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Published by Austiz Sumter
Including stories on: the new cottage renovations, greetings from Berry administration, the status of the new nursing program, a summer entertainment wrap up, and many more.
Including stories on: the new cottage renovations, greetings from Berry administration, the status of the new nursing program, a summer entertainment wrap up, and many more.

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Pages 10-11
Volume 104 ∙ August 23, 2012 ∙ Number 1
Please recycle our paper.
Page 12-15
Fact of the Week:
Berry College students’ mul-timedia project “War for Water”took fourth in a national News-paper Project Award competitionconducted by the Associationof Educators in Journalism andMass Communication.The national NewspaperProject Award competition aimsto recognize “publications pro-duced by students and profes-sors in journalism classes.”The War for Water multi-media package looks into thecomplications and concerns of the Southeast’s battle over a lim-ited supply of water. The entiretyof the 15-article package wasproduced in the communica-tion course Digital Storytellingtaught by Brian Carroll, associateprofessor of communication.“We knew we didn’t want to
do solely conict driven journal
-ism—who’s upset with whom orwho’s suspected of what-- but tolook at a big problem and inves-tigate as many solutions as pos-sible,” Carroll said. “So duringa class session we threw up asmany of those big problems wecould think of and we thrashedout the pros and cons of each andthe class decided they wantedto do this regions rather urgentneed for water.”Traditionally, the competitionforbade any content that wasdigitally delivered or distrib-uted, however it was recentlyadapted to accommodate the
ongoing changes in the eld of 
 journalism.“The whole idea was to letthe story determine the mediumand not the other way aroundand that’s the big-C ‘change’ in journalism,” Carroll said. “Intraditional media of the past, if you were a TV station you foundsomething you could show onvideo—’if it bleeds it leads’—butthe world has changed and nowwe have the opportunity to letstories determine which media is best suited to tell the stories.”
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Studentsplace fourthnationally
Faculty to consider new Gen-Ed proposal
Residence Life renovations make room
 Managing Editor
The General Education Review Task Force (GERTF) has proposed anew general education program called the Foundations Model.According to the Report on the Recommendation of the GERTF, the
new curriculum would allow greater exibility “by linking the currentrequirements to competencies, rather than to specic departments or
disciplines.”Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Chair of the GERTFMichael Papazian said this would mean instead of requiring a math-ematics course, a student could take a course in a different discipline,
like business for example, that still emphasizes mathematics.Further, the proposal also introduces a rst year “Colloquium”course that enables rst year students to study a topic that intereststhem in depth and will be geared toward getting new students excited
about learning.Papazian said the committee has outlined a proposal that has beensent to all faculty to review. A meeting in October will provide the fac-ulty a chance to discuss the proposal. Papazian said the meeting willallow faculty to vote on pieces of the proposal rather than a yes or novote for the entire proposal.Vice President of Academic Affairs Kathy Richardson said consid-eration of the Foundations Model will not be a strict linear process.“We’ve asked the faculty to take several months this fall to think on and discuss the program so that every single faculty member will be involved,” Richardson said. “Whatever comes out of this thought-provoking discussion and process is going to be a good thing. It isnow our responsibility and opportunity to engage in deep thinking,and that in itself is good.”
Some members of the GERTF believe that, for example, a historycompetency should only be satised by a course taught by a professor
with a Ph.D. in history and believe that “allowing courses to be taught by professors from other disciplines would seriously compromise andweaken the education of students.”However, all members acknowledge the need to keep all courseschallenging and maintain the integrity of the GE curriculum and agreethat a standing GE committee and subcommittees would be necessaryto vote on which courses would satisfy each competency.Richardson said a main goal behind the new proposal is to provide
students with a deeper learning experience.“I think the overall intention is to help make the foundation experi
-ence more meaningful to students, help them make connections be-tween their different courses,” Richardson. “We hope that advanced,deeper learning will be the outcome. I think what we do now inGeneral Education is already quite good, so it’s a matter of thinkingthrough how we can make it better.”Senior Kylie Berry, a student representative for GERTF, said herrole was to give a student’s perspective on the ideas being presented.“I think that while the Foundations Model will be different, it willgive students more freedom in the classes they choose to take for theirgeneral education,” Berry said.
