Oh my heavens, this is it. I’ve been thinking that same phrase for the past week and it’s hard to write about the end of my term as The Sentinel Newspaper’s editor-in-chief.
So much of my college experience has revolved around being a part of this team.
While my entire staff expects immense amounts of tears, and they aren’t far off, I’m going to use this space to explain how much writing for a college newspaper has changed my life and mentioning those that helped me along the way.
To start, let me take you back to spring 2012 when I walked into a room full of strangers and came out the editor of The Sentinel. I went in with a packet, a prayer and a good luck text from my mom ready to prove to the student media board that I wasn’t crazy for wanting to take this position. I told them I was going to do a redesign, create a styleguide and further the work of the editors before me. Thanks to a stroke of what I think is pure luck, I got the position.
I was ecstatic and it took me all of two minutes to start planning what I wanted to do with the newspaper. My next decision was my best to date as editor. I hired the best production manager I could have ever asked for, Andrea Dowis. From that point on, the two of us became an unstoppable duo and I owe all of The Sentinel’s success this year to her help. I will never be able to thank her for being my rock, my friend and my number 2.
The middle of my term involves happy tears, sad tears and exhausted tears. I owe my strength to the student media advisor, Ed Bonza. There aren’t many people that can put up with my kind of crazy, but Bonza never cared that I was overdramatic, intense and determined. He put so much time and faith into my term and I will be forever grateful for his help and believing in me.
My family is a major part of me making it through the middle. As the youngest twin, I tend to hate the spotlight and count on others to make major decisions. Lucky for
me, my twin sister Katie has always pushed me in the right direction and even convinced me to put in my application to become a writer years ago. If she didn’t make things better, my boyfriend Josh would. Without the two of them, I would have been lost without someone to talk me through all my biggest decisions.
As a daddy’s girl, I always go to Randy to share good news and to get advice on how to handle a staff. As my mother’s daughter, I’m thankful to say that I get my work ethic, attention to detail and ability to cry from Karen. As a granddaughter who can’t go a week without talking to her grandparents, I’m lucky to have a Nanny and Pop who listen to all the insane stories I have and to be my biggest fans. It was a big decision to take this job and if it wasn’t for my family agreeing to help me when I needed it, I never could have made it this far.
By the end of my term, I can honestly say that it takes a village to make a paper. Without the help of Amie, Alek and the rest of the student media staff, I would have lost my mind. I’m grateful for all the good times and being surrounded by people who truly reflect the messages that I write about them on their inspirational sticky notes. I’m a mother hen type so here is the part where I thank every section editor, designer, writer, photographer or staff member that has been a part of The Sentinel. You make a lot of friends being a part of a group, but it’s nice to choose a group that becomes a family. You all are the reason the paper goes out each week and I can never thank you enough for your dedication.
Okay, I’m done being sappy. Regardless of all the complaints and constant questioning, I will be forever changed by my decision to join my college newspaper. Thank you all for reading The Sentinel each week and I hope that you continue to find something to enjoy and consider becoming a part of the family that I’ve been happy to be a member of for the past 3 years. It’s all yours Eric.
Megan is a senior and a Communication major.
“I’m blessed with three boys (my wife says she has four, but I don’t know what she’s talking about), but if I had a daughter, I would like her to be just like Megan. A truly good person with a huge heart. I’m going to have her cloned.”
“I said, ‘You know, while we’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do for the rest of our life, why don’t we open up a cookie store,’” says Michael J Coles on how the Great American Cookie Company came to be.
Coles is the co-founder of the Great American Cookie Company, co-founder of Charter Bank & Trust, former CEO of Caribou Coffee and the man for whom the Michael J. Coles College of Business at KSU was named. He has brought his business expertise to the KSU campus this semester, teaching “Concept to Counter” in the Coles College MBA program.
Coles is best known for his co-founding role in the Great American Cookie Company, which started with only an $8,000 investment, $4,000 from Coles and $4,000 from his partner Arthur Karp.
