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Volume 43, Issue 2


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Club Rush takes over Oak Hall

Student Life Program Coordinator Amy Carter (seated) shared information about the newly-formed Campus Activities Board with freshman respiratory therapy major Jasmine Lawson at the Warner Robins Campus Club Rush on Aug. 30. The Macon Campus Club Rush will be on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. –– 1 p.m.

New academic offerings Page 4


The fashion truth Page 9


Photo courtesy of Student Life More storage space Page 8


Club Sports Tryouts Page 12

in the PSC 1st Floor Lobby. See more photos from the WRC Club Rush on page 2.

What’s Happening Around Campus and Community Wednesday, Aug. 31

Thursday, Sept. 1

AUGUST BLUE STORM BINGO ENDS Redeem at the Ofce of Student Life: Sept. 1 –– 8


REGISTER TO VOTE SLC Lobby 9 a.m. –– 10 a.m. 4 p.m. –– 5 p.m.

BINGO NIGHT SLC Gameroom 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 CLUB RUSH

PSC 1st Floor Lobby 10 a.m. –– 1 p.m.

KARAOKE NIGHT SLC Gameroom 5:30 p.m. The Ofce of Student Life hosts a Karaoke Night!

LIBRARY STAR (at Club Rush) Audition for the next MSC Library Star! Finalists will have their audition videos posted on the MSC library homepage where the campus can vote for their favorite star. The performer with the most votes will be named MSC Library Star.

Saturday, Sept. 10 OTIS REDDING’’S 70th ANNIVERSARY Marriott City Center, Macon Doors open at 8 a.m. Tickets available at

View complete information about campus events by clicking on the ““Campus Calendar”” link at

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Club Rush: WRC Photos courtesy of Student Life

Larissa Nemeth (above) represented Future Educators of Macon State College. Zeineb Yousif (right) represented the Ofďƒžce of Student Life.

Mary Coon (below, right) and Scotty Rainwater (below, left) represented Campus Civitan.

Stephanie Molnar (above) represented Macon State College Chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda.

Jennifer Waite (left) and Ashley Alford (right) represented Macon State College Association of Nursing Students.




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Club Rush: WRC, continued Eric Davis (right) represented Macon State College Student Branch, American Society for Quality.

Isalina Seth (above) represented Macon State College History Student Organization Macon State College History Student Organization.

Michael Spencer (left) and Lonnie Castellano (right) represented Recreation & Wellness and Club Sports.

Leia Bray (below) represented the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Thomas CotĂŠ (above) represented Macon State College Association of Healthcare Executive Students.

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In an effort to meet the growing needs of the community, Macon State is now offering several new programs. The School of Arts and Sciences has opened a new minor in creative writing. The minor touches on both poetry and ction, but students will pick one ‘‘sequence’’ which includes taking, as Assistant Professor of English Dr. Kelly Whiddon said, ““The introductory class, one ‘‘sequence’’ of intermediate and advanced classes in either poetry or ction, and one upper level class outside of the sequence genre they choose.”” For the complete minor, four classes are required. The prerequisites for the entry level creative writing 2105 class are English 1101 and 1102. Whiddon and Dr. Kevin Cantwell are the faculty members involved with the minor, which Cantwell said was tailored to ““draw on the strengths of the faculty involved.”” ““We don’’t require that our students anticipate a future career in writing to take part in these classes——though, if they do, we can point them in the right directions,”” Whiddon said. The minor is not specically for English students, either. ““Creative writing classes teach students to analyze writing from a different perspective than literature classes do,”” Whiddon said. The skills learned in the classroom and during workshop help in business and management settings. ““You can learn a lot about human character from ction,”” Cantwell said. Both professors encourage students to consider the creative writing, even if they don’’t have prior writing experience. Cantwell said, ““We want students to be interested in writing, and to want to see if they are interested in creative writing. The minor is an open door to college, and broadening college experience.”” Cantwell said that creative writing teaches students to ““socialize in the classroom, make friends, and be less intimidated about all of the things that make us anxious about living in the world. It makes

