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  Local non-prot organization Trails for Recreation and Economic Development (TRED) is working this year to make greater connections to Berry.TRED is based in Rome and works to promote environmental awareness and healthy living by  building and maintaining bike and walking trails.Last semester, the Bonner Scholars program made a connection with TRED’s president Julie Smith and began a relationship with TRED as a temporary Bonner worksite. “Amanda and Laurie (Amanda Law, Bonner Scholars program coordinator, and Laurie Chandler, director of the Bonner Scholars) saw that TRED had something to offer and that a Bonner could offer something equally as good to TRED,” Smith said.This August, junior Emily Melchior began work as a permanent Bonner volunteer at TRED.“They’re so passionate about what they do,” Melchior said, speaking of TRED staff as well as workers at Cycle Therapy, the downtown  bike shop co-owned by Smith. “Not only with the bikes, but with this idea of promoting a more cohesive environment for everything like animals, plants, people, everything,  because it all is interconnected.”Melchior works for TRED out of Cycle Therapy as well as remotely.Smith is excited about working with the Bonner Scholar program.“That’s the nice thing about having a Bonner to be a voice of TRED on campus, to build excitement (for students) and also for staff and faculty who are there and who are Rome residents,” Smith said. Rome non-prot promotes trail use Berry College attracts students from all over the country for its animal science major program. Animal science is currently Berry’s largest major, with 280 majors as of 2013. The program has been focusing on making changes to accommodate the growth.George Gallagher, department chair and Dana professor of animal science, said the department is constantly looking at the academic  program and adjusting to make it more relevant to prepare students for a future after graduation.“It’s a never-ending feat of trying to keep up and adjust, and a lot of times it’s trial and error,” Gallagher said. “We want to keep abreast of all the scientic changes going on in the world.”The program just established its fourth major curriculum revision as of fall 2014. Big changes include a new set of concentration pathways for all animal science majors. The animal science major is now split between a pre-professional track for students who are planning on attending veterinary or graduate school and a production and management track for students who want to work in the agriculture industry.“What we basically did was two-fold … we had an animal science  program that was more individually developed on a one-on-one basis,” Gallagher said. “We really created a much more described set of concentrations.”Gallagher also pointed out that some of the major requirements for the animal science program have changed. The department reduced the required number of courses, so students will have more exibility within the program.“It frees people up to do minors, or to double major,” Gallagher said. “If you have a minor in something like Spanish, communications,  business—anything that’s totally different than just the sciences— that’s a huge benet.” It is benets like these that have boosted the acceptance rate of Berry’s students into pre- professional programs. Berry’s largest major keeps growing May 1, 2014vol. 105, #25 LESLI MARCHESE deputy news editor OPINIONS 4FEATURES 6ENTERTAINMENT 8 SPORTS 10 J.C. ALBRITTON staff reporter RACHEL YEATES news editor National Novel Writing Monthp. 6 Academic Council considers changes Fall Fashion p. 8 BRYANNA PERRY, staff photojournalist JUNIOR TALORIA WHEELER AND SOPHOMORE JORDAN STAPP PREPARE to milk cows at the dairy. SEE “ANIMAL SCIENCE,” P. 2 Index     c  a  m  p  u  s  c  a  r  r   i  e  r    t   h  e VIKINGFUSION.COM @CAMPUSCARRIER Oct. 23, 2014vol. 106, #8 SEE “ACADEMIC COUNCIL,” P. 2SEE “TRAILS,” P. 3 The Academic Council, Berry’s undergraduate legislative body, has been busy this academic year looking into ways to improve students’ academic experience. “Our charge is to be the academic governing body,” Kathy Richardson, provost of Berry College and chair of the Academic Council, said. “So everything that goes into the undergraduate catalog academic council has oversight for. That includes curriculum, academic policies and the college calendar. We then pass on our recommendations to the president of the college for approval.” One new program the council is currently considering is the addition of hybrid courses that would be taught during the summer. “There are still a lot of logistics to be worked out with the program such as what course will be taught, who will teach them and how exactly the classes will be taught,” Blake Petty, junior and student representative for the academic council, said.The council hopes that a two or three of these hybrid courses will be offered next summer to see if they