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Volume 62 - Issue 15

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Campus News

Ericka Birdsong Maggie Hills

Greek Week: Fun

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

and philanthropy

Staff Writer Editor-in-chief ebirdso1@my.westga.edu mhills1@my.westga.edu

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Surviving Summer -Pages 2 & 3

Arts & Entertainment

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Bonnaroo

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Opinion

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Letter from the President -Page 5

Sports

All week the Greeks showed their stuff and had fun doing it. “Greek week is always about fun and competition and community, but this year we put more emphasis on philanthropy than we ever had before,” said Greek Week Council Chair Courtney Peek. “We’ve always planned service days, but they’ve never really been carried out.” The Greek Week Council plans all events—the Variety Show, Trivia, Penny Wars, a Chalk Contest, the Greek God and Goddess Pageant, among others—held during the week. Greek week began on Saturday, April 17 and went until Friday, April 23. The first of the festivities was the Greek Variety Show held in Love Valley. The event was full of laughter as the sororities and fraternities showed off their renditions of well-known movies and television shows. The ladies of Phi Mu recreated a music video by Lady Gaga, and did a parody to the snuggie commercials. The men of Alpha Tau Omega showed their moves as they performed to various songs, including Right Said Fred’s “I’m too sexy.” The events continued Monday afternoon with a sidewalk chalk contest in front of the UCC. Greek trivia was held in the Campus Center Ballroom Monday night. Admission was simply canned goods. On Tuesday, fraternity and sorority members had the chance to spruce up Castle Park, adjacent to the Carrollton

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Recreation Department building, at Greeks Give Back. According to Peek, approximately 150 members pitched in, picking up trash, spreading mulch and sanding and painting the playground. Wednesday, the Greeks had two events. Starting that morning, in front of the UCC was the Greek Letter Count. That night in the Campus Center Ballroom was the

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Greek Week Stroll Off. The “Stroll Off,” better known as stepping, incorporated the Inner Fraternity Council (social fraternities known as IFC), the Pan Hellenic Council (social sororities known as PHC) and the National Pan Hellenic Council (African American fraternities and sororities known as NPHC). “We wanted to do that because we don’t always do

things with all the Greeks together,” said Peek. “It’s more like [we all] do our own thing. So, this was a way we were trying to get everyone to do something together, work together, get to know each other and just hang out.” Six stroll teams, each made up of members from IFC, PHC and NPHC, competed on April 21. A team consisting of Chi Omega, Alpha Tau Omega, Iota Phi Pheta and Sigma Gamma Rho members won the stroll. Thursday night was the Greek God/Goddess Pageant in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event was set up like a talent show. Early in the day, there was voting for Greek God/Goddess in front of the UCC. The winners were determined based on the amount of votes and based on the judges’ opinions of the talent portion. There were 10 contestants for the night. They danced, sang and performed for their organization. The winners of the night were the Ladies of Alpha Xi Delta and the men of Kappa Sigma. The contestant from Tau Kappa Epsilon created his own version of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” called, “In a Straight Line,” about life on the farm. Friday, the final day of Greek Week, featured Greek Week Game Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Love Valley. After the games were over, the Greeks had a Cool Off Cook-Out and Greek Week Awards held on the Greek Village Lawn. All the proceeds from these different events went to benefit the Carrollton Boys and Girls Club. Throughout the week, sororities and fraternities earn points at each event and competition. Alpha Xi Delta and Kappa Sigma earned the most points during the week, taking home the glory in 2010.

