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September 14 -27, 2017 emily mcclure, Editor

GC still divided on campus carry legislation

more guns reduce violence. In fact, the
Isaiah opposite is true, as more guns means more
Smith people are likely to get hurt.”
Hali Sofala-Jones, an English
Staff Writer
and rhetoric professor at GC, echoed
Since House Bill 250 was adopted in MacKinnon’s concern about the new
May, GC is doing its part to make sure legislation.
students, faculty and staff on campus “I don’t feel that it makes me any
understand when and where they can carry safer,” said Sofala-Jones. “The bill hasn’t
weapons on campus. impacted me personally yet, but I feel the
“We have guidance from the board idea for it is unnecessary.”
office for how to proceed with handling Despite apprehension from some, others
this,” said Don Challis, GC’s chief of on campus, like senior Alex Hammer, are
police. “The interpretation of this bill is not kicking against the new legislation.
not ours. It comes from the board.” “I think campus carry is a good idea,”
At the information session, Challis said Hammer, a management major. “It
covered various areas of the new legislation will be a deterrent to any possible active
and helped attendees understand when and shooter.”
where it is appropriate to carry concealed Like Hammer, James Baugh, a math
weapons on campus. professor, has no problem with the new
Permit holders are not allowed to carry legislation, but he does not think its passage
in areas like athletic facilities, faculty will bring major change at GC.
offices, and residence halls. “In terms of impact, I think this bill Emily Bryant / Staff Photographer

Classrooms with high school students will have zero impact, and it won’t change This senior political science major, who is now free to carry his pistol
are also off limits for students or staff much in terms of behavior,” said Baugh. on campus, said he feels he can protect himself and others if danger
members who wish to carry. Challis also “The Constitution gives people the right to
said it is the permit holders’ responsibility bear arms with the Second Amendment, so
ever approaches Georgia College.
to check with the registrar’s office to find I’m for it. But I do think politicians should
out if it is legal for them to carry in each spend more time on other issues and not
of their classrooms. waste time with things like this because I
Along with this, Challis also informed don’t think we’ll see any change.”
session attendees what to do if they According to Challis, Baugh’s belief
encounter someone carrying a weapon about the bill having little impact on the
and feel unsafe. campus has held true thus far in the school
“This hasn’t happened yet, but if year.
somebody is uncertain about a weapon in “The reality of it is we have a very
a classroom and calls us, we’re going to ask traditional aged student population,” said
what type of weapon is it, how’s it being BRICK • BLOCK • SAND • MORTAR

Challis. “Most of our students are between
displayed and what the person with the 18 and 23, so we don’t have a lot of students
weapon is doing,” said Challis. “We want who are 21 who want a permit that actually
to focus on behaviors and not so much the get a permit and want to carry with all the
presence of a weapon.” hurdles they have to go through.”
With GC’s increased effort to make Even though some members of the GC
sure people know where they can carry on community are firmly planted on both
campus, Challis said the issue has not been sides of the issue, there are still those who SNELLVILLE • COVINGTON
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“I don’t know if there are more or “I’m on the fence about it,” said senior
fewer guns on campus this year. If there Eric Gould, a history and rhetoric major.
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the number is probably insignificant,” gun on campus, they would whether there 2176 Oak Road
said Challis. “Thus far, nobody has had is a law or not. But on the other hand,
an issue, and we haven’t had anybody call people would possibly be able to protect Lawrenceville, GA
in a complaint or concern.” themselves if there were a shooter on
But even though GC is doing its part campus.”
to educate those on campus about the new Even with so many differing opinions
bill, some faculty and students still feel about the bill on campus, Challis insisted
uneasy about the legislation. that the issue has not been a big deal for
“I don’t think that guns are conducive anyone at GC this semester.
to a campus environment where we “From faculty, staff and students to
come together and share knowledge in a registrar’s office, nobody has had any
peaceful and collegial environment,” said issues so far,” said Challis. “It’s just not
Aran MacKinnon, chair of the history the issue that people thought it was going
department. “Nothing in history says that to be.”
Isaiah smith, Asst. Editor
September 14 -27, 2017 emily mcclure, Editor

