September 9, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 1

Campus responds to recent assault

By VICTORIA ENGLEHARDT
Copy Editor

The parking lot on the side of Anderson where the incident occured.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Aug. 24, just days after students moved back to campus, an incident was reported in the Anderson Hall parking lot. A female student went to the hospital, but the assailant got away.

The attacker is not thought to be a Georgetown student and has been described as a bearded white male around six feet tall. While this incident has frightened and worried many students, it is thought to be an isolated event.

Dean of Student Life Dr. Todd Gambill encourages students to not be afraid to go out after dark and to remember that bad things can happen anywhere, including the Georgetown bubble, but there are many ways we can protect and prepare ourselves. Walking in groups after nightfall or calling Campus Safety at 502-863-8111 if walking alone is just a few of those ways.

Dr. Gambill and Director of Campus Safety Dan Brown, along with area coordinator Ashley Babladelis, teamed up with local self-defense instructor and owner of local Davis TaeKwonDo Academy Angela Davis to hold an informational session in the Tiger Den in Knight Hall last week.

Both Brown and Mrs. Davis, along with new Campus Safety officer Stanley Williams and Wellness Center counselor Megan Redditt, met with around 40 women to talk about ways to stay safe on campus and the resources available to students.

Mr. Williams talked about how Campus Safety is here to help students and to keep them safe, so don’t hesitate to call if you need them. Redditt was also available to discuss how people are feeling in light of the assault. Mrs. Davis explained that talking on a cell phone or texting while walking alone actually give students a false sense of security because people are actually more vulnerable when using a phone because they do not pay as much attention to their surroundings.

She also told the students not to be afraid to use whatever resources they have with them, including a pencil or magazine, to hinder the person or to run away and to always remember to scream because it helps you breathe.

Dan Brown’s favorite quote sums it up best: “Don’t be afraid, be aware” and it fits in well with what Davis was saying because both of them encouraged students to pay attention and to be aware of what is happening around them and not to fall into the trap of thinking it could never happen to them.

Brown also said, “The silver lining in a bad situation is that we have a heightened sense of awareness now.” For students who may still be unnerved by this recent incident, the Georgetown Student Life staff has teamed up with Davis TaeKwonDo to offer four free self-defense classes at Davis’ academy, just a few minutes from campus.

If anyone is interested in the classes, please email Ashley Babladelis at ashley_babladelis@georgetowncollege.edu.


Dan Brown safety 101

By VICTORIA ENGLEHARDT
Copy Editor

If you are walking after dark it is a good idea to travel with a friend or even call Campus Safety for an escort.

If you must walk alone travel through well lit areas.

Please feel free to report areas that are dark or that may need lights repaired.

Parking lots should be well lit but if you see suspicious activity in parking lots don’t take chances.

Either stay in your car and use one of the parking lot emergency phones or drive to Giddings Circle and we will escort you to your residence hall.

If you are going to your car, have your keys ready before you get there.

If you feel that you are being followed, cross to the other side of the street, yell for help, and run to a building that seems occupied (Student Center is open 24/7).

If you witness any suspicious behaviors or activities please call Campus Safety so we can dispatch an officer.


Video challenge sweepstakes

By JONATHAN BALMER
Staff Writer

By now the routine is settling. With classes, clubs, jobs and friends, students returning and new are recognizing the patterns of typical college life. But why live your college life here? Why choose Georgetown College over any other educational institution? And, if you’re not a freshman, why not transfer like one-third of college students do, as reported by The New York Times in April 2010? There is an undeniable attraction that draws students to this small and—at least after a noise ordinance condemns one of the welcome-back parties— quiet school. That attraction, in addition to a magnetism which compels us to want to stay, makes Georgetown special enough to call home nine months out of the year. Get ready for a fast-approaching chance to explain this phenomenon and show off your masterful video-shooting and editing skills at the same time.

Sponsored by the Communications Flight Team, the “Student Video Challenge” is a short-form video contest aimed at attracting the best 60-second videos from Georgetown students showing what there is to love about Georgetown College. Creators of the winning videos will win prizes such as a $500 gift card to Applebee’s and $250 of Nike merchandise. Videos should be created with attention to “creativity, originality and attention to the rules presented,” according to the Student Video Challenge webpage. Students may enter submissions individually or as a team of two.

Students of all majors and programs are welcome, and encouraged, to enter. So grab a camcorder, a few friends and set off for Grubfest, the WOW Grille, Homecoming, your dorm, house, or even the LRC (don’t disturb the studying!) Basically, go anywhere or any event that instills GC pride in your heart and reveals the reason for your Georgetown love. Alternatively, give a faculty member or student who makes Georgetown, simply, Georgetown the spotlight.

The Student Video Challenge webpage reports that submissions can be submitted beginning Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 15. There will be two winners in the competition: one chosen by student voters and the other chosen by faculty. The winners will be announced on Reading Day.

For more information, see the website: http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/VideoChallenge/

Or contact you can contact Jessica Shields at 502-863-8342.


World Equestrian Games

By LEANNDRA PADGETT
Staff Writer

A jockey shows his happiness.

This fall, history will be made in central Kentucky as Arabian horses race for 100 miles, Thoroughbreds soar over jumps and Quarter Horses spin 360’s. The Olympics of horse competitions is being held in America for the first time—right in Georgetown’s backyard.

At what was for many the first NEXUS/CEP event of the school year, John Long spoke about the upcoming excitement that he described as being a big sixteen-day party. Mr. Long is the chair of the World Games 2010 Foundation, the group that is organizing the World Equestrian Games (WEG). A native of Colorado, he has lived in Kentucky for eleven years and has been involved in the horse industry for over twenty. He seemed at ease and delivered his speech about the WEG with dry humor, taking questions at the end.

The sixth WEG, and the first held outside of Europe, will consist of eight events: jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining, and, for the first time, para-dressage.

The Games will claim eight-and-a half hours on NBC and thirty hours on cable. Mr. Long called it “an event that you will not want to miss.” It is a phenomenal opportunity to introduce people to Kentucky and change their image of the often misrepresented Commonwealth.

Hosting this world renown event will hopefully instill a sense of accomplishment, purpose and confidence among Kentuckians. The WEG will provide a huge economic boost as well, with a projected economic impact of $176 million.

Already known for its ROLEX three-day event, and with Lexington’s claim of being the “Horse Capital of the World,” the Kentucky Horse Park is the ideal place to hose the Games. Tickets have been sold to guests from all fifty states and eighty-two foreign countries.

Airports around the nation will be receiving over 800 horses within the next week or so, the most in history to travel by air for one event. The animals will be quarantined for two to seven days before being shipped by trailer to the Bluegrass State.

Many people are working to ensure that the games will be culturally and artistically right, technically great and financially successful. The portrayal of Kentucky must be impressive, the logistics of hosting up to 600,000 people and hundreds of horses carefully planned and the eighty million dollar budget well-managed. Fulfilling these goals will lead to a successful event.

Mr. Long encouraged Georgetown students to get involved in the Games however they can, reminding us that this is, “a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

So, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, whether through volunteering or watching the WEG, try to take part in this sixteen day celebration! For more information, check out www.alltechfeigames.com.

The official logo of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

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