SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: ROGER BROCKBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Of all the seniors I have interviewed for the Senior Spotlight, I have never had anyone answer my questions quite like Roger Brock. This Spanish and Math double major is full of personality. When asked why/how he chose his major and minor, Brock responded, “Spanish was my first major and is really where my passions lie. I want to be able to speak Spanish well, like really well, like you look at me and think ‘gosh, that’s the whitest Latino I’ve ever seen!’ The math I picked up junior year, really just for kicks.” I told you his answers were unique.
This senior from Louisville, Ky. has accomplished a lot during his four years at Georgetown. He was homecoming prince his freshman year, managed to kiss a girl from every sorority by the end of freshman year, was voted ResLife male staff member of the year both his sophomore and junior years, was the recipient of the Ronald E. Meredith leadership scholarship and has “been on top of more buildings than you (whoever you may be).” Most recently, he was voted Outstanding Student Leader of the senior class. He also holds a 3.7 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List several times.
On top of the aforementioned honors, he has also been involved in many other facets of campus life. He is a proud member of the President’s House Association and has held the offices of Membership Chair, House Manager, Fundraising Chair (“I like to call it fun-raising”) and Scholarship Chair. He was the Resident Adviser in the PHA house his sophomore year and was the Resident Director his junior year. When not in class or hanging out in front of the PHA house, Brock serves as an admissions office “Tiger Guide,” the Theatre department assistant technical director and a ropes course facilitator. In his spare time, he likes to go rock climbing, mountain biking and BMXing. After all he has accomplished at Georgetown College, Brock has received a Fulbright to teach math in Spain. If that isn’t the best use of both of his majors, I don’t know what is.
When asked about graduation, he responded, “I can’t wait to walk across that stage. I’ll miss Georgetown, but not that much.” He says he has grown a lot in the past four years: “I am definitely way more of an accepting person. I am also much closer to being an adult, although it is questionable whether I will actually ever reach that level. I have grown in the way I love people and through the relationships made here.” One of the many humorous answers I got from Brock was when I asked him, “What makes you unique?” His answer was, “I have a few physical anomalies. I make Casper look Latino. I have webbed toes, blonde hair with a brown patch in the back and a red beard. I also possess talents that would make me a great candidate to work in a circus. I can slackline (like tightrope walking), ride a unicycle, solve a Rubik’s Cube and have been trying unsuccessfully for years to learn to juggle. I started out with machetes, but have since toned it down and only use flaming torches. (This last sentence was a lie).”
His roommate of all four years, Sam Chinn, said, “Roger is the best college roommate I’ve ever had. If we live together for three more years we will be married under common law. If you need any more proof of his greatness, just come talk to me.” His girlfriend, Hilary Richardson, said, “What I like most about Roger is his ability to have fun in all situations. He definitely plays the part as the class clown most of the time, but he is also very clever, adventurous and 100 percent fearless.” The most shocking thing I heard from Brock was when I asked him who is hero was and why. Usually people tell me it is a parent or mentor, but not this PHA. He is his own hero. “It sounds really cocky, but it’s the truth. There are people I really look up to, but many times I just have to think, ‘What would Roger Brock do?’”
My next question was, “What would Roger Brock do differently, looking back over the past four years?” He said that if he could do it all again he would try to be more relaxed about the way he did things, including ResLife. Being a senior and actually having to leave Georgetown hit him a while ago and “every now and then I get scared, but then I just ignore that feeling and go on without really caring.” Brock’s advice for underclassmen is to “Stay true to who you are. Many times people will pressure you to do one thing or to change how you act, but these people are just using you. Be yourself and love yourself, realizing that it is the best thing you can be.”
Surviving Finals WeekBy EVAN EGAN
Summer is a couple of weeks away and some people are beginning to think about the sun, concerts, pools and parties. However, it’s that time of year when everyone on campus has one other thing on their mind as well—final exams. A recent informal poll of several students on campus was conducted to figure out how they cope with their final exams. Nick Norcia is a junior and has had his fair share of difficult final exams. When asked how he manages final exam week, Norcia replied, “I think time management and prioritization are the two most important keys to doing well on finals. You can’t spend your entire time worrying about one exam; you have to manage your time and be prepared for all of them.”
