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West Georgian A Public Forum Representing the Student Body of the University of West Georgia

Volume 62 - Issue 12


Students finalists in t-shirt design contest Gregory Lewis

Campus News

Staff Writer Four University of West Georgia students are finalists in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race T-shirt Competition Clint Samples, who teaches web design for the UWG Art Dept., requires his class to participate in the competition. Students are asked to create a logo that

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Arts & Entertainment

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New Bakery on Square

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Class registration Facebook: Lost of Carrollton

Kristy Hodge

Staff Writer

It’s that time again. The end of the semester is drawing near, and many students are planning how they’ll spend their summer away from campus. But first, they have to start thinking about next semester. That’s right -- it’s time to register for summer and fall courses already. After meeting with their advisors, students at the University of West Georgia register for classes on Banweb. There are several different ways to sign up for classes, and sometimes Banweb can be tricky and a little complicated to use, which can make the registration process stressful for students who are looking for specific courses. John Cyzycki, a sophomore theatre major, usually gets a friend to help him out.

“I like how the listing [on Banweb] is pretty pointblank,” Cyzycki said. “It’s very hassle-free and isn’t like a lot of application services that I’ve seen at other colleges, [but] the way it is set up is too monotonous for me.” Shannon Shelnutt, a sophomore management major agrees. “Banweb is like an ex,” said Shelnutt. “The thought of it is not that bad until you actually have to deal with it!” Wolf Watch, the school’s new advising and degree tracking system, has recently been made available for students and may make the registration process easier. With Wolf Watch, students are able to view a list of courses they still need to take to complete their degree while See

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Maggie, age 2.5, is available for adoption.

Michael Walls

Staff Writer Taylor Power Harrison, a University of West Georgia student, recently created the Lost Pets of Carrollton Facebook group, a student-

friendly way to try to get a pet home. Harrison realized that Facebook, a site that allows students to use social networking, is an ideal way to reach out to people who See

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Physics Demo brings studies to life

Lindy Oller

Staff Writer Dr. Ben de Mayo, professor of physics, recently gave a presentation at the Boyd Lecture Hall to explain what vortices are and to demonstrate what they can do. The audience mainly consisted of parents with young children, aged four to 12 years old. However, University of West Georgia students also attended.

De Mayo interacted with the audience, engaging the attendees with experiments, pictures and videos. The demonstration was sponsored by the Physics and Continuing Education Departments of UWG, and according to de Mayo, the physics department hopes to someday have a building with a planetarium, a 4D theatre and a lecture hall for presentations. “This would cost two See

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Tulips bloom by the dozen outside of the entrance to the Ingram Library.

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will be worn by 55, 000 people in the Atlanta area during the Peachtree Road Race. UWG finalists in this year’s competition are Allison Bennett, Jessica Gerjets, Hanna Kelley and Elizabeth Bounds. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 prize. Bennett said that the shirts take about a month to design, and each of them approaches the assignment in a different way. Gerjets and Bennett both sketched their ideas onto paper, while Kelley utilized water paint to formulate her design and Bounds employed help from online search engines. The final process for their designs was the movement of their drafts to the computer. Vote for designs by going to www.ajc. com/peachtree.

Culture shock: Words with many meanings

Michael Walls

include common nouns, common verbs and most function words such as pronouns, articles and prepositions. The different varieties of English do, however, use different words for things that are slightly less common. For example, the British use the word “crisps” to mean “potato chips,” Australians say “billabong” for “pond” and Canadians say “chesterfield” instead of “sofa.” It is even more common for the same word to exist with different meanings in different varieties of English. “Corn” is a general term in Britain, for what Americans call “grain”, while “corn” in the United States means a specific kind of grain. The word “pond” in England usually refers to an artificial body of water, whereas “pond” is also used to describe naturally occurring bodies of water in North America. The British say “chemist” instead of “drugstore,” and in Canada people go to the “druggist.” Germans use “body bag” for a big purse while Americans use “body bag” to refer to a bag for a dead body. “Handle” in South Korea is the same thing as a “steering wheel” in America. Also, in South Korea “hand phone”

Staff Writer Imagine, as an American, dating a person from another country, going with them to meet their parents and struggling to speak the family’s native language. This is exactly what happened to Kelly Williams, a friend of Dr. Rebecca Olive, a professor in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature. Williams was dating a Columbian man and they took a trip to Miami to visit his family. The whole family assembled in a room together to meet Williams and she blurted out, “Estoy embarazada,” which she assumed meant that she was embarrassed – but it actually translated to, “I am pregnant.” The smallest variation in a word can change its meaning entirely. Olive also explained that the Chevrolet Nova was not selling well in Mexico car dealerships. Perhaps it is because “no va” in Spanish translates to “it won’t go.” The most frequently used words are shared by speakers of different varieties of English. These words

Announcements Wednesday April 7 A Day of Civic Engagement Campus Center Ballroom, Events start at 2 p.m.

refers to a cellphone, and a laptop is called a “notebook.” Out of all the countries in the world most people say that German words are the most similar to English words. In German, to swim is “schwimmen.” The German word, “singen,” translates to sing in English. In German, to wash is “swaschen.” Even here in the Southern states, Americans have a different dialect than

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in the Northern states. For example, in the south, “Coke” refers to what northerners call “pop” or “soda.” So many different words with many different meanings can be found. The ethnicities might be different, but all nations share similarities in vocabulary. For more information, students may contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature located in Cobb Hall.

