Freshmen Family Groups
offer a unique experienceBy LEANNDRA PADGETT Staff Writer
With over 100 freshmen already involved, Freshmen Family Groups are off to a great start this year. But for those who didn’t go on the retreat to Cedarmore or the kick-off last Wednesday or for those who just aren’t familiar with the ministry, maybe more of an explanation would be helpful. Two upperclassmen parents are paired with freshmen children; they meet as a small group Bible study once a week and spend time together all year as a family. What is it that would make twenty upperclassmen commit to being “parents” to freshmen for a year? What attracts formerly unrelated individuals, many of whom have never even met each other, to subjugate themselves to placement in a genealogy at the discretion of Abby Shelton and Justin Sizemore (this year’s freshmen ministry coordinators)?
Some participants who will remain anonymous admitted that for them, the draw was girls and free food. Those are valid reasons, I suppose, but here are some other answers from current and past participants:
“I wanted to be in FFG to get plugged into the campus and with others. And I also wanted to develop a deeper relationship with God,” said Marcus Pernell.
Cody Boyd wanted “to talk with a tight knit group about anything.” “I know that a lot of college students lose their faith when they come to college and a close knit group of people would help keep me accountable and stay connected and get to know more friends,” said Kristen Rowe.
One great witness to the fun and meaningful nature of FFG is the number of students who return to become parents. Emily Kendall explains, “I had an amazing FFG experience as a freshman and wanted to provide the same opportunity for this year’s freshmen.” Rachael Young agrees saying, “I wanted to be a parent so that I could positively impact the spiritual wellness of my children. I wanted to create a safe, understanding atmosphere where a small group of people are willing to share their knowledge, beliefs and thoughts about faith and other aspects of their lives. I wanted to provide them with the tools to be broken and honest and to come together with their peers in Christian fellowship and family.”
Surely we all know the desire to form bonds with one another like those made in FFG. Look at how many programs and organizations seek to create a sense of family. One denition of fraternity is brotherhood, right? Also, think of the Big/ Little concept within sororities. Outside of campus, consider the widely respected Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. We often want to be connected to a fellowship, and if we are Christians, it is nice to center the fellowship on our faith. Perhaps this concept captures the point and purpose of FFG.
It is important to note that you don’t have to be a Christian to join FFG. It is unashamedly an aspect of Campus Ministry and is a Bible study, but debate and discussion are encouraged and the goal is for everybody to grow and learn together. Participants have the freedom to disagree with one another. It is a great setting too, as author Peter Scazzero encourages, become “broken and vulnerable” with one another, sharing life and helping each other through whatever problems, challenges and questions surface throughout the year and even beyond. I am a sophomore, but my family from last year keeps in contact with one another, continually encouraging each other. We even get together sometimes still. We had so much fun last year going to Applebee’s, cooking, ying kites, browsing Goodwill and the Dollar Tree, winning scavenger hunts (we are the second generation in our line to do so) and wearing tacky Christmas sweaters together that we still desire each other’s company. It was a good time and definitely connected people who may not have met one another otherwise.
If any freshman is still interested in joining FFG, contact Justin Sizemore, Abby Shelton, Ashley Babladelis or any of the parents and we will get you in a family. Come see for yourself what FFG is all about.
Need a ride?
Georgetown College now offers convenient ways to get aroundBy JESSICA FLORES Copy Editor
Calling all out-of-state students, students who have no car, and students who just don’t want to spend money on gas to drive to Walmart. Georgetown College has created a couple programs for you! Last spring, the college created three programs which would help students who had no means of transportation. “These programs were a result of a committee who meets to address challenges some of our students meet since Georgetown is a small community without public transportation,” says Laura Aispuro, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. So what are the three programs?
Well, according to Aispuro, the rst and most popular of the three are the rides to and from local airports offered by campus safety. If a student is going on a trip or headed back home to another state this isa program they can take advantage of. Campus Safety now offers rides to the Lexington airport for free and rides to the Louisville and Cincinnati airports for $25. If you think about how much you would spend on a cab or in parking, this is really a deal. And it’s easy to set up. Just contact Dan Brown with Campus Safety at least two weeks prior to your trip, give him all the info he needs, and you’re all set! But make sure to give him the two weeks notice because if you don’t, trips go up to $25 for Lexington and $40 for the other airports. Senior Victoria Englehardt used the program last spring and says it was really useful to her. “I needed to get to the Lexington airport really early in the morning (I’m talking like 5:30 a.m.) and get picked up at midnighta week later. A Campus Safety of- cer got me there promptly, helped me check in my baggage and made sure I knew where I was going and was waiting for me when I returned,” she says. “I hope students will take advantage of this convenient program.”
The second program offered is a weekly trip to Walmart. This is for students on campus who don’t have their own vehicles and need to get out and buy their essentials. This trip occurs every Friday at 3 p.m. Anyone interested should meet at Campus Safety at the designated time. But let’s say you have class at that time. No worries, just nd some friends who also need to go and have the group contact Campus Safety to see if another time can be scheduled! This program is currently only being offered for the month of September, but the committee will see how useful it is and decide whether or not to continue it after that.
The last program is the Ride Share program. This one is for students needing to go anywhere else who need a ride, or want to conserve and carpool. Say you need to get home to Louisville for the weekend but don’t have a ride. Log on to MyGC, click Departments, Student Life, then Ride Share. Post where and when you want to go and see if any other students are also going that way. Just know that Georgetown is not responsible for you or your newfound friend while on your trip. Aispuro says that so far this is the least popular of the programs because it is still in its infancy. But I think it’s a great way to not only meet other students but also to utilize your resources.
In our Sept. 14 article about Gus the Bus, we stated that drivers must have a commercial driver’s license in order to drive any of GC’s buses. In fact, only Bertha requires a CDL. All other buses require drivers over 21 years of age.