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March 2, 2018•Volume 103, Issue 23•nique.



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technique Corps’ political stances p6 Softball revs up p18

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The Appalachian Trail, better

known as the AT, is a hiking trail that
stretches 2190 miles in the Eastern US.
Olivia Plumb, first-year ME, spent 140
days hiking the AT, starting on Feb.
14, 2017 at Springer Mountain, Ga.
and ended on July 4 at Mount Katah-
din, Maine.
Plumb started hiking at a young
age and had an outdoors-y family.
“My dad has always been into out-
door stuff, we used to mountain bike
when I was little. My sister was in Girl
Scouts,” Plumb said.
Plumb hated Girl Scouts and only
managed to stay in it for two weeks.
She wished that she could join Boy
Scouts and ended up in Venture Crew,
a co-ed program that is part of Boy
Scouts of America. Venture Crew is for
ages 14-21 but Plumb started attend-
ing meetings when she was 12.
“There were like five or six girls and
we started going backpacking and do-
ing trips like rafting. That was the first
time that I ever started doing hiking or
anything outdoors that was overnight.
See PLUMB, page 9
Top L: Photo by Kirsten Reynolds Student Publications; Top R: Photo by Monica Jamison Student Publications; Above: Photo by Aarsh Talati Student Publications


Szlachetka discusses new album, relocating, future work

Matt Szlachetka: I think it band I was collaborating with oth-
JOSH TREBUCHON came down to the fact that I was er artists. The transition to my solo
ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR writing a ton of material and a lot career was pretty easy because,
of it didn’t necessarily fit the style aside from writing significantly
Americana musician Matt of my previous band. I was getting more songs on my own, I still had
Szlachetka was named one of the pulled in a more rootsy, stripped my core group of writing partners.
“10 New Country Artists You down musical direction, and I re- I love co-writing songs because
Need to Know” by Rolling Stone ally wanted to exercise a lot of in- you’re able to have ideas pulled
magazine last year, and he just fluences of my upbringing. out of you that you didn’t know
released his second album. The Technique: How does writing were there. It’s nice to have a dif-
Technique recently got the chance and recording as a solo artist com- ferent perspective to bounce your
to interview Szlachetka. pare to working in the band? ideas off of as well. I would say
Technique: You spent much Szlachetka: I’ve always been the main difference between my
of your early career fronting The used to lots of collaboration. I solo career and previously being
Northstar Session. What made wrote a majority of the songs with in a band is that my writing is Photo courtesy of Paul Moore

you leave the group to pursue a the drummer from my previous more focused now on music that Americana musician Matt Szlachetka poses for a promotional
solo career? band. Even while I was in that See SZLACHETKA, page 15 photo. He released his album ‘Heart of My Hometown’ on Feb. 16.
GTPD bike ride-along technique
Casey Miles
Polly Ouellette
The Georgia Tech Police Department held
a community bike ride that meandered
through the Home Park neighborhood. 44 March 2, 2018

Under the Couch reopens,

ach week , this sec tion of
News will include coverage
of different aspects of bills
and resolutions that have passed
through Student Government. This
will include the Undergraduate
policy changes announced
According to Williams, part of liability waiver needs to be in
House of Representatives, Graduate TRISTEN ALLEN the reason for adding the ID scan- place,” instead of using the per-
Student Senate and the Executive WEB DEVELOPER ner was to allow officers easier ac- formance agreement required
Branch of both government bodies. cess to the space without the need for specific artists booked by
On Feb. 26, the Musician’s for a Guest Services Manager Musician’s Network.
CASEY MILES Network announced during their (GSM) to unlock the outer doors Williams also expressed hope
NEWS EDITOR general meeting that after-hours to Under the Couch. that having Student Center staff
events at Under the Couch would Both Williams and Musician’s at events like the open mic night
BILL SUMMARY resume on the following Wednes- Network confirmed that a digital may help with conflict resolution,
day, Feb. 28. The club also an- keypad would be added to the stating that “a member of a stu-
BILL AMOUNT GSS UHR nounced that they would still be practice room doors inside the dent org may not feel comfortable
Transfer of funds from CO to PY $200,000 19-1-2 37-0-1 booking practice times with the venue to allow Musician’s Net- if they see something weird going
Runnin’ Wreck Travel for Races $933 18-0-0 36-0-0 same hours as before. Members work members to access the rooms on, but our staff — that’s their
18-0-0 36-0-1 of Musician’s Network would still if they have paid their practice fees responsibility.”
Arnold Air Society Nat’l Convention $1,257.80
book their practice times through for the semester. According to both Williams
Symp Vibes Competition Travel $223.73 18-0-0 36-0-1 the group’s vice president, Student Center workers will and Musician’s Network, there is
Sting Hunger Now $240 18-0-0 36-0-1 according to the announcement. not be present at practice times, no agreement in place to prevent
Safety Mats for Climbing Wall $11,306.25 14-0-1 36-0-1 Officers for Musician’s Net- per Williams, but they will be a similar shutdown in the future.
GT Solar Racing $8,821.33 9-0-1 3-0-1 work confirmed that they had met present at all other events held “Whether it’s the use of any room,
Inclusive Leadership Conference $1,010 — 35-0-1 with Student Center staff in or- in Under the Couch, including whether it’s Tech Rec, Paper and
der to discuss the policy changes those booked by Musician’s Clay or Under the Couch, our
TRANSFERRING OF FUNDS tivity fee or pass policy that would which would be implemented Network and other student intention is to never have to dis-
Due to a lack of sufficient cap certain allocation to student following the resumption of organizations on campus. place activities, create challenges
funds in the prior year account, orgs on campus. after-hours events. Beginning April 1, artists who for students or inconvenience
the Vice President of Finance Car- The bill was passed at the be- During the general meeting, perform in Under the Couch who students,” said Williams. “That’s
son Silbert submitted a bill to real- ginning of the session to make the group claimed to have received are not affiliated with Tech will be why the Student Center took on
locate $200,000 from the capital sure enough money would be in over 300 responses to the peti- required to sign a formal perfor- the cost of paying for practice
outlay account. the prior year account before any tion they circulated in response mance agreement. Prior to 2015, room space in West Village both
According to a representa- other bills were heard. to the initial closings. They also the associate program director for weekends that [Under the Couch]
tive from the Student Organiza- discussed a number of changes Under the Couch required art- was shut.
tion Financial Office (SOFO), BACKGROUND CHECKS regarding Under the Couch, in- ists to sign a similar agreement, “If there were to be something
this would be only the fourth The China Care Club ap- cluding new policies and physical according to Williams. that came up that we felt re-
time such a transfer of funds oc- proached UHR with a bill look- additions to the space. “It’s signed by the outside quired a pause… I can’t say that
curred over the past 18 years, but ing to get funding for background Benjamin Williams, Associate group; it’s signed by their advisor,” we wouldn’t do it again,” stated
it would be the second time in the checks that are required under Program Director for Under the said Williams about the perfor- Williams with regards to Under
past two years. new Tech policy relating to orgs Couch, spoke with the Technique mance agreement. “Then it will be the Couch. “It is kind of within a
Last year funds were shifted working with young children. about a number of the additions signed by me or by a representa- building manager’s right to make
from capital outlay to prior year Last semester, another student and policy changes that would tive of the Student Center.” those decisions… My hope is that
due to the large expenditure for org came to UHR for the same be implemented in the space Williams cited the agreement we’re at the point where there isn’t
the CRC fields new video board. reason and the house decided to in the near future. as a more practical alternative to anything else that comes up that
Reps had questions of how they continue tabling the bill until the Williams confirmed that Mu- a venue contract and stated that would require that.”
had depleted the prior year fund org found a different source of sician’s Network officers would “[the agreement] is something Williams expressed hope that
so quickly this year and possible funding. retain their keys to the interior that we’re still kind of working the relationship between Musi-
remedies for the future. Silbert Much of the debate around doors of Under the Couch, while on. We are granting — currently, cian’s Network and the Student
and the rep from SOFO stated funding background checks for the outside door would be re- up until April 1 they don’t need Center would improve, saying
that the fund depleted because the student orgs has to do with cur- ceiving a student ID scanner to these, but there is a world where if that “what I think that has come
current student activity fee is not rent rules within JFC policy. Since accommodate easier access to this is not ready, then we’ll give a out of [this event] and what I hope
rated for the current amount of no language currently exists in the space. greater extension.” comes out of it — MN saw what
chartered student orgs on campus. the policy, passing a bill for back- Musician’s Network an- With regards to the open mic we saw as an issue and we talked
According to Silbert, the two ground checks at this point in nounced during their general nights that Musician’s Network about it and then we figured out
options to prevent this from be- time could set a dangerous prec- meeting that students who book holds in Under the Couch, Wil- how to move forward. That’s re-
coming a yearly problem are edent. Therefore, the reps decided practice times may be able to use liams said “it’s more going to be ally what our relationship should
to either raise the student ac- to fail the bill. the ID reader to access the space. like figuring out what kind of be and I think can be.”

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Certain SAF funds used with fewer hard rules

