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16-year-old activist
speaks on climate
change
See page 3 for more details.

Photo by McKenzie Julian, staff writer

SGA VP profile, pg. 4 A look in Milledgeville Film Festival, pg. 7

Baseball playoffs set to begin, pg. 5


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April 26-May 5, 2017 Steven Walters, Editor-in-Chief

About This Issue... Editorial Board


The news section details upcoming Milledgeville Steven Walters .... Editor-in-Chief
16-year-old climate Film Festival, as well as Emily McClure .... News Editor
activist Xiuhtezcatl the final Bobcats Speak
Martinez’s presentation at Out of the year. Isaiah Smith .... Asst. News Editor
GC’s annual Sustainability
Fee Symposium, explains Chris Lambert .... Sports Editor
how avoidable residential Join us next fall for
Madi Harty .... Asst. Sports Editor
break-ins are frustrating pitch meetings in The
Milledgeville police, and Colonnade Office, located Mary Kate Conner .... A&E Editor
provides an overview of in MSU 128. Gigi Nicholl .... Asst. A&E Editor
SGA Vice President Terrell
Davis’ contributions Cedric Norris.... PR Manager
during his time at GC. Ada Montgomery .... Digital Media Editor
This week in sports
recaps the baseball team’s Hope Mobley .... Ad Sales Manager
season as they head into Kristen Pack .... Designer
postseason play, as well
as ways to relieve stress Christina Smith .... Faculty Advisor
during finals week. Caroline Duckworth .... Copy Editor
This week, A&E
features a preview of the

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Isaiah Smith, Asst. News Editor


April 26-May 5, 2017 Emily McClure, News Editor

16-year-old activist speaks on climate change


Martinez said.
McKenzie The government filed a motion
to dismiss in order to prevent
Julian Martinez from going to court,
Staff Writer but the motion was reviewed and
overturned by two judges from
On Thursday, April 20, climate different federal courts in Eugene,
activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Oregon. Martinez and the other
spoke to more than 200 Georgia plaintiffs have a court date that
College students during an Earth should be scheduled for sometime
Week event on the importance of this fall.
sustainability and what they can “We’re very optimistic
do to help the environment. about it. We’ve made a lot of
“I think the first thing that’s progress thus far, and there’s a
really important is to establish a lot of momentum worldwide,”
sense of passion to do something, Martinez said. He also said that
an interest,” Martinez said. “Be he and his fellow plaintiffs “are
educated about the issues and then super excited about this issue and
connect with other people that are
the possibility this has to actually
on that same level.”
create some tangible, long-lasting
Martinez began speaking
change.”
about climate change and the
Emma Brodzik, senior
importance of environmental
economics major and SGA’s
action when he was 6 years old.
Over the past decade, he has director of environmental affairs,
traveled across the world and helped the Office of Sustainability McKenzie Julian / Staff Photographer

spoken to thousands of people in bring Martinez to GC. Brodzik, Martinez (right) has spoken all over the world, including at the United Nations.
hopes to inspire them to action along with the rest of the
to bring in Martinez. good points about the connections that turned out [do] and want to
and to create change. Sustainability Council, has been
“He’s kind of famous in his between minority communities hear about this issue makes me
In 2015, Martinez, along planning this event since August
for the annual Sustainability own right, which has been really and women and them being feel so much better about what’s
with 20 other youth leaders, exciting learning more about him disproportionately affected by going on.”
filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Symposium.
The symposium is put on each as we’ve gotten closer to bringing climate change,” Craigg said. Jake Deitch, junior
government on the basis of the
year using funds earned through him here,” Brodzik said. Martinez spoke about the environmental science major,
rights of life, liberty and the
the sustainability fee students Front Campus was filled with many climate change issues the took Martinez’s message to heart.
pursuit of happiness granted to
citizens under the Constitution. pay each semester. The goal of about 250 students interested in world is currently facing and He said he believes that students
Martinez believes that the the symposium is to bring in a hearing Martinez’s story. Senior what he is doing to try to make and youth can make a difference
government has failed to act speaker or have some form of environmental science and a difference. in their communities and protect
responsibly on the issue of climate activity in which students can geography double major Jessica “He was very empowering,” the earth.
change. get involved and learn more about Craigg said she found Martinez’s said Andrew Wright, senior “We have a voice, and we have
“It is a fundamental right to practical ways they can take part speech interesting. environmental science major. a passion for this,” he said. “It’s
have a stable climate to protect in environmental action. “I think he was really well- “Seeing the change that he’s doing our only home, so why not protect
these constitutional rights,” Brodzik said she was excited spoken. I think he made a lot of and the stuff that all these people it? Why not speak out?”

