Author Archives: ZoEliza

No Longer for His Approval

Every young girl dreams of the first time they get to go shopping for their first bra. It’s the first sign of developing into a young woman, and the universe’s way of telling you you’re growing up.

It’s one of the most magical times in a young girl’s life. Except for me.

As a young girl, I never liked my developing body. My father told me it had to be covered. I started developing at the age of 7, and at the time I didn’t even know what breasts were. I just thought I was eating too much and the food had made it up to my chest. My mother never explained the concept of puberty to me, all I knew was that my body was to remain hidden.

From then on out, I would always ask my father for his approval on my appearance. When he would take me shopping, I would always have to step out of the changing room so he could see if everything fit. If he didn’t like it, it wasn’t bought. If it was too tight, it wasn’t bought. Every Sunday as we were headed out the door to church or even just to the grocery store, I would ask him how I looked. If he didn’t like what I was wearing, I would change. If he thought the outfit looked too mature on me, I would change.

Whenever we would go to the pool, my two older sisters and I had to wear our dad’s worn out, baggy shirts and pairs of shorts over our swimsuits. We didn’t have enough money to keep up with the demands of our rapidly developing bodies. We saw all the other little girls being able to show off their cute swimsuits, while our plain ones had to be hidden behind old clothes. I thought that if we didn’t have these bodies, we wouldn’t have to cover everything. If we didn’t have these bodies, we wouldn’t be the cause for a boy’s lust.

Growing up, I thought this type of attitude toward the female body was normal. I was told it was the right way to be. The only information I was given was from the people at my church and from home. I was home schooled, so the only places I went to on a weekly basis were church and a local Boys and Girls club. I wasn’t able to see for myself how the other kids in my neighborhood lived. I was told by the people around me that I had to live this certain way, and all the other little girls – the ones whose parents let them flaunt their bathing suits and wear thin-strapped shirts – were promoting darkness.

When I came to college, the biggest culture shock for me was when I realized that there was no one to check what I was wearing. I was so used to asking my father what he thought of me, that I didn’t know what I thought of myself. I didn’t want to expose my prized possessions, but I knew there had to be a healthy medium.

At college, I became in charge of my own choices and I had to figure out for myself what was right for me. My body was finally my own, and if I felt comfortable and confident in what I wore and who I was, it didn’t matter if my father approved or not.

This is not to say that the process was easy or that I am 100 percent shame free. Two years into college I still have a lot of insecurities and moments of doubt, but I know now that my body is not something to be ashamed.

I know I am pretty. I know who I am. I no longer need his approval, even when he approves.

Evonne Jones’ Departure from Piedmont College

Ms. Evonne Jones served the students of Piedmont as counselor and case manager for over five years, and in that little time, she made a great impact on the lives of students. Her departure leaves an empty space in the counseling office, and in the hearts of Piedmont students and faculty members.

With her last day as a counselor on Jan 17, hearing of her departure sent shock waves through campus. With news of her leave being made public just a week before her last day, many students were left baffled as to why one of the best counselors was leaving.

Though she desired to remain at Piedmont until May graduation, a series of unfortunate and unexpected events made it apparent that her life had a different plan. “If I would have known that I would be resigning at the end of fall semester,” Jones said, “I would absolutely have taken a different approach in informing my students and everyone.”

Jones will begin her new role soon as Program Manager at the Turner Center of the Pathways Community Service Board. The Turner Center is a small facility with focused care and is the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia. Jones’ position is an administrative position where she will be responsible for a small staff who work with juvenile offenders who have been deemed incompetent to stand trial. The primary focus of the program is competency restoration for awareness of self and treating diagnosed behavioral healthcare challenges.

Jones loved and enjoyed the work at Piedmont so much that she was willing to spend three hours each day on the road. That sort of drive began to wear on her after a while; especially after more than five years. “It’s important to me that I practice what I preach: self-care and work/life balance,” Jones said. In addition, being originally from South Metro Atlanta, Jones has been wanting to relocate to be closer to her family.

Her warm smile and witty attitude always made her students feel comfortable to talk to her. Whether someone was having a mental breakdown or they just wanted someone to laugh with and talk to, Evonne was always the person. Those who know her and the students who are close to her saw Jones as more than just a counselor, but as a longtime friend. Though Piedmont hired two new Student Success Advisers on staff, no one will ever replace the impact Evonne Jones had on us.

Jones sincerely apologizes to anyone whom she may have hurt by her sudden departure. She counts it as one of the greatest honors of her life to have worked with each and every student who graced her door. She never takes it lightly that any one individual would deem her worthy of sharing in their personal struggles and pain, whether as a professional or friend.

Although Jones can never be replaced, it is important that the college fills her position. Counselors are an important aspect of students’ lives and essential for healthy living.

Digital Fabrication Lab

Not known to many people on campus, the Digital Fabrication Lab – also known as the Fab Lab – is where students learn how to manufacture through the process of machines. For students who love to cut things, create things, creatively solve problems and want to know programming and coding, this is the place.

