Internship Dinner Features Speakers

By Brooke Chatterton

On November 13, the Career Services office will offer its annual Southwestern Stars Internship Dinner. In addition to dinner, the event has several speakers that will share their internship experiences and give internship tips, including student speakers Paige Duggins and Lindsey Moringy.

“Career Services has played a pivotal role in providing me with awesome internship positions since I’ve been a student here,” Duggins said. “I’m glad that I get an opportunity to share my experiences and hope that many students will take advantage of this special event.”

The keynote speaker for the evening, Dr. Antoine Moss, will give an address entitled “A College Degree Isn’t Enough: Intern C.E.O. Style to Standout in the Overcrowded Job Market!”

“Many reports and research studies have concluded that college students will graduate with extremely high debt and find it very difficult to find a job.” Moss said. “Today’s college graduates are unemployed and underemployed. After hearing my talk they will know the secrets to extraordinary success, which will be their ticket to landing the job of their dreams!”

Moss began speaking to students directly after high school and has spoken to students for the last ten years. He is the author of “Learn to Intern CEO Style: 71 Leadership Principles that Got Me and Now You Money, A Free Graduate Degree, and Respect.”

“Students will leave more confident and equipped with practical strategies that will enable them to achieve extraordinary success through internships.” Moss said. “Consequently, this will help them land a good job upon graduating from college as opposed to being unemployed.”

Students can contact Moss before or after his presentation via Facebook, Twitter or his website,

“Students can connect with me on social media right now for immediate empowerment!” Moss said. “They can also ask me any career, college, or success related questions before I via social media before I arrive to Southwestern University.”

An RSVP, with a deadline of November 6, can be found in campus post office boxes for this event.

Filmmaker to Speak

Mexican filmmaker and TV director María Fernanda “Mafer” Suárez De Garay will be on campus Tuesday to speak to students about her experiences as a female director in Mexico. The free talk will be held at 3 pm in the Marsha Shields room in the McCombs campus center, and a reception will follow after.

Suárez directed the TV series Mujeres Asesinas (Women Killers), Gritos de muerte y libertad (The Mexican Independence of 1810), and El encanto del águila (The Mexican Revolution of 1910), all of which had high ratings in Mexico.

“I asked her to talk about her experiences as a female director, and as the first female director of a series in Mexico,” Assistant Professor of Spanish Angeles Rodriguez Cadena said. “She will discuss her role as a director and the effect of sex [in the industry]. I’m interested in hearing what she has to say about that. She also directed a very successful series about women and violence in Mexico that aired here in the U.S. on a Spanish network and was very popular.”

Suárez also produced and directed short documentaries and movies. She has a degree in Sociology from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and is a graduate of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City.

“I’m interested in what she thinks about the construction of sex and identities as well as the ongoing construction of collective identities of culture through fiction for a mass audience,” Rodriguez said.

The event is sponsored by the Spanish program, Modern Languages, Communication Studies, Feminist Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Global Citizen Fund. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

“On Tuesday, some of my students as well as members of Sigma Delta Pi (the Hispanic Honor Society on campus) will be in charge of introducing her, translating from Spanish into English, and moderating the question and answer session,” Rodriguez said. “My students and the Spanish department are very excited she is coming.”

On Monday, Mafer will also talk to the Rodriguez’s advanced Spanish class, Cultural Memory in Latin America.

“I wanted my students in that class to have a chance to talk to someone who has actually created cultural texts … about the evolving and collective meaningful understandings of the past and present that is cultural memory,” Rodriguez said.

The talk on Tuesday will be open to any and all community members.

“I think it will be great! I really hope many people can come and meet her and talk to her. She is very warm and open, so I think it is a unique experience for our community to come see her and hear about her experience and interact with her.”

