March 12, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 7

A Poetic Moment

Staff Longfellow

The following is a series of haikus that capture the varying emotions a student may experience as the week of classes before Spring Break wears on.

Can’t wait for Spring Break
I’m writing Haikus for joy

Break getting closer
It can’t arrive soon enough
No more work for me

No good at Haikus
I despise Whitley Arens
Need Spring Break now, please

Break almost here now
Want home immediately
I despise midterms

What day is it now?
Time runs together quickly
I want naptime now

Writing Haikus hard
Can’t express self in this way
Where is my Spring Break?

I am almost there
So close to relaxation
Just need to drive home

Letter to the Editor

GC Alumna approves of student movement

Dear Editor,

Education has always been an important aspect of my life. Growing up in a household of educators, I have seen year after year the impact teachers hold in the lives of students. As I skated through high school, my only choice for college my senior year was Georgetown College. I sent out one application and waited for one acceptance letter. I graduated with my BA in Communication and Media studies in May 2008, after a brief journey which didn’t turn out the way I would have ever imagined. After two campus tours I felt confident in my choice of a small, safe and comfortable campus— just what I was looking for. As classes began I felt the warmth of the faculty, including invitations to their homes to enjoy our favorite television shows and working late hours to answer our questions about school and life.

The above and beyond approach the majority of the faculty provided was by far the most impressive aspect of my Georgetown College experience. No other college-going peer could come close to relating to the relationships developed between the students and faculty of Georgetown College. From afar I have been continually updated as to the current situation at my alma mater and I am appalled. Georgetown’s niche in the college network is the ability to offer students an education with professors who are of high academic quality and prove passionate about the students’ ability to grow with the material. With small class sizes, the current professors of Georgetown College not only shine academically but are able to create personal relationships with each student who walks into their classroom. That is what makes Georgetown special.

Any college can offer special initiatives, any college can boast statistics in diversity, any college can offer athletics…but we are not any college. The campus of Georgetown is rich in atmosphere because the students care about their faculty and the faculty care about their students. In retrospect, that is the ambiance I felt on those campus tours. I commend my fellow Tigers in defending their faculty. The faculty, who have families to protect, have lost their voices in fear of their names moving to the top of the pink slip list. These students along with fellow alumni hold a stake in the college in a way no trustee or administrator does and that must be respected. Georgetown College offers a high caliber education which presses students to question what is set in stone, to think analytically and to lead where others were fearful to travel. To have a student body actively concerned about the faculties’ contract renewal is a testament to the quality of education these professors have provided.

At the present time, if the only option remaining truly does involve the termination of faculty contracts, then there is nothing to hide in the eyes of administration. If there is nothing to hide, the answers to these questions must become more concrete. In my short time of dealing with Georgetown College and living the GC experience, I must say the administration places itself so highly above the rest of the college, how the view offers any accurate perspective is beyond my comprehension. I will forever be thankful for the education I received from my professors of Georgetown College. In attending graduate school, I can compare my level of undergraduate knowledge and I know I received one of the best educations. I cannot reiterate enough the drastic importance the FACULTY had on my experience. If I wanted to party through college, I could have gone elsewhere. If I wanted a college with a long-standing history in athletics, I could have gone elsewhere. But I didn’t. I wanted a small-size school, dedicated to educating and inspiring the student body. Tell me how that is possible when the faculty become treated as numbers on a bottom line, equivalent to reducing the use of office supplies? I strongly suggest to the administration to answer the incoming questions without prejudice and without hesitation. If protecting the image of the college is what your concern is, seemingly hiding information will not prove effective. In fact, the recent actions of the college leave outsiders wondering what there is to hide in the current ambiguous answers.

At this time I am working towards my MA at Western Kentucky University in the Communication Department. While I am not from a wealthy family or hold much financial wealth of my own, one day I may. If that one day comes I will not donate money to my alma mater if the administration continues to seemingly hide the actions of the budgetary committee. I would reach to say there are many missed donation opportunities from other fellow graduates for similar reasons. We as students, alumni and faculty have the right to our frustrations. With collectivist promises we became a part of this culture—of this campus. Yet it is with individualistic ideas we are seemingly becoming divided. I urge the administration to change the focus of concern to the people whom they are hurting the most, the faculty and ultimately the student body. At this moment, we are divided and we are falling. United we stand, divided we fall.

Meredith Skaggs

Student responds to Lenten sincerity article

Contributing Writer

In response to the March 5 Opinion article on Lenten sincerity, I would like to offer some of my own personal experience and opinion. The Lenten season is a point in the Christian calendar to echo the final forty-day portion of Christ’s life journey to the cross, His journey of suffering and sacrifice through which we are forgiven. The tradition of Christians sacrificing some habit, some behavior or some object during the Lenten season is one I am very familiar with, having attended United Methodist churches which celebrate and remember the Lenten season for my entire life.

