (sex crimes) here, and it happens some, but our numbers here I don’t think are going to be that high,” Grant said.
in their lives.” (of students). Last semester I had a But she points out these statistics couple, but there’s lots more (stumay be increasing because more dents) that I hear about things hapstudents feel comfortable reporting pening to, but they don’t necessaritrauma than in the past. ly come see me,” Graham-Stephens Of the students surveyed by said. “So I know that a whole lot Counseling Services in 2011, 16 more is happening than just what percent have reported experiencing people come and tell me.” sexual violence, whether it be “Statistically one in four Specifics rape, attempted college women is going rape, sexual as“Statistically sault, stalking to be victimized during one in four color abuse by an her time in college.” lege women intimate partner. is going to be In addition, 10.5 victimized durpercent reported Jennifer Graham-Stephens, ing her time in having expeand I Director of the Women’s college rienced some would say that Resource Center probably holds form of childhood sexual true on our camabuse. This data pus,” Grahamwas accrued from a survey most Stephens said. “And when we talk students take before appointments about sexual assault and that one at Counseling Services. in four statistic, it’s not just one in The director of the Women’s four women will be raped; it’s one Resource Center, Jennifer Graham- in four will be sexually assaulted.” Stephens, is on the front lines for Sexual assault can include aiding students who have suffered anything from rape, to unwanted from sexual trauma. touching, to being kissed when it is “This semester I’ve had a couple not wanted.
Policies like requiring a Bobcat Card to access the Residence Halls, having panic buttons in every room in University Housing, call boxes on campus and the S.N.A.P. program help avoid higher crime rates on campus, according to Phillips. “It’s a campus culture here, that I think for a lot of people, is small enough to where people look out for each other to a large extent,” Phillips said. “So just people who go to a party and don’t let a friend who’s maybe had a little too much to drink leave with someone she doesn’t know. That person could very well have prevented a crime from being committed in that situation. This community does a lot of stuff.” Recently, the Board of Regents has been trying to more actively combat issues with women on Georgia campuses. From March 8 to 10, they sponsored two Public Safety officers to go to a Rape Aggression Defense course. In addition, on March 29, they are funding a program on campus that will cover how to avoid being a victim of a stalking crime. “If someone is stalking somebody, it’s going to lead up
to a sexual crime, most likely,” Grant said. The Women’s Resource Center brings in Mike Domitz each year to speak to the freshman class about how to prevent crimes like sexual assault from happening on campus. He does a program called “Can I kiss you?” which addresses things like watching out for a friend at a party, which is known as bystander intervention. “That’s actually the best form of prevention of sexual assault,” Graham-Stephens said. “It’s other people looking out for their friends in situations and stepping in and saying ‘hey, it’s not cool if you talk to that person that way,’ and that kind of thing.” Bystander intervention is important, but there are many other things students can do for prevention as well. “Know your limits with alcohol, I would say a lot of the assaults that take place on campus, alcohol is involved in them in some way shape or form, one or both parties have been drinking a least some,” Graham-Stephens said. Graham-Stephens also encourages students to practice the buddy system and by-
“Just because you were sexually assaulted but it wasn’t a rape, doesn’t make it any less traumatizing to that person,” GrahamStephens said. “They still will feel a lot of the same feelings, shame, embarrassment and not knowing what to do about it or who to go talk to.” Typically, a victim of sexual trauma or assault goes through phases including denial and trying to return to normalcy. The event usually resurfaces before they can deal with the full repercussions of the trauma. “It’s almost universal for people to report that the most dominant aspect of the experience for them was the terror,” Phillips said. Every person’s struggle is different and understanding where he or she is in the recovery process is extremely important, according to Phillips. Side effects of this trauma can include shame, embarrassment, misplaced guilt, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
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stander intervention, as well as constantly being aware of surroundings. Students who have not been victims can also help those students who have suffered from this type of crime. “Combating rape myths is really important, just because you were drinking doesn’t mean it was ok for somebody to rape you, just because you were dressed a little bit skanky doesn’t mean it was ok for somebody to rape you,” Phillips said. “There are people who will support and help you figure out what you want to do in various situations and getting that sense of control back.” One of the most influential things all students can do is offer support, especially if they think someone may be a victim of a sexual crime, Graham-Stephens said. “People don’t make up raped or being assaulted any more than people make up being robbed or murdered. The false reports for rape and sexual assault are on the same level as all other violent crimes,” Graham-Stephens said. “So it’s really important for people to believe them.”