Budget update: “It’s not over ‘til it’s over”

Krystal Horne

Staff Writer AJAquarius@gmail.com Photo by uwgsports.com

Baseball -Page 6

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Who knew a barrage of letters, phone-calls and a massive protest could wake up the folks in the gold dome? It seems that Georgia legislators have finally opened their eyes and ears. In an e-mail sent about a couple of weeks ago to UWG faculty, staff, and the SGA president by UWG president, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, the House Appropriations Committee met to vote on its recommendations for the FY 2011 budget. Fortunately for the University System, the House version is very similar to the Governor’s recommendations for the operating budget. “There will be substantive budget cuts, they will be nowhere near the draconian $300 million for the USG which had been predicted,” said Sethna. The Committee preserved

the formula recommendation of $113M and agreed with the Governor’s reduction in federal stimulus funds of $117M as well as the 3.4% reduction in other line items due to the lower revenue estimates. “While I am sorry to hear that they did not restore funding for our Nursing building construction, at least they did not strip away design money which had already been allocated,” said Sethna. The recommendations will next be voted on by the full House before it moves to the Senate for action. The Committee will continue to work with the University System of Georgia, as they in turn work with the Governor’s Office, OPB, and the Senate. “Ihopethatbothlegislators and the general public get a better understanding of the value of higher education to the state,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sandra Stone. “Beyond the individual benefits of post-secondary education to the individual

students, educational achievement is a public good.” Last month, the Georgia 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 a 48-hour window to establish and propose a budget cut plan, Sethna outlined a budget cut plan. This plan, included among other cuts, an elimination of about 40 fulltime faculty positions, 40 part-time faculty positions, close to 60 staff positions, approximately 170 student/ graduate assistant positions and about four university police positions. “Investment in education at all levels is fundamental to a better quality of life for all Georgians and should not be sacrificed, even in challenging economic environments,” said Stone. Faced with possible drastic budget cuts, students from across Georgia colleges

and universities came together to stand up and fight for their education. After a culmination of events, including smallerscale rallies, phone-a-thons, and countless letter-writing campaigns to Georgia legislators, Georgia college students came together for the main-event: a protest at the Georgia Capitol, which began in Hurt Park in downtown Atlanta. Even though it appears that the fight against drastic budget cuts may be over, the extent of those budget cuts still remains to be seen. According to Sethna, before work of preparing the budget can begin, we will have to wait for the session to end, the Governor to sign the budget, and the Board of Regents to allocate money to UWG. “It’s not over ‘til it’s over. My thanks to all students who made legitimate use of our political process and our participative democracy to let them know their views!”

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The West Georgian - NEWS

Page 2 — WEDNESDAY, April 28, 2010

Melissa Haas

UWG real World: Life after college

Staff Writer mhaas1@my.westga.edu With graduation just around the corner, seniors are finding finals week stressful with the combination of last minute papers, finals, presentations and more. Many students are finding themselves asking, what am I going to do after graduation? Within any field, it is going to be tough finding a job in these tough economic times. “I have not found full-time employment yet,” said current UWG alumna Alison Hibbard. “The search is going, but not looking hopeful. I’ve been lucky with finding fairly steady part-time work in my field.” Hibbard graduated last year with a B.A. in education, and is still looking for a teaching job.

Surviving

Jessica Klausing

A current UWG alumnus, Keith Hales, is having the same problem as Hibbard. Hales graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in history and a minor in political science, and has been looking for a job ever since. “In today’s flooded job market, employers are flooded with applications and it is very difficult to stand out among all the other candidates,” said Hales. Finding a job after college is vital. With a job comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes paying bills. More than likely the bills will be heavier than before. Most student loans allow time to get a job with a normal six month grace period after graduation. After those six months, one has to start paying the monthly bill. Some students are also going to have to start paying for health insurance because they will be no longer eligible

to be on their parent’s coverage. “There are things you do not really think about when you are a student and being supported by your parents,” said Hibbard. “Health insurance, for example, was a challenge for me.  I went without it for a little while before finally getting accepted for a new plan. I definitely think differently when making decisions, specifically financial decisions.” Hales has also found himself to be more financially responsible since graduating. “I have matured and grown up in so many ways since graduation,” he said. “I have become more responsible with the meager income that I support myself with.” It is normal to find oneself constantly getting asked by friends and family where one plans on going in life. The first question students are

