College for a Day returns
The Georgetown campus will surely be alive with all the welcome signs of spring for this semester’s College for a Day on April 5. Please join us for your choice of two fascinating classes, a special worship service, lunch, closing reception and that rejuvenating feeling that comes with “going back to college.”
In the morning, choose between a cooking session with GC’s executive chef Miguel Rivas (an owner and chef at Lexington’s Azur restaurant) and the word from Director of Athletics Eric Ward about Georgetown’s innovative Champions of Character program – and how you can get involved. That afternoon, attend a discussion on Long Term Care led by staffer Scott Fitzpatrick ’87 or the intriguing class “What Does Hollywood Have to Do with Jerusalem” with Mark Medley, an associate professor of Theology at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.
At 11 a.m. in Hill Chapel, hear Dr. Melissa Rogers, Director of Wake Forest University School of Divinity for Religion and Public Affairs. Then, former Gov. Martha Layne Collins will be the co-host for lunch in the Hall of Fame Room. And, President Bill Crouch will give a special “State of the College” address followed by a Q-and-A session. Despite this action- and learning- packed day, you’ll still have a chance to visit the bookstore— bursting with Orange & Black— with some discounts just for you.
The cost for this memorable day is $25 per person. You may register online or call 502-863-8041 or toll free 877-640-0107. The registration deadline is by the close of business Monday, March 28.
Also, if you know of parents of prospective parents who might enjoy getting such an up-closeand- personal taste of the Georgetown Experience, please tell them about College for a Day. For more information, you or they may also e-mail Debbie Sewell or Kathleen Johnson.
Class Session 1 – 9:15 a.m.:
Cooking With Miguel
Miguel Rivas, an owner and chef at Lexington’s Azur restaurant
—Have you ever wanted to learn the secrets of an irresistible recipe from an award-winning chef Now’s your chance. Chef Miguel Rivas will share one of his most popular and tantalizing recipes with his College For A Day students. Bring your notebook and a hearty appetite!
Champions of Character
Eric Ward, GC Director of Athletics – Too often in today’s world, headlines are filled with accounts of athletes whose lives reflect glaring character flaws. Georgetown College is making a concerted effort to create a learning environment that strengthens character growth and sound leadership skills for all student athletes while maintaining a realistic goal of athletic success. Learn more about Georgetown’s unique and innovative Champions of Athletic Character Program. Class
Session 2 – 2:10 p.m.:
A Discussion of Long Term Care (without the sales pitch!)
Scott Fitzpatrick, Development Officer – Questions about long term care are on a lot of minds these days: what is it, who needs it, who pays for it, etc… But sometimes the answers are difficult to obtain without an insurance policy pitch included in the discussion. Georgetown College alumnus and staffer Scott Fitzpatrick spent ten years in the insurance business, and will share insight into this important topic and why insurance may or may not be the best solution.
What Does Hollywood Have To Do With Jerusalem?
Mark Medley of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky – Profound spiritual ideas are often at work just below the surface of popular culture. Various pop culture “texts,” including film, will be used to explore ways in which popular culture expresses religious and theological themes.
Writing Center Closing
The Writing Center will be closed during Spring Break. It will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, and re-open on Monday, March 21. Students who need help with writing assignments and writing-related skills should plan accordingly. Regular weekly hours of operation are Monday through Thursday afternoons from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11 a.m., Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m., and late nights on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 p.m.
Where in the world is Tucker Adams?By TUCKER ADAMS
For those of you who watch anything other than the major U.S. news networks or have some other source for international news, the following ‘updates’ will likely be of little surprise. In fact, you may think this article overlooks some very important issues or events. Further, if you find yourself wondering whether the author lives under a rock, consider this your invitation to cover world news for The Georgetonian, and the author will happily skip back to his place in the Opinion section!
1. On March 7, President Obama lifted restrictions on Guantanamo Bay ‘charges and commissions.’ In other words, charges and trials will resume. This comes in lieu of a January defense budget bill that cut any funding aimed at transferring Guantanamo detainees to United States soil. The Obama administration has reiterated its hopes to repeal that bit of legislation, provide humanitarian oversight for the detainees and eventually shut down Guantanamo completely. However, at this time it has been deemed necessary to U.S. security to resume the charging and military trial of terror suspects at Guantanamo. Pragmatism or pragmatism? (See Opinion section in next issue of The Georgetonian for disambiguation and discussion).