argued that, since ULR has never
DAVID RAJI been exhausted, using the account
MANAGING EDITOR for this purpose should not be
an issue. Others did oppose this,
Tech’s Student Government however; Representative Amanda
Association (SGA) makes use of Reynolds was recorded as having
several financial accounts, but said, “None of the other FLOs
those with the least rules and over- have asked us for money, so I think
sight regarding their funds’ usage we should take it out of FreShGA’s
are the Undergraduate Legislative budget and not the student body.”
Reserve (ULR) and the Graduate Ultimately, the money was pro-
Legislative Reserve (GLR). vided through ULR.
According to SGA’s most re- The end of last semester saw
cently revised Joint Finance Com- bill (18U010) for SGA’s “Holiday
mittee (JFC) policy — used to Soiree” funded through ULR. Of
guide allocation of the funds the the total $904.99 funding allo-
legislative body of SGA presides cated, $299.99 was for “food.” It
over — the ULR and GLR ac- passed without any nay votes.
counts are to be used by the Un- In past years, ULR and GLR
dergraduate House of Represen- have been used to fund pad-
tatives (UHR) and the Graduate folios for SGA undergrad and
Student Senate (GSS), respective- grad members (bill 14U010 and
ly, for special SGA initiatives. Ac- 14G004) as well as to provide
cording to Carson Silbert, SGA’s money for food for JFC budget
joint vice president of finance, meeting meals (bill 14U027 and
ULR receives money each year Photo by Tyler Meuter Student Publications 14G008).
from the collection of the student A bill is debated during a session of the Undergraduate House of Representatives. SGA has the Events open to the general
activity fee (SAF). option to use different accounts for such funding, some of which are governed by different rules. Tech community have been
“Right now, we have about funded through ULR within the
$17,000 remaining [in ULR],” Sil- disallows allocating funds for re- According to Silbert, however, funding for a Stinger bus for Re- past year as well. Last November,
bert said. “And at the beginning ligious or political activities, food there may be good reasons for the search Institute Day at the Capi- UHR passed bill 18U008 unani-
of each fiscal year, we get $21,000 or beverages, food-related items exemptions for ULR. tol, for which $455 was allocated. mously. The bill allocated $5,000
in it.” such as utensils, lodging, past ex- “Let’s say [for] food that’s fund- According to the bill, attendance from ULR to cover GT Day at the
Silbert went on to say that this penditures, retreats not open to ed through ULR — like recently was to be offered to members Zoo revenue. SGA week, an event
$21,000 makes up 70 percent of non-members and more. we had a ‘Thank the Teacher’ day of undergraduate and graduate open to all students, has been
$30,000. The other $9,000 is giv- Student organizations that where we gave out cookies for cabinets of SGA first, “then to funded through ULR in the past
en to GLR. submit bills to SGA are generally students to write their note and the Government Relations Com- as well (bill 17U006). The details
As for why the $30,000 subject to these restrictions as well thank their teacher,” Silbert said. mittee, and should more spots be of SGA’s bills can be found on
amount was deemed appropriate, as others, as their funding more “And recently we had a brown bag available, SGA members on a first- jacketpages.gatech.edu/bills.
Silbert had this to say: “ ... it was often than not comes from either speaker series where we looked come first-serve basis.” The bill According to Silbert, even bills
seen as our amount that we should the Prior Year or Capital Outlay into diversity issues across campus was passed without any dissenting that are to be funded by ULR are
control to directly impact the stu- accounts. and we had chicken nuggets for or abstaining votes in UHR. reviewed by herself as well as the
dent body with our events. Be- “That is a good question,” Sil- students. So it’s not held to JFC Bill 18G017 allocated $63.96 Student Organization Finance
cause a lot of our events are seen as bert said in regards to the fact that policy as much because student for “Three Dozen Donuts, two Office and Dean of Students
directly impactful to the student ULR is not held to JFC policy. government is here to promote the Box of Joe” from GLR for a GSS and Vice President of Student
body ... I’m not sure exactly where “That’s something that I’ve won- student opinion and to promote Social early in February. Life John Stein, who serves as
the $30,000 came up.” dered as well.” our students academically, emo- In mid-January, FreShGA was SGA’s advisor.
JFC also notes that neither ac- As vice president of finance, tionally. So we’ve always just kind given $685 via a bill to cover rent- Silbert explained the process
count is subject to the many rules Silbert serves as the chief financial of set aside this money, for us to al costs for Tech Rec for a first- that a bill to use ULR follows:
and guidelines laid out in JFC advisor to both undergraduate do what we want with it to help year leadership organization social “It goes to the House,” she said.
policy, such as the prohibitions and graduate arms of SGA. In ad- our students.” event. According to the minutes “So if it’s a GLR bill it goes to the
laid out in Article VIII, Section 1 dition, she is the chair of JFC and Recent bills that have made from the legislative session, SGA Senate and they review it and vote
of the document. This specifically oversees the budgeting process. use of ULR include 18U030 for Representative Matt Daigle had See FUNDS, page 4
4 • March 2, 2018• technique // NEWS

GTPD community bike ride FUNDS FROM PAGE 3

on it. If it’s a ULR bill it goes to
the House of Representatives and
lantic Drive, covering nearly every tained in order to deter potential they review it. But I look at it be-
JONATHAN JEFFREY block of the neighborhood adja- criminals. fore I can place it on the agenda to
STAFF WRITER cent to Tech’s campus. GTPD representatives said make sure that it has some sort of
Tuesday’s Community Bike that they saw the bike ride as a purpose for our students, and that
As the light faded on the eve- Night was organized in response success, and they hope to do simi- it’s not just an internal project.
ning of Tuesday, Feb. 27, mem- to worries surrounding the re- lar events in the future in order to “ ... I look at it as, how many
bers of the Home Park and Tech cent wave of crime in the Home bring awareness to potential safe- students is this impacting?” Sil-
communities gathered with their Park community, including sev- ty issues such as walking alone, bert said on how the decision is
bikes and gear just north of the R. eral armed robberies affecting the poorly lit areas and walking with- made whether a bill to be funded
Kirk Landon Learning Center on community in January and early out awareness. by ULR is appropriate. “How
Tumlin St. February. “The turnout was great,” said many students are we going to POLLY OUELLETTE
Dressed in reflective uniforms While no robberies have been GTPD Chief Robert Connolly in reach through this? I know one is- ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
and neon safety vests, GTPD reported in the last three weeks, a statement to Institute Commu- sue that has arisen was us funding
and APD officers welcomed com- GTPD and the APD are continu- nications. “We had a great time our meetings — us funding food SPLASHING IN PUDDLES
munity members as they arrived, ing their increased join effort to together. I think it was important for our JFC meetings. And I took A few minutes before midnight
handing out safety lights for peo- patrol the community and make for the residents of the commu- issue to that, so I’m not receiving on Feb. 16, an officer responded to
ple to attach to their legs. sure that the members of the Tech nity to see us rid- reimbursement and I’m just let- a call in reference to a man lying
In total, nearly 100 commu- community continue to stay safe. ing along with ting it be.” on the sidewalk at the intersection
nity members showed up for the Part of the bike ride their neigh- In the preceding quote, Sil- of Hemphill Avenue and Ninth
Community Bike Night event to was to assess the light- bors. It was bert refers to bill 18U032 that Street and throwing up.
bicycle as a group through Home ing levels throughout a great event. was passed earlier this semester to When the officer arrived on the
Park, including the public safety Home Park, which We’ll definitely reimburse expenditures for food scene, he observed a young man
committee chair of the Home the city is in the pro- be doing this purchased for JFC budget meet- indeed lying on the ground, adja-
Park Community Improvement cess of improving again soon.” ings as well as to fund food for cent to a pool of vomit.
Association. by adding street later meetings. The officer spoke to a wit-
Before they headed out on lamps. Well-lit “I look at it as like, is this going ness, who said that the young
their ride, attendees participated areas are main- to bring students over to our table man had been attending a party
in a short warm-up that consisted to thank their teacher and have in Home Park and had too much
of yoga poses and stretching. Af- an impact on our campus? Is this to drink, despite the fact that he
ter picking up refreshments, the gonna bring students to our brown was underage.
group began to pedal up Tumlin bag speaker series so that they will An ambulance and fire depart-
St. in an extended train of bicy- speak out about diversity and give ment engine arrived on the scene
clists and horseback riders. us some valuable information how to evaluate his condition. To clari-
The bicyclists were led by we can change things? fy, the young man was not on fire.
over 30 GTPD officers, and were “I kind of look at it, and that’s After determining that
joined by over ten APD officers, really how I see all bills — who’s the young man could not
including its mounted patrol unit, this impacting? Because it’s just stand, he was transported to
which is composed of officers on impacting us, because if so then Grady Hospital.
horseback. we need to take that out of our The individual was charged
Together, participants looped budget ... The $30,000 is really with a student conduct code
through a winding four-mile route more for how SGA is helping oth- violation for possession of
between McMillan Street and At- Design by Lauren Douglas er students.” alcohol under 21.

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OPINIONS EDITOR: Zahra Khan technique

Over the city lies the sweet, rotting
odor of yesterday’s unrecollected
sins. — Hilary Mantel
March 2, 2018

OUR VIEWS | Consensus Opinion

Groups and the power
Rideshare bill dies in GSS of teaching ourselves
Graduate students defeat proposed funding If you’ve ever been in a group sively hating your group mem-
A bill that proposed a partnership with transportation services. The Stingerette project — and you probably have, bers. College students across the
since they’re practically inescap- U.S. have made this hate viral by
a rideshare company was passed by the also has the authority to kick students out able — you might find that you posting memes depicting a band
Undergraduate House of Representatives of vans for whatever reason drivers deem fall into one of the tropes: of superheroes labeled with of
in the SGA, but was shot down by the appropriate. This is especially the case if The one who the above tropes,
does all the work. bonding with
Graduate Student Senate (GSS) this past students are intoxicated, which could ad- The one who has “ ... they are highly those who share
Tuesday. The bill requested funds that ditionally lead to them being reported to no idea what’s go- beneficial in educating the same woes
ing on. The one and frustrations
would have launched a pilot program with OSI by the driver. A rideshare service that who offers to help us as students and as as they do. The
a rideshare firm, which would have run for shifts the burden off of the Stingerette and but doesn’t deliver. human beings ... ” unfortunate real-
a few weeks. Riders would have be able to operates outside of Tech could prove mu- The one who just ity is that group
doesn’t show up. BEATRICE DOMINGO projects hardly
use the service for a flat fee within the Tech tually beneficial for both. It would give stu- Of course, you run smoothly, but
area during the day and would also have dents an alternative to walking off-campus can modify these
LAYOUT EDITOR they are highly
had a flat rate discount on three rides in the or waiting outdoors for long periods. With tropes more cre- beneficial in edu-
atively to fit your previous group cating us as students and as hu-
area during the pilot. GTPD was also to be student discounts, more students would project experiences, but these are man beings prepping for “the real
involved — they would have gathered data consider calling the service instead of do- just the basics. world.” The unfortunate reality
on students’ trips through the partnership, ing either. Moreover, group projects are is that group projects hardly run
notoriously known for their ten- smoothly, but they are highly ben-
which would in turn be used to more effi- The rideshare partnernship would have dency to drive you just crazy eficial in educating us as students
ciently patrol campus. benefitted a wider portion of the campus enough to begin passive-aggres- See GROUPS, page 6

The partnership, which had been in the community than any one club requesting
works for more than a year, could have had event money from SGA. The bill’s defeat at YOUR VIEWS | Online Comments
significant benefits for the campus com- the graduate level shows the misplaced pri- LTE: gun control
munity. Students often forgo the Stinger- orities of a number of student legislators,
ette service because of long wait times and who are more interested in playing politics Better correlation is mass shooters lacking fathers. I believe
stricter rules associated with Tech’s own than serving their community. 96% of the past 27 mass shooters have come from broken
homes. Seems like that is a good place to start; through
The Consensus Opinion reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board of the
reincorporating traditional values of what it is to actually be a
Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.
man into our national identity, we can probably pull a great
technique editorial board deal of this violence out at the roots.

Brighton Kamen EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

David Raji MANAGING EDITOR Rob Montgomery
Lauren Douglas DESIGN EDITOR
Samira Bandaru LIFE EDITOR Harsha Sridhar SPORTS EDITOR
Casey Gomez PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Beatrice Domingo LAYOUT EDITOR Mohar Kalra, I HEAVILY object to your Black Panther review.
The middle of the movie never drops the discussion of
Wakanda’s responsibility, rather, the fight between Killmonger
MORNING ALARMS BY TONY WU and T’Challa mirrors it. Both are fighting for their opposite
idealogies to come to fruition, and their entire final fight is spent
arguing them. You also claim Killmonger’s racial motivations
are overshadowed by his typical “Marvel villain” evilness, which
is absolutely untrue. Killmonger takes the throne not with force
but by the very process Wakanda provides to become king,
and immediately implements his idealogy in a kingly fashion.
Even Killmonger’s final words encapsulate his racially charged
commentary: “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that
jumped from the ships because they knew death was better
than bondage.”