Georgetown Hosts Haunted Jail, ‘Boo Run’ for Benefit

By Hannah Steen
This year, the Williamson County Brown Santa is entertaining residents of Georgetown and the surrounding areas with ‘Nightmare on Jail Hill’, a haunted house held in the old jail on the corner of 4th and Main Street.
‘Nightmare on Jail Hill’ ran last weekend, October 19-20, and will be open again tonight and tomorrow from 7 pm to 11 pm. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 9-12.
“I was absolutely terrified,” first-year Elissa Graham said. “It was like nothing I’ve ever been through before, and was so unique, but completely and utterly horrifying.”

All proceeds of the event will go to Brown Santa and help to provide books, toys, and other items of the holiday season for underprivileged families with children outside the geographical city limits of any town or city in Williamson County. Brown Santa is a registered corporation in the state of Texas and is operated under the direction of the Brown Santa Board of Directors and granted a non-profit tax exemption.

According to Brown Santa’s website, their mission statement reads: ‘Brown Santa provides low income or poverty stricken families with children from age 0 to 17 with toys, books, and other items needed to make Christmas merrier and to positively impact families that without our assistance, will not have what others in the world often take for granted.’

Children under the age of eight may not participate and children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult. The jail is not handicap-accessible, and the tour will require climbing stairs and walking for approximately 20 minutes. Refreshments will be on sale as well.

If a haunted jail isn’t enough Halloween spirit for students, there will also be an opportunity to participate in the ‘Boo Run’ in San Gabriel Park tomorrow from 3-6 pm. Registration begins at 3:00, and the ‘Boo Run’ includes a 5K and fun run with a costume contest as well as a raffle and entertainment by Roland Waits. Benefits will go to the Exceptional Georgetown Alliance.
Students who would like more information, event details, registration can visit:

Spaghetti Dinner to Raise Funds: Student Congress Plans Event to Replace Stolen Pennants

Planning is in progress for a Spaghetti Dinner to be held by Student Congress soon after Homecoming Weekend. The dinner will act as a fundraiser to replace the SU pennants and welcome signs that were stolen from Georgetown recently.
Sophomore and Student Congress member Sarah Cook has worked with Assistant Director of Student Activities Jason Chapman to organize the event. Student Congress will charge attendees for spaghetti and desserts made by its members. The date and location are to be determined.
“Student Congress has worked for years on our relationship with Georgetown,” Cook said. “[These pennants] were so important, because businesses pulled out-of-pocket to pay for them and show support for the same students who stole them.”

Three pennants from the square went missing shortly after they were put up at the beginning of the school year, as well as two signs welcoming students back to town. These stood in front of the local HEB and the First United Methodist Church. Student Congress assumes it was students who stole them.

“We’re assuming it’s students,” Cook said. “We have been hoping [the pennants] would be returned or we could find who stole them. Whoever has them can anonymously drop them off in the Student Activities office. It’s in the university’s best interests that they should be returned.”
The pennants are worth $100 each, and local businesses had ordered them from students to show support for the school.
“Student Congress members had gone door-to-door selling these,” Cook said. “From what I’ve heard, these businesses are frustrated and upset. I’m expecting it to be almost $1,000 to replace the pennants and signs. They showed an established and positive connection between the University and Georgetown. Community members have had bad stereotypes of college students, and we’ve had to fight that. We want to show those members that we do want this connection.”
As an effort to heal that relationship, the Spaghetti Dinner will be open to students, faculty and staff. The money raised by selling tickets to the Dinner will go toward replacing the stolen signs and pennants.
“Personally, driving into Georgetown and seeing those signs at the beginning of the semester was really nice,” Cook said. “I want to continue seeing that relationship fostered and take steps forward instead of back.”

Homecoming Traffic Causes Parking Concerns Among Students

By Brooke Chatterton

Homecoming events on campus begin next Friday, November 2. The influx of alumni prompts the question of how parking on campus will be handled with so many vehicles coming to campus.