will work as an alternative method to current summer  programs. A recent change made by the Academic Council is the overhaul of the Interdisciplinary Studies major to  begin fall of 2015. The purpose of this major is to allow students to pursue an individualized course of study from across multiple disciplines. “It is sometimes difcult for students to navigate the Interdisciplinary Studies major, so we wanted to simplify the program by letting it be more individually designed,” Richardson said. “Students will be able to draft a program of study, propose that program of study working with two to three advisers based off of the number of disciplines. They would then propose the program of study for approval to the department chairs, to the dean or deans if it’s in two schools and then a copy will be led in the  provosts’ ofce.”The individualized major still has to meet Berry’s guidelines for graduation, but it still gives students the opportunity to explore a course of study from multiple disciplines.  Another change the Academic Council approved at its last meeting was to clarify the requirements for  being a double major. As of now, if a student wants to double major in majors with different degree requirements, the student must complete the requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees.“If a student is doing a double major in two different degrees, they can choose which degree they want to receive and complete those requirements,” Richardson said. To learn more about the Academic Council and the work it does, students can attend SGA meetings where student representatives give updates on the work of the committee. “Ree Palmer (SGA vice  president of administration) and Blake Petty serve as student representatives to the council,” Debbie Heida, dean of students at Berry College, said. “They have done a great job of informing SGA about the things that are happening at academic council.” For more specic information on what the Academic Council does, attend next Tuesday’s SGA meeting where the student representatives will be updating students on the Academic Council’s last meeting. 2 Police Beat MEDICAL ASSIST On Oct. 9, there was a medical assist at the Krannert Center. HARASSMENT On Oct. 10, a student reported that a tow truck driver made inappropriate remarks to her while using their service. The tow company owner was notifed. HARASSMENT On Oct. 15, a student reported fnding a derogatory note on a message board outside of her room. PROPERTY DAMAGE On Oct. 17, a student reported that their bicycle lock had been damaged. TRESPASSING On Oct. 18, two students from Shorter University were found on Berry students’ bikes without permission. Both students were charged with criminal trespassing and banned from campus. PROPERTY DAMAGE On Oct. 20, a student reported damage to their tire while parked in the baseball parking lot. Academic Council-    n   e   w   s VIKINGFUSION.COM @CAMPUSCARRIER CONTINUED FROM P. 1 Gallagher said the national average acceptance rate for undergraduates to be admitted to veterinarian schools is between 30 and 35 percent,  but Berry’s average acceptance rate for students entering into veterinary school is over 90 percent. The recent changes enacted by the department will continue to help students remain competitive for pre-professional programs. “Recently, we focused on creating a strong, science-based curriculum … that best t our students,” Gallagher said. “Even if they don’t want to go to graduate school now, they would still be set up to do that in the future.” The animal science major program has more changes in the near future. Plans for new animal science laboratories and an additional wing added on to McAllister Hall for animal science classrooms and ofces are currently in the works. “The brief amount of time I’ve had in Westcott—it feels like a little home,” sophomore animal science major Henry Winsor said. “But having better facilities is always a good thing.” However, even before these changes, many students were drawn to Berry’s program because of its reputation and strong standing with veterinary schools.“Berry has … probably the best, most involved animal science program in the region,” sophomore Rachel Botta, the head milker at the dairy, said.Many other students in the program share her sentiment. Sophomore Tyler Jagt, a double major in English and visual communication, is in the  process of changing to an animal science major. “I realized that (communication) just isn’t for me,” Jagt said. “I decided to join the animal science program … I grew up on a farm and I’m really good with animals.” Jagt had heard that Berry has one of the most renowned programs in the South, specically for animal science. “I know it has a very good reputation with graduate schools,” Jagt said. “I will hopefully be going to a graduate school after this and then onto  become a veterinarian.” Winsor is pleased with the opportunities that the program offers.