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Welcome to the masquerade

April 14, 2011 Comments off

By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer

Students gathered at Brasstown Valley Resort for the Masquerade-themed Spring Formal put on annually by the Student Government Association. Photo by Leila Shearon

On Fri., April 1, Young Harris College hosted the annual Spring Formal with the theme of Masquerade.

The majority of YHC students and their guests attended the dance, which was located at Brasstown Valley Resort. Students and their guests danced the night away starting from 8 p.m. and lasting until 12 a.m.

Faculty and staff were also in attendance. Among those present were YHC President Cathy Cox and husband Mark Dehler, resident advisor director Dan Moore and Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities.

Walking into Brasstown, students were automatically plunged into a world of music, drinks and food.

YHC students get glammed up for Spring Formal, held at Brasstown Valley Resort. Photo by Leila Shearon

Freshman visual arts major Anita Hung of Marietta said, “I am glad to have seen people come and really enjoy themselves.

“Being on the SGA freshman senate, and therefore a participant in planning spring formal, I am pleased to have seen how all the details came together–the food, the DJ, and the decorations. My friends and I had fun, and my hope is that others did as well.”

Students wore an array of different dresses. There were short ones, long ones, puffy ones and fitted ones.  One thing for sure is YHC students know how to dress for a formal, and enjoyed seeing each other dressed up.

Erica Brooks, a freshman business and public policy major from Athens said, “It was a lot of fun to see everybody together and all dressed up.”

As the night went on the DJ played a variety of songs. Some songs played include Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” Jay Sean’s “Down” and Cascada’s “Every Time We Touch”.

As many students were enjoying the music, others did not think it was that great but still had fun. Freshman biology major David Atwood from Waynesville N.C., and sophomore biology major Heather Richbourg from Hayesville N.C. both agreed, “The music was so terrible. We had more fun than most dances just dancing like idiots.”

As the dance came to an end students were very glad to have attended. Junior musical theatre major Liz McEntyre of Eastman said, “It was memorable.”

Molly Blaschke, a freshman from Athens added, “The dance was a lot of fun! I was surprised how many people were there. I can’t wait for next year!”

Because the spring formal is an annual part of the YHC traditions, students cannot wait for another round of the dance  and fun in 2012.
This post copyedited on April 18, 2011.

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YHC reaches out to Japan

April 13, 2011 Comments off

By Leila Shearon, Staff Writer

Around the world people have witnessed or read the news about the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan.

This disaster was caused by a 9.0 earthquake that occurred under the sea also causing an extremely disastrous tsunami of approximately 97 feet. The death toll is over 18,000 and the number of those injured and those in need too high to count.

After seeing photographs and videos of the turmoil from the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster, a former college employee living in Japan and a current student from Japan are wanting to help the people struggling from this disaster.

A former YHC Library employee, Serena Hromalik always dreamed of traveling to Japan to pursue a career in anime and manga cartoons. After attending North Georgia College she arrived in Japan and now teaches English at a Japanese high school. Her students and their families are in great need. Food, blankets, clothing and other essential items are limited among the community.

Hromalik has contacted YHC for help. She has asked for food that is able to be cooked with hot water, dried fruits and vegetables, broth cubes. She expressed a need for blankets, thermal socks and glow sticks.  Although her main focus is the necessities of life. She implies that the simple joy brought to the kids through cheap toys are also greatly appreciated and needed.

“I told my head English teacher that some people were sending food and other things, she burst into tears,” Hromalik stated. “It has been an emotional time.”

Hromalik also stated that the students are writing thank you letters and making origami cranes to symbolize peace and gratitude. Although the damage found in her area is not as severe as what is found in other area there is still a great need for help.

Hromalik also said that notes and letters written neatly in simple English would lift the spirits of those in her community and would be greatly appreciated along with the donations. All the help received is a blessing

“While everyone realizes and knows the north needs more aid, we are scared that no one was going to help us at all,” Hromalik stated.

Eri Pinto, a current English major at Young Harris who is originally from Japan, has aided in the charity fundraising bazaar for the Central Community Chest of Japan. She has been collecting items like clothing from the community and students YHC students.

“I just want to let the readers know it has been so good to see the YHC community work together to help Japan at such a sad time,” said Pinto. “Keep it up, thank you so much to each person.”