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6 • March 2, 2018• technique // OPINIONS

“Should corporations take

stances in political issues?”
Recent events in Florida have led to some busi-
nesses joining activists in decrying the NRA.
companies with any ties to actions, there is something be used to support whatever port for corporations taking
WILL FINCH the National Rifle Associa- off about the public treat- JON LONG agenda he wanted. a stand.
STAFF WRITER tion (NRA) in light of the ing American businesses as STAFF WRITER According to the vapid It soon became appar-
most recent school shoot- some sort of defender of so- and poorly-written head- ent, however, that some-
Historically, corpora- ing in Parkland, Florida. cial justice. There is a serious psy- lines Augusta’s residents thing had caused their
tions have one and only one Calls to boycott the NRA When businesses are re- chological malady afflicting were sharing, they were staunchly-held beliefs to do
social responsibility — to have flooded social media sponding to political crises Augusta, Georgia. overwhelmingly support- a 180 degrees shift in just
use their resources and en- and have been one of the faster and more effectively One by one, everyone ive of a company taking a six short years. Now, when
gage in activities designed main taglines for critics in than political parties do, it from the youngest camo- moral and political stand. a company like Wal-Mart,
to increase their profits. calling out companies that echoes a sense of a corpora- clad schoolchildren to the It is hard to argue against Dick’s Sporting Goods or
And yet, it is becoming in- offer any sort of discount tocracy where the political oldest geriatric enforcers of this, as corporations have Delta uses their clout in an
creasingly popular for busi- system is controlled more Jim Crow has been plagued attempt to mitigate gun vi-
nesses and chief executives by corporate interests than by a form of memory loss so olence, it is a severe misstep.
to enter the political arena public ones. heinous that it can even be Companies should not
by taking stances or speak- “It’s difficult to take any The Trump administra- diagnosed simply by look- use tragedies or political
“Companies shouldn’t
ing up on issues. Whether it stance or policy at face tion itself epitomizes the ing at Facebook. The disease stances in order to virtue
is an opinion piece by Tim businessman playing poli- causes their political stances use tragedies or signal. Or so the new head-
Cook campaigning on be- value when it’s tangled tician. It is difficult to take to fluctuate like a see-saw, lines would have me believe.
political stances in
half of DACA participants, in a web of conflicts any stance or policy at face their views on the sacred They often follow wherever
or Jeff Bezos’s opinion on value when they are tangled Constitution being dictated order to virtue signal.” they predict their consum-
climate change, corporate of interest ... ” in a web of conflicts of in- by whatever national trag- ers are headed, thereby for-
America is invading the po- terest from business ties. edy lies at the crux. feiting their right to a moral
litical fray. Not necessarily Just as critics smirk when The symptoms can be high-ground.
out of obligation, but due to programs to the association. the millionaire claims he traced back to 2012, when unparalleled means to enact The lack of media cover-
self-interests. More than 20 compa- represents the little guy, so Chick-fil-A’s chief operating change on a large scale. Fast age on this grave epidemic
Consumers are start- nies have responded by sep- too should the same critics officer made disparaging forward to February 2018. is an insult to me and all
ing to demand more from arating themselves from the question whether corpora- comments against same- Little time has passed in of my fellow Augustans.
the products they buy. But advocacy group. And even tions should be proponents sex marriage and it was the year, and the its 30th If a severe mental crisis is
for a society critical of the though they are not associ- of their causes — both lib- revealed that the company mass shooting has just causing our friends, neigh-
presence of corporation in ated with the NRA, Dick’s eral and conservative. contributed money to sev- claimed 17 lives at a Florida bors and peers to just flip
government, there is just Sporting Goods proactively Truly, there is a need eral anti-gay activist groups. high school. The shooting is their stances on major po-
as much unrest when those announced new company for some deep reflection on This was heralded by my just as heinous as two men litical issues for seemingly
same companies do not en- policies specifically meant our political system when hometown as a triumph for getting married, to be sure, no reason, this needs to
gage in politics. to promote better gun con- for-profit corporations are Chick-fil-A’s first amend- so one would expect the be brought to light before
To illustrate, a lot of trol. Despite what good serving the same purpose as ment rights; Mr. Cathy’s Augusta social media land- it spreads throughout the
people have been critical of could come out of similar non-profit organizations. hard-earned money could scape to be ablaze with sup- state and beyond.

Reporters that manufacture GROUPS FROM PAGE 5

with scaffolding or help tailored
to address the students’ current
and as human beings prepping for needs. The project must also en-

pseudoscience: please go away

“the real world.” force articulation; by “think-
As frustrating as group proj- ing out loud” with their group
ects can be, there is certainly members, students actually be-
something to be said in defense gin learning communicating the
patients afflicted with leprosy. The of project-based classes. They are material effectively. By enforc-
“This is always the case with researchers look at the lifestyles of helpful in preparing students for ing checkpoints and deliverables,
99 percent of these “miracle” the patients. They figure out that life beyond college because they professors can ensure that their
about 55 percent of them like to closely resemble the various work students engage in reflection and
lifestyle studies. There is eat fruit for breakfast. The results environments that students will metacognition, thinking about
simply a correlation with no of the study are published. A story encounter in their future careers. the process of learning.
is then written with the headline, Students learn more deeply Group projects not only instill
evidence of causality.” “Eating fruit for breakfast could when they engage in projects successful learning processes, but
lead to leprosy, new study finds.” in which they can actively par- they also teach students how to
DAVID RAJI Now obviously this is a ri- ticipate, regularly communicate ef-
MANAGING EDITOR diculous example, but the actual- receive feedback fectively, how to
ity of what is really happening is and build their “Project-centered resolve conflicts,
not very different at all. And the understanding of curricula can help and how to be pa-
I am sick of pseudoscience. “Drinking alcohol more effec- reason that this reality is so dan- the material by tient.
Let me clarify: I am sick of the tive than exercise for living a long gerous to the public consumption conversing with revive the classroom To be success-
phenomenon of replacing what life, study finds.” This was the real of science is that it has drastically others. atmosphere.” ful, try to under-
we can term “real” science with headline for a story run by the changed what people expect. If I Placing stu- stand how your
its largely quack-based and/or va- CBS 6 news station based in Vir- mentioned that there was a new dents in a prob- BEATRICE DOMINGO group members
pid counterpart. There is nothing ginia this past Tuesday. The study scientific study out to random lem-solving mode LAYOUT EDITOR work: Do they
wrong with getting into astrol- was based on analyzing the habits cross-section of the population, immediately re- prefer to be micro-
ogy as long as one does not then of some 1,700 individuals over the I can almost guarantee that they moves them from managed? Maybe
choose to reject peer-reviewed lit- age of 90. According to the report, would expect me to then describe the passive environment of in- write out every task they need to
erature on probability and game a correlation was found between something akin to the absurd structionist classrooms, where accomplish. Are they the leader
theory. Unfortunately, this is modest drinking daily and the leprosy study I just fabricated to professors bark out formulas and type? Let them lead team meet-
exactly what is happening in the longevity of the participants. prove my point. facts at students who probably ings. Is their skill set suited to-
world today. But importantly — and sadly And when people are taught aren’t listening to them. While ward a small, specific task? Give
The reasons behind this regret- for aspiring alcoholics — the ar- by their local news outlets to this might be a prime time for them a task that is attainable.
table circumstance we find our- ticle in question finishes with the understand that scientific stud- students to peruse Facebook and Don’t overload them by telling
selves in are difficult to identify. damning line, “However, while ies are simply an extension of the catch up on one-minute recipe them every single future task; fo-
In fact, upon close investigation, the UCI researchers found a link diet and lifestyle section of their videos for meals they’ll never cus on what they should complete
the diagnosis is ugly and involves between these daily habits and favorite magazine, we as a society make, this isn’t quite the point in the present. If they tend toward
several root causes that have been a long life, it doesn’t necessar- are in deep trouble. I would argue of higher education. Project-cen- a certain group member trope,
allowed to fester in our society for ily mean that the lifestyle choices that this is why you see such re- tered curricula can help revive the how can you best delegate tasks
quite some time. caused the participants to live to sistance to ideas like global warm- classroom atmosphere and get stu- to accommodate the workload
The most important of which 90.” ing and climate change, despite dents actively involved in under- distribution? You will not be able
that can be addressed in a short This is always the case with 99 their backing by consortiums of standing both the class material. to avoid group projects, so make
period, however, is the advent of percent of these “miracle” lifestyle scientific authorities. The public Professors need to ensure that the best out of your group project
“sexy” science. Any person that studies. There is simply a correla- has come to expect happy and fun their project curricula incorpo- experience, learn something about
has been on a social media plat- tion with no evidence of causality. scientific “discoveries” and thus rate characteristics that are key yourself and your teammates, and
form within the last five years Here’s how it works. Some money recoils when presented with un- to learning processes. Professors give yourself a pat on the back
likely has been exposed to this. is thrown at a random study on pleasant news. must complement their projects when you make it out.
// OPINIONS technique • March 2, 2018• 7

What makes us human in the

age of artificial intelligence?
would. If you ask Alexa to tell a
“The whole premise of these joke, she will tell a joke. Siri learns
Black Mirror episodes is that and can determine where your
“home” is depending on where
these AIs can learn, think, feel you spend the most time (granted
just as we can.” you have your location services en-
abled). I myself have felt obligated
KIRSTEN REYNOLDS to say “please,” and “thank you,”
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR to the AIs that I use frequently.
Under the Couch Phishing Even writing this, I find that I use
After all after-hours op- An email was received last “they” instead of “it” to refer to
erations were stopped for two week by some students stat- these non-human technologies. It
weeks, Under the Couch has ing that they needed to “in- is a strange dynamic, and it makes
finally resumed normal opera- crease their mailbox size”, I, like most of the population, was watching being tortured were me ask: have we interchanged
tions as of Feb. 28. Students offering a mysterious link for have been binging on Black Mir- just code. They are, in fact, not the definitions of homosapiens
and dues-paying members of them to click on to continue ror. If you have seen the series, human. And then, that got me and humans too flippantly? Have
Musician’s Network will once using their mailbox. OIT oc- you know some episodes revolve thinking: are we obligated to treat we, in our modern society, rede-
again be able to use the space casionally sends out phishing around the creation and use of these human-like beings — such fined what it means to be human?
to practice, while shows will emails to students periodically smarter, improved artificial in- AIs — with respect as we would Should we then treat these AIs as
resume in the near future. The but this does not seem to have telligence, or AI. If you have not another human? If you program if they were humans?
student center is not requiring been the case. It could prove a seen the series, (spoiler alert) the something to think and feel like In short, I believe my answer to
staff to be present after-hours, risk to students and those who AIs that are depicted in two of the a human, does that mean you this is no. These AIs we are creat-
a positive development from have already opened it should episodes are essentially copies of should treat that resulting pro- ing are just what they are named:
the situation. contact OIT immediately. human counterparts, coded and gram humanely? artificial intelligence. Their emo-
thrown into a virtual world. It al- In my research and struggle to tions are not real. Their presence
lows this coded AI to think, feel find my moral common-ground, I is virtual. They are code. AIs can
and behave as their human coun- searched for the definition of “hu- have human qualities, but that
terpart would in this fabricated man,” and the definition I found does not make them humans.
realm. was, “of, pertaining to, character- However, this does pose a moral
However, in these episodes, istic of, or having the nature of dilemma and asks us, as scientists,
this treatment of AIs is portrayed people.” And that really threw me engineers and artists to ponder
as inhumane. When the cre- for a loop. These AIs are absolutely whether or not these lifelike be-
ators of these AIs first generate not people. They do not have the ings should be programmed as
On-campus BBQ Dalney construction them, the AIs are essentially be- same biological characteristics as such. If we continue on this path,
The Bhojanic station in Students are going to have ing pulled away from the world humans. what comes next? We already have
student center’s food court to be a bit more savvy when they know and implanted into a However, this definition Sophia, the walking, talking,
will soon be replaced by a new it comes to navigating north virtual space. By doing so, they changes the whole argument that learning robot. Will we soon be
barbecue venue. Although it is campus. A chunk of Dalney become servants to the developer, AIs are not humans. The whole interacting with tangible artificial
bad news of fans of the Indian Street, which connects 10th punished when they do not do as premise of these Black Mirror epi- intelligence? And, if so, does that
food concept, it is safe to say Street to Ferst Drive, has been asked, left in isolation and scared sodes is that these AIs can learn, change this analysis? Maybe it
that it was not the biggest hit fenced off because of con- into behaving as their developer think, feel just as we can. It means would not hurt to say “thank you”
among students. A new venue struction related to the Living has coerced them to. they have the characteristics and to an AI every once in a while.
in the commons could lead to Building. Unfortunately, Dal- Watching these conditions behaviors that we do. This is even Because if and when the robots
some of the crowds at other ney does not have any signs being imposed on AIs, I found evident in today’s actual society, actually do take over, maybe they
stations to be better distrib- or markings at its intersection myself shocked by the treatment. not just in the world of the Black will be more lenient to the nicer
uted, and may provide better with 10th indicating construc- How could a human treat another Mirror dystopia. Our Siris, our humans, and obliterate only those
quality than what is currently tion down the street, giving human as such? And then, I real- Alexas, our Cortanas are pro- who treated them poorly. That’s
there. drivers a hard time. ized and continuously reminded grammed to learn about our lives just natural, or should I say artifi-
myself, that these characters I and respond in ways humans cial, selection at work.

