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SGA bills: Understanding where your money goes



T rough budgets, bills and allocations, the Student Government Association (SGA) spent over 5 million dollars last year. Unexpectedly, though, there is still an over $800,000 surplus from last year. SGA spending is vital to campus community and growth, but few outside of SGA fully understand the process. All of SGA’s funds come from the student activity fee, $123 per

million each year. Te Board of Regents sets the fee, though SGA can make recommendations for an increase if they feel it is required. SGA allots the money to the organizations on campus in three tiers. Te two Tier I organizations are the CRC and the Student Center, which use around $3.2 million of the total budget. “All of the student wages at the CRC and Student Center are paid by us” said Trevor Lindsay, Vice President of Finance for SGA. “We recommend the minimum

are three tiers to that as well. Te organizations can pay them more than that, but not less than that.” Organizations like the Student Center Programs Council, DramaTech and Student Publications are Tier II organizations. Organizations that have a large impact on the rest of campus are organized here. All other organizations are Tier III. T is includes student-run athletic organizations, cultural organizations and most other clubs on campus.

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E ach week, this section of News will include the coverage of different aspects of bills that

passed through Student Government This will include the Undergraduate House of Representatives, Graduate Student Senate and the Executive Branch of both government bodies.






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After taking care of some old business, UHR considered bill 15J008 to fund In f nite Harmo - ny, a student A Capella group, to attend the SoJam A Capella

Tere was some brief dis- cussion of the bill, including one representative questioning spending so much money for so few students. Te bill was even-

tually passed with JFC recom- mendations reducing the total bill to $1,000.



UHR next considered bill 15J009, a bill for Georgia Tech Barbell Club. Te bill allocated almost $7,000, mostly for Gym Space Rental. Te club had lost their original practice space. One representative praised the organization for getting over $26,000 from sponsors before

asking for SGA money. Te bill

was passed by both houses.


Finally UHR considered

15J013, a bill to pay for an SGA

videographer. Some representatives ques- tioned why the videographer made more than several SGA

executive cabinet members.

According to JFC policy, the amount was because “skilled work” paid at a higher wage rate. UHR ultimately passed the measure.

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On September 5, a GTPD ofcer on patrol noticed a white male urinating on the sidewalk of Fourth Street. Once the man f nished, the ofcer approached him and requested to see ID. Te man was identi fed as a Tech student and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Te man stated that he was 18. Because the man kept sway- ing and remained unbalanced,

the ofcer called an EMT. In

response, the student cried. Once Grady EMS arrived on the scene, treated him and released him, the student’s fraternity brothers arrived and escorted him back to the house.



During a routine patrol on September 5, an ofcer saw a man staggering on the sidewalk with the help of a woman. Te

ofcer approached them and

asked if they were okay. Tey stated that they were

helping each other get back their

dorms. Te ofcer asked if the

two had been drinking which they admitted to. Tey told the ofcer that they were given alcohol by the Al- pha Tau Omega fraternity after pledging. Te man then began to argue with the ofcer that their actions were not as bad as smoking marijuana and that they were simply trying to relax. Te ofcer stated that both of those actions were crimes, espe- cially considering that both were

under 21. Te students received an examination by Grady and were issued charges for underage possession of alcohol and Stu- dent Code of Conduct violation.



On September 4, an ofcer received a report about a white man passed out in the Peters Parking Deck. After the ofcer responded, the man appeared

uneasy and could not stand eas-

ily. Te suspect’s eyes were red and glassy and he had the smell

of alcohol on his body.

When the ofcer asked him

if he had been drinking, he said that he had not, and when the ofcer asked who poured alcohol on him, he said no one. He then said that he had been drinking at Alpha Tau Omega. Grady was called and evalu- ated the man, but he was not transported there. Later, his sis- ter picked him up. Te student was charged with underage pos- session of alcohol and a violation of Student Code of Conduct.

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A recent spike of respiratory ill-

nesses across the United States is

highly likely to have been the re-

sult of a resurgence of the Entero -

virus D68 virus strain according to the Los Angeles Times. A major- ity of those infected are children, and yet another cause for concern is the apparent susceptibility of asthma-a f icted individuals to the disease, which is often more active in youths. Te signi fcance of this out- break is that the virus seems to acutely a fect the respiratory sys- tem of the victim, speci fcally the lungs. Patients have reported swelling and di fculty breathing among other symptoms of the on- set of the disease. Although there have been no casualties yet re-

ported, many diagnosed patients

are in critical condition in ICUs

at multiple hospitals across the country, according to the Times. Although the virus strain is supposedly a rare variant, many hospitals have reported cases numbering in the hundreds, in- cluding one hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, which is currently dealing with roughly 300 patients a f icted with the virus. Te symptoms of the virus are similar to those of a particularly bad common cold. However, the notable di ference is that a consid- erable number of the diagnosed patients have had cause to need hospitalization. As of now, there is no vaccine for the Enterovi- rus D68. As a precaution, those frequenting public locations are advised to avoid those obviously sick and to take extra care wash- ing hands.

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  • I expect nothing from GT Transportation and I’m still let down.

Tech should have dating fairs instead of career fairs. At least I would

be shut down instead of being told to submit my resume online. GTWIFI is a garbage wireless network!!! Get your s*** together RESNET. GTwpa 4 lyfe

10% chance of rain. Aaaand I’m soaked for my class ...

  • I wouldn’t piss on CS if it was on f re. Hell, I wouldn’t piss on myself if I was on f re while doing CS. Burning alive is preferable.

Forgot it and play assassin creed unity Career buzz is next to worthless. Seen to many times that can’t apply when meet all requirements bec of some bull s*#t hidden check-box. T is is gatech, Get a functioning career website. Outlaw skateboards on campus, they can’t stop safely and if they have to bailout the board becomes a missile that no one is control- ling.

CHOC O LATE PoSiTiVe nEgAtIvE NEUTRAL i’ve broken that a lot New tobacco policy = lame (and I don’t even smoke).


Tey should utilize Ms. GT to do more on campus, she is a helluva student! 19 point win against woford? really? should i just bend over for uga right now? wtf mates? Here’s too 10 minute bathroom breaks because class is boring

  • I only went back because I didn’t take my Cofee with me

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Rice defends diversity at Symposium



Last week, the sixth annual Campus Diversity Symposium was held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Tech Square, primarily discussing the issue of what speakers dubbed “inclusive excellence.” Tech has recently taken some visible steps to ofer a more inclu- sive campus for students or eth- nic, sexual or gender minorities on campus. Te new fve-year strate- gic plan, recent grand opening of the LGBTQIA resource center and programs like VOICE high- light some recent steps to improve diversity and inclusiveness. Most of the morning’s pro - gramming concerned the results of the recent Climate Assessment Survey, an anonymous survey of students, faculty and sta f taken to gather reliable data about di- versity-related issues and opinions of the campus. Quite a few com- ments in the survey questioned the Institute’s focus on diversity. “I think the whole issue is a bit overblown,” stated one anony- mous student in the survey, iden- ti fed as a white male. Another student, a white female, echoed this with “It’s more important to recruit deserving students than diverse ones.” Such opinions were examples of complaints on the free response section of the survey. Among male professors, it was the single most common complaint, with one

// NEWS technique • September 12, 2014• 3 Rice defends diversity at Symposium KATHERINE HUEBER CONTRIBUTING

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Dr. Rice was the keynote speaker at the Diversity Symposium last week. She emphasized the importance of diversity at Tech.

professor claiming that there is “way too much” focus on diver- sity around campus, and that less quali fed and competent students and faculty were being accepted because of it. Most of these com- ments, came from white or male students and faculty, rather than underrepresented groups. Te keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Valerie Rice, the president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. When asked about hiring deci- sions based on diversity, Rice de- fended the university’s policy. “You know, if you are interested in only the outcomes as measured by a metric that doesn’t align with people, then that’s okay,” Rice said. “But I can’t think of any- thing we do, even in engineer- ing, that doesn’t eventually come back and impact people. What I learned at Georgia Tech was that

having knowledge was important to get to the accurate answer, but how you got there, that was really

the most important thing


.... comes back to the question of who you want on your team.” Asked further, Rice empha- sized that race and ethnicity were just one part of diversity. “It’s not just race and ethnicity any more,” Rice said. “It’s not just about gender. It’s about cognitive di ferences between people and what they all bring to the table .... It is cognitive diversity that allows us to come up with the best solu- tions for our problems. Just think about what you would miss if you excluded everyone with a certain kind of life experience from the discussion.” Rice also added that education is the great equalizer, and it is im- portant that Tech bring everyone to the table.

Freshman SGA reps elected, two candidates docked votes



On Wednesday, the SGA Freshman Undergraduate House of Representative (UHR) elec- tions ofcially came to a close. After over a week of campaign- ing, SGA Elections Chair Nagela Nukuna announced that Richard Wang had received the most votes and was elected as Freshman class president. Te next three candi- dates, Muhammed “Mo” Alshi- habi, Lizzie Lisenby and Jasper Narvil were elected as Freshman UHR representatives. Over 1900 freshman voted in the election, approaching the al- most 3,000 votes cast in the last SGA presidential election. Te student with the most votes wins the Freshman President position while the bottom three candidates earn freshman representative po - sition. Wang, now SGA Fresh- man Class President, received 192 votes, Alshihabi received 163, Lisenvy received 147 and Nar- vil received 145. Te next closest candidate, Virgil Shah, fell just two votes short with 143. In to - tal, eighteen candidates competed against each other to receive the SGA seats. Each of the candidates at- tempted to gain votes through various resources, such as posters, Facebook posts, online media and campaign videos. Mo Alshihabi’s “Let It Go” parody video was cel-

ebrated and commended by Tech students on social media sites like Reddit. During the Committee Hear- ing, the Elections Committee also discussed the activities some can- didates engaged in and analyzed whether some actions, such as piz- za parties, campaign actions and door-to-door campaigning, were done in accordance with cam- paigning policies. During each deliberation, the involved can- didates were escorted out of the room before decisions were made. One particularly contentious issue was a $200 “pizza party” held by Alshihabi before elections were ofcially open. According to Alshihabi, it was just a gesture he made to his friends in Howell before he decided to run. Others argued that the party was a cam- paign event. Some other issues encountered were early campaigning (before the schedule allowed candidates to campaign), over-distribution of material and inappropriate use of the SGA logo. In the end, two candidates, Alshihabi and Narvil, were found guilty of such charges. Alshihabi was not deducted for the party but was found responsible for two oth- er violations and received a vote deduction of 8.4 percent. Narvil was found responsible for a single charge of inappropriate SGA logo usage and faced a smaller vote de- duction of 0.48 percent.