The GERTF has also included points they did not come to any de
nite decision on including the possibility of a senior capstone experi
ence, a service-learning component and signicant writing require
-ments in some of the courses in the Foundations Model proposal.Papazian said he believes 2014 is the earliest any of the changeswould be implemented. Papazian said all potential changes to thegeneral education program would need to be approved by the faculty,the academic council and College President Stephen R. Briggs.
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There is room at the inn for everyone thisyear at Berry College.Following the room selection process inApril there were many students who worriedabout a possible shortage of beds this semes-ter, but all new and returning students have been housed.Several renovations were done over thesummer. Sunshine Cottage, previously used by the Child Development Center, underwentrenovations in order to make it a residential building. Julia Cottage, destroyed by two treesduring the storm on campus in Spring 2011,has been completely redone and is ready forstudent housing again.There will also be 15 students living in Po-
land Hall, a former duplex used for faculty
and staff housing. Constructed in 1904, Polandis the oldest residential building on campus,
and this will be its rst year housing students.
While Residence Life was successful inhousing all of Berry’s students this year, it wasa tight squeeze. All alternative housing—thetownhouses and Centennial—are completely
lled, and overall capacity is at 95.95 percent
and 97.66 percent for females and males re-spectively, according to Assistant Dean of Stu-dents for Residence Life Lindsey Taylor. Theonly reason those numbers are not 100 percentis because the small number of rooms avail-able are not ones students would want, suchas converted study rooms or rooms sharedwith Resident Assistants Taylor said.“We’re fuller than we are in terms of spacewe can actually give,” Taylor said.In anticipation of this dilemma, Residence
Life extended the option to allow 70 rising se
-niors to live off campus, but only 48 took theopportunity. According to Taylor, the majorityof students who request to live off campus areusually juniors, but Berry only allows seniorsto do so.
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“We knew we didn’t want to do solely
confict-driven journalism” 
A June 15 press release from the Ofce of Public Rela
tions announced that Vanice Roberts, previously a consul
tant, has been made the Dean of Nursing at Berry College.Provost Katherine Whatley stated in the press releasethat Roberts’ duties include developing several aspects of the program.“Dr. Roberts will be responsible for developing the cur
riculum for the program, for hiring faculty and for oversee
ing the development of classroom space,” Whatley said.Roberts said she has also been applying for accredita
tion and funding for the program.The press release stated that the Georgia Board of Nurs
ing has approved the development of a nursing programat Berry College. According to “Highlights for NursingStudent Recruitment,” an informational document pro
vided by Roberts, accreditation for the Commission onCollegiate Nursing Education is based on a site visit thatrequires students who have completed two semesters of nursing courses.“Highlights for Nursing Student Recruitment”explained that the visit from CCNE will occur as soon aspossible in order to give the program accreditation.Whatley assured students in the press release that thoseinterested in the program could complete general educa
tion courses and enter the nursing courses in their juniorand senior years.“Students will be able to enter Berry and enroll in thefoundation classes taken by all freshmen and sophomores.By the time they are upper level students, nursing courseswill be available and students can be admitted into theBSN program.”Roberts explained that local hospitals and clinics arevery supportive of the developing program and are eagerto receive more nurses.“Highlights for Nursing Student Recruitment” citesresearch by Dr. Linda Aiken (2003) that reports there is adecrease in patients’ risk of death when they are treated by baccalaureate-level nurses. Roberts said less than 50percent of nurses in Rome are baccalaureate nurses eventhough there is high-level healthcare available, so Berrynurses will be valuable assets to these local facilities.According to Roberts, Berry’s nursing program willhave an emphasis on service and technology. In an effortto protect the environment as well as provide studentswith technological readiness for jobs after Berry, studentswill be required to bring either a laptop or iPad to classwith them, Roberts said. Professors will incorporate appsfor diagnostics, medications, a medical dictionary and aMerck Manual of Diagnosis and Theory. Roberts explainedthat professors will use online testing to prepare studentsfor the state nursing license test, which is electronic.Roberts said there will also be a clinical simulationlab that houses cutting-edge technology like high delitymannequins. These mannequins feature eyes that blink,pupils that dilate, heartbeats, air in their lungs and an abil
