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

On-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.

Off-Campus
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
artists.
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.”

SU Hosts Art Conference

By Rebecca Wilson

Earlier this week, the American Society for Shufa Calligraphy Education hosted their annual conference here at Southwestern. Students, artists, and master calligraphers from around the world attended the event, and was the society’s eighth conference. Professor Carl Robertson, an associate professor of Chinese, organized the conference with the help of students from his First Year Seminar “Body and Brush: Writing Chinese Glyphs” as well as students from his Chinese independent study class.

This year’s conference focused on the transformation of Shufa, East Asian calligraphy, as it has been incorporated within different cultures. The main feature of the conference was the “Crisscross 24” exhibit, which was put together by students with the help of exhibition coordinator Kristen Van Patten.

The exhibit was on display for 24 hours, October 9th to 10th, and displayed a collection of work produced by the calligraphy masters who attended the conference.
On October 9, these masters gave students a demonstration of Shufa calligraphy at a reception in the Fine Arts Building gallery, assisted by Professor Robertson’s students. These demonstrations were designed to give attendees a greater sense of what writing Shufa entails.

“We got to teach other students how to write in calligraphy in close proximity of the calligraphy masters nearby,” first year and a member of Robertson’s FYS Taylor Hutchison said. “It’s kind of unnerving, because they’re the masters, and I’m sure we were teaching them wrong.”

The conference was designed to give students an opportunity to connect with the masters and learn about calligraphy and Chinese culture through experience. In addition to hosting workshops and the Crisscross 24 reception, the masters took a tour around the campus, and learned about the university.

Throughout the year professional calligraphers will continue to visit Southwestern to speak to students and teach workshops as a follow up to the conference and calligraphy exhibits.

Pirate Treasures Revealed on Campus: Community Veterans Unveil Mysteries Around the University

The Mood-Bridwell print lab offers and alternative to the library print lab. Photo by Kerry Quinn

By Nikko Gianno

Print Labs

Every so often, the machines in the library print lab glitch and decide to make it rain paper on students trying to print assignments before class. Most run into the library to print through the circulation desk. However, another print lab does exist on campus.

The Mood-Bridwell print lab shares a hallway with the Environmental Lab. Located on the first floor on west side of the building, it can be entered through a stairwell behind the building or through a door connecting to the Mood-Bridwell atrium. The lab consists of two alcoves filled with brand new Dell computers branching off of a hallway in which the printers are housed.

“I’ve never had problems with the printers [in Mood-Bridwell],” sophomore Keegan Andersen said.

The Mood lab is smaller than the library’s print lab, but offers benefits the more well-known destination does not.

The Telescopes

Although everyone looks up at the same set of stars, the astronomers at the Fountainwood observatory see them in a way no one else can. Located in the northeast corner of campus between the soccer fields and the physical plant, the observatory started off as one telescope donated by alumnus with a habit of gazing into the Georgetown night sky. It has since expanded to several stations where students can use smaller mounted smaller telescopes. It also features a new research telescope that students and volunteers like Jon Upton use to study the night sky.

“This telescope can see things a billion light years away, and right now professors are studying a group of quasars, galaxies with large black holes in the middle, in conjunction with six other universities” Upton said.

The observatory is used for more than just research, though. Upton, along with professors from the Physics Department, host a public star-gazing night one Friday a month. Students and members of the Georgetown community are invited to use the telescopes to see objects in space.

“I think the observation nights are a great way to teach the community and let everyone know what an amazing piece of technology is here at Southwestern,” Upton said.

Bird Calls

Before the installation of birdcall machines around Southwestern’s campus, Randy Damron’s job had a bit more of what he called “excitement” in it. Instead of depending on the automated machines to scare flocks of pigeons, grackles, and now doves away, Damron, Assistant Head of Grounds Keeping and Pest Control, and his crew would use firecrackers and starter guns to disperse the pesky birds.

“The bird droppings were so bad that you couldn’t walk across the mall because of the smell,” Damron said. “The university was also concerned about the risk to students’ health.”

The Physical Plant has been avoiding the use of explosives in its bird control tactics for four years now. “It was fun, but it just didn’t work,” Damron said. “They would either come back or move to a different spot around campus.”

So far, the five anti-squawk boxes have forced the flocks to forests off campus. There are boxes at the library, the boiler plant, and the McCombs, Olin, and Fondren-Jones buildings.

“They’ve been working really well, although I need to make a few adjustments, and we’re looking to get a few more installed,” Damron said.

S.U. Pirate

The way students at Southwestern connected with the World Wide Web changed October 1st: the Wi-Fi network for visitors to campus changed from SU Guest to SU Visitor. Unlike SU Guest, SU Visitor does not allow access to the My Southwestern portal.

