Resident A Monthly Publication of the Residence Hall Association at The University of Georgia Designed and Compiled by Cory Shaw, Director of Communications
April is National Residence Hall Month Each week of the month is devoted to a certain aspect of the National Residence Hall Honorary and more information about “Heroes of the Halls” can be found at nrhm.uga.edu We are so excited to announce that April is National Residence Hall Month (NRHM). The theme for this year at UGA is “Heroes of the Halls.” The month is divided into four weeks: Service, Advocacy, Programming, and Recognition. Throughout these four weeks, RHA, NRHH, community councils, and RAs will be joining forces across campus to bring you a series of exciting programming during our last month within the halls. A few of them are listed below, but we invite you to check out at nrhm.uga. edu to find more details about all of the awesome things happening around campus this month. Service Week: April 1-7. On Friday, April 5, NRHH will be hosting a screening of the movie The Blindside. Come join us at 5 p.m. in Building 1516 Multipurpose room! Additionally, we will be collecting food products for the Food 2 Kids program all week. On April 6, we have our first volunteer opportunities. Come help with Hands on Athens. Dress in old clothing and wear closed-toe shoes. Sign up for a shift here. Also on April 6, help at the Northeast Georgia Food Bank by signing up here. On April 7, help volunteer for the Early Bird Triathlon! Members of NRHH can sign up individually here. Advocacy Week: April 8-13. RHA executive board members, NRHH members, and volunteers from the Residents’ Concerns committee will be heading to your community! We will be tabling in various places asking
residents to fill out surveys about their concerns and opinions. You can see the hours and place of each exec board member here. If you visit us and fill out the survey you will get a free superherothemed decal! We will be sending a link to a virtual survey out over the listserv. Just remember: your opinion matters and it wouldn’t be UGA without U! Programming Week: April 14-21. Every hall council, along with NRHH and various RAs across campus, will be hosting social programs. The cool thing about this week is that all of these socials are for every resident, not just that particular community. This week is known as “RezFest,” and it’s our way of giving back to you. Come out and celebrate with us on April 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Legion Field. You can find a list of all the events here. Recognition Week April 22-28. The final week encourages everyone to recognize the heroes that they see in the halls. NRHH will be hosting a “Recognizing Forward” drive. If you receive or give a bracelet from doing something positive, tell us about it here. April is an exciting month in residential life. It’s the last full month you’ll be living in your hall this year. Let’s end on a great note. Tweet us your experiences throughout the month with #HereosoftheHalls and #UGANRHM13.
This decal will be given away to those who submit a survey!
by ben bradshaw
The Heroes of the Halls shirt design!
inside this issue
March/April 2013 Volume V, Issue V
Donation Centers Coming Page 4
Brown Hall Page 5
Breaking Boundaries Recap Page 2
2 Diversity Awareness Week Breaks Boundaries D.A.W.G. Days results in “Breaking Boundaries: I am more than” and many hall council programs Diversity Awareness Week at Georgia for Spring 2013 has set a precedent. The RHA and University Housing collaboration began on Monday, March 25, with a unique program devoted to personal diversity known as “Breaking Boundaries: I Am More Than.” More than a month of planning went into the night, including a large-scale advertising campaign with brightly colored “I am more than” flyers throughout campus, life-sized banners, street painting, Tate Reveal, a YouTube video, and the website dawgdays. uga.edu. Throughout the month, students were encouraged to submit a Post Secret, based off the nationwide movement started by Frank Warren. Along with online submissions, by the time of the program, we had received well over 100 secrets. Seeing other people’s anonymous messages displayed on the night of the program gave students the chance to relate to one another. The campaign was very impactful, and in fact is still going on here. The program was structured to have both educational and fun components. For the first hour, students visited diver-
sity booths from organizations across campus, had their hands painted with henna, took photos in front of a photo booth by finishing the phrase “I am more than,” participated in a simulation of discrimination known as Game of Life, received free food and decals, and got to listen to music from a live DJ. The second part of the night included three speakers with fascinating personal insights into diversity. The final part of the night included giving away free shirts and having students paint them. It was both literally and metaphorically a colorful night. Check out the photos here. And that was just the beginning. The entire week was dedicated to diversity. From Myers Hall’s program “BLT’s with LGBT’s,” to Payne Hall’s “Faces of Homelessness,” residents were exposed to different pointsof-view and ways of life throughout the week. The D.A.W.G Days initiative is a celebration of all that makes us different, and is a powerful week that will remain at UGA for years to come.
