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

Volume 62 - Issue 9


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Mary Badham visits Carrollton

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Get up, stand up: Fight for education

Krystal Horne

Staff Writer On March 2, concerned UWG students packed TLC Room 1305 to the brim during the “Fight For Your Education” SGA-hosted meeting. “This legislation of the budget cuts will define the intellectual landscape of our generation,” said SGA president Alan Webster. “This is directly the fault of our elected representatives.” UWG president, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, was also in attendance, giving further insight into the proposed budget cuts as well as statistics of what it could mean for the university and the state of Georgia as a whole. He explained that students first needed to understand the

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President Sethna speaks to students about pending budget cuts from the Ga. legislature.

background of all past budget cuts. According to Sethna, the previous year ended with approximately a 12 percent

reduction in money from the state, or annual state appropriation. This 12 percent reduction roughly amounted to $6 million for UWG.

“We started that year $6 million richer than we ended See

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Pregnancy on rise Sexual assault panel: The Real Truth

Julianna Barnett

Staff Writer juliannabarnett@yahoo. com

Pregnancy rates at the University of West Georgia are at an all-time high. Denise Parham, the Women’s Health nurse practitioner at UWG’s Health Services, is seeing more women than ever test positive for pregnancy. Health Services distributes condoms in very generous amounts, exactly twelve at a time. Health Services also offers women birth control at reduced rates and offers women the Plan B pill for $25. Plan B is effective at preventing pregnancy if taken no longer than 72 hours after having unprotected sex. Parham estimates that Health Services gives condoms to approximately 25 students every day. However, these numbers inflate to around 40 on Thursday afternoons. Almost 500 condoms are given out free of charge to students. In theory, between free condoms and birth control at a reduced price,

it would be virtually impossible for a woman to get pregnant unintentionally. Unfortunately, this is not the case at the University of West Georgia. Although ample pregnancy prevention methods are available, Health Services administers around 15 pregnancy tests every week. Approximately one half of all the women who go to Health Services for a pregnancy test are in fact pregnant. After testing positive for pregnancy, Parham offers the woman an opportunity to meet with a patient advocate. While some women graciously accept the service, some do not want to discuss their predicament. “Sometimes the women who have just found out they are pregnant are way too upset to talk,” Parham said. When this is the case, Health Services will call the patient at a later time to make sure they are handing the situation well. Parham also strongly encourages patients to fill out a form that includes



Alexis Pace

Staff Writer

Last week, the University of West Georgia’s community was rattled when a young woman was sexually assaulted while walking on campus. News of the incident caused much concern, and several organizations made an effort to ease the minds of the students. On March 4, C.A.P.E., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Carroll Rape Crisis Page 4 Center, presented the panel

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discussion, “Sexual Assault Alert: The Real Truth,” in the Bonner Lecture Hall. Omega Psi Phi fraternity members celebrated “Omega Week” last week, with daily activities for students. The fraternity initially scheduled the panel discussion about sexual assault before the recent attack on campus, but it became more urgent and important to do so after it occurred. The program began promptly with the panel addressing the audience and See

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TWG interviews SGA presidential candidates

Michael Walls

SGA Presidential Nominee The West Georgian and Fred Curtis The West Georgian: What is your major and year? Fred Curtis: Political science and [I’m] a sophomore. TWG: What do you believe your role as president requires? Curtis: My role as president requires me to be the voice for the student body and to always do my best. [The Student Government Association] does its best for the student body, along with Dr. Sethna. If there is something going on to affect the student body then my job is to let them know about it, along with the administration. TWG: Why do you feel that you are the right person for this position? Curtis: I feel that I am the right person for a number of reasons. I have been involved with SGA for two years now and [I have] attended the university for two years […] Immediately when I got here I became involved with campus activities. So I know how things work. I guess you can use the word “experienced.” I am not big on that word, but if the students are looking for experience than I am the person to vote for. Secondly, leadership in SGA has been good, but we can do better. I think I can put more emphasis on the student’s needs and wants. I can make sure their voices are continuously heard. Like I said, the students are the ones taken into account in every situation. [Those are] just a few reasons why I am the right person for the job. TWG: What are your plans, if elected? Curtis: One of my plans is just to be sure that there is more student involvement. I can’t stress that enough. [I’m not emphasizing ….] going around making too many melodious campaign promises, because there is so much that this job entails. Also, there are so many avenues to go through. Something I would like to see

done is [for] more organizations on campus to receive their own office space. We have already been talking with Mark Reeves of Auxiliary Services, but of course, this is a longterm project. My idea for that is to take the gymnasium and convert some of its unused space into offices for organizations. This would require a lot of work with fixing flooring and a number of different things to make it a success. Again, it is a long-term project and I can’t promise anything. If elected president, I can promise that I will do my best. I also can’t stress enough for student involvement. It is the only way to take this university to a higher level. TWG: What weakness?




Curtis: I struggle a little bit with delegation sometimes. I like to do everything myself. I am very independent with getting the job done... That is something I have to change, not only for presidency position, but throughout life in general. You’re always going to need people in whom you can trust in, believe in and to get the job done. Which is why I chose my vicepresidential candidate, Mykeia Lencerot. She has been a wonderful asset to student government […] I have nullified [my greatest weakness] with my V.P. selection. TWG: How do you plan to connect with the student body? Curtis: Well, one thing I want to do is to put out a weekly SGA newsletter to make sure the students know about scheduled meeting and stuff the administration has done. If things are more public, then more students would attend SGA meetings to get more information about our campus. Also, I would sponsor events. Not just government types of events, but [events] as simple as game nights, community nights or other events of that nature. Anything that brings the student body together. I would have more publicity surrounding SGA. We used to have SGA meeting signs up around campus. I am not sure what happened with that, but I will definitely re-amplify that if I shall become president. These are just a few starting, foundational aspects to get students more involved.

Announcements Wednesday March 10 Episodes in Sexuality, Townsend Center, 7:30 pm Opening night for the eye-opening student-run show. With shorts written by UWG theatre students, the theme is “Sexuality Through the Ages.” Pick up your tickets before the event! Admission is free for students. Media Day, Campus Center Ball Room, its an all day affair Registration 8:30-9 am, Panel Discussion with Special Guests 9-10 am, Networking sessions 10:45-11:45 am, Honors luncheon Noon-1:30 pm and Alumni Social 2-4 pm. Special guests include Daniel Bell, Barbara Gauthier, George Jacob Hawkins, J.J. Jobe, Matt Murphey, Jenn Woolock and honors luncheon keynote speaker Susan Hale. SAC presents ‘Laser Tag’, HPE Gym 6 pm Enjoy laser tag with fellow students. Plenty of fun and festivities guaranteed!

TWG: If elected, what changes or improvements would you like to see implemented? Curtis: I would like to see more student involvement. A lot of emphasis is placed on athletics in terms of making this a destination university. I love the athletics program and I think we have a great [one]. Also, a new, wonderful football complex which is great, but I would like to see more emphasis on academics and social life within the university, when it comes to making us a destination university. We can have more events on the weekend to focus more on social activities. This way, students would stay on campus more during the weekend, so they can immerse themselves into the university and into the community. Students will have a much better connection within the university. TWG: What issue(s) on campus would you, if elected, focus on the most? Curtis: I can’t particularly point out one issue, but what we have been doing the last few weeks is meeting with a lot of people and speaking with them to see exactly what it is that they want and need. We are not going to go into this new administration with our own agenda. Our agenda will be the students’ agenda. We will comprise together what we know and what students truly need. Our office will reflect what the students truly feel needs to be changed now and in the future. TWG: If elected, how will you handle the university’s budget crisis? Curtis: It is a sensitive issue. It is hard to comment on that, because even Dr. Sethna has no control over this issue. So, I don’t want to play any political games and say we can do this or that, because honestly all we can do is contact our local legislature for change. We can inform them, tell them how displeased we are with their choices, and tell them they don’t have our vote. I can’t truly say I have a plan […] We did have a phonathon to the legislature and that is the most we can do. However, we will continue to challenge them and even try other demonstrations to get their attentions.

