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November 5, 2013
OPINIONS
Halloween Insights, pg. 4
SOCCER• SPORTS, 10
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
THE
PIEDMONT
COLLEGE
Demorest, Ga.
N AVIGATOR
Piedmontʼs Student Voice
Piedmontʼs Student Voice
Handbook Outlined
By MANYI ENO
Staff Writer
Have you ever wondered
if you were breaking a rule
while on campus?
The Student Handbook
outlines important policies
and changes the administration may have made to those
policies and protocols every
year.
“All of the policies in the
handbook are important,”
said Dean of Student Affairs
Drew Davis. “I encourage
students to read up on the
various policies if they have
any questions.”
Although
the
Student
Handbook contains important information, it is not
distributed in print to all students before the school year
begins.
Davis explained that at the
beginning of the semester,
only a few copies of the handbook were printed and handed out to freshmen, transfer
students and parents.
“There are currently no
printed copies of the handbook that students can get a
hold of,” he said. “For now,
students are referred to the
website for accessibility.”
One of the main changes
in the handbook this year was
the conduct council, which
previously was a peer board
judicial committee.
Now, faculty and staff
have been added to council.
“Students should know
that violations of the Hand-
book or housing contract
will begin with a judicial process,” said Davis.
Senior psychology, theatre
and pre-med major Carmen
Savelli was an Orientation
Assistant (OA) this semester
and also a member of the judicial committee last year.
The night before Welcome
Week for the freshmen, Savelli said that the OAs were all
assigned different jobs.
Savelli’s job, along with
other OAs, was to put a copy
of the Student Handbook
in gift baskets the freshmen
would receive on move-in day.
“About halfway through
[handing them out], we ran
out of handbooks, so about
half of the freshmen got a
handbook and half did not,”
Savelli said.
Freshman athletic training
major Bethany Pildner was
among one of the students
who received a handbook and
admitted that she has not yet
read it.
“[The administration] only
stressed to us that the school
is a dry campus,” said Pildner. “They only told us at our
second dorm meeting about
how there were a lot of incidents last year with people
getting in trouble and that’s
when they told us about [the
judicial process].”
“[The administration]
said last year that it was a
See Handbook,
page 2
HALLOWEEN BALL
Photos by SUMMER LEWIS
Pledge against plagiarism
By ALEXANDRA SMITH
Sports Editor
In an age of copy and
paste research, plagiarism
in the college classroom has
become increasingly easy.
THREE STUDENTS ARRESTED
FROM LEFT: Doupe, Vincent and Gaddis were arrested on charges of underage consumption.
By JESSE SUTTON
News Editor
alcohol violation at the Purcell Dormitory.
On Wed., Oct. 23, the DeChristopher James Vincent,
morest Police Department 19, of Cumming; Henry Miresponded to a call about an chael Doupe, 18, of Thompson; and Evan Britt Gaddis,
CONTACT:
18, of Dahlonega were arrestOFFICE .........706-778-8500 ext. 1563
ed for underage consumption
[email protected]
of alcohol.
All three students are freshADVISER.......706-778-8500 ext. 1227
[email protected]
men business majors.
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dent
Handbook for 2013-2014
News...............2 A&E.............8,9
outlines that students cannot
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Opinions.......4,5 Living............12
participate in the “possesFeatures.......6,7
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transfer of intoxicants in any
form or manner.”
At the beginning of this
semester, Piedmont’s alcohol
protocol changed to again include Demorest Police’s involvement.
With this protocol, Campus Police either discovers or
are informed of alcohol consumption on campus.
Then, Campus Police contacts the Demorest Police
Department, and they will
employ their discretion regarding the violation.
Whether it’s sharing answers on a test or sharing
ideas in a paper, students may
encounter plagiarism in their
classes.
Piedmont College has students commit to an Honor
Pledge.
According to Piedmont
College’s current catalog: “All
students, by their enrollment
at Piedmont College, commit
to the Honor Pledge: ‘The
Piedmont College community
emphasizes high ethical standards for its members. Accordingly, I promise to refrain
from acts of academic dishonesty including plagiarism
and to uphold the Academic
Integrity Policy in all endeavors at Piedmont College.’”
Piedmont also outlines the
definition of plagiarism and
cheating. Cheating is the intentional “using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study
aids in any academic exercise.”
The Catalog defines fabrication as the “intentional and
unauthorized invention or falsification of any information
or citation in an academic exercise or altering official college records or documents.”
Students are also prohibited from helping others commit acts of academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism, according to
the Catalog, occurs when a
student attempts to claim
someone else’s ideas or words
as their own.
“As a professor, I encounter it much too frequently,”
said Timothy Menzel, an associate professor of biology.
“In many cases students have
copied and pasted directly
from web pages.”
Menzel said his solution
to plagiarism includes two
steps.
The first is to include a specific section about plagiarism
in his syllabus. Additionally,
he revisits the issue before assigning work that includes a
writing assignment.
“The second part of my
strategy is to be diligent in
my oversight,” Menzel said.
“It is usually fairly easy to
identify what has and has
not been written by the student, and sources are easily
unearthed using intent tools
designed for this purpose. I
typically turn in a couple students [per] semester.”
Students indicated that
they see and hear of academic dishonesty happening
much too often on campus.
“I don’t think that the
punishment [for plagiarism]
should not be that severe because it happens so often,”
said Megan McDowell, a
sophomore math major.
According to the Catalog,
there are the steps to dealing
with academic integrity.
First, a faculty member
See Plagiarism,
page 2
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Student attends acclaimed conference
at West Point
By JESSE SUTTON
News Editor
From Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, junior mass communications
major Sarah Smagur acted as
Piedmont College’s delegate
to the Student Conference on
U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) at West
Point Military Academy.
Piedmont has been invited
to SCUSA for the past ten
years. This year, delegates
from 34 states, 90 universities
and over 16 countries attended the event.
According to the invitation, SCUSA is “the largest,
oldest and most prestigious
undergraduate conference of
its type in the world… The
student delegates and cadets
debate and formulate policy
recommendations that realistically model American strategic responses to significant
national and global challenges.”
Smagur said the event consisted mostly of discussions,
beginning with a panel discussion with six experts, including the senior executive
from Google and an employee
of the U.S. Department of
2
Photo courtesy of SARAH SMAGUR
Smagur, second from right, attended the conference alongside cadets from West Point, including Jerrick
Connelly, Chris Emmerson and Sam Thompson (from left).
Defense.
This year’s theme was Navigating Demographic Flows:
Populations, Power, and Policy.
“The main theme was demographics, and then we had
different topics within that.
So, my topic was International Political Economies,” Smagur said. “We talked about
the [U.S.] economy, how the
United States can do better
and what we can do to help
the world.”
After the discussions, each
table was required to write a
paper about the United States
and how it relates to their
topic. The papers were then
submitted, and the best paper
will be published into an academic journal.
“Overall, [this conference] helped me because I
learned a lot about how the
world works interchangeably
and how [the United States]
trades with others,” Smagur
said.
Smagur said she thinks
Piedmont students should
continue to be involved in this
conference.
“I met people from all over
the world,” Smagur said. “It’s
a good opportunity to not
only meet people and network… but it also helps get a
new perspective.”
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selected amount of students
and that it was a student body
without faculty who would
bode in what your fate was,”
Savelli said about faculty being added to the committee.
“As your peers, [the students
of the judicial committee]
would be more understanding and accepting, but I think
it depletes the whole purpose
of the council to have faculty
and staff.”
One policy outlined in the
handbook for the 2013-2014
school year is the pet policy,
which states that students
cannot have a pet with hair,
fur or feathers.
Another policy outlines
student residence, which
states that all intercollegiate
athletes are required to live
on campus and all other students enrolled at the Demorest campus must reside on
campus.
Some exceptions include
if students are married, divorced, widowed with dependents or are of the age of 21
on the first day of registration
for the fall term.
Students are usually made
aware of these policies and
others during Freshmen Orientation and Welcome Week.
If students wish to access
the handbook online to learn
more about the policies mentioned above and others, it
takes approximately three
clicks to reach it.
First, students should go to
piedmont.edu and then click
“Current Students” on the left
side bar.
Then, students should
click the “Student Services”
link located on the left side.
On the Student Services
page, they should click Student Handbook on the bottom-left.
“[The handbook is] kind
of a binding agreement between the institution and the
students,” Davis said. “These
are our policies; these are
what students should adhere
to while they are enrolled at
Piedmont College.”
LOAN DEBT RISES PT. 2
By STORM CUTHBERT
Contributing Writer
In the last issue, The
Navigator ran the first part
of Storm Cuthburt’s article,
Loan Debt Rises.
The article outlined how
students accumulate $20,000
in student debt on average.
Then, readers were informed of the financial aid
booking process and some
student’s personal experiences with financial aid.
The following is the second part to Loan Debt Rises.
To read the first half of this
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makes a complaint about the
incident to the dean of that
school and describes the act
of dishonesty and who was
involved.
Next, the dean will provide the student involved with
written notification of the
accusation of academic dishonesty, the identity of the
faculty member making the
complaint and the procedures
for resolving the case.
After that, the dean will review the evidence and make
final judgement on the case.
A student can ask for reconsideration and appeal the
decision to the Office of the
Vice President for Academic
Affairs.
story, visit The Roar at pied- eventually addressed with the
student.
montroar.com.
However, a graduate stuStudent loan regulations dent may have a much higher
With the amount of stu- limit because they can borrow
dent loan debt spiking, the more.