Avoidable home break-ins frustrate local police


has been robbed twice in the past traceable things,” Arduino said. people’s beds, so we know they break-ins in Milledgeville and is
Emily two years. After this incident, the went through each room looking concerned about the safety of her
“The first incident was in residents of the house got a for stuff,” Arduino said. daughter who currently lives in
Jackson 2015 on a Sunday night, probably doorknob and started locking the Another resident of the house an apartment with one other girl.
Contributing Writer around 5 or 6 o’clock p.m.,” door when no one was home, but decided to file a police report after “Parents are most definitely
Arduino said. “We didn’t have a that wasn’t enough to prevent it happened the second time, but talking,” Beaudry said. “It would
The Milledgeville Police doorknob so our door literally just another robbery. there were no eyewitnesses to the be in the best interest of the school
Department attributes a string pushed open, plus all the lights In December 2016, the house crime. to come out with a statement
of residential break-ins to poor were off, so clearly no one was was broken into again while the No one has been taken into about what will be done to keep
security practices in off-campus home.” residents were out of town on custody at this time, but Davis
students safe and parents at ease.”
student housing in recent years. They realized the next day that winter break. This time, all the advises students to take anything
According to the patrol GC Public Safety’s Lt. Gary
many of their belongings were doors were locked, and the thief of value out of cars and to
commander of the Milledgeville Purvis recommends that students
not where they had left them, appeared to have broken into the bring home valuables during
Police Department, Major John and hundreds of dollars worth of house by prying open a window extended breaks from school. living in off-campus housing
Davis, students are disregarding Xbox games were missing, along using a hammer and a railroad tie. He also encourages students ensure proper exterior lighting,
steps as simple as locking their with some cash and an old iPod. When the students returned to use the Milledgeville Police trimmed hedges, and an alarm
doors to keep themselves and At the time of the robbery, from winter break, they found Department’s House Check-up system, if possible. He also
their belongings safe. other valuables were in plain sight that their Xbox was stolen along program whenever they leave suggests students write down
Ben Arduino is a junior at such as laptops, an Xbox, and a with cash which had been raised town. the serial numbers of valuable
GC who lives at a house on Bose speaker, none of which were to send middle school kids to Liz Beaudry, mother of GC electronics to increase the chances
West McIntosh Street with seven stolen. Young Life camp. sophomore Amelia Beaudry, said of getting them back in the case
other male students. Their house “They took small, non- “Drawers were dumped out on she has heard about the residential of a robbery.
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SGA VP reflects on 4
years of change at GC
Isaiah Smith
Assistant News Editor
Emily McClure
News Editor
Student Government Association Vice
President Terrell Davis remembers feeling
a sense of culture shock when he first
arrived at GC four years ago.
“It was a challenge my first two or three
weeks here,” Davis said. “For this to be
an institution within a community that is
more balanced when it comes to racial and
ethnic backgrounds, it was really different
because I knew Milledgeville, but I didn’t Emily McClure / Staff Photographer
know GC.”
Davis knew attending GC would be Davis will graduate in May.
different from how he grew up, having
attended a predominately African- his aunt, she said it would be a blessing
American high school in his hometown of to see him become president before she
Sparta, Georgia. died. About three weeks after Obama was
“I chose GC because I wanted to elected, his aunt passed on Thanksgiving
experience something that wasn’t in my day.
comfort zone,” Davis said. “I wanted an “I think all of that very drastic stuff
environment to engage with people who happening made me feel like I’ve got to
had different perspectives and see how they make both her and Barack Obama proud,”
all engaged with my worldview.” Davis said.
Davis was first appointed to SGA as a
Despite enjoying the challenge early
senator in 2014 and again in the spring of
on, Davis soon realized the true lack of
2015 before running again in the fall of
diversity on campus and decided to become
2015 and serving as president pro tempore
a part of the solution. He knew this required
that school year. In fall of 2016, he ran for
stepping outside of his comfort zone and vice president and was elected alongside
getting involved on campus. President Laura Ahrens.
Though some hesitate to take this step, “I met Terrell freshman year when we
Davis embraced it. It was something he both served on SGA, and we’ve gotten
had looked forward to when he decided closer this year with him serving as
to attend GC. vice president,” Ahrens said. “He’s very
Davis, a senior mass communication passionate about diversity and always
major, credits several organizations and offers a unique and rational perspectives
individuals for helping and encouraging in all of conversations.”
him to get out of his comfort zone and Davis said he has been proud to work
tackle GC’s diversity issue head-on. on SGA’s diversity initiative, as well as be
Among the most influential for him was involved with GC’s Black Student Alliance,
his mentor Emmanuel Little. GEM program, the cultural center, and
Little, GC’s director of the Call Me Male Connection, along with many other
MISTER Program and minority retention, organizations on campus.
noticed something different about Davis He said that even just during his tenure
from the beginning. at GC, he has seen an increase in diversity
“When I first met Terrell, I was within the student body.
impressed by his professionalism and his “We’ve made a lot of progress, but we
composure,” Little said. “Even as a high still have a long way to go,” Davis said.
school student, he moved with a sense of “But it’s a good time for us because we’re
purpose.” on that edge, and we’ve just got to keep
Although Davis didn’t become involved climbing.”
in GC’s Student Government Association Davis said he hopes to one day combine
until his sophomore year, he had known his major focus in strategic communication
he wanted to be involved in government with his interest in government by acting
since he watched Barack Obama become as a press secretary for a state or federal
president in 2008. government office.
“When he became president, I felt “Communication and writing is a very
like that was a major turn for my life,” difficult thing when you have so many
Davis said. “I wouldn’t say that I saw people involved in that, because you’re
myself being a president then, but I saw telling a story and you have to make sure
myself being able to defy odds and make that it’s clear and concrete,” Davis said. “If
something happen.” I can create channels of communication
Davis said that one day, as he watched that are transparent and effective, that’s
Obama running for president alongside my dream.”
Sports
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Madi Harty, Asst. Sports Editor