It’s a good idea to sit down and plan out certain times to study for each exam. Another vital part of exam week is to set aside time for study breaks, to clear one’s head. If one tries studying nonstop, insanity may result, and the student’s brain will be too fried to do well on exams. Study breaks work well, but sleep is also very important because most people cannot function on four hours of sleep. However, there are others who can pull off the all-nighters and believe that’s just what is necessary during finals.
When Junior Jordan Kramer was asked about how he handles finals, he said, “I don’t mind staying up all night to study because I feel like I can focus better and there are no distractions.” It’s important to figure out the best way to study. Kramer added, “Study groups really help out during finals as does not being afraid to ask teachers about any questions you have.” Whether it’s staying up all night or waking up early, finals are right around the corner and everyone should get ready.
GC students promote cultural awarenessBy EVAN HARRELL
Madame Jana Brill’s Teaching World Languages class is investigating areas of Scott County culture as part of their final project. For the project, they will each be writing newspaper articles in their target languages about their topic of Scott County culture. The Scott County High School German AP class has, thanks to the instruction of their teacher, also undertaken the project of writing a general history of Scott County. Next semester, The Georgetonian will publish this collection of articles in their foreign languages; an English translation will appear in The Georgetonian online. As they will be published at the time of the World Equestrian Games in the fall, the various representatives of world cultures and languages visiting the Georgetown area will see an illustration of global culture through world languages while also gaining an understanding of the cultural side of Scott County.
Students in the class include Jason Snider (Spanish), Ryan Smith (Spanish), Marie Steves (Spanish teacher at Scott County 9th Grade School), Amber Scott (Spanish), Lauren Cornele (French), Mathew Polley (Spanish) and Joe Fisher (Spanish). When asked what their favorite part of investigating Scott County culture has been, here is what the following students had to say:
Senior Amber Scott said, “I have been able to investigate a part of Scott County culture that I have never explored. Since my time as a student, this particular material has never been something I have looked into. It has been very positive to become a little more familiar with the place that has been my home for the last four years.”
Junior Lauren Cornele said “My favorite part about investigating Scott County culture and history was becoming better acquainted with the community. Since I am from Ohio, I had no idea about this county or region. Investigating the deep history of Scott County has been an interesting experience.”
Senior Jason Snider (Community Relations and Protocol chair for the World Equestrian Games) said, “My favorite part of investigating was learning what there is to do in my own backyard. I have been to the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center before but have never set aside time to learn about its rather extensive history.” These students also explained why they thought cultural awareness is important.
Scott said, “There are so many different aspects of culture, and I think it is very important, especially for our generation in these continually changing times, to understand the world around us. We should be familiar with not just our own ways of life but those who live or lived among us. I think it will help heighten our appreciation for our world.”
Cornele said, “Cultural awareness is important because in order to be productive and informed members of a global community we must first be aware of other cultures and then use that information to create strong ties between ourselves and other cultures.”
Snider said, “Cultural awareness is important because the world is full of different, interesting cultures. If you only learn about your own culture, you’re missing out on what the world has to offer. Concerning the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to welcome the world to our door and we could be certain we show them the Southern hospitality Kentucky is known for.”
These articles will be published next fall around the end of September or the beginning of October. For more information, contact Madame Jana Brill, professor of the Teaching World Languages class.
Georgetown College Academic Team Finishes StrongBy EVAN EGAN
There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Georgetown College academic team this past weekend, as they went for their fourth straight KCQRL Division I title. Georgetown entered the final tournament of the year in second place and their chances of jumping into first looked slim. However, the team persevered and took first place to keep the streak alive.
Dr. Burch, coach of the academic team, said, “I thought that Division I was locked into second place. I was wrong. This team taught me to mind my own advice and never, ever give up.” The Division II team also had a strong season and ended up finishing in second place.
Georgetown College has shown their academic prominence once again and cannot wait to make it five titles in a row next year.