March 5, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 6

“Boondock Bone Doc” delivers Collier Lecture

By LEAH MCGRAY
Staff Writer
Dr. Emily Craig once used a single tooth to identify a victim.

Dr. Emily Craig once used a single tooth to identify a victim.

As Dr. Emily Craig approached the stage, different mumbles of expectation occurred throughout the audience. Famous television shows focus on different aspects of being a crime scene investigator and anthropologist such as “CSI,” “Bones,” “Law and Order,” etc. How much truth that is actually present in these shows is debatable. But on Tuesday, March 3, students and faculty of Georgetown College were able to sit in and listen to an anthropologist give details about what really happens at a crime scene and how much of what we observe on a television show is reality.

Dr. Craig introduced herself by explaining how she began her career, informing the audience that she was not originally an anthropologist but rather a medical illustrator and an instructor on anatomy. Laughter erupted when Craig mentioned that she was in the job for the wardrobe as a picture was shown to the audience depicting Craig in yellow, plastic- looking overalls atop her clothes. Her nickname of “Boondock Bone Doc” was mentioned, as well as how she enjoyed the places she traveled (a picture of her climbing down rope on a steep hill was displayed in the background). Once she mentioned her background information, Craig began the task of explaining the work she does.

Due to the climate, a person’s body will decompose within ten days, a fact that most are not aware of. In light of this, it is important that the investigators arrive at the crime scene from the beginning so as not miss any bones or artifacts that might be useful in the investigation. The work begins with identifying the victim and then moves in the direction of identifying the trauma (what happened and how the victim ended where they did). Once at a crime scene, it is imperative that a person document everything. Craig said that “context is just as important and sometimes more important than the bones.” The surroundings at the scene, including the insects, carnivores in the area, clothing, plants and soil all contribute to the scene analysis. Different information can be discovered with the items, such as when the crime took place which can help police and lawyers convict whoever committed the murder.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Craig told the audience that when a domestic cat is laying next to you and begins sniffing or rubbing your nose, it is not to be cute, “they are checking if you’re breathing!” Domestic cats and dogs are frequent visitors to crime scenes, often finding a meal, Craig explained. The most important components of identifying a victim are: age, sex and race. Uniqueness is very important in identification as well, it helps lower the amount of likely candidates. Uniqueness includes any broken bones, unusual teeth or even tattoos. It is crucial to find all the pieces of a skeleton in order to help identify the body as well. Once the pieces have been found they are brought back to the lab and studied. It not only is amazing to see how much work has to be put into identifying a victim, bodies are rarely kept together after time and decay. Most of the information brought forth some sort of emotion such as sorrow or awe—sorrow for the fact that there are still 40,000 unidentified bodies in Kentucky and many remains still being found at the site of the World Trade Center.

Some members of the audiencegasped at Dr. Craig when she stated that the smallest bone that had been used to identify a victim was a single tooth! If you missed the CEP and found any of the information interesting, Craig has published a book called “Teasing Secrets from the Dead” which can be purchased in the school store. She also asked the audience to go online to http://www.NamUS.gov a website dedicated to providing the public with images of unidentified victims.


Maintenance form filing changes

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Staff Writer

What do you do if a toilet on your hall is stopped up or your heat suddenly stops working? How about a leaky faucet? Have you had trouble getting your maintenance problems taken care of in the past? Thankfully, there is a new, improved solution.

The new Maintenance RequestForm, found on my.georgetown, has been set up as a more direct, efficient way to address students’ everyday maintenance requests. No longer do you have to write your request on your RA’s door then wait for him/her to relay the message to someone else. From now on, your request will go straight to Roy Hembree, Facilities Coordinator, who will send it to the person directly in charge of getting it fixed. Associate Dean of Students Anthony Rupard says that maintenance issues will get addressed more quickly with the new system “because we have reduced the number of communication points.” Students are advised to be sure to be as specific as possible when submitting a request. Hembree mentioned that recently someone filled out a request about a stopped up toilet at Georgetown College. Please give more information than that, such as your dorm and room number if needed he said.

This system was created by the Student Life team to help students get their issues resolved more quickly, so don’t be afraid to use it! You can find the Maintenance Request Form on my.georgetowncollege.edu. After logging in, click on the GC Life tab and look for Student Maintenance Requests.


Ask President Crouch

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Question- What is your typical day?