Seniors connect with prospective employers at

annual senior picnic
Director Mary Roberts. “We wanted Reynolds at Lake Oconee, agreed.
Emily to have a kick-off event to get them “We look for students that have
McClure started. So we started doing this event great personalities and are really
Staff Writer six or seven years ago to get seniors excited about what their options are
starting their job and grad school after college,” Edwards said. “This
GC seniors flocked to Magnolia
search early.” has been incredible turnout, and GC
Ballroom to enjoy a picnic provided
Roberts said the picnic averages students always come very prepared.
by GC’s Career Center at lunchtime
400 seniors in attendance each year, We can’t say enough about the quality
on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
and the Career Center has seen its of candidate that we get from GC.”
After burgers and chips catered by
Sodexo, seniors filled out graduation interaction with seniors increase as a Senior Sarah Beller, a biology
applications, scheduled their senior result of the event. major, said that she came to the picnic
check-in appointments with the Career The sponsoring employers, many to network with research labs or other
Center, secured their official senior of whom have hired GC graduates companies within the biological
t-shirt and visited with prospective before, said they find GC students to sciences field, but she did not find
employers who sponsored the be professional and interactive. any prospective employers in the field
event. The sponsoring organizations “The students are personable,” at the picnic. However, she said she
included Geico, Norfolk Southern, said Starr Person, a human resources enjoyed the picnic and appreciated
Sherman-Williams, Waffle House, business partner at Norfolk Southern. the Career Center’s effort to kick start
the U.S. Marine Corps and the Ritz- “They can shake hands, and they can students’ job search.
Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee. make direct eye contact, which is the “I found that GC is putting in a
“It takes six to nine months to very beginning of the conversation.” great effort to try to connect us with
Emily Bryant / Staff Photographer
find the job you really want, even Marissa Edwards, director of employers and set us up for success
an internship,” said Career Center all things fun at the Ritz-Carlton in the real world,” Beller said. Sponsoring employers recruit GC seniors.

GC ride-sharing service TapRide to debut this fall

“As the campus has expanded,
Kaylin there is a need for transportation
Martinko to go outside of the geographic
Staff Writer confines of SNAP.”
Unlike Uber, TapRide will cost
Georgia College is launching
TapRide, a ride-sharing service a consistent $5 per ride. This price
similar to Uber, later this fall. does not change with varying
The service will be available to distances or the amount of people
all GC students, faculty and staff in the car.
members. “It’s nice because if a group of
TapRide was created by the friends is going to the same place,
Parking and Transportation they can all catch a ride, and it
department at Georgia College. would still only be $5,” Jackson
With it, they hope to add new said.
meaning to one of their core The drivers will be student
values: innovation. workers employed by Parking
“We want to take Parking and Transportation, who must
and Transportation to the next go through a training process to
frontier,” said John Jackson, Ada Montgomery / Senior Photographer ensure rider safety in order to
Ta p R i d e m a n a g e r. “ T h e TapRide will provide students with an alternative transportation method in the local area. drive for TapRide. The training
next frontier is on-demand includes defensive driving, first
TapRide app and login with their TapRide will be available TapRide will run from around 9 aid and BRAVE.
transportation, not a fixed route.
Milledgeville isn’t big enough to Unify credentials. throughout Milledgeville. a.m. until 3 a.m. and will work “I feel like this will be safer,”
support an Uber, so we looked “That’s awesome! I’ll Running from Kroger, to both alongside SNAP. said sophomore Ragan Smoak.
at how we [could] create this definitely take advantage of that east and west campuses, and to “This program is meant to “If I want to go downtown, it will
ourselves.” because some of the parking here Arcadia on the River, it will reach supplement what a great job definitely be faster than walking.”
In order to get a ride, one is so far away,” said junior Kayla beyond the range of both SNAP SNAP does in their limited area TapRide is expected to become
merely needs to “tap” on the GC Henne, who commutes to campus. and GC’s shuttle bus system. around campus,” Jackson said. available as early as Oct. 1.
Isaiah smith, Asst. Editor
September 14 -27, 2017 emily mcclure, Editor

