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Volume 62 - Issue 11

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Students protest budget cuts at Capitol

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Arts & Entertainment

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Review: Temple Grandin

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Students form colleges and universities across Ga. gather on the Capitol steps to protest Ga. Legislative budget cuts.

Krystal Horne

Staff Writer AJAquarius@gmail.com On the morning of Monday, March 15, students from colleges and universities across Ga. came together for a rally at the Georgia Capitol to protest against budget cuts. “This partially disproves the stereotype that the UWG is apathetic when it comes to student involvement!” said freshman Geography and Spanish major Dillon Shaffer. “It made me have more UWG pride.” Several weeks ago, the Georgia

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legislature informed the University System of Georgia to take a $300 million cut. Of that $300 million, UWG’s share was $8.1 million. With only two days to react, UWG president Dr. Beheruz Sethna outlined a plan, which included, among other cuts, elimination of about 80 faculty positions, close to 60 staff positions and about four university police positions. “I was happy that at least some cared enough to protest,”said Shaffer. The rally was a culmination of events, including smaller-scale rallies, phone-a-thons and countless letter-writing campaigns to Georgia

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Pell Grant now available for summer Shaleha Mitchem

Staff Writer smitche8@my.westga.edu U.S. senators have made the Pell Grant available for students who choose to enroll in classes during the summer semester to promote acceleration of graduation. The new program is called Year Round Pell. The decision affects every university in the nation. Some colleges have already received the Pell Grant during summer because their summer semester is the first semester in File photo their 2009-2010 year. Since summer

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legislators. “It was so wonderful to see students get motivated, mobilized and mature about a cause,” said Lauren Womack, senior marketing major. The day began with a short briefing by SGA presidents from all USG institutions at Hurt Park in downtown Atlanta, followed by a march to the Capitol and concluded with a smaller rally back in Hurt Park. “I felt more involved [and] it made me realize how unified the University System of Georgia can be,” said

semester is the last semester in the UWG aid year, students will first have the opportunity to receive the grant this summer. Students have to be Pell eligible in order to receive the Year Round Pell. The summer aid review will be available March 29 on banweb, and will have more information about the requirements for the Year Round Pell program. With many summer applications at UWG, the financial aid office is sure to be busy. “We will look individually at each See

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Weekly Weather Forecast Today

Partly Cloudy, High 74 Thursday

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Spring Break might be over, but spring sure isn’t.

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Poetry Night: Poet Kathy Fagan, Dr. Katie Chaple

Lindy Oller

Staff Writer loller1@my.westga.edu Those who came to the poetry reading on Wednesday, March 17 had the opportunity to hear a poetry reading from poet Kathy Fagan and Dr. Katie Chaple. The setting was intimate, with dim lighting. It was similar to being in a coffee shop, offering the option to sit at a chair or at a table. Angie Estes, author of four books of poetry, was originally scheduled to read her poetry along with Kathy Fagan, but her flight was cancelled, and she was not able to come. Chaple, a professor of creative writing at UWG, was able to fill in for Estes. Chaple read a total of eight poems. The first, “Monologue of an Assassin,” described the life of an assassin. Her poems centered on the theme of death. Her second poem was called, “What the dead do,” a description of the afterlife. Her third poem, “Returning Madame Bovary,” was comical, Poet Kathy Fagan signs her works for UWG students. Her first poem was called “Saloon while her fourth poem, “Gatsby This poem was also comical, with a description of Nancy Drew and how Pantoum.” In her book, she writes dies” described the author’s death. she solves crimes. a lot of her poems as a pantoum, Chaple’s fifth poem was called “Pretty When Chaple had finished, Fagan which according to dictionary.com, is Little Rooms.” This poem was about read poetry aloud from her latest book a Malay verse form consisting of an Francesco Petrarch, the creator of the of poetry entitled “Lip.” indefinite number of quatrains with sonnet. It described how his grave was Author of four books of poetry, the second and fourth lines of each dug up, and his skull was used as a Fagan is also a winner of the National quatrain repeated as the first and third bust. Poetry series. Her work has been seen lines of the following one. Chaple’s sixth poem was entitled The second poem she read was “Charlie Chaplin.” It described the in The Paris Review, The Colorado Review, The New Republic and many called “69.” This poem was set in famous actor, at a time when he entered other publications.She has received 1969, and described love and sex. a Charlie Chaplin impersonation fellowships from the Ingram Merrill “Ontology and the Platypus” followed, contest and won third place. His Foundation, the NEA and the Ohio a poem using foul language for effect seventh poem was called “Child Arts Council. to describe the Trojan War and a Actor,” a poem that described a day in Fagan currently teaches in the platypus. the life of a child actor. Her last poem The fourth poem she read was was called “the Nancy Drew poem.” MFA program at Ohio State University, where she is also the poetry editor for called “Butter.” This poem described The actual name of the poem, she said, “The Journal.” the relationship between Sandra Dee was called, “The Invisible Intruder.”