ity to talk. An operator controls the dummy via computerwhile students treat their “patient” as different scenariosunfold in real time. Roberts said that many other nursingprograms either do not have these mannequins or do notuse them, but she and her faculty love them.Roberts explained that another feature of Berry’s nurs
ing program is a healthcare mission to an orphanage inPleven, Bulgaria. The nursing students would serve in a250-bed orphanage and healthcare facility for a two-week trip after their junior year, which Roberts said ts in nicelywith Berry’s head, heart and hands philosophy.Students would also be offered an elective that dealswith the healthcare economy, which Roberts said is verydistinctive because it is not something many programsoffer. The course would cover things like how exactlyMedicare and Medicaid work and how nursing affectshealthcare costs, Roberts said.Nursing classes are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013, so interested students should begin thinking andplanning now, Roberts said.There will be three information sessions to explainmore about this developing program on Monday, Oct. 22at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., and Monday, Oct.29 at 3 p.m., in a location to be determined.“If your sister is interested in nursing, or your brother,or anyone you know, come to the info session.” Robertssaid.
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Nursing program continues to move forward
Berry College President Stephen R. Briggsannounced last Friday that there would be achange in some of the administrative responsi
 bilities at the college in order to take on severalprojects for the 2012-2013 academic year.Those whose responsibilities have changedinclude Provost Katherine Whatley, who isnow working “directly with Dr. Briggs onissues related to institutional planning, analy
sis and policy development,” and Dr. KathyRichardson, a communication professor, whois now lling the role of Vice President forAcademic Affairs for a three-year term as wellas Acting Provost while Whatley is on specialassignment, according to the press releasefrom the Ofce of Public Relations.Briggs said in the press release that thechanges are in response to the need to divideresponsibilities among the administration.“As Berry strives to improve our academicprograms and remain scally healthy, we havedeveloped a new division of responsibilities,”Briggs said in the press release.Richardson said Whatley will be work 
ing on special projects for which Berry hasreceived a grant.“Dr. Whatley’s going to research issueslike budgeting and stafng with (Dr. Briggs),”Richardson said. “We also became involvedlast year, through a grant and some other ini
tiatives, in some projects to look at how wecan deepen learning, so she’s going to focuson those projects too.”With Whatley taking on those responsibili
ties, the need arose for an Acting Provost, aposition for which Richardson said she wassuited due to holding the positions of ActingProvost and Interim Provost in previous years.“From 1999 to 2008 I was Associate Pro
vost, so I had a lot of experience with differentparts of the college. In 2008 and 2009 I servedas Interim Provost until we found Dr. What
ley,” Richardson said.Richardson said she stayed on as AssociateProvost for Whatley’s rst six months as Pro
vost, so she was able to “jump in” a little morequickly for the role of Acting Provost.The duties of the Acting Provost, accordingto Richardson, are to “work with the deansand the department chairs to strengthen andsupport the academics here at the institution.”Richardson said she works with severalcouncils, as well as with the deans of theschools as they lead searches for faculty.With her new role as Acting Provost, Rich
ardson, who joined the faculty at Berry inAugust of 1986, said she will miss teaching fulltime the most.“I love teaching, and we have a fabulousarray of courses and students,” Richardsonsaid. “And with the courses I teach in commu
nications, and especially public relations, thematerial changes so frequently that you neverteach the same course twice.”Despite missing her courses and students,Richardson said she looks forward to servingthe college and its faculty.“I have a great commitment to this institu
tion and have spent most of my career here,”Richardson said. “I was quite willing to acceptthis position as a service to the institution.”
