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GSA hosts bake sale to fund club project

Ever since the consolidation with Bainbridge, category four clubs at ABAC have lost funding for holding events. ABAC’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA is one of the clubs that has been affected by this, however, they are not letting the loss of funds stop them from being active on campus. On Oct. 25, GSA hosted their annual Halloween Bake Sale. This was their third year hosting the fundraiser.

Each semester, the club sets out a list of goals they hope to achieve for the semester. The money raised at their fundraisers go towards these goals. What they raised at the bake sale will be going towards their Clothing Exchange Project, which will help transgender and dysphoric individuals have access to clothing they may not have due to poverty or being in an unsafe situation. The funds will also be going towards decorations and supplies for the haybale contest, the club hosted documentary showings and other events.

The Halloween Bake Sale is an event that each GSA member and several students and staff look forward to every year. This year, the bake sale had a variety of snacks available such as lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies, Halloween themed cupcakes, triple chocolate brownies and chocolate decorated pretzel sticks. All treats are made by members of the club. At the end of the event, the GSA sold out of everything managing to raise over 100 dollars. Due to its success this year and in years prior the GSA will continue to host the event in the future.

GSA plans to host other fundraising events as well. These include a Warm Your Heart event, where they will sell hot cocoa to battle the cold, their annual informative Women’s Day Bake Sale in the spring, various raffles and a Tie Dye event.

Despite not getting funding, category four clubs like the GSA will continue to stay relevant on ABAC’s campus. However, they cannot do it without the support of those around them. Be sure to support ABAC’s clubs when they take the time and effort to organize and host events so that they can continue to have a prominent impact on ABAC.

Lifestyles

Netflix series ‘‘Big Mouth’’ releases second season

Going through changes? Maybe you should watch “Big Mouth”. On Oct. 5, season two of “Big Mouth” was released on Netflix. The series is a comedy created by comedian Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Though the show’s animation may take some time to get used to, it is well worth the time. Season one received tons of praise for its humor and educational value, and season two is no different.

Like season one of “Big Mouth”, season two follows the adventures of middle schoolers Nick and Andrew as they make their way through puberty. Puberty can be a difficult time for everyone and “Big Mouth” does not go easy when it comes to showing this. Season two takes the time for character development. It also introduces a couple of new characters like the Shame Wizard who plays a very important part in making the children feel ashamed of their thoughts and behaviors.

“Big Mouth” is about puberty and does not shy away from the subject. Some may even say that it has taught them more than any middle school sex ed class ever could. The show reminds us of what it feels like when your friends are developing faster than you or when your pants are pulled down in front of everyone. Not only does it teach about the embarrassing moments of puberty, but it also tackles various issues such as the importance of body positivity and what it is like when parents go through a divorce. “Big Mouth” also talks about discovering one’s sexual identity, showing that it’s okay to be bisexual. There is also a whole episode dedicated to Planned Parenthood. The show also shows that females can be just as sexual as males.

What makes “Big Mouth” interesting is that it manages to teach these life lessons all while staying hilarious using giant monsters to represent puberty and the thoughts and feelings that go along with it. Not to mention it has a theme song that will get stuck in your head for days to come. All of this makes “Big Mouth” an easy show to binge watch in one afternoon.

Lifestyles

A first look at the new season of ‘South Park’

South Park” has been building the anticipation for its new season. In the weeks before its premiere, the ads for “South Park” filled Comedy Central. The ads questioned the viewers’ humanity and political choices by prompting questions like, “Unemployment, pollution, homelessness. America has reached a crossroads. What will we do next?” followed by #CancelSouthPark. This made many viewers question whether the show is actually trying to get cancelled or if it is simply poking fun at cancel culture. Because “South Park” has always been a controversial show, it seems like the latter.

Season 22 aired on Sep. 26. The first episode of the season, “Dead Kids,” gave commentary on school shootings. Using well-known characters, it showed how little people seem to care and how nothing is being done about gun violence in schools. The episode focused on Sharon, one of the main character’s moms, and how she seemed to be the only one that cared that school shootings kept happening. Everyone else acted like she was overreacting. No one else was fazed. They blamed her reaction on other reasons. This was a strong episode to start the season.