Answer- The only thing typical about my days is that there is no typical day. Everyday I must wear many hats. These hats include fundraising, counseling, strategic planning and being a motivational speaker and student of the same. When in town, I usually begin my day at 6 a.m. and start by turning on our coffee machine and heading to the fitness center with Mrs. Crouch. We return to the house by 7 a.m., eat breakfast while reading the paper and watching the “Today” show. I try to be in the office by 8 a.m. to begin a full day of appointments. Some days, however, I have breakfast meetings which can begin at 7 a.m. Other days, I might be traveling and leave the house at 7 a.m. to drive or catch a plane. These appointments range from meetings with students (my favorite), with faculty talking about opportunities or solutions to challenges, sales people desiring to do business with the college, the executive staff that report to me discussing ways I can help them achieve their goals, our attorney discussing legal issues, prospective students which the admissions staff want me to meet and donors who are interested in investing in the college. Many evenings I have dinner meetings or banquets on and off campus. In addition, Mrs. Crouch and I try to attend as many campus events at night as we can. I usually work at home on paperwork, i.e., responding to e-mails, calling prospective students and writing personal notes. Occasionally, I have time to watch a movie or a TV show in the evening with Mrs. Crouch. I usually try to call it a day by 10:30 p.m. Every day, without exception, I pray for God’s guidance and his favor upon Georgetown College.

Question- How financially stable is Georgetown College and how will it affect our education?

Answer- Georgetown College has never been a “rich” college. The history of our institution demonstrates that even with limited resources we have successfully and magnificently educated our students so they could achieve in many fields of endeavor and make a difference in the world. As Dr. Allen recently shared with me, “Georgetown College might be doing more with its resources than any college in America.” The Board of Trustees is responsible for the finances of the college. We now have the strongest business-savvy Trustee Board in the college’s history. In these very difficult times, they are making wise choices that will insure the financial stability of the college to enhance the quality education of our students. They cannot predict what decisions will need to be made in the next 12 months, but their primary objective is to guarantee each student a sound educational experience.

Question- If we are cutting budgets, why do we have plans for new buildings on campus?

Answer- Colleges are always thinking about the future and the buildings they will need. We are no exemption to that strategic thinking. My hope is that in the years ahead, we will have a Center for Commerce, Language and Culture, a new educational building and a new dormitory. We will not begin construction on any of these building unless and until we have the cash in the bank to build them. The Trustees have determined we will not borrow money to build new buildings. We have put on hold discussions about these buildings until the economic crisis is over. This does not mean, however, that if a foundation or donor in the next few months decides they would like to give us the money to build a building that we wouldn’t accept their generosity. Let me be clear, though, that all our fundraising efforts right now are focused on having the operational money to protect the financial aid of our students and the jobs of our employees.

-President Crouch

Questions were thought of by the student body and delivered through the SGA. Please e-mail your questions for President Crouch to sga@georgetowncollege.edu. Every other week, there will be a column in which your questions may be answered.

Alumni relive college for a day

By TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
News Editor

College life isn’t just for the young anymore. After the inaugural “College for a Day” event last fall, Georgetown College has decided to open its doors and offer it yet again. On Friday, March 6, alumni and friends of GC will head to the college to relive the classroom and campus experience. The “one day workshop for lifelong learners” begins with registration in the LRC at 9 a.m., followed by a welcoming from President Crouch and Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen. The schedule includes three classroom sessions, and in each session participants choose between two classes taught by GC professors.

Several more classes have been added since the first College for a Day event. Friday’s line-up includes “‘The Dippers Dipt, Duck’d and Plung’d Over Head and Ears’ — 400th Anniversary of Baptist Heritage” with Dr. Shelia Klopfer; “The Obscure Face of Georgetown College History” with Dr. Eric Fruge; “Kentucky in World War II” with Dr. James Klotter, “‘Whaddaya Lookin’ At?’ — A lecture on the directorial practice of controlling the eye of the audience in stage and film” with Dr. George McGee; “Humans’ Capacity for Evil: The Milgram Studies” with Dr. Karyn McKenzie; and “The History of Rock and Roll” with Dr. Sonny Burnette. The day ends in the Gheens Room with a reception for participants, where they will receive their College for-a-Day Certificates of Completion.

Dr. Burnette, who is both a pro-fessor and Chair of the Music Department, is condensing four weeks of his History of Rock Music class into 75 minutes for his College for a Day students. His session will center around the 60s, which Dr. Burnette called “the richest decade for rock music because of the variety.” The mini-syllabus includes music from the British invasion, folk rock, soul, motown, surf music and dance music, focusing especially on artists that have been to Georgetown in the past, such as Jimi Hendrix, and Joey Dee, the latter having on campus in February 2008.

Dr. Burnette also plans to show his class the the remin, a mystery instrument used on the Beach Boys’ hit “Good Vibrations.” The electronic instrument is “hands-off” — the player controls it by moving his hands around the device. Antennas sense and respond to the player’s hand position. The only difference between his typical college classes and the College for a Day classes? “Adults don’t have to raise their hands when they go to the bathroom. They can just leave,” Dr. Burnette joked. He then added that the adults who will take his class on Friday may have interesting stories to add to discussions, perhaps about concerts they attended. “Sometimes the older crowd has more interaction because they lived through this era, and that’s fun,” he said.

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