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Researchers test quake impact on structures



On Monday, the School of Civil and Environmental Engi- neering conducted a number of tests on a mock structure with the goal of collecting data about the impacts of earthquakes. Te proj- ect is intended to improve exist- ing infrastructure against earth- quakes. Professor Reginald DesRoches led the team of students, who worked in and around the struc- ture lab throughout the past few weeks in order to construct a building that would be the target for the testing. DesRoches and his team hope that their work may be helpful for developing resistance against earthquakes in locations around the world. Infrastructure in many places is currently very outdated, and many lives are put at risk each

day due to nonexistent measures against earthquakes. Implementa- tion of data from this new research will certainly help in improving the safety of large numbers of people worldwide. “Most people think that earth- quakes only occur on the West Coast,” DesRoches said. “Howev- er, parts of the Central and South- eastern U.S. [have] experienced some of the largest earthquakes in the history of the U.S.” Although they have only just begun to sift through the troves of data they have collected, Des- Roches says his team have been able to come to some conclusions already. “As suspected, nonductile re- inforced concrete buildings are extremely vulnerable to earth- quakes,” explained DesRoches. “Our f rst test of the un-retroftted building showed that it could not withstand much shaking before

it was on the verge of collapse. We tried several retrofts – all of which improved the performance of the building.” According to Des- Roches, the work on discovering the best ways to rehabilitate struc- tures for maximum earthquake resilience is ongoing. Currently, he and his team will be spending time analyzing the data gleaned through this recent test. “We will not be able to quan- tify the [improvements] until we evaluate the data,” said Des- Roches, further stressing the im- portance of not only conducting the experiment, but of gaining meaningful knowledge. According to DesRoches, once the data is evaluated, it will be used to rehabilitate buildings all across the United States to make them safe against earthquakes. Te Civil Engineering depart- ment hopes that the experiment

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Photo by Benda Lin Student Publications

Constructed building for earthquake tests. Researchers hope the data from the experiment will aid earthquake resistance.

will boost their status as a national leader in the feld of earthquake-

damage prevention and further research in this area.

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“Just because they are Tier III

doesn’t mean that we don’t care about them,” Lindsay said. “It’s just that they don’t have as large

an impact on the students.”

Student organizations are able

to submit a bill to SGA if they

need f nancial help for an event.

“If the event is going to have

an impact on campus, then we

want to help,” Lindsay said. “We

want organizations to look for

other sources of funding before

they come to us; but if you have

exhausted all your sources, we will be happy to help you out.”

Before being voted on by SGA’s legislative bodies, a bill must be reviewed and approved by the

Joint Finance Committee (JFC).

Te bill must meet the set of rules

JFC has established over the year

in an e fort to wisely spend the students’ money. Tere is also an appeals process through which or- ganizations can seek help if they feel that the amount allotted is in- su fcient or the correct protocols were not followed.

Te two legislative bodies of SGA, the Undergraduate House of Representatives (UHR) and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) are tasked with voting on the al- locations. During their meetings, the UHR and GSS debate the merits of the bill, cost and other issues to come to a conclusion as

to whether or not the organization

should receive the funding. UHR and GSS each discuss and vote separately on the mea-

sure. Each has the discretion to

change any line items in the bill. If bills passed by the two houses

do not match up, the bill goes to a conference committee. Te committee discusses the bill and comes up with a f nal version that is then voted on by both houses.

Lindsay stressed that the most

important factor in getting fund-

ing was that students get the best

“bang for the buck.” “If you are involved in any cam- pus activity you are going to get back your $123 or more,” Lindsay said. “Suppose there is a competi- tion for which the registration is $100, we pay that registration fee

and there you’ve already recovered most of the student activity fee. Te student activity fee is the only fee on campus which goes directly back to the students. Te home- coming concert organized by the SCPC is funded by SGA, some- thing which goes straight back to the students.” Tere are a few restrictions on the allocation of the money as well. Te SGA usually allocates up to $1,000 for a group trip to a competition, per JFC policies. However, they can and sometimes do vote to waive policy in some circumstances. “If the group only goes to one competition per year, and it is a national level competition, then in cases like these we would give them a bit more than a thousand bucks,” Lindsay said. “But, if one group gets an exception it doesn’t mean that the next one would or the same group would the follow- ing year.” SGA encourages organizations to come to f nance workshops throughout the year to submit bills for consideration.

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On-campus robbery creates concern


A recent armed robbery on campus last month has raised con- cerns about safety on campus. In response to the incident, Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) has increased its visibility on cam- pus and urged students to take preventative measures to reduce their risk, especially at night. On Aug. 27 at approximately 10 p.m., a white minivan pulled up to a student walking on Ferst Drive near Cherry Street. A sus- pect exited the vehicle brandish- ing a handgun and demanded the student’s property. Minutes later, a pair of students on Tenth Street near Hemphill reported that the same van approached them. Again, one of the suspects exited the vehicle with a weapon and de- manded the victims’ property. According to Robert Connolly, Chief of GTPD, ofcers respond- ed within a minute and gave chase to the Van. Ofcers continued the chase into a community on the other side of Northside Drive until the chase was too dangerous, and they pulled back. During the chase, the on-board license plate reader was able to read the ve- hicle’s tags. Subsequent investiga- tion showed that the vehicle was reported stolen early that day. Te van was recovered soon af- ter the case and is being processed for f ngerprints and other evi- dence. GTPD is still investigating the incident.

// NEWS technique • September 12, 2014• 5 On-campus robbery creates concern KENNETH MARINO NEWS EDITOR

Photo curtesy of Georgia Tech Communications

A GTPD employee stands in the Operations Center. New tech - nology, such as cameras, was key in more recent GTPD cases.

“I was very pleased that we were that close on top of it,” Connolly said. “Unfortunately the outcome:

we didn’t catch them, but we were

on top of them. Let’s hope they go somewhere else. We’ve always got to prepare for the worst, we can’t think our job’s done. Connolly stressed that Tech was safe in the perspective of the larger Atlanta area, but expressed concern about the number of inci- dents that have occurred of-cam- pus this semester. “I’m concerned with the amount that’s around us, you know, we had a few at the Var- sity, something at the Burger

King ...

and we’re concerned with

the numbers that are happening around us, and this one, it just came on campus and, you know,

we’re very concerned with it,” Connolly said. Connolly also stressed that stu- dents should exercise good judge- ment when traveling on and of campus, especially at night. “We ask you to be mindful of your surroundings like in any other major city,” Connolly said. “Just be very mindful of your sur- roundings. And the biggest thing is to call us right away.” GTPD has also seen its invest- ment in its operation center pay of in this case. After dispatch was alerted of the crime, camera op - erators were able to spot the sus- pects’ van on one of the few dozen cameras placed around campus. Camera operators are able to view and manipulate the pan and zoom of the cameras.

SGA registers new voters, tries to increase political involvement



On September 13, on the same day as the Tech football game against Georgia Southern com- mences, SGA is registering stu- dents to vote on Tech Walkway. SGA is also registering people at North Avenue and Woodru f Dining Halls. “Becoming involved in gov- ernment is a great and extremely e fective way to demonstrate one of our most important rights and to achieve the change we want to see,” said Je f Losse, Vice Presi- dent of External A f airs in SGA. In the upcoming general elec- tion on Nov. 4, Georgia residents can vote for Governor, one of Georgia’s two national Senate seats, their congressional repre- sentative as well as for candidates for Georgia’s Senate and House of Representatives. Recently regis- tered voters can participate in the election only if registered by Oc- tober 6, approximately a month before the polling take place. “Since government doesn’t re- ally a fect or get directly involved in [a] student’s life, and college provides them with everything they need, college students tend to not emphasize politics as much [as] would adults who have to regularly pay taxes,” said Tomas Napolitane, a freshman. SGA’s e fort to help students obtain easy access to political

rights culminates with the Voter Registration Drive initiative, which started in 2010. “By involving college students in political activities like voting, students can practice political ide- ologies,” said Jay Kamat, a fresh- man. “In an academic setting, it’s easier to make decision[s] as to which candidate to vote for be- cause there are so many high per- forming people here at Tech.” Instead of downloading a voter registration form online or ob - taining it through other public ofces, out-of-state or in-state stu- dents, faculty members and any U.S. citizens can get registered at Tech. Before this organized ap - proach to eligible voters, SGA had numerous groups acquire votes and opinions but wasn’t able to synchronize the teams well, lead- ing to confusion. “We notice that college and high school students need options to vote so they can have their own say so in their life,” said Amin Scott, a worker for Community Voters Project (CVP), a non-proft organization dedicated to mo - bilizing political voice for social change. CVP workers are not af- f liated with Tech. “I am doing this because I was inspired by the recent Ferguson riots that have been happening in Missouri and [the] rally in front of CNN at Atlanta that I’d like to give power behind the people,” Scott said.


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OUR VIEWS | Consensus Opinion

Tech Career Fair and student

Encouraging professors to be considerate

Every year, Tech students get a barrage of emails and in-class reminders remind- ing them of the all-important Fall Career Fair. With such a justi f ably high focus to - wards the fair, there are some professors who should re-evaluate how they conduct classes during this important, and ofen life changing time to many students. Te Fall Career Fair is traditionally held during class hours over a two-day period. While we understand that compa- nies must recruit during work hours, this timeline forces many students to forgo ei- ther a single class or even a day of classes to atend the fair in the hopes of gaining an interview for a co-op, internship, or full- employment. Because of Tech’s pride and focus sur- rounding our excellent job statistics, and even more, because, as students, our years of intense education have led to this mo - ment, no student should have to choose between jobs or grades, internships or

mandatory atendance, etc. We believe that professors could, for just two days, act more considerately. T is is especially true in 3000/4000 level class- es, or those classes with many graduating students. While it does not make sense for ENGL 1101 to change its schedule, per- haps upper level engineering classes, for example, could. We would hope professors give an ex- ception if they have mandatory atendance policies and not penalize students. Ad- ditionally, pop-quizzes should be strictly of limits, especially when in some classes, the number of students out-of-class is far greater than the number actually present. What this calls for is not a complete re - structure of classes or to pause the curricu- lum completely. We simply ask for greater awareness and acknowledgement of this time as being, not only extremely stressful, but also very much key to many students trying to gain employment.

Te Consensus Opinion re fects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board of the Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.

