YHC campus on alert after unspecified threat against students

September 13, 2011 Comments off

Police were present throughout the day at Young Harris College in response to an unidentified threat against students. Four police officers stand in front of Maxwell Math and Science Building. Photo by Kathleen Layton

With information from wire reports 

The office of Young Harris College President Cathy Cox released an email to the campus community addressing the unspecified threat made Tues. Sept. 13, against YHC students.

After learning of the threat campus officials decided to cancel all classes prior to 10 a.m. so that the credibility of the threat could be further investigated. After notifying law enforcement, the college decided to resume with classes after 10 a.m. Students, faculty and staff are continuing with their normal schedules.

Law enforcement officials monitored campus throughout the week.

The email from Cox detailed the precautions taken for campus safety . As a safety measure, only the front doors to campus and academic buildings remained unlocked. Each campus residence hall locked all entrances to each building, though residents could still enter and exit the residence halls through the front doors by scanning their student ID card.

Additionally, law enforcement had the right to search any bags or persons considered suspicious.

The president urged the campus community to “remain calm and proceed with your normal schedule while being on alert and aware of your surroundings.”

Should anyone see anything suspicious or have any details that could help in the ongoing investigation, dial 911 or contact the YHC Police Department.

Diary of a freshman’s first week

September 11, 2011 Comments off

Graphic by Kelly Lyness

By Katie Richarson, Staff Writer

As some of you might know, two weeks ago was my first year of college at Young Harris. During the first week I was really nervous about what could happen. For days I had nightmares about living in a dorm with a psychotic girl that would kill me in my sleep, or giant bugs that would come into my room and hurt me if I did not make friends quickly.

It was the craziest anticipation period I have ever experienced. However, now I have not only adventured through my crazy case of anxiety, but I have made it through my first week.

When it came time for me to move into my dorm room, I had no idea what to expect. In my mind I pictured some terrible girl with fiery breath and a rancid flatulence problem. I was so scared that I had my mom go in before me and survey the premises so I could ready myself for anything terrible that may happen.

Graphic by Chance Alexander

However, when I walked into my new room, I was happy to learn everything was better than I could have ever dreamed. My roommate is a wonderful person and I get along with her magically. Did I mention she lets me eat her mac and cheese and even shares her toilet paper? This is awesome!

Once I was over my living situation worries, there were other worries still on the horizon. I wondered whether or not my teachers would hate me, or if I would ever find anything in the dining hall that actually tasted as good as it looked. My main source of caution, however, was when people, even professors, said to watch out for wild animals, specifically a raccoon.

One night I began to head to my car and I stopped suddenly. About ten or so feet away I had spotted a raccoon sitting in the shadows. My first thought was, “how am I going to protect myself when it attacks me and tries to eat me?” Fortunately, once I took a step forward, it scattered away and my life had been spared.

I thought my worries had finally come to a halt, but little did I know there was another terror coming my way. Each day when I go to walk into the Goolsby building I always walk down the wrong hall.  I walk in, smile and make eye contact with people sitting in couches and walk down the hall like I know what I am doing. Once I look up at the room numbers, however, I realize that I have to turn around and go down the perpendicular hall to reach the correct room.

I have now personally deemed this turn-around process “The Walk of Shame” because I have to walk past the same people again. This has happened to me countless times in the first week. Diary, what should I do?

Now that I have survived my first week of college I feel like I can do anything. I try to walk around with my head held high and my schedule in hand. Yes, Diary, I still haven’t memorized my schedule, but I think by the end of the semester I may have it down.

Though some parts of my week have been unnerving I think I am going to like it here. The people are great, and I have had a lot of fun so far. Every time I turn around there is another activity to participate in and new friends with which to spend time.

Please cross your fingers for me Diary as I enter into the coming weeks at Young Harris, because after the last couple days, I do not even know what to expect.

Ballew: A one-man band

September 6, 2011 Comments off

By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer

Thomas Ballew is a freshman from Ball Ground. Photo by Ashleign Scarpinato

Thomas Ballew, a freshman from Ball Ground, graduated from Creekview High School knowing that he wanted to keep music as a form of expression in his life.  The music led him to Young Harris College, with an instrument in hand and the quest to succeed in his heart.  Ballew was born with a special talent and wants to use his gift to earn his bachelor’s degree in music education.

