Chickamauga 150 Countdown: The Mistake

By Ron Fritze

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They call it the “fog of war.” It’s when unforeseen circumstances cause a battle plan to fall apart. It’s when an army’s communication breaks down during the heat of battle. It’s when generals lose track of where their troops are located. Every battle sees mistakes on both sides. Sometimes the mistakes cancel each other out. Other times, a mistake will lose a battle decisively. Chickamauga was one of those battles.

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Justice, Injustice, or another Day in America

By Gary McCullors

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Have you ever walked into a store just as you were leaving?  Bought Dinner twice on the same day, at different restaurants?  Visited that one place your spouse said you had better not be caught dead in, or you will wind up dead?  Seem to be spending more money than you thought?  Any of these things sound familiar?  I can’t vouch for the “one place,” but the others happened to my niece last year.  She was blissfully going about her business one day last year when she went to get some money out of an ATM.  The ATM blissfully reported that she didn’t have any money.  She immediately called and blasted her husband wanting to know what he had spent all the money on.  He of course denied spending it which generated a few rounds of, “Yes, you did,” “No, I didn’t,” and “You are lying.”  She reluctantly accepted that he may not have spent it, maybe.

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Tools of the Trade: Writing

By Ron Fritze

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Students periodically ask me for advice about succeeding in college.  I have a lot of advice but on this occasion I want to focus on one key piece of advice.  We live in a world where technology is touted as the end of education.  That is not true, technology is a tool, it is means to gain an education.  The end in education for a student is learning.  Sure it is a big help if you have a laptop to assist with your studies.  Blackboard and similar learning management systems are great tools.  But the bottom line is this—a person needs to want to learn.  And learning means work.  Besides the high tech tools, there are also some tried and true low tech tools that will help you to improve your writing.  But You have to take the time to use them.

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Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling puts universities’ race-preferred admissions on life support

By Jess Brown

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Although the Supreme Court’s end-of-term decisions about gay marriage dominated media coverage and public debate during the last week of June, its hot-off-the-press decision about affirmative action and university admissions deserves a close reading by university trustees, presidents and faculty. In the decision of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Justice Kennedy, speaking for a seven-member majority, may have substantially redefined the permissible scope of affirmative action in the context of university admissions. It is also worth noting that both members of the Court from racial/ethnic minorities – Thomas, an African-American, as well as Hispanic Sotomayor – supported his position.

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Can You Really Go Back To School?

By Guy McClure

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When I received my diploma 28 years ago I thought my days of studying were over. Granted, in hindsight I realize that I didn’t study enough when I was in college – but at that time scholarly pursuits seemed an overwhelming burden for someone in their early twenties. Now, almost three decades since that commencement march, I’ve decided to go back to school for a second bachelor’s degree.

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Chickamauga 150 Countdown: The Battle

By Ron Fritze

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So what’s up with this Battle of Chickamauga? Well, it was one of the American Civil War’s major battles and the bloodiest battle fought in the Western theater of the war. Over 120,000 soldiers fought at Chickamauga. Scattered fighting occurred on 18 September 1863 followed by two days of all-out battle on 19 and 20 September. The Union army numbered 58,000 men under William Rosecrans while the Confederate army consisted of 66,000 men commanded by Braxton Bragg. It is a unique battle in that it was one of the few Civil War battles where the Southern army had numerical superiority. Also, as far as the events of the Western theater of the Civil War went, it was the only major victory for Southern forces in that theater of the war.

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Congratulations! You have been selected for an interview!

By Saralyn Mitchell

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Receiving a call for an interview means that your resume, cover letter and online brand were impressive; you’ve landed an interview with your company of choice. Interview preparation is a must and the key to your success. You must be your best to differentiate yourself from the other candidates. Here are my top interviewing and follow-up keys to success.

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Books, Brews, and Much, Much More!

By Robert Burkhardt

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Come in and make yourself at home…literally, at the Athens State University Library’s Learning Commons area.  We have new comfy seating that can be rearranged to suit a study group of one or more.  Don’t want to sit at one of our desktop stations for PCs or Macs?  Not a problem.  Students and employees can check out a laptop for use in the building.  You can relax and prop up your feet while researching or typing a paper. We have a self-serve kiosk for coffee, green tea, and hot chocolate for just $1.25 a cup.  The only traditional librarian-shushing that we will do is that we still ask that you silence your cell phone and field any calls outside of the building.  (The student next to you could be taking a timed exam….)  The first floor is low talking, and the second floor is designated as a quiet study area.

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Password Cracker: Not Your Daddy’s Saltine

By Gary McCullors

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SplashData released a study in December 2012 that identified the top 25 passwords used and posted by hackers.  The top two were “password” and “123456.”  If you make it that easy, you need cracking.  For those of us that take passwords seriously, we tend to think we are being original, or cute, when we create them, but when the “Cracker” is released (a play on “Release the Kraken,” from the Clash of the Titans) we find we are not as original or cute as we thought.

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Who Are We?

By Guy McClure

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Who are we?  It is an introspective question that one might ask when on a quest of self-discovery.  It is also a question an institution must ask when defining itself in a constantly changing environment.  In the 191-year history of Athens State University we have been many things to many constituents, but whether that is an alma mater, a community resource, or an educational touchstone, we each have a personal connection to Athens State that is uniquely ours.The first step in defining ourselves is to do just that – establish a definition.  Athens State is an upper-division, two-year educational institution, one of only a handful of such schools in the world.  The problem is there is no word or phrase that adequately paints a mental picture of what this means.   The other problem is that this causes our colleagues, constituents, and even our neighbors to not clearly understand our purpose.

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