By Austin Morris
Dr. Tim Marshall, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will deliver the commencement address during fall graduation on Friday, Dec. 13.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Gressette Gym. All graduates must be checked in between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All guests must have tickets ready to be able to get through the door.
Marshall has helped the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources to increase from 550 to over 1000 students. “Dr. Marshall has been a tremendous asset to the college and certainly to the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said Dr. Niles Reddick.
He received his associate’s degree in agriculture from ABAC in 1977 and his bachelor’s degree in agriculture (animal science) from the University of Georgia in 1979.
Every semester, many students leave ABAC to go on to pursue their careers or further their education. Graduation night is normally a very emotional night for many of the students on campus as they say goodbye to their friends.
Gerron Green, editor of the Stallion, is a computer engineering major and one of the many graduates this term. He has already been excepted into Southern Polytechnic State University. He intends to finish his bachelor's degree and hopes to eventually get a career in working for a computer company like Apple or Microsoft.
Green says the transition will be very sad for him, but he feels that he is making a large step towards his future.
Matt Reid, a staff writer for the Stallion newspaper, is also graduating. He is a communications major with high hopes to become a broadcaster in news or sports. Reid had intended to transfer to the University of Georgia but has now decided to stay at ABAC and continue his degree in the Stafford School of Business.
A lot of time and effort has been put into this graduation, and although it will be a sad event for those whose friends are leaving, it will also be a very fun and exciting night for all students graduating this semester.
By Maeghen Kling
As the holiday season drew near, ABAC students got in the spirit of giving.
Saturday, Nov. 23, marked The Stafford School of Business’s first ever Manna Drop at the Charles Spencer Elementary School. Manna Drop, which is a food drive to benefit the Tift community, was organized by Stafford Hall residents.
Those students and others from ABAC dedicated a Saturday to unloading and boxing up a truck’s worth of groceries for the needy people of the community. Although this is the first Manna Drive in which ABAC has taken part, it turned out to be a success.
Students in Stafford Hall raised $1,000 to pay for one truckload of food delivered by Second Harvest of South Georgia.
Students packed boxes with spaghetti, canned fruit and vegetables, frozen sausage patties, desserts, peanut butter, bread, fruit juice and other items. The amount of food distributed to each family was based on how many people they had to feed with the purpose of providing enough to get them through the Thanksgiving week.
Food for more than 300 families was collected. Families in cars lined up around the block, waiting for students to load their trunks with boxes of food. One group of families that was feeding 20 people drove off with seven large boxes of food.
Sadly, all the food was given away before everyone in line was satisfied. Several families had to be turned away in mid-afternoon, when all the boxes were gone. According to 2009 state statistics, 47.5 percent of the people in Tifton have an income below the poverty level.
According to Elisabeth O’Quinn, Business Apprentice at The Stafford School of Business, Deans Susan and Dill Driscoll have plans for more Manna Drops in the future.
By Jordan Davis
Honesty is key when it comes to roommates, according to Chris Kinsey, Director of Housing and Residence Life at ABAC.
“Be honest. Just because you don’t get along one time doesn’t mean you can’t fix it,” Kinsey said, giving his best advice to those who live in dorms.
Kinsey also said living on campus with someone provides time to learn about yourself, whether it be considering a spouse you may live with or another roommate in college.
What is the biggest issue for students who live on campus? “Getting along with roommates — a lot of students came from home where they never had to share a bedroom,” said Kinsey.
He added that besides a few vandalism “hot spots,” which he believes are tied to alcohol, vandalism is down this year.
Everyone complains about the noisy golf-cart brigade that never seems to stop. However, believe it or not, the golf-cart crews are doing it for the students.
Kinsey said that the increase in students this year has given the college more funds to catch up on renovations throughout housing and to make improvements. Many students were excited to hear they could rent out an extra bedroom if there were an empty one in their dormitory, but the increase in students has not allowed that to happen with practically every room being occupied.