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Recognizing eating disorder awareness week

of an individual rather than solely said McLain. People suffering just continuing with emotional fit neatly into one category. Oth-
ROSEMARY PITRONE appearance — especially be- from bulimia can also experience eating — the inability to stop er eating disorders increasingly
CONTRIBUTING WRITER cause eating disorders may often significant changes in weight. themselves.” seen on college campuses include
be combined with other mental “For somebody with binge eat- McLain noted that these de- “drunkorexia” which involves re-
National Eating Disorders health issues, and not exist solely ing disorder, oftentimes what you scriptions are generalizations, stricting food to compensate for
Awareness Week (NEDAW) be- on their own. hear about is somebody eating and eating disorders manifest in binge drinking and “orthorex-
gan on Monday, Feb. 26. The “Is there depression, anxiety, very large quantities of food in a different ways for different indi- ia” which is an obsession with
primary goal of NEDAW is to bipolar disorder?” McLain said. single sitting, or throughout the viduals; people who suffer from healthy eating.
educate the public about eating “What are their relationships day,” she said. “Sometimes they’re eating disorders do not necessarily See NEDAW, page 10
disorders, which have the high- like? What is their relationship
est mortality rate of any mental with food like? The bigger pic-
illness, and to encourage those ture is really what we’re looking
suffering from eating disorders to for and trying to help educate
seek treatment. people about.”
NEDAW also provides a plat- McLain also shared some com-
form for those suffering from eat- mon signs and symptoms of three
ing disorders to fight the stigma predominant eating disorders: an-
surrounding their disorders and orexia, bulimia and binge eating
to address some of the common disorder.
misconceptions in the public “With anorexia, what you typi-
consciousness. cally see are preoccupations with
Dr. Laura McLain, site direc- food or weight,” McLain said.
tor at The Renfrew Center of At- “Oftentimes, there is significant
lanta, highlighted the importance weight loss because somebody is
of education in regards to talking restricting calories; sometimes
about eating disorders, because they will be on diets even though
symptoms can present themselves they don’t need to be on one. An-
in a myriad of ways. other hallmark is distorted body
“What we oftentimes see is image, in which individuals per-
that people usually think of an in- ceive themselves as heavier than
dividual with an eating disorder as they actually are.
somebody who is very, very thin “For somebody with bulimia,
— to the point where they look there are usually binge-eating epi-
emaciated,” McLain said. “But sodes that feel very out-of-control
really, somebody with an eating or chaotic for the person, and
disorder can come in all shapes then oftentimes that is coupled
and sizes.” with some type of compensatory
She noted that body composi- behavior — whether it be self-
tion alone is not necessarily an induced vomiting, laxative abuse Photo courtesy of The Renfrew Center
indicator of health, and it is im- or over-exercise. You typically see The Renfrew Center honored national eating disorder awareness month with the
portant to consider the behaviors frequent trips to the bathroom,” hashtag #ThisIsMe2018, encouraging survivors to share their stories on social media.

CPA brings GTPD and community closer together

of the community. “Understand- we move into our building, we’ll but also what better way than to them is what makes the classes
KAMIL RAHHALI ing that many individuals have have more space and will defi- have the chance to interact with more fulfilling to me.”
CONTRIBUTING WRITER preconceived notions concerning nitely consider accepting more the law enforcement that serves The CPA program is of-
law enforcement, we want to have participants per class.” your community,” Howard con- fered biannually. While it is free
Wherever one seems to look on the opportunity to shine a positive “The Citizen’s Police Academy tinued. “All of the sessions are of charge, there is a commit-
Tech’s campus, police officers re- light, while teaching and growing is great — not only will you get informative... Interacting with the ment to attend all sessions. CPA
side day and night. into positive directions.” a chance to come to a better un- participants, hearing their stories is open to all members of the
The Georgia Tech Police De- The upcoming spring schedule derstanding of Law Enforcement, and making connections with Tech community.
partment (GTPD) serves as the for CPA holds a variety of topics
campus police department at including lessons on investiga-
Tech; it is quite difficult to remain tions, the use of force and fire-
unaware of that fact. As generally arms, a course on K-9s, emergency
open and friendly as the police preparedness and a judgemental
department already is, GTPD simulator, among many others.
is still working to make their “The academy is designed for
organization more understand- participants to gain a better un-
able to students and the Atlanta derstanding of GTPD functions
community through programs and policing in general, but I do
and events that are engaging and believe it serves as a learning op-
passionately run. portunity that many may be able
An example of these programs to use,” Howard said. “One of our
that intends to breach gaps and sessions allows participants to fire
connect the local community to weapons on a range. Although
the police force is the Citizens Po- we may not make them out to be
lice Academy (CPA). expert weapon handlers, we have
Officer Jessica Howard of many participants who have never
the GTPD Crime Prevention fired a weapon before and we have
department provided an expla- the chance to allow them to do so
nation of what exactly CPA’s safely in a learning environment.”
coursework entails: The program, which is run dur-
“[It is]a four-week program de- ing the spring and fall semesters,
signed to educate and inform citi- limits its class size to 12 partici-
zens about issues that face campus pants, who can sign up through
law enforcement and how GTPD the registration form at http://po-
operates,” Howard said. lice.gatech.edu/academy.
“The goal is to give a better un- “We do aim to enlarge [the
derstanding of Law enforcement class size],” Howard said. “We
while building positive relation- would love to serve more partici-
ships with our campus communi- pants per class. Unfortunately, at
ty,” Howard added, highlighting this time, spacing limitations will Photo by Casey Gomez Student Publications
the importance of communicat- not allow us to fit more partici- Students pose with Georgia Tech Police during the “Coffee with a Cop” event on
ing and connecting with members pants in the class. However, once Feb 14. GTPD works to create strong relationships with students, faculty and staff.
// LIFE technique • March 2, 2018• 9

PLUMB FROM PAGE 1 coming non-refundable. My mom “Most people don’t start un- In the end, Plumb had an un- As for what is next, Plumb
was like, ‘No, you’re not going to til mid-March so I was way forgettable experience, whether it said, “I’d like to do the PCT when
It was with a lot of people I al- do that. Usually my mom will say ahead of most people. I’m a very was doing something stupid or be- I graduate as kind of a gradua-
ready knew from high school and that, but my dad will be fine. But introverted person so at first I ing helped by a “trail angel.” She tion present because I’ve heard so
so not only was the outdoors part he was also like, ‘No, absolutely thought it was great, I don’t have kept a daily journal and ended up much about it. It’s a long-distance
of it fun, but it was good to hang not.’ My mom, I think, was wor- to talk to anyone ever. And then mailing home six full journals. trail, so that makes it similar to
out with everyone,” Plumb said. ried that I was going to go hike a a month went by and I was like She went through five pairs of the AT, but it’s an entirely differ-
Plumb hiked Philmont in New trail and then not want to go to wow. I haven’t talked to anyone,” tennis shoes and her pack weight ent environment and culture so
Mexico with Venture Crew in the college afterwards,” Plumb said. Plumb said. ranged from 20 to 35 pounds. I’d be very interested to do that.”
summer after her first year of high At that point Plumb started
school, which took around 70 more seriously doing research and
miles and two weeks. talking to people in addition to
“Everyone was excited to be getting a GPS.
back but I was like, I’d like to “At the end of the day, I think
keep hiking. So that made me they realized that no matter what
think, maybe I could just keep they said I was probably going to
hiking,” Plumb said. do it anyway and that it would be
It was after hiking Philm- a lot better if they supported it,”
ont that Plumb decided she was she said. Plumb had applied to
going to hike the AT at some Tech and committed to going but
point in her life. then had to submit an essay to a
Aside from outdoor recreation, committee to request a gap year.
Plumb was exceedingly involved “Basically I e-mailed some peo-
in academics at her high school in ple with an application for a gap
Dunwoody, Georgia. year, telling them why I thought
“I was the person who tried to that the gap year was necessary
do everything all the time. So I and then pretty quickly they got
took a ton of AP classes in high back and said, ‘Okay great, we’ll
school and did all of the national reserve a spot for you for the next
honor society things and I think it year,’” Plumb said.
just made me very tired and sad. I Before hiking the AT, Plumb
think that was part of the reason also worked at REI for a while to
I thought I’d like to do something save money and do more research.
non-academic-related so I can “Like most people at Tech, I’m
take a break… Near the end of se- a very numbers oriented person,”
nior year I was like I really need a Plumb said. “I think I was most
break,” Plumb said. afraid of what if I hate it. What
When she first told her family if I start it and I’m like this is ter-
and friends her plan to take a gap rible — I’ve told everyone this
year to hike the AT, they thought is what I’m doing. I would have
she was crazy. been scared about bears but I was
“At first when I told them ‘Hey starting early enough that bears
I want to hike the AT,’ it was very weren’t really a problem.”
soon to when I had already com- However, Plumb was not pre- Photo by Noah Bryant Student Publications
mitted to going to Tech, and it pared for the isolation she faced Olivia Plumb, pictured above, hiked the Appalachian Trail, or the AT, during a gap year be-
was very soon to the deposit be- on the first part of the trail. fore she came to Tech. Plumb is a part of ORGT and their CORE program for freshmen.
10 • March 2, 2018• technique // LIFE