writing fun.”” Looking forward to the future, the faculty considers the possibility of screenwriting and playwriting courses. If you’’re interested in the creative writing minor, contact Whiddon ( or Cantwell (, or call 478-471-5792. Also, nd announcements and updates on the MSC Creative Writing Facebook page: The School of Arts and Sciences is also offering a new minor in gender studies. This new minor will use courses in history, literature and media studies to educate students about the gender roles present in our culture. Associate Professor of English Dr. Monica Young-Zook said, ““We sometimes don’’t even notice when we have certain assumptions or expectations of people because of their gender. If you enter the workplace, these same expectations and assumptions may apply. Understanding them may well help you get along better with co-workers, better manage employees and make better decisions for your company.”” Young-Zook said that people in the ““legal, medical, and education elds——anyone in business who is planning to manage people or market products to them, will benet from this minor as well. We have courses in marriage, family and history; gender and psychology; gender, media and culture, and many other offerings in development as we speak.”” These courses present students with a wellrounded understanding of the many ways in which gender affects life whether in the family setting or in the workplace. Although some areas may benet more from the minor in gender studies, it would prove benecial for anyone who is, as Young-Zook said, ““intellectually curious”” in the way that gender roles shape life. One such ““intellectually curious”” individual is sophomore interdisciplinary studies major Alexis Meeks, who will be participating in the new program with the goal of one day teaching gender studies. She said she hopes to gain ““a greater understanding of how people view themselves and

how through literature they can express what gender they may or may not be and how each gender is viewed through society and literature.”” Any students interested in learning about gender roles and their effects should contact YoungZook ( at 478-471-5735 or Associate Professor of English Dr. Mary Wearn ( at 478-471-5792 for more information. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences has added a new concentration to the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. According to Chair of Health Services Administration William Hervey, the new sports and tness management concentration provides a ““good entry level into the world of wellness and prevention.”” ““Our goal here at Macon State is education, of course, but we also look toward education leading to jobs and this area of wellness is where the jobs are,”” said Hervey. ““The fact that we have an aging population and also with the high cost of medical care, it’’s starting to dawn on people that it’’s cheaper to prevent something from happening than to go in and x it later.”” Rather than teaching students how to x a health problem, this concentration teaches students how to prevent a problem. It includes such courses as injury prevention and rehab, nutrition, kinesiology and exercise physiology, among others listed in the 2011-2012 Macon State catalog. Hervey said the concentration prepares students for jobs in the tness and wellness elds as well as preparing them for areas in graduate school such as exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy, sports management and athletic training. The new concentration in sports and tness management ““meets the needs of the students, meets the needs of the community and positions us for growth as a school,”” said Hervey. For more information on the new sports and tness management concentration contact William Hervey ( or Christopher Tsavatewa (chris.tsavatewa@maconstate. edu).

CORRECTION An article entitled ““Baseball Club’’s strategic divide”” that was published on Aug. 17, 2011 erroneously stated: ““Through the use of a recruitment website called Mitchell found select high school seniors and invited them to Macon State to try out for the team.”” The recruitment website is actually called, which has a section called the Georgia Varsity Sports Vent ( that allows people to post and discussions to take place about recruits and for coaches to get information to those looking for opportunities after high school and this is the area that was used to post information about the club.

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AmeriCorps Partners with 567 Cafe on Cherry St. BY JESSICA SPENCER | NEWS EDITOR Thursday, Aug. 25 AmeriCorps sponsored an event open to the public called Faces of Homelessness from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Macon’’s 567 Cafe, which is an intimate space that is usually used for bandsto showcase their talent locally. As part of a 13-year effort, Faces of the Homelessness is run through The National Coalition for the Homeless. This is the third year that it has been in Macon. The purpose of the Thursday evening gathering was to educate people about homelessness specifically in Macon. ““I went to Southwest High School during integration……graduated from Gordon College in ‘‘77 then went to Mercer University,””said Randy Beddingfield as he stood on the stage of the 567, fidgeting with his hands and his eyes wandering the room, while he told the story of how he became homeless. Beddingfield traveled throughout the world and played music,

then joined some of his Mercer Alumni to run one of the largest advertisement companies in Middle Georgia. His road to homelessness began with snorting cocaine on Riverside Drive. The program is done by the Faces of Homeless Speakers Bureau, which is made-up of people living in Macon who are homeless or have gone through the National Coalition for the Homeless’’ programs. Macon project runners this year are Catlin Donally and Jeremy Weatherly. They are AmeriCorps Vista volunteers working on a zero budget, helping the speakers present their stories to educate the public. Everything from grammar and speech presentation to providing the venue for them to share their stories to a public audience is done by the project coordinators. More information about the project can be found on The National Coalition for the Homeless’’ website or contact Ms. Donally and Mr. Weatherly at 2020 Ingleside Drive in The Rainbow Center; the phone number is (478) 641-6733 ext. 457.

