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Alleged sexual assault victim is former GC student
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*Obtained from National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Positivity Week brings puppies, pg. 6 WGUR hosts Local Noise, pg. 13

GC Golf places fourth, pg. 11


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April 19-25, 2017 MT Marstellar, Editor-in-Chief

About This Issue... Editorial Board


The news section The A&E section features MT Marstellar .... Editor-in-Chief
contains new information coverage of the senior Emily McClure .... News Editor
concerning the alleged capstone art exhibit, the
sexual assault that occurred creation of a community Carson Gregors .... Asst. News Editor
earlier this semester, mural, and coverage of
an overview of the UP WGUR’s recent event, Steven Walters .... Co-Sports Editor
Project’s Positivity Week, Local Noise. Michael Campagna .... Co-Sports Editor
an explanation of the
diversity issue with GC’s The 2016-2017 Colonnade Mary Kate Conner .... A&E Editor
publicity and a preview of staff wants to thank our Monica Klinkmueller .... Asst. A&E Editor
GC’s Earth Week events. readers for a fantastic
Sports this week covers year. Look out for next Cedric Norris.... PR Manager
the softball and tennis week’s issue, which will Ada Montgomery .... Digital Media Editor
teams as they prepare for be produced by the 2017-
the playoffs. There are 2018 Colonnade staff. Cullen Ormond .... Ad Sales Manager
also articles about senior Hannah Houston .... Designer
baseball player Brandon
Benson and the golf Christina Smith .... Faculty Advisor
team’s recent participation David Paulsson .... Copy Editor
in the PBC Championship
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April 19-25, 2017 Emily McClure, News Editor

Alleged sexual assault victim is a former GC student


Colonnade editors believe the GC during commission of a to be more concerned with their
community has the right to know felony proximity to the location of an
Emily McClure the woman who reported being Andrea Taylor, GC Public alleged crime than the people
and raped behind Bell Hall was a Safety’s lead communications involved.
Kellie Murphy former GC student and classmate. officer, said GC officials were not A representative from the
@gcsunade The Colonnade learned this intentionally trying to disassociate district attorney’s office said that
information in the course of the alleged victim from the the DA is unable to discuss the
The Colonnade has recently its reporting on the March 14 college by leaving out the detail details of ongoing cases but said
learned that the woman who indictment of Jarvis Javion that she was a former student. Lawrence’s next steps include
reported being raped on GC’s Lawrence, the Milledgeville man “She was not an active student an arraignment, where he will
charged with rape. at the time, so we were not trying announce his plea.
campus earlier this semester is a
In January, Lawrence was to disaffiliate,” Taylor said. “She The Colonnade has made
previously enrolled GC student
convicted of a felony with the was just not an active student multiple attempts to contact the
who attended as recently as
offense of possession of marijuana taking classes, so we did not say public defender representing Photo Courtesy of GC Communications
December 2016. with the intent to distribute. she was a student.” Lawrence for comment, but he Lawrence was indicted by
University officials, in emails According to the grand jury Public Safety’s Sgt. Michael could not be reached.
distributed to the GC community
a grand jury on March 14.
indictment, Lawrence has also Baker, who wrote the original The incident has caused some
on Feb. 25 and March 2, reported been formally charged with: notice Public Safety published students like freshman Madison said. “If I do need to walk
that the alleged victim was not a • Aggravated sodomy about the incident, said he Tasker, a Bell Hall resident, to somewhere at night, I try to find
GC student. • Aggravated assault does not think the student body take extra precautions when someone to walk with me. Also,
The Colonnade does not • Kidnapping necessarily has the right to know walking around campus at night.
name or identify sexual assault • Possession of firearm by that the alleged victim was a “It makes me feel somewhat I walk with pepper spray in my
victims, but in accordance with convicted felon former GC student. He said GC unsafe, but I try to never walk purse. If I feel unsafe, I walk with
our watchdog mission, The • Possession of a firearm students, faculty and staff need alone at night anyway,” Tasker it in my hand.”