 

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Student files suit in wake of “demoralizing” traffic stop

March 30, 2011 3 comments

By Leila Shearon, Staff Writer

Jordan Brannon sits in his maroon Saturn, the same vehicle he was pulled over in the night of March 19, 2010. Photo by Leila Shearon

In response to a March 2011 traffic stop, a Young Harris College student has filed a civil lawsuit accusing the Towns County Sheriff’s Department for violating his Fourth and 14th Amendment rights.

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is intended to protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. The 14th Amendment is intended to ensure due legal process and equal protection to all citizens with no discrimination.

The complaint accuses the defendants of “false imprisonment, battery and harassment” due to racial discrimination.

Jordan Brannon, a sophomore business and public policy major from Jacksonville, Fla., was pulled over the night of March 19, 2010 for a bogus drug charge while driving with friend Joanna Lee to her work at the Blairsville Waffle House. Brannon was pulled over by Towns County Lt. Curt Donaldson for traveling 15 mph under the 55 mph speed limit on Highway 76 West.

According to police records, Lt. Donaldson requested a K-9 unit to search for drugs after he claimed to smell an odor of marijuana inside the car. While Lee admitted to past marijuana use, the dog was unable to find the substance in the car and both were released without booking.

Brannon claims in his lawsuit that officers targeted him because of his being black and Lee being white. The suit claims that Towns County police have “a custom of stopping and detaining African-American drivers, particularly black men driving with white women.” The suit further claims officers repeatedly threatened to “put the dog on [Brannon]” and when learning he was a tennis player and not on the basketball team, an officer commented that, “He plays tennis, no shit!”

“It was demoralizing,” Brannon, a YHC police cadet, said. “It was the longest half-hour of my life.”

Brannon said that during the drug search the officers “cheered” the dog to sit down, a sign that a drug dog has found a substance. However, when the dog could not find anything the officers searched his pockets and person without his consent.

Brannon is represented by Gerald Webber and attorneys with the Goodmark Law Firm in Atlanta, which specialize in civil rights litigation. “Our first priority is not monetary gain, but awareness and change,” Webber said.

Brannon emphasized that this case was not about money, but that he feels there are “barriers in rural north Georgia…but, all black, Hispanics, whites and Asians, we’re all equal.” According to the suit, each officer is being sued individually because they “(1) were confronted with a fellow officer(s) illegal act(s), (2) possessed the power to prevent them and (3) choose not to act.”

Former Towns County K-9 Officer William “Billy” Shattles, a defendant in the case, showed remorse for the situation.

“I think that Brannon is doing the right thing with some of his lawsuit,” Shattles said. “He’s a good kid, and [I] hope all is well with him.”

Though Shattles responded to the request for the K-9 unit and searched the car according to protocol,  he insinuated that this event was a breaking point, and after the incident Shattles resigned from Towns County Sheriff’s Department, stating he felt he was unable to do his job properly. The defendant’s attorney, Jason Waymire, stated that “we intend to vigorously defend the lawsuit and will leave it up the judicial system to properly adjudicate the claims.”

Waymire is an attorney with Williams, Morris and Waymire, who are representing the Towns County Sheriff’s Department.

Former Towns County Police Chief Jeff Edge, a spokesman for the Towns County Sheriff’s Department, stated the department had not been served with the lawsuit and was unable to comment, but that “the truth would come out.”

A spokesperson from YHC explained YHC does not comment on pending litigation, investigations, or personal matters related to the college or any of its faculty, staff or students. The civil action, case number 2:11-cv-00043, was filed in the United States District Court in Gainesville on Feb. 15, and has been assigned to Judge William C. O’ Kelley. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the case on March 8, and Webber responded to this on Wednesday.

Rudnik inspired by family, love of sport

March 2, 2011 Comments off

By Leila Shearon, Staff Writer

Photo by Leila Shearon

Baseball is in the air at Young Harris College, but the sun is not the only thing shining. Josh Rudnik, a sophomore business major from Buford High School, is currently one of only three returning players on the Mountain Lions baseball team.

Rudnik began his baseball career at a young age. Beginning at the age of five, Rudnik played t-ball for his home town Texas Rangers, a youth baseball team. He continued to play through high school where he also played football. Rudnik’s neighbor, Ty Miller, was a member of the YHC baseball team during the 2005-2006 seasons. Miller has been credited with planting YHC into Rudnik’s persona.

Rudnik’s athleticism comes from a family tradition of sportsmanship. His father played baseball at the University of Detroit, and his younger sister Alysha Rudnik is a catcher for the Georgia Tech softball team.

“We still throw together during school breaks,” said Rudnik.

