The First Word: “A Game of Technology: A Profile of Coach Lee Richter”

NathanGarnerThe second entry into this year’s batch of exemplary first-year writing is Nathan Garner’s “A Game of Technology: A Profile of Coach Lee Richter.” It was nominated by Dr. Justin Thurman.

About this piece, Dr. Thurman writes:

Nathan’s profile of LaGrange College’s golf coach manages to do two things quite well. First off, it captures Coach Richter’s commitment to his players and details how he came to be a coach at LaGrange College. Secondly, it explores the far-reaching uses and abuses of social media

and information technology. The piece is ultimately successful, however, because Nathan worked through multiple drafts and incorporated valuable feedback from his workshop peer group.

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The First Word: “ProcrastiNation and College Writing”

2017’s first entry into LaGrange College’s First Word column of exemplary writing is Kirstie Neal’s “ProcrastiNation and College Writing.” It was nominated by Dr. Patti Marchesi.

Dr. Marchesi writes:

“Kirstie’s essay was written in response to a prompt asking students to consider both the importance of the writing process and the drawbacks of procrastination. In addition to the student’s own experiences and insights, the essay is noteworthy because of the clear way in which it is written, as well as the attention it gives to the different stages of writing.”

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Atlanta’s March for Social Justice and Women

img_0305By Jacob Kryzsiak

On January 21st, 2017, Americans from across the country traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. Similar marches, now being called “sister marches,” were organized to support the protesters in Washington D.C. These sister marches took place nationally in multiple American cities Internationally, marches took place in London, Paris, and Nairobi, for example. Continue reading “Atlanta’s March for Social Justice and Women”

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! The 2016/2017 Special Issue Is Here


The Hilltop News welcomes LaGrange College back to campus for the spring semester. As we swing into 2017, it is worth looking back at the year that was. And what better way to do that than with our 2016/2017 special issue: STRANGER THINGS

Why call this special print issue, “Stranger Things”? Well, the year 2016 was—to put it mildly—strange.

Here in Georgia, the autumn was beset by drought and record temperatures. The strange weather brought a few more days of short-sleeve weather, late-changing leaves, and a spate of wildfires throughout the north of the state.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world deals with its own set of strange circumstances. Syria is engulfed in a civil war that has resulted in a global refugee crisis. The United Kingdom voted yes on Brexit and is preparing to separate itself from the European Union. And the United States capped off its historically bitter presidential election with two bizarre outcomes:

1) Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first female candidate to be awarded a major party’s nomination, won the popular vote.

2) Donald J. Trump, a reality television mogul, controversial firebrand, and populist billionaire, won the Electoral College and the American presidency.

Strange days, indeed.

At The Hilltop News, our student writers followed suit by embracing the strange. Rather than stick to the old familiar—the “straight news” story—we stretched out into the history of literary journalism. Using techniques from an examination of the pioneers—W.T. Stead, Lillian Ross, Hunter S. Thompson, and Joan Didion, just to name a few—our writers built articles that celebrate the weird and wonderful world of the LaGrange community.

In this issue, you will find stories about the college’s marching band and its new digital media program.  You will read about make-up artists, Pokemon Go! addicts, music teachers, chicken-wing munching truck-drivers, and orchestra-composing police officers. You will follow one intrepid reporter has she uncovers the lost history of LaGrange College’s debate teams.

So join us as we do the unthinkable: we talk to strangers. And unlike the strange outbreak of forest clowns that emerged toward the end of the last year, there’s nothing to be afraid of within these woods.

You can pick up a copy at the newstand outside the 24-Hour Study Area!

Farewell, Dr. Garrison


By Emily Webb

Dr. David Garrison will be leaving LaGrange College in February, but his impact on this campus will remain here for many years to come.

Dr. Garrison has worked for LaGrange College for six and a half years. He has been in the Provost’s role since he began working at the college. He taught English and Cornerstone classes before he stopped teaching in 2014.

“It was one of those experiences where I had a terrific teaching experience with an exceptionally wonderful class, and I thought, why go on?” He joked.

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The JanTerm: An Opportunity for Adventure

LaGrange College Student Joshua Daniel (Religion ’16) interacts with a child in the Philippines.

At LaGrange College, the Interim, or “JanTerm” is a month-long period between the Fall and Spring Semesters that allows students to take courses outside of their major studies and even travel abroad. The period offers a less stressful time of the year because for many courses students can choose pass/fail credit, and they don’t have to worry about the maintenance of other course assignments. They can also choose to go outside of their own interests and explore topics that can open their minds to new ideas and subjects that were unavailable at high school, home, or in their majors.

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STRANGER THINGS: The Hilltop News Seeks Submissions for its Fall Special Issue



Over the summer, television audiences across the country got swept up in the universe of the Netflix series Stranger Things, the story of a missing boy and the supernatural secrets of his fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, Stranger Things is set in the ‘80s and uses that decade’s popular culture as touchstones for a deeper investigation of family, friends, and all the passions and pitfalls of growing up in a country that’s growing up right alongside you.

Central to the plot is a mysterious other world, the “upside-down,” which is a cold and cruel reflection of our everyday reality. It is this world—and the powerful little girl who can telepathically travel to it—that gives the series its name.

