By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
Sodexo food provider at Young Harris College is being honored for their involvement and success in a program hosted by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The program Georgia Works solicits those that have become unemployed, and are in search of new jobs. The program is available to anyone seeking employment through the Georgia Department of Labor. The person’s name is added to a list, along with resumes and work background and is provided to participating employers.
So far, Sodexo has taken eight individuals off of that list and added them to the workforce at YHC’s Grace Rollins Dining Hall.
When a person is hired through this program, the Georgia Department of Labor pays for the first six weeks of work. After the six week period, the employer will have the choice to keep that person in that job permanently.
“We have hired people from all walks of life,” said Teresa Hall, front of house supervisor, as she expressed concern over the recent statistics that have shown that the chances of a person finding a job after six months of unemployment go down to 25 percent.
Hall is pleased with the performance and effort they have demonstrated in the six weeks that they have worked in the dining hall, and they have all been offered permanent jobs, one in particular that has had no experience in the food industry and has proven to be a valuable employee.
“They have turned into some of our best employees,” Hall commented.
Even during the summer when most students have gone home, there are positions open for these employees, such as providing food services for the sports camps and activities that go on over summer break. If there are no positions available, unemployment compensation will be provided until the school year begins.
By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
The last Student Government Association, SGA meeting of the semester took place on Wed., April 6. During the meeting, SGA discussed a proposal to change the visitation and alcohol policies.
SGA presented its first draft of the changes they requested to be made to YHC’s current policies concerning alcohol and visitation hours.
SGA suggested that visitation hours on Sunday-Thursday should be extended to 1:00 a.m. instead of its current time ending at 12:00 a.m. This change would include all students and is not based on class year. During weekends, SGA suggests that instead of visitation ending at 1:00 a.m., the hours should be extended to 3:00 a.m., with juniors and seniors having no visitation restrictions on weekends.
SGA members believe that a strict sing in/ sign out policy for weekend visitors should be enforced with the Resident Assistants.
Adjustments to alcohol policies are going to be requested also. SGA feels that alcohol should be provided at campus events such as, Spring Fest, Spring Formal, cookouts and during alumni weekend. Alcohol would only be available for students 21 or older, with strict supervision of those drinking at all events.
SGA members believe these policy changes would give upperclassmen the freedom and responsibilities they are looking for as adults on a college campus.
The final drafted proposal was sent to Susan Rogers, vice president of Student Development, on April 7. It will then be submitted to the President’s Leadership Council, who will consider and ultimately decide which changes, if any, will be made.
By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
Louisa Franklin, English professor and director for the Academic Success center at Young Harris College, spoke at Student Government Association’s Last Lecture last Tuesday night.
Franklin’s lecture entitled “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner” was held in Wilson Lecture Hall and focused on the importance of reading.
Among the audience were many of Franklin’s students as well as other interested students.
Franklin’s lecture began with childhood memories of her favorite books, and the moment she realized how much she enjoyed and admired literature.
Franklin described the fascination she experienced being able to build images of the places and people depicted in stories with her own imagination.
“Franklin’s passion for reading was clear,” says Jessica Keaton, senior English major from the city of Young Harris.“Ms. Franklin obviously loves books.”
She expressed the value and importance that books hold for children, adults and how important she believes it is to instill that value in children at a young age.
Franklin went on to say that, “books are the vitamins for our souls.”
Franklin’s concern leans not only towards young people, but adults as well who are not participating in active reading. She finds this is an issue, because reading is a daily skill.
In a study she found that 80 percent of adults did not purchase a single book last year, which worried her immensely, leading her to believe that professors today are failing to express the importance of reading skills in societies.
Throughout the night, students seemed to thoroughly enjoy Franklin’s presentation.
Senior English major Eri Pinto, from Gwinnett, said she was moved by Franklin’s lecture.“I was very touched, and it definitely increased my admiration for Ms. Franklin,” Pinto said.
By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
In this week’s Student Government Meeting, SGA members further discussed the previous topic of visitation and alcohol policies, adding a new compacter to campus, a new lecture series and a Senior Village petition and Letters of Intent.
So far, there have been no changes to the current alcohol or visitation policies;however, if any changes are to be made they will not take place until the next school year.
Due to lack of turn out for The Last Lecture series hosted by SGA, there is a possibility that a new series will replace Last Lecture. This series would be hosted next year. Possible topics include a self defense class or a line-up of guest speakers.
In order to make Young Harris a cleaner and more environmentally friendly campus, a new compactor might be added to the campus in order to make recycling easier and more convenient for students, faculty and staff.
The compactor would manually separate recyclable material such as glass, paper and plastic. The compactor may also be made available for the community of Young Harris for a fee, despite the recent problems the campus has faced with Young Harris residents coming by and dumping their garbage in YHC’s dumpsters for free. The compactor would be expensive to purchase, but a lease to own program is available, and it would not need to be replaced for the next 30 years.
SGA members also had a discussion about a petition that has been circulating around the dorms. The petition states that price of living in the new senior housing being added to campus should be the same as living in Appleby Center, simply because the senior class at YHC is not that large in size.