“Although we have visitor spots, the truth is that a visitor can come and really park anywhere. Those are suggested spots for someone who is going to be on our campus for the day or a guest speaker, but with special events like this, we don’t have enough visitor parking. So we all have to share and plan for the weekend,” Chief of Police Deborah Brown said.

The Police Department is offering suggestions to help students plan ahead for the weekend.

“We realize that everybody is going to get pushed out of their regular areas. What I would suggest with students would be to try and find a spot and then stay there. You might want to plan ahead a little bit.” Brown said.

Parking during homecoming has become a bigger concern this year than in past years.

“In the past we haven’t had a lot of problems because students decide to go home on that weekend, but we attempt to get everybody taken care of. We don’t write a lot of tickets on that weekend,” Brown said.

The Police Department is willing to work with students on where they can park as a result of the high number of vehicles.

“The only things we will really write tickets for are parking in fire zones, or handicapped zones, and things like that,” Brown said. “We will be giving people ideas on where they can park…[and] so far, it has worked out. There have been times when we have had to make up parking spots, and if it doesn’t rain, we can do that again.”

Students around campus are supportive of the measures the Police Department is taking.

“It is good that the Southwestern Police Department is taking some measures to prepare for the volume. Parking can get congested during Homecoming,” Senior Lauren Jensen, Political Science and Business major, said.

The Police Department has taken action when parking had been tight in the past, and they have the authority to create new spots in emergencies.

“For instance, the curve around the Robertson Center is all yellow. The Police Department can allow parking right there. So if we have a big event at the Howry Center or the Robertson Center which we feel is really going to impact the Brown Cody lot, we will open that up for cars to park there,” Brown said. “We have little tricks like that up our sleeves.”

The Police Department predicts the times of high volume to be Friday night and Saturday, but alumni are not expected to stay for the duration of the weekend.

“Homecoming is a time when people come and go. Don’t panic to the point that you think that everyone is going to come in at once,” Brown said. “Remember that you’ll be an alumnus one of these days and you’ll want to come back and see how the campus has changed. I think if we all work together, we are going to be alright.”

Green Technology At Risk in Coming Election: Innovations in Renewable Energy Should be Supported Publicly and Privately

By Jeffrey McKenzie
Attacked for being a failed investment that lacks efficiency, green technology has become a partisan issue as the election nears. However, a look at the facts of green technology shows that despite the negative rhetoric, green technology is thriving. As such, Americans should fight to ensure that this nascent industry is supported by both public and private industry.
The solar power industry is actually on the rise, experiencing record profits, expansion, and falling costs that have dropped about 40 percent since 1998. Similarly, options for wind power have expanded, now accounting for about 35 percent of the growth of electricity capacity of the United States in the last five years.

Renewable energy as a whole is expected to grow to $2.3 trillion within a decade and is also not subject to the variable costs that have led to rising costs for traditional fossil fuels.
However, for the first time since the active development and investment in green energy, its future now stands at a crossroads. Wind power is at risk if Congress allows a tax credit expire by the end of the year.
In the short-term, fossil fuels will still be necessary for economic growth. The most important step is to use the current abundance of fossil fuels as a jumping-off point for a future dominated by the green technology industry. Beginning the investment now is necessary in order to meet future demand and expand the economy.
To meet this goal, federal and local green technology standards along with public and private investment must be implemented. If the United States ends the existing tax incentives and investments, as many politicians propose, the United States would fall outside of the forefront of green technology development and the industry would be prevented from growing.
The issue comes down to whether or not the United States will continue to play a vital role in an expanding industry. Green technology provides the opportunity to grow jobs and release the United States from dependence on foreign fossil fuels if people are willing to make the initial investment.