The name Great American Cookie Company was based on the name of Coles’ former business, Great American Clothing Company.
Coles says that his business really took off after a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1977. He was told after the accident that he may never walk again unaided and this accident left him in a position of not being able to do much else but built up his company. From that time of sole devotion to the company, the Great American Cookie Company went national.
“My ah-ha moment was, I had been a pure entrepreneur and now I was going to have to have a company that was a managing company with an entrepreneurial spirit and I had never done that before,” says Coles.
Coles College of Business is endowed by Coles and his wife and led him to want to teach a course here. He had been thinking of teaching for a while, but couldn’t figure out how to teach a traditional course.
Coles said an article that was written about his clothing company and one written by himself, was his inspiration to develop a course where he brings business experts to talk about real-life experiences.
The course is being offered this semester and hold promise for future classes that he is open to teaching.
“I read that article and thought to myself, ‘Now that would be exciting.’To be able to go to talk to MBA students and say, now here’s how you take an idea from an idea and here’s how you take it to the market place,” says Coles.
Coles selected the experts and are individuals he considers experts in different areas of business who can appeal to graduate students.
Coles said he tells his students that, “you have to recognize that to be successful, on the other side of success, looming in the background is failure. The thing you have to try to do is not make the same mistakes. Learn from them.”
He says he tries to teach his students that businesses have to constantly evolve because if they don’t, someone else out there is prepared to do what you won’t. He uses this advice to express the ups and downs of business to his class in the real- world scenarios that he thinks they need to truly be successful.
When asked what advice he would give to all students, Coles said, “Pat Pittard talked about life is about chapters and you have to live in each chapter. That doesn’t mean you give a chapter up. If you are in the chapter of your family, give your family your full attention. If you are in the chapter of your business, give that business your full attention and I thought that was a great way of describing it.”
Surviving a term as a college newspaper Editor-in-Chief isn’t easy.
The Sentinel staff could identify a number of defining moments from my first term as editor-in-chief that would probably embarrass me to no end. From learning how to manage stress to hysterically crying in my office, I feel like I’ve seen it all and have come back for more.
I have compiled a staff that I am confident will continue the tradition of a Sentinel that reports on information that matters. We are growing and expanding, just like KSU.
We are working toward a bigger social media presence. We would like to establish blogs for each section to provide timely updates. We are also working on building our KSUSentinelTV YouTube channel to showcase events around campus.
Most important, we are working weekly to bring you a paper that you can all enjoy.
I could tell you how hard we all work and how much time and effort goes into making the paper each Monday, but you could probably guess that.
The Sentinel puts in the effort because we truly care about the KSU community, but we need your help to do so.
The Sentinel needs you to send in tips about stories, responses to articles and applications to become a part of our staff. We grow and evolve because of the input we get from our readers. If you take the time to give us your thoughts, we are more likely to understand what you want from our publication and can make changes to better reflect that understanding.
Our purpose at The Sentinel is to provide the KSU campus with hard-hitting information in our news, informed views in our opinion, stories of accomplishments and human interest in our features and up- to-date coverage in our sports.
If you are interested in getting involved, go to ksumedia.com and fill out an application. We are always looking for dedicated writers, photographers and copy editors.
If you have any questions or concerns or just want more information about The Sentinel, feel free to email any of the section editors or me. Our email addresses at The Sentinel are simply the section name followed by the word editor before the standard @ ksusentinel.com. For example, to email the opinion editor you would email opinioneditor@ ksusentinel.com.
If you would like to contact me, my email address is eic@ ksusentinel.com.
If you prefer face-to-face conversations, we are one door past the Student Life office in the Student Center, Room 277, probably where all of the noise is coming from. Stop in, say hi and meet your Sentinel staff, but don’t be scared if you find someone in tears, someone wearing a costume and someone with a Nerf gun in hand. That’s how we make it through the day.
My favorite Thanksgiving memories happen at a place that for centuries has been deemed second best; underrated and unrecognized. A place where all the youngest cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews gather in a distant, far off realm: the kid’s table.