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YOUR VIEWS | Letter to the Editor

Men…we need your help. We can be leaders in working to end sexual violence on college campuses. At Tech, we can, and should, be doing just that. T is summer’s report from the Sexual Violence Task Force con- vened by President Peterson il- lustrates the Institute’s concerted e forts to educate the Tech com- munity about sexual assault and prevent acts of sexual violence on our campus. As male students who served on this task force and who are involved in these e forts, we understand the importance of engaging men to end sexual vio - lence. According to data from the CDC, approximately 20-25% of women experience attempted or completed sexual assault during their time in college. National statistics show that 5.3% of men have experienced some form of sexual violence. Members of the LGBTQ community are at equal or even higher risk for experienc- ing sexual violence in their life- times. Surveys conducted at Tech show us that these statistics are a reality on our campus. Together, these numbers help shape a pic- ture of the environment we live in today; one in which every single person likely knows someone else who is a survivor of sexual assault. Notably, in the task force’s f- nal report, there are fve distinct mentions to how men are a criti- cal group within Tech that must be engaged in working towards ending sexual violence. While some e forts to engage men on this issue already exist, these ref- erences point to the need to de- velop additional sexual violence prevention and education projects designed to “engage men both as leaders and program facilitators.” As male students on this campus, we agree. Here is what we know about how sexual violence pertains to men: we know that while men are most often the perpetrators of sexual violence, only about 6% of men on college campuses are ac- tually responsible for the majority of cases, and are often repeat per- petrators. T is means that the vast majority of men do not commit acts of sexual violence. We know that men can be e fective bystand- ers and intervene in potentially dangerous situations, as well as act as role models for respect in our community. Given all of this, as well as the gender ratio on our campus, we know that men must be a part of the community re- sponse to change the culture that allows sexual violence to exist at

Tech. We recognize that it will take a coordinated campus-wide re- sponse to e fectively change the Tech culture, but it is important to note some of the progress that has already been made in some o our individual communities. Te Greek community at Tech is taking a strong stance against sexual violence. Sororities have al- ways been a great supporter with various seminars and specially programmed events. To increase sexual violence awareness and leadership amongst Greek men, the IFC chapters are looking to increase their new member educa- tion programs as well as encour- age fraternities to host their own local and campus-wide events. T is academic year, there will be a number of fraternity events ad- dressing masculinity and sexual violence. A few speci fc events include the third annual Man Up Week and Fraternity Men Against Violence trainings hosted by the VOICE Initiative. Additionally, one well-sup - ported student e fort, led by members of One Voice Atlanta, has focused on a video campaign speci fcally created to engage men in the conversation around ending sexual violence. Dozens of men have already stepped up, willing to lend their collective voices to support the message that enough is enough. Another community partner is the Athletic Association (GTAA), which is a strong supporter o campus e forts to address sexual violence. All men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams receive an- nual training on sexual violence prevention and response. GTAA is also partnering with VOICE to bring a large-scale speaker on this topic to campus in the spring. Te speaker will speci fcally address how men can be a part of the solu- tion to preventing sexual violence. We must acknowledge that men play a crucial role in help - ing to end sexual violence. How-

ever, at the end of the day, we are counting on every single individ- ual, regardless of gender, to take action and help end sexual assault at Tech. We need to be diligent in seeing that this vision becomes a reality. For more information on how you can become involved in the e fort to end sexual violence at Tech, visit — Dillon Roseen, Undergradu- ate Student Body President & Christopher Mast, Adminis- trative Vice President Interfra- ternity Council

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Welcoming the new C2D2 to Tech

With the Resume Blitz and career fair behind us, and on- campus recruiting gearing up, fall career activities at Georgia Tech are in full swing. Whether your RATS cap is crisp and new or you’ll soon be sporting a grad- uation cap and gown, it’s time to learn about all that the Center for Career Discovery and Devel- opment (“C2D2”) has to ofer. While you were interning, traveling, or catching up on sleep this summer, the sta f of C2D2 was busy preparing an exciting array of career planning and em- ployment oferings for you. And we do mean all of you! Under- graduate and graduate, all col- leges, all majors, all years. But, f rst, we had some busi- ness to take care of—merging the former Division of Profes- sional Practice and former Ca- reer Services. Now, under one roof in our new home on the f rst foor of the Bill Moore Student Success Center, you’ll f nd the Center for Career Discovery and Development—a one-stop shop for all your career needs. If you need help honing in on a career objective or might

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“Your technical skills or subject matter knowledge will get you the job, but workplace skills will help you keep the job and do it well.”

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want to change your major, make an appointment with us for career counseling. For quick advising about a co-op, intern- ship, or resume, come to our walk-in hours or schedule an ap - pointment with the career advi- sor for your major. To be sure you are profes- sionally “packaged” and present yourself well to employers, come to our workshops ofered around campus. And make sure you use CareerBuzz to connect with em- ployers and with us. Having joined Georgia Tech this summer as the new execu- tive director of C2D2, I’ve been talking with students, faculty

and employers to learn how my team and I can best be of service. In keeping with Georgia Tech’s institutional strategic goals, we want to enrich the stu- dent experience with superior learning opportunities regarding not just the basics—how to get a co-op or internship, or write a strong resume—but career edu- cation that is a cut above. Students have told me they want to learn how to work, not just how to get work. Some of you have told me you want to learn how to conduct meetings, work on cross-functional teams, prioritize tasks, write business emails, manage your managers,

and much more. Your tech- nical skills or subject matter knowledge will get you the job, but workplace skills will help you keep the job and do it well. We also want to be sure

we’re preparing you for a life-

time of career satisfaction and success and helping you be a valuable contributor to the

global marketplace. We know that at the ripe old age of 18 or 22 or 25, the thought of how you’re going to manage your career twenty years from now is probably not on your mind. But we have a duty not just to push you out of the nest into an employer’s arms to be taken care of. We want to make sure you are equipped to take care of yourself as you navigate your career. So, in the new C2D2 you’ll f nd the familiar essentials—ca- reer advising, counseling and connecting you with employers. But down the road you’ll also f nd innovative oferings that go beyond career planning and em- ployment basics. Stay connected to us and stay tuned for more.

‘Tech Bubble’ restricts students’ self-growth

After my European Union study abroad, I honestly found my element: traveling. My study abroad this summer certainly forced me out of the precon-

ceived Tech bubble, thereby testing my abil- ity to adapt to an ever-changing e nv i r on me nt . Instead of con- stantly seeking out activities characteristic to the Tech-centric



can carry universal dimensions.

But, by studying abroad, Tech students can f nally discover life outside the bubble and take note of the wider world. After touring Auschwitz in Po -

land and attend- ing brie f ngs by a Human Rights Watch expert in Brussels, I saw the world from a more global standpoint than I ever did at

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pre-established beliefs can easily change in the real world.”

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bubble, I lived in a dynamic world where activities sought me out; I reacted to the constantly chang- ing circumstances, in part not to miss out on opportunities but also because my study abroad mindset seemed more open and accepting than my Tech-focused one. Although Tech’s campus is constantly bustling with activ- ity, the campus still remains static in the sense that there is de f nitely a Tech bubble. I do ac- knowledge that this bubble leads to a nice sense of security and community that is much needed at a school where the classes are notoriously di fcult and Clery Act alerts drop in weekly, but this Tech bubble restricts our ability for self-growth. During my time abroad, I gradually began to comprehend that my actions can a fect oth- ers, as I saw a world beyond Tech’s campus. Moreover, the Tech bubble reinforces this more limited worldview as stu- dents usually only consider their actions with regards to other individuals inside this bubble. I must admit that the typical Tech student constantly remains engrossed in numbers and for- mulas. By doing so, they can easily forget that their actions

Tech. I mean to thank Tech, as the school presented me with the opportunity to expand my outlook on life. I only wish to encourage students to experi- ence life outside Tech. Once students encounter life outside the bubble, their be- liefs will surely be tested. Teir preconceived ideas about other cultures will also be challenged. Even more importantly, their view of themselves will be forev- er changed. Although this may sound dramatic, I only make these claims because I person- ally experienced them. For in- stance, my belief in prioritizing economic gain over cultural preservation certainly changed as I visited Paris and saw how cultural history gives individuals purpose. Moreover, my belief in traditionalism transformed once I listened to an esteemed Polish professor claim that tradition- alism only released individuals from an obligation to f nd an- swers for themselves; through these examples I hope to convey how pre-established beliefs can easily change in the real world. Ultimately, I hope that students will recognize Tech creates cer- tain limitations, but said limita- tions can certainly be overcome by studying abroad.

How maturing stopped me playing video games

Destiny came out this week, and with its release comes a personal sadness. Because the game is lackluster, over-hyped

or cliché? Most de f nitely not. If anything, the game is a stun-

amazed at what it had to ofer, but that amazement was quickly replaced by the sinking feeling that I no longer own a console and I wouldn’t really be able to experience it (and I own

ning work of art and a sturdy step forward in gaming (at least from what I’ve heard). So why is it I’m all down then, eh? It’s the realization I had

“Where’s my leisure time, where’s my time to relax and unwind?”

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a Mac, so PC gaming is severe- ly restricted). Now this is by no means a huge deal. It’s just a big bum- mer. My sched- ule now is basi-

when I noticed it on Twitter: I was completely disconnected from the gaming world. I can remember in high school, my average day went as follows: morning swim practice, school, afternoon swim prac- tice, video games, homework, sleep…repeat. Now that sounds like a terribly boring life, but you’d be amiss to think so. It was the best. Life was simple. Coming home from practice and hopping online to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with my teammates never ended in a dull moment, and home- work wasn’t an issue. Te day I got to college though, that all went away. T is wasn’t really because I lacked in- terest, but because I knew Tech was going to weigh me down big time. Between school and swimming, gaming would be impossible. At least this is what I thought as a freshman. So as a result I totally lost track of what was up-and-coming, so I felt I was out of the loop with some of my friends that were managing to keep up. I saw the news about Destiny all over Twitter and Facebook, and my immediate thought was “wait…so what is so cool about this?” I looked into it and was

cally all school, swimming, the Technique, photography, and a couple other odd jobs; where’s my leisure time, where’s my time to relax and unwind? Perhaps this is the true bum- mer, not gaming itself but the realization that my life has cul- minated into one giant job. I’d love to f nd the time again to sit down and knock out some games, and I’ve tried, brie fy, in the past, but I was never able to keep it up. As excited as I am to gradu- ate from Tech and go out into the real world, I am genuinely nervous that I will lose even more time to the work-world. I’d love to keep up with what studios are developing and what innovations are being pushed, and to share in everyone else’s enjoyment, as we play, wide- eyed and childlike. I’d like to believe retaining a hint of child- likeness, and taking some time away from the real world every now and again will do wonders for stress and happiness. To those of you at this school who keep your grades and crank out gaming hours, I applaud you, and I hope to reach that point soon…because I am not going to miss out on the next Destiny- esque game.

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“Plan everything out, make a to-do list, and then just do it.”

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Up in the Ranks

T is week’s rankings were awesome for Tech, moving up to number four overall in its ranking for undergraduate engineering universities. All of the CoE engineering degrees were individually ranked in the top ten of their respective disciplines, with fve schools in the top fve. At the seventh public university overall, it’s great to be a Yellow Jacket.

CoC Video

Never has a video encom- passed all of the awkward fea- tures of Tech into one so ad- equately crafted parody before than this video made by the College of Computing. Te video is a parody of Wes An- derson’s Rushmore, but with the way things were shot, it took a bit too long before its humorous tone even tried to shine though.