GC publications misrepresent student diversity


Georgia College.” promotional for the Division
The Office of University of Enrollment Management.
Carson
Communications develops Watson said he was contacted
Gregors and produces the publications. by the office to participate in the
@gcsunade However, much of the design photoshoot and was later again
and content comes from the GC asked to participate in a second
The ethnic ratio of students clients seeking the department’s one.
featured in GC marketing services. “I feel the university should
publications misrepresents the “It has to reflect what they be trying to make more efforts
diversity of the actual student want,” said Omar Odeh, associate to actually increase its diversity
body. vice president for strategic rather than make the campus
The 2016 – 2021 strategic c o m m u n i c a t i o n s . “ We ’ v e look like it is diverse,” Watson
plan booklet produced by GC, often proposed designs, but we said.
called “Our Path to Preeminence” typically get direction from the Odeh said discussion over the
displays 13 students in non-group client in terms of what they are ethnicities represented within GC
photos. Five of these students are trying to communicate and what publications has surfaced before.
of an ethnic minority. their objectives are.” “We want students who are
According to data collected Odeh said the clients often underrepresented to feel like they
from the Annual Survey of give the communications belong, even if there aren’t many
Colleges 2016, released by department’s designer their own of them on campus yet,” Odeh
collegedata.com, GC’s student photos to use and that may be said.
population is 86.5% white. In why one student will be featured Having worked at GC for a
the booklet, 65% of the students in multiple publications within a little over a year, Odeh said he
are white, marking the college certain department. lacks personal experience with
appear to have a larger minority Additionally, when photo the history of GC concerning
population. shoots for publications occur, diversity, but he has seen the
Veronica Womack, chief a series of shots are taken. One efforts the college is making to
diversity officer for GC’s Office of the photos may be used by diversify: hiring a diverse faculty
of Inclusive Excellence, said the designer, who is unaware and staff, establishing a research
the college is aware that the that a photo from the same base to learn about diversity, and
publications do not accurately series appeared in a different prioritizing the need to increase
represent the diversity ratio on publication, said Odeh. student diversity.
campus. This repetition of the same “It’s not an easy thing to
“There’s one group that says student becomes more evident change overnight,” Odeh said.
we need to show we are interested when that student is of an ethnic “As long as the commitment
in diversifying, so we put diversity minority. is there and everyone has
in our materials,” Womack said. Tristan Watson, a junior bought into the idea that this is
“Then, you have a group that says, mass communication major, is important, we’re going to see
well that’s not representative of a black man who featured in a improvement.”
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Earth Week to promote campus sustainability

The Georgia College recycle through the options on campus like the recycling Students will also be able to decorate their own
Amy Sustainability Office and center at West Campus and designated recycling bins all recycling bins, tie-dye, and listen to live bands, such as
the Environmental Science over campus, many students misuse the system. UGA a cappella group Ecotones.
Huang
Club have organized a week “Students should become educated on the in and outs The Sustainability Office hopes that the event brings
@gcsunade of sustainability, such as making sure your bottles are more awareness about the department and the sustainable
of activities leading up to
the Earth Fest celebration of empty before recycling. A lot of college students also efforts on campus.
Earth Day on Front Campus on April 21. don’t know you can’t recycle glass at the West Campus “We want to spread the message of why we exist and
The purpose of Earth Week is to raise awareness about recycling center,” Doll said. why we are here,” said Julia Steel, assistant director
sustainability efforts and show appreciation for the earth. The Sustainability Office is working on finding a way of environmental affairs. “Many students pay the
“It’s something we do on campus to make people aware to recycle glass on campus, but in the meantime, the sustainability fee without knowing where it goes, and we
of what’s going on,” said Environmental Science Club Environmental Science Club offers a way to recycle glass want them to know where this money is going.”
president Kristen Doll, a senior and environmental science by collecting glass as a club and taking it to a separate The sustainability fee goes toward the new solar panels
major. “It’s a whole celebration of why we love the earth recycling facility. on Herty Hall, the recycling center at West Campus,
and why we should protect it.” What makes this year’s earth week at GC unique from the water brita stations, the gardening center, and the
other years is a symposium being hosted on Thursday led composting project at the Maxwell Student Union, among
Starting Monday, Feb. 17, the Theatre Department
by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. The 16-year-old climate activist many other projects currently in the works.
kicked off Earth Week with a play called “Don’t Flush
is a successful speaker, who has presented to media groups As college students, it is easy to be bystanders, but
It,” about protecting the water system from harmful oils
and policy makers, including the United Nations. protecting the environment shouldn’t be overlooked, Doll
and grease. “We weren’t expecting him to be so willing to come to said.
All week, the Environmental Science Club will be Milledgeville especially during such a busy time close to “You are bound to see trash at Bartram Forest or at the
handing out homemade granola and selling raffles for the Earth Day,” said Emma Brodzik, director of environmental Greenway, and it’s visually upsetting to me. It’s taking
drawing on Friday at Earth Fest. Students have a chance affairs. “We have been planning it since the fall, so it has away the beauty and affects the organisms living there,”
to win gift cards to downtown businesses and other prizes, been a long time coming.” Doll said. “It’s not just something you see scrolling on
including four-person kayak trips. This year, Earth Fest is open to the whole community, Facebook; it’s something that happens locally.”
Wednesday, April 19, will feature a Times Talk about with other schools also invited. But the Sustainability Office and the Environmental
recycling, which the sustainability department said is one On Friday, April 21, the festival starts off with a Science Club don’t want Earth Fest to just be all serious.
of the major concerns relating to sustainability efforts on morning and afternoon yoga. Throughout the day, Their greater hope for Earth Fest is to bring people together
campus. tabling organizations, such as Garden Club and Student to enjoy the outdoors.
“Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present Adventures, will present arts and crafts. “I’m hoping we have a good amount of people together
without compromising the ability of future generations to “Gardening Club is one of the few environmental to celebrate earth and life together as a campus and
meet their needs,” said sustainability coordinator Kristen organizations at GC. We will be giving out plants, seeds community,” said junior Megan Goetz, a mathematics
Hitchcock. and stickers,” said Gardening Club president Andrew major. “I hope Earth Day initiates a response and passion
Although many students attempt to be sustainable and Wright, a senior and environmental science major. for caring beyond just one day.”
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2017 Sounds of the South festival canceled


