GC says goodbyeBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
George Carl Mahan, husband of Beth Jones Mahan, died at 6:55 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He was 65.
Those on campus who didn’t know Mahan personally may have spoken to him before without realizing it; he usually answered the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Line when students would call in with questions about their computers or internet service. Mahan suffered a brain aneurysm late in the evening on Tuesday, Sept. 1. He was taken to the UK Department of Emergency Medicine. By Sept. 14, Mahan’s neurologist reported that the CAT scan and ultrasound results were encouraging, and in the following days, though Mahan remained in critical condition, he made improvements and his heart, lungs and liver were good.
“Carl was such a kind and helpful person. Everyone at Georgetown College thought the world of him,” said Mary Margaret Lowe, Director of Library Services. “Carl was always ready to help us at the library, to make things better for our students. We will miss him.” “Carl Mahan exemplified the eight guiding principles of Georgetown College in a marvelous way. His Tiger Pride was evident everyday. I will miss him a great deal,” said President William Crouch. Mahan is survived by his wife of 45 years; daughter, Sheri Mahan; granddaughter, Jordan Schauer; sisters, Mary Lynn Mahan and Jere (Bill) Allen. A memorial service for Mahan was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the John L. Hill Chapel. At press time, no information was available regarding the funeral service.
Progress Checks help studentsBy HILLARY THORNTON
The first round of Academic Progress Checks is taking place this week. The checks are scheduled to begin today. Two Academic Progress Checks take place each semester. The checks typically occur the fourth/fifth week and eight/ninth week of the semester. Professors make the decision on whether or not a student receives an Academic Progress Check.
If the professor feels a student is struggling and needs to be made aware of where they stand in the class at that point, most professors will give that student a progress check. Receiving an Academic Progress Check, especially in the first round, is not necessarily a bad thing. The first round of checks gives the student a good indication of their standing in the class and lets them know some changes they may need to make. Students are encouraged to talk to their professor and seek tutoring in order to raise their academic achievement in a particular class.
As a student, it is imperative to react quickly to the professor’s feedback in order to get back in good standing in that class as easily as possible. The second round of checks helps students see if they may need to drop the class before the deadline or work even harder in the class. Receiving an Academic Progress Check can be scary, especially for new students. However, there is no reason to feel overwhelmed, stressed or alone in this situation.
There were over 460 students who received Academic Progress Checks last year during the first round. Dr. Gretchen Lohman, Georgetown’s Director of First Year Programs and Academic Enhancement, said the best advice she can give to a student is “to reach out for help and don’t be embarrassed.” Her office is always eager and happy to help students.
So what exactly is the point of Academic Progress Checks? According to Dr. Lohman, “Ultimately, the goal is to help the student advance in his/her learning at Georgetown College.” Students who receive an Academic Progress Check are encouraged to talk to their professors, seek tutors or contact Dr. Gretchen Lohman. For help with acquiring a tutor you can go to http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/forms/tutor.htm.
Campus honors Kim SummersBy FRANCIS NELSON
“Everybody on campus has one good memory of a Kim Summers story,” Dr. Pete LaRue told me while sitting in his office, “whether his smile or his enthusiasm or uplifting a student, staff or faculty member.” Whoever was giving me the campus tour when I first came to Georgetown College wanted to make sure I met Kim, and I was unsure what the big deal was about meeting someone who worked in The Store. A few years, many stories, and at least a hundred times of standing under the awning (even before the awning was there) I understand it now.
Dr. Pete’s words ring true. Kim touched a lot of lives during his time here and he left many of us with memories of him that we will always remember. Many of us who had the chance to know him were in attendance at the ceremony Friday, Sept. 18 to dedicate to him the new bronze tiger statue in front of the Student Center. For those who never had a chance to get to know him, ask around. The heartwarming and jovial stories you’ll hear will make you glad you did.
In honor and remembrance of Kim, a new tradition has been started here at Georgetown College. It’s a simple one. Just as hockey players tap a goalie’s pads before a game and some soccer players kiss or rub their goalie’s head for good luck, whenever you pass by Kim’s statue, walk on up and rub its head. It may not bring you luck, but it may bring you a smile.
GAC provides fun for studentsBy AVA JORDAN
The Georgetown Activities Council (GAC) is a split-off organization from the Georgetown Student Government Association (SGA). As part of a restructuring process undertaken last year, the organizations were separated in order to provide better focus on student activities. Part of GAC’s mission on campus is to provide activities to interest as many students as possible.
Past events hosted or sponsored by GAC have included cornhole and volleyball tournaments and Recess, which gave students the chance to revel in their elementary school days of fun and relaxation. This event included jump rope, four-square, hopscotch and many more schoolyard activities. Other events have included Freebie Fridays, Friday Night Flicks, Bingo Night and Mafia. Traci Ashcraft, Student Activities Vice President of GAC, said that the events are about “reaching a multitude of students,” not just specific groups of “just guys or just girls.”
To the members of GAC, it is not about the number of students who attend the events, but the amount of fun the students have. While events like Recess are all about relaxation for hard-working students, other events hosted by GAC are more educational and have practical applications for college students. Some upcoming events will teach students to change a tire, tie a tie or to defend themselves. GAC is a primarily student-run organization, so it welcomes student suggestions for events and input on planned events.
The movies shown at Friday Night Flicks are voted on by the student body and a Facebook group is available for student comments. This year, GAC is even co-hosting a Fall Break Trip to North Carolina with Campus Ministries. The 14 students who attend the trip will have the opportunity to go hiking and rafting. This trip costs $20 per student, but availability is very limited. Students interested in the trip should contact a GAC officer for information.
Security cameras to be placed on campusBy AVA JORDAN
Many rumors have been going around campus this year regarding the placement of security cameras in the Store, the Grille and parking lots. According to Kay Blevins, head of Auxillary Services, and Dr. Todd Gambill, Dean of Students, Georgetown College is currently exploring the possibiliy of installing some security cameras around campus for safety purposes. Auxillary Services’ original plan for cameras included replacing the five cameras in the Store and adding three to the Grille in order to allow 24-hour access to the area.
With the help of Information Technology Services (ITS), the plan is currently being expanded to check into security cameras for some of the parking lots around campus as an added protection for students and their vehicles. At the moment, the cameras being considered for use on campus are Axis Wide Dynamic Range Cameras, a major upgrade from the system currently in use in the Store. The new system will allow authorized users to access a website which streams the video from the security cameras and does not require a special, dedicated monitor like the current system. It will also have sharper quality and be in color, though there will still be no audio recording for privacy purposes.
Gambill stressed, however, that the college is currently looking into the prices for these cameras and that, even if the price is reasonable, it may take years for all of the parking lots around campus to be covered because of the number of cameras required. He also reminded students that cameras would not be a full solution and that students still need to take certain steps for their own safety, such as using the buddy system and locking cars. At this point, though cameras are being investigated for the Cralle Student Center and parking lots around campus, they will not be placed in residence halls, “certainly not in the living areas,” according to Gambill. One possible plan is, with the assistance of ITS, to move three outdoor cameras from the stadium at East Campus to Main Campus, though Auxillary Services, ITS and Campus Safety are still investigating priorities for camera placement.
Until, and even after, cameras can be installed around campus, it is important for students to be responsible for their own safety and to remember that, if they need an escort, Campus Safety officers are available 24 hours a day to escort them back to their residence halls. Students in need of an escort can call the Campus Safety office or use one of the call boxes placed around campus. For safety information or questions regarding the camera systems, please contact Campus Safety or Auxillary Services.