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SCPC Kickof

Tere was free deep-fried oreos, a mechanical bull, jousting, and in f atable slides. Te sky was clear out on Tech Green and around the Cam- panile for this year’s f rst event sponsered by SCPC. Also included were sand art, cork board making, popcorn and cotton candy. Somehow, even on the hot, September day, it was a fun time.


Rain is no stranger to At- lanta. Around various resident halls, due to excesive rain this week, there was fooding on the sidewalks to the entrances of certain buildings such as North Ave apartments and Center Street. Everytime it rains, this problem seems to persist, and inconviences stu- dents in f nding another way to get into their dorms.

Importance of mentorship programs for rural youth

ally lacking in breadth and depth. Limited opportunities in these STEM areas and a largely lopsided emphasis on, for me, the irrelevant social sciences created an environ- ment where the country’s neces- sary engineers, mathematicians, and scientists could not be fos-

locations. Some people may regard STEM as simply a buzzword. But statistics from the U.S. Depart- ment of Education show that only 16 percent of high school gradu-

ates are interested in a STEM ca- reer, which seems rather low for

“STEM is not simply an initiative; it is a movement that seeks to improve the American society.”

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number of employ- ment opportunities (and in some cases, employment needs) is expected to rise by 20-50 percent in various disciplines over the course of the

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simply an initiative;

it is a movement that

seeks to improve the American society. Want better transportation across Atlanta? Want cheaper medical devices? Increasing competition by increasing the number of of- ferings for these tasks can help reduce the price for these example scenarios and contribute to gener- ally improving our society, infra- structure, and quality of life. As Tech students, we are fortu- nate to be at such a high-caliber institution that helps to instill both insight into the needs to be successful as a scientist or en- gineer and the resources to help others do the same. In fact, I’ll as- sume a preachy role here and bur- den fellow students with the onus of reaching out to communities and helping spur greater interest in science and engineering. I’ll also ask that, the next time anyone gets annoyed by a rowdy group of high school kids at Tech, the person take a deep breath and know that it’s for the betterment for everyone—you included.

Most days when I’m at Tech, I typically get annoyed with a few
recurring scenarios on campus. Te f ippant pedestrians who seem to cross streets without any regard for the drivers. Ten there’s the Tech Trolley drivers who will kick you of the bus when you can’t cram behind that oddly-con f gured yellow line. Finally, there’s the random group of boisterous school kids on cam- pus who couldn’t care less for those students who just want relative serenity around them. T is last point seems rather moot, however, as this past weekend, I had the genuine pleasure of taking a group of six high school freshmen on a tour of Tech’s campus as part of GTRI’s second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer-
ing and Math) Mentorship Pro - gram. Te program pairs Tech students with a group of kids that are working on a STEM-related project for the duration of one se- mester. Te kids in this program are from a town in northern Georgia just south of Chattanooga. Cou- pled with their heavy Southern accents, I was immediately trans- ported to my own high school days upon interacting with them. And once I really made this con- nection, I realized just how in- valuable this program is. Te reason why this program can have such an impact in rural areas is one that I’ve been on the end of. Going to high school in rural Georgia, the math and sci- ence education system was gener-

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tered well. Had fourth-year Sam at Tech been able to relay mes- sages to the much chubbier high school Sam, he would emphasize the need to learn a programming language as soon as possible. I feel that my success at Tech could have been bigger and more substantial had I followed this one simple piece of advice. However, this really is just one de fciency that I’ve faced among a sea of oth- ers that many rural graduates who matriculate into larger engineer- ing institutions have undergone. And this is where the STEM Mentorship program comes in play. Giving these kids, who gen- erally don’t have the same math or science exposure—both culturally from their society and education- ally from their schools—a person who exposes the diversity and ap - plications of math and science at a higher caliber level is quintessen- tial to alleviating some of the scar- city in STEM education in these

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workshops and sessions, and tips on what to do and not to do in interviews. Te part that I personally f nd

really resourceful is the numer-

ous guest speakers the course hosts. Tere are speakers from di ferent departments and even from outside campus who talk about a variety of topics, ranging

from personal and organizational branding to talks about “Your GT Network” (through the Mentor Jackets Program). However, the advantages of GT1000 are not only limited to the resources stated above. In ad- dition, you meet people from all di ferent majors and form friend- ships that can last for a very long time. In addition to the professors, each section also has Team Lead- ers (or TLs) who are upperclass- men and work with small groups in the class during activities. Many of the freshman who start at Georgia Tech are unable to use all the facilities e fectively. Tey do not want to take an addi- tional class thinking that it will be too big of a work load. However, the class is only a one credit hour class, but the experience that you gain from it is invaluable. Nowhere else will you get such rich opportunities to meet so many di ferent people, see guest speakers from various felds and learn how to build your own professional career. I think that GT1000 should mandatory be- cause not everyone is aware of how truly useful it is, and the best way to f nd out is to experience it.

ous to people who already have knowledge of both. By making it mandatory for these incoming freshmen to take it, it would al- locate a portion of the money they are paying for this university to a class they do not necessarily want or need to take. Additionally, many freshmen come in to college with an unreal- istic idea of how many classes they can handle and end up taking too many hours. Requiring another class would only add more stress to their f rst crucial semester. It would also complicate the already tricky registration pro - cess, since some incoming fresh- men have certain major-speci fc GT1000 classes they would need to register for, several of which only have a few times ofered. Te campus motto lately has been, “You’re at Tech, you can do that,” not “You have to do that.” I think this essentially sums up why GT1000 should not be mandato - ry. Tech is founded on opportuni- ties and the idea that each person can do as much or as little here as they want. T is applies to choos- ing classes as well; each student gets to create their schedules to ft their own individual needs. If Tech requires GT1000, it is assuming that all incoming fresh- men have the same needs and learning styles, which simply isn’t true. Te bottom line is it’s valu- able for some students and unnec- essary for others. GT1000 should remain the way it is now—strong- ly encouraged, but ultimately left up to each student to decide whether or not they should take it.

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  • I was f rst registering for classes,

  • I did not think that I needed to take GT1000. However, after

attending just three sessions, I am completely convinced that I

could not have been more wrong.

  • I feel that for incoming freshmen,

GT1000 is one of the best ways to get accustomed to Georgia Tech, everything that it ofers, and much more. Furthermore, it is one of the best resources for self-develop - ment, and preparation for life af- ter university and outside campus. Te kind of skills you develop here will be of use in all aspects of life even years after graduation. And make of it what you will. Data has shown that students who took GT1000 in their freshman year, on average, had higher GPAs than those who didn’t. One of the most obvious ad- vantages of taking GT1000 is the immense help that you get on suc- cessfully writing a good résumé. As I was talking with my friends about writing résumés for Career Fairs in the following semesters, I knew I could rely on my GT1000 class to be able to craft a profes- sional résumé. Tere is a great emphasis placed on what the students want to get out of the course. In my class, a majority of the students were interested in learning about the resources that are available to us on campus. Tere will be résumé writing

Te word we need to pay atten- tion to is “mandatory.” GT1000 teaches students some of the skills necessary to function well at Tech. It helps students get accli- mated to the culture and rigor of the Institute and is especially use- ful for learning about the various leadership and community service opportunities available here. Additionally, specialty GT1000 classes also teach stu- dents about di ferent majors and programs, pairing students with faculty members who are involved in these programs. It is one of the most practical courses ofered, and while I think all students should take it, I don’t think it should be mandatory. One of the primary goals of GT1000 is to prepare students for the Institute by teaching them good time management and study skills. T is is advantageous for students who did not need to study a lot in high school in order to get good grades or who might not be used to juggling so many di ferent classes. For people who have entered college with a good idea of their study habits, this aspect of the class isn’t particularly helpful to them and instead only adds an extra hour onto an already dif- fcult work load. Another one of GT1000’s goals is to help famil- iarize students with Tech and At- lanta. While this is great for out- of-state students, it is super fu-

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Britain Hall tree mystery solved



Tough new freshmen may be unaware, the majority of Tech students have noticed the Brittain dining hall courtyard certainly looks di ferent this year. Te new landscape is a result

of the implementation of the Brit- tain Landscape Plan. T is latest plan seeks to f x the water issues surrounding the dining hall area and resulted in a sad reality: the loss of the Brittain courtyard trees. Although the Brittain Land- scape Plan was not fully devel-

oped into an achievable action plan until January 2014, the plan was discussed in 2009 alongside the Techwood Drive Streetscape Process. Te plan also included a de- tailed list of speci fed criteria: (1) an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) walkway to the front

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Brittain Dining Hall, located on East Campus, is one of the three on-campus dining hall locations. The Brittain Landscape Plan resulted in the removal of the courtyard trees to meet listed criteria.

and north entrance of Brittain Dining Hall; (2) a Steam Replace- ment Project; (3) waterproof ng Harris and Cloudman Residence Halls and the courtyard area; (4) potentially adding a 13,000 gal- lon underground cistern to col- lect roof water from the dining hall and over fow from Harris and Cloudman residence halls and Bobby Dodd stadium. To meet the aforementioned criteria, the trees had to succumb to a dreaded fate: destruction. Moreover, despite the plan’s strin- gent demands, Tech still did not request a fully detailed Arborist Report for the project. A single tree, the American Elm, however, did require a com- prehensive report, but major limb damage and the rotting of the trunk lead to the Elm’s eventual removal. Since the other trees were in- terfering with the power lines, they were poorly pruned leading to their eventual removal as well. Ultimately, the Brittain Land- scape Plan led to the removal of all the trees, as they needed to clear the area for the steam replacement project and cistern. Even though some people may worry that recent tree disappear- ances will cause environmental

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How to make the most out of dorm life



Dear students living in close quarters with roaches, mice and roommates:

Dorm rooms at Tech are any- thing but spacious—and this is coming from a relatively tiny per- son—so we’ve come up with some clever dorm room hacks to make your year-long stay in your lovely little cell as pleasant an experience as possible. Te f rst dorm hack features the Amazing-Bucket-On-A-Rope- For-Lazy-People-In-Lofted-Beds. We all know it takes a lot of ef- fort to climb up and down a lofted bed without a ladder. While this maximizes space, it makes writing that last minute paper or, ahem, watching Net f ix right before go - ing to sleep an utter pain. As you are drifting of into that ephemeral, elusive-to-the-Tech- student thing called “sleep,” you realize that you have to put your computer back on safe ground for fear of it sliding of the rail-less bed and cracking in half. But that means—God forbid—having to climb back down! T is is where the f rst dorm hack comes into play: the Amaz- ing-Bucket-On-A-Rope-For-La - zy-People-In-Lofted-Beds. You should tie one end of a rope to the highest rung of the headboard and the other end to the handle of the bucket, crate or whatever will ft your computer. All you need is some rope and a bucket, and you have enough to complete the f rst dorm hack.

premely useful for nyctophobes (people afraid of the dark). You should f rst invest in a clamp-on reading lamp. If you are like me and hate making that mad dash to get back into bed af- ter turning the lights of, all while avoiding stubbing your toe and

praying to God that you don’t step on a cockroach (we all know they come out at night when you turn the lights of ), simply clamp a reading lamp onto the headboard. Your fears of the dark and stealthy creatures of the night will disap - pear immediately.

