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The Colonnade

The Official Student Newspaper of Georgia College

February 21, 2014 Volume 90, No. 19 Single copies free

Student The Results Are In

Code of For For

Conduct Mr. & Ms. SGA

Georgia College
being President Vice President
Sammi Shapiro
Lauren Mathews


1014 658
Gina Webber

Juawn Jackson
Nassim Talbi 447

Maddy Kearns

409 588
Barrett Roell Sean Espinosa Brittan Edwards
323 377

276 246
Merideth Hanscom Not voting

Keaon Moon Katie Adcock
Lauren Lee
Fifteen years since Student

198 232
Holly Nix
221 299

Paul Murray
Hannah Baker
Code was last reviewed Not Voting
Blake Mayo
149 99 90 84 Evea Kaldas

Kelly Mainor
Hanson Powell
Cailen Merritt
Senior Reporter
Secretary Treasurer
113 134 154

Not Voting Not Voting

After 15 years since its last revision,

Dylan Smith David Gastley

conversation has begun to revise the Stu- Anika Bailey Laura Ahrens
dent Code of Conduct (SCC) and the Hon- Kyle Olson

Not Voting Justin Mundy

or Code for Georgia College. The current Spencer Papallo

Code of Conduct was created during the Rodrequez

Not voting


1998-99 school year by a committee of Burnett anna lopez

faculty members and students.
According to Katie Adcock, senior ac-
counting major and attorney general of
SGA, the current SCC does not lay out all
of the rules for students to understand what
is expected of them without any confusion.
“We don’t want the Code of Conduct to
be unclear in any way for students,” Ad-
The story behind the veil at Blood
cock said.
The SCC review board is comprised of
12 senators and justices who are discuss-
ing the change. Justices are on the review
the Old Governor’s Mansion Drive
board to serve as the voice of the Student

runs dry
Judicial Board. The senators represent the
voice of the student body. This board was
designed to represent a balanced opinion
and make an objective Code of Conduct
and Honor Code.
Anthony Tanner
“It is just outdated and Contributing Reporter
lacks sensitivity towards The Dr. John Sallstrom Blood Drive has
relevant issues for the stu- frequently proven itself to be a popular event
on campus, and one that boasts a reputable
dent body.” cause. However, this year’s blood drive was
met with technical difficulties and unfavor-
able weather, both of which resulted in a low-
Scott York, er donation count than hoped for.
junior criminal justice major The event scheduled for Feb. 12 from noon
until 6 p.m. was canceled due to unfavorable
and SGA justice travel conditions. These factors also led to the
closing of the University on Feb. 12 for the
second snow day of the semester.
This is a slow start to a long process, but Although Wednesday’s events were can-
Adcock is hopeful they will find any exist- celed, some students braved the cold weather
ing loopholes with the review. to donate their blood on Tuesday.
The Current Code of Conduct contains Andie Leeds / Contributing Photographer Donors were faced with a short wait as
six codes by which the Student Judicial Re- Guests touring the house get a unique view into the lives of past residents, including family servants. they arrived at the event. First-time donor
view Board can hold students accountable. Kelly Spevacek, freshman environmental sci-
Each code contains umbrella rules, mean- ence major, was among the few who came
ing students can receive the same conse- Jeffrey Jones preciation of its history. Imagining the intense
quences for an array of different offenses. Contributing Reporter hustle-and-bustle that must have accompanied “The event motivates people to give back
The SCC committee wants to focus everyday work, I saw the mansion for what it to their community and provides a prolific
on revising each of the six codes, specifi- A bright, unseasonably warm day in Febru- was: a place of work. service opportunity to other humans in need,”
cally number four. According to the Code ary proved to be a perfect chance to take a step The story of the steward further helps one to said Spevacek, “and the weather forecast had
of Conduct, code four applies to any inap- back in time at one of Georgia College’s favor- see this comparison. The steward was a slave no affect on my decision to support the Blood
propriate conduct of a student. This rule is ite landmarks – the Old Governor’s Mansion. who performed the role of an overseer on a Drive.”
ambiguous and does not allow a student to This was not the regular, albeit insightful, plantation. He would be responsible only to the Georgia College’s blood drive is the third
understand what rule he or she violated. tour that is given at the mansion daily. Governor and the First Lady, would have his largest in Georgia behind the Atlanta Braves
“While this is good for clerical reasons, Instead I embarked upon one of the OGM’s own bedroom on the bottom floor and be trust- and Valdosta State University.
it does not give students a defense against special exhibitions, namely: “Labor Behind the ed to guard the pantry, linen and food supplies. “The students who supported this event on
charges that are brought against them,” Ad- Veil: The History of Slaves and Free Persons There is a large degree of primary source Tuesday did an awesome job in their effort to
cock said. at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion 1839- evidence profiling the life of Jim, who was help the event meet its goal,” said Barrett Ro-
According to Scott York, junior criminal 1868.” steward of the mansion during the term of Jo- ell, senior marketing and management major.
justice major and justice, the review of both The tour was conducted by the OGM’s di- seph E. Brown. Jim was known to be the “gov- Despite the weather conditions and techni-
the Honor Code and the SCC is intended to rector, Matt Davis, and presented an in-depth ernor’s man” throughout Milledgeville and cal difficulties volunteers were able to raise
help the student body, not hurt them. For “bottom-up” perspective into a slice of Geor- was dedicated to his duty – there is even the 114 donations towards the event’s primary
example, under the current SCC students gia history. tale that when Jim died in bed at the mansion, goal of 405 donations during the Feb. 11
are tried for alcohol and drug-related inci- Every schoolchild knows the traditional the keys to the house had to literally be pried drive.
dents under the same rule. story of slavery in the American South, and if from his hands. “The event was a good experience and
“It is just outdated and lacks sensitiv- this tour presented the same simple viewpoint The greatest degree of information about the offered an opportunity to help save lives
ity towards relevant issues for the student there would be little point in going. However, OGM’s slaves comes from Governor Joseph E. around the world,” said Rachel Powell, a GC
body,” York said. the OGM presents the lives of real people and Brown’s (1861-65) administration. graduate who majored in business. “I am re-
The review board is breaking down each real experiences. Mrs. Brown had a remarkably close rela- ally looking forward to supporting the event
section of the SCC and Honor Code this What makes the history of the mansion’s tionship with a free black servant by the name [again] during the summer semesters.”
semester. An update or a new plan of action slaves so interesting is that the state govern- of Emma, who served as their children’s nurse- Milledgeville’s diverse population offers
can be expected by the end of the semester. ment of Georgia never provided the funds to maid. Mrs. Brown took Emma as a companion the American Red Cross and GC’s GIVE
The current Code of Conduct and Honor keep a supply of slaves at the mansion – mean- to health spas in New York, and, incredibly, Center a great opportunity to raise donations
Code can be found here: http://www.gcsu. ing that each governor was required to provide arranged for her wedding to take place in the that can help people here in the local commu-
edu/studentlife/handbook/code.htm their own, leading to intensely personal con- state dining room of the mansion after the Civil nity and around the world.
nections. War. The next blood drive scheduled for GC
What do you think should be For instance, there’s the tale of Mr. Freed- All of these small events and experiences will be held during the summer terms.
man, a free black man from Macon, who was served to see into the lives of people who once “Students should come prepared with their
revised within the Student Code hired by Governor Howell Cobb (1851-53) to trod on the same ground on which we now driver’s license, eat a healthy breakfast and
of Conduct? serve as the mansion’s dessert chef. stand. I strongly recommend for everyone to drink plenty of water before giving their do-
Moving through the bottom floor of the go take this tour at the Old Governor’s Man- nations,” said Roell.
Tweet us @GCSUnade building, one cannot help but travel back to sion and learn an amazing piece of history. For more information on the event or to
or vent to us on our website those bygone days. Slavery was and remains Tours are by appointment and admission is schedule an appointment, call 770-757-8448
a horrid scar on the history of this nation, but free for all GC faculty, staff and students. or go online to with that should not prevent the full study and ap- Call 478-445-4545 to make an appointment. sponsor code GC.