UWG NORML Meeting, Pafford 102 5p.m. Marijuana, ganja, weed, pot – come to the meeting to learn more about controversial cannabis. Thursday March 11 Front campus protest, Front Campus Drive/ Maple Street starts at 12 pm Let your voice be heard about the recent budget cuts! Participants are encouraged to wear either all black or paraphernalia. Bring signs and noisemakers! Atlanta news media may also attend. Friday March 12 Jazz Ensemble, Townsend Center 7:30 pm Attend a serenade with the smooth, soulful sound of UWG’s finest student musicians. Admission is free for students. Weekends at West Georgia Presents: Weekend Wonder, Campus Center 6-9 pm Free food and fun. What better way to celebrate a weekend than sharing it with fellow

TWG: What do you feel makes you stand out above the other candidates? Curtis: I feel like more people have seen me and connected with me. With that said, I can relate more to certain individuals. [As far as] proposed budget cuts [go], I am a Political Science major and there are five majors in the Arts and Sciences department that, if a budget cut happens, will possibly be cut from the university. There are rumors that my major could be one, but I don’t know this factually. I am also student assistant so I am in a position to lose my job and my major in the next four months. However, we are hoping for the best and I think that is what makes me stand out above the other candidate. […] Being involved early allowed me to meet some wonderful students, faculty and administrators. That is not a usual factor you see in any other candidate and is what puts me above them. If elected, I believe I can truly make a difference for the University of West Georgia and the students. The West Georgian and Sean Lindo The West Georgian: What is your major and year? Sean Lindo: Computer science, May ’11. TWG: What do you believe your role as President requires? Lindo: A president must above all else, trust. The president of SGA cannot be expected to run the senate and accomplish goals in a timely manner if he acts alone. A strong connection must be established with the rest of the executive council and leaders of the senate at the very least. I believe in the idea of a strong and cohesive leadership; therefore, I am running on a ticket that features a strong executive council. We are working together to capture the election, and when elected, we will work together for the students. TWG: Why do you feel that you are the right person for this position? Lindo: Over the past year, I have acquired a very specific set of See

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students? Boys and Girls Club Volunteer Day, Boys and Girls Club 10-1:30p.m. Organized by UWG student Katy Kline. Volunteers should meet by Gunn Hall by the ramp by 9:45 a.m. Volunteer to organize a clean-up and re-organization of the Boys and Girls club. Contact Katy by emailing Kkline@ Saturday March 13 Community Service Bingo, Cottage Landing Retirement Home 2 pm Sponsored by the Latino Cultural Society. Spread culture and join the elderly. Who said that getting old means becoming boring? Additional announcements: The Ingram library will be closed during spring break. *E-mail to get your event posted

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tools necessary for success. Communications is one of my stronger skills, and one I exercise with great frequency. I have also served the student body in several different capacities: Computer Science teaching assistant, Resident Peer Mentor, Multicultural Achievement Program mentor, President of UNTAMED, and a member of numerous important committees. It is important to include this service record to indicate I have led UWG from a variety of perspectives. My SGA service record shows that I will attack issues with vigor and bring home results. I have helped fight and win themed UWG street signs, upgraded campus internet, and improved myUWG e-mail support. TWG: What are your plans if elected? Lindo: Our first act as elected representatives will be to strengthen the infrastructure of SGA. Strict expectations will be laid out for everyone on the senate, including ourselves. Accountability will become a common term and we will practice self governing to ensure only the dedicated serve on SGA. In spite of the budget crises, we will identify several From

areas of improvement for UWG, set quantifiable goals, and begin work immediately. Due to the nature of recent events, a majority of these goals will focus on problems introduced by the impending budget cuts. TWG: What is your greatest weakness? Lindo: I am the most detailed oriented person and I paint myself as a “big picture” thinker. I have learned to work with people that are better at focusing on day-to-day operations and small details than I am. My choice of Quin Roberts as vice-president is an excellent illustration of choosing complementary personnel. TWG: How do you plan to connect with the student body? Lindo: My experience at serving students at UWG will help immensely at times we need to reach out. Aside from face to face conversations and focus groups, I plan on using The West Georgian and UTV to help communicate with students. The media is much better at reaching a large audience than we are, and it would be pointless to “reinvent the wheel” when we already have excellent resources at


number seven.

TWG: If elected, what changes or improvements would you like to see implemented?

TWG: If elected, how will you handle the universities budget crises?

Lindo: I will realistically push UWG closer to a destination university in a variety of ways. While vague, making Carrollton into a more college friendly town is high on the list. The street signs were a good first step, but much more needs to be done in order to capture the community’s mindshare and our own students’ imaginations. There are ninth grade students down the street at Carrollton High School that show more pride in their school than many of ours, and that absolutely must change. TWG: What issue(s) on campus would you, if elected, focus on the most? Lindo: That is completely dependent on how the budget issue proceeds. If there is no favorable change in the situation we will have to focus on departmental efficiency and protect the institution’s core assets. The well being of students in the midst of a budget crisis will take precedence over any other administrations agenda. If these budget issues subside, see

Lindo: The answer is assuming the budget cut is already set and our appropriation has been handed down. As SGA president there is little I can do, except to open up channels of communications with those making the decisions and making sure the student’s voices are heard. The necessary reductions should be made carefully and with a degree of student input. I can provide leadership and reassurance, but I cannot work miracles. TWG: What do you feel makes you stand out above the other candidates? Lindo: I am almost 22 years old and will be entering my fifth and final year at UWG. I have not been a perfect student or a perfect man. However, I have literally grown up with this university and have realized my potential. My first year was our first year as Wolves, and Carrollton has felt like home ever since. I stand out above the other candidates because I have the strongest connection to this university, and it’s not up for debate.

