WEG brings world to KyBy JACKIE GONDA
Being a Global Scholar, I am supposed to love the world, which I do. I love learning about culture, religion and all kinds of food! But there is more to learning about the world than just that. When we do not travel and learn, we are stuck inside a bubble that says the best is where we are. Our town and our current situation is all we can get. That is not true.
Even if you grew up in a big city, there is so much more. Yeah, you have 2,000 Facebook friends and you have met all of them; so what. There are over 6 billion people in the world. Why not meet more? Meeting and getting to know people from other countries, walks of life and religions can not only help you broaden your sense of life, but it can also broaden your knowledge, give you an upper hand and help ground you in what you believe. Unfortunately, some people would argue that an event to help you do these things can also be a big hindrance.
Starting last Saturday, the Lexington Horse Park began calling itself home to the World Equestrian Games. Looking at the first word, we can see that this is not just for Americans. People come from over the world, from Sweden to Dubai, to watch these games.
The next word, equestrian, explains why the world would be involved in the games. If you know anything about horses, you should know that countries all over the world are connected by this subject. Arabian horses are from the Middle East, Polo horses are used to play games in England and Tennessee Walkers are used on the trails of our very own South. Horses from everywhere connect everyone.
The last word, games, is self explanatory. Everyone loves a good game.
Not only do the World Equestrian Games bring opportunities to meet new people and to network yourself for future events, it is bringing millions of dollars to the state of Kentucky. Hotels have been booked up, as have bed & breakfasts. Restaurants have reservations that have been made months in advance. Small business doors are being opened left and right for people all around the world to see. Game halls and bars are being flooded after the free concerts in Lexington are attended. Everywhere we look, things are being affected by the World Equestrian Games and its followers.
Many arguments are generated by the statement that the revenue that the Games bring in will not be equal to the amount that Kentucky has spent on preparing for the games. Bidding for the event to happen here, decorations, clean-up and many other elements have had thousands of dollars spent on them. The quote from John Long when he spoke at Georgetown says it all for me, “If we make one more dollar than we have spent on this event, then we will be successful.” The Games are not merely to make money for Kentucky, but they are here to connect the world, one horse event at a time.
SGA responds to controversyBy MOLLY SHOULTA
I hate when people send text messages that just say “k.” I know that sometimes people are busy and the single letter is the best they can do, but it’s always impossible for me, at least, to know for sure that it’s not a reflection of the silent treatment. I can’t stand it – it’s nearly impossible for me to decipher.
Not that last week was a mere letter, it was in fact 2,705 letters, but there are many theories on how to take them. And somewhere in those 2,705 letters, I inadvertently pointed a finger. If any offense was taken to the whole article or even a part, please know it was not my intention, nor of any member of the Executive Council that it may have represented. If any reader, writer or scanner of the Back Page thought I was trying to attack them, then I apologize. Isn’t it amazing what a few words can imply? If it was my lack of personal judgment on word usage, then I apologize.
But I would like to also include that alumni of Georgetown, some that I don’t even know, and people in classes I never thought even knew my name, have messaged me or directly said to me positive comments about my article. Though I feel like many parts of the article could’ve been reworded so as to not seem to target an individual or group, the overall intent was to use previous Back Pages as a springboard.
I have to wonder how many students picked up a Georgetonian copy this past week or the week before simply because they heard of the controversy. People got to talking. You, the students of Georgetown, got to talking.
If last week’s words created a precedent for how you view SGA, then trust me in the fact that SGA is so much more than words on a page. SGA simply tries to serve students, but many times this is behind the scenes. And the girls on the Executive Council need your input as to how we can broadcast what we’re doing. We have a Facebook and a Twitter (@gtownsga). Now we have our webpage running and updates coming. How can we better reach students?
As I try to think back through high school, I have trouble recalling what life was like before Wi-Fi. As South Campus, Knight and Anderson residents think back to last year, it’s weird to think about main campus life without Wi-Fi. If every wireless signal was chalked full of the SGA logo, then I sincerely believe we’d be missing our true purpose. But that was over $20,000 worth of funds from SGA that allows your Google page to pop up when you open your browser, Ethernet-cord free.
