West Georgian A Public Forum Representing the Student Body of the University of West Georgia
Volume 61 - Issue 7
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Suicide: Lynde Nix Remembered
Staff Writer email@example.com Lynde Nix, senior secretary in the music department, often assisted students and staff alike with her charm and giving demeanor. Subsequent to a demanding struggle with diabetes, Lynde Melissa Nix, 30, received news from her doctor that parts of her limbs would have to be amputated as a result of her disease. She was found dead Sept. 23. Via Nix’s Facebook page, she described herself as, “an open book...nothing to hide. I have no regrets in life, everything is a learning experience, good or bad.
always be true to yourself. I’m game for anything, at least once. Do not live your life regretting things you never tried. And whoever said act your age was a total loser...act how you feel!” Born on May 25, 1979, Nix ended her life on Wednesday night by hanging herself during class hours in the Humanities building, making this the third suicide at the University in the last several years. A confidential source told The West Georgian staff writer Joshua Parker that news of her expected amputation was the reason for her suicide and that she wrote an e-mail to her parents earlier in the day. The Humanities
building was announced as an official crime scene, and everyone was evacuated from the building while classes were in session. University Police found Nix in a less-visited bathroom on the third floor on Sept. 23. Carrollton and University Police are continuing investigations and are making no statements at the time. Sandra Nix, director of football operations for the university and mother of the late Nix mourns the loss of an immediate family member, while UWG mourns the loss of a staff member. Nix worked for the university as a secretary for the Department of Music. She was a graduate of the
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Arts & Entertainment
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Since it’s inception in early September, University Stadium has been a target of praise and pride for Wolves fans; however, many students are concerned about the cost of the newest addition to UWG’s growing campus. Tuition inflation and financially accountability for several shuttle buses are a cause for concern among students. Many have asked about the whereabouts and necessity of the revenue. The five dollar per car parking fee directly pays for the help provided by an outside parking firm for directing traffic and organizing parking placement “[ The athletic department] knew that this was going to be a very complex operation that was beyond anything that we have ever done,” said Assistant Athletic Director Eddie Duffey. Parking services for the university stadium planned a template to place people accordingly and figured out where they could fit the
maximum number of cars in the parking lot. Parking permits are required for certain areas and tailgating sections around the stadium have to be reserved in advance, all aspects supporting the organization. “The company that administers our parking procedures has a great deal of experience with Georgia Tech athletics, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lakewood Amphitheatre,” said Duffey. “They have the expertise to be able to administer in a very organized matter, and we have been very thankful for that because our parking has gone very well. It has been a very well laid out plan and that’s due to the fact that they are professionals, and they do a great job at it.” However, the complementary shuttle buses running from campus for the convenience of students and fans seems to be an inconvenience to others. “I don’t see why students have to pay for parking at a See
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University of West Georgia’s class of 2004, receiving a B.A. in Art Education and was attending Georgia State once a month to become a school counselor. Chasity Cowart Brock said, “She was an art teacher at Central Middle School, but she said it was too much to handle See
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Daily News on UTV
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Staff Writer email@example.com UTV 13, the student television station of the University of West Georgia, will now be broadcasting a daily newscast. According to Ellis Smith, UWG senior and producer of UTV-13, airing the newscast daily allows new and more timely stories to be aired everyday--rather than once a week. “This wonderful opportunity for UTV-13 to bring up-to-date news to the students and to the local community in Carrollton is extremely exciting for everyone, it [also] allows UTV-13 to be the first news
organization to tell students about exciting student, local, and regional events instead of the last,” said Smith. Starting spring semester, the UTV-13 staff promises to give viewers timely information by covering more effective stories. “By airing news daily, students and faculty will have an opportunity to view any breaking news and receive up-to- the minute updates first, right on the university’s channel,” said Jeffrey Tidwell, UWG senior and primary director at UTV-13. Larnasue Lubrin, a senior accounting major, feels that the daily newscast is a very effective idea because it gives more students an opportunity to watch the news at numerous times throughout the day. However, Larissa Sawyer, a senior mass communication major, feels airing the news daily will not be as effective. “Most news that students receive is by word of mouth,” said Sawyer. Thanks to the highly motivated and eager staff of UTV-13, more news See
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Stephanie and David Sapp as Mr. and Mrs. Beauregard Ebenezer Grimm at Chaos Haunted House located at 2274 Highway 27 N. in Carroll County. The haunted house features two different themed tours and opened Friday, Sept. 25. It will be open every Friday and Saturday through October 31, as well as Thursday, October 15; Thursday, October 22; Wednesday, October 28; and Thursday, October 29. More dates may be added if demand is high.
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Defensive driving teaches DUI consequences
Staff Writer email@example.com Drinking under the influence an issue that affects a number of students. According to Alcoholalert.com, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for number of alcohol related deaths. Defensive driving courses offer a plethora of information regarding DUI punishment. By definition driving under the influence means anyone operating a vehicle after recently consuming alcohol or drugs. In terms of alcohol, there are two statutory offenses. The first is if the driver appears to be under the influence, for example, driving erratically or failing field sobriety tests. The second is if the driver has a blood alcohol concentration level higher than 0.08%. However, commercial drivers require a BAC level of 0.04% and 0.02% for persons under 21. Implied Consent Law states that a licensed person operating a vehicle gives automatic consent to be tested for alcohol when pulled over by an officer. If a person refuses to be tested, they are liable to be arrested. According to Fieldsobrietytests.org, there are only three standardized tests as approved by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. These tests are the one-leg stand, walk and turn and horizontal gaze nystagmus test. Officers may also use non-standardized tests like counting backwards, Rhomberg stationary balance test and the hand-pat test among
others. Factors that affect BAC include age, gender, altitude, body weight, food consumption, illness, and medicine consumption. To measure the BAC level, a breathalyzer is usually used. Though the device estimates the BAC level, they are fairly accurate and permissible in court. “There is no fail-proof way to outsmart the breathalyzer. The common myths to confuse a breathalyzer are sucking on pennies and consuming mints or mouthwash. Actually, mouthwash would give someone a higher BAC level because of its alcohol content,” said Gary, a DUI offender. These offenses are usually considered a misdemeanor punishable for up to 1 year in jail. However, multiple offenders and offenders who cause injury, death or property damage are felonies punishable for a longer jail sentence in state prison. Possible consequences for a DUI conviction include: $300 to $5000 fine, 24 hours to 12 months jail time, 40 hours of community service, and probation, Risk Reduction Program, and license suspension for one to five years. “I lost my freedom. You never know how valuable just being able to drive to the store when you want to is until you don’t have that freedom to do so,” said Gary. “I didn’t realize the severity of consequences both personal and those that affect others.” The first DUI offense is three days in the Risk Reduction Program and the second offense is 17 weeks in the
program. The Risk Reduction Program can include clinical evaluations and defensive driving classes. It is a very time consuming commitment with some classes lasting as long as six hours for one session. A probation officer requires a monthly fee in addition to a fine, payment of classes and license reinstatement. Everything in total could add up to be around $14,000 depending on the severity of the offense. It may also be required to install an ignition interlock device once the suspension is completed. IID prevents drivers with a high BAC from starting a vehicle. You must blow into the breathalyzer device before you start the car and every 15 to 30 minutes throughout the duration of your drive. Five minutes is allowed after the IID signals to blow into the device, so it is suggested to pull over immediately to complete the test. If the breathalyzer detects alcohol it will lock the ignition. The IID costs $150 to install in the car and $75 monthly, which does not include the maintenance fee each time a technician has to come to re-calibrate the device if it locks. “The IID records everything. If it loses power from the battery dying or unhooking the wires it records it. Every use is recorded and re-calibrated monthly,” said Gary. Leigh Codner, licensed professional counselor for the West Georgia DUI Risk Reduction in Carrollton said, “A lot of people think that with a little extra effort and concentration they’ll be fine, but that’s not the case. Consuming alcohol
impairs your reaction time, judgment and a lot of people just do not know their limit.” Driving under the influence involves more people than just the driver. Any person sharing the road with the driver is also in danger. “In February 2008, I was hit by a drunk driver, driving on the wrong side of the street, by the CVS Pharmacy on Maple Street. I was just happy to be alive and be with my mother later that evening. Her irresponsibility and selfishness almost cost me my life. If I had anything to tell her now, I would simply say to think about your actions because you don’t know how they will affect others. People should always have a designated driver if they are going to drink, even just one drink,” said UWG senior Annalysce Baker. “I have a wife and a daughter. How am I supposed to provide for my family if I can’t do something as simple as driving to and from work? I want people to know that driving drunk is not worth it. People always told me about the consequences of driving drunk, but I didn’t listen. Please don’t have to learn from your mistakes, some could be deadlier than others,” said Gary. With the conclusion of National Alcohol Awareness Week, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity will be teaming up with the Carroll County Division of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to fundraiser for Walk Like MADD. The 5k walk will be held inside Zoo Atlanta Oct. 3. Alpha Kappa Psi will be accepting donations in front of the UCC Sept. 28 until Oct. 1.