by cory shaw
Abby Maxwell breaks a stereotype about her accent
These UGA faculty members were guest speakers for Breaking Boundaries: I Am More Than
3 Sustain My Heart Valentine’s program a sustainable semi-formal Back in mid-February, the RHA’s sustainability committee organized a semi-formal dance in the Memorial Hall ballroom entitled “Sustain My Heart.” RHA worked tirelessly the night before the program and filled 200 tote bags with flyers and pamphlets. On the day of the program, everything went smoothly and by 6:30 p.m., RHA was set up and ready to accommodate its first guests. Right at 7 p.m., the party began. A local DJ played top-40 hits, residents enjoyed finger-foods, and people got their photos taken at a photo booth. Throughout the program, the emcee came up with exciting ways to give away prizes, including trivia about sustainability based on the information in the tote bags and thought up by the committee. RHA gave away two
$10 gift cards that were donated to us by EarthFare, two great cardboard coolers donated by the Housing Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability, a $50 UGA Bookstore gift card, and a generous gift bag donated by Artini’s. By 8 p.m., the dance floor was full of students, experiencing a fun program and being challenged on their sustainability knowledge. When 9 p.m. rolled around, students were given tote bags and went home. RHA’s program was a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday evening with a sly undertone of sustainability education sprinkled in. Check out photos of the night here.
by rob clement
The RHA Advisors and President enjoying the beach
No Frills Conference RHA represented well in the Florida conference
This past weekend, RHA had the opportunity to visit Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers to attend the region’s annual business conference, No Frills. This conference brings together voting delegates from various universities from nine states across the South Atlantic region of the US. UGA submitted several bids for awards, and we were honored to win the regional Distinguished Service Award for our President, Mallory Whitfield and the regional Commitment to Diversity Award. These bids will now go on the
NACURH level. Our RHA is honored to bring this recognition to both our Housing Department as well as our University as a whole. We were also ecstatic that every award we submitted was in the top 3 of its category, and with some categories having 10 or more bids, this was quite the accomplishment. In addition to voting on these awards, we also voted on a few pieces of legislation to update the region’s governing documents.
by rc goslee
From the President
Mallory Whitfield’s final statement as president shows her love for the organization and UGA
Dance-off contenders with the DJ
Semi-formal guests show off their outfits
I hope you all had a fantastic Spring Break and are ready to buckle down for the last few weeks left in the semester, we’ll be out of here before you know it! As always, RHA has hit the ground running with programs and other initiatives in an attempt to accomplish as much as possible before the semester draws to a close. In order to make sure we’re giving you guys what you want, we will be tabling throughout the halls during the second week of April. If you have suggestions or ideas, crazy as they may be, drop by and fill out a survey card so we can evaluate it for next year. We’re here to make things happen for you! On a more serious note, this will be the last time I address you all as the RHA President. I want to take this opportunity to UGARHA
thank you all for the love and support I’ve felt over the past two years. Serving in this capacity has been an honor because I’ve had the ability to represent and serve such wonderful people. I hope you all will continue to support the incoming President, Kaitlyn Branson, and the organization as a whole in the year to come. There’s not a doubt in my mind that they won’t continue to serve your interests, as residents, and continue to be innovative in their programming efforts. Again, thank you for the wonderful opportunities you’ve afforded me throughout the last few years. I will miss you all greatly! I believe all that’s left to be said is, Go Dawgs!
by mallory whitfield
4 2013-2014 RHA Executive Board Set The March elections resulted in five new and five returning members to the exec board
The 2013-2014 RHA executive board
Many Board Members Safe Space Trained
On the brisk morning of March 2, 2013 the RHA General Body gathered in Tate Grand Hall to elect a new Executive Board for the 2013-2014 school year. Fourteen candidates stood before the voting representatives to compete for seven positions. After a grueling six hour election process, countless questions, answers, pros, cons, and endless discussion, the new exec board was announced. The Executive Board for the incoming year will be as follows: President, Kaitlyn Branson, Vice President, Josh Schwartz, National Communications Coordinator, James Han, Director of Communications, Cory
Shaw, Treasurer, Jack Moran, Secretary, Quynh-Vu Dinh, Historian, Krysta Rowan, SGA Senator, Amber Painter, NRHH Executive Director, Paige Sullivan, and RHS Programming Director, Kelcie Willis. In the coming year, these individuals will be working hard to bring you innovative programs and advocate on your behalf to ensure you get the most out of living on campus. If you happen to know them, or see them on campus, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself or congratulate them on their new position!
by mallory whitfield
University Health Center volunteers educated the RHA executive board on LGBT issues College is a time when people are increasingly weaving the tapestry of who they are and who they will one day become. One area of exploration for many individuals during this time is the realm of sexuality. These forms of identity range from being gay, or a lesbian, to being gender queer. Safe Space training is aimed at educating people about this information, how they interplay with an individual’s identity and how it interacts with society at large. Safe Space training certifies individuals to be able to identify and confront issues surrounding the community. Information covers the topics of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally (LGBTQQIA - try saying that two times fast!) concerns as well as other topics such as laws, homophobia, and discovery. Several members of both the current and incoming RHA Executive Board have successfully
undergone Safe Space Training as of March 20, 2013. This training lasted approximately threeand-a-half hours and was facilitated Katy Janousek and Tara Misra, both from the University Health Center who volunteered their time to come out and ensure that we received the training we needed. Thus we are proud to announce that several members of RHA are now officially Safe Space Trained. We hope to take what we have learned and apply it to RHA to ensure that the residents have a safe and comfortable environment during their time in the halls. Should you wish to be Safe Space Trained as well, you may contact Jennifer Miracle, the Associate Director of Student Life for the LGBT Resource Center (Located in Memorial Hall), at email@example.com.