Still, the Financial Aid Ofgovernment enforces a cap
on how much the average stu- fice will continue to tell them
dent can borrow.
to be careful about how much
Piedmont’s Financial Aid they’re borrowing because
Department notifies students their income when they gradwho are approaching their uate is not necessarily going
maximum amount.
to be able to service the debt.
As soon as a student reachEncouraging tools
es $31,000 total, their debt is
considered outstanding.
Piedmont financial aid
At that point, a comment stresses how important it is to
code is placed on the stu- understand these obligations
dent’s award letter and is and be aware of financial aid
Plagiarism
According to the current
Catalog, “Individual decisions or exceptions cannot be
made.”
“When students plagiarize
to complete an assignment,
there are two issues,” Menzel
said. “The first is an ethical
issue. The student has been
dishonest, and has stolen
someone else’s intellectual
property. The second is an
academic issue. We don’t give
assignments just so students
have something to do. The
purpose of any assignment is
for the student to learn in the
process of its completion.”
Menzel said he assigns
writing assignments because
he believes one of the best
ways to learn a subject thoroughly is to research then
write about it.
“The act of sitting down
and trying to find the right
words to explain something
helps one to understand better what they are learning in
class,” Menzel said. “If those
words are plagiarized instead,
the learning is not happening
and the student is not getting
what they should out of the
course. A student who has
plagiarized their way through
college does not deserve the
degree they are awarded, and
may not be qualified to hold
the job the degree was intended to qualify them for.”
Photo courtesy of PIEDMONT.EDU
The Handbook is the go-to manual for Piedmont Students to find information regarding student life.
status.
For example, The National
Student Loan Data System
and The U.S. Department of
Education are great sites to
use for information.
The database details several features, such as viewing
loan history, allowing one to
track his or her Pell use and
allowing the student to view
frequently asked questions.
“We would like to encourage students to be informed
about their aid,” Anderson
said. “And now that they’re in
school, this is the time to talk
to us while they have questions. That’s why we are here.
And once they’re off campus,
they’re not going to have the
time.”
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HALLOWEEN IN ATHENS
Piedmont hosts ‘Trunk or Treat’ event
Piedmont students Polly Terry, Jillian Heck, Crystal Underwood, Larrel Woods, Nick Petry, Sam Eldridge, Fozia Paracha, & Dylan
Holt hand out candy at Trunk or Treat.
ATHENS EDITORIAL
Where is the Love?
By MAHEEN RAE
Staff Writer
Piedmont College Athens
takes appeal in the fact that
it is a small college in a big
college town. Students gain
the familiarity of a big college
due to UGA as well as the class
experience of a small college
while attending Piedmont
Athens.
A small college also means
less opportunity for student
contribution. Being so close
to The University of Georgia,
Piedmont College sometimes
gets overlooked.
During UGA football games,
the town is packed with die
hard UGA fans. In the midst
of all of the UGA school
pride, Piedmont students
find
themselves
showing
more school spirit for UGA as
opposed to their own college.
Students hang around
the UGA campus for many
occasions: athletics, seminars,
symphonies, plays and more.
When asked if students
would like to organize similar
events on the Athens campusmost students said, “there is
no point” or “it’s a waste of
time.”
Instead of investing time into
their own school and its events,
they participate in the events
available to the public at UGA.
Student activities as well as
ACAB, the Athens Campus
Activities Board,
try to
arrange various events for the
Athens Campus. However,
lack of student participation
in these events lead to the lack
of enthusiasm for Piedmont
students to show school spirit.
When asking ten students
if UGA being so close to the
school was a factor in their
decision to attend Piedmont,
all ten students said yes. In
order for Piedmont Athens to
expand into a “mini UGA”
activity wise, students will
have to support our school
community that is dedicated to
exploring events for Piedmont.
It all starts with putting
Piedmont first.
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Photos by FOZIA PARACHA
Superman Tommy Nix and his mother, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications Ramsey Nix, get
candy from Lane Hall.
A Classic Record Store
in the Classic City
By PATRICK HENDRIX
Staff Writer
A walk into Wuxtry Records,
a mainstay in downtown
Athens since 1976, will be sure
to evoke a few feelings from
you: excitement, curiosity, and
most of all, nostalgia.
Wuxtry has been buying and
selling records for over 35 years
and by the look of things, it has
not changed much. An array of
classic posters coats the walls
of this timeless joint. Known
for its unique history as much
as its impressive collection of
records, this place is truly one
of a kind.
Famous musicians Peter Buck
of R.E.M as well as Danger
Mouse of Gnarls Barkley and
Broken Bells are just two of
the many prominent figures
to have manned the counters
of Wuxtry. They, however, are
not what make Wuxtry records
great.
The employees are all
approachable and more than
willing to share their music
knowledge with anyone who
comes in, whether you are
looking to buy a record or
simply in to take in Wuxtry’s
distinctive atmosphere.
When asked what makes
Wuxtry unique, employee
Mike Turner, shared this,
“Each record store is made
unique by the records carried.
Here, we have a wide range
Wuxtry Records storefront in Athens
of records. The owner, Dan,
likes blues, jazz and R&B.
John likes psychedelic rock,
world music and reggae. I like
a lot of punk, post-punk and
heavy electronic. Each one
of us has our own thing we
specialize in.”
As you wander through the
aisles of the store, each bin
is bound to hold something
of great taste. Such is why
you should never bring more
money than you are willing to
spend, because unless you are
the most trained of shoppers,
Photo by PATRICK HENDRIX
chances are you will spend
every dime. The near constant
stream of music inside the
store makes it easy to forget
what record you came for, and
you may wind up discovering a
new band or even a new genre.
In a world of iTunes and
MP3s, Wuxtry has managed
to survive. Only time will
tell what the future holds
for the store, but by staying
true to itself and the music
that people love, chances are
Wuxtry Records will be here
for a while.
VISIT WUXTRY ONLINE AT WWW.WUXTRY-RECORDS.COM
HOMELESSNESS IN ATHENS
Homeless Children and Education
social stigma. Some of the most
vulnerable and helpless people
that fall into this category
are children under the age of
eighteen. Access to quality
education as a homeless child
becomes increasingly strained
the longer the duration of
homelessness persists.
One of the major problems
that children face as result
of a family unit becoming
homeless is high mobility
By J MONSON
rates due to limitation of
Columnist
stay at shelters. According to
Homelessness
has
a the National Association for
devastating effect on every the Education of Homeless
person that experiences this Children and Youth, the family
and child may have to move
to a new school, every time
the family unit relocates to a
new shelter. Every time a child
relocates to a new school it
disrupts the their education
process.
The Institute for Children
and Poverty estimates that
homeless children are four
times more likely to drop out
of school, nine times more
likely to repeat a grade and
three times more likely to be
placed in special ed program,
compared to non-homeless
children.
Other
barriers
that
homeless children face while
trying to acquire an education
are transportation problems,
lack of
school records,
and lack of immunization
records. If the child’s parents
cannot
overcome
these
obstacles, the child will have
problems attending school.
The National Center on
Family Homelessness states
that children that experience
prolonged homelessness are
four times more likely to show
delayed development in their
education process.
The US McKinney Act
established
in
1987
by
Congress and reauthorized
in 2001, as a part of the No
Child Left Behind Act, creates
grants which are used to
enhance programs to confront
the lack of child education
among
the
homeless.
These programs
include
identification and outreach for
homeless families, assistance
with transportation and school
supplies, and before and after
school education programs.
Constant funding for this
Act and local area funding to
shelters will help to battle poor
education among homeless
children.
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“MELISTA” :
By MELISSA RICE
Columnist
Today’s list will be a bit different than what you darling
readers are used to. Today, I
have a list of insights on how
I write my lists.
You see, Halloween week
has come and gone and in
honor of its memory, I was
prepared to write an incredibly sassy list about all the
things people could have
been for Halloween instead
of the slutty and sexy versions of normal life occupations that they were, and are,
every year.
Insight 1 - I write lists that
are sassy.
Now I was going to do this
not because I have a problem with the tried and true
sexy nurse costumes and
Halloween Insights
set, disappointed or offended
by the costume choices of my
fellow students.
There were people dressed
up as crabs. There was a
Miley Cyrus complete with
a foam finger. I saw cross
dressers, super heroes, nerd
references and enough upper
Insight 2 - I write lists thighs, chests and bellies to
that are supposed to be hu- last me all the way to swimsuit
morous, lists that keep you season! And I loved it.
reading so youʼre not bored
out of your mind.
Insight 4 – I write lists beThen, Halloween rolled cause I love you guys.
around and I realized that
So instead of any of the
there is very little I enjoy more stuff I had planned before
than how far this holiday has Halloween rolled around, I
strayed from its original roots. will say, good for you, all you
I love commercialized Hal- Halloween sluts out there.
loween.
Bad for you, all you judgers
I love that I can portray who looked down on people
Darth Vader in a mini skirt who were scantily costumed.
and dance around like I’m on Good for you, all you creative
bath salts and no one (alright, people who scared the poop
only a few people) will ques- out of us or blew our minds
tion my behavior because it’s a with your insanely creative
Halloween dance and it’s col- costume. Bad for you, all
lege and getting out of your you Halloween haters who
mind is what you’re supposed suck because you also hate
to do. In my book, if you’re fun. Good for you, all you
not getting out of your mind last minute costume makers
on a weekly basis, you’re do- who Googled easy costumes
ing something wrong.
ten minutes before and still
turned up. Good for all of
Insight 3 – I write lists that you. Well, except for those
will encourage debauchery. lame people I mentioned. I
With that realization in guess “good for most of you”
mind, I could not bring my- would be more accurate.
self to even pretend I was up-
male stripper costumes, but
because I saw comedy potential in a list of “better” costume ideas, such as a couch,
a thumb tack, a hair follicle,
a boiled egg, a cheese puff,
an areola, melted wax, the
plague or a hairbrush.