Te third dorm hack involves Command Strips. Everywhere. Command Strips are man- kind’s elegant solution to the time-old problem of having to store things. I f nd that the best places to put Command Strips are

See HACKS, page 11

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The typical undergraduate dorm consists of lofted beds, dressers, desks and chairs. The dorm

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How to f nd on- campus research



Research at Tech is an excel- lent way to get experience in your feld, not to mention recommen- dation letters, payment or class credit, but sometimes it seems that f nding research in the f rst place is impossible, especially for underclassmen. Don’t despair! Here are some tips and tricks on how to secure a research position.



Search “gatech undergrad re- search” plus your major, and the f rst link will give a summary of researching under that depart-

ment. Tere will be a section for registering research as credit and another for ways to get paid doing research. Not every interested pro - fessor will be on this list; never- theless, this is your starting point.



If your favorite professor from last semester does research, ask him or her if there’s a position available for you. Bonus points go to memorable students, so it helps

if you stood out from the rest of

the class. T is can be asking thought- ful questions, sitting in the front or being the only one to visit your lonely professor during of- fce hours. However, if you texted throughout class, sat in the nose- bleed seats of Howey’s lecture halls, etc., you might not be doing research under that professor.


Your academic advisor, friends who have research positions, grad students and professors you’ve never heard of before are alter- nate sources for f nding a research position. You’ll want to personal- ize each email; it’s pretty obvious when a generic email has been sent to multiple people. Look up those unknown pro - fessors, f nd their professional websites that describe their past and current research. Make your e-mails sound informed and professional, and please send all correspondence from your Tech email address.



Some majors ofer research fairs during the semester where prospective students can meet with professors and students look- ing for help. Tese are one of the best ways to f nd a likeable re- search position, as the professor


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Career Fair

T is past week, students suit- ed up, readied their resumes and headed to the Career Fair in the hopes of landing internships and full-time positions at hundreds of high-prof le companies. In ad- dition to the general Career Fair at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC), di ferent schools also held their own major-speci fc Career Fairs. Sanchit Malhotra, a fourth- year CS major, went to the Col- lege of Computing (CoC)’s major- speci fc Career Fair to search for a full-time position. “Since I’m a CS major, it had a higher ratio of companies I was interested in,” Malhotra said. “ Tere was a greater chance of me f nding opportunities since it was more focused, and I didn’t see a point to try out the other one.” Several freshmen also attended the Career Fairs in the hopes of securing early summer intern- ships. Saurabh Kumar, a f rst-year

CS major, spoke to several compa- nies at the Career Fair. “It was valuable, especially for the companies that were really in- terested in your background more than your year,” Kumar said. “It would have been nice to know which companies those were be- forehand; I went to several com- panies that turned me away since they were looking for juniors and seniors speci fcally.” Students who attended the general Career Fair used a cus- tom Career Fair app to f nd the locations of di ferent companies

on the CRC foor. Sandra Raye,

a second-year IE and PUBP ma- jor, used the app to categorize the various companies she was inter- ested in.

“I was able to go to the com- panies I wanted quickly, and the app made the experienced way more streamlined,” Raye said. “I was able to speak with everyone I wanted to, and I was still able to make it to all of my classes.” Some students felt that the Ca- reer Fairs could do with improve- ments, both from the companies and from the organizers. “I wish bigger companies would send more representatives,” Malhotra said. “ Te Career Fair app would crash sometimes,” Kumar said.

“Also, lines sometimes block peo -

ple from getting from one place to another, especially in the center area where there are a lot of com- panies next to each other.”

// OPINIONS technique 11 Career Fair Experiences ARVIND NARAYAN LIFE EDITOR T is past week, students

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At the Career Fair, students mentally prepare themselves. Stu- dents share their overall experiences trying to land a position.


harm, the novel Brittain Land- scape Plan seeks to counteract this problem by planting 38 trees in the near future. Currently, the plan proposes planting various types of trees, such as the Persian Ironwood and the Magnolia But- ter fy. Furthermore, the Campus Landscape Master Plan seeks to expand campus greenery through the planting of yet more trees. Tey “seek to compensate for the trees lost on this project by [working] with our colleagues to plant additional trees throughout campus.” Some students still remain apprehensive about the removal of the trees, and they encourage Tech to f nd another use for the space. “If they were to do something interesting on the grass, it would be nice. But if Georgia Tech is just going to take shade of of campus, that is not exactly desirable,” said Noah Eggleston, a second-year ME major. Others feel more at ease with the lack of trees in the Brittain courtyard area. “I enjoy that you can now ac- tually see the Gothic architecture that is Brittain Dinning Hall. I feel like it is more appreciated now,” Ashlyn Jones, a second-year Architecture major, said. Some students remain unaf- fected by the new Brittain land- scape. “I f gure the removal of the Brittain trees is a temporary thing, so I am not too concerned,” Han- nah Musall, a second-year IAML major, said.


on the bedposts as it is a space- e fective way to hang coats and jackets. It’s also a great way to hang photo frames without hav- ing to drive nails into walls. Just place two command strips next to each other on the wall and use a level to make sure they’re on the same plane. Tey also should not leave a mark when they come of ; if it does, we all know who’s pay- ing a $50+ f ne at the end of the semester. Te fourth dorm hack involves the undersides of lofted beds. Te underneath portion of the lofted bed not only has transverse- wave-like metal pieces from one vertical end to the other that are useful for hanging a select few small items, but it also has two large metal bars that stretch hori- zontally underneath the width of the bed. Hang a cup of pencils from it using some tape and ribbon, and you have a foating pencil holder and a less-cluttered desk. It also gives you the ability to slide the pencil holder forward when you need to use them, and back to - ward the wall when you’re not. (Side note: You will need a lot of tape. A lot.) Finally, if you decide that you cannot deal with your one-person cell, get an apartment. Tey’re as close as most dorms are to cam- pus, the laundry room is in the building and there’s a ftness cen- ter with an actual treadmill. It’s almost perfect—as long as you don’t care about the hallway’s su focating stench of body odor, vomit, and backed up sewage. But hey, there won’t be cockroaches.

// OPINIONS technique 11 Career Fair Experiences ARVIND NARAYAN LIFE EDITOR T is past week, students

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Miss Georgia shows of 3-D shoes



At the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade on Saturday, September 13, Miss Georgia will show of a pair of shoes with 3-D printed parts—a feature never be- fore seen at the Parade. Tese Ramblin’ Wreck-themed wedges were created by Maren Sonne, 3rd year ID, and Jordan Tomas, 3rd year ID, and Julia Brooks, 2nd year ID. Te team designed the Ramblin’ Wreck -themed wedges for another Tech student, none other than Miss Georgia or Maggie Bridges, 4th year BA major. Te shoes were unveiled at the President’s Annual Institute Ad- dress on August 28. “It’s really the f rst 3d printed shoe that’s nationally covered in like pop culture,” said Tomas. “ Tere’s people [that] do 3-D printed shoes, [but] that’s really underground and no one really knows about it.” Te headlights and four tires (with shoe-tread detail) were made with 3-D printers, and the car’s grill was created from laser cutters available in the Architec- ture building’s design shop. “As industrial designers we use that stu f a lot,” said Sonne. She feels that the shoe construction “shows our school…everything that Tech can give us.” Te three students answered an email sent out by Troy Whyte, Academic Advisor of the School of Industrial Design, about the opportunity to work with Bridges to develop the shoes. Te entire process spanned ap - proximately four weeks, starting from mid-July to the wee hours of assembling the shoes on Monday, August 25. During that time, they consulted with Bridges and her dress designer to complete the

out ft. “She wanted it to be…a little more girly…more school spirit and historical rather than just based of of science,” said Sonne. Te designers originally wanted the theme to be based on science and technology, rather than Geor- gia Tech. T is project that transformed a pair of $60 brown leather wedges into miniature Model T’s ended up costing around $400. Te cost included testing of suitable mate- rial, glue and type of shoe. “So if we could do it again, we could probably do it for a 100 dollars easily—2 pieces of acrylic, 1 piece of cardboard, a thing of chipboard, one thing of sparkles, some wire,” said Sonne. She joked that if she were making

those shoes for sale, they would still have a $400 price tag. Te shoes have already gotten a lot of attention on social media and 3-D printing websites around the country. “I saw on Facebook there’s like a lot of people like ‘oh I want to buy them, how much are they, do they come in a size seven’?” said Tomas. Sonne sug- gested that these shoes could also be worn on occasions like game days and graduation. Te team members all agreed that constructing the shoes was a great learning experience, because they had the opportunity to in- teract with clients, using laser-cut acrylic, and even learning wom- en’s shoe design. “I think what makes us an ef- fective team is [that] we bring a lot

of di ferent elements to the table,” said Sonne. “[Julia seems] pretty good at f guring out the technical stu f like ftting the things around and f guring out the patterns… and Jordan [is] easygoing…and work[s] well with other people.” Brooks added that Sonne acted like the glue, both in terms of the team dynamic and as the gluer of elements to the shoe. “ Te goal was to give Maggie this attention. We wanted her shoe to be super cool and dramat- ic so she would get all this press beforehand because that’s going to help her win Miss America,” said Brooks. Bridges will spend Monday through Tursday in preliminary rounds of the pageant and Satur- day at the parade.

12 technique Miss Georgia shows o f 3-D shoes KATHY ZHANG STAFF WRITER At the Miss

Photo by Maren Sonne Student Publications

Tech students, Julia Brooks, and Jordan Thomas, and Maren Sonne created the Ramblin’ Wreck- themed heels. They worked together using the project as an enlightening learning experience.


or student is describing exactly what they do. Make that person like you then and there. With so much exposure, though, each pro - fessor will get a ton of interested students that need to be looked through. It helps if you have some of your core major-speci fc courses completed, but don’t be discour- aged if you’re a newer student.




New professors are more will- ing to accept more students if they bring their research with them. Consequently, new professors may kick out extra students after their f rst few semesters, so it helps to be needed. Tose semesters may be hec- tic: the lab will be too small, sup - plies will have to be ordered mid- semester, and someone will cause a small f re. Stay safe and carry on. If you stick with the research through the professor’s transition period, you can eventually expect a laudatory recommendation let- ter to help you in your future en- deavors.




Let’s be real: the professor’s de- scription of the research probably blew your mind. It’s de f nitely in- timidating, but no one will leave you out to dry if you ask for help. Ask the grad student to explain things if it gets confusing. If you will be in a lab setting, pay attention during the lab safety brie f ng: Don’t go into a lab by yourself unless you want to be kicked out. Wear the proper at- tire; don’t ask someone waiting for class if you can borrow some socks because you decided to wear sandals (also: don’t wear socks and sandals). Also, don’t touch the tank of compressed hydrogen because you and your lab might not exist afterwards. Follow the rules that you’re told in the beginning of the semester, ask for help when you need it, and you’ll do just f ne.