unallocated funds account, to be SOTS is listed as an inactive
Chris used next year. RSO on Orgsync, and President
Lambert “Their leadership has waned a Ahrens expressed her concern
@gcsunade little bit, and in past years, there with the apparent lack of student
Sounds of the South (SOTS), was a lot more involvement from involvement with the organization.
both a local annual music their membership, which we just “SOTS only has one person
festival and a GC recognized haven’t seen this year,” Ahrens registered on their OrgSync
student organization, has become said. page, and with an organization
expected annually at GC since it On Facebook in January, SOTS of SOTS’s size we typically see
began in 2012, but this year, the announced April 6 and 7 as the much more student involvement
organization did not put on the dates for this year’s festival and in order for it to be successful,”
popular music festival, leaving promised to reveal an artist lineup Ahrens said.
many questioning the status of the shortly after, but the page does not The Colonnade made multiple
SGA-funded program. feature an updated schedule, new email attempts to contact Jared
According to SGA President artists or any other information Butler, the person listed on SOTS’
Laura Ahrens, SOTS applied for about the missing event. Orgsync page as community
funding from the Student Activities President-elect Mike Muller, service representative and
Budget Committee for the 2016 who also serves on the SABC treasurer, but he could not be
fiscal year, and received $5,500 to committee that allocated reached for comment.
be used for the festival that year. SOTS its funds, expressed his Junior MIS major Ben Fleck
SOTS used none of that money, disappointment in the absence of expressed frustration with the
but the festival was still put on. SOTS this year. absence of the 2017 SOTS.
They applied for and received “Sounds of the South received “We all really enjoyed going,
$7,000 more dollars for the 2017 a large sum from SABC, and had it was like a mini Deep Roots,
fiscal year, to be used for this profits from last year which could and really showcased the culture
year’s festival, but the event never have been used for this year’s and talent we have here in
happened. Sounds of the South,” Muller said. Milledgeville,” Fleck said. “It’ll Sounds of the South posted this announcement to
The $12,500 dollars claimed “I am sad we will not be able to be sad not having it and I hope it Facebook on January 28, but has been silent about the
by SOTS will go into SGA’s experience SOTS this year.” comes back next year.” festival since.

Exploring “The Strip”: A look into Milledgeville’s


historic African-American business district
said “The Strip” began with Wilkes Flagg, to arrest white people, unless they called a desegregation, African-American business
Gioia a prominent African-American man of white policeman,” Freeman wrote. owners struggled to obtain credit to
Brust Milledgeville in the late 19th century. Flagg The strip was always busy, with patrons buy goods for their stores, and without
@gcsunade owned a blacksmith shop in the heart of walking up the street shopping for groceries customers coming in, the businesses
downtown and started “The Strip” along or getting a haircut and entertainers playing ultimately failed.
In downtown Milledgeville, a strip with Dr. Simmons, Milledgeville’s first the guitar. “So if you have an option to go to
along McIntosh Street and Wayne Street black doctor and the owner of a downtown What happened to this once bustling someplace with a lot more selection and
embodies more history than many students clinic. street? maybe cheaper prices, wouldn’t you do that
know. “They provided a sort of nucleus for The only four buildings left in as opposed to a much smaller place with a
From the early 20th century to the end African-American business owners,” Milledgeville from this era are Allen lot less selection?” Randolph said. “That
of segregation, this area was known as Wilson said. Market, the Marlor House, Slater’s Funeral
was a huge problem for a lot of African-
African-American-owned businesses Home and Freeman’s Barber Shop, while
the “The Strip,” a collection of African- American businesses.”
on “The Strip” were established to allow the rest were knocked down and replaced
American businesses that served the people Senior Carolina Martinez, a criminal
Blacks to shop with ease. with the Milledgeville Police Station.
against whom the town discriminated. justice major, said she was surprised to hear
Although many African-Americans “It happens to a lot of these African-
Although African-Americans could that such a place once existed.
were free to apply for any job, they were American business districts,” said Molly
shop in White-owned shops, many were usually hired only for service jobs, such Randolph, curator of “The Strip” exhibit “I think there’s so much history in
subjected to prejudice while doing so. as a barbers and tailors. They were not at GC’s Sallie Ellis Davis House. “After Milledgeville that we don’t know about,
Cashiers would often serve White allowed to become policemen until the these places were desegregated, why and I’m eager to check out the exhibit about
shoppers before any Black shoppers, who 1960s. would you have two business that do the it,” Martinez said.
were forced to wait for everyone else to be In a story about these businesses titled same thing? One that’s only catering to an For more information about the strip,
taken care of. When shopping for clothes, “The Strip,” George A. Freeman recalls African-American crowd, but now that they visit the exhibit with the same name
African-Americans were not allowed to try when the first black cops were hired. can go anywhere, so why would they only featured at the Sallie Davis House until
them on before buying. “The city hired two black police…to patronize that one place?” May 17. Tours are given every Wednesday
Bob Wilson, GC’s university historian, handle the blacks, and they was not allowed Randolph said that even after and Friday.
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Positivity Week aims to raise student spirits