Tropical Storm Irma ravages GC’s campus

Photos by Senior Photographer Ada Montgomery and Staff Photographer Emily McClure

September 14-27, 2017 CHris Lambert, Editor

GC women’s soccer coach visits with Guyana National Team

McKenzie “One of our core values is gratitude,” Clark said. in yourself, and she drives at that one thing that she knows
Julian “That’s the biggest thing that I can kind of bring back you can do, and eventually, after time, it will come out,
Staff Writer and teach to our athletes: how great we have it and how and you will be a better player overall,” Mike said.
Head GC women’s soccer coach Hope Clark spent blessed we are to have the resources available to us here Mike, whose native country is also part of CONCACAF,
in the US and here at Georgia College.” spoke of the differences between soccer in Trinidad and
this past summer in Guyana, a small country in South
GC’s women’s soccer team is young, with seven Tobago and the U.S.
America, working with the U17 National Team. She visited
freshmen on the team of 20 players. Clark said this as an “Over here, it’s more intense,” Mike said. “[My
Guyana once before in 2010, but this year the program
exciting opportunity for the team. teammates] push me to be a better player because of their
was for CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central
“I’m excited about the growth of this program and standards.”
American and Caribbean Association Football.
where we’re going,” Clark said. Clark hopes to use this experience to build GC’s soccer
“My role mainly was to go in and work with their Junior forward Sofia Lekas and sophomore center back program and improve
goalkeepers, which is my specialty, and also to do some Renee Mike both are optimistic about this season and what the team’s record. Last
coaching education for the head and assistant coaches,” Clark will continue to bring to the team. year, the team missed
Clark said. “She’s big on being positive,” Lekas said. “When we’re playing in the Peach
Guyana recently developed a women’s soccer league, being positive on the field and off the field, it really helps Belt Tournament by
the first of its kind in the country. Clark is excited about this when we come to play in games.” one spot.
development, as it represents a step forward in women’s In the 2016 season, Lekas scored one goal and had “[Our goal is]
soccer and growth of the sport across the country. two assists. In her third season playing for Clark, Lekas positive movement in
“They’re so proud to represent their country,” Clark looks to make more of an impact this year. our Peach Belt ranking
said. “My No. 1 focus is to give whatever help I can and Mike, an international student from Trinidad and and certainly hosting
help grow this sport for women’s soccer.” Tobago, looks forward to playing another season with and moving forward
Clark plans on using this experience to help grow GC’s Clark. in the Peach Belt,” Photo courtesy of GC Sports Information
soccer team this season. “She sees something in you that you would never see said Clark. GC Head Soccer Coach Hope Clark

GC Men’s Cross Country, 2017 Border Clash Champions

Staff Writer
The Georgia College men’s cross country team started
the season off strong with being named the 2017 Border
Clash Champions in Valdosta, Georgia.
Georgia College sophomore Shawn Olmstead came in
first place, running the race in 19:38. Olmstead partially
credits his win to his coach, Steven Cary.
“Honestly, I just do everything my coach tells me to,”
Olmstead said.
The Bobcats had three runners in the top five overall.
Junior Collin Silliman came in third place with a time of
19:48 and was followed closely by freshman Brennan
Silliman, his younger brother, with a time of 19:50.
Silliman says running with his brother Brennan is very
competitive, but it helps him perform better. Silliman is
also hoping for a great season ahead.
“We have a very young, talented squad,” Silliman said.
“I see the team succeeding well this year.”
Cary is the men’s and women’s cross country coach
and expects a great upcoming season. He said he is focused Photo Courtesy of GC Sports Informationr
on the team building a strong foundation so that later in the season when the team “ups GC runners compete in a recent match.
the intensity,” they will be able to handle it. “They executed the plans that I gave them,” Cary said. “Part of coaching is not just
Before the Border Clash, the team underwent one of their biggest training weeks, having the right plan; it’s also the day-to-day tweaking of the plan.”
and they were still able to win. The Bobcats still have a long season ahead of them, but Cary and the team plan to
“I thought that speaks volumes about where they’re at mentally and just going into work hard in the next ten weeks to continue running well. He said that a large part of
the season with the mindset they have,” Cary said. “To be fatigued, already, going into running well is mental, so he tries to emphasize visualization and positive self-talk.
the race and still being able to do well—that’s what I was looking for.” “I think if you start running for other people—for a team, for an institution, for your
Cary has strategies he uses for each race which he says create the best performances family, whatever the case—it’s a little more than just running for yourself,” Cary said.
from the runners. He groups runners together based on their abilities, and, ideally, they “It has that extra intrinsic motivation.”
will run together to create faster times. Cary plans to use the momentum the team gained at the Border Clash to continue to
For the Border Clash, Cary grouped Olmstead with brothers Collin and Brennan succeed this season.
Silliman, ultimately resulting in first, third, and fourth place wins.