News Flash Quotable Inside Number Crunch


Just dance! GC students to give back........................................2
Drop bears, vegemite and Foster’s........................3
The Georgia College Dance Marathon “We snatch that cheese A&E
will take place Saturday from noon until Tent City takeover.....................................................7
right off the trap.” Burgers of the ‘Ville...................................................8 The number of days
midnight. Grab your dancing shoes and
get ready to dance your heart out. - A Rufies’ sideline Sports Georgia College has closed
chant Homecoming blues.................................................10
Proceeds will benefit The Children’s Frisbees, tutus, chocolate cake............................10 due to inclement weather
Hospital at The Medical Center of Community..........................................................4 this semester
Central Georgia. See Sports on
page 10 Leisure.....................................................................6
2 The Colonnade February 21, 2014

GC students The power politics of Sochi

giving back to
the community
Kelly Mainor

Senior Reporter
The first Student Engagement and Philanthropy
Day is set for Feb. 27 on Georgia College’s campus.
As a member of the Council for Advancement and
Support of Education, GC is joining the effort to sup-
port this nationwide philanthropic initiative.
The idea behind this event is to designate one day
for global impact. There are several institutions na-
tionwide that get involved.
The mission statement of CASE is to foster and Wiki Commons
enhance student involvement in all areas of advance-
ment. With that goal in mind, GC University Ad- Brice Scott estimated to be the most expensive Olympic laws persecuting homosexuals and limiting
vancement hopes to raise awareness about charitable Games in history, but the success or failure citizens’ rights to freedom of speech.
giving. This event is separate from the GIVE Center Columnist
of the venture will resonate for many years This year the Sochi Games coincide with
which focuses mainly on volunteering. and could undermine the vision of progress the 150th anniversary of the Russian geno-
According to Kate Pope from University Advance- The Winter Olympics in Sochi come to a
close on Feb. 23, but the closing ceremonies and success Putin has built his political rep- cide of the Adyghe – the Muslim ethnic
ment, the goal for GC Student Philanthropy Day is utation on. group native to the area around Sochi who
twofold. will mark the beginning of a bigger game as
Russia’s leaders attempt to turn the coun- were forced out by the Russian military in
“We want students to be aware of the importance 1864. Adyghe activist groups have even
of charitable giving, but we are also raising money try’s successes as Olympic host into larger
political victories. pointed to the new Olympic stadiums as
for the Helping Hands Hardship Fund this year,” said
Pope. President Vladimir Putin has used the It will still take some time being built on land where mass graves con-
There is not a definitive monetary goal for this games as an opportunity to demonstrate to before it can be determined nected with the ethnic cleansing are located.
Jihadist groups connected to the Adyghe di-
year’s event on campus. Any donation contributed
will be factored into the success of the first-time event
the world the powerful “new” Russia built
during his leadership. The Games have suc-
whether the Games were aspora have been linked to several Russian
on GC’s campus. ceeded domestically in building widespread successful in rescuing the suicide bombings in December 2013 and a
number of threats were made directly against
The Helping Hands Hardship Fund, formerly
known as the Student Emergency Fund, is established
national pride and public approval, but with
the Russian economy slowing and foreign
Russian economy, but the the Sochi Games. Putin’s administration has
to assist students who are in dire need of financial investment dropping, it remains to be seen success or failure of the pledged a significant amount of resources to
secure the Games, but even a minor event in
support. Because most students are unaware that this
fund even exists, it was selected for the philanthro-
whether the expense of the Games will end
up paying off.
endeavor will have a the closing days could raise major concerns
py day this year to shed light on how to give back. A former KGB officer turned politician, significant impact on the about the safety of doing business in Russia.
So far, the 2014 Winter Olympics have
Should a staff or faculty member identify a need, they
can contact the financial aid office.
Putin has managed to maintain a signifi- political future of the been a success with no major security inci-
cant amount of power in Russia since 1999.
The local Kroger has also partnered with this phil- He was elected twice as Prime Minister region. dents or disruptions. It will still take some
time before it can be determined whether the
anthropic effort. Individuals can now use a portion of and three times as President (a law barring Games were successful in rescuing the Rus-
his or her Kroger plus points and contribute them to presidents from more than four terms was sian economy, but the success or failure of
the Helping Hands Hardship Fund by simply register- amended to six in 2011 to allow for his third A number of controversies tied to the the endeavor will have a significant impact
ing online on the Kroger website. term). Under Putin’s leadership the econom- Games have cropped up in the past week. on the political future of the region. Presi-
On Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. students can par- ically-ruined former Soviet nation has seen Sochi is not a major city like Moscow or dent Putin in particular has put his political
ticipate in this event by stopping by the fountain out- a major economic turnaround that bolstered St. Petersburg; it is a seaside resort com- career on the line, and he may find obtaining
side of A&S and leaving their handprints on a sheet- the nation’s place in global markets. munity popular during the Soviet era but a fourth presidential term a difficult prospect
sign to support the Helping Hands Hardship Fund. However, the financial boom of the past now greatly aging (save for the brand new if the massive expenditures in Sochi do not
A committee comprised of students and University decade has fallen off, as commodity prices Olympic stadiums). Readers will no doubt lead to a reciprocation. At the moment, he
Advancement staff have worked diligently to oversee fall and foreign investment in the country have seen the pictures of the terrible state of enjoys a tidal wave of public support from
the details of this event. dries up. Hosting the Olympics offers Rus- maintenance posted by foreign athletes and the patriotic pride associated with hosting
“It’s been great collaborating with my peers for sia the opportunity to show off its economic journalists, and these images of decay could the Games, but that can soon fade if the Rus-
such an important cause. I’m excited about raising strength and impress potential investors tarnish the image of a vibrant, productive sian people wake up on Feb. 24 and realize
awareness,” Ashley Nowak, sophomore business ma- coming in for the Games. At an unprecedent- Russia. In addition, the Games have drawn that Putin’s gamble has only made things
jor and student committee member, said. ed $51 billion price tag, the Sochi Games are negative attention to Russia’s controversial worse.
February 21, 2014 The Colonnade 3

Misrepresentations of TH E . S H O R T . L I S T
Australia figured out The top news stories from all over the world as
collected, curated and composed by Sarah K. Wilson

Emily Buckingham debunks the fabrications led on by natives 9

Emily Buckingham 1
Columnist 4 56
2 3 8
Have you ever heard of drop bears? 7
Once I arrived in Australia, I was immediate- 10
ly alerted to the dangers of these fuzzy beasts.
These opossum-sized creatures hide in trees and
will drop down to attack you if you stand too
close. They live in all parts of Australia and are
highly aggressive. There have even been reports
of drop bears biting off peoples’ hands.
However there is no such thing as a drop bear.
Thanks to my many years of watching Animal
Planet, I knew the truth, but that didn’t stop ev-
ery Australian I’ve met from trying to convince
me otherwise. It is incredible, really; they have T he violence continues. Ukraine has experienced the most violence since the
protests began in the past few days. A clash between police and protesters erupted
made these fictional animals into a countrywide
inside joke. Even my flight attendants warned
me about these stealthy animals.
1 on Tuesday in Kiev, throwing the city into chaos by the following morning. Molotov
cocktails are the weapon of choice for protesters, while riot police struck back with
water cannons. Authorities have claimed that at least 25 people have been killed and
At first I was somewhat offended that every-
one tried so hard to fool me, but then I realized another 240 have been injured in the chaos. (USA Today)
that is just who Australians are. It doesn’t matter
where you’re from: the States, Canada, Germa-
ny, Finland – they don’t care. They just want to
V olkswagon vs. the South. The German auto maker is displeased with the
southern U.S. after workers in its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted against being
see how gullible you are. They are short shorts- represented by the United Auto Workers union, which represents the company
wearing jesters, and the world is their court.
Drop bears weren’t the only lie I was fed this Wiki Commons
week. I was also told that they ride kangaroos The ferocious drop bear in its natural habitat.
2 across the world. VW’s labor representative has since threatened to cease funding
to the region and has placed the blame on none other than Southern Republicans.
“The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments,” said Bernd Osterloh,
to school, vegemite is delicious and should be head of VW’s work council. “Another VW factory in the United States … does not
eaten in large quantities, and that their opos- though. Each city has its own unique personal- necessarily have to be assigned to the South again.” (Reuters)
sums are not only tame but love to be pet. Let ity. Here in Canberra, everything is organized
me assure you that all of these could not be fur- and clean. The circular city revolves around a
ther from the truth. My favorite lie is that their man-made lake and incorporates water at every Minimum wage, maximum damage. On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget
Office said that the proposed minimum wage hike, which would raise the wage to
bagged wine, also known as goon, is made from opportunity. Sydney, on the other hand, is the
kangaroo bladder. This one was almost believ- perfect mix of culture and innovation. It seam-
able though due to the fact that thousands of lessly brings together old and new. The soul of
3 $10.10 an hour by 2016, would potentially destroy 500,000 jobs. On the flip side,
the wage hike could also move 900,000 people above the poverty line. Decisions,
decisions. (Washington Post)
kangaroos are killed each year in order to con- this harbor city revolves around the water. Small
trol their population. However they do not make water taxis glide easily next to sightseeing boats
bags of wine from their bladders. and dominating cruise ships. The water and the
Now not only have I found Australians to land vibrate with diversity and flavor that is only
Don’t eat the Hot Pocket! But you probably already knew you shouldn’t. Hot
Pockets steak and cheese and croissant crust Philly steak and cheese are being
be tricksters, they also like their alcohol. If you emphasized by the world-famous landmarks.
think college kids in Athens know how to party, It combines everything that a large city should
you’ve seen nothing. We may have thirsty Thurs- have: excellent transportation, a rich history, a
4 pulled from grocery store shelves after it was revealed that the meat used was from
animals that had not been inspected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on
Tuesday that the animals were “diseased” or otherwise “unsound.” (Los Angeles
days, but they have thirsty Tuesday through Sat- variety of places to eat and lots to see and do. Times)
urday. Going to bed before 4 a.m. will get you Watching the sun set over the Opera House,
mocked where I’m living. Each night seems setting both it and the sky ablaze in orange and
to be a different pub, bar or club with its own pink, was one of the most memorable experi- Beating leukemia. A new cancer treatment is being hailed as a possible new
theme and drinks.
There is never a dull night here.
I’m starting to think that the only reason they
ences of my life, and I’ve only been here a week.

