SGA swears in Senate, prepares for elections on Sept. 20

September 15, 2011 Comments off

By Shannon Weaver, Staff Writer

Those appointed last week for the upperclassmen Senate were sworn in by Student Government Association President Emalyn Cork at this week’s SGA meeting. Throughout the meeting, the SGA members discussed the availability of a position on SGA and the Village Composter project.

Campaigns for freshman senate are currently underway.  There are five freshman Senate seats and seven freshman candidates. Elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9 – 10 a.m. in the Maxwell and Goolsby buildings, and from 11-12:15p.m. in the Grace Rollins Dining Hall.

Brittany Starrett, sophomore senator and chair of sustainability, is stepping down from SGA. Anyone who wishes to fill her Senate seat is encouraged to attend the next SGA meeting.

In other news, Allen Clark, manager of Sodexo, has offered to help SGA’s Village composter project.

“[Clark] straight up told me, ‘You can have our composter,’” said Sophomore Senator Ashley Cross.  SGA plans to receive feedback from Village residents before moving the composter.

The SGA meets weekly in the Robinson Dining Room at 5:30 p.m. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

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Sigma Gamma Rho hosts interest meeting at YHC

September 15, 2011 Comments off

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

Sigma Gamma Rho, a national sorority interested in coming to the Young Harris College campus, gave an open presentation to all interested females on Mon., Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Goolsby Center for Humanities.

The meeting was attended by seven females. All of the attendants said they will be attending meetings for other sororities as well.

The sorority representative began the presentation by doing a traditional step that all members of Sigma Gamma Rho are required to know after they join the sorority. She then went on to tell the history of Sigma Gamma Rho, the facts about the sorority and what the organization stands for.

Sigma Gamma Rho was founded in 1922 by seven teachers. Since then, the sorority has gone on to have more than 500 chapters and 95,000 plus members. The slogan of Gamma Sigma Rho is “Greater Service, Greater Progress.”  Their motto is “sisterhood, scholarship, service.”

The sorority places great emphasis on community service. The organization is involved with multiple community service projects throughout the year. Some of the projects include “Operation Book Bag,” where the sorority takes up donations of school supplies for children in need, and “Project Wee Savers,” which collects baby supplies which are distributed to needy infants.

The sorority mascot is the poodle. The flower of the organization is the yellow tea rose. The colors are royal blue and antique gold.

Sigma Gamma Rho membership is by invitation only. If a student were to receive an invite, she would go through an interview process.  If both parties are still interested after the interview, the student would begin the process of joining the sorority.

The organization has a minimum GPA requirement for all of the members. All members have to maintain a 2.5 GPA average or higher. If a member’s GPA were to drop lower, she would be suspended.

OL kicks off classes

September 15, 2011 1 comment

By Callie Stevens, Staff Writer 

Callie Stevens is a senior Outdoor Leadership major. This year she will give readers a walk through the adventures, lessons and experiences of an OL major. 

As a new year begins, exciting things are going on in the Outdoor Leadership program.  The OL program is welcoming its first senior class and the second-ever junior-level “Discovery Semester,” an immersive experience centered on outdoor leadership coursework. This is the first year that the OL program has had upperclassmen, since the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved Young Harris College to offer a bachelor’s degree in OL.

Because of this, the seniors have an engaging semester in front of them. We are enrolled in both “Wilderness as a Metaphor” and a senior seminar. In “Wilderness as a Metaphor” we read and discuss literature in the outdoor community and learn to make connections between lessons people can experience while in wilderness settings.

In the senior seminar class, we will start preparing for an internship during the summer by creating resumes and critical documents.  In both of these classes, we are going on several trips to conferences and festivals. The largest of these are a storytelling festival inTennesseeand the Adventure Education Conference atNorthGreenvilleUniversity. These conferences are going to be fun and educational for me because we will meet a lot of people that could be future employers in the outdoor community. This year should be quite interesting for seniors.

The junior “Discovery Semester” is broken into four classes consisting of group development, water pursuits management, challenge course management and land pursuits management. These classes adhere to a block schedule, meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each class is three to four weeks long, beginning with group development.

The classes take a toll on students mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. The “Discovery” group went on their first trip last weekend, where they went whitewater rafting, rock climbing and camping, kicking off what promises to be a semester filled with a lot of learning and adventure.

As a new year continues, I am excited to see what unravels in my senior year. Whether it is my own adventure in or out of class or following the juniors in their “Discovery,” I hope that this year is filled with excitement, exploration and education.

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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.