by james han
Collection sites will be throughout campus
Donate at Move-Out
Various donation sites near the halls will be collecting unwanted items during move-out Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate is an effort to support the Athens community while simultaneously reducing UGA’s environmental impact. Partnered with Hillel of UGA, Office of Sustainability, University Housing, Residential Hall Association, GoGreen Alliance, and SEA, Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate aims to help students donate unwanted items to local Athens charities instead of trashing them at the end of the school year. For the past couple of years, this program has helped donate over $14,000 in donations to needy organizations. The
program will run the entire week of move-out, April 30 to May 10, 2013. We accept anything from electronics to furniture including bikes, clothes, fridges, futons, and more! We will have stations located in every Residence Hall Community to accept these donations. In addition to donating, we will be in desperate need of volunteers throughout this time period! Please join our Facebook event for volunteer sign up and more information here! Hope to see you volunteering and donating! Go Dawgs!
by josh schwartz
5 New Residence Hall Opening Fall 2013 Brown Hall offers an inexpensive on-campus opportunity with an off-campus feel Ever wonder where the Health Sciences bus goes? Just hop on and take a short journey to Snelling Dining Commons, past Sanford Stadium, through downtown Athens, down Prince Avenue, past Athens Regional Hospital and stop at the Health Sciences Campus (HSC). Currently, the HSC is home for University of Georgia Visiting Scholars and the College of Public Health and Medical Partnership students. University Housing, however, is busy preparing for the opening of Brown Hall and the addition of undergraduate students living on the HSC. Just like the residential facilities on the main campus, Brown Hall will have internet and cable TV services provided by EITS. Unlike facilities on the main campus, Brown Hall is located in the heart of the HSC, surrounded by vital amenities within a short
walk. As mentioned earlier, Cam- ational facility that is available pus Transit services the HSC to any patron of the Ramsey Stuand the bus stop is almost at the dent Center. No campus is comfront door of Brown Hall. The plete without a student services center, and for route frequency the HSC, it will be is set to increase located in Scott in the fall and the Hall. As you can new bus tracker see, the HSC is app will keep you transforming into on time. For stua mini version of dents who drive, the main campus Parking Services with many UGA offers parking partnerships inanywhere on the volved! HSC with just one permit. Din Yes, students who decide ing Services will to live in Brown debut its newest Hall are sure to dining commons Brown Hall have an excepcalled the Niche, featuring gelato and upscale en- tional living experience! Additiontrees, sides, and salads that will ally, the community around the be made-to-order at this market- HSC, known as Normaltown, also style deli. Currently considered has a lot to offer residents, inthe hidden treasure of the HSC, cluding local eateries, a coffee Pound Hall houses the recre- shop, and places of interest like
Bishop Park. Another benefit to the location: residents can avoid most of the game-day traffic. A few final points to consider: the HSC is about equidistant from the main campus as ECV is from the main campus, Brown Hall will close during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks, and living in Brown Hall is perfect for seniors who do not want to be locked into a 12-month lease off-campus. The introductory rate is the lowest on-campus option and residents also have immediate access to the DAP (double as private) preference. As you may have noticed, we are eager to welcome the inaugural class of Brown Hall residents! For any questions, please contact me, the Residence Hall Director for the Health Sciences Campus, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by temetria hargett
Capitol Report: UGA Students Impacted
Several pieces of legislation, including alcohol and gun-related laws, impact UGA students Even though UGA students live only eighty miles east of the Gold Dome, they are largely ambiguous as to what goes on that can impact them in Atlanta. There is one bill in particular that effects college students directly. House Bill 512 is currently in the Senate for debate and review. It
passed through the House last week, and if voted on favorably, will be potentially signed into law by Governor Deal. There is another bill that is very different than HB 512, as it relates to University of Georgia on-campus residents. House Bill 512 deals exclusively with concealed carry
permits and their legality on college campuses whereas HB 517 concerns itself with the sale of alcohol near campuses. To start, HB 512 is a comprehensive gun bill that passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 117 to 56. The bill permits licensed gun owners over
the age of 21 to carry concealed weapons on certain parts of college and university campuses as well as on public school grounds. However, on line 226 of HB 512 it states that â€œsuch exception shall not apply to such property or buildings used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including fraternity and sorority houses.â€? This concealed carry act for campuses therefore would not be in effect in all residence halls on campus, nor would it apply to Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum, or other sporting arenas. Also given that most residence halls are occupied by freshman students that are not 21 and over, the concealed carry permit need not apply. There are other parts of this bill that relate to places of worship and other government buildings; this full bill, as well as HB 517, is posted on legis.ga.gov. If you are interested in learning more about the legislation and who to contact regarding it, visit this site!