At our house, it’s the after dinner festivities that I look forward to the most. While the men plop down on the couch with full bellies to watch the football game and the women dig through Black Friday deals, we at the respected kid’s table have a bigger mission: an annual home-run derby to decide who has it in them to win over the respect of our elders and gain bragging rights until Christmas.
We set up the bases in the backyard and take the field. The battle commences. Brother against sister, cousin against cousin. One by one we step up to the plate and give our best swing. My oldest cousin usually reins champion, but not the Thanksgiving of 2009. After the two of us compete head to head for a solid hour, I hit one clear over the fence to put me in the lead. My family applauds and I run the bases in victory. The game ends. The prize: the last beloved slice of chocolate cheese cake.
by Traci Hendrix
Holidays, though seemingly overdone, are simply a special time of the year that aim to bring together families and cherish relationships. Whether they are religious or not, holidays are special to every single person. They do not need to be snuffed out by schools, taken out of media or discriminated against by rivaling celebrations. The number of holidays celebrated throughout the world is infinite.
Each holiday serves a specific purpose or (else) it wouldn’t be considered a special occasion, and that aspect is not something to be overlooked. After eating your weight in turkey and pies, surviving the apocalypse, ripping wrappings, spreading cheer and spending time with loved ones, bring in the New Year with a resolution to have an open mind to others’ holidays and accept the fact that none of them are going anywhere any time soon.
CELEBRATE LIFE by Megan Emory
Winding roads, cold wind and the smell of Christmas trees mark the start of the holiday season. We all have family traditions that we know are worthy of telling our kids and grandkids about someday and this is one of mine.
Christmas doesn’t really begin until I am in my grandparent’s living room putting ornaments and lights on the newly chopped tree that my twin sister and I just spent 40 minutes searching for in every worthy tree lot in West Virginia. With Christmas music and the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the background, I always have a moment where I stop and realize this is why I love this holiday. It’s bigger than just a day to get gifts, it’s about spending time with those you love celebrating life.
Megan Emory, Editor-in-Chief, followed President Papp on a typical day. The following is a chronological first-person account to better your understanding of what he does during a typical day.
It’s mid-September, classes are in full swing and fall is almost in the air. The campus is quiet, but President Daniel Papp started his day at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast at the Cobb County Library Foundation, followed by a 9 a.m. closed-door meeting.
I walk into the president’s office at 9:15 on the 5th floor of Kennesaw Hall and am immediately greeted by the woman at the front desk. I take the offered water and wait nervously for the start of the day. While I wait, I survey Dr. Papp’s office, which is filled with everything from rugby balls to books on international security.
Papp comes into his office 10 minutes later wearing a big smile and accompanied by an entourage. He welcomes me warmly, shakes my hand and off we go.
We are on the move to our first big meeting of the day– a Chairs Council meeting with KSU Cabinet members. Dr. Coleen Nolan, ACE Fellow, accompanies us as we step into the elevator; the two discuss morning news, including the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
We are late to our first meeting in the leadership room located in the Student Center. Papp takes the time to say hello to every student and employee we pass as we walk across campus.
As Papp walks into the room, the atmosphere instantly changes. His presence commands attention, but his approachable charisma is ever present.
He must tell the cabinet members the hard facts of the state budget. Papp starts with the news of uncertainty and moves into things he is doing to make KSU better. Papp spent his summer visiting 16 of the 18 regents to talk about KSU’s strategic plan. Other cabinet members are working to expand Engage KSU to raise awareness of student and faculty achievements. Papp discusses all of this without looking at notes . . .he knows the information by heart.
The meeting ends and he exits the room before I can even catch up.
Papp leaves campus to attend the funeral of Otis Brumby, the long-time editor and publisher of The Marietta Daily Journal.
The Athletics Board meeting held in Room 4060 of the Social Sciences Building had already started when we walked in. We try to be as quiet as possible, but the members are excited that Papp is here. He listens intently to each demonstration and breakdown of finances. The board agenda includes discussions about facilities, changes in bylaws, the needs of student athletes and character development. The most talked about topic on the agenda . . . football.