“I was in the cove connected to S.U. guest (now S.U. visitor) and couldn’t access my email, so I clicked on SU Pirate and entered my email username and password, and it worked,” sophomore Melina Cantu said.

S.U. Pirate is available in the Cove, McCombs and Prothro centers, and most of the academic buildings on campus. No changes have been made to the Apogee Wi-Fi system in the residential communities on campus.

Campus Organizations Support Charities

Kappa Sigma brothers promote their philanthropy fundraiser "Bieber Fever." They plan to continue palying Justin Bieber songs until they collect enough money to meet their goal. Proceeds of the event will benefit The Caring Place.

By Kylie Chesser

Efforts of various campus organizations throughout the past few weeks have raised money for organizations like Austin Bat Cave (ABC), The Caring Place, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.

The Office of Civic Engagement is currently recruiting volunteers for Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit that offers free writing programs to kids, for their Carnival Madness event on Nov. 10.

“Austin Bat Cave is vital to our community’s well being,” Alyson Banda, Coordinator of Civic Engagement, said. “They offer creative writing workshops and after-school tutoring for students who need supplemental support. By supporting the work of teachers, Austin Bat Cave is strengthening the education system at the ground level.”

The Kappa Sigma fraternity did their part on Wednesday by raising money for The Caring Place with an event called ‘Bieber Fever.’

“We played Justin Bieber music on the mall until our donation jar was full,” sophomore Logan Raye said. “It was a fantastic idea, annoying people until the money was raised. We didn’t have decorations or anything, but the event was really fun and fit the fraternity well.”

Alpha Delta Pi also hosted their third annual ‘Mocktails’ non-alcoholic drink making competition, with an All-American theme, in the Bishops Lounge on Wednesday. Teams paid $20 each to compete, and attendees paid $3 per ticket to try the drinks. The money raised went to the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which serves families with critically ill or injured children.

“With the Olympic victories and the presidential election this year, we know you’re just bursting at the seams with pride for the good ole U.S.A,” sophomore Morgan Drake said. “Because we want to support RMH in every way possible, we also [accepted] donations of the non-perishable items on the RMH Wishlist.”

Earlier in the week, Phi Delta Theta held their own charity event: a car wash in their house parking lot on Oct. 5, with $5 as the minimum fee. Proceeds from the event benefited the ALS Association to fund their research to cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The ladies of the Delta Delta Delta sorority recently hosted their annual Kickin’ It For the Kids. The event included a kickball tournament, water balloons, and other activities. Proceeds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Chandler Lentz bowls in the Zata Tau Alpha's Strikhe-A-Thon , which raised funds for the fight against breast cancer . The event included bowling, late night breakfast and karaoke. Photo by Kerry Quinn

The SU chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sponsored a Strike-A-Thon last week, where students were invited to enter a bowling team and help fight breast cancer. The sisters offered prizes, karaoke, and a late night breakfast in addition to a night of bowling.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of campus organizations, the philanthropic events have been a success and will continue to be in the future.

Career Services Educates Students in Etiquette

Career Services will host its annual etiquette dinner on Oct.18. This tradition provides students the opportunity to learn more about proper business dining protocol.

By Brooke Chatterton
“The etiquette dinner is a free four-course meal we offer annually to bring to campus a really dynamic and entertaining speaker who talks about business dining and networking etiquette,” Alexandra Anderson, Associate Director of Career Services, said.

Career Services has partnered with etiquette expert Diane Gottsman for over ten years now to put on the dinner. Gottsman founded and now runs the Protocol School in San Antonio, and also travels, speaking to the media to share her advice.

“Most people will be evaluated over the course of their life many times while eating, and the presentation gives you a lot of tips for how to do so in the most professional manner,” Anderson said. “[This way] you can concentrate on what you have to say, and not on how you are trying to eat, or where to put your purse or your napkin, or whether you should button your jacket or what you should do if you take a bite into something you do not want to swallow.”

Students learn the dining basics as well as the intricacies of how to act. Students are also allotted time to ask any questions they have to Gottsman.

“I think a lot of the stuff you learn is unexpected,” Anderson said. “One year we talked about hugging–how to hug professionally. It was a question students had: ‘We know about handshakes in a professional context, but you know what happens when you kind of know this person and you maybe know them socially as well, what do you do? Is hugging ok? If so, how?’ And that was pretty unexpected and interesting.”

Career Services is also offering a multitude of other programs this semester. On Oct.10, Career Services hosted the Careers in Nonprofit Panel, with alumni and other professionals working in different roles in nonprofit. Following the etiquette dinner, Career Services will have more speakers on the topic of Careers in Art.

“We have a landscape architect coming up on Oct. 19, the Friday just following the etiquette dinner,” Anderson said.

On Oct. 23 Career Services will also host a professional potter and alumnus Brian Burkhardt who owns Hill Country Pottery, LLC, in Comfort, TX . Other speakers will be featured later in November.

