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April 5-18, 2017 MT Marstellar, Editor-in-Chief

About This Issue... Editorial Board


The news section tells the Independent Institutions. MT Marstellar .... Editor-in-Chief
story of two GC alumni This week the A&E section Emily McClure .... News Editor
who started a business features a preview of the
together, provides an upcoming ArtHealthy Carson Gregors .... Asst. News Editor
overview of Sexual Assault
festival, recommendations Steven Walters .... Co-Sports Editor
Awareness Month at GC,
explains the death of the on summer drinks
Michael Campagna .... Co-Sports Editor
campus sexual assault bill downtown and beauty tips
in the Georgia Legislature for formal, as well as a Mary Kate Conner .... A&E Editor
and describes Project new editorial piece by one Monica Klinkmueller .... Asst. A&E Editor
Stand Down’s efforts to of our staff.
aid local veterans. Cedric Norris.... PR Manager
This week the sports Join us for our last pitch Ada Montgomery .... Digital Media Editor
section covers the recent
baseball lineup changes, meeting of the spring at 6 Cullen Ormond .... Ad Sales Manager
the nationally ranked p.m. on Monday, April 10,
Hannah Houston .... Designer
tennis teams, and Jason in The Colonnade office,
Hendrix, a GC alum who located in MSU 128. Christina Smith .... Faculty Advisor
recently accepted a sports David Paulsson .... Copy Editor
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Carson Gregors, Asst. News Editor


April 5-18, 2017 Emily McClure, News Editor

RIP, GA Legislature’s campus sexual assault bill

victim of the alleged sexual Matt Roessing, a lawyer assault on campuses, not a lot “Nobody has reported that the
Carson assault.” and GC assistant professor of those have ever gotten to a bill today is not the same one that
Gregors The new addition to the bill of accounting, said under conviction.” was introduced,” Roessing said.
@gcsunade raised concern among women’s current Georgia law, an internal Under current federal law “They’re talking about how it has
rights activist groups. investigation can be conducted Title IX, GC’s Public Safety
The controversial “campus passed the House and it’s moving
“Earl Ehrhart has kind of made concerning sexual assault cases. Department is able to work with
rape bill” will not be enacted, forward, but they’re assuming
it his mission to change the way Ehrhart’s bill intended to inhibit the Women’s Center in handling
after being unanimously rejected that schools have to deal with this, requiring that sexual assault sexual assault cases. that it has the same language
by the Georgia Senate during the reports of sexual assault, and cases, along with other felony “I do feel as a police officer, as when it was first introduced
evening of the final legislative in my opinion, in an extremely cases, be directed to police. the bill does hinder the victims,” and it doesn’t— it’s completely
session on March 30. harmful way that seeks to protect Two primary concerns were said Lieutenant Gary Purvis of different.”
The goal of the original bill, the accused over victims,” said raised by activists against the GC’s department of public safety. Roessing said the newest
proposed by its chief backer Linsey James, junior rhetoric original bill, Roessing said. “Currently, they don’t have to version of the bill, SB 71, mirrors
Georgia’s state representative Earl and sociology major, who works The first concern is that the bill press charges, and the school
Ehrhart in January, was to change laws that are already in existence.
for Braveheart, a subdivision of could discourage victims from can take measures to handle the
the way in which felony cases are “I think the bill got watered
Project Brave, a grant given to reporting the attacks due to the issue.”
handled on college campuses. GC’s Women’s Center. drastic measure of filing a case Purvis said that if only down, to make it more passable,
Upon review by the committee After the second revision of against the alleged attacker with law enforcement agencies are to the point to where it is
that sees proposed bills before the HB 51 was tabled by the Senate, the police. The second concern involved in the cases, then it meaningless,” said Roessing.
House, the language of the HB 51 Ehrhart searched for another derives from the bill inhibiting could be less likely that victims “To me, this seems like a waste
was changed. means by which to push the bill colleges from taking action will come forward with cases. of time. We end up with a bill
Part of this change was the through, transferring the content against the accused unless he or Roessing said that Ehrhart’s that says do what you’re already
addition of a phrase which singled into another bill titled Senate Bill she is convicted. original bill wasn’t likely going
doing.”
out sexual assault cases in section 71, which originally dealt with “Convictions are incredibly to get passed and if it had been, it
Because the Senate killed the
two: “However, no disciplinary bankruptcy and health savings, hard to get. The burden of proof could have been a constitutional
proceedings based upon an and removing the line in section is beyond a reasonable doubt,” violation of Title IX, which bill on the last day of Georgia’s
alleged assault shall be conducted two that required the involvement Roessing said. “If you look at requires universities to take 2017-2018 regular legislative
by postsecondary institution of the victims of sexual assault statistics of sexual assaults that the actions in felony cases that session, it is dead for the rest of
without the participation of the cases in the investigative process. are reported to police involving Ehrhart was trying to prevent. the year.
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Chemistry students perform “magic” shows