Brass Ensemble Dangle Theatre in Townsend Center 8:15 p.m. Conducted by Cale self, this ensemble is meant to showcase the students who have been working hard all semester to improve their talents. Admission is free.

The day includes involvement activities such as a Friday April 9 Volunteer Fair. The fair runs from 2-5 p.m. TV celebrity Judge Hatchett’s key note address, “A generation of Casino Night dreamers” starts at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Sophomore Year Experience Campus Center Ballroom 7 p.m. 2nd Annual UWG Film Festival TLC 1200 6:30 p.m.

A Weekend at West Georgia event. You may not be able to spend the weekend in Sin City, but this weekend it will feel like you’re there! Car-Sit-In

If you missed out on yesterday’s events don’t worry! Day two of this free film fest promises to be just as April 9 through 12 talent-packed. Outside the UCC from 8 a.m. to midnight Thursday April 8 Oh! So that’s what the signs on the library lawn are Golden Pack Awards! for… Enter for a chance to win a 32” flat screen TV. The only thing you have is be the last to sit in a Nissan Campus Center Ballroom 8 p.m. Cube or Altima. This event is sponsored by Association of Residence Halls and Relay for life. Annual event for students sponsored by the SAC. Students are awarded superlatives with special guest *E-mail to get your event Black Violin. posted

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million dollars,” de Mayo said. He first explained what a vortex is and what it can do. He began with an experiment in which he got a magnet to levitate, using a high temperature super conductor with liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen caused the HTSC to become cold, which made it lose its electrical resistance. This made the magnet levitate when it was put on the HTSC. However, magnets aren’t the only thing that can levitate. De Mayo showed the audience a video of a model train levitating while driving around a track. He explained that liquid nitrogen also has an effect on water. He demonstrated that when liquid nitrogen is poured into a bucket of warm, soapy water, the bucket overflowes with bubbles. Afterwards, he explained about the different types of vortices – they can be large, small, safe or dangerous. Tornados are an example of a vortex that can be large and dangerous. De Mayo showed examples of tornadoes to the audience, including a video clip from the movie “Wizard of

Whitney McCallum

Several “celebrities” were spotted on the University of West Georgia’s campus, and all of the sightings occurred during the Student Activities Council’s Celebration of Womanhood on April 2. Female students from all campus organizations were honored with awards named after female celebrities, based on that celebrity’s persona and image. Gina Loring opened the ceremony, performing songs from her new album and reading some of her poetry to the audience. She kept the crowd energized and kept them in a celebratory mood.

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they are actually registering online. In addition to Wolf Watch, UWG has a course bulletin available for students through the myUWG site under the “My Courses” tab. The course bulletin lists every class offered for each semester along course details. It also shows the available number of seats left in each class, which is helpful for students who are forced to track a course’s availability From

computer program called Starry Night Pro Plus that enabled the audience to see the galaxies, planets, constellations and the Andromeda galaxy. Towards the end of the night, there was a break for a door prize. Everyone filled out a survey, and when they were turned in, a name was chosen from the pile. The door prize

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was a book. De Mayo ended the night with breaking glass and a carbon dioxide extinguisher to explain the process of sublimation. The event was fun and educational for all attendees. The next physics demonstration will be on May 14, and will feature a presentation on Pluto.

SAC celebrates womanhood

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Oz.” He also talked about hurricanes. His examples included a picture of Hurricane Opal, a Doppler radar of Hurricane Katrina and a video of an airplane flying in the wall of the hurricane. There was also a video of a flame vortex in a museum. Other demonstrations included making smoke rings and a tornado tube. Smoke rings required an air cannon or a cardboard box and smoke. He simply pumped the air cannon and smoke rings floated out. He showed the audience that a tornado tube is a simple way to see a tornado. Attendees learned that a tornado tube requires two 2-liter bottles put together with one facing up and the other facing down. One bottle is filled with water. All it needs, he explained, is a little shake, and a tornado will begin to form. De Mayo told the audience that vortices can be found in space as well. Examples include the Great Red Spot in Jupiter, Dust Devils in Mars, the Great Dark Spot in Neptune, the Great White Spot in Saturn, and vortices on Venus. De Mayo also spoke about the accretion disk, which has to do with a black whole swallowing a star. He showed the audience a

