Author: garrettstafford

This Gym Ain’t Big Enough For All Of Us

At Piedmont, 22 different sports teams and an entire student body are expected to share one gym. Over the years, it is not unusual to find multiple teams in the gym at one time, practicing at all hours of the day. When the gym is packed with 40 plus students all just doing what their coach says, where are the regular students supposed to go? Are these students expected to fit their schedules around 20 teams to get the opportunity just to work out? This should not be the case; every student, no matter what they do here at Piedmont, should have equal access to the gym.

               College is a fun but stressful time for everyone who attends and working out is a highly recommended way to combat that stress.  Taking time off a big project and putting your mind towards other things helps students both physically and mentally. Working out also helps with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and sleep – are all things college students need.  When the gym is full and all the equipment is taken, students do not even get the chance to reap all the benefits of going to the gym.

               Full gyms can also be daunting for people just getting into working out. From not knowing how to use a specific machine to not being able to lift as much as the lacrosse player next to you, the gym can bring more anxiety. Non-athletes at Piedmont have to work out in the same gym as these athletes who have been in the gym for years. It can be intimidating for these students trying to learn the gym while dodging multiple athletes and the anxiety that may come. It is clear that the gym is not big enough for both athletes and regular students here at Piedmont.

               The solution to this problem is simple; there need to be two separate gyms at Piedmont, one for athletes and one for regular students. Having two gyms would cut the number of people at the gym in half immediately. And students who are just starting to go to the gym will be able to learn without all the athletes there. Having an athlete specific gym will make Piedmont more desirable when coaches are out recruiting, so both sides will win.  Now all students will be able to gain all the benefits of going to the gym and making it through college. 

The New Generation

Last night Peyton Manning was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. As a 21-year-old football fan, I grew up watching Manning, so this announcement came as no surprise. I found that this announcement did make me surprisingly sad. I quickly realized when reading the tweet by Adam Schefter that my first football generation is almost at its end.

            Coming off the 2020 NFL season, Philip Rivers announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NFL. Last year, Eli Manning, who gave two of the most memorable Super Bowls from my childhood, called it quits. A few years prior, Tony Romo decided to hang up his cleats, and this is just the beginning. There are rumors that Drew Brees could retire any day now, and over the next 2-3 years, more and more guys I grew up watching will cross their finish line.

            And all the guys I have mentioned so far are only quarterbacks; this position tends to stay in the NFL longer than most, so when they finally retire, it feels like a huge event. But when all-time greats like Larry Fitzgerald, Rob Gronkowski, and Adrian Peterson retire, it will sting just as much.

            There are only a few guys left from my first generation of football fandom, including Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rogers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and of course Tom Brady. They have been in the league for as long as I can remember; they are the faces of their respected teams.  After all these years, they are still playing at an elite level, Big Ben starting the past season 11-0 and Tom Brady going to his 10th Super Bowl. They deserve their starting spots, and they continue to push the NFL forward, but time is catching up with them. And when their time comes, all that will be left is the new generation.

The new generation of the NFL has been nothing short of exciting, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson have already changed the NFL forever in only a few short years. And more game changers are just around the corner, including Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, and very soon Trevor Lawrence. The new generation is here, and they are not going anywhere. As much as it saddens me to say goodbye to my first generation of players, I cannot help but be excited for the explosive years to come. Thank you for all the memories, but it is time to welcome the new generation.  

The busy life of an RA Student Athlete

Junior Max Miller is a Athletic Training Major, 2nd year Residential Adviser (RA), and a cross country/ Track Athlete, this all leads to a very busy life with many late nights. These late nights include being on duty from 8-12 on week nights and 8-2 on weekends, and when you’re working this late sometimes the only place open is Taco Bell.
With such a busy life also comes a lot of stress, so Max is joined by his girlfriend Sophomore Maddie Cassidy most nights to get him through the night and give him a little stress relief by sharing a few good laughs along the way.
Part of the RA job is going on rounds every two hours. On these rounds Max walks up and down the hall in the dorm documenting everything he hears, sees and smells on his phone.
Sometimes you never know what you’ll find when walking down the halls, as Max found a blow up Christmas decoration one of the students put up outside their room.
Along with weird things you may find in the halls you never know what the students may be doing. As Max came across Sophomores Connor Moronos and Roy Harkins having a light saber/shoe battle in the halls. Max had to stop them because it was quiet hours. (As staged as this photo may look it isn’t, cross country runners are just weird)
Part of being an RA is being a leader in the community as Max speaks at the end of the semester freshman meeting, telling them all they need to do before they can move out for Christmas break.
Athletic training the most rigorous majors offered at Piedmont college, Max is taking his exercise physiology test that he has been studying weeks for.
Being on the cross country and track teams means when Max isn’t studying for his next hard test or on duty he’s running. Max averages 6-10 miles every single day, and sometimes he has to practice twice a day. After working till 12 or even two he has to get up the next morning and run at 6am.