liquid nitrogen Ping-Pong balls,
we just create an explosion with
Gabrielle
Schwobe liquid nitrogen Ping-Pong balls
@gcsunade and warm water, that’s probably
one of the flashier experiments,”
Over the recent spring break
said junior Martin Alcantar, a
holiday, five GC chemistry
chemistry major. “Another great
majors traveled to 18 different
one is the ‘Old Nassau’ which
towns throughout South Georgia
is a color changing reaction that
and Florida performing chemistry
always wows the kids.”
magic shows for kids.
Sophomore Ally Eubanks, a
Dr. Catrena Lisse, the
chemistry major, agreed.
coordinator for the Chemistry
“Oh yeah, that one is popular.
Club, has been organizing these
You should see the kids’ faces,”
magic shows for 15 years now, Eubanks said.
which she and her students put on These magic shows not only
almost every week. However, for serve as entertainment, but show
this spring break, the chemistry young kids how awesome and Photo Courtesy of Catrena Lisse

club received a lot of requests, cool science can be.


Lisse and her students traveled to 18 different towns in Georgia and Florida.
so five chemistry members “There were a couple of kids cool.” chemistry club involved, because Georgia,” Eubanks said. “I’m
volunteered to travel with Lisse that really took a liking to us, Dr. Lisse has been doing the chemistry club students are from a small town in South
during their break. and came up after. We felt like these shows for 15 years, but the more relatable to the audiences, Georgia, and I know those
During each show, the students celebrities,” said sophomore STEMing Into the Community because they are younger,” Lisse communities don’t get a lot of
performed a myriad of different Melanie Schellman, a chemistry initiative from the GC Chemistry said. opportunities like this.”
“magic” tricks backed up by real major. “We would see them after, Club just started in 2015. The GC Chemistry Club has Since spring break, the group
science. and they wanted to take pictures “I’ve always enjoyed the won national awards, and they are has received positive feedback
“I think the coolest one was with us and hug us. It was really outreach component of getting the the only institution in the state of and have already been requested
Georgia to win nine consecutive
to come back to four of the schools
outstanding chapter awards from
they traveled to. Additionally, the
the American Chemical Society,
state of Georgia Girl Scout troop
which is all due to the outreach
leader asked them to come down
they do, like these magic shows.
and run the STEM day during
“Other universities don’t win
their annual summer camp.
this award. Southern, UGA,
This exposure has been a
Georgia Tech -- we are the only
great for GC, and while the
state of Georgia institution to win
students did not do this for the
outstanding, for nine consecutive
recognition, they are recognizing
years, and we are shooting for
that promoting the school is not
ten,” Lisses said.
The students said it was only helpful for the future of the

exciting to reach out to farther chemistry department, but for the

towns in the South, since they school as a whole.

usually only do shows around “My favorite fan was that little
central Georgia. girl who hugged Samoya, because

Photo Courtesy of Catrena Lisse


“I think that it was great she said ‘I can be just like you!’
The shows displayed a lighter side to one of the hard sciences. we traveled farther into South and it was beautiful,” Lisse said.
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Two GC students win Fulbright Scholarships