H ave you visited Australia? Tell us

5 approach to cancer therapy. The treatment uses the patient’s own immune system
by genetically engineering the T cells to aim to destroy the cancerous cells. The
treatment has been found to destroy leukemia in 88 percent of adults, according to
don’t have liver damage is because alcohol is the new report, and out of 16 patients involved in the study, 14 went into complete
much more expensive here than back home. This about it @GCSUnade remission. Talk about results. (CNN)
is usually the reason everyone sticks to drinking or vent to us on our website
large amounts of cheap beer and bagged wine.
Australia isn’t without its beauty and class Women in film. The Women’s Media Center revealed in its annual report a
6 depressing statistic: Out of the top 100 grossing films, women only comprised 28.4
percent of speaking roles. Moreover, women were reported to be three times as
likely to appear naked in a movie than a man. So much for progress, right? (TIME)

V ictim blaming. Michael Dunn, the man who recently fired on a car filled with
unarmed teenagers and killed a 17-year-old due to the teens’ loud music, believes

7 he is the victim in the situation. In recorded jailhouse calls, Dunn claims, “I’m the
[expletive] victim here. I was the one who was victimized.” He then chuckled and
added that he was also the “victor.” Dunn will face 60 years in prison on attempted
murder charges. Prosecutors are planning to retry Dunn on a first-degree murder
charge. (ABC News)

R ejected by tigers. Yang Jinhai, a 27-year-old Chinese man, climbed into a Bengal

tiger enclosure at the Chengdu Zoo hoping to be eaten by the animals. He spent 20
minutes taunting the tigers to no avail. “I asked them to bite me and let them eat my
meat, and so I did not fight back,” he said. He was rescued with only minor wounds
and is now being treated for depression. (The Telegraph)

S nowden in Scotland? Edward Snowden will join the proud ranks of those who
have been rectors at Scotland’s Glasgow University. On Tuesday, Snowden was

9 elected to the post of student rector at the university, making him the representative
of the students. His duties include bringing the concerns of the students to university
officials’ attention. We’re guessing he’ll be working remotely, considering that
whole Russian asylum thing. (BBC)

R oyal vs. rural. A clash between middle-class citizens and royalists against poor,

10 rural citizens in Thailand has escalated recently, resulting in the deaths of three
people in Bangkok. Those dead are one police officer and two protesters. Another
60 people have been injured in the clashes. (Reuters)

Did we miss something? Tweet us @GCSUnade

or vent to us on our website
Community February 21, 2014 • Editor, Kelly Mainor

W H A T ’S H A P P E N I N G
Friday, February 21 Wednesday, February 26

8 p.m. Public observatory night (Herty Hall 405) Noon LinkedIn workshop (113 Chappell Hall)

Saturday, February 22 Noon Times Talk (Library 2nd floor)

11 a.m. Dance Marathon (Wellness Center) 4 p.m. GC softball vs. Fort Valley State (West Campus)

7:30 p.m. GC men’s basketball vs. Lander (Centennial Center)

Sunday, February 23
8 p.m Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Russell Auditorium)
1 p.m. GC baseball vs. Flagler (John Kurtz Field)
Thursday, February 27
Tuesday, February 25
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. GC Student Philanthropy Day (The Fountain)
7:30 p.m. Guest artist series: Swing Division - Jazz Septet
(Max Noah Recital Hall) 8 p.m Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Russell Auditorium)

NOTE: If you would like to see any events on the calendar, please send them to

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Public 17
Safety 51
Reports. 61

1 Busted and burnt 41

Jan. 19, 3 a.m. Officer McKinney was in Foundation Hall and noticed smoke coming from a dorm
room. He went to make sure everything was okay and found underage students and their guests
drinking. The smoke was coming from burnt food left in a microwave. The students were sent to the
student judicial review board. * *Incident does not appear on map Reports obtained from GC Public Safety

2 Lucky Liberty
7 Step on it
Feb 2, 10:51 p.m. Officer Kennedy stopped a blue Jeep Liberty on Hancock street for driving without
headlights. The driver and the passenger allegedly smelled of alcohol. The driver registered a .007, and Feb. 8, 10:11 a.m. Officer McKinley responded to a call about the shattered windshield of a Honda
the passenger registered a .08. The case was sent to the Student Judicial Review Board, and no further Civic parked in the Adams Hall gravel lot. McKinley noticed what appeared to be several muddy
action was taken. * footprints on the hood of the vehicle. The owner of the Civic said her car had been parked in the lot for
less than 24 hours. The case was turned over to investigators.

3 The scary side of texting

Feb. 5, 1:52 p.m. A female student went to GC Department of Public Safety about a man she said was
sending her harassing text messages. She said he lives in North Carolina and that this had been going on
for two months. She also stated she asked him repeatedly to stop sending her messages and to stop the
sexual harassing. Officer Miller contacted the man who was allegedly sending the unwanted messages
and told him to stop.

4 Loose pockets
Feb 5, 8:47 p.m. While working a basketball game, Officer McKinley was approached by a female
student who said her wallet had been stolen from her purse. Her wallet contained her drivers license,
Bobcat Card, debit cards and $50 cash. This case was turned over to investigators. *

5 Come on in, the water’s nice

Feb. 6, 1:56 p.m. One of GC’s presidential candidates reported that campaign yard signs had been
thrown into the reflection pool. The candidate also stated that another candidate’s yard signs had been
tossed into the pool as well. The case was turned over to investigators.

6 Was it ever really a question?

Feb. 8, 1:06 a.m. A girl was found by a community adviser in Foundation Hall. She was sitting on the
floor in her dorm room spitting into a trashcan. After arriving on the scene, Sgt. Smith asked her what was
wrong, and she said, “I am not going to lie. I am under 18, and I have had too much to drink.” She then
admitted to taking several shots of vodka. The girl was arrested and taken to jail for underage drinking.
Opinion Georgia snow day: dress for summer
February 21, 2014• Editor-in-Chief, Constantina Kokenes

Campus ban on use of
tobacco still undecided
As children, many of us always imagined
being “cool,” like the big kids around the
block. In order to fit in, some of us smoked
candy cigarettes and sometimes went as far as
Smarties. However, as adults – in the context
of age – we are allowed to decide if the theory
of a child is true or not. At 18, according to
United States law, we are legally allowed to
use all tobacco products. We can choose to
smoke real cigarettes or other tobacco prod- by: William Detjen
ucts, or we can choose to stick with our candy.