out and stop that from happening to anyone
else.”
William
Patrick explained that he picked
Anderson
Positivity Week dates that would help
@gcsunade to relieve the high stress levels students
experience towards the end of the semester,
The UP Project, a club aimed at
while also accommodating other club
unleashing positivity across campus, hosted
members studies as finals week approached.
its main event for the semester, Positivity
To reduce stress among the club
Week, April 10 through April 13.
members and split up the responsibility
The week’s events included handing out
of planning Positivity Week, each UP
free baked goods at the fountain, an open
officer led a specific day’s event to ensure
mic night in Blackbird Coffee’s basement,
maximum success from each event hosted.
free hugs for anyone and a massive
“Positivity for me, on one hand, is
game of hide and seek. One of the most
distracting myself from school,” said
popular events of the week occurred on
freshman Allison McClure, a psychology
Wednesday, April 12, when club members
brought puppies from the Animal Rescue major and UP Project secretary. “On the
Foundation to Front Campus. Students other hand, it’s getting myself in a more
were invited to pet, play with, and take overall happier state so that when I am
Polaroid camera photos with the dogs. doing studying I am not as stressed out.
“I think the UP Project is extremely So I am more happy while studying, taking
important, because especially as a tests or writing papers.”
psychology major I recognize that there Even though the UP Project was just
are a lot of issues with mental disorders focused on one specific week, the club
in our modern society, increasingly so hopes to open a happiness center similar
over the past few decades, and putting to the Give Center. If created, the happiness
a priority of supporting people I think is center would consist of one or more places
really important,” said senior Sean Regan, on campus where students would be able
a psychology major, while holding a puppy to relax and focus on simply being happy.
snuggled against his chest. “I would love to see someone smile who
Junior Hunter Patrick, a French major doesn’t typically smile,” Patrick said. “I
and current UP president, started the want to see that we made a difference in a
UP Project after experiencing a rough person’s life. The club has never been about
freshman year. promoting yourself, we’ve always been
“It was just completely horrible. Just about promoting happiness and positivity
completely horrible. I realized then I did and that’s why I want to keep doing it. I
not want anyone to go through anything don’t want this club to be all about money.
like that, if I had a say,” Patrick said. “So I don’t want this club to be all about image. Pierce Maugans / Staff Photographer

I created the UP Project to go help bring I want this club to be about happiness.” Students play with puppies at Positivity Week’s animal connection event.

How the student judicial board evaluates cases


This semester, or scheduling a student judicial board presented on both sides to determine may be referred only to student judicial
public safety hearing. responsibility. instead of being arrested,” Lewter said.
Amy reports published “Not all offenses require a board “Students accused of violations have the “GC Police can also refer students to the
Strang in the Colonnade hearing,” Bryan said. “On any first offense opportunity to know the accusations against judicial process. Students who are caught
@gcsunade have documented alcohol or drug charge, we offer the accused them and the evidence that supports those doing illegal activities are reported to the
students caught with student the ability to accept responsibility accusations,” Roessing said. “They have GC Police.”
extraordinarily and complete a set of sanctions.” a right to respond and present evidence of Bryan said it is up to the discretion
high blood alcohol contents, drinking Bryan said these sanctions typically their own.” of public safety whether or not to send a
underage, possessing drugs in their dorms include a fine, community service, an The student justices hear the case and student to them.
and many other illegal activities. Many of online educational program, disciplinary ask the student to leave the room during If a student is arrested by the
these stories end with the officer providing probation and a parental notification. If a deliberation. The justices then vote on Milledgeville Police Department or the
the student with a citation and referral to student disputes, he or she may have the whether to hold the student responsible, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, they
GC’s student judicial board. chance to clear the charge through the Bryan said. can get out of student judicial, though they
But what happens next? judicial process. If the student is responsible, the justices will still have legal ramifications.
When a student violates Georgia Matt Roessing, faculty advisor for then vote on sanctions. Bryan said that occasionally the police
College’s code of conduct or honor code, the student judicial board and assistant When it comes to illegal activities, officer or sheriff will discover that the
the student is entitled to a hearing before professor for accounting, said the most Georgia College Public Safety and the offender is a GC student and will send the
a group of student justices to dispute the common offenses requiring the attention of Milledgeville Police Department both have student to the judicial where the justices
accusation. the judicial board are academic dishonesty, the ability to arrest students. Andy Lewter, will decide on sanctions.
Student Attorney General Jack Bryan underage possession of alcohol, and dean of students, said most students who “We never want our students to feel
said a pre-hearing is often held between the possession or use of illegal drugs. are arrested also go through the student punished by our sanctions, but we want
accused student and Bryan in which they Roessing said that when a student judicial process. them to learn and grow through the judicial
discuss options of accepting responsibility proceeds with a hearing, evidence is “Depending on the situation, students incident,” Bryan said.
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*Obtained from GC Department of Public Safety*

Scratch and run


Date: April 10
Case: A GC student filed a report with GC Public Safety concerning a scratch on
her car. The student said she noticed the scratch, located on the rear passenger door,
and estimated that is was made by another car some time between April 3 - 14.
During this time-frame, the student traveled to various locations including Walmart,
The Brick, Local Yolkal and the Milledgeville Toyota dealership. She filed the
report because she said she needed it in order to review Walmart’s camera footage.
Lieutenant Purvis closed the case due to the long time-frame and unknown specific
location at which the incident occurred.