April 26-May 5, 2017 Chris Lambert, Sports Editor

Bobcat bats hot heading into tournament play

Photo Courtesy of Ada Montgomery

Brandon Benson awaits a pitch. Benson currently leads the Peach Belt Conference in home runs with 20 and RBIs with 68.

of their last 13 games, the Bobcats have Peach Belt with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs. him.”
Chris posted double-digit runs in seven of those “It’s really just been all about staying As for Gentry, he attributes his success
Lambert
games and lead the PBC with 428 runs focused,” Benson said. “I’m trying to mostly to his teammates.
Sports Editor
scored. find that middle ground between being “I’m just glad I’ve been able to help the
With only four games left before the
aggressive and being smart, being team out,” Gentry said. “It’s been a huge
Peach Belt Conference tournament begins, Many of those runs can be attributed
aggressive enough to get after it, but smart
the GC baseball team is hitting their stride to the white-hot bat of senior shortstop team effort this season, and going into the
enough that I’m swinging at good pitches.”
at just the right moment. Winners of 11 Brandon Benson. Benson is leading the playoffs, with all the brothers I’ve made on
Benson’s partner on the left side of
this team, I’m really looking forward to it.”
the infield, freshman third baseman Cal
The Bobcats will look to continue
Gentry, started strong and has continued
their success on the mound as well. Three
that pace heading into the playoffs. Gentry
pitchers are ranked in the top 25 in ERA,
leads the PBC in batting average, hitting
with Brady Walsh at sixth in the Peach Belt
.438 in his first year of college baseball.

GO BOBCATS
with a 2.80 ERA. Walsh is also in the top
Head coach Jason Eller is almost at a
15 in wins, with five.
loss for words when it comes to Gentry’s
success. GC is ranked third in the PBC with a

THE ORMOND FAMILY “What can you even say about it? He’s 28-11 overall record and 14-8 conference

been so good,” Eller said. “As a coach, record. The PBC tournament begins

you almost don’t even know what to do. after the Bobcats finish a non-conference

You don’t want to mess with him, and you road series against Auburn University of
don’t want to put too much pressure on Montgomery on April 28 -- 30.
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Finals week stress relievers for students


to sleep, which can reduce your stress levels. Any form exercise that can also provide a peaceful view.
of exercise or any sport can act as a stress reliever. “I just love cruising through the city on a bicycle
Madi
Harty “I love to go running. I feel like I am in my own because you can see a bunch of stuff and cover big
Assistant Sports Editor world, separated from the stress of school,” said junior distances in a short time,” said sophomore Evan Block,
Tori Pitts. a physics major.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially for a
Going out for a run or using a treadmill is one of the Also, going to the gym to play basketball with your
college student. With upcoming final exams, student’s
top forms of exercise to relieve stress. Students love to friends makes exercising fun and keeps you moving.
stress levels are growing exponentially. One way to
throw some earplugs in, listen to music and run. Meditation or yoga is another way to stay active and
manage your stress is to exercise or to play a sport with
If running isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other to separate yourself from the stress of school. Yoga
your friends.
Students know how easy it is to get bogged down forms of physical activity that can relieve your stress. involves sitting comfortably and focusing on your

with school and all the rigors that come with it. Stress Simply going for a 30-minute walk is a great outlet breathing while bringing attention to the present without

can give you headaches, harm your health and make it from stress. concentrating on your concerns.