Announcements Wednesday March 31 Clothing Drive March 31 through April 2 Hosted by C.A.P.E. and the Women’s Studies Program. Clothes from the event will be donated to the Carroll County Emergency shelter. Drop bins will be located in the Pafford building on the second floor. Thursday April 1 Happy April Fools Day! “Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks: African Americans and the politics of hair” Campus Center Ballroom 1p.m. Hosted by the Department of English and Philosophy, Office of Institutional Diversity, and the African Studies program. Alumni Dr. Neal Edges returns to West Georgia to share his achievements and experiences. SAC Celebration of Womanhood Campus Center Ballroom 6p.m. Women’s history month may be over, but this campus has more than its fair share of ladies. Learn about what it means to be a woman and embrace the female power. Crime Awarness Town Hall Meeting Campus Center Ballroom (108.1) 7:30pm

Questions or concerns about campus safety? Get those questions answered by Police Chief Tom Mackel, Chief Joel Richards and our new SGA

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and Bobby Darin. Her fifth poem, “Three Becoming Spring,” described pain and heartache. “Spam” was a poem about spam subject headings. Fagan’s seventh poem was called “Love poem to my house,” about a house that Fagan lived in for almost 15 years. Her poem mentioned nostophobia, the fear of returning home. Her final poem was called “Road Memorial,” a poem that described death and crucifixes on the road that symbolize a resting place for those who have passed on. On March 29, “The Eclectic,” UWG’s literary journal, will be having a party for the 2010 release at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

President and Vice President. Get involved! Even if you do not have questions come and see what your peers are buzzing about.

2nd Annual Music and Film Festival

Friday April 2 Physics Demo Night: Vortex

This is a two day event showcasing student film makers and musicians. Baby Baby and Treehouse Talk are set to perform. Also, come and find out the winners of the 48 hour film race. Its free and open to all students!

Boyd Lecture Hall 7p.m. FREE! Did you miss the last science show? Want another chance to see some awesome science phenomena? Come to this show and see some cool stuff! The display will cover subjects such as tornadoes, smoke rings, space and so much more! Monday April 5th

Campus Center Ballroom 5p.m.

UWG’s Best Dance Crew Campus Center Ballroom 6p.m. Registration Schedule, provided by the Fall 2010 Scoop

UWG’s first annual Drag Idol

Current Seniors – Apr. 5

Campus Center Ballroom 8p.m.

Current Juniors social security numbers (ss#) ending in 50-99 – Apr. 6

That’s right, drag show! The kind where men dress like divas and women get manly. This event is hosted by Lamda, and Residence life. All students are encouraged to get up on stage and flaunt their other half. Judges will be present to pick out the best Drag Queen and King. This is an event for everyone, make it fun! Sunday April 4 Happy Easter! Enjoy the one day a year eating candy can be a religious experience.

Current Juniors ss# ending in 00-49 – Apr. 7 Current Sophomores ss# ending 50-99 – Apr. 8 Current Sophomores ss# ending 00-49 – Apr. 9 Current Freshmen ss# ending 25-49 – Apr. 12 Current Freshmen ss# ending 50-74 – Apr. 13 Current Freshmen ss# ending 75-99 – Apr. 14 Current Freshmen ss# ending 00-24 – Apr. 15

Last day to send film entries for the film festival to PO box 10137 in a data disc. E-mail uwgfilm@gmail.com for information.

