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Constitution Week

By Brooke Lee Smith Contributor

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Our Constitution, the Constitution of the United States of America was written in 1787. These are the laws and principles that were put in place to form our government, as it still stands today. In 2002 President George W. Bush declared September 17th-23rd, Constitution Week. The week is celebrated by concerts, readings, debates, firework shows, and the like. The purpose of Constitution Week is not only to celebrate our country, but also to educate our citizens about the constitution- what it is made up of, why it was written, and how it relates to our lives today. Constitution week at Clayton State University was celebrated with several different events. Continued on Page 3

CSU College Fair Khoa Ngo/ Contributor

October Event Highlights Tuesday-16 Student Media Presidential Debate SAC Ballroom 7:00-9:00 PM

Thursday-18 CEC- Real Talk SAC Ballroom 6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday-18 AmeriCorps Remember My Name Lawson Ampitheater 7:00-8:30 PM

Monday-22 Student Media Presidential Debate SAC Ballroom 7:00-9:00 PM

Wednesday-24 CEC- Fear Factor UC Common 6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday-25 CEC Haunted House SAC Ballroom 5:00-9:30 PM

Mud Crusade Kathleen Como/ Contributor Pg 6

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Atira Lee/ Contributor Pg 4


B ENT T REE Editors Editor-in-Chief Tamika Galanis


Assignments Editor Brett Harrison Photo Editor Chamy Tep Contributors to this Edition Kathleen Como Katika Eccleston Tameeka Hunter Atira Lee Erin Nagel Khoa Ngo Tori Robinson John Shiffert Brooke Smith

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News October 2012

Former Governor and Attorney General Visit Clayton State

Brook Lee Smith/Contributor Former Governor Roy Barnes and the Attorney General for the state of Georgia, Sam Olens address students during Constitution Week.

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One event in particular brought two very important visitors to campus; former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens held a discussion of the Constitution. While both Governor Barnes and General Olens had many differing opinions they did agree on some things. When asked whether or not the Constitution should be rewritten, both gentlemen were opposed. Governor Barnes said, “It works, leave it alone.” He also quoted Patrick Henry. “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, but it is an instrument for people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” The Constitution is here, for us, the citizens of the United States. Times have changed and many things, including technology, have allowed advancements of which our forefathers could have never dreamt. Even in the face of so much change, now may not be the time to rewrite such a crucial piece of our history. Governor Barnes and General Olens both agreed, that revisions are what amendments are in place for. The discussion was not all business; the gentlemen revealed some interesting personal facts about themselves. We learned that Governor Barnes is a huge fan of the Braves. He only watches history, the Braves games, and John Wayne. We also learned that though these gentlemen have differing opinions, especially within politics, both Governor Barnes and General Olens agree to disagree which is such an admirable quality for both of them to possess.

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News October 2012

Hispanic Heritage Celebration By Tori Robinson Staff Writer

The Campus Events Council, D.E.E.P., and Campus Life held a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Tuesday, September 18 in the SAC Cafe from 6:30p.m.-9:00 p.m. As you walked through the front doors of the SAC, you were welcomed by lively CEC members and joyful music played by a live band named “The Tahino Band�. Multiple students gathered around to sing and dance to the lively music. Even the faculty was caught grooving to a couple of the songs played. There were tables of food aligned toward the right side of the room. Everything from chicken and cheese quesadillas to refried beans, rice, chips with salsa, were served. After everyone received their appetizers, the band had a small intermission accompanied by a trivia game. The trivia game allowed students to show how knowledgeable they were about Hispanic history. Prizes, such as big floppy sombreros, were passed out to the students who participated in the activities. Overall the event was a success that left students feeling happy and educated on a culture and ethnicity they knew little about.

The Limbo Band providing entertainment for the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.