Papp discusses how to achieve the projected football start date and what board members need to do to help. The board has back-up plans in place for any scenario regarding raising the necessary money. Not only is Papp prepared for the hard work, but he is also excited about bringing football to KSU.
Papp glances at his watch; time is up again.
We walk across campus back to Kennesaw Hall. What should be a short walk turns into a long one as Papp talks to a student who asks him a question. Once again, he says hello to everyone he passes. It’s hard not to notice the shock or awe on the faces of students and employees as they see their president for possibly the first time.
“Have you gone to the farmer’s market today?” Papp asks the entourage following him back to Kennesaw Hall as we walk past the market on the Campus Green.
He seems genuinely interested in their responses and urges them to go next week; he’s disappointed he doesn’t have time today.
As we walk to Prillaman Hall to meet with 35 Nigerian judges, I asked Papp about his personal life.
“I might be doing research for the Department of State or the Department of Defense,” said Papp when asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t in academia.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in international security from Dartmouth College and a Ph. D. in international security from the University of Miami.
Papp walks into the reception room and the Nigerian judges are excited to see him. The judges were here for a four-day program that ended with their receiving an honorary KSU certificate. Papp speaks for a few minutes about what an honor it is to have the judges at KSU, and his speech ends to a standing ovation from the judges.
They all want individual and group pictures with Papp and he is happy to oblige.
Papp has another closed-door meeting and I wait outside his office. I meet the other individuals who work on his floor. I realize that I am not the only one waiting for Papp to finish the meeting. It is almost as if a line is forming outside his office. He finishes the private meeting and, if you’ve ever heard the phrase “walk and talk,” then you already know how Papp spends most of his day.
A meeting with Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs, takes place back in Papp’s office. Harmon sits on the sofa and Papp sits in a chair as they casually discuss administrative details. It seems as if Papp is a part of every aspect of KSU and likes it that way. He is more comfortable in his office and takes the time to discuss personal topics with Harmon. He even asks about texting etiquette after his phone goes off multiple times throughout the meeting.
“I hardly text,” Papp said. “What is texting etiquette? Look at all of these messages.”
We laugh as he continues the meeting, as if he never got off track.
The weekly meeting with Executive Assistant Lynda Johnson begins; both Johnson and Papp come to the sofa with a pile of papers to sort through.
Johnson and Papp joke around like old friends and comment that Papp’s pile may start as the biggest, but it is Johnson’s pile and to-do list that grow after their weekly meeting.
Papp talked about how he handles all the aspects of his job.
We have one final task of the day: attend a Career Services reception at the Jolley Lodge.
Papp exits Kennesaw Hall and heads to his car; his license plate is KU1. He opens my door and off we go, with Coleen Nolan, who has accompanied us throughout the day, to the reception.
During the car ride, I ask more questions about his hobbies and his family.
“I played rugby for 40 years. I’ve played basically all over the world,” Papp said. “I started my sophomore year at Dartmouth and stopped two years after marrying Susan 10 years ago.” He continues to talk excitedly about his rugby playing days and was excited that his oldest son plays.
Papp has two sons, William and Alexander, and two stepsons, Michael and Benjamin.
Papp moved to Georgia in 1973 and was an assistant professor of international security at Georgia Tech. He also served as executive assistant to the president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 1997 and as interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University from 1997 to 1998. Prior to his appointment as president of KSU in 2006, Papp served as senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
After the short car ride, we pull up to the Jolley Lodge and go inside to find the reception in full swing. As soon as Papp enters, everyone in the building rushes to talk to him. The reception is to thank workers and contributors for easing the effects of the recession on employees and students.
Papp is rushed around the room and doesn’t have time to end a conversation before he begins another. He makes his way around the room and back to the door, where we are waiting to end our day when one final person stops to ask Papp a question.
“It’s like everyone wants to stop and talk to him,” Nolan said. “He is so good about talking to people and having a real conversation with them.”
Nolan said this is what a typical day is in Papp’s life.