ing abroad. Generally, it is best short. People are swiping through McLain also addressed some of
to avoid shirtless photos even if quickly and do not care to read
the misconceptions that tend to
modelesque-ness is present be- an entire life story. Try to give an McLain continued: “There is circulate in the public conscious-
cause many people can make a idea of yourself and if you can be a lot of shame and embarrassment ness about eating disorders.
snap judgement about the kind funny that is even better. Having about eating disorder behaviors; “A big misconception — I
of person you are. Same goes for a good description can help start so, signs of depression and anxi- think it’s getting better — of-
photos of you hunting or fishing; an engaging conversation. Ide- ety, and withdrawing from social tentimes people think eating
some people just are not into that ally, the description will be short situations, can very much be cou- disorders are something that pre-
and they may not give a chance if and clever but also communicate pled with that. dominantly either young women
that is one of the first things they a personal fact or relate to one of “Just as eating disorder behav- or adolescents deal with, as well
see. Photos with pets are generally your hobbies. iors look different for each indi- as Caucasian people; but it re-
vidual, so does eating disorder ally does span across all socioeco-
recovery,” McLain explained. “It nomic statuses, disability statuses,
can be a long process. It takes a race, gender, all of those things,”
Upping your while because you are learning
how to be very different and live
she said. “Men and women get it.
Transgender individuals can have
Tinder game in the world very differently, and
that takes time and practice.”
an eating disorder. The symptom
presentation might be different,
For many people affected by but those core issues and belief
CASEY GOMEZ eating disorders, social media has systems can still be the same.”
PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR become an important and pow- While seeking treatment is
erful tool for recovery. Although a big step, it often begins with
Tinder and Bumble have be- social media can be a factor in the opening up to someone you trust,
come popular across college cam- development of body image prob- like parents or friends.
puses for people looking for every- lems, many individuals in recov- In addition, physicians and
thing from a hookup to a serious ery have reclaimed platforms like places like the Tech Counseling
relationship. If you are hoping to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Center and the Renfrew Center
improve your Tinder game, here to share their journeys with treat- located on Glenlake Parkway in
are tips that apply to everyone. ment and to motivate others going Atlanta are valuable resources that
through similar experiences. McLain encourages individuals
YOUR FIRST PHOTO In keeping with this trend, seeking help with an eating disor-
Let’s be honest, Tinder is pri- The Renfrew Center launched der to reach out to. Those in need
marily based on looks. In order to a social media campaign called can reach out to the Renfrew Cen-
actually talk to a real person and “This is ME!” in conjunction with ter at 1-800-RENFREW for help
not a bot, someone has to swipe NEDAW, encouraging individu- with eating disorder struggles.
Design by Lauren Douglas Student Publications
right on you and most people als to share their stories using the Online resources such as
make that decision from photos. good, along with grandparents, a LINKING SOCIAL MEDIA hashtag #ThisIsMe2018. The Ins- medainc.org and nationale-
The first photo has to show who small group of friends or enjoying By linking an Instagram you tagram page is full of empowered atingdisorders.org are also
you are. No one should have to an event. The extra pictures avail- do lose some privacy as it becomes survivors breaking the stigma by helpful tools.
play detective looking through all able are a good way to tell more easier for people to find you from sharing their stories. Above all, the key to eating
the pictures trying to figure out about yourself without having to your first name alone. However, “The campaign has been disorder awareness is finding the
which one is you. Your first photo come up with something clever. linking your Spotify and Ins- sparked by the talk that we’re courage to speak out.
should be a clear, not blurry photo tagram to your tinder will give hearing about social media,” “I think we live in a very quiet,
of you, preferably alone. If you YOUR DESCRIPTION potential and current matches a McLain said. “Women in par- shame-based society, and we don’t
do not have any photos like that, Do not google “witty tin- more comprehensive idea of who ticular are posting really positive talk about these things,” McLain
dress decently and get a friend to der descriptions” or “cool tinder you are. Asking about the kind of things: body acceptance, and be- said. “I think more people strug-
take a quick portrait. If Tinder is profiles” or any similar query. I music people like can spark a fun ing true to who we are as people. gle with anxiety, depression, feel-
installed on a phone, chances are guarantee that after a few days conversation. Linking your Insta- Renfrew’s philosophy is empow- ing homesick, whatever it is — it
that the phone camera is good, so of using the app, anyone of your gram also gives you the chance to ering women to be their truest doesn’t even have to be an eating
there is no excuse for a bad photo. preferred partner gender will have showcase your interests. selves, embrace their lives and disorder — I think a lot of people
already seen it. No one thinks it A tinder profile should com- move forward without their eating struggle with more than what we
YOUR OTHER PHOTOS is witty to have the same descrip- municate several key facts about disorder in a healthy way.” think they do, and it can be really
Once you are clearly shown in tion as 10 other people in the yourself while cultivating inter- The campaign hopes to inspire empowering — and connecting,
the first photo, have fun with the area so try to be original. The est and not going into too much individuals to showcase their con- in a way — to know that other
rest of the photos and show off description should communicate detail. In summary, keep it short, fidence, unique backgrounds and people understand what it’s like to
hobbies or pictures of you study- some of your interests but keep it sweet and funny. journey. struggle in that way.”

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Monica Jamison
Josh Trebuchon Friday,
entertainment@nique.net March 2, 2018

MODA delights with playful urban spaces

EXHIBITS that stepping out of the office and Flusche explained. One project
taking a chair for a spin would be proposed by Fletcher Studio for
Designing Playful Cities an easy way to add more fun into Atlanta’s Woodruff Park in a 2010
CURATOR: Janelle Miniter an urban workday. design competition was an adven-
On the walls surrounding the ture playground, which featured
LOCATION: Museum of chairs are case studies of urban leftover parts from urban infra-
Design Atlanta designers, architects and land- structure and a creative area that
DATE: Feb. 22 - May 13 scape architects who have lever- let kids make things with interest-
aged opportunities to makes often ing building materials. The win-
OUR TAKE: «««««
« unexpected spaces playful. From a ning project was the climbable
housing development in Japan de- “ATL” letters that are still in the
signed by all women architects on park today.
MONICA JAMISON the site of rice paddies to a play- From a crosswalk signal screen
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR ground along a river in England, that allows opposing pedestrians
the incorporation of the natural to play a game while they are wait-
Soon after entering the glassy setting can be delightful. ing to a slide instead of stairs near
building across from the High “Design is a process: when it’s a train station frequented by com-
Museum on Peachtree Street, visi- done best, the users tell the de- muters, smaller hacks can lighten
tors pass from the entryway and Photo by Monica Jamison Student Publications signers what they need, instead the mood of the urban landscape
ticketing desk into an almost oth- ‘Spun Chair,’ plastic chairs that encourage people to spin around of designers sitting around and and even create community. “You
erworldly passageway, compared when they sit, is the engaging centerpiece of one exhibit area. thinking that they have figured don’t have to go change zon-
to the gray concrete streets out- out what somebody wants. So it’s ing laws to create fun in a city,”
side. Bright pink and orange pool Gentry of Play Atlanta, the ex- tions and hacks that help people only appropriate in designing a Flusche said.
noodles of various lengths stick hibit “Designing Playful Cities” of all ages have a good time. playground that you would turn “At MODA we tend to look
out from the walls like tentacles, explores how opportunities for Like many of its previous ex- to the children who might use it,” forward with our exhibitions
and as one continues walking, the play and fun can be designed into hibits, such as the graphic design said MODA Executive Director instead of backwards… We re-
perspective shift makes the instal- cities. With the majority of people and typography focused “Text Laura Flusche. A Parisian play- ally want there to be impact and
lation seem alive. globally living in cities, estab- Me,” MODA’s latest installment ground was planned after survey- people to find new ways to think
This piece, a recreation of the lished cities are growing without features interactive elements. Af- ing kids and resulted in a much about the city after they see it,”
work “Delirious Frites” by Les As- the chance for replanning them. ter passing through the “Deliri- more physical, daring playground Flusche explained.
tronautes in Quebec City, gives a To accommodate incoming and ous” pool noodles, visitors find 12 than the typical flat, fenced off, This exhibit will surely inspire
glimpse of how playful cities can current residents, the basic human spinning chairs in the center of padded American playground. and entertain viewers. While not
be. Despite being partially held need for fun must be addressed. the back gallery. Featured across “One of the reasons that a lot as dense and varied thematically
together by zipties, the work still While some visitors may an- the world in plazas and other pub- of projects you see in this exhibi- as the previous exhibit, “Design-
does the heavy lifting of getting ticipate an exhibit focused on lic spaces, these chairs were de- tion come from Europe or Asia is ing Playful Cities” still deftly
viewers in the mindset to think playgrounds and other permanent veloped by Thomas Heatherwick. that liability laws are very differ- engages both casual and expert
about fun urban spaces. installations geared towards chil- Spinning on one of these chairs is ent there, and the habit of suing audiences with a timely subject
Curated by Janelle Miniter dren, the exhibit includes many an act of trust that is oddly freeing people that we have in the Unit- important for the wellbeing of cit-
with advisement from Cynthia temporary or smaller interven- and relaxing. One can imagine ed States is much less rampant,” ies and citizens.