This sophomore leader takes pride in both his pitching and hitting abilities. Rudnik’s fastball has been clocked at a top speed of 91miles per hour. Last season Rudnik batted .375 and slugged .688. He also delivered 24 strikeouts for the Mountain Lions pitching staff.

This season Rudnik is helping to lead a team of 22 freshman and three sophomores. He feels confident about the season despite the age deficit.

“We are young and learning, but we have the talent to be great,” said Rudnik.

Rudnik both dreams big and achieves big. He aspires to one day play for Major League Baseball’s the Atlanta Braves. He has also made it his goal to visit all 30 major league stadiums. So far Rudnik has attended games at major league vicinities such as Fenway Park, the Great American Ball Park, Turner Field, Coors Field and Camden Yards.

Aside from a career in baseball, Rudnik has a love for animals as well. The pitcher has hopes to one day spend his time away from baseball breeding chocolate labs.

“Hard work pays off,” said Rudnik.

Rudnik will follow this creed as he prepares to blend his knowledge and talent of sports with the pursuit of a business degree.

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Deese: sports just part of family, life

February 25, 2011 Comments off

By Leila Shearon, Staff Writer

Sophomore Sara Deese warms up for a match in an early season contest. Deese is the women tennis team's second-ranked player. Photo by Leila Shearon

According to this Mountain Lions tennis player, her brothers started it all. Sarah Deese, a member of the Young Harris College women’s tennis team, began her sports career at a young age.

A graduate of Roswell High School, Deese has four brothers and one sister. Her brother, Michael Deese, was also a YHC athlete as a member of the Mountain Lions baseball team from 2004 to 2006.

“Growing up around rough and tough guys allowed me the opportunity to play most sports,” said Deese.

In middle school, Deese played basketball, softball, tennis, participated in ballet and gymnastics and was a member of the cheerleading team.

Her parents Mike and Felicia also influenced her love for sports. Her mom was a point guard for the Jacksonville State University women’s basketball team.

“My parents pushed me to be the best athlete in every way,” Deese said.

Deese joined the Mountain Lions in the 2009-2010 season. She is one of two to returning players on this year’s women’s squad. The women’s tennis team is made of mostly new and young players as well as a new coach. Deese stated the importance of hard work and team unity in the sport of tennis

“This will be a tough season but I am excited,” said Deese.

Tennis is a big part of Deese’s life. She is the number two ranked player for the YHC women’s tennis team. In tennis, the players are placed in a line up according to their experience and ability.

Despite her love for tennis, her future plans do not consist of tennis at the moment, and Deese’s major is undecided.

She expressed her desire to become an event coordinator in the future, but is unsure of a final decision.

Even though she does not have any plans for tennis in the future, Deese plans to use the characteristics she has built from the sport throughout the past eight years as she furthers her education.

“I have to stay patient even if something goes wrong,” said Deese. “I have to keep a positive mind set so I can get through the next point.”

It is that mindset that Deese uses when going about completing tasks both on and off the playing surface.

Baseball sees a new ball game

February 25, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

Members of the 2011 YHC men's baseball team features one of the youngest rosters in the nation. Photo by Leila Shearon

The Young Harris College baseball team has recently started their 2011 season.

The Mountain Lions will play this season with one of the youngest rosters in the nation, which contains no juniors or seniors. The YHC game plan will also consists of an entirely new starting line-up, with no returning starters from last year’s team.

YHC Head Coach Rick Robinson has an optimistic outlook on beginning the season.

“I am very excited about getting the season started,” said Robinson. “Even though the weather has been terrible the last couple of weeks,  we have been able to get on the field more than in years past, and I feel that we are ready to play. Now, we are at the point where we need to play an outside opponent to determine where our practices need to focus in order to continue to improve.”

The 2011 season will also be the first in which the Mountain Lions will enter play as a four-year institution.

“This is an exciting time in the history of Young Harris College, and it is the baseball programs turn to play a role in the excitement here on campus,” said Robinson.

To begin the season, Robinson plans to start eight freshmen in the Mountain Lions line-up.

“As a coach, when you start eight freshmen both offensively and defensively, you hope they will be able perform the basics and give great effort,” said Robinson. “Defensively, we must be able to catch the ball when it is hit to us and throw the ball to our partner. On the mound, we must focus on throwing strikes and staying ahead in the count. Offensively, we have to figure out ways to put the ball in play.”

In the field, freshman business & public policy major Jack Morrow of Carneys Point, NJ will take over behind the plate as starting catcher for the Mountain Lions.

