A New Loch at Clayton State?
Every university has its legends. At Clayton State University, the most famous is the Legend of Loch.
It all started in the winter of 1969, when the construction crews were digging to make room for the dam at the far end of what would become the Clayton State campus’ Swan Lake. Deep below the surface they discovered what was initially thought to be a large piece of rock. But, it wasn’t, it was actually a large chunk of ice.
Work resumed, and the huge ice block was left lying off to the side. However, returning to the dam after their lunch break, the workers were astonished to find the ice had split in two, exposing a large hollow within the ice, as if something had hatched from within. Although questions like, “what had been let loose?” began to surface, nothing more was heard or seen for some 20 years.
Then, in 1990, the Office of Public Safety was doing some filming on campus and saw on tape a large, shadowy creature walking amongst the trees and disappearing into the lake. This generated a while new series of questions, notably, what animal could walk upright and then live underwater as well?
The answer, of course, turned out to be Loch, who has been a legend on campus, in several different iterations and generation, ever since. Most of Loch’s many sightings have been at soccer and basketball games, as well as other official university student functions.
However, as recently as September 2009, there have been other mysterious sightings of a large aquatic creature in Swan Lake. And, no, it’s not a swan, and it’s not a goose. The aforementioned instance involved University Relations Photojournalist Erin Fender doing some investigative reporting on a large creature that had been seen off and on for several weeks, usually skimming on top of the water. Fender eventually captured the creature’s image, thus avoiding a potential controversy ala Loch’s namesake in Scotland.
That photo was studied by Clayton State’s resident expert on aquatic biology, Dr. Christopher Kodani, who pronounced the creature to be a large grass carp. Ah, but new evidence has recently surfaced (so to speak), leading Kodani to re-think his evaluation. His latest theory is… it’s a NEW Loch.
“There must be something that brought it here,” he says. “With Valentine’s Day coming up, perhaps Loch is here trying to find a suitable mate? If not for a mate, then perhaps a need for food brought Loch to Clayton State, a need which would hopefully be satiated by a visit to the Lakeside Dining Hall in the Baker Center. Or, if Loch isn’t feeling well, maybe it’s just looking for University Health Services.”
Whatever the motive, Kodani feels quite certain that there’s new Loch on campus, one that’s just waiting to be discovered. Given this expert opinion, Fender has been back on the trail of Loch with her trusty Nikon, attempting to get to the bottom of, if not Swan Lake, the new Loch. While Fender continues to investigate, and the Office of Public Safety also keeps an eye out for new sightings, Kodani is trying to unravel the puzzle scientifically.
“There could be many scientific hypotheses to explain Loch,” he poses. “Is there a mom and dad Loch somewhere; perhaps he’s an international student from Japan; we all know his famous cousin, Godzilla.”
If, on the other hand, Loch is not related to the famous Japanese fire-breathing dinosaur, Kodani has some other theories.
“It’s unlikely that the primordial ooze at the bottom of Swan Lake gave him life; too much antifreeze running off from the parking lots, and living things tend to come from other living things,” he points out. “Clearly, such a large animal must be a vertebrate, and maybe he evolved from fish or amphibians — due to mutations caused by the fluids leaking from faculty cars!
“Maybe the reptilian Loch even evolved from the swans and geese — an example of how ancient, hidden genes sometimes express themselves, as is seen in the occasional three-toed horse or the recently discovered dolphin that has hind legs! Or, was Loch a science experiment gone horribly awry; the subject of an evil scientist who was trying to genetically engineer a super student who could actually pass the upper division science classes!”
This last theory has some logic, especially since Kodani also speculates that perhaps the experiment in question succeeded!
In any case, investigative work on the new Loch is on-going. A new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
, has been set up to report any new sightings, so stay tuned for further information. Speculation has it that the new Loch may be waiting for Clayton State’s Homecoming (Feb. 18) to make an official appearance.
Operation Study Survey Still Open
There is still time to complete the Operation Study survey. We would like your quick feedback to help us improve the program for next semester. Please take less than five minutes to complete the brief survey at the following link, even if you did not earn StudyBucks this semester.
At the end of the survey include your contact information to be included in a drawing for two $25 gift cards for the Loch Shop Bookstore. Please complete the survey by Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
The drawing will take place on Monday, Jan. 9.