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration Sept. 17-18 BY JESSICA SPENCER | NEWS EDITOR Saturday and Sunday Sept. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Ocmulgee National Monument will hold its 20th annual celebration. The event will feature Native American story-telling, traditional and folk dancing as well as lots of food and pottery made by natives to be sold to the public. There will also be many hands-on activities for kids and people interested in crafting Native American art. The two-day event will be a time for people of all ages to come celebrate Macon’’s Native American legacy while learning and having lots of fun. Regular admission to the festival is $5 and $2 with a military

ID Children ages 5 and under are free while children ages 6-12 are $2. People 13 and over pay regular admission. Macon State students can volunteer. To learn more about the event, the Ocmulgee National Monument is located at 1207 Emery Highway. The contact person for the celebration is Angela Bates; if any individual or group is interested in volunteering for the festival, contact angela_ or call (478) 7528257 ext. 219.

Photo from the Ocmulgee National Park website: nps. gov/ocmu.

Photos courtesy of Student Life


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Student Life hosted a back to school cook out Aug. 25

Students lined up for burgers and hot dogs (bottom left) and smoothies (bottom center). Director of Student Life Dee Lindsey and Director of Student Support Services Yolanda Petty braved the heat to join the fun at the cookout (bottom right).



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Recent changes to classroom computes means saving files elsewhere: A review of Dropbox and SugarSync BY ROBERT REESE | STAFF WRITER Macon State College recently announced that campus computers will no longer save les through a power cycle, and therefore you are highly encouraged to use a USB ash drive, also known as a thumb drive or a jump drive. According the email sent to the student body by Dean of Students Lynn McCraney on the Aug. 15, ““. . .we have set all student classroom computers to purge les and settings upon reboot . . . . including power [loss] . . . . it is vital that you save your work to a thumb-drive. . . .”” Sound advice, and these little gadgets are well-suited for saving your work, but there is a problem. These USB drives do not back themselves up and they frequently get lost or stolen, or they die or break. What do you do then? Many of you may have been saving a copy using MSC Vista or as an email attachment. Often, this is functional; unfortunately, this solution usually doesn’’t work as well as you’’d like, if at all. (Note: email isn’’t designed for le transfer or for storage). The best answer is an online service that offers backup, sync, and sharing. The backup simply takes les from your computer or even your cellphone and uploads them to an online server. Synchronization allows two or more devices to keep exact copies of les and changes to those les. Sharing permits one or more les to be shared with one or more people. Many free services have come online recently to offer those functions on the ‘‘cloud’’, an overused jargon term for internet-based services. Two in particular will keep your les safe yet instantly handy wherever you are: Dropbox and SugarSync. Both services run on Windows, Android, Mac/iOS, and Linux (SugarSync via emulation). Most important to you are that both services can be used with any internet-connected browser, and both offer collaboration folders with other users –– a very handy feature if you are part of a team.

For those of you unfamiliar with ‘‘cloud’’-based services, SugarSync launched a website called CloudU at to explain it. For students, SugarSync’’s CloudU sums up the cloud’’s usefulness saying, ““With secure online backups, le syncing across computers, shared folders for group projects, and le versioning for recovery——the Cloud is invaluable for students.”” Dropbox touts similar utilities for students on its website at saying, ““. . .you can start working on a computer at school . . . and nish from your home computer. Never email yourself a le again! [use it on] your phone . . . .”” Dropbox gives you 2GB to start. It is the most widely available service and has a large number of integrated softwares and applications. It allows synchronized sharing of folders with one or more Dropbox users and you can share any size le you are able store within your allotted space. To share a le outside of Dropbox, the le needs to be in the folder. This means that anyone on the internet can download that le, which is both a drawback and a feature. Another drawback is that your Dropbox folder acts exactly the same you would expect any folder on your computer to act. When you delete a le it is deleted from both your server and from your computer. It is better to move the le to another place on your computer if you want to keep the le but move it out of Dropbox. SugarSync starts you out with 5GB and uses a management application to handle le and account tasks. Unlike Dropbox and its singular main folder, SugarSync allows you to choose which folders on your computer you want to backup, sync, and share. If you use a smartphone SugarSync automatically backs up your photos and videos to your online space. While SugarSync allows you to share almost any le privately with non-SugarSync users, the free version of the service limits a shared le’’s size to 25MB. If you want to share a larger le than 25MB

