A letter from the editorBy WHITLEY ARENS
Hello fellow GC students, Please bear with me as I attempt to write this. I’ve never written a “Letter from the Editor” before so I’m not entirely sure what the protocol is here. That being said, after what you’ve shown me so far this semester, I have faith in the fact that you will be patient with me and at least read what I have to say.
I feel that The Georgetonian has, obviously, always been a part of the community we have here at Georgetown College. Sure, students, professors, parents and alumni read the paper, diligently picking up their issues and flipping through the pages, and I’m sure that most of them enjoy it. However, this semester so far has been a little different. Not only has the student body complacently perused the paper between classes or grabbed a copy on the go, but this semester students have been speaking up. I would like to thank two students in particular—Perry Dixon and Molly Shoulta—for both being willing to openly express their opinions in the paper. It takes guts to not only voice what you think, but also to have it published alongside your name or everyone to read. However, both of these students have done just that multiple times this semester.
I believe it is precisely this brand of fearlessness that The Georgetonian has been missing. I’m not even going to breach the topic of which opinions I do or do not agree with, because really, that isn’t even what’s important. What is important is the fact that legitimate opinions are being expressed. Beyond being expressed, they are being read and reacted to. In the past few weeks, I have been approached by professors and students, some of whom I haven’t met before, with questions and comments about the paper. In the past few weeks, I have seen students reading issues of The Georgetonian that I haven’t seen reading the paper ever before.
In the past few weeks, our Managing Editor—the lovely lady who picks up the copies of the paper and distributes them around campus—has received phone calls on Thursdays demanding to know why the papers aren’t out yet. In the past few weeks, I have seen change. Granted, just an inkling of change, but it’s definitely a start. If you ask any GC community member for a comment on the paper, chances are nearly everyone has an opinion. The buzz that has been inspired by The Georgetonian this semester is nearly tangible and I think it’s exactly what we need right now. As refreshing as this change has been, this start won’t make any difference unless we continue to act upon it. That’s why—as your Editor— I am urging you, GC students, to follow the example which has been laid before you.
Now that we’ve got you reading the paper and talking about it, I think it’s time that some of you took the next step. The power of the written word to ignite and inspire change is not something to be underestimated. And the utilization of The Georgetonian as an outlet for our voices is not an option to be ignored. For one reason or another, we’ve all chosen Georgetown College as our temporary home. This fact makes me inclined to believe that, on some level, every single person here likes Georgetown, at least a little. However, liking Georgetown College doesn’t mean that you can’t find fault with it. When you care about something, it usually follows that you want it to be the very best it can be. For this reason, I welcome both critiques and praises of Georgetown College to The Georgetonian.
If we want to enact any sort of change, we must begin by identifying that which we want to change. That journey can begin on these very pages, if you’ll only take the time to voice your opinion and muster the courage to stand beside the words you’ve written. Personally, I’m tired of the snarky comments and spoken complaints I’ve heard around campus. They won’t accomplish anything. For anyone. If we want to accomplish anything as a student body, we’re going to need a pathway of communication. So, let’s do it here. Let’s start the exchange and let’s speak up about what we want to be different.
I believe that if everyone starts chipping in, then maybe— just maybe—someone will listen. If we all start speaking out, then it is inevitable that we will be heard. And if we use The Georgetonian for the opinion outlet that it can be, then I believe we will get change—even if that change is only a shift in the way that the student body views their newspaper and the way in which students communicate amongst themselves. We have more power than we realize, GC students, and—in effect—this is OUR paper, so we might as well use it.
Since we’re all in this together, we might as well get our ideas on the same page: this one.
Why I’m voting for Rand PaulBy EVAN HARRELL
Satire [sa(t’i-r’] n.—A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision or wit. With Election Day drawing near, I am beginning to fear the worst—that Rand Paul might not be elected. I feel it is my civic, God-given duty to inform my fellow Americans about who they should vote for on that Tuesday morning. Randal Howard Paul was born on Jan. 2, 1963, to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Paul of Pittsburgh, Pa. Some sources say Randy, as he was known as a child, was baptized into the Episcopal Church at an early age and now is a member of the Presbyterian Church, where his wife Kelley serves as a deacon (silly Presbyterians). But don’t let that keep you from voting for Mr. Paul; I know he’s a Baptist at heart!
