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Story #3: Feature Story

Anna Watson  

Media Writing 1 

Professor Joe Dennis 

22 April 2019 

Game of Thrones PRIDE 

Michael Adams went from long-time Game of Thrones fan to researching Jaime Lannister’s transition from Kingslayer to Oathkeeper.  

From noon to 5 p.m. last Wednesday, the Swanson Center was stocked full of students presenting for the Lion’s Pride research day. There were different categories including health sciences, business relations and literature. Michael Adams, a non-traditional student, presented his research project titled “Jaime Lannister: From Byronic to Ironic Hero” during the first session from 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.  

“Mike attended the Popular Culture Association of the South conference last year but didn’t present,” said Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Hugh Davis. “He expressed an interest in doing a Game of Thrones panel this year, so I encouraged him to use Pride Day as a test run.” 

Adams began his presentation warning the audience about gore and spoilers, followed by a video that showed the entire character arc for Jaime Lannister. From getting caught having sexual relations with his twin sister and pushing young Bran Stark out the window, saying “The things I do for love,” in season one to charging on Daenarys in season seven, one would not expect Jaime to be considered a hero.  

“A Byronic hero is a hero that stands out as an anti-hero,” Adams said. “He is not a normal hero.” 

Adams presented his “Hand theory” – given to him by his sponsor, Professor Davis – claiming that Tyrion Lannister, Hand to the Queen Daenarys Targaryen and Jaime’s younger brother, and handless Jaime Lannister complete each other as a whole person.  

“The Hand theory was interesting because they complete each other with Jamie being the brawn and Tyrion the brains,” Ian Bourret, Game of Thrones fan, said. “They were each other’s only true friends and trusted each other the most.” 

Adams also presented the use of Mimetic Desire to characterize Tyrion and Cersei Lannister where “two people desire the same thing, they being to mirror each other as they compete to possess it,” said Professor Davis in an email. Cersei and Tyrion are both after the power they believe Jaime has behind Casterly Rock. They are clever, conniving and ruthless. 

“Tyrion and Cersei both escaped their trial – Cersei blew them up and Tyrion escaped like a snake,” Ian Bourret said. “They have quick come backs and are always seen with a glass of wine.”  

 Jaime suffers through his “symbolic castration” during his hero’s journey. Jaime was the finest swordsman in all the Seven Kingdoms, where he “whoops some serious booty” then lost his sword hand. Jaime turns his desire from Cersei to Brienne the Beauty on his journey, leaving his vicious past behind. Brienne expresses what it means to be a true knight. Brienne is gifted with Jaime’s sword Oathbreaker and renames it Oathkeeper. 

“Jamie has been through the biggest journey in a literary sense, outside the norms of being a hero and fulfilling his duty as a knight,” Adams said.  

Having read the Game of Thrones books three times, watched the television series twice, and been a fan since high school, Adams claims Jaime to be one of his favorite characters. Adams ended his presentation with a few predictions for the final season, giving Jaime a 30 percent chance of surviving until the end of story, a 20 percent chance to end up sitting on the Iron Throne and a whopping 80 percent chance that no one gets the Throne.  


Michael Adams 

Hugh Davis 

Ian Bourret 

Disaster Drill 2019

Triage is the Name of the Game

If you are able to save only one of the following: a baby, a young woman, an old woman or an old man, whom do you pick?