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High Museum creates inviting free space for public use



A new museum in the Wood- ru f Arts Center in the High Museum of Art, “Mi Casa, Your Casa” unconventionally portrays architecture, recreation activities, displays and performances in or- der to accentuate the diversity of the many cultures around us. Popular for its relaxing and playful environment, the museum breaks new ground: exhibits are extremely personal and interac- tive, which has attracted many audience members. In order to shed light on more of the exhibit’s unique and in- triguing characteristics and its production, Technique inter- viewed the two heads of “Mi Casa, Your Casa”: Sarah Schleun- ing, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design and Virginia Shearer, Eleanor McDonald Storza Direc- tor of Education. Technique: What inspired your team to combine the out- doors and the traditional conven- tions of a museum? Schluening: We wanted to create an outdoor space that people could interact and engage with. We wanted it to be playful and encourage people to actually touch the works. Technique: Te performances in the installation most de f nitely

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The High Museum of Art has set up a series of house-like structures for the public to enjoy, free of charge. The exhibit constantly evolves to ensure a varied and unique experience.

make “Mi Casa, Your Casa” more interactive. How did your team assemble a wide variety of local arts groups to perform? Shearer: T is was a fun chal- lenge for us. Te designers are very open to the idea of using the house structures as a blank canvas for in- teraction, performance and com- munity activity. Teir openness led us to think about artists and artistic groups

in Atlanta whose work we admire and who we know enjoy working in the arena of site-speci fc perfor- mance and community engage- ment. From there, the list developed quickly. We count ourselves lucky that for the most part everyone we invited could participate in “Mi Casa, Your Casa”. Tere are so many incredible artistic groups and generous community partners

in Atlanta, and we are fortunate to be able to work with a diverse selection to further enliven “Mi Casa, Your Casa”. Technique: Speci fcally, what kind of recreation activities does “Mi Casa, Your Casa” ofer? Shearer: “Mi Casa, Your Casa” is all about spending quality time on the campus of the Wood- ru f Arts Center at the doorstep of the High Museum of Art, the

Alliance Teatre, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Te installation is constantly changing with hammocks, shad- ing, swings and art-making activi- ties that are designed to draw our visitors in, to impart a welcoming feeling and to inspire creativity. We’ve had pop-up sketch- ing activities, chalk artists, yarn bombing and yoga. Many of our visitors spend time here reading, journalizing and socializing. “Mi Casa, Your Casa” has proved to be a great meeting point for people of all ages and a great space for social engagement. Technique: How do you think audiences have been responding to the entire experience of visit- ing “Mi Casa, Your Casa?” What e fect did your team want to dis- play? Schluening: People are having the perfect response. Tey are re- ally enjoying the environment and lingering in the houses. Te proj- ect really is about people engaging with the houses and their accou- trements, which is exactly how visitors are using the space. Technique: How do you man- age to create an environment in the installation that attracts audi- ences of all ages? Shearer: “Mi Casa, Your Casa” is made up of almost 40 bright red houses, and the houses are like

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Gamers divided over the Sarkeesian feminism debate

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Video games are arguably one of the best forms of expressive media in existence. Gaming al- lows an individual to merge be- tween the lines of immersion and manipulation to fabricate an in- teractive world for him or her to explore. From role-playing games to f rst-person shooters to racing and f ghting games, any form of activ- ity can easily be found to enjoy within the medium. Despite its appeal, only one gender, male, has been universally acknowledged for playing games. Anita Sarkeesian, a blogger and advocate for female equality, noted the di ference and exam- ined the culture in detail through her blog. She began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a video series to showcase the negative and misog- ynist portrayal of women in video games. She surpassed her goal of $6,000 to pledges, amounting to almost $160,000. Two videos were created by Anita, both highlighting the use of scandalously-dressed women for sexual means as well as “back- ground decoration” for mostly male protagonists in several popular game series, including Fable”, “Dragon Age”, “Grand Teft Auto”, “Fallout”, “Assassin’s



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trope to examining the disturb - ingly high use of sexual violence and strip clubs, prostitutes and brothels solely for the player’s en- tertainment. Anita argues in her videos how developers create these elements to appeal to the male audience. Tey are normalizing and advocating a misogynist portrayal of women, isolating even more women from entering the medium, which is al- ready male-dominated. Both videos, a two-part se- ries, have garnered much atten- tion, but the most recent has gone ablaze within the video game community. Game developers Tim Schafer (“Grim Fandango”, “Psychonauts”), Neil Druckmann (“Uncharted 2”, “ Te Last of Us”) and Steve Jaros (“Saints Row”) as well as writer Joss Whedon (“Fire- fy”, “ Te Avengers”) stated the validity of Sarkeesian’s statements and urged any professional to view the videos and consider im- plementation of her words into fu- ture writing and gaming projects. Although many professional journalism and gaming studios are recognizing the creditability of her statements, many gamers have back-lashed against Sarkees- ian and her videos. Some gamers have launched a food of harassments onto Anita’s videos from angrily jostling how she will “ruin gaming” to rape

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that misogyny does not exist with- in gaming, their vicious threats of sexual violence therein highlight the irony of their statements. By their reactions, they prove Sar- keesian’s point: the prominent ex- istence of misogyny within gam- ing culture. Arguments fourish that sexism is simply a part of life, suggest- ing this should allow or condone such representation of women to continue. Opposers continue that equality is absent in all aspects of life, so demanding political cor- rectness in regards to women’s rights deters the creative process. By lewd depictions of women, adversaries claim it is depicting an accurate, realistic view of females. Advocates in Sarkeesian’s favor state that though tragedies such as racism and child abuse occur, to

promote its use to appeal to an au- dience is considered injustice, and the continued poor representation of women in gaming should also be considered as such. Examples of excellent games without poor depiction in gam- ing exist (and do quite well), from “Portal 2” and “ Te Last of Us” to the “Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series”. Despite the numerous hostile responses to Sarkeesian’s words, countless game developers and companies have resolved to make their games more thoughtful and



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SCPC Kickof defeats the heat for outdoor festivities



Friday, Sept. 5th, Tech Green was treated to the Student Center Programs Council (SCPC) Fall 2014 Kickof. As SCPC’s f rst ma- jor event this semester the group tried to entertain while advertis- ing for planned and possible fu- ture events. SCPC representatives roamed the fair encouraging people to sign up for their Six Flags Night as well as talking about other up - coming dates. Te Kickof ran from one to four in the afternoon, the hot- test part of a summer day. Te intense heat made the in f atable attractions, such as a slide and a mechanical bull less than inviting. As it was though, the in f atable at- tractions seemed to serve as sirens, calling in the passersby to inves- tigate the rest of SCPC’s Kickof. Once someone recognized the festival for what it was, he or she would be quite likely to join the lengthy food lines near the cam- panile. Tey ofered pretzels, na- chos and cheese, cotton candy and fried Oreos, a pleasant change from the usual popcorn ofered at such events. Fortunately, someone in charge of planning had the bright idea of having an individual line for each item. Otherwise, it would have been an insu ferable wait in the hot Georgia sun. Another grand idea was the presence of Slushy machines.

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While they started out by dis- pensing cool, f avored liquid, as the event progressed and the machines had been plugged in longer, the drink did eventu- ally become something bearing closer resemblance to its intended Slushy-form. While in line, one could hear the people in front and behind discussing where they came from or what they had intended on hav- ing for lunch. It was apparent that few knew the Kickof was going to happen before encountering the actual event. Whether this is from SCPC not advertising their event suf- fciently or from people generally not paying much attention to the

deluge of advertisements fooding their student e-mails and being plastered all around campus is not clear. Either way, those who did ap - pear and take part in SCPC’s event seemed to enjoy themselves, though there were plenty more students surrounding the food tables near the campanile than there were huddled around the craft tables on Tech walkway—a commentary on student priorities. For the adventurous, or at last for those with a bit of free time, Tech walkway ofered several art projects. Tables were dedicated to four di ferent crafts. Te f rst table held empty bottles, key chains and necklaces, each awaiting the application of

colorful sand. Making sand art is considerably more di fcult in the absence of a funnel, but if one was fortunate enough to snag one of the few that ft properly into the container’s opening, this activity could be therapeutic. Another table held plain wooden frames and hangars for doorknobs with a plethora of pat- terned tape, paint, stickers and other artistic implements. Of the four ofered crafts, this one drew the most attention. Te next table ofered pat- terned paper intended as back- grounds for the ofered calendars. Not many people stopped here. T is is understandable as the de- mand for a paper month long cal- endar is negligible and the table

ofered little in the way of decora- tions for it. Te fourth and f nal table held thin corkboard and some of the tape found on the wooden frame decorating table. No one could re- ally f gure out what this was for, not even the SCPC representa- tives. Tough the in f atable attrac- tions added little to the SCPC Kickof event, the rest was a good show. Te Kickof made for a good start to SCPC’s plans and promises many future successes. As the weather cools, outside events will surely become more inviting, while perhaps discour- aging the use of in f atable attrac- tions as an elementary substitute for easy fun.

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Sin City meets expectations but fails to excel


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

GENRE: Crime, Thriller STARRING: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba DIRECTOR: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez RATING: R RELEASE DATE: Aug. 22





A word of advice to everyone in Sin City: if you’re being threat- ened at gunpoint, don’t worry about dying. In all likelihood, you’ll probably be able to take at least fve bullets before even feeling anything. Or on second thoughts, maybe that’s just in the case of Mickey Rourke. Te f rst “Sin City” was re- leased in 2005 to universal ac- claim and praise from both audi- ences and critics. Despite the fact that it was a celebration of gore, guts and sex, the f lm was a vi- sual marvel. Watching the movie felt like watching a graphic novel come to life, and the added re- vitalization of f lm noir made it even more special. Te actors delivered perfor- mances that were both over-the- top and emotionally impacting, making their characters the de f- nition of memorable. Nine years later, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, is the second Frank Miller sequel this year that no one saw coming. Many felt this sudden sequel felt out of place and thought it would not come even close to its predecessor. While it certainly did not surpass the f rst,

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Mickey Rourke stars as Marv (above) in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. The noir styled film attempts to bring the graphic novel element to cinema.