Dorms look to improve campus internet connection
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Since students began living oncampus at UWG, it is obvious that the internet connection in the dorm rooms are slowing down. With all the new technology enhancements going on around UWG, it seems that the internet speed has suffered, especially in oncampus housing. As Interim Director of Student Services, Blake Adams is in charge of the direction of most forward services such as the computer labs and classrooms. “The dorms have a bandwidth of about 36 megabits. The average household has a bandwidth of three megabits,” said Adams. According to Adams’s information, the average on-campus resident has much more bandwidth than the average household, but why is the connection slower? In simpler terms, Adams
explained that the internet is connected through a pipeline and because that pipeline is being used by so many people, it is slowing down the flow of the internet connection. Fortunately for students, Information Technology Services and Residence Life are working together to help solve this problem. “We are working to fund an expansion of the bandwidth we are now using in student housing, that
way students can browse the web more freely,” sad Chief Information Officer Kathy Kral. With the amount of time students devote on the internet, an upgrade like this is clearly one in which UWG needs too invest. Kral also noted that they were planning on upgrading the myUWG e-mail portal over the fall break. With the current portal, students have a limited amount of e-mails that they
the commission purchased the 14acre property from Georgia Power Company for $1.3 million in 1998. The property on which the Newnan Center sits, in the shadow of a giant water tower with a UWG logo, was a Georgia Power solar research facility in the early 80s. In 1990, Georgia Power built an environmental educational facility on the site and offered West Georgia College the opportunity to become a partner in the facility. The college began offering classes there in January of 1991. When Georgia Power vacated the facility in 1998, the Coweta County Commission purchased it and created a lease agreement that would last 11
years. The Aug. 3 ceremony and Aug. 10 Open House were held to celebrate the end of the lease. The property is now owned by the University System of Georgia and UWG. Since taking over the position as director in 2007, Cathy Wright and her staff have made the campus a more inviting place to take classes. They have worked to ensure that many services are available for Newnan students. When Wright began her job at UWG Newnan, there was no space for students to inhabit between classes. Wright took it upon herself to provide the students with benches donated from
can hold in their myUWG account. “This upgrade will allow students to hold much more e-mails than they could previously,” said Kral. With approximately 183 billion e-mails sent daily worldwide, e-mail is a massive market and will only grow as more of the world gains access to the internet. Knowing this piece of information toward this improvement is one to be valued across campus. There are plenty of ways that computer owners can speed up their own computers and laptops. As an individual user, taking a look at where downloads are coming from can help. Downloading music and movies from illegitimate web sites, and using applications that constantly check the internet such as online gaming can significantly slow down a computer. Deleting programs that are no longer useful and updating anti-virus software are minor changes that can increase speed.
Newnan campus: 21 years after inception
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Twenty-one years ago, West Georgia College President Maurice Townsend announced that the college would have a satellite school in Newnan. Today the Newnan Center of UWG boasts a population of over 1,000 students and land of its own. On Aug. 3, the Newnan Center held a ceremony officially recognizing the acquisition of the land on which it currently sits, after 11 years of leasing the land from the Coweta County Commission. UWG has paid $1 a month since
local churches, the Coweta County courthouse and from relatives. She and her husband also contributed to the landscaping work by adding new flowers and bushes on the small campus. The campus utilizes every bit of available space with 11 instructional rooms, including two large lecture halls, three computer labs, a biology lab, a nursing skills lab, and four other classrooms. Classrooms and administrative offices are located within two buildings. The property transfer that took place last month is an important step in the history of the Newnan Center and a big See
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Refuge step show introduces fall Campus Crusade
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, Sept. 24 Place of Refuge Campus Ministries put on their first Campus Crusade step show of the semester in Love Valley. Place of Refuge Campus Ministries was established on the UWG campus in 2008. Their vision is to bring college students to Christ and make college students more productive in every aspect of life. In hopes of fulfilling this vision they put on Campus Crusades to reach out to the students on campus. The purposes of these crusades are to reach the campus community. They hope to succeed in doing this by incorporating hip-hop, rap and stepping with the preaching of the gospel. The crusade opened up with prayer by the master of ceremonies Michael Leaks and was followed with a rap selection by the gospel rap group The Conquerors. The highlight of the night was the step performance put on by the Place of Refuge step team. “The performance of the step From
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university stadium that we helped build,” said Tereshia Reese, UWG senior. Contrary to the Reese’s opinion, the athletic department “has been pleased with the organization of [parking services] and the way our fans and students have responded to their organization and their leadership to the parking lots.” When asked if the revenue received goes back into the university Duffey said, “[The revenue] really goes back to paying these young West Georgia students that are actually administering and working on game day.” The owners of the parking firm are UWG graduates and employees are current students at UWG. From
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team was exciting and had much needed information for young adult to take note of to make some life changes,” said Brian Walker, a UWG senior. The crusade ended with the spoken word delivered by the youth pastor Jerome Baker, UWG alum. The topic was “called to action.” He encouraged students to read their Bibles and listen to what they know and believe is right. Baker shared his testimony and urged students to become involved in a church. After being around a man who was into church, Baker claimed he ended up getting his life together and was saved on the basketball court where Roberts Hall was once located on campus. “It was an awesome on point word,” said Katie Woods, an attendee of the event. There were many students in attendance. Some sat out on the field in Love Valley, while others sat on the steps of the Campus Center. There were even a few who stopped to watch and see what was going on. “It went really well and I am happy it didn’t rain and we had a From
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stories will be covered each week. “Each staff member genuinely enjoys learning and wants to be a part of something bigger, something meaningful, something that helps students, and something that’s fun,” said Smith. “Ninety-nine percent of the staff are voluntary workers, and are showing up because they believe in the show, [and] believe that being involved with putting together a production of this magnitude teaches them more than they will learn in a year of doing anything else.” The staff at UTV-13 encourages students interested in joining the weekly broadcasts to visit the university’s television studio in the Education Building. Any student willing to gain hands-on experience with the daily operation of a TV studio is encouraged to attend the productions. “Once students catch the bug, we can’t get rid of them. They love playing
having so many students so she did not renew her contract at the end of the year. At this time in her life, she had no extra-curricular activities. She was too sick and had no energy [but] throughout our entire lives, we played softball, basketball, and cheerleading together.” Brock was one of Lynde’s closest friends and a member of “The Fractious Five,” the selfnamed group of Nix and her friends. Brock has known Lynde since the age of four and described Lynde as “one of the most beautiful people inside and out that I have ever met. She was like a sister to me and we have been best friends since we were four. Everyone liked Lynde and knew what a great person she was.” Kristi Hart Fears, also a member of the friendly clan, knew Lynde for 24 years and described her as, “a wonderful person…great heart, sweet, funny, smart, pretty, and just a good person.”
