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February 2012

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Assignments Editor Jacinta Ragland Staff Writers

Alexander Brown Jacinta Ragland Shelby Russell Chamroeun Tep

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CAMPUS CRIME! Are We Safe Living On-Campus? By: Shelby Russell Staff Writer

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campus of Clayton State University has a low rate in crime. When students hear about criminal activity in their area, they are in shock, because it is very rare. Senior Jarrid Casimir stated “the campus crime is not bad compared to other universities in Georgia.” An incident during this past summer pertaining to Clayton State housing was the latest crime activity reported. On July 15, 2011 around 7:00 p.m. a male visitor was robbed at the Laker Hall dorms stairwell. The male victim informed that three black males robbed him at gunpoint. Two of the males were

carrying a handgun. The male visitor was not injured but was stripped of his belongings.

They stress smaller

problems like parties and wrong turns opposed to

break-ins and robberies.

When asking Sophomore Jhaquil Richardson about her thoughts on the campus crime, she stated

“I think it’s too high with all of the police we have around campus. They stress smaller problems like parties and wrong turns opposed to break-ins and robberies. They are also bad about letting the community know the crimes that do happen.” Since the summer incident, Public Safety has been very skeptical about who comes on the campus late at night. Several officers patrol the area to make sure it is safe and secure. The housing parking lots are now lit with bright lights so the officers are able to see the activity that goes on at night.

A Familiar Face

Just Who is that Friendly Man in a Suit Walking Around the UC? He Must be Someone Important..... By: Shelby Russell Staff Writer

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requently seen around campus, Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes Jr. is currently the president of Clayton State. His appearance is very common, so when out in public students are sometimes anxious to speak to him. His constant waves and hellos

given outside of his office bring smiles to students and really brighten the day for those in a bad mood. His identity is unknown by many students. For some, he is a nice man that walks around campus in a suit that will engage in friendly conversations. To others, he is like a boss that no one wants to slack off in front of. Whether he is seen walking or running around campus, students know he must be someone important. Unlike other college institutions, President Hynes involves himself with many campus activities. Last year he flew out to watch the Clayton State Women’s Basketball team com-

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pete for the National title. Clayton State students are proud to have a president that interacts with their lives. Senior Edlin Veras says “He’s not a normal university president. He is always out and about speaking to students and staff. He’s very supportive of athletics.” Athletic Director Mike Mead says “He’s doing a great job so far as our president. He brings some fresh ideas that are appealing, and I like what he has in plan for our school’s future as far as Strategic planning.”

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The Refined Ball By: Chamroeun Tep Staff Writer

If you didn’t make it this year, hope-

fully there will be another one next year. The Refined Ball, sponsored by Clayton State’s Campus Events Council (CEC), is “A formal event designed to celebrate the refinement of Black History though dining and dancing”( Lakiesa CanteyRawlinson). This was Clayton State’s Second Annual Refined Ball. The ball took placed on February 3rd, which started from 7:30 pm and ended at 11 pm at the Student Activities Center. The event was free for Clayton State students. Non-Clayton State students and attendees, who attended the ball, had

to pay $10 for their tickets. There was a live band that played popular hits with a more “jazzy” feel to them and also a DJ that ended the night, playing the more trending top hits. With elegance and sophistication, tables were set and decorated with water-filled glass vases with floating, lit tea light candles in them. Tables were topped off with a centerpiece of several mini-sized vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Food and drinks were self-served. Dressed up in fashionable, formal and semi-formal wear, the ball was a success.

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Opinion

They took Texas too!?

Spiritual Column

By: Alexander Brown Staff Writer

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Worship: It’s a Lifestyle By: Abigail Pope Staff Writer

G rowing up, my perspective of

worship included me attending church, singing songs of praise, clapping and dancing. It was not until I had a true worship encounter that I began understanding the dynamics of worship. It is more than just a song, a dance or something that is done out of tradition. What then is worship? It is a lifestyle. It is submitting our entire being unto God. William Temple, archbishop of Canterbury explained worship as: “the quickening of our conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of mind with His truth, the purifying of imagination by His beauty the opening of the heart to His love the surrender of will to His purpose” Worship is an act of deep reverence, adoration and requires obedience. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” It is a command for all that confesses their love for God. Matthew 4:10 says, “ Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Living a lifestyle of worship requires a believer to be under constant influence of the presence of the Lord. The nature of a true worshipper describes one that has a hungry heart. It is someone that is so eager to be in the presence of the Lord, that he is willing to press beyond the veil and seek His face. A true worshipper is so secure in their relationship with God that he can look at turmoil on the left and right and use that as an opportunity to bow their hearts and life to God’s Lordship. The Bible says that we must “worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.” We must allow God our conscience, mind, imagination, heart and our will. Why? “Because the hour comes when true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seek such to worship Him.” (John 4.23) How would you describe your lifestyle of worship? Are you in a place of total surrender to God? Are you perusing God’s heart and purpose over your desires? Let me encourage you. If you desire this for your life ask God to make you hungry for His purpose, His will and His heart and He will answer you. Trust in God and be encouraged.