asked is usually about career choice. After finding a career, one then has to decide where to live. But repetitive questions about jobs and location can seem like a broken record --there is more to graduating than that. Know that freedom from exams and countless hours of reading and studying can seem like such a free feeling. Keep one’s head in the game and become a great role model for the other students in the lower years. Remember not to take anything for granted while enjoying the last week before graduation, especially the friendships that one has made. Eventually, friends will all move separate ways, and some might even miss the college life. Growing up is tough, but all have to do it someday. It is all a humbling experience. Knowing that one will not be a student anymore is very surreal.

summer classes

Staff Writer jklausi1@my.westga.edu As spring semester comes to an end, many students prepare for the upcoming summer classes. Summer semester seems like a lot of material to cover in so little time, which can limit the amount of summertime freedom. But students can still stay motivated in summer classes and still have a great summer. However, don’t expect summer classes to be easier. Students may have the misconception that classes taught in shorter sessions will cover easy material. A summer course takes an entire semester’s worth of work and crams it into several weeks. Students who attend summer session should stay focused on schoolwork to avoid procrastination. Procrastination can lead to failure during summer semester. UWG junior Ashlyn Kirk plans to take a few classes over the summer. “I’m not going to go overboard with the classes since they’re everyday,” said Kirk. “I’m just taking one or two for each session so I can still have time to enjoy the summer.” Students taking summer classes should be wary of the number of classes they take. Classes last up to five hours each weekday. Allow time to study and seek help over the

material if needed. Set aside a few hours a day to study and then make time to enjoy the summer, and take time to relax. All work and no play can lead to misery. Don’t get stressed over the heavy workload. A nice break can refresh the mind. Get regular sleep during the summer. Try to set up a sleep schedule allowing at least six-eight hours of adequate rest. Try not to pull too many all-nighters. Adequate rest helps keep the mind focused. Seek extra help if needed. The Excel Center in UCC 200 offers free tutoring in all core areas. Tutors also help provide valuable study tips for exams. For more information on the Excel Center, call 678-839-6280 or visit www.westga.edu/excel. The Writing Center in TLC 1201 offers students individual assistance with English papers and can be reached at 678-839-6513, or online at www.westga.edu/~writing. Both the Writing Center and the Excel Center have hours that change during the summer sessions. “Summer classes can be intense, but its worth it to knock out a class in three weeks rather than over a full semester,” said Rachel Amos, a UWG graduating senior. “It’s easy to stay focused in the summer when you spend the hours constantly learning the information.”

Announcements Wednesday April 21 Freeversatile Block Party Love valley 7 to 10 p.m. Described as a evening of free music poetry and fun. Come and experience the artistic expressions of your fellow students.

Sponsored by SAC, Spring Fling is meant Hosted by the music department, come ot be an end of the semester celebration. and enjoy the last big musical concert of Spread out over two days, come to enjoy the semester.Free for students, directed by the feeling of having no more class. Douglas Overmier day two is Friday 9-11p.m. enjoy a dinner and a movie Thursday April 22

*E-mail UWGpaper@gmail.com to get your event posted.

Art Department Picnic and Fundraiser Art annex/ Academic Quad 4 to 10 p.m.

United Voices Gospel Choir Spring Come and be a part of a zany afternoon of Concert art and madness. Partake in paint balloon Campus Center Ballroom 7:30 p.m. fights and eat some grilled goodness. Ten dollars gets you into all activities plus Experience a sound to move your soul. places you in a drawing for awesome gift These guys have been advertising all cards. Did we mention there is going to be semester and preparing for this grand event. a moon bounce? Free for all! Spring Fling 7th Annual Night of Percussion Love Valley 5 to 9 p.m. Townsend Center 8:15 p.m.

As this is the last issue of this semester, the West Georgian wishes readers a great summer. See everyone Fall 2010.

