GC Chileans celebrate miners’ freedom
After being trapped in a mine for many horrifying days, the good news finally reached Chilean students at GC that they were free.
The eight natives of Chile who are currently students at Georgetown College came together late Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 13) in Giddings Circle to rejoice and celebrate the miraculous rescue of the 33 trapped miners that was taking place in their homeland.
All day in their honor, the flag of Chile flew in place of the Georgetown College flag – alongside the American and Kentucky flags. The eight were bursting with Chilean pride, but at the same time grateful to God – and for the thoughts and prayers from the campus community.
Junior Ariel Gutierrez was almost overcome with his gratitude to the world – and the College – for reaction to the terrible earthquakes that rocked the South American nation in February as well as to this 69-day San Jose Mine ordeal. “This past year we’ve lived with such strong emotions,” said the junior majoring in International Business with an emphasis in Culture and the U.S. “Georgetown has supported us (through) our victories and failures…and our pain. We can all celebrate the (mine) rescue as a victory.”
“If you didn’t think there was a God before, here’s proof,” added Dani Fuentes, a senior Communication major/Economics minor and one of seven who went to high school at the College’s partner high school in Temuco, Chile – Colegio Bautista. “I was home for two weeks in August… watching (updates) on television every day. So, for the miners to come out alive is amazing and I’m praising God for it.”
Fuentes, who is one of President Bill Crouch’s 22 President’s Ambassadors, was quick to acknowledge the help of the United States and other countries in the rescue mission that at least for awhile seems to have brought peoples of the world together. “I am so thankful that other countries had the technology and sent such great support,” she said.
Nicole Muller, a senior Business Administration major/History minor, on the flipside said, “I am very proud of my government for looking for more professionals and more resources” to make the rescue successful and sooner than expected. (According to the Associated Press: No one has ever been trapped so long and survived.) “I’m feeling proud to be a Chilean because the miners, their families and the rescuers didn’t give up.”
Ben Aspillaga, who plays No. 1 for the Tigers tennis team and one of three Chileans on the squad, echoed the unanimous pride-in-country sentiment – especially from a media coverage standpoint. “I loved that people from around the world were saying good things about my country in the newspapers and on television,” said the Business major and Santiago native.
On the campus front, Aspillaga said, “It made me feel really good that all my (Phi Kappa Tau) fraternity brothers were coming up to me…excited about the good news.”
His tennis teammates Gustavo Echevirría and José Baeza, both freshmen from Temuco, were visibly appreciative that their coach, Layton Register, interrupted practice and drove them from East Campus to Giddings Circle to unite with their countrymen. “I am so glad to be a Chilean in the U.S.,” said Echevirría, a Business Administration major. “Being here and feeling so Chilean with patriotic feelings…” said Baeza, an International Business major, his voice trailing off.
Paula Silva, a senior at Universidad Catolica de Temuco, and Camila Espinoza, a senior at Universidad de la Frontera (Temuco), are at Georgetown just for this semester and seemed especially comforted to be with other “Georgetown Chileans” on Wednesday. Said Silva, “(In a way) I’m sad I’m here because when I left Chile we didn’t know the miners would come out alive. It’s a miracle!”Press Release
Tigers remember Brittnee HarrisBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
This week, the Georgetown community has been mourning the passing of an energetic, optimistic and courageous GC graduate—Brittnee Harris.
Harris, who graduated earlier this year, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Georgetown Community Hospital. She was 25.
The Psychology major from Prestonburg, Ky., received the college’s Deborah Courage Award at Commencement in recognition of her courageous determination to overcome physical and health challenges. She was also awarded the Psychology department’s Mark Eddy Award for 2010 and worked as a volunteer for Hospice of the Bluegrass.
In reflecting on their time with Harris, GC Psychology professors shared similar sentiments regarding her consistent optimism and work ethic despite her health concerns.