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have lost pets. With 69 members and counting, the non-profit group is run entirely by volunteers and is a nonprofit organization. Although the group was recently created, the idea is rapidly catching on. The Lost Pets of Carrollton group posts pictures, information about the lost animals and other details that the owners hope users will need to identify their missing pet. Members

“I’m giving you all energy, so ya’ll give it back,” said Loring. Claps and snaps of approval in the audience were heard. Loring’s poetry and singing invoked a sense of sisterhood and the importance of advancing females in society. She urged the crowd to be conscious of everyday language that may reinforce stereotypes. “As women, we’re programmed to feel ‘less than,’” said Loring. “Don’t let other people box you in.” Among the poems that Loring read, one, entitled “Mamie,” referenced the struggle of AfricanAmerican women in the United States. Her poems centered around the role of women in various relationships. “Women tend to give our power away, limiting ourselves,” said Loring.

“We put our happiness in someone else’s hands.” She urged women to engage in a creative outlet to express emotions that are otherwise suppressed. “Write, paint, draw, whatever your thing is,” she said. After Loring’s performance, the SAC announced the winners of The Celebration of Womanhood’s many awards. Awards were named based on various influential women today including the Hilary Clinton Award, given to Tamirria Jackson for articulation and intelligence and the Sandra Bullock award, given to Sharde Holmes for being “Miss Congeniality and by brightening up the whole room with her smile.” Other winners included Ifeoma Okponyia for the Michelle Obama

award, Abagail Dawkins for the Oprah Winfrey award, Nika Baptist for the Halle Berry award, Jeannie Jean for the Angelina Jolie award, Jody Carter for the Rihanna award and Brittane Thames for the Chelsea Handler award. Thames, in true Chelsea Handler style, accepted her award with a comedic quip. “I pretty much knew I was going to win,” Thames said. Even those nominated were in the spirit of celebration, no matter the outcome of the awards. Kelsi DuChene, a nominee for the Rihanna award, had no complaints. “It was a surprise and an honor to even be nominated,” said DuChene. “I always try my best to look put-together and professional, just like Rihanna!”

until the day they are able to register. For English majors, the English Department has a special newsletter called “Footnotes,” published in the fall and spring. The newsletter lists all classes relevant to English majors and minors. Mary Kay McBrayer, an English major who will be graduating after this semester, preferred to use “Footnotes” when signing up for her classes. “I’d look at the [list of required

classes] to see what I still needed, write the stuff down from Footnotes and then go talk to my advisor to make sure I picked the classes that I needed to graduate,” she said. Another way students can complete the registration process is by clicking on the “look-up classes to add” option on Banweb. Students who choose this option can narrow down a search for classes based on which ones fit their needs. A drop-down menu allows them to select a specific

subject and course number, a specific professor and even which days of the week they prefer to take classes. The search is especially helpful when registering for the summer because it allows students to search for classes according to the session they are offered in. For questions regarding class registration, visit http://www.westga. edu/registrar, or the Registrar’s Office in Parker Hall. Registration will be complete on April 23 at 5 p.m.

also find lost pets, even ones in animal shelters, and post their pictures. When the animal is acknowledged by its owner, they are able to reunite. Lost Pets of Carrollton has a link to feed pets in need. When it is clicked, it takes the user to links where they are able to make donations simply by clicking. For example, one link is called With every click, the website’s sponsors donate to the Humane Society of the United States. The service is free, and users may click up to one time a day.

Students and members of the community can also post links for animal help or post a discussion about the site or about ways to help others find animals. Veterinary technician Chris Bishop mentioned several ways to protect pets from becoming lost. He gave tips on what owners can do to prevent this from happening. “Pet owners should make sure their pets are properly fenced in, make sure their collars are not worn down and control and secure your dog to its

proper area,” said Bishop. Bishop also mentioned several ways to secure an animal’s return if they become lost. He suggested that pet owners have a microchip inserted into their animals for the best security. Owners can also get their dogs tattooed. Tagging is very important for an animal’s timely return. “These are all relatively inexpensive and worth it for the secure comfort of a safe return of a beloved pet,” said Bishop.

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Piece of the Pie bakery, a piece of heaven