then Dropbox’’s Public folder is the best answer. Naturally, if you pay SugarSync for additional space then this limitation doesn’’t exist. Speaking of paying, the purpose of these free services is to get you hooked into depending on them, and eventually needing more space –– space they’’ll graciously let you buy or earn. SugarSync is the most expensive at three times the price of Dropbox. For an additional 100GB, SugarSync charges $150 and has no education discount. In contrast, with Dropbox’’s education discount that same 100GB will cost $50, or a third of the other service. Conversely, SugarSync’’s advanced feature set is worth the cost for some. The best news is that you don’’t have to pay for either one of them for basic service and you get at least 8GB combined to start. Plus, both allow you to earn extra free space through referrals which give both you and the person you refer extra bonus space. How much bonus space you gain depends on the service and the email address under which you sign up. Dropbox gives you 2GB for free, and an extra 250MB using the link below, BUT if you register using your email address then Dropbox will recognize you as a student or faculty and double your bonus size to 500MB. SugarSync gives you 5GB plus a bonus of 500MB, but doesn’’t offer discounts or extra bonuses for education. Note that both services allow you gain several referral bonuses, each increasing your free space. Referral links beneting both you and Macon State College’’s Student Media: Dropbox (case SeNsiTivE): and SugarSync: referral?rf=cf8fmnrt2po25. Using a USB drive is a great way to save and carry your les with you, but for extra security, convenience, and ease of mind try one or both of these services, or any other similar service. Given all that can go wrong with a USB drive, you’’ll be glad you did. It might even save your grade.

BY ANDREW HILL | COLUMNIST When talking about fashion, you often think of rail thin girls walking in something that either looks as if it came out of a sci movie, or can only look good when styled by someone else. More so, it seems as if it is only for the elite of the world. When you take a step back and think about it, fashion is fueled and run by those of us that are ordinary people. If you doubt this, how do you think it is one of the only industries to survive the economic recession and still manage to gross over $500 billion domestically and $15 trillion worldwide. It’’s one of the few industries that have been labeled ““recession”” proof.”” If you think that has nothing to do with you look at it this way: the fashion industry is one of the largest employers of the world. On a more personal note there is your individual fashion sense. Many people believe that having personal style is wearing the hottest new trends or what they see worn on T.V. The trend is then carried from college and then some even into adulthood. In actuality, personal style is a blend of your own unique style inuences mixed with what is expected from the world, though one may rebel against that expectation. In other words, it is taking and manipulating clothing and fashion that embodies who you are, who you want to become, or who you want the world to think you are. It’’s about empowering yourself with your innate perception of self. A perfect example of this would be nurse uniforms. Nurse scrubs traditionally were these bland off putting colors making nurses seem like just extensions of their unapologetically sterile environment. Now everywhere you go you see scrubs representing the personal styles of nurses with puppy dogs, Minnie Mouse, and penguins all over them. One other sector of the professional world that has taken to this form of self-expression, but typically isn’’t as animated, is the business sector. In the past, all business men wore black or blue suites with starched white shirts and a matching tie. Businessmen of today’’s times can buy pinstripe or solid suits, two-piece or three-piece, single or double-breasted suits in a variety of colors. French or Mandarin collars are increasingly popular among the men that like to give a not-so-subtle nod to a different era or culture in the workplace. To compliment the new colorful suits, men’’s dress shirts now come in plethora of colors, fabrics, and patterns as well. Say a guy wants to show off his artistic air in his ofce; he could nd a nicely tailored brown tweed trouser, paired with a tailored wine colored dress shirt and camel loafers. He’’d add a tie or bowtie, whichever he prefers, to make it pop. With that he


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The truth about fashion

was able to take his personal style and translate it into professional wear. Let’’s take this to a place that we all know oh so well. The time between high school and the real world is this very odd time continuum known as college, where we have the ability to truly nd out who we are before it spits us out into The Real World. College allows you the chance to experiment and break free of the rules of high school and your parent’’s house (in some cases), and to grow into one’’s self. If you have always been urban because that was what has been expected of you and you want to try and be punk then why not? Been preppy, but have secretly always wanted to be darker, say Goth? Just go for it! You are discovering who you

are! You now have the capability to burst from the constraints of your comfort zone. Develop the foundation of your ever evolving personal style, and as you as a person grow older and change you will have this time to look back on asking yourself ““What was I thinking?”” Experimentation is a natural extension of that growth. What it all boils down to is the rules that applied to you in high school no longer bind you in college. If you like something, wear it own it, and make it your own; just make sure you know your body. But that lovelies, that is another lesson altogether.