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The West Georgian - NEWS

How not to forget about college over the summer

Jessica Klausing

few courses every summer graduates earlier than most students. Summer sessions are much shorter than regular a semester, which usually means a more intensive workload. The intensive pace keeps students focused for fall semester with schoolwork fresh on their minds. UWG senior Rachel Amos has attended summer semester every year. She strongly recommends it to all students. “It’s easier to stay focused in the summer when you’re not taking a full load of classes,” said Amos.

Another recommendation is to always do something productive. Eating healthy and working out will decrease the chances of getting sick. It also keeps the mind active, which can greatly affect the ability to learn. When asked for suggestions on how to keep the mind active during the summer, UWG junior Victoria Fallen recommended preparing for the upcoming semester. “I would say during the summer try to get a head on next semester classes,” said Fallen. “Pick up a book related to the course or find practice

examples on the internet to keep the brain flowing. That way when the upcoming semester comes you’ll be somewhat prepared for the class.” A third suggestion is to get an internship. Internships can help lead to networking opportunities, which can help a student earn a future job. It also keeps the mind active, as students gain a hands-on perspective about their future careers. Visit UWG’s Career Services in Parker Hall or call 678-839-6431 to inquire about internship information.

and what they have to say about their summer job experiences. Working at a camp was a common summer job “My best job was being a camp counselor at the YMCA, and my worst job was [creating] my own lawn mowing business,” said Brennan Fogas, a UWG freshman. “Working as a camp staffer at Kaleo was the best and worst job because it wasn’t very well paid, and File photo kids are some of the hardest kids to control and lead, but even with all of Lindy Oller that, it was still worth the experience,” Staff Writer said Jerrell Alexander, a junior. loller1@my.westga.edu “My best job was at Sun Valley Beach day camp, and my worst job As school comes to an end, was at Abercrombie at Arbor Place students begin to search for summer Mall,” said Austin West, a freshman. jobs. It is hard finding a job during If one takes summer classes at these tough times, but if one looks UWG, working on campus is always in the right places, a good paying job an option. may be available for the summer. “I enjoyed working at ITS while However, there are good jobs taking my summer classes,” said and bad jobs. Here are some of the Krystal Horne, a senior. most common places students work at Many students earn money

babysitting children when they are out of school. “My best and worst job was being a nanny for two boys ages four and seven,” said Betsy Allbritton. “Working a 55 hour week pays really well, but it is incredibly exhausting.” Some students found local jobs, working in their neighborhoods. “I worked at Fairfield for three summers, and I enjoyed the first summer, but not the second,” said Kara Johnson, a freshman. Many students like to use their skills to teach others. “I enjoy teaching video production to high school students, which is a part of the non-profit organization, Hearts to Nourish Hope,” said Terence Rushin, a senior. “My best job was at Foot Locker and my worst job was at FedEx,” said Rod Bolton, a senior. “I enjoyed working at American Eagle, but hated working at a science camp,” said Cassie Ferrell, a sophomore.

Restaurants are a common place for students to work at as well. “I did not like working at Stevi B’s Pizza and Johnny’s Pizza and Subs,” said Amanda Engstrom, a freshman. In the summer, many students have an internship. “I enjoyed my summer internship for the Chamber of Commerce in my town. I did not like managing a pool at a local waterpark,” said Ashton Blackwood, a freshman. When it is beach time, many students work as a lifeguard. “I enjoy being a lifeguard,” said Lindsey Armour, a freshman. Students can work at amusement parks, such as Six Flags. The Georgia Renaissance Festival is where a lot of students work from April to June. For more information on a summer job, visit the Career Services office at Parker Hall, or visit online websites including snagajob.com.

