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PhotoJournalism Exercise

  1. Long shot of Piedmont Bridge that connects the main campus to the Swanson center.
  2. Medium shot of the old wooden lamp resting on the bridge to the Swanson center.
  3. First year senior Evan LaPorta watching the creek underneath the bridge.
  4. A lamp leading to the Swanson Center.
  5. Close up of a bee on top of a flower.
  6. Wildcard of the pillars leading into the Swanson Center.

The Redemption Tour – Tampa Bay Lightning

The NHL paused on March 12, with 189 games still reaming to play in the regular season. The regular season was scheduled to end on April 4, and the playoffs starting on April 6. After six months, the NHL is beginning to play on August 1 with an unconventional playoff format. NHL typically uses a 16-team playoff format, but due to COVID-19, the NHL is using a 24 team format. The NHL is starting with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, which is 16 teams paired in eight best of 5 series. The other Eight teams, the top two teams from each Division, are playing in a round-robin to determine seeding.

Now that you what happened to the NHL playoff format, we can get into the Tampa Bay Lightning and how they have been doing to in these playoffs. After what happened last year, us Lightning fans are calling this playoff run the Redemption Tour. If you don’t know what happen last year here’s a little recap after a record-breaking year for the Lightning winning the President Trophy, they got swept in the first round of the 2019 playoff by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now for Lightning in the 2020 playoffs, in the first round for the second year in a row, the must face the Columbus Blue Jackets again. As a fan, you are a little nervous about what’s going to happen in this series because of what happen last year. But the Lightning made quick and easy work of that series, winning it 4-1. I believe that Brayden Point made the biggest difference in this series, coming in the clutch in Game 1, getting the game-winning goal in the 5th overtime, and getting the series-clinching goal in overtime of Game 5.

The Lightning’s round 2 matchup was against the Boston Bruins; if watch or follow hockey, you that these two don’t like each other. This is always a big series the Lightning and Bruins are in the same Division, and it always determines who is the big dog in the Division. The Lightning started this series off struggling and losing Game 1, but the Lightning came back strong and fast, winning the next four games to clinch the series and moving on the Eastern Conference Final. In this series, I would have to say that Ondrej Palat was the difference-maker in this series, tallying a total of 4 goals in this series, including one in overtime.

The Eastern Conference Final is one series away from the big dance, which is something that Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t gone to in 5 years. In this series, the Tampa Bay Lightning faced their Conference Rival, the New York Islanders; fans are always a fun match up to watch. Watching this series was fun but watching my team win the series 4-2 and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final was great. I can’t just pick one player that had a breakout series. It was a real team effort, but I think there is one player that every Lightning fan can thank, and that is Anthony Cirelli for getting the series-clinching goal in overtime. The Tampa Bay Lightning are on to the Stanley Cup Final. Will this be the year for The Stanley Cup to make its return Tampa Bay after a long 16 years and for the Lightning complete the REDEMPTION TOUR. In the wise words of Jon Copper (Head Coach of the Lightning), “You’ll have to tune in to find out.”


Dr. Julia Schmitz spreads awareness on hand washing

Demorest, Georgia, Sept. 4, 2020- Piedmont College Biology Professor Dr. Julia Schmitz is hoping to spread awareness on the importance of handwashing, as the college looks to take part in Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15.

Although the global pandemic has led to hand sanitizer stations being installed across campus, Schmitz said soap is a much better tool for stopping the spread of germs.

“Soap is going to be better for us to use the difference is that hand sanitizer has alcohol in it whereas soap use and alcohol slats in it so when washing your hands bacteria sticks to oils,” she said. “So when you are rising your hands, the bacteria will stick to the oils in the soap and come off your hands.”

Even the CDC is saying that washing your hand with soap is better for us to do then using hand sanitizer, but they also said if “soap is not available to make sure that you are using hand sanitizer that contains 60% or more alcohol and to make sure that you are cover all surfaces.”

On Thursday, Oct. 15, the college will be hosting a handwashing event in the Commons, as well as sponsoring a TikTok student video competition on handwashing. For more information about these events, email Joe Dennis at

About Piedmont College: One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,260 students. The college’s four schools—Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences—develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world.

Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City. Information can be found at

Evan LaPorta: My life so far

My name is Evan LaPorta. I am 21 years of age and I was born on June 24, 1999 in Fort Myers, Florida. I have an older bother named Trey that is 24 years old.

When I was 5 years old my family moved to Sarasota, FL where I would live for a majority of my life. In middle school I attend St. Martha’s Catholic School. That was a pretty boring part of my life but one thing that I did get out of that time in my life was Lacrosse, I played Lacrosse for the better part of 10 years. For high school I attend Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School where I played Lacrosse for 4 years and then decided that part of my life was over.

For my first two years college I attend Florida Southwestern State College where I end up getting my Associates in Arts and now Im here at Piedmont majoring in Mass Communication.

One big part of my life are sports I’m a big sports guy. My favorite sport is hockey the Tampa bay Lightning is my favorite hockey, my favorite NFL team is the Miami Dolphins, and my favorite college football team is the Florida Gators.

Symposium Story – Using data science to understand and prevent sports injuries

Demorest — A group of business students are hoping to change Piedmont sports forever utilizing data science. 

Mark Mitchell, Julia Nichols, Maggie Moody, Geeth Mahagamage and Valeriya Zhurakovskaya presented at the session, “Using Data Science to Understand and Prevent Sports Injuries” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium. Working with the athletic department, the students examined where injuries most occur among the Lions’ athletes. 

“We used data from the sports department, from every sports team on campus to see how injuries have occurred, some background from the athlete there, like height, weight, race, gender, and type of injuries,” said Mitchell. “Using this data helped us see what we need to do to move forward with Piedmont Athletics pertaining to their players, and what helps and what doesn’t help.” 

The group wanted to focus on this topic in the hopes of helping future Piedmont Lions athletes. “It was something we could use to help the school, and what another way to help our school by giving them data that can help them in the long run that could improve our athletics,” said Mitchell. “Remember numbers don’t lie. Plus, data science is used across sports to see what works and what doesn’t.” 

They wanted to prove that in certain sports, players can be kept on the field by changing a few things. One of those things would be the addition of a certified strength and conditioning coach. 

Rev. Tim: Campus Minister

Demorest — From college to the Peace Corps to pastor, Campus Minister and Professor. The Rev. Tim Garvin-Leighton has been around.

“Rev. Tim” as he is affectionately called was born in Maine just outside of Portland, where he spent a majority of his life until he went to Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. “I enjoyed it , the atmosphere it was very different in northwest Ohio, so corn fields and soybean fields and I grew up on the coast of Maine I moved from ocean to rural Ohio.”

After college he went to in to the Ministry and then move on to the Peace Corps, then he became a local pastor. For the next 20 years he would be a local church pastor starting Miami, New England, Colorado, then Maryland for more than eight years before coming a Campus Minister.

One thing that Rev. Tim always thought about doing was being a Campus minister. So, he moved to California to be a Campus Minister at the University California Davis, where he worked for a couple years, then came to Piedmont in the fall of 2017.

Rev. Tim loves to explore, taking on “cycling, City actives, and Traveling.” Rev. Tim loves to travel and has traveled to 25 different countries and will be making it 26 this summer when he is taking Piedmont students on a semester abroad to Australia. His favorite places to travel are Thailand, South of France, and to Honduras where his wife is from.