Facebook Should Address Privacy Concerns: Online Communities Need Better Protection and Online Education

By Carly Banner
Facebook users often face privacy concerns due to the amount of personal data the website is entrusted with. Facebook users’ ability to keep their data protected is often complicated by the company’s constant reformatting. Due to the website’s constant changes, it is vital for a website like Facebook to encourage learning of their privacy systems and to make users aware of the risks they are facing by posting information.
On Facebook, privacy settings is the third option on the drop down menu to the right of the home tab. This displays a sample image of a status update, pointing out that the privacy of each individual status can be tailored to be seen by all of the user’s friends or only a select few. The page goes on to point out that “the people you share with can always share your information with others,” which is of course one of the biggest problems with online privacy. Information can only be as secure as the people it is given to.

One of the most important, and overlooked strategies of Facebook security is only adding people who can be trusted with private information. Facebook could add a discreet reminder next to the confirm friendship button that the person in question will have access to personal information.

If a user hasn’t recently adjusted their privacy settings, their personal information such as religion or relationship status can only be seen by friends. However under the default settings hometown, current location, and all work and education information is available to any member of the public who searches the user’s name.

On one level this is logical, as this is the information that would matter to potential employers or business contacts, but this is also vital information to predators and stalkers.

Users who aren’t aware of recent changes to privacy settings or who assume that this type of information was automatically kept private could be vulnerable. Facebook often advises users to examine the new privacy settings when they are changed, but these notifications would have more of an impact if they explicitly stated the information that was currently public.
The “learn more” option goes into more detail about adjusting who can see each status update. There is the choice to publish where the user is, tag who the user is with, and manage who can see the status. Many people don’t consider or know that it is possible to exclude certain people from seeing their statuses, or posts that others make on their walls.

Often features such as these are not put into use until a problem has already occurred. Facebook could add a feature asking if the user wants all of their friends to see their status each time they post. Many may disable this question due to the hassle, but at least it would bring the different privacy options to users’ attentions.
There have also been concerns about Facebook being given more leeway to distribute its users’ information to advertisers. One needs to look no further than ads in the margins of Facebook that often correlate with the user’s interests to see the reality of this issue. In June, Facebook allowed users to vote on different aspects of privacy through comments, but again, this was not as widely publicized as it should have been.
Facebook has stated that it strives for “greater transparency, accountability and responsiveness.” If this is really the case, Facebook needs to advertise its new features and their implications much more prevalently. If Facebook intends to continue changing its layout and privacy features so often, it has a responsibility to keep its users up to speed.

Where Should I Live? : On-Campus vs. Off Campus

By Kavita Singh
The monetary commitment to live on-campus can be daunting, even considering most financial aid packages. However, the troubles from living off-campus far outweigh that financial gain. Especially in the long-run, the isolation from a close-knit campus community may be too great of a sacrifice for that short-term financial gain.

According to the Southwestern Office of Residence Life, 83% of students (not just first-years) choose to live on-campus. This is overwhelmingly evidence that students have chosen to make a long-term investment to remain in the campus community.

Residence life plays a major role in the overall university experience, and everything from borrowing a calculator to having late-night philosophical discussions down the hall becomes a little more available when living close to your peers.

For students who haven’t lived away from home before, it also provides an opportunity to transition to adulthood, taking steps along the way to learn about laundry detergent, roommate relationships, and the life stories of others.

Academics have raved for decades about the cultural, historic, and economic implications of spatial proximity, and the college experience can be seen as a kind of miniature testing grounds to explore.

Resident Assistants on-campus facilitate this experience, reaching out by hosting events and offering guidance and support to residents. Obviously, how much a student takes advantage of the services offered is their own decision, but these amenities can’t be found outside the university. The residential experience and the services that come with it are a truly unique aspect of the college experience.

Living among your peers in a “virtual bubble” may seem like an unrealistic view of the world, but that space is an interesting place to view the world from and learn from. Building that community, especially at a university like Southwestern, requires just the right conditions to strike a balance between awkwardly close and forlornly distant. The residence life experience only enhances this benefit by helping those in-between times become moments for building great relationships with one another.

While relationships with peers can be built off-campus, doing so on-campus is considerably easier. Working on projects together, meeting up, cooking together, and generally hanging out are activities facilitated by common spaces on-campus.