difficult to perform daily tasks. When you are stressed, “I like to go on walks or runs,” said sophomore Stress doesn’t have to take over your life. So go out

your whole body feels it. Abbey Chakolos. “I usually listen to music while I run, for a run on the Greenway, or go play Spikeball with

Exercise is a vital way to improve your mental and it helps me to clear my brain and relax.” your friends -- just stay active! Although you can’t
fitness. Physical activity can also improve your ability Distance walking and biking are two forms of eliminate stress, you can learn to manage it.
A&E
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Gigi Nicholl, Asst. A&E Editor


April 26-May 5, 2017 Mary Kate Conner, A&E Editor

Features, Shorts, Panels, Action


Annual film festival expands, students prepare for opening night
The fourth annual Milledgeville Film Festival is coming up,
Kaylin with the promise of a wide range of films, panels, workshops
Martinko and networking opportunities. The festival features films
Staff Writer of every genre from all over the world. There are over 460
submissions from 40 different countries this year.
Michael Gillett, a film archivist and graphic designer, said he always has a lot of fun.
”It’s cool to see all of the networking opportunities,” Gillett said. “You get to meet
people from all over the world, seeing all types of films, but they all kind of come together
and speak the same language, which is film.”
Gillett said that there’s something for everyone at the Milledgeville Film Festival.
“What we’re doing this year is kind of broadening the topics,” Gillett said. “We get
everything from music videos to horror shorts, feature length films, and documentary
shorts.”
Ian McNeal, a political science major and community board member, has participated
in this festival since 2015. McNeal said the Milledgeville Film Festival is a great way to
be involved in alternate interests outside of his major and GC organizations.
McNeal said that one of his favorite things about the Milledgeville Film Festival each
year is the variety of panels it offers.
“I really enjoy the industry panels, and they’ve been getting better as the festival
continues to grow,” McNeal said. “I remember two years ago there were only a couple
of panels, and now there’s a variety of them.”
Gillett said this year is unlike any year before, because the festival will be featuring
Maggie Foster (right)
and Wilson Taylor (left),
even more types of films and panels than they have in the past. Along with the different
two student volunteers,
film genres and panels offered, some of the films are even shown in off-campus locations,
pose on the red carpet
such as Andalusia Farm and Central State Hospital. while tabling for the
Skyler Wilkes, a theatre major and box office manager for the Milledgeville Film upcoming festival. Many
Festival, is particularly intrigued by the networking opportunities available at the festival. GC students help run the
“I’m interested in the panels and seeing what the actors and filmmakers have to say, festival every year.
Photo courtesy of Emily Davis
as well as just being involved in the whole atmosphere of it,” Wilkes said. “It’s a good
way to get involved with the community outside of school.”
“We can support all kinds of filmmakers and what their passions are,” said Jonathan
Berry, a theatre major and student volunteer. “It’s also very welcoming and helps out
all of the businesses in downtown Milledgeville.”
McNeal said the importance of this event is not to be understated, and that the
Milledgeville Film Festival helps bridge the gap between the Milledgeville community
and the college.
“We can show what Georgia College and Milledgeville are capable of,” McNeal
said. “Not only are we showcasing this great event, but we are also showcasing content
congratulations
that has been created by Milledgeville creators and students.”
The Milledgeville Film Festival will take place April 26 -- April 30, and tickets are
bobcats!
available online at milledgevillefilmfest.com.
“I think it’s really important to bring in people from different perspectives, different
CLASS OF 2017
walks of life, and different experiences,” Gillett said. “It also gives students a chance
to learn from industry professionals. You get a chance to see what they have to offer
us, but they also get to learn from us.”
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Q: If you had a band going


on world tour this summer,
what would your band be
called and where would you
stop first?
Compiled and photographed by Mary Kate
Conner

“The Berry-Tones. Our first


stop is Amsterdam.”
- Jonathan Berry, a
sophomore and theatre major

“The Backside Attackers. That’s a


chemistry term. I would go to London.”
- Emily Bullington, a sophomore and
chemistry major

“The Charming Dipthongs.


Indianapolis would be the first
stop”
- Kevin Morris, a senior and double
major in history and economics “Strawberry Lumps. I think that’s from an episode
of iCarly. First stop is Atlanta’s Pug Fest.”
- Libby Maneol, a sophomore and outdoor
education major