September 17, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 2

Honoring America’s Coal Miners

Staff Writer
Carissa and Coy Daniels are part of the Coal Miner exhibit.

Carissa and Coy Daniels are part of the Coal Miner exhibit.

Only ever brought into the American spotlight by tragedy or trouble, coal miners do the dirtiest, yet most necessary work in America. These honest, hard-working people, mainly from the mountainous parts of the country, spend their lives underground doing the work that no one else would volunteer to do. They work long hours in hard conditions to bring natural resources that produce energy, generate electricity, provide jobs and create wealth.

Thorney Lieberman has dedicated the past two years of his life to honoring these men and women. When he moved to West Virginia four years ago, several major accidents in the coal mines brought the work of these people to his attention. Lieberman decided that he would travel to different mining communities and set up temporary studios in gymnasiums and churches. He then spent time with the miners photographing them as they would appear on any typical day in the mines. His photographs represent the “come as you are” idea.

The miners are photographed as they would be seen in their everyday lives. The life-size collages are comprised of thirty individual photographs taken at a 1:1 ratio. Therefore none of the negatives are “blown up.” Each of them is taken and then printed the same size. The thirty different photos are then arranged to depict a life size coal miner. By using this technique, Lieberman’s photos look accurate to real life. They are the exact size of the people depicted and are very sharp. In the photos you can see every hair and every smudge of coal.

The use of thirty different smaller photographs instead of one large one brings a unique accent to the pieces. First, they allowed Lieberman to print these photos with as much detail to real life as possible. Second, the technique allowed Lieberman to arrange the photos slightly overlapping or slightly off-center. This added a unique quality to the gallery. Lieberman created these life-size exhibits to put a human face with the accomplishments of these people. He wanted to give the American public a chance to see something out of the ordinary, something that most people will never experience.

Lieberman realized that most Americans will never take a tour through a coal mine or even visit the Appalachian Mountains. These photographs have the ability to give a little bit of these workers’ souls to the American public. Freshman Natalie Hymer described the photographs as “an inspirational experience that brings forth a lot of thought.” She also added, “I was amazed by the diversity of these people. Some of them look almost happy, but they all look like hard workers.”

The people in these photographs do not come from one particular walk of life. They are the young, the middleaged and the old; people of color and women. Some stand with their children clinging to their sides while others solemnly stare back at you. The diversity of the coal miners is far from what one might expect. Specifically, the photograph taken of Coy Daniels and his daughter Carissa Daniels can evoke a lot of different thoughts. Most see a working father and his beautiful young daughter; a few might see the concern of the little girl for her father and his safety.

The works of Thorney Lieberman have the ability to reach many different people coming from many different walks of life. The individuals exhibited in his photographs are being brought to life as “heroic national figures.” They may not be famous and they may not dine with the stars, but they are doing what they can to help America.

This exhibit, showcased in the Cochenour Gallery, located in the LRC, opened Sept. 8 and will be on display through Oct. 7. A closing reception and Artist Talk will be held Oct. 7 from 5-7 p.m. The gallery is open during all regular LRC hours. For more information about the American Coal Miners visit:


Peggy Coots observes herself in a mirror.

Peggy Coots observes herself in a mirror.

Anyone who first meets senior Peggy Coots would likely immediately notice her subtle, incandescent charm and sweetness. But, as is usually the case, there is more to Peggy than meets the eye—like the fact that she has five tattoos and that her idea of a perfect day includes riding around on the back of a Harley. This Art major, Sociology minor comes to GC from Crab Orchard, Ky.

Admittedly, she didn’t choose to go here for the storybook I-fell-in-love with- the-campus reason. She confessed that she chose Georgetown College, “Because the application was easy and it didn’t require an essay; that’s my lame but truthful answer. Some days I wonder how I ended up here at GC, but I’m glad I did. The friends I’ve made and the education I’ve received have been amazing.”

When asked if she can believe that she’s already a senior, Coots has some mixed thoughts: “Yes and no. Yes, because I have a lot of work to do for my upcoming senior show and that’s very scary. No, because it hasn’t felt like three-and-a-half years. I remember looking up at the seniors my freshman year thinking they were so much cooler, older and wiser than me then. Trust me, I’m not cooler or much wiser. Just older.” Since the time when she arrived as an awestruck freshman, Coots admitted that, “Everything has changed…in a good way.”

Assuredly, one of the contributing factors to this change was this past spring semester, which Coots spent studying abroad in Italy. In fact, one of her only GC regrets is that she only got to study abroad once: “I wish I would’ve studied abroad my sophomore year, so I could have done two semesters abroad. My semester in Italy was one of the most amazing, eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had. I learned so much about myself abroad that has enriched my life.” Her semester abroad has also affected her post-GC plans.

When asked about after-college life, she said, “Do we really have to go there? Ugh, grad school maybe, if so it will be out of state. My plans are unclear at the moment. I’d love to travel some more though and after my semester abroad, I have friends all over the world now, so maybe I’ll hit one of them up for a while after GC.” All-in-all, Coots has a pretty interesting outlook on the future in general. Some days she’s excited about being a senior; some days she’s nervous, but most days the self-proclaimed realist is indifferent about her inevitable graduation.

Also, rather than looking back fondly on the memories she’s had here, Coots is looking forward to the time she has left at GC. As to her favorite Georgetown College experience, she remarked, “I’m not sure. I feel like my favorite GC experience hasn’t happened yet. I think it’s going to happen this year. Senior year is going to be the best by far.” From her older and notreally- any-wiser-or-cooler senior standing, Coots offered two pieces of advice for underclassmen, “One—just get the gen eds and CEPs over with early. Two—just be yourself; you’ll find your spot on this campus; no worries.”

It seems as if part one of Coots’ advice may be from personal experience. Though looking forward to her senior year, Coots is not looking forward to the CEPs she still needs to attend—“I strongly dislike CEPs. I really dislike the ones in the chapel, because it’s hard for me to sit still throughout the entire event. I have to go to A LOT this year. Anyone wanna be my CEP buddy?” It’s pcoots0 if there are any takers.

Meet the Tiger cubs

Staff Writer
Tasha Padgett is from Columbia,Ky.

Tasha Padgett is from Columbia,Ky.

As a new year begins, unfamiliar faces can be seen all over campus. There are approximately 420 new freshmen this year. Two of them are willing to let you get to know them. This week’s featured freshmen are Tasha Padgett and Drew Botner.

Q: What town are you from and what high school did you attend?

Tasha: Columbia, Ky., Adair County High School.

Drew: Corbin, Ky., Corbin High School.

Q: Why did you choose GC?

T: I love the community atmosphere and how comfortable I am on campus.

D: It is small, has easy access to Lexington, and everyone I talked to loved it.

Q: Do you have a major in mind?

T: Possibly Psychology major and Biology minor.

D: No idea, it’s still the first month of school!

Q: What is your favorite class so far?

T: I love Psychology 111 with Castenada.

D: Definitely American Government with Dalager.

Drew Botner is from Corbin,Ky.

Drew Botner is from Corbin,Ky.

Q: How do you like your dorm?

T: I love it, you get used to not having air.

D: It could be much worse.

Q: What has been your favorite experience so far?

T: The first Common Ground.

D: Late-night Steak-n- Shake.

Q: How do you like Caf food?

T: It’s not as good as home, but I like it.

D: It’s better than my high school cafeteria food.

Stay tuned for more Fun Facts about Freshies.

feature photo

Student Ava Jordan had this photo taken in Washington, D.C.

Student Ava Jordan had this photo taken in Washington, D.C.


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