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Gamecock Guide 2018: Where I went

Hollie Ivey, JSU Graduate

It was a Wednesday. I was both excited and overwhelmed. Eager and completely mortified. I was a freshman. And for my very first class that day, on my very first day as a student, I had my introduction class for my major.

I made a decision during my drive to campus that day. “This is your fresh start. This is where you will become the person you want to be – new faces, new friends, new classes, new you.”

I walked into that class of 70 students, sat down, listened to the syllabus being read, and left once class was dismissed. I did this for my other classes that day, too. And every other day for that semester.

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Recent JSU graduate Hollie Ivey shares her college experiences and gives incoming freshmen one piece of advice: don’t take your time at JSU for granted. (LPT Designs Photography)

I barely talked. I spent time alone studying on the quad under one of the many large trees, or in a remote corner of the library enjoying a cup of coffee from Java Jolt. I would walk around campus taking in the beauty of JSU during my four-hour break because I was a commuter and didn’t want to make the trek home between classes. I ran on the Ladiga Trail and pushed myself into the best health I had been in years.

I wasn’t involved in clubs or campus groups. I didn’t make any new friends. But I absolutely loved that semester and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. That semester I found joy in who I was. I grew closer to myself and stronger in my walk with Christ.

Fast forward to the next year and the years after, and things changed. I made friends. My department was small, so I was able to be in the same classes, with the same people, semester after semester, up until graduation. Professors learned my name, my cat’s name, my dreams and my passions and my aspirations. They learned who I was, and not just my student number.

I was involved in multiple organizations, in some of which I eventually took on leadership rolls. I organized study groups. I looked forward to campus events. And I loved it, too.

What changed? Nothing really. Both of those people were and still are me. I just took my college career into my own hands and enjoyed it as I wanted.

During freshman orientation they advised being as involved as possible. Which is great for some. For me, it wasn’t at that time. Later on, however, I would be following that very same advice.

I am thankful for my time at Jacksonville. I’m thankful for the classes, career preparation, networking and skills gained. I’m more thankful for the friendships it gave me, the experiences it offered me, the memories that were made during that time and the family that was gained (looking at you Communication and Spanish Departments).

Did I go about those four years in the typical way? Probably not. But that’s because there isn’t a typical way. College is about you and what you make it. Want to be involved from day one and become one of the very familiar faces on campus? Do it. Want to enjoy a small group of friends and bask in the sun in between class under one of the few remaining trees on campus? Do it.

But whatever your decision is – enjoy it. I always thought those years as a student would feel like forever and that I would have plenty of time to appreciate the joys of Jacksonville. But here I sit, typing this, my diploma on a shelf in my room, a graduate of the Spring of 2018. And what I wouldn’t give to be back in my freshman or sophomore year. Not to redo it, but to enjoy it all over again.

So to JSU, thank you. To incoming freshman, don’t take it for granted.

Once upon a time: stories in Spanish (Había una vez : historias en español)

Kristen Gentry shares Spanish storybooks with children in the Children’s Corner on Tuesday, March 13 (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Hollie Ivey, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, the Children’s Corner at the Houston Cole Library offered “Había una vez – Stories in Spanish,” which featured special videos and books read in both Spanish and English.

“This is a place where the kids can celebrate knowing two languages and can read books in Spanish,” said librarian Laurie Heathcock, who organized the event. “This is our first time doing the story time program, but we are going to try and do [the bilingual night] every month”

The Children’s Corner, which was established last year, hopes to promote and encourage cultural education and literacy within the youth community of Jacksonville and surrounding areas.

Kristen Gentry reads a story in Spanish to children and guests at the Houston Cole Library (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Spanish major and Child Development minor Kristen Gentry read two books to the children in attendance, including “Mis Colores, Mi Mundo” and “¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?” (“My Colors, My World” and “What Can You Do with a Paleta?”)

Gentry studied Spanish at The University of Salamanca in Spain and wants to use her proficiency in the Spanish language to help others.

“Parents at home who don’t know English very well can’t help their children like they want to, and it can be hard on daycare workers, but having someone who is bilingual or having a bilingual daycare can help prevent the children from starting school and being behind in class,” Gentry said.

Multiple studies show that there are significant benefits for children who grow up bilingual or are exposed to a second language.

Research published in Psychological Science shows children in multilingual households and children exposed to a second language communicate more efficiently from discerning between different social and speech patterns.