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it,” said Sethna. “This year is likely to end with an additional 10 percent reduction, or an additional $5 million down from last year.” Sethna also mentioned the university’s fair handling of a significant reduction with minimal pain on students, aside from the institutional fee, in addition to the faculty and staff’s mandatory furlough days. “You shared the pain,” Sethna said. “All of this together helped us handle an approximate $10 million cut.” However, according to Sethna, the Georgia legislature informed the University System of Georgia that the cuts will transfer to next year, and in addition, they wanted the USG to take a $300 million cut. The USG and university presidents were given about two days to come up with a budget cut plan. UWG’s share of Photo by Matt Turner that $300 million cut was $8.1 million. At a phone-a-thon, SGA members call representatives to express the displeasure students feel over budget cuts. “It is not easy to take or even He elaborated on the first by several percentage points in the to the guaranteed fixed-rate tuition conceive an $8 million cut, on top assumption in that, the legislature state’s coffers. Over a 40-year period, plan that nearly half of all students of very severe cuts that we’ve had didn’t choose the lower estimate of each one percent would add about $1.2 participate in. already,” said Sethna. $500 million or a midpoint somewhere billion in tax revenues. Other components included at Faculty, administrators and staff in between. They chose the higher In his closing, Sethna urged UWG least $500,000 in savings through looked into what they could do within estimate of $1 billion and worst-case students to get involved in the political consolidating services among the that 24 to 48 hour period and a plan scenario, which Sethna described as a process. 35 institutions, a salary cut for all was presented. possible self-fulfilling prophecy. “The legislators need to know employees and a shorter semester “That plan is imperfect,” said “That’s the first assumption where the votes are and that voters of schedule. Sethna, “Nobody can come up with we want to challenge or we want to the state speak for higher education,” “To hell with that plan!” said a great plan in about 24-48 hours for respectfully suggest the legislature said Sethna. Lindo. “The burden is still being put cutting $8 million. It can’t be done.” reconsider the billion-dollar SGA President Alan Webster on students and employees, and they’re As the focus shifted from UWG assumption,” said Sethna. understood that plans must be made still basing this on a 30 percent budget to the state-at-large, Sethna explained The second assumption that to make next year’s budget work and cut. Forget about majors being cut, how that the assignments that were given Sethna addressed was of how the USG that the USG is taking a hit. He felt, many of you can afford to pay these to the presidents and the institutions accounts for 12 percent of the state’s however, that it is inexcusable to pay increases and stay in school?” were based on a set of unrealistic budget. Even with the worst-case suddenly expect the University System So what’s next for UWG and the assumptions. scenario, the USG’s share would be to lean out such a large percentage of SGA in the fight against the proposed He also informed students of how $120 million. its budget. budget cuts? they can forcefully, but respectfully But with the scenario of a $1 “These budget cuts are horrendous; The next event is an upcoming communicate their disapproval of the billion shortfall, the Georgia legislature there is no reason to sugarcoat it at this protest. The protest, which takes place budget cuts. made the assumption that instead of a point,” said Webster. “Students should along UWG’s Front Campus Drive, “I can simply provide the data 12 percent cut, the USG should take a forcefully, yet respectfully educate our will be held on Thursday, March 11 at and suggest that if you want to express 30 percent cut. state legislators that they are wrong.” noon. It has been said that Atlanta news your concern, you’re armed with real “That is another assumption Webster had choice words for the media will be present information to do it,” said Sethna. we hope they will reconsider,” said Georgia legislators who don’t believe Mass Communications major, So why did UWG have to plan for Sethna. that the proposed legislation will David Bachman, hopes for a large an $8 million budget cut? The reason With the proposed budget cuts, 82 detrimentally impact higher education turnout that will generate a great deal was because the USG was told to plan faculty positions and almost 60 staff in Georgia. of interest and turn up the heat on for a $300 million budget cut. positions could be eliminated. “I would like to have a legislators. But why $300 million? The loss of these positions would conversation with the institutions that “[With these cuts] it puts us all Before Sethna addressed the have a direct impact on graduation, awarded them degrees in the past and back; nobody’s major is guaranteed,” reason, he made it a point to inform including fewer sections, larger have their credentials checked,” said said Bachman, “We have to do what students that this figure was coming sections, and fewer support systems Webster. we can to persuade Georgia legislators from the legislature, not the governor’s, like tutors, which in turn would have Further providing a snapshot of to invest in our education.” office. a direct impact on the number of how the proposed legislation would Along with bringing as many Although the governor’s office graduates. negatively affect UWG, Webster friends as possible, Bachman hopes intends to reduce its estimate within the “That is the purpose of sharing this looked to the possible cut of four full- students will bring signs, noisemakers, next few days, the estimated reduction with you; so that you have ammunition time UWG police officers. and enthusiasm. is still not going to be as horrific as the when you talk to people,” said Sethna. “Consider in the past week the “I don’t want to see [any] majors legislature estimate of $1 billion lower From a power point by the Atlanta two violent crimes that have occurred or programs get cut,” said Bachman, in revenue. Regional Council for Higher Education, on our campus,” he said. “Our campus “With this protest, I hope that once “The governor has his own or ARCHE, Sethna explained what kind is already susceptible to violent crimes, legislators see that they shouldn’t cut office that makes predictions about of effect could result from challenging what will happen when the criminals our education, they will change their revenue for next year,” said Sethna. the state legislators on the proposed out populate the police by an even minds.” “The governor’s estimate is far more budget cuts. larger ratio?” Also hoping for a large turnout is optimistic than the legislature’s “The benefit of higher education According to SGA senator, Webster. estimate.” is to the state of Georgia,” said Sethna. Sean Lindo, a compromise has been “I believe it will be a great rallying He explained that the legislature By increasing the percentage of discussed at the State Capitol. point to getting students involved had a range of anywhere from $500 Georgians with a bachelor’s degree by This compromise would avoid some and ready for the culmination of our million to $1 billion of revenue shortfall only one percent, it could generate an of the dire cuts that UWG’s plan efforts—the march on the Capitol on expected for next fiscal year, which increase of $32 million in the state’s includes. Monday, March 15,” said Webster. begins July 1, 2010. coffers each year. Some components of that plan With future protest plans in place, “That’s a huge range of estimate,” If these proposed budget cuts go consist of a 35 percent tuition increase, Georgia legislators should “beware the said Sethna. through, then it would mean a decrease a $1000-per-student fee and an end ides of March.”

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Lecture: Anthropology major open to students

Jessica Klausing

Staff Writer If interested in different cultures, human evolution, and finding fossils, anthropology is an ideal major. UWG anthropology professors discussed the opportunities of majoring or minoring in anthropology on March 3 in the Anthropology building Room 12. Students enjoyed the display of archaeological bones and manmade replicas while professors discussed various courses and future careers. “Businesses are starting to realize that anthropology graduates know how to study people,” said Dr. Kathryn Kelley. “Economics and international relations need anthropologists.” Homeland Security, CARE International, World Vision, Save the Children and Refugee Family Services are some of the many organizations that hire anthropologists. Students interested in studying different cultures would enjoy Cultural Anthropology, the study of human

culture and various societies. Courses such as Environmental, Animals and Culture, People and Cultures and Anthropology of Gender study human interaction from birth to middle age. Myth, Magic, and Religion is a new course that studies different cultural religions. The linguistics course features the many aspects of language. Students learn the origins of language, from ape language to social interaction. The course, Gendered Language, shows how males and females speak and interact differentially. Intro to Physical Anthropology looks at human biology within the framework of evolution. The newly added Primatology class looks at apes, lemars and monkeys within relation to humans. However, students interested in research and hands-on activities would prefer the archaeological courses. Dirt Archeology is the most well known form of Archaeology, which is digging for artifacts. Dirt Archaeology forms Zooarchaeology concentrates on

animal bones, while Paleoethnobotany focuses on plant remains. Archaeologists are required to have a master’s degree in the field. “Don’t let that scare you off,” encouraged Dr. Karl Steinen. “It’s the best experience of your life. Most of this is required through field experience.” UWG’s Antonio J. Waring, Jr. archaeological laboratory curates artifacts from all over the southeast. “We curate Etowah Indian Mound artifacts here,” said Dr. Thomas Foster. “People from all over the country come to UWG to study these artifacts. There are not many colleges that offer this kind of funding for undergraduates, which makes this the best place in the state to study anthropology.” The anthropology department has an anthropology club for anyone interested in learning more about the field without majoring or minoring in it. The club brings in nationally-known speakers and travels to archeological worksites. Dr. Lisa Gezon closed the lecture advising students to make connections

through networks and internships in expanding skills. “Major in what you love and the opportunities will follow,” advised Gezon.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” said Bob Bergquist, father of the two young founders. Over time, the organization hopes to provide more programs, such as providing video phones with prepaid service, so overseas soldiers can see their families more regularly. “With over 200,000 U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is important for us to find ways for them to communicate with loved ones back home,” said Brittany Bergquist. According to Mike Newman, vice president of ReCellular, Americans will replace at least 130 million cell phones this year. “If just two percent of all Americans were to donate their phones, we could supply every troop with a phone as a small measure of the gratitude of a nation,” says Robbie Bergquist. The following includes a few letters from soldiers expressing gratitude for the program:

