September-10-2009-volume-cxxvi-issue-1

Simply to Go is here to stay

By DANIELLE GILFORD
Staff Writer

After several meetings with SGA, faculty and staff, and a trial run, it was decided to bring a brand-new dining option to Georgetown’s campus. It is called, “Simply to Go” and is available through Sodexo—the company that provides its food services to Georgetown. Simply to Go is a nationwide option that Sodexo offers and is now available on this campus.

In previous years, if students wanted their food to go, they would be given a Styrofoam to-go box that they could fill with the food from the cafeteria. The problem with the Styrofoam boxes was that a lot of food was being wasted and the Styrofoam wasn’t very “eco-friendly.” Now, with Simply to Go, there is less food being wasted and students can choose from a wide variety of fresh and healthy options.

Simply to Go is conveniently available at various locations on campus. In addition to the Cafeteria, it can be found in the C-Store and Mulberry as well. Students can use a meal swipe or purchase the items a la carte at any location. This allows for quick and easy access and makes dining more conducive to the needs of students, faculty and staff. This efficient new option is of particular value to students because it actually adds value to their meal plans. With all of the added benefits of Simply to Go, nothing has been taken away or reduced. Currently, 10 to 12 percent of students use Simply to Go for any given meal.

Simply to Go is based on a 1,2,3, plus (+) system. The first step is to select an entree, which would be labeled with a 1. This would be something like a Caesar Salad Wrap, Popcorn Chicken Salad, Beef Stroganoff, etc. Second, is to select a side, labeled with a 2. A few of the sides include chips, a fruit cup or a veggie cup. Third, would be to select a beverage, labled with a 3. The last step is to select an item labeled with a +. This would typically be a desert such as cookies or a jello parfait.

The best thing about Simply to Go is that the food is made fresh daily, right here in Georgetown’s cafeteria, so the food quality is always consistent. The popular items will stay the same and be available every day, yet there will also be items that are in rotation so that there are always a variety of foods to choose from.

In an effort to better serve students, faculty and staff, there will be a food committee that meets monthly where any questions can be answered. If interested, contact Josh Eckman at Joshua_eckman@georgetowncollege.edu.


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: KYLA TOLLIVER

By WHITLEY ARENS
Staff Writer

While most students were probably spending their summer shopping, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, or—if they were especially productive—working, Kyla Tolliver was busy with bigger and better things. Tolliver spent the last summer working with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, doing research on Laurenditerpenol—an extract that has been tested in the treatment of breast cancer. So, whilst most GC students were most likely preoccupied with socializing, Tolliver was helping find a cure for cancer, an experience for which she is very grateful.

Considering this, it isn’t really surprising that Tolliver plans to attend medical school after graduating from Georgetown. She explained, “I have always wanted to be a physician. As of now I am thinking about Pediatric Oncology, but plan to keep my options open in case another area of medicine grabs my attention in medical school.”

The prospect of medical school has made Tolliver’s senior status really hit home— “After spending time this summer working on medical school applications for entrance next fall, it finally sank in that I only have one year left at Georgetown. As a senior, I plan to have fun, make memories, and live my last year of undergrad to the fullest.” Of course, following Georgetown will be more school for this senior, but Tolliver—the determined girl from Greenup, Ky.—will miss living in the GC “bubble.”

She’s known Georgetown College was the school for her since she first visited. “When I toured Georgetown as a Junior in high school, I fell in love with the campus.” She added, “I came back to visit three times my senior year and was convinced Georgetown was the best college for me.” As is often the case, Georgetown has left a lasting impression on Tolliver. She’s matured, in addition to developing a more outgoing attitude. The extrovert in her is clear through the amount of activities in which Tolliver is involved on campus. Tolliver is Sigma Kappa President, Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry Honors Society) President, American Chemical Society Vice President, GAC committee member, Prehealth Association member, Phi Kappa Phi member, and College Republicans member. That’s quite an extensive list.