At first base, Coach Robinson has chosen to split time between freshman Adam Moore of Kennesaw and freshman Brady McCarter of Blairsville. The coaching staff expects for Moore to contribute in the field as well as on the mound this season. McCarter is a former pitcher who has made the switch for 1st base in a move that coaches feel will benefit the Mountain Lions.

The middle infield will consist of freshman Mike Medori of Newark, DE at second base and freshman Tommy Ferguson of Cumming at shortstop.

The hot corner of the infield will be held down by freshman third baseman Evan Carr of Marietta.

The YHC outfield will contain a number of experienced players, as well as a handful of new players as freshmen David Atwood and Trey Rogers join sophomores Josh Rudnik and Zack Bricknell in the deep portions of the field.

Freshman pitcher James Mills practices his fielding in an early-season exercise. Photo by Leila Shearon

Starting on the mound for YHC will be freshmen pitchers Adam Moore, Travis Donahoo, Taylor Topping and Tyler Isbell. Joining the staff of freshmen will be right-handed sophomore Josh Rudnik, who is expected to anchor the young Mountain Lions staff.

The relief pitching core for YHC consist of freshmen relievers Brice Merritt, Oliver Pratt, Nick Galvin, Nick Boutwell, Billy Demersky, Blake Fortune and James Mills. Red-shirt freshman Clint Ogle and red-shirt sophomore Sean Kelly will also bring experience to the bullpen. Kelley was voted team captain and will return to the mound this season looking to bounce back from an offseason shoulder injury.

The Mountain Lions opened the 2011 season on the road against the University of Montavello. YHC began the series against Montavello with a 14-10 loss to the Falcons. The Mountain Lions went on to drop the next two games to complete the series sweep for Montavello.

YHC won their first game of the season on Feb. 11 in a road match-up with Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC. The Mountain Lions fought for the win as the game went in to extra innings, resulting in an 8-6 win for YHC in the 11th inning.

YHC will take on Mars Hill College at Zell B. Miller Field on Feb. 22, as the Mountain Lions continue through a stretch of 17 consecutive home games.

YHC to get lesson in ethics

February 25, 2011 Comments off

Ethics Awareness Week is a unique event for Young Harris College. During this week, there are film presentations and lectures to foster campus discussion. Photo by Leila Shearon

By Emily Hadden, Staff Writer

Young Harris College will be presenting Ethics Awareness Week, February 21-25.  This week-long event is sponsored by Ethics across the Curriculum. Students, faculty, and the community are invited to attend the conference which will consist of lectures, film showings and special displays on campus.

Jamie Watson, associate professor of philosophy and Ethics across the Curriculum coordinator, hopes that the conference will bring about a conversation among faculty and students that will be robust and ongoing.  He also anticipates that the week’s topics will be controversial and interesting enough to get the campus involved.

“I’m very excited,” said Watson. “I think it’s going to be an interesting week, and hopefully it will generate discussions that will last many years to come.”

Ethics Awareness Week is a unique event for YHC.  Unlike the college’s usual ethics workshops, this five-day event will reach out, not only to faculty, but students and the community as well.

Ki Curtis, adjunct instructor of physical education, said, “It is wonderful to offer opportunities where we share information and possibility reevaluate our choices that so often are unconsciously made. To make wiser choices as to what we think with our minds, what we put in our bodies, how we treat ourselves, each other and the planet is a sacred evolution forward for us all.”

The conference will hold lectures every day of the week during noon and in the evening along with film showings Tuesday through Friday in the Wilson Lecture Hall. Each will be followed by a short discussion.

Duckworth Library will also have special book displays throughout the week. The official schedule of events can be found on the YHC webpage. The lectures will be given by two guest speakers as well as five YHC faculty members and Director of Health and Wellness Services, Linda Kniess.

During her presentation, Kniess said “I hope to heighten awareness of various ethical issues that surround food production, healthy food consumption and personal, industrial and governmental responsibility for maintaining health and wellness.”

Ethics across the Curriculum is a national program that seeks to bring about awareness on ethical issues to YHC.  The program aims to help non-philosophy and ethics faculty raise these issues in the classroom as well as on campus. Some of these issues, for example, deal with ethics in genetics, business and English.  One of the goals of Ethics across the Curriculum is to provide greater awareness for how people act by using rational discussion for reasons for actions.

YHC has participated in Ethics across the Curriculum since 2008.  Typically YHC hosts annual workshops for faculty to attend. These include an in-house workshop in the fall and a guest speaker in the spring. Watson expects Ethics across the Curriculum to continue to grow at YHC