Financial Aid Book Money
Financial Aid Book Money will be available in the Loch Shop, Jan. 4-17. Up to $1,000 of your unused Financial Aid will be available to make purchases from the Loch Shop. Your LakerCard is required for all Book Money purchases. After Jan. 17, any unused Book Money will be returned to your student account and will be refunded to you.
Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan with Financial Aid, Jan. 4 to Jan. 17
If you’re a commuter student or a resident at Clayton Station and want to purchase a meal plan with Financial Aid, log in to the SWAN and make your purchase. After logging in to the SWAN, click on the Essentials tab and find the channel named Financial Aid Meal Plan Purchase and follow the instructions.
If funds are available, your meal plan will be available sometime the following business day and you will receive an email through your Clayton State email account.
: Dining Dollar purchases are NOT equivalent to meal swipes at the Lakeside Dining Hall. Dining Dollars are for use at any retail location on campus and are tax-exempt.
Purchase a Laptop with Financial Aid, Jan. 4 to Jan. 17
If you need to purchase a laptop from the Loch Shop and need additional Financial Aid Book Money, log in to the SWAN and click on the Essentials tab. Locate the channel for Laptop Purchases with Financial Aid and following the instructions.
If unused Financial Aid is available, up to $1,000 will be added to your Book Money account on your LakerCard and you will receive an email in your Clayton State email account. You can use your LakerCard to purchase your laptop once the funds have been added.
Course Credit Offered for Working in Student Media
Students can now earn course credit for working on The Bent Tree, Clayton State internet Radio (CSiR), and Clayton State Television (CSTV).
The Visual and Performing Arts Department is now collaborating with Clayton State’s Student Media Organizations to offer interested students the opportunity to earn credit for working with one of the three organizations. This collaboration was new for fall semester 2011.
Starting for spring semester students can select from one of five tracks: Newswriting; Photography for newspaper; Radio production; Television production; Editing.
This opportunity is open to any Clayton State University students and counts as an elective for most majors. Experience is not necessary, but encouraged. Course credit ranges from 1-3 hours.
Attendance at organizational meetings is required. Syllabi for the class will be handed out at the first organizational meeting.
Meetings for the Student Media organizations have not yet been determined for spring.
JOUR 3011 is for students interested in newswriting and photography. JOUR 3012 is for students interested in radio production, television production, and editing.
For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Randy Clark, assistant professor of Communication Media Studies. Please include your name, course number, number of hours, and which track you would like to take. By email: email@example.com. By phone: (678) 466-4724.
UHS Open on Saturdays for Registration and Open Houses
University Health Services are now open on Saturdays only
during registration and open house days. Please visit our website for a complete list of hours: http://nursing.clayton.edu/uhs/
and the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for a list of registration and open house dates: http://admissions.clayton.edu/
Loch Shop Announces Survey Winners
Loch Shop Manager Todd Smith has announced the winners of the random drawing for participants in the recent Loch Shop survey:
Alberta Moore $50 gift card
Alexander Foss $25 gift card
Susan Fitten $25 gift card
Loch Shop Closed, Feb. 6
The Loch Shop will be closing for system training on Monday, Feb. 6.
College of Business Ribbon Cutting and Signage Unveiling, Jan. 9
The College of Business invites faculty, staff and students to the ribbon cutting and signage unveiling ceremony announcing the renaming of the College of Business. The ceremony will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 on the landing of the College of Business. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.
To RSVP, contact Valencia Cantrell at (678) 466-4528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Textbook Buyback, Jan. 9 to Jan. 11
The Loch Shop Textbook Buyback is here, Monday, Jan. 9 to Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a/m/ to 7 p.m. Laker Card ID is required. Bring all CDs, DVDs, and supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks.
School of Graduate Studies Open House, Jan. 10
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next informational Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in room 101 in the University’s Harry S. Downs Center.
The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in English, History, Political Science and Liberal Arts), Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Archival Studies and Master of Science in Psychology (concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical).
Time Change for Jan. 28 Basketball Doubleheader
The times for Clayton State’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 28 with USC Aiken have been changed to 3:30 p.m. (women -- big game; Aiken is the only team to beat last year's national champions) and 5:30 p.m. (men).