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Campus Reacts to
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Campus debates online incivility , pg. 4 Gardening tips for dorms, pg. 14

The voice behind Thunder, pg. 9


March 8-14, 2017 MT Marstellar, Editor-in-Chief

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The News section details being in the honors program MT Marstellar .... Editor-in-Chief
how campus is recovering and playing on the women’s Emily McClure .... News Editor
after the recent sexual tennis team.
assault, the effect that The A&E section features Carson Gregors .... Asst. News Editor
House Bill 51 will have at tips and tricks for at-home
GC if passed, the recent gardening, a review of the Steven Walters .... Co-Sports Editor
drop in upper classman “Hidden Figures” movie Michael Campagna .... Co-Sports Editor
leases at GC Housing, screening and discussion,
campus’s recent debate and Bobcats’ favorite Mary Kate Conner .... A&E Editor
on online incivility and an things to read, see and do Monica Klinkmueller .... Asst. A&E Editor
overview of GC’s alcohol over Spring Break.
Cedric Norris.... PR Manager
This week in sports covers Join us for pitch Monday Ada Montgomery .... Digital Media Editor
the woman behind Thunder nights at 6:30 in The
the Bobcat and the women’s Colonnade office, located Cullen Ormond .... Ad Sales Manager
basketball season recap. It in MSU 128. Hannah Houston .... Designer
also highlights senior Macy
Polk and how she balances Christina Smith .... Faculty Advisor

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GC still reeling from campus sexual assault

taken into the Baldwin County Law advisors have also become more active in
Amy Enforcement Center. ensuring resident safety.
Huang Andrea Taylor, GC Public Safety’s chief “We expressed concern in our staff
@gcsunade information officer, said that Public Safety meetings about what our safety is,” said
is not able to comment on the incident Bell Hall community advisor Josh Pharr,
GC students, faculty and staff who live
because it is still considered an open case. a junior and biology major. “The comfort
and work on main campus are looking
Despite the speedy apprehension of level of our residents is changing based on
over their shoulders a little more often
the suspect, students, faculty and staff are what they are hearing about what happened.
these days.
concerned with the future safety of the We are doing our best to make precautions
Between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on Saturday,
campus. and letting them know their options.”
Feb. 25, GC Public Safety received
“It was really shocking because it was Some students said it was an eye-opener
notification of a sexual assault that took
here at Bell Hall,” said sophomore Mycala knowing the incident took place on campus.
place behind Bell Hall.
“I’ve always had the idea that everyone
According to the GC campus crime Hilson, a theater major. “You think about
talks about ‘the bubble’ at GC and that it’s
report, a female non-GC student asserted walking in groups and being observant and
a safe zone within campus, but personally
that she was held at gunpoint and was ready in the sketchier areas in town, but Photo Courtesy of GC Communications
I never felt threatened, so the shock comes
sexually assaulted. The suspect ran on foot you don’t think about it on campus, even Jarvis Javion Lawrence, 20, was
from it happening so close,” Pharr said. arrested on March 2.
towards W. Thomas Street. at night.”
GC faculty in Terrell Hall also
A warrant was issued on February 27 Because of the incident, GC students but they would like GC police to be more
expressed their concerns about being in
for the arrest of 20-year-old Jarvis Javion said they are taking a more active role vigilant by having more of a presence on
close proximity to where the sexual assault
Lawrence, who is also a non-GC student. being aware of their surroundings. campus.
Around 4 p.m. on March 2, Lawrence “I’m more skeptical, and I know not to “I’m okay with the campus safety
“Knowing it was so close was surprising
was arrested and put in custody after being be outside by myself. I’m more aware of during the day and early at night, but it’s
to hear,” said Spanish professor Aurora
identified through a surveillance video as others and my safety,” said junior Maggie Castillo-Scott. “It’s not good for the scary knowing it’s so close to us and it’s
the suspect of the sexual assault. Wheeler, a biology major. “If this happens college, nor the whole community.” basically here,” Castillo-Scott said. “I think
After being apprehended by GC Public again and if I hear something, I know now Looking forward, the students and staff it’s scary, but I hope it’s just something that
Safety, with assistance from the Baldwin to call the police.” said they agreed that GC police are doing happened randomly and will not repeat
County Sheriff’s office, Lawrence was In the residence halls, community the best they can to make the campus safe, again.”