As far as involvement in the arts goes, Ballew is at the top of his game. He is currently involved in six different music programs at YHC.  Among those programs are: band, chorus, jazz band, saxophone quartet, clarinet chamber choir and the chapel band.  In these programs, Ballew plays three different instruments.  However, Ballew can play a total of seven instruments. Despite knowing a how to play a variety of instruments, Ballew has barely whet his appetite and hopes to learn to play more in the future.

Ballew’s love for music has always been a huge part of his life. He began playing in the band in middle school and followed that love into high school, where his participation thrived. While enrolled in high school, Ballew contributed his talents in every music program his school offered, from musical theatre to the marching band.

Just as participating in a college-level sport carries with it a certain level of difficulty, finding the time to balance school work and the music can be just as challenging for musicians. The musicians must practice to be the best just like any athlete. Ballew is expected to practice ten hours per instrument every week. When asked about the difficulties of balancing schoolwork and music, Ballew explained, “[my] school work is music.”

He elaborated that being a part of the music program at YHC meant “the ability to devote the maximum amount of time towards what [he] loves.” Just as athletes depend on each other to make a play to succeed, Ballew’s individual performance can influence the band as a whole, a fact that helps inspire him further to do his best at all times.

After he earns his bachelor’s degree in music education, Ballew plans to use his hobbies and love of the outdoors to help inspire him to write music. When Ballew is not playing one of the seven instruments he has mastered in one of the six music programs at YHC, Ballew enjoys rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

Through music, a person can acquire the confidence to perform in front of the crowd and the ability to understand the true meaning behind hard work and dedication. Ballew hopes to one day take his passion and talent in music and teach other people how to grow and learn as musicians as well.

Zeitoun exceeds expectations

September 6, 2011 Comments off

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: “Zeitoun” was chosen as this year’s book for Young Harris College’s “Ship of Thought” program, which requires all incoming first-year students to read and discuss a common book as part of their introduction to the academic community at YHC.

When I was assigned to read Zeitoun as part of my job as a START orientation leader, I was not very thrilled. As a matter of fact, I was dreading it.  I started reading the book so I could get the assignment over with, but, upon beginning the book, Zeitoun began to pleasantly surprise me.

Zeitoun is set in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. The book is written in a way that goes day by day, which engages the reader and draws you into the story.

The book is about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, an immigrant from Syria who worked as a painter in New Orleans. Upon hearing the announcement that everybody in the city needs to evacuate, Zeitoun chooses to stay. He chooses to ride out the hurricane in order to make sure that his property is safe.

After the hurricane, Zeitoun paddles around flooded New Orleans with his canoe. The book follows him as he rescues people from their homes and takes care of various things.

Despite his efforts, Zeitoun is arrested with very little grounds and is held in a prison with very poor conditions. The book describes the horror that prisoners during Hurricane Katrina faced. The book details events that were not spoken about in the news media, and gives the reader an insight into things that were kept from the general public.

Zeitoun is a very powerful book. Throughout the book, I felt a wide range of emotions, from incredibly happy to pure rage. Zeitoun will open your eyes to events that you never knew occurred. This book has the power to make you feel completely sick about how people were treated in such terrible ways. However, if you would like to experience exactly what I’m talking about, you’ll have to go read the book for yourself.

Abraham scores in athletics, academics

August 30, 2011 1 comment

By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer

By Ashleigh Scarpinato

Rebecca Abraham, a freshman from Cumming, began her college experience not only as a hard-working student, but also as a hard-working athlete.

Following playing four years of high school soccer at Forsyth Central High School, Abraham decided to follow her passion for soccer by attending Young Harris College where she plans to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.

Abraham’s older sister attended YHC, and from that moment she knew that YHC was the college for her. Abraham’s family supports her and her decision to be a student athlete. Rhonda Abraham, her mother, attended both of her YHC scrimmage games to help cheer her daughter and the rest of the women’s team to victory.

Being a student athlete may come as a challenge to some people, but not Abraham. Abraham is one of only two freshmen on the Mountain Lions soccer team, which brings a whole new level of competition and challenge to be the best every day.

“It all comes pretty easy and is a lot of fun,” said Abraham. “Being a student athlete can teach a person how to truly manage their time between their sport, their classwork, and their friends.”

Abraham explained that the athletes on the YHC women’s soccer team are friendly and welcoming, but still have the desire to compete against anyone.

Abraham hopes to learn from her first year experience and help future freshmen soccer players balance studies and athletics.  This helpful spirit also extends to her goals post-graduation, when Abraham hopes to use her degree to help other people by possibly becoming a behavioral therapist.

