GC in the new decadeBy AVA JORDAN
Many of us have already made (and possibly broken) New Year’s Resolutions, but this year, as the beginning of a new decade, provides a chance to make an even bigger, more lasting change. Along these lines, The Georgetonian asked students what they would like to see Georgetown College do in the next year, or over the period of the next decade, in order to improve the GC experience. The answers provided some interesting insight into what students find important at this point in time and what they believe could make a positive impact on campus life.
Some students, like Junior Shawn McPeek, said that they would like to see curfew extended to 2 a.m. every day rather than just on weekends. As McPeek explained it, “Letting us have a weekday 2 a.m. curfew will let us get in our last cram session before an important test, finish the movie with our friends or just sit around swapping stories. Also, 2 a.m. is the time Hong’s opens during the week.”
Other students like Sophomore Chris Lord and Freshman Natalie Hymer like the use of free trade coffee in the Caf and would like to see more things like this around campus. Sophomore S.E. Price suggested that the school should “fix the dorms” before focusing on any other projects. Ashlyn Keelin, sophomore, agreed, suggesting the addition of Honors housing options and adding that, at least in the case of the potential Honors housing, co-ed living might be the more practical approach.
Senior Dan Schlipf also believes a building on campus needs some work, but his concern is not a dormitory. Instead, he suggested remodeling Giddings because “it’s still stuck in the 70s.” Freshmen Rachael Castillo and Mary Ables Ray both advocated the idea of a smoke-free campus, while Kristen Snyder, sophomore, recommended that Georgetown provide more community-building activities for students, whether on campus or short trips to nearby areas of interest. Other recommendations included keeping the LRC open 24 hours a day and a reformation of the Greek system on campus.
Celebrities are cropping up on FacebookBy JOEL FEDERSPIEL
If you are like me, then you may have been confused this week when you looked at your friends’ profiles on Facebook and saw a famous individual staring back at you. The reason for this phenomenon is that this week has been dubbed Celebrity Doppelganger Week. The logic behind this week-long masquerade is that if you have ever been told that you look like a celebrity then you should post a picture of that individual as your profile picture.
If you are not constantly bombarded with statements of “you remind me of x” then you can always use a website like http:// http://www.doppelgangerweek.com that uses facial recognition software to match a photo of yourself to a celebrity’s face. Sometimes this method can give you unexpected results. For instance, when I uploaded one of my photos to a site like the one listed above, I was told that my celebrity doppelganger was Alan Turing, one of the fathers of computer science.
Junior Whitley Arens is participating in the festivities and she chose Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl as her celebrity look-alike because her sister has told her that she looks like Meester. So whether you use a website or another individual to determine who your alternate persona is, go out and join the thousands on Facebook in their quest to claim a look-a-like.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: JAVIER RONDONBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
We all know how scary it was when we first came to college and were left, all on our own, to find our classes, do our laundry and be responsible adults. Now imagine if you had come to Georgetown College not from across the state, but from another country, barely able to even speak English. That is exactly how Javier Rondon felt when he arrived from Barcelona, Venezuela.
He wanted to go to college and play soccer, but in his home country he could only do one or the other. Luckily for Javi, as his friends know him, he found out about a firm who sent videos of soccer players to colleges in the United States, and he ended up getting an offer from GC that he couldn’t pass by. His adjustment to American culture happened slowly and with the help of his “American mom” Instructor Kim Gift, the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and especially one of his brothers, Alex Butt. They provided him with English help and gave him a place to stay during breaks. They even went so far as to buy him groceries when he needed them. All of the generosity that he has been given has made him want to return the favor. No matter what happens in life, he wants people to know that “There is always hope.” He wants to one day be in a position where he can be helpful and useful to people; a position where he can serve his co-workers and his family as they seek a better life.
When asked to describe his dream job, Javi responded in an unusual way. Instead of saying the career he wanted or what job he aspired to get, he said, “My dream job would be to coach 6-8-year-old kids [in soccer]. At that age, you can develop them into great soccer players and teach them to dream. As a coach, you can make an impact on the kids and prepare them for life. It happened to me.” He has a passion for God and the people around him, and wants to be able to express that however he can.
Javier has always been interested in computers and technology, so being a Computer Science major and Math major just came naturally to him. While unsure what he will end up doing after graduation, Javi plans on staying in the United States and would like to work for HP or Lexmark or attend a graduate program that combines business and computer science. Until recently, he had also been considering playing professional soccer.
He has been playing since he was three years-old, and at Georgetown was on the men’s Varsity soccer team all four years. He was named captain this year, but after all of his successes he realized that playing soccer for a living wasn’t really what he wanted. He was given opportunities to try out for pro teams but declined because one day, he would like to have a family and be able to offer security and stability to the people he cares about. He knows that with soccer he would have to travel and move often, and that would be too hard on them. Although he has retired from the game, he will never forget the day when he scored the goal to tie against the then number one team, Lindsey Wilson, 2-2.
When asked how to describe him now, his best friend from Venezuela said, “I don’t know, you’ve changed a lot. But I do know you are funny and brown.” Other people who have known him all four years can see the change of heart he has had. Javi has drawn closer to God and is now using his guitar playing talents to serve God during worship services. His advice to Georgetown students is to “take every experience of your life to improve yourself, achieve your goals and to have a better future. Make yourself better so you have more to offer to others.” Those really are words to live by.