As I watch Papp walk back to Kennesaw Hall for more closed-door meetings, I can’t help but wonder how he got through our six hours together without food. It’s obvious that he prides himself on his work ethic and truly cares about the KSU community.
It’s not often that the author of a book can successfully direct the movie adaptation. Stephen Chbosky is an exception with “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
The popular 1999 novel is based on the life of Charlie (Logan Lerman), a troubled freshman whose shy demeanor makes him a bit of an outcast. It isn’t until he meets seniors Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) that he gets his first glimpse into the real world.
The plot is more than just a shy kid making his way through high school. Charlie is dealing with the suicide of his best friend and mental illness stemming from the loss of his Aunt Helen, as well as trying to find a place where he truly belongs. We see this growth through Charlie’s writing letters to “dear friend” in a way that connects the audience’s experiences to the themes.
“They are not alone. In that moment (when you see the film), there is absolute dead proof that you are not alone,” Chbosky said about what he wants the audience to take away from the film.
The standout star is Ezra Miller (Patrick), who is not only the comic relief, but also the true spirit behind the group of misfits. His performance is a perfect representation of the character from the book, if not better. He is flamboyant and courageous and an instant character favorite.
If Miller is the spirit, then Logan Lerman is the heart in his portrayal of Charlie. He plays it in a way that brings a whole new level of vulnerability in such a fragile and shy character. When his heart breaks, so will yours as you watch his progression through the horror of his past. He has a wisdom that is beyond his years and makes you love him from the line “we accept the love that we think we deserve.”
While the shocking ending exposes the truth behind Charlie’s past, the big unanswered question surrounding the film is who “dear friend” may be. Chobsky won’t reveal to whom Charlie writes his letter because he wants the idea audience members create to be the truth for each of them.
“I’ve heard 12 real theories about who “dear friend” is. I have my answer and I will never let 11 people down because they (their answers) are just as cool as my answer could ever be,” Chobsky said.
Whether “dear friend” is the audience, Aunt Helen or Charlie’s best friend, one thing is certain: In the moment when the screen fades and the lights come on, you will know that “in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
Editor’s Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, it should be noted that in the article “Organization of the Week: the Men of Delta Chi” published on Aug. 21, the writer is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. It is the goal of The Sentinel to strive for the utmost credibility.
Not every movie lives up to the fan’s expectations from the book; the Hunger Games series is an exception garnering critic and fan acclaim. The blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games” is now available on DVD for those looking for a more in-depth look into the phenomenon or for those just looking to re-watch the film.
Wal-Mart teamed up with Lionsgate Entertainment to host midnight release parties all across America. Stars of the film, Ethan Jamieson (District 4) and Ian Nelson (District 3), visited Marietta, Ga for a meet and greet with fans April 17. For those of you who may have missed the event, The Sentinel was there to meet the actors and get a glimpse into the world of Panem.
The trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, recently overtook Harry Potter as the best-selling book series on Amazon and continues to attract fans with the second movie, “Catching Fire,” set to start filming in September 2012 in Atlanta.
Jamieson and Nelson were excited to show the fans a preview of what went on during filming.
“There are special features and behind the scenes featurettes on the DVD,” Nelson said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the fans to see all that goes into the film.”
Fans flooded to the signing and waited hours for the opportunity to see the real-life tributes. It may have been five months since “The Hunger Games” hit theaters, but the fan base has yet to die down.
“It hasn’t fully sunk in yet,” Nelson said. “We knew it was going to be huge, but we were also just grateful to make something special.”
Nelson feels that the story is universally appealing because the core of the series is about loving someone and what you would do because of it.
The series continues to appeal to many different demographics because of the complexity the story has to offer. Some fans enjoy the action and love story, others like the idea that this may be our future.
“The fact that this could happen in the future; that’s what drew me in,” Jamieson said.
Nelson agrees with Jamieson, but also feels that the characters make the story as well.
“I love how rich the characters are even though they go through a foreign circumstance,” Nelson said.