“We can print something three-dimensionally, we can cut something with a laser or we can cut something with a router,” said professor Chris Kelly, Director of Art and overseer of the Fabrications Lab. “Everything in here comes out of the digital world.”

It was brought over to Piedmont by graphic design major Rebekah Kanipe, who took a two-week workshop at Penland School of the Arts and Crafts in North Carolina in 2018. In this workshop, she learned how to use computer aided design and computer aided machining  – also known as CAD and CAM technology – with laser cutting, solely on wood. This year, the program was brought over to Piedmont, and since starting the Fab Lab, Kanipe has made multiple innovative chairs and has taught other students of Piedmont on how to use the items in the lab.

Along with the ability to make innovative chairs, the laser cutter can also engrave to the tiniest detail on the side of a yeti cup. Along with the laser cutter in the fab lab comes a 3D printer, a paper cutter and sensory technology kits.

 “I want to make a lamp you could turn on by licking it,” said Hannah Oliver, who is working on building a lamp that turns on and off by the moisture in the tongue.

Other projects by students using sensory technology are a sensory piano and a rotating ballerina that switches direction with each tap.

“The idea is to solve problems,” said Kelly. “Students come in with problems and solve them.”

One of the main foci of the fab lab is to find solutions to everyday problems. A couple of the students made a cutting board with a measuring cup attachment to measure the food as it is being cut.

“It doesn’t have to be reasonable, it just has to solve the problem,” said Raleigh Wunderlich for her invention of solving the problem for Pringles cans. She plans to have an automated tube that pushes up the snack as chips are taken, as to not get one’s hand stuck half way through eating Pringles.

With Kanipe’s chair, she had to make multiple mockup models to find out if the chair was stable or not before she could make the real, life-size chair.

“It’s not necessarily an art class. It’s not a design class. It’s not a business class.” Said professor Kelly about the Intro to Digital Fabrication course. “But hopefully students from all the different majors can use this course to create stuff for their work.”

The fab lab is not exclusive to one major. Although it may be in the art annex building, the lab is not just for art majors. Theater Major Shanna Ward uses the router cutter to create faster and more efficient sets for plays.

“As we’re discovering what can be made within these walls, the idea is that you can make anything you want with the help of the digital world,” Kelly said.

Titling This Response RR8 Would Be Such a Cliché

I honestly use a lot of clichés in my everyday speech, so it can be hard sometimes to not use them in my writing. While I do well in avoiding most clichés in writing, I still leave a few of them in there. I do agree, that some clichés are annoying and need to die, but I don’t find all of them to be bad. Knight notes how important it is to have original ideas and to put thought into your own writing. He also warns to not use over complicated vocabulary as to not lose your readers and so anyone of the general public can read what you have written. If I have to have a dictionary at hand in order to understand what someone has written, it’s not worth reading and ruins the flow of the story.

Filak’s chapter 4 I felt as if it was basic information we have already covered, probably due to the fact that we are reading these chapters out of order. He encourages to be descriptive in your writing but cautions not to be too descriptive as to not sound repetitive. He gives an example of a basic outline for a writing an engaging story, which I found as a refresher. A Nut Graph is a new term for me which is basically the part of the story which tells why the story is important and gives any important information while still keeping the story interesting. Overall, it was an okay read. Not my favorite.

Fire Erupts at Swanson Theater

Nearly 30 fatalities have been confirmed after a fire broke out at the Swanson Center.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, an explosive fire erupted in the theater, setting off fire alarms and throwing people inside the building into a panic. With blaring alarms ringing through the hallways and smoke filling the air, the atmosphere was in disarray.

“I need a Maui!” screamed one victim as the injuries from the explosion were too painful and in dire need of something to relieve the hurt.

Nurses and first responders carried victims out on stretchers and even lifting them up in their arms to secure them to safety.

“Have you seen my daughter?” asked one mother named Maggie in a frantic cry. “Her name is Calliope.”

The explosion left people missing and disoriented. The thick smoke caused people to be separated and lost. Not only were children missing, but also a dog.

“Have you seen my dog, Rover?” continually cried one owner.

At 11a.m. a news conference was held to address the public on any new information. Leading the conference was POI of Public Health for District 2 Gainesville Dave Palmer, along with Lynn Smith of Emergency Management and Chief Jim Andrews of Piedmont College Police Department.

As of now, 28 of the 108 fire victims are confirmed dead at the scene, 28 are in a very critical state and 29 suffered non critical injuries. Injuries range from dazed and minor burns to major burns and broken limbs. There were no further comments from the nurses and first responders at the scene.

“We’re here to assist in any way we possibly can,” said Lynn Smith.

A possible reason for the fire was assumed to be wood and cardboard used for the sets, but nothing has yet been confirmed as it is still early in the investigation. Although it is still unclear as to how the fire started, officials are working to make sure something like this never happens again.