Real talk with Constantina

...if they can take away students’
rights to smoke, what’s next? Constantina Kokenes small text box that can barely
Letter to the Editor
Editor-in-Chief hold 119 words. LGBT’ Program Coordinator responds to tweet
Brevity: It’s something What do I do? How do I get
Recently, it has come to light that the I lack. It’s one of the hard- out of here? My point can’t be Two weeks ago, a tweet containing the homophobic slur f**got, di-
Board of Regents of the University System est things to do for someone made in such a small space - rectly mentioning Georgia College as its target, was sent out before
of Georgia, the governing body for all Geor- who is as long-winded as me. there’s no possible way. My GC’s potential closing due to inclement weather. Although it may have
gia universities and colleges, is considering a Just thinking about it is mak- opinions will die in this tiny slipped under the radar and not have garnered much response, this inci-
new policy that would ban all tobacco prod- ing me panic...I can feel my text box. No one will know dent deserved campus attention for several reasons.
ucts from campuses across Georgia. If you heart pounding; my palms are what I have to say. It is my understanding that the image was tweeted once and then
remember, GC Communications sent out a getting sweaty. I can taste the It’s getting smaller now. The retweeted three times and favorited 12 times. Although some may
10-question survey asking about tobacco us- vomit coming up my throat. end is almost near. It’s almost have shared followers, when calculated, the tweet was potentially seen
age and for opinions on the potential ban. I feel trapped inside this time. — by more than 1,200 people. The fact that there was so little response
The results were split pretty much down should be newsworthy in itself. Although some may consider the tweet
the middle for whether GC, as a campus, was a harmless, thoughtless act, to others it is a slap in the face to the LGBT’
in favor or not in favor of the ban. community. Lack of attention is dismissive of many painful, person-
And the question behind this split is:
Should we really have the ban? Is this new
rule even enforceable, or will it become like
our “designated smoking shelters,” which no
Letter to the Editor al experiences as well as the violent history associated with the word
f**got. After the incident, there was a large group of us who were sick
to our stomachs, couldn’t eat nor sleep for the time being because of
the thoughtless reminder of every time we’ve been called a derogatory
one pays attention to? The new policy would
make using tobacco on campus a violation of
Response to Administration’s non-response name, condemned to hell or been a casualty of someone’s misguided
attempt to be funny. As an apathetic response followed, it was further
the GC Honor Code as punishable by the Stu- To the Georgia College Administration and others associated with painful to be reminded of the times when no one stood up for us.
dent Judicial Board. Commencement, I do not believe that the students involved are individually hateful or
This new policy rides on the same thing homophobic. But the casual and prolific manner in which a homophobic
that makes GC’s current smoking ban not I recently read an “Our Voice” article in The Colonnade that really slur can be distributed warrants attention and discussion.
work: self-policing. The people of GC are got my blood boiling. It was about graduation and how even after If the editorial team did not see any reason to pursue a story about this
expected to report violations when they see last year’s disaster, you haven’t learned anything. The graduates of incident, then I’m forced to question what kind of homophobic/trans-
them occurring, and besides the fact that this 2013 had to endure a shortened, rain-soaked event that did not give phobic occurrence needs to take place for there to be a story. And how
just plain won’t work, as evidenced by the them the credit that was due for all their hard work. As a 2014 gradu- does what we write about and don’t write about reflect our values, pri-
smoking ban (or the lack thereof), it begs the ate, I really hope that if the weather forecast shows rain on the day orities and conscientiousness?
question of what kind of ethos this encour- of graduation, you will use your brains and move graduation inside This was an opportunity to set a precedent for this type of behaviour;
ages. to the Centennial Center. to take a stance that hateful, oppressive language is absolutely unac-
Should we all be expected to run and You continue to use the “it’s tradition” excuse for what happened ceptable. I am honored to see a response from the Vice President of
tell on our peers when we see them taking last year and to continue having graduation on Front Campus this Student Affairs and Dean of Students. I am disappointed there was not
a smoke break outside the LITC? And how year. However, as a student who has had many family members a stronger student response. Although many reactions and discussions
do we prove that it even happened? Are we graduate from this college, I can tell you that it has not been a “tra- were present among the students in PRIDE Alliance, I feel there should
expected to surreptitiously photograph the dition” for very long. My father’s and all of my aunt’s undergradu- have been more of a widespread conversation.
smokers with our smartphones? Maybe we ate commencement ceremonies occurred in the Centennial Center. It is important that all of us examine our homophobic/transphobic at-
could even set it up to where we Snapchat It wasn’t until my father received his Master’s from here in the early titudes and behaviours, and the environments we create that make these
them to the USG, but only if they promise not 2000s that commencement was on Front Campus. actions permissible. As trivial as this tweet may seem, if we let incidents
to screenshot them. I (as well as many of my classmates) have spent the last few years like these fly under the radar, then the potential for more hurtful and
And what about students in on-campus working hard to earn our degrees. We want to be able to celebrate violent actions only increases.
housing? Can an 18-year-old not exercise with our friends and families on our accomplishments. Our families This is not about monitoring all offensive language on the Internet
their right to chew or dip in the privacy of have cheered us on these last few years as we have struggled and but speaking up when you see it, especially if it is both coming from a
their living space? Really? The undertones of overcome many challenges. Why should they have to endure rain, representative from your university and directed at your university.
infringement on personal liberties seem pretty wet seats and a “sea of umbrellas” that do not allow them to watch I hope the campus will still see this as an opportunity to examine how
obvious here. us receive our diplomas? homophobia/transphobia is present on campus and in ourselves as indi-
We don’t want to be too quick to blow the Why can’t you use the Three R’s (Reason, Respect and Responsi- viduals, discuss oppressive language in social media and move toward
whistle, but this ban seems to give a power bility) you have wanted us to learn? a more mindful and accepting environment.
to the USG that we, as a bastion of the First
Amendment, don’t quite want to hand over. Sincerely, With concern and humility,
The logic of course being, if they can take Maggie Finch Grace Nichols
away students’ rights to smoke, what’s next? Senior sociology LGBT’ Program Coordinator

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Conquer and defeat your midterm madness

With midterm week approaching, learn how to manage your stress level and workload with these tips

Ashley Miller “I make sure to spend time out-
Contributing Reporter

side every day and make sure to
It’s a fact: Midterms are coming. Having a do something active.”
midterm in February doesn’t feel fair – after all
it’s only the second month of the semester – but
it is quickly approaching. The week of midterms Mara Wiseman,
can be incredibly stressful, but you don’t have to
let it beat you. sophomore pre-nursing major
For cramming study sessions, take these tips

into consideration to keep yourself motivated. these:
Take a break to clean your room. Messy The Seattle Times reported in 2011 that
studying conditions can be distracting and force spending time with animals can provide great

milledgeville you to spend more time looking for the materi- stress relief for both animals and people. If you
als you may need. Take a 10-15 minute pause don’t have a pet, grab a friend’s or go to Petsense
in your studying to clean your desk, make your and play with the cats up for adoption.
bed, vacuum or accomplish a task that you have Exercise is another option for stress relief.
Compiled by
3 been putting off. This will give you a mental rest Go outside and take a walk or attend a Zumba
2 Kelly Mainor
Senior Reporter
and give you some exercise while still being pro-
class. Consider activities that will get your blood
pumping and keep you awake for the tasks left
“I will work on something for 30 minutes and on your to-do list.
then take a break, then I will study again for an- “I make sure to spend time outside every day
other 30 minutes so it’s not too stressful,” Suzy and make sure to do something active,” Mara
McEver, senior community health major, said. Wiseman, sophomore pre-nursing major, said
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then stop to Make sure to get plenty of sleep during the

441 spots
have a laugh. Indulge in your favorite distrac- week. The Huffington Post reported in 2013 that
tion, but give yourself a time limit and stick to a 20-30 minute nap is recommended by experts
it. Watch a couple of funny Vines, scroll through for people who have not slept much the night
Kroger, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks your favorite celebrities’ Tumblr tags, quiz your- before.
self on BuzzFeed or look up your ex-girlfriend After you’re finished studying for the day,

2 Downtown spots Mary or boyfriend on Facebook and find all the ways always remember to decompress. Grace Forbes,
Vinson you’re better off without them. junior mass communication major, makes sure
McDonald’s, Blackbird Coffee, public memorial Have a three-minute dance to your favorite to always treat herself after she’s studied hard.
library upbeat song can put you in a great mood. Listen “After I feel like I’ve studied enough for one

3 on campus spots
to songs like “Eye of the Tiger” or “We Are the day, I will light some candles and watch Netf-
Champions” to give you the motivation to tackle lix,” Forbes said. “If you don’t, you can get re-
tough projects. ally stressed and then get really sick and then
Einstein Bros Bagels, Atkinson Hall, residence hall study rooms For week-long stress beating strategies, try you’ll be sick during midterms. I’ve done it. ”

Midterm munchies
No-bake energy bites: an easy-to-make snack
to help power through the midterm exhaustion
1 cup rolled oats ½ cup raisins
1 cup coconut flakes ½ cup peanut butter
½ cup ground flaxseed ½ cup honey
½ cup mini chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk peanut butter, honey and vanilla until
1 it reaches a smooth consistency. In a small bowl, combine dry
ingredients of oatmeal, coconut flakes, flax seed, chocolate
chips and raisins.

2 Fold the oatmeal mixture into the larger bowl with a spatula
until thoroughly combined. Place mix in the refrigerator to chill
for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy. Store in an air-tight con-
3 tainer and keep refrigerated for up to one week.



A&E February 21, 2014• Editor, Scott Carranza

Campus organizations unite in
an afternoon of music and fun
Samantha Blankenship any significant standout in the group.
Senior Reporter Alpha Delta Pi’s tent sported
purple and blue balloons around the
Tent City, or the biggest tailgate perimeter. It upped the sophistication
party know to Georgia College, hosts with an eating area separated from
hordes of students plus a band or two their buffet by a draped curtain. The
every year before the Homecoming Zeta Tau Alpha tent stood out from
game and the unveiling of Mr. and the crowd with its bright colors: neon
Ms. GC. coral and light blue. Kappa Delta
In some minds, the name Tent City lined its tent with a string of small tri-
may conjure images of scenes from angle banners decorated with multi-
Arabian Nights. Although not quite colored chevron stripes.
as exotic, GC’s blowout tailgate is For all the work they put into deco-
something more akin to a modern-day rating them, most of the sorority tents
music festival. were deserted throughout the day.
A slew of bands pumped loud
music through the courtyard as the The Fraternities
smells of burgers and hot dogs pour The Fraternity tents stayed con-
out from the grill. A large group of sistently busy throughout the day.
young people socialized, drank and Brothers manned their tents, offer-
played cornhole. ing food and drinks to anyone who
Organizations from across GC walked in. The Greek guys weren’t
gathered around the clock tower and quite as into the decorating as their
set up their tents with mounds of food female counterparts. Most of the fra-
and colorful decorations. Banners ternity tents were plain with only a
hung from tents, advertizing groups sheet sign blowing in the wind. And,
and Homecoming candidates. of course, they had tables to bear their
Girls in sweaters and guys T-shirts large quantity of booze and burgers.
caravaned from tent to tent with solo The most notable exception to
cups in hand and dogs trailing behind this, however, was the Theta Chi tent.
them. Students, employees and alum- These gentlemen put their apparent
ni went all out with decorations, food, love of the outdoors on display with
beverages and music. a Cliff Bar-inspired sheet sign and
However, as with most everything full-sized canoe, filled to the gunwale
in life, some tents were more success- with iced beer. Brothers stood behind
ful than others. the bar, serving up mimosas until the
liquor ran out.
The Sororities
The Greek girls took the cake in Student Organizations
the decorating department. There Outside of the Greek circle, other
wasn’t a mismatched flower, ban- student groups represented at Tent
ner or balloon within 30 feet of these City included the Campus Activities
girls’ tents. Although all of their tents Alex Caffery / Contributing Photographer
were well-organized, there wasn’t Tent city page 8 At the top, junior mass communication major Josh Watkins leads one of the bands at the 2014 Tent City by the reflection pool.