Navigator Staff Editorial
90s Arenʼt ʻAll Thatʼ
By EMILY CLANCE
A&E Editor
I don’t know if
you’ve noticed, but
Piedmont’s campus
seems to be full of
“90s kids.” Before you
stop me and say “well
yeah, of course we’re
all 90s kids, anyone
born in the 90s is,”
let me clarify. There’s
November Monster
a difference between a “90s
kid” and being born in a year
between 1990 and 1999.
The typical “90s kid” is
one who proudly proclaims
everything from his or her
childhood to be the absolute
greatest form of entertainment there is. I’m not trying to bring anyone down or
hate on people who like these
things. Hey, I still watch
movies like “Toy Story” and
“The Hunchback of Notre
Dame” when I’m sad. I’m
just confused about why people my age are so obsessed
with their childhoods. Many
of these things didn’t age
well at all. In some cases,
you can almost literally feel
the 90s’ cheese and corniness
coming off them in waves.
A lot of the “greatness”
attributed to the 90s and our
childhoods in general comes
from nostalgia. We remember
enjoying these shows, games
and movies as kids, so they
bring back fond memories
for us, and I totally get that.
What I don’t get is people
proclaiming this video game
to be the best just because
they played it a lot when they
were little, or this movie to be
the best because they’ve had
it memorized since they were
six.
I’m probably just being
cynical here. There’s nothing
wrong with enjoying things
from your childhood. The
problem comes when you’re
so obsessed with reliving
your past that you shut out
everything else. You can hold
on to what you used to love
while still being open to new
things, too.
Balance out your daily
dose of nostalgia with other
media and you just might
find something new to love.
scratch off. The more you get
done, the better you feel.
Even if the big things stay
on your list for a few days,
don’t freak out. Break larger
tasks down into smaller sections that you can do over a few
days, and voila! You can throw
away that piece of paper,
and start on a whole new list.
By KATIE ROBINSON
Contributing Writer
It’s November, which to
me is more fondly known as
“That Month When Everything Happens at the Same
#*$#@! Time.” It’s a time of
over-caffeination, frantically
rushing even when you’re
not late and to-do lists longer
than the research paper you
have due in the morning.
It’s easy to favor rolling
yourself into a comforter-burrito and skipping class for a
week to actually try to find the
light at the end of the workload tunnel.
I empathize with those
of you who feel like there’s
something hiding under your
bed, and it’s telling you you’re
still not done with all your
homework, reminding you
about how much laundry you
haven’t done, and how many
times you’ve skipped going to
the gym, which is why I’d like
to offer a few tips for conquering the November Monster.
Tip 1: To-do lists aren’t
supposed to stress you out,
they’re supposed to help you.
I am a compulsive list-maker.
If I don’t write it down, it
won’t get done.
I spend a lot of time making and re-making lists, and
one of my favorite things
to do is cross things off of
them. I find it satisfying to
get things done, even when
they’re as simple as “reply to
group project email.”
When you make a list of
all the things you need to get
done, include even the most
menial tasks and actively
check to see what you can
Tip 2: Time management
isn’t just something teachers
like to yell at us about. It’s actually one of the most important skills you can learn as an
undergraduate.
Being busy can be fun if
you understand what type of
time constraints you’re working with. Learning the balance between getting work
done and relaxing is the hardest and most important part
of time management.
It’s okay to spend an evening catching up on your
Hulu shows, if the Internet
loads them, or going out to
dinner with your friends – in
fact, I’d encourage the occasional “me time” – as long as
you level out that time with an
equal amount of work.
I like to work with a reward system. If I finish this
article early, I’ll spend tomorrow evening watching
the final season of “Breaking Bad.” I’ll love it because
I’m
not
procrastinating!
Tip 3: Don’t let your stressed
hat become your sassy hat.
There’s no need to take your
anxiety out on other people
just because they’re there.
Take a deep breath, leave a
room, put in headphones, anything you need to do to avoid
getting unnecessarily angry
just because you haven’t slept
enough. There’s also no need
to complain about how much
you have to do because, truth
be told, you’re not special. Everyone has a lot to do, and you
won’t get a medal for having
“more” than anyone else.
All in all, life isn’t designed
to stress you out. Don’t let the
November Monster sneak up
on you. Enjoy the rest of your
semester, no matter how busy
you are. It’ll be over before
you know it, and you’ll miss it,
I promise.
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Piedmont No-shows
By SARAH SMAGUR
Living/Athens Editor
Let’s face it. Piedmont is in
the middle of nowhere.
We all live in this tiny town,
where there isn’t much happening on any given day. Piedmont recognizes this struggle
for entertainment is too real,
and has tried to offer up some
very valid solutions.
Residence Life, the Campus
Activity Board and many other
groups on campus offer many
events throughout the semester, but most people couldn’t
be bothered. The same people
who complain day in and day
out about the lack of activities
around campus are the people
who turn up their nose at every
event that happens here.
Instead of using the suggestion box in the student
center, talking to someone on
staff or joining a club that puts
on events, they bash on the
programs.
I’m not advocating that you
have to show up to every event,
but if you’re the one who is
constantly whining that Piedmont is the most boring place
on earth, maybe showing up to
an event every once in a while
will offer you something to do.
Students are constantly say-
ing they want activities around
campus, and when they are
provided nobody shows up.
Sounds like wasted resources
to me.
These events are paid for
with your tuition dollars, so
they should be things you
would enjoy coming to.
Student groups are open
to hearing thoughts on what
events you’d like to see around
campus. So please, voice your
opinion, and come to events.
In the words of my long
time fictional hero, Ferris
Bueller: “the question isn’t
‘what are we going to do,’ the
question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?’”
I feel there is an easy solution to this current predicament, don’t be such a hater.
You aren’t too cool for school,
or our super awesome events.
Making Progress
liberating for the student body.
It was towards the middle
of my freshman year that
Piedmont actually got Wi-Fi
in the dorms. Seniors and juniors can remember a time
when they had to haul their
Ethernet cords around just to
stay connected to the Internet.
So when Wi-Fi was installed, it
was a huge deal.
I remember running up and
By TYLER DALE
down the halls of Purcell with
Opinions Editor
my laptop just because I could
now do so without losing my
Well, we did it! The days of connection. Now, in my third
atrocious dorm Wi-Fi seem year here, I am finally seeing
to finally be behind us. We Piedmont’s Wi-Fi flourish,
complained. We rallied. We and everything I expected
tweeted. We wrote
articles. We went
to the Student
Government, and
all of that fighting has finally
bred results. The
Internet speed in
the dorms is at an
all-time high. No
more
switching
our phones to 4G
just to check Facebook in our own
rooms. I think we
might have even
gained access to
Xbox Live as a
part of the deal.
This
change
is part of a series
of evolutions in
Piedmont culture
that has been happening over the past few years. freshman year is finally hapThese changes got me think- pening.
ing about just how lucky I am
It’s not just our infrastructo be a Piedmont student right ture that is evolving, though.
here and now, in what is argu- Piedmont is finally beginning
ably one of the most progres- to drift away from some of its
sive periods in Piedmont’s his- more restrictive policies.
tory.
Last year visitation on camThis campus has changed pus was extended from middrastically between my fresh- night to 2 a.m. I never thought
man year and now, and all of this would happen in my time
these changes have been more here, considering how fascist
ResLife used to be about visitation hours.
Not only that, but Purcell was made a co-ed dorm,
a change that was made to
Swanson this year, tripling the
number of co-ed dorms on
campus in less than a full year.
If the trend continues, perhaps Piedmont will finally implement a completely openended visitation policy. We’re
certainly headed in that direction.
Of course, there is one area
of recession: our alcohol policy. And just like our forward
progress, our backward is
heavily influenced by student
activity.
The administration was
moving to a
more lenient
stance on alcohol until recent
events. Now
it’s being regulated
more
heavily than
ever.
I turn 21 this
December,
and it would
be awesome if
I could keep
beer in my
fridge and not
have to worry
about it, but if
we can’t handle the responsibility associated with freedom, then that
won’t happen before I graduate.
Despite this, though, I’m
still extremely proud with the
strides we’re making towards
a less restrictive, more accessible and overall happier campus.
This really is an era of
change for Piedmont, and I
hope the campus continues to
progress in my final two years
here.
“These changes got me
thinking about just how
lucky I am to be a Piedmont
student right here and now,
in what is arguably one of
the most progressive periods
in Piedmont’s history.
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Question on Campus:
What is your favorite Halloween
memory?
Trey Martin
Junior; history, political science and
education major
“My favorite memory was just dancing
in the middle of the dance floor with
all of Piedmont!”
Noah Holt
Freshman, mass communications major
“My favorite memory is when I was
little, and our neighborhood used to
take us on hayrides all around town to
get candy.”
Marissa Akin
Freshman, biology major
“My favorite memory is a Halloween
party I had when I was in elementary
school. It was just so much fun!”
Matt Stephens
Junior, accounting major
“Dressing up as a Jedi when I was a
kid and getting in a light saber fight
with some other random Jedi”
Thanks Beavers!
By COLT WOODALL
Contributing Writer
A few weeks ago, I wrote
an article arguing that the college should bring back Lake
Demorest instead of having
our wetlands. In response to
my article, I received an email
from Associate Professor of
Biology Tim Menzel asking if
he could give me a tour of the
wetlands and try to sway my
opinion.