“When I go around and visit the troops, I am always handing out free calling cards to them, and they are very thankful, and surprised! You and your organization play a large role in my staff’s ministry to the troops. Again thank you, we couldn’t do this without you!” “Today, I received the pre-paid calling cards from you. I handed out the cards myself, and they all disappeared in less than a minute! We would ALL like to thank you very much for the cards and the support you provide to those of us in the military. I am currently deployed to Iraq for a year (been here for a month), just got married in June, and it’s so great to be able to call my wife.” Gamma Sigma Sigma only collected two cell phones as of Thursday, the last day of their collection. The Cell Phones for Soldiers Organization has over 40,000 cell phone donation centers throughout the U.S. where people can turn in their old cell phones. To donate a cell phone, visit the Cell Phones for Soldiers website at

that witnessed the recent incident on campus, and encouraged anyone with any information to step forward. “Don’t sit back and watch things happen,” said Ramsey. “If you see something going on, and you don’t report it, you’re just as bad as the perpetrator.” Watson also encouraged female students to take part in the R.A.D.

program, which teaches women self defense and how to handle themselves in an emergency situation. For more information, or if one is a victim of a sexual assault or know someone who is, call the UWG police at 678-839-6000, or contact the Carroll Rape Crisis center for free and confidential assistance at 770-8347273.

been working for Health Services over the past sixteen years. “More young ladies are carrying their babies to term and raising them either by themselves or with the help of their families,” Parham said. “They are also more likely to complete college.” Birth control of any form is less expensive than an abortion or having a child. An abortion costs around $500. Although this is not an enormous amount of money, the possible physical and emotional after effects can cost a woman much more. However, a woman can eventually overcome the majority of repercussions that result from electing to end a pregnancy. UWG does not currently offer a support group for pregnant students. There are, however, groups within Carroll County for women who have became pregnant. Students are encouraged to be proactive and prevent pregnancies. A visit to UWG’s Health Services can

prevent a woman from having to deal with the possibility of becoming a mother before she is ready. Parham does not think that one race has a higher pregnancy rate than another. “Blacks, whites, and Hispanics are all getting pregnant,” said Parham. “There are many students that get pregnant within their first two semesters of college.” Parham also believes that the pregnancy rate is high because of a “lack of knowledge.” “Many first year freshman do not intend on having sex,” Parham said. “It really does ‘just happen’ to some. They don’t consider themselves to be sexually active if they are not having sex regularly, but what some don’t understand is that it only takes having sex one time to get pregnant.” For more information, a pregnancy test or a consultation with a patient advocate, visit Health Services.

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Gamma Sigma Sigma collects used cell phones

Lindy Oller

Staff Writer The national service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma has been collecting old cell phones to give to soldiers currently serving overseas. The old cell phones are given to ReCellular, which pays the Cell Phones for Soldiers organization for each donated phone. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that was started in From

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students stating their concerns. The panel consisted of Miss Rome Georgia Briana Jewett, UWG health educator Debra Dugan, Holly Presnal from the Carroll Rape Crisis Center, Collyn Ramsey from P.A.W.S. and Walter Swanson, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity president. The discussion centered on the awareness of what Presnal called a “crime that knows no boundaries.” Rape and sexual assault are common. According to the Carroll Rape Crisis Center, more than 50 percent of all rapes and sexual assault incidents that are reported by victims occurred within only one mile of their home. With this statistic, it is even more critical to be aware of how often and how suddenly an attack may happen. One by one, audience members began asking questions and sharing their From

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all of the options available and what they intend to do. Typically one third of the female students refuse this free service. The patient advocates at Health Services are there to make sure the woman is aware of all of her options. They discuss all the possible scenarios such as having the baby, having an abortion, and possibly putting the baby up for adoption. Parham said that she sees many women who “do not want to make a choice at that moment; they [just] want the information.” Patient advocates ensure that the patient is completely informed and educated on all of her possible options before making a life changing decision. “Our role is to give information and provide the services that the woman needs,” Parham said of her role as a Woman’s Health nurse

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April 2004 by Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, a brother and sister who were 13 and 12 years old at the time. According to Gabby Dunn, a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, the company turns the old cell phones into more minutes of prepaid calling cards for soldiers over in Iraq, so they can have more time to talk to their families. From 2004 to the present day, the organization has collected almost $2 million in donations and has given more than 50,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

stories. For some, they were stories that would not have been shared otherwise. “What can I do if I know someone that has been raped and doesn’t want to report it?” a student asked. “The best thing you can do is provide support, and encourage that person to receive some type of help,” said Dugan. “It’s never too late to get help,” Presnal added. Students voiced issues about campus safety and the university police. Concerns ranged from the need to be escorted to their cars while alone at night to the emergency police poles located throughout campus. Lieutenant Ned Watson of the UWG Police department said that only six percent of rapists ever spend time in jail. “Sexual assaults are underreported,” said Watson. However, he stated that there may have been a number of people practitioner. Health Services has at least two resources for every one of the three options available. Health Services does not schedule abortions, but they will recommend a reputable clinic located in the Atlanta area. However, Health Services will provide a two-week follow-up after the abortion has been performed. On average, one half of the women reported pregnant have an abortion. The other half has the baby and is then faced with the challenge of finding a way to finish college and care for a child simultaneously. When women tell Parham that they plan to keep the baby, she refers them to an obstetrician, the Division of Family and Children’s Services and WIC, a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. Parham has seen about two to five women ask about putting their babies up for adoption since she has

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C.A.P.E Charity Ball raises over $1600

Cheryl Fraizer and Sabrina James present an award to keynote speaker Dennis Blackmon.

Julianna Barnett

Staff Writer The Crime Awareness and Prevention Education group hosted the Crime Awareness Charity Ball on Thursday, Feb. 25. The theme of the ball was “Giving from the Heart” and over 170 people were in attendance. The event raised over $1,600. The event was a financial success and was also informative about the current sex slave trade tragedies happening in the Carroll County community. The charity ball featured a wonderful meal including various meats, cheeses and desserts that were

graciously donated by Aramark, a traditional African dance presented by the University of West Georgia’s African Student Association, a newscast that educated the attendees on all of the recipients of the proceeds, performances by Jody Carter, a member of the United Gospel Choir, and the female quartet, “Shades of Red.” Judge Dennis T. Blackmon was the keynote speaker for the evening. “I don’t give speeches, I tell stories,” said Blackmon, when he began his speech. His presentation consisted of a balance between stories that had the entire crowd laughing, and more somber topics including

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teen pregnancy, drop-out rates and poverty. The event’s proceeds were evenly distributed between C.A.P.E., the Carroll Rape Crisis Center and Angela’s House. The Carroll Rape Crisis Center is a non-profit agency. All of their services are free to victims of sexual abuse as well as their families. They provide preventative education to schools, agencies and organizations within the Carroll County community for free. Angela’s House has existed since 1999. Their goal is to raise awareness of the problem of child commercial sexual exploitation in Atlanta and to provide safe and stable housing for

girls that have been living on the streets and have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Cheryl Frasier, C.A.P.E founder and nontraditional student at UWG, is currently a senior and a criminology major. Frasier is a correctional professional in Carroll County and created C.A.P.E. to help educate others in the community about how correctional professionals do their jobs. “There was a need in the community to bring awareness to crime,” said Frasier. She decided to create a benefit in the form of a charity ball because it was a good way to honor the people who have fought against crime in an elegant environment. “We have a passion for standing up against crime,” Frasier said. Frasier encouraged students to get involved and join the organization. She dreams of eventually having a C.A.P.E. group on every college campus in the state of Georgia. “C.A.P.E. is a movement made up of extremely diverse people that all have a common goal of standing against crime,” said Frasier. Diamond Smith, a UWG sophomore, recently joined, and, she said, for good reason. “It’s not just a mission statement,” said Smith. “They actually serve the community.” C.A.P.E currently consists of 31 members. The group meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Pafford 307.