Photos Courtesy of GC Communications


Audrey Waits (left) and Kevin Morris (right) have received Fulbright grants to study and teach in Europe next year.
work Audrey, her faculty mentors bring the format of GC’s Times graduation. Fulbright offers more than 100
and our staff in the National Talk forums to facilitate cultural Students will then be areas of study to cater to a variety
Cori Lowenstein
and Scholarships Office have done to discussions among the various interviewed by a campus of interests. The next Fulbright
Emily McClure help her achieve this is the very ethnic groups in Macedonia. committee, who will provide cycle will open on April 3. GC’s
@gcsunade definition of preeminence.” “Hopefully what I learn in feedback to the applicants. deadline is September 1, and the
Waits will be studying bacterial Macedonia can be illuminating,” “Fulbright Student national deadline is October 6.
Two Georgia College students transmission from reindeer to Morris said. “Maybe they can Scholarships vary in length Fulbright awards are given
have received Fulbright grants to indigenous reindeer herders with teach me a lot too, and I can bring as well as dollar amount by to dedicated students who have
teach and study abroad in Europe a researcher in Finland. that back here.” country,” said Anna Whiteside, demonstrated willingness to
next year. Audrey Waits, a biology “I’ll also be able to do a lot Morris said he plans to become GC’s Fulbright Program advisor. expand common awareness
graduate student, will study at the of travel around Finland,” Waits involved in the local community “Typically, they run the length of between the U.S. and more than
University of Oulu in Finland, and said. “I’m really looking forward in whatever Macedonian city he an academic year, nine months, 160 countries around the globe.
Kevin Morris, a senior and double to exploring Lapland in the is placed. though some are longer and some “To be awarded a Fulbright
major in economics and history, winter.” To apply for a Fulbright are shorter than this. Audrey’s U.S. Student grant is very
will serve as an English Teaching Morris will be teaching scholarship, a student must be Fulbright will last nine months.” prestigious,” said Ken Procter,
Assistant in Macedonia. English and American civics to in superior academic standing The Fulbright Program was dean of Arts and Sciences at GC.
“We speak often about our goal high school or university students and demonstrate excellence in established in 1946 by Sen. “The rigorous application process
of preeminence,” GC President during his time in Macedonia. their community. Students can William Fulbright. In 71 years, attracts students from all over the
Steve Dorman said in mid-March As one of his additional required apply for a Fulbright during their more than 350,000 students have nation, but only the best of the
after hearing Waits’ news. “The projects, Morris also plans to senior year of college and after been selected to participate. best win Fulbrights.”
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Project Stand Down serves local veterans


Sophomore marketing major Anna as director of communications and on-
Chris Voso acted as one of three Service site food for the project.
Lambert Learning Coordinators (SLC) of the “I have always loved giving back to
@gcsunade project, as an overseer of the working the less fortunate, and I have always had
Students from Professor Cynthia groups. a soft spot for veterans,” Quick said.
Orms’ Business Ethics class held “Originally, the project was meant “For a brief time, students who attend
“Project Stand Down” at Freedom for homeless veterans, and as the Georgia College live in Milledgeville,
daughter of a veteran, I’ve seen the and to me, the least we can do is give
Church, on Tuesday, April 4, to support
struggles they face when they return back to a community who gives us so
the at-risk, precariously housed and
from overseas,” Voso said. “I remember much.”
literally homeless people of the
sitting in class when Professor Orms In addition to the numerous material
Milledgeville/Greater Baldwin County
explained the project and thinking to services offered by the project, the team
area.
myself ‘This is something that I need also coordinated 44 vendors, including
Orms worked with a team of roughly
to be involved in’.” 15 veterans’ organizations, to provide
120 students to create, as Orms put it, “a
Students collected roughly 5,000 job training, mental health services and
one-stop model for delivering services pounds of clothing in an effort to even haircuts for those in need.
and supplies.” provide a full outfit of clothing and a bag This is the second year Professor
Students from three separate of toiletries to each one of the estimated Orms’ and her students have organized
classes were divided into working 900 people that sought services Tuesday. Project Stand Down, the first being
groups, tasked with handling the Café Central also provided a free lunch in November 2015. At the inaugural,
communications, accounting, basic to all in attendance. the project served approximately 300
needs, videography, food and logistics Abigail Quick, a sophomore people, and those numbers are estimated Photo Courtesy of Cynthia Orms

for the event. marketing major, acted as a SLC, as well to have tripled at this year’s event. Donation boxes were located around GC.

Two GC alumni open Mosquito Joe franchise


biology degree, an apt combination for
Kellie opening up a mosquito prevention business.
Murphy The two said the greatest part to them
@gcsunade about starting Mosquito Joe is that they
When Brandon Bradley and Ryan both get to keep their day jobs. When they
Stemlachers moved into the same dorm are not doing the behind the scenes work
their freshman year at GC, they had no idea at Mosquito Joe, Bradley is a physician’s
that in a few short years they would be assistant and Stemlachers works in
business partners, opening up a franchise of healthcare sales.
Mosquito Joe together in Gwinnett County “We’re both very successful in our day
on April 1. jobs, and we wanted to start a business, but
“We have always wanted to go into we were a little worried about having to
business together, and neither of us like give up our success that we’ve created with
mosquitoes,” Bradley said. “We found our jobs now,” Stemlachers said. “What
Mosquito Joe, and this franchise was was intriguing about this (Mosquito Joe) is
enticing to us. The brand and everything that it allowed for us to keep our day jobs
was perfect.” while we run this on the side.”
Photo Courtesy of Katie Murray
Mosquito Joe is a mosquito prevention Going into business together is dream
Mosquito Joe technicians operate out of colorful yellow and green vans.
and protection service, from which come true for these two Georgia College
technicians are sent out to spray for grads. They said they feel more comfortable friend or roommate, the men explained that fun to spend time with her all the time,
mosquitoes. Georgia itself has nine doing it together than with someone else. there is a higher level of already established but I think it would affect our friendship
Mosquito Joe locations out of the many “I have had other people come up to trust when working with someone you negatively.”
franchises across several nations. me and give ideas about business, but I know well. However, Bradley and Stemlachers
Stemlachers and Bradley’s location will didn’t really know them so it wasn’t as Caroline Alexander, a sophomore expect to have a positive experience with
serve six cities in Gwinnett County. trustworthy as someone that you lived English major, said she would not be able both Mosquito Joe and their friendship.
Both men are Georgia College alumni. with,” Stemlachers said. to ever go into business with her roommate Their opening this past weekend is just in
Stemlachers graduated with a business As advice to future business owners “I don’t think I could go into business time for the new spring weather and the
degree and Bradley graduated with a considering going into business with a with her,” Alexander said. “It would be mosquitoes that accompany it.
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GC launches Sexual Behind Closed Doors: A