However, Kinsey finds that many are taking advantage of being able to stay during the holidays, particularly those who have jobs or internships.
By Jo-Leigh Warren
On Monday, Nov. 11, ABAC celebrated Veterans Day on campus by holding a cookout for students and faculty who previously served for our country.
This event takes place every year but Jessica Swords, the veterans benefit event coordinator, was pleased that they were able to hold it on Veterans Day this year.
Not only were veterans served grilled hot dogs for lunch but they also left with gift bags and door prizes. “I wanted to do a little more than just grill,” said professor Keith Perry.
To get the word out, Swords went around campus and talked to groups while also sending out emails to her list of known veterans on campus.
“While I sent out an email to the people on my list, we may not have everyone on campus. Anyone can attend as long as they show their military license,” said Swords.
While a majority of the 81 veterans on campus are students, some faculty here at ABAC came and participated as well.
This event is held to inform both students and faculty the importance of Veterans Day, and to show appreciation and give back to those that have given so much for us.
Overall the cookout had a strong turnout and ABAC's students, faculty and staff were able to show how much they care about the people that serve in the military.
By Wesley Pope
As temperatures began to drop and South Georgia slid into fall, it was once again time for the ABAC Cattleman’s Association to hold its All-American Beef Chili Cook-off. This pitted 10 teams, consisting of campus clubs and student entries, against one another to determine who has the best chili on campus. With the event being held on Veteran’s Day, all veterans who attended the cook-off were given free admission.
Cook-off Committee Chair Kaytlyn Malia opened the competition with a gift to ABAC from a former student’s father who is a veteran. The gift was an American flag that was flown over Afghanistan during his service there.
After the commencement invocation led by Cole Brogdon, the competition had each team presenting two gallons of chili to a crowd of more than 100 attendees gathered at the Ag-Science Building.
Creations ranged from the super spicy to the delightfully sweet fed the crowd as well as a panel of three judges. These judges, all of whom were past veterans, judged the entries based upon color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste.
Of the 10 teams, three winners were picked as well as a “People’s Choice” by the attendees. The top prizewinner went to the School of Agriculture’s Dr. Mary Ellen Hicks. Following in second place and winning “People’s Choice” were Ag-Business Club’s Jodie Stringer and Katelynn Gutschlag. Rounding out third place was Aaron Weaver and Hank Thacker’s spicy concoction.
By Drew Wisenbaker
Nothing makes me more happy than to see people walking into ABAC drunk and acting wild every Thursday night. No, I'm sick of it.
If you are going to go out and be stupid then by all means that is your life. It is your own body; you can do whatever it is you want. But if you are going to be stupid and go out and do things, then be smart about it.
When you go out don't be stupid and drink and drive. Go with someone that is going to stay sober so they can keep you from going past your limit, and keep you wherever you go to drink instead of coming back to ABAC smelling like horrible beer and cigarettes.
The world does not want to smell essence of beer and puke. Nothing is attractive or mature about acting wild and crazy. I can see where you may want to go out and have fun and possibly drink for some reason to help you “relax”. However, you can drink responsibly.
First off, be smart and stay off campus and keep the alcohol off of campus. Having a few hours of “fun” is not worth getting thrown off campus for drinking and potentially getting arrested for under-aged drinking.
Second, I have stated before don't even come back onto campus. You can clearly tell that you are drunk and you can easily get written up by any CA or police officer.
Third, avoid drinking at all. The only thing that is gained from alcohol is supposedly “a fun buzz that lasts for a while.” Yeah, sure, that buzz may be fun and may last a little while. But in the morning you are going to feel horrible and chances are will regret doing it.
Try doing anything other than drugs or alcohol. You and your friends can go out and do plenty of other stuff other than drink, and if you do decide to go out and drink then you can be quiet and courteous to the rest of the world and refrain from being loud.
Be responsible and be smart. There is a consequence for all of your actions.