Atira Lee/ Contributor

News October 2012

Straight Talk, No Chasers By Katika Eccleston

Straight Talk, No Chasers was held in the Student Activity Center (SAC) Ballroom B, on September 24th, 2012. The event was sponsored by the wonderful ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and started at 7:13 pm. The purpose of the event was to give students the straight truth and advice on how to deal with many common issues that are encountered in the daily life of a college student. The questions were set up discussion style, meaning anyone in the audience was allowed to answer the questions. The discussion questions included “Does alcohol affect your judgment?”, and “Should you pass your ex to your friends?”. Other topics included STD’s, financial situations, What Would You Do: Test or Party, and grades. In the ballroom, both traditional and non-traditional students joined together to answer the questions and give advice on what to do in the various situations. The Delta’s discussed unprotected sex and how this could greatly increase the risk of contracting an STD, and just how many risks are out there. They also spoke about ways to prevent STDs and how to keep yourself protected. The topic of financial situations, the question “Can you hold on to your money?”, was asked. This branched off to money management, conserving refunds, and repaying loans, which is a growing problem of college graduates. One student stood and told the room that as far as money management was concerned, he searched for free things. He said “If it does not start with free I do not want it.” This easily brought smiles and laughter from the audience who greatly understood the struggle on spending and saving. Coupons were also mentioned as a good idea for saving money at this time as well. One of the Delta’s said concerning loans “Defer, Defer, Defer.” This means that payments can be put on hold for reasons that include military service, financial hardship, the Peace Corps, a return to school at least half-time, and other reasons. One topic that engaged the audience was the “What Would You Do” portion. This discussion covered common student concerns revolving around personal responsibility. With topics such as “Test or Party”, “Coming Back to a Messy Room”, and “Roommate Issues.” The audience expressed many and varied opinions.


Local October 2012

2012 Atlanta Mud Crusade By Katleen Como Contributor

When my daughter, Liz, was little, she made mud pies. At the 2012 Atlanta Mud Crusade, she turned her whole body into a mud pie. My daughter is 25 years old, married, a mom, and a pharmacy technician. This is the event to go to if you want to have some good, clean, dirty fun; you can race in teams or go as an individual. You really need to be in shape to tackle the 5K mud course that consists of eighteen obstacles. I asked my daughter if she was ready for the task at hand and she looked at me with a big grin and said, “I’m ready!” I asked Liz how she felt as we walked around. She said, “I’m nervous and excited at the same time. The obstacles look awesome. I’m worried about getting over those big walls but I’m looking forward to the mud.”

Liz emerging from the mud pit at the end of an obstacle.

Kathleen Como/ Contributor

Her start time was 1:30 PM and it was during the hottest part of the day. I can attest to the heat because in order to get good pictures, I had to be in the right place at the right time. The obstacles included walls to climb, drainage pipes in mud, a dumpster full of ice water, a fire jump and monkey bars. Liz told me, “The monkey bars did me in but when I fell, I fell into a massive pit of really deep mud. I climbed out laughing as my shorts collected more mud. The giant slide rocked my world!” Liz and her friends did the course in 50 minutes. They looked like giant fudgesicles as they rose from the final mud pit and jogged toward the finish line. They received their medals and headed to the water hoses to shower off. On the way to the hose, they took off their disgustingly, muddy shoes and donated them to Green Sneakers. Green Sneakers takes all the contestants muddy sneakers and puts them to good use; they take the torn up sneakers and make them into playground mulch. The sneakers that can be cleaned up are made available to reuse as affordable footwear in some of the neediest countries around the world. This event was so much fun, that my daughter has signed up for another mud race. There are mud and foam races all year long. Go forth and get muddy!!!


You also can be covered in mud.

Campus October 2012

Dreams. Made Real. This is Clayton State By John Shiffert Director of University Relations

