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Injustice Vs. the U.S.

Ask anyone and they can confirm, 2020 has been one crazy year, but even though the year is over, will the madness carryover?

TMZ is a tabloid journalism platform that publicizes the most up to do new stories from sports and celebrities to politics and news. Often times, stories put out by the tabloids beat mainstream media to the public. One particular area TMZ has covered is the heat regarding the black community. TMZ’s content reports truth when creating content for their viewers. However, TMZ has been known to cause some controversy when it comes to “facts” especially relating to celebrities making it non trustworthy for some viewers. Identification is the process people assume the identity, roles, and perspective of an individual. Audience are often able to connect more with celebrities who share the same views creating a sense of connection and unison. The more famous a celebrity, the more influence they hold. Identification is expressed in audiences through the mainstream media stars representation similar to a mascot. For example, MLK, Malcom X, Colin Kapernick, and Jesse Williams act as famous representation for the black community.

Specifically speaking, the black community has faced the most difficult of times in terms of race than any other ethnicity this past year. Each post displays a difficulty the black community has faced. Breonna Taylor’s death in March of 2020 due to the hands of the Louisville police constructed an uproar of injustice in the black community. Not long after, the death of George Floyd in May of 2020 generated the memorable “I can’t breathe” quote Floyd pleaded as officer Derek Cauvin knelt on his neck for 9 minutes leading to Floyd’s death. Although it is not the first of killing of a black person by police, the incident of George Floyd provoked an outcry of protestors in the support of the black community.

The posts analyzed collectively focus on the injustices placed on the black community but strive for all viewers to access the differences. In an interview with Lil Yatchy (famous hip hop artist) he is asked “What do you think is the impact of MLB, Hollywood productions, and other big business pulling out of Georgia in protest of laws making it difficult for people of color to vote?” Often times it is more influential to take advice from someone who is in the same group as you, faces the same circumstances, and hold a position of power. This post was more laid back and catered to a younger generation. Jordan Blake (an unarmed black victim shot by police) expresses his gratitude for the verdict on Derek Cauvin even calling it “the first big step in changing the world” providing hope for the black community. Jordan Blake’s clip is specifically picked out because he himself is a victim of police injustice. The title “Lets get the rest of them” supports the overall message of the post, a step in the right direction. Not only was there a clip of Jordan Blake’s reaction to the verdict, but verdict itself and the clip of evidence from his own incident was displayed warning viewers in bright colors of the “shocking” and “brutal” graphics shown”. The attack on the capital is another issue not directly spotlighted on the black community, but raises eyebrows when compared to protests in support of BLM. When asked Lebron James (professional NBA player) says “If those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would have been the outcome? And, I think we all know.” Below the clips is a screenshot of James’ instagram post in a shirt saying “DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW?” referring to the injustices the black community still faces.

Global Hand Washing Day

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Sept. 4, 2020

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PR Contact Name: Jaela Dodson

Phone number: 478-919-1422

Email: jdodson0430@lions.piedmont.edu

For more information on Handwashing:

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

Clean Hands for All

Piedmont Professor Dr. Julia Schmitz enlightens students on effective handwashing

Demorest, Georgia, Sept. 4, 2020 — Piedmont College will be participating in Global Handwashing day on Oct. 15, helping to spread awareness for the best, and most effective way to fight germs and save lives.

“When you’re washing your hands with soap, the bacteria tends to stick to the grease and oils on your hands. The soap acts as a mediator,” said Dr. Julia Schmitz, biology professor at Piedmont College.

When debating whether to use hand sanitizer or soap, Dr. Schmitz said the chemical properties in both products produce effective results, but handwashing is clearly better. Hand Sanitizer contains alcohol and kills bacteria but, leaves a slight number of bacteria remaining on your hands.

Hand soap acts as a mediator between the oils on your hands and water. Rinsing hand soap allows for the bacteria to also rinse off your hands, unlike how hand sanitizer leaves the oils on your hands. Washing and rinsing with soap and water allows for bacteria to flow off of your hands for effective clean and sanitary finish. 

“We can’t tolerate as hot of the water we need to really effectively kill the germs,” said Schmitz. “But handwashing does remove more of the germs.”

Hot water is the better temperature to use when handwashing. Dr. Schmitz advises to use a temperature as hot as tolerable over cold water. Everyone should wash their hands constantly and thoroughly, but especially before, between and after cooking, when caring for someone who is sick, elderly or adolescent, and when handling garbage or pets. 

Global Handwashing Day is dedicated to increasing awareness and importance of handwashing with soap as an effective way to prevent disease. Piedmont College will be participating in the event by holding a handwashing exercise in the Commons, as well as hosting a TikTok video competition for students.

To spread awareness for effective handwashing, order free handwashing posters to enlighten others on the importance of fighting off germs by washing your hands. For more information on handwashing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html .