Open registration – Apr. 16-23 *E-mail UWGpaper@gmail.com to get your event posted

Tuesday April 6

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UWG Multicultural Fest brings cultures together

Krystal Horne

Staff Writer AJAquarius@gmail.com On Thursday, March 18, many different cultures came together under one roof as UWG held WestGA fest, a multicultural festival. The festival, whose theme this year was “Multicultural Partnership in Action,” kicked off its first festival in the Campus Center ballroom and patio outside. “I wish more students attended the festival, because it was really interesting,” said president of UWG CaribSA, Leandra Parks. Hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and the Anthropology Department, the festival was one of OID’s signature programs. The main idea behind the festival

was to foster cultural diversity on campus and build partnerships with the various external multicultural communities. “I really liked the DJ outside, because he played a variety of music,” said Parks. Besides food, the festival consisted of several and activities, including cultural displays, entertainment, and various performances. “I thought the festival was great, especially the food,” said senior Mass Communications major, Larissa Sawyer. “I [also] liked the DJ who was playing music outside.” One attention-grabbing event was a group of dancers who performed a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, one which wished the audience a Happy Chinese New Year towards the end. Another exciting event was the Native American dance that included

a performance of a Native love song on a traditional Native American instrument. “I liked the festival, but I would suggest adding more Native American activities, such as dances,” said sophomore Computer Science major, Tyrone Edwards. The performance also gave some UWG students, faculty, and staff a chance to participate in a Native American dance. “My favorite part was participating in the Native American dance,” said Edwards. Another fun event was the “Paint like Pollock” booth, which was located outside on the Campus Center patio. The booth hosted by volunteers of UWG’s Art Student Union taught students, faculty, staff, and even special guests from a local elementary

school how to paint via the technique that made Jackson Pollock famous. Another aspect of the festival was the different cultural displays inside the Campus Center ballroom, including UWG CaribSA, the university’s Caribbean Student Association. With poster displaying information from different countries, such as the Bahamas, St. Lucia, and Jamaica, the newly-returned organization also shared some of its cultural delicacies with attendees, such as star fruit, papaya, a coconut balls, and mango. Overall, it seems that the first Multicultural Festival was a hit. Hopefully, next year’s festival will be bigger and even better. “I hope next time, they add more food and representatives from different countries and cultures,” said Sawyer.

UWG the real world: Let’s talk about sex

Ashley Armstrong

Staff Writer aarmstr2@my.westga.edu Sex is a topic that seems to spark conversation among college students – every time the subject of sex is brought up, conversations spark into heated discussions and debates, often times becoming a battle of the sexes. There are numerous pros and cons to take into consideration when deciding to have sex. According to Web MD, there are many benefits from having sex twice a week. It can relieve stress, burn calories (30 minutes of sex burns approximately 85 calories), boost immunity by giving you a higher level of antibodies, improves cardiovascular health, boost selfesteem, improve intimacy, reduces pain with endorphins, reduces the risk of prostate cancer, strengthens pelvic floor muscles, and can help you sleep. However, there are negative effects to having sex. Condoms aren’t 100 percent effective in the prevention of STDs including genital herpes, chlamydia and syphilis, and there is always the risk of unwanted From

pregnancy. One in five Americans over the age of 12 have herpes and one in two sexually active youths will contract an STD by age 25. However, despite the statistics, 95 percent of people have sex before marriage. A notebook was recently sent around on-campus, where students anonymously wrote down the number of sexual partners that they have had, and the men were more willing to write down their number than the women. Women tended to feel that others would find out their answer. “How do I know you won’t try to look at my number?” an anonymous University of West Georgia female student asked. Some women also felt that the information was too personal to share with another person, even anonymously. “That number is going to the grave with me,” said a female student and senior. Only two men were reluctant to write down their number, only agreeing to do so when promised anonymity.

After the results were taken, the average number of sexual partners for UWG females was 2.5, and the average number of sexual partners for males was 13.3. The mode for females was zero and the mode for men was 30. However, if females on average are sleeping with 2.5 males, then who are the males sleeping with? Is someone lying? Many discussions were held about the topic of sex and the “double standard.” Many women think it is unfair and sexist to label females as “whores” and not men, when both may have a large amount of sexual partners. “Girls who [have had a high amount of sexual partners] are looked at as ‘easy,’ and men with a higher number are just looked at as being all about sex,” said student Roderick Bolton. “It’s not possible for dudes to be easy.” Fellow student Bernard Rosemond agreed. “In general, a very sexually active male will not be considered a ‘ho,’ unlike a female,” said Rosemond.

Female students are also aware of this double standard. “Men tend to get more positive feedback when they have a high number of sexual partners,” said Chantelle Edwards, student. “They are just considered ‘macs’, ‘pimps’ and even cool – while women are considered easy.” But what is the standard? How many sexual partners is too many? Is there a particular number? “I don’t think the number matters, as long as you have had a relationship with them,” said student Jordanna Christie. The notebook also revealed another surprising truth. Several zeros lined the column of sexual partners, contradicting the popular belief that ‘everyone’ has done it. “It’s a stereotype that everyone in college is having sex,” said Ashley Knight. Other students agreed that multiple partners may not be for everyone. “[Our] society today is corrupted, and it really is okay to save yourself for marriage,” said student Erica Lester.