Underage possession tip


Date: April 11
Case: GC Public Safety received an anonymous tip from the online Silent Witness
form. The student who submitted the tip stated he or she noticed alcohol bottles in the
dorm room of a friend who was under 21. The reporter stated the friend’s behavior
had changed and that the reporter was worried for the friend’s health. Due to the
anonymous nature of the tip, public safety referred the tip to University Housing.

Marijuana tip
Date: April 11
Case: GC Public Safety received an anonymous tip from the online Silent Witness
form. The student who submitted the tip stated he or she had a friend who possessed
several drug-related items on campus. According to the tip, the friend also admitted
to having smoked marijuana while on campus and used a fake ID to purchase
alcohol. Due to the anonymous nature of the tip, GC Public Safety referred the tip to
University Housing.
SPorts
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Michael Campagna, Co-Sports Editor


April 19-25, 2017 Steven Walters, Co-Sports Editor

GC tennis teams set sights on postseason


Dallas
Fletcher
@gcsunade

Georgia College’s men and women’s tennis teams


prepare for the playoffs at the No. 7 spot in the southeast
region. Last week’s matches were crucial to secure a seat
in the playoffs.
Prior to last week’s matches, head coach Steve
Barsby said the team knew where they stood and they’d
do everything they could to get the wins to secure a place
in the playoffs.
“I’m pretty honest with the team in regards to
telling them this is the situation we’re in and this is what
we need to do to get into the playoffs,” said Barsby. “So
hopefully that’s enough to keep them on task because they
know if we have a bad week it could knock us out of the
playoffs.” Photo Courtesy of Ada Montgomery

The men’s team has an overall 9-10 DII record Kyle Kinsler (front) and Christian Graff (back) compete in last week’s match against Flagler, in
which the men’s team lost 6-3 overall.
and a 5-7 in-region record with a 3-7 PBC record for the
season. Some injuries during the season hindered the team we’ve been doing really well lately,” said junior Emma road by Francis Marion University. The 6-3 upset ended
from reaching their full potential. Niemi. “So we’re going to take one match at a time and the women’s five-match win streak. The men’s team
The women’s team finished the season with an finished the day with a 7-2 defeat on the road.
perform our best.”
overall 11-9 DII record and a 6-3 in-region record with The Bobcats hosted Flagler College for the last
On April 12, both Bobcat teams brought home 5-4
a 7-5 PBC record. Prior to last week’s matches the team home match of the season. The Bobcats were defeated by
hoped to continue their winning streak into the playoffs. hard fought region victories against Wingate University.
the Flagler Lions with the men falling 6-3 and women 7-2.
“We’re hoping to stay solid for the playoffs, On April 14, both teams we’re defeated on the Prior to the matches, the women’s and men’s
seniors were recognized. The two women’s seniors
honored were Macy Polk and Hannah Serdinia and the
four men’s seniors were Mattia Campus, Christian Graff,
Kyle Kinsler and Anton Waern.
The Bobcats plan to put the regular season games
behind them and focus on postseason play.
“We know the teams we’re playing and we know
most of the players we’re playing,” said Barsby. “Tennis
unfortunately is a lot of repetition you do the same thing
over and over, you’ve just got to do it better than the other
guy.”
Junior Pedro Ecenarro reinforced the idea that
focus is going to be key in the match play from here on
out.
“It’s all about the match. You have to be focused
on game day and try your best,” said Ecenarro “I will stay
focused because I don’t want to lose any matches.”
The Georgia College Bobcats will face the
Photo Courtesy of Ada Montgomery
Armstrong State University Pirates in The Peach Belt
Jena Kelly (left) and Kristen Jones (right) return a serve in their match against Flagler. The
women’s team lost 7-2 in their final home match of the regular season. Championships on April 21 in Florence, S.C..
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Bobcat softball team prepares for playoffs