As Dr. Jay Castaneda said in the eulogy he delivered at Harris’s funeral, “I wondered to myself, ‘How was I so surprised at the news of her passing?’ I realized that it was because of her eternally energetic and optimistic personality. In talking with her, I never once thought of the cumulative effect of all of these ailments because she was always so alive. I realized how inspired I had been by her, her curiosity, her intellect and her overall friendliness.”
Dr. Karyn McKenzie’s comments echoed those of Dr. Castaneda: “I had her for only one class but will never forget her—it was so easy to forget that she had health issues when she was in class, fully engaged, attentive, eager and involved.”
“Brittnee Harris was an extraordinary young woman,” said Dr. Regan Lookadoo. “I had the privilege of having her in several classes and each time I learned valuable life lessons from her.
“Brittnee was determined, responsible, honest and a remarkably hard worker. To say she was dedicated to her education is quite the understatement. On many occasions Brittnee was terribly ill and yet she managed to submit her work, read course readings, and participate in online discussions. She would repeatedly apologize for missing class despite my reassurance that I understood and certainly excused her absences, but that wasn’t enough for Brittnee. She desperately wanted to simply attend class, do her work, and prepare for her future.
“Perhaps that is the most significant lesson I learned from Brittnee— she looked forward beyond the present, even a present that was discouraging and uncertain. She still looked forward and she did so with hope. I will never forget the hope she had for herself and others. She was the most courageous young woman I have ever met.”
News from around the countryBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
–The “Ugly” App
Talk about your latest technology. The iPhone is at it again with its new “Ugly Meter” Application. Here’s how the app works: you hold the phone up to your face and using facial recognition software, the app measures and calculates your bone structure and face symmetry. Once it is done and the measurments are in, it gives you a score and it can range from one to ten. The “goal” if you can call it that, is to be a one. If you measure up to a ten the phone says, “You’re so ugly, when you walk by the bathroom, the toilet flushes.” If you manage to get your score down to a 9.4, the phone says, “you look like you ran a 100-yard dash in a 90-yard gym.”
What is the world coming to? We have wars going on and now technology is insulting us. The creator of the app said that they were just “having some fun.” Call me crazy, but I dont think its fun for some impressionable 14-year old kid to get a picture of another kid and get their “ugly” score. That doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. The creator said that they were targeting this app at the college-age students, but they forget that 10-year olds have iPhones now. I just want to look at this person and say, “What in the world were you thinking?”
-The Pony Express
Have you ever had a letter in the mail that you were waiting for anxiously? How long did you wait? Two weeks, maybe a month or two? Try 64 years. That is how long Ruth Webber of Maine had to wait for a thank-you note from a friend. The note was sent in 1946 and featured a one cent stamp on it. What was this thing sent by? Boat? Turtle? Message in a bottle? There was no explanation as to where the card had been. However Ruth was finally happy to get her thank you.
-Trouble in da’ club
So it does pay to go to strip clubs. At least it did for a man in South Florida. Michael Ireland has had eye problems since a 2008 incident in a downtown strip club in South Florida. The Cheetah Club, as it is so aptly named, agreed to pay Ireland $650,000 after a dancer’s platform shoe shattered his eye socket. Ireland said he was sitting at the bar and the dancer walked by and when she felt someone touch her she swung around and her heel busted his eye socket. His eye required extensive surgery and he has never fully recovered. The Club neglected to say anything. Moral of the story: don’t mess with a stripper.
I am a firm believer that when people hit the age of 50 they should have to take a driving test again. And when they hit 70, they should go back to a permit. Then when 80 rounds around, they should trade in their license for a bus pass and heres why: Police in Oregon gave 82-year old Marcia Brandon a ticket for going 110 mph. She was going 28 over her age and twice the legal limit of 55 mph.
Brandon said she was on her way to an appointment and she wasn’t aware she was speeding. Shes 82! She probably wasn’t aware she was in a car! It’s stories like this that make me want to stay off the road. You never know when Memaw is going to get behind the wheel of her ‘94 Taurus and hit the century mark again.