SGA’s impact has also been on your stomach. Last spring with the negotiation for the contract renewal for Sodexo, Cash EQ was put on the line. It was a step away from gone before it was brought to the SGA Executive Council. We said no. And today, you’ll still find yourself with a Cash EQ option.
This isn’t meant to be a justification of SGA efforts because everyone I write for on behalf of SGA agrees that we have nowhere close to the power and distinction that we should have in comparison to other schools. But we’ve started taking steps. This Friday and Saturday the Executive Council is taking part in a Conference in Louisville with schools our size. We are all ears. But whatever we come back with will still need to be tweaked.
Above all else, I have to ask for students’ patience. I came into my position knowing that SGA could be better. Not that it was ever bad. I somehow go back to hearing my third grade teacher preaching “Leave it better than you found it.” Better. By the end of the year, we won’t be the best. But we’re putting in every effort to be better.
I’ll say again what I said last week: If you love Georgetown, then love it. If you hate Georgetown, change it. Simple as that. SGA can’t and won’t singlehandedly flip morale.
My valedictorian in high school was three-and-a-half years younger than me. As in, a genius. He gave the speech at graduation because he was the top, no questions. I don’t remember the famous-ish guy that spoke, I don’t remember the intro or outro music, but I remember the one quote his speech centered on.
“No matter where you go, there you’ll be.”
You are at Georgetown. You pay tuition, you go to class, you participate in sports, Greek life, music, Step Team, Songfest or Campus Ministries.
But you are here. Be here. Don’t want to be somewhere else. This is the place you chose. If you’re going to be here, then fully be here. It doesn’t mean you can’t complain, and it doesn’t mean you’re going to have the best day every day. But it means you have to realize that complaining about campus doesn’t make it any better for anyone else. And you need to realize that people come in loving Georgetown and while some leave with the exact same feeling, it takes one complaint to start the downfall.
No matter where you go, there you’ll be. Be here.
Caf provides plenty of optionsBy LEANNDRA PADGETT
Since arriving at Georgetown, I’ve heard a lot of complaints about school food.
People are always wanting a “break from the Caf.” Okay, I will concede that changing it up can be fun and delicious, but at Georgetown we have little to complain about in regards to meals.
Think with me for a minute about how far school food service has come. My elementary school served chicken rings (what part of the bird is that?), instant mashed potatoes, canned fruit (in heavy syrup) and Jell-O (we still have the Jell-O, but the actual meat and potatoes are so much better here).
That was fine for a ten-year-old with no developed taste buds, but I am really thankful that we don’t have to deal with that now. Junior high and high school had good food, but so few options. You don’t have to like everything served in the Caf, but you can’t complain for lack of choices. Even on the worst days of the hot line there are still pizza, burgers and fries for the fast food junkie; cereal, peanut butter and jelly for the unadventurous, in addition to deli sandwiches, wraps, desserts and a salad bar that cannot be beaten. Honestly, what is it that you want?
If you’re in a hurry, there’s Simply to Go. That’s convenient (but be careful, it’s not always fresh—be sure to check the dates on the food). What about the Mulberry? Coffee, cinnamon rolls, muffins—it’s pretty nifty. And the WOW Grill is quality too. Check out those cheese quesadillas (you’d better hope they don’t run out of to-go boxes again though, aluminum foil wrapped around a basket of chicken and fries is slightly precarious).
Don’t forget about the Tiger Dollars that can be used at the C-Store. They have some pretty good stuff in there—breakfast bars, milk, slushies, gum, candy. You might as well use up your fifty-five plus dollars before the last week of the semester.
My only complaint about the meal plan is that nineteen meals are required for freshmen. Even the most expensive plan isn’t a bad deal, though. For $1,895 a semester, you get approximately 323 meals plus sixty-five Tiger Dollars. That’s $5.67 a meal. That’s more than I would spend on my own, for sure, but considering what is available for that price, it’s pretty good. We have access to an all-you-can-eat buffet three times a day (except on weekends, of course). Since it’s paid for, I enjoy Georgetown food almost every meal; I just wish we could choose a cheaper plan.
Overall, the dining services at Georgetown are delightful. If you disagree, that’s fine, because the managers are willing to listen. Use the comment cards in the Caf or join the Student Dining Services Committee. The managers are open to suggestions and critique.
Don’t be too hard on them though, the Caf’s not bad—trust me, I eat it nineteen times a week!