Ada Montgomery / Senior Photographer

(Left to right) Shelby Hatcher, Anthony Oltremari and Samantha Davis are patrol officers who maintain a visual presence around campus in daytime.

GC faculty and staff debate online incivility

abusing online privileges. “We talked about modeling whether or not the idea of civil of interpersonal etiquette.
The panelists’ main discussion positive behavior and how debate has begun to dissolve. “I feel like social media causes
Kesel point was whether or not incivility that’s not really being done very “Twenty years ago, if there was many problems socially, because
@gcsunade online has increased due to new well by people who are in high a debate in politics or something people are not always real and
available forms of social media. authority,” Heppner said. “People in the community, you would sit authentic,” said sophomore Abbey
GC students, faculty and staff
“We came to the consensus are modeling bad behavior online down and have those discussions Chakalos. “[Social media] allows
gathered in the MSU Donahoo
that this [uncivil behavior] is and lashing out when they see over the dinner table or lunch with
Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 28, people to hide behind a screen,
probably not something new, and something they don’t like.” your friends,” Johnson said. “And
to discuss how technology can and many people say things they
that it just has new forms now, Because today’s digital world now, because of everything being
create uncivil behavior amongst don’t always mean.”
which leads to a greater impact is rooted heavily in what internet available online, I’m making my
users, an issue at the forefront of So how can we put an end to
because it can spread so rapidly,” browsers want to see, users have views known publicly instead
discussion in today’s society. uncivil behavior online?
Heppner said. the ability to surround themselves of just in a private or intimate
The panel, led by Whitney “There’s no silver bullet,”
In addition to the correlation with material that aligns with their setting.”
Heppner, professor of psychology, Johnson said. “I think that the
between new forms of social beliefs. This artificially agreeable Because today’s younger
Brittiny Johnson, director of consensus was that it really is
media and bad behavior online, environment is beginning to lead generations have grown up nearly
public affairs for GC university the panelists discussed how to a society where users are less fully immersed in the digital about education, and teaching
communications and Kristin uncivil behavior displayed by willing and less able to hear age, students are witnessing online etiquette, in that how you
English, professor of mass some high-profile leaders in viewpoints that are different from first-hand how anonymity can treat people face-to-face should
communication, explored the today’s society creates a less than their own. lead to extreme thoughts and also translate into how you
many social aspects of technology, stellar example for other users to This phenomenon prompted communications outside the interact with people on the digital
as well as the consequences of follow. panelists to pose the question of normal face-to-face boundaries platforms.”

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ACCT 2101 CHEM 1151K ECON 2106 FREN 1001 HIST 2111 MATH 1111 PSYC 2103 major courses.
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A student’s guide to GC’s alcohol policies

