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January 22, 1987-The Kernel-Page 11
Acti vities Fee
Much has been written in the student press in recent years about
the collection and use of student money to finance student activities
and athletics .
Earlier this month, a Superior Court judge in the Athens district
ruled against four University of Georgia students who had filed suit
against UGA and the Board of Regents saying that the collection of
student money for use in athletics violated the anti-gratuities
clause in the state competition.
We feel that the judge was right.
Without student activities fees, there would be , in a word, little
or no student activities. A look toward our sister institution of the
Dublin Center proves the point. Because the Dublin Center is a
Residence Center, no activity fees can be collected. Students at the
DC lack organized student activities because of a lack of money.
What if no state institution could collect the fees?
We feel that, first of all, student publications would be
practically non-existent. Your Kernel staff can barely sell enough
ads to pay for half of the cost of production, much less the total bill.
And would you consider paying the full cost of an individual
yearbook? The 1987 Hilltopper would have to sell for something
like S25 per copy.
Athletics would be severely hurt. If athletics did exist, a ticket
would have to cost upwards of $10, where now the tickets are free.
Dances, movies, and fine arts presentations would have to be
sell-supporung, if they were scheduled at all.
tbws piviVA. is swti’pie. NNhcu each student contributes to student
activities and athletics through student activities fees, the money
goes toward the total welfare of each and every student. Could you
take your student activities fee and make it stretch as far as MGC's
activities are stretched? We think not.
We support the decision made by the northeast Georgia judge.
We need activities fees to keep activities at MGC, and at every
other state supported college in the University System of Georgia,
On Student Maturity
Before I get up on my
soapbox, I would like to thank
the editor and staff of the
Kernel for allowing me to voice
my opinion. Secondly, I would
like to thank those of you in the
student body who were polite
and mature enough to allow me
to hear most of Tuesday’s
assembly commemorating the
100th year of this institution.
This is my fourth quarter at
MGC. While it is certainly not
Harvard or Yale, it is an
institution of higher learning.
Whether you were thrilled with
the presentation or bored to
tears is really unimportant. You
were attending an official school
function (on school time) that
called for a certain amount of
maturity. Sadly, some of you
are sorely lacking this maturity.
Now I wonder about what the
alumni, parents, and news
reporters think about students
aL MGC—students who not only
drown out the President’s voice,
but also get up to leave before
he finishes his speech. A lot of
work went into that production.
work done not only by the
faculty, administration and
staff, but by our own SGA and
other classmates. I think an
apology is due these people.
College is meant to be a
learning experience in many
respects. We should recognize
all opportunities to learn and
improve ourselves. Many of us
do. However, those of you who
can’t or won't should take
another look at yourselves. You
may not be as “Grown Up" as
Dear Eaflfiton 0
On Open Dorms
When Middle Georgia Col
lege first opened its doors in
1887, it was known as a very
liberated college. The college
allowed men and women to
attend the same classes, al
though the men had to sit on the
right side of the room and the
women had to sit on the left side
of the room. The college was
also liberated because the ad
ministration allowed the stu
dents to have two dances per
But now one hundred years
later, Middle Georgia College is
very antiquated. The college
administration will not allow
things that are allowed at most
colleges and universities in
1987. At Middle Georgia Col
lege, the students’ biggest
complaint is that there is no
visitation in the dormitory
rooms so that they may have
privacy with members of the
opposite sex, to study and to be
The students would be satis
fied with partial visitation, like
from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
per week night and on Friday
and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to
12:00 a.m. The partial visitation
will give the students a place to
be alone with their dates and
will keep them off the streets.
Name withheld by Request
Last week, our school celebrated 100 years of educating young
adults in college studies.
Many things have changed since 1887. Lifestyles, the town, and
the campus have all gone through changes since
| the late 1880's. However, one thing has not
i changed: the administration’s attitude toward
allowing male and female students in each others
■ dorm rooms.
When young people go off to college, parents
expect them to conduct themselves in an “adult"
■ manner. If parents can consider their college kids
as adults, then why can not the school’s
administration consider college kids adults?
1 realize that Middle Georgia College is not one of the biggest
colleges in the state and that it is not located in a large city.
However, the people who make up the college student body were
not born back in 1887 when holding hands and walking down the
same street with a girl was considered a capital crime.
These are the 1980’s when kids who go to college should be
treated as adults and not like babies who should be pampered. Our
purpose here at Middle Georgia College is to get a good education,
enabling us to become more mature in our decisions^ I find nothing
wrong with letting a boy in a girl’s dorm room to study .A system o
taking ID cards could be used to ensure who is in who s rooim 1
believe it is time Middle Georgia College gets its head out of the
clouds and gets with the times. , ,
I do not know if this editorial will change school policy, but I think
the school administration should seriously confer a
they don’t we might as well go back to the old days at MGC when
slopping the hogs was a daily task and kissing a girl was a definite
We welcome your
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accepted on subjects of in
terest to the students of
Letters should be typed,
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longer than two typed
pages. AH letters must be
signed, although name
may be withheld on
Letters should be drop
ped at the KERNEL of
fice, Peacock Hall. 12, or
sent to MGC, Box 1.
Editor Michael Sanders
Assistant Editor Phillip Wilder
Secretary Elaine Marchman
and Kathy Hall
Photo Editor Jason Hobbs
Asst. Photo Editor Paul Donnel
Staff * Valerie Anderson, Jay Echols
Tina Floyd, Holly Hamrick
Diane Janknegy, Andreanna Partain
Carrie Posey, Sherrie Taylor,
Theresa Walker, Michelle Ward, Robin White
Photographers Brent Abare
Lee Howard and Lisa Wilkes
Ken Joyner, George Hinton
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The KERNEL office is located in Peacock Hall 12, 934-6221, ext.
269. Articles can be left at the office or sent to MGC Box 1.
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dent Publications Committee of Middle Georgia College, Cochran,
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