Flanders said. into the playoffs is merely getting out; I’m getting on that base,” I know we’re a young team, but
After the departure of six the job done. Hall said. we came here to play.’”
Kaylin
Martinko senior starters, Flanders, a first “Win one game at a time...Just Because of the new additions Last year Georgia College
@gcsunade
baseman throughout her time at getting the team rallied together to the team, coach Grodecki said finished 4th in the PBC, while
After a 16-6 season, placing GC, had to step up and also pitch to win one game at a time and see that it took the team a little longer this year the team has placed 3rd.
3rd in the Peach Belt Conference in 2017. She has played well on where it takes us,” Flanders said. to get the team working together Hall attributed their success in the
(PBC), GC’s softball team is Similarly, GC softball coach smoothly, but that all of the pieces PBC this year to having a better
preparing for the upcoming “We’re just going Jamie Grodecki, who has been began to fit together nicely during approach at the plate.
to focus on one
coaching GC’s softball team the first few conference series. “This year, we’ve really
postseason.
game at a time,
The team said that its main one pitch at a for seven years, said that the With the loss of many starting preached the two-strike approach,
approach heading into the time, one play at team’s main goal moving into seniors and having a team which has definitely helped,” Hall
playoffs is teamwork. At the plate,
a time.” the playoffs is to take it in stride. comprised of mostly younger said.
Jamie Grodecki,
both junior Baylee Hall and senior “We’re just going to focus players, Hall knew that they had T h e P B C To u r n a m e n t
Softball Head Coach
Faith Flanders want to take it one on one game at a time, one pitch the potential to creep up on teams. Quarterfinal will take place on
step at a time, getting the runners at a time, one play at a time,” “Nobody thought we would April 21.
to the next base and getting on a both sides of the ball, going 6-2 Grodecki said. make it this far. It’s been real fun “I think we can take it all,”
base themselves. with a 3.61 ERA on the mound, For Hall, it is the competition watching us surprise people,” Hall said. “We have what it takes.
“If there’s a runner on first, I while ranking 3rd in the PBC with that drives her determination. Hall said. “I just want to keep If we just show up that day, we’ll
just need to get them to second,” 48 RBIs. Her mindset heading “This pitcher isn’t getting me surprising people and say, ‘Hey, get a job done.”
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Baseball’s Benson among PBC’s best in 2017


“He’s an all-around great baseball player, he “We are trying not to get too far ahead of
Gabi can hit a baseball, he can field a baseball and
Schwobe ourselves, we adjust our goals on a daily basis,
@gcsunade he can definitely throw a baseball,” Walsh said.
but right now we are in a pivotal race and we
Senior shortstop Brandon Benson has Walsh also said that Benson’s mentality is
always positive. are trying to make a run at the regular season
been named Peach Belt Conference (PBC)
“His attitude is great, he’s humble and he title,” Eller said.
player of the week for the second time
this season. The PBC award is given to plays the game the right way,” Walsh said.
an offensive player that performs at the This season, the team has taken on a new
highest level of all 13 teams. mentality.
Benson said that he has grown as a “When the stressful times come, we crack
player throughout his college career. a joke to clear the air or Brady blows a bubble
“I’ve definitely matured with my the size of Texas,” Benson said.
approach at the plate,” said Benson, This program has been very successful over
who currently has more walks (21) than the past few years, always finishing middle or
strikeouts (15). top half of the conference, but Benson said they
Coming into the season, Benson had are having a lot more fun this year.
hit 21 home runs over three seasons “This year has been better than others, as a
with the Bobcats, but has hit 18 this team we really came together, so that has been
season, which currently leads the PBC. nice,” Benson said.
Benson is also tied for first in the PBC in As to his future, Benson said that he doesn’t
runs scored (58) and is second in RBIs (62). like to think too far in advance.
Benson also said that he has matured “My hopes for the future right now is to win
on the mental side of the game. a national championship,” Benson said. “I’m
“[Head coach Jason] Eller has not too focused on after school, and whatever
really helped me with my mental happens later on happens.”
game and slowing everything down, The baseball team has two more weeks in
and being able to recognize things the regular season and is tied for second in the
before they happen,” Benson said. PBC with a 14-7 conference record. As a team,
Senior Brady Walsh, a teammate of Benson’s head baseball coach Jason Eller said the team
the past four years, has seen Benson’s career knows to take it one game at a time and focus
Courtesy of Randy Benson firsthand. on what is in front of them.

GC golf takes fourth at conference tournament


Classic with a total score of 73 in the tournament, having played there in the fall.
Ben tournament. Fellow senior Conner Albright “Most of the guys have seen the course
Lord
@gcsunade placed 13th with a score of 5-over-par. at Flagler,” Garrett said. “It’s a very fun
The GC men’s golf team played a Second-year head golf coach Patrick course for the team and the green rolls
familiar course at Flagler University this Garrett said the reasoning behind their well.”
past weekend, finishing 4th in the PBC successful run is their focus on individual Heading into the tournament, senior
Tournament, after a 9th place finish in golf fundamentals, as well as keeping Conner Albright, an economics major,
2016. practice repetitive in the right form. shared his experience with the course
The Bobcats rode a recent surge, “We don’t take shortcuts when it comes before the tournament started.
which started a few weekends ago to the basics and practice,” Garrett said. “It’s important to play with the course
Courtesy of Sports Information

after the team placed 3rd in the Bearcat “Golf is an individual game, so we like and not against it,” Albright said. Senior Harry Lambert placed 14th
in the PBC Tournament.
Classic, a competitive 18-team event at to give our players a lot of time to work Albright and Lambert led the way for not let past mistakes rattle your game.
the Greenwood Country Club in South independently on the issues they face on the Bobcats, tying for 14th overall in the “You really have to play your game
Carolina. the course.” PBC Tournament. and stay focused,” Lambert said. “Playing
Senior Harry Lambert obtained the Coach Garrett also mentioned the Lambert said with a big tournament like consistent and in the present is what helps
highest score for the Bobcats in the Bearcat familiarity with the course going into the that, it was important to play calm and to you in a competitive tournament like that.”
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Monica Klinkmueller, Asst. A&E Editor