Lynde was voted Miss Bremen High School and was also voted Most Beautiful for the senior class of 1997. In the mist of Carrollton’s flooding, Sunday, Sept. 27 was a beautiful day, appropriate for the funeral of such a vibrant person. Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel & Crematory of Buchanan were in charge of the arrangements of funeral services. In lieu of flowers, contributions were made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Funeral services were held for Nix at Bremen First Baptist Church at 4 p.m., and the family received friends during visitation. Heather Hayes Schramm, alumna of Bremen High School, remembered Lynde from school. “She was a grade ahead of me. She was a very sweet girl, [who] loved sports. Softball, especially. She has always been a very beautiful lady.” Schramm said that she “spent all day thinking about her as she was when we were younger” and Brock will “always
Sept. 30- Sex Slave Trade, 7 p.m., TLC 1305 Sept. 30- Yusef Komunyakaa, 7 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom Oct. 1- A Day, 11 a.m., UCC Oct. 2- Sensational Science Show, 2:30-4 p.m., TLC 1305 Oct. 3- Write-a-thon, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Humanities 231 Oct. 4- Volleyball vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 7 p.m., Coliseum Oct. 5- Film Society meeting, 8:30 p.m., Campus Center 104
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Place of Refuge Step Team performed a routine to promote their ministry.
great turn out,” said Leaks. The president of Place of Refuge Campus Ministries encouraged students to come out and get involved. “It’s very helpful and is something that every college student needs to hear” said MarGretta Walker on the event. Place of Refuge Campus Ministries holds Bible study every with the technology, learning how to edit, being a camera operator, even floor directing… the staff is always friendly and ready to help anyone who wants to learn more about how news works, and we love it when new students get involved,” said Smith. The showing of the daily new cast airs Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. According to UTV’s website, the University Television signed on the air in the mid 1980s with a mission to provide educational programming to the University of West Georgia campus, the city of Carrollton and surrounding communities. The station is an educational channel that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on UTV-13 daily news, you can contact the studio at 678-839-6461 or send an email to UTV13@westga.edu.
Thursday in the Campus Center in room 104 at 7 p.m. A church service is held every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. at the Place of Refuge and they encourage all students to attend. For students who need transportation, a shuttle bus will be available to pick students up at 10:45 a.m. outside of the UCC. For more information or understanding you can reach them at www.aplaceofrefugechurch.org. From
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step toward growth and expansion of its programs and facilities. UWG Newnan currently offers undergraduate degree programs in nursing and early childhood education and graduate programs in education, criminology and business administration. The campus graduated its first class of Newnan nursing students in 2007. These graduates achieved a perfect passing score when tested by the National Council Licensure Examination. The campus also offers much of the core curriculum to assist UWG students that live in the surrounding area in avoiding the daily commute to Carrollton. The Newnan Center has been a beneficial part of the UWG community, and has enabled UWG students to choose many options for the future.
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Students sit mourning the loss of Lynde Nix on Tuesday night outside Humanities.
remember the good times we had together and will always have her in my heart.” Heather remembers Lynde as “always [having] a smile on her
face.” She is survived by mother Sandra Nix, father Dale Allen, sisters Natalie and Katie Nix, and an extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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Unsung Heroes: The “Lunch Ladies”
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Swipe after swipe, West Georgia students enter the Z-6 one after the other to enjoy their daily meals. And every day, the smiling lunch ladies are there to greet each student. Nancy, who is in charge of the cash register, may seem like an average friendly employee at West Georgia; however, she has quite a few interesting stories--including how she became an employee at UWG. Nancy, who has been doing her job for over 12 years, enjoys the students, being around young people and faculty and staff at UWG. She used to be a stay-at-home mom, and worked part time for a power company until her kids went off to college. She then came to West Georgia to work and “adopted” over a thousand more kids. “The students are my favorite,” Nancy said, “They’re like my own children.” Until she became a citizen of Carrollton, she drove every day from Woodland, Alabama. She now works Monday through Friday 6:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nancy not only swipes cards every day and keeps everything running smoothly up in front, but she also gets to know her students and faculty personally. Nancy said everyone gets along pretty well at the Z-6. The biggest problem she
ever runs into is students trying work. to get in without their ID cards. Several others work extremely She always stands her ground and hard in the hot kitchen. There are does not allow her self to get taken cooks, dishwashers, bakers, and advantage of. dining room orderlies and each job “That’s all in the job,” she has more than one responsibility. said. “I don’t make the rules. I just Some of the cooks include enforce them.” Annie, Candice, Micheal and People may not think so, but it Annise, who has been here for 30 can get mentally stressful at times years. Delores and Cheryl are the dealing with all the people in and bakers who bring delicious food. out of the doors. Martha is one of many who “Nancy is the glue that holds keeps our tables clean and our carts the Z-6 together through breakfast full. and lunch,” said Matt Wilson, an All these people work employee. extremely hard in the back of the Another employee for UWG Z-6, but who actually serves food said, “She is an island of sanity in to the student? It would be hard to an insane place.” There are so many other employees that deserve recognition as well, but they are too busy working behind the scenes for anyone to take the time to realize just how hard they actually are working. Benita Kirksey is another cashier who has worked at the Z-6 for five years. She enjoys her job because of the students, much like Nancy. When asked to describe her job, Kirksey said, “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Ellaine, head supervisor, has been here for eight years, watching over the Z-6. Jennifer Williams is a new supervisor and also enjoys her job. Williams has worked in fast food around Carrollton and she said the Z-6 is a great place to Donna (left) and Nancy (right).
name them all; however, some of the sweetest people one may come across at the Z-6--depending on how often you like to eat healthy-are Shanta Monroe and Mary. Monroe has worked for the Z-6 for a little over a year, and Mary has worked for a while. These ladies happily make sandwiches at the sub line and run the salad bar. Last but not least, Nan is the controller in the office. She works extremely hard to run everything. All it takes is a little time talking and getting to know these wonderful people to realize that they truly do care about their jobs and UWG students.
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Free Verse remembers 9/11
Staff Writer email@example.com Free Verse and the University of West Georgia’s NAACP hosted this year’s 9/11 Remembrance in the University Campus Center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24. The event opened with a soothing
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medley from the band, which consisted of music pieces played by piano, drums and guitars. Hosted by the new president of Free Verse, Khalil Raheem, the organization’s focuses were the attacks of Sept.11, 2001 and the large number of soldiers in Iraq that are unable to return home. The event featured performances by some of UWG’s own, such as the
poems recited and written by students Asahel Barnes and Terence Rushin, and musical selections played and performed by Ahmad Manson and Them Zion Boys. The songs ranged from the Christian classic “Amazing Grace” to a rendition of Lauryn Hill’s sultry, “Killing Me Softly”. Free Verse: The Experience is a free expression group that serves as an outlet for students, staff, faculty, and those living in the Carrollton community. The group was formed to provide a comfortable and relaxed form of entertainment where individuals could showcase their talent and express their feelings through poetry, vocals, and acoustic instruments. “I liked the energy that was flowing in the room and I thought it was a good turn out, given that it was on a Thursday night. I love the direction that Free Verse is headed in. They are keeping up the name of Free Verse, while also keeping their own individual style. It was a good representation of talent that can go undiscovered,” said UWG student, Terence Rushin.
NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, strives to “ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination,” as stated by the organization’s national website. UWG’s NAACP chapter is known for hosting a number of educational and informative programs all over campus for students to enjoy, while also giving everyone an opportunity to voice their opinions on issues plaguing young people today. “I was expecting a larger turnout, but I was happy with the people I saw there. The talent was amazing,” said Aleta Watson, a UWG student, on the evening’s event, “Ahmad was my favorite, as usual.” Students interested in Free Verse are urged to contact Khalil Raheem at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the NAACP, contact Niemiah Murphy at nmurphy1@ my.westga.edu. For other events hosted by these organizations, visit the university web site.
Lambda volunteers at Ovarian Cancer Walk $93,000 this year. “I was nervous at first because of the economy and the weather,” said Brittney Highsmith, program director, “but I was very happy with the turnout for this walk.” The Ovarian Cancer Walk is an opportunity to raise money to fund the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s many community outreach programs provided to newly diagnosed women and their families, such as the Bag of Hope and the Photo by Krystal Horne Awareness.Knowledge. The Fourth Annual Overcome Ovarian Cancer Walk, Sept. 26, 2009, Alpharetta, Georgia. Action. campaign. “I think it’s pretty Krystal Horne Lambda Co-President, Michael awesome. Not only did I volunteer Sands. Staff Writer at a checkpoint handing out water Along with many other men, AJAquarius@gmail.com to the participants, I also got to women, children, and community run and be a participant,” said Members of the University of members, UWG Lambda came out freshman geography and Spanish West Georgia’s only gay-straight early Saturday to help fight and major, Dillon Shaffer, “I like the alliance organization, volunteered overcome ovarian cancer. “I’m very pleased by the dedication of the people, especially at checkpoints in the Fourth Annual those walking in memory of friends Overcome Ovarian Cancer 5k Walk amount of people who are here or a loved one.” in Alpharetta on Saturday, Sept. 26. participating today for an admirable GOCA serves the metro Atlanta “I’m very proud of the cause,” said Sands. area with public outreach programs Hosted by the Georgia Ovarian commitment by our Lambda and fundraising events. members who are volunteering and Cancer Alliance, the event, held The goal of the Georgia Ovarian walking here today as well,” said in Sanctuary Park in Alpharetta Cancer Alliance is to increase on Saturday, raised approximately
awareness and educate Georgia’s women and their families as well as the healthcare community about risks, symptoms, and treatment of ovarian cancer leading to earlier detection. Lambda is an education, support, and outreach organization focused on sexual diversity. Lambda seeks to foster and create an open, honest and supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning persons and their allies in and around the University of West Georgia. Membership in Lambda consists of various sexual orientations and a variety of ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds. Lambda strives to create an active and dynamically supportive environment for LGBTQ persons to attend which is largely carried out by our weekly meetings. Lambda meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in room 302 of the Campus Center. Meetings are open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. For more information about Lambda, visit Row Hall, room 202. For more information about GOCA, contact Brittney Highsmith at bhighsmith@gaovariancancer. org or you can visit online at w w w . g a o v a r i a n c a n c e r. o r g .
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Wolves sports wrap-up: At home and away
Sports Editor email@example.com Despite the flooding, and no football game scheduled, it was a busy week for the University of West Georgia Wolves across the entire sports spectrum, with men and women’s golf and cross-country, as well as volleyball action. On Monday, both men and women’s golf teams took to the green. The men’s team was at the State Farm-Laker Invitational and finished with a lower overall score for the week, finishing at 22-over for the tournament. The women’s golf team was at the Queen’s Invitational, and finished 11th out of 15 teams. They will be wrapping up the fall season October
5th and 6th at the Berry Invitational. The wolves volleyball team took on the North Alabama Lions at the Coliseum on Tuesday, losing 3-0. The first game started out tight early on, but the Lions broke free of the stalemate to win 25-14. The second was even closer, with the Wolves staying on their heels, but North Alabama’s team tore ahead to take it 25-18. In the finale, UWG took an early lead but the momentum swung the other way and UNA finished 2513. Thursday, the volleyball team faced off at Valdosta State, falling 3-2 for the match at The Complex. Valdosta took an early lead with a 2522 victory, but the Wolves answered back with their own 25-22 win. The next game held tight, but the Wolves came out on top, 26-24. VSU
responded by winning the next set 25-18 to tie things up and force a fifth set where VSU finished things off 15-8. The final bit of volleyball action took place at Armstrong Atlantic State University, where the Wolves went down 3-0, moving them to 8-11 for the season. AASU lead throughout the first game, finishing 25-7. The Wolves defense held stronger for the next two, but eventually lost 25-19 and 25-20. The women’s and men’s crosscountry teams went to the Mercer Invitational, with the women taking 3rd out of 20 teams, and the men finishing 4th out of 16. The women’s cross-country team is currently 5th in the GSC South region, and the men’s team is 4th.
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Realization for the week: Just because life goes on, it does not mean it wasn’t for a purpose. The day after the death of Lynde Nix in the Humanities building, I saw no oddity around campus. All things were as they always have been— students walking to class, taking smoke breaks and generally milling
about campus. I t ’ s understandable. Life on a campus of UWG’s size could not possibly come to a halt over one death. Even if Sethna himself passed, I’m sure classes would go on, if for nothing else than simply, “He would have wanted it that way.” Nix’s life and its end will not go unremembered, however normal campus life may appear. Her family, friends and peers
will not forget her unique existence. She most certainly touched those surrounding her, impressing upon them a memory of some kind, if only briefly. And through those memories, she will forever be remembered on this earth. Now, there is no telling for certain what thoughts went through her mind and what feelings through her heart, or any suicide victims’ for that matter. But, perhaps if they grasped the unquestionable impact they had on their surrounding world, they would not have thought their lives so disposable or unbearable.
This belief—that every person has an impact on the world, if not in a big way, at least in a small—urges me to express a final thought: The point of life is impaction. People may impact others negatively or positively, but they impact all the same. The choice is purely in which way to effect. Even in death, Nix impacted others—me specifically. I did not know Nix. I never met her. She, however, by her choice to take her life, has made me cherish my own that much more. Thank you, Lynde. You will be missed and you will be remembered.