Abraham also hopes to continue playing soccer in an adult league. Abraham enjoys the adrenaline of playing a good game and having confidence.  Playing a sport not only teaches a person what it means to be competitive— it also fosters a sense of togetherness, teaching players new life lessons as they work together to achieve a common goal, she said.

YHC accepted as NCAA candidate

August 30, 2011 Comments off

This banner hangs from the back of the Clegg Fine Arts Building. Photo by Logan Polley

With information from wire reports

Young Harris College was accepted as a candidate for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA, on July 12.

After competing as an independent institution last season, the announcement of this achievement brings the YHC athletic program one step closer to its goal of reaching NCAA status at the Division II level.

The first year will be a provisional year, during which YHC must begin to follow the policies and procedures of the NCAA. This requires that coaching staffs for the 12 YHC athletic teams develop schedules that include Division II schools as opponents.

NCAA also requires that members join a conference. So, this year, YHC will be applying for membership in the Peach Belt Conference.

The Peach Belt Conference currently consists of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Augusta State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Flagler College, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, University of Montavello, North Georgia College & State University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

If YHC is accepted into the Peach Belt Conference, it will be the conference’s only private college.

After being accepted into the Peach Belt Conference, YHC will have one more obstacle to overcome in order to become an official member of the NCAA’s Division II. In order to be an official member, YHC will be put under review after its first provisional year. After one year as an NCAA candidate, the NCAA will send representatives to the campus of YHC to evaluate the progress of the college and its athletic program. If all goes well in that visit, YHC will then be recommended to move on to the next level of the membership process.

Only time will tell what the NCAA has in store for the athletic program at YHC. Follow the Enotah Echoes online for updates throughout the Mountain Lions’s process of achieving official NCAA membership.

CAB hosts Welcome Week

August 29, 2011 2 comments

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

Young Harris College freshmen and new students were introduced to the college experience through this year’s “Florescent Fury”-themed Welcome Week by the Campus Activities Board, CAB.

Welcome Week began Aug. 13, when students began moving in the residence halls. Students were welcomed with a sugar snack attack, which served ice cream, cotton candy and other sweet treats on the plaza. The night ended with the trivia game “Think Fast,” where students had the opportunity to win $200.

The week continued with various events including a mechanical bull, airbrush tattoos, a concert by Trevis Prince, a Florida-based performer who considers his work to be a blending of pop, rock, and soul, and a magic show and a dance hosted by the Gamma Psi sorority. There were also various meetings, including Academic Convocation, and a mandatory residence hall meeting for all campus residents.  The annual poster sale on the plaza, the blood drive, held in Meyers Student Center, and Saturday’s community service rounded out Welcome Week on Aug. 20.

“Welcome Week helped me meet new people. It also gave me my first taste of college life,” said Freshman Paige Sexton from Canton.

The CAB events ended the following Saturday with a community service project in the morning and video gaming stations set up on the lawn that evening. Students were invited to come challenge other students to video games.

“The point of Welcome Week is to help new students transition easier to college life and help relieve the stress that comes with the first week of classes,” said Calle Wallace, a senior who helped coordinate the events for Welcome Week.

Wallace feels Welcome Week was very well attended. Once the freshmen realized the events being hosted on campus were for them, more and more of them started attending.

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SGA holds first meeting

August 29, 2011 Comments off

By Shannon Weaver, Staff Writer

The Student Government Association (SGA), held its first meeting of the year on Aug. 17. During the meeting, SGA discussed several upcoming events including two Georgia Senators participating in a town hall meeting and the return of the Last Lecture series. The agenda also included a proposal on behalf of the outdoor leadership majors and plans for freshman SGA elections.

SGA President Emalyn Cork announced that two United States senators, Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), are coming to YHC on August 30. They will be appearing for one hour at the Recreation Center to answer questions.  All YHC faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the event, which begins at 2 p.m.

In other event-related news, the first of the “Last Lecture” series of the year will be hosted by the recently retired Chair of Music at YHC, Benny Ferguson. The date and time of the lecture are still undetermined. “Last Lectures” are given by a YHC faculty member to the campus community as an opportunity to give the speaker a chance to speak about what he or she would say if it were the last time speaking to a student audience.

Also during the meeting, Zach Lathan, a member of the senior senate, proposed the SGA sponsor the mandatory conference fee for the senior outdoor leadership majors. Senior outdoor leadership majors are given this conference fee, which is not included in tuition costs, to help pay for travel accommodations and equipment for their excursions. Lathan’s proposal was turned down, but there is discussion among SGA members about starting a scholarship fund for similar conferences.