it did at least come close. Te visuals of “A Dame to Kill For” are stunning. Once again the roots of the movie are visible in the best possible way. Every scene in the f lm feels like a graphic nov- el that has come to life. It looks unlike any movie out in this past decade, and for that reason alone it stays in your mind long after you have exited the the- ater. Te fresh faces in “A Dame to Kill For” feel perfectly at home in this world and they deliver power- ful performances. Unfortunately, most of the f lm is spent with re- turning actors from the f rst “Sin City”. Dwight is a free-spirited no - body who spends his nights drinking, brawling and helping his friends for absolutely no rea- son. He lives in the moment with everything he does and will risk

his life for someone simply be- cause they spoke to him. Fans of the f rst f lm will love his return and newcomers will have no prob - lem getting on board with this murderous yet somehow lovable character. Te main three stories how- ever follow Nancy, Dwight and Johnny. Johnny is a newcomer to “Sin City”, played by Joseph Gor- don Levitt. He is a gambler with a disposition towards winning big, and his ego collides with that of another powerful f gure. Nancy (played by Jessica Alba) returns from the f rst movie, now severely damaged by its events. She is seeking revenge against Senator Roark (played by Pow- ers Booth) while confronting the ghosts of her past. Josh Brolin now plays Dwight, who was previously played by Clive Owen. Dwight’s life is

turned upside down when he meets Ava Lord, the titular “dame to kill for”, played by Eva Green. Once again, the new actors bring their best to the f lm. Josh Brolin feels a lot more damaged and believable as Dwight than Clive Owen did, and his narration is a lot better as well. Joseph Gor- don Levitt brings his characteris- tic charisma as Johnny, which fts the character like a well-tailored suit. T at said, when the story needs him to be serious, he is just as ca- pable. Te show-stopper however is Eva Green. Her character is a symbol of female sexuality and the iron grip it holds over vulner- able men. It would be easy to write the performance of as eye-candy but it is far more than that. Eva Green becomes evil in feminine form,

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magnets. Tey are incredibly at- tractive and inviting as structures. Our designers in residence, Hec- tor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, have created this wonderful envi- ronment for visitors of all ages. It is very intuitive. We see our job as one of lightly programming around the design installation and letting “Mi Casa” do its magic without a lot of extra programmatic intervention. Technique: What are some ideas that your team wants to incorporate into “Mi Casa, Your Casa” in the near future? Shearer: We are looking for- ward to additional installations that will pop up in “Mi Casa” this fall. On September 19, a wonder- ful artist named Kevin Byrd who is a f liated with WonderRoot will unveil a site-speci fc piece entitled “Lightworks.” It’s an experiment, so we are re- ally anticipating seeing something special come to life on the Si fy Piazza that evening. Also, we will close “Mi Casa” on the weekend of Halloween and the Mexican holi- day: Day of the Dead. Our friends at the Instituto de Mexico will be teaming up with Atlanta artists to pay homage to beloved lost loved ones through the creation of Day of the Dead altars within the in- dividual house structures. T is should be a really moving send of for an amazing project. Technique: How do you think “Mi Casa, Your Casa” will in fu- ence other future museums, festi- vals, and/or public displays? Schluening: I hope it encour- ages more engagement and proj- ects like this that the public can really make their own. “Mi Casa, Your Casa” will grow into even greater popular- ity, gaining many more fans and admirers. Quirky, educational, but still sophisticated enough for the new

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// ENTERTAINMENT technique • September 12, 2014• 17 T e Future Library JOE MURPHY ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT

Te Future Library



“A forest in Norway is grow- ing. In 100 years it will become an anthology of books.” T is is the vision of Katie Paterson, a Scot- tish artist who usually specializes in astronomy and the cosmos, but who now looks to the future of her own planet for artistic inspiration. In her latest piece (or rather, en- deavor), entitled “Future Library”, Paterson plans on having a di fer- ent author contribute a brand new text to a time capsule every year for 100 years. Te texts can be of any length or literary genre, and not a single one will be read until the year 2114. Outside the city of Oslo, Nor- way, Paterson has cleared a space and planted a thousand trees, which will then be chopped down in a century and used to create pa- per versions of the texts within the “Future Library”. In the mean- time, the artist plans on creating a

secure room within Oslo’s Deich- manske Public Library made from the trees she cut down to make space for the “Future Library” for- est, in which she plans on holding the unread manuscripts until their debut. Due to the obvious longevity of the project, the schedule that Paterson has established for the upkeep of the “Future Library” is unusual to say the least. Accord- ing to Paterson, a trust of people is currently being established to col- lect manuscripts and commission a di ferent author each year; this trust will likely be replaced every ten years or so. Additionally, if all goes accord-

ing to plan over the next century and no breakthroughs are made in the feld life-lengthening medical science, most of the authors who contribute to the “Future Library” will be dead long before their work can be seen by the general public. Conversely, many of the authors associated with the project have yet to be born. So far, only Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist known for such works of fction as “ Te Handmaid’s Tale”, has been com- missioned for the project, becom- ing the very f rst author in what looks to be a very long line. At f rst glance, the “Future Li- brary” project might seem a bit sad; so many unique and possibly world-changing pieces of litera- ture are being created, and no one alive on Earth today will ever get the chance to experience them. However, it is better to view the project not as a reminder of our own human mortality, but as an act of faith and belief in the idea

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Katie Paterson’s Future Library will amass a collection of texts from 100 authors over 100 years of literary evolution.

that humanity will not only still be around in 100 years, but also evolve into a more intelligent and culturally diverse race. Ultimate- ly, the “Future Library” seems like it is one part literary collection

and one part social experiment; it will accurately measure the liter- ary pulse of the world for the next hundred, while connecting several generations of humanity via the evolution of language.



and it is unlike anything audi- ences have seen before. However, all these positives aside, this new installation does not match the f rst one in its im- pact. Te style may still all be there, but it has lost some of its substance. Te stories are simply not as interesting this time as they were in the f rst “Sin City”. Tey are not boring, but the Dwight story may feel too long for some, and therefore less engaging. Te Nancy story feels shoe- horned-in as a callback and it ends horribly. In hindsight, the story does not truly end. Tose who saw the f rst movie would probably see the Nancy story as disappoint- ing and those who did not might f nd it di fcult to understand her plight. Another issue some might have is the excessive narration. Some- times the lines that are spoken over the drama are quotable to no end and really impacting. How- ever both the “Sin City” movies tend to not allow the visuals to speak for themselves often, which is a shame given that the visuals are the selling points. Overall, viewers seem happy with “A Dame to Kill For”. Tose who did not like the f rst f lm de f- nitely will not like this one, and those who have not seen the f rst f lm might be a little confused during some story-lines. Anyone looking for a fun blood-soaked two hours that is as hilarious as it is emotional with a truly im- pressive visual palette, “A Dame to Kill For” is de f nitely a movie worth watching.

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T is Saturday marks the f rst time that the Jackets will play the Georgia Southern
T is Saturday marks the f rst time that the
Jackets will play the Georgia Southern Eagles,
another team that runs the triple option. Tech’s
defense struggled against the option earlier this
year against Woford, and the ofense will have to
produce against an Eagles team that knows how to
stop the option better than most.
Te ofense will have to take
better care of the football
in order to be successful.
Quarterback Justin Tom-
as and A-back Tony Zenon
each fumbled the ball deep
inside their own territory in
the f rst quarter of the Tu-
lane game, setting up the
Green Wave ofense inside
the red zone. Teams will
capitalize on mistakes like
that, so it is important to
not let the momentum
swing in their favor.
Tomas will also have
to rely on the passing
game a bit more than usual, as the Eagles’ defense
is used to playing against the triple option in prac-
tice. He played well in the second half against Wof-
ford but has looked uncomfortable on passing plays
otherwise, occasionally overthrowing his receivers
and not seeing open routes develop down feld. He
will target DeAndre Smelter on deep routes and
trust that the 6’3” receiver can win in a jump ball
situation. Te ground game should still be e fec-
tive with bruising B-back Zach Laskey bursting up
the middle of the feld, bunching up the Southern
defense to leave more running space to the outside
for the A-backs.
Te defense needs to perform at full potential
against the run this week, as the Eagles rush the
ball on a vast majority of their plays. Te unit
played well last week, only giving up 91 yards on
the ground to Tulane, but the 271 yards it sur-
rendered to Woford’s rushing attack a week be-
fore gives Tech fans a reason to worry. Georgia
Southern gained 599 yards on the ground last
week, albeit against a much weaker opponent.
Force Eagles quarterback Kevin Ellison to pass
the ball, which is something he rarely does, and
hope that the defensive backs will make a play.
Finally, kicker Harrison Butker has missed
two of his
four attempts
and both of
them were in fairly close range. A missed feld
goal after a long drive is a huge momentum
killer and can possibly change the outcome
of the game.
Te Eagles are coming
of of an 83-9 win against
FCS Savannah State af-
ter losing a heartbreaker
against North Caro -
lina State by one point
the week before. Tech
head coach Paul Johnson
coached at Georgia Southern
for nine seasons. He enjoyed a lot of
success with the team in Division 1-AA, winning
back-to-back national championships as an as-
sistant in 1985 and 1986 and as a head coach in
1999 and 2000. Te team’s ofensive philosophy
has not changed much since then, as the Eagles
run a similar ofense to the Jackets. Tey will rely
on the option to score points and keep the Jackets’
ofense on the sidelines.
Quarterback Kevin Ellison is a threat with his
legs, having rushed for 116 yards against North
Carolina State in week one. He will line up in
the pistol formation, with one running back
each to the left, right, and behind him. Run-
ning backs Matt Breida and Alfred Ramsby will
probably see the most action out of the back feld,
combining for 57 percent of rushes among the
Eagles’ runningbacks.
Breida has the potential to be explosive, as
seen in his 61 yard touchdown run against the
NC State Wolfpack where he blasts straight
through the line and outruns the whole defense.
If the Jackets can force Ellison to throw the ball,
look for him to target Zach Walker and Kentrellis
Showers down feld.
Te Eagles will
often show a 4-2-5
alignment on de-
fense, which should
allow them to exert
pressure on Tech’s
ofensive line while
still maintaining the
speed to chase down
the A-backs.
Te team had trouble sacking
the quarterback last year and only recorded one
sack against NC State. T is should give Justin
Tomas plenty of time to settle in the pocket and
make accurate throws, just as the Wolfpack’s Ja-
coby Brissett did in week one for 291 yards. Ex-
pect the defense to play well against the triple op -
tion, something they see every day in practice, but
have some trouble defending the pass should Tech
decide to throw the ball.
Overall, the Eagles are a disciplined team that
do not commit a lot of penalties or turn the ball
over often which gives them an advantage and
may even swing the outcome in their favor.
PREDICTION: Tech 38, Georgia Southern 34
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Felinski looking forward to last season at Tech