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Shaffer. Along with professors and other supporters, students marched with groups such as the USG Students for Quality Education, which is led by SGA presidents, and the Georgia Students for Public Higher Education, a grassroots coalition with chapters across the University System of Georgia. Armed with signs and enthusiasm, students marched, chanted and proudly showed off their signs. “I felt an overwhelming sense of school pride seeing students energized and confident that they could make a difference,” said Womack. Some of the chants included “Stop Budget Cuts,” “Hey, Hey! Ho Ho! Budget cuts have got to go!” and what to do when “Education is under attack,” to which the crowd of protestors answered back: “Stand up, fight back!” “I would’ve never imagined that protesting could send a rush energy through you!” said Shaffer. “I just hope that [the] protest makes some sort of impact in the legislature’s decision.” Some of the signs were simple statements, such as “Stop Budget Cuts,” and others included more creative statements, like “Hungry, Hungry, Chancellor”, “Raise Hell, Not Tuition” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia to Steal Education.” “I felt that the message was strongly received by the legislators From

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student to see if they are eligible for Pell,” said Janice Balte, quality assurance coordinator for financial aid. Financial aid will be evaluating three types of students: those who are eligible under the old program regulations, students who are eligible under new program regulations and students who are eligible under both regulations. “The new Pell Grant is very

and that our efforts paid off,” said Womack. As students from colleges and universities across Georgia stood on the Capitol steps, professors, students, and some state representatives, such as DuBose Porter, spoke on the

complicated to understand, and we are still working on a way to explain it to students.” said Balte. Under the old program, a student had a maximum award amount, and once it was reached the student’s Pell Grant ended. Now under the new program, students enrolled full time (12 or more hours) in the fall and spring semesters and who will enroll in the summer semester for a minimum of six hours are eligible to receive the grant. The 2011 summer Pell Grant’s

need to keep up the fight for higher education. Overall, the rally served its purpose of pleading with state legislators to change their mind, or at least reconsider and look for alternative actions.

requirements differ, because it will include completed hours, not hours enrolled. Students will also have to demonstrate academic acceleration. “In addition, we will also look at FAFSA,” said Balte. She also plans to put the requirements for the summer 2011 semester out during the fall semester. “With the recession not as many people have summer jobs,” Balte said. “So they’ll say, since I can’t work this summer, why don’t I take summer classes?”

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“It felt amazing!” exclaimed Womack. “I loved seeing students from every background, from different organizations, and from every classification come together to support each other in a very important cause.” Students are also excited about the new program, including Jacques Johnson, a UWG junior, who doesn’t normally attend summer classes. “Since I heard that the Pell grant will be available I’m thinking about it,” said Johnson. The budget cut will not affect the new program. “The government has not cut the budget on financial aid,” said Balte. Students will be able to see if they are qualified when they each receive their award letter.


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Spending $6.50 with Grant: Temple Grandin

Grant Wallace

Distribution Manager gwallac2@gmail.com “My name is Temple Grandin. I’m not like other people. I think in pictures and I connect them.” This week I bring to you a unique story about how a woman with autism single-handedly revolutionized the way that cattle are slaughtered for meat. The biopic film focused around Temple’s life and her curious fixation with a cow’s “moo.” Claire Danes (“Igby Goes Down,” “Stardust”) does a magnificent job portraying the autistic activist and her many innovative accomplishments. The film begins with Temple visiting her aunt’s ranch for the summer where she first becomes interested in cows. She becomes engrossed with the method of which the cattle ranchers tame the cows. The cows were corralled into a metal machine that would essentially hug them to calm their nerves. Amazed at how the cows responded to the cold machine, Temple decided to try it herself after experiencing one of her many panic attacks (causes ranging from ceiling fans being overly loud to almost anything imaginable). What I enjoyed most about the film was how everything was literally based on the true story; there were no fabrications whatsoever. Accordingly, Temple would later go on to invent her own hugging machine which has now become widely used and recognized

