Benefit Concert to help fund Brazil Mission TeamBy WHITLEY ARENS
John Hill Chapel is the place to be tonight at 7:30 p.m. as Inner Salamander and the Ben Lumen Band prepare to rock out to help support the Brazil Mission Team. Inner Salamander, the main act of the evening, is a band composed of three GC faculty members: Dr. Todd Coke, guitar; Dr. Bill Stevens, bass; and Dr. Todd Hamilton, drums and vocals.
According to Dr. Hamilton, the band has been together for about two years. He went on to describe the group’s sound; he said, “Our favorite genre is of course, rock, but we mix in a little country, alternative and funk. A little something for everyone!” The interesting band name is a contribution of Dr. Stevens. The name, Inner Salamander, comes from an inside joke from BIO325: Comparative Anatomy and Embryology. Dr. Stevens explained, “To make sense of the organization of the arms and legs, my students and I put ourselves in salamander position as we go over the muscles and nerves. This is called ‘getting in touch with your inner salamander’ which always seemed like it would be a great name for a band.”
Dr. Coke attempted to capture the essence of the band in the following statement: “The Inner Salamander is a rock group made up of middleaged college professors who never matured beyond the emotional age of around 12. The members have decided to pursue their dream of rockand- roll glory until the age of 65, at which time all agreed they would probably no longer look good in spandex tights.”
Opening for this eccentric professor-compiled band is an equally interesting studentcomposed group—the Ben Lumen Band. In the words of band member and freshman Nick Pennington, “The Ben Lumen Band is an alternative/rock band from Georgetown that has been playing together for two and a half years. They have members at UK, Morehead, Georgetown and Scott County High School.” Pennington continued saying both that the band was looking forward to opening for Inner Salamander and that the audience should expect some new, upbeat and uplifting music from the Ben Lumen Band.
Students who make it out for the evening will not only witness two great band performances, but will also be helping support the Brazil Mission Team. Pennington, member of the band and the Brazil Mission Team, played a role in the organization of the benefit. Chelsea Northrip, member of the Brazil Mission Team, explained the event: “We are hosting the concert as a way to fundraise and raise supplies for our mission trip to Brazil in May. We have a team of 19 people who will be visiting the Alpha and Omega Children’s Home in Garca, Brazil May 17-30.” So, though the concert is technically free, donations are highly encouraged as the Brazil Mission Team needs to raise as much money as possible with this event. Northrip added, “We would greatly appreciate people’s attendance and support…no donation is too small. People can bring supplies to the concert and continue to donate supplies and/or money towards the trip up until we leave.”
In addition to being a fun and entertaining evening, the concert goes to support a good cause. So, grab a few dollars, tell your friends and make it to the Chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: EUGENIO ASPILLAGABy WHITLEY ARENS
There are many ways in which senior Eugenio Aspillaga is unique. For starters, he’s from a bit farther away than the average Georgetown College student. Rather than hailing from some town in Kentucky or possibly a neighboring state, this senior is from a different country all together. Aspillaga’s hometown is Santiago, Chile.
A combination of reasons drove Aspillaga to make the trans-continental move to Georgetown College. One reason is that he really liked GC’s tennis Coach, Kevin Calhoun. A second is that, as his brother currently lives in Louisville, he would be close to family.
Since his freshman year, Aspillaga has probably changed more than the average Georgetown College student. As he said, “Adjusting to a different culture is always a process.” In his time here, he lists his favorite experiences as traveling around the United States with his friends and playing tennis for GC. As a student, Aspillaga has been very involved with both the men’s tennis and soccer teams. He has received such honors as Mid South Conference Player of the Week and being ranked 33 in the nation individually in singles in the NAIA in 2008.
With a dream job of being a head tennis coach at an SEC school, he seems to be on his way with his after-college plans of being an assistant coach for women’s tennis at the University of Kentucky. If the fact that tennis is a pretty important part of Aspillaga’s life hasn’t been engrained by now, perhaps this will do the trick. The three things he would want with him if he were stranded on a deserted island: a tennis raquet, a tennis ball and a net. Aspillaga, with a created area major, is unique in this aspect as well. He explained his major, Area Study of Sports Administration, as follows: “I was a business major but by my junior year I realized that I wanted to pursue a tennis coaching career, so I adjusted my degree to something more sports related.”
While tennis and sports definitely are and will continue to be a large part of Aspillaga’s life, there’s much more to him than that. His friends describe him as easygoing, friendly and extraverted as well as the sort of guy who is committed to the things he deems important. In Aspillaga’s words, “When I do something, I do it all the way. 100 percent Driven.” On a more light-hearted note are some running jokes with his tennis teammates: “My tennis teammates make fun of me because my English gets considerably worse when I’m tired. And because I’m old; they call me abuelo (grandpa).”
Aspillaga has a bit of a sense of humor himself. When asked if there were any interesting facts about himself, he responded while laughing, “What kind of question is that? That’s like asking someone if they think they are hot.” Also, he listed his hobbies as listening to music, watching movies, cooking and having random late-night conversations. Of his music fixation, he explained, “I like to listen to concert DVDs as loud as possible and pretend I’m in a concert.” Who doesn’t?
With graduation looming, Aspillaga is “very excited” and wouldn’t change a single thing about his four years at Georgetown. He thoughtfully offered the following advice to underclassmen: “Find what you are passionate about. Things get a lot more interesting when you do.”
One last thing. Aspillaga would like to extend some thanks: “I would like to thank my coach, Kevin Calhoun, for being my mentor and for giving me the opportunity to become part of Georgetown College Athletics. Also, [I would like to] thank the entire Georgetown administration for giving me the chance to get an education and my best friends for some great times.”
Tips from the Writing CenterBy AVA JORDAN
As the end of the semester approaches, so do finals and final papers. The Writing Center wants to help students with all of their paper-writing needs, especially at this stress-inducing time of the year. To make life a bit easier, however, we have compiled a list of tips to help students write the best paper possible.
1) The Writing Center will not just check your grammar. We do much more than that; students should come prepared to spend about 30 minutes going over all aspects of the paper.
2) Make sure you know what you want to say before you write the paper. This will help the organization of the paper greatly.
3) Write a solid thesis that communicates exactly what you want a reader to take from your paper. The introduction, support paragraphs and conclusion should just expand on your thesis, not rewrite it entirely.
4) The support paragraphs of your paper should go in the same order as the thesis states the evidence. For example, the support paragraphs of a paper based on the thesis that “The Easter Bunny is an imaginary character because no one has ever seen him in action, he appears in many malls at the same time and rabbits do not have opposable thumbs necessary for hiding eggs” should go in the order of no one has seen him, he appears in malls and he lacks thumbs.
5) Be careful with commas and semicolons. The general rule for commas is to use them in lists and wherever you would put a pause if you were speaking out loud. This does not always work out properly, so it is best to doublecheck if you are uncertain. Semicolons help avoid comma splices, but many people do not use them correctly. They should be used with caution and sparingly.
6) Avoid passive voice whenever possible.
7) Do not put assignments off until the last minute. Writing multiple drafts of a paper is a good idea.
8 ) Only use words you can accurately define. If you pick a word out of the thesaurus just because it looks impressive, you may be using it incorrectly.
These are just a few basic tips to writing papers at the end of the semester. The Writing Center, located in the LRC basement, is available for assistance and to answer any burning questions about grammar that you may have. Conferences are available by appointment, but drop-ins are also welcome.