Celebrating March as women’s history month

Alissa Troutman

Staff Writer Every month has a special day to celebrate or a day to reflect on something significant in our country’s history. The month of March is Women’s History Month. According to the National Women’s History Project at http://, “Every year in March, the NWHP coordinates observances of National Women’s History Month throughout the country. The NWHP originated this widely recognized celebration and sets the annual theme, produces educational materials, and chooses particular women to honor nationally for their work.” In most history textbooks, a lot of women in history are either overlooked or unappreciated.

The website said that “Multicultural American women are overlooked in most mainstream approaches to U.S. history, so the National Women’s History Project champions their accomplishments and leads the drive to write women back into history.” When women learn about their history, they become empowered and serve as role models to future generations. “We as women have accomplished so much, and I think that it’s great that we have a month of recognition,” said Monique Fisher, a UWG Senior. “We play so many roles throughout our daily lives that we don’t have the time to pamper ourselves as much.” Many women in the past have fought for basic rights, including the right to vote, hold property, higher education, equal pay for equal work

and reproductive rights. Not too long ago, women were also unrecognized for their talents in mathematics, science and art. “It’s a great thing!” said sophomore Brandy Manders. “We need to learn more about women leaders in the world. Today’s history is focused so much on wars and the bad things that happen. Women have done a lot of good, such as taking over jobs during the World Wars and helping to save the economy. Without women, the world would not be where it is today.” Fellow sophomore Camie Smith had similar views. “I think Women’s History Month is important because not many people really think about the oppression women went through in history,” said Smith. “We see the here and now and don’t remember how it is women

got here. I like the idea of Women’s History Month because it is so diverse. Women of different ages, cultures, races, and religious backgrounds have greatly influenced this nation and have truly made an impact.” Many libraries, including the Ingram and Carrollton Libraries, have plenty of books that have to do with Women’s Rights. This month, it is important to remember all the sacrifices that women in the past have made. Without them, women would not have the liberties that they have today. “I think this month is a great way for us to recognize our strength and give ourselves a pat on the back,” said Fisher. “We have come a long way and we have fought for our rights alongside civil rights, so it’s pretty awesome to have a month just for us. Girl power!”

consumes approximately 3.1 alcoholic beverages a week, “B” students 4.4, a “D” student 5.6, and a failing student approximately 9.5. Most people are not aware of what they’re actually consuming. A 12 ounce can of beer contains five percent alcohol, a five ounce glass of wine contains about 12 percent alcohol, and a half-ounce shot is 80-proof. There are many myths on sobering up, from drinking coffee to slapping someone in the face. However, it takes the liver an hour to process one drink, so time is the only true key to sobriety. Women also seem to become intoxicated more rapidly than men, and here’s why. Women are usually smaller than men, which decreases the time it takes for alcohol to move through the body. When the liver is smaller, it takes longer for the alcohol to be broken down. Women also tend to have more body fat than men, and fat doesn’t absorb alcohol. Men have more of an enzyme called dehydrogenase,

which helps to metabolize alcohol. should know that there is nothing Other factors the help alcohol to wrong with drinking, but they should have an effect more quickly include be aware [of their] limit,” said whether a woman is on birth control Lamont. “Friends should try to be or ovulating. more responsible with taking care of Eighty percent of rape cases deal our friends in a bad situation.” with alcohol. Although someone may According to health educator joke, “I hope she gets wasted so I can Ron King, behavioral cues may be score,” that is actually considered indicators as to intoxication including planned sexual assault. stumbling, slurred speech, being UWG is hosting a Health and overly friendly, excessive talking, Safety Week on March 15-19. Speaker displaying mood swings, a relaxed Ronnie Rice will address alcohol state and loss of coordination. awareness on March 17 in Signs of alcohol the TLC Room 1305 at poisoning are vomiting, 7 p.m. in a presentation irregular breathing, called “Booze, Boys, slow pulse rate, Babes and the and pale or cold Mourning After.” skin. If these signs There will also be become present in an obstacle course someone, students using alcohol-vision are encouraged to goggles. call 911, as alcohol Jimmy Lamont, poisoning can be peer educator, said fatal. that students should “It’s about being look out for one another. responsible and having “I think that personally fun at the same time,” said and professionally […] people File photo Lamont.

of history, the library in which his speech was held is a site of historical significance. The university, along with over a thousand other sites in Carroll County, makes up a rich array of the county’s historic resources, as well as one of the state’s largest collections of historic buildings. Dr. Hébert’s presentation showed Carroll County to be a veritable gold mine of history. “History is all around us,” Hébert said. “All you have to do is open your eyes and look around, and history

comes alive.” He said the potential for historic preservation is strong in Carroll County, but it requires an active campaign from local preservationists. “There is a solid foundation for the future of the past in Carroll County,” he said. Hébert pointed to the Macintosh Reserve, Morris Bridge Park and the old railroad depot as large chunks of Carroll County history. But the real history, he said, lies in the homes of real people—the farmers and mill

UWG the Real World: Drinking in college

Ashley Armstrong

Staff Writer Most college students drink–at parties, bars, restaurants, gatherings, at dinner or even alone. “I feel that drinking in general is not a bad thing, but obsessive drinking can be a problem,” said student Keysheera Mitchell. “A drinker should know their limits.” Some students drink alcohol to relieve stress from school. “I drink to relieve my stress, especially around my test time,” a UWG senior said. “I drink Cirot and lemonade or a long island ice tea to really calm my nerves before a big exam. It puts me in a state of relaxation.” “Drinking is okay as long as it is done in moderation,” Bernard Rosemon, student, added. “You [have to] get away from the books and all the schoolwork every now and then.” But statistics show that students who drink less alcohol on average make higher grades. An “A” student


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place still matter?

Staff Writer

UWG’s Center for Public History set out to answer the question “Does Place Still Matter?” for a crowd of students and community members Thursday morning in the Ingram Library. The overall theme of the presentation was an emphatic “Yes” to the presentation’s title. According to Keith Hébert, UWG alumnus and assistant professor

Center for Public History says yes

workers that populated Carroll County about 60 years ago. Hébert blames the perception that historical landmarks were only valued if they were the homes of the white, the rich and the famous on misinformation. Not every historic landmark needs Greek columns or five floors. “Everything isn’t pretty,” Hébert said. “To be historic is to be equal.” The National Park Service’s See

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Arts & Entertainment PAGE 6 --- WEDNESDAY, March 10, 2010

Art galleries on campus open for rent

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the galleries are completely sanded, resurfaced and painted. All galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are closed during installation and school holidays. They are free and are open to the public. Stephanie Smith, the gallery coordinator, is responsible for selecting the featured artists. The art department views the various galleries as a teaching tool for the faculty and students. The goal is to present students with a variety of work that can apply to the many different disciplines that UWG offers, including sculpture, photography, graphic design, painting and art history. Once a week, students have thesis exhibitions and professional exhibitions are usually once a month. Artists featured in the galleries receive some financial assistance to help with the shipping and transport costs. In return, the featured artist is asked to have a talk and interact with UWG students. Any artist interested in displaying their artwork in one of the galleries

should submit a resume, artist statement and 15 to 20 images on CD for consideration. Smith encourages students and faculty to visit the galleries. “We usually have good attendance at the opening receptions, approximately 50 to 100 people,” said Smith. “During the week many students and faculty come into the gallery on their way to and from class. Professors often bring their classes to the gallery to discuss the work.” The art department also organizes the Juried Student Exhibition, an annual competition open to all students, in which an outside juror, who is a professional in the art field, selects work. Every other year, there is an Art Faculty Exhibition and an Alumni exhibition. Some students choose to sell their featured artwork. “The work is usually for sale, but we aren’t a commercial gallery and our focus is educational, [not to promote] sales,” said Smith. “A sale is always a bonus, but is rare.”