 Administration changes announced
Dr. Kathy Richardson to serve as acting provost 
“We reach out to seniors because at Berry, we try tocreate a community,” Taylorsaid. “Students spend theirrst two years learning thissense of community and theirlast two giving back. We wantfreshmen and sophomoresto be able to look up to theirupperclassmen, which is hardto do if they aren’t on cam
pus.”With the housing dilemmaconquered for the present,Berry is now faced with theexact same problem occur
ring in the future. Alice Boyd,an RA in Poland, thinks Berryneeds to have more tradi
tional housing in order tomake room for incoming stu
dents in the future.“We’ve extinguished ourlast resorts in a way,” Boydsaid. “I think creativity will be stretched to the max [nextyear]. Even though we’re ahuge campus, we’re not fullof buildings.”“We’ve got plans for newresidence halls,” Taylor said.“It’s just a matter of gettingthe green light. We need tosee some things become con
sistent before we act, and weneed to make sure we makesmart budget decisions.”
War for Water
The students of the digital storytelling class.
Back row:
Kendall Gadie, left, Jeremy Brin-son, James Clarke, Cory Pitts and Matt Stokes
Front row
: Kelly Dickerson, left, Sunny Rollings, LaurenJones, Lizzie Petrey and Meredith McDermott
Not pictured:
Candler Hobbs and Rebecca Galbreath
The students nished fourth behind rst-place winner TempleUniversity, second-place Syra-cuse University and third-placeNorthwestern University.“I am extremely proud of thestudents in the class for how wellthey worked together and howcreative they were,” Carroll said.Classes like Digital Storytell-ing are aimed to help studentsexperience the in-depth journal-ism that foundation classes don’thave time to delve into. BobFrank, chair of the department of communication, is pleased withthe curriculum and outcome of the class.“They did a great job of informing the public about avery serious issue which is whatI think journalism should bedoing,” Frank said. “They should be talking about signicantthings that inform the public and broadening understanding of students about certain subjects.It’s the kind of interdisciplinarysignicant work I like to see ourstudents doing.”Nearly all of the print articlesin the War for Water packagewere published in the RomeNews-Tribune. Recent alumnaand student of the class LizziePetrey (12), now serves as a copyeditor and page layout designerfor the Rome News-Tribune.Petrey credits the work she didon the War for Water project withher success in landing her job.“My interviewer Googled myname before I came in and foundthat I was one of the studentsworking on the water project,and I was able to show her theparts of my portfolio that relatedto that project,” Petrey. “I had theskills they were looking for, butI think my work on that projecthelped seal the deal for my jobhere.”Other young alumnus andalso student of the class JamesClarke (12) contests to the valueof the class and the experience hegained from it.“The class was actual journal-ism. It really prepared everyonewho took it and it was reallyrewarding because you felt likeyou were already using yourdegree for what you wanted it forin the rst place.”The complete War for Waterpackage can be found online athttp://vikingfusion.berry.edu/warforwater.
BBQ with the Briggs
College President Stephen R.Briggs and wife Brenda Briggshost this event as part of VikingVenture and welcome freshmenand transfer students FridayAug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the SpruillBallroom.
New Faces Talent Show
Come watch the new freshmenshow off their talents SaturdayAug. 25 at 6 p.m. in the FordAuditorium. Attendees will alsoreceive free ice cream at BSA’sWelcome Social from 7-10 p.m.
Ted Metz Gallery Talk
Listen to acclaimed sculptor andtenured professor Ted Metz talk about his work Monday Aug. 27at 7 p.m. in the Moon Gallery. CEcredit offered.
Poster Sale
Come check out posters andother décor for your residencehall rooms Monday Aug. 27 andTuesday Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-6p.m.