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Alissa Troutman

Staff Writer Stewart Tate is Carrollton’s newest renowned chef with the opening of his bakery, The Piece of the Pie, located in Adamson Square off of Maple Street. Tate has been making fine delicacies for years. He worked in Las Vegas as the pastry chef for the Palms, Monte Carlo and Sahara casinos. He has also worked at Disneyland and Seaworld. His cakes and desserts are even favored among many celebrities. The Piece of the Pie bakery opened on Feb. 4 and offers all occasion cakes, breads, breakfast pastries, teas, cheesecakes, brownies and cookies. The store proudly presents some of their most intricately designed cakes in the window of the bakery. Tate’s wife, Joan, helps with sales and catering at the bakery. She also has experience preparing food. “My mom worked as a garnache chef making ice sculptures” said Sharon Tate, Cake Consultation Coordinator. “She also made fruit baskets and vegetable bouquets.” Nathan Tate, their grandson, works as an apprentice to Stewart Tate and helps to make many of the desserts. The bakery also offers an Afternoon Tea where guest can meet and share a kettle of tea. They can also snack on mini-scones, which are English biscuits with raisins or blueberries. The guests can also

enjoy finger sandwiches that include cucumber and cheese as well as chicken salad. For dessert, guests can indulge with a mini éclair or cream puffs. The Afternoon Teas are $10 and are arranged by appointment. Children can also be accommodated at The Piece of the Pie. They can have their own tea parties and get the ultimate treatment for their birthday. They are given a mini-birthday cake and girls will get their hair and makeup done as well as gloves, a hat and a dress for their doll. According to Carrolltonmainstreet. com, children will also be given “invitations, party favors, cake and finger sandwiches. Also included are activities such as paper dolls and arts and crafts.” The most popular food for breakfast is a sausage roll, which contains Ground Boston Butt, a baked puff pastry. The most popular desserts include the Chocolate Pecan Pie, the Mini Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake and the Strawberry Frazziiere, the top selling cake. It includes whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The bakery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the spring and summer they are opened later and offer boxed lunches with salads and sandwiches. Catering is also available for baby and bridal showers. Catered food includes finger sandwiches, salads, quiche, mini sausage rolls and mini desserts such as éclairs, cookies and brownies.

The Piece of the Pie also has their own Facebook group where fans of the bakery can chat and network with each other as well as recommend favorite foods.

Recipe of the Week Tollhouse cookies

with Maggie Hills 6 oz. Softened butter Out of an British baking ½ cups sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla book, this cookie recipes 1 tsp. Baking soda yields soft, not crunchy cookies that stay that way for days.

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All in all, Tate’s bakery is an excellent place to go for a girl’s day outing or a birthday party. But mostly, Carrollton locals enjoy stopping by to savor “The Piece of the Pie” for themselves.

¾ cups soft brown sugar 2 eggs beaten 2 ¼ cups flour 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat. Add flour and soda and beat. Add chips and stir. Drop 1-inch balls of dough on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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

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Broken Bells: Supergroup lives up to the name

Colin Boddy

Staff Writer The term “supergroup” is defined as “a rock music group whose performers are already famous from having performed individually or in other groups.” Some examples of these would include Velvet Revolver, Monsters of Folk, and to an extent the heinous side project that included Linkin Park and Jay-Z. Indeed the word “super” shouldn’t be taken literally in all cases. But every once in awhile, a supergroup comes along that actually does justice to the term. The artists involved are able to put their egos aside and make great music. Such is the case with the indie supergroup know as Broken Bells. The band is comprised of super-producer Brian Burton (“Danger Mouse”), best known for his work in Gnarls Barkley and producing the last two Gorillaz albums, and James Mercer, the ethereal vocalist who shot to stardom with his band The Shins after it was featured in the movie “Garden State.”

These two seem quite unlikely collaborators, considering Danger Mouse’s hip-hop background and the fact that Mercer’s band is one of the more quintessential indie bands today. But the duo meshes together perfectly. Mercer’s squeaky-clean vocals are paired perfectly with Danger Mouse’s background beats. Their first CD, which was selftitled, was released March 10 and is a refreshing take on the music world’s future. Burton and Mercer understand the fear of stagnancy, and their album shows their reaction to it. Seconds into the first track entitled “The High Road,” it becomes obvious that the pair’s direction is like nothing they’ve done before. The music is bouncy, dance-y and bubbly, while maintaining Mercer’s gift for excellent lyrical content. The gift of this song is in the juxtaposition of the beat that makes the listener sway and move, while providing a trance-like tale that weaves a story involving drugs, love and the nostalgia of childhood. Mercer reminds us halfway through the song,

“’Cause they know, and so do I / The high road is hard to find,” apparently trying to make sense of his morality. While Mercer has taken a hard turn away from his sound that made him famous in The Shins, remnants of the minimalistic, band-structured songs glimmer within this CD too. In “Citizen,” Mercer returns to his roots, reminding us that many musical genres can live in harmony. While listening to the record I found myself comparing it to earlier Shins albums, but I realized that you can’t do that, that this is an entirely new sound to embrace. This self-titled CD is recommended for anyone into The

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Shins, the works of Danger Mouse or people who like music for that matter. It can be purchased anywhere CDs are sold.