Ambitious ‘Annihilation’ almost awes audiences

FILM ever-expanding realm known as
“The Shimmer.” The government
Annihilation continually sends soldiers into
GENRE: Sci-Fi the mysterious region, but none
ever return.
STARRING: Natalie Portman,
Three years later, one of the
Oscar Isaac
soldiers, Kane (Oscar Isaac, “In-
DIRECTOR: Alex Garland side Llewyn Davis”), inexplicably
RATING: R reappears in an amnesiac state. He
returns to the home of his wife,
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 23 Lena (Natalie Portman, “Black
Swan”), a biology professor at
OUR TAKE: «««««
« Johns Hopkins, before collapsing
and being hospitalized by govern-
ment forces. Bent on discovering
MOHAR KALRA what is afflicting her husband,
STAFF WRITER Lena volunteers to join the first
dedicated team of scientists enter-
Good science fiction can take ing the Shimmer.
many forms, but these different Four other female scientists
forms can often seem at odds with join her. Each harbors self-de-
one another. For some, science structive tendencies that predis-
fiction is meant to be cerebral, pose her to volunteer for the po-
conjuring a cryptic, fantastical sition. As they venture into the
allegory for modern society. For Shimmer, they find a beautiful, Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
others, science fiction’s appeal horrifying perversion of reality. Natalie Portman, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh
comes from the spectacle of un- Captured in vibrant, vivid hues, star as scientists in director Alex Garland’s newest science fiction feature ‘Annihilation.’
fathomable worlds and lightshow the Shimmer, which outwardly
special effects. appears to be composed of a rain- of the Shimmer, as they face the sees Lena, aggrieved after her hus- back. Instead, Garland presents a
What can easily fall through bow film containing its world, is a realm’s terrors and their own band’s disappearance, Garland sci-fi action horror punctuated by
the cracks is strong character de- stunning yet unnerving reimagin- mounting paranoia at the pros- offers a delicate depth to enrich some truly thrilling and terrifying
velopment and emotional engage- ing of nature. pect of becoming one of the Lena’s character. Viewers see Kane sequences that leverage the Shim-
ment of the audience. Characters As the envoy learns, the Shim- Shimmer’s mutations. and Lena’s unmistakable chemis- mer’s world to agitate the most
can easily be flattened into vehi- mer twists, refracts, melds and With the exception of a couple try during their playful pillow stolid of those watching. As effec-
cles for the plot or figurative ev- splices together whatever is within CGI hiccups here and there, Gar- talk and feel the equally evident tive as these sequences are, much
erymen to be twisted by the film’s it borders, from light and radio land’s visuals do a remarkable job tension when Kane returns to of the second act feels like a rei-
central allegory. In this respect, waves to the very minds of the capturing the fragile balance be- the restrictive hallways of their magining of other sci-fi horrors in
“Annihilation,” the newest film by scientists. They face fantastical tween majesty and disquietude home one year later, an obviously films like “Alien” and “Predator.”
Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), has amalgams of life on Earth, from within the Shimmer. Likewise, changed man. Still, Garland makes it clear
a little bit of trouble deciding what gargantuan crocodiles with shark outside the Shimmer, Garland’s Over time, however, the film that the perilous journey will
it wants to be. teeth to plants that grow woven in claustrophobic framing captures pivots a couple times. As soon as amount to something more. For
In the near future, an aster- the image of people. a similar balance in flashbacks to Lena and her companions enter every monster they encounter, the
oid containing an alien presence Yet, this is still a hostile world. Lena’s home life with Kane. the Shimmer, much of the film’s scientists also come across unfath-
crashes into a lighthouse in Flori- The film follows these explor- At least, in the beginning of most human elements are lost, omable floral arrangements as well
da and from the crash site buds an ers, seeking to find the source the movie, when the audience relegated to the occasional flash- See ANNIHILATE, page 15
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JPEGMAFIA: A talk with the Don himself

forming what is perhaps his big- references, JPEG says, “I like put- never changes and what is So where does JPEGMA-
VES GRANTCHAROV gest song so far, “Baby I’m Bleed- ting in those obscure references simply cyclical. FIA put himself in this exciting
CONTRIBUTING WRITER ing.” It features him in 2016 because it kind of shows who’s do- “Rock in the 60s, when the landscape? Well, it’s unknown.
screaming into a crowd that ing their research and who’s not.” younger kids were listening to it, Whatever his plans are for the
“I’m that internet n**** yo.” seems too confused to be excited. Later on, he proves his own like Hendrix, the people from the future though, it is clear that
JPEGMAFIA sits on his hotel bed Compared to the night before, in penchant for research, as he talks 40’s didn’t f*ck with that sh*t. ‘It’s JPEGMAFIA is comfortable with
in the early afternoon. The night which he used the track as his fi- about lurking on Google groups satanic, it’s evil.’ Now those same whatever happens.
before, he spent 40 minutes push- nal song and making the biggest pages of old archived conversa- people cling to that sh*t for their He is the type of dude who
ing the limits of his vocal chords, mosh of the night, the video looks tions from Usenet, a precursor dear lives. The dads — in the fu- jumps into the crowd, kneels in
screaming every word to every extra ridiculous. to internet forums established ture, it’s gonna be dad-hop yo. the middle of the mosh pit only
song, while refusing to use a vocal “I paid my rent with hip-hop in the 80s. N****s gonna be clinging to like to be predictably crushed by bod-
backing track. In the early lunch- money last month,” Peggy says. Like a historian, he under- Lil Pump. It’s like ‘No bro, Pump ies. So don’t worry, just stay in the
time, he has a much more peace- He lets out a smile that feels like stands what will change, what was that dude.’” loop and enjoy.
ful demeanor. a mixture of relief and excitement.
Sitting and discussing what “My goal is to be financially
brought him to this point in his stable from music,” the art-
life, he goes into the work he does ist states. With a fanbase large
for his music. enough to sustain the type of ca-
“I produce it, I mix it, I mas- reer he always craved, the future is
ter it,” Peggy says. “Just on my now in his hands.
laptop with my headphones.” He It is not just what is to come,
achieves something many people but also the past and present that
strive for but rarely execute so JPEG has a great grasp on. As a
well: being the only person in- rapper who values lyrics high-
volved in the creation of his music ly, he does not hold anything
from inception to release. against the current environment
After a more than a decade of around rap.
making music, and many shows “If someone tells you hip-hop
of playing for “about 10 people” has to be a certain way, they’re
until recently, he’s reached a criti- wrong,” Peggy says. “Complain-
cal point. Landing on massive ing about hip-hop changing is like
tastemaker playlists, hitting plays complaining that you’re gonna die
in the hundreds of thousands on at some point. There’s something
Spotify, and perhaps most impres- for everyone. If you want subur-
sively, getting the highest score ban sh*t, Brockhampton. Street
from a review by Anthony Fanta- sh*t, Hoodrich Pablo Juan. If
no thus far into 2018 for his latest you want a n**** that raps about
album, “Veteran.” food, you got Action Bronson. If
“That’s how the world works,” you want a n**** that raps about
JPEGMAFIA explains. “Some- memes, you got Ugly God.
body with a larger platform hears “This is a golden age right now
something they like and they put and people won’t admit that until
it out to a wider audience. Fan- like 20 years from now. ‘We miss
tano giving it a good review is the Soundcloud sh*t,’ they’ll say.”
one thing, it gave it the bump, but It is not just music that JPEG-
the sustain hype is probably off of MAFIA has educated himself on.
the rest of the press and also, just Even after a short time in conver-
word of mouth. If the music is ass, sation, it becomes clear that when
eventually people are just gonna he talks about residing in the
say no. No matter how much the internet, he means it. While re-
music is cosigned.” counting the story of a lazy blog- Photo courtesy of Deathbomb Arc
JPEG pulls up his laptop to ger reviewing his album and criti- Rapper JPEGMAFIA poses for a promotional photo while wearing a t-shirt featuring one of his
a Youtube video of himself per- cizing his supposedly nonsensical tweets. The artist is known for his unique noise-rap style and his strong social media presence.

Applications are now available!

The Radio Communications Board of Georgia Tech is now
accepting applications for the following student radio
station executive staff positions for the 2018-2019
academic year:

• General Manager
• Business Manager
Qualified candidates may secure applications at
www.wrek.org or www.studentmedia.gatech.edu.
Completed applications are due by no later than
5:00pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Questions and completed applications may be directed to

D. McCall Pitts, RCB Chair at mac.pitts@vpss.gatech.edu.
Georgia Institute of Technology

Diversity and Inclusivity Month

Dismantling Veteran
the ‘U.S. vs Persian Awareness
New Year The Power
International’ Workshop
Dichotomy (Nowruz) of Your
Women’s Personal
Leadership Story
Night Take Unite
of Back the The Change
Diversity Night Starts With You
Inclusion: Best
Practices In Invisible
Recruiting and
Retaining Diverse Israel Homelessness
Graduate on Campus
Students Festival

Monday, March 5 Tuesday, March 27
4 -7pm, Campanile and Tech Walkway 11am – 1pm, Lunch available 10:30-11am, Student Center, Crescent Room
GT Unite Faculty Development Workshop on Inclusive Pedagogy: Classroom Teaching
Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association Strategies - Guest Facilitator: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Director, Intercultural Teaching &
GT Unite is a gathering of the amazing student organizations that we have on campus! Faculty Development (Faculty Appointment), Institute for Teaching Excellence
Each organization will host tables where participants will engage in specially designed activities. These and Faculty Development (TEFD), University of Massachusetts –Amherst
activities will showcase the organizations and give members of the GT community the chance to get a Co-sponsored by the Office of International Education, Institute Diversity, Center
taste of the great diversity we foster on campus. Participants will visit tables to redeem for a GT Unite for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and Student Diversity Programs
t-shirt. As educational institutions continue to cultivate strategies for diverse and inclusive climates, there has
been increased focus on student experiences in the classroom. This workshop will engage faculty
Saturday, March 10 with regards to pedagogy and classrooms methods that can create dynamic learning environments for
students. Registration Required at https://oie.gatech.edu/faculty-development-workshop
9am - 5pm, Academy of Medicine
Women’s Leadership Conference
1pm, Student Services, Room 117
Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center
Student Veteran Awareness Workshop
The conference is a gathering of women who have sought to become leaders in the classroom and the
Facilitator - Dr. Dave Ross, Sponsored by the Veterans Resource Center
boardroom as well as the communities where they reside. Registration Required (www.wlc.gatech.edu)
This workshop will provide an overview about student veterans at Georgia Tech. Topics for discussion
Sunday, March 11 include transitioning from the military to civilian and college life, acceptance on campus, differences
from other students, and challenges on campus.
Inclusive Leadership Conference (IncIYOUsivity: The Change Starts With You)
Sponsored by Culture and Diversity Committee (CDAC, SGA), Institute Diversity, 7pm, Student Center Ballroom
Student Diversity Programs Night of Diversity
Keynote Address: Dr. Jillian Martin, Assistant Director for Strategy and Evaluation, Sponsored by Delta Phi Lambda
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Washington University – Night of Diversity is an annual event hosted by Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, where various cultural
St. Louis (11am - 3:30pm) organizations across Georgia Tech’s campus will perform in order to celebrate culture and diversity.
The purpose of the annual Leadership Inclusivity Conference is to give student leaders from different
communities the opportunity to interface with the common goal of fostering a stronger, deeper, broader Thursday, March 29
sense of community at Georgia Tech. Student leaders will enhance their campus leadership by
11am, Student Success Center, President’s Suite C
developing diversity and incorporating inclusion in their own organizations. This conference is open to
Invisible: Homelessness on Campus
any student leader (or aspiring student leader!) on campus. Please contact Barry Johnson-Smith at
Co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and Georgia Tech STAR, facilitated by Dr.
barryjohnsonsmith23@gmail.com or Calvin Runnels at calvinmrunnels@gmail.com.
Janice Harewood, GT Counseling Center
Learn how college students are impacted by housing and food insecurity on campus, and talk to other
students, faculty, and staff about what we can do to address it.
Monday, March 12
6-9pm, Student Center Ballroom Monday, April 2
Persian New Year (Nowruz) 7pm, Campanile
Celebrate this cultural event and learn about the Persian New Year. Take Back the Night
Sponsored by VOICE, the Women’s Resource Center and PAUSE
Tuesday, March 20 Take Back the Night is the annual candlelight vigil and speak-out for the survivors of sexual violence.
11:30am – 1pm, Student Center, Peachtree Room
“Intentional Inclusion: Best Practices In Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Graduate Tuesday, April 10
Students” 11am – 2pm Campanile (Rain Date April 11)
Dr. Tia Jackson-Truitt - Facilitator, Center for Engineering Education and Diversity Israel Festival
Sponsored by Hillel
Come join over 1000 other GT students at the Campanile to experience a showcase of Israeli life and
Monday, March 26 culture. This event is open to all students and there will be free food, t-shirts, giveaways, live music,
9:00am - Noon (breakfast snacks at 8:30am, or 1:30 - 4:30pm (snacks at 1pm), Student Center, and a real camel! Rain Date, April 11
Crescent Room, Workshop for GT Staff (pick one) Friday, April 13
Dismantling the ‘U.S. versus International’ Dichotomy: Creating Synergy between
Intercultural and Diversity and Inclusion Approaches 5:30 – 7pm, Student Services Room 117
Co-sponsored by the Office of International Education, Institute Diversity, Center The Power of Your Personal Story (Student’s only)
for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and Student Diversity Programs Stephanie Ray - Facilitator
Guest Facilitator: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Director , Intercultural Teaching & Faculty GT Students will learn how to create their own personal story. These stories will be showcased in the
Development (Faculty Appointment), Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty fall at a Storytelling Salon. Co-sponsored by the Diversity Ambassadors. Registration Required at
Development (TEFD), University of Massachusetts –Amherst https://orgsync.com/139436/forms/307574
Intercultural approaches are often adopted by those in organizations who engage in international and
‘global’ efforts while Diversity and Inclusion approaches tend to be viewed as only applicable in U.S.
contexts. As the trend of ‘Globalizing’ Business, Higher Education and other sectors rapidly
accelerates, there are many missed opportunities due to the lack of synthesis of the two approaches.
This dichotomy often prevents us from understanding the relationship between local and global factors
that impact our ability to engage constituencies holistically. The integration of these approaches better
highlights the historical context and inequities created from power dynamics that must be considered in
order to effectively navigate intercultural realities in our world today. Registration required at