Smith also organizes the “Good Things Come in Small Packages” holiday show and sale each year. “All the work is very small and reasonably priced,” said Smith. “This is open to all students, faculty staff, alumni and the community.” Most gallery sales occur during the Juried Student Show exhibition and the “Good Things Come in Small Packages” show. Smith puts a large amount of time and effort into helping students display their artwork. “In the Bobick Gallery, my gallery assistant and I hang and install all the art,” said Smith. “We prep the gallery each show, which includes patching holes, sanding and painting. Some shows take up to 16 hours to prepare. We also write press releases, design postcards, posters and advertise on Facebook.” Artists interested in displaying their work in the Bobick Gallery should contact Stephanie Smith. For the second floor gallery, artists should contact Kevin Shunn for future openings.

Guide: Men’s fashion tips

their baggy, saggy counterpart. Collared tops and slim ties are also trends to pay attention to in modern men’s clothing. Collared tops include polos and button ups. They are very much a part of the preppy style and make guys look a bit more mature. Slim ties are paired with a nice buttonup or suit that allows men to dress up, but at the same time has a more youthful fill to it. They quite similar to the traditional tie, but are a great deal skinnier. Leather jackets are a must-have the weather remains cold. Biker, bomber and military inspired jackets that have straps on either shoulder are

extremely popular this season. These jackets look great and can be paired with a graphic tee to make the outfit more casual or with a plaid button up to look a bit dressy. Popular shoes for guys include Sperry’s boating shoes, Polo boots and high top sneakers of all brands. These have all been around for some time, but have not yet gone out of style. Another tip to make sure an outfit is in top shape is to always match the belt color with the color of the shoes. Any deviation of this rule creates chaos and dysfunction in an outfit. These simple tips can help any guy stand out in a crowd.

Julianna Barnett

Staff Writer The University of West Georgia proudly houses three different art galleries, all of which are located in the Humanities Building. The first floor Bobick Gallery features professional artists from local, regional and international backgrounds. These exhibitions are typically scheduled up to one year in advance. The gallery located on the second floor is for the utilization of UWG students. Senior art majors have priority with exhibitions, although it is available to all students. Students using the second floor gallery must leave a $100 damage and key deposit, sign a contract and are responsible for having the gallery in good condition for the next artist. Most art students using the gallery leave it in good shape, but occasionally, they don’t do so well. This inconveniences the following artists and may cause stress. The Atrium Gallery displays the Bayeux Tapestry. Once a year,

Christina Thompson

Staff Writer There is a very important aspect of the fashion industry that is often forgotten. More attention is usually paid to clothing designed for women than for men. That is about to change. As important as it is for women to look good, it is also very important for men to look just as fashion forward. One trend that has become very popular in young men’s fashion is the sports jacket. Men are beginning to

wear sports jackets with casual outfits to create a dressy but casual look. This also gives young men the element of a more mature and even business-like look, without needing to wear a suit. Vests worn unbuttoned with jeans and a pair of flat sneakers is also a great way to dress down a traditionally formal ensemble. Baggy jeans are a trend that has definitely made its way out of the fashion world. Nowadays, guys are opting for fitted and even skinny jeans. These types of jeans fit closer to the leg and are more clean-cut than

Recipe of the Week 5-minute Chocolate Mug Cake with Maggie Hills 4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips A small splash of vanilla extract 1 large coffee mug (Microwave safe)

A quick chocolate fix, this mug cake is suited for any college student. Add ice cream when serving for extra taste.

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

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Grant Wallace

Spending $6.50 with Grant: Greenberg

Distribution Manager What do “Meet the Fockers,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Zoolander” all have in common? Easy: A hilarious Ben Stiller. This next one is tougher. What do the other half (respectively) of Ben Stiller’s films have in common? A notso-hilarious Ben Stiller. In perhaps a move of desperation or simply a yearning to expand, I’m very pleased to announce Stiller’s first serious film, “Greenberg.” In addition to the already promising review, I am also very impressed that he was involved with some favorites of mine, Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach. “Greenberg” follows the sad story of Roger Greenberg (Stiller) who was recently released from a psychiatric hospital on the grounds that he could now feel his legs again, although nothing was ever wrong with them. Greenberg’s only purpose in life

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at this point is to do absolutely nothing and try to feel good about it. Apathetic to his plan is Gerwig (“Nights and Weekends,” “Hannah Takes the Stairs,” “Baghead”) who falls for the aging man despite their alarming age gap. Baumbach has directed favorites of mine, such as “The Squid and the Whale” and “Margot at the Wedding,” so it comes as no surprise that I loved

this one as well. All the indie kids are going to enjoy this as well, as James Murphy, mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem, did the entire music score for the film. Brie Larson, from the hilariously witty “United States of Tara,” couldn’t have started her big-screen career in a better way. Larson’s rebellious side contrasted perfectly as Stiller’s neice, making the introverted Greenberg turn

the events to follow, is part of the nationwide effort to promote literacy and education in the United States. All events are free and open to the public. Badham, whose performance was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, was only 10 years old at the time of the film’s release. She described the film as very near and dear to her heart. “It’s a piece of history,” Badham said. “We remember these times, the sights, these smells, these sounds, and it shows how far we’ve come. But we’ve still got a long way to go.” At the time of her Oscar nomination, she was the youngest actress to ever receive such a high honor for an acting performance. Her career continued only another four years, but it was her first role for which she will always be remembered. The screening, though interrupted every ten minutes by a screen saver, was a successful start to the community’s latest project. After the applause of the screening subsided, Friend of the Library Jim Cooper read a proclamation from the Office of the Mayor, welcoming Badham to Carrollton and expressing how privileged members of the community felt to have the actress in their midst. Badham took questions from the audience after the screening. On working with Gregory Peck, whose performance as Atticus Finch is

synonymous with the film (as is the Oscar he won for the role), Badham said that he was a second father to her, and that their friendship continued until the end of his life. Badham also established relationships with Brock Peters, who played the role of Tom Robinson, and Phillip Alford, who played Scout’s brother Jem, whom she said became closer to her than her own brothers. Badham expressed the significance that the film still holds, nearly 50 years after its creation. “I hope this movie will mean a lot to our children and our grandchildren,” she said. “When I was growing up, black people had their place and white people had their place. I never thought I’d live long enough to see an African American president of the United States.” Badham’s visit was an important event to the community, and marked a new era in the promotion of literacy in Carroll County. Along with a grant from the NEA, the event was sponsored by the Alice Richards Foundation, the Times-Georgian, UWG, the staff and friends of Neva Lomason Library and the Big Read Committee. The next event will take place today, March 10 at the Little Hawaiian as a luncheon and book discussion for members of local area book clubs. Visit for a complete list of scheduled events.

into a coked-up party monster. Fellow mumble-core actor Mark Duplass (“Humpday,” “The Puffy Chair”) also made a small, awkward cameo which was well welcomed. At times like these, I could only laugh in hopes that this situation wouldn’t get more awkward. And then, of course, it would happen. The majority of the film focused on Stiller’s awkward behavior that really impressed me with a talent I’ve never seen before. Notice how I’ve used the word “awkward” three times so far. It is because that is honestly where the majority of this movie spends its time. Likewise, the movie also provided some unexpected one-liners that, although they won’t be as popular as the Superbad phrases, have already built itself into my vocabulary. In a hopeful plea, I sincerely hope Stiller reads this and realizes that he definitely does not need to make another “Night at the Museum.” “Greenberg” will be released March 26 in limited theaters.