Lots has been happening in Africa, with brief spurts and starts of media coverage variable upon what’s most dramatic. In random order, this week’s finalists for reporting are as follows:
2. The Ivory Coast has been struggling under joint-leadership for around three months. After a ‘reunification election’ held in late 2010, former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede power to the winner of the United Nations-run election, Alassane Ouattara. Despite being backed by U.N. peacekeeping forces, Ouattara holds only a tenuous power in the Ivory Coast, as Gbagbo controls the media and the military. Despite many threats of military intervention, no member states of Ecowas, a West African economic body, or the African Union, are willing to engage in a direct confrontation with the Gbagbo-controlled military. In sum, the North and the South remain divided— something meant to be remedied via the elections—with Gbagbo controlling the south and Ouattara in the north (aside from some portions of the capital, Abidjan). With the Ivory Coast supplying around 40 percent of the world’s cocoa, we are likely to see further rises in already-high cocoa prices.
3. At one point a couple weeks ago, the campus hosted an event to inform students about the conflict in Egypt, Mubarak and years of dictatorial rule, etc. Around that time Mubarak was essentially ousted from power and the establishment of a fair(er) democracy was begun. Roughly coinciding with Egyptian protests—and based on intensity, having drawn inspiration from the success in Egypt—are movements across the Middle East, many bearing both economic and political complaints. It is important to note that, despite the focus on Egypt, the initial spark in the Middle East appears to me more centered in Tunisia, where the former executive cabinet was completely ousted by January 14. Taking all that into account, the BBC reports at least 12 states (including Egypt) as experiencing some form and intensity of protest, the most prominent now being Libya, where rebel forces and Colonel Gaddafi’s loyalists are currently engaged in open conflict. Oil prices are soaring, and Hugo Chavez is raking in the cash down in Venezuela (Venezuela provides a very large percentage of U.S. oil).
We shan’t leave out New Zealand, however, which has suffered from a large-scale earthquake, nor fail to recognize the eventuality of a rise in food prices when we remember the widespread wildfires in Russia last summer, massive flooding in Queensland Australia, the pounding of the U.S. south by inclement cold, and the continuing desertification occurring in China. Thanks to the BBC, by the author, for many months of good news and information.
Invisible Children: Congo TourBy Caroline Hutson
On Feb. 22, the Invisible Children roadies made their way to Georgetown, Ky. to inspire Georgetown College and help to turn its students’ apathy into activism.
The movie screening began with a short history of how and why Invisible Children got started. In the spring of 2003, three college students from Southern California went on a filmmaking adventure to Africa in search of a story. Little did they know, their story would change their lives and bring the world’s focus on Joseph Kony’s rebel war in Northern Uganda.
To increase the numbers of his rebel “Lord’s Resistance Army,” Kony would abduct children living in the outer-city villages. He would use these children as his weapons, teaching them that their purpose was to kill, or they in return would be killed. The tragedy the three college students found in Northern Uganda was a result of Kony’s rebel war. These “invisible children” would commute to the city at night, where they would sleep in packed and terrible conditions. In the mornings, they would return to their villages for a short time before they had to once again walk the many miles to the city for safety.
When they returned to the states, they turned their videos into a rough-cut movie of what they witnessed in Northern Uganda: the life of night commuters, child soldiers, and their families. This rough-cut video has been viewed by millions of people, and as a result their lives have been changed by the injustice and conflict that is happening beyond our borders.
As a generation eager for change, Georgetown College’s student’s can make a tremendous difference for the invisible children who have been “a part of the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today,” according to the Invisible Children website.
On April 25, Georgetown College’s campus can join Invisible Children to create a silence heard around the world. This silence will be representing the 25 years during which thousands of Central African people have been silenced by the LRA. For 25 hours, participants will stay silent to create awareness for the victims of the LRA. Also, money raised from the 25 event will go towards The Invisible Children Protection Plan, which will bring life saving communication and rehabilitation centers to LRA victims. So here is the challenge: Can Georgetown’s students speak out without speaking?
Visit www.invisiblechildren.com for more information on ways to get involved.