On-campus housing offers a unique opportunity to become part of a campus community, something especially true of small liberal arts colleges that structure themselves around the residential life experience.

By Kylie Chesser

After their first two years, students have to make a decision that will affect their lives for some time: whether to live on-campus or off-campus. Options at the university include residence halls, fraternity house living, or various apartments. Off-campus, however, is literally a world of opportunity. Renting is clearly the way to go, considering the benefits of cheaper living, freedom to live how one wants, and gaining real-world experience.

According to the Student Life website, housing costs anywhere between McCombs Residential Center’s and Martin Ruter Hall’s $4,320 per year to the Lord Center’s $12,010 per year. This does not include the meal plan, which ranges from $2,040 to $5,834 annually. The cheapest meal plan, including only five meals, is further restricted to those who live in housing with a kitchen. Considering these costs, the cheapest option for any student to live and eat on-campus would be $4,514 per semester.

Renting, by comparison, has many more benefits for the same amount of money. For example, an average student pays approximately $400 monthly for a sizable two-bedroom apartment with a roommate and $100 monthly for groceries. This brings the price of living from August-December, a semester of school, to $2,500. That’s $2,000 saved by living off-campus. The costs of driving for a semester is about $500. Even counting in gas expense, a vast amount of money is still saved.

Besides maintaining a bigger wallet, living away from the school allows a student to live how he or she wishes. On-campus, pets aren’t allowed. Renting opens up possibilities for dogs, cats, snakes, etc.

Besides all of these benefits, the experience a student gets from renting their own home away from campus is priceless. Paying bills and keeping a home clean are responsibilities of the real world outside of school, and it’s important that students know what to expect and how to take care of themselves when they leave college.

For example, residence halls employ housekeepers to empty students’ trash cans and clean their bathrooms on a regular basis. This is a ridiculous luxury; one should be responsible for their own living space and get used to cleaning. Once a student graduates and has to find a place to live, there isn’t going to be a maid to pick up after their messes. If they expect their parents to do it for them, they didn’t learn much in school about maturity.

Renting is part of growing up and being on your own; it is part of life nowadays. Having to pay bills and keep a job to keep your home teaches financial responsibility and definitely teaches students how to prioritize.
Renting may seem like a scary prospect, but it’s a great way for students to build their credit as well. The experience will pay off after graduation, when they will be thrown into the world, and knowing how to navigate it can mean the difference between living with parents or thriving on their own. In light of all these things, it’s an obvious choice. It’s hard to imagine how living on-campus under the eyes of RA’s would ever be worth the higher costs.

Football Team Prepares for 2013 Season: Coaches Offer Opportunities for Growth, Leadership

The football team runs plays in preparation for next year, when the team will be playing its first season in over fifity years. Photo by Eleanor O'Neil

By Marin Bramblett

The fall semester of 2013 will see Southwestern’s newest football team in its first official season in over half a century.

This semester, the university welcomes players as they begin conditioning and practice. Although there are currently only 12 men practicing, Head Coach Joe Austin expresses confidence in their recruitment efforts.

“We are bringing in quality kids who are excited about Southwestern’s quality of education and are excited about a football team here,” Austin said.

It is quality over quantity right now with the team, as the coaches work with the players to build a culture and tradition for the new recruits they expect to be flowing in over the next two semesters.

“It’s difficult for them. There’s no one to show them the way and we don’t have much time,” Austin said.

Without a legacy and a tradition to guide the players, they are in a unique and difficult position that is only exacerbated by the rigorous academics of the university. Austin believes this will allow players to develop better time management and other leadership skills necessary for a solid team next fall.

“On Tuesday, October 9, we will be travelling to Ft. Hood to work with the Army. We will be participating in physical and mental challenges that develop leadership, problem solving skills, and team bonding. And it’s fun training,” Austin said.

