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NL Cy Young

By: Locke Hoover

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2012) — The Cy Young is an award every pitcher strives to win during there career. It is a great achievement in a pitchers career. This award means they are the best pitcher in the league. I am going present four candidates case for winning to Cy young and then tell you who I think should win the award. The four pitchers I think should be considered are R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Craig Kimbrel, and Matt Cain. The first candidate is R.A. Dickey. Dickey has a 2.66 ERA 20 wins five complete games over 200 strikeouts and well over 200 innings. Batters are hitting .223 against him and he is 7-5 after the all-star break. Dickey has had a career year and the knuckleballer has a great chance at winning the award. Gio Gonzalez is a 20 game winner with a 2.84 ERA. He has over 200 strikeouts and will have over 200 innings pitched (193.1) when the season is over. Opponents are hitting .204 against him and he is 8-5 after the all-star break. Craig Kimbrel has 40 saves in 43 chances, a 1.04 ERA and has pitched 60.1 innings. Kimbrel has 111 strikeouts in 60 games pitched and opponents are hitting .126 against him. After the all-star break in 27.1 innings he has a .66 ERA with 15 saves and 55 strikeouts. Matt Cain is the fourth and final candidate in the running for the Cy young. In Cain’s 31 starts he has 16 wins and a 2.77 ERA. He has thrown over 200 innings pitched and will have over 200 strikeouts (191) when the season ends. Opponents are hitting .222 against him. He is 7-2 after the all- star break with a 2.97 ERA.
There are the four candidates stat breakdowns and now I will tell you whom I think should win the Cy. Gonzalez is tied for first in wins, fourth in strikeouts, seventh in walks, sixth in ERA, sixth in WHIP, seventh in winning percentage, and fourth in complete games. He is on a division leading team has had a great year. He has a great case to make but in some peoples opinion he is not the best pitchers on his own team, so how can if win a Cy if this is the case? Kimbrel has had a great year as a closer. He leads the lead in saves and has the most strikeouts as a reliever since 1990. He has been light all year and just going by the eye test has been on of the best pitchers in the game. Cain is fifth in wins, second in innings pitched, eighth in innings pitched, fourth in ERA, second in WHIP, fourth in winning percentage, and fourth in complete games. Cain is on a division winning team and has been a horse all season for the Gaints. Dickey is tied for first in wins, first in innings pitched, first in strikeouts, second in ERA, third in WHIP, second in winning percentage, and first in complete games. Dickey is pitching for a losing team, which will hurt his chances, but to me that is why he should win the Cy. Dickey has 20 wins on a team that has only won 72 games. So there you go folks you 2012 Cy Young winners is R.A. Dickey.

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KSU breaks ground on Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art

Privately funded facility will house University’s art collection

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 25, 2012) — Kennesaw State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art today at the construction site adjacent to the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The museum is expected to open in fall 2013.

The facility is named in honor of retired businessman Bernard A. Zuckerman, who provided $2 million for the $3 million project. Other major donors include the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and the Leo Delle Lassiter Jolley Foundation, among others.

This 9,200-square-foot museum will house the University’s permanent art collection and serve as a cultural resource on contemporary art. It includes three exhibition galleries, as well as the Leo Delle Lassiter Jolley Foundation Collection Research Center and the Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion, a glass atrium devoted to the sculptures of Zuckerman’s late wife, who was renowned for her work in stone and bronze.

“The Zuckerman Museum of Art is a wonderful example of the important role private funding plays in the University today,” said Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State University. “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Zuckerman, the Woodruff Foundation, the Jolley Foundation and so many others who understand the value of providing a state-of-the-art museum on the Kennesaw State University campus. This project would not have been possible without their support.”

The Zuckerman Museum of Art will adjoin the Bailey Center, which houses two gallery spaces — the Don Russell Clayton Gallery and the Anna F. Henriquez Atrium — and the Audrey B. and Jack E. Morgan, Sr., Concert Hall. It is located near the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater and the Onyx Theater, enabling campus visitors to move easily between the University’s performance and exhibition venues.

