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YHC students go Greek at Pref Parties

September 28, 2011 Comments off

By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer

Rush Week not only marks the days for the Greek organizations on campus to meet and get to know interested students, but it is also the week where new students have the chance to see where they fit in on campus.

During Rush Week, the organizations have different Greek life activities taking place throughout the week. On Tues., Sept. 20, local Greek organizations held Preference Parties, better known as “Pref Parties,” in Goolsby Lecture Hall. Preference Parties are an opportunity for students interested in Greek Life to sit down and learn more about each sorority or fraternity. The Pref Parties held staggered meeting times throughout Tuesday night, so that students interested in more than one organization could attend each presentation.

When questioned about the reasoning behind wanting to join a sorority, one interested student explained she “want[s] to make new friends outside [her] group.”

At these interest parties, the interested students were able to talk to the sorority and fraternity members and learn about what each organization has to offer.

Greek organizations share common bonds but also have qualities that are unique to each fraternity or sorority. When asked about being in a sorority, senior Jenni Mathis, a member of local sorority Alpha Iota, said, “we are a random group of girls who fit together. We’re not cookie cutter. We’re all different.”

Greek life is not just about having fun.  Before any student can rush a sorority or fraternity, they must have completed 12 credit hours at Young Harris College and have a GPA of at least 2.0 to be considered eligible to rush.

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Alpha Sigma Phi held interest meeting, no students attended

September 19, 2011 3 comments

By Ashleigh Scarpinato, Staff Writer

National fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi visited Young Harris College in the Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on Wed., Sept. 7. This interest meeting was the first national fraternity interest meeting of the year and was a way to gauge the level of student interest in the organization.

Matt Mumberger, a former member of Alpha Sigma Phi, was scheduled to present the fraternity to the YHC community, but not a single student attended the presentation.

Alpha Sigma Phi, founded on Dec. 6, 1845 at Yale University, came to speak to the local Greek organizations and other YHC students who have an interest in becoming a part of a national fraternity.

Mumberger was hoping to share with the YHC community the ways that Alpha Sigma Phi had impacted his life.  He remains involved with the fraternity in order to help future brothers have the experience that he had.

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.

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.