For this training, Austin will be working with a Lt. Colonel that helped with Austin’s previous team at Hanover. Stationed now at Ft. Hood from Ft. Knox, Austin’s Army connection will be able to bring the team through Army training drills and help build team character.

“You don’t have role models, here. You are the role models. You will be the role models for the guys coming in,” said Tom Ross, associate head coach and defensive coordinator of the team.

Because of the unfamiliarity of this start-up situation, these men have a unique mindset. They have joined a new team where they will not get the opportunity to play competitively for a year. Austin believes all the men drawn to this team have the capacity to be good leaders.

“They can all learn to be leaders. It’s just a matter of who is ready now, and giving them the tools to be good leaders.”

With the addition of the new athletic teams, many campus community members expressed concern about maintaining the high academic standards of the university.

“Accountability is huge. Accountability to those who support football, to professors, to each other. They need to know the things they do affect others,” Austin said. “Have you noticed the signs coming into Georgetown? They now say ‘Home of Southwestern University’. That’s new. Even the community is excited about football.”

Austin hopes that the notoriety and visibility of the football program will improve and build a stronger sense of community in the university.

“We are going to change the whole feel of the weekends,” Austin said. “Tailgating will bring a lot of excitement. It will be a fun atmosphere.”

Football is also changing the school with new construction on the west side of campus. Currently, players workout in the weight room at odd hours to avoid crowding out other students. The new facilities will provide them with a space to work and will be more convenient for the rest of the health-conscious student body.

“Yeah, we’re pretty excited about the construction! It’s neat to see all the progress,” Austin said.
The football program recognizes this is a big change for the university. They have high hopes for next season and want to hit the ground running to make the school, the community, and themselves proud.

Pirates Prepare for Home Games: Men’s Soccer Maintains Winning Record

The men’s soccer team will face off with Centenary College on this Friday, and finish out the home weekend on Sunday against Austin College.
With the first half of conference play complete, the men stand with a record of 8-6. In the most recent game last Saturday the pirates lost to rival Trinity at home with a final score of 2-0.
Junior Goal Keeper Daniel Poole recorded seven saves in the 2-1 Concordia win earlier that week on Tuesday, including stopping a one-on-one shot at the end of the first half. Senior captain Evan Perkins came off the bench to score both of the Pirate’s points.
“The win gives the whole team confidence,” Senior Forest Baker said. “Our reserves played great off the bench, and everyone is feeling great.”
That confidence came in handy when facing school rival Trinity University, who were ranked number one in the country coming into the weekend. As a senior, Perkins reflected on his team’s history with Trinity.
“Trinity is huge,” Perkins said. “They look at us like a team that they can just come and beat up on, but we want to prove to them and our younger players that we shouldn’t be overlooked anymore.”
Perkins’ intensity is matched by his fellow captain, Baker.
“The Trinity game is always in the back of your head,” Baker said. “It’s a very emotional game. No matter the standings, no matter what, both of our teams step up.”
Keeping these emotions in check was important for both teams.
“We’re going to come out and try to land the first punch, and if we can’t then we have to respond well to theirs,” Perkins said. “We’re not going to back down.”
Despite the pressure of rivalry and conference competition, the team prepared for the match as if it were an ordinary game.
“If we play our game, and they play their game, and they beat us, then they are just a better team,” Baker said. “You have to make the other team adjust to you.”
Although the Pirates fell to the number one ranked team, the team was not discouraged by the loss.
“When you play these big games, there’s nothing to lose. Since we have nothing to lose, we come out with all our might,” Baker said.
The loss had a positive side, as many proud Pirates came out to support their men.
“We love it when everyone comes out to watch us. It’s why we play the game,” Perkins said.

