Greek superlatives namedBy AVA JORDAN
This past Sunday, April 18, Georgetown College hosted its 13th Annual Order of Omega Greek Life Recognition Banquet. The banquet and program are held every year to recognize the hard work and dedication of students in the Greek community with various awards. This year, the Invocation was led by Portia Watson of Phi Mu, head of the Greek Week committee, which organizes all of the activities during that eventful week. The actual dinner was held after the invocation.
Following dinner, the presentation section of the program began with an official welcome from Angela Taylor, Georgetown’s Director of Greek Life. Mandy O’Donnell of Kappa Delta, who also serves as the president of Order of Omega, the Greek honor society in charge of the Recognition Banquet, introduced the newest initiates of Order of Omega. These women are Ashley Bush of Kappa Delta, Ciera Lowery of Sigma Kappa, Shelby King of Kappa Delta, Emily Holt of Sigma Kappa and Daniela Fuentes of Phi Mu. Dr. Yolanda Carter, the faculty sponsor of Order of Omega, then announced Chase Barnett of Sigma Kappa as this year’s Order of Omega Scholarship recipient. Following this, Portia Watson announced the Greek Week awards.
The Outstanding Greek Week Representatives were Kappa Delta’s Beth Mercke and Phi Mu’s Daly Wardlaw. The Greek God and Goddess awards, which are decided by the amount of money donated to each fraternity or sorority representative, were given to Paul White of Pi Kappa Alpha and Amber Scott of Alpha Gamma Delta. The winners of the Pool Games during Greek Week were Sigma Kappa and Pi Kappa Alpha, while Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Tau won the Greek Games in the quad. The overall Greek Week Award went to Phi Mu and Pi Kappa Alpha.
This year’s Greek Week activities raised $124 through the Greek God and Goddess competition and gathered 770 food items to donate to charitable organizations. The Academic Excellence Awards were announced by Carter, beginning with the Outstanding Scholars. These students were asked to stand so they could be recognized for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Carter also awarded the Scholarship Cup, which was given to Sigma Kappa, which had an average GPA of 3.565, and Phi Kappa Tau, which had an average GPA of 3.148. This year’s Outstanding Senior Scholars also came from these organizations, with Kyla Tolliver and Daniel Schlipf receiving these awards. The Most Improved Chapter GPA Awards, new this year, went to Sigma Kappa and Kappa Alpha. The Community Service Cup awards were given to Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Tau for their outstanding work with the Georgetown community. The Philanthropy Cup, which celebrates the highest financial contributions to philanthropic organizations, went to Kappa Delta and Kappa Alpha.
The Collegiate Involvement Award, which recognizes achievements and membership in campus activities and organizations, went to Sigma Kappa, which has members in 91 clubs on campus, and Phi Kappa Tau, which has members in 30 organizations on campus. The Educational Programming Award, designed to recognize outstanding fraternity and sorority programs for their members, went to Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Kappa Tau. The Varsity Athlete of the Year awards went to Layne Bush of Kappa Delta, who runs Cross Country, and Javier Rondon of Phi Kappa Tau, who plays soccer. This year’s Fraternity Adviser of the Year award went to Dr. Adela Borrallo-Solis, the adviser for Phi Kappa Tau. The Sorority Adviser of the Year award went to Sharon Henson of Phi Mu.
The Fraternity Man of the Year is a senior who displays a commitment to the areas honored at the Recognition Banquet—scholarship, community service, leadership and collegiate involvement. This year, the award went to Phi Kappa Tau’s Andy Smith. The Sorority Woman of the Year, a senior female who exemplifies these same commitments and achievements, is Madison Osborne of Sigma Kappa.
The final award of the evening was the President’s Cup, presented by Todd Gambill, who stood in for President Crouch. This award is based on performance in the areas of Scholarship, Community Service, Collegiate Involvement, Educational Programming and the Philanthropic Award, each of which counts as 20 percent of an organization’s total score. This year, the President’s Cup was awarded to Kappa Delta and Phi Kappa Tau.
“Doc” gives last chapelBy MEREDITH RIGBY
Last Tuesday, Georgetown College had its last chapel service of the academic year. The audience was treated to a moving and inspiring talk by Dr. Jack Birdwhistell, more commonly known as “Doc,” professor of religion at the college. The service opened with an organ prelude performed by Dr. Daniel Tilford. Five members of the Georgetown College Step Team presented the call to worship in several short, rhythmic routines, one of which included the members quoting Philippians 4:13.
After the step team clapped and stamped their way offstage to enthusiastic applause, Sarah Carey welcomed the audience and gave the opening prayer. Heather Norman then introduced the speaker for the service. “Everyone knows who I am about to introduce,” she said, telling how Doc Birdwhistell has touched the lives of many Georgetown students. When he came up on stage, they hugged affectionately. Doc began by saying he was going to tell us his story, and that his talk was about his wishes about the past, and his hopes for the future. He told the story of his life from his birth in the baby boomers generation, through his years as a Georgetown College student, to his job as a pastor in the “real world,” and his return to Georgetown College, first as campus minister, and then as a professor. He spoke of changes that have come to the college since he was a student. “We were not a very diverse college,” he said, and “we were not very adventuresome.” He encouraged students to take opportunities to travel and become aware of what is happening in the world.
