February 3, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 2

Emerging Leaders accepting applications

By ANDY RUSSELL
Sports Editor

Would you like to be more involved with life at GC? Are you ready to take on leadership positions in the campus community? Now is your chance! Applications for the Emerging Leaders Program are available online as of today, and can be accessed until Friday, Feb. 11.

Positions include Campus Ministries Team, Campus Ministry Team Leader, Chapel Ministry Team, Directions Peer Leader, Freshman Family Groups Coordinator, Freshman Family Group Parents, Intramural Supervisors, Judicial Board Member, Orientation Leader, Orientation Coordinator, Peer Educator, President’s Ambassador, Rec Supervisor, Resident Adviser and Resident Director.

Links to job descriptions (including requirements, duties, and benefits) can be found on the college website by clicking Student Life at the top of the page and Emerging Leaders on the left side bar.

All applicants will need two personal or professional references. These references may go to the Emerging Leaders website to access and submit the reference forms by no later than Feb. 20.

The Emerging Leaders Program will also include several sessions to guide students through the application process. First, if you still have questions about the positions or application, stop by the Hall of Fame Room today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an informational session.

Next, on Thursday, Feb. 10, head to Asher 112 at either 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. for a resume workshop. At each of the two sessions, students will receive assistance with their resumes, which are due by Feb. 18.

Students who attend this session will have an advantage in the hiring process over those who do not. This session will also be open to students on campus who are not applying for the Emerging Leaders Program but still want to learn about creating a resume.

The Making Yourself Marketable Session will follow on Tuesday, Feb. 15, also in Asher 112 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. Once again, students who attend will have an advantage in the hiring process, and the session is open to everyone on campus.

The last session before interviews will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17 in Asher 112 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. This Pre-Interview Success Session will provide students with information about the interview process. As with the previous sessions, all students on campus are invited to attend, and applicants with Emerging Leaders who attend will have an advantage over those who do not.

The interview process will begin Feb. 21 and continue through March 11. All students should sign up for an interview time at the Student Life Office after finishing their applications. Positions will be announced the week of March 25.


Grille is the only option this weekend

By JONATHAN BALMER
Staff Writer

Weekend cash equivalency opportunities will be changing temporarily this weekend. Georgetown College and Sodexho plan to offer expanded cash equivalency hours at the WOW Grille this weekend, instead of having meals in the Caf.

Students can utilize their meal plan from opening to close on Friday and Saturday, including four meals recently added as cash-equivalency options. Joshua Eckman, general manager of Georgetown Dining Services, says, “This is a trial run and after the weekend we will survey the students who eat in the WOW Grille…to determine if there is enough interest to continue with the change or keep the current schedule.” The new schedule, according to Eckman, would allow students to utilize cash-equivalency options at the WOW Grille “from 4:30-11 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday.” Eckman explains one influence behind the proposed change was economic, saying decreased patronage on Fridays and Saturdays “leads to a lot of wasted food on the weekend in addition to a lot of additional labor to run the [cafeteria] facility.”

Students, when asked about the proposed changes online, expressed varying reactions to the idea. Some students are receptive to the change, including sophomore Shelby Barron who said, “I think opening only the Grille on the weekends is a great idea. I would be much more likely to eat on campus over the weekend after the changes.” Junior Jonathan Newman agrees reasoning, “The Grille is fine, as long as you are patient and don’t mind a little grease.”

Health and variety concerns are at the forefront of complaints among those against the change. Senior Stu Perry spoke against the changes saying, “I think that only having the WOW Grille is a TERRIBLE idea for the weekends. People have already begun complaining about how limited of a selection there is in the Grille and how there are no healthy options there.” Perry believes this represents a culinary slippery slope at Georgetown, warning, “Keep the Caf open, or Georgetown’s morale about food will continue to spin downward as it has over the past several years.”

Freshman Caliesha Comely is more optimistic about the change, believing the “Grille has proven its flexibility with all of the new, and some healthier, options. I wouldn’t have any problem eating there during the weekend. Shutting down the Caf may even save the college money, not having to supply workers for the kitchen and cleanup staff.” Although she adds, “The only problem I could foresee is the crowd and waiting time.” Joshua Eckman believes the Grille will be able to handle the weekend volume because “the amount of meals [taken out of meal plans on the weekend] is about what we would do during a normal [weekday] cash equivalency.”

Dr. Todd Gambill, Dean of Students, invited students to share their feelings about the change, “I am looking for student feedback. Especially from those who eat here on the weekend. The student who eats at home over the weekend—it doesn’t matter a hill of beans to them.” Dr. Gambill stressed that Georgetown is implementing this change only on a trial basis saying, “I only want to do it if it’s a good thing for the students.”

Food, as a great necessity, stirs emotions and incites strong opinions. Food has even instigated great historic moments from the French Revolution, (the cry oft misattributed to Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake”) to the ongoing protests in Egypt (spurred, in part, by lack of basic food products). Although a much less extreme case, it is no surprise food proves itself a controversial topic at Georgetown College as these proposed meal-plan changes are put to the test this weekend.

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