On September 20, the SGA will be having elections for the Freshman Senate. Other open positions include slots on the sophomore, junior and senior senates. Please see SGA officers about where and when to sign up.

Academic Convocation kicks off year

August 29, 2011 Comments off

By Ali Neese, Staff Writer

New and returning Young Harris College students filled the Hilda D. Glenn Auditorium in the Clegg Fine Arts Building on Aug.16 at 7 p.m. for the annual Academic Convocation.

Ruth Looper, dean of the Division of Humanities, welcomed the students and faculty to the event that “mark[ed] the beginning of our academic year.” All students had the opportunity to attend the event, where YHC faculty and staff challenged students to make the most of their college experience.

To open the ceremony, Reverend Tim Moore, YHC campus minister, led the invocation. Following the invocation, Jeff Bauman, professor of Music, led the audience in singing YHC’s alma mater.

President Cathy Cox welcomed both faculty and students to what she called the “new” Young Harris College.  Describing the large number of changes that have occurred on the college’s campus in the last four years, including the addition of new buildings, students, and faculty members, Cox said she believes these changes make the campus feel like a fresh college every year.

Cox also stressed to the incoming freshmen they have “entered a whole new realm of learning” where students who put forth the required time and effort will reach formerly unrecognized levels of potential.

Following Cox’s speech, SGA President Emalyn Cork led the student address and encouraged students to let service “saturate their lives” and to make this year “a year to not only get involved but to pour into the lives of others.”

Dr. Ron Roach, vice president for Academic Affairs, gave the academic charge where he both challenged and encouraged students to make the most of their time here at YHC.

Roach asked students what they would do with the unique opportunity given to them by attending YHC and stated that “small learning communities can inspire great learning and teaching.”

Roach emphasized that students will be pushed and challenged while attending YHC, but the key ingredient to their success here is found in their attitude. He then outlined what he believes is an excellent guide for active learning, modeled after Benton Mackaye’s purpose for hiking the Appalachian Trail, which states, “To walk, to see, to see what you see.”

Roach stated that “being an active learner is like walking, being an observant learner is like seeing, and that being a reflective learner coincides with “seeing what you can see.”

Following Roach’s academic charge, student Chair of the Honor Council, Courtney Moore, presented Cox with the Honor Code signatures from the entering freshman and new students. Cox then pronounced the opening of the academic year.

The benediction was given by Moore and was followed by the recession of the faculty and then the students.

When asked to comment on the night’s events, incoming freshman Madison Perdue, a biology major from Loganville, Ga., said while she did not expect the formality of the ceremony, she found it “inspiring and amazing.”

Returning student Megan Powell, a junior human communication major from Cleveland, Ga., said she found Roach’s speech to be “captivating because he challenged you to want to learn.”

YHC granted candidacy for NCAA Division II membership

July 12, 2011 Comments off

With information from wire reports

According to a press release from Young Harris College, YHC President Cathy Cox has announced today that the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA has formally accepted YHC as a candidate for Division II membership.

After three prior applications, YHC will begin the NCAA membership process.

In the press release Cox said, “Our athletic department has worked diligently in leading this endeavor, and this achievement is a significant milestone in our on-going transformation to a four-year college. We know that NCAA membership will attract many talented student-athletes to Young Harris College.”

Randy Dunn, director of YHC Athletics, said in the release that he is also looking forward to the College’s acceptance.

“I am very pleased that the NCAA membership committee considered YHC a worthy institution for provisional membership. Obtaining full membership will be a three-year process, and if everything goes well, YHC should receive full NCAA membership in 2014-2015.”

During YHC’s first year under provisional membership, the College will comply with NCAA’s rules and policies as well as create Division II athletic schedules.

Following the first provisional year, the NCAA membership committee will send representatives to review YHC’s transition; the membership committee will then decide if YHC is ready for the next level in the membership process.

Along with working to gain NCAA membership,  Dunn is working to complete membership into the Peach Belt Conference.

“The next step for Young Harris College is to immediately begin work to complete the process for membership in the Peach Belt Conference, which is one of the strongest and most prestigious Division II conferences in the country.”

If accepted in the Peach Belt Conference, YHC would join other institutions such as Columbus State University, Georgia College & State University and the University of North Carolina—Pembroke.