September 14-27, 2017 CHris Lambert, Editor

Club Sports offer students high level of competition

Georgia College offers “You can meet new people, be part of an organization
Chris 22 club sports through its on campus, and compete in a game you love, all while
Lambert Recreational Sports program. representing GCSU.”
Sports Editor Sports such as championship GC club sports have had major successes recently.
ultimate Frisbee, bass fishing, The men’s ultimate Frisbee club won the Division III
and lacrosse are well known, but there are many other Championship in 2016, defeating Brandeis University to
sports offered that allow students to compete on a higher win the title for the Bobcats. The bass fishing club was
level than intramurals. the top-ranked team for part of last year as well, besting
Bert Rosenberger, the director of GC RecSports, is schools such as Clemson and the University of Georgia
committed to continuing the tradition of successful club along the way.
sports on campus. At its heart, the club sports program allows students to
“It gives students on opportunity to let students continue continue with a sport they may have loved in high school
to play sports they loved in high school or to learn new
or to learn a new sport. GC has found success in many of
sports that maybe aren’t traditional,” Rosenberger said.
the traditional club sports, but the non-traditional sports
GC club sports range anywhere from wakeboarding to
the newly formed clay target club. The club teams receive have thrived as well.
funding from SGA and have been known to travel as far Junior Matthew Griffin, a member of the Bobcats
as Arizona to compete with other universities. Rugby Club, has been a club athlete since his freshman
Although GC may be on the smaller end of the scale year.
as far as size is concerned, Rosenberger said that it is not “Since I started playing, the Bobcats Rugby Club has
uncommon for GC teams to beat bigger schools. placed in the top 50 twice, including a 38th place finish
Students are the lifeblood of the club sports program, last year,” Griffin said.
and they make a serious time commitment to be able to Club sports typically take members throughout the
participate. For most students, however, it is well worth it. year and organize their own practices, travel, and games.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for students who Students can join a team or find out more through www. Photo courtesy of Ben Fleck
didn’t want to go to college for sports,” said senior Ben, GC’s home for intramurals as well as Pictured from left Nick Eldrige, Jacob Lee, Cooper McCullers and Ben
Fleck, MIS major and president of the GC Lacrosse Club. club sports. Fleck

