Monthly Archives: January 2018

Grammar Error

I understand why the argument could be made in favor of the apostrophe (“pro” is the shortened version of “professional”), but it looks awful. What really matters is that the Oxford English Dictionary says that it’s wrong.

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About Me: Evan Easton

My name is Evan Easton.  I am a sophomore Sports Communications major at Piedmont College.  I am from Hall County, Georgia but was born in Gulfport, Mississippi.  I play basketball at Piedmont and have been playing basketball since i was four.  I also played baseball and football until middle school.  I have always had a love for sports and enjoyed watching and playing them.  My dad played football at Ole Miss and my brother played football at Liberty University so sports have always been integrated in my life.  I have always enjoyed going to Braves and Hawks games and attended several Atlanta United games in their first two seasons. I have always loved sports and they have always been a major part of my life.

An Introduction to a Nerd from Gainesville

My story begins in the small town of Gainesville, GA in 1997. I was raised in a good southern Christian home, with one brother, a dog, and a cat. My upbringing has led me to a love and appreciation of my family, my friends, and my abilities.

 

LogoIt’s hard to nail down just what defines what made me who I am today. My tastes and interests have often changed over the years, but a pursuit of improvement has always been at the front of my mind. This has led me to many achievements, which took many years to obtain.

One of which is my rank of Eagle Scout, which I had worked to earn for 12 years over my school career. This pursuit to be better also led me to graduate from Chestatee High School in the top 20 of my class. However, I didn’t just partake in mental and morale activities, but physical as well. At the same time as all of these things, I also trained for seven long years to earn my black belt just a year before my Eagle. All this without even mentioning my art as a hobby that I have improved over years of practice.

As you can see, I am a man of many talents. However, I hope to add journalism to my list of talents this upcoming semester. With the help of Dr. Joe Dennis of Piedmont College, I’m sure that this next stage of my life is going to be a great one!

Davis Barlow – About Me

Hugh might be the name that appears on the class roster, but it’s not the name I choose to go by. Hugh just doesn’t fit me, if I’m being honest, and I would hate for people to feel that I misrepresent myself to them. Davis Pitching

Okay, hold up, we need to rewind a bit with this whole name thing. July 8th, 1999, I was born Santiago Leon Benavides in the capital city of Colombia, Bogota. As a young infant, being only two and a half months old, I was adopted out of Colombia by the only two Americans that were in the country. By a miracle from God, those two Americans took a leap of faith and journeyed to the most dangerous country in the world in hopes of giving a child a chance at a better life. After being adopted, my legal name was changed to Hugh Davis Santiago Barlow. Now, 19 years later, the yellow, red, and blue wristband that I wear on my right wrist every second of every day, represents my acknowledgment of my former life and where I would be if I wasn’t blessed enough to be adopted.

Since the beginning of my childhood, I have lived and breathed sports, it’s just how I was raised. When I began my first sport, baseball, at the age of 2, I never knew that it would grow to be more than just a game in my life. Sure I tried other sports, but they just weren’t for me. As you can tell by the picture above, baseball was where my heart was – and still is. The game continued to be a factor in my life, teaching me life lessons that I never though a simple game with a ball and a glove could teach me. The course of my life would ultimately be altered by baseball and quietly led me to choose Piedmont College as my place to further my education as well as continue my career.

Now, baseball takes up the majority of my life, but contrary to popular belief, I do have a life outside of the game. Hiking and adventuring are two areas I devote large amounts of my “free time” towards. There’s just something about the top of a mountain, with a good view at Golden Hour (Golden Hour is considered to be the best time to take pictures) that I really enjoy. Journeying across the southeastern United States has provided a beautiful insight into just how wondrous adventuring can be.

The one other thing that I really enjoy doing comes from the way I’m built. I’m not talking about physical size, cause let’s be honest – I’m 5 feet 10 inches and about 160 pounds soaking wet, I’m not a big guy. However, Mark Twain said it best, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of fight in the dog.” Extreme sports such as American Ninja Warrior and Spartan Races have been some of the greatest equalizers I have found in my life. Suddenly, the ripped and built guy from the local gym, who is bench pressing 400 plus pounds, is helpless as he attempts to pull himself up the 40 foot cargo net. And, to add to his frustration, I am able to scamper up the net at nearly half the time it takes him make it half way up. This event taught me a valuable life lesson. Even though the man from the gym was definitely bigger, stronger, and taller than me, he simply wasn’t built for the task at hand. However, most people watching us climb, picked him to be the first up the net. To me, Admiral William H. McRaven, the Head of the Navy Seals, said it best in his graduation speech at the University of Texas in 2014, “If you want to change the world, measure someone by the size of their heart.”

