One Day Without Shoes raises awarenessBy AVA JORDAN
On Thursday, April 8, Georgetown College students took a walk around Giddings Lawn barefoot to raise awareness for TOMS Shoes, an organization that donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes purchased from their company. Jessica Watts, a senior, helped organize the TOMS Campus Club at Georgetown, a new addition to the list of student activities this year.
Watts and Ciera Mills organized the One Day Without Shoes event for Georgetown, though the event itself was a national one founded by TOMS Shoes. Approximately 250,000 people participated in 1,600 events around the world on April 8 to raise awareness about the situations many impoverished children around the world face. One of the goals of TOMS Shoes in organizing One Day Without Shoes is to remind people how essential shoes really are.
According to the event’s official website, many diseases and injuries could be prevented through basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes. Often, children in developing nations walk barefoot for miles in order to attend school, get clean water for their families or seek medical assistance, but many schools will not allow students to attend while barefoot. These issues lead to health problems and difficulties with education for these children.
Georgetown’s One Day Without Shoes event involved a barefoot walk around Giddings Circle, though many participants went barefoot for the entire day, despite the rain. Approximately 20 students participated in the event. Evan Harrell, one of the participants, said that “The walk we took Thursday really made me appreciate things we all take for granted every day. I just hope that people won’t be content with only raising awareness, but will also act upon that awareness and do something like buy a pair of TOMS or volunteer at a second-hand store.”
The tax man cometh, but he left you something—now what?By AVA JORDAN
As tax season slowly winds to its end, people all across America are now forced to ponder one all-important question: what do I do with my tax refund? Several Georgetown students like Freshman Evan Harrell and Elizabeth Carter, sophomore, do not have to face that question this year, as they did not file their taxes. Carter said, “I decided not to file since I would get a whopping $6 back if I did.”
Other students like Courtney Murphy, junior, owe money this year. According to Murphy, she hopes that “the government would use my money to help pay off our national debt; however, that would just be too practical of a concept for our lovely leaders to comprehend.” Instead, she imagines that the national government will use it to “build a monument to Obama….Maybe he will sit beside Abe Lincoln.”
Some, like Hillary Jones, junior, have already filed and received their returns. Jones put the money into her bank account “to pay for random, everyday, mundane things like phone bills, food and Wal-Mart runs like any good college student that is currently jobless would.”
Lauren Cornele, junior, is putting her money into her bank account “to pay for my shoe addiction, such as a new pair of TOMS…and possibly Lollapalooza tickets. But the two are not related.”
Whitley Arens, junior, used her tax return to buy dinner for three at P.F. Chang’s in Lexington. Some Georgetown students have used or are planning to use their refunds to go shopping or pay bills, but others may use their money more creatively. One student used a tax refund to pay for postage to send the taxes he owed to the government.
Those who either did not file or did not receive refunds do not have to face the question of what to spend it on this year, but they may want to begin considering the possibilities for next year—there are many options and only 365 days until tax season comes around again.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: ERIC MEFFORDBy VICTORIA ENGElHARDT
Senior Eric Mefford is most passionate about “trying to make a difference in someone else’s life. If anyone can ever say that their life was better because I was a part of it, then I will feel like I have accomplished something.” His little brother in Pi Kappa Alpha, Paul Williams, says that Mefford is, “one of the best men I know…. And he refuses to be mediocre in his pursuits.”
One would tend to side with Williams’ view of his big brother after learning of all that he has accomplished while a student at Georgetown College. Mefford is a four-year member of his fraternity, and has also been involved in numerous organizations on campus, including serving as Vice President of the InterFraternity Council and the Pre-Dental Society and a House Representative in the Student Government Association. Even with this involvement and being a President’s Ambassador, Mefford has managed to keep his grades up and has a 3.7 GPA. He has been honored for his work in the classroom through membership in Alpha Lambda Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa and has been on the Dean’s List three times.
This Harlan, Ky native says that his mother Sandy, who is the principal of Sandersville Elementary School, is his hero because, “Since I was a child, she has taught me the value of hard work, how to treat people with respect and to always believe in myself. After my father passed away, she has gone out of her way to provide myself and my brother with everything we could ever need, and though her job keeps her busy, she always makes time for us.”
With the values that Mefford has learned growing up, it should come as no surprise that he is the Kappa Delta Daggerman for April and was also nominated to be KD Mr. Shamrock. He has also helped them raise money for child abuse awareness. His favorite Georgetown College experience has been being a President’s Ambassador. Mefford said of the opportunity, “I have made many great friends in the program and have been given great opportunities to learn firsthand about what it takes to be a leader. I have also been given the chance to meet with several of Georgetown’s donors and trustees who have made attending Georgetown possible for myself and many other students.”
Mefford wants to be a dentist, so it makes sense that he chose a Biology major and Chemistry minor. After graduation, he plans on taking the Dental Admission Test and is applying to the dental programs of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. He is excited to see what the future holds for him, saying, “Though it can be stressful when thinking about applying to dental schools and I’m sad to leave all these great friends that I’ve made in my time here, I have faith that God has a plan for my life and that everything will be okay in the end.”
Around this time in the school year, many students are tired of writing papers and studying for tests and just wish that school would end and summer would get here faster, but not Mefford. His advice to underclassmen is, “Don’t wish your time here away; enjoy being a student and take time to appreciate all the great friends you’ve made along the way.”
Each week I ask, “If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?” and rarely do I get a response worth mentioning. Mefford’s answer, however, is witty and smart. “Well, if I were trapped on a desert island, I think I would want to have some food and water, a lawn chair (assuming this island is a tropical paradise) and a yacht in case I got tired of being trapped on a deserted island.”
Industrial Chemistry 101By JOEL FEDERSPIEL
Tuesday was a big day for Georgetown; not only were there talks by the former President of India and the current Principal of Regent’s Park College, there was also a visit from Dr. William F. Carroll—a past President of the American Chemical Society and a current Vice President of the Occidental Chemical Corporation—who spoke to a sizeable contingent of Asher students and professors in the Hall of Fame Room.
Carroll’s talk was entitled, “Where Everything Comes From: Industrial Chemisty 101” and focused on the 100 highest-volume industrial chemicals and the processes involved in their manufacture. Carroll covered a large volume of information in his presentation—everything from why sulfuric acid is the most produced chemical in the United States to clarifying the difference between Styrofoam and foam polystyrene (your to-go cup in the Caf is not Styrofoam, by the way).
Carroll really did a good job of making the talk interesting and he made an effort to keep the audience involved, all of which resulted in some very positive feedback from students. Junior Molly Maggard attended the presentation and said that “it was very interesting to see how so many of our industrial products derive from the same simple and naturally found chemicals.”
Freshman Charlie Crowe said that he “learned how the material we learn in Chemistry relates to practical applications and commercial uses.”
All of the students and faculty in attendance learned a great deal from Carroll. This presentation was a really wonderful opportunity to hear from a first-rate chemist who was the head of the largest scientific society in the world.