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Picture showing of the damaged done to the Forgein Language classroomBy Sarah Colston
Assistant Editor

The Smithsonian Institute's exhibit Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey is now on display in the Lakeview building on the Floyd campus of Georgia Highlands College.

Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey is a collection of 50 photographic panoramas of Antarctica's breathtaking beauty. "The beauty of the photography is wonderful," said Brian Barr, associate professor of art. "I especially enjoy the more panoramic views, which give the viewers a sense of the immensity of the scene," he said.

The exhibit gives viewers a chance to see a world that many do not realize exist. It shows how animals as well as human life can exist in the harshest conditions. GHC was given the opportunity to be a part of the traveling exhibit through a program known as SITES.

John Spranza, director of student life, came across the information for the SITES program, called the Smithsonian and was able to get the first exhibit here last fall. "I think the Smithsonian program is good for both students and the community in that it brings a piece of the Smithsonian to town," said John Spranza.

Susan Claxton, assistant professor of sociology and human service coordinator, agreed. "This is an absolutely phenomenal program. I hope they continue with the exhibits." Spranza encourages all students to take advantage of the exhibit while it is here. "It brings exposure to something much larger and gives people who cannot travel to the Smithsonian in Washington a chance to experience a piece of it here," he said. Spranza has already received some positive feedback from the students about the exhibit.

"I have heard from the students that the exhibit is very interesting and has beautiful photography. I think the exhibit gives vision and insight on parts of the world we have never gotten the chance to see," said Spranza. The exhibit opened on Sept. 23 and will be on the campus until Dec. 2. A family film night is scheduled for Oct. 19. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Free pizza, popcorn and snow cones will be available before the film "March of the Penguins." The event is free for students and the community to attend.