Staff Writer jklausi1@my.westga.edu As summer quickly approaches, many students look forward to vacations, spending time with friends and sleeping in late. For some students, schoolwork is the last thing to think about over the summer. But students can prepare for college while still enjoying the summer break. A suggestion is to take summer classes. A student that takes even a

Summer jobs— best and worst


Arts & Entertainment PAGE 4 --- WEDNESDAY, April 28, 2010

Amanda Cullen

Four authors, three books, one event

Staff Writer acullen1@my.westga.edu On April 23, the Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society sponsored a free book-signing event and reception at the University’s Alumni House. The affair featured three books written by four authors with themes involving Carroll County. The event was open to UWG students and the local community. The four authors attending the event were Suzanne Durham, Emma Elaine Dobbs, Myron House, and Tim McWhorter, all of whom are retired or current UWG alumni and staff members. Myron House is the author of “Carroll County, Georgia Pioneers,” one of the three books on display. The book features a collection of biographies, which House called “sketches.” These first hand biographies date from between the

years 1880 and 1890 and were found by House in biography books from those years. Each biography is about a person from Carrollton. The book’s goal, according to the author, was to depict a span of Carroll County throughout history, to discover what life was like then in comparison to the modern world. “This was a great way of finding about people’s lives and thoughts of a time so much different than ours,” said House. The second author in appearance was Tim McWhorter with his book “Southern Bedtime Stories.” Featured with two different covers, he explained how his book’s first cover was the original design that he created. This cover featured a pot of gold and a rainbow spanning most of the cover while a picture of his State Champion football team huddled together graces the front as well. There are only a few books left with this special cover. After the publishing company who

made the cover was discontinued, he self-published the second cover a few weeks before the book signing. McWhorter worked the night shift at his job in the 1990s and found the Georgia Sports Event chat room. Through this chat, he met several coaches and athletes from Georgia. Inspired from these personal firsthand accounts and his own personal life, McWhorter wrote several southern based, non-fiction short stories, which he dubbed “bedtime stories” because he wrote them at night. These various stories span the genres, from sports to loss. Each story, he said, speaks to every reader in a different way. Finally, Suzanne Durham and Emma Elaine Dobbs co-wrote the third featured book, “Then and Now: Carrollton.” This book is particularly interesting to read because the book’s focus is solely on Carrollton, not all of Carroll County. In addition to this, the book also features pictures from

the Benjamin Long photography collection and Emma Dobbs’s own photographs. Long’s collection featured mostly images of Carrollton in the 1940s and 1950s. What Dobbs did was to find the exact location of each image and match it with a photograph she took to give the emphasis on the then and now. Dobbs, who is a photography graduate, said that it was her love of photography that led her to this opportunity. She advises all art students, photography majors or not, that there are job opportunities for them in the real world once they leave school. “Don’t let the idea of having no jobs in the arts deter you,” she said. “You can see what your talent can do for you, including being published in a book.” The event closed with a reception on the back patio and a chance to purchased sign book from each of the authors.

Bonnaroo Music festival against the rest

Jay-Z

Colin Boddy

Staff Writer mydogbruno@gmail.com Once again it’s summer time, and most know what that means. Pool days, epic amounts of laziness, and of course music festivals. This June I will be returning to Manchester, Tennessee to soak up the experience that is Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival. While Bonnaroo isn’t the only festival happening this summer, it’s definitely the most accessible for folks in Georgia and arguably the best in the country. Take a look at some of the contenders for best music festival this summer. Wakarusa- Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas is held June 3-6 and promotes a more down to earth vibe. Set in the foothills around Mulberry Mountain, this festival hosts jam band acts such as Widespread Panic, Slightly Stoopid, and STS9, all of which are playing this year. Although not as big as some festivals, Waka has

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the pull of being more connected to nature, chances for hiking and other activites around the area. Lollapalooza- The Lollapalooza Music Festival started in 1991, and between many ups and down, has come full circle into being one of the biggest festivals in America. It is held every year in Chicago featuring the biggest acts in music from a hugely diverse spectrum of music. Perry Farrel, the lead singer of Jane’s Addiction started the festival as a farewell tour for his band, and from there it took off. It starts August 6 and goes through August 8 this year and promises headlining acts from artists such as Lady Gaga, Green Day, MGMT and so many others. But onto the festival at hand, Bonnaroo. This year from June 1013, a small town in Tennesse will host over 100,000 people, effectively multiplying the town population by 10. From the comedy tent, playing host to such comedic acts as Conan O’ Brien, and Aziz Ansari, to the Silent