GC’s Student Government Association age. However, the resident is not permitted mitigate it, and we work with our students
Dallas and the vice president of Student Affairs to consume or have alcohol visible in the to lower their risk,” Miles said. “A part
Fletcher agree upon school-sponsored events on presence of any guest or resident that is not of that is educating the students about
@gcsunade campus that will allow alcohol, including of the legal age in the residency. drinking responsibly.”
“tailgating parties.” “I’m sure underage drinking occurs GC’s Health Movement promotes
GC’s alcohol policies, which closely Alcohol is allowed at “tailgating frequently despite the policies,” said education around campus that brings
follow state laws regarding alcohol, consist parties,” which are permitted in community advisor Lindsey Poe, a senior awareness to high-risk alcohol behavior.
of two main tenets. The first is that students In September, the movement partnered
predetermined locations such as parking and English major, regarding alcohol
who are not at least 21 years old are not with GC Housing and the Resident Student
areas and gathering sites on GC’s campus. policies in residence halls. “Regardless of
allowed to possess or consume alcohol, Association to host the annual GC Hall
Underage drinking, kegs and disorderly how I feel, University Housing is following Crawl, where over 100 students were
and the second is that students who are conduct are prohibited at such events. Georgia state law with its alcohol policy. screened for alcohol/drug abuse.
of legal age are only allowed to consume The director of Campus Life, Tom I think it helps to keep the residents safe, “Our students do have a choice to
alcoholic beverages on university property Miles, said it’s very rare that SGA and if the policy wasn’t enforced, we’d be engage in low-risk behavior or high-risk
under specifically approved circumstances. encounters problems at tailgating events. condoning underage drinking.” behavior,” said Rachel Pope, university
“Our alcohol policy follows state law, so Even at Tent City, in which 4,000 to 5,000 The 2016 Annual Security and Fire health educator and health movement
there’s not a lot of nuances to our policy,” people participate annually, the number of Safety Report compiled by GC Public advisor. “Drinking to excess, even just
said Dr. Andy Lewter, dean of students. incidents are minor. Safety states that in 2015, 19 liquor law one time, comes with many serious
“It’s pretty simple; it’s basically two pieces “Alcohol is very well under control in arrests and 146 liquor law violations were consequences.”
of policy.” From March 14-16, GC’s Health
terms of people doing stuff on university referred for disciplinary action on campus.
Movement will host Safe Spring Break
The student policy on alcohol can be property and at events,” Miles said. Miles said the ultimate objective for
Days in hopes to encourage students to
found in the student handbook. Although alcohol consumption is these policies is the safety of the students, make low-risk decisions during spring
According to the policy, students that generally only permitted at approved faculty and staff, as well as the university break.
are of legal age are only permitted to drink events, students are also allowed to overall. “A DUI simulator will be brought to
on university property during approved possess and consume alcoholic beverages “Our job is to help mitigate risk. We’ll remind students we want them to have a
occasions. Annually, the president of in residence halls if the student is of legal never eliminate risk, but we will work to safe trip—and come back,” Pope said.

Housing sees drop in upperclassman leases

year, and I didn’t want to have wanted to have my own space and in leases because of all the new anymore and everything always
Kellie to worry about taking a shuttle to feel more grown-up than I would establishments offering housing balances out. This decrease is
Murphy campus or driving and finding a if I lived in the dorms again.” to students. short-lived,” Terry said. “We are
place to park.” GC offers single rooms “It is hard to compete with trying and researching new ideas
GC Housing is where many McGuirk lived at West specifically for upperclassmen, these complexes when they are that will bring the students back.
students make their earliest Campus his freshman year, moved and instead of being neighbors offering incentives to sign leases,” It is all about community.”
college memories. However, Statistics show that students
into an apartment his sophomore with freshman, the surrounding Terry said. “Students are seeing
many kiss their dorms goodbye who live on campus have higher
year, but now resides back on students are the same age. building plans and signing leases
in May of freshman year and are GPAs and are more involved
campus where he said he feels Even though there are some without seeing the final product.”
off to sign their first off-campus on campus. Like McGuirk said,
like he is getting the real college upperclassmen living in GC Even with the decrease in
leases. students are simply just more
experience. housing, there is enough room to leases, on-campus housing
But some students, like junior informed when they are immersed
Danny McGuirk, choose to But some students who chose host around 700 to 800 of these costs have remained the same.
in campus life.
continue to make those memories to move off campus permanently, students, and there are still open Ultimately, GC Housing loses
But the fact GC Housing has
in on-campus housing. like junior Alex Adams, said they beds. money when the beds are not open beds this year does not mean
“I chose to live on campus made the choice for the freedom Matthew Terry, GC Housing’s filled, but Terry said he is not too anything negative for the school,
again for a couple of reasons,” from the dorms. assistant director of marketing and worried right now. Terry said. It is a simple balance
McGuirk said. “The biggest one “I didn’t want to have a CA or communications, explained that “The competition is short- of competition that will even out
being I had a big course load this to share a room,” Adams said. “I GC housing has seen a decrease lived. They won’t be new in due time.