“The art museum will become the hub of the Arts District on campus, providing a welcoming center that physically connects the corridor between the concert hall of the Bailey Performance Center and the two theaters,” said College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks. “Students and the community will be able to partake in multiple arts experiences on every visit to campus.”

The Zuckerman Museum of Art is part of the KSU Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, which also oversees the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, the Fred D. Bentley, Sr., Rare Book Gallery and the KSU Archives.

Catherine Lewis, executive director of the department, explains that “in addition to curating and presenting new exhibitions on contemporary art, the Zuckerman Museum will draw upon the University’s expansive art collection, including works by Rembrandt Peale, Viola Frey, Norman Rockwell, Howard Finster, Lamar Dodd, Thomas Hart Benton, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, N.C. Wyeth and Athos Menaboni.”

The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art has been designed by Stanley Beaman & Sears. It is being built by Possibility Construction, Inc.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.

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Dan Uggly: All-Star Takes A Benching

By Spencer Orlin,

When Dan Uggla was traded to Atlanta in the winter of 2010, there was a sense of optimism surrounding the Braves. The most offensively sound infielder in the league and a notorious ‘Braves-killer?’ I was personally ecstatic and definitely on the Uggla bandwagon. After a rough 2011 season and an absolutely abysmal 2012 season, he has completely fallen out

After riding the bench for two straight games this past weekend, Uggla was informed that he had officially lost his job as the team’s starting second baseman. While this may come as a surprise to those who know Uggla as the man who produced five consecutive 30+ homerun seasons (also the only time a second baseman had done this in the history of MLB), many Braves fans see his benching as a relief, as the slugger put together a .182 batting average with only five ho of graces with the Atlanta faithful and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

meruns and 19 RBI’s in 45 games since the all-star game, along with an On-base Percentage + Slugging percentage (OPS) of .647, far below his career OPS average of .812.

Uggla getting benched is a move that undoubtedly caused some waves in the dugout but ultimately it was the right move for Gonzalez to make. With the shadow of last September’s collapse looming, this 2012 team has the unenviable task of making Atlanta forget about last season. If that means benching a slumping former all-star, then that’s what needs to be done.

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Kennesaw State’s mobile app wins Technology Association of Georgia’s grand prize

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 20, 2012) — Kennesaw State University was recently recognized with the grand prize for the campus directory mobile website in the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) competition for mobile apps in government.

The University’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department scored the highest overall in a number of criteria including innovation, creative, performance, look/feel, and impact and value to the organization.

Kennesaw State’s campus directory mobile app allows anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access to quickly and easily locate current name and contact information for faculty and staff.

“Winning the grand prize award for mobile apps in government was a team effort,” said Lectra Lawhorne, executive director of Information Technology Services. “The goal was to create an easy-to-use and cutting-edge site for web and mobile users to easily access the information they need. Thanks to the leadership of Randy Hinds, Kennesaw State’s chief information officer, we were able to work with teams from across the organization to make this project a reality.

“Also it is important to note that McCree Lake, who heads our operations and development teams, as well as his talented team of developers including Herman Owens, Matthew Sims and Anay Limaye, worked tirelessly to ensure that the application performed to its highest potential and that all of the processes and data flowed effectively. With the help of the entire ITS team, the application was tested, secured, and improved to become what it is today – an award-winning system.”

With help from Human Resources and Academic Affairs, all information is automatically updated to the sites. In addition to supporting users on the latest platforms, the sites also can offer functionality to users on older systems as well.

The competition involved the initial application and a presentation to the judges representing the Georgia Institute of Technology, the state of Georgia and the Atlanta-based First Data Corporation, a global payment processing company. Kennesaw State provided the judges with an overview of the development process, the database and processes that run the directory, as well as the functionality and security of the application.

As the state’s preeminent technology association, TAG plays an important role in connecting more than 17,000 members with peers and decision makers at every level of an organization. TAG conducts more than 200 meetings and special events every year around the state.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.

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KSU Writing Center Workshop

Today at 3:30 there is going to be a KSU Writing Center Workshop called Sailing Through Brainstorming. The workshop will be held in the Writing Center Conference Room which is located in the English Building, room 242. This is open to any students who need help with brainstorming, prewriting, and reading an assignment sheet.