April 19 - 25, 2017 Mary Kate Conner, A&E Editor

Capturing a life, an education


Senior art majors showcase capstone projects
“My hope through the creation of these pieces is to some used multiple components to create their final work
Lauren
Neilly challenge each viewer to think about where his or her at GC.
@gcsunade own identity is found,” said Finch, who plans to get her Thomas Heald combined both digital and manual
On Thursday, April 13, The Georgia College
masters in art therapy after graduating. images on canvas. Heald’s images have an intentional
Department of Art held a reception for the exhibition
Proprium exhibited a wide variety of mediums that
degraded look, which he creates in a lengthy process.
Proprium. Proprium featured artwork from nine different
expressed the students’ passion. Brooke Sarver has focused
Heald said that when he begins his projects, he is never
seniors at Georgia College as a capstone for the students on painting through her time studying art at GC. However,
sure what they will turn out like. Heald’s unpredictable
and the exhibit showcased the art that they have been Sarver said other art channels have influenced her work and
results show his spontaneity through his work.
working on all year. still show an importance in her capstone project. Sarver’s
One of the seniors whose artwork was on display was “These pieces represent myself. Each symbol,
photographs incorporate people who have made an impact
Sarah Finch, who created four digitally-based collages. texture, material, or image carries a personal story that
on her life.
Each collage represented different stages of the Christian is unique to my relationship with them,” Heald said.
“Each piece has a titled number that represents the
Gospel and testimony: creation, fall, redemption and amount of days I have known the subjects to show that a “The deconstruction and reconstruction of the artworks

restoration. Each piece was created on vinyl and depicted person can play a significant role in your life regardless represents the result of changing circumstances, maturity,

several different elements such as galaxies and plants and how long you have known them,” Sarver said. and the degradation of memories over time with respect

animals. Although most students focused on a single medium, to nostalgic feelings.”

Proprium
Where: Ennis Hall in the
Dorothy Leland Gallery

When: April 13 - 28

Gallery Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9


Senior art majors display their final capstone pieces for the public in the Ennis Hall gallery.
Pierce Maugans/ Staff Photographer
a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Milly Mixtapes
WGUR hosts event at Blackbird spotlighting local singers
Local Noise is an event
Maddy hosted by GC’s radio station,
Stone
@gcsunade WGUR 95.3 The Noise. This
event provides the opportunity
for local artists to show off their talent. Local Noise took
place on Wednesday April 12 in the basement of Blackbird
Coffee.
The event consisted of six different local artists
who performed some of their own original songs. This
event gave self-made artists the opportunity to provide
entertainment while bringing light to their talent.
Erin Dickman, the PR manager for WGUR, started the
event as a way to highlight local artists and their passions.
“It is my favorite event of the semester. I love music
and I love helping people do the things they are passionate
about,” said Dickman, a sophomore and liberal studies
major.
WGUR hosted
Dickman and her executive team find many of these
local artists in
local artists by organizing “couch concerts” throughout
the basement of
the school year where they invite local artist to play in Blackbird for a
their studio. The artist is recorded, a video is produced night of original
and published to YouTube, then the team puts the audio live music. Below:
on a free mixtape. WGUR gave away
“It was kind of a relief to have an opportunity to free copies of the
hang out with other artists and talk about songwriting
mixtape that featured
the performing
because that really isn’t an opportunity you get every day,”
artists.
said freshman Reed Brackett, an education major and
Ashley Cooper/Staff Photographer
participating artist.
WGUR is always looking for new talent to feature, so
they use the event to show that the radio can be more than
just radio. They are working to incorporate live music with
their station and hope to expand.
The free mixtapes are created to help promote WGUR,
as well as local artists around Milledgeville. WGUR travels
to different venues around town to hand out merchandise
and give away the mixtape CDs.
“We are working to expand through different mediums
to help raise brand awareness for WGUR,” Dickman said.
Support for WGUR and support for local artists go hand
in hand because, as Ron Harris, a participating singer says,
they both need audience support.
“Those that came to support really made the night. By
coming out to a show like that they relay the message that
they accept us as artists, and that has to be one of the most
encouraging things,” said Harris.
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Q: If you could add


“Nap day.”
another national
holiday to spring, -- Morgan Weekly, “Picnic day.”
“Sunflower day.”
what would it be? sophomore and
Compiled by Gioia management major – Ashlyn Nesbit,
-- Raasha Gutierrez,
sophomore and creative
Brust freshman and art major
writing major