National handwashing day is dedicated to increasing awareness and importance of handwashing with soap as an effective way to prevent disease.

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All about Jae

The beginning of my life started out in Warner Robins, GA, a small military town in middle Georgia. I’m the youngest and only girl of three older brothers. When I was 4 years old I moved to North Carolina where I spent the next 13 years of my life. Life in North Carolina was great but I still felt like I was missing something. My greatest most fond memories come from North Carolina. From 6 years old until now basketball and fitness has always been something I loved. Sports has truly made me who I am today: active, competitive, confident, versatile, etc. Although North Carolina was where I resided, went to school, and had friends, Georgia however, was always my true home. I spent numerous weekends and summers in Warner Robins so it was initially, my other home. I loved Georgia so much, I repeatedly told my parents I wanted to go to College in Georgia and live in Georgia for the rest of my life, which brings me where I am today. When I was a junior in high school, my second semester I transferred to a high school in Georgia. It definitely was not the best, but I made the best of it. In such a short time of living in Georgia, I decided what I wanted to major in, what school I wanted to attend, and all of my future goals. Living and going to college in Georgia has placed me in the best possible position for myself. I’ve accomplished so much towards my future since I’ve been here and I could not be more proud of myself. It’s funny to believe a location could change your whole mindset and outlook on life. Being in Georgia and at Piedmont has been the greatest transition I’ve gone through and I can’t wait to see what else the future holds!

Symposium Story: Website Design

COVID-19 forces Piemont Symposium students online but, with a good website, this is no problem. 

Piedmont College Technical and Design Theatre Arts double major Taylor Pope designs an extraordinary website exploiting her work and talent. 

“Building my own website has benefited me in that I got to use it as my professional portfolio”

Graduating in May, Pope has been searching and preparing for the job force after college. “I gave the link to my website to companies I interviewed with at the Southeastern Theatre Conference,” she said. 

Taylor Pope presented her session, “Professional website design: How it works” at the 2020 virtual Piedmont Symposium. During her presentation, Pope explained how she constructed her own website highlighting her experience in technical and design theatre over the past four years. Pope started the website after enrolling in Bill Gabelhausen’s audition techniques class. The curriculum includes preparing for professional work including, mock auditions, mock interviews, and website design. 

Each project Pope has been in is displayed on her website with details. For example, Pope showcases her work from a number of Piedmont productions.

“If you click on one it then takes you to the page that is for that show and shows you pictures and the work I did for that show.”

Although Pope’s website is built and ready for employers to navigate, there’s still more work to be done. The project took Pope an entire semester to complete and will continually need minimal work. As each project or job Pope embarks on, she must continue to update her website. “My website does not require much management. I really only need to update it as I add on more experience.” 

Pope wishes to continue in the Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre field after graduation. Having an easily accessible website has already helped Pope in the job force. Not only was making the website an assignment for the class but also gave Pope the chance to look back at all her work and accomplishments.

“I was very proud of Taylor’s website. She worked very hard and it showed.” A fellow classmate of Taylor said. 

Passion towards change

Kristi Koshuta, from Wisconsin looks past being so far away from home due to her love of education and students making it the core of her passion. 

“I love the size of Piedmont and being able to get to know so many students on campus.” 

Koshuta feels as though the students at Piedmont are part of her family. “I LOVE the students and the people that I work with and their passion for helping students succeed,” she said. 

Koshuta says she has always loved teaching and could not see herself doing anything else. Teaching math for 15 years at the high school level and eight years at the college level, Koshuta has always been involved in education. Director of student transition and success, Instructor of math and SAIL program coordinator at Piedmont College  Koshuta runs tutoring facilities and athlete student success at Lane Hall. Students are able to schedule tutoring appointments from a selection of subjects. Tutors are students Koshuta herself employs herself who have obtained an A average in that subject. 

Koshuta also founded the SAIL program that helps upcoming first-year college students connect, build relationships, develop leadership skills, and navigate college effectively.

 “Connecting with students and finding ways to empower them and help them be successful and grow.” 

The SAIL program has given Koshuta a new transition into education from a different perspective. “I fell in love with this! So the transition to creating and working with our SAIL Program was a natural transition.” 

The future is bright for the SAIL program, which started in 2018. “I would like to focus on more effectively expanding and enhancing the entire first-year experience for all incoming students.” 

Koshuta wishes to develop her programs and resources to fit all students wants and needs. Not only focusing on Piedmont itself, Koshuta focuses on  the surrounding communities and building relationships and connections to enhance programming. The decision to choose Piedmont where her husband John Koshuta is an assistant professor of nursing and health sciences, turned into a world of growth and opportunity for herself setting a foundation for Piedmont for years to come. Student success is Koshuta’s main priority and ambition.