Echoes of Katrina incompetence:
Webmaster email@example.com President Obama was supposed to give us back our confidence in government by cutting red tape and getting rid of inefficiency. But in light of the administration’s lackadaisical and tardy response to what is being called a “500-year flood,” citizens need to ask serious questions about what is actually being done to trim the bureaucracy and give government back to the people. The flooding, which began Sunday night and continued through Tuesday, took Georgia by surprise and was more severe than many experts predicted could happen even in a worst case scenario. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the floods were a “once in 500 years flood,” as reported by the AJC, meaning the odds of such a thing happening are less “than 0.2 percent in any given year.” But while George W. Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana two days before Katrina hit, Obama waited until late Thursday to issue a disaster declaration, after Douglas and Paulding County residents had been boiling water and living in motels and shelters for four days. Obama waited two days after Gov. Perdue had declared a state of emergency and requested federal aid in seventeen counties to declare that a disaster had indeed transpired in four counties…or five - it was a bit hard to tell, because even the White House couldn’t figure out the counties in which it was declaring a disaster. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Obama signed a disaster declaration for four Georgia counties: Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, and Cherokee around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. But journalists were mystified why Carroll, which suffered more damage than Cherokee, was left off the list, so they asked the White House to clarify. The White House responded that Carroll actually was on the disaster list, but Cherokee was not. They were then immediately contradicted by the Governor’s office, which said that Cherokee was indeed on the official list. Around 5 p.m., the White House decided that Cherokee and Carroll could both be on the list, which was belatedly expanded to five counties just before the bureaucrats went home for the day. Sam Olens, Cobb County Commission Chairman, was upset with the delays and incompetence. “It’s fair to say that we’re very frustrated. The storm started Sunday, with the real wrath Monday, and we frankly were thinking the presidential order would be signed Tuesday night,” Olens told the AJC on Thursday. “Yesterday we were told that Cobb County had sufficient damage to merit the declaration – but the bureaucratic process seems to take too much time, while people are hurting.” Olens, one of the few politicians to say what everyone was thinking, was mostly ignored and marginalized by the media, which was still giddy over Obama’s deft handling of the announcement that Iran could have a nuclear weapon completed within a year. “The majority of the damage is not in flood plain areas. It’s in areas that never before witnessed the flooding. By definition, these folks have no option. They don’t have flood insurance, their homeowners policies
Georgians wait for Obama to act
are not going to cover flooding,” said Olens. But during Hurricane Katrina, which the media all but blamed on Bush’s alleged desire to spew as much pollution into the air as possible in order to stir up more global warming, not only did residents live in a known flood plain between an ocean and a lake, but state officials had over 48 hours of notice to evacuate the city and pre-position supplies, which they failed to adequately do. Georgia had no notice whatsoever, but also had no looting, no running battles with the National Guard, and no scenes of horror like what took place in the ruined Superdome or the Civic Center, because of the quick response of Georgia’s regional and state officials. According to the nonpartisan federal analysis of Katrina, even though Bush activated FEMA two days before the Hurricane hit, state and local officials refused to work with them until after Katrina made landfall. “Forty-eight hours before Hurricane Katrina’s second landfall, FEMA headquarters commenced Level 1 operations, requiring full staffing on a round-the-clock, sevendays-a-week basis. FEMA was now at its highest alert,” the report states. “The Louisiana EOC reported that evacuations were going well, that it had no unmet needs, and that FEMA was ‘leaning forward’ as far as possible.” FEMA even predicted the Superdome disaster two full days before it took place, yet Louisiana, which leans heavily Democratic, didn’t heed the warnings. “Despite State assurances, the FEMA Director told all those on the call to be prepared for the impending requests for emergency aid from the States, expressed concern about the evacuation progress and the Superdome as a shelter of last resort, and echoed his previous day’s comments about the need to remain vigilant,” states the U.S. government report with the catchy title, ‘The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned.’ But under Obama, not only did requests for aid go unheeded for four days, but part of Sonny Perdue’s request for aid “is still pending,” according to CBS. As of this article’s creation, Obama has yet to officially declare a disaster in the remaining 12 counties in which Gov. Perdue declared a state of emergency. It’s unconscionable that Obama, who was one of the most vocal critics of the Bush Administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, has dallied and dithered when it came time to bail out Georgia. During a speech last month to mark the anniversary of Katrina, he said, “The legacy of a terrible storm is a country that is safer and more prepared for the challenges that may come.” Obama made his point more forcefully later in the speech when he said, “I have also made it clear that we will not tolerate red tape that stands in the way of progress or the waste that can drive up the bill,” according to MSNBC. “Government must be a partner — not an opponent — in getting things done.” The idea that the needs of ordinary citizens only come first if it’s someone else’s’ responsibility is not new, but this disaster is, and it demands attention from a President who stated
on the official White House website that, “[Obama] and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur,” referring to President Bush’s handling of Katrina. The President is in the process of enacting government takeovers of healthcare, the car industry and Wall Street, but he has a lot to prove if he expects normal Americans to willingly fork over increasingly larger portions
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of our income in hopes that this, the latest in a series of bumbling federal governments, will somehow make our lives better than we can make them on our own. Voters should be ashamed to be represented by a kleptocrat who is too busy forging a “New World Order” at the United Nations with his buddies Chavez and Gaddafi to notice that the poor people of Georgia who still “cling to their guns and religion” just want the same treatment George W. Bush gave to the victims of Katrina.
Rant and Rave -Stop wearing your pants so low...you look STUPID!
-In three whole years, our internet on campus has never sucked this bad! -Come on football team ...stop “Dicking” around! -For everyone who was swimming in the raw sewage-contaminated floodwaters, thank you for allowing me to laugh as you infected yourself with a hepatitis cocktail, dysentary, and AIDS. You are the weakest link, goodbye. -Whenever I call the ITS Helpdesk, I feel like the job of the people working there is to (a) give as little help as possible and (b) repeat my problem back to me like it’s a solution. Could they be fired? Please? -Why does it take 2 hours to watch a 2 minute YouTube video using the campus internet? I can get a faster connection speed on my cell phone...from 1998. -It’s a pretty good bet that if you’re a freshman and you haven’t got this whole “school” thing figured out yet, you’re going to fail so you might as well drop out right now and save taxpayers some money. Obama would thank you. Send Rants or Raves to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Rant & Rave.”
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Man on the Street
What is the most damage you’ve seen, witnessed or heard about the recent floods? Christina Thompson
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Feyi Alabi, Senior: “I was watching the news and I was surprised at how many people were killed… It’s amazing how much water can do.”
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Joey Phillips, sophomore: “My friend in The Grove lives on the first floor, and she had three inches of flooding and water damage… The entire Grove Apartments were pretty bad.”
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Kim Lalonde, freshman: “I live in Boykin, and the first floor has a lot of water damage and stinks really bad.”
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Rita Amuzie, junior: “I heard that twin babies died and another child was carried away in a river; and, my aunt’s house was flooded.”
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Will Newland, junior: “Well I’m from Fayette County, and we didn’t really witness any damage, but I was watching the news and saw Six Flags and how badly it was submerged.”
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Jennifer Wharton, junior: “My mom told me about a mudslide on HWY 78, and one of my professors wasn’t able to get to UWG because the traffic on I-20 was really backed up.”
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Spending $6.50 with Grant: The Brothers’ Bloom
Distribution Manager firstname.lastname@example.org There’s something about caper films that I always enjoy. With 007, it’s the elusive nature that Bond emits, with Ocean’s 11 it’s the uncanny chemistry of Pitt and Clooney, and with The Brothers Bloom, it focuses on the more comedic method to the skill of stealing. Director Rian Johnson’s last film, Brick, became a staple in the modern detective era, but with Bloom, he looses the hardboiled dialogue and instead goes for a story about love, lies and loneliness. Bloom features an impressive cast that include Academy Award Winners Rachel Weisz (Penelope) and Adrien Brody (Bloom) who play the love story card while Brody’s onscreen brother, Mark Ruffalo (Stephen Bloom) tries to convince his brother to continue their life of mischief. Unfortunately, I wasn’t left with the same powerful feeling I got after first seeing Brick but, that isn’t to say this film didn’t have it’s moments. What made Bloom different from
most con films were its efforts to be almost too different. The movie required a constant and devoted attention to the film which could easily throw off the entire plot if a single line is missed. Because of this, I had trouble figuring out exactly what was going on. A couple of scenes in particular lack any real structure to the story, despite their need for extra attentiveness. Luckily, when I became lost during a few scenes, I could rely on the humor and great acting by the aforementioned including Rinko Kikuchi, a traditional Japanese actress who played the roll of Bang Bang, a “mute” who helps the Blooms by means of explosives and other oddend jobs. Although this may not be another Academy Award winner for Brody or Weisz, Weisz certainly received the best performance in the film. During the two-week rehearsal period, Weisz had to learn a variety of hobbies including banjo, violin, guitar, piano, juggling, break dancing, skateboarding, and card tricks. Her insanely quirky character was a new role that I ended up loving; opting for a completely comedic role
compared with her usual serioussided personas. Another one of the finer aspects of the film came from the cinematography. A lot of scenes always had something more going on than just the main focus which, at times, could either be a wandering camel in the backdrop or something more subtle like a women refusing a kiss. Although possibly unimportant to the overall script, these small additions really helped the film stand out. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Weisz, Brody or Ruffalo, but I wouldn’t expect as much replay value from this that the Ocean series did
for me. The Brothers Bloom will be available for rental on Oct. 6.