My boyfriend and I came to ABAC together a year ago. We are the same major and planned on transferring to the same school, at the same time.
Now he went and applied to a different school without telling me and got accepted. Instead of coming with me to the school we originally decided on, he wants to go to this other school that is all the way across the country!
He said it has nothing to do with me, but how can it not? He obviously doesn’t love me as much as I thought he did, but at the same time I don’t want to leave him. What can I do to make him stay?
I am sorry to inform you that I am not a witch and therefore I do not have a magical spell that will allow me to make your boyfriend push aside all of his dreams just for you.
I’m sure in high school your little plan for the future sounded just fantastic. Unfortunately, it was also very unrealistic. You cannot make him stay and, trust me, you don’t want to.
When you make a person push aside their dreams simply because you are too stubborn for change, then that person will end up secretly resenting you for the rest of your relationship (which won’t last long anyways).
I’m sure his decision was difficult but I am also sure it is necessary for him. I wouldn’t say you can’t do a long distance relationship, but you have to be open and willing to the change.
By Dallas Hudgens
In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, the Atlanta Braves have proposed to move their stadium to Cobb County. The citizens of Cobb County have currently delayed the vote for 60 days, so that more research can be done.
Currently the Braves do not own Turner Field; they are leasing it from the city. Since the contract is up in 2017, and it would cost too much money for the organization to do repairs on the stadium, they have decided to move. The move will also allow the Braves organization to own their own stadium.
Braves fans that reside in the city have been outraged by the fact that the team will no longer be technically playing in Atlanta. Their frustration is understandable, but the majority of ticket buyers live north of Atlanta anyway. Sitting the stadium at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 would allow for a shorter commute for those fans.
There are also plans for the land around the stadium to be developed. Several restaurants and bars are set to open, which is something Braves fans do not currently have around Turner Field. As of now, Turner Field sits in a wasteland with no bars or restaurants in walking distance. If the new stadium is approved by the Cobb residents, it will allow a better game day experience.
This is not a fan base that is excluded to Atlanta and North Georgia. Many of the Braves fans live all over the Southeast. People come from as far away as Tennessee and Virginia to come watch the Braves play. Many of those travelers are forced to stay in a hotel far away from the stadium, and have to fight the terrible pre- and post-game traffic. While this is certainly a problem, there is a solution in the making. A hotel has been rumored to open up on the land near the stadium.
The Braves organization needs this new stadium to open. If the plan comes together like the officials say it will, this will be a stadium that is envied by the rest of baseball.
By Matthew Reid
For 47 years, your Braves have called downtown Atlanta home. They have brought you championships, smiles and yes even tears. I trouble to think how many times I ate grease at the Varsity, then drove down to tailgate in the orange lot adjacent to where the old cathedral of Atlanta sports once stood: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
I did my first chop in that round building which saw so many great memories; Hank’s 715 in 1974, and the only professional championship ever won by an Atlanta team in 1995.
These memories are irreplaceable for our city and state, but the building they occurred in evidently was not. We survived that demo in 1997 and received a new home, thanks to the Olympics: Turner Field.
Now, 16 years later, John Schuerholz and the entire front office want to move away from downtown to the well-to-do community of Cobb County. They’ve deemed that the Ted, which is younger than you, has done its job.
Whether or not you believe government should help foot the bill on stadiums, there are some facts you can’t ignore such as the $84 million gap the superintendent of Cobb County schools is trying to fill with moving a “large portion” of high school classes to online.
The new budget results in five furloughed days for teachers and the loss of 182 positions. Cobb County is planning to put $300 million into the $629 million stadium project. That figure would make the home of your Suburban Braves the third most expensive in all of baseball, only behind the two new stadiums built in New York for the Yankees and Mets.
To me, keeping the Braves in Atlanta isn’t something that has to be done, but it is something that should be done. The city and her fans have never turned their back on the Braves, something the Tomahawk front office has forgotten.
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