Since seventh grade confirmation class, I have understood that our sacrifice of something for the Lenten season is to mirror and remind us of Christ’s sacrifice, and to create even more room in our lives for communion with God. In seventh grade, I gave up pop for Lent, and I struggled to keep my commitment. These days, I give up my time (or more of it) to prayer, to Bible study and to any way in which I can be of service to people, and I struggle to keep my commitment. Every time I reach for something I cannot have or when I do not want to do something I have committed myself to doing, I am reminded of what the season of Lent is about. The point for me is not so much what I decide to give up but the attitude with which I practice that sacrifice and faithfulness with which I carry out whatever I commit myself to doing. After all, Christ, though He struggled with His commitment in the garden, kept it nonetheless and faithfully followed the path of sorrow which brings us great joy.

I have known people who have given up just about everything you can imagine for Lent, and these good (or better) habits that people are forming do not always end at Easter. But for me it has never been about whether or not you continue doing whatever you stopped after Lent is over. It is about the Lenten season and what it means for the rest of your year. What I have found in celebrating Lent is that people do not usually follow the practice begrudgingly or hypocritically. Certainly there are bound to be people in the population whose sacrifices are insincere, but, as a general rule, I do not think it is fair to say that it is hypocrisy to take back up a habit that you sacrificed for the duration of the Lenten season. Drinking pop again on Easter does not mean that your lack of it throughout Lent was meaningless or insincere, nor does it mean that drinking it again is going to detract from the progress you have made in your relationship with God. It also does not mean that you need to abstain from pop drinking year-round in order to maintain your growth.

Our ability to apply what we have learned through a sacrifice to the rest of our lives should be what is in question, not the sincerity with which we seek after those lessons. It is entirely possible, and very common, to sincerely seek to sacrifice faithfully in order to commune with God and then be unable to utilize what He has shown you in practical situations. If you learned nothing from what you experienced through your sacrifice, and you sought to learn nothing, then it might be fair to say that the sacrifice was insincere and the false piety of your commitment to it was hypocritical. For those who observe it, Lent can be a time for refocusing, for sacrificing in order that one might understand Christ’s sacrifice and for growing closer to God so that one may be closer the whole year through. It is a time of anticipation within the alreadyand- not-yet attitude that arises from the knowledge that Christ has already defeated death on the cross, but that the celebration of His victory must be waited for with patient contemplation. So I will wait, with sincere hope of that victory which is already won and yet to come, and while I am waiting perhaps learn more what it is to give myself up for people every day.

The Cats need fan support more than ever

Contributing Writer
Coach Gillespie looks frazzled.

Coach Gillespie looks frazzled.

It has not been an easy season for Kentucky basketball fans. Kentucky is a program that has reached the NCAA tournament 49 times, and that has not missed the NCAA tournament in twenty years! Between 1989 (the last year Kentucky did not make an appearance) and now, Kentucky has won two National Championships, and made several successful runs. This year, Kentucky lacks the success and confidence that it takes to make a successful run in the tournament. Fans remember the times of Jeff Shepherd, Tony Delk, Antoine Walker and others. These individuals played at a time in Kentucky basketball history when fans expected a number one seed and a trip to the Final Four.

Now fans find themselves praying for a bid at all. The Kentucky fans of today are concerned, and most want change and expected this change to come with Gillespie and his team led by Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks. This hope for a bright future has been darkened as the Cats ended their second season under Billy Gillespie with the record of 19-12. Their hopes of a bid to the tournament rely on how well they do in the SEC tournament, and it seems that Kentucky’s two stars are going to have to have their top games in order for them to even have a chance. The two stars that are present in Kentucky’s lineup this season are Meeks and Patterson. These are two of the country’s most talked about college basketball players, yet their team has not matched their individual successes. With these two athletes in the lineup, Gillespie should have been able to sit back and watch his team’s success, but instead he “coached” his team to the most unsuccessful season the program has faced in twenty years.

Twenty years ago, the Kentucky basketball program faced controversy as it was led into an investigation and eventual probation under head coach Eddie Sutton. It was then that Rick Pitino stepped in to eventually become one of the best coaches to hit the college basketball court. When Pitino left Kentucky in 1997, it seemed that he took a chunk of the program with him, leaving behind a wonderful program that would slowly but surely become mediocre. Kentucky fans are now seeing how mediocre our Wildcats have become, as we watched Gillespie lead the Cats to four straight losses in the SEC for the first time since the 1989 season.

Two years ago, Kentucky fans looked to Gillespie as the person who would turn the program around. Fans thought he would bring the same success that Kentucky once knew, but as far as I can see, he has failed miserably. It seems that we are seeing a repeat of the 1989 team’s digression, just in different fashion. Many fans have begun to turn their backs on Coach Gillespie, and while I do see him as a failure up to this point, I think that if he is going to stick around for another season we need to support him. While we have not seen the drastic change in the program that we did with Pitino, that does not mean that all hope is lost. Kentucky fans have always been faithful, and in this time of “recession,” it is important that we do not throw in the towel. The Cats need us now more than ever!


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