Students were also asked to state on the petition if they would chose to live in the new senior housing once it is finished. So far the majority of students that have signed the petition have stated that they would not choose to live in the Senior Village once it is finished.
In further news, Letters of Intent are now available in the Student Development office for SGA’s candidate election for next year. Students should have turned in their Letters of Intent by 4 p.m. on March 30th in the Student development office or at the required Candidate Meeting at 5 p.m. in the Wilson Lecture Hall. Poll’s will open April 12th in and will be held in Goolsby Lecture Hall and Maxwell Math and Science Building from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and in the Rollins Dining Hall from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
This past Saturday, Feb. 12, the Campus Activities Board or CAB hosted their annual Casino Night at Young Harris College. Held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the event was organized by Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities. Students gathered in the Recreation Center to enjoy a mix of food and casino games throughout the night.
As students arrived they were handed mock dollar bills to take and exchange for chips to play their choice of games for the night. Among the many casino games were: Russian Roulette, Blackjack and Craps. Also setting the casino-like atmosphere was the addition of virgin daiquiri’s, and other treats such as pigs-in-a-blanket, which were provided by Sodexco.
To help transform the recreation center into a casino, there were two large screens playing mainstream pop-culture music videos. This, along with neon and strobe lights that hung from the ceiling helped set the tone for a night of casino games.
Steadily the crowd grew as the night went on and many students were impressed by how much fun they had. When asked about his take on Casino Night, freshman education major, Niall McCabe, from Dublin City, Ireland exclaimed that, “it was awesome, really good fun!”
Jade Garrison, a freshman education major from Hiawassee said, “I really enjoyed it. It was definitely something I’d like to participate again in the future.”
Emmanuel explained that Casino Night is an event held on campus every year at YHC, and it only costs about $3,000 to fund the entire event; and, due to popularity it is something that CAB plans to continue doing in the future.
TjohnE Productions Inc. provided the games and entertainment for Casino Night at Young Harris, as they have done for the past several years. Fantasy game shows, fantasy casino and even simulated sky diving, are just some of events that TjohnE Inc. will provide for colleges, universities, and high schools all over the country.
By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
If you’re a freshman this year, then you have taken the Alcohol Edu course for college students. As we all know the online course is mandatory and must be completed in order to register for classes. The program is meant to educate students about consumption of alcohol. The course also gives a number of little quizzes to test you on your general knowledge about alcohol consumption.
After only a few days of my first semester did I hear other freshman complaining about having to take the online course. No one that I came across found Alcohol Edu to be even be necessary; and, honestly, I feel the same way. About halfway through the semester I received an e-mail telling me that there was a second part to the Alcohol Edu program.
Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I was not aware that I had to spend another hour on the course. This was in addition to the two hours I spent completing the first section of the program at the beginning of the year. I wasn’t jumping for joy to say the least.
The second portion of the course was due around the same time that mid-terms were going on. We were all drinking large amounts of coffee, not sleeping and studying for tests. So, naturally, I forgot to complete the second part of the program. As a result, I’m now being charged a $25 fine for not completing it. Excuse me? Why do I owe you money?! If this fine is meant to be an incentive to make me finish and so you won’t fine me yet again, then you have failed. Instead, you have only succeeded in making me angry.
I am terribly sorry, but I do not find this in any way fair. How can we be expected to find time in our already busy schedules to devote another hour to something that is already agonizingly aggravating? Between studying, working on papers and doing all of our extracurricular activities, any free time that is left over is a luxury. An hour doesn’t seem like much, but to a college student, every hour is precious.
Alcohol Edu irritated me for several reasons. First, the fact that after I had voiced my opinion about the ridiculousness of the program, I was informed very sternly and almost threateningly that if I did not complete the program I could not attend Young Harris College. It was just that simple. So I bit my tongue, swallowed my pride and began taking the program.
This is when I started to become very frustrated.The program attempts to gather an idea of how much you drink, after extensive survey questions. These are redundant and repetitive. They ask the same question over and over, but are just word it differently. After talking with several other freshmen about the surveys, they all say that the program assumed that they all drank like fish, which in most cases was incorrect.
Aside from the endless survey questions, there are little educational videos put together by ‘other college students’ to inform YHC college students about alcohol. After the first 10 minutes, I already felt like my intelligence was being insulted; and, I wanted to do nothing more than to punch my computer screen. Any person with common sense could take the final test in this course. I really just don’t see the point of Alcohol Edu.
By Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
Anyone that has driven from Hiawassee to campus has probably passed a series of trucks, orange cones and flags on your way back to Young Harris College. This construction site is right down the street from YHC and is soon to be the new base of operations for the Blue Ridge Mountain EMC or BRMEMC.
According to the EMC’s web page, North Georgia Network Cooperative or NGN has been awarded more than $33 million in federal stimulus funds to construct an ultra-high speed fiber optic network throughout northeast Georgia. NGN is a new nonprofit cooperative organized by county, as a way to improve services available to business and residential consumers throughout the region.
According to the EMC’s website, headquarters justifies the move because they are simply out of room and have been for quite some time. The lack of space has created difficult working conditions and has contributed to a rapid decline in the buildings and warehouses, which are being over-stressed and over used.