Through telling of his life experiences, Doc shared with the audience a wealth of wisdom he has learned from both his positive encounters and his mistakes. As he was describing his early times as a staff member here, he described meeting H. K. Kingkade, one of the religious life staff. He spoke of a song Kingkade had written, and then invited Kingkade up to the stage to perform it, where he accompanied himself on the guitar. Lastly, Doc described two “visions” he had. The first dealt with a quote by Thomas Merton about love. The second was about a passage in Revelation about the leaves of the tree of life being for the healing of the nations. “I know those leaves. They are students of Georgetown College. I want you to be for the healing of the nations.” He encouraged students to be healers if they travel abroad or stay at home this summer.
Doc ended his talk with a blessing, and received a standing ovation as he walked off stage. Loran Brown announced that the offering was to be taken up for an orphanage in Brazil, while Stella Harville played the offertory on piano. Caty Osborne then spoke the closing prayer, and the service closed with another anthem on organ played by Dr. Tilford.
Take summer classes at GCBy JORDAN ROWE
Summer classes offer Georgetown students a chance to get ahead in their education. Plenty of opportunities exist this upcoming summer in 14 different disciplines for students to take classes. The upcoming May Term runs from May 17 to May 28, immediately following the week of spring semester exams. Summer Term I begins on June 1 and finishes on July 2. Summer Term II starts on July 7 and ends August 10, roughly two weeks before the Fall Term begins on August 23. The cost of summer classes is $600 per hour, according to the Business Office. A few of the classes will be taught online. Dr. Carrie Cook’s English Composition II (ENG 112), Dr. Austin French’s College Algebra (MAT107), Dr. Melissa Scheier’s American Government (POS100) and Dr. Regan Lookadoo’s General Psychology (PSY111) are all listed as online courses for Summer Term I. Interested students should contact the respective professors if they are interested in taking any of the courses.
Three special topics courses will be offered during the two-week May Term. Dr. Julie Decker is teaching a course in Art History on Old Masters and Young Geniuses (ART470). Dr. Susan Dummer is teaching an Ethnography course (COMM471) and Dr. Lookadoo is teaching a Psychology of Slavery course (PSY470). Those who still need to get a few general education requirements out of the way will also have the opportunity to do so in the two summer terms. General Chemistry I (CHE111), Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO211), English Composition I and II (ENG111/ENG112), English Literature Survey II (ENG 213), History of Civilization Since 1948 (HIS113), College Algebra (MAT 107), American Government (POS100), General Psychology (PSY111), New Testament I (REL231), Introduction to Sociology (SOC111) and Intermediate Spanish (SPA 201) will all be offered.
Courses taught online have specific dates that can be up to a few weeks earlier than the first day of class. Christopher Verch said, “This ensures that the professor can set up the correct technology-related items for each student and also distribute the materials needed.” The summer housing rate for those students who want to stay on campus and take classes is $114 a week. However, if students work a minimum of 20 hours per week on campus, the rate falls to $57 a week. Many professors require a minimum of four students in order to teach a course, but it is possible a professor would still teach a course with less than that amount. Enrollment at the present time is low, but it is still early. Students can register for May/ Summer courses either by going through the my.georgetown portal or registering directly with the Registrar’s Office. A course listing can be found at http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/registrar/schedules.htm.
Around the WORLD!
– Mt. Everest, Nepal: A new clean-up effort will be getting under way this week in Nepal as 20 climbers climb 8,000 feet to the “death zone” where they will be removing trash and corpses that have long been buried underneath snow and ice. The clean-up is taking place because global warming has caused the snow and ice to melt, exposing the trash from the past and making it even more hazardous for climbers.
– Seattle, Wash.: A dead grey whale that washed up on the beach recently has been found containing a pair of sweatpants, a golf ball, small towels, surgical gloves and plastic bags. The company who did the necropsy said the whale did not die of what was found inside of it and that the cause of death is still unknown.
– New York, N.Y.: The country’s first president owes the New York City Public Library $4,577 for two books that he checked out in October of 1789 and never returned. The two books were “Laws of Nations” and the 12th volume of “Common Debates.”
– Los Angeles, Calif.: Larry King filed for divorce this week. Not a big surprise that another celebrity is getting a divorce. What is rather unusual is that he is getting his eighth divorce. He has been married to seven women, the last of whom he spent 12 years with. King is 76 years old.
– Uganda: King Oyo became full ruler of the Tooro people recently as he turned 18. Four days of ceremonies marked this special coming of age, where his advisory board was disbanded, giving him full reigning control. He was given a spear to represent his position of protector of his people and was also given a Mercedes-Benz from his mother. Oyo has been king since he was 3.