G.G. King releases new single “Drug Zoo” Bobby Moore
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Atlanta has seen the emergence of several superior new bands featuring familiar faces in the past year, including G.G. King, as evidenced by their new “Drug Zoo” single. The group features its namesake, Greg King, on guitar and vocals. King is probably best known as front man of The Carbonas, though he has performed with scads of other bands, including The Stolen Hearts, Frantic, Quadiliacha and the legendary Neon Christ. The band’s name is both King’s real initials and a nod to shock rocker G.G. Allin and Ramones bassistturned-rapper Dee Dee King. Apparently, King came up with the “Gentleman Jesse” name
for longtime Carbona Jesse Smith’s popular powerpop group, and Smith in turn was given the task to name King’s new band. His current backing band is three former Carbonas: guitarist Clay Kibourne, bass player Chris Van Etten, and drummer Will Greene. Past members of G.G. King, which debuted in the winter, include Mike Beavers of Predator, Ryan from The Bukkake Boys, James Joyce from Noot ‘d Noot and Judi Chicago and Adrian Barrera of The Barreracudas and The Hiss. “Drug Zoo,” the band’s newest single from New Yorkbased Rob’s House Records, features three cleaned-up versions of songs found on a demo cassette that floated around for a few months. The title track is two and a half minutes of midtempo punk rock with lyrics
about junkies whose problems become a public spectacle. When King belts out “Oh no” before the short instrumental break, it is reminiscent of The Troggs. “Witching Hour” starts the b-side and is a pop-influenced song with a punk rock edge. The muffled lyrics at the end sound like King is spelling something out, creating a cross between The Zero Boys and Bay City Rollers. Although comparing an unofficial Carbonas side project to The Zero Boys seems too easy, I will go that route. The other song on the flipside is a cover of “The Letter” by The Box Tops. This is a familiar tune that is commonly played on oldies radio stations with the lyrics “give me a ticket for an aeroplane, ain’t got time to take a See
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Comedian Ronnie Jordan Performs at Alma Mater Christina Thompson
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Ronnie Jordan does his impression of Ruben Studdard.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, well known comedian Ronnie Jordan paid a visit to the University of West Georgia. Jordan is no stranger to UWG; he performed at the step show during spring semester 2009 and is a former UWG student. Jordan had just performed at the University of Georgia as part of his College Material Tour. Last year he covered 112 colleges and universities, and this year he plans to cover between 70 and 80. Jordan was invited to host SAC’s UWG-tube, and although technical difficulties but a damper on the event, he still managed to keep the students rolling with laughter. Jordan based his jokes on common college issues such as freshmen year, roommates,
relationships, Ruben Studdard, food and sex. Half way through his stand up performance, it became apparent that most students were familiar with his work. As Jordan performed one of his most popular jokes, several students laughed and quoted the joke along with him. Over the past eight years, Jordan’s comedic talent was featured on several television shows such as BET’s Comic View, Bad Boys of Comedy, Martin Lawrence Presents. He has also written and acted in BET commercials. His comedic influences include Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. “Everything was cool, man. [We] had a good crowd and good
lighting,” said Jordan. When asked about his plans on returning to UWG he said, “Anytime they need me. Anytime.” For those who want to keep up with Ronnie Jordan and his schedule, he can easily be found on Facebook. com/comedianronniejordan, as well as Twitter and MySpace.
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Events around Carrollton Sunday Live bandsMellow Mushroom
Monday Game nightLast Call
Lady Windermere’s Karaoke and Beer fan 2:30 p.m. Pong TournamentsTonwsend center Irish Bred Pub Open Mic NightThe Den
Tuesday Trivia 9 p.m.Last Call Radical Trivia 10 p.m.- Alley Cat Poker 7 p.m. and karaoke 10 p.m.The Den Lady Windermere’s Fan Community preview Townsend center 7:30
Wednesday Open Mic NightLast Call Trivia and Live AcousticsThe Irish Bred Pub Open Mic NightAlley Cat Trivia 8pm- The Den Karaoke 9 p.m.Mellow Mushroom
“Last Call Thursdays Live DJ or bandsw/ live DJ- Last Call The Pub
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Thirsty Thursdays- Live DJ’sThe Irish Bred Pub The Den
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College Night at the High Explores Masterpiece Samantha Godwin
Staff Writer email@example.com On Sept. 12, college students from all over Georgia flooded to The High Museum in Atlanta for College Night. The five hour event was $7 and included exhibitions from the Louvre in Paris, musical performances from Tealights and Jimi Cravity, and drawing and book-making classes. The showcase marked the beginning of an exclusive series for college students that will continue through October. “For the price of $5, college students will be able to experience the beauty of art from all over the world, including our upcoming Leonardo da Vinci exhibition [in October]” said Michael E. Shapiro, the junior director, at the event’s opening, “We hope to inspire and educate all young people to appreciate and support the arts in a world that increasingly devalues the time and talent it takes to create.” To honor the closing of the Louvre exhibition, the evening showcased the Nicolas Philberrt documentary “City of the Louvre,” which explored the complex restoration, presentation, and storage processes that the public rarely witnesses. With only 2,500
paintings on display, the worldfamous museum had to construct nine miles of underground corridors to store the other 6,000 works of art. While workmen and women rollerbladed and drove golf-carts through the underground, staff members, curators and art directors spent up to seven hours considering the space, lighting, color, and thematic content of each painting to arrange each room. Divided into three sections, the High’s Louvre exhibition explored the changing historical definitions of the term masterpiece. The first level featured ancient artwork from the Near East through the mid-nineteenth century when masterpieces were defined by their owners and utilitarian purpose. With each new owner, the work’s purpose and signification changed over time. The elaborate, hammered bronze basin, “Baptistery of St. Louis,” for instance, was created by Muhammad Ibin Al-Zayn, a Muslim from either Egypt or Syria, and later used by priests in Europe to baptize Louis XIII in 1610 and Napoleon III’s son in 1856. As the medieval ages began, the term masterpiece denoted expertise and education within an artistic guild. This emphasis on technical skill continued into the
eighteenth-century in schools such as the Royal Academy of Painting in France, where Louis XIV required competitive exams involving a “morceau de reception,” or reception piece, for admission. The High featured two examples of such pieces, namely Francois Boucher’s 1734 painting, Rinaldo and Armida. Inspired by Tasso’s poem about the First Crusade, “Gerusalemme liberate,” the masterpiece depicted Armida holding Rinaldo captive in her enchanted palace. To the surprise of art students and intellectual property advocates alike, the High dedicated its second section to forgeries in order to assert “connoisseurship” or forgery as a gateway to appreciating archaic works as masterpieces. The room displayed a lapis incense boat trimmed in gold and speckled with colorful, precious stones, a forgery that many curators once believed to be a rare, fifteenth-century relic from Venice. The creation of Reinhold Vasters, many visitors favored the bright imitation over the real, black leather incense boat. After this section, students played “Find the Forgery,” an interactive game that allowed them to examine works of art like a curator. Part of the only Museum Lab Program in the United States,
this game also provided viewing recommendations for students based upon their personal taste. The exhibition’s final level, “Evolution of Taste and Knowledge,” explored masterpieces that were “re-discovered” or re-examined based on the changing perceptions of Louvre curators over the past 200 years. After years of criticism from contemporary artists, The Louvre instituted the Counterpoint Program in order to showcase modern works that artistic traditionalists once rejected as “low” or corrupt art. John Martin’s Pandemonium served as the most popular painting of the evening, and attracted over twenty viewers at a time. The work depicted a passage from John Milton’s Paradise Lost where Satan faces his army in a swirl of lava and fire, and gazes at an imaginary building. In a rare homage to photography, the contemporary section also displayed Camda Hofer’s Salle du Manege, which portrayed a black statue surrounded by stark, white hallways of roman columns at the Louvre in Paris. “Through a magnificent group of works in the Louvre’s collections, we’re suggesting that the definition of masterpiece is not fixed in time or place,” Shapiro said of the exhibition.