Kellie Murphy / Staff Photographer

Junior Alex Adams says she chose to move off campus because she wanted to have have her own space.

Campus sounds off on Georgia House Bill 51

Ada Montgomery / Senior Photographer

Shelby Hatcher, a GC patrol officer, says many sexual assault survivors don’t pursue criminal charges because of the lengthy process involved.
the bill would give local law said she believes the choice “Not every college community person who sexually assaulted
Will enforcement the authority to should belong to victim of the is lucky like GCSU to be so close the other may never be properly
Anderson determine whether to investigate crime. with both campus and local investigated. The crime that they
@gcsunade and eventually prosecute a case, “I think the victim should police,” Smith said. “By cutting committed is never handled by the
a decision which, under Title IX, always have the choice themselves that access, the school would no proper channels.”
While GC Public Safety has is currently left up to the sexual to go to law enforcement. It longer have the same connection Mandato said Title IX is not the
arrested the suspect in the recent assault survivor. shouldn’t be decided for them,” with students’ safety and concerns answer in its current incarnation
sexual assault that occurred on House Bill 51 would Smalley said. “Sometimes they of discipline within a school’s and that she thinks new laws
Feb. 25 behind Bell Hall, newly also require any on-campus need to talk to someone who’s code of conduct.”
could bring welcome change.
proposed state legislation could investigation of the case to specifically trained to help them Senior Nicole Mandato, a
“It doesn’t allow for a proper
significantly change investigative be conducted by campus law through such trauma first, such theater major, argued that the
course of action on a crime,
proceedings in sexual assault enforcement departments staffed as the people who work at the current system established within
cases on Georgia’s college because sexual assault is a
by state-certified officers. Women’s Center. It’s a very scary, universities doesn’t allow proper
campuses. crime that needs to be reported
Furthermore, a university confusing time after an assault, investigation to occur.
Georgia House Bill 51 so that it can become less of an
disciplinary hearing could and to be forced to go to the police “ O k a y, s o f r o m m y
would require any employee occurrence,” Mandato said.
only take place if a criminal isn’t always in the best interest of understanding, right now if
or representative from a investigation were to occur. the victim.” someone were to be sexually Patrol officer Shelby Hatcher
postsecondary institution to The bill would also prevent Junior Gideon Smith, an assaulted on the GC campus said the bill’s purpose is to
report their knowledge of universities from taking any English major, said he thought and didn’t want the police streamline the process of reporting
felonies like sexual assaults to final disciplinary action, such as the bill could have a negative involved, they would report it sexual assault on campus.
law enforcement, bypassing expulsion, until the the subject of effect because not all college to the title XI coordinator who “It’s hoping to increase
Title IX confidentiality provisions the investigation was convicted students have as much of a could offer counseling without prosecution in terms of sexual
for certain campus employees under Georgia’s first offender law. friendly relationship as he says being legally bound to report it assault, however, we are probably
and offices such as university Junior Katelyn Smalley, an GC students do with GC Public to the authorities,” Mandato said. going to see a reduction in
counseling services. Additionally, early childhood education major, Safety. “The issue with that is that the reporting,” Hatcher said.

*Obtained from GC Department of Public Safety*

Traffic stop turned arrest
Date: Feb. 23
Case: A traffic stop turned into the arrest of a woman with an outstanding warrant
when Officer Grant approached the driver of a vehicle that was stopped in the middle
of the crosswalk at the intersection of Hancock and Clarke streets. When asked for
her driver’s license, the woman said that she did not have it because she lost it a few
days before. Officer Grant ran the name she gave him through dispatch’s database and
learned there were two outstanding warrants from Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.
After contacting that office, Officer Grant learned the warrants were for charges for
identity theft, giving a false name and underage possession of alcohol. The woman
was arrested and transported to the Baldwin County jail.