 

Call me by my middle name

Since the first day of kindergarten, I can remember the teachers going through the attendance and calling out “Emma.” Quite, shy little me did not correct the teacher when she said it. Instead, I went to her desk after class days later, to tell her I webest aunt evernt by Jade. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I dreaded correcting the teacher with my name. Luckily, my last name starts with a V so my name was lower on the attendance roll and I had some time to prepare how I was going to say “I go by Jade.”

I have always been the extremely shy, quite and reserved person in a group of people that I did not know; that’s why it was so hard for me tell a teacher my name because I would have to say it in front of all my classmates. Scary, right? In school, I never really found anything that I really enjoyed or fit into. I was never into sports or anything like that. One thing that I did enjoy was technology. i knew that for sure.

In high school, I was placed in my first video production class (by accident) and by the end of the semester, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Filming and creating videos was my passion and still is. I found my self constantly talking about my film projects to anyone who would listen, usually my mom. I had a hard time convicting my mom that this was a good career for me until she learned that video production was Georgia’s leading industry. She stop complaining then and actually listened to me talking about my film projects. In ninth and tenth grade, I filmed some dance recitals and meetings that my Coach asked me too along with all the class projects. In eleventh grade, most of his film crew graduated so it was time to hire a new crew. That’s when he asked me if I would like to film some football games. Of course I couldn’t deny the offer. So during football season, I filmed all the games with the rest of the crew and I was even more certain this was exactly what I wanted to do. My senior year was my time to shine. I filmed everything I could get my hands on between filming football, being a head producer for soccer games, and live streaming baseball games, to live streaming students on collage signing days, to news shows, and highlight videos. I feel like I just feel like I did it all and I’m proud of myself for that. I worked many late nights filming games and when I wasn’t filming I was a part time waitress at Pizza Hut.

My film coach became one of my best friends throughout my high school years and he also pushed my past my limits to ensure that I was doing the best I could. He gave many opportunities to go tour news stations, film competitions, he took me and 13 other film students for STN (Student Television Network) in California! He is also one of the main reasons I am here a Piedmont. He told me just to apply and see where that lead me. I actually got the call saying I had been accepted while I was in California. I couldn’t stop thanking him and on graduation night a few tears where shed as I said goodbye to someone who had such a big impact on my life.

That’s has been my journey so far and I can not wait to see where Piedmont takes me.

“Its Jade!”

About me

My name is Justin Alexander I’m currently sophomore at Piedmont College where I major in sports communication I am 18 years of age and I was born on October 29,1999 I’m from Sparta Georgia where I attended EBLA Academy since middle school. I enjoy outdoors and spending time with family and friends. 

My favorite sport growing up was football and even though I’ve lived in Georgia all my life the Ohio State Buckeyes are my favorite team. Since I was 6 years I had a strong passion for  football. Once I was in the third grade I played football for the first time. I was second string running back and sometimes played as a slot receiver. I stop playing football in the 6th grade because I transferred to an all academic school. I decided since I couldn’t play football anymore I still wanted to be involved in the sport world somehow. So, my senior year of high school I decided to further pursue that dream and come to Piedmont to major in sport communication, so I could still be a part of a sport that I am very passionate about and continue to pursue my dream.  IMG9511821

A Traveler’s Take on Returning to Piedmont

I was born in August on Friday the 13th, 1999 in Dacula, GA. Since then, my life has been pretty weird. I’ve played almost every sport, played piano for seven years, and have fallen in love with writing for much longer. I started honing my skills by joining my high school yearbook staff and being co-lead writer and design editor for three years.

Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy and fell absolutely in love with it. The people, the food: everything about it was pure heaven. I took a Maymester trip to France and even though it poured for most of the trip, it was still an amazing experience.

As a returning Piedmont lion, I’ve noticed that this year seems much less intimidating than last. Maybe it’s because I’m not a freshman anymore (I’m one credit hour short of being a junior), maybe it’s because I’ve made friends that I know I can rely on, or maybe it’s because I’ve found a home in the Mass Comm department.

I’m usually pretty shy unless someone else initiates the conversation. It’s something that I’m working on. But I like to challenge and push myself to try new things and be better.

I’m currently a Mass Comm major with an Art minor planning to pursue a Master’s in journalism after I leave Piedmont (fingers crossed). I’m a section editor for the yearbook staff and have a part-time job as a graphic design assistant on campus.

I’m sure Joe’s class won’t all be sunshine and Ke$ha, but it’s nice to  see so many familiar faces and I’m excited to greet the new ones.IMG_3497