Spending $6.50 with Grant: Micmacs à tire-larigot

Grant Wallace

Distribution Manager Once again, I feel like this review will need a preface, as I am fully aware that not everyone at this university is on par with my idealism of what I consider a great film. Director JeanPierre Jeunet has directed films such as “Delicatessen,” “The City of Lost Children” and “Amélie,” which won him the European Film Award for Best Director among the 51 other awards garnered for the film. “Amélie” is also number 44 on the Internet Movie Database’s top films of all time – right above “Wall-E.” So don’t think of this review for his new film, “Micmacs à tire-larigot” (‘Non-stop Madness’) as some avantgarde French dribble, but rather an opportunity for you to experience some of the best filmmaking of our time. Plus, there’s a good chance this will play in limited Georgia theaters on May 28. “Micmacs” follows the story of Bazil (Danny Boon) as he tries to avenge his father’s accidental death when he stepped on a land mine. After receiving a chance bullet to the head (which was kept inside of his forehead after a game of heads and tails by his surgeon), he is forced to move into a dump that a peculiar group of special, skilled outcasts have made their home. In one of the more visually stunning scenes of the film, Bazil’s first introduction to the “home” had me in awe. The French “Santa-workshop” showed off Jeunet’s trademark creativity by making a place built

entirely out of the everyday items we throw away; a junkyard paradise. The self-described “family living” inside is composed of a funny group of outsiders who all feel sorrow for Bazil’s loss, and want to help him take down the weapon manufacturing company that killed his father. Like Jeunet’s other films, “Micmacs” focuses on all those weird and witty attributes that makes them different from any other films out there. The color scheme, costumes, dialogues, film angles and characters are all fundamental to Jeunet’s particular one-of-a-kind filmmaking. He has a vision that is something I’ve only seen duplicated once by Yann Samuell for his film “Love Me If You

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Dare.” As the film progresses, the viewer begins to learn and love the other family members, including, for example, the man whose only claim to fame is being mentioned in the “Genius Book of World Records” 1976 edition for the longest distance by a human cannonball or the contortionist who slowly falls in love with the bullethead Bazil. To fully describe the creativity of this film would require at least half a dozen pages more, so I can only just scratch at the surface of everything offered for the viewer. But like the title suggests, the viewer can expect exactly that, non-stop madness. What I think I love most about the

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film, outside of the ever-expanding plot development, is how each and every character, simple or complex, has their own personality that you hardly ever get to experience completely in real life. Loud, quiet, sensitive, seductive, violent, volatile, insane, generous, every aspect of human life is brought into the characters in a humorous and unparalleled manner. Although I miss the love theme that “Amélie” focused on, “Micmacs” provides the audience with a story that has never been written, filmed, or possibly even thought of before. I recommend this to anyone who can appreciate reading subtitles.

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In response to “Job Expo” article was not represented, but that is beyond our

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to Ms. Ericka Birdsong’s article in The West Georgian dated Wednesday, February 17 titled Job Expo spurs mixed reviews among students. As the coordinator of the 2010 Job Expo, I would like to address a few of the issues Ms. Birdsong did not. We fully realize that this is a student newspaper written by the students for the students, but the article was certainly biased. I believe journalism in any form is still supposed to present BOTH sides of the story. Ms. Birdsong never interviewed anyone from the Department of Career Services, nor did she ask any of our staff questions before, during, or after Job Expo. The Department values student input on any event that we sponsor. Students do have the opportunity to critique our major event by completing evaluations afterward. We are diligent in our attempt to establish relationships with companies and recruiters because that produces a better product for our students. We will gladly invite any company, corporation, or agency that students are interested in and would like to see come to UWG, but that is all we can do. There were fewer companies in attendance this year than in previous years but that is a sign of the economy and was expected. On a positive note, every company who attended is trying to fill vacancies within their organization and some have multiple open positions. We agree that every major

control. We invite several hundred recruiters but circumstances dictate attendance. Travel and recruiting budgets have been slashed, or cut altogether in many cases. Some industries have grown stagnant in hiring. Many of our recruiters do not specify majors. They are simply interested in a candidate who is articulate, knows their strengths, and is interested in their company. Specific jobs may not always be in their field but students must also think out the box for employment, especially in today’s economy. I would like to challenge every student on campus to visit us in Career Services to learn about all the services we offer. I extend the same invitation to Ms. Birdsong or any member of the West Georgian staff. We are located in Parker Hall, 3rd floor, or visit our website at, or call us at 678.839.6431. Amy Kent UWG Department of Career Services Job Expo Coordinator Dear Kent, Looking back, I agree with you that your office should have been contacted. In the future, I will urge my reporters to do so. At this point, I can do little to correct the article. My apologies, Maggie Hills Editor-in-Chief

Rant and Rave -How can the West Georgian put crossword puzzles in the paper that do not even work out? Thanks for wasting my time only to find out that is a non-functioning puzzle. -Why do teachers make EVERYTHING due at the end of the semester?! -I can finally wear my flip flops! -It’s funny how when the sun comes out, so do all the Greeks. -When are they going to be done with all that stupid construction in the quad? They’ve ruined the openness! -How come minors with all the prerequisites can’t get into a major course? Now I’ve got to go to the department in person! Send Rants or Raves to with subject line “Rant & Rave.”