Young soccer team eyes successful 2017

Freshman Balzano said she is glad to
Graham have such a talented, experienced forward
Hill like Bartholomew to work with on the field.
Staff Writer When asked about how transitioning into
GC Women’s Soccer kicked off the school and team has been, Morris said the
season with a strong 2-1 victory against older girls on the team have helped with
King (Tenn). The Bobcats were propelled the process.
to this come-from-behind victory by way of “Everyone is super encouraging when
two second half goals from junior forward we do something wrong,” Morris said. “I
Amanda Bartholomew off of assists from don’t think anywhere else it would be this
freshman Cassie Balzano and freshman easy to transition into the team.”
Becca Morris. For junior goalkeeper Ashlee Graham,
Bartholomew scored both of the this year will be a different kind of
Bobcat’s goals, beating the keeper for the transition as she has a completely different
first goal in the 67th minute and finding the defense in front of her.
back of the net just 8 minutes later with the “It’s kind of hard to adjust to a
decisive second goal. completely new back line,” Graham said.
Head Coach Hope Clarke said she is “We’re working really hard to get that
confident that the striker will continue her connection going, and it’s only gonna get
goal-scoring ways. “Bartholomew is going stronger as we go on.”
to be a force to be reckoned with up top This new back line will be led by
[this season],” said Clarke. freshman Kai Jeffries who, according to
Bartholomew scored three times Coach Clarke, is doing very well holding
in their first two games this season, with down the center back position.
the third coming in 5-1 defeat at the hands Following the defeat to Carson
of highly ranked Carson Newman (#25). Newman, Coach Clarke commented on a
Despite the loss, Bartholomew said she couple of things they will need to improve
was pleased to have seen such a strong on in the upcoming games.
opponent this early in the year. “We still created a lot of opportunities,”
“Playing a really good team in the very Clarke said. “We got in on them a number
beginning of our season really just helped of times; we just needed to be better with
us see what we needed to work on,” said our finishing.”
Bartholomew. The star striker was able to When asked what she thought they
profit off of the new, young talent on the would need to work on, Bartholomew
team, as both of her goals were assisted on said, “Being stronger on the ball and better
by freshmen (Balzano and Morris). movement off the ball.”
With six of the seven freshmen playing This talented Georgia College team
significant minutes, Coach Clarke seemed added many new pieces this season. If
very pleased with the play of the talented they find the right way to incorporate
young players so far, saying that they have those pieces into the team, the Peach Belt
handled the transition to a faster paced Conference will have to keep an eye out
college game well. for the Bobcats.
Arts & LIFE
Gigi Nicholl, Asst. Editor
September 14-27, 2017 Mary Kate Conner, Editor

Where: Russell Auditorium

Big Love When: Sept. 29-30, Oct.
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Charles Mee’s “Big Love” kicks off Georgia College’s use grandiose movements exaggerated by passion while this highly physical performance.
fall theater season on Wednesday, September 27. It tells executing an authentic performance and effectively Senior Madison Smith, who plays Olympia, said she
the humorous story of a large wedding ceremony gone connecting with the audience. finds value in “Big Love’s” message of seeking the balance
awry while also confronting complex issues such as the According to Newman, “Big Love” offers a world between power and love. The play turns the conventional
polarizing nature of gender roles. of extremes, from anguish and passion to hilarity and
“You’re going to want to see this,” said student director poignancy. notion of marriage on its head, reflecting on freedom
Trey Rutherford as he gestured toward the stage. About Audience members may walk away with more questions within the bounds of a relationship as well as on relations
20 performers began a sultry tango number, nailing each than answers, since the piece serves to open the mind and between the sexes within a greater social context.
swing of the hips as they seduced their partners. He proudly initiate dialogue. Characters represent various degrees of “It’s breaking gender norms and telling women that
noted that the actors learned the dance the previous night. masculinity and femininity, each with his or her own set they can have their own expectations and ambitions,”
“Big Love” offers surprises that Rutherford said are of desires and personal truths. Smith said.
sure to hold the audience at the edge of their seats. The “‘Big Love’ plays into gender roles, family, and “Big Love” tackles issues that have impacted the human
play emphasizes issues that speak to the core of human tradition,” said senior Will Anderson, who plays experience for centuries. Its may catch audience members
existence, addressing topics like gender relations, tradition Constantine, a determined young man who adheres
and power. strongly to tradition. “It offers different perspectives on off guard as they recognize themselves in the characters
“It takes issues such as freedom and conflicts between what it means to be a man or a woman.” onstage.
men and women and throws them onstage,” director Kathy The show is a spectacle in itself, featuring balcony “I think it’s going to slap some people in the face,”
Newman said. rappelling, dance numbers and fight choreography. Smith said. “There’s no way someone can leave without
“Big Love” is a challenge to the actors. They must Audience members should expect the unexpected from being affected.”