Recipe of the Week

Kings of Leon

Disco and Cinema Tent, there’s more than just music at Bonnaroo. Without a doubt, 2010 is coming together to be one of the most amazing Bonnaroo line-ups ever. Kings of Leon- These Tennessee superstars shot to fame with their last CD and seemingly took over the rock world. Jay-Z- The king of hip-hop is headlining Bonnaroo as well, with Conan O’ Brien Mc’ing in between. Jay-Z and Conan are an amazing mix in my book. Phoenix- The French electro-pop band have come a long way since last Bonnaroo. This time it’s sure to be an insane show with everyone in the known free world having heard their smash single “1901.” Dan Deacon Ensemble- This lesser known electronica group puts on an astoundingly intense live show that makes one feel the music as much as hear it. Recommended if one likes to dance till 6 a.m.

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Circa Survive- This Philly experimental rock band just makes music that no one else can duplicate, although many try. Anthony Green’s esoteric vocals have to be heard for one to believe. Fanfarlo- Another under the radar indie pop band from London whose sound is especially unique. Check out their hit “The walls are coming down,” and then check them out at Bonnaroo. Manchester Orchestra- The Atlanta natives hit it big after touring with Kings of Leon and now have come to Bonnaroo this year. One of the biggest shows of their career, some can’t wait to see what they do in front of 30,000 people. These are just a sampling of the diverse bands that will be at Bonnaroo Music Festival this year. It looks to be one of the craziest years ever, and it’s an experience to have with a good friend, so grab a buddy and make the way to Tennessee this summer for an unforgettable weekend.

with Maggie Hills

Tuna and Noodles 1 cup cheddar cheese 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 cup milk 1 can tuna, drained 1 can green peas Combine cheese, soup and milk in pot, heating until thickened. Add remaining ingredients. Heat through. Serve sauce over noodles. Photo by Maggie Hills


“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

Letter

from the

Dear West Georgia students, About a month ago I became your next Student Body President. The victory was a triumph and success that everyone on this campus can take part in. Since that time, however, the new SGA has done a number of things to not only assure a smooth transition, but to also make sure that we hit the ground running for the upcoming school year. I must first offer thanks to two students who have helped make this past year one filled with many accomplishments. Outgoing President and my predecessor Alan Webster has done an absolutely phenomenal job during his tenure as student body President, and has always been more than gracious in his approach throughout the entire transition period. In addition to Mr. Webster, 2009-2010

President

Opinion

SGA Senator of the Year Sean Lindo has been a valuable commodity not only to the SGA, but to the 11,000 plus students here at the university. It is my hope that as my presidency begins; these two young men continue to be fixtures of progress and positivity on the campus of UWG. In addition to some of UWG’s best and brightest student leaders, I have also had the opportunity to interact with many administrative members in the last couple of weeks. Dr. Kim Metcalf, Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Sethna, president of this fine institution, Dr. Melanie McClellan, VP of Student Affairs, and Mark Reeves and Richard Curvin in auxiliary and transportation, have all been more than inviting since I first came to West Georgia a few years ago, and share my same vision and drive

for student leadership and success. With their help and your support, I am more than confident that we have the ability to make the 20102011 school year one of the best West Georgia has ever seen. It should be noted, however, that in order for us to make great strides in any area of life, we must first be willing to make grand sacrifices. Before we can accomplish what has never been done before, we must be willing to dream, and subsequently believe in our capacity to make result out of what many would consider a fairy tale. As we part ways for the summer, only out of anticipation for our reconvening in the fall, I ask that each and every one of us ponder what it is we can do to help make our community and our campus better, and do the best we can daily to help make those dreams a reality. As I have noted on numerous occasions, I am extremely excited