Ditching your
comfort zone
‘The Vagina Monologues’ uses shock
to get across an important message
Sarah K.Wilson “It’s important to talk
about women’s [own
So I attended Georgia Col- sexual experiences],
lege’s performance of “The Vagina
Monologues,” and I left feeling especially if you’re
what many women have reported someone who claims
feeling upon leaving the event:
empowered, equal and maybe even to be forward think-
a little mystical. ing. ”
Since its emergence into the
feminist theater in 1996, Eve En-
Becky Slack / Staff Photographer
sler’s episodic play has inspired Rachel Estridge,
thousands to reconsider what it is
From left to right, Dan Auerbach, Martin Gueorguiev, David Johnson and (behind) Gregory Peptone perform in a piano quartet at the to be a female in the modern age. creative writing major
faculty chamber recital in the Max Noah Recital Hall. Gueorguiev was a visiting musician from the Atlanta Music Academy. The show is comprised of a series
of short monologues from a num- their legs. They are shamed for it,

Striking the right balance

ber of different actresses. The vi- lusted after for it and judged on a
gnettes touch on everything from global scale for it.
masturbation to rape with tones It’s time to stop the ignorance,
ranging from uproariously funny end the shame and accept the vagi-
to downright disturbing. na for what it is: a crazy-awesome,
Amanda Morris Each note played would vary between piano quartet entered on stage. The in- The point is to force people out life-giving, eternally-feminine or-
Contributing Reporter soft and gentle to deep and powerful. tensity of the performance increased of their comfort zones. gan.
“I’ve seen [Pepetone] play in class, once they began the Robert Schumann But why? Any marketing major And in attending GC’s perfor-
As the last few seats were filled in but it’s interesting to see a teacher in pieces. As the music swelled so did would tell you that making your mance, it was obvious the show
a dimly-lit Max Noah Recital Hall, real life performing,” said Camille the physical movements of the per- audience uncomfortable is bound had a lot of supporters. Faculty,
the atmosphere began buzzing with Clausse-Pujo, a sophomore political formers as they briefly rose from their to make sure they are cautious to staff and students alike attended
excitement. Georgia College students science major. seats during particularly powerful return. But “The Vagina Mono- “The Vagina Monologues” over
and Milledgeville residents were left Some of the students present may parts. logues,” having run for over a de- the three days it was performed,
in awe as “Synergy: Striking the Right not have been the biggest classical “The best way to make music is to cade (and in so doing proving itself yet the majority of attendees
Balance” premiered Feb. 17. The per- music fans, but the talent could not go collaborate,” David Johnson, an assis- to be spectacularly popular), has seemed to be women.
formance included three GC faculty unnoticed. tant professor of music for GC and the this theory turned upside down. It made me wonder: Do most
members as well as a guest musician “Classical music just isn’t really violist, said. “There are some people In reality, the show wants its men opt out of attending “The Va-
from the Atlanta Music Academy. my thing but he [Pepetone] does per- that only do things by themselves but audience to squirm as a means of gina Monologues” because they
Gregory Pepetone, professor and form incredibly well,” said Auton then you lose out on the excitement of opening their eyes to the bigger can’t bear to hear about vaginas for
director of keyboard activities, began Waern, a freshman business manage- a making music with others.” picture: women the world over ex- an hour? But if that were the case,
the show with a moving piano perfor- ment major. perience a spectrum of human en- then why do these same men think
mance that included pieces from Mo- Once the solo piano pieces were counters, be it lovemaking or rape,
zart, Beethoven and Franz Schubert. completed, a violin, viola, cello and Quartet page 8 simply because of what’s between Vagina page 8
8 The Colonnade February 21, 2014

Burgers of the 'Ville

The Colonnade’s A&E editor Scott Carranza dug into the best burgers Milledgeville has to offer

1 st
2 nd
3 rd

Pickle Barrel's Velvet Elvis's

Bacon Skillet
Jalapeno ~
& Bleu Burger Cheddar
Very few burgers have left me savoring every bite, I paired this burger with a draft of Angry Orchard I’m hispanic, and I like jalapeños. So I am con-
and even fewer have created a perfect harmony of and felt like I was having breakfast for lunch. The stantly looking for new ways this little pepper can
flavors for my palette, but Pickle Barrel’s Bacon & Skillet Burger’s simple ingredients gave this burger add some spice to my life. So a burger smothered in
Bleu burger may become my newest comfort food. a smooth and savory taste that you won’t find in jalapeños and cheddar cheese is kinda hard for me
Many bleu cheese burgers have either been very un- many burgers around town. The combination of ba- to say no to. But alas, I wasn’t all too impressed.
derwhelming or completely sharp and pungent; it’s con, cheese, hamburger meat and fried egg created The first drawback was receiving a well-done burger
a challenging ingredient to pull off. But this burger a protein-heavy dish, and that may be my only com- when I asked for medium. Even so, I was thankful for
was perfect. The cheese complimented the crisp, ap- plaint. The burger did feel a bit weighty in my stom- the gratuitous amount of grilled jalapeños. It added a
plewood bacon perfectly. The burger patty itself was ach afterwards, but it sure was worth it. The fried egg well-deserved kick to the burger, but I felt that’s all
cooked to a pink medium, and I felt that out of the was cooked a to a perfect “over medium” style and the dish had going for it. The patty wasn’t seasoned
three burgers, the patty from Pickle Barrel had the just enough yolk came dribbling out to compliment to my liking, and the cheddar could have been much
most flavor on its own. So definitely try this one out the meat. Buffington’s is well known for its extensive more sharp. All in all, still great for The Velvet Elvis,
of you want, what I consider, to be the best burger burger list, and this example definitely sets the bar. but for the money I spent, I would probably just stick
I’ve had in Milledgeville. Pair this with fried pickles, and you’re good to go! with another joint.

A fleeting moment
fresh English professor and poet speaks about poetry in
faces a modern age filled with high-speed information
Scott Carranza she thought becoming a diplomat know how to handle the art form very
Senior Reporter would be a nice fit for her. Even so, well.
poetry still sprouted up inside her. “Unless the meaning of the poem
Laura Newbern had been making New York City was full of coffee- is being beamed directly to my reti-
music since the age of 9. Not the kind shop poetry readings and new talent nas, I am not interested,” senior phys-
where chords, melodies and arpeg- waiting to be uncovered. ics major Eric Frechette said.
gios could be heard, but the kind that Newbern decided formal training These are some of the phrases you
was envisioned and read aloud. With was a must. During her time at Co- hear thrown around when poetry is
the paper as her instrument and the lumbia, she developed skills in read- mentioned, but not everyone feels
words as her lyrics, Newbern found ing poetry critically. She enrolled in this way. The world is full of new
poetry to be an expression of who she upper-level English courses to sharp- poets and readers of poetry. This art-
was. Her life crescendoed into a story en her prose and was fond of a French form means the world to some.
she never expected, and her prose literature class. She studied surrealist “Poetry is like trying to read the
blossomed into her passion. poets and typed all of her poetry on resonance between words rather than
Yet her passion has entered an age a typewriter, a scene buried in the words themselves,” senior English
of instant transmissions, short atten- 1940s. major Michael Russell said. “It is
tion spans and blinding speed. For A Young Society where intuition meets concrete sym-
Newbern, inspiring poetry students to All of the senses are being stimu- bols. Poetry, like any art, wants to
find their voices in a world of instant lated in today’s society. A 2012 Pew communicate a feeling, and I think
gratification seems daunting, but she internet survey focusing on college poetry grants you the most complete
feels it is her place in life, for better students says that this “always-on freedom of expression.”
or for worse. generation” lives in a world of “in- This freedom does make it a chal-
stant gratification and quick fixes” lenge to interpret that feeling, in
A Young Poet which, as most know, leads to satu- some cases.
Her love for writing was expressed ration of the senses. Yet, when ap- “A common point of view of po-
in verse during her early years of an proached by a poem, Newbern thinks etry,” Newbern said, “especially in
all-girls Catholic school in Washing- many of them tend to recoil at the this country, is ‘I’m not going to read
ton D.C. thought of slowing down; taking time poetry because I’m not going to get
“I was in a school that really en- to digest a piece of writing that was it.’ Poetry does require [the] reader to
couraged a bunch of little girls to not designed for rapid consumption. sit up and meet it halfway.”
write stuff,” Newbern said. “I had a “We live in a world of instant grat-
lot of music in my head. Both of my ification and having things delivered A Young Professor
parents are wonderful musicians, to us at high speed,” Newbern said. Poetry is not dying; it’s never
so that was my way of making mu- “Our technology is so great in so been dead. In this modern age, poetry
sic.” many ways, but it is starting to shape has never been so common, and the
She grew up wanting to see the us rather than us shaping it. It is mak- use of the Internet creates a domain Special to The Colonnade
world. The restless wanderlust per- ing everybody so high-speed.” where new, up-and-coming poets can
haps stemming from being born Poetry requires the reader to slow share their works and self-publish
abroad. This feeling continued into down. Most poems are mere transla- their pieces. the artform is what cultivates a beau- her and molded her into a voice for
her college life, so she packed her tions of a single moment, appealing “There are more and more people tiful relationship with her students. the art. Much like her parents, New-
bags and set her sights on New York to all the senses in a metaphysical writing [poetry],” Newbern said. “She’s the teacher who is going bern will continue to create music.
City to study at Columbia University. way. Newbern’s poetry glides across “Whether there are more people read- to make you think about what po- She finds herself again and again,
“I was kind of wayward, a little the page and sets the reader in a beau- ing it is another question. Poetry used etry is,” senior English major Benton something many in our generation
lost,” she said. “I was really excited tiful world of color and wonder, yet to be published in the newspaper, Meadows said. “And it’s really good miss.
about being in New York City, and the poem lasts no longer than several [but] we are in a different time when to have someone shake up everything “I write it [poetry] because I think
I decided to major in something no- seconds. it comes to poetry.” you believe, especially when you’re it’s what I’m best at doing,” she said.
body expected me to major in.” In a moment, the beauty of a poem The place of the modern poet is trying to make something and make “When I am doing it, I know that I
That major was political science. comes and goes. Some choose to soak obscure. For Newbern, teaching po- it relevant.” am my best self … I write to find out
Writing poetry equipped Newbern in the verse, others to leave it behind. etry is where she finds herself. Her Newbern’s passion is an outward what I feel and to make make music
with exceptional language skills, and A society of commonality does not experience in reading and and writing expression of who she is. It has taught with my voice.”