Assault Awareness Month Peek into Mental Health
“[It’s to] make the themselves and others to
definition more inclusive not cross that boundary,”
Gioia
Brust and to broaden that scope,” McBrayer said.
@gcsunade
Gerrior said. A few of the other events
Right now, the Georgia planned include a silent
On college campuses
law only has a definition march occurring Thursday,
across America, one in
of rape for a man against April 6, where participants
four students are sexually
a woman, not for both will honor sexual assault
assaulted throughout their
genders, and Braveheart survivors and victims.
college career. Here are
hopes the letter writing “ I t ’s a night of
Georgia College, Project
campaign will get this law celebration for those
Brave and its subdivision
changed to represent both. people,” McBrayer said.
Braveheart were created
“If you look at that Brian Manuel, a new
to help support students
affected by sexual assault. definition traditionally member of Braveheart, said

For the month of April, and you look at who is he is excited to see how this

these two groups have seen as the victims of rape month goes.

organized a sexual assault traditionally, there’s a lot of “I wasn’t really surprised

awareness month, which stigma against them being a to hear that the one in

includes activities planned man,” Gerrior said. four statistic existed and

in order to bring recognition To r i M c B r a y e r, that it was so prevalent,”

to the issue. president of Braveheart, Manuel said. “It seems like

Melissa Gerrior, the said she is also passionate everyone knows someone

program assistant for about raising awareness the who’s experienced it.”

Project Brave, works at the prevalence of sexual assault Manuel himself has two

Women’s Center to provide on GC’s campus. older sisters, and he said he

assistance for any survivor “There are different feels that that statistic could

of sexual assault or other perspectives on genders affect them.

form of sexual misconduct. and sexuality and the way “It kind of feels like it

“Project Brave is people go about these hits closer to home if it’s


Georgia C o l l e g e ’s things and I wanted to get one in four,” he said.
overarching initiative for involved with things like Other events this month
things like sexual assault, [Braveheart],” McBrayer include the ABC party,
domestic violence, and said. which will emphasize
stalking…and Braveheart Now as president, that what a person wears
fits in as the student group,” McBrayer is overseeing does not imply consent.
Gerrior said. events such as Sexual Braveheart will host this
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month event at Buffington’s on
Assault Awareness month, and the letter writing April 21.
both organizations are campaign. More information about
Pierce Maugans / Staff Photographer
participating in a letter “The end goal would both organizations and
The Service Leader Cohort at the Give Center and To Write Love on
writing campaign to be for all students here more events taking place Her Arms (TWLOHA) sponsored Behind Closed Doors: A Peek Into
Georgia representatives to at GC to understand the later this month can be Mental Health on March 28. This event, hosted by Kamalar Williams,
showcased mental health resources at GC and strategies for recognizing
change the legal definition meaning of consent and found on their Twitter and symptoms of mental health and stress. TWLOHA members handed out
of rape. to have enough respect for Facebook accounts. cards and de-stress bags to event attendees.
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$222, 492.56 raised


Ada Montgomery/ Senior Photographer
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*Obtained from GC Department of Public Safety*

Smoke break
Date: March 18
Case: Officer Powell noticed a vehicle parked in the back parking lot of the GC
Intramural Fields at 3 a.m. The vehicle’s lights were off, and when Officer Powell
shined his spotlight on the vehicle, he noticed a man inside. While Officer Powell
made contact with the man inside, he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from
the vehicle. The man identified himself as a GC student, and when questioned,
stated there was marijuana located in the console. A vehicle search was conducted,
and a grinder containing a substance believed to be marijuana was found. The
student was placed under arrest for the possession of less than one ounce of
marijuana. The case was referred to student judicial.