Senior captain Courtney Fe- linski, an outside hitter, is in the midst of her last season as at Tech. A native of Magnolia, Texas, Fe- linski has played a key role the past few seasons. Now a senior, it hasn’t really hit her that her col- lege career is coming to a close. “It’s been sort of weird,” said Courtney Felinski when asked what it’s like being a senior leader. “I de f nitely don’t feel like a se- nior. I don’t think it will hit me until later that I’m really done af- ter this year. I’m sad to be near- ing the end of my career here, but I love being seen as someone my teammates can ask for advice since I’m the old one now,” Felin- ski said. Tech opened up their season at South Carolina for the Gamecock Invitational. After coming out of the tournament 2-1, Felinski was pleased with their performance. “I think our f rst weekend went really well.” Felinski said. “We made improvements throughout the weekend, which is what pre- season is for.” “One thing we knew we need- ed to improve on was our ofense, and we were pretty efcient with that during the whole tourna- ment, which was great. I think we need to focus on starting matches of quickly and staying consistent in tight situations.” Te Jackets bring a young squad to the court this season. Of

the 13 girls on the team, nine are underclassman, including a group of four freshmen. Felinski has been impressed by what she has seen out of the freshman thus far. “Our freshmen have done great so far.” Felinski said. “ Tey did well adjusting to workouts in the summer and have played really well all throughout preseason. We all just try to keep check- ing in on them and making sure things aren’t getting too over- whelming. Homesickness kind of creeps up on you in-season, so it’s good to make sure they’re all do - ing okay with that too.” Te freshmen aren’t the only new faces on the court for the Jackets this season. Coach Mi- chelle Collier is beginning her f rst season at the helm with the Jack- ets after the departure of Coach Tonya Johnson. Collier previously coached at Jacksonville Univer- sity. “Michelle is much more re- laxed, and I think that’s a by prod- uct of how she grew up around the game. She’s very concerned about us enjoying our experience as col- lege athletes and just loving the game every time we get to play, which is awesome. She’s also very good at removing stress from the game,” Felinski said. Te Jackets have a long sea- son ahead of themselves, but Fe- linski is already looking ahead at some of the biggest games in her f nal season. “I am SO excited to play Geor- gia.” Felinski said. “It’s going to

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Senior captain Courtney Felinski [9] records a dig in last year’s match versus Duke. Felinski, an outside hitter is one of the captains on this year’s team. Felinski has 53 kills on the year.

be our f rst home game, and after three weeks on the road, we are going to be so ready to be back in O’Keefe. It’s always a crazy atmo - sphere when we play them, so it should be fun. I’m also really ex- cited about senior night. I might not be too happy when it actually comes, because I know it’s going to be really emotional, but I just have a feeling it’s going to be really special.”

Even with a new head coach and a young team, Felinski has high hopes for the Jackets this season. Her expectations for the season are high even though the team is in the middle of a coach- ing transition. “I expect us to have a great time playing together and to win a lot of games,” Felinski said. “We are establishing a new culture within our program and are work-

ing toward some big goals, and I’m excited to see those material- ize. We know what we want is go - ing to take a tremendous amount of hard work, but we’re up to the challenge.” Felinski and the Jackets head up to Nashville this weekend for the Lipscomb Invitational. Tey open their season at O’Keefe on Friday, September 19th against the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Technique : Why did you f rst start swimming competitively? Kosic : I f rst started swimming competitively at the age of seven. My mother was the coach of my f rst swim team. Technique : What are your pre-swim meet rituals? Kosic : I don’t have any pre- meet rituals that are too crazy, I normally just try to relax, get plenty of sleep and eat well before competitions. Technique : What do you crave most to eat during swim season? Kosic : I normally crave a nice big home-cooked meal the most during swim season and plenty of dessert. Technique : What is your fa- vorite place to be on campus?

Kosic : My favorite place on campus is the CRC. I spend most of my time there swimming, but it is great to have a world-class facil- ity on campus to train at. Technique : What is your least favorite thing about competitive swimming? Kosic : My least favorite thing about competitive swimming is de f nitely the early morning prac- tices. Technique : What is your fa- vorite stroke? Kosic : Freestyle is my favorite stroke, but I also compete in but- ter fy and backstroke races. Technique : What is your fa- vorite workout music?

Kosic : I prefer to listen to country music during my work- outs.

Technique : What made you

choose Chemical Engineering? Kosic : I always enjoyed chem- istry and math during high school, and the possible career paths for Chemical Engineers seemed inter- esting to me. Technique : Where do you see yourself after graduating from tech? Kosic : I would like to get a job and start working, but I would still consider training for the 2016 US Olympic Trials depending on how this season goes. Technique : After Tech would you like to get a job and stay in Atlanta, or would you like to live somewhere di ferent and why? Kosic : I have really enjoyed my time in Atlanta the past four years, so I would not mind staying in Atlanta but would be open to moving somewhere else depend- ing on work.

Technique : Why did you de- cide to come to Tech and what other schools recruited you be- sides Tech? Kosic : I ultimately chose Tech because of the great combination of swimming and engineering. I was recruited by a lot of the oth- er teams in the ACC and other schools nationally. I took recruit- ing trips to the University of Vir- ginia and Princeton, in addition to Tech, and felt that Tech was the right ft for me. Technique : What are your goals for this season, and what goals do you have to meet in or- der to start training for the 2016 Olympic Games? Kosic : I would like to im- prove upon my 15th place f nish at NCAAs last year and f nish in

the top eight in the NCAA this

season in the 50 or 100 freestyle. In order to swim in the Olympic Trials, I need to swim qualifying times. I would like to swim as fast as possible and move up national- ly to better prepare myself for the possibility of swimming in 2016. Technique : What is your best memory from freshman year, and what is the best advice you could give to freshman athletes about adjusting their f rst year? Kosic : My best memory from my freshman year was swimming in the “A” f nal at the ACC Cham- pionship. Tere was so much en- ergy in the pool area and was a lot of fun to race in. Te biggest piece of advice I could give is to stay on top of all their assignments and studies and take care of them- selves by eating healthy and get- ting enough sleep. Technique : What are the best


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Senior Andrew Kosic is looking forward to his last season swimming at Tech. Kosic was Tech’s top swimmer last season.

and worst movies you have seen this summer? Kosic : Te only movie that I saw this summer was Te Fault in Our Stars with my girlfriend. Technique : What was it like having your mom as your f rst swim coach? Kosic : It was great to have my mom as my f rst swim coach; she was a collegiate swimmer, and

her father was a Division I swim coach and a professor, so swim- ming runs in the family. Technique : What job in Chemical Engineering do you f nd most interesting and why? Kosic : I would like to work in the energy sector: there are a lot of cool things going on in the in- dustry, and the work that is done e fects the lives of everyone.




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Women’s tennis team ready for big season



Te Jackets’ women’s tennis team begins its 2014-2015 sea- son with a refreshed roster and a promising future. Te team is quite young, with three juniors making up the oldest segment of the roster. One of those players is Megan Kurey, who along with fellow ju- nior Kendal Woodard had a suc- cessful doubles season last fall. Kurey believes that this year is going to only get better for Tech. “We have nine players this year. Te past two years, we’ve only had six players, and we need six to play. T at’s been pretty rough, so coming in this year, we’re just really excited to have many girls with a lot of talent,” said junior Megan Kurey. Four of those nine are fresh- man who have come from all around the world to play at Tech. Kurey believes they have some great potential with the Jackets. “All of our freshman are really talented. Johnnise just got back from the Junior US Open and played pretty well, so that’s ex- citing. We have Paige from New Zealand who is really talented, and we look forward to see how she does. We have Alexis from Canada who’s a grinder. And Voo - ha, who’s a walk-on, is working hard and proving herself,” Kurey said. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and

Rasheeda McAdoo are the two sophomores on the team. Natasha Prokhnevska is the other junior on the roster and, along with Kurey and Woodard, is part of the team’s leadership. Kurey, who is the oldest player on the team, is prepared for this increased role thanks to her expe- rience from her f rst two seasons. “My freshman year, I had a great captain. Last year was same thing. Just learning from them the past two years has really prepared me for this year, and I’m just ex- cited to be one of the leaders this year,” said Kurey. Kurey and Woodard paired up last year to become one of the best doubles teams in the nation. Te pair won the 2013 National Indoor Intercollegiate Doubles Championships and the Southeast Regional Doubles Championship and were ranked as high as #1 na- tionally in February. However, a couple of factors may prevent the two from continuing that success together this year. Te team’s youth may force Head Coach Rodney Harmon to pair the two up with younger players. “Since we have so many new players, we may have to be split up. Last year was a lot of fun, but just with all of the new players this year, he’s going to have to try dif- ferent teams and make it better for the team to win the double point,” Kurey said.

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Junior women’s tennis player Megan Kurey returns a ball during a match last season vs Georgia. Kurey is the reigning indoor doubles national champion and will look to win it again this season.

Moreover, Kurey has been dealing with an injury and may not be able to play for at least an- other month. “I haven’t played for a couple months because I’m trying to heal an injury. I’m not practicing with the team yet, but hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of weeks,” said Kurey. “Kendal will be playing the same tournaments, though. I think she’s really excited because last year we had so much fun play-

ing those tournaments and having success.” Considering those two factors, Kurey is excited when looking at the team’s future. In particular, the team is eager to play a certain other school in the state. “We’re really excited for Geor- gia. Last year, we [did not have] a very good match at all, so with all the new players, we’ll be ready for them this year,” Kurey said. Te team’s con fdence is appar-

ent in their goals as well. “We all want to be top 10 as a team, which I think we have the capability of doing. We f nished number 18 last year with six girls, so with nine girls that are all very talented, I think we can de f nitely do that,” Kurey said. Te Jackets begin their season at home on the weekend of Sep - tember 19 at the Georgia Tech Invitational against LSU, Georgia State and NC State.

Freeman ready to make impact on defense

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True freshman defensive end KeShun Freeman (center) makes a tackle during the Wofford game this year. Freeman is one of the few true freshman playing a key role on this year’s football team.






year starter for Tech and step into

more under the tutelage of defen- sive line coach Mike Pelton. “I’m already pretty fast, but if I can gain weight, and keep my speed, that’d be great. I’m about 240 right now; I want to get to 245. I de f nitely want to increase my hand speed too. With the mo - tor I have now, it’ll make me even better,” Freeman said. Freeman isn’t just focused on physical speed either: he’s looking for quick success. “I make plays. Everything from high school, I just want to improve. I just want to help the team get to the next stage, Free- man said. Tose are high marks to shoot for as someone who notched 153 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks and four forced fumbles in ten games as a senior at Callaway High School. Freeman refuses to get ahead of himself and says he won’t get caught by expectations. Te high school standout doesn’t get caught looking ahead to rivalry games ei-

Green just have that leadership quality about them. Rod Rook- Chungong and I feed of each other and help each other out,” Freeman said. Beyond the enormous talent and potential on the feld, Free- man can f ash his studious side as well. He graduated in the top fve percent of his high school class and was recruited to play at elite academic institutions such as Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Duke, Stanford and Harvard. But in the end Tech was the right ft. “I’m enjoying the whole college experience. Campus has been re- ally good, it’s never a boring time. Tere’s always something going on in the community,” Freeman said. Te rest of the Tech defense looks to be improved to go along with the freshman defensive end’s talents. Te defensive back feld is led by redshirt Senior strong safety Isaiah Johnson, who is back from a season-ending injury last year. Senior linebacker Quay-