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in the autism community. The unique contraption simply squeezes the body with the pull of a lever with the intended purpose of  calming and relaxing its inhabitant. Although I wasn’t aware of Temple’s accomplishments beforehand, it’s truly staggering the amount of the public’s awareness and awards she’s achieved. Among the handful of televisions, magazines and newspapers she’s been featured in for her work with the livestock industry, she received her Ph.D. in animal science, is a best-selling author, has gained over 30 national awards and is currently teaching on livestock behavior at Colorado State University. Grandin is best known for her ground-breaking re-invention of the corral, which is now implemented in over half of all cattle-slaughtering ranches. The fascinating corral sweeps and bends to keep the cattle moving in a stress free and orderly line to help them not focus on their inevitable death. What I enjoyed most about the film, other than the factual storyline, was the clean humor and interesting perspective that director Mick Jackson presented. His funny flashbacks and thinking-in-picture techniques were all in good humor so the viewer didn’t feel like they were laughing for the wrong reasons. “Temple Grandin” debuted on HBO last month, and is currently on DVD pre-order for anyone interested in watching.

ACROSS

5. Sunday, April 4 is _______. 6. Thirty minutes of this activity burns approximately 85 calories. 7. This individual overcame autism 8. _________ took the photo of the week. 9. Yogurt Fluff has how many calories per serving? 10. What does Carrollton "need"? 11. Who will be playing at the Alley Cat April 16? 12. What did Coach Craig Rodin do? 14. How's hiring writers and photographers?

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1. What were students protesting on the Ga. Capitol steps? 2. This poet visited UWG 3. He will be the SGA president for 2010-2011. 4. This grant recently became available for summer aid. 13. About how many faculty positions could be cut, according to Sethna? Provided by Christina Thompson

Recipe of the Week Yogurt Fluff with Maggie Hills

With only 60 calories a serving, this fluff is a smart way to indulge. Serve in decorative dishes for special occasions.

*Makes 5 servings

3/4 cup boiling water 1 pkg. Gelatin dessert, any desired flavor 1/2 cup cold water Ice cubes 8 ounces Low fat vanilla yogurt 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional) Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice cubes to make 1 cup. Add to gelatin, stirring until slightly thick. Remove ant remaining ice cubes. Stir in yogurt. Pour into five containers and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours.

If you have a favorite recipe, send it to Maggie at uwgpaper@gmail.com for her to review.

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Sunday Live bandsMellow Mushroom

Monday Game nightLast Call

Free Poker at 2 Nerd Night- The p.m.- The Mansion Alley Cat

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Tuesday

Trivia 9 p.m.Last Call Radical Trivia 9:30 p.m.- Alley Cat Poker 7 p.m. and karaoke 10 p.m. The Den

Carrollton

Wednesday

Open Mic. NightLast Call Trivia and Live AcousticsThe Irish Bred Pub Open Mic. NightAlley Cat Trivia 8 p.m.- The Den Karaoke 9 p.m.Mellow Mushroom

Thursday

Friday

“Last Call” Thursdays Live D.J. or bandsw/ live D.J. - Last The Pub Call Live D.J.’sThe Den D.J. Kell - The Irish Live D.J.- The Bred Pub Mansion Live DJ -The Den

April 16- BABY BABY at the Alley Trivia 8:30-9 p.m.- Cat 10 pm Mellow Mushroom

Saturday Live bandsThe Den Live bandsThe Irish Bred Pub Tree House TalkThe Alley Cat


Speak up!

Surely the student body has something to complain about. The West Georgian wants to hear your thoughts on anything and everything happening on campus. Send comments with title “Rant and Rave� to uwgpaper@westga. edu, or comment on our website, thewestgeorgian.com.


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment, United States Constitution

As Seen By Maggie Hills Editor-in-Chief

It’s ridiculous that Carrollton, a college town, doesn’t have a Starbucks. Yes, Bella Coffee and Gallery Row cover the scene, but they just about cover it. Although I feel supporting local businesses is great, I still think if I’m paying for something—be it coffee or car repairs—it should be of quality. This rant stems from an experience I had at Bella last Monday. Short for time and in need of a major caffeine boost, I bustled into Bella—my formerly favorite Carrollton coffee joint. While served promptly by a brand-new employee and greeted by the friendly old-time employee, the

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end result was disastrous. Blended drinks being my standard beverage of choice, my blended latte was more water and ice than milk and coffee. It was almost devoid of taste. So, my $4.65 drink was hardly worth my time or money. That said, let me be fair: the employee was new and I have had good lattes there before. But that’s precisely my point. If they can make a good latte once, they should be able to make it again. After all, it’s just a recipe—which brings me to my point about Starbucks. No matter which Starbucks I go to, I get the same Java Chip Frappacino every time. It’s not that I love Starbucks and hate all others. I just want to know that when I’m shelling out five bucks for a 16-ounce drink that I’m going to get what I want.