Being the nature lover and
self-proclaimed explorer extraordinaire that I am, immediately jumped on the offer. He
told me up front that I would
not be seeing any gators, and
though I was disheartened, I
went anyway.
After dodging several members of the faculty while wielding machetes, Menzel and I
marched into the wetlands.
He told me that the wetlands were actually formed
because the lake that I praised
so much was not really much
of a lake at all and was drying
up fast.
The school noticed this,
and instead of being liable for
a potential dam bust, decided
to create two streams which
would generate stream credits
for the school. People or companies that need to destroy
streams for construction purposes can then buy these credits from the school.
Everything was running
smoothly until the beavers
showed up. They dammed up
one of the streams. As a result
of that the beavers created the
wetlands, which the college
now gets credits for, and these
credits are worth a bit more
than stream credits. Thanks
beavers!
When we entered the wetlands one of the first things we
did was walk across a beaver
dam, which was pretty cool.
We then proceeded to walk further and further back into the
wetlands where there is actually dry ground.
Through this marsh forest is
a series of trails that Dr. Menzel memorized. As pro-lake as
I was only a few weeks ago, I
have to admit, there were some
really cool areas back there.
The good news is that, eventually the entire wetlands is going to turn into that same kind
of dry ground marsh forest. If.
Menzel gets what he envisions,
there will be trails, picnic areas
and places to be able to fish
along the stream.
Still not convinced? Let me
explain it by saying that back
in the forest, it feels like you’re
in a “Twilight” movie but it
doesn’t suck; it’s very peaceful.
The bad news is that none
of us who are here now will be
around by the time that this
happens, but that’s okay. If we
were to turn the wetlands back
in to a lake, none of us would
be here for the completion
of that either. So, either way,
you’re not going to be able to
enjoy it.
The wetlands also makes
professors from other colleges
jealous.
Is there anything better than
making some snob of a professor from UGA or that school
in Atlanta cry tears of jealous
rage because we have this environment right on our campus
and they don’t? No, there is
not. Thank you beavers!
In conclusion, though it
may not look like much now, I
ask that you give it a chance.
Everyone is entitled to an
opinion, and until I see what
the finished product is, I will
retract mine. Thank you to
Menzel for giving me the tour.
I saw a new side of the wetlands that opened my eyes to
what I hope it someday will be.
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Ronnie Jordan returns
Comedian holds second performance at Piedmont
By MANYI ENO
Staff Writer
Students anxiously waited
in the lobby of the Jenkins
auditorium on Oct. 28 for comedian Ronnie Jordan’s anticipated return.
Last spring, Jordan came
to Piedmont College for the
first time and received rave
reviews from students.
A native of Atlanta, Ga.,
Jordan was crowned “Comic
of the Year” in 2011 by a record-setting 102 colleges.
A close friend of Jordan’s,
up-and-coming
comedian
Yohance’ Collins also performed in this year’s show.
Collins opened the show
for the first 15 minutes and
had students roaring with
laughter. Not exactly new to
stand-up, Collins has been
doing comedy for the past
five years.
He was once a cast member of the MTV hit reality television game show “Yo
Momma” and Bill Bellamy’s
“Who’s Got Jokes Season
Four: Las Vegas” on the TV
One network.
“I loved the crowd,” said
Collins. “A fun comedy crowd
is what I call them.”
When Jordan was introduced, students were not dis-
Photos by NIKKI MEANS
LEFT: Jordan performed his own stand-up comedy material in front of a crow in Jenkins Auditorium. RIGHT: Collins has performed with Jordan for a month and opened the Oct. 28 show for him.
appointed as he walked out
onto the stage with new, old
and on-the-spot material for
the next hour and a half.
“I was excited to come back
because I live about 45 minutes away from Piedmont,”
said Jordan. “I’ve been out of
town like crazy, and my wife
is pregnant, so I get excited
when I get a show in town.”
Jordan said he currently
has three other shows coming
up and was happy to try out
some new material on Piedmont’s crowd.
“I come up with new material every day,” said Jordan. “I
made up some stuff tonight,
and the audience responded
pretty well.”
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To keep it relatable, some
of the things Jordan joked
about were roommate issues,
financial drawbacks of a college student, being sexually
active in college and his experiences growing up in Atlanta.
Jordan had nothing but
kind words for his traveling
companion and opening act
Collins. Collins has been performing with him for over a
month.
“Yohance’ is cool, and I
think my agency will pick him
up,” said Jordan.
“College crowds are a totally different animal, and I’ve
been kind of showing him the
ropes on what’s appropriate
and what’s inappropriate. We
help each other with material,
and it works out.”
After the show, Jordan sold
T-shirts, hats and DVDs to
students and faculty willing to
buy.
Jordan also encouraged
the audience to follow him on
Facebook at Facebook.com/
AntiLameSociety, Instagram
and Twitter at @ronniejordan. He also offered to take
pictures with anyone after his
performance.
One student, who was still
talking about the show moments after, was very happy
he came.
“It was the funniest comedy show I’ve seen in like,
ever,” said sophomore biol-
ogy major Allen Tokarz.
“It was the first one I have
ever been to, and it was really
good.”
PUBLIC DOMAIN
T-shirts Jordan sold at the event are available
online at www.ronniejordan.net
UPDATE
The money that was collected
in plastic buckets in the cafeteria has been tabulated.
The winner of the competitive
drive for the change to change
Angie’s fight event is the class
of 2015.
All of the money raised here,
totalling $514.31, goes to the
Simpson family.
The current amount raised for
Simpson’s totals over $1200.
Photo by HILLARY KELLEY
Terschluse Takes on America
Student from Paderborn University in Germany finds place at Piedmont
Photo courtesy of VIOLA TERSCHLUSE
Terschluse (RIGHT) is a member of the Lady Lions Tennis team alongside senior business major Katie
Sailors(LEFT).
By MICHELLE THOMPSON
Contributing Writer
American students are
enthusiastic about studying
abroad in different countries,
but what about international
students?
Are they interested in
studying in the U.S? Will they
find Piedmont College? How
would they find Piedmont
College?
What should the American
and international students
look for when finding universities to study abroad?
Viola Terschluse is a junior
majoring in education at Paderborn University in Germany.
She is one out of nine international students currently at
Piedmont College.
According to Terschluse,
she is studying abroad at
Piedmont because she wants
to improve her English, gain
experience to become an
English and German high
school teacher, and to learn
about American culture.
Terschluse found Piedmont
College through the relationship of her English professor
in Germany and Piedmont’s
Professor of German, Monika
Schulte.
According to Schulte, professors can help students
find the right place to study
abroad through relationships
between other professors or
the college’s partners.
Paderborn University and
Piedmont College have similar majors, which makes it
easier for a student to find a
place to study abroad.
Terschluse also said she is
enjoying her time at Piedmont
College and likes the small
classes, because she feels that
she can have a personal relationship with the professors.
She spends her free time like
any other student by hanging
out with friends, playing tennis with the team, working on
campus and studying.
However, this isn’t her first
time in the U.S. After graduating from high school, Terschluse moved to New York
to work as a nanny.
“When I first traveled to the
U.S., I kind of had a cultural
shock, because almost everything is different over here,”
said Terschluse.
It didn’t take her long to get
used to it, as Terschluse said
she likes the American culture
and thinks that the American
people are friendly and openminded.
Terschluse also said that
the experiences she had so far
are helping her achieve her
goals in college.
One of her goals is to able
to speak English everyday.
When she returns to Germany, she said she will recommend for other German
students to study abroad in
other countries, especially in
the U.S. She added that traveling to the U.S. would help
international students gain
new experiences and learn or
improve their English.
For international students
who are thinking of studying
abroad to the U.S., Terschluse
said she would advise them to
be open-minded and not to be
afraid to talk to other people,
as this can help them meet
new people and build new relationships.
For the American students
who are thinking of studying
abroad Terschluse highly encourages the choice.
According to Terschluse, if
a student want to go to Germany through the college’s
partnership with Paderborn
University, it can help him
or her learn a new language
and another culture and give
the student an opportunity to
travel around Europe.
“You don’t have to be fluent
[in the language,] that is why
you are going there: You want
to improve your language and
become better at it,” said Terschluse.
She also said that though
students traveling abroad
wouldn’t be able to go home
whenever they pleased, the
experiences students gain will
help them grow and become
independent.
Sophomore business major Michelle Morelli is one of
Viola’s friends at Piedmont
College.
According to Morelli, it’s
awesome for students on either side of the earth to travel
and study in other countries.
“The student gets to develop a broader perspective on
many situations by seeing the
varying aspects of the different cultures compared to their
own,“ said Morelli.
“For Viola it was a quick
adjustment since she such a
nice person and even plays for
Piedmont’s tennis team now.”
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The spirit of Piedmont
Photo by HILLARY KELLEY
Piedmont’s campus has seen a lot of changes including new buildings, expanded academic programs
and more.
By FLETCHER DEAL
Columnist
Piedmont College started
with a dream to provide education to those living in this
area where higher education
was difficult to come by.
It began as a repurposed
patchwork of hotels and
farmhouses accepting crops
and barter for tuition and giving students education rooted
in simple faith.
Today, much has changed
at Piedmont. We’ve grown
into the 21st century. We’ve
matured into a school that offers an excellent education in
beautiful surroundings.
We may be stuck in the 20th
century in terms of a paperheavy system, instead of a
more effective online system,
but the school seems to be
trying to work through this
with the help of its students.
Piedmont’s spirit follows us
every day on this campus. Everything here has its story, its
reason for being, and each of
these stories have their hand
in deciding our present.