“It’s rare for a school Berry’s size to have its own animal science program,” Winsor said. “I’m from the city, so I get to learn a lot, both from students who are from more rural areas … where  people live and work on farms and also from hands-on experience with animals in labs.” Winsor was drawn to Berry’s animal science  program because of the good reputation it has with veterinary schools. “I feel like it’s denitely doing a good job  preparing me for vet school,” Winsor said. “I’m learning a lot.” Botta is encouraged by the way the program sets students to have a more realistic perspective of animal science. She came into the program knowing that she wanted to do something in animal science, but her previous line of experience had mostly been with felines. “I had no idea I even cared about cows or large animals at all,” Botta said. “But now after working at the dairy I denitely want to continue working with cows.”She appreciates the hands-on experience that Berry provides, and believes that it really sets students up to understand the type of work they’ll  be doing in animal science related elds. “Animal science at Berry isn’t always about  puppies and kitties,” Botta said. “Sometimes it’s about plunging your arm into a cow’s rectum.” Animal science- MONDAY  BINGO TUESDAY  20% OFF THURSDAY  TRIVIADRINK  SPECIALS WITH STUDENT ID 2817 Martha Berry Hwy, NW 30165ACROSS FROM THE MALL 706-291-8969 CONTINUED FROM P. 1 RYDER MCENTYRE, graphics editor 40 ANIMALSCIENCEPSYCH. BIOLOGY COMM. EXERCISESCIENCE 6080100120140160180200220240260280300 TOP MAJORSOF 2014    #   O   F   S   T   U   D   E   N   T   S MAJORS MAJOR & MINOR REPORT FALL 2014 INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH Berry’s largest major continues to develop ARCHIVED ISSUES OF THE CARRIER CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT  3 October 23, 2014 KOFFEEHOUSE On Oct. 24, KCAB will be hosting “Twisted KoffeeHouse” in the Krannert Ballroom starting at 8 p.m.  SCARY BERRY  Block and Bridle will host its annual haunted hayride and walking trail Oct. 23-25 starting at 8 p.m. $5 for Berry students, faculty and staff. MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY  On Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon, student organizations and volunteers will go into the community for a day of service. EDITING SLAM Students can come examine Martha Berry’s correspondence in the Sandbox lab in Memorial Library on Oct. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. INOTHERNEWS TRED has also been working to connect Berry campus trails to those in Rome.“The City of Rome came to TRED and asked if TRED would like to partner with the city on the application to the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) committee to add 3.3 miles of trails to the Heritage Trail Network,” Smith said. “Of course we said yes, and so that’s where Berry comes in.“City manager at the time John Bennett and then assistant city manager Sammy Rich were instrumental … in making (Berry administration) see the benets of connecting Berry students to downtown,” Smith continued. “And I think that was already in the works kind of behind the scenes. Some eyes were opening about maybe Berry doesn’t need to be a bubble.”In connecting Berry with downtown Rome, the city of Rome can benet from Berry’s trails. Junior Dillon Patterson, an avid biker and runner, thinks it is important for people to use the trails available to them.“I think it’s good for people to get out into the woods,” he said. “When people get out into the woods and appreciate the woods, they don’t ruin the woods.”Patterson would like to see better maps of Berry trails as well as non-damaging trail markings.He also spoke of the importance of trails in helping preserve nature.“Trails keep human impact in the woods very minimal,” Patterson said.They keep litter “condensed to the side of the trails” as opposed to spread over a larger area, Patterson continued.Trails can also minimize one’s carbon footprint.“Trails, if put in the right place, give people an alternative to using their cars,” Smith said. “We’re such a car culture.”Melchior talked about her frustrations with  people driving such short distances when they could walk or bike and pointed out the benets of non-motorized commuting.“There’s a lot of cons to using motorized vehicles – environmental health, physical health, they’re really economically unsustainable,” Melchior said. “By promoting a trail network that fosters cycling, hiking, running, walking, whatever, we’re trying to increase the economic well-being of the whole community.”Students can be involved in TRED’s upcoming projects.The next event in their Lucky 7 race series will be on Nov. 16 at Jackson Hill across from Steak ‘n Shake on Turner McCall Blvd., and next semester, TRED will be hosting an environmentally-themed art show featuring work from local artists and Berry students. Local non-profit promotes environmental awareness Trails- LECTURE Dr. Kimberly Wren, a Berry alumna, will be giving a psychology lecture on Oct. 28 in Cook 306 from 11 a.m. to noon. RELAY FOR LIFE The Relay for Life kickoff event will take place on Oct. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Krannert Ballroom. Information about the spring event will be included. CONCERT  Faculty artists Adam Hayes and Kris Carlisle will be perfoming “The Storyteller.” It will take place in the Ford Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m on Oct. 30. CE BONFIRE KCAB will be hosting a Halloween bonfre on Oct. 31 in the Clara Bowl from 8 p.m. to midnight. HAUNTED HOUSE Berry College Alternate Realities (BCAR) is hosting a haunted house on Nov. 1 in Krannert 106 from 9 p.m. to midnight. DANCE KCAB is hosting a Halloween dance on Nov. 1 from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Krannert Ballroom. ELECTIONS State and local elections will take place on Nov. 4. Students not near their hometowns can request an absentee ballot. CONCERT  Faculty artists John Davis and Kris Carlisle will be performing in the Ford Auditorium on Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. CE POETRY READING Award-winning poet Sholeh Wolpé will read and discuss her poetry in the McAllister Auditorium from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. CE “SPOON RIVER  ANTHOLOGY” This play will run Nov. 13-15 and 20-23. All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday shows which will be at 2 p.m. CE CONTINUED FROM P. 1 INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR THE CARRIER? COME TO OUR MEETINGS EVERY MONDAY AT 5:30 P.M. IN LAUGHLIN 113.   4   4     o    p       i    n       i    o    n    s VIKINGFUSION.COM  In a society that is centered on sexual images, infatuation and lust, people who don’t experience sexual attraction may feel left out, ignored and isolated. Such people identify themselves as asexual. In the wake of the Gay Pride parades that raised support for the LGBT community, the asexual community deserves an awareness week of their own. Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 is Asexuality Awareness Week, held to raise recognition for one of the most invisible and unnoticed sexualities. According to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), an asexual person is someone “who does not experience sexual attraction.” This can range on a scale from completely asexual (experiencing no sexual attraction) to demisexual (experiencing sexual attraction after a strong bond is formed) to gray-sexual (experiencing very rare sexual attraction). Asexuality is also different from celibacy. According to the Asexual Awareness Week website, celibacy is a lifestyle choice, while asexuality is a sexual orientation and does not necessarily mean that the person chooses to remain abstinent. This sexuality is considered the most ignored because many of those who identify themselves as “sexual” belittle the feelings and viewpoints of the asexual community. They ask offensive questions such as, “How do you know you don’t like sex if you haven’t tried it?” These sorts of questions, while sometimes rooted in good intentions, can make asexuals feel demeaned and unimportant, as if their sexuality will never be a good enough answer. “Many asexuals feel ‘broken’ because they do not experience the same wants and desires as ‘everybody else,’” according to the Asexual Awareness Week’s website. “Many asexuals are haunted by feelings of shame and face harassment from peers  because they don’t t in. Many asexuals lead unhappy lives by trying to be ‘normal.’Because many are unaware of this sexuality, people who consider themselves “sexual” continuously make asexuals feel abnormal. A friend of mine was harassed  by a man a few weeks ago because she told him she was not interested in sex. Instead of respecting her answer, he continuously pressured her, telling her that her ideals and views were wrong because she was too inexperienced. Because my friend was too afraid to tell him about her asexuality, he pursued her until she felt so uncomfortable that she eventually had to tell him to leave. This experience, whether happening to asexuals or those just not interested, can leave the person feeling violated and invisible. Because we live in a community so focused on sex, asexuals feel like their aversion to or disinterest in sex are wrong. This causes many of them to cover their sexuality in attempts to conform to our society. This happens especially in college when many of the asexuals’ friends  become more sexual and they become confused in their own sexuality. However, being asexual does not mean lacking romantic attraction or even not wanting a romantic relationship. According to AVEN, asexual can have successful romantic relationships with “sexuals.” Although they are not interested in sex, many have the want and need to form strong and close bonds in other non-sexual ways.