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Dear Financial Aid: We need money BY SARAH FRYE-MITCHELL | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Every semester yields new experiences; new classes, new professors, new activities to get involved in on campus, none of which are the least bit frustrating. However, sometimes a new experience can rack you to the very bone with worry and make a normally sane college student turn into a sadistic she-devil ready to pull out her own hair. Enter the Financial Aid department. I’’ve heard horror stories before about getting financial aid, but never had to experience it myself until this year (my savings ran desert-dry). It took three times of sitting in the Financial Aid office and having different staff members tell me three completely different things before my classes were paid for and I could by my books. Now, I understand completely the number of students that have to pass through that office every semester, but the staff there should also appreciate that they hold the reins in getting students money to attend class. If things go wrong in Financial Aid, it very often leads to a student dropping out of a semester, pushing their graduation back, and, in the case of student workers, losing their job. As an example, this newspaper very nearly did not have an Editor-in-Chief.

As frustrated as I am with the system, I’’m not just going to complain and not offer up any suggestions. It seems there is a lack of organization in the Financial Aid office. This can be easily fixed: if there are not enough people to get filing done for the entire student population, hire more staff to do such work. There are plenty of students who would be interested in a simple on-campus job, perhaps those who live in Residents Life? If the office hires student workers to do jobs like filing, this would give the staff more time to get larger jobs done, freeing up time and making the whole process flow more smoothly. The Financial Aid office could also move the deadlines for paperwork, such as the FAFSA application, up to an earlier date, that way the staff or student workers could have more time to process information and file records. Maybe the office itself can stay open longer during the day, if only during those periods where they have droves of applications coming through. My point is this: students rely heavily on financial aid, and when the system doesn’’t work like it is suppose to, then students get screwed. We want to be students here, other wise we would not have filled out the application, but it is frustrating to think that maybe a part of the school doesn’’t care if one is unable to buy books for classes until the second week of the semester.

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Blue Storm soccer ’’s new changes in staff and competition aim to provide its members with more opportunities to compete and improve as players. Blue Storm soccer ’’s competition has solidified into a league called the southeast soccer alliance where Blue Storm will be in the central division. They will face off against 7 other teams in their division: UGA, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Emory, FSU, GCSU and Valdosta State. In order to prepare the soccer club for their upcoming competitive season, the club has brought on a new athletic trainer to share his expertise with the team and its new players. The trainer, Hollis Springer, is a veteran soccer player and coach. In addition to his experience as a player, Springer is certified in sports management world wide’’s Photos by Kaleb Clark | Sports Editor course called coaching at the next Soccer Club’’s new leaders: President James Murphy (above, left), Vice President Spencor Taylor (above, right) and Athletic Trainer Hollis Springer (below). level and he is USSFC certified. Springer worked with the soccer club for the first time this past Friday. The team described their first practice with their new trainer as, ““a grueling and productive workout session to condition the team.”” They referred to the practice as army style. Springer said that he wants to improve the player ’’s technical abilities on the field. A new concept that Springer brought to the practice was dynamic stretching. This is a way of stretching while in motion and the result is an increase in a person’’s range of motion. Referring to Springer, player Emmanuel Cocker said, ““He’’s really good and knows what he is doing.”” With the addition of new players and a new athletic trainer, the soccer team plans to be a force to be reckoned with in their new league of competition this fall. To find more information on Soccer Club or any other Club Sports at Macon State, visit Soccer Club also has a Facebook page: facebook. com/pages/Macon-State-College-SoccerClub/139559492762966.



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Soccer Club’’s Fall 2011 Schedule

Club Sports Tryouts Thursday, Sept. 1

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Men’’s Basketball Tryouts

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tennis Tryouts


The fashion truth Page 9 Wednesday, Sept. 7 CLUB RUSH Club Sports Tryouts Page 12 KARAOKE NIGHT SEPT. BLUE STORM BINGO BEGINS SLC Gameroom 5...