Bicycle to unicycle
Date: March 22
Case: A student reported her bike tire stolen to public safety. The student said
she last noticed her bicycle in good condition two days before the report was
filed. The missing tire was valued at $35 by the student, and a statement form
was filled out. Officer Davis, who responded to the call, reviewed camera footage
from the GC residence hall where the student left her bike. In the footage, a
suspect was seen momentarily before he went out of the camera range. No
other leads were found, and the case has been closed until further evidence is
produced.

Smelled out
Date: March 28
Case: The smell of marijuana coming from a GC residence hall caused a
community advisor to notify public safety. Lieutenant Purvis was sent to make
contact with the resident. Upon arrival, he met the student and asked him to
retrieve any marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his room. The student turned
over a small bag containing a pill bottle with marijuana in it, a “vaporer,” a
grinder, a brush and a bottle that contained used, burnt marijuana. The student
was informed that he would be sent to student judicial, and the confiscated
materials were disposed.
Sports
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Michael Campagna, Co-Sports Editor


April 5-18, 2017 Steven Walters, Co-Sports Editor

High-powered offense fueled by lineup shift

Ada Montgomery/Senior Photographer

Brandon Purcell (left, .305 average, 6 XBH and 12 RBIs over his last 13 games) and Brandon Benson (right, .400, 6 HR, 6 2B, 25 RBIs over his
last 13 games) have benefitted from the recent move of Cal Gentry to the leadoff spot and Logan Mattix to the cleanup spot in the lineup.
“We have a strong lineup, and everyone has bought
Dallas into the offensive approach,” said junior Logan Mattix.
Fletcher Senior Brandon Benson, the team’s home run leader
@gcsunade with 15, agrees. “The lineup creates a really good combo,
The Bobcats have gone 10-3 in their last 13 games, and I think pitchers are nervous when they see our one
having averaged 10.85 runs per game over that span. The through four because it’s really hard to face.”
team is averaging almost a full run more this year than Benson attributes his offensive success to being
last year and is currently leading the PBC with a .349 aggressive at the plate and knowing he has teammates
team batting average. The offensive surge has elevated around him that can hit the ball just as well and get on
base consistently.
the Bobcats to the No. 26 spot in the nation, according to
The recent surge offensively allows the pitchers to be a
College Baseball Newspaper’s poll.
little more aggressive early in counts and pitch to contact
Just over halfway through the season, the Bobcats’
instead of being tentative.
offense has produced more power at the plate than last
Coach Eller said he thinks the pitchers understand that if
season. Last year, the team finished with 178 extra-base
they limit the damage, then their offense is always capable
hits over 50 games, and this year the team has 127 XBH
of coming back.
in just 30 games. The team’s slugging percentage has also
Relief pitcher Brady Walsh said it makes them as
increased from .516 in 2016 to .542 in 2017.
pitchers feel relaxed, knowing that if they do give up one
The March 10 decision to move freshman Cal Gentry
run, the offense will come back and put up two or even
(.413 batting average) to the leadoff spot and Logan Mattix eight runs in one inning.
(.385 average) to the cleanup spot created a jolt for the “It’s always nice to have a lot of runs because you
team offensively. become a lot more confident when you see you’re
“Moving Cal to the leadoff spot really stretched our winning,” said starting pitcher Charlie Hecht. “It’s a lot
lineup,” said head baseball coach Jason Eller. “It really easier to pitch with a five-run lead opposed to a one-run
gave us a legitimate threat with the high on-base percentage lead.”
at the top.” The coaches and players agree that it’s more than talent
Coach Eller said that the move put Mattix in a better that contributes to the team’s success -- it’s more of a blend
position because it allows him to be a little bit more of a of talent, coaching and the right mentality that contribute
free swinger and more aggressive at the plate. It also gives to their performance.
others in the lineup more room to work with less pressure. “Obviously you need talented players, but you also
The Bobcats’ offense crushed the Montevallo Falcons need a good coaching philosophy that those players will
by a score of 20-0 in the first game with the new lineup buy into, which we have both,” Hecht said. “I think it has
on March 10. all come together and has turned out well so far.”
Unlike most lineups, the Bobcats tend to stay relatively Mattix said he thinks that this year’s team is very
strong throughout the lineup. The robust lineup consist of strong-willed compared to teams in the past. He feels that
all-conference in the top of the lineup, staying consistent when they get down, the players know they can always
and keeping the momentum going through the middle, with get back into the game and end up with a win, even if
redshirt junior Brendan Holler (.377 batting average) at the they’re down early.
bottom serving as a left-handed threat in the designated *Statistics as of April 3, 2017 The Bobcats’ offense will be back in action for a three-
hitter role. **Lineup based on lineups from series against Columbus State University game series at Lander this weekend.
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GC tennis teams rank nationally in latest polls