Going green a growing trend on campus Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter
hen going through Doug Oetter’s waste output, there would be an over-abundance of plastic packaging material. Everything else is reused. He admits to putting his trash bins out every other week, simply “to show people he’s still alive.” “If you recycle, you just don’t generate that much,” said Oetter, the Environmental Science Club advisor. Oetter is just displaying one of America’s newest trends—recycling. Americans are recycling more and more each year. In 2008, the United States recycled approximately 33 percent of its waste. These statistics are up from the 16 percent recycled in 1990 and the 10 percent recycled in 1980, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And this movement is not solely confined to households or corporations. Colleges across Georgia have been following this trend creating recycling programs for their campuses. Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design, Emory University and Georgia Southern University are some of the schools that have
The United States Recycled 33% of its waste in 2008 16% of its waste in 1990 10% of its waste in 1980 However, every year Georgians throw about 474.5 pounds more waste into landﬁlls than the average American. SoUrCe: ePa.goV
initiated a program within the past 5 years. At GCSU, the first ever campus-wide recycling program, which began in September, is in full swing allowing students to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, mixed paper and newspaper. “The recycling program here on campus is being well received and well used by students all across campus,” said Jeff Brittain, Environmental Science Club President and SGA recycling coordinator. “Next semester we will have the residence halls on board and be one step closer to making Georgia College the greenest campus in the state.”
Continued from page 3... means every year Georgians throw about 474.5 pounds more waste into landfills than the average American. “I think a lot of people around here here still need to be convinced that recycling’s a good thing to do,” Oetter said. In 1976, the EPA passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requiring all states to have a solid waste management program. For residents of Baldwin County, not attending GCSU, there are two ways to recycle. The city provides a free recycling center on West Thomas Street. “It’s not a state of the art recycling center,” Oetter said. “In order to resell post-consumer recyclable goods they have to be in good condition so that somebody out there wants to buy that stuff.” When recycled, beverage containers must be emptied and plastic has to be free of food residue in order to reuse the materials. The other option for recycling is at county convenience centers that can be accessed with a convenience card given to all county residents. However, Oetter said the hours are confusing and residents are more unlikely to recycle with no economic incentive.
Why recycle? There’s a reason for the recycle craze. “It’s mostly concern for the future,” Oetter said. “As if you were a grandparent and you cared about how your children grew up and you want your children and grandchildren to have a good life. And I don’t have grandchildren but I could see, not wanting my grandchildren to hate me because we wasted so much petroleum, when petroleum is such a wonderful thing, and we’re just pouring it into the atmosphere.” But it’s not just petroleum we have to worry about. Landfills are filling up rapidly with Americans dispos-
“The reason people in other parts of the U.S. recycle so much is because their expenses for waste disposal is much higher because they have much stricter planning and zoning rules,” Oetter said. “People live everywhere in the northeast. That area was settled densely earlier than the south, and we still have plenty of places here where some farmer has a big gully and says ‘you know what I’m not making much money farming, how ‘bout I sell my farm and make it into a landfill.” That mentality is not the case with all, however. GCSU’s program, which offers no financial inventive, is two months old and the feedback is positive. “The first semester’s been trail by error,” Brittain said, “But I never thought we would have (a recycling program) while I was here.” Georgia is jumping on the bandwagon despite its lag to get started. The push is nationwide with each consumer having an individual reason to recycle, whether it be for conservation, future generations or for fashion purposes. And consumers like Oetter enjoy only having to put trash bins out every other week. “I enjoy going through the materials that are generated by my life so that I can examine my relationship to the environment,” Oetter said. “And I see that as an interesting sort of social experiment, what it takes for me to stay alive from day to day.”