Triage is fighting the initial instinct of saving the most helpless in order to save more people in the limited amount of time a rescuer has before the building collapses. Nursing Professor Vincent Pair said the Disaster Drill tests the students’ ability to asses patients’ injuries, as well as their ability to care for them. Floyd Canup, Captain of the Sheriff’s Department, said, “The Disaster Drill exposes the student to life-like situations, however, in the field there are more civilians and it moves quicker.”
The annual drill is a mock trial, with roughly 200 nursing students, where the juniors act injured and the seniors rescue them from a common disaster that the Theater Department puts on display. They provide the lights, pyrotechnics and make-up. The city of Demorest and Habersham County send almost all available first responders, including the city of Demorest police and fire departments, Habersham County Medical Center and EMS, Habersham County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, 911/Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Habersham Search and Rescue and the District Two Public Health Administration, according to Piedmont Police Chief Jim Andrews.
“The event has evolved and come a long way. It involves more agencies, more students and more departments,” Nursing Professor Jamie Johnson-Huff said. She has participated in the Disaster Drill for over 13 years. The students involved include high schoolers, theater, mass communications, athletic training and nursing students, each combining their skills to simulate a life-like disaster. “It is good to see them step up and watch how well they interact.”
Many of the nurses and athletic trainers felt prepared conducting the Disaster Drill, focusing on saving the lives of their classmates.

Profile: Dr. Kathy Blandin

Anna Watson  

Media Writing 1 

Dr. Joe Dennis  

23 February 2019 

Profile 1: Dr. Kathy Blandin 


Phone: 678-575-3982 (cell) 

Many people search happiness and contentment in their careers, and Dr. Kathy Blandin found it at Piedmont College.  

 Blandin worked at Sautee Nacoochee, an arts center near Helen, Georgia, in 2007 when she was contacted by the former chair of the theater department at Piedmont College to teach children’s theater. She took the job as an adjunct teacher, commuting back and forth from Sautee Nacoochee to Piedmont College, daily. After four years, Blandin realized she enjoyed teaching at Piedmont more than working at Sautee Nacoochee. She transferred full-time to the college after someone stepped down.  

“Every day is a little bit different,” Blandin said, describing her job as something that’s “meant to be.”  

Directing, teaching and occasionally acting, Blandin enjoys letting her creative juices flow. In the first year of the Make Mom Proud fundraiser – a fundraiser started by a student who lost his mother to cancer and wanted to raise money for a local organization – Blandin performed the role of the mother in the student-written play. She also used the leftover show posters from her first summer season here to create her own wallpaper in her office. 

Since teaching theater for more than seven years at Piedmont, Blandin has had a direct impact on the students and coworkers she works with.  

“I am always inspired by her ability to not only teach the subject, but the students themselves,” said Dr. William Gabelhausen, chair of the theater department, “Dr. Blandin is detail oriented and focused on student success.”  

Blandin encourages students to define their own success. One of her goals is to help open up her students’ worlds. She does this by making her classes enjoyable and engaging for all.  

“I was never really interested in theater, but she definitely found a way to make it fun for every student,” said sophomore Macy Higgins, who was in her intro to theater class. “She has a great personality that flows well with her teaching techniques.” 

As Blandin wants her students to have their own measuring stick for success, she has her own as well, being the “happiest ever and really content.” 

Anna Watson: Overcoming myself.

At the age of seven, I believed the Pledge of Allegiance was home to Fairfax, Virginia only. It was not until I moved to Georgia and heard it at my elementary school where I was rudely awakened. This was a pattern in my life – believing something only to find it to be false or altered. It came with growing up, of course, but I never wanted to grow up. I was gullible, I was stubborn, and I loved cartoon shows (classics like Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo).

Being gullible, I often made a fool of myself. As I thought I had befriended someone, I was just the butt of their joke. Though it was often disappointing, there were no grudges to be held. For I am where I am now because of it. I am not as gullible now, I am more stubborn actually. You cannot tell me something ridiculous and find that I believe you, I will always believe myself first.

I have dipped my toes in many friend groups throughout the years and have found a friend that I can cannonball right into – in a good way. My best friend/boyfriend/partner and I have developed an amazing relationship where we both hold each other accountable, love each other, and have loads of fun together. My family is large and ever-growing with my older brother getting engaged to his girlfriend and my aunt adopting a second or third child (it’s complicated). I love all of them dearly and love watching my family grow. They have always supported me and helped guide me through life and my diabetes, telling me not to stress and that everything would be okay.

I apologize if you have read a different autobiography about me somewhere and I have not mentioned some of these things, for my life has been great and I never know how to fully articulate it into a few paragraphs.