within the top 50 in men’s singles. team and the remainder of the season.
Will Despite his individual ranking, Graff’s “For me personally, it’s just a
Anderson
@gcsunade primary concern remains with the number,” Graff said. “For me, the
team and their performance as a group whole team aspect is way more
Both the men’s and women’s tennis
in the weeks leading up to the NCAA
teams were recently ranked nationally important.”
tournament.
in their respective divisions, with Steve Barsby, head coach of
“So far [this season] could have
the men’s team placing 14th and both the men’s and women’s tennis
been better,” Graff said. “We have
the women’s team ranking 31st. teams, echoed this same philosophy
had a couple injuries this season, but
Although both teams have struggled of teamwork.
we had a big win against nationally-
with injuries this season, each hope to “[The main thing] we talk about in
ranked Columbus. Our goal is to make
continue the momentum gained over the spring is five,” Barsby said. “To
the conference tournament, and we
the past year leading up to the NCAA win a match, you need to win five
will see where we can go.”
tournament. While Graff’s personal ranking matches. We have guys who win a lot

Christian Graff, a graduate student could be considered impressive of awards, but if you were to ask them

Photo Courtesy of Ada Montgomery obtaining his master’s degree in enough, he is in no way fazed by the all, they would trade them all to be
Christian Graff, from Lohmar, Germany, ranks
36th in men’s singles for Division II tennis. human health performance, is ranked pressure. His main focus is on the ranked higher as a team,” Barsby said.
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GC alum accepts sports information position


Jason Hendrix pursues his passion of athletics in a new career
she was the professor that helped
me with the ‘next steps’ of life,”
Hendrix said.
“I have taught thousands of
students over my 21 years at
GC,” Goette said. “The ones I
remember are the ones who were
exceptionally bright, the ones
who really struggled but worked
hard, the ones with vibrant
personalities. Jason has a very
vibrant personality, but he also
spent time seeking my advice.”
In his new title of
Association of
Independent
Institutions sports
information
Photos Courtesy of Rod Reilly director, he is
Jason Hendrix works as the Georgia Gwinnett College Director of Sports Information. now the direct

Association, the robotics team, “Alan Weston is single- contact between

Amy The Colonnade, the Wesley handedly one of the only reasons the media, member
Strang
@gcsunade institutions and the
Foundation, Pi Kappa Phi and I’m in this career path. I witnessed
“Few NAIA National Office
Kappa Epsilon Chi, just to name his love and passion for his job,
After graduating in December students have in matters regarding media
a few. the fact that he was able to work
of 2009, Hendrix’s career had more passion for Georgia coverage. He also creates web
Of his time at GC, Hendrix
took him to Georgia Gwinnett
said it was one of the most unique,
“Few students College Athletics than Jason and social media content for the
College as the Director of have had more Hendrix,” Weston said. “He’s now league’s digital media initiatives.
Sports Information. Recently,
adventurous, and life-preparing passion for He is the media coordinator at all
played that passion for athletics
experiences he’s ever had. Georgia College
he has been named the Sports
Athletics than into a successful field in sports conference tournaments, and he
Information Director of the
“I spent many hours in the
Jason Hendrix.” information and is doing great will do all of this in conjunction
Association of Independent city, on the campus... some of
work for Georgia Gwinnett.” with his responsibilities as
my fondest memories of my
Al Weston,
Institutions. Assistant Athletic Another faculty member who Georgia Gwinnett College’s
Hendrix’s time as a Bobcat early twenties were spent there,” Director for influenced Hendrix’s years at GC director of sports information.
was nothing less than influential. Hendrix said. Communications was Dr. Tanya Goette, professor Though he is making waves
While at GC, he was a student- Hendrix named Alan Weston, of management information at Georgia Gwinnett, Hendrix
athlete, participating in the men’s assistant athletic director for in sports and get paid to do it,”
systems. Hendrix said Goette was maintains love for his home at
cross country team. He was communications at GC, as one Hendrix said. “Alan was the one of the faculty members who Georgia College. “If GC offered
heavily involved in other campus of the most impactful faculty first person to give me a shot pushed him harder than anyone me a job today, I would have a
organizations as well, including members he knew during his and a chance to learn, grow and he’s encountered in his career thus hard time turning it down,” he
the Student Government undergraduate years. experiment with this career.” far. “During my final semester, said. “I’m a Bobcat for life.”
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Monica Klinkmueller, Asst. Editor