The popular 1947 children’s book “Goodnight Moon,” has been translated into 12 languages, including Spanish (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Bilingual children also excel in problem-solving skills and are better able to filter out distractions, according to a study by Strathclyde University.

Feliza Camarillo, a Spanish major, agrees. “I think it is very important, having a bilingual mind. Your mind works a lot faster than a monolingual person, you can deal with things a lot faster, and it is easier to communicate with people.”

The Children’s Corner will next host JSU music professor Dr. James Woodward on March 27. Woodward, musician and author, will be reading his book “When Rebecca Woogie Came to Town.” Children will have the opportunity to play instruments alongside the reading.

Read this article in Spanish here!

*Hollie Ivey is a senior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Spanish. She will be graduating in May 2018. Dr. Eduardo Pacheco, an associate professor of Spanish at JSU, kindly proofed the Spanish translation of this article before it was printed.*

Había una vez : historias en español (Once upon a time: stories in Spanish)

Kristen Gentry comparte libros de cuentos en español con niños en el Children’s Corner el martes 13 de marzo (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Hollie IveyEscritora del Personal

El martes, el Children’s Corner en la Biblioteca Houston Cole ofreció “Había una vez – Historias en español”, que presentaba videos especiales y libros leídos tanto en español como en inglés.

“Este es un lugar donde los niños pueden celebrar sabiendo dos idiomas y pueden leer libros en español”, dijo la bibliotecaria Laurie Heathcock, que organizó el evento. “Esta es la primera vez que hacemos el programa, pero vamos a intentar hacer [la noche bilingüe] cada mes”

The Children’s Corner, que se estableció el año pasado, espera promover y fomentar la educación cultural y la alfabetización dentro de la comunidad juvenil de Jacksonville y sus alrededores.

Kristen Gentry lee una historia en español para niños y huéspedes de la Biblioteca Houston Cole (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Kristen Gentry, quien se especializa en español y tiene como segunda especialidad el desarrollo infantile, leyó dos libros a los niños que asistieron, entre ellos “Mis Colores, Mi Mundo” y “¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?”

Gentry estudió el español en la Universidad de Salamanca en España y quiere usar su dominio del español para ayudar a los demás.

“Los padres en casa que no saben muy bien inglés no pueden ayudar a sus hijos como quieren, y puede ser difícil para los trabajadores de guardería, pero tener a alguien que sea bilingüe o tener una guardería bilingüe puede ayudar a evitar que los niños comiencen la escuela y estar atrasados en la clase “, dijo Gentry.

Múltiples estudios muestran que existen beneficios significativos para los niños que crecen bilingües o que están expuestos a un segundo idioma.

La investigación publicada en Psychological Science muestra que los niños en hogares plurilingüe y los niños expuestos a un segundo idioma se comunican de manera más eficiente a partir del discernimiento entre los diferentes patrones sociales y del habla.

El popular libro infantil de 1947 “Buenas Noches, Luna” se ha traducido a 12 idiomas, incluido el español (Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer).

Los niños bilingües también se destacan en las habilidades de resolución de problemas y son más capaces de filtrar las distracciones, según un estudio de la Universidad de Strathclyde.

Feliza Camarillo, una estudiante de español, está de acuerdo. “Creo que es muy importante tener una mente bilingüe. Tu mente funciona mucho más rápido que una persona monolingüe, puedes manejar las cosas mucho más rápido y es más fácil comunicarse con la gente “.

El próximo evento de Children’s Corner ofrecerá el profesor de música JSU Dr. James Woodward el 27 de marzo. Woodward, músico y autor, leerá su libro “Cuando Rebecca Woogie llegó a la ciudad”. Los niños tendrán la oportunidad de tocar instrumentos junto con la lectura.

¡Lee este artículo en español aquí!

*Hollie Ivey tiene una especialización en relaciones públicas con un menor en español. Ella se graduará en mayo de 2018. Profesor Edu-ardo Pacheco, profesor asociado de español en JSU, amablemente a prueba la traducción al español de este artículo antes de que se imprimiera.*

Gamecocks take down Golden Eagles to clinch four-seed

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Marlon Hunter led JSU in scoring against Belmont and Tennessee Tech to finish out the regular season, earning him the title of OVC Newcomer of the Week. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)


Hollie Ivey, Staff Sports Reporter

The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team (20-11, 11-7 OVC) took home a 66-57 win over Tennessee Tech in their final regular season game on Saturday, clinching the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Championship and earning its second consecutive 20-win season.

