Anti-slavery tour comes to GCBy WHITLEY ARENS
This coming Mon. Feb. 28 and Tues. March 1, the Stop Paying for Slavery Tour, an extension of the Not for Sale Organization which focuses on raising the awareness of human trafficking, will be hosted by Georgetown College. This twoday event will help to inform participants about the prevalence of modern-day slavery and human trafficking as well as to inform them as to what they can do as individuals and consumers to contribute to the solution.
A schedule of events for the twoday duration of the Tour is as follows:
Mon. Feb. 28:
*Class visits in the morning and afternoon by Not for Sale guests; certain classes will be hosting the speakers.
*7 p.m.—Main Event in the Chapel featuring a concert (music by Nomis) and speakers David Batstone (founder of Not for Sale) and Ethan Batstone (David’s nephew).
*8:30 p.m.—Vendor/Resource showcase, reception and book signing in the LRC.
Tues. March 1:
*9:30 a.m.—Again, certain classes will be hosting Not for Sale speakers.
*11:00 a.m.—Mapping Slavery Event in the Chapel.
*12:45 p.m. and 2:10 p.m.— Class visits by guest Ethan Batstone.
*3:30 p.m.—Supply and Demand workshop in the Hall of Fame Room.
*7 p.m.—Common Ground in the Chapel.
The main event of the two-day Tour will be on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. This main event, with the founder of Not for Sale David Batstone as a speaker, is a multimedia event. Batstone isn’t always able to attend Tours and speak at them, making GC’s Stop Paying for Slavery Tour an even more exciting experience for the campus. This main event will be informative, but rather than being one of your common lecture-style CEP/Nexus, the Stop Paying for Slavery Main Event will be both interactive and upbeat, even including live music.
Dr. Regan Lookadoo, one of the professors behind bringing the Stop Paying for Slavery Tour to campus, explained what other events will be happening on Monday night, saying: “We’ll also have local vendors who sell fair trade products, organic/ local products or used products who will have booths set up to showcase their products at a reception following the main event in the LRC. In addition to the vendors, there will also be organizations who are involved locally with this issue of human trafficking who will also have booths set up.”
This event will be open to the community and students from both Asbury University and the University of Louisville are expected to attend. GC students are, of course, encouraged to attend and support this very exciting opportunity for our campus. As Lookadoo said, “This is an incredible opportunity for our college and I hope everyone will be a part of it.”
To help raise awareness on campus of the coming Tour, the Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM) proposes that “students come together [today and tomorrow] and wear any article of clothing that is orange. It can be an orange shirt, orange shoes, orange bandanas, anything! Orange is the color chosen because orange is the color of FREEDOM so be as creative as you want!” Fair-trade t-shirts advertising the Tour will also be sold outside the Caf during lunch hours for only $10. If you purchase a shirt, it is asked that you please wear it while attending any events associated with the Stop Paying for Slavery Tour.
Things go back to normal in CafBy WHITLEY ARENS
A couple of weekends ago, students experienced quite the dining change on Georgetown’s campus as the WOW Grille offered Cash EQ on Friday and Saturday in place of the Caf being opened. After a trial run of a few weekends and a survey through which student opinions on the dining choices were collected, it looks like weekend dining will be returning to its regular schedule.
During the trial period, the WOW Grille was open from 4:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays in place of the Caf. However, due to the responses to the survey it was deemed necessary to return to the regular schedule, Kay Blevins explained.
Blevins also said this decision to return to the normal weekend dining schedule might not be permanent: “Unfortunately, it was not a overwhelming ‘yes’ from the students to return to the original schedule. There are many students who prefer the Wow Grille, but in comparing the number of those students who ate at the Wow Grille the past two weekends with the number of responders to the survey it indicates that many did not respond to the survey. This decision to go back to the original Caf schedule is not set in stone and we are open to consider students suggestions concerning this schedule and other dining options.”
Both Blevins and Todd Gambill stressed the importance of student feedback in this decision. Blevins said: “Student feedback will determine how we proceed. We are looking for a win-win situation for our students.”
Gambill added, “I am only interested in [changing the dining schedule] if it is a good thing for our students.” Gambill also said that it’s likely this decision to return to the original weekend dining options will remain in place for the rest of the semester. Still, students are encouraged to voice their opinions regarding the Caf vs. WOW showdown, sending comments to email@example.com.
Service learning and QEPBy CALIESHA COMLEY
New opportunities are emerging to diversify the way we learn. Hopefully, you were able attend the Service Learning 101 discussion for Nexus credit last week. If so, this will be a refresher. But for those of you who didn’t have the chance, this is the run-down of Georgetown’s current plan to revitalize learning.
Terms such as “reaccreditation,” “quality enhancement,” and “service-learning” have emerged on campus recently. Georgetown faculty associate these terms with the academic success of the college. But students are often unintentionally left in the dark, both as to the definitions of the words and their purpose. Giving a meaning and a purpose to these terms can help us better understand opportunities in the works.
Georgetown is seeking reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Basically, this means that the college seeks a status that guarantees that Georgetown “promotes a high level of learning that puts education of their students first and foremost,” according to SACS. Being accredited assures Georgetown faculty, staff, students and prospective students that the college is active in improving its educational standards.
To be reaccredited, Georgetown must submit a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to the Association. This plan must adhere to the SACS guidelines that require that the plan:
1) identify a key area for the campus to work to improve
2) encourage learning and confirms the mission of the college
3) prove that Georgetown can support the plan
4) involve all members of the campus community in the plan’s development
5) identify goals that can be measured
Last school year, Georgetown’s QEP Committee surveyed both students and faculty to get a feel for the direction the QEP might take. While students favored learning through experience, faculty looked toward skill development and, secondly, civic engagement.
Thus a collaboration was made to satisfy each, entitled “Spirit, Mind, Action.” The QEP proposal was endorsed by an overwhelming majority of faculty and staff and was approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees.
In combining experience, skill and civic engagement, Georgetown aims to allow students to apply academic knowledge in a setting where they serve the community. To get a deeper understanding of civic responsibility, students will critically reflect on their service. And, finally, this service will allow students to engage in the surrounding community to build a lasting partnership. This is the effort that the QEP Committee deems “Service Learning,” or a balance between achieving academic goals and serving the community.
Service Learning could take two forms. The first is curricular, where Service Learning would be a mandatory addition to designated classes. Civic engagement would be integrated into academic course material for credit. As a part of the class, students would be taught by both the professor and the community partner who would prepare them for the service experience, direct in on-site learning and help in the assessment of the project. The other form, non-curricular service learning, would involve faculty or staff led events that engage the community outside a course and for possible Nexus credit.
Dr. Hamilton, professor in the Chemistry Department and also Chair of the QEP Committee, is very enthusiastic about the emerging plan and invites and encourages all student input.
All the details of Service Learning are still being worked out, so now is the time to speak up. To make an impact on the way you learn, share your ideas for Service Learning projects with Dr. Hamilton.