Tent city Quartet Vagina we understand what it is to be a woman in

today’s world. This means hearing the good
Continued from page 7... Continued from page 7... Continued from page 7... stuff – yes, it is possible for a woman to have
an orgasm(!) – and also the bad. We must re-
Board, Thunder Crew, the Environmental Although this incredible performance daz- about sex countless hours of the day? alize that rape is still horrifyingly apparent,
Science Club and non-panhellenic sororities zled the audience, the four performers only Rachel Estridge, a senior creative writ- not only in the form of random attacks but
and fraternities. Most of these organizations needed three rehearsals to syncopate. ing major, believes that it’s the discomfort also utilized as a weapon of war. We must
provided tents for their members to hang out, “I feel that it went really well considering brought on by women talking about their va- acknowledge that not only does the clitoris
enjoy food and play cornhole. we only had three rehearsals,” Dan Auerbach, ginas that turns many men away. have about 4,000 more nerve endings than
Some, like Thunder Crew, passed out an associate professor of music for GC and the “Even progressive, open-minded men the tip of a penis, but that cutting off the cli-
food for students. CAB showcased its many violinist, said. “We’re all really busy and don’t will say, ‘Nah, that’s not for me,’” she said. toris from young girls remains prevalent in
events by hanging its event T-shirts from the have much time to rehearse, so we did what “But that is so frustrating. It’s important to some 27 countries.
top of the tent. we could in terms of time and working on our talk about women’s [own sexual experi- “The Vagina Monologues” celebrates and
The constant stream of bands performing own.” ences], especially if you’re someone who cries out for the respect of vaginas, i.e. wom-
under the clock tower meant that the majority The visiting musician, Martin Gueorguiev claims to be forward-thinking.” en, everywhere. Thinking you’re an open-
of students didn’t linger too long under the of the Atlanta Music Academy and the cellist Estridge went so far as to claim she would minded, forward-thinking person of the 21st
tents. Students lounged in the sun or stood performed on GC’s campus during 2012 with never date a man who claimed to be open- century is one thing, but claiming that while
in front of the bands, enjoying their food and the same three GC musicians that he shares minded but refused to attend an event like refusing to sit through a show detailing the
drinks as they rocked out with the bands. both a musical partnership and friendship with. “The Vagina Monologues.” And really, I empowerment of women is hypocritical.
As always Tent City proved to be a high- “We had a good time and really enjoyed it can’t help but agree with her. Plain and simple.
light of Homecoming week, especially with and whenever they invite me I’m always happy If we as a modern society are ever to reach If it takes discomfort to open the world’s
the rescheduling of the GC Jamfest. to come back,” Gueorguiev said. total equality of the sexes, then it is crucial eyes, then so be it.
February 21, 2014 The Colonnade 9

Alumni couple returns

to the Max Noah stage
‘Valentine’s Day Rendezvous’ breathes new life
into romantically-themed songs and ensembles
Spotlight by Sophie Goodman

Gina Webber, newly elected SGA Vice

Andie Leeds
Contributing Reporter
“It’s fun to get the practice in. President, discloses her plans for the future
You have this vision in your
About seven years ago, Georgia College head of what you want, and Q: What are your future plans?
students Jeremy Skidmore and Mary-Kather-
ine Shaap met within the sweet sounds of the then when it’s actually [on A: I want to make sure it’s a diverse
senate body. This year it’s been a lot
Max Noah Singers. “Since music be the food stage], it’s just a really reward- more diverse than it has been in pre-
of love,” Skidmore and Shaap married each vious years. So that’s my first main
other and began a life filled with song. The ing experience.” thing. Then my other main thing is
alumni couple highlighted the night at the an- making sure all our committee work
nual performance of “Valentine’s Day Rendez- is reflecting what students want. I
vous” on Feb. 15. Bradley Sowell, want to make sure we get a lot of stu-
With a mixture of solos, duets, small en- music education major dent opinion and are actually work-
semble and choral songs, The Max Noah Sing- ing on things that they care about.
ers put on a show that featured student conduc-
tors, Bradley Sowell and Devon Kitchens, as Flory is also responsible for coaching the Q: What would you like to see
well as student coaches, Brianna Riley, Caro- group, The Cat’s Meow – an a cappella group more of on campus?
line Thomas and Mitchell Moore. made up of eight students, six music majors, A: I really would like to see more
The married, alumni couple, Jeremy and a history major and an art major, who all au- visibility of all campus clubs. For
Mary-Katherine Skidmore, were the guest ditioned for their spots. The group, commis- example, I’ve been to Pride Alliance
performance of the evening, singing a duet sioned by GC President Steve Dorman, is in a few times, and I want to make sure
from the Broadway play “Wicked.” Max Noah its second semester and entertained the concert those clubs who might not be as vis-
Singers have been working on their pieces audience with a beautiful, unaccompanied ren- ible on campus are aware that SGA
since the beginning of the semester, practicing dition of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” can help them, allocate money and
a minimum of three days each week as well from “The Lion King.” stuff like that. Same thing with the
as running the ensemble numbers during their “I look for a beautiful voice in terms of whole diversity thing. Just making Sophie Goodman / Senior Photographer
class times. the audition,” Flory said as she described how sure that all RSOs know what’s going
“It’s fun to get the practice in,” Sowell said. she auditions student’s for any choral group. on, not just a select few.
“You have this vision in your head of what you “I check their range, I like for people to have goes back to the whole diversity thing.
want, and then when it’s actually [on stage] it’s Q: Why do you place such an em- I would say definitely making need
a relatively large range, and then I have them phasis on diversity? based financial aid is a huge thing for
just a really rewarding experience.” sing a solo where I look for their expression of
Magnolia Ballroom was packed full of ele- A: Well, I’m gay myself – I identify me. I see that everyday when I’m on
gant circular tables, each draped in table cloths
the words and music and also their ability to as a lesbian. I came out a few years campus. The thing that I find troubling
and decorated with a single candle to create
stay on pitch and being able to work with an ago, and that’s one the reasons I is it’s not a GC issue, it’s a cultural
accompanist.” picked Georgia College. I knew that issue. That’s what I want to invest
a romantic atmosphere. The performance be- there was a Pride Alliance here. What
gan with the stage illuminated in lavender and
The performers sang to a room packed full my life’s work in – making sure that
of alumni and students; every chair was taken we’re trying to do, at least with LGBT everyone has access to an affordable
pink. Max Noah Singers stood in an arch and students, is raise an awareness of our education.
with a few waves of Sowell’s hands, began and the ballroom walls were lined with audi-
ence members. presence on campus. One of the big
their first song. things diversifying the student body is Q: Why did you decide to run for
Jennifer Flory, director of choral activities, ad- “The music department is very accepting
and open, and we love for the community to not only making a safe student body SGA?
dressed the crowd and introduced the singers.
come to all of these things just to hear beauti- where all students can feel like they’re A: I joined SGA because I wanted to
“The reason I started [Valentine’s Day Ren-
ful music,” Sowell said. “We work so hard for welcomed. I always say, “It all goes have an impact on the school. For the
dezvous] back in 2007 was as a fundraiser to back to education.” Growing up you first two years, I didn’t really know
raise money for our Max Noah’s tour,” Flory it and we love to share all kinds of music with have your family dynamic, and you what SGA was about. With SGA, I
said. “A second reason was to give the stu- the audience and the students of all majors.” have your school but more in the sense finally found that niche of kids who
dents an outlet for pop-type songs that they This is the eighth year that the Max Noah of making education not something are so dedicated to telling people what
don’t have within the other ensembles. It’s a Singers have hosted “Valentine’s Day Rendez- that’s a privilege but a right and that GC is about.
chance for the students to do solos or duets that vous” for the community. Flory described the
they choose, and they get to shine and be in the event as “something that people get to look
spotlight.” forward to.”
Sports February 21, 2014• Editor, Bethan Adams