These stories also show us
that we decide Piedmont’s
future as well as our own. My
true hope is that one day in
the future, some crazy student
obsessed with history like me
will stumble on the story of
our era here, an era filled with
change.
My class alone has gone
through three school presidents, the opening of the
New Bedford, Plymouth and
Ipswich dorms, new types of
majors and minors and the
first elections of a new student government.
These moments, the feelings these moments inspire
and the experiences these
The TOFU: Your Official Source for Not-so-Real Campus News
Columnist editorial
Pigeons over Piedmont, new mail system
By TYLER DALE
Opinions Editor
As most Piedmont
students know by now,
our campus Internet is
finally upgrading.
You may have received the emails notifying you that Internet
service may be disabled on campus while
the upgrades are taking place, or perhaps
you didn’t as a result
of Internet service being cancelled while the
upgrades were taking
place.
That would obviously be a problem.
Email is our primary
means of communication here on campus.
Without access to it,
nobody knows what’s
going on. Microsoft
Office 365 is frustrating enough when we
have access to the Internet.
Being without it entirely is nightmarish.
But fear not; Piedmont has discovered
a solution, and they’re
moments gave us, define our
time at Piedmont, but they
aren’t the school’s spirit.
Instead, the spirit of Piedmont is us.
We students, faculty, staff
and administration from the
past, present and future are
the school’s spirit.
We give Piedmont life, we
give it a soul, and we push it
calling it P-mail.
They will be cancelling our
email service and will be providing each Piedmont student
with their very own trained
carrier pigeon.
The costs for the pigeons
and their training will be factored into next semester’s tuition, so students can expect a
rise in price to accommodate
our new, feathered friends.
Students will also be supplied
one bag of birdseed upon
checking into their dorms this
spring.
But much like our WEPA
service, once you deplete the
materials provided by the college, well, you’re on your own.
Piedmont ensures that the
pigeons will function as a
much more efficient means of
communication than our confusing email program.
All you need to do is write
your message on a scroll, attach it to your bird’s foot,
whisper some Hebrew words
into his ear, and throw him
out the window, praying there
are no large, hungry birds flying over Piedmont’s airspace.
These pigeons can also perform the same basic functions
that one could expect from a
standard email application.
You can forward scrolls, attach photos or documents, or
send out a mass-Pmail to all
of your peers. You can even
CC just like a normal email
app.
Actually I don’t know how
that would work, so scratch
that.
Regardless, rest assured
that you will never again have
a message unread due to the
faults of modern technology.
So, this January, when you
come back to Piedmont and
look out your window, know
that those tiny white specks
falling from the sky aren’t the
signs of another Snowpocalypse, they’re just bird poop.
The bird poop of freedom,
liberates us from the oppression of a progressive society,
moving us backward to a simpler, more peaceful time.
headlong into the future.
This is the last article for the
Spirit of Piedmont.
I have given you all the history I know. Now it’s your
turn. Make the most of your
time here, make memories,
make your own mark on Piedmont’s history because you
are Piedmont’s Spirit.
This is the last installment
of “Spirit of Piedmont,” but
you can still brush up on your
Piedmont College history by
checking out the previous
columns on The Roar at
piedmontroar.com
Paranormal Piedmont hosts annual haunted house
Students gather together to bring a ghostly Halloween to PC
By HILLARY KELLEY
Features Editor
Piedmont’s Getman-Babcock dorm is rumored to be
the most haunted place on
campus and the Campus Activity Board (CAB) took advantage of the reputation in
this year’s annual haunted
house.
CAB members brainstorm
creepy themes weeks in advance in order to choose the
best possible option for the
year.
This year’s theme, Haunted Dorm, was straight to the
point.
Before they could even begin setup, CAB members sent
their theme choices to senior
theatre major Chase Weaver,
who wrote the script for all of
the ghostly actors.
There is a major amount
of planning that takes place
in order to pull off the popular haunted house experience,
and CAB members and volunteers still had their hands full
on the actual week the event
took place.
“After Chase wrote the
script, we began doing preliminary things like getting
actors, people to do makeup,
costumes and prepping GB
for decorating,” said junior
art major Rosie Walk.
“We did as much as we
could design-wise in the
basement two days before
the haunted house,” said junior early childhood education major and CAB member
Brooke Martin.
“We had work calls every
night the week of [the haunted house] and on Thursday
and Friday, we worked all day
whenever we were free to,”
said Martin
Prior to letting students,
faculty and members of the
community into the haunted
house, actors spent time to
ready themselves with makeup and costuming in order to
really get into character.
“It was a little hectic with
everyone running around and
trying to get their hair and
makeup done,” said junior art
major Nikki Blanchard.
The seriousness of fitting
the parts and learning the
script didn’t hinder students
from many different majors
from coming together and enjoying the haunted house atmosphere.
“Everyone was having fun
and looked scary, and it was
a great bonding experience,”
senior art major Laura Eavsaid Blanchard.
“It looked like an assembly enson.
line of dead students,” said
Photos by SUMMER LEWIS
LEFT: Freshman theater major Jessica Williams acted as Mary Beth in room 308, RIGHT: Junior arts
administration major Storm Tipton and junior music major Carsey Pilcher helped ready the dorm by
blocking out all possible light.
Date Night
The best places to take your significant other
By ALEXANDRA SMITH
Sports Editor
College is undeniably the
most well-known time to
date in life. When at a small
school, it is important to be
creative about the dates that
you go on because there
may not be much around
campus.
Dinner dates are great,
whether you are going on a
first date or are already in a
long-term relationship, and
can be fun at the right restaurant.
I chose four restaurants
as the best date restaurants
around Piedmont College.
The Attic in Clarkesville
is a great place if you are
looking for a casual, yet nice
atmosphere. The lights are
dimmed, and the tables are
quaint, but the prices are affordable for a college date.
Their Philly Cheese steak
is what they are known for,
however their hamburgers
are incredible. The overall atmosphere in the restaurant is
perfect for an intimate date.
The Copper Pot in Clarkesville is also a great place for a
special evening.
The restaurant is nice and
would be a good choice for
a couple that is celebrating
a special evening. The pasta
was a good choice, and they
always have a special cut of
steak that they feature. The
prices are higher, but the
quantity of food matches
what you are paying for.
Fender’s Diner in Cornelia
is a great place for a first date.
It is a fun and relaxed atmosphere that caters to all.
The food is fantastic and
reasonably priced. This is ideal for a first date, because it is
a fun restaurant that provides
a comfortable experience.
The hamburgers are good,
but practically anything on
the menu is a good choice.
Therefore, this is the perfect,
comfortable place for a first
date.
Finally, Waffle House is a
great choice for any couple or
first date. It is open 24 hours,
so there is no problem with
whatever time you decide to
go on the date.
It is ideal for people who
want to experience a family
atmosphere and great for busy
students. The best thing to
get is a waffle and an order of
Follow along the map to the four best restaurants to take your significant other for a date night.
hashbrowns. You cannot go
wrong with a waffle at Waffle
House. No matter where you
go on a date, make the most
of the experience. Do some
research on the restaurant
before you go to make sure
the atmosphere is appropriate for the date.
Graphic by HILLARY KELLEY
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Schticks and Giggles perform for charity
Seniorʼs capstone raises money for Homestead Womenʼs Recovery
By JANIE HARRIS
Staff Writer
On Oct. 23, Piedmont’s
improv troupe, Schticks and
Giggles, performed a charity
show entitled “Comedy for
Charity.” The show’s proceeds benefited Homestead
Women’s Recovery, a residential program for women struggling with addiction.
The night was put together
by senior mass communications and theatre major Justin
Gilleland as a capstone project.
This performance was a
combined capstone. It stood
as the majority of his theatre
capstone and his fifth deliverable of six for his mass communications capstone.
Gilleland’s original plan
was to take Schticks and Giggles on the road, but because
of scheduling conflicts, he
decided to do something else.
He began his search for a
charity that this performance
could benefit.
The director of Homestead
Women’s Recovery, Sandy
Lyndon, contacted Piedmont’s theatre department
asking to let her know if they
did any fundraisers. After his
first contact with her, Gilleland drove over to the current
facility in Clarkesville and
spoke with Lyndon for a while
about what goes on there.
“We ended up clicking and
putting this event together
ourselves,” said Gilleland.
The Mainstage Theater
was populated with students
and members of the community alike. Lyndon, as well as
women currently residing at
Homestead, were among the
audience.
Lyndon said, “Homestead
is a long term residential 12
step program for women with
the illness of addiction. It
takes nine months for our
residents to complete our program, but it is only the first
step in recovery.”
Lyndon
herself
went
through a residential recovery
process, and now she is trying to pass on wisdom from
her experiences. She said other women there try to do the
same; they regard it as paying
it forward.
According to Gilleland,
they have a 75 percent recovery rate.
Before the show, there was
a bowl for donations in the
lobby, and halfway through
the show, a donation bucket
was passed around.
In her speech that closed
the night’s show, Lyndon said
the program has just broken
ground on a new facility for
their residents, and the money
donated will go towards that
project.
When asked about what he
got out of the performance,
Gilleland said, “I’m just hoping to get both our names out
there, Schticks and Giggles
and Homestead, to kind of
bring the school and community together.”
The troupe involved the
Troupe members Chase Weaver and Matt McClure perform with some of the audience members.
audience by allowing them to
pick certain elements of the
improv games they played.
Those performing included current troupe members
Matt McClure, Kordai Harris, Justin Gilleland, Shelby
Myers and Chase Weaver as
well as alumni members Anna
Burrell, Britt Hensely and Oliver Merritt.
