Author Archives: Daniel Staub

Mountain Laurels Launching February Contest

Mountain Laurels Launching February Contest

Mountain Laurels, North Georgia’s art and literature magazine, is asking for prose, poetry or visual arts submissions for their February contest. The magazine hosts a theme contest each month. This month, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the theme is “Love and Friendship.” The guidelines for submissions are: Prose: 2,500 words sent in .doc/.docx Poetry: 30 lines or less sent …

Sounds from the Steeple: Mumford and Sons

Sounds from the Steeple: Mumford and Sons

When Mumford and Sons exploded onto the American music scene in 2009, they brought with them the unique ability to write contemporary hits with traditional instruments and harmonies. The raw emotion of the Avett Brothers met the singability of The Killers and the weary world rejoiced. Sigh No More went platinum twice in the U.S. It had four massively successful radio …

The Impact of the Consolidation on Graduate Students

The Impact of the Consolidation on Graduate Students

Editor’s note:  This is the third in a series of stories exploring the impact of the impending consolidation on various parts of the student body. Last week we looked at the impact of consolidation on the Student Government Associations (SGA) of the North Georgia, Gainesvill, and Oconee campuses with SGA President, Patrick Pickens. This week, Anita Roush, the Program Coordinator …

A Look at the Impact of Consolidation on Student Government

A Look at the Impact of Consolidation on Student Government

Editor’s note:  This is the second column in a series that will explore the impact of the impending consolidation on various parts of the student body. Last week we explored the impact of the upcoming consolidation with Gainesville State College on Greek Life with Jen Cohen, Coordinator of Greek Life at North Georgia. This week, Patrick Pickens, president of North …

A Look at the Impact of Consolidation on Greek Life

A Look at the Impact of Consolidation on Greek Life

Editor’s note:  This is the first in a series that will explore the impact of the impeding consolidation on various parts of the student body. Change is coming. Whether we like it or not, whether it makes sense or not, whether the financial and cultural implications were properly researched or not, North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State …

Saint Sounds:  The Civil Wars

Saint Sounds: The Civil Wars

In a musical world awash with sugary, over-produced pop ballads (Call Me Maybe), America is starved for something real. Rarely can an artist be musically integrous and successful at the same time, and nowhere is this harsh reality more apparent than in the pop/country genres, where simpler acts such as Alan Jackson and George Strait have been replaced with by …

‘Ask an Atheist’ Tables Get People Talking

Over the last six weeks, the North Georgia Skeptics Society has set up an “Ask an Atheist” table in various buildings around campus. For a couple of hours each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday devoted “Skeptics” sit behind a table and engage in conversations with passing students about religion, philosophy and science. Alex Miller, a junior majoring in history, and Corey …

A Storm Named Sandy

A Storm Named Sandy

They sit, cross-legged, on the hardwood floor, while the storm beats their house into submission, rounding off the corners and smoothing the whole. “If we just had power,” she says, half-heartedly banging the back of her head into the chair she leans against, “It wasn’t so boring before the power went out.” The man, fair-haired, and slim, idly runs his …

Who Are We? North Georgia’s Architectural Schizophrenia

Who Are We? North Georgia’s Architectural Schizophrenia

I remember as a child coming home from a hot football practice and pouring a cup of cool Georgia well-water from a blue pitcher in the kitchen. But as soon as the liquid hit my mouth I spit it out and began violently coughing. I’d accidentally drunk a cup of Mom’s lemonade. There was nothing wrong with the lemonade. It …

North Georgia Professor Embarks on 1,500 Mile Canoe Trip

North Georgia Professor Embarks on 1,500 Mile Canoe Trip

North Georgia Professor Dr. Robert Fuller is paddling a canoe on the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola rivers from Helen to the Gulf of Mexico. He will then paddle along the Alabama coastline to Mobile and follow the Mobile, Alabama, Coosa, and Etowah Rivers back to Dahlonega. Fuller, a professor of geosciences and the Environmental Leadership Center Director at NGCSU, is testing …