Would you try changing the world if nobody was watching? How hard would you strive for that future you’ve always wanted? Do you believe that understanding the problem is just as important as finding the solution? You know the answers. So does Clayton State. Clayton State is an institution where an entire community rallies around the individual dreams and aspirations of its people, and through outstanding programs, compassionate support, and an environment that reflects 21st century business and industry, makes those dreams a reality. Without question, the single greatest strength of Clayton State is its people. They bring a vibrant range of backgrounds, life experiences, outlooks, goals, and interests. And above all, each one has a dream in life that is unique to him or her. And, at Clayton State, they find a place that is dedicated to empowering them to achieve that dream. One of the most apparent key strengths of the learning experience here is how supportive the community is of its students and how that sense of community shapes a culture focused on transforming very serious goals into reality. The people at Clayton State are genuine, authentic, straightforward individuals. Not only are the dreams and aspirations our people – students, faculty, staff, alumni – have very real, so too are the people themselves. At Clayton State University dreams are not ethereal illusions. They are very real and attainable goals that motivated individuals are working hard to achieve. President Hynes has stressed that Clayton State is a place very focused on “how we activate learning.” Learning activates personal and professional goals. Highlighting the myriad aspects of the University’s programs adds depth and broadens the scope of authenticity. Everyone looks to be inspired. It’s simply part of being human. And nothing inspires more than stories of accomplishment, stories of those who sacrifice, who put in the work, and who never back away from the challenges they confront in striving to achieve a goal. Clayton State encompasses a diversity of people – and there is also diversity of dreams. This is a university that helps make them happen. By following up on a word like “dreams” with the phrase “made real,” that lofty notion comes to a place where it’s attainable and reflects the atmosphere, environment, and people at the University. Nothing stands out about Clayton State more than the empowering nature of the experience here. It’s simply what the University is about. Individuals come to Clayton State with a dream, and leave in a position to transform that dream into reality. It may be a freshman who’s always wanted to star in a student production and, at Clayton State, is getting that chance for the first time. Or a faculty member whose research has led to a major solution. Or a staff member who assists students every day and cheers for them at Commencement. Or a student-athlete who’s dreamed of winning a national championship. Dreams. Made Real. This is Clayton State.


Campus October 2012

10 TIPS FOR INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES By Tameeka L. Hunter, M.S., CRC Assistant Director, Disability Resource Center

1. Do realize that people with disabilities (pwds) are people first. People with disabilities have personal and professional lives, just like you do. They work, go out, shop, and yes, even date. Don’t be surprised to see pwds in social settings. 2. Do ask people with disabilities if they need help first; “ask before acting.” Usually people with disabilities have developed their own ways of opening doors, carrying things etc., so it is best to ask the person if assistance is needed before rushing in to help. Well-meaning individuals have caused injury to themselves or others simply because they did not know how best to help or listen when their offer to assist was declined. 3. Please use person-first language, (i.e., person who has a disability) instead of, phrases like, “the disabled”, “crippled” or “handicapped.” 4. Do not use ‘disability’ to start a conversation- While most members of the disability community would rather you ask questions about their condition, rather than to assume incorrectly, please do not initiate a conversation with someone by saying, “What’s wrong with you?” First of all, this is rude. Second, many pwds don’t view their disabilities as “wrong”, just different. Simply start the conversation by saying, “Hello?” 5. Do realize that not all disabilities are obvious/ visible. example of many “invisible disabilities”.

ADHD is one

6. Do not stare. Staring is rude. However, do not stop children from asking questions. If you tell a child it is wrong to ask questions, you give them the impression that there is a level of shame associated with being disabled. Just let them know that the person they are curious about is just like them except that they may do things a little bit differently. 7. Do not attempt to guide a person with a visual impairment. Please wait for them to ask for assistance. Also, do not pet working animals. These animals are there to provide assistance and are on duty. Please do not to distract them. 8. When addressing someone who has a hearing impairment, talk to them directly and not the interpreter or a companion. 9. Do not assume that someone who has a physical disability also has an intellectual one. Speak to the person who has a disability directly, not to individuals who may accompany them. Please do not assume that he or she is incapable of making decisions or communicating needs. 10. Do not “parent” adults with disabilities. If you see a person with a disability at a club, park etc., do not say things like “he or she should not be in this crowd”, or “they shouldn’t have brought him/her here.” Again, adults with disabilities enjoy the same things others do, and they have every right to be wherever they choose. Remember that the most difficult part of having a disability is not the disability itself, but the misconceptions that people have about them. I challenge you to focus on the person and not the disability.


DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER 2012 DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH SCHEDULE Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Open House, Disability Resource Center (DRC), Student Center, Suite 255, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM This Open House provides an opportunity to learn about services that are available for students with disabilities, ways to volunteer, as well as information about how the Americans with Disabilities Act supports diversity at CSU. Friday, October 12, 2012 4th Annual Diversity & Multicultural Conference, Session - A.S.K. – Awareness. Sensitivity! Knowledge! The DRC will be presenting as a part of The Diversity and Multicultural Conference. This dynamic and humorous disabilityetiquette presentation will increase your awareness, sensitivity and knowledge around the issues that face the disability community. For more information about registering for this exciting conference, go to: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 “Murderball” Demonstration, 6:30 PM, Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballrooms Join Clayton state University’s own, Zac Bradley, and his teammates for a live demonstration hard-hitting sport wheelchair rugby, also known as, “Murderball”. This action-packed demonstration challenge perceptions about people who have disabilities. Thursday, November 1, 2012 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) This is a wonderful opportunity for students with disabilities who are looking for jobs or internships! Interested? Please contact the Disability Resource Center at 678-466-5445, for more information. Priority will be given to students with disabilities registered with the Disability Resource Center, and to Wounded Warriors. Veterans who have disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Thursday, November 1, 2012 Movie – “Murderball”, 6:30 PM, University Center, 272, Co-sponsored by AmeriCorps This amazing documentary chronicles the lives of rough and tumble rugby players, who also happen to be wheelchair users, on their quest for Olympic gold. We follow the hard-hitting action on the court where players smash each other with reinforced wheelchairs on and off the court. These amazing men will make you think differently about the word “disability”. **Members of the campus community are invited to examine and borrow from the full collection by searching online at the CSU library site ( for the “Disability Resource Center Collection.”

Campus October 2012

In the Know By Erin Nagel CSU Librarian

What do you know about libraries? What do you know about your Clayton State University Library? Do you know how to get access to the latest information in your field without having to remember any confusing passwords? Do you know how to borrow a book from another university’s library? What about a book from a library in Australia, all without stepping foot off campus and at no extra cost to you? And did you know that a library is more than just books? Do you know how to access powerful web-based tools that can take you further than any Google search? Do you know how to get one-on-one professional research assistance wherever you are through instant message or text? Introducing: “In the Know”-- a new monthly column all about the CSU library. Excuse me, YOUR CSU library. Get to know your resources, your databases, your librarians. Everything we offer is to help YOU succeed. Each month we’ll highlight a featured resource or service or other news that you can use to take your research to the next level. So don’t be left out. Be In the Know! This month we want to introduce LibGuides. LibGuides are research guides created by your CSU Librarians. Use LibGuides to find tips and resources to help you get started with your research related to a specific major, course, or topic. We currently have over 30 guides, and we’re adding new content every week. Do you need help finding statistical resources for your assignments? There’s a LibGuide for that. Looking for literary criticisms for your literature class? There’s a LibGuide for that. Navigating the intricate world of legal research? You guessed it. There’s a LibGuide for that. Wondering where you can find unbiased information about political parties and candidates to prepare for the upcoming election? There’s even a LibGuide for that. If you are completely new to the library and research, check out the Library Services and Library Research LibGuides for an overview of what we offer and tips for finding books, articles, and more in any subject. When it’s two in the morning and you have to have that article for your 8am class or you’re going to fail and GALILEO keeps logging you off and the library is closed and there is no one to help… the Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources LibGuide will help you get back on track in no time. You can find all of these resources by clicking LibGuides from the library home page or by going to Most of the guides are mobile-friendly, so you can even get help on your smartphone. If you have any questions or suggestions for guides, let us know using any of the Ask a Librarian links on the library homepage:

Ask Bruce- The Library Goose Dear Bruce, What is the GALILEO password and why do I need one? Why can’t I just get the articles and stuff I need without jumping through so many hoops? Signed, Out of the loop Dear Loop, I understand your frustration. As a goose, I have a lot of stuff to remember like where the best grass is and the quickest route to Canada. And, since, as a goose, I have a brain the size of a marble, there’s just no room to remember extra passwords. Luckily, GALILEO is something for which you don’t need to remember anything extra. As long as you start on a library website like the library home page or a LibGuide, you only have to enter your SWAN username and password to access all those great resources. But you also asked why you need a password at all. Well, GALILEO, or GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, users have access to a wealth of licensed, commercial resources that would cost a lot of money to use as an individual. For example, I want to read the article “A Comparative Analysis of Relative Brain Size in Waterfowl” which was published in the February 2001 issue of the journal Brain, Behavior, and Evolution. I can get access to the full text through the MEDLINE Plus with Full Text database in GALILEO. If I were to access the same article directly from the publisher, I’d have to pay $38! For one article! Multiply that times 4-6 sources per paper, 3 papers per class, 5 classes per semester and that’s around $7000 extra a year just to do research. So, according to Iwaniuk and Nelson (2001), my brain may only be 11.5mL, but I know that $7000 is more than free, so I will stick to using GALILEO for my research! As a CSU student, you have access to thousands of journals, some dating back to the 17th century. In addition, you can find electronic books, streaming video, primary sources and lots more. Take it from me, a relatively smart goose, that’s nothing to HONK at! References: Iwaniuk, A., & Nelson, J. (2001). A comparative analysis of relative brain size in waterfowl (Anseriformes). Brain, Behavior And Evolution, 57(2), 87-97. Do you have a question for Bruce the Library Goose? Let him know at