with age
The player once deemed too
short to play on his high school
varsity basketball team has not
stepped on a professional basket-
ball court to conquer another team
since 2003 when he was 40 years
old, near ancient for a professional
basketball player.
Honored by ESPN as the great-
est North American athlete of the
20th century, and arguably the best
basketball player of all time, Mi-
chael “MJ” Jordan turned 51 on
Feb. 17.
All professional athletes age, in-
cluding the prolific ones.
Aging gracefully, or in Jordan’s
case, how superbly you age, is
what matters.
You may recognize No. 23 from
the Chicago Bulls from his jump
shots that seemed to have actual
seconds of hang time, earning him
the name of “Air Jordan,” which
Ellie Smith / Senior Photographer led to a shoe being named after
Top left: Junior guard Shanteona Keys goes against Columbus State’s junior point guard Carrie Washington during the opening tip-off. Keys said the Bobcats let the Cougars him.
dictate the pace of the game, which was too fast.Top right: Sophomore guard Terrell Harris attempts to make a layup but gets blocked by two CSU players.The men started Jordan is also renowned for his
strong but fell to the Cougars at the end. Despite the energetic crowd, the women lost 65-54 and the men lost 69-65.The Bobcats lost Homecoming games last year as well. shut-down defensive abilities on
the court and his “three-peat,” in
which he won three consecutive

ANOTHER heartbreak
NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls
from 1991 to 1993.
Aside from the ESPN highlights
and YouTube clips, Jordan has en-
joyed a career in which success,
like a light that has been turned on
A breakdown of the women’s and men’s basketball homecoming games in a dark, empty room, has seemed
to reach all corners of his life.
Since his brief stint with the
Bethan Adams and “I wouldn’t say it was a good of- basket, people are getting pulled left “Most of all, I was just wanting Washington Wizards, Jordan ac-
Hampton Pelton fensive effort,” junior guard Shan- and right. But I mean, that’s part of to go in there and fight,” McKinney cepted a director of basketball
Senior Reporters teona Keys said after the game. “We the game…it’s turnovers, stuff we said. “Redeem myself from the first
were sped up by [CSU’s] intensity, I could’ve controlled.” time we played them.” operations position with the Wiz-
guess. We let them dictate the pace Freshman guard LaRice Walker McKinney and Walker said the ards, took part in many charitable
Womens events, had a near 60,000-square-
The atmosphere was surreal of the game, and that rushed our said the beginning of the game was Homecoming game will be remem-
own shot.” the worst; Keys and senior guard bered by the small mistakes the foot mansion built and promoted
and the energy electric. The fans
screamied until the squeaking The Cougars got ahead immedi- Brandi McKinney nodded their team made. his multi-billion dollar Jordan
sound of sneakers on the court were ately, scoring 10 points within the heads in agreement. “From the little mistakes we’ve brand.
squelched by the cheering. first five minutes. Thunder Crew “We were down 1-10, and com- made, what we could’ve avoided,
The men’s and women’s basket- members hit the end of the Bobcat
flag on the bleachers and shouting
ing out of the beginning of the game
we didn’t match the physicality,”
what could’ve happened,” McKin-
ney said. “We’re just going have to
In 2010 alone, Jordan
ball teams fell against their rival, the
Columbus State University Cou- at the referees. The crowd contested Keys said. learn from the mistakes we made in made twice what his
gars, 69-65 and 65-54, in front of each call made by the refs.
Keys said the refs missed a few
Although Walker said she didn’t
feel like she met any personal goals
this game, and move on to the next.”
largest-ever NBA
the largest crowd of the year.
The swirling masses of sorori- calls, but turning the ball over the during the game, she made 14 The crowd was alive and thun- salary was.
ties and fraternities posting up in CSU was GC’s ultimate problem. points during the game. Keys made derous during the opening moments
the stands, designating their sec- “[Referees] are never going to 17 points, bumping her up to No. 6 of the GC men’s Homecoming
tions by large, wooden Greek let- call a perfect game, and we’re never on the GC all-time points list. game as the Bobcats’ electric pos- From here, MJ eventually took
ters, screamed for the teams during going to like their calls,” she said. Walker and McKinney both said session took control and drew first full ownership of the Charlotte
the games. They danced, jeered, “I thought there were a few calls they had wanted to redeem them- blood, falling back and withstand-
they missed on our end as far as selves from the last game against Bobcats, which made him the first
cheered, jumped, chanted, but to no former NBA player to own a fran-
physicality, you know, going to the CSU, at which they lost 79-55.
avail. Homecoming page 11 chise. The Bobcats have recently
undergone a species (name) change
to the Hornets.

Frisbees, tutus,
With an exception to marital is-
sues (divorcing his first wife and
losing nearly $170 million) Jordan
has seen a growth of wealth.

chocolate cake
In 2010 alone, Jordan made
twice what his largest-ever NBA
salary was. In the 1996-97 season,
Jordan made $33.1 million.
His $60 million paycheck in
GC hosts annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament 2010 was solely from endorse-
ments such as Nike, Hanes, Ga-
Bethan Adams at the tournament with the GC women’s torade, 2K Sports, Five Star Fra-
Senior Reporter alumni team, Reese created the women’s grances and Upper Deck.
club team during her freshman year in Even with all of his projects in
The Georgia College Ultimate Frisbee 2006-2007, naming it Lynx Rufus after the motion, Jordan still gives back to
club teams, women’s Lynx Rufus, or “Ru- genus species name for the North American the community, sponsoring numer-
fies,” and the men’s Disconnected, or the bobcat. She graduated in 2010 with a de- ous collegiate programs.
“Discos,” hosted an Ultimate Frisbee tour- gree in psychology. Watching Jordan, love-life dra-
nament, Flick’n Nuts, on Feb. 15 and 16. “I put table toppers all over the cafete- ma and all, gives us hope.
Saturday’s match wasn’t too cold to ria and put signs in [Arts and Sciences] and
all over campus,” she said. “I would stand As a senior in college, just like
bring out the crazy uniforms: tutus and many other seniors, we have ma-
overalls were worn over layers of clothes outside with a disc and throw at people who
protecting players from the 12 mph wind. were walking to class and say ‘hey, you can tured and worked our way to the
“Like, seriously, [expletive] this weath- catch this!’” academic peak of our stomping-
er,” a Rufies teammate said of the bitter, Reese, now a massage therapist in Atlan- grounds.
cold wind that bit into bare skin. ta, said she was proud of the current team’s Countless seniors are in two
Sunday’s balmy, 60-degree weather approach to the sport and sportsmanlike places at once, at the top tier
brought out the whitey-tighties, bandana conduct. of their undergraduate and the
T-shirts and old-fashioned dresses for the “It’s incredible [being back],” she said. “BMOC” (or woman) in terms of
Rufies. The Rufies said their theme was “I’m extremely proud of these ladies. The extracurricular activities, social life
“wacky.” things that we taught them – the spirit of and organizations.
The current GC men’s club team, Dis- the game, respecting each other, respecting The unknown is upon us, and
cos, and the GC women’s alumni team opponents, cheering, being positive to each knowing that there are still individ-
dominated the tournament. The Discos won other – that’s all here now and there’s no uals out there who are still finding
the tournament for the fourth year in a row. one on the team now that I’ve ever played
with, so it means the world to me to know new levels of success after stages
Bethan Adams / Senior Photographer GC women’s alumni joined forces with the in their life that seemed unsurpass-
The GC women’s Ultimate Frisbee club huddle together for a Augusta team in order to beat Michigan and that they’re spirited.”
win for the ladies’ division. able, gives hope to myself that all
cheer during a break in its game against Michigan State. The GC of us can still continue be success-
men’s and women’s club teams hosted a tournament Feb. 15-16. Founder of the Rufies, Haley Reese, was Ultimate page 11 ful in life.