ing of about 250 million tons of trash in 2008, according to the EPA. “You’re not going to demonstrate savings based on how much money you sell the plastic for or newspaper for, it’s about how much less you pay for garbage disposal,” Oetter said. Landfills are not just harmless piles of trash. They produce methane, a gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In addition, waste incineration produces carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases are emitted in transporting the waste and fossil fuels are required for extracting and processing the waste, says the EPA. One item that ends up in landfills—taking as many as 1,000 years to decompose— is plastic bags. One recycled aluminum can is able to power a television set for three hours. In addition, recycling one of these cans saves 95 percent of the energy it took to make that can in the first place. The corporate push Recycling is more than putting bottles into bins. Companies like Coca-Cola and Patagonia are front runners in putting recycling on the fashion stage. In 2005, Patagonia started its Common Threads Recy-
cling Program, which allows customers to return their old clothing so the company can reuse the material to make new items. In 2007, Coca-Cola began Drink2Wear, a clothing line made from a combination of recycled plastic bottles and cotton. In 2008 due to increasing sales, the company expanded Drink2Wear to include loungewear, caps and totes. They have profited over $15 million in sales and have recycled over 5 million bottles since the program’s inception. Coca-Cola is sitting atop the green charts in aspects other than clothing. In 2009, Coca-Cola was one of 10 recipients for Natural Heath Magazine’s “Green Choice” award. The company strives to be zero waste, meaning every product they create is recyclable and they invest in programs to help this goal become a reality. “There is currently no universal recovery model for beverage packaging materials, so we work in partnership with local communities around the world to help develop economically and environmentally effective solutions tailored to meet their specific needs,” according to Coca-Cola’s website. The company also began the program RecycleMania, a competition between col-
lege and university campuses across the United States. “We joined RecycleMania the last two years and we want to see some improvement by then,” Oetter said. “I get tired of looking at the rankings and seeing Berry and Agnes Scott kicking our ass.” In addition to recycled clothing, a much newer product on the market to promote sustainability is PILOT’s line BegreeN. The line features the B2P: From Bottle to Pen gel ink pen which is made from 89 percent recycled materials. One plastic bottle can produce two of these pens. The line is currently in its trial stages; it has so far only been released on some college campuses with hopes to go national if the trial phase is successful. Local efforts GCSU is making a push toward recycling; however, other parts of Georgia may be lagging behind. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgians dispose of 4.3 pounds of waste per person per day, excluding recycled materials. Nationwide, the EPA shows, with subtracting the recycled material, an average of three pounds of waste is disposed of per person per day. This
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Spooky local stories, legends and lore The story behind Sanford’s Cookie Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter It was the eve of the April 5, 1952 senior dance. Sanford Hall was alive with excitement with girls traipsing from room to room primping for one of their last college outings before graduation. But the girls never made it to the dance. What was supposed to be a time of celebration turned into one of confusion and shock when they found Cookie’s body sprawled across a bed in a third floor room. It was a time before ambulances and emergency rooms. The girls called the hospital. An old friend of Cookie’s responded and took her to the Binion clinic, which at the time was located downtown across from Georgia Military College. Dr. Bob Wilson, history professor and university historian, has researched Cook-
Betty Jean Cook ie’s story and met the friend, one of the last people to see Cookie alive. “One of the things she said to this guy,” Wilson said. “She called out his name and said ‘don’t let me die.’” Once they got her to the clinic, she had lost too much blood. They couldn’t save her. Betty Jean Cook, a biology major affectionately called “Cookie” by her friends, was an active member in theater and in the theater honors fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. “The whole story was always sad to me,”
Wilson said. “Because here’s a girl who was so bright and had so much potential and then she just cuts her life off like that. She was an elegant looking girl, in fact, she was beautiful, full of energy.” But the Sanford Hall story started years before Cookie walked the third floor stairs for the last time. “(During Cookie’s time) Sanford was the dorm for senior girls, and they loved it,” Wilson said. “They were out of the way of everything, in the back of it was just woods, there was even a little recreation cabin back there.” Built in 1938, the third floor of Sanford was used as dormitory space however, this was years before Cookie was found. “That wasn’t Cookie’s room up there,” Wilson said. “There
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Continued from page 3... was a bed up there, maybe just for storage, but that’s where they found her, in the far corner room.” Allure still surrounds the story of Cookie’s death and stories permeate campus of encounters with her ghost. “Whoever’s lived underneath where that happened have heard footsteps,” Wilson said. “But maybe there was somebody up there, people always seem to find a way to get in there even if they’re not supposed to.” Walking around the third floor visitors are warned by spray paint letters to “prepare to die,” “beware,” “look behind you,” and “keep out.” They can even be as gruesome as “I want to kill you,” “I want your blood” and “axe murder.” “Before they put the hasp (lock) on the door, people would break in up here,” said Wendell Bloodworth, facility maintenance member. “They used to punch through the walls and I think that’s also where most of the graffiti came from.” During