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About Oliviamarie

I’m a 20 year old just trying to put my writing out there. I write based on my mood and the music I’m listening too. I just hope my writing feels relatable to some people in this crazy world.

Contact Olivia Justus FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Cell Phone 404-558-5267 September _ 2020

Email ojustus1118@lions.piedmont.edu

Website www.piedmont.edu

  PIEDMONT COLLEGE GETS INVOLVED IN GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY 

Students and faculty team together to celebrate the upcoming Global Handwashing Day 

Demorest, Georgia, Sept. 11, 2020- Students at Piedmont College will celebrate Global Handwashing Day on Thursday Oct. 15 to demonstrate the importance of washing your hands. 

The Mass Communications media writing class is banding together with biology professor Dr. Julia Schmitz and her microbiology class to develop an on-campus celebration of Global Handwashing Day. Schmitz wants students to understand the importance of handwashing with soap, rather than relying on hand sanitizer. 

“Soap is going to be better,” she said. “The difference is that hand sanitizer uses alcohol where soap basically has oils in it and it also has an alkaline base in it. Soap is going to break water tension so when you’re washing your hands, the bacteria tends to stick to the grease and oils that are on your hands. The soap acts as a mediator between the water and oil grease on your hands. When you rinse off the soap, it’s also going to rinse off the germs that are connected to the oils. That is why soap is actually better to use.” 

On Oct. 15, a station will be set up in the Commons that displays how much someone actually covers their hands in the 20 seconds they wash them. This will be shown by spreading ink all over gloved hands. Then they will proceed to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Additionally, a Tik Tok contest will be held for students, with prizes going to those who make the most creative video about washing hands. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic provides a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap” says The Global Public-Private Partnership

The Global Public- Private Partnership is emphasizing the importance of handwashing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the world is going through currently. They explain that the simple action of washing your hands could potentially stop the spread of a virus. The organization is very firm about trying to end this pandemic and keeping individuals safe beyond it. They want handwashing to be a priority now and in the future. 

For more information about Global Handwashing Day and the event at Piedmont College, email Joe Dennis at jdennis@piedmont.edu

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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 www.piedmont.edu

My Biggest Influence in Life

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been a huge inspiration to me. The story behind the Red Hot Chili Peppers is very interesting. Anthony Kiedis, Micheal Balzary, and Hillel Slovak all went to Fairfax high school in California. Hillel Slovak taught Micheal Balzary how to play bass guitar. Anthony Kiedis has many talents of writing poetry and songs. Micheal Balzary encouraged Kiedis to keep up his writing talents and turn them into better songs. After adding drummer Jack Irons, they soon began to play in strip clubs in bars in California under the name Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. In 1983, they changed their band name to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Micheal Balzary began to go by the name “Flea.” 

Tragedy struck the band when guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988. Kiedis and Balzary were not sure if they wanted to keep the band going, but after going through two guitarists and a drummer, they decided to add Chad Smith and John Frusciante to their band. Once this happened, the band skyrocketed in the music industry when Blood Sugar Sex Magik came out. They sold roughly seven million copies in just the United States. They went on to produce Californication, By the Way, Stadium Arcadium, I’m With You, and The Getaway, and are currently working on their next album. 

I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers since I came out of the womb. I always remember hearing them in the car on the way to my grandparent’s house for holidays. One Christmas, my parents bought me a little pink CD player. I ventured out to the car to grab a CD and I picked the Stadium Arcadium album because I thought it looked pretty. I listened to it the rest of the night. 

My parents often asked what the song name was to the lyrics they were singing. I did not exactly know the names of the songs, but I could definitely tell you what track it was on the CD. This band has inspired me so much in this lifetime. In seventh grade I read Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography Scar Tissue. The book opened my eyes to so many different things: feelings of loneliness, what California was like back then, and the hard impact that drugs had on his body and career. I learned a lot from that book and decided to jump even farther into their music. 

On the weekends, or even when I had nothing to do, I would study their lyrics. The lyrics were never straightforward and I had to analyze what Anthony Kiedis was trying to portray in this music. It is poetry. Sometimes the similes and metaphors dive a little deeper into life and the universe. I found that the lyrics touched on many different subjects. The women Kiedis dated, loneliness, and drugs. 

For example in the song Wet Sand: 

“I’m betting now where we collide,

The universe will shift into a low” (10-11).

Another example is in the song Desecration Smile: 

“Desecration is the smile on my face,

The love I made is the shape of my space” (11-12).

There were many times that drugs interfered with his relationships and even his career. It was eye opening to me because I never actually realized how much drugs could affect a person. 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are still very prominent in my life. I could not tell you a day I have gone without listening to at least one song by them. Each song has had a different impact on me because of the time period I was or am going through. I listen to them like I am experiencing 

finding them all over again. I even have their band logo marked on my body because they will always be a part of the person I am today and will further become. I highly suggest listening to this funk rock band and falling in love with them just like I did at such a young age. 

Justus and for all

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Hello, my name is Olivia Marie Justus. I’m from the most amazing county in the world, Habersham, Georgia. Maybe I went a little far by saying this small town is amazing, but I was raised here. All I can say is, we make due with the lack of opportunities we have here.

I’m not much of an interesting person. I’m weird with a cross between introvert and extrovert. I’ve always been one to draw people to me, but I always keep them at arms length due to my current and past situations I’ve been in.

I will say this, I love writing. At a very young age I’ve always been drawn to writing things down. I always participated in the Young Georgia Authors competitions, though I never won. While packing up for college, I found one of my old composition books from 5th grade. I picked it up interested in what was going through my young brain. It wasn’t pretty. It was quite hilarious if you ask me. But the effort was there, so I can be proud of that. I love to write songs, poems, nonfiction prose, articles, anything that my mind wonders off too. I use writing as a way to get what’s floating around in my  battered brain on to paper. It actually really does help a lot. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The account I am currently typing this off of is the blog I started my senior year. Thank goodness Piedmont has further my writing skills. I cringe every time I go back through and read my stuff. During the lovely quarantine we experienced, I decided to publish a book. I went back and forth on it for months. But, I finally got the balls to publish it to get my name out there. Well sorta, I’m still writing under a pin name until I start my professional career. You never know what could hurt you in the future. Especially for me, I tend to be an open book when it comes to writing.

Anyways, enough about that. I would really like to touch on the best thing that has ever been invented. Music. These beautiful sounds and voices has had such an impact on my life. I seriously have no idea where I would be without it. My love for music runs deep within my soul, but I am not musically inclined in the slightest. I could tell you every song by Red Hot Chili Peppers (THE BEST BAND EVER), The Neighbourhood, and Juice Wrld. But trust me, there is a lot of other bands and songs that have won my heart. I like to believe that my brain is made up of 95% song lyrics. It is a constant in my life. I listen to it when I work out, hang out with friends, when I sleep, when I do homework, you name it.

I chose Piedmont, not because of just soccer, but because it is such a great community to be apart of. I’ve met my friend soulmates, my worst enemies, and impactful professors. This place has been an absolute blessing for me. And, I am so beyond excited to be apart of the Mass Communications family. Ya’ll really are some awesome people. The opportunities that I have experienced here already have been far from amazing. I cannot wait to continue to meet new people, pursue further in my writing career, and become part of the Mass Communications family.