Mysterious tuition fee accumulates over break

Alissa Troutman

Staff Writer “Attention! Your fee is due,” read the alert. My husband and I went to Brooksville, Fla. for spring break to visit my mother. After enjoying a fun-filled, adventurous Wednesday at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, we ate at the Olive Garden, then came back to Brooksville to crash at my mom’s house. After taking a shower, I put on my pajamas and jumped on the computer. Luckily, I happened to check my UWG e-mail account that night. To my surprise, an email in my inbox read, “SPRING BALANCE DUE

IMMEDIATELY!” This caught my attention, because I thought that I had paid all my fees at the beginning of the semester. I have never had to pay fees in the middle of the semester in the three years I’ve been at UWG. I opened it and it said that I had a $15 fee to be paid in full before I can register for fall semester 2010 classes. Although it was only $15 that had to be paid, it really frustrated me. First of all, why was I getting this message during spring break? There wasn’t anything that I could do about it. Also, why wasn’t this fee addressed to me in the beginning of the semester? And why wasn’t this mysterious fee showing up in my Banweb account? Monday rolled around and I called the Bursar’s Office hoping to

get an answer to all of this. The lady answering the phone was not very helpful. She told me that I had a fee, and that I had already paid it. I asked her why I was getting charged for the fee (again) over spring break, and she replied, “I don’t know. All the account says online is that you have a fee due and you paid it.” So, what does all of this mean? Obviously, I grudgingly paid my fee, but does this mean that UWG can charge you whenever they like? I hope not! Believe it or not, I could have lived off of that $15 the week after spring break. I could have put gas in my car, gotten something to eat or gotten a new pair of work pants. Instead, I had to pay a mysterious tuition fee. With all of the budget cut worries

and tuition fee hikes, all I can do to help this from happening to anyone else is to remind students to check their Banweb accounts often. Check your myUWG e-mail and your tuition statements. It might be a pain to check these things over your spring, fall or summer break, but in the end it will be worth it. Also, try going to the office to talk to someone in person. I made the mistake of calling, but perhaps they would have been more helpful if I would have talked to them face to face. Be aware! Don’t pick out all of your classes, be advised and ready to register at midnight the day you are scheduled just to find out that you can’t because you have a mysterious tuition fee due.

Man on the Street What stereotype do you hate the most and why? Christina Thompson

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Johnathan Atkins: “I hate the stereotype of my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. Everyone thinks we’re pretty boys who are conceited party animals. I’m respectful and open doors.”

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Amitty Tucker: “I basically hate stereotypes as whole because they’re ignorant... It would be hard for me to narrow it down to just one because they’re all rude.”

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Rafael Booker: “A lot of people think that all Q-dogs treat women like trash or that we’re not good people. I hear it from everyone. They pre-judge us before anyone gets to know us.”

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Gered Conner: “I think they are funny because they have an element of truth to them. They wouldn’t be a stereotype if there wasn’t something to generalize anyway.”

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Carmen Wheelus: “Probably Greek Life, everyone thinks we feel that we’re better than everyone else, and they think we join a sorority to ‘buy friends.’”

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Bethany Delligatti: “I hate that women are always portrayed as bad drivers, because I’m a really good driver!”

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Christina Peel: “That blondes are stupid. I started college a year early, so I know I’m a welleducated natural blonde.”

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Sanford Holloway: “That all males like to hear dirty jokes. I don’t like to be confronted by people randomly trying to tell me something that is perverted.”

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Last words: Former UWG Coach Roden

Staff Writer After a long and successful career as the University of West Georgia’s women’s head basketball coach, Craig Roden decided that it was time to call it quits at West Georgia. The West Alabama graduate recently spoke about his decision to take on a different coaching job. He began by discussing the problems that the school is having with the NCAA. Last year, the university did not allow his Gulf South Eastern Conference championship team to participate in the NCAA tournament because of several violations that



had nothing to do with the women’s basketball team. “March 8, 2009, after the whole NCAA fiasco began, was when I knew that my time here was limited,” said Roden. He began thinking about resignation last year, but felt that the decision would have been too hasty. “I’ve had a lot of times here [at UWG],” said Roden. Over the last three years, Roden won the Gulf South Conference Coach of the year twice, two years in a row. So it was no surprise when Roden found out that the University of West Alabama was interested in hiring him for the head coach position that recently became available at their



school. “The athletic director at West Alabama contacted Darryl Dickey and asked if it was okay to speak with me about the job,” said Roden. After hearing about the job, Roden felt it was the perfect time to move on. He has already made plans for his future at West Alabama. “I plan to take them to the top of the Gulf South Conference next year,” said Roden. “It won’t be easy, and we have a long way to go, but with some of the returning players and a good recruiting class, I’m confident that we will be fine.” He is also excited about the athletics program at his new school. “I think there is a commitment

to winning at West Alabama that rivals any other school in the league; a commitment from the athletic director and the administration to winning,” he said. Roden made his mark at the University of West Georgia. He took the challenge of taking a bad program and turning it into the winning program it has become over the last few years. “I’ve had a good graduation rate since I’ve been here, and I’ve had some really good players,” Roden said. He said his experience at UWG was a good one, and he has no regrets about his time spent here, or about his decision to leave. “As a coach, you know when it’s time, and it’s time,” said Roden.