“We will have a few more graduate and professional school events as the semester winds down, including an in-depth presentation on the medical school application process on Nov. 5, a Monday,” Anderson said. “An alumnus who works at the health science center in San Antonio will present with her colleague.”

Students may also seek advice from Career Services on a variety of different career development, internship, and academic advising topics.

“In addition to exposing students to lots of different careers by bringing in speakers at our Careers in Nonprofit Panel, for example, we teach a lot of the nuts-and-bolts skills such as business dining etiquette, resume writing, etc., that we work with students on all the time,” Anderson said.

Sophomore Joana Moreno, has worked with Career Services on such things.

“If it hadn’t been for the great advice and guidance at Career Services, I wouldn’t have such a great internship and awesome looking resume,” Moreno said.

Their staff of four includes: Director Roger Young, Internship Coordinator Maria Kruger, Associate Director Alexandra Anderson, and Office Coordinator Dana Luna.

“Our big message every time we have the opportunity to work with students is that we just want to help you come up with a plan for what you are going to do next,” Anderson said. “Not necessarily answer the forever question–that is a big one to try to tackle while you are in college-but to help you be confident and successful in that transition back out of Southwestern. We think the way to do that is to work with us a little bit of time each semester along the way so that it’s not this big overwhelming task at the end.”

Chant Contest to Promote Spirit: Student Foundation Sponsors Ongoing Competition


Submissions are ongoing for the SU Spirit Chant Contest sponsored by Student Foundation. As part of the “BeSouthwestern” campaign, students are encouraged to prepare a 30 – 60 second video showcasing their proposal for a new Spirit Chant.

“This is a way for students to express what it means to be a student at Southwestern and explore what school spirit is and what that means to them,” senior Kadidiatou Magassa said. “The pirate bikes, the story tree, and other things unique to our school can tie us together. We need someone to create a unified chant to sing at football games, something that defines and represents us as pirates, no matter where we are.”

Magassa chairs the BeSouthwestern committee that began last year to encourage alumni, community members and current students to be “Southwestern” wherever they go and promote the school throughout their lives.

“A lot of our pride here lies in our academics,” Magassa said. “Our faculty does a wonderful job and our peers challenge us, but we lack the creative spirit that gets students excited to go to games. That’s why we need a chant.”

Magassa met with Grace Pyka, Associate Director for University Relations, to brainstorm for the BeSouthwestern campaign.

“We came up with this idea for a Spirit Chant Contest as a way to get in spirit and express what it means to be an SU pirate,” Magassa said.

All entries must be original and appropriate, but any student, staff, alumni, or faculty member may submit a chant.

“You don’t have to be in an organization or anything,” Magassa said. “It can be any individual that wants to write a chant. Anyone who wants to submit should make a video, upload it to a personal youtube account, and send the video link and finished script to me [magassak@southwestern.edu].”

A panel of students, faculty, staff, and alumni will select the top three chants based on their content, creativity, and relevance to the purpose of a Spirit Chant. The SU community through online voting will select the final winning chant.

“The chant’s purpose is to exhibit school pride and serve as a backdrop for athletic events,” Magassa said. “Lyrics should be enthusiastic, catchy (easy to learn and remember) and have an emphasis on crowd involvement. For the winners, there is a surprise, but certainly everyone will get to hear it. Alumni and faculty members will have a chance to learn the chant, and the student body will have a chance to practice it.”

Table Helps Students Register to Vote

By Kelsey Baker
From Oct.1-9, the Office of Student Activities ran a concourse table dedicated to informing Southwestern students about voter registration and upcoming elections. Students were also given the opportunity to register to vote or provided with absentee ballots to vote in their home county.

“The purpose for the table itself is twofold,” Jason Chapman, Assistant Director of Student Activities, said. “We want to get people registered to vote and also educate them, not only about what’s on the ballot, but how they do things they might have to do in the future that they can be made aware of now.”

With help from the Young Democrats, the College Republicans, SEAK, APO and the Student Peace Alliance, they were able to register over 55 voters and hand out over 40 absentee ballots in the first four days alone.

“We kind of take for granted that we live in a democratic society where we get to choose the people who represent us and the people who serve in our county,” Chapman said.

Throughout the remainder of the semester, the Office of Student Activities will be sponsoring tables with information about other elections going on in the area.

“There are a lot of really close and interesting battles within the county that I think are going to really impact what happens in Georgetown in the next couple of years,” Chapman said.

The purpose of this information is to get students involved in the community in which they live. By providing information to students, Chapman encourages them to take a more active role in participating in events that will affect them specifically.
“I encourage people to vote in Williamson County,” Chapman said. “If you think about it, you spend eight months out of the year in this county, and some of the decisions that are going to be made will affect people here more than they will at home.”