the most recent renovation of Sanford Hall, the top floor was used to house the heating and air systems. Bloodworth goes to the third floor occasionally to make sure everything is functioning properly so that pipes do not burst and there are no leaks. “(Students) used to take the hinges off the doors,” Bloodworth said. “Sometime around the beginning of the year last year we welded them shut.” According to Wilson, Cookie’s ghost does not stay behind closed doors. Almost 15 years ago a student with another Cookie sighting approached him. “This girl was in my office, and I remember her name was Brandi, she was over visiting her boyfriend in Sanford,” Wilson said. “They were up on the main floor and she looked out the window and said she saw this ghost outside, floating outside of the window.” Not very long after she told Wilson about seeing Cookie, the girl returned to his office. “I had the 1952 yearbook open to her senior picture, and there’s about 15 girls on each page. And I said ‘do you recognize her from these pictures?’ She said, ‘yeah that’s her,’” Wilson said. “And it was.” About five years ago, Wilson had his own encounter when he was in Sanford Hall as well. “There was one point where I felt this electric shock going through me, not anything strong, just a strange nerve tingling feeling,” Wilson said. “And then it left, I thought maybe she walked by.” However, Sanford Hall’s third floor was
not closed down because of ghost stories. Paul Jahr, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, is the former director of University Housing from 1988 to 2007. “When I came here, the third floor was already closed off,” Jahr said. “My understanding is that because of fire code, because there was no egress off the floor other than down the central stairwell, was that the university had to stop using it.” In order to utilize the space on the third floor exterior stairwells would have to be added to the building, similar to Bell Hall. Instead of this addition, during the last renovation to the hall, as opposed to putting something outside they took advantage of the unusable space to house the heating and air systems. Other than maintenance work and the occasional student break-in, the third floor of Sanford Hall has been locked for years. “The last use that I am aware of is it was a haunted house,” Jahr said. “And it was trashed. (There were) holes in the wall, my perception is it was part of the haunted house and things got carried away.” Before they were walled off, there used to be stairwells at the ends of the main hallway. Students went in one side and up the stairs to the third floor coming out of a common room where World of Wings is located now. “This one was so good, what they did is they built a false floor. And I had some kids from Baldwin High School in front of me,” one GCSU alumna who attended the Haunted House said. Students went in six at a time. “There was a guy with a chainsaw that came out and when he did the kids that were in front of me backed me up against a wall because they were trying to get away from him,” she said. “The floor moved and my foot went down and somebody grabbed my foot from below me. I left my shoe, they had to bring it to me outside.” The years of Haunted Houses, and the mystery and fascination students have with the third floor stem from the incident almost 60 years ago. Wilson thinks her death was unintentional. “I think she was in some kind of psychological depressive state,” Wilson said. “But, some of the women in her class said, ‘I think she was pregnant,’ but there’s no evidence for that. That was all just speculation.” Rumors like these surround Cookie’s death and have woven her tale to dangerous lengths. But, according to Wilson, she didn’t hang herself; she didn’t slit her wrists in the bathtub, she didn’t drown and may not have overdosed on sleeping pills as he had once thought. So what really did happen to Cookie? Maybe her true story will be lost in the walls of Sanford Hall for 60 more years behind the chaos of graffiti.
District 4 race goes to Joiner
GCSU alumnus wins 71.8 percent of votes Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter
Phillip Joiner was elected to the Milledgeville City Council this past Tuesday, winning 71.8 percent of the vote in a three-way race for the District 4 seat. Joiner had 298 votes, while his opposition, John Alton and Ed “Dodo” Hollis garnered 83 and 34 votes respectively. Out of the 20,497 registered voters in Milledgeville, 5,560 ballots were cast Tuesday. Joiner said he was pleased with the turnout by GCSU students. “We know that well over 200 students went to the polls,” Joiner said. “It would be safe to say of the 415 voters in District 4 over half of (my votes) were college students.” Joiner also credited community involvement with helping him win. He is involved in a host of activities in the community, including working for radio station Z-97 and Amici’s, and hosting many of the local shows such as Milledgeville Idol and Milledgeville’s Got Talent. Claire Cantrell, a junior sociology major and one of Joiner’s campaign managers, was in charge of the candidate’s college relations. The campaign staff held about three weeks of voter-registration drives in which 650 students registered to vote. “Once voter registration was over in the beginning of October, we started advertising. We couldn’t adver
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Joiner Continued from page 1... tise on campus, but we could advertise around the community with yard signs, posters and events. We ordered about 150 T-shirts and put most of them on kids on campus,” Cantrell said. “(Joiner) came and spoke to different RSOs and fraternities and sororities and that was really our main way to get the message out (to the campus).” According to Cantrell, one Christina Spilker / Staff Photographer of Joiner’s main concerns From left, Sydney McRee, Joel Graham, Megan Moss, Philwas college and community lip Joiner, Claire Cantrell, Evan Karanovich and Zach Mulrelations. His campaign staff lins celebrate Philip Joiner’s district 4 win at Amici this past was comprised of almost en- Tuesday night. tirely college students. “One of his first priorilive in the city — particularly those who ties was the college students and making live in homes — about how to solve our sure everybody knows how important the recycling issue right now,” Joiner said. college is,” Cantrell said. “I think that he “Our city residents are at a big disadvanwas sort of a breath of fresh air because tage. Right now they are being forced to he was the first candidate who came to us pay money to recycle and that shouldn’t and said ‘I want to work with you.’ ” happen, so to build a new recycling cenJoiner will take office beginning in Jan- ter.” uary. He said there are a number of issues Joiner also wants to create a sort of lithe council will have to tackle, including aison committee of students, faculty and hiring a new city manager. local residents, and business owners to “I’m going to — with all the candidates create a stronger relationship between the — specifically look for a city manager college and community. who understands the relevancy of college “I just wanted to tell the college stustudents and the university as an institu- dents specifically how much I appreciate tion and how it relates to Milledgeville,” their support. I really want the students Joiner said. “I want our city manager to to continue to be involved,” Joiner said. fully grasp and understand the needs of “We need more students to stay here, and the way to get students — such as myself, the college.” Another issue Joiner considers a top my brother and a number of other people priority is parking on the GCSU campus. who graduated and decided to stay here “One (issue) is the seeming lack of and make a difference here — the way to available parking for merchants and for do that is to have a better relationship becustomers,” Joiner said. “We have a few tween the city and the students.” There were three others elected to the potential solutions that I am going to reCity Council during Tuesday’s election: ally push.” Another key issue Joiner addressed Collinda Lee (District 1), Denese Shinholster (District 3) and Richard Mullins during his campaign was recycling. “(Another) thing I want to do right off Jr. (District 5). Shinholster and Mullins the bat is figure out how those people who were both incumbents to the council.
Schedules, meeting time to change Katelyn Hebert Senior Reporter
A motion passed by the University Senate on Monday will increase the number of MondayWednesday-Friday classes offered but will possibly limit those classes to morning times. According to the motion, the three hours for the common meeting
time — currently Mondays and Fridays from 12:30-1:45 p.m. — must fall on Mondays between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Fridays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The motion is unclear whether it can be both days or one day a week, but will not eliminate Monday-Wednesday classes entirely. The Provost will decide on the common meeting
Senate Continued from page 1... more of a challenge, McGill said. The new policy is expected to ease these challenges. “There’s about 80 classes that are having scheduling conflicts that we can’t schedule right now and students are saying they want these classes, and they don’t want to take them in the evening,” Mullins said. The motion was a cause for contention at Monday’s meeting especially for faculty in the College of Business, including John Swinton, director of the Center for Economic Education. “I believe it would be an academic policy issue not a classroom utilization issue that should drive these decisions,” Swinton said. “Different disciplines have different pedagogical reasons to prefer different class schedules. The determination of classroom schedules should be left to
time implementation with input from the Student Government Association and the University Senate, according to Zach Mullins, SGA president. “(The motion is) coming from the faculty who are trying to increase efficiency for the university and that’s the true motive behind it,” Mullins said. “It’s not that we want to just have Friday classes,
college deans in consultation with the program heads and faculty members.” Increasing the number of Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes was proposed to more efficiently use classroom space and encourage state Board of Regents funding. Currently, five MondayWednesday classes or seven Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes can be scheduled from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The new policy would allow up to six and nine, respectively. This does not account for the common meeting time . “The meeting time that we have right now is prime real estate in terms of class times,” McGill said. “Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, is a very valuable time for classroom space.” Another concern voiced in opposition of the policy was that it may hinder student organization meeting times. “The present policy would unduly constrain the meeting times for student activities,” Swinton said. “It is my experience that some of the
and we’re doing it because we hate students, (but) because we’re trying to look at efficiency for the university.” Ken McGill, chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy and a member of the Senate’s Classroom Utilization Committee, which drafted the motion, stressed if the common meeting time is set on Fridays, no classes
more active students participate in multiple programs and the limitation proposed could force some of our more active students to make difficult choices as to which student activities they would partake. This may have the undesired consequence of reducing overall student participation in campus groups.” A Facebook group opposing the motion boasted 1,392 members as of press time Wednesday and some students e-mailed university senators their opinions. McGill said he encourages all student responses, but he suggests that the SGA be utilized more in these cases. “SGA has been very active and a good advocate for the students here on campus, and I think (voicing opinions through SGA) would have been a better approach than the Facebook page,” McGill said. “I think some of the faculty were a little annoyed by the spamming. The spamming may have swayed votes the wrong way from the student’s perspective.”
would be scheduled during that same time slot. The previous common meeting time policy was written in 1998 when GCSU had about 4,200 students. Before, the common meeting time was on Friday afternoon. Now that the university has about 6,500 students, scheduling
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