For more information call the Office of Student Diversity Programs at 404-894-2561. Please let the Office know if you need a reasonable
accommodation to participate in these programs. Please visit diversityprograms.gatech.edu for the full calendar of events.
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and the uniqueness that makes me when I’m warming up and just start thinking about the next al- ANNIHILATE FROM PAGE 12
each part of this country great. noodling on my instrument. bum. Strategy is always crucial to
is more roots based instead of add- Technique: You’ve recently Technique: What’s next for launching an album — if it makes as bodies decaying into breathtak-
ing a lot of pop sensibilities. moved from southern California you musically? Some artists will sense to release my next album in ing murals of overgrowth.
Technique: You’ve just released to Nashville, right? What inspired release three albums a year, and 2019 that would be amazing be- Each of these sequences is ac-
a new album, “Heart of My that move? some may only produce one a de- cause I have a ton of songs that I’m centuated by Geoff Barrow and
Hometown.” Is there a particular Szlachetka: I was traveling to cade. Where do you think want to itching to record. Ben Salisbury’s evocative sound
song on the new album which Nashville frequently over the past fall on that spectrum? Technique: You’re playing choices. Characterized by blaring
you are most proud of, and why? three to four years and built up a Szlachetka: A lot of heavy Smith’s Olde Bar in about two drones of noise that sound alien
Szlachetka: Man, this is a wonderful network of friends and touring to promote this album! weeks. Have you played in Atlanta and overwhelmingly disquieting,
tough question. If I had to choose colleagues. I feel incredibly fortu- I’ve got a great blend of solo before? How was it? the score assures that Garland still
one song I would probably choose nate for that because it made the acoustic shows and full band Szlachetka: I’ve never played, has a card to play.
“Heart Of My Hometown” be- moving transition much easier. shows throughout the U.S. and I nor have I been to Atlanta! It’s al- Many recent science fiction
cause of what it means to me and What really resonates with me can’t wait to get back to some of ways been a city that has been on films, like “Arrival,” “Blade Run-
what it means to my audiences in Nashville is the insanely tal- my regular tour stops along with my high priority list. I couldn’t be ner 2049” and “Moon,” offer
and fans. I think we always have ented and supportive community. breaking into some new markets. more excited to finally get down viewers intriguing thought exer-
to keep looking ahead and think- It’s inspiring to live here and be a I’ve got a great team in place now, to Atlanta, especially to play cises in their first acts, but they
ing about the future, but I think part of this community which has so it will be amazing to have that Smith’s Olde Bar, which is such fail to follow through on their
it’s really important to always re- deep, rich music roots and such support going into this album an iconic venue. It will be such a provocative ideas by the time the
member the past and where you an iconic musical heritage. I’ve cycle and the next one as well. I’m treat to take in all the history and third act rolls around. Fortunate-
are from. Never forgetting where always been a “song hound” and hoping by the end of the year, I’ll great vibes from that club. ly, “Annihilation” is the opposite.
you come from grounds you and Nashville is ruled by “the song.” The final act pushes Lena into a
makes you who we are. That’s a direct result of a city and surreal, cerebral encapsulation of
For me, I’m from a small town area that has been steeped in the the film’s themes. Garland ties the
in Western Massachusetts, the country/Americana genre and figurative threads of the film to-
kind that has that ever famil- culture. It continuously pushes gether in a finale that astonishes.
iar “Main Street” and I had the me. It’s made me a better song- Its measured ambiguity leaves the
same kind of best friends grow- writer and I feel honored to live in viewer with plenty to mull over af-
ing up that a lot of people had. this city. ter the credits roll.
I found through all my touring Technique: What does your Finally faced with the source
across the U.S. that I would play songwriting process look like? of the Shimmer, Lena’s encounter
all these other small, great towns Would you consider your music raises some potent questions re-
that reminded me of where I grew more lyric-centric, or do you tend garding the cycle of self-destruc-
up. These towns and people start to build lyrics around a melody? tion and creation that nature im-
to become my family and home Szlachetka: It’s a little bit of poses on all life. In this bittersweet
while I’m on the road, which is everything — especially with dance between erasure, change
a really nice sentiment to have in a rigorous tour schedule where and creation, Garland asks the au-
your heart when you’re by yourself you’re always on the go. I’ve de- dience to consider how their own
a lot of the time. veloped a method of cataloging identities have been refracted.
This sentiment is always a re- ideas, and I document them as “Annihilation” is not a perfect
minder to me that we all need to soon as they come. While I’m in film. Gaining and losing several
keep open minds, open hearts and the car I’m always coming up with narrative and genre strands over
listen to each other because we are melodies, lyrics and titles that the course of its run time, Gar-
a lot more similar than we think. (with the help of voice activation land’s film struggles to assure
We are not as divided a country and voice memos) I’m able to save viewers of what it wants to be.
as we are led to believe right now, and revisit when I’m in writing Nonetheless, Garland has cre-
and it’s important for people to sessions. I do the same anytime I ated an ambitiously original and
experience other small towns and have a guitar in my hands. I find Photo courtesy of Jo Lopez thought-provoking film that has
cities in different states so that way that a lot of guitar riffs, chord pro- Szlachetka is on tour in support of ‘Heart of My Hometown’ earned its place in the science
they can witness the similarities gressions and melodies come to and will be playing a show at Smith’s Olde Bar on March 9. fiction canon.





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18 • March 2, 2018• technique // SPORTS

Softball escapes slow start to season FRESHMEN FROM PAGE 20

and his curveball gets impressive
victory over Campbell, scoring so far. However, with a stout 7-8 foolish to attribute the team’s suc- It will be exciting to see Serra-
LILLIE TATE ANDREWS two home runs that brought her record, Campbell was not a team cess to pure luck. It takes leader- tos when he gets reps at shortstop
CONTRIBUTING WRITER to a grand total of five home runs to underestimate, yet the Jack- ship and dedication to change the and some consistent at-bats, but
already this season. She also has ets did not have any trouble run direction in which a team is go- for now, Jackets fans will have to
Spring time is here and Tech the second highest batting aver- ruling the team in an 8-0 rout. ing, and this leadership is evident be content to watch him develop
softball is back and arguably bet- age on the team behind standout In addition, when Tech played first and foremost in head coach on the mound, where he looks in
ter than ever. Last June, Tech freshman Cameron Stanford. the 4-5 Fairfield University team Morales, who has proven herself his element already.
hired Aileen Morales to be the Stanford already has two home for the first time, they lost 3-4 several times already by improv-
new head softball coach for the runs herself this season and, as a but then dominated the second ing softball programs and being BARON RADCLIFFE, OF
Jackets. Morales played softball at freshman, will certainly continue matchup against Fairfield 13-4, able to maintain their success. In the Merriam-Webster dic-
Tech from 2005-2008 and then to prove herself as a huge asset to demonstrating an ability to learn With a head coach that has tionary, under “athlete” can be
went on to be an assistant coach the team in years to come. from their mistakes (or at the very a track record like Morales and found Baron Radcliffe’s picture.
for the Jackets from 2009-2013. It could be argued that because least, resilience). standout players that get the job Radcliffe is listed at 6’4” and 228
During her time at Tech, the Jack- Tech has not yet begun official Regarding this victory, Coach done, the future is bright for Tech pounds on the athletics page, and
ets won four ACC regular-season ACC play, the team’s victories Morales responded by saying, “I softball. That positive future may almost all of it is muscle. Radcliffe
championships and averaged an may be short-lived. Indeed, the am proud of how our team com- not be evident as the season wears poses an imposing figure on the
impressive 43 wins per season. opponents that Tech has played peted today. We learned a lot on and the Jackets find themselves field and was already drafted by
Morales came back to Tech af- thus far might not be an accurate about the level of play we are ca- outmatched against talented con- an MLB team (picked in the No.
ter spending a year as head coach representation of the competition pable of as well,” courtesy of ram- ference foes, but with the right 40 round by the Atlanta Braves,
at Radford University. While at that is to come. After all, Indiana blinwreck.com. coach, the right athletes and though he chose not to sign).
Radford, she led a team that had had only won one game when they In regards to the question of the right approach all in place, Radcliffe comes to Tech as a
won only 12 games in the previ- played Tech, and Indiana makes what exactly triggered the team’s the foundation has been set for celebrated two-sport athlete: in
ous season to a winning 35-26 up two of Tech’s six total wins change in momentum, it would be long-term success. addition to setting school records
record after just one season; she for career HR and RBI at his high
has a track record of accomplish- school, Radcliffe was a decorated
ing significant improvement. That quarterback, holding single-
being said, when Tech softball be- season records in rushing yards,
gan the 2018 season with a dismal passing yards and touchdowns for
0-4 record, fans were hoping to QBs, and was named to the Geor-
see an impressive turnaround like gia All-State High School football
the one at Radford. It looks like team as a junior and senior.
there might just be one. Radcliffe, despite being a fresh-
The Tech softball season began man, has already found a spot in
on Feb. 9 with a tough loss against the lineup, principally manning
Lipscomb which was followed up right field for the Jackets. Despite
by three more back-to-back losses struggling so far with the bat, hit-
against Florida A&M, Georgia ting .211/.211/.316 in six games
State and Nebraska. However, across 19 plate appearances, Rad-
things are beginning to look up cliffe’s potential is far greater than
for the Jackets following strong his early struggles indicate. When
wins against Indiana and several Radcliffe figures out his struggles
other schools, including a notable at the plate (“when”, not “if”),
8-0 win against Campbell Uni- there is little doubt that he will be
versity. Tech softball is now sitting an impact player for the Jackets.
on a promising 6-6 record, leav- Waddell, Serratos and Rad-
ing a burning question: What has cliffe are all immensely talented
caused the change? players who are already showing
Recently, junior Katie Krzus abilities beyond their years. As
has been a key player for the Jack- they continue to play at the col-
ets and has started in 11 out of the Photo by Kirsten Reynolds Student Publications legiate level and hone their skills,
12 games played thus far. Krzus Senior Kelsey Chisholm rears back to swing during a game. Chisholm has started they could serve as the core of a
was a huge contributor in Tech’s the season slow at the plate, with a .071 average through 28 plate appearances. championship-contending team.