Academy Award-nominated actress Classifieds For information on introduces Carrollton’s Big Read Kelly Quimby

Staff Writer As university systems across the state face diminishing budgets, the need is stronger than ever to promote the educations of Georgia’s youth. The looming threat of budget cuts did nothing to damper the spirits of the Carrollton community last Friday with the area’s first participation in The Big Read. March is devoted entirely to Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and the first event of the program took place in the form of a screening of the 1962 film adaptation of Lee’s classic Southern novel. As an added bonus to the Academy Award winning film, the Friends of the Neva Lomason Memorial Library invited special guest Mary Badham, who played the role of Scout in the film, to attend. Badham graciously accepted, and with a large turnout of visitors from the college and the community, the event was a successful start to the month’s program. President of the Friends of the Library Tim Edgar introduced Lee’s novel as a “great book with great themes.” “We talked about a lot of different books but ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was a unanimous decision,” Edgar said. The screening, along with

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Student asks: If you kill Ga. with budget cuts, who pays for the funeral?

explanation, my e-mail address is at the top of this article. I look forward to the tawdry stories ripped right out of Penthouse Forum, because they sure aren’t spending the taxpayer money on better police, roads or education. In the end, though, proposals for making up the shortfall without decimating our schools are buzzing about. One such proposal is a one percent food tax that would cover the entirety of the University System of Ga.’s requested budget cut. I File Photo have a few more radical ones: Cass Carter Stop sending Georgia National Sports Editor Guard Troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. Seriously, what do we have to do to get money to spend on our own citizens, I love my home state of Ga, but blow up our roads and buildings? let’s face a bitter fact: Businesses Seems to be the way that Iraqis and aren’t exactly flocking here and Afghanis are getting our taxes. Do neither are educated people. We’re they really have to spend massive not the top-ranked state and things amounts of cash by rebuilding other aren’t necessarily getting any better. countries while our own is being Every year, our schools have faced tossed down the crapper? I think massive budget cuts and despite that National Guard troops would be these challenges, UWG has managed better used at building our roads, to to build a successful academic be honest. program. Legalize marijuana. Seriously, Unfortunately, the latest cuts go how much do we pay per year to hold way too far. We’re skinned to the bone weed smokers in jail? And for using a and they’re asking for a couple more drug that is recognized by study after pounds of flesh from us. As of a few study as being safer than booze and weeks ago, our international students tobacco? Seriously? Also, we can boggled at the astoundingly high cost tax the heck out of it like we do for of a public college education; after tobacco and raise gigantic tax revenue all, the rest of the civilized world in the process. Oh, and think of the considers post-secondary education increased tourism as people from all to be a right, on par with free speech. over the country flock to Georgia on Talk to those same students now April 20. and they look at our government as Eliminate expense accounts of if it’s being run by crackheads. And Ga. representatives and other elected they might just be right. Really, positions. If they’re going to ask us where is all this money going? to cut our budgets, they should cut Taxes on cigarettes go up. down on things themselves. College fees go up. State benefits for Stop wasting money on frivolous disabled people and the unemployed challenges to chip away at a woman’s go down. As a citizen who spends right to choose. For the past decade, a great deal of time watching state these state congress guys have been politics, I still have no idea where this making little bitty laws with the intent cash goes. of slowly chipping away at the edges I imagine our state congress of reproductive rights. These laws critters running around on speed boats have resulted in legal challenges from down the Chattahoochee, snorting people who generally take offense at coke and giving each other personal their rights being taken away, and favors while smoking weed wrapped rightly so. But those legal challenges in $100 bills. That’s an extraordinary cost money, and I imagine that’s a explanation. If they have another

good place to start looking for wasted money. At the end of the day, we really need to look sternly at these congress people and write their names down. Post them on your door or next to your computer to remind you who they are and keep an eye on how they vote. If they vote for a budget cut to make Ga. even dumber, vote them out. Doesn’t matter who is running against them, throw the laggards out! Do these guys even realize that cutting education today will almost certainly mean increased loads on our welfare system? As fewer people can get a quality education, as schools cut programs that allow their students to be competitive in the world economy, and as they continue to cut essential services that allow disabled people to go through vocational rehabilitation to become productive citizens, so will the number of people who qualify for food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare programs. The short-sightedness of our representatives is abhorrent and while this editorial may seem to be coarse in its discussion of these issues, it needs to be said in no uncertain terms that their behavior is completely unacceptable. They can find the money elsewhere if they stop thinking outside the Reaganomics box and realize that if we don’t invest in our future now, there won’t be one for this state. It’s bad enough that my hometown, Monticello, has suffered from similar budget cuts due to decreasing tax revenues and from increased unemployment. Young people there leave the town as soon as they get their diploma, heading for greener pastures. If the state government keeps up the same model of divesting from the citizenry, which has devastated small towns around this state, soon young people from all over Georgia will do the same: they will leave the state, looking for a better life in a state that actually cares about its citizens. Over time, this will kill our state. And who will be around to pay for the funeral? *This is the author’s opinion and does not represent the opinion of The West Georgian.

Rant and Rave -Actions speak louder than words. Do something about your feelings. -Now that there was a rape on campus, I’m super afraid to go to the gym at night, or anywhere at night for that matter. -Finally it’s warm! -How incredibly inconvenient is the construction next to the library!? -Why do we have overpriced vendors come to campus when everybody’s broke? -I think our “athletic fee” should be discontinued until the department is off suspension. -I hate Spanish! Fire the whole Spanish Dept. except Dr. Gunnels--she’s amazing! - What are the police doing about all the crime on campus? -Let’s make a change: Professors, don’t pile on the work right before spring break. -Cut the Athletic Dept. for the budget cut! Send Rants or Raves to with subject line “Rant & Rave.”

Man on the Street

How do you feel about marijuana legalization? Christina Thompson

Staff Writer

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Erica Cliette: “I think it should be legal, because a lot of people do it. If anything should be illegal, it should be cigarettes, because that stuff kills people.”

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DeAndra White: “No, it should not be legalized because the government will tax marijuana and it will be more expensive for users to buy.”

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Josh Zeigler: “In the US, it wouldn’t matter if they did or not. They would probably put such a big sin tax on it. If marijuana was legalized some people might ask ‘why isn’t cocaine legal?’ It’s best if [marijuana] stays illegal.”

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Kayla Evans: “It does help some people. I think it should only be prescribed by a doctor. The rest should be illegal, because you’d have all the other people running around acting crazy.”

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Julie Matsunaga: “I do think it should be legalized. I’m not sure how they would handle it, but yes, I do. Right now, I feel like the government is spending so much money trying to control the war against drugs. The money could be used in other ways. It’s a losing battle, [what we’re doing] isn’t working.”

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Kadeem Marks: “I don’t want it to be legalized because it’ll be taxed, but there’s really no point in putting people in jail for smoking marijuana.”

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Dorrell Singleton: “The thing about marijuana is it’s not good, it’s a drug. I know it helps certain people, but I still think it should be illegal. It does more harm than good. I am all about helping people. If it helps, yes, but the way it’s used in the streets, no.”