When the title of the episode was revealed as “Dead Kids” and it was first released that the episode would be about a school shooting, many fans were concerned that the main character would be killed off. Once the episode started, it seemed like the characters were safe and would remain in the background. At the end of the episode, the main character is shot and now fans are upset. The way this episode was written and carried out is fitting considering in real life when it comes to gun violence, many people act as if they are not affected and care little about the problem until they are directly affected.

In true “South Park” fashion, the characters, attitudes, and situation stand as symbolism for the message.South Park” has always been political and sometimes controversial and this episode was no exception.

Now, viewers must wait until next week to know what happens next and if this is, in fact, another serialized season. If the episodes continue to be as strong as this one, it could make for a really great season.

Lifestyles

Ruth’s Cottage spreads awareness of domestic abuse

Since 1981, October has been known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Ruth’s Cottage, located in Tifton, came to ABAC’s campus to spread awareness of the cause. Ruth’s Cottage is a domestic violence shelter for women that many ABAC students have worked with in the past.

The event was held in Lakeside’s multipurpose room on Oct. 3. Barbara Wilber, the assistant director of Ruth’s Cottage, was there to talk about domestic violence and the work that the shelter does.

Ruth’s Cottage is not only a shelter for domestic violence. There are other departments as well, one being a center for child abuse, The Patticake House. The other is the sexual assault program through the Affinity Clinic.

Ruth’s Cottage takes in crisis calls, which are calls that victims of domestic violence can call in. The shelter also offers advocates for victims.

At the event, they also talked about what the future holds for Ruth’s Cottage and how it plans on growing in the future. Thanks to a community development grant of $750,000, they hope to start building a new shelter in January. The new shelter means instead of being able to house 12 people, the shelter will be able to hold 24. Three apartments inside the shelter will be able to accommodate large families as well as men.

Previously, each department was in a different location, but with the new building, they will all be under one roof. The event allowed students to know that these resources were available for them if they should ever need them.  Ruth’s Cottage also let students know that there are volunteer opportunities available for them through the shelter.

Ruth’s Cottage handed out relationship surveys for those interested in testing their relationship to see if it was healthy. The survey posed yes or no questions such as, “The person I’m with puts me down, calls me names or criticizes me” and “The person I’m with gets extremely jealous or possessive.”

The event ended with an activity put on by Lakeside CAs Janelle Balceiro, Nyshanti Ross, and Bernardo Cruz. The activity was called Positive Graffiti. Students could draw, color and decorate positive messages that were to be hung up around Lakeside for everyone to see.

Agriculture

Club Spotlight: Ag Business Club

In its first year of having a home on ABAC’s campus, the Ag Business Club was one of the top chapters in the country. This year it is their goal to be the top chapter in the country.

For those that have never heard of the Ag Business club, it is a club dedicated to helping the students of ABAC that are interested in fields such as agri-marketing, ag economics, and natural resource and environmental economics.

Despite having a focus on agriculture, business, management, and communications development, the club is open to all students regardless of their major or career interest. The Ag Business Club hopes to promote interest in the agricultural field of applied business. They also take part in the National Agri-Marketing Association, and help students get involved with the organization.

Their mission is to reach out to students and recruit those that may be interested in the business side of agriculture.

The club uses farm and ag tours as well as guest speakers to give students a wider perspective of the field of agriculture. The Ag Business Club also offers students the chance to build professional relationships and engage in professional development opportunities. They believe in helping students succeed through career development, service opportunities, professional networking, and education enhancement

Through working with the National Agri-Marketing Association they are able to accomplish this. The Ag Business club is an accredited NAMA chapter. Therefore, they receive support from many professionals in the industry want to contribute to future industry leaders and business managers.

Every April, the club travels to an annual student marketing competition where over 300 students from more than 30 universities participate. At this competition students present a full marketing campaign for new innovative agricultural products. Throughout the year the Ag Business club helps students develop a plan and a presentation that will be presented to a panel of marketing representatives. This also offers students the chance to network and meet nearly 1000 industry contacts.

In the past, the Ag Business club has hosted the Miss ABAC Pageant. This year will be their 49th year hosting the event. All clubs, athletic teams, and individuals are welcome to participate in the pageant each year. The deadline for entries was Sept. 22, and the event will take place this month in the Howard Auditorium.

Audrey Luke­-Morgan is the advisor of the Ag Business Club and Branson Beasley is the current president. For those interested in becoming a member, meetings are held every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Ag Sciences Building in room 139.