With Ramadam ending, students try to grasp the cultural context of Islam.By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Last week was the final week of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and in an effort to promote more intercultural awareness and understanding, several campus groups came together to host three days of Understanding Islam events.
Campus Ministries, the United Nations of Georgetown, The Georgetown Activities Council, InterFaith, and the Ambassadors of Diversity, in partnership with UK’s Interfaith Dialogue Organization and the Rumi Forum sponsored a Ramadan Dinner on Tuesday, September 7th.
UNG Vice President Nathan Holliday helped plan the events and said, “I was so proud to see these very different organizations come together to promote a better understanding of different cultures through a series of interesting events.”
Around 30 students were able to enjoy a traditional Iftar meal with several Muslim students from UK, after hearing from a speaker from the Rumi Forum talk about Ramadan and listen to the traditional call to prayer. Students were also able to observe the Muslims during their evening prayers.
On Wednesday night, Ashiq Zaman, the president of the Islamic Center of Frankfort gave a lecture about the significance of Ramadan within Islam, more specifically its place as one of the five pillars of Islam.
The last event of the Understanding Islam series was the Dinner and a Movie, sponsored by GAC and UNG. The short film “West Bank Story” was shown, served with a traditional Mediterranean meal of hummus, falafel, tabouleh and pita bread.
Emily Brandon, Director of International Programs at Georgetown, summed the week’s activities up well when she said, “This was a great success. We put in a lot of hard work, but in the end, we were able to pull off a series of learning opportunities that offered something for everyone. We have also built some bridges and gained experience that will allow us to plan something even better next year.”
Georgetown revises drinking policyBy JOEL FEDERSPIEL
With the start of a new school year comes the revision of the campus alcohol policy. These changes to the policy came about as a result of recommendations made by an Alcohol Task Force committee that met throughout the previous semester and the revisions include in them a larger focus on prevention and education than in the past.
In addition to the increased education measures, the alcohol policy now includes a separate provision for being in the presence of alcohol, namely: “Being in the presence of alcohol or alcohol containers on college property is considered to be an offense less serious than other alcohol policy violations.”
The biggest change to the alcohol policy this year is the inclusion of a Medical Amnesty Policy. This type of policy is something that is fairly common on college campuses today and basically states that if an individual is “demonstrating signs of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose,” that person or someone else can request medical help without fear of reprisal by the college.
This is a one-time use policy with the idea behind it being that the individual in question will learn from his/her mistake and not repeat it. This policy also covers organizations on campus that are “hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest.”
Though the college will not sanction a student who invokes the Medical Amnesty Policy, the individual(s) in question will have to meet with a representative of Student Life to discuss the situation and may be required to have additional sessions. in the campus counseling center. Additionally, the policy points out that it in no way prevents the Georgetown Police from taking any action that they deem appropriate.
You can read the full text of the medical amnesty policy on the web at www.georgetowncollege.edu/studentlife/policies.
Foust series unveiled
GC is entertained with poetry from a man that is laid-back, cool and a little unconventionalBy LEANNDRA PADGETT
Greg Williamson’s poetry reading was different than I had expected. It wasn’t some eccentric-looking, self-absorbed guy in a beret dramatically reading from a notebook in a dimly-lit room over low music with a cappuccino. Williamson is an easy-going, normal- looking man who read excerpts from his works in the well-lit Hall of Fame room (ok, he was drinking coffee, but the parallels to my imagined experience end there).
This funny, clever artist wrote about a variety of topics. Most of the poetry he read was based on simple, unassuming subjects (Wile E. Coyote, beer, music), but his art was amazingly complex. His language was colorful and sarcastic, while educated and elaborate.
Williamson read several sonnets from his unique newest book, “A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck.” The sonnets are organized into groups that are somewhat related by their oneword titles (Man, Woman, DNA, Baby, Marriage was one sequence he shared with us). The short poems are carefully thought out and entertaining.
Perhaps the most distinctive poetry that Williamson shared was a style called “double exposure.” Like a camera film that has been developed to show two images on top of one another, his poems are two stories in one. Separately the poetry makes sense, but new meaning is added when the lines are read together.
Williamson is an amazingly talented writer with the capability to combine humor, sarcasm and real insight to discuss simple topics while utilizing an immense vocabulary, thoughtprovoking twists and word play. His innovative style and form hold the audience’s attention. It is no wonder that he is the only poet that has been asked back for a Foust Series encore.
If you want to learn more about Williamson, here are some quick facts: he grew up in Nashville and received his B.A. in English and History from Vanderbilt. He next got his M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and has been nationally recognized ever since.
The Foust Artist Series is a selection of world-class performances put on at the college. Be on the lookout for the next event! Im going to leave you with a few examples of Mr. Williamson’s wonderful and witty poetry.
Medical School Skeleton with
Dominos Pizza Man
And see, strung-out and thin,
The skeleton has been exposed
The Domino’s Pizza man,
A black felt background.
Poor Bones, he’s been flensed.
That baggy uniform, a backwards
He’s pierced; he’s heroin chic; but
he’s all grins,
Come from the darkness in his rattletrap,
Burlesquer, rake, this rack of candlepins,
Giving long odds, right here at the
A real smoothie, with a faint ennui,
And winning the bet he’ll be returning
Another working stiff, like you or
Profiles: Anne Dancing
(Or was it XXXI? Oh well.) That’s
And look who’s back in this one: portrait
style, You see, Anne’s dancing with
the pizza man, Our old friend Bonesy,
with the killer smile,
Doing a sort of earthy, homegrown
bop, With those dark, bedroom eyes and
the cleft chin,
Belting it out like soul with ZZ Top,
But think about his humble origin,
Bouyant with life, jouissance, the
growing buzz About tough prizes won
along the way and toasted.
But, then, everybody was. Becoming
much the man you see today.
Writing Center opensBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
Need help with writing assignments, creative writing or writing- related skills? Free one-on-one, face-to-face tutorial help from trained tutors is just a few steps away!
The GC Writing Center opened for the Fall semester on Sunday, Sept. 12. Located downstairs in the LRC (Room 016), the Center serves any and all GC students seeking help with their writing.
The staff of tutors includes Seniors Katy Truman, Ava Jordan, Anita Smith, Lauren Martin and Adrienne Bartlett, and Juniors Tori Bachman-Johnson, Allison Beck, Sarah Carey, Rachel Ward and Clare White. On the Writing Center website (www.georgetowncollegeg.edu/ writingcenter/resources.htm), students can find the majors, minors and specialities of these tutors, as well as the hours they work each week.
While the Writing Center accepts walk-ins, students can also call ahead to make an appointment and ensure that they will be served promptly. Call 8423 during operating hours to make an appointment. When visiting the Writing Center, students should bring a copy of their paper (which they will read aloud) and any relevant materials, including textbooks, assignment sheets, notes or sources. They should also visit at least 24 hours before their writing assignment is due.
Writing Center Hours
Monday: 12:30-4:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30-11 a.m., 12:30-4:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30-4:30 p.m., 7-11 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30-11:00 a.m., 12:30-4:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
Sunday: 7-11 p.m.