Rant and Rave -Walking bare foot does not make loud noises. Don’t bang on my ceiling! -Grow up and tell your parents what you want for your life! -Why is it so cold? It’s like Mother Nature knows Spring Break is over. -Why did I have to pay a $15 fee to the Bursar’s Office and no one else I know did? -If we get more and more students coming each semester, where’s that tuition money going? Send Rants or Raves to uwgpaper@gmail.com with subject line “Rant & Rave.”

Students elects Curtis 2010-11 SGA president Letter from Curtis to student body

Photo provided by Fredrick Curtis

To the student body at the University of West Georgia, I would like to preface this letter by thanking you all for giving me the opportunity to serve you as your next SGA President. It is with great humility and an even greater sense of responsibility that I prepare to take office. Weeks ago, I ran for president

on a slogan that came to be known as “Stand Up”, and after working so hard to gain your trust and support, that is precisely what I intend on doing for each and every one of you during my time as President. You can rest assured that your voice will always be heard to the leaders and administrators on this campus. Furthermore, I intend to help make this university the place we all know it can be, by tapping into the potential of all the students here on campus, not just a select few. My goals include extending/moderating the hours of the Z-6, making the bus routes and times more efficient, extending bus service to the weekends, sponsoring more educational, social, and recreational events through SGA, and bringing about the proper awareness and support of the many resources and organizations present here at West Georgia.

In addition to that, the long-term goals of a student government under my guidance and leadership will be to gain more office space for prominent student organizations, reaching out and uniting with SGA’s across the state and particularly in the metro Atlanta area, and tapping into the unprecedented potential of 11,000 smart, active, and goal-oriented individuals by beginning a campaign through the Student Government Association that focuses on the needs and desires of the student body, not just the administration or elected officials. With that said, it should be noted that all of the items I mentioned are goals, and I cannot promise you that any of them will happen. What I will promise you is that every day I am blessed to be your SGA President, I will fight for the values and items that are most important to you, and do my best to ensure that you are

properly represented regardless of the circumstance. I promise that I will always listen to your concerns and suggestions, and not simply brush them off until the next time we meet. I promise that I will do my best to be a prominent figure on campus that reaches out to all students, in all organizations, regardless of their academic success, Greek affiliation, sexual orientation, religion, or any other item that pits us against one another, rather than bringing us closer together. I promise to truly be a President that works for the best interest of you. Thank you once again, and I look forward to serving you not only this year, but in the years to come as well. God bless. Fred Curtis Student Body President-Elect

Man on the Street Are you pro-choice or pro-life and why? Christina Thompson

Staff Writer Cthomp11@my.westga.edu

Photo by Christina Thompson

Jasmine P: “I’m definitely prolife because I don’t believe in killing children but if it’s a risk to the mother or the child; but if it’s a risk to the mother or the child then that’s the only option in terminating the pregnancy.”

Durrand Robinson: “I’m pro-life because I am a Christian and believe in certain values. The bible says you shouldn’t kill and that [abortion] would be killing. Also I already consider sex before marriage a sin so I wouldn’t want to make 2 mistakes.” Photo by Christina Thompson

Photo by Christina Thompson

Deidre Etheridge: “Umm I’m definitely pro-life. I don’t think i9t’s right for a child to be killed and they not even have a choice. If she [the mother] is not able to take care of the child, then there are other options.”

Photo by Christina Thompson

Brittany Pernell: “I am mostly prolife. When the baby is aborted; I feel you essentially kill a life. I do believe in extreme cases that abortion is acceptable like if the mother’s life is in danger.”

Just Vance: “It depends on the situation. I’m prolife for teenagers and college student; if you make the choice to have sex, you have to deal with the consequences. I’m pro-choice for victims of rape or incest where they can’t help the situation.” Photo by Christina Thompson


Sports

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Coach Roden resigns from women’s basketball

Cass Carter

Sports Editor cccarter23@gmail.com The University of West Georgia’s athletic director Darryl Dickey announced on Tuesday, March 23, that women’s basketball coach Craig Roden would be moving on to a new job, ending his 13-year tenure. “We thank Coach Roden for all of his service and direction at UWG and in the community,” said Dickey. “He has not only been a great leader for women’s basketball, but for the athletic department and the university

as a whole.” Roden’s departure comes after a 10-17 season with the Wolves, and comes at the end of his thirteenth year of being the coach with the most wins in UWG Women’s basketball history, with a record of 197-180. “We are excited for Coach Roden, but are equally excited about the direction of the women’s basketball program and the athletic department overall at West Georgia,” Dickey said. “We are moving in the right direction as a department and I believe that big things are about to occur in Carrollton.”