The end is never
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At the end of the night they
raised a total of $528.
Lyndon said, “This is a
dream come true for me, and
I am so thankful to Justin for
taking us closer to our financial goal.”
Schticks and Giggles’ next
performance will be on Nov. 5
for the Lift ‘Em with Laughter charity event, followed by
Photo by MEGAN STUDDARD
a performance on Nov. 11 at
7 p.m. for their “High School
Night.”
For more information on
the troupe, visit their Facebook page at facebook.
com/schticksandgiggles
or their new website at
www.schticksandgiggles.com
Hear the
people sing
Piedmontʼs a capella group wows
audience with its fall concert
By JAMIE DOUBLET
Staff Writer
“The Stanley Parable” presents the player with many choices, one of them resulting in the Narratorʼs
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presented through the invis- death, and some paths seemBy EMILY CLANCE
ible, smooth-voiced narrator, ingly never end.
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played by British actor Kevan
“The Stanley Parable” has a
On Oct. 17, the develop- Brighting, but the game gives very dry and somewhat surrement team Galactic Cafe re- you the option to deviate from al sense of humor. Combined
leased a game called “The his instructions.
with its frequent dark turns,
Stanley Parable” and received
For example, one of the it’s often reminiscent of “The
a sudden and intense amount first choices you are presented Twilight Zone” or the podcast
of praise from reviewers, both with is a pair of open doors. “Welcome to Night Vale.”
critics and players alike.
The narrator says that StanThe game is based off of
“The Stanley Parable” tells ley goes through the door on Valve’s Source engine and
the story of a man named the left, but if you choose to originally started out as a
Stanley, who works in a bland go through the door on the modification in 2011. The deoffice building and is told to right, a whole new set of op- velopers expanded the mod
press buttons as orders come tions open up for you.
and released it two years later
in on his computer and not
The narrator, of course, as an expanded, stand-alone
to question anything. One constantly tries to get you version.
day, however, no instructions “back on track” for the story,
At first glance, “The Stanappear on his screen, so he but you’re always able to dis- ley Parable” looks like a game
leaves his office to discover obey what he says. The more that won’t take long or prothat his coworkers have all you do, the snarkier and more vide much entertainment. But
mysteriously disappeared.
irritated he gets.
go through its layers and try
This might sound like a
With all the choices pre- to find all the various endings,
fairly ordinary, somewhat bor- sented to the player, there achievements and Easter eggs
ing game, but players soon comes an enormous amount hidden throughout, and it will
discover it’s anything but.
of possible endings. If you last a while.
You take complete control follow the narrator’s instrucYou can buy “The Stanley
of Stanley, which means that tions, you get the “good” end- Parable” on Steam for $15,
you are free to make all your ing, but there are so many and it is available for both
own choices.
more to find. Some paths end Windows and Apple computThe story is primarily in absurdity, some in Stanley’s ers.
This day in pop
culture history...
Cantabile, Piedmont College’s a cappella group, performed its fall concert at 5
p.m. on Oct. 29, in Brooks
Hall.
The concert, free of charge
and open for all to enjoy, featured a wide range of classic
songs from nineteenth century compositions to a couple
of ballads originally written
and performed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
The ensemble performed
“If I Loved You” from the
1945 musical “Carousel,”
composed by famous dynamic duo Rogers and Hammerstein.
Wallace Hinson, music department chair, said he felt
privileged to direct and perform this piece in the dawn of
technology.
Harkening back to the days
in which Hinson grew up
loving musicals, “If I Loved
You” was a wonderful song for
the group to perform.
To heavily contrast, in an
entertaining twist, the group
performed “Hopelessly Hoping,” a song from the age of
protest in the 1960s by Crosby,
Stills and Nash.
Cantabile is an exceedingly
gifted and select group of ten
students that performs under
the direction of Hinson.
The group performs a variety of classical, rock, pop and
theatrical songs, as well as
chamber music.
The current members of
Cantabile are Mitchell Auger,
Kate Berardi, Chastin Dobbs,
Wallace
Hinson,
Megan
Holder, Cole Martin, Elizabeth Parmer, Jennifer Pitt,
Ben Rikeman and Chris Sudderth.
The collective group of
singers is selected after a
stringent audition process.
In the past, Cantabile performed at Piedmont’s Freshman Family Day and the Fine
Arts benefit Empty Bowls,
which raised funds to fight
hunger. Each event allowed
for the group to contribute
and share their talents with a
broad range of listeners.
For students interested
in becoming a part of this
spectacular a cappella group,
membership is through audition, and participation in the
Chamber Singers is required.
If you missed out on this
concert, you’ll have to wait
until the spring semester for
another performance.
However, the music department will have other events
before Christmas break, including the 25th annual Lessons and Carols service in December.
Piedmont’s next music
event will be the Piedmont
Singers’ fall concert at 7:30
p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Piedmont College Chapel. Admission is free for all.
A complete list of the department’s upcoming events
can be found online at piedmont.edu/fa.
FOR A CALENDAR OF UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS,
VISIT WWW.PIEDMONT.EDU/FA
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2013ʼs hip-hop scene
Major releases didnʼt live up to the hype, but little-known
artists took the spotlight
By JAY EVANS
Contributing Writer
For hip-hop fans like myself, 2013 seemed like such a
promising year.
Jay-Z announced early in
the year that he release his
long-awaited new album. The
ensuing result was “Magna
Carta…Holy Grail.” More
like “Holy Flop.”
Kanye West’s critically-acclaimed but painful-to-listento album “Yeezus” is one of
the consensus’ top albums of
the year, but to the average
listener like myself, it sounds
like a mashup of Iron Maiden
and dubstep music gone horribly wrong.
Cult favorite J.Cole released
his album “Born Sinner,”
which was so boring it came
with an accompanying bottle
of NyQuil.
Finally, Drake released an
album that made me send
about 25 text messages to the
girl in third grade who passed
me an obligatory Valentine’s
Day card back in 2000.
For the most part, 2013 has
become the year of rap albums with tremendous hype
that they couldn’t quite reach.
Meanwhile,
fortunately,
there have been some gems,
and none of them came from
major rap stars.
One of my favorite rap albums of the year was Denzel
Curry’s “Nostalgic 64,” and
Killer Mike and EL-P’s “Run
the Jewels.”
Pusha T’s long-awaited debut album, “My Name is My
Name” was worth a few listens, and Atlanta artist ForteBowie rounds out my top five
with “ViceHaus.”
As the end of 2013 draws
nearer, no album has come
close to the excellence that is
A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord.”
Released on Aug. 20 to
moderate hype, “Trap Lord”
has easily become my favorite album of the year. The album features production from
mostly little known producers,
but the beats are phenomenal.
It opens with the heavy-hitting “Let It Go,” a song which
has forced me to replace my
subwoofers three times in the
past month.
From there, the album progresses into its second single,
the easily-quotable “Shabba,”
a brilliant ode to Jamaican
dancehall musician Shabba
Ranks.
Track three, “Lord,” features ‘90s legend Bone ThugsN-Harmony, and then turns
dramatic quickly as Ferg
Piedmontʼs Playlist
What songs do you listen to when
youʼre angry?
mostly sings on “Hood Pope,”
and “Fergivicious.” Soon,
though, the album retraces itself to its “trap” genre, with
“Dump Dump.”
Track eight was the album’s
first single, ironically a remix
of a 2012 Ferg single, released
to minimal fanfare. The starstudded “Work (Remix)” features verses from ScHooLBoy
Q, Trinidad Jame$, French
Montana, and A$AP Mob
partner A$AP Rocky.
“Work (Remix)” has become a sleeper for “Rap Song
of the Year,” as it showcases
Ferg’s lyrics and rapping ability at it’s finest, in addition
to crafting numerous catchy
hooks within the song itself.
The remaining few songs
keep the pace going, including “Murda Something,”
which features Waka Flocka
Flame, and the album’s ending, a bizarre but beautiful closer called “Cocaine
Castle.”
A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord” is,
in my opinion, miles ahead of
any other rap album released
this year. Despite its moderate
simplicity, the excellent production, catchy hooks, solid
lyricism and overall flow of
the album make “Trap Lord”
my vote for album of the year.
“Bonecracker” by
Shocore
- Erin Gathercoal,
theatre major
“Headstrong” by Trapt
- Catherine Moore,
English major
“The Beautiful People” by
Marilyn Manson
- Katarina Hodge,
mass communications major
“Sweet As Whole” by Sara
Bareilles
- Jesse Mashburn,
biology major
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you want to share?
Send it to the Navigator!
A$AP Fergʼs album “Trap Lord” is now available on iTunes.
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Submit your articles and share your
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Send your ideas and submissions to
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Do you love movies?
Piedmont’s Film Club wants you!
Next meeting on November 6th at 6:45 p.m. in
Jenkins Auditorium
Theme for the night: Simon Pegg
The return of vinyl
Are records making a comeback?
By PATRICK HENDRIX
Contributing Writer
Vinyl records have been
around since the 1920s, and
up until about 1988, they existed as the primary medium
for music reproduction until
the rise of the compact disc.
Its introduction to the music industry marked a rapid
decline in both the production
and sale of vinyl records.
As the 1990s were dominated by CDs, the turn of the
century saw digital downloads
become the primary method
for music listening.
The majority of the market increasingly ignored vinyl records, the exception
coming from DJs and audiophiles, who argued that vinyl’s
grooves generated warmth
and depth that CDs’ digital
code could not match.
While record sales are now
considered a niche market
composed of audiophiles, collectors and DJs, recent years
have seen many new albums
released on vinyl and many
older albums given reissues.