Intramurals hosts kayaking trip to Gulf Shores Corryn Fraser
A&E Editor Cbfras@gmail.com What’s the best way to spend $30? Register for an adventure trip through UWG intramurals, and gain experiences for a lifetime. Last Friday marked the beginning of day-one for the gulf shores sea kayaking trip sponsored by the Recreational Office It was an adventure trip sponsored by the Campus Recreations office located in the campus center. Equipment for the trip was available through the outdoor rentals. All ten attendees showed up bright and early to leave campus by 10 a.m. . Adventurers included, Tara Mostowy, Dr. Todd, Todd Kaminski, Jamie Bray, Emily Attendees ready themselves for a kayaking adventure on Gulf Shores’ waters. Woodcock, Justin, Allina, Carlos, enjoy a bit of freedom. of UWG’s Campus Recreation. and Rachael Sharpe. “I didn’t get a chance to have Day one ended with a The car ride down consisted a summer vacation so this was my marshmallow roast and dreams of of card games, flubbing on lyrics last chance” said Emily Woodcock. the new adventure of day two: sea to classic rock, and comparing After catching some waves kayaking. adventure stories. The stories varied The morning of day two started from Bicycle Race Across Georgia, with the boogie board, and avoiding jellyfish, it was off to Lulu’s Fun off early. After preparing breakfast whitewater kayaking, and extreme Food, the tourist trap of Gulf and packing up tents and supplies, camping trips, to never having Shores. it was onward to Florida to launch experienced any of the previous. One of Lulu’s great appeals the sea vessels. The group was Upon reaching Gulf Shores, was that it was a seafood shack that anxious to get in the ocean, and Ala., the crew unloaded in a offered live bands. start paddling, but no one launched campground in Gulf State Park. “This place had a volley ball until Mostowy and Kaminski gave Once all were settled, the group court to play while we waited for a basic instructions for survival and took to the beach to meander and table,” said Tara Mostowy, organizer emergencies. With their intructions,
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anyone could feel comfortable kayaking regardless of previous experience. The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining when the seasickness kicked in. For some sea kayaking was a learning experience and a test of one’s body limits. “I’m so mad I got sick! I could have kept up with everyone else, but I just couldn’t help it,” said Jamie Bray and second year theatre major. See
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UWG Art Student Union group exhibition goes 3-D Krystal Horne
Staff Writer AJAquarius@gmail.com The week of Monday, September 21, was a busy week for the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. They played host to the Carroll County Community Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams September 2427. At the same time, the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center was also the location of where the University of West Georgia’s Art Student Union held its first group exhibition, from Sept. 21-25, with a closing reception at 6pm on Saturday. The exhibition consisted of members’ three-dimensional ceramic and sculpture works “The show is mainly composed of 3-D works that are either outside work, free-standing or works that can be placed on a pedestal,” said Art Student Union president, Rachel Guest. “I was actually going for a theme— something conceptual, figurative and abstract. I guess I ended up getting a mixture, which is great, because we had a good variety of media,” said Guest. Some the works featured in the exhibition included Dawn Dyer’s “Place all Your Burdens On Me”, Noel Stewart’s
ceramic work “Faces on the Heap!” and Brittany Watkins’ realistic ceramic piece “Do You Want a Sandwich or Something”. Wagner, one of the artists featured in the exhibit, several works displayed in the group exhibition. “Fancy Lady” is a ceramic work that is complex and detailed in its construction with elements reminiscent of and associated with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or better known as the Day of the Dead. “She was a little taller than I expected,” said Chelsea Wagner. Her ceramic piece, entitled “Just a Little Higher” depicts a ceramic girl attempting to reach several objects, including a Tiffany & Co. jewelry box that is slightly out of her reach. While some felt a bit perturbed by the outside-of-the-box creativity of the artists, others were amazed at the energy and dedication, such as local psychotherapist, Dr. Fred Richards. “One thing I deeply appreciate about this show is the lack of self-consciousness of trying to do what people expect you to do. There is a youthful energy and dedication in every single piece,” said Richards. Richards, whose wife, Dr. Anne Richards, served as a faculty member in the University of West Georgia
Department of Psychology for about 25 years until she retired in 2001, has sold several paintings himself over the last several weeks after taking up painting a year ago. “I love the work in this show. I mean, take Chelsea’s [Wagner] work for example. The art itself is not just in her head, it’s coming out of who she is. She, like all the other artists in this show, has a passion and a willingness to work hard and I appreciate that. I appreciate their youthful absence of fear.” said Richards. Art Student Union’s president, Rachel Guest, credits the golden opportunity to have the exhibit to her internship. Guest, a senior Art major, is an intern with the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. “Every year the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center lets the University of West Georgia have a show in one Photo by Terence Rushin of their spaces,” said Guest, “Since the Just a Little Higher- Chelsea Wagner, gallery was currently filled this semester, senior Art major at UWG we used the glass lobby across from the group exhibition was indeed a success, Danny N. Mambry Theatre instead.” with hopefully many more to come. “We also decided to do a sculpture Art Student Union is a growing show because we couldn’t hang student organization associated with the anything,” said Guest. Department of Art on the UWG campus. Even though this is the first major Formerly known as Artists Unite, it event for the new organization, it’s safe to See Page 11 say that the first UWG Art Student Union
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Gallery Row: Calm atmosphere, tasty coffee
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery Row, located in Adamson Square, is a great place for students to relax, study, and enjoy a good cup of coffee. “[We see] a lot of college students,” said Johnathan Newton, an employee of Gallery Row. According to Newton, Gallery Row is a “pretty standard coffee shop” in terms of the merchandise sold. The atmosphere and the quality of the coffee and baked goods from Vogelsberg Bakery are excellent additions to the
shop. The coffee hotspot offers many different types of beverages, including some for the non-coffee drinkers. The coffee is delivered from Jittery Joe’s Coffee, therefore Gallery Row guarantees freshness. Along with freshness, the coffee sells at a decent price. For example, a 12 ounce cup of coffee is $1.60, thus allowing students to enjoy a cup of joe without draining their bank accounts. Besides the food and drink, artists are encouraged to come in and hang their own work in the shop. Gallery Row does not have specific criteria for the artwork, so artists are allowed
to bring paintings, photographs, and other works they would like to display. Artists can also add a price tag and phone number to their work, so if a customer is interested in purchasing the art, they can do so directly. Gallery Row has created a relaxing environment with various types of couches and chairs for comfortable seating. The shop has a pleasant level of lighting that is bright enough for reading and various types of music can be heard playing peacefully in the background “A lot of people like the atmosphere,” said Newton. Gallery Row’s location also
Three guys and one girl took on the challenge. Chi Phi member Matt Miller was victorious. He devoured all 30 wings in a matter of minutes. Owner Chad Houck decided to offer more than just good food and drinks in order to entice locals and college students to come to the Pub. “[There’s] something fun going on every night,” said Houck of the abundance of activities that he and his staff orchestrate. These events often prove successful for the establishment, as was seen on Thursday night when the Pub filled with curious patrons interested in witnessing the contest. It can also be a little overwhelming to new staff that are still learning the ropes. When asked about some of the events going on at the Pub, new
manager Cherry M c D o n a l d admitted, “[It’s] only my third day.” “Our goal is to mix it up,” said Houk on his plan to present several different types of events throughout the week. Trivia night is offered in the downstairs dining room on Tuesday and Wednesday Winner Matt Miller nights in addition(right). to live acoustics. Karaoke is a big crowd pleaser and restaurant patrons can belt out their favorite tunes in front of a crowd on Monday and Tuesday
complements the coffee shop. Since it resides in Adamson Square, “there are always people around, whether they are getting coffee or not,” said Newton. Patrons visit the shop to work, study, or relax. Gallery Row provides Wifi, so many customers bring their laptops. Located close to campus, it is easily accessible for a quick stop before classes or a long break in between. One can enjoy a cup of coffee while wandering the square or pick up a beverage on the way home. Whether it is to hold a study session, relax with friends or stop in for a caffeine fix, Gallery Row is a hotspot for UWG students.