Saints break Wolves, 7-3

Roden leaves UWG to take on a position as head coach at his alma mater, the University of West Alabama. There, he served as assistant coach from 1978-80, and then as head coach from 1984-87. Roden came to UWG in the spring of 1996, taking the then 0-26 program and whipping it into shape to grab an 8-18 season in the following year. Dickey stated that he and the women’s basketball search committee are to immediately begin looking nationwide for a new UWG head coach.

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Ross Johnson

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Mark Ellison

Staff Writer melliso1@my.westga.edu Entering into spring vacation early last week, the University of West Georgia Wolves’ baseball team could not seem to catch a break in ending their six-game losing streak, instead falling to the visiting 16th nationally ranked North Georgia College and State University Saints 7-3 on

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Tuesday. The Saints wasted no time marching around the bases when third baseman Jordan Erisman batted a double to center field in the first inning. He then scored another double hit by second baseman Andre Airich, putting the Saints up 1-0. The Saints doubled their score in the top of the third inning when leadoff hitter See

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The West Georgia Wolves were swept by a Mars Hill hit parade Wednesday afternoon, losing both games of a double-header at Cole Field. Scoring early and often, the Mars Hill College Lions soundly defeated West Georgia 11-5 in the first game and 7-1 in the second. The Wolves got off to a good start in game one. After surrendering a run in the top of the first, sophomore third basemen Brandon Behenna drove home two runs on a single to right center, giving West Georgia a one run lead. The Lions answered immediately in the top of the second, as right fielder Patrick Davidson hit a two-run homer clearing the center field fence to take a 3-2 lead. Junior catcher David Buchanan started things off for the Wolves in the bottom of the second with a single down the left field line. Buchanan advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt executed perfectly by senior second

baseman Alex Duhaime. Buchanan advanced to third on a ground out from senior designated hitter Michael Hornsby, and later scored on a wild pitch, tying the game 3-3. UWG starting pitcher Kegan Bailey finally settled in, as he didn’t allow any runs or hits over the next two innings. Unfortunately, the Wolves would also go hitless in the third and fourth innings. Bailey’s pitching success would be short lived, as he gave up a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to MHC left fielder Rusty Smith. Mars Hill extended their lead to 8-3, scoring three runs off of two hits in the top half of the sixth. West Georgia answered, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth off of an RBI single from Buchanan and balk run scored to narrow the lead to 8-5. Mars Hill put the nail in the coffin, scoring three more runs in the top of the seventh. The Wolves went three up and three down in the bottom of the seventh, losing by a final See

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Wolves blanked twice by #9 Alabama-Huntsville

Ross Johnson

Staff Writer ross.martin.johnson@gmail.com The West Georgia Wolves’softball team was over-powered by AlabamaHuntsville Saturday afternoon at University Field, losing both games in a double header 6-0 and 14-0. The number nine ranked Chargers’ lethal offense ripped through Carrollton like a category five tornado, destroying everything in their path. Alabama-Huntsville devoured the Wolves’ pitching, combing to score 20 runs off 22 hits in the two games. The Chargers’ pitchers matched the dominance of their potent lineup,

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blanking West Georgia in both games while only allowing 8 total hits. UWG starting pitcher Kate Gorczyca struggled to find her command of the strike zone early in game one. After loading the bases, Gorczyca walked home two runs in the top of the first giving UAH the early 2-0 lead. Her struggles continued in the top of the second. After loading the bases again, Gorczyca walked home another run giving the Chargers a 3-0 lead. Gorczyca surrendered another run in the top of the third before the Wolves showed their first sign of life offensively. West Georgia finally got a base runner in the bottom of the third, as

catcher Aubrey Biddle drew a walk. With two outs, center fielder Candice Brown ran out an infield hit advancing Biddle to second, giving the Wolves their first scoring opportunity of the game. After a wild pitch, Biddle advanced to third, and Brown advanced to second. The Wolves were unable to capitalize as left fielder Meagan Sitton fouled out on a tipped strike three. Brown made the defensive play of the game in the top of the sixth inning for West Georgia. With a runner at second, Brown scooped up a single in center field, turned and made a perfect throw to home, beating the runner by a step. With the game in hand, the Chargers added insult to injury as UAH center fielder Erin Duke belted a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to stamp a 6-0 victory. UAH pitcher Whitney Hawkins was sensational, pitching seven scoreless innings while only allowing three hits and striking out three batters. It was more of the same for the Wolves in game two as the Chargers jumped on them early. UWG starting pitcher Haley Dunn gave up six runs off four hits in the top of the first, including a grand slam and solo homerun. AlabamaHuntsville added a run in the second and third before scoring two more runs in the fourth, giving them a 10-0 lead. In jeopardy of losing by way the

