By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Last Saturday Young Harris students and faculty gathered to give back to the community through Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
The event was planned by the campus S.E.R.V.E committee which stands for service, education, responsibility, voice and engagement. The S.E.R.V.E committee consists of the Office of Campus Activities, Religious Life and Bonner Leader programs.
“The purpose of Martin Luther King Day of Service is to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of community change within our community,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities.
The event was originally planned for the prior Saturday, but due to disagreeable weather conditions the event had to be pushed back.
Despite the change in date, students and faculty were in attendance to do their part to help the community.
“We worked with three local agencies. Members of the YHC community helped with finishing construction on affordable housing in the Wesley Meadows neighborhood. We worked to help complete an outdoor adventure based training course for Niyelo at Towns County High School. We helped with painting, mulching, repairing and organizing the course. Finally, we walked, played, bathed and fed animals at the Human Society Mountain Shelter,” said Emmanuel.
Despite 25 degree weather, people attended the day of service to honor King’s legacy and make a difference, the group consisted of eight faculty/staff members and 62 students.
Tara Shiver, a junior music major from Covington, said, “it was a really great day; my favorite part of the day was going to the animal shelter. There was a puppy there. She was black and white. Her name was Tara, and my name is Tara; so I thought she was so cute. We got to play with her and clean the cages. And, my favorite part we got to walk them. It was a great time. After the day ended, we got to go have a pizza party at Papa’s Pizza. It was the best day ever.”
By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer
Young Harris College received eight inches of snow on Jan. 10, and the snow quickly turned to ice. This led to two days of cancelled school, a day of delayed start time for YHC and cancellations and rescheduling of events.
Due to severe weather, welcome back week activities planned by the CAB committee were either delayed or cancelled.
“The weather has affected our activities planned for welcome back week greatly. The weather especially affected those events that were scheduled to take place outside. For example, Martin Luther King Day of Service had to be rescheduled because a main proportion of the event was going to be held outside, but the snow is not permitting,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, Director of Campus Activities at YHC.
Events scheduled for welcome back week included bingo night, chapel service, a dance thrown by Zeta Pi fraternity and Phi Alpha Phi sorority, Martin Luther King Day of Service, basketball games for Jan. 10 and 13 and a concert featuring Heath Mcnease.
Some events that took place despite the weather included chapel service, the dance and the Heath Mcnease concert. The Martin Luther King Day of Service was rescheduled for Jan. 22 weather permitting. The basketball games were cancelled.
Students were affected as well by the change of events due to the snow in that they had to find activities indoors to keep warm.
“When I wake up in the morning and see that it is 3 degrees outside, I just want to hibernate until spring. This cold weather has really forced me to stay inside more than before. Therefore, there will be no outside activities for me,” said freshman Erica Brooks, a native of Athens.
Most mornings, the YHC campus entered the day with 5 degree weather. Students have tried to make the best of the snow, but it has now turned to ice, the ice has made it a challenge for students to attend any activities on campus, even if theses events are not cancelled.
“The first day or two, the snow was magical and so much fun, seeing everyone sledding, building snowmen and acting like little kids again was great. Everyone found their own activities. But once the snow turned to ice, it became a challenge to walk around campus,” said Molly Blaschke, a freshman and native of Athens.
According to Emmanuel more events are to be scheduled for students in the next coming months weather permitting.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
On Thurs. Oct. 14, the Campus Activities Board or CAB hosted laser tag for Young Harris College students on the plaza.
The laser tag event was held in a complex that was provided by TjohnE Booking and Production company. The complex was a giant inflatable dome.
Students wishing to play laser tag were divided into two teams of five. Each set of teams were allowed to play for 10 minutes each round.
In all, there were about 200 YHC students present and most of them played multiple rounds of laser tag throughout the night. There were eighteen rounds played in all.
Rouseline Emmanuel, the director of CAB, said “we got the idea for laser tag from a conference we went to. It’s just the idea of bringing laser tag to campus rather than the students having to leave to go to FunWorld to play. I think the event will be really successful. We had the event last year and there were anywhere from 200 to 250 people there.”
In addition to the laser tag event, CAB also provided hot chocolate to participants, keeping YHC students warm while they waited for their turn to compete in the next round of laser tag.
Because of the great student turn out for the event, laser tag rounds lasted from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Calle Wallace, the social activities director for CAB, assisted in organizing and setting up the laser event. Wallace and Jade Garrison, publicity director for CAB, were in charge of advertising for the event.
Wallace said, “I thought the event was a huge success, but I knew for sure whenever I still heard people talking about it the next day.”
Alex Spiegel, an undecided major from the city of Young Harris said, “I really enjoyed the event. I thought it was very fun and thought it was very well done. I thought the scoring was slightly off, but I was able to play five rounds in two and a half hours, so the wait was not bad at all.”