October 1, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 4

GC receives generous donation

Features Editor
Senior Ben Hutcherson examines the new mass spectrometer.

Senior Ben Hutcherson examines the new mass spectrometer.

The Georgetown College chemistry department was the recipient of a recent donation from the Toyota Company in the form of several valuable pieces of lab equipment from their environmental lab. Toyota used to do all of their environmental testing in-house, but decided to outsource it to another company and wanted to make sure that their equipment was put to good use. Because of this, the Toyota Company contacted Dr. Frank Wiseman to see if the GC chemistry department would be able to use any of their machines. Dr. Wiseman was more than happy to accept their donation, which included several chemical instruments (including the computer support for the equipment) as well as numerous boxes of miscellaneous laboratory supplies, all of which came to a total value of well over $100,000.

The principle component of Toyota’s donation is two gas chromatograph- mass spectrometers (each of which is only four years old), which are essential analytical instruments in many fields of chemistry. A gas chromatograph separates complex mixtures and a mass spectrometer then allows a chemist to determine the elemental composition of a molecule by ionizing the compound and then determining its mass by using an electric field.

The mass spectrometers that Toyota donated can easily determine the composition of a molecule in concentrations as low as parts per million. “Each mass spectrometer has a mechanical rough pump and a turbomolecular high vacuum pump,” said Dr. David Fraley. One of the instruments has a Purge-and-Trap device that allows a chemist to pull organic compounds out of a water sample by bubbling helium gas through it and then send those organic compounds on into the gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer. Toyota used this to examine volatiles in waste water as part of the Environmental Protection Agency methods that they executed. This Purge-and-Trap capability is one that GC did not have prior to receiving this instrument.

Currently both mass spectrometers are being stored in the research lab while renovations are completed on the rest of the chemistry laboratories. One of the mass spectrometers will probably stay in the research lab while the other will likely be placed in the organic lab for student use once the renovations are complete. Aside from a location, some other items the chemistry department needs to get these instruments up and running are a 220V power source, helium tanks and some ingenuity.

Dr. Fraley summed up the chemistry department’s feelings about this donation best: “This is a real gem; this is wonderful to have.”

Graves Center hosts graduate school fair

Staff Writer

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Graves Center for Calling and Career will be hosting a Law and Graduate School fair from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame room in the Cralle Student Center. This event is open to all students, regardless of class status or current major. There will be 18 schools represented at the fair to provide information on the various programs offered. While most of the schools will be law schools, there will also be a pleasant mix of other types of schools, such as Ashland Theological Seminary and the UK College of Social Work.

Representatives from each school will be on hand to help students learn more about the application process and financial aid. They will also provide some tips on how to prepare for these programs. For more information you can go to the Graves Center’s website at http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/ career or contact Holly James at (502)-863-7094 or holly_james@georgetowncollege.edu.

Attending Schools
Alabama School of Law
Appalachian School of Law
Ashland Theological Seminary
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Bellarmine University’s Lansing
School of Nursing and Health
Capital University Law School
Chase College of Law
Indiana University School of Law
Maryland School of Law
Regent University School of Law
Roger Williams University School of
Saint Louis University Law School
University of Cincinnati College of
University of Dayton Law School
University of Kentucky College of
Social Work
University of Kentucky Martin School
of Public Policy & Administration
University of Louisville School of
Interdisciplinary and Graduate
Valparaiso University School of Law

Fall means fun around town

Staff Writer

Fall is in the air both on campus and in the Georgetown community. Fall is a time of year in which there are countless events going on around the area. Students seem to love autumn and eagerly await its coming. This could be very much due to the brief break from classes students get for Fall Break (October 3-6). Students enjoy the change in weather and love being outside.

Georgetown College sophomore Caroline Hutson says that she “really enjoys the crisp air that comes with fall” and loves how everyone seems to be outside enjoying the weather and the fall season. She also notes apple cider as one of her favorite things about fall. Fellow Georgetown College sophomore Kelsey Barbato also enjoys the fresh air that comes with the season. Another great part of fall is the changing color of the leaves; this is Kelsey’s favorite part of fall. There are several events that students can go to take in the atmosphere of the fall season.

Events Around the Area
Oct. 1 – Fireman’s Chili Cook-Off
Oct. 1-4 – Festival of the Horse
Oct. 1-31 – Georgetown and Scott County’s Harvest Trail
Oct. 1-31 – Shawnee Run Fall Sales
Oct. 1-Nov. 1 – Annual Bi-Water Farm “Autumn Fest”

Hotel Gill allows students to buy and support art

Staff Writer

In 1997, an artist contemplated how to make his art affordable to the general public. After turning this idea over in his head he came up with the idea of the Art-O-Mat. The original Art-O-Mat was created from an old cigarette machine. The slots for cigarette boxes were replaced with small creations of his work. A person could walk up, insert $1 in change and walk away with something unique and affordable. Since then, this idea has been widely adopted across the United States.

A couple of years ago, the Art Department at Georgetown College heard about this phenomenon and was highly intrigued. The staff started formulating ways to raise money to bring this opportunity to our campus. Dr. Decker shared with us that almost every year the Art Department wins the highly competitive “Department Wars,” an event which includes teams of teachers from various departments competing to see which department can walk or run the farthest over a specific period of time. The winning department receives a $500 prize. For a few years, the prize money has been spent frivolously, but the Art Department really wanted to find a good place for this money to go.

Last summer, Dr. Decker, among others, decided to put their winnings towards buying a used cigarette machine and making their very own Art-O-Mat. After searching eBay, the professors came across a used machine rotting away in someone’s basement. So, this summer they trekked to Indiana to retrieve their prize. Upon bringing it back to Georgetown, they noticed that the machine had Hotel Gill written across it, therefore creating its name: The Hotel Gill, more commonly known as just “The Gill,” according to Dr. Decker.

The machine will be filled yearround with pint-sized pieces of art from students at Georgetown. Any student may create works to fill Hotel Gill. If you are interested please contact Dr. Juilee Decker. Currently, the art in Hotel Gill is titled “Compassion.” It has been inspired by the movie “Art 21,” which will be premiering nationally Oct. 7. According to Dr. Decker, there will not always be a main theme for the art, but for this kickoff they have chosen Compassion to explain their works.

I personally had the pleasure of experiencing this interesting addition to our campus. Upon walking into the Fine Arts building, the Hotel Gill is straight ahead against the wall. You insert change (preferably four quarters) and then decide which artist you would like to pull from. There are knobs above each artist’s name, therefore allowing you to pull the knob and a piece of art will drop into the slot. The small pieces of art actually look like a cigarette box. They are the same size and shape. Each piece is a cut piece of wood that has been painted, drawn on, burned, carved out or had things (such as pennies) attached to it. You will never insert change and receive the same thing twice. Every experience is uniquely different.

In my experience using the Hotel Gill, I received a piece of art that has been painted red and black and had a dime added for a little taste of something different. These pocketsized pieces are perfect for decorating your desk or dorm room. The proceeds from the artwork will not, however, go to the artists directly. They will go to keep Hotel Gill running and to buy the supplies needed for the art. Freshman Carolyn Allen accompanied me on this adventure to locate Hotel Gill and commented, “I think this idea is really neat. I like how they took something vintage and made it functional and contemporary.”

This new addition to Georgetown College is a fun and interesting way to bring art to the students. This unique experience only costs $1, so feel free to pop in to the Fine Arts building and give it a try. For more information about Hotel Gill, you can talk to Dr. Decker or any other professors in the building about it. So stop by and give it a try!


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