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.
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.
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.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
The rising price of gas affects the way most people plan out their day. However, people rarely think of how this rise in gas has affected college students who, in addition to driving to town, may drive to class on a daily basis.
Students who commute to their campus now find it difficult to attend events on campus and even their classes.
Young Harris College has 162 commuter students. Of these commuters, 145 are from Georgia, the other 17 are from North Carolina. Students say that gas prices make it difficult for them to come to class.
Freshman Stephenie Fagin from Hiawassee said, “I skip class about once every two weeks, simply because I just can’t afford the gas to come. I can’t work as many shifts as I need to, due to the work I have for my classes. It’s a really hard cycle that is difficult to overcome.”
Gas prices have gone up eight to 15 cents over the last three weeks in Georgia. In North Carolina, the average gas price has gone up 10 to 25 cents. According to Gasbuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gas in the city of Young Harris is now $3.52. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics states that the average car gets 22.6 miles per gallon, meaning students’ wallets are feeling the increase in gas prices.
Commuters say that they have felt this rise. The average commuter says that it now costs them anywhere from $10 to $15 more to fill up their gas tanks. Some commuters who drive larger cars and trucks say that gas is now costing them almost $20 more.
Students with jobs are saying that they now have to work many more hours than they used to just to make up for the rise in gas prices.
Calle Wallace, a junior communication major from Hiawassee, works in the business office at YHC and is the social activities board for Campus Activities Board, CAB. Therefore, Wallace is continuously traveling back and forth between her home and campus. Wallace said, “The price of gas makes me angry and depressed. I now spend more money going to and from my job, which brings the money I actually make way down.”
Wallace says that she now fills her car up as many as four times a week.
Most commuters live at home in order to save on tuition. YHC students save as much as $7000 just by living at home. However, commuters feel that gas prices are causing the margin of money that they save to rapidly grow smaller.
“Now more than ever, it’s important for students to carpool,” said Bart Arencibia, a sophomore from Hiawassee. “However, not many students want to carpool. The money that it takes me to get back and forth to campus is ridiculous.”
Arencibia is not the only student that feels this way. Alex Spiegel, an undecided major from the city of Young Harris said, “The main reason I commute to YHC is to save money. The gas prices now make me feel like I’m not saving any money at all.”
Commuters are not the only ones that feel that gas is too expensive. Many residents do not go home as frequently as they used to. Freshman Aaron O’Tuel from Hartwell said, “Economically, it affects how frequently I go home. As a limited income individual, I can’t go home as frequently as I would like to.”
Going home is not the only distance that residents have to drive. As YHC is located in a very rural town, students have to go quite a long way to even go to the grocery store. The closest Wal-Mart to the YHC campus is 11 miles away.
“At least 75 percent of the money I get from my job and my parents goes to gas,” said Taylor Loveless, a freshman Spanish major from Bremen. “I go to Wal-mart and the Mexican restaurant a lot, but I only spend around $10-15 a week. The rest of my money goes to gas.”
College students are affected by the gas prices. If gas continues to rise, commuters may begin to attend classes less, and on-campus students may find they are unable to afford going out. Hopefully, the gas prices will go down so that students can enjoy the benefits of commuting to YHC.
By Whitney Marcus, Staff Writer
February 5, 2011 marked quite a surprising and exciting day for Young Harris College freshman Hailey Silvey, a communication major from the city of Young Harris. Her article, “Campus Hauntings” in the Halloween edition of the Enotah Echoes newspaper landed Silvey the awards of first place in “Best Entertainment Feature” and third place in “Best Feature.” Silvey was the only staff member of the Enotah Echoes to receive awards from the GCPA.
According to Silvey, she didn’t expect her article to win anything. But at the GCPA convention on February 5, she was overwhelmed to find herself clenching two certificates with her name, the category of her award and the position she placed.
Surrounded by students of every college that had entered the contest, Silvey was nothing less than ecstatic at this banquet ceremony.
Silvey said, “I was surprised that I received the awards, only because I really didn’t think that the article itself was phenomenal enough to receive recognition out of every four-year college in the state.”
Silvey enjoys writing features and campus life articles for the Enotah Echoes newpspaer.
“They’re so cheerful and happy,” says Silvey, “they’re things that aren’t really important, but people find interesting.”
YHC’s Enotah Echoes competed in the four-year college division, where the staff submitted photos, articles and design concepts for the contest. The awards are given out by the Georgia College Press Association or GCPA to every two and four-year college in the state, excluding the University of Georgia. The GCPA is an organization dedicated to assisting in the betterment of Georgia collegiate journalism and providing a mutual flow of information between its member colleges. Other recipients in Silvey’s division were from Savanna College of Art and Design and Berry College.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
Thursday, Feb. 10, Campus Activities Board or CAB hosted speed dating in the Myers Student Center. The event was planned by the President of CAB, Tara Shiver and lasted from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The idea behind speed dating is for a person to meet as many new people as possible in a short period of time. The participants of speed dating will sit with another person for a certain period of time and have short conversations about anything they want. Most speed dating requires early sign up to make sure that there are an equal number of participants. Most speed dating events also have to be paid for.
The participants of CAB’s speed dating could arrive at the student center beginning at 9 p.m. Students that showed up at that time were able to eat refreshments while they waited. The actual event started at 9:30 p.m.
During the event, women sat at tables with a list of icebreaker questions. They were able to ask the male participants questions about themselves, their college careers, etc. The male participants sat at the table for the length of a song. Once the song was over, the male participants changed tables, while the female participants waited to see who was next at their table.
More and more students showed up throughout the night. Most of them were surprised about how much fun they actually had during the event.
Anita Hung, a freshman from Marietta, said “I had my doubts, because it seemed silly. But I think that was the point, and because my friends were going, I decided to go too. And I’m glad I did; it was rather fun, and we all had a good time.”
Hung also said that if the event were to be offered again, she would go again. Tara Shiver, the president of CAB, said that she felt that the event went well and coincided nicely with Valentine ’s Day on Monday.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
Last Tuesday, Feb. 8, Frances Lappé, an acclaimed author of 17 books visited Young Harris College. Lappé gave a lecture in the Susan B. Harris Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The lecture was entitled, “Life on a Small Planet with Frances Moore Lappé”. The lecture was presented by the YHC Division of Math and Science and the Sustainability Committee.
The title of the lecture was a play off the title of Lappé’s first book, Diet for a Small Planet. This year is the 40th anniversary of Diet for a Small Planet, which published when Lappé was 27. The focus of the lecture was awareness and practical solutions for sustainability.
Lappé began her lecture by saying “it is too late and things are far too bad.” Lappé considers this the theme song of her life. Lappé then asked the audience if they were concerned about the Earth and if they worried about their future on the planet. This led Lappé into her discussion about how people can help the planet easily.
Lappé’s first question about life was “why hunger in a world of plenty?” Lappé said that she worries about humans shrinking the abundance that the Earth has to offer. The example she gave was “it takes 16 pounds of grains to make one pound of wheat. That’s very wasteful.” She also mentioned the statistic that 40 percent of the food in the United States goes to waste.
Lappé said that she also realizes that nobody in the world would create the world by themselves that we are creating as a group.
Lappé said, “no one person on this Earth wakes up in the morning and says I want to make sure a child dies of hunger today.”
Lappé said that people know how to solve the problems that the world faces, but they are too selfish to do so.
Though Lappé was brought here to talk about sustainability, she seemed far more concerned with the effects of people not being concerned with sustainability. The point of her lecture was that if everyone all were to make a small effort, the world would become a better place for all.