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mercy rule, the Wolves needed to score runs in a hurry. West Georgia led off the bottom of the fourth with back-toback singles by third baseman Chrissy Rainwater and first baseman Kaley Sullivan. Again, the Wolves failed to capitalize on a great opportunity to score as the next three batters went down in order leaving two runners on base. The Chargers felt no pity for the Wolves, scoring four more runs on two hits and two errors in the top of the fifth. West Georgia went quietly in the bottom of the fifth managing to get one hit in the inning. The Wolves lost 14-0, and the game was over after five innings by way of the mercy rule. UAH starting pitcher Whitney Gilbert dominated the Wolves in game two, pitching five scoreless innings allowing only five hits and striking out five batters. UWG outfielders Meagan Sitton and Candice Brown went two for six in both games, accounting for four of the Wolves eight hits. West Georgia’s overall record fell to 10-24 and 0-6 in conference play. The Wolves will return to action in a double header at University Field on Tuesday, March 23 against Albany State. West Georgia will then travel to Dahlonega, GA on Wednesday, March 24 to take on the number one ranked North Georgia Saints in a double header.

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Erisman singled to left field. Another single by Airich sent Erisman over to second base. After Wolves starter Cory Watts struck out left fielder Chad Sage, centerfielder Kenny Bellavance brought Erisman home on a RBIsingle, putting the Saints up 2-0. After the third inning, Watts left the game with six hits, two runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. The Wolves quickly answered back in the bottom half of the third inning. Centerfielder Bradford Mattox led off the inning with a left field single. The next batter, right fielder From

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score of 11-5 in game one. The second verse was the same as the first for West Georgia, as Mars Hill jumped out to a big lead in game two. UWG starting pitcher Danny Beadling only lasted a third of an inning, giving up six runs off four hits and two walks. The Wolves surrendered a total of seven runs in the top of the first and never recovered. In the bottom of the second, West Georgia scored their only run

Ben Lillis, then advanced Mattox to second base with a single down the left field line. Saints’ starter Michael Patton walked the third batter, catcher David Buchanan, and loaded the bases. Designated hitter Michael Hornsby grounded out but advanced the runners a base, scoring Mattox for the RBI. Patton lost control of a pitch and Lillis scored from third base, tying the game 2-2. Patton was unable to regain his composure as he walked the next batter, right fielder Brett Wright, and threw another wild pitch, scoring Buchanan for the go-ahead run. Having lost the lead, Saints’ Coach Tom Cantrell pulled Patton after three of the game off a Nick Sperounis RBI single. UWG junior pitcher John Lees pitched brilliantly in relief of Beadling. Lees kept Mars Hill guessing, only giving up one run off four hits in six and two thirds innings. West Georgia’s overall record falls to 10-19 this season. They are back in action against North Georgia at 5 p.m. on March 23 at Cole Field. The Wolves will begin conference play with a three game home series at Cole Field against West Florida on March 27 and 28.

innings. The Wolves, however, were unable to capitalize defensively on their offensive momentum. In the top of the sixth inning, Saints’ shortstop Alan Fredericksson hit a single to right center field, and advanced to second base on a Wolves’ fielding error. A sacrifice bunt from the next batter moved Fredericksson over to third base. Following a walk and another ground out, Fredericksson scored to tie the game at 3-3. Aside from the unearned run, Wolves’ relief pitcher Toby Jordan surrendered five hits and only one walk while striking out three batters in his three inning stint. However, Jordan’s

successor, John Lees, experienced a much tougher afternoon. In the top of the eighth inning, Lees surrendered the go-ahead run on and RBI-double to Saints’ right fielder Craig Brisson. In the ninth inning, the Saints cemented their victory with an RBI-single from first baseman Troy Snitker and a two-run home run from designated hitter Denver Stovall. Lees finished the game with the loss 1-4, giving up five hits while walking only one batter and striking out three. Saints’ relief pitcher Andrew Wallace acquired the win, his season first. Saints’ closer Jacob Rickett earned the save, his season sixth.

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