ome on America! At this rate where would this family not go? The Kardashians took everything and now “The Kardashians take Texas”, is the new season that is coming out. Soon America will be a footstool for these women. They take all the men, all their money, and surprisingly a lot of fame. Amber Rose even said the reason why she and Kanye split up was because Kim Kardashian and Kanye were dating, but that’s okay girl you got Wiz… enough said. Seriously America can we own anything for ourselves? Preferably something that can go along with our dignity? I am curious to see where this family goes next. Maybe this time they will have a craving to go to Asia, Rome, possibly even Africa. I guess at that rate they will be ambassadors for the world and we just can’t have that! Now can we?

Top Selling artist

I love this girl so much. Of course the

question is who. Rihanna has recently been named the Top Selling Digital Artist of All Time. So you mean to tell me that if I bought her music off iTunes, the majority of everyone else has her music as well? She went from her debut album in 2005 “Music of the Sun” to 2011 “Talk That Talk” (I love 2009 Rated R – Track 8 “Rude Boy”) only six albums and surpassing Madonna, Black Eye Peas, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Brittany Spears, Lil Wayne

and Kanye West! All I can do is commend her on her hard work. Even after all of the touring, changing hair styles and colors, and performances on the MTV Awards, BET Awards, and Grammy’s she is still hitting homeruns. Maybe it’s time for her to take a break and soak in the accomplishments. I mean don’t they cut her a check for this type of accomplishment – or is it strictly bragging rights? Either way I would walk around with my head held high, knowing I am running the “Digital Industry”. I believe she has longevity for this entertainment fame, I just hope she doesn’t burn out soon.

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How about a Repeat? By: Shelby Russell Staff Writer

Can the Women’s Basketball Team Do it Again?

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ith only one loss so far in the season, the Clayton State women’s basketball team continues to dominate after winning the National Championship over the 2010-2011 season. The women’s basketball team made history becoming the first college national champions as a team in the state of Georgia. The team plans to repeat their victory with new additions to the team.

The team waved their goodbyes last season to Latondra Bruce, Renee Jackson, Breanna Fort, and Teshymia Tillman. The four seniors were sensations to last year’s roster. Senior Genesis Kelly would have had her last season, but due to an early injury she redshirted. Drameka Griggs, a returning junior for the team, stated “It’s definitely a completely different team from this past year. We’re just as talented as the team from this past year, if not more. Lady Lakers continues on page 11

Interview: Kayla Mobley Women’s Basketball Team

photo by Michel Zambo

Want to Race?

Men’s Track Team Is Pumped for the New Season By: Shelby Russell

By: Shylik Adams

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

1. How did it feel to receive your 1st championship rings this years?

Answer: Receiving a national championship ring this year was a great feeling. It felt even more special because it was my first year at CSU and my first championship in basketball. 2. How was the whole experience of going to Puerto Rico this year with the team and playing against the opposing team?

Answer: Our trip to Puerto Rico was a great experience. Playing in that environment was different due to things such as the weather, the reffing and other things. It was something I was grateful to have been able to experience, especially with the great teammates and coaches I have. 3. What are some of your personal goals this year for being on the CSU girls basketbal teams?

Answer: Some personal goals of mine are to continue to play hard and make an impact on the court by playing hard on

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offense and defense, and to also hopefully make it to the national tournament again for the chance at another national title.

4.Where do you want to see yourself at a year after you graduate from Clayton State?

Answer: Hopefully a year after I graduate from CSU, I would like to be overseas continuing my basketball career.

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lemson University will be the site for the kickoff of Clayton State’s men 2012 track season. The Lakers head into their season on a positive note after a strong performance from the Cross Country team. Training started early September for the team. Even through inclement weather, the Lakers have continued to train ambitiously, with hopes of an improved season. With countless injuries, both the men’s and women’s track team were unable to send anyone to the National meet. Last year, with the start of a new season, the men are focused and determined to have one of

the best Track seasons of Clayton State History. The men’s track team has a descent roster with Edlin Veras(Team Captain), Ricky Fort, Robert Spezzacatena, and Shelby Russell all returning as seniors. These 4 seniors began their career at Clayton in 2008 and have contributed to the team with several combined recordbreaking performances. They are all happy to complete their final season together at Clayton in which they expect to be their best one yet.

