January 29, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 1

Pondering what makes a snow day

By AVA JORDAN, Staff Writer
Whitley Arens

Dr. Gambill is shown scientifically testing the elements.

For some crazy reason, I have been pondering snow days recently. I know, I know, why on earth would I think about something like snow days in such a balmy month like January? Well, strange as it sounds, this theme has occupied my thoughts quite a bit lately. Everyone on campus talks about how Georgetown NEVER gets snow days, despite Scott County’s frequent issuance of the call for delayed or canceled classes. Our unique focus on attending classes despite raging snowstorms is, at least partially, due to the fact that the vast majority of our student body lives within just a few minutes walking distance of all of the classrooms on campus and many professors do not live all that much farther away.

Having spent several days missing class because of snow and ice last year, this reputation for never canceling class seemed nonsensical to me until I experienced it for myself this year. Now, as often happens in the course of human thought, a question rose to my mind. How does the administration determine what constitutes a snow day for Georgetown College? Obviously, it is not based on the local school systems and their declarations. Perhaps the decision is based on a Groundhog Day theory—every morning, President Crouch steps barefoot onto his front lawn and if he immediately runs back inside, we have a delay; if he slides a bit on ice, we have a snow day; if he can remain outdoors for more than a minute, we have class.

However, the e-mails we receive informing us of cancelations come from Dr. Gambill, so it is evident he  has some part in the process as well. It could be that the two of them meet early in the morning during winter and go for a brisk jog around campus. In these instances, our snow day (or, more commonly, lack thereof) is determined by their ability to run without slipping. If one slips, but not the other, we receive a delay. If both slip on the ice, we have a snow day. If neither slides, we have a full day of classes.

If our president and dean are anything like their students, though, it could be that the decision is made simply by how much they want to stay in bed. The distinct difference between them and the average college student, then, is that they are morning people and I, for one, would choose sleep any day. All of this is pure speculation, of course. Surely the system behind our snow days, delays and class days in this time of arctic weather is more sophisticated than those I have described. Surely…

**This article was written before the winter storm hit KY.

Superbowl showdown: a student prediction

By ANDY RUSSELL, Sports Editor

This year’s Super Bowl contenders were a great surprise to me when all was said and done. Who would have ever thought that the laughing stock of the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals, and the storied-tradition of excellence that is the Pittsburgh Steelers would ever have met on such a stage for such a treasured prize? I certainly didn’t see this one coming. This year’s Super Bowl provides a matchup that pits the best offense in the league, with grizzled veteran Kurt Warner of the Cardinals leading the attack, against the crazy haired and hard-hitting tandem of Troy Polomalu and James Harrison, who lead the league’s best defense. This game is going to be interesting. Here is my take on it:

For the Cardinals to win: The challenge for the Cardinals isn’t to stop the Steelers from scoring; it’s to try and score. The Steelers bring in the best defense that allows less than 14 points per game and only allows a total of 237 yards per game (and only 80 yards per game rushing). Arizona needs to try and leak every point possible out of every drive, even if it’s just a field goal each time. On top of that, Warner needs to continue his marvelous play under center, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald needs to have a huge game (like he has had every game so far). If Warner can throw the ball consistently and Fitzgerald continues to make big plays while the defense continues to make stops like they have been, Arizona has a good chance of walking away with the Lombardi trophy.

For the Steelers to win: Ride the defense. The Steelers’ intimidating and hard-hitting defense has gotten them this far and that will continue to carry them. The defense isn’t going to be in question. They will come ready to play and will perform at a high level. The Achilles heel of the Steelers is the offense, especially the offensive line. Big Ben Rothlisberger has been terribly inconsistent in the gun and shows no signs of where his level of performance will be that day. The injuries have continued to plague the offensive line as well. The Steelers can win if the offense comes to play that day because the Cardinals defense isn’t a joke.

In the end: My call is a close one. However, I’m taking the Steelers in a nail-bitter: 17-13.

For students seeking advice

By LEAH MCGRAY, Staff Writer

Has there ever been a time in your life when everything seemed to go wrong? Maybe it started off with a cold shower or failing a test or fighting in a relationship. Do these problems apply to you? Have you ever been too embarrassed or ashamed to talk to your friends about a problem? Or maybe the problem is your friend and you don’t feel as if you have anyone to talk to. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive some advice or just to know someone is listening? The Georgetonian is going to try something new this semester. An advice column will be created for anyone who just needs to share their problems and receive some healthy feedback on how to deal. As long as emails or messages are received from people seeking advice, the column will be located in the newspaper. Of course, anything that is received will be kept anonymous and confidential.

So, students, you have somewhere new to turn! The next time you’re faced with a problem or an issue, feel free to come to me. Contact me at lmcgray0@georgetowncollege.edu or mailbox #1223. You do the writing, I’ll do the listening!

The Georgetonian/JOEL DARLAND

The Georgetonian/JOEL DARLAND


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