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Wolves one and done in GSC tournament

Ross Johnson

Staff Writer UWG’s hopes of making a Cinderella run in the Gulf South Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament were quickly halted Friday evening, as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys soundly defeated the Wolves 79-60 in Southaven, MS. West Georgia fought hard the entire game, but the precision of Arkansas Tech’s motion offense proved to be more than then the Wolves defense could handle. The Wonder Boys led the entire game, shooting a staggering 50 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range. “I couldn’t have asked for any more of our guys tonight,” said UWG head coach Michael Cooney. “Our effort was outstanding. We matched their intensity and made them work for this win.” West Georgia entered the GSC tournament as a decisive underdog. The Wolves ended the season with an overall record of 13-14, and clinched the fourth seed in the Eastern Division with a 3-7 record in conference play. As the tournament’s lowest overall seed, West Georgia had the toughest opening round opponent in Arkansas Tech. The Wonder Boys ended the regular season ranked number two nationally with a record of 26-1. Arkansas Tech went 9-1 in conference play, claiming the number one overall seed and title of tournament favorite. West Georgia came out flat and Arkansas Tech took full advantage, scoring the first 10 points of the game.

UWG freshman center Brett Seljak scored the Wolves’ first basket at the 15:21 mark, but the Wonder Boys extended their lead to 22-4. After being dominated for the first 10 minutes of the game, West Georgia’s offense came to life with three straight three-pointers from junior guard Vojin Svilar. The Wolves’ outside shooting opened up the floor for some easy points in the paint. West Georgia started really clicking offensively and a threepoint jumper from junior guard Justin Cummings shrunk the lead to 33-25 with 4:40 remaining in the opening period. Eight points is as close as the Wolves would get as the Wonder Boys closed out the half with two clutch three-point shots from senior guard Brandon Friedel and a 42-27 lead.

minutes of the game, but the deficit proved too much to overcome. West Georgia’s season would come to an end losing 79-60. The Wolves stayed in the game by out-rebounding the Wonder Boys 41-37 and shooting 44 percent from three-point range. The loss marked the final game in which senior forwards John Pringle and Jeremy Smith would lace up their sneakers for West Georgia. Pringle earned his tenth career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Svilar was the Wolves’ leading scorer with 18 points, including five three-pointers. Freshman guard Ryan Godfrey added 12 points in the loss, scoring all of them in the second half while Svilar was sidelined due to foul trouble. “I think that we can look back at this season with our heads held high,” Photo provided by said Cooney. “We would have liked to The Wolves would not go down have found a way to pull out two close without a fight and shot out of the games to finish with a winning record, break to score the first seven points of but we played a very tough schedule the second half, shrinking ATU’s lead that included three of the top six teams to eight at 42-34 with 17:37 remaining. in the country.” West Georgia would fight to stay Cooney and his staff will get little within striking distance of Arkansas rest after the loss, as they will head Tech. After another three-pointer from out on to the recruiting trail. He feels Svilar, the Wolves were still only good about the players returning, but down eight points at 52-44 with 12:32 knows that West Georgia will have remaining in the game. some specific needs to fill with the loss Sensing the momentum was of Pringle and Smith. slipping away, ATU senior guard “We have got to get the right Marcus Pillow scored eight of the guys for our program,” said Cooney. Wonder Boys’ next 14 points, stretching “We have a really good group of guys their lead to 66-46 with 8:33 remaining. coming back. We really need to find West Georgia suffered an eight-minute another inside presence that can score stretch in which they couldn’t score a in the post. We also need another single basket. Even down by 20 points, perimeter shooter that can get hot like the Wolves never quit. They outscored Arkansas Tech did tonight.” Arkansas Tech 16-13 in the final seven

Adam Elrod

Shoot for a cure

Staff Writer When people think of fraternities and sororities, they tend to think of college students who party, drink and go crazy instead of studying. But most people don’t realize that fraternities and sororities have national philanthropies that they raise money for. These causes require time and dedication from Greek organizations. On Saturday, March 5, Alpha Xi Delta and Pi Kappa Phi hosted their second annual Shoot for Cure three-onthree basketball tournament to help raise money for Push America and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, two philanthropies that have special meaning to both groups. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hits close to home for the Greek organizations. Alumni from both Alpha Xi Delta and Pi Kappa Phi have battled with cystic fibrosis, and the money that this foundation raises helps to find a cure

for the disease. Push America is Pi Kappa Phi’s national philanthropy and an organization that raises money to help the disabled. This is the only national philanthropy founded and run solely on money raised by a fraternity. “It feels good to know you are making a difference,” said Hamilton Philips, a Pi Kappa Phi member. Five men’s teams and three women’s teams played in the basketball tournament where the proceeds benefited the organizations. This year, the men’s team winner was the Irish Pub, defeating last year’s winners Chi Phi. The sorority Alpha Gamma Delta won the tournament for the women’s team. “Even though you get to play basketball, you know the money you gave is going to change so many people’s lives, [especially] if a cure is found for cystic fibrosis,” said Philips. “That is one thing we are hoping and praying for with the money we raise.”

Ultimate frisbee kicks off Ericka Birdsong

Staff Writer Ultimate Frisbee season began on Friday, March 5. Registration was held online from Feb. 8 to the 24. On Feb. 25, a meeting in the Campus Center Ballroom was held to discuss both the season and the rules. This season there are six Ultimate Frisbee teams: Disc-O-Inferno, Free Flyers, Purple Rain, SCAP, Stall Nine and THE Safety Patrol. Each team is allowed to have between eight and 20 players. This Co-ed sport also has a minimum of four females per team. Team Disc-O-Inferno consists of 15 players: eight males and seven females, captained by Joette Crews. The Free Flyers are led by Jonathan Fischer, whose team consists of 13 males and

six females. Shomari Spencer, captain of Purple Rain, currently leads a team with eight males and five females on the roster. SCAP consists of 10 males and four females, and is led by Jerrell Alexander. Tyler Woodard heads Stall Nine, a team of 10 males and five females. Emily Burnett, leader of THE Safety Patrol, directs a team of nine males and five females. Three games were held on the Intramural Fields on opening day. The first game was between Disc-O-Inferno and Purple Rain at 2 p.m., followed by a second game between Stall Nine and THE Safety Patrol at 3. The final game of the day pitted SCAP against the Free Flyers at 4 p.m. The next games are scheduled for Friday, March 12. For more information about the Ultimate Frisbee league, visit

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National Historic Preservation Act requires only that a building be 50 years old, that the historical integrity of the resource be intact and that it either had a connection to historical events, architecture or the potential to yield archaeological findings. “Historic properties are tangible evidence in Georgia’s history,” said Hébert said. “They contribute to a sense of place, strengthen cultural identities and enrich the quality of people’s lives.” According to Hébert, the major obstacles facing local preservationists is the lack of awareness in the community, lack of involvement and the need to hold public officials accountable for historic sites. In Ga., anyone has the right to nominate a building or property to the National Register of Historic Places, as long as they have the owner’s consent. People often neglect to register government buildings because they assume they are already registered, though this is not always the

case. Private citizens are able to nominate government sites. In addition to Hébert’s presentation, a preview of a recent faculty publication was also presented to the crowd. Suzanne K. Durham, head of Special Collections for Ingram Library, and UWG student Emma Dobbs’ recently published, “Then and Now: Carrollton,” a book of past and present photos of the Carrollton area. The book explains how landmarks throughout the city have evolved from a half century ago to now. According to Durham, a good deal of the library’s historical references and the old photos in the book come from Benjamin Long, an insurance agent from Burwell, who photographed the city partly as a hobby, and partly to build clientele. Durham and Dobbs attempted to recreate Long’s original photos. Though, Durham added, since the book was published last year, it is already out-ofdate. Half of the publication’s proceeds will aid in funding the library. “It was a difficult process,” Dobbs said. “But overall, it was a great experience.”

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