about the opportunity that you all afforded me. You can help take this campus to another level and better the collegiate experience for years to come by e-mailing us at our new e-mail site, UWGSGA@gmail.com, or, you can become a fan of our facebook group, at SGA University of West Georgia. I sincerely thank each and every one of you for the opportunity, and I look forward to serving you in an even greater capacity this upcoming fall. I wish the students of West Georgia a safe and enjoyable summer, but no matter where your intrigue, internships, or families may lead you, always remember that your words, actions, and service can positively change the world. Thank you and God bless.

Fredrick Curtis

Rant and Rave -Buses really should signal to enter back into traffic after picking up riders. I don’t want my Kia smashed! -What sucks the most? Getting delivery food cold. -Let’s not tell me what to do when I’m your boss! Send Rants or Raves to uwgpaper@gmail.com with subject line “Rant & Rave.”

Man on the Street What is your favorite memory of the spring 2010 semester? Christina Thompson

Staff Writer Cthomp11@my.westga.edu

Photo by Christina Thompson

Andrew Hames: “Actually having classes with my friends.”

Photo by Christina Thompson

Brooke Reed: “Spring semester has been a good one. It would probably be Greek Week 2010, and the best part of that was the stroll off.”

Photo by Christina Thompson

Photo by Christina Thompson

Hope Downer: “My favorite memory had to be when I crossed Delta Sigma Theta.”

Megan Williamson: “Winning second place for the variety show during Greek Week. I was in two of the dances.”

Photo by Christina Thompson

Chase Davis: “Knowing that I’m finished with foreign language. I’m completely done with French.”

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Jherika Dunkin: “Ohhh, I became a Delta, that’s like my favorite memory. It’s almost like my wedding day.”


Sports

PAGE 6 --- WEDNESDAY, April 28, 2010

Athlete of the Week: Justin Smith Melissa Haas

Staff Writer mhaas1@my.westga.edu

TWG: Who do you look up to as your role model and why?

Senior baseball player Justin Smith is UWG’s athlete of the week. Smith transferred from Young Harris College and began playing for West Georgia in the 2009 season as a shortstop, quickly becoming essential to UWG’s baseball team.

Smith: I look up to my parents as my role models for always being there for me and doing anything possible to help me with baseball and life in general. 

TWG: What year are you and when do you plan on graduating?

Smith: I am originally from Dawsonville, Ga. and I went to North Forsyth High School. I chose UWG because of its great environment and quality baseball team.

Smith: I am a senior and plan on graduating in the spring of 2011.

TWG: Where are you originally from and why did you chose UWG?

major?

TWG: What are your plans for after college? Still want to play baseball?

TWG: What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?

Smith: My plans after college are to play baseball as long as possible and then work somewhere in the environment or marine biology field.

TWG:

What

is

your

Smith: My major is Biology.

Smith: My greatest accomplishment thus far would be hitting the game winning homerun versus Valdosta this year. TWG: How do you think your team has done this season? Smith: I think our team has a lot of talent, but they’ve played very poorly this season, not up to our capabilities.

TWG: What changes do you think that you could make in your career? Smith: A change I would have made in my career on the baseball field would be to develop into a switchhitter at a younger age. A change in my school career would be to learn more Spanish.

Nature Trip Registration and Event Schedule Registration for Canoeing Night Class

April 19- May 7

Earth Day Hike (no registration required)

April 22

Registration for Sweetwater Creek State Park Day Hike

May 3- 21

Canoeing Class (Campus Center 6 p.m.)

May 10

Canoeing Days at Lake Turner (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

May 14-16

Sweetwater Creek State Park Day Hike

May 22

Registration for White-water Rafting

June 5- 25

White-water Rafting Trip

June 26- 27


Volume 62 - Issue 15