CONGRATULATIONS!
The Georgia College chapter of Phi Kappa Phi would like to congratulate the following new initiates who were selected for
membership from the upper 7.5% of the junior class and the upper 10% of senior and graduate classes as well as faculty and
staff members with a record of distinctive scholarly achievement.
Alumnae Inductee Julie Andrews Cook Heather Prochaska Matthew Dombrowski MacKenzie Little Roux Jennifer O'Neill
Ms. Brenda Mason Allie Dale Doss Dana Nicole Raines Kayleigh "Kat" Dyches Kathryn Shea Courtney Petersen
Gale Eligwe Regina Marie Ridley Hobert E Evans III Helena Siewert Victoria Layla Pitts
Faculty/Staff Inductees Brandy Jean Ellis Danielle Rojas Isabelle Evans Madison Stansell Katie Ray
Dr. Tanya Goette Terri Morris Florman Robyn Salter Thomas Aaron Heald Elissa Stanton Katie Scherer
Ms. Jeanne Haslam Laura L Frawley Taylor Ann Smith Mary Helen Higgs Cameron Tate Marshall Lee Smith
Dr. Chesley Sigmon Mercado Hilary R. Hamby Matthew Ellis Taylor Megan Ann Hinman Nicholas Torrance Caroline Sweney
Dr. Joseph Peters Leah Nicole Harris Malcolm G Thomas III Lauren Taylor Hovey Samuel Wentworth Margaret Taylor
Dr. Indiren Pillay Stacy Henderson Preston A Watson Alice Jacques Kaitlin Whitaker Katy Beth Tinsley
Dr. Holley M. Roberts Pamela Hill John Michael Williams Sungmee Kim Allison Elizabeth Wilkinson
Dr. Amy R. Sumpter Alan G. Johnson Annie Wood Harry Blockley Lambert Junior Initiates
Dr. Dale Young Meagan Whittney Johnson Brooke Eleah Woodard Abigail LeRoy Emily Reagan Britton
Georgia E. Knapp Madison Lord Haley Curtin
Graduate Student Inductees Frederick C Koeck II Senior Initiates Victoria Elise McBrayer Anna Deichsel
Nicholas Avise Kathryn C Livingston William Weycker Anda Emily McClure Marykathryn D'Olympio
Teresa A. Bates Jessica Marcus Carter Bloodworth Ashley McKinney Aaron Justice Dowling
Amanda Board Ashley N. Phillips Alexandra Brown Helen J. Meyers Phillip Adrian Gault
John Benjamin Boatright Meagan Whittney Johnson Katherine Sophia Butcher Frank Brooks Nuss, Jr. Makayla B. Harrison
Lauren Mimbs Brazell Georgia E. Knapp David Capati Caroline V. S. Olesen Tyler Bennett Hooks
Kimberly Michael Campbell Frederick C Koeck II Matthew Cornelison McKensie Podell Lindsey King
Taylor Marie Campbell Kathryn C Livingston Hannah Coursey Mallory Puckett Kelsey Lambert
Sara Carey Jessica Marcus Holland Coursey Patricia Pulliam Kathryn Elizabeth McGraw
Terri A. Carty Ashley N. Phillips Dorothy Elizabeth Denham Margo Rothstein Jane Elizabeth Nutter
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Community paints picture of diversity


Monica Klinkmueller
and
McKenzie Julian
@gcsunade
On the exterior wall of Good Karma, a yoga studio

in downtown Milledgeville, a group local Milledgeville

residents is beginning work on a mural to give the south

side of the town some color.

The idea for a mural began over a year ago, when Adam

Crawford, a local artist, approached Dr. Clark Heindel,

the owner of Good Karma, with the idea to paint a mural.

Initially, the idea had little prospects financially since Good

Karma had just hosted an art show and was low on funding.

“At the time, we didn’t have the capital to do the mural

and it didn’t seem like fate. I wasn’t dying to do it,” said

Heindel. “Then Ryan Loveeachother got a grant from one


be represented,” Loveeachother said. “It’s on the south Ada Montgomery/Senior Photographer

of the university departments to do a project for cultural Local community members gather at Good
side of town so it’s the gateway. Visually I think it’s really Karma yoga studio to add personality to
diversity.”
going to show that this is a college town and that it’s a very the building and bring an appreciation for
The grant gave Good Karma not only the needed funds, diversity.
active college town.”
but also the idea to center the mural around the topic of
Junior Frida Hooper Campos helped paint the mural
diversity.
on Saturday morning, taping out the triangles and then
The mural was created in a style similar to paint-by-
adding the paint. Campos studies art at GC, so spending
numbers, especially on the lower sections of the wall. This
her Saturday painting a mural was something she said she
gave community members the opportunity to stop by and
was happy to do.
paint a little, with no painting experience required.
“I think murals make a community a lot more inviting
“I think part of it, being a private business, we can
and more beautiful and I think Milledgeville could definitely
encourage the diversity. I think art is one way to do that,”
use that,” said Campos. “Milledgeville itself and the college
Heindel said. “It involves the whole community and there’s
are so separated, with the college being majority white and
a lot of artists outside of the college community, and we’d
Milledgeville being majority African American. I think the
like to be a place where the college community and the

Milledgeville community meet.” mural can bring both types of people to come out and enjoy

The painting of the mural was open to the community, it and bring them together.”

with anyone welcome to come by and paint. Since the mural Sophomore Christian Jimenez also stopped by Good

is abstract, it might be difficult for some to see where the Karma on Saturday morning to lend a hand in the mural

focus of diversity is present, but within the beige and green painting process.

triangles is a greater meaning. “I have never participated in a mural before and I have

“What we’re going with is the harsh lines and the never painted before, so this a new experience,” Jimenez.

abstract triangles are representative of the geographical “A mural will make the community better because it makes

landscape of Georgia, but it also allows the community to it beautiful and it makes the community be more involved.”