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and won the turnover battle.” Though the offense struggled to get in rhythm, two big plays stood above the rest. UWG senior running back Yusuf Holloway provided the offense with its longest play from scrimmage, busting a 29-yard run while eluding several defenders. The offense failed to get the passing game going, but freshman quarterback Ed Russ managed to connect with sophomore Kevin Myles for a 27-yard touchdown pass midway through the scrimmage. Dickey was not as pleased with the overall execution of the offense, noting that they didn’t play with a sense of urgency and lacked tempo in and out of the huddle. “Our offense came out here in this stadium, in front of all these fans and family and forgot plays, individual assignments, and had too many alignment penalties,” Dickey said. Despite the offensive struggles, Dickey pointed out that the spring game is just a measuring stick, and that the real preparation for the season starts now with strength and conditioning. “We need to get bigger, faster, and

Wolves’ defense shines

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Mark Ellison

Staff Writer In a weekend characterized by heavy batting power, the University of West Georgia Wolves baseball team dropped two games of a threegame series against visiting Gulf South Conference rival Valdosta State University. In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Wolves and Blazers traded runs in the first three innings. Batting second in the bottom of the first, Wolves right fielder Brett Wright hit an infield single and then stole second base. Wright then moved over to third base on a Blazers’ fielding error. Designated hitter Josh Whitehead flew out and Wright tagged, scoring the Wolves’ first run. The Blazers answered back in the top of the third when second baseman Chris Jones doubled to left field. Shortstop Jon Koenigsfeld singled, moving Jones over to third base. A fly-out from right fielder Brandon Decker brought Jones home and tied the game 1-1. In the bottom of that inning the Wolves’ bats exploded in a fury. Leadoff hitter Wright and shortstop Justin Smith hit back-to-back singles up the middle. After Blazers’ starting pitcher Ross Gusky hit Whitehead with a throw, a third single by right fielder Mike Markakis scored Wright. Smith scored when Gusky hit the next batter, third baseman Brandon Mainor. Second baseman Ben Lillis then launched a grand slam over the center field wall, propelling the Wolves into the lead 7-1. After a Koenigsfeld RBI-single in the top of the fourth inning, the Blazers’ bats especially opened up in the tops of the seventh and eighth

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innings. In the seventh inning, centerfield Antonio Clark doubled and then scored on a RBI-single by Decker. Later in the inning, first baseman Jake Summers tripled, scoring Decker. Another RBI-single from left fielder Jordan Yost brought Summers home. In the eighth inning, Decker hit a three-run home run. Designated hitter Clayton Cain followed with a solo home run blast, giving the Blazers a 9-7 lead. However, the Wolves knocked out several home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Catcher David Buchanan blasted a home run over left field followed by a two-run homerun by Smith again over left field. The Wolves won the game 10-9. Wolves’ reliever earned the hardfought victory at 1-2, while Blazers left-fielder Jordan Yost, who was moved to the mound, acquired the loss by 2-2. Unfortunately, a late inning batting surge was not enough to redeem the Wolves amidst pitching woes in Friday’s late afternoon game. The Blazers jumped ahead early in the game with 10 unanswered runs. Among the Blazers’ offensive highlights were a two-run homerun by the right fielder Brandon Decker and two RBI-singles from leftfielder Jordan Yost and shortstop Jon Koenigsfeld each. As a testament to the pitching troubles that plagued the Wolves throughout the game, three Blazers RBIs came off a HBP (hit-by-pitch) while another three RBIs came off of a walk. Wolves’ starting pitcher Toby Jordan lasted only two innings allowing six hits and six runs. The Wolves’ offense came alive beginning in the bottom of the See

The University of West Georgia football team played their Blue-White Spring Game for the first time in the University Stadium on Saturday and the defense rose to the occasion of protecting their home turf. The defense imposed their will on the offense during the entire scrimmage, forcing two fumbles, grabbing two interceptions and scoring a safety. UWG head coach Daryl Dickey was pleased with the way his defense played. “The defense is normally ahead of the offense this time of year, they’ve seen every play our offense has multiple times this spring,” said Dickey. “They played very well in spurts today and forced some turnovers, so I saw a lot of positive things from them.” UWG junior linebacker John Weatherford was also excited about the defense’s performance. “Our defense played well today,” Weatherford said. “Everybody was excited to get out here and compete. We hustled to the ball, made some big plays