Opinion October 2012

Fall Fashion Picks By Brooke Lee Smith Contributor

Fall is here, meaning along with the amazing smells of pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, and beautiful changing leaves, we get to change our wardrobes! Fall is my favorite fashion season. The weather is a little cooler, but not cold. We can wear a cardigan or sweater, and by lunch can be in short sleeves and shorts. It’s also the time of the year when designer’s collections are debuted. The 2012 fall collections are fabulous. We are revisiting some great times in history. If I could take a hand-full of this fall’s collections and combine them, I would come up with (drum roll please), gothic rock chic meets Twiggy. Twiggy, was, by Wikipedia’s definition: “The Face of 1966. Twiggy was initially known for her androgynous looks, large eyes, long eyelashes, thin build and short hair.” With the styles of the later sixties, in mind, can you just imagine the oranges, yellows, floppy hats, skirts with pleats, platforms and lots of mixed matched patterns? That’s the one angle designers like Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton are taking. Then designer’s like Chanel, Juicy Couture and Calvin Klein are thinking, black. Black leather jackets, black leather pants, black lace, combinations of both, black suits (yes full suits for women are back), and let’s not forget charcoal everything. If you want to go more casual, throw on a suit jacket or blazer, solid or patterned top, jeans and a pair of printed heels. Even a just above the knee patterned or lace dress, will do. Staff fashion finds via This fall is all about making a statement. Which fashion statement, will you make?

New Music By Tori Robinson Staff Writer

New music is flourishing for the fall season with new artists releasing ground breaking tunes. In the Hip-Hop and Rap genre, Lil Wayne just released his latest mixtape, The Dedication 4, which features artists such as Nicki Minaj, J.Cole, Birdman, Young Jeezy, and Jae Millz. The mixtape contains Weezy free-styling to popular songs such as “Cashed Out”, “Mercy”, “I Don’t Like”, and other modern rap tracks. Many say that Wayne portrayed a certain arrogance on this Dedication mixtape that he didn’t show on his other sequels. Another rap artists by the name of 2 Chainz released his first album, Based on a T.R.U Story on August 14th. His solo debut sold between 130,000 and 140,000 copies in its first week. In the Pop world, Pink released her first single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” off her upcoming album The Truth About Love. Pink fans will love this new album because once again she has succeeded in creating a sound that is edgy accompanied by cut throat, raw lyrics that Cover via females can relate to. In other news, many upcoming artists and some veterans have been topping the Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The song “One More Night” by the alternative rock band Maroon 5 has made the number one spot on list. Taylor Swift came in a close second with her song, “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” The new pop group Fun is number three on the charts with their anthem “Some Nights”. Flo Rida placed number four on the list with his seductive song “Whistle” and lastly Pink made the number five spot with her single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”. In the music and entertainment world there is always a shocking news story regarding some artist. So it should come as no surprise when the buzz about Nicki Minaj’s political views mentioned in her verse on the remix of Kanye’s song “Mercy” came into the spotlight. Her line, “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney,” was a shock to the public because many people assumed that she was a Democrat. Of course she is entitled to her own opinion and is free to vote for who she wants. She left some fans disappointed while encouraging others to change their political views. If you want to know what hot bands and performers are coming to Atlanta, look no further. The Tabernacle is the place to be. The soulful singer Fiona Apple will be in concert on October 3 with Blake Mills. Silversun Pickups will be performing on October 9 with special guest Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius. Canadian singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette will also be performing live on October 25 with Souleye. For further details and the full list of performers pick up the latest copy of the Creative Loafing or visit




Clayton State University’s Department of Campus Life and Clayton State Television (CSTV) are hosting the Loch Fest Film Festival. Loch Fest will be held November 9-10, in the SAC. Loch Fest is a film festival, allowing Clayton State professors and students along with non- Clayton State film makers to show off their talent and hard work. There is no entry fee for CSU students and $5 for non-students, along with a submission deadline of October 25.


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