“And I always think it’s wise to look around in neighborhoods and in communities to see what you have in your community that could be a threat,” said Jeffrey Adams. “To stop events like this from ever happening.”

Why Yellow

Entering the office of professor Brian Hitselberger, arrange of paintings and other artworks fill the bright, yellow walls. Being an unusual color for a room and a huge turnoff to most people, there is a bit of curiosity as to why the room is painted the way it is.

As young boys in attempt to keep themselves entertained, Hitselberger and his two brothers would make their own playing cards and board games to play with. In that time – though not being very good – they also learned how to make their own clothes. Hitselberger loves to work with his hands and throughout high school, he loved playing the piano, thinking he would go to a music school for college.

With dreams of creating music for television and film, Hitselberger found himself at a liberal arts college. With everyone at the college required to take either a music class, a theater class, or an art history class, Hitselberger didn’t feel the need to take a music class because he already spent so many years playing the piano. Instead, Hitselberger decided to take an art class. He thought it would be fun and a nice change of pace.

“It was just appealing to me that you could take a class in college at school where you were making a thing, as opposed to writing a paper or just reading a piece,” he said.

Burnt out from writing papers and wanting more from his college experience, Hitselberger decided to take a painting class and enjoyed every aspect about it. Art was different and he loved it. Working in the studio excited him. Having two to three hours to work in the studio and at the end of that time he could see what he had done. “What I liked about art class is that it was all there. You know, it was like visual. I mean, if you did the work you could see it, and if you didn’t it wasn’t there. There was no hiding.”

When Hitselberger had his class critiques, he could see everyone’s work and he could clearly see how his work didn’t quite match up to the others, but he didn’t let that stop him. Instead of getting down, it would motivate him to get better. Being a musician for so long, Hitselberger was used to the concept of practice. Practicing was familiar to him, although the making of art was not.

“You could either do it or not,” he said. “It was like a skill that you could learn, and I was really interested in learning.”

Making art was a skill that he strived to learn. He got into it and was very studious. He started being a visual artist in college.

Ever since graduating college, he has found ways in his life to make art an activity and to do art in everything he does. “If I take this job, is it going to allow me to take time to create art?”

“And teaching was really awesome because it was the job that I found that really elevated the art making and the doing the job were not two separate things…they were much more connected,” he said.

Yellow is such a happy and positive color and since his time teaching at Piedmont College, Hitselberger makes an effort to create a positive work atmosphere for his students.

“He teaches in a way that could help anyone understand and learn by the way he connects with the students,” said Mariana Leon, a current student of Hitselberger’s Painting 3 class.

Being very attentive of his students lives, Hitselberger makes sure they are doing well in their other classes, as well as knowing how his students feel they are growing in their skills.

“He’s very supportive and willing to help students”, said Kristen Odem, current student of Hitselberger’s Drawing 2 class.

Hitselberger always looks for ways to help his students and help them to improve on their skills. By creating a positive work space, students are able to feel comfortable to be themselves and ask questions and be unafraid to push their preconceived artistic boundaries.

By painting the walls of his office yellow, Hitselberger is reminded of the strive to make every work day and everyday filled with positivity and light.

“It would be hard to be in a bad mood in this room,” said professor Hitselberger.

Hi, I’m Zoe Hunter. I’m not the most photogenic person, so you will rarely see me in a good photo. I’m not one for being in a picture, I more prefer to be the one taking the picture. I guess you could say I’m more of the “behind the scenes” type of person.
I love photography and love art. I was lucky enough to go to a school bus graveyard with a small group of friends
These were the first ever eggrolls I made from scratch (minus the wrappers. they were store-bought). This photo is about 5 years old, but before I got into photography, I wanted to be the next Gordan Ramsey and have my own restaurant empire. I would always take pictures of my new creations and position the food to try and make it look like look a 5-star dinner. Although that dream was well short-lived, cooking is still one of my passions and I love to cook whenever I get the chance. Yup, I was definitely the foodie when I was younger!
I really got into 3D art a few years ago and would make objects like dresses, reef, and especially flowers out of paper and other minor materials. I was also experimenting with different lighting and different heights to see what could make a good photo and what would not. I was literally standing on a swivel chair to make sure I got the entire flower in the shot. You can imagine how big the flower is in real life.
I created 5 dresses made from materials of paper and outdated cat calendars, each dress improving in quality and in speed. I love this photo for the shadow the dresses casted on the wall behind them.
This is Stitch. I needed a model for my high school graduation cap and tassel and Stitch fits the cap perfectly.
I took this picture of the backyard on the first snow of the year a few years back. Living in Atlanta, snow is quite a rarity.
Went on a trip to Universal Studios with my youth group last March, and the place was just so beautiful I had to take over 200 pictures just to makes sure I got everything and had the best shots. The water was so crisp and clear
The Universal Studios food signs that I found so pretty and fascinating. This is my favorite picture. I figured I’d saved the best one for last.