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drew in a 100,000 person audi-

ence in 2016) that propel the team
into the rest of the offseason with
confidence and positivity. With
the sheer amount of talent the
Jackets’ squad has on both sides of
the ball, confidence can go a long
way in deciding the outcome of
next season.
After all, that is our role as
fans: to fill the stands and cheer
the team on. A sellout is too much
to hope for, but decent attendance
at a game where fans will begin to
see position battles play out and
overarching narratives for the fall
take shape seems reasonable.
Unfortunately, despite fans’
ROHAN KANSARA excitement over one of Tech’s best
CONTRIBUTING WRITER recruitment classes in the last de-
cade, incoming freshmen will not
With spring around the corner, be taking part in this game as
college football fans have already they are still in high school and
been deprived of their favorite can therefore not practice with
sport for almost two months. the team. After these freshmen
Luckily, college football teams do join the team this upcoming
around the nation are getting summer, expect some changes to
ready to hold their annual spring the lineup that will debut on April
practices in the coming months. 20, especially on the defensive side
The NCAA has enacted strict Photo courtesy of Danny Karnik of the ball in which this year’s in-
rules dictating spring practice, Paul Johnson blows his whistle to stop a practice period during Tech’s 2017 spring game. coming class is rich.
including allowing teams a maxi- The annual contest gives athletes the chance to display their progress in front of fans. All in all, the spring football
mum of 15 official sessions (some game is the last taste of college
contact, some non-contact) which mages its own defense in what is conclusions. In essence, any new er significant improvements or football fans will get for the next
are usually concluded with the mostly a media and school spirit concepts will be masked. changes have already been imple- few months. Similar to preseason
Spring football game. These 15 event. Scoring is completely differ- Tech’s game is scheduled for mented remains uncertain, but games in the NFL, the outcome
practices must be held within a ent, allowing the defense to earn April 20 at 7 p.m. in Bobby Dodd if you are a fan who was tired of of the game will have no direct
34-day timespan not counting points based on turnovers, stops Stadium, and admission will be watching us give up big play after impact on Tech’s season, but fans
spring break and final exams, on third down and similar factors. free to all fans. So why should you big play in the fourth quarter last showing their support may have
so the practices can technically Quarterbacks typically wear non- go to a game that has no bearing season, chances are you are eager an indirect one. With the excit-
span a month and a half to two contact jerseys, and additionally, on our upcoming season? After to find out. ing offseason that the Jackets
months if coaches plan them ac- most players are cautious when fans witnessed a season of poor Another important reason to have had with coaching chang-
cordingly. Teams are only allowed tackling because they do not want defensive play calling and coach- attend the game is to support our es, the spring football game is
to have full 11-on-11 scrimmages to injure their own teammates. ing, their complaints were finally team. After a rather disappoint- bound to be exciting, even if the
three times within this practice Furthermore, coaches are conser- gratified with the firing of previ- ing 5-6 season, showing our team schemes are vanilla, the hits are
window, the final of which is the vative with showing too much of ous defensive coordinator Ted support would go a long way in not quite as hard as usual and
aforementioned game. their playbook and scheming to Roof. One of the most exciting maintaining a positive morale. we will have to wait for nearly
Spring football games are avoid upcoming opponents in the aspects of the game will be the Top football programs boast a five months before the hard work
much different than a competi- fall being able to study the tape of debut of newly-hired defensive high attendance at their Spring translates into wins and losses on
tive game. A team’s offense scrim- the game and draw meaningful coordinator Nate Woody. Wheth- football games (Ohio State’s game the football field.
SPORTS EDITOR: Beating a slow start technique
Harsha Sridhar
John Edwards
Despite losing their first four games,
Tech softball is showing a
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Trio of Tech freshmen make impact on diamond

After what appeared to be an
JOHN EDWARDS open competition for third base
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR going into the season, Waddell
has emerged on top, slashing
Starting out at college can be .381/.458/.524 since taking over at
an intimidating experience. Liv- the hot corner for the Jackets in
ing in dorms, dealing with the eight games this season. Waddell’s
rigors of college classes, climbing three doubles tied for leading the
Freshman Hill every day — it is team along with Chase Murray in
certainly a trying time for many. this young season.
Add onto that the pressures of It is a bit of a change for Wad-
playing Division I baseball, and dell, who came to Tech as a highly
it might feel overwhelming, but touted shortstop prospect, but
for the youngest members of the with Austin Wilhite already es-
Yellow Jackets’ baseball team, it is tablished as a defensive and offen-
just another Tuesday. sive threat at shortstop, Waddell
While most of Tech’s starting has excelled with the bat thus far
lineup and staff this year consists while getting regular time in the
of upperclassmen, some of the starting lineup.
biggest contributors to the Yel- The only question moving for-
low Jackets thus far in this young ward for Waddell is his defense
baseball season have been the while out-of-position — Wad-
freshmen, making their presence dell’s three errors, tied for most
felt during their first season in the on the team, indicate that he is
ACC. The following are some of not the most comfortable at the
the biggest players making a name hot corner. Photo by Casey Gomez Student Publications
for themselves during their fresh- It is especially unusual given Freshman middle infielder Parker McCoy jumps to beat the tag at first base during a home
man season for the Jackets. his reputation for sure hands; game. McCoy is one of several freshmen who have played well early in their Tech careers.
in addition to being a nation-
LUKE WADDELL, 3B ally ranked shortstop prospect, way into the lineup and he is go- the 14th round by the Cleveland thus far, Serratos has been effec-
Trevor Crapport was a rock Waddell was a standout running ing to produce. Indians. But Serratos delayed his tive out of the pen — in 2.1 IP,
at third base for the Jackets in back at his high school. His fresh- professional debut for a couple he’s racked up two strikeouts, al-
his time at the Flats: Crapport man year of high school, Waddell OSCAR SERRATOS, RP/INF years and came to Tech to play, lowed two hits and given up zero
started 111 games for Tech at 3B racked up 1,593 rushing yards, 26 Tech is lucky to have Serratos and play he will, despite being earned runs.
and slashed .302/.388/.469 from completions, 458 passing yards in uniform this year. If things blocked at his primary position, Perfect Game described Serra-
2016-2017 for the Jackets. When and 20 touchdowns en route to had gone a little bit differently, he shortstop, by Austin Wilhite. tos as a having “a fast and loose
he left via the MLB Draft last leading his team to a state cham- might be playing pro-ball now — Unlike Waddell, who snuck arm [where] ball comes out of his
year, he left big shoes to fill — but pionship, an incredible feat. out of high school, Serratos was into the lineup by playing out of hand clean and easy [and] 3/4’s
freshman Luke Waddell has filled Still, it is impossible to sit ranked by Perfect Game scout- position, Serratos has found a way arm slot.” Serratos’s fastball gen-
those shoes and then some, at least Waddell’s hot bat — one way or ing as the No. 209 best prospect into the game as a relief pitcher. erally hangs around the low 90s,
in the early stages. another, he is going to find his in the country, and was drafted in While having seen limited usage see FRESHMEN, page 18

Women’s hoops battles in conference tourney

vantage in the final frame gave the
HARSHA SRIDHAR road team a win.
SPORTS EDITOR That game saw significant con-
tributions from both Francesca
A basketball conference tour- Pan and Zaire O’Neil. Last year,
nament, whether men’s or wom- Pan made waves by being named
en’s, is an event conducted at the conference freshman of the
breakneck pace. Each day brings year. This time, it was time for
with it another game. The most O’Neil to earn an accolade of her
fortunate squads get either one- own: ACC Sixth Person of the
or two-round byes as recognition Year, awarded to the most valu-
of their regular-season success. able bench competitor in the con-
The rest? They claw forward each ference each season.
game, attempting to preserve their O’Neil started 26 games last
health while dispatching progres- season and saw action in all 37.
sively more difficult opponents. With highly-touted freshman
Tech’s women’s team began Lorela Cubaj joining the lineup,
that journey with a hot start in the Newark, N.J. native found
Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday herself shunted onto the bench.
afternoon, as they took on the For many seniors, a demotion in
Clemson Tigers. The 61-52 win their final year of eligibility would
for Tech was impressive but not have been too demoralizing to
unpredictable; the Jackets were bear. O’Neil, however, took it in
2-0 in regular-season matchups stride, actually playing more min-
against the Tigers, who finished utes than Cubaj over the course of
the season in the conference cel- the year and finishing second on Photo by Jon Long Student Publications
lar. In one game, the Jackets’ sec- the team in regular season scoring Zaire O’Neil swats away a shot at the rim during a home game against Miami. O’Neil
ond game of the season, MaChelle behind Pan. has been a significant contributor as a senior, even though she has come off the bench.
Joseph’s squad doubled up Clem- In the heat of a conference
son to the tune of 66-33. tournament, veteran presence is games at the highest level of wom- will make for a high seed. Last unscathed with a Friday evening
The Jackets’ next contest necessary. O’Neil will provide en’s college basketball. year, Tech reached the finals of date set against an excellent Notre
(which happens after press time) that, but for an example of a player Ranked No. 63 by RPI and the tournament, losing 89-79 to Dame squad, a mainstay in the
is the Thursday game against sev- with plenty of high-pressure expe- stuck at No. 10 in the conference Michigan in a gut-wrenching upper echelons of the college bas-
enth-seeded Virginia. The game rience early in her career, look no standings, the Jackets will not triple-overtime contest, a tougher ketball world. From there, any-
will happen just over a month af- further than freshman guard Ki- likely be invited to the NCAA fight than the men put up against thing is possible.
ter the two teams’ only game this erra Fletcher. Fletcher was named Tournament. But selection for Texas Christian to bring the men’s Survive and advance. It is the
season, one which the Cavaliers to the ACC All-Freshman Team, the Women’s National Invitation bracket to a conclusion. motto of every team in an elimi-
won, 62-56. Tech limited Virginia along with seven others across Tournament (WNIT), the sport’s By the time this paper arrives nation tournament. Focus on dis-
to a paltry six points in the second the campus. Fletcher was a leader consolation prize, is only two at stands on Friday, the Jackets’ patching the opponent immedi-
quarter of that game and carried a on a state championship Warren weeks away. A strong performance conference season may be over, ately ahead, and the rest will take
small lead headed into the fourth Cousino program and now has in the conference tournament will or the team could emerge from care of itself. Tech has survived
quarter, but a 22-14 Cavalier ad- the chance to play in elimination solidify the argument the Jackets its contest against the Cavaliers round one. Now they advance.