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Students differ on resolutions for 2011

January 27, 2011 Comments off


Graphic by Kelley Lyness

By Sara Bottinelli, Staff Writer

New Year’s is a time for celebration, excitement and anticipation for one year to end and another to begin. Not only does New Year’s mark a time where everyone gathers around their television sets to watch the ball drop in New York City, but it also captures a time where individuals around the world begin to make their New Year’s resolutions.

These resolutions can vary from flossing more, to the popular goal of losing weight. Many students from Young Harris College also have a variety of ambitions for 2011, while some prefer not to make any resolutions at all.

The act of making New Year’s Resolution dates back to 2000 B.C., when Babylonians would hold celebrations during the spring and autumn equinoxes. During those times people marked the new year often by paying off debts or returning borrowed goods. The tradition was later picked up by the Romans who began offering good behavior to a double-faced deity named Janus, the god of beginnings and ends. When the Roman calendar was formed, the first month of the year was named after Janus and January 1st was established as the start of the new year. Today, individuals continue to make New Year’s resolutions as the Romans did, however, the tradition has lost much of its appeal.

In a recent poll taken 100 students were asked if they had made any New Year’s resolutions and the results showed that only a little more than half the student body had made any commitments at all. Out of the 100 people asked only 56 percent answered “yes” to the poll, while 44 percent answered “no.”

Many of the students who made a resolution responded with excitement and looked forward to accomplishing their goals or at least attempting too.  Janelle Morris, a senior English major from Canton, shared her resolution for this year.

“My New Year’s resolution is to meet a new person every single day. This is my last semester at Young Harris, and I want to take advantage of every day I have left,” Morris said.

The students had a variety of goals which ranged from personal improvement to overcoming a challenging obstacle. Ky Hart, a freshman outdoor leadership major from Boulder, Colorado, made a resolution that not many people would commit too.

“My goal is to kayak the Green River Narrows in Ashville before the end of the year,” said Hart, who spends much of his time outdoors.

Nicole Schmidt, a freshman from Blairsville, also shared her resolution which she strives to accomplish.

“My resolution is to better myself in all aspects of life, to basically become a better person and ultimately become happier with my life and myself,” Schmidt said.

On the flip side of New Year’s were the students who decided that making a resolution was not for them.  A study made by the University of Washington in 1997 discovered that 47 percent of the 100 million adults who make resolutions gave up on their goals after as little as two months. The University of Minnesota has continued to research the popularity of this tradition and has found that as much as 80 percent of the population does not follow through with their resolutions.

Jordan Meeks, a freshman outdoor leadership major from New Zealand, shared her thoughts, which greatly coincided with study results.

“I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions because resolutions are always meant to be broken,” Meeks said.

Erica Neese, a freshman from Marietta, also expressed how she believes that making a resolution does not mean that it will help you accomplish your goal.

“If I haven’t done something already I just assume I am not going to do it at all. I don’t need to make a resolution if I want something to happen,” Neese said.

While many continue to follow tradition and make a list of goals for the upcoming year, there will always be those students who choose not to follow any commitments and see how the year unfolds. However, the tradition continues to be a popular trend regardless of its success.

“A day on not a day off”

January 17, 2011 Comments off

Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day students look forward to not going to school, some businesses close, and the working people enjoy a day off, but how much do students really know about the man behind this holiday?

100 students on campus at YHC were asked the question, “Do you know where Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech ‘I Have a Dream’ took place.” The results of the survey revealed that 62 percent of YHC students knew the location of the speech, with the remaining 38 percent not knowing where the speech took place.

Several students like freshman Jordan Meeks knew the location from watching the movie Forest Gump. Other students like junior Stacy Kammer remember the location from learning about it in high school. The majority of the students who answered yes knew in detail the precise moment and location of the speech.

This holiday is the celebration of the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, 1929.

On this day we commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his great dream to unite this nation we live in through peace and understanding. His dream came true. Through his and other activists’ work, Americans of all colors are able to experience freedom; because of this, MLK day is an important holiday for all Americans.

MLK Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, and his grave has been turned into a national historic site in his hometown Atlanta.

The 2011 celebration of this monumental day is celebrated on the 17th of January in all 50 states of American. The holiday is also celebrated in over 100 countries around the world. This year’s commemoration  will mark the 82nd birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 25th anniversary of its national honor.

According to The King Center’s website, MLK’s wife Coretta Scott King said, “the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.”

This holiday can now be found labeled on all purchased calendars, movies and books to this moment of history; however, people still remain unaware of the background of the speech that took place on this day.

This day is recognized as a national holiday, but it has not always been that way. In November of 1983, President Reagan signed a bill initiating this day as a holiday in January 1986. During the time of the first celebration only Washington D.C. and 27 states honored this day. For example, it was not until 1992 that the state of Arizona recognized this day as a holiday. Arizona was not the only state to reject the holiday. Up until the year 2000 South Carolina was the last state that recognized MLK day as a paid holiday.

According to the MLK Online website, his speech “I Have a Dream” is considered the“greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”

It is on this day we honor Martin Luther King for his work toward nonviolent social change in not only America but across the world. Martin Luther King Jr. made history because of his shaping experiences in his hometown of Atlanta, his deep family origins in the African-American Baptist church, his theological studies, his involvement in religious and political leadership and because of his far-reaching contacts in the social justice movement during this time period. Each of these aspects led him to be the great and inspirational leader people know and appreciate still today.

“Ever since kindergarten I have learned about Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and one of the things I learned was that it was given in the top section of steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial. That fact has always stuck in my mind,” said Junior Cody Craft.

According to the MLK Online website, we must celebrate this day as “A Day on Not a Day Off” and commemorate King’s inspiring words, “We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness” -Dr Martin Luther King Jr.