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6 The RHS Programming Director Gives a Final Farewell Rob Clement leaves a message about his college experience with RHS This marks the very last issue of The Resident for three members of the RHS Executive Board. This is a very bittersweet time for us. Megan, Naomi, and I have been a part of this great student organization from 2009. Over the past four years, we have changed this organization greatly. When we joined, it was called Gtv. We tried to take on ambitious projects and have multiple television shows being produced at the same time, each ranging in length from 5 minutes to an hour. We greatly underestimated how difficult and time-consuming creating quality content was. Our time has been made up of “Gtv News” to “The Wendell Show” to a failed glee-style pilot to a failed sitcom pilot to “Classic City Bark,” a show that I hope you all watch today. Needless to say, RHS greatly impacted my college career, and I don’t know where I would be without it. I feel confident that I can write a decent script, film it myself using my camera skills and edit it all together. Over the past two years alone, I have edited over 600 minutes of footage, easily. I have
seen Gtv go from an entirely unknown entity to one that would gain myself and my co-workers on “Gtv News” recognition in the dining halls. Then, during my sophomore year the channel went down and needed an upgrade. The loss of the channel was detrimental to RHS. We had been able to say “your videos will get aired!” We had to start saying “your videos may get aired on a channel at some point in the future!” But it allowed us to retool our model of video production and development. We had often tried to work on long-form video projects, television shows that were ambitious undertakings and required a lot of time and work from volunteers. Megan and I decided that it would be better to work on short-form video projects and when we felt like we were ready and had the talent, we would work on one television show at a time. Last spring, Kelcie, a new RHS member gave us just the television show to reboot RHS’s long-form production. A multicamera talk show that featured a panel of women talking about
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current events. This show was able to replace “The Wendell Show” when Wendell Scott graduated. RHS has gotten to a comfortable position under our leadership. We have one strong talk show, we make short video projects that tickle our fancy whenever we want to, and we have the flexibility and freedom to help RHA, RAs and GRs with video projects they wish to pursue. I only hope we expand in all of those aspects after my graduation. And I haven’t even mentioned all the work that has been done during my tenure in getting RHS and RHA more interconnected and linked. Between Mallory Whitfield and I, RHA and RHS formed a bond, a relationship that would not have been possible under our predecessors. We can only hope our successors follow the same trend we set forth and continue the legacy of our respective organizations in future endeavors. RHS will always have a special place in my heart. I would not be the man I am today without it. I would not have these
wonderful friends and this wonderful body of work at my age level without it. I hope that not only do our successors continue our legacy, but that they pioneer new ways for RHS and RHA to proactively support each other and interact and that they get just as much out of RHS as I did. I will end this letter from the Programming Director with the same plea that I always end with: that you join RHS. Don’t worry about how little experience you may or may not have, don’t worry about what people think of you, don’t worry that it takes up the last ounce of your free time during the week. It will be worth it. It is fun and the people who are in it are hilarious, amazing people. They have been since the mid 90s, they have been during my tenure, and I’m sure they will be in the future. Congratulations to the 2013-2014 RHS Board of Directors: Programming Director, Kelcie Willis, Business Director, Robert Miller, Communications Director, Christopher Carpenter, and Publicity Director, Abigail Ellis!
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Do you love acapella and think any meal other than Ramen is acca-awesome? Well, you’re in luck, RHA will be sponsoring a delicious catered dinner and free tickets for on-campus residents wishing to attend the April 12, 2013 performance of the UGA Accidental’s UGAPALOOZA, the UGA Accidental’s annual spring invitational a cappella concert! That’s right: free food AND free fun! All you need to do is rsvp here saying that you are free and more than willing to go, and RHA will take care of the rest! The show doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m., so be sure to come out to the Reed Programming Room an hour prior, at 6:30 p.m., to receive
your free dinner and tickets. You can expect to be treated to a full meal and a decadent dessert. A meal so good in fact that you’ll seriously need to do some horizontal running to burn off those delicious calories! And in case you were worried about having to walk all the way downtown from dinner, RHA will be providing shuttles to transport you curbside to the Morton Theater. So, instead of taking a left turn into snoozeville and staying in for the night, invite your on-campus friends and enjoy an acca-exhilarating night of food, music, and fun!
by kayla brown
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The March and April 2013 publication of the Residence Hall Association at the University of Georgia