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From the LOCH

What’s New at Laker hall? by : Jacinta Ragland Assignements Editor Interesting news for our fellow Laker Hall residents! As you know, this semester there have been many changes going on at our residential hall. Beginning on Wednesday, February 8th the new dinning facility that was once the “Laker Lounge” will now be called “Sandella’s” will be opening at Laker Hall. Sandella’s will begin serving breakfast at 8 a.m. for early residential risers. The new eating facility will consist of a healthy breakfast made quick and easy for those students who don’t have time to make their own meals early in the

morning. For the benefits, it will be a quick “grab and go” for the students who have to rush to class early and have longer hours. But what made Laker Hall want to make changes to the popular student lounge? Willette Capers, associate director of student housing said, “It was an idea of Sodexo, our school’s dining company, which came up with the idea to create a new and improved dining facility in our resident hall. I am only a supporter of the idea.” For about a month many students have pondered on the construc-

tion going on outside of Laker Hall near the path toward Clayton Station. Many have wondered what it would become. Some thought it was a fountain or pool being built, due to the sight of a water instillation truck parked outside of the dorms. Others thought it might have been an extension to the Laker Lounge. The new patio outside of Laker Hall is actually going to be turned into an outdoor lounge area for students to mingle with one another and complete their homework in a peaceful outdoor type of environment. In a couple of weeks,

chairs and tables will be placed in the outdoor patio, and umbrellas to put over the tables. “It’s to kind of give the students that ‘Starbucks’ kind of feeling when their outdoors on their laptops or maybe having a meal with their fellow colleagues from the new restaurant,” Ms. Capers stated. The new outdoor patio will certainly spice up the outside view of Laker Hall and grab the attention of visitors to the campus.

Thinking of you every day is

The feeling never dies, it’s just resurrected

His love is real, not acting, so he’s not good for casting

Man I was dumb, because I thought love was just from the power of the tongue

tion, he has me relaxing

expected

That means no squeeze, he love holding me just ask him

But its action

My love is always sent to you, some can say it is texted

My baby’s love is long lasting

When I received it, it surpassed satisfaction

My baby never broke and the check never bounces he just cash it

Baby you make me stronger, you always got me flexing

And I believe him; I can never see him hurting me

The love is always growing it should be elastic

He show me his whole heart, I call it flashing

And to answer your question, you are my blessing

Because every time I fell down he picked me up

He call me awesome, but he’s my Mr. Fantastic

My Cymbalta, relieve me from my stressing

And I end up better than where I started from

But most of all, he says his love will never leave before he meets his casket

You’re stronger than Samson Like David, you got me dancing

I know what hate is, but this is love

The other girls have a lemon, but I’m riding a phantom

The term was foreign to me until he looked it up

POEMS

He says for an eternity

His love always comes to me never retracted

The drink I pour For all my soldiers who left to be with GOD Sometimes it seems like my home is behind bars I try to do the right thing But life always deals me the wrong cards Living my life is hard Trouble follows me everywhere I go I try to seek help but no one understands

By Amanda william

Never on budget, if love was a credit card he’d max it Always open to me, if I have a question he’ll say just ask it Man, he’s my personal vaca-

They are blind by their own misery or just don’t know

Lighters in the sky

When I’m tired he says, “Never fly airborne just crash it.”

Violence is the way I was taught to survive Its either be killed or kill

Because of the life I live The light I try to embrace The darkness in my heart I try to erase

Those were the rules I’m suppose to live by`

by Ozzie Anderson

My conscience is full of regret and guilt Nightmares, I can’t sleep because of this nightmare I built The devil attacks my soul everyday

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www.benttreenews.org Sophomore Charles Anderson, known by his teammates as “Scooter” returns this season as one of the most memorable athletes of the 2011 Track season. When interviewing Scooter he stated “I was mentally preparing since last year because I didn’t run good the whole season.” Shelby Russell, who was last year’s MVP for the team, says that he expects great performances from Scooter again because of his self-motivation. The Track & Field Schedule for 2012 season can be found on the Clayton State athletics website.

Right now we’re just trying to get everyone on the same page, but the goal or task at hand is still the same ‘repeat.’ It’s definitely going to be a long season, taking one game at a time, but I’m more than confident every time we step on the court.” Another returning player Brittany Hall stated “It was a journey. We knew we had a pretty good team, but we didn’t think we were going to be as good as we were. It was a very stressful season but the reward at the end was worth it all.” The Clayton State Women’s basketball team schedule can be found on the clayton.edu website under athletics.

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