Brac requested
Date: Feb. 23
Case: While on patrol near Hancock Street, Officer Powell saw a man throw down
a plastic cup on the sidewalk. Officer Powell approached the man and immediately
noticed the odor of alcohol on his breath. The student said that he was 18 years old,
and that he had not consumed much alcohol that evening. The student picked up the
cup, and Officer Powell issued him a citation for the underage possession of alcohol,
advising the student that he would be referred to Student Judicial. The student said he
wanted to see how intoxicated he was and requested to have a breath test conducted.
He registered a .075 Brac.

Drove drunk, got arrested

Date: Feb. 23
Case: While on patrol at 2 a.m., Officer Powell saw a vehicle failing to maintain its
lane by crossing over the double yellow lines. After initiating the traffic stop, Officer
Powell made contact with the woman, who displayed physical signs of intoxication:
bloodshot eyes and an alcoholic odor on her breath. The woman said that she was
coming home from the library and that she had not consumed alcohol that evening.
Officer Powell asked the woman to conduct a field sobriety test, which she was
unable to complete due to her state of intoxication, and she refused to consent to
a breath test. Officer Powell placed the woman under arrest for driving under the
influence and transported her to the Milledgeville City Jail. Upon arrival, the woman
became aggravated, cursed out Officer Powell and refused to sign her citations. She
was booked and processed.

Two guys and a drink

Date: Feb. 19
Case: While on patrol at 3 a.m., Officer Braumuller noticed two men drinking a
bottle of Captain Morgan while sitting on the steps of the Exchange Bank. After
making contact with the two men, Officer Braumuller noticed the men displayed
physical signs of intoxication: glassy eyes, lack of balance and the odor of alcohol on
their breath. One of the men poured out the remaining alcohol, and both were given
citations for underage possession of alcohol and having an open container containing
alcohol in public.

Beer in the bush

Date: Feb. 18
Case: A GC student attempted to hide a beer can in the bushes in front of a GC
residence hall when he noticed Officer Braumuller across the street. When Officer
Braumuller made contact with the student, Officer Braumuller noticed the student
and his friend had the odor of alcohol on their breath. The two men gave Officer
Braumuller four other cans of beer in their possession and their fake IDs. Both
students were issued citations for the underage possession of alcohol and referred to
the student judicial.

Michael Campagna, Co-Sports Editor

March 8-14, 2017 Steven Walters, Co-Sports Editor

GC mascot energizes students across campus

An inside look at the student behind Thunder the Bobcat

Courtesy of GC Athletics

Thunder waves the GC flag in front of fans during halftime at a Bobcat women’s basketball game last season.

by a guy.” “I have no idea how I look, but it’s okay When not busy hyping up sports fans
The individual who plays Thunder said because I’m out there having fun. If maybe at pep rallies or games, Thunder can be
Strang the few people who do know her identity they seem bored, I’ll have a flag to wave found interacting with students at various
did not expect it to be her. around. I look right at them and try to get GC events.

Thunder the Bobcat, GC’s mascot, has “I guess I’m more shy in my classes, but them hyped up.” “I like how our mascot shows up at