According to a New York
Times article by Allan Kozinn,
when French electronica duo
Daft Punk released “Random Access Memories” in
mid-May, six percent of its
first-week sales were on vinyl,
according to Nielsen SoundScan, which measures music
sales.
Classic albums from artists such as The Beatles, The
Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan
have been reissued on thicker
and more durable audiophilegrade vinyl.
Figures show that sales of
vinyl records have increased
every year since 2006, with
around 2.8 million sold in
2010, which is the highest
number sold since record
keeping began in 1991.
Amazon, one of the leading sellers of vinyl records,
reports that sales of vinyl records are up 745 percent since
2008.
So what is the reason for
the sudden reemergence of
vinyl records?
As mentioned before, many
music aficionados believe
fervently that the quality of
sound produced by a record
needle’s contact with the deep
grooves of a record is unparalleled.
CDs, as well as songs downloaded from iTunes and the
Internet, simply do not produce as rich a sound nor do
they capture the nuances of a
song like vinyl records do.
Then there is the actual
nostalgia involved in placing
a record on a turntable and
listening to an album the way
the artist originally intended
for it to be played.
In an article published on
Advertising Age by Jeanine
Poggi, Michael Kurtz, cofounder of Record Store Day,
an annual event designed to
celebrate independent music
stores, said, “The experience
is similar to going to a concert.
It’s a more full experience
and communal. You typically
listen to a record player with
other people gathered around
… while digital is typically a
solitary experience with your
headphones.”
Other people find joy in
visiting the local record store
and searching through bins to
find a record by their favorite
artist. While CDs and MP3s
offer little to none in the way
of imaginatively listening to
music, something about taking a record out of its sleeve
and placing it on a turntable
deeply enhances the listening
experience.
In today’s fast-paced world
where everything is available
to us at the click of a button,
vinyl records are managing
to make a comeback, albeit a
small one. Many young listeners are relishing in the added
enjoyment that comes from
listening to vinyl records.
Whether vinyl records are
making their way back into
the music market for good, or
this is simply a fad that will
come and go, one can’t deny
the power of vinyl.
Record Store Day is
an annual event,
celebrated
with exclusive
vinyl releases from
various artists.
This year, Record
Store Day will have
a second event on
Black Friday, Nov. 29,
and will have releases
from artists like
Metallica, The Clash,
Lana Del Rey, Lady
Gaga and Fall Out
Boy. Go to www.recordstoreday.com to
find a participating
store near you.
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Menʼs basketball team ready to surprise
By JESSE SUTTON
News Editor
Photo courtesy of JASPER LEE
Sophomore Austin Thomas dribbles past the
defense in last seasonʼs game.
Two weeks into practice,
Greg Neely begins his first full
season as the men’s basketball
team’s head coach working to
create a season of firsts.
A season that he hopes
can bring the Lions to their
first ever conference championship, despite the hurdles
crossed during the 2012-2013
season.
By the end of last season,
the men’s basketball team
shrunk to only seven players
following a series of suspensions and injuries. However,
Neely recruited 18 players to
add to Piedmont’s six returners, combining for a stacked
24-man team.
“The new guys saw an
opportunity,” Neely said.
“Men’s basketball has never
won a conference championship here, so I think the opportunity to be the first to do
something, the opportunity to
have the chance to compete
and contribute right away…
Congratulations to the
Menʼs and Womenʼs
Cross Country teams for
both finishing 3rd at the
USA South Championship
Meet.
Leading Lion
Womenʼs Soccer
Marjorie
Hammond
Senior, secondary education
concentration in English major
High School: Parkview High
School
Hometown: Stone Mountain,
Ga.
was a positive force in recruiting.”
“We are a lot deeper,” said
Chris Meeks, a junior psychology major. “We have a lot
more people that can step up
and contribute right off the
bat.”
Neely said the team’s six
returners, including lone senior Aaron Thrams, are essential in growing this basketball team both on and off
the court.
“I can’t imagine another
team on our schedule that has
gone through more adverse
situations than this group
of returners,” Neely said.
“They’ve worked hard. They
are holding guys accountable
to make sure we are on time
and engaged in what we are
doing. They’ve really been
our coaching staff ’s second
voice. I’ve been extremely
pleased with the returners so
far.”
On Oct. 16, the Lions were
Lady Lions advance to
semi-finals
By ALEXANDRA SMITH
Sports Editor
The Lady Lions soccer
team
faced
Greensboro
College in the quarterfinals
of the USA South Conference
tournament this past Saturday
at the Walker Athletic Field.
The Lady Lions scored
early on in the fourth minute
of play when freshman
Caitlyn Dove received a pass
from senior Laura Goodwin
and slid the shot past the
Greensboro keeper for the
goal.
This was Dove’s first goal
on the season, who became
the 15th Lady Lion to score
this season giving the PC
women’s soccer team a well
balanced offense.
Dove said, “It gave me more
confidence and pushed me to
work harder in the game. It is
making me that much more
determined to score another
goal to help my team continue
in the tournament.”
The Lady Lions held on to
the lead despite six shots on
Experience:Iʼve been playing since I was eight.
What is your greatest personal achievement?
My greatest personal achievement was winning conference, going to nationals and getting All-Conference my sophomore year.
What are your pregame rituals?
I have to walk down to the field with Laura. I also
have to touch each goal post and the top of the goal
before the game starts.
Why did you choose PC?
I chose PC because I was recruited and Sarah Hill
decided to play here.
What are your plans after graduating Piedmont?
I plan on getting my masterʼs degree in education.
Hammond has appeared in 17 games this season for
a total of 1,346 minutes. She has posted 48 saves
this season.
WBasketball
WSoccer
November 6
at
University of
North GA
AWAY
November 8
at
Martinsville,
Va.
AWAY
picked to finish this season
11th of 11 teams in the USA
South Athletic Conference’s
Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The
Poll consists of votes from all
11 coaches in the league, and
Maryville College was chosen to conquer the conference
despite finishing seventh last
season.
However, Neely and the
basketball team view this as
a challenge as opposed to an
early defeat.
“We were picked last in the
preseason polls. We really excited about that,” Neely said.
“You don’t have opportunities
in life like this a lot… It’s not
very often that you get picked
dead last and then have an opportunity [to] do something
special. I don’t know how
many wins and losses we are
going to have, but I think our
expectations are that we are
going to be playing our best
at the end of the year… in the
conference tournament.”
Photo by ALEXANDRA SMITH
Senior Marjorie Hammond makes the save for the
Lady Lions
Photo by ALEXANDRA SMITH
Senior Laura Goodwin challenges for the header
goal and numerous corner
kicks in the first half.
Greensboro outshot PC six
to four in the first half.
The game was a heated
rivalry, and both teams
posted 11 fouls on the game.
Both teams were fighting to
move on in the conference
tournament.
The Lady Lions took hold
of the game in the second
half, outshooting Greensboro
four to one.
PC attempted to make it
2-0 when freshman Morgan
Edelman headed a ball from
a corner kick just wide of the
goal post.
PC continued to pressure
Greensboro for the remainder
of the game.
The pair of Piedmont
keepers, senior Marjorie
Hammond and sophomore
Michaela
Gardner
held
Greensboro scoreless splitting
time in the game. Each made
a pair of saves to hold PC at 10
shut outs on the season.
Piedmont College was able
to use 19 of their 27 players to
keep fresh legs in the game.
“We cheered each other on
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“I think we can accomplish a lot and surprise people,” said Chase England, a
freshman nursing major. “I
think a lot of people are underestimating what we do
have. Hopefully we can make
a deep run in the conference
tournament.”
The Lions start their season with an exhibition game
against Division I Kennesaw
State University in Kennesaw,
Ga. on Nov. 4. On Nov. 19, the
team will play their first home
game of the season against
Toccoa Falls College at 8 p.m.
in the Johnny Mize Athletic
Center.
USA South
Pre-Season
Poll
Maryville
Ferrum
LaGrange
Greensboro
Methodist
N.C. Wesleyan
Averett
Covenant
Huntingdon
William Peace
Piedmont
and worked together. We are
very good at keeping each
others heads up and staying
motivated,” said Dove.
The Lady Lions posted a
total of seven shots on goal
compared to the four shots on
goal posted my Greensboro.
Dove said this of the Lady
Lions preparation for the
upcoming semi finals game,
“We are staying focused by
working hard at practice.”
Piedmont
Lady
Lions
soccer team advances to
the semifinal match held in
Martinsville, Va. this Saturday.
Photo by ALEXANDRA SMITH
Freshman Marissa Akin fights for the ball in the
midfield
Volleyball
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WBasketball
November 8
at
Martinsville,
Va.
AWAY
November 15
vs.
Earlham College
AWAY
November 16
vs.
Centre
College
Time: 2p.m.
November 19
vs.
Toccoa Falls
College
Time: 6 p.m.
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Softball team hosts homerun
derby for local charity
By ALEXANDRA SMITH
Sports Editor
The Piedmont Lady Lions
softball team hosted a home
run derby to help raise canned
food for the canned food drive
currently happening in the
athletic department to benefit
the Clarkesville Soup Kitchen.
Participants dressed up
in Halloween costumes for
the event. They could either
donate canned goods or pay
three dollars for a chance at
five outs.
Junior baseball player Jacob
Brewster won the competition
for the men, with 15 home
runs in five outs.
Brewster said, “It was a fun
experience. It’s always good
to have fun for a good cause.”
The softball team set up
Photo by ALEXANDRA SMITH
Junior baseball player Jacob Brewster up to bat
in the derby.