From intimidating circumstances to a love triangle, “The Hunger Games” has something for each type of moviegoer. With the release of the DVD, old fans can learn more about their favorite trilogy and new fans can see what all the fuss is about. “The Hunger Games” is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.
Two spotlights, one DJ, 22 tents and 496 students gathered around the Campus Green after months of hard work and planning.
KSU held its first annual Relay for Life on April 13, a 12 hour event hosted by the American Cancer Society. Participants camped out around the green from the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. to the concluding ceremony at 7 a.m.
Sophomores Laura Stewart and Haley Carson co-chaired KSU Relay for Life because of their direct link to cancer, and in Stewart’s case, her direct fight with cancer. Stewart even gained the attention of the American Cancer Society and was featured on their website for her efforts to start the event, as well as continuing her fight with cancer.
“We started Relay for Life at KSU because both Laura and I’s lives have been affected by cancer. With Relay, we wanted our dream of seeing the entire campus standing together and fighting against cancer, to come true,” Carson said.
Participating KSU organizations started work months prior to the event with different fundraisers to garner attention and money for their Relay for Life team.
There were a total of 32 registered teams, and 22 of those set up tents as a last fundraising attempt that carried through the night. Gamma Phi Beta sold baked goods as their last effort to raise money.
Gamma Phi Beta sophomore Bekah Gillis was excited to become a part of the cause.
“I’ve been a part of Relay for Life in my hometown since I was a kid, so when I heard that my friends Laura and Haley were going to bring it to campus, I was pumped and ready to get involved,” Gillis said.
Some of the other KSU organizations in attendance included Kennesaw Activities Board, Residence Life, Orientation Leaders, the Dance Program, Distinguished Black Gentleman and many more. Several teams were comprised of those without an affiliation to an organization, but were still looking to help the cause. Sophomore psych and human services major Kelly Sergent was the team captain for one of these groups, the “Hope Heroes.”
“Its empowering to be able to walk continuously knowing that you are taking a stand and making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer, especially those closest to me,” said Sergent.
Many honored those loved ones by purchasing luminaries, which lit the path surrounding the event. The Luminary Service was meant to honor those who have passed away from cancer and those who have survived cancer.
Luminaries were lit at 10 p.m. in remembrance and a moment of silence followed as the crowd made a lap around the event.
To continue the momentum through to the morning, the DJ kept energy levels high with a group dance to the wobble, team dance numbers and a Miss Relay pageant where guys dawned their best female attire.
The event concluded with announcing the total amount of money raised by KSU. According to the Relay for Life committee, the final amount of money raised was $28,025.41. KSU Relay for Life will continue taking donations online until August 31.
“We have a great feeling about the event for next year, and are hoping that it will be even bigger and will include even more groups of students. Through Relay we are confident that KSU will be a part of changing the world for the better,” Stewart said.
Jeff Who Lives at Home is the new indie comedy, directed by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, filled with established stars such as, Ed Helms, Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer.
In the film, the mother of two grown sons, career-driven Pat (Ed Helms) and soul-searching Jeff (Jason Segel), becomes exhausted with Jeff’s lack of guidance and asks Pat to spend the day with him to spark any interest he may have in growing up. They encounter countless unexpected and comedic events that lead to one fateful day for their entire family.
The film balances showing the misadventures of this dysfunctional family, which
not only expresses the depth of characters, but also brings reality to the plot.
This movie is a different kind of role for most of the stars, but there are still familiar character aspects that will leave the audience satisfied.
“This movie is kind of in keeping with the Duplass brothers’ tone, it sort of rides the line into drama a little bit. So, we actually had a really good time improvising together, but not necessarily finding the funniest jokes as much as sort of just finding the most authentic way to do a scene,”
Ed Helms said.
The search for fate restored leads Jeff to find himself beyond the confines of his mother’s basement, but leads to a heartwarming tale filled with emotion and heart.
“It is a wonderful, compelling, hilarious and moving script,”
Ed Helms said.
Jeff Who Lives at Home comes to theatres March 16.