Former Head Coach Bill Jones was the last coach to lead the Gamecocks to back-to-back 20-win seasons in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

Senior Norbertas Giga added the first points to the board Saturday after a foul by TTU’s Mason Ramsey. After a 2 from junior Marlon Hunter, Tennessee Tech’s Shaq Calhoun tied the game 3-3 at the 16:25 mark.

A short range shot from Cunningham at 15:28 gave the Gamecocks back a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest.

Maurice Dunlap earned the first 3-pointer for JSU with 4:21 remaining, and JSU led 26-19 at the half thanks to a 35.71% shooting average over TTU’s 24.14%.

Following a foul from Burnell, the Golden Eagles’ Courtney Alexander earned the first two points of the second half, but a layup by JSU’s Norbertas Giga would extend the Gamecock lead back to seven points.

TTU managed to pull within three points of Jacksonville’s lead at the 7:56 mark of the second half. The Gamecock’s defense reacted by preventing TTU from making any field goals for the next five minutes of play, but the Golden Eagles kept the deficit slim by converting on six free throws.

The Gamecock lead stayed under 10 for the remainder of the game, but an 8-2 Gamecock run after the 4:34 mark solidified their lead and pushed the team to their 66-57 victory.

Hunter was a strong presence in the game, bucketing 14 points as the night’s top scorer for JSU, followed by 12 from Jason Burnell and 11 from Giga. Junior Christian Cunningham, earning a double-double, registered 10 points and 13 rebounds.

For his performance in the game against TTU and his 21 points against Belmont on February 22, Hunter was named OVC Newcomer of the Week.

Jacksonville’s 20-7 bench points and 34-24 points-in-paint edge over Tennessee Tech helped boost the Gamecocks to the win, and JSU held a 38.3% shooting percentage over TTU’s 31.1% for the game.

The Gamecocks will face off against the winner of the first-round game between Tennessee Tech and SIUE on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Evansville, Indiana.

JSU swept their two matchups against the Golden Eagles this season, but fell to SIUE 75-67 in their only contest.

A Gamecock victory in the quarterfinals would mean JSU would move on to face Murray State, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, in the semifinals Friday night.



Library tailgate encourages students to explore Houston Cole

Cassidy Smith, Staff Writer


Music, food and balloons filled the scene of the Library Tailgate at the Houston Cole Library on Thursday, October 26. The event’s purpose was to engage students with the priceless resource of librarians and the information that they can help students find. Each floor had a table set up with information regarding what exactly could be found there. Students were given “Tailgate Tickets,” and as they visited each table, they got a hole punched in the ticket; when the ticket was filled, the students would be entered into a raffle to win door prizes from local businesses and vendors.

Seventh floor librarian Harry Nuttall and sixth floor librarian Carley Knight greet students and guests at the library’s second annual Homecoming tailgate (photo by Cassidy Smith/The Chanticleer).

The goal was to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for both students and the Jacksonville community. “We want to send a message to the campus community that we are open and here for everyone,” explained Kim Westbrooks, the Business & Social Sciences librarian, who directed the event. “We strive to decrease library anxiety; the media portrays libraries as uninviting places with dusty old librarians who won’t even let you talk. But we are here to facilitate any and all research and to make lives easier.”

According to Westbrooks, the library is home to over 300 electronic databases (Westbrooks suggested libguides.jsu.edu) and 8000 books. The second-floor reference desk, which houses a librarian during all hours of operation, is available to help students navigate that overwhelming statistic.

Kim Westbrooks, the librarian who organized the tailgate party, stands at the third and fourth floor table (photo by Cassidy Smith/The Chanticleer).

For community members who are not JSU students (or for future alumni who plan to stick around Jacksonville), there is an option to become a “Friend of the Library,” which allows any member of the community to check out books and use the library resources for $30 a year.

The Library Tailgate was a “non-traditional method to bring more people into the library,” said Dean of Library Services John-Bauer Graham. “We’re trying something different that can appeal to everyone.”

To showcase and celebrate the unique themes of each floor, the corresponding librarian set up a table containing books from their floors, educational pictures and information, and their business cards to get in touch with them for help.

To get in touch with Kim Westbrooks, email kwestbrooks1@jsu.edu. For Dean Graham, jgraham@jsu.edu. 


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A directory of the Houston Cole Library shoes the content of each of the 12 floors. The library is the tallest academic building in the state of Alabama (photo via Jacksonville State University).


See more photos from the Library’s tailgate here! All photos by Hollie Ivey/The Chanticleer

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