Berry College OpeningConvocation
Come attend the ofcial openingof Berry College for the new aca-demic year and listen to speakerand professor of economics Frank Stephenson Tuesday Aug. 28 at11 a.m. in the College Chapel. CEcredit offered.
KCAB’s Welcome Back Dance
 Join KCAB in celebrating the newsemester at the welcome back dance Aug. 31 and Sep. 1 from9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The theme andlocation TBA.
KCAB’s Wet-n-Wild
Celebrate Labor Day Weekendon campus with inatable waterslides, water balloon wars, watertag, smoothies and more Satur-day Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. LocationTBA.
Labor Day Service Day
 Join Berry College Volunteer Ser-vices in spending your Labor DayHoliday volunteering in the com-munity. Meet Monday Sept. 3 at 8a.m. in Krannert 250.
Paint Wars
Battle it out in the championship bracket competition or just cometo throw paint for fun MondaySept. 3 at 3 p.m. at the IntramuralFields.
Beach Volleyball
Get a team together with some of your friends and come competefor a championship T-shirt at thesand courts on Sept. 6.
Bonre & Cookout
Bring your friends and enjoy arelaxing night with free food atthe Victory Lake Campsites onAug. 29.
White Water Rafting
For $50 you can raft down themiddle Ocoee River on Sept. 8.Sign up in Cage Center ofce201A by Sept. 6.
Problem of mass emails addressed in survey
Online Editor
A survey was emailed last week to every Berry faculty and staff member in regard to the communication between faculty and staff members and students.Penny Evans-Plants, chief information ofcer for the Ofce of Infor-mation Technology, created the survey with Vice President of StudentAffairs Debbie Heida after a meeting last week with Faculty AssemblyChair Alan Hughes and Chair of the Staff Advisory Committee KinseyStout, said Evans-Plants.Students have long complained about their overowing inboxes because of mass emails sent to every student on campus, said Heida,and she promised the Student Government Association in early Aprilthat something would be done about the problem.Heida said the main concern was that students were deleting theemails without actually reading any of them.The intent of the survey was to gauge how faculty and staff mem- bers were using the student email distribution list in comparison tohow they felt they were using it, said Heida. A copy of the survey, pro-vided by Heida, revealed that it consisted of approximately ve ques-tions and a comments section at the end.Heida said the purpose of the survey was not to nd an immediatesolution to reduce faculty- and staff-sent mass emails, but to see howmany emails the faculty and staff think they send each academic yearand how they feel communication with students could be improvedoutside of these emails.Heida is on the student email list and saved every mass email sentin one academic year, she said. By her count, approximately 2,000 massemails were sent by faculty and staff members.When this was revealed at the end of the survey, Assistant Profes-sor of Government and International Studies Eric Sands said he was“staggered.”Sands said he was glad this type of exploratory survey was beingconducted. While Sands mostly uses special email distribution lists oremails specic students, he heard many of his students complainingabout their full inboxes at the end of the day.The survey was administered by Institutional Research (IR), one of the “research arms of the college,” said Heida. IR is designed to helpwith the surveys sent by Berry’s administration and is the place to ndinformation about students. IR will help Heida and Evans-Plants ana-lyze the information gathered from the survey before they decide whatsteps to take with the information gathered.While Heida does not expect every faculty and staff member tocomplete the survey, she believes that they will be able to “get a snap-shot” of the perceptions faculty and staff members have of their com-munication with students.According to Evans-Plants, as of Tuesday, Aug. 21, 105 of 658 mem- bers of the faculty and staff had completed the survey and she willhave the denite results of the survey by Friday, Aug. 24.These results will be the “baselines of future conversations” to cor-rect the problems created by these mass emails, said Heida. The facultyand staff “are trying to be helpful” but instead are “clogging up” thestudents’ inboxes, she said.Heida says that there has been talk of a newsletter containing all of the events from cheese sales, Multicultural Affairs events, dances, etc., but it is still tentative.

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