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fourth inning. Designated hitter Josh Whitehead and centerfielder Mike Markakis each connected with the ball for a single, which was followed by a RBI-double from third baseman Blake Parrot. Whitehead scored and Markakis advanced to third base. Alex Duhaime, who pinched hit for second baseman Ben Lillis, grounded out to second base and brought Markakis home for the score. In the bottom of the fifth inning, From

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stronger,” said Dickey. “We made it through the game without any injuries, but I don’t know if we hit hard enough today to hurt anybody. The real work starts in the weight room and our guys have a lot of work to do to get ready for August.” Weatherford was on the same page. “The biggest area we can improve on is getting stronger in the weight-room,” Weatherford said. “We are playing hard and with a lot of enthusiasm, but to compete in this conference we have to improve our team strength.” Holloway also noticed the team’s

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shortstop Justin Smith and Whitehead batted back-to-back singles. The next batter, Markakis, hit a three-run homerun. In the very next inning, Smith hit a double then scored on an RBI-single by Whitehead, closing the gap 15-7. The Wolves’ final two runs however came off a ground out-RBI and a wild pitch. The Blazers scored four more runs, beating the Wolves 19-9. Blazers starter Jeremy Forbus earned the win by 6-1, while Jordan acquired the loss, his first of the

season. In Saturday’s series finale, the Blazers’ batting again harassed the Wolves’ pitching with little to no support from the Wolves’ batting. The one offensive moment for the Wolves occurred in the bottom of the third inning. First baseman Michael Hornsby and right fielder Brett Wright batted consecutive singles. Shortstop Justin Smith followed up with another single, scoring Hornsby for the Wolves’ first run. A fourth single by designated hitter Josh Whitehead,

need to improve in conditioning, but feels a lot better about the overall team chemistry this year as compared to last. “We got tired out there today, but guys are working hard to get into game shape,” said Holloway. “We have come together to work as a team instead of individuals. We did a lot of that last year, but I think we’re becoming a team now.” This will be the Wolves’ third year under the direction of Coach Dickey, and he acknowledged the importance of being more competitive in the Gulf South Conference. “We have to be competitive and it starts by earning respect in our conference,” said Dickey. “We play in a tough conference with a lot of really

good football players and really wellcoached teams. We closed the gap some last year and we need to continue to close the gap this season.” The challenge of closing the gap in the Gulf South Conference is one that Weatherford said this team is excited about taking on. “My class is 1-19 and we are hungry for some wins,” said Weatherford. “I think we are going to be real competitive and teams are going to be surprised about the season we are going to have this year.” The Wolves will begin their quest for a winning season on Saturday, August 28, when they open the season at home against Wingate in University Stadium at 7 p.m.

his fifth in the series, brought Wright home for the Wolves’ final run of the game. True to their name, Valdosta State blazed over the Wolves by 18-2 to win the series. Blazers starter Brett Kennedy posted an impressive seven-inning show and captured the win at 5-3, while Wolves starter John Lees acquired the loss, his seventh. As with Jordan, Lees lasted only two innings. All in all, both teams’ offenses combined for 94 total hits and 67 total runs.

Athlete of the Week: Segers

Ericka Birdsong

Staff Writer Rachel Segers is this week’s spotlight athlete. Segers, a freshman, is the star hitter of our ladies’ softball team. The West Georgian: How do you feel about the season? Segers: I’m kind of disappointed, but we’re young and hope to bounce back for the second half of the conference. TWG: What would you say to those that think negatively of the team? Segers: [That] we’re young and fighting... [The Gulf South Conference] is the second hardest conference in D2. If you think it’s easy, try doing it. Segers has numerous other interests besides softball. TWG: What do you do in your spare time? Segers: Study, anchor for UTV-13 and listen to music. Her favorite genre is alternative and classic rock, and her favorite artists include The Killers, Journey and Dave Matthews Band. TWG: What are your favorite places in Carrollton to hang out and eat? Segers: Empire Grill, the movies [because] there are lots of good ones coming out in the spring, the Irish Pub and of course the Lazy Donkey. “Come to the games and Senior Day on April 24 and 25,” said Seger. “I want to thank God for all that he’s given me and blessed me with.”

Opening Positions for 2010-11 Eclectic, West Georgia’s literary magazine, is taking applications for new staff members until April 15. Available positions are editor, managing, promotional, and web editors, and editors for art, music, and interdisciplinary areas. Applicants are generally expected to have some background in creative writing, music, or art. Anyone interested should e-mail Dr. Katie Chaple at kchaple@westga. edu for an application.

If you are interested in applying to be the Editor in Chief for the West Georgian, you must fill out and complete an application by Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Applications are available in the Mass Communications office, Humanities room 139.

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Volume 62 - Issue 12