been responsible for bringing school spirit when I am in the suit I’m super energetic Freshman Natalie Capps, a pre-nursing other events besides just sporting ones,”
and I don’t really care what people think.” major, recalled a basketball game in Capps said. “You can find Thunder all
to campus for years. Whether at a pep rally
Thunder’s energy is also appreciated which Thunder began dancing with the around campus and involved with various
or a sporting event, or even simply walking
by GC athletes. cheerleaders and got the whole crowd organizations.”
around campus, Thunder is always busy
“Thunder means a lot,” said redshirt involved with the cheering. Capps also said she likes how Thunder
energizing students.
junior Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam, point “I think getting the crowd involved is walks around campus to take pictures with
The enthusiastic bobcat who plays
guard for the GC men’s basketball team. essential to any event, because it keeps the students to encourage school spirit.
Thunder said her favorite part of being
“Thunder interacts with everyone and crowd entertained and hyped for the game,” The student behind Thunder loves
Thunder is that nobody knows who it is. keeps everyone in tune to the game. Having Capps said. interacting with students and even visiting
“It could be anybody,” she said. “Most Thunder at the games is huge for us.” Mitchell-LaFlam said an excited crowd kids, but for her, the anonymity of the job
people don’t know Thunder is a girl, not Thunder said its favorite method for is helpful to the team. “Playing at home and is the best part.
Thunder himself but me, who is inside of exciting a crowd is to start dancing. having the crowd into the game and being “As long as I’m at this school I plan to
it. Most people imagine Thunder is played “Dancing is my go-to,” Thunder said. loud is awesome,” Mitchell-LaFlam said. keep playing Thunder.”

Polk juggles tennis team and honors program

the honors program in addition to being
an athlete, and that the only answer
Gabi to balancing both is having good time
@gcsunade management skills and discipline.
“Polk really epitomizes what it truly
means to be a student-athlete,” Gower said.
Macy Polk is a senior, chemistry major,
The tennis season is five months long,
tennis player and honors student. For the
past four years, she has been in the GC consisting of practice every weekday

honors program and represented her school and matches at home or on the road on

while playing on the women’s tennis team. weekends. Throughout this time, GC head

Polk said it has been difficult for her, tennis coach Steve Barsby said he sees how

but over time she learned how to manage hard Polk works and plays. Barsby also
her time when it came to balancing her said that when they are on the road and
studies and tennis. staying in hotels, she is always in one of
“When I am at a match, doing warmups, the offices or study areas in the hotel.
I know that this is where my focus needs to
be,” Polk said. “When I know I have tests
coming up, I know to start studying way “Polk really GC Athletics

ahead of time so that I don’t have a lot to epitomizes what it Macy Polk follows through with a backhand to return a serve.
deal with at once.” truly means to be a
Steve Elliott-Gower is the director student-athlete.”
of the GC honors program and has been
Steve Elliott-Gower, Dustin Kensrue (Thrice)
the faculty advisor for the GC women’s Honors Program director
tennis team the past two years. He said
(Manchester Orchestra)
“Macy is the ultimate student-athlete,”
he recognizes how difficult it is to be in w/ gobotron
Barsby said. “She never complains or is
march 24
in a bad mood.”
doors open at 7
In her spare time, Polk likes to hang
show starts at 8
out with her friends in Herty Hall or relax
by watching Netflix in her dorm room.
This season, Polk has posted a 3-2
record in doubles. The women’s team
this year has six players, the minimum the cox capitol theatre
for a Division II team, so the players macon, ga
are constantly encouraging each other
with the added pressure of playing every
Polk said that her other biggest
supporters are her parents, who have
always been behind her, especially as
her last semester here comes to an end.
conor oberst w/
After graduation, Polk hopes to attend
medical school.
the felice brothers
The women’s tennis team will be back march 19
GC Athletics in action at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 10, doors open at 7
Macy Polk serves the ball to her
at home against Auburn University at show starts at 8

Women’s basketball season comes to a close


The GC women’s basketball team ended

their season finishing 15-12 on the year,
and 9-10 in the Peach Belt Conference.
The 2016-17 year was marked by ups
and downs for the team, as the Bobcats
started strong, winning seven of their first
eight games, but eventually went on losing
streaks of three and four throughout the
Head GC women’s basketball coach
Maurice Smith is optimistic about the
progress the team made over this past
season and is looking forward to building
upon the winning culture that was fostered
in the locker room.
“It was good to see our team grow
together throughout the season,” said Courtesy of GC Athletics