April 5 - 18, 2017 Mary Kate Conner, Editor

Grab a cold one


Local bars serve up new drinks for a new season
The seasons are changing,
Ben and so are our taste buds.
Lord
@gcsunade With warmer weather rolling
in, many people like the new
seasonal drinks that bars downtown acquire to reel in
bigger crowds. Whether it’s summer cocktails or summer
beers, everyone likes a refreshing beverage at the end of
a long day.
Chops downtown holds a variety of drinks that appeal to
many Milledgeville customers, but they do not necessarily
have a summer selection in the beer category. Instead, they
create tasty mixtures of fruity flavors to make downtown
goers sip the summer heat away.
Veteran Chops bartender Madison Arnett said she loves
when warmer weather begins because she can experiment
with different cocktail recipes. She says it’s fun to come
up with different drinks that combine different tastes.
Bottom: A margarita,
420 IPA beer and a
“A favorite of mine is the Rum Sunset,” Arnett said.
watermelon mojito
“The drink is made up of rum, orange juice, 2 tbsp. of are among some of
grenadine and a couple lime slices to add flavor.” the more summer-y
Another bar that has gained a seasonal taste is drinks served at local
bars downtown,
Milledgeville’s Velvet Elvis. Velvet has an assortment of
especially during
summer shandies and cocktails, but the preferred drink the warmer months
seems to be a Creature Comforts favorite. of April through
Junior and management information systems major August.
Patrick Bartlett recommends the tasty IPA to every beer
Ashley Cooper/Staff Photographer
lover. He says the tasty brew captures the tropical essence
perfectly and goes well with a delectable meal.
“The Creature Comforts IPA, Tropicália, has many
fans here in Milledgeville,” Bartlett said. “We have run
out of the beer on tap numerous times throughout this
spring semester. It’s a bit pricey, but the rich and sweet
taste makes people come back for more.”
As for nightclub Capital City, their bar keeps the classic
cocktails and beers that everyone knows and loves.
Sophomore and marketing major Dani Lutin says
Capitol likes to keep things simple and sweet when it
comes to drinks. She says people love the original cocktails
and beers and it keeps things easy when working.
“As for beers, people continually drink Miller Lite and
Bud Light, but since the weather has gotten more hot, many
customers come in and get the “Jet Fuel” slushy cocktail,”
Lutin said. “It’s fruity and cold, and makes a great choice
for a refreshing thirst-quencher.”
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Front campus festival to promote healthy living


GC’s ArtHealthy Festival activities as well as vendors/organizations highlighting “As an exercise science major, we can attend the festival
Maddy celebrates healthy living their services. for extra credit. I think it is a fantastic idea, and I am
Stone through the combination of “The festival seeks to educate people on the epidemic of excited to be a part of it,” said junior Kylie Myer, an
@gcsunade
art and physical activity. The obesity while also encouraging an appreciation for the exercise science major.
festival is primarily a health fair, but other educational arts,” said Toyia Barnes, an event organizer. This event will include presentations as well as
and interactive opportunities are available. Many local businesses and nonprofit organizations pair performances to help engage the GC community by
The goal of this festival is to promote healthy living to the with GC to participate in this event. providing useful information.
residents in Middle Georgia while also bringing awareness “This one-day event brings campus and community The College of Health and Sciences and the Office of
to the resources that are available to them. members together to encourage art and healthy living,” Inclusive Excellence are two of the top sponsors for the
The festival will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Barnes said. festival. Another big contributor is GC’s Barnes and Noble
Saturday, April 8. The event is free of charge. ArtHealthy’s main objective is to increase appreciation Bookstore.
The event is broken up into four sections. The main stage for the arts while also shedding light on the importance “With the collaboration of residents within the Middle
will include exercise classes as well as belly dancing and of healthy living. Rural residents are more likely to be Georgia community and the GC campus community, this
salsa dancing. There will be many different off-stage underinsured or completely uninsured than those in urban festival helps embrace diversity and inclusion,” Barnes
events, including Drum Circle with GC’s Music Therapy, areas. According to Georgia’s State Office of Rural Health, said.
bike rodeo and health assessments. Milledgeville borders many underserved counties with Come join the GC community by providing your support
A Kid Zone will be available, including numerous regard to healthcare delivery. at the ArtHealthy Festival.