Also, there is not enough employee or customer parking space at the BRMEMC’s current location. This could potentially become a source of frustration for those customers who choose either to come inside the office to pay their bills or need direct customer service.
Mathew Akins, general manager for the Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, believes that the growing population of the area has directly caused the need for a newer and bigger location. He also says that need for so many employees to work the construction site has helped feed the local need for jobs.
BRMEMC has hired several local contracting businesses to work the site next to YHC. Some of these companies include, Gray Logging of Union County, Southern Concrete Materials of Union and Clay County, Byers Well Drilling of Union County and Shuler Clearing Company of Clay County.
“Before it was owned by the BRMEMC, the 104 acres next to Young Harris was owned by a multitude of people, and then bought collectively by BRMEMC,” said Akins.
But, what exaclty is going into all that space? Currently, the plans consist of a headquarters facility that will stand on a portion of a total 104 acres of land. The new headquarters facility will include new administration, operations, warehouse, garage and other critical facilities. It will include a “data bunker” that will house all of our critical servers and electronic devices. The site will have separate customer entrances and heavy equipment entrances, and the facility will have emergency egress onto Timberline Drive. Eventually, BRMEMC hopes to sell off unused portions of the acreage to interested parties, which in turn will allow the companny to pay down the overall debt for the facility.
“It should take another 12 to 14 months for the construction to be complete,” said Akins.
As far as the college is concerned, President Cox, states that this will not effect the college’s plan to expand as a four-year school and feels that it is a great addition to the local community.
Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
Taking a journey to another galaxy may not be as far, or take as long, as most students might think. As a matter of fact, students don’t even have to leave the campus.
The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium Director and Professor of Astronomy, Steve Morgan, is enthusiastic about his role working with the lights and telescopes in the planetarium.
The planetarium is where Young Harris College students and community members view pictures and images taken by telescopes and elaborate light shows. The planetarium has been at YHC since 1979. Since its construction, YHC students and local community members have been captivated by pristine images of the night sky, as well as amazed by the laser shows.
While the planetarium is great for viewing the digital sky and for laser shows, YHC was in desparate need for its own observatory. Back in the 1970s, students and astronomy professors had to lug large, bulky telescopes into the parking lots of YHC just to get a clear view of the night sky. This process, though effective, was far from perfect. Observing the night sky was still difficult due to all of the light interference from the college lights and sometimes smoggy weather.
It wasn’t until 2002, that YHC finally built its own observatory. It was constructed less than a mile from campus, adjacent to the Brasstown Valley Resort. It was then that YHC students and professors were able to get clearer, more accurate views of the solar system and other celestial objects.
Morgan emphasized the advantage the observatory has in an area like the city of Young Harris. Because of the high elevation, clear air and a significantly lower amount of light pollution, YHC is an ideal location to look through the telescope and into the vast, deep corners of the universe.
Morgan has been working at YHC since 2005. This year, he was proud to announce that the observatory has received a new Celestron 14 inch Reflector telescope, which is already up and running.
“It’s a very nice computerized telescope, with a ‘go to’ capability,” Morgan said.
This means that if someone wanted to look at the planet Jupiter, all he or she would have to do is punch in Jupiter and press the ‘go to’ button. Then, the telescope will automatically position itself to view Jupiter.
The telescope was bought to replace the telescope that was purchased when the observatory was first built. Due to motor function failure, the old telescope had to be replaced. Though the telescope itself has been updated, the observatory still functions without heating or air conditioner. So, students observing the night sky will be subject to the weather, regardless of how cold or hot that may be.
Despite colder temperatures in sight, Morgan welcomes YHC students to visit the planetarium for laser shows and the observatory for viewing the night sky and celestial objects.
Holly Meyer, Staff Writer
Before seeing Young Harris College’s production of Cabaret I admit I was skeptical about the show I was about to see. But, it was much better than I anticipated.
All together, the performance by the cast and production of the musical blew me away.
I had never seen or heard of the Black Box Theater before. So, it was a bit of a shock for me to see some my fellow classmates gallivanting about in silk underwear, fish net stockings and acting in promiscuous manner.
It was later explained to me during intermission that Black Box Theater is meant for an adult audience, and the subject matter preformed there is normally rather naughty.
Sally, one of the protagonists in the musical, played by Misty Barber, a senior musical theater major, in my opinion was perhaps one of the best acting performers in the production. She played the character of Sally almost flawlessly. Her vocal control and notable talent was exceptionally clear and passionate, which led me further and further into the story as the play went on.
The cabaret dancers were entertaining as well. I’m sure not many would disagree. I cringed with fear at every high kick and body bending twist executed. In heels, that must not have been an easy feat.
I was also impressed by the use of space. In the Black Box there were about eight doorways that gave almost full exposure to the backstage, and I noted how careful the actors were to save face when passing by. Also, the use of the balcony was creative and imaginative. It kept me wondering where the next actor would emerge, which kept me on my toes throughout the performance.
Aside from only one or two stumbles in dialog, I was impressed by the performance, and I would definitely take the opportunity to see it again.