Smith, fresh off his seventh year as head

Veronica Ryan shoots a free throw during the homecoming basketball game against Clayton State.
coach. “One of our goals this season was Walker, who led the team with 4.5 assists floor,” Walker said. “My leadership was One player primed and ready to step
to have a winning record overall and make per game. Walker spoke optimistically of the main thing I tried to focus on to mesh into a leadership role next year is junior
it to the Peach Belt Tournament.” the team going forward. us together and keep us going.” forward Alyah McGriff. McGriff led the
The Bobcats were solid defensively, “This year, it took us a little longer to In her final year as a Bobcat, Walker Bobcats in scoring last season, averaging
ranking seventh in the nation in defensive mesh together on the floor. We’ve got a tried to leave a lasting impression on the 15.1 points per game, and shot just over 50
field goal percentage, and Smith expects lot of new players, so that’s difficult for culture of the locker room. percent from the field. McGriff said that the
that will be the cornerstone of the team anybody,” said Walker, a four-year starter “As a team, I just wanted us to believe example set by Walker and the entire senior
moving forward. for GC. “Towards the end of the year, we in ourselves and, regardless of trials and class has prepared her to come on strong as
“We need to improve our offensive started playing for each other, and coming tribulations, ups and downs, that we could a senior next year, and she is welcoming
efficiency, but there are some good together a little bit better.” lean and depend on each other,” Walker the challenge.
takeaways that we can improve on going Walker took on a major leadership role said. “In the offseason, I’m going to be doing
forward,” Smith said. this year as a senior. The bond Walker and the three other more dribbling and shooting workouts, and
A strong core of senior players led the “A lot of new, younger girls were senior players instilled will help a young, plan on lifting more to become stronger,”
Bobcats throughout the year. One such depending on my leadership, my example, growing Bobcats team heading into next McGriff said. “I hope to make more of an
leader was senior point guard LaRice especially as a point guard, on and off the year. impact next year on the court.”

Monica Klinkmueller, Asst. Editor

March 8-14, 2017 Mary Kate Conner, Editor

“‘Go! I am sending you out like

lambs among wolves’ (Luke 10:3).
This verse is my favorite because
Jesus calls us to lay at his feet and
be filled up. It also wants us to
go make disciples in the midst of
the evilness that takes place in our

-Bryan Roberts, junior and micro major

Q: What would you write on your

“When I die I want my grave
to have the Wi-Fi symbol on Compiled by Ben Lord
the front, so people will visit
me more often. I like silly
things and that would fit my


-Leigh Purington, junior and

physics major

“Leave a six pack before you go.

I like this little quote because it
would remind my friends of the
good times we have had.”

-Hayden Dempsey, junior and

criminal justice major
Women's History Month Play
By Ashley McGlathery • Directed by Joanna Grissom

MARCH 15-17, 2017


$6 - General
$5 - Senior Citizens
$5 - GC Faculty/Staff
$5 - Non-GC Students
$3 - GC Students
For Info: 478-445-4226