Students Give ACL First-Timers Advice

By Elizabeth Stewart

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is just around the corner, with Jack White,
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers”, “The Black Keys”, and “Avicii” headlining with one hundred other
ACL 2012 is a huge musical experience, but with live music comes the challenge of navigating through massive crowds and spending an entire day without air conditioning. For any Austin City Limits newcomers, Southwestern veterans offer some advice and strategies for beating the heat and getting the most out of the ACL experience.
“Wear comfortable shoes or be prepared to take off your shoes,” senior Kate Steinbach said.
“I’ve seen lots of girls wear heels. I don’t understand that. Also, wear something that you’re cool with sitting on the ground in.” Along with proper attire, keeping hydrated will help to keep cool.
“Invest in sunscreen and a nalgene,” junior Jacob Brown said. “You’ll thank yourself
when you’re hot and thirsty.” A water bottle saves the ACL goer from paying for drinks, but all other food must be purchased inside Zilker Park.
“Bring food money,” junior Kyrie Cassin said. “You can’t bring snacks, because security will search your bag.” Multiple businesses will provide a variety of food options inside the festival.
“The Mighty Cone food trailer is really good,” Steinbach said. “There’s also a place that has really good green chili pork tacos. The food trailers are totally worth it.”
A smartphone app can help ACL attendees to navigate through the crowds and find their way around the multiple stages..
“Check out the official ACL app!,” junior Edward Yu said. “It has the schedule for all three days, as well as a map of Zilker park. It’s really useful.”
Even after locating the correct stage, students express concern about dealing with another potential difficulty: pushing through the crowd to the front.
“There’s definitely a strategy, elbows up, keep jumping, and don’t let people walk all
over you, because they will do that,” Cassin said.
Festival goers can choose to see a favorite band up close, or hang on the outskirts of
the crowd to take a break after hours of hiking from one stage to another.
“There’s nothing wrong with sitting at the back of an audience and just taking it all
in,” junior Nicole Ross said. “Sometimes that’s even more fun than struggling and pushing your way to the front to stand in a mass of sweaty, smelly, people you’ve never met.”

ACL offers a chance to see not only familiar artists, but also a whole host of new acts and performers.
“See bands you’ve never seen before,” Brown said. “I saw Rosehill Drive in
2008 and they were amazing, they were right up my alley, and that’s a band that I never
would have experienced had I not just gone off the schedule and explored a little bit.”

Georgetown Offers Hidden Treasures

By Lizzie Stewart
Small though it may be, Georgetown is full of hidden treasures for the first-year pirate willing to explore. A short walk down to the town square provides the perfect break after hours of studying, and shopping is not required to have a good time. Various thrift stores and business on the square present students with an opportunity to experience the small town vibe.

“Just exploring all the different little shops on the square is always an adventure,” junior Edward Yu said.

Aspiring writers and poets are guaranteed an audience on Fiction Fridays at Cianfrani’s, held every second and fourth Friday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For those who crave a musical outlet, the open mic night at Ken’s Guitars welcomes all and is held the last Friday of every month at 7 pm.

For those with a penchant for the historic, a walk through the Williamson Museum or a visit to the Shotgun House Museum familiarizes visitors with Georgetown’s past.

“The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial association maintains an African American Cemetery along with the Shotgun House Museum, and it’s all free!” junior transfer David Boutte said.

While the summer heat lasts, Blue Hole, a natural swimming hole, supplies students with a place to jump in, cool down and relax. Georgetown Lake offers an alternative swimming locale, as well as free camping options for those who enjoy hiking and the outdoors. For a nature experience a little closer to campus, San Gabriel Park comes equipped with a running trail, playgrounds and local wildlife.

“Watch out for the goose! Trust me, he will chase you,” junior Devin Corbitt said.
For the SU student who wants to save money or does not have a car, there is no need to feel stranded on campus when a whole host of free activities are just a walk away.

“You have to poke your head around Georgetown and explore for yourself,” junior Jacob Brown said. “It may sound daunting, but we’re liberal arts students, and if you can just apply that curiosity to the way you look at Georgetown, you may be delighted and surprised by what you find.”