“The possibilities for non-sexual intimacy are vast,” according to AVEN. “Some asexuals enjoy physical closeness,  perhaps cuddling or stroking, with their  partner (while) some asexuals express intimacy through talking, maybe sharing their innermost fears and secrets or by making each other laugh.”Asexuals can also experience romantic attraction to both men and women, while some feel romantic attraction to no one.“Some have romantic feelings, but are satised with cuddling, hand-holding and  proximity,” according to a Sept. 23 CNN article. “Still others experience waxing and waning degrees and frequency of sexual attraction. Therefore, although there may not be a desire for sex in a relationship, many asexuals long for relationships and the closeness that may come from physical intimacy, just without everything physical thrown into the mix. Sandra Mellott, quoted in the  previously cited CNN article, wrote on her blog on Jan. 26, 2013, “Don’t make assumptions, and don’t challenge people when they don’t behave how you expect. Actually, there’s an asexual shirt that sums this up: ‘When you say I’m confused about my sexuality, what you mean is you’re confused about my sexuality.’”So next week, reach out and learn about a sexuality that might be different from yours. And if you know someone who identies as asexual, don’t be afraid to ask them respectful questions.   HOW ARE WE DOING? LET US KNOW! Asexuality: what it means and why asexuals deserve to be respected   ANNABETH CRITTENDEN asst. features editor @CAMPUSCARRIER The election for both Georgia’s governor and its open senate seat is on Nov. 4. However, it seems all the candidate’s advertisements are more concerned about criticizing their opponents than informing the voters. With this being the case, how can voters get the candidates’ real stances?A Gallup poll published on Oct. 17 shows that the approval rate for Congress is 14 percent. Maybe that’s because politicians run advertisements calling their opponents “dishonest” and “untrustworthy,” like incumbent  Nathan Deal’s advertisement— also released on Oct. 17th—calls opponent Jason Carter. Neither candidate is completely clean, as Carter also posted a video on Oct. 17 accusing Deal of “putting money in his pocket. Not Ours.” With advertisements like this, how can we trust anyone who’s elected?The Georgia governor election is mainly between Republican Deal and Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter. Deal is pro-gun rights, scally conservative and appears to have a strong interest in the economy. His websites states “all of (his)  policy initiatives are in an effort to help Georgians get jobs so they can  provide for their families and rely less on government.” On the other side of the political line, Carter is running on a platform that seems to be based in education and economy. In an Oct. 7 debate, Carter responded to a question concerning Georgia’s case against gay marriage: “I don’t believe you can ever tell a church who to marry... But the government, the government should dole out those rights and responsibilities equally.” For the gay marriage ban lawsuit, he wants to respect the legal process of the Supreme Court but if it becomes a “waste of taxpayer dollars,” he thinks we should stop the lawsuit on gay marriage.For the senate race, the main two candidates are Democrat Michelle  Nunn and Republican David Perdue. Perdue is for repealing Obamacare, he supports gun rights, and also  believes in term limits for the House of Representatives. Nunn supports clean renewable energy to combat climate change and her website states that “job creation and economic growth is (her) top priority.”The problem many voters have is that in the midst of campaign mudslinging, nding the candidate’s real platform is hard. For many, it is so hard as to not be worth the effort. However, there are a few good places for nding the issues. The website On the Issues has a  page for candidates listing their view on certain issues and citing sources for that information. Another good website for validating campaign claims is Politifact. Politifact gathers statements from politicians and researches their accuracy. They have a Georgia section of their website containing claims from the candidates already discussed. No matter how hard sifting through all the candidate’s accusations and uffy assertions might be, it is still our responsibility as citizens to vote. Multiple factions in society have fought for their right to vote and many in other countries are still ghting. We should be standing up for the right that so many have fought hard to earn. For this November, take up the responsibility, go to the poll and vote. Our View L ETTER  S UBMISSION  P OLICY Letters to the editor must include a name, address and phone number, along with the writer’s class year or title. The Carrier reserves the right to edit for length, style, grammar and libel. E- MAIL :   Negative ads cloud election debate The carrier editorial
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