Paul began undergraduate education at Baylor University in Waco, Tex. but went straight to the Duke University School of Medicine without a degree from Baylor (because he’s just that smart). He eventually moved to Bowling Green, Ky., where he now practices ophthalmology. Even though he is no longer certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology, don’t let that keep you from having him poke and probe your eyes; he and his wife are president and vice-president, respectively, of the National Board of Ophthalmology—an organization Paul came up with himself. The address for the NBO, 1945 Scottsville Rd, Ste B-2, Bowling Green, Ky. 42104 may actually be a local UPS Store, and the website may actually be nonexistent, but it’s a real organization.
When he’s not saving the world from going blind, Rand Paul is a great American politician who stands for all the things that are best for America and, when I say America, I obviously mean the Tea Party movement. Paul is in favor of cutting a very useless agency—the Department of Education. Honestly, if someone wants to go to college and not be a coal miner, that’s their prerogative, not the country’s. Besides, once a woman marries, she will have to give up her career and enter into loving submission to her husband. Paul also thinksthat non-violent crimes aren’t a big deal and our police forces should ot spend their precious time and our even more precious tax dollars on silly things such as Kentucky’s alleged drug problem.
Most importantly, Paul agrees that private businesses should not have to follow the silly laws set in place by the Civil Rights Acts; they should be able to decide to keep black people out or to not admit the handicapped people. Kentucky is ready for the future, and the future is Rand Paul. So on November 2, take Basil Marceaux’s advice and pledge allegiance to the Republic, pray to God, say Amen and vote for Rand Paul. I know I will. No, really. I will.
GC student responds to complaintsBy LAURA STRANGE
Now, I am the last person to say that Georgetown College or its administration is perfect, or that I agree with every rule or aspect of campus life or that you should just deal with every problem on campus in light of the stellar education you are receiving. However, there is a particular strain of whiney conversation that always causes me to roll my eyes a bit. This is how it typically goes:
1. We can’t drink on campus. Wah.
2. One of our dorms doesn’t have air conditioning. Wah. And the qualifier for these complaints is always:
3. We are paying $34,000 to go here. We deserve cold air and alcohol. Wah.
I don’t want to elaborate too much on this or get snarky, I merely want to point out a small sampling of facts and let you determine the validity of the previous arguments for yourself.
Number 1. Many highly esteemed, expensive, and large universities have much less air conditioning than Georgetown College. A few examples: Harvard, Princeton and many other Ivy League schools pay >$50k tuition and board and have no a/c in most or ALL undergraduate dorms. Purdue University-Out-of-state tuition, room and board >$35k. Six out of 16 housing options do not have a/c. Duke University-Tuition and board > $45k. Many undergraduate dorms (especially freshman dorms) are without a/c. University of Kentucky-Tuition and board in-state average > $7k. Two residence halls on campus are without a/c. Georgetown College- Tuition and board > $34k. One dorm without a/c.
Number 2. Many public colleges do not allow drinking in undergraduate residences. Some policies: UK- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in undergraduate housing leased from and supervised by the University. This includes residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and the undergraduate section of Greg Page Apartments, or in any outdoor areas of Campus. Purdue- Using, selling, manufacturing, distributing, possessing, storing or dispensing alcohol on University premises is prohibited. A study from Harvard University stated that 1 in 3 college campuses in the U.S. are “dry” and that number is growing due to alcohol related deaths on campuses.
Number 3. It is very unlikely that you are paying $34,000 to come to Georgetown College, so stop saying that you are if you aren’t. Over 95 percent of students have some sort of grant, scholarship or financial aid. If you are one of the five percent who did choose to pay full price to attend Georgetown College, I don’t mean to offend, but you might be crazy.
Conclusion: Some of the most highly esteemed, expensive and largest colleges in the world do not provide air conditioning. Some of the largest state universities have rules against drinking on campus. How could anyone expect an experience catered to your own particular vices and luxuries here in little Georgetown, Ky? Of course, this isn’t to say that maybe the experience of going to an Ivy League school outweighs the comforts of air conditioning. I get that, and I’m all for complaining if you want to. But please at least complain about something that makes a little more sense. Complain about your lack of a right to live off campus with your friends where you could have all the artificial air and booze that you want. Complain about not being allowed to swipe in a guest in the Caf for one of the meals that you already paid for and will never use. Complain that you use up half of your gas tank driving around campus looking for a place to park. But don’t complain that the Christian college in Kentucky that you chose to attend doesn’t provide a fraction of its 1,400 students with air-conditioning and the right to party on campus; it just doesn’t make sense.