Upcoming Games Quote of the Week Notable Stat

The Baseball
Friday Feb. 21 vs. Flagler @ Home 1 p.m. “Most of all, 9
Short Softball
Saturday Feb. 22 @ Anderson 1 p.m.
I was just wanting to
go in there and fight.”
Brandi McKinney
The number of years that the

Men and Women’s Tennis Bobcat Ramble 5k has exsisted.
Senior Guard
Saturday Feb. 22 @ Ga. Southwestern @
1 p.m.
February 21, 2014 The Colonnade 11

10th annual Bobcat Ramble GC Tennis wins against Erskine

Bethan Adams half marathon. keep their own time and held Sarah Dickens come back this week,” sopho- plays so much better,” Kinsler
Senior Reporter “Running a half marathon their watches, waiting for the Staff Reporter more singles player Yammick said.
is a New Year’s resolution of start of the race. Hass said. “Come back to the Kinsler is satisfied with the
Saturday’s homecom- mine,” Stanley said before Three cross-country run- The Georgia College men’s winner streak. I think we did outcome of this game.
ing festivities started early heading for the starting line. ners stretched and bounced tennis team climbed to victory pretty good.” “I’m excited,” Kinsler
with the 10th Annual Bobcat Sophomore softball pitch- in front of the start/fin- against the Erskine College The fluctuating Milled- said. “I’m so proud of all of
Ramble 5K and fun run on er Marisa Boyette was there ish line. They didn’t seem Flying Fleets 9-0 on Feb. 15. geville weather caused a little my teammates. They all did
Feb. 15. with a friend and said she phased by the cold in their Next to the tennis courts, trouble for the team. such a good job. I didn’t see
The 43-degree weather bit runs a couple of days a week short shorts. Homecoming celebra- “We couldn’t practice anyone give up on any points.
at bare skin, making noses to stay in shape and decided At the finish line, sopho- tions and noises of tailgat- as much because of all the Everyone was running down
run and eyes water. to run in the Bobcat Ramble. more James Ryden came in ing seemed alien next to the snow,” Hass said. “So, we on every ball, and we were all
There were 180 pre-regis- For sophomore theater first followed by sophomore gentle “bopping” of the tennis practiced [Fri., Feb. 14] for giving 100 percent out there.
tered runners, and 30-40 run- major Sarah Harrell and her Michael Warrick and fresh- balls. the first time this week.” I was very happy with every-
ners paid the $25 to register friends, the Bobcat Ramble man Paul Orr in third. All Despite their struggles one out there.”
The match had a larger with practice, the men pre- The men’s head coach
the morning of the run. Amy was the beginning of a cel- finished in less than 17 min- turnout than usual, according
Whatley, associate director ebration. utes. pared by working on their ral- Steve Barsby is looking for-
to freshman singles and dou- lying skills and consistency. ward to this season.
at the wellness center and di- “It’s my 20th birthday,” “Use the downhill, use the bles player Kyle Kinsler.
rector of the Bobcat Ramble, she said, grinning. She said downhill!” the cross-country “We prepare for every “I think [the future is] look-
“Everyone was out here,” game the exact same way,” ing pretty good,” Barsby said.
said registration was down she wasn’t going to win but assistant head coach Steven Kinsler said. “We had a big
this year. didn’t seem too upset about Cary called to the boys as Kinsler said. “We work re- “This next weekend will be
crowd. Everyone was cheer- ally hard in the beginning of a test for us against Georgia
“We’re 130 short than it. they rounded the last corner ing, [and] we were cheering
last year, but there is another The 5K started in front of on their way back in and the week [with] lots of fitness, Southwestern and Columbus.
on each other. In the past lots of running and stuff, and If we can come out of there, I
race in town, and they tend to Parkhurst Hall and wound headed down the hill past games, we have been a little
have a larger and and more its way past Memory Hill Adams Hall. towards the end of the week, think we’ll have a solid year.”
quiet, but in this one, we got we work more on consistency. Hass is certain of success,
captive audience,” she said, Cemetery, Downtown, past As the very last run-
really loud. And so, it was re- And it seems to work out pret- as well.
speaking of the 5K hosted Georgia Military College ner came in at 53 minutes,
and then ended in the same Ramble volunteers cheered ally great. We had a great at- ty well.” “I am very confident in our
by North Ridge Christian mosphere out here.”
Church that same morning. spot it started. her in. Overall, the men’s team future,” Hass said. “I think we
Fifteen minutes before the The Ramble began in The men, who lost against excelled without a single are going to have a great sea-
Participants in the Ram-
ble included a handful of GC race, a handful of students 2005. In 2008, the race be- Valdosta State University loss in the singles or doubles son out here. I think 2014 is
cross-country team runners, came out of their house to came a memoriam to John at the previous away game, plays. The crowd gave its mo- going to be great for us.”
athletic director Wendell join the runners at the start- Bruner, a GC cross-country sought to redeem themselves mentum a boost. The men will take on GSW
Staton, local residents, small ing line, pulling on caps and athlete who died Aug. 4, this match. “When the more people are Feb. 22 and CSU Feb. 23,
children and GC faculty, ear warmers. 2007. Bruner’s name was “We lost, so we had to out here, everyone out here both away matches.
staff and students. One student stepped out on the T-shirts this year. Its
Junior biology ma- of Parkhurst five minutes be- ultimate goal is to establish
jor Paige Stanley used the fore the race began. He melt- a scholarship for Baldwin
Ramble as a stepping stone ed into the throng of runners County students wishing to Ultimate The teams at Flick’n Nuts represented GC
Alumni, Berry College, Michigan State Uni-
toward her goal of running a lined up. A few decided to attend GC. Continued from page 10... versity, Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern
Reese said a men’s Ultimate team existed and Augusta, along with the current GC Ulti-
when she came to college, but they wanted to mate club teams.
remain an all-boy’s team. Reese created the One of the Rufies’ specialties is creating
women’s team, and it went on to win fifth out creative cheers, like “We smoke them blunts
of 16 teams at Nationals its first year. the size of bats, we got ‘dem gatz as long as
“GC is the only Division III school that axe. We snatch that cheese right off the trap. A
has a women’s team in the southeast US,” she Georgia College, BLAP BLAT BLAT!”
“That one’s my favorite because it’s the
said. “So, we’re kind of special, in that way. cleanest,” Mary Mason Beale, a freshman Ru-
And the fact that it’s continuing on, I’ll just fies player, said.
keep repeating that I’m proud of [the Rufies].” After losing to Michigan, the Rufies hud-
Ultimate is one of the fastest growing dled together and rehearsed a cheer.
sports in the world, but Reese and a friend sin- Junior Rufies player Katie Lulu walked
gle-handedly helped create a larger Ultimate over to the Michigan players who were high-
culture on GC’s campus. fiving each other, and told them the Rufies had
“In the time when I was a freshmen to when a cheer for them.
I graduated, the amount of frisbees increased “Be fly, don’t eat cheese fries, cause their
so much,” Reese said. “So I think, we were feet fly!” the Rufies shouted in unison, draw-
doing good things to get the word out that Ul- ing some laughs from Michigan and friends on
timate Frisbee is fun.” the sideline.
Bethan Adams / Senior Photographer
Participants in the Bobcat Ramble take off at the beginning of the race. Cross-country runners James
Ryden, Michael Warrick and Paul Orr came in first, second and third, running the 5k in under 17 minutes.
Homecoming session from the Bobcats.
Harris found room and
reach for the visiting team,38-
32. GC, who seemed asleep at
Continued from page 10... dunked the ball with six min- the wheel, found themselves
utes left, giving way to a six with nearly no possession in
point lead from GC, 24-18. the first five minutes.
ing the first wave of Cougars. Sophomore guard Ryan Eventually, frustration
The men lost 69-65. Blumenthal found his rhythm surfaced. Physicality from
“We didn’t come out and late in the first period, punish- GC, spanding to both sides,
play like we were supposed ing the Cougars in the paint erupted halfway through the
to,” senior guard Royal and wreaking havoc outside first period.
Thomas said. “The second of it with crisp passes. “We came out and had
half was nonchalant. We can’t A crowd-raising, 3-pointer spurts,” Royal Thomas said.
play like that.” by Reid and Thomas’ agile “We can’t have spurts, we
Both sides missed oppor- dribbling defined the first have to play the whole 20
tunities early due to stifling period for the Bobcats as the minutes.”
defenses which led to early half ended 38-26, a crushing The game changed per-
fouls on both sides. 12-point lead. sonalities again, moving to a
“We came out flat,” junior Unfortunately, the Bob- shootout style - seeing three
guard Larrentis Thomas said. cats’ scoring streak ended to four point leads from both
“We gave up a lot of points immediately in the second sides with the losing team ris-
rebounding.” period. ing to tie the game.
Sophomore guard Terrell “We should’ve played This near, four-minute pat-
Harris sunk a 3-pointer two smarter,” sophomore guard tern dissipated to Columbus
minutes into the first half, Terrell Harris said. “We edging out GC to a seven
adding to the Bobcats’ early fouled-out in the second point lead with five minutes
momentum. half.” left, 65-58 Cougars.
The Bobcats kept a steady Columbus, who seemed GC answered, only relin-
lead, but CSU’s bursts of en- to collect themselves men- quishing one point while net-
ergy and speed forced GC to tally during the break, start- ting seven in the last five min-
recover quickly in the first ed off with a slow-grinding utes, but would go on to miss
period. possession, prodding for several shots, resulting in a
Another 3-pointer from weaknesses in GC’s defense. heartbreaking loss at Home-
sophomore guard Alex Reid “We didn’t come out with coming, 69-65 Cougars.
raised the game to a four- intensity we needed,” Royal “We get back to practice
point margin, 18-14 Bobcats. Thomas said. “They came out and we work,” Royal Thomas
Columbus State grew frus- harder than us.” said. “We got five, six games
trated from GC’s strong pace, Four consecutive two- left. We’re taking one game
its inability to recover re- pointers from the Cougars at a time and we’ll see what
bounds and high rate of pos- brought the game within happens after that.”
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