Movie screening marks Black History Month, Women’s History Month
Lauren Last Thursday night, the that time and highlighted the perseverance shown by the order to show the importance of perseverance and strength.
@gcsunade GC Women’s Center and women. “This was such a profound movie that celebrates what
the Office of Fraternity and “It means a lot to me in terms of history and it’s very black women did in that time,” Milner said. “For the
Sorority Life showed a screening of the 2016 film “Hidden monumental for my race,” said Smith. “I think a lot of
students to be able to see what it looks like for them and
Figures”. The film was shown to celebrate the end of Black people needed to be exposed to this movie because there
compare it to how it used to be is extremely important.”
History Month and welcome in Women’s History Month. was so much more about what was going on in the world
Graham said she agreed that the prevalence of the film
“Hidden Figures” follows the lives of three African- with the schools, protests and segregation.”
American women who work for NASA in the 1960s. Set A discussion was held following the film where the to modern times was what made the screening so timely.
during the era of segregation, the film shows the women audience was able to interact and share their feelings on “You feel so many things from this movie because so
through their experiences as black females in a white male- the movie. The discussion focused on the topics of sexism many of the things that happened in the movie are things
driven atmosphere. and racism that were portrayed in the film. that are still happening now,” Graham said. “When we
Senior Somma Okoye attended the screening, and was The discussion was led by Stacy Milner, who is the
talk about the fact that these women were facing sexism
pleased to see such an important messages of race and assistant director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and
and racism at different times and at the same times. That
equality expressed. Jennifer Graham, director of the Women’s Center. They
is still something we see today.”
“It was a really great movie, and I’m glad the women chose to screen “Hidden Figures” because of its relevance
are getting the credit that they deserve,” Okoye said. to the end of Black History Month and the beginning of
Audience member Alexis Smith said she felt the movie Women’s History Month. The movie highlighted important
brought attention to racial issues that were going on during aspects for both months and was brought to campus in

(Pierce Maugans/
Staff Photographer)

Students gather in Magnolia Ballroom for a screening of the film

“Hidden Figures.”

Gardens in t ight spaces

Local experts from the Gardening Club and The Green Market offer advice for starting home gardens

Gioia With spring weather settling hole to drain excess water. Michael, another vendor at the Green Market, also
Brust in on GC’s campus, now is the Debbie from The Green Market (held every first and recommends having a sunny area.
time to start growing things. third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon) also “Good soil will help support the plant and be able to
But with limited space in residence halls and student recommends growing herbs or succulents for the first absorb water the best way possible,” he said.
apartments, local experts from the Gardening Club and attempt at growing anything.
When the Green Market is closed, a simple trip to
The Green Market weigh in on how to grow your own She says that succulents are the easier of the two, since
Home Depot can get you a pot, soil and some seeds so
garden at home. they require little water but direct sunlight so they can
you can start your own garden for a little less than $10.
Andrew Wright, the president of the Gardening Club, sustain themselves with little effort on your part.
If you are feeling even thriftier, starting your own
said that growing small plants and herbs is quite easy. For the herbs, she suggests starting out with thyme
compost is a great way to make your own nutritious soil.
“It’s about understanding what the plant requires,” and rosemary as easy herbs to grow. She also sells small
According to the blog Young House Love, all you need
Wright said. “Some plants, such as succulents, can die if starter kits for college students interested in attempting to
you overwater them, whereas herbs need to be watered grow their own plants. is a solid bin, a lid, and some leftover soil.

more frequently.” “Growing your own plants is actually very therapeutic,” Too busy to start your own garden? The Gardening

For the best chance to successfully grow your own food, she said. “It’s very empowering to see your work turn into Club hosts community work days at the garden on West
Wright recommends good soil and a spacious pot with a something.” Campus so you can spend some time outside this spring.

BOOKS 1. “Things Fall Apart,” by

Chinua Achebe
2. “Harry Potter & the
Order of Phoenix,” by
J.K. Rowling
3. “The Last Song,” by
Nicholas Sparks
4. “Since You’ve Been
Gone,” by Morgan 1. Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Matson 2. George Strait
5. “The Little Prince,” by 3. Judah & the Lion
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 4. Alan Jackson
5. Julien Baker

1.Road trip to Savannah,
Georgia, for the weekend
2. Eno down at the
3. Swimming with the
4. A ski trip to Colorado
5. Hike/explore

EXCURSIONS Amicalola Falls

1. “Get Out”
2. “Logan”
3. “Beauty & the Beast”
Contributions (in order) from sophomore Dakota Gammage, 4. “Sweet Home Alabama”
music therapy major, junior Ryan Sokolowski, music major, 5. “Lion”
junior Mackenzie Newsome, nursing major, junior Kate
Garner, exercise science major and junior Grace Koncerak,
studio art major.
Compiled by Maddy Stone