This busy, busy girl has managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA and have a social life. She advises underclassmen to, “Stay balanced. Academic and social lives are both important. You can have fun and still be successful academically.” All in all, it seems that Tolliver’s sorority sister, Danielle Harrison, summed her up pretty accurately in saying: “Kyla is an extremely dependable, organized and efficient person. These are great traits to have, but even better than these is the fact that she is loving, compassionate, can talk to absolutely anyone, and would do absolutely anything for a friend!”

It certainly does seem that this model student has helping others in mind. In fact, one might even call Kyla Tolliver a superhero— out to save the world. Of course, her cape would be pink. It is her favorite color.


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: BEN HUTCHERSON

By WHITLEY ARENS
Staff Writer

Surprise , surprise! Ben Hutcherson didn’t spend his summer lounging around either. He was also out saving the world, or at least contributing to valuable medical research. Hutcherson, along with other featured senior, Kyla Tolliver, worked with Dr. Patrick Sheridan this summer. “What both of us worked on was an ongoing project. Dr. Sheridan has to try and synthesize some natural products which have shown potential as anti-cancer compounds,” Hutcherson explained.

Hutcherson and Tolliver did this as part of a pilot program which will become the GCPALS Program, with 20 positions available to students next summer. This is a result of Georgetown being awarded a $1.2 million grant for science education. Now that Hutcherson’s exciting summer has ended and he’s back at GC for his final year, he’s trying to avoid thinking about being a senior. “I’ve been trying to put off having to think about it as much as possible, although I admit to being terrified of the thought of actually having to grow up come May.” He said, “I’m sure as the time comes closer, it will start to hit me even more.”

He’s not really looking forward to bidding Georgetown farewell because his four years here have been good ones. Hutcherson has become more outgoing and less reclusive. He also has lots of great GC memories to look back on, most notably going to Mission Arlington with Campus Ministries last spring. Of this, he said, “It was an amazing trip in more ways than one.”

One specific thing Hutcherson will be sad to leave behind when he leaves Georgetown is the professors: “I’d be doing a huge disservice to name one favorite professor. One of the great things about Georgetown is how approachable every professor I’ve ever had has been. The whole chemistry department is excellent—both in and out of the classroom. Whether I have a question about class or just want to stop by and chat, I feel like I can do so with any of them.”

In this theme of GC appreciation, Hutcherson advised underclassmen to “enjoy your time here. It’s over before you know it.” However, there’s a little more to Hutcherson than how much he likes Georgetown College. He also happens to be quite the procrastinator, as is many a college student. Also, he would have some interesting spending plans if he were to win the lottery. Yes, he’d pay off college loans and help his parents out a little, as most students would, but he’d also spend a lot of his money developing his collections.

That’s right, collections. Hutcherson is an avid collector. He explained, “I’m a collector through and through, and as anyone who knows me can attest, I can ramble on to a great end about any of the things I collect.” Lionel trains, rotary-dial phones and old, American-made pocket watches are that of which he is particularly fond.

It seems that Hutcherson is on a pretty promising path and has much more to collect in his lifetime—and not just in the way of phones, trains or watches either.


$13.48 for your thoughts?

By AVA JORDAN
News Editor

Many students joke that when someone moves to East Campus, they are never seen again. In this economy, it is with good reason. Driving from East Campus to main campus and back each day of classes and finals, but not including any weekend trips, can add up in gas costs. The distance between East Campus and main campus is .9 miles; driving this distance twice a day for the 78 days of classes and finals in this semester alone, assuming 25 miles per gallon and $2.40 per gallon, adds up to approximately $13.48 in extra gas costs per semester.

Of course, gas prices are always in flux, so the numbers will change, but taking a few extra minutes out of one’s day to walk or bike between an East Campus apartment and one’s classes will save gas, money and the environment. If a student lives on East Campus for four semesters, he can save about $54 in gas money if he walks or rides his bike rather than driving every day.

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