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Participants wait in line for the chance to hit.
cones inside the outside fence
to count home runs for women
and the outside fence was the
boundary for men.
“I didn’t really have a
strategy. I just tried to have
fun and hit the ball,” said
Brewster.
The
softball
coaches
slow pitched the balls to the
participants, and the softball
team was in the outfield and
outside the fence gathering
balls scored for home runs.
Kendall
Newell,
a
sophomore for the Lady Lions,
said, “I was really happy with
the turn out, and I hope that
we can do it again next year.
The can drive is a great cause
for the athletic department to
support because it stays in our
area.”
The softball team raised
over 70 cans at this event, and
about 15 students participated
in the derby.
Sophomore softball player
Tori Mitchell said, “We
were really happy about the
turnout. It was great to see so
many people out supporting
our team and everyone had a
great time with it as well. It
was just a great night.”
The softball team handed
out t-shirts and candy goody
bags to the winners of
both the men and women’s
categories at the end.
Congratulations to the
Men’s Soccer team for
finishing the season at
6-12 overall and 3-6 in
conference.
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team prevents the other team from scoring
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any points.
Can’t make it to a home game.....?
Check out the new live broadcast
feature on the Piedmont Athletics website. You can watch live
feed of home games. For more
information go to:
www.piedmontlions.com/showcase
Photo by ALEXANDRA SMITH
The softball coaches pitch to participants in the
derby.
Lady Lions basketball prepares for upcoming season
By MANYI ENO
Staff Writer
Roaring
Piedmont
students and parents filled the
bleachers in the Mize Athletic
Center Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.,
for the women’s basketball
scrimmage game against
Brenau University.
Last year, the women’s
basketball team ended the
season 10-14 overall and 5-12
in the USA South Conference.
Head women’s basketball
coach Jamie Purdy said that
the scrimmage was a chance
for the team to see the things
they needed to work on.
“We’re very young, so it
was nice for us to be able to
play this against somebody
other than ourselves,” Purdy
said. “We certainly have a
lot of things that we need
to focus on [in] the next few
days of practice but we got a
lot to build off of too.”
Purdy explained that they
have not established captains
at the moment, but that two
of her returning players this
season are stepping up their
game this season.
“All
four
of
our
upperclassmen are really
stepping
up.
Chandlar
Alverson and Lauren Hamel
are leading the team more by
example than anything,” she
said.
Senior point guard Hamel
started all 24 games last year
as a junior and led the team in
scoring 12.1 points per game,
ranking second with 43 steals.
Alverson played in 23 games
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Time: 8 p.m.
they’re intense and I think our
chemistry has been growing
every practice because we
have a lot of new people.
I’m definitely excited for the
season.”
Piedmont will begin their
season on Nov. 16 as they
travel to Dahlonega, Georgia
to take on the Division II
University of North Georgia
Nighthawks.
Photo Courtesy of JASPER LEE
Sophomore Taylor Swoszowski shoots for the free
throw in a game last season
last year as a freshman and
recorded seven rebounds in
the game against ChristopherNewport University.
“We can’t try to ride the
shoulders of one or two
people; all of us have to
contribute,” Purdy said about
the team. “We don’t have one
particular person that’s going
to be able to score all of our
points for us. I think from top
to bottom we’re all going to
have to contribute.”
Junior Symone Ball is a
returning player this season,
and was proud of her
team’s chemistry during the
scrimmage.
“I think we did good, I
think it was something to
help us see where we are.
I was pleased with how we
did, but of course we will
keep improving,” said Ball.
“I’ve been loving practices;
WBasketball
November 20
at
Agnes Scott
College
AWAY
USA South
Pre-Season
Poll
Ferrum
Maryville
Huntingdon
N.C. Wesleyan
Greensboro
Methodist
Piedmont
Averett
Meredith
Covenant
LaGrange
William Peace
Mary Baldwin
Leading Lion
Men’s Soccer
Cameron Parsons
Senior, business with a concentration in finance major
High School: Mill Creek
High School
Hometown: Dacula. Ga.
Experience: I’ve been playing for sixteen years.
Why did you choose PC?
I chose PC to play soccer, all the while getting my
education at a close knit college.
What is your greatest personal achievement?
Becoming friends with Stephen Sherfy, Justin Whitaker, and Connor Lockridge.
What are your plans after graduating Piedmont?
I’m looking to go into investment banking after Piedmont.
What are your pregame rituals?
I’m not really superstitious about soccer, so nothing
regarding superstitions, but our main pre-game ritual
is usually listening to “Tomorrowland 2012.”
Parsons has appeared in 15 games this season for
652 minutes this season. He has recorded two shots.
He was a USA South Academic All-Conference selection last season.
Lions Sports Schedule
WBasketball
MBasketball
WBasketball
WBasketball
November 23
vs.
Birmingham
Southern
Time: 2 p.m.
November 25
at
Truett
McConnell
AWAY
November 30
vs.
Oglethorpe
University
AWAY
Decmeber 1
at
Berry
College
AWAY
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iving
November 5, 2013
The Piedmont College Navigator
Done in December
Fall graduates discuss pros and cons of graduating early
By LAUREN MOORE
Contributing Writer
More residential students
graduate in May compared to
those graduating in December.
As someone who is
graduating in December,
the difference between the
timing of the two life events
is an interest of mine. Is the
celebration the same? Is the
job market better or worse?
How should I plan my life
after graduation?
Senior theatre major Jeremy
Douylliez said, “a lot of
[theatre] companies aren’t
prepared to hire in January
because they’re accustomed
to hiring in May.”
Sophia
Allison,
who
graduated
with
degrees
in English and music in
December of 2012, was
concerned
because
“for
teachers there are fewer jobs.”
She did however go on to
say, “…but it could be good
because not everybody is
looking for a job at the same
time.”
Fox Business did an article
in December of 2012 titled “Job
Hunting Tips for December
Grads.” The article mentions
that businesses are in a more
comfortable position to hire
new employees since they
have finalized their budget for
the following year.
Also, the article suggests
that if graduates don’t find
a job immediately to do
volunteer or internship work
in order to gain experience.
Danielle Morgan, senior
mass communications major
set to graduate in December
said, “I think I have an
advantage
graduating
in
December because there
are less people applying for
jobs because they are still in
school.”
“
You can’t try to force perfection
on the daily. Some days everything
is going to work out exactly the
way you want them to, while others
are going to be filled with problems
and mistakes. Don’t let the bad
days get you down though because
tomorrow you can always start over
and try again.
- Jesse Mashburn, junior biology
major
PIEDMONT
Trivia Question
WHICH STAFF MEMBER
SPORTED THIS LOOK
AFTER HER
UNDERGRADUATE?
Photo by ROSIE WALK
Students take part in May 2013 graduation
One of my concerns about
graduating in December is
the transition into graduate
school. The schools I aspire to
attend only enroll during the
fall. So what am I supposed to
do for those eight months?
Ashley Cleere, Chaplain
of Piedmont College said:
“use the time and [saved]
money wisely.” She added
“it could be a chance to get a
head start professionally, save
money for graduate school,
indulge in an activity you’ve
always dreamt about, or a
combination of pursuits.”And
now for the important aspect:
the celebration.
Allison
describes
the
negatives to graduating in
December: “I didn’t get to
graduate with any of my
friends, I missed out on doing
fun graduation activities with
them.”
Douyilliez said that, “For
December grads, it feels much
more like a formality; required,
not celebrated.”
Unfortunately,
the
Baccalaureate Ceremony and
Senior Send-off for December
graduates
are
in
May.
However, we weren’t notified
of this. Why don’t December
graduates get to have the
same experiences that spring
graduates do?
Douyilliez reminisced about
his brother’s graduation in the
spring of 2012. His parents were
“impressed with the amount
of hoopla. They appreciated
that the graduation felt like
a celebration.” He hopes his
experience will be the same
and I share this hope.
Allison eased my mind
when she spoke of her
graduation ceremony: “It’s a
smaller ceremony so it didn’t
last forever. My parents were
comfortable while watching it
and they enjoyed themselves.”
Students
and
faculty
still have a positive view on
graduating in December.
Douylliez said, “Ultimately,
I think I’m well equipped to
enter the work force and I’ll
always be grateful to Piedmont
College for preparing me in
just 3.5 years.”
Ashley Cleere congratulated
December
graduates
on
“saving a semester of room,
board, and tuition fees.”
“Even if you do graduate
without your friends, do
something special to celebrate
it because it is a big deal,” said
Allison.
December graduates will
face the same challenges as
students who graduate in May.
Though they left Piedmont a
semester early, they will leave
prepared to accept a role in the
job market and contribute to
their fields.
#RealTalk
November 2013
TUESDAY
5
REGISTRATION:
Evening, Graduate, &
Juniors
MONDAY
REGISTRATION:
Freshman
11
”
worth it if it’s something you’re
passionate about.
- Brooke Martin, junior early
childhood education major
The knowledge that I have the
power to share something beautiful
with a world that really needs it.
- Elizabeth Parmer, junior music
major
WEDNESDAY
REGISTRATION:
Sophomores
6
TUESDAY
12
THURSDAY
7
Piedmont Singers
Concert
6:30pm
Chapel
WEDNESDAY
13
FRIDAY
8
THURSDAY
14
BITS of
LIFE
helpful hint
“Don’t but things
you can’t afford with
money you don’t
have to impress
people you don’t
like.”
What motivates you? Knowing that the end result is
I guess just good outcomes motivate me. Like good grades, better
relationships with friends, feeling
better all the way around.
- Christi Spence, sophomore
education major
LOOK FOR THE
ANSWER IN OUR NEXT
ISSUE!
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