Like the binge-watching American populace and the intrepid citizens of Hawkins, The Hilltop News is fascinated by stranger things and we seek your stories for our fall special issue. What are stranger things? They can be, but they are not limited to, any of the following:

– STRANGER DANGER! People, places, things or ideas that people should fear or stop fearing.

– STRANGE DAYS! Creative nonfiction that explores or details strange adventures.

– BORING, BUT STRANGE! True stories of everyday things made weird and wonderful by your unique point of view.

Cartoon by Benjamin Swartz, courtesy of The New Yorker

Sportswriting. Profiles. Special interest. Arts and culture reviews. Political writing. If it’s strange, stranger, or strangest, we want to see it!

Articles should be a minimum of 750 words, but no more than 2,000 words. Because the editorial team for this issue will be students currently researching the literary journalism, The Hilltop News is especially interested in stories that are current, innovative, and well reported with a variety of relevant people and news sources.

Send your submissions and questions to the no later than Friday, November 11th. If your article is accepted, The Hilltop News will publish your piece and pay you!


SPECIAL NOTE FOR DR. THURMAN’S LITERARY JOURNALISM CLASS: Articles should consider the criteria of literary journalism discussed in class and evidence at least half a semester’s worth of reporting, research, thinking, and writing. Please consult your notes from class and the rubric we developed. 

SGA Motions to Remodel Speed Bumps in Fraternity Court

The Fraternity Court at LaGrange College


On Sept. 14, SGA President Corey Morgan and Senior Senator Matthew Crawford developed a resolution that would remodel the speed bumps surrounding fraternity court. The Morgan administration acted on complaints received from fraternity members over the summer. River City Contractors are expected to break ground this Oct. 6.

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Having Our Say: Millennials and The 2016 Presidential Race

Rebekah Lee, Associate Editor of Student Publication, English, ’18

In November of 2016, the future of America will be placed in the voting population’s hands. As of now, half of the voting population is made up of Generation Y, or “Millennials” as some call them, and they have had more say during this election process than in the past. After all, there has been a wide variety of diverse and persuasive candidates. From Senator Bernie Sanders’ position on government-funded higher education to Donald Trump calling for a reawakening of American pride and greatness to Hillary Clinton’s position on women’s choice issues. This election lacks  nothing  in terms of Millennial interest and the variety of changes in direction the country can take with “just one” vote.

        Where do Millennials stand in the political race on terms of voice and what makes the current leading candidates appealing to our generation? According to The Atlantic writer, Derek Thompson, “They sense that they are both America’s impoverished generation and its moral guardians—absent on the payroll, but present at the the revolution.”

The three leading candidates of this presidential race have their own agendas and are not only attracting attention from older generations, but most of them are campaigning specifically towards Millennials. Senator Bernie Sanders not only caters his campaign towards our generation, but his actions line up with his style. Sanders plans to make public colleges and universities a government-funded experience to help eliminate the burden of student loans. This, of course, appeals to Millennials in their fight to combat costly higher education.

Sanders’ campaign also works with a lot of social media marketing that appeals to Generation Y’s technological personality. Sanders certainly maintains a big number of Millennial voters, with numbers of supporters rising everyday on college campuses across the country. He addresses Generation Y not as a lazy, irresponsible generation, but as the intelligent, future guardians and driving force of the country whose concerns for the future are valid and valued.

Republican candidate Donald Trump comes from a different spectrum of the race than Senator Sanders. While Sanders speaks to Millennials about how it’s okay to receive help, Trump’s campaign revolves around the idea that America needs to pull up her britches and get to work. Trump reels in the right-wing Millennials who wish to see the America  their great-grandparents experienced. While some are offended by Trump’s uncensored comments, others are enamored by his candor. As off the beat as Mr. Trump can seem, he appeals to some as honest and goes against the run-of-the-mill seasoned senator running for office. Trump is different and to some, that makes his campaign special. They’re tired of being lied to by senators looking for a vote. To this specific group of Millennials, According to his supporters, Trump speaks for the underdogs and the working class of America.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has drawn a lot of attention not just from the presidential race, but from the public in general. As the leading candidate for the Democratic party and a woman, Clinton appeals primarily to Millennial women who wish to finally see a woman in the White House. Clinton’s views on women’s rights issues and early childhood education are particularly important to some young women voters. Clinton resonates with women of our generation who simply don’t feel as though their voice is being heard.


 Generation Y’s main concerns revolve around fairness and going against the traditional American politics that have been used in the past. They want riots, they want revolutions, but are they willing to fight for it? Voting was a right that Americans fought for, but are Millennials upholding their responsibility in regards to actively putting in their say in the polls? Out of all of the generations, Millennials are represented the least at the polls, regardless of how much they say they support their candidate. Derek Thompson states, “Young people treat electoral politics the way they treat Hollywood movies: They only show up for the blockbusters. But the math of democracy is unyielding. If you want a revolution, you have to vote for it. Not just every four years. Not just for cool candidates. Not just for political outsiders unsullied by the soot of experience.”

A Millennial’s typical reasons for not voting lie along the lines of not feeling their vote counts, not knowing who to vote for, or a general lack of knowledge of the voting system. As a generation that wants to actively fight for change, the leading candidates are all excellent voices for an awakening of American politics. We, as a generation, need to be willing to educate ourselves and fight for the best possible outcome this November.