Students can win big at Keeneland this FridayBy JORDAN ROWE
And….they’re off! With the opening of Keeneland’s spring season tomorrow, Georgetown College students will be rushing to the race track in hopes of winning scholarship money and other prizes. Students can register to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships or one of ten other prizes, including an HP Pavilion Notebook, spa package or textbook vouchers, at Kenneland’s College Scholarship Day.
The gates open Friday at 11 a.m. with the first post time scheduled for just after 1 p.m. Students will also receive free admission with a valid college ID if they enter through the East Gate of the track. Spring and Keeneland go hand-in-hand for many Georgetown students. A day at the race course offers students a chance for sunshine, small talk and sport. Though professional dress is not required, it is common for students to don their Sunday best when they head down to the track.
Friday’s opening day is much more than your normal Keeneland outing. With race track organizers selecting one scholarship winner and one prize winner after each race, the day is especially meaningful for college men and women. Cecilia Adams, Georgetown College Equine Scholars Program Coordinator, said it is a combination of tradition and opportunity that drives students to go to the event. “Georgetown College students going to Keeneland is definitely a tradition,” Adams said. “And also part of this tradition going to Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day is that we’ve had many Georgetown College students actually win some of these scholarships and prizes.”
Senior Seth Kochera won a $1,000 scholarships at last year’s College Day. “Nine of the scholarships are open to all students,” he said. “But, one of them is usually reserved for a student who is the child of a (thoroughbred horse) industry employee or works in the industry themselves.” Kochera has worked as an industry employee, doing sales prep with yearlings (young horses between one and two years old) and assisting farm owners in various tasks. He strongly encourages students to come out to the track for College Day. Adams said Kochera and other past winners are proof that Georgetown students have a great chance at winning one of the scholarships or prizes. “Like the Kentucky lottery they say that somebody is going to win,” she said. “Might as well be you.”
The scholarships are sponsored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Keeneland. The first 1,000 students to register will receive a free College Scholarship Day t-shirt provided by Hands On Originals. Live music will also be featured in the North Terrace area.
Phi Kappa Phi recognizes new initiates
Georgetown, KY—Georgetown College’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter invited eight graduating seniors and twenty-four juniors to become members of one of the oldest and most prestigious national honor societies. The initiation ceremony was held on Sunday, March 28, at 3 p.m. in John L. Hill Chapel, followed by a reception in the Hall of Fame Room of Cralle Student Center.
Senior initiates are Danielle Harrison, Erica Miller, Joel Darland, Shelley Ware, Cecili Rusher, Carson Kealey, Jason Snyder and Justin Brown.
The junior initiates are Kelsey Bender, Ryan Thompson, Molly Maggard, Denielle Shelley, Kyle Huskin, Ashley Johnson, Whitley Arens, Stacey Page, Brenton Yadon, Kelsey Gregory, Leigh Brittany Lynn, Joel Federspiel, Meghan Harris, Ava Jordan, Heather Bellis-Jones, Anita Smith, Jordan Rowe, Jeanne Shearer, John Mayo, Coran Stewart, Matthew Doolin, Ashley Bush, Adrienne Bartlett, and Hannah Wilcox.
Achieving Phi Kappa Phi status is another way of “recognizing intelligence and hard work,” said Dr. Christine Leverenz, the chapter’s charter president and its current treasurer. Dr. Leverenz is professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science. Dr. Carrie Cook, Assistant Professor of English, is the current PKP chapter president. Also inducted were professors Dr. Melissa Scheier, Dr. Mary Anne Carletta and Dr. Tracy Livingston and staff member Ms. Susan Martin.
Lui discusses history of IndiaBy MEREDITH RIGBY
As we all should be aware of by now, Georgetown College will be hosting a very special guest this April 13: His Excellency President Abdul Kalam, the former president of India. In order to prepare for this event, there have been several Indian-themed events going on around campus. This Monday, Dr. Liyan Liu, associate professor of history, gave a brief summary of Indian history in the Hall of Fame room.
Dr. Lui began her talk by passing around a map of India and describing the geography and climate. She explained that the country is about half the size of the United States, but has four times its population. There are five to six different languages that are spoken there. “There are two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season,” explained Dr. Liu. Next Liu spoke of the very earliest civilization that settled in India, the Harappans. Lasting from 2500 to 1500 BC, they were apparently a pretty advanced civilization, having water pipes and even a written language. Liu pointed out that “Scholars are still debating the disappearance of the Harappans.”
But we do know that the Aryans, nomads from central Asia, were the next inhabitants of India, and modern Indian people claim to be descended from them. The last phase of Indian history that Liu talked about was British India. The English came to India to trade and make profit, but then took over the rule of the country from 1858-1974. When Dr. Liu was finished speaking, there was a short time for questions.
Dr. White asked about the role of the president in India and how Dr. Abdul Kalam was chosen for the position. In India, the role of president is more like that of the monarch of England, and Dr. Abdul Kalam was chosen because of what he had done for the country with regard to science and medicine. This lecture was a good overview of Indian history and helped the audience get an idea of the some of the background and customs of the country, although since the time was short it was by no means exhaustive. However, as Dr. Liu says, “Indian history is extremely complicated.”