Hot wings heat up business at the Irish Bred Pub Kelly Newton
Staff Writer email@example.com Thursday night, Sept. 24, loud music was not the only noise coming from the Irish Bred Pub as they hosted a hot wing eating contest. This contest is just one of many activities presented by the Pub to drum up more business. With a plethora of restaurants located on Adamson Square, it can be difficult to draw big crowds every night. Cheering and clapping was heard around the Square as bar patrons cheered on four brave souls. These four tackled the challenge of being the first person to finish an entire basket of thirty wings. There one rule and it was simple--the first person to eat all 30 wings on his or her plate was the winner. The prize was a $100 gift card for the Pub.
Photo by Kelly Newton
(left) with rival contestant Will Smith
nights. Houck encourages anyone with a good voice to participate in the karaoke contests on Tuesday See
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Recipe of the Week BCM offers The Blend free with Danielle Davidson This banana bread is so rich, moist and chocolatey that it’s really more like cake without frosting than bread. It’s a simple recipe sure to please any sweet tooth enthusiast.
Photo by Maggie Hills
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread ¾ c. sugar 1 ½ c. bananas ¾ c. oil 2 eggs 2 c. self-rising flour
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Blendconveniently located at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries across from the Academic Quad- is a coffee house and Baptist music ministry, where anyone “can meet some people that you haven’t met before and unwind [from] the week,” said UWG student Jessica Folds. The Blend boasted a family reunion vibe as people conversed and took pictures of one another. It was apparent that everyone knew each other as they shared smiles, laughter, and handshakes. New comers were welcomed with open arms by people who refreshingly smiled with their hearts rather than their teeth, and complementary drinks and desserts were offered. The music of choice was the acoustic guitar, and anyone who could play was welcomed to join in.
At the meeting on Sept. 24, a visitor from LaGrange entertained the crowd with serene covers of John Mayer songs. UWG junior and Head of Discipleship Mitch Felker explained the purpose of The Blend. “[It] is to reach out to our campus, because we can stay in here all we want and become better Christians all at once. Jesus Christ told us to make disciples of all nations, so we are supposed to be sent out, to bring the campus to the blend and hopefully get people involved in our ministry.” Originally founded by the Georgia Baptist convention, which is the head of all the Baptist churches in the state, the BCM exists so the local Baptist churches can have an arm to the college campus with worship services on Tuesday nights. The Georgia Baptist Convention funds the building, making the
building and the parking lot private property and therefore unaffiliated with the university. They are directly affiliated with the Baptist churches within the Carrollton area, directly sponsored and held accountable by them “It’s not like we are doing our own thing. The local churches are holding us accountable for everything that we do [and] our theology. [They make] sure we are being biblical in ministry, being faithful in scripture, being faithful to evangelism and all the areas the bible talks about,” said Felker. If you’re one of many that are skeptical of false profits and hypocritical ministries, this organization is a great peer oriented ministry they encourage students to become a part of with no pressure. For those interested in participating in more events hosted by the BCM, they can attend the free dinner served on Friday evenings at 7 p.m.
1 c. chocolate chips 2 t. vanilla extract ½ t. baking powder ½ t. salt
Mix all ingredients and bake at 325 in greased loaf pan until bread pulls from the sides of the pan, approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Take out of pan after cooling for 10 minutes, then cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes.
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open is to all University of West Georgia art students. One of their main missions is to establish unity within the different art department concentrations in addition to the encouragement of friendship, growth, and success within the University of West Georgia’s art student body. It is their goal to be involved in the support of the local community and other student organizations. By offering fun exhibition and networking opportunities, and social events, such as art sales and movie nights, Art Student Union strives to build each other up as artists, regardless of concentration. The University of West Georgia Art Student Union meets every other Monday evening at 6:30pm in Humanities 303. For more information about Art Student Union at the University of West Georgia, you can contact Rachel Guest at From Page 10 firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit nights because he will choose six their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/ people from Tuesday Karaoke Night UWGArtStudentUnion. to perform in an upcoming American Idol type contest. The chosen six will perform two or three songs and the crowd will be asked to vote for their favorite. The winner of the karaoke contest will win $300 in cash. The Pub is always open to the college crowd on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Thursday and Saturday nights offer a DJ with no cover charge, and on Friday nights the Pub has a live band. For football fans, one can find the games being played on the many television sets surrounding the bar. To sweeten the deal, Houck offers discounts on wing baskets during any college football game. The Pub stands apart from other restaurants on Adamson Square by offering something for everyone, and under Houck’s management there is always something going on at the Pub. fast train.” The band has covered “The Letter” since their first shows, and over time it has gone from being a punk rock cover that almost comes across as a novelty song--like The Dickies used to do--to being a welldone nod to a classic. An interesting note on this one is the Alex Chilton connection. Chilton was in The Box Tops, and he was also in Big Star, whose song “September Gurls” was covered by The Carbonas and, more famously, The Bangles. Check out G.G. King. They along with The Stolen Hearts, Customers and Barreracudas are one of the best Atlanta bands to debut this year.
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“But by the second day I felt better it didn’t affect me as much” The first stretch of kayaking was only supposed to take a of couple hours, but it soon turned into an all-afternoon ordeal when the weather agitated the sea currents, and many felt under par. After beaching for the second time, the last stretch of kayaking for the day included kayaking across the opening of an inlet. “I didn’t think I could do it, I almost considered just staying behind,” said Woodcock. Lucky everyone felt the determination to cross over opening to the island that contained fort McRee. After trudging through colonies of jellyfish all managed to dock successfully on the island and set up camp accordingly. Most pitched in for a satisfying potluck dinner. Over all it was a restful
night on the beach, apart from the occasional squawking of the great blue heron, and the distant music playing at other campsites down the beach. On day three, the group all started the morning with a walk along the beach collecting shells and catching photo opportunities. When everyone reunited it was time to finish kayaking the last stretch, through the Inter-Coastal-WaterWay before the journey home. “So who is up for the backpacking trip next weekend?” asked Mostowy in regards to the cheap back packing trip this coming weekend. To experience an adventure of a lifetime, contact Campus Recreation at 678-839-6617, surf the website at http://www.uwgintramurals.org/, or become a fan on the Facebook page University of West Georgia Campus Recreation.
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