How to hair- do it: easy formal hair ideas from milly pros
Colonnade staff writer Amy Huang scoped out local
Amy beauty experts downtown, as well as some students to pick
Huang
@gcsunade up some tips and tricks for a seamless formal look.
Spring formal season is upon us, and whether you’re
following the latest spring trends or opting for what you know best, it doesn’t have to
be stressful.
These quick tips for how to style hair and and how to dress from some of
Milledgeville’s hair pros will help you get ready easily without breaking the bank.
Trends to look out for this spring season revolve around everything classic and chic
to romantic florals.
If you’re interested in trying something different beyond your usual style, dresses
with an open back can turn any basic dress into a bold statement. If you find something
with minimal straps or even intricate embroidery, you’ve hit the jackpot.
But maybe you want to keep it simple. Debra Brooks, a hair stylist at Charmed Spa
and Salon, said black dresses are a classic.
“Black dresses are always in. You can never go wrong with black,” said Brooks.
If you’re going down the classic and chic trend, Brooks says the half-up ponytail
and fishtail side braids are a perfect fit. Swipe a shade of a minimal nude color on the
lip to complete this classy mix.
Chelsea Galbraith, receptionist at Hairbar, recommends fishtail braids to fit the
romantic trend. Romantic gals should go for loose airy curls if braids aren’t your thing.
“Loose waves are always cute,” said Galbraith. “Wrap your hair around the curling
iron away from your face and leave about an inch at the end all the way around.”
Those who want to save time can always go for a pinned-up, loose and messy hairdo.
Regardless of which hair trend you decide to aspire for, maintaining its perfection
throughout the whole night will depend on three vital products.
Every girl shouldn’t forget to spray dry shampoo for volume, a good heat protectant
for frizz and a good oil product that prevents your hair from going flat.
“I usually go for a simple half-up with curls,” said junior Caitlin McKeon, an
economics major. “I don’t feel like it’s worth my money to go to a salon for one event.
You want something natural and that isn’t too much work that will be comfortable that
lasts all night long.”
Editorial
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“S-town” shines light on realities of mental illness


A new podcast brought to McLemore. John is an eccentric horologist, or an antique Tired. Tired”. When I heard this, I broke down in tears
Ashley
us by the minds behind NPR’s clock repairman, who lives in the town of Woodstock, because I was transported back to all of those nights of
Cooper
@gcsunade This American Life and Serial Alabama, which he refers to as “Shittown.” crying myself to sleep, feeling like a burden to my friends
called S-Town published all S-Town progresses with a slow and deliberate pace that and family, and wishing for death.
seven of its chapters on March 28. This podcast is hosted draws you in and compels you to keep listening. Episode S-Town discusses this and other issues in such an honest
and executive-produced by Brian Reed. after episode you learn more about John. You are told of his and palpable manner that it is almost impossible not to feel
I would like to keep this review as vague as possible sometimes severe depression, sexuality, genius and disdain John’s pain. This is an important podcast that brings to light
so as not to give anything away. It really ended up being for being all of these things while living in “Shittown, the reality and dangers of mental health issues. However, it
nothing like I thought it would be, and I would like to pass Alabama.” does not spend its time trying to reform the mental health
that experience onto others. I, however, am a true crime junkie, and while listening system of America. It instead brings recognition to John
The podcast’s description reads, “John despises his to this show I was at first disappointed that it was not the B. McLemore’s life and the “Shittown” in which he lives.
Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He true crime mystery I had anticipated. Then, I started to I feel that this is one of the most important things
asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family connect with John and his woes. I began to see some of to do in the mental health community. We need to feel
who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with myself in the man who felt like an outcast. represented, heard and respected. This podcast does all
murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a John’s mental health becomes a side plot for S-Town, of these things while telling an interesting story. I believe
nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing and this is something that has always spoken to me. I that those like myself who listen to this podcast won’t feel
of the mysteries of one man’s life.” was diagnosed with depression when I was a freshman in so alone while listening to it, and what more can you ask
This, along with the connection to Serial, led me college. I struggled with feelings of worthlessness, anger for when searching for “entertainment.”
to believe that it would be a true crime podcast unlike at the world and suicidal thoughts. John seemed to go I could see where some listeners might think S-Town
anything I had heard before. However, what unfolded through these things as well. has somewhat of an anti-climactic and disappointing
before me was the story of a unique man who is plagued There is one quote from John that stood out to me while ending. However, I would say that the ending simply
with depression and disgust for not only his town, but for listening to S-Town because of how much it resonated changes the way you have listened to the podcast. It brings
the world around him. with me. When asked why he wants to kill himself, he your attention to the most important themes of the story
The podcast revolves around a man named John B. replies, “[I’m] tired in a way that I can’t put into words. instead of focusing on the most dramatic.

“Not stopping to see a “Losing my phone and


Q: What are your “I could have slowed
down on the buffet on my live 14-foot alligator the seven people that
spring break ragrets? on my drive back from were staying with me
cruise.”
Florida.” on St. Patrick’s Day in
Compiled by Lauren -